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  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Strontium Carbonate Nanostructures via Simple Hydrothermal Method

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    Asgari-Fard, Zahra; Sabet, Mohammad; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-02-01

    Strontium carbonate (SrCO3) nanostructures were synthesized via simple hydrothermal method by Sr(NO3)2, ethylenediamine and hydrazine as reagents. The products were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Different parameter's effects on the product size and morphology were investigated. It was found that reagent concentration, reaction time and temperature play key roles in morphology of the obtained product.

  2. Study of various Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures synthesized by simple solvothermal and hydrothermal methods

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    Senthil, T.S.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Kang, Misook

    2014-09-15

    Controlling the size and morphology of the antimony sulfide nanostructures is important for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications. Herein, we report a systematic approach to synthesize various nanostructures of antimony sulfide. Based on simple solvothermal and hydrothermal routes antimony sulfide nanorods have been synthesized at different temperatures. The size of the nanorods and the morphology of the constituent nano-units, in the form of nanorods, dumbbell and sphere have been controlled by adjusting the temperature. The changes have been confirmed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis. - Highlights: • We prepared dumbbell structured Sb{sub 2}Sb{sub 3} by simple solvothermal and hydrothermal method. • Investigated the importance of bath temperature on the formation of various structures. • Growth mechanism of dumbbell like structured Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods was estimated.

  3. Synthesis of pyrite FeS2 nanorods by simple hydrothermal method and its photocatalytic activity

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    Morales-Gallardo, M. V.; Ayala, A. M.; Pal, Mou; Cortes Jacome, M. A.; Toledo Antonio, J. A.; Mathews, N. R.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, FeS2 nanorods were synthetized by hydrothermal method. The advantages of our process were the high yield, simplicity and reproducibility. The material was studied in detail using different experimental tools such as XRD, SEM, HRTEM, EDXS, XPS, Raman, and UV-vis reflectance. XRD pattern and Raman data revealed good crystalline quality for the as synthesized pyrite FeS2. SEM analysis displayed the rod-like morphologies of FeS2 which seemed to grow radially from a center giving a flower-like appearance. From TEM images the approximate length and diameter of nano-rods were determined as 275 and 15 nm respectively. The material showed excellent photocatalytic activity which was assessed from the degradation of the methlyene blue.

  4. Controllable synthesis of CuFe2O4 nanostructures through simple hydrothermal method in the presence of thioglycolic acid

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    Paramasivan, P.; Venkatesh, P.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper a novel and simple route for the preparation of copper ferrite (CuFe2O4) is proposed. The present investigation reports, the novel synthesis of CuFe2O4 samples C1, C2, C3 and C4 using hydrothermal method and its physicochemical characterization. In order to elucidate the relationship between the constituent, structure, magnetic and PL properties product's particle size, morphological and structural properties were characterized by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic properties. The crystallization, surface morphology, magnetic properties and luminescence properties of the samples have been investigated. The relatively high Ms of the samples suggests that this method is suitable for preparing high-quality nanocrystalline copper ferrites for practical applications. Different mechanisms to explain the obtained results and the correlation between magnetism and structure are discussed.

  5. A simple hydrothermal method for the large-scale synthesis of single-crystal potassium tungsten bronze nanowires.

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    Gu, Zhanjun; Ma, Ying; Zhai, Tianyou; Gao, Bifen; Yang, Wensheng; Yao, Jiannian

    2006-10-10

    The large-scale synthesis of single-crystal K(x)WO(3) tungsten bronze nanowires has been successfully realized by a hydrothermal method under mild conditions. Uniform K(0.33)WO(3) nanowires with diameters of 5-25 nm and lengths of up to several micrometers are obtained. It is found that the morphology and crystallographic forms of the final products are strongly dependent on the sulfate and citric acid, which may act as structure-directing and soft-reducing agent, respectively. Some other influential factors on the growth of tungsten bronze nanowires, such as temperature and reaction time, are also discussed. It is worth noting that other alkali metal tungsten bronzes such as (NH(4))(x)WO(3), Rb(x)WO(3), and Cs(x)WO(3) could also be selectively synthesized by a similar route. Thus, this novel and efficient method could provide a potential mild route to selectively synthesize various tungsten bronze on-dimensional nanomaterials.

  6. Effect of calcination temperature on structural and photocatalyst properties of nanofibers prepared from low-cost natural ilmenite mineral by simple hydrothermal method

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    Simpraditpan, Athapon; Wirunmongkol, Thanakorn; Pavasupree, Sorapong; Pecharapa, Wisanu

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nanofibers were prepared from low-cost ilmenite mineral via simple hydrothermal. • High photocatalyst nanofibers were prepared via post heat treatment method. • The nanofibers calcined at 100–700 °C for 2 h maintained nanofiber structure. • The calcined nanofibers at 400 °C showed the highest photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Titanate nanofibers were synthesized via the hydrothermal method (120 °C for 72 h) using natural ilmenite mineral (FeTiO{sub 3}) as the starting material. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescent (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) for specific surface area. The nanofibers were 20–90 nm in diameter and 2–7 μm in length. The as-synthesized nanofibers calcined at 300–400 °C showed TiO{sub 2} (B) whereas the nanofibers calcined at 500 °C revealed a mixture of two phases of TiO{sub 2} (B) and anatase. The nanofibers calcined at high temperature of 600–1000 °C showed a mixture of tri-crystalline of anatase, rutile, and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The rutile phase increased with increasing calcination temperature. The nanofibers calcined at 300–700 °C maintained their structure while the morphology of the nanofibers calcined at 800–1000 °C transformed into submicron rod-like structure. This increase of calcination temperature led to the phase transformation from thermodynamically metastable anatase to the most stable form of rutile phase. The crystallite size of prepared samples increased with increasing calcination temperature. Interestingly, with increasing calcination temperature, the absorption edge of the prepared samples shows an obvious shift to visible light region due to the change of crystallite phase and increased crystallite size. Therefore, the band gap energy of the prepared samples became narrower with increasing calcination temperature. Furthermore, the

  7. Magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Allaedini, Ghazaleh; Tasirin, Siti Masrinda; Aminayi, Payam

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite synthesized via the hydrothermal method have been investigated. The structural properties of the produced powders were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The observed XRD pattern confirmed the spinel/cubic structure of the prepared cobalt ferrite. The SEM pictures show that the simple hydrothermal method produces uniform sphere-shaped nanopowders. Moreover, infrared spectroscopy was used to confirm the formation of cobalt ferrite particles. Magnetic hysteresis was measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer in a maximum field of 10 kOe. The magnetization of the prepared nanoparticles was investigated, and the saturation magnetization ( M s), remanence ( M r), and coercivity ( H c) were derived from the hysteresis loops. The results revealed that the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized via the simple hydrothermal method exhibit superior magnetic properties.

  8. Synthesis of Nanoparticles via Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Methods

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    Li, Jianlin; Wu, Qingliu; Wu, Ji

    2015-01-01

    This chapter summarizes the synthesis of various types of nanoparticles as well as surface modifications of nanomaterials using hydrothermal and solvothermal methods. First, the definition, history, instrumentation, and mechanism of hydrothermal and solvothermal methods as well as the important parameters af-fecting the nucleation and crystal growth of nanomaterials are briefly introduced. Then the specific hydrothermal and solvothermal methods used to grow oxides, Group II-VI, III-V, IV, transitional metals, and metal-organic framework nanoparticles are summarized. Finally, the hydrothermal and solvothermal strategies used for the surface modification of nanomaterials are discussed.

  9. Methods to enhance the characteristics of hydrothermally prepared slurry fuels

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    Anderson, Chris M.; Musich, Mark A.; Mann, Michael D.; DeWall, Raymond A.; Richter, John J.; Potas, Todd A.; Willson, Warrack G.

    2000-01-01

    Methods for enhancing the flow behavior and stability of hydrothermally treated slurry fuels. A mechanical high-shear dispersion and homogenization device is used to shear the slurry fuel. Other improvements include blending the carbonaceous material with a form of coal to reduce or eliminate the flocculation of the slurry, and maintaining the temperature of the hydrothermal treatment between approximately 300.degree. to 350.degree. C.

  10. Simple Method for Culturing Anaerobes

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    Davis, C. E.; Hunter, W. J.; Ryan, J. L.; Braude, A. I.

    1973-01-01

    A simple, effective method is needed for growing obligate anaerobes in the clinical laboratory. This report describes a pre-reduced anaerobic bottle that can be taken to the bedside for direct inoculation, provides a flat agar surface for evaluation of number and morphology of colonies, and can be incubated in conventional bacteriological incubators. Each anaerobic culture set consisted of two bottles containing brain heart infusion agar and CO2. Gentamicin sulfate (50 μg/ml) was added to one of these to inhibit facultative enteric bacilli. Comparison of the anaerobic bottles with an identical aerobic bottle which was also routinely inoculated permitted early identification of anaerobic colonies. Representative species of most anaerobic genera of proven pathogenicity for man have been isolated from this system during 10 months of routine use. Images PMID:4571657

  11. Direct synthesis of silver/polymer/carbon nanocables via a simple hydrothermal route

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    Jin Mingshang; Kuang Qin Jiang Zhiyuan; Xu Tao; Xie Zhaoxiong Zheng Lansun

    2008-09-15

    High-yield silver/polymer/carbon nanocables were synthesized via a one-step simple hydrothermal route by using silver chloride and glucose as precursors. High-resolution TEM and element mapping proved that as-prepared nanocables consist of a silver nanowire core, a polymer inner shell, and a graphitic carbon outer shell. A three-step growth mechanism was proposed to explain the growth of such three-layer nanocables, i.e. the formation of silver nanowires, the glycosidation of glucose molecules on silver nanowire surface and the carbonization of the outmost glycosidation layer. We believe that reaction temperature plays the key role in the polymerization of glucose and sequent surface-carbonization. - Graphical abstract: High-yield silver/polymer/carbon coaxial nanocables were synthesized via a one-step simple hydrothermal route by using silver chloride and glucose as precursors. Our experiments indicate that such novel nanostructures formed through the growth mechanism that the silver nanowires grow first, and then glycosidation of glucose occurs on the silver nanowire surfaces, and finally the partial carbonization occurs on the outmost surface of the polymer layer.

  12. Optimization of process condition of nanosilica production by hydrothermal method

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    Qisti, N.; Indrasti, N. S.; Suprihatin

    2016-11-01

    Bagasse ashes have high silica content thus it can be used in nanosilicaproduction to increase its benefit value. This study aimed to get the best time for synthesis and to determine the optimum synthesis time and temperature. This study used the hydrothermal method, a simple method with relatively low reaction temperature and provide a good chemical homogeneity. Time varieties in synthesizing silica were 8,10 and 12 hours, at the temperature of 150 °C. But the results were not as expected. Moreover, optimization of synthesis temperature and time used 4 hours at the temperature of 150 °C based on previous studies. Optimization was conducted using the Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Later, a testusing PSA (Particle Size Analyzer) was performed to obtain particle sizes and PDI values (Polydispersity Index). The results showed that the prediction model of temperature synthesis was 152.67 °C synthesis time of 6 hours, particle size of 276.288 nm and PDI value of 0.189642. The tests showed that the size of particle obtained was 330.39 nm and PDI value at 0.3580. Actual results and predicted results were not significant different.

  13. Simple mass production of zinc oxide nanostructures via low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis

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    Ghasaban, Samaneh; Atai, Mohammad; Imani, Mohammad

    2017-03-01

    The specific properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles have attracted much attention within the scientific community as a useful material for biomedical applications. Hydrothermal synthesis is known as a useful method to produce nanostructures with certain particle size and morphology however, scaling up the reaction is still a challenging task. In this research, large scale hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures (60 g) was performed in a 5 l stainless steel autoclave by reaction between anionic (ammonia or sodium hydroxide) and cationic (zinc acetate dehydrate) precursors in low temperature. Hydrothermal reaction temperature and time were decreased to 115 °C and 2 or 6 h. In batch repetitions, the same morphologies (plate- and needle-like) with reproducible particle size were obtained. The nanostructures formed were analyzed by powder x-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy and BET analysis. The nanostructures formed were antibacterially active against Staphylococcus aureus.

  14. Controllable Synthesis of Single-Crystalline CdO and Cd(OH)2Nanowires by a Simple Hydrothermal Approach

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    2010-01-01

    Single-crystalline Cd(OH)2 or CdO nanowires can be selectively synthesized at 150 °C by a simple hydrothermal method using aqueous Cd(NO3)2 as precursor. The method is biosafe, and compared to the conventional oil-water surfactant approach, more environmental-benign. As revealed by the XRD results, CdO or Cd(OH)2 nanowires can be generated in high purity by varying the time of synthesis. The results of FESEM and HRTEM analysis show that the CdO nanowires are formed in bundles. Over the CdO-nanowire bundles, photoluminescence at ~517 nm attributable to near band-edge emission of CdO was recorded. Based on the experimental results, a possible growth mechanism of the products is proposed. PMID:20672033

  15. Special fractal growth of dendrite copper using a hydrothermal method

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    Zheng Yan; Zhang Zhejuan; Guo Pingsheng; He Pingang; Sun Zhuo

    2011-08-15

    Special fractal dendrite Cu nanostructures have been synthesized through a simple hydrothermal method, and the effects of the volume ratio between glycerol and water and the concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} on the morphologies of dendrite Cu have been studied in detail. The Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to characterize these Cu products. The results indicate that rhombic diamond and different morphologies of fractal dendrite were prepared because of the accumulation of Cu nuclei based on the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) and the nucleation-limited aggregation (NLA) model. Fortunately, symmetrical leaf-like dendrite Cu nanostructures different from Cu dendrites reported before have been obtained. Additionally, an explanation for the growth of fractal dendrite Cu has been discussed carefully. - Graphical abstract: Uniform dendritic Cu are grown through controlling V{sub glycerol/water} in range of 0.6-1.2 and the concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} in range of 0.06-0.3 M. The rhombic cluster Cu are obtained by decreasing the amount of glycerol. Highlights: > Volume ratio of glycerol/water and concentration of H{sub 3}PO{sub 3} were varied, respectively. > Morphologies of dendritic Cu have some changes. > Leaf-like and rhombic cluster Cu were obtained. > The concentration changes affect the aggregation of Cu crystallites. > The aggregation and crystallographic orientation cause leaf-like Cu nanostructures.

  16. Photocatalytic properties of ZnO micromaterials prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Gao, Junshan; Huang, Shaofu; Luo, Pengfei; Huang, Shuanghe

    2016-12-01

    ZnO microrods were prepared by a simple and inexpensive hydrothermal method. The structure, morphology and optical properties of the micromaterials were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The FE-SEM micrographs indicated that the sizes of the microrods were 0.2-1 μm in width and 2-5 μm in length. With methyl orange as a model degradation target, photocatalytic performance of the microrods under ultraviolet radiation was evaluated. The results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of ZnO microrods was satisfactory even under low power ultraviolet irradiation.

  17. A simple method of accelerating monotonic sequences

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    Sarkar, B.; Bhattacharyya, K.

    1993-03-01

    A converse of the well known Cesaro method has been demonstrated to accelerate successfully various monotonic sequences of practical concern. The method is simple, regular and particular apt for low-order data. Pilot calculations highlighting the workability in varying practical contexts involve atomic lattice constants (cubic), typical nuclear attraction integrals in molecular calculations and critical parameters in phase transitions.

  18. Textured catalysts, methods of making textured catalysts, and methods of catalyzing reactions conducted in hydrothermal conditions

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    Werpy, Todd [West Richland, WA; Wang, Yong [Richland, WA

    2003-12-30

    A textured catalyst having a hydrothermally-stable support, a metal oxide and a catalyst component is described. Methods of conducting aqueous phase reactions that are catalyzed by a textured catalyst are also described. The invention also provides methods of making textured catalysts and methods of making chemical products using a textured catalyst.

  19. Simple colorimetric method determines uranium in tissue

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    Doran, D.; Frigerio, N. A.

    1967-01-01

    Simple colorimetric micromethod determines concentrations of uranium in tissue. The method involves dry ashing organic extraction, and colorimetric determination of uranyl ferrocyanide. This uranium determination technique could be used in agricultural research, tracer studies, testing of food products, or medical research.

  20. Hydroxyapatite-phosphonoformic acid hybrid compounds prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Turki, Thouraya; Othmani, Masseoud; Bantignies, Jean-Louis; Bouzouita, Khaled

    2014-01-01

    Hydroxyapatites were prepared in the presence of different amounts of phosphonoformic acid (PFA) via the hydrothermal method. The obtained powders were characterized through chemical analysis, XRD, IR, 31P MAS-NMR, TEM, and TG-TDA. The XRD showed that the PFA did not affect the apatite composition. Indeed, only a reduction of the crystallite size was noted. After grafting of PFA, the IR spectroscopy revealed the appearance of new bands belonging to HPO42- and carboxylate groups of the apatite and organic moiety, respectively. Moreover, the 31P MAS-NMR spectra exhibited a peak with a low intensity assigned to the terminal phosphonate group of the organic moiety in addition to that of the apatite. Based on these results, a reaction mechanism involving the surface hydroxyl groups (tbnd Casbnd OH) of the apatite and the carboxyl group of the acid was proposed.

  1. Phosphonate-hydroxyapatite hybrid compounds prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Agougui, H.; Aissa, A.; Maggi, S.; Debbabi, M.

    2010-12-01

    Calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHAp) was prepared in the presence of two alkylphosphonates, the tert-butyl phosphonic acid TBPOH and the 2-carboxyletylphosphonic acid 2-CEPA, by hydrothermal method at 120 °C for 15 h. The modification of hydroxyapatite by grafting organic moieties is confirmed by IR and NMR MAS ( 1H and 31P) spectroscopy and chemical analysis. X-ray powder diffraction patterns show that the incorporation of organic moieties induces a significant loss of the material crystallinity and a clear increase of the unit cell lattice parameter a as function of 2-CEPA grafting rate. The specific surface area (SSA) increases with increasing phosphonate amount especially for 2-CEPA. All techniques show the lower reactivity of TBPOH due to the steric effects of tert-butyl, whereas the 2-CEPA with a linear chain and double acidic functions is more reactive and can replace the OH - groups of the apatitic structure.

  2. A simple method for focal length measurement

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    Ma, Hua; Ren, Huan; Zhang, Lin; Shi, Zhengdong; Yuan, Quan; Yang, Yi

    2016-09-01

    A simple method for focal length measurement based on image processing is demonstrated and discussed. The collimated beam, detector, motorized translation stage and computer make up of this test system. The two spots pass through the tested lens is accepted by detector, which is transferred twice by motorized translation stage. By acquired the difference of two spots by image processing, the focal length of the tested lens can be gained. The error sources in the measurement are analyzed. Then the results of experiment show that the relative error was 0.1%. This method can be used in workshop and labs for its convenience and low cost.

  3. Hydrothermal waves and corotating rolls in laterally heated convection in simple liquids

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    Pérez-García, Carlos; Madruga, Santiago; Echebarria, Blas; Lebon, Georgy; Burguete, Javier

    2004-12-01

    The stability of a liquid layer with an undeformable interface open to the atmosphere, subjected to a horizontal temperature gradient, is theoretically analysed. Buoyancy and surface tension forces give rise to a basic flow for any temperature difference applied on the system. Depending on the liquid depth, this basic flow is destabilised either by an oscillatory instability, giving rise to the so-called hydrothermal waves, or by a stationary instability leading to corotating rolls. Oscillatory perturbations are driven by the basic flow and therefore one must distinguish between convective and absolute thresholds. The instability mechanisms as well as the different regimes observed in experiments are discussed. The calculations are performed for a fluid used in recent experiments, namely silicone oil of 0.65 cSt (Pr = 10). In particular, it is shown that two branches of absolute instability exist, which may be related to the two types of hydrothermal waves observed experimentally.

  4. CuO urchin-nanostructures synthesized from a domestic hydrothermal microwave method

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    Keyson, D.; Volanti, D.P.; Cavalcante, L.S. Simoes, A.Z.; Varela, J.A.; Longo, E.

    2008-03-04

    This letter reports the synthesis of CuO urchin-nanostructures by a simple and novel hydrothermal microwave method. The formation and growth of urchin-nanostructures is mainly affected by the addition of polyethylene glycol (PEG). The hierarchical malachite particles are uniform spheres with a diameter of 0.7-1.9 {mu}m. CuO urchin-nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and nitrogen adsorption (BET). The specific surface area of the CuO nanostructured microspheres was about 170.5 m{sup 2}/g. A possible mechanism for the formation of such CuO urchin-nanostructures is proposed.

  5. Simple Spectrophotometric Methods for Standardizing Ayurvedic Formulation

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    Vador, N.; Vador, B.; Hole, Rupali

    2012-01-01

    Traditional medicines are effective but the standardization of Ayurvedic formulations is essential in order to assess the quality of drugs, based on the concentration of their active principles. Department of AYUSH has given preliminary guidelines for standardizing these conventional formulations, for uniformity of batches in production of Ayurvedic formulation and it is necessary to develop methods for evaluation. The present work is an attempt to standardize asav-arishta, the traditional Ayurvedic formulation using simple, non-expensive spectrophotometric methods. The various parameters performed included total phenolics, total flavonoids, total alkaloids and total saponins, also included pH, sugar %, alcohol content and specific gravity. The results obtained may be considered as tools for assistance to the regulatory authorities, scientific organizations and manufacturers for developing standards. PMID:23325998

  6. Rare Earth Oxide Fluoride Nanoparticles And Hydrothermal Method For Forming Nanoparticles

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    Fulton, John L.; Hoffmann, Markus M.

    2003-12-23

    A hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles of a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine has been discovered. Nanoparticles comprising a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine are also described. These nanoparticles can exhibit excellent refractory properties as well as remarkable stability in hydrothermal conditions. The nanoparticles can exhibit excellent properties for numerous applications including fiber reinforcement of ceramic composites, catalyst supports, and corrosion resistant coatings for high-temperature aqueous solutions.

  7. Rare earth oxide fluoride nanoparticles and hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles

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    Fulton, John L [Richland, WA; Hoffmann, Markus M [Richland, WA

    2001-11-13

    A hydrothermal method for forming nanoparticles of a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine has been discovered. Nanoparticles comprising a rare earth element, oxygen and fluorine are also described. These nanoparticles can exhibit excellent refractory properties as well as remarkable stability in hydrothermal conditions. The nanoparticles can exhibit excellent properties for numerous applications including fiber reinforcement of ceramic composites, catalyst supports, and corrosion resistant coatings for high-temperature aqueous solutions.

  8. A simple method for defining malaria seasonality

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    2009-01-01

    Background There is currently no standard way of defining malaria seasonality, resulting in a wide range of definitions reported in the literature. Malaria cases show seasonal peaks in most endemic settings, and the choice and timing for optimal malaria control may vary by seasonality. A simple approach is presented to describe the seasonality of malaria, to aid localized policymaking and targeting of interventions. Methods A series of systematic literature reviews were undertaken to identify studies reporting on monthly data for full calendar years on clinical malaria, hospital admission with malaria and entomological inoculation rates (EIR). Sites were defined as having 'marked seasonality' if 75% or more of all episodes occurred in six or less months of the year. A 'concentrated period of malaria' was defined as the six consecutive months with the highest cumulative proportion of cases. A sensitivity analysis was performed based on a variety of cut-offs. Results Monthly data for full calendar years on clinical malaria, all hospital admissions with malaria, and entomological inoculation rates were available for 13, 18, and 11 sites respectively. Most sites showed year-round transmission with seasonal peaks for both clinical malaria and hospital admissions with malaria, with a few sites fitting the definition of 'marked seasonality'. For these sites, consistent results were observed when more than one outcome or more than one calendar year was available from the same site. The use of monthly EIR data was found to be of limited value when looking at seasonal variations of malaria transmission, particularly at low and medium intensity levels. Conclusion The proposed definition discriminated well between studies with 'marked seasonality' and those with less seasonality. However, a poor fit was observed in sites with two seasonal peaks. Further work is needed to explore the applicability of this definition on a wide-scale, using routine health information system data

  9. A simple, one-step hydrothermal approach to durable and robust superparamagnetic, superhydrophobic and electromagnetic wave-absorbing wood

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    Wang, Hanwei; Yao, Qiufang; Wang, Chao; Fan, Bitao; Sun, Qingfeng; Jin, Chunde; Xiong, Ye; Chen, Yipeng

    2016-01-01

    In this work, lamellar MnFe2O4 was successfully planted on a wood surface through the association of hydrogen bonds via the one-pot hydrothermal method. Simultaneously, the fluoroalkylsilane (FAS-17) on the surface of the MnFe2O4 layer formed long-chain or network macromolecules through a poly-condensation process and provided a lower surface energy on the wood surface. The MnFe2O4/wood composite (FMW) presented superior superparamagnetism, superhydrophobicity and electromagnetic wave absorption performance. The results indicated a saturation magnetization of the FMW with excellent superparamagnetism of 28.24 emu·g−1. The minimum value of reflection loss of the FMW reached −8.29 dB at 16.39 GHz with a thickness of 3 mm. Even after mechanical impact and exposure to corrosive liquids, the FMW still maintained a superior superhydrophobicity performance. PMID:27748420

  10. A simple, one-step hydrothermal approach to durable and robust superparamagnetic, superhydrophobic and electromagnetic wave-absorbing wood

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    Wang, Hanwei; Yao, Qiufang; Wang, Chao; Fan, Bitao; Sun, Qingfeng; Jin, Chunde; Xiong, Ye; Chen, Yipeng

    2016-10-01

    In this work, lamellar MnFe2O4 was successfully planted on a wood surface through the association of hydrogen bonds via the one-pot hydrothermal method. Simultaneously, the fluoroalkylsilane (FAS-17) on the surface of the MnFe2O4 layer formed long-chain or network macromolecules through a poly-condensation process and provided a lower surface energy on the wood surface. The MnFe2O4/wood composite (FMW) presented superior superparamagnetism, superhydrophobicity and electromagnetic wave absorption performance. The results indicated a saturation magnetization of the FMW with excellent superparamagnetism of 28.24 emu·g‑1. The minimum value of reflection loss of the FMW reached ‑8.29 dB at 16.39 GHz with a thickness of 3 mm. Even after mechanical impact and exposure to corrosive liquids, the FMW still maintained a superior superhydrophobicity performance.

  11. A Simple Method for Collecting Airborne Pollen

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    Kevan, Peter G.; DiGiovanni, Franco; Ho, Rong H.; Taki, Hisatomo; Ferguson, Kristyn A.; Pawlowski, Agata K.

    2006-01-01

    Pollination is a broad area of study within biology. For many plants, pollen carried by wind is required for successful seed set. Airborne pollen also affects human health. To foster studies of airborne pollen, we introduce a simple device--the "megastigma"--for collecting pollen from the air. This device is flexible, yielding easily obtained data…

  12. Controlled synthesis of BiVO{sub 4} with multiple morphologies via an ethylenediamine-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Qi, Xuemei; Zhu, Xinyuan; Wu, Jiang; Wu, Qiang; Li, Xian; Gu, Miaoli

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized via a simple ethylenediamine (EN) assisted hydrothermal route. One of the mixed crystal phase with spherical and porous morphology showed excellent photocatalytic activity and about 90% Rhodamine B was degraded after 140 min visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • BiVO{sub 4} samples with various morphologies were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Ethylenediamine mainly acts as alkaline source to adjust pH values of precursor. • BiVO{sub 4} with spherical morphology has excellent photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, BiVO{sub 4} particles with different crystal structures and morphologies including hexahedral, spherical porous and hyperbranched ones were fabricated in the presence of ethylenediamine by hydrothermal process. The as-fabricated samples were well characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that the morphology and crystal structure of BiVO{sub 4} particles could be well controlled by only changing the ethylenediamine content in the deionized water solution. Photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. It was shown that BiVO{sub 4} sample with spherical porous morphology and mixed crystal phase exhibited the best photocatalytic performance after optimizing the ethylenediamine content. The best degradation ratio of Rhodamine B could reach about 87% after 140 min visible-light irradiation.

  13. Methods and apparatus for catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C.; Butner, Robert Scott; Neuenschwander, Gary G.; Zacher, Alan H.; Hart, Todd R.

    2012-08-14

    Continuous processing of wet biomass feedstock by catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent separation of sulfur contaminants, or combinations thereof. Treatment further includes separating the precipitates out of the wet feedstock, removing sulfur contaminants, or both using a solids separation unit and a sulfur separation unit, respectively. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfur that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogeneous catalyst for gasification.

  14. Application of Hyperspectral Methods in Hydrothermal Mineral System Studies

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    Laukamp, Carsten; Cudahy, Thomas; Gessner, Klaus; Haest, Maarten; Cacetta, Mike; Rodger, Andrew; Jones, Mal; Thomas, Matilda

    2010-05-01

    hyperspectral mineral mapping of contaminating, carbonate- or clay-rich zones helped to better constrain the ore zones and the genesis of the mineral system. Airborne hyperspectral data covering about 2500 km2 were obtained from the Eastern Goldfields Superterrane (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia), which is highly prospective for Archean Au as well as komatiite associated Fe-Ni sulphide mineralisation. In this project hyperspectral airborne data allowed not only the remote mapping of mafic and ultramafic rocks, which are among the main host rocks for Archean Au deposits in the study area, but also the remote mapping of hydrothermal alteration patterns and various geochemical signatures related to the structurally controlled Au mineralisation down to a 4.5 m pixel size. We can reconstruct fluid pathways and their intersections with steep physicochemical gradients, where Au deposition presumably took place, by combining hyperspectral remote sensing with hyperspectral drill core data in 3D mineral maps. White mica mineral maps as well as mineral maps based on the abundance and composition of MgOH and FeOH bearing silicates are the main products for a semi-quantitative assessment of the key alteration minerals in this project. In the southern Selwyn Range, Mount Isa Inlier, Queensland, hyperspectral mineral maps, such as "ferric oxide abundance", "white mica abundance" and "white mica composition", were integrated with geophysical datasets (total magnetic intensity, ternary radiometric imagery). The integration of the datasets enabled us to construct a comprehensive fluid flow model contributing to our understanding of iron-oxide Cu-Au deposits in this region, identifying the source, pathway and depositional sites, which are in good accordance with known deposits. 3D mineral maps derived from hyperspectral methods can distinctly improve our understanding of mineral systems. The advantages of hyperspectral techniques over conventional exploration methods include: (1) the fast and

  15. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous MgO by template-free hydrothermal method

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    Cui, Hongmei; Wu, Xiaofeng; Chen, Yunfa; Boughton, R.I.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A simple synthesis of porous MgO with diameter size from 3 to 10 μm without any templates. • Effect of temperature and time were investigated. • Systematic characterization by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm of MgO. • A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism of mesopores MgO is proposed. - Abstract: Mesoporous MgO particles have been synthesized through a novel template-free hydrothermal co-precipitation method using a Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solution as the magnesium source and NaCO{sub 3} as precipitant. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption analysis. The results indicate that the MgO samples have a disordered mesoporous structure, a large BET surface area, and a large pore volume. The effect of reaction temperature on the MgO product BET surface area was studied. A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism for mesoporous MgO is proposed.

  16. Action Research Methods: Plain and Simple

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    Klein, Sheri R., Ed.

    2012-01-01

    Among the plethora of action research books on the market, there is no one text exclusively devoted to understanding how to acquire and interpret research data. Action Research Methods provides a balanced overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies and methods for conducting action research within a variety of educational…

  17. A vapor phase hydrothermal modification method converting a honeycomb structured hybrid film into photoactive TiO2 film.

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    Zhao, Huijun; Shen, Yanming; Zhang, Shanqing; Zhang, Haimin

    2009-09-15

    Transforming an organic/inorganic hybrid material into a pure inorganic material without losing its original structure is of interest for a range of applications. In this work, a simple and effective vapor phase hydrothermal method was developed to transform a 3D honeycomb structured PS/TTIP hybrid film into a photoactive TiO2 film without dismantling the originally templated 3D structure. The method utilizes the vapor phase hydrothermal process to create titania network/clusters with sufficient mechanical strength via the formation of Ti-oxo bridges. The organic components of the sample can be removed by means of pyrolysis while perfectly maintaining the original 3D honeycomb structure. The resultant film can be directly used for photocatalysis applications and could be further modified for other applications. In principle, this method can be used to preserve 3D structures of other organic/inorganic hybrid films during their conversion to pure inorganic films via a pyrolysis process, if mechanically strong networks can be formed as a result of hydrolysis reactions. The ability to preserve the preferred 3D structure during the subsequent conversion processes enables realization of the full benefit of unique architectures created by a templating method.

  18. Optical characteristics of ZnO single crystal grown by the hydrothermal method

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    Chen, G. Z.; Yin, J. G. E-mail: yjg@siom.ac.cn; Zhang, L. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wang, X. Y.; Liu, Y. C.; Zhang, C. L.; Gu, S. L.; Hang, Y.

    2015-12-15

    ZnO single crystals have been grown by the hydrothermal method. Raman scattering and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) have been used to study samples of ZnO that were unannealed or annealed in different ambient gases. It is suggested that the green emission may originate from defects related to copper in our samples.

  19. Hydrothermal method of synthesis of rare-earth tantalates and niobates

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    Nyman, May D; Rohwer, Lauren E.S.; Martin, James E

    2012-10-16

    A hydrothermal method of synthesis of a family of rare-earth Group 5 oxides, where the Group 5 oxide is a niobate or tantalate. The rare-earth Group 5 oxides can be doped with suitable emitter ions to form nanophosphors.

  20. Charge reduction in a vermiculite by acid and hydrothermal methods: a comparative study.

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    Cristiano, D V; Campos, A M; Molina, R

    2005-10-13

    A comparative study on acid and hydrothermal methods as ways to reduce interlamellar charge has been carried out on a vermiculite. This study showed that the application of the hydrothermal treatment as a previous step to pillaring the vermiculites, reported here for the first time, is a new route to obtain the porous material with a particular interest as heterogeneous catalysts, starting from mineral clays with a high density of charge. Modified clays have been characterized by atomic absorption, emission spectrograph, X-ray diffraction, cation-exchange capacity, total acidity, infrared spectroscopy (DRIFT), and nitrogen adsorption. The results have shown that all solids have been structurally modified. However, acid and hydrothermal methods showed different behavior. For the vermiculite, the hydrothermal treatment did not produce major differences in terms of the crystalline structure, whereas the acid method caused severe structural damage. The catalytic properties have been tested over Pt-impregnated samples (1%) using the hydroisomerization of heptane. Important catalytic activity was established for all solids with high selectivity regarding the isomer products.

  1. NiO nanowall array prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method and its enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium ion batteries

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    Cao, F.; Pan, G.X.; Tang, P.S.; Chen, H.F.

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Self-supported NiO nanowall array is fabricated by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method and exhibits noticeable Li ion battery performance with good cycle life and high capacity. Highlights: ► NiO nanowall array is prepared by a hydrothermal synthesis method. ► NiO nanowall array with high capacity as anode material for Li ion battery. ► Nanowall array structure is favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. - Abstract: Free-standing quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array is successfully fabricated via a simple hydrothermal synthesis method. The as-prepared NiO film exhibits a highly porous nanowall structure composed of many interconnected nanoflakes with thicknesses of ∼20 nm. The NiO nanowalls arrange vertically to the substrate resulting in the formation of extended porous net-like structure with pores of 30–300 nm. As anode material for lithium ion batteries, the quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array exhibits pretty good electrochemical performances with high capacity, weaker polarization, higher coulombic efficiency and better cycling performance as compared to the dense polycrystalline NiO film. The quasi-single-crystalline NiO nanowall array presents an initial coulombic efficiency of 76% and good cycling life with a capacity of 564 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.5 A g{sup −1} after 50 cycles, higher than that of the dense polycrystalline NiO film (358 mAh g{sup −1}). The enhanced performance is due to the unique nanowall array structure providing faster ion/electron transport and better morphological stability.

  2. A simple method to estimate interwell autocorrelation

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    Pizarro, J.O.S.; Lake, L.W.

    1997-08-01

    The estimation of autocorrelation in the lateral or interwell direction is important when performing reservoir characterization studies using stochastic modeling. This paper presents a new method to estimate the interwell autocorrelation based on parameters, such as the vertical range and the variance, that can be estimated with commonly available data. We used synthetic fields that were generated from stochastic simulations to provide data to construct the estimation charts. These charts relate the ratio of areal to vertical variance and the autocorrelation range (expressed variously) in two directions. Three different semivariogram models were considered: spherical, exponential and truncated fractal. The overall procedure is demonstrated using field data. We find that the approach gives the most self-consistent results when it is applied to previously identified facies. Moreover, the autocorrelation trends follow the depositional pattern of the reservoir, which gives confidence in the validity of the approach.

  3. Synthesis of SnO 2 micro-spheres, nano-rods and nano-flowers via simple hydrothermal route

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    Vuong, Dang Duc; Hien, Vu Xuan; Trung, Khuc Quang; Chien, Nguyen Duc

    2011-11-01

    SnO 2 micro-spheres (0.5-2 μm diameter), nano-flowers (petal size: 100-250 nm diameter; 500 nm-2 μm length) and nano-rods (3-6 nm diameter; 10-30 nm length) were synthesized by hydrothermal route. The samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The influence of precursor, hydrothermal temperature and treatment time on the formation of SnO 2 multi-morphology was also investigated. Moreover, a possible formation mechanism and relationships among morphologies were discussed.

  4. A study of thermal properties of sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Preda, Silviu; Rutar, Melita; Umek, Polona; Zaharescu, Maria

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • The microwave-assisted hydrothermal route was used for titanate nanotubes synthesis. • Conversion to single-phase nanotube morphology completes after 8 h reaction time. • The nanotube morphology is stable up to 600 °C, as determined by in-situ XRD and SEM. • Sodium ions migrate to the surface due to thermal motion and structure condensation. - Abstract: Sodium titanate nanotubes (NaTiNTs) were synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal treatment of commercial TiO{sub 2}, at constant temperature (135 °C) and different irradiation times (15 min, 1, 4, 8 and 16 h). The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and specific surface area measurements. The irradiation time turned out to be the key parameter for morphological control of the material. Nanotubes were observed already after 15 min of microwave irradiation. The analyses of the products irradiated for 8 and 16 h confirm the complete transformation of the starting TiO{sub 2} powder to NaTiNTs. The nanotubes are open ended with multi-wall structures, with the average outer diameter of 8 nm and specific surface area up to 210 m{sup 2}/g. The morphology, surface area and crystal structure of the sodium titanate nanotubes synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method were similar to those obtained by conventional hydrothermal method.

  5. Propidium Monoazide-based Method for Identifying Phylogenetic Association of Necromass Near Hydrothermal Systems

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    Ramírez, Gustavo; Edwards, Katrina

    2014-05-01

    Black Smoker hydrothermal systems are geologically driven systems located near subduction zones and spreading centers associated with plate margins. The high temperature and low pH of fluids that are often associated with basalt-hosted hydrothermal systems select for unique microbial communities primarily comprised of prokaryotes capable of S and Fe cycling. High temperature fluids, where temperatures exceed 300° C, are likely to have a lethal effect on transient deep water planktonic communities and, over long temporal scales, may influence the molecular composition of pelleted necromass aggregates near the chimney system. We have developed a method for discriminative sequencing permitting intra vs. extracellular 16S rDNA sequencing to reveal community differences between biologically-relevant and necromass-associated DNA. This method has only recently been applied to marine environments and, here, we propose its use as relevant tool for studying the molecular ecology of high temperature hydrothermal systems, as physical drivers of massive transient community die offs and associated detrital 16S rDNA community shifts. Ultimately, we aim to understand the fraction of 16S rDNA communities that do not represent living taxa, or the information-containing fraction of total necromass pool, to better frame ecological hypotheses regarding environmental biogeochemical cycling in hydrothermal system environments.

  6. Influence of surfactants on the morphology of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals prepared via a hydrothermal method

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    Wang Mi; Gao Yanfeng; Dai Lei; Cao Chuanxiang; Guo Xuhong

    2012-05-15

    Nanoscaled SnO{sub 2} with different morphologies has been synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process at 180 Degree-Sign C using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS), cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) or tetrapropyl ammonium bromide (TPAB) as surfactant. All the prepared SnO{sub 2} are of a tetragonal crystal structure. Nanocubes, nanorods, nanosheets, nanobelts and nanoparticles were prepared when changing the type and dosage of organic surfactants. It is shown that anionic surfactant (SDS) and cationic surfactant (CTAB or TPAB) at their suitable addition amounts can largely influence the morphologies of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals. The effect is significantly dependent on the solvent types: water or ethanol. The non-ionic surfactant (PVP) can also change the morphologies like SDS but the impacts are less obvious. The effect of surfactants on the shape and size of SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles was discussed in detail. The particle growth mechanism is described based on the electrostatic interactions and Van der Waals' forces. - Graphical abstract: SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals with controllable morphologies were prepared via a hydrothermal method with surfactants. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals were prepared via a hydrothermal method with surfactants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SnO{sub 2} morphologies changed with the type and the dosage of surfactants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of surfactants on the growth of crystal planes was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The controlling mechanisms of surfactants on SnO{sub 2} morphologies were discussed.

  7. The simple hydrothermal synthesis of Ag-ZnO-SnO2 nanochain and its multiple applications.

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    Balachandran, Subramanian; Selvam, Kaliyamoorthy; Babu, Balraj; Swaminathan, Meenakshisundaram

    2013-12-14

    In this article, we report the fabrication of a stable Ag-ZnO-SnO2 nanochain by template free hydrothermal method and its photocatalytic activity for the first time. This composite material represents a potential new class of photocatalysts with enhanced light absorption, hydrophobic and electronic properties of ZnO. This catalyst has been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), elemental mapping, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). XRD and elemental mapping reveal the presence of SnO2 and Ag in the catalyst. Ag-ZnO-SnO2 has increased absorption in the visible region when compared to ZnO. This three component nano junction system exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of azo dyes, Acid Black 1 (AB 1) and Acid Violet 7 (AV 7) under UV light (365 nm), far exceeding those of the single and two component systems. Ag-ZnO-SnO2 is found to be reusable without appreciable loss of catalytic activity up to four runs. Based on the band gap energies of ZnO and SnO2, a mechanism is proposed for the photodegradation of dyes. Hydrophobicity and photoconductivity of Ag-ZnO-SnO2 have been evaluated. Nanochain exhibiting higher positive photoconductivity can be useful for soliton wave communication as well as solar cell applications. Our results provide some new insights on the fabrication of Ag-ZnO-SnO2 and its performance as an active photocatalyst, self cleaning and conducting material.

  8. Synthesis of lithium cobalt oxide by single-step soft hydrothermal method

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    Kumar Bokinala, Kiran; Pollet, M.; Artemenko, A.; Miclau, M.; Grozescu, I

    2013-02-15

    Lithium cobalt double oxide LiCoO{sub 2} was synthesized at 220 Degree-Sign C by soft hydrothermal method using Co(OH){sub 2} and LiOH as precursors, LiOH/NaOH as mineralizers and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} as oxidant. The soft hydrothermal synthesis method offers the dual advantage of a much lower synthesis time and a higher purity in comparison with other synthesis methods. The compound was identified by X-ray diffraction and its purity was checked by magnetic and electron magnetic resonance measurements. The grain morphology was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy and an exponential growth of particle size with synthesis time was observed. - Graphical abstract: Concave cuboctohedrons obtained after 60 h reaction time. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An optimized soft hydrothermal method for a fast synthesis of high purity LiCoO{sub 2} compound is reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both lamellar and cuboctahedral particles could be stabilized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Secondary phases content is lower than 0.1%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Close to surface defects were evidenced using EMR.

  9. Photocatalytic activity of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized through hydrothermal method

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    Dhanalakshmi, Radhalayam; Muneeswaran, M.; Vanga, Pradeep Reddy; Ashok, M.; Giridharan, N. V.

    2015-06-24

    Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles (Nps) were synthesized using hydrothermal method. From the X-Ray diffraction analysis (XRD), the synthesized Nps were found to having rhombohedral structure with R3c space group confirmed by Rietveld analysis. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was carried out to identify the chemical bonds present in the BFO Nps. Photocatalytic properties of synthesized Nps were studied for the degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye under visible light of 150W.

  10. Hierarchical Na-doped cubic ZrO{sub 2} synthesis by a simple hydrothermal route and its application in biodiesel production

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    Lara-García, Hugo A.; Romero-Ibarra, Issis C.; Pfeiffer, Heriberto

    2014-10-15

    Hierarchical growth of cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase was successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process in the presence of different surfactants (cationic, non-ionic and anionic) and sodium hydroxide. The structural and microstructural characterizations of different ZrO{sub 2} powders were performed using various techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption, scanning electron microscopy and infrared. Results indicated that sodium addition stabilized the cubic ZrO{sub 2} phase by a Na-doping process, independently of the surfactant used. In contrast, microstructural characteristics varied as a function of the surfactant and sodium presence. In addition, water vapor (H{sub 2}O) and carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) sorption properties were evaluated on ZrO{sub 2} samples. Results evidenced that sample surface reactivity changed as a function of the sodium content. Finally, this surface reactivity was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction using the different synthesized samples, obtaining yields of 93%. - Graphical abstract: Hierarchical growth of cubic Na-ZrO{sub 2} phase was synthesized by hydrothermal processes in the presence of surfactants and sodium. Sodium addition stabilized the cubic phase by a Na-doping process, while the microstructural characteristics varied with surfactants. Finally, this surface reactivity was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction. - Highlights: • Cubic-ZrO{sub 2} phase was synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process. • ZrO{sub 2} structure and microstructures changed as a function of the surfactant. • Cubic-ZrO{sub 2} phase was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction.

  11. Y2O3:Eu nanocrystals as biomarkers prepared by a microwave hydrothermal method

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    Kaszewski, Jarosław; Godlewski, Michał M.; Witkowski, Bartłomiej S.; Słońska, Anna; Wolska-Kornio, Ewelina; Wachnicki, Łukasz; Przybylińska, Hanka; Kozankiewicz, Bolesław; Szal, Anna; Domino, Małgorzata A.; Mijowska, Ewa; Godlewski, Marek

    2016-09-01

    Microwave hydrothermal growth of Y2O3 crystallites results in needle-shaped aggregates of μm length. Thermal treatment has little influence on the material microstructure, but significant impact on the nanometric level. Nanoparticles doped with europium show an intense red luminescence, related to the 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ ions. The luminescence intensity increases with the calcination temperature and is accompanied by increasing size of Y2O3:Eu crystallites. EPR studies show the absence of Eu2+ related signals in the material. Y2O3:Eu nanoparticles crystallized via a microwave hydrothermal method were employed as luminescent biomarkers in mice. The initial tests confirmed their applicability as biological markers. Persorption of the Y2O3:Eu nanoparticles after IG in the adult mouse duodenum, brain and liver is reported.

  12. Preparation and characterization of nanostructured titanate bioceramic coating by anodization-hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Qiannan; Liu, Yong; Lei, Ting; Tan, Yanni; Wu, Hong; Li, Jianbo

    2015-02-01

    In this work, nanostructured titanate coatings were prepared on pure titanium substrate by hydrothermal treatment combined with and without anodic oxidation. The morphology and microstructure of coatings were characterized and the corrosion resistance and bioactivity were studied. The results show that the anodization-hydrothermal method is suitable for the formation of nanostructured titanate coating on Ti in concentrated KOH solution. The coatings are composed of K2Ti6O13 and H2Ti2O5·H2O, and can greatly improve the corrosion resistance of Ti substrate. Moreover, the coatings can induce the formation of new apatite layer after the immersion in simulated body fluid, exhibiting good bioactivity. The anodizaiton treatment can not only accelerate the formation of nanostructures, but also can provide nucleation sites for nanostructured titanates, tailoring the morphology of coating. The titanium substrate with nanostructured titanate coating is expected to have significant applications as biomedical materials.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of nanostructured titanate materials by the hydrothermal treatment method.

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    Doong, Ruey-an; Kao, I-ling

    2008-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional (1-D) tubular and fibrous nanostructured materials have recently received highly attention. Various morphologies of 1-D nanostructured titanate materials including nanosheets, nanotubes, nanowires, and nanoribbons have recently been successfully synthesized using the alkaline hydrothermal method. In spite of the controversy of the chemical structures and formation mechanisms, titanate nanostructures have attracted much attention on applications of dye-sensitized solar cell, hydrogen sensing, lithium storage and photocatalysis because of their unique features of high specific surface area, ion-exchange capacity and aspect ratio, and unique optical and electrochemical properties. The morphology and microstructure of titanate nanostructures are highly dependent on the preparation conditions. In this review, we highlight the synthesis of TiO(2)-derived nanomaterials under various hydrothermal conditions. The patents for fabrication of various morphologies of nanostructures are also introduced. Effects of preparation parameters including hydrothermal temperature, duration, alkaline concentration, starting materials, and post-treatment on the morphology and microstructure of titanate nanomaterials are reviewered. In addition, the microwave-assisted method for fabrication of 1-D titanate nanostructures is discussed and compared. The applications of titanate nanomaterials in photocatalysis, ion-exchange, and lithium storages are also introduced.

  14. A simple method for the deposition of nanostructured tellurium synthesized in ammonia solution

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    Gutiérrez-Lazos, C. D.; Solís-Pomar, F.; Meléndrez, M. F.; Espinoza-Rivas, A. M.; Pérez-Guzmán, M. A.; Ortega-Amaya, R.; Ortega-López, M.; Pérez-Tijerina, E.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, we report a highly adherent, and uniform deposition of nanostructured tellurium. The deposition of the nanostructured tellurium was realized by the dripping of a modified solution of NaHTe based on the dissolution of NaBH4 and tellurium powder in an aqueous solution of NH4OH. This method allowed the relatively simple manipulation of tellurium nanostructures under laboratory ambient, without requiring the use of organic stabilizers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was realized on a powder sample obtained by the reaction between H2Te and aqueous solution of NH4OH. TEM analysis indicated that tellurium nanorods and Y-type nanostructures are grown from tellurium nanoparticles, such as in a hydrothermal system. Then, the nanoparticles serve as seeds for the growth of more extended tellurium nanostructures. Electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that depositions have the hexagonal structure of tellurium highly oriented on (101) direction.

  15. Fluorescence characteristics of carbon nanoemitters derived from sucrose by green hydrothermal and microwave methods

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    Patidar, Rajesh; Rebary, Babulal; Bhadu, Gopala Ram

    2016-12-01

    In this work, fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) were prepared through two green methods i.e. microwave and hydrothermal, using sucrose as carbon precursor. Both of these methods have offered fluorescent CNPs as characterized by TEM, FTIR, zeta potential, absorbance and emission techniques. Excitation dependent emission spectra were exhibited by aqueous dispersion of these CNPs when they were subjected to different excitation wavelengths. The luminous characteristics of CNPs obtained from both of these methods were studied and compared. Their fluorescence stability in water and buffer was monitored for about three months. Influence of pH and various metal ions on emission spectra were investigated.

  16. Synthesis of Silver-Strontium Titanate Hybrid Nanoparticles by Sol-Gel-Hydrothermal Method

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    Ueno, Shintaro; Nakashima, Kouichi; Sakamoto, Yasunao; Wada, Satoshi

    2015-01-01

    Silver (Ag) nanoparticle-loaded strontium titanate (SrTiO3) nanoparticles were attempted to be synthesized by a sol-gel-hydrothermal method. We prepared the titanium oxide precursor gels incorporated with Ag+ and Sr2+ ions with various molar ratios, and they were successfully converted into the Ag-SrTiO3 hybrid nanoparticles by the hydrothermal treatment at 230 °C in strontium hydroxide aqueous solutions. The morphology of the SrTiO3 nanoparticles is dendritic in the presence and absence of Ag+ ions. The precursor gels, which act as the high reactive precursor, give rise to high nucleation and growth rates under the hydrothermal conditions, and the resultant diffusion-limited aggregation phenomena facilitate the dendritic growth of SrTiO3. From the field-emission transmission electron microscope observation of these Ag-SrTiO3 hybrid nanoparticles, the Ag nanoparticles with a size of a few tens of nanometers are distributed without severe agglomeration, owing to the competitive formation reactions of Ag and SrTiO3.

  17. Facile synthesis of air-stable Prussian white microcubes via a hydrothermal method

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    Hu, M.; Jiang, J.S.

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: {yields} We have synthesized Prussian white microcubes in large quantities by a facile hydrothermal method for the first time. {yields} It is the first report about air-stable PW. {yields} The shape of crystals strongly depended on the concentration of K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}], the hydrothermal temperature and the reaction duration. {yields} A layer-by-layer growth mechanism was proposed to explain the formation of PW microcubes. -- Abstract: Air-stable Prussian white (PW) microcubes were fabricated by the slow dissociation of K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}] under hydrothermal condition without the protection of inert atmosphere. Moessbauer spectra and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum were used to characterize the composition of PW. X-ray diffraction (XRD) identified the obtained PW was monoclinic, and the purity was high. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicated the cubes were composed by solid cubes and hollow cubes. The shape of crystals strongly depended on the concentration of K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}], the hydrothermal temperature as well as the reaction duration. The lower concentration and lower temperature resulted in perfect cubic crystals, while the higher concentration or the higher temperature resulted in irregular cubic crystals. After exposing in air for 2 months, no oxidation of PW occurred. To explain the formation of the PW microcubes, a layer-by-layer growth mechanism was put forward based on the low dissociation rate of K{sub 4}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]. The partially solubility of PW in water caused the formation of hollow cubes.

  18. A Simple Method for Calculating Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients

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    Klink, W. H.; Wickramasekara, S.

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a simple method for calculating Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for the tensor product of two unitary irreducible representations (UIRs) of the rotation group. The method also works for multiplicity-free irreducible representations appearing in the tensor product of any number of UIRs of the rotation group. The generalization to…

  19. Simple method of measuring delay time in manufacturing delay lines

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    Kasahara, Yukio; Mikoda, Masanari

    1982-07-01

    A simple method for measuring delay time in an operational frequency range is required in manufacturing delay lines used for video tape recorders and television receiver sets. This paper describes a simple method of measuring and adjusting the delay time of such delay lines. The delay time is obtained by measuring a phase difference ϑ between the signals at the input and output transducers of the delay line with frequencies under test. The delay time is more precisely obtained by measuring the ϑ at a constant frequency within the bandwidth of the delay line. A delay-time tolerance of a polished glass medium at 3.58 MHz was found to be within 100 ns. The delay time was found to be shortened by 30 ns by attaching the medium on polishing powder and oil. Also shown is a simple method for adjusting the delay time by polishing a delay medium while measuring the phase difference.

  20. TiO2 Nanowire dye-sensitized solar cells Fabricated by Hydrothermal Method

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    Xu, Yang; Gu, Haoshuang; Xia, Huating; Hu, Mingzhe

    2011-02-01

    TiO2 nanowire dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated by using hydrothermal method. The synthesizing of TiO2 nanowire/nanorod arrays directly on FTO substrate would cause a high conducting loss to solar cells. Through la minating a compact layer between FTO substrate and photonic anode layer, the conducting loss could be effectively prevented. Results indicated that using different concentration of titanium tetrabutoxide would affect the photoelectric conversion efficiency and different producing methods of the compact layer also played an important role to the conversion efficiency.

  1. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in

    2015-11-15

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol–gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl{sub 2}) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO{sub 3} powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 – 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO{sub 3} nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  2. Studies on n-ZnO/p-Si heterojunction fabricated by hydrothermal method

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    V, Shrisha B.; Bhat, Shashidhara; Naik, K. GopalaKrishna

    2015-06-01

    Pure and Aluminum (Al) doped ZnO nanorods were grown on silicon (Si) substrates by hydrothermal method. The grown samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FESEM images shows that there is no distinct difference between morphology of Al-doped and undoped nanorods. The pure and Al doped ZnO nanorods were used to fabricate n-ZnO/p-Si p-n heterojunction diodes. Temperature-dependant (313, 473, 523, 573, 623, and 673 K) current voltage (I-V) characteristics for the fabricated diodes are presented in this paper.

  3. Studies on n-ZnO/p-Si heterojunction fabricated by hydrothermal method

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    V, Shrisha B.; Bhat, Shashidhara; Naik, K GopalaKrishna

    2015-06-24

    Pure and Aluminum (Al) doped ZnO nanorods were grown on silicon (Si) substrates by hydrothermal method. The grown samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). FESEM images shows that there is no distinct difference between morphology of Al-doped and undoped nanorods. The pure and Al doped ZnO nanorods were used to fabricate n-ZnO/p-Si p–n heterojunction diodes. Temperature-dependant (313, 473, 523, 573, 623, and 673 K) current voltage (I–V) characteristics for the fabricated diodes are presented in this paper.

  4. Defects in ZnO nanorods prepared by a hydrothermal method.

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    Tam, K H; Cheung, C K; Leung, Y H; Djurisić, A B; Ling, C C; Beling, C D; Fung, S; Kwok, W M; Chan, W K; Phillips, D L; Ding, L; Ge, W K

    2006-10-26

    ZnO nanorod arrays were fabricated using a hydrothermal method. The nanorods were studied by scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and positron annihilation spectroscopy before and after annealing in different environments and at different temperatures. Annealing atmosphere and temperature had significant effects on the PL spectrum, while in all cases the positron diffusion length and PL decay times were increased. We found that, while the defect emission can be significantly reduced by annealing at 200 degrees C, the rods still have large defect concentrations as confirmed by their low positron diffusion length and short PL decay time constants.

  5. Synthesis of single-crystal PbS nanorods via a simple hydrothermal process using PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer as a structure-directing agent

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    Bu, Junfu; Nie, Chageng; Liang, Jinxia; Sun, Lan; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Wu, Qi; Lin, Changjian

    2011-03-01

    Single-crystal PbS nanorods were successfully synthesized through a simple hydrothermal route using PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer (P123) as a structure-directing agent. The XRD pattern indicates that the crystal structure of the nanorods is face-centre-cubic rocksalt. A SEM image shows that the nanorods have a diameter of 40-70 nm and a length of 200-600 nm, and both tips exhibit taper-like structures. HRTEM and SAED images reveal the single-crystalline nature of the nanorods with the growth along the lang111rang direction. The experimental results indicated that the P123 concentration and reaction temperature played important roles in controlling the morphology of the PbS nanostructures. The optical property of PbS nanorods was investigated by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and the band structure was calculated by the B3LYP hybrid density functional theory.

  6. Hierarchical Na-doped cubic ZrO2 synthesis by a simple hydrothermal route and its application in biodiesel production

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    Lara-García, Hugo A.; Romero-Ibarra, Issis C.; Pfeiffer, Heriberto

    2014-10-01

    Hierarchical growth of cubic ZrO2 phase was successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal process in the presence of different surfactants (cationic, non-ionic and anionic) and sodium hydroxide. The structural and microstructural characterizations of different ZrO2 powders were performed using various techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption, scanning electron microscopy and infrared. Results indicated that sodium addition stabilized the cubic ZrO2 phase by a Na-doping process, independently of the surfactant used. In contrast, microstructural characteristics varied as a function of the surfactant and sodium presence. In addition, water vapor (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) sorption properties were evaluated on ZrO2 samples. Results evidenced that sample surface reactivity changed as a function of the sodium content. Finally, this surface reactivity was evaluated on the biodiesel transesterification reaction using the different synthesized samples, obtaining yields of 93%.

  7. Clustered Simple Cell Mapping: An extension to the Simple Cell Mapping method

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    Gyebrószki, Gergely; Csernák, Gábor

    2017-01-01

    When a dynamical system has a complex structure of fixed points, periodic cycles or even chaotic attractors, Cell Mapping methods are excellent tools to discover and thoroughly analyse all features in the state space. These methods discretize a region of the state space into cells and examine the dynamics in the cell state space. By determining one or more image cells for each cell, the global behaviour within the region can be quickly determined. In the simplest case - Simple Cell Mapping (SCM) method - only one image corresponds to a cell and usually a rectangular grid of cells is used. In typical applications the grid of cells is refined at specific locations. This paper, however, introduces a different approach, which is useful to expand the analysed state space region to include all features which properly characterize the global dynamics of the system. Instead of refining the initial cell state space, we start with a small initial state space region, analyse other interesting regions of the state space and incorporate them into a cluster of cell mapping solutions. By this approach, trajectories escaping the original state space region can be followed automatically and additional objects in the state space can be discovered. To illustrate the benefits of the method, we present the exploration of the phase-space of the micro-chaos map - a simple model of digitally controlled systems.

  8. Simple Moving Average: A Method of Reporting Evolving Complication Rates.

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    Harmsen, Samuel M; Chang, Yu-Hui H; Hattrup, Steven J

    2016-09-01

    Surgeons often cite published complication rates when discussing surgery with patients. However, these rates may not truly represent current results or an individual surgeon's experience with a given procedure. This study proposes a novel method to more accurately report current complication trends that may better represent the patient's potential experience: simple moving average. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) is an increasingly popular and rapidly evolving procedure with highly variable reported complication rates. The authors used an RSA model to test and evaluate the usefulness of simple moving average. This study reviewed 297 consecutive RSA procedures performed by a single surgeon and noted complications in 50 patients (16.8%). Simple moving average for total complications as well as minor, major, acute, and chronic complications was then calculated using various lag intervals. These findings showed trends toward fewer total, major, and chronic complications over time, and these trends were represented best with a lag of 75 patients. Average follow-up within this lag was 26.2 months. Rates for total complications decreased from 17.3% to 8% at the most recent simple moving average. The authors' traditional complication rate with RSA (16.8%) is consistent with reported rates. However, the use of simple moving average shows that this complication rate decreased over time, with current trends (8%) markedly lower, giving the senior author a more accurate picture of his evolving complication trends with RSA. Compared with traditional methods, simple moving average can be used to better reflect current trends in complication rates associated with a surgical procedure and may better represent the patient's potential experience. [Orthopedics.2016; 39(5):e869-e876.].

  9. Facile synthesis of graphene/ZnO nanocomposites by low temperature hydrothermal method

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    Saravanakumar, Balasubramaniam; Mohan, Rajneesh; Kim, Sang-Jae

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: ► Graphene/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by low temperature hydrothermal method. ► Rhodamine-B degraded by using graphene/ZnO nanocomposites. ► ZnO anchored well on the surface of graphene. -- Abstract: Graphene/ZnO nanocomposites have been synthesized using hydrothermal method at two different temperatures 80 and 90 °C. The structure, morphology and optical properties of as synthesized nanocomposites were analyzed through X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV–vis absorbance spectroscopy. The XRD pattern confirmed the formation of graphene decorated by hexagonal ZnO with high crystallinity. FESEM image revealed that the sheet like graphene decorated with ZnO in homogeneously. Decoration of quasi-spherical ZnO nanoparticles on graphene sheet was confirmed by TEM. The characteristic absorbance peaks of graphene/ZnO nanocomposites were observed in UV visible spectra. The photocatalytic degradation experiment was performed against rhodamine-B dye and showed good catalytic activity for both samples. The graphene/ZnO nanocomposites showed higher catalytic activity then ZnO nanoparticles. The GZN-90 sample showed more catalytic activity than GZN-80 due to higher density of ZnO in graphene surface generates large number of photo-induced electron.

  10. A simple method for HbF analysis.

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    von Mandach, U; Tuchschmid, P; Huch, A; Huch, R

    1987-01-01

    Spectrophotometric methods with CO-oxymeters for measurements of carboxyhemoglobin and/or oxygen saturation in human blood include a systematic error depending on the percentage of fetal hemoglobin. It is of clinical importance to estimate the fetal hemoglobin to correct HbCO and SO2 values respectively. The described method is simple and less time consuming than conventional methods like HPLC or electrophoresis. The two measurements of oxy- and carboxyhemoglobin in the same blood sample with different oxygen saturation are needed for the estimation of the HbF and can be performed, including the deoxygenation procedure, in about 40 minutes.

  11. A simple and inexpensive method for muddy shore profiling

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    Chowdhury, Sayedur Rahman; Hossain, M. Shahadat; Sharifuzzaman, S. M.

    2014-11-01

    There are several well-established methods for obtaining beach profiles, and more accurate and precise high-tech methods are emerging. Traditional low-cost methods requiring minimal user skill or training are still popular among professionals, scientists, and coastal zone management practitioners. Simple methods are being developed with a primary focus on sand and gravel beaches. This paper describes a simple, low-cost, manual field method for measuring profiles of beaches, which is particularly suitable for muddy shores. The equipment is a type of flexible U-tube manometer that uses liquid columns in vertical tubes to measure differences in elevation; the supporting frame is constructed from wooden poles with base disks, which hold measuring scales and a PVC tube. The structure was trialed on a mudflat characterized by a 20-40-cm-thick surface layer of silt and clay, located at the Kutubdia Island, Bangladesh. The study results are discussed with notes on the method's applicability, advantages and limitations, and several optional modifications for different scenarios for routine profiling of muddy shores. The equipment can be used by one person or two people, and the accuracy of the method is comparable to those in other methods. The equipment can also be used on sandy or gravel beaches.

  12. Simple noise-reduction method based on nonlinear forecasting

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    Tan, James P. L.

    2017-03-01

    Nonparametric detrending or noise reduction methods are often employed to separate trends from noisy time series when no satisfactory models exist to fit the data. However, conventional noise reduction methods depend on subjective choices of smoothing parameters. Here we present a simple multivariate noise reduction method based on available nonlinear forecasting techniques. These are in turn based on state-space reconstruction for which a strong theoretical justification exists for their use in nonparametric forecasting. The noise reduction method presented here is conceptually similar to Schreiber's noise reduction method using state-space reconstruction. However, we show that Schreiber's method has a minor flaw that can be overcome with forecasting. Furthermore, our method contains a simple but nontrivial extension to multivariate time series. We apply the method to multivariate time series generated from the Van der Pol oscillator, the Lorenz equations, the Hindmarsh-Rose model of neuronal spiking activity, and to two other univariate real-world data sets. It is demonstrated that noise reduction heuristics can be objectively optimized with in-sample forecasting errors that correlate well with actual noise reduction errors.

  13. Size effect of Raman scattering on CeO2 nanocrystal by hydrothermal method

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    Hattori, Takashi; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2017-01-01

    In this study, we prepared surface-modified CeO2 nanocrystals (NCs) by a hydrothermal method, and calcined CeO2 NCs at various temperatures between 400 and 1000 °C for 3 h in air to obtain crystal-size-controlled CeO2 NCs. We investigated the correlation between the Raman spectra and the crystal sizes of the CeO2 powder. The peak position of the F2g mode of CeO2 was shifted to lower energies as the crystal size decreased and the peak broadened. The present hydrothermally driven CeO2 NCs showed no change in lattice constant depending on crystal size after heat treatment. The Raman peak position of the F2g mode as a function of inverse CeO2 crystal size corresponded to the models for phonon confinement without the combination of strain and defect effects. Moreover, it was also suggested that the Raman peak width of CeO2 NCs without strain also showed dependence on particle size.

  14. Simple Thermal Decompose Method for Synthesis of Nickel Disulfide Nanostructures

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    Seyghalkar, Hamideh; Sabet, Mohammad; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2016-11-01

    In this work, a simple thermal decompose method was served to synthesize NiS2 nanostructures via a nickel complex. Also polyethylene glycol (PEG) was used as surfactant to increase the steric effect around nanostructure surfaces and decrease the particles size. The product was characterized with different analysis methods. The crystal structure of the product was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. The particle size and morphology were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). To study the nanostructures surface purity, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was used. And finally to study the optical properties of the product photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was served.

  15. A simple method to calibrate intensities of photographic slit spectrograms

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    Vogt, N.; Barrera, L. H.

    1985-07-01

    A wavelength-dependent intensity calibration of photographic spectrograms can be obtained through the spectrograph without any additional equipment beyond a simple neutral density filter of known transparency. This filter is introduced in the focal plane of the telescope covering part of the spectrograph slit. Exposure of the comparison lamps through the entire slit yields a calibration plate which shows a well defined density jump within each line. From the height of this jump (for many lines of widely ranging strengths) the characteristic curve can be derived. The method is described and compared to the classical calibration method with a tube sensitometer.

  16. A Simple Graphical Method to Determine the Order in Catalyst

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract A graphical analysis to elucidate the order in catalyst is presented. This analysis uses a normalized time scale, t [cat]T n, to adjust entire reaction profiles constructed with concentration data. The method is fast and simple to perform because it directly uses the concentration data, therefore avoiding the data handling that is usually required to extract rates. Compared to methods that use rates, the normalized time scale analysis requires fewer experiments and minimizes the effects of experimental errors by using information on the entire reaction profile. PMID:26749539

  17. Ion substitutions and non-stoichiometry of carbonated apatite-(CaOH) synthesised by precipitation and hydrothermal methods

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    Frank-Kamenetskaya, Olga; Kol'tsov, Alexander; Kuz'mina, Maria; Zorina, Maina; Poritskaya, Lilya

    2011-04-01

    Apatite-(CaOH), either carbonate-free or with different concentrations of carbonate ions of the predominantly (not less than 60%) B type, was synthesised by precipitation from solutions, by hydrothermal methods from solid compounds and by hydrothermal treatment of calcite. In B type apatite, the concentration of CO32- ions could be up to 20.5 wt.%. The reverse precipitation method and hydrothermal treatment of calcite obtained monophase samples with a maximal concentration of CO32- ions of 10.3-10.5 wt.%. In apatites of a mixed type, the total concentration of CO32- ions did not exceed 8 wt.%. The synthesised apatites could be divided into three groups according to the degree and origin of non-stoichiometry: Apatite of nearly stoichiometric composition. Apatite of this type was synthesised by all methods. Calcium-deficient apatite. The Ca deficit was mainly due to CO32- incorporation. Monophase samples with maximal concentrations of CO32- ions were synthesised by the reverse precipitation method and by hydrothermal treatment of calcite. Calcium-deficient apatite. The Ca deficit was mainly due to a deficit of OH - ions and resulted in the incorporation of water into channels of the crystal structure. This group was synthesised by reverse precipitation and hydrothermal methods. This apatite was a crystal chemical analogue of the apatite formed in the hard tissues of the human body such as teeth, bone and different stones. Apatites formed by the precipitation methods revealed higher variations in composition (including variations in the concentration of CO32- ions), compared to hydrothermally-synthesised samples. The observed effect of aqueous solution composition on the ion substitution and apatite composition was stronger than previously reported.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanostructures prepared by an aged-hydrothermal method

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    Huirache-Acuna, R.; Paraguay-Delgado, F.; Albiter, M.A.; Lara-Romero, J.; Martinez-Sanchez, R.

    2009-09-15

    Nanostructures of tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) have been successfully synthesized by using an aged route at low temperature (60 deg. C) followed by a hydrothermal method at 200 deg. C for 48 h under well controlled conditions. The material was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Specific Surface Area (S{sub BET}) were measured by using the BET method. The lengths of the WO{sub 3} nanostructures obtained are between 30 and 200 nm and their diameters are from 20 to 70 nm. The growth direction of the tungsten oxide nanostructures was determined along [010] axis with an inter-planar distance of 0.38 nm.

  19. Synthesis of polyethylenimine (PEI) functionalized silver nanoparticles by a hydrothermal method and their antibacterial activity study.

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    Liu, Zhiguo; Wang, Yuanlin; Zu, Yuangang; Fu, Yujie; Li, Na; Guo, Na; Liu, Ruisi; Zhang, Yiming

    2014-09-01

    In this study, we report a facile, one-step hydrothermal method to synthesize PEI-functionalized Ag nanoparticles in which no extra reducing agent is needed and PEI serves as a reducing agent and a stabilizing agent. The obtained Ag colloids have been characterized by TEM, UV absorption spectra and laser particle size analyzer. We found that the size of Ag nanoparticles can be tuned through the alteration of the temperature and growth mode. Under an acidic condition, PEI-functionalized Ag nanoparticles are positively charged. More importantly, the Ag colloids exhibited stronger antibacterial activity in the bactericidal test. Its bactericidal efficiency exceeds the commonly used antibacterial agents such as Erythromycin, chloramphenicol and penicillin as well as AgNO3 solution. These results prove that our synthesis method is very efficient to produce a stable PEI-functionalized Ag colloid with excellent antibacterial activity.

  20. Methods for quantifying simple gravity sensing in Drosophila melanogaster.

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    Inagaki, Hidehiko K; Kamikouchi, Azusa; Ito, Kei

    2010-01-01

    Perception of gravity is essential for animals: most animals possess specific sense organs to detect the direction of the gravitational force. Little is known, however, about the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying their behavioral responses to gravity. Drosophila melanogaster, having a rather simple nervous system and a large variety of molecular genetic tools available, serves as an ideal model for analyzing the mechanisms underlying gravity sensing. Here we describe an assay to measure simple gravity responses of flies behaviorally. This method can be applied for screening genetic mutants of gravity perception. Furthermore, in combination with recent genetic techniques to silence or activate selective sets of neurons, it serves as a powerful tool to systematically identify neural substrates required for the proper behavioral responses to gravity. The assay requires 10 min to perform, and two experiments can be performed simultaneously, enabling 12 experiments per hour.

  1. Controllable preparation of flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures via one-step hydrothermal method

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    Zou, Yunling; Tan, Xin; Yu, Tao; Li, Yan; Li, Yimei; Wang, Ru; Xue, Lingqian

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} structures were prepared by hydrothermal method. • PVP not only acted as a dispersant but also stabilized the layered structure. • The resulted brookite TiO{sub 2} showed high photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. - Abstract: Flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were controllable prepared by a one-step hydrothermal method by changing experimental conditions, such as hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of polyvinylpyrrolidone. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were investigated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. It was found that the formation of brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures with various morphologies could be well controlled by the adjustment of hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of surfactant, and the morphology of the products changed from spindle-like structures to flower-like structures with the increase of hydrothermal temperature, reaction time and the amount of surfactant. The photocatalytic tests indicate that the flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures shows high photocatalytic activity in degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. The formation mechanism of flower-like brookite TiO{sub 2} nanostructures was also discussed in detail based on the above investigations.

  2. ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P core/shell composites: Simple hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and its photocatalytic degradation of pyronine B

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    Liu, Shuling; Ma, Lanbing; Zhang, Hongzhe; Ma, Chenlu

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P composites have been firstly synthesized via a gentle hydrothermal route. • The composites have been characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. • ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P showed enhanced photocatalytic degradation activity for pyronine B. • The reason for the enhanced photocatalytic activity has been discussed. - Abstract: ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P core/shell composites were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method. The composites have been characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM and the corresponding results showed that the composites were composed of the cubic ZnS microspheres, which were made up of ZnS nanoparticles, and Ni{sub 2}P nanoparticles coated on the surfaces of ZnS microspheres. Compared with ZnS microspheres, ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P core/shell composites showed enhanced photocatalytic degradation activity for pyronine B under UV irradiation. This may be related to the effective separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs in ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P composites which can greatly reduce the chance of their recombination. Furthermore, superoxide ions and hydroxyl radical can be more easily produced through ZnS/Ni{sub 2}P composites, which is also beneficial for the degradation of pyronine B.

  3. Robustifying blind image deblurring methods by simple filters

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    Liu, Yan; Zeng, Xiangrong; Huangpeng, Qizi; Fan, Jun; Zhou, Jinglun; Feng, Jing

    2016-07-01

    The state-of-the-art blind image deblurring (BID) methods are sensitive to noise, and most of them can deal with only small levels of Gaussian noise. In this paper, we use simple filters to present a robust BID framework which is able to robustify exiting BID methods to high-level Gaussian noise or/and Non-Gaussian noise. Experiments on images in presence of Gaussian noise, impulse noise (salt-and-pepper noise and random-valued noise) and mixed Gaussian-impulse noise, and a real-world blurry and noisy image show that the proposed method can faster estimate sharper kernels and better images, than that obtained by other methods.

  4. THE CONTOUR METHOD: SIMPLE 2-D MAPPING OF RESIDUAL STRESSES

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    M. PRIME; A. GONZALES

    2000-06-01

    We present an entirely new method for measuring residual stress that is extremely simple to apply yet more powerful than existing techniques. In this method, a part is carefully cut in two. The contour of the resulting new surface is measured to determine the displacements normal to the surface caused by the release of the residual stresses. Analytically, the opposite of these measured displacements are applied as boundary conditions to the surface in a finite element model. By Bueckner's superposition principle, this gives the original residual stresses normal to the plane of the cut. Unlike other relaxation methods for measuring residual stress, the measured data can be used to solve directly for the stresses without a tedious inversion technique. At the same time, an arbitrary two-dimensional variation in stresses can be determined. We demonstrate the method on a steel specimen with a known residual stress profile.

  5. Sintering Behavior of Magnesium-Substituted Fluorapatite Powders Prepared by Hydrothermal Method

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    Nasr, S.; Bouzouita, K.

    2011-01-01

    Magnesium-substituted fluorapatite powders were synthesized by hydrothermal method, and their sintering behavior was investigated by dilatometry in the temperature range 25–1100°C. Analysis of the obtained powders by X-ray diffraction and 31P NMR spectroscopy showed that the powders consisted of a single apatite phase and no amorphous phase has been formed. Compared to pure fluorapatite, the shrinkage of the substituted samples occurred in two steps and the temperature at which the sintering rate was maximum is lower. In addition, the shrinkage was interrupted by an expansion of the samples due to the formation of a liquid phase. The latter phase led to the crystallization of needle-crystals by a dissolution-diffusion-reprecipitation process. PMID:21577315

  6. Influence of Heat Treatment on Photocatalytic Performance of BiVO4 Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Shen, Yi; Wang, Xiaomin; Zuo, Guifu; Li, Fengfeng; Meng, Yanzhi

    2016-10-01

    Monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method under appropriate temperature. The photocatalytic performance of BiVO4 was improved by calcining at appropriate temperature. The structural and morphological properties of the synthesized BiVO4 photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. It is confirmed that the photocatalytic activity of the prepared catalysts was evaluated by the photodegradation of RhB under visible-light irradiation. BiVO4 calcined under appropriate temperature exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than uncalcined BiVO4 under visible light irradiation because calcination might effectively increases the purity of monoclinic bismuth vanadate.

  7. Growth of freestanding lead dual-halide thin film and microbulk via hydrothermal method

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    Fang, Die; Wangyang, Peihua; Sun, Hui; Yang, Dingyu; Gao, Xiuying; Tian, Haibo; Zhu, Xinghua

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, we report a facile growth of freestanding PbI2‑x Cl x film and microbulk via hydrothermal method without additives. The properties of samples were systematically investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and UV–vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The results reveal that there appears to be two types of morphological PbI2‑x Cl x due to the anisotropy in the effective surface energy, and the underlying growth mechanism behind the observation is also discussed. This new approach is promising for the fabrication of PbI2‑x Cl x precursor material of detectors and solar cells.

  8. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3 Nanocrystals with Diverse Morphologies Obtained via Modified Hydrothermal Method

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    Dharmaiah, Peyala; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2016-11-01

    Single-phase Bi2Te3 nanostructures (spherical and flower-like) have been synthesized using a modified hydrothermal method at different reaction temperatures (70°C, 100°C, and 150°C) and subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering. Their crystal structure, morphology, and thermoelectric and mechanical properties were investigated. The results suggest that the reaction temperature had a significant effect on the morphology and thermoelectric properties. The presence of nanostructures in bulk samples led to a remarkable decrease in thermal conductivity with a lesser effect on electrical conductivity. As a result, the figure of merit (ZT) of the spark-plasma-sintered sample processed from spherical nanoparticles reached 0.54 at 400 K. The Vickers microhardness of the bulk sample processed from spherical nanoparticles was higher than the best results found in literature.

  9. Temperature dependent morphology variation of red emitting microcrystalline YPO4:Eu3+ fabricated by hydrothermal method

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    Cybińska, Joanna

    2017-03-01

    Phosphor materials based on the orthophosphates have been widely investigated in the past as crystals, bulk, or nanomaterials. These non-hydroscopic matrices are able to accommodate high concentrations of lanthanide ions without suffering of concentration quenching of the luminescence. One of the most important issue, which is necessary to overcome to use these materials as a phosphors it is to find a synthesis route giving a control over the products morphology, what allows to manage their spectroscopic properties. The investigated YPO4:Eu3+ samples doped with 5 mol % of optically active ions were prepared by the classic hydrothermal method. By changing the temperature of the synthesis it is possible to control the shape and the size of the particles. Based on the results obtained from the electron microscopy studies (TEM and SEM) the morphology of the obtained materials has been correlated with their optical properties such as decay times or emission quantum yields.

  10. Improved dye-sensitized solar cell with a ZnO nanotree photoanode by hydrothermal method.

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    Kuo, Shou-Yi; Yang, Jui-Fu; Lai, Fang-I

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the influence of ZnO nanostructures on dye adsorption to increase the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of solar cells. ZnO nanostructures were grown in both tree-like and nanorod (NR) arrays on an AZO/FTO film structure by using a hydrothermal method. The results were observed in detail using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-visible spectrophotometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and solar simulation. The selective growth of tree-like ZnO was found to exhibit higher dye adsorption loading and conversion efficiency than ZnO NRs. The multiple 'branches' of 'tree-like nanostructures' increases the surface area for higher light harvesting and dye loading while reducing charge recombination. These improvements result in a 15% enhancement in power conversion. The objective of this study is to facilitate the development of a ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cell.

  11. Synthesize and characterization of nanostructure magnetic cobalt ferrite using hydrothermal method

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    Moosavi, Seyedehmaryam; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua; Gan, Sinyee

    2016-11-01

    In this paper a series of nanostructured magnetic cobalt ferrite were synthesized by hydrothermal method using stable ferric and cobalt salts with sodium hydroxide as the surfactant. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) were employed to evaluate the structural properties of synthesized nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles had a single-phase spinel structure. From the analysis of the powder X-ray diffraction patterns, the average crystallite size was calculated using the Scherrer formula. The results showed that the average crystallite size is in the range of 63-74 nm increases, depending on the annealing temperature and time.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructure Transition Metal Oxides Extracted from Industrial Waste (EOFD) by Hydrothermal Method

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    Girisun, T. C. Sabari; Babeela, C.; Vidhya, V.

    2011-10-01

    Electric oil furnace dust (EOFD) is a solid waste generated in the collection of particulate material during steelmaking process in electric and oil furnaces. Over 7 million metric tons dust produced per annum in worldwide creates deep impacts like soil, ground water and ecology pollutions. This article reports the simple one step process for the extraction of nanostructured metal oxides from the industrial waste (EOFD) for the realization of low cost solar applications. By hydrothermal technique valuable metals were obtained in the form of metal oxides. Initially the presence of metals was identified by ICP analysis. XRD analysis confirms the formation of nano structured titanium oxide (TiO) along with traces of iron oxide (Fe2O3). The surface morphology and the particle size were analyzed by SEM analysis. Thus the metal oxides derived could be helpful to reduce the burden on the environment, increase the development of the source nano material and reduce the cost of raw materials for solar cell applications.

  13. Synthesis of high saturation magnetic iron oxide nanomaterials via low temperature hydrothermal method

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    Bhavani, P.; Rajababu, C. H.; Arif, M. D.; Reddy, I. Venkata Subba; Reddy, N. Ramamanohar

    2017-03-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) were synthesized through a simple low temperature hydrothermal approach to obtain with high saturation magnetization properties. Two series of iron precursors (sulfates and chlorides) were used in synthesis process by varying the reaction temperature at a constant pH. The X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the inverse spinel structure of the synthesized IONPs. The Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy studies revealed that the particles prepared using iron sulfate were consisting a mixer of spherical (16-40 nm) and rod (diameter 20-25 nm, length <100 nm) morphologies that synthesized at 130 °C, while the IONPs synthesized by iron chlorides are found to be well distributed spherical shapes with size range 5-20 nm. On other hand, the IONPs synthesized at reaction temperature of 190 °C has spherical (16-46 nm) morphology in both series. The band gap values of IONPs were calculated from the obtained optical absorption spectra of the samples. The IONPs synthesized using iron sulfate at temperature of 130 °C exhibited high saturation magnetization (MS) of 103.017 emu/g and low remanant magnetization (Mr) of 0.22 emu/g with coercivity (Hc) of 70.9 Oe, which may be attributed to the smaller magnetic domains (dm) and dead magnetic layer thickness (t).

  14. Microdevice DNA forensics by the simple tandem repeat method.

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    Goedecke, Nils; McKenna, Brian; El-Difrawy, Sameh; Gismondi, Elizabeth; Swenson, Abigail; Carey, Loucinda; Matsudaira, Paul; Ehrlich, Daniel J

    2006-04-14

    We review recent experiments on DNA forensics by the simple tandem repeat (STR) method using a 16-lane micromachined device as the active separation element. Separations by linear polyacrylamide matrices show very high data quality metrics when evaluated with statistically significant data sets. Full 16-locus multiplexes are verified on the multilane system. Multi-donor mixed samples are studied in the context of the limits of the laser-induced fluorescence detector and data-reduction software. The microdevice appears to be posed to outperform current capillary arrays in terms of stability and, through specialized sample loading, in the interpretation of complex mixtures.

  15. A simple method to convert sink particles into stars

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    Sormani, Mattia C.; Treß, Robin G.; Klessen, Ralf S.; Glover, Simon C. O.

    2017-04-01

    Hydrodynamical simulations of star formation often do not possess the dynamic range needed to fully resolve the build-up of individual stars and star clusters, and thus have to resort to sub-grid models. A popular way to do this is by introducing Lagrangian sink particles, which replace contracting high-density regions at the point where the resolution limit is reached. A common problem then is how to assign fundamental stellar properties to sink particles, such as the distribution of stellar masses. We present a new and simple statistical method to assign stellar contents to sink particles. Once the stellar content is specified, it can be used to determine a sink particle's radiative output, supernovae rate or other feedback parameters that may be required in the calculations. Advantages of our method are: (i) it is simple to implement; (ii) it guarantees that the obtained stellar populations are good samples of the initial mass function; (iii) it can easily deal with infalling mass accreted at later times; and (iv) it does not put restrictions on the sink particles' masses in order to be used. The method works very well for sink particles that represent large star clusters and for which the stellar mass function is well sampled, but can also handle the transition to sink particles that represent a small number of stars.

  16. Percutaneous method of management of simple bone cyst.

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    Lakhwani, O P

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. Simple bone cyst or unicameral bone cysts are benign osteolytic lesions seen in metadiaphysis of long bones in growing children. Various treatment modalities with variable outcomes have been described in the literature. The case report illustrates the surgical technique of minimally invasive method of treatment. Case Study. A 14-year-old boy was diagnosed as active simple bone cyst proximal humerus with pathological fracture. The patient was treated by minimally invasive percutaneous curettage with titanium elastic nail (TENS) and allogenic bone grafting mixed with bone marrow under image intensifier guidance. Results. Pathological fracture was healed and allograft filled in the cavity was well taken up. The patient achieved full range of motion with successful outcome. Conclusion. Minimally invasive percutaneous method using elastic intramedullary nail gives benefit of curettage cyst decompression and stabilization of fracture. Allogenic bone graft fills the cavity and healing of lesion by osteointegration. This method may be considered with advantage of minimally invasive technique in treatment of benign cystic lesions of bone, and the level of evidence was therapeutic level V.

  17. Digitization of photographic slides: simple, effective, fast, and inexpensive method.

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    Camarena, Lázaro Cárdenas; Guerrero, María Teresa

    2002-03-01

    The technological evolution has changed multiple areas of plastic surgery, including photography. The photograph is one of the instruments used most by the plastic surgeon, and it cannot be eliminated by technological changes. The principal change in photography is that images can be scanned through digital cameras instead of slides. Despite the multiple advantages that digital photography represents, many surgeons are resisting the change. One of the main reasons for this resistance is the large quantity of photographic slides that need to be digitized to be used at scientific conferences as well as in publications. The methods and existing techniques for digitizing slides are costly and time-consuming, and there is risk for loss of definition and image brightness. The authors present a simple, effective, fast, and inexpensive method for digitizing slides. This method has been validated by various plastic surgeons and is effective for use in multimedia presentations and for paper printouts with publication quality.

  18. A simple inverse design method for pump turbine

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    Yin, Junlian; Li, Jingjing; Wang, Dezhong; Wei, Xianzhu

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, a simple inverse design method is proposed for pump turbine. The main point of this method is that the blade loading distribution is first extracted from an existing model and then applied in the new design. As an example, the blade loading distribution of the runner designed with head 200m, was analyzed. And then, the combination of the extracted blade loading and a meridional passage suitable for 500m head is applied to design a new runner project. After CFD and model test, it is shown that the new runner performs very well in terms of efficiency and cavitation. Therefore, as an alternative, the inverse design method can be extended to other design applications.

  19. Novel bismuth tri-iodide nanostructures obtained by the hydrothermal method and electron beam irradiation

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    Aguiar, Ivana; Olivera, Alvaro; Mombrú, Maia; Bentos Pereira, Heinkel; Fornaro, Laura

    2017-01-01

    Bismuth tri-iodide is a layered compound semiconductor which has suitable properties as material for ionizing radiation detection devices. Monocrystals and polycrystalline thin films have been studied for this application, but only recently, the development of nanostructures of this compound has emerged as an interesting alternative for using such nanostructures in new types of radiation detectors or for including them in other applications. Considering this, we present in this work BiI3 nanoparticles successfully synthesized by the hydrothermal method, using a Teflon-lined stainless steel autoclave, at a temperature of 180 °C during 8-20 h, with BiCl3 and NaI as source materials. We characterized the nanoparticles by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). We obtained small rounded or hexagonal particles (10-20 nm in size) and larger structures. The maximum orientation of the nanostructures is along the (0 0 l) family planes and occurs after 16 h of synthesis, which arises as the best condition for obtaining BiI3 oriented nanostructures. When a 100 kV TEM electron beam was converged on the larger structures, we obtained highly oriented BiI3 hexagonal and rod shaped nanostructures. We found that particles' shape does not depend on the synthesis time. In addition, results were compared with the ones obtained for nanoparticles synthesized from solution. The present work is an advance in the synthesis of BiI3 nanostructures by the hydrothermal method, and is also the first step on seeking the amenable control of morphology and size of such structures using electron beam irradiation. This last process may be particularly appropriate for producing nanostructures for future applications in new devices.

  20. Hydrazine-hydrothermal method to synthesize three-dimensional chalcogenide framework for photocatalytic hydrogen generation

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    Liu Yi; Kanhere, Pushkar D.; Wong, Chui Ling; Tian Yuefeng; Feng Yuhua; Boey, Freddy; Wu, Tom; Chen Hongyu; White, Tim J.; Chen Zhong; Zhang Qichun

    2010-11-15

    A novel chalcogenide, [Mn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}S{sub 5}(N{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 3}] (1), has been synthesized by the hydrazine-hydrothermal method. X-ray crystallography study reveals that the new compound 1 crystallizes in space group P1-bar (no. 2) of the triclinic system. The structure features an open neutral three-dimensional framework, where two-dimensional mesh-like inorganic layers are bridged by intra- and inter-layer hydrazine ligands. Both two Mn1 and Mn2 sites adopt distorted octahedral coordination. While two Sb1 and Sb2 sites exhibit two different coordination geometries, the Sb1 site is coordinated with three S atoms to generate a SbS{sub 3} trigonal-pyramidal geometry, and the Sb2 site adopts a SbS{sub 4} trigonal bipyramidal coordination geometry. It has an optical band gap of about {approx}2.09 eV, which was deduced from the diffuse reflectance spectrum, and displays photocatalytic behaviors under visible light irradiation. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show compound 1 obeys the Curie-Weiss law in the range of 50-300 K. -- Graphical abstract: A novel chalcogenide, [Mn{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}S{sub 5}(N{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 3}] (1), synthesized by hydrazine-hydrothermal method, has a band gap of about {approx}2.09 eV and displays photocatalytic behaviors under visible light irradiation. Display Omitted

  1. Effects of pH on physicochemical properties of nanocrystalline TiO2 synthesized via sol-gel hydrothermal method

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    Ahmad, Ita Athirah; Ramli, Anita; Babaa, Moulay-Rachid

    2012-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been extensively studied as it can be applied to many different applications. TiO2 nanomaterial has several unique properties that enable them to be desirable for many applications and make the production of TiO2 nanomaterial very important and in demand. Multitude of methods and processes are available to synthesize these TiO2 nanomaterials. The ability to manipulate and control the method is the key in producing these nanomaterials with specific properties for the desired applications. Sol-gel hydrothermal is a very flexible and cost-effective method that has been employed to produce TiO2 nanocrystalline. This paper presents the experimental study on the method to produce titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocrystalline by using sol-gel hydrothermal method. A simple sol-gel hydrothermal technique which is easily controlled and reproduced is done to obtain nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2). By hydrolyzing titanium tetrachloride, TiCl4 in a mixture of hydrochloric acid (HCl) and deionized water, TiO2 nanopowder was obtained after calcinations at 400 °C. The samples were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy to study their physicochemical properties. From the result obtained, it shows that TiO2 nanocrystalline is well synthesized at pH 2 with estimated size of 10-20 nm and also have the highest absorption intensity compared to other samples.

  2. Fast, simple, and good pan-sharpening method

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    Palubinskas, Gintautas

    2013-01-01

    Pan-sharpening of optical remote sensing multispectral imagery aims to include spatial information from a high-resolution image (high frequencies) into a low-resolution image (low frequencies) while preserving spectral properties of a low-resolution image. From a signal processing view, a general fusion filtering framework (GFF) can be formulated, which is very well suitable for a fusion of multiresolution and multisensor data such as optical-optical and optical-radar imagery. To reduce computation time, a simple and fast variant of GFF-high-pass filtering method (HPFM)-is proposed, which performs filtering in signal domain and thus avoids time-consuming FFT computations. A new joint quality measure based on the combination of two spectral and spatial measures was proposed for quality assessment by a proper normalization of the ranges of variables. Quality and speed of six pan-sharpening methods-component substitution (CS), Gram-Schmidt (GS) sharpening, Ehlers fusion, Amélioration de la Résolution Spatiale par Injection de Structures, GFF, and HPFM-were evaluated for WorldView-2 satellite remote sensing data. Experiments showed that the HPFM method outperforms all the fusion methods used in this study, even its parentage method GFF. Moreover, it is more than four times faster than GFF method and competitive with CS and GS methods in speed.

  3. Magnetic carbon composites with a hierarchical structure for adsorption of tetracycline, prepared from sugarcane bagasse via hydrothermal carbonization coupled with simple heat treatment process.

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    Rattanachueskul, Natthanan; Saning, Amonrada; Kaowphong, Sulawan; Chumha, Nawapong; Chuenchom, Laemthong

    2017-02-01

    Sugarcane bagasse, an agricultural waste, was successfully converted into novel magnetic carbon composites by low temperature hydrothermal carbonization at 230°C for 24h, followed by heat treatment at 400°C for only 1h in air. Effects of NaOH and iron loading on the chemical properties of the composites were studied. In addition, various techniques were employed to investigate the physicochemical properties of the composites. Adsorption kinetics and isotherms were investigated with tetracycline (TC) for the magnetic composites. The magnetic carbon composite exhibited 48.35mg/g maximum adsorption capacity and was highly stable chemically and mechanically, with also good magnetic properties. The adsorption of TC by the magnetic adsorbent was mainly attributed to H-bonds and π-π interactions. The results indicate that waste sugarcane bagasse from the sugar industries can be efficiently transformed to a magnetic adsorbent for TC removal via a facile environmentally friendly method.

  4. Simple effective tests for beam propagation method programs

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    Dumitrescu, Mihail M.; Iancu, Ovidiu D.; Karam, Jean Michel

    2000-02-01

    In view of the increased need of an effective, practical and unified test set to evalute the modeling capabilities of beam propagation method (BPM) based programs, we prose an incident set of tests to be used for a standard evaluation. The proposed test have been chosen to be simple, easy to implement and enable a fairly good evaluation without the need of any experiment. Interesting aspects of the tests' results and some straightforward, practical criteria to estimate program capabilities and to tune the simulation parameters are presented. A cross-checking between 'Mode Solver' based and BPM based programs is also put into discussion. A paraxial error evaluation method is presented and the transverse mesh influence on the paraxial error is analyzed.

  5. Simple Method for Soil Moisture Estimation from Sentinel-1 Data

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    Gilewski, Pawei Grzegorz; Kedzior, Mateusz Andrzej; Zawadzki, Jaroslaw

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, authors calculated high resolution volumetric soil moisture (SM) by means of the Sentinel- 1 data for the Kampinos National Park in Poland and verified obtained results.To do so, linear regression coefficients (LRC) between in-situ SM measurements and Sentinel-1 radar backscatter values were calculated. Next, LRC were applied to obtain SM estimates from Sentinel-1 data. Sentinel-1 SM was verified against in-situ measurements and low-resolution SMOS SM estimates using Pearson's linear correlation coefficient. Simple SM retrieval method from radar data used in this study gives better results for meadows and when Sentinel-1 data in VH polarisation are used.Further research should be conducted to prove usefulness of proposed method.

  6. A simple encapsulation method for organic optoelectronic devices

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    Sun, Qian-Qian; An, Qiao-Shi; Zhang, Fu-Jun

    2014-08-01

    The performances of organic optoelectronic devices, such as organic light emitting diodes and polymer solar cells, have rapidly improved in the past decade. The stability of an organic optoelectronic device has become a key problem for further development. In this paper, we report one simple encapsulation method for organic optoelectronic devices with a parafilm, based on ternary polymer solar cells (PSCs). The power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of PSCs with and without encapsulation decrease from 2.93% to 2.17% and from 2.87% to 1.16% after 168-hours of degradation under an ambient environment, respectively. The stability of PSCs could be enhanced by encapsulation with a parafilm. The encapsulation method is a competitive choice for organic optoelectronic devices, owing to its low cost and compatibility with flexible devices.

  7. A simple method for evaluating data from an interlaboratory study.

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    Horwitz, W; Britton, P; Chirtel, S J

    1998-01-01

    Large-scale laboratory- and method-performance studies involving more than about 30 laboratories may be evaluated by calculating the HORRAT ratio for each test sample (HORRAT = [experimentally found among-laboratories relative standard deviation] divided by [relative standard deviation calculated from the Horwitz formula]). The chemical analytical method is deemed acceptable per se if HORRAT approximately 1.0 (+/- 0.5). If HORRAT is > or approximately 2.0, the most extreme values are removed successively until an "acceptable" ratio is obtained. The laboratories responsible for the extreme values that are removed should examine their technique and procedures. If > or approximately 15% of the values have to be removed, the instructions and the methods should be examined. This suggested computation procedure is simple and does not require statistical outlier tables. Proposed action limits may be adjusted according to experience. Data supporting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency method 245.1 for mercury in waters (manual cold-vapor atomic absorption spectrometry), supplemented by subsequent laboratory-performance data, were reexamined in this manner. Method-performance parameters (means and among-laboratories relative standard deviations) were comparable with results from the original statistical analysis that used a robust biweight procedure for outlier removal. The precision of the current controlled performance is better by a factor of 4 than that of estimates resulting from the original method-performance study, at the expense of rejecting more experimental values as outliers.

  8. A simple headspace equilibration method for measuring dissolved methane

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    Magen, C; Lapham, L.L.; Pohlman, John W.; Marshall, Kristin N.; Bosman, S.; Casso, Michael; Chanton, J.P.

    2014-01-01

    Dissolved methane concentrations in the ocean are close to equilibrium with the atmosphere. Because methane is only sparingly soluble in seawater, measuring it without contamination is challenging for samples collected and processed in the presence of air. Several methods for analyzing dissolved methane are described in the literature, yet none has conducted a thorough assessment of the method yield, contamination issues during collection, transport and storage, and the effect of temperature changes and preservative. Previous extraction methods transfer methane from water to gas by either a "sparge and trap" or a "headspace equilibration" technique. The gas is then analyzed for methane by gas chromatography. Here, we revisit the headspace equilibration technique and describe a simple, inexpensive, and reliable method to measure methane in fresh and seawater, regardless of concentration. Within the range of concentrations typically found in surface seawaters (2-1000 nmol L-1), the yield of the method nears 100% of what is expected from solubility calculation following the addition of known amount of methane. In addition to being sensitive (detection limit of 0.1 ppmv, or 0.74 nmol L-1), this method requires less than 10 min per sample, and does not use highly toxic chemicals. It can be conducted with minimum materials and does not require the use of a gas chromatograph at the collection site. It can therefore be used in various remote working environments and conditions.

  9. A design method for robust stabilizing simple repetitive control systems

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    Yamada, Kou; Takenaga, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Hiroshi

    2007-12-01

    The modified repetitive control system is a type of servomechanism for the periodic reference input. That is, the modified repetitive control system follows the periodic reference input with small steady state error, even if a periodic disturbance or uncertainty exists in the plant. Using previously proposed modified repetitive controllers, even if the plants does not includes time-delay, the transfer function from the periodic reference input to the output and that from the disturbance to the output have an infinite number of poles. When the transfer function from the periodic reference input to the output and that from the disturbance to the output have an infinite number of poles, it is difficult to specify the input-output characteristic and the disturbance attenuation characteristic. From the practical point of view, it is desirable that the input-output characteristic and the disturbance attenuation characteristic are easily specified. In order to specify the input-output characteristic and the disturbance attenuation characteristic easily, the transfer function from the periodic reference input to the output and that from the disturbance to the output are desirable to have a finite number of poles. Yamada et al. proposed the concept of simple repetitive control systems such that the controller works as a modified repetitive controller and the transfer function from the periodic reference input to the output and that from the disturbance to the output have a finite number of poles. In addition, Yamada et al. clarified the parametrization of all stabilizing simple repetitive controllers. However the method by Yamada et al. cannot be applied for the plant with uncertainty. The purpose of this paper is to propose the parametrization of all robust stabilizing simple repetitive controllers for the plant with uncertainty.

  10. A simple method for positional analysis of phosphatidylcholine.

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    Kiełbowicz, Grzegorz; Gładkowski, Witold; Chojnacka, Anna; Wawrzeńczyk, Czesław

    2012-12-15

    Simple and fast method of positional analysis of fatty acid composition of phosphatidylcholine (PC) from egg-yolk and soy has been elaborated. The key step of the procedure was complete ethanolysis of PC catalyzed by sn-1,3 specific lipase from Mucor miehei (Lipozyme). 2-Acyl-lysophosphatidylcholine (2-acyl LPC), fatty acids ethyl esters (FAEEs) and free fatty acids (FAs) were formed in this process. No acyl migration was observed during the reaction. The products were entirely separated from the products mixture by simple extraction in water:hexane (2:3 v/v) system. The hexane fraction containing free FAs and FAEEs was treated with BF(3)/Et(2)O in ethanol to obtain only FAEEs. The analysis of FAEEs by GC gave the composition of the FAs in the sn-1 position of the PC. 2-Acyl LPC from water fraction after precipitation in cold (-20°C) acetone was converted into FAEEs and analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) to determine FAs composition in the sn-2 position of the PC.

  11. Controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays by hydrothermal method

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    Mihailova, I.; Gerbreders, V.; Bulanovs, A.; Tamanis, E.; Sledevskis, E.; Ogurcovs, A.; Sarajevs, P.

    2014-10-01

    The application prospect of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures largely relies on the ability to grow nanoobjects with necessary geometry. In this study well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with a high density and uniformity were successfully synthesized on the glass substrates by a hydrothermal method at low-temperature. The aqueous solutions of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine was used. The effect of seed layer (obtained by electrochemical method and by vacuum deposition method) on the alignment of ZnO nanorods has been investigated. The morphological properties of the ZnO nanorods were also examined in accordance with varying the magnetron sputtering angle for ZnO seeds deposition. It is also shown that the electric field can control the direction of the growth of ZnO nanorods. Morphological, structural and compositional characterizations of obtained films were carried out by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis methods.

  12. Simple and sensitive spectrophotometric methods for determination of amantadine hydrochloride

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    Darwish, I. A.; Khedr, A. S.; Askal, H. F.; Mahmoud, R. M.

    2006-11-01

    Three simple and sensitive spectrophotometric methods (A-C) for determination of amantadine hydro-chloride have been developed and validated. The first method (A) is based on the oxidation of the drug by ammonium molybdate. The second method (B) was based on the charge-transfer complexation reaction between the amantadine base as an electron donor and iodine as a σ-acceptor. The third method (C) is based on the reaction of N-alkylvinylamine formed from the interaction of the free amino group in amantadine molecule and acetalde-hyde with chloranil to give colored vinylamino-substituted benzoquinone. The colored products of these reactions were measured at their corresponding maximum absorption peaks. Different variables affecting the reactions were carefully studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, linear relationships with good correlation coefficients 0.9993-0.9998 were found between the reading and the corresponding concentration of the drug in the range 2-90 µg·ml-1. The limits of detection ranged from 0.16 to 1.91 µg·ml-1. The precision of the methods was satisfactory: the values of relative standard deviation did not exceed 1.63%. The proposed methods were successfully applied to the analysis of amantadine HCl in its capsules with good accuracy and precision; the label claim percentages ranged from 99.8 to 100.5 ± (0.52-1.22) %. The results obtained by the proposed spectrophotometric methods were comparable with those obtained by the official method.

  13. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR MEASURING THE ELECTRON-BEAM MAGNETIZATION

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    Halavanau, A.; Qiang, G.; Wisniewski, E.; Ha, G.; Power, J.; Piot, P.

    2016-10-18

    There are a number of projects that require magnetized beams, such as electron cooling or aiding in “flat” beam transforms. Here we explore a simple technique to characterize the magnetization, observed through the angular momentum of magnetized beams. These beams are produced through photoemission. The generating drive laser first passes through microlens arrays (fly-eye light condensers) to form a transversely modulated pulse incident on the photocathode surface [1]. The resulting charge distribution is then accelerated from the photocathode. We explore the evolution of the pattern via the relative shearing of the beamlets, providing information about the angular momentum. This method is illustrated through numerical simulations and preliminary measurements carried out at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA) facility are presented.

  14. Killer system: a simple method for differentiating Candida albicans strains.

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    Polonelli, L; Archibusacci, C; Sestito, M; Morace, G

    1983-01-01

    The killer effect of 37 species of Candida, Cryptococcus, Hansenula, Pichia, Rhodotorula, Saccharomyces, and Trichosporon on 100 Candida albicans isolates of human and animal origin was studied. All of the C. albicans cultures were sensitive to one or more killer yeasts. The factors affecting the killer phenomenon on C. albicans were investigated for realizing a simple system for the differentiation of the 100 C. albicans isolates. By using this system, it was possible to differentiate up to 512 isolates of C. albicans according to their susceptibility to the killer effect of nine selected killer yeasts. The use of this method as an epidemiological marker in the case of presumptive nosocomial infections due to C. albicans is also reported. Images PMID:6345575

  15. A simple method for rapidly processing HEU from weapons returns

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    McLean, W. II; Miller, P.E.

    1994-01-01

    A method based on the use of a high temperature fluidized bed for rapidly oxidizing, homogenizing and down-blending Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) from dismantled nuclear weapons is presented. This technology directly addresses many of the most important issues that inhibit progress in international commerce in HEU; viz., transaction verification, materials accountability, transportation and environmental safety. The equipment used to carry out the oxidation and blending is simple, inexpensive and highly portable. Mobile facilities to be used for point-of-sale blending and analysis of the product material are presented along with a phased implementation plan that addresses the conversion of HEU derived from domestic weapons and related waste streams as well as material from possible foreign sources such as South Africa or the former Soviet Union.

  16. A simple design method of negative refractive index metamaterials

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    Kim, Dongho; Lee, Wangju; Choi, Jaeick

    2009-11-01

    We propose a very simple design method of negative refractive index (NRI) materials that can overcome some drawbacks of conventional resonant-type NRI materials. The proposed NRI materials consist of single or double metallic patterns printed on a dielectric substrate. Our metamaterials (MTMs) show two properties that are different from other types of MTMs in obtaining effective negative values of permittivity ( ɛ) and permeability ( μ) simultaneously; the geometrical outlines of the metallic patterns are not confined within any specific shape, and the metallic patterns are printed on only one side of the dielectric substrate. Therefore, they are very easy to design and fabricate using common printed circuit board (PCB) technology according to the appropriate application. Excellent agreement between the experiment and prediction data ensures the validity of our design approach.

  17. A simple gel electrophoresis method for separating polyhedral gold nanoparticles

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    Kim, Suhee; Lee, Hye Jin

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a simple approach to separate differently shaped and sized polyhedral gold nanoparticles (NPs) within colloidal solutions via gel electrophoresis is described. Gel running parameters for separating efficiently gold NPs including gel composition, added surfactant types and applied voltage were investigated. The plasmonic properties and physical structure of the separated NPs extracted from the gel matrix were then investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry respectively. Data analysis revealed that gel electrophoresis conditions of a 1.5 % agarose gel with 0.1 % sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant under an applied voltage of 100 V resulted in the selective isolation of ~ 50 nm polyhedral shaped gold nanoparticles. Further efforts are underway to apply the method to purify biomolecule-conjugated polyhedral Au NPs that can be readily used for NP-enhanced biosensing platforms.

  18. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod grown by hydrothermal based chemical method on glass substrate

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    Srivastava, R.; Majumdar, S.; Bhunia, S.

    2012-06-01

    A low-temperature and effective precursor-based method has been demonstrated to synthesize nanostructured ZnO. It is found that the morphology of ZnO precursors has a strong dependence on the reaction conditions that include the molar ratio of reagents, solvent, and reaction temperature. In this work, ZnO nanostructures were synthesized via hydrothermal based chemical method. Zinc acetate dehydrate [Zn(Ac)2 2H2O] and 1-propanol(C3H8O) were adopted for a seed layer growth on glass substrate via spin coating technique. Zinc nitrate hexahydrate [Zn(NO3)2 6H2O], hexamethylenetetramine(C6H12N4) and diethylamine(C4H11N) were adopted as synthesis precursors. The ZnO nanostructures obtained were characterized by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and the PL method. The SEM image of the sample showed that the thin film of ZnO on glass substrate has, predominantly, a nanometric rod-like morphology with hexagonal wurtzite structure.

  19. Preparation and magnetic properties of nano size nickel ferrite particles using hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    Background Nickel ferrite, a kind of soft magnetic materials is one of the most attracting class of materials due to its interesting and important properties and has many technical applications, such as in catalysis, sensors and so on. In this paper the synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles by the hydrothermal method is reported and the inhibition of surfactant (Glycerol or Sodium dodecyl sulfate) on the particles growth is investigated. Methods For investigation of the inhibition effect of surfactant on NiFe2O4 particles growth, the samples were prepared in presence of Glycerol and Sodium dodecyl sulfate. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) techniques were used to characterize the samples. Results The results of XRD and ICP-AES show that the products were pure NiFe2O4 and also nanoparticles grow with increasing the temperature, while surfactant prevents the particle growth under the same condition. The average particle size was determined from the Scherrer's equation and TEM micrographs and found to be in the range of 50-60 nm that decreased up to 10-15 nm in presence of surfactant. The FT-IR results show two absorption bands near to 603 and 490 cm-1 for the tetrahedral and octahedral sites respectively. Furthermore, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were in the range of 39.60 emu/g and 15.67 Qe that decreased for samples prepared in presence of surfactant. As well as, the nanoparticles exhibited a superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. Conclusions Nanosized nickel ferrite particles were synthesized with and without surfactant assisted hydrothermal methods. The results show that with increasing of temperature, the crystallinity of nanoparticles is increased. In the presence of surfactants, the crystallinity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles

  20. A simple method for the measurement of reflective foil emissivity

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    Ballico, M. J.; van der Ham, E. W. M.

    2013-09-01

    Reflective metal foil is widely used to reduce radiative heat transfer within the roof space of buildings. Such foils are typically mass-produced by vapor-deposition of a thin metallic coating onto a variety of substrates, ranging from plastic-coated reinforced paper to "bubble-wrap". Although the emissivity of such surfaces is almost negligible in the thermal infrared, typically less than 0.03, an insufficiently thick metal coating, or organic contamination of the surface, can significantly increase this value. To ensure that the quality of the installed insulation is satisfactory, Australian building code AS/NZS 4201.5:1994 requires a practical agreed method for measurement of the emissivity, and the standard ASTM-E408 is implied. Unfortunately this standard is not a "primary method" and requires the use of specified expensive apparatus and calibrated reference materials. At NMIA we have developed a simple primary technique, based on an apparatus to thermally modulate the sample and record the apparent modulation in infra-red radiance with commercially available radiation thermometers. The method achieves an absolute accuracy in the emissivity of approximately 0.004 (k=2). This paper theoretically analyses the equivalence between the thermal emissivity measured in this manner, the effective thermal emissivity in application, and the apparent emissivity measured in accordance with ASTM-E408.

  1. A simple method for the measurement of reflective foil emissivity

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    Ballico, M. J.; Ham, E. W. M. van der

    2013-09-11

    Reflective metal foil is widely used to reduce radiative heat transfer within the roof space of buildings. Such foils are typically mass-produced by vapor-deposition of a thin metallic coating onto a variety of substrates, ranging from plastic-coated reinforced paper to 'bubble-wrap'. Although the emissivity of such surfaces is almost negligible in the thermal infrared, typically less than 0.03, an insufficiently thick metal coating, or organic contamination of the surface, can significantly increase this value. To ensure that the quality of the installed insulation is satisfactory, Australian building code AS/NZS 4201.5:1994 requires a practical agreed method for measurement of the emissivity, and the standard ASTM-E408 is implied. Unfortunately this standard is not a 'primary method' and requires the use of specified expensive apparatus and calibrated reference materials. At NMIA we have developed a simple primary technique, based on an apparatus to thermally modulate the sample and record the apparent modulation in infra-red radiance with commercially available radiation thermometers. The method achieves an absolute accuracy in the emissivity of approximately 0.004 (k=2). This paper theoretically analyses the equivalence between the thermal emissivity measured in this manner, the effective thermal emissivity in application, and the apparent emissivity measured in accordance with ASTM-E408.

  2. A Simple Method to Improve Autonomous GPS Positioning for Tractors

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gómez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Stombaugh, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Error is always present in the GPS guidance of a tractor along a desired trajectory. One way to reduce GPS guidance error is by improving the tractor positioning. The most commonly used ways to do this are either by employing more precise GPS receivers and differential corrections or by employing GPS together with some other local positioning systems such as electronic compasses or Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). However, both are complex and expensive solutions. In contrast, this article presents a simple and low cost method to improve tractor positioning when only a GPS receiver is used as the positioning sensor. The method is based on placing the GPS receiver ahead of the tractor, and on applying kinematic laws of tractor movement, or a geometric approximation, to obtain the midpoint position and orientation of the tractor rear axle more precisely. This precision improvement is produced by the fusion of the GPS data with tractor kinematic control laws. Our results reveal that the proposed method effectively reduces the guidance GPS error along a straight trajectory. PMID:22163917

  3. A simple method to improve autonomous GPS positioning for tractors.

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    Gomez-Gil, Jaime; Alonso-Garcia, Sergio; Gómez-Gil, Francisco Javier; Stombaugh, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Error is always present in the GPS guidance of a tractor along a desired trajectory. One way to reduce GPS guidance error is by improving the tractor positioning. The most commonly used ways to do this are either by employing more precise GPS receivers and differential corrections or by employing GPS together with some other local positioning systems such as electronic compasses or Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). However, both are complex and expensive solutions. In contrast, this article presents a simple and low cost method to improve tractor positioning when only a GPS receiver is used as the positioning sensor. The method is based on placing the GPS receiver ahead of the tractor, and on applying kinematic laws of tractor movement, or a geometric approximation, to obtain the midpoint position and orientation of the tractor rear axle more precisely. This precision improvement is produced by the fusion of the GPS data with tractor kinematic control laws. Our results reveal that the proposed method effectively reduces the guidance GPS error along a straight trajectory.

  4. Determination of the age of hydrothermal fluids by the kinetic-geochemical method

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    Reznikov, A.N.

    1995-03-01

    An estimate of the age of hydrothermal fluids at rift zones of oceans and continents, island arc regions, as well as regions of mud volcanism and occurrences of condensation and solution waters of hydrocarbon accumulations is given on the basis of the chemical, gas, and isotopic compositions and geothermobaric conditions. Correlations between the degree of accumulation of trace elements in hydrothermal fluids and their age were established.

  5. Acoustic measurement method of the volume flux of a seafloor hydrothermal plume

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    Xu, G.; Jackson, D. R.; Bemis, K. G.; Rona, P. A.

    2011-12-01

    Measuring fluxes (volume, chemical, heat, etc.) of the deep sea hydrothermal vents has been a crucial but challenging task faced by the scientific community since the discovery of the vent systems. However, the great depths and complexities of the hydrothermal vents make traditional sampling methods laborious and almost daunting missions. Furthermore, the samples, in most cases both sparse in space and sporadic in time, are hardly enough to provide a result with moderate uncertainty. In September 2010, our Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging Sonar System (COVIS, http://vizlab.rutgers.edu/AcoustImag/covis.html) was connected to the Neptune Canada underwater ocean observatory network (http://www.neptunecanada.ca) at the Main Endeavour vent field on the Endeavour segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. During the experiment, the COVIS system produced 3D images of the buoyant plume discharged from the vent complex Grotto by measuring the back-scattering intensity of the acoustic signal. Building on the methodology developed in our previous work, the vertical flow velocity of the plume is estimated from the Doppler shift of the acoustic signal using geometric correction to compensate for the ambient horizontal currents. A Gaussian distribution curve is fitted to the horizontal back-scattering intensity profile to determine the back-scattering intensity at the boundary of the plume. Such a boundary value is used as the threshold in a window function for separating the plume from background signal. Finally, the volume flux is obtained by integrating the resulting 2D vertical velocity profile over the horizontal cross-section of the plume. In this presentation, we discuss preliminary results from the COVIS experiment. In addition, several alternative approaches are applied to determination of the accuracy of the estimated plume vertical velocity in the absence of direct measurements. First, the results from our previous experiment (conducted in 2000 at the same vent complex using a

  6. Quality and high yield synthesis of Ag nanowires by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method.

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    Meléndrez, Manuel F; Medina, Carlos; Solis-Pomar, Francisco; Flores, Paulo; Paulraj, Mani; Pérez-Tijerina, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanowires (Ag-NWs) were obtained using microwave-assisted hydrothermal method (MAH). The main advantage of the method is its high NWs production which is greater than 90%. It is also easy, fast, and highly reproducible process. One of the drawbacks presented so far in the synthesis of nanostructures by polyol path is the high temperature used in the process, which is superior than the boiling point of solvent (ethylene glycol), and also its excessive reaction time. Here, Ag-NWs with diameters of 70 to 110 nm were synthesized in 5 min in large quantities. Results showed that dimensions and shape of nanowires were very susceptible to changes with reaction parameters. The reactor power and reactor fill capacity were important for the synthesis. It was found that the reaction time needs to be decreased because of the NWs which start to deform and break up due to significant increase in the pressure's system. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron diffraction analysis (SAED) did not show corresponding phases of AgO. Some aspects about synthesis parameters which are related to the percent yield and size of nanowires are also discussed.

  7. METEORIC-HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEMS.

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    Criss, Robert E.; Taylor, Hugh P.

    1986-01-01

    This paper summarizes the salient characteristics of meteoric-hydrothermal systems, emphasing the isotopic systematics. Discussions of permeable-medium fluid dynamics and the geology and geochemistry of modern geothermal systems are also provided, because they are essential to any understanding of hydrothermal circulation. The main focus of the paper is on regions of ancient meteoric-hydrothermal activity, which give us information about the presently inaccessible, deep-level parts of modern geothermal systems. It is shown oxygen and hydrogen isotopes provide a powerful method to discover and map fossil hydrothermal systems and to investigate diverse associated aspects of rock alteration and ore deposition.

  8. A simple calibration method for mechanically braked cycle ergometers.

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    Van Praagh, E; Bedu, M; Roddier, P; Coudert, J

    1992-01-01

    The calibration of cycle ergometers should be checked regularly. Some studies have shown calibration errors of more than 40%. A simple, inexpensive calibrating method for mechanically braked cycle ergometers was developed and tried out on a new type of ergocycle. The cycle ergometer was elevated and the crank replaced by a pulley fitted to the shaft. The crank speed (rpm) increased linearly as a function of time when different masses were applied on the pulley. For a given braking force on the cycle ergometer, different accelerations corresponding to the increased pulley forces could be measured. When extrapolating for zero acceleration, it was possible to determine a "limit-force" which allowed the system to be in equilibrium. Additional force creates motion. The same experiments were repeated with increasing braking forces. Using the differently sized gear sprockets of the transmission system, it was possible to calculate the actual force, including all the resistances. The actual force found by the calibrating method was then compared with the indicated force proposed by the manufacturer. With increasing forces, the relative errors decreased from 9.6 to 2.9%. The cycle ergometer calibrated by this technique meets the standards recommended in exercise physiology.

  9. A Simple Method for High-Lift Propeller Conceptual Design

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    Patterson, Michael; Borer, Nick; German, Brian

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a simple method for designing propellers that are placed upstream of the leading edge of a wing in order to augment lift. Because the primary purpose of these "high-lift propellers" is to increase lift rather than produce thrust, these props are best viewed as a form of high-lift device; consequently, they should be designed differently than traditional propellers. We present a theory that describes how these props can be designed to provide a relatively uniform axial velocity increase, which is hypothesized to be advantageous for lift augmentation based on a literature survey. Computational modeling indicates that such propellers can generate the same average induced axial velocity while consuming less power and producing less thrust than conventional propeller designs. For an example problem based on specifications for NASA's Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research (SCEPTOR) flight demonstrator, a propeller designed with the new method requires approximately 15% less power and produces approximately 11% less thrust than one designed for minimum induced loss. Higher-order modeling and/or wind tunnel testing are needed to verify the predicted performance.

  10. A new simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method

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    Huang, S.; Liu, Y. J.

    2016-09-01

    A simple multidomain fast multipole boundary element method (BEM) for solving potential problems is presented in this paper, which can be applied to solve a true multidomain problem or a large-scale single domain problem using the domain decomposition technique. In this multidomain BEM, the coefficient matrix is formed simply by assembling the coefficient matrices of each subdomain and the interface conditions between subdomains without eliminating any unknown variables on the interfaces. Compared with other conventional multidomain BEM approaches, this new approach is more efficient with the fast multipole method, regardless how the subdomains are connected. Instead of solving the linear system of equations directly, the entire coefficient matrix is partitioned and decomposed using Schur complement in this new approach. Numerical results show that the new multidomain fast multipole BEM uses fewer iterations in most cases with the iterative equation solver and less CPU time than the traditional fast multipole BEM in solving large-scale BEM models. A large-scale fuel cell model with more than 6 million elements was solved successfully on a cluster within 3 h using the new multidomain fast multipole BEM.

  11. A simple capacitive method to evaluate ethanol fuel samples

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    Vello, Tatiana P.; de Oliveira, Rafael F.; Silva, Gustavo O.; de Camargo, Davi H. S.; Bufon, Carlos C. B.

    2017-02-01

    Ethanol is a biofuel used worldwide. However, the presence of excessive water either during the distillation process or by fraudulent adulteration is a major concern in the use of ethanol fuel. High water levels may cause engine malfunction, in addition to being considered illegal. Here, we describe the development of a simple, fast and accurate platform based on nanostructured sensors to evaluate ethanol samples. The device fabrication is facile, based on standard microfabrication and thin-film deposition methods. The sensor operation relies on capacitance measurements employing a parallel plate capacitor containing a conformational aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin layer (15 nm). The sensor operates over the full range water concentration, i.e., from approximately 0% to 100% vol. of water in ethanol, with water traces being detectable down to 0.5% vol. These characteristics make the proposed device unique with respect to other platforms. Finally, the good agreement between the sensor response and analyses performed by gas chromatography of ethanol biofuel endorses the accuracy of the proposed method. Due to the full operation range, the reported sensor has the technological potential for use as a point-of-care analytical tool at gas stations or in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and beverage industries, to mention a few.

  12. A simple capacitive method to evaluate ethanol fuel samples

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    Vello, Tatiana P.; de Oliveira, Rafael F.; Silva, Gustavo O.; de Camargo, Davi H. S.; Bufon, Carlos C. B.

    2017-01-01

    Ethanol is a biofuel used worldwide. However, the presence of excessive water either during the distillation process or by fraudulent adulteration is a major concern in the use of ethanol fuel. High water levels may cause engine malfunction, in addition to being considered illegal. Here, we describe the development of a simple, fast and accurate platform based on nanostructured sensors to evaluate ethanol samples. The device fabrication is facile, based on standard microfabrication and thin-film deposition methods. The sensor operation relies on capacitance measurements employing a parallel plate capacitor containing a conformational aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin layer (15 nm). The sensor operates over the full range water concentration, i.e., from approximately 0% to 100% vol. of water in ethanol, with water traces being detectable down to 0.5% vol. These characteristics make the proposed device unique with respect to other platforms. Finally, the good agreement between the sensor response and analyses performed by gas chromatography of ethanol biofuel endorses the accuracy of the proposed method. Due to the full operation range, the reported sensor has the technological potential for use as a point-of-care analytical tool at gas stations or in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and beverage industries, to mention a few. PMID:28240312

  13. Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} nanostructures produced by convenient microwave-hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Hongying; Gu, Chunchuan; Li, Dujuan; Zhang, Mingzhen

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: A non-enzymatic H{sub 2}O{sub 2} sensor with high selectivity and sensitivity based on rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} synthesized by the convenient microwave-assisted hydrothermal method, was fabricated. - Highlights: • Rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} is synthesized within 10 min via microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach. • Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on FeMoO{sub 4} nanomaterials is fabricated. • The biosensor exhibits good performance. - Abstract: In this work, we demonstrated a simple, rapid and reliable microwave-assisted hydrothermal approach to synthesize the uniform rose-shaped FeMoO{sub 4} within 10 min. The morphologies of the synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Moreover, a non-enzymatic amperometric sensor for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) was fabricated on the basis of the FeMoO{sub 4} as electrocatalysis. The resulting FeMoO{sub 4} exhibited high sensitivity and good stability for the detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, which may be attributed to the rose-shaped structure of the material and the catalytic property of FeMoO{sub 4}. Amperometric response showed that the modified electrode had a good response for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with a linear range from 1 μM to 1.6 mM, a detection limit of 0.5 μM (S/N = 3), high selectivity and short response time. Additionally, good recoveries of analytes in real milk samples confirm the reliability of the prepared sensor in practical applications.

  14. One-step synthesis of titanium oxide nanocrystal- rutile by hydrothermal method

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    Yan, Evyan Yang Chia; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua

    2014-09-01

    Pure rutile phase titanium oxides (TiO2) nanocrystals were synthesized via hydrothermal method with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and water (H2O) treated in an autoclave. The particle size and phase assemblages were characterized using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Band gap energy (Eg) of the nanocrystals was estimated from the Ultra violet - visible light (UV-vis) absorption spectra. It was demonstrated that TiO2 nanocrystals can be prepared through increasing of temperature and period of treatment. It is believed that the presence of acid chloride (HCl) as by-product during the hydrolysis played an important role in controlling the growth of morphology and crystal structures. The Eg of the samples were estimated from the plot of modified Kubelka-Munk function were in the range of 3.04 - 3.26eV for the samples synthesized at temperature ranging from 50 to 200°C for 16 hours.

  15. Synthesis and Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of Ce-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanorods by Hydrothermal Method

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    Aisah, N.; Gustiono, D.; Fauzia, V.; Sugihartono, I.; Nuryadi, R.

    2017-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a n-type semiconductor material which has a wide direct band gap energy of ∼ 3.3 eV, and other interesting optical properties, hence it’s potentially applied to various fields such as electronics, optoelectronics, sensors, photonic devices, and also photocatalyst. Dopant in ZnO nanostructures is an effective way to improve ZnO’s structural properties in various applications. In this study, undoped and Ce doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized on ITO coated glass substrates by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis for seeding deposition and hydrothermal methods at a temperature of 95 0C for 2 hours for growth. X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), UV-VIS and Photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the crystal structure, surface morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods and the photocatalytic activity test for methylene blue degradation. The experimental results showed that 3% Cerium dopant has produced hexagonal morphology ZnO nanorod growing more uniform on (002) crystal planes, increased the intensity of ultraviolet absorbance thereby increase the degradation speed of methylene blue.

  16. One-step synthesis of titanium oxide nanocrystal- rutile by hydrothermal method

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    Yan, Evyan Yang Chia; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua

    2014-09-03

    Pure rutile phase titanium oxides (TiO{sub 2}) nanocrystals were synthesized via hydrothermal method with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl{sub 4}) and water (H{sub 2}O) treated in an autoclave. The particle size and phase assemblages were characterized using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Band gap energy (E{sub g}) of the nanocrystals was estimated from the Ultra violet – visible light (UV-vis) absorption spectra. It was demonstrated that TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals can be prepared through increasing of temperature and period of treatment. It is believed that the presence of acid chloride (HCl) as by-product during the hydrolysis played an important role in controlling the growth of morphology and crystal structures. The E{sub g} of the samples were estimated from the plot of modified Kubelka-Munk function were in the range of 3.04 – 3.26eV for the samples synthesized at temperature ranging from 50 to 200°C for 16 hours.

  17. Synthesis and photocatalysis properties of ZnO structures with different morphologies via hydrothermal method

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    Xie, Juan; Wang, Hu; Duan, Ming; Zhang, Liehui

    2011-05-01

    The special flower-like and sheet-like ZnO structures were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The photocatalytic activity of different morphologies of ZnO structures was evaluated by degradating of methyl orange (MO). The photocatalytic degradation process was monitored in terms of decolorization and total organic carbon (TOC) removals. The results indicated that the flower-like ZnO structures were consisted of numerous flower-like aggregates with the size of 2 μm. The sheet-like ZnO nanostructures were obtained by increasing the reaction time. They exhibited higher photodegradation efficiencies under UV light irradiation than flower-like ZnO structures due to the blue shift of the band gap. The photodegradation could be described as the pseudo-first-order kinetics with apparent rate constants ranging from 1.17 × 10 -2 to 3.42 × 10 -2 min -1, which were based on the morphology of the structures. The photodegradation was faster than the mineralization, indicating that the accumulation of by-products were resistant to photocatalytic degradation.

  18. Abnormal room temperature ferromagnetism in CuO/ZnO nanocomposites via hydrothermal method

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    Lu, Ping; Zhou, Wei; Li, Ying; Wang, Jianchun; Wu, Ping

    2017-03-01

    CuO/ZnO nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by a one-step hydrothermal method with different phase ratios. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results show that the obtained products of nanosheets are composed of small primary particles with an average size of about 20 nm. With the increasing proportion of CuO phase, nanosheets have significant collapse and the amount of small sheets increases obviously. The abnormal room temperature ferromagnetism was discovered at the interface between diamagnetic ZnO and antiferromagnetic CuO, which can be tuned by changing the phase ratios. Optical spectra indicate that the interaction between ZnO and CuO modifies the electronic structure of nanocomposites. XPS results verify the valence change of Cu ions and the presence of oxygen vacancies, which are ultimately responsible for the observed ferromagnetism. The indirect double-exchange model was employed to explain the origin of magnetism. Our study suggests that magnetically functional interfaces exhibit very appealing properties for novel devices.

  19. Improved dye-sensitized solar cell with a ZnO nanotree photoanode by hydrothermal method

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    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the influence of ZnO nanostructures on dye adsorption to increase the photovoltaic conversion efficiency of solar cells. ZnO nanostructures were grown in both tree-like and nanorod (NR) arrays on an AZO/FTO film structure by using a hydrothermal method. The results were observed in detail using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-visible spectrophotometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and solar simulation. The selective growth of tree-like ZnO was found to exhibit higher dye adsorption loading and conversion efficiency than ZnO NRs. The multiple ‘branches’ of ‘tree-like nanostructures’ increases the surface area for higher light harvesting and dye loading while reducing charge recombination. These improvements result in a 15% enhancement in power conversion. The objective of this study is to facilitate the development of a ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cell. PMID:24872799

  20. Nanostructured hybrid layered-spinel cathode material synthesized by hydrothermal method for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Liu, Cong; Wang, Zhiyuan; Shi, Chunsheng; Liu, Enzuo; He, Chunnian; Zhao, Naiqin

    2014-06-11

    Nanostructured spinel LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4, layered Li1.5Mn0.75Ni0.25O2.5 and layered-spinel hybrid particles have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal methods. It is found that the nanostructured hybrid cathode contains both spinel and layered components, which could be expressed as Li1.13Mn0.75Ni0.25O2.32. Diffraction-contrast bright-field (BF) and dark-field (DF) images illustrate that the hybrid cathode has well dispersed spinel component. Electrochemical measurements reveal that the first-cycle efficiency of the layered-spinel hybrid cathode is greatly improved (up to 90%) compared with that of the layered material (71%) by integrating spinel component. Our investigation demonstrates that the spinel containing hybrid material delivers a high capacity of 240 mAh g(-1) with good cycling stability between 2.0 and 4.8 V at a current rate of 0.1 C.

  1. A simple graphical method for measuring inherent safety.

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    Gupta, J P; Edwards, David W

    2003-11-14

    Inherently safer design (ISD) concepts have been with us for over two decades since their elaboration by Kletz [Chem. Ind. 9 (1978) 124]. Interest has really taken off globally since the early nineties after several major mishaps occurred during the eighties (Bhopal, Mexico city, Piper-alfa, Philips Petroleum, to name a few). Academic and industrial research personnel have been actively involved into devising inherently safer ways of production. The regulatory bodies have also shown deep interest since ISD makes the production safer and hence their tasks easier. Research funding has also been forthcoming for new developments as well as for demonstration projects.A natural question that arises is as to how to measure ISD characteristics of a process? Several researchers have worked on this [Trans. IChemE, Process Safety Environ. Protect. B 71 (4) (1993) 252; Inherent safety in process plant design, Ph.D. Thesis, VTT Publication Number 384, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, 1999; Proceedings of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Symposium, 2001, p. 509]. Many of the proposed methods are very elegant, yet too involved for easy adoption by the industry which is scared of yet another safety analysis regime. In a recent survey [Trans. IChemE, Process Safety Environ. Prog. B 80 (2002) 115], companies desired a rather simple method to measure ISD. Simplification is also an important characteristic of ISD. It is therefore desirable to have a simple ISD measurement procedure. The ISD measurement procedure proposed in this paper can be used to differentiate between two or more processes for the same end product. The salient steps are: Consider each of the important parameters affecting the safety (e.g., temperature, pressure, toxicity, flammability, etc.) and the range of possible values these parameters can have for all the process routes under consideration for an end product. Plot these values for each step in each process route and compare. No

  2. Simple method of generating and distributing frequency-entangled qudits

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    Jin, Rui-Bo; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Fujiwara, Mikio; Takeoka, Masahiro; Wakabayashi, Ryota; Yamashita, Taro; Miki, Shigehito; Terai, Hirotaka; Gerrits, Thomas; Sasaki, Masahide

    2016-11-01

    High-dimensional, frequency-entangled photonic quantum bits (qudits for d-dimension) are promising resources for quantum information processing in an optical fiber network and can also be used to improve channel capacity and security for quantum communication. However, up to now, it is still challenging to prepare high-dimensional frequency-entangled qudits in experiments, due to technical limitations. Here we propose and experimentally implement a novel method for a simple generation of frequency-entangled qudts with d\\gt 10 without the use of any spectral filters or cavities. The generated state is distributed over 15 km in total length. This scheme combines the technique of spectral engineering of biphotons generated by spontaneous parametric down-conversion and the technique of spectrally resolved Hong-Ou-Mandel interference. Our frequency-entangled qudits will enable quantum cryptographic experiments with enhanced performances. This distribution of distinct entangled frequency modes may also be useful for improved metrology, quantum remote synchronization, as well as for fundamental test of stronger violation of local realism.

  3. Simple method for purification of enterotoxigenic E. coli fimbriae

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    Curtis, Brittany; Grassel, Christen; Laufer, Rachel; Sears, Khandra; Pasetti, Marcela F.; Barry, Eileen M.; Simon, Raphael

    2016-01-01

    Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) are endemic pathogens in the developing world. They frequently cause illness in travelers, and are among the most prevalent causes of diarrheal disease in children. Pathogenic ETEC strains employ fimbriae as adhesion factors to bind the luminal surface of the intestinal epithelium and establish infection. Accordingly, there is marked interest in immunoprophylactic strategies targeting fimbriae to protect against ETEC infections. Multiple strategies have been reported for purification of ETEC fimbriae, however none is ideal. Purification has typically involved the use of highly virulent wild-type strains. We report here a simple and improved method to purify ETEC fimbriae, which was applied to obtain two different Class 5 fimbriae types of clinical relevance (CFA/I and CS4) expressed recombinantly in E. coli production strains. Following removal from cells by shearing, fimbriae proteins were purified by orthogonal purification steps employing ultracentrifugation, precipitation, and ion-exchange membrane chromatography. Purified fimbriae demonstrated the anticipated size and morphology by electron microscopy analysis, contained negligible levels of residual host cell proteins, nucleic acid, and endotoxin, and were recognized by convalescent human anti-sera. PMID:26581778

  4. A simple method for identification of irradiated spices

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    Behere, Arun; Desai, S. R. Padwal; Rao, S. M. D.; Nair, P. M.

    Thermoluminescence (TL) properties of curry powder, a salt containing spice mixture, and three different ground spices, viz. chilli, turmeric and pepper, were compared with TL of table salt. The spices other than curry powder, did not exhibit characteristic TL in the absence of salt. Therefore studies were initiated to develop a simple and reliable method using common salt for distinguishing irradiated spices (10 kGy) from unirradiated ones under normal conditions of storage. Common salt exhibited a characteristic TL glow at 170°C. However, when present in curry powder, the TL glow of salt showed a shift to 208°C. It was further observed that upon storage up to 6 months, the TL of irradiated curry powder retained about 10% of the original intensity and still could be distinguished from the untreated samples. From our results it is evident that common salt could be used as an indicator either internally or externally in small sachets for incorporating into prepacked spices.

  5. A finite volume method for fluctuating hydrodynamics of simple fluids

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    Narayanan, Kiran; Samtaney, Ravi; Moran, Brian

    2015-11-01

    Fluctuating hydrodynamics accounts for stochastic effects that arise at mesoscopic and macroscopic scales. We present a finite volume method for numerical solutions of the fluctuating compressible Navier Stokes equations. Case studies for simple fluids are demonstrated via the use of two different equations of state (EOS) : a perfect gas EOS, and a Lennard-Jones EOS for liquid argon developed by Johnson et al. (Mol. Phys. 1993). We extend the fourth order conservative finite volume scheme originally developed by McCorquodale and Colella (Comm. in App. Math. & Comput. Sci. 2011), to evaluate the deterministic and stochastic fluxes. The expressions for the cell-centered discretizations of the stochastic shear stress and stochastic heat flux are adopted from Espanol, P (Physica A. 1998), where the discretizations were shown to satisfy the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. A third order Runge-Kutta scheme with weights proposed by Delong et al. (Phy. Rev. E. 2013) is used for the numerical time integration. Accuracy of the proposed scheme will be demonstrated. Comparisons of the numerical solution against theory for a perfect gas as well as liquid argon will be presented. Regularizations of the stochastic fluxes in the limit of zero mesh sizes will be discussed. Supported by KAUST Baseline Research Funds.

  6. Simple and scalable method for peptide inhalable powder production.

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    Schoubben, Aurélie; Blasi, Paolo; Giovagnoli, Stefano; Ricci, Maurizio; Rossi, Carlo

    2010-01-31

    The aim of this work was to produce capreomycin dry powder and capreomycin loaded PLGA microparticles intended for tuberculosis inhalation therapy, using simple and scalable methods. Capreomycin physico-chemical characteristics have been modified by hydrophobic ion pairing with oleate. The powder suspension was processed by high pressure homogenization and spray-dried. Spray-drying was also used to prepare capreomycin oleate (CO) loaded PLGA microparticles. CO powder was suspended in the organic phase containing PLGA and the suspension was spray-dried. Particle dimensions were determined using photon correlation spectroscopy and Accusizer C770. Morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and capreomycin content by spectrophotometry. Capreomycin properties were modified to increase polymeric microparticle content and obtain respirable CO powder. High pressure homogenization allowed to reduce CO particle dimensions obtaining a population in the micrometric (6.18 microm) and one in the nanometric (approximately 317 nm) range. SEM pictures showed not perfectly spherical particles with a wrinkled surface, generally suitable for inhalation. PLGA particles were characterized by a high encapsulation efficiency (about 90%) and dimensions (approximately 6.69 microm) suitable for inhalation. Concluding, two different formulations were successfully developed for capreomycin pulmonary delivery. The hydrophobic ion pair strategy led to a noticeable drug content increase.

  7. Simple method for the synthesis of inverse patchy colloids

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    van Oostrum, P. D. J.; Hejazifar, M.; Niedermayer, C.; Reimhult, E.

    2015-06-01

    Inverse patchy colloids (IPC's) have recently been introduced as a conceptually simple model to study the phase-behavior of heterogeneously charged units. This class of patchy particles is referred to as inverse to highlight that the patches repel each other in contrast to the attractive interactions of conventional patches. IPCs demonstrate a complex interplay between attractions and repulsions that depend on their patch size and charge, their relative orientations as well as on charge of the substrate below; the resulting wide array of different types of aggregates that can be formed motivates their fabrication and use as model system. We present a novel method that does not rely on clean-room facilities and that is easily scalable to modify the surface of colloidal particles to create two polar regions with the opposite charge with respect to that of the equatorial region. The patch size is characterized by electron microscopy and fluorescently labeled to facilitate using confocal microscopy to study their phase behavior. We show that the pH can be used to tune the charges of the IPCs thus offering a tool to steer the self assembly.

  8. Simple method for purification of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli fimbriae.

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    Curtis, Brittany; Grassel, Christen; Laufer, Rachel S; Sears, Khandra T; Pasetti, Marcela F; Barry, Eileen M; Simon, Raphael

    2016-03-01

    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) are endemic pathogens in the developing world. They frequently cause illness in travelers, and are among the most prevalent causes of diarrheal disease in children. Pathogenic ETEC strains employ fimbriae as adhesion factors to bind the luminal surface of the intestinal epithelium and establish infection. Accordingly, there is marked interest in immunoprophylactic strategies targeting fimbriae to protect against ETEC infections. Multiple strategies have been reported for purification of ETEC fimbriae, however none is ideal. Purification has typically involved the use of highly virulent wild-type strains. We report here a simple and improved method to purify ETEC fimbriae, which was applied to obtain two different Class 5 fimbriae types of clinical relevance (CFA/I and CS4) expressed recombinantly in E. coli production strains. Following removal from cells by shearing, fimbriae proteins were purified by orthogonal purification steps employing ultracentrifugation, precipitation, and ion-exchange membrane chromatography. Purified fimbriae demonstrated the anticipated size and morphology by electron microscopy analysis, contained negligible levels of residual host cell proteins, nucleic acid, and endotoxin, and were recognized by convalescent human anti-sera.

  9. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Velasco-Davalos, Ivan; Ambriz-Vargas, Fabian; Kolhatkar, Gitanjali; Thomas, Reji; Ruediger, Andreas

    2016-06-01

    We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111) substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO3)4- or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111) and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111) substrates. Bi(NO3)3 and Fe(NO3)3 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100) substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of ytterbium silicate nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Hongfei; Gao, Yanfeng; Liu, Yun; Luo, Hongjie

    2010-02-15

    A simple, low-cost hydrothermal method was developed to synthesize 20-nm-diameter single-crystalline ytterbium silicate (Yb(2)Si(2)O(7) and Yb(2)SiO(5)) nanoparticles at 200 degrees C. This is nearly 1000 degrees C lower than that for the typical sol-gel route to ytterbium silicate powders. Obtained powders showed very low thermal conductivity, a suitable thermal expansion coefficient, and excellent thermal/structural stability, suggesting a potential application to environmental and thermal barrier coatings. Special focus was placed on assessing the hydrothermal reaction mechanism for particle formation.

  11. Hydrothermal Processing

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2011-03-11

    This chapter is a contribution to a book on Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass being edited by Prof. Robert Brown of Iowa State University. It describes both hydrothermal liquefaction and hydrothermal gasification of biomass to fuels.

  12. Simple method of isolating humic acids from organic soils

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    Ahmed, O.

    2009-04-01

    Humic substances particularly humic acids (HA) play a major role in soil conditioning e.g. erosion control, soil cation exchange capacity, complexation of heavy metal ions and pesticides, carbon and nitrogen cycles, plant growth and reduction of ammonia volatilization from urea. Humified substances such as coal, composts, and peat soils have substantial amounts of HA but the isolation of these acids is expensive, laborious, and time consuming. Factors that affect the quality and yield of HA isolated from these materials include extraction, fractionation, and purification periods. This work developed a simple, rapid, and cost effective method of isolating HA from peat soils. There was a quadratic relationship between extraction period and HA yield. Optimum extraction period was estimated at 4 h instead of the usual range of 12 to 48 h. There was no relationship between fractionation period and HA yield. As such 2 h instead of the usual range of 12 to 24 h fractionation period could be considered optimum. Low ash content (5%), remarkable reduction in K, coupled with the fact that organic C, E4/E6, carboxylic COOH, phenolic OH, and total acidity values of the HA were consistent with those reported by other authors suggest that the HA dealt with were free from mineral matter. This was possible because the distilled water used to purify the HA served as Bronsted-Lowry acid during the purification process of the HA. Optimum purification period using distilled waster was 1 h instead of the usual range of 1 and 7 days (uses HF and HCl and dialysis). Humic acids could be isolated from tropical peat soils within 7 h (i.e. 4 h extraction, 2 h fractionation, and 1 h purification) instead of the existing period of 2 and 7 days. This could facilitate the idea of producing organic fertilizers such as ammonium-humate and potassium-humate from humified substances since techniques devised in this study did not alter the true nature of the HA. Besides, the technique is rapid, simple

  13. Core-shell hematite nanorods: a simple method to improve the charge transfer in the photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Gurudayal; Chee, Png Mei; Boix, Pablo P; Ge, Hu; Yanan, Fang; Barber, James; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2015-04-01

    We report a simple method to produce a stable and repeatable photoanode for water splitting with a core-shell hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanorods system by combining spray pyrolysis and hydrothermal synthesis. Impedance spectroscopy revealed passivation of the surface states by the shell layer, which results in an increase of the charge injection through the hematite conduction band. In pristine hematite more holes are accumulated on the surface and the charge transfer to the electrolyte occurs through surface states, whereas in the core-shell hematite photoanode the majority of hole transfer process occurs through the valence band. As a result the photoactivity of the core-shell nanorods, 1.2 mA cm(-2), at 1.23 V vs RHE, is twice that of pristine hematite nanorods. The alteration of the interface energetics is supported by TEM, showing that the crystallinity of the surface has been improved by the deposition of the shell.

  14. P-doped TiO2 with superior visible-light activity prepared by rapid microwave hydrothermal method

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    Niu, Jinfen; Lu, Pan; Kang, Mei; Deng, Kunfa; Yao, Binghua; Yu, Xiaojiao; Zhang, Qian

    2014-11-01

    Phosphorous-doped anatase TiO2 powders (P-TiO2) were prepared by rapid microwave hydrothermal method. The resulting materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, DRS and N2 adsorption. P-doping decreased the band gap and enlarged the surface area of P-doped samples than that of undoped TiO2 samples. Therefore, the photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue (MB) and tetracycline hydrochloride (Tc) experiments showed that the P-TiO2 catalysts, especially the two-steps-controlling products P-TiO2-2, exhibited higher degradation efficiency than the undoped TiO2 and commercial P25 under visible-light irradiation. Hydroxyl radicals (rad OH) have been confirmed to be the active species during the photocatalytic oxidation reaction. The microwave hydrothermal method confirms to be very suitable for the synthesis of superior visible-light activity P-doped samples.

  15. A Simple, Powerful Method for Optimal Guidance of Spacecraft Formations

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    Hughes, Steven P.

    2006-01-01

    One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of formation guidance law design is the coupling of the orbit design and the science return. The analyst's role is more complicated than simply to design the formation geometry and evolution. He or she is also involved in designing a significant portion of the science instrument itself. The effectiveness of the formation as a science instrument is intimately coupled with the relative geometry and evolution of the collection of spacecraft. Therefore, the science return can be maximized by optimizing the orbit design according to a performance metric relevant to the science mission goals. In this work, we present a simple method for optimal formation guidance that is applicable to missions whose performance metric, requirements, and constraints can be cast as functions that are explicitly dependent upon the orbit states and spacecraft relative positions and velocities. We present a general form for the cost and constraint functions, and derive their semi-analytic gradients with respect to the formation initial conditions. The gradients are broken down into two types. The first type are gradients of the mission specific performance metric with respect to formation geometry. The second type are derivatives of the formation geometry with respect to the orbit initial conditions. The fact that these two types of derivatives appear separately allows us to derive and implement a general framework that requires minimal modification to be applied to different missions or mission phases. To illustrate the applicability of the approach, we conclude with applications to two missions: the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) , and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

  16. A Simple, Powerful Method for Optimal Guidance of Spacecraft Formations

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    Hughes, Steven P.

    2005-01-01

    One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of formation guidance law design is the coupling of the orbit design and the science return. The analyst s role is more complicated than simply to design the formation geometry and evolution. He or she is also involved in designing a significant portion of the science instrument itself. The effectiveness of the formation as a science instrument is intimately coupled with the relative geoniet,ry and evolution of the collection of spacecraft. Therefore, the science return can be maximized by optimizing the orbit design according to a performance metric relevant to the science mission goals. In this work, we present a simple method for optimal formation guidance that is applicable to missions whose performance metric, requirements, and constraints can be cast as functions that are explicitly dependent upon the orbit states and spacecraft relative positions and velocities. We present a general form for the cost and constraint functions, and derive their semi-analytic gradients with respect to the formation initial conditions. The gradients are broken down into two types. The first type are gradients of the mission specific performance metric with respect to formation geometry. The second type are derivatives of the formation geometry with respect to the orbit initial conditions. The fact that these two types of derivatives appear separately allows us to derive and implement a general framework that requires minimal modification to be applied to different missions or mission phases. To illustrate the applicability of the approach, we conclude with applications to twc missims: the Magnetospheric Mu!tiscale mission (MMS), a,nd the TJaser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

  17. A simple objective method for determining a dynamic journal collection.

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    Bastille, J D; Mankin, C J

    1980-10-01

    In order to determine the content of a journal collection responsive to both user needs and space and dollar constraints, quantitative measures of the use of a 647-title collection have been related to space and cost requirements to develop objective criteria for a dynamic collection for the Treadwell Library at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a large medical research center. Data were collected for one calendar year (1977) and stored with the elements for each title's profile in a computerized file. To account for the effect of the bulk of the journal runs on the number of uses, raw use data have been adjusted using linear shelf space required for each title to produce a factor called density of use. Titles have been ranked by raw use and by density of use with space and cost requirements for each. Data have also been analyzed for five special categories of use. Given automated means of collecting and storing data, use measures should be collected continuously. Using raw use frequency ranking to relate use to space and costs seems sensible since a decision point cutoff can be chosen in terms of the potential interlibrary loans generated. But it places new titles at risk while protecting titles with long, little used runs. Basing decisions on density of use frequency ranking seems to produce a larger yield of titles with fewer potential interlibrary loans and to identify titles with overlong runs which may be pruned or converted to microform. The method developed is simple and practical. Its design will be improved to apply to data collected in 1980 for a continuous study of journal use. The problem addressed is essentially one of inventory control. Viewed as such it makes good financial sense to measure use as part of the routine operation of the library to provide information for effective management decisions.

  18. Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite (MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders prepared by a simple aloe vera plant-extracted solution hydrothermal route

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    Phumying, Santi; Labuayai, Sarawuth; Swatsitang, Ekaphan; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Maensiri, Santi

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This figure shows the specific magnetization curves of the as-prepared MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders obtained from room temperature VSM measurement. These curves are typical for a soft magnetic material and indicate hysteresis ferromagnetism in the field ranges of ±500 Oe, ±1000 Oe, and ±2000 Oe for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} respectively, whereas the samples of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} show a superparamagnetic behavior. Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method. ► Metal acetylacetonates and aloe vera plant-extracted solution are used. ► This biosynthetic route is very simple and provides high-yield oxide nanomaterials. ► XRD and TEM results indicate that the prepared samples have only spinel structure. ► The maximum M{sub s} of 68.9 emu/g at 10 kOe were observed for the samples of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method using Fe(acac){sub 3}, M(acac){sub 3} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) and aloe vera plant extracted solution. The X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction results indicate that the synthesized nanocrystalline have only spinel structure without the presence of other phase impurities. The crystal structure and morphology of the spinel ferrite powders, as revealed by TEM, show that the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples contain nanoparticles, whereas the MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples consist of many nanoplatelets and nanoparticles. Interestingly, the ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample contains plate-like structure of networked nanocrystalline particles. Room temperature magnetization results show a ferromagnetic behavior of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples, whereas the

  19. Luminescence properties of BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} obtained via microwave stimulated hydrothermal method

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    Pazik, R.; Wiglusz, R.J.; Strek, W.

    2009-06-03

    BaTiO{sub 3} nanocrystalline powders doped with the Eu{sup 3+} ions have been prepared using microwave stimulated hydrothermal method (MSHM). Structure, average grain size and morphology of the BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} were analyzed by means of the X-ray powder diffraction measurements, Raman spectroscopy and SEM microscopy. The luminescence properties and decay times of the hydrothermal BT:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystalline powders have been investigated as a function of the grain size, dopant concentration, preparation conditions and sintering temperature. It was found that the studied properties are strongly dependent on the grain size of BaTiO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nano-crystallites.

  20. Preparation of SiO2 nanowires from rice husks by hydrothermal method and the RNA purification performance

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    Huang, Meiyan; Cao, Jianping; Meng, Xing; Liu, Yangsi; Ke, Wei; Wang, Jialiang; Sun, Ling

    2016-10-01

    In this study, SiO2 nanowires were prepared by using rice husks as silicon source via a hydrothermal method. The microstructure, thermal stability and morphology of SiO2 nanowires were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscope. SiO2 nanowires with a diameter of 30-100 nm were obtained and the formation mechanism of SiO2 nanowires during the hydrothermal reaction was proposed. The SiO2 nanowires were introduced into membrane spin columns to isolate RNA and the values of A260/280 and A260/230 were 2.0-2.1 and 1.8-2.0, respectively, which shows the SiO2 nanowires were effective for RNA purification.

  1. Systematic study on surface and magnetostructural changes in Mn-substituted dysprosium ferrite by hydrothermal method

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    Rekha, G.; Tholkappiyan, R.; Vishista, K.; Hamed, Fathalla

    2016-11-01

    Dysprosium iron garnets are of scientific importance because of the wide range of magnetic properties that can be obtained in substituting dysprosium by a rare earth metal. In the present work, the effect of Mn substitution on magnetostructural changes in dysprosium ferrite nanoparticles is studied. Highly crystalline pure and Mn doped dysprosium ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The samples were calcined at 1100 °C for 2 h in air atmosphere which is followed by characterization using XRD, FT-IR analysis, SEM, XPS and VSM. The average crystallite size of synthesized samples were calculated by X-ray diffraction falls in the range of 88.4-86.8 nm and was found to be in cubic garnet structure. For further investigation of the structure and corresponding changes in the tetrahedral and octahedral stretching vibrational bonds, FT-IR was used. The synthesized samples consist of multiple oxidation (Fe3+ and Fe2+) states for Fe ions and (Mn3+ and Mn2+) Mn ions analyzed in three ways of Fe 2p and Mn 2p spectra from the XPS analysis. With respect to Mn dopant in Dy3Fe5O12, the cationic distributions of elements were discussed from high resolution XPS spectra by peak position and shift, area, width. To find out the porous/void surface morphology of the sample, scanning electron microscopy was used. From XPS analysis, the presence of elements (Dy, Mn, Fe and O) and their composition in the prepared samples were confirmed. Further, the role of dopant on the magnetic properties of the dysprosium ferrite nanoparticles was also observed from VSM which shows the ferromagnetic behavior. It was concluded that the magnetic properties of synthesized nanoparticles mainly depended on the oxidation state of elements, cationic distribution and crystallinity.

  2. Characterization of ZnO:Co particles prepared by hydrothermal method for room temperature magnetism

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    Peng, Yingzi; Huo, Dexuan; He, Haiping; Li, Yuan; Li, Lingwei; Wang, Huawen; Qian, Zhenghong

    2012-03-01

    ZnO based diluted magnetic semiconductor particles (ZnO:Co) have been grown using a hydrothermal method with good crystallinity. The atomic percentage of Co presented in the specimen is about 0.01. Based on the x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transition electron, Co is found to be incorporated into ZnO lattice without evidence of obvious Co precipitates. However, from photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the range of 1.94 -3.45 eV, a strong broad emission centered around 600 nm (2.07 eV) in the visible range as well as a relatively weak peak at 2.81 eV are observed, indicating the presence of Co impurities. Moreover, intrinsic emissions such as DOX suggest that at least some Co have been doped into ZnO lattice, substituting for Zn2+ ions. The PL results further confirm the substitution of Zn2+ ions by Co, which leads to the changes of the electronic band structures. Magnetism could be realized at room temperature for the ZnO:Co nanoparticles under our experimental conditions although with low coercivity. The field-cooled and zero-field-cooled curves can be explained as a result of competition between the ferromagnetic and the antiferromagnetic ordering in the ZnO:Co nanoparticles. Combining the results from PL and magnetism characterization, it is reasonable to think that both doped Co in the ZnO lattice and Co impurities contribute to magnetism in ZnO:Co nanoparticles at room temperature.

  3. Synthesis of bilayer MoS{sub 2} nanosheets by a facile hydrothermal method and their methyl orange adsorption capacity

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    Ye, Lijuan; Xu, Haiyan; Zhang, Dingke; Chen, Shijian

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Hexagonal phase of MoS{sub 2} nanosheets was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. • FE-SEM and TEM images show the sheets-like morphology of MoS{sub 2}. • Bilayer MoS{sub 2} can be grown under the optimized mole ratio of 2:1 of S:Mo at 180 °C for 50 h. • The MoS{sub 2} nanosheets possess high methyl orange adsorption capacity due to the large surface area. - Abstract: Molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) nanosheets have received significant attention recently due to the potential applications for exciting physics and technology. Here we show that MoS{sub 2} nanosheets can be prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. The study of the properties of the MoS{sub 2} nanosheets prepared at different conditions suggests that the mole ratio of precursors and hydrothermal time significantly influences the purity, crystalline quality and thermal stability of MoS{sub 2}. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra and transmission electron microscopy results indicate that bilayer MoS{sub 2} can be grown under an optimized mole ratio of 2:1 of S:Mo at 180 °C for 50 h. Moreover, such ultrathin nanosheets exhibit a prominent photoluminescence and possess high methyl orange adsorption capacity due to the large surface area, which can be potentially used in photodevice and photochemical catalyst.

  4. Preparation of Co3O4 Nanostructures via a Hydrothermal- Assisted Thermal Treatment Method by Using of New Precursors

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    Gholamrezaei, Sousan; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud; Hadadzadeh, Hassan; Behnamfar, Mohammad Taghi

    2017-02-01

    Co3O4 nanostructures have been synthesized via a hydrothermal-assisted thermal treatment process. A new complex formulated as [Co(py)2(H2O)2(NO3)2] was synthesized, and then used to prepare Co3O4 nanostructures. Cubic phase of spinel Co3O4 nanostructures with particle size of about 39 nm could be produced after calcination of the Co(OH)2 materials prepared with hydrothermal method at 160 °C for 15 h. Using of inorganic precursors decreased the time and temperature of Co3O4 preparation. The effect of pH on the morphology of the product s synthesized by hydrothermal reactions was investigated. It was found that the best morphology was achieved on pH=8, where was not prepared any precipitation. In this method, we could decrease the reaction temperature in synthetic rout to fabricate Co3O4 nanostructures. Nanostructures were characterized by SEM, TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible, Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and Nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR).

  5. A Simple Method for Tracking Vertebrate-Dispersed Seeds

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    Levey, D.J.; Sargent, S.

    1999-01-20

    New and simple technique for tracking seeds using fluorescence microspheres applied to fruit and later recovered in fecal material of captive Cedar Waxwings. Study demonstrates high percentage recovery of microspheres, all defecations having seeds have microspheres, few microspheres recovered in defecations not having seeds and presence of microspheres on fruit does not affect fruit choice.

  6. Simple method for monitoring rangeland health and wildlife habitat

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    We describe a monitoring system that requires just a pencil, one page datasheet and a 1-meter stick. Data are collected using the stick at five locations on each of four 25-m transects. Vegetation cover, composition, and horizontal and vertical structure are recorded by marking simple icons on the s...

  7. Improving Student Engagement in Mathematics Using Simple but Effective Methods

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    Shearman, Donald; Rylands, Leanne; Coady, Carmel

    2012-01-01

    A significant proportion of students enrolling in mathematical subjects designed for non-STEM majors in university courses have minimal mathematical skills and poor motivation. This combination of starting attributes often leads to failure in the first mathematical subject encountered. We have been implementing simple, alternative pedagogies in an…

  8. A Novel Method for Discovering Fuzzy Sequential Patterns Using the Simple Fuzzy Partition Method.

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    Chen, Ruey-Shun; Hu, Yi-Chung

    2003-01-01

    Discusses sequential patterns, data mining, knowledge acquisition, and fuzzy sequential patterns described by natural language. Proposes a fuzzy data mining technique to discover fuzzy sequential patterns by using the simple partition method which allows the linguistic interpretation of each fuzzy set to be easily obtained. (Author/LRW)

  9. A modified Bogoliubov method applied to a simple boson model

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    Litt, O.; Bassichis, W. H.

    2017-01-01

    We use a non-gauge-invariant modification of the exact Hamiltonian to obtain a new Hamiltonian-like operator for a simple exactly solvable boson model. The eigenvalues of the new operator are close to those of the original Hamiltonian. We make a one-body approximation of the new two-body operator in the spirit of the Bogoliubov approximation. Because only the number operator appears, the c-number approximation is not required individually for the creation or annihilation operators in the ground state. For the simple model, the results using the new approximation are closer to the exact results than the usual Bogoliubov results over a wide range of parameters. The improvement increases dramatically as the model interaction strength increases.

  10. Simple and Rapid Method for Detecting Biofilm Forming Bacteria.

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    Kalia, Vipin Chandra; Prakash, Jyotsana; Koul, Shikha; Ray, Subhasree

    2017-03-01

    Biofilm forming bacteria play a vital role in causing infectious diseases and for enhancing the efficiency of the bioremediation process through immobilization. Different media and conditions have been reported for detecting biofilm forming bacteria, however, they are not quite rapid. Here, we propose the use of a simple medium which can be used for detecting biofilm former, and also provide a mechanism to regulate the expression of biofilm formation process.

  11. Confined-Pyrolysis as an Experimental Method for Hydrothermal Organic Synthesis

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    Leif, Roald N.; Simoneit, Bernd R. T.

    1995-01-01

    A closed pyrolysis system has been developed as a tool for studying the reactions of organic compounds under extreme hydrothermal conditions. Small high pressure stainless steel vessels in which the ratio of sediment or sample to water has been adjusted to eliminate the headspace at peak experimental conditions confines the organic components to the bulk solid matrix and eliminates the partitioning of the organic compounds away from the inorganic components during the experiment. Confined pyrolysis experiments were performed to simulate thermally driven catagenetic changes in sedimentary organic matter using a solids to water ratio of 3.4 to 1. The extent of alteration was measured by monitoring the steroid and triterpenoid biomarkers and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon distributions. These pyrolysis experiments duplicated the hydrothermal transformations observed in nature. Molecular probe experiments using alkadienes, alkenes and alkanes in H2O and D2O elucidated the isomerization and hydrogenation reactions of aliphatic and the competing oxidative reactions occurring under hydrothermal conditions. This confined pyrolysis technique is being applied to test experiments on organic synthesis of relevance to chemical evolution for the origin of life.

  12. A simple approximation method for obtaining the spanwise lift distribution

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    Schrenk, O

    1940-01-01

    The approximation method described makes possible lift-distribution computations in a few minutes. Comparison with an exact method shows satisfactory agreement. The method is of greater applicability than the exact method and includes also the important case of the wing with end plates.

  13. Simple methods for the 3' biotinylation of RNA.

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    Moritz, Bodo; Wahle, Elmar

    2014-03-01

    Biotinylation of RNA allows its tight coupling to streptavidin and is thus useful for many types of experiments, e.g., pull-downs. Here we describe three simple techniques for biotinylating the 3' ends of RNA molecules generated by chemical or enzymatic synthesis. First, extension with either the Schizosaccharomyces pombe noncanonical poly(A) polymerase Cid1 or Escherichia coli poly(A) polymerase and N6-biotin-ATP is simple, efficient, and generally applicable independently of the 3'-end sequences of the RNA molecule to be labeled. However, depending on the enzyme and the reaction conditions, several or many biotinylated nucleotides are incorporated. Second, conditions are reported under which splint-dependent ligation by T4 DNA ligase can be used to join biotinylated and, presumably, other chemically modified DNA oligonucleotides to RNA 3' ends even if these are heterogeneous as is typical for products of enzymatic synthesis. Third, we describe the use of 29 DNA polymerase for a template-directed fill-in reaction that uses biotin-dUTP and, thanks to the enzyme's proofreading activity, can cope with more extended 3' heterogeneities.

  14. Simple, rapid method for the preparation of isotopically labeled formaldehyde

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    Hooker, Jacob Matthew; Schonberger, Matthias; Schieferstein, Hanno; Fowler, Joanna S.

    2011-10-04

    Isotopically labeled formaldehyde (*C.sup..sctn.H.sub.2O) is prepared from labeled methyl iodide (*C.sup..sctn.H.sub.3I) by reaction with an oxygen nucleophile having a pendant leaving group. The mild and efficient reaction conditions result in good yields of *C.sup..sctn.H.sub.2O with little or no *C isotopic dilution. The simple, efficient production of .sup.11CH.sub.2O is described. The use of the .sup.11CH.sub.2O for the formation of positron emission tomography tracer compounds is described. The reaction can be incorporated into automated equipment available to radiochemistry laboratories. The isotopically labeled formaldehyde can be used in a variety of reactions to provide radiotracer compounds for imaging studies as well as for scintillation counting and autoradiography.

  15. A simple method to evaluate the reliability of OWAS observations.

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    de Bruijn, I; Engels, J A; van der Gulden, J W

    1998-08-01

    Slides showing nurses in different working postures were used to determine the reliability of OWAS observations. Each slide could be looked at for 3 seconds, while a new slide was shown every 30 seconds to resemble the normal practice of observation. Two observers twice scored a series of slides, some of them being identical at both viewings. To reduce effects of recall there was a time interval of 4 weeks or more between the two viewings and the slides were in a different order the second time. Different series were used to evaluate inter- and intra-observer reliability. The OWAS scores of corresponding slides were compared. In almost all comparisons percentages of agreement over 85% and kappa's over 0.6 were found, which is considered as good agreement. The procedure described seems to be a useful and simple technique to determine such reliability.

  16. Pathways for synthesis of new selenium-containing oxo-compounds: Chemical vapor transport reactions, hydrothermal techniques and evaporation method

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    Kovrugin, Vadim M.; Colmont, Marie; Siidra, Oleg I.; Gurzhiy, Vladislav V.; Krivovichev, Sergey V.; Mentré, Olivier

    2017-01-01

    Due to the low and close melting and sublimation temperatures (340 and 350 °C, respectively), the crystal growth of selenates and/or selenites is generally achieved using either chemical vapor transport routes, hydrothermal methods due to the good solubility and reactivity of (SeO3)2- anions or isothermal evaporation synthesis. Here we report examples many new crystal structures obtained using these synthesis routes. Particularly, description of each process is given with theoretical and practical information assorted with description of selected structures.

  17. The effect of annealing on properties of europium doped ZnO nanopowders obtained by a microwave hydrothermal method

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    Wolska-Kornio, E.; Kaszewski, J.; Witkowski, B. S.; Wachnicki, Ł.; Godlewski, M.

    2016-09-01

    Europium doped ZnO nanopowders made by microwave hydrothermal method are investigated. As zinc oxide precursor zinc nitrate(V) hexahydrate (Zn(NO3)2·6H2O) was used. Two types of nanopowder samples are examined: as grown and annealed at 750 °C in air atmosphere. We investigate the structural, morphological and optical prosperities of europium doped ZnO. Results of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photo- and cathodoluminescence investigations and also CIE1961 chromaticity diagram are presented.

  18. A simple enzymatic method for examining calcite ossicles of Echinodermata.

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    Tiago, C G; Brites, A D; Kawauchi, G Y

    2005-06-01

    The various shapes, size and fine details of ossicles are of paramount importance as systematic characters in the Echinodermata. The ossicles in this group are endodermal and a method to free them from the dermis is essential for their study. To date, a small quantity of hypochlorite solution (usually household liquid bleach) has been used to dissolve a small piece of tissue and, consequently, free these ossicles. A new method, using a proteolytic enzyme instead of hypochlorite solution to dissolve holothurian tissues, is proposed. This method was tested on fragments of body tissues from three species in three different orders of holothurians: Holothuria grisea Selenka, 1867 (Aspidochirotida), Duasmodactyla seguroensis (Deichmann, 1930) (Dendrochirotida) and Synaptula secreta Ancona Lopez (1957) (Apodida). Observations of material prepared using the hypochlorite and the enzyme methods were made using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM images show the striking differences in the surface of the ossicles obtained by each method, and reveal the advantages of the enzyme method.

  19. Simple numerical method for predicting steady compressible flows

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    Vonlavante, Ernst; Nelson, N. Duane

    1986-01-01

    A numerical method for solving the isenthalpic form of the governing equations for compressible viscous and inviscid flows was developed. The method was based on the concept of flux vector splitting in its implicit form. The method was tested on several demanding inviscid and viscous configurations. Two different forms of the implicit operator were investigated. The time marching to steady state was accelerated by the implementation of the multigrid procedure. Its various forms very effectively increased the rate of convergence of the present scheme. High quality steady state results were obtained in most of the test cases; these required only short computational times due to the relative efficiency of the basic method.

  20. A Simple and Accurate Method for Measuring Enzyme Activity.

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    Yip, Din-Yan

    1997-01-01

    Presents methods commonly used for investigating enzyme activity using catalase and presents a new method for measuring catalase activity that is more reliable and accurate. Provides results that are readily reproduced and quantified. Can also be used for investigations of enzyme properties such as the effects of temperature, pH, inhibitors,…

  1. Measuring Plant Water Status: A Simple Method for Investigative Laboratories.

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    Mansfield, Donald H.; Anderson, Jay E.

    1980-01-01

    Describes a method suitable for quantitative studies of plant water status conducted by high school or college students and the calculation of the relative water content (RWC) of a plant. Materials, methods, procedures, and results are discussed, with sample data figures provided. (CS)

  2. A simple vitrification method for cryobanking avian testicular tissue

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    Cryopreservation of testicular tissue is a promising method of preserving male reproductive potential for avian species. This study was conducted to assess whether a vitrification method can be used to preserve avian testicular tissue, using the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) as a model. A sim...

  3. A simple method for synthesizing and producing guitar sounds

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    Torres, Jesús A.; Rendón, Pablo L.

    2013-05-01

    An uncomplicated model is proposed to describe the transverse force exerted by a plucked string on a guitar bridge. This model incorporates the effect of internal damping, lending the synthesized sound a transient quality that makes it more realistic than sound produced without taking damping into account. The synthesized signals are then compared to actual measurements for both free and palm-muted vibrations, and show agreement in both cases. These synthesized signals can also be used to play MIDI files through a guitar acting as a modified loudspeaker cone, driving the instrument mechanically. The sound thus obtained is realistic and provides an interesting classroom exercise for an undergraduate audience. The main set-up is also affordable as a laboratory activity and for public demonstrations, and has the advantage of being simple to implement and flexible enough to allow different kinds of modification. It is, in fact, reliable enough to use as a tool for the comparison of different guitars driven in the same manner.

  4. A simple and efficient DNA isolation method for Salvia officinalis.

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    Aleksić, Jelena M; Stojanović, Danilo; Banović, Bojana; Jančić, Radiša

    2012-12-01

    We report an efficient, simple, and cost-effective protocol for the isolation of genomic DNA from an aromatic medicinal plant, common sage (Salvia officinalis L.). Our modification of the standard CTAB protocol includes two polyphenol adsorbents (PVP 10 and activated charcoal), high NaCl concentrations (4 M) for removing polysaccharides, and repeated Sevag treatment to remove proteins and other carbohydrate contaminants. The mean DNA yield obtained with our Protocol 2 was 330.6 μg DNA g(-1) of dry leaf tissue, and the absorbance ratios 260/280 and 260/230 nm averaged 1.909 and 1.894, respectively, revealing lack of contamination. PCR amplifications of one nuclear (26S rDNA) and one chloroplast (rps16-trnK) locus indicated that our DNA isolation protocol may be used in common sage and other aromatic and medicinal plants containing essential oil for molecular biologic and biotechnological studies and for population genetics, phylogeographic, and conservation surveys in which nuclear or chloroplast genomes would be studied in large numbers of individuals.

  5. Mimicking natural fibrous structures of opals by means of a microemulsion-mediated hydrothermal method.

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    Hassan, Natalia; Verdinelli, Valeria; Ruso, Juan M; Messina, Paula V

    2011-07-19

    Silica-based nanomaterials are of great interest because of their potential applications in constructing electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. Especially significant are those that combine the properties of photonic crystal with a fibrous semiconductor structure. Here we report the use of microemulsion droplet systems as a simple and controllable route for the synthesis of 3D opals materials with an unusual fibrous microstructure similar to those that exist in nature. By this method, we demonstrate the creation of very long fibrils of 30-50 nm diameter and more than 20 μm length showing simultaneous short and long wavelength light emissions and band gap values (5.50 and 4.41 eV) comparable to those obtained for silicon-based metal oxide semiconductors.

  6. Properties of beryl single crystals grown by a high pressure hydrothermal method

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    Furusaki, T.; Bando, Y.; Kodaira, K. ); Matsushita, T. )

    1989-08-01

    The authors discuss beryl crystals grown under high pressure hydrothermal condition of 1 GPa. The optimum crystal growth was observed at 600{sup 0}C and from 0.1N NaOH solution. The beryl crystals from 0.1 - 0.3N NaOH solutions incorporated water molecules and alkali cations in the channels of the beryl structure. The crystals showed same refractive indices and density as those of natural emerald crystals. These physical properties were very similar to natural emeralds.

  7. Novel hydrothermal method for effective doping of N and F into nano Titania for both, energy and environmental applications

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    Jyothi, M.S.; D’Souza Laveena, P.; Shwetharani, R.; Balakrishna, Geetha R.

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Novel method to synthesize N, F doped TiO{sub 2} via hydrothermal method is discussed. • Change in bandgap of TiO{sub 2} upon doping makes a photocatalyst visible active. • 94% of degradation of EtBr was achieved within a less time of 90 min. • The doped titania also showed good efficiency as photo anodic material for solar cell. - Abstract: A novel and an efficient hydrothermal method for the preparation of an effective doped titania photocatalyst is reported. The crystal phase, binding energy, elemental composition, morphology, optical and electronic structure analyses were done by various techniques. The doped titania proved as an efficient electrode material and photocatalyst for solar cells and water treatment respectively. The photocatalyst is able to degrade the most potent mutagen ethidium bromide under sunlight with an enhancement of 1.6 times over its undoped analogue. As photo-anode material, showed an improved open circuit potential and fill factor. The created electron states in the doped sample act as charge carrier traps suppressing recombination which later detraps the same to the surface of the catalyst causing enhanced interfacial charge transfer. Surface acidity caused by F induction and lowered band gap energy that can respond to visible light facilitates improved energy harvesting and energy transfer leading to better photo activity.

  8. Simple numerical method for solving the steady Euler equations

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    Von Lavante, E.; Melson, N. Duane

    1987-01-01

    A numerical method for solving the isenthalpic form of the governing equations for compressible inviscid flows is developed. The method is based on the concept of flux vector splitting in its implicit form and is tested on several demanding configurations. Time marching to steady state is accelerated by the implementation of the multigrid procedure which very effectively increases the rate of convergence. Steady-state results are obtained for various test cases. Only short computational times are required due to the relative efficiency of the basic method.

  9. Simple method to make asymptotic series of Feynman diagrams converge.

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    Meurice, Y

    2002-04-08

    We show that, for two nontrivial lambda phi(4) problems (the anharmonic oscillator and the Landau-Ginzburg hierarchical model), improved perturbative series can be obtained by cutting off the large field contributions. The modified series converge to values exponentially close to the exact ones. For lambda larger than some critical value, the method outperforms Padé's approximants and Borel summations. The method can also be used for series which are not Borel summable such as the double-well potential series. We show that semiclassical methods can be used to calculate the modified Feynman rules, estimate the error, and optimize the field cutoff.

  10. A simple analytical method to obtain achromatic waveplate retarders

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    Vilas, Jose Luis; Lazarova-Lazarova, Aleksandra

    2017-04-01

    A new linear and analytical method to design achromatic retarders using waveplates is proposed. The root of this procedure is a generalization of the Hariharan method, which supposes a set of waveplates with fast axes aligned. Hence, it imposes a set of contour conditions over the overall retardation with the aim of determining the thicknesses of the waveplates. Our method proposes a polynomial approximation of the birefringences, thus removing the contour condition. Analytic expressions for calculating the thicknesses of the waveplates are then derived, showing a non-explicit dependence on the wavelength. Moreover, the overall retardation obtained by this method is close to the optimal retardation curve achieved by minimizing the merit function of the achromatism degree.

  11. Co3O4-ZnO hierarchical nanostructures by electrospinning and hydrothermal methods

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    Kanjwal, Muzafar A.; Sheikh, Faheem A.; Barakat, Nasser A. M.; Chronakis, Ioannis S.; Kim, Hak Yong

    2011-07-01

    A new hierarchical nanostructure that consists of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and zinc oxide (ZnO) was produced by the electrospinning process followed by a hydrothermal technique. First, electrospinning of a colloidal solution that consisted of zinc nanoparticles, cobalt acetate tetrahydrate and poly(vinyl alcohol) was performed to produce polymeric nanofibers embedding solid nanoparticles. Calcination of the obtained electrospun nanofiber mats in air at 600 °C for 1 h, produced Co3O4 nanofibers with rough surfaces containing ZnO nanoparticles (i.e., ZnO-doped Co3O4 nanofibers). The rough surfaced nanofibers, containing ZnO nanoparticles (ZnNPs), were then exploited as seeds to produce ZnO nanobranches using a specific hydrothermal technique. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to characterize the as-spun nanofibers and the calcined product. X-ray powder diffractometery (XRD) analysis was used to study the chemical composition and the crystallographic structure.

  12. A simple method for labeling CT images with respiratory states

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    Berlinger, Kajetan; Sauer, Otto; Vences, Lucia; Roth, Michael

    2006-09-15

    A method is described for labeling CT images with their respiratory state by a needle, connected to the patient's chest/abdomen. By means of a leverage the needle follows the abdominal respiratory motion. The needle is visible as a blurred spot in every CT slice. The method was tested with nine patients. A series of volume scans during free breathing was performed. The detected positions of the moving needle in every single slice were compared to each other thus enabling respiratory state assignment. The tool is an inexpensive alternative to complex respiratory measuring tools for four dimensional (4D) CT and was greatly accepted in the clinic due to its simplicity.

  13. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity for water-splitting reaction of nanocrystalline mesoporous titania prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Jitputti, Jaturong; Pavasupree, Sorapong; Suzuki, Yoshikazu; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2007-05-15

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous TiO{sub 2} was synthesized by hydrothermal method using titanium butoxide as starting material. XRD, SEM, and TEM analyses revealed that the synthesized TiO{sub 2} had anatase structure with crystalline size of about 8 nm. Moreover, the synthesized titania possessed a narrow pore size distribution with average pore diameter and high specific surface area of 215 m{sup 2}/g. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized TiO{sub 2} was evaluated with photocatalytic H{sub 2} production from water-splitting reaction. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized TiO{sub 2} treated with appropriate calcination temperature was considerably higher than that of commercial TiO{sub 2} (Ishihara ST-01). The utilization of mesoporous TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst with high crystallinity of anatase phase promoted great H{sub 2} production. Furthermore, the reaction temperature significantly influences the water-splitting reaction. - Graphical abstract: Nanocrystalline mesoporous TiO{sub 2} was synthesized by hydrothermal method. The physical properties of the synthesized TiO{sub 2} were thoroughly studied in relation to its photocatalytic activity for H{sub 2} evolution from water-splitting reaction. It was found that the photocatalytic activity of synthesized TiO{sub 2} treated with appropriate calcination temperature was considerably higher than that of commercial TiO{sub 2} (Ishihara ST-01)

  14. Synthesis of zinc aluminate with high surface area by microwave hydrothermal method applied in the transesterification of soybean oil (biodiesel)

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    Quirino, M.R.; Oliveira, M.J.C.; Keyson, D.; Lucena, G.L.; Oliveira, J.B.L.; Gama, L.

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel was synthesized by the microwave hydrothermal method in only 15 or 30 min. • The powders show high specific surface area. • ZAT{sub b}15 showed activity of 52.22% for the conversion of soybean oil into biodiesel. - Abstract: Zinc aluminate is a material with high thermal stability and high mechanical strength that, owing to these properties, is used as a catalyst or support. In this work, zinc aluminate spinel was synthesized by the microwave hydrothermal method in only 15 or 30 min at a low temperature (150 °C) without templates, using only Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·9H{sub 2}O, Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O, and urea as precursors and applied in the transesterification of soybean oil. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} had a cubic structure without secondary phases. The nitrogen adsorption measurements (BET) revealed a high surface area (266.57 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) for the nanopowder synthesized in 15 min. This powder showed activity of 52.22% for the catalytic conversion of soybean oil into biodiesel by transesterification.

  15. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR EVALUATING DATA FROM AN INTERLABORATORY STUDY

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    Large-scale laboratory-and method-performance studies involving more than about 30 laboratories may be evaluated by calculating the HORRAT ratio for each test sample (HORRAT=[experimentally found among-laboratories relative standard deviation] divided by [relative standard deviat...

  16. Simple method for prediction of aircraft noise contours

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    Stewart, E. C.; Carson, T. M.

    1980-01-01

    A method for generating noise contours more rapidly and more simply than previously used programs is discussed. The method gives the area, the noise contour, and its extremities for an arbitrarily complex flight path for both takeoffs and landings with relative ease. The analysis reveals the fundamental nature of the contours and how the various factors that influence its size and shape enter into the analysis. It is noted that the effects of ground attenuation and shielding are omitted as they are important only on the initial portion of flight and are highly dependent upon aircraft configuration. However, the analysis shows that these effects could be included. It is emphasized the the single-event contour is an obvious choice for purposes of minimizing noise impact.

  17. A method of solving simple harmonic oscillator Schroedinger equation

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    Maury, Juan Carlos F.

    1995-01-01

    A usual step in solving totally Schrodinger equation is to try first the case when dimensionless position independent variable w is large. In this case the Harmonic Oscillator equation takes the form (d(exp 2)/dw(exp 2) - w(exp 2))F = 0, and following W.K.B. method, it gives the intermediate corresponding solution F = exp(-w(exp 2)/2), which actually satisfies exactly another equation, (d(exp 2)/dw(exp 2) + 1 - w(exp 2))F = 0. We apply a different method, useful in anharmonic oscillator equations, similar to that of Rampal and Datta, and although it is slightly more complicated however it is also more general and systematic.

  18. Simple method for detection of mutations causing hereditary fructose intolerance.

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    Kullberg-Lindh, C; Hannoun, C; Lindh, M

    2002-11-01

    Aldolase B is critical for sugar metabolism, and a catalytic deficiency due to mutations in its gene may result in hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI) syndrome, with hypoglycaemia and severe abdominal symptoms. This report describes two cases of HFI, which were identified by intravenous fructose tolerance test and a new RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) test that detects the two most common mutations, A149P and A174D. The method includes PCR of a 224-base-pair segment of exon 5, a subsequent 3 h incubation with Cac8I and agarose electrophoresis, which reveals either or both of the mutations in one single reaction. The method might be useful for screening of these mutations, which may account for more than 70% of the mutations causing HFI.

  19. A Simple Outline of Methods for Protein Isolation and Purification

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    2017-01-01

    At the summer workshop of the Korean Endocrine Society held in 2016, some examples of protein experiments were discussed in the session entitled “All about working with proteins.” In contrast to what the title suggested, it was unrealistic to comprehensively discuss all protein analytical methods. Therefore, the goal was to outline protein experimental techniques that are useful in research or in bench work. In conversations with clinicians, however, I have always felt that researchers who do not engage in bench science have different demands than those who do. Protein research tools that are useful in bench science may not be very useful or effective in the diagnostic field. In this paper, I provide a general summary of the protein analytical methods that are used in basic scientific research, and describe how they can be applied in the diagnostic field. PMID:28256117

  20. A Simple Outline of Methods for Protein Isolation and Purification.

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    Lee, Chang Hun

    2017-03-01

    At the summer workshop of the Korean Endocrine Society held in 2016, some examples of protein experiments were discussed in the session entitled "All about working with proteins." In contrast to what the title suggested, it was unrealistic to comprehensively discuss all protein analytical methods. Therefore, the goal was to outline protein experimental techniques that are useful in research or in bench work. In conversations with clinicians, however, I have always felt that researchers who do not engage in bench science have different demands than those who do. Protein research tools that are useful in bench science may not be very useful or effective in the diagnostic field. In this paper, I provide a general summary of the protein analytical methods that are used in basic scientific research, and describe how they can be applied in the diagnostic field.

  1. A simple, rapid method for HPLC analysis of lycopene isomers.

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    Ishida, B K; Ma, J; Chan, B

    2001-01-01

    A rapid method for the extraction, separation and quantification of the geometric isomers of lycopene and beta-carotene from tomato fruit is described. Carotenoids in tomato were separated and eluted using a reversed-phase HPLC with a C30 column and a mobile phase consisting of methyl-t-butyl ether, methanol and ethyl acetate. The system provided sharp resolution of cis- and trans-isomers of lycopene within approximately 23 min in contrast to the longer and more complex gradient procedures required by previously described methods. Experiments indicate that the stability of extracts of fresh tomato may be improved if stored at -20 degrees C, and that the presence of the antioxidant BHA has no apparent effect on stability.

  2. An Adaptive Kalman Filter using a Simple Residual Tuning Method

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    Harman, Richard R.

    1999-01-01

    One difficulty in using Kalman filters in real world situations is the selection of the correct process noise, measurement noise, and initial state estimate and covariance. These parameters are commonly referred to as tuning parameters. Multiple methods have been developed to estimate these parameters. Most of those methods such as maximum likelihood, subspace, and observer Kalman Identification require extensive offline processing and are not suitable for real time processing. One technique, which is suitable for real time processing, is the residual tuning method. Any mismodeling of the filter tuning parameters will result in a non-white sequence for the filter measurement residuals. The residual tuning technique uses this information to estimate corrections to those tuning parameters. The actual implementation results in a set of sequential equations that run in parallel with the Kalman filter. Equations for the estimation of the measurement noise have also been developed. These algorithms are used to estimate the process noise and measurement noise for the Wide Field Infrared Explorer star tracker and gyro.

  3. An Adaptive Kalman Filter Using a Simple Residual Tuning Method

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    Harman, Richard R.

    1999-01-01

    One difficulty in using Kalman filters in real world situations is the selection of the correct process noise, measurement noise, and initial state estimate and covariance. These parameters are commonly referred to as tuning parameters. Multiple methods have been developed to estimate these parameters. Most of those methods such as maximum likelihood, subspace, and observer Kalman Identification require extensive offline processing and are not suitable for real time processing. One technique, which is suitable for real time processing, is the residual tuning method. Any mismodeling of the filter tuning parameters will result in a non-white sequence for the filter measurement residuals. The residual tuning technique uses this information to estimate corrections to those tuning parameters. The actual implementation results in a set of sequential equations that run in parallel with the Kalman filter. A. H. Jazwinski developed a specialized version of this technique for estimation of process noise. Equations for the estimation of the measurement noise have also been developed. These algorithms are used to estimate the process noise and measurement noise for the Wide Field Infrared Explorer star tracker and gyro.

  4. A simple method of predicting S-wave velocity

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    Lee, M.W.

    2006-01-01

    Prediction of shear-wave velocity plays an important role in seismic modeling, amplitude analysis with offset, and other exploration applications. This paper presents a method for predicting S-wave velocity from the P-wave velocity on the basis of the moduli of dry rock. Elastic velocities of water-saturated sediments at low frequencies can be predicted from the moduli of dry rock by using Gassmann's equation; hence, if the moduli of dry rock can be estimated from P-wave velocities, then S-wave velocities easily can be predicted from the moduli. Dry rock bulk modulus can be related to the shear modulus through a compaction constant. The numerical results indicate that the predicted S-wave velocities for consolidated and unconsolidated sediments agree well with measured velocities if differential pressure is greater than approximately 5 MPa. An advantage of this method is that there are no adjustable parameters to be chosen, such as the pore-aspect ratios required in some other methods. The predicted S-wave velocity depends only on the measured P-wave velocity and porosity. ?? 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  5. A Simple Optical Coherence Tomography Quantification Method for Choroidal Neovascularization

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    Sulaiman, Rania S.; Quigley, Judith; Qi, Xiaoping; O'Hare, Michael N.; Grant, Maria B.; Boulton, Michael E.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Purpose: Therapeutic efficacy is routinely assessed by measurement of lesion size using flatmounted choroids and confocal microscopy in the laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (L-CNV) rodent model. We investigated whether optical coherence tomography (OCT) quantification, using an ellipsoid volume measurement, was comparable to standard ex vivo evaluation methods for this model and whether this approach could be used to monitor treatment-related lesion changes. Methods: Bruch's membrane was ruptured by argon laser in the dilated eyes of C57BL/6J mice, followed by intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF164 or vehicle, or no injection. In vivo OCT images were acquired using Micron III or InVivoVue systems at 7, 10, and/or 14 days post-laser and neovascular lesion volume was calculated as an ellipsoid. Subsequently, lesion volume was compared to that calculated from confocal Z-stack images of agglutinin-stained choroidal flatmounts. Results: Ellipsoid volume measurement of orthogonal 2-dimensional OCT images obtained from different imaging systems correlated with ex vivo lesion volumes for L-CNV (Spearman's ρ=0.82, 0.75, and 0.82 at days 7, 10, and 14, respectively). Ellipsoid volume calculation allowed temporal monitoring and evaluation of CNV lesions in response to antivascular endothelial growth factor treatment. Conclusions: Ellipsoid volume measurements allow rapid, quantitative use of OCT for the assessment of CNV lesions in vivo. This novel method can be used with different OCT imaging systems with sensitivity to distinguish between treatment conditions. It may serve as a useful adjunct to the standard ex vivo confocal quantification, to assess therapeutic efficacy in preclinical models of CNV, and in models of other ocular diseases. PMID:26060878

  6. Method for catalyzing oxidation/reduction reactions of simple molecules

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    Bicker, D.; Bonaventura, J.

    1988-06-14

    A method for oxidizing carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide is described comprising: (1) contacting, together, carbon monoxide, a nitrogen-containing chelating agent and water; wherein the chelating agent is at least one member selected from the group consisting of methmeoglobin bound to a support, ferric hemoglobin bound to a support, iron-containing porphyrins bound to a support, and sperm whale myoglobin bound to a support, wherein the support is glass, a natural fiber, a synthetic fiber, a gel, charcoal, carbon ceramic material, a metal oxide, a synthetic polymer, a zeolite, a silica compound of an alumina compound; and (2) obtaining carbon dioxide.

  7. Simple numerical method for predicting steady compressible flows

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    Von Lavante, E.; Melson, N. Duane

    1987-01-01

    The present numerical method for the solution of the isenthalpic form of the governing equations for compressible viscous and inviscid flows has its basis in the concept of flux vector splitting in its implicit form, and has been tested in the cases of several difficult viscous and inviscid configurations. An acceleration of time-marching to steady state is accomplished by implementing a multigrid procedure which effectively increases the convergence rate. The steady state results obtained are largely of good quality, and required only short computational times.

  8. Simple method for measuring reflectance of optical coatings

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    Wen Gui Wang; Yi Sheng Chen

    1995-12-31

    The quality of optical coatings has an important effect on the performance of optical instrument. The last few years, the requirements for super low loss dielectric mirror coatings used in low gain laser systems such as free electron laser and the ring laser etc., have given an impetus to the development of the technology of precise reflectance measurement of optical coatings. A reliable and workable technique is to measure the light intensity decay time of optical resonant cavity. This paper describes a measuring method which is dependent on direct measurement of the light intensity decay time of a resonant cavity comprised of low loss optical components. According to the evolution of a luminous flux stored inside the cavity, this method guarantees not only a quick and precise reflectance measurements of low loss highly reflecting mirror coatings but also transmittance measurements of low loss antireflection coatings and is especially effective with super los loss highly reflecting mirror. From the round-trip path length of the cavity and the speed of light, the light intensity exponential decay time of an optical cavity is easy to obtain and the cavity losses can be deduced. An optical reflectance of low loss highly mirror coatings and antireflection coatings is precisely measured as well. This is highly significant for the discrimination of the coating surface characteristics, the improvement of the performance of optical instrument and the development of high technology.

  9. A simple method for panretinal imaging with the slit lamp.

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    Gellrich, Marcus-Matthias

    2016-12-01

    Slit lamp biomicroscopy of the retina with a convex lens is a key procedure in clinical practice. The methods presented enable ophthalmologists to adequately image large and peripheral parts of the fundus using a video-slit lamp and freely available stitching software. A routine examination of the fundus with a slit lamp and a +90 D lens is recorded on a video film. Later, sufficiently sharp still images are identified on the video sequence. These still images are imported into a freely available image-processing program (Hugin, for stitching mosaics together digitally) and corresponding points are marked on adjacent still images with some overlap. Using the digital stitching program Hugin panoramic overviews of the retina can be built which can extend to the equator. This allows to image diseases involving the whole retina or its periphery by performing a structured fundus examination with a video-slit lamp. Similar images with a video-slit lamp based on a fundus examination through a hand-held non-contact lens have not been demonstrated before. The methods presented enable those ophthalmologists without high-end imaging equipment to monitor pathological fundus findings. The suggested procedure might even be interesting for retinological departments if peripheral findings are to be documented which might be difficult with fundus cameras.

  10. A simple humane method to euthanize a sea turtle

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    Work, Thierry M.; Balazs, George H.

    2013-01-01

    Increased interconnectedness, communication, and demands of society require that wildlife professionals make every effort to consider animal welfare when handling animals. The challenge can be daunting, particularly when a wild animal needs to be euthanized. In some cases, biologists are in remote areas under conditions that may be less than ideal to properly and swiftly dispatch an animal, either because of a lack of proper supplies or veterinary training. Societal demands for consideration of animal welfare are not limited to wildlife professionals. Native cultures, fishermen and hunters have traditional methods of capturing or killing wildlife that are now under increasing public scrutiny. A current example is in Australia where aborigines were criticized for the practice of dispatching sea turtles by throwing a cement block at the animals’ heads resulting in negative public reaction (Queensland Times 2010).

  11. siMS Score: Simple Method for Quantifying Metabolic Syndrome

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    Soldatovic, Ivan; Vukovic, Rade; Culafic, Djordje; Gajic, Milan; Dimitrijevic-Sreckovic, Vesna

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate siMS score and siMS risk score, novel continuous metabolic syndrome scores as methods for quantification of metabolic status and risk. Materials and Methods Developed siMS score was calculated using formula: siMS score = 2*Waist/Height + Gly/5.6 + Tg/1.7 + TAsystolic/130—HDL/1.02 or 1.28 (for male or female subjects, respectively). siMS risk score was calculated using formula: siMS risk score = siMS score * age/45 or 50 (for male or female subjects, respectively) * family history of cardio/cerebro-vascular events (event = 1.2, no event = 1). A sample of 528 obese and non-obese participants was used to validate siMS score and siMS risk score. Scores calculated as sum of z-scores (each component of metabolic syndrome regressed with age and gender) and sum of scores derived from principal component analysis (PCA) were used for evaluation of siMS score. Variants were made by replacing glucose with HOMA in calculations. Framingham score was used for evaluation of siMS risk score. Results Correlation between siMS score with sum of z-scores and weighted sum of factors of PCA was high (r = 0.866 and r = 0.822, respectively). Correlation between siMS risk score and log transformed Framingham score was medium to high for age groups 18+,30+ and 35+ (0.835, 0.707 and 0.667, respectively). Conclusions siMS score and siMS risk score showed high correlation with more complex scores. Demonstrated accuracy together with superior simplicity and the ability to evaluate and follow-up individual patients makes siMS and siMS risk scores very convenient for use in clinical practice and research as well. PMID:26745635

  12. Characterization and adsorption performance of Pb(II) on CuO nanorods synthesized by the hydrothermal method

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    Arfaoui, Lobna; Kouass, Salah; Dhaouadi, Hassouna; Jebali, Raouf; Touati, Fathi

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The nanorods of CuO were synthesized by a hydrothermal route without any surfactant. • X-ray diffraction showed monoclinic structure with space group C{sub 2/c}. • The nanorods show relatively high adsorption capacity for the removal of Pb(II). • The adsorption kinetics could be fitted well by the pseudo-second-order model. • The equilibrium data can be fitted well using the Langmuir isotherm model - Abstract: Copper oxide (CuO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The detailed structural, compositional and optical characterization of this material was also evaluated with XRD, FT-IR, EDS, and UV–vis spectroscopy, which confirmed that the obtained nanorods are well-crystallized CuO and possess good optical properties. SEM and TEM studies revealed that the as-synthesized CuO nanorods are uniform with an average diameter of 17 nm. The adsorption activity of the CuO nanostructures was studied. The adsorption results showed that the CuO nanorods are an effective and efficient adsorbent for the removal of Pb(II) ions. The influence of various operational parameters such as the pH of the solution, the contact time and the initial concentrations were also studied and the results were discussed. The estimated maximum lead ion adsorption capacity of the CuO nanorods was found to be 188.67 mg g{sup −1} at an optimum pH of 6.

  13. Methods for sulfate removal in liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C; Oyler, James R

    2014-11-04

    Processing of wet biomass feedstock by liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a pre-treatment temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent removal of soluble sulfate contaminants, or combinations thereof. Processing further includes reacting the soluble sulfate contaminants with cations present in the feedstock material to yield a sulfate-containing precipitate and separating the inorganic precipitates and/or the sulfate-containing precipitates out of the wet feedstock. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfate contaminants that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogeneous catalyst for gasification.

  14. Methods for sulfate removal in liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification of biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C; Oyler, James

    2013-12-17

    Processing of wet biomass feedstock by liquid-phase catalytic hydrothermal gasification must address catalyst fouling and poisoning. One solution can involve heating the wet biomass with a heating unit to a pre-treatment temperature sufficient for organic constituents in the feedstock to decompose, for precipitates of inorganic wastes to form, for preheating the wet feedstock in preparation for subsequent removal of soluble sulfate contaminants, or combinations thereof. Processing further includes reacting the soluble sulfate contaminants with cations present in the feedstock material to yield a sulfate-containing precipitate and separating the inorganic precipitates and/or the sulfate-containing precipitates out of the wet feedstock. Having removed much of the inorganic wastes and the sulfate contaminants that can cause poisoning and fouling, the wet biomass feedstock can be exposed to the heterogenous catalyst for gasification.

  15. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR THE EXTRACTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF PHOTOPIGMENTS FROM SYMBIODINIUM SPP.

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    John E. Rogers and Dragoslav Marcovich. Submitted. Simple Method for the Extraction and Quantification of Photopigments from Symbiodinium spp.. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods. 19 p. (ERL,GB 1192).

    We have developed a simple, mild extraction procedure using methanol which, when...

  16. 17 CFR 162.7 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. 162.7 Section 162.7 Commodity and Securities Exchanges COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING... Affiliate Marketing Rules § 162.7 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general. A...

  17. 17 CFR 162.7 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 1 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. 162.7 Section 162.7 Commodity and Securities Exchanges COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING... Marketing Rules § 162.7 Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. (a) In general. A covered...

  18. A simple method to improve the stability of docetaxel micelles

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    Zhang, Lan; Tan, LiWei; Chen, LiJuan; Chen, XiaoXin; Long, ChaoFeng; Peng, JinRong; Qian, ZhiYong

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled polymeric micelles have been widely applied in drug delivery systems. In this study, we found that pH value of micellar system solution was the decisive factor of physical stability. Furthermore, the weak basic solution could maintain the solution clarification for a relative long time. To investigate the stability of polymeric micelles in different pH solutions, the micellar particle size and the docetaxel content remaining in solution were detected at predetermined time points. The crystallographic assay of freeze-drying powder was characterized by an X-ray diffractometer. In vitro release results indicated that the PBS had little influence on the sustained-release effect of docetaxel-loaded polymeric micelles (DPM). Besides, the safety of micellar formulation was determined by an MTT assay on HEK293 cells, and the anti-tumor activity was tested on MCF-7 cells. The results demonstrated that DPM adjusted with PBS (DPM (PBS)) was of low toxicity and maintained the effectiveness of docetaxel. In vivo antitumor results indicated that DPM (PBS) had better antitumor efficacy than common docetaxel injection (DTX). Thus it was concluded that regulation of micellar solution PH by PBS is a safe and effective method to improve the physical stability of DPM. It might promote the application of micellar formulation in clinical applications. PMID:27833135

  19. A simple method for assessing intestinal inflammation in Crohn's disease

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    Tibble, J; Teahon, K; Thjodleifsson, B; Roseth, A; Sigthorsson, G; Bridger, S; Foster, R; Sherwood, R; Fagerhol, M; Bjarnason, I

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS—Assessing the presence and degree of intestinal inflammation objectively, simply, and reliably is a significant problem in gastroenterology. We assessed faecal excretion of calprotectin, a stable neutrophil specific marker, as an index of intestinal inflammation and its potential use as a screening test to discriminate between patients with Crohn's disease and those with irritable bowel syndrome.
METHODS—The validity of faecal calprotectin as a marker of intestinal inflammation was assessed in 22 patients with Crohn's disease (35 studies) by comparing faecal excretions and concentrations using four day faecal excretion of 111indium white cells. A cross sectional study assessed the sensitivity of faecal calprotectin concentration for the detection of established Crohn's disease (n=116). A prospective study assessed the value of faecal calprotectin in discriminating between patients with Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome in 220 patients referred to a gastroenterology clinic.
RESULTS—Four day faecal excretion of 111indium (median 8.7%; 95% confidence interval (CI) 7-17%; normal <1.0%) correlated significantly (p<0.0001) with daily (median ranged from 39 to 47 mg; normal <3 mg; r=0.76-0.82) and four day faecal calprotectin excretion (median 101 mg; 95% CI 45-168 mg; normal <11 mg; r=0.80) and single stool calprotectin concentrations (median 118 mg/l; 95% CI 36-175 mg/l; normal <10 mg/l; r=0.70) in patients with Crohn's disease. The cross sectional study showed a sensitivity of 96% for calprotectin in discriminating between normal subjects (2 mg/l; 95% CI 2-3 mg/l) and those with Crohn's disease (91 mg/l; 95% CI 59-105 mg/l). With a cut off point of 30 mg/l faecal calprotectin has 100% sensitivity and 97% specificity in discriminating between active Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
CONCLUSION—The calprotectin method may be a useful adjuvant for discriminating between patients with Crohn's disease and

  20. Synthesis of lead-free piezoelectric powders by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method and properties of sintered (K0.48Na0.52)NBO3 ceramics.

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    Isobe, Gaku; Maeda, Takafumi; Bornmann, Peter; Hemsel, Tobias; Morita, Takeshi

    2014-02-01

    (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics have attracted much attention as lead-free piezoelectric materials with high piezoelectric properties. High-quality (K,Na)NbO3 ceramics can be sintered using KNbO3 and NaNbO3 powders synthesized by a hydrothermal method. In this study, to enhance the quality factor of the ceramics, high-power ultrasonic irradiation was employed during the hydrothermal method, which led to a reduction in the particle size of the resultant powders.

  1. [Principle of LAMP method--a simple and rapid gene amplification method].

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    Ushikubo, Hiroshi

    2004-06-01

    So far nucleic acid test (NAT) has been employed in various fields, including infectious disease diagnoses. However, due to its complicated procedures and relatively high cost, it has not been widely utilized in many actual diagnostic applications. We have therefore developed a simple and rapid gene amplification technology, Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) method, which has shown prominent results of surpassing the performance of the conventional gene amplification methods. LAMP method acquires three main features: (1) all reaction can be carried out under isothermal conditions; (2) the amplification efficiency is extremely high and tremendous amount of amplification products can be obtained; and (3) the reaction is highly specific. Furthermore, developed from the standard LAMP method, a rapid LAMP method, by adding in the loop primers, can reduce the amplification time from the previous 1 hour to less than 30 minutes. Enormous amount of white precipitate of magnesium pyrophosphate is produced as a by-product of the amplification, therefore, direct visual detection is possible without using any reaction indicators and detection equipments. We believe LAMP technology, with the integration of these features, can rightly apply to clinical genetic testing, food and environmental analysis, as well as NAT in different fields.

  2. Luminescent nanocrystals in the rare-earth niobate–zirconia system formed via hydrothermal method

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    Hirano, Masanori Dozono, Hayato

    2013-08-15

    Luminescent nanocrystals based on the rare-earth niobates (Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7}, Ln=Y, Eu) and zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) that were composed of 50 mol% Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2}, were hydrothermally formed as cubic phase under weakly basic conditions at 240 °C. The lattice parameter of the as-prepared nanoparticles corresponding to the composition of Y{sub 3−x}Eu{sub x}NbO{sub 7}–4ZrO{sub 2} that was estimated as a single phase of cubic gradually increased as the content of europium x increased. The existence of small absorbance peaks at 395 and 466 nm corresponding to the Eu{sup 3+7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}L{sub 6}, and {sup 7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}D{sub 2} excitation transition, respectively, was clearly observed in the diffuse reflectance spectra of the as-prepared samples containing europium. The optical band gap of the as-prepared samples was in the range from 3.5 to 3.7 eV. The photoluminescence spectra of the as-prepared nanocrystals containing europium showed orange and red luminescences with main peaks at 590 and 610 nm, corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 1} and {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} transitions of Eu{sup 3+}, respectively, under excitation at 395 nm Xe lamp. The emission intensity corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition increased as heat-treatment temperature rose from 800 to 1200 °C. - Graphical abstract: This graphical abstract shows the excitation and emission spectra and a transmission electron microscopy image of nanocrystals (with composition based on the rare-earth niobates (Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7}, Ln=Y, Eu) and zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) that were composed of 50 mol% Ln{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2}) formed via hydrothermal route. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanocrystals composed of 50 mol% Y{sub 3−x}Eu{sub x}NbO{sub 7} and 50 mol% ZrO{sub 2} was directly formed. • The nanocrystals were hydrothermally formed under weakly basic conditions at 240 °C. • The Y{sub 3}NbO{sub 7} showed

  3. Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles in aloe vera plant extract prepared by a hydrothermal method and their synergistic antibacterial activity

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    Phromviyo, Nutthakritta; Boueroy, Parichart; Chompoosor, Apiwat

    2016-01-01

    Background There is worldwide interest in silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized by various chemical reactions for use in applications exploiting their antibacterial activity, even though these processes exhibit a broad range of toxicity in vertebrates and invertebrates alike. To avoid the chemical toxicity, biosynthesis (green synthesis) of metal nanoparticles is proposed as a cost-effective and environmental friendly alternative. Aloe vera leaf extract is a medicinal agent with multiple properties including an antibacterial effect. Moreover the constituents of aloe vera leaves include lignin, hemicellulose, and pectins which can be used in the reduction of silver ions to produce as AgNPs@aloe vera (AgNPs@AV) with antibacterial activity. Methods AgNPs were prepared by an eco-friendly hydrothermal method using an aloe vera plant extract solution as both a reducing and stabilizing agent. AgNPs@AV were characterized using XRD and SEM. Additionally, an agar well diffusion method was used to screen for antimicrobial activity. MIC and MBC were used to correlate the concentration of AgNPs@AV its bactericidal effect. SEM was used to investigate bacterial inactivation. Then the toxicity with human cells was investigated using an MTT assay. Results The synthesized AgNPs were crystalline with sizes of 70.70 ± 22-192.02 ± 53 nm as revealed using XRD and SEM. The sizes of AgNPs can be varied through alteration of times and temperatures used in their synthesis. These AgNPs were investigated for potential use as an antibacterial agent to inhibit pathogenic bacteria. Their antibacterial activity was tested on S. epidermidis and P. aeruginosa. The results showed that AgNPs had a high antibacterial which depended on their synthesis conditions, particularly when processed at 100 oC for 6 h and 200 oC for 12 h. The cytotoxicity of AgNPs was determined using human PBMCs revealing no obvious cytotoxicity. These results indicated that AgNPs@AV can be effectively utilized in

  4. Dry reforming of methane over Ni/MgO-Al2O3 catalysts prepared by two-step hydrothermal method

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    Zhang, Lin; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Yi; Zhang, Yi

    2016-12-01

    Carbon dioxide reforming of methane has been investigated on a series of Ni/MgO-Al2O3 catalysts prepared by a simple two-step hydrothermal method. The sheet-like Ni/MgO-Al2O3 (15%) catalyst afforded as high as 52% CH4 conversion, which is almost six times higher than that of original Ni/MgO catalyst, with excellent stability during reaction, at relatively higher space velocity (6 × 105 cm3•g cat -1rad H-1) and lower reaction temperature (923 K). The effects of different ratio of Mg and Al have been investigated to understand the catalytic activity and coke formation for the obtained catalysts. The characterization results show that the addition Al2O3 to MgO would contribute to forming MgAl2O4 phase, which is stable and could effectively increase the CO2 adsorption due to the increased basic sites on the surface of catalyst, contributing to higher catalytic activity and better stability of this kind of catalyst during the dry reforming reaction. The catalysts were characterized by different techniques, such as BET, H2-TPR, XRD, SEM, CO2-TPD, TG-DTA and TEM analysis.

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

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

    2017-02-01

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

  6. Synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic property of feather-like Cd-doped CuO nanostructures by hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Yongqian; Jiang, Tingting; Meng, Dawei; Wang, Dagui; Yu, Meihua

    2015-11-01

    Feather-like Cd-doped CuO nanostructures were fabricated by a one-step hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) demonstrated that Cd2+ entered the crystal lattice of CuO and substituted Cu2+ without destroying crystal structures to form feather-like CuO nanostructures. The optical property of Cd-doped CuO was investigated by using UV-vis spectrophotometer. A slight blue-shift of optical band gap was observed because of quantum confinement effect. The doped samples exhibited obviously higher absorbance in UV light region and better photocatalytic activity for the photodegradation of methyl blue than the pure CuO nanosheets.

  7. Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of C/Ce-Codoped ZnO Nanoellipsoids Synthesized by Hydrothermal Method

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    Ha, Luu Thi Viet; Dai, Luu Minh; Nhiem, Dao Ngoc; Van Cuong, Nguyen

    2016-08-01

    C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and its physical properties and characterization investigated using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of the nanomaterial was examined using methylene blue as organic dye under visible-light source. The results show that the C/Ce-codoped ZnO nanomaterial exhibited higher photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation compared with undoped ZnO, Ce-doped ZnO or C-doped ZnO nanomaterials. Such enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of C/Ce-codoped ZnO under visible-light irradiation suggests that these nanoparticles might have good applications in optoelectronics and wastewater treatment.

  8. Fabrication and Magnetic Properties of Sn-Doped ZnO Microstructures via Hydrothermal Method.

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    Farooq, M Hassan; Hussain, Riaz; Iqbal, M Zubair; Shah, M W; Rana, Usman Ali; Khan, Salah Ud-Din

    2016-01-01

    Pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal sheets were synthesized by template free hydrothermal growth mechanism with controlled morphology by using zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH₃COO)₂· 2H₂O), tin chloride pentahydrate (SnCl₄ · 5H₂O), Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and H₂O as precursors. The structural, physical, chemical, and magnetic characteristics were investigated by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM), respectively. The average crystalline size of hexagonal phase of ZnO sheets was calculated to be about 34 nm from XRD patterns. Energy dispersive spectroscopy provided the compositional analysis of pure and Sn-doped ZnO. Room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) was observed by AGM for pure and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal plates. RTFM increases monotonically for Sn doping and reaches maximum saturation magnetization 0.045 emu/g for 3% Sn-doped ZnO.

  9. Hydrothermal growth and morphology evolution of CePO{sub 4} aggregates by a complexing method

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    Ma Lin; Chen Weixiang Zheng Yifan; Xu Zhude

    2008-11-03

    A facile hydrothermal route assisted by Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium) has been successfully developed to prepare uniform cerium phosphate (CePO{sub 4}) aggregates with different morphologies, such as peanut-like and spindle-like. It was found that the as-prepared uniform CePO{sub 4} aggregates were constructed with many nearly parallel aligned nanorods. The molar ratio of EDTA/Ce{sup 3+}, solution pH and reaction time had great influences on the morphologies and sizes of the CePO{sub 4} samples. In our process of synthesis, Na{sub 2}H{sub 2}EDTA played important roles as complexing reagent and inducing agent on the formation of CePO{sub 4} aggregates. The possible growth mechanism for CePO{sub 4} aggregates was presented. Ce{sub 0.9}Tb{sub 0.1}PO{sub 4} aggregates with different morphologies were also prepared and their photoluminescence properties were characterized.

  10. Synthesis and optical characteristics of yttrium-doped zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown by hydrothermal method.

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    Park, Hyunggil; Kim, Younggyu; Ji, Iksoo; Lee, Sang-Heon; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jin Soo; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-11-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal growth on a quartz substrate with various post-annealing temperatures. To investigate the effects of post-annealing on the optical properties and parameters of the nanorods, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) measurement, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy were used. From the XRD investigation, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and the dislocation density of the nanorods was found to increase with an increase in the post-annealing temperature. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near band edge (NBE) emission peak in the UV region also increases with an increase in the temperature of post-annealing. The deep level emission (DLE) peak in the visible region changes with various post-annealing temperatures, and its intensity increases remarkably with post-annealing at 800 degrees C. In this paper, changes in the optical parameters of the nanorods caused by variation in the behavior of Y during post-annealing was investigated, with properties such as absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dispersion parameters being obtained from transmittance and reflectance analysis.

  11. Structural and morphology of ZnO nanorods synthesized using ZnO seeded growth hydrothermal method and its properties as UV sensing.

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    Ridhuan, Nur Syafinaz; Razak, Khairunisak Abdul; Lockman, Zainovia; Abdul Aziz, Azlan

    2012-01-01

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays were synthesized using a simple hydrothermal reaction on ZnO seeds/n-silicon substrate. Several parameters were studied, including the heat-treatment temperature to produce ZnO seeds, zinc nitrate concentration, pH of hydrothermal reaction solution, and hydrothermal reaction time. The optimum heat-treatment temperature to produce uniform nanosized ZnO seeds was 400°C. The nanorod dimensions depended on the hydrothermal reaction parameters. The optimum hydrothermal reaction parameters to produce blunt tip-like nanorods (770 nm long and 80 nm in top diameter) were 0.1 M zinc nitrate, pH 7, and 4 h of growth duration. Phase analysis studies showed that all ZnO nanorods exhibited a strong (002) peak. Thus, the ZnO nanorods grew in a c-axis preferred orientation. A strong ultraviolet (UV) emission peak was observed for ZnO nanorods grown under optimized parameters with a low, deep-level emission peak, which indicated high optical property and crystallinity of the nanorods. The produced ZnO nanorods were also tested for their UV-sensing properties. All samples responded to UV light but with different sensing characteristics. Such different responses could be attributed to the high surface-to-volume ratio of the nanorods that correlated with the final ZnO nanorods morphology formed at different synthesis parameters. The sample grown using optimum synthesis parameters showed the highest responsivity of 0.024 A/W for UV light at 375 nm under a 3 V bias.

  12. Hierarchical MnO2 nanosheets synthesized via electrodeposition-hydrothermal method for supercapacitor electrodes

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    Zheng, Dongdong; Qiang, Yujie; Xu, Shenying; Li, Wenpo; Yu, Shanshan; Zhang, Shengtao

    2017-02-01

    Metal oxides have emerged as one kind of important supercapacitor electrode materials. Herein, we report hierarchical MnO2 nanosheets prepared of indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates via a hybrid two-step protocol, including a cathodic electrodeposition technique and a hydrothermal process. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). SEM and TEM images show that the as-synthesized MnO2 nanosheets are hierarchical and porous, which could increase the active surface and short paths for fast ion diffusion. The results of nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis indicate that the BET surface area of the MnO2 nanosheets is 53.031 m2 g-1. Furthermore, the electrochemical properties of the MnO2 are elucidated by cyclic voltammograms (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) tests, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 0.1 M Na2SO4 electrolyte. The electrochemical results demonstrate that the as-grown MnO2 nanosheet exhibits an excellent specific capacitance of 335 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1 when it is applied as a potential electrode material for an electrochemical supercapacitor. Additionally, the MnO2 nanosheet electrode also presents high rate capability and good cycling stability with 91.8% retention after 1000 cycles. These excellent properties indicate that the hierarchical MnO2 nanosheets are a potential electrode material for electrochemical supercapacitors.

  13. A Simple Method to Measure the Angular Speed of a Spinning Object

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    Misra, Raj M.

    2008-01-01

    The angular speed of a spinning object is commonly measured using a stroboscope or a mechanically or optically coupled tachometer. We present here an alternate, simple, and instructive method to measure it using a microphone and a computer.

  14. Solving the Phase Problem in Crystal Structure Determination: A Simple Introduction to Direct Methods.

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    Schenk, H.

    1979-01-01

    Presents a simple way to introduce Direct Methods program systems to solve phase problems in x-ray crystal structure determination. It is intended for the undergraduate chemistry student laboratory. (Author/SA)

  15. On a New Simple Method for Evaluation of Certain Multiple Definite Integrals

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    Sen Gupta, I.; Debnath, L.

    2006-01-01

    This paper deals with a simple method of evaluation of certain multiple definite integrals. This is followed by two main theorems concerning multiple definite integrals. Some examples of applications are given.

  16. [Analysis on the accuracy of simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31)].

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    Li, Zhixing; Zhang, Haihua; Li, Suhe

    2015-12-01

    To explore the accuracy of simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31). Through the study of the ancient and modern data,the analysis and integration of the acupuncture books,the comparison of the locations of Fengshi (GB 31) by doctors from all dynasties and the integration of modern anatomia, the modern simple selection method of Fengshi (GB 31) is definite, which is the same as the traditional way. It is believed that the simple selec tion method is in accord with the human-oriented thought of TCM. Treatment by acupoints should be based on the emerging nature and the individual difference of patients. Also, it is proposed that Fengshi (GB 31) should be located through the integration between the simple method and body surface anatomical mark.

  17. A Simple Design Method Based on Vector Control of AC Machines with LC Filter

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    Saito, Ryosuke; Kubota, Hisao

    This paper presents a simple voltage control system of AC machines using PWM voltage source inverter with output LC filters. By assuming a motor as a current source, the voltage is controlled by a simple proportional differential (PD) control. The vector control and PD control can be separately controlled in this system. A method for disturbance rejection is also described. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified by simulations and experiments.

  18. Growth of single crystals under hydrothermal conditions

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    Popolitov, Vladislav Ivanovich; Litvin, Boris Nikolaevich

    The book summarizes the available theoretical, methodological, and experimental data on the hydrothermal growth of inorganic compounds, such as simple and complex oxides, sulfides, silicates, germanates, phosphates, niobates, and tantalates. Attention is given to the physicochemical, hydrodynamic, and kinetic characteristics of the growth of these compounds, as well as hydrothermal growth techniques and equipment. The discussion also covers the morphogenetic characteristics of hydrothermally grown single crystals, their principal physical properties, and X-ray diffraction and structural data.

  19. The Krylov accelerated SIMPLE(R) method for flow problems in industrial furnaces

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    Vuik, C.; Saghir, A.; Boerstoel, G. P.

    2000-08-01

    Numerical modeling of the melting and combustion process is an important tool in gaining understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena that occur in a gas- or oil-fired glass-melting furnace. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are used to model the gas flow in the furnace. The discrete Navier-Stokes equations are solved by the SIMPLE(R) pressure-correction method. In these applications, many SIMPLE(R) iterations are necessary to obtain an accurate solution. In this paper, Krylov accelerated versions are proposed: GCR-SIMPLE(R). The properties of these methods are investigated for a simple two-dimensional flow. Thereafter, the efficiencies of the methods are compared for three-dimensional flows in industrial glass-melting furnaces. Copyright

  20. Simple, Low-Cost Data Collection Methods for Agricultural Field Studies.

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    Koenig, Richard T.; Winger, Marlon; Kitchen, Boyd

    2000-01-01

    Summarizes relatively simple and inexpensive methods for collecting data from agricultural field studies. Describes methods involving on-farm testing, crop yield measurement, quality evaluations, weed control effectiveness, plant nutrient status, and other measures. Contains 29 references illustrating how these methods were used to conduct…

  1. A simple finite element method for non-divergence form elliptic equation

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    Mu, Lin; Ye, Xiu

    2017-03-01

    Here, we develop a simple finite element method for solving second order elliptic equations in non-divergence form by combining least squares concept with discontinuous approximations. This simple method has a symmetric and positive definite system and can be easily analyzed and implemented. We could have also used general meshes with polytopal element and hanging node in the method. We prove that our finite element solution approaches to the true solution when the mesh size approaches to zero. Numerical examples are tested that demonstrate the robustness and flexibility of the method.

  2. Hydrothermal Processes

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    German, C. R.; von Damm, K. L.

    2003-12-01

    What is Hydrothermal Circulation?Hydrothermal circulation occurs when seawater percolates downward through fractured ocean crust along the volcanic mid-ocean ridge (MOR) system. The seawater is first heated and then undergoes chemical modification through reaction with the host rock as it continues downward, reaching maximum temperatures that can exceed 400 °C. At these temperatures the fluids become extremely buoyant and rise rapidly back to the seafloor where they are expelled into the overlying water column. Seafloor hydrothermal circulation plays a significant role in the cycling of energy and mass between the solid earth and the oceans; the first identification of submarine hydrothermal venting and their accompanying chemosynthetically based communities in the late 1970s remains one of the most exciting discoveries in modern science. The existence of some form of hydrothermal circulation had been predicted almost as soon as the significance of ridges themselves was first recognized, with the emergence of plate tectonic theory. Magma wells up from the Earth's interior along "spreading centers" or "MORs" to produce fresh ocean crust at a rate of ˜20 km3 yr-1, forming new seafloor at a rate of ˜3.3 km2 yr-1 (Parsons, 1981; White et al., 1992). The young oceanic lithosphere formed in this way cools as it moves away from the ridge crest. Although much of this cooling occurs by upward conduction of heat through the lithosphere, early heat-flow studies quickly established that a significant proportion of the total heat flux must also occur via some additional convective process (Figure 1), i.e., through circulation of cold seawater within the upper ocean crust (Anderson and Silbeck, 1981). (2K)Figure 1. Oceanic heat flow versus age of ocean crust. Data from the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, averaged over 2 Ma intervals (circles) depart from the theoretical cooling curve (solid line) indicating convective cooling of young ocean crust by circulating seawater

  3. Method for estimating the morphological significance of simple forms of crystals from X-ray data

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    Treivus, E. B.

    2010-09-15

    When developing V.I. Mikheev and I.I. Shafranovskii's method for estimating the morphological significance of faces of different simple forms from X-ray reflection intensities, a way to approximately evaluate the morphological significance of simple forms on crystals from the structure amplitudes of the corresponding atomic planes is proposed. The potential for this approach is demonstrated by the examples of marcasite and zircon.

  4. Sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters synthesized via a hydrothermal method

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    Liu, Jing; Ren, Xiangling; Meng, Xianwei; Fang, Zheng; Tang, Fangqiong

    2013-09-01

    An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a reusable detection method for Cu2+. Furthermore, the different quenching phenomena caused by the two metals ions such as changes in visible colour, shifts of UV absorbance peaks and changes in size of Ag NCs make it easy to distinguish between them. Therefore the easily synthesized fluorescent Ag NCs may have great potential as Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions sensors.An easily prepared fluorescent Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) probe for the sensitive and selective detection of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions was developed here. The Ag NCs were synthesized by using polymethacrylic acid sodium salt as a template via a convenient hydrothermal process. The as-prepared fluorescent Ag NCs were monodispersed, uniform and less than 2 nm in diameter, and can be quenched in the presence of mercury (Hg2+) or copper (Cu2+) ions. Excellent linear relationships existed between the quenching degree of the Ag NCs and the concentrations of Hg2+ or Cu2+ ions in the range of 10 nM to 20 μM or 10 nM to 30 μM, respectively. By using ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as the masking agent of Cu2+, Hg2+ was exclusively detected in coexistence with Cu2+ with high sensitivity (LOD = 10 nM), which also provided a

  5. Synthesis and crystallographic study of Pb-Sr hydroxyapatite solid solutions by high temperature mixing method under hydrothermal conditions

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    Zhu Kongjun; Yanagisawa, Kazumichi; Shimanouchi, Rie; Onda, Ayumu; Kajiyoshi, Koji; Qiu Jinhao

    2009-06-03

    The solid solutions in the system of Pb and Sr hydroxyapatite, Sr{sub 10-x}Pb{sub x}HAp (x = 0-10), were successfully synthesized by high-temperature mixing method (HTMM) at 160 deg. C for 12 h under hydrothermal conditions. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, chemical analysis and electron microscopic observation, and the site of the metal ions in the solid solutions was analyzed with the Rietveld method. The lattice constants, both a and c, of the solid solutions varied linearly with Pb content. It was found that Pb ions in the solid solutions preferentially occupied the M(2) site in the apatite structure. HTMM gives Sr-Pb HAp solid solutions much better crystallization. However, due to the formation of intermediate compound of Pb{sub 3}O{sub 2}(OH){sub 2} in the Pb(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O solution before mixing with (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} solution at 160 deg. C, HTMM causes the decrease of crystallization of the samples with high Pb content.

  6. Nitrogen isotopes determination in natural gas: analytical method and first results on magmatic, hydrothermal and soil gas samples.

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    Grassa, Fausto; Capasso, Giorgio; Oliveri, Ygor; Sollami, Aldo; Carreira, Paula; Rosario Carvalho, M; Marques, Jose M; Nunes, Joao C

    2010-06-01

    A continuous-flow GC/IRMS technique has been developed to analyse delta(15)N values for molecular nitrogen in gas samples. This method provides reliable results with accuracy better than 0.15 per thousand and reproducibility (1sigma) within+/-0.1 per thousand for volumes of N(2) between 1.35 (about 56 nmol) and 48.9 muL (about 2 mumol). The method was tested on magmatic and hydrothermal gases as well as on natural gas samples collected from various sites. Since the analysis of nitrogen isotope composition may be prone to atmospheric contamination mainly in samples with low N(2) concentration, we set the instrument to determine also N(2) and (36)Ar contents in a single run. In fact, based on the simultaneously determined N(2)/(36)Ar ratios and assuming that (36)Ar content in crustal and mantle-derived fluids is negligible with respect to (36)Ar concentration in the atmosphere, for each sample, the degree of atmospheric contamination can be accurately evaluated. Therefore, the measured delta(15)N values can be properly corrected for air contamination.

  7. Optical parameters of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films grown via the hydrothermal method.

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    Kim, Soaram; Kim, Min Su; Nam, Giwoong; Park, Hyunggil; Yoon, Hyunsik; Leem, Jae-Young

    2013-09-01

    ZnO seed layers were deposited onto a quartz substrate using the sol--gel method, and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod array thin films with different Al concentrations that ranged from 0 to 2.0 at. % were grown on the ZnO seed layers via the hydrothermal method. Optical parameters, including the optical band gap, the absorption coefficient, the Urbach energy, the refractive index, the dispersion parameter, and the optical conductivity, were studied to investigate the effects of Al doping on the optical properties of AZO nanorod array thin films. The optical band gaps of the ZnO and AZO nanorod array thin films were 3.206 at 0 at.%, 3.214 at 0.5 at.%, 3.226 at 1.5 at.%, and 3.268 at 2.0 at.%. The Urbach energy gradually decreased from 126 meV (0 at.%) to 70 meV (2.0 at.%) as the Al concentration was increased. The dispersion energy, the single-oscillator energy, the average oscillator wavelength, the average oscillator strength, the refractive index, and the optical conductivity of the AZO nanorod array thin films were all affected by Al doping.

  8. Synthesis of nanocrystalline barium-hexaferrite from nanocrystalline goethite using the hydrothermal method: Particle size evolution and magnetic properties

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    Penn, R.L.; Banfield, J.F.; Voigt, J.

    1997-03-01

    To characterize particle size/magnetic property relationships, 9 to 50 nm in diameter barium hexaferrite, BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BHF), particles were prepared using a new synthesis route. By replacing the conventional 50 to 100 nm particles of goethite with nanocrystalline goethite produced via the microwave anneal method of Knight and Sylva, nanocrystalline BHF was synthesized using the hydrothermal method. Evolution of particle size and morphology with respect to concentration and heat treatment time is reported. Hysteresis properties, including coercivity (0.2--1.0 kOe), magnetization saturation (0.1--33.4 emu/g), and magnetization remanence (0.004--22.5 emu/g) are discussed as a function of particle size. The magnetization saturation and remanence of the 7 nm particles is nearly zero, suggesting the superparamagnetic threshold size for BHF is around this size. In addition, the equilibrium morphology of BHF crystals was calculated to be truncated hexagonal prisms which was verified by experiment, and the isoelectric point, pH of 4.1, was measured for 18 nm BHF particles.

  9. Synthesis of nanocrystalline barium-hexaferrite from nanocrystalline goethite using the hydrothermal method: Particle size evolution and magnetic properties

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    Penn, R.L.; Banfield, J.F.; Voigt, J.

    1997-08-01

    To characterize particle size/magnetic property relationships, 9 to 50 nm in diameter barium hexaferrite, BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (BHF), particles were prepared using a new synthesis route. By replacing the conventional 50 to 100 nm particles of goethite with nanocrystalline goethite produced via the microwave anneal method of Knight and Sylva, nanocrystalline BHF was synthesized using the hydrothermal method. Evolution of particle size and morphology with respect to concentration and heat treatment time is reported. Hysteresis properties, including coercivity (0.2--1.0 kOe), magnetization saturation (0.1--33.4 emu/g), and magnetization remanence (0.004--22.5 emu/g) are discussed as a function of particle size. The magnetization saturation and remanence of the 7 nm particles is nearly zero, suggesting the superparamagnetic threshold size for BHF is around this size. In addition, the equilibrium morphology of BHF crystals was calculated to be truncated hexagonal prisms which was verified by experiment, and the isoelectric point, pH of 4.1 was measured for 18 nm BHF particles.

  10. Mapping deep-sea hydrothermal deposits with an in-loop transient electromagnetic method: Insights from 1D forward and inverse modeling

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    Jang, Hangilro; Kim, Hee Joon

    2015-12-01

    In transient electromagnetic (TEM) measurements, secondary fields that contain information on conductive targets such as hydrothermal mineral deposits in the seafloor can be measured in the absence of strong primary fields. A TEM system using a loop source is useful to the development of compact, autonomous instruments, which are well suited to submersible-based surveys. In this paper, we investigate the possibility of applying an in-loop TEM system to the detection of marine hydrothermal deposits through a one-dimensional modeling and inversion study. We examine step-off responses for a layered model and compare the characteristics of horizontal and vertical loop systems for detecting hydrothermal deposits. The feasibility study shows that TEM responses are very sensitive to a highly conductive layer. Time-domain target responses are larger and appear earlier in horizontal magnetic fields than in vertical ones, although the vertical field has 2-3 times larger magnitude than the horizontal one. An inverse problem is formulated with the Gauss-Newton method and solved with the damped and smoothness-constrained least-squares approach. The test example for a marine hydrothermal TEM survey demonstrated that the depth extent, conductivity and thickness of the highly conductive layer are well resolved.

  11. A Simple Method for the Consecutive Determination of Protonation Constants through Evaluation of Formation Curves

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    Hurek, Jozef; Nackiewicz, Joanna

    2013-01-01

    A simple method is presented for the consecutive determination of protonation constants of polyprotic acids based on their formation curves. The procedure is based on generally known equations that describe dissociation equilibria. It has been demonstrated through simulation that the values obtained through the proposed method are sufficiently…

  12. A simple method for ex vivo evaluation of biomaterial interaction with blood platelets.

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    Mantovani, F; Marconi, W; Caprino, L; Goglia, G; Togna, G

    1980-09-01

    The process of thrombus formation, as a consequence of the interaction of artificial surfaces with blood, is related to the activation of blood platelets. A simple ex vivo method, which is suitable for the evaluation of the platelet-surface interaction is described. This method has been used to compare the haemocompatibility of several artificial materials, including nylon-6, Silastic and pyrolytic carbon.

  13. Propeller design IV : a simple method for determining the strength of propellers

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    Weick, Fred E

    1926-01-01

    The object of this report, the last of a series of four on propeller design, is to describe a simple method for determining whether the strength of a propeller of a standard form is sufficient for safe operation. An approximate method of stress analysis is also given.

  14. A simple method of calculating lower-bound limit loads for axisymmetric thin shells

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    Boyle, J.T.; Hamilton, R.; Shi, J.; Mackenzie, D.

    1997-05-01

    In this paper, a simple method for calculating lower-bound limit loads for shells is presented, based on Ilyushin`s and Ivanov`s generalized yield criterion, respectively, and using the elastic compensation procedure. Several examples, including torispherical and conical ends, radial nozzles, and a skirted vessel, are examined using this method. The results are compared with previously published results.

  15. The Effect of Herrmann Whole Brain Teaching Method on Students' Understanding of Simple Electric Circuits

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    Bawaneh, Ali Khalid Ali; Nurulazam Md Zain, Ahmad; Salmiza, Saleh

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Herrmann Whole Brain Teaching Method over conventional teaching method on eight graders in their understanding of simple electric circuits in Jordan. Participants (N = 273 students; M = 139, F = 134) were randomly selected from Bani Kenanah region-North of Jordan and randomly assigned to…

  16. Synthesis of N-acetyl-L-cysteine-capped ZnCdSe quantum dots via hydrothermal method and their characterization

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    Gao, Fang; Liu, Yuying; Fan, Yao; Zhao, Dan

    2014-01-01

    Compared with the most studied green-red emitting (530–650 nm) quantum dots (QDs), the preparation of short-wavelength-emitting QDs remains difficult. Besides, one of the representative short-wavelength QDs materials, ZnCdSe, has a shortcoming of high content of toxic cadmium metal. In this paper, we report the synthesis of high-quality water-soluble ZnCdSe QDs via optimized one-step hydrothermal method with a new thiol as ligand, within a short time of 65 min. The emission wavelength of prepared QDs is tunable in the range of 425–540 nm by merely controlling the molar ratio of Cd:Zn or Se:Zn, and the quantum yield reaches 35%. More importantly, the maximum Cd:Zn molar ratio has been reduced to 0.04:1.0, much lower than that reported in the literature (0.5:1.0), resulting in excellent biological compatibility of prepared QDs and thus their promising applications in biological fields. Moreover, the transmission electron microscopy was employed to examine the effect of Cd:Zn ratio on the size of prepared ZnCdSe QDs, which were also characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron diffraction spectroscopy. PMID:27877713

  17. Ultrafast hydrothermal synthesis of high quality magnetic core phenol-formaldehyde shell composite microspheres using the microwave method.

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    You, Li-Jun; Xu, Shuai; Ma, Wan-Fu; Li, Dian; Zhang, Yu-Ting; Guo, Jia; Hu, Jack J; Wang, Chang-Chun

    2012-07-17

    An ultrafast, facile, and efficient microwave hydrothermal approach was designed to fabricate magnetic Fe(3)O(4)/phenol-formaldehyde (PF) core-shell microspheres for the first time. The structure of the Fe(3)O(4)/PF core-shell microspheres could be well controlled by the in situ polycondensation of phenol and formaldehyde with magnetic Fe(3)O(4) clusters as the seeds in an aqueous solution without any surfactants. The effect of synthetic parameters, such as the feeding amounts of phenol, the dosages of formaldehyde, the reaction temperatures, and the microwave heating time, on the morphologies and sizes of the Fe(3)O(4)/PF microspheres were investigated in details. The phenol-formaldehyde shell is found to be evenly coated on Fe(3)O(4) clusters within 10 min of the irradiation. The as-prepared microspheres were highly uniform in morphology, and the method was found to allow the shell thickness to be finely controlled in the range of 10-200 nm. The properties of the composite microspheres were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetic analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The as-prepared Fe(3)O(4)/PF microspheres were monodisperse and highly dispersible in water, ethanol, N,N-dimethyformamide, and acetone, a beneficial quality for the further functionalization and applications of the Fe(3)O(4)/PF microspheres.

  18. Adsorption of Pb(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solutions using titanate nanotubes prepared via hydrothermal method.

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    Xiong, Lin; Chen, Cheng; Chen, Qing; Ni, Jinren

    2011-05-30

    Titanate nanotubes (TNs) with specific surface areas of 272.31 m(2)g(-1) and pore volumes of 1.264 cm(3)g(-1) were synthesized by alkaline hydrothermal method. The TNs were investigated as adsorbents for the removal of Pb(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solutions. The FT-IR analysis indicated that Pb(II) and Cd(II) adsorption were mainly ascribed to the hydroxyl groups in the TNs. Batch experiments were conducted by varying contact time, pH and adsorbent dosage. It was shown that the initial uptake of each metal ion was very fast in the first 5 min, and adsorption equilibrium was reached after 180 min. The adsorption of Pb(II) and Cd(II) were found to be maximum at pH in the range of 5.0-6.0. The adsorption kinetics of both metal ions followed the pseudo-second-order model. Equilibrium data were best fitted with the Langmuir isotherm model, and the maximum adsorption capacities of Pb(II) and Cd(II) were determined to be 520.83 and 238.61 mg g(-1), respectively. Moreover, more than 80% of Pb(II) and 85% of Cd(II) adsorbed onto TNs can be desorbed with 0.1M HCl after 3h. Thus, TNs were considered to be effective and promising materials for the removal of both Pb(II) and Cd(II) from wastewater.

  19. Synthesis of nano-Se/bamboo charcoal composites via hydrothermal method and their application on remaining fresh of cutting roses.

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    Tang, Ping; Yu, Weiping; Jiang, Kunpeng; Liao, Lei; Qin, Aimiao

    2013-02-01

    Nano-Se/bamboo charcoal (BC) composites were prepared successfully by hydrothermal method. The composites were characterized by SEM, XRD, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (AFS) analysis. The effects of the synthesized conditions on the morphologies of Se particles on BC were investigated. The results showed that the reaction time, the adding order of reagents and the concentration of hydrazine have much influence on the formation of nano-Se/BC composites. The application of composites on the keeping fresh of cutting rose flowers was also studied, the experiment results indicate that Nano-Se/BC composites have better effect on the keeping fresh of cutting rose flowers than single BC, Nano-Se, distilled water and commercial "flower food" nutrient solution, the florescence of cutting rose flowers is distinctly extend by Nano-Se/BC composites up to 48 and 24 days in winter and summer respectively. "Synergy effects" and "Delayed release capsule effects" were used to explain the mechanism of Nano-Se/BC composites on the keeping fresh of cutting rose flowers.

  20. Structural and room temperature ferromagnetic properties of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles via low-temperature hydrothermal method

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    Xu, Kun; Liu, Changzhen; Chen, Rui; Fang, Xiaoxiang; Wu, Xiuling; Liu, Jie

    2016-12-01

    A series of Zn1-xNixO (x=0, 1%, 3%, 5%) nanoparticles have been synthesized via a low-temperature hydrothermal method. Influence of Ni doping concentration on the structure, morphology, optical properties and magnetism of the samples was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer instruments. The results show that the undoped and doped ZnO nanoparticles are both hexagonal wurtzite structures. The surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The images of SEM reveal that the structure of pure ZnO and Ni doped samples are nanoparticles which intended to form flakes with thickness of few nanometers, being overlain with each one to develop the network with some pores and voids. Based on the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy analysis, it indicates that the band gap energy decreases with the increasing concentration of Ni. Furthermore, The Ni doped ZnO samples didn't exhibit higher ultraviolet-light-driven photocatalytic activity compared to the undoped ZnO sample. Vibrating sample magnetometer was used for the magnetic property investigations, and the result indicates that room temperature ferromagnetism property of 3% Ni doped sample is attributed to oxygen vacancy and interaction between doped ions.

  1. Electrochemical properties of Li2 FeSiO4 /C nanocomposites prepared by sol-gel and hydrothermal methods

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    Kumar, Ajay; Jayakumar, O. D.; Naik, Vaman M.; Nazri, Gholam A.; Naik, Ratna

    Li2FeSiO4 is considered as potential cathode material for next generation lithium ion batteries because of its high specific theoretical capacity, low cost, and safety. However, it suffers from poor electronic conductivity and slow lithium ion diffusion in the solid phase. To address these issues, we have studied mesoporous Li2FeSiO4/C composites synthesized by sol-gel (SG) and hydrothermal (HT) methods using tri-block copolymer (P123) as carbon source and structure directing agent. The structure and morphology of the composites were characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM and the surface area and pore size distribution were measured by using N2 adsorption/desorption. Galvanostatic cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry were used to evaluate the electrochemical performance of the Li2FeSiO4/C composites. The Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) composites show a superior electrochemical performance compared to Li2FeSiO4/C (SG). At C/30 rate, the discharge capacity of Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) reached ~276 mAh/g in the 1.5-4.6 V window and shows better rate capability and stability at high rates. We attribute the improved electrochemical performance of Li2FeSiO4/C (HT) to its large surface area and reduced particle size. The details of the study will be presented.

  2. Photocatalytic reduction of NO with NH3 using Si-doped TiO2 prepared by hydrothermal method.

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    Jin, Ruiben; Wu, Zhongbiao; Liu, Yue; Jiang, Boqiong; Wang, Haiqiang

    2009-01-15

    A series of Si-doped TiO2 (Si/TiO2) photocatalysts supported on woven glass fabric were prepared by hydrothermal method for photocatalytic reduction of NO with NH3. The photocatalytic activity tests were carried out in a continuous Pyrex reactor with the flow rate of 2000mL/min under UV irradiation (luminous flux: 1.1x10(4)lm, irradiated catalyst area: 160cm2). The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrophotometer, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). The experiment results showed that NO conversion on Si/TiO2 at 323K could exceed 60%, which was about 50% higher than that on Degussa P25 and pure TiO2. With the doping of Si, photocatalysts with smaller crystal size, larger surface area and larger pore volume were obtained. It was also found that Ti-O-Si bands were formed on the surface of Si/TiO2 and that the surface hydroxyl concentration was greatly increased. As a result, total acidity and NH3 chemisorption amount were enhanced for Si/TiO2 leading to its photocatalytic activity improvement.

  3. Selective synthesis of vitamin K3 over mesoporous NbSBA-15 catalysts synthesized by an efficient hydrothermal method.

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    Selvaraj, M; Park, D-W; Kim, I; Kawi, S; Ha, C S

    2012-08-28

    Well hexagonally ordered NbSBA-15 catalysts synthesized by an efficient hydrothermal method were used, for the first time, for the selective synthesis of vitamin K(3) by liquid-phase oxidation of 2-methyl-1-naphthol (2MN1-OH) under various reaction conditions. The recyclable NbSBA-15 catalysts were also reused to find their catalytic activities. To investigate the leaching of non-framework niobium species on the surface of silica networks, the results of original and recyclable NbSBA-15 catalysts were correlated and compared. To find an optimum condition for the selective synthesis of vitamin K(3), the washed NbSBA-15(2.2pH) was extensively used in this reaction with various reaction parameters such as temperature, time and ratios of reactant (2M1N-OH to H(2)O(2)), and the obtained results were also demonstrated. Additionally, the liquid-phase oxidation of 2M1N-OH was carried out with different solvents to find the best solvent with a good catalytic activity. Based on the all catalytic studies, the vitamin K(3) selectivity (97.3%) is higher in NbSBA-15(2.2pH) than that of other NbSBA-15 catalysts, and the NbSBA-15(2.2pH) is found to be a highly active and eco-friendly heterogeneous catalyst for the selective synthesis of vitamin K(3).

  4. Structural and optical study of CaF2 nanoparticles produced by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Bezerra, Claudiane dos S.; Valerio, Mário E. G.

    2016-11-01

    CaF2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. With the addition of the ethylenediamine (EDA) as chelating agent, the size of the particles was reduced. The CaF2 exhibit single phase identified for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and confirmed by Rietveld refinement. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed nanoparticles with non-uniform morphology and statistical analysis of collections of particles reviewed that the EDA decreases both the average particle size and average aspect ratio of the particles. The chemical composition of the surface of the particles was investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and the results indicated the presence of reasonable amounts of hydroxyl groups and oxygen ions in the samples produced with EDA. Radioluminescence (RL) measurements showed that both types of nanoparticles presented intrinsic scintillation emission formed by two main bands and that the CaF2 samples produced without EDA presented higher emission intensity. The broad RL band centered at approximately 293 nm is related to self-trapped exciton (STE) emission of calcium fluoride, while the band at 428 nm can be due to the presence of F centers. The STE excitation and optical band gap were measured through photoluminescent excitation spectra in the VUV range.

  5. Synthesis of TiO2 nanorods from titania and titanyl sulfate produced from ilmenite dissolution by hydrothermal method

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    Wahyuningsih, S.; Ramelan, A. H.; Munifa, R. M. I.; Saputri, L. N. M. Z.; Chasanah, U.

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 powder has been synthesized through hydrolysis-condensation of titanyl sulfate solution to a starting material of TiO2 nanorods formation. This processing was conducted by the solid separation of TiO2 from ilmenite by roasting ilmenite, acidic leaching (hydrolysis), and co-precipitation (condensation). Roasting of ilmenite was carried out by the addition of Na2S at a temperature of 800°C. While the acidic leaching process was conducted by sulfuric acid at a various concentrations of 3, 3.5, 4.5, 6, and 9 M. The result shown that the solubility optimum occurs in H2SO4 6 M condition. Separation of Fe impurities of TiO2 gel from titanyl sulfate (TiOSO4) solution was done through complexation using KCNS addition. The characteristic of TiO2 obtained using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) showed good crystallinity and purity. Further treatment of the TiO2 is the formation of one-dimensional nano-size (1-D nanorods) through a hydrothermal method under basic condition NaOH 12M solution. TiO2 nanorods were confirmed by Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) which indicated that the diameter of TiO2 nanorods was about 7.02 nm in size.

  6. Preparation and characterization of PVA-I complex doped mesoporous TiO2 by hydrothermal method

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    Shi, Qian; Jiang, Caiyun; Wang, Yuping; Yang, Weiben; Yang, Chun

    2013-05-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol [PVA]-iodine complex doped mesoporous TiO2 (PIT) and iodine doped (IT) catalysts were prepared by hydrothermal method, using tetrabutyl titanate as precursor, potassium iodate and iodine as iodine sources. The as-prepared PIT and IT catalysts were characterized by UV-vis, XRD, FESEM, BET, TG/DTA, XPS and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Production of rad OH radicals on the surface of photocatalyst was detected by the PL technique using terephthalic acid as a probe molecule. The influences of calcinated temperature on the structure and properties of the catalysts were investigated. The photocatalytic activity of catalysts was evaluated through photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution. The results showed that PIT samples were anatase mesoporous TiO2 and their iodine content and mesoporous structure were influenced by calcinated temperature. Particle size of PIT samples was smaller than that of IT as a result of the PVA skeleton and regular structure. Because of the complexation of iodine and PVA, thermostability of iodine is improved and the amount of iodine in PIT calcinated at 200 °C (PIT-200) is higher than that of IT calcinated at same temperature. Light absorption range and intensity of PIT-200 has been greatly improved due to the synergy of iodine and carbon. The efficiency of photocatalysis for MB is greatly improved with TiO2 modified by PVA-I complex under simulated sun light irradiation.

  7. A Simple Method for Improving Torsion Optimization of Ligand Molecules in Receptor Binding Sites.

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    Che, Jianwei

    2005-07-01

    A simple but effective method is introduced for optimizing ligand molecules in torsion space within receptor binding sites. The algorithm makes use of geometric constraints of ligand molecules to search for energetically favorable conformations. It is applied to a conjugate gradient (CG) method as an example. During conformational energy optimization, new line search directions are modified according to the spatial span of rotational groups in ligand molecules. Significant improvements were observed in terms of the abilities both to recover global optimal structures and to obtain lower energy ensembles. This simple algorithm allows rapid implementation and can be incorporated into other conformational energy optimization techniques.

  8. Simple, reliable, and nondestructive method for the measurement of vacuum pressure without specialized equipment.

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    Yuan, Jin-Peng; Ji, Zhong-Hua; Zhao, Yan-Ting; Chang, Xue-Fang; Xiao, Lian-Tuan; Jia, Suo-Tang

    2013-09-01

    We present a simple, reliable, and nondestructive method for the measurement of vacuum pressure in a magneto-optical trap. The vacuum pressure is verified to be proportional to the collision rate constant between cold atoms and the background gas with a coefficient k, which can be calculated by means of the simple ideal gas law. The rate constant for loss due to collisions with all background gases can be derived from the total collision loss rate by a series of loading curves of cold atoms under different trapping laser intensities. The presented method is also applicable for other cold atomic systems and meets the miniaturization requirement of commercial applications.

  9. Fast preparation of LiFePO4 nanoparticles for lithium batteries by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method.

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    Yang, Gang; Ji, Hongmei; Liu, Haidong; Huo, Kaifu; Fu, Jijiang; Chu, Paul K

    2010-02-01

    Nanomaterial for lithium batteries can decrease mechanical strain upon lithium intercalation/ deintercalation from lattice, and lead to high rate capability. The currently available microwave technology permits the development and implantation of a temperature-controlled microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis (TCMH) of nano-sized cathode material for lithium batteries. Unlike in previous reported traditional hydrothermal synthesis of cathode material LiFePO4, the pure phase of LiFePO4 can be simply and rapidly synthesized for 5 minutes in water under hydrothermal treatment with microwave irradiation. The homogeneous effects induced by microwave irradiation could create a uniform seeding condition. The colloid precursor Li3PO4 plays the key role to be the nucleation center for the new phase while the formation energy for LiFePO4 would be decreased during the following microwave irradiation. The as-prepared pristine LiFePO4 without carbon coating are characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and tested as the cathode in lithium batteries. The particle sizes of pristine LiFePO4 are dependent on hydrothermal and microwave-assisted hydrothermal condition and the electrochemical performance are relatively determined.

  10. Photocatalytic properties of h-WO3 nanoparticles obtained by annealing and h-WO3 nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I.; Nagy-Kovács, Teodóra; Lukács, István; Szilágyi, Imre M.

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, two different methods for preparing hexagonal WO3 (h-WO3) photocatalysts were used - controlled thermal decomposition and hydrothermal synthesis. WO3 nanoparticles with hexagonal structure were obtained by annealing (NH4)xWO3-y at 500 °C in air. WO3 nanorods were prepared by a hydrothermal method using sodium tungstate Na2WO4, HCl, (COOH)2 and NaSO4 precursors at 200 °C. The formation, morphology, structure and composition of the as-prepared nanoparticles and nanorods were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). The photocatalytic activity of the h-WO3 nanoparticles and nanorods was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation.

  11. Hydrothermal reactivity of saponite.

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    Whitney, G.

    1983-01-01

    The nature and extent of the reactions of synthetic Fe-free saponite have been investigated under experimental hydrothermal conditions as a first step towards understanding saponite reactivity under relatively simple conditions. Saponite crystallizes from amorphous gel of ideal saponite composition within 7 days at 300o-550oC under P = 1 kbar. Reactions subsequent to this initial crystallization depend on reaction T and interlayer cations. Saponite is found to react hydrothermally, over a period of 200 days, at T down to 400oC, at least 150oC lower than previously reported, but showed no signs of reaction below 400oC. At 450oC, a mixture of talc/saponite and saponite/phlogopite clays forms from K-saponite via intracrystalline layer transformations, while above 450oC the initial K-saponite dissolves, with talc and phlogopite forming as discrete phases. After 200 days reactions at 400-450oC were not complete, so that given sufficient time to reach equilibrium, a lower hydrothermal stability limit for saponite is possible. Further study of the Fe-bearing saponite system will be required before experimental results can be applied to natural systems.-D.F.B.

  12. Thermochemical parameters of minerals from oxygen-buffered hydrothermal equilibrium data: Method, application to annite and almandine

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    Zen, E.-A.

    1973-01-01

    Reversed univariant hydrothermal phase-equilibrium reactions, in which a redox reaction occurs and is controlled by oxygen buffers, can be used to extract thermochemical data on minerals. The dominant gaseous species present, even for relatively oxidizing buffers such as the QFM buffer, are H2O and H2; the main problem is to calculate the chemical potentials of these components in a binary mixture. The mixing of these two species in the gas phase was assumed by Eugster and Wones (1962) to be ideal; this assumption allows calculation of the chemical potentials of the two components in a binary gas mixture, using data in the literature. A simple-mixture model of nonideal mixing, such as that proposed by Shaw (1967), can also be combined with the equations of state for oxygen buffers to permit derivation of the chemical potentials of the two components. The two mixing models yield closely comparable results for the more oxidizing buffers such as the QFM buffer. For reducing buffers such as IQF, the nonideal-mixing correction can be significant and the Shaw model is better. The procedure of calculation of mineralogical thermochemical data, in reactions where hydrogen and H2O simultaneously appear, is applied to the experimental data on annite, given by Wones et al. (1971), and on almandine, given by Hsu (1968). For annite the results are: Standard entropy of formation from the elements, Sf0 (298, 1)=-283.35??2.2 gb/gf, S0 (298, 1) =+92.5 gb/gf. Gf0 (298, 1)=-1148.2??6 kcal, and Hf0 (298, 1)=-1232.7??7 kcal. For almandine, the calculation takes into account the mutual solution of FeAl2O4 (Hc) in magnetite and of Fe3O4 (Mt) in hercynite and the temperature dependence of this solid solution, as given by Turnock and Eugster (1962); the calculations assume a regular-solution model for this binary spinel system. The standard entropy of formation of almandine, Sf,A0 (298, 1) is -272.33??3 gb/gf. The third law entropy, S0 (298, 1) is +68.3??3 gb/gf, a value much less than the

  13. Assessing physical activity of women of childbearing age. Ongoing work to develop and evaluate simple methods.

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    Löf, Marie; Hannestad, Ulf; Forsum, Elisabet

    2002-09-01

    Simple methods were developed and evaluated to assess total energy expenditure in 24 healthy, Swedish women planning pregnancy. Total energy expenditure was measured by the doubly-labeled water method (reference method) and three simple methods: heart rate recording, movement registration by an accelerometer, and a questionnaire. Mean total energy expenditure obtained by the four methods varied between 2,530 kcal per 24 hours (10,570 kJ/24 hours) and 2,730 kcal per 24 hours (11,420 kJ/24 hours). No significant difference between the results obtained by the different methods was found. The mean difference between the simple method and the reference method was for the questionnaire 204 +/- 508 kcal per 24 hours (853 +/- 2,124 kJ/24 hours), for the heart rate recorder 58 +/- 338 kcal per 24 hours (241 +/- 1,416 kJ/24 hours) and for the accelerometer 6 +/- 325 kcal per 24 hours (25 +/- 1,360 kJ/24 hours). The heart rate recorder and the questionnaire overestimated high and underestimated low energy expenditures. The accelerometer and the heart rate recorder were able to assess mean total energy expenditure of groups. No systematic bias was found when the accelerometer was used.

  14. Simple in-line method to measure the dispersion of an optical system

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    Yao, X. S.; Feinberg, Jack

    1993-01-01

    We describe a simple in-line method to measure the dispersion of an optical system. The light beam passing through the optical system interferes with a reference beam in a spectrometer, and the resulting spectrum yields the quadratic and cubic dispersion terms of the system. We demonstrate this technique on an optical system made of grating pairs.

  15. 17 CFR 162.7 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 1 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. 162.7 Section 162.7 Commodity and Securities Exchanges COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING... electronically mailed or processed through an Internet Web site; (4) Providing a toll-free telephone number;...

  16. 17 CFR 248.125 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Reasonable and simple methods of opting out. 248.125 Section 248.125 Commodity and Securities Exchanges SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE... electronically mailed or processed at an Internet Web site, if the consumer agrees to the electronic delivery...

  17. A Simple Method for Nucleon-Nucleon Cross Sections in a Nucleus

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    Tripathi, R. K.; Cucinotta, Francis A.; Wilson, John W.

    1999-01-01

    A simple reliable formalism is presented for obtaining nucleon-nucleon cross sections within a nucleus in nuclear collisions for a given projectile and target nucleus combination at a given energy for use in transport, Monte Carlo, and other calculations. The method relies on extraction of these values from experiments and has been tested and found to give excellent results.

  18. Simple Method for Assaying Colistin Methanesulfonate in Plasma and Urine Using High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Li, Jian; Milne, Robert W.; Nation, Roger L.; Turnidge, John D.; Coulthard, Kingsley; Valentine, Jason

    2002-01-01

    A simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic method is described for the determination of colistimethate sodium in plasma and urine. The accuracy and reproducibility was within 10.1 and 11.2% with rat plasma and urine, respectively. Several commonly coadministered antibacterial agents do not interfere with the assay. PMID:12234867

  19. Two Magnets and a Ball Bearing: A Simple Demonstration of the Methods of Images.

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    Poon, W. C. K.

    2003-01-01

    Investigates the behavior of a bar magnet with a steel ball bearing on one pole as it approaches another bar magnet. Maps the problem onto electrostatics and explains observations based on the behavior of point charges near an isolated, uncharged sphere. Offers a simple demonstration of the method of images in electrostatics. (Author/NB)

  20. Global Study of the Simple Pendulum by the Homotopy Analysis Method

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    Bel, A.; Reartes, W.; Torresi, A.

    2012-01-01

    Techniques are developed to find all periodic solutions in the simple pendulum by means of the homotopy analysis method (HAM). This involves the solution of the equations of motion in two different coordinate representations. Expressions are obtained for the cycles and periods of oscillations with a high degree of accuracy in the whole range of…

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  2. 17 CFR 248.125 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  3. 17 CFR 248.125 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  4. 17 CFR 248.125 - Reasonable and simple methods of opting out.

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  5. A SIMPLE HPLC METHOD FOR DETECTING CARBARYL AND 1-NAPHTHOL IN BIOLOGICAL TISSUES.

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    Carbamates are a class of pesticide used in both agricultural and residential applications. A simple HPLC method for detecting Carb and its metabolite 1-naphthol (Naph) in tissues was developed to try to correlate tissue levels of carbaryl (Carb) (a prototypical carbamate) with c...

  6. A simple laboratory method for determining flash fire propensity of materials

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    Hilado, C. J.; Cumming, H. J.

    1977-01-01

    A simple laboratory method for determining flash fire propensity of materials is described. The apparatus consists of a tube furnace and a combustion tube. The ignition source can be a wooded match but the hot pyrolysis tube itself may be the most suitable ignition source. Test results are presented for various materials including polyethylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, and polyurethane and polychloroprene flexible foams.

  7. Simple and reliable method for determination of oxygen content in high- Tc copper oxides

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    Maeno, Yoshiteru; Teraoka, Hideki; Matsukuma, Kuniko; Yoshida, Koji; Sugiyama, Kimihiko; Nakamura, Fumihiko; Fujita, Toshizo

    1991-12-01

    We present the details of a simple and reliable iodine-titration method suited for high- Tc copper oxides, in which the use of a solution of ammonium acetate and acetic acid as a buffer agent substantially improves the operation. The results applied to La 2- xM xCuO 4- δ (M = Ba, Sr and Ca) are presented.

  8. A simple method for one-loop renormalization in curved space-time

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    Markkanen, Tommi; Tranberg, Anders E-mail: anders.tranberg@uis.no

    2013-08-01

    We present a simple method for deriving the renormalization counterterms from the components of the energy-momentum tensor in curved space-time. This method allows control over the finite parts of the counterterms and provides explicit expressions for each term separately. As an example, the method is used for the self-interacting scalar field in a Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric in the adiabatic approximation, where we calculate the renormalized equation of motion for the field and the renormalized components of the energy-momentum tensor to fourth adiabatic order while including interactions to one-loop order. Within this formalism the trace anomaly, including contributions from interactions, is shown to have a simple derivation. We compare our results to those obtained by two standard methods, finding agreement with the Schwinger-DeWitt expansion but disagreement with adiabatic subtractions for interacting theories.

  9. A simple method of aortic valve reconstruction with fixed pericardium in children

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    Hosseinpour, Amir-Reza; González-Calle, Antonio; Adsuar-Gómez, Alejandro; Santos-deSoto, José

    2013-01-01

    Aortic valve reconstruction with fixed pericardium may occasionally be very useful when treating children with aortic valve disease. This is because diseased aortic valves in children are sometimes too dysmorphic for simple repair without the addition of material, their annulus may be too small for a prosthesis, and the Ross operation may be precluded due to other congenital anomalies such as pulmonary valvar or coronary malformations. Such reconstruction is usually technically demanding and requires much precision. We describe a simple alternative method, which we have carried out in 3 patients, aged 1 week, 3 years and 12 years, respectively, with good early results. PMID:23343835

  10. A Simple and Reliable Method of Design for Standalone Photovoltaic Systems

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    Srinivasarao, Mantri; Sudha, K. Rama; Bhanu, C. V. K.

    2016-08-01

    Standalone photovoltaic (SAPV) systems are seen as a promoting method of electrifying areas of developing world that lack power grid infrastructure. Proliferations of these systems require a design procedure that is simple, reliable and exhibit good performance over its life time. The proposed methodology uses simple empirical formulae and easily available parameters to design SAPV systems, that is, array size with energy storage. After arriving at the different array size (area), performance curves are obtained for optimal design of SAPV system with high amount of reliability in terms of autonomy at a specified value of loss of load probability (LOLP). Based on the array to load ratio (ALR) and levelized energy cost (LEC) through life cycle cost (LCC) analysis, it is shown that the proposed methodology gives better performance, requires simple data and is more reliable when compared with conventional design using monthly average daily load and insolation.

  11. A simple and efficient method for isolating small RNAs from different plant species

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    2011-01-01

    Background Small RNAs emerged over the last decade as key regulators in diverse biological processes in eukaryotic organisms. To identify and study small RNAs, good and efficient protocols are necessary to isolate them, which sometimes may be challenging due to the composition of specific tissues of certain plant species. Here we describe a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species. Results We developed a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species by first comparing different total RNA extraction protocols, followed by streamlining the best one, finally resulting in a small RNA extraction method that has no need of first total RNA extraction and is not based on the commercially available TRIzol® Reagent or columns. This small RNA extraction method not only works well for plant tissues with high polysaccharide content, like cactus, agave, banana, and tomato, but also for plant species like Arabidopsis or tobacco. Furthermore, the obtained small RNA samples were successfully used in northern blot assays. Conclusion Here we provide a simple and efficient method to isolate small RNAs from different plant species, such as cactus, agave, banana, tomato, Arabidopsis, and tobacco, and the small RNAs from this simplified and low cost method is suitable for downstream handling like northern blot assays. PMID:21349188

  12. A hydrothermal peroxo method for preparation of highly crystalline silica-titania photocatalysts.

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    Krivtsov, Igor; Ilkaeva, Marina; Avdin, Viacheslav; Khainakov, Sergei; Garcìa, Jose R; Ordòñez, Salvador; Dìaz, Eva; Faba, Laura

    2015-04-15

    A new completely inorganic method of preparation of silica-titania photocatalyst has been described. It has been established that the addition of silica promotes crystallinity of TiO2 anatase phase. Relative crystallinity and TiO2 crystal size in the silica-titania particles increase with the silica content until SiO2/TiO2 molar ratio of 0.9, but at higher molar ratios they start to decrease. The single-source precursor containing peroxo titanic (PTA) and silicic acids has been proved to be responsible for high crystallinity of TiO2 encapsulated into amorphous silica. It has been proposed that peroxo groups enhance rapid formation of crystalline titania seeds, while silica controls their growth. It has been concluded from the TEM that the most morphologically uniform anatase crystallites covered with SiO2 particles are prepared at SiO2/TiO2 molar ratio of 0.4. This sample, according to (29)Si NMR, also shows the high content of hydroxylated silica Q(3) and Q(2) groups, and it is the most photocatalytically active in UV-assisted decomposition of methylene blue among the tested materials. It has been determined that the increase in the amount of the condensed Q(4) silica in the mixed oxides leads to the decrease in photocatalytic performance of the material, despite its better crystallinity. High crystallinity, low degree of incorporation of Ti atoms in SiO2 in the mixed oxide and adsorption of methylene blue in the vicinity of photoactive sites on the hydroxylated silica have been considered as the main factors determining the high degradation degree of methylene blue in the presence of silica-titania.

  13. Dye-adsorption capacity of high surface-area hydrogen titanate nanosheets processed via modified hydrothermal method.

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    Padinhattayil, Hareesh; Augustine, Rimesh; Shukla, Satyajit

    2013-04-01

    High surface-area (380 m2 x g(-1)) hydrogen titanate nanosheets (HTNS) processed via the modified hydrothermal method have been utilized for the removal of methylene blue (MB) dye from an aqueous solution via the surface-adsorption process involving the electrostatic attraction mechanism. The HTNS have been characterized using the transmission electron microscope (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface-area measurement techniques. The amount of MB dye adsorbed on the surface of HTNS at equilibrium (q(e)) has been examined as a function of contact time, initial dye-concentration, and initial solution-pH. Within the investigated range of initial solution-pH (2.5-11), the MB dye adsorption on the surface of HTNS has been observed to follow the pseudo-second-order kinetics with the dye-adsorption capacity of 119 mg x g(-1) at the initial solution-pH of - 10. The adsorption equilibrium follows the Langmuir isotherm within the initial solution-pH range of 2.5-10. However, in a highly basic solution (initial solution-pH -11), the adsorption equilibrium has been observed to follow the Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Kaganer-Radushkevich (DKR) models in the different ranges of initial MB dye concentration. The mere dependence on the DKR model has not been observed within the investigated range of initial solution-pH. The differences in the dye-adsorption characteristics and capacity of HTNS, compared with those of hydrogen titanate nanotubes, have been attributed to the difference in their specific surface-area. Irrespective of the morphology, the maximum coverage of MB dye on the surface of hydrogen titanate has been noted to be the same (52%).

  14. Adsorption of Cu2+ ions using chitosan-modified magnetic Mn ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Meng, Yuying; Chen, Deyang; Sun, Yitao; Jiao, Dongling; Zeng, Dechang; Liu, Zhongwu

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan-modified Mn ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by a one-step microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. These Mn ferrite magnetic composite nanoparticles were employed to absorb Cu2+ ions in water. XRD verified the spinel structure of the MnFe2O4 nanoparticles. Chitosan modification does not result in any phase change of MnFe2O4. FTIR and zeta potentials curves for all samples suggest that chitosan can be successfully coated on the Mn ferrites. TEM characterization showed that the modified MnFe2O4 nanoparticles have a cubic shape with a mean diameter of ∼100 nm. For adsorption behavior, the effects of experiment parameters such as solution pH value, contact time and initial Cu2+ ions concentration on the adsorption efficiency were systematically investigated. The results showed that increasing solution pH value and extending contact time are favorable for improving adsorption efficiency. Especially, adsorption efficiency can reach up to 100% and 96.7% after 500 min adsorption at pH 6.5 for the solutions with initial Cu2+ ions concentration of 50 mg/L and 100 mg/L. Adsorption data fits well with the Langmuir isotherm models with a maximum adsorption capacity (qm) and a Langmuir adsorption equilibrium constant (K) of 65.1 mg/g and 0.090 L/mg, respectively. The adsorption kinetic agrees well with pseudo second order model with the pseudo second rate constants (K2) of 0.0468 and 0.00189 g/mg/min for solutions with initial Cu2+ ions of 50 and 100 mg/L, respectively.

  15. Characterization and magnetic properties of SrTi1-xNixO3 nanoparticles prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Karaphun, Attaphol; Hunpratub, Sitchai; Phokha, Sumalin; Putjuso, Thanin; Swatsitang, Ekaphan.

    2017-01-01

    SrTi1-xNixO3 (x=0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles were prepared by the hydrothermal method. All as-prepared samples were annealed at 800 °C for 3 h in argon to study the annealing effect on their magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) were used to study the crystalline structure, morphology, oxidation state and magnetic properties of samples. XRD results indicate a cubic perovskite structure of all samples with the impurity phase of SrCO3 in all as-prepared samples and Ni metal in annealed samples of x=0.10 and 0.15. SEM and TEM images confirmed a cubic shape for all samples with decreasing average particle sizes from 136.8±4.7 to 126.2±6.9 nm for annealed samples upon Ni doping. XANES results revealed the existence of Ni metal in sample of x=0.05 with the oxidation state of +2 for Ni ion in a SrTi0.95Ni0.05O3 sample. XPS results indicated the promotion of oxygen vacancies. VSM results revealed a paramagnetic behavior at room temperature of all as-prepared samples. Ni-doped samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior after annealing in argon with the Curie temperature (TC) above 380 K for a sample with x=0.05 as shown by field cooling (FC) and zero-field cooling (ZFC) measurements. The room temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM) of ferromagnetic samples was suggested to be originated from Ni metal and F-center exchange (FCE) mechanism due to the promotion of oxygen vacancies in the perovskite structure.

  16. Rapid synthesis of Ti-MCM-41 by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method towards photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline.

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    Chen, Hanlin; Peng, Yen-Ping; Chen, Ku-Fan; Lai, Chia-Hsiang; Lin, Yung-Chang

    2016-06-01

    This study employed microwave-assisted hydrothermal method to synthesize Ti-MCM-41, which are mesoporous materials with a high surface area and excellent photocatalytic ability. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) were employed. The XRD findings showed that Ti-MCM-41 exhibited a peak at 2θ of 2.2°, which was attributed to the hexagonal MCM-41 structure. The BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) results agreed with the TEM findings that Ti-MCM-41 has a pore size of about 3-5nm and a high surface area of 883m(2)/g. FTIR results illustrated the existence of Si-O-Si and Si-O-Ti bonds in Ti-MCM-41. The appearance of Ti 2p peaks in the XPS results confirmed the FTIR findings that the Ti was successfully doped into the MCM-41 structure. Zeta (ζ)-potential results indicated that the iso-electric point (IEP) of Ti-MCM-41 was at about pH3.02. In this study, the photocatalytic degradation of oxytetracycline (OTC) at different pH was investigated under Hg lamp irradiation (wavelength 365nm). The rate constant (K'obs) for OTC degradation was 0.012min(-1) at pH3. Furthermore, TOC (total organic carbon) and high resolution LC-MS (liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry) analyses were conducted to elucidate the possible intermediate products and degradation pathway for OTC. The TOC removal efficiency of OTC degradation was 87.0%, 74.4% and 50.9% at pH3, 7 and 10, respectively. LC-MS analysis results showed that the degradation products from OTC resulted from the removal of functional groups from the OTC ring.

  17. Influence of External Gaseous Environments on the Electrical Properties of ZnO Nanostructures Obtained by a Hydrothermal Method

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    Procek, Marcin; Pustelny, Tadeusz; Stolarczyk, Agnieszka

    2016-01-01

    This paper deals with experimental investigations of ZnO nanostructures, consisting of a mixture of nanoparticles and nanowires, obtained by the chemical (hydrothermal) method. The influences of both oxidizing (NO2) and reducing gases (H2, NH3), as well as relative humidity (RH) on the physical and chemical properties of ZnO nanostructures were tested. Carrier gas effect on the structure interaction with gases was also tested; experiments were conducted in air and nitrogen (N2) atmospheres. The effect of investigated gases on the resistance of the ZnO nanostructures was tested over a wide range of concentrations at room temperature (RT) and at 200 °C. The impact of near- ultraviolet (UV) excitation (λ = 390 nm) at RT was also studied. These investigations indicated a high response of ZnO nanostructures to small concentrations of NO2. The structure responses to 1 ppm of NO2 amounted to about: 600% in N2/230% in air at 200 °C (in dark conditions) and 430% in N2/340% in air at RT (with UV excitation). The response of the structure to the effect of NO2 at 200 °C is more than 105 times greater than the response to NH3, and more than 106 times greater than that to H2 in the relation of 1 ppm. Thus the selectivity of the structure for NO2 is very good. What is more, the selectivity to NO2 at RT with UV excitation increases in comparison at elevated temperature. This paper presents a great potential for practical applications of ZnO nanostructures (including nanoparticles) in resistive NO2 sensors. PMID:28335355

  18. A Simple Method for International Standardization of Photographic Documentation for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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    Rhee, Seung Chul

    2017-02-03

    Due to the lack of internationally standardized, objective, and scientific photographic standardization methods, differences in photographic documents have gravely affected the truth of surgical outcomes by visual misperception or illusion, thus hindering the development of plastic surgery clinically and scholastically. Here I suggest a simple method for standardization of facial photographs. The method consists of an imaginary transverse line (tentatively the "PSA line") rather than the Frankfort horizontal plane and uses a white background with black grids and standard RGB with CMYK circles. This simplified method of photographic standardization would help our professional society to make international standards on facial photographic documentation to maintain scholastic ethics, conscience, and morals.

  19. A simple method for evaluating the trapping performance of acoustic tweezers

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    Li, Ying; Lee, Changyang; Ho Lam, Kwok; Kirk Shung, K.

    2013-02-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present a rapid and simple method to evaluate the trapping performance of high frequency focused ultrasonic transducers for acoustic tweezer applications. The method takes into consideration the friction between the particle to be trapped and the surface that it resides on. As a result it should be more reliable and accurate than the methods proposed previously. The trapping force produced by a 70-MHz press-focused transducer was measured to evaluate the performance of this approach. This method demonstrates its potential in optimizing the excitation conditions for acoustic tweezer applications and the design of acoustic tweezers.

  20. A simple method for evaluating the trapping performance of acoustic tweezers.

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    Li, Ying; Lee, Changyang; Ho Lam, Kwok; Kirk Shung, K

    2013-02-25

    The purpose of this paper is to present a rapid and simple method to evaluate the trapping performance of high frequency focused ultrasonic transducers for acoustic tweezer applications. The method takes into consideration the friction between the particle to be trapped and the surface that it resides on. As a result it should be more reliable and accurate than the methods proposed previously. The trapping force produced by a 70-MHz press-focused transducer was measured to evaluate the performance of this approach. This method demonstrates its potential in optimizing the excitation conditions for acoustic tweezer applications and the design of acoustic tweezers.

  1. On Development of a Problem Based Learning System for Linear Algebra with Simple Input Method

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    Yokota, Hisashi

    2011-08-01

    Learning how to express a matrix using a keyboard inputs requires a lot of time for most of college students. Therefore, for a problem based learning system for linear algebra to be accessible for college students, it is inevitable to develop a simple method for expressing matrices. Studying the two most widely used input methods for expressing matrices, a simpler input method for expressing matrices is obtained. Furthermore, using this input method and educator's knowledge structure as a concept map, a problem based learning system for linear algebra which is capable of assessing students' knowledge structure and skill is developed.

  2. Comparison of structural and electrical properties of Co{sup 2+}doped Mn-Zn soft nano ferrites prepared via coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods

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    Anwar, Humaira; Maqsood, Asghari

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Coprecipitation and hydrothermal synthesis of Co{sup 2+} doped Mn-Zn ferrites. • Dielectric measurements at 3 MHz and 1 GHz frequencies. • Enhanced DC electrical resistivity for samples prepared from hydrothermal technique. • Impedance studies for the prepared samples showing major contribution due to grains. - Abstract: A series of Co doped Mn-Zn ferrites compounds with the formula Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35 and 0.50) were successfully synthesized by polyethylene glycol-assisted coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods. The structural characterization of the samples was done using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). All the samples found to have cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite size of all nanoparticles were estimated using Scherrer's formula and found to lie between 10 and 25 ± 3 nm with small size distribution of particles prepared by hydrothermal method. The FTIR spectrum showed two absorption bands of tetrahedral and octahedral metal-oxygen sites. DC electrical resistivity varied from 4.12 × 10{sup 7} to 8.32 × 10{sup 10} ohm cm with cobalt doping. The dielectric measurements were performed from 20 Hz to 3 MHz and from 1 MHz to 1 GHz frequency ranges. The value of dielectric constant (ε′) varies from 15.54 to 106.25 (1 MHz) and 6.73–16.48 (1 GHz) for all the samples at room temperature. Impedance spectroscopy was carried out from 20 Hz to 3 MHz, at room temperature to study the grains and grain boundaries effect.

  3. A novel hydrothermal method for zinc extraction and separation from zinc ferrite and electric arc furnace dust

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    Wang, Hui-gang; Li, Yang; Gao, Jian-ming; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2016-02-01

    A novel hydrothermal process was developed to extract zinc from pure zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanopowder and zinc-containing electric arc furnace (EAF) dust using hexahydrated ferric chloride (FeCl3·6H2O) as a decomposing agent. The effects of solid FeCl3·6H2O to ZnFe2O4 ratio by mass ( R F/Z), hydrothermal reaction temperature, and time on zinc extraction were systematically investigated. In the results, when the hydrothermal reaction is conducted at 150°C for 2 h with R F/Z of 15:20, the efficiency of zinc extraction from ZnFe2O4 reaches 97.2%, and the concentration of ferric ions (Fe3+) in the leaching solution is nearly zero, indicating a high selectivity for zinc. In addition, the zinc extraction efficiency from the EAF dust reaches 94.5% in the case of the hydrothermal reaction performed at 200°C for 10 h with the solid FeCl3·6H2O to EAF dust ratio by mass ( R F/EAF dust) of 15:10. Zinc and iron separation is achieved by adjusting the pH value of the leaching solution according to the different precipitation pH values of metal hydroxides.

  4. A simple method of catalase purification for the undergraduate experimental course.

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    Chen, Qian; Cheng, Meng; Wang, Yinnan; Yao, Ming; Chen, Yongchun; Gao, Yuan; Ding, Wenyuan

    2015-02-01

    Catalase is a characteristic enzyme of peroxisomes, of which it is the most abundant protein. This enzyme serves as a typical example of a peroxisomal enzyme and is important in the teaching of biochemistry and molecular biology. Although there is substantial information regarding catalase purification, purifying catalase for the junior‑grade undergraduate experimental course face challenges in obtaining materials and increasingly expensive purification equipment. This study presents a simple method for the purification of mouse liver catalase using ethanol‑chloroform treatment, sodium sulfate fractionation, dialysis and Sephadex G‑200 gel filtration chromatography. Catalase was purified 31.8‑fold with an 18.3% yield. The advantages of this method were its low operating environment requirements, simple procedure and reduced cost. Furthermore, the method was designed to improve students' comprehensive ability and manipulative ability and to introduce a sense of innovation in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology during their junior year.

  5. A simple and efficient solar cell parameter extraction method from a single current-voltage curve

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    Zhang, Chunfu; Zhang, Jincheng; Hao, Yue; Lin, Zhenhua; Zhu, Chunxiang

    2011-09-01

    In this work, a simple and efficient method for the extraction of all the parameters of a solar cell from a single current-voltage (I-V) curve under the constant illumination level is proposed. With the help of the Lambert W function, the explicit analytic expression for I is obtained. By reducing the number of the parameters, the expression for I only depends on the ideality factor n, the series resistance Rs, and the shunt resistance Rsh. This analytic expression is directly used to fit the experimental data and extract the device parameters. This simple solar cell parameter extraction method can be directly applied for all kinds of solar cells whose I-V characteristics follow the single-diode model. The parameters of various solar devices including silicon solar cells, silicon solar modules, dye-sensitized solar cells, and organic solar cells with standalone, tandem, and multi-junction structures have been successfully extracted by using our proposed method.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanorods using pyridoxal-5′-phosphate as a phosphorus source

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    Zhao, Xin-Yu; Zhu, Ying-Jie Lu, Bing-Qiang; Chen, Feng; Qi, Chao; Zhao, Jing; Wu, Jin

    2014-07-01

    Graphical abstract: Hydroxyapatite nanorods are synthesized using biocompatible biomolecule pyridoxal-5′-phosphate as a new organic phosphorus source by the hydrothermal method. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanorods is reported. • Biocompatible pyridoxal-5′-phosphate is used as an organic phosphorus source. • This method is simple, surfactant-free and environmentally friendly. - Abstract: Hydroxyapatite nanorods are synthesized by the hydrothermal method using biocompatible biomolecule pyridoxal-5′-phosphate (PLP) as a new organic phosphorus source. In this method, PLP biomolecules are hydrolyzed to produce phosphate ions under hydrothermal conditions, and these phosphate ions react with pre-existing calcium ions to form hydroxyapatite nanorods. The effects of experimental conditions including hydrothermal temperature and time on the morphology and crystal phase of the products are investigated. This method is simple, surfactant-free and environmentally friendly. The products are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis.

  7. Preparation of nitrogen-doped graphene sheets by a combined chemical and hydrothermal reduction of graphene oxide.

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    Long, Donghui; Li, Wei; Ling, Licheng; Miyawaki, Jin; Mochida, Isao; Yoon, Seong-Ho

    2010-10-19

    Nitrogen-doped graphene sheets were prepared through a hydrothermal reduction of colloidal dispersions of graphite oxide in the presence of hydrazine and ammonia at pH of 10. The effect of hydrothermal temperature on the structure, morphology, and surface chemistry of as-prepared graphene sheets were investigated though XRD, N(2) adsorption, solid-state (13)C NMR, SEM, TEM, and XPS characterizations. Oxygen reduction and nitrogen doping were achieved simultaneously under the hydrothermal reaction. Up to 5% nitrogen-doped graphene sheets with slightly wrinkled and folded feature were obtained at the relative low hydrothermal temperature. With the increase of hydrothermal temperature, the nitrogen content decreased slightly and more pyridinic N incorporated into the graphene network. Meanwhile, a jellyfish-like graphene structure was formed by self-organization of graphene sheets at the hydrothermal temperature of 160 °C. Further increase of the temperature to 200 °C, graphene sheets could self-aggregate into agglomerate particles but still contained doping level of 4 wt % N. The unique hydrothermal environment should play an important role in the nitrogen doping and the jellyfish-like graphene formation. This simple hydrothermal method could provide the synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene sheets in large scale for various practical applications.

  8. Microstructure and magnetic properties of MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Co, Ni, and Mn) ferrite nanocrystals prepared using colloid mill and hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Wei Ding, Zui; Zhao, Xiruo; Wu, Sizhu; Li, Feng; Yue, Ming; Liu, J. Ping

    2015-05-07

    Three kinds of spinel ferrite nanocrystals, MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Co, Ni, and Mn), are synthesized using colloid mill and hydrothermal method. During the synthesis process, a rapid mixing and reduction of cations with sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) take place in a colloid mill then through a hydrothermal reaction, a slow oxidation and structural transformation of the spinel ferrite nanocrystals occur. The phase purity and crystal lattice parameters are estimated by X-ray diffraction studies. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show the morphology and particle size of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals. Raman spectrum reveals active phonon modes at room temperature, and a shifting of the modes implies cation redistribution in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Magnetic measurements show that all the obtained samples exhibit higher saturation magnetization (M{sub s}). Meanwhile, experiments demonstrate that the hydrothermal reaction time has significant effects on microstructure, morphologies, and magnetic properties of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals.

  9. Simple fiber-optic autocollimation method for determining the focal lengths of optical elements.

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    Ilev, I K

    1995-03-15

    A novel simple fiber-optic autocollimation method for determining the focal lengths of lenses and objectives is presented. This method is based on the intensity sensing of reflected light, photoelectric measurement, and the use of single-mode optical fiber. This fiber serves simultaneously as a point light source for the formation of a collimated input laser beam and as a receiver that is highly sensitive to spatial displacements for the autocollimation backreflectance. The method permits us to locate the focal point spatially and to determine the back focal length of a focusing optical element with accuracies exceeding 1 and 2 microm, respectively, which are confirmed by both experimental and analytical investigations.

  10. An improved simple colorimetric method for quantitation of non-transferrin-bound iron in serum.

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    Zhang, D; Okada, S; Kawabata, T; Yasuda, T

    1995-03-01

    A simple method for direct quantitation of non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI) in serum is introduced. NTBI was separated from serum by adding excess nitrilotriacetic acid disodium salt (NTA) to serum to form an Fe-NTA complex and then ultrafiltrated using a micro-filter. The NTBI in the ultrafiltrate was quantitated using a bathophenanthroline-based method. The optimal detection condition and several potential confounding factors were investigated. The actual measurements to samples in vivo and in vitro showed that this method is very practical.

  11. A Simple Spectrofluorimetric Method for the Determination of Losartan in Some Tablet Dosage Forms

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    Taher, M. A.; Asadollahzadeh, H.; Fazelirad, H.

    2015-11-01

    A very simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was developed for the direct determination of losartan in some commercial tablets. The suggested method is based on the linear relationship between 0.1-5.0 μg/ml of losartan and its fluorescence intensity at 400 nm in acidic medium. The detection limit and relative standard deviation (for ten repetitive measurements of 2.0 μg/ml) were obtained as 12.0 ng/ml and 1.35%, respectively. The recommended method was successfully applied for the determination of losartan in three types of commercial tablets from different brands.

  12. A simple method for measuring power, force, velocity properties, and mechanical effectiveness in sprint running.

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    Samozino, P; Rabita, G; Dorel, S; Slawinski, J; Peyrot, N; Saez de Villarreal, E; Morin, J-B

    2016-06-01

    This study aimed to validate a simple field method for determining force- and power-velocity relationships and mechanical effectiveness of force application during sprint running. The proposed method, based on an inverse dynamic approach applied to the body center of mass, estimates the step-averaged ground reaction forces in runner's sagittal plane of motion during overground sprint acceleration from only anthropometric and spatiotemporal data. Force- and power-velocity relationships, the associated variables, and mechanical effectiveness were determined (a) on nine sprinters using both the proposed method and force plate measurements and (b) on six other sprinters using the proposed method during several consecutive trials to assess the inter-trial reliability. The low bias (<5%) and narrow limits of agreement between both methods for maximal horizontal force (638 ± 84 N), velocity (10.5 ± 0.74 m/s), and power output (1680 ± 280 W); for the slope of the force-velocity relationships; and for the mechanical effectiveness of force application showed high concurrent validity of the proposed method. The low standard errors of measurements between trials (<5%) highlighted the high reliability of the method. These findings support the validity of the proposed simple method, convenient for field use, to determine power, force, velocity properties, and mechanical effectiveness in sprint running.

  13. The estimation of fibrinogen levels in animal plasmas by a simple refractometric method. A comparison with a biuret method.

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    Sutton, R H

    1977-05-01

    A comparison was made between a biuret (reference) method and a simple refractometric (test) method for measuring fibrinogen levels in 84 animal plasmas. Although the correlation between the two methods was high (4=0.90 P less than 0-001) there was considerable random variation in the refractometric results in relation to the biuret results. This was thought to be due in part to the fact that refractometric results could only be expressed in multiples of 2.4 g/litre. In spite of this limitation, the refractometric method, on the grounds of speen and simplicity, is considered to have worthwhile application for fibrinogen determinations in practice laboratory.

  14. Simple spectrophotometric method for estimation of disodium edetate in topical gel formulations

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    Kamboj, Sunil; Sharma, Deepak; Nair, Anroop B.; Kamboj, Suman; Sharma, Rakesh Kumar; Ali, Javed; Pramod, K; Ansari, S. H.

    2011-01-01

    A simple, sensitive, cost-effective and reproducible UV-spectrophotometric method has been developed and validated for the estimation of disodium edetate in topical gel formulations. Solution of disodium edetate reacts with ferric chloride to form complex in 0.1 N HCl giving λmax at 270 nm. Beer's law was obeyed in the concentration range of 5–50 μg/mL (r2= 0.9997). The limit of detection and limit of quantitation were found to be 1.190 and 3.608 μg/mL, respectively. The results show that the procedure is accurate, precise, and reproducible (relative standard deviation < 1%), while being simple and less time consuming. The study concluded that the UV-spectrophotometric method could be used for the quantification of disodium edetate in pure form as well as in pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:23781446

  15. A Simple Method to Extract DNA from Hair Shafts Using Enzymatic Laundry Powder

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    Liu, Jinchuan; Jiang, Xiaoling; Li, Sicong; Yang, Shuming; Chen, Ailiang

    2013-01-01

    A simple method to extract DNA from hair shafts was developed by using enzymatic laundry powder at the first step of the process. The whole extraction can be finished in less than 2 hours. The simple extraction reagent proposed here contains only two cheap components: ordinary enzymatic laundry powder and PCR buffer. After extraction, an ultra sensitive fluorescent nucleic acid stain, PicoGreen, was used for quantifying trace amount of double-stranded DNA in the solution extracted. For further validation of DNA extraction, four primers were employed to amplify DNA microsatellite loci. Both fluorescence spectroscopy and PCR results suggested that this method can extract DNA from hair shafts with good efficiency and repeatability. The study will greatly facilitate the use of hair shafts in future for DNA analyses on genome-wide scale. PMID:23922747

  16. A Simple Method to Measure Nematodes' Propulsive Thrust and the Nematode Ratchet.

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    Bau, Haim; Yuan, Jinzhou; Raizen, David

    2015-11-01

    Since the propulsive thrust of micro organisms provides a more sensitive indicator of the animal's health and response to drugs than motility, a simple, high throughput, direct measurement of the thrust is desired. Taking advantage of the nematode C. elegans being heavier than water, we devised a simple method to determine the propulsive thrust of the animals by monitoring their velocity when swimming along an inclined plane. We find that the swimming velocity is a linear function of the sin of the inclination angle. This method allows us to determine, among other things, the animas' propulsive thrust as a function of genotype, drugs, and age. Furthermore, taking advantage of the animals' inability to swim over a stiff incline, we constructed a sawteeth ratchet-like track that restricts the animals to swim in a predetermined direction. This research was supported, in part, by NIH NIA Grant 5R03AG042690-02.

  17. Simple method to measure and analyze the fluctuations of a small particle in biopolymer solutions.

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    Kuroda, Masafumi; Murayama, Yoshihiro

    2015-12-01

    We developed a simple method to investigate the motion of a small particle in biopolymer solutions. Using optical tweezers with low stiffness, a trapped probe particle fluctuates widely for a long time along the light axis, which reflects the rheological properties of the surrounding environment. We present a convenient technique for three-dimensional position tracking and the analysis focused on the distribution of particle positions and its variance in a given time interval. It allows us to obtain useful information about the dynamics of a small particle in a wide range from a free diffusive motion to a constrained motion with statistical significance. We applied this method to investigate the dynamics in collagen and DNA solutions; it was found that a collagen solution behaves as a simple viscous liquid and a DNA solution has apparent elasticity due to the slow relaxation of the configuration of molecules.

  18. A simple method to extract DNA from hair shafts using enzymatic laundry powder.

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    Guan, Zheng; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Jinchuan; Jiang, Xiaoling; Li, Sicong; Yang, Shuming; Chen, Ailiang

    2013-01-01

    A simple method to extract DNA from hair shafts was developed by using enzymatic laundry powder at the first step of the process. The whole extraction can be finished in less than 2 hours. The simple extraction reagent proposed here contains only two cheap components: ordinary enzymatic laundry powder and PCR buffer. After extraction, an ultra sensitive fluorescent nucleic acid stain, PicoGreen, was used for quantifying trace amount of double-stranded DNA in the solution extracted. For further validation of DNA extraction, four primers were employed to amplify DNA microsatellite loci. Both fluorescence spectroscopy and PCR results suggested that this method can extract DNA from hair shafts with good efficiency and repeatability. The study will greatly facilitate the use of hair shafts in future for DNA analyses on genome-wide scale.

  19. The Reality-Based Learning Method: A Simple Method for Keeping Teaching Activities Relevant and Effective

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    Smith, Louise W.; Van Doren, Doris C.

    2004-01-01

    Active and experiential learning theory have not dramatically changed collegiate classroom teaching methods, although they have long been included in the pedagogical literature. This article presents an evolved method, reality based learning, that aids professors in including active learning activities with feelings of clarity and confidence. The…

  20. A Simple and Valid Method to Determine Thermoregulatory Sweating Threshold and Sensitivity

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    2009-01-01

    S, Inoue Y, Crandall CG. Function of human eccrine sweat glands during dynamic exercise and passive heat stress. J Appl Physiol 90: 1877–1881, 2001...code) 2009 Journal Article - Journal of Applied Physiology A Simple and Valid Method to Determine Thermoregulatory Sweating Threshold and Sensitivity...Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick, MA 01760-5007 M09-27 Same as #7 above. Approved for public release; distribution unlimited Sweating

  1. Peer review of grant applications: a simple method to identify proposals with discordant reviews.

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    Giraudeau, Bruno; Leyrat, Clémence; Le Gouge, Amélie; Léger, Julie; Caille, Agnès

    2011-01-01

    Grant proposals submitted for funding are usually selected by a peer-review rating process. Some proposals may result in discordant peer-review ratings and therefore require discussion by the selection committee members. The issue is which peer-review ratings are considered as discordant. We propose a simple method to identify such proposals. Our approach is based on the intraclass correlation coefficient, which is usually used in assessing agreement in studies with continuous ratings.

  2. A simple method for the generation of organ and vessel contours from roentgenographic or fluoroscopic images

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    Newell, J. D.; Keller, R. A.; Baily, N. A.

    1974-01-01

    A simple method for outlining or contouring any area defined by a change in film density or fluoroscopic screen intensity is described. The entire process, except for the positioning of an electronic window, is accomplished using a small computer having appropriate softwave. The electronic window is operator positioned over the area to be processed. The only requirement is that the window be large enough to encompass the total area to be considered.

  3. Simple method for refining arabinan polysaccharides by alcohol extraction of the prune, Prunus domestica L.

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    Hara, Yukari; Mizukawa, Hitomi; Yamamoto, Hirotaka; Ikami, Takao; Kato, Koji; Yabe, Tomio

    2013-01-01

    L-Arabinose is a useful sugar in the food industry. We demonstrate here simple methods for refining arabinan polysaccharides by alcohol extraction from prune, Prunus domestica L., as a source of L-arabinose. Alcohol-soluble polysaccharides were purified from a solution of prune extracted by 80% ethanol. After fractionating the polysaccharides by ion-exchange chromatography, arabinans were identified as mainly constituted by (1→5)-linked arabinofuranosyl units.

  4. A simple spectrophotometric method for determination of sodium diclofenac in pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Matin, A A; Farajzadeh, M A; Jouyban, A

    2005-10-01

    A new, simple, rapid and accurate spectrophotometric method is proposed for determination of sodium diclofenac (SD) in pharmaceutical preparations based on its reaction with concentrated nitric acid (63% w/v). The reaction product is a yellowish compound with maximum absorbance at 380 nm. The corresponding calibration curve is linear over the range of 1-30 mg l(-1), while the limit of detection is 0.46 mg l(-1).

  5. A SIMPLE METHOD FOR DETERMINATION OF CAFFEINE CONTENT IN TEA SAMPLES

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    Venkatesh, Sama; Swamy, M.M.; Reddy, Y.S.R.; Suresh, B.; Sethuraman, M.

    1994-01-01

    The present communication describes a simple and modified colorimetric procedure for the estimation of caffeine content in both commercial and locally available tea samples. Comparative data of caffeine content in different brands of tea samples are shown here. The present method is no doubt an improvised procedure for estimating directly caffeine content from the tea extracts. A possible explanation to account for the variability in caffeine content in different samples is offered. PMID:22556672

  6. Simple and effective HPLC method development and its validation for Clindipine in human drug free plasma.

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    Muralidharan, Selvadurai; Kumar, Jaya raja; Dhanaraj, Sokkalingam Arumugam

    2015-01-01

    Simple and effective high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method was developed for estimation of Clindipine in drug free human drug free blank plasma. The internal standard used as Nifidipine (IS). The current method was used protein precipitating extraction of Clindipine from blank plasma. Separation was achieved on reversed-phase c18 column (25cm × 4.6mm, 5μ) and the detection was monitored by UV detector at 260 nm. The optimized mobile phase was used acetonitrile: 5mM potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate (pH 4.5), in the ratio of 60:40% v/v at a flow rate of 1.0 ml/min. This linearity was achieved in this method range of 10.0-125.0 ng/ml with regression coefficient range is 0.99. The present method is suitable in terms of precise, accurate and specific during the study. The simplicity of the method allows for application in laboratories that lack sophisticated analytical instruments such as LC-MS/MS or GC-MS/MS that are complicated, costly and time consuming rather than a simple HPLC-UV method. The present method was successfully applied for pharmacokinetic studies.

  7. Development of a rapid and simple voltammetric method to determine total antioxidative capacity of edible oils.

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    Gulaboski, Rubin; Mirčeski, Valentin; Mitrev, Saša

    2013-05-01

    In this work we report on a new, rapid and simple voltammetric method to determine the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of the edible oils. The method explores the ABTS radical (2,2'-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid)) assay as a redox probe and it relays on measuring catalytic voltammetric currents. The electrocatalysis comprises redox regeneration of the electrochemically created ABTS(+) radical either by Trolox (6-hydroxy-2,5,7,8-tetramethychroman-2-carboxylic acid) or by antioxidants present in studied oils. The detection limit of the method is determined to be 0.5 mg/L of Trolox equivalent, being a slightly lower than the corresponding UV-VIS spectrophotometric method. Applying the proposed voltammetric method the total antioxidant capacity of three types of commercially available cold-pressed edible oils are determined, and the results are found to be in a very good agreement with those obtained by UV-VIS spectrophotometry. The reported voltammetric method is cheap, rapid and simple, and it can be used as a sustainable alternative to the UV-VIS methods for the determination of total antioxidant capacitance of oils and other liquid lipophilic nutrients. Potent antioxidant capacity of studied oils was also confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of superoxide anion produced by macrophages.

  8. Simple, flexible, and accurate phase retrieval method for generalized phase-shifting interferometry.

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    Yatabe, Kohei; Ishikawa, Kenji; Oikawa, Yasuhiro

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents a non-iterative phase retrieval method from randomly phase-shifted fringe images. By combining the hyperaccurate least squares ellipse fitting method with the subspace method (usually called the principal component analysis), a fast and accurate phase retrieval algorithm is realized. The proposed method is simple, flexible, and accurate. It can be easily coded without iteration, initial guess, or tuning parameter. Its flexibility comes from the fact that totally random phase-shifting steps and any number of fringe images greater than two are acceptable without any specific treatment. Finally, it is accurate because the hyperaccurate least squares method and the modified subspace method enable phase retrieval with a small error as shown by the simulations. A MATLAB code, which is used in the experimental section, is provided within the paper to demonstrate its simplicity and easiness.

  9. A Simple Spectrophotometric Method for the Determination of Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances in Fried Fast Foods.

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    Zeb, Alam; Ullah, Fareed

    2016-01-01

    A simple and highly sensitive spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as a marker for lipid peroxidation in fried fast foods. The method uses the reaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and TBA in the glacial acetic acid medium. The method was precise, sensitive, and highly reproducible for quantitative determination of TBARS. The precision of extractions and analytical procedure was very high as compared to the reported methods. The method was used to determine the TBARS contents in the fried fast foods such as Shami kebab, samosa, fried bread, and potato chips. Shami kebab, samosa, and potato chips have higher amount of TBARS in glacial acetic acid-water extraction system than their corresponding pure glacial acetic acid and vice versa in fried bread samples. The method can successfully be used for the determination of TBARS in other food matrices, especially in quality control of food industries.

  10. Simple phase-shifting method in a wedge-plate lateral-shearing interferometer.

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    Song, Jae Bong; Lee, Yun Woo; Lee, In Won; Lee, Yong-Hee

    2004-07-10

    A simple phase-shifting method in a wedge-plate lateral shearing interferometer is described. Simply moving the wedge plate in an in-plane parallel direction gives the amount of phase shift required for phase-shifting interferometry because the thickness of a wedge plate is not constant and varies along the wedge direction. This method requires only one additional linear translator to move the wedge plate. The required moving distance for a phase shift of the wave front with this method is of the order of a millimeter, whereas the typical moving distance for another method that uses a piezoelectric transducer is of the order of a wavelength. This method yields better precision in controlling the moving distance than do the other methods.

  11. A Simple and Efficient Parallel Implementation of the Fast Marching Method

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    Yang, Jianming; Stern, Frederick

    2011-11-01

    The fast marching method is a widely used numerical method for solving the Eikonal equation arising from a variety of applications. However, this method is inherently serial and doesn't lend itself to a straightforward parallelization. In this study, we present a simple and efficient algorithm for the parallel implementation of the fast marching method using a domain decomposition approach. Properties of the Eikonal equation are explored to greatly relax the serial interdependence of neighboring sub-domains. Overlapping sub-domains are employed to reduce communication overhead and improve parallelism among sub-domains. There are no iterative procedures or rollback operations involved in the present algorithm and the changes to the serial version of the fast marching method are minimized. Examples are performed to demonstrate the efficiency of our parallel fast marching method. This study was supported by ONR.

  12. A new and simple calibration-independent method for measuring the beam energy of a cyclotron.

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    Gagnon, Katherine; Jensen, Mikael; Thisgaard, Helge; Publicover, Julia; Lapi, Suzanne; McQuarrie, Steve A; Ruth, Thomas J

    2011-01-01

    This work recommends a new and simple-to-perform method for measuring the beam energy of an accelerator. The proposed method requires the irradiation of two monitor foils interspaced by an energy degrader. The primary advantage of the proposed method, which makes this method unique from previous energy evaluation strategies that employ the use of monitor foils, is that this method is independent of the detector efficiency calibration. This method was evaluated by performing proton activation of (nat)Cu foils using both a cyclotron and a tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. The monitor foil activities were read using a dose calibrator set to an arbitrary calibration setting. Excellent agreement was noted between the nominal and measured proton energies.

  13. Hydrothermal treatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of Tamarix ramosissima: evaluation of the process as a conversion method in a biorefinery concept.

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    Xiao, Ling-Ping; Shi, Zheng-Jun; Xu, Feng; Sun, Run-Cang

    2013-05-01

    The present work investigated the effects of hydrothermal treatment (HTT) of Tamarix ramosissima by determination of sugar and inhibitor formation in the liquid fraction, and chemical and morphological changes of the pretreated solid material coupled with an evaluation of enzymatic hydrolysis. HTT was carried out in a batch reactor system at a maximal temperature (TMAX 180-240 °C) and evaluated for severities logRo ranging from 2.40 to 4.17. The liquid fractions were analyzed by HPLC, GPC, and GC-MS. The morphology and composition of the solid residues were characterized using an array of techniques, such as SEM, XRD, BET surface area, and CP/MAS (13)C NMR. Using a variety of tools, we have developed a better understanding of how HTT process affects biomass structure and cellulose properties that impact on its digestibility. These results provided new insights into the factors limiting enzymatic digestibility and mechanism of biomass deconstruction during hydrothermal process.

  14. Synthesis and in-depth analysis of highly ordered yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method and its mechanical analysis

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    Nathanael, A. Joseph; Mangalaraj, D.; Hong, S.I.; Masuda, Y.

    2011-12-15

    In this study, undoped and yttrium (Y) doped nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite crystals were synthesized by the hydrothermal method at 180 Degree-Sign C for 24 h. Highly ordered and oriented hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by yttrium doping and their nanostructure and physical properties were compared with those of undoped HAp rods. FESEM images showed that the doping with Y ions reduced the diameter (from 25 nm to 15 nm) and increased the length (from 95 nm to 115 nm) of the synthesized rods. The aspect ratio of the undoped and Y-doped nanorods were calculated to be 4.303 (SD = 0.0959) and 7.61 (SD = 0.0355), respectively. Specific surface area (SSA) analysis showed that SSA also increased from 66.74 m{sup 2}/g to 68.57 m{sup 2}/g with the addition of yttrium. Y-doped HAp nanorod reinforced HMWPE composites displayed the better mechanical performance than those reinforced with pure HAp nanorods. The possible strengthening of nanorods and the increase of SSA due to the reduction in the size of nanorods in the presence of yttrium may have contributed to the strengthening of Y-doped HAp/HMWPE composites. - Graphical Abstract: Highly ordered and oriented yttrium doped hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. For undoped HAp the average length of the nanorod is 95 nm with mean diameter of 24 nm and for a Y doped nanorod the average length is {approx} 115 nm and the mean diameter is 15 nm. Mechanical analysis was carried out by polymer/nanoparticle composite method. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium doped hydroxyapatite nanorods were prepared by hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanorods have highly uniform size distribution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Yttrium substitution and nanostructure formation was confirmed by careful analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical strength was analyzed by polymer nanoparticle reinforcement method.

  15. Simple spot method of image analysis for evaluation of highly marbled beef.

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    Irie, M; Kohira, K

    2012-04-01

    The simple method of evaluating highly marbled beef was examined by image analysis. The images of the cross section at the 6 to 7th rib were obtained from 82 carcasses of Wagyu cattle. By using an overall trace method, the surrounding edges of the longissimus thoracis and three muscles were traced automatically and manually with image analysis. In a spot method, 3 to 5 locations (2.5 or 3.0 cm in diameter) for each muscle were rapidly selected with no manual trace. The images were flattened, binarized, and the ratio of fat area to muscle area was determined. The correlation coefficients for marbling between different muscles, and between the overall trace and the spot methods were 0.55 to 0.81 between different muscles and 0.89 to 0.97, respectively. These results suggested that the simple spot method is speedy and almost as useful as the overall trace method as a measuring technique for beef marbling in loin muscles, especially for highly marbled beef.

  16. Simple wide-range method for angle measurement with a point fiber-optic output.

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    Ilev, I; Kumagai, H; Toyoda, K

    1997-01-01

    We propose a simple optical method for precise, wide-range angle measurement based on the use of a single-mode optical fiber as a registration scheme output. Because of its micrometric core dimensions, the fiber serves as a point receiver that is highly sensitive to angular displacements of focused laser emission. The method allows the independent photoelectric measurement of both rotation and spatial angles of various optical elements, combining a wide angular dynamic range (from 0 degrees to 360 degrees ) with high accuracy (exceeding 3 arcsec).

  17. A simple readout method for MWPCs with high-rate and sub-millimetre resolution

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    Fonte, P.

    1994-09-01

    In this work we describe the experimental tests of a new approach to the fast digital readout of MWPCs: electronic subdivision of the cathode strips increases the readout granularity, while a special coding method allows one to extract the address information from a small number of analogue channels with very simple electronics. The principle is demonstrated to be correct and a quite satisfactory performance is observed. This method may help to create economically the large and fast readout systems necessary for high-luminosity colliders and synchrotron radiation research. Also space-borne applications may profit from reduced weight and power requirements.

  18. A Very Simple Method to Calculate the (Positive) Largest Lyapunov Exponent Using Interval Extensions

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    Mendes, Eduardo M. A. M.; Nepomuceno, Erivelton G.

    2016-12-01

    In this letter, a very simple method to calculate the positive Largest Lyapunov Exponent (LLE) based on the concept of interval extensions and using the original equations of motion is presented. The exponent is estimated from the slope of the line derived from the lower bound error when considering two interval extensions of the original system. It is shown that the algorithm is robust, fast and easy to implement and can be considered as alternative to other algorithms available in the literature. The method has been successfully tested in five well-known systems: Logistic, Hénon, Lorenz and Rössler equations and the Mackey-Glass system.

  19. A simple micro-culture method for the study of group B arboviruses*

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    de Madrid, Ana Teresa; Porterfield, James S.

    1969-01-01

    Thirty-nine group B arboviruses have been titrated by a simple micro-culture method. The technique uses a stable line of pig kidney cells (PS cells) in which plaques develop when cells are first infected in suspension in the wells of haemagglutination trays and are then incubated for from 3 to 10 days under an overlay containing carboxymethyl-cellulose. This method can be adapted to measure neutralizing antibodies, and the principle underlying the test is applicable to other cells and other viruses. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4 PMID:4183812

  20. A Nonmonotone Trust Region Method for Nonlinear Programming with Simple Bound Constraints

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    Chen, Z.-W. Han, J.-Y. Xu, D.-C.

    2001-07-01

    In this paper we propose a nonmonotone trust region algorithm for optimization with simple bound constraints. Under mild conditions, we prove the global convergence of the algorithm. For the monotone case it is also proved that the correct active set can be identified in a finite number of iterations if the strict complementarity slackness condition holds, and so the proposed algorithm reduces finally to an unconstrained minimization method in a finite number of iterations, allowing a fast asymptotic rate of convergence. Numerical experiments show that the method is efficient.

  1. Simple and efficient ultrafiltration method for purification of rotavirus VP6 oligomeric proteins.

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    Lappalainen, Suvi; Vesikari, Timo; Blazevic, Vesna

    2016-11-01

    Bacterial endotoxins, DNA, live viruses, and viral proteins derived from bacterial and baculovirus (BV) expression vectors employed in recombinant protein production contaminate the final product. Density gradient centrifugation is commonly used to partially purify oligomeric proteins, but impurities from the expression system still remain. We describe a simple and rapid ultrafiltration method for final purification of rotavirus VP6 oligomeric nanotubes and nanospheres. Contamination originating from the BV vector used in VP6 production was undetectable. The method is highly efficient, fast and inexpensive and can be used for a small-scale laboratory purification of VP6 protein to replace technically demanding multi-step chromatographic procedures.

  2. The structural properties of barium cobalt hexaferrite powder prepared by a simple heat treatment method

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    Chauhan, Chetna; Jotania, Rajshree

    2016-05-01

    The W-type barium hexaferrite was prepared using a simple heat treatment method. The precursor was calcinated at 650°C for 3 hours and then slowly cooled to room temperature in order to obtain barium cobalt hexaferrite powder. The prepared powder was characterised by different experimental techniques like XRD, FTIR and SEM. The X-ray diffractogram of the sample shows W-and M phases. The particle size calculated by Debye Scherrer formula. The FTIR spectra of the sample was taken at room temperature by using KBr pallet method which confirms the formation of hexaferrite phase. The morphological study on the hexaferrite powder was carried out by SEM analysis.

  3. A simple, efficient, and economical method for recovering DNA from agarose gel.

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    Fan, Chang-Fa; Mei, Xing-Guo

    2005-01-01

    A simple method of recovering DNA from agarose gel that is fast, inexpensive, and friendly both to operators and environment is described. Two rows of wells are made in an agarose gel, and a DNA sample is loaded into the well nearest to the negative pole for separation by electrophoresis. Recovery is accomplished by pipetting the DNA-containing TAE buffer from the well near the positive pole after target DNA fragments have migrated into the well. A recovery rate of up to 94 +/- 2.3% was observed with this method.

  4. Simple salting-out method for DNA extraction from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues.

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    Rivero, Elena R C; Neves, Adriana C; Silva-Valenzuela, Maria G; Sousa, Suzana O M; Nunes, Fabio D

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to standardize a method of DNA extraction from formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues (PETs) using a salt solution to precipitate protein and isopropanol to precipitate DNA. The samples were submitted to a DNA extraction method in which two different concentrations of ammonium acetate (2 and 4M) were compared with a phenol-chloroform extraction method and with a commercial DNA isolation kit. DNA was qualified and quantified by spectrophotometer analysis, electrophoresis, and amplification by PCR. The 167 and 268bp fragments of APC and beta-globin genes, respectively, were amplified equally from DNA extracted by all tested methods and in all cases. However, the 536bp fragment of beta-globin gene was not amplified in all cases. According to our results, the extraction method using ammonium acetate proved to be simple and suitable for obtaining DNA of good quality, which can be easily amplified by PCR.

  5. Proposal of Simple PAPR Reduction Method for OFDM Signal by Using Dummy Sub-Carriers

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    Boonsrimuang, Pisit; Mori, Kazuo; Paungma, Tawil; Kobayashi, Hideo

    One of the disadvantages of using OFDM is the larger peak to averaged power ratio (PAPR) in its time domain signal as compared with the conventional single carrier modulation method. The larger PAPR signal would course the fatal degradation of bit error rate (BER) performance due to the inter-modulation noise occurring in the non-linear amplifier. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes a simple PAPR reduction method by using dummy sub-carriers, which can achieve the better PAPR performance with less computational complexity than the conventional method. This paper presents various computer simulation results to verify the effectiveness of proposed method as comparing with the conventional method in the non-linear channel.

  6. Validation of a simple method for predicting the disinfection performance in a flow-through contactor.

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    Pfeiffer, Valentin; Barbeau, Benoit

    2014-02-01

    Despite its shortcomings, the T10 method introduced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 1989 is currently the method most frequently used in North America to calculate disinfection performance. Other methods (e.g., the Integrated Disinfection Design Framework, IDDF) have been advanced as replacements, and more recently, the USEPA suggested the Extended T10 and Extended CSTR (Continuous Stirred-Tank Reactor) methods to improve the inactivation calculations within ozone contactors. To develop a method that fully considers the hydraulic behavior of the contactor, two models (Plug Flow with Dispersion and N-CSTR) were successfully fitted with five tracer tests results derived from four Water Treatment Plants and a pilot-scale contactor. A new method based on the N-CSTR model was defined as the Partially Segregated (Pseg) method. The predictions from all the methods mentioned were compared under conditions of poor and good hydraulic performance, low and high disinfectant decay, and different levels of inactivation. These methods were also compared with experimental results from a chlorine pilot-scale contactor used for Escherichia coli inactivation. The T10 and Extended T10 methods led to large over- and under-estimations. The Segregated Flow Analysis (used in the IDDF) also considerably overestimated the inactivation under high disinfectant decay. Only the Extended CSTR and Pseg methods produced realistic and conservative predictions in all cases. Finally, a simple implementation procedure of the Pseg method was suggested for calculation of disinfection performance.

  7. Simple and accurate methods for quantifying deformation, disruption, and development in biological tissues

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    Boyle, John J.; Kume, Maiko; Wyczalkowski, Matthew A.; Taber, Larry A.; Pless, Robert B.; Xia, Younan; Genin, Guy M.; Thomopoulos, Stavros

    2014-01-01

    When mechanical factors underlie growth, development, disease or healing, they often function through local regions of tissue where deformation is highly concentrated. Current optical techniques to estimate deformation can lack precision and accuracy in such regions due to challenges in distinguishing a region of concentrated deformation from an error in displacement tracking. Here, we present a simple and general technique for improving the accuracy and precision of strain estimation and an associated technique for distinguishing a concentrated deformation from a tracking error. The strain estimation technique improves accuracy relative to other state-of-the-art algorithms by directly estimating strain fields without first estimating displacements, resulting in a very simple method and low computational cost. The technique for identifying local elevation of strain enables for the first time the successful identification of the onset and consequences of local strain concentrating features such as cracks and tears in a highly strained tissue. We apply these new techniques to demonstrate a novel hypothesis in prenatal wound healing. More generally, the analytical methods we have developed provide a simple tool for quantifying the appearance and magnitude of localized deformation from a series of digital images across a broad range of disciplines. PMID:25165601

  8. Synthesis of Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanoparticles by hydrothermal method and investigation of their thermo and photo luminescence properties

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    Ghahari, M.; Mostafavi, K.

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} nanoparticles have been prepared by hydrothermal and combustion methods. • Thermo and photo luminescent behavior of Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} was studied. • The effect of synthesis method on TL properties of Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} was investigated. • The optimal dopant concentration for thermo-luminescent property was obtained. - Abstract: In this study, photo and thermo-luminescent properties of Nano crystalline Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Dy{sup 3+} prepared by a hydrothermal method were studied and compared to those of nanoparticles prepared by combustion method. The synthesized sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The effect of Dy concentration on photo and thermoluminescent intensities was studied. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the samples revealed that forsterite was formed as a major phase for all the samples. The crystallite size was found to be in the range of 20–50 nm. The thermo luminescent glow curve indicated that the hydrothermal sample was more efficient than the combustion sample. Two prominent TL bands located at 200 nm and 320 nm were recorded. The prepared nanoparticles exhibited a roughly linear dose response to absorbed dose of 1000 Gy received from 60Co gamma source, suggesting that nanomaterial could be a good candidate for high dose dosimetry.

  9. In situ synthesis of TiH{sub 2} layer on metallic titanium foil through gaseous hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal method

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    Ren, Na; Wang, Guancong; Liu, Hong; Ohachi, Tadashi

    2014-02-01

    Graphical abstract: The reaction mechanism for in situ synthesizing TiH{sub 2} layer on titanium foil by a gaseous hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal methodology. - Highlights: • A dense TiH{sub 2} layer is synthesized by a hydrogen free acid-hydrothermal method. • Hydrogen in a TiH{sub 2} layer synthesized can release at low temperature. • During the dehydrogenation process, there is no any intermediate phase forming. • We report a method of low-cost, low-risk and convenience toward productive TiH{sub 2}. - Abstract: A novel strategy for synthesis of TiH{sub 2} layer on surface of metallic titanium by using an acid-hydrothermal method was proposed. During the synthesis process, no any elemental hydrogen was involved. X-ray powder diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy results confirmed that a TiH{sub 2} layer of 20 μm thickness on a Ti foil surface can be formed in situ by an interface reaction of metallic titanium with sulfuric acid solution, hydrochloric acid, or phosphoric acid, which is a hydrogen self-storage process. By tuning reaction parameters, for example, concentration of acid, composition and morphology of TiH{sub 2}-Ti hybrid materials can be adjusted. The TiH{sub 2} layer on a metallic titanium surface can be decompounded completely heated below 400 °C. This convenient, safe and low-cost method is a promising gaseous hydrogen free approach for the synthesis of hydride-based hydrogen storage materials.

  10. An Operationally Simple Method for Separating the Rare-Earth Elements Neodymium and Dysprosium.

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    Bogart, Justin A; Lippincott, Connor A; Carroll, Patrick J; Schelter, Eric J

    2015-07-06

    Rare-earth metals are critical components of electronic materials and permanent magnets. Recycling of consumer materials is a promising new source of rare earths. To incentivize recycling there is a clear need for simple methods for targeted separations of mixtures of rare-earth metal salts. Metal complexes of a tripodal nitroxide ligand [{(2-(t) BuNO)C6 H4 CH2 }3 N](3-) (TriNOx(3-) ), feature a size-sensitive aperture formed of its three η(2) -(N,O) ligand arms. Exposure of metal cations in the aperture induces a self-associative equilibrium comprising [M(TriNOx)thf]/ [M(TriNOx)]2 (M=rare-earth metal). Differences in the equilibrium constants (Keq ) for early and late metals enables simple Nd/Dy separations through leaching with a separation ratio SNd/Dy =359.

  11. Simple compressive method for treatment of auricular haematoma using dental silicone material.

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    Choung, Y H; Park, K; Choung, P H; Oh, J H

    2005-01-01

    Most of the previous treatment methods for auricular haematoma are inconvenient for both patients and doctors because they are time-consuming and complex and must be performed under sterile conditions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a simple compressive method using a dental (silicone) impression material and comparing it with other methods for treatment of auricular haematomas. The authors aspirated a haematoma and then placed a mixed base and catalyst of silicone putty material on the anterior and posterior surfaces of the auricle in the shape of an inverted U for seven days. From the 24 cases managed with this method, 23 cases (95.8 per cent) were successfully healed. Eight patients were treated with a collodion-cotton wool cast and 16 of 19 patients were successfully treated with dental cotton-wool rolls. The average number of those visiting the hospital was 2.7 for the collodion-cotton wool cast, 6.9 for the dental cotton-wool roll, and 3.1 for dental silicone. The mean treatment durations were 8.1 days for the collodion-cotton wool cast, 13.8 days for the dental cotton-wool roll, and 8.6 days for dental silicone. The authors believe that this compressive method using dental silicone material is simple and appropriate for the treatment of auricular haematoma.

  12. Horizontal lifelines - review of regulations and simple design method considering anchorage rigidity.

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    Galy, Bertrand; Lan, André

    2017-03-28

    Among the many occupational risks construction workers encounter every day falling from a height is the most dangerous. The objective of this article is to propose a simple analytical design method for horizontal lifelines (HLLs) that considers anchorage flexibility. The article presents a short review of the standards and regulations/acts/codes concerning HLLs in Canada the USA and Europe. A static analytical approach is proposed considering anchorage flexibility. The analytical results are compared with a series of 42 dynamic fall tests and a SAP2000 numerical model. The experimental results show that the analytical method is a little conservative and overestimates the line tension in most cases with a maximum of 17%. The static SAP2000 results show a maximum 2.1% difference with the analytical method. The analytical method is accurate enough to safely design HLLs and quick design abaci are provided to allow the engineer to make quick on-site verification if needed.

  13. Fast and simple method for Goss texture evaluation by neutron diffraction

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    Kucerakova, M.; Kolařík, K.; Čapek, J.; Vratislav, S.; Kalvoda, L.

    2016-09-01

    Requirement of low power losses is one of the crucial demands laid on properties of electric steel sheets used in construction of various magnetic circuits. For cold-rolled grain- oriented (CRGO) Fe-3%Si sheets used in majority of power distribution transformers, the Goss texture {110}<001> is known to provide the best utility properties (low power loses, high magnetic permeability). Due to the coarse grain size of CRGO steel, neutron diffraction (ND) is dominantly used to characterize the sheets' texture in order to achieve statistically significant data. In this paper, we present a fast and simple method for characterization of Goss texture perfection level in CRGO steel sheets based on monochromatic ND. The method is tested on 8 samples differing in fabrication technology and magnetic properties. Satisfactory performance of the method and its suitability for a detail texture analyses is tested by juxtaposition of the obtained textural and the magnetic characteristics measured by Barkhausen method.

  14. A simple regression-based method to map quantitative trait loci underlying function-valued phenotypes.

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    Kwak, Il-Youp; Moore, Candace R; Spalding, Edgar P; Broman, Karl W

    2014-08-01

    Most statistical methods for quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping focus on a single phenotype. However, multiple phenotypes are commonly measured, and recent technological advances have greatly simplified the automated acquisition of numerous phenotypes, including function-valued phenotypes, such as growth measured over time. While methods exist for QTL mapping with function-valued phenotypes, they are generally computationally intensive and focus on single-QTL models. We propose two simple, fast methods that maintain high power and precision and are amenable to extensions with multiple-QTL models using a penalized likelihood approach. After identifying multiple QTL by these approaches, we can view the function-valued QTL effects to provide a deeper understanding of the underlying processes. Our methods have been implemented as a package for R, funqtl.

  15. A simple method of measuring differentially-excited on-wafer spiral inductor-like components

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    Jie, Pan; Haigang, Yang; Liwu, Yang

    2009-07-01

    This paper proposes a simple method of measuring differentially-excited on-wafer RF CMOS spiral inductor-like components. This method requires only two common 'G-S-G' probes and an ordinary two-port VNA. Using a network instead of a detailed equivalent circuit, this method completes the de-embedding with only one 'Through' dummy, and thus the measurements are greatly simplified. By designing the ports 'Open' or 'Short-circuited' deliberately, a multi-port transformer can be transformed into three two-port networks with different terminators. Then, couplings between the two coils can be solved, and the differentially-excited scattering parameters (S-parameters) can be constructed. Also, a group of differential inductors and transformers were designed and measured, and then comparisons between simulated and measured electromagnetic results are performed to verify this method.

  16. Simple new methods to estimate global solar radiation based on meteorological data in Egypt

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    El-Metwally, Mossad

    2004-01-01

    Three simple methods to estimate global solar radiation are proposed in addition to (Solar Energy 63 (1998) 147). All were tested seasonally and at different sky conditions at seven locations in Egypt. The methods use ground-based measurements of maximum and minimum temperature, daily mean of cloud cover and extraterrestrial global radiation. Average of root mean square differences (RMSD) for a comparison between observed and estimated global radiation for all locations tested was around 10% for the new methods and 13% for Supit-Van Kappel method. The coefficient of determination R2 is higher for the new methods for all tested locations. Better results were obtained when applying the new methods to different seasons. The differences in root mean square error (RMSE) between the new methods and Ångstrom-Prescott method that is based on sunshine duration data were less than 1.0 MJ m -2 day -1 at all sites. On the whole, the performance statistics demonstrate that the new methods are better when compared by Ångstrom-Prescott method.

  17. Machine learning plus optical flow: a simple and sensitive method to detect cardioactive drugs.

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    Lee, Eugene K; Kurokawa, Yosuke K; Tu, Robin; George, Steven C; Khine, Michelle

    2015-07-03

    Current preclinical screening methods do not adequately detect cardiotoxicity. Using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CMs), more physiologically relevant preclinical or patient-specific screening to detect potential cardiotoxic effects of drug candidates may be possible. However, one of the persistent challenges for developing a high-throughput drug screening platform using iPS-CMs is the need to develop a simple and reliable method to measure key electrophysiological and contractile parameters. To address this need, we have developed a platform that combines machine learning paired with brightfield optical flow as a simple and robust tool that can automate the detection of cardiomyocyte drug effects. Using three cardioactive drugs of different mechanisms, including those with primarily electrophysiological effects, we demonstrate the general applicability of this screening method to detect subtle changes in cardiomyocyte contraction. Requiring only brightfield images of cardiomyocyte contractions, we detect changes in cardiomyocyte contraction comparable to - and even superior to - fluorescence readouts. This automated method serves as a widely applicable screening tool to characterize the effects of drugs on cardiomyocyte function.

  18. Simple imputation methods versus direct likelihood analysis for missing item scores in multilevel educational data.

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    Kadengye, Damazo T; Cools, Wilfried; Ceulemans, Eva; Van den Noortgate, Wim

    2012-06-01

    Missing data, such as item responses in multilevel data, are ubiquitous in educational research settings. Researchers in the item response theory (IRT) context have shown that ignoring such missing data can create problems in the estimation of the IRT model parameters. Consequently, several imputation methods for dealing with missing item data have been proposed and shown to be effective when applied with traditional IRT models. Additionally, a nonimputation direct likelihood analysis has been shown to be an effective tool for handling missing observations in clustered data settings. This study investigates the performance of six simple imputation methods, which have been found to be useful in other IRT contexts, versus a direct likelihood analysis, in multilevel data from educational settings. Multilevel item response data were simulated on the basis of two empirical data sets, and some of the item scores were deleted, such that they were missing either completely at random or simply at random. An explanatory IRT model was used for modeling the complete, incomplete, and imputed data sets. We showed that direct likelihood analysis of the incomplete data sets produced unbiased parameter estimates that were comparable to those from a complete data analysis. Multiple-imputation approaches of the two-way mean and corrected item mean substitution methods displayed varying degrees of effectiveness in imputing data that in turn could produce unbiased parameter estimates. The simple random imputation, adjusted random imputation, item means substitution, and regression imputation methods seemed to be less effective in imputing missing item scores in multilevel data settings.

  19. Simple Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Assisted Sample Preparation Method for LC-MS-based Proteomic Applications

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    Zhou, Jianying; Dann, Geoffrey P.; Shi, Tujin; Wang, Lu; Gao, Xiaoli; Su, Dian; Nicora, Carrie D.; Shukla, Anil K.; Moore, Ronald J.; Liu, Tao; Camp, David G.; Smith, Richard D.; Qian, Weijun

    2012-03-10

    Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is one of the most popular laboratory reagents used for highly efficient biological sample extraction; however, SDS presents a significant challenge to LC-MS-based proteomic analyses due to its severe interference with reversed-phase LC separations and electrospray ionization interfaces. This study reports a simple SDS-assisted proteomic sample preparation method facilitated by a novel peptide-level SDS removal protocol. After SDS-assisted protein extraction and digestion, SDS was effectively (>99.9%) removed from peptides through ion substitution-mediated DS- precipitation with potassium chloride (KCl) followed by {approx}10 min centrifugation. Excellent peptide recovery (>95%) was observed for less than 20 {mu}g of peptides. Further experiments demonstrated the compatibility of this protocol with LC-MS/MS analyses. The resulting proteome coverage from this SDS-assisted protocol was comparable to or better than those obtained from other standard proteomic preparation methods in both mammalian tissues and bacterial samples. These results suggest that this SDS-assisted protocol is a practical, simple, and broadly applicable proteomic sample processing method, which can be particularly useful when dealing with samples difficult to solubilize by other methods.

  20. Simple and accessible analytical methods for the determination of mercury in soil and coal samples.

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    Park, Chul Hee; Eom, Yujin; Lee, Lauren Jong-Eun; Lee, Tai Gyu

    2013-09-01

    Simple and accessible analytical methods compared to conventional methods such as US EPA Method 7471B and ASTM-D6414 for the determination of mercury (Hg) in soil and coal samples are proposed. The new methods are consisted of fewer steps without the Hg oxidizing step consequently eliminating a step necessary to reduce excess oxidant. In the proposed methods, a Hg extraction is an inexpensive and accessible step utilizing a disposable test tube and a heating block instead of an expensive autoclave vessel and a specially-designed microwave. Also, a common laboratory vacuum filtration was used for the extracts instead of centrifugation. As for the optimal conditions, first, best acids for extracting Hg from soil and coal samples was investigated using certified reference materials (CRMs). Among common laboratory acids (HCl, HNO3, H2SO4, and aqua regia), aqua regia was most effective for the soil CRM whereas HNO3 was for the coal CRM. Next, the optimal heating temperature and time for Hg extraction were evaluated. The most effective Hg extraction was obtained at 120°C for 30min for soil CRM and at 70°C for 90min for coal CRM. Further tests using selected CRMs showed that all the measured values were within the allowable certification range. Finally, actual soil and coal samples were analyzed using the new methods and the US EPA Method 7473. The relative standard deviation values of 1.71-6.55% for soil and 0.97-12.11% for coal samples were obtained proving that the proposed methods were not only simple and accessible but also accurate.

  1. A new simple method for improving QTL mapping under selective genotyping.

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    Lee, Hsin-I; Ho, Hsiang-An; Kao, Chen-Hung

    2014-12-01

    The selective genotyping approach, where only individuals from the high and low extremes of the trait distribution are selected for genotyping and the remaining individuals are not genotyped, has been known as a cost-saving strategy to reduce genotyping work and can still maintain nearly equivalent efficiency to complete genotyping in QTL mapping. We propose a novel and simple statistical method based on the normal mixture model for selective genotyping when both genotyped and ungenotyped individuals are fitted in the model for QTL analysis. Compared to the existing methods, the main feature of our model is that we first provide a simple way for obtaining the distribution of QTL genotypes for the ungenotyped individuals and then use it, rather than the population distribution of QTL genotypes as in the existing methods, to fit the ungenotyped individuals in model construction. Another feature is that the proposed method is developed on the basis of a multiple-QTL model and has a simple estimation procedure similar to that for complete genotyping. As a result, the proposed method has the ability to provide better QTL resolution, analyze QTL epistasis, and tackle multiple QTL problem under selective genotyping. In addition, a truncated normal mixture model based on a multiple-QTL model is developed when only the genotyped individuals are considered in the analysis, so that the two different types of models can be compared and investigated in selective genotyping. The issue in determining threshold values for selective genotyping in QTL mapping is also discussed. Simulation studies are performed to evaluate the proposed methods, compare the different models, and study the QTL mapping properties in selective genotyping. The results show that the proposed method can provide greater QTL detection power and facilitate QTL mapping for selective genotyping. Also, selective genotyping using larger genotyping proportions may provide roughly equivalent power to complete

  2. Structural and electrical properties of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Vlazan, P.; Ursu, D.H.; Irina-Moisescu, C.; Miron, I.; Sfirloaga, P.; Rusu, E.

    2015-03-15

    TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method in two stages: first stage is the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles and second stage the obtained ZnO nanoparticles are encapsulated in TiO{sub 2}. The obtained ZnO, TiO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer, Emmett, Teller and resistance measurements. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the presence of both, TiO{sub 2} and ZnO phases in TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles. According to transmission electron microscopy images, ZnO nanoparticles have hexagonal shapes, TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have a spherical shape, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles present agglomerates and the shape of particles is not well defined. The activation energy of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about 101 meV. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of XRD, TEM and BET. • Electrical properties of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated. • The activation energy of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about E{sub a} = 101 meV.

  3. Preparation of nanocrystalline bredigite powders with apatite-forming ability by a simple combustion method

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    Huang Xianghui; Chang Jiang

    2008-06-03

    Nanocrystalline bredigite (Ca{sub 7}MgSi{sub 4}O{sub 16}) powders were synthesized by a simple solution combustion method. Phase pure bredigite powders with particle sizes ranging from 234 to 463 nm could be obtained at a relatively low temperature of 650 deg. C. The apatite-forming ability of the bredigite powders was examined by soaking them in a stimulated body fluid. The compositional and morphological changes of the powders before and after soaking were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and the results showed that hydroxyapatite was formed after soaking for 4 days.

  4. Simple Models and Methods for Estimating the UltrasonicReflectivity of Spot Welds

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    Davis, William B.

    2006-10-15

    This paper describes models and methods for estimating theacoustic reflectivity of the welded interfaces between spot-welded sheetsfrom normal-incidence pulse-echo ultrasound signals. The simple geometryof the problem allows an abstraction that does not resort to complex waveequations. Instead, a reflectivity model predicts the timing andamplitude of the echoes arriving at the probe. This reflectivity model isnested in a signal processing model; recovering reflectivity firstrequires deconvolution to recover discrete impulses from the probesignal, then processing these with the reflectivity model. Reflectivitymaps of spot welds generated with this model show promise for predictingweld quality.

  5. A simple method for the addition of rotenone in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves

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    Maliandi, María V; Rius, Sebastián P; Busi, María V; Gomez-Casati, Diego F

    2015-01-01

    A simple and reproducible method for the treatment of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves with rotenone is presented. Rosette leaves were incubated with rotenone and Triton X-100 for at least 15 h. Treated leaves showed increased expression of COX19 and BCS1a, 2 genes known to be induced in Arabidopsis cell cultures after rotenone treatment. Moreover, rotenone/Triton X-100 incubated leaves presented an inhibition of oxygen uptake. The simplicity of the procedure shows this methodology is useful for studying the effect of the addition of rotenone to a photosynthetic tissue in situ. PMID:26357865

  6. The ice-saline-Xylocaine technique. A simple method for minimizing pain in obtaining local anesthesia.

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    Swinehart, J M

    1992-01-01

    Prior to skin surgery, localized cryoanesthesia is initially obtained utilizing Cryogel packs before local anesthesia injection, minimizing or abolishing pain from the piercing of the skin by the injection needle. The surgical field is then infiltrated with benzyl alcohol-containing normal saline, a painless solution producing moderate local anesthesia. Subsequently, a stronger anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor or other desired additives can be infiltrated without significant patient discomfort. This simple three-step method has resulted in excellent patient acceptance, and is potentially useful for a wide range of surgical procedures and medical specialties.

  7. A simple and effective method for vegetative propagation of an endangered medicinal plant Salacia oblonga Wall.

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    Deepak, K G K; Suneetha, G; Surekha, Ch

    2016-01-01

    Salacia oblonga Wall. is an endangered medicinal plant whose conservation is urgently needed, as it is extensively used in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat diabetes mellitus. This study shows an easy, effective and simple method of conserving genetic identity and producing elite clones of S. oblonga through vegetative propagation. Vegetative propagation was achieved using roots (R), stems with leaves (SL) and stems without leaves (S) with different concentrations (0-500 ppm) of indole butyric acid (IBA). Explants S and SL showed maximum shooting response with 300 ppm IBA and explant R showed maximum response with 200 ppm IBA.

  8. Gamma camera and computer-assisted wipe tests: A simple method

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    Friede, J.; Dumesnil, C.; Caron, C. Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Hamilton, Ontario )

    1990-03-01

    In order to facilitate the technologist's work, a simple method of counting the activity of wipe test samples for contamination control in the nuclear medicine department has been developed. A scintigraphic three-minute image is directly obtained from the uncollimated gamma camera with the help of a homemade plexiglas template which holds the samples. A computer program analyzes this image, simultaneously calculates the activity of a maximum of 12 samples after correcting for the background, and expresses the result as a percentage of the predetermined maximum permissible activity. The results are stored on diskette and a hard copy is produced for permanent record keeping.

  9. A simple method for the addition of rotenone in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves.

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    Maliandi, María V; Rius, Sebastián P; Busi, María V; Gomez-Casati, Diego F

    2015-01-01

    A simple and reproducible method for the treatment of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves with rotenone is presented. Rosette leaves were incubated with rotenone and Triton X-100 for at least 15 h. Treated leaves showed increased expression of COX19 and BCS1a, 2 genes known to be induced in Arabidopsis cell cultures after rotenone treatment. Moreover, rotenone/Triton X-100 incubated leaves presented an inhibition of oxygen uptake. The simplicity of the procedure shows this methodology is useful for studying the effect of the addition of rotenone to a photosynthetic tissue in situ.

  10. Simple method for measuring vibration amplitude of high power airborne ultrasonic transducer: using thermo-couple.

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    Saffar, Saber; Abdullah, Amir

    2014-03-01

    Vibration amplitude of transducer's elements is the influential parameters in the performance of high power airborne ultrasonic transducers to control the optimum vibration without material yielding. The vibration amplitude of elements of provided high power airborne transducer was determined by measuring temperature of the provided high power airborne transducer transducer's elements. The results showed that simple thermocouples can be used both to measure the vibration amplitude of transducer's element and an indicator to power transmission to the air. To verify our approach, the power transmission to the air has been investigated by other common method experimentally. The experimental results displayed good agreement with presented approach.

  11. EVALUATIONS BY QUESTIONNAIRES ABOUT SIMPLE METHODS OF SEISMIC STRENGTHENING AND SETBACK OF HOUSES

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    Mizuno, Norio; Miyajima, Masakatsu

    Law on promotion of renovation for earthquake-resistant structures was revised in 2006. Since then administrative agencies have been promoting seismic diagnosis and retrofit of houses. But citizens living in densely built-up areas cannot rebuild their houses because of their economic reasons and Building Standards Act regulations. Therefore, we conducted questionnaire surveys of construction companies located in Ishikawa Prefecture and citizens living in Kanazawa City. The results of surveys show that many construction companies are not in favor of simple method of seismic retrofit, and that width of roads hardly influence the citizens' consciousness to renovation for earthquake-resistant structures.

  12. A simple borohydride/GC method for measuring sparteine metabolites in man.

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    Inaba, T; Vinks, A; Otton, S V

    1986-01-01

    A simple borohydride/GC method was developed for phenotyping sparteine oxidation in man. The major metabolites of sparteine found in human urine, 2- and 5-dehydrosparteine, were converted quantitatively back to sparteine by sodium borohydride reduction. The amount of sparteine metabolites can be estimated from the difference of sparteine concentrations between the borohydride-treated and untreated urine samples. The coefficient of variation of this assay was estimated from repeated analyses to be +/- 3% within a day (intra-assay) and +/- 8% between days (inter-assay). PMID:3718806

  13. A simple method to predict response to immunosuppressive therapy in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.

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    Saunthararajah, Yogen; Nakamura, Ryotaro; Wesley, Robert; Wang, Qiong J; Barrett, A John

    2003-10-15

    Immunosuppression with antithymocyte globulin (ATG) or cyclosporine (CSA) can be used to treat the cytopenia associated with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Previously, we identified HLA-DR15, younger age, and shorter duration of red cell transfusion dependence as pretreatment variables that correlate significantly with a response. Using these pretreatment variables we have devised a simple method to prospectively identify patients with low or high probabilities of response to immunosuppression. The ability of this system to predict response was confirmed in a separate cohort of 23 patients with MDS treated with immunosuppression.

  14. A simple method for sequencing small DNAs by introducing precise overlapping ends into restriction digestion fragments.

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    Rena, G; Houslay, M D

    1998-08-15

    A method has been devised whereby certain complete restriction digestions can have short overlaps of unique sequence incorporated into the fragments during cloning. Thus one can identify when the DNA fragments are contiguous. Here, this technique is used to produce a contig for a 2.5 kb fragment of genomic DNA. This is a simple approach to ordering digestion fragments without necessarily performing restriction mapping. It is envisaged that this technique will be useful for sequencing cDNAs and small genomic fragments.

  15. A simple cytogenetic method to detect chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus-6.

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    Ohye, Tamae; Kawamura, Yoshiki; Inagaki, Hidehito; Yoshikawa, Akiko; Ihira, Masaru; Yoshikawa, Tetsushi; Kurahashi, Hiroki

    2016-02-01

    Some healthy individuals carry human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) within a host chromosome, which is called inherited chromosomally integrated human herpesvirus-6 (iciHHV-6). Because iciHHV-6 is generally considered a non-pathogenic condition, it is important to distinguish iciHHV-6 from HHV-6 reactivation in immunocompromised hosts because both conditions manifest high copy numbers of the HHV-6 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Although fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is a reliable method for the diagnosis of iciHHV-6, HHV-6-specific FISH probes are not commercially available. In our present study, we established a simple PCR-based method for producing FISH probes that can detect the chromosomal integration site of iciHHV-6 at high sensitivity. Using these probes, we confirmed that HHV-6 signals were consistently located at the telomeric region in all of the 13 iciHHV-6 individuals examined. Interestingly, in all seven Japanese iciHHV-6A patients, signals were detected exclusively on chromosome 22q. This method provides a simple and fast approach for iciHHV-6 diagnosis in the clinical laboratory.

  16. A Simple Method for Multi-Day Imaging of Slice Cultures

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    Seidl, Armin H.; Rubel, Edwin W

    2009-01-01

    The organotypic slice culture (Stoppini et al., 1991) has become the method of choice to answer a variety of questions in neuroscience. For many experiments however, it would be beneficial to image or manipulate a slice culture repeatedly, for example over the course of many days. We prepared organotypic slice cultures of the auditory brainstem of P3 and P4 mice and kept them in vitro for up to 4 weeks. Single cells in the auditory brainstem were transfected with plasmids expressing fluorescent proteins by way of electroporation (Haas et al., 2001). The culture was then placed in a chamber perfused with oxygenated ACSF and the labeled cell imaged with an inverted wide-field microscope repeatedly for multiple days, recording several time-points per day, before returning the slice to the incubator. We describe a simple method to image a slice culture preparation over to the course of multiple days and over many continuous hours, without noticeable damage to the tissue or photobleaching. Our method employs a simple, inexpensive custom-built insulator constructed around the microscope to maintain controlled temperature, and uses a perfusion chamber as used for in vitro slice recordings. PMID:19565635

  17. Estimation of postmortem interval through albumin in CSF by simple dye binding method.

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    Parmar, Ankita K; Menon, Shobhana K

    2015-12-01

    Estimation of postmortem interval is a very important question in some medicolegal investigations. For the precise estimation of postmortem interval, there is a need of a method which can give accurate estimation. Bromocresol green (BCG) is a simple dye binding method and widely used in routine practice. Application of this method in forensic practice may bring revolutionary changes. In this study, cerebrospinal fluid was aspirated from cisternal puncture from 100 autopsies. A study was carried out on concentration of albumin with respect to postmortem interval. After death, albumin present in CSF undergoes changes, after 72 h of death, concentration of albumin has become 0.012 mM, and this decrease was linear from 2 h to 72 h. An important relationship was found between albumin concentration and postmortem interval with an error of ± 1-4h. The study concludes that CSF albumin can be a useful and significant parameter in estimation of postmortem interval.

  18. Determination of the diffusion length and surface recombination velocity: Two simple methods

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    Duran, J.C.; Venier, G.L.; Tamasi, M.J.L.; Bolzi, C.G.; Pla, J.C.; Godfrin, E.M.

    1997-12-31

    The present paper analyzes two new methods for the estimation of the diffusion length (L{sub d}) and surface recombination velocity (S) through simple and inexpensive equipment. The first one is based on the behavior of the short circuit current (J{sub sc}) under rear illumination, as a function of the cell width (d). In a general case, this model allows one to determine L{sub d} and the effective rear S by a numerical fitting. The second method uses crystalline silicon cells with localized diffusions. A geometry with linear diffusions is considered and the dependence of J{sub sc} with the distance between those diffusions is analyzed by means of a one dimensional model. The second method is applied to n{sup +}pp{sup +} solar cells fabricated in the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA).

  19. A simple DNA extraction method for marijuana samples used in amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis.

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    Miller Coyle, Heather; Shutler, Gary; Abrams, Sharon; Hanniman, Janet; Neylon, Suzanne; Ladd, Carll; Palmbach, Timothy; Lee, Henry C

    2003-03-01

    As a first step in developing a molecular method for the individualization of marijuana samples, we evaluated a plant DNA extraction kit. The QIAGEN plant DNeasy method uses a spin column format for recovery of DNA and is effective for obtaining high molecular weight DNA from leaf, flower (bud), and seed samples of marijuana. The average DNA yield was 125-500 ng per 100 milligrams of fresh plant tissue. The recovered DNA was of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) quality as measured by the ability to generate reproducible amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) profiles. AFLP is a technique used to create a DNA profile for plant varieties and is being applied to marijuana samples by the authors to link growers and distributors of clonal material. The QIAGEN plant DNeasy method was simple, efficient, and reproducible for processing small quantities of marijuana into DNA.

  20. A simple method for correcting spatially resolved solar intensity oscillation observations for variations in scattered light

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    Jefferies, S. M.; Duvall, T. L., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    A measurement of the intensity distribution in an image of the solar disk will be corrupted by a spatial redistribution of the light that is caused by the earth's atmosphere and the observing instrument. A simple correction method is introduced here that is applicable for solar p-mode intensity observations obtained over a period of time in which there is a significant change in the scattering component of the point spread function. The method circumvents the problems incurred with an accurate determination of the spatial point spread function and its subsequent deconvolution from the observations. The method only corrects the spherical harmonic coefficients that represent the spatial frequencies present in the image and does not correct the image itself.

  1. Note: A simple charge neutralization method for measuring the secondary electron yield of insulators

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    Weng, Ming Cao, Meng; Zhao, Hong-Juan; Zhang, Hai-Bo

    2014-03-15

    We report on a simple and effective charge neutralization method for measuring the total electron-induced secondary electron yield of insulators in a measurement system with a single pulsed electron gun. In this method, the secondary electron collector is negatively biased with respect to the sample to force some emitted secondary electrons to return to the sample surface and therefore to neutralize positive charges accumulated in the sample during the previous measurement. The adequate negative bias is determined and the equilibrium state of negative charging is discussed. The efficacy of the method is demonstrated by the measured electron yields in the cases with and without charge neutralization and by comparison with existing electron yield data of polyimide.

  2. Simple nanoparticle-based luminometric method for molecular weight determination of polymeric compounds.

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    Pihlasalo, Sari; Virtamo, Maria; Legrand, Nicolas; Hänninen, Pekka; Härmä, Harri

    2014-01-21

    A nanoparticle-based method utilizing time-resolved luminescence resonance energy transfer (TR-LRET) was developed for molecular weight determination. This mix-and-measure nanoparticle method is based on the competitive adsorption between the analyte and the acceptor-labeled protein to donor Eu(III) nanoparticles. The size-dependent adsorption of molecules enables the molecular weight determination of differently sized polymeric compounds down to a concentration level of micrograms per liter. The molecular weight determination from 1 to 10 kDa for polyamino acids and from 0.3 to 70 kDa for polyethylene imines is demonstrated. The simple and cost-effective nanoparticle method as microtiter plate assay format shows great potential for the detection of the changes in molecular weight or for quantification of differently sized molecules in biochemical laboratories and in industrial polymeric processes.

  3. Developing a simple method to process bone samples prior to DNA isolation.

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    Li, Richard; Chapman, Sandra; Thompson, Mary; Schwartz, Michal

    2009-03-01

    Bone tissue is often used for recovering DNA samples for the purpose of human identification. However, the initial cleaning and sampling of the bone specimen is a labor-intensive and time-consuming step, which must be completed prior to isolating DNA. Thus, it is difficult to adapt the current method for automation. To address this issue, we have developed a simple processing method using a trypsin treatment prior to DNA isolation. The use of the trypsin-based procedure potentially reduces the amount of labor required by a physical method such as sanding. By incubating samples with the trypsin solution, the soft tissue and outer surface of the bone fragment samples are removed. The processed bone fragment or a portion of the fragment can then be used for DNA isolation.

  4. A simple numerical method for the cutoff frequency of a single-mode fiber with an arbitrary index-profile

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    Sharma, A.; Ghatak, A. K.

    1981-06-01

    A simple numerical method for calculating the cutoff frequency of single-mode operation in optical fibers with an arbitrary index-profile is presented. The method does not involve any approximation other than the scalar approximation and is applicable even to numerical data from index-profile measurements. The calculations are simple and can be carried out even on a programmable calculator.

  5. Comparison of six simple methods for extracting ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA from Toxocara and Toxascaris nematodes.

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    Mikaeili, F; Kia, E B; Sharbatkhori, M; Sharifdini, M; Jalalizand, N; Heidari, Z; Zarei, Z; Stensvold, C R; Mirhendi, H

    2013-06-01

    Six simple methods for extraction of ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA from Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina were compared by evaluating the presence, appearance and intensity of PCR products visualized on agarose gels and amplified from DNA extracted by each of the methods. For each species, two isolates were obtained from the intestines of their respective hosts: T. canis and T. leonina from dogs, and T. cati from cats. For all isolates, total DNA was extracted using six different methods, including grinding, boiling, crushing, beating, freeze-thawing and the use of a commercial kit. To evaluate the efficacy of each method, the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) gene were chosen as representative markers for ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA, respectively. Among the six DNA extraction methods, the beating method was the most cost effective for all three species, followed by the commercial kit. Both methods produced high intensity bands on agarose gels and were characterized by no or minimal smear formation, depending on gene target; however, beating was less expensive. We therefore recommend the beating method for studies where costs need to be kept at low levels.

  6. A simple method of observation impact analysis for operational storm surge forecasting systems

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    Sumihar, Julius; Verlaan, Martin

    2016-04-01

    In this work, a simple method is developed for analyzing the impact of assimilating observations in improving forecast accuracy of a model. The method simply makes use of observation time series and the corresponding model output that are generated without data assimilation. These two time series are usually available in an operational database. The method is therefore easy to implement. Moreover, it can be used before actually implementing any data assimilation to the forecasting system. In this respect, it can be used as a tool for designing a data assimilation system, namely for searching for an optimal observing network. The method can also be used as a diagnostic tool, for example, for evaluating an existing operational data assimilation system to check if all observations are contributing positively to the forecast accuracy. The method has been validated with some twin experiments using a simple one-dimensional advection model as well as with an operational storm surge forecasting system based on the Dutch Continental Shelf model version 5 (DCSMv5). It has been applied for evaluating the impact of observations in the operational data assimilation system with DCSMv5 and for designing a data assimilation system for the new model DCSMv6. References: Verlaan, M. and J. Sumihar (2016), Observation impact analysis methods for storm surge forecasting systems, Ocean Dynamics, ODYN-D-15-00061R1 (in press) Zijl, F., J. Sumihar, and M. Verlaan (2015), Application of data assimilation for improved operational water level forecasting of the northwest European shelf and North Sea, Ocean Dynamics, 65, Issue 12, pp 1699-1716.

  7. Hydrothermal Biogeochemistry

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    Shock, E.; Havig, J.; Windman, T.; Meyer-Dombard, D.; Michaud, A.; Hartnett, H.

    2006-12-01

    Life in hot spring ecosystems is confronted with diverse challenges, and the responses to those challenges have dynamic biogeochemical consequences over narrow spatial and temporal scales. Within meters along hot spring outflow channels at Yellowstone, temperatures drop from boiling, and the near-boiling conditions of hot chemolithotrophic communities, to those that permit photosynthesis and on down to conditions where nematodes and insects graze on the edges of photosynthetic mats. Many major and trace element concentrations change only mildly in the water that flows through the entire ecosystem, while concentrations of other dissolved constituents (oxygen, sulfide, ammonia, total organic carbon) increase or decrease dramatically. Concentrations of metals and micronutrients range from toxic to inadequate for enzyme synthesis depending on the choice of hot spring. Precipitation of minerals may provide continuous growth of microbial niches, while dissolution and turbulent flow sweeps them away. Consequently, microbial communities change at the meter scale, and even more abruptly at the photosynthetic fringe. Isotopic compositions of carbon and nitrogen in microbial biomass reflect dramatic and continuous changes in metabolic strategies throughout the system. Chemical energy sources that support chemolithotrophic communities can persist at abundant or useless levels, or change dramatically owing to microbial activity. The rate of temporal change depends on the selection of hot spring systems for study. Some have changed little since our studies began in 1999. Others have shifted by two or more units in pH over several years, with corresponding changes in other chemical constituents. Some go through daily or seasonal desiccation cycles, and still others exhibit pulses of changing temperature (up to 40°C) within minutes. Taken together, hydrothermal ecosystems provide highly manageable opportunities for testing how biogeochemical processes respond to the scale of

  8. Comparison of simple additive weighting (SAW) and composite performance index (CPI) methods in employee remuneration determination

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    Karlitasari, L.; Suhartini, D.; Benny

    2017-01-01

    The process of determining the employee remuneration for PT Sepatu Mas Idaman currently are still using Microsoft Excel-based spreadsheet where in the spreadsheet there is the value of criterias that must be calculated for every employee. This can give the effect of doubt during the assesment process, therefore resulting in the process to take much longer time. The process of employee remuneration determination is conducted by the assesment team based on some criterias that have been predetermined. The criteria used in the assessment process are namely the ability to work, human relations, job responsibility, discipline, creativity, work, achievement of targets, and absence. To ease the determination of employee remuneration to be more efficient and effective, the Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) method is used. SAW method can help in decision making for a certain case, and the calculation that generates the greatest value will be chosen as the best alternative. Other than SAW, also by using another method was the CPI method which is one of the calculating method in decision making based on performance index. Where SAW method was more faster by 89-93% compared to CPI method. Therefore it is expected that this application can be an evaluation material for the need of training and development for employee performances to be more optimal.

  9. Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2010-12-10

    structures as they have been further reacted to phenolic Aldol condensation products. The bio-oil is more hydrophobic because of the lower oxygen content and resulting lower polarity and therefore has a lower amount of dissolved water. Without the light oxygenates acting as solvents along with the water, the bio-oil product is much more viscous. Related results are that the bio-oil is less dense and has a higher energy content. These differences in properties led to the earlier held belief that the HTL bio-oils could be upgraded by catalytic hydroprocessing in a manner more similar to simple petroleum hydrotreating. Some initial results from the HydroThermal Liquefaction of kelp are shown in Table 1. The experiments were performed with kelp slurries of 5-13 wt.% dry solids in water. Oil yields from kelp are low at 24% on ash-free basis but up to 41% calculated on a carbon basis. The bulk of the rest of the carbon ends up dissolved in the water stream.

  10. A Simple Method for Closure of Urethrocutaneous Fistula after Tubularized Incised Plate Repair: Preliminary Results

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    Shirazi, Mehdi; Ariafar, Ali; Babaei, Amir Hossein; Ashrafzadeh, Abdosamad; Adib, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Background Urethrocutaneous fistula (UCF) is the most prevalent complication after hypospadias repair surgery. Many methods have been developed for UCF correction, and the best technique for UCF repair is determined based on the size, location, and number of fistulas, as well as the status of the surrounding skin. Objectives In this study, we introduced and evaluated a simple method for UCF correction after tubularized incised plate (TIP) repair. Methods This clinical study was conducted on children with UCFs ≤ 4 mm that developed after TIP surgery for hypospadias repair. The skin was incised around the fistula and the tract was released from the surrounding tissues and the dartos fascia, then ligated with 5 - 0 polydioxanone (PDS) sutures. The dartos fascia, as the second layer, was covered on the fistula tract with PDS thread (gauge 5 - 0) by the continuous suture method. The skin was closed with 6 - 0 Vicryl sutures. After six months of follow-up, surgical outcomes were evaluated based on fistula relapse and other complications. Results After six months, relapse occurred in only one patient, a six-year-old boy with a single 4-mm distal opening, who had undergone no previous fistula repairs. Therefore, in 97.5% of the cases, relapse was non-existent. Other complications, such as urethral stenosis, intraurethral obstruction, and epidermal inclusion cysts, were not seen in the other patients during the six-month follow-up period. Conclusions This repair method, which is simple, rapid, and easily learned, is highly applicable, with a high success rate for the closure of UCFs measuring up to 4 mm in any location. PMID:27933278

  11. A simple two-step method to fabricate highly transparent ITO/polymer nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Haitao; Zeng, Xiaofei; Kong, Xiangrong; Bian, Shuguang; Chen, Jianfeng

    2012-09-01

    Transparent functional indium tin oxide (ITO)/polymer nanocomposite films were fabricated via a simple approach with two steps. Firstly, the functional monodisperse ITO nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile nonaqueous solvothermal method using bifunctional chemical agent (N-methyl-pyrrolidone, NMP) as the reaction solvent and surface modifier. Secondly, the ITO/acrylics polyurethane (PUA) nanocomposite films were fabricated by a simple sol-solution mixing method without any further surface modification step as often employed traditionally. Flower-like ITO nanoclusters with about 45 nm in diameter were mono-dispersed in ethyl acetate and each nanocluster was assembled by nearly spherical nanoparticles with primary size of 7-9 nm in diameter. The ITO nanoclusters exhibited an excellent dispersibility in polymer matrix of PUA, remaining their original size without any further agglomeration. When the loading content of ITO nanoclusters reached to 5 wt%, the transparent functional nanocomposite film featured a high transparency more than 85% in the visible light region (at 550 nm), meanwhile cutting off near-infrared radiation about 50% at 1500 nm and blocking UV ray about 45% at 350 nm. It could be potential for transparent functional coating materials applications.

  12. Adulteration of Ginkgo biloba products and a simple method to improve its detection.

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    Wohlmuth, Hans; Savage, Kate; Dowell, Ashley; Mouatt, Peter

    2014-05-15

    Extracts of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf are widely available worldwide in herbal medicinal products, dietary supplements, botanicals and complementary medicines, and several pharmacopoeias contain monographs for ginkgo leaf, leaf extract and finished products. Being a high-value botanical commodity, ginkgo extracts may be the subject of economically motivated adulteration. We analysed eight ginkgo leaf retail products purchased in Australia and Denmark and found compelling evidence of adulteration with flavonol aglycones in three of these. The same three products also contained genistein, an isoflavone that does not occur in ginkgo leaf. Although the United States Pharmacopeia - National Formulary (USP-NF) and the British and European Pharmacopoeias stipulate a required range for flavonol glycosides in ginkgo extract, the prescribed assays quantify flavonol aglycones. This means that these pharmacopoeial methods are not capable of detecting adulteration of ginkgo extract with free flavonol aglycones. We propose a simple modification of the USP-NF method that addresses this problem: by assaying for flavonol aglycones pre and post hydrolysis the content of flavonol glycosides can be accurately estimated via a simple calculation. We also recommend a maximum limit be set for free flavonol aglycones in ginkgo extract.

  13. A Simple Transmission Electron Microscopy Method for Fast Thickness Characterization of Suspended Graphene and Graphite Flakes.

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    Rubino, Stefano; Akhtar, Sultan; Leifer, Klaus

    2016-02-01

    We present a simple, fast method for thickness characterization of suspended graphene/graphite flakes that is based on transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We derive an analytical expression for the intensity of the transmitted electron beam I 0(t), as a function of the specimen thickness t (t<λ; where λ is the absorption constant for graphite). We show that in thin graphite crystals the transmitted intensity is a linear function of t. Furthermore, high-resolution (HR) TEM simulations are performed to obtain λ for a 001 zone axis orientation, in a two-beam case and in a low symmetry orientation. Subsequently, HR (used to determine t) and bright-field (to measure I 0(0) and I 0(t)) images were acquired to experimentally determine λ. The experimental value measured in low symmetry orientation matches the calculated value (i.e., λ=225±9 nm). The simulations also show that the linear approximation is valid up to a sample thickness of 3-4 nm regardless of the orientation and up to several ten nanometers for a low symmetry orientation. When compared with standard techniques for thickness determination of graphene/graphite, the method we propose has the advantage of being simple and fast, requiring only the acquisition of bright-field images.

  14. A Simple and Efficient Diffuse Interface Method for Compressible Two-Phase Flows

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    Ray A. Berry; Richard Saurel; Fabien Petitpas

    2009-05-01

    In nuclear reactor safety and optimization there are key issues that rely on in-depth understanding of basic two-phase flow phenomena with heat and mass transfer. For many reasons, to be discussed, there is growing interest in the application of two-phase flow models to provide diffuse, but nevertheless resolved, simulation of interfaces between two immiscible compressible fluids – diffuse interface method (DIM). Because of its ability to dynamically create interfaces and to solve interfaces separating pure media and mixtures for DNS-like (Direct Numerical Simulation) simulations of interfacial flows, we examine the construction of a simple, robust, fast, and accurate numerical formulation for the 5-equation Kapila et al. [1] reduced two-phase model. Though apparently simple, the Kapila et al. model contains a volume fraction differential transport equation containing a nonlinear, non-conservative term which poses serious computational challenges. To circumvent the difficulties encountered with the single velocity and single pressure Kapila et al. [1] multiphase flow model, a 6-equation relaxation hyperbolic model is built to solve interface problems with compressible fluids. In this approach, pressure non-equilibrium is first restored, followed by a relaxation to an asymptotic solution which is convergent to the solutions of the Kapila et al. reduced model. The apparent complexity introduced with this extended hyperbolic model actually leads to considerable simplifications regarding numerical resolution, and the various ingredients used by this method are general enough to consider future extensions to problems involving complex physics.

  15. A simple method of independent treatment time verification in gamma knife radiosurgery using integral dose

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    Jin Jianyue; Drzymala, Robert; Li Zuofeng

    2004-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a simple independent dose calculation method to verify treatment plans for Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Our approach uses the total integral dose within the skull as an end point for comparison. The total integral dose is computed using a spreadsheet and is compared to that obtained from Leksell GammaPlan registered . It is calculated as the sum of the integral doses of 201 beams, each passing through a cylindrical volume. The average length of the cylinders is estimated from the Skull-Scaler measurement data taken before treatment. Correction factors are applied to the length of the cylinder depending on the location of a shot in the skull. The radius of the cylinder corresponds to the collimator aperture of the helmet, with a correction factor for the beam penumbra and scattering. We have tested our simple spreadsheet program using treatment plans of 40 patients treated with Gamma Knife registered in our center. These patients differ in geometry, size, lesion locations, collimator helmet, and treatment complexities. Results show that differences between our calculations and treatment planning results are typically within {+-}3%, with a maximum difference of {+-}3.8%. We demonstrate that our spreadsheet program is a convenient and effective independent method to verify treatment planning irradiation times prior to implementation of Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

  16. Bubble nucleation in simple and molecular liquids via the largest spherical cavity method

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    Gonzalez, Miguel A.; Abascal, José L. F.; Valeriani, Chantal; Bresme, Fernando

    2015-04-21

    In this work, we propose a methodology to compute bubble nucleation free energy barriers using trajectories generated via molecular dynamics simulations. We follow the bubble nucleation process by means of a local order parameter, defined by the volume of the largest spherical cavity (LSC) formed in the nucleating trajectories. This order parameter simplifies considerably the monitoring of the nucleation events, as compared with the previous approaches which require ad hoc criteria to classify the atoms and molecules as liquid or vapor. The combination of the LSC and the mean first passage time technique can then be used to obtain the free energy curves. Upon computation of the cavity distribution function the nucleation rate and free-energy barrier can then be computed. We test our method against recent computations of bubble nucleation in simple liquids and water at negative pressures. We obtain free-energy barriers in good agreement with the previous works. The LSC method provides a versatile and computationally efficient route to estimate the volume of critical bubbles the nucleation rate and to compute bubble nucleation free-energies in both simple and molecular liquids.

  17. Three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} microspheres synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal method and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Zhou, Yi; Huang, Yan; Li, Dang; He, Wenhong

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: SEM images of the samples synthesized at different hydrothermal temperatures for 8 h: (a) 75; (b) 100; (c) 120; and (d) 140°C, followed by calcination at 450 °C for 2 h. Highlights: ► Effects of calcination temperature on the phase transformation were studied. ► Effects of hydrothermal temperature and time on the morphology growth were studied. ► A two-stage reaction mechanism for the formation was presented. ► The photocatalytic activity was evaluated under sunlight irradiation. ► Effects of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic activity were studied. - Abstract: Novel three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} superstructures were synthesized on a Ti plate in a mixture of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and NaOH aqueous solution by a facile one-pot hydrothermal method at a low temperature, followed by protonation and calcination. The results of series of electron microscopy characterizations suggested that the hierarchical TiO{sub 2} superstructures consisted of numerous one-dimensional nanostructures. The microspheres were approximately 2–4 μm in diameter, and the one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were up to 600–700 nm long. A two-stage reaction mechanism, i.e., initial growth and then assembly, was proposed for the formation of these architectures. The three-dimensional sea-urchin-like hierarchical TiO{sub 2} microstructures showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B aqueous solution under sunlight irradiation, which was attributed to the special three-dimensional hierarchical superstructure, and increased number of surface active sites. This novel superstructure has promising use in practical aqueous purification.

  18. A simple method for in situ monitoring of water temperature in substrates used by spawning salmonids

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    Zimmerman, Christian E.; Finn, James E.

    2012-01-01

    Interstitial water temperature within spawning habitats of salmonids may differ from surface-water temperature depending on intragravel flow paths, geomorphic setting, or presence of groundwater. Because survival and developmental timing of salmon are partly controlled by temperature, monitoring temperature within gravels used by spawning salmonids is required to adequately describe the environment experienced by incubating eggs and embryos. Here we describe a simple method of deploying electronic data loggers within gravel substrates with minimal alteration of the natural gravel structure and composition. Using data collected in spawning sites used by summer and fall chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta from two streams within the Yukon River watershed, we compare contrasting thermal regimes to demonstrate the utility of this method.

  19. A simple halide-to-anion exchange method for heteroaromatic salts and ionic liquids.

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    Alcalde, Ermitas; Dinarès, Immaculada; Ibáñez, Anna; Mesquida, Neus

    2012-04-02

    A broad and simple method permitted halide ions in quaternary heteroaromatic and ammonium salts to be exchanged for a variety of anions using an anion exchange resin (A(-) form) in non-aqueous media. The anion loading of the AER (OH(-) form) was examined using two different anion sources, acids or ammonium salts, and changing the polarity of the solvents. The AER (A(-) form) method in organic solvents was then applied to several quaternary heteroaromatic salts and ILs, and the anion exchange proceeded in excellent to quantitative yields, concomitantly removing halide impurities. Relying on the hydrophobicity of the targeted ion pair for the counteranion swap, organic solvents with variable polarity were used, such as CH(3)OH, CH(3)CN and the dipolar nonhydroxylic solvent mixture CH(3)CN:CH(2)Cl(2) (3:7) and the anion exchange was equally successful with both lipophilic cations and anions.

  20. A simple method to generate adipose stem cell-derived neurons for screening purposes.

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    Bossio, Caterina; Mastrangelo, Rosa; Morini, Raffaella; Tonna, Noemi; Coco, Silvia; Verderio, Claudia; Matteoli, Michela; Bianco, Fabio

    2013-10-01

    Strategies involved in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation toward neuronal cells for screening purposes are characterized by quality and quantity issues. Differentiated cells are often scarce with respect to starting undifferentiated population, and the differentiation process is usually quite long, with high risk of contamination and low yield efficiency. Here, we describe a novel simple method to induce direct differentiation of MSCs into neuronal cells, without neurosphere formation. Differentiated cells are characterized by clear morphological changes, expression of neuronal specific markers, showing functional response to depolarizing stimuli and electrophysiological properties similar to those of developing neurons. The method described here represents a valuable tool for future strategies aimed at personalized screening of therapeutic agents in vitro.

  1. A simple and effective method for construction of Escherichia coli strains proficient for genome engineering.

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    Ryu, Young Shin; Biswas, Rajesh Kumar; Shin, Kwangsu; Parisutham, Vinuselvi; Kim, Suk Min; Lee, Sung Kuk

    2014-01-01

    Multiplex genome engineering is a standalone recombineering tool for large-scale programming and accelerated evolution of cells. However, this advanced genome engineering technique has been limited to use in selected bacterial strains. We developed a simple and effective strain-independent method for effective genome engineering in Escherichia coli. The method involves introducing a suicide plasmid carrying the λ Red recombination system into the mutS gene. The suicide plasmid can be excised from the chromosome via selection in the absence of antibiotics, thus allowing transient inactivation of the mismatch repair system during genome engineering. In addition, we developed another suicide plasmid that enables integration of large DNA fragments into the lacZ genomic locus. These features enable this system to be applied in the exploitation of the benefits of genome engineering in synthetic biology, as well as the metabolic engineering of different strains of E. coli.

  2. A Simple, Rapid, and Convenient Luminex™-Compatible Method of Tissue Isolation

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    Barclay, Derek; Zamora, Ruben; Torres, Andres; Namas, Rajaie; Steed, David; Vodovotz, Yoram

    2013-01-01

    Various pathological conditions are associated with changes in multiple protein biomarkers, and these changes can be assessed using xMAP™ beads and the Luminex™ platform. Although this platform is most commonly utilized in the analysis of biomarkers in serum, plasma, or urine, it is often desirable to measure these analytes in tissues (e.g., biopsy specimens). We have developed a simple, rapid method of tissue isolation in which excised tissues are permeabilized in RNAlater ™ at 4°C overnight, followed by Luminex™ analysis for inflammatory biomarkers (cytokines). This method was compared with flash-freezing in both mouse liver and human debrided wound specimens, and may be of utility in other clinical settings. PMID:18623112

  3. A simple method for enema administration in one-day-old broiler chicks.

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    Marietto-Gonçalves, Guilherme Augusto; Grandi, Fabrizio; Andreatti Filho, Raphael Lucio

    2012-01-01

    The present study aimed to describe a simple technique for enema administration in one-day-old broiler chicks. For this purpose we used 455 unsexed health birds divided into four groups submitted to three different experimental protocols: in the first one, we measured the total length of the large intestine in order to establish a secure distance for probe introduction; in the second, we evaluated maximum compliance of large intestine and diffusion range; finally, based on results obtained we tested the hypothesis in 400 birds in order to standardize the method. Enema solutions applied in an intrarectal manner with a stainless steel gavage BD-10 probe into one-day-old broiler chicks at 0.2 mL at a distance of 1.5 cm proved to be a reliable method.

  4. Simple saponification method for the quantitative determination of carotenoids in green vegetables.

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    Larsen, Erik; Christensen, Lars P

    2005-08-24

    A simple, reliable, and gentle saponification method for the quantitative determination of carotenoids in green vegetables was developed. The method involves an extraction procedure with acetone and the selective removal of the chlorophylls and esterified fatty acids from the organic phase using a strongly basic resin (Ambersep 900 OH). Extracts from common green vegetables (beans, broccoli, green bell pepper, chive, lettuce, parsley, peas, and spinach) were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for their content of major carotenoids before and after action of Ambersep 900 OH. The mean recovery percentages for most carotenoids [(all-E)-violaxanthin, (all-E)-lutein epoxide, (all-E)-lutein, neolutein A, and (all-E)-beta-carotene] after saponification of the vegetable extracts with Ambersep 900 OH were close to 100% (99-104%), while the mean recovery percentages of (9'Z)-neoxanthin increased to 119% and that of (all-E)-neoxanthin and neolutein B decreased to 90% and 72%, respectively.

  5. A simple method for correction of circular dichroism spectra obtained from membrane-containing samples.

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    Chakraborty, Hirak; Lentz, Barry R

    2012-02-07

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is an important technique in structural biology for examining folding and conformational changes of proteins in solution. However, the use of CD spectroscopy in a membrane medium (and also in a nonhomogeneous medium) is limited by (i) high light scattering and (ii) differential scattering of incident left and right circularly polarized light, especially at shorter wavelengths (<200 nm). We report a novel methodology for estimating the distortion of CD spectra caused by light scattering for membrane-bound peptides and proteins. The method is applied to three proteins with very different secondary structures to illustrate the limits of its capabilities when calibrated with a simple soluble peptide ([Ac]ANLKALEAQKQKEQRQAAEELANAK[OH], standard peptide) with a balanced secondary structure. The method with this calibration standard was quite successful in estimating α-helix but more limited when it comes to proteins with very high β-sheet or β-turn content.

  6. A Simple and Sensitive Method to Quantify Biodegradable Nanoparticle Biodistribution using Europium Chelates.

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    Crawford, Lindsey; Higgins, Jaclyn; Putnam, David

    2015-09-08

    The biodistribution of biodegradable nanoparticles can be difficult to quantify. We report a method using time resolved fluorescence (TRF) from a lanthanide chelate to minimize background autofluorescence and maximize the signal to noise ratio to detect biodegradable nanoparticle distribution in mice. Specifically, antenna chelates containing europium were entrapped within nanoparticles composed of polylactic acid-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymers. Tissue accumulation of nanoparticles following intravenous injection was quantified in mice. The TRF of the nanoparticles was found to diminish as a second order function in the presence of serum and tissue compositions interfered with the europium signal. Both phenomena were corrected by linearization of the signal function and calculation of tissue-specific interference, respectively. Overall, the method is simple and robust with a detection limit five times greater than standard fluorescent probes.

  7. Simple method for the stretching and alignment of single adsorbed synthetic polycations.

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    Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Stamm, Manfred; Stoffelbach, Francois; Jérôme, Robert; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2006-07-01

    Spin-coating of isolated positively charged macromolecules onto mica in the presence of octylamine was found to be a simple and general method of stretching and aligning the macromolecular chains. The contour length and molar mass for the stretched macromolecules can be directly measured by atomic force microscopy, which makes this method a very useful analytical tool. Moreover, the molecular height is increased by co-deposition with octylamine, which drastically improves the molecular resolution and allows even ultrathin polycations to be visualized. The reason for the key role of the octylamine is found in the formation of an ultrathin liquidlike alkylamine film, which reduces the surface energy of mica and weakens the interactions between the surface and the charged macromolecules.

  8. Note: A simple method to suppress the artificial noise for velocity map imaging spectroscopy

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    Qin, Zhengbo E-mail: zctang@dicp.ac.cn; Li, Chunsheng; Qu, Zehua; Tang, Zichao E-mail: zctang@dicp.ac.cn

    2015-04-15

    A simple method has been proposed to suppress artificial noise from the counts with respect to the central line (or point) for the reconstructed 3D images with cylindrical symmetry in the velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. A raw 2D projection around the z-axis (usually referred to as central line) for photodetachment, photoionization, or photodissociation experiments is pre-processed via angular tailored method to avoid the signal counts distributed near the central line (or point). Two types of photoelectron velocity-map imaging (O{sup −} and Au{sup −} ⋅ NH{sub 3}) are demonstrated to give rise to the 3D images with significantly reduced central line noise after pre-processing operation. The major advantages of the pre-operation are the ability of suppression of central-line noise to resolve weak structures or vibrational excitation in atoms or molecules near photon threshold.

  9. Odontoma-associated tooth impaction: accurate diagnosis with simple methods? Case report and literature review.

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    Troeltzsch, Matthias; Liedtke, Jan; Troeltzsch, Volker; Frankenberger, Roland; Steiner, Timm; Troeltzsch, Markus

    2012-10-01

    Odontomas account for the largest fraction of odontogenic tumors and are frequent causes of tooth impaction. A case of a 13-year-old female patient with an odontoma-associated impaction of a mandibular molar is presented with a review of the literature. Preoperative planning involved simple and convenient methods such as clinical examination and panoramic radiography, which led to a diagnosis of complex odontoma and warranted surgical removal. The clinical diagnosis was confirmed histologically. Multidisciplinary consultation may enable the clinician to find the accurate diagnosis and appropriate therapy based on the clinical and radiographic appearance. Modern radiologic methods such as cone-beam computed tomography or computed tomography should be applied only for special cases, to decrease radiation.

  10. Application of a simple parameter estimation method to predict effluent transport in the Savannah River

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    Hensel, S.J.; Hayes, D.W.

    1993-01-01

    A simple parameter estimation method has been developed to determine the dispersion and velocity parameters associated with stream/river transport. The unsteady one dimensional Burgers' equation was chosen as the model equation, and the method has been applied to recent Savannah River dye tracer studies. The computed Savannah River transport coefficients compare favorably with documented values, and the time/concentration curves calculated from these coefficients compare well with the actual tracer data. The coefficients were used as a predictive capability and applied to Savannah River tritium concentration data obtained during the December 1991 accidental tritium discharge from the Savannah River Site. The peak tritium concentration at the intersection of Highway 301 and the Savannah River was underpredicted by only 5% using the coefficients computed from the dye data.

  11. Application of a simple parameter estimation method to predict effluent transport in the Savannah River

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    Hensel, S.J.; Hayes, D.W.

    1993-04-01

    A simple parameter estimation method has been developed to determine the dispersion and velocity parameters associated with stream/river transport. The unsteady one dimensional Burgers` equation was chosen as the model equation, and the method has been applied to recent Savannah River dye tracer studies. The computed Savannah River transport coefficients compare favorably with documented values, and the time/concentration curves calculated from these coefficients compare well with the actual tracer data. The coefficients were used as a predictive capability and applied to Savannah River tritium concentration data obtained during the December 1991 accidental tritium discharge from the Savannah River Site. The peak tritium concentration at the intersection of Highway 301 and the Savannah River was underpredicted by only 5% using the coefficients computed from the dye data.

  12. Note: A simple method to suppress the artificial noise for velocity map imaging spectroscopy.

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    Qin, Zhengbo; Li, Chunsheng; Qu, Zehua; Tang, Zichao

    2015-04-01

    A simple method has been proposed to suppress artificial noise from the counts with respect to the central line (or point) for the reconstructed 3D images with cylindrical symmetry in the velocity-map imaging spectroscopy. A raw 2D projection around the z-axis (usually referred to as central line) for photodetachment, photoionization, or photodissociation experiments is pre-processed via angular tailored method to avoid the signal counts distributed near the central line (or point). Two types of photoelectron velocity-map imaging (O(-) and Au(-)⋅NH3) are demonstrated to give rise to the 3D images with significantly reduced central line noise after pre-processing operation. The major advantages of the pre-operation are the ability of suppression of central-line noise to resolve weak structures or vibrational excitation in atoms or molecules near photon threshold.

  13. Simple method of enzyme immobilization for pH-ISFET-based urea biosensors

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    Pijanowska, Dorota; Torbicz, Wladislaw

    1997-02-01

    In this paper, a simple chemical method of urease immobilization on silicon nitride surface is described. As a basic structure to construct urea-biosensor, a pH-sensitive Si3N4-gate ISFET was used. The developed method of chemical immobilization of urease is based on Schiff's base formation. The developed EnFET type urea biosensor are characterized by the following parameters: (1) maximum analytical signal: 120 divided by 140 mV in 10 mM phosphate buffer solution, (2) linear range of the (Delta) Ugs equals f(logCurea): pCurea(2 divided by 3.5) in 10 mM phosphate buffer, (3) response time: 80 s and (4) lifetime: 35 days with the stable analytical signal then after 52 days this signal decreased by at least 40%. The influence of the concentration as well as the pH of the buffer solution on EnFET response were investigated.

  14. A simple frequency sweep linearization method for FM density profile reflectometry

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    Liu, Adi; Hu, Jianqiang; Doyle, Edward; Zhang, Jin; Li, Hong; Zhou, Chu; Zhang, Xiaohui; Wang, Mingyuan; Lan, Tao; Xie, Jinglin; Liu, Wandong; Yu, Changxuan

    2015-11-01

    Frequency modulated, continuous wave (FMCW) reflectometry is widely used to measure the electron density profile on fusion devices. To ensure the output intermediate frequency signal is proportional to the propagation delay time, the frequency sweep should be linearized, especially for reflectometry with sweeping periods of only a few microseconds. We introduce a simple dynamic calibration technique to linearize the frequency sweep based on digital complex demodulation methods, without using a Fourier transform, which would induce a trade-off between frequency and time resolution. The technique is convenient as it can be done in the same conditions as for plasma measurements. The method is in use on the EAST profile reflectometer, and results will be presented. Work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under 11475173, National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Energy Development Program of China under 2013GB106002 and 2014GB109002, and US DOE Grants DE- SC0010424 and DE-SC0010469.

  15. A simple method of tuning parallel cascade controllers for unstable FOPTD systems.

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    Santosh, Simi; Chidambaram, M

    2016-11-01

    A simple method is proposed to design parallel cascade controllers for open loop unstable processes. A proportional (P)controller is considered for the secondary loop and a proportional integral (PI) controller is considered for the primary loop (P/PI control configuration). Coefficients of the corresponding powers of s (Laplace variable), in the numerator is matched with the coefficients of the corresponding powers of s in the denominator of a closed loop transfer function for a servo problem. Three simulation case studies are considered in this paper. The first case involves a stable secondary loop process and an unstable primary process, the second case involves both unstable primary and secondary processes and the third one, a simulation application to a nonlinear bioreactor model equations. For comparison purposes, P/PI controller design is also carried out by improved simultaneous relay autotuning method, synthesis method and minimizing ISE criterion method. It is found that the proposed method gives a better performance. Robust stability analysis using the complimentary sensitivity function is carried out. The present method is found to be more robust.

  16. Morphology-controlled synthesis of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} by one step template-free hydrothermal method

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    Zhou, Keqing; Liu, Jiajia; Wen, Panyue; Hu, Yuan Gui, Zhou

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystals had been synthesized by one step template-free hydrothermal method. • The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} plays a crucial role in morphological control of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructures. • The morphology has significant effect on the optical property of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: We had developed a facile synthetic route of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystals with different morphologies via one step template-free hydrothermal method. The phase and composition of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectrum. The morphology and structure of the synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The H{sub 2}O{sub 2} played a crucial role in morphological control of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanostructures. It only obtained Co-based precursor in the absence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. On the contrary, the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} with different morphologies including nanoparticles, nano-discs and well-defined octahedral nanostructures were synthesized in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. In addition, the optical property of the obtained Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} samples was investigated by UV–vis spectra.

  17. Effect of the H2 plasma treatment of a seed layer on the synthesis of ZnO nanorods using a microwave hydrothermal method

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    Koo, Horng-Show; Lin, Ching-Cheng; Chen, Yao-Ju; Peng, Cheng-Hsiung; Chen, Mi

    2014-01-01

    The effect of H2 plasma treatment of a seed layer on the synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods is determined. Using an Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film as a seed layer, well-aligned ZnO nanorods are rapidly grown on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate using a microwave hydrothermal method. The deposited AZO substrate was previously treated with H2 plasma. The effect of H2 plasma treatment of the seed layer on the alignment, growth rate, and crystallinity of the ZnO nanorods is determined. It is shown that the alignment and growth rate of the ZnO nanorods depend on the characteristics and roughness of the seed layer, which are improved by H2 plasma treatment. Various characterization methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) are used to determine the characteristic quality of the ZnO nanorods. A fundamental model of the effect of H2 plasma treatment on the seed layer and ZnO growth using a microwave hydrothermal process is also presented.

  18. Using the hydrothermal method to grow p-type ZnO nanowires on Al-doped ZnO thin film to fabricate a homojunction diode.

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    Tseng, Yung-Kuan; Hung, Meng-Chun; Su, Shun-Lung; Li, Sheng-Kai

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the hydrothermal method is used to grow phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires on Si/SiO2 substrates deposited with Al-doped ZnO thin film. This structure forms a homogeneous p-n junction. In this study, we are the pioneers to use ammonium hypophosphite (NH4H2PO2) as a source of phosphorus to prepare the precursor solution. Ammonium hypophosphite of different concentration levels is used to observe its effects on the growth of nanowires. The results show that the precursor solution prepared from ammonium hypophosphite can produce good crystalline ZnO nanowires while there is no linear relationship between the amounts and concentration levels of phosphorus doped into the nanowires. Whether the phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires have the characteristics of a p-type semiconductor is indirectly verified by measuring whether the p-n junction made up of Al-doped ZnO thin film and phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires shows rectifying behavior. I-V measurements are made on the specimens. The results show good rectifying behavior, proving that the phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires and Al-doped AZO films have p-type and n-type semiconductor properties, constituting a good p-n junction. This result also proves that ammonium hypophosphite is a better source of phosphorus in the hydrothermal method to synthesize phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires.

  19. Preparation of Gd(OH){sub 3} large single crystals by solid KOH assisted hydrothermal method and their luminescent and magnetic properties

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    Wu, Hai; Zhang, Youjin Zhou, Maozhong; Yao, Chengpeng; Ge, Xianjin

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Gd(OH){sub 3} large single crystals were prepared by solid KOH assisted hydrothermal method. • The possible growth mechanism of Gd(OH){sub 3} large single crystals was proposed. • The Gd(OH){sub 3} samples emitted a strong narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) light. • The Gd(OH){sub 3} samples showed good paramagnetic properties. - Abstract: Large single crystals of gadolinium hydroxide [Gd(OH){sub 3}] in the length of several millimeters were successfully prepared by using solid KOH assisted hydrothermal method. Gd(OH){sub 3} samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), 4-circle single-crystal diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). FESEM image shows hexagonal prism morphology for the Gd(OH){sub 3} large crystals. The possible growth mechanism of Gd(OH){sub 3} large single crystals was proposed. The photoluminescence and magnetic properties of Gd(OH){sub 3} species were investigated.

  20. Lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4) nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method as adsorbent of lithium recovery process from geothermal fluid of Lumpur Sidoarjo

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    Noerochim, Lukman; Sapputra, Gede Panca Ady; Widodo, Amien

    2016-04-01

    Lumpur Sidoarjo is one of geothermal fluid types which has a great potential as source of lithium. Adsorption method with Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4) as an adsorbent has been chosen for lithium recovery process due to low production cost and environmental friendly. LiMn2O4 was synthesized by hydrothermal method at 200 °C for 24 hrs, 48 hrs, and 72 hrs. As prepared LiMn2O4 powder is treated by acid treatment with 0.5 M HCl solution for 24 hrs. XRD test result reveals that all of as-prepared samples are indexed as spinel structure of LiMn2O4 (JCPDS card no 35-0782) with no impurity peaks detected. SEM images show that LiMn2O4 has nanoparticles morphology with particle size around 25 nm. The highest adsorption efficiency of adsorbent is obtained by sample hydrothermal for 72 hrs with 42.76%.

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis of sodium tungstate nanorods and nanobundles in the presence of sodium sulfate

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    Cao Guangxiang; Song Xinyu; Yu Haiyun; Fan Chunhua; Yin Zhilei; Sun Sixiu . E-mail: ssx@sdu.edu.cn

    2006-02-02

    Sodium tungstate nanorods and nanobundles have been successfully prepared, for the first time, through a simple salt-assisted hydrothermal route based on the reaction between Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} and HCl in aqueous solution. The resultant sodium tungstate nanorods and nanobundles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electronic diffraction (SAED) techniques. The ingredients of the sample have been detected by energy-dispersive spectrum (EDS) method. It is found that hydrothermal temperature and time play important roles in the control of the morphology and size of the products.

  2. A rapid and simple method for constructing stable mutants of Acinetobacter baumannii

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    2010-01-01

    Background Acinetobacter baumannii is a multidrug-resistant bacterium responsible for nosocomial infections in hospitals worldwide. Study of mutant phenotypes is fundamental for understanding gene function. The methodologies developed to inactivate A. baumannii genes are complicated and time-consuming; sometimes result in unstable mutants, and do not enable construction of double (or more) gene knockout mutant strains of A. baumannii. Results We describe here a rapid and simple method of obtaining A. baumannii mutants by gene replacement via double crossover recombination, by use of a PCR product that carries an antibiotic resistance cassette flanked by regions homologous to the target locus. To demonstrate the reproducibility of the approach, we produced mutants of three different chromosomal genes (omp33, oxyR, and soxR) by this method. In addition, we disrupted one of these genes (omp33) by integration of a plasmid into the chromosome by single crossover recombination, the most widely used method of obtaining A. baumannii mutants. Comparison of the different techniques revealed absolute stability when the gene was replaced by a double recombination event, whereas up to 40% of the population reverted to wild-type when the plasmid was disrupting the target gene after 10 passages in broth without selective pressure. Moreover, we demonstrate that the combination of both gene disruption and gene replacement techniques is an easy and useful procedure for obtaining double gene knockout mutants in A. baumannii. Conclusions This study provides a rapid and simple method of obtaining stable mutants of A. baumannii free of foreign plasmidic DNA, which does not require cloning steps, and enables construction of multiple gene knockout mutants. PMID:21062436

  3. Limited hair cell induction from human induced pluripotent stem cells using a simple stepwise method.

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    Ohnishi, Hiroe; Skerleva, Desislava; Kitajiri, Shin-ichiro; Sakamoto, Tatsunori; Yamamoto, Norio; Ito, Juichi; Nakagawa, Takayuki

    2015-07-10

    Disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) cells are expected to contribute to exploring useful tools for studying the pathophysiology of inner ear diseases and to drug discovery for treating inner ear diseases. For this purpose, stable induction methods for the differentiation of human iPS cells into inner ear hair cells are required. In the present study, we examined the efficacy of a simple induction method for inducing the differentiation of human iPS cells into hair cells. The induction of inner ear hair cell-like cells was performed using a stepwise method mimicking inner ear development. Human iPS cells were sequentially transformed into the preplacodal ectoderm, otic placode, and hair cell-like cells. As a first step, preplacodal ectoderm induction, human iPS cells were seeded on a Matrigel-coated plate and cultured in a serum free N2/B27 medium for 8 days according to a previous study that demonstrated spontaneous differentiation of human ES cells into the preplacodal ectoderm. As the second step, the cells after preplacodal ectoderm induction were treated with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) for induction of differentiation into otic-placode-like cells for 15 days. As the final step, cultured cells were incubated in a serum free medium containing Matrigel for 48 days. After preplacodal ectoderm induction, over 90% of cultured cells expressed the genes that express in preplacodal ectoderm. By culture with bFGF, otic placode marker-positive cells were obtained, although their number was limited. Further 48-day culture in serum free media resulted in the induction of hair cell-like cells, which expressed a hair cell marker and had stereocilia bundle-like constructions on their apical surface. Our results indicate that hair cell-like cells are induced from human iPS cells using a simple stepwise method with only bFGF, without the use of xenogeneic cells.

  4. A simple method to obtain pure cultures of multiciliated ependymal cells from adult rodents.

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    Grondona, J M; Granados-Durán, P; Fernández-Llebrez, P; López-Ávalos, M D

    2013-01-01

    Ependymal cells form an epithelium lining the ventricular cavities of the vertebrate brain. Numerous methods to obtain primary culture ependymal cells have been developed. Most of them use foetal or neonatal rat brain and the few that utilize adult brain hardly achieve purity. Here, we describe a simple and novel method to obtain a pure non-adherent ependymal cell culture from explants of the striatal and septal walls of the lateral ventricles. The combination of a low incubation temperature followed by a gentle enzymatic digestion allows the detachment of most of the ependymal cells from the ventricular wall in a period of 6 h. Along with ependymal cells, a low percentage (less than 6 %) of non-ependymal cells also detaches. However, they do not survive under two restrictive culture conditions: (1) a simple medium (alpha-MEM with glucose) without any supplement; and (2) a low density of 1 cell/µl. This purification method strategy does not require cell labelling with antibodies and cell sorting, which makes it a simpler and cheaper procedure than other methods previously described. After a period of 48 h, only ependymal cells survive such conditions, revealing the remarkable survival capacity of ependymal cells. Ependymal cells can be maintained in culture for up to 7-10 days, with the best survival rates obtained in Neurobasal supplemented with B27 among the tested media. After 7 days in culture, ependymal cells lose most of the cilia and therefore the mobility, while acquiring radial glial cell markers (GFAP, BLBP, GLAST). This interesting fact might indicate a reprogramming of the cell identity.

  5. A simple and effective method for filling gaps in Landsat ETM+ SLC-off images

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    Chen, J.; Zhu, Xudong; Vogelmann, J.E.; Gao, F.; Jin, S.

    2011-01-01

    The scan-line corrector (SLC) of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor failed in 2003, resulting in about 22% of the pixels per scene not being scanned. The SLC failure has seriously limited the scientific applications of ETM+ data. While there have been a number of methods developed to fill in the data gaps, each method has shortcomings, especially for heterogeneous landscapes. Based on the assumption that the same-class neighboring pixels around the un-scanned pixels have similar spectral characteristics, and that these neighboring and un-scanned pixels exhibit similar patterns of spectral differences between dates, we developed a simple and effective method to interpolate the values of the pixels within the gaps. We refer to this method as the Neighborhood Similar Pixel Interpolator (NSPI). Simulated and actual SLC-off ETM+ images were used to assess the performance of the NSPI. Results indicate that NSPI can restore the value of un-scanned pixels very accurately, and that it works especially well in heterogeneous regions. In addition, it can work well even if there is a relatively long time interval or significant spectral changes between the input and target image. The filled images appear reasonably spatially continuous without obvious striping patterns. Supervised classification using the maximum likelihood algorithm was done on both gap-filled simulated SLC-off data and the original "gap free" data set, and it was found that classification results, including accuracies, were very comparable. This indicates that gap-filled products generated by NSPI will have relevance to the user community for various land cover applications. In addition, the simple principle and high computational efficiency of NSPI will enable processing large volumes of SLC-off ETM+ data.

  6. A simple method to assess freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease patients.

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    Popovic, M B; Djuric-Jovicic, M; Radovanovic, S; Petrovic, I; Kostic, V

    2010-09-01

    Freezing of gait (FOG) can be assessed by clinical and instrumental methods. Clinical examination has the advantage of being available to most clinicians; however, it requires experience and may not reveal FOG even for cases confirmed by the medical history. Instrumental methods have an advantage in that they may be used for ambulatory monitoring. The aim of the present study was to describe and evaluate a new instrumental method based on a force sensitive resistor and Pearson's correlation coefficient (Pcc) for the assessment of FOG. Nine patients with Parkinson's disease in the "on" state walked through a corridor, passed through a doorway and made a U-turn. We analyzed 24 FOG episodes by computing the Pcc between one "regular/normal" step and the rest of the steps. The Pcc reached ±1 for "normal" locomotion, while correlation diminished due to the lack of periodicity during FOG episodes. Gait was assessed in parallel with video. FOG episodes determined from the video were all detected with the proposed method. The computed duration of the FOG episodes was compared with those estimated from the video. The method was sensitive to various types of freezing; although no differences due to different types of freezing were detected. The study showed that Pcc analysis permitted the computerized detection of FOG in a simple manner analogous to human visual judgment, and its automation may be useful in clinical practice to provide a record of the history of FOG.

  7. A new and simple method to construct root locus of general fractional-order systems.

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    Patil, Mukesh D; Vyawahare, Vishwesh A; Bhole, Manisha K

    2014-03-01

    Recently fractional-order (FO) differential equations are widely used in the areas of modeling and control. They are multivalued in nature hence their stability is defined using Riemann surfaces. The stability analysis of FO linear systems using the technique of Root Locus is the main focus of this paper. Procedure to plot root locus of FO systems in s-plane has been proposed by many authors, which are complicated, and analysis using these methods is also difficult and incomplete. In this paper, we have proposed a simple method of plotting root locus of FO systems. In the proposed method, the FO system is transformed into its integer-order counterpart and then root locus of this transformed system is plotted. It is shown with the help of examples that the root locus of this transformed system (which is obviously very easy to plot) has exactly the same shape and structure as the root locus of the original FO system. So stability of the FO system can be directly deduced and analyzed from the root locus of the transformed IO system. This proposed procedure of developing and analyzing the root locus of FO systems is much easier and straightforward than the existing methods suggested in the literature. This root locus plot is used to comment about the stability of FO system. It also gives the range for the amplifier gain k required to maintain this stability. The reliability of the method is verified with analytical calculations.

  8. A simple and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for analysis of some nitrofuran drugs in pharmaceutical preparations.

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    Belal, Tarek Saied

    2008-09-01

    A simple, rapid, selective and sensitive spectrofluorimetric method was described for the analysis of three nitrofuran drugs, namely, nifuroxazide (NX), nitrofurantoin (NT) and nitrofurazone (NZ). The method involved the alkaline hydrolysis of the studied drugs by warming with 0.1 M sodium hydroxide solution then dilution with distilled water for NX or 2-propanol for NT and NZ. The formed fluorophores were measured at 465 nm (lambda (Ex) 265 nm), 458 nm (lambda (Ex) 245 nm) and 445 nm (lambda (Ex) 245 nm) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The reaction pathway was discussed and the structures of the fluorescent products were proposed. The different experimental parameters were studied and optimized. Regression analysis showed good correlation between fluorescence intensity and concentration over the ranges 0.08-1.00, 0.02-0.24 and 0.004-0.050 microg ml(-1) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The limits of detection of the method were 8.0, 1.9 and 0.3 ng ml(-1) for NX, NT and NZ, respectively. The proposed method was validated in terms of accuracy, precision and specificity, and it was successfully applied for the assay of the three nitrofurans in their different dosage forms. No interference was observed from common pharmaceutical adjuvants. The results were favorably compared with those obtained by reference spectrophotometric methods.

  9. A simple gamma spectrometry method for evaluating the burnup of MTR-type HEU fuel elements

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    Makmal, T.; Aviv, O.; Gilad, E.

    2016-10-01

    A simple method for the evaluation of the burnup of a materials testing reactor (MTR) fuel element by gamma spectrometry is presented. The method was applied to a highly enriched uranium MTR nuclear fuel element that was irradiated in a 5 MW pool-type research reactor for a total period of 34 years. The experimental approach is based on in-situ measurements of the MTR fuel element in the reactor pool by a portable high-purity germanium detector located in a gamma cell. To corroborate the method, analytical calculations (based on the irradiation history of the fuel element) and computer simulations using a dedicated fuel cycle burnup code ORIGEN2 were performed. The burnup of the MTR fuel element was found to be 52.4±8.8%, which is in good agreement with the analytical calculations and the computer simulations. The method presented here is suitable for research reactors with either a regular or an irregular irradiation regime and for reactors with limited infrastructure and/or resources. In addition, its simplicity and the enhanced safety it confers may render this method suitable for IAEA inspectors in fuel element burnup assessments during on-site inspections.

  10. A simple method of reducing complications of pediatric nonbronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage.

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    Morrow, Brenda; Futter, Merle; Argent, Andrew

    2004-09-01

    Our objective was to determine whether a simple method of maintaining positive pressure ventilation during nonbronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage (NB-BAL) would successfully reduce the incidence and/or severity of desaturation events. Our design was a clinical trial with historical controls. Seventy ventilated pediatric patients undergoing diagnostic NB-BAL participated. Two NB-BAL techniques were compared: 1) the "unsealed" method, where the suction catheter was passed through an open system, maintaining oxygenation but not airway pressure; and 2) the "sealed" technique, which was identical except that the catheter was passed through a diaphragm, maintaining positive pressure ventilation throughout. NB-BAL was performed on 35 patients using the "unsealed" technique and 2 years later on 35 patients using the "sealed" method. Heart rate and oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO(2)) were recorded before, during, and after NB-BAL. There was no difference between groups with regard to demographic data, oxygenation, or ventilatory requirements (P >or= 0.1). The "sealed" group experienced a median drop in SaO(2) of 6.0% (range, -6% to 44%), and the "unsealed" group a drop of 13.0% (-2% to 61%), during NB-BAL (P < 0.05). Patients with oxygenation index greater than 10 experienced the most severe desaturation events in both groups: 53.8% of patients in the "sealed" group with oxygenation index >10 desaturated to <80% vs. 91.6% in the "unsealed" group (P < 0.05). In conclusion, we describe a simple, inexpensive modification of the NB-BAL technique that reduces the incidence and severity of desaturation during NB-BAL.

  11. A simple and efficient method for assembling TALE protein based on plasmid library.

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    Zhang, Zhiqiang; Li, Duo; Xu, Huarong; Xin, Ying; Zhang, Tingting; Ma, Lixia; Wang, Xin; Chen, Zhilong; Zhang, Zhiying

    2013-01-01

    DNA binding domain of the transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) from Xanthomonas sp. consists of tandem repeats that can be rearranged according to a simple cipher to target new DNA sequences with high DNA-binding specificity. This technology has been successfully applied in varieties of species for genome engineering. However, assembling long TALE tandem repeats remains a big challenge precluding wide use of this technology. Although several new methodologies for efficiently assembling TALE repeats have been recently reported, all of them require either sophisticated facilities or skilled technicians to carry them out. Here, we described a simple and efficient method for generating customized TALE nucleases (TALENs) and TALE transcription factors (TALE-TFs) based on TALE repeat tetramer library. A tetramer library consisting of 256 tetramers covers all possible combinations of 4 base pairs. A set of unique primers was designed for amplification of these tetramers. PCR products were assembled by one step of digestion/ligation reaction. 12 TALE constructs including 4 TALEN pairs targeted to mouse Gt(ROSA)26Sor gene and mouse Mstn gene sequences as well as 4 TALE-TF constructs targeted to mouse Oct4, c-Myc, Klf4 and Sox2 gene promoter sequences were generated by using our method. The construction routines took 3 days and parallel constructions were available. The rate of positive clones during colony PCR verification was 64% on average. Sequencing results suggested that all TALE constructs were performed with high successful rate. This is a rapid and cost-efficient method using the most common enzymes and facilities with a high success rate.

  12. The BUME method: a new rapid and simple chloroform-free method for total lipid extraction of animal tissue

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    Löfgren, Lars; Forsberg, Gun-Britt; Ståhlman, Marcus

    2016-06-01

    In this study we present a simple and rapid method for tissue lipid extraction. Snap-frozen tissue (15–150 mg) is collected in 2 ml homogenization tubes. 500 μl BUME mixture (butanol:methanol [3:1]) is added and automated homogenization of up to 24 frozen samples at a time in less than 60 seconds is performed, followed by a 5-minute single-phase extraction. After the addition of 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1) and 500 μl 1% acetic acid a 5-minute two-phase extraction is performed. Lipids are recovered from the upper phase by automated liquid handling using a standard 96-tip robot. A second two-phase extraction is performed using 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1). Validation of the method showed that the extraction recoveries for the investigated lipids, which included sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids were similar or better than for the Folch method. We also applied the method for lipid extraction of liver and heart and compared the lipid species profiles with profiles generated after Folch and MTBE extraction. We conclude that the BUME method is superior to the Folch method in terms of simplicity, through-put, automation, solvent consumption, economy, health and environment yet delivering lipid recoveries fully comparable to or better than the Folch method.

  13. The BUME method: a new rapid and simple chloroform-free method for total lipid extraction of animal tissue

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    Löfgren, Lars; Forsberg, Gun-Britt; Ståhlman, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    In this study we present a simple and rapid method for tissue lipid extraction. Snap-frozen tissue (15–150 mg) is collected in 2 ml homogenization tubes. 500 μl BUME mixture (butanol:methanol [3:1]) is added and automated homogenization of up to 24 frozen samples at a time in less than 60 seconds is performed, followed by a 5-minute single-phase extraction. After the addition of 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1) and 500 μl 1% acetic acid a 5-minute two-phase extraction is performed. Lipids are recovered from the upper phase by automated liquid handling using a standard 96-tip robot. A second two-phase extraction is performed using 500 μl heptane:ethyl acetate (3:1). Validation of the method showed that the extraction recoveries for the investigated lipids, which included sterols, glycerolipids, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids were similar or better than for the Folch method. We also applied the method for lipid extraction of liver and heart and compared the lipid species profiles with profiles generated after Folch and MTBE extraction. We conclude that the BUME method is superior to the Folch method in terms of simplicity, through-put, automation, solvent consumption, economy, health and environment yet delivering lipid recoveries fully comparable to or better than the Folch method. PMID:27282822

  14. Simple method for predicting American presidential greatness from victory margin in popular vote (1824-1996).

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    McCann, Stewart J H

    2005-06-01

    The author tested the simple method (SM) for predicting presidential greatness from the winner's victory margin in the popular vote and A. M. Schlesinger Jr.'s (1986) cycles of American political history with the expert sample presidential rankings of W. J. Ridings Jr. and S. B. McIver (1997). The SM, which involves only simple calculations on minimal data available shortly after an election, predicts greatness ratings that are above average for winners with high victory margins in years of public purpose and for winners with low victory margins in years of private interest. Also, the SM predicts ratings that are below average for winners with low victory margins in public purpose years and for winners with high victory margins in private interest years. Based on the data for 42 elections from 1824 to 1996, the SM success rate was 81.0% for all elections, 85.2% for the 27 1st-term elections, 86.2% for elections after 1880, and 94.4% for 1st-term elections after 1880. Chi-square analyses showed all percentages significant at the .001 level.

  15. A Simple, Approximate Method for Analysis of Kerr-Newman Black Hole Dynamics and Thermodynamics

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    Pankovic, V.; Ciganovic, S.; Glavatovic, R.

    2009-06-01

    In this work we present a simple approximate method for analysis of the basic dynamical and thermodynamical characteristics of Kerr-Newman black hole. Instead of the complete dynamics of the black hole self-interaction, we consider only the stable (stationary) dynamical situations determined by condition that the black hole (outer) horizon "circumference" holds the integer number of the reduced Compton wave lengths corresponding to mass spectrum of a small quantum system (representing the quantum of the black hole self-interaction). Then, we show that Kerr-Newman black hole entropy represents simply the ratio of the sum of static part and rotation part of the mass of black hole on one hand, and the ground mass of small quantum system on the other hand. Also we show that Kerr-Newman black hole temperature represents the negative value of the classical potential energy of gravitational interaction between a part of black hole with reduced mass and a small quantum system in the ground mass quantum state. Finally, we suggest a bosonic great canonical distribution of the statistical ensemble of given small quantum systems in the thermodynamical equilibrium with (macroscopic) black hole as thermal reservoir. We suggest that, practically, only the ground mass quantum state is significantly degenerate while all the other, excited mass quantum states, are non-degenerate. Kerr-Newman black hole entropy is practically equivalent to the ground mass quantum state degeneration. Given statistical distribution admits a rough (qualitative) but simple modeling of Hawking radiation of the black hole too.

  16. Simple HPLC method for detection of trace ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in high-purity methamphetamine.

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    Makino, Yukiko

    2012-03-01

    A simple and sensitive HPLC technique was developed for the qualitative determination of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (ephedrines), used as precursors of clandestine d-methamphetamine hydrochloride of high purity. Good separation of ephedrines from bulk d-methamphetamine was achieved, without any extraction or derivatization procedure on a CAPCELLPACK C18 MGII (250 × 4.6 mm) column. The mobile phase consisted of 50 mM KH2 PO4-acetonitrile (94:6 v/v %) using an isocratic pump system within 20 min for detecting two analytes. One run took about 50 min as it was necessary to wash out overloaded methamphetamine for column conditioning. The analytes were detected by UV absorbance measurement at 210 nm. A sample (20 mg) was simply dissolved in 1 mL of water, and a 50 μL aliquot of the solution was injected into the HPLC. The detection limits for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in bulk d-methamphetamine were as low as 3 ppm each. This analytical separation technique made it possible to detect ephedrine and/or pseudoephedrine in seven samples of high-purity d-methamphetamine hydrochloride seized in Japan. The presence of trace ephedrines in illicit methamphetamine may strongly indicate a synthetic route via ephedrine in methamphetamine profiling. This method is simple and sensitive, requiring only commonly available equipment, and should be useful for high-purity methamphetamine profiling.

  17. Homology modelling of protein-protein complexes: a simple method and its possibilities and limitations

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    Launay, Guillaume; Simonson, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Background Structure-based computational methods are needed to help identify and characterize protein-protein complexes and their function. For individual proteins, the most successful technique is homology modelling. We investigate a simple extension of this technique to protein-protein complexes. We consider a large set of complexes of known structures, involving pairs of single-domain proteins. The complexes are compared with each other to establish their sequence and structural similarities and the relation between the two. Compared to earlier studies, a simpler dataset, a simpler structural alignment procedure, and an additional energy criterion are used. Next, we compare the Xray structures to models obtained by threading the native sequence onto other, homologous complexes. An elementary requirement for a successful energy function is to rank the native structure above any threaded structure. We use the DFIREβ energy function, whose quality and complexity are typical of the models used today. Finally, we compare near-native models to distinctly non-native models. Results If weakly stable complexes are excluded (defined by a binding energy cutoff), as well as a few unusual complexes, a simple homology principle holds: complexes that share more than 35% sequence identity share similar structures and interaction modes; this principle was less clearcut in earlier studies. The energy function was then tested for its ability to identify experimental structures among sets of decoys, produced by a simple threading procedure. On average, the experimental structure is ranked above 92% of the alternate structures. Thus, discrimination of the native structure is good but not perfect. The discrimination of near-native structures is fair. Typically, a single, alternate, non-native binding mode exists that has a native-like energy. Some of the associated failures may correspond to genuine, alternate binding modes and/or native complexes that are artefacts of the crystal

  18. Synthesis and characterization of K(Ta(x)Nb(1_x))O3 particles by high temperature mixing method under hydrothermal and solvothermal conditions.

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    Gu, Honghui; Zhu, Kongjun; Qiu, Jinhao; Ji, Hongli; Cao, Yang; Jin, Jiamei

    2013-02-01

    KTa(x)Nb(1_x)O3 (KTN) particles with an orthorhombic perovskite structure were synthesized via a high temperature mixing method (HTMM) under hydrothermal and solvothermal conditions. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and high-resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM). The influences of alkaline concentration and Ta doping amounts on the phase structure and morphology of the obtained powders were investigated. The results showed that KTN powders could be solvothermally prepared when the KOH concentration is as low as 0.5 M. In comparison with the hydrothermal process, supercritical isopropanol plays an important role in synthesizing KTN particles under milder conditions. The KTa(0.4)Nb(0.6)O3 particles solvothermally synthesized in isopropanol are made of well crystallized and single crystalline particles with a size of about 100-200 nm. Room temperature PL studies excited at different wavelengths reveal five emission bands centered at about 421 nm, 446 nm, 468 nm, 488 nm, and 498 nm, respectively. The supercritical process proposed here provides a new potential route for synthesizing other perovskite-type materials.

  19. Composite titanium nitride layers produced on the AZ91D magnesium alloy by a hybrid method including hydrothermal modification of the layer

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    Tacikowski, M.; Grzonka, J.; Płociński, T.; Jakieła, R.; Pisarek, M.; Wierzchoń, T.

    2015-08-01

    The microstructure and properties of the composite TiN-Ti-Al type titanium nitride surface layer with a sub-layer of titanium and aluminium produced on AZ91D magnesium alloy using a hybrid PVD method including final sealing by hydrothermal treatment were investigated. The results were analysed in terms of the microstructure-properties correlation, to approach the role of the sub-layers and the mechanisms involved in the properties improvement. The microstructure investigations indicate that the composite titanium nitride layers are tight and have nano-crystalline, diffusive character and multi zone microstructure of the type TixOy-TiN-Ti-Al-Al3Mg2-Al12Mg17. The significant corrosion resistance improvement of the AZ91D alloy obtained using the sealed composite titanium nitride layers was found to be the result of a synergistic mechanism which combined hydrothermal treatment of the layer with an action of aluminium sub-layer which is critical to make the sealing effective. The diffusive bonding via Mg-Al zone improves adhesion and the load bearing capacity of titanium nitride layers in wear conditions.

  20. Synthesis of alpha'L-C2S cement from fly-ash using the hydrothermal method at low temperature and atmospheric pressure.

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    Kacimi, Larbi; Cyr, Martin; Clastres, Pierre

    2010-09-15

    The objective of this study was the synthesis of alpha'(L)-C(2)S (Ca(2)SiO(4)) belite cement, starting from fly-ash of system CaO-SiO(2)-Al(2)O(3)-SO(3), and using the hydrothermal method in alkaline solution. The lime deficit in these ashes was compensated by the addition of slaked lime from lime bagging workshops. The hydrothermal treatment of the mixture was carried out in demineralized water, NaOH or KOH solution, continually stirred at a temperature below 100 degrees C and atmospheric pressure. The dehydration and calcination of the mixtures at temperatures between 800 and 1100 degrees C allowed alpha'(L)-C(2)S-rich cement to be obtained. The optimization of the synthesis parameters (temperature and time of stirring, pH of solution, temperature and duration of mixture burning) was also studied. The phase formation during various synthesis stages was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Other techniques, such as SEM and EDX, were used to characterize the cement minerals. The results obtained showed that these ashes could form belite cement composed of only one dicalcium silicate phase (alpha'(L)-C(2)S).

  1. Resistive Switching Memory of TiO2 Nanowire Networks Grown on Ti Foil by a Single Hydrothermal Method

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    Xiao, Ming; Musselman, Kevin P.; Duley, Walter W.; Zhou, Norman Y.

    2017-04-01

    The resistive switching characteristics of TiO2 nanowire networks directly grown on Ti foil by a single-step hydrothermal technique are discussed in this paper. The Ti foil serves as the supply of Ti atoms for growth of the TiO2 nanowires, making the preparation straightforward. It also acts as a bottom electrode for the device. A top Al electrode was fabricated by e-beam evaporation process. The Al/TiO2 nanowire networks/Ti device fabricated in this way displayed a highly repeatable and electroforming-free bipolar resistive behavior with retention for more than 104 s and an OFF/ON ratio of approximately 70. The switching mechanism of this Al/TiO2 nanowire networks/Ti device is suggested to arise from the migration of oxygen vacancies under applied electric field. This provides a facile way to obtain metal oxide nanowire-based ReRAM device in the future.

  2. Simple and Reliable Method to Estimate the Fingertip Static Coefficient of Friction in Precision Grip.

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    Barrea, Allan; Bulens, David Cordova; Lefevre, Philippe; Thonnard, Jean-Louis

    2016-01-01

    The static coefficient of friction (µstatic) plays an important role in dexterous object manipulation. Minimal normal force (i.e., grip force) needed to avoid dropping an object is determined by the tangential force at the fingertip-object contact and the frictional properties of the skin-object contact. Although frequently assumed to be constant for all levels of normal force (NF, the force normal to the contact), µ static actually varies nonlinearly with NF and increases at low NF levels. No method is currently available to measure the relationship between µstatic and NF easily. Therefore, we propose a new method allowing the simple and reliable measurement of the fingertip µstatic at different NF levels, as well as an algorithm for determining µstatic from measured forces and torques. Our method is based on active, back-and-forth movements of a subject's finger on the surface of a fixed six-axis force and torque sensor. µstatic is computed as the ratio of the tangential to the normal force at slip onset. A negative power law captures the relationship between µstatic and NF. Our method allows the continuous estimation of µstatic as a function of NF during dexterous manipulation, based on the relationship between µstatic and NF measured before manipulation.

  3. A simple spectrophotometric method for the determination of beta-blockers in dosage forms.

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    Al-Ghannam, S M

    2006-01-23

    A simple, extraction-free spectrophotometric method is proposed for the analysis of some beta-blockers, namely atenolol, timolol and nadolol. The method is based on the interaction of the drugs in chloroform with 0.1% chloroformic solutions of acidic sulphophthalein dyes to form stable, yellow-coloured, ion-pair complexes peaking at 415 nm. The dyes used were bromophenol blue (BPB), bromothymol blue (BTB) and bromocresol purple (BCP). Under the optimum conditions, the three drugs could be assayed in the concentration range 1-10 microg ml(-1) with correlation coefficient (n = 5) more than 0.999 in all cases. The stoichiometry of the reaction was found to be 1:1 in all cases and the conditional stability constant (K(F)) of the complexes have been calculated. The free energy changes (DeltaG) were determined for all complexes formed. The interference likely to be introduced from co-formulated drugs was studied and their tolerance limits were determined. The proposed method was then applied to dosage-forms the percentage recoveries ranges from 99.12-100.95, and the results obtained were compared favorably with those given with the official methods.

  4. A simple, low-cost method to monitor duration of ground water pumping.

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    Massuel, S; Perrin, J; Wajid, M; Mascre, C; Dewandel, B

    2009-01-01

    Monitoring ground water withdrawals for agriculture is a difficult task, while agricultural development leads frequently to overexploitation of the aquifers. To fix the problem, sustainable management is required based on the knowledge of water uses. This paper introduces a simple and inexpensive direct method to determine the duration of pumping of a well by measuring the temperature of its water outlet pipe. A pumping phase is characterized by a steady temperature value close to ground water temperature. The method involves recording the temperature of the outlet pipe and identifying the different stages of pumping. It is based on the use of the low-cost and small-size Thermochron iButton temperature logger and can be applied to any well, provided that a water outlet pipe is accessible. The temperature time series are analyzed to determine the duration of pumping through manual and automatic posttreatments. The method was tested and applied in South India for irrigation wells using electricity-powered pumps. The duration of pumping obtained by the iButton method is fully consistent with the duration of power supply (1.5% difference).

  5. Simple method for highlighting the temperature distribution into a liquid sample heated by microwave power field

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    Surducan, V.; Surducan, E.; Dadarlat, D.

    2013-11-13

    Microwave induced heating is widely used in medical treatments, scientific and industrial applications. The temperature field inside a microwave heated sample is often inhomogenous, therefore multiple temperature sensors are required for an accurate result. Nowadays, non-contact (Infra Red thermography or microwave radiometry) or direct contact temperature measurement methods (expensive and sophisticated fiber optic temperature sensors transparent to microwave radiation) are mainly used. IR thermography gives only the surface temperature and can not be used for measuring temperature distributions in cross sections of a sample. In this paper we present a very simple experimental method for temperature distribution highlighting inside a cross section of a liquid sample, heated by a microwave radiation through a coaxial applicator. The method proposed is able to offer qualitative information about the heating distribution, using a temperature sensitive liquid crystal sheet. Inhomogeneities as smaller as 1°-2°C produced by the symmetry irregularities of the microwave applicator can be easily detected by visual inspection or by computer assisted color to temperature conversion. Therefore, the microwave applicator is tuned and verified with described method until the temperature inhomogeneities are solved.

  6. Simple in vitro testing method for antithrombogenic evaluation of centrifugal blood pumps.

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    Maruyama, Osamu; Tomari, Yosuke; Sugiyama, Daisuke; Nishida, Masahiro; Tsutsui, Tatsuo; Yamane, Takashi

    2009-01-01

    We developed a simple in vitro antithrombogenic testing method using a mock circulation system as used in the hemolysis tests to evaluate the antithrombogenicity of centrifugal blood pumps. This method was not designed to substitute for animal experiments but was intended to be a screening test method for selecting pumps robust enough to operate properly during animal experiments. In this study, we were able to maintain an almost constant activated clotting time for test blood for 10 hours by using both trisodium citrate and calcium chloride. We carried out the in vitro antithrombogenic testing of monopivot type centrifugal blood pumps (models DD3 and DD6) and hydrodynamic bearing pumps (models HH2 and HH7), which were developed at Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Thrombus formation was not observed in the DD3 or DD6 pumps but occurred in the HH2 and HH7 pumps. The HH2 pump generated thrombi during a 1.5-hour ex vivo test, and the test was terminated. We expect this in vitro testing method to be useful for undertaking evaluations before animal experiments.

  7. In situ simple method for measuring size and density of nanoparticles in reactive plasmas

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    Nunomura, Shota; Kita, Makoto; Koga, Kazunori; Shiratani, Masaharu; Watanabe, Yukio

    2006-04-15

    A laser-light-scattering (LLS) method for measuring the size and density of nanoparticles generated in reactive plasmas has been developed. The size and density of the nanoparticles are determined from their thermal coagulation that takes place after turning off the discharge. The measurable size and density range of the LLS method is n{sub p} x 10{sup 13} (m{sup -3/2})xd{sub p}{sup -5/2}L{sup -2}n{sub g}{sup -1}, where n{sub p}, d{sub p}, L, and n{sub g} are the density, size, and diffusion length of the nanoparticles, and the density of a background gas, respectively. The method has been demonstrated by measurement of the size and density of nanoparticles formed by the radio-frequency discharge of dimethyldimethoxysilane Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}(OCH{sub 3}){sub 2} diluted with Ar. Using a simple optical setup for the LLS measurement, nanoparticles are detected down to {approx_equal}1 nm in size when they are generated at a density of {approx_equal}10{sup 12} cm{sup -3}. The developed method is widely applicable to other systems in which thermal coagulation takes place.

  8. Simple blood-feeding method for live imaging of gut tube remodeling in regenerating planarians.

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    Hosoda, Kazutaka; Morimoto, Mizuki; Motoishi, Minako; Nishimura, Osamu; Agata, Kiyokazu; Umesono, Yoshihiko

    2016-04-01

    Live cell imaging is a powerful technique to study cellular dynamics in vivo during animal development and regeneration. However, few live imaging methods have been reported for studying planarian regeneration. Here, we developed a simple method for steady visualization of gut tube remodeling during regeneration of a living freshwater planarian, Dugesia japonica. When planarians were fed blood several times, gut branches were well-visualized in living intact animals under normal bright-field illumination. Interestingly, tail fragments derived from these colored planarians enabled successive observation of the processes of the formation of a single anterior gut branch in the prepharyngeal region from the preexisting two posterior gut branches in the same living animals during head regeneration. Furthermore, we combined this method and RNA interference (RNAi) and thereby showed that a D. japonica raf-related gene (DjrafA) and mek-related gene (DjmekA) we identified both play a major role in the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling during planarian regeneration, as indicated by their RNAi-induced defects on gut tube remodeling in a time-saving initial screening using blood-feeding without immunohistochemical detection of the gut. Thus, this blood-feeding method is useful for live imaging of gut tube remodeling, and provides an advance for the field of regeneration study in planarians.

  9. A Simple Robust Orthogonal Background Correction Method for Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography

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    Filgueira, Marcelo R.; Castells, Cecilia; Carr, Peter W.

    2012-01-01

    Background correction is a very important step that must be done before peak detection or any quantification procedure. When successful, this step greatly simplifies such procedures and enhances the accuracy of quantification. In the past, much effort has been invested to correct drifting baseline in one dimensional chromatography. In fast online comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC×LC) coupled with diode array detector (DAD), the change in the refractive index (RI) of the mobile phase in very fast gradients causes extremely serious baseline disturbances. The method reported here can be combined with many of existing baseline correction methods for one dimensional (1D) chromatography in two dimensional (2D) liquid chromatography and recreate the background structure for further correction. When such methods are applied orthogonally to the second dimension (2D), the background correction is dramatically improved. It results in an almost zero mean background level and it provides better background correction than does a simple subtraction of a blank. Indeed, the method proposed does not require running a blank sample. PMID:22702415

  10. Simple methods for the estimation of dose distributions, organ doses and energy imparted in paediatric radiology.

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    Almén, A; Nilsson, M

    1996-07-01

    The energy imparted and the effective dose can both be used to describe the risk to the patient in diagnostic radiology. Simple methods must be employed to determine these quantities in clinical situations. Methods using measured relative depth-dose distributions are presented and evaluated here. Measurements of depth-dose distributions for x-ray beams were performed with an ionization chamber, a diode and a number of TL dosimeters. The energy imparted was calculated from measurements with both phantoms and patients. The method of calculating the mean absorbed dose to organs was applied to pelvis and lumbar spine examinations. TL dosimeters were found to be an appropriate detector for measuring depth-dose distributions. When calculating the energy imparted the entrance beam area must be accurately known. The mean absorbed dose to organs can be derived from measured relative depth-dose curves if accurate information on entrance beam position and area is available for the particular examination technique used. The advantage of these methods is that the dose distribution is measured for the photon beam used for the examination of the patients.

  11. A simple and inexpensive method to routinely produce customized neck supports for patient immobilization during radiotherapy.

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    McKernan, B; Bydder, S; Ebert, M; Waterhouse, D; Joseph, D

    2008-12-01

    Accurate and reproducible patient positioning is fundamental to the success of fractionated radiotherapy. Poor patient positioning could result in geographic misses. We have recently reported on an improved method of customized face mask production using laser surface scanning. In this report, we sought to identify and develop a method to routinely make customized neck supports for patients prescribed radiotherapy to the brain or head and neck regions. We identified a potentially suitable product--sealed packs containing two liquids that produce expanding polyurethane foam when mixed--and developed a method for their use. The neck supports are inexpensive and simple to produce (taking less than 5 min of radiation therapist labour). We assessed the customized neck supports in several ways. The effect on setup accuracy was assessed by comparing two consecutive cohorts of patients. Statistically significant differences favouring the customized neck supports included a reduced total displacement error (mean 3.4 vs. 2.1 mm) and a reduced left-right setup error (mean 1.8 vs. 1.1 mm). This is consistent with the greater support provided by the customized neck supports. This method could easily be undertaken by other departments.

  12. A simple method for enhanced vibration-based structural health monitoring

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    Guechaichia, A.; Trendafilova, I.

    2011-07-01

    This study suggests a novel method for structural vibration-based health monitoring for beams which only utilises the first natural frequency of the beam in order to detect and localise a defect. The method is based on the application of a static force in different positions along the beam. It is shown that the application of a static force on a damaged beam induces stresses at the defect which in turn cause changes in the structural natural frequencies. A very simple procedure for damage detection is suggested which uses a static force applied in just one point, in the middle of the beam. Localisation is made using two additional application points of the static force. Damage is modelled as a small notch through the whole width of the beam. The method is demonstrated and validated numerically, using a finite element model of the beam, and experimentally for a simply supported beam. Our results show that the frequency variation with the change of the force application point can be used to detect and in the same time localize very precisely even a very small defect. The method can be extended for health monitoring of other more complicated structures.

  13. A simple frequency-based delamination detection and localization method without baseline model

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    Guechaichia, A.; Trendafilova, I.

    2012-08-01

    This study suggests a novel non-model-based method for structural vibration-based health monitoring for composite laminated beams which utilises only the first natural frequency of the beam in order to detect and localise delamination. The method is based on the application of a static force in different positions along the beam. It is shown that the application of a static force on a damaged beam induces forces that push the delaminated layers together resulting in an increase of stiffness to a maximum when the static force is applied on the top and the middle of the delamination area. This stiffness increase in turn causes changes in the structural natural frequencies. The method does not require the frequency of the beam in its baseline condition. A very simple procedure for damage detection is suggested which uses a static force applied at only three points along the beam to detect and localise delamination. The method is numerically validated for a simply supported beam, using a finite element model of the beam. Our results show that the frequency variation with the change of the force application point can be used to detect, localize and in the same time quantify very precisely single delamination.

  14. Simple method for quantifying microbiologically assisted chloramine decay in drinking water.

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    Sathasivan, Arumugam; Fisher, Ian; Kastl, George

    2005-07-15

    In a chloraminated drinking water distribution system, monochloramine decays due to chemical and microbiological reactions. For modeling and operational control purposes, it is necessary to know the relative contribution of each type of reaction, but there was no method to quantify these contributions separately. A simple method was developed to do so. It compares monochloramine decay rates of processed (0.2 microm filtered or microbiologically inhibited by adding 100 microg of silver/L as silver nitrate) and unprocessed samples under controlled temperature conditions. The term microbial decay factor (Fm) was defined and derived from this method, to characterize the relative contribution of microbiologically assisted monochloramine decay to the total monochloramine decay observed in bulk water. Fm is the ratio between microbiologically assisted monochloramine decay and chemical decay of a given water sample measured at 20 degrees C. One possible use of the method is illustrated, where a service reservoir's bulk and inlet waters were sampled twice and analyzed for both the traditional indicators and the microbial decay factor. The microbial decay factor values alone indicated that more microbiologically assisted monochloramine decay was occurring in one bulk water than the other. In contrast, traditional nitrification indicators failed to show any difference. Further analysis showed that the microbial decay factor is more sensitive and that it alone can provide an early warning.

  15. Two Simple Methods for the Collection of Individual Life Stages of Reniform Nematode, Rotylenchulus reniformis

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    Ganji, Satish; Jenkins, Johnie Norton

    2013-01-01

    The sedentary semi-endoparasitic nematode Rotylenchulus reniformis, the reniform nematode, is a serious pest of cotton and soybean in the United States. In recent years, interest in the molecular biology of the interaction between R. reniformis and its plant hosts has increased; however, the unusual life cycle of R. reniformis presents a unique set of challenges to researchers who wish to study the developmental expression of a particular nematode gene or evaluate life stage–specific effects of a specific treatment such as RNA-interference or a potential nematicide. In this report, we describe a simple method to collect R. reniformis juvenile and vermiform adult life stages under in vitro conditions and a second method to collect viable parasitic sedentary females from host plant roots. Rotylenchulus reniformis eggs were hatched over a Baermann funnel and the resultant second-stage juveniles incubated in petri plates containing sterile water at 30°C. Nematode development was monitored through the appearance of fourth-stage juveniles and specific time-points at which each developmental stage predominated were determined. Viable parasitic sedentary females were collected from infected roots using a second method that combined blending, sieving, and sucrose flotation. Rotylenchulus reniformis life stages collected with these methods can be used for nucleic acid or protein extraction or other experimental purposes that rely on life stage–specific data. PMID:23833322

  16. A Simple and Efficient Method to Detect Nuclear Factor Activation in Human Neutrophils by Flow Cytometry

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    García-García, Erick; Uribe-Querol, Eileen; Rosales, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    Neutrophils are the most abundant leukocytes in peripheral blood. These cells are the first to appear at sites of inflammation and infection, thus becoming the first line of defense against invading microorganisms. Neutrophils possess important antimicrobial functions such as phagocytosis, release of lytic enzymes, and production of reactive oxygen species. In addition to these important defense functions, neutrophils perform other tasks in response to infection such as production of proinflammatory cytokines and inhibition of apoptosis. Cytokines recruit other leukocytes that help clear the infection, and inhibition of apoptosis allows the neutrophil to live longer at the site of infection. These functions are regulated at the level of transcription. However, because neutrophils are short-lived cells, the study of transcriptionally regulated responses in these cells cannot be performed with conventional reporter gene methods since there are no efficient techniques for neutrophil transfection. Here, we present a simple and efficient method that allows detection and quantification of nuclear factors in isolated and immunolabeled nuclei by flow cytometry. We describe techniques to isolate pure neutrophils from human peripheral blood, stimulate these cells with anti-receptor antibodies, isolate and immunolabel nuclei, and analyze nuclei by flow cytometry. The method has been successfully used to detect NF-κB and Elk-1 nuclear factors in nuclei from neutrophils and other cell types. Thus, this method represents an option for analyzing activation of transcription factors in isolated nuclei from a variety of cell types. PMID:23603868

  17. A simple method for the titration of multicomponent acid-base mixtures.

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    Moisio, T; Heikonen, M

    1996-01-01

    A titration method has been developed to analyze acid mixtures, in which the pK values differed by 0.5 to 1 pH units. Instead of the use of equivalence points a buffer capacity curve is numerically derived from the titration curve resulting in a presentation similar to chromatograms and spectra. The consumption of the NaOH titrant is determined within pH intervals of 0.2-0.6 units around the pK values of the components. The buffer capacity measured is expressed as the consumption of NaOH over the pH interval. The amounts of compounds are found from these results using simple models of chemometrics. The method has been applied to a mixture of formic and acetic acids with concentrations of 0-3 mmol/20 ml with an error of 0-0.05 mmol. Furthermore a curve-fitting method based on a theoretical equation of buffer capacity can be applied with an error slightly larger than with the previous method. In this case, the pK values were also computed. For titrations beyond the pH range 4-10, the buffer capacity of water has to be subtracted from the titration results. The whole procedure requires including the computations about 3-6 min.

  18. Performance of the Tariff Method: validation of a simple additive algorithm for analysis of verbal autopsies

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    2011-01-01

    Background Verbal autopsies provide valuable information for studying mortality patterns in populations that lack reliable vital registration data. Methods for transforming verbal autopsy results into meaningful information for health workers and policymakers, however, are often costly or complicated to use. We present a simple additive algorithm, the Tariff Method (termed Tariff), which can be used for assigning individual cause of death and for determining cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMFs) from verbal autopsy data. Methods Tariff calculates a score, or "tariff," for each cause, for each sign/symptom, across a pool of validated verbal autopsy data. The tariffs are summed for a given response pattern in a verbal autopsy, and this sum (score) provides the basis for predicting the cause of death in a dataset. We implemented this algorithm and evaluated the method's predictive ability, both in terms of chance-corrected concordance at the individual cause assignment level and in terms of CSMF accuracy at the population level. The analysis was conducted separately for adult, child, and neonatal verbal autopsies across 500 pairs of train-test validation verbal autopsy data. Results Tariff is capable of outperforming physician-certified verbal autopsy in most cases. In terms of chance-corrected concordance, the method achieves 44.5% in adults, 39% in children, and 23.9% in neonates. CSMF accuracy was 0.745 in adults, 0.709 in children, and 0.679 in neonates. Conclusions Verbal autopsies can be an efficient means of obtaining cause of death data, and Tariff provides an intuitive, reliable method for generating individual cause assignment and CSMFs. The method is transparent and flexible and can be readily implemented by users without training in statistics or computer science. PMID:21816107

  19. A simple Ultraviolet spectrophotometric method for the determination of etoricoxib in dosage formulations

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    Singh, Shipra; Mishra, Amrita; Verma, Anurag; Ghosh, Ashoke K.; Mishra, Arun K.

    2012-01-01

    The present study was undertaken to develop a validated, rapid, simple, and low-cost ultraviolet (UV) spectrophotometric method for estimating Etoricoxib (ETX) in pharmaceutical formulations. The analysis was performed on λ max 233 nm using 0.1 M HCl as blank/diluent. The proposed method was validated on International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines including parameters as linearity, accuracy, precision, reproducibility, and specificity. The proposed method was also used to access the content of the ETX in two commercial brands of Indian market. Beer's law was obeyed in concentration range of 0.1–0.5 μg/ml, and the regression equation was Y = 0.418x + 0.018. The mean accuracy values for 0.1 μg/ml and 0.2 μg/ml concentration of ETX were found to be 99.76 ± 0.52% and 99.12 ± 0.84, respectively, and relative standard deviation (RSD) of interday and intraday was less than 2%. The developed method was suitable and specific to the analysis of ETX even in the presence of common excipients. The method was applied on two different marketed brands and ETX contents were 98.5 ± 0.56 and 99.33 ± 0.44, respectively, of labeled claim. The proposed method was validated as per ICH guidelines and statistically good results were obtained. This method can be employed for routine analysis of ETX in bulk and commercial formulations. PMID:23378945

  20. A Simple yet Accurate Method for the Estimation of the Biovolume of Planktonic Microorganisms

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    2016-01-01

    Determining the biomass of microbial plankton is central to the study of fluxes of energy and materials in aquatic ecosystems. This is typically accomplished by applying proper volume-to-carbon conversion factors to group-specific abundances and biovolumes. A critical step in this approach is the accurate estimation of biovolume from two-dimensional (2D) data such as those available through conventional microscopy techniques or flow-through imaging systems. This paper describes a simple yet accurate method for the assessment of the biovolume of planktonic microorganisms, which works with any image analysis system allowing for the measurement of linear distances and the estimation of the cross sectional area of an object from a 2D digital image. The proposed method is based on Archimedes’ principle about the relationship between the volume of a sphere and that of a cylinder in which the sphere is inscribed, plus a coefficient of ‘unellipticity’ introduced here. Validation and careful evaluation of the method are provided using a variety of approaches. The new method proved to be highly precise with all convex shapes characterised by approximate rotational symmetry, and combining it with an existing method specific for highly concave or branched shapes allows covering the great majority of cases with good reliability. Thanks to its accuracy, consistency, and low resources demand, the new method can conveniently be used in substitution of any extant method designed for convex shapes, and can readily be coupled with automated cell imaging technologies, including state-of-the-art flow-through imaging devices. PMID:27195667

  1. Simple method for screening aflatoxin-producing molds by UV photography.

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    Yabe, K; Ando, Y; Ito, M; Terakado, N

    1987-01-01

    UV absorption by aflatoxins was monitored in GY agar medium by UV photography. In the UV photographs, aflatoxin-producing molds were identified as gray or black colonies, whereas aflatoxin-nonproducing molds appeared as white colonies. By cellophane transplantation experiments and silica gel thin-layer chromatography, the products absorbing UV light substantially were found to be mainly aflatoxins B1 and G1 excreted from the mold mycelium into the agar medium. UV absorption did not occur when the agar medium contained aflatoxin-noninducible carbon sources instead of glucose. Various inhibitors of aflatoxin production, such as dichlorovos and dimethyl sulfoxide, also decreased the intensity of UV absorption. These results indicate that this technique can be used as a simple, safe, and rapid method of screening aflatoxin-producing molds. Images PMID:3105453

  2. A simple preparation method for spherical carbons and their anodic performance in lithium secondary batteries

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    Kwon, Ou Jung; Jung, Yoon Seok; Kim, Ji Hyun; Oh, Seung M.

    This work reports a simple preparation method for spherical hard carbons and graphites. The phenolic resin and methylnaphthalene-derived mesophase pitch (MNMP) powders are employed as the precursor for hard carbon and graphite, respectively. The irregular-shaped precursor powders are converted to spherical carbons by first coating with fine-grained fumed silica powder and carbonizing/graphitizing under an argon atmosphere. Two characteristic features are observed in this preparation. First, among the used silica powders, only those having a hydrophobic surface group are effective for the irregular to sphere conversion. Second, the conversion takes place near the glass transition temperature of the resin and the softening point of the pitch, respectively. Based on these observations, an irregular to sphere conversion mechanism has been proposed. The spherical carbon powders exhibit a higher tap density and smaller surface area than those of the irregular-shaped ones, which is an advantageous feature for practical lithium batteries.

  3. A simple method for the quantification of molecular decorations on silica particles

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    Mangos, Daniel N.; Nakanishi, Takashi; Lewis, David A.

    2014-02-01

    A simple, rapid quantitative approach to determining attachment density on silica nanoparticles has been demonstrated using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and verified by thermogravimetric analysis. A very high attachment of approximately 5 attachments per nm2 has been achieved through photoinduced thiol-ene click reaction of 11-bromo-1-undecene with a thiol functionalized silica nanoparticle formed from mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane as the sole precursor. Attachment density with concentration of alkene and reaction time is shown to be highly nonlinear and appears to be limited by accessability of thiols on the surface of the particle. This method opens the opportunity to form nanoparticles with controlled functionality including multifunctional particles, which have been produced in this work.

  4. A simple method for vignette correction of airborne digital camera data

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    Nguyen, A.T.; Stow, D.A.; Hope, A.S.

    1996-11-01

    Airborne digital camera systems have gained popularity in recent years due to their flexibility, high geometric fidelity and spatial resolution, and fast data turn-around time. However, a common problem that plagues these types of framing systems is vignetting which causes falloff in image brightness away from principle nadir point. This paper presents a simple method for vignetting correction by utilizing laboratory images of a uniform illumination source. Multiple lab images are averaged and inverted to create digital correction templates which then are applied to actual airborne data. The vignette correction was effective in removing the systematic falloff in spectral values. We have shown that the vignette correction is a necessary part of the preprocessing of raw digital airborne remote sensing data. The consequences of not correcting for these effects are demonstrated in the context of monitoring of salt marsh habitat. 4 refs.

  5. Simple method for the detoxification of wastewater ultrafiltration concentrates for rotavirus assay by indirect immunofluorescence.

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    Oragui, J I; Mara, D D

    1989-01-01

    A simple method for the detoxification of ultrafiltration concentrates of wastewaters for rotavirus assay by the indirect immunofluorescence technique has been developed. Polyacrylamide (Bio-Gel) or dextran (Sephadex G50) beads were mixed with concentrates (0.5 g/10 ml, wt/vol) of wastewaters seeded with simian rotavirus SA11 and allowed to stand for 2 h. The supernatant was decontaminated with antibiotics and then assayed for rotaviruses. Concentrates from raw sewage and treated effluents seeded with SA11 were used to infect MA104 or LLC MK2 cell lines. The concentrates, particularly those from raw sewage and anaerobic waste stabilization ponds, were very toxic to the tissue culture cells. These toxic effects were determined by the detachment and subsequent loss of cells after incubation with concentrates and assay medium for 24 h. They were either completely eliminated or were reduced by greater than 80% after treatment with beads. PMID:2541662

  6. Basis set generation for quantum dynamics simulations using simple trajectory-based methods.

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    Saller, Maximilian A C; Habershon, Scott

    2015-01-13

    Methods for solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation generally employ either a global static basis set, which is fixed at the outset, or a dynamic basis set, which evolves according to classical-like or variational equations of motion; the former approach results in the well-known exponential scaling with system size, while the latter can suffer from challenging numerical problems, such as singular matrices, as well as violation of energy conservation. Here, we suggest a middle road: building a basis set using trajectories to place time-independent basis functions in the regions of phase space relevant to wave function propagation. This simple approach, which potentially circumvents many of the problems traditionally associated with global or dynamic basis sets, is successfully demonstrated for two challenging benchmark problems in quantum dynamics, namely, relaxation dynamics following photoexcitation in pyrazine, and the spin Boson model.

  7. Analysis of a Four-Station Doppler Tracking Method Using a Simple CW Beacon

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    Fricke, Clifford L.; Watkins, Carl W. L.

    1961-01-01

    A Doppler tracking method is presented in which a very small, simple CW beacon transmitter is used with four Doppler receiving stations to obtain the position and velocity of a space research vehicle. The exact transmitter frequency need not be known, but an initial position is required, and Doppler frequencies must be measured with extreme accuracy. The errors in the system are analyzed and general formulas are derived for position and velocity errors. The proper location of receiving stations is discussed, a rule for avoiding infinite errors is given, and error charts for ideal station configurations are presented. The effect of the index of refraction is also investigated. The system is capable of determining transmitter position within 1,000 feet at a range of 200 miles.

  8. Simple and Fast Method for Fabrication of Endoscopic Implantable Sensor Arrays

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    Tahirbegi, I. Bogachan; Alvira, Margarita; Mir, Mònica; Samitier, Josep

    2014-01-01

    Here we have developed a simple method for the fabrication of disposable implantable all-solid-state ion-selective electrodes (ISE) in an array format without using complex fabrication equipment or clean room facilities. The electrodes were designed in a needle shape instead of planar electrodes for a full contact with the tissue. The needle-shape platform comprises 12 metallic pins which were functionalized with conductive inks and ISE membranes. The modified microelectrodes were characterized with cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and optical interferometry. The surface area and roughness factor of each microelectrode were determined and reproducible values were obtained for all the microelectrodes on the array. In this work, the microelectrodes were modified with membranes for the detection of pH and nitrate ions to prove the reliability of the fabricated sensor array platform adapted to an endoscope. PMID:24971473

  9. A simple method to tailor spherical nanocrystal hydroxyapatite at low temperature

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    Zhang, Yanjie; Lu, Jinjun

    2007-08-01

    A simple method, chemical precipitation at low temperature from Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4 to tailor single phase, highly crystalline nanocrystal hydroxyapatite (HAp) powders was introduced in this paper. HAp powders with controlled morphologies (spherical and rod-like) and different grain sizes have been obtained by varying the reaction temperature, reaction mode, and heat treatment accordingly. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results combined with the Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) indicates that the single phase, nanocrystal HAp powder could be obtained in one-step without further heat treatment. At 40 °C with a quick mixing mode, ultra-fine complete spherical HAp particles with diameter range size of 20-50 nm could be obtained.

  10. A simple and safe method for preservation of the injured spleen.

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    Aidonopoulos, A P; Papavramidis, S T; Goutzamanis, G D; Filos, G G; Deligiannidis, N P; Hanos, G M

    1993-05-01

    A total of 29 patients sustaining closed injuries of the spleen was evaluated after repair of the organ; 11 were children. The injuries were classified as grade II, 5; grade III, 22; and grade IV, 2. The spleens were repaired with figure-of-eight, 0 chromic catgut stitches placed at right-angles to the rupture using a liver needle. A thin layer of Surgicel was placed over the tear and each free side of the stitch. Haemorrhage from the spleen was controlled with this technique in 27 patients. Two patients with grade IV injury underwent ligation of the lower pole vessels and hemisplenectomy combined with patching and suture. Postoperative bleeding occurred in two patients with grade III injury, who then underwent splenectomy. The splenic function after splenorrhaphy was established to be perfect and there were no deaths. This modified technique of repair is a simple and safe method for preservation of the injured spleen.

  11. Synthesis of silica particles from rice straw waste using a simple extraction method

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    Nandiyanto, A. B. D.; Rahman, T.; Fadhlulloh, M. A.; Abdullah, A. G.; Hamidah, I.; Mulyanti, B.

    2016-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to synthesize silica particles from rice straw waste using a simple extraction method. The experiment was conducted by heating and extracting rice straw waste into basic solution. To get silica particles, the extracted solution was then put into acid solution and heated to remove the remained solvent. The experimental results showed that the aggregated silica particles with sizes of about 200 nm were successfully produced. The XRD and FTIR analysis showed that the final product was silica and free of graphite. However, we found that some KCl component in the final product in which this was possibly from the use of KOH as the extraction agent. Therefore, further studies are still required to synthesize high purity silica particles from rice straw waste.

  12. A simple photoacoustic method for the in situ study of soot distribution in flames

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    Humphries, G. S.; Dunn, J.; Hossain, M. M.; Lengden, M.; Burns, I. S.; Black, J. D.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a simple photoacoustic technique capable of quantifying soot volume fraction across a range of flame conditions. The output of a high-power (30 W) 808-nm cw-diode laser was modulated in order to generate an acoustic pressure wave via laser heating of soot within the flame. The generated pressure wave was detected using a micro-electro-mechanical microphone mounted close to a porous-plug flat-flame burner. Measurements were taken using the photoacoustic technique in flames of three different equivalence ratios and were compared to laser-induced incandescence. The results presented here show good agreement between the two techniques and show the potential of the photoacoustic method as a way to measure soot volume fraction profiles in this type of flame. We discuss the potential to implement this technique with much lower laser power than was used in the experiments presented here.

  13. Few-layer graphene growth from polystyrene as solid carbon source utilizing simple APCVD method

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    Ahmadi, Shahrokh; Afzalzadeh, Reza

    2016-07-01

    This research article presents development of an economical, simple, immune and environment friendly process to grow few-layer graphene by controlling evaporation rate of polystyrene on copper foil as catalyst and substrate utilizing atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) method. Evaporation rate of polystyrene depends on molecular structure, amount of used material and temperature. We have found controlling rate of evaporation of polystyrene by controlling the source temperature is easier than controlling the material weight. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) as well as Raman Spectroscopy has been used for characterization of the layers. The frequency of G‧ to G band ratio intensity in some samples varied between 0.8 and 1.6 corresponding to few-layer graphene. Topography characterization by atomic force microscopy confirmed Raman results.

  14. A Simple Method for Demonstrating Enzyme Kinetics Using Catalase from Beef Liver Extract

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    Johnson, Kristin A.

    2000-11-01

    This paper describes a simple visual method of demonstrating enzyme kinetics using beef liver catalase. A catalase solution is obtained by homogenizing beef liver in a phosphate buffer. In the demonstration, filter paper is saturated with beef liver extract and placed into a solution of hydrogen peroxide. The catalase in the extract decomposes the hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. Oxygen forms on the filter paper, and the filter paper rises to the top of the beaker. Catalase activity is measured by timing the rise of the enzyme-soaked filter paper to the top of beakers containing different concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. The data are plotted as a Lineweaver-Burk double-reciprocal plot, and the Km and Vmax for the reaction are calculated.

  15. A new simple screening method for the detection of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins

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    Cheng, Jinping; Pi, Shuaishuai; Ye, Shufeng; Gao, Haomin; Yao, Lei; Jiang, Zhenyi; Song, Yuling; Xi, Lei

    2012-09-01

    The current testing for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in shellfish is based on the mouse bioassay (MBA). To alleviate animal welfare concerns, we evaluated the utility of using sublethal indicators of toxicity as an alternative to measuring time to death. Live mice were injected with a PSP congener and the changes in neurotransmitter levels were measured 60, 90, and 120 min after injection. Acetylcholine (ACh) was the most sensitive marker for PSP toxicity. The changes in neurotransmitter levels were most pronounced in the blood. Thus, measurement of Ach levels in the blood may serve as a sensitive predictor for PSP that would not require sacrifice of the mice. This method was relatively simple, sensitive (less than 1 μg/kg weight, equivalent to 20 ng/mL), low maintenance, and rapid (less than 60 min).

  16. Simple method of monoclonal antibody production against mammalian cellular prion protein.

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    Liu, Yong-sheng; Ding, Yao-zhong; Zhang, Jie; Chen, Hao-tai; Zhu, Xiao-ling; Cai, Xue-peng; Liu, Xiang-tao; Xie, Qing-ge

    2010-02-01

    Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against prion protein (PrP) are powerful tools for diagnosis and research in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Ten MAbs to recombinant/native cellular PrP (PrPc) in mammals were prepared with a simple method and identified in detail. Normal BALB/c mice were immunized with the recombinant bovine mature PrP (rbomPrP) and PrP27-30 (rboPrP27-30) expressed in Escherichia coli. The immunized splenocytes were fused with SP2/0 mouse myeloma cells, and positive hybridomas were selected by indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The characterizations of these MAbs, such as Ig, Ig subclass, titer, affinity index, specificity, epitopes recognized, and binding to recombinant/native PrPc of cattle, sheep, or human beings, were evaluated by Western blotting and indirect or sandwich ELISA. Ten MAbs could be divided into five groups depending on the results of indirect ELISA additivity test and their reaction to E. coli-expressed truncated-PrPs. Isotyping of the MAbs revealed that they belong to IgG1, IgG2a, and IgG2b subclass. Their indirect ELISA titers were between 10(3) and 10(6). Affinity constants were between 10(9) and 10(12) M(-1). Ten MAbs specifically reacted with the rbomPrP, without binding to prion-like protein Doppel and the lysates of E. coli. These MAbs could also respond to the recombinant mature PrP (rmPrP) of sheep and human beings. Also of interest was the ability of the MAbs to bind with dimer of rmPrP and PrP extracted from the brain tissue of cattle or sheep. We conclude that anti-PrP MAbs successfully prepared with a simple method could potentially be useful in mammalian prion research.

  17. A simple method for validation and verification of pipettes mounted on automated liquid handlers.

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    Stangegaard, Michael; Hansen, Anders J; Frøslev, Tobias G; Morling, Niels

    2011-10-01

    We have implemented a simple, inexpensive, and fast procedure for validation and verification of the performance of pipettes mounted on automated liquid handlers (ALHs) as necessary for laboratories accredited under ISO 17025. A six- or seven-step serial dilution of OrangeG was prepared in quadruplicates in a flat-bottom 96-well microtiter plate, manually using calibrated pipettes. Each pipette of the liquid handler (1-8) dispensed a selected volume (1-200 μL) of OrangeG eight times into the wells of the microtiter plate. All wells contained a total of 200 μL liquid. The absorbance was read, and the dispensed volume of each pipette was calculated based on a plot of volume and absorbance of a known set of OrangeG dilutions. Finally, the percent inaccuracy (%d) and the imprecision (%CV) of each pipette were calculated. Using predefined acceptance criteria, each pipette was then either approved or failed. Failed pipettes were either repaired or the volume deviation was compensated for by applying a calibration curve in the liquid-handler software. We have implemented the procedure on a Sias Xantus, an MWGt TheONYX, four Tecan Freedom EVO, a Biomek NX Span-8, and four Biomek 3000 robots, and the methods are freely available. In conclusion, we have set up a simple, inexpensive, and fast solution for the continuous validation of ALHs used for accredited work according to the ISO 17025 standard. The method is easy to use for aqueous solutions but requires a spectrophotometer that can read microtiter plates.

  18. A simple and valid method to determine thermoregulatory sweating threshold and sensitivity.

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    Cheuvront, Samuel N; Bearden, Shawn E; Kenefick, Robert W; Ely, Brett R; Degroot, David W; Sawka, Michael N; Montain, Scott J

    2009-07-01

    Sweating threshold temperature and sweating sensitivity responses are measured to evaluate thermoregulatory control. However, analytic approaches vary, and no standardized methodology has been validated. This study validated a simple and standardized method, segmented linear regression (SReg), for determination of sweating threshold temperature and sensitivity. Archived data were extracted for analysis from studies in which local arm sweat rate (m(sw); ventilated dew-point temperature sensor) and esophageal temperature (T(es)) were measured under a variety of conditions. The relationship m(sw)/T(es) from 16 experiments was analyzed by seven experienced raters (Rater), using a variety of empirical methods, and compared against SReg for the determination of sweating threshold temperature and sweating sensitivity values. Individual interrater differences (n = 324 comparisons) and differences between Rater and SReg (n = 110 comparisons) were evaluated within the context of biologically important limits of magnitude (LOM) via a modified Bland-Altman approach. The average Rater and SReg outputs for threshold temperature and sensitivity were compared (n = 16) using inferential statistics. Rater employed a very diverse set of criteria to determine the sweating threshold temperature and sweating sensitivity for the 16 data sets, but interrater differences were within the LOM for 95% (threshold) and 73% (sensitivity) of observations, respectively. Differences between mean Rater and SReg were within the LOM 90% (threshold) and 83% (sensitivity) of the time, respectively. Rater and SReg were not different by conventional t-test (P > 0.05). SReg provides a simple, valid, and standardized way to determine sweating threshold temperature and sweating sensitivity values for thermoregulatory studies.

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis of lutetium disilicate nanoparticles

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    Tang Xiaoping; Gao Yanfeng; Chen Hongfei; Luo Hongjie

    2012-04-15

    A simple, low-cost hydrothermal method was developed to synthesize irregular-and rod-shaped lutetium disilicate (Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}) powders with sizes ranging from 71 to 340 nm. The synthesis temperature was 260 Degree-Sign C, which is nearly 1300 Degree-Sign C lower than that required for the solid-state reaction. The results indicated that both the hydrothermal temperature and pH values had great influences on the composition, crystalline phase and morphology of the powders. The formation mechanism, basic thermophysical properties, stability and anticorrosion properties of the Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} powders were also investigated. The obtained powders possessed low thermal conductivity, a suitable thermal expansion coefficient (3.92-5.17 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1}) with the silicon-based substrate and excellent thermal and structural stability. During hot corrosion testing, the surfaces of the samples appeared to react with the water and molten salt vapors, but no serious failure occurred. - Graphical abstract: An image for the as-prepared Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} powders (left) and XRD pattern (right) (inset shows the SEM graph of powders). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We synthesized Lu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7} powders via a hydrothermal process at 260 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystalline phase and morphology of the powders changed with experimental parameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hot corrosion was determined in an airflow environment containing alkaline vapor.

  20. Application of simple digital methods in the treatment of hemorrhoid disease.

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    Hajdarevic, Braco; Slaku, Jasmina; Pandza, Haris; Salihefendic, Nizama; Hadziahmetovic, Zoran

    2009-01-01

    The treatment of patient with relapse of bleeding after application of minimally invasive treatment of hemorrhoidal disease such as elastic band ligation, cryosurgical treatment Hemorrhoidal Arterial Ligation (HAL) can be presented as serious clinical problem in patients with concomitant diseases that can be contraindication for radical surgical treatment. We compared the Simple Digital Method and standard above mentioned minimally invasive ambulatory treatment. We used special proctoscope with Doppler Flowmeter in order to identify all branches of hemorrhoidal artery in the anal canal creating graphical presentation using specially adapted software. HAL method is then used to perform ligation of hemorrhoidal artery branches. The elastic ligatures (called gummiligatures) are then applied to the piles in which most prominent flow was registered using Doppler Flowmeter. Antibiotic prophylaxis and sedation was administered preoperatively. Special computer program registered all steps. Hemorrhoidal ointments and paracetamol were used after surgical procedure. Average number of identified hemorrhoid arteries branches was six, and total duration of the procedure was in average 28 min. We compared patient treatment with our method and standard methods. In tested group we noticed significantly fewer complications (after eight days the number of complications 11% vs. 74%, p<0.001, after 15 days 3% vs. 11%: p=0.101). One year after procedure, the treatment was successful in 91.4%, or 32 out of 35 patients according to proctoscopy and Doppler Flowmeter exam. There were three patients with relapse of symptoms. In 77% of patients hat were treated with rubber bands ligation relapse occurred. Our method is significantly more successful in comparison to classical methods of ambulatory treatment and can be alternative to radical surgical treatment.

  1. A Simple Method to Replace Islet Equivalents for Volume Quantification of Human Islets.

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    Ramachandran, Karthik; Huang, Han-Hung; Stehno-Bittel, Lisa

    2015-01-01

    Human islets come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and the total volume of islets used for research or clinical transplants must be estimated in a manner that is simple and valid. Islet equivalent (IEQ) measurements are the standard estimate of islet volume. We published a new method (the Kansas method) for estimating rat islet volume using cell numbers that was reliable and valid. Here we modified the method for human islets. We measured the dimensions of isolated human islets showing that they are not spherical and became less so in larger islets, with an average smallest/largest diameter ratio of 0.73 in large islets and 0.85 in small islets. Human islets were individually loaded into 96-well plates, dissociated into single cells, and the total cell number per islet determined with computer-assisted cytometry. Based on the counted cell number per islet, a regression model was created to convert islet diameter to cell number with a high R(2) value (0.99). Separate regression equations for male and female donors or young and old donors were not significantly different than the pooled data and did not improve the regression values. There was an inverse correlation between the cell number per IEQ and islet size. The Kansas method was validated with ATP/cell and cell viability data. Compared to the actual cell count, conventional IEQ measurements overestimated tissue volume of large islets by nearly double. Examples of differences in results obtained from the same data sets normalized to IEQ or the Kansas method included viability and insulin secretion concentrations. The implications of the error associated with the current IEQ method of volume estimation are discussed.

  2. Simple optical method of qualitative assessment of sperm motility: preliminary results

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    Sozanska, Agnieszka; Kolwas, Krystyna; Galas, Jacek; Blocki, Narcyz; Czyzewski, Adam

    2005-09-01

    The examination of quality of the sperm ejaculate is one of the most important steps in artificial fertilization procedure. The main aim of semen storage centres is to characterise the best semen quality for fertilization. Reliable information about sperm motility is also one the most important parameters for in vitro laboratory procedures. There exist very expensive automated methods for semen analysis but they are unachievable for most of laboratories and semen storage centres. Motivation for this study is to elaborate a simple, cheap, objective and repeatable method for semen motility assessment. The method enables to detect even small changes in motility introduced by medical, physical or chemical factors. To test the reliability of the method we used cryopreserved bull semen from Lowicz Semen Storage Centre. The examined sperm specimen was warmed in water bath and then centrifuged. The best semen was collected by the swim-up technique and diluted to a proper concentration. Several semen concentrations and dilutions were tested in order to find the best probe parameters giving repeatable results. For semen visualization we used the phase-contrast microscope with a CCD camera. A PC computer was used to acquire and to analyse the data. The microscope table equipped with a microscope glass pool 0.7mm deep instead of some conventional plane microscope slides was stabilised at the temperature of 37°C. The main idea of our method is based on a numerical processing of the optical contrast of the sperm images which illustrates the dynamics of the sperm cells movement and on appropriate analysis of a grey scale level of the superimposed images. An elaborated numerical algorithm allows us to find the relative amount of motile sperm cells. The proposed method of sperm motility assessment seems to be objective and repeatable.

  3. Deployment Analysis of a Simple Tape-Spring Hinge Using Probabilistic Methods

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    Lyle, Karen H.; Horta, Lucas G.

    2012-01-01

    Acceptance of new deployable structures architectures and concepts requires validated design methods to minimize the expense involved with technology validation flight testing. Deployable concepts for large lightweight spacecraft include booms, antennae, and masts. This paper explores the implementation of probabilistic methods in the design process for the deployment of a strain-energy mechanism, specifically a simple tape-spring hinge. Strain-energy mechanisms are attractive for deployment in very lightweight systems because they do not require the added mass and complexity associated with motors and controllers. However, designers are hesitant to include free deployment, strain-energy mechanisms because of the potential for uncontrolled behavior. In the example presented here, the tapespring cross-sectional dimensions have been varied and a target displacement during deployment has been selected as the design metric. Specifically, the tape-spring should reach the final position in the shortest time with the minimal amount of overshoot and oscillations. Surrogate models have been used to reduce computational expense. Parameter values to achieve the target response have been computed and used to demonstrate the approach. Based on these results, the application of probabilistic methods for design of a tape-spring hinge has shown promise as a means of designing strain-energy components for more complex space concepts.

  4. A simple method for astigmatic compensation of folded resonator without Brewster window.

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    Qiao, Wen; Xiaojun, Zhang; Yonggang, Wang; Liqun, Sun; Hanben, Niu

    2014-02-10

    A folded resonator requires an oblique angle of incidence on the folded curved mirror, which introduces astigmatic distortions that limit the performance of the lasers. We present a simple method to compensate the astigmatism of folded resonator without Brewster windows for the first time to the best of our knowledge. Based on the theory of the propagation and transformation of Gaussian beams, the method is both effective and reliable. Theoretical results show that the folded resonator can be compensated astigmatism completely when the following two conditions are fulfilled. Firstly, when the Gaussian beam with a determined size beam waist is obliquely incident on an off-axis concave mirror, two new Gaussian beam respectively in the tangential and sagittal planes are formed. Another off-axis concave mirror is located at another intersection point of the two new Gaussian beams. Secondly, adjusting the incident angle of the second concave mirror or its focal length can make the above two Gaussian beam coincide in the image plane of the second concave mirror, which compensates the astigmatic aberration completely. A side-pumped continues-wave (CW) passively mode locked Nd:YAG laser was taken as an example of the astigmatically compensated folded resonators. The experimental results show good agreement with the theoretical predictions. This method can be used effectively to design astigmatically compensated cavities resonator of high-performance lasers.

  5. A simple method for short-term controlled anesthesia in newborn mice.

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    Drobac, Estelle; Durand, Estelle; Laudenbach, Vincent; Mantz, Jean; Gallego, Jorge

    2004-09-15

    In this study, we describe a simple and inexpensive method for inducing short-term anesthesia and rapid recovery in newborn mice. Litters of Swiss mice pups were randomly allocated to testing on postnatal days 2, 5, and 8. Anesthesia was induced by placing the pup in a syringe and adding a volume of isoflurane-saturated gas that produced an estimated level of 32% isoflurane. Exposure to isoflurane lasted 30 s. All the pups survived the anesthesia. At all study ages, this method abolished the nociceptive response to tail clamp without inducing mortality, thus showing effective anesthesia. Recovery from anesthesia was assessed immediately after isoflurane exposure, based on two nonnoxious behavioral tests: the defensive response to a drop of water (10 tests, 1 min apart) and 10 min later the righting reflex, i.e., the time to recovery of the prone position (five tests, 10 min apart). The water drop test scores increased during the recovery phase toward the control values in all age groups. Treatment and time had no significant effect on righting reflex scores. The initial volume in the syringe, the volume of added isoflurane-saturated gas, and the duration of exposure may be adjusted according to postnatal age and specific strains or species (e.g., rats). This method is well suited to behavioral or physiological phenotype studies in developing mice, in which noxious procedures must precede functional testing, making rapid recovery from anesthesia a key requirement.

  6. A simple, fast and sensitive screening LC-ESI-MS/MS method for antibiotics in fish.

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    Guidi, Letícia Rocha; Santos, Flávio Alves; Ribeiro, Ana Cláudia S R; Fernandes, Christian; Silva, Luiza H M; Gloria, Maria Beatriz A

    2017-01-15

    The objective of this study was to develop and validate a fast, sensitive and simple liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for the screening of six classes of antibiotics (aminoglycosides, beta-lactams, macrolides, quinolones, sulfonamides and tetracyclines) in fish. Samples were extracted with trichloroacetic acid. LC separation was achieved on a Zorbax Eclipse XDB C18 column and gradient elution using 0.1% heptafluorobutyric acid in water and acetonitrile as mobile phase. Analysis was carried out in multiple reaction monitoring mode via electrospray interface operated in the positive ionization mode, with sulfaphenazole as internal standard. The method was suitable for routine screening purposes of 40 antibiotics, according to EC Guidelines for the Validation of Screening Methods for Residues of Veterinary Medicines, taking into consideration threshold value, cut-off factor, detection capability, limit of detection, sensitivity and specificity. Real fish samples (n=193) from aquaculture were analyzed and 15% were positive for enrofloxacin (quinolone), one of them at a higher concentration than the level of interest (50µgkg(-1)), suggesting possible contamination or illegal use of that antibiotic.

  7. A simple method for calculating growth rates of petroleum hydrocarbon plumes

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    Bekins, B.A.; Cozzarelli, I.M.; Curtis, G.P.

    2005-01-01

    Consumption of aquifer Fe(III) during biodegradation of ground water contaminants may result in expansion of a contaminant plume, changing the outlook for monitored natural attenuation. Data from two research sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons show that toluene and xylenes degrade under methanogenic conditions, but the benzene and ethylbenzene plumes grow as aquifer Fe(III) supplies are depleted. By considering a one-dimensional reaction front in a constant unidirectional flow field, it is possible to derive a simple expression for the growth rate of a benzene plume. The method balances the mass flux of benzene with the Fe(III) content of the aquifer, assuming that the biodegradation reaction is instantaneous. The resulting expression shows that the benzene front migration is retarded relative to the ground water velocity by a factor that depends on the concentrations of hydrocarbon and bioavailable Fe(III). The method provides good agreement with benzene plumes at a crude oil study site in Minnesota and a gasoline site in South Carolina. Compared to the South Carolina site, the Minnesota site has 25% higher benzene flux but eight times the Fe(III), leading to about one-sixth the expansion rate. Although it was developed for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes, the growth-rate estimation method may have applications to contaminant plumes from other persistent contaminant sources. Copyright ?? 2005 National Ground Water Association.

  8. A simple method for Alexa Fluor dye labelling of dengue virus.

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    Zhang, Summer Li-Xin; Tan, Hwee-Cheng; Hanson, Brendon J; Ooi, Eng Eong

    2010-08-01

    Dengue virus causes frequent and cyclical epidemics throughout the tropics, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality rates. There is neither a specific antiviral treatment nor a vaccine to prevent epidemic transmission. The lack of a detailed understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease complicates these efforts. The development of methods to probe the interaction between the virus and host cells would thus be useful. Direct fluorescence labelling of virus would facilitate the visualization of the early events in virus-cell interaction. This report describes a simple method of labelling of dengue virus with Alexa Fluor succinimidyl ester dye dissolved directly in the sodium bicarbonate buffer that yielded highly viable virus after labelling. Alexa Fluor dyes have superior photostability and are less pH-sensitive than the common dyes, such as fluorescein and rhodamine, making them ideal for studies on cellular uptake and endosomal transport of the virus. The conjugation of Alexa Fluor dye did not affect the recognition of labelled dengue virus by virus-specific antibody and its putative receptors in host cells. This method could have useful applications in virological studies.

  9. A simple method to account for natural selection when predicting inbreeding depression.

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    García-Dorado, Aurora

    2008-11-01

    It has been widely appreciated that natural selection opposes the progress of inbreeding in small populations, thus limiting the actual inbreeding depression for fitness traits. However, no method to account for the consequences of this process has been given so far. I give a simple and intuitive method to predict inbreeding depression, taking into account the increase in selection efficiency against recessive alleles during inbreeding. It is based on the use of a "purged inbreeding coefficient" g(t) that accounts for the reduction of the probability of the deleterious homozygotes caused by the excess d of detrimental effect for deleterious alleles in the homozygous condition over its additive expectation. It is shown that the effect of purging can be important even for relatively small populations. For between-loci variable deleterious effects, accurate predictions can be obtained using the effective homozygous deleterious excess d(e), which can be estimated experimentally and is robust against variation of the ancestral effective population size. The method can be extended to any trait and it is used to predict the evolution of the mean viability or fecundity in a conservation program with equal or random family contributions.

  10. A Simple HPLC-UV Method for the Determination of Glutathione in PC-12 Cells

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    Appala, Raju N.; Appala, Raju V. V. S. S.

    2016-01-01

    A highly sensitive and simple HPLC-UV method was developed and validated for the assay of glutathione (GSH) in PC-12 cells. Glutathione is a major intracellular antioxidant having multiple biological effects, best known for its cytoprotective effects against cell damage from reactive oxygen species and toxic reactive metabolites and regulating the cellular redox homeostasis. Due to its own sulfhydryl (SH) group, GSH readily reacts with Ellman's reagent to form a stable dimer which allows for quantitative estimation of GSH in biological systems by UV detection. The separation was achieved using a C8 column with a mobile phase consisting of phosphate buffer adjusted to pH 2.5 (mobile phase A) and acetonitrile (mobile phase B), running in a segmented gradient manner at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min, and UV detection was performed at 280 nm. The developed HPLC-UV method was validated with respect to precision, accuracy, robustness, and linearity within a range of 1–20 μg/mL. Limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) were 0.05 and 0.1 μg/mL, respectively. Furthermore, the method shows the applicability for monitoring the oxidative stress in PC-12 cells. PMID:27127683

  11. A simple and accurate resist parameter extraction method for sub-80-nm DRAM patterns

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    Lee, Sook; Hwang, Chan; Park, Dong-Woon; Kim, In-Sung; Kim, Ho-Chul; Woo, Sang-Gyun; Cho, Han-Ku; Moon, Joo-Tae

    2004-05-01

    Due to the polarization effect of high NA lithography, the consideration of resist effect in lithography simulation becomes increasingly important. In spite of the importance of resist simulation, many process engineers are reluctant to consider resist effect in lithography simulation due to time-consuming procedure to extract required resist parameters and the uncertainty of measurement of some parameters. Weiss suggested simplified development model, and this model does not require the complex kinetic parameters. For the device fabrication engineers, there is a simple and accurate parameter extraction and optimizing method using Weiss model. This method needs refractive index, Dill"s parameters and development rate monitoring (DRM) data in parameter extraction. The parameters extracted using referred sequence is not accurate, so that we have to optimize the parameters to fit the critical dimension scanning electron microscopy (CD SEM) data of line and space patterns. Hence, the FiRM of Sigma-C is utilized as a resist parameter-optimizing program. According to our study, the illumination shape, the aberration and the pupil mesh point have a large effect on the accuracy of resist parameter in optimization. To obtain the optimum parameters, we need to find the saturated mesh points in terms of normalized intensity log slope (NILS) prior to an optimization. The simulation results using the optimized parameters by this method shows good agreement with experiments for iso-dense bias, Focus-Exposure Matrix data and sub 80nm device pattern simulation.

  12. A simple and rapid method for high-resolution visualization of single-ion tracks

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    Omichi, Masaaki; Choi, Wookjin; Sakamaki, Daisuke; Seki, Shu; Tsukuda, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Masaki

    2014-11-15

    Prompt determination of spatial points of single-ion tracks plays a key role in high-energy particle induced-cancer therapy and gene/plant mutations. In this study, a simple method for the high-resolution visualization of single-ion tracks without etching was developed through the use of polyacrylic acid (PAA)-N, N’-methylene bisacrylamide (MBAAm) blend films. One of the steps of the proposed method includes exposure of the irradiated films to water vapor for several minutes. Water vapor was found to promote the cross-linking reaction of PAA and MBAAm to form a bulky cross-linked structure; the ion-track scars were detectable at a nanometer scale by atomic force microscopy. This study demonstrated that each scar is easily distinguishable, and the amount of generated radicals of the ion tracks can be estimated by measuring the height of the scars, even in highly dense ion tracks. This method is suitable for the visualization of the penumbra region in a single-ion track with a high spatial resolution of 50 nm, which is sufficiently small to confirm that a single ion hits a cell nucleus with a size ranging between 5 and 20 μm.

  13. A simple method for calculating growth rates of petroleum hydrocarbon plumes.

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    Bekins, Barbara A; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M; Curtis, Gary P

    2005-01-01

    Consumption of aquifer Fe(III) during biodegradation of ground water contaminants may result in expansion of a contaminant plume, changing the outlook for monitored natural attenuation. Data from two research sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons show that toluene and xylenes degrade under methanogenic conditions, but the benzene and ethylbenzene plumes grow as aquifer Fe(III) supplies are depleted. By considering a one-dimensional reaction front in a constant unidirectional flow field, it is possible to derive a simple expression for the growth rate of a benzene plume. The method balances the mass flux of benzene with the Fe(III) content of the aquifer, assuming that the biodegradation reaction is instantaneous. The resulting expression shows that the benzene front migration is retarded relative to the ground water velocity by a factor that depends on the concentrations of hydrocarbon and bioavailable Fe(III). The method provides good agreement with benzene plumes at a crude oil study site in Minnesota and a gasoline site in South Carolina. Compared to the South Carolina site, the Minnesota site has 25% higher benzene flux but eight times the Fe(III), leading to about one-sixth the expansion rate. Although it was developed for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes, the growth-rate estimation method may have applications to contaminant plumes from other persistent contaminant sources.

  14. RESEARCH NOTE: A simple method of representing azimuthal anisotropy on a sphere

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    Ekström, Göran

    2006-05-01

    We describe a method of expressing azimuthally anisotropic surface wave velocities on the Earth using a local and smooth spherical-spline parametrization. Anisotropy in the Earth leads to azimuthally varying Love and Rayleigh wave velocities that can be expressed as (cos2ζ, sin2ζ) and (cos4ζ, sin4ζ) perturbations to the isotropic velocities, where ζ is the direction of surface-wave propagation. The strength of the perturbations varies laterally, and a current goal of seismic tomography is the detailed global mapping of these variations. Several parametrizations have previously been used to describe azimuthally varying velocities. The representation proposed here uses spherical splines and is designed to describe smooth variations in both the strength and geometry of azimuthal anisotropy. The method builds on a simple geometrical approximation for the local azimuth of propagation expressed at the defining spline knot points. It avoids the singularities at the poles that result when azimuthal variations are parametrized using traditional scalar spherical harmonics. Compared with a generalized spherical-harmonic expansion of the tensor fields that represent 2ζ and 4ζ azimuthal variations smoothly on a sphere, the new method offers the advantages of local geographical support and simplicity of implementation.

  15. A Simple and Non-Invasive Method for Nuclear Transformation of Intact-walled Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

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    Kim, Sora; Lee, Young-Chul; Cho, Dae-Hyun; Lee, Hyun Uk; Huh, Yun Suk; Kim, Geun-Joong; Kim, Hee-Sik

    2014-01-01

    Genetic engineering in microalgae is gaining attraction but nuclear transformation methods available so far are either inefficient or require special equipment. In this study, we employ positively charged nanoparticles, 3-aminopropyl-functionalized magnesium phyllosilicate (aminoclay, approximate unit cell composition of [H2N(CH2)3]8Si8Mg6O12(OH)4), for nuclear transformation into eukaryotic microalgae. TEM and EDX analysis of the process of transformation reveals that aminoclay coats negatively-charged DNA biomolecules and forms a self-assembled hybrid nanostructure. Subsequently, when this nanostructure is mixed with microalgal cells and plated onto selective agar plates with high friction force, cell wall is disrupted facilitating delivery of plasmid DNA into the cell and ultimately to the nucleus. This method is not only simple, inexpensive, and non-toxic to cells but also provides efficient transformation (5.03×102 transformants/µg DNA), second only to electroporation which needs advanced instrumentation. We present optimized parameters for efficient transformation including pre-treatment, friction force, concentration of foreign DNA/aminoclay, and plasticity of agar plates. It is also confirmed the successful integration and stable expression of foreign gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii through molecular methods. PMID:24988123

  16. A simple identification method for vaginal secretions using relative quantification of Lactobacillus DNA.

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    Doi, Masanori; Gamo, Shinsuke; Okiura, Tatsuyuki; Nishimukai, Hiroaki; Asano, Migiwa

    2014-09-01

    In criminal investigations there are some cases in which identifying the presence of vaginal secretions provides crucial evidence in proving sexual assault. However, there are no methods for definitively identifying vaginal secretions. In the present study, we focused on Lactobacillus levels in vaginal secretions and developed a novel identification method for vaginal secretions by relative quantification based on real time PCR. We designed a Lactobacillus conserved region primer pair (LCP) by aligning 16S rRNA gene sequences from major vaginal Lactobacillus species (Lactobacillus crispatus, Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus iners and Lactobacillus jensenii), and selected the human specific primer pair (HSP) as an endogenous control for relative quantification. As a result, the ΔCt (ΔCt=Ct[LCP]-Ct[HSP]) values of vaginal secretions (11 out of 12 samples) were significantly lower than those of saliva, semen and skin surface samples, and it was possible to discriminate between vaginal secretions and other body fluids. For the one remaining sample, it was confirmed that the predominant species in the microflora was not of the Lactobacillus genus. The ΔCt values in this study were calculated when the total DNA input used from the vaginal secretions was 10pg or more. Additionally, the ΔCt values of samples up to 6-months-old, which were kept at room temperature, remained unchanged. Thus, we concluded in this study that the simple ΔCt method by real time PCR is a useful tool for detecting the presence of vaginal secretions.

  17. A simple method for locating the fresh water-salt water interface using pressure data.

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    Kim, Kue-Young; Chon, Chul-Min; Park, Ki-Hwa

    2007-01-01

    Salt water intrusion is a key issue in dealing with exploitation, restoration, and management of fresh ground water in coastal aquifers. Constant monitoring of the fresh water-salt water interface is necessary for proper management of ground water resources. This study presents a simple method to estimate the depth of the fresh water-salt water interface in coastal aquifers using two sets of pressure data obtained from the fresh and saline zones within a single borehole. This method uses the density difference between fresh water and saline water and can practically be used at coastal aquifers that have a relatively sharp fresh water-salt water interface with a thin transition zone. The proposed method was applied to data collected from a coastal aquifer on Jeju Island, Korea, to estimate the variations in the depth of the interface. The interface varied with daily tidal fluctuations and heavy rainfall in the rainy season. The estimated depth of the interface showed a good agreement with the measured electrical conductivity profile.

  18. A simple and immediate method for simultaneously evaluating expression level and plasmid maintenance in yeast.

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    Ishii, Jun; Izawa, Keiko; Matsumura, Shizuka; Wakamura, Kanako; Tanino, Takanori; Tanaka, Tsutomu; Ogino, Chiaki; Fukuda, Hideki; Kondo, Akihiko

    2009-06-01

    To allow the comprehensive assessments of yeast expression systems, a simple and immediate method for simultaneously evaluating the expression level and plasmid maintenance in yeast was demonstrated. This method uses green fluorescent protein (GFP) and flow cytometry (FCM) and is characterized by a dual analysis of the average intensity of GFP fluorescence and the population of GFP-expressing cells. The FCM analysis of GFP fluorescence intensity rapidly quantifies the expression level without complex manipulations, such as the enzymatic reaction of a lacZ reporter assay. Moreover, the single-cell analysis revealed that the proportion of cells expressing GFP in the cell cluster reflects the plasmid retention rate; therefore, the FCM analysis of the GFP-expressing population allows the immediate estimation of the plasmid retention rate without the 2- or 3-day incubation required for colony counting. We show that the FCM analysis with GFP reporter is a suitable method to explore the hopeful expression vector and host strain or establish the several expression systems exhibiting the characteristic properties in yeast.

  19. A simple DNA recombination screening method by RT-PCR as an alternative to Southern blot.

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    Albers, Eliene; Sbroggiò, Mauro; Martin-Gonzalez, Javier; Avram, Alexandra; Munk, Stephanie; Lopez-Contreras, Andres J

    2017-01-19

    The generation of genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs), including knock-out (KO) and knock-in (KI) models, often requires genomic screening of many mouse ES cell (mESC) clones by Southern blot. The use of large targeting constructs facilitates the recombination of exogenous DNA in a specific genomic locus, but limits the detection of its correct genomic integration by standard PCR methods. Genomic Long Range PCR (LR-PCR), using primers adjacent to the homology arms, has been used as an alternative to radioactive-based Southern blot screenings. However, LR-PCRs are often difficult and render many false positive and false negative results. Here, we propose an alternative screening method based on the detection of a genetic modification at the mRNA level, which we successfully optimized in two mouse models. This screening method consists of a reverse-transcription PCR (RT-PCR) using primers that match exons flanking the targeting construct. The detection of the expected modification in this PCR product confirms the integration at the correct genomic location and shows that the mutant mRNA is expressed. This is a simple and sensitive strategy to screen locus-specific recombination of targeting constructs which can also be useful to screen KO and KI mutant mice or cell lines including those generated by CRISPR/Cas9.

  20. A simple DNA coprecipitation method for the detection of diatoms in heart blood.

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    Seo, Yasuhisa; Sato, Shingo; Kuroki, Kohji; Kishida, Tetsuko

    2013-10-10

    We developed a method for detecting and enumerating diatoms in the heart blood of drowning victims and evaluate its utility for diagnosing death by drowning. For purification of diatoms from blood, the DNA binding ability of the diatom frustule in the presence of a chaotropic agent was utilized. The procedure is basically the same as the commonly used method for DNA purification from blood using Proteinase K treatment and denaturation by a chaotropic agent. DNA adsorbed to the diatom (DNA/diatom complex) is recovered by ethanol precipitation, and the DNA is subsequently digested using DNase. Purified diatoms could be clearly observed under a microscope. Diatoms spiked in the blood of non-drowned cadavers (n=15) were well recovered, and were detected in heart blood from all drowning victims (n=22). The mean number of diatoms found in 5 ml of blood from drowning victims was 7.8±5.8 (mean±SD), and the number of diatoms detected in the blood of the left ventricle (6.1±5.8) was approximately two times higher than that of the right ventricle (3.0±2.7, p<0.05). These results suggest that this simple and safe method can become an effective tool for diagnosing the cause of death as drowning.