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  1. Enrichment of hydrogen isotopes while decomposition of alkali metal amalgams (Preprint No. CA-11)

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    Sodium amalgam was prepared by electrolyzing caustic soda solution in a cell with flowing mercury as cathode. On decomposition of amalgam with aqueous sodium hydroxide solution in a denuder column packed with graphite pieces, the resultant hydrogen gas was depleted in deuterium. The alkali solution was enriched in deuterium content. The separation of the isotopes of some amalgam forming metals while decomposition of the amalgam of these metals with water has already been described. The separation is due to differential reaction rates of alkali metal amalgams with water containing light and heavy isotopes of hydrogen. However in the present investigation, the separation factor obtained is considerably higher than earlier reported due to possible chemical exchange between resultant hydrogen and the alkali metal hydroxide in presence of graphite surface and/or exchange of water with nascent hydrogen catalysed by OH- ions. (author). 18 refs., 3 tabs., 1 fig

  2. Alkali metal ionization detector

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    Bauerle, James E.; Reed, William H.; Berkey, Edgar

    1978-01-01

    Variations in the conventional filament and collector electrodes of an alkali metal ionization detector, including the substitution of helical electrode configurations for either the conventional wire filament or flat plate collector; or, the substitution of a plurality of discrete filament electrodes providing an in situ capability for transferring from an operationally defective filament electrode to a previously unused filament electrode without removing the alkali metal ionization detector from the monitored environment. In particular, the helical collector arrangement which is coaxially disposed about the filament electrode, i.e. the thermal ionizer, provides an improved collection of positive ions developed by the filament electrode. The helical filament design, on the other hand, provides the advantage of an increased surface area for ionization of alkali metal-bearing species in a monitored gas environment as well as providing a relatively strong electric field for collecting the ions at the collector electrode about which the helical filament electrode is coaxially positioned. Alternatively, both the filament and collector electrodes can be helical. Furthermore, the operation of the conventional alkali metal ionization detector as a leak detector can be simplified as to cost and complexity, by operating the detector at a reduced collector potential while maintaining the sensitivity of the alkali metal ionization detector adequate for the relatively low concentration of alkali vapor and aerosol typically encountered in leak detection applications.

  3. Methods of recovering alkali metals

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    Krumhansl, James L; Rigali, Mark J

    2014-03-04

    Approaches for alkali metal extraction, sequestration and recovery are described. For example, a method of recovering alkali metals includes providing a CST or CST-like (e.g., small pore zeolite) material. The alkali metal species is scavenged from the liquid mixture by the CST or CST-like material. The alkali metal species is extracted from the CST or CST-like material.

  4. Hydrothermal alkali metal recovery process

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    Wolfs, Denise Y.; Clavenna, Le Roy R.; Eakman, James M.; Kalina, Theodore

    1980-01-01

    In a coal gasification operation or similar conversion process carried out in the presence of an alkali metal-containing catalyst wherein solid particles containing alkali metal residues are produced, alkali metal constituents are recovered from the particles by treating them with a calcium or magnesium-containing compound in the presence of water at a temperature between about 250.degree. F. and about 700.degree. F. and in the presence of an added base to establish a pH during the treatment step that is higher than would otherwise be possible without the addition of the base. During the treating process the relatively high pH facilitates the conversion of water-insoluble alkali metal compounds in the alkali metal residues into water-soluble alkali metal constituents. The resultant aqueous solution containing water-soluble alkali metal constituents is then separated from the residue solids, which consist of the treated particles and any insoluble materials formed during the treatment step, and recycled to the gasification process where the alkali metal constituents serve as at least a portion of the alkali metal constituents which comprise the alkali metal-containing catalyst. Preferably, the base that is added during the treatment step is an alkali metal hydroxide obtained by water washing the residue solids produced during the treatment step.

  5. Upgrading platform using alkali metals

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    Gordon, John Howard

    2014-09-09

    A process for removing sulfur, nitrogen or metals from an oil feedstock (such as heavy oil, bitumen, shale oil, etc.) The method involves reacting the oil feedstock with an alkali metal and a radical capping substance. The alkali metal reacts with the metal, sulfur or nitrogen content to form one or more inorganic products and the radical capping substance reacts with the carbon and hydrogen content to form a hydrocarbon phase. The inorganic products may then be separated out from the hydrocarbon phase.

  6. Alkali metal and alkali earth metal gadolinium halide scintillators

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    Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Derenzo, Stephen E.; Parms, Shameka; Porter-Chapman, Yetta D.; Wiggins, Latoria K.

    2016-08-02

    The present invention provides for a composition comprising an inorganic scintillator comprising a gadolinium halide, optionally cerium-doped, having the formula A.sub.nGdX.sub.m:Ce; wherein A is nothing, an alkali metal, such as Li or Na, or an alkali earth metal, such as Ba; X is F, Br, Cl, or I; n is an integer from 1 to 2; m is an integer from 4 to 7; and the molar percent of cerium is 0% to 100%. The gadolinium halides or alkali earth metal gadolinium halides are scintillators and produce a bright luminescence upon irradiation by a suitable radiation.

  7. Corrosion by the Alkali Metals

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    This is a review of the state of the art of corrosion testing of materials by the alkali metals, the models proposed to explain the observed corrosion results, and the status of materials selection for application in alkali metal-cooled systems. Corrosion of structural and fuel cladding materials by liquid Na and NaK has been studied intensively, but intermittently for the last 18 years. These studies and the liquid-metal-cooled reactors in operation demonstrate that stainless steels can be considered for structural and cladding applications below 650°C. Above this temperature increased corrosion and radiation-induced embrittlement make them unsatisfactory. Corrosion models are reviewed and their inability to explain all the experimental observations discussed. An alternate model is proposed which qualitatively is in agreement with experimental observations. In this model, the rate-controlling step is either the surface reaction of Fe with ''available oxygen'' (dissolved Na2O) to form an Fe-O-Na complex or the rate at which ''available oxygen'' can reach the surface to form the complex; which process is rate controlling depends on the temperature, Na velocity and oxygen concentration in the Na. The solution chemistry of oxygen, carbon and alkali metal-oxygen-transition metal complexes dissolved in the alkali metals is reviewed. ''Molecular'' complexes appear unlikely to exist in solution in the alkali metals, although the thermodynamic tendencies for them to form suggest that stable bonds exist in solution between oxygen, the transition and the alkali metals. The insolubility of carbon in ''oxygen-free'' sodium indicates that carbon transfer may be associated with oxygen in sodium down to very low oxygen levels, although experimental data do not generally confirm this postulate. Corrosion of refractory metals by boiling alkali metals at temperatures above 1000°C is markedly affected by impurities in either the liquid or refractory metal; the addition of Ti, Zr or

  8. Alkali and transition metal phospholides

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    Major tendencies in modern chemistry of alkali and transition metal phospholides (phosphacyclopentadienides) are systematized, analyzed and generalized. Basic methods of synthesis of these compounds are presented. Their chemical properties are considered with a special focus on their complexing ability. Potential applications of phospholides and their derivatives are discussed. The bibliography includes 184 references

  9. Separation of stable isotopes of alkali and alkaline earth metals in chemical exchange systems with crown ethers

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    Chemical isotope exchange in two-phase water - organic systems Men+ (water) - MeLn+ (org), where Me = Li, Ca, K, Mg; L = crown ethers with 5 to 6 oxygen atoms in macrocyclic ring; org = CHCl3, CH2Cl2 has been studied. The process of isotope separation has been realized by extraction chromatography. The chromatographic column contained a fixed aqueous phase. The organic solution of metal complex with crown ether was eluted through the column. On contact with the fixed aqueous phase in the course of chromatography, metal salt reextraction occurred and interphase isotope exchange between aqueous and organic phases resulted. Isotope separation factors in these systems were in the range of: 1.0032 - 1.020 (6Li/7Li), 1.0016 - 1.0038 (40Ca/44Ca), 1.0007 - 1.0011 (39K/41K), 1.0014 - 1.0044 (24Mg/26Mg). The theoretical model has been proposed to interpret the high separation factors in crown ether extraction systems. According to this model, the potential in such systems has a very flat bottom. This type of potential results in weakening the force field and decreasing of β-factor (i.e., (s/s')f) in spite of comparatively high energy of complexation. This model can interpret both high separation factors and their strong dependence on the type of crown ether. (author)

  10. Alkali metal sources for OLED devices

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    Cattaneo, Lorena; Longoni, Giorgio; Bonucci, Antonio; Tominetti, Stefano

    2005-07-01

    In OLED organic layers electron injection is improved by using alkali metals as cathodes, to lower work function or, as dopants of organic layer at cathode interface. The creation of an alkali metal layer can be accomplished through conventional physical vapor deposition from a heated dispenser. However alkali metals are very reactive and must be handled in inert atmosphere all through the entire process. If a contamination takes place, it reduces the lithium deposition rate and also the lithium total yield in a not controlled way. An innovative alkali metal dispensing technology has been developed to overcome these problems and ensure OLED alkali metal cathode reliability. The alkali Metal dispenser, called Alkamax, will be able to release up to a few grams of alkali metals (in particular Li and Cs) throughout the adoption of a very stable form of the alkali metal. Lithium, for example, can be evaporated "on demand": the evaporation could be stopped and re-activated without losing alkali metal yield because the metal not yet consumed remains in its stable form. A full characterization of dispensing material, dispenser configuration and dispensing process has been carried out in order to optimize the evaporation and deposition dynamics of alkali metals layers. The study has been performed applying also inside developed simulations tools.

  11. Alkali-metal intercalation in carbon nanotubes

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    Béguin, F.; Duclaux, L.; Méténier, K.; Frackowiak, E.; Salvetat, J. P.; Conard, J.; Bonnamy, S.; Lauginie, P.

    1999-09-01

    We report on successful intercalation of multiwall (MWNT) and single wall (SWNT) carbon nanotubes with alkali metals by electrochemical and vapor phase reactions. A LiC10 compound was produced by full electrochemical reduction of MWNT. KC8 and CsC8-MWNT first stage derivatives were synthesized in conditions of alkali vapor saturation. Their identity periods and the 2×2 R 0° alkali superlattice are comparable to their parent graphite compounds. The dysonian shape of KC8 EPR line and the temperature-independent Pauli susceptibility are both characteristic of a metallic behavior, which was confirmed by 13C NMR anisotropic shifts. Exposure of SWNT bundles to alkali vapor led to an increase of the pristine triangular lattice from 1.67 nm to 1.85 nm and 1.87 nm for potassium and rubidium, respectively.

  12. Bioinorganic Chemistry of the Alkali Metal Ions.

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    Kim, Youngsam; Nguyen, Thuy-Tien T; Churchill, David G

    2016-01-01

    The common Group 1 alkali metals are indeed ubiquitous on earth, in the oceans and in biological systems. In this introductory chapter, concepts involving aqueous chemistry and aspects of general coordination chemistry and oxygen atom donor chemistry are introduced. Also, there are nuclear isotopes of importance. A general discussion of Group 1 begins from the prevalence of the ions, and from a comparison of their ionic radii and ionization energies. While oxygen and water molecule binding have the most relevance to biology and in forming a detailed understanding between the elements, there is a wide range of basic chemistry that is potentially important, especially with respect to biological chelation and synthetic multi-dentate ligand design. The elements are widely distributed in life forms, in the terrestrial environment and in the oceans. The details about the workings in animal, as well as plant life are presented in this volume. Important biometallic aspects of human health and medicine are introduced as well. Seeing as the elements are widely present in biology, various particular endogenous molecules and enzymatic systems can be studied. Sodium and potassium are by far the most important and central elements for consideration. Aspects of lithium, rubidium, cesium and francium chemistry are also included; they help in making important comparisons related to the coordination chemistry of Na(+) and K(+). Physical methods are also introduced. PMID:26860297

  13. Recovery of alkali metal constituents from catalytic coal conversion residues

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    Soung, W.Y.

    In a coal gasification operation (32) or similar conversion process carried out in the presence of an alkali metal-containing catalyst wherein particles containing alkali metal residues are produced, alkali metal constituents are recovered from the particles by contacting them with water or an aqueous solution to remove water-soluble alkali metal constituents and produce an aqueous solution enriched in said constituents. The aqueous solution thus produced is then contacted with carbon dioxide to precipitate silicon constituents, the pH of the resultant solution is increased, preferably to a value in the range between about 12.5 and about 15.0, and the solution of increased pH is evaporated to increase the alkali metal concentration. The concentrated aqueous solution is then recycled to the conversion process where the alkali metal constituents serve as at least a portion of the alkali metal constituents which comprise the alkali metal-containing catalyst.

  14. Alkali metals in fungi of forest soil

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    The high affinity of forest soil fungi for alkali metals such as potassium, rubidium, caesium as well as radiocaesium is shown and discussed. Good positive correlation was found between K: Rb concentration ratios in soil and in fungi, when correlation between K: Cs concentration ratios was less pronounced. (LN)

  15. Developments in alkali-metal atomic magnetometry

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    Seltzer, Scott Jeffrey

    Alkali-metal magnetometers use the coherent precession of polarized atomic spins to detect and measure magnetic fields. Recent advances have enabled magnetometers to become competitive with SQUIDs as the most sensitive magnetic field detectors, and they now find use in a variety of areas ranging from medicine and NMR to explosives detection and fundamental physics research. In this thesis we discuss several developments in alkali-metal atomic magnetometry for both practical and fundamental applications. We present a new method of polarizing the alkali atoms by modulating the optical pumping rate at both the linear and quadratic Zeeman resonance frequencies. We demonstrate experimentally that this method enhances the sensitivity of a potassium magnetometer operating in the Earth's field by a factor of 4, and we calculate that it can reduce the orientation-dependent heading error to less than 0.1 nT. We discuss a radio-frequency magnetometer for detection of oscillating magnetic fields with sensitivity better than 0.2 fT/ Hz , which we apply to the observation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals from polarized water, as well as nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) signals from ammonium nitrate. We demonstrate that a spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) magnetometer can measure all three vector components of the magnetic field in an unshielded environment with comparable sensitivity to other devices. We find that octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) acts as an anti-relaxation coating for alkali atoms at temperatures below 170°C, allowing them to collide with a glass surface up to 2,000 times before depolarizing, and we present the first demonstration of high-temperature magnetometry with a coated cell. We also describe a reusable alkali vapor cell intended for the study of interactions between alkali atoms and surface coatings. Finally, we explore the use of a cesium-xenon SERF comagnetometer for a proposed measurement of the permanent electric dipole moments (EDMs

  16. Coprecipitation of alkali metal ions with calcium carbonate

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    The coprecipitation of alkali metal ions Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+ with calcium carbonate has been studied experimentally and the following results have been obtained: (1) Alkali metal ions are more easily coprecipitated with aragonite than with calcite. (2) The relationship between the amounts of alkali metal ions coprecipitated with aragonite and their ionic radii shows a parabolic curve with a peak located at Na+ which has approximately the same ionic radius as Ca2+. (3) However, the amounts of alkali metal ions coprecipitated with calcite decrease with increasing ionic radius of alkali metals. (4) Our results support the hypothesis that (a) alkali metals are in interstitial positions in the crystal structure of calcite and do not substitute for Ca2+ in the lattice, but (b) in aragonite, alkali metals substitute for Ca2+ in the crystal structure. (5) Magnesium ions in the parent solution increase the amounts of alkali metal ions (Li+, Na+, K+ and Rb+) coprecipitated with calcite but decrease those with aragonite. (6) Sodium-bearing aragonite decreases the incorporation of other alkali metal ions (Li+, K+ and Rb+) into the aragonite. (author)

  17. Cathode architectures for alkali metal / oxygen batteries

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    Visco, Steven J; Nimon, Vitaliy; De Jonghe, Lutgard C; Volfkovich, Yury; Bograchev, Daniil

    2015-01-13

    Electrochemical energy storage devices, such as alkali metal-oxygen battery cells (e.g., non-aqueous lithium-air cells), have a cathode architecture with a porous structure and pore composition that is tailored to improve cell performance, especially as it pertains to one or more of the discharge/charge rate, cycle life, and delivered ampere-hour capacity. A porous cathode architecture having a pore volume that is derived from pores of varying radii wherein the pore size distribution is tailored as a function of the architecture thickness is one way to achieve one or more of the aforementioned cell performance improvements.

  18. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides.

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A; Svitlyk, V; Pomjakushina, E; Puzniak, R; Conder, K

    2016-07-27

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2-y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations. PMID:27248118

  19. Superconductivity in alkali metal intercalated iron selenides

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A.; Svitlyk, V.; Pomjakushina, E.; Puzniak, R.; Conder, K.

    2016-07-01

    Alkali metal intercalated iron selenide superconductors A x Fe2‑y Se2 (where A  =  K, Rb, Cs, Tl/K, and Tl/Rb) are characterized by several unique properties, which were not revealed in other superconducting materials. The compounds crystallize in overall simple layered structure with FeSe layers intercalated with alkali metal. The structure turned out to be pretty complex as the existing Fe-vacancies order below ~550 K, which further leads to an antiferromagnetic ordering with Néel temperature fairly above room temperature. At even lower temperatures a phase separation is observed. While one of these phases stays magnetic down to the lowest temperatures the second is becoming superconducting below ~30 K. All these effects give rise to complex relationships between the structure, magnetism and superconductivity. In particular the iron vacancy ordering, linked with a long-range magnetic order and a mesoscopic phase separation, is assumed to be an intrinsic property of the system. Since the discovery of superconductivity in those compounds in 2010 they were investigated very extensively. Results of the studies conducted using a variety of experimental techniques and performed during the last five years were published in hundreds of reports. The present paper reviews scientific work concerning methods of synthesis and crystal growth, structural and superconducting properties as well as pressure investigations.

  20. Study on alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) is a device to convert heat energy to electric energy directly. It is characterized by high conversion efficiencies (20-40%), high power densities (1 W/cm2), no moving parts, low maintenance requirements, high durability, and efficiency independent of size. Because of these merits, AMTEC is one of the most promising candidate for dispersed small scale power station, remote power station and aerospace power systems. In this paper, the theoretical and experimental studies on the thin film electrodes characteristics, power generating characteristics, cell efficiency, integral electrode with large current lead, porous metal current lead, series connected cells power generation, potassium AMTEC, wick return AMTEC and system analysis for space and grand use are reported. (J.P.N.) 79 refs

  1. High-Order Dispersion Coefficients for Alkali-metal Atoms

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    KANG Shuai; DING Chi-Kun; CHEN Chang-Yong; WU Xue-Qing

    2013-01-01

    High-order dispersion coefficients C9,C11,C12,and C13 for the ground-state alkali-metals were calculated by combining the l-dependent model potential of alkali-metal atoms and linear variation method based on B-spline basis functions.The results were compared.

  2. The structure of metallic complexes of polyacetylene with alkali metals

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    Baughman, R. H.; Murthy, N. S.; Miller, G. G.

    1983-07-01

    The crystal structures of sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium doped polyacetylene have been determined using crystal packing and x-ray diffraction analyses. Each of these metallic complexes is tetragonal, with the polyacetylene chains forming a host lattice in which the alkali metal ions are present in channels. Lithium appears to be too small to stabilize the channel structure and an amorphous structure is observed. Predicted unit cell parameters and x-ray diffraction intensities are in agreement with observed values. Similarities with the alkali metal doped graphite suggest that hybridization between carbon pz orbitals and metal s orbitals occurs. Such hybridization is expected to result in a high conductivity component normal to the chain direction. On the other hand, direct overlap between polymer chains appears small, since alkali metal columns separate polymer chains. Compositions calculated for the channel structures (from meridional diffraction spacings, the intensity of equatorial diffraction lines, measured volume expansion, and distances in model complexes) all range from y=0.12 to 0.18 for (CHMy)x, where M is sodium, potassium, rubidium, or cesium.

  3. The Alkali Metal Interactions with MgO Nanotubes

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    Beheshtian, Javad [Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Bagheri, Zargham [Islamic Azad University, Islamshahr Branch, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kamfiroozi, M. [Islamic Azad University, Shiraz Branch, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-06-15

    Adsorption of alkali metals (Li, Na, and K) on the surface of magnesium oxide nanotubes (MgONTs) with different diameters was investigated using density functional theory. According to the obtained results, the most stable adsorption site was found to be atop the oxygen atom of the tube surface with adsorption energies in the range of .0.25 to .0.74 eV. HOMO-LUMO gap (E{sub g}) of the tubes dramatically decreases upon the adsorption of the alkali metals, resulting in enhancement of their electrical conductivity enhancement. The order of E{sub g} decrement caused by the metal adsorption is as follows: K > Na > Li. The results suggest that the MgONTs were transformed from semi-insulator to semiconductor upon the alkali metal adsorption. Increasing the tube diameter, the HOMO/LUMO gap of the pristine tube is enhanced and adsorption energies of the alkali metals are decreased

  4. The 4843 Alkali Metal Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    The 4843 AMSF has been used primarily to provide a centralized building to receive and store dangerous and mixed alkali metal waste, including sodium and lithium, which has been generated at the Fast Flux Test Facility and at various other Hanford Site operations that used alkali metals. Most of the dangerous and mixed alkali metal waste received consists of retired equipment from liquid sodium processes. The unit continues to store material. In general, only solid alkali metal waste that is water reactive is stored at the 4843 AMSF. The 4843 AMSF will be closed in a manner consistent with Ecology guidelines and regulations (WAC 173-303-610). The general closure procedure is detailed as follows

  5. Hall Determination of Atomic Radii of Alkali Metals

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    Houari, Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    I will propose here an alternative method for determining atomic radii of alkali metals based on the Hall measurements of their free electron densities and the knowledge of their crystal structure. (Contains 2 figures.)

  6. Fundamental study on alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina is a device to convert heat energy to electric energy directly. In this paper, the results of theoretical and experimental studies on AMTEC power generating characteristics, internal electrical resistances of single cell, and system analysis of AMTEC power generating systems are reported. This paper consists of 5 chapters, which are summarized as follows: In chapter 1, a theoretical explanation of AMTEC, a brief survey of the research and development history of AMTEC and a purpose of this paper are reported. In chapter 2, the properties of β''-alumina, preparations of thin film electrodes, and special attention points to be paid in handling of β''-alumina and film electrodes are reported. The AMTEC power generating characteristics of the tubular cells are also reported. In chapter 3, the experimental results of the disk type cells and the theoretical considerations about internal resistances are reported. The causes of electrode erosion are also reported. In chapter 4, the system analysis on AMTEC steam-turbine combined cycle for a dispersed power station and AMTEC power system for a aerospace power are reported. Chapter 5 summarizes major results achieved in the preceding four chapters as a concluding remark. (J.P.N.) 62 refs

  7. Phonon Dispersion Relations in Alkali Metals

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    It has been shown in this paper that the phonon dispersion curves of sodium in the [100], [110] and [111] symmetry directions can be explained well on the basis of a simple model, where one has to consider only central force constants between nearest and next nearest neighbours. The tangential force constant between the nearest neighbours is very much smaller as compared to the radial force constant, while for the next nearest neighbours the radial and tangential force constants are comparable. The calculation is carried out on the basis of the model suggested by de Launay, where it is shown that the conduction electrons exert a volume force for longitudinal modes. The stiffness constant of the electron gas is its bulk modulus which in de Launay's model is equal to the Cauchy discrepancy (C12-C14) for the cubic crystals. The three force constants α1, α2 and α1' can be determined from the measured elastic constants and the secular equation can be solved to give the dispersion curves. The dispersion curves have also been obtained using the calculated values of the bulk modulus of the electron gas after considering not only the exchange and correlation energies but also the Fermi kinetic energy. These also agree fairly well with experiment. The measured elastic constants as well as calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas indicate that the Cauchy relation C12 = C44 holds good approximately in alkali metals. This result is rather surprising as it requires that the interaction between the atoms be central in nature in spite of the metallic binding. A justification for this has been given by Cochran. A model with four force constants is being worked out. They can be determined from the three elastic constants and calculated bulk modulus of the electron gas. (author)

  8. On-chip fabrication of alkali-metal vapor cells utilizing an alkali-metal source tablet

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    We describe a novel on-chip microfabrication technique for the alkali-metal vapor cell of an optically pumped atomic magnetometer (OPAM), utilizing an alkali-metal source tablet (AMST). The newly proposed AMST is a millimeter-sized piece of porous alumina whose considerable surface area holds deposited alkali-metal chloride (KCl) and barium azide (BaN6), source materials that effectively produce alkali-metal vapor at less than 400 °C. Our experiments indicated that the most effective pore size of the AMST is between 60 and 170 µm. The thickness of an insulating glass spacer holding the AMST was designed to confine generated alkali metal to the interior of the vapor cell during its production, and an integrated silicon heater was designed to seal the device using a glass frit, melted at an optimum temperature range of 460–490 °C that was determined by finite element method thermal simulation. The proposed design and AMST were used to successfully fabricate a K cell that was then operated as an OPAM with a measured sensitivity of 50 pT. These results demonstrate that the proposed concept for on-chip microfabrication of alkali-metal vapor cells may lead to effective replacement of conventional glassworking approaches. (paper)

  9. Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure

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    Most studies of metals exposure focus on the heavy metals. There are many other metals (the transition, alkali and alkaline earth metals in particular) in common use in electronics, defense industries, emitted via combustion and which are naturally present in the environment, that have received limited attention in terms of human exposure. We analysed samples of whole blood (172), urine (173) and drinking water (172) for antimony, beryllium, bismuth, cesium, gallium, rubidium, silver, strontium, thallium, thorium and vanadium using ICPMS. In general most metals concentrations were low and below the analytical limit of detection with some high concentrations observed. Few factors examined in regression models were shown to influence biological metals concentrations and explained little of the variation. Further study is required to establish the source of metals exposures at the high end of the ranges of concentrations measured and the potential for any adverse health impacts in children. - This study has demonstrated exposure to alkali, alkali earth and transition metals in pregnant women with factors such as breastfeeding, fish oil use and diet affecting exposures

  10. Elucidation of transport mechanism and enhanced alkali ion transference numbers in mixed alkali metal-organic ionic molten salts.

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    Chen, Fangfang; Forsyth, Maria

    2016-07-28

    Mixed salts of Ionic Liquids (ILs) and alkali metal salts, developed as electrolytes for lithium and sodium batteries, have shown a remarkable ability to facilitate high rate capability for lithium and sodium electrochemical cycling. It has been suggested that this may be due to a high alkali metal ion transference number at concentrations approaching 50 mol% Li(+) or Na(+), relative to lower concentrations. Computational investigations for two IL systems illustrate the formation of extended alkali-anion aggregates as the alkali metal ion concentration increases. This tends to favor the diffusion of alkali metal ions compared with other ionic species in electrolyte solutions; behavior that has recently been reported for Li(+) in a phosphonium ionic liquid, thus an increasing alkali transference number. The mechanism of alkali metal ion diffusion via this extended coordination environment present at high concentrations is explained and compared to the dynamics at lower concentrations. Heterogeneous alkali metal ion dynamics are also evident and, somewhat counter-intuitively, it appears that the faster ions are those that are generally found clustered with the anions. Furthermore these fast alkali metal ions appear to correlate with fastest ionic liquid solvent ions. PMID:27375042

  11. Transport properties of alkali metal doped fullerides

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    We have studied the intercage interactions between the adjacent C60 cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C60 phonons. We considered a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. Coulomb repulsive parameter and the electron phonon coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, Tc, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C60 phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported Tc (20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. The importance of the present study, the pressure effect and normal state transport properties are calculated within the same model leading superconductivity

  12. Transport properties of alkali metal doped fullerides

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    Yadav, Daluram, E-mail: daluramyadav@gmail.com; Yadav, Nishchhal, E-mail: somyadav@gmail.com [School of studies in Physics, Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P) India (India)

    2015-07-31

    We have studied the intercage interactions between the adjacent C{sub 60} cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C{sub 60} phonons. We considered a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. Coulomb repulsive parameter and the electron phonon coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, T{sub c}, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C{sub 60} phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported T{sub c} (20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. The importance of the present study, the pressure effect and normal state transport properties are calculated within the same model leading superconductivity.

  13. Heat transfer characteristics of alkali metals flowing across tube banks

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    For the purpose of getting heat transfer coefficients of alkali metals flowing across tube banks at an acceptable level, we propose to use an inviscid-irrotational flow model, which is based on our flow visualization experiment. We show that the heat transfer coefficients obtained for the condition where only the test rod is heated in tube banks considerably differ from those obtained for the condition where all the rods are heated, because of interference between thick thermal boundary layers of alkali metals. We also confirm that the analytical values obtained by this flow model are in a reasonable agreement with experimental values. (author)

  14. Electron Mean-Free Paths in the Alkali Metals

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    Wertheim, G.K.; Riffe, D. Mark; Smith, N.V.; Citrin, P. H.

    1992-01-01

    Photoemission data in which the signal from the first atomic layer is well resolved from that of the bulk are used to determine accurately the kinetic-energy dependence of the inelastic-electron mean free path in the alkali metals. At the higher kinetic energies, the data are in very good agreement with the theory of Penn. Below about 10 eV, the mean free path in the heavier alkali metals drops markedly below the theoretical values. This is attributed to electron decay processes involvi...

  15. Aqueous alkali metal hydroxide insoluble cellulose ether membrane

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    Hoyt, H. E.; Pfluger, H. L. (Inventor)

    1969-01-01

    A membrane that is insoluble in an aqueous alkali metal hydroxide medium is described. The membrane is a resin which is a water-soluble C2-C4 hydroxyalkyl cellulose ether polymer and an insolubilizing agent for controlled water sorption, a dialytic and electrodialytic membrane. It is particularly useful as a separator between electrodes or plates in an alkaline storage battery.

  16. Structural models for alkali-metal complexes of polyacetylene

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    Murthy, N. S.; Shacklette, L. W.; Baughman, R. H.

    1990-02-01

    Structural models for a stage-2 complex are proposed for polyacetylene doped with less than about 0.1 potassium or rubidium atoms per carbon. These structures utilize as a basic motif an alkali-metal column surrounded by four planar-zig-zag polyacetylene chains, a structure found at the highest dopant levels. In the new stage-2 structures, each polyacetylene chain neighbors only one alkali-metal column, so the phase contains four polymer chains per alkali-metal column. Basic structural aspects for stage-1 and stage-2 structures are now established for both potassium- and rubidium-doped polyacetylene. X-ray-diffraction and electrochemical data show that undoped and doped phases coexist at low dopant concentrations (<0.06 K atom per C). X-ray-diffraction data, down to a Bragg spacing of 1.3 Å, for polyacetylene heavily doped with potassium (0.125-0.167 K atom per C) is fully consistent with our previously proposed stage-1 tetragonal unit cell containing two polyacetylene chains per alkali-metal column. There is no evidence for our samples requiring a distortion to a monoclinic unit cell as reported by others for heavily doped samples. The nature of structural transformations and the relationship between structure and electronic properties are discussed for potassium-doped polyacetylene.

  17. Apparatus for use in a liquid alkali metal environment

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    Apparatus is described for use in a liquid alkali metal environment consisting of components having complementary bearing surfaces in which one of the components has a bearing surface of stainless steel and another of the components has an aluminised complementary bearing surface. Examples are given of the use of the invention in heat exchange apparatus in liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors; one example is in connection with the fuel subassembly in such a reactor. (U.K.)

  18. Metal Stable Isotopes in Paleoceanography

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    Anbar, Ariel D.; Rouxel, Olivier

    2007-05-01

    Considered esoteric only a few years ago, research into the stable isotope geochemistry of transition metals is moving into the geoscience mainstream. Although initial attention focused on the potential use of some of these nontraditional isotope systems as biosignatures, they are now emerging as powerful paleoceanographic proxies. In particular, the Fe and Mo isotope systems are providing information about changes in oxygenation and metal cycling in ancient oceans. Zn, Cu, Tl, and a number of other metals and metalloids also show promise. Here we review the basis of stable isotope fractionation as it applies to these elements, analytical considerations, and the current status and future prospects of this rapidly developing research area.

  19. Density functional study of ferromagnetism in alkali metal thin films

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    Prasenjit Sen

    2010-04-01

    Electronic and magnetic structures of (1 0 0) films of K and Cs, having thicknesses of one to seven layers, are calculated within the plane-wave projector augmented wave (PAW) formalism of the density functional theory (DFT), using both local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the PW91 generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Only a six-layer Cs film is found to have a ferromagnetic (FM) state which is degenerate with a paramagnetic (PM) state within the accuracy of these calculations. These results are compared with those obtained from calculations on a finite-thickness uniform jellium model (UJM), and it is argued that within LSDA or GGA, alkali metal thin films cannot be claimed to have an FM ground state. Relevance of these results to the experiments on transition metal-doped alkali metal thin films and bulk hosts are also discussed.

  20. Alkali Metal Coolants. Proceedings of the Symposium on Alkali Metal Coolants - Corrosion Studies and System Operating Experience

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    Proceedings of a Symposium organized by the IAEA and held in Vienna, 28 November - 2 December 1966. The meeting was attended by 107 participants from 16 countries and two international organizations. Contents: Review papers (2 papers); Corrosion of steels and metal alloys (6 papers); Mass transfer in alkali metal systems, behaviour of carbon (5 papers); Effects of sodium environment on mechanical properties of materials (3 papers); Effect of water leakage into sodium systems (2 papers); Design-and operation of testing apparatus (6 papers); Control, measurements and removal of impurities (13 papers); Corrosion by other alkali metals: NaK, K, Li, Cs (6 papers); Behaviour of fission products (3 papers). Each paper is in its original language (32 English, 6 French and 8 Russian) and is preceded by an abstract in English and one in the original language if this is not English. Discussions are in English. (author)

  1. Chemical compatibility of structural materials in alkali metals

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    The objectives of this task are to (a) evaluate the chemical compatibility of structural alloys such as V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloy and Type 316 stainless steel for application in liquid alkali metals such as lithium and sodium-78 wt.% potassium (NaK) at temperatures in the range that are of interest for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); (b) evaluate the transfer of nonmetallic elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen between structural materials and liquid metals; and (c) evaluate the effects of such transfers on the mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the materials for long-term service in liquid-metal-environments

  2. Chemical compatibility of structural materials in alkali metals

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    Natesan, K.; Rink, D.L.; Haglund, R. [Argonne National Lab., Chicago, IL (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    The objectives of this task are to (a) evaluate the chemical compatibility of structural alloys such as V-5 wt.%Cr-5 wt.%Ti alloy and Type 316 stainless steel for application in liquid alkali metals such as lithium and sodium-78 wt.% potassium (NaK) at temperatures in the range that are of interest for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER); (b) evaluate the transfer of nonmetallic elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen between structural materials and liquid metals; and (c) evaluate the effects of such transfers on the mechanical and microstructural characteristics of the materials for long-term service in liquid-metal-environments.

  3. 40 CFR 721.4663 - Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.4663 Fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts. (a) Chemical... fluorinated carboxylic acid alkali metal salts (PMNs P-95-979/980/981) are subject to reporting under...

  4. Synthesis, structure peculiarities and electric conductivity of alkali metal-rare earth silicates (germanates)

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    The process of obtaining of rare earth-alkali metal silicates (germanates) is studied. The analysis of possibilities of structural disordering of alkaline cations in these structures is given. The interaction of the structure of different by the composition alkali alkali metal - rare earth silicates with electric conductivity values is shown

  5. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Alkali Metal Guanidinates

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    LUO,Yun-Jie; YAO,Ying-Ming; ZHANG,Yong; SHEN,Qi

    2007-01-01

    Reactions of 1,3-diisopropylcarbodiimide with alkali metal amides,MN(SiMe3)2(M=Li or Na)in hexane or THF produced the alkali metal guanidinates{(j-PrN)2C[N(SiMe3)2]Li}2(1)and{(i-PrN)2C[N(SiMe3)2]Na(THF)}2(2)in nearly quantitative yields.Both complexes 1 and 2 were well characterized by elemental analysis,IR spectra,1H and 13C NMR spectra,and X-ray diffraction.It was found that the guanidinates adopt different coordination modes in these complexes.

  6. Polarizabilities and hyperpolarizabilities of the alkali metal atoms

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    Fuentealba, P. (Chile Univ., Santiago (Chile). Departamento de Fisica and Centro de Mecanica Cuantica Aplicada (CMCA)); Reyes, O. (Chile Univ., Santiago (Chile). Dept. de Fisica)

    1993-08-14

    The electric static dipole polarizability [alpha], quadrupole polarizability C, dipole-quadrupole polarizability B, and the second dipole hyperpolarizability [gamma] have been calculated for the alkali metal atoms in the ground state. The results are based on a pseudopotential which is able to incorporate the very important core-valence correlation effect through a core polarization potential, and, in an empirical way, the main relativistic effects. The calculated properties compare very well with more elaborated calculations for the Li atom, excepting the second hyperpolarizability [gamma]. For the other atoms, there is neither theoretical nor experimental information about most of the higher polarizabilities. Hence, the results of this paper should be seen as a first attempt to give a complete account of the series expansion of the interaction energy of an alkali metal atom and a static electric field. (author).

  7. Inner-shell excitation of alkali-metal atoms

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    Inner-shell excitation of alkali-metal atoms, which leads to auto-ionization, is reviewed. The validity of quantum mechanical approximation is analyzed and the importance of exchange and correlation is demonstrated. Basic difficulties in making accurate calculations for inner-shell excitation process are discussed. Suggestions are made for further study of inner-shell process in atoms and ions. (author). 26 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  8. Dissolution of metallic uranium in alkalis

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    The dissolution of U metallic foils has been studied in the framework of the development of an improved 99Mo-production process. The best conditions for the dissolution of uranium foils of approximately 150 μm are the following: a) NaClO concentrations of 0.20 and 0.23 M with NaOH of 0.27 and 0.31 M respectively; b) temperature of the solution, 70 C degrees; c) volume of the solution, 15 ml / cm2 of uranium foil; d) dissolution time, 30 minutes. (author)

  9. Efficient destruction of CF4 through in situ generation of alkali metals from heated alkali halide reducing mixtures.

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    Lee, Myung Churl; Choi, Wonyong

    2002-03-15

    Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) are the most potent green house gases that are very recalcitrant at destruction. An effective way of converting PFCs using hot solid reagents into safe products has been recently introduced. By investigating the thermal reductive destruction of tetrafluoromethane (CF4) we provided new insight and more physicochemical consideration on this novel process. The complete destruction of CF4was successfully achieved by flowing the gas through a heated reagent bed (400-950 degrees C) that contained powder mixtures of alkali halides, CaO, and Si. The silicon acted as a reducing agent of alkali halides for the in-situ production of alkali metals, and the calcium oxide played the role of a halide ion acceptor. The absence of any single component in this ternary mixture drastically reduced the destruction efficiency of CF4. The CF4 destruction efficiencies with the solid reagent containing the alkali halide, MX, increased in the order of Li approximately Na < K < Cs for alkali cations and I < Br < Cl < F for halide anions. This trend agreed with the endothermicity of the alkali metal generation reaction: the higher the endothermicity, the lower the destruction efficiency. Alkali metal generation was indirectly detected by monitoring H2 production from its reaction with water. The production of alkali metals increased with NaF, KF, and CsF in this order. The CsF/CaO/Si system exhibited the complete destruction of CF4 at as low as 600 degrees C. The solid product analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the formation of CaF2 and the depletion of Si with black carbon particles formed in the solid reagent residue. No CO/CO2 and toxic HF and SiF4 formation were detected in the exhaust gas. PMID:11944694

  10. Method for preparation of melts of alkali metal chlorides with highly volatile polyvalent metal chlorides

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    A method for production of alkali metal (Cs, Rb, K) chloride melts with highly volatile polyvalent metal chlorides is suggested. The method consists, in saturation of alkali metal chlorides, preheated to the melting point, by volatile component vapours (titanium tetrachloride, molybdenum or tantalum pentachloride) in proportion, corresponding to the composition reguired. The saturation is realized in an evacuated vessel with two heating areas for 1-1.5 h. After gradual levelling of temperature in both areas the product is rapidly cooled. 1 fig.; 1 tab

  11. Optical response of alkali metal atoms confined in nanoporous glass

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    We study the influence of optical radiation on adsorption and desorption processes of alkali metal atoms confined in nanoporous glass matrices. Exposure of the sample to near-IR or visible light changes the atomic distribution inside the glass nanopores, forcing the entire system to evolve towards a different state. This effect, due to both atomic photodesorption and confinement, causes the growth and evaporation of metastable nanoparticles. It is shown that, by a proper choice of light characteristics and pore size, these processes can be controlled and tailored, thus opening new perspectives for fabrication of nanostructured surfaces. (nanoobjects)

  12. Quasiparticle electronic band structure of the alkali metal chalcogenides

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The electronic energy band spectra of the alkali metal chalcogenides M2A (M: Li, Na, K, Rb; A: O, S, Se, Te have been evaluated within the projector augmented waves (PAW approach by means of the ABINIT code. The Kohn-Sham single-particle states have been found in the GGA framework. Further, on the basis of these results the quasiparticle energies of electrons as well as the dielectric constants were obtained in the approximation GW. The calculations based on the Green's function have been originally done for all the considered M2A crystals, except Li2O.

  13. Work function of alkali metal-adsorbed molybdenium dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    2015-03-01

    The lowest work function of materials, reported so far over the last few decades, is an order of 1eV experimentally and theoretically. Designing materials that has work-function less than 1eV is essential in the thermionic energy conversion. To explore new low work function materials, we study MoX2(X =S, Se, Te) adsorbed with alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs), and investigate the charge transfer, the formation of surface dipole, and the change in work function using first-principles calculations. It is found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MoX2substrates decreases as the atomic number of adsorbates increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on MoTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. We show that the formation of the surface dipole is a key in changing the work function. We find the trimerization of Mo atoms in the substrate with the lowest work-function, which may contribute to enhancement of the surface dipole.

  14. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    The Hanford Site, located northwest of the city of Richland, Washington, houses reactors, chemical-separation systems, and related facilities used for the production of special nuclear materials, as well as for activities associated with nuclear energy development. The 300 Area of the Hanford Site contains reactor fuel manufacturing facilities and several research and development laboratories. The 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility (3718-F Facility), located in the 300 Area, was used to store and treat alkali metal wastes. Therefore, it is subject to the regulatory requirements for the storage and treatment of dangerous wastes. Closure will be conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-610 (Ecology 1989) and 40 CFR 270.1. Closure also will satisfy the thermal treatment facility closure requirements of 40 CFR 265.381. This closure plan presents a description of the 3718-F Facility, the history of wastes managed, and the approach that will be followed to close the facility. Only hazardous constituents derived from 3718-F Facility operations will be addressed

  15. Freezing of liquid alkali metals as screened ionic plasmas

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    The relationship between Wigner crystallization of the classical ionic plasma and the liquid-solid transition of alkali metals is examined within the density wave theory of freezing. Freezing of the classical plasma on a rigid neutralizing background into the bcc structure is first re-evaluated, in view of recent progress in the determination of its thermodynamic functions by simulation and of the known difficulties of the theory relating to the order parameter at the (200) star of reciprocal lattice vectors. Freezing into the fcc structure is also considered in this context and found to be unfavoured. On allowing for long-wavelength deformability of the background, the ensuing appearance of a volume change on freezing into the bcc structure is accompanied by reduced stability of the fluid phase and by an increase in the entropy of melting. Freezing of alkali metals into the bcc structure is next evaluated, taking their ionic pair structure as that of an ionic plasma reference fluid screened by conduction electrons and asking that the correct ionic coupling strength at liquid-solid coexistence should be approximately reproduced. The ensuring values of the volume and entropy changes across the phase transition, as estimated from the theory by two alternative routes, are in reasonable agreement with experiment. The order parameters of the phase transition, excepting the (200) one, conform rather closely to a Gaussian behaviour and yield a Lindemann ratio in reasonable agreement with the empirical value for melting of bcc crystals. It is suggested that ionic ordering at the (200) star in the metal may be (i) assisted by medium range ordering in the conduction electrons, as indicated by differences in X-ray and neutron diffraction intensities from the liquid, and/or (ii) quite small in the hot bcc solid. Such a possible premelting behaviour of bcc metals should be worth testing experimentally by diffraction. (author). 48 refs, 1 fig., 1 tab

  16. Alkali Metal Complexes: Mixed Ligand Complexes of Some Alkali Metal Salts of Some Organic Acids with Isonitroso-PMethylace to phenone

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    O.P. Gupta

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A number of mixed ligand complexes of alkali metal salts of o-nitrophenol,2,4-dinitrophenol, 2,4,6,- trinitrophenol, 1-nitroso-2- naphthol and 8- hydroxyquinoline with Insoniroso–p methylacetopheone have been synthesized in absolute ethanol & characterized by elemental analysis and I .B. spectral data. Their I.R spectral data indicate the presence of hydrogen bonding in them, which many be one of the dominant factors of their stability. Further appreciable shift in 1650 cm-1 band (possibly vC=O and 1600 cm-1 band (possibly vC=NSuggests their coordination behavior in these mixed ligand complexes The reactions that take place in natural systems are highly specific and selective. Alkali metal ions actively participate in most of the reaction occurring in the biological systems, which are dominated by mixed ligand complexes. Studies of such mixed ligand complexes of alkali metals can threw light in understanding the role and mechanism of selective absorption of alkali metals ions by plants Coordinating ability of alkali metal with isonitrosoacetophenone1-2 and transition metals with isonitrosoacetophenone3 and isonitroso-p-methylacetophenone4 have been reported earlier. In the present paper we report the mixed ligand complexes of alkali metal salts having the general formula ML.HL, ‘ where M=Li, Na & K and L=deprotonated o- nitrophenol, 2,4 dinitrophenol, 2, 4, 6- trinitrophenol, 1-nitroso-2-naphthol or 8- hydroxquinoline; HL’= p -MeHINAP (isonitroso-p-methylacetophenone.

  17. 50 years of superbases made from organolithium compounds and heavier alkali metal alkoxides

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    Lochmann, Lubomír; Janata, Miroslav

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 5 (2014), s. 537-548. ISSN 1895-1066 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/12/0844 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : superbases * heavier alkali metal compounds * lithium -heavier alkali metal interchange Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.329, year: 2013

  18. Continuation of Atomic Spectroscopy on Alkali Isotopes at ISOLDE

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    2002-01-01

    Laser optical measurements on Rb, Cs and Fr have already been performed at ISOLDE in 1978-79. The hyperfine structure and isotope shift of |7|6|-|9|8Rb, |1|1|8|-|1|4|5Cs, |2|0|8|-|2|1|3Fr and 14 of their isomers have been studied. Among the wealth of information which has been obtained, the most important are the first observation of an optical transition of the element Fr, the evidence of the onset of nuclear deformation at N~=~60 for Rb isotopes and the shape isomerism isotopes. \\\\ \\\\ From both the atomic and nuclear physics point of view, new studies seem very promising: \\item - the search for new optical transitions in Fr; the shell effect in the rms charge radius at N~=~126 for Fr isotopes \\item - the study of a possible onset of deformation for Cs isotopes beyond |1|4|5Cs \\item - the study of a region of static deformation in neutron-deficient Rb isotopes. \\\\ \\\\ \\end{enumerate} A new apparatus has been built. The principle remains the same as used in our earlier experiments. The improvements concern ess...

  19. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    Since 1987, Westinghouse Hanford Company has been a major contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy-Richland Operations Office and has served as co-operator of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility, the waste management unit addressed in this closure plan. The closure plan consists of a Part A Dangerous waste Permit Application and a RCRA Closure Plan. An explanation of the Part A Revision (Revision 1) submitted with this document is provided at the beginning of the Part A section. The closure plan consists of 9 chapters and 5 appendices. The chapters cover: introduction; facility description; process information; waste characteristics; groundwater; closure strategy and performance standards; closure activities; postclosure; and references.

  20. Ion-exchange behavior of alkali metals on treated carbons

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    The ion-exchange behavior of trace quantities of the alkali-metal ions sodium and cesium, on activated carbon impregnated with zirconium phosphate (referred to here as ZrP), was studied. Impregnated carbon had twice as much ion-exchange activity as unimpregnated, oxidized carbon, and 10 times as much as commercial activated carbons. The distribution coefficient of sodium increased with increasing pH; the distribution coefficient of cesium decreased with increasing pH. Sodium and cesium were separated with an electrolytic solution of 0.1 M HCl. Preliminary studies indicated that 0.2 M potassium and cesium can also be separated. Distribution coefficients of the supported ZrP were determined by the elution technique and agreed within 20% of the values for pure ZrP calculated from the literature

  1. Superconductivity in the alkali metal intercalates of molybdenum disulphide

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    Somoano, R. B.; Hadek, V.; Rembaum, A.

    1972-01-01

    The complete series of alkali metals, lithium through cesium, have been intercalated into molybdenum disulphide, using both the liquid ammonia and vapor techniques. All the intercalates with the exception of lithium yielded full superconducting transitions with onset temperatures of 6 K for AxMoS2(Ax=K,Rb,Cs) and 4 K for BxMoS2(Bx=Li,Na). The superconducting transition for lithium was incomplete down to 1.5 K. Stoichiometries and unit cell parameters have been determined for the intercalation compounds. Both rhombohedral and hexagonal polymorphs of MoS2 have been intercalated and found to exhibit the same superconductivity behavior. The nature of the extraneous superconducting transition of some intercalated samples on exposure to air was elucidated.

  2. Density dependence of the diffusion coefficient of alkali metals

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    The effect of density on transport coefficients of liquid Li, Na and K at high temperatures using the method of Molecular Dynamics simulation has been studied. Simulation of these liquid alkali metals were carried out with 800 particles in simulation boxes with periodic boundary conditions imposed. In order to test the reliability of the interatomic potential used in the calculations, experimental data on the structural properties were compared with calculated results. The calculations showed a linear relationship between the density and the diffusion coefficient in all the systems investigated except in lithium, where, due to the small size of the atom, standard molecular dynamics simulation method may not be appropriate for calculating the properties of interest. (author)

  3. Momentum densities and Compton profiles of alkali-metal atoms

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    It is assumed that the dynamics of valence electrons of alkali-metal atoms can be well accounted for by a quantum-defect theoretic model while the core electrons may be supposed to move in a self-consistent field. This model is used to study the momentum properties of atoms from 3Li to 37Rb. The numerical results obtained for the momentum density, moments of momentum density and Compton profile are found to be in good agreement with the results of more detailed configuration-interaction calculations for the atom 3Li. Similar results for 11Na, 19K and 37Rb are compared with the corresponding Hartree-Fock-Roothan values only, for want of data from other realistic calculations. (author)

  4. Alkali metal thermoelectric conversion (AMTEC) technology status review

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    The Alkali Metal Thermoelectric Converter (AMTEC) or sodium heat engine has been the subject of experimental and systems investigations to assess its potential and feasibility for several space and terrestrial power applications. AMTEC is a thermally regenerative electrochemical system operating between a high temperature reservoir at 900-1400K and a sodium condenser at 400-BOOK. Its operation is based on the sodium ion conductor beta-alumina solid electrolyte(BASE), where thermal to electric conversion efficiencies of 20-40% have been predicted for practical systems. Other AMTEC characteristics that make it attractive for space applications are compactness, light weight, no moving parts, modularity and long lifetime potential. This paper reviews AMTEC operating principles and technical challenges, reports on recent electrode research results, and summarizes the status of AMTEC device experiments at JPL and elsewhere. Also, updated projections for AMTEC space nuclear power system characteristics is presented

  5. Relativistic optimized effective potential method-application to alkali metals.

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    Ködderitzsch, D; Ebert, H; Akai, H; Engel, E

    2009-02-11

    We present a relativistic formulation of the optimized effective potential method (ROEP) and its implementation within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker multiple scattering formalism. The scheme is an all-electron approach, treating core and band states formally on the same footing. We use exact exchange (EXX) as an approximation to the exchange correlation functional. Numerical four-component wavefunctions for the description of core and valence electrons and the corresponding ingredients of the ROEP integral equation are employed. The exact exchange expression for the valence states is reformulated in terms of the electronic Green's function that in turn is evaluated by making use of multiple scattering formalism. We present and discuss the application of the formalism to non-magnetic alkali metals. PMID:21715911

  6. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan

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    Since 1987, Westinghouse Hanford Company has been a major contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy-Richland Operations Office and has served as co-operator of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility, the waste management unit addressed in this closure plan. The closure plan consists of a Part A Dangerous waste Permit Application and a RCRA Closure Plan. An explanation of the Part A Revision (Revision 1) submitted with this document is provided at the beginning of the Part A section. The closure plan consists of 9 chapters and 5 appendices. The chapters cover: introduction; facility description; process information; waste characteristics; groundwater; closure strategy and performance standards; closure activities; postclosure; and references

  7. Theoretical investigation of the interaction of cytosine and its tautomers with alkali metals

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    Quantum-chemical calculations have been applied in order to explore the interaction of alkali metals (M=Li-Cs) with cytosine and its tautomers. The optimized geometries, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and the energies of cytosine, metallated cytosine, and its tautomers have been calculated. The calculations show that metallated cytosine is more stable than non metallated one. The stability of metallated cytosine decreases with the growth of atomic number of alkali metals. Estimated charge on the metals demonstrates that there is some covalency in the metal-ligand interaction, especially in the Li+ system

  8. Structural properties of low-density liquid alkali metals

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    A Akande; G A Adebayo; O Akinlade

    2005-12-01

    The static structure factors of liquid alkali metals have been modelled at temperatures close to their melting points and a few higher temperatures using the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method. The positions of 5000 atoms in a box, with full periodicity, were altered until the experimental diffraction data of the structure factor agrees with the associated model structure factor within the errors. The model generated is then analysed. The position of the first peak of the pair distribution function () does not show any significant temperature dependence and the mean bond lengths can be approximated within an interval of 3.6–5.3 Å, 4.5–6.6 Å, 4.8–6.7 Å and 5.1–7.3 Å for Na, K, Rb and Cs respectively. The cosine bond distributions show similar trend with the flattening up of the first peak with increase in temperature. In addition, the coordination numbers of these liquid metals are high due to the presence of non-covalent bonding between them. On the average, we surmise that the coordination number decreases with increase in temperature.

  9. Field emission properties of capped carbon nanotubes doped by alkali metals:a theoretical investigation

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    Jin Lei; Fu Hong-Gang; Xie Ying; Yu Hai-Tao

    2012-01-01

    The electronic structures and field emission properties of capped CNT55 systems with or without alkali metal atom adsorption were systematically investigated by density functional theory calculation.The results indicate that the adsorption of alkali metal on the center site of a CNT tip is energetically favorable.In addition,the adsorption energies increase with the introduction of the electric field.The excessive negative charges on CNT tips make electron emittance much easier and result in a decrease in work function.Furthermore,the inducing effect by positively charged alkali metal atoms can be reasonably considered as the dominant reason for the improvement in field emission properties.

  10. Experimental studies of alunite: II. Rates of alunite-water alkali and isotope exchange

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    Stoffregen, R.E.; Rye, R.O.; Wasserman, M.D.

    1994-01-01

    Rates of alkali exchange between alunite and water have been measured in hydrothermal experiments of 1 hour to 259 days duration at 150 to 400??C. Examination of run products by scanning electron microscope indicates that the reaction takes place by dissolution-reprecipitation. This exchange is modeled with an empirical rate equation which assumes a linear decrease in mineral surface area with percent exchange (f) and a linear dependence of the rate on the square root of the affinity for the alkali exchange reaction. This equation provides a good fit of the experimental data for f = 17% to 90% and yields log rate constants which range from -6.25 moles alkali m-2s-1 at 400??C to - 11.7 moles alkali m-2s-1 at 200??C. The variation in these rates with temperature is given by the equation log k* = -8.17(1000/T(K)) + 5.54 (r2 = 0.987) which yields an activation energy of 37.4 ?? 1.5 kcal/mol. For comparison, data from O'Neil and Taylor (1967) and Merigoux (1968) modeled with a pseudo-second-order rate expression give an activation energy of 36.1 ?? 2.9 kcal/mol for alkali-feldspar water Na-K exchange. In the absence of coupled alkali exchange, oxygen isotope exchange between alunite and water also occurs by dissolution-reprecipitation but rates are one to three orders of magnitude lower than those for alkali exchange. In fine-grained alunites, significant D-H exchange occurs by hydrogen diffusion at temperatures as low as 100??C. Computed hydrogen diffusion coefficients range from -15.7 to -17.3 cm2s-1 and suggest that the activation energy for hydrogen diffusion may be as low as 6 kcal/mol. These experiments indicate that rates of alkali exchange in the relatively coarse-grained alunites typical of hydrothermal ore deposits are insignificant, and support the reliability of K-Ar age data from such samples. However, the fine-grained alunites typical of low temperature settings may be susceptible to limited alkali exchange at surficial conditions which could cause

  11. Method and composition for testing for the presence of an alkali metal

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    A method and composition for detecting the presence of an alkali metal on the surface of a body such as a metal plate, tank, pipe or the like is provided. The method comprises contacting the surface with a thin film of a liquid composition comprising a light-colored pigment, an acid-base indicator, and a nonionic wetting agent dispersed in a liquid carrier comprising a minor amount of water and a major amount of an organic solvent selected from the group consisting of the lower aliphatic alcohols, ketones and ethers. Any alkali metal present on the surface in elemental form or as an alkali metal hydroxide or alkali metal carbonate will react with the acid-base indicator to produce a contrasting color change in the thin film, which is readily discernible by visual observation or automatic techniques

  12. Sorption selectivity of alkali metal ions in polymer inclusion ion exchange membranes

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    Sorption selectivity of different alkali metal ions in polymer inclusion cation exchange membranes has been studied. The concentration of the metal ions were measured using neutron activation analysis. The results show the selectivity of polymer inclusion membranes for metal ions in the order Na++++. The trend have been explained in terms of the radius of the hydrated metal ion. (author)

  13. Kinetic isotope effects in the reactions of hydrogen exchange of CH aromatic bonds of benzene, fluorobenzene, and nitrogen-containing heterocycles with alkali metal amide solution in liquid ammonia

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    Kinetic isotope effects during deutero- and tritium exchange of benzene, fluorobenzene, pyridine, N-oxide of pyridine and quinoline with solution of potassium or sodium amide in liquid ammonia were determined experimentally. The character of rate constant change of tritium exchange in benzene, when passing from light-weight to deutero-substituted ammonia, was ascertained. Reasons for reduction in the secondary isotope effect of the solvent in reference to theoretic maximum equal to 2.4, as well as the change in the primary kinetic isotope effect resulting from hydrogen isotopic exchange in CH aromatic bonds, depending on substrates CH-acidity, are discussed. The conclusion on applicability of the Eigen theory for explaining the mechanism of hydrogen isotopic exchange reactions in CH aromatic binds was confirmed

  14. Modification of alkali metals on silicon-based nanoclusters: An enhanced nonlinear optical response

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    Li, Xiaojun; Han, Quan; Yang, Xiaohui; Song, Ruijuan; Song, Limei

    2016-08-01

    Structures, chemical stabilities and nonlinear optical properties of alkali metals-adsorbed niobium-doped silicon (M@SinNb+) clusters are investigated using the DFT methods. The alkali metals prefer energetically to be attached as bridged bond rather than M-Si single bond in most of optimized structures. Adsorption of alkali metals on doped silicon clusters gradually enhances their chemical stabilities with increasing cluster size. Noteworthily, the first hyperpolarizabilities (βtot) of the M@SinNb+ clusters, obtained by using the long-range corrected CAM-B3LYP functional, are large enough to establish their strong nonlinear optical behavior, especially for M@Si9Nb+ (M = Li, Na, and K), and the enhanced βtot ordering by alkali metals is Na > K > Li.

  15. Study on the electrode characteristics of alkali metal thermoelectric converter

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter utilizing the sodium ion conducting β''-alumina is a device to convert directly heat energy to electric energy. It is characterized by high conversion efficiencies, high power densities, no moving parts and low maintenance requirements. Because of these merits, AMTEC is one of the most promising candidate for aerospace power systems, remote power station and dispersed small scale power station. In this paper, the experimental results of the disk type cell and the theoretical considerations about internal resistances have been reported. The film electrode was made with a magnetron sputtering system. The open voltage of 0.98 V and the maximum power density of 0.38 W/cm2 at the sodium temperature of 1,073 K have been obtained. It became clear after the theoretical investigation on the internal resistance that the most largest internal resistance was the resistance of β''-alumina. And so, it is necessary to reduce the thickness of β''-alumina to improve the generating power densities. It was also clarified that the sodium gas flow in the small holes of molybdenum thin film electrode was a free molecular flow and the experimental results became agree well with the theoretical results considering the pressure rise due to this sodium free molecular flow. It was also necessary to develop the more porous and lower resistivity thin film electrodes because this pressure rise were fairly large. (author)

  16. Superconductivity of graphite intercalation compounds with alkali-metal amalgams

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    Superconductivity of the alkali-metal amalgam graphite intercalation compounds of stage 1 (C4KHg, C4RbHg) and stage 2 (C8KHg, C8RbHg) has been studied as well as that of the pristine amalgams (KHg, RbHg). The transition temperatures are 0.73, 0.99, 1.90, and 1.40 K for C4KHg, C4RbHg, C8KHg, and C8RbHg, respectively. The critical-field anisotropy ratio H/sup parallel//sub c/2/H/sup perpendicular//sub c/2 is about 10 for the stage 1 and about 15 to 40 for the stage 2. It is argued that electrons in the intercalant bands rather than the graphitic bands play the main role in the superconductivity. An interesting feature is that the stage-2 compound, which has a lower density of states at the Fermi level, has a higher transition temperature than the corresponding state-1 compound

  17. Corrosion in alkali metal/molybdenum heat pipes

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    Molybdenum/sodium (Mo/Na) and molybdenum/lithium (Mo/Li) heat pipes have been operated for long periods of time in a study of their resistance to failure by alkali metal corrosion. Some Mo/Na heat pipes have operated over 20,600 h at 1400 K without failure, while at least one similar heat pipe failed in less than 14 hours at 1435 K. Detailed post-mortem analyses which have been performed on three failed Mo/Na heat pipes all indicated impurity controlled corrosion of their evaporators. Impurities observed to be transported included carbon, oxygen, and silicon. A Mo/Li heat pipe that failed after 25,216 h of operation at 1700 K was also examined in detail. This failure was due to nickel impurities being transported to the evaporator resulting in perforation of the container tube by the formation of a low melting Mo-Ni alloy. Theoretical thermochemical calculations were conducted for these systems with the objective of corroborating the corrosion mechanisms in both types of heat pipes. The results of these calculations are in general agreement with the observed corrosion a phenomena

  18. Design of low work function materials using alkali metal-doped transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Kim, Sol; Lee, Man Young; Lee, Seong; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    Engineering the work function is a key issue in surface science. Particularly, discovering the materials that have work functions less than 1eV is essential for efficient thermionic energy conversion. The lowest work function of materials, reported so far, is in a range of about 1eV. To design low work function materials, we chose MX2 (M =Mo and W; X =S, Se and Te) as substrates and alkali metals (Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) as dopants, and studied their electronic structures, charge transfer, induced surface dipole moment, and work function using first-principles calculations. We found that the charge transfer from alkali metals to MX2 substrates decreases as the atomic radius of alkali metals increases. Regardless of the amount of the charge transfer, K on WTe2 exhibits the biggest surface dipole moment, which consequently makes the surface work function the lowest. Also, we found a correlation between the binding distance and the work function.

  19. The effect of the alkali metal cation on the electrocatalytic oxidation of formate on platinum

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    2014-01-01

    Non-covalent interactions between hydrated alkali metal cations and adsorbed oxygenated species on platinum might considerably inhibit some electrocatalytic reactions. We report in this communication the effect exerted by electrolyte alkali metal cations on the electro-oxidation of formate ions on platinum. The system was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry in the presence of an electrolyte containing Li+, Na+, or K+. As already observed for other systems, the ge...

  20. Behavior of Alkali Metals and Ash in a Low-Temperature Circulating Fluidized Bed (LTCFB) Gasifier

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    Narayan, Vikas; Jensen, Peter Arendt; Henriksen, Ulrik Birk;

    2016-01-01

    W and a 6 MW LTCFBgasifier. Of the total fuel ash entering the system, the largest fraction (40−50%) was retained in the secondary cyclone bottoms,while a lower amount (8−10%) was released as dust in the exit gas. Most of the alkali and alkaline earth metals were retained inthe solid ash, along with Si......, the low reactor temperature ensures that high-alkali biomass fuels canbe used without risk of bed defluidization. This paper presents the first investigation of the fate of alkali metals and ash in lowtemperaturegasifiers. Measurements on bed material and product gas dust samples were made on a 100 k...

  1. Alkali Metal Variation and Twisting of the FeNNFe Core in Bridging Diiron Dinitrogen Complexes.

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    McWilliams, Sean F; Rodgers, Kenton R; Lukat-Rodgers, Gudrun; Mercado, Brandon Q; Grubel, Katarzyna; Holland, Patrick L

    2016-03-21

    Alkali metal cations can interact with Fe-N2 complexes, potentially enhancing back-bonding or influencing the geometry of the iron atom. These influences are relevant to large-scale N2 reduction by iron, such as in the FeMoco of nitrogenase and the alkali-promoted Haber-Bosch process. However, to our knowledge there have been no systematic studies of a large range of alkali metals regarding their influence on transition metal-dinitrogen complexes. In this work, we varied the alkali metal in [alkali cation]2[LFeNNFeL] complexes (L = bulky β-diketiminate ligand) through the size range from Na(+) to K(+), Rb(+), and Cs(+). The FeNNFe cores have similar Fe-N and N-N distances and N-N stretching frequencies despite the drastic change in alkali metal cation size. The two diketiminates twist relative to one another, with larger dihedral angles accommodating the larger cations. In order to explain why the twisting has so little influence on the core, we performed density functional theory calculations on a simplified LFeNNFeL model, which show that the two metals surprisingly do not compete for back-bonding to the same π* orbital of N2, even when the ligand planes are parallel. This diiron system can tolerate distortion of the ligand planes through compensating orbital energy changes, and thus, a range of ligand orientations can give very similar energies. PMID:26925968

  2. Half metallic ferromagnetism in alkali metal nitrides MN (M = Rb, Cs): A first principles study

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    Murugan, A., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Santhosh, M., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com; Sudhapriyanga, G., E-mail: rrpalanichamy@gmail.com [Department of Physics, N.M.S.S.V.N College, Madurai, Tamilnadu-625019 (India); Kanagaprabha, S. [Department of Physics, Kamaraj College, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu-628003 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of two alkali metal nitrides (MN: M= Rb, Cs) are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using the Vienna ab-initio simulation package. At ambient pressure the two nitrides are stable in ferromagnetic state with CsCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that these materials are half metallic in nature. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from CsCl to ZB phase is observed in RbN and CsN.

  3. Properties of solvated electrons, alkali anions and other species in metal solutions and kinetics of cation and electron exchange reactions. Final report

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    The properties of solutions of alkali metals in amine solvents were studied by optical, ETR, NMR and electrochemical methods. Complexation of the alkali cations by crown ethers and cryptands permitted the preparation of concentrated solutions of alkali metals in amine and ether solvents. Extensive alkali metal NMR studies of the exchange of M+ with crown-ethers and cryptands and of the alkali metal anion, M-, were made. The first crystalline salt of an alkali metal anion, Na+ Cryptand [2.2.2]Na- was synthesized and characterized and led to the preparation of other alkali metal anion salts. This research provided the foundation for continuing studies of crystalline alkalide salts

  4. Alkali and heavy metal emissions of the PCFB-process; Alkali- ja raskasmetallipaeaestoet PCFB-prosessista

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    Kuivalainen, R.; Eriksson, T.; Lehtonen, P. [Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, Karhula (Finland)

    1997-10-01

    Pressurized Circulating Fluidized Bed (PCFB) combustion technology has been developed in Karhula R and D Center since 1986. As part of the development, 10 MW PCFB test facility was built in 1989. The test facility has been used for performance testing with different coal types through the years 1990-1995 in order to gain data for design and commercialization of the high-efficiency low-emission PCFB combustion technology. The main object of the project was to measure vapor phase Na and K concentrations in the PCFB flue gas after hot gas filter and investigate the effects of process conditions and sorbents on alkali release. The measurements were performed using plasma assisted method of TUT Laboratory of Plasma Technology and wet absorption method of VTT Energy. The measurements were carried out during three test campaigns at PCFB Test Facility in Karhula. In autumn 1995 both VTT and TUT methods were used. The measurements of the following test period in spring 1996 were performed by VTT, and during the last test segment in autumn 1996 TUT method was in use. During the last test period, the TUT instrument was used as semi-continuous (3 values/minute) alkali analyzer for part of the time. The measured Na concentrations were below 30 ppb(w) in all measured data points. The results of K were below 10 ppb(w). The accuracies of the both methods are about +50 % at this concentration range. The scatter of the data covers the effects of different process variables on the alkali emission. The measured emissions are at the same order of magnitude as the guideline emission limits estimated by gas turbine manufacturers

  5. Lattice-gas model for alkali-metal fullerides: face-centered-cubic structure

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    Udvardi, Laszlo; Szabo, Gyorgy

    1995-01-01

    A lattice-gas model is suggested for describing the ordering phenomena in alkali-metal fullerides of face-centered-cubic structure assuming the electric charge of alkali ions residing in either octahedral or tetrahedral interstitial sites is completely screened by the first-neighbor C_60 molecules. This approximation allows us to derive an effective ion-ion interaction. The van der Waals interaction between the ion and C_60 molecule is characterized by introducing an additional energy at the ...

  6. Hydration number of alkali metal ions determined by insertion in a conducting polymer

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    Skaarup, Steen

    2008-01-01

    In aqueous solutions, the alkali metals ions are associated with a number of H2O molecules. A distinction is made between a primary solvent shell, (or inner solvation shell), consisting of H2O molecules directly coordinated to the metal ion, and a secondary (or outer) solvation shell, consisting of...... all other water molecules whose properties are still influenced significantly by the cation. Knowing the hydration number is important when considering, for instance, the transport of Na+ and K+ in biological cell membranes, since their different behavior may depend on the details of ion hydration....... The solvation of alkali metal ions has been discussed for many years without a clear consensus. This work presents a systematic study of the hydration numbers of the 5 alkali metal ions, using the electrochemical insertion of the ions in a conducting polymer (polypyrrole containing the large immobile...

  7. Rb-Sr Isotopic Systematics of Alkali-Rich Fragments in the Yamato-74442 LL-Chondritic Breccia

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    Yokoyama, T.; Misawa, K.; Okano, O.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simo, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.

    2012-01-01

    Alkali-rich igneous fragments were identified in the brecciated LL-chondrites, Kr henberg (LL5)], Bhola (LL3-6) and Yamato (Y)-74442 (LL4), and show characteristic fractionation patterns of alkaline elements. The K-Rb-Cs-rich fragments in Kr henberg, Bhola, and Y-74442 are very similar in mineralogy and petrography (olivine + pyroxene + glass), suggesting that they could have come from related precursor materials. We have undertaken Rb-Sr isotopic studies on alkali-rich fragments in Y-74442 to precisely determine their crystallization ages and the isotopic signatures of their precursor material(s).

  8. Charge oscillations and structure for alkali-metal-doped polyacetylene

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    Baughman, R. H.; Murthy, N. S.; Eckhardt, H.; Kertesz, M.

    1992-11-01

    predictions for oligomers, and good agreement is obtained between calculated and observed x-ray photoelectron spectra for sodium-doped polyacetylene. Emphasis is placed on the results of crystallographic studies of alkali-metal-doped polyacetylene and on the relationship between the experimentally derived symmetry breaking in interchain packing and the molecular symmetry breaking predicted by theory. Since presently available experimental data are insufficient for complete determination of structure, the present theoretical results can be useful for refinements in the interpretation of these data, as well as for refined crystal-packing calculations.

  9. Alkali Metal Backup Cooling for Stirling Systems - Experimental Results

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    Schwendeman, Carl; Tarau, Calin; Anderson, William G.; Cornell, Peggy A.

    2013-01-01

    In a Stirling Radioisotope Power System (RPS), heat must be continuously removed from the General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules to maintain the modules and surrounding insulation at acceptable temperatures. The Stirling convertor normally provides this cooling. If the Stirling convertor stops in the current system, the insulation is designed to spoil, preventing damage to the GPHS at the cost of an early termination of the mission. An alkali-metal Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) can be used to passively allow multiple stops and restarts of the Stirling convertor. In a previous NASA SBIR Program, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) developed a series of sodium VCHPs as backup cooling systems for Stirling RPS. The operation of these VCHPs was demonstrated using Stirling heater head simulators and GPHS simulators. In the most recent effort, a sodium VCHP with a stainless steel envelope was designed, fabricated and tested at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) with a Stirling convertor for two concepts; one for the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) back up cooling system and one for the Long-lived Venus Lander thermal management system. The VCHP is designed to activate and remove heat from the stopped convertor at a 19 degC temperature increase from the nominal vapor temperature. The 19 degC temperature increase from nominal is low enough to avoid risking standard ASRG operation and spoiling of the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI). In addition, the same backup cooling system can be applied to the Stirling convertor used for the refrigeration system of the Long-lived Venus Lander. The VCHP will allow the refrigeration system to: 1) rest during transit at a lower temperature than nominal; 2) pre-cool the modules to an even lower temperature before the entry in Venus atmosphere; 3) work at nominal temperature on Venus surface; 4) briefly stop multiple times on the Venus surface to allow scientific measurements. This paper presents the experimental

  10. Saturated vapor pressure above the amalgam of alkali metals in discharge lamps

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    Gavrish, S. V.

    2011-12-01

    A theoretical and numerical analysis of the evaporation process of two-component compounds in vapors of alkali metals in discharge lamps is presented. Based on the developed mathematical model of calculation of saturated vapor pressure of the metal above the amalgam, dependences of mass fractions of the components in the discharge volume on design parameters and thermophysical characteristics of the lamp are obtained.

  11. Structural and Magnetic Diversity in Alkali-Metal Manganate Chemistry: Evaluating Donor and Alkali-Metal Effects in Co-complexation Processes.

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    Uzelac, Marina; Borilovic, Ivana; Amores, Marco; Cadenbach, Thomas; Kennedy, Alan R; Aromí, Guillem; Hevia, Eva

    2016-03-24

    By exploring co-complexation reactions between the manganese alkyl Mn(CH2 SiMe3 )2 and the heavier alkali-metal alkyls M(CH2 SiMe3 ) (M=Na, K) in a benzene/hexane solvent mixture and in some cases adding Lewis donors (bidentate TMEDA, 1,4-dioxane, and 1,4-diazabicyclo[2,2,2] octane (DABCO)) has produced a new family of alkali-metal tris(alkyl) manganates. The influences that the alkali metal and the donor solvent impose on the structures and magnetic properties of these ates have been assessed by a combination of X-ray, SQUID magnetization measurements, and EPR spectroscopy. These studies uncover a diverse structural chemistry ranging from discrete monomers [(TMEDA)2 MMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 ] (M=Na, 3; M=K, 4) to dimers [{KMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 ⋅C6 H6 }2 ] (2) and [{NaMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 }2 (dioxane)7 ] (5); and to more complex supramolecular networks [{NaMn(CH2 SiMe3 )3 }∞ ] (1) and [{Na2 Mn2 (CH2 SiMe3 )6 (DABCO)2 }∞ ] (7)). Interestingly, the identity of the alkali metal exerts a significant effect in the reactions of 1 and 2 with 1,4-dioxane, as 1 produces coordination adduct 5, while 2 forms heteroleptic [{(dioxane)6 K2 Mn2 (CH2 SiMe3 )4 (O(CH2 )2 OCH=CH2 )2 }∞ ] (6) containing two alkoxide-vinyl anions resulting from α-metalation and ring opening of dioxane. Compounds 6 and 7, containing two spin carriers, exhibit antiferromagnetic coupling of their S=5/2 moments with varying intensity depending on the nature of the exchange pathways. PMID:26916525

  12. Ionic conduction in alkali metal doped ZnFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/ compound

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    Zinc ferric oxide (ZnFe/sub 2/O/sub 4/) has been synthesized by liquid phase chemical reaction from aqueous mixture of zinc chloride and ferric chloride in sodium hydroxide (4N) solution and effect of alkali metal on electrical characteristics was explored. The well characterized powder was pressed into pellets and dried at 80 degree C. Samples with alkali metal concentrations 10-100 ppm have been investigated to I-V measurements. The conductivity of pure compound (10-/sub 2/omega-cm)/sup-1/) lies in the semiconductor range but due to alkali metal doping the compound shows ionic conduction at room temperature. The ionic conduction is found to be increased as the dopant concentration increases.(author)

  13. H- and D- production by backscattering from alkali-metal targets

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    Measurements have been made of the total backscattered D- and H- yields from thick, clean targets of Cs, Rb, K, Na, and Li, bombarded with H+2, H+3, D+2, D+3 with incident energies from 0.15 to 4.0 keV/nucleus. All of the measurements were made at background pressures less than 10-9 Torr, and the alkali-metal targets were evaporated onto a cold substrate (Tapprox.77 K) in situ to assure thick, uncontaminated targets. For each target, the H- and D- yields exhibited maxima (as high as 0.08 per incident proton or deuteron) at incident energies between 0.3 and 1.4 keV/nucleus. For both hydrogen and deuterium incident at any energy, the negative-ion yield decreases in going form Cs to Li in the order given above. Also, a definite isotope effect was observed for every target used, with the H- yield peaking at a lower incident energy than the D- yield and in most cases, the maximum H- yield was higher than the maximum D- yield. Measurements of the D- yield as a function of Cs coverage were also made for D3/sup ts+/ bombarding a Ni substrate. The D- yield maximized at or near the coverage at which the surface work function reached a minimum

  14. Geochemical Trace of Silicon Isotopes of Intrusions and Ore Veins Related to Alkali-rich Porphyry Deposits in Western Yunnan, China

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    LIU Xianfan; YANG Zhengxi; LIU Jiaduo; WU Dechao; ZHANG Chenjiang; LI Youguo

    2004-01-01

    Western Yunnan is the well-known polymetallic province in China. It is characterized by copper-gold mineralization related to Cenozoic alkali-rich porphyry. This paper analyzes the silicon isotope data obtained from four typical alkali-rich porphyry deposits based on the dynamic fractionation principle of silicon isotope. The study shows that the ore materials should originate mainly from alkali-rich magmas, together with silicon-rich mineralizing fluids.The process of mineralization was completed by auto-metasomatism, i.e. silicon-rich mineralizing fluids (including alkali-rich porphyry and wall-rock strata) replaced and altered the country rocks and contaminated with crustal rocks during the crystallization of alkali-rich magmas. Such a process is essentially the continuance of the metasomatism of mantle fluids in crust's mineralization. This provides important evidence of silicon isotopic geochemistry for better understanding the mineralization of the Cenozoic alkali-rich porphyry polymetallic deposits

  15. Thermochemistry of complex oxides of uranium(6), arsenic and alkali metals

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    Standard reaction enthalpies for stoichiometric mixtures of mono-potassium orthoarsenate, uranium(6) and alkali metal nitrate oxides as well as mixtures of complex oxides of the M1AsUO6 (M1 = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) general formulas and potassium nitrate with hydrofluoric acid are determined in adiabatic calorimeter at the temperature of 298.15 K. Standard enthalpies for formation of complex oxides of uranium(6), arsenic and alkali metals at the temperature of 298.15 K are calculated by the obtained results. 8 refs., 1 tab

  16. Saturated vapor pressure over molten mixtures of GaCl3 and alkali metal chlorides

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    Volatilities of GaCl3 and alkali metal chlorides over diluted (up to 3 mol %) solutions of GaCl3 in LiCl, NaCl, KCl, RbCl, and CsCl were measured at 1100 K by dynamic and indirect static methods. Chemical composition of saturated vapor over the mixed melts was determined. Partial pressures of the components were calculated. Their values depend essentially on specific alkali metal cation and on concentration of GaCl3; their variation permits altering parameters of GaCl3 distillation from the salt melt in a wide range

  17. Theoretical study on the adsorption of carbon dioxide on individual and alkali-metal doped MOF-5s

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    Ha, Nguyen Thi Thu; Lefedova, O. V.; Ha, Nguyen Ngoc

    2016-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to investigate the adsorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) on metal-organic framework (MOF-5) and alkali-metal (Li, K, Na) doped MOF-5s. The adsorption energy calculation showed that metal atom adsorption is exothermic in MOF-5 system. Moreover, alkali-metal doping can significantly improve the adsorption ability of carbon dioxide on MOF-5. The best influence is observed for Li-doping.

  18. Model for H-, D- production by hydrogen backscattering from alkali and alkali/transition-metal surfaces

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    A model for H-, D- production by energetic particles reflecting from metal surfaces is discussed. The model employs the energy and angular distribution data derived from the Marlowe code. The model is applied to particles incident normally upon Cs, Ni, and Cs/Ni surfaces

  19. Phonon dispersion in alkali metals and their equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys

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    Aditya M. VORA

    2008-01-01

    In the present article, the theoretical calcula-tions of the phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) of five alkali metals viz. Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs and their four equia-tomic sodium-based binary alloys viz. Na0.5Li0.5,Na0.5K0.5, Na0.5Rb0.5 and Na0.5Cs0.5 to second order in a local model potential is discussed in terms of the real-space sum of the Born yon Karman central force con-stants. Instead of the concentration average of the force constants of pure alkali metals, the pseudo-alloy-atom (PAA) is adopted to directly compute the force constants of the four equiatomic sodium based binary alloys and was successfully applied. The exchange and correlation functions due to the Hartree (H) and Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU) are used to investigate the influence of the screening effects. The phonon frequencies of alkali metals and their four equiatomic sodium-based binary alloys in the longit-udinal branch are more sensitive to the exchange and cor-relation effects in comparison with the transverse branches. The PDCs of pure alkali metals are found in qualitative agreement with the available experimental data. The frequencies in the longitudinal branch are sup-pressed rather due to IU-screening function than those due to static H-screening function.

  20. Modified PVA-CA blend ultrafiltration membrane by alkali metal chloride

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    张启修; 邱运仁

    2003-01-01

    The modified PVA-CA blend ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by phase inversion from the casting solutions consisting of polyvinyl alcohol(PVA), cellulose acetate(CA), acetic acid, alkali metal chloride and water. The effects of different concentration of alkali metal chloride on the properties of membranes were investigated. The results show that when the mass fraction of the salt in the casting solution is not greater than 1%, the property of rejection of the alkali metal salt modified ultrafiltration PVA-CA blend membrane has little change compared with that of the unmodified PVA-CA blend membrane, but the permeation flux is much greater than that of the unmodified membrane under the same operation condition. When the mass fraction of the salt is greater than 1.5%, the permeate flux increases much greater than that of the unmodified membrane, but the property of rejection of the modified ultrafiltration membrane decreases greatly. The results also show that the contact angle of the salt modified PVA-CA blend UF membrane decreases but the swelling in water increases with the increment of the mass fraction of alkali metal salts. Furthermore, the NaCl modified PVA-CA blend membrane has a slightly lower swelling and a little smaller contact angle of water than the KCl modified PVA-CA blend membrane does when the mass fraction of salts is the same.

  1. Low-polarity electrolytes on the base of crown ether complexes with alkali metal ions

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    New low-polar electrolytes on the basis of 15-crown-5 complexes with alkali metal (lithium, sodium) ions in solvent characterized by low dielectrical permittivity: benzene, toluene, ethylene glycol dimethyl ether, tetrahydrofuran and methylene chloride, characterized by specific electrical permittivity equal to 10-5-10-2 Ohm-1·cm-1, are suggested and studied. 15 refs., 2 figs.,

  2. Alkali metal ion binding to glutamine and glutamine derivatives investigated by infrared action spectroscopy and theory

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    Bush, M. F.; Oomens, J.; Saykally, R. J.; Williams, E. R.

    2008-01-01

    The gas-phase structures of alkali-metal cationized glutamine are investigated by using both infrared multiple photon dissociation (TRMPD) action spectroscopy, utilizing light generated by a free electron laser, and theory. The IRMPD spectra contain many similarities that are most consistent with gl

  3. Unidirectional thermal expansion in KZnB3O6: role of alkali metals.

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Zhang, Han; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-12-14

    The driving force of the unidirectional thermal expansion in KZnB3O6 has been studied experimentally and theoretically. Our results show that the low-energy vibrational modes of alkali metals play a crucial role in this unusual thermal behavior. PMID:26515521

  4. Long-range interactions between excited helium and alkali-metal atoms

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    Zhang, J.-Y.

    2012-12-03

    The dispersion coefficients for the long-range interaction of the first four excited states of He, i.e., He(2 1,3S) and He(2 1,3P), with the low-lying states of the alkali-metal atoms Li, Na, K, and Rb are calculated by summing over the reduced matrix elements of the multipole transition operators. For the interaction between He and Li the uncertainty of the calculations is 0.1–0.5%. For interactions with other alkali-metal atoms the uncertainty is 1–3% in the coefficient C5, 1–5% in the coefficient C6, and 1–10% in the coefficients C8 and C10. The dispersion coefficients Cn for the interaction of He(2 1,3S) and He(2 1,3P) with the ground-state alkali-metal atoms and for the interaction of He(2 1,3S) with the alkali-metal atoms in their first 2P states are presented in this Brief Report. The coefficients for other pairs of atomic states are listed in the Supplemental Material.

  5. Mechanism of alkali metal insertion into TiO2 polymorphs

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Lásková, Barbora; Kavan, Ladislav

    Toulouse: Phantoms Foundation, 2015. s. 139-139. [TNT2015. Trends in Nanotechnology /16./. 07.09.2015-11.09.2015, Toulouse] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-07724S; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-06511S Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : TiO2 * alkali metal insertion Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  6. Alkali metal insertion into TiO2 polymorphs for battery applications

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Pitňa Lásková, Barbora; Kavan, Ladislav

    Dubai: EMN Dubai, 2016. s. 13-14. [EMN Dubai Meeting. Energy Materials Nanotechnology . 01.04.2016-04.04.2016, Dubai] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-06511S Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : TiO2 polymorphs * alkali metal insertion * LTO Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  7. Liquid metal cooled reactor - alkali metal thermoelectric space power system concept for multi megawatt applications

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    A number of Strategic Defense Initiative missions require space power systems with lifetime on the order of 7 to 10 years and systems with reliabilities greater than 0.95. In addition, power source system mass must be as low as possible, consistent with existing and projected launch capabilities. For steady state power sources greater than tens of kilowatts, nuclear reactor systems would yield the lowest system mass. Among potential power conversion systems, Alkali Metal Thermoelectric (AMTEC) is highly attractive from a number of standpoints: it has the highest conversion efficiencies among the different types of static energy conversion systems at moderate operating temperatures that are reasonably high so that waste heat rejection can be carried out with relatively low system mass

  8. A simple alkali-metal and noble gas ion source for SIMS equipments with mass separation of the primary ions

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    An alkali-metal ion source working without a store of alkali-metals is described. The alkali-metal ions are produced by evaporation of alkali salts and ionization in a low-voltage arc discharge stabilized with a noble gas plasma or in the case of small alkali-metal ion currents on the base of the well known thermic ionization at a hot tungsten wire. The source is very simple in construction and produces a stable ion current of 0.3 μA for more than 100 h. It is possible to change the ion species in a short time. This source is applicable to all SIMS equipments using mass separation for primary ions. (author)

  9. Chemical durability of alkali-borosilicate glasses studied by analytical SEM, IBA, isotopic-tracing and SIMS

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    Simple and complex alkali-borosilicate glasses were submitted to aqueous corrosion at room temperature, 60 and 90 deg. C in solutions with pH ranging between 0 and 12. Analytical scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ion beam analysis (IBA) techniques, isotopic tracing and secondary ion mass-depth profiling (SIMS) have been used to investigate the variations of the surface composition of glass. In acidic medium, the glass surface is generally covered by a thick hydrated silica layer, mobile elements like Li, Na and B and transition elements (Fe, Zr, Mo, etc.) are strongly depleted. Near pH 7, relative enrichments of aluminium, iron and rare earths are shown together with strong Li, Na and B depletions. In basic medium, the glass surface exhibits relative enrichments of the major part of transition metals (from Cr to U) whereas mobile elements seem to be kept close to their nominal concentration level at the glass surface and Si is severely impoverished. Hydrogen incorporated at the glass surface after leaching is much more immobile in neutral and basic media than in acid medium

  10. Adsorption of Alkali, Alkaline Earth and Transition Metal Atoms on Silicene

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    Sahin, Hasan; Peeters, Francois M.

    2013-01-01

    The adsorption characteristics of alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal adatoms on silicene, a graphene-like monolayer structure of silicon, are analyzed by means of first-principles calculations. In contrast to graphene, interaction between the metal atoms and the silicene surface is quite strong due to its highly reactive buckled hexagonal structure. In addition to structural properties, we also calculate the electronic band dispersion, net magnetic moment, charge transfer, workfuncti...

  11. Electrohydrodynamic emission of positive and negative ions from alkali-metal halide melts

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    The characteristics of electrohydrodynamic (EHD) emission of positive and negative ions from melts of alkali-metal metals are presented. The angular current density is 3-4 μA/sr with emission currents of 0.1-0.5 μA. The salt EHD sources which have been developed yield stable currents of K+, Rb+, Cs+, F-, Cl-, and I- ions for several tens of hours. 10 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  12. Alkali metal cation doping of metal-organic framework for enhancing carbon dioxide adsorption capacity

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    Yan Cao; Yunxia Zhao; Fujiao Song; Qin Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted much attention as adsorbents for the separation of CO2 from flue gas or natural gas. Here, a typical metal-organic framework HKUST-1(also named Cu-BTC or MOF-199) was chemically reduced by doping it with alkali metals (Li, Na and K) and they were further used to investigate their CO2 adsorption capacities. The structural information, surface chemistry and thermal behavior of the prepared adsorbent samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis. The results showed that the CO2 storage capacity of HKUST-1 doped with moderate quantities of Li+, Na+ and K+, individually, was greater than that of unmodified HKUST-1. The highest CO2 adsorption uptake of 8.64 mmol/g was obtained with 1K-HKUST-1, and it was ca. 11%increase in adsorption capacity at 298 K and 18 bar as compared with HKUST-1. Moreover, adsorption tests showed that HKUST-1 and 1K-HKUST-1 displayed much higher adsorption capacities of CO2 than those of N2. Finally, the adsorption/desorption cycle experiment revealed that the adsorption performance of 1K-HKUST-1 was fairly stable, without obvious deterioration in the adsorption capacity of CO2 after 10 cycles.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Ternary and Quaternary Alkali Metal Thiophosphates

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    Alahmary, Fatimah S.

    2014-05-01

    The ongoing development of nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals such as coherent mid-IR sources focuses on various classes of materials such as ternary and quaternary metal chalcophosphates. In case of thiophosphates, the connection between PS4-tetrahedral building blocks and metals gives rise to a broad structural variety where approximately one third of all known ternary (A/P/S) and quaternary (A/M/P/S) (A = alkali metal, M = metal) structures are acentric and potential nonlinear optical materials. The molten alkali metal polychalcophosphate fluxes are a well-established method for the synthesis of new ternary and quaternary thiophosphate and selenophosphate compounds. It has been a wide field of study and investigation through the last two decades. Here, the flux method is used for the synthesis of new quaternary phases containing Rb, Ag, P and S. Four new alkali metal thiophosphates, Rb4P2S10, RbAg5(PS4), Rb2AgPS4 and Rb3Ag9(PS4)4, have been synthesized successfully from high purity elements and binary starting materials. The new compounds were characterized by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These compounds show interesting structural variety and physical properties. The crystal structures feature 3D anionic framework built up of PS4 tetrahedral units and charge balanced by Ag and alkali metal cations. All prepared compounds are semiconductors with band gap between 2.3 eV to 2.6 eV and most of them are thermally stable up to 600ºC.

  14. Superconductivity and electrical resistivity in alkali metal doped fullerides: Phonon mechanism

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    Dinesh Varshney; A Dube; K K Choudhary; R K Singh

    2005-04-01

    We consider a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. We first study the intercage interactions between the adjacent C60 cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C60 phonons. Electronic parameter as repulsive parameter and the attractive coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, c, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C60 phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported c (≈ 20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. To illustrate the usefulness of the above approach, the carbon isotope exponent and the pressure effect are also estimated. Temperature dependence of electrical resistivity is then analysed within the same model phonon spectrum. It is inferred from the two-peak model for phonon density of states that high frequency intramolecular phonon modes play a major role in pairing mechanism with possibly some contribution from alkali-C60 phonon to describe most of the superconducting and normal state properties of doped fullerides.

  15. Determination of membrane hydration numbers of alkali metal ions by insertion in a conducting polymer

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    Skaarup, Steen; Junaid Mohamed Jafeen, Mohamed; Careem, M.A.

    2010-01-01

    In aqueous solutions, the alkali metals ions, Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+ and Cs+ are known to be associated with a number of H2O molecules. Traditionally, a distinction is made between a primary solvent shell, (or inner solvation shell), consisting of H2O molecules directly coordinated to the metal ion, and...... a secondary (or outer) solvation shell, consisting of all other water molecules whose properties are still influenced significantly by the cation. Knowing the hydration number is important when considering, for instance, the transport of Na+ and K+ in biological cell membranes, since their different...... necessarily define the same hydration shell. This work presents a systematic study of one special variant of the hydration numbers of the 5 alkali metal ions, using the electrochemical insertion of the ions in a conducting polymer (polypyrrole containing the large immobile anion DBS-). The technique of...

  16. Structure and properties of alizarin complex formed with alkali metal hydroxides in methanol solution.

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    Jeliński, Tomasz; Cysewski, Piotr

    2016-06-01

    Quantum chemical computations were used for prediction of the structure and color of alizarin complex with alkali metal hydroxides in methanolic solutions. The color prediction relying on the single Gaussian-like band once again proved the usefulness of the PBE0 density functional due to the observed smallest color difference between computed and experimentally derived values. It was found that the alkali metal hydroxide molecules can bind to the two oxygen atoms of both hydroxyl groups of alizarin or to one of these atoms and the oxygen atom from the keto group in a complex with three methanol molecules. This means that two electronic transitions need to be taken into account when considering the spectra of the studied complexes. The resulting bond lengths and angles are correlated with the properties of the alkali metal atoms. The molar mass, the atomic radius, and the Pauling electronegativity of studied metals are quite accurate predictors of the geometric properties of hydroxide complexes with alizarin in methanol solution. Graphical abstract The spectra of the neutral and monoanionic form of alizarin together with color changes resulting from addition of different metal hydroxides and represented in CIE color space. PMID:27178415

  17. Intra-zoned luminescence in alkali earth metal carbonates

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    Full text: The fundamental plasma luminescence of wide band alkali halide crystals has been found out by Vaisburd et al. This broadband luminescence with very short duration of attenuation (∼10-12 s) arises at an irradiations of crystals with electronic beam powerful pulses of nanosecond duration. It is related to radiating 'hot' electrons and holes in a conductivity zone and in a valent zone, accordingly and in later time began to refer to as an intra-zoned luminescence. The data set on revealing features of display of an intra-zoned luminescence in different classes of crystals now proceeds. We investigated a fast luminescence at excitation with pulse electrons (3 nanoseconds) in crystals CaCO3, SrCO3, BaCO3 and MgCO3. In spectra all investigated carbonates it is possible to allocate two areas: area concerning high intensity of a fast luminescence (from 2 eV down 3 eV) and area of low intensity (is higher 4 eV) with slow recession at increase in photon energy. Thus it is typical, that in area concerning high intensity at rise in temperature from 80 up to 300 K a sample intensity of luminescence falls down, whereas in area is higher 5 eV with rise in temperature of a sample increase of intensity is observed. This broadband fast (is shorter than the time sanction of the equipment) should be connected a luminescence poorly dependent on temperature and a modular status of a sample with intra zoned transitions This luminescence reaches from 2 eV down to 7 eV but as for carbonates while is absent the reliable data on structure of a valent zone, division of an intra-zoned luminescence into electronic and hole components is not obviously possible on the basis of spectra of a fast luminescence. The nature of other luminescence processes arising at excitation with pulse electrons is discussed

  18. Development and testing of on-line analytical instrumentation for alkali and heavy metal release in pressurised conversion processes

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    Hernberg, R.; Haeyrinen, V.; Oikari, R. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)

    1997-10-01

    The purpose of the project is to demonstrate in industrial conditions and further develop the continuous alkali measurement method plasma excited alkali resonance line spectroscopy (PEARLS) developed at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). The demonstration takes place in joint measuring campaigns, where two other continuous alkali measurement methods, ELIF and surface ionisation, are being simultaneously demonstrated. A modification of PEARLS will also be developed for the continuous measurement of heavy metal concentrations. A market study of continuous measuring techniques for alkali and heavy metals is further part of the project. The method will be demonstrated in two pressurised fluidised bed combustion facilities. One of these is the 10 MW PCFB of Foster Wheeler Energia Oy in Karhula. The second one is yet to be decided. The first measuring campaign is scheduled for the spring of 1997 in Karhula. In 1996 the group at TUT participated in the performance of a market study regarding continuous measuring techniques for alkali and heavy metal concentrations. A draft report was submitted to and approved by the EC. Development work on PEARLS in 1996 has centered around the construction of a calibration device for alkali measurements. The device can be used by all three measuring techniques in the project to check readings against a known alkali concentration at controlled and known conditions. In 1996 PEARLS was applied for alkali measurement at several pressurised combustion installations of laboratory and industrial pilot scale

  19. Reactions between cold methyl halide molecules and alkali-metal atoms

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    Lutz, Jesse J

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the potential energy surfaces and activation energies for reactions between methyl halide molecules CH$_{3}X$ ($X$ = F, Cl, Br, I) and alkali-metal atoms $A$ ($A$ = Li, Na, K, Rb) using high-level {\\it ab initio} calculations. We examine the anisotropy of each intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) and the mechanism and energetics of the only available exothermic reaction pathway, ${\\rm CH}_{3}X+A\\rightarrow{\\rm CH}_{3}+AX$. The region of the transition state is explored using two-dimensional PES cuts and estimates of the activation energies are inferred. Nearly all combinations of methyl halide and alkali-metal atom have positive barrier heights, indicating that reactions at low temperatures will be slow.

  20. Emission Channeling Studies of the Lattice Site of Oversized Alkali Atoms Implanted in Metals

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    2002-01-01

    % IS340 \\\\ \\\\ As alkali atoms have the largest atomic radius of all elements, the determination of their lattice configuration following implantation into metals forms a critical test for the various models predicting the lattice site of implanted impurity atoms. The site determination of these large atoms will especially be a crucial check for the most recent model that relates the substitutional fraction of oversized elements to their solution enthalpy. Recent exploratory $^{213}$Fr and $^{221}$Fr $\\alpha$-emission channeling experiments at ISOLDE-CERN and hyperfine interaction measurements on Fr implanted in Fe gave an indication for anomalously large substitutional fractions. To investigate further the behaviour of Fr and other alkali atoms like Cs and Rb thoroughly, more on-line emission channeling experiments are needed. We propose a number of shifts for each element, where the temperature of the implanted metals will be varied between 50$^\\circ$ and 700$^\\circ$~K. Temperature dependent measurements wi...

  1. X-ray Compton scattering experiments for fluid alkali metals at high temperatures and pressures

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    Matsuda, K., E-mail: kazuhiro-matsuda@scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Fukumaru, T.; Kimura, K.; Yao, M. [Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Tamura, K. [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan); Katoh, M. [A.L.M.T. Corp., Iwasekoshi-Machi 2, Toyama 931-8543 (Japan); Kajihara, Y.; Inui, M. [Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8521 (Japan); Itou, M.; Sakurai, Y. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2015-08-17

    We have developed a high-pressure vessel and a cell for x-ray Compton scattering measurements of fluid alkali metals. Measurements have been successfully carried out for alkali metal rubidium at elevated temperatures and pressures using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. The width of Compton profiles (CPs) of fluid rubidium becomes narrow with decreasing fluid density, which indicates that the CPs sensitively detect the effect of reduction in the valence electron density. At the request of all authors of the paper, and with the agreement of the Proceedings Editor, an updated version of this article was published on 10 September 2015. The original article supplied to AIP Publishing was not the final version and contained PDF conversion errors in Formulas (1) and (2). The errors have been corrected in the updated and re-published article.

  2. Reactions between cold methyl halide molecules and alkali-metal atoms

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    We investigate the potential energy surfaces and activation energies for reactions between methyl halide molecules CH3X (X = F, Cl, Br, I) and alkali-metal atoms A (A = Li, Na, K, Rb) using high-level ab initio calculations. We examine the anisotropy of each intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) and the mechanism and energetics of the only available exothermic reaction pathway, CH3X + A → CH3 + AX. The region of the transition state is explored using two-dimensional PES cuts and estimates of the activation energies are inferred. Nearly all combinations of methyl halide and alkali-metal atom have positive barrier heights, indicating that reactions at low temperatures will be slow

  3. An Aqueous Redox Flow Battery Based on Neutral Alkali Metal Ferri/ferrocyanide and Polysulfide Electrolytes

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    Wei, Xiaoliang; Xia, Gordon; Kirby, Brent W.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Li, Bin; Nie, Zimin; Graff, Gordon L.; Liu, Jun; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Wang, Wei

    2015-11-13

    Aiming to explore low-cost redox flow battery systems, a novel iron-polysulfide (Fe/S) flow battery has been demonstrated in a laboratory cell. This system employs alkali metal ferri/ferrocyanide and alkali metal polysulfides as the redox electrolytes. When proper electrodes, such as pretreated graphite felts, are used, 78% energy efficiency and 99% columbic efficiency are achieved. The remarkable advantages of this system over current state-of-the-art redox flow batteries include: 1) less corrosive and relatively environmentally benign redox solutions used; 2) excellent energy and utilization efficiencies; 3) low cost for redox electrolytes and cell components. These attributes can lead to significantly reduced capital cost and make the Fe/S flow battery system a promising low-cost energy storage technology. The major drawbacks of the present cell design are relatively low power density and possible sulfur species crossover. Further work is underway to address these concerns.

  4. Equation of state for thermodynamic properties of pure and mixtures liquid alkali metals

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    Mousazadeh, M.H., E-mail: mmousazadeh@aeoi.org.ir [Department of Chemistry, Nuclear Science Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), End of North-Karegar Str., 11365-3486 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Faramarzi, E. [Department of Physical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Maleki, Z. [Department of Chemistry, Nuclear Science Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), End of North-Karegar Str., 11365-3486 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-11-20

    We developed an equation of state based on statistical-mechanical perturbation theory for pure and mixtures alkali metals. Thermodynamic properties were calculated by the equation of state, based on the perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT). The model uses two parameters for a monatomic system, segment size, {sigma}, and segment energy, {epsilon}. In this work, we calculate the saturation and compressed liquid density, heat capacity at constant pressure and constant volume, isobaric expansion coefficient, for which accurate experimental data exist in the literatures. Results on the density of binary and ternary alkali metal alloys of Cs-K, Na-K, Na-K-Cs, at temperatures from the freezing point up to several hundred degrees above the boiling point are presented. The calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data.

  5. X-ray Compton scattering experiments for fluid alkali metals at high temperatures and pressures

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    We have developed a high-pressure vessel and a cell for x-ray Compton scattering measurements of fluid alkali metals. Measurements have been successfully carried out for alkali metal rubidium at elevated temperatures and pressures using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8. The width of Compton profiles (CPs) of fluid rubidium becomes narrow with decreasing fluid density, which indicates that the CPs sensitively detect the effect of reduction in the valence electron density. At the request of all authors of the paper, and with the agreement of the Proceedings Editor, an updated version of this article was published on 10 September 2015. The original article supplied to AIP Publishing was not the final version and contained PDF conversion errors in Formulas (1) and (2). The errors have been corrected in the updated and re-published article

  6. The 3-Dimensional q-Deformed Harmonic Oscillator and Magic Numbers of Alkali Metal Clusters

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    Bonatsos, Dennis; Raychev, P P; Roussev, R P; Terziev, P A; Bonatsos, Dennis

    1999-01-01

    Magic numbers predicted by a 3-dimensional q-deformed harmonic oscillator with Uq(3) > SOq(3) symmetry are compared to experimental data for alkali metal clusters, as well as to theoretical predictions of jellium models, Woods--Saxon and wine bottle potentials, and to the classification scheme using the 3n+l pseudo quantum number. The 3-dimensional q-deformed harmonic oscillator correctly predicts all experimentally observed magic numbers up to 1500 (which is the expected limit of validity for theories based on the filling of electronic shells), thus indicating that Uq(3), which is a nonlinear extension of the U(3) symmetry of the spherical (3-dimensional isotropic) harmonic oscillator, is a good candidate for being the symmetry of systems of alkali metal clusters.

  7. Alkali-doped metal-phthalocyanine and pentacene compounds

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    Craciun, M.F.

    2006-01-01

    The ability to introduce charge carriers in organic molecular materials and control their concentration is of great relevance for both fundamental research and applications. In this thesis, it has been demonstrated that the electronic properties of Metal Phthalocyanines (MPc) and pentacene (PEN) mol

  8. Conductometric determination of dissociation constants of alkali metal monopyrocatechinborates in alcohols

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    Dissociation constants of alkali metal monopyrocatechinborates of Me[(C6H4O2)B(OH)2]xnH2O (Me = Na+, Li+) composition are determined using conductometric method based on equivalent electric conductivity values, in methanol and ethanol at 25 deg C. Dissociation constants of weak electrolytes are calculated by the Fuoss-Kraus method. Conditions of Valden raw action are determined which connects concentrations with permittivity of medium

  9. Ab initio GW quasiparticle calculation of small alkali-metal clusters

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    Quasiparticle energies of small alkali-metal clusters are evaluated from first principles by means of the GW approximation with the generalized plasmon-pole model. An all-electron mixed-basis approach, in which wave function is represented as a linear combination of both plane waves and atomic orbitals, is adopted in the calculation. Obtained quasiparticle energies (ionization potential and electron affinity) are in good agreement with experimental data

  10. Characterization of the conduction properties of alkali metal ion conducting solid electrolytes using thermoelectric measurements

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    Gautam, Devendraprakash

    2006-01-01

    Under certain circumstances the electronic conductivity of the solid electrolyte may play a pivotal role for the behaviour of a solid state galvanic cell. Quantitatively, the extent of the electronic conductivity is expressed by the electronic conduction parameters, a and a, that denote the alkali metal activities at which the n and p-type electronic conductivities, respectively, of the electrolyte are equal to its ionic conductivity. Previous findings demonstrated the existen...

  11. Effect of radiation trapping on the polarization of an optically pumped alkali-metal vapor

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    Calculations are presented of the limitations imposed by radiation trapping on the electron spin polarization produced in an alkali-metal vapor by optical pumping in a large magnetic field. It is found that electron spin polarizations of 90% are possible with Na densities up to 1019 atoms/m3 and ground-level relaxation times of 150 μs in a large magnetic field using a cylindrical geometry of radius 7.5 x 10-3 m

  12. Alkali Metal Modification of Silica Gel-Based Stationary Phase in Gas Chromatography

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    Ashraf Yehia El-Naggar

    2013-01-01

    Modification of the precipitated silica gel was done by treatment with alkali metal (NaCl) before and after calcination. The silica surfaces before and after modification were confirmed by infrared spectroscopy in order to observe the strength and abundance of the acidic surface OH group bands which play an important role in the adsorption properties of polar and nonpolar solutes. The surface-modified silica gels were tested as GC solid stationary phases in terms of the separation efficiency ...

  13. Ab initio GW quasiparticle calculation of small alkali-metal clusters

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    Ishii, S; Louie, S G; Ohno, K

    2001-01-01

    Quasiparticle energies of small alkali-metal clusters are evaluated from first principles by means of the GW approximation with the generalized plasmon-pole model. An all-electron mixed-basis approach, in which wave function is represented as a linear combination of both plane waves and atomic orbitals, is adopted in the calculation. Obtained quasiparticle energies (ionization potential and electron affinity) are in good agreement with experimental data.

  14. Active-alkali metal promoted reductive desulfurization of dibenzothiophene and its hindered analogues

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    Pittalis, Mario; Azzena, Ugo Gavino; Carraro, Massimo; Pisano, Luisa

    2013-01-01

    Reductive desulfurisation of organic compounds is of importance both in organic synthesis and in industry. Benzo- and dibenzothiophenes are between the most abundant sulphur containing impurities in crude oils, and their desulfurization is a mandatory issue in the production of non polluting fuels. Following our interest in the development of efficient alkali metal-mediated synthetic procedures and alternative protocols for the chemical transformation of widespread environmental contaminants ...

  15. A hexagonal structure for alkali-metal doped poly (p-phenylene)

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    Murthy, N. S.; Baughman, R. H.; Shacklette, L. W.; Fark, H.; Fink, J.

    1991-05-01

    An hexagonal structure (space group p overline62m, a = 8.6 Å) is proposed for sodium-doped poly(p-phenylene), PPP. The diffraction pattern calculated using only one freely adjustable parameter (the distance between the alkali-metal column and the polymer backbone) is in good agreement with the observed electron diffraction patterns. A similar structure ( a = 9.2 Å) is also suggested by diffraction data for potassium-doped PPP. This hexagonal structure is analogous to that reported for sodium-doped poly(p-phenylene vinylene), lithium-doped polyacetylene, and sodium-doped polyacetylene. The three chain per column arrangement provides a fundamental structural motif which maximizes the coordination of the negatively charged carbon atoms with both the alkali metal ions and the hydrogens, and maximizes interchain, intercolumn, and hydrogen to alkali-metal separations. The size of the dopant-ion relative to the cross-sectional dimensions of the host polymer determines whether the dopant-ion columns are formed in triangular (three chain per column) or tetragonal (four chain per column) channels.

  16. Equation of state for solid rare gases and alkali metals under pressure

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    Bonnet, Pierre

    2016-07-01

    This investigation is based on an atomic equation of state which takes into account the excluded volume of the atom being considered. Study of solid rare gases allows following the packing factor of the solid in equilibrium with the gas at different temperatures and of the solid and the liquid in the case of solid-liquid equilibria. The application of a pressure to the solid up to 9800 MPa allows determining the decrease in atomic volume and thus the compressibility. Such a study leads to proposing a new expression through dividing the pressure derivative (as a function of the excluded volume) by the pressure. This new coefficient is a pressure-independent constant but varies with the atom considered. Multiplied by the initial atomic volume, this coefficient has a unique value for all the rare gases. Furthermore, this is also true for the series of alkali metals with however a lower value of the coefficient. The atomic configurations of the two series are very different with one free electron for the alkali metals but closed shells for the rare gases. The alkali metals are therefore more complex than the rare gases. It is worthwhile to note that study of the equilibrium has not required the use of the principles of thermodynamics.

  17. Interpretation of X-ray diffraction from liquid alkali metals

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    It is known that, near freezing, the peaks in the liquid structure factors of Na and K reflect the ordering of a body-centred cubic lattice. Therefore, we have considered the modifications introduced into the electron distribution of a body-centred cubic, nearly-free electron, metal by destruction of the long-range order. Use of the Wannier representation, as has been pointed out by Matthai et al. leads naturally in a metal to bond charges at the centres of near-neighbour, next-near neighbour, etc. bonds. Because of the absence of long-range order in the nuclei of liquid Na and K, it is argued that only near-neighbour and perhaps next-near neighbour bond charges remain meaningful. Thus, whereas in crystalline Na and K, the totality of the bond charge distributions, including however many longer and longer bonds, adds up to an almost constant electron density of the valence electrons, in the liquid the local angularity of the electron density is significant. We find then that a model which can explain the observed reflections, which are characteristic of a face-centred-cubic lattice, can be built up by: (a) using local sp3 type bonding charges, with Pauling resonance invoked between occupied and unoccupied bonds; (b) assuming, once local electron co-ordination characteristic of such bonds is formed, Wigner-type lattice ordering can propagate the face-centred lattice over distances of 30 to 40 A. The differences to be expected between nearly-free electron metals and tight-binding metals in the liquid state are finally stressed. (author)

  18. Diffusion of alkali metals in the first stage graphite intercalation compounds by vdW-DFT calculations

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    Wang, Zhaohui; Ratvik, Arne Petter; Grande, Tor; Selbach, Sverre Magnus

    2015-01-01

    Diffusion of alkali metal cations in the first stage graphite intercalation compounds (GIC) LiC6, NaC6, NaC8 and KC8 has been investigated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the optPBE-vdW van der Waals functional. The formation energies of alkali vacancies, interstitials and Frenkel defects were calculated and vacancies were found to be the dominating point defects. The diffusion coefficients of the alkali metals in GIC were evaluated by a hopping model of point defects ...

  19. Gaussian-basis LDA and GGA calculations for alkali-metal equations of state

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    Recently there has been renewed interest in implementations of density-functional theory for solids using various types of localized basis sets, including atom-centered Gaussian-type functions. While such methods are clearly well adapted to most insulating and semiconducting systems, one might expect them to give a less-than-optimal description of metals relative to plane-wave-type methods. Nevertheless, several successful applications of local-basis methods to metals have recently been reported. Here, we report an application of our Gaussian linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) code to some extremely free-electron-like metals, namely, the alkali metals Li, Na, and K. In agreement with other calculations (both local and plane wave) we find that the local-density approximation (LDA) lattice constants are relatively poor (∼-3% from experiment for the alkali metals versus ±1% for many other solids) and that the LDA bulk moduli are ∼30% too high. We find that the Perdew-Burke-Enzerhof (PBE) version of the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) corrects most of this error, in agreement with earlier calculations using similar GGA functionals. The Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr GGA functional gives similar results for the alkali-metal equations of state but is found to overcorrect the errors of the LDA for the cohesive energies, for which the PBE functional is in better agreement with experiment. Our results indicate that the Gaussian-LCAO method should be able to give accurate results for nearly any crystalline solid, since it succeeds even where it would be expected to have the most difficulty. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  20. Theory of alkali-metal-induced reconstructions of fcc(100) surfaces

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    Christensen, Ole Bøssing; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    1992-01-01

    Calculations of missing-row reconstruction energies of the fcc(100) surfaces of the metals Al, Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, and Au have been performed with the effective-medium theory with and without the presence of a potassium overlayer. It is shown that the tendency to reconstruct in the presence of...... adsorbed K is largest for Ag. This is in accordance with recent experiments indicating a potassium-induced missing-row reconstruction for Ag, but not for other metals. The tendency is shown to be related to the relatively low bulk modulus of silver. Differences from the well-known alkali...

  1. ELECTROHYDRAULIC LEACHING OF ALKALI METALS FROM ZINNWALDITE MICA

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    Faltus, M.; Babický, Václav; Botula, J.; Hong Vu, N.; Člupek, Martin

    Bratislava: Department of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia); Society for Plasma Research and Applications in cooperation with Library and Publishing Centre CU, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2015 - (Papp, P.; Országh, J.; Moravský, L.; Ribar, A.; Matejčík, Š.), s. 234-239 ISBN 978-80-8147-027-1. [Symposium on Application of Plasma Processes COST TD1208 Workshop on Application of Gaseous Plasma with Liquids: SAPP XX /20./. Tatranská Lomnica (SK), 17.01.2015-22.01.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LD14080 Grant ostatní: European Cooperation in Science and Technology(XE) COST TD1208 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : electrical discharge in liquid * leaching of metals Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://is.muni.cz/repo/1219429/SAPP_XX_2015.pdf

  2. Modulation of the work function of fullerenes C60 and C70 by alkali-metal adsorption: A theoretical study

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    The impact of alkali-metal (Li/Na/Cs) adsorption on work function of fullerenes C60 and C70 was investigated by first-principles calculations. After adsorption, the work functions of fullerenes C60 and C70 decrease distinctly and vary linearly with the electronegativity of the alkali metal elements, and the positions where the alkali atoms are adsorbed considerably influence the work functions. On the contrary, a vacancy defect elevates the work functions of the fullerenes C60 and C70. The variation in the work functions rests with variation in Fermi level (which are attributed to charge transfer) and variation in vacuum levels (which are attributed to the induced dipole moments). Moreover, alkali-metal adsorption can also improve the electric conductivity of a fullerene mixture of C60 and C70.

  3. Evidence for alkali metal induced intermolecular acetylenic hydrogen atom transfer between hydrogen-bonded alkyne complexes in solid argon

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    Condensation of acetylene, propyne, and 2-butyne/acetylene mixtures with heavy alkali metal atoms (Na, K, Cs) in an argon matrix at 15 K has led to the appearance of infrared absorptions due to ethylene, propylene, and trans-2-butene, respectively. These results stand in sharp contrast with the products obtained with lithium. Isotopic studies have shown that ethylene formation involved three different acetylene molecules and evidenced a difference in the product yield with hydrogen vs. deuterium as well as a preference for trans- vs. cis-C2H2D2 formation, which is discussed and rationalized by differences in the zero point energies for the different mixed deuterium isotopes of the intermediate vinyl radical. This trend is amplified by methyl substitution. Spectroscopic evidence was found in these experiments for cesium acetylide (Cs+C2H-) and a cesium-acetylene π complex, which are involved in the intermolecular acetylenic hydrogen atom transfer process. 26 references, 3 figures, 2 tables

  4. Density functional theory based screening of ternary alkali-transition metal borohydrides: A computational material design project

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    Hummelshøj, Jens Strabo; Landis, David; Voss, Johannes;

    2009-01-01

    We present a computational screening study of ternary metal borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage based on density functional theory. We investigate the stability and decomposition of alloys containing 1 alkali metal atom, Li, Na, or K (M1); and 1 alkali, alkaline earth or 3d/4d transition...... metal atom (M2) plus two to five (BH4)− groups, i.e., M1M2(BH4)2–5, using a number of model structures with trigonal, tetrahedral, octahedral, and free coordination of the metal borohydride complexes. Of the over 700 investigated structures, about 20 were predicted to form potentially stable alloys with...

  5. Alkali and heavy metal emissions of the PCFB-process; Alkalipaeaestoet PCFB-prosessissa

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    Kuivalainen, R.; Eriksson, T.; Lehtonen, P. [Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, Karhula (Finland)

    1996-12-01

    Pressurized Circulating Fluidized Bed (PCFB) combustion technology has been developed in Karhula R and D Center since 1986. As a part of the development, 10 MW PCFB Test Facility was built in 1989. The Test Facility has been used for performance testing with different coal types through the years 1990-1995 in order to gain data for design and commercialization of the high-efficiency low-emission PCFB combustion technology. The project Y44 `Alkali and heavy metal emissions of the PCFB-process` was part of national LIEKKI 2 research program. The main object of the project was to measure vapor phase Na and K concentrations in the PCFB flue gas after hot gas filter and investigate the effects of process conditions and sorbents on alkali release. The measurements were performed using plasma assisted method by TUT Laboratory of Plasma Technology and wet absorption method of VTT Energy. The measured Na concentrations were below 30 ppb(w) in all measured data points. The results of K were below 10 ppb(w). The accuracies of the both methods are about + 50 % at this concentration range. The scatter of the data covers the effects of different process variables on the alkali emission. The measured emissions are at the same order of magnitude as the guideline emission limits estimated by gas turbine manufacturers. The measurements and development of the analyses methods are planned to be continued during PCFB test runs in spring 1996 for example within Joule II research program. (author)

  6. The influence of chlorine on the fate and activity of alkali metals during the gasification of wood

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    Struis, R.; Scala, C. von; Schuler, A.; Stucki, S. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    Chlorine clearly inhibits the CO{sub 2}-gasification reaction of charcoal at 800{sup o}C. From this and other observations the picture emerges that the reduction in the gasification reactivity of the charcoal is intimately related to the deactivation of the catalytically active alkali metals residing in the wood due to the formation of the chloride salt. It is argued that the heavy metal chlorides will likely transfer the chlorine to the indigenous alkali metals during the pyrolysis stage of the wood. The fate of the thus formed alkali metal chlorides can then be either their removal from the sample (evaporation), or, when present at the gasification stage, re-activation (i.e., de-chlorination) under our gasification conditions. (author) 3 figs., 4 refs.

  7. Intercalation of heavy alkali metals (K, Rb and Cs) in the bundles of single wall nanotubes

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    Duclaux, L.; Méténier, K.; Lauginie, P.; Salvetat, J. P.; Bonnamy, S.; Beguin, F.

    2000-11-01

    The electric-arc discharge carbon deposits (collaret) containing Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs) were heat treated at 1600 °C during 2 days under N2 flow in order to eliminate the Ni catalyst by sublimation, without modifications of the SWNTs ropes. Sorting this deposit by gravity enabled to obtain in the coarsest particles higher amount of SWNTs ropes than in other particle sizes. The coarser particles of the carbon deposits were reacted with the alkali metals vapor giving intercalated samples with a MC8 composition. The intercalation led to an expansion of the 2D lattice of the SWNTs so that the alkali metals were intercalated in between the tubes within the bundles. Disordered lattices were observed after intercalation of Rb and Cs. The simulations of the X-ray diffractograms of SWNTs reacted with K, gave the best fit for three K ions occupying the inter-tubes triangular cavities. The investigations by EPR, and 13C NMR, showed that doped carbon deposits are metallic.

  8. Thermodynamics and structure of liquid alkali metals from the charged-hard-sphere reference fluid

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    The evaluation of thermodynamic properties of liquid alkali metals is re-examined in the approach based on the Gibbs-Bogoliubov inequality and using the fluid of charged hard spheres in the mean spherical approximation as reference system, with a view to achieving consistency with the liquid structure factor. The perturbative variational calculation of the Helmholtz free energy is based on an ab initio and highly reliable nonlocal pseudopotential. Only limited improvement is found in the calculated thermodynamic functions, even when full advantage is taken of the two variational parameters inherent in this approach. The role of thermodynamic self-consistency between the equations of state of the reference fluid derived from the routes of the internal energy and of the virial theorem is then discussed, using previous results by Hoye and Stell. An approximate evaluation of the corresponding contribution to the free energy of liquid alkali metals yields appreciable improvements in both the thermodynamic functions and the liquid structure factor. It thus appears that an accurate treatment of thermodynamic self-consistency in the charged-hard-sphere system may help to resolve some of the difficulties that are commonly met in the evaluation of thermodynamic and structural properties of liquid metals. (author). 55 refs, 4 figs, 4 tabs

  9. Effect of particle size on thermal decomposition of alkali metal picrates

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    Liu, Rui; Zhang, Tonglai, E-mail: ztlbit@bit.edu.cn; Yang, Li; Zhou, Zunning

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: The smaller-sized picrate has greater gas emission than do its larger counterpart. The small size effect reduces the thermal decomposition activation energy, accelerates the reaction rate, and promotes the reaction activity. - Highlights: • Picrates were prepared into three micron sizes by microemulsion synthesis. • Thermal decomposition kinetics and thermodynamics were studied by DPTA and DSC. • Smaller-sized picrate has higher activity and faster reaction rate. • Particle size effect on thermal decomposition kinetics and thermodynamics was revealed. - Abstract: Three alkali metal picrates, KPA, RbPA and CsPA, were prepared into three micron sizes by microemulsion synthesis, and their thermal decomposition behaviors were investigated by DPTA at different temperatures and by DSC at different heating rates. The smaller-sized picrate has greater gas emission and smaller kinetic and thermodynamic parameters than do its larger counterpart. It can be attributed to the decreasing particle size which leads to the high surface energy, the fast mass and heat transfer, and the increasing active sites on the reaction interface. The small size effect and surface effect cause the autocatalysis which reduces the activation energy and promotes the reaction activity. The particle size does not affect the reaction mechanism. However, the picrates with different central alkali metals exhibit different reaction mechanisms even though they are of the same size. This is because the central metal determines the bond energy and consequently affects the stability of picrate.

  10. Characterization of alkali-metal and alkaline-earth nitrates by vibrational spectroscopy

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    Martínez, S.; Acción, F.; Puertas, F.

    1992-01-01

    Infrared spectra of sodium and potassium alkaline-metal nitrates and magnesium and calcium alkali-earth nitrates in solid phase had been recorded in order to assign the fundamental bands. The influence of the dispersal médium (alkaline halide), employed in the solid sample preparation have been discussed. The quantitative measurements of the band in ten sities at 1387 cm-1 (present in the I.R. spectra of the four nitrates in KBr médium) allowed us to determine the Lambe...

  11. Van der Waals coefficients for alkali metal clusters and their size dependence

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    Arup Banerjee; Manoj K Harbola

    2006-02-01

    In this paper we employ the hydrodynamic formulation of time-dependent density functional theory to obtain the van der Waals coefficients 6 and 8 of alkali metal clusters of various sizes including very large clusters. Such calculations become computationally very demanding in the orbital-based Kohn-Sham formalism, but are quite simple in the hydrodynamic approach. We show that for interactions between the clusters of the same sizes, 6 and 8 scale as the sixth and the eighth power of the cluster radius, respectively, and approach their classically predicted values for the large size clusters.

  12. Conductimetric determination of dissociation constants of alkali metal (bis)pyrocatechol borates in alcohols

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    Dissociation constants of dipyrocatechinborates of the alkali metals of the Me[C6H4O2)2B] composition, where M - Na, K, Rb, Cs in the methanol and ethanol medium at 25 deg C, are determined through conductometric method on the basis of values of equiva lent electroconductivities. The dissociation constants of low power electrolytes are calculated through the Fuoss-Kraus method. The performance conditions of the Valden rule, binding the substances concentrations with dielectric permittivity of the medium, are identified

  13. Cycle analysis of an alkali metal thermo-electric converter for small capillary type

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    This paper describes the design of a small size Alkali Metal Thermal to Electric Converter (AMTEC) which employs a capillary structure for recirculating sodium working fluid. The cycle is based on the simple and small capillary type β-alumina and wick tube element. The proposed cell consists of the 37 conversion elements with capillary tube of 50μm in diameter and the sealed cylindrical vessel of 22mm in outer diameter. Results on the cycle analysis of sodium flow and heat transfer in the cell showed that the expected power output was 4.65 W and the conversion efficiency was 19% for the source temperature of 900 K

  14. A study of the chemistry of alkali metals in the upper atmosphere

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    Silver, J. A.; Kolb, C. E.

    1985-01-01

    The reactions of metallic species introduced into the atmosphere by meteor ablation may play a significant role in mesospheric and stratospheric chemistry. During this second year of a three year program to investigate these phenomena, we have completed measurements for the reactions of atomic sodium with ozone, and of NaO with ozone. Preliminary measurements of the rate constant for the reaction of NaO2 + HCl have been done, as well as an initial photodissociation cross section determination for NaCl at 193 nm. We have also begun to investigate the means by which neutral gas phase alkali species may be removed from the mesosphere and stratosphere.

  15. Surface tension of molten alkali metal halides as a function of ion sizes

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    The analysis of the experimental data on the surface tension of the liquid/vapor interphase boundary of the molten alkali metal halides MX (M Li-Cs, X = F-I) near the melting temperature, accounting for the cation and anion dimensional differences, is presented. The main attention is focused at the manifestation of the effects of the interphase boundary of the effects of the interphase boundary thickness and twofold electric layer. It is shown, that the experimental data on the whole MX series may be represented in the form of the electrocapillary curve on the graph of the surface tension dependence on the degree of the halides dimensional asymmetry

  16. Alkali Metal Control over N–N Cleavage in Iron Complexes

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    Grubel, Katarzyna; Brennessel, William W.; Mercado, Brandon Q.; Holland, Patrick L.

    2014-01-01

    Though N2 cleavage on K-promoted Fe surfaces is important in the large-scale Haber–Bosch process, there is still ambiguity about the number of Fe atoms involved during the N–N cleaving step and the interactions responsible for the promoting ability of K. This work explores a molecular Fe system for N2 reduction, particularly focusing on the differences in the results obtained using different alkali metals as reductants (Na, K, Rb, Cs). The products of these reactions feature new types of Fe–N...

  17. Environmental and biomedical applications of natural metal stable isotope variations

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    Bullen, T.D.; Walczyk, T.

    2009-01-01

    etal stable isotopes are now being used to trace metal contaminants in the environment and as indicators of human systemic function where metals play a role. Stable isotope abundance variations provide information about metal sources and the processes affecting metals in complex natural systems, complementing information gained from surrogate tracers, such as metal abundance ratios or biochemical markers of metal metabolism. The science is still in its infancy, but the results of initial studies confirm that metal stable isotopes can provide a powerful tool for forensic and biomedical investigations.

  18. Evaluation of Ce3+ and alkali metal ions Co-doped LiSrAlF6 crystalline scintillators

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    High scintillation efficiency of Eu-doped LiSrAlF6 (LiSAF) and LiCaAlF6 (LiCAF) codoped with alkali metal ions has been reported in our recent studies. Thus in this paper, we demonstrated the scintillation properties of 1% Ce-doped LiSAF crystals with 1% alkali metal ions co-doping to increase the light yield and understand the scintillation mechanism. The crystals showed intense emission band corresponding to the 5d-4f transition of Ce3+, and their light yields under thermal neutron excitation were higher than that of the Ce only doped crystal. Especially, the light yield of Ce–Na co-doped crystal exceeded about two times that of Ce only doped one. -- Highlights: ► Ce-doped and alkali metal co-doped LiSAF crystals were grown by μ-PD method. ► Alkali metal co-doped crystals showed higher light yield than Ce only doped crystal. ► Decay time of alkali metal co-doped LiSAF were longer than that of Ce only doped one

  19. Bond-length distributions for ions bonded to oxygen: alkali and alkaline-earth metals.

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    Gagné, Olivier Charles; Hawthorne, Frank Christopher

    2016-08-01

    Bond-length distributions have been examined for 55 configurations of alkali-metal ions and 29 configurations of alkaline-earth-metal ions bonded to oxygen, for 4859 coordination polyhedra and 38 594 bond distances (alkali metals), and for 3038 coordination polyhedra and 24 487 bond distances (alkaline-earth metals). Bond lengths generally show a positively skewed Gaussian distribution that originates from the variation in Born repulsion and Coulomb attraction as a function of interatomic distance. The skewness and kurtosis of these distributions generally decrease with increasing coordination number of the central cation, a result of decreasing Born repulsion with increasing coordination number. We confirm the following minimum coordination numbers: ([3])Li(+), ([3])Na(+), ([4])K(+), ([4])Rb(+), ([6])Cs(+), ([3])Be(2+), ([4])Mg(2+), ([6])Ca(2+), ([6])Sr(2+) and ([6])Ba(2+), but note that some reported examples are the result of extensive dynamic and/or positional short-range disorder and are not ordered arrangements. Some distributions of bond lengths are distinctly multi-modal. This is commonly due to the occurrence of large numbers of structure refinements of a particular structure type in which a particular cation is always present, leading to an over-representation of a specific range of bond lengths. Outliers in the distributions of mean bond lengths are often associated with anomalous values of atomic displacement of the constituent cations and/or anions. For a sample of ([6])Na(+), the ratio Ueq(Na)/Ueq(bonded anions) is partially correlated with 〈([6])Na(+)-O(2-)〉 (R(2) = 0.57), suggesting that the mean bond length is correlated with vibrational/displacement characteristics of the constituent ions for a fixed coordination number. Mean bond lengths also show a weak correlation with bond-length distortion from the mean value in general, although some coordination numbers show the widest variation in mean bond length for zero distortion, e.g. Li(+) in

  20. On metal oxide solubilities in some molten alkali metal bromides at T = 973 K

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    Highlights: • Solubility products of MeO oxides in KBr–NaBr and KBr–LiBr eutectics are presented. • Correlation between radius of cation entering in oxide and its solubility is found. • Melt acidity increases in CsBr − KBr → KBr − NaBr → KBr − LiBr sequence. • The common oxoacidity scale of alkali metal chlorides and bromides is constructed. - Abstract: Reactions of Me2+ cations with O2− in molten (KBr + NaBr) (0.5:0.5) and (KBr + LiBr) (0.4:0.6) mixtures at T = 973 K were studied by potentiometric titration method using Pt(O2)|ZrO2(Y2O3) indicator electrode. In the former melt, the set of cations available for investigation was wide enough (Me = Sr, Ca, Mn, Co, Ni and Pb) and the corresponding solubility product indices (pKs,MeO, molalities) were found to be (3.81 ± 0.3) (SrO), (5.00 ± 0.3) (CaO), (7.85 ± 0.3) (MnO), (8.80 ± 0.1) (CoO), (9.72 ± 0.04) (NiO) and (5.20 ± 0.3) (PbO). A correlation between pKs,MeO and the polarisation action of the metal cation by Goldschmidt (ZerMe2+-2) was obtained. The oxide solubilities on the mole fraction scale were shown to be close to those obtained in molten (KCl + NaCl) equimolar mixture. On the basis of the solubility data the oxobasicity index (primary medium effect for oxide ion) for the (KBr + NaBr) melt was estimated as pI{KBr–LiBr} = −0.24. Due to considerable oxoacidic properties of Li+ cation in the molten (KBr + LiBr) eutectic, it was possible to study only three from the above cations (Me = Mn, Co and Ni) and their pKs,MeO values were (4.36 ± 0.2), (5.19 ± 0.05) and (6.25 ± 0.03), respectively. Comparison with the corresponding data for (KBr + NaBr) equimolar mixture showed that the Li+-based melt dissolved all the studied oxides in more extent. On the basis of the data obtained, the oxobasicity index value pI{KBr−LiBr} was estimated as (3.01 ± 0.5), that was close to the similar parameter of the chloride analogue (KCl + LiCl) (3.36). The change of the constituent anion of the

  1. The effects of correlation, relativity, exchange, channels coupling and polarization in scattering of electrons by alkali-metal atoms and alkali-like ions

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    The present review briefly presents the growing experimental as well as theoretical interest in recent years in the effects of correlation, relativity, exchange, channels coupling and polarization on the high precision scattering of electron by alkali-metal atoms and alkali-like ions. Many high precision experiments have been performed which need very high accurate theoretical prediction for correct interpretation and identification of different physical effects involved. Several sophisticated theoretical techniques have been developed for inclusion of the above mentioned effects which play an extremely important role in order to obtain results of high accuracy for understanding experimental observation of high precision. At present, we do not have a comprehensive and practical atomic scattering theory which accounts for all these effects on an equal footing. Future challenges and directions, in reliable electron-atom scattering calculations, have been discussed and suggested. (author). 136 refs, 16 figs

  2. New bonding configuration on Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by the adsorption of alkali metals

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    Lottermoser, L.; Landemark, E.; Smilgies, D.M.; Nielsen, M.; Feidenhans'l, R. Falkenberg; Johnson, R.L.; Gierer, M.; Seitsonen, A.P.; Kleine, H.; Bludau, H.; Over, H.; Kim, S.K.; Jona, F.

    1998-01-01

    The structure of the (3×1) reconstructions of the Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by adsorption of alkali metals has been determined on the basis of surface x-ray diffraction and low-energy electron diffraction measurements and density functional theory. The (3×1) surface results primarily f...... from the substrate reconstruction and shows a new bonding configuration consisting of consecutive fivefold and sixfold Si (Ge) rings in 〈11̅ 0〉 projection separated by channels containing the alkali metal atoms. © 1998 The American Physical Society......The structure of the (3×1) reconstructions of the Si(111) and Ge(111) surfaces induced by adsorption of alkali metals has been determined on the basis of surface x-ray diffraction and low-energy electron diffraction measurements and density functional theory. The (3×1) surface results primarily...

  3. Alkali metal carbon dioxide electrochemical system for energy storage and/or conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen

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    Hagedorn, Norman H. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    An alkali metal, such as lithium, is the anodic reactant; carbon dioxide or a mixture of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide is the cathodic reactant; and carbonate of the alkali metal is the electrolyte in an electrochemical cell for the storage and delivery of electrical energy. Additionally, alkali metal-carbon dioxide battery systems include a plurality of such electrochemical cells. Gold is a preferred catalyst for reducing the carbon dioxide at the cathode. The fuel cell of the invention produces electrochemical energy through the use of an anodic reactant which is extremely energetic and light, and a cathodic reactant which can be extracted from its environment and therefore exacts no transportation penalty. The invention is, therefore, especially useful in extraterrestrial environments.

  4. A study on optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolyte with different alkali metal iodides

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    Rao, B. Narasimha; Suvarna, R. Padma

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes were prepared by adding poly (ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether (PEGDME), TiO2 (nano filler), different alkali metal iodide salts RI (R+=Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+) and I2 into Acetonitrile gelated with Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO). Optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolytes were studied by FTIR, UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. FTIR spectrum reveals that the alkali metal cations were coordinated to ether oxygen of PEO. The optical absorption studies were made in the wavelength range 200-800 nm. It is observed that the optical absorption increases with increase in the radius of alkali metal cation. The optical band gap for allowed direct transitions was evaluated using Urbach-edges method. The optical properties such as optical band gap, refractive index and extinction coefficient were determined. The studied polymer materials are useful for solar cells, super capacitors, fuel cells, gas sensors etc.

  5. A numerical study of spin-dependent organization of alkali-metal atomic clusters using density-functional method

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    We calculate the different geometric isomers of spin clusters composed of a small number of alkali-metal atoms using the UB3LYP density-functional method. The electron density distribution of clusters changes according to the value of total spin. Steric structures as well as planar structures arise when the number of atoms increases. The lowest spin state is the most stable and Lin, Nan, Kn, Rbn, and Csn with n = 2–8 can be formed in higher spin states. In the highest spin state, the preparation of clusters depends on the kind and the number of constituent atoms. The interaction energy between alkali-metal atoms and rare-gas atoms is smaller than the binding energy of spin clusters. Consequently, it is possible to self-organize the alkali-metal-atom clusters on a non-wetting substrate coated with rare-gas atoms.

  6. Higher-order Cn dispersion coefficients for the alkali-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients, from C11 through to C16 resulting from second-, third-, and fourth-order perturbation theory are estimated for the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) atoms. The dispersion coefficients are also computed for all possible combinations of the alkali-metal atoms and hydrogen. The parameters are determined from sum rules after diagonalizing a semiempirical fixed core Hamiltonian in a large basis. Comparisons of the radial dependence of the Cn/rn potentials give guidance as to the radial regions in which the various higher-order terms can be neglected. It is seen that including terms up to C10/r10 results in a dispersion interaction that is accurate to better than 1% whenever the inter-nuclear spacing is larger than 20a0. This level of accuracy is mainly achieved due to the fortuitous cancellation between the repulsive (C11,C13,C15) and attractive (C12,C14,C16) dispersion forces

  7. 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility Closure Plan. Revision 1

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    The Hanford Site, located northwest of the city of Richland, Washington, houses reactors, chemical-separation systems, and related facilities used for the production of special nuclear materials, as well as for activities associated with nuclear energy development. The 300 Area of the Hanford Site contains reactor fuel manufacturing facilities and several research and development laboratories. The 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility (3718-F Facility), located in the 300 Area, was used to store and treat alkali metal wastes. Therefore, it is subject to the regulatory requirements for the storage and treatment of dangerous wastes. Closure will be conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-610 (Ecology 1989) and 40 CFR 270.1. Closure also will satisfy the thermal treatment facility closure requirements of 40 CFR 265.381. This closure plan presents a description of the 3718-F Facility, the history of wastes managed, and the approach that will be followed to close the facility. Only hazardous constituents derived from 3718-F Facility operations will be addressed.

  8. Enthalpic Interaction for α-Amino Acid with Alkali Metal Halides in Water

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    LU,Yan(卢雁)

    2004-01-01

    The studies of the enthalpic interaction parameters, hxy, hxyy and hxxv, of alkali metal halides with glycine,α-alanine and α-aminobutyric acid were published. Synthetic considering of the results of the studies, some interesting behaviors of the interaction between alkali metal halides and the α-amino acids have been found. The values of hxy will increase with the increase of the number of carbon atoms in alkyl side chain of amino acid molecules and decrease with the increase of the radius of the ions. The increasing of the salt's effect on the hydrophobic hydration structure as the radii of anion is more obvious than as that of cation. The value of hxxy will regularly decrease with the increase of the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain of amino acids and linear increase with the increase of the radius. But the relation of hxxy with the radius of cations is not evident. The value of hxyy will increase with the increase of the radii of the ions. As the increase of the number of carbon atoms of amino acids, hxyy is decreas for the ions which have lager size and there is a maximum value at α-alanine for the ions which have small size. The behaviors of the interaction mentioned above were further discussed in view of electrostatic and structural interactions.

  9. Alkali metal control over N-N cleavage in iron complexes.

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    Grubel, Katarzyna; Brennessel, William W; Mercado, Brandon Q; Holland, Patrick L

    2014-12-01

    Though N2 cleavage on K-promoted Fe surfaces is important in the large-scale Haber-Bosch process, there is still ambiguity about the number of Fe atoms involved during the N-N cleaving step and the interactions responsible for the promoting ability of K. This work explores a molecular Fe system for N2 reduction, particularly focusing on the differences in the results obtained using different alkali metals as reductants (Na, K, Rb, Cs). The products of these reactions feature new types of Fe-N2 and Fe-nitride cores. Surprisingly, adding more equivalents of reductant to the system gives a product in which the N-N bond is not cleaved, indicating that the reducing power is not the most important factor that determines the extent of N2 activation. On the other hand, the results suggest that the size of the alkali metal cation can control the number of Fe atoms that can approach N2, which in turn controls the ability to achieve N2 cleavage. The accumulated results indicate that cleaving the triple N-N bond to nitrides is facilitated by simultaneous approach of least three low-valent Fe atoms to a single molecule of N2. PMID:25412468

  10. Metal-mediated aminocatalysis provides mild conditions: Enantioselective Michael addition mediated by primary amino catalysts and alkali-metal ions

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Four catalysts based on new amides of chiral 1,2-diamines and 2-sulfobenzoic acid have been developed. The alkali-metal salts of these betaine-like amides are able to form imines with enones, which are activated by Lewis acid interaction for nucleophilic attack by 4-hydroxycoumarin. The addition of 4-hydroxycoumarin to enones gives ee’s up to 83% and almost quantitative yields in many cases. This novel type of catalysis provides an effective alternative to conventional primary amino catalysis were strong acid additives are essential components.

  11. Ab initio interaction potentials and scattering lengths for ultracold mixtures of metastable helium and alkali-metal atoms

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    Kedziera, Dariusz; Mentel, Łukasz; Żuchowski, Piotr S.; Knoop, Steven

    2015-06-01

    We have obtained accurate ab initio +4Σ quartet potentials for the diatomic metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, Rb) systems, using all-electron restricted open-shell coupled cluster singles and doubles with noniterative triples corrections CCSD(T) calculations and accurate calculations of the long-range C6 coefficients. These potentials provide accurate ab initio quartet scattering lengths, which for these many-electron systems is possible, because of the small reduced masses and shallow potentials that result in a small amount of bound states. Our results are relevant for ultracold metastable triplet helium+alkali-metal mixture experiments.

  12. Prospects for sympathetic cooling of polar molecules: NH with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth atoms - a new hope

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    Soldán, Pavel; Hutson, Jeremy M

    2009-01-01

    We explore the potential energy surfaces for NH molecules interacting with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth atoms using highly correlated ab-initio electronic structure calculations. The surfaces for interaction with alkali-metal atoms have deep wells dominated by covalent forces. The resulting strong anisotropies will produce strongly inelastic collisions. The surfaces for interaction with alkaline-earth atoms have shallower wells that are dominated by induction and dispersion forces. For Be and Mg the anisotropy is small compared to the rotational constant of NH, so that collisions will be relatively weakly inelastic. Be and Mg are thus promising coolants for sympathetic cooling of NH to the ultracold regime.

  13. Dipole Polarizability of Alkali-Metal (Na, K, Rb) - Alkaline-Earth-Metal (Ca,Sr) Polar molecules - Prospects of Alignment

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    Gopakumar, Geetha; Hada, Masahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi

    2014-01-01

    Electronic open-shell ground-state properties of selected alkali-metal (AM) - alkaline-earth-metal (AEM) polar molecules are investigated. We determine potential energy curves of the 2{\\Sigma}+ ground state at the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with partial triples (CCSD(T)) level of electron correlation. Calculated spectroscopic constants for the isotopes (23Na, 39K, 85Rb) - (40Ca, 88Sr) are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The variation of the permanent dipole moment (PDM), average dipole polarizability, and polarizability anisotropy with internuclear distance is determined using finite-field perturbation theory at the CCSD(T) level. Owing to moderate PDM (KCa: 1.67 D, RbCa: 1.75 D, KSr: 1.27 D, RbSr: 1.41 D) and large polarizability anisotropy (KCa: 566 a.u., RbCa: 604 a.u., KSr: 574 a.u., RbSr: 615 a.u.), KCa, RbCa, KSr, and RbSr are potential candidates for alignment and orientation in combined intense laser and external static electric fields.

  14. Helium and Argon Isotopic Composition of Cenozoic Alkali Basalts and Mantle-Derived Xenoliths from Kuandian, Liaoning Province, China

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    吴茂炳; 王先彬; 叶先仁; 刘春燕

    2004-01-01

    The noble gas isotopic composition and content data of 2 alkali basalts, 3 lherzolite xenoliths and one clinopyroxene megacryst from the Kuandian region have confirmed the occurrence of a fractionation of noble gases during magmatism. Light noble gases such as He and Ne are high in mobility and appear to be incompatible as compared with heavy ones (such as Kr and Xe). Therefore, light noble gases are abundant in volcanics, especially in the volcanics with bubbles; lherzolite xenoliths have relatively high heavy noble gases. The clinopyroxene megacryst has the lowest abundance of noble gases, probably due to its high P-T origin. Noble gas isotopic composition of the clinopyroxene megacryst reveals that the mantle source beneath the Kuandian area has an MORB-like reservoir with 3He / 4He ratio of ~10 Ra (Ra: atmospheric 3He / 4He ratio) and 40 Ar/ 36 Ar ratio of 345.6 . The lherzolite xenoliths possess moderate 3He / 4He ratios of 2.59 - 4.53 Ra, reflecting the loss of primary helium during rock deformation or metasomatism caused by enriched mantle fluids during the up-lifting. The alkali volcanics have very low 3He / 4He ratios ( 0.47 - 0.61 Ra), indicating a contribution of radiogenic 4He , probably having resulted from crust contamination. Most of the samples have excess 21 Ne and 22 Ne as compared with atmospheric neon, but Kr and Xe isotopic compositions are indistinguishable from atmospheric values within uncertainties with only individual samples having excess 129 Xe , 134 Xe and 136 Xe .

  15. Fractionation of metal stable isotopes by higher plants

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    Von Blanckenburg, F.; Von Wiren, N.; Guelke, M.; Weiss, D.J.; Bullen, T.D.

    2009-01-01

    Higher plants induce chemical reactions in the rhizosphere, facilitating metal uptake by roots. Fractionation of the isotopes in nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc produces a stable isotope composition in the plants that generally differs from that of the growth medium. Isotope fractionation also occurs during transport of the metals within most plants, but its extent depends on plant species and on the metal, in particular, on the metal's redox state and what ligand it is bound to. The metal stable isotope variations observed in plants create an isotope signature of life at the Earth's surface, contributing substantially to our understanding of metal cycling processes in the environment and in individual organisms.

  16. Semiempirical calculation of van der Waals coefficients for alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients, C6, C8, and C10 for the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) and alkaline-earth-metal (Be, Mg, Ca, and Sr) atoms are estimated by a combination of ab initio and semiempirical methods. Polarizabilities and atom-wall coefficients are given as a diagnostic check, and the lowest order nonadiabatic dispersion coefficient, D8 and the three-body coefficient, C9 are also presented. The dispersion coefficients are in agreement with the available relativistic many-body perturbation theory calculations. The contribution from the core was included by using constrained sum rules involving the core polarizability and Hartree-Fock expectation values to estimate the f-value distribution

  17. Dispersion coefficients for H and He interactions with alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal atoms

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    The van der Waals coefficients C6, C8, and C10 for H and He interactions with the alkali-metal (Li, Na, K, and Rb) and alkaline-earth-metal (Be, Mg, Ca, and Sr) atoms are determined from oscillator strength sum rules. The oscillator strengths were computed using a combination of ab initio and semiempirical methods. The dispersion parameters generally agree with close to exact variational calculations for Li-H and Li-He at the 0.1% level of accuracy. For larger systems, there is agreement with relativistic many-body perturbation theory estimates of C6 at the 1% level. These validations for selected systems attest to the reliability of the present dispersion parameters. About half the present parameters lie within the recommended bounds of the Standard and Certain compilation [J. Chem. Phys. 83, 3002 (1985)

  18. Early Solar System Alkali Fractionation Events Recorded by K-Ca Isotopes in the Yamato-74442 LL-Chondritic Breccia

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    Tatsunori, T.; Misawa, K.; Okano, O.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simon, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.

    2015-01-01

    Radiogenic ingrowth of Ca-40 due to decay of K-40 occurred early in the solar system history causing the Ca-40 abundance to vary within different early-former reservoirs. Marshall and DePaolo ] demonstrated that the K-40/Ca-40 decay system could be a useful radiogenic tracer for studies of terrestrial rocks. Shih et al. [3,4] determined 40K/40Ca ages of lunar granitic rock fragments and discussed the chemical characteristics of their source materials. Recently, Yokoyama et al. [5] showed the application of the K-40/Ca-40 chronometer for high K/Ca materials in ordinary chondrites (OCs). High-precision calcium isotopic data are needed to constrain mixing processes among early solar system materials and the time of planetesimal formation. To better constrain the solar system calcium isotopic compositions among astromaterials, we have determined the calcium isotopic compositions of OCs and an angrite. We further estimated a source K/Ca ratio for alkali-rich fragments in a chondritic breccia using the estimated solar system initial Ca-40/Ca-44.

  19. The role of alkali metal cations in the stabilization of guanine quadruplexes: why K(+) is the best.

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    Zaccaria, F; Paragi, G; Fonseca Guerra, C

    2016-08-21

    The alkali metal ion affinity of guanine quadruplexes has been studied using dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D). We have done computational investigations in aqueous solution that mimics artificial supramolecular conditions where guanine bases assemble into stacked quartets as well as biological environments in which telomeric quadruplexes are formed. In both cases, an alkali metal cation is needed to assist self-assembly. Our quantum chemical computations on these supramolecular systems are able to reproduce the experimental order of affinity of the guanine quadruplexes for the cations Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Rb(+), and Cs(+). The strongest binding is computed between the potassium cation and the quadruplex as it occurs in nature. The desolvation and the size of alkali metal cations are thought to be responsible for the order of affinity. Until now, the relative importance of these two factors has remained unclear and debated. By assessing the quantum chemical 'size' of the cation, determining the amount of deformation of the quadruplex needed to accommodate the cation and through the energy decomposition analysis (EDA) of the interaction energy between the cation and the guanines, we reveal that the desolvation and size of the alkali metal cation are both almost equally responsible for the order of affinity. PMID:27185388

  20. Electric dipole polarizabilities at imaginary frequencies for the alkali-metal, alkaline-earth, and inert gas atoms

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    Derevianko, Andrei; Babb, James F

    2009-01-01

    The electric dipole polarizabilities evaluated at imaginary frequencies for hydrogen, the alkali-metal atoms, the alkaline earth atoms, and the inert gases are tabulated along with the resulting values of the atomic static polarizabilities, the atom-surface interaction constants, and the dispersion (or van der Waals) constants for the homonuclear and the heteronuclear diatomic combinations of the atoms.

  1. Momentum densities and Compton profiles of alkali-metal atoms

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    Pranab Sarkar; Anupam Sarkar; S N Roy; B Talukdar

    2003-03-01

    It is assumed that the dynamics of valence electrons of alkali-metal atoms can be well accounted for by a quantum-defect theoretic model while the core electrons may be supposed to move in a self-consistent field. This model is used to study the momentum properties of atoms from 3Li to 37Rb. The numerical results obtained for the momentum density, moments of momentum density and Compton profile are found to be in good agreement with the results of more detailed configuration-interaction calculations for the atom 3Li. Similar results for 11Na, 19K and 37Rb are compared with the corresponding Hartree–Fock–Roothaan values only, for want of data from other realistic calculations.

  2. Separation of hafnium from zirconium in their tetrachloride solution in molten alkali metal chlorides

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    Salyulev, A.B.; Kudyakov, V.Ya.; Smirnov, M.V.; Moskalenko, N.I. (AN SSSR, Sverdlovsk. Inst. Ehlektrokhimii)

    1984-08-01

    The coefficient of HfCl/sub 4/ and ZrCl/sub 4/ separation in the process of vapour sublimation from their solutions in molten NaCl, KCl, CsCl, NaCl-KCl and NaCl-CsCl equimolar mixtures is found to vary in the series from approximately 1.10 to approximately 1.22 and practically not to depend on the temperature (in the 600-910 deg) range and concentration (2-25 mol.% ZrCl/sub 4/+HfCl/sub 4/). HfCl/sub 4/ and ZrCl/sub 4/ are shown to form almost perfect solutions with each other, which in their turn form imperfect solutions with molten alkali metal chlorides, with the strength of hafnium complex chloride anions increasing higher than that of zirconium in the series from NaCl to CsCl.

  3. Separation of hafnium from zirconium in their tetrachloride solution in molten alkali metal chlorides

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    The coefficient of HfCl4 and ZrCl4 separation in the process of vapour sublimation from their solutions in molten NaCl, KCl, CsCl, NaCl-KCl and NaCl-CsCl equimolar mixtures is found to vary in the series from approximately 1.10 to approximately 1.22 and practically not to depend on the temperature (in the 600-910 deg) range and concentration (2-25 mol.% ZrCl4+HfCl4). HfCl4 and ZrCl4 are shown to form almost perfect solutions with each other, which in their turn form imperfect solutions with molten alkali metal chlorides, with the strength of hafnium complex chloride anions increasing higher than that of zirconium in the series from NaCl to CsCl

  4. Secondary transformation mechanism of paramagnetic centers in irradiated alkali metal perchlorates

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    The EPR method has been used to study thermal transformations of paramagnetic centres (PC) in X-ray irradiated potassium, rubidium and cesium perchlorates. Experimental data make it possible to suppose that diffusion coefficient of O- ion a rather high and this ion is freely diffused already at 262 K. Colliding with [MeClO4]+ centres it is transformed in a molecule of oxygen. Another part of O- is transformed in stable ozonide-ion at 300 K. About room temperature hole centres dissociate with formation of ClO2 radical. It is supposed that part of electron and hole centres is not stabilized but at 77 K it is transformed in stable radiolysis products. This process most effective proceeds in dislocations and on the surface of microcrystals. The suggested model of thermal transformations of primary PC in irradiated perchlorates of alkali metals explains formation of all the finite ion and paramagnetic radiolysis products

  5. Thermal characterization of an AMTEC recirculating test cell. [Alkali Metal ThermoElectric Converter

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    Underwood, M. L.; O'Connor, D.; Williams, R. M.; Jeffries-Nakamura, B.; Ryan, M. A.; Bankston, C. P.

    1990-01-01

    An alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) recirculating test cell has been operated in order to determine the magnitudes of the primary heat losses of the cell and the value of the emissivity of the condenser surface. The energy balance included radiation losses, conductive losses, and losses due to the flow of sodium into the cell. The radiative heat flux dominated the heat loss mechanism of the cell at open circuit, and the condenser emissivity was calculated to be about 0.1. It is shown that, if this emissivity can be reduced to 0.02, then parasitic losses in an AMTEC recirculating test cell operating near peak power would be less than 40 percent of the heat required by the cell. The condenser emissivity decreases with elapsed time, resulting in improved thermal performance of the cell.

  6. The alkali metal thermoelectric converter /AMTEC/ - A new direct energy conversion technology for aerospace power

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    Bankston, C. P.; Cole, T.; Jones, R.; Ewell, R.

    1982-01-01

    A thermally regenerative electrochemical device for the direct conversion of heat to electrical energy, the alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC), is characterized by potential efficiencies on the order of 15-40% and possesses no moving parts, making it a candidate for space power system applications. Device conversion efficiency is projected on the basis of experimental voltage vs current curves exhibiting power densities of 0.7 W/sq cm and measured electrode efficiencies of up to 40%. Preliminary radiative heat transfer measurements presented may be used in an investigation of methods for the reduction of AMTEC parasitic radiation losses. AMTEC assumes heat input and rejection temperatures of 900-1300 K and 400-800 K, respectively. The working fluid is liquid sodium, and the porous electrode employed is of molybdenum.

  7. Structural systematic and crystal chemistry of novel borates with REE, Pb, Sr, and alkali metals

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    Crystal structures of novel borates with REE, Pb, Sr and alkali metals were analyzed using classical fundamental buildings blocks approach. It is demonstrated that hexa-, penta-, tetra-, tri- and diborates subdivisions in systematic are real families of structures with the common peculiarities. According to the symmetrical way and the degree of FBB condensation structural-generic rows exist in every of subdivisions. Mega- or polyborates subdivision is valid for the structures with the different types of simplest FBB. In all new complex borates it is possible to separate FBB of equal or different types which are presented in isolated form or are connected into chains, layers or frameworks, and to find unexpected correlation between structures. The possibility to recognize and to visualize in this approach the polarity or non-polarity of the structural units and correspondingly the polarity or nonpolarity of the structures in the whole is very important for the conclusion on structure-properties relation. (orig.)

  8. Reasons for different solubility of alkali metal chlorides in cadmium nitrate solutions

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    Maximum solubility of MCl salts (M=Li, Na, K, Cs) in solutions of cadmium nitrate and perchlorate of different concentration was measured in detail for studying the reason for different solubility of alkali metal chlorides in aqueous solutions of cadmium nitrate with concentration of 0.9 and 4.1 mol/l. It is shown that in the framework of phenomenological model of the solutions concentrated solutions of salts forming several crystallohydrates can be considered as a system of mixed solvents. In this case, preferable interaction of LiCl and CsCl with the Cd(NO3)2·9H2O type solvent, while NaCl and KCl - with the Cd(NO3)2·4H2O type solvent can be mentioned

  9. Hydrogen generation using silicon nanoparticles and their mixtures with alkali metal hydrides

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    Patki, Gauri Dilip

    mole of Si. We compare our silicon nanoparticles (˜10nm diameter) with commercial silicon nanopowder (Metal hydrides are also promising hydrogen storage materials. The optimum metal hydride would possess high hydrogen storage density at moderate temperature and pressure, release hydrogen safely and controllably, and be stable in air. Alkali metal hydrides have high hydrogen storage density, but exhibit high uncontrollable reactivity with water. In an attempt to control this explosive nature while maintaining high storage capacity, we mixed our silicon nanoparticles with the hydrides. This has dual benefits: (1) the hydride- water reaction produces the alkali hydroxide needed for base-catalyzed silicon oxidation, and (2) dilution with 10nm coating by, the silicon may temper the reactivity of the hydride, making the process more controllable. Initially, we analyzed hydrolysis of pure alkali metal hydrides and alkaline earth metal hydrides. Lithium hydride has particularly high hydrogen gravimetric density, along with faster reaction kinetics than sodium hydride or magnesium hydride. On analysis of hydrogen production we found higher hydrogen yield from the silicon nanoparticle—metal hydride mixture than from pure hydride hydrolysis. The silicon-hydride mixtures using our 10nm silicon nanoparticles produced high hydrogen yield, exceeding the theoretical yield. Some evidence of slowing of the hydride reaction rate upon addition of silicon nanoparticles was observed.

  10. Pb and Sr isotopes and trace metals in molluscs: constraints on metal sources and water fluxes in a coastal lagoon (Thau, France)

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    Because of its unique ability to characterize the origins and quantify the fluxes of waters and their loads, isotopic geochemistry is being increasingly used in environmental problems. On the other hand, molluscs are known to concentrate metals in a very strong manner and equilibrate relatively rapidly with their environment. They are used in many programs of coastal survey (Mussel Watch, RNO,...). The originality of our work is to apply isotopic systems (Pb, Sr) to living organisms, in order to: 1- identify the metal sources; 2- determine their proportions in the lagoon and 3- to trace the water movements. The Thau lagoon (Herault, S. France) presents various potential sources of metals inputs: heavy traffic road, Sete harbour, various industries (cement factory, fertilizers...), agriculture, camping areas and leisure ports, not to mention natural (rock) sources. Our study deals with the metal and alkali, alkali-earth concentrations, Pb and Sr isotopes determined on both mussels implanted in the lagoon and wild mussels. We also compare our mussel results with those determined on clams which live at the water/sediments interface. A first study deals with the metal accumulation in laboratory experiments using mono-isotopic tracers 'spike'. It shows that the new metal is being superimposed to the metals initially present in the organisms; this effect is seen within a few days, although variable depending on elements (Zn, Cd, Pb). We have sampled the introduced mussels 4 times a year and we see that the concentration fluctuations are principally related to animal weight variations. The flesh isotopic compositions usually define nice alignments depending on season, indicative of a progressive mixing between two main components: one natural, one anthropogenic. Depending on winds,two influences of seawater entries or local water treatment plants effluents can be shown. We have compared past and present metal levels and origins in the area by analysing also ancient shells

  11. Experience in the Design and Operation of High-Temperature Alkali Metal Systems

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    Our experience with the alkali metals began in 1942, when it became necessary to manufacture potassium as an intermediate step in producing potassium superoxide and oxygen generator chemicals for use in rebreather safety equipment evaluation. Study of the alkali metals has continued to the present with measurement of the physical properties, high temperature heat transfer properties, followed by the development of liquid metal instruments and the design and reliable manufacture of components. The present operation (up to 1200°F) of two sodium systems to study the instream mechanical properties of materials for long periods of time reveals the satisfactory operation of many components and the trouble to be experienced when operation is attempted with impurities added to the sodium. Cold-trap purification of 1200°F sodium systems is sufficient for low-corrosion operation over a 2-yr period in an AISI, Type 316 stainless-steel system. The adding of new specimens always raises the oxygen level, requiring repurification of the sodium. Some carbon was removed by the cold trap when high carbon-sodium conditions prevailed, but removal is not complete enough for satisfactory operation; therefore great care should be taken in preventing the carbon contamination. Plugging indicators were a good tool for normal operation. Under high carbon conditions the initial break in the plugging indicator curve can be related to the carburization potential of the sodium. Inert gas lines in sodium systems need to be heated above the melting point of sodium to prevent plugging. However, under high oxygen-sodium conditions, solids deposit in the cover gas regions under ambient temperatures above the melting point of sodium. It is observed that the main difficulty incurred in running with high oxygen - sodium systems is the oxide plugging of small lines. In high carbon sodium systems, the failure of valve bellows by carburization causes operational difficulties. Stability of magnetic flow

  12. Ab initio studies of structural, electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties of alkali earth metal silicides

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    Alkali earth metal silicides MSi (M = Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba) are multi-phase compound and exist simultaneously in CrB, CsCl, NaCl or rock salt (RS) and zinc blende (zb) structures. In the CrB and CsCl phases, their behavior is metallic in the non-magnetic (NM) as well as the ferromagnetic (FM) structure. The total spin magnetic moment of these compounds in the zb phase is more than that in the corresponding RS phase; therefore, detailed studies for the zb phase are presented in this paper. This study includes structural, electronic and mechanical properties by using the full potential linear augmented plain wave scheme with local orbitals. Ferromagnetic CaSi, SrSi and BaSi show true half-metallic character. For a better understanding of the half-metallicity in the above-mentioned sp-type compounds, their band structures have been calculated and densities of state plots have been produced. The FM structures are more stable and harder than the corresponding NM structures. The magnetic moment corresponding to equilibrium lattice constants is calculated as 2 µB for FM CaSi, SrSi and BaSi, which are in accordance with the earlier work on the sp-type compounds CaC, SrC and BaC. The FM character changes to the paramagnetic character as the lattice parameter decreases. The general trend is that the values of the elastic constants C11, C12 and C44 increase with increasing hydrostatic pressure

  13. Elucidating the magnetic and superconducting phases in the alkali metal intercalated iron chalcogenides

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    Wang, Meng; Yi, Ming; Tian, Wei; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith; Birgeneau, Robert J.

    2016-02-01

    The complex interdigitated phases have greatly frustrated attempts to document the basic features of the superconductivity in the alkali metal intercalated iron chalcogenides. Here, using elastic neutron scattering, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and resistivity measurements, we elucidate the relations of these phases in RbxFeySe2 -zSz . We find (i) the iron content is crucial in stabilizing the stripe antiferromagnetic (AF) phase with rhombic iron vacancy order (y ≈1.5 ) , the block AF phase with √{5 }×√{5 } iron vacancy order (y ≈1.6 ) , and the iron vacancy-free phase (y ≈2 ) ; and (ii) the iron vacancy-free superconducting phase (z =0 ) evolves into an iron vacancy-free metallic phase with sulfur substitution (z >1.5 ) due to the progressive decrease of the electronic correlation strength. Both the stripe AF phase and the block AF phase are Mott insulators. The iron-rich compounds (y >1.6 ) undergo a first order transition from an iron vacancy disordered phase at high temperatures into the √{5 }×√{5 } iron vacancy ordered phase and the iron vacancy-free phase below Ts. Our data demonstrate that there are miscibility gaps between these three phases. The existence of the miscibility gaps in the iron content is a key to understanding the relationship between these complicated phases.

  14. Study of complex amalgams containing alkali metals by method of broken thermometric titration

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    Complex potassium-cadmium and sodium-cadmium amalgams containing different amounts of the alkali metal nad cadmium have been studied by thermometric titration with mercury. The experiments have been carried out in argon atmosphere at 25 deg C. As evidenced by the titration of sodium-cadmium amalgams, in the range of concentrations studied (Csub(Na)=0.71-2.95, Csub(Cd)=4.38-6.45 g-at/lHg) no solid phase is formed in them. Potassium-cadmium amalgams where the metals content is no higher than their individual solubility in mercury, display, when being mercury-titrated, negative heat effects due to solid phase formation. An estimation is made of the solid phase composition, its solubility in mercury and the heat of dissolution. The solid phase appearing in complex K-Cd amalgams is likely to contain K and Cd in a ratio 1:1 its conventional solubility product is 5.4 g-at/l Hg, and the heat of dissolution in mercury at 25 deg is -21 +-4 kJ/g-at

  15. Potential-modulated intercalation of alkali cations into metal hexacyanoferrate coated electrodes. 1998 annual progress report

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    'This program is studying potential-driven cation intercalation and deintercalation in metal hexacyanoferrate compounds, with the eventual goal of creating materials with high selectivity for cesium separations and long cycle lifetimes. The separation of radiocesium from other benign cations has important implications for the cost of processing a variety of cesium contaminated DOE wasteforms. This report summarizes results after nine months of work. Much of the initial efforts have been directed towards quantitatively characterizing the selectivity of nickel hexacyanoferrate derivatized electrodes for intercalating cesium preferentially over other alkali metal cations. Using energy dispersive xray spectroscopy (ex-situ, but non-destructive) and ICP analysis (ex-situ and destructive), the authors have demonstrated that the nickel hexacyanoferrate lattice has a strong preference for intercalated cesium over sodium. For example, when ions are reversibly loaded into a nickel hexacyanoferrate thin film from a solution containing 0.9999 M Na+ and 0.0001 M Cs+, the film intercalates 40% as much Cs+ as when loaded from pure 1 M Cs+ containing electrolyte (all electrolytes use nitrates as the common anion). The authors have also shown that, contrary to the common assumptions found in the literature, a significant fraction of the thin film is not active initially. A new near infrared laser has been purchased and is being added to the Raman spectroscopy facilities to allow in-situ studies of the intercalation processes.'

  16. Stability of alkali-metal hydrides: effects of n-type doping

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    Olea Amezcua, Monica Araceli; de La Peña Seaman, Omar; Rivas Silva, Juan Francisco; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    Metal hydrides could be considered ideal solid-state hydrogen storage systems, they have light weight and high hydrogen volumetric densities, but the hydrogen desorption process requires excessively high temperatures due to their high stability. Efforts have been performed to improve their dehydrogenation properties, based on the introduction of defects, impurities and doping. We present a systematic study of the n-type (electronic) doping effects on the stability of two alkali-metal hydrides: Na1-xMgxH and Li1-xBexH. These systems have been studied within the framework of density functional perturbation theory, using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method and the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation to model the doping. The full-phonon dispersions are analyzed for several doping content, paying special attention to the crystal stability. It is found a doping content threshold for each system, where they are close to dynamical instabilities, which are related to charge redistribution in interstitial zones. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation, the vibrational free energy, the linear thermal expansion and heat capacities are obtained for both hydrides systems and are analyzed as a function of the doping content. This work is partially supported by the VIEP-BUAP 2016 and CONACYT-México (No.221807) projects.

  17. Alkali metal pool boiler life tests for a 25 kWe advanced Stirling conversion system

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    Anderson, W. G.; Rosenfeld, J. H.; Noble, J.

    The overall operating temperature and efficiency of solar-powered Stirling engines can be improved by adding an alkali metal pool boiler heat transport system to supply heat more uniformly to the heater head tubes. One issue with liquid metal pool boilers is unstable boiling. Stable boiling is obtained with an enhanced boiling surface containing nucleation sites that promote continuous boiling. Over longer time periods, it is possible that the boiling behavior of the system will change. An 800-h life test was conducted to verify that pool boiling with the chosen fluid/surface combination remains stable as the system ages. The apparatus uses NaK boiling on a - 100 + 140 stainless steel sintered porous layer, with the addition of a small amount of xenon. Pool boiling remained stable to the end of life test. The pool boiler life test included a total of 82 cold starts, to simulate startup each morning, and 60 warm restarts, to simulate cloud cover transients. The behavior of the cold and warm starts showed no significant changes during the life test. In the experiments, the fluid/surface combination provided stable, high-performance boiling at the operating temperature of 700 C. Based on these experiments, a pool boiler was designed for a full-scale 25-kWe Stirling system.

  18. DETERMINATION OF POTASH ALKALI AND METAL CONTENTS OF ASHES OBTAINED FROM PEELS OF SOME VARIETIES OF NIGERIA GROWN MUSA SPECIES

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    Joshua Olajiire Babayemi

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Potash alkali and metal contents of ashes obtained from peels of six varieties of Nigeria Musa species were investigated. The varieties of Musa species – Musa paradisiaca (plantain, Musa ‘Gross Michel’ (Igbo banana, M.sapientum L. (paranta, Musa ‘Wild Banana’ (omini, Musa ‘Red’ (sweet banana, and Musa ‘Fugamo’ (somupeke, were investigated. The moisture, dry matter, ash and alkali contents; concentration of metals in the ashes and in the contents extracted with water from the ashes; and the ratio of potassium to other metals in the ashes and in the corresponding extracts were determined. Moisture contents ranged from 80.9 to 86.7%; dry matter content, 13.3 to 19.1%; ash content, 6.3 to 12.0%; alkali content, 69.0 to 81.9% of ash and 4.7 to 9.6% of dry sample. Samples ranged between 2.60 and 720mg/kg and in the corresponding extracts, BDL to 500.49mg/kg; ratio of concentration of potassium to other metals in the samples, 0.6 to 395; and in the extracts, 0.5 to 313. Gross michel showed the highest concentration of K (750mg/kg while omini banana gave the lowest average value (112.70mg/kg.

  19. Solid State Structures of Alkali Metal Ion Complexes Formed by Low-Molecular-Weight Ligands of Biological Relevance.

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    Aoki, Katsuyuki; Murayama, Kazutaka; Hu, Ning-Hai

    2016-01-01

    This chapter provides structural data, mainly metal binding sites/modes, observed in crystal structures of alkali metal ion complexes containing low-molecular-weight ligands of biological relevance, mostly obtained from the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD version 5.35 updated to February 2014). These ligands include (i) amino acids and small peptides, (ii) nucleic acid constituents (excluding quadruplexes and other oligonucleotides), (iii) simple carbohydrates, and (iv) naturally occurring antibiotic ionophores. For some representative complexes of these ligands, some details on the environment of the metal coordination and structural characteristics are described. PMID:26860299

  20. Thermal Decomposition of Anhydrous Alkali Metal Dodecaborates M2B12H12 (M = Li, Na, K)

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    Liqing He; Hai-Wen Li; Etsuo Akiba

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    Metal dodecaborates M2/nB12H12 are regarded as the dehydrogenation intermediates of metal borohydrides M(BH4)n that are expected to be high density hydrogen storage materials. In this work, thermal decomposition processes of anhydrous alkali metal dodecaborates M2B12H12 (M = Li, Na, K) synthesized by sintering of MBH4 (M = Li, Na, K) and B10H14 have been systematically investigated in order to understand its role in the dehydrogenation of M(BH4)n. Thermal decomposition of M2B12H12 indicates m...

  1. Preparation of decarboxylic-functionalized weak cation exchanger and application for simultaneous separation of alkali, alkaline earth and transition metals.

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    Peng, Yahui; Gan, Yihui; He, Chengxia; Yang, Bingcheng; Guo, Zhimou; Liang, Xinmiao

    2016-06-01

    A novel weak cation exchanger (WCX) with dicarboxyl groups functionalized has been developed by clicking mercaptosuccinic acid onto silica gel. The simple synthesis starts with modification of silica gel with triethoxyvinylsilane, followed by efficient coupling vinyl-bonded silica with mercaptosuccinic acid via a "thiol-ene" click reaction. The obtained WCX demonstrated good separation and high selectivity towards common metals. Simultaneous separation of 10 alkali, alkaline earth and transition metals was achieved within 12min. Ion exchange and complex mechanism dominates the separation process. Its utility was demonstrated for determination of metals in tap water. PMID:27130093

  2. Hartree-Fock ground-state properties for the group 1 alkali metals and the group 11 noble metals

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    In order to use wavefunction-based correlation methods in solids it is necessary to have reliable Hartree-Fock results for the infinite system of interest. Therefore we performed Hartree-Fock calculations for the group 1 alkali metals (Li to Cs) and group 11 noble metals (Cu, Ag and Au). We optimized a basis set of valence-double-ζ quality for the periodic system. For the lighter atoms all-electron basis sets are applied, whereas for the heavier atoms small-core pseudopotentials with the corresponding basis sets were used to deal with the scalar-relativistic effects. We determine the cohesive energy, the lattice constant and the bulk modulus of the systems at the Hartree-Fock level. We use the counterpoise correction for the free atom to minimize the basis set superposition error occurring for finite basis sets. The effects due to the counterpoise correction not only for the cohesive energy but also for the lattice structure and bulk modulus are discussed in detail

  3. Validation of ion chromatography for the determination of transition metal ions along with alkali, alkaline earth metal elements for uranium oxide fuel

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    The present report describes the use of Ion chromatography (IC) methods with spectrophotometric and direct conductivity detection for the determination of transition metal elements and alkali alkaline earth metal ions in UO2 pellets. Transmet analytical column and Metrosep- cation 1-2 column were used for the separation of transition metal elements and alkali and alkaline earth metal elements respectively. Oxalic acid and mixture of pyridine 2,6-dicarboxylic acid (PDCA), Na2SO4 and NaCl were used as mobile phase for the separation of transition metal ions and monitored after post - column reaction with 4,2-pyridylazo resorcinol (PAR) at 520nm spectrophotometrically. In the determination of alkali and alkaline earth metal ions the interference of transition metals are removed by complexing them with PDCA. Mixture of tartaric acid and PDCA employed in the separation of alkali and alkaline earth metal ions and monitored on direct conductivity detector. Mobile phase composition was optimised for the base line separation. Calibration plots of Fe3+, Cu2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Cd2+, Mn2+, Li+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+ and Sr2+ were linear over a wide dynamic range with regression coefficient better than 0.999. Detection limit of above ions were between 5-30ppb. To prevent the overloading of the cation exchange column, uranium matrix was removed from UO2 sample by solvent extraction with 30% TBP - TOPO/CCl4. Ten sintered UO2 pellets of same lot were analysed and R.S.D. ±10% was obtained. These methods were validated by analysis of ILCE standards of UO2. (author)

  4. Optical detection of sodium salts of fluoride, acetate and phosphate by a diacylhydrazine ligand by the formation of a colour alkali metal complex

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    Purnandhu Bose; Ranjan Dutta; I Ravikumar; Pradyut Ghosh

    2011-11-01

    A solution of N, N'-diacylhydrazine ligand in organic solvent is potential for colourimetric detection of F−/AcO−/PO$^{3−}_{4}$ via -NH deprotonation, tautomerization and its stabilization as a colour alkali metal complex.

  5. Structure of the Alkali-metal-atom-Strontium molecular ions: towards photoassociation and formation of cold molecular ions

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    Aymar, Mireille; Guérout, Romain; Dulieu, Olivier

    2011-01-01

    The potential energy curves, permanent and transition dipole moments, and the static dipolar polarizability, of molecular ions composed of one alkali-metal atom and a Strontium ion are determined with a quantum chemistry approach. The molecular ions are treated as effective two-electron systems and are treated using effective core potentials including core polarization, large gaussian basis sets, and full configuration interaction. In the perspective of upcoming experiments aiming at merging ...

  6. Research Investigation Directed Toward Extending the Useful Range of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. [atomic spectra and electronic structure of alkali metals

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    Hartmann, S. R.; Happer, W.

    1974-01-01

    The report discusses completed and proposed research in atomic and molecular physics conducted at the Columbia Radiation Laboratory from July 1972 to June 1973. Central topics described include the atomic spectra and electronic structure of alkali metals and helium, molecular microwave spectroscopy, the resonance physics of photon echoes in some solid state systems (including Raman echoes, superradiance, and two photon absorption), and liquid helium superfluidity.

  7. Alkali Metal Ion Complexes with Phosphates, Nucleotides, Amino Acids, and Related Ligands of Biological Relevance. Their Properties in Solution.

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    Crea, Francesco; De Stefano, Concetta; Foti, Claudia; Lando, Gabriele; Milea, Demetrio; Sammartano, Silvio

    2016-01-01

    Alkali metal ions play very important roles in all biological systems, some of them are essential for life. Their concentration depends on several physiological factors and is very variable. For example, sodium concentrations in human fluids vary from quite low (e.g., 8.2 mmol dm(-3) in mature maternal milk) to high values (0.14 mol dm(-3) in blood plasma). While many data on the concentration of Na(+) and K(+) in various fluids are available, the information on other alkali metal cations is scarce. Since many vital functions depend on the network of interactions occurring in various biofluids, this chapter reviews their complex formation with phosphates, nucleotides, amino acids, and related ligands of biological relevance. Literature data on this topic are quite rare if compared to other cations. Generally, the stability of alkali metal ion complexes of organic and inorganic ligands is rather low (usually log K  Na(+) > K(+) > Rb(+) > Cs(+). For example, for citrate it is: log K ML = 0.88, 0.80, 0.48, 0.38, and 0.13 at 25 °C and infinite dilution. Some considerations are made on the main aspects related to the difficulties in the determination of weak complexes. The importance of the alkali metal ion complexes was also studied in the light of modelling natural fluids and in the use of these cations as probes for different processes. Some empirical relationships are proposed for the dependence of the stability constants of Na(+) complexes on the ligand charge, as well as for correlations among log K values of NaL, KL or LiL species (L = generic ligand). PMID:26860301

  8. Synergistic solvent extraction of crown ether complexes with alkali metal picrates by neutral donor solvents

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    1983-09-01

    The solvent extraction of rubidium and cesium picrates has been studied at 25/sup 0/C with mixtures of crown ether and tributyl phosphate (TBP) or trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) in benzene, and the adduct-formation constants in the benzene solution have been calculated. The crown ethers used in this work were 12-crown-4 (12C4), 15-crown-5 (15C5), and benzo-15-crown-5 (B15C5). The stoichiometric composition of any extracted complex under the present experimental conditions is alkali metal ion : crown ether : TBP or TOPO : picrate ion = 1 : 1 : 1 : 1. The TOPO complex is more extractable than the corresponding TBP complex. The extractability of the Rb/sup +/ complex is larger than that of the corresponding Cs/sup +/ complex. For both TBP and TOPO, the adduct-formation constant value sequences of Rb/sup +/ and Cs/sup +/ are B15C5 > 12C4 > 15C5 and 12C4 > B15C5 > 15C5, respectively. 2 figures, 1 table.

  9. Interaction of alkali metals with perylene-3,4,9,10- tetracarboxylic-dianhydride thin films

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    n doping of the molecular organic semiconductor perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) is often achieved by use of alkali metals as dopants. This doping process is commonly performed in two steps. In the first the dopant is evaporated onto the surface of the PTCDA film. As it has been believed that the dopant shows an inhomogeneous diffusion profile through the layer with most of the dopant accumulated in the first few layers, a subsequent annealing step has been performed in order to reach a homogeneous distribution of the dopant in the whole layer. In this paper experimental results concerning chemical composition ((angle resolved) X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), electronic structure (ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy), as well as electrical properties (conductivity, Seebeck coefficient) are shown before and after doping and before and after annealing. These results suggest that the deposited dopant is redistributed and partially removed during the annealing step. A model for the dopant distribution is suggested

  10. Atomic many-body effects and Lamb shifts in alkali metals

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    Ginges, J. S. M.; Berengut, J. C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a detailed study of the radiative potential method [V. V. Flambaum and J. S. M. Ginges, Phys. Rev. A 72, 052115 (2005), 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.052115], which enables the accurate inclusion of quantum electrodynamics (QED) radiative corrections in a simple manner in atoms and ions over the range 10 ≤Z ≤120 , where Z is the nuclear charge. Calculations are performed for binding energy shifts to the lowest valence s , p , and d waves over the series of alkali-metal atoms Na to E119. The high accuracy of the radiative potential method is demonstrated by comparison with rigorous QED calculations in frozen atomic potentials, with deviations on the level of 1%. The many-body effects of core relaxation and second- and higher-order perturbation theory on the interaction of the valence electron with the core are calculated. The inclusion of many-body effects tends to increase the size of the shifts, with the enhancement particularly significant for d waves; for K to E119, the self-energy shifts for d waves are only an order of magnitude smaller than the s -wave shifts. It is shown that taking into account many-body effects is essential for an accurate description of the Lamb shift.

  11. Luminescence properties of alkali metal ions sensitized CaFCl:Tb3+ nanophosphors

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    林林; 林慧; 王哲哲; 郑标; 谌基兴; 徐森元; 冯卓宏; 郑志强

    2015-01-01

    A series of CaFCl:Tb3+ and CaFCl:Tb3+,A+ (A=Li, Na and K) nanophosphors were synthesized by the one-step sol-gel method, which were reported for the first time. The sample consisted of monodisperse particles, the average size of which was 37 nm. The emissions of Tb3+ ions and oxygen defects OF? were demonstrated in the CaFCl:Tb3+ samples. The former was made up of sev-eral peaks at 488, 545, 587 and 623 nm, ascribed to5D4→7FJ (J=6–3) transitions of Tb3+ ions. The latter was shown as a broad band peaked at about 450 nm. Alkali metal ions A+(A=Li, Na and K) were introduced asthe charge compensators to improve the lumines-cence of samples. The influence of charge compensators on the emissions of Tb3+ ions and oxygen defects OF? was investigated by the measurement of fluorescence spectra and luminescence decay curves. The results indicated that all the charge compensators weakened the defects emission. Furthermore, Li+ ion was the best charge compensator, because it not only reduced the defects emis-sion but also increased the emission intensity of Tb3+ significantly. Our results suggested that this nanophosphor sensitized by the charge compensator might broaden potential applications of rare-earth doped CaFCl.

  12. Study of Spectral Character of Alkali Metals Using Microwave Plasma Torch Simultaneous Spectrometer

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    A microwave plasma torch(MPT) simultaneous spectrometer was used to study the spectral character and the matrix effect on alkali metal ions in solution. The main parameters were optimized. The microwave forward power was 100 W. The argon flow rate that was used to sustain the Ar-MPT included the flow rate of carrier gas and the flow rate of support gas, which were 0.8 and 1.0 L/min, respectively. The HCl concentration in the solution was 0.02 mol/L. The observation height was 9.0 mm. The detection limits of Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs were 0.0003, 0.0004, 0.009, 0.07 and2.4 mg/L, respectively, and the results obtained by the Ar-MPT were compared with those obtained by argon inductively coupled plasma(Ar-ICP) and argon microwave induced plasma(Ar-MIP). The interference effects of several matrix elements were also studied.

  13. Second virial coefficients and viscosity property of monatomic alkali-metal gases

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    In this work, we have calculated the second virial coefficients B2 of monatomic lithium, sodium, and potassium gases by using the most recent 1Σg+ and 3Σu+ Rydberg-Klein-Rees interatomic potentials. We have also determined the viscosity η and thermal conductivity λ coefficients of the alkali-metal vapors as a function of the temperature T. The results we have found of the collision integrals and of the coefficients η and λ agree quite well with some available experimental data. Besides, we have investigated the variation law with temperature T of the above thermophysical quantities. For temperatures ranging from 100 K to 3,000 K, the results can be reproduced by simple formulas η(T)=ATα and λ(T)=BTα, where for T in Kelvin, η in micropoise, and λ in 10-3 W·m-1·K-1, for lithium Li:A=0.314, B=0.1398, and α=0.863; for sodium Na:A=0.624, B=0.0846, and α=0.827; for potassium K:A=0.400, B=0.0320, and α=0.883. (author)

  14. Properties of alkali metal atoms deposited on a MgO surface: a systematic experimental and theoretical study.

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    Finazzi, Emanuele; Di Valentin, Cristiana; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Chiesa, Mario; Giamello, Elio; Gao, Hongjun; Lian, Jichun; Risse, Thomas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption of small amounts of alkali metal atoms (Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs) on the surface of MgO powders and thin films has been studied by means of EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. From a comparison of the measured and computed g values and hyperfine coupling constants (hfccs), a tentative assignment of the preferred adsorption sites is proposed. All atoms bind preferentially to surface oxide anions, but the location of these anions differs as a function of the deposition temperature and alkali metal. Lithium forms relatively strong bonds with MgO and can be stabilized at low temperatures on terrace sites. Potassium interacts very weakly with MgO and is stabilized only at specific sites, such as at reverse corners where it can interact simultaneously with three surface oxygen atoms (rubidium and cesium presumably behave in the same way). Sodium forms bonds of intermediate strength and could, in principle, populate more than a single site when deposited at room temperature. In all cases, large deviations of the hfccs from the gas-phase values are observed. These reductions in the hfccs are due to polarization effects and are not connected to ionization of the alkali metal, which would lead to the formation of an adsorbed cation and a trapped electron. In this respect, hydrogen atoms behave completely differently. Under similar conditions, they form (H(+))(e(-)) pairs. The reasons for this different behavior are discussed. PMID:18381711

  15. Nano-baskets of Calix[4]-1,3-crown in Emulsion Membranes for Selective Extraction of Alkali Metal Cations

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    Bahram Mokhtari; Kobra Pourabdollah

    2013-01-01

    Nano-assisted inclusion separation of alkali metals from basic solutions was reported by inclu-sion-facilitated emulsion liquid membrane process. The novelty of this study is application of nano-baskets of calixcrown in the selective and efficient separation of alkali metals as both the carrier and the surfactant. For this aim, four derivatives of diacid calix[4]-1,3-crowns-4,5 were synthesized, and their inclusion-extraction parameters were optimized including the calixcrown scaffold (4.4%, by mass) as the carrier/demulsifier, the commercial kero-sene as diluent in membrane, sulphonic acid (0.2 mol·L-1) and ammonium carbonate (0.4 mol·L-1) as the strip and the feed phases, the phase and the treat ratios of 0.8 and 0.3, mixing speed (300 r·min-1), and initial solute concen-tration (100 mg·L-1). The selectivity of membrane over more than ten interfering cations was examined and the re-sults reveled that under the optimized operating condition, the degree of inclusion-extraction of alkali metals was as high as 98%-99%.

  16. Origin of low sodium capacity in graphite and generally weak substrate binding of Na and Mg among alkali and alkaline earth metals

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Merinov, Boris V.; Goddard III, William A.

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    It is well known that graphite has a low capacity for Na but a high capacity for other alkali metals. The growing interest in alternative cation batteries beyond Li makes it particularly important to elucidate the origin of this behavior, which is not well understood. In examining this question, we find a quite general phenomenon: among the alkali and alkaline earth metals, Na and Mg generally have the weakest chemical binding to a given substrate, compared with the other elements in the same...

  17. Design and Test of Advanced Thermal Simulators for an Alkali Metal-Cooled Reactor Simulator

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    Garber, Anne E.; Dickens, Ricky E.

    2011-01-01

    The Early Flight Fission Test Facility (EFF-TF) at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has as one of its primary missions the development and testing of fission reactor simulators for space applications. A key component in these simulated reactors is the thermal simulator, designed to closely mimic the form and function of a nuclear fuel pin using electric heating. Continuing effort has been made to design simple, robust, inexpensive thermal simulators that closely match the steady-state and transient performance of a nuclear fuel pin. A series of these simulators have been designed, developed, fabricated and tested individually and in a number of simulated reactor systems at the EFF-TF. The purpose of the thermal simulators developed under the Fission Surface Power (FSP) task is to ensure that non-nuclear testing can be performed at sufficiently high fidelity to allow a cost-effective qualification and acceptance strategy to be used. Prototype thermal simulator design is founded on the baseline Fission Surface Power reactor design. Recent efforts have been focused on the design, fabrication and test of a prototype thermal simulator appropriate for use in the Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU). While designing the thermal simulators described in this paper, effort were made to improve the axial power profile matching of the thermal simulators. Simultaneously, a search was conducted for graphite materials with higher resistivities than had been employed in the past. The combination of these two efforts resulted in the creation of thermal simulators with power capacities of 2300-3300 W per unit. Six of these elements were installed in a simulated core and tested in the alkali metal-cooled Fission Surface Power Primary Test Circuit (FSP-PTC) at a variety of liquid metal flow rates and temperatures. This paper documents the design of the thermal simulators, test program, and test results.

  18. Application of transition metal isotope tracers in global change research

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    SONG Jinming; Thomas F. Pedersen

    2005-01-01

    High-precision isotope composition determinations using multicollector, magnetic-sector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS) have recently revealed that some transition metal isotopes such as those of Mo, Fe, Cu, Zn etc. can be used as biogeochemical tracers in global change research.The Mo isotope system may be useful in paleoredox investigations indicating that δ 97/95Mo in seawater may co-vary with changes in the relative proportions of anoxic and oxic sedimentation in the ocean, and that this variation may be recorded in δ 97/95Mo of anoxic sediments. The Mo continental flux into the oceans and the global Mo isotope budget can be estimated fromδ 97/95MO values. The Fe isotope composition in seawater is an important issue because Fe plays a controlling role in biological productivity in the oceans and its abundance in seawater may have substantial effect on climate changes. Iron isotope fractionations could result from bio- and abio-processes and have about 0.1% variation (δ 56/54Fe), so Fe isotopes considered alone cannot be used to distinguish the products of abiotic and biotic Fe processing in geological records. Cu and Zn isotopes are also used as biogeochemical tracers, but the researches are relatively less. This review mainly focuses on the methods for preparation, purification and determination of new isotope tracer samples, and on isotope applications in marine environmental changes.

  19. Effect of alkali metals on the interaction of O2 and CO with some transition-metal surfaces

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    The interactions of O2 and CO with alkali covered Ni, Ru, and Pt are reviewed with emphasis on the author's own studies. It is shown that the presence of alkalis changes the coadsorbates adsorption rates, heats of adsorption, and dissociative propensity, the strength of the effect depending on the alkali nature and coverage. The differences for the three substrates are interpreted comparing the properties of the clean surface. A detailed analysis of the coadsorbate--modifier interactions suggests that they depend on the adsorption state of the alkali species and the coadsorbate--substrate bond strength. Evidence of the formation of patches of ''surface complexes'' coexisting with the unperturbed surface is given and discussed in terms of strong direct alkali--coadsorbate interactions

  20. Effect of metallic Si addition on polymerization degree of in situ foamed alkali-aluminosilicates

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    Medri, V.; Papa, E.; Dědeček, Jiří; Jirglová, Hana; Benito, P.; Vaccari, A.; Landi, E.

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    Roč. 39, č. 7 (2013), s. 7657-7668. ISSN 0272-8842 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : B. porosity * alkali-bonded ceramics * geopolymerization Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.086, year: 2013

  1. Synthesis and properties of alkali metal intercalated fullerene-like MS2 (M=W,Mo) nanoparticles

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    Layered metal disulfides - MoS2 and WS2 in the form of fullerene-like (IF) nanoparticles and in the form of platelets (crystallites of the 2H polytype) have been intercalated by exposure to alkali metal (potassium and sodium) vapor using a two-zone transport method. The composition of the intercalated systems was established using X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the samples, which were not exposed to the ambient atmosphere, showed that they suffered little change in their lattice parameters. On the other hand, after exposure to ambient atmosphere, substantial increase in the interplanar spacing (3-5 Aa) was observed for the intercalated phases. Insertion of one to two water molecules per intercalated metal atom was suggested as a possible explanation for this large expansion along the c-axis. The modifications in magnetic and transport properties of the intercalated materials were investigated, and are believed to occur via charge transfer from the alkali metal to the conduction band of the host lattice. Restacking of the MS2 layers after prolonged exposure to the atmosphere and recovery of the pristine compound properties were observed as a result of deintercalation of the metal atoms

  2. Hydrogen production coupled to nuclear waste treatment: the safe treatment of alkali metals through a well-demonstrated process

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    In 1992, the United Nations emphasised the urgent need to act against the perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, the worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and the continuing deterioration of ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. In this framework, taking into account the preservation of both worldwide energy resources and ecosystems, the use of nuclear energy to produce clean energy carriers, such as hydrogen, is undoubtedly advisable. However, coping fully with the Agenda 21 statements requires defining adequate treatment processes for nuclear wastes. This paper discusses the possible use of a well-demonstrated process to convert radioactively contaminated alkali metals into sodium hydroxide while producing hydrogen. We conclude that a synergy between Chlor-Alkali specialists and nuclear specialists may help find an acceptable solution for radioactively contaminated sodium waste. (author)

  3. Rapid and efficient synthesis of alkali metal-C[sub 60] compounds in liquid ammonia

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    Buffinger, D.R.; Ziebarth, R.P.; Stenger, V.A.; Recchia, C.; Pennington, C.H. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States))

    1993-10-06

    The reaction of stoichiometric amounts of alkali metals with C[sub 60] in liquid ammonia provides a rapid and quantitative route to M[sub x]C[sub 60] superconductors (M[sub x] = K[sub 3]/, Rb[sub 3]/, CsRb[sub 2], RbCs[sub 2], KRbCs). Annealing of the samples for 24-48 h at 375[degrees]C is required to obtain large superconducting fractions. [sup 13]C and [sup 87]Rb NMR line shapes are reported for Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60]. The [sup 13]C line shapes show the degree of rotational motion of the C[sub 60] ions varies considerably from sample to sample and is dependent on the method of preparation and subsequent heat treatment. A correlation between the degree of rotational motion and the superconducting fraction is noted and attributed to the amount of disorder in the sample. [sup 87]Rb NMR shows three peaks indicating that Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60] actually contains three different cation sites, rather than the two suggested by X-ray powder diffraction data. The third site is occupied by approximately 15% of the Rb ions in Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60] and is shown to be a subset of the tetrahedral sites in the cubic close-packed C[sub 60] lattice. Although the exact nature of the distortion required to produce the third site is unknown, it appears to be unrelated to the orientations of the C[sub 60] ions creating the site. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  4. N-alkyl pyrrolidone ether podands as versatile alkali metal ion chelants.

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    Perrin, Andrea; Myers, Dominic; Fucke, Katharina; Musa, Osama M; Steed, Jonathan W

    2014-02-28

    This work explores the coordination chemistry of a bis(pyrrolidone) ether ligand. Pyrrolidones are commercially important functional groups because of the high polarity and hence high hydrophilicity and surface affinity. An array of alkali metal ion complexes of a podand bearing two pendant pyrrolidone functionalities, namely 1-{2-[2-(2-oxo-pyrrolid-1-yl)-ethoxy]-ethyl}-pyrrolid-2-one (1) are reported. Reaction of this ligand with sodium hexafluorophosphate gives two discrete species of formulae [Na(1)2]PF6 (3) and [Na3(H2O)2(μ-1)2](PF6)3 (4), and a coordination polymer {[Na3(μ3-1)3(μ2-1)](PF6)3}n (5). The same reaction in methanol gives a 1 : 1 complex, namely [Na2(μ-1)2(MeOH)2](PF6)2 (6). Use of tetraphenyl borate as a less coordinating counter ion gives [Na2(1)2(H2O)4](BPh4)2 (7) and [Na2(1)4](BPh4)2 (8). Two potassium complexes have also been isolated, a monomer [K(1)2]PF6 (9) and a cyclic tetramer [K4(μ4-H2O)2(μ-1)4](PF6)4 (10). The structures illustrate the highly polar nature of the amide carbonyl moiety within bis(pyrrolidone) ethers with longer interactions to the ether oxygen atom. The zinc complex is also reported and {[ZnCl2(μ-1)]}n (11) exhibits bonding only to the carbonyl moieties. The ether oxygen atom is not necessary for Na(+) complexation as exemplified by the structure of the sodium complex of the analogue 1,3-bis(pyrrolid-2-on-1-yl)butane (2). Reaction of compound 1 with lithium salts results in isolation of the protonated ligand. PMID:24336897

  5. Theoretical investigation on the alkali-metal doped BN fullerene as a material for hydrogen storage

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    Graphical abstract: First-principles calculations have been used to investigate hydrogen adsorption on alkali atom doped B36N36 clusters. Adsorption of alkali atoms involves a charge transfer process, creating positively-charged alkali atoms and this polarizes the H2 molecules and increases their binding energy. The maximum hydrogen storage capacity of Li doped BN fullerene is 8.9 wt.% in which 60 hydrogen atoms were chemisorbed and 12 H2 were adsorbed in molecular form. - Abstract: First-principles calculations have been used to investigate hydrogen adsorption on alkali atom doped B36N36 clusters. The alkali atom adsorption takes place near the six tetragonal bridge sites available on the cage, thereby avoiding the notorious clustering problem. Adsorption of alkali atoms involves a charge transfer process, creating positively charged alkali atoms and this polarizes the H2 molecules thereby, increasing their binding energy. Li atom has been found to adsorb up to three hydrogen molecules with an average binding energy of 0.189 eV. The fully doped Li6B36N36 cluster has been found to hold up to 18 hydrogen molecules with the average binding energy of 0.146 eV. This corresponds to a gravimetric density of hydrogen storage of 3.7 wt.%. Chemisorption on the Li6B36N36 has been found to be an exothermic reaction, in which 60 hydrogen atoms chemisorbed with an average chemisorption energy of -2.13 eV. Thus, the maximum hydrogen storage capacity of Li doped BN fullerene is 8.9 wt.% in which 60 hydrogen atoms were chemisorbed and 12 hydrogen molecules were adsorbed in molecular form.

  6. Isotope enrichment of metal in the process of zone melting

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    The possibility of using the zone melting technique with the purpose of isotope enrichment of metal has been checked. The experiments have been carried out with zinc and cadmium wires. After the experiment the long wire has been sectioned by 15 mm and in such a state has been subjected to mass spectrometric and neutron activation analysis. The dependence of isotope enrichment with zone passage is shown. The light isotopes 64Zn in zinc and 106Cd and 108Cd in cadmium move following the zone enriching at the wire end

  7. Plasma assisted measurements of alkali metal concentrations in pressurised combustion processes

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    Hernberg, R.; Haeyrinen, V. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)

    1997-10-01

    In this project the continuous alkali measurement method plasma excited alkali resonance line spectroscopy (PEARLS) was developed, tested and demonstrated in pressurised combustion facilities. The PEARLS method has been developed at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). During 1994-1996 the PEARLS method was developed from the laboratory level to an industrial prototype. The alkali measuring instrument has been tested and used for regular measurements in four different pressurised combustion installations ranging up to industrial pilot scale. The installations are: (1) a pressurised entrained flow reactor (PEFR) at VTT Energy in Jyvaeskylae, Finland (2) a pressurised fluidised bed combustion facility, called FRED, at DMT in Essen, Germany. (3) a 10 MW pressurised circulating fluidised bed combustion pilot plant at Foster Wheeler Energia Oy in Karhula, Finland (4) PFBC Research Facility at ABB Carbon in Finspaang, Sweden

  8. Potential Modulated Intercalation of Alkali Cations into Metal Hexacyanoferrate Coated Electrodes

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    Nickel hexacyanoferrate is a polynuclear inorganic ion intercalation material that loads (intercalates) and elutes (deintercalates) alkali cations from its structure when electrochemically reduced and oxidized, respectively. Nickel hexacyanoferrrate (NiHCF) is known to preferentially intercalate cesium over all other alkali cations, thus providing a basis for a separation scheme that can tackle DOE's radiocesium contamination problem. This program studied fundamental issues in alkalization intercalation and deintercalation in nickel hexacyanoferrate compounds, with the goal of (1) quantifying the ion exchange selectivity properties from cation mixtures, (2) enhancing ion exchange capacities, and (3) and understanding the electrochemically-switched ion exchange process (ESIX)

  9. Methane coupling reaction in an oxy-steam stream through an OH radical pathway by using supported alkali metal catalysts

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    Liang, Yin

    2014-03-24

    A universal reaction mechanism involved in the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) is demonstrated under oxy-steam conditions using alkali-metal-based catalysts. Rigorous kinetic measurements indicated a reaction mechanism that is consistent with OH radical formation from a H 2O-O2 reaction followed by C-H activation in CH 4 with an OH radical. Thus, the presence of water enhances both the CH4 conversion rate and the C2 selectivity. This OH radical pathway that is selective for the OCM was observed for the catalyst without Mn, which suggests clearly that Mn is not the essential component in a selective OCM catalyst. The experiments with different catalyst compositions revealed that the OH.-mediated pathway proceeded in the presence of catalysts with different alkali metals (Na, K) and different oxo anions (W, Mo). This difference in catalytic activity for OH radical generation accounts for the different OCM selectivities. As a result, a high C2 yield is achievable by using Na2WO4/SiO2, which catalyzes the OH.-mediated pathway selectively. Make it methane: A universal reaction mechanism involved in the oxidative coupling of methane is demonstrated under oxy-stream conditions by using alkali-metal-based catalysts. Rigorous kinetic measurements indicated a reaction mechanism that is consistent with OH radical formation from an H2O-O2 reaction, followed by C-H activation in CH4 with an OH radical. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Alkali-Metal-Ion-Functionalized Graphene Oxide as a Superior Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wan, Fang; Li, Yu-Han; Liu, Dai-Huo; Guo, Jin-Zhi; Sun, Hai-Zhu; Zhang, Jing-Ping; Wu, Xing-Long

    2016-06-01

    Although graphene oxide (GO) has large interlayer spacing, it is still inappropriate to use it as an anode for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) because of the existence of H-bonding between the layers and ultralow electrical conductivity which impedes the Na(+) and e(-) transformation. To solve these issues, chemical, thermal, and electrochemical procedures are traditionally employed to reduce GO nanosheets. However, these strategies are still unscalable, consume high amounts of energy, and are expensive for practical application. Here, for the first time, we describe the superior Na storage of unreduced GO by a simple and scalable alkali-metal-ion (Li(+) , Na(+) , K(+) )-functionalized process. The various alkali metals ions, connecting with the oxygen on GO, have played different effects on morphology, porosity, degree of disorder, and electrical conductivity, which are crucial for Na-storage capabilities. Electrochemical tests demonstrated that sodium-ion-functionalized GO (GNa) has shown outstanding Na-storage performance in terms of excellent rate capability and long-term cycle life (110 mAh g(-1) after 600 cycles at 1 A g(-1) ) owing to its high BET area, appropriate mesopore, high degree of disorder, and improved electrical conductivity. Theoretical calculations were performed using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to further study the Na-storage capabilities of functionalized GO. These calculations have indicated that the Na-O bond has the lowest binding energy, which is beneficial to insertion/extraction of the sodium ion, hence the GNa has shown the best Na-storage properties among all comparatives functionalized by other alkali metal ions. PMID:27136376

  11. Cooper minima in the transitions from low-excited and Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms

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    Beterov, I. I.; Mansell, C. W.; Yakshina, E. A.; Ryabtsev, I. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Entin, V. M.; MacCormick, C.; Piotrowicz, M. J.; Kowalczyk, A.; S. Bergamini

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the Cooper minima in the transition probabilities and photoionization cross-sections for low-excited and Rydberg nS, nP, nD and nF states of alkali-metal atoms has been studied using a Coulomb approximation and a quasiclassical model. The range of applicability of the quasiclassical model has been defined from comparison with available experimental and theoretical data on dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and photoionization cross-sections. A new Cooper minimum for transi...

  12. Cooper minima in the transitions from low-excited and Rydberg states of alkali-metal atoms

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    Beterov, I I; Yakshina, E A; Ryabtsev, I I; Tretyakov, D B; Entin, V M; MacCormick, C; Piotrowicz, M J; Kowalczyk, A; Bergamini, S

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the Cooper minima in the transition probabilities and photoionization cross-sections for low-excited and Rydberg nS, nP, nD and nF states of alkali-metal atoms has been studied using a Coulomb approximation and a quasiclassical model. The range of applicability of the quasiclassical model has been defined from comparison with available experimental and theoretical data on dipole moments, oscillator strengths, and photoionization cross-sections. A new Cooper minimum for transitions between rubidium Rydberg states has been found.

  13. Crown-Ether Derived Graphene Hybrid Composite for Membrane-Free Potentiometric Sensing of Alkali Metal Ions

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    Olsen, Gunnar; Ulstrup, Jens; Chi, Qijin

    2016-01-01

    surface coverage is achieved by the introduction of a flexible linking molecule. The resulting hybrid composite is highly stable and is capable of detecting potassium ions down to micromolar ranges with a selectivity over other cations (including Ca2+, Li+, Na+, NH4+) at concentrations up to 25 mM. This......We report the design and synthesis of newly functionalized graphene hybrid material that can be used for selective membrane-free potentiometric detection of alkali metal ions, represented by potassium ions. Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) functionalized covalently by 18-crown[6] ether with a dense...

  14. Measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms using nuclear magnetic resonance frequency shifts of noble gases

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    We report a novel method of measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms by detecting the NMR frequency shifts of noble gases. We calculated the profile of 87Rb D1 line absorption cross sections. We then measured the absorption profile of the sample cell, from which we calculated the 87Rb number densities at different temperatures. Then we measured the frequency shifts resulted from the spin polarization of the 87Rb atoms and calculated its polarization degrees at different temperatures. The behavior of frequency shifts versus temperature in experiment was consistent with theoretical calculation, which may be used as compensative signal for the NMRG closed-loop control system

  15. Nuclear Wavepacket Dynamics of Alkali Adsorbates on Metal Surfaces Studied by Time-Resolved Second Harmonic Generation

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    Kazuya Watanabe

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews recent efforts to understand the dynamics of coherent surface vibrations of alkali atoms adsorbed on metal surfaces. Time-resolved second harmonic generation is used for the coherent excitation and detection of the nuclear wavepacket dynamics of the surface modes. The principles of the measurement and the experimental details are described. The main focus is on coverage and excitation photon energy dependences of the coherent phonon dynamics for Na-, K-, and Cs-covered Cu(111. The excitation mechanism of the coherent phonon has been revealed by the ultrafast time-domain technique and theoretical modelings.

  16. Elimination technique for alkali metal ion adducts from an electrospray ionization process using an on-line ion suppressor

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    NOZAKI, Kazuyoshi; TARUI, Akira; OSAKA, Issey; Kawasaki, Hideya; ARAKAWA, Ryuichi; 荒川, 隆一

    2010-01-01

    The effects of an on-line ion suppressor device on alkali metal ion adduct formations of the model compound tacrolimus were investigated. The base peak ion in the positive ion ESI-MS spectrum of tacrolimus was a sodium ion adduct, [M+Na]+. On the other hand, an ammonium ion adduct, [M+NH4]+, was the base peak ion in the full-scan mass spectrum of tacrolimus with a cation-exchange suppressor resin, and both [M+Na]+ and [M+K]+ were eliminated. These results indicate that the combination of an o...

  17. Thermophysical properties of alkali metal vapours. Part II - assessment of experimental data on thermal conductivity and viscosity

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    Fialho, Paulo; Ramires, Maria de Lurdes V.; Nieto de Castro, Carlos A.; João M. N. A. Fareleira; Mardolcar, Umesh V.

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    Copyright © 1994 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Article first published online: 8 MAY 2010. An analysis of the available data on the viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the alkali metal vapours is presented. The analysis is based upon theoretical calculations of the properties of the monatomic systems, described in the preceding parts I and I.A of the present paper, and making use of the kinetic theory of a binary gas reacting mixture. A summary of the measur...

  18. Collimated, single-pass atom source from a pulsed alkali metal dispenser for laser-cooling experiments

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    We have developed an improved scheme for loading atoms into a magneto-optical trap (MOT) from a directed rubidium alkali metal dispenser in -10 Torr ultrahigh vacuum conditions. A current-driven dispenser was surrounded with a cold absorbing 'shroud' held at ≤0 deg. C, pumping rubidium atoms not directed into the MOT. This nearly eliminates background atoms and reduces the detrimental rise in pressure normally associated with these devices. The system can be well-described as a current-controlled, rapidly switched, two-temperature thermal beam, and was used to load a MOT with 3x108 atoms

  19. Sensitive determination of the spin polarization of optically pumped alkali-metal atoms using near-resonant light.

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    Ding, Zhichao; Long, Xingwu; Yuan, Jie; Fan, Zhenfang; Luo, Hui

    2016-01-01

    A new method to measure the spin polarization of optically pumped alkali-metal atoms is demonstrated. Unlike the conventional method using far-detuned probe light, the near-resonant light with two specific frequencies was chosen. Because the Faraday rotation angle of this approach can be two orders of magnitude greater than that with the conventional method, this approach is more sensitive to the spin polarization. Based on the results of the experimental scheme, the spin polarization measurements are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical predictions, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of this approach. PMID:27595707

  20. Third order nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting behavior of alkali metal complexes of p-nitrophenol

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    Thangaraj, M.; Vinitha, G.; Sabari Girisun, T. C.; Anandan, P.; Ravi, G.

    2015-10-01

    Optical nonlinearity of metal complexes of p-nitrophenolate (M=Li, Na and K) in ethanol is studied by using a continuous wave (cw) diode pumped Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 50 mW). The predominant mechanism of observed nonlinearity is thermal in origin. The nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the samples were found to be in the order of 10-8 cm2/W and 10-3 cm/W respectively. Magnitude of third-order optical parameters varies according to the choice of alkali metal chosen for metal complex formation of p-nitrophenolate. The third-order nonlinear susceptibility was found to be in the order of 10-6 esu. The observed saturable absorption and the self-defocusing effect were used to demonstrate the optical limiting action at 532 nm by using the same cw laser beam.

  1. Alkali metal salts of rutin - Synthesis, spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-VIS), antioxidant and antimicrobial studies.

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    Samsonowicz, M; Kamińska, I; Kalinowska, M; Lewandowski, W

    2015-12-01

    In this work several metal salts of rutin with lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium were synthesized. Their molecular structures were discussed on the basis of spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-VIS) studies. Optimized geometrical structure of rutin was calculated by B3LYP/6-311++G(∗∗) method and sodium salt of rutin were calculated by B3LYP/LanL2DZ method. Metal chelation change the biological properties of ligand therefore the antioxidant (FRAP and DPPH) and antimicrobial activities (toward Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecium, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) of alkali metal salts were evaluated and compared with the biological properties of rutin. PMID:26184478

  2. Characterization of alkali-metal and alkaline-earth nitrates by vibrational spectroscopy

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    Martínez, S.

    1992-09-01

    Full Text Available Infrared spectra of sodium and potassium alkaline-metal nitrates and magnesium and calcium alkali-earth nitrates in solid phase had been recorded in order to assign the fundamental bands. The influence of the dispersal médium (alkaline halide, employed in the solid sample preparation have been discussed. The quantitative measurements of the band in ten sities at 1387 cm-1 (present in the I.R. spectra of the four nitrates in KBr médium allowed us to determine the Lambert-Beer law slopes for each compound. These values are differents (bearing in mind experimental random errors, so we have could to affirm the nonexistence of solid solution between the nitrate and the alkaline halide médium. The L-B law obtained by us can be used for the Identification differentiation and quantitative analysis of these nitrates in solid phase, even if they are present in a very low concentration.

    Se ha realizado la asignación de los espectros infrarrojo (IR de los nitratos alcalinos, sódico y potásico, y de los alcalinotérreos, magnésico y cálcico, en estado sólido. Se ha visto la influencia del medio dispersante (haluro alcalino, utilizado en la preparación de la muestra sólida. El estudio cuantitativo de la absorbencia de la banda a 1.387 cm-1 (presente en los espectros IR de los cuatro nitratos en medio KBr permite determinar las pendientes de la Ley de Lambert-Beer Se comprueba que dichas pendientes son diferentes lo que conduce a poder afirmar que no se produce disolución sólida entre el KBr y el nitrato alcalino o alcalinotérreo. La determinación de la ley de Lambert-Beer permite la identificación y el análisis cualitativo y cuantitativo por espectroscopia IR de estos nitratos cuando están presentes en bajas concentraciones en muestras sólidas.

  3. Structural study and properties of the alkali metal, nitrosyl, and ammonium hepta- and octafluorouranates(VI)

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    The thermal decomposition of the heptafluorouranates(VI) of the alkali metals is shown to take place in two steps. The first step gives the octafluorouranates(VI) and UF6, and the decomposition rate is noticeable at temperatures above 100, 130, 150, and 2100C for the Na, K, Rb, and Cs salts, respectively. The second step for Na2UF8 yields pure NaF and UF6 above 3000C, whereas the decomposition temperatures for the K, Rb, and Cs salts are above 300, 350, and 4000C, respectively. Depending on the decomposition conditions, F2 and M2UF7(M = K, Rb, Cs) or F2, UF6, and M3UF8 are formed. The heptafluorouranates(VI) of all the cations studied, except for ammonium, were shown to exhibit dimorphism. The parameters of their cubic form were obtained and are as follows: KUF7; a = 5.22 A; RbUF7; a = 5.385 A; CsUF7; a = 5.517 A; NOUF7; a = 5.334 A; NH4UF7; a = 5.393 A; NaUF7(fccub), a = 8.511 A, Z = 4. The x-ray pattern of the low-symmetry form of CsUF7 just below the solid transition temperature (15 +- 10C) was indexed with a tetragonal cell where a = 5.50 A and c = 5.37 A. The x-ray diagrams of the low symmetry form of the other MUF7 salts were not indexed, whereas those of the octafluorouranates were indexed with orthorhombic cells. The vibrational spectra of the hepta- and octafluorouranates were found to be very dependent on the temperature, and for the same temperature on the cation size. Some trends observed in this study, like the thermal decomposition temperatures or the relative symmetries, are thought to arise from the differences in the cation--anion interaction. This interaction is stronger with smaller cations, which results in more distorted anions, less ionic U--F bonds, and paradoxically less stable complexes

  4. Similarities and differences of alkali metal chlorides applied in organic light-emitting diodes

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    Lue, Zhaoyue [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Deng, Zhenbo [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Hou, Ying [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Xu, Haisheng, E-mail: hsxu@ecust.edu.cn [Department of Physics, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Kunshan Hisense Electronics, Co., Ltd., Kunshan, Jiangsu 215300 (China)

    2012-12-15

    The similarities and differences of alkali metal chlorides (sodium chloride (NaCl), potassium chloride (KCl), rubidium chloride (RbCl) and cesium chloride (CsCl)) applied in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are investigated. The behavior is similar for the OLEDs with these four chlorides as electron injection layer (EIL). Their maximum luminance and efficiency at 100 mA/cm{sup 2} are within the ranges of 18 550 {+-} 600 (cd/m{sup 2}) with an error of 3.23% and 4.09 {+-} 0.15 (cd/A) within an error of 3.67%, respectively. The similar performance is due to almost identical electron injection barrier for NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl as EIL. Interestingly, the properties are different for devices with chlorides inserted inside tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum at the position of 20 nm away from aluminum cathode, labeled as NaCl-, KCl-, RbCl- and CsCl- devices. The relation of luminance is CsCl- > RbCl- = KCl- > NaCl-, where '>' and '=' mean 'better than' and 'the same as', respectively. And the device efficiencies are decreased from CsCl to NaCl. That is, the sort order of the efficiencies is CsCl- > RbCl- > KCl- > NaCl-. The mechanism is explained by tunneling model in terms of various energy gaps estimated by optical electronegativity of NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effects of NaCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl in organic light-emitting diodes are compared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The similar performance is due to almost identical electron injection barrier. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The different behavior of chlorides inside Alq{sub 3} is explained by tunneling model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The different behavior is attributed to various energy gaps of different chlorides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The efficiency of device with chlorides inside Alq{sub 3} is decreased from CsCl to NaCl.

  5. Oxygen isotope fractionation in divalent metal carbonates

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    O'Neil, J.R.; Clayton, R.N.; Mayeda, T.K.

    1969-01-01

    Equilibrium fractionation factors for the distribution of 18O between alkaline-earth carbonates and water have been measured over the temperature range 0-500??C. The fractionation factors ?? can be represented by the equations CaCO3-H2O, 1000 ln??=2.78(106 T-2)-3.39, SrCO3-H 2O, 1000 ln??=2.69(106 T-2)-3.74, BaCO3-H2O, 1000 ln??=2.57(106 T -2)-4.73. Measurements on MnCO3, CdCO3, and PbCO3 were made at isolated temperatures. A statistical-mechanical calculation of the isotopic partition function ratios gives reasonably good agreement with experiment. Both cationic size and mass are important in isotopic fractionation, the former predominantly in its effect on the internal vibrations of the anion, the latter in its effect on the lattice vibrations.

  6. Preparation, characterization and applications of novel iminodiacetic polyurethane foam (IDA-PUF) for determination and removal of some alkali metal ions from water

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    The new type of ion chelating resin (IDA-PUF) has iminodiacetic group that was prepared from polyurethane foam (PUF) by the reaction between primary amine of PUF and monochloro-acetic acid. The IDA-PUF was characterized using infrared spectra, elemental and thermal analysis. The exchange properties and chromatographic behaviour of the new chelating resin were investigated for removal of some alkali metal ions (lithium, sodium and potassium) using batch and column processes. The maximum distribution coefficient (KD) of trace alkali metal ions was in the pH range of 8-10. The kinetics of sorption of the alkali metal ions was found to be fast with average values of half-life of sorption (t1/2) of 4.93 min. The values of ΔG, ΔS and ΔH were -3.86 kJ mol-1, 57.73 J mol-1 K-1 and 14.41 kJ mol-1, respectively, which reflects the spontaneous and endothermic nature of ion exchanger process. The average sorption capacity of IDA-PUF is 4.8 mmol/g for alkali metal ions, enrichment factors ∼40 and the recovery 95-100% were also achieved with average value of RSD% = 1.67. The proposed method has been successfully applied to preconcentrate, determinate and remove the alkali metal ions from different samples of water

  7. Phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulphone) and poly(ethylene oxide)/alkali-metal salt complex blends: a thermal analysis study

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    The phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulfone) (PES) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/alkali-metal salt complex blends were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and modulated DSC (MDSC). Experimental results show that the blend systems remain miscible after incorporating various alkali-metal salts: CF3SO3Li, CF3SO3Na and CF3SO3K. The cloud point temperature strongly depended on the Li (Na or K)/O ratio in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends. With increasing the Li+ (Na+ or K+)/O ratio, the phase diagram of the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends tended to be symmetrical. When Li+/O = 0.02, the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PES-PEO/CF3SO3Li complex blends was located at the 30/70 PES/PEO composition. The mixing enthalpy decreased in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends with increasing Li+ (Na+ or K+)/O ratio. The radius of ion has significant influence on the phase behaviour of PES/PEO blends. MDSC results showed that the change of heat capacity at the temperature of the binodal phase separation is similar to that of a melt transition in semi-crystalline polymers, which confirms the mechanism of binodal phase separation: nucleation and growth

  8. High precision isotopic ratio analysis of volatile metal chelates

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    High precision isotope ratio measurements have been made for a series of volatile alkaline earth and transition metal chelates using conventional GC/MS instrumentation. Electron ionization was used for alkaline earth chelates, whereas isobutane chemical ionization was used for transition metal studies. Natural isotopic abundances were determined for a series of Mg, Ca, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Cd, and Zn chelates. Absolute accuracy ranged between 0.01 and 1.19 at. %. Absolute precision ranged between +-0.01-0.27 at. % (RSD +- 0.07-10.26%) for elements that contained as many as eight natural isotopes. Calibration curves were prepared using natural abundance metals and their enriched 50Cr, 60Ni, and 65Cu isotopes covering the range 0.1-1010.7 at. % excess. A separate multiple isotope calibration curve was similarly prepared using enriched 60Ni (0.02-2.15 at. % excess) and 62Ni (0.23-18.5 at. % excess). The samples were analyzed by GC/CI/MS. Human plasma, containing enriched 26Mg and 44Ca, was analyzed by EI/MS. 1 figure, 5 tables

  9. Alkali metal and ammonium chlorides in water and heavy water (binary systems)

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    Cohen-Adad, R

    1991-01-01

    This volume surveys the data available in the literature for solid-fluid solubility equilibria plus selected solid-liquid-vapour equilibria, for binary systems containing alkali and ammonium chlorides in water or heavy water. Solubilities covered are lithium chloride, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, rubidium chloride, caesium chloride and ammonium chloride in water and heavy water.

  10. Plasma assisted measurements of alkali metal concentrations in pressurized combustion processes

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    Hernberg, R.; Haeyrinen, V. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland). Dept. of Physics

    1996-12-01

    The plasma assisted method for continuous measurement of alkali concentrations in product gas flows of pressurized energy processes will be tested and applied at the 1.6 MW PFBC/G facility at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During the reporting period the alkali measuring device has been tested under pressurized conditions at VTT Energy, DMT, Foster-Wheeler Energia and ABB Carbon. Measurements in Delft will be performed during 1996 after installation of the hot gas filter. The original plan for measurements in Delft has been postponed due to schedule delays in Delft. The results are expected to give information about the influence of different process conditions on the generation of alkali vapours, the comparison of different methods for alkali measurement and the specific performance of our system. This will be the first test of the plasma assisted measurement method in a gasification process. The project belongs to the Joule II extension program under contract JOU2-CT93-0431. (author)

  11. Study of complexation between two 1,3-alternate calix[4]crown derivatives and alkali metal ions by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and density functional theory calculations

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    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Allahyari, Leila; Fasihi, Javad; Taherpour, Avat (Arman); Asfari, Zuhair; Valinejad, Azizollah

    2016-03-01

    Complexation of two 1,3-alternate calix[4]crown ligands with alkali metals (K+, Rb+ and Cs+) has been investigated by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and density functional theory calculations. The binding selectivities of the ligands and the binding constants of their complexes in solution have been determined using the obtained mass spectra. Also the percentage of each formed complex species in the mixture of each ligand and alkali metal has been experimentally evaluated. For both calix[4]crown-5 and calix[4]crown-6 ligands the experimental and theoretical selectivity of their alkali metal complexes found to follow the trend K+ > Rb+ > Cs+. The structures of ligands were optimized by DFT-B3LYP/6-31G method and the structures of complexes were obtained by QM-SCF-MO/PM6 method and discussed in the text.

  12. XPS studies and photocurrent applications of alkali-metals-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible illumination conditions

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    Saáedi, Abdolhossein; Yousefi, Ramin; Jamali-Sheini, Farid; Zak, Ali Khorsand; Cheraghizade, Mohsen; Mahmoudian, M. R.; Baghchesara, Mohammad Amin; Dezaki, Abbas Shirmardi

    2016-05-01

    The present work is a study about a relationship between X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) results and photocurrent intensity of alkali-metals-elements doped ZnO nanoparticles, which is carried out under visible illumination conditions. The nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple sol-gel method. Structure and morphology studies of the NPs were carried out by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of doping on the optical band-gap was investigated by using UV-visible spectrometer. The absorption peak of the doped ZnO NPs was red-shifted with respect to that of the undoped ZnO NPs. After that, the photocurrent application of the products was examined under a white light source at 2 V bias. The photocurrent results showed that, the current intensity of the ZnO NPs was increased by doping materials. However, K-doped ZnO NPs showed the highest photocurrent intensity. Finally, a discussion was carried out about the obtained photocurrent results by the O-1s spectra of the XPS of the samples. Our results suggest that the alkali-metals-doped ZnO NPs exhibit considerable promise for highly sensitive visible-light photodetectors.

  13. Structural and electronic engineering of 3DOM WO3 by alkali metal doping for improved NO2 sensing performance.

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    Wang, Zhihua; Fan, Xiaoxiao; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-05-19

    Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and excellent selectivity. More importantly, the response of 3DOM WO3/Li to 500 ppb NO2 was up to 55 at room temperature (25 °C). The especially high response to ppb level NO2 at room temperature (25 °C) in this work has a very important practical significance. The best sensing performance of 3DOM WO3/Li could be ascribed to the most structure defects and the highest carrier mobility. And the possible gas sensing mechanism based on the model of the depletion layer was proposed to demonstrate that both structural and electronic properties are responsible for the NO2 sensing behavior. PMID:27109698

  14. Molecular origin of high free energy barriers for alkali metal ion transfer through ionic liquid-graphene electrode interfaces.

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    Ivaništšev, Vladislav; Méndez-Morales, Trinidad; Lynden-Bell, Ruth M; Cabeza, Oscar; Gallego, Luis J; Varela, Luis M; Fedorov, Maxim V

    2016-01-14

    In this work we study mechanisms of solvent-mediated ion interactions with charged surfaces in ionic liquids by molecular dynamics simulations, in an attempt to reveal the main trends that determine ion-electrode interactions in ionic liquids. We compare the interfacial behaviour of Li(+) and K(+) at a charged graphene sheet in a room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, and its mixtures with lithium and potassium tetrafluoroborate salts. Our results show that there are dense interfacial solvation structures in these electrolytes that lead to the formation of high free energy barriers for these alkali metal cations between the bulk and direct contact with the negatively charged surface. We show that the stronger solvation of Li(+) in the ionic liquid leads to the formation of significantly higher interfacial free energy barriers for Li(+) than for K(+). The high free energy barriers observed in our simulations can explain the generally high interfacial resistance in electrochemical storage devices that use ionic liquid-based electrolytes. Overcoming these barriers is the rate-limiting step in the interfacial transport of alkali metal ions and, hence, appears to be a major drawback for a generalised application of ionic liquids in electrochemistry. Some plausible strategies for future theoretical and experimental work for tuning them are suggested. PMID:26661060

  15. Oxidation behavior of Cr(III) during thermal treatment of chromium hydroxide in the presence of alkali and alkaline earth metal chlorides.

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    Mao, Linqiang; Gao, Bingying; Deng, Ning; Liu, Lu; Cui, Hao

    2016-02-01

    The oxidation behavior of Cr(III) during the thermal treatment of chromium hydroxide in the presence of alkali and alkaline earth metal chlorides (NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, and CaCl2) was investigated. The amounts of Cr(III) oxidized at various temperatures and heating times were determined, and the Cr-containing species in the residues were characterized. During the transformation of chromium hydroxide to Cr2O3 at 300 °C approximately 5% of the Cr(III) was oxidized to form intermediate compounds containing Cr(VI) (i.e., CrO3), but these intermediates were reduced to Cr2O3 when the temperature was above 400 °C. Alkali and alkaline earth metals significantly promoted the oxidation of Cr(III) during the thermal drying process. Two pathways were involved in the influences the alkali and alkaline earth metals had on the formation of Cr(VI). In pathway I, the alkali and alkaline earth metals were found to act as electron transfer agents and to interfere with the dehydration process, causing more intermediate Cr(VI)-containing compounds (which were identified as being CrO3 and Cr5O12) to be formed. The reduction of intermediate compounds to Cr2O3 was also found to be hindered in pathway I. In pathway II, the alkali and alkaline earth metals were found to contribute to the oxidation of Cr(III) to form chromates. The results showed that the presence of alkali and alkaline earth metals significantly increases the degree to which Cr(III) is oxidized during the thermal drying of chromium-containing sludge. PMID:26650573

  16. Long-range interactions between the alkali-metal atoms and alkaline earth ions

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Arora, Bindiya; Sahoo, B K

    2014-01-01

    Accurate knowledge of interaction potentials among the alkali atoms and alkaline earth ions is very useful in the studies of cold atom physics. Here we carry out theoretical studies of the long-range interactions among the Li, Na, K, and Rb alkali atoms with the Ca$^+$, Ba$^+$, Sr$^+$, and Ra$^+$ alkaline earth ions systematically which are largely motivated by their importance in a number of applications. These interactions are expressed as a power series in the inverse of the internuclear separation $R$. Both the dispersion and induction components of these interactions are determined accurately from the algebraic coefficients corresponding to each power combination in the series. Ultimately, these coefficients are expressed in terms of the electric multipole polarizabilities of the above mentioned systems which are calculated using the matrix elements obtained from a relativistic coupled-cluster method and core contributions to these quantities from the random phase approximation. We also compare our estim...

  17. Characterization of Alkali Metal Dispensers and Non-Evaporable Getter Pumps in Ultra-High Vacuum Systems for Cold Atomic Sensors

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    Scherer, David R.; Fenner, David B.; Hensley, Joel M.

    2012-01-01

    A glass ultrahigh vacuum chamber with rubidium alkali metal dispensers and non-evaporable getter pumps has been developed and used to create a cold atomic sample in a chamber that operates with only passive vacuum pumps. The ion-mass spectrum of evaporated gases from the alkali metal dispenser has been recorded as a function of dispenser current. The efficacy of the non-evaporable getter pumps in promoting and maintaining vacuum has been characterized by observation of the Rb vapor optical ab...

  18. Release and sorption of alkali metals in coal fired combined cycle power systems; Freisetzung und Einbindung von Alkalimetallverbindungen in kohlebefeuerten Kombikraftwerken

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    Mueller, Michael

    2009-07-01

    Coal fired combined cycle power systems will be a sufficient way to increase the efficiency of coal combustion. However, combined cycle power systems require a reliable hot gas cleanup. Especially alkali metals, such as sodium and potassium, can lead to hot corrosion of the gas turbine blading if they condensate as sulphates. The actual work deals with the release and sorption of alkali metals in coal fired combined cycle power systems. The influence of coal composition, temperature and pressure on the release of alkali species in coal combustion was investigated and the relevant release mechanisms identified. Alumosilicate sorbents have been found that reduce the alkali concentration in the hot flue gas of the Circulating Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion 2{sup nd} Generation (CPFBC 2{sup nd} Gen.) at 750 C to values sufficient for use in a gas turbine. Accordingly, alumosilicate sorbents working at 1400 C have been found for the Pressurized Pulverized Coal Combustion (PPCC). The sorption mechanisms have been identified. Thermodynamic calculations were performed to upscale the results of the laboratory experiments to conditions prevailing in power systems. According to these calculations, there is no risk of hot corrosion in both processes. Furthermore, thermodynamic calculations were performed to investigate the behaviour of alkali metals in an IGCC with integrated hot gas cleanup and H{sub 2} membrane for CO{sub 2} sequestration. (orig.)

  19. Comparisons between adsorption and diffusion of alkali, alkaline earth metal atoms on silicene and those on silicane: Insight from first-principles calculations

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    Bo, Xu; Huan-Sheng, Lu; Bo, Liu; Gang, Liu; Mu-Sheng, Wu; Chuying, Ouyang

    2016-06-01

    The adsorption and diffusion behaviors of alkali and alkaline-earth metal atoms on silicane and silicene are both investigated by using a first-principles method within the frame of density functional theory. Silicane is staler against the metal adatoms than silicene. Hydrogenation makes the adsorption energies of various metal atoms considered in our calculations on silicane significantly lower than those on silicene. Similar diffusion energy barriers of alkali metal atoms on silicane and silicene could be observed. However, the diffusion energy barriers of alkali-earth metal atoms on silicane are essentially lower than those on silicene due to the small structural distortion and weak interaction between metal atoms and silicane substrate. Combining the adsorption energy with the diffusion energy barriers, it is found that the clustering would occur when depositing metal atoms on perfect hydrogenated silicene with relative high coverage. In order to avoid forming a metal cluster, we need to remove the hydrogen atoms from the silicane substrate to achieve the defective silicane. Our results are helpful for understanding the interaction between metal atoms and silicene-based two-dimensional materials. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant Nos. 20152ACB21014, 20151BAB202006, and 20142BAB212002) and the Fund from the Jiangxi Provincial Educational Committee, China (Grant No. GJJ14254). Bo Xu is also supported by the Oversea Returned Project from the Ministry of Education, China.

  20. Experimental and theoretical determinations of the absolute ionization cross section of alkali metals by electron impact in the energy range from 100 to 2000 eV

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    The absolute electron impact ionization cross sections for the alkali metals in the energy range between 100 eV and 2000 eV were measured by the non-modulated crossed beam technique. The neutral beam of alkali atoms is produced by a Knudsen cell and crossed at right angles with the electron beam. The ions formed are collected on a plate and their intensity determined with a D.C. amplifier. The neutral beam is condensed on a cold trap cooled with liquid nitrogen, this temperature being much lower than that required to obtain total condensation. The amount of metal deposited is measured by the isotopic dilution technique and by atomic absorption, and the density of the atoms in the neutral beam is calculated. The total absolute ionization cross sections can then be determined. All possible errors have been carefully analyzed and their magnitudes estimated. The absolute ionization cross section for Li at an energy of 500 eV is: QLi = 0,358 x 10-16 cm2. This value is half of that obtained by Mac Farland and Kinney. The partial ionization cross sections for the singly and multiply charged ions is determined with a mass spectrometer attached to this apparatus. For the singly charged ions, the variation of the cross section with the energy of the ionizing electrons is in agreement with the optically allowed transition law: Q = A log BE/E. From the variation of Q with E, the squared matrix elements of the transition moment (|Mi|)2 are determined for all the elements studied. New calculations of the ionization cross section of Li and Na were performed in the framework of the Born-Bethe approximation as modified by Gaudin and Botter to take into account collisions with large momentum variation of the incident electron. Hartree-Fock type wave functions for the ground state atom (tabulated by Clementi) were used. The calculated values are in good agreement with our experimental results and with the former theoretical results calculated by various methods. This work also

  1. On-sun test results from second-generation and advanced-concepts alkali-metal pool-boiler receivers

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    Moreno, J.B.; Andraka, C.E.; Moss, T.A.; Cordeiro, P.G.; Dudley, V.E.; Rawlinson, K.S.

    1994-05-01

    Two 75-kW{sub t} alkali-metal pool-boiler solar receivers have been successfully tested at Sandia National Laboratories` National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The first one, Sandia`s `` second-generation pool-boiler receiver,`` was designed to address commercialization issues identified during post-test assessment of Sandia`s first-generation pool-boiler receiver. It was constructed from Haynes alloy 230 and contained the alkali-metal alloy NaK-78. The absorber`s wetted side had a brazed-on powder-metal coating to stabilize boiling. This receiver was evaluated for boiling stability, hot- and warm-restart behavior, and thermal efficiency. Boiling was stable under all conditions. All of the hot restarts were successful. Mild transient hot spots observed during some hot restarts were eliminated by the addition of 1/3 torr of xenon to the vapor space. All of the warm restarts were also successful. The heat-transfer crisis that damaged the first receiver did not recur. Thermal efficiency was 92.3% at 750{degrees}C with 69.6 kW{sub t} solar input. The second receiver tested, Sandia`s ``advanced-concepts receiver,`` was a replica of the first-generation receiver except that the cavities, which were electric-discharge-machined in the absorber for boiling stability, were eliminated. This step was motivated by bench-scale test results that showed that boiling stability improved with increased heated-surface area, tilt of the heated surface from vertical, and added xenon. The bench-scale results suggested that stable boiling might be possible without heated-surface modification in a 75-kW{sub t} receiver. Boiling in the advanced-concepts receiver with 1/3 torr of xenon added has been stable under all conditions, confirming the bench-scale tests.

  2. Equilibrium electrode U(4)-U and redox U(4)-U(3) potentials in molten alkali metal chlorides medium

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    Conditional standard electrode potentials of uranium are determined for diluted solutions of its tetrachloride in alkali metal chloride melts (LiCl, NaCl, NaCl-KCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl) when using U(4) ion activity coefficient values experimentally found by the tensimetric method. These potentials shift to the electronegative side at the temperature decrease and alkali cation radius increase rsub(Msup(+)) according to the empiric ratio E*U(4)-U= -3.06+6.87x10-4 T-(1.67-10-4T-0.44) 1/rsub(Msup(+)) +-0.01. The temperature dependences of formal conditional redox potentials of the U(4)-U(3) system for above melted chlorides are estimated. The E*U(4)-U(3) value also becomes more electronegative in the series LiCl, NaCl, NaCl-KCl, KCl, RbCl and CsCl. This alternation is satisfactorily described by the empiric expression E*U(4)-U(3)= -1.74+1.74x10-4T-(0.71x10-4T-0.20) 1rsub(Msup(+)) +-0.05. The calculated values Eu*(4)-U(3) are compared with those directly measured for the NaCl-KCl equimolar mixture and 3LiCl-2KCl eutectic mixture. A satisfactory confirmity has been observed

  3. Thermal and optical properties of Nd{sup 3+} doped lead zinc borate glasses—Influence of alkali metal ions

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    Sasi Kumar, M.V.; Rajesh, D.; Balakrishna, A. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Ratnakaram, Y.C., E-mail: ratnakaramsvu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India)

    2013-04-15

    In the present investigation a new series of six different Nd{sup 3+} doped alkali and mixed alkali (Li, Na, K, Li–Na, Li–K and Na–K) heavy metal (PbO and ZnO) borate glasses were prepared using the melt quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the glass systems has been identified based on the X-ray diffraction analysis. The glass transition studies were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Optical properties were studied by measuring the optical absorption and near infrared luminescence spectra. The Judd–Ofelt (J–O) theory has been applied to calculate J–O intensity parameters, Ω{sub λ} (λ=2, 4 and 6) and in turn used to estimate radiative properties of certain transitions. Spectroscopic parameters such as transition probabilities (A{sub T}), branching ratios (β), radiative lifetimes (τ{sub R}) and integrated absorption cross-sections (Σ) were calculated using J–O intensity parameters for all transitions. Using emission spectra, experimental branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections (σ{sub P}) are obtained for all the observed emission transitions.

  4. Thermal and optical properties of Nd3+ doped lead zinc borate glasses—Influence of alkali metal ions

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    Sasi Kumar, M. V.; Rajesh, D.; Balakrishna, A.; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2013-04-01

    In the present investigation a new series of six different Nd3+ doped alkali and mixed alkali (Li, Na, K, Li-Na, Li-K and Na-K) heavy metal (PbO and ZnO) borate glasses were prepared using the melt quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the glass systems has been identified based on the X-ray diffraction analysis. The glass transition studies were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Optical properties were studied by measuring the optical absorption and near infrared luminescence spectra. The Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory has been applied to calculate J-O intensity parameters, Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) and in turn used to estimate radiative properties of certain transitions. Spectroscopic parameters such as transition probabilities (AT), branching ratios (β), radiative lifetimes (τR) and integrated absorption cross-sections (Σ) were calculated using J-O intensity parameters for all transitions. Using emission spectra, experimental branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) are obtained for all the observed emission transitions.

  5. Thermal and optical properties of Nd3+ doped lead zinc borate glasses—Influence of alkali metal ions

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    In the present investigation a new series of six different Nd3+ doped alkali and mixed alkali (Li, Na, K, Li–Na, Li–K and Na–K) heavy metal (PbO and ZnO) borate glasses were prepared using the melt quenching technique. The amorphous nature of the glass systems has been identified based on the X-ray diffraction analysis. The glass transition studies were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Optical properties were studied by measuring the optical absorption and near infrared luminescence spectra. The Judd–Ofelt (J–O) theory has been applied to calculate J–O intensity parameters, Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) and in turn used to estimate radiative properties of certain transitions. Spectroscopic parameters such as transition probabilities (AT), branching ratios (β), radiative lifetimes (τR) and integrated absorption cross-sections (Σ) were calculated using J–O intensity parameters for all transitions. Using emission spectra, experimental branching ratios and stimulated emission cross-sections (σP) are obtained for all the observed emission transitions

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of mixed rare earth-alkali metal or ammonium fluorides

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    由芳田; 黄世华; 时秋峰

    2010-01-01

    The recent results on hydrothermal synthesis of mixed rare earth-alkali or ammonium fluorides were presented. The initial ratios of the starting materials, pH value and reaction temperature were the critical factors for obtaining the single-phase product. Four main types of complex rare earth fluorides, AREF4, A2REF5, ARE2F7 and ARE3F10 (A=Na+, K+, Rb+, NH4+), appeared in the primary hydrothermal reactions. The correlation between cation sizes and the formation of mixed rare earth fluorides under mild hydro...

  7. Europium Isotopic Abundances in Very Metal-poor Stars

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    Sneden, C; Lawler, J E; Burles, S M; Beers, T C; Fuller, G M; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J.; Lawler, James E.; Burles, Scott; Beers, Timothy C.; Fuller, George M.

    2002-01-01

    Europium isotopic abundance fractions are reported for the very metal-poor, neutron-capture-rich giant stars CS 22892-052, HD 115444, and BD +17 3248. The abundance fractions, derived from analysis of several strong Eu II lines appearing in high-resolution spectra of these stars, are in excellent agreement with each other and with their values in the Solar System: fraction(\\iso{Eu}{151}) ~= fraction(\\iso{Eu}{153}) ~= 0.5. Detailed abundance studies of very metal-poor stars have previously shown that the total elemental abundances of stable atoms with atomic numbers z >= 56 typically match very closely those of a scaled solar-system r-process abundance distribution. The present results for the first time extend this agreement to the isotopic level.

  8. Hydration to the poly(oxyethylene) derivative complexes of alkali metal ions and barium ion in 1,2-dichloroethane

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    A series of poly(oxyethylene) derivatives (POE compound) complexes of alkali metal and barium ions were extracted into 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCE) by forming ion-pairs with picrate ion. Water molecules were coextracted into 1,2-DCE with the ion-pairs. The mean number of water molecules bound to the POE compound, XH2O,S, and its complex, XH2O,comp, in water saturated with 1,2-DCE was determined by means of aquametry. The XH2O,S value increases with the increase in the number of the oxyethylene units (EO unit) of the POE compound. The XH2O,comp value decreases in the order Li+>Na+>K+≅Rb+≅Cs+ in any POE compound systems, and increases with the number of EO units of the POE compounds for a given metal ion. These results are interpreted by the hypothesis that the water molecules bound to the complex are those hydrated to the central metal ion, and the hydrated metal ion is surrounded by the EO chain with a helical conformation in the complex. The large number of water molecules are coordinating to the lithium ion complexes and bring about a serious distortion in the helical structure of the complexes. Because of the ion-pair formation with two picrate ions, the XH2O,comp values of barium ion complexes are smaller than those of potassium ion complexes. (author)

  9. Viscometric and thermodynamic studies of interactions in ternary solutions containing sucrose and aqueous alkali metal halides at 293.15, 303.15 and 313.15 K

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    Reena Gupta; Mukhtar Singh

    2005-05-01

    Viscosities and densities of sucrose in aqueous alkali metal halide solutions of different concentrations in the temperature range 293.15 to 313.15 K have been measured. Partial molar volumes at infinite dilution ($V_{2}^{0}$) of sucrose determined from apparent molar volume ($\\phi_v$) have been utilized to estimate partial molar volumes of transfer ($V^{0}_{2,tr}$) for sucrose from water to alkali metal halide solutions. The viscosity data of alkali metal halides in purely aqueous solutions and in the presence of sucrose at different temperatures (293.15, 303.15 and 313.5 K) have been analysed by the Jones-Dole equation. The nature and magnitude of solute-solvent and solute-solute interactions have been discussed in terms of the values of limiting apparent molar volume ($\\phi^{0}_{v}$), slope ($S_{v}$) and coefficients of the Jones-Dole equation. The structuremaking and structure-breaking capacities of alkali metal halides in pure aqueous solutions and in the presence of sucrose have been ascertained from temperature dependence of $\\phi^{0}_{v}$.

  10. A new route to the syntheses of alkali metal bis(fluorosulfuryl)imides: Crystal structure of LiN(SO2F)2

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    Beran, Martin; Příhoda, J.; Žák, Z.; Černík, M.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 25, č. 6 (2006), s. 1292-1298. ISSN 0277-5387 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40310501 Keywords : imido-bis( sulfuric acid ) difluoride * lithium bis(fluorosulfuryl)imide * alkali metal bis(fluorosulfuryl)imides Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 1.843, year: 2006

  11. Structural and electronic engineering of 3DOM WO3 by alkali metal doping for improved NO2 sensing performance

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    Wang, Zhihua; Fan, Xiaoxiao; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-05-01

    Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and excellent selectivity. More importantly, the response of 3DOM WO3/Li to 500 ppb NO2 was up to 55 at room temperature (25 °C). The especially high response to ppb level NO2 at room temperature (25 °C) in this work has a very important practical significance. The best sensing performance of 3DOM WO3/Li could be ascribed to the most structure defects and the highest carrier mobility. And the possible gas sensing mechanism based on the model of the depletion layer was proposed to demonstrate that both structural and electronic properties are responsible for the NO2 sensing behavior.Novel alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 materials were prepared using a simple colloidal crystal template method. Raman, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, PL, Hall and UV-Vis techniques were used to characterize the structural and electronic properties of all the products, while the corresponding sensing performances targeting ppb level NO2 were determined at different working temperatures. For the overall goal of structural and electronic engineering, the co-effect of structural and electronic properties on the improved NO2 sensing performance of alkali metal doped 3DOM WO3 was studied. The test results showed that the gas sensing properties of 3DOM WO3/Li improved the most, with the fast response-recovery time and

  12. Heavy main-group iodometallates hybridized by alkali metal via 1,10-Phenanthroline-5,6-dione

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    Mengfan Yin; Gengxing Cai; Peng Wang; Xihui Chao; Jibo Liu; Haohong Li; Zhirong Chen

    2015-09-01

    Alkali metals were introduced into heavy main-group iodometallates to get two new IA/IVAheterometallic frameworks [PbI3K(pdon)(H2O)2] (1) and {[Pb3I9K2(pdon)2(H3O)]·H2O} (2) (pdon=1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione), which were obtained as single phases by hydrothermal method at different pH values. Compounds 1 and 2 are three-dimensional heterometallic frameworks constructed from the linkage of pdon ligand between iodometallate chains and potassium oxides/iodide clusters. Specially, these two heterometallic frameworks exhibit broadened absorption bands at 700 and 750 nm compared with those of bulk PbI2 and pdon ligand. The band gap of 2 is wider than that of 1, which is due to the absence of · · · interaction in 2. Their thermal stabilities are also discussed.

  13. A stochastic optimization method based technique for finding out reaction paths in noble gas clusters perturbed by alkali metal ions

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    Graphical abstract: The structure of a minimum in Ar19K+ cluster. Abstract: In this paper we explore the possibility of using stochastic optimizers, namely simulated annealing (SA) in locating critical points (global minima, local minima and first order saddle points) in Argon noble gas clusters perturbed by alkali metal ions namely sodium and potassium. The atomic interaction potential is the Lennard Jones potential. We also try to see if a continuous transformation in geometry during the search process can lead to a realization of a kind of minimum energy path (MEP) for transformation from one minimum geometry to another through a transition state (first order saddle point). We try our recipe for three sizes of clusters, namely (Ar)16M+, (Ar)19M+ and (Ar)24M+, where M+ is Na+ and K+.

  14. Thermally stimulated luminescence and lattice defects in crystals of alkali metal borate LiB3O5 (LBO)

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    The recombination processes and lattice defects in crystals of alkali metal borate LiB3O5 (LBO) were studied by the means of the thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques. The glow curves, the spectra of the LBO recombination luminescence, and the angular variations of ESR-spectra of the O- center in three different planes were measured in the temperature range from 80 to 400 K. The luminescence bands were assigned to the electron (Em=4.0 eV) and hole (Em=4.2 eV) recombination processes. The model of the trapped hole center O- was proposed. The processes responsible for the formation of localised electronic excitations in LBO were discussed and compared with those taking place in other wide-gap oxides

  15. Synthesis and X-ray Characterization of Alkali Metal 2-Acyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides.

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    Karpov, Sergey V; Grigor'ev, Arthur A; Kayukov, Yakov S; Karpova, Irina V; Nasakin, Oleg E; Tafeenko, Victor A

    2016-08-01

    A novel route for synthesis of 2-acyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides (ATCN) salts in high yields and excellent purities starting from readily available methyl ketones, malononitrile, bromine, and alkali metal acetates is reported. The starting aryl(heteroaryl) methyl ketones were oxidized to the corresponding α-ketoaldehydes by new a DMSO-NaBr-H2SO4 oxidation system in yields up to 90% within a short reaction time of 8-10 min. The subsequent stages of ATCN preparation are realized in aqueous media without use of any toxic solvents, in accordance with principle 5 of "green chemistry". Lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium 2-benzoyl-1,1,3,3-tetracyanopropenides were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. These salts show a good potential for synthesis of five- and six-membered heterocycles and may serve as potentially useful ligands in coordination and supramolecular chemistry. PMID:27384963

  16. Purification and characterization of an extracellular, thermo-alkali-stable, metal tolerant laccase from Bacillus tequilensis SN4.

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    Full Text Available A novel extracellular thermo-alkali-stable laccase from Bacillus tequilensis SN4 (SN4LAC was purified to homogeneity. The laccase was a monomeric protein of molecular weight 32 KDa. UV-visible spectrum and peptide mass fingerprinting results showed that SN4LAC is a multicopper oxidase. Laccase was active in broad range of phenolic and non-phenolic substrates. Catalytic efficiency (kcat/Km showed that 2, 6-dimethoxyphenol was most efficiently oxidized by the enzyme. The enzyme was inhibited by conventional inhibitors of laccase like sodium azide, cysteine, dithiothreitol and β-mercaptoethanol. SN4LAC was found to be highly thermostable, having temperature optimum at 85°C and could retain more than 80% activity at 70°C for 24 h. The optimum pH of activity for 2, 6-dimethoxyphenol, 2, 2'-azino bis[3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonate], syringaldazine and guaiacol was 8.0, 5.5, 6.5 and 8.0 respectively. Enzyme was alkali-stable as it retained more than 75% activity at pH 9.0 for 24 h. Activity of the enzyme was significantly enhanced by Cu2+, Co2+, SDS and CTAB, while it was stable in the presence of halides, most of the other metal ions and surfactants. The extracellular nature and stability of SN4LAC in extreme conditions such as high temperature, pH, heavy metals, halides and detergents makes it a highly suitable candidate for biotechnological and industrial applications.

  17. A series of new phases in the alkali metal-Nb(V)/Ta(V)-Se(IV)/Te(IV)-O systems.

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    Gu, Qian-Hua; Hu, Chun-Li; Zhang, Jian-Han; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2011-03-21

    Six new phases in the alkali metal-Nb(V)/Ta(V)-Se(IV)/Te(IV)-O systems have been prepared by solid-state reactions at high-temperatures. Their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. AM(3)O(6)(QO(3))(2) (A = K, Rb, M = Nb, Ta, Q = Te; A = K, M = Nb, Q = Se) are isomorphous and their structures feature a 3D network with 1D 4- and 6-MRs tunnels along the a-axis which is composed of 2D layers of corner-sharing MO(6) octahedra bridged by QO(3) groups. The alkali metal ions are located at the above 1D tunnels of 6-MRs. The structure of Cs(3)Nb(9)O(18)(TeO(3))(2)(TeO(4))(2) features a thick Nb-Te-O layer built of corner-sharing NbO(6) octahedra, TeO(3) and TeO(4) groups. The 2D layer of the NbO(6) octahedra with 1D tunnels of 6-MRs along the c-axis are formed by 1D chains of NbO(6) chains along the c-axis and linear Nb(4)O(21) tetramers by corner-sharing. The TeO(3) and TeO(4) groups are grafted on both sides of the niobium-oxide layer via Nb-O-Te or/and Te-O-Te bridges. The caesium(i) ions are located at the above 1D tunnels of 6-MRs. TGA, UV-vis and infrared spectral measurements as well as electronic structure calculations have also been performed. PMID:21293821

  18. Development of operationally stable inverted organic light-emitting diode prepared without using alkali metals (Presentation Recording)

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    Fukagawa, Hirohiko; Morii, Katsuyuki; Hasegawa, Munehiro; Gouda, Shun; Tsuzuki, Toshimitsu; Shimizu, Takahisa; Yamamoto, Toshihiro

    2015-10-01

    The OLED is one of the key devices for realizing future flexible displays and lightings. One of the biggest challenges left for the OLED fabricated on a flexible substrate is the improvement of its resistance to oxygen and moisture. A high barrier layer [a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of about 10-6 g/m2/day] is proposed to be necessary for the encapsulation of conventional OLEDs. Some flexible high barrier layers have recently been demonstrated; however, such high barrier layers require a complex process, which makes flexible OLEDs expensive. If an OLED is prepared without using air-sensitive materials such as alkali metals, no stringent encapsulation is necessary for such an OLED. In this presentation, we will discuss our continuing efforts to develop an inverted OLED (iOLED) prepared without using alkali metals. iOLEDs with a bottom cathode are considered to be effective for realizing air-stable OLEDs since the electron injection layer (EIL) can be prepared by fabrication processes that might damage the organic layers, resulting in the enhanced range of materials suitable for EILs. We have demonstrated that a highly efficient and relatively air-stable iOLED can be realized by employing poly(ethyleneimine) as an EIL. Dark spot formation was not observed after 250 days in the poly(ethyleneimine)-based iOLED encapsulated by a barrier film with a WVTR of 10-4 g/m2/day. In addition, we have demonstrated the fabrication of a highly operational stable iOLED utilizing a newly developed EIL. The iOLED exhibits an expected half-lifetime of over 10,000 h from an initial luminance of 1,000 cd/m2.

  19. Phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulphone) and poly(ethylene oxide)/alkali-metal salt complex blends: a thermal analysis study

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    Jin, J. [Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE113TU (United Kingdom); Song, M. [Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE113TU (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: m.song@lboro.ac.uk

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    The phase behaviour and thermodynamics of poly(1,4-phenylene ether sulfone) (PES) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/alkali-metal salt complex blends were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and modulated DSC (MDSC). Experimental results show that the blend systems remain miscible after incorporating various alkali-metal salts: CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Li, CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Na and CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}K. The cloud point temperature strongly depended on the Li (Na or K)/O ratio in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends. With increasing the Li{sup +} (Na{sup +} or K{sup +})/O ratio, the phase diagram of the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends tended to be symmetrical. When Li{sup +}/O = 0.02, the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PES-PEO/CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}Li complex blends was located at the 30/70 PES/PEO composition. The mixing enthalpy decreased in the PES-PEO/alkali-metal salt complex blends with increasing Li{sup +} (Na{sup +} or K{sup +})/O ratio. The radius of ion has significant influence on the phase behaviour of PES/PEO blends. MDSC results showed that the change of heat capacity at the temperature of the binodal phase separation is similar to that of a melt transition in semi-crystalline polymers, which confirms the mechanism of binodal phase separation: nucleation and growth.

  20. Dispersion coefficients for the interactions of the alkali-metal and alkaline-earth-metal ions and inert-gas atoms with a graphene layer

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    Kaur, Kiranpreet; Arora, Bindiya; Sahoo, B. K.

    2015-09-01

    Largely motivated by a number of applications, the van der Waals dispersion coefficients C3 of the alkali-metal ions Li+,Na+,K+, and Rb+, the alkaline-earth-metal ions Ca+,Sr+,Ba+, and Ra+, and the inert-gas atoms He, Ne, Ar, and Kr with a graphene layer are determined precisely within the framework of the Dirac model. For these calculations, we evaluate the dynamic polarizabilities of the above atomic systems very accurately by evaluating the transition matrix elements employing relativistic many-body methods and using the experimental values of the excitation energies. The dispersion coefficients are given as functions of the separation distance of an atomic system from the graphene layer and the ambiance temperature during the interactions. For easy extraction of these coefficients, we give a logistic fit to the functional forms of the dispersion coefficients in terms of the separation distances at room temperature.

  1. Molecular-orbital theory for the stopping power of atoms in the low velocity regime:the case of helium in alkali metals

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    Dorado, Jose J.; Flores, F.

    1993-01-01

    A free-parameter linear-combination-of-atomic-orbitals approach is presented for analyzing the stopping power of slow ions moving in a metal. The method is applied to the case of He moving in alkali metals. Mean stopping powers for He present a good agreement with local-density-approximation calculations. Our results show important variations in the stopping power of channeled atoms with respect to their mean values.

  2. Application of X-ray diffraction technique for determining triclinicity of alkali-feldspar from the rare metal pegmatites of the Pandikimal Area, North Orissa, India

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    The zoned rare metal pegmatites of Archaean age in the Jharsuguda district of north Orissa, eastern India, are well-known for their potentiality for Nb, Ta, and Be minerals. They also contain limited Li, Bi, Th, and U minerals. Because of the economic concentrations of the ore minerals of Nb-Ta and Be, they are being mined for recovering columbite-tantalite and beryl. In this paper, the values of triclinicity of alkali-feldspars, determined by X-ray diffraction, are presented and, based on the same data, the evolutionary history of the rare metal pegmatites is traced. The values of triclinicity range from 0.83 to 0.97 with an average of 0.92. The high values of triclinicity suggest that the investigated alkali-feldspars from the rare metal pegmatites of the Pandikimal area belong to the category of maximum microcline. It would, thus, mean that during the crystallisation of alkali-feldspar, and by implication their host rare metal pegmatites, not only was the rate of cooling slow, the temperature of crystallisation was also falling. Accordingly, it is interpreted that the rare metal pegmatites of the Pandikimal area crystallised slowly under a falling-temperature regime in deep-seated plutonic conditions. The presence of large beryl crystals in the rare metal pegmatites also supports this interpretation. (author)

  3. Enriched asthenosphere melting beneath the nascent North African margin: trace element and Nd isotope evidence in middle-late Triassic alkali basalts from central Sicily (Italy)

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    Cirrincione, Rosolino; Fiannacca, Patrizia; Lustrino, Michele; Romano, Vanessa; Tranchina, Annunziata; Villa, Igor M.

    2016-03-01

    During the dismembering of the Pangea supercontinent, middle-late Triassic sub-volcanic alkaline rocks were emplaced in central Sicily. These rocks have an alkali basaltic composition and show OIB-like incompatible element patterns in primitive mantle-normalized diagrams (e.g., enrichments in HFSE and LREE coupled with high HFSE/LILE ratios), as well as slightly positive \\varepsilon_{Nd} values. Only subtle effects of crustal contamination at shallow depths emerge from geochemical data. These characteristics are very different compared with the Permian calcalkaline magmas from elsewhere in SW Europe still carrying the geochemical signature of modifications related to the Variscan orogeny. The mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic compositions of the investigated samples from central Sicily are also different from the coeval shoshonitic volcano-plutonic formations of Southern Alps (Dolomites). The incompatible element composition and Nd isotopic ratios are consistent with low-degree partial melting of a moderately depleted asthenospheric mantle source, with a negligible involvement of the thinned continental crust. The studied alkaline basalts represent the only known evidence of a segment of the Triassic rift system associated with early Pangea breakup in central Sicily. The close similarity of the central Sicily Triassic alkali basalts with coeval basalts emplaced along former orogenic sutures across the peri-Mediterranean area suggests a common origin related, at least partly, to asthenospheric passive upwelling following the tectonic collapse of the Variscan Belt. These rocks provide new constraints on the spatial-temporal distribution, magma source evolution and geodynamic meaning of the widespread Permo-Triassic basic magmatism developed after the end of the Variscan Orogeny in southwestern Europe.

  4. Enhanced brightness of organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode using alkali metal chlorides as an electron injection layer

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    Different thicknesses of cesium chloride (CsCl) and various alkali metal chlorides were inserted into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as electron injection layers (EILs). The basic structure of OLED is indium tin oxide (ITO)/N,N′-diphenyl-N,N′-bis(1-napthyl-phenyl)-1.1′-biphenyl-4.4′-diamine (NPB)/tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3)/Mg:Ag/Ag. The electroluminescent (EL) performance curves show that both the brightness and efficiency of the OLEDs can be obviously enhanced by using a thin alkali metal chloride layer as an EIL. The electron injection barrier height between the Alq3 layer and Mg:Ag cathode is reduced by inserting a thin alkali metal chloride as an EIL, which results in enhanced electron injection and electron current. Therefore, a better balance of hole and electron currents at the emissive interface is achieved and consequently the brightness and efficiency of OLEDs are improved. - Highlights: ► Alkaline metal chlorides were used as electron injection layers in organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode. ► Brightness and efficiency of OLEDs with alkaline metal chlorides as electron injection layers were all greatly enhanced. ► The Improved OLED performance was attributed to the possible interfacial chemical reaction. ► Electron-only devices are fabricated to demonstrate the electron injection enhancement.

  5. Enhanced brightness of organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode using alkali metal chlorides as an electron injection layer

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    Zou Ye [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Deng Zhenbo, E-mail: zbdeng@bjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Xu Denghui [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Beijing Technology and Business University, Beijing 100037 (China); Lue Zhaoyue; Yin Yuehong; Du Hailiang; Chen Zheng; Wang Yongsheng [Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Optical Information, Ministry of Education, Institute of Optoelectronic Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Different thicknesses of cesium chloride (CsCl) and various alkali metal chlorides were inserted into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as electron injection layers (EILs). The basic structure of OLED is indium tin oxide (ITO)/N,N Prime -diphenyl-N,N Prime -bis(1-napthyl-phenyl)-1.1 Prime -biphenyl-4.4 Prime -diamine (NPB)/tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq{sub 3})/Mg:Ag/Ag. The electroluminescent (EL) performance curves show that both the brightness and efficiency of the OLEDs can be obviously enhanced by using a thin alkali metal chloride layer as an EIL. The electron injection barrier height between the Alq{sub 3} layer and Mg:Ag cathode is reduced by inserting a thin alkali metal chloride as an EIL, which results in enhanced electron injection and electron current. Therefore, a better balance of hole and electron currents at the emissive interface is achieved and consequently the brightness and efficiency of OLEDs are improved. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alkaline metal chlorides were used as electron injection layers in organic light-emitting diodes based on Mg:Ag cathode. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Brightness and efficiency of OLEDs with alkaline metal chlorides as electron injection layers were all greatly enhanced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Improved OLED performance was attributed to the possible interfacial chemical reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron-only devices are fabricated to demonstrate the electron injection enhancement.

  6. Tritium and deuterium labelling studies of alkali metal borohydrides and their application to simple reductions

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    Simple and facile syntheses of highly deuterated and tritiated LiBH4, NaBH4 and KBH4 were achieved by hydrogen isotope exchange with deuterium or tritium gas at elevated temperatures. The exchange products were characterized by boron, proton and deuterium or tritium NMR spectroscopy. The extent of isotope (2H or 3H) incorporation was calculated from the patterns of 11B NMR spectra. Several samples of tritiated NaBH4 were treated with BF3-Et2O to produce tritiated borane-THF complex, which is an electrophilic reducing agent. The utility of both the borohydride reagents and borane-THF complex in labelling reactions was confirmed by exemplary reductions leading to specifically labelled products. The extent and orientation of labelling in the reduction products was assessed by a combination of radio-HPLC analysis, 1H, 2H or 3H NMR and mass spectrometry. (author)

  7. Cr isotope fractionation in metal-mineral-microbe interactions

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    Zhang, Qiong; Porcelli, Don; Thompson, Ian; Amor, Ken; Galer, Stephen

    2016-04-01

    Microbes interact with metals and minerals in the environments, altering their physical and chemical state whilst in turn the metals and minerals affect microbial growth, activity and survival. The interactions between Cr, Fe minerals and bacteria were investigated in this study. Cr(VI) reduction experiments by two iron-reducing bacteria, Pseudomonas fluorescens LB 300 and Shewanella oneidensis MR 1, in the presence of two iron oxide minerals, goethite and hematite, were conducted. Both minerals were found to inhibit the Cr(VI) reduction rate by Pseudomonas fluorescens LB 300 but accelerated Shewanella oneidensis MR 1. The Cr isotopic fractionation factor generated by both bacteria was mostly independent of the presence of the minerals, except for hematite with Pseudomonas fluorescens LB 300, where the ɛ was much higher. Aqueous Fe(III) in the solution did not have any detectable impact on either bacterial Cr reduction rates or the isotopic fractionation factors, indicating that the reduction of Cr(VI) occurred prior to that of Fe(III). The presence of aqueous Fe(II) induced a very fast abiotic reduction of Cr, but had little impact on the bacterial Cr reduction rates or its isotope fractionations. The evidence suggests that the different impact that Fe minerals had on the bacteria were related to the way they attached to the minerals and the difference in the reduction mechanism. SEM images confirmed that the attachment of Pseudomonas fluorescens LB 300 on the mineral surfaces were much more tightly packed than that of Shewanella oneidensis MR 1, so reducing mineral-metal interactions.

  8. The electronic properties of bare and alkali metal adsorbed two-dimensional GeSi alloy sheet

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    Qiu, Wenhao; Ye, Han; Yu, Zhongyuan; Liu, Yumin

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, the structural and electronic properties of both bare and alkali metal (AM) atoms adsorbed two-dimensional GeSi alloy sheet (GeSiAS) are investigated by means of first-principles calculations. The band gaps of bare GeSiAS are shown slightly opened at Dirac point with the energy dispersion remain linear due to the spin-orbit coupling effect at all concentrations of Ge atoms. For metal adsorption, AM atoms (including Li, Na and K) prefer to occupy the hexagonal hollow site of GeSiAS and the primary chemical bond between AM adatom and GeSiAS is ionic. The adsorption energy has an increase tendency with the increase of the Ge concentration in supercell. Besides, single-side adsorption of AM atoms introduces band gap at Dirac point, which can be tuned by the Ge concentration and the species of AM atoms. The strong relation between the band gaps and the distribution of Si and Ge atoms inside GeSiAS are also demonstrated. The opened band gaps of AM covered GeSiAS range from 14.8 to 269.1 meV along with the effective masses of electrons ranging from 0.013 to 0.109 me, indicating the high tunability of band gap as well as high mobility of carriers. These results provide a development in two-dimensional alloys and show potential applications in novel micro/nano-electronic devices.

  9. Atomic many-body effects and Lamb shifts in alkali metals

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    2016-01-01

    We present a detailed study of the Flambaum-Ginges radiative potential method which enables the accurate inclusion of quantum electrodynamics (QED) radiative corrections in a simple manner in atoms, ions, and molecules over the range 10<=Z<=120, where Z is the nuclear charge. Calculations are performed for binding energy shifts to the lowest valence s, p, and d waves over the series of alkali atoms Na to E119. The high accuracy of the radiative potential method is demonstrated by comparison with rigorous QED calculations in frozen atomic potentials, with deviations on the level of 1%. The many-body effects of core relaxation and second- and higher-order perturbation theory on the interaction of the valence electron with the core are calculated. The inclusion of many-body effects tends to increase the size of the shifts, with the enhancement particularly significant for d waves; for K to E119, the self-energy shifts for d waves are only an order of magnitude smaller than the s-wave shifts. It is shown th...

  10. Kinetics and thermodynamics of sorption of alkali metals ions with tin phosphate

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    In order to extract microquantities of potassium from sodium iodide the sorption method with application of tin phosphate as ion exchanger is proposed. The conditions of synthesis of tin phosphate are optimized. Theoretical aspects of sorption process are considered. The kinetics of sorption of alkaline metals with amorphous tin phosphate is studied by means of limited volume method. The activation energies of sorption of alkaline metals ions are defined. Thermodynamic characteristics of process are defined as well.

  11. The lithium isotopic ratio in very metal-poor stars

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    Lind, Karin; Asplund, Martin; Collet, Remo; Magic, Zazralt

    2013-01-01

    Un-evolved, very metal-poor stars are the most important tracers of the cosmic abundance of lithium in the early universe. Combining the standard Big Bang nucleosynthesis model with Galactic production through cosmic ray spallation, these stars at [Fe/H]<-2 are expected to show an undetectably small 6Li/7Li isotopic signature. Evidence to the contrary may necessitate an additional pre-galactic production source or a revision of the standard model of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. We revisit the isotopic analysis of four halo stars, two with claimed 6Li-detections in the literature, to investigate the influence of improved model atmospheres and line formation treatment. For the first time, a combined 3D, NLTE (non-local thermodynamic equilibrium) modelling technique for Li, Na, and Ca lines is utilised to constrain the intrinsic line-broadening and to determine the Li isotopic ratio. We discuss the influence of 3D NLTE effects on line profile shapes and assess the realism of our modelling using the Ca excitation...

  12. Release and transformation of alkali metals during co-combustion of coal and sulfur-rich wheat straw

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    Highlights: • Wheat straw rich in sulfur compared to coal was chosen as biomass material. • The behavior of alkali metal species during co-combustion was investigated. • The amount of KCl(g) and NaCl(g) was decreased by adding coal to wheat straw. • Most of fuel K was retained in the bottom ash as K2SO4, KAlSiO4 and KAlSiO6. • The amount of K2SO4 in the bottom ash decreased with temperature increase. - Abstract: Co-combustion of coal and biomass is a low-cost, large-scale, and efficient way to utilize biomass energy, which has a wide range of potential applications. However, biomass, especially herbaceous fuels, contains high levels of volatile K, Na, and Cl, the use of which may result in ash-related operational problems, such as corrosion, fouling, and slagging during thermal utilization. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of wheat straw and temperature on the release and transformation of alkali metal species during co-combustion of coal and S-rich wheat straw. Results indicate that the amounts of K and Na released during co-combustion could be reduced by the effects of Fe, Ti, S, Si, and Al from blended fuels. At lower wheat straw shares, the release of K decreased due to reactions of KCl with Fe species, and Ti species, forming K2Fe2O4 and K2TiO3. At high wheat straw shares, the release of K could be mainly captured in the form of K2SO4; small amounts of KAlSiO4 were also observed in the bottom ash. When the wheat straw share was 80 wt.%, increasing temperatures enhanced the release of KCl(g) and NaCl(g) at 600–800 °C. By contrast, in the range of 800–1000 °C, the amounts of these gases released exhibited no apparent association with temperature. Compared with the release of K, fuel K was mainly retained in the bottom ash. The K2SO4 content in the bottom ash decreased with increasing temperature in the range of 600–1000 °C, whereas the fraction of K in the form of KAlSiO4 and KAlSiO6 increased with increasing temperature

  13. Origin of low sodium capacity in graphite and generally weak substrate binding of Na and Mg among alkali and alkaline earth metals

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Merinov, Boris V.; Goddard, William A., III

    2016-04-01

    It is well known that graphite has a low capacity for Na but a high capacity for other alkali metals. The growing interest in alternative cation batteries beyond Li makes it particularly important to elucidate the origin of this behavior, which is not well understood. In examining this question, we find a quite general phenomenon: among the alkali and alkaline earth metals, Na and Mg generally have the weakest chemical binding to a given substrate, compared with the other elements in the same column of the periodic table. We demonstrate this with quantum mechanics calculations for a wide range of substrate materials (not limited to C) covering a variety of structures and chemical compositions. The phenomenon arises from the competition between trends in the ionization energy and the ion-substrate coupling, down the columns of the periodic table. Consequently, the cathodic voltage for Na and Mg is expected to be lower than those for other metals in the same column. This generality provides a basis for analyzing the binding of alkali and alkaline earth metal atoms over a broad range of systems.

  14. Origin of low sodium capacity in graphite and generally weak substrate binding of Na and Mg among alkali and alkaline earth metals.

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    Liu, Yuanyue; Merinov, Boris V; Goddard, William A

    2016-04-01

    It is well known that graphite has a low capacity for Na but a high capacity for other alkali metals. The growing interest in alternative cation batteries beyond Li makes it particularly important to elucidate the origin of this behavior, which is not well understood. In examining this question, we find a quite general phenomenon: among the alkali and alkaline earth metals, Na and Mg generally have the weakest chemical binding to a given substrate, compared with the other elements in the same column of the periodic table. We demonstrate this with quantum mechanics calculations for a wide range of substrate materials (not limited to C) covering a variety of structures and chemical compositions. The phenomenon arises from the competition between trends in the ionization energy and the ion-substrate coupling, down the columns of the periodic table. Consequently, the cathodic voltage for Na and Mg is expected to be lower than those for other metals in the same column. This generality provides a basis for analyzing the binding of alkali and alkaline earth metal atoms over a broad range of systems. PMID:27001855

  15. Optimized random phase approximation for the structure of liquid alkali metals as electron-ion plasmas

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    The purpose of this letter is to stress that the way towards an unconventional optimized-random-phase-approximation (ORPA) approach to the structure of liquid metals is indicated, and in fact already a good first-order solution for such an approach is provided

  16. A Teaching Exercise to Introduce Stable Isotope Fractionation of Metals into Geochemistry Courses

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    Weiss, Dominik J.; Harris, Caroline; Maher, Kate; Bullen, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Variations in the isotopic composition of elements have been widely used to study earth's climate, biosphere, and interior, and more recently to track the fate of contaminants. Within the broad range of elements that exhibit measureable isotopic variations, metal stable isotopes are increasingly applied across the biological, geological,…

  17. FP-APW+lo calculations of the electronic and optical properties of alkali metal sulfides under pressure

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    Khachai, H; Haddou, A; Rached, D; Soudini, B [Applied Materials Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi-bel-Abbes, Sidi-bel-Abbes 22000 (Algeria); Khenata, R; Amrani, B [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modelisation Mathematique (LPQ3M), Departement de Technologie, Universite de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria); Bouhemadou, A [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Setif, Setif 19000 (Algeria); Reshak, Ali H [Institute of Physical Biology, South Bohemia University, Nove Hrady 373 33 (Czech Republic)], E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr, E-mail: a_bouhemadou@yahoo.fr

    2009-03-04

    The electronic and optical properties of M{sub 2}S (M = Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds in the cubic antifluorite structure have been calculated, using a full relativistic version of the full-potential augmented plane-wave plus local orbitals method based on density functional theory, within both the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Moreover, the Engel-Vosko GGA formalism (EV-GGA) is applied so as to optimize the corresponding potential for band structure calculations. The calculated equilibrium lattices and bulk moduli are in good agreement with the available data. Band structure, density of states, electron charge density and pressure coefficients of energy gaps are given. Results obtained for band structure using EV-GGA are larger than those with LDA and GGA. It is found that the spin-orbit coupling lifts the triple degeneracy at the {gamma} point and the double degeneracy at the X point. The analysis of the electron charge density shows that the M-S bonds have a significant ionic character. The complex dielectric functions {epsilon}{sub 2}({omega}) for alkali metal sulfides were calculated for radiation up to 30 eV and the assignment of the critical points to the band structure energy differences at various points of the Brillouin zone was made. The pressure and volume dependence of the static dielectric constant and the refractive index are calculated.

  18. Solubility of some phenolic compounds in aqueous alkali metal nitrate solutions from (293.15 to 318.15) K

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    This paper is continuation of the study concerning the solubility-temperature dependence data for some phenolic compounds (PhC), contained in olive mill wastewater (OMWW), in two nitrate salts (KNO3 and NaNO3) aqueous solutions. The solubilities of PhC were determined in the temperature ranging from (293.15 to 318.15) K. It has been observed that the solubility, in aqueous nitrate solutions, increases with increasing temperature. Results showed that alkali metal nitrate has a salting-out effect on the solubility of PhC. The effect of the anion of the electrolyte on the solubility of PhC is observed by comparing these results with values reported in the previous papers for the effect of LiCl, NaCl and KCl. For each cation, the solubilites of the phenolic compounds are higher with nitrate anion than with chloride anion. Results were interpreted in terms of the salt hydration shells and the ability of the solute to form hydrogen-bond with water. The solubility data were accurately correlated by a semi empirical equation. The standard molar Gibbs free energies of transfer of PhC (ΔtrG0) from pure water to aqueous solutions of the nitrate salts have been calculated from the solubility data. The decrease in solubility is correlated to the positive ΔtrG0 value which is mainly of enthalpic origin

  19. Near-infrared luminescence enhancing by introducing alkali metal ions in Sr2CeO4:Yb3+

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    NIR luminescence phosphors Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) were synthesized by conventional solid-state method in the present paper. The prepared phosphors are characterized by XRD and fluorescence spectrometer. Under UV light excitation, the NIR emission intensity of Yb3+:2F5/2→2F7/2 around 1 μm of Sr2CeO4:Yb3+ is strengthened significantly by introducing appropriate alkali metal cations dopants (Li+, Na+, K+) into the crystalline lattice. The relevant mechanisms have been discussed in detail. The peculiar optical properties make Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) promising for potential application in the high efficiency silicon-based solar cells. -- Highlights: • Pure orthorhombic Sr2CeO4:Yb3+, M+ (M+=Li+, Na+, K+) were successfully synthesized. • The structural and photoluminescence of these samples were characterized by XRD and fluorescence spectrometer. • The effect of Li+/Na+/K+ on the properties of samples had been researched and the relevant mechanisms have been discussed in detail. • These NIR materials could have potential application in the high efficiency silicon-based solar cells

  20. FP-APW+lo calculations of the electronic and optical properties of alkali metal sulfides under pressure

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    The electronic and optical properties of M2S (M = Li, Na, K and Rb) compounds in the cubic antifluorite structure have been calculated, using a full relativistic version of the full-potential augmented plane-wave plus local orbitals method based on density functional theory, within both the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Moreover, the Engel-Vosko GGA formalism (EV-GGA) is applied so as to optimize the corresponding potential for band structure calculations. The calculated equilibrium lattices and bulk moduli are in good agreement with the available data. Band structure, density of states, electron charge density and pressure coefficients of energy gaps are given. Results obtained for band structure using EV-GGA are larger than those with LDA and GGA. It is found that the spin-orbit coupling lifts the triple degeneracy at the Γ point and the double degeneracy at the X point. The analysis of the electron charge density shows that the M-S bonds have a significant ionic character. The complex dielectric functions ε2(ω) for alkali metal sulfides were calculated for radiation up to 30 eV and the assignment of the critical points to the band structure energy differences at various points of the Brillouin zone was made. The pressure and volume dependence of the static dielectric constant and the refractive index are calculated.

  1. Adsorption of alkali, alkaline-earth, simple and 3d transition metal, and nonmetal atoms on monolayer MoS2

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    Single adsorption of different atoms on pristine two-dimensional monolayer MoS2 have been systematically investigated by using density functional calculations with van der Waals correction. The adatoms cover alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, main group metal, 3d-transition metals, coinage metal and nonmetal atoms. Depending on the adatom type, metallic, semimetallic or semiconducting behavior can be found in direct bandgap monolayer MoS2. Additionally, local or long-range magnetic moments of two-dimensional MoS2 sheet can also attained through the adsorption. The detailed atomic-scale knowledge of single adsorption on MoS2 monolayer is important not only for the sake of a theoretical understanding, but also device level deposition technological application

  2. Adsorption of alkali, alkaline-earth, simple and 3d transition metal, and nonmetal atoms on monolayer MoS2

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    X. D. Li

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Single adsorption of different atoms on pristine two-dimensional monolayer MoS2 have been systematically investigated by using density functional calculations with van der Waals correction. The adatoms cover alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, main group metal, 3d-transition metals, coinage metal and nonmetal atoms. Depending on the adatom type, metallic, semimetallic or semiconducting behavior can be found in direct bandgap monolayer MoS2. Additionally, local or long-range magnetic moments of two-dimensional MoS2 sheet can also attained through the adsorption. The detailed atomic-scale knowledge of single adsorption on MoS2 monolayer is important not only for the sake of a theoretical understanding, but also device level deposition technological application.

  3. Optical probes for the detection of protons, and alkali and alkaline earth metal cations.

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    Hamilton, Graham R C; Sahoo, Suban K; Kamila, Sukanta; Singh, Narinder; Kaur, Navneet; Hyland, Barry W; Callan, John F

    2015-07-01

    Luminescent sensors and switches continue to play a key role in shaping our understanding of key biochemical processes, assist in the diagnosis of disease and contribute to the design of new drugs and therapies. Similarly, their contribution to the environment cannot be understated as they offer a portable means to undertake field testing for hazardous chemicals and pollutants such as heavy metals. From a physiological perspective, the Group I and II metal ions are among the most important in the periodic table with blood plasma levels of H(+), Na(+) and Ca(2+) being indicators of several possible disease states. In this review, we examine the progress that has been made in the development of luminescent probes for Group I and Group II ions as well as protons. The potential applications of these probes and the mechanism involved in controlling their luminescent response upon analyte binding will also be discussed. PMID:25742963

  4. Quantum Chemical and FTIR Spectroscopic Studies on the Linkage Isomerism of Carbon Monoxide in Alkali-Metal-Exchanged Zeolites: A Review of Current Research

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    E. Garrone

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: When adsorbed (at a low temperature on alkali-metal-exchanged zeolites, CO forms both M(CO+ and M(OC+ carbonyl species with the extra-framework alkali-metal cation of the zeolite. Both quantum chemical and experimental results show that C-bondend adducts are characterized by a C−O stretching IR band at a frequency higher than that of 2143 cm-1 for free CO, while for O-bonded adducts this IR band appears below 2143 cm-1. The cation-CO interaction energy is higher for M(CO+ than for M(OC+ carbonyls, although the corresponding difference decreases substantially when going from Li+ to Cs+. By means of variable-temperature FTIR spectroscopy, this energy difference was determined for several alkali-metal cations, and the existence of a thermal equilibrium between M(CO+ and M(OC+ species was established. The current state of research in this field is reviewed here, with a view to gain more insight into the thermal isomerization process.

  5. Synthesis and luminescence of high-brightness Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces and the enhanced luminescence by alkali metal ions co-doping

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    Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces were synthesized by a combined approach of electrospinning and calcination at 1000 °C in mixed gas of sulfur dioxide and air. The nanopieces excited by a 230 nm light showed excellent green luminescence with the strongest emission peak at 545 nm due to the 5D4→7F5 transition of Tb3+. Interestingly, the intensity of emission peak at 545 nm of Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces exhibited about two times stronger than that of the bulk Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ at the same doping concentrations of Tb3+. Besides, the effects of alkali metal ions doping on the luminescence of the nanopieces have been examined. The emission intensities were further enhanced by alkali metal ions doping, especially for Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+/Li+. The optimal doping concentration of Li+ was 7%. -- Highlights: •Gd2O2SO4:Tb3+ nanopieces were prepared via electrospinning followed by calcination. •A comparison between the nanopieces and the bulk was conducted. •The effects of alkali metal ions on the luminescence of nanopieces are examined. •The content of co-dopant in nanopieces is optimized. •The potential applications of the nanopieces and the facile method are suggested

  6. Magnetometry with millimeter-scale anti-relaxation-coated alkali-metal vapor cells

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    Balabas, M V; Kitching, J; Schwindt, P D D; Stalnaker, J E

    2005-01-01

    Dynamic nonlinear magneto-optical-rotation signals with frequency- and amplitude-modulated laser light have been observed and investigated with a spherical glass cell of 3-mm diameter containing Cs metal with inner walls coated with paraffin. Intrinsic Zeeman relaxation rates of $\\gamma/(2\\pi)\\approx 20 $Hz and lower have been observed. Favorable prospects of using millimeter-scale coated cells in portable magnetometers and secondary frequency references are discussed.

  7. X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of some liquid alkali metals and alloys

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    Experimental techniques and correction procedures have been searched for, which allow a reliable and accurate determination of the structure factors of simple liquid metals, particularly in the small-angle region. A study of binary alloys was carried out and showed that clustering of like atoms (a tendency to phase separation) occurs, indicating special structural aspects. The densities of Na-K, Na-Cs, K-Rb alloys were also measured. (C.F.)

  8. Construction of thermionic alkali-ion sources

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    Ul Haq, F.

    1986-04-01

    A simple technique is described by which singly charged alkali ions of K, Na, Li, Rb and Cs are produced by heating ultra-pure chemical salts of different alkali metals on tungsten filaments without employing a temperature measuring device. The character of alkali-ion currents at different heating powers and the remarkably constant ion emission current for prolonged periods are discussed.

  9. Kinetic deuterium isotope effects on ligand migrations in metal hydrides

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    Variable-temperature (VT) 1H and 13C NMR studies of the complexes (μ-X)2Os3(CO)9(μ3-η2-(CH3CH2)2C2) (X = H or D) reveal that alkyne migration over the face of the cluster is directly linked to hydride migrations on the metal core as evidenced by a temperature-independent isotope effect (kHH/kDD = 1.7). In a related study of the VT 13C NMR of (μ-X)2M3(CO)9(μ3-S) (X = H or D; M = Ru, Os) the observation of a kHH/kDD = 1.6 for both the osmium and ruthenium complexes demonstrates that the first stage of carbonyl averaging is brought about by hydride migration and not axial-radial exchange of carbonyl groups, a process that occurs only at higher temperatures. The mechanistic implications of these results are discussed in the context of the reactivity of metal clusters and the dynamic properties of the metal-hydrogen bond

  10. Zircon U-Pb dating, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes of the Wajilitag alkali mafic dikes, and associated diorite and syenitic rocks: Implications for magmatic evolution of the Tarim large igneous province

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    Zou, Si-Yuan; Li, Zi-Long; Song, Biao; Ernst, Richard E.; Li, Yin-Qi; Ren, Zhong-Yuan; Yang, Shu-Feng; Chen, Han-Lin; Xu, Yi-Gang; Song, Xie-Yan

    2015-01-01

    The Early Permian Tarim large igneous province (Tarim LIP) consists mainly of basaltic lavas, mafic-ultramafic intrusions including dikes and, syenite bodies in the Tarim Basin, NW China. A major unit of the Tarim LIP, the Wajilitag intrusive complex, consists of olivine pyroxenite, clinopyroxenite and gabbro units (from bottom to top), diorite and syenite rocks occurred in the upper part of the complex and alkali mafic dikes intrude the clinopyroxenite phase. Here we report the zircon U-Pb age and Hf isotopes, geochemical characteristics and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic data of the alkali mafic dikes, and diorite, aegirine-nepheline syenite and syenite porphyry units in the Wajilitag intrusive complex. Zircons from the diorite and alkali mafic rocks yield concordant crystallization ages of 275.2 ± 1.2 Ma and 281.4 ± 1.7 Ma, respectively. The diorite and syenitic rocks in Wajilitag area have a narrow range of SiO2 contents (51.9-57.3 wt.%), and are enriched in total alkalis (Na2O + K2O = 8.3-14.3 wt.%), among which the aegirine-nepheline syenite and syenite porphyry have the geochemical affinity of A-type granites. The alkali mafic rocks and syenitic rocks have high Al2O3 (19.4-21.1 wt.%), Zr, Hf, Ba contents, total rare earth element abundances and LREE/HREE ratios and low Mg# value, K, P and Ti contents. Diorites have lower Al2O3 contents, total REE abundances and LREE/HREE ratios and higher Mg# values than the alkali mafic rocks and syenitic rocks. The diorites and syenitic rocks have low initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios (0.7034-0.7046), and high εNd(t) values (0.1-4.1) and zircon εHf(t) values (- 0.9-4.4). All the diorites and syenitic rocks show the 206Pb/204Pb ratios ranging of 18.0-19.5, 207Pb/204Pb of 15.4-15.6 and 208Pb/204Pb of 38.0-39.9. Sr-Nd isotopic ratios indicate a FOZO-like mantle source for the diorite and syenitic rocks, similar to that of the mafic-ultramafic rocks in the Wajilitag complex. In contrast, zircon Hf isotopes of basalt and syenite elsewhere in the

  11. Electrolytic method to make alkali alcoholates using ion conducting alkali electrolyte/separator

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    Joshi, Ashok V.; Balagopal, Shekar; Pendelton, Justin

    2011-12-13

    Alkali alcoholates, also called alkali alkoxides, are produced from alkali metal salt solutions and alcohol using a three-compartment electrolytic cell. The electrolytic cell includes an anolyte compartment configured with an anode, a buffer compartment, and a catholyte compartment configured with a cathode. An alkali ion conducting solid electrolyte configured to selectively transport alkali ions is positioned between the anolyte compartment and the buffer compartment. An alkali ion permeable separator is positioned between the buffer compartment and the catholyte compartment. The catholyte solution may include an alkali alcoholate and alcohol. The anolyte solution may include at least one alkali salt. The buffer compartment solution may include a soluble alkali salt and an alkali alcoholate in alcohol.

  12. Ab initio properties of the ground-state polar and paramagnetic europium-alkali-metal-atom and europium-alkaline-earth-metal-atom molecules

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    Tomza, Michał

    2014-01-01

    The properties of the electronic ground state of the polar and paramagnetic europium-$S$-state-atom molecules have been investigated. Ab initio techniques have been applied to compute the potential energy curves for the europium-alkali-metal-atom, Eu$X$ ($X$=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs), europium-alkaline-earth-metal-atom, Eu$Y$ ($Y$=Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba), and europium-ytterbium, EuYb, molecules in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for the high-spin electronic ground state. The spin restricted open-shell coupled cluster method restricted to single, double, and noniterative triple excitations, RCCSD(T), was employed and the scalar relativistic effects within the small-core energy-consistent pseudopotentials were included. The permanent electric dipole moments and static electric dipole polarizabilities were computed. The leading long-range coefficients describing the dispersion interaction between atoms at large internuclear distances $C_6$ are also reported. The EuK, EuRb, and EuCs molecules are examples of species poss...

  13. Alkali metal – yttrium borohydrides: The link between coordination of small and large rare-earth

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    The system Li–A–Y–BH4 (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five new compounds and four further ones known from previous work on the homoleptic borohydrides. Crystal structures have been solved and refined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, thermal stability of new compounds have been investigated and ionic conductivity measured for selected samples. Significant coordination flexibility for Y3+ is revealed, which allows the formation of both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions with the tetrahydroborate anion BH4 both as a linker and terminal ligand. Bi- and trimetallic cubic double-perovskites c-A3Y(BH4)6 or c-A2LiY(BH4)6 (A=Rb, Cs) form in all the investigated systems, with the exception of the Li–K–Y system. The compounds with the stoichiometry AY(BH4)4 crystallize in all investigated systems with a great variety of structure types which find their analog amongst metal oxides. In-situ formation of a new borohydride – closo-borane is observed during decomposition of all double perovskites. - Graphical abstract: The system Li–A–Y–BH4 (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five novel compounds and four further ones previously reported. Significant coordination flexibility of Y3+ is revealed, which can be employed to form both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions, very different structural topologies. Versatility is also manifested in three different simultaneously occurring coordination modes of borohydrides for one metal cation, as proposed by DFT optimization of the monoclinic KY(BH4)4 structural model observed by powder diffraction. - Highlights: • The system Li-A-Y-BH4 (A=K, Rb, Cs) contains nine compounds in total. • Y3+ forms octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions. • Bi- and trimetallic double-perovskites crystallize in most systems. • Various AY(BH4)4 crystallize with structure types analogous to metal oxides. • Double-perovskites decompose and form a novel borohydride-closo-borane

  14. Alkali metal – yttrium borohydrides: The link between coordination of small and large rare-earth

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    Sadikin, Yolanda [Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Geneva, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24, CH-1211 Geneva (Switzerland); Stare, Katarina [Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Geneva, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24, CH-1211 Geneva (Switzerland); Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Aškerjeva 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Schouwink, Pascal [Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Geneva, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24, CH-1211 Geneva (Switzerland); Brix Ley, Morten; Jensen, Torben R. [Center for Materials Crystallography (CMC), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark); Meden, Anton [Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Aškerjeva 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Černý, Radovan, E-mail: radovan.cerny@unige.ch [Department of Quantum Matter Physics, Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Geneva, Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24, CH-1211 Geneva (Switzerland)

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    The system Li–A–Y–BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five new compounds and four further ones known from previous work on the homoleptic borohydrides. Crystal structures have been solved and refined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, thermal stability of new compounds have been investigated and ionic conductivity measured for selected samples. Significant coordination flexibility for Y{sup 3+} is revealed, which allows the formation of both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions with the tetrahydroborate anion BH{sub 4} both as a linker and terminal ligand. Bi- and trimetallic cubic double-perovskites c-A{sub 3}Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 6} or c-A{sub 2}LiY(BH{sub 4}){sub 6} (A=Rb, Cs) form in all the investigated systems, with the exception of the Li–K–Y system. The compounds with the stoichiometry AY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallize in all investigated systems with a great variety of structure types which find their analog amongst metal oxides. In-situ formation of a new borohydride – closo-borane is observed during decomposition of all double perovskites. - Graphical abstract: The system Li–A–Y–BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five novel compounds and four further ones previously reported. Significant coordination flexibility of Y{sup 3+} is revealed, which can be employed to form both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions, very different structural topologies. Versatility is also manifested in three different simultaneously occurring coordination modes of borohydrides for one metal cation, as proposed by DFT optimization of the monoclinic KY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} structural model observed by powder diffraction. - Highlights: • The system Li-A-Y-BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) contains nine compounds in total. • Y{sup 3+} forms octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions. • Bi- and trimetallic double-perovskites crystallize in most systems. • Various AY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallize with

  15. Vanadium oxide based cpd. useful as a cathode active material - is used in lithium or alkali metal batteries to prolong life cycles

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    1997-01-01

    A mixt. of metallic iron particles and vanadium pentoxide contg. V in its pentavalent state in a liq. is reacted to convert at least some of the pentavalent V to its tetravalent state and form a gel. The liq. phase is then sepd. from the oxide based gel to obtain a solid material(I) comprising Fe......, V and oxygen where at least some of the V is in the tetravalent state. USE-(I) is a cathode active material in electric current producing storage cells. ADVANTAGE-Use of (I) in Li or alkali metal batteries gives prolonged life cycles.Storage cells using (I) have improved capacity during charge and...

  16. Electronic structure of alkali metal hydrides on data of cluster calculations by LCAO MO SCF CNDO

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    The results of quantum-chemical study in where by M = Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, are presented. The calculation expresses the expected electron density distributions in hydrides on the hydrogen and metal atoms as well as the energy characteristics: M-H, M-M and compounds binding energies. The latter ones qualitatively correlate with the binding energies of LiH-CsH compounds. The calculated values for the Fermi energy and the width of the forbidden zone at the Fermi level make it possible to suppose that the ideally formed lithium hydride crystal will be characterized by the highest electrical resistance. It is established that quantum-chemical characteristics of the MH hydrides structure change nonmonotonously by transfer from Li to Cs

  17. Explorations of New SHG Materials in the Alkali-Metal-Nb(5+)-Selenite System.

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    Cao, Xue-Li; Hu, Chun-Li; Kong, Fang; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2015-11-16

    Standard high-temperature solid-state reactions of NaCl, Nb2O5, and SeO2 resulted in two new sodium selenites containing a second-order Jahn-Teller (SOJT) distorted Nb(5+) cation, namely, Na2Nb4O7(SeO3)4 (P1̅; 1) and NaNbO(SeO3)2 (Cmc21; 2). Compound 1 exhibits an unusual 3D [Nb4O7(SeO3)4](2-) anionic network composed of 2D [Nb4O11(SeO3)2](6-) layers which are further bridged by additional SeO3(2-) anions via corner sharing; the 2D [Nb4O11(SeO3)2](6-) layer is formed by unusual quadruple [Nb4O17](14-) niobium oxide chains of corner-sharing NbO6 octahedra being further interconnected by selenite anions via Nb-O-Se bridges. The polar compound 2 features a 1D [NbO(SeO3)2](-) anionic chain in which two neighboring Nb(5+) cations are bridged by one oxo and two selenite anions. The alignments of the polarizations from the NbO6 octahedra in 2 led to a strong SHG response of ∼7.8 × KDP (∼360 × α-SiO2), which is the largest among all phases found in metal-Nb(5+)-Se(4+)/metal-Nb(5+)-Te(4+)-O systems. Furthermore, the material is also type I phase matchable. The above experimental results are consistent with those based on DFT theoretical calculations. Thermal stabilities and optical properties for both compounds are also reported. PMID:26513233

  18. Solubility of alkali metal halides in the ionic liquid [C4C1im][OTf].

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    Kuzmina, O; Bordes, E; Schmauck, J; Hunt, P A; Hallett, J P; Welton, T

    2016-06-28

    The solubilities of the metal halides LiF, LiCl, LiBr, LiI, NaF, NaCl, NaBr, NaI, KF, KCl, KBr, KI, RbCl, CsCl, CsI, were measured at temperatures ranging from 298.15 to 378.15 K in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([C4C1im][OTf]). Li(+), Na(+) and K(+) salts with anions matching the ionic liquid have also been investigated to determine how well these cations dissolve in [C4C1im][OTf]. This study compares the influence of metal cation and halide anion on the solubility of salts within this ionic liquid. The highest solubility found was for iodide salts, and the lowest solubility for the three fluoride salts. There is no outstanding difference in the solubility of salts with matching anions in comparison to halide salts. The experimental data were correlated employing several phase equilibria models, including ideal mixtures, van't Hoff, the λh (Buchowski) equation, the modified Apelblat equation, and the non-random two-liquid model (NRTL). It was found that the van't Hoff model gave the best correlation results. On the basis of the experimental data the thermodynamic dissolution parameters (ΔH, ΔS, and ΔG) were determined for the studied systems together with computed gas phase metathesis parameters. Dissolution depends on the energy difference between enthalpies of fusion and dissolution of the solute salt. This demonstrates that overcoming the lattice energy of the solid matrix is the key to the solubility of inorganic salts in ionic liquids. PMID:27264676

  19. Malic enzyme: Tritium isotope effects with alternative dinucleotide substrates and divalent metal ions

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    The NAD-malic enzyme from Ascaris suum catalyzes the divalent metal ion dependent oxidative decarboxylation of L-malate to yield pyruvate, carbon dioxide and NADH. Multiple isotope effect studies suggest a stepwise chemical mechanism with hydride transfer from L-malate to NAD occurring first to form oxalacetate, followed by decarboxylation. Utilizing L-malate-2-T, tritium V/K isotope effects have been determined for the hydride transfer step using a variety of alternative dinucleotide substrates and divalent metal ions. Combination of these data with deuterium isotope effects data and previously determined 13C isotope effects has allowed the calculation of intrinsic isotope effects for the malic enzyme catalyzed reaction. The identity of both the dinucleotide substrate and divalent metal ion has an effect of the size of the intrinsic isotope effect for hydride transfer

  20. Malic enzyme: Tritium isotope effects with alternative dinucleotide substrates and divalent metal ions

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    Karsten, W.E.; Harris, B.G.; Cook, P.F. (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth (United States))

    1992-01-01

    The NAD-malic enzyme from Ascaris suum catalyzes the divalent metal ion dependent oxidative decarboxylation of L-malate to yield pyruvate, carbon dioxide and NADH. Multiple isotope effect studies suggest a stepwise chemical mechanism with hydride transfer from L-malate to NAD occurring first to form oxalacetate, followed by decarboxylation. Utilizing L-malate-2-T, tritium V/K isotope effects have been determined for the hydride transfer step using a variety of alternative dinucleotide substrates and divalent metal ions. Combination of these data with deuterium isotope effects data and previously determined [sup 13]C isotope effects has allowed the calculation of intrinsic isotope effects for the malic enzyme catalyzed reaction. The identity of both the dinucleotide substrate and divalent metal ion has an effect of the size of the intrinsic isotope effect for hydride transfer.

  1. Complex formation during dissolution of metal oxides in molten alkali carbonates

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    Li, Qingfeng; Borup, Flemming; Petrushina, Irina;

    1999-01-01

    as the partial pressure of carbon dioxide varies. By combination of solubility and electromotive force measurements, a model is constructed assuming the dissolution involves complex formation. The possible species for lead are proposed to be [Pb(CO3)(2)](-2) and/or [Pb(CO3)(3)](-4). A similar complex......Dissolution of metal oxides in molten carbonates relates directly to the stability of materials for electrodes and construction of molten carbonate fuel cells. In the present work the solubilities of PbO, NiO, Fe2O3,and Bi2O3 in molten Li/K carbonates have been measured at 650 degrees C under...... carbon dioxide atmosphere. It is found that the solubilities of NiO and PbO decrease while those of Fe2O3 and Bi2O3 remain approximately constant as the lithium mole fraction increases from 0.43 to 0.62 in the melt. At a fixed composition of the melt, NiO and PbO display both acidic and basic dissolution...

  2. Estimation of alkali metal mole percent and weight of calcined solids for ICPP calcine

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    An updated method is given for estimation of the weight of calcined solids and volume reduction factor for calcine, and mole percent sodium plus potassium in calcine produced from radioactive waste in a fluidized-bed calciner at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP). It incorporates new information on a calcine chemistry from a study by K. N. Brewer and G. F. Kessinger in which they determined the compounds formed during calcination by both high temperature thermodynamic equilibrium calculations and by analyses of pilot-plant calcines. An explanation of the assumptions made in the calculations, along with several example calculations and comparisons with the previous calculation methods are included. This method allows calculation of the heat generation rate and sodium content of the calcine, which are used to determine the suitability of the calcine for storage in the ICPP bin sets. Although this method accurately predicts the weight of calcine and mole percent Na + K for its intended purpose, the compounds predicted should only be used as a first approximation for other purposes since the calculation does not incorporate all of the compounds, such as mixed-metal oxides, which may form during calcination

  3. An experimental study of charge exchange process in the energy range 1-30 keV during the passage of alkali metal ions and atoms through cesium and potassium vapour

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    An experimental study is presented of the charge exchange processes in the energy range of about 1-30 keV during the passage of positive alkali ions and alkali atoms through potassium and cesium vapour. The experimental set-up designed for this experiment includes a thermionic source for positive alkali ions with an acceleration stage, a first charge exchange cell to produce fast alkali atoms, a second charge exchange cell with a surface ionisation detector to determine the alkali metal vapor target thickness and a detection system with electrostatic bending of the charged secondary species. The maximum negative ion yield has been determined for the collision systems Li+ + K, Na+ + K, K+ + K, and Rb+ + K, and for another eleven systems the charge transfer cross-sections have been measured too. (orig./GG)

  4. Soil sampling and analysis plan for the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility closure activities

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    Amendment V.13.B.b to the approved closure plan (DOE-RL 1995a) requires that a soil sampling and analysis plan be prepared and submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) for review and approval. Amendment V.13.B.c requires that a diagram of the 3718-F Alkali Metal Treatment and Storage Facility unit (the treatment, storage, and disposal [TSD] unit) boundary that is to be closed, including the maximum extent of operation, be prepared and submitted as part is of the soil sampling and analysis plan. This document describes the sampling and analysis that is to be performed in response to these requirements and amends the closure plan. Specifically, this document supersedes Section 6.2, lines 43--46, and Section 7.3.6 of the closure plan. Results from the analysis will be compared to cleanup levels identified in the closure plan. These cleanup levels will be established using residential exposure assumptions in accordance with the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation (Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 173-340) as required in Amendment V.13.B.I. Results of all sampling, including the raw analytical data, a summary of analytical results, a data validation package, and a narrative summary with conclusions will be provided to Ecology as specified in Amendment V.13.B.e. The results and process used to collect and analyze the soil samples will be certified by a licensed professional engineer. These results and a certificate of closure for the balance of the TSD unit, as outlined in Chapter 7.0 of the approved closure plan (storage shed, concrete pad, burn building, scrubber, and reaction tanks), will provide the basis for a closure determination

  5. Alkali metal Rankine cycle boiler technology challenges and some potential solutions for space nuclear power and propulsion applications

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    Stone, J.R.

    1994-07-01

    Alkali metal boilers are of interest for application to future space Rankine cycle power conversion systems. Significant progress on such boilers was accomplished in the 1960's and early 1970's, but development was not continued to operational systems since NASA's plans for future space missions were drastically curtailed in the early 1970's. In particular, piloted Mars missions were indefinitely deferred. With the announcement of the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in July 1989 by President Bush, interest was rekindled in challenging space missions and, consequently in space nuclear power and propulsion. Nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) and nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) were proposed for interplanetary space vehicles, particularly for Mars missions. The potassium Rankine power conversion cycle became of interest to provide electric power for NEP vehicles and for 'dual-mode' NTP vehicles, where the same reactor could be used directly for propulsion and (with an additional coolant loop) for power. Although the boiler is not a major contributor to system mass, it is of critical importance because of its interaction with the rest of the power conversion system; it can cause problems for other components such as excess liquid droplets entering the turbine, thereby reducing its life, or more critically, it can drive instabilities-some severe enough to cause system failure. Funding for the SEI and its associated technology program from 1990 to 1993 was not sufficient to support significant new work on Rankine cycle boilers for space applications. In Fiscal Year 1994, funding for these challenging missions and technologies has again been curtailed, and planning for the future is very uncertain. The purpose of this paper is to review the technologies developed in the 1960's and 1970's in the light of the recent SEI applications. In this way, future Rankine cycle boiler programs may be conducted most efficiently.

  6. Alkali and alkaline metal oxide materials for high temperature CO2 sorption studies

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    In recent years, a number of novel ceramic oxide materials have emerged that are capable of absorbing CO2 at high temperatures (>500OC) while remaining stable over a large number of cycles and a wide range of temperatures. The most promising are been considered for carbon capture applications – specifically, for use in combustion chambers and the smoke stacks of power plants where combustion gases which contain primarily a mixture of CO2 and N2 at high temperature. Compared to other CO2 sequestration technologies, these ceramics have some advantages (eg. chemisorption at high temperatures) and disadvantages (eg. limited kinetics over time). Examples of oxides already known to show significant CO2 absorption include Li5AlO4, Li6Zr2O7, Na2ZrO3 and Ba4Sb2O9. The phase formations and structural evolution of these metal oxides have been studied under environmental conditions mimicking those found in combustion chambers and power plants, over the temperature range 873–1173 K. CO2 absorption by these materials is believed to proceed through a layering effect of the sorbent material, explained through a core-shell model. Each phase is represented as a layer covering a particle, with the outermost layer exposed and allowed to react with the environment. Detailed studies into the mechanism of CO2 absorption and the material layers will shed more information that can be used to fine tune the materials to increase their CO2 absorption capacity. Previous work has focused on the identification of phases ex situ and studies of their practical absorption capacity and kinetics. The new work we will present here uses a combination of a xray spectroscopy, x-ray and neutron diffraction, to understand both how the sorption process works and how the structural evolution of the phases affects the CO2 sorption of the materials over time in-situ.

  7. Determining metal assimilation efficiency in aquatic invertebrates using enriched stable metal isotope tracers

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    We employ a novel approach that combines pulse-chase feeding and multi-labelled stable isotopes to determine gut passage time (GPT), gut retention time (GRT), food ingestion rate (IR) and assimilation efficiency (AE) of three trace elements for a freshwater gastropod. Lettuce isotopically enriched in 53Cr, 65Cu and 106Cd was fed for 2 h to Lymnaea stagnalis. The release of tracers in feces and water was monitored for 48 h, during which unlabelled lettuce was provided ad libidum. The first defecation of 53Cr occurred after 5 h of depuration (GPT), whereas 90% of the ingested 53Cr was recovered in the feces after 22.5 h of depuration (GRT). 53Chromium was not significantly accumulated in the soft tissues upon exposure. In contrast, 65Cu and 106Cd assimilation was detectable for most experimental snails, i.e., 65/63Cu and 106/114Cd ratios in exposed snails were higher than those for controls. Food IR during the labelled feeding phase was 0.16 ± 0.07 g g-1 d-1. IR was inferred from the amount of 53Cr egested in the feces during depuration and the concentration of 53Cr in the labelled lettuce. Assimilation efficiencies (±95% CI) determined using mass balance calculations were 84 ± 4% for Cu and 85 ± 3% for Cd. The ratio method yields similar AE estimates. Expanding the application of this novel stable isotope tracer technique to other metals in a wide variety of species will provide unique opportunities to evaluate the interplay between digestive processes and dietary influx of metals. Understanding the biological processes that modulate dietborne metal uptake is crucial to assess the toxicity of dietborne metals

  8. Determining metal assimilation efficiency in aquatic invertebrates using enriched stable metal isotope tracers

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    Croteau, M.-N.; Luoma, S.N.; Pellet, B.

    2007-01-01

    We employ a novel approach that combines pulse-chase feeding and multi-labelled stable isotopes to determine gut passage time (GPT), gut retention time (GRT), food ingestion rate (IR) and assimilation efficiency (AE) of three trace elements for a freshwater gastropod. Lettuce isotopically enriched in 53Cr, 65Cu and 106Cd was fed for 2 h to Lymnaea stagnalis. The release of tracers in feces and water was monitored for 48 h, during which unlabelled lettuce was provided ad libidum. The first defecation of 53Cr occurred after 5 h of depuration (GPT), whereas 90% of the ingested 53Cr was recovered in the feces after 22.5 h of depuration (GRT). 53Chromium was not significantly accumulated in the soft tissues upon exposure. In contrast, 65Cu and 106Cd assimilation was detectable for most experimental snails, i.e., 65/63Cu and 106/114Cd ratios in exposed snails were higher than those for controls. Food IR during the labelled feeding phase was 0.16 ?? 0.07 g g-1 d-1. IR was inferred from the amount of 53Cr egested in the feces during depuration and the concentration of 53Cr in the labelled lettuce. Assimilation efficiencies (??95% CI) determined using mass balance calculations were 84 ?? 4% for Cu and 85 ?? 3% for Cd. The ratio method yields similar AE estimates. Expanding the application of this novel stable isotope tracer technique to other metals in a wide variety of species will provide unique opportunities to evaluate the interplay between digestive processes and dietary influx of metals. Understanding the biological processes that modulate dietborne metal uptake is crucial to assess the toxicity of dietborne metals. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. CO2 Extraction from Ambient Air Using Alkali-Metal Hydroxide Solutions Derived from Concrete Waste and Steel Slag

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    Stolaroff, J. K.; Lowry, G. V.; Keith, D. W.

    2003-12-01

    To mitigate global climate change, deep reductions in CO2 emissions are required in the coming decades. Carbon sequestration will play a crucial role in this reduction. Early adoption of carbon sequestration in low-cost niche markets will help develop the technology and experience required for large-scale deployment. One such niche may be the use of alkali metals from industrial waste streams to form carbonate minerals, a safe and stable means of sequestering carbon. In this research, the potential of using two industrial waste streams---concrete and steel slag---for sequestering carbon is assessed. The scheme is outlined as follows: Ca and Mg are leached with water from a finely ground bed of steel slag or concrete. The resulting solution is sprayed through air, capturing CO2 and forming solid carbonates, and collected. The feasibility of this scheme is explored with a combination of experiments, theoretical calculations, cost accounting, and literature review. The dissolution kinetics of steel slag and concrete as a function of particle size and pH is examined. In stirred batch reactors, the majority of Ca which dissolved did so within the first hour, yielding between 50 and 250 (mg; Ca)/(g; slag) and between 10 and 30 (mg; Ca)/(g; concrete). The kinetics of dissolution are thus taken to be sufficiently fast to support the type of scheme described above. As proof-of-concept, further experiments were performed where water was dripped slowly through a stagnant column of slag or concrete and collected at the bottom. Leachate Ca concentrations in the range of 15 mM were achieved --- sufficient to support the scheme. Using basic physical principles and numerical methods, the quantity of CO2 captured by falling droplets is estimated. Proportion of water loss and required pumping energy is similarly estimated. The results indicate that sprays are capable of capturing CO2 from the air and that the water and energy requirements are tractable. An example system for

  10. Source identification of heavy metal contamination using metal association and Pb isotopes in Ulsan Bay sediments, East Sea, Korea

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    Highlights: • The levels of Cu, Zn, and Pb in sediments were higher than the Korean TEL at one-third of all sites. • The primary source of metal contamination came from activities related to nonferrous metal refineries near Onsan Harbor. • Three different anthropogenic sources and background sediments could be identified as endmembers using Pb isotopes. • The major anthropogenic Pb sources were identified as imported ores from Australia and Peru. • Isotope ratios in anthropogenic Pb discharged from Ulsan Bay to offshore could be identified. - Abstract: To determine the characteristics of metal pollution sources in Ulsan Bay, East Sea, 39 surface and nine core sediments were collected within the bay and offshore area, and analyzed for metals and stable lead (Pb) isotopes. Most surface sediments (>95% from 48 sites) had high copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), cadmium (Cd), and Pb concentrations that were as much as 1.3 times higher than background values. The primary source of metal contamination came from activities related to nonferrous metal refineries near Onsan Harbor, and the next largest source was from shipbuilding companies located at the mouth of the Taehwa River. Three different anthropogenic sources and background sediments could be identified as end-members using Pb isotopes. Isotopic ratios for the anthropogenic Pb revealed that the sources were imported ores from Australia, Peru, and the United States. In addition, Pb isotopes of anthropogenic Pb discharged from Ulsan Bay toward offshore could be determined

  11. Synthesis of monomeric and polymeric alkali and alkaline earth metal complexes using a phosphinoselenoic amide ligand in metal coordination sphere

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    Jayeeta Bhattacharjee; Ravi K Kottalanka; Harinath Adimulam; Tarun K Panda

    2014-09-01

    We report the monomeric complexes of magnesium and calcium of composition [M(THF){2-Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}2] [M= Mg (3), n = 1 andM = Ca (4), n = 2)] and polymeric complexes of potassium and barium of composition [K(THF)2{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}] (2) and [K(THF)Ba{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}3](5) respectively. The potassium complex 2 was readily prepared by the reaction of potassium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide with phosphinoselenoic amide ligand (1) at ambient temperature. The calcium complex 4 was prepared by two synthetic routes: in the first method, commonly known as salt metathesis reaction, the potassium complex 2 was made to react with alkaline earth metal diiodide at room temperature to afford the corresponding calcium complex. The metal bis(trimethylsilyl)amides were made to react with protic ligand 1 in the second method to eliminate the volatile bis(trimethyl)silyl amine. The magnesium complex 3 and barium complex 5 were prepared only through the first method. Solid-state structures of all the new complexes were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The smaller ionic radii of Mg2+ (0.72Å) and Ca2+ (0.99Å) ions form the monomeric complex, whereas the larger ions K+ (1.38Å) and Ba2+ (1.35Å) were found to form onedimensional polymeric complexes with monoanionic ligand 1. Compound 2 serves an example of magnesium complex with a Mg-Se direct bond.

  12. Activation analysis for measurements of silicon, phosphorus, alkali metals and other elements in high-purity metals

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    In the present thesis, methods of activation analysis were developed for the determination of the elements silicon, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, i.a. in the high-purity metals vanadium, niobium, tantalum, tungsten, molybdenum and iron. The determination of silicon is based on the activation of samples with reactor neutrons, on a subsequent radiochemical separation of the tracer radionuclide 31Si resulting from the reaction 30Si(n,γ), and on the measurement of β activity with the help of a liquid scintillation measuring desk. Since the tracer radionuclide 31Si almost exclusively emits β rays which are not sufficiently nuclide-specific, silicon was selectively separated from the other sample elements by being distilled as silicon tetrafluoride. The processing of the residue following the separation of silicon permits a complementary gamma-spectroscopic determination of a whole lot of additional elements. Thus, the separation of the nuclide 182Ta with the anion exchanger Dowex 1X8 from HF/H2SO4 medium permits the determination of 22 elements in vanadium, niobium and tantalum. Phosphorus content is determined by activating the samples with rapid neutrons (cyclotrons) via the reaction 31P(n,p)31Si. (orig./MM)

  13. Calculation of van der Walls coefficients of alkali metal clusters by hydrodynamic approach to time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Banerjee, A; Banerjee, Arup; Harbola, Manoj K.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we employ the hydrodynamic formulation of time-dependent density functional theory to obtain the van der Waal coefficients $C_{6}$ and $C_{8}$ of alkali-metal clusters of various sizes including very large clusters. Such calculation becomes computationally very demanding in the orbital-based Kohn-Sham formalism, but quite simple in the hydrodynamic approach. We show that for interactions between the clusters of same sizes, $C_{6}$ and $C_{8}$ sale as the sixth and the eighth power of the cluster radius rsepectively, and approach the respective classically predicted values for the large size clusters.

  14. Caracterización de nitratos alcalinos y alcalinoterreos por espectroscopia vibracional Characterization of alkali-metal and alkaline-earth nitrates by vibrational spectroscopy

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    Martínez, S; Acción, F.; Puertas, F.

    1992-01-01

    [EN] Infrared spectra of sodium and potassium alkaline-metal nitrates and magnesium and calcium alkali-earth nitrates in solid phase had been recorded in order to assign the fundamental bands. The influence of the dispersal médium (alkaline halide), employed in the solid sample preparation have been discussed. The quantitative measurements of the band in ten sities at 1.387 cm~^ (present in the I.R. spectra of the four nitrates in KBr médium) allowed us to determine th...

  15. Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal atoms on the (0001) surface of the topological insulator Bi2Se3

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    Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal adatoms on the (0001) step surface of the topological insulator Bi2Se3 has been performed for the case of low coverage. The calculations of the activation energies of diffusion of adatoms on the surface and in van der Waals gaps near steps, as well as the estimate of diffusion lengths, have shown that efficient intercalation through steps is possible only for Li and Na. Data obtained for K, Rb, and Cs atoms indicate that their thermal desorption at high temperatures can occur before intercalation. The results have been discussed in the context of existing experimental data

  16. High-temperature, high-pressure hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, and structural relationships of mixed-alkali metals uranyl silicates

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    Chen, Yi-Hsin; Liu, Hsin-Kuan; Chang, Wen-Jung; Tzou, Der-Lii; Lii, Kwang-Hwa

    2016-04-01

    Three mixed-alkali metals uranyl silicates, Na3K3[(UO2)3(Si2O7)2]·2H2O (1), Na3Rb3[(UO2)3(Si2O7)2] (2), and Na6Rb4[(UO2)4Si12O33] (3), have been synthesized by high-temperature, high-pressure hydrothermal reactions at 550 °C and 1440 bar, and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and thermogravimetric analysis. Compound 1 and 2 are isostructural and contain layers of uranyl disilicate. The smaller cation, Na+, is located in the intralayer channels, whereas the larger cations, K+ and Rb+, and water molecule are located in the interlayer region. The absence of lattice water in 2 can be understood according to the valence-matching principle. The structure is related to that of a previously reported mixed-valence uranium(V,VI) silicate. Compound 3 adopts a 3D framework structure and contains a unique unbranched dreier fourfold silicate chain with the structural formula {uB,41∞}[3Si12O33] formed of Q2, Q3, and Q4 Si. The connectivity of the Si atoms in the Si12O3318- anion can be interpreted on the basis of Zintl-Klemm concept. Crystal data for compound 1: triclinic, P-1, a=5.7981(2) Å, b=7.5875(3) Å, c=12.8068(5) Å, α=103.593(2)°, β=102.879(2)°, γ=90.064(2)°, V=533.00(3) Å3, Z=1, R1=0.0278; compound 2: triclinic, P-1, a=5.7993(3) Å, b=7.5745(3) Å, c=12.9369(6) Å, α=78.265(2)°, β=79.137(2)°, γ=89.936(2)°, V=546.02(4) Å3, Z=1, R1=0.0287; compound 3: monoclinic, C2/m, a=23.748(1) Å, b=7.3301(3) Å, c=15.2556(7) Å, β=129.116(2)°, V=2060.4(2) Å3, Z=2, R1=0.0304.

  17. Electrochemical H-D isotope effect at metal-perovskite proton conductor interfaces

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    Kek, D.; Bonanos, N.

    The H-D isotope effect on the electrode kinetics of a metal-proton conductor interface has been investigated. The current-voltage behaviour depends on the nature of the electrode (Ni, Ag), the atmosphere (H(2), D(2)), the partial pressures of the gases, and the temperature. The isotope effect was...

  18. Metal Content and Stable Isotope Determination in Some Commercial Beers from Romanian Markets

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    Cezara Voica; Dana-Alina Magdas; Ioana Feher

    2015-01-01

    Characterization of beer samples is of interest because their compositions affect the taste and stability of beer and, also, consumer health. In this work, the characterizations of 20 Romanian beers were performed by mean of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) in order to trace heavy metals and isotopic content of them. Major, minor, and trace metals are important in beer fermentation since they supply the appropriate environment fo...

  19. Atomic arrangement and electron band structure of Si(1 1 1)-ß-√3 x √3-Bi reconstruction modified by alkali-metal adsorption: ab initio study.

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    Eremeev, S V; Chukurov, E N; Gruznev, D V; Zotov, A V; Saranin, A A

    2015-08-01

    Using ab initio calculations, atomic structure and electronic properties of Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surface modified by adsorption of 1/3 monolayer of alkali metals, Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, have been explored. Upon adsorption of all metals, a similar atomic structure develops at the surface where twisted chained Bi trimers are arranged into a honeycomb network and alkali metal atoms occupy the [Formula: see text] sites in the center of each honeycomb unit. Among other structural characteristics, the greatest variation concerns the relative heights at which alkali metals reside with respect to Bi-trimer layer. Except for Li, the other metals reside higher than Bi layer and their heights increase with atomic number. All adsorbed surface structures display similar electron band structures of which the most essential feature is metallic surface-state band with a giant spin splitting. This electronic property allows one to consider the Si(1 1 1)[Formula: see text]-Bi surfaces modified by alkali metal adsorption as a set of material systems showing promise for spintronic applications. PMID:26151642

  20. Metal Stable Isotope Tagging: Renaissance of Radioimmunoassay for Multiplex and Absolute Quantification of Biomolecules.

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    Liu, Rui; Zhang, Shixi; Wei, Chao; Xing, Zhi; Zhang, Sichun; Zhang, Xinrong

    2016-05-17

    The unambiguous quantification of biomolecules is of great significance in fundamental biological research as well as practical clinical diagnosis. Due to the lack of a detectable moiety, the direct and highly sensitive quantification of biomolecules is often a "mission impossible". Consequently, tagging strategies to introduce detectable moieties for labeling target biomolecules were invented, which had a long and significant impact on studies of biomolecules in the past decades. For instance, immunoassays have been developed with radioisotope tagging by Yalow and Berson in the late 1950s. The later languishment of this technology can be almost exclusively ascribed to the use of radioactive isotopes, which led to the development of nonradioactive tagging strategy-based assays such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, fluorescent immunoassay, and chemiluminescent and electrochemiluminescent immunoassay. Despite great success, these strategies suffered from drawbacks such as limited spectral window capacity for multiplex detection and inability to provide absolute quantification of biomolecules. After recalling the sequences of tagging strategies, an apparent question is why not use stable isotopes from the start? A reasonable explanation is the lack of reliable means for accurate and precise quantification of stable isotopes at that time. The situation has changed greatly at present, since several atomic mass spectrometric measures for metal stable isotopes have been developed. Among the newly developed techniques, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is an ideal technique to determine metal stable isotope-tagged biomolecules, for its high sensitivity, wide dynamic linear range, and more importantly multiplex and absolute quantification ability. Since the first published report by our group, metal stable isotope tagging has become a revolutionary technique and gained great success in biomolecule quantification. An exciting research highlight in this area

  1. Adsorption of humic acid by bi-functional resin JN-10 and the effect of alkali-earth metal ions on the adsorption

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    This study investigated the adsorption of humic acid (HA) by bi-functional resin JN-10, which removed the HA more effectively than the commercial resins D-301, D-201, XAD-7, and globe active carbon F-400. The difference between the FT-IR spectroscopy and 13C NMR analysis of JN-10 before and after it adsorbing the HA revealed that both hydrophobic interaction and electric attraction were the adsorption force for the HA. The related thermodynamic parameters exhibited that the adsorption of the HA by JN-10 was an endothermic process. The occurring of adsorption was due to the increase of entropy, and the electric attraction was also a main adsorption force. In order to investigate the influence of the molecule weight (MW) of the HA on its removal by JN-10, the HA with the MWs ranging from 2000 to 100,000 Da was divided into six fractions by ultra-filtration. The HA with a medium MW (6000-10,000 Da) was preferentially removed by JN-10 due to the synergistic effect of hydrophilicity, molecular size, and aromaticity of the HA. The adsorption capacity of JN-10 for the HA increased in the presence of low concentration of alkali-earth metal ions Ca2+ and Mg2+, which neutralized the negative charges of the HA, but it decreased as the concentration of these ions increased because the hydrates formed by the alkali-earth metal ions occupied the adsorption sites of the resin.

  2. Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF6 single crystals for thermal neutron detector

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    In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF6 (Eu:LiCAF) for thermal neutron scintillator. We grew Eu 2% and alkali metal 1% co-doped LiSAF crystals by Micro-Pulling down method to understand the effect of alkali metal co-doping on scintillation properties and mechanism compared with LiCAF. In photo- and α-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu2+ were observed. Without relation to excitation source, decay times of co-doped LiSAF were longer than Eu only doped one. The light yield of Na, K and Cs co-doped LiSAF under 252Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20% (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Production of Synthesis Gas via Methane Reforming with CO2 on Ni/SiO2 Catalysts Promoted by Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals

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    陈平; 侯昭胤; 郑小明

    2005-01-01

    Ni/SiO2 catalysts promoted by alkali metals K and Cs or alkaline earth metals Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba were prepared, characterized by H2-TPR and XRD, and used for the production of synthesis gas via methane reforming with CO2. Though K and Cs promoted Ni catalysts could eliminate coke deposition, the reforming activity of these promoted catalysts was decreased heavily. Mg and Ca promoted Ni/SiO2 catalysts exhibited excellent coke resistance ability with minor loss of the reforming activity of Ni/SiO2. Ba showed poor coke resistance ability and small amount of Sr increased the formation of coke. The possible mechanism of these promoters was discussed.

  4. Three Alkali-Metal-Gold-Gallium Systems. Ternary Tunnel Structures and Some Problems with Poorly Ordered Cations

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Miller, Gordon J.; Corbett, John D.

    2012-06-27

    Six new intermetallic compounds have been characterized in the alkali metal (A = Na, Rb, Cs)–gold–gallium systems. Three isostructural compounds with the general composition A0.55Au2Ga2, two others of AAu3Ga2 (A = Rb, Cs), and the related Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 were synthesized via typical high-temperature reactions and their crystal structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis: Na0.56(9)Au2Ga2 (I, I4/mcm, a = 8.718(1) Å, c = 4.857(1) Å, Z = 4), Rb0.56(1)Au2Ga2 (II, I4/mcm, a = 8.950(1) Å, c = 4.829(1) Å, Z = 4), Cs0.54(2)Au2Ga2 (III, I4/mcm, a = 9.077(1) Å, c = 4.815(1) Å, Z = 4), RbAu3Ga2 (IV, Pnma, a = 13.384(3) Å, b = 5.577(1) Å, c = 7.017(1) Å, Z = 4), CsAu3Ga2 (V, Pnma, a = 13.511(3) Å, b = 5.614(2) Å, c = 7.146(1) Å, Z = 4), Na13Au41.2(1)Ga30.3(1) (VI, P6 mmm, a = 19.550(3) Å, c = 8.990(2) Å, Z = 2). The first three compounds (I–III) are isostructural with tetragonal K0.55Au2Ga2 and likewise contain planar eight-member Au/Ga rings that stack along c to generate tunnels and that contain varying degrees of disordered Na–Cs cations. The cation dispositions are much more clearly and reasonably defined by electron density mapping than through least-squares refinements with conventional anisotropic ellipsoids. Orthorhombic AAu3Ga2 (IV, V) are ordered ternary Rb and Cs derivatives of the SrZn5 type structure, demonstrating structural variability within the AAu3Ga2 family. All attempts to prepare an isotypic “NaAu3Ga2” were not successful, but yielded only a similar composition Na13Au41.2Ga30.3 (NaAu3.17Ga2.33) (VI) in a very different structure with two types of cation sites. Crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP) analysis obtained from tight-binding electronic structure calculations for idealized I–IV via linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods emphasized the major contributions of heteroatomic Au–Ga bonding to the structural stability of these compounds. The relative minima (pseudogaps) in the DOS curves for IV

  5. River sediment contamination with plutonium isotopes and heavy metals in Lublin Agglomeration (Poland)

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    Plutonium isotopes activity and selected heavy metal concentration in sediment samples from three Lublin rivers are presented. A close correlations between plutonium and calcium concentrations was observed, but between plutonium and organic matter this was rather poor. River sediment contamination with heavy metals: Mn, Zn, Pb, Cu and Ba does not exceed the permissible concentration limit in sewage sludge introduced to soil

  6. Determination of Alkali Ions in Biological and Environmental Samples.

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    Hauser, Peter C

    2016-01-01

    An overview of the common methods for the determination of the alkali metals is given. These are drawn from all of the three principle branches of quantitative analysis and consist mainly of optical atomic spectrometric methods, ion-selective electrodes, and the separation methods of ion-chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. Their main characteristics and performance parameters are discussed. Important specific applications are also examined, namely clinical analysis, single cell analysis, the analysis of soil samples and hydroponic nutrient solutions, as well as the detection of the radioactive (137)Cs isotope. PMID:26860298

  7. Heavy Metals Pollution and Pb Isotopic Signatures in Surface Sediments Collected from Bohai Bay, North China

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    Bo Gao; Jin Lu; Hong Hao; Shuhua Yin; Xiao Yu; Qiwen Wang; Ke Sun

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the characteristics and potential sources of heavy metals pollution, surface sediments collected from Bohai Bay, North China, were analyzed for the selected metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn). The Geoaccumulation Index was used to assess the level of heavy metal pollution. Pb isotopic compositions in sediments were also measured to effectively identify the potential Pb sources. The results showed that the average concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were 0.15, 79.73, 2...

  8. Stable isotopes and metal contamination in caged marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis.

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    Deudero, S; Box, A; Tejada, S; Tintoré, J

    2009-07-01

    Metal concentrations and isotopic composition were measured in different tissues of the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis in waters of the Balearic Islands (Western Mediterranean) in order to assess pollution levels. The isotopic composition was correlated with lead, cadmium, selenium and nickel obtained from the digestive gland and foot of the mussels. Significant negative correlations were found between cadmium, selenium and zinc and the mussel foot, mainly for (13)C. Significant correlations were also found between lead and cadmium and the digestive gland. Pearson correlations indicated that the (13)C isotopic signal in foot is a good proxy for the concentration of metals such as lead, cadmium, selenium and zinc. Similarly, (15)N isotopic signatures in the digestive gland reflected the lead and cadmium concentration. PMID:19303611

  9. Stable isotopes and metal contamination in caged marine mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis

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    Metal concentrations and isotopic composition were measured in different tissues of the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis in waters of the Balearic Islands (Western Mediterranean) in order to assess pollution levels. The isotopic composition was correlated with lead, cadmium, selenium and nickel obtained from the digestive gland and foot of the mussels. Significant negative correlations were found between cadmium, selenium and zinc and the mussel foot, mainly for 13C. Significant correlations were also found between lead and cadmium and the digestive gland. Pearson correlations indicated that the 13C isotopic signal in foot is a good proxy for the concentration of metals such as lead, cadmium, selenium and zinc. Similarly, 15N isotopic signatures in the digestive gland reflected the lead and cadmium concentration.

  10. QED radiative corrections and many-body effects in atoms: the Uehling potential and shifts in alkali metals

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    Ginges, J S M

    2015-01-01

    We consider the largest (Uehling) contribution to the one-loop vacuum polarization correction to the binding energies in neutral alkali atoms, from Na through to the superheavy element E119. We use the relativistic Hartree-Fock method to demonstrate the importance of core relaxation effects. These effects are sizeable everywhere, though particularly important for orbitals with angular momentum quantum number l > 0. For d waves, the Uehling shift is enhanced by many orders of magnitude: for Cs the enhancement is more than four orders of magnitude and for the lighter alkali atoms it is even larger. We also study the effects of second- and higher-order many-body perturbation theory on the valence level shifts through inclusion of the correlation potential. The many-body enhancement mechanisms that operate in the case of the Uehling potential apply also to the case of the larger QED self-energy radiative corrections. The huge enhancement for d level shifts makes high-precision studies of transition frequencies in...

  11. Europium, Samarium, and Neodymium Isotopic Fractions in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Roederer, Ian U.; Lawler, James E.; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J.; Sobeck, Jennifer S.; Pilachowski, Catherine A.

    2007-01-01

    We have derived isotopic fractions of europium, samarium, and neodymium in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories. These isotopic fractions were measured from new high resolution (R ~ 120,000), high signal-to-noise (S/N ~ 160-1000) spectra obtained with the 2dCoude spectrograph of McDonald Observatory's 2.7m Smith telescope. Synthetic spectra were generated using recent high-precision laboratory measurements of hyperfine and isotopic subcomponents of se...

  12. Improved thermoelectric performance in polycrystalline p-type Bi2Te3 via an alkali metal salt hydrothermal nanocoating treatment approach

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    Ji, Xiaohua; He, Jian; Su, Zhe; Gothard, Nick; Tritt, Terry M.

    2008-08-01

    We report herein a proof-of-principle study of grain boundary engineering in the polycrystalline p-type Bi2Te3 system. Utilizing the recently developed hydrothermal nanocoating treatment technique, we fabricated an alkali-metal(s)-containing surface layer on the p-Bi2Te3 bulk grain, which in turn became part of the grain boundary upon hot pressing densification. Compared to the untreated bulk reference, the dimensionless figure of merit ZT has been improved by ˜30% in the Na-treated sample chiefly due to the reduced thermal conductivity, and ˜38% in the Rb-treated sample mainly owing to the improved power factor. The grain boundary phase provides a new avenue by which one can potentially decouple the otherwise inter-related electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity within one thermoelectric material.

  13. "XA6" octahedra influencing the arrangement of anionic groups and optical properties in inverse-perovskite [B6O10]XA3 (X = Cl, Br; A = alkali metal).

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    Yang, Zhihua; Lei, Bing-Hua; Yang, Bin; Pan, Shilie

    2016-06-01

    Exploring the effect of microscopic units, which set up the perovsikte framework, is of importance for material design. In this study, a series of borate halides with inverse-perovskite structures [B6O10]XA3 (X = Cl, Br; A = alkali metal) have been studied. It was revealed that the distortion and volume of XA6 octahedra influence the arrangement of anionic groups, which leads to the flexibility of the perovskite-related framework and differences in optical properties. Under the structural control scheme, the structure of Rb3B6O10Cl was predicted. The stability of the predicted structure was confirmed by an ab initio density functional theory-based method. The calculation shows Rb3B6O10Cl has a short UV cutoff edge of less than 200 nm, a moderate birefringence and a large second harmonic generation response. PMID:27211304

  14. Cd isotopes as a potential source tracer of metal pollution in river sediments

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    Tracing the sources of heavy metals in water environment is key important for our understanding of their pollution behavior. In this present study, Cd concentrations and Cd isotopic compositions in sediments were determined to effectively identify possible Cd sources. Results showed that elevated concentrations and high enrichment factor for Cd were found in all sediments, suggesting anthropogenic Cd origin. Cd isotopic compositions in sediments yielded relative variations ranged from −0.35‰ to 0.07‰ in term of δ114/110Cd (the mean: −0.08‰). Large fractionated Cd was found in sediments collected from a smelter and an E-waste town. Cd isotopic compositions and Cd concentrations measured in sediments allowed the identification of three main origins (dust from metal refining (δ114/110Cd 114/110Cd > 0), and those δ114/110Cd = 0, such as background and mining activity). According to the actual precision obtained, Cd isotopes could be a potential tool for tracing metal pollution sources in water environment. -- The information and application of Cd isotopic compositions will provide a new direction in tracing metal pollution in water environment

  15. Alkali metal ion-proton exchange equilibria and water sorption studies on nafon 117 membrane and dowex 50 W exchange resins: effect of long storage or aging

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    Alkali metal ion -H+ exchanges on Nafion 117 membrane treated differently, Dowex 50 W x 4 and Dowex 50 W x 8 resins have been studied at a total ionic strength of 0.1 mol dm-3. The water sorption isotherms of these exchangers in different ionic forms generated over the entire range of water activity, have been analysed by the D'Arcy and Watt equation (DWE). Water sorption studies have shown that the physical structure of the exchangers have changed due to long -storage or aging, resulting in poorer water sorption and even formation of pores in the case of Dowex 50 W x 8 resin. As a result, the counter ions in the exchangers are not hydrated and the water is present in a free form, albeit structured, in the resin phase. The selectivity sequence for the alkali metal ions with reference to the H+ (Li+++) for the exchangers used in the present study is in accordance with that reported in the literature for the ionomers having sulphonic acid as the functional group. In view of the absence of hydration of the cations in the resin phase, the driving force for the selectivity of the cation, namely, the net gain in entropy, is expected to come from the loss of structured water during the exchange process. Pre treating the Nafion 117 membrane with boiling acid solution activates the clustered region of the membrane in the H+ form, while pretreatment with boiling water expands the non-ionic domain (the region connecting the clusters). These modifications influence the state of water present in the Nafion 117 membrane and the ion exchange equilibria. As a result of long storage or aging, the ion exchangers lose their elasticity or swelling characteristics. The results obtained in the present study indicate that in aged materials, the ionogenic groups are existing as isolated ion -pairs rather than in a clustered morphology. (author)

  16. Design study of a 200 MW(e) alkali metal/steam binary power plant using a coal-fired fluidized bed furnace

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    Samuels, G.; Graves, R. L.; Lackey, M. E.; Tudor, J. J.; Zimmerman, G. P.

    1978-04-01

    The results of a study of 200 MW(e) alkali metal/steam binary power plant using a coal-fired fluidized bed furnace are described. Both cesium and potassium were evaluated for the topping cycle working fluid and cesium was selected. The fuel used was Illinois No. 6 coal, and limestone was used as the bed sorbent material. For the reference design, the furnace operated at atmospheric pressure and the cycle conditions for the power conversion system were 1500/sup 0/F to 900/sup 0/F for the topping cycle and 2400 psi 1000/sup 0/F to 1/sup 1///sub 2/ in. Hg for the steam system. Several variations of the plant were briefly evaluated. These variations included using a supercritical steam system and using a pressurized furnace. The principal conclusions of the study are as follows: a satisfactory design of an atmospheric pressure fluidized bed furnace binary power plant was evolved which uses a variation of the conventional binary cycle which permits utilizing the full potential of the alkali metal topping cycle; the net plant efficiency (coal to busbar) of the reference system was 44.6%; the net plant efficiency of a larger system with a 3500 psi 1000/sup 0/F steam system was 46.8%; an intermediate pressure turbocharged system with a furnace pressure of 4 atm (0.4 MPa) would have many advantages in comparison to the atmospheric pressure system, including a plant efficiency about one percentage point higher than the reference design, reduced limestone requirement and potential capital cost saving; and although cost estimates were not a part of the design study, a comparison of the design of this study to that of the Energy Conversion Alternative Study (ECAS) indicates plant costs 20 to 25% less than that of the final ECAS design.

  17. Alkali metal ions transfer across a water/1,2-dichloroethane interface facilitated by a novel monoaza-B15C5 derivative

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    Zhan Dongping; Yuan Yi; Xiao Yanjing; Wu Bingliang; Shao Yuanhua

    2002-10-30

    In this paper, a novel monoaza-B15C5 derivative, N-(2-tosylamino)-isopentyl-monoaza-15-crown-5 (L), is used as an ionophore to facilitate alkali metal cations transfer across a water/1,2-dichloroethane (W/DCE) interface. Well-defined voltammetric behaviors are observed at the polarized W/DCE interfaces supported at micro- and nano-pipets except Cs{sup +}. The diffusion coefficient of this ionophore in the DCE phase is calculated to be equal to (3.3{+-}0.2)x10{sup -6} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1}. The experimental results indicate that a 1:1 (metal:ionophore) complex is formed at the interface with a TIC/TID mechanism. The selectivity of this ionophore towards alkali ions follows the sequence Na{sup +}>Li{sup +}>K{sup +}>Rb{sup +}>Cs{sup +}. The logarithm of the association constants (log {beta}{sub 1}{sup o}) of the LiL{sup +}, NaL{sup +}, KL{sup +} and RbL{sup +} complexes in the DCE phase are calculated to be 10.6, 11.6, 9.0 and 7.1, respectively. The kinetic parameters are determined by steady-state voltammograms using nanopipets. The standard rate constants (k{sup 0}) for Li{sup +}, Na{sup +}, K{sup +} and Rb{sup +} transfers facilitated by L are 0.54{+-}0.05, 0.63{+-}0.09, 0.51{+-}0.04 and 0.46{+-}0.06 cm s{sup -1}, respectively. The pH values of aqueous solution have little effect on the electrochemical behaviors of these facilitated processes. The results predicate that this new type of ionophore might be useful to fabricate electrochemical sensor of sodium ion.

  18. Reclamation of reactive metal oxides from complex minerals using alkali roasting and leaching- an improved approach to process engineering

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    Sanchez Segado, S; Makanyire, T; Escudero-Castejon, L; Hara, Y.; Jha, A.

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    In nature, the commonly occurring reactive metal oxides of titanium, chromium, aluminium, and vanadium often chemically combine with the transition metal oxides such as iron oxides and form complex minerals. Physico-chemical separation of transition metal oxides from the remaining reactive metal oxides is therefore an important step in the purification of reactive oxide constituents. Each purification step has quite a high energy requirement at present. Current practice in industry yields sul...

  19. Characterization of uranium isotopic abundances in depleted uranium metal assay standard 115

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    Certified reference material (CRM) 115, Uranium (Depleted) Metal (Uranium Assay Standard), was analyzed using a TRITON Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer to characterize the uranium isotope-amount ratios. The certified 235U/238U 'major' isotope-amount ratio of 0.0020337 (12) in CRM 115 was determined using the total evaporation (TE) and the modified total evaporation (MTE) analytical techniques. In the MTE method, the total evaporation process is interrupted on a regular basis to allow correction of background from peak tailing, internal calibration of the secondary electron multiplier detector versus the Faraday cups, peak-centering, and ion source re-focusing. For the 'minor' 234U/238U and 236U/238U isotope-amount ratio measurements using MTE, precision and accuracy comparable to conventional analyses are achieved, without compromising the quality of the 235U/238U isotope-amount ratios. Characterized values of the 234U/238U and 236U/238U isotope-amount ratios in CRM 115 are 0.000007545 (10) and 0.000032213 (84), respectively. The 233U/238U isotope-amount ratio in CRM 115 is estimated to be -9. The homogeneity of the CRM 115 materials is established through the absence of any statistically significant unit-to-unit variation in the uranium isotope-amount ratios. The measurements leading to the certification of uranium isotope-amount ratios are discussed. (author)

  20. QED radiative corrections and many-body effects in atoms: vacuum polarization and binding energy shifts in alkali metals

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    Ginges, J. S. M.; Berengut, J. C.

    2016-05-01

    We calculate vacuum polarization corrections to the binding energies in neutral alkali atoms Na through to the superheavy element E119. We employ the relativistic Hartree–Fock method to demonstrate the importance of relaxation of the electronic core and the correlation potential method to study the effects of second and higher orders of perturbation theory. These many-body effects are sizeable for all orbitals, though particularly important for orbitals with angular momentum quantum number l\\gt 0. The orders of magnitude enhancement for d waves produces shifts that, for Rb and the heavier elements, are larger than those for p waves and only an order of magnitude smaller than the s-wave shifts. The many-body enhancement mechanisms that operate for vacuum polarization apply also to the larger self-energy corrections.

  1. Lifetime studies of high power rhodium/tungsten and molybdenum electrodes for application to AMTEC (alkali metal thermal-to-electric converter)

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    The alkali metal thermoelectric converter (AMTEC) is a passive, direct energy conversion device potentially capable of near-Carnot efficiencies and demonstrated to perform to 19% efficiency and up to 1.0 W/cm2 power densities. It utilizes a high sodium activity gradient across a beta alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) and the properties of the porous metal electrode (PME) on the low pressure side of the electrolyte is critical to device performance. Sintering of the electrode, reaction between its constituents and BASE at their common interface, and metal migration within the electrode structure are all potential routes to long term degradation of electrode performance. Evaluation of these processes, which often may be measured at levels far below those affecting overall electrode performance, is necessary to construction of a valid lifetime performance model for AMTEC electrodes. Results of modeling with the limited available data indicate that thin Mo electrodes may show significant performance degradation for extended operation (>10,000 hrs) at higher operating temperatures (>1150K), while W/Rh and W/Pt electrodes are expected to show adequate performance at 1200K for lifetimes >10,000 hrs

  2. Structural phase stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of alkali metal hydrides AMH4 (A=Li, Na; M=B, AL)

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    Santhosh, M.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.

    2016-01-01

    The structural stability of Alkali metal hydrides AMH4 (A=Li, Na; M=B, Al) is analyzed among the various crystal structures, namely hexagonal (P63mc), tetragonal (P42/nmc), tetragonal (P-421c), tetragonal (I41/a), orthorhombic (Pnma) and monoclinic (P21/c). It is observed that, orthorhombic (Pnma) phase is the most stable structure for LiBH4, monoclinic (P21/c) for LiAlH4, tetragonal (P42/nmc) for NaBH4 and tetragonal (I41/a) for NaAlH4 at normal pressure. Pressure induced structural phase transitions are observed in LiBH4, LiAlH4, NaBH4 and NaAlH4 at the pressures of 4 GPa, 36.1 GPa, 26.5 GPa and 46 GPa respectively. The electronic structure reveals that these metal hydrides are wide band gap insulators. The calculated elastic constants indicate that these metal hydrides are mechanically stable at normal pressure.

  3. Thermodynamic and structural properties of ball-milled mixtures composed of nano-structural graphite and alkali(-earth) metal hydride

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    Hydrogen desorption properties of mechanically milled materials composed of nano-structural hydrogenated-graphite (CnanoH x) and alkali(-earth) metal hydride (MH; M = Na, Mg and Ca) were investigated from the thermodynamic and structural points of view. The hydrogen desorption temperature for all the CnanoH x and MH composites was obviously lower than that of the corresponding each hydride. In addition, the desorption of hydrocarbons from CnanoH x was significantly suppressed by making composite of CnanoH x with MH, even though CnanoH x itself thermally desorbs a considerably large amount of hydrocarbons. These results indicate that an interaction exists between CnanoH x and MH, and hydrogen in both the phases is destabilized by a close contact between polar C-H groups in CnanoH x and the MH solid phase. Moreover, a new type of chemical bonding between the nano-structural carbon (Cnano) and the Li, Ca, or Mg metal atoms may be formed after hydrogen desorption. Thus, the above metal-C-H system would be recognized as a new family of H-storage materials

  4. Attaching an alkali metal atom to an alkaline earth metal oxide (BeO, MgO, or CaO) yields a triatomic metal oxide with reduced ionization potential and redirected polarity.

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    Nowiak, Grzegorz; Skurski, Piotr; Anusiewicz, Iwona

    2016-04-01

    The existence of a series of neutral triatomic metal oxides MON and their corresponding cations MON (+) (M = Be, Mg, Ca; N = Li, Na, K) was postulated and verified theoretically using ab initio methods at the CCSD(T)/6-311+G(3df)//MP2/6-311+G(3df) level of theory. The calculations revealed that the vertical ionization potentials (IPs) of the MON radicals (calculated using the outer-valence Green's function technique (OVGF) with the 6-311+G(3df) basis set) were ca. 2-3 eV smaller than the IPs of the corresponding MO and NO systems or that of the isolated M atom. Population analysis of the neutral triatomic MON molecules and their corresponding MO counterparts indicated that the attachment of an alkali metal atom to any oxide MO (BeO, MgO, CaO) reverses its polarity, which manifests itself as the redirection of the dipole moment vector. PMID:26994021

  5. Structural changes of polyacids initiated by their neutralization with various alkali metal hydroxides. Diffusion studies in poly(acrylic acid)s.

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    Masiak, Michal; Hyk, Wojciech; Stojek, Zbigniew; Ciszkowska, Malgorzata

    2007-09-27

    The changes in the three-dimensional structure of the poly(acrylic acid), PAA, induced by incorporation of various alkali-metal counterions have been evaluated by studying diffusion of an uncharged probe (1,1'-ferrocenedimethanol) in the polymeric media. The studies are supported by the measurements of conductivity and viscosity of the polymeric media. Solutions of linear PAA of four different sizes (molecular weights: 450,000, 750,000, 1,250,000, 4,000,000) were neutralized with hydroxides of alkali metals of group 1 of the periodic table (Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs) to the desired neutralization degree. The transport properties of the obtained polyacrylates were monitored by measuring the changes in the probe diffusion coefficient during the titration of the polyacids. The probe diffusivity was determined from the steady-state current of the probe voltammetric oxidation at disk microelectrodes. Diffusivity of the probe increases with the increase in the degree of neutralization and with the increase in viscosity. It reaches the maximum value at about 60-80% of the polyacid neutralization. The way the probe diffusion coefficients change is similar in all polyacid solutions and gels. The increase in the size of a metal cation causes, in general, an enhancement in the transport of probe molecules. The biggest differences in the probe diffusivities are between lithium and cesium polyacrylates. The differences between the results obtained for cesium and rubidium are not statistically significant due to lack of good precision of the voltammetric measurements. The measurements of the electric conductivity of polyacrylates and the theoretical predictions supplemented the picture of electrostatic interactions between the polyanionic chains and the metal cations of increasing size. In all instances of the PAAs, the viscosity of the solutions rapidly increases in the 0-60% range of neutralization and then becomes constant in the 60-100% region. With the exception of the shortest

  6. Biodilution of heavy metals in a stream macroinvertebrate food web: Evidence from stable isotope analysis

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    Analysis of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) stable isotopes provides an increasingly important means of understanding the complex trophic structure of macroinvertebrate communities in streams. We coupled a stable isotope approach with a contaminant analysis of six metals (Pb, Ag, Zn, Hg, Cu, As) to trace the accumulation and dilution of metals from an abandoned mine across trophic levels of the benthic community in Ginzan Creek, Japan. The δ15N signature increased with trophic level, with mean increases of 4.70 per mille from producers to primary consumers and 3.06 per mille from primary to secondary consumers. Tissue Pb and Ag concentrations were negatively correlated with δ15N, indicating biodilution of both metals through the food web. Although macroinvertebrate taxon body mass was negatively correlated with tissue metal concentration at several sites, it did not increase with trophic level (as δ15N) in any of the sites, suggesting that changes in body mass were not the cause of biodilution. Our findings suggest invertebrates at higher trophic levels may exhibit increasingly efficient excretion of metals. Autotrophic epilithon (mean δ13C = - 21.3 per mille ) had a much higher concentration of mined metals than did riparian vegetation (mean δ13C = -29.3 per mille ); nonetheless, a carbon-mixing model indicated that taxa feeding on autochthonous carbon sources did not accumulate more metal than allochthonous feeders. It is likely that the notably high metal concentration of allochthonous FPOM plays an important role in the trophic transfer of metals. Our data suggest the strong potential for stable isotope analysis to enhance our understanding of metal transfer through stream macroinvertebrate food webs

  7. The Barium Isotopic Abundance in the Metal-Poor Star HD140283

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    Collet, R; Nissen, P E

    2008-01-01

    We derive the mixture of odd to even barium isotopes in the atmosphere of the metal-poor subgiant HD140283 from the analysis of the Ba II transition at 455.4 nm in a high-resolution high signal-to-noise spectrum of the star. The detailed shape of this spectral line depends on the relative contributions of odd and even isotopes via isotopic and hyperfine splitting. We measure the fractional abundance of odd Ba isotopes by modelling the formation of the Ba II 455.4 nm line profile with the use of both a classical 1D hydrostatic and a 3D hydrodynamical model atmosphere of HD140283. We interpret the results in terms of contributions by the slow (s-) and rapid (r-) neutron-capture processes to the isotopic mix. While the result of the 1D analysis of the Ba II feature indicates a (64 +/- 36)% contribution of the r-process to the isotopic mix, the 3D analysis points toward a mere (15 +/- 34)% contribution from this process, that is consistent with a solar-like mixture of barium isotopes.

  8. Rapid lead isotope analysis of archaeological metals by multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Baker, J.A.; Stos, S.; Waight, Tod Earle

    2006-01-01

    Lead isotope ratios in archaeological silver and copper were determined by MC-ICPMS using laser ablation and bulk dissolution without lead purification. Laser ablation results on high-lead metals and bulk solution analyses on all samples agree within error of TIMS data, suggesting that problems f...

  9. Isotope exchange study of the dissociation of metal - humic substance complexes

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    Mizera, J.; Jansová, A.; Hvoždová, I.; Beneš, P.; Novák, František

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 53, A (2003), s. A97-A101. ISSN 0011-4626 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6066911; CEZ:MSM 210000019 Keywords : isotope exchange * dissociation of metal * humic substance complexes Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 0.263, year: 2003

  10. Hydrogen isotope analysis of natural water and inclusion water in minerals by zinc metal

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    The method of D/H ratio analyses of natural water, inclusion water and structure water in minerals have been established on hydrogen gas obtained by quantitative reduction of water passing over hot zinc metal. The vacuum line and hydrogen isotope concentration ratios are available. The results agree well with in the analytical errors. The experimental procedure of the method is presented in detail

  11. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: Potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment

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    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the 2Σ+ ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained

  12. Influence of alkali metals (Na, Li, Rb) on the performance of electrostatic spray-assisted vapor deposited Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells

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    Altamura, Giovanni; Wang, Mingqing; Choy, Kwang-Leong

    2016-02-01

    Electrostatic Spray-Assisted Vapor Deposition (ESAVD) is a non-vacuum and cost-effective method to deposit metal oxide, various sulphide and chalcogenide at large scale. In this work, ESAVD was used to deposit Cu2ZnSn(S1-xSex)4 (CZTSSe) absorber. Different alkali metals like Na, Li and Rb were incorporated in CZTSSe compounds to further improve the photovoltaic performances of related devices. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, no experimental study has been carried out to test the effect of Li and Rb incorporation in CZTSSe solar cells. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and glow discharge spectroscopy have been used to characterize the phase purity, morphology and composition of as-deposited CZTSSe thin films. Photovoltaic properties of the resulting devices were determined by completing the solar cells as follows: Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO/Ni/Al. The results showed that Li, Na and Rb incorporation can increase power conversion efficiency of CZTS devices up to 5.5%. The introduction of a thiourea treatment, has improved the quality of the absorber|buffer interface, pushed the device efficiency up to 6.3% which is at the moment the best reported result for ESAVD deposited CZTSSe solar cells.

  13. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment.

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    Gou, Dezhi; Kuang, Xiaoyu; Gao, Yufeng; Huo, Dongming

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the (2)Σ(+) ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained. PMID:25612710

  14. Theoretical study on the ground state of the polar alkali-metal-barium molecules: Potential energy curve and permanent dipole moment

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    Gou, Dezhi; Kuang, Xiaoyu, E-mail: scu-kuang@163.com; Gao, Yufeng; Huo, Dongming [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, we systematically investigate the electronic structure for the {sup 2}Σ{sup +} ground state of the polar alkali-metal-alkaline-earth-metal molecules BaAlk (Alk = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). Potential energy curves and permanent dipole moments (PDMs) are determined using power quantum chemistry complete active space self-consistent field and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basic spectroscopic constants are derived from ro-vibrational bound state calculation. From the calculations, it is shown that BaK, BaRb, and BaCs molecules have moderate values of PDM at the equilibrium bond distance (BaK:1.62 D, BaRb:3.32 D, and BaCs:4.02 D). Besides, the equilibrium bond length (4.93 Å and 5.19 Å) and dissociation energy (0.1825 eV and 0.1817 eV) for the BaRb and BaCs are also obtained.

  15. Influence of alkali metals (Na, Li, Rb) on the performance of electrostatic spray-assisted vapor deposited Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells.

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    Altamura, Giovanni; Wang, Mingqing; Choy, Kwang-Leong

    2016-01-01

    Electrostatic Spray-Assisted Vapor Deposition (ESAVD) is a non-vacuum and cost-effective method to deposit metal oxide, various sulphide and chalcogenide at large scale. In this work, ESAVD was used to deposit Cu2ZnSn(S1-xSex)4 (CZTSSe) absorber. Different alkali metals like Na, Li and Rb were incorporated in CZTSSe compounds to further improve the photovoltaic performances of related devices. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, no experimental study has been carried out to test the effect of Li and Rb incorporation in CZTSSe solar cells. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and glow discharge spectroscopy have been used to characterize the phase purity, morphology and composition of as-deposited CZTSSe thin films. Photovoltaic properties of the resulting devices were determined by completing the solar cells as follows: Mo/CZTSSe/CdS/i-ZnO/Al:ZnO/Ni/Al. The results showed that Li, Na and Rb incorporation can increase power conversion efficiency of CZTS devices up to 5.5%. The introduction of a thiourea treatment, has improved the quality of the absorber(|)buffer interface, pushed the device efficiency up to 6.3% which is at the moment the best reported result for ESAVD deposited CZTSSe solar cells. PMID:26916212

  16. Towards new molecular superconductors: a first study of alkali metal reduced aromatic cryptands as 'pseudo-fullerides'

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    The search for new molecular superconductors based upon concepts derived from the interpretation of alkali fullerides superconductivity led to the study of an aromatic cryptand (IHIC) considered as 'pseudo-fullerene'. New solids made of IHIC mono or di-reduced by potassium, rubidium and cesium were investigated. Low field microwave absorption (LFMA) signals appeared at 20 K for IHIC-Rb and IHIC-K (1:1), although these observations could not be confirmed by AC susceptibility or SQUID magnetometry. IR spectroscopy was used to probe the integrity of the final solid. EPR spectra consisted of a single symmetric line, combination of a Gaussian and of a Lorentzian lineshape, down to 4.2 K. However, the paramagnetic contribution of the reduced molecular species was too high to allow the observation of any transition at low temperature. Although two samples had a semiconductor like conductivity behavior as a function of temperature at high temperature, no indication of the presence of conduction electrons could be observed on the EPR spectrum. The LFMA measurements obtained can be considered as hints of superconductivity, thus opening the route towards new materials. (orig.)

  17. Europium, Samarium, and Neodymium Isotopic Fractions in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Roederer, Ian U.; Lawler, James E.; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J.; Sobeck, Jennifer S.; Pilachowski, Catherine A.

    2008-03-01

    We have derived isotopic fractions of europium (Eu), samarium (Sm), and neodymium (Nd) in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories. These isotopic fractions were measured from new very high resolution (R~120,000), high signal-to-noise (S/N~160-1000) spectra obtained with the 2dCoudé spectrograph of McDonald Observatory's 2.7 m Smith telescope. Synthetic spectra were generated using recent high-precision laboratory measurements of hyperfine and isotopic subcomponents of several transitions of these elements and matched quantitatively to the observed spectra. We interpret our isotopic fractions by the nucleosynthesis predictions of the stellar model, which models s-process nucleosynthesis in the physical conditions expected in a low-mass, thermally-pulsing star on the AGB, and the classical method, which assumes that s-process nucleosynthesis can be approximated by a steady neutron flux impinging upon Fe-peak seed nuclei. These two approaches predict the relative contributions to the Solar System n-capture abundances from the s- and r-processes and, by extension, the relative contributions of these two process to material in metal-poor stars. Our Eu isotopic fraction in HD 175305 is consistent with an r-process origin by the classical method and is consistent with both an r-process and s-process origin by the stellar model. Our Sm isotopic fraction in HD 175305 is consistent with a predominantly r-process origin by both methods, and our Sm isotopic fraction in HD 196944 is consistent with a pure s-process origin by both methods as well. Our Nd isotopic fractions in both stars are consistent with either r-process and s-process origins by both methods. The Eu and Sm isotopic fraction estimates argue for an r-process origin for the rare-earth elements in HD 175305 and an s-process origin for them in HD 196944, in excellent agreement with previous studies of the elemental abundance distributions in these stars. This study for the

  18. Tracing low-temperature aqueous metal migration in mineralized watersheds with Cu isotope fractionation

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    Highlights: • Cu isotope fractionation of ores and waters identifies copper sulfide weathering. • Redox reactions cause isotopic shift measured in areas of sulfide weathering. • Consistent isotope signature in different deposit, climate, or concentration. - Abstract: Copper isotope signatures in waters emanating from mineralized watersheds provide evidence for the source aqueous copper in solution. Low-temperature aqueous oxidation of Cu sulfide minerals produces significant copper isotopic fractionation between solutions and residues. Abiotic experimental data of fractionation (defined as Δliquid–solid ‰ = δ65Culiquid − δ65Cusolid) are on the order of 1–3‰ and are unique for copper rich-sulfide minerals. Data presented here from ores and waters within defined boundaries of porphyry copper, massive sulfide, skarn, and epithermal ore deposits mimic abiotic experiments. Thus, the oxidation of sulfide minerals appears to cause the signatures in the waters although significant biological, temperature, and pH variations exist in the fluids. Regardless of the deposit type, water type, concentration of Cu in solution, or location, the data provide a means to trace sources of metals in solutions. This relationship allows for tracking sources and degree of metal migration in low temperature aqueous systems and has direct application to exploration geology and environmental geochemistry

  19. Pb Isotope Study of Some Nonferrous Metallic Deposits in China

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    Based on Pb-Pb isochron data of more than 40 Precambrian polymetallic deposits, the authors consider that there are four mineralization periods for the Precambrian copper deposits in China, and the major copper deposits were formed at about 1800 Ma; there are three mineralization periods for gold deposits formed from Archaean to Proterozoic. By studying hundreds of lead isotope data from some Mesozoic continental subvolcanic Cu and Ag polymetallic deposits and fine-disseminated gold deposits, the authors found that the calculation based on the lead single-stage evolution model or two-stage evolution model cannot give the true ore-forming ages but can provide more information about mineralization and material sources of the deposits.

  20. Using stable and radioactive isotopes for the investigation of contaminant metal mobilization in a metal mining district

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    Naturally occurring stable and radioactive isotopes were used as environmental tracers to investigate contaminant metal mobilization processes in a metal smelter dump mainly consisting of slag. Water emerging from the dump at a spring is heavily contaminated by metals. The smelter dump contains minor amounts of flue dust, a material which shows a high potential for metal mobilization. Nearby dumps mainly consist of low-grade ore. Concentration patterns of 238U, 226Ra and 210Pb determined in sediment deposited close to the contaminated spring reveal the flue dust to be the major local metal source rather than the slag or the low-grade ore. Contamination pathways inside the dump were investigated using hydrological, chemical and isotopic data. Strong negative correlation between water discharge and metal concentration in the spring water suggests, besides short-term dilution of the metal concentration by direct rainwater runoff, distinct long-term dilution of the spring water by groundwater being discharged at a significantly increased rate as a result of heavy rains. δ18O and δD signatures of rain, local groundwater and spring water confirm the importance of groundwater derived from the local aquifer. Another hydrological component with importance for metal mobilization was found to be water that is recharged in the dump itself. Tritium analysis allowed an assessment of the probable residence time of that water component in the smelter dump. Since that water component seems to represent a major local contamination pathway the findings of the study are of substantial importance for site remediation planning. As a primary result it could be stated that covering the dump would not result in any noteworthy short-term improvement of the spring water quality. First significant effects would only be visible after 2-3 decades at the earliest

  1. Studies about interaction of hydrogen isotopes with metals and intermetallic compounds

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    Hydrogen is a nontoxic but highly inflammable gas. Compared to other inflammable gasses, its range of inflammability in air is much broader (4-74.5%) but it also vaporizes much more easily. Handling of hydrogen in form of hydrides enhances safety. Experiments with gaseous and liquid hydrogen should be performed in rooms with good ventilation. The interaction of hydrogen with metals and intermetallic compounds is a major field within physical chemistry. The essential feature of hydrogen-element system consists in the formation of chemical bond between hydrogen and metal atoms. The study of the interactions of hydride-forming metals and intermetallic compounds with heavy hydrogen isotopes -deuterium and tritium- offers new possibilities for investigating hydrogen behavior on surfaces and in a solid matrix. Using hydride-forming metals and intermetallic compounds, for example, recovery, purification and storage of heavy isotopes in tritium containing systems, can solve many problems arising in the nuclear-fuel cycle. The Nuclear Power Plant Cernavoda is equipped with a Canadian reactor of CANDU type. In the long term, Cernavoda area will be contaminated with on increasing quantity of tritium. In addition, the continuous contamination of heavy water from the reactor reduces the moderator's efficiency. For these reasons, ICSI - Rm. Valcea has developed a detritiation technology, based on catalytic isotopic exchange and cryogenic distillation. Tritium should be removed from the tritiated heavy water, and this will require the storage of tritium in a special vessel that can provide a high level of protection and safety of environment and personnel. Several metals have been studied as storage beds for hydrogen isotopes. One of the reference materials used for storing of hydrogen isotopes is uranium, a material with a great storage capacity, but unfortunately it is a radioactive metal and can react with the impurities in the stored gas. Other metals and alloys as ZrCo, Ti

  2. Binding energy referencing for XPS in alkali metal-based battery materials research (I): Basic model investigations

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    Highlights: • We point to a not seriously solved conflict in energy scale referencing of Li metal samples in XPS. • Model experiments at Li-, Na-metal and Li-doped HOPG samples were used to classify the effects. • Binding energy shifts up to 3 eV are observed when the alkaline metal is present in metallic state. • A phenomenological explanation based on an electrostatic interaction is suggested. • Consequences for energy scale correction depending on the kind of surface species are followed. - Abstract: For the investigation of chemical changes in Li- and Na-ion battery electrode systems, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a well-accepted method. Charge compensation and referencing of the binding energy (BE) scale is necessary to account for the involved mostly non-conducting species. Motivated by a conflict in energy scale referencing of Li-metal samples discussed earlier by several authors, further clarifying experimental results on several Li containing reference materials are presented and extended by similar experiments for Na. When correlating the peak positions of characteristic chemical species in all the different prepared model sample states, there seems to be a systematic deviation in characteristic binding energies of several eV if lithium is present in its metallic state. Similar results were found for sodium. The observations are furthermore confirmed by the implementation of inert artificial energy reference material, such as implanted argon or deposited gold. The behavior is associated with the high reactivity of metallic lithium and a phenomenological explanation is proposed for the understanding of the observations. Consequences for data interpretation in Li-ion battery research will be discussed for various applications in part (II)

  3. Binding energy referencing for XPS in alkali metal-based battery materials research (I): Basic model investigations

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    Oswald, S., E-mail: s.oswald@ifw-dresden.de

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • We point to a not seriously solved conflict in energy scale referencing of Li metal samples in XPS. • Model experiments at Li-, Na-metal and Li-doped HOPG samples were used to classify the effects. • Binding energy shifts up to 3 eV are observed when the alkaline metal is present in metallic state. • A phenomenological explanation based on an electrostatic interaction is suggested. • Consequences for energy scale correction depending on the kind of surface species are followed. - Abstract: For the investigation of chemical changes in Li- and Na-ion battery electrode systems, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a well-accepted method. Charge compensation and referencing of the binding energy (BE) scale is necessary to account for the involved mostly non-conducting species. Motivated by a conflict in energy scale referencing of Li-metal samples discussed earlier by several authors, further clarifying experimental results on several Li containing reference materials are presented and extended by similar experiments for Na. When correlating the peak positions of characteristic chemical species in all the different prepared model sample states, there seems to be a systematic deviation in characteristic binding energies of several eV if lithium is present in its metallic state. Similar results were found for sodium. The observations are furthermore confirmed by the implementation of inert artificial energy reference material, such as implanted argon or deposited gold. The behavior is associated with the high reactivity of metallic lithium and a phenomenological explanation is proposed for the understanding of the observations. Consequences for data interpretation in Li-ion battery research will be discussed for various applications in part (II)

  4. Experimentally determined sulfur isotope fractionation between metal and silicate and implications for planetary differentiation

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    Labidi, J.; Shahar, A.; Le Losq, C.; Hillgren, V. J.; Mysen, B. O.; Farquhar, J.

    2016-02-01

    The Earth's mantle displays a subchondritic 34S/32S ratio. Sulfur is a moderately siderophile element (i.e. iron-loving), and its partitioning into the Earth's core may have left such a distinctive isotope composition on the terrestrial mantle. In order to constrain the sulfur isotope fractionation occurring during core-mantle differentiation, high-pressure and temperature experiments were conducted with synthetic mixtures of metal and silicate melts. With the purpose to identify the mechanism(s) responsible for the S isotope fractionations, we performed our experiments in different capsules - namely, graphite and boron nitride capsules - and thus at different fO2, with varying major element chemistry of the silicate and metal fractions. The S isotope fractionations Δ34Smetal-silicate of equilibrated metal alloys versus silicate melts is +0.2 ± 0.1‰ in a boron-free and aluminum-poor system quenched at 1-1.5 GPa and 1650 °C. The isotope fractionation increases linearly with increasing boron and aluminum content, up to +1.4 ± 0.2‰, and is observed to be independent of the silicon abundance as well as of the fO2 over ∼3.5 log units of variations explored here. The isotope fractionations are also independent of the graphite or nitride saturation of the metal. Only the melt structural changes associated with aluminum and boron concentration in silicate melts have been observed to affect the strength of sulfur bonding. These results establish that the structure of silicate melts has a direct influence on the S2- average bonding strengths. These results can be interpreted in the context of planetary differentiation. Indeed, the structural environments of silicate evolve strongly with pressure. For example, the aluminum, iron or silicon coordination numbers increase under the effect of pressure. Consequently, based on our observations, the sulfur-bonding environment is likely to be affected. In this scheme, we tentatively hypothesize that S isotope fractionations

  5. Isotope exchange study of the dissociation of metal-humic complexes

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    Prediction of the migration of toxic metals and radionuclides in the environment requires knowledge of equilibrium and kinetic parameters characterising their interaction with humic substance (HS). In this work, isotope exchange of Eu and Co in the systems containing HS has been used to study dissociation of the cations from their complexes with HS under quasi-stationary conditions. In the experimental arrangement of the so-called diaphragm method, a dialysis membrane divides two compartments containing solutions of metal and HS, identical in both half-cells but for radiolabeling (152Eu and 60Co) applied only in one cell. The membrane is permeable for free metal cation but not for the metal-HS complex. The slow dissociation of metal cation from HS is reflected by retardation (compared to a reference system in the absence of HS) of the rate of the isotope exchange between the two compartments. However, only an apparent dissociation rate can be observed, as detection of fast dissociation is limited by the rate of diffusion of dissociated cations through membrane and by their recombination with available binding sites of HS. The rate of isotope exchange of Eu and Co in the systems with HS (Aldrich sodium humate, soil humic and fulvic acid) was monitored as function of pH (4 and 6), ionic strength (0.01 and 0.1 M), and the degree of HS loading with metal ([M]0 = 10-7 - 2x10-5 M at 10 mg/L HS). For Co, the rate of 60Co2+ diffusion through the membrane showed up to control the rate of the isotope exchange indicating that the Co-HS dissociation is too fast to be followed by the diaphragm method, and that the abundance of non-complexed Co is not negligible. The apparent rate of Eu-HS dissociation was found to be enhanced by decreasing pH value, increasing ionic strength, and increasing metal loading (i.e., metal/HS ratio). For interpretation of the experimental kinetic data, a discrete 2-component model (bi-exponential decay function) was applied. Based on comparison of

  6. Crystal-structural study of zirconium chelates with alkali metals of composition A2[Zr(Nta)2]·xH2O (A=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs or CH3H6)

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    Some zirconium complexes with nitrile triacetate and with alkali metal in the external sphere were studied crystalostructurally. Packing of complexes and extra-sphere cations was studied. Plane or slightly corrugated anion layers of two essentially different types arranged according to the principle of trigonal and square grids represent the standard element of crystal structure. Water molecules are located both in anion and cation layers. CN and coordination polyhedron of cations are different even in case of stereotype nature of reasons of their location in the interlayer space. In Cs-, Rb- and K- compounds polyhedrons of alkali metal form specific doubled chains. These compounds are not isomorphous ones and are characterized by a specific way of water molecule location. Structure of sodium compound differs fundamentally from other ones. Ionic conductivity may be expected in crystals. 4 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs

  7. Diode laser spectroscopy of NaD, KD, RbD, and CsD: determination of the mass independent parameters and mass scaling coefficients of the alkali metal hydrides

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    The infrared spectrum of the monodeuterides of the alkali metals, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium have been measured with a nominal accuracy of ±0.001 cm-1 using a diode laser spectrometer. Spectral lines of both the fundamental and the first hot band were observed for all the deuterides except RbD where only the fundamental was measured. The accuracy of previously published data on KH was also improved. Combination of these new data with similar results obtained previously for the equivalent monohydrides allowed the determination of a set of mass-independent parameters and mass-scaling coefficients for the hydrides of all of the alkali metals. This has allowed the relative magnitudes of the parameters to be compared for the first time. The results indicate that non-adiabatic effects are most prevalent in CsH. (orig.)

  8. Phosphorus-containing podands. 9. Synthesis of oligoethylene glycol bis(diphenylphospinylethyl) esters and their complexing properties with respect to alkali metal cations in a low-polarity solvent

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    The complexing ability of phosphoryl-containing monopodands with the general formula Ph2P(O)CH2CH2O(CH2CH2O)nCH2CH2P(O)Ph2 (n = 0-5, 6.4, 8.7, 13.2) with respect to alkali metal cations was investigated conductometrically in tetrahydrofuran:chloroform mixed solvent (4:1, vol.) at 25 degrees C. It was found that ligands of this type are efficient complexing agents relative to all alkali metal cations, and the monopodand with n = 0 also exhibits elevated Li/Na and Li/K selectivity. The effect of the structure, particularly the rigidity of the terminal fragments of the monopodands, on their complexing capacity was discussed. The method of synthesis of this type of ligand was described. 12 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  9. Efficiency enhancement of organic light-emitting diodes with an oxygen-plasma-treated ITO substrate and an electron-injection layer of alkali-metal carbonates

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    The efficiency enhancement of organic light-emitting diodes with an oxygen-plasma-treated substrate and an electron-injection layer of alkali-metal carbonates (Li2CO3 and Cs2CO3) was studied. The Li2CO3 and the Cs2CO3 carbonates were thermally evaporated to a thickness of 1 nm. For the device with a Li2CO3 layer, the luminance at 9.25 V of the device with the plasma-treated ITO substrate was found to be improved by approximately 10% compared to that of the device with the plasma-untreated ITO substrate, and the maximum luminance driving voltage was lowered by 1.0 V. For the device with a Cs2CO3 layer, the luminance at 11.25 V of the device with the oxygen plasma-treated ITO substrate was found to be improved by approximately 42.3% compared to that of the device with plasma-untreated ITO substrate, and the maximum luminance driving voltage was lowered by 1.25 V. Especially, the luminous efficiencies of the devices with the Li2CO3 and the Cs2CO3 layers were confirmed to have been increased by 50.0% and 78.1%, respectively, when the oxygen-plasma-treated ITO substrate was used.

  10. Coordination polymers based on diiron tetrakis(dithiolato) bridged by alkali metals, electrical bistability around room temperature, and strong antiferromagnetic coupling.

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    Benmansour, Samia; Delgado, Esther; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Hernández, Diego; Hernández, Elisa; Martin, Avelino; Perles, Josefina; Zamora, Félix

    2015-03-01

    Coordination polymer chains have been formed by the direct reaction between HSC6H2Cl2SH and FeCl3·6H2O in the presence of an aqueous solution of the corresponding alkali-metal hydroxide (M = Li, Na, and K) or carbonate (M = Rb and Cs). The structures consist of dimeric [Fe2(SC6H2Cl2S)4](2-) entities bridged by [M2(THF)4] [M = K (1), Rb (2), and Cs (3); THF = tetrahydrofuran] or {[Na2(μ-H2O)2(THF)2] (5 and 5') units. The smaller size of the lithium atom yields an anion/cation ion-pair molecule, [Li(THF)4]2[Fe2(SC6H2Cl2S)4] (4), in which the dianionic moieties are held together by Cl···Cl interactions. Electrical characterization of these compounds shows a general semiconductor behavior in which the conductivity and activation energies are mainly determined by the M-Cl and M-S bond distances. Compounds 1 and 5' are interesting examples of bistability showing reversible transitions centered at ca. 350 and 290 K with very large hysteresis of ca. 60 and 35 K, respectively. All of these compounds exhibit intradimer strong antiferromagnetic Fe···Fe interactions. PMID:25667965

  11. Isotope exchange kinetics in metal hydrides I : TPLUG model.

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    Larson, Rich; James, Scott Carlton; Nilson, Robert H.

    2011-05-01

    A one-dimensional isobaric reactor model is used to simulate hydrogen isotope exchange processes taking place during flow through a powdered palladium bed. This simple model is designed to serve primarily as a platform for the initial development of detailed chemical mechanisms that can then be refined with the aid of more complex reactor descriptions. The one-dimensional model is based on the Sandia in-house code TPLUG, which solves a transient set of governing equations including an overall mass balance for the gas phase, material balances for all of the gas-phase and surface species, and an ideal gas equation of state. An energy equation can also be solved if thermodynamic properties for all of the species involved are known. The code is coupled with the Chemkin package to facilitate the incorporation of arbitrary multistep reaction mechanisms into the simulations. This capability is used here to test and optimize a basic mechanism describing the surface chemistry at or near the interface between the gas phase and a palladium particle. The mechanism includes reversible dissociative adsorptions of the three gas-phase species on the particle surface as well as atomic migrations between the surface and the bulk. The migration steps are more general than those used previously in that they do not require simultaneous movement of two atoms in opposite directions; this makes possible the creation and destruction of bulk vacancies and thus allows the model to account for variations in the bulk stoichiometry with isotopic composition. The optimization code APPSPACK is used to adjust the mass-action rate constants so as to achieve the best possible fit to a given set of experimental data, subject to a set of rigorous thermodynamic constraints. When data for nearly isothermal and isobaric deuterium-to-hydrogen (D {yields} H) and hydrogen-to-deuterium (H {yields} D) exchanges are fitted simultaneously, results for the former are excellent, while those for the latter show

  12. Milk-alkali syndrome

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000332.htm Milk-alkali syndrome To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Milk-alkali syndrome is a condition in which there ...

  13. Europium, Samarium, and Neodymium Isotopic Fractions in Metal-Poor Stars

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    Roederer, Ian U; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J; Sobeck, Jennifer S; Pilachowski, Catherine A

    2007-01-01

    We have derived isotopic fractions of europium, samarium, and neodymium in two metal-poor giants with differing neutron-capture nucleosynthetic histories. These isotopic fractions were measured from new high resolution (R ~ 120,000), high signal-to-noise (S/N ~ 160-1000) spectra obtained with the 2dCoude spectrograph of McDonald Observatory's 2.7m Smith telescope. Synthetic spectra were generated using recent high-precision laboratory measurements of hyperfine and isotopic subcomponents of several transitions of these elements and matched quantitatively to the observed spectra. We interpret our isotopic fractions by the nucleosynthesis predictions of the stellar model, which reproduces s-process nucleosynthesis from the physical conditions expected in low-mass, thermally-pulsing stars on the AGB, and the classical method, which approximates s-process nucleosynthesis by a steady neutron flux impinging upon Fe-peak seed nuclei. Our Eu isotopic fraction in HD 175305 is consistent with an r-process origin by the ...

  14. Application of hydrogen isotopes and metal hydrides in future energy source

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    The probable application of hydrogen isotopes and metal hydrides to future energy source is reviewed. Starting from existing state of China's energy source, the importance for developing hydrogen energy and fusion energy is explained. It is suggested that the application investigation of hydrogen energy and hydrogen storage materials should be spurred and encouraged; keeping track of the development on tritium technology for fusion reactor is stressed

  15. EVALUATION OF RADIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RARE-EARTH METALS WITH NATURAL RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES

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    E. P. Lisachenko

    2013-01-01

    Among the rare-earth metals with natural radioactive isotopes, lantan, lutetium and samarium are allocated a relatively high specific activity. The formation of the additional external radiation keep it close to the significance of the materials to the radiation categories of materials with a high content of natural radionuclides of uranium and thorium family, lanthanum value is much less. Samarium, with acceptable toxicology content in the working area, forms the internal exposure to the lim...

  16. Large-scale calcium metal sample preparation for 41Ca isotope enrichment

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    Experiments are underway at Argonne National Laboratory to measure the 41Ca radioisotope concentration (T1/2 = 100 000 years) in natural samples of terrestrial origin by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). Since the concentration of 41Ca in these samples is expected to be very low, enrichment with a Calutron Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is being used. This separator requires rather large quantities of high-purity Ca metal (typically 100 g/loading) as source material. Details of the methods of obtaining these metallic samples from various materials will be presented. (orig.)

  17. Use of Lead Isotopes to Identify Sources of Metal and Metalloid Contaminants in Atmospheric Aerosol from Mining Operations

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    Félix, Omar I.; Csavina, Janae; Field, Jason; Kyle P. Rine; Sáez, A. Eduardo; Betterton, Eric A.

    2014-01-01

    Mining operations are a potential source of metal and metalloid contamination by atmospheric particulate generated from smelting activities, as well as from erosion of mine tailings. In this work, we show how lead isotopes can be used for source apportionment of metal and metalloid contaminants from the site of an active copper mine. Analysis of atmospheric aerosol shows two distinct isotopic signatures: one prevalent in fine particles (< 1 μm aerodynamic diameter) while the other corresponds...

  18. Analysis on Alkali Metal Migration Law in Process of Eucalyptus Branches Direct Combustion%桉树枝直燃利用过程中碱金属迁移规律分析

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    韦威; 廖艳芬; 陈拓; 马晓茜; 杨云金; 余勇强

    2014-01-01

    For knowing alkali metal migration law in eucalyptus branches burned in some biomass power plant,this paper studies it by combustion experiment.The experimental sample is eucalyptus branch particle with grain size of 1 80μm which is used for repeat combustion experiment in pipe burner in order to get residual samples under different temperatures and with different combustion time.By proximate analysis on residual samples,it is able to get combustion laws of volatiles and fixed carbon.The experimental result shows that volatility of alkali metal in eucalyptus branches is very strong and there is 87%potassium released into gas phase in process of high temperature burning.Meanwhile,precipitation of alkali metal is speeding up with increase of temperature and precipitation volume dose is increasing with temperature and stop time.In addition,tak-ing kaolin as additive,it conducts quantitative analysis on its impact on retention rate of alkali metal in ash.The analysis re-sult indicates that kaolin has very good retention role for alkali metal in eucalyptus branches and retention effect of 5% kao-lin is the best.%为了解某生物质电厂燃用的桉树枝的碱金属迁移规律,对其进行了燃烧实验研究。实验样品为粒径180μm的桉树枝颗粒,在管式燃烧器中进行燃烧重复实验,获得不同温度和燃烧时间下的残留物样品,然后对残留物进行工业分析,获得挥发分、固定碳的燃烧规律;实验结果表明桉树枝碱金属挥发性很强,高温燃尽时有87%的钾释放进入气相,碱金属的析出随温度的增高而加快,析出总量也随温度和停留时间而增加。另外,以高岭土作为添加剂,定量分析了其对桉树枝碱金属在灰渣中的固留率的影响,分析结果表明高岭土对桉树枝的碱金属有很好固留作用,5%的高岭土添加量固留效果最佳。

  19. Selectivity of externally facing ion-binding sites in the Na/K pump to alkali metals and organic cations.

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    Ratheal, Ian M; Virgin, Gail K; Yu, Haibo; Roux, Benoît; Gatto, Craig; Artigas, Pablo

    2010-10-26

    The Na/K pump is a P-type ATPase that exchanges three intracellular Na(+) ions for two extracellular K(+) ions through the plasmalemma of nearly all animal cells. The mechanisms involved in cation selection by the pump's ion-binding sites (site I and site II bind either Na(+) or K(+); site III binds only Na(+)) are poorly understood. We studied cation selectivity by outward-facing sites (high K(+) affinity) of Na/K pumps expressed in Xenopus oocytes, under voltage clamp. Guanidinium(+), methylguanidinium(+), and aminoguanidinium(+) produced two phenomena possibly reflecting actions at site III: (i) voltage-dependent inhibition (VDI) of outwardly directed pump current at saturating K(+), and (ii) induction of pump-mediated, guanidinium-derivative-carried inward current at negative potentials without Na(+) and K(+). In contrast, formamidinium(+) and acetamidinium(+) induced K(+)-like outward currents. Measurement of ouabain-sensitive ATPase activity and radiolabeled cation uptake confirmed that these cations are external K(+) congeners. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that bound organic cations induce minor distortion of the binding sites. Among tested metals, only Li(+) induced Na(+)-like VDI, whereas all metals tested except Na(+) induced K(+)-like outward currents. Pump-mediated K(+)-like organic cation transport challenges the concept of rigid structural models in which ion specificity at site I and site II arises from a precise and unique arrangement of coordinating ligands. Furthermore, actions by guanidinium(+) derivatives suggest that Na(+) binds to site III in a hydrated form and that the inward current observed without external Na(+) and K(+) represents cation transport when normal occlusion at sites I and II is impaired. These results provide insights on external ion selectivity at the three binding sites. PMID:20937860

  20. A structural investigation of the alkali metal site distribution within bioactive glass using neutron diffraction and multinuclear solid state NMR.

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    Martin, Richard A; Twyman, Helen L; Rees, Gregory J; Smith, Jodie M; Barney, Emma R; Smith, Mark E; Hanna, John V; Newport, Robert J

    2012-09-21

    The atomic-scale structure of Bioglass and the effect of substituting lithium for sodium within these glasses have been investigated using neutron diffraction and solid state magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR. Applying an effective isomorphic substitution difference function to the neutron diffraction data has enabled the Na-O and Li-O nearest-neighbour correlations to be isolated from the overlapping Ca-O, O-(P)-O and O-(Si)-O correlations. These results reveal that Na and Li behave in a similar manner within the glassy matrix and do not disrupt the short range order of the network former. Residual differences are attributed solely to the variation in ionic radius between the two species. Successful simplification of the 2 bioactive glasses, and an analogous splitting of the Li-O correlations. The observed correlations are attributed to the metal ions bonded either to bridging or to non-bridging oxygen atoms. (23)Na triple quantum MAS (3QMAS) NMR data corroborates the split Na-O correlations. The structural sites present will be intimately related to the release properties of the glass system in physiological fluids such as plasma and saliva, and hence to the bioactivity of the material. Detailed structural knowledge is therefore a prerequisite for optimizing material design. PMID:22868255

  1. Thermodynamic properties of two mixed alkali metal borates with NLO behaviour: Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14

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    Highlights: • Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14 have been synthesized and characterized. • The enthalpies of solution of title two borates were measured. • The enthalpies of solution of LiCl·H2O(s) were measured. • ΔfHmo for title two borates were obtained by the thermochemical cycles. -- Abstract: Two pure mixed alkali metal borates with Non-Linear Optical (NLO) properties, Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14, have been synthesized by a high-temperature solid state reaction, and characterized by XRD, FT-IR, DTA-TG techniques and chemical analysis. The molar enthalpies of solution of Li6Rb5B11O22 and Li4Cs3B7O14 in 1 mol · dm−3 HCl (aq), and of LiCl·H2O(s) in (1 mol · dm−3 HCl + H3BO3 + RbCl/CsCl) (aq) have been determined by microcalorimeter at T = 298.15 K, respectively. From these data and with the incorporation of the previously determined enthalpy of solution of H3BO3(s) in 1 mol · dm−3 HCl (aq), together with the use of the standard molar enthalpies of formation for LiCl·H2O(s), RbCl(s)/CsCl(s), H3BO3(s), HCl(aq) and H2O(l), the standard molar enthalpies of formation of −(11173.1 ± 9.5) kJ · mol−1 for Li6Rb5B11O22 and −(7145.1 ± 5.9) kJ · mol−1 for Li4Cs3B7O14 were obtained on the basis of the appropriate thermochemical cycles

  2. Assessment of the bioavailability of heavy metals in soils using isotopic exchange kinetics method

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    Echevarria, G.; Gerard, E.; Shallari, S.; Massoura, S.; Schwartz, C.; Morel, J.L. [Ecole Nationale Superieur d' Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires (ENSAIA-INRA), Lab. Sols et Environnement, 54 - Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France)

    2001-07-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate the potential risk of food chain contamination of soils from urban and industrial sites by nickel and cadmium. Therefore, the isotopic exchange kinetics (IEK) method, which allows to understand the potential transfer from soil to plant of these two metals, was carried out on soil samples from agricultural, urban and industrial areas contaminated by mining, smelting and other metal industry activities. The IEK method have been successfully used to assess metal bioavailability in natural and anthropogenic metal rich soils and have succeeded in predicting metal transfer to plants, especially to hyper-accumulators. This method allows indeed to characterize the three main characteristics of bioavailability of metals in soils (intensity, quantity and capacity). The latter being the most difficult to assess with traditional chemical extraction procedures. A further step in improving the method would be to characterize for each soil sample the part of the metal in solution which is actually under the form M{sup 2+} rather than assuming that the total metal in solution is M{sup 2+}. It is therefore possible to assess the risk associated with the presence of metals in urban and industrial soils and also to evaluate the management practices on these areas. Their use has also allowed to assess the effect of management practices on contaminated agricultural, urban and industrial soils (liming, sewage sludge applications, phyto-extraction). The effect of such practices is often a combined effect directly on the solubility of the metals (intensity), on the increase or decrease of the exchangeable pool (quantity) and on the decrease or increase of the capacity.

  3. A model for hydrogen isotope permeation through metals with ceramic film barriers

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    A one-dimensional model for hydrogen isotope permeation through double layer media is established based on the well-known first-power law for hydrogen molecule in ceramics (glass/crystalline ionic compounds) and square root law for hydrogen atom in metals. The expressions of hydrogen concentration distribution, the rate of hydrogen permeation through a metal-film composite and its pressure dependence in power index form are deduced. The steady hydrogen flow rate as a function of film thickness, temperature and upstream pressure is discussed. The purpose of this study is to determine the solubility, diffusivity and permeability for a film free of defects based on the measured rate of hydrogen permeation through the metal-film composite and the power index of its pressure dependence. Meanwhile, the rate of direct hydrogen permeation through the substrate due to film defects can be estimated, which is proposed to evaluate the quality of film

  4. Availability of radium isotopes and heavy metals from scales and tailings of Polish hard coal mining

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    Karsten Leopold; Boguslaw Michalik; Jens Wiegand [University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany)

    2007-02-15

    Radium and heavy metal contaminated tailings and scales resulting from Polish hard coal mining were investigated for their mobilisation potential by using leaching methods. The main focus is set on a three-step extraction procedure proposed by BCR (Bureau Communautaire de Reference, now Standards Measurements and Testing Programme) of the European Union, which was used for investigating the availability of radium isotopes. In addition, the results of a Polish extraction procedure for the heavy metals' water solubility are presented for rough comparison. After a special treatment, the BCR-reagents were measured by gamma-spectrometry to define their radium activity concentrations; the heavy metal content in the water soluble fractions was determined by ICP-AES. The samples were collected at two different sites influenced by the discharge of pit water from hard coal mining. The tailings were taken from a former tailing pond, which now is no longer in use, but the settled material is still present. At another abandoned and meanwhile flooded tailing pond, the scales were scraped from the inside of a discharge tube. The results obtained show that there is different leaching behaviour between the radium isotopes. The tailings being characterised by surface adsorbed radium provide up to 25% of the initial 226Ra content, 228Ra is altogether leached up to 15%. The scales comprise stable radiobaryte (Ba(Ra)SO{sub 4}) and can be considered as being unable to provide radium isotopes, since no trace of radium dissolution was observed. The leaching behaviour of heavy metals is similar to that of radium. Mn, Ni and Zn are dissolved by water from the tailings; the scales do not provide any.

  5. Availability of radium isotopes and heavy metals from scales and tailings of Polish hard coal mining

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    Leopold, Karsten [University Duisburg-Essen, Geology Department, Universitaetsstrasse 5, D-45117 Essen (Germany)]. E-mail: karsten.leopold@uni-due.de; Michalik, Boguslaw [Central Mining Institute, Laboratory of Radiometry, Pl. Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice (Poland)]. E-mail: b.michalik@gig.katowice.pl; Wiegand, Jens [University of Wuerzburg, Geological Institute, Pleicherwall 1, D-97070 Wuerzburg (Germany)]. E-mail: jens.wiegand@geologie.uni-wuerzburg.de

    2007-05-15

    Radium and heavy metal contaminated tailings and scales resulting from Polish hard coal mining were investigated for their mobilisation potential by using leaching methods. The main focus is set on a three-step extraction procedure proposed by BCR (Bureau Communautaire de Reference, now Standards Measurements and Testing Programme) of the European Union, which was used for investigating the availability of radium isotopes. In addition, the results of a Polish extraction procedure for the heavy metals' water solubility are presented for rough comparison. After a special treatment, the BCR-reagents were measured by gamma-spectrometry to define their radium activity concentrations; the heavy metal content in the water soluble fractions was determined by ICP-AES. The samples were collected at two different sites influenced by the discharge of pit water from hard coal mining. The tailings were taken from a former tailing pond, which now is no longer in use, but the settled material is still present. At another abandoned and meanwhile flooded tailing pond, the scales were scraped from the inside of a discharge tube. The results obtained show that there is different leaching behaviour between the radium isotopes. The tailings being characterised by surface adsorbed radium provide up to 25% of the initial {sup 226}Ra content, {sup 228}Ra is altogether leached up to 15%. The scales comprise stable radiobaryte (Ba[Ra]SO{sub 4}) and can be considered as being unable to provide radium isotopes, since no trace of radium dissolution was observed. The leaching behaviour of heavy metals is similar to that of radium. Mn, Ni and Zn are dissolved by water from the tailings; the scales do not provide any.

  6. Availability of radium isotopes and heavy metals from scales and tailings of Polish hard coal mining

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    Karsten Leopold; Boguslaw Michalik; Jens Wiegand [University Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany). Geology Department

    2007-05-15

    Radium and heavy metal contaminated tailings and scales resulting from Polish hard coal mining were investigated for their mobilisation potential by using leaching methods. The main focus is set on a three-step extraction procedure proposed by BCR (Bureau Communautaire de Reference, now Standards Measurements and Testing Programme) of the European Union, which was used for investigating the availability of radium isotopes. In addition, the results of a Polish extraction procedure for the heavy metals' water solubility are presented for rough comparison. After a special treatment, the BCR-reagents were measured by gamma-spectrometry to define their radium activity concentrations; the heavy metal content in the water soluble fractions was determined by ICP-AES. The samples were collected at two different sites influenced by the discharge of pit water from hard coal mining. The tailings were taken from a former tailing pond, which now is no longer in use, but the settled material is still present. At another abandoned and meanwhile flooded tailing pond, the scales were scraped from the inside of a discharge tube. The results obtained show that there is different leaching behaviour between the radium isotopes. The tailings being characterised by surface adsorbed radium provide up to 25% of the initial {sup 226}Ra content, {sup 228}Ra is altogether leached up to 15%. The scales comprise stable radiobaryte and can be considered as being unable to provide radium isotopes, since no trace of radium dissolution was observed. The leaching behaviour of heavy metals is similar to that of radium. Mn, Ni and Zn are dissolved by water from the tailings; the scales do not provide any.

  7. Zinc isotopes in sphalerite from base metal deposits in the Red Dog district, northern Alaska

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    Kelley, K.D.; Wilkinson, J.J.; Chapman, J.B.; Crowther, H.L.; Weiss, D.J.

    2009-01-01

    Analyses of sphalerite samples from shale-hosted massive sulfide and stratigraphically underlying vein breccia deposits in the Red Dog district in northern Alaska show a range ??66Zn values from zero to 0.60 per mil. The lowest values are observed in the vein breccia deposits, and the stratigraphically overlying (but structurally displaced) shale-hosted massive sulfide deposits show a systematic trend of increasing ??66Zn values from south to north (Main-Aqqaluk-Paalaaq-Anarraaq). The ??66Zn values are inversely correlated with sphalerite Fe/Mn ratio and also tend to be higher in low Cu sphalerite, consistent with precipitation of lower ??66Zn sphalerite closer to the principal hydrothermal fluid conduits. The most likely control on isotopic variation is Rayleigh fractionation during sulfide precipitation, with lighter zinc isotopes preferentially incorporated in the earliest sphalerite to precipitate from ore fluids at deeper levels (vein breccias) and close to the principal fluid conduits in the orebodies, followed by precipitation of sulfides with higher ??66Zn values in shallower and/or more distal parts of the flow path. There is no systematic variation among the paragenetic stages of sphalerite from a single deposit, suggesting an isotopically homogeneous zinc source and consistent transport-deposition conditions and/or dissolution-reprecipitation of earlier sphalerite without significant fractionation. Decoupled Zn and S isotope compositions are best explained by mixing of separate metal- and sulfur-bearing fluids at the depositional site. The results confirm that Zn isotopes may be a useful tracer for distinguishing between the central and distal parts of large hydrothermal systems as previously suggested and could therefore be of use in exploration. ?? 2009 by Economic Geology.

  8. Recycled oceanic crust and marine sediment in the source of alkali basalts in Shandong, eastern China: Evidence from magma water content and oxygen isotopes

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    Liu, Jia; Xia, Qun-Ke; Deloule, Etienne; Chen, Huan; Feng, Min

    2015-12-01

    The magma water contents and cpx δ18O values in alkali basalts from the Fuyanyshan (FYS) volcano in Shandong, eastern China, were investigated by an inverse calculation based on the water content of clinopyroxene (cpx) phenocrysts, the ivAlcpx-dependent water partitioning coefficient Dwatercpx>/melt, and secondary ion mass spectrometer, respectively. The calculated water content (H2O wt.) of magma ranges from 0.58% to 3.89%. It positively correlates with heavy rare earth element concentrations and bulk rock 87Sr/86Sr ratios, and it negatively correlates with Nb/U ratios. However, it is not correlated with bulk Mg# (Mg# = 100 × Mg / (Mg + Fe)) and (La/Yb)n (n represents primitive mantle normalization). Combined with the rather homogenous distribution of water content within cpx grains, these correlations indicate that the water variations among different samples represent the original magma signature, rather than results of a shallow process, such as degassing and diffusion. The δ18O of cpx phenocrysts varies from 3.6‰ to 6.3‰ (±0.5‰, 2SD), which may be best explained by the involvement of components from the lower and upper oceanic crust with marine sediments within the mantle source. The H2O/Ce ratios of the calculated melts range from 113 to 696 and form a positive trend with bulk rock 87Sr/86Sr, which cannot be explained by the recycled Sulu eclogite or by the metasomatized lithospheric mantle. Our modeling calculation shows that the decoupling of ɛHf and ɛNd could be caused by the involvement of marine sediments. Combing the high Ba/Th ratios, positive Sr spikes, and low Ce/Pb ratios for the Fuyanshan basalts, we suggest that the hydrous nature of the FYS basalts was derived from the hydrous mantle transition zone with ancient sediments.

  9. Heavy metal input to agricultural soils from irrigation with treated wastewater: Insight from Pb isotopes

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    Kloppmann, Wolfram; Cary, Lise; Psarras, Georgios; Surdyk, Nicolas; Chartzoulakis, Kostas; Pettenati, Marie; Maton, Laure

    2010-05-01

    A major objective of the EU FP6 project SAFIR was to overcome certain drawbacks of wastewater reuse through the development of a new irrigation technology combining small-scale modular water treatment plants on farm level and improved irrigation hardware, in the aim to lower the risks related to low quality water and to increase water use efficiency. This innovative technology was tested in several hydro-climatic contexts (Crete, Italy, Serbia, China) on experimental irrigated tomato and potato fields. Here we present the heavy metal variations in soil after medium-term (3 irrigation seasons from 2006-2008) use of treated municipal wastewater with a special focus on lead and lead isotope signatures. The experimental site is located in Chania, Crete. A matrix of plots were irrigated, combining different water qualities (secondary, primary treated wastewater, tap water, partially spiked with heavy metals, going through newly developed tertiary treatment systems) with different irrigation strategies (surface and subsurface drip irrigation combined with full irrigation and partial root drying). In order to assess small scale heavy metal distribution around a drip emitter, Pb isotope tracing was used, combined with selective extraction. The sampling for Pb isotope fingerprinting was performed after the 3rd season of ww-irrigation on a lateral profile from a drip irrigator (half distance between drip lines, i.e. 50cm) and three depth intervals (0-10, 10-20, 20-40 cm). These samples were lixiviated through a 3 step selective extraction procedure giving rise to the bio-accessible, mobile and residual fraction: CaCl2/NaNO3 (bio-accessible fraction), DPTA (mobile fraction), total acid attack (residual fraction). Those samples were analysed for trace elements (including heavy metals) and major inorganic compounds by ICP-MS. The extracted fractions were then analysed by Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) for their lead isotope fingerprints (204Pb, 206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb

  10. EVALUATION OF RADIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RARE-EARTH METALS WITH NATURAL RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the rare-earth metals with natural radioactive isotopes, lantan, lutetium and samarium are allocated a relatively high specific activity. The formation of the additional external radiation keep it close to the significance of the materials to the radiation categories of materials with a high content of natural radionuclides of uranium and thorium family, lanthanum value is much less. Samarium, with acceptable toxicology content in the working area, forms the internal exposure to the limits for professionals. The use of these elements in science and industry requires the radiation-hygienic evaluation.

  11. Syntheses and characterization of one-dimensional alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs)

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    Yohannan, Jinu P.; Vidyasagar, Kanamaluru, E-mail: kvsagar@iitm.ac.in

    2015-01-15

    Three new isostructural quaternary antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs) have been synthesized by using alkali metal thiosulfate flux and structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction. Their structures contain A{sup +} ions around the [Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10}]{sup 2−} chains, which are built from SbS{sub 3} pyramids, SnS{sub 6} octahedra and SnS{sub 4} tetrahedra. Raman and Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements corroborate the oxidation states and coordination environments of Sb(III) and Sn(IV). All three compounds are wide band gap semiconductors. Potassium compound undergoes partial exchange with strontium, cadmium and lead ions. - Graphical abstract: Syntheses, crystal structure, spectroscopic and partial ion-exchange studies of new one-dimensional alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs) are described. - Highlights: • Syntheses of new alkali metal antimony(III) thiostannates(IV), A{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} (A=K, Rb, Cs). • Wide band gap semiconductors with one-dimensional structure. • Topotactic partial exchange of K{sup +} ions of K{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Sn{sub 3}S{sub 10} with Sr{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} ions.

  12. Influence of the alkali metal cation on the fragmentation of monensin in ESI-MS/MS Influência de cátions de metais alcalinos sobre a fragmentação de monensina em ESI-MS/MS

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    Norberto Peporine Lopes; Filipe Alexandre Almeida-Paz; Paul Jonathan Gates

    2006-01-01

    The MS/MS fragmentation of the alkali metal complexes of monensin A are studied. The increase in alkali metal ionic radii decreases the ability of the Grob-Wharton fragmentation mechanism to occur and reduces the overall degree of fragmentation. Conversely, the electronegativity of the metal cation is related to the number of fragment ions observed.O presente trabalho relata os estudos de fragmentação por espectrometria de massas seqüencial de complexos formados pela monensina A e uma série d...

  13. Using stable isotope systematics and trace metals to constrain the dispersion of fish farm pollution

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    Torchinsky, A.; Shiel, A. E.; Price, M.; Weis, D. A.

    2010-12-01

    Fish farming is a growing industry of great economic importance to coastal communities. Unfortunately, open-net fish farming is associated with the release of organic and metal pollution, which has the potential to adversely affect the coastal marine environment. The dispersion of fish farm pollution and its environmental impact are not well understood/quantified. Pollutants released by fish farms include organic products such as uneaten feed pellets and fish feces, as well as chemicals and pharmaceuticals, all of which may enter marine ecosystems. In this study, we took advantage of bioaccumulation in passive suspension feeding Manila Clams collected at varying distances from an open-net salmon farm located in the Discovery Islands of British Columbia. Measurements of stable C and N isotopes, as well as trace metal concentrations, in the clams were used to investigate the spread of pollutants by detecting the presence of fish farm waste in the clams’ diet. Lead isotopic measurements were used to identify other significant anthropogenic pollution sources, which may impact the study area. Clams located within the areal extent of waste discharged by a fish farm are expected to exhibit anomalous light stable isotope ratios and metal concentrations, reflecting the presence of pollutants accumulated directly from seawater and from their diet. Clams were collected in the Discovery Islands from three sites in the Octopus Islands, located 850 m, 2100 m and 3000 m north of the Cyrus Rocks salmon farm (near Quadra Island) and from a reference site on Penn Island. Light stable isotope ratios (δN = ~10‰, with little variation between sites, and δC from -14.5 to -17.3‰) of the clams suggest that the most distal site (i.e., 3000 m away) is most impacted by organic fish farm waste (i.e., food pellets and feces) and that contributions of organic waste actually decrease closer to the farm. Not surprisingly, the smallest contribution of organic waste was detected in clams

  14. Evidence of Production of Neutral Cl35 Atoms by the Cl35 (n, p)S35 Process in Alkali Metal Chlorides

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    A number of investigations reported in the literature have shown that S35 produced by the Cl35 (n, p)S35 process in neutron-irradiated alkali metal halides may be separated as S= , SO=3 and SO=4 after the irradiated crystals are dissolved in aqueous solutions of the appropriate carriers. The relative amounts of the three chemical forms depend on the purity of the sample and the conditions of irradiation and analysis. Attempts to identify neutral S35 atoms among the products of the neutron irradiation have been limited by the fact that elemental sulphur is too insoluble to use as a carrier in aqueous solution and by the exchange and adsorption processes which interfere when heterogeneous extraction processes are used. However, we have observed chemical evidence for an S35 species with properties which might be expected for neutral monatomic sulphur. When vacuum-sublimed, neutron-irradiated KCl is dissolved in degassed 0.3N aqueous NaOH containing S=, SO=3 and SO=4 , analysis for the three species typically shows 90% of the S35 activity as S=, 7% as SO=3 and 3% as SO=4 . When an identical experiment is done in which the carriers are added to the 0.3N NaOH solution after adding the KCl the typical S35 yields are 30% S=, 30% SO3 and 40% SO=4. Thus some 60% of the S35 species found in the S=3 fraction when the KCl is dissolved in the presence of carriers is found as SO=4 and SO=3 when the carriers are added after dissolution of the KCl. Since monatomic sulphur is thermodynamically unstable in H2O with respect to oxidation (ΔF = -5900 kcal/mole for S + 4H2O → 3H2O → 3H2 + H2SO4), and since it would also be expected to exchange readily with S= carrier these results suggest that some 60% of the S35 may be present in the irradiated KCl crystals as neutral monatomic S. Similar evidence for neutral S35 atoms has been obtained from neutron-irradiated crystals of NaCl, RbCl and CsCl. The effects of S= carrier concentration at the time of dissolution and of gamma

  15. The effect of a micro bubble dispersed gas phase on hydrogen isotope transport in liquid metals under nuclear irradiation

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    The present work intend to be a first step towards the understanding and quantification of the hydrogen isotope complex phenomena in liquid metals for nuclear technology. Liquid metals under nuclear irradiation in, e.g., breeding blankets of a nuclear fusion reactor would generate tritium which is to be extracted and recirculated as fuel. At the same time that tritium is bred, helium is also generated and may precipitate in the form of nano bubbles. Other liquid metal systems of a nuclear reactor involve hydrogen isotope absorption processes, e.g., tritium extraction system. Hence, hydrogen isotope absorption into gas bubbles modelling and control may have a capital importance regarding design, operation and safety. Here general models for hydrogen isotopes transport in liquid metal and absorption into gas phase, that do not depend on the mass transfer limiting regime, are exposed and implemented in OpenFOAM® CFD tool for 0D–3D simulations. Results for a 0D case show the impact of a He dispersed phase of nano bubbles on hydrogen isotopes inventory at different temperatures as well as the inventory evolution during a He nucleation event. In addition, 1D and 2D axisymmetric cases are exposed showing the effect of a He dispersed gas phase on hydrogen isotope permeation through a lithium lead eutectic alloy and the effect of vortical structures on hydrogen isotope transport at a backward facing step. Exposed results give a valuable insight on current nuclear technology regarding the importance of controlling hydrogen isotope transport and its interactions with nucleation event through gas absorption processes

  16. The effect of a micro bubble dispersed gas phase on hydrogen isotope transport in liquid metals under nuclear irradiation

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    Fradera, J., E-mail: jfradera@ubu.es; Cuesta-López, S., E-mail: scuesta@ubu.es

    2013-12-15

    The present work intend to be a first step towards the understanding and quantification of the hydrogen isotope complex phenomena in liquid metals for nuclear technology. Liquid metals under nuclear irradiation in, e.g., breeding blankets of a nuclear fusion reactor would generate tritium which is to be extracted and recirculated as fuel. At the same time that tritium is bred, helium is also generated and may precipitate in the form of nano bubbles. Other liquid metal systems of a nuclear reactor involve hydrogen isotope absorption processes, e.g., tritium extraction system. Hence, hydrogen isotope absorption into gas bubbles modelling and control may have a capital importance regarding design, operation and safety. Here general models for hydrogen isotopes transport in liquid metal and absorption into gas phase, that do not depend on the mass transfer limiting regime, are exposed and implemented in OpenFOAM® CFD tool for 0D–3D simulations. Results for a 0D case show the impact of a He dispersed phase of nano bubbles on hydrogen isotopes inventory at different temperatures as well as the inventory evolution during a He nucleation event. In addition, 1D and 2D axisymmetric cases are exposed showing the effect of a He dispersed gas phase on hydrogen isotope permeation through a lithium lead eutectic alloy and the effect of vortical structures on hydrogen isotope transport at a backward facing step. Exposed results give a valuable insight on current nuclear technology regarding the importance of controlling hydrogen isotope transport and its interactions with nucleation event through gas absorption processes.

  17. A Metal Stable Isotope Approach to Understanding Uranium Mobility Across Roll Front Redox Boundaries

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    Brown, S. T.; Basu, A.; Christensen, J. N.; DePaolo, D. J.; Heikoop, J. M.; Reimus, P. W.; Maher, K.; Weaver, K. L.

    2015-12-01

    Sedimentary roll-front uranium (U) ore deposits are the principal source of U for nuclear fuel in the USA and an important part of the current all-of-the-above energy strategy. Mining of roll-front U ore in the USA is primarily by in situ alkaline oxidative dissolution of U minerals. There are significant environmental benefits to in situ mining including no mine tailings or radioactive dust, however, the long-term immobilization of U in the aquifer after the completion of mining remains uncertain. We have utilized the metal stable isotopes U, Se and Mo in groundwater from roll-front mines in Texas and Wyoming to quantify the aquifer redox conditions and predict the onset of U reduction after post mining aquifer restoration. Supporting information from the geochemistry of groundwater and aquifer sediments are used to understand the transport of U prior to and after in situ mining. Groundwater was collected across 4 mining units at the Rosita mine in the Texas coastal plain and 2 mining units at the Smith Ranch mine in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. In general, the sampled waters are moderately reducing and ore zone wells contain the highest aqueous U concentrations. The lowest U concentrations occur in monitoring wells downgradient of the ore zone. 238U/235U is lowest in downgradient wells and is correlated with aqueous U concentrations. Rayleigh distillation models of the 238U/235U are consistent with U isotope fractionation factors of 1.0004-1.001, similar to lab-based studies. Based on these results we conclude that redox reactions continue to affect U distribution in the ore zone and downgradient regions. We also measured aqueous selenium isotope (δ82Se) and molybdenum isotope (δ98Mo) compositions in the Rosita groundwater. Se(VI) primarily occurs in the upgradient wells and is absent in most ore zone and downgradient wells. Rayleigh distillation models suggest reduction of Se(VI) along the groundwater flow path and when superimposed on the U isotope data

  18. Application of iron and zinc isotopes to track the sources and mechanisms of metal loading in a mountain watershed

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    Borrok, D.M.; Wanty, R.B.; Ian, Ridley W.; Lamothe, P.J.; Kimball, B.A.; Verplanck, P.L.; Runkel, R.L.

    2009-01-01

    Here the hydrogeochemical constraints of a tracer dilution study are combined with Fe and Zn isotopic measurements to pinpoint metal loading sources and attenuation mechanisms in an alpine watershed impacted by acid mine drainage. In the tested mountain catchment, ??56Fe and ??66Zn isotopic signatures of filtered stream water samples varied by ???3.5??? and 0.4???, respectively. The inherent differences in the aqueous geochemistry of Fe and Zn provided complimentary isotopic information. For example, variations in ??56Fe were linked to redox and precipitation reactions occurring in the stream, while changes in ??66Zn were indicative of conservative mixing of different Zn sources. Fen environments contributed distinctively light dissolved Fe (isotopically heavy suspended Fe precipitates to the watershed, while Zn from the fen was isotopically heavy (>+0.4???). Acidic drainage from mine wastes contributed heavier dissolved Fe (???+0.5???) and lighter Zn (???+0.2???) isotopes relative to the fen. Upwelling of Fe-rich groundwater near the mouth of the catchment was the major source of Fe (??56Fe ??? 0???) leaving the watershed in surface flow, while runoff from mining wastes was the major source of Zn. The results suggest that given a strong framework for interpretation, Fe and Zn isotopes are useful tools for identifying and tracking metal sources and attenuation mechanisms in mountain watersheds. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  19. Determination of heavy metals in sewage-based fertilizer using short-lived isotopes

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    A fully instrumental method for the neutron-activation analysis of heavy metals in sewage sludges has been developed, based on short-lived isotopes, and restricting the total experiment time to 1 hour per sample. The irradiation scheme consists of a cyclic and a conventional part, the period of the cyclic irradiation being optimised for the determination of lead, using sup(207m)Pb(T=0.8s). Gamma-ray spectra from Ge(Li) detectors are stored on magnetic tape and analysed using the SAMPO programme. An IDENTIFY subroutine enables absolute determinations thus eliminating the need for standards. Sensitivities and detection limits for 21 heavy metals have been determined and the results for several sludges are presented. Those metals which were detected and estimated by the SAMPO programme were all found to be within +-12% of the independently ascertained values. Subsequent runs for the same samples gave reproducibilities 1-5% depending on the particular metal and peak chosen. The method is competitive, on an economic basis, with currently employed methods and offers the advantages of a quick turnround time and nondestruction of the sample. (T.G.)

  20. In Situ Raman Spectroscopy of Supported Transition Metal Oxide Catalysts: 18O2-16O2 Isotopic Labeling Studies

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    Weckhuysen, B.M.; Jehng, J.M.; Wachs, I.E.

    2000-01-01

    The isothermal isotopic exchange reaction of 18O2 with 16O of CrO3, MoO3, Nb2O5, WO3, V2O5, and Re2O7 supported on ZrO2 has been investigated with in situ laser Raman spectroscopy. Isotopic exchange of the oxygen atoms of the supported transition metal oxides with 18O2 is difficult and requires several successive reduction-18O2 reoxidation cycles at relatively high temperatures. The Raman spectroscopy data reveal that all the supported transition metal oxides are present as a monooxo species ...

  1. Stable chromium isotopic composition of meteorites and metal-silicate experiments: Implications for fractionation during core formation

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    Bonnand, P.; Williams, H. M.; Parkinson, I. J.; Wood, B. J.; Halliday, A. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present new mass independent and mass dependent Cr isotope compositions for meteorites measured by double spike thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. Small differences in both mass independent 53Cr and 54Cr relative to the Bulk Silicate Earth are reported and are very similar to previously published values. Carbonaceous chondrites are characterised by an excess in 54Cr compared to ordinary and enstatite chondrites which make mass independent Cr isotopes a useful tool for distinguishing between meteoritic groups. Mass dependent stable Cr isotope compositions for the same samples are also reported. Carbonaceous and ordinary chondrites are identical within uncertainty with average δ53 Cr values of - 0.118 ± 0.040 ‰ and - 0.143 ± 0.074 ‰ respectively. The heaviest isotope compositions are recorded by an enstatite chondrite and a CO carbonaceous chondrite, both of which have relatively reduced chemical compositions implying some stable Cr isotope fractionation related to redox processes in the circumstellar disk. The average δ53 Cr values for chondrites are within error of the estimate for the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) also determined by double spiking. The lack of isotopic difference between chondritic material and the BSE provides evidence that Cr isotopes were not fractionated during core formation on Earth. A series of high-pressure experiments was also carried out to investigate stable Cr isotope fractionation between metal and silicate and no demonstrable fractionation was observed, consistent with our meteorites data. Mass dependent Cr isotope data for achondrites suggest that Cr isotopes are fractionated during magmatic differentiation and therefore further work is required to constrain the Cr isotopic compositions of the mantles of Vesta and Mars.

  2. Crystal growth and evaluation of scintillation properties of Eu and alkali-metal co-doped LiSrAlF{sub 6} single crystals for thermal neutron detector

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    Wakahara, Shingo; Yokota, Yuui; Yamaji, Akihiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Sugiyama, Makoto; Kurosawa, Shunsuke [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki [New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan); Pejchal, Jan [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic); Kawaguchi, Noriaki [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Fukuda, Kentaro [Tokuyama, Co. Ltd., Shibuya 3-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2012-12-15

    In recent work, Na co-doping have found to improve the light output of Eu doped LiCaAlF{sub 6} (Eu:LiCAF) for thermal neutron scintillator. We grew Eu 2% and alkali metal 1% co-doped LiSAF crystals by Micro-Pulling down method to understand the effect of alkali metal co-doping on scintillation properties and mechanism compared with LiCAF. In photo- and {alpha}-ray induced radio-luminescence spectra of the all grown crystals, the emissions from d-f transition of Eu{sup 2+} were observed. Without relation to excitation source, decay times of co-doped LiSAF were longer than Eu only doped one. The light yield of Na, K and Cs co-doped LiSAF under {sup 252}Cf neutron excitation were improved. Especially, K co-doped Eu:LiSAF reached 33200 ph/n, which outperformed Eu only doped one by approximately 20% (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Silica enigma and ignorance in alkali

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    Si migration and K, Na alterations are two key problems for understanding the whole process of hydrothermal metallogenesis, but they have not attracted sufficient attention of geologists for a long time. It is impossible for us to know hydrothermal metallogenetic regularity actually without studying dequartzfication and alkali-introduction. Being distinct from common habitual thinking, it is considered that ore-forming elements are micro-amount, passive subordinate components in the flow of hydrothermal matter movement, and there is no metallogenesis for a certain element in nature. Except that the ore source is controlled by the uneven distribution ore-forming elements in the mantle and crust the same metallogenesis may almost lead to the formation of deposits of all elements. Principal active components in the hydrothermal matter system include alkali, silica and acid volatiles. The ternary system has determined the fate of release, activation, migration, precipitaion and concentration of ore-forming elements. Each member of the ternary system plays a different role in metallogenesis, having marvellous functional division of work. of these three members main control factor is alkali metal, whereas silica and acid are constrained by alkali. Acidic matter (including silica) and ore-forming elements are derivatives from activities of alkali metals

  4. Fingerprinting Marcellus Shale waste products from Pb isotope and trace metal perspectives

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    Highlights: • Dry drilled, uncontaminated cuttings from Marcellus Shale and surrounding units. • Unoxidized and oxidized samples leached short and long term with H2O or dilute HCl. • Pb isotope ratios have distinctly different values from Marcellus Shale samples. • Mo and other trace metals can be used as Marcellus Shale environmental tracers. • Marcellus Shale leachate concentrations can exceed EPA contaminant screening levels. - Abstract: Drill cuttings generated during unconventional natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin, U.S.A., generally contain a very large component of organic-rich black shale because of extensive lateral drilling into this target unit. In this study, element concentrations and Pb isotope ratios obtained from leached drill cuttings spanning 600 m of stratigraphic section were used to assess the potential for short and long term environmental impacts from Marcellus Shale waste materials, in comparison with material from surrounding formations. Leachates of the units above, below and within the Marcellus Shale yielded Cl/Br ratios of 100–150, similar to produced water values. Leachates from oxidized and unoxidized drill cuttings from the Marcellus Shale contain distinct suites of elevated trace metal concentrations, including Cd, Cu, Mo, Ni, Sb, U, V and Zn. The most elevated Mo, Ni, Sb, U, and V concentrations are found in leachates from the lower portion of the Marcellus Shale, the section typically exploited for natural gas production. In addition, lower 207Pb/206Pb ratios within the lower Marcellus Shale (0.661–0.733) provide a distinctive fingerprint from formations above (0.822–0.846) and below (0.796–0.810), reflecting 206Pb produced as a result of in situ 238U decay within this organic rich black shale. Trace metal concentrations from the Marcellus Shale leachates are similar to total metal concentrations from other black shales. These metal concentrations can exceed screening levels

  5. The quality control of fruit juices by using the stable isotope ratios and trace metal elements concentrations

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    Magdas, D. A.; Dehelean, A.; Puscas, R.; Cristea, G.; Tusa, F.; Voica, C.

    2012-02-01

    In the last years, a growing number of research articles detailing the use of natural abundance light stable isotopes variations and trace metal elements concentration as geographic "tracers" to determine the provenance of food have been published. These investigations exploit the systematic global variations of stable hydrogen, oxygen and carbon isotope ratios in (combination) relation with trace metal element concentrations. The trace metal elements content of plants and also their light stable isotopic ratios are mainly related to the geological and pedoclimatic characteristics of the site of growth. The interpretation of such analysis requires an important number of data for authentic natural juices regarding the same seasonal and regional origin, because the isotopic analysis parameters of fruit juices show remarkable variability depending on climatologically factors. In this work was mesured H, C, O stable isotope ratios and the concentrations of 16 elements (P, K, Mg, Na, Ca, Cu, Cr, Ni, Zn, Pb, Co, As, Cd, Mn, Fe and Hg) from 12 single strength juices. The natural variations that appear due to different environmental and climatic conditions are presented and discussed.

  6. Characteristics of Heavy Metals and Pb Isotopic Composition in Sediments Collected from the Tributaries in Three Gorges Reservoir, China

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    Bo Gao; Huaidong Zhou; Yong Huang; Yuchun Wang; Jijun Gao; Xiaobo Liu

    2014-01-01

    The concentrations, distribution, accumulation, and potential ecological risk of heavy metals (Cr, Cu, Zn, Ni, As, Pb, Cd, and Hg) in sediments from the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) tributaries were determined and studied. Pb isotopic compositions in sediments were also measured to effectively identify the potential Pb sources. The results showed that the average concentrations of heavy metals in sediment of TGR tributaries were higher than the local background values of soils and sediments i...

  7. Li2Sr4B12O23: A new alkali and alkaline-earth metal mixed borate with [B10O18]6− network and isolated [B2O5]4− unit

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    A novel ternary lithium strontium borate Li2Sr4B12O23 crystal with size up to 20 mm×10 mm×4 mm has been grown via the top-seeded solution growth method below 730 °C. Single-crystal XRD analyses showed that Li2Sr4B12O23 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with a=6.4664(4) Å, b=8.4878(4) Å, c=15.3337(8) Å, β=102.02(3)°, Z=2. The crystal structure is composed of [B10O18]6− network and isolated [B2O5]4− unit. The IR spectrum further confirmed the presence of both BO3 and BO4 groups. TG-DSC and Transmission spectrum were reported. Band structures and density of states were calculated. - Graphical abstract: A new phase, Li2Sr4B12O23, has been discovered in the ternary M2O–M′O–B2O3 (M=alkali-metal, M′=alkalineearth metal) system. The crystal structure consists of [B10O18]6− network and isolated [B2O5]4− unit. Highlights: ► Li2Sr4B12O23 is a a novel borate discovered in the M2O–M′O–B2O3 (M=alkali-metal, M′=alkaline-earth metal) system. ► Li2Sr4B12O23 crystal structure has a three-dimensional crystal structure with [B10O18]6− network and isolated [B2O5]4− unit. ► Sr1 and Sr2 are located in two different channels constructed by 3∞[B10O18] network.

  8. Simultaneous Synthesis of Dimethyl Carbonate and Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Using Alkali Metals as Catalysts%碱金属化合物催化同时合成碳酸二甲酯和聚对苯二甲酸乙二醇酯

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    张丹; 王庆印; 姚洁; 王越; 曾毅; 王公应

    2007-01-01

    Dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) was simultaneously synthesized by the transesterification of ethylene carbonate (EC) with dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) in this paper. This reaction is an excellent green chemical process without poisonous substance. Various alkali metals were used as the catalysts. The results showed alkali metals had catalytic activity in a certain extent. The effect of reaction condition was also studied. When the reaction was carried out under the following conditions: the reaction temperature 250℃, molar ratio of EC to DMT 3: 1, reaction time 3h, and catalyst amount 0.004 (molar ratio to DMT), the yield of DMC was 68.9%.

  9. Directed reflectivity, long life AMTEC condenser (DRC). Final report of Phase II SBIR program[Alkali Metal ThermoElectric Converter

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    Hunt, Thomas K.

    2001-09-10

    The Alkali Metal Thermal to Electric Converter (AMTEC) is a static energy conversion device that operates at high thermal to electric conversion efficiencies that are essentially independent of size, have reached 19% and are expected to reach 25% to 30% in 1997. AMTEC systems have been chosen by NASA and DOE for spacecraft applications and have considerable promise for a wide variety of terrestrial applications. Reduction of parasitic heat losses in AMTEC systems related to radiative heat transfer from the hot side to the condenser can make a substantial contribution to system efficiency. Through design, analysis and the fabrication and testing of cells and systems, the proposed program to develop a Directed Reflectivity Condenser (DRC) has investigated the feasibility of an improved AMTEC condenser component. Phase 1 work showed the potential for adding from 4% to 7% to overall system efficiency for identical operating conditions using the concept. A detailed thermal analysis of several DRC capped cell designs was carried out and some of the conditions under which a DRC, used as the condenser at an end cap of a cylindrical converter, can reduce thermal radiation related losses were determined. A model experimental converter was built and tested to compare DRC and planar condenser surfaces. The results of both analysis and experiment indicate that for moderate aspect ratios of a cylindrical, end condensed converter, the DRC can reduce overall thermal losses by up to 4%. The initial effort in Phase 2 extended the analysis to a novel 150 watt radial AMTEC cell design. This analysis indicated that for the effective aspect ratio of this new converter design, the system performance at the 100+ watt level was not significantly improved by use of a DRC type condenser surface. Further analyses however showed that for cylindrical, end-condensed converters, optimized for use with internal radiation shields, the use of DRC surfaces on the side walls of the converter could be

  10. Fractionation of stable isotopes and impurities during zone recrystallization of metals and preparation of single crystals rich in individual isotopes

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    It is shown that a small number of zone melting (recrystallization) passes results in a periodical distribution of individual isotopes along the material. The effect is observed with the Zn64 and Sn119 isotopes in zinc and tin, respectively. An increase of the number of passes to about ten leads to some preferential final isotope distribution. In the case of Sn119, the tail portion of the material becomes enriched (the portion to which the zone movement is directed), provided that the recrystallization rate is high enough (3 mm/min), or the head portion is enriched if the rate is slow (about 0.5 mm/min). In the presence of bismuth impurities, the isotope Sn119 is in all cases displaced towards the head portion of the material, which suggests a complex nature of the behaviour of individual isotopes during zone melting and an effect of impurities on this process. The Zn64 and Cd119 isotopes may be characterized, in accordance with their respective behaviour in the course of zone melting, by some effective distribution coefficients which are less than unity (K 1) in the latter. (author)

  11. Bone remodeling during pregnancy and post-partum assessed by metal lead levels and isotopic concentrations.

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    Gulson, Brian; Taylor, Alan; Eisman, John

    2016-08-01

    Bone remodeling is normally evaluated using bone turnover markers/indices as indicators of bone resorption and formation. However, during pregnancy and post-partum, there have been inconsistent results between and within biomarkers for bone formation and resorption. These differences may relate to pregnancy-related changes in metabolism and/or hemodilution altering measured marker levels. An alternative approach to evaluating bone remodeling is to use the metal lead (Pb) concentrations and Pb isotopic compositions in blood. These measurements can also provide information on the amount of Pb that is mobilized from the maternal skeleton. Despite some similarities with accepted bone turnover markers, the Pb data demonstrate increased bone resorption throughout pregnancy that further continues post-partum independent of length of breast-feeding, dietary intake and resumption of menses. Furthermore the isotopic measurements are not affected by hemodilution. These data confirm calcium balance studies that indicate increased bone resorption throughout pregnancy and lactation. They also indicate potentially major public health implications of the transfer of maternal Pb burden to the fetus and new born. PMID:27233973

  12. On reactivity of metallic zinc used for preparation of samples for hydrogen isotope ratio measurement

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    As the reagent which is suitable to the reduction of water to hydrogen for preparing the samples for hydrogen isotope ratio measurement, the supply of the zinc of BDH Co. which has been widely used so far was stopped, consequently, for the purpose of searching for its substitute, several kinds of metallic zinc were obtained, and their reactivity was examined. As the criteria of the reactivity, the points that the experimental setup used so far can be used and that the accuracy of measurement and efficiency similar to those of heretofore can be obtained were selected, then, it was found that the zinc made by Bio Geochemical Laboratory, Indiana University, and the powder zinc on the market satisfied the criteria. In order to measure hydrogen isotope ratio within the measurement error of ±1%, it is necessary to maintain the quantities of zinc and water to be used and reaction temperature constant, to prepare the standard sample and an unknown sample under the same conditions, and to do the mass analysis as quickly as possible. The researches carried out so far, the reactivity test on various kinds of zinc and so on are reported. The optimum reaction conditions are shown. (K.I.)

  13. The effect of a micro bubble dispersed gas phase on hydrogen isotope transport in liquid metals under nuclear irradiation

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    Fradera, Jorge

    2013-01-01

    The present work intend to be a first step towards the understanding and quantification of the hydrogen isotope complex phenomena in liquid metals for nuclear technology. Liquid metals under nuclear irradiation in,e.g., breeding blankets of a nuclear fusion reactor would generate tritium which is to be extracted and recirculated as fuel. At the same time that tritium is bred, helium is also generated and may precipitate in the form of nano bubbles. Other liquid metal systems of a nuclear reactor involve hydrogen isotope absorption processes, e.g., tritium extraction system. Hence, hydrogen isotope absorption into gas bubbles modelling and control may have a capital importance regarding design, operation and safety. Here general models for hydrogen isotopes transport in liquid metal and absorption into gas phase, that do not depend on the mass transfer limiting regime, are exposed and implemented in OpenFOAMR CFD tool for 0D to 3D simulations. Results for a 0D case show the impact of a He dispersed phase of na...

  14. Regional and inter annual patterns of heavy metals, organochlorines and stable isotopes in narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from West Greenland

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    Dietz, R.; Riget, F.; Hobson, K.A.; Heide-Jorgensen, M.P.; Moller, P.; Cleemann, M.; Boer, de J.; Glasius, M.

    2004-01-01

    Samples of 150 narwhals obtained in different years from two West Greenland areas, Avanersuaq and Uummannaq, were compared for concentrations of and regional differences in heavy metals and organochlorines and stable-carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Cadmium, Hg, and Se concentrations increased in the f

  15. Isotope dilution mass spectrometry of microelectronically relevant heavy metal traces in high-purity cobalt

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    Because cobalt and its silicides are increasingly used in microelectronic devices, an isotope dilution mass spectrometric (IDMS) method has been developed for trace analysis of relevant heavy metals (U, Th, Fe, Zn, Tl, and Cd) in high-purity cobalt. The measurements of the isotope ratios were carried out with a small thermal ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer by producing positive thermal ions in a single- or double-filament ion source. For the trace/matrix separation and the isolation of the different heavy metals, anion-exchange chromatography and an extraction method for iron were applied. The detection limits obtained were (in ng/g): U = 0.007, Th = 0.017, Tl = 0.06, Cd = 1, Zn = 8, and Fe = 11, which demonstrates that the particularly critical radioactive impurities uranium and thorium could be analysed down to the low pg/g range. Three cobalt samples of different purity were analysed with concentrations ranging from about 0.1 ng/g for U and Th in an ultra high-purity material produced for microelectronic purposes, up to about 70 μg/g for Cd in a cobalt sample with declared purity of 99.8%. Because IDMS usually results in accurate analytical results, it can be used in the future for calibration of other methods like glow discharge mass spectrometry, as could be shown by analysing one cobalt sample by both methods. IDMS can also be applied for the production of urgently needed certified standard reference materials in this important field of high technology. (orig.)

  16. Archaeological reconstruction of medieval lead production: Implications for ancient metal provenance studies and paleopollution tracing by Pb isotopes

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    The identification of metal provenance is often based on chemical and Pb isotope analyses of materials from the operating chain, mainly ores and metallic artefacts. Such analyses, however, have their limits. Some studies are unable to trace metallic artefacts or ingots to their ore sources, even in well-constrained archaeological contexts. Possible reasons for this difficulty are to be found among a variety of limiting factors: (i) problems of ore signatures, (ii) mixing of different ores (alloys), (iii) the use of additives during the metallurgical process, (iv) metal recycling and (v) possible Pb isotopic fractionation during metal production. This paper focuses on the issue of Pb isotope fractionation during smelting to address the issue of metal provenance. Through an experimental reconstruction of argentiferous Pb production in the medieval period, an attempt was made to better understand and interpret the Pb isotopic composition of ore smelting products. It is shown that the measured differences (outside the total external uncertainties of 0.005 (2*sd) for 206Pb/204Pb ratios) in Pb signatures measured between ores, slag and smoke are not due to Pb mass fractionation processes, but to (1) ore heterogeneity (Δ206Pb/204Pbslag-ores = 0.066) and (2) the use of additives during the metallurgical process (Δ206Pb/204Pbslag-ores = 0.083). Even if these differences are due to causes (1) and/or (2), smoke from the ore reduction appears to reflect the ore mining area without a significant disturbance of its Pb signature for all the isotopic ratios (Δ206Pb/204Pbsmokes-ores = 0.026). Thus, because the isotopic heterogeneity of the mining district and additives is averaged in slags, slag appears as the most relevant product to identify ancient metal provenance. Whereas aiming at identifying a given mine seems beyond the possibilities provided by the method, searching for the mining district through analysis of the smelting workshop materials should provide a more

  17. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes and metal concentration in food webs from a mining-impacted coastal lagoon.

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    Marín-Guirao, Lázaro; Lloret, Javier; Marin, Arnaldo

    2008-04-01

    Two food webs from the Mar Menor coastal lagoon, differing in the distance from the desert-stream through which mining wastes were discharged, were examined by reference to essential (Zn and Cu) and non-essential (Pb and Cd) metal concentrations and stable isotopes content (C and N). The partial extraction technique applied, which reflects the availability of metals to organisms after sediment ingestion, showed higher bioavailable metal concentrations in sediments from the station influenced by the mining discharges, in agreement with the higher metal concentrations observed in organisms, which in many cases exceeded the regulatory limits established in Spanish legislation concerning seafood. Spatial differences in essential metal concentrations in the fauna suggest that several organisms are exposed to metal levels above their regulation capacity. Differences in isotopic composition were found between both food webs, the wadi-influenced station showing higher delta(15)N values and lower delta(13)C levels, due to the discharge of urban waste waters and by the entrance of freshwater and allochthonous marsh plants. The linear-regressions between trophic levels (as indicated by delta(15)N) and the metal content indicated that biomagnification does not occur. In the case of invertebrates, since the "handle strategy" of the species and the physiological requirements of the organisms, among other factors, determine the final concentration of a specific element, no clear relationships between trophic level and the metal content are to be expected. For their part, fish communities did not show clear patterns in the case of any of the analyzed metals, probably because most fish species have similar metal requirements, and because biological factors also intervened. Finally, since the study deals with metals, assumptions concerning trophic transfer factors calculation may not be suitable since the metal burden originates not only from the prey but also from adsorption over

  18. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes and metal concentration in food webs from a mining-impacted coastal lagoon

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    Two food webs from the Mar Menor coastal lagoon, differing in the distance from the desert-stream through which mining wastes were discharged, were examined by reference to essential (Zn and Cu) and non-essential (Pb and Cd) metal concentrations and stable isotopes content (C and N). The partial extraction technique applied, which reflects the availability of metals to organisms after sediment ingestion, showed higher bioavailable metal concentrations in sediments from the station influenced by the mining discharges, in agreement with the higher metal concentrations observed in organisms, which in many cases exceeded the regulatory limits established in Spanish legislation concerning seafood. Spatial differences in essential metal concentrations in the fauna suggest that several organisms are exposed to metal levels above their regulation capacity. Differences in isotopic composition were found between both food webs, the wadi-influenced station showing higher δ15N values and lower δ13C levels, due to the discharge of urban waste waters and by the entrance of freshwater and allochthonous marsh plants. The linear-regressions between trophic levels (as indicated by δ15N) and the metal content indicated that biomagnification does not occur. In the case of invertebrates, since the 'handle strategy' of the species and the physiological requirements of the organisms, among other factors, determine the final concentration of a specific element, no clear relationships between trophic level and the metal content are to be expected. For their part, fish communities did not show clear patterns in the case of any of the analyzed metals, probably because most fish species have similar metal requirements, and because biological factors also intervened. Finally, since the study deals with metals, assumptions concerning trophic transfer factors calculation may not be suitable since the metal burden originates not only from the prey but also from adsorption over the body

  19. Electropholic Transition Metal Complexes: Catalysis of Isotope Exchange. April 1, 1992 - December 3, 1996. Final Report

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    The central aim of this project is to exploit transition metal dihydrogen complexes to develop catalysts for isotope exchange reactions between hydrogen and substrates such as water. The authors have partially met this goal by the synthesis of novel cationic rhenium complexes of the form [Re(CO)3(PR3)2(H2)]+. These complexes bind hydrogen somehwat more strongly than the neutral tungsten analogs but also activate the bound H2 to heterolytic cleavage. Thus rapid proton (deuteron) exchange between hydrogen and water can be achieved. An example of this reaction is the rapid formation of bound HD from the complex [Re(CO)3(PR3)2(H2)]+ and deuterium gas. Rapid incorporation of deuterium from D2O has also been observed. In these systems, the competitive binding of water to the metal center is a drawback. The affinity of the Re center for water depends upon the nature of the phosphine ligands, with the presumably more electrophilic PPh3 complex binding water strongly and irreversibly, while the PCy3 complex binds water reversibly. These results have been published in J.Am.Chem.Soc 1994, 116, 4515 and J.Am.Chem.Soc 1997, 119, 4172

  20. Application of iron and zinc isotopes to track the sources and mechanisms of metal loading in a mountain watershed

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    Here the hydrogeochemical constraints of a tracer dilution study are combined with Fe and Zn isotopic measurements to pinpoint metal loading sources and attenuation mechanisms in an alpine watershed impacted by acid mine drainage. In the tested mountain catchment, δ56Fe and δ66Zn isotopic signatures of filtered stream water samples varied by ∼3.5 per mille and 0.4 per mille, respectively. The inherent differences in the aqueous geochemistry of Fe and Zn provided complimentary isotopic information. For example, variations in δ56Fe were linked to redox and precipitation reactions occurring in the stream, while changes in δ66Zn were indicative of conservative mixing of different Zn sources. Fen environments contributed distinctively light dissolved Fe (+0.4 per mille). Acidic drainage from mine wastes contributed heavier dissolved Fe (∼+0.5 per mille) and lighter Zn (∼+0.2 per mille) isotopes relative to the fen. Upwelling of Fe-rich groundwater near the mouth of the catchment was the major source of Fe (δ56Fe ∼ 0 per mille) leaving the watershed in surface flow, while runoff from mining wastes was the major source of Zn. The results suggest that given a strong framework for interpretation, Fe and Zn isotopes are useful tools for identifying and tracking metal sources and attenuation mechanisms in mountain watersheds.

  1. Isotope effect studies of chicken liver NADP malic enzyme: role of the metal ion and viscosity dependence

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    The role of the metal ion in the oxidative decarboxylation of malate by chicken liver NADP malic enzyme and details of the reaction mechanism have been investigated by 13C isotope effects. With saturating NADP and the indicated metal ion at a total concentration 10-fold higher than its K/sub m/, the following primary 13C kinetic isotope effects at C4 of malate [13(VK/sub mal/)] were observed at pH 8.0: Mg2+, 1.0336; Mn2+, 1.0365; Cd2+, 1.0366; Zn2+, 1.0337; Co2+, 1.0283; Ni2+, 1.025. Knowing the partitioning of the intermediate oxalacetate between decarboxylation to pyuvate and reduction to malate allows calculation of the intrinsic carbon isotope effect for decarboxylation to pyuvate and reduction to malate allows calculation of the intrinsic carbon isotope effect for decarboxylation. For Mg2+ as activator, this was 1.049 with NADP and 1.046 with 3-acetylpyridine adenine dinucleotide phosphate, although the intrinsic primary deuterium isotope effects on dehydrogenation were 5.6 and 4.2, and the partition ratios of the oxalacetate intermediate for decarboxylation as opposed to hydride transfer were 0.11 and 3.96. It was not possible to calculate reasonable intrinsic carbon isotope effects with the other metal ions by use of the partitioning ratio of oxalacetate because of decarboxylation by another mechanism. The variation of 13(VK/sub mal/) with pH was used to dissect the total forward and external components. When the authors attempted to use the variation of 13(VK/sub mal/) with solution viscosity to determine the internal and external commitments, incorrect values were obtained because of a specific effect of the viscosogen in decreasing the K/sub m/ for malate, so that VK/sub mal/ actually increased with viscosity instead of decreasing, as theory predicts

  2. Pb isotope evidence for contaminant-metal dispersal in an international river system: The lower Danube catchment, Eastern Europe

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    Bird, Graham, E-mail: grb@aber.ac.uk [Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research and River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB (United Kingdom); Brewer, Paul A.; Macklin, Mark G. [Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research and River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB (United Kingdom); Nikolova, Mariyana; Kotsev, Tsvetan [Institute of Geography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, ' Acad. G. Bonchev' , bl.3, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Mollov, Mihail [Executive Environmental Agency - Ministry of Environment and Waters, ' Tzar Boris III' Boulevard, No. 136, Sofia (Bulgaria); Swain, Catherine [Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research and River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB (United Kingdom)

    2010-07-15

    Lead isotope signatures ({sup 207}Pb/{sup 206}Pb, {sup 208}Pb/{sup 206}Pb, {sup 208}Pb/{sup 204}Pb, {sup 206}Pb/{sup 204}Pb), determined by magnetic sector ICP-MS in river channel sediment, metal ores and mine waste, have been used as geochemical tracers to quantify the delivery and dispersal of sediment-associated metals in the lower Danube River catchment. Due to a diverse geology and range of ore-body ages, Pb isotope signatures in ore-bodies within the lower Danube River catchment show considerable variation, even within individual metallogenic zones. It is also possible to discriminate between the Pb isotopic signatures in mine waste and river sediment within river systems draining individual ore bodies. Lead isotopic data, along with multi-element data; were used to establish the provenance of river sediments and quantify sedimentary contributions to mining-affected tributaries and to the Danube River. Data indicate that mining-affected tributaries in Serbia and Bulgaria contribute up to 30% of the river channel sediment load of the lower Danube River. Quantifying relative sediment contributions from mining-affected tributaries enables spatial patterns in sediment-associated metal and As concentrations to be interpreted in terms of key contaminant sources. Combining geochemical survey data with that regarding the provenance of contaminated sediments can therefore be used to identify foci for remediation and environmental management strategies.

  3. Isotopic exchange between molecular hydrogen and liquid ammonia catalysed by alkali amides; Echange isotopique entre l'hydrogene moleculaire et l'ammoniac liquide catalyse par les amidures alcalins

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    Delmas, R. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

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    The catalytic action of alkali amides on the isotopic exchange between hydrogen and liquid ammonia has been reinvestigated. It was clear before this work that the reaction is homogeneous and first order with respect to the concentration of dissolved hydrogen, but the nature of the catalytic species was still subject to discussion. On one hand new precise kinetic measurements have been made with sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium amide. On the other hand, the dissociation of these salts has been calculated with the help of the FUOSS-ONSAGER equation. If the rate of exchange is plotted as a function of the concentration of the free amide ion, a linear relationship is obtained. In our experimental conditions, primary salt effects are negligible and the concentration has to be used in the rate equations. This shows that only the free amide ion is acting as a catalytic species. Experiments on common ion effects and secondary salt effects support this conclusion. The results are in agreement with an associative mechanism. (author) [French] Une nouvelle etude de l'echange isotopique entre l'hydrogene et l'ammoniac liquide catalyse par les amidures alcalins a ete effectuee. II etait bien etabli avant le present travail que la reaction etait homogene et que sa vitesse etait du premier ordre par rapport a la concentration d'hydrogene dissous, mais la nature de l'espece catalytique etait encore controversee. De nouvelles mesures cinetiques precises ont ete faites avec les amidures de sodium, de potassium, de rubidium et de cesium. D'autre part, la dissociation de ces sels a ete calculee a l'aide de l'equation de FUOSS-ONSAGER. On constate que la vitesse d'echange est proportionnelle a la concentration de l'ion amidure libre. Dans nos conditions experimentales, les effets de sel primaires sont negligeables, l'equation de vitesse doit s'exprimer simplement en fonction des concentrations. Ceci indique que l

  4. Theoretical assessment of the electro-optical features of the group III nitrides (B12N12, Al12N12 and Ga12N12) and group IV carbides (C24, Si12C12 and Ge12C12) nanoclusters encapsulated with alkali metals (Li, Na and K)

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    Tahmasebi, Elham; Shakerzadeh, Ehsan; Biglari, Zeinab

    2016-02-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out to study the influence of alkali metals (Li, Na and K) encapsulation within the group III nitrides (B12N12, Al12N12 and Ga12N12) and the group IV carbides (C24, Si12C12and Ge12C12) nanoclusters. The encapsulation of Li, Na and K atoms is found to narrow the HOMO-LUMO gaps of the considered clusters. The electronic properties of these clusters, especially the group III nitrides nanoclusters, are strongly sensitive to interaction with the alkali metals. Moreover it is observed that the encapsulation of alkali metals enhances the first hyperpolarizabilities of B12N12 nanocluster. Surprisingly, due to the alkali metals encapsulation within B12N12 nanocluster, the first hyperpolarizability values are remarkably increased to 8505.49 and 122,503.76 a.u. for Na@B12N12 and K@B12N12, respectively. Also the TD-DFT calculations at both CAM-B3LYP/6-311+G(d) and PBE0/6-311+G(d) levels of theory are also performed to investigate the origin of first hyperpolarizabilities.

  5. Effects of alkali treatments on Ag nanowire transparent conductive films

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    Kim, Sunho; Kang, Jun-gu; Eom, Tae-yil; Moon, Bongjin; Lee, Hoo-Jeong

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we employ various alkali materials (alkali metals with different base strengths, and ammonia gas and solution) to improve the conductivity of silver nanowire (Ag NW)-networked films. The alkali treatment appears to remove the surface oxide and improve the conductivity. When applied with TiO2 nanoparticles, the treatment appears more effective as the alkalis gather around wire junctions and help them weld to each other via heat emitted from the reduction reaction. The ammonia solution treatment is found to be quick and aggressive, damaging the wires severely in the case of excessive treatment. On the other hand, the ammonia gas treatment seems much less aggressive and does not damage the wires even after a long exposure. The results of this study highlight the effectiveness of the alkali treatment in improving of the conductivity of Ag NW-networked transparent conductive films.

  6. Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal atoms on the (0001) surface of the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}

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    Ryabishchenkova, A. G., E-mail: ryaange@gmail.com; Otrokov, M. M.; Kuznetsov, V. M.; Chulkov, E. V. [Tomsk State University (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    Ab initio study of the adsorption, diffusion, and intercalation of alkali metal adatoms on the (0001) step surface of the topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} has been performed for the case of low coverage. The calculations of the activation energies of diffusion of adatoms on the surface and in van der Waals gaps near steps, as well as the estimate of diffusion lengths, have shown that efficient intercalation through steps is possible only for Li and Na. Data obtained for K, Rb, and Cs atoms indicate that their thermal desorption at high temperatures can occur before intercalation. The results have been discussed in the context of existing experimental data.

  7. Metal extent in blood of livestock from Dandora dumping site, Kenya: Source identification of Pb exposure by stable isotope analysis

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    Nairobi city in Kenya produces 2000 tons/day of garbage, and most of it is dumped onto the Dandora dumping site, home to a quarter-million residents. This study was conducted (1) to assess the contamination levels of nine metals and a metalloid (arsenic) in the blood of pigs, goats, sheep and cattle from Dandora, and (2) to identify a possible source of lead (Pb) pollution. Cadmium (Cd, 0.17–4.35 μg/kg, dry-wt) and Pb (90–2710 μg/kg) levels in blood were generally high, suggesting human exposure to Cd through livestock consumption and Pb poisoning among pigs (2600 μg/kg) and cattle (354 μg/kg). Results of Pb isotope ratios indicated that the major exposure route might differ among species. Our results also suggested a possibility that the residents in Dandora have been exposed to the metals through livestock consumption. - Highlights: • Metals extent in blood of livestock were examined. • Dandora dumping site, Kenya is study site. • Concentrations of Cd and Pb were high in the blood of livestock. • Pb isotope ratios indicated that major exposure route might differ among species. - Metal extent and stable Pb isotope ratio in livestock from Dandora, Kenya were examined

  8. Sustainable development, metallic environmental assessment and European legislation. From metal ions, to metal speciation and isotopic signature. New rules, new obligations and new frontiers

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    Complete text of publication follows. Sustainable development can only be promoted if based on sound information. In the field of inorganic analysis, total metal concentration have too long been considered, and at present all keys legislation rely on the total metal content of a sample. However, the last 20 years have seen a profound evolution of this approach. It is now well understood that metal species are of primary interest to make a correct estimate of the occurrence of elements in matrices considered. This type of information is of course of paramount importance for the correct assessment of any situation where elements are involved and even more when wanting to deal with sustainable developments. These slow developments have long been hampered by the lack to suitable instrumentation (inorganic spectrometers) and have resulted in inappropriate legislations based on total metal content. We can now clearly state that the situation has drastically changed since now the determination of metal species in a wide variety of matrices is now of direct and routine accessibility to commercial laboratories. Major instrumentation companies have or are also promoting efforts to propose hands-on and adapted solutions, starting from sample preparation to species detection with hyphenated techniques having most frequently an ICP/MS as final detector. Simultaneously, there definitely is an increasing concern by industry and legislative administration to promote directly focused 'metal species' oriented legislation (such as the request to monitor organotin compounds in European waterways : Water Frame Work directive) or indirectly, but with much more stringent requirements, as with the implementation of the new REACH legislation. Just to name a few. The combination of the development of specific instrumentation and strong legislative requirements will now definitely contribute to consider 'elemental species' information as paramount information for sound evaluation and

  9. Influence of the alkali metal cation on the fragmentation of monensin in ESI-MS/MS Influência de cátions de metais alcalinos sobre a fragmentação de monensina em ESI-MS/MS

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    Norberto Peporine Lopes

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The MS/MS fragmentation of the alkali metal complexes of monensin A are studied. The increase in alkali metal ionic radii decreases the ability of the Grob-Wharton fragmentation mechanism to occur and reduces the overall degree of fragmentation. Conversely, the electronegativity of the metal cation is related to the number of fragment ions observed.O presente trabalho relata os estudos de fragmentação por espectrometria de massas seqüencial de complexos formados pela monensina A e uma série de metais alcalinos. Foi observado que o aumento do raio iônico do metal alcalino levou a uma diminuição do mecanismo de fragmentação do tipo Grob-Wharton e ao grau de fragmentação. Por outro lado, a maior eletronegatividade mostrou estar relacionada ao número de fragmentos observados.

  10. Alkalis and Skin.

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    Greenwood, John E; Tan, Jin Lin; Ming, Justin Choong Tzen; Abell, Andrew D

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this editorial is to provide an overview of the chemical interactions occurring in the skin of our patients on contact with alkaline agents. Strongly basic alkali is highly aggressive and will readily hydrolyze (or cleave) key biological molecules such as lipids and proteins. This phenomenon is known as saponification in the case of lipids and liquefactive denaturation for peptides and proteins. A short section on current first-aid concepts is included. A better understanding of the basic science behind alkali burns will make us better teachers and provide an insight into the urgency needed in treating these common and dangerous chemical injuries. PMID:26182072

  11. Rydberg Matter clusters of alkali metal atoms: the link between meteoritic matter, polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE), sporadic sodium layers, polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs, NLCs), and ion chemistry

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    Olofson, Frans; Holmlid, Leif

    2010-01-01

    A material exists which links together the influx of meteoritic matter from interplanetary space, the polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE), the sporadic sodium layers, the polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs, NLCs), and the observed ion chemistry in the mesosphere. The evidence in these research fields is here analyzed and found to agree well with the properties of Rydberg Matter (RM). This material has been studied with numerous methods in the laboratory. Alkali atoms, mainly Na, reach the mesosphere in the form of interplanetary (meteoritic, cometary) dust. The planar RM clusters NaN usually contain N = 19, 37 or 61 atoms, and have the density of air at 90 km altitude where they float. The diameters of the clusters are 10-100 nm from laboratory high precision radio frequency spectroscopic studies. Such experiments show that RM clusters interact strongly with radar frequencies: this explains the radio frequency heating and reflection studies of PMSE layers. The clusters give the low temperature in the mesosphere...

  12. User's manual for the ARMLID (Argonne metallic lithium/isotopic dilution) tritium assay system

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    The Argonne Metallic Lithium - Isotopic Dilution (ARMLID) system described in this report, originally developed at ANL for other purposes, was recently redeployed to measure the tritium production rate (TPR) in a series of US/Japanese collaborative fusion blanket integral experiments, involving large assemblies of fusion breeder blanket materials that were irradiated with a fusion neutron source at FNS/JAERI, Japan. Whereas previous uses of the ARMUD scheme involved just a few samples, its application infusion blanket TPR mapping called for large sample numbers per experiment, implying a commensurate scale of sample fabrication and encapsulation, on one hand, and tritium extraction and counting on the other hand. To shorten the time required for these various tasks, yet still yield reliable and accurate results, both the sample fabrication - encapsulation facility and the tritium extraction system had to be extensively revised from original versions that were designed for accuracy, but not necessarily for speed. The present report describes overall revisions in sufficient detail to serve as a User's Manual for this facility, and/or suggest how a new system might be put together. Either possibility may develop in the near future, in support of ITER design studies. Preliminary and partial descriptions of various aspects and features of the system were presented orally, in the course of annual ANL/JAERI/UCLA ''workshops'', over the last 34 years, as well as elsewhere

  13. Mound Laboratory activities in chemical and physical research: July--December 1976. [Isotope separation; metal hydride research, separation chemistry and separation research

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    1977-05-04

    The status of the following programs is reported: isotope separation of carbon, argon, helium, krypton, neon, xenon, oxygen, and sulfur; metal hydride research; separation chemistry; and separation research. (LK)

  14. Spectra of alkali atoms

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    Emission spectra of alkali atoms has been determined by using spectrometer at the ultraviolet to infra red waves range. The spectra emission can be obtained by absorption spectrophotometric analysis. Comparative evaluations between experimental data and data handbook obtained by spark method were also presented. (author tr.)

  15. Novel and non-traditional use of stable isotope tracers to study metal bioavailability from natural particles

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    Croteau, Marie-Noële; Cain, Daniel J.; Fuller, Christopher C.

    2013-01-01

    We devised a novel tracing approach that involves enriching test organisms with a stable metal isotope of low natural abundance prior to characterizing metal bioavailability from natural inorganic particles. In addition to circumventing uncertainties associated with labeling natural particles and distinguishing background metals, the proposed "reverse labeling" technique overcomes many drawbacks inherent to using radioisotope tracers. Specifically, we chronically exposed freshwater snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) to synthetic water spiked with Cu that was 99.4% 65Cu to increase the relative abundance of 65Cu in the snail’s tissues from 32% to >80%. The isotopically enriched snails were then exposed to benthic algae mixed with Cu-bearing Fe–Al particles collected from the Animas River (Colorado), an acid mine drainage impacted river. We used 63Cu to trace Cu uptake from the natural particles and inferred their bioavailability from calculation of Cu assimilation into tissues. Cu assimilation from these particles was 44%, indicating that 44% of the particulate Cu was absorbed by the invertebrate. This demonstrates that inorganic particulate Cu can be bioavailable. The reverse labeling approach shows great potential in various scientific areas such as environmental contamination and nutrition for addressing questions involving uptake of an element that naturally has multiple isotopes.

  16. My academic life with isotopes

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    The present article outlines investigations and experience made by the author in carrying out a variety of studies on isotopes since 1939. First, he was interested in transuranic elements and his studies on artificial radioactive isotopes covered the detection of plutonium at Nagasaki, chemical separation of plutomium from atmosphere at Tokyo, spectral analysis of alpha rays from plutomium, application of 113mIn to emission spectral analysis as a tracer, chemical enrichment of 76As hot atom, and non-destructive analysis of the chemical state of 119Sn produced through EC disintegration in solid material. His studies on natural radioactivity include measurement of the radium content in rock and mineral samples collected in the Korean Peninsula, investigation on the formation process of minerals found around hot springs and determination of the age of rock and mineral samples. He started investigations on isotope enrichment around 1965. Studies in this field cover the application of cataphoretic processes to separation of 23Na and 22Na, enrichment of 7Li and other alkali metals, enrichment of 6Li by isotope exchange, derivation of an empirical equation (Saito-Kanno Equation) for mass effect in couter-current cataphoresis of molten halides, etc. (Nogami, K.)

  17. Theory of the late stage of radiolysis of alkali halides

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    Dubinko, V. I.; Turkin, A.A.; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2000-01-01

    Recent results on heavily irradiated natural and synthetic NaCl crystals give evidence for the formation of large vacancy voids, which were not addressed by the conventional Jain-Lidiard model of radiation damage ill alkali halides. This model was constructed to describe metal colloids and dislocation loops formed in alkali halides during earlier stages of irradiation. We present a theory based on a new mechanism of dislocation climb, which involves the production of Vt centers (self-trapped ...

  18. Alkali promotion of N-2 dissociation over Ru(0001)

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    Mortensen, Jens Jørgen; Hammer, Bjørk; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    1998-01-01

    Using self-consistent density functional calculations, we show that adsorbed Na and Cs lower the barrier for dissociation of N2 on Ru(0001). Since N2 dissociation is a crucial step in the ammonia synthesis reaction, we explain in this way the experimental observation that alkali metals promote th...... the ammonia synthesis reaction over Ru catalysts. We also show that the origin of this effect is predominantly a direct electrostatic attraction between the adsorbed alkali atoms and the dissociating molecule....

  19. Application of Pb isotopes to track the sources and routes of metal uptake in the earthworm Eisenia fetida

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    Bader Albogami

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to determine the important routes of metal uptake in earthworms to enable a better understanding of the primary source of metal uptake in the environment. Earthworms can take up chemicals from pore water and soil both by ingestion and through contact with their skin. However, it is unclear which pathway is the most important for metal uptake. An experiment was designed in which both soil chemistry and foods were artificially manipulated, producing different pools of soil lead (Pb with different isotope compositions at a range of Pb concentrations. Earthworms (Eiseniafetida were exposed to different lead concentrations through the addition of 500 mg/kg lead oxide (Pb3O4 to soil and 500 mg/kg lead nitrate to food (manure, with distinctly different isotopic compositions. Earthworms were also exposed to combinations of soil only and soil plus food in order to quantify the proportions of Pb taken up from each component. After acid digestion of the earthworm tissues, the Pb isotope composition of the accumulated lead in the earthworms was measured using a Thermo-fisher, iCAPQ, ICP-MS for 208Pb/206Pb and 207Pb/206Pb ratios measured relative to NIST SRM 981, allowing us to determine the pathway of lead uptake. Mixing calculations have been used to deconvolute the lead isotope signatures and identify the amount of lead taken up by the earthworms from the different soil pools. Differences in bioaccumulation factors and the relative amounts of lead accumulated from different pools changes as a function of concentration in the different pools. Earthworms were shown to uptake lead from bothsoil and food sources through ingestion route. Our findings suggest that a major pathway of lead uptake in earthworm species is heavily influenced by their ecology.

  20. Multi-phase glass-ceramics as a waste form for combined fission products: alkalis, alkaline earths, lanthanides, and transition metals

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    In this study, multi-phase silicate-based glass-ceramics were investigated as an alternate waste form for immobilizing non-fissionable products from used nuclear fuel. Currently, borosilicate glass is the waste form selected for immobilization of this waste stream, however, the low thermal stability and solubility of MoO3 in borosilicate glass translates into a maximum waste loading in the range of 15-20 mass%. Glass-ceramics provide the opportunity to target durable crystalline phases, e.g., powellite, oxyapatite, celsian, and pollucite, that will incorporate MoO3 as well as other waste components such as lanthanides, alkalis, and alkaline earths at levels 2X the solubility limits of a single-phase glass. In addition a glass-ceramic could provide higher thermal stability, depending upon the properties of the crystalline and amorphous phases. Glass-ceramics were successfully synthesized at waste loadings of 42, 45, and 50 mass% with the following glass additives: B2O3, Al2O3, CaO and SiO2 by slow cooling form from a glass melt. Glass-ceramics were characterized in terms of phase assemblage, morphology, and thermal stability. The targeted phases: powellite and oxyapatite were observed in all of the compositions along with a lanthanide borosilicate, and cerianite. Results of this initial investigation of glass-ceramics show promise as a potential waste form to replace single-phase borosilicate glass.

  1. Evaluating the mobile heavy metal pool in soak-away sediment, road dust and soil through sequential extraction and isotopic exchange.

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    Kumar, Manish; Furumai, Hiroaki; Kurisu, Futoshi; Kasuga, Ikuro

    2010-01-01

    Selective sequential dissolution (SSD) and isotopic dilution are two most commonly applied techniques for the measurement of mobile fraction of heavy metal present in the urban environment. This work examined the compliance between SSD proposed by the Community Bureau of Reference (BCR) and isotopic dilution technique (IDT) for determination of mobile pool of heavy metal contained in soakaway sediment, road dust, and soil sample. Heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb) were fractionated using the three-stage BCR protocol, while isotopically exchangeable metal concentrations (E-value) were investigated through isotopic tracers (¹¹¹Cd, ⁶⁵Cu, ²⁰⁷Pb and ⁶⁶Zn). In general, total contamination level, E-value and BCR exchangeable fractions of different samples followed the similar order of road dust > soakaway sediment > soil. Results revealed that the E-value exceeded the BCR exchangeable fraction in all samples. In addition, the first three fractions of BCR which have potential to become mobile under certain environmental conditions were collectively termed as "potential mobile pool" and compared with E-value. It was concluded that metal extracted by weak acid underestimates the exchangeable fraction while the potential mobile pool extracted by three reagents overestimates the real mobile forms of heavy metals. However, better mobility characteristics of heavy metals can be assessed by coupling information obtained through sequential extraction and isotopic exchange. PMID:20729597

  2. Reductive demercuration of hex-5-enyl-1-mercuric bromide by metal hydrides. Rearrangement, isotope effects, and mechanism

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    The use of the rearrangement of hex-5-enyl radical intermediates as a mechanistic probe has been examined in the reductive demercurations of hex-5-enyl-l-mercuric bromide (1). Methylcyclopentane and 1-hexene are the major products from reductions of 1 by sodium borohydride, lithium aluminum hydride, and tri-n-butyltin hydride. The formation of methylcyclopentane and the absence of cyclohexane are consistent with a noncage, free-radical chain mechanism for these reductions. The sodium amalgam reduction of 1 produces only 1-hexene. Hex-5-en-l-ol and a peroxide are formed from sodium borohydride reductions of 1 in the presence of molecular oxygen. Isotope effects for transfer of hydrogen to the intermediate hex-5-enyl radicals have been determined from the 1-hexene/methylcyclopentane product ratio, since rearrangement of the 5-hexenyl radical competes with hydrogen abstraction. The magnitude of these isotope effects (1.8 +- 0.2) is the same for reductive demercurations of 1 by sodium borohydride, lithium aluminum hydride, and tri-n-butyltin hydride; these results provide evidence for a common hydrogen-transfer agent, such as hex-5-enyl-1-mercuric hydride, for all of these metal-hydride reductions. The validity of the competing rearrangement method of determining hydrogen isotope effects has been demonstrated by determining the isotope effect for the tri-n-butyltin hydride reduction of 6-bromo-1-hexene (2.8 +- 0.2) at 400C

  3. Local structure of alkalis in mixed-alkali borate glass to elucidate the origin of mixed-alkali effect

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We report the structural analysis of Na+ and Cs+ in sodium cesium borate crystals and glasses using 23Na and 133Cs magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR spectroscopy. The composition dependence of NMR spectra of the borate was similar to that of the silicate: (1 the peak position of cesium borate crystals shifted to upfield for structures with larger Cs+ coordination numbers, (2 the MAS NMR spectra of xNa2O-yCs2O-3B2O3 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, x + y = 1 glass showed that the average coordination number (CN of both the alkali cations decreases with increasing Cs+/(Na+ + Cs+ ratio. However, the degree of decrement in borates is much smaller than that in silicates. We have considered that the small difference in CN is due to 4-coordinated B, because it is electrically compensated by the alkali metal ions resulting in the restriction of having various coordinations of O to alkali metal.

  4. Anthropogenic impact on diffuse trace metal accumulation in river sediments from agricultural reclamation areas with geochemical and isotopic approaches

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    A better understanding of anthropogenic impact can help assess the diffuse trace metal accumulation in the agricultural environment. In this study, both river sediments and background soils were collected from a case study area in Northeast China and analyzed for total concentrations of six trace metals, four major elements and three lead isotopes. Results showed that Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr and Ni have accumulated in the river sediments after about 40 years of agricultural development, with average concentrations 1.23–1.71 times higher than local soil background values. Among them Ni, Cr and Cu were of special concern and they may pose adverse biological effects. By calculating enrichment factor (EF), it was found that the trace metal accumulation was still mainly ascribed to natural weathering processes, but anthropogenic contribution could represent up to 40.09% of total sediment content. For Pb, geochemical and isotopic approaches gave very similar anthropogenic contributions. Principal component analysis (PCA) further suggested that the anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni inputs were mostly related to the regional atmospheric deposition of industrial emissions and gasoline combustion, which had a strong affinity for iron oxides in the sediments. Concerning Cd, however, it mainly originated from local fertilizer applications and was controlled by sediment carbonates. - Graphical abstract: The trace metal accumulation was mainly ascribed to natural weathering processes, but anthropogenic contribution could represent up to 40.09% of total sediment content. Anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni mostly came from atmospheric deposition, while fertilizer application was the main anthropogenic source of Cd. - Highlights: • Trace metals have accumulated in the Naolihe sediments. • Natural weathering was still a major contributor to metal accumulation. • Anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni mostly came from atmospheric deposition. • Local fertilizer application was the main

  5. Anthropogenic impact on diffuse trace metal accumulation in river sediments from agricultural reclamation areas with geochemical and isotopic approaches

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    Jiao, Wei; Ouyang, Wei, E-mail: wei@itc.nl; Hao, Fanghua; Lin, Chunye

    2015-12-01

    A better understanding of anthropogenic impact can help assess the diffuse trace metal accumulation in the agricultural environment. In this study, both river sediments and background soils were collected from a case study area in Northeast China and analyzed for total concentrations of six trace metals, four major elements and three lead isotopes. Results showed that Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr and Ni have accumulated in the river sediments after about 40 years of agricultural development, with average concentrations 1.23–1.71 times higher than local soil background values. Among them Ni, Cr and Cu were of special concern and they may pose adverse biological effects. By calculating enrichment factor (EF), it was found that the trace metal accumulation was still mainly ascribed to natural weathering processes, but anthropogenic contribution could represent up to 40.09% of total sediment content. For Pb, geochemical and isotopic approaches gave very similar anthropogenic contributions. Principal component analysis (PCA) further suggested that the anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni inputs were mostly related to the regional atmospheric deposition of industrial emissions and gasoline combustion, which had a strong affinity for iron oxides in the sediments. Concerning Cd, however, it mainly originated from local fertilizer applications and was controlled by sediment carbonates. - Graphical abstract: The trace metal accumulation was mainly ascribed to natural weathering processes, but anthropogenic contribution could represent up to 40.09% of total sediment content. Anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni mostly came from atmospheric deposition, while fertilizer application was the main anthropogenic source of Cd. - Highlights: • Trace metals have accumulated in the Naolihe sediments. • Natural weathering was still a major contributor to metal accumulation. • Anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Cr and Ni mostly came from atmospheric deposition. • Local fertilizer application was the main

  6. Electrolytic systems and methods for making metal halides and refining metals

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    Holland, Justin M.; Cecala, David M.

    2015-05-26

    Disclosed are electrochemical cells and methods for producing a halide of a non-alkali metal and for electrorefining the halide. The systems typically involve an electrochemical cell having a cathode structure configured for dissolving a hydrogen halide that forms the halide into a molten salt of the halogen and an alkali metal. Typically a direct current voltage is applied across the cathode and an anode that is fabricated with the non-alkali metal such that the halide of the non-alkali metal is formed adjacent the anode. Electrorefining cells and methods involve applying a direct current voltage across the anode where the halide of the non-alkali metal is formed and the cathode where the non-alkali metal is electro-deposited. In a representative embodiment the halogen is chlorine, the alkali metal is lithium and the non-alkali metal is uranium.

  7. Multi-phase glass-ceramics as a waste form for combined fission products: alkalis, alkaline earths, lanthanides, and transition metals

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    Crum, Jarrod V.; Turo, Laura A.; Riley, Brian J.; Tang, Ming; Kossoy, Anna

    2012-04-01

    In this study, multi-phase silicate-based glass-ceramics were investigated as an alternate waste form for immobilizing non-fissionable products from used nuclear fuel. Currently, borosilicate glass is the waste form selected for immobilization of this waste stream, however, the low thermal stability and solubility of MoO{sub 3} in borosilicate glass translates into a maximum waste loading in the range of 15-20 mass%. Glass-ceramics provide the opportunity to target durable crystalline phases, e.g., powellite, oxyapatite, celsian, and pollucite, that will incorporate MoO{sub 3} as well as other waste components such as lanthanides, alkalis, and alkaline earths at levels 2X the solubility limits of a single-phase glass. In addition a glass-ceramic could provide higher thermal stability, depending upon the properties of the crystalline and amorphous phases. Glass-ceramics were successfully synthesized at waste loadings of 42, 45, and 50 mass% with the following glass additives: B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO and SiO{sub 2} by slow cooling form from a glass melt. Glass-ceramics were characterized in terms of phase assemblage, morphology, and thermal stability. The targeted phases: powellite and oxyapatite were observed in all of the compositions along with a lanthanide borosilicate, and cerianite. Results of this initial investigation of glass-ceramics show promise as a potential waste form to replace single-phase borosilicate glass.

  8. Petrogenesis of alkali pyroxenite and ijolite xenoliths from the Tertiary Loučná–Oberwiesenthal Volcanic Centre, Bohemian Massif in the light of new mineralogical, geochemical and isotopic data

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    Ulrych, Jaromír; Lloyd, F. E.; Balogh, K.; Hegner, E.; Langrová, Anna; Lang, Miloš; Novák, Jiří Karel; Řanda, Zdeněk

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 182, č. 1 (2005), s. 57-79. ISSN 0077-7757 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA3013403; GA AV ČR IAA3048201 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3013912; CEZ:AV0Z1048901 Keywords : xenolith * alkali pyroxenite * ijolite Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.529, year: 2005

  9. A novel in situ method for sampling urban soil dust: Particle size distribution, trace metal concentrations, and stable lead isotopes

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    In this study, a novel in situ sampling method was utilized to investigate the concentrations of trace metals and Pb isotope compositions among different particle size fractions in soil dust, bulk surface soil, and corresponding road dust samples collected within an urban environment. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the feasibility of using soil dust samples to determine trace metal contamination and potential risks in urban areas in comparison with related bulk surface soil and road dust. The results of total metal loadings and Pb isotope ratios revealed that soil dust is more sensitive than bulk surface soil to anthropogenic contamination in urban areas. The new in situ method is effective at collecting different particle size fractions of soil dust from the surface of urban soils, and that soil dust is a critical indicator of anthropogenic contamination and potential human exposure in urban settings. -- Highlights: ► A novel in situ sampling method for soil dust was proposed. ► Different particle size fractions of soil dust and bulk soil were studied. ► Soil dust is critical for understanding anthropogenic pollution in urban areas. ► Soil dust can be useful to estimate potential human exposure. -- Soil dust collected by a novel in situ sampling method can provide critical information about contamination and potential human exposure in urban environments

  10. Isotopic characterisation of lead in contaminated soils from the vicinity of a non-ferrous metal smelter near Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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    Bacon, Jeffrey R. [Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: j.bacon@macaulay.ac.uk; Dinev, Nikolai S. [N Poushkarov Institute of Soil Science and Agroecology, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2005-03-01

    Soil samples from the vicinity of a non-ferrous metal smelter near Plovdiv, Bulgaria contained very high concentrations of cadmium, lead and zinc (up to 140, 4900 and 5900 mg kg{sup -1}, respectively). A roadside soil in a relatively uncontaminated area also contained high concentrations of the same metals (24, 1550 and 1870 mg kg{sup -1}, respectively) indicating that the transport of ores could be a source of contamination. Even though the lead isotope ratios in all the samples fell within a very narrow range (for example, 1.186-1.195 for {sup 206}Pb/{sup 207}Pb), the samples could be differentiated into three distinct groups: ores ({sup 206}Pb/{sup 207}Pb and {sup 208}Pb/{sup 207}Pb ratios of 1.1874-1.1884 and 2.4755-2.4807, respectively), current deposition (1.1864 and 2.4704-2.4711, respectively) and local background (1.1927-1.1951 and 2.4772-2.4809, respectively). Although most of the current deposition has its origin in the ores used at the smelter, up to 12% could be from other sources such as petrol lead. - Although soils in the vicinity of a non-ferrous metal smelter near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, have become highly contaminated with the ores used, lead isotope analysis has revealed that up to 12% of current deposition could be from other sources such as petrol lead.

  11. Magnesium isotope fractionation during carbonatite magmatism at Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania

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    Li, Wang-Ye; Teng, Fang-Zhen; Halama, Ralf; Keller, Jörg; Klaudius, Jurgis

    2016-06-01

    To investigate the behaviour of Mg isotopes during carbonatite magmatism, we analyzed Mg isotopic compositions of natrocarbonatites and peralkaline silicate rocks from Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania. The olivine melilitites from the vicinity of Oldoinyo Lengai have homogeneous and mantle-like Mg isotopic compositions (δ26Mg of -0.30 to -0.26‰), indicating limited Mg isotope fractionation during mantle melting. The highly evolved peralkaline silicate rocks not related to silicate-carbonatite liquid immiscibility, including phonolites from the unit Lengai I, combeite-wollastonite nephelinites (CWNs) from the unit Lengai II A and carbonated combeite-wollastonite-melilite nephelinites (carbCWMNs), have δ26Mg values (from -0.25 to -0.10‰) clustered around the mantle value. By contrast, the CWNs from the unit Lengai II B, which evolved from the silicate melts that were presumably generated by silicate-carbonatite liquid immiscibility, have heavier Mg isotopes (δ26Mg of -0.06 to +0.09‰). Such a difference suggests Mg isotope fractionation during liquid immiscibility and implies, based on mass-balance calculations, that the original carbonatite melts at Lengai were isotopically light. The variable and positive δ26Mg values of natrocarbonatites (from +0.13 to +0.37‰) hence require a change of their Mg isotopic compositions subsequent to liquid immiscibility. The negative correlations between δ26Mg values and contents of alkali and alkaline earth metals of natrocarbonatites suggest Mg isotope fractionation during fractional crystallization of carbonatite melts, with heavy Mg isotopes enriched in the residual melts relative to fractionated carbonate minerals. Collectively, significant Mg isotope fractionation may occur during both silicate-carbonatite liquid immiscibility and fractional crystallization of carbonatite melts, making Mg isotopes a potentially useful tracer of these processes relevant to carbonatite petrogenesis.

  12. Copper isotope fractionation during its interaction with soil and aquatic microorganisms and metal oxy(hydr)oxides: Possible structural control

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    Pokrovsky, O. S.; Viers, J.; Emnova, E. E.; Kompantseva, E. I.; Freydier, R.

    2008-04-01

    Brantley S. (2005) Cu isotopic fractionation in the supergene environment with and without bacteria. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta69, 5233-5246] and Balistrieri et al. [Balistrieri L. S., Borrok D. M., Wanty R. B. and Ridley W. I. (2008) Fractionation of Cu and Zn isotopes during adsorption onto amorhous Fe(III) oxyhydroxide: experimental mixing of acid rock drainage and ambient river water. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta72, 311-328] who reported heavy Cu isotope enrichment onto amorphous ferric oxyhydroxide and on metal hydroxide precipitates on the external membranes of Fe-oxidizing bacteria, respectively. Although measured isotopic fractionation does not correlate with the relative thermodynamic stability of surface complexes, it can be related to their structures as found with available EXAFS data. Indeed, strong, bidentate, inner-sphere complexes presented by tetrahedrally coordinated Cu on metal oxide surfaces are likely to result in enrichment of the heavy isotope on the surface compared to aqueous solution. The outer-sphere, monodentate complex, which is likely to form between Cu 2+ and surface phosphoryl groups of bacteria in acidic solutions, has a higher number of neighbors and longer bond distances compared to inner-sphere bidentate complexes with carboxyl groups formed on bacterial and diatom surfaces in circumneutral solutions. As a result, in acidic solution, light isotopes become more enriched on bacterial surfaces (as opposed to the surrounding aqueous medium) than they do in neutral solution. Overall, the results of the present study demonstrate important isotopic fractionation of copper in both organic and inorganic systems and provide a firm basis for using Cu isotopes for tracing metal transport in earth-surface aquatic systems. It follows that both adsorption on oxides in a wide range of pH values and adsorption on bacteria in acidic solutions are capable of producing a significant (up to 2.5-3‰ (±0.1-0.15‰)) isotopic offset. At the same time, Cu

  13. Lead isotopes and trace metal ratios of aerosols as tracers of Pb pollution sources in Kanpur, India

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    Sen, Indra; Bizimis, Michael; Tripathi, Sachchida; Paul, Debajyoti; Tyagi, Swati; Sengupta, Deep

    2015-04-01

    The anthropogenic flux of Pb in the Earth's surface is almost an order of magnitude higher than its corresponding natural flux [1]. Identifying the sources and pathways of anthropogenic Pb in environment is important because Pb toxicity is known to have adverse effects on human health. Pb pollution sources for America, Europe, and China are well documented. However, sources of atmospheric Pb are unknown in India, particularly after leaded gasoline was phased out in 2000. India has a developing economy with a rapidly emerging automobile and high temperature industry, and anthropogenic Pb emission is expected to rise in the next decade. In this study, we report on the Pb- isotope compositions and trace metal ratios of airborne particulates collected in Kanpur, an industrial city in northern India. The Pb concentration in the airborne particulate matter varies between 14-216 ng/m3, while the other heavy metals vary by factor of 10 or less, e.g. Cd=0.3-3 ng/m3, As=0.4-3.5 ng/m3, Zn=36-161 ng/m3, and Cu=3-22 ng/m3. The 206Pb/207Pb, 208Pb/206Pb, and 208Pb/207Pb vary between 1.112 - 1.129, 2.123-2.141, and 2.409-2.424 respectively, and are highly correlated with each other (R2>0.9). Pb isotopes and trace metal data reveals that coal combustion is the major source of anthropogenic Pb in the atmosphere, with limited contribution from mining and smelting processes. We further conclude that combination of Pb isotope ratios and V/Pb ratios are powerful tracers for Pb source apportionment studies, which is otherwise difficult to differentiate based only on Pb systematics [1] Sen and Peucker-Ehrenbrink (2012), Environ. Sci. Technol.(46), 8601-8609

  14. Design and Synthesis of Redox-Switched Lariat Ethers and Their Application for Transport of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Metal Cations Across Supported Liquid Membrane

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    Uma Sharma

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available A new class of redox-switched anthraquinone derived lariat ethers 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3, 6, 9 trioxaundecane 11-ol (M1, 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3, 6 dioxaoctane 9-ol (M2, 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3 oxapentane 5-ol (M3, 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3 oxapentane 5-butane (M4, 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3, 6 dioxaoctane 9-methane (M5 and 1-(1-anthraquinonyloxy 3 oxapentane 5-methane (M6 have been synthesized and characterized by spectral analysis. These ionophores were used in liquid membrane carrier facilitated transport of main group metal cations across supported liquid membrane (SLM. Cellulose nitrate membrane was used as membrane support. Effect of various parameters such as variation in concentration of metal as well as ionophore, effect of chain length and end group of ionophore have been studied. The sequence of metal ions transported by ionophore M1 is Na+ > Li+ > K+ > Ca2+ > Mg2+ and the order of metal ions transported by ionophores (M2–M6 is Li+ > Na+ > K+ > Ca2+ > Mg2+. Ionophore M1 is selective for Na+, Li+, and K+ and ionophores (M2–M6 are selective for Li+ and Na+.

  15. Multi-metal interactions between Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn in water flea Daphnia magna, a stable isotope experiment

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    Komjarova, I. [Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)], E-mail: Irina.Komjarova@ua.ac.be; Blust, R. [Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2008-11-11

    Metal interaction effects were investigated in Daphnia magna during a simultaneous exposure to essential (Cu, Ni and Zn) and non-essential (Cd and Pb) metals at environmentally relevant concentrations using a stable isotope technique. The metals were applied in the following concentration ranges: 0.0125-0.2 {mu}M for {sup 106}Cd, 0.025-0.25 {mu}M for {sup 65}Cu and {sup 204}Pb, 0.1-1.25 {mu}M for {sup 62}Ni and {sup 67}Zn. Cadmium and copper exhibited a suppressing effect on the uptake rates of all other metals present in the mixture with the exception to lead at all studied concentrations. The effect was already pronounced at low Cd and Cu concentrations and reached a maximum at the higher concentrations. Nickel and zinc showed weaker interactions with cadmium and between each other, while having no effect on copper and lead uptake. There was a high degree of correlation between Cd, Ni and Zn uptake rates indicating that these metals share in part common uptake or interaction pathways. Moreover, a significant correlation between Zn and Cu uptake processes suggests that more than one mechanism is involved in Zn accumulation since Cu is known to interact with Na uptake sites. The uptake of lead was marked by a high initial rate, but the uptake process reached saturation within 24 h. Cd applied at a concentration of 0.2 {mu}M was the only metal which affected the lead uptake process by stimulation of the Pb uptake. Added to the medium at a concentration of 0.25 {mu}M, lead in turn, increased copper uptake. Current work illustrates that metal interactions are significant and occur at low environmentally realistic concentrations affecting bioavailability of both toxic and essential metals.

  16. Multi-metal interactions between Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn in water flea Daphnia magna, a stable isotope experiment

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    Metal interaction effects were investigated in Daphnia magna during a simultaneous exposure to essential (Cu, Ni and Zn) and non-essential (Cd and Pb) metals at environmentally relevant concentrations using a stable isotope technique. The metals were applied in the following concentration ranges: 0.0125-0.2 μM for 106Cd, 0.025-0.25 μM for 65Cu and 204Pb, 0.1-1.25 μM for 62Ni and 67Zn. Cadmium and copper exhibited a suppressing effect on the uptake rates of all other metals present in the mixture with the exception to lead at all studied concentrations. The effect was already pronounced at low Cd and Cu concentrations and reached a maximum at the higher concentrations. Nickel and zinc showed weaker interactions with cadmium and between each other, while having no effect on copper and lead uptake. There was a high degree of correlation between Cd, Ni and Zn uptake rates indicating that these metals share in part common uptake or interaction pathways. Moreover, a significant correlation between Zn and Cu uptake processes suggests that more than one mechanism is involved in Zn accumulation since Cu is known to interact with Na uptake sites. The uptake of lead was marked by a high initial rate, but the uptake process reached saturation within 24 h. Cd applied at a concentration of 0.2 μM was the only metal which affected the lead uptake process by stimulation of the Pb uptake. Added to the medium at a concentration of 0.25 μM, lead in turn, increased copper uptake. Current work illustrates that metal interactions are significant and occur at low environmentally realistic concentrations affecting bioavailability of both toxic and essential metals

  17. Feeding ecology of five commercial shark species of the Celtic Sea through stable isotope and trace metal analysis

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    Domi, Nadège; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie; Das, Krishna

    2005-01-01

    In order to trace their feeding habits, stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios (d15N and d13C), as well as trace metal concentrations (Zn, Cd, Fe, Cu, Se and Hg) were analysed in the tissues of five commercial shark species from the Celtic Sea: the tope shark Galeorhinus galeus, the black-mouthed catshark Galeus melastomus, the starry smooth hound Mustelus asterias, the spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias and the lesser-spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula. Our results were compared to previo...

  18. A century long sedimentary record of anthropogenic lead (Pb), Pb isotopes and other trace metals in Singapore.

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    Chen, Mengli; Boyle, Edward A; Switzer, Adam D; Gouramanis, Chris

    2016-06-01

    Reconstructing the history of metal deposition in Singapore lake sediments contributes to understanding the anthropogenic and natural metal deposition in the data-sparse Southeast Asia. To this end, we present a sedimentary record of Pb, Pb isotopes and eleven other metals (Ag, As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Tl, U and Zn) from a well-dated sediment core collected near the depocenter of MacRitchie Reservoir in central Singapore. Before the 1900s, the sedimentary Pb concentration was less than 2 mg/kg for both soil and sediment, with a corresponding (206)Pb/(207)Pb of ∼1.20. The Pb concentration increased to 55 mg/kg in the 1990s, and correspondingly the (206)Pb/(207)Pb decreased to less than 1.14. The (206)Pb/(207)Pb in the core top sediment is concordant with the (206)Pb/(207)Pb signal of aerosols in Singapore and other Southeast Asian cities, suggesting that Pb in the reservoir sediment was mainly from atmospheric deposition. Using the Pb concentration in the topmost layer of sediment, the estimated atmospheric Pb flux in Singapore today is ∼1.6 × 10(-2) g/m(2) yr. The concentrations of eleven other metals preserved in the sediment were also determined. A principal component analysis showed that most of the metals exhibit an increasing trend towards 1990s with a local concentration peak in the mid-20(th) century. PMID:26967352

  19. Alkali Aggregate Reaction in Alkali Slag Cement Mortars

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    2002-01-01

    By means of "Mortar Bar Method",the ratio of cement to aggregate was kept as a constant 1∶2.25,the water-cement ratio of the mixture was 0.40,and six prism specimens were prepared for each batch of mixing proportions with dimensions of 10×10×60mm3 at 38±2℃ and RH≥95%, the influences of content and particle size of active aggregate, sort and content of alkali component and type of slag on the expansion ratios of alkali-activated slag cement(ASC) mortars due to alkali aggregate reaction(AAR) were studied. According to atomic absorption spectrometry,the amount of free alkali was measured in ASC mortars at 90d.The results show above factors affect AAR remarkably,but no dangerous AAR will occur in ASC system when the amount of active aggregate is below 15% and the mass fraction of alkali is not more than 5% (Na2O).Alkali participated in reaction as an independent component, and some hydrates containing alkali cations were produced, free alkalis in ASC system can be reduced enormously.Moreover,slag is an effective inhibitor, the possibility of generating dangerous AAR in ASC system is much lower at same conditions than that in ordinary Portland cement system.

  20. Oscillation Frequencies for Simultaneous Trapping of Heteronuclear Alkali Atoms

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    Kaur, Kiranpreet; Arora, Bindiya

    2016-01-01

    We investigate oscillation frequencies for simultaneous trapping of more than one type of alkali atoms in a common optical lattice. For this purpose, we present numerical results for magic trapping conditions, where the oscillation frequencies for two different kind of alkali atoms using laser lights in the wavelength range 500-1200 nm are same. These wavelengths will be of immense interest for studying static and dynamic properties of boson-boson, boson-fermion, fermion-fermion, and boson-boson-boson mixtures involving different isotopes of Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs and Fr alkali atoms. In addition to this, we were also able to locate a magic wavelength around 808.1 nm where all the three Li, K, and Rb atoms are found to be suitable for oscillating at the same frequency in a common optical trap.

  1. Regional and inter annual patterns of heavy metals, organochlorines and stable isotopes in narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from West Greenland

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    Dietz, R.; Riget, F.; Hobson, K.A.;

    2004-01-01

    Samples of 150 narwhals obtained in different years from two West Greenland areas, Avanersuaq and Uummannaq, were compared for concentrations of and regional differences in heavy metals and organochlorines and stable-carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Cadmium, Hg, and Se concentrations increased in the...... first 3-4 years of the animal's life, after which no dependence on age was observed. Females had significantly higher concentrations of Cd in all tissues and of Hg and Se in liver than males. No consistent difference in metal levels between narwhals from Avanersuaq and Uummarmaq was found. Year...... concentration in the first 8-10 years, while for males increases were detected in the first few years of life, after which the concentrations became stable. Few statistical differences in mean OC concentrations among individuals were observed. However, narwhals from Avanersuaq in 1993 had the lowest levels...

  2. Metal extent in blood of livestock from Dandora dumping site, Kenya: Source identification of Pb exposure by stable isotope analysis.

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    Nakata, Hokuto; Nakayama, Shouta M M; Ikenaka, Yoshinori; Mizukawa, Hazuki; Ishii, Chihiro; Yohannes, Yared B; Konnai, Satoru; Darwish, Wageh Sobhy; Ishizuka, Mayumi

    2015-10-01

    Nairobi city in Kenya produces 2000 tons/day of garbage, and most of it is dumped onto the Dandora dumping site, home to a quarter-million residents. This study was conducted (1) to assess the contamination levels of nine metals and a metalloid (arsenic) in the blood of pigs, goats, sheep and cattle from Dandora, and (2) to identify a possible source of lead (Pb) pollution. Cadmium (Cd, 0.17-4.35 μg/kg, dry-wt) and Pb (90-2710 μg/kg) levels in blood were generally high, suggesting human exposure to Cd through livestock consumption and Pb poisoning among pigs (2600 μg/kg) and cattle (354 μg/kg). Results of Pb isotope ratios indicated that the major exposure route might differ among species. Our results also suggested a possibility that the residents in Dandora have been exposed to the metals through livestock consumption. PMID:25997160

  3. Effect of expansion/shrinkage of crystal lattice on hydrogen isotopes behavior in body-centered cubic metals

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    Effects of shrinkage/expansion of crystal lattice on the diffusivity and the solubility of hydrogen isotopes in bcc-metals were investigated. In order to obtain systematic and detailed information, an energy was decomposed into two parts: potential-energy-of-hydrogen and elastic-energy. Both of the migration barrier and the solution energy of hydrogen were increased by lattice shrinkage and were decreased by lattice expansion, basically. Change of migration barrier was mainly subject to that of elastic-energy. However, when the crystal lattice was strongly shrunk, e.g. 5% shrinkage, the migration barrier was decreased due to an abrupt decrease of potential-energy-of-hydrogen, which resulted from increasing interaction between the hydrogen atom and the second-nearest neighbor metal atoms. (author)

  4. Natural Alkali Shifts to the Methanol Business

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    2007-01-01

    @@ Inner Mongolia Yuanxing Natural Alkali Co., Ltd. (Natural Alkali SZ: 000683) established in 1997 is a large chemical enterprise with new energy as its leading business and natural gas chemicals and natural alkali chemicals as the supplement business.

  5. Surprisingly Different Reaction Behavior of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metal Bis(trimethylsilyl)amides toward Bulky N-(2-Pyridylethyl)-N'-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)pivalamidine.

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    Kalden, Diana; Oberheide, Ansgar; Loh, Claas; Görls, Helmar; Krieck, Sven; Westerhausen, Matthias

    2016-07-25

    N-(2,6-Diisopropylphenyl)-N'-(2-pyridylethyl)pivalamidine (Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N(H)-C2 H4 -Py) (1), reacts with metalation reagents of lithium, magnesium, calcium, and strontium to give the corresponding pivalamidinates [(tmeda)Li{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N-C2 H4 -Py}] (6), [Mg{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N-C2 H4 -Py}2 ] (3), and heteroleptic [{(Me3 Si)2 N}Ae{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N-C2 H4 -Py}], with Ae being Ca (2 a) and Sr (2 b). In contrast to this straightforward deprotonation of the amidine units, the reaction of 1 with the bis(trimethylsilyl)amides of sodium or potassium unexpectedly leads to a β-metalation and an immediate deamidation reaction yielding [(thf)2 Na{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N(H)}] (4 a) or [(thf)2 K{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N(H)}] (4 b), respectively, as well as 2-vinylpyridine in both cases. The lithium derivative shows a similar reaction behavior to the alkaline earth metal congeners, underlining the diagonal relationship in the periodic table. Protonation of 4 a or the metathesis reaction of 4 b with CaI2 in tetrahydrofuran yields N-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)pivalamidine (Dipp-N=C(tBu)-NH2 ) (5), or [(thf)4 Ca{Dipp-N=C(tBu)-N(H)}2 ] (7), respectively. The reaction of AN(SiMe3 )2 (A=Na, K) with less bulky formamidine Dipp-N=C(H)-N(H)-C2 H4 -Py (8) leads to deprotonation of the amidine functionality, and [(thf)Na{Dipp-N=C(H)-N-C2 H4 -Py}]2 (9 a) or [(thf)K{Dipp-N=C(H)-N-C2 H4 -Py}]2 (9 b), respectively, are isolated as dinuclear complexes. From these experiments it is obvious, that β-metalation/deamidation of N-(2-pyridylethyl)amidines requires bases with soft metal ions and also steric pressure. The isomeric forms of all compounds are verified by single-crystal X-ray structure analysis and are maintained in solution. PMID:27355970

  6. Regional and inter annual patterns of heavy metals, organochlorines and stable isotopes in narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from West Greenland.

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    Dietz, R; Riget, F; Hobson, K A; Heide-Jørgensen, M P; Møller, P; Cleemann, M; de Boer, J; Glasius, M

    2004-09-20

    Samples of 150 narwhals obtained in different years from two West Greenland areas, Avanersuaq and Uummannaq, were compared for concentrations of and regional differences in heavy metals and organochlorines and stable-carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Cadmium, Hg, and Se concentrations increased in the first 3-4 years of the animal's life, after which no dependence on age was observed. Females had significantly higher concentrations of Cd in all tissues and of Hg and Se in liver than males. No consistent difference in metal levels between narwhals from Avanersuaq and Uummannaq was found. Year-to-year variation in metal levels at one location was larger than the geographical variation. Metal levels were within the range of previous published results for narwhals from Arctic Canada. Organochlorine (OC) concentrations in blubber of narwhals were dependent on age and sex. Females showed decreasing OC concentration in the first 8-10 years, while for males increases were detected in the first few years of life, after which the concentrations became stable. Few statistical differences in mean OC concentrations among individuals were observed. However, narwhals from Avanersuaq in 1993 had the lowest levels, indicating a temporal decrease of SigmaPCBs. SigmaPCBs, DDTs, HCHs and toxaphenes seem to be at similar levels in West Greenland and Arctic Canada, which can be explained by the close winter distributions of populations as well as large ranges in concentrations, time span, number of analyses and the size/age composition of the data. PCB and DDT concentrations in West Greenland narwhals were half those found in East Greenland and Svalbard. Stable-carbon isotope ratios in muscle of 150 narwhals showed a decreasing trend in the first year when they gradually reduced their dependency on mother's milk, after which they became relatively stable. delta15 N values were significantly higher in samples from Uummannaq in 1993 compared to samples from Avanersuaq in 1984 and 1985

  7. Regional and inter annual patterns of heavy metals, organochlorines and stable isotopes in narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from West Greenland

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    Dietz, R.; Riget, F.; Hobson, K.A.; Heide-Joergensen, M.P.; Moeller, P.; Cleemann, M.; Boer, J. de; Glasius, M

    2004-09-20

    Samples of 150 narwhals obtained in different years from two West Greenland areas, Avanersuaq and Uummannaq, were compared for concentrations of and regional differences in heavy metals and organochlorines and stable-carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Cadmium, Hg, and Se concentrations increased in the first 3-4 years of the animal's life, after which no dependence on age was observed. Females had significantly higher concentrations of Cd in all tissues and of Hg and Se in liver than males. No consistent difference in metal levels between narwhals from Avanersuaq and Uummannaq was found. Year-to-year variation in metal levels at one location was larger than the geographical variation. Metal levels were within the range of previous published results for narwhals from Arctic Canada. Organochlorine (OC) concentrations in blubber of narwhals were dependent on age and sex. Females showed decreasing OC concentration in the first 8-10 years, while for males increases were detected in the first few years of life, after which the concentrations became stable. Few statistical differences in mean OC concentrations among individuals were observed. However, narwhals from Avanersuaq in 1993 had the lowest levels, indicating a temporal decrease of {sigma}PCBs. {sigma}PCBs, DDTs, HCHs and toxaphenes seem to be at similar levels in West Greenland and Arctic Canada, which can be explained by the close winter distributions of populations as well as large ranges in concentrations, time span, number of analyses and the size/age composition of the data. PCB and DDT concentrations in West Greenland narwhals were half those found in East Greenland and Svalbard. Stable-carbon isotope ratios in muscle of 150 narwhals showed a decreasing trend in the first year when they gradually reduced their dependency on mother's milk, after which they became relatively stable. {delta}{sup 15} N values were significantly higher in samples from Uummannaq in 1993 compared to samples from Avanersuaq in

  8. Regional and inter annual patterns of heavy metals, organochlorines and stable isotopes in narwhals (Monodon monoceros) from West Greenland

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    Samples of 150 narwhals obtained in different years from two West Greenland areas, Avanersuaq and Uummannaq, were compared for concentrations of and regional differences in heavy metals and organochlorines and stable-carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Cadmium, Hg, and Se concentrations increased in the first 3-4 years of the animal's life, after which no dependence on age was observed. Females had significantly higher concentrations of Cd in all tissues and of Hg and Se in liver than males. No consistent difference in metal levels between narwhals from Avanersuaq and Uummannaq was found. Year-to-year variation in metal levels at one location was larger than the geographical variation. Metal levels were within the range of previous published results for narwhals from Arctic Canada. Organochlorine (OC) concentrations in blubber of narwhals were dependent on age and sex. Females showed decreasing OC concentration in the first 8-10 years, while for males increases were detected in the first few years of life, after which the concentrations became stable. Few statistical differences in mean OC concentrations among individuals were observed. However, narwhals from Avanersuaq in 1993 had the lowest levels, indicating a temporal decrease of ΣPCBs. ΣPCBs, DDTs, HCHs and toxaphenes seem to be at similar levels in West Greenland and Arctic Canada, which can be explained by the close winter distributions of populations as well as large ranges in concentrations, time span, number of analyses and the size/age composition of the data. PCB and DDT concentrations in West Greenland narwhals were half those found in East Greenland and Svalbard. Stable-carbon isotope ratios in muscle of 150 narwhals showed a decreasing trend in the first year when they gradually reduced their dependency on mother's milk, after which they became relatively stable. δ15 N values were significantly higher in samples from Uummannaq in 1993 compared to samples from Avanersuaq in 1984 and 1985 indicating that

  9. Hyperaccumulation of radioactive isotopes by marine algae

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    Hyperaccumlators are effective indicator organisms for monitoring marine pollution by heavy metals and artificial radionuclides. We found a green algae, Bryopsis maxima that hyperaccumulate a stable and radioactive isotopes such as Sr-90, Tc-99, Ba-138, Re-187, and Ra-226. B. maxima showed high concentration factors for heavy alkali earth metals like Ba and Ra, compared with other marine algae in Japan. Furthermore, this species had the highest concentrations for Tc-99 and Re-187. The accumulation and excretion patterns of Sr-85 and Tc-95m were examined by tracer experiments. The chemical states of Sr and Re in living B. maxima were analyzed by HPLC-ICP/MS, LC/MS, and X-ray absorption fine structure analysis using synchrotron radiation. (author)

  10. Trace element analysis of the heavy metals lead, cadmium and thallium in water and samples of organic matter using mass spectroscopy and isotope dilution analysis

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    A multielement analysis technique was on the basis of accurate isotope measurements. The accuracy of the measurements was tested using an isotope standard. Water, plants, foodstiffs, and blood were analyzed. The organic samples were decomposed using nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide, and the metals were deposited by electrolysis on a platinum electrode and extracted. The detection limit of the technique was in the pg range. (PW)

  11. Use of a radio-frequency resonance circuit in studies of alkali ionization in flames

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    The construction of a radio-frequency resonance system and its use in the study of alkali metal ionization in flames is described. The author re-determines the values of the alkali ionization rate constants for a CO flame with N2 as diluent gas of known temperature using the RF resonance method. (Auth.)

  12. Radiotracer diffusion in semiconductors and metallic compounds using short-lived isotopes

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    Deicher, M; Kronenberg, J; Wagner, F E

    The transport of atoms in solids is of central importance for solid state physics, chemistry, metallurgy, and material sciences. Since the mobility of atoms in solids contributes to many physical phenomena the study of diffusion processes is of fundamental interest for solid state physics. Diffusion processes were frequently investigated using radioactive isotopes (radiotracers). The application of short-lived isotopes delivered at ISOLDE extends substantially the possibilities of investigating diffusion processes in solids. In particular, a new experimental set-up to be installed at ISOLDE in this year will enable the use of radioactive isotopes with half-lives down to minutes. Alternatively, in special cases diffusion processes can be investigated with help of hyperfine techniques on an atomic scale, like by perturbed $\\gamma \\gamma$-angular correlation (PAC). Here, the motion of the atom of interest becomes visible directly via characteristic changes in the measured PAC spectra.

  13. Study of sorption regularities of alkaline and alkali-earth metals cations by sorbents on the basis of zirconium amorphous phosphate

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    In order to obtain the samples of zirconium phosphates in the form of spherical granulation the hydrogel granules of zirconium dioxides were treatment by aqueous solutions of orthophosphoric acid and dihydrophosphate of alkaline metals. Their ion exchange properties were studied by means of potentiometric titration method. The influence of thermal treatment on structural-sorption properties of ion exchangers was studied. It was defined that with temperature increasing of samples treatment their specific surface area decreases, the volume of sorption pores and sorption capacity decreases as well.

  14. Direct μ-flow injection isotope dilution ICP-MS for the determination of heavy metals in oil samples

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    The determination of trace elements in oil samples and their products is of high interest as their presence significantly affects refinery processes and the environment by possible impact of their combustion products. In this context, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) plays an important role due to its outstanding analytical properties in the quantification of trace elements. In this work, we present the accurate and precise determination of selected heavy metals in oil samples by making use of the combination of μ-flow direct injection and isotope dilution ICP-MS (ICP-IDMS). Spike solutions of 62Ni, 97Mo, 117Sn and 206Pb were prepared in an organic solvent, mixed directly with the diluted oil samples and tested to be fit for purpose for the intended ID approach. The analysis of real samples revealed strong matrix effects affecting the ICP-MS sensitivity, but not the isotope ratio measurements, so that accurate results are obtained by ICP-IDMS. Typical relative standard deviations were about 15% for peak area and peak height measurements, whereas the isotope ratios were not significantly affected (RSD < 2%). The developed method was validated by the analysis of a metallo-organic multi-element standard (SCP-21, typically applied as a calibration standard) and the standard reference material SRM1084a (wear metals in lubricating oil). The obtained results were in excellent agreement with the certified values (recoveries between 98% and 102%), so the proposed methodology of combining μ-flow direct injection and ICP-IDMS can be regarded as a new tool for the matrix-independent, multi-element and reliable determination of trace elements in oil and related organic liquids. (orig.)

  15. The behaviour of radioactive isotopes in liquid metal cooled fast reactors

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    A small scale, all AISI 316 stainless steel, pumped loop has been operated with 134Cs, 137Cs and 22Na in the sodium. The loop has a distillation sampler, oxygen meter, two cold traps and a small subsidiary pumped loop initially containing the isotopes adsorbed on uranium oxide. The distribution of the isotopes within the loop has been determined over the temperature range 100 to 3000C with 1 to 2 ppm of oxygen in the sodium and a sodium velocity about half the Reynolds number required for the onset of turbulence in the vertical legs. (author)

  16. Energetics and control of ultracold isotope-exchange reactions between heteronuclear dimers in external fields

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    Tomza, Michał

    2015-01-01

    We show that isotope-exchange reactions between ground-state alkali-metal, alkaline-earth-metal, and lanthanide heteronuclear dimers consisting of two isotopes of the same atom are exothermic with an energy change in the range of 1-8000$\\,$MHz thus resulting in cold or ultracold products. For these chemical reactions there are only one rovibrational and at most several hyperfine possible product states. The number and energetics of open and closed reactive channels can be controlled by the laser and magnetic fields. The exothermic isotope-exchange reactions can be tuned to become endothermic by employing a laser-induced state-selective Stark shift control thus providing a ground for testing models of the chemical reactivity. The present proposal opens the way for studying the state-to-state dynamics of ultracold chemical reactions beyond the universal limit with a meaningful control over quantum states of both reactants and products.

  17. Mechanism of the transfer of alkali- and alkaline-earth-metal ions across the nitrobenzene-water interface facilitated by hexa- and octaethylene glycol dodecyl ethers

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    Transfer of Li+, Na+ , K+, Rb+, Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+ ions facilitated by hexa- and octaethylene glycol monododecyl ethers (C12E6 and C12E8) has been studied at the nitrobenzene (NB)- water (W) interface using cyclic voltammetry. When the concentration of C12En (n = 6 or 8) in NB is higher than 1 mM, cyclic voltammograms for all these ions show reversible transfer of ions facilitated by C12En. The current is mainly carried by 1:1 (metal:ligand) complex and is limited by the diffusion of C12En in NB. When the concentration of C12En in NB is lowered to the submillimolar range, the contribution of the adsorption of C12En to the current becomes significant. In the transfer of hydrophilic ions, e.g., Li + and Ca2+, the contribution of the complex with 1:2 (metal:ligand) stoichiometry to the measured current becomes nonnegligible. This 1:2 complex formation becomes pronounced with increasing ligand concentration

  18. Evaluation of water quality in El-Sadat city, Egypt, using nitrogen isotopes and heavy metal pollution indices

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    Groundwater pollution by heavy metals and nitrogen compounds are a serious problem for human health. Waste water accumulation in the oxidation ponds could be threat the groundwater of the Pleistocene aquifer where it is used for bottling drinking water. Groundwater was collected from El-Sadat city, Egypt, to asses its suitability for drinking water. Also, surface water from oxidation ponds and industrial drainage water were sampled to detect the levels of heavy metals and nitrate pollution in these contamination sources. Four methods have been taken to evaluate the contamination level based on heavy metal concentration: (1) contamination index (Cd), (2) the heavy metal potential index (HPI), (3) heavy metal evaluation index (HEI) and (4) pollution load index (PLI). The output calculation of these methods gave a better classification of the pollution indices which straddle the groundwater samples to 3 classes via low, medium and high. The out put results show that 82% of industrial drainage samples and 67% of ponds water lie in the high class. About 62.5% of shallow groundwater at depth below 100 m and 89% of deep groundwater at depth up to 100 m lie in the low class (non-contaminated water) indicating the suitability of water for drinking purpose, whereas the rest of groundwater at the north-eastern border of the city was polluted by trace metals due to the effect of seepage from irrigation and drainage water. This was confirmed with the relatively high concentrations of nitrate obtained in 78 % of the shallow wells. Nitrogen isotope analysis δ 15NNO3 delineated the sources and mechanisms of nitrate pollution, where low values of δ 15N represent that nitrogen fertilizers and mineralized soil nitrogen were the dominant sources of NO3-N contamination in the shallow part of the aquifer

  19. Mechanistic and kinetic analysis of the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane via novel supported alkali chloride catalysts

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    Gaertner, C.; Veen, A.C. van; Lercher, J.A. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany). Catalysis Research Center

    2013-11-01

    The oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane over advanced catalysts is promising to selectively produce ethylene, an essential building block for the chemical industry. In this way, ethane from shale gas can be efficiently valorized. Supported alkali chloride catalysts are investigated in this work. Essential feature of those materials is the presence of a solid core (magnesium oxide in part doped with Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3}) covered under reaction conditions with a molten alkali chloride shell. It is shown that especially the lowered melting point of eutectic mixtures of LiCl with other alkali/alkaline earth metals is the key to taylor highly efficient materials. Elucidating the ODH reaction mechanism is essential to understand the reactivity of this novel catalyst class and provides the basis for improving performances. Information about elementary steps and the rate determining step were extracted from kinetic measurements, both in steady state and in transient configuration. Furthermore, isotopic labelling studies were performed, i.e. SSITKA studies and temperature programmed isotopic exchange experiments. Step experiments showed a significant oxygen uptake by the catalysts. Retained oxygen reacted quantitatively with ethane at nearly 100% selectivity to ethylene and conversion rates were comparable with rates observed during steady state operation. Thus, chemically bound oxygen in the melt is the active and selective intermediate in the ODH. Therefore, it is required to consider an intermediate and the activation is concluded to relate to the oxygen dissociation. The total concentration of stored oxygen can be correlated to the steady-state activity, while the viscosity of the melts mainly influences the selectivity towards ethene. Properties of the solid core impact on the catalyst efficiency suggesting that the oxygen species forms at the interface between support and overlayer. The quantity of retained oxygen additionally depends on the properties of the chloride

  20. Theory of the late stage of radiolysis of alkali halides

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    Dubinko, V.I.; Turkin, A.A.; Vainshtein, D.I.; Hartog, H.W. den

    2000-01-01

    Recent results on heavily irradiated natural and synthetic NaCl crystals give evidence for the formation of large vacancy voids, which were not addressed by the conventional Jain-Lidiard model of radiation damage ill alkali halides. This model was constructed to describe metal colloids and dislocati