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  1. Morphology, Crystallization and Melting Behavior of Propylene-Ethylene Statistical Copolymers

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    Uan-Zo-li, Julie Tammy

    2005-01-01

    In this work the morphology, crystallization and melting behavior of novel Dow Chemical propylene-ethylene copolymers were investigated. The incorporation of ethylene units into a polypropylene chain resulted in the decrease in crystallization, melting and glass transition temperatures and overall crystallinity. Based on the shape of heat capacity curves and the dependence of the melting temperature offset on ethylene content, it was concluded that copolymers prepared using different ca...

  2. Influences of chemical aging on the surface morphology and crystallization behavior of basaltic glass fibers

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    Lund, Majbritt Deichgræber; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2008-01-01

    The impact of aging in high humidity and water on the surface morphology and crystallization behavior of basaltic glass fibers has been studied using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The results show that interaction between the...

  3. Morphology, melting behavior, and non-isothermal crystallization of poly(butylene terephthalate)/poly(ethylene-co-methacrylic acid) blends

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    Huang, J.-W. [Department of Styling and Cosmetology, Tainan University of Technology, 529 Chung Cheng Rd., Yung Kang City 710, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: jw.huang@msa.hinet.net; Wen, Y.-L. [Department of Nursing, Meiho Institute of Technology, 23 Ping Kuang Rd., Neipu Hsiang, Pingtung 912, Taiwan (China); Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Rd., Tainan City 701, Taiwan (China); Kang, C.-C. [R and D Center, Hi-End Polymer Film Co., Ltd. 15-1 Sin Jhong Rd., Sin Ying City 730, Taiwan (China); Yeh, M.-Y. [Department of Chemistry, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Rd., Tainan City 701, Taiwan (China); Sustainable Environment Research Centre, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (China); Wen, S.-B. [Department of Nursing, Meiho Institute of Technology, 23 Ping Kuang Rd., Neipu Hsiang, Pingtung 912, Taiwan (China); Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Rd., Tainan City 701, Taiwan (China)

    2007-12-15

    The morphology, melting behavior, and non-isothermal crystallization of poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) and poly(ethylene-co-methacrylic acid) (PEMA) blends were studied with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). PEMA forms immiscible, yet compatible, blends with PBT. Subsequent DSC scans on melt-crystallized samples exhibited two melting endotherms (T{sub mI} and T{sub mII}). The presence of PEMA would facilitate the recrystallization during heating scan and retard PBT molecular chains to form a perfect crystal in cooling crystallization. The dispersion phases of molten PEMA acts as nucleating agents to enhance the crystallization rate of PBT. The solidified PBT could act as nucleating agents to enhance the crystallization of PEMA, but also retard the molecular mobility to reduce crystallization rate. The U* and K{sub g} of Hoffman-Lauritzen theory were also determined by Vyazovkin's methods to support the interpretation.

  4. Morphology, Crystallization and Melting Behaviors of Random Copolymers of Ethylene with 1-Butene, 1-Pentene and 1-Hexene

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    Subramaniam, Chitra P

    1999-01-01

    The morphology, crystallization and melting behaviors of a series of ethylene/alpha-olefin copolymers were investigated as a function of comonomer content, comonomer type and processing conditions, including crystallization temperature and time. This was achieved by using a combination of techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The results f...

  5. Study on the crystal morphology and melting behavior of isothermally crystallized composites of short carbon fiber and poly(trimethylene terephthalate)

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    Mingtao RUN; Hongzan SONG; Yanping HAO

    2009-01-01

    The spherulites of the short carbon fibcr(SCF)/ poly (trimethylcne terephthalate) (PTT) composites forrned in limited space at designed temperatures, and their melting behaviors were studied by the polarized optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results suggest that SCF content, isothermal crystallization temperatures, and the film thicknesses influence the crystal morphology of the composites. The dimension of the spherulites is decreased with increasing SCF content, but whether banded or nonbandcd spherulites will form in the composites is not depondcnt on SCF content However, the crystal morphology of the composites depends strongly on the temperature. When the isothermal crystallization temperatures increase from 180℃ to 230℃, the crystal morphology of SCF/PTT composites continuously changes in the following order: nonbanded → banded → nonbanded spherulites. Disconti-nuous circle lines form in the film when the film thickness increases from 30 to 60 μm. Basing on the SEM observation, it is found that these circle lines are cracks formed due to the constriction difference of the different parts of the sphemlites. These cracks are formed when the film is cooled from the isothermal crystallization temperature to the room tempera-ture at a slow cooling rate; while they will disappear gradually at different temperatures in the heating process. The crack will appear/disappear first around the center of the spherulite when the film was cooled/heated. The nontwisted or slightly twisted lamellas will reorganize to form highly twisted lamellas inducing apparent banded texture of the sphemlites.

  6. Effects of Degree of Enzymatic Interesterification on the Physical Properties of Margarine Fats: Solid Fat Content, Crystallization Behavior, Crystal Morphology, and Crystal Network

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    Zhang, Hong; Smith, Paul; Adler-Nissen, Jens

    2004-01-01

    In this study enzymatic-interesterified margarine fats with different conversion degrees were produced in a packed-bed reactor. The effects of conversion degree on the formation of free fatty acids and diacyglycerols, solid fat content, crystallization behavior, microstructure, and crystal network...... °C with increasing conversion degree. Increased conversion degree from the blend to products, measured by X-ray with addition of 50% of rapeseed oil for dilution, caused the content of â to decrease from 100% to 33%, and 30% and eventually to pure ⢠crystal. However, double chain packing was...... observed for both the blend and products. Isothermal crystallization kinetics was characterized by the Fisher- Turnbull model. The highest free energy was observed for the blend. A small deformation with oscillation tests shows a significant difference between the blend and interesterified products. The...

  7. Effects of Degree of Enzymatic Interesterification on the Physical Properties of Margarine Fats: Solid Fat Content, Crystallization Behavior, Crystal Morphology, and Crystal Network

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    Zhang, Hong; Smith, Paul; Adler-Nissen, Jens

    2004-01-01

    In this study enzymatic-interesterified margarine fats with different conversion degrees were produced in a packed-bed reactor. The effects of conversion degree on the formation of free fatty acids and diacyglycerols, solid fat content, crystallization behavior, microstructure, and crystal network...... were investigated, and the enzymatically interesterified products were compared with a chemically interesterified product. Formation of free fatty acids and diacyglycerols increased slightly with increasing conversion degree. The solid fat content was higher at 10 and 20 °C and lower at 30, 35, and 40...

  8. Dynamic Mechanical Properties, Crystallization Behavior and Morphology of Nanoscale Tin Fluorophosphate Glass/Polyamide 66 Hybrid Materials.

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    Liu, Huiwen; Yang, Jing; Yu, Honglin; Zou, Xiaoxuan; Jing, Bo; Dai, Wenli

    2016-04-01

    The dynamic mechanical properties, crystallization behavior and morphology of nanoscale Tg tin fluorophosphate glass (TFP glass)/polyamide 66 (PA66) hybrid materials were investigated by XRD, DSC and SEM. The experimental results showed that the Tg of TFP/PA66 hybrid decreased and the third relaxation in the highly filled hybrid appeared due to the interaction between the TFP glass and amide groups of PA66. The storage modulus of the hybrid materials increased with increase in the content of TFP at low temperatures but had little effect at high temperatures. This result was attributed to the stiffness depression of the TFP glass when the temperature rose above its Tg and the similar elasticity of the two phases because of the interaction between the components. The degree of crystallinity and a, y crystal content of PA66 both decreased due to the interaction between the two phases. In addition, the phase defect, the size distribution and the compatibility of TFP in the PA66 matrix were discussed by SEM, the results showed that the TFP appeared aggregation partly, but had the favorable compatibility in the PA66 matrix. PMID:27451779

  9. Morphology-dependent crystallization and luminescence behavior of (Y, Eu){sub 2}O{sub 3} red phosphors

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    Zhu Qi [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110004 (China); Li Jiguang, E-mail: LI.Jiguang@nims.go.jp [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110004 (China)] [Nano Ceramics Center, National Institute for Materials Science, Namiki 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Li Xiaodong; Sun Xudong [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110004 (China)

    2009-12-15

    (Y{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 3} red phosphor particles with three distinctive morphologies of submicron spheres (up to 180 nm), microflowers (up to 10 {mu}m) and microplates (up to 50 x 10 {mu}m) have been converted from their respective precursors autoclaved (100-180 deg. C, 12 h) from mixed solutions of the component nitrates and hexamethylenetetramine [(CH{sub 2}){sub 6}N{sub 4}]. The three types of precursors were found to have the approximate compositions M(OH)CO{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O for the sphere (M = Y and Eu), M{sub 4}O(OH){sub 9}NO{sub 3} for the flower and M{sub 2}(CO{sub 3}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O for the plate, and their formation domains were defined. Both X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence analysis indicated that a calcination temperature of {>=}800 deg. C is needed to attain a homogeneous (Y{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 3} solid solution and thus improved luminescence. Morphology-confined crystal growth of (Y{sub 0.95}Eu{sub 0.05}){sub 2}O{sub 3} was observed from the microplates, yielding a significantly higher exposure of the (4 0 0) facets at elevated temperature. The three types of phosphors exhibited a substantial morphology-dependent photoluminescence (PL)/photoluminescence excitation (PLE) behavior, but did not differ much in the positions of the PLE/PL bands or in the asymmetry factor [I({sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2})/I({sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 1})] of the luminescence. Upon UV excitation into the charge transfer band at {approx}240 nm the microplates showed the strongest red emission at {approx}613 nm (the {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of Eu{sup 3+}) at a calcination temperature of 1000 deg. C, whose intensity was {approx}2.49 and 1.57 times those of the flowers and spheres, respectively. Fluorescence decay analysis yielded similar lifetimes of {approx}1.5 {+-} 0.1 ms for the 613 nm emission of the three morphologies, suggesting that the differing luminescence was largely morphology

  10. CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR AND MORPHOLOGY OF ONE-STEP REACTION COMPATIBILIZED MICROFIBRILLAR REINFORCED ISOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE/POLY(ETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) (iPP/PET) BLENDS

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    Ling Xu; Gan-ji Zhong; Xu Ji; Zhong-ming Li

    2011-01-01

    One-step reaction compatibilized microfibrillar reinforced iPP/PET blends (CMRB) were successfully prepared through a "slit extrusion-hot stretching-quenching" process.Crystallization behavior and morphology of CMRB were systematically investigated.Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) observations showed blurry interface of eompatibilized common blend (CCB).The crystallization behavior of neat iPP,CCB,microfibrillar reinforced iPP/PET blend (MRB) and CMRB was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM).The increase of crystallization temperature and crystallization rate during nonisothermal crystallization process indicated both PET particles and microfibrils could serve as nucleating agents and PET microfibrils exhibited higher heterogeneous nucleation ability,which were also vividly revealed by results of POM.Compared with MRB sample,CMRB sample has lower crystallization temperature due to existence of PET microfibrils with smaller aspect ratio and wider distribution.In addition,since in situ compatibilizer tends to stay in the interphase,it could also hinder the diffusion ofiPP molecules to the surface of PET phase,leading to decrease of crystallization rate.Two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction (2D-WAXD) was preformed to characterize the crystalline structure of the samples by injection molding,and it was found that well-developed PET microfibrils contained in MRB sample promoted formation ofβ-phase of fPP.

  11. Graphene single crystals: size and morphology engineering.

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    Geng, Dechao; Wang, Huaping; Yu, Gui

    2015-05-13

    Recently developed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is considered as an effective way to large-area and high-quality graphene preparation due to its ultra-low cost, high controllability, and high scalability. However, CVD-grown graphene film is polycrystalline, and composed of numerous grains separated by grain boundaries, which are detrimental to graphene-based electronics. Intensive investigations have been inspired on the controlled growth of graphene single crystals with the absence of intrinsic defects. As the two most concerned parameters, the size and morphology serve critical roles in affecting properties and understanding the growth mechanism of graphene crystals. Therefore, a precise tuning of the size and morphology will be of great significance in scale-up graphene production and wide applications. Here, recent advances in the synthesis of graphene single crystals on both metals and dielectric substrates by the CVD method are discussed. The review mainly covers the size and morphology engineering of graphene single crystals. Furthermore, recent progress in the growth mechanism and device applications of graphene single crystals are presented. Finally, the opportunities and challenges are discussed. PMID:25809643

  12. Crystallization Behavior of Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate: Effects of Crystallization Time, Temperature, and Molar Mass

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    Sohn, Seungman

    2000-01-01

    Crystallization and multiple melting behavior of bisphenol-A polycarbonate (PC) was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for the monitoring of thermal behavior and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the morphology study. The exceedingly slow crystallization kinetics of PC and the feasibility of obtaining near monodisperse fractions provide distinct advantages for the elucidation of the effects of crystallization time, temperature, and molar mass on crystallization kineti...

  13. Optimised crystal morphologies for active pharmaceutical ingredients and related studies

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    Horgan, Danielle E.

    2015-01-01

    The majority of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are crystalline solids in their pure forms. Crystalline solids have definable morphologies, i.e. shape and size. Crystal morphology is determined by both the internal structure of the crystals and external factors during growth from solution. The morphology of a crystal batch can affect key processes during manufacturing. Companies generally accept whatever morphology the manufacturing process provides and deal with any subsequent probl...

  14. Unifying the crystallization behavior of hexagonal and square crystals with the phase-field-crystal model

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    Tao, Yang; Zheng, Chen; Jing, Zhang; Yongxin, Wang; Yanli, Lu

    2016-03-01

    By employing the phase-field-crystal models, the atomic crystallization process of hexagonal and square crystals is investigated with the emphasis on the growth mechanism and morphological change. A unified regime describing the crystallization behavior of both crystals is obtained with the thermodynamic driving force varying. By increasing the driving force, both crystals (in the steady-state) transform from a faceted polygon to an apex-bulged polygon, and then into a symmetric dendrite. For the faceted polygon, the interface advances by a layer-by-layer (LL) mode while for the apex-bulged polygonal and the dendritic crystals, it first adopts the LL mode and then transits into the multi-layer (ML) mode in the later stage. In particular, a shift of the nucleation sites from the face center to the area around the crystal tips is detected in the early growth stage of both crystals and is rationalized in terms of the relation between the crystal size and the driving force distribution. Finally, a parameter characterizing the complex shape change of square crystal is introduced. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 54175378, 51474176, and 51274167), the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2014JM7261), and the Doctoral Foundation Program of Ministry of China (Grant No. 20136102120021).

  15. Studies on confined crystallization behavior of polycaprolactone thin films

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    QIAO Congde; JIANG Shichun; JI Xiangling; AN Lijia; JIANG Bingzheng

    2007-01-01

    The confined crystallization behavior ofpolycap-rolactone (PCL) in thin and ultrathin films was studied by AFM (atomic force microscopy). It was found that the crys-talline morphology of PCL depended on the film's thickness.When the thickness is d>2Rg (radius of gyration), the polymer can crystallize into spherulites; when Rg < d< 2 Rg,a dense-branch morphology and dendrites could be found;when dcrystallization temperature and the substrate and the molecular weigbt on the crystalline mor-phology were discussed. It was shown that the crystallization of PCL in thin films is a diffusion-controlled process, and it can be explained by diffusion-limited aggregation.

  16. Incorporation of tin affects crystallization, morphology, and crystal composition of Sn-Beta

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    Tolborg, Søren; Katerinopoulou, A.; Falcone, D. D.;

    2014-01-01

    only drastically a ff ects the time required for crystallization, but also that the presence of tin changes the morphology of the formed Sn-Beta crystals. For low amounts of tin (Si/Sn ¼ 400) crystallization occurs within four days and the Sn-Beta crystals are capped bipyramidal in shape, whereas for...

  17. CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF POLYLACTIDE ON HIGHLY ORIENTED POLYETHYLENE THIN FILMS

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    Yu-kuan An; Shi-dong Jiang; Shou-ke Yan; Jing-ru Sun; Xue-si Chen

    2011-01-01

    The crystalline structure and morphology of the PLA crystallized isothermally from the glassy state on highly oriented PE substrates at 130℃ were investigated by means of optical microscopy, AFM and X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that the PE substrate influences the crystallization behavior of PLA remarkably, which leads to the growth of PLA crystals on PE substrate always in edge-on form rather than the twisted lamellar crystals from edge-on to flat-on when crystallizing the PLA on glass surface under the same condition. The edge-on PLA lamellae on the PE substrate are preferentially arranged with their long axes in the chain direction of the PE substrate crystals. It is further demonstrated that except for the different crystal orientation, the PE does not influence the crystalline modification and crystallinity of the PLA.

  18. Protein induced morphological transitions in KCl crystal growth

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    Szabó, B; Szabo, Balint; Vicsek, Tamas

    2003-01-01

    We investigated the formation of KCl crystals on glass surface by phase contrast, fluorescent, and atomic force microscopy on the micrometer scale, and observed interesting morphological transitions as a function of the experimental conditions. The presence of proteins in the solution from which the salt crystals grow during the drying up leads to complex microscopic patterns of crystals some of which are analogous to those commonly observed on the macroscopic scale. We tested the effect of tubulin, FITC-labeled albumin and IgG on the morphology of crystals grown either slowly or fast. A rich variety of protein specific and concentration dependent morphologies was found and described by a morphological diagram. We give a phenomenological interpretation, which can explain the growth of complex patterns. Fluorescent images prove that a protein layer covers the surface of the KCl structures. We propose that this layer reduces the anisotropy of the effective surface tension during growth. The tip splitting fracta...

  19. Morphological and optical properties of doped potassium hydrogen phthalate crystals

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    Enculescu, M., E-mail: mdatcu@infim.r [National Institute of Materials Physics, Multifunctional Materials and Structures Laboratory, PO Box MG-7, 077125 Magurele-Bucharest (Romania)

    2010-09-01

    Potassium hydrogen phthalate (KAP) crystals doped with rhodamine 6G (Rh 6G) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were grown by solution evaporation technique. Nucleation occurred without the use of seeds and optically transparent crystals were obtained. The grown crystals were characterized by XRD measurements performed on crystals and their powders, optical transmission and photoluminescence measurements. The influence of the dopants on the structural, morphological and optical properties of the KAP crystals was analysed. Dopants do not change the structure of the single crystals while the addition of PVP changes the morphology of crystals from pseudo-hexagonal to rhomb. Three new XRD reflections are observed in all single-crystal and powder XRD spectra and are probably (0 3 0), (0 4 0) and (0 5 0) lines. The UV cut-off and transparency of the crystals are not changed by doping. Dye-doped KAP crystals exhibit a strong emission band centred at 550 nm excited with 480 nm wavelength. For the dye-doped crystals the up-conversion was investigated and its second harmonic origins are proved using photoluminescence measurements.

  20. Influential Factors on Morphology of Hydroxyapatite Crystals

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    2003-01-01

    Needle-like hydroxyapatite crystals were synthesized by homogeneous precipitation method with water-soluble calcium salts and phosphates.The work focuses on the analysis of influencing factors on length and lengh/diameter ratio of hydroxyapatite crystals,which are main characteristics of reinforcement materials.The effects caused by system temperature,concentration of nutrient,and additives are discussed,and the optimum reacting condition is given.

  1. NONISOTHERMAL CRYSTALLIZATION AND MORPHOLOGY OF POLY(BUTYLENE SUCCINATE)/LAYERED DOUBLE HYDROXIDE NANOCOMPOSITES

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    Mei-qiu Zhan; Guang-yi Chen; Zhi-yong Wei; Yu-mei Shi; Wan-xi Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanocomposites were prepared via melt blending in a twin-screw extruder.The morphology and dispersion of LDH nanoparticles within PBS matrix were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),which showed that LDH nanoparticles were found to be well distributed at the nanometer level.The nonisothermal crystallization behavior of nanocomposites was extensively studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique at various cooling rates.The crystallization rate of PBS was accelerated by the addition of LDH due to its heterogeneous nucleation effect; however,the crystallization mechanism and crystal structure of PBS remained almost unchanged.In kinetics analysis of nonisothermal crystallization,the Ozawa approach failed to describe the crystallization behavior of PBS/LDH nanocomposites,whereas both the modified Avrami model and the Mo method well represented the crystallization behavior of nanocomposites.The effective activation energy was estimated as a function of the relative degree of crystallinity using the isoconversional analysis.The subsequent melting behavior of PBS and PBS/LDH nanocomposites was observed to be dependent on the cooling rate.The POM showed that the small and less perfect crystals were formed in nanocomposites.

  2. Growth morphology of zinc tris(thiourea) sulphate crystals

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    Sunil Verma; M K Singh; V K Wadhawan; C H Suresh

    2000-06-01

    The growth morphology of crystals of zinc tris(thiourea) sulphate (ZTS) is investigated experimentally, and computed using the Hartman–Perdok approach. Attachment energies of the observed habit faces are calculated for determining their relative morphological importance. A computer code is developed for carrying out these calculations. A special procedure is adopted for computing the cohesive energy of a slice of the structure parallel to any rational crystallographic plane. For estimating the cohesive energies, formal charges on the experimentally determined atomic positions in the molecules of ZTS are calculated by ab initio molecular-orbital computations, with wave functions obtained by the Hartree–Fock procedure. Fairly good agreement with the observed crystal morphology is obtained for a model of growth mechanism in which ZTS is assumed to exist in solution as zinc tris(thiourea) ions and sulphate ions.

  3. The evolution and morphological stability of a spherical crystal

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    2008-01-01

    The growth model of a spherical crystal in the undercooled melt including the sur- face energy, interfacial kinetics and convective flow is established. The effect of the convective flow induced by a small far field flow on the evolution and morphologi- cal stability of the interface of the spherical crystal is studied. The interface shape of the spherical crystal, which is affected by the far field flow, and the dispersion relation of the growth rate of amplitude of the perturbed interface are derived. It is shown that the convection induced by the far field flow makes the interface of the growing spherical crystal further grow in the upstream direction of the far field flow and inhibit growth in the downstream direction; the interface of the decaying spherical crystal further decays in the upstream direction and inhibits decay in the downstream direction. The theoretical result suggests that both the growth of the sphere in the upstream direction and the decay of the sphere in the downstream direction make the spherical crystal tend to evolve into an oval; the morphological stability of the interface depends on a certain radius Rc such that the spherical crystal is unstable when its radius is greater than Rc and stable when its radius is less than Rc. The surface energy and interfacial kinetics have strong stabilizing effects on the growth of the spherical crystal. In the meantime interfacial kinetics is a stable factor of the interface when the interface of the sphere is growing; it is an unstable factor of the interface when the interface is decaying.

  4. SOLUTION CRYSTALLIZATION OF METALLOCENE SHORT CHAIN BRANCHED POLYETHYLENE: MORPHOLOGY AND MECHANISM

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    Qiang Fu; Rong-ni Du; Fang-Chyou Chiu

    2000-01-01

    Solution crystallization of metallocene short chain branched polyethylene (SCBPE) was carried out and very nice single crystals were obtained. Compared with single crystals grown from linear polyethylene, SCBPE single crystals are dirty due to intermolecular heterogeneity The crystal morphology changes with crystallization temperatures. Lozenge, truncated lozenge, hexagonal, rounded and elongated crystal morphologies have been found at much lower crystallization temperature than in linear polyethylene. The electron diffraction shows there is a possibility that the single crystals may have hexagonal packing in a crystallization temperature range. The lateral habits of single crystal are discussed based on roughening theories.

  5. Sequential crystallization and morphology of triple crystalline biodegradable PEO-b-PCL-b-PLLA triblock terpolymers

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    Palacios, Jordana

    2016-01-05

    The sequential crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(e-caprolactone)-b-poly(L-lactide) (PEO-b-PCL-b-PLLA) triblock terpolymers, in which the three blocks are able to crystallize separately and sequentially from the melt, is presented. Two terpolymers with identical PEO and PCL block lengths and two different PLLA block lengths were prepared, thus the effect of increasing PLLA content on the crystallization behavior and morphology was evaluated. Wide angle X-Ray scattering (WAXS) experiments performed on cooling from the melt confirmed the triple crystalline nature of these terpolymers and revealed that they crystallize in sequence: the PLLA block crystallizes first, then the PCL block, and finally the PEO block. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis further demonstrated that the three blocks can crystallize from the melt when a low cooling rate is employed. The crystallization process takes place from a homogenous melt as indicated by small angle X-Ray scattering (SAXS) experiments. The crystallization and melting enthalpies and temperatures of both PEO and PCL blocks decrease as PLLA content in the terpolymer increases. Polarized light optical microscopy (PLOM) demonstrated that the PLLA block templates the morphology of the terpolymer, as it forms spherulites upon cooling from the melt. The subsequent crystallization of PCL and PEO blocks occurs inside the interlamellar regions of the previously formed PLLA block spherulites. In this way, unique triple crystalline mixed spherulitic superstructures have been observed for the first time. As the PLLA content in the terpolymer is reduced the superstructural morphology changes from spherulites to a more axialitic-like structure.

  6. Twist Morphology of Organic Crystal (BPE-DMB)IBr2

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    Kawabata, Kazushige; Kumagai, Tomonori; Mizutani, Makoto; Sambongi, Takashi

    1996-01-01

    Crystals of (BPE-DMB)IBr2, where BPE-DMB denotes 1,4-bis[2-(pyrene-1-yl) vinyl]-2,5-dimethylbenzene, are found to be twisted along the growing axis. Their morphology was examined in detail by X-ray examination, scanning electron and optical microscopic observations. It was found that the twisted crystals are quasi-stable and that the twisting is not discrete but rather continuous in sub-micron scale. The relation between a twist pitch and the cross-section area was obtained and compared with ...

  7. Control of crystal phase and morphology in hydrothermal synthesis of BiFeO3 crystal

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    Xu, Xuqing; Xu, Qianrui; Huang, Yajun; Hu, Xiuxiu; Huang, Yuqing; Wang, Gaoyu; Hu, Xiaolin; Zhuang, Naifeng

    2016-03-01

    Bismuth ferrite crystal is synthesized by hydrothermal method. The effect of hydrothermal temperature, KOH concentration, supersaturation, cooling rate, and compactedness on the crystal phase and the morphology of product were investigated. The results indicated that BiFeO3 microcrystalline with good quality could been synthesized at 140-240 °C with KOH concentration of 4-14 mol L-1. In addition, it is favorable for improving the crystal quality to reduce the supersaturation and decrease the cooling rate. With the increasing of the compactedness, surface holes and cracks of the as-grown crystals would be reduced. The optimization of hydrothermal condition provides guidance to grow BiFeO3 crystal with a large size and high quality for practical application.

  8. True mechanical behavior and the associated structure morphology of poly(lactic acid) polymer in strain induced crystallization by in-situ time resolved X-ray diffraction and scattering technique

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    Changes in molecular structure configuration during strain induced crystallisation of an amorphous Poly(Lactic Acid) (PLA 4032D) polymer was monitored in-situ by simultaneously recording the wide angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) patterns together with polymer deformation images and force data. The amorphous chain orientation from the beginning of deformation until the onset of crystallisation was studied from the WAXS patterns. The true mechanical behaviour described by the true stress-true strain curve related to an amorphous chain orientation exhibited a linear behaviour. Approaching critical amorphous orientation, the true stress-true strain curve deviated from linear into non-linear behaviour. After the onset of crystallization, when the deformed polymer became a semicrystalline state, the true mechanical behaviour exhibited true strain hardening which greatly affected by the formation of the morphology. The gradual true strain hardening was associated with the formation of micro-fibrillar structure containing thin crystallite morphology whilst sharp increased in true strain hardening was associated with the formation of stacked lamellar morphology in the form of macro-lattice structure. The study was accomplished by the application of high brilliance synchrotron radiation at beamline ID2 of ESRF, Grenoble in France and the usage of the high contrast resolution of WAXS and SAXS charge-couple device (CCD) camera as well as 40 milliseconds temporal resolution of data acquisition system. (author)

  9. Morphological control and polarization switching in polymer dispersed liquid crystal materials and devices

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    K K Raina; Pankaj Kumar; Praveen Malik

    2006-11-01

    Liquid crystals dispersed in polymer systems constitute novel class of optical materials. The precise control of the liquid crystal droplet morphology in the polymer matrix is essentially required to meet the prerequisites of display device. Experiments have been carried out to investigate and identify the material properties and processing conditions required for the precise control of the droplet morphology of the dispersed liquid crystal systems. Polarization switching has been studied. Aligned liquid crystal dispersed systems showed higher polarization over unaligned ones.

  10. Effect of process parameters on crystal size and morphology of lactose in ultrasound-assisted crystallization

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    Patel, S.R.; Murthy, Z.V.P. [Chemical Engineering Department, S.V. National Institute of Technology, Surat - 395 007, Gujarat (India)

    2011-03-15

    {alpha}-lactose monohydrate is widely used as a pharmaceutical excipient. Drug delivery system requires the excipient to be of narrow particle size distribution with regular particle shape. Application of ultrasound is known to increase or decrease the growth rate of certain crystal faces and controls the crystal size distribution. In the present paper, effect of process parameters such as sonication time, anti-solvent concentration, initial lactose concentration and initial pH of sample on lactose crystal size, shape and thermal transition temperature was studied. The parameters were set according to the L{sub 9}-orthogonal array method at three levels and recovered lactose from whey by sonocrystallization. The recovered lactose was analyzed by particle size analyzer, scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimeter. It was found that the morphology of lactose crystal was rod/needle like shape. Crystal size distribution of lactose was observed to be influenced by different process parameters. From the results of analysis of variance, the sonication time interval was found to be the most significant parameter affecting the volume median diameter of lactose with the highest percentage contribution (74.28%) among other parameters. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Influence of impurities on the surface morphology of the TIBr crystal semiconductor

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    The impurity effect in the surface morphology quality of TlBr crystals was evaluated, aiming a future application of these crystals as room temperature radiation semiconductor detectors. The crystals were purified and grown by the Repeated Bridgman technique. Systematic measurements were carried out for determining the stoichiometry, structure orientation, surface morphology and impurity of the crystal. A significant difference in the crystals impurity concentration was observed for almost all impurities, compared to those found in the raw material. The crystals wafer grown twice showed a surface roughness and grains which may be due to the presence of impurities on the surface, while those obtained with crystals grown three times presented a more uniform surface: even though, a smaller roughness was still observed. It was demonstrated that the impurities affect strongly the surface morphology quality of crystals. (author)

  12. Influence of impurities on the surface morphology of the TIBr crystal semiconductor

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    Santos, Robinson A. dos; Silva, Julio B. Rodrigues da; Martins, Joao F.T.; Ferraz, Caue de M.; Costa, Fabio E. da; Mesquita, Carlos H. de; Hamada, Margarida M., E-mail: rasantos@ipen.br, E-mail: mmhamada@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Gennari, Roseli F. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica

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    The impurity effect in the surface morphology quality of TlBr crystals was evaluated, aiming a future application of these crystals as room temperature radiation semiconductor detectors. The crystals were purified and grown by the Repeated Bridgman technique. Systematic measurements were carried out for determining the stoichiometry, structure orientation, surface morphology and impurity of the crystal. A significant difference in the crystals impurity concentration was observed for almost all impurities, compared to those found in the raw material. The crystals wafer grown twice showed a surface roughness and grains which may be due to the presence of impurities on the surface, while those obtained with crystals grown three times presented a more uniform surface: even though, a smaller roughness was still observed. It was demonstrated that the impurities affect strongly the surface morphology quality of crystals. (author)

  13. Studies on the effect of L-glutamine on morphology, structure, optical, mechanical and electrical properties of TGS crystal

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    Bharthasarathi, T.; Thakur, O. P.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2010-09-01

    Single crystals of L-glutamine doped triglycine sulfate (LGTGS) were grown from aqueous solution by low-temperature solution growth technique using slow cooling method. The LGTGS crystals exhibit prominent morphological changes in the (1 0 1) and (0 1 0) planes. Lattice parameter values were determined by single-crystal XRD analysis. The powder X-ray diffraction confirms the crystalline nature of LGTGS. The presence of dopants in the crystal lattice was qualitatively confirmed by FTIR analysis. The UV-vis-NIR spectrum was recorded to study the optical transparency of the grown crystals. Microhardness studies were carried out using Leitz Weitzler hardness tester at room temperature. The dielectric studies were carried out to identify the phase transition temperature and the dielectric behavior. The P- E hysteresis loops were recorded at 50 Hz to find the values of spontaneous polarization ( Ps) and coercive field ( Ec).

  14. Mild solvothermal synthesis and characterization of ZnO crystals with various morphologies on borosilicate glass substrate

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    Long, Tengfa; Takabatake, Kouta; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2009-01-01

    ZnO crystals with various morphologies were successfully prepared on borosilicate glass substrate in mild solution. Water and 50 vol% ethylene glycol aqueous solution were used as reaction solvents to investigate the crystal growth behavior. The effects of solvents and reaction time on the properties of crystals were investigated by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and photocatalytic characterization. The results indicated that the addition of ethylene glycol led to uniform crystal growth; however, the ZnO crystals synthesized in water possessed more excellent photoluminescence and photocatalytic activities. About 4.25%, 6.38% and 29.78% of 1 ppm NO x gas could be continuously removed under irradiation of light wavelength >510, >410 and >290 nm, respectively.

  15. Spectroscopic and morphological investigation of conjugated photopolymerisable quinquethiophene liquid crystals

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    McGlashon, Andrew J.

    2012-09-01

    3′-methyl-(5,5′′-bis[3-ethyl-3-(6-phenyl-hexyloxymethyl) -oxetane])-2,2′:5′,2′′-terthiophene (5T(Me)Ox) is a solution processable small molecule semiconductor displaying smectic-C and nematic liquid crystal phases. The pendant oxetane group can be polymerized in situ in the presence of a suitable photoacid at concentrations ≥1% by weight. Spin-coated films of pure 5T(Me)Ox and 5T(Me)Ox doped with the soluble photoacid were characterized by absorption and photoluminescent spectroscopy. Thick pristine films showed absorption and emission from a crystalline phase. Thin monolayer (<5 nm) films, as well as thicker photoacid doped films, instead showed absorption from an H-aggregate phase and emission from an excimer. Optical microscopy showed a significant change in film structure upon addition of the photoacid; large and well-orientated crystals being replaced by much smaller domains which appear to vary in thickness. Grazing Incidence Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering (GIWAXS) was used to characterize the packing and orientation of molecules in the crystalline and doped samples. The results are consistent with the photoacid doped samples forming layers of H-aggregate phase monolayer sheets parallel to the substrate where the photoacid inhibits the transition into the three-dimensionally ordered crystalline phase. Field-effect transistors and light emitting diodes were constructed incorporating 5T(Me)Ox as the active layer. Pure 5T(Me)Ox field-effect transistors showed good, p-type device characteristics, but the morphological changes upon doping result in a loss of transistor action. In the diodes, curing through melting and exposure to UV light followed by photoacid removal resulted in an increase in current density but a decrease in light emission. These results indicate that the presence of the photoacid (≥1% by weight) can have a dramatic effect on the structure, morphology and device performance of ordered, photopatternable materials for organic

  16. Crystal morphology of simonkolleite (Zn5(OH)8Cl2.H2O): a SEM study

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    In this paper the morphology of natural and synthetic simonkolleite crystals is investigated. We use an approach of determining the Miller indices of the faces of crystals with electron-microscopic dimensions by comparing their SEM photographs with model images generated by the computer program VESTA. The morphological importance of the crystallographic forms of simonkolleite was estimated on the basis of Bravais–Friedel–Donnay–Harker law and the theory of PBC-vectors. Model images of the crystals were obtained by the introduction of lattice parameters, space groups and the indices of the morphologically important forms. The program VESTA allows for the obtention of projections of the model image in stochastic orientations and for a very precise comparison with the image of the real crystal. It was found that the studied simonkolleite crystals are formed from basal pinacoid {001} and rhombohedrons {101} and {012}. Key words: simonkolleite, crystal morphology, Miller indices

  17. Evolution of Morphology and Structure During Crystallization and Melting in Syndiotactic Polypropylene

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    2001-01-01

    Structure and morphology development during isothermal crystallization andsubsequent melting of syndiotactic polypropylene (Spp) was studied by time-resolvedsimultaneous small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD)methods with synchrotron radiation and differential scanning calorimetry(DSC). The timeand temperature dependent parameters such as long period, L, crystal lamellar thickness, lc,amorphous layer thickness, la, scattering invariant, 6, crystallinity, Xc, lateral crystalsizes, L200 and L020, and unit cell parameters a and b were extracted from SAXS and WAXDprofiles. Decreasing long period and crystal thickness indicate that thinner secondary crystallamellae are formed. The decreases in unit cell parameters a and b during isothermalcrystallization process suggest that crystal perfection takes place. The changes in themorphological parameters (the invariant, Q, crystallinity, Xc, long period, L, and thecrystal thickness, lc) during subsequent melting were found to follow a two-stage meltingprocess, corresponding to the dual endotherm behavior in the DSC scan. We conclude that the dual melting peaks are due to the melting of secondary and primary lamellae(first peak)and the subsequent recrystallization-melting process (second peak). Additional minorendothermic peak located at the lowest temperature was also detected and might be related tomelting of secondary, thinner and defective lamellae. WAXD showed that during melting,thermal expansion was greater along the b axis than that along the a axis.

  18. An Experimental Verification of morphology of ibuprofen crystals from CAMD designed solvent

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    Karunanithi, Arunprakash T.; Acquah, Charles; Achenie, Luke E.K.;

    2007-01-01

    crystals formed from solvents, necessitates additional experimental verification steps. In this work we report the experimental verification of crystal morphology for the case study, solvent design for ibuprofen crystallization, presented in Karunanithi et al. [2006. A computer-aided molecular design...

  19. Control of Crystal Morphology for Mold Flux During High-Aluminum AHSS Continuous Casting Process

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    GUO, Jing; SEO, Myung-Duk; SHI, Cheng-Bin; CHO, Jung-Wook; KIM, Seon-Hyo

    2016-05-01

    In the present manuscript, the efforts to control the crystal morphology are carried out aiming at improving the lubrication of lime-alumina-based mold flux for casting advanced high-strength steel with high aluminum. Jackson α factors for crystals of melt crystallization in multi-component mold fluxes are established and reasonably evaluated by applying thermodynamic databases to understand the crystal morphology control both in lime-alumina-based and lime-silica-based mold fluxes. The results show that Jackson α factor and supercooling are the most critical factors to determine the crystal morphology in a mold flux. Crystals precipitating in mold fluxes appear with different morphologies due to their different Jackson α factors and are likely to be more faceted with higher Jackson α factor. In addition, there is a critical supercooling degree for crystal morphology dendritic transition. When the supercooling over the critical value, the crystals transform from faceted shape to dendritic ones in morphology as the kinetic roughening occurs. Typically, the critical supercooling degrees for cuspidine dendritic transition in the lime-silica-based mold fluxes are evaluated to be between 0.05 and 0.06. Finally, addition of a small amount of Li2O in the mold flux can increase the Jackson α factor and decrease the supercooling for cuspidine precipitation; thus, it is favorable to enhance a faceted cuspidine crystal.

  20. The role of crystal orientation and surface proximity in the self-similar behavior of deformed Cu single crystals

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    We report on novel 3D spatially resolved X-ray diffraction microscopy studies of self-affine behavior in deformed single crystals. This study extends surface profile measurements of self-affined morphology changes in single crystals during deformation to include local lattice rotations and sub-surface behavior. Investigations were made on the spatial correlation of the local lattice rotations in 8% tensile deformed Cu single crystals oriented with [1 2 3], [1 1 1] and [0 0 1] axes parallel to the tensile axis. The nondestructive depth-resolved measurements were made over a length scale of one to hundreds of micrometers. Self-affined correlation was found both at the surface and below the surface of the samples. A universal exponent for the power-law similar to that observed with surface profile methods is found at the surface of all samples but crystallographically sensitive changes are observed as a function of depth. Correlation lengths of the self-affine behavior vary with the [1 2 3] crystal exhibiting the longest self-affine length scale of 70 μm with only 18 μm for the [1 1 1] and [0 0 1] crystals. These measurements illuminate the transition from surface-like to bulk-like deformation behavior and provide new quantitative information to guide emerging models of self-organized structures in plasticity.

  1. Controls of Crystal Morphology, Size and Structure in Spontaneous Precipitation of Calcium Carbonate

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    YANG Ya-Nan, ZHU Xiao-Li, KONG Xiang-Zheng

    2013-01-01

    Nano- to micron-meter CaCO3 particles with different shape and crystal structures were prepared by adjusting the experimental conditions, including use of crystal growth inhibitors, concentrations of CaCl2 and Na2CO3, and dispersing methods. CaCO3 particles were characterized using electronic microscope, dynamic light scattering and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that the nature and concentration of the crystal growth inhibitors had important effects on the morphology and crystal st...

  2. Organic crystal-binding peptides: morphology control and one-pot formation of protein-displaying organic crystals

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    Niide, Teppei; Ozawa, Kyohei; Nakazawa, Hikaru; Oliveira, Daniel; Kasai, Hitoshi; Onodera, Mari; Asano, Ryutaro; Kumagai, Izumi; Umetsu, Mitsuo

    2015-11-01

    Crystalline assemblies of fluorescent molecules have different functional properties than the constituent monomers, as well as unique optical characteristics that depend on the structure, size, and morphological homogeneity of the crystal particles. In this study, we selected peptides with affinity for the surface of perylene crystal particles by exposing a peptide-displaying phage library in aqueous solution to perylene crystals, eluting the surface-bound phages by means of acidic desorption or liquid-liquid extraction, and amplifying the obtained phages in Escherichia coli. One of the perylene-binding peptides, PeryBPb1: VQHNTKYSVVIR, selected by this biopanning procedure induced perylene molecules to form homogenous planar crystal nanoparticles by means of a poor solvent method, and fusion of the peptide to a fluorescent protein enabled one-pot formation of protein-immobilized crystalline nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were well-dispersed in aqueous solution, and Förster resonance energy transfer from the perylene crystals to the fluorescent protein was observed. Our results show that the crystal-binding peptide could be used for simultaneous control of perylene crystal morphology and dispersion and protein immobilization on the crystals.Crystalline assemblies of fluorescent molecules have different functional properties than the constituent monomers, as well as unique optical characteristics that depend on the structure, size, and morphological homogeneity of the crystal particles. In this study, we selected peptides with affinity for the surface of perylene crystal particles by exposing a peptide-displaying phage library in aqueous solution to perylene crystals, eluting the surface-bound phages by means of acidic desorption or liquid-liquid extraction, and amplifying the obtained phages in Escherichia coli. One of the perylene-binding peptides, PeryBPb1: VQHNTKYSVVIR, selected by this biopanning procedure induced perylene molecules to form homogenous planar

  3. Morphological change and crystal structure of skeletal muscle actin

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    Actin from skeletal muscle was crystallized in fluorescent dye/acetone solutions. Three different polymorphic forms of the crystals were observed by polarization microscope and video systems. Ultrastructural observation and electron diffraction analysis of the crystals have been made using a 1 MeV electron microscope. The specimens were unstained or negatively stained with uranyl acetate. The diffraction spots of the crystals faded within twenty seconds. Minimum dose system and low temperature techniques were effective in taking highly resolved images and diffraction patterns of the crystals. Actin crystals diffracted well to 2 A resolution. The rod form of actin crystals is orthorhombic and the cell dimensions are 61 Ax41 Ax33 A. The unit cell contains one actin monomer. (orig.)

  4. Effect of milling on morphology of molten salt synthesized Sr3Ti2O7 crystals

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    Kijamnajsuk, S.

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Effect of milling liquid (acetone and ethanol, and milling times on morphology of Sr3Ti2O7 (ST7 crystals grow in molten potassium chloride salt at 1250oC for 4 h was investigated. Two kinds of crystals with different morphologies were found: ST7 crystals having a tabular shape of less than 20 μm diameter and small secondary-phase crystals having high symmetry. Milling starting materials in ethanol yielded ST7 crystals that were up to 3 times thinner than those milled with acetone, increasing the (00l Lotgering factor almost twice that when prepared with acetone. Large crystals become a bit smaller and the number of small crystals increased when the milling time increased.

  5. Influence of magnetic field on the morphology of the andrographolide crystal from supercritical carbon dioxide extraction crystallization

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    Chen, Kexun; Zhang, Xingyuan; Pan, Jian; Zhang, Wencheng; Yong, Ji; Yin, Wenhong

    2003-10-01

    In this paper, a supercritical fluid extraction-crystallization of andrographolide, a kind of Chinese traditional medicine, was investigated. We have studied the extraction-crystallization process with or without magnet in the extractor, respectively. It was found that the presence of magnetic field is an important factor influencing the quality of the products. SEM images showed that the crystal was slice-like in shape, and many slices reunited together in the absence of magnet. Further research showed that pressure had a certain effect on the morphology of the crystal.

  6. Growth of NBT-BT single crystals by flux method and their structural, morphological and electrical characterizations

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    Kanuru, Sreenadha Rao; Baskar, K.; Dhanasekaran, R.; Kumar, Binay

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, one of the important, eco-friendly polycrystalline material, (1-x)(Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 (NBT) - xBaTiO3 (BT) of different compositions (x=0.07, 0.06 and 0.05 wt%) around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) were synthesized by solid state reaction technique. And the single crystals with 13×7×7 mm3, 12×12×7 mm3 and 10×7×4 mm3 dimensions were grown by self flux method. The morphology, crystal structure and unit-cell parameters have been studied and the monoclinic phase has been identified for 0.07 wt% of BT. Higher BT concentration changes the crystal habit and the mechanism has been studied clearly. Raman spectroscopy at room-temperature confirms the presence of functional groups. The quality of the as grown single crystals was examined by high resolution x-ray diffraction analysis. The dielectric properties of the as grown crystals were investigated in the frequency range of 20 Hz-2 MHz from room temperature to 450 °C. The broad dielectric peak and frequency dispersion demonstrates the relaxor behavior of grown crystals. The dielectric constant (εr), transition temperature (Tm), and depolarization temperature (Td) of the grown crystals are found to be comparatively good. The diffusive factor (γ) from Curie-Weiss law confirms the as grown NBT-BT single crystals are relaxor in nature.

  7. Crystallization Behavior of Copper Smelter Slag During Molten Oxidation

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    Fan, Yong; Shibata, Etsuro; Iizuka, Atsushi; Nakamura, Takashi

    2015-10-01

    Copper slag is composed of iron silicate obtained by smelting copper concentrate and silica flux. One of the most important criteria for the utilization of this secondary resource is the recovery of iron from the slag matrix to decrease the volume of dumped slag. The molten oxidation process with crushing magnetic separation appears to be a more sustainable approach and is based on directly blowing oxidizing gas onto molten slag after the copper smelting process. In the current study, using an infrared furnace, the crystallization behavior of the slag during molten oxidation was studied to better understand the trade-off between magnetite and hematite precipitations, as assessed by X-ray diffraction (using an internal standard). Furthermore, the crystal morphology was examined using a laser microscope and Raman imaging system to understand the iron oxide transformation, and the distribution of impurities such as Cu, Zn, As, Cr, and Pb were complemented with scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. In addition, the reaction mechanism was investigated with a focus on the oxidation processes.

  8. Crystallization Behavior of Copolymer Poly (ethylene terephthalate/isophthalate) (IPET)

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    顾书英; 肖茹; 顾利霞

    2001-01-01

    The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics, isothermal crystallization and the morphology of crystals of the copolymer poly (ethylene terephthalate/ isophthalate )(IPET) were studied by DSC and polarized-light microscopy in this paper. DSC results indicate that the glass transition temperature Tg of IPET is slightly lower than that of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), but the melting temperature Tm and the crystallization temperature Tc of PET and IPET have much difference.The difference of Tc between PET and IPET2 is about 7℃, and the difference of Tm between PET and IPET2 is about 16℃. From the kinetics analysis of the crystallization, the crystallization mechanism of all samples is of three-dimension spherulitic growth from instantaneous nuclei and the incorporation of isophthalate (IPA) decreases the crystallization rate of IPET greatly. The isothermal results indicate that the morphologies of PET and IPET crystals are all spherulite, which is in conformity to the results of nonisothermal dynamic crystallization. At the same time,the spherulite of IPET grows slower and has longer incubation time than the spherulite of PET under the same crystallization condition.

  9. Surface morphological instability of silicon (100) crystals under microwave ion physical etching

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    Yafarov, R. K.; Shanygin, V. Ya.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents the results of studies of the dynamics of relaxation modification of the morphological characteristics of atomically clean surfaces of silicon (100) crystals with different types of conductivity after microwave ion physical etching in an argon atmosphere. For the first time, the effect of the electronic properties on the morphological characteristics and the surface free energy of silicon crystals is experimentally shown and proven by physicochemical methods.

  10. Tuning the crystal morphology and size of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 in aqueous solution by surfactants

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    Pan, Yichang

    2011-01-01

    Herein we report a facile synthesis method using surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a capping agent for controlling the crystal size and morphology of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) crystals in aqueous systems. The particle sizes can be precisely adjusted from ca. 100 nm to 4 μm, and the morphology can be changed from truncated cubic to rhombic dodecahedron. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  11. Effects of polymer concentration on the morphology of calcium phosphate crystals formed in polyacrylamide hydrogels

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    Yokoi, Taishi; Kawashita, Masakazu; Ohtsuki, Chikara

    2013-11-01

    Growing crystals in hydrogels is an attractive method to form inorganic solids with designed morphology under ambient conditions. Precipitation of the inorganic solids in a hydrogel matrix can be regarded as mimicking the process of biomineralization. In the construction of biominerals, an organic template composed of insoluble macromolecules is used to control the crystal growth of the inorganic compounds. The morphological control in biomineralization can be applied to artificial reaction systems. In this study, the morphology of calcium phosphate crystals formed in polymeric hydrogels of various polymer concentrations was investigated. Spherical octacalcium phosphate (OCP) precipitated in the polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogels. Fibrous crystals gradually covered the surface of the spherical crystals as the polymer concentration of the gel increased. The morphology of the OCP crystals changed from sea urchin shapes to wool-ball shapes with increasing PAAm concentration. The morphological change is generated by the template effect of the polymer wall, which is made up of stacked PAAm sheets, surrounding the spherical OCP crystals.

  12. A Study of the Crystallization, Melting, and Foaming Behaviors of Polylactic Acid in Compressed CO2

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    Chul B. Park

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The crystallization and melting behaviors of linear polylactic acid (PLA treated by compressed CO2 was investigated. The isothermal crystallization test indicated that while PLA exhibited very low crystallization kinetics under atmospheric pressure, CO2 exposure significantly increased PLA’s crystallization rate; a high crystallinity of 16.5% was achieved after CO2 treatment for only 1 min at 100 °C and 6.89 MPa. One melting peak could be found in the DSC curve, and this exhibited a slight dependency on treatment times, temperatures, and pressures. PLA samples tended to foam during the gas release process, and a foaming window as a function of time and temperature was established. Based on the foaming window, crystallinity, and cell morphology, it was found that foaming clearly reduced the needed time for PLA’s crystallization equilibrium.

  13. Habit and morphology study on the palm-based 9,10-dihydroxystearic acid (DHSA) crystals

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    Dihydroxystearic acid (DHSA) and its derivatives are hydroxyl fatty acids suitable to be used as multipurpose intermediates in the synthesis of personal care products and decorative cosmetics. In Malaysia, DHSA has been successfully produced from palm-based oleic acid, via epoxidation with per-formic acid followed with hydrolysis of the epoxide. The objective of this paper is to study the crystals of DHSA produced under different crystallization conditions. The crystal habit and morphology were observed in terms of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Results show that solvent type, solvent concentration and cooling mode affect the crystal habit but not the morphology. The DHSA crystals agglomerated into either sphere-like or plate-like habit structure while always maintaining the triclinic crystal system

  14. Crystal Morphology of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) on Amorphous Poly(vinylphenol) Substrate.

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Gao, Nan; Li, Quan; Zhang, Jidong; Yang, Xiaoqiu; Ren, Zhongjie; Yan, Shouke

    2016-04-26

    The crystalline morphology and orientation of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) thin film on the poly(vinylphenol) (PVPh) sublayer with different thickness was studied by atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and infrared spectroscopy. PVPh sublayer influences the morphology of PHB greatly. Although edge-on lamellae form on both Si and PVPh surfaces at relatively lower crystallization temperature, the morphology of them is quite different. It appears as sheaflike edge-on lamellar morphology on PVPh sublayer. In addition, the edge-on lamellae prefer to form on the PVPh sublayers at much higher crystallization temperature compared with that on Si wafer. The PVPh layer thickness also influences the crystalline morphology of PHB. On a 30 nm thick PVPh layer, sheaflike edge-on lamellae form in a wide range of crystallization temperatures. When the PVPh thickness increases to 65 nm, fingerlike morphology is observed when the crystallization temperature is lower than 95 °C. The fingerlike morphology is caused by a diffusion-limited aggregation process, and it requires an optimum condition. Thickness ratio between PHB and PVPh sublayer and temperature are two key factors for the formation of fingerlike morphology. PMID:27068580

  15. Dependence of morphology and crystallization parameters of polypropylene on nucleation

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    Janevski, Aco; Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana

    2014-01-01

    The rate of crystallization of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) at a given temperature, likewise the other crystallizing polymers, depends on the number of active centers from which the crystal growth begins, i.e. on the density of nuclei. In this paper the nucleation characteristics of some additives and reinforcements for iPP, which are mainly applied in the manufacturing of iPP based composites, have been investigated. The glass fibers, incorporated in the polymer in amount of 30-50 wt %, are...

  16. Ant Genetics: Reproductive Physiology, Worker Morphology, and Behavior.

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    Friedman, D A; Gordon, D M

    2016-07-01

    Many exciting studies have begun to elucidate the genetics of the morphological and physiological diversity of ants, but as yet few studies have investigated the genetics of ant behavior directly. Ant genomes are marked by extreme rates of gene turnover, especially in gene families related to olfactory communication, such as the synthesis of cuticular hydrocarbons and the perception of environmental semiochemicals. Transcriptomic and epigenetic differences are apparent between reproductive and sterile females, males and females, and workers that differ in body size. Quantitative genetic approaches suggest heritability of task performance, and population genetic studies indicate a genetic association with reproductive status in some species. Gene expression is associated with behavior including foraging, response to queens attempting to join a colony, circadian patterns of task performance, and age-related changes of task. Ant behavioral genetics needs further investigation of the feedback between individual-level physiological changes and socially mediated responses to environmental conditions. PMID:27050321

  17. Changes in calcium oxalate crystal morphology as a function of supersaturation

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    Mauricio Carvalho

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the changes in calcium oxalate crystal morphology induced by different levels of supersaturation (SS in human urine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four hours urine samples from 5 normal men were collected. Each specimen was centrifuged and filtered. About 200 mL of each sample was dialyzed overnight. Aliquots of 2 mL of urine was then added to a 24-wells tissue culture plate and checked for crystal absence. Calcium oxalate crystals were precipitated from each sample by adding sodium oxalate and calcium chloride in sufficient quantities to induce spontaneous crystallization. Finally, each plate hole was examined with an inverted polarized microscope (X500 magnification. Initial SS of each sample relative to calcium oxalate was calculated using an iterative computer program. RESULTS: Crystal formation was connecte to relative calcium oxalate (CaOx SS. At SS of 10, small crystals of similar shape were formed, mainly CaOx dihydrate morphology. At SS of 30, there was an enormous increase in the number of crystals, that kept the same size. SS greater than 50 produced larger crystals with different shapes and multiple crystalline aggregates. Urine was able to tolerate, i.e., to avoid crystal formation, until SS ratios of approximately 10. CONCLUSIONS: Relative CaOx SS and the concentration ratio of calcium to oxalate are important determinanting factors of crystal morphology. Non-dialyzable urinary proteins can act as inhibitors and influence the structure of formed crystals. Additional studies from patients with kidney stones are needed in order to establish whether crystal size and habit distribution are different from crystals in normal urine.

  18. Effect of Preparation Methods on Crystallization Behavior and Tensile Strength of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Membranes.

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    Liu, Jie; Lu, Xiaolong; Wu, Chunrui

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes were prepared by non solvent induced phase separation (NIPS), melt spinning and the solution-cast method. The effect of preparation methods with different membrane formation mechanisms on crystallization behavior and tensile strength of PVDF membranes was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to examine the crystal form of the surface layers and the overall membranes, respectively. Spherulite morphologies and thermal behavior of the membranes were studied by polarized light optical microscopy (PLO) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) separately. It was found that the crystallization behavior of PVDF membranes was closely related to the preparation methods. For membranes prepared by the NIPS method, the skin layers had a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase, and the total crystallinity was 60.0% with no spherulite. For melt spinning membranes, the surface layers also showed a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase. The total crystallinity was 48.7% with perfect spherulites. Whereas the crystallization behavior of solution-cast membranes was related to the evaporation temperature and the additive, when the evaporation temperature was 140 °C with a soluble additive in the dope solution, obvious spherulites appeared. The crystalline morphology of PVDF exerted a great influence on the tensile strength of the membranes, which was much higher with perfect spherulites. PMID:24957064

  19. Effect of Preparation Methods on Crystallization Behavior and Tensile Strength of Poly(vinylidene fluoride Membranes

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    Full Text Available Poly(vinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes were prepared by non solvent induced phase separation (NIPS, melt spinning and the solution-cast method. The effect of preparation methods with different membrane formation mechanisms on crystallization behavior and tensile strength of PVDF membranes was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR and X-ray diffraction (XRD were employed to examine the crystal form of the surface layers and the overall membranes, respectively. Spherulite morphologies and thermal behavior of the membranes were studied by polarized light optical microscopy (PLO and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC separately. It was found that the crystallization behavior of PVDF membranes was closely related to the preparation methods. For membranes prepared by the NIPS method, the skin layers had a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase, and the total crystallinity was 60.0% with no spherulite. For melt spinning membranes, the surface layers also showed a mixture of α and β phases, the overall membranes were predominantly α phase. The total crystallinity was 48.7% with perfect spherulites. Whereas the crystallization behavior of solution-cast membranes was related to the evaporation temperature and the additive, when the evaporation temperature was 140 °C with a soluble additive in the dope solution, obvious spherulites appeared. The crystalline morphology of PVDF exerted a great influence on the tensile strength of the membranes, which was much higher with perfect spherulites.

  20. Chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposites: morphology and mechanical behavior

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    This study chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposite films were prepared by solution intercalation process, seeking to investigate the effect of the chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 e 10/1) on the morphology and mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposites. It was used as nanophase, Argel sodium bentonite (AN), was provided by Bentonit Uniao Nordeste-BUN (Campina Grande, Brazil) and as biopolymer matrix the chitosan of low molecular weight and degree of deacetylation of 86,7% was supplied by Polymar (Fortaleza, Brazil). The bionanocomposites was investigated by X-ray diffraction and tensile properties. According to the results, the morphology and the mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposite was affected by the ratio of chitosan/bentonite. The chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 and 10/1) indicated the formation of an intercalated nanostructure and of the predominantly exfoliated nanostructure, respectively. And the considerable increases in the resistance to the traction were observed mainly for the bionanocomposite with predominantly exfoliated morphology. (author)

  1. Crystallization Thermodynamic and Kinetic Behaviors of Vitamin C in Batch Crystallizer

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    2000-01-01

    The bench-scale cooling crystallization for ternary solution of L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) was studied. The solid-liquid phase diagram of Vitamin C-water-ethanol system was obtained on the basis of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) curves. The heat of crystallization of Vitamin C was calculated with the aid of quantitative analysis. According to the population balance equation under unsteady state, the rates of nucleation and growth were determined. The parameters of crystallization kinetics equations were estimated by regression of experimental data. Crystal morphology and size were determined with x-ray diffraction and TA Ⅱ Coulter Counter.

  2. Fe 2O 3 single crystals: hydrothermal growth, crystal chemistry and growth morphology

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    Demianets, L. N.; Pouchko, S. V.; Gaynutdinov, R. V.

    2003-11-01

    Hematite single crystals have been grown under hydrothermal conditions. The analysis of atomic structures of the {h k i l} faces has been made, and the sequence of the growth rate change has been explained on the basis of that analysis. Optical and AFM study show two main mechanisms of α-Fe 2O 3 growth. They are layer-by-layer growth and island growth. The morphological characteristics of {1 1 2¯ 0} surfaces are given. Large flat terraces with height h 100-150 nm, width d˜10000 nm are observed of the face surface. Terraces are composed from the steps ( h 15-65, d 100-1200 nm). AFM-images of small steps demonstrate that they consist of globules with rounded or elongated shapes. Typical heights of globules are 0.5-5 nm, and typical lengths are 30-60 nm. These globules are orderly packed on the face, the elongation being along [1 0 1¯ 0] direction.

  3. Effect of silk sericin on morphology and structure of calcium carbonate crystal

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    Zhao, Rui-Bo; Han, Hua-Feng; Ding, Shao; Li, Ze-Hao; Kong, Xiang-Dong

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, silk sericin was employed to regulate the mineralization of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). CaCO3 composite particles were prepared by the precipitation reaction of sodium carbonate with calcium chloride solution in the presence of silk sericin. The as-prepared samples were collected at different reaction time to study the crystallization process of CaCO3 by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that silk sericin significantly affected the morphology and crystallographic polymorph of CaCO3. With increasing the reaction time, the crystal phase of CaCO3 transferred from calcite dominated to vaterite dominated mixtures, while the morphology of CaCO3 changed from disk-like calcite crystal to spherical vaterite crystal. These studies showed the potential of silk sericin used as a template molecule to control the growth of inorganic crystal.

  4. Crystallization kinetics and morphology of poly(ferrocenyldimethylsilane)

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    Lammertink, Rob G.H.; Hempenius, Mark A.; Vancso, G. Julius

    1998-01-01

    A series of poly(ferrocenyldimethylsilanes) were prepared via anionic ring-opening polymerization. The isothermal crystallization kinetics were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and analyzed in terms of the Avrami equation. The value of the Avrami exponent is approximately 3

  5. Shear-induced enhancements of crystallization kinetics and morphological transformation for long chain branched polylactides with different branching degrees

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    Wang, Junyang; Bai, Jing; Zhang, Yaqiong; Fang, Huagao; Wang, Zhigang

    2016-06-01

    The effects of long chain branching (LCB) degree on the shear-induced isothermal crystallization kinetics of a series of LCB polylactides (LCB PLAs) have been investigated by using rotational rheometer, polarized optical microscopy (POM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dynamic viscoelastic properties obtained by small-amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS) tests indicate that LCB PLAs show more broadened relaxation time spectra with increasing LCB degree. Upon a pre-shear at the shear rate of 1 s‑1 LCB PLAs show much faster crystallization kinetics than linear PLA and the crystallization kinetics is enhanced with increasing LCB degree. By modeling the system as a suspension the quantitative evaluation of nucleation density can be derived from rheological experiments. The nucleation density is greatly enhanced with increasing LCB degree and a saturation in shear time is observed. Crystalline morphologies for LCB PLAs observed by POM and SEM demonstrate the enhancement of nucleation density with increasing LCB degree and a transformation from spherulitic to orientated crystalline morphologies. The observation can be ascribed to longer relaxation time of the longest macromolecular chains and broadened, complex relaxation behaviors due to the introduction of LCB into PLA, which is essential in stabilizing the orientated crystal nuclei after pre-shear.

  6. The impact of crystal morphology on the thermal responses of ultrasonically-excited energetic materials

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    Miller, J. K.; Mares, J. O.; Gunduz, I. E.; Son, S. F.; Rhoads, J. F.

    2016-01-01

    The ability to detect explosive materials may be significantly enhanced with local increases in vapor pressure caused by an elevation of the materials' temperature. Recently, ultrasonic excitation has been shown to generate heat within plastic-bonded energetic materials. To investigate the impact of crystal morphology on this heating, samples of elastic binder are implanted with single ammonium perchlorate crystals of two distinct shape groups. Contact piezoelectric transducers are then used to excite the samples at ultrasonic frequencies. The thermal responses of the crystals are recorded using infrared thermography, and the rate of heating is estimated. Surface temperature increases up to 15 °C are found to arise after 2 s of excitation, with much higher heating levels expected near the inclusions themselves as demonstrated by the chemical decomposition of some crystals under favorable excitation conditions. The rates of heat generation are compared to various crystal morphology features through 2D estimates of length scale, perimeter and irregularity. It is observed that crystals grown in the lab, featuring sharp geometric facets, exhibit a higher probability of significant heat generation than inclusions with more spherical shapes. However, no statistical link is found between the rates of heat generation and the crystal morphology in those samples that do generate significant heating, likely because variations in surface roughness cannot be entirely eliminated during experimentation. It is hoped that this study will lead to a better understanding of the nature of heat generation in energetic materials from ultrasonic sources.

  7. Phylogenetic significance of composition and crystal morphology of magnetosome minerals

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    Mihály ePósfai; Christopher eLefèvre; Denis eTrubitsyn; Dennis A. Bazylinski; Richard eFrankel

    2013-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetosomes, nano-scale crystals of magnetite or greigite in membrane enclosures, that comprise a permanent magnetic dipole in each cell. MTB control the mineral composition, habit, size, and crystallographic orientation of the magnetosomes, as well as their arrangement within the cell. Studies involving magnetosomes that contain mineral and biological phases require multidisciplinary efforts. Here we use crystallographic, genomic and phylogenetic p...

  8. Phylogenetic significance of composition and crystal morphology of magnetosome minerals

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    Pósfai, Mihály; Lefèvre, Christopher T; Trubitsyn, Denis; Dennis A. Bazylinski; Frankel, Richard B.

    2013-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetosomes, nano-scale crystals of magnetite or greigite in membrane enclosures that comprise a permanent magnetic dipole in each cell. MTB control the mineral composition, habit, size, and crystallographic orientation of the magnetosomes, as well as their arrangement within the cell. Studies involving magnetosomes that contain mineral and biological phases require multidisciplinary efforts. Here we use crystallographic, genomic and phylogenetic pe...

  9. Morphological Features and Melting Behavior of Nanocomposites Based on Isotactic Polypropylene and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Avila-Orta,C.; Medellin-Rodriguez, F.; Davila-Rodriguez, M.; Aguirre-Figueroa, Y.; Yoon, K.; Hsiao, B.

    2007-01-01

    Nanocomposites based on low molar mass isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and a low concentrations (1-2 wt %) of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were studied using thermal analysis, optical and electronic microscopy, and X-ray diffraction/scattering techniques. It was first determined that MWCNT decrease induction time and act as nucleating agents of the iPP crystals during nonisothermal crystallization. One of the consequences of the nucleation effect was that the original spherulitic morphology of iPP was transformed into a fibrillar-like. The corresponding long period of the original well-defined lamellar structure slightly increased suggesting the formation of thicker crystals in samples containing MWCNT. The nature of the {alpha}-iPP crystalline structure was not affected by MWCNT. After nonisothermal crystallization, two melting endotherms were present during thermal scanning of the iPP/MWCNT nanocomposites their proportion changing with the heating rate. After resolving the total DSC signal in its components using MDSC, the overall evolution of such behavior could be explained in terms of the melting/recrystallization mechanism.

  10. Crystal morphology modification by the addition of tailor-made stereocontrolled poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)

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    Munk, Tommy; Baldursdottir, Stefania; Hietala, Sami;

    2012-01-01

    . One such additive is the thermosensitive polymer poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM). The use of PNIPAM as a crystallization additive provides a possibility to affect viscosity at separation temperatures and nucleation and growth rates at higher temperatures. In this study, novel PNIPAM derivatives...... composition. Optical light microscopy and Raman and FTIR spectroscopy were used to investigate the structure of the NF crystals and possible interaction with PNIPAM. A drastic change in the growth mechanism of nitrofurantoin crystals as monohydrate form II (NFMH-II) was observed in the presence of PNIPAM; the...... the polymer was aggregated or not. However, with increased additive concentration slower nucleation and growth rates of the crystals were observed. Heating of the crystallization medium resulted in phase separation of the PNIPAM. The phase separation had an influence on the achieved crystal morphology...

  11. THE EFFECT OF CLAY DISPERSION ON THE CRYSTALLIZATION AND MORPHOLOGY OF POLYPROPYLENE/CLAY COMPOSITES

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    Qin Zhang; Xiao-lin Gao; Ke Wang; Qiang Fu

    2004-01-01

    PP/clay composites with different dispersions, namely, exfoliated dispersion, intercalated dispersion and agglomerates and panicle-like dispersion, were prepared by direct melt intercalation or compounding. The effect of clay dispersion on the crystallization and morphology of PP was investigated via PLM, SAXS and DSC. Experimental results show that exfoliated clay layers are much more efficient than intercalated clay and agglomerates of clay in serving as nucleation agent due to the nano-scale dispersion of clay, resulting in a dramatic decrease in crystal size (lamellar thickness and spherulites) and an increase of crystallization temperature and crystallization rate. On the other hand, a decrease of melting temperature and crystallinity was also observed in PP/clay composites with exfoliated dispersion, due to the strong interaction between PP and clay. Compared with exfoliated clay layers, the intercalated clay layers have a less important effect on the crystallization and crystal morphology. No effect is seen for samples with agglomerates and panicle-like dispersion, in regard to melting temperature, crystallization temperature, crystal thickness and crystallinity.

  12. Modifying the growth morphology of aluminum crystals by magnetic mirror in a thermal plasma reactor

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    Effect of magnetic fields on growth morphology of aluminum crystals was studied in a fluidized bed thermal plasma reactor assisted by magnetic mirrors. Aluminum crystals were precipitated in the reactor using aluminum powder or aluminum-graphite mixture as precursors. The absent of magnetic field was also studied for comparison. Products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Results indicated that, regardless the precursor used, it was observed the presence of aluminum nanowires when the external magnetic mirror was applied, suggesting that magnetic fields are able to modify growth morphology at nanoscale

  13. Phylogenetic significance of composition and crystal morphology of magnetosome minerals.

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    Pósfai, Mihály; Lefèvre, Christopher T; Trubitsyn, Denis; Bazylinski, Dennis A; Frankel, Richard B

    2013-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetosomes, nano-scale crystals of magnetite or greigite in membrane enclosures that comprise a permanent magnetic dipole in each cell. MTB control the mineral composition, habit, size, and crystallographic orientation of the magnetosomes, as well as their arrangement within the cell. Studies involving magnetosomes that contain mineral and biological phases require multidisciplinary efforts. Here we use crystallographic, genomic and phylogenetic perspectives to review the correlations between magnetosome mineral habits and the phylogenetic affiliations of MTB, and show that these correlations have important implications for the evolution of magnetosome synthesis, and thus magnetotaxis. PMID:24324461

  14. Phylogenetic significance of composition and crystal morphology of magnetosome minerals

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB biomineralize magnetosomes, nano-scale crystals of magnetite or greigite in membrane enclosures, that comprise a permanent magnetic dipole in each cell. MTB control the mineral composition, habit, size, and crystallographic orientation of the magnetosomes, as well as their arrangement within the cell. Studies involving magnetosomes that contain mineral and biological phases require multidisciplinary efforts. Here we use crystallographic, genomic and phylogenetic perspectives to review the correlations between magnetosome mineral habits and the phylogenetic affiliations of MTB, and show that these correlations have important implications for the evolution of magnetosome synthesis, and thus magnetotaxis.

  15. Crystallization and morphology of mordenite zeolite influenced by various parameters in organic-free synthesis

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    Research highlights: → Seed, gel composition and silicon source affect the crystallization process of MOR. → Seed, gel composition and silicon source influence the morphology of MOR. → Low silica concentration results in MOR with high c/b aspect ratio. → Novel nano fiber-like MOR with c/b aspect ratio of 89 was organic-free synthesized. → The morphology of MOR influences its mesopore property and thermal stability. -- Abstract: A series of mordenite zeolites with different morphologies were synthesized via a facile organic-free hydrothermal route, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and N2 adsorption-desorption techniques. Influences of synthetic parameters, including seed crystal, silicon precursor, SiO2/Al2O3, Na2O/SiO2 and H2O/SiO2, on mordenite crystallization were investigated systematically. It was found that mordenite zeolites with various morphologies, such as fiber-like, rod-like, prism-like and needle-like ones could be synthesized in control. Especially, novel nano fiber-like MOR crystals with high c/b aspect ratio were prepared from low silica concentration system, which was manipulated by using small initial SiO2/Al2O3 ratio, large H2O/SiO2 and silicon source with slow dissolution rate. Moreover, mordenite samples with various morphologies exhibited different mesopore property and thermal stability.

  16. The Cooperation of Enamelin and Amelogenin in Controlling Octacalcium Phosphate Crystal Morphology

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    Fan, Daming; Iijima, Mayumi; Bromley, Keith M; Yang, Xiudong; Mathew, Shibi; Moradian-Oldak, Janet

    2011-01-01

    Enamel matrix proteins, including the most abundant amelogenin and lesser amounts of enamelin, ameloblastin, and proteinases, play vital roles in controlling crystal nucleation and growth during enamel formation. The cooperative action between amelogenin and the 32-kDa enamelin is critical to regulating the growth morphology of octacalcium phosphate crystals. Using biophysical methods, we investigated the interaction between the 32-kDa enamelin and recombinant pig amelogenin 148 (rP148) at pH...

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

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

  18. Atomic force microscopy studies on phase transitions and surface morphology transformation of CMTC crystals

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    Jiang, X.N.; Xu, D.; Yuan, D.R.; Sun, D.L.; Lu, M.K.; Jiang, M.H. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan (China)

    2002-11-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the phase transitions and surface morphology transformation of cadmium mercury thiocyanate (CMTC) crystals, which are highly efficient nonlinear optical (NLO) materials for generating blue-violet light by laser frequency doubling. Amorphous aggregates at the crystalline steps become greatly contracted and much more crystalloid after the crystal was kept for one day. Elimination of dangling bonds, which lower the surface free energy at the crystal surface, and structural adjustment inside the crystal are assumed to cause this phase transition. Surface morphology transformations were also observed in CMTC crystals during and after multiple scanning by AFM tips. We have visualized the continuous translation process from two-dimensional nuclei to trigonal microcrystals with almost equal sizes during multiple scanning. In other cases, however, the surface morphology did not change at all during scanning, but became greatly altered hours after scanning. These experimental results suggest that reconstruction is a characteristic growth phenomenon on CMTC crystal surfaces. Reconstruction probably results from the formation of intervening metastable phases that have the potential to arrive at more stable stages; however, multiple scanning of AFM tips greatly affects this translation process. (orig.)

  19. MELTING AND CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF AN AROMATIC POLY (AZOMETHINE ETHER) WITH NON-LINEARLY SHAPED MOLECULAR CONFORMATIONS

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    HOU Jianan; XU Mao; LI Xiaofang; ZHANG Qizhen

    1995-01-01

    The melting and crystallization behavior have been investigated for an aromatic poly (azomethine ether)with non-linearly shaped molecular conformations.This polymer was found to undergo multiple melting processes and its phase transition behavior was influenced sensitively by the thermal history of sample. A significant difference between the polymer chain aggregation abilities of samples cooled from the different states was observed. The possible molecular morphology and aggregation models for describing the structures of this polymer were proposed and discussed. The crystallization behavior of the samples cooled from the partially isotropic state and the influence of cooling rate on it have also been examined with DSC.

  20. Growth and morphology of large LiB 3 O 5 single crystals

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    Nikolov, I.; Perlov, D.; Livneh, S.; Sanchez, E.; Czechowicz, P.; Kondilenko, V.; Loiacono, D.

    2011-09-01

    LiB 3O 5 (LBO) is one of the most widely used nonlinear optical crystals, therefore the growth of large high quality boules is of major significance to the photonics industry. In the past, LBO single crystals were limited in both size and quality, the latter of which was primarily due to the presence of bubbles, flux inclusions and striations. Furthermore, commercially available material exhibited variable optical absorption. In this research we have perfected the Top-Seeded Solution Growth (TSSG) technique for the growth of LBO single crystals from MoO 3-based fluxes. This particular growth process was developed through a thorough study of melt dynamics. Based on the results observed in our modeling experiments, the major growth parameters were optimized. The crystal morphology was modified in order to increase the material yield and eliminate inclusions. As a result we have achieved LBO single crystals of both size and quality, which we believe to be market leading.

  1. Comparative Analysis of Thermal Behavior, Isothermal Crystallization Kinetics and Polymorphism of Palm Oil Fractions

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal behavior of palm stearin (PS and palm olein (PO was explored by monitoring peak temperature transitions by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The fatty acid composition (FAC, isothermal crystallization kinetics studied by pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (pNMR and isothermal microstructure were also compared. The results indicated that the fatty acid composition had an important influence on the crystallization process. PS and PO both exhibited more multiple endotherms than exotherms which showed irregular peak shapes. An increasing in cooling rate, generally, was associated with an increase in peak size. Application of the Avaimi equation to isothermal crystallization of PS and PO revealed different nucleation and growth mechanisms based on the Avrami exponents. PS quickly reached the end of crystallization because of more saturated triacylglycerol (TAG. The Avrami index of PS were the same as PO under the same isothermal condition at lower temperatrue, indicating that the crystallization mechanism of the two samples based on super-cooling state were the same. According to the polarized light microscope (PLM images, crystal morphology of PS and PO was different. With the temperature increased, the structure of crystal network of both PS and PO gradually loosened.

  2. Solvothermal synthesis and characterization of tungsten oxides with controllable morphology and crystal phase

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Research highlights: → Morphology and crystal phase of tungsten oxides depend on the solvothermal reaction solvents. The specific surface area and optical absorption depend on the morphology and crystal phase. Crystallinity has more important effects on photocatalytic activity than specific surface area. - Abstract: Tungsten oxides with various morphologies and crystal phases were synthesized by solvothermal reactions at 200 deg. C for 7-12 h using different solvents. The morphology and crystal phase of tungsten oxides changed depending on the solvents, i.e., spherical particles of ca. 1 μm in diameter consisting of nanowires, spindle shaped bundles of ca. 1 μm in length consisting of nanowires and accumulations consisting of micrometer sized plates and/or rods of tungsten oxides were obtained using ethanol, 1-propanol and water-ethanol mixed solution, respectively. When water-ethanol mixed solution was used, the crystallinity of tungsten oxide increased but the specific surface area greatly decreased. Crystallinity of tungsten oxides had more important effects on the NO degradation under light irradiation. The product using 42.9 vol.% water-ethanol mixed solvent consisted of the mixture of anhydrous tungsten oxide and hydrous tungsten oxide with preferential orientation of (0 0 2) plane and small band gap energy (2.43 eV), and showed higher photocatalytic degradation of NO even though it had a much smaller specific surface area than those prepared using ethanol and 1-propanol.

  3. Morphology, crystallization and dynamic mechanical properties of PA66/nano-SiO2 composites

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    Huimin Lu; Xiangmin Xu; Xiaohong Li; Zhijun Zhang

    2006-10-01

    This article addresses the effect of nano-SiO2 on the morphology, crystallization and dynamic mechanical properties of polyamide 66. The influence of nano-SiO2 on the tensile fracture morphology of the nanocomposites was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which suggested that the nanocomposites revealed an extensive plastic stretch of the matrix polymer. The crystallization behaviour of polyamide 66 and its nanocomposites were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). DSC nonisothermal curves showed an increase in the crystallization temperature along with increasing degree of crystallinity. Dynamic mechanical properties (DMA) indicated significant improvement in the storage modulus and loss modulus compared with neat polyamide 66. The tan ä peak signifying the glass-transition temperature of nanocomposites shifted to higher temperature.

  4. Size, crystal structure and morphology changes of IATO nanoparticles effect on its optical property

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    Hu, Te; Su, Yu-Chang; Liu, Si-Dong; Tang, Hong-Bo; Mu, Shi-Jia; Hu, Ze-Xing

    2014-09-01

    Controlling and changing size, crystal structure and morphology of antimony and tin-doped indium oxide (IATO) nanoparticles can effectively influence their specific optical properties. Nanocube-like, nanorod-like and nanosphere-like IATO nanoparticles have been fabricated from 20 to 200 nm in diameter by sintering as-prepared precursors with distinct crystallographic structures and morphologies. These nano-sized precursors are either cubic In(OH)3 or orthorhombic InOOH with different crystallographic sizes and shapes due to the use of different solvents (deionized water, absolute ethyl alcohol and ethylene glycol) in hydrothermal synthesis process. Characterization and comparison of experimental samples have detailedly demonstrated that desired optical properties of IATO nanoparticles should be attained by appropriate change of size, crystal structure and morphology of IATO nanoparticles.

  5. Crystallization and Morphology of Autophobic Dewetted Poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(L-lactide) Diblock Copolymer Ultrathin Films%Crystallization and Morphology of Autophobic Dewetted Poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(L-lactide) Diblock Copolymer Ultrathin Films

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    严德荣; 黄海瑛; 何天白

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the crystallization and morphological behaviors of poly(ε-caprolactone)-b-poly(L-lactide) (PCL-b-PLLA) in its autophobic dewetted ultrathin films (-11 nm) using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The autophobic dewetting process creates a well defined film geometry containing an extremely thin wetting layer (-4.5 nm) with densely distributed micrometer droplets atop, which re- stricts the primary nucleation process to occurring only in the droplets. In addition to the normally encountered flat-on lamellae, the growth of edge-on lamellae in such a thin wetting layer has been observed on both of two crys- tallization paths. In thermal crystallization, flat-on lamellae are favored at small supercoolings while edge-on la- mellae appear at very large supercoolings both in the droplets and the wetting layer. For cold crystallization, the edge-on lamellae can form easily in the droplets and grow into the wetting layer even at very small supercoolings. These observations are explained on the basis that the nucleation and lamellar orientation are strongly affected by the film geometry, the crystallization paths, and the applied supercoolings.

  6. The study of crystallization and interfacial morphology in polymer/carbon nanotube composites

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    Minus, Marilyn Lillith

    This study illustrates the ability of SWNT to nucleate and template polymer crystallization and orientation, and produce materials with improved properties and unique polymer morphologies. This research work focuses primarily on the physical interaction between single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) and the flexible polymer system polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Polymer crystallization in the near vicinity of SWNT (interphase) has been studied to understand the capability of SWNT in influence polymer morphology in bulk films and fibers. Fibrillar crystallization was achieved by shearing PVA/SWNT dispersions and resulted in the formation of oriented PVA/SWNT fibers or ribbons, while PVA solutions produce unoriented fibers. PVA single crystals were grown in PVA solutions as well as PVA/SWNT dispersions over a period of several months at room temperature (25°C). PVA single crystal growth in PVA/SWNT dispersions is templated by SWNT, and these crystals show the presence of new morphologies for PVA. PVA single crystals of differing morphology were also grown at elevated temperatures, and show morphology dependant electron beam irradiation resistance. Gel-spinning was used to produce PVA, and PVA/SWNT fibers where, PVA crystallization in the bulk fiber was observed. With 1 wt% SWNT loading in PVA, the fiber tensile strength increased from 1.6 GPa for the control PVA to 2.6 GPa for PVA/SWNT. Analysis of this data suggests stress of up to ˜120 GPa on the SWNT. This is the highest reported stress on the SWNT to date and confirm excellent reinforcement and load transfer of SWNT in the PVA matrix. Raman spectroscopy data show high SWNT alignment in the fiber where the I0*/I90* ratio is measured to be 106. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) is used to characterize polymer morphology near the polymer-SWNT interface for PVA/SWNT fibers. HR-TEM studies of Polymer/CNT composites show distinct morphological differences at the polymer-SWNT interface/interphase for

  7. Crystallization Behavior of M97 Series Silicone Cushions

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    Chien, A.; DeTeresa, S.; Cohenour, R.; Schnieder, J.; LeMay, J.; Balazs, B.

    2000-09-07

    M97 series siloxanes are poly(dimethyl-diphenyl) siloxanes that are reinforced through a mixture of precipitated and fumed silica fillers which are blended in through the addition of a short chain polydimethylsiloxane processing aid. M97 silicones exhibit crystallization at -80.25 C by thermal (modulated differential scanning calorimetry) and mechanical (dynamic mechanical analysis) techniques. Isothermal dynamic mechanical analysis experiments illustrated that crystallization occurred over a 1.8 hour period in silica-filled systems and 2.8 hours in unfilled systems. The onset of crystallization typically occurred after a 30 minute incubation/nucleation period. {gamma}-radiation caused the crystallization rate to decrease proportionally with dosage, but did not decrease the amount of crystallization that ultimately occurred. Irradiation in vacuum resulted in slower overall crystallization rates compared to air irradiation due to increased crosslinking of the polymer matrix under vacuum. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry contrasted the crystallization and melting behavior of pure PDMS versus the M97 base polymer and helped determine which component of the composite was the origin of the crystallization phenomena.

  8. Effect of crystals and fibrous network polymer additives on cellular morphology of microcellular foams

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    Miyamoto, Ryoma; Utano, Tatsumi; Yasuhara, Shunya; Ishihara, Shota; Ohshima, Masahiro

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the core-back foam injection molding was used for preparing microcelluar polypropylene (PP) foam with either a 1,3:2,4 bis-O-(4-methylbenzylidene)-D-sorbitol gelling agent (Gel-all MD) or a fibros network polymer additive (Metablen 3000). Both agent and addiive could effectively control the celluar morphology in foams but somehow different ways. In course of cooling the polymer with Gel-all MD in the mold caity, the agent enhanced the crystal nucleation and resulted in the large number of small crystals. The crystals acted as effective bubble nucleation agent in foaming process. Thus, the agent reduced the cell size and increased the cell density, drastically. Furthermore, the small crystals provided an inhomogenuity to the expanding cell wall and produced the high open cell content with nano-scale fibril structure. Gell-all as well as Metablene 3000 formed a gel-like fibrous network in melt. The network increased the elongational viscosity and tended to prevent the cell wall from breaking up. The foaming temperature window was widened by the presence of the network. Especially, the temperature window where the macro-fibrous structure was formed was expanded to the higher temperature. The effects of crystal nucleating agent and PTFE on crystals' size and number, viscoelsticity, rheological propreties of PP and cellular morphology were compared and thorougly investigated.

  9. Synthesis and characterisation of large chlorapatite single-crystals with controlled morphology and surface roughness.

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    García-Tuñón, Esther; Couceiro, Ramiro; Franco, Jaime; Saiz, Eduardo; Guitián, Francisco

    2012-10-01

    This work describes the synthesis of chlorapatite single crystals using the molten salt method with CaCl(2) as a flux. By manipulating the processing conditions (amount of flux, firing time and temperature, and cooling rates) it is possible to manipulate the crystal morphology from microscopic fibres to large crystals (up to few millimetre long and ~100 μm thick). The crystal roughness can be controlled to achieve very flat surfaces by changing the melt composition "in situ" at high temperature. The Young modulus and hardness of the crystals are 110 ± 15 and 6.6 ± 1.5 GPa respectively as measured by nanoindentation. Crystal dissolution in Hanks solution starts around the defects. Several in vitro assays were performed; ClAp crystals with different size and shape are biocompatible. Cell apoptosis was very low at 5, 10, and 15 days (Caspase-3) for all the samples. Proliferation (MTT) showed to be influenced by surface roughness and size of the crystals. PMID:22806077

  10. Morphologies of Phenytoin Crystals at Silica Model Surfaces: Vapor Annealing versus Drop Casting

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    The controlled preparation of different crystal morphologies with varying preferential orientation with respect to the substrate is of crucial importance in many fields of applications. In this work, the controlled preparation of different phenytoin morphologies and the dependency of the preferential orientation of those crystallites is related with the preparation method (solvent annealing vs drop casting), as well as the physical–chemical interaction with the solvents in use. While solvent annealing induces the formation of particular structures that are partially dewetted, the drop casting technique from various solvent results in the formation of needle-like and elongated structures, with each having a distinct morphology. The morphologies are explained via the Hansen solubility parameters and correlated with the solvent vapor pressures. X-ray diffraction experiments reveal preferential orientations with respect to the solid substrate and indicate the surface-mediated stabilization of an unknown polymorph of phenytoin with an elongated unit cell in the b-axis. PMID:24966892

  11. Effect of solvent on crystallization behavior of xylitol

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    Hao, Hongxun; Hou, Baohong; Wang, Jing-Kang; Lin, Guangyu

    2006-04-01

    Effect of organic solvents content on crystallization behavior of xylitol was studied. Solubility and crystallization kinetics of xylitol in methanol-water system were experimentally determined. It was found that the solubility of xylitol at various methanol content all increases with increase of temperature. But it decreases when increasing methanol content at constant temperature. Based on the theory of population balance, the nucleation and growth rates of xylitol in methanol-water mixed solvents were calculated by moments method. From a series of experimental population density data of xylitol gotten from a batch-operated crystallizer, parameters of crystal nucleation and growth rate equations at different methanol content were got by the method of nonlinear least-squares. By analyzing, it was found that the content of methanol had an apparent effect on nucleation and growth rate of xylitol. At constant temperature, the nucleation and growth rate of xylitol all decrease with increase of methanol content.

  12. Domain morphology controlled crystal habits in PbTiO{sub 3} nanocrystals

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    Dudhe, C.M., E-mail: chandraguptadudhe@gmail.com; Khambadkar, S.J.

    2015-11-05

    Various crystal habits and associated domain structures in PbTiO{sub 3} nanocrystals synthesized by a modified sol–gel method have been studied. Structural and morphological characterizations of synthesized nanoparticles have been done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found from the -z coordinates of O{sub 1} and O{sub 2} that the Ti–O{sub 6} octahedra were distorted slightly, favorable for the ferroelectric nature. TEM images show butterfly like, plate like, irregular sphere like and oval-shaped habits of the nanocrystals. 90° and 180° domain structures in these crystal habits were explored from their morphologies and appearance in the field of views. The mutual association between the crystal habit and the direction spontaneous polarization P{sub s} due to domain structures was explored. Domain wall energies of 90° and 180° domains were also estimated from the kinetic process of domain nucleation. - Highlights: • Various crystal habits of PbTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles were examined by TEM. • 90° and 180° domains were explored in the nanocrystal. • Crystal habits and domain structures were correlated. • Domain wall energies were estimated.

  13. Development of simultaneous control of polymorphism and morphology in indomethacin crystallization

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    Wada, Shuichi; Kudo, Shoji; Takiyama, Hiroshi

    2016-02-01

    In order to improve the bioavailability, it is desired to obtain the polymorph which has the higher solubility of indomethacin (IMC α-form). However, when α-form crystals were obtained by conventional anti-solvent crystallization, the stirring operation could not be continued because cotton agglomerates were formed in the solution. In order to simultaneously satisfy the bioavailability of IMC and the operability of IMC production, the modification of the morphology (external shape) of α-form agglomerates is important. So, the purpose of this present study is the development of the crystallization method. In order to modify the cotton agglomerates, the anti-solvent crystallization was carried out by using electrolyte aqueous solution (NaCl aq. solution) as the anti-solvent. By using the electrolyte aqueous solution, the liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) was observed depending on the solution composition. From the experimental results, under the condition both of high electrolyte concentration and of high stirring speed, dispersion of droplets was obtained, and spherical agglomerates of α-form were formed in the slurry. The stirring operation could be continued in the slurry because the modification of α-form cotton agglomerates was achieved. So, the simultaneous control method of the polymorphism and the morphology in IMC crystallization was realized.

  14. Morphology and Efficiency of a Specialized Foraging Behavior, Sediment Sifting, in Neotropical Cichlid Fishes

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    Hernán López-Fernández; Jessica Arbour; Stuart Willis; Crystal Watkins; Honeycutt, Rodney L.; Winemiller, Kirk O.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis...

  15. Nanoscale viscoplastic behavior of smectic liquid crystals and its application in nanolithography

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    We report a unique combination of properties of smectic liquid crystal films that can be described as a viscoplastic behavior on the nanoscale: On the one hand, the films preserve imprinted surface patterns despite being permeated by a directed molecular flow of the film material. On the other hand, their surface morphology can easily be manipulated using an atomic force microscopy tip. Our results demonstrate a controlled molecular-scale deposition of material on the film surface, thereby enabling nanolithographic surface modification of a fluid material

  16. Nanoscale viscoplastic behavior of smectic liquid crystals and its application in nanolithography

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    Schulz, Benjamin; Steffen, Paul; Bahr, Christian

    2014-02-01

    We report a unique combination of properties of smectic liquid crystal films that can be described as a viscoplastic behavior on the nanoscale: On the one hand, the films preserve imprinted surface patterns despite being permeated by a directed molecular flow of the film material. On the other hand, their surface morphology can easily be manipulated using an atomic force microscopy tip. Our results demonstrate a controlled molecular-scale deposition of material on the film surface, thereby enabling nanolithographic surface modification of a fluid material.

  17. Crystallization behavior and microstructural characterization of drug/polymer systems

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    Zhu, Qing

    Solid dispersions of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a polymeric matrix have received extensive attention as a potential approach to increase the dissolution rate of the API. Among different types of solid dispersions, polyethylene glycol (PEG) based semicrystalline solid dispersions have attracted considerable interest, for the reason that PEG enables the delivery of most APIs with low aqueous solubility. However, there are still limitations that restrict the application of this technique for drug formulations. One main concern is the reproducibility of the physicochemical properties of the solid dispersions during scale-up and storage. Additionally, the mechanism by which the dissolution rate is enhanced is still unclear. These are all related to the microstructure of the solid dispersions. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to have a fundamental understanding of the crystallization behavior and microstructural evolution of API/PEG solid dispersions. The model API was comelted with PEG and solidified at predetermined temperatures. The effect of the physicochemical properties of the APIs, polymer matrix and preparation conditions on the crystallization behavior and structure were investigated, using wide-angle X-ray scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and second harmonic imaging microscopy. When API/PEG solid dispersions were formed using different APIs, it was found that, for the fast crystallizing APIs (e.g. naproxen), the interaction between the API and the PEG matrix slowed down the crystallization rate of naproxen. For the slow crystallizing APIs (e.g. ibuprofen), crystalline PEG acted as heterogeneous nuclei to speed up the onset of crystallization. It was also found that, APIs with strong interaction in PEG (e.g. Naproxen/PEG) favored the interlamellar incorporation of naproxen in PEG matrix before naproxen crystallized. When the naproxen/PEG solid dispersions are prepared at

  18. GROWTH KINETICS, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, AND MORPHOLOGY OF OMVPE-GROWN HOMOEPITAXIAL CdTe

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    Snyder, D.; Sides, P.; Ko, E.; Mahajan, S.

    1991-01-01

    The growth rate, crystal structure, morphology, and electronic properties of homoepitaxial CdTe grown by OMVPE in an impinging jet reactor were investigated. Under operating conditions where surface reactions controlled the rate, the deposition rate depended on the diethyltelluride partial pressure to the .8 power and on the dimethylcadmium partial pressure to the .2 power, approximately. Cadmium was easily adsorbed and was ubiquitous on the surface during deposition ; tellurium was relativel...

  19. Morphological tranformation of calcite crystal growth by prismatic "acidic" polypeptide sequences.

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    Kim, I; Giocondi, J L; Orme, C A; Collino, J; Evans, J S

    2007-02-13

    Many of the interesting mechanical and materials properties of the mollusk shell are thought to stem from the prismatic calcite crystal assemblies within this composite structure. It is now evident that proteins play a major role in the formation of these assemblies. Recently, a superfamily of 7 conserved prismatic layer-specific mollusk shell proteins, Asprich, were sequenced, and the 42 AA C-terminal sequence region of this protein superfamily was found to introduce surface voids or porosities on calcite crystals in vitro. Using AFM imaging techniques, we further investigate the effect that this 42 AA domain (Fragment-2) and its constituent subdomains, DEAD-17 and Acidic-2, have on the morphology and growth kinetics of calcite dislocation hillocks. We find that Fragment-2 adsorbs on terrace surfaces and pins acute steps, accelerates then decelerates the growth of obtuse steps, forms clusters and voids on terrace surfaces, and transforms calcite hillock morphology from a rhombohedral form to a rounded one. These results mirror yet are distinct from some of the earlier findings obtained for nacreous polypeptides. The subdomains Acidic-2 and DEAD-17 were found to accelerate then decelerate obtuse steps and induce oval rather than rounded hillock morphologies. Unlike DEAD-17, Acidic-2 does form clusters on terrace surfaces and exhibits stronger obtuse velocity inhibition effects than either DEAD-17 or Fragment-2. Interestingly, a 1:1 mixture of both subdomains induces an irregular polygonal morphology to hillocks, and exhibits the highest degree of acute step pinning and obtuse step velocity inhibition. This suggests that there is some interplay between subdomains within an intra (Fragment-2) or intermolecular (1:1 mixture) context, and sequence interplay phenomena may be employed by biomineralization proteins to exert net effects on crystal growth and morphology.

  20. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks-8 (ZIF-8) Crystals with Controllable Size and Morphology

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    Lestari, Gabriella

    2012-05-01

    Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) is a new class of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with zeolite-like properties such as permanent porosity, uniform pore size, and exceptional thermal and chemical stability. Until recently, ZIF materials have been mostly synthesized by solvothermal method. In this thesis, further analysis to tune the size and morphology of ZIF-8 is done upon our group’s recent success in preparing ZIF-8 crystals in pure aqueous solutions. Compositional parameters (molar ratio of 2-methylimidazole/Zn2+, type of zinc salt reagents, reagent concentrations, addition of surfactants) as well as process parameters (temperature and time) were systematically investigated. Upon characterizations of as-synthesized samples by X-ray powder diffraction, thermal gravimetric analysis, N2 adsorption, and field-emission scanning electron microscope, the results show that the particle size and morphology of ZIF-8 crystals are extremely sensitive to the compotional parameters of reagent concentration and addition of surfactants. The particle size and morphology of hydrothermally synthesized ZIF-8 crystals can be finely tuned; with the size ranging from 90 nm to 4 μm and the shape from truncated cubic to rhombic dodecahedron.

  1. Microstructure, morphology, adhesion and tribological behavior of sputtered niobium carbide and bismuth films on tool steel

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    Laura Angélica Ardila Rodríguez

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES-CO X-NONE AR-SA Normal 0 21 false false false ES-CO X-NONE AR-SA NbC, Bi and Bi/NbC coatings were deposited on AISI M2 steel substrates using unbalanced magnetron sputtering at room temperature with zero bias voltage. Were studied the phase structure, the morphology, the adhesion and the tribological behavior of the three coatings. The niobium carbide film crystallized in the NbC cubic structure, and the bismuth layers had a rhombohedral phase with random orientation. The NbC coating had a smooth surface with low roughness, while the Bi layers on steel and on NbC coating had higher roughness and a morphology composed of large particles. By using a ductile Nb interlayer good adhesion between the NbC coating and the steel substrate was achieved. The Bi coating had better adhesion with the NbC layer than with the steel substrate. The tribological performance of the Bi coating on steel was not satisfactory, but according to the preliminary results, the produced NbC and Bi/NbC coatings have the potential to improve the tribological performance of the steel.

  2. The influence of polyaspartate additive on the growth and morphology of calcium carbonate crystals

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    Gower, Laurie Anne

    The addition of low levels of polyaspartate to a supersaturated calcium carbonate (CaCOsb3) solution leads to unusual morphologies in the inorganic phase. Spherulitic vaterite aggregates with helical protrusions, and distorted calcite crystals that contain spiral pits, have been produced. The helical particles are coated with an inorganic membrane that appears to be responsible for the helical twist. The polymer also causes deposition of thin CaCOsb3 tablets and films on the glass substrate. Two distinct types of films are deposited; the first is a mosaic of calcite crystals, and the second is spherulitic vaterite. In situ observations of the crystallization reaction have determined that the thin-film morphology is a result of the phase separation of a hydrated CaCOsb3/polymer liquid-precursor, whereby accumulation of isotropic droplets creates a coating on the substrate, and subsequent dehydration and crystallization yields birefringent CaCOsb3 films. During the amorphous to crystalline transition, incremental growth steps lead to "transition bars" and sectored calcite tablets. This in vitro system was originally modeled after certain aspects of CaCOsb3 biomineralization, in which the soluble proteins extracted from biominerals tend to have high levels of aspartic acid residues. Based on the similarities between features exhibited by the products of this system and those in biominerals, an argument has been presented to suggest that this polymer-induced liquid-precursor (PILP) process is involved in the morphogenesis of CaCOsb3 biominerals. These features include the following: thin CaCOsb3 tablets that grow laterally; tablets that express unstable crystallographic faces; non-faceted single crystals with curved surfaces; spatially-delineated single crystals; sectored calcite tablets; hollow-shell spheres; calcium carbonate cements; and magnesium-bearing calcites. This work has demonstrated that a means of morphological control can be accomplished through non

  3. Morphology Of Diesel Soot Residuals From Supercooled Water Droplets And Ice Crystals: Implications For Optical Properties

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    China, Swarup; Kulkarni, Gourihar R.; Scarnatio, Barbara; Sharma, Noopur; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Shilling, John E.; Wilson, Jacqueline M.; Zelenyuk, Alla; Chand, Duli; Liu, Shang; Aiken, Allison; Dubey, Manvendra K.; Laskin, Alexander; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Mazzoleni, Claudio

    2015-11-04

    Freshly emitted soot particles are fractal-like aggregates, but atmospheric processing often transforms their morphology. Morphology of soot particles plays an important role in determining their optical properties, life cycle and hence their effect on Earth’s radiative balance. However, little is known about the morphology of soot particles that participated in cold cloud processes. Here we report results from laboratory experiments that simulate cold cloud processing of diesel soot particles by allowing them to form supercooled droplets and ice crystals at -20 and -40°C, respectively. Electron microscopy revealed that soot residuals from ice crystals were more compact (roundness~0.55) than those from supercooled droplets (roundness ~0.45), while nascent soot particles were the least compact (roundness~0.41). Optical simulations using the discrete dipole approximation showed that the more compact structure enhances soot single scattering albedo by a factor up to 1.4, thereby reducing the top-of-the-atmosphere direct radiative forcing by ~63%. These results underscore that climate models should consider the morphological evolution of soot particles due to cold cloud processing to improve the estimate of direct radiative forcing of soot.

  4. Effects of catalyst height on diamond crystal morphology under high pressure and high temperature

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    Ya-Dong, Li; Xiao-Peng, Jia; Bing-Min, Yan; Ning, Chen; Chao, Fang; Yong, Li; Hong-An, Ma

    2016-04-01

    The effect of the catalyst height on the morphology of diamond crystal is investigated by means of temperature gradient growth (TGG) under high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) conditions with using a Ni-based catalyst in this article. The experimental results show that the morphology of diamond changes from an octahedral shape to a cub-octahedral shape as the catalyst height rises. Moreover, the finite element method (FEM) is used to simulate the temperature field of the melted catalyst/solvent. The results show that the temperature at the location of the seed diamond continues to decrease with the increase of catalyst height, which is conducive to changing the morphology of diamond. This work provides a new way to change the diamond crystal morphology. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51172089), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, the Natural Science Foundation of Guizhou Provincial Education Department (Grant No. KY[2013]183), and the Collaborative Fund of Science and Technology Office of Guizhou Province, China (Grant No. LH[2015]7232).

  5. Crystallization kinetics and morphology of melt spun poly(ethylene terephthalate nanocomposite fibers

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    R. R. Hegde

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Natural nanoclay closite Na+ incorporated melt spun poly(ethylene terephthalate (PET fibers were investigated for crystallization kinetics and morphology. Nature of clay dispersion and nanocomposite morphology were assessed using wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Fiber mechanical properties were measured using single fiber tensile test. Combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS was used to investigate the fiber failure mode. Among nanocomposite PET fibers, sample with 1% clay performed better. WAXD and TEM micrographs of the fibers revealed intercalated and delaminated morphology. Size of agglomerate increased with percentage of add-on. SEM surface images showed significant variation in fiber diameter, voids and imperfections. Cross-sections of fractured surfaces revealed the presence of clay agglomerates at failure spots. Nanoclay reinforcement did not incur mechanical property benefits due to increase in voids and agglomerates in fiber section, especially at loading levels higher than one percent.

  6. Effect of pressure and hydrogen flow in nucleation density and morphology of graphene bidimensional crystals

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    Chaitoglou, S.; Bertran, E.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper we present new results concerning the growth of graphene by low pressure chemical vapor deposition on polycrystalline copper foils and using methane as carbon precursor. We have studied the role of hydrogen and pressure in graphene growth on substrates of polycrystalline copper foil and we have examined how they affect the nucleation density and the size of graphene bidimensional crystals. For that, small ranges of pressure (between 10 and 30 Pa) and hydrogen flow (between 10 and 20 sccm) were explored. In addition, the antagonism between two of the main effects of hydrogen was studied. Hydrogen promotes the growth but, at the same time, applies an intense dry etching during the growth process of graphene. The challenge of the present study is to find the equilibrium between these two effects so that, the growth of highly ordered crystals on copper becomes possible. The results reveal that the total pressure during the growth process of graphene affects the size as well as the nucleation density of the graphene bidimensional crystals on polycrystalline copper. Besides, the hydrogen flow affects the morphology and quality of the graphene layer. An important parameter for a correct interpretation of the results is the change of the partial pressure ratio, / , during the growth process under a constant flow of H2 and CH4. Dendritic graphene crystals with lobe lengths around 30 μm along with a nucleation density of 25 nuclei/10 000 μm2 were obtained in the studied technological conditions, which corroborates that a low nucleation of graphene is required to obtain large graphene islands and a low number of crystal boundaries. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy evidenced the effects of hydrogen on the characteristics of growth and morphology of the graphene dendritic bidimensional crystals.

  7. Tailoring Zeolite ZSM-5 Crystal Morphology/Porosity through Flexible Utilization of Silicalite-1 Seeds as Templates: Unusual Crystallization Pathways in a Heterogeneous System.

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    Zhang, Hongbin; Zhao, Yang; Zhang, Hongxia; Wang, Peicheng; Shi, Zhangping; Mao, Jianjiang; Zhang, Yahong; Tang, Yi

    2016-05-17

    Diffusion limitation in micropores of zeolites leads to a demand for optimization of zeolite morphology and/or porosity. However, tailoring crystallization processes to realize targeted morphology/porosity is a major challenge in zeolite synthesis. On the basis of previous work on the salt-aided, seed-induced route, the template effect of seeds on the formation of micropores, mesopores and even macropores was further explored to selectively achieve desired hierarchical architectures. By carefully investigating the crystallization processes of two typical samples with distinct crystal morphologies, namely, 1) nanocrystallite-oriented self-assembled ZSM-5 zeolite and 2) enriched intracrystal mesoporous ZSM-5 zeolite, a detailed mechanism is proposed to clarify the role of silicalite-1 seeds in the formation of diverse morphologies in a salt-rich heterogeneous system, combined with the transformation of seed-embedded aluminosilicate gel. On the basis of these conclusions, the morphologies/porosities of products were precisely tailored by deliberately adjusting the synthesis parameters (KF/Si, tetrapropylammonium bromide/Si and H2 O/Si ratios and type of organic template) to regulate the kinetics of seed dissolution and seed-induced recrystallization. This work may not only provide a practical route to control zeolite crystallization for tailoring crystal morphology, but also expands the knowledge of crystal growth mechanisms in a heterogeneous system. PMID:27073032

  8. The relationship between morphological and behavioral mimicry in hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae).

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    Penney, Heather D; Hassall, Christopher; Skevington, Jeffrey H; Lamborn, Brent; Sherratt, Thomas N

    2014-02-01

    Palatable (Batesian) mimics of unprofitable models could use behavioral mimicry to compensate for the ease with which they can be visually discriminated or to augment an already close morphological resemblance. We evaluated these contrasting predictions by assaying the behavior of 57 field-caught species of mimetic hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) and quantifying their morphological similarity to a range of potential hymenopteran models. A purpose-built phylogeny for the hover flies was used to control for potential lack of independence due to shared evolutionary history. Those hover fly species that engage in behavioral mimicry (mock stinging, leg waving, wing wagging) were all large wasp mimics within the genera Spilomyia and Temnostoma. While the behavioral mimics assayed were good morphological mimics, not all good mimics were behavioral mimics. Therefore, while the behaviors may have evolved to augment good morphological mimicry, they do not advantage all good mimics. PMID:24464201

  9. Thermal properties and crystallization behavior of thermoplastic starch/poly(ɛ-caprolactone) composites.

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    Cai, Jie; Xiong, Zhouyi; Zhou, Man; Tan, Jun; Zeng, Fanbing; Meihuma; Lin, Shun; Xiong, Hanguo

    2014-02-15

    TPS/PCL composites were prepared by PCL melt blending with modified corn starch. The structure, thermal properties, morphology and crystallization behavior of these composites were investigated by FTIR, TGA, SEM, XRD and DSC. FTIR confirmed the existence of the interaction between PCL and TPS, whereas TGA showed that the thermal stability was decreased by the addition of TPS. Meanwhile, SEM showed a weak interfacial adhesion with increasing TPS. According to the Avrami theory, TPS functioned as a nucleating agent to improve the crystallinity rate of PCL. However, the XRD analysis revealed that the crystallinity decreased. At the same time, the ΔE(a) of the composites was higher than those of neat PCL. These changes in values all indicated that mobility constraints existed in the PCL chains with the increasing of TPS, which leaded to a drop in the crystallization ability of PCL. PMID:24507343

  10. Tensile behavior of nickel-base single-crystal superalloy DD6

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    Xiong, Xinhong, E-mail: xiongxh@whut.edu.cn [School of Logistics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430063 (China); Quan, Dunmiao; Dai, Pengdan; Wang, Zhiping [School of Logistics Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430063 (China); Zhang, Qiaoxin [School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yue, Zhufeng [School of Mechanics Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China)

    2015-06-11

    Tensile behavior of the nickel-base single-crystal superalloy DD6 was studied from room temperature to 1020 °C. The plate specimens were along [001] orientation parallel to the loading axis in tension. The microstructures on the surface and fracture morphology were investigated after tensile test to rupture by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results of the present investigation indicate that the yield strength at 650 °C is superior to that at room temperature, 850 °C and 1020 °C. Low ductility and serrated flow in stress–strain curves were also observed at 650 °C. The microstructures on the surface of the plate specimens and fracture morphology observation indicated that localized slip which resulted in glide plane decohesion caused the low ductility of DD6 alloy.

  11. Crystallization behavior of polyamide 6/halloysite nanotubes nanocomposites

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    Non-isothermal crystallization and the polymorphism of the PA6 and the polyamide 6/halloysite nanotubes (PA6/HNTs) nanocomposites are studied by adopting differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and polarized optical microscopy (POM) observations. HNTs act as nucleating agent and accelerate the crystallization. The kinetics analysis indicates that the fold-surface free energy of PA6/HNTs nanocomposites is larger than that of neat PA6. The increasing tendency of the fold-surface free energy of PA6/HNTs nanocomposites is restricted at higher HNTs loading. Interestingly, the crystallinity of the PA6/HNTs nanocomposites increases with cooling rate. HNTs content is found to have a significant effect upon the crystallinity of the PA6/HNTs nanocomposites, and the crystallinity reaches its maximum with 5 phr of HNTs content. Moreover, the higher HNTs content is, the larger percentage γ-phase crystals take up. The crystallization behavior of the PA6/HNTs nanocomposites is correlated with the multiple roles of HNTs in the crystallization of PA6

  12. Study of crystallization behavior of poly(phenylene sulfide

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    Liliana B. Nohara

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Poly(phenylene sulfide (PPS is an engineering thermoplastic polymer that presents high temperature resistance (glass transition temperature around 85 ºC and melting point at 285 ºC. These properties combined with its mechanical properties and its high chemical resistance allows its use in technological applications such as molding resins and as matrix for structural thermoplastic composites. During the manufacture of thermoplastic composites, the polymer is exposed to repeated melting, quenching and crystallization processes. The properties of semicrystalline polymers, such as PPS, depend on its crystallization behavior. This work deals with the PPS crystallization kinetics under different thermal cycles. This study was performed under isothermal conditions in a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, coupled to Perkin Elmer crystallization software referred to as Pyris Kinetics - Crystallization. The results were correlated with microscopic analyses carried out in a polarized light microscope, equipped with a controlled heating and cooling accessory. In this case, the experimental conditions were the same adopted for the DSC analyses. From the results, parameters could be established to be used in the composite manufacture.

  13. Photovoltaic properties and morphology of organic solar cells based on liquid-crystal semiconducting polymer with additive

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    Bulk heterojunction organic solar cell based on liquid crystal semiconducting polymers of poly[9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-bithiophene] (F8T2) as p-type semiconductors and fullerenes (C60) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as electron donor and acceptor has been fabricated and characterized for improving photovoltaic and optical properties. The photovoltaic performance including current voltage curves in the dark and illumination of the F8T2/C60 conventional and inverted bulk heterojunction solar cells were investigated. Relationship between the photovoltaic properties and morphological behavior was focused on tuning for optimization of photo-voltaic performance under annealing condition near glass transition temperature. Additive-effect of diiodooctane (DIO) and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) on the photovoltaic performance and optical properties was investigated. Mechanism of the photovoltaic properties of the conventional and inverted solar cells will be discussed by the experimental results

  14. Effect of solid-state polymerization on crystal morphology of a type of polydiacetylene single crystal obtained by physical vapor transport technique

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    The effect of solid-state polymerization on the crystal morphology of a type of polydiacetylene single crystal grown by the physical vapor transport technique was experimentally investigated by optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The formation of backbone chains along the [001] direction was unequivocally confirmed by our experimental results. The specific cleavage characteristics of the polydiacetylene single crystal were confirmed to be strongly affected by a morphological change due to solid-state polymerization. - Highlights: • Anisotropic cleavage character • Surface roughness due to irradiation of ultra-violet rays • Verification of backbone chain direction

  15. Crystallization Behavior of Phosphate Glasses with Hydrophobic Coating Materials

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We analyzed the effect of the addition of Li2O3, TiO2, and Fe2O3 on the crystallization behavior of P2O5–CaO–SiO2–K2O glasses and the effect of the crystallization behavior on the roughness and hydrophobicity of the coated surface. Exothermic behavior, including a strong exothermic peak in the 833–972 K temperature range when Fe2O3, TiO2, or Li2O3 was added, was confirmed by differential thermal analysis. The modified glass samples (PFTL1–3 showed diffraction peaks when heated at 1073 and 1123 K for 5 min; the crystallized phase corresponds to Fe3(PO42, that is, graftonite. We confirmed that the intensity of the diffraction peaks increases at high temperatures and with increasing Li2O3 content. In the case of the PFTL3 glass, a Li3Fe2(PO42 phase, that is, trilithium diiron(III tris[phosphate(V], was observed. Through scanning electron microscopy and the contact angles of the surfaces with water, we confirmed that the increase in surface roughness, correlated to the crystallization of the glass frit, increases hydrophobicity of the surface. The calculated values of the local activation energies for the growth of Fe3(PO42 on the PTFL1, PTFL2, and PFTL3 glass were 237–292 kJ mol−1, 182–258 kJ mol−1, and 180–235 kJ mol−1.

  16. Morphological tuning and enhanced luminescence of NaEuF4 nano-/submicro-crystals

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • NaEuF4 nano-/submicro-crystals were prepared via hydrothermal process. • The pH and Cit3−/Eu3+ ratio have an important role in the growth of NaEuF4. • Enhanced luminescence was observed in NaEuF4 spheres with smaller size. • J–O theory was used for analysis of luminescent properties of NaEuF4 phosphor. - Abstract: NaEuF4 nano-/submicro-crystals with various morphologies including regular nano-spheres, submicro-spheres, submicro-spindles and hexagonal submicro-rods were prepared through a facile hydrothermal process by adjusting the pH value and the molar ratio of Na3Cit/Eu3+ in the precursor solution. The resultants were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The possible formation mechanisms for the morphology-varied NaEuF4 crystals were proposed based on the FE-SEM observation. The luminescent properties of NaEuF4 spheres with different particle size were studied. It was found that the luminescent intensities of NaEuF4 spheres increase with the decrease of particle size. Finally, the mechanism of luminescent enhancement was discussed

  17. Morphology and non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of CuInS{sub 2} nanocrystals synthesized by solvo-thermal method

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    Majeed Khan, M.A., E-mail: majeed_phys@yahoo.co.in [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Kumar, Sushil [Department of Physics, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa 125055 (India); Alsalhi, M.S. [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics and Astronomy, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Ahamed, Maqusood [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Alhoshan, Mansour [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Chemical Engineering Department, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Alrokayan, Salman A. [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Ahamad, Tansir [Department of Chemistry, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2012-03-15

    Nanocrystals of copper indium disulphide (CuInS{sub 2}) were synthesized by a solvo-thermal method. The structure, morphology and non-isothermal crystallization kinetic behavior of samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, field emission transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis techniques. Non-isothermal measurements at different heating rates were carried out and the crystallization kinetics of samples were analyzed using the most reliable non-isothermal kinetic methods. The kinetic parameters such as glass transition temperature, thermal stability, activation energy, Avrami exponent etc. were evaluated. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CuInS{sub 2} nanocrystals have scientific and technological importance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Samples have been prepared by solvo-thermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesized samples exhibit excellent morphology and thermal properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Investigated properties may be utilized in design and fabrication of solar cell devices.

  18. Micromechanical Behavior of Single-Crystal Superalloy with Different Crystal Orientations by Microindentation

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the anisotropic micromechanical properties of single-crystal nickel-based superalloy DD99 of four crystallographic orientations, (001, (215, (405, and (605, microindentation test (MIT was conducted with different loads and loading velocities by a sharp Berkovich indenter. Some material parameters reflecting the micromechanical behavior of DD99, such as microhardness H, Young’s modulus E, yield stress σy, strain hardening component n, and tensile strength σb, can be obtained from load-displacement relations. H and E of four different crystal planes evidently decrease with the increase of h. The reduction of H is due to dislocation hardening while E is related to interplanar spacing and crystal variable. σy of (215 is the largest among four crystal planes, followed by (605, and (001 has the lowest value. n of (215 is the lowest, followed by (605, and that of (001 is the largest. Subsequently, a simplified elastic-plastic material model was employed for 3D microindentation simulation of DD99 with various crystal orientations. The simulation results agreed well with experimental, which confirmed the accuracy of the simplified material model.

  19. Solution route to SnO2 crystals with controllable morphology

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    Guo, Y. Q.; Tan, R. Q.; Li, Y.; Song, W. J.

    2012-01-01

    SnO2 crystals with various morphologies were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method in the simple solution systems of SnCl2 and SnCl4, respectively. This process was carried out under mild conditions and required no high-temperature heat treatment. The morphological evolution with the preparation conditions was investigated. Various self-assembled hierarchical structures including microspheres assembled with nanoparticles, oriented nanocones, and flower-like, cabbage-like structures consisting of single-crystalline nanosheets were obtained by varying the solvent and the introduction of polyethylene glycol. A possible mechanism for the formation of the spherical hierarchically structures assembled by cone-like nanocrystals was proposed.

  20. Effects of Solvent and Impurities on Crystal Morphology of Zinc Lactate Trihydrate

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    杨芗钰; 钱刚; 张相洋; 段学志; 周兴贵

    2014-01-01

    The crystal morphology of zinc lactate trihydrate in the absence or presence of impurities (viz. succinic acid, L-malic acid and D-malic acid) is investigated by molecular simulation based on surface docking model and COMPASS force field. Combing simulation results with our previous experimental results, it is found that the solvent mainly has an inhibition effect on the (0 0 2) surface, and succinic acid impurity will inhibit the growth of (0 0 2) and (0 1 1) surfaces while two enantiomers of malic acid impurity will inhibit the (0 0 2) and (1 0 0) surfaces, which are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  1. Superhydrophilic and Wetting Behavior of TiO2 Films and their Surface Morphologies

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    TiO2 films, showing superhydrophilic behavior, are prepared by electron beam evaporation. Atomic force microscopy and the contact angle measurement were performed to characterize the morphology and wetting behavior of the TiO2 films. Most studies attribute the wetting behavior of TiO2 surfaces to their physical characteristics rather than surface chemistry. These physical characteristics include surface morphology, roughness, and agglomerate size. We arrange these parameters in order of effectiveness. Surface morphologies are demonstrated to be the most important. TiO2 films with particular morphologies show superhydrophilic behavior without external stimuli, and these thin films also show stable anti-contamination properties during cyclical wetting and drying. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  2. Cellulose nanowhiskers from coconut husk fibers: effect of preparation conditions on their thermal and morphological behavior

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    Cellulose nanowhiskers were prepared by sulfuric acid hydrolysis from coconut husk fibers which had previously been submitted to a delignification process. The effects of preparation conditions on the thermal and morphological behavior of the nanocrystals were investigated. Cellulose nanowhisker sus...

  3. Effects of pH and surface pressure on morphology of glycine crystals formed beneath the phospholipid Langmuir monolayers

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    Mu, Ying-Di; Xiao, Fei; Zhang, Ren-Jie; Li, Hong-Ying; Huang, Wei; Feng, Xu-Sheng; Liu, Hong-Guo

    2005-11-01

    Ordered molecular monolayers of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) were used as templates to induce the nucleation and growth of glycine crystals. It was found that α-glycine crystals were formed under the DPPC monolayers regardless of pH values of the aqueous supersaturated glycine solutions. The morphologies and orientations of the glycine crystals varied with pH of the solutions and surface pressures of the monolayers. When acidic and neutral aqueous supersaturated glycine solutions were used as subphases, the glycine crystals are plate-like habit with an elongated (0 1 0) crystal face preferentially oriented parallel to the plane of the monolayers; when basic solutions were used, the crystals are pyramidal habit. At surface pressures below 25 mN/m at the beginning of crystallization, plate-like α-glycine crystals were formed from the neutral solution; while at higher surface pressures, such as 35 and 40 mN/m, prismatic crystals were formed. The morphology of the glycine crystals can be tuned by changing the experimental conditions.

  4. Physiochemical Characterization of Iodine (V Oxide Part II: Morphology and Crystal Structure of Particulate Films

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    Brian K. Little

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the production of particulate films of iodine (V oxides is investigated. The influence that sonication and solvation of suspended particles in various alcohol/ketone/ester solvents have on the physical structure of spin or drop cast films is examined in detail with electron microscopy, powder x-ray diffraction, and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Results indicate that sonicating iodine oxides in alcohol mixtures containing trace amounts of water decreases deposited particle sizes and produces a more uniform film morphology. UV-visible spectra of the pre-cast suspensions reveal that for some solvents, the iodine oxide oxidizes the solvent, producing I2 and lowering the pH of the suspension. Characterizing the crystals within the cast films reveal their composition to be primarily HI3O8, their orientations to exhibit a preferential orientation, and their growth to be primarily along the ac-plane of the crystal, enhanced at higher spin rates. Spin-coating at lower spin rates produces laminate-like particulate films versus higher density, one-piece films of stacked particles produced by drop casting. The particle morphology in these films consists of a combination of rods, plates, cubes, and rhombohedra structure.

  5. Morphological changes of gamma prime precipitates in nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Changes in the morphology of the gamma prime precipitate were examined during tensile creep at temperatures between 927 and 1038 C in 001-oriented single crystals of a Ni-Al-Mo-Ta superalloy. In this alloy, which has a large negative misfit of -0.80%, the gamma prime particles link together during creep to form platelets, or rafts, which are aligned with their broad faces perpendicular to the applied tensile axis. The dimensions of the gamma and gamma prime phases were measured as directional coarsening developed in an attempt to trace the changing morphology under various stress levels. In addition, the effects of initial microstructure, as well as slight compositional variations, were related to raft development and creep properties. The results showed that directional coarsening of gamma prime began during primary creep, and under certain conditions, continued to develop after the onset of steady-state creep. The length of the rafts increased linearly with time up to a plateau region. The thickness of the rafts, however, remained equal to the initial gamma prime size at least up through the onset of tertiary creep this is a clear indication of the stability of the finely-spaced gamma-gamma prime lamellar structure. It was found that the single crystals with the finest gamma prime size exhibited the longest creep lives, because the resultant rafted structure had a larger number of gamma-gamma prime interfaces per unit volume of material

  6. Crystallization behavior during melt-processing of ceramic waste forms

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    Tumurugoti, Priyatham; Sundaram, S. K.; Misture, Scott T.; Marra, James C.; Amoroso, Jake

    2016-05-01

    Multiphase ceramic waste forms based on natural mineral analogs are of great interest for their high chemical durability, radiation resistance, and thermodynamic stability. Melt-processed ceramic waste forms that leverage existing melter technologies will broaden the available disposal options for high-level nuclear waste. This work reports on the crystallization behavior in selected melt-processed ceramics for waste immobilization. The phase assemblage and evolution of hollandite, zirconolite, pyrochlore, and perovskite type structures during melt processing were studied using thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy. Samples prepared by melting followed by annealing and quenching were analyzed to determine and measure the progression of the phase assemblage. Samples were melted at 1500 °C and heat-treated at crystallization temperatures of 1285 °C and 1325 °C corresponding to exothermic events identified from differential scanning calorimetry measurements. Results indicate that the selected multiphase composition partially melts at 1500 °C with hollandite coexisting as crystalline phase. Perovskite and zirconolite phases crystallized from the residual melt at temperatures below 1350 °C. Depending on their respective thermal histories, different quenched samples were found to have different phase assemblages including phases such as perovskite, zirconolite and TiO2.

  7. Single crystal plasticity by modeling dislocation density rate behavior

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    Hansen, Benjamin L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bronkhorst, Curt [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Beyerlein, Irene [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cerreta, E. K. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dennis-Koller, Darcie [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-12-23

    The goal of this work is to formulate a constitutive model for the deformation of metals over a wide range of strain rates. Damage and failure of materials frequently occurs at a variety of deformation rates within the same sample. The present state of the art in single crystal constitutive models relies on thermally-activated models which are believed to become less reliable for problems exceeding strain rates of 10{sup 4} s{sup -1}. This talk presents work in which we extend the applicability of the single crystal model to the strain rate region where dislocation drag is believed to dominate. The elastic model includes effects from volumetric change and pressure sensitive moduli. The plastic model transitions from the low-rate thermally-activated regime to the high-rate drag dominated regime. The direct use of dislocation density as a state parameter gives a measurable physical mechanism to strain hardening. Dislocation densities are separated according to type and given a systematic set of interactions rates adaptable by type. The form of the constitutive model is motivated by previously published dislocation dynamics work which articulated important behaviors unique to high-rate response in fcc systems. The proposed material model incorporates thermal coupling. The hardening model tracks the varying dislocation population with respect to each slip plane and computes the slip resistance based on those values. Comparisons can be made between the responses of single crystals and polycrystals at a variety of strain rates. The material model is fit to copper.

  8. Synthetical bone-like and biological hydroxyapatites: a comparative study of crystal structure and morphology

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    Phase composition, crystal structure and morphology of biological hydroxyapatite (BHAp) extracted from human mandible bone, and carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHAp), synthesized by the chemical precipitation method, were studied by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman (R) spectroscopy techniques, combined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Structural and microstructural parameters were determined through Rietveld refinement of recorded XRD data, performed using the FullProf computing program, and TEM. Microstructural analysis shows anisotropic extension along the [0 0 l] crystallographic direction (i.e. elongated crystallites shape) of both investigated samples. The average crystallite sizes of 10 and 8 nm were estimated for BHAp and CHAp, respectively. The FTIR and R spectroscopy studies show that carbonate ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl ions in the crystal structure of BHAp as well as in CHAp, indicating that both of them are mixed AB-type of CHAp. The thermal behaviour and carbonate content were analysed using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. The carbonate content of about 1 wt.% and phase transition, at near 790 0C, from HAp to β-tricalcium phosphate were determined in both samples. The quality of synthesized CHAp powder, particularly, the particle size distribution and uniformity of morphology, was analysed by a particle size analyser based on laser diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. These data were used to discuss similarity between natural and synthetic CHAp. Good correlation between the unit cell parameters, average crystallite size, morphology, carbonate content and crystallographic positions of carbonate ions in natural and synthetic HAp samples was found.

  9. Synthetical bone-like and biological hydroxyapatites: a comparative study of crystal structure and morphology.

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    Marković, Smilja; Veselinović, Ljiljana; Lukić, Miodrag J; Karanović, Ljiljana; Bračko, Ines; Ignjatović, Nenad; Uskoković, Dragan

    2011-08-01

    Phase composition, crystal structure and morphology of biological hydroxyapatite (BHAp) extracted from human mandible bone, and carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHAp), synthesized by the chemical precipitation method, were studied by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman (R) spectroscopy techniques, combined with transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Structural and microstructural parameters were determined through Rietveld refinement of recorded XRD data, performed using the FullProf computing program, and TEM. Microstructural analysis shows anisotropic extension along the [00l] crystallographic direction (i.e. elongated crystallites shape) of both investigated samples. The average crystallite sizes of 10 and 8 nm were estimated for BHAp and CHAp, respectively. The FTIR and R spectroscopy studies show that carbonate ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl ions in the crystal structure of BHAp as well as in CHAp, indicating that both of them are mixed AB-type of CHAp. The thermal behaviour and carbonate content were analysed using thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis. The carbonate content of about 1 wt.% and phase transition, at near 790 °C, from HAp to β-tricalcium phosphate were determined in both samples. The quality of synthesized CHAp powder, particularly, the particle size distribution and uniformity of morphology, was analysed by a particle size analyser based on laser diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. These data were used to discuss similarity between natural and synthetic CHAp. Good correlation between the unit cell parameters, average crystallite size, morphology, carbonate content and crystallographic positions of carbonate ions in natural and synthetic HAp samples was found. PMID:21659698

  10. Effect of surface morphology on the oxidation behavior of bulk metallic glass

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    Highlights: • The effect of surface morphology on the oxidation behavior of BMG is investigated. • It is the scratch sharpness, rather than the surface roughness, should account for the acceleration effect on BMG oxidation. • The acceleration mechanism of surface morphology on BMG oxidation is different from that on the oxidation of crystalline materials due to the difference of intrinsic microstructures. - Abstract: The effect of surface morphology on the oxidation behavior of a Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 bulk metallic glass was investigated. The results revealed that specimens with rougher surfaces oxidized faster than specimens with smoother surfaces, resulting in larger and denser segregated particles, as well as thicker scales. The effect of surface morphology on the oxidation behavior was explained from the aspects of thermodynamics and diffusion kinetics. It was found that it is the scratch sharpness, rather than the roughness, should account for the acceleration effect on BMG, which is different from that of crystalline materials

  11. The Effect of Cellulose Crystal Structure and Solid-State Morphology on the Activity of Cellulases

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    Stipanovic, Arthur J [SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

    2014-11-17

    Consistent with the US-DOE and USDA “Roadmap” objective of producing ethanol and chemicals from cellulosic feedstocks more efficiently, a three year research project entitled “The Effect of Cellulose Crystal Structure and Solid-State Morphology on the Activity of Cellulases” was initiated in early 2003 under DOE sponsorship (Project Number DE-FG02-02ER15356). A three year continuation was awarded in June 2005 for the period September 15, 2005 through September 14, 2008. The original goal of this project was to determine the effect of cellulose crystal structure, including allomorphic crystalline form (Cellulose I, II, III, IV and sub-allomorphs), relative degree of crystallinity and crystallite size, on the activity of different types of genetically engineered cellulase enzymes to provide insight into the mechanism and kinetics of cellulose digestion by “pure” enzymes rather than complex mixtures. We expected that such information would ultimately help enhance the accessibility of cellulose to enzymatic conversion processes thereby creating a more cost-effective commercial process yielding sugars for fermentation into ethanol and other chemical products. Perhaps the most significant finding of the initial project phase was that conversion of native bacterial cellulose (Cellulose I; BC-I) to the Cellulose II (BC-II) crystal form by aqueous NaOH “pretreatment” provided an increase in cellulase conversion rate approaching 2-4 fold depending on enzyme concentration and temperature, even when initial % crystallinity values were similar for both allomorphs.

  12. An in situ AFM investigation on the morphology of the (100) growth interface of ZTS crystal

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    Cao, Yachao; Li, Mingwei; Cheng, Min; Song, Jie; Hu, Zhitao

    2014-02-01

    Interface morphology of the (100) face of zinc tris-thiourea sulphate (ZTS) crystals, grown under different supersaturations, at 30 °C, was investigated using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). It comes out that the (100) face exhibits stepped surface characteristics. At lower supersaturations, nucleation easily occurred at the outcrops of edge dislocations which could act as persistent sources of monomolecular growth steps, and the edge dislocation sites appeared to exhibit a “memory function”. At higher supersaturations, however, poly-nucleation becomes the primary growth mechanism. The rates of step advancement in the [010] and [001] directions of the two-dimensional nuclei were different, as it ensues from the symmetry anisotropy. The activation energy of the two-dimensional nuclei along with the step kinetic coefficients in the [010] and [001] directions, were calculated. We also found that microcrystals on the surface of the crystal could be better integrated into the crystal surface, or otherwise lead to the generation of pits by migration of the microcrystals. Pits could be gradually filled by elementary steps and thus no defect would be formed, or they might also be covered directly by macrosteps, which would result in liquid inclusions.

  13. SYNTHESIS AND CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF POLY(ETHER ETHER KETONE ETHER KETONE) (PEEKEK)

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    Zhao-bin Qiu; Zhi-shen Mo; Ying-ning Yu; Hong-fang Zhang; Xian-hong Wang

    2000-01-01

    In this paper, the synthesis and crystallization behavior of poly(ether ether ketone ether ketone) (PEEKEK) are reported. PEEKEK was prepared from 4,4'-bis(p-fluorobenzoyl) diphenyl ether (4,4'-FBDE) and hydroquinone along the nucleophilic substitution route. The thermal properties were investigated by using DSC and TGA. The crystallization behavior of PEEKEK under several conditions, i.e., crystallization from the molten state (melt crystallization), crystallization from a quenched sample (cold crystallization) and crystallization induced by exposing glassy sample to methylene chloride (solvent-induced crystallization) has also been investigated. The results show that crystallization of PEEKEK could be induced by the above methods, and no polymorphism was found. The differences in the crystallization of PEEKEK induced by the above methods are seen in their degree of crystallinity.

  14. Influence of melt structure on the crystallization behavior and polymorphic composition of polypropylene random copolymer

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    Wang, Bin [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS-ENS-UPMC UMR 8640, 24 Rue Lhomond, Paris 75005 (France); Chen, Zhengfang [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Kang, Jian, E-mail: jiankang@scu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Yang, Feng; Chen, Jinyao; Cao, Ya; Xiang, Ming [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2015-03-20

    Highlights: • We prepared β-PPR and studied its crystallization behavior with different melt structures. • We observed surprising synergetic effect between β-NA and the ordered structures. • We explored the nature of ordered structures by calculating the equilibrium temperature. - Abstract: Polypropylene random copolymer (PPR) is one of important polypropylene types for the application fields. However, due to the random copolymer chain configuration, it is difficult to obtain high proportion of β-phase even under the influence of β-nucleating agent (β-NA). In this study, the melt structure (namely, the content of ordered structures in the melt) of β-nucleated ethylene-copolymerized PPR (β-PPR) was controlled by tuning the fusion temperature (T{sub f}), and its impact on the crystallization and polymorphic behavior of β-PPR was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), polarized optical microscopy (PLM) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The result revealed that compared with the β-nucleated iPP homo-polymer, it is more difficult for β-PPR to form β-crystals; interestingly, when T{sub f} is in the temperature range of 162–173 °C, the ordered structures survived in melt exhibit high β-nucleation efficiency under the influence of β-NA, resulting in significant increase of β-phase proportion and evident variation of crystalline morphology, which is called the Ordered Structure Effect (OSE). Moreover, through investigating the self-nucleation behavior and equilibrium melting temperature of pure PPR (non-nucleated PPR), the physical nature of the lower and upper limiting T{sub f} temperatures for the occurrence of OSE in β-PPR was explored; the role of ethylene co-monomer in the occurrence of OSE was discussed.

  15. Influence of melt structure on the crystallization behavior and polymorphic composition of polypropylene random copolymer

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    Highlights: • We prepared β-PPR and studied its crystallization behavior with different melt structures. • We observed surprising synergetic effect between β-NA and the ordered structures. • We explored the nature of ordered structures by calculating the equilibrium temperature. - Abstract: Polypropylene random copolymer (PPR) is one of important polypropylene types for the application fields. However, due to the random copolymer chain configuration, it is difficult to obtain high proportion of β-phase even under the influence of β-nucleating agent (β-NA). In this study, the melt structure (namely, the content of ordered structures in the melt) of β-nucleated ethylene-copolymerized PPR (β-PPR) was controlled by tuning the fusion temperature (Tf), and its impact on the crystallization and polymorphic behavior of β-PPR was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), polarized optical microscopy (PLM) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The result revealed that compared with the β-nucleated iPP homo-polymer, it is more difficult for β-PPR to form β-crystals; interestingly, when Tf is in the temperature range of 162–173 °C, the ordered structures survived in melt exhibit high β-nucleation efficiency under the influence of β-NA, resulting in significant increase of β-phase proportion and evident variation of crystalline morphology, which is called the Ordered Structure Effect (OSE). Moreover, through investigating the self-nucleation behavior and equilibrium melting temperature of pure PPR (non-nucleated PPR), the physical nature of the lower and upper limiting Tf temperatures for the occurrence of OSE in β-PPR was explored; the role of ethylene co-monomer in the occurrence of OSE was discussed

  16. Oxygen Barrier Properties and Melt Crystallization Behavior of Poly(ethylene terephthalate/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites

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    Anna Szymczyk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(ethylene terephthalate nanocomposites with low loading (0.1–0.5 wt% of graphene oxide (GO have been prepared by using in situ polymerization method. TEM study of nanocomposites morphology has shown uniform distribution of highly exfoliated graphene oxide nanoplatelets in PET matrix. Investigations of oxygen permeability of amorphous films of nanocomposites showed that the nanocomposites had better oxygen barrier properties than the neat PET. The improvement of oxygen permeability for PET nanocomposite films over the neat PET is approximately factors of 2–3.3. DSC study on the nonisothermal crystallization behaviors proves that GO acts as a nucleating agent to accelerate the crystallization of PET matrix. The evolution of the lamellar nanostructure of nanocomposite and neat PET was monitored by SAXS during nonisothermal crystallization from the melt. It was found that unfilled PET and nanocomposite with the highest concentration of GO (0.5 wt% showed almost similar values of the long period (L=11.4 nm for neat PET and L=11.5 nm for PET/0.5GO.

  17. Effects of spacer length and terminal group on the crystallization and morphology of biscarbamates: a longer spacer does not reduce the melting temperature.

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    Khan, Mostofa Kamal; Sundararajan, Pudupadi R

    2013-05-01

    The effects of alkyl side chain and spacer lengths and the type of terminal group on the morphology and crystallization of a homologous series of biscarbamates (model compounds for polyurethanes) were investigated. Biscarbamates were synthesized with alkyl side chains of various lengths ranging from C4 to C18 and an alkyl spacer group with 12 CH2 units (C12 spacer) between the two hydrogen bonding motifs. The crystallization and morphological features are compared with the previously studied biscarbamates with a C6 spacer. As a token example, we also studied a biscarbamate molecule in which the terminal methyl group was replaced by a phenyl group. We stress four important conclusions of the study: (1) A number of studies in the literature found that the longer alkyl spacers reduced the thermal transition temperatures of the molecules, and such behavior was attributed to an increase in the flexibility of the alkyl spacer. However, the results of the present study are to the contrary. With the biscarbamates studied here, the hydrogen-bonding groups on both sides of the C12 spacer act as "anchors", and the longer spacer does not reduce the melting temperatures compared with those with the C6 spacer. (2) The melt viscosity measurements show shear-thinning behavior, which has been mostly observed with polysaccharides and hydrogen-bonded polymers. (3) Avrami analysis shows a two-stage crystallization, which is not commonly observed in organic small molecule systems. (4) The phenyl end group does not add another self-assembly code in terms of π-stacking but acts as a defect. While formation of crystals was observed for biscarbamates with short alkyl side chains with a C6 spacer, an increase in spacer length to C12 induces spherulitic morphology. Although the overall sizes of the spherulites are the same for both spacers, the rate of spherulite growth was higher and the crystallization rate was lower with the C12 spacer compared with the C6 spacer. In contrast with the

  18. The influence of the rate of selenium crystallization from aqueous solutions on its morphology

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Selenium crystallization process from aqueous solutions was investigated at constant temperature of 357 K. Two different reducers were used, namely dissolved NaHSO3 and gaseous SO2. Experiments were conducted for solutions with different initial selenium concentration and different pH. The degree of conversion was determined as a function of time from the weight of the sediment, and can be described by Avrami-type equation of the following form: - ln ( 1 - á = (6.95 . 10 -3 . t 1.52 valid at constant temperature of 357 K for NaHSO3 reducer, rate constant k = 6.95.10-3 min-1, and t in minutes. When the reduction was carried out in SO2 stream, the rate constant k was found to be strongly dependent on the flow rate. Possible mechanism of the reduction process and the influence of the rate of the reduction on the morphology of the product were suggested.

  19. Crystallization behavior and spherulites morphology of stereocomplexed poly(lactic acid) s with different molecular weights%不同分子质量聚乳酸立体复合物的结晶性能及球晶形貌

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    戈欢; 朱志国; 王锐; 尹会会; 王睿; 张秀芹

    2016-01-01

    同等质量的L-乳酸( PLLA)和D-乳酸( PDLA)共混后,能够形成立体复合聚乳酸( PLA).研究了5种不同相对分子质量(0.6×104~1.2×105)的PLLA和PDLA共混物的热性能、结晶动力学以及球晶的形态结构.聚合物均是通过L-LA或D-LA熔融固相聚合相结合的方法获得.与相应的均聚物比较,PLLA和PDLA溶液共混后形成的立体复合PLA具有更好的结晶性能和更高的熔点.分别以5、10、20、30℃/min为降温速率进行结晶动力学研究,发现较高分子质量样品具有更好的结晶速率,可能是因为样品中分子链在结晶发生之前具有更快的链复合能力.最后,通过偏光显微镜成功地在较低分子质量sc-PLA球晶结构中观察到了可逆的裂纹现象,证明裂纹的出现与结晶过程中形成的晶体间内应力有关.%Stereocomplex poly(lactic acid) (sc-PLA) could form in the mixture of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and poly(D-lactiole) (PDLA) at a mass ratio of 1∶1. In this paper, the thermal properties, crystallization kinetics and spherulites morphologies of the mixtures with different molecular weights (0. 6 × 4 -1. 2 × 105, homopolymers) were studied. All the homopolymers were prepared from L-LA or D-LA by melt condensation. Compared to corresponding homopolymers, sc-PLA formed by solution blending of PLLA and PDLA show much better crystallinity and higher melt temperature. The crystallization kinetics of the mixtures were investigated by DSC cooling scan at the rates of 5, 10, 20, and 30 ℃/min. The results showed that the samples with higher molecular weight, possess faster rates of crystallization, which should be ascribed to the better ability of stereocomplexation between the enantiometric chain segments prior to occurrence of crystallization. Finally in the study, the spherulites morphologies of mixtures were investigated on polarizing microscope. Cracks formed in the samples with lower molecular weight. The temperature-dependant reversibility of

  20. Bioleaching of incineration fly ash by Aspergillus niger – precipitation of metallic salt crystals and morphological alteration of the fungus

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    Tong-Jiang Xu; Thulasya Ramanathan; Yen-Peng Ting

    2014-01-01

    This study examines the bioleaching of municipal solid waste incineration fly ash by Aspergillus niger, and its effect on the fungal morphology, the fate of the ash particles, and the precipitation of metallic salt crystals during bioleaching. The fungal morphology was significantly affected during one-step and two-step bioleaching; scanning electron microscopy revealed that bioleaching caused distortion of the fungal hyphae (with up to 10 μm hyphae diameter) and a swollen pellet structure. I...

  1. Synthesis and crystallization behavior of 3 mol% yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) nanosized powders prepared using a simple co-precipitation process

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    Highlights: → The thermal behavior of 3Y-TZP precursor powders had been investigated. → The crystallization behavior of 3Y-TZP nanopowders had been investigated. → The activation energy for crystallization of tetragonal ZrO2 was obtained. → The growth morphology parameter n is approximated as 2.0. → The crystallites show a plate-like morphology. - Abstract: The synthesis and crystallization behavior of 3 mol% yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) nanopowders prepared using a simple co-precipitation process at 348 K and pH = 7 were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), the Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The activation energy of tetragonal ZrO2 crystallization from 3Y-TZP freeze-dried precursor powders using a non-isothermal method, namely, 169.2 ± 21.9 kJ mol-1, was obtained. The growth morphology parameter n was approximated as 2.0, which indicated that it had a plate-like morphology. The XRD, Raman spectra, and SAED patterns showed that the phase of the tetragonal ZrO2 was maintained at 1273 K. The crystallite size of 3Y-TZP freeze-dried precursor powders calcined at 1273 K for 5 min was 21.3 nm.

  2. Synthesis and crystallization behavior of 3 mol% yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) nanosized powders prepared using a simple co-precipitation process

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    Hsu, Yu-Wei [Graduate Institute of Applied Science, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-Kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Yang, Ko-Ho, E-mail: yangkoho@cc.kuas.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Applied Science, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-Kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Department of Mold and Die Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-Kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Chang, Kuo-Ming [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-Kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Dental Materials Research Center, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, 415 Chien-Kung Road, Kaohsiung 80782, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Sung-Wei [Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, 1001 Kaohsiung Highway, Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan (China); Wang, Moo-Chin, E-mail: mcwang@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetics Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100, Shihchuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80728, Taiwan (China)

    2011-06-16

    Highlights: > The thermal behavior of 3Y-TZP precursor powders had been investigated. > The crystallization behavior of 3Y-TZP nanopowders had been investigated. > The activation energy for crystallization of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} was obtained. > The growth morphology parameter n is approximated as 2.0. > The crystallites show a plate-like morphology. - Abstract: The synthesis and crystallization behavior of 3 mol% yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP) nanopowders prepared using a simple co-precipitation process at 348 K and pH = 7 were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), the Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The activation energy of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} crystallization from 3Y-TZP freeze-dried precursor powders using a non-isothermal method, namely, 169.2 {+-} 21.9 kJ mol{sup -1}, was obtained. The growth morphology parameter n was approximated as 2.0, which indicated that it had a plate-like morphology. The XRD, Raman spectra, and SAED patterns showed that the phase of the tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} was maintained at 1273 K. The crystallite size of 3Y-TZP freeze-dried precursor powders calcined at 1273 K for 5 min was 21.3 nm.

  3. Effect of biomimetic non-smooth unit morphology on thermal fatigue behavior of H13 hot-work tool steel

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    Meng, Chao; Zhou, Hong; Cong, Dalong; Wang, Chuanwei; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Zhihui; Ren, Luquan

    2012-06-01

    The thermal fatigue behavior of hot-work tool steel processed by a biomimetic coupled laser remelting process gets a remarkable improvement compared to untreated sample. The 'dowel pin effect', the 'dam effect' and the 'fence effect' of non-smooth units are the main reason of the conspicuous improvement of the thermal fatigue behavior. In order to get a further enhancement of the 'dowel pin effect', the 'dam effect' and the 'fence effect', this study investigated the effect of different unit morphologies (including 'prolate', 'U' and 'V' morphology) and the same unit morphology in different sizes on the thermal fatigue behavior of H13 hot-work tool steel. The results showed that the 'U' morphology unit had the optimum thermal fatigue behavior, then the 'V' morphology which was better than the 'prolate' morphology unit; when the unit morphology was identical, the thermal fatigue behavior of the sample with large unit sizes was better than that of the small sizes.

  4. Laser patterning and morphology of two-dimensional planar ferroelastic rare-earth molybdate crystals on the glass surface

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    Research highlights: → Two-dimensional planar ferroelastic β'-(Sm,Gd)2(MoO4)3 crystals are patterned on the glass surface by laser irradiations with a small pitch (0.7 μm) between laser irradiated parts. → A high orientation of crystals is confirmed from micro-Raman scattering spectrum and second harmonic intensity measurements, and the crystal growth direction is perpendicular to the laser scanning direction. → This study proposes the possibility of the control of crystal growth direction in laser-induced crystallization in glass. - Abstract: The laser-induced crystallization method is applied to pattern two-dimensional planar crystals consisting of ferroelastic β'-(Sm,Gd)2(MoO4)3 crystals (designated here as SGMO crystals) on the surface of Sm2O3-Gd2O3-MoO3-B2O3 glass. By scanning Yb:YVO4 fiber lasers (wavelength: 1080 nm) continuously with a small pitch (0.7 μm) between laser irradiated parts, planar SGMO crystals with periodic domain structures showing different refractive indices are patterned successfully, and a high orientation of SGMO crystals is confirmed from micro-Raman scattering spectrum and second harmonic intensity measurements. It is found that the crystal growth direction is perpendicular to the laser scanning direction. This relation, i.e., the perpendicular relation, is a different from the behavior in discrete crystal line patterning, where the crystal growth direction is consistent with the laser scanning direction. The present study proposes the possibility of the control of crystal growth direction in laser-induced crystallization in glasses.

  5. Soot Aerosol Particles as Cloud Condensation Nuclei: from Ice Nucleation Activity to Ice Crystal Morphology

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    Pirim, Claire; Ikhenazene, Raouf; Ortega, Isamel Kenneth; Carpentier, Yvain; Focsa, Cristian; Chazallon, Bertrand; Ouf, François-Xavier

    2016-04-01

    Emissions of solid-state particles (soot) from engine exhausts due to incomplete fuel combustion is considered to influence ice and liquid water cloud droplet activation [1]. The activity of these aerosols would originate from their ability to be important centers of ice-particle nucleation, as they would promote ice formation above water homogeneous freezing point. Soot particles are reported to be generally worse ice nuclei than mineral dust because they activate nucleation at higher ice-supersaturations for deposition nucleation and at lower temperatures for immersion freezing than ratios usually expected for homogeneous nucleation [2]. In fact, there are still numerous opened questions as to whether and how soot's physico-chemical properties (structure, morphology and chemical composition) can influence their nucleation ability. Therefore, systematic investigations of soot aerosol nucleation activity via one specific nucleation mode, here deposition nucleation, combined with thorough structural and compositional analyzes are needed in order to establish any association between the particles' activity and their physico-chemical properties. In addition, since the morphology of the ice crystals can influence their radiative properties [3], we investigated their morphology as they grow over both soot and pristine substrates at different temperatures and humidity ratios. In the present work, Combustion Aerosol STandart soot samples were produced from propane using various experimental conditions. Their nucleation activity was studied in deposition mode (from water vapor), and monitored using a temperature-controlled reactor in which the sample's relative humidity is precisely measured with a cryo-hygrometer. Formation of water/ice onto the particles is followed both optically and spectroscopically, using a microscope coupled to a Raman spectrometer. Vibrational signatures of hydroxyls (O-H) emerge when the particle becomes hydrated and are used to characterize ice

  6. Effect of film thickness on morphological evolution in dewetting and crystallization of polystyrene/poly(ε-caprolactone) blend films.

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    Ma, Meng; He, Zhoukun; Yang, Jinghui; Chen, Feng; Wang, Ke; Zhang, Qin; Deng, Hua; Fu, Qiang

    2011-11-01

    In this Article, the morphological evolution in the blend thin film of polystyrene (PS)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) was investigated via mainly AFM. It was found that an enriched two-layer structure with PS at the upper layer and PCL at the bottom layer was formed during spinning coating. By changing the solution concentration, different kinds of crystal morphologies, such as finger-like, dendritic, and spherulitic-like, could be obtained at the bottom PCL layer. These different initial states led to the morphological evolution processes to be quite different from each other, so the phase separation, dewetting, and crystalline morphology of PS/PCL blend films as a function of time were studied. It was interesting to find that the morphological evolution of PS at the upper layer was largely dependent on the film thickness. For the ultrathin (15 nm) blend film, a liquid-solid/liquid-liquid dewetting-wetting process was observed, forming ribbons that rupture into discrete circular PS islands on voronoi finger-like PCL crystal. For the thick (30 nm) blend film, the liquid-liquid dewetting of the upper PS layer from the underlying adsorbed PCL layer was found, forming interconnected rim structures that rupture into discrete circular PS islands embedded in the single lamellar PCL dendritic crystal due to Rayleigh instability. For the thicker (60 nm) blend film, a two-step liquid-liquid dewetting process with regular holes decorated with dendritic PCL crystal at early annealing stage and small holes decorated with spherulite-like PCL crystal among the early dewetting holes at later annealing stage was observed. The mechanism of this unusual morphological evolution process was discussed on the basis of the entropy effect and annealing-induced phase separation. PMID:21936570

  7. On the morphology of SrCO3 crystals grown at the interface between two immiscible liquids

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    Satyanarayana Reddy; Debabrata Rautaray; S R Sainkar; Murali Sastry

    2003-04-01

    In this paper we report on the growth of strontianite crystals at the interface between an aqueous solution of Sr2+ ions and organic solutions of chloroform and hexane containing fatty acid/fatty amine molecules by reaction with sodium carbonate. When fatty acid was used as an additive at the interface, the crystals grown were self-assembled needle shaped strontianite crystallites branching out from the seed crystal via secondary nucleation. Under identical conditions of supersaturation, the presence of fatty amine molecules at the liquid–liquid interface resulted in needle shaped strontianite crystals with spherical crystallites arranged around central needles. This clearly indicates that the functionality of the head group of the amphiphiles at the liquid–liquid interface affects the morphology of the strontium carbonate crystals formed. The use of interfacial effects such as dielectric discontinuity, polarity and finite solubility of the two solvents etc opens up exciting possibilities for tailoring the morphology of crystals at the liquid–liquid interface and is currently not possible in the more popular crystal growth with similar amphiphiles at the air–water interface.

  8. AFM observation of the surface morphology and impurity effects on orthorhombic hen egg-white lysozyme crystals

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    Matsuzuki, Y.; Kubota, T.; Liu, X. Y.; Ataka, M.; Takano, K. J.

    2002-07-01

    Cation-exchange high performance liquid chromatography at pH 6, developed originally to purify human lysozyme, was applied to hen egg-white lysozyme. We could remove at least three kinds of impurities from the commercial product. The impurities were considered to be modified lysozyme molecules, mostly based on N-terminal amino acid analyses. Atomic force microscopic observation was made on the crystals both from the purified and non-purified solutions. The (1 1 0) faces of the orthorhombic crystals grown at 40°C from the purified solution contained linear steps, while most of the linear edges became round and rugged on the crystals from non-purified solutions. A similar change in step morphology is known to occur on insulin crystals when two amino acids were mutated from the wild type. On the (0 1 0) face, elongated, round steps became rugged when crystals grew from non-purified solutions.

  9. Crystallization Behavior and Heat Transfer of Fluorine-Free Mold Fluxes with Different Na2O Concentration

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    Yang, Jian; Zhang, Jianqiang; Sasaki, Yasushi; Ostrovski, Oleg; Zhang, Chen; Cai, Dexiang; Kashiwaya, Yoshiaki

    2016-08-01

    In this study, the crystallization behavior and heat transfer of CaO-SiO2-Na2O-B2O3-TiO2-Al2O3-MgO-Li2O fluorine-free mold fluxes with different Na2O contents (5 to 11 mass pct) were studied using single/double hot thermocouple technique (SHTT/DHTT) and infrared emitter technique (IET), respectively. Continuous cooling transformation (CCT) and time-temperature transformation (TTT) diagrams constructed using SHTT showed that crystallization temperature increased and incubation time shortened with the increase of Na2O concentration, indicating an enhanced crystallization tendency. The crystallization process of mold fluxes in the temperature field simulating the casting condition was also investigated using DHTT. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the quenched mold fluxes showed that the dominant phase changed from CaSiO3 to Ca11Si4B2O22 with the increasing concentration of Na2O. The heat transfer examined by IET showed that the increase of Na2O concentration reduced the responding heat flux when Na2O was lower than 9 mass pct but the further increase of Na2O to 11 mass pct enhanced the heat flux. The correlation between crystallinity and heat transfer was discussed in terms of crystallization tendency and crystal morphology.

  10. Effects of reactor type and mass transfer on the morphology of CuS and ZnS crystals

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    Al-Tarazi, M.; Heesink, A. Bert M.; Versteeg, G. F.

    2005-01-01

    For the precipitation of CuS and ZnS, the effects of the reactor/precipitator type, mass transfer and process conditions on crystal morphology were studied. Either H2S gas or a S2- solution were applied. Three different types of reactors have been tested, namely a laminar jet, a bubble column and an

  11. Controlled synthesis of multi-morphology Te crystals by a convenient Lewis acid/base-assisted solvothermal method

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    This paper reports on the controlled growth of multi-morphology Te crystals by a convenient Lewis acid/base-assisted solvothermal method for the first time. The morphological transformation from one-dimension (1D) nanostructures to 2D hierarchical flowerlike microarchitecture has been observed. The nanorods and nanowires with a well-defined crystallographical structure and the hierarchical flowers microarchitecture were obtained by changing the Lewis acids/bases. Lewis acids/bases were found to be crucial for the formation of the products by not only acting as the pH regulator but also as the shape controller, owing to their hydrolysis in the solvent to in situ form H+/OH− and hydrates. The results suggest that this should be an effective approach to the control the growth of t-Te crystals with interesting multiple morphologies, which are of interest for both theoretical investigations and practical applications.

  12. Behavioral response and cell morphology changes of caenorhabditis elegans under high power millimeter wave irradiation

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    C. elegans were exposed to high power millimeter waves (MMWs) with different mean power densities, to investigate their behavioral response and cell morphology changes under MMW irradiation. The time-course photomicrography system was used to record the behavioral changes of C. elegans. The behavioral response and cell morphology changes were further observed by stereoscopic microscopes. The results show that freely moving C. elegans will escape from the MMW irradiation region quickly. After the exposure to MMWs with output mean power of 10 W and 12 W, the bending speed of C. elegans increases significantly at first, while the movement gradually slows down until the bodies get rigid. However, exposed to 5 W MMW, C. elegans show a distinctive tolerant reaction because of the thermal effect. In addition, cell morphological observations show that the nuclear structure of the eggs are abnormal after abnormal after MMW irradiation. High power MMW significantly affects the behaviors and cell morphology of C. elegans, which suggests the C. elegans could be used as a typical model species to study the biological effects of MMW irradiation. (authors)

  13. Crystal growth of CdTe in space and thermal field effects on mass flux and morphology

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    Wiedemeier, H.

    1988-01-01

    The primary, long-range goals are the development of vapor phase crystal growth experiments, and the growth of technologically useful crystals in space. The necessary ground-based studies include measurements of the effects of temperature variations on the mass flux and crystal morphology in vapor-solid growth processes. For in-situ mass flux measurements dynamic microbalance techniques will be employed. Crystal growth procedures and equipment will be developed to be compatible with microgravity conditions and flight requirements. Emphasis was placed on the further development of crystal growth and the investigation of relevant transport properties of CdTe. The dependence of the mass flux on source temperature was experimentally established. The CdTe synthesis and pretreatment procedures are being developed that yield considerable improvements in mass transport rates, and mass fluxes which are independent of the amount of source material. A higher degree of stoichiometric control of CdTe than before was achieved during this period of investigation. Based on this, a CdTe crystal growth experiment, employing physical vapor transport, yielded very promising results. Optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the boule contained several large sized crystal grains of a high degree of crystallinity. Further characterization studies of CdTe crystals are in progress. The reaction chamber, furnace dimensions, and ampoule location of the dynamic microbalance system were modified in order to minimize radiation effects on the balance performance.

  14. EFFECTS OF BLENDING CHITOSAN WITH PEG ON SURFACE MORPHOLOGY,CRYSTALLIZATION AND THERMAL PROPERTIES

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    Ling-hao He; Rui Xue; De-bin Yang; Ying Liu; Rui Song

    2009-01-01

    Biodegradable blend films composed of chitosan and PEG with various composition ratios were prepared. The chemical structure of the blend films was characterized with FTIR and X-ray, which showed no chemical bond formations but certain interactions probably coming from the hydrogen bonds. Morphologies of these blend films were viewed using AFM and SEM, suggesting that pure chitosan film had a smooth surface structure and the blend films surface showed a plenty of holes with varying size. Through the DMA measurement, it was found that there existed differences in the peak area and position of the blend films, and the peak at the glass transition temperature became significantly weaker and was markedly wider with the increasing content of PEG. The obtained results showed that the crystallinity of chitosan was suppressed and partially destroyed; and this should have an influence on the thermal behaviors and dynamic mechanical properties of the blend films.

  15. BEMOVI, software for extracting behavior and morphology from videos, illustrated with analyses of microbes.

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    Pennekamp, Frank; Schtickzelle, Nicolas; Petchey, Owen L

    2015-07-01

    Microbes are critical components of ecosystems and provide vital services (e.g., photosynthesis, decomposition, nutrient recycling). From the diverse roles microbes play in natural ecosystems, high levels of functional diversity result. Quantifying this diversity is challenging, because it is weakly associated with morphological differentiation. In addition, the small size of microbes hinders morphological and behavioral measurements at the individual level, as well as interactions between individuals. Advances in microbial community genetics and genomics, flow cytometry and digital analysis of still images are promising approaches. They miss out, however, on a very important aspect of populations and communities: the behavior of individuals. Video analysis complements these methods by providing in addition to abundance and trait measurements, detailed behavioral information, capturing dynamic processes such as movement, and hence has the potential to describe the interactions between individuals. We introduce BEMOVI, a package using the R and ImageJ software, to extract abundance, morphology, and movement data for tens to thousands of individuals in a video. Through a set of functions BEMOVI identifies individuals present in a video, reconstructs their movement trajectories through space and time, and merges this information into a single database. BEMOVI is a modular set of functions, which can be customized to allow for peculiarities of the videos to be analyzed, in terms of organisms features (e.g., morphology or movement) and how they can be distinguished from the background. We illustrate the validity and accuracy of the method with an example on experimental multispecies communities of aquatic protists. We show high correspondence between manual and automatic counts and illustrate how simultaneous time series of abundance, morphology, and behavior are obtained from BEMOVI. We further demonstrate how the trait data can be used with machine learning to

  16. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Nanoindentation Behavior in Magnesium

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    Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Schuh, Christopher A.

    2016-04-01

    The effect of crystal orientation on nanoindentation behavior at both quasi-static and high strain rates was investigated using single-crystalline magnesium oriented in basal and prismatic configurations. Both the basal and prismatic planes had similar activation volumes, 55 and 73b 3 for deformation at room temperature, as well as a small temperature dependence up to 423 K (150 °C). Microstructural observations beneath the indentations revealed that { 10bar{1}2 } type deformation twins were formed in both orientations irrespective of testing temperature. With twins forming beneath the indenter and multiple orientations of loading, it is believed that cross-slip and/or multiple slip are likely rate-controlling for global deformation, which also aligns with observations on nanoindentation of polycrystalline coarse-grained magnesium. The locations of the twins were consistent with expectations based on indentation mechanics as assessed by finite element simulations. The finite element simulations also predicted that an indenter tip with a shaper tip radius would tend to promote { 10bar{1}2 } twins.

  17. Comparative locomotor behavior of chimpanzees and bonobos: the influence of morphology on locomotion.

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    Doran, D M

    1993-05-01

    Results from a 10 month study of adult male and female bonobos (Pan paniscus) in the Lomako Forest, Zaire, and those from a 7 month study of adult male and female chimpanzees in the Tai Forest, Ivory Coast (Pan troglodytes verus), were compared in order to determine whether there are species differences in locomotor behavior and substrate use and, if so, whether these differences support predictions made on the basis of interspecific morphological differences. Results indicate that bonobos are more arboreal than chimpanzees and that male bonobos are more suspensory than their chimpanzee counterpart. This would be predicted on the basis of male bonobo's longer and more narrow scapula. This particular finding is contrary to the prediction that the bonobo is a "scaled reduced version of a chimpanzee" with little or no positional behavior difference as had been suggested. This study provides the behavioral data necessary to untangle contradictory interpretations of the morphological differences between chimpanzees and bonobos, and raises a previously discussed (Fleagle: Size and Scaling in Primate Biology, pp. 1-19, 1985) but frequently overlooked point--that isometry in allometric studies does not necessarily equate with behavioral equivalence. Several researchers have demonstrated that bonobos and chimpanzees follow the same scaling trends for many features, and are in some sense functionally equivalent, since they manage to feed and reproduce. However, as reflected in their morphologies, they do so through different types and frequencies of locomotor behaviors. PMID:8512056

  18. Interdiffusion behavior between NiAlHf coating and Ni-based single crystal superalloy with different crystal orientations

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    Highlights: • The interdiffusion behavior between the NiAlHf coating and the superalloy substrate was influenced by the crystal orientation of the substrate alloy. • The structure of TCP phases formed in SRZ and IDZ was studied. • Studying the effect of orientation crystal of substrate on the formation of SRZ. - Abstract: NiAlHf coatings were deposited onto Ni-based single crystal (SC) superalloy with different crystal orientations by electron beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD). The effects of the crystal orientations of the superalloy substrate on inter-diffusion behavior between the substrate and the NiAlHf coating were investigated. Substrate diffusion zone (SDZ) containing needle-like μ phases and interdiffusion zone (IDZ) mainly consisting of the ellipsoidal and rod-like μ phases were formed in the SC alloy after heat-treatment 10 h at 1100 °C. The thickness of secondary reaction zone (SRZ) formed in the SC alloy with (0 1 1) crystal orientation is about 14 μm after 50 h heat-treatment at 1100 °C, which is relatively thicker than that in the SC alloy with (0 0 1) crystal orientation, whereas the IDZ revealed similar thickness

  19. Morphology and efficiency of a specialized foraging behavior, sediment sifting, in neotropical cichlid fishes.

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    López-Fernández, Hernán; Arbour, Jessica; Willis, Stuart; Watkins, Crystal; Honeycutt, Rodney L; Winemiller, Kirk O

    2014-01-01

    Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis on a set of ecomorphological traits from 27 species of Neotropical cichlids. For most sifting taxa, feeding behavior could be effectively predicted by a linear discriminant function of ecomorphology across multiple clades of sediment sifters, and this pattern could not be explained by shared evolutionary history alone. Additionally, we tested foraging efficiency in seven Neotropical cichlid species, five of which are specialized benthic feeders with differing head morphology. Efficiency was evaluated based on the degree to which invertebrate prey could be retrieved at different depths of sediment. Feeding performance was compared both with respect to feeding mode and species using a phylogenetic ANCOVA, with substrate depth as a covariate. Benthic foraging performance was constant across sediment depths in non-sifters but declined with depth in sifters. The non-sifting Hypsophrys used sweeping motions of the body and fins to excavate large pits to uncover prey; this tactic was more efficient for consuming deeply buried invertebrates than observed among sediment sifters. Findings indicate that similar feeding performance among sediment-sifting cichlids extracting invertebrate prey from shallow sediment layers reflects constraints associated with functional morphology and, to a lesser extent, phylogeny. PMID:24603485

  20. L-{alpha} alanine crystals: theoretical and experimental morphology and habit modifications in CaCO{sub 3} solution

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    Massimino, F.; Bruno, M.; Rubbo, M.; Aquilano, D. [Dipartimento di Scienze Mineralogiche e Petrologiche, Universita di Torino, via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino (Italy)

    2011-08-15

    Empirical potential has been modified for {alpha}-alanine intermolecular interaction, in order to perform a Periodic Bond Chain (PBC) analysis. Equilibrium and growth shapes have been predicted in vacuum and the equilibrium shape has been successfully modified by the solvent interaction. {alpha}-alanine crystals have been prepared both in pure and in CaCO{sub 3} aqueous solution. Then, habit modification was observed and surface morphology analysis has been carried out on metallized crystals. Epitaxial model acting at the {alpha}-alanine/ CaCO{sub 3} interfaces is also proposed. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. The effect of microstructure on the creep behavior of a low rhenium-containing single crystal nickel-based superalloy

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    A low rhenium-containing single crystal nickel-based superalloy designated DD6 with different γ′ morphologies induced by discrepant aging treatments crept at 1100 °C/137 MPa and 850 °C/660 MPa. The test results and TEM observations showed that creep mechanism varies with microstructure and test temperature. For creep at 1100 °C/137 MPa, the dislocation network on γ/γ′ interface plays a key role in prolonging creep life. The sample with the lager cubical γ′ precipitate got the longest rupture life. For creep at 850 °C/660 MPa, the morphology of γ′ phase and the width of the γ channels dominate the deformation behavior. The sample with smaller γ′ particles and narrower γ channel exhibited the highest creep life due to the inhomogeneous activations of multiple 〈112〉 {111} slip systems

  2. Crystallization Behavior of Magnesium Salts:. a Summary of Some Experimental Observations

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    Xue, Dongfeng; Zou, Longjiang; Wang, Lei; Yan, Xiaoxing

    Some efficient methods have been developed to chemically prepare some magnesium salt products with multiscale morphologies such as MgCO3·3H2O and 5Mg(OH)2·MgSO4·2H2O whiskers, Mg5(CO3)4(OH)2·4H2O microplates and aggregates, and Mg(OH)2 plates and spheres. The crystallization processes of the as-prepared products were studied by designing different reaction routes and corresponding growth morphologies. In these solution chemical systems, Mg2+ cation was found to be easily coordinated by various ligands, and can be easily transformed into various compounds with variable compositions. The current crystallization observations of some magnesium salts can be readily simulated by the chemical bonding theory of single crystal growth. These results can guide the further studies of various magnesium salts with controllable morphologies.

  3. Optimizing time and resource allocation trade-offs for investment into morphological and behavioral defense

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    Steiner, Uli; Pfeiffer, Thomas

    2007-01-01

    , such as growth or morphological defense. We develop a mathematical model for prey organisms that comprise time and resource allocation trade-offs for multiple defense traits. Fitness is determined by growth and survival during ontogeny. We determine optimal defense strategies for environments that differ......Prey organisms are confronted with time and resource allocation trade-offs. Time allocation trade-offs partition time, for example, between foraging effort to acquire resources and behavioral defense. Resource allocation trade-offs partition the acquired resources between multiple traits...... pronounced at intermediate environmental conditions. Optimizing single traits generally leads to a more pronounced response of the defense traits, which implies that studying single traits leads to an overestimation of their response to predation. Behavioral defense and morphological defense compensate...

  4. Morphological and behavioral evidence of Batesian mimicry in nestlings of a lowland Amazonian bird.

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    Londoño, Gustavo A; García, Duván A; Sánchez Martínez, Manuel A

    2015-01-01

    Because predation is the main cause of avian nest failure, selection should favor strategies that reduce the probability of nest predation. We describe apparent Batesian mimicry in the morphology and behavior of a Laniocera hypopyrra nestling. On hatching, the nestling had a distinctive bright orange color and modified feathers all over its body, and 6 days after hatching, it started to move its head very slowly from side to side (in a "caterpillar" movement) when disturbed. These traits gave it a resemblance to a hairy, aposematic caterpillar. This species has a long nestling period for its size (20 days), perhaps due to slow provisioning rates (about one feeding per hour). We argue that the slow growth rate, combined with high nest predation, favors the evolution of antipredation mechanisms such as the unique morphological and behavioral characteristics of L. hypopyrra nestlings. PMID:25560558

  5. Frequency Behavior of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (Qcm) in Contact with Selected Solutions

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    Z. A. Talib; Z. Baba; Kurosawa, S.; H. A.A. Sidek; A. Kassimb; W. M.M. Yunus

    2006-01-01

    A device was constructed to monitor viscosity of solutions using fundamental frequency of 9 MHz and 10 MHz quartz crystal. Piezoelectric quartz crystals with gold electrodes were mounted by O-ring in between liquid flow cell. Only one side of the crystal was exposed to the solutions which were pumped through silicon tube by a peristaltic pump. The measured frequency shift was observed in order to investigate the interfacial behavior of some selected solution in contact with one surface of Qua...

  6. Burrowing behavior in mud and sand of morphologically divergent polychaete species (Annelida: Orbiniidae).

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    Francoeur, Alex A; Dorgan, Kelly M

    2014-04-01

    Muddy and sandy sediments have different physical properties. Muds are cohesive elastic solids, whereas granular beach sands are non-cohesive porous media. Infaunal organisms such as worms that burrow through sediments therefore face different mechanical challenges that potentially lead to a variety of burrowing strategies and morphologies. In this study we compared three morphologically distinct polychaete species representing different clades in the family Orbiniidae and related differences in their burrowing behaviors and morphologies to their natural environments (mud or sand). Worms burrowed in transparent analogs for muds and sands, and kinematic analysis showed differences both among species and between materials. Leitoscoloplos pugettensis lives in mud and burrows by fracture, using its pointed head to concentrate stress at the tip of the burrow. Naineris dendritica lives in sand and uses its broader head that fluctuates in width over a burrowing cycle to decrease backward slipping in sand, potentially preventing burrow collapse. Orbinia johnsoni lives in sand and uses internal body expansions to pack sand grains, another mechanism to prevent burrow collapse. By combining data from species and materials to obtain a broad range of burrowing velocities, we show that burrowing worms control their velocity by increasing or decreasing their burrowing frequency rather than by altering cycle distance as shown previously for crawling earthworms. This study demonstrates how fairly small evolutionary divergences in morphologies and behaviors facilitate locomotion in environments with different physical constraints. PMID:24797095

  7. Gender identification of Grasshopper Sparrows comparing behavioral, morphological, and molecular techniques

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    Ammer, F.K.; Wood, P.B.; McPherson, R.J.

    2008-01-01

    Correct gender identification in monomorphic species is often difficult especially if males and females do not display obvious behavioral and breeding differences. We compared gender specific morphology and behavior with recently developed DNA techniques for gender identification in the monomorphic Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum). Gender was ascertained with DNA in 213 individuals using the 2550F/2718R primer set and 3% agarose gel electrophoresis. Field observations using behavior and breeding characteristics to identify gender matched DNA analyses with 100% accuracy for adult males and females. Gender was identified with DNA for all captured juveniles that did not display gender specific traits or behaviors in the field. The molecular techniques used offered a high level of accuracy and may be useful in studies of dispersal mechanisms and winter assemblage composition in monomorphic species.

  8. Asymptotic Behavior of Solutions to the Liquid Crystals System in $\\mathbb{R}^3$

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    Dai, Mimi; Schonbek, Maria E

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we study the large time behavior of solutions to a nematic liquid crystals system in the whole space $\\mathbb{R}^3$. The fluid under consideration has constant density and small initial data.

  9. Optimizing time and resource allocation trade-offs for investment into morphological and behavioral defense

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    Steiner, U K; Pfeiffer, T

    2007-01-01

    Prey organisms are confronted with time and resource allocation trade-offs. Time allocation trade-offs partition time, for example, between foraging effort to acquire resources and behavioral defense. Resource allocation trade-offs partition the acquired resources between multiple traits, such as growth or morphological defense. We develop a mathematical model for prey organisms that comprise time and resource allocation trade-offs for multiple defense traits. Fitness is determined by growth ...

  10. Handed foraging behavior in scale-eating cichlid fish: its potential role in shaping morphological asymmetry.

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    Hyuk Je Lee

    Full Text Available Scale-eating cichlid fish, Perissodus microlepis, from Lake Tanganyika display handed (lateralized foraging behavior, where an asymmetric 'left' mouth morph preferentially feeds on the scales of the right side of its victim fish and a 'right' morph bites the scales of the left side. This species has therefore become a textbook example of the astonishing degree of ecological specialization and negative frequency-dependent selection. We investigated the strength of handedness of foraging behavior as well as its interaction with morphological mouth laterality in P. microlepis. In wild-caught adult fish we found that mouth laterality is, as expected, a strong predictor of their preferred attack orientation. Also laboratory-reared juvenile fish exhibited a strong laterality in behavioral preference to feed on scales, even at an early age, although the initial level of mouth asymmetry appeared to be small. This suggests that pronounced mouth asymmetry is not a prerequisite for handed foraging behavior in juvenile scale-eating cichlid fish and might suggest that behavioral preference to attack a particular side of the prey plays a role in facilitating morphological asymmetry of this species.

  11. Shear effects on crystallization behaviors and structure transitions of isotactic poly-1-butene

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    Li, Jingqing; Guan, Peipei; Zhang, Yao;

    2014-01-01

    Different melt pre-shear conditions were applied to isotactic poly-1-butene (iP-1-B) and the effect on the crystallization behaviors and the crystalline structure transitions of iP-1-B were investigated. The polarized optical microscope observations during isothermal crystallization process revea...

  12. Crystallization and melting behavior of multi-walled carbon nanotube-reinforced nylon-6 composites

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    Phang, In Yee; Ma, Jianhua; Shen, Lu; Liu, Tianxi; Zhang, Wei-De

    2006-01-01

    The crystallization and melting behavior of neat nylon-6 (PA6) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)/PA6 composites prepared by simple melt-compounding was comparatively studied. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results show two crystallization exotherms (TCC, 1 and TCC, 2) for PA6/MWNTs

  13. Investigation of parameters affecting zeolite Na-A crystal size and morphology II - the effects of mixing rates, time and temperature on synthesis of zeolite A

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    Morphology and crystal size of zeolites have an important role for their specific use in industries. Many parameters are found to be highly important in the physical appearance of the final zeolite products. In this work, some of the most effective parameters influencing the crystal size and morphology of zeolite A such as temperature and aging time of the gel preparation, crystallization temperature and rate of mixing during the synthesis were studied. Phase identification, morphology and the particle size of final products were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques

  14. Control of morphology and crystal purity of InP nanowires by variation of phosphine flux during selective area MOMBE

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    We present experimental results showing how the growth rate, morphology and crystal structure of Au-catalyzed InP nanowires (NWs) fabricated by selective area metal organic molecular beam epitaxy can be tuned by the growth parameters: temperature and phosphine flux. The InP NWs with 20–65 nm diameters are grown at temperatures of 420 and 480 °C with the PH3 flow varying from 1 to 9 sccm. The NW tapering is suppressed at a higher temperature, while pure wurtzite crystal structure is preferred at higher phosphine flows. Therefore, by combining high temperature and high phosphine flux, we are able to fabricate non-tapered and stacking fault-free InP NWs with the quality that other methods rarely achieve. We also develop a model for NW growth and crystal structure which explains fairly well the observed experimental tendencies. (paper)

  15. Phase separation of monomer in liquid crystal mixtures and surface morphology in polymer-stabilized vertical alignment liquid crystal displays

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    Lyu, Jae Jin; Lee, Jun Hyup; Kim, Kyeong Hyeon [Development Center, LCD Business, SAMSUNG Electronics Co. LTD., Tangjeong-Myeon, Asan, Chungnam 336-741 (Korea, Republic of); Kikuchi, Hirotsuku; Higuchi, Hiroki [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-Koen, Kasuga 816-8580 (Japan); Kim, Dae Hyun; Lee, Seung Hee, E-mail: jsquare.lyu@samsung.com, E-mail: lsh1@chonbuk.ac.kr [Department of BIN Fusion Technology and Department of Polymer-Nano Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-17

    The polymer-stabilized vertically aligned (PS-VA) liquid crystal display (LCD) driving mode has high potential for manufacturing low power consuming displays due to the higher transmittance and fast response as compared with the existing patterned vertically aligned and multi-domain vertically aligned modes. In this paper we have investigated the reaction mechanisms of monomer-liquid crystal blends to form a surface pre-tilt angle of liquid crystal in vertical alignment LCD associated with a fishbone electrode structure. The observed sizes of polymer bumps formed on the substrates were found to be dependent on the exposed UV wavelength and were almost equal in both top and bottom substrates. When a large UV wavelength was used, the phase separation mechanism of monomer in PS-VA mode was found nearly isotropic rather than anisotropic in contrast to the previous studies.

  16. Crystallization behavior of vapor-deposited hexanitroazobenzene (HNAB) films

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    Knepper, Robert; Tappan, Alexander S.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Alam, M. Kathleen; Martin, Laura; Marquez, Michael P.

    2012-03-01

    Vapor-deposited hexanitroazobenzene (HNAB) has been shown to form an amorphous structure as-deposited that crystallizes over a period ranging from several hours to several weeks, depending on the ambient temperature. Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to identify three distinct phases during the crystallization process: the as-deposited amorphous structure, the HNAB-II crystal structure, and an as-yet unidentified crystal structure. Significant qualitative differences in the nucleation and growth of the crystalline phases were observed between 65°C and 75°C. While the same two polymorphs form in all cases, significant variation in the quantities of each phase was observed as a function of temperature.

  17. Crystal Growth Behaviors of Silicon during Melt Growth Processes

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    Kozo Fujiwara

    2012-01-01

    It is imperative to improve the crystal quality of Si multicrystal ingots grown by casting because they are widely used for solar cells in the present and will probably expand their use in the future. Fine control of macro- and microstructures, grain size, grain orientation, grain boundaries, dislocation/subgrain boundaries, and impurities, in a Si multicrystal ingot, is therefore necessary. Understanding crystal growth mechanisms in melt growth processes is thus crucial for developing a good...

  18. Crystallization behavior of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} prepared in a silica bath

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    Wang, Moo-Chin, E-mail: mcwang@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Huang, Hung-Jui [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China)

    2013-09-10

    Highlights: ► The activation energy of t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallization calculated by the JMA equation is 643.0 ± 13.9 kJ·mol{sup −1}. ► The growth morphology parameter (n) and crystallization mechanism index (m) are approximated as 3.0. ► Bulk nucleation is dominant in the t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallization process, and has a spherical-like morphology. ► The TEM microstructure reveals that the t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallites have a spherical-like morphology. - Abstract: The synthesis of zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) precursor powders by a co-precipitation process is studied in this work, using a silica bath prepared at 348 K and pH = 7, with 10 min mixing using zirconium (IV) nitrate and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OC{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}) as the starting materials. The XRD result show that only a single phase of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} (t-ZrO{sub 2}) appears when the freeze dried precursor powders are calcined between 1173 and 1473 K for 120 min. The activation energy of t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallization, as calculated by the Johnson–Mehl–Avrami (JMA) equation, is 643.0 ± 13.9 kJ/mol. The growth morphology parameter (n) and crystallization mechanism index (m) are approximated as 3.0, which indicates that bulk nucleation is dominant in the t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallization process, and that the material has a plate-like morphology.

  19. Crystallization behavior of tetragonal ZrO2 prepared in a silica bath

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    Highlights: ► The activation energy of t-ZrO2 crystallization calculated by the JMA equation is 643.0 ± 13.9 kJ·mol−1. ► The growth morphology parameter (n) and crystallization mechanism index (m) are approximated as 3.0. ► Bulk nucleation is dominant in the t-ZrO2 crystallization process, and has a spherical-like morphology. ► The TEM microstructure reveals that the t-ZrO2 crystallites have a spherical-like morphology. - Abstract: The synthesis of zirconia (ZrO2) precursor powders by a co-precipitation process is studied in this work, using a silica bath prepared at 348 K and pH = 7, with 10 min mixing using zirconium (IV) nitrate and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OC2H5)4) as the starting materials. The XRD result show that only a single phase of tetragonal ZrO2 (t-ZrO2) appears when the freeze dried precursor powders are calcined between 1173 and 1473 K for 120 min. The activation energy of t-ZrO2 crystallization, as calculated by the Johnson–Mehl–Avrami (JMA) equation, is 643.0 ± 13.9 kJ/mol. The growth morphology parameter (n) and crystallization mechanism index (m) are approximated as 3.0, which indicates that bulk nucleation is dominant in the t-ZrO2 crystallization process, and that the material has a plate-like morphology

  20. Behavioral mechanisms and morphological symptoms of zombie ants dying from fungal infection

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    Himaman Winanda

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Parasites that manipulate host behavior can provide prominent examples of extended phenotypes: parasite genomes controlling host behavior. Here we focus on one of the most dramatic examples of behavioral manipulation, the death grip of ants infected by Ophiocordyceps fungi. We studied the interaction between O. unilateralis s.l. and its host ant Camponotus leonardi in a Thai rainforest, where infected ants descend from their canopy nests down to understory vegetation to bite into abaxial leaf veins before dying. Host mortality is concentrated in patches (graveyards where ants die on sapling leaves ca. 25 cm above the soil surface where conditions for parasite development are optimal. Here we address whether the sequence of ant behaviors leading to the final death grip can also be interpreted as parasite adaptations and describe some of the morphological changes inside the heads of infected workers that mediate the expression of the death grip phenotype. Results We found that infected ants behave as zombies and display predictable stereotypical behaviors of random rather than directional walking, and of repeated convulsions that make them fall down and thus precludes returning to the canopy. Transitions from erratic wandering to death grips on a leaf vein were abrupt and synchronized around solar noon. We show that the mandibles of ants penetrate deeply into vein tissue and that this is accompanied by extensive atrophy of the mandibular muscles. This lock-jaw means the ant will remain attached to the leaf after death. We further present histological data to show that a high density of single celled stages of the parasite within the head capsule of dying ants are likely to be responsible for this muscular atrophy. Conclusions Extended phenotypes in ants induced by fungal infections are a complex example of behavioral manipulation requiring coordinated changes of host behavior and morphology. Future work should address the

  1. Morphology and efficiency of a specialized foraging behavior, sediment sifting, in neotropical cichlid fishes.

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    Hernán López-Fernández

    Full Text Available Understanding of relationships between morphology and ecological performance can help to reveal how natural selection drives biological diversification. We investigate relationships between feeding behavior, foraging performance and morphology within a diverse group of teleost fishes, and examine the extent to which associations can be explained by evolutionary relatedness. Morphological adaptation associated with sediment sifting was examined using a phylogenetic linear discriminant analysis on a set of ecomorphological traits from 27 species of Neotropical cichlids. For most sifting taxa, feeding behavior could be effectively predicted by a linear discriminant function of ecomorphology across multiple clades of sediment sifters, and this pattern could not be explained by shared evolutionary history alone. Additionally, we tested foraging efficiency in seven Neotropical cichlid species, five of which are specialized benthic feeders with differing head morphology. Efficiency was evaluated based on the degree to which invertebrate prey could be retrieved at different depths of sediment. Feeding performance was compared both with respect to feeding mode and species using a phylogenetic ANCOVA, with substrate depth as a covariate. Benthic foraging performance was constant across sediment depths in non-sifters but declined with depth in sifters. The non-sifting Hypsophrys used sweeping motions of the body and fins to excavate large pits to uncover prey; this tactic was more efficient for consuming deeply buried invertebrates than observed among sediment sifters. Findings indicate that similar feeding performance among sediment-sifting cichlids extracting invertebrate prey from shallow sediment layers reflects constraints associated with functional morphology and, to a lesser extent, phylogeny.

  2. Inelastic behavior of potassium hydrogen phthalate single crystals under ultrasonic deformation

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    Koldaeva, M. V.; Bushueva, G. V.; Zinenkova, G. M.; Naimi, E. K.; Turskaya, T. N.

    2016-01-01

    The effect of ultrasonic deformation on the inelastic behavior of potassium hydrogen phthalate single-crystal samples with different crystallographic orientations at frequencies of ˜105 Hz has been investigated. It has been shown that the inelastic behavior of potassium hydrogen phthalate single crystals during the ultrasonic deformation is determined not by the dislocation mechanisms. It has been found that the main mechanism responsible for energy losses of mechanical vibrations in these crystals is the mechanism of ionicrelaxation polarization. The characteristic relaxation times of this process have been determined and varied in the range from 10-8 to 10-7 s.

  3. STUDIES ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES AND CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF POLYETHYLENE COMPOSITES

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    ZHU Jin; OU Yuchun; FENG Yupeng

    1995-01-01

    The effects of interfacial modifier on the mechanical, dynamic mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of the polyethylene composites were investigated in the present paper.It was found that the interfacial modifer significantly improved the mechanical properties,influenced the dynamic mechanical spectra and slightly changed the crystallization behavior.The results showed that the interfacial modifier changed the dispersion state of dispersed phase of the composites, resulting in different phase structure, which was the major reason leading to different mechanical and crystallization properties.

  4. Crystallization behavior of Fe78Si13B9 metallic glass under high magnetic field

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    Yuanfei Yu; Baozhu Liu; Min Qi

    2008-01-01

    The effects of high magnetic field on the crystallization behavior of the Fe78Si13B9 metallic glass ribbon were studied. The samples were isothermal annealed for 30 min under high magnetic field and no field, respectively. Mierostructure transformation during crystallization was identified by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the crystallizations of Fe78Si13B9 metallic glass processed under different conditions were that the precipitation of dendrite α-Fe(Si) and spherulite (Fe,Si)3B phases forms amorphous matrix and then the metastable (Fe, Si)3B phase transforms into the stable Fe2B phase. The grain size of the crystals is smaller and more homogeneous for the isothermal annealed samples under high magnetic field in comparison with that under no field indicating that the crystallization behavior of Fe78Si13B9 metallic glass is suppressed by high magnetic field.

  5. Preparation, morphologies and thermal behavior of high nitrogen compound 2-amino-4,6-diazido-s-triazine and its derivatives

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    Yan, Qi-Long, E-mail: terry.well@163.com [Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Musil, Tomáš [Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Zeman, Svatopluk, E-mail: svatopluk.zeman@upce.cz [Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Matyáš, Robert [Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic); Shi, Xiao-Bing [Xi‘an Modern Chemistry Research Institute, 710065 Xi’an (China); Vlček, Milan [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 12006 Prague (Czech Republic); Pelikán, Vojtěch [Institute of Energetic Materials, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, 53210 Pardubice (Czech Republic)

    2015-03-20

    Graphical abstract: High nitrogen compound 2-amino-4,6-diazido-s-triazine (DAAT) can be substituted by different function groups, forming many other new energetic materials. Such materials that have very close molecular structure may be very different in terms of crystal structure, thermal behavior, as well as performances (e.g., TAAT vs. TAHT). Generally, the increase of the molecular weight results in better thermal stability. - Highlights: • The crystal morphologies of azido-triazine derivatives are examined using SEM. • The thermal stability and decomposition processes are compared by TGA and DSC. • The effect of function group on the thermal behavior of title compounds is clarified. - Abstract: The crystal morphologies, thermal behavior, sensitivity and performance of 2-amino-4,6,-diazido-s-triazine and its derivatives have been investigated using SEM, DSC, TG techniques and related theories. It has been shown that the DANT crystal is in 1–5 μm thickness layered regular hexagon structure with severe agglomeration. DAAT crystal is very hydrophobic and can be dispersed in water, which has layered rectangle structure with thickness less than 0.5 μm. The TAHT materials exist in a form of amorphous irregular particles with diameters of more than 200 μm while its analogue TAAT can be crystallized in needle shape with a length of 30 μm. TNADAzT crystal has a shape of regular polyhedron with average size of about 120 μm. The thermal analysis indicates that there is only one complex step for decomposition of DAAT, while at least three steps are included for the other materials. DAAT started to decompose at around 148.4 °C with a peak temperature of 197.0 °C, while TAHT started to decompose at 167.2 °C with shoulder-peak of 193.4–206.7 °C at the heating rate of 2.0 °C min{sup −1}. DANT decomposes with a heat release of 2420–2721 J g{sup −1}, which is much higher than that of DAAT indicating that the heat and its release rate are greatly

  6. Preparation, morphologies and thermal behavior of high nitrogen compound 2-amino-4,6-diazido-s-triazine and its derivatives

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    Graphical abstract: High nitrogen compound 2-amino-4,6-diazido-s-triazine (DAAT) can be substituted by different function groups, forming many other new energetic materials. Such materials that have very close molecular structure may be very different in terms of crystal structure, thermal behavior, as well as performances (e.g., TAAT vs. TAHT). Generally, the increase of the molecular weight results in better thermal stability. - Highlights: • The crystal morphologies of azido-triazine derivatives are examined using SEM. • The thermal stability and decomposition processes are compared by TGA and DSC. • The effect of function group on the thermal behavior of title compounds is clarified. - Abstract: The crystal morphologies, thermal behavior, sensitivity and performance of 2-amino-4,6,-diazido-s-triazine and its derivatives have been investigated using SEM, DSC, TG techniques and related theories. It has been shown that the DANT crystal is in 1–5 μm thickness layered regular hexagon structure with severe agglomeration. DAAT crystal is very hydrophobic and can be dispersed in water, which has layered rectangle structure with thickness less than 0.5 μm. The TAHT materials exist in a form of amorphous irregular particles with diameters of more than 200 μm while its analogue TAAT can be crystallized in needle shape with a length of 30 μm. TNADAzT crystal has a shape of regular polyhedron with average size of about 120 μm. The thermal analysis indicates that there is only one complex step for decomposition of DAAT, while at least three steps are included for the other materials. DAAT started to decompose at around 148.4 °C with a peak temperature of 197.0 °C, while TAHT started to decompose at 167.2 °C with shoulder-peak of 193.4–206.7 °C at the heating rate of 2.0 °C min−1. DANT decomposes with a heat release of 2420–2721 J g−1, which is much higher than that of DAAT indicating that the heat and its release rate are greatly enhanced by

  7. Anomalous behavior of neutron refraction index in a perfect crystal near the Bragg reflex

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    Anomalous behavior of neutron refraction index in a perfect crystal near Bragg resonance was studied. This phenomenon is connected with the resonance behavior of potential of neutron interaction with crystal near the Bragg reflex. The amplitude of this resonance is equal to magnitude of g-harmonic of neutron interaction potential Vg and width is about the Bragg width of reflex. Recently, it was shown that for the case of noncentrosymmetric crystal this effect result in a large electric field acting on a neutron (value of the field can reach about 108V/cm) . This effect is planed using to search for the electric dipole moment of a neutron. If the degree of crystal imperfect is less than the Bragg reflection width (case of perfect crystal) the width of the reflex is determined by the own width of crystal reflex that is about 10−5 of the neutron energy. The value of g-harmonics of interaction of neutron with crystal Vg and optical potential of the interaction of neutron with crystal V0 are usually about the same. Therefore the variation of neutron energy on a 10−5 of its value will change significantly a potential of neutron interaction with crystal

  8. Sr-containing hydroxyapatite: morphologies of HA crystals and bioactivity on osteoblast cells

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    Aina, Valentina [Department of Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surface) Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy); INSTM (Italian National Consortium for Materials Science and Technology), UdR Università di Torino (Italy); Bergandi, Loredana, E-mail: loredana.bergandi@unito.it [Department of Oncology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Santena 5/bis, 10126 Torino (Italy); Lusvardi, Gigliola; Malavasi, Gianluca [Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, Università di Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 183, 41125 Modena (Italy); Imrie, Flora E.; Gibson, Iain R. [School of Medical Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD (United Kingdom); Cerrato, Giuseppina [Department of Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Centre of Excellence NIS (Nanostructured Interfaces and Surface) Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy); INSTM (Italian National Consortium for Materials Science and Technology), UdR Università di Torino (Italy); Ghigo, Dario [Department of Oncology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Via Santena 5/bis, 10126 Torino (Italy)

    2013-04-01

    A series of Sr-substituted hydroxyapatites (HA), of general formula Ca{sub (10−x)}Sr{sub x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}, where x = 2 and 4, were synthesized by solid state methods and characterized extensively. The reactivity of these materials in cell culture medium was evaluated, and the behavior towards MG-63 osteoblast cells (in terms of cytotoxicity and proliferation assays) was studied. Future in vivo studies will give further insights into the behavior of the materials. A paper by Lagergren et al. (1975), concerning Sr-substituted HA prepared by a solid state method, reports that the presence of Sr in the apatite composition strongly influences the apatite diffraction patterns. Zeglinsky et al. (2012) investigated Sr-substituted HA by ab initio methods and Rietveld analyses and reported changes in the HA unit cell volume and shape due to the Sr addition. To further clarify the role played by the addition of Sr on the physico-chemical properties of these materials we prepared Sr-substituted HA compositions by a solid state method, using different reagents, thermal treatments and a multi-technique approach. Our results indicated that the introduction of Sr at the levels considered here does influence the structure of HA. There is also evidence of a decrease in the crystallinity degree of the materials upon Sr addition. The introduction of increasing amounts of Sr into the HA composition causes a decrease in the specific surface area and an enrichment of Sr-apatite phase at the surface of the samples. Bioactivity tests show that the presence of Sr causes changes in particle size and/or morphology during soaking in MEM solution; on the contrary the morphology of pure HA does not change after 14 days of reaction. The presence of Sr, as Sr-substituted HA and SrCl{sub 2,} in cultures of human MG-63 osteoblasts did not produce any cytotoxic effect. In fact, Sr-substituted HA increased the proliferation of osteoblast cells and enhanced cell differentiation: Sr in

  9. Chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposites: morphology and mechanical behavior; Bionanocompositos quitosana/bentonita: morfologia e comportamento mecanico

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    Braga, C.R.C.; Melo, F.M.A. de [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Vitorino, I.F. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Fook, M.V.L.; Silva, S.M.L., E-mail: suedina@dema.ufcg.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    This study chitosan/bentonite bionanocomposite films were prepared by solution intercalation process, seeking to investigate the effect of the chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 e 10/1) on the morphology and mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposites. It was used as nanophase, Argel sodium bentonite (AN), was provided by Bentonit Uniao Nordeste-BUN (Campina Grande, Brazil) and as biopolymer matrix the chitosan of low molecular weight and degree of deacetylation of 86,7% was supplied by Polymar (Fortaleza, Brazil). The bionanocomposites was investigated by X-ray diffraction and tensile properties. According to the results, the morphology and the mechanical behavior of the bionanocomposite was affected by the ratio of chitosan/bentonite. The chitosan/bentonite ratio (5/1 and 10/1) indicated the formation of an intercalated nanostructure and of the predominantly exfoliated nanostructure, respectively. And the considerable increases in the resistance to the traction were observed mainly for the bionanocomposite with predominantly exfoliated morphology. (author)

  10. A Capped Dipeptide Which Simultaneously Exhibits Gelation and Crystallization Behavior.

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    Martin, Adam D; Wojciechowski, Jonathan P; Bhadbhade, Mohan M; Thordarson, Pall

    2016-03-01

    Short peptides capped at their N-terminus are often highly efficient gelators, yet notoriously difficult to crystallize. This is due to strong unidirectional interactions within fibers, resulting in structure propagation only along one direction. Here, we synthesize the N-capped dipeptide, benzimidazole-diphenylalanine, which forms both hydrogels and single crystals. Even more remarkably, we show using atomic force microscopy the coexistence of these two distinct phases. We then use powder X-ray diffraction to investigate whether the single crystal structure can be extrapolated to the molecular arrangement within the hydrogel. The results suggest parallel β-sheet arrangement as the dominant structural motif, challenging existing models for gelation of short peptides, and providing new directions for the future rational design of short peptide gelators. PMID:26890360

  11. The impact of carbon on single crystal nickel-base superalloys: Carbide behavior and alloy performance

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    Wasson, Andrew Jay

    Advanced single crystal nickel-base superalloys are prone to the formation of casting grain defects, which hinders their practical implementation in large gas turbine components. Additions of carbon (C) have recently been identified as a means of reducing grain defects, but the full impact of C on single crystal superalloy behavior is not entirely understood. A study was conducted to determine the effects of C and other minor elemental additions on the behavior of CMSX-4, a commercially relevant 2nd generation single crystal superalloy. Baseline CMSX-4 and three alloy modifications (CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C, CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 68 ppm boron (B), and CMSX-4 + 0.05 wt. % C and 23 ppm nitrogen (N)) were heat treated before being tested in high temperature creep and high cycle fatigue (HCF). Select samples were subjected to long term thermal exposure (1000 °C/1000 hrs) to assess microstructural stability. The C modifications resulted in significant differences in microstructure and alloy performance as compared to the baseline. These variations were generally attributed to the behavior of carbide phases in the alloy modifications. The C modification and the C+B modification, which both exhibited script carbide networks, were 25% more effective than the C+N modification (small blocky carbides) and 10% more effective than the baseline at preventing grain defects in cast bars. All C-modified alloys exhibited reduced as-cast gamma/gamma' eutectic and increased casting porosity as compared to baseline CMSX-4. The higher levels of porosity (volume fractions 0.002 - 0.005 greater than the baseline) were attributed to carbides blocking molten fluid flow during the final stages of solidification. Although the minor additions resulted in reduced solidus temperature by up to 16 °C, all alloys were successfully heat treated without incipient melting by modifying commercial heat treatment schedules. In the B-containing alloy, heat treatment resulted in the transformation of

  12. A test of the coupling of predator defense morphology and behavior variation in two threespine stickleback populations

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    Jennyfer LACASSE, Nadia AUBIN-HORTH

    2012-01-01

    Among-population differences in morphology and behaviors such as boldness have been shown to co-vary with ecological conditions, including predation regime. However, between- and within-population covariation of predator defense morphology with variation in behaviors relevant to ecology and evolution (boldness, exploration, activity, sociability and aggressiveness, often defined as personality traits when they are consistent across time and contexts) have never been quantified together in a s...

  13. Morphological and behavioral development of the piracanjuba larvae Desenvolvimento morfológico e comportamental de larvas de piracanjuba

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    Cláudia Maria Reis Raposo Maciel; Eduardo Arruda Teixeira Lanna; Alaor Maciel Junior; Juarez Lopes Donzele; Clóvis Andrade Neves; Eliane Menin

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this work was to study the morphologic development and the swimming and feeding behaviors of piracanjuba larvae, Brycon orbignyanus Valenciennes (1849) (Characiformes, Characidae, Bryconinae), during the period from zero to 172 hours after hatching (standard length = 3.62 - 11.94 mm). The morphological analyses were accomplished by using a trinocular stereo microscope, while the behavioral analyses were performed through periodic observations. In 28 hours after hatching, the ...

  14. Negative refraction and left-handed behavior in two-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Foteinopoulou, S.; Soukoulis, C. M.

    2002-01-01

    We systematically examine the conditions of obtaining left-handed (LH) behavior in photonic crystals. Detailed studies of the phase and group velocities as well as the phase np and group ng refractive index are given. The existence of negative refraction does not guarantee the existence of negative index of refraction and so LH behavior. A wedge type of experiment is suggested that can unambiguously distiguinsh between cases of negative refraction that occur when left-handed behavior is prese...

  15. Non-Equilibrium Magnetohydrodynamic Behavior of Plasmas having Complex, Evolving Morphology

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    Bellan, Paul M. [Caltech

    2014-03-13

    Our main activity has been doing lab experiments where plasmas having morphology and behavior similar to solar and astrophysical plasmas are produced and studied. The solar experiment is mounted on one end of a large vacuum chamber while the astrophysical jet experiment is mounted on the other end. Diagnostics are shared between the two experiments. The solar experiment produces arched plasma loops that behave very much like solar corona loops. The astrophysical jet experiment produces plasma jets that are very much like astrophysical jets. We have also done work on plasma waves, including general wave dispersions, and specific properties of kinetic Alfven waves and of whistler waves.

  16. Antibacterial behavior of polypyrrole: The influence of morphology and additives incorporation.

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    da Silva, Fernando A G; Queiroz, Jefferson C; Macedo, Ericleiton R; Fernandes, Antonio W C; Freire, Naiana B; da Costa, Mateus M; de Oliveira, Helinando P

    2016-05-01

    The antibacterial behavior of polypyrrole (PPy) depends on a diversity of structural parameters such as surface area, aggregation level and additives (metal nanoparticles) incorporation. This paper summarizes the influence of different preparation procedures of PPy on action of resulting antibacterial composite against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae. The bactericidal action has been assigned to morphology (size of polypyrrole nanoparticles). The electrostatic interaction established between polymer nanoparticles and bacteria provokes the bacterial cell death and returns advantages in comparison with conventional composites of polypyrrole decorated with metal nanoparticles. PMID:26952429

  17. Photoelectrochemical water oxidation at electrophoretically deposited WO3 films as a function of crystal structure and morphology

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • WO3 particles were synthesized using a solvothermal method. • The crystal structure, morphology and texture of the WO3 material depend on experimental parameters. • Films were electrophoretically deposited, and the photoelectrochemical properties were characterized. • Monoclinic and an orthorhombic WO3 show better water oxidation capabilities than the hexagonal material. • The photocurrent depends on the texture of the monoclinic material, and a morphology corresponding to platelets characterized by preferential (002) reflections give the best results. - Abstract: Phase-pure WO3 materials with different crystal structures and morphologies are prepared using alcoholysis and partial hydrolysis under solvothermal conditions, and their promise for photoelectrochemical water oxidation is evaluated under simulated sunlight. The materials are obtained in the hexagonal, orthorhombic and monoclinic structures. Electrophoretic deposition under ambient conditions is used to prepare mechanically stable and well-adhered films on transparent conducting glass substrates. Photoelectrochemical characterization of the films illustrates that sufficient electrical interconnectivity is achieved; however, a heat treatment at 500 °C dramatically improves the photocurrent, which is related to the passivation of defects and traps of the WO3 materials. The orthorhombic and monoclinic materials, the latter depending on the morphology and texture, achieve the highest photocurrents corresponding to water oxidation, while the hexagonal material has the lowest photocurrents. The novel orthorhombic material prepared in this work shows good promise for water oxidation, also because of the low density of electron traps as inferred from experiments under modulated illumination using a chopper. The properties of the monoclinic material depend on the morphology, in particular the texture. The electrochemical properties for a rod morphology with texture

  18. Fabrication and Morphological Characterization of Hybrid Polymeric Solar Cells Based on P3HT and Inorganic Nano crystal Blends

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    In this research we investigated the effect of composition on the fabrication and morphological characteristics of a hybrid polymeric solar cell which consists of an electron donating conjugated polymer, namely is poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) combined with an electron-accepting component, which is a type of inorganic compound of TiO2 nano crystals. The composition of TiO2 in the blends is varied and the optimum performance of the devices are studied. The optical and morphological characterizations are carried out via UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electrical characteristics of the devices are measured by using Keithley 2400 SMU and solar simulator with light intensity of 100 mW/ cm2. (author)

  19. Size-controlled anatase titania single crystals with octahedron-like morphology for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Shiu, Jia-Wei; Lan, Chi-Ming; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Wu, Hui-Ping; Huang, Wei-Kai; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2012-12-21

    A simple hydrothermal method with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor and triethanolamine (TEOA) as a chelating agent enabled growth in the presence of a base (diethylamine, DEA) of anatase titania nanocrystals (HD1-HD5) of controlled size. DEA played a key role to expedite this growth, for which a biphasic crystal growth mechanism is proposed. The produced single crystals of titania show octahedron-like morphology with sizes in a broad range of 30-400 nm; a typical, extra large, octahedral single crystal (HD5) of length 410 nm and width 260 nm was obtained after repeating a sequential hydrothermal treatment using HD3 and then HD4 as a seed crystal. The nanocrystals of size ~30 nm (HD1) and ~300 nm (HD5) served as active layer and scattering layer, respectively, to fabricate N719-sensitized solar cells. These HD devices showed greater V(OC) than devices of conventional nanoparticle (NP) type; the overall device performance of HD attained an efficiency of 10.2% power conversion at a total film thickness of 28 μm, which is superior to that of a NP-based reference device (η = 9.6%) optimized at a total film thickness of 18-20 μm. According to results obtained from transient photoelectric and charge extraction measurements, this superior performance of HD devices relative to their NP counterparts is due to the more rapid electron transport and greater TiO(2) potential. PMID:23116194

  20. Influence of Molecular Interaction on Crystallization Behavior of Glycine from Mother Liquor

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    TAO Chang-yuan; LI Ming-song; FAN Xing; LIU Zuo-hua; DU Jun

    2011-01-01

    The mother liquor for preparing industrial HCN was investigated,to analyze the side-products' structure and influence of molecular interactions of side-products with glycine and solvent on the glycine's crystallization process.The side-products(SPs)were super-branched oligmers with plenty of hydrophilic groups,which could affect the crystallization process by interactions such as hydrogen bond.Alcohol-water mixed solvent with different polyols could be used to weaken the SPs-glycine interaction and strengthen the SPs-water interaction,which help to improve the crystallization efficiency and purity.After optimization,SPs' mass fraction in glycine could be reduced by 80%and the morphology of crystal particles could also be improved.

  1. Effects of Hydrophile-Lypophile Balance of Emulsifier on Electrooptical Properties and Morphology of Poly(vinylalcohol)/Liquid Crystal Composite

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    Ono, Hiroshi; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    1995-12-01

    We clarified the relationship between the morphology of a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/liquid crystal (LC) composite film fabricated by an emulsification method and a hydrophile-lypophile balance (HLB) of an emulsifier. The LC domain size was affected by the surface tension of the PVA aqueous solution and of the LC. The surface tension of the PVA aqueous solution and the LC was varied by changing the HLB value. The electrooptical properties, such as threshold voltage and response time, were strongly dependent on the LC droplet size, in good qualitative agreement with results obtained using the equations of Doane et al. [Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 5 (1989) 1453].

  2. Influences of Silver-Doping on the Crystal Structure, Morphology and Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Nanofibers

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    Barakat, Nasser A. M.; Kanjwal, Muzafar Ahmed; Al-Deyab, Salem S.;

    2011-01-01

    Doping of titanium dioxide nanofibers by silver nanoparticles revealed distinct improvement in the photocatalytic activ-ity; however other influences have not been investigated. In this work, effect of sliver-doping on the crystal structure, the nanofibrous morphology as well as the photocatalytic...... activity of titanium oxide nanofibers has been studied. Sil-ver-doped TiO2 nanofibers having different silver contents were prepared by calcination of electrospun nanofiber mats consisting of silver nitrate, titanium isopropoxide and poly(vinyl acetate) at 600°C. The results affirmed formation of silver...

  3. Morphology-dependent field emission properties and wetting behavior of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Ma Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The fabrication of three kinds of ZnO nanowire arrays with different structural parameters over Au-coated silicon (100 by facile thermal evaporation of ZnS precursor is reported, and the growth mechanism are proposed based on structural analysis. Field emission (FE properties and wetting behavior were revealed to be strongly morphology dependent. The nanowire arrays in small diameter and high aspect ratio exhibited the best FE performance showing a low turn-on field (4.1 V/μm and a high field-enhancement factor (1745.8. The result also confirmed that keeping large air within the films was an effective way to obtain super water-repellent properties. This study indicates that the preparation of ZnO nanowire arrays in an optimum structural model is crucial to FE efficiency and wetting behavior.

  4. Sorption Behavior and Morphology of Plutonium in the Presence of Goethite at 25 and 80C

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    Zavarin, M; Zhao, P; Dai, Z; Carroll, S A; Kersting, A B

    2012-06-11

    In this study, we examined the sorption behavior of Pu at elevated temperatures in the presence of one relevant mineral, goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH), over a range of concentrations that span solubility-controlled to adsorption-controlled concentrations. We focused on the sorptive behavior of two common forms of Pu: aqueous Pu(IV) and intrinsic Pu(IV) nano-colloids at 25 and 80 C in a dilute pH 8 NaCl/NaHCO{sub 3} solution. The morphology of Pu sorbed to goethite was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We examined the relative stability of PuO{sub 2} precipitates, PuO{sub 2} nano-colloids, Pu{sub 4}O{sub 7} surface precipitates, and monomeric sorbed Pu as a function of temperature and over a time scale of months.

  5. Studies of fatty acid composition, physicochemical and thermal properties, and crystallization behavior of mango kernel fats from various Thai varieties.

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    Sonwai, Sopark; Ponprachanuvut, Punnee

    2014-01-01

    Mango kernel fat (MKF) has received attention in recent years due to the resemblance between its characteristics and those of cocoa butter (CB). In this work, fatty acid (FA) composition, physicochemical and thermal properties and crystallization behavior of MKFs obtained from four varieties of Thai mangoes: Keaw-Morakot (KM), Keaw-Sawoey (KS), Nam-Dokmai (ND) and Aok-Rong (AR), were characterized. The fat content of the mango kernels was 6.40, 5.78, 5.73 and 7.74% (dry basis) for KM, KS, ND and AR, respectively. The analysis of FA composition revealed that all four cultivars had oleic and stearic acids as the main FA components with ND and AR exhibiting highest and lowest stearic acid content, respectively. ND had the highest slip melting point and solid fat content (SFC) followed by KS, KM and AR. All fat samples exhibited high SFC at 20℃ and below. They melted slowly as the temperature increased and became complete liquids as the temperature approached 35°C. During static isothermal crystallization at 20°C, ND displayed the highest Avrami rate constant k followed by KS, KM and AR, indicating that the crystallization was fastest for ND and slowest for AR. The Avrami exponent n of all samples ranged from 0.89 to 1.73. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that all MKFs crystallized into a mixture of pseudo-β', β', sub-β and β structures with β' being the predominant polymorph. Finally, the crystals of the kernel fats from all mango varieties exhibited spherulitic morphology. PMID:24919475

  6. Cryogenic Behavior of the High Temperature Crystal Oscillator PX-570

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    Patterson, Richard; Hammoud, Ahmad; Scherer, Steven

    2011-01-01

    Microprocessors, data-acquisition systems, and electronic controllers usually require timing signals for proper and accurate operation. These signals are, in most cases, provided by circuits that utilize crystal oscillators due to availability, cost, ease of operation, and accuracy. Stability of these oscillators, i.e. crystal characteristics, is usually governed, amongst other things, by the ambient temperature. Operation of these devices under extreme temperatures requires, therefore, the implementation of some temperature-compensation mechanism either through the manufacturing process of the oscillator part or in the design of the circuit to maintain stability as well as accuracy. NASA future missions into deep space and planetary exploration necessitate operation of electronic instruments and systems in environments where extreme temperatures along with wide-range thermal swings are countered. Most of the commercial devices are very limited in terms of their specified operational temperature while very few custom-made and military-grade parts have the ability to operate in a slightly wider range of temperature. Thus, it is becomes mandatory to design and develop circuits that are capable of operation efficiently and reliably under the space harsh conditions. This report presents the results obtained on the evaluation of a new (COTS) commercial-off-the-shelf crystal oscillator under extreme temperatures. The device selected for evaluation comprised of a 10 MHz, PX-570-series crystal oscillator. This type of device was recently introduced by Vectron International and is designed as high temperature oscillator [1]. These parts are fabricated using proprietary manufacturing processes designed specifically for high temperature and harsh environment applications [1]. The oscillators have a wide continuous operating temperature range; making them ideal for use in military and aerospace industry, industrial process control, geophysical fields, avionics, and engine

  7. Comparative Analysis of Thermal Behavior, Isothermal Crystallization Kinetics and Polymorphism of Palm Oil Fractions

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    Zhang, Xia; Li, Lin; Xie, He; Liang, Zhili; Su, Jianyu; Liu, Guoqin; Li, Bing

    2013-01-01

    Thermal behavior of palm stearin (PS) and palm olein (PO) was explored by monitoring peak temperature transitions by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The fatty acid composition (FAC), isothermal crystallization kinetics studied by pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (pNMR) and isothermal microstructure were also compared. The results indicated that the fatty acid composition had an important influence on the crystallization process. PS and PO both exhibited more multiple endotherms than...

  8. Effect of Preparation Methods on Crystallization Behavior and Tensile Strength of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Membranes

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    Jie Liu; Xiaolong Lu; Chunrui Wu

    2013-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membranes were prepared by non solvent induced phase separation (NIPS), melt spinning and the solution-cast method. The effect of preparation methods with different membrane formation mechanisms on crystallization behavior and tensile strength of PVDF membranes was investigated. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to examine the crystal form of the surface layers and the over...

  9. Aircraft noise exposure affects rat behavior, plasma norepinephrine levels, and cell morphology of the temporal lobe.

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    Di, Guo-Qing; Zhou, Bing; Li, Zheng-Guang; Lin, Qi-Li

    2011-12-01

    In order to investigate the physiological effects of airport noise exposure on organisms, in this study, we exposed Sprague-Dawley rats in soundproof chambers to previously recorded aircraft-related noise for 65 d. For comparison, we also used unexposed control rats. Noise was arranged according to aircraft flight schedules and was adjusted to its weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise levels (L(WECPN)) of 75 and 80 dB for the two experimental groups. We examined rat behaviors through an open field test and measured the concentrations of plasma norepinephrine (NE) by high performance liquid chromatography-fluorimetric detection (HPLC-FLD). We also examined the morphologies of neurons and synapses in the temporal lobe by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our results showed that rats exposed to airport noise of 80 dB had significantly lower line crossing number (Paircraft noise of 80 dB exposure for 65 d. In conclusion, exposing rats to long-term aircraft noise affects their behaviors, plasma NE levels, and cell morphology of the temporal lobe. PMID:22135145

  10. Ontogenetic development in the morphology and behavior of loach ( Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) during early life stages

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    Gao, Lei; Duan, Ming; Cheng, Fei; Xie, Songguang

    2014-09-01

    Loach ( Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) are a commercially important fish in China and an ideal aquaculture species. However, culturists experience high larval and juvenile mortality during mass production. To provide insight into ways to improve larviculture techniques, we describe the morphological characteristics and behavior of loach during the larval and early juvenile stages. Yolksac larvae ranged from 2.8 to 4.0 mm body length (BL) between days 0 to 4; preflexion larvae ranged from 3.6 to 5.5 mm BL between days 4 to 6; flexion larvae ranged from 4.8 to 8.1 mm BL between days 5 and 14; and postflexion larvae ranged from 7.1 to 15.7 mm BL between days 11 to 27; the minimum length and age of juveniles was 14.1 mm BL and 23 d, respectively. Loach are demersal from hatch through to the early juvenile stages. A suite of morphological characteristics (e.g., external gill filament and ventral mouth opening) and behavioral traits have developed to adapt to demersal living. We observed positive allometric growth in eye diameter, head length, head height, and pectoral fin length during the early larval stages, reflecting the priorities in the development of the organs essential for survival. Our results provide a basis for developing techniques to improve the survival of larval and juvenile loach during mass production.

  11. Aircraft noise exposure affects rat behavior, plasma norepinephrine levels, and cell morphology of the temporal lobe

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    Guo-qing DI; Bing ZHOU; Zheng-guang; LI, Qi-li LIN

    2011-01-01

    In order to investigate the physiological effects of airport noise exposure on organisms,in this study,we exposed Sprague-Dawley rats in soundproof chambers to previously recorded aircraft-related noise for 65 d.For comparison,we also used unexposed control rats.Noise was arranged according to aircraft flight schedules and was adjusted to its weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise levels (LwEcPN) of 75 and 80 dB for the two experimental groups.We examined rat behaviors through an open field test and measured the concentrations of plasma norepinephrine (NE) by high performance liquid chromatography-fluorimetric detection (HPLC-FLD).We also examined the morphologies of neurons and synapses in the temporal lobe by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).Our results showed that rats exposed to airport noise of 80 dB had significantly lower line crossing number (P<0.05) and significantly longer center area duration (P<0.05) than control animals.After 29 d of airport noise exposure,the concentration of plasma NE of exposed rats was significantly higher than that of the control group (P<0.05).We also determined that the neuron and synapsis of the temporal lobe of rats showed signs of damage after aircraft noise of 80 dB exposure for 65 d.In conclusion,exposing rats to long-term aircraft noise affects their behaviors,plasma NE levels,and cell morphology of the temporal lobe.

  12. Influences of ion implantation on non-isothermal crystallization behaviors of bulk metallic glass

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    A plate-like Zr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG) was prepared by using a copper mold suction casting and an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) was utilized to determine its structure. Co ion implantation was carried out in a MEVVA source system. The influences of Co ion implantation on thermal stabilities and non-isothermal crystallization behaviors of the BMG were studied via a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The results show that Co ion implantation lowered the BMG's glass transition and crystallization onset temperatures, meanwhile, enhanced its super-cooled liquid regions. After Co ion implantation, crystallization behavior of the BMG changed from a single-stage precipitation process to a two-stage crystallization precipitation process. The apparent activation energies for glass transition and crystallization were enhanced. The crystallization process of the as-implanted specimen was relatively laggard compared to that of the as-cast one. The crystallization of the latter was typical nucleation and growth mechanism, while that of the former was interaction of annihilation of the free volumes, reduction of voids, short-range rearrangement caused by high energy implanted Co ions, various unknown complicated energy deliveries as well as nucleation and growth of crystalline grains.

  13. Bioleaching of incineration fly ash by Aspergillus niger – precipitation of metallic salt crystals and morphological alteration of the fungus

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    Tong-Jiang Xu

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the bioleaching of municipal solid waste incineration fly ash by Aspergillus niger, and its effect on the fungal morphology, the fate of the ash particles, and the precipitation of metallic salt crystals during bioleaching. The fungal morphology was significantly affected during one-step and two-step bioleaching; scanning electron microscopy revealed that bioleaching caused distortion of the fungal hyphae (with up to 10 μm hyphae diameter and a swollen pellet structure. In the absence of the fly ash, the fungi showed a linear structure (with 2–4 μm hyphae diameter. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction confirmed the precipitation of calcium oxalate hydrate crystals at the surface of hyphae in both one-step and two-step bioleaching. Calcium oxalate precipitation affects bioleaching via the weakening of the fly ash, thus facilitating the release of other tightly bound metals in the matrix.

  14. A test of the coupling of predator defense morphology and behavior variation in two threespine stickleback populations

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    Jennyfer LACASSE, Nadia AUBIN-HORTH

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Among-population differences in morphology and behaviors such as boldness have been shown to co-vary with ecological conditions, including predation regime. However, between- and within-population covariation of predator defense morphology with variation in behaviors relevant to ecology and evolution (boldness, exploration, activity, sociability and aggressiveness, often defined as personality traits when they are consistent across time and contexts have never been quantified together in a single study in juvenile fish from populations found in contrasting environments. We measured predator defense morphology differences between adults from two freshwater populations of threespine sticklebacks with different ecological conditions. We then quantified five behaviors in juveniles from both populations raised in a common environment. Wild-caught adults showed significant differences in predator defense morphology. One population had significantly lower lateral plate number, shorter dorsal spine, pelvic spine and pelvic girdle. Furthermore, 61% of individuals from that population showed an absence of pelvic spine and girdle. At the population level, we found that differences in defense morphology in adults between the two lakes were coupled with differences in behaviors in juveniles raised in a common environment. Levels of activity, aggressiveness and boldness were higher in juveniles from the population lacking predator defense structures. At the individual level, anti-predator morphology of adult females could not predict their offspring’s behavior, but juvenile coloration predicted individual boldness in a population-specific manner. Our results suggest that ecological conditions, as reflected in adult predator defense morphology, also affect juvenile behavior in threespine sticklebacks, resulting in trait co-specialization, and that there is a genetic or epigenetic component to these behavioral differences [Current Zoology 58 (1: 53–65, 2012].

  15. A test of the coupling of predator defense morphology and behavior variation in two threespine stickleback populations

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    Jennyfer LACASSE; Nadia AUBIN-HORTH

    2012-01-01

    Among-population differences in morphology and behaviors such as boldness have been shown to co-vary with ecological conditions,including predation regime.However,between- and within-population covariation of predator defense morphology with variation in behaviors relevant to ecology and evolution (boldness,exploration,activity,sociability and aggressivehess,often defined as personality traits when they are consistent across time and contexts) have never been quantified together in a single study in juvenile fish from populations found in contrasting environments.We measured predator defense morphology differences between adults from two freshwater populations of threespine sticklebacks with different ecological conditions.We then quantified five behaviors in juveniles from both populations raised in a common environment.Wild-caught adults showed significant differences in predator defense morphology.One population had significantly lower lateral plate number,shorter dorsal spine,pelvic spine and pelvic girdle.Furthermore,61% of individuals from that population showed an absence of pelvic spine and girdle.At the population level,we found that differences in defense morphology in adults between the two lakes were coupled with differences in behaviors in juveniles raised in a common environment.Levels of activity,aggressiveness and boldness were higher in juveniles from the population lacking predator defense structures.At the individual level,anti-predator morphology of adult females could not predict their offspring's behavior,but juvenile coloration predicted individual boldness in a population-specific manner.Our results suggest that ecological conditions,as reflected in adult predator defense morphology,also affect juvenile behavior in threespine sticklebacks,resulting in trait co-specialization,and that there is a genetic or epigenetic component to these behavioral differences [Current Zoology 58 ( 1 ):53--65,2012].

  16. Simulated structural and magnetic behavior of Mn-Ti intercalated dichalcogenide crystals.

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    Roth, M W; Wandling, B; Kidd, T E; Shand, P M; Stollenwerk, A

    2016-05-11

    We present the results of extensive Monte Carlo simulations of intercalated manganese-titanium (Mn-Ti) layered TiS2 crystals. The computational model involves mixtures of Mn and Ti in various percentages placed on a triangular lattice with fixed lattice sites and up to five layers. The range of concentrations of intercalated Mn studied was 5%  ⩽  X Mn  ⩽  33% and for Ti, 0%  ⩽  X Ti  ⩽  15%, where X A denotes the percentage of the total number of lattice sites occupied by species A. The species are allowed to interact spatially through a screened Coulomb potential and magnetically with external and RKKY field terms. Structurally, the pure Mn systems present as disordered at very low densities and evolve through a 2  ×  2 structure (perfect at X Mn  =  25%) up to a [Formula: see text]  ×  [Formula: see text] lattice (perfect at X Mn  =  33%), with variations of the two 'perfect' lattice structures depending on density. Changes in density for pure Mn systems as well as those intercalated with both Mn and Ti dramatically affects the system's structural and magnetic properties, and the magnetic behavior of various morphological features present in the system are discussed. The RKKY interaction is adjusted based on the intercalant compositions and is very sensitive to structural variations in the intercalant layers. The composition ranges studied here encompass and exceed those that are experimentally accessible, which helps place experimentally relevant densities in perspective. PMID:27058645

  17. Thermo-mechanical fatigue behavior of a single crystal nickel-based superalloy

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    Highlights: → The thermo-mechanical fatigue life of OP TMF is shorter than that of IP TMF. This is mainly attributed to the maximum tensile stress level at the minimum temperature. → Under out-of-phase condition, damage is controlled by oxidation. While under in-phase condition, damage is controlled by creep. → In terms of the fracture surface and microstructural evolution under different conditions, deformation and damage mechanisms are explained based on the relative contribution of oxidation, creep and fatigue. - Abstract: Thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) behavior in a oriented nickel-based single crystal superalloy was investigated under different cycles of strain and temperature. Fracture surface and microstructural evolution were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) respectively. It was found that the fatigue lives under in-phase (IP) TMF were longer than those of out-of-phase (OP) TMF, and the maximum tensile stress level was concluded to be the lifetime-limiting factor. Compared to isothermal low-cycle fatigue (LCF) lives obtained under the maximum temperature 900 deg. C, thermo-mechanical fatigue lifetime was much shorter. This result indicates that varying temperature superimposed mechanical strain greatly reduces the fatigue lifetime of superalloys. Based on observation of fracture surface and microstructure evolution, it was concluded that creep is the dominant damage mechanism under IP-TMF condition and oxidation causes shorter lifetime for OP-TMF tests. The similarities and differences in the changes of γ' morphology during in-phase (IP) and out-of-phase (OP) TMF tests were also discussed.

  18. Remarkable crystallization morphologies of poly(4-vinylpyridine on single-walled carbon nanotubes in CO2-expanded liquids

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    Y. N. Wei

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Poly(4-vinylpyridine (P4VP is a widely studied polymer for applications in catalysis, humidity sensitive and antimicrobial materials due to its pyridine group exhibiting coordinative reactivity with transition metals. In this work, the non-covalent functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs with P4VP in CO2-expanded liquids (CXLs is reported. It is found that P4VP stabilized SWCNTs show good dispersion in both organic solvent and aqueous solution (pH = 2. The ability to manipulate the dispersion state of CNTs in water with P4VP will likely benefit many biological applications, such as drug delivery and optical sensors. Furthermore, the structure and morphology of P4VP/SWCNTs composite are examined, with the focus on molecular weight of P4VP (MW-P4VP, the pressure of CXLs and the concentration of P4VP. It is amazing that the P4VP15470 wrapping patterns undergo a notable morphological evolution from dotlike crystals to bottle brush-like, then to compact kebab-like, and then to widely-spaced dotted kebab patterns by facile pressure tuning in the higher polymer concentration series. In other words, the CXLs method enables superior control of the P4VP crystallization patterns on SWCNTs. Meanwhile, the CXL-assisted P4VP crystal growth mechanism on SWCNT is investigated, and the dominating growth mechanism is attributed to ‘size dependent soft epitaxy’ in P4VP15470/SWCNTs composites. We believe these studies would r

  19. Nucleation of polypropylene crystallization with gold nanoparticles. Part 2: relation between particle morphology and nucleation activity

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    Šlouf, Miroslav; Vacková, Taťana; Zhigunov, Alexander; Sikora, Antonín; Piorkowska, E.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 4 (2016), s. 393-410. ISSN 0022-2348 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP205/10/0348; GA ČR(CZ) GA14-17921S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : crystallization * gold nanoparticles * isotactic polyproplylene Subject RIV: JJ - Other Materials Impact factor: 0.740, year: 2014

  20. Crystallization behavior of poly(lactide)/poly(β-hydroxybutyrate)/talc composites.

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    TRI, Phuong Nguyen; DOMENEK, Sandra; GUINAULT, Alain; Sollogoub, Cyrille

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    The morphology and miscibility of commercial poly(lactide) (PLA)/poly(b-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB, from 5 to 20 wt %) blends prepared by melt extrusion method, were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) observations. The results show that for all the studied blend contents, PLA/PHB blends are immiscible. The effects of PHB and talc on the nonisothermal cold crystallization kinetics of PLA were examined using a differential s...

  1. Fine control of perovskite-layered morphology and composition via sequential deposition crystallization process towards improved perovskite solar cells

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    Luo, Yi; Meng, Fanli; Zhao, Erfei; Zheng, Yan-Zhen; Zhou, Yali; Tao, Xia

    2016-04-01

    The ability to prepare high coverage and compact perovskite films via solution-based crystallization manipulation processes still represents a vital issue towards improving the ultimate photoelectric conversion efficiency of devices. In this work, we prepare the active perovskite layer by means of sequential deposition crystallization process i.e. dipping PbI2-infiltrated TiO2 film within CH3NH3I solution from 20s to 60s. The morphology and thickness of the as-prepared perovskite layer, and its overall performance superiority are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that a maximum conversion of PbI2 to perovskite is completed upon applying a sequential deposition crystallization process of 40s. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) demonstrates that the coverage of the perovskite capping layer exhibits a trend from rise to decline in the whole dipping time from 20s to 60s. By fine control of the dipping time, a 620 nm-thickness compact perovskite active layer is obtained at the optimized dipping time of 40s and is verified to possess strong light absorption and high electron extraction efficiency, leading to a higher photocurrent. By further optimizing the mesoporous TiO2 film thickness, a high photocurrent of 23.98 mA cm-2 and an efficiency of 13.47% are achieved.

  2. Morphology of β-BaB2O4 (BBO) in relation to its crystal structure and growth conditions

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    A periodic-bond-chain (PBC) analysis has been made of the structure of β-BaB2O4 (BBO) and related to crystal growth conditions, in order to explain the sometimes tangerine-shaped, sometimes needle-shaped crystals that are observed when BBO is grown experimentally. The periodic bond chains generate eight-connected nets in BBO. The order of morphological importance (MI) of these F faces is determined by comparing the nearest-neighbour interaction ionic bond energies. The results are compared with experimental data. Six faces, sometimes observed parallel to the c axis of BBO, were identified as the hexagonal prism {11 anti 20}. Two other forms are either the trigonal pyramids {01 anti 12} and {01 anti 1 anti 2} or the trigonal pyramids {10 anti 12} and {01 anti 1 anti 2}. {0001} is an important cleavage plane. The tangerine habit is a result of the strong temperature gradient, which is often used when growing BBO. The isotherms of the furnace impose their habit on the growing crystal. (orig.)

  3. Nonlinear flow behaviors of nematic liquid crystals in complex geometries

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    Araki, Takeaki

    2013-02-01

    We study nematic liquid crystals flowing in a regular-shaped porous medium by means of lattice Boltzmann simulations. With strong anchoring, the director field cannot align uniformly and topological defects are stably formed with a large number of possible configurations. In a quiescent state, each configuration is arrested since the energy barriers between possible configurations are higher than the thermal energy. If the flow speed is slow enough, the defect pattern is not changed from the initial quiescent configuration. Above a critical flow speed, the defect pattern transforms to a new stable configuration. In a regular-shaped porous matrix, there remain regularly aligned disclination loops. This regular pattern is maintained even after the flow is stopped.

  4. Effects of monomer functionality on performances of scaffolding morphologic transmission gratings recorded in polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    The effects of monomer functionality on performances of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC) transmission gratings are systematically investigated. Acrylate monomers with an average functionality ranging from 2.0 to 5.0 are used to prepare these samples. We find scaffolding morphologic transmission gratings (characterized by a high phase separation degree, a well alignment of LCs and low scattering loss) can be obtained irrespective of the monomer functionality, although the exact optimal curing intensity varies. The temporal evolution of the grating formation is studied and the onset time of the LC phase separation decreases significantly with the increase in average monomer functionality. It is also shown that the gratings prepared from low average functionality monomers require a comparatively low switch-off electric field (∼8 V μm−1) whilst suffering from mechanical fragility and long-term instability. Our results not only provide a complete understanding of scaffolding morphologic gratings in terms of the material composition effect, but also provide insight into the formation mechanisms of non-droplet morphologic HPDLC gratings. (paper)

  5. Morphological and behavioral markers of environmentally induced retardation of brain development: an animal model

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    In most neurotoxicological studies morphological assessment focuses on pathological effects, like degenerative changes in neuronal perikarya, axonopathy, demyelination, and glial and endothelial cell reactions. Similarly, the assessment of physiological and behavioral effects center on evident neurological symptoms, like EEG and EMG abnormalities, resting and intention tremor, abnormal gait, and abnormal reflexes. This paper reviews briefly another central nervous system target of harmful environmental agents, which results in behavioral abnormalities without any qualitatively evident neuropathology. This is called microneuronal hypoplasia, a retardation of brain development characterized by a quantitative reduction in the normal population of late-generated, short-axoned neurons in specific brain regions. Correlated descriptive and experimental neurogenetic studies in the rat have established that all the cerebellar granule cells and a very high proportion of hippocampal granule cells are produced postnatally, and that focal, low-dose X-irradiation either of the cerebellum or of the hippocampus after birth selectively interferes with the acquisition of the full complement of granule cells (microneuronal hypoplasia). Subsequent behavioral investigations showed that cerebellar microneuronal hypoplasia results in profound hyperactivity without motor abnormalities, while hippocampal microneuronal hypoplasia results in hyperactivity, as well as attentional and learning deficits. There is much indirect clinical evidence that various harmful environmental agents affecting the pregnant mother and/or the infant lead to such childhood disorders as hyperactivity and attentional and learning disorders. 109 references

  6. High-pressure studies on molecular crystals-relations between structure and high-pressure behavior

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    Orgzall, Ingo [Institut fuer Duennschichttechnologie und Mikrosensorik e.V., Kantstrasse 55, D-14513 Teltow (Germany); Emmerling, Franziska [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung, Richard-Willstaetter-Strasse 11, D-12489 Berlin (Germany); Schulz, Burkhard [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, D-14469 Potsdam (Germany); Franco, Olga [Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie II, Universitaetsstrasse 1, Gebaeude 26.42.02, D-40225 Duesseldorf (Germany)], E-mail: orgzall@uni-potsdam.de, E-mail: franziska.emmerling@bam.de, E-mail: buschu@uni-potsdam.de, E-mail: olga.franco@uni-duesseldorf.de

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    This paper summarizes attempts to understand structure-property relationships for a large class of aromatic diphenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole molecules. Starting from the investigation of the crystal structure several common packing motifs as well as characteristic differences are derived. Many different molecules show a rather planar conformation in the solid state. A stronger intermolecular twist is only observed for compounds with substituents occupying the ortho-positions of the phenyl rings. Most crystal structures are characterized by the formation of stacks leading to intense {pi}-{pi} acceptor-donor interactions between oxadiazole and phenyl rings. High-pressure investigations result in a soft compression behavior typical for organic molecular crystals. The bulk behavior may be described by the Murnaghan equation of state with similar coefficients (bulk modulus and its pressure derivative) for nearly all investigated compounds but also for related substances. The compression shows a strong anisotropy resulting from the specific features and packing motifs of the crystal structure. This is clearly indicated by a corresponding strain analysis. Additionally to the crystal structure the Raman spectrum was also investigated under increasing pressure. The different pressure behavior of external and internal modes reflects the difference between intra- and intermolecular interactions.

  7. High-pressure studies on molecular crystals-relations between structure and high-pressure behavior

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    This paper summarizes attempts to understand structure-property relationships for a large class of aromatic diphenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole molecules. Starting from the investigation of the crystal structure several common packing motifs as well as characteristic differences are derived. Many different molecules show a rather planar conformation in the solid state. A stronger intermolecular twist is only observed for compounds with substituents occupying the ortho-positions of the phenyl rings. Most crystal structures are characterized by the formation of stacks leading to intense π-π acceptor-donor interactions between oxadiazole and phenyl rings. High-pressure investigations result in a soft compression behavior typical for organic molecular crystals. The bulk behavior may be described by the Murnaghan equation of state with similar coefficients (bulk modulus and its pressure derivative) for nearly all investigated compounds but also for related substances. The compression shows a strong anisotropy resulting from the specific features and packing motifs of the crystal structure. This is clearly indicated by a corresponding strain analysis. Additionally to the crystal structure the Raman spectrum was also investigated under increasing pressure. The different pressure behavior of external and internal modes reflects the difference between intra- and intermolecular interactions

  8. EFFECTS OF COUPLING AGENTS ON THE CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF PP/T-ZnOw COMPOSITES

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    2007-01-01

    The objectives of this paper are to understand the crystallization behavior of polypropylene (PP) composites with surface modified tetra-needle-shaped zinc oxide whisker (T-ZnOw). T-ZnOw was surface modified with different coupling agents, such as silane coupling agents (KH-550, KH-560) and titanate coupling agent (NDZ-105), in order to improve the compatibility between PP and T-ZnOw. DSC and POM were used to characterize the melt and crystallization behavior and the crystalline structures of the composites, respectively. The results show that the surface modified T-ZnOw acts as a nucleating agent of PP crystallization, depending on the coupling agent used for modification. KH-550 and KH-560 have more apparent role in improving the interfacial interaction than NDZ-105 and induce PP crystallization at higher temperature and with smaller spherulites size. The results also suggest that the crystallization behavior depends on not only the content of coupling agent, but also the content of the surface modified T-ZnOw used in the composites.

  9. The degradation and adsorption behaviors of enzyme on poly(butylene succinate) single crystals.

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    Jiang, Xi; Yang, Ju-Ping; Wang, Xiao-Hong; Zhou, Jian-Jun; Li, Lin

    2009-12-01

    The enzymatic degradation behavior of poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) single crystals with a lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia (lipase PS) is monitored using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in phosphate buffer at pH 6.8 and 40 degrees C. In-situ AFM results show that enzymatic degradation of the single crystal starts from the crystal edges rather than the chain-folded surfaces and the lamellar thickness remains constant during the whole degradation process. Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) is used for the first time to study the adsorption behavior of lipase onto the PBS crystal surface. The results clearly show that the enzyme molecules preferentially adsorb on the lateral surfaces of the single crystal but not on the chain-folded surfaces. AFM force-distance curve measurements and force-volume imaging obtained using a lipase-immobilized AFM tip show that small and large adhesive forces exist in the flat-on and edge-on areas of a PBS banded spherulite, respectively, which correspond to the chain-folded surface and lateral edges of a single crystal. PMID:19953521

  10. Molecular relaxation behavior and isothermal crystallization above glass transition temperature of amorphous hesperetin.

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    Shete, Ganesh; Khomane, Kailas S; Bansal, Arvind Kumar

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to investigate the relaxation behavior of amorphous hesperetin (HRN), using dielectric spectroscopy, and assessment of its crystallization kinetics above glass transition temperature (Tg ). Amorphous HRN exhibited both local (β-) and global (α-) relaxations. β-Relaxation was observed below Tg , whereas α-relaxation prominently emerged above Tg . β-Relaxation was found to be of Johari-Goldstein type and was correlated with α-process by coupling model. Secondly, isothermal crystallization experiments were performed at 363 K (Tg + 16.5 K), 373 K (Tg + 26.5 K), and 383 K (Tg + 36.5 K). The kinetics of crystallization, obtained from the normalized dielectric strength, was modeled using the Avrami model. Havriliak-Negami (HN) shape parameters, αHN and αHN .βHN , were analyzed during the course of crystallization to understand the dynamics of amorphous phase during the emergence of crystallites. HN shape parameters indicated that long range (α-like) were motions affected to a greater extent than short range (β-like) motions during isothermal crystallization studies at all temperature conditions. The variable behavior of α-like motions at different isothermal crystallization temperatures was attributed to evolving crystallites with time and increase in electrical conductivity with temperature. PMID:24186540

  11. Effect of n-HA content on the isothermal crystallization, morphology and mechanical property of n-HA/PLGA composites

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    Liuyun, Jiang, E-mail: jlytxg@163.com [Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041 (China); Chengdong, Xiong [Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041 (China); Lixin, Jiang [Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041 (China); Graduated School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Dongliang, Chen; Qing, Li [Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2013-03-15

    Graphical abstract: Effect of n-HA content on the isothermal crystallization, morphology and mechanical property of n-HA/PLGA composites was studied in details. The results showed that the addition of higher content of g-n-HA was favorable to promote the crystallization better in g-n-HA/PLGA composites, but it could also cause more agglomeration in PLGA matrix, as a result of worse mechanical properties, and the addition content of 3 wt% g-n-HA to PLGA matrix was an appropriate proportion, which had the highest bending strength among these g-n-HA/PLGA composites, and it might be potential to be used in biomedical fields in future. Highlights: ► The effect of n-HA content on the n-HA/PLGA composites was studied in detail. ► Isothermal crystallization, microstructure and mechanical property were studied. ► The relation between n-HA content and properties of n-HA/PLGA composite was found. ► An appropriate proportion of n-HA in n-HA/PLGA composite was obtained. - Abstract: A serials of g-n-HA/PLGA composites with surface-modified g-n-HA of 1%, 3%, 6%, 10% and 15% in weight were prepared by solution mixing. The isothermal crystallization, morphology and mechanical property of g-n-HA/PLGA composites were investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electromechanical universal tester. The results showed that Avrami equation was suitable for describing the isothermal crystallization process in this system, and the crystallization rate of g-n-HA/PLGA composites containing more than 3 wt% g-n-HA was basically accord with the relational expression of T{sub 110} {sub °C} > T{sub 105°C} > T{sub 115°C} > T{sub 120°C}. Moreover, at the same Tc, crystallization rate was greatly enhanced with the increasing of g-n-HA acting as nucleate. However, the addition of higher content of g-n-HA would cause more agglomeration in PLGA matrix, so that the mechanical properties of g-n-HA/PLGA composites would gradually decrease. In

  12. Morphological Control of Anisotropic Self-Assemblies from Alternating Poly(p-dioxanone)-poly(ethylene glycol) Multiblock Copolymer Depending on the Combination Effect of Crystallization and Micellization.

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    Wang, Mei-Jia; Wang, Hao; Chen, Si-Chong; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Ya

    2015-06-30

    A novel and facile method was developed for morphological controlling of self-assemblies prepared by crystallization induced self-assembly of crystalline-coil copolymer depending on the combination effect of crystallization and micellization. The morphological evolution of the self-assemblies of alternating poly(p-dioxanone)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PPDO-PEG) multiblock copolymer prepared by different solvent mixing methods in aqueous solution were investigated. "Chrysanthemum"-like and "star anise"-like self-assemblies were obtained at different rates of solvent mixing. The results suggested gradually change in solvent quality (slowly dropping water into DMF solution) leaded to a hierarchical micellization-crystallization process of core-forming PPDO blocks, and flake-like particles were formed at the initial stage of crystallization. Meanwhile, crystallization induced micellization process occurred when solvent quality changed drastically. Shuttle-like particles, which have much smaller size than those of flake-like particles, were formed at the initial stage of crystallization when quickly injecting water into DMF solution of the copolymer. Therefore, owing to the different changing rate of solvent quality, which may result in different combination effect of crystallization and micellization during self-assembly of the copolymer, PPDO-PEG self-assemblies with different hierarchical morphology in nano scale could be obtained. PMID:26061590

  13. Adaptive evolution of a derived radius morphology in manakins (Aves, Pipridae) to support acrobatic display behavior.

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    Friscia, Anthony; Sanin, Gloria D; Lindsay, Willow R; Day, Lainy B; Schlinger, Barney A; Tan, Josh; Fuxjager, Matthew J

    2016-06-01

    The morphology of the avian skeleton is often studied in the context of adaptations for powered flight. The effects of other evolutionary forces, such as sexual selection, on avian skeletal design are unclear, even though birds produce diverse behaviors that undoubtedly require a variety of osteological modifications. Here, we investigate this issue in a family of passerine birds called manakins (Pipridae), which have evolved physically unusual and elaborate courtship displays. We report that, in species within the genus Manacus, the shaft of the radius is heavily flattened and shows substantial solidification. Past work anecdotally notes this morphology and attributes it to the species' ability to hit their wings together above their heads to produce loud mechanical sonations. Our results show that this feature is unique to Manacus compared to the other species in our study, including a variety of taxa that produce other sonations through alternate wing mechanisms. At the same time, our data reveal striking similarities across species in total radius volume and solidification. Together, this suggests that supposedly adaptive alterations in radial morphology occur within a conserved framework of a set radius volume and solidness, which in turn is likely determined by natural selection. Further allometric analyses imply that the radius is less constrained by body size and the structural demands that underlie powered flight, compared to other forelimb bones that are mostly unmodified across taxa. These results are consistent with the idea that the radius is more susceptible to selective modification by sexual selection. Overall, this study provides some of the first insight into the osteological evolution of passerine birds, as well as the way in which opposing selective forces can shape skeletal design in these species. J. Morphol. 277:766-775, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27027525

  14. Artificial water sediment regulation scheme influences morphology, hydrodynamics and nutrient behavior in the Yellow River estuary

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    Xu, Bochao; Yang, Disong; Burnett, William C.; Ran, Xiangbin; Yu, Zhigang; Gao, Maosheng; Diao, Shaobo; Jiang, Xueyan

    2016-08-01

    Anthropogenic controls on water and sediment may play important roles in river system transformations and morphological evolution, which could further affect coastal hydrodynamics and nutrient behavior. We used geochemical tracers to evaluate the influence of an intentional large release of water and sediment during the so-called "Water Sediment Regulation Scheme" (WSRS) on estuarine morphology, hydrodynamics and nutrients in the Yellow River estuary, China. We discovered that there was a newly formed small delta in the river mouth after the 2013 WSRS. This new morphologic feature altered terrestrial material distribution patterns from a single plume to a two-plume pattern within the estuary. Our results show that the WSRS significantly influenced the study area in the following ways: (1) Radium and nutrient concentrations were significantly elevated (two to four times), especially along the two river outlets. (2) Estuarine mixing was about two times stronger during WSRS than before. Average aerial mixing rates before and during WSRS were 50 ± 26 km2 d-1 and 89 ± 51 km2 d-1, respectively. (3) Our data is consistent with P limitation and suggest that stoichiometrically based P limitation was even more severe during WSRS. (4) All river-derived nutrients were thoroughly consumed within one to two weeks after entry to near-shore waters. (5) The extent of the area influenced by terrestrial nutrients was two to three times greater during WSRS. Human influence, such as triggered by WSRS regulations, should thus be considered when studying biogeochemical processes and nutrient budgets in situations like the Yellow River estuary.

  15. Speciation, Divergence, and the Origin of Gryllus rubens: Behavior, Morphology, and Molecules

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    David A. Gray

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The last 25 years or so has seen a huge resurgence of interest in speciation research. This has coincided with the development and widespread use of new tools in molecular genetics, especially DNA sequencing, to inform ecological and evolutionary questions. Here I review about a decade of work on the sister species of field crickets Gryllus texensis and G. rubens. This work has included analysis of morphology, behavior, and the mitochondrial DNA molecule. The molecular work in particular has dramatically re-shaped my interpretation of the speciational history of these taxa, suggesting that rather than ‘sister’ species we should consider these taxa as ‘mother-daughter’ species with G. rubens derived from within a subset of ancestral G. texensis.

  16. Crystallization kinetics and morphology in phase separating and sedimenting mixtures of colloidal spheres and rods

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    Lekkerkerker, H.N.W.; Oversteegen, S.M.; Wijnhoven, J.E.G.J.; Vonk, C.

    2004-01-01

    The crystallization of sedimentating silica spheres in the presence of silica-coated boehmite rods in low-salt dimethylformamide is studied by means of confocal scanning laser microscopy. As expected, addition of rods gives rise to a net attraction due to the depletion effect. Upon increasing rod volume fractions, below a predicted equilibrium binodal, crystalline ordering of the spheres takes place faster but gives cause for more grain boundaries. Addition of rods at volume fractions in the ...

  17. GROWTH OF CRYSTALS OF PRIMARY ALUMINIUM WITH ROSETTE MORPHOLOGY AT CASTING OF SILUMINS

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The work is devoted to actual theme of alloy solidifi – investigation of infl of overlapping of thermal and concentration fi of neighboring crystals to forming of non- dendrite structures. Experimental research of microstructure of Al-Si alloy for wide range of silicon concentration is conducted, and corresponding numerical simulation develop too. The conclusion about different schemes of forming of rosette structures is adopted.

  18. Global weak solution and large-time behavior for the compressible flow of liquid crystals

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    Wang, Dehua

    2011-01-01

    The three-dimensional equations for the compressible flow of liquid crystals are considered. An initial-boundary value problem is studied in a bounded domain with large data. The existence and large-time behavior of a global weak solution are established through a three-level approximation, energy estimates, and weak convergence for the adiabatic exponent $\\gamma>\\frac32$.

  19. Scaling behavior and morphological properties of the interfaces obtained by the multilayer deposition process

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    The aim of the present work was to study numerically the scaling behavior and the morphological properties of the interfaces generated by the multilayer deposition process. We have noticed that, in the case where the ratio of the surface diffusion coefficient to the deposition rate reaches high values D/F > > 1, the interface consists of mound structures. By using the dynamic scaling, we have shown that the height–height correlation function scales with time t and length l as G(l,t) ∼ lαf(t/lα/β) with β = 0.25 ± 0.05 and α = 0.51 ± 0.02. These exponent values are equal to the ones predicted by the Edwards–Wilkinson approach. Besides, our results are in agreement with the growth system of Cu/Cu(100) at 300 K which has been characterized in more detail by a combined scanning tunneling microscopy and spot profile analysis — low energy electronic diffusion study. Moreover, by considering two different methods, we have examined the fractal aspect of the obtained interfaces. - Highlights: • The adlayer interfaces present mound morphologies. • The adlayer interfaces scale with the Family–Vicsek law. • The critical exponents (α, β) are in agreement with those of Edwards–Wilkinson approach

  20. MRI morphological classification of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) correlating with different biological behavior

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    Objective: To investigate morphological appearance of ductal carcinoma in situ of breast on MRI and to correlate the appearances with some factors. Methods and materials: MRI feature of 41 DCISs were analyzed retrospectively according to ACR BI-RADS, twenty-three of the 41 were pure DCIS and 18 were DCIS with microinvasion (DCIS-MI). The shape was categorized as mass lesion and non-mass-like lesion. The shape was correlated with histological grade, ER status and expression of e-erbB2 as well as pure DCIS or DCIS-MI. Results: Percentage of high grade in non-mass-like lesion was higher than that in mass type group, Average size of tumor in group of high grade, negative ER status and positive c-erbB2 expression were larger than that in non-high grade, positive ER status and negative c-erbB2 expression. Comparing pure DCIS and DCIS-MI, high grade in DCIS-MI was significantly higher than that in pure DCIS, Average size of DCIS-MI was larger than that in pure DCIS. Percentage of non-mass-like lesion was higher in DCIS-IM than that in pure DCIS, the difference was marginally significant. Conclusion: DCIS can be classified as mass type and non-mass-like type morphologically on MRI. The two types reflect different biological behavior.

  1. Investigation into the morphology, composition, structure and dry tribological behavior of rice husk ceramic particles

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    Hu, Enzhu; Hu, Kunhong; Xu, Zeyin; Hu, Xianguo; Dearn, Karl David; Xu, Yong; Xu, Yufu; Xu, Le

    2016-03-01

    To expand the application of rice husk (RH) resource, this study developed carbon-based RH ceramic (RHC) particles using a common high-temperature carbonization method. The morphology, composition, and structure of the RHC particles were characterized with a series of modern analysis technologies and were then compared with those of the initial RH powder and carbonized RH (CRH) particles. The dry tribological behavior of RHC particle adobes (RHAs) was also investigated. Results showed the sheet-shaped morphology of the RHC particles. The graphitization degree of the RHC particles was lower than that of the CRH particles possibly because the phenolic resin (PR) filled the micro-pores of the RH particles, thereby prompting the formation of amorphous carbon in the RHC particles as a result of high-temperature carbonization. The appearance of a hydroxy function group (sbnd OH) on the surface of the RHC particles was ascribed to the decomposition of PR at 900 °C. The friction coefficients and mass loss rates of the RHAs almost increased with the rise in load and velocity. In addition, the friction coefficients of the RHAs decreased at high load (5 N) and velocity (0.261 m/s) conditions. Such outcome indicated that the variation of contact area between steel ball and RHA at high load and velocity conditions resulted in the abrasive wear or catastrophic wear.

  2. Effect of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) on largely improving solar reflectance and cooling property of high density polyethylene (HDPE) by influencing its crystallization behavior

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    Wang, Shichao; Zhang, Jun, E-mail: zhangjun@njtech.edu.cn

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • HDPE/TiO{sub 2} composites have more perfect crystal structure. • Refractive index is the key factor affecting the final solar reflectance. • HDPE/TiO{sub 2} composites can achieve high solar reflectance. • The real cooling property is in accordance with solar reflectance. - Abstract: In this study, the different crystal forms of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) were added into high density polyethylene (HDPE) to fabricate cool material. Crystal structure, crystallization behavior, crystal morphology were investigated by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscope (POM). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was applied to observe dispersion of TiO{sub 2} particles in the HDPE matrix and the cross section morphology. The solar reflectance and actual cooling property were evaluated by UV–Vis–NIR spectrometer and a self-designed device. By adding TiO{sub 2} particles into HDPE matrix, the polymer chain could crystallize into more perfect and thermal stable lamella. The presence of TiO{sub 2} particles dramatically increased the number of nucleation site therefore decreased the crystal size. The subsequent solar reflectance was related to the degree of crystallinity, the spherulite size of HDPE, refractive index, and distribution of TiO{sub 2} particles in HDPE matrix. It was found the rutile TiO{sub 2} could largely improve the total solar reflectance from 28.2% to 51.1%. Finally, the temperature test showed that the composites had excellent cooling property, which was in accordance with solar reflectance result.

  3. In situ observation of the role of alumina particles on the crystallization behavior of slags

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    Orrling, C.

    2000-09-01

    The confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) allows crystallization behavior in liquid slags to he observed in situ at high temperatures. Slags in the lime-silica-alumina-magnesia system are easily tinder cooled and it is possible to construct time temperature transformation (TTT) diagrams for this system. The presence of solid alumina particles its these liquid slags was studied to determine if these particles act as heterogeneous nucleation sites that cause she precipitation of solid material within slags. The introduction of alumina particles reduced the incubation time for the onset of crystallization and increased the temperature at which crystallization was observed in the slags to close to the liquidus temperature for the slag. Crystal growth rates are in a good agreement with Ivantsov's solution of the problem of diffusion controlled dendritic growth. Alumina appears to be a potent nucleating agent in the slag systems that were studied. (author)

  4. Anomalous swimming behavior of bacteria in nematic liquid crystals

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    Sokolov, Andrey; Zhou, Shuang; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Aranson, Igor

    2015-03-01

    Flagellated bacteria stop swimming in isotropic media of viscosity higher than 0.06kgm-1s-1. However, Bacillus Subtilis slows down by only about 30% in a nematic chromonic liquid crystal (CLC, 14wt% DSCG in water), where the anisotropic viscosity can be as high as 6kgm-1s-1. The bacteria velocity (Vb) is linear with the flagella rotation frequency. The phase velocity of the flagella Vf ~ 2Vb in LC, as compared to Vf ~ 10Vb in water. The flow generated by the bacteria is localized along the bacterial body axis, decaying slowly over tens of micrometers along, but rapidly over a few micrometers across this axis. The concentrated flow grants the bacteria new ability to carry cargo particles in LC, ability not seen in their habitat isotropic media. We attribute these anomalous features to the anisotropy of viscosity of the CLC, namely, the viscosities of splay and twist is hundreds times higher than that of bend deformation, which provides extra boost of swimming efficiency and enables the bacteria swim at considerable speed in a viscous medium. Our findings can potentially lead to applications such as particle transportation in microfluidic devices. A.S and I.A are supported by the US DOE, Office of Science, BES, Materials Science and Engineering Division. S.Z. and O.D.L are supported by NSF DMR 1104850, DMS-1434185.

  5. Synthesis and thermal behavior of new liquid crystals arylaldoxime esters

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    Tavares, Aline; Arruda, Barbara C.; Boes, Elvis S.; Stefani, Valter; Stassen, Hubert K.; Campo, Leandra F.; Merlo, Aloir A., E-mail: aloir@iq.ufrgs.br [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre-RS (Brazil); Bechtold, Ivan H. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis-SC (Brazil)

    2012-05-15

    We report the synthesis of a series of liquid-crystalline materials based on arylaldoxime esters and the characterization of these materials by {sup 1}H, {sup 13}C NMR, ATR/FT-IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The chemical stability and liquid-crystalline as well as photophysical properties of the compounds are described being dependent on the heating/cooling cycles. The changes in chemical stability and the liquid crystals properties of arylaldoxime esters were observed during these thermal cycles by IR analysis. All samples underwent a thermal degradation yielding the corresponding nitriles and carboxylic acid as evidenced by IR and {sup 1}H NMR spectra. Due to the decomposition process, information about the mesomorphic behaviour is lost. The UV-Vis absorption spectra in solution display three absorption bands between 230 and 340 nm. The fluorescence spectra exhibit a broad and structureless emission band located at 430 nm. Ab initio calculations were performed to obtain information on the molecular structure and properties of the title compounds. (author)

  6. Physicochemical properties of Brazilian cocoa butter and industrial blends. Part II Microstructure, polymorphic behavior and crystallization characteristics

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    Ribeiro, A. P. B.; Corrêa Basso, R.; Gonçalves, L. A.G.; Gioielli, L. A.; Oliveira dos Santos, A.; Pavie Cardoso, L.; Guenter Kieckbusch, T.

    2012-01-01

    The microstructural behavior of industrial standardized cocoa butter samples and cocoa butter samples from three different Brazilian states is compared. The cocoa butters were characterized by their microstructural patterns, crystallization kinetics and polymorphic habits. The evaluation of these parameters aided in establishing relationships between the chemical compositions and crystallization behavior of the samples, as well as differentiating them in terms of technological and industrial ...

  7. Evaluation of Front Morphological Development of Reactive Solute Transport Using Behavior Diagrams

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    Jui-Sheng Chen

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available While flowing through porous medium, ground water flow dissolves minerals thereby in creasing medium porosity and ultimately permeability. Reactive fluid flows preferentially into highly permeable zones, which are therefore dissolved most rapidly, producing a further preferential permeability enhancement. Accordingly, slight non-uniformities present in porous medium can be amplified and lead to fingering reaction fronts. The objective of this study is to investigate dissolution-induced porosity changes on reaction front morphology in homogeneous porous medium with two non-uniformities. Four controlling parameters, including up stream pressure gradient, reaction rate constant, non-uniformities spacing and non-uniformity strength ratio are comprehensively considered. By using a modified version of the numerical code, NSPCRT, to conduct a series of numerical simulations, front behavior diagrams are constructed to illustrate the morphologies of reaction fronts under various combinations of these four factors. Simulation results indicate that the two non-uniformities are inhibited into a planar front under low up stream pressure gradient, merge into a single-fingering front under inter mediate up stream pressure gradient, or grow into a double-fingers front under high up stream pressure gradient. More over, the two non-uniformities tend to develop intoadouble-fingering front as the non-uniformity strength ratio in creases from 0.2 to 1.0, and merge into a single-fingering front while the non-uniformity strength ratio in creases from 1.0 to 1.8. When the reaction rate constant is small, the two non-uniformities merge into a single front. Reaction rate constant significantly affects front advancing velocity. The front advancing velocity decreases with the reaction rate constant. Based on these results, front behavior diagrams which de fine the morphologies of the reaction fronts for these four parameters are constructed. Moreover, non

  8. DSC analysis of crystallization and melting behavior of polypropylene in model composites with glass and poly(ethylene terephthalate) fibers

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    Janevski, Aco; Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana; Mader, Edit

    1999-01-01

    Isothermal and nonisothermal crystallization of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (PP), which is used for the production of split warp knit composite preforms,1 are analyzed in model composites to determine the influence of reinforcement glass fibers (GF) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) binding yarns on the crystallization kinetics. Basic energetic parameters of crystallization are determined, and the melting behavior of PP in model composites is analyzed. The crystallization of P...

  9. Nucleation of isotactic polypropylene crystallization in multilayered sandwich nanocomposites by gold nanoparticles with different morphologies

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    Šlouf, Miroslav; Sikora, Antonín; Vlková, Helena; Dimzoski, Bojan; Vacková, Taťana; Baše, Tomáš

    Rabat : Moroccan Foundation For Advanced Science, Innovation and Research, 2011 - (Bouhfid, R.; Qaiss, A.; Benmoussa, K.; Drissi, B.; Bakkoury, M.; Bousmina, M.). s. 160-161 ISBN 978-9954-520-04-8. [Annual Meeting of The Polymer Processing Society /27./. 10.05.2011-14.05.2011, Marrakech] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP205/10/0348 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505; CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : isotactic polypropylene * nucleated crystallization * nanocomposite Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  10. Quasi-two-dimensional diamond crystals: Deposition from a gaseous phase and structural-morphological properties

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    Alexeev, A. M.; Ismagilov, R. R.; Ashkinazi, E. E.; Orekhov, A. S.; Malykhin, S. A.; Obraztsov, A. N.

    2016-07-01

    Diamond films predominantly consisting of plane micrometer-size crystallites with a thickness of several dozen nanometers have been deposited from a methane-hydrogen gas mixture activated by a dc gas discharge. The crystallite structure has been studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy and diffraction. A possible mechanism of formation of plane crystallites during deposition of diamond from the gas phase has been discussed. It has been shown that the results agree with the theoretical concepts of formation of crystals with a face-centered cubic lattice.

  11. Locomotor behavior and long bone morphology in individual free-ranging chimpanzees.

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    Carlson, Kristian J; Doran-Sheehy, Diane M; Hunt, Kevin D; Nishida, Toshisada; Yamanaka, Atsushi; Boesch, Christophe

    2006-04-01

    We combine structural limb data and behavioral data for free-ranging chimpanzees from Taï (Ivory Coast) and Mahale National Parks (Tanzania) to begin to consider the relationship between individual variation in locomotor activity and morphology. Femoral and humeral cross sections of ten individuals were acquired via computed tomography. Locomotor profiles of seven individuals were constructed from 3387 instantaneous time-point observations (87.4 hours). Within the limited number of suitable chimpanzees, individual variation in locomotor profiles displayed neither clear nor consistent trends with diaphyseal cross-sectional shapes. The percentages of specific locomotor modes did not relate well to diaphyseal shapes since neither infrequent nor frequent locomotor modes varied consistently with shapes. The percentage of arboreal locomotion, rather than estimated body mass, apparently had comparatively greater biological relevance to variation in diaphyseal shape. The mechanical consequences of locomotor modes on femoral and humeral diaphyseal shapes (e.g., orientation of bending strains) may overlap between naturalistic modes more than currently is recognized. Alternatively, diaphyseal shape may be unresponsive to mechanical demands of these specific locomotor modes. More data are needed in order to discern between these possibilities. Increasing the sample to include additional free-ranging chimpanzees, or primates in general, as well as devoting more attention to the mechanics of a greater variety of naturalistic locomotor modes would be fruitful to understanding the behavioral basis of diaphyseal shapes. PMID:16376413

  12. The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films

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    Ren, Jianjun; Zuo, Yu

    2012-11-01

    The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films were studied. The voltage-time response for galvanostatic anodization of aluminum in malonic acid solution exhibits a conventional three-stage feature but the formation voltage is much higher. With the increase of electrolyte concentration, the electrolyte viscosity increases simultaneously and the high viscosity decreases the film growth rate. With the concentration increase of the malonic acid electrolyte, the critical current density that initiates local "burning" on the sample surface decreases. For malonic acid anodization, the field-assisted dissolution on the oxide surface is relatively weak and the nucleation of pores is more difficult, which results in greater barrier layer thickness and larger cell dimension. The embryo of the porous structure of anodic film has been created within the linear region of the first transient stage, and the definite porous structure has been established before the end of the first transient stage. The self-ordering behavior of the porous film is influenced by the electrolyte concentration, film thickness and the applied current density. Great current density not only improves the cell arrangement order but also brings about larger cell dimension.

  13. Hydrothermal growth of beryl single crystals and morphology of their singular faces

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    The surface morphology of the best developed faces of emerald and red beryl monocrystals grown from high-temperature hydrothermal solutions has been studied by atomic force microscopy. The results attest to dislocation-mediated layer-by-layer growth of the faces. Using experimentally determined growth front profiles, the fractal dimensions DFp and DFa of the faces are evaluated to be 1.1-1.4. These values indicate that the surfaces studied have a fractal character and can be investigated using elements of fractal theory

  14. The effects of aging time on the size, morphology, oriented attachment and magnetic behavior of hematite nanocrystals synthesized by forced hydrolysis of FeIII solutions

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    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: Three-dimensional (3-D) nanoarchitectures composed of self-organized hematite nanocrystals were successfully prepared by thermally induced hydrolysis of iron (III) solutions in the presence of urea and without additional stabilizers. The size, morphology and microstructure of these nanocrystal aggregates were investigated as a function of aging time using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The evolution of the microstructural parameters, including crystallite size, root mean square strain and lattice parameters, was analyzed by the Rietveld method using the MAUD software program and adopting the size–strain–shape Popa model. In addition, vibrating-sample magnetometry measurements were carried out to examine the magnetic behavior of the nanoarchitectures. These studies suggested that the formation mechanism of the observed nanoarchitectures consisted of several self-organization processes linked in hierarchical levels. The nanocrystals within these nanoarchitectures grew in size by Ostwald ripening and subsequent grain growth when they were aged at 98 °C in tightly capped tubes for an aging time that varied from 2 h up to 45 days. The crystal morphology evolved favoring a rhombohedral shape until intergrowth between the densely packed nanocrystals occurred. Consequently, the morphology of the nanoarchitectures, their effective magnetic anisotropy, the occurrence of the Morin transition and the exchange bias effect were also strongly dependent on the aging time

  15. Crystallization and degradation behaviors of poly(butylene succinate)/poly(Z-L-lysine) composites

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    Tan, Licheng; Hu, Jun; Ye, Suwen; Wei, Junchao, E-mail: weijunchao@ncu.edu.cn; Chen, Yiwang

    2014-01-10

    Highlights: • A new biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)/poly(Z-L-lysine) (PZlys) composites were successfully prepared through physical blend. • PZlys may greatly affected the crystallization behaviors of PBS without changing its crystalline structure. • The degradation speed of PBS may be greatly accelerated by introduction of PZlys in PBS matrix. - Abstract: A new type of biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)/poly(Z-L-lysine) (PZlys) composites were prepared. The crystallization behaviors were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and the results showed that PZlys can restrict the crystallization of PBS, the crystallization speed of PBS/PZlys were slower than that of PBS, and the crystallization degree of the composites were smaller than that of PBS. However, the WAXD results showed that the incorporation of PZlys did not change the crystalline structure of PBS. The in vitro degradation experiments demonstrated that the degradation speed of the composites were faster than that of PBS. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the composites showed that the composites with a proper composition (for example, 80/20) can keep the mechanical properties of PBS without evident difference, which implied that the composites might be potentially useful as biodegradable materials.

  16. Crystallization and degradation behaviors of poly(butylene succinate)/poly(Z-L-lysine) composites

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    Highlights: • A new biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)/poly(Z-L-lysine) (PZlys) composites were successfully prepared through physical blend. • PZlys may greatly affected the crystallization behaviors of PBS without changing its crystalline structure. • The degradation speed of PBS may be greatly accelerated by introduction of PZlys in PBS matrix. - Abstract: A new type of biodegradable poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)/poly(Z-L-lysine) (PZlys) composites were prepared. The crystallization behaviors were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and the results showed that PZlys can restrict the crystallization of PBS, the crystallization speed of PBS/PZlys were slower than that of PBS, and the crystallization degree of the composites were smaller than that of PBS. However, the WAXD results showed that the incorporation of PZlys did not change the crystalline structure of PBS. The in vitro degradation experiments demonstrated that the degradation speed of the composites were faster than that of PBS. Moreover, the mechanical properties of the composites showed that the composites with a proper composition (for example, 80/20) can keep the mechanical properties of PBS without evident difference, which implied that the composites might be potentially useful as biodegradable materials

  17. Relationship between crystal morphology and photoluminescence in polynanocrystalline lead sulfide thin films

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    Thin films of lead sulfide (PbS) nanoparticles were grown on corning glass and Si(1 0 0) substrates by polyethylene glycol-assisted chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. This paper compares the morphology and the luminescence properties (PL) of the deposited thin films in the presence (or absence) of PEG300 and investigates the effect of deposition temperatures. Surface morphology and photoluminescence properties of samples were analyzed. The PL data show a blue-shift from the normal emission at ∼2900 nm in PbS bulk to ∼360 nm in nanoparticles of PbS thin films. Furthermore, the PL emission of the films obtained without the addition of PEG300 (type 1) was slightly shifted from that of the films obtained in presence of PEG300 (type 2) from ∼360 to ∼470 nm. The blue-shifting of the emission wavelengths from 2900 to ∼360 or 470 nm is attributed to quantum confinement of charge carriers in the restricted volume of nanoparticles, while the shift between the two types of PbS nanoparticles thin films is speculated to be due to an increase in the defect concentration. The blue-shift increased with increase of the deposition temperature, which suggests that there has been a relative depletion in particle sizes during the CBD of the films at higher temperatures. The PbS nanocrystalline thin films obtained in the presence of PEG300 at 60 oC exhibit a high blue luminescence.

  18. Characterizing newly repopulated microglia in the adult mouse: impacts on animal behavior, cell morphology, and neuroinflammation.

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    Monica R P Elmore

    Full Text Available Microglia are the primary immune cell in the brain and are postulated to play important roles outside of immunity. Administration of the dual colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R/c-Kit kinase inhibitor, PLX3397, to adult mice results in the elimination of ~99% of microglia, which remain eliminated for as long as treatment continues. Upon removal of the inhibitor, microglia rapidly repopulate the entire adult brain, stemming from a central nervous system (CNS resident progenitor cell. Using this method of microglial elimination and repopulation, the role of microglia in both healthy and diseased states can be explored. Here, we examine the responsiveness of newly repopulated microglia to an inflammatory stimulus, as well as determine the impact of these cells on behavior, cognition, and neuroinflammation. Two month-old wild-type mice were placed on either control or PLX3397 diet for 21 d to eliminate microglia. PLX3397 diet was then removed in a subset of animals to allow microglia to repopulate and behavioral testing conducted beginning at 14 d repopulation. Finally, inflammatory profiling of the microglia-repopulated brain in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.25 mg/kg or phosphate buffered saline (PBS was determined 21 d after inhibitor removal using quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR, as well as detailed analyses of microglial morphologies. We find mice with repopulated microglia to perform similarly to controls by measures of behavior, cognition, and motor function. Compared to control/resident microglia, repopulated microglia had larger cell bodies and less complex branching in their processes, which resolved over time after inhibitor removal. Inflammatory profiling revealed that the mRNA gene expression of repopulated microglia was similar to normal resident microglia and that these new cells appear functional and responsive to LPS. Overall, these data demonstrate that newly repopulated microglia function

  19. Molecular, cellular, morphological, physiological and behavioral aspects of gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone.

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    Ubuka, Takayoshi; Son, You Lee; Tsutsui, Kazuyoshi

    2016-02-01

    Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) is a hypothalamic neuropeptide that was isolated from the brains of Japanese quail in 2000, which inhibited luteinizing hormone release from the anterior pituitary gland. Here, we summarize the following fifteen years of researches that investigated on the mechanism of GnIH actions at molecular, cellular, morphological, physiological, and behavioral levels. The unique molecular structure of GnIH peptide is in its LPXRFamide (X=L or Q) motif at its C-terminal. The primary receptor for GnIH is GPR147. The cell signaling pathway triggered by GnIH is initiated by inhibiting adenylate cyclase and decreasing cAMP production in the target cell. GnIH neurons regulate not only gonadotropin synthesis and release in the pituitary, but also regulate various neurons in the brain, such as GnRH1, GnRH2, dopamine, POMC, NPY, orexin, MCH, CRH, oxytocin, and kisspeptin neurons. GnIH and GPR147 are also expressed in gonads and they may regulate steroidogenesis and germ cell maturation in an autocrine/paracrine manner. GnIH regulates reproductive development and activity. In female mammals, GnIH may regulate estrous or menstrual cycle. GnIH is also involved in the regulation of seasonal reproduction, but GnIH may finely tune reproductive activities in the breeding seasons. It is involved in stress responses not only in the brain but also in gonads. GnIH may inhibit male socio-sexual behavior by stimulating the activity of cytochrome P450 aromatase in the brain and stimulates feeding behavior by modulating the activities of hypothalamic and central amygdala neurons. PMID:26409890

  20. Crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide) with acetaminophen--a study on solubility, spherulitic growth, and morphology.

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    Yang, Min; Gogos, Costas

    2013-11-01

    A simple, sensitive, efficient, and novel method analyzing the number of spherulitic nuclei was proposed to estimate the solubility of a model drug acetaminophen (APAP) in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). At high crystallization temperature (323 K), 10% APAP-PEO had the same low number of spherulitic nuclei as pure PEO, indicating that APAP and PEO were fully miscible. At low crystallization temperature (303 K), the number of nuclei for 10% APAP-PEO was significantly higher, suggesting that APAP was oversaturated and therefore recrystallized and acted as a nucleating agent. Based on the results obtained, the solubility of APAP in PEO is possibly between the concentration of 0.1% and 1% at 303 K. The spherulitic growth rate G of PEO was found to decrease with increasing APAP concentration, suggesting that APAP is most likely functioning as a chemical defect and is either rejected from or included in the PEO crystals during chain folding. APAP could possibly locate in the inter-spherulitic, inter-fibrillar, inter-lamellar, or intra-lamellar regions of PEO. At 323 K, the morphology of 10% APAP-PEO is more dendritic than spherulitic with large unfilled space in between dendrites and spherulites, which is a sign of one or the combination of the four modes of segregation. An extensive spherulitic nucleation and growth kinetics study using the classical theoretical relationships, for example, the Hoffman-Lauritzen (HL) and Avrami theories, was conducted. Both microscopic and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) analysis yielded similar values for the nucleation constant Kg as well as the fold surface free energy σe and work of chain folding q. The values of σe and q increased with APAP concentration, indicating that the chain folding of PEO was hindered by APAP. PMID:23562611

  1. Crystallization and melting behavior of poly (ethylene succinate) in presence of graphene nanoplatelets

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    Highlights: • Poly (ethylene succinate)/graphene nanocomposites were characterized in this work. • Dynamic and isothermal crystallization rates were enhanced upon graphene addition. • Overall crystallinity and melting remained almost unchanged in presence of graphene. • Graphene changed crystal perfection and its effect was found concentration-dependent. - Abstract: In this study, poly (ethylene succinate)/graphene nanoplatelets composites were prepared via solution casting method in different compositions and analyzed via differential scanning calorimetry. Crystallization and melting characteristics in both dynamic (non-isothermal) and isothermal modes were investigated at various cooling rates and isothermal temperatures. It was confirmed that graphene, while being incompatible with the matrix polymer, could act as nucleating agent so that hot (melt) crystallization rates, intensities, and positions were increased in the dynamic mode. However, the overall crystallinity remained almost unchanged. Cold crystallization was also decreased to lower temperatures on graphene addition; however its enthalpy was also reduced. Similar findings were observed for the isothermal mode, but to a lesser extent. The presence of graphene changed the perfection of crystals as their thermodynamic stability against heating and recrystallization behavior varied

  2. Effect of pH on the morphology, mechanical and optical properties of L-arginine monohydrobromide monohydrate (LAHBr) single crystals

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    K Sangeetha; R Ramesh Babu; K Ramamurthi

    2015-09-01

    L-arginine monohydrobromide monohydrate (LAHBr) single crystals were grown from two molar mixtures of L-arginine and HBr acid in 1 : 2 and 1 : 3 ratios. The solution pH of the above molar ratios was measured to be 7.2 and 1.8, respectively. This drastic change in pH has modified the morphology of LAHBr single crystal and influenced the mechanical stability, optical transparency, refractive index, birefringence and laser damage threshold. The decrease in pH from 7.2 to 1.8 has enhanced the optical transparency and laser damage threshold of LAHBr crystal.

  3. A Simulation Study on the Effects of Dendritic Morphology on Layer V Prefontal Pyramidal Cell Firing Behavior

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Pyramidal cells, the most abundant neurons in neocortex, exhibit significant structural variability across different brain areas and layers in different species. Moreover, in response to a somatic step current, these cells display a range of firing behaviors, the most common being (1 repetitive action potentials (Regular Spiking - RS, and (2 an initial cluster of 2-5 action potentials with short ISIs followed by single spikes (Intrinsic Bursting - IB. A correlation between firing behavior and dendritic morphology has recently been reported. In this work we use computational modeling to investigate quantitatively the effects of the basal dendritic tree morphology on the firing behavior of 112 three-dimensional reconstructions of layer V PFC rat pyramidal cells. Particularly, we focus on how different morphological (diameter, total length, volume and branch number and passive (Mean Electrotonic Path length features of basal dendritic trees shape somatic firing when the spatial distribution of ionic mechanisms in the basal dendritic trees is uniform or non-uniform. Our results suggest that total length, volume and branch number are the best morphological parameters to discriminate the cells as RS or IB, regardless of the distribution of ionic mechanisms in basal trees. The discriminatory power of total length, volume and branch number remains high in the presence of different apical dendrites. These results suggest that morphological variations in the basal dendritic trees of layer V pyramidal neurons in the PFC influence their firing patterns in a predictive manner and may in turn influence the information processing capabilities of these neurons.

  4. Phase behavior and crystallization in blends of a low molecular weight polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer and poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A)

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    The phase behavior, morphology and crystallization in blends of a low-molecular-weight (M n = 1400) double-crystalline polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PE-PEO) diblock copolymer with poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A) (PH) were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. The symmetric PE-PEO diblock copolymer consists of a PH-miscible PEO block and a PH-immiscible PE block. However, PH only exhibits partial miscibility with the PEO block of the copolymer in the PH/PE-PEO blends; both macrophase and microphase separations took place. There existed two macrophases in the PH/PE-PEO blends, i.e., a PH-rich phase and a PE-PEO copolymer-rich phase. The PE block of the copolymer in the blends exhibited fractionated crystallization behavior by homogeneous nucleation. There appeared three crystallization exotherms related to the crystallization of the PE block within three different microenvironments in the PH/PE-PEO blends

  5. Solvothermal crystal growth of CuSbQ2 (Q=S, Se) and the correlation between macroscopic morphology and microscopic structure

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    A low temperature solvothermal method has been successfully used for preparation of two semiconductor compounds CuSbQ2 (Q=S(1), Se(2)) by the reactions of Cu, Sb and S(or Se) powders in 1,2-diaminopropane at 160 deg. C for 10 days. The crystal structure of 2 was determined first time using single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. The structures of 1 and 2 are discussed in the view of covalent bonds and weak interactions. Double CuSbQ2 layers are assembled to a 3-D network structure by Cu...Sb and Q...Sb secondary bonds. In contrast with the isostructure of the two materials, the crystal morphology of them is quite different, brick-like crystals for CuSbS2 and plank-like crystals for CuSbSe2. The phenomenon is related to their different inter-planar interactions. Semiconductor properties of the microcrystal samples are measured and the band gaps of 1 and 2 are 1.38 and 1.05 eV, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Two isostructural compounds, CuSbQ2 (Q=S, Se), display different morphologies in crystals, which is explained by comparing the strength of the interlayer interactions based on the crystal structure data

  6. Sexual conflict predicts morphology and behavior in two species of penduline tits

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    Komdeur Jan

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The evolutionary interests of males and females rarely coincide (sexual conflict, and these conflicting interests influence morphology, behavior and speciation in various organisms. We examined consequences of variation in sexual conflict in two closely-related passerine birds with contrasting breeding systems: the Eurasian penduline tit Remiz pendulinus (EPT exhibiting a highly polygamous breeding system with sexually antagonistic interests over parental care, and the socially monogamous Cape penduline tit Anthoscopus minutus (CPT. We derived four a priori predictions from sexual conflict theory and tested these using data collected in Central Europe (EPT and South Africa (CPT. Firstly, we predicted that EPTs exhibit more sexually dimorphic plumage than CPTs due to more intense sexual selection. Secondly, we expected brighter EPT males to provide less care than duller males. Thirdly, since song is a sexually selected trait in many birds, male EPTs were expected to exhibit more complex songs than CPT males. Finally, intense sexual conflict in EPT was expected to lead to low nest attendance as an indication of sexually antagonistic interests, whereas we expected more cooperation between parents in CPT consistent with their socially monogamous breeding system. Results Consistent with our predictions EPTs exhibited greater sexual dimorphism in plumage and more complex song than CPTs, and brighter EPT males provided less care than duller ones. EPT parents attended the nest less frequently and less simultaneously than CPT parents. Conclusions These results are consistent with sexual conflict theory: species in which sexual conflict is more manifested (EPT exhibited a stronger sexual dimorphism and more elaborated sexually selected traits than species with less intense sexual conflict (CPT. Our results are also consistent with the notion that EPTs attempt to force their partner to work harder as expected under sexual conflict: each

  7. Morphological appearances and photo-controllable coloration of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal/polymer coaxial microfibers fabricated by coaxial electrospinning technique.

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    Lin, Jia-De; Chen, Che-Pei; Chen, Lin-Jer; Chuang, Yu-Chou; Huang, Shuan-Yu; Lee, Chia-Rong

    2016-02-01

    This study systematically investigates the morphological appearance of azo-chiral dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC)/polymer coaxial microfibers obtained through the coaxial electrospinning technique and examines, for the first time, their photocontrollable reflection characteristics. Experimental results show that the quasi-continuous electrospun microfibers can be successfully fabricated at a high polymer concentration of 17.5 wt% and an optimum ratio of 2 for the feeding rates of sheath to core materials at 25 °C and a high humidity of 50% ± 2% in the spinning chamber. Furthermore, the optical controllability of the reflective features for the electrospun fibers is studied in detail by changing the concentration of the azo-chiral dopant in the core material, the UV irradiation intensity, and the core diameter of the fibers. Relevant mechanisms are addressed to explain the optical-control behaviors of the DDCLC coaxial fibers. Considering the results, optically controllable DDCLC coaxial microfibers present potential applications in UV microsensors and wearable smart textiles or swabs. PMID:26906876

  8. Nanocomposite Materials alfa-Fe2O3 / gamma-Fe2O3:Synthesis, Crystal and Magnetic Microstructure, Morphology

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    V.О. Kotsyubynsky

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper studies the relationship between the synthesis conditions of nanocomposites α-Fe2O3 /  γ-Fe2O3 and the phase composition, morphology, crystal and magnetic microstructures of these materials.

  9. Crystallization and surface morphology of Au/SiO 2 thin films following furnace and flame annealing

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    De Los Santos, V. Luis; Lee, Dongwook; Seo, Jiwon; Leon, F. Lizbet; Bustamante, D. Angel; Suzuki, Seiichi; Majima, Yutaka; Mitrelias, Thanos; Ionescu, Adrian; Barnes, Crispin H. W.

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    A crystallization and surface evolution study of Au thin film on SiO 2 substrates following annealing at different temperatures above the eutectic point of the Au/Si system are reported. Samples were prepared by conventional evaporation of gold in a high vacuum (10 -7 mbar) environment on substrates at room temperature. Thermal treatments were performed by both furnace and flame annealing techniques. Au thin films can be crystallized on SiO 2 substrates by both furnace and flame annealing. Annealing arranges the Au crystallites in the (1 1 1) plane direction and changes the morphology of the surface. Both, slow and rapid annealing result in a good background in the XRD spectra and hence clean and complete crystallization which depends more on the temperature than on the time of annealing. The epitaxial temperature for the Au/SiO 2 system decreases in the range of 350-400 °C. Furnace and flame annealing also form crystallized gold islands over the Au/SiO 2 surface. Relaxation at high temperatures of the strained Au layer, obtained after deposition, should be responsible for the initial stages of clusters formation. Gold nucleation sites may be formed at disordered points on the surface and they become islands when the temperature and time of annealing are increased. The growth rate of crystallites is highest around 360 °C. Above this temperature, the layer melts and gold diffuses from the substrate to the nucleation sites to increase the distance between islands and modify their shapes. Well above the eutectic temperature, the relaxed islands have hexagonally shaped borders. The mean crystallite diameters grow up to a maximum mean size of around 90 nm. The free activation energy for grain boundary migration above 360 °C is 0.2 eV. Therefore the type of the silicon substrate changes the mechanism of diffusion and growth of crystallites during annealing of the Au/Si system. Epitaxial Au(1 1 1) layers without formation of islands can be prepared by furnace annealing

  10. Effects of testosterone on sexual behavior and morphology in adult female leopard geckos, Eublepharis macularius.

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    Rhen, T; Ross, J; Crews, D

    1999-10-01

    The leopard gecko, Eublepharis macularius, is a species in which testosterone (T) is the primary circulating sex hormone in adults of both sexes. There are, however, sex differences in T physiology. Whereas males have prolonged periods with high T levels, T levels cycle in accord with follicular development in females. Specifically, T concentration increases during vitellogenesis, drops after ovulation, and then remains at previtellogenic levels until eggs are laid and the next follicular cycle begins. To determine the function of T in females, we manipulated both the level and the duration of T elevation using Silastic implants in intact, adult female leopard geckos. Females had low ( approximately 1 ng/ml), medium ( approximately 100 ng/ml), or high ( approximately 200 ng/ml) T levels for either a short (8 days) or a long (35 days) duration. Behavior tests with males were conducted on days 1-5 in the short-duration group or on days 29-33 in the long-duration group. For both short- and long-duration groups, T treatment decreased attractivity in females with medium and high T levels compared to females with low T levels. In contrast, females with a medium T level were more receptive than females with a low T level in the short-duration group. Females in the long-duration group were unreceptive regardless of T level. Females treated for a long duration also displayed more aggression toward and evoked more aggression from males than short duration females. Short-duration T treatment had no masculinizing effect on female morphology, whereas medium and high T levels for a long duration induced development of hemipenes. Overall, these results suggest that T can both increase and decrease sexual behaviors in the female leopard gecko. PMID:10506536

  11. The effect of niobium morphology on the fracture behavior of MoSi2/Nb composites

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    The morphology of the niobium reinforcement added to MoSi2 affected the fracture behavior (and hence toughness) of MoSi2/20 vol pct Nb composites. The addition of discontinuous random niobium in the form of particles or short fibers deflected cracks that propagated through the MoSi2 matrix. However, this did not result in any improvements in toughness, as matrix cracks preferentially propagated through the Nb/MoSi2 interphase region. The addition of aligned niobium fibers, oriented perpendicular to the direction of matrix crack propagation, directly participated in the fracture of the composite. Depending on the diameter of Nb embedded in the MoSi2 matrix, these fibers either fractured in a brittle manner or ruptured in a ductile manner. Small (400-μm) diameter continuously aligned Nb fibers fractured by brittle cleavage during testing. Therefore, the addition of these fibers was not as effective in improving the toughness of MoSi2 as the addition of larger (800-μm) diameter continuously aligned Nb fibers, which ruptured in a ductile manner. It was observed that the larger diameter fibers had separated from the matrix through the propagation of cracks in the reaction zone adjacent to the fibers and that these cracks formed prior to yielding of these fibers. In contrast, the smaller diameter fibers remained well bonded to the matrix and, thus, were constrained by the MoSi2 matrix from yielding. This resulted in brittle fracture behavior of the Nb fiber. There appeared to be an effect of aspect ratio on the fracture of the ductile embedded fibers

  12. Morphology Change of C60 Islands on Organic Crystals Observed by Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Freund, Sara; Hinaut, Antoine; Pawlak, Rémy; Liu, Shi-Xia; Decurtins, Silvio; Meyer, Ernst; Glatzel, Thilo

    2016-06-28

    Organic-organic heterojunctions are nowadays highly regarded materials for light-emitting diodes, field-effect transistors, and photovoltaic cells with the prospect of designing low-cost, flexible, and efficient electronic devices.1-3 However, the key parameter of optimized heterojunctions relies on the choice of the molecular compounds as well as on the morphology of the organic-organic interface,4 which thus requires fundamental studies. In this work, we investigated the deposition of C60 molecules at room temperature on an organic layer compound, the salt bis(benzylammonium)bis(oxalato)cupurate(II), by means of noncontact atomic force microscopy. Three-dimensional molecular islands of C60 having either triangular or hexagonal shapes are formed on the substrate following a "Volmer-Weber" type of growth. We demonstrate the dynamical reshaping of those C60 nanostructures under the local action of the AFM tip at room temperature. The dissipated energy is about 75 meV and can be interpreted as the activation energy required for this migration process. PMID:27219352

  13. Crystallization and recrystallization behavior study on biopolymer composites with polymer grafted halloysite nanotubes

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    Hsieh, Ya-Ting; Kojio, Ken; Takahara, Atsushi

    We study the crystallization and recrystallization behavior of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) in PLA/halloysite composites. Specifically, we are interested in finding the additional effect of interface properties variation in composites except for enhancing filler dispersion. Halloysite nanotubes are grafted with polymer to create different surface properties at their surface. These polymer grafted halloysite nanotubes are then spread into PLA via solvent mixing. Using differential scanning calorimeter, we track and analyze the influence of halloysite surface properties on the crystallization and recrystallization behavior of PLA composites under several conditions. We also present investigations of polarizing optical microscopy, in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements. The investigations provide insight into interface effect on PLA composites. The synchrotron WAXD measurements were performed on BL02B2 beamline at Spring-8 with the approval of the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Institute (JASRI) (Proposal No. 2015B1541).

  14. Thermal and morphological behavior of chitosan/PEO blends containing gold nanoparticles. Experimental and theoretical studies.

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    Bonardd, Sebastián; Schmidt, Mathias; Saavedra-Torres, Mario; Leiva, Angel; Radic, Deodato; Saldías, César

    2016-06-25

    Using solution-casting method, binary blends of chitosan (CS) and poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO 100,000) containing Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) were prepared. Shifts in the melting temperature (Tm) and crystallization temperature (Tc) values for CS/PEO and CS/PEO/AuNPs blends were observed by calorimetric analysis. In general, CS/PEO/AuNPs blends tended to decompose at higher temperatures than neat polymers. From the FT-IR spectra, shifts in the main signals, such as -NH2, -OH and COC, were detected in the blends and were attributed to the polymer interactions and the incorporation of gold nanoparticles. In addition, the analysis of the blend topographies by atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed that at a higher CS content, more homogenous surfaces were observed. This behavior was attributed to the interactions present in the CS/PEO/AuNPs blends. Finally, theoretical analyses helped to confirm that the gold nanoparticles would be preferentially adsorbed onto the chitosan microdomains due to the interactions between acetyl and hydroxyl groups and Au atoms. PMID:27083823

  15. 牛乳清结晶条件的探索及其结晶体形貌%Exploration of Bovine Whey Crystallization Conditions and Morphology of Proteins Crystals

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    俞越钱

    2016-01-01

    以脱脂及去酪蛋白的牛乳清为原料,利用紫外分光光度法及SDS-PAGE电泳技术,在pH 4.7~8.0,NaCl浓度0.5~2.0 mol/L 条件下,对其结晶情况进行了研究。结果表明:牛乳清蛋白中的免疫球蛋白G(IgG)是一种理想的目标蛋白,而pH 7.0则是得到IgG的理想pH。最后还利用了工业相机及荧光倒置显微镜对牛乳清结晶体进行了拍摄,发现其中主要有长方晶、四角晶、菱方晶三种结晶体形貌。%With UV spectrophotometry and electrophoresis, degreased bovine whey after removal of ca-sein was studied in conditions of pH 4.7~8.0 and 0.5~2.0 mol/L NaCl. The results showed that immunoglob-ulin (IgG) was a kind of ideal target protein in bovine whey. Meanwhile, pH 7.0 was the ideal pH to obtain IgG. Finally, the crystallization behavior of whey was surveyed by an inverted fluorescence microscope and a high resolution digital camera. Furthermore, three kinds of morphology including orthorhombic, tetragonal and rhombus crystals were observed.

  16. Sexual selection and the evolution of behavior, morphology, neuroanatomy and genes in humans and other primates.

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    Stanyon, Roscoe; Bigoni, Francesca

    2014-10-14

    Explaining human evolution means developing hypotheses about the occurrence of sex differences in the brain. Neuroanatomy is significantly influenced by sexual selection, involving the cognitive domain through competition for mates and mate choice. Male neuroanatomy emphasizes subcortical brain areas and visual-spatial skills whereas that of females emphasizes the neocortex and social cognitive areas. In primate species with high degrees of male competition, areas of the brain dealing with aggression are emphasized. Females have higher mirror neuron activity scores than males. Hundreds of genes differ in expression profiles between males and females. Sexually selected differences in gene expression can produce neuroanatomical sex differences. A feedback system links genes, gene expression, hormones, morphology, social structure and behavior. Sex differences, often through female choice, can be rapidly modulated by socialization. Human evolution is a dramatic case of how a trend toward pair bonding and monogamy lowered male competition and increased female choice as a necessary step in releasing the cognitive potential of our species. PMID:25445181

  17. Optical diode behavior of photonic crystal structure with asymmetric Kerr defect

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    2007-01-01

    Optical diode behavior of asymmetric one-dimensional photonic crystal with Kerr defect is numerically investigated using nonlinear transfer matrix method. In the linear case, the intensity and the phase of transmitted field are the same for the forward and backward operations. In the nonlinear case, however, the transmitted intensities are much different for the two operations, which display diode characteristic. Physical origin of the anisotropic transmission lies in the different localizations in the defect layer of the two operations.

  18. Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe-Al(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields

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    Kawai, Tetsuroh; Abe, Tatsuya; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2016-05-01

    Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe100-x - Alx(x = 0 - 30 at.%)(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields are investigated along the two different crystallographic orientations, [100] and [110]. The behaviors of Fe and Fe90Al10 films show bath-tub like waveform along [100], easy magnetization axis, and triangular waveform along [110], hard magnetization axis, with respect to their four-fold magnetic anisotropy. On the other hand, the behaviors of Fe80Al20 film are different from those of Fe or Fe90Al10 film. The output of the film along [100] shows a strong magnetic field dependence. The Fe70Al30 film shows similar magnetostrictive behaviors along both [100] and [110] reflecting its magnetic properties, which are almost same for the both directions. The growth of ordered phase (B2) in Fe80Al20 and Fe70Al30 films is considered to have affected their magnetostrictive behaviors. The Al content dependence on λ100 and λ111 values shows similar tendency to that reported for the bulk samples but the values are slightly different. The Fe90Al10(001) single-crystal film shows a large magnetostriction along [100] under a very small magnetic field of 0.02 kOe, which is comparable to the saturated one, and changes the value abruptly in relation to the angle of applied magnetic field.

  19. Crystallization and melting behavior of nanoclay-containing polypropylene/poly(trimethylene terephthalate blends

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    S. H. Jafari

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This contribution concerns preparation and characterization of polypropylene (PP/poly(trimethylene terephthalate (PTT melt-mixed blends in the presence of organically-modified montmorillonite nanoclays and functional compatibilizers. Immiscibility and nanocomposite formation were confirmed via transmission electron microscopy. An intercalated structure was observed by wide angle X-ray diffraction technique. Crystallization, and melting characteristics were studied by differential scanning calorimetry in both isothermal and non-isothermal modes, supplemented by temperature modulated DSC (TMDSC. A concurrent crystallization was found for both polymeric components in the blends. Whereas blending favored PP crystallizability, it interrupted that of PTT. The addition compatibilizers interfered with rate, temperature, and degree of crystallization of PP and PTT. On the contrary, nanoclays incorporation increased crystallizability of each individual component. However, as for blend nanocomposite samples, the way the crystallization behavior changed was established to depend on the type of nanoclay. Based on kinetic analysis, isothermal crystallization nucleation followed athermal mechanism, while that of non-isothermal obeyed thermal mode. Addition of nanoclays shifted nucleation mechanism from athermal to thermal mode.

  20. Frequency Behavior of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (Qcm in Contact with Selected Solutions

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    Z. A. Talib

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A device was constructed to monitor viscosity of solutions using fundamental frequency of 9 MHz and 10 MHz quartz crystal. Piezoelectric quartz crystals with gold electrodes were mounted by O-ring in between liquid flow cell. Only one side of the crystal was exposed to the solutions which were pumped through silicon tube by a peristaltic pump. The measured frequency shift was observed in order to investigate the interfacial behavior of some selected solution in contact with one surface of Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM. An analysis of the interaction between an AT-cut quartz crystal microbalance and various liquid system of analytical interest is presented. The analysis which includes piezoelectric effects and other influences; liquid properties, experimental conditions and the characteristic of the solution are reported. Oscillation in distilled water is taken as a reference. The frequency change caused by the density (ρ, gcm-3 and viscosity (η gcm-1s-1 were found to be proportional to the square root of the product, (ρ η. The result suggested that analysis of small frequency shifts during EQCM studies needs to account for changes in ρ and η of the solution. Generally, all the liquid tested showed an increment of the frequency shift with increasing content of solutes. For each solution, the frequency was recorded as the concentration increases from distilled water to a very concentrated solution. The frequency measurements carried out for saccharide solution produces the maximum changes of frequency shift compared with other solutions.

  1. Crystal structure and morphology evolution in the LaXO3, X = Al, Ga, In nano-oxide series. Consequences for the synthesis of luminescent phosphors.

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    Pazik, Robert; Seisenbaeva, Gulaim A; Wiglusz, Rafal J; Kepinski, Leszek; Kessler, Vadim G

    2011-04-01

    The LaXO(3):Tb(3+) (X = Al(3+), Ga(3+), In(3+)) perovskite nanoparticles were obtained using the nonhydrolytic treatment (Bradley reaction) of the molecular precursors of the La(O(i)Pr)(3), Al(O(i)Pr)(3), Ga(O(i)Pr)(3), In(5)O(O(i)Pr)(13), and Tb(acac)(3), respectively. It was shown that crystal structure and morphology evolution in the LaXO(3), X = Al, Ga, In nano-oxide series depended on the size and chemical properties of the X-metal atom. Formation of the LaInO(3):Tb(3+) nanoparticles is distinctly less thermodynamically demanding on contrary to the LaAlO(3):Tb(3+) and LaGaO(3):Tb(3+) since it provided crystalline product directly in the solution synthesis at 202 °C, which is the lowest reported synthesis temperature for this compound up-to-date. This behavior was ascribed to the effects directly connected with the dopant substitution (exchange of bigger La(3+) cation with smaller Tb(3+)) as well as reduction of the particle size. The size effects are mostly reflected in the expansion of the cell volume, changes of the cell parameters as well as shifting and broadening of the Raman bands. Indirectly, size reduction has also an effect on the luminescence properties through the higher probability of presence of surface and net defects as well as heterogeneous distribution of the Tb(3+) ions caused by high surface-to-volume ratio. The prepared nanophosphors show basically green emission with exception of white-green in case of the LaInO(3):Tb(3+). Strong emission quenching was found in the latter case being most likely a consequence of the nonradiative energy transfer between Tb(3+) and In(3+) as well as the presence of defects. In comparison to the Pechini's method, the LaXO(3) nanoparticles required significantly lower annealing temperature (700 °C) necessary for complete crystallization. Generally the resulting particles are distinctly smaller (5 to 25 nm) and less agglomerated (50-100 nm) depending on the reaction conditions as well as thermal treatment. For

  2. Influence of lignin on morphology, structure and thermal behavior of polylactic acid-based biocomposites

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    Canetti, Maurizio; Cacciamani, Adriana; Bertini, Fabio

    2016-05-01

    Polylactic acid (PLA) is a thermoplastic biodegradable polymer that can be made from annually renewable resources. Lignin is a natural amorphous polyphenolic macromolecule inexpensive and easily available. In the present study PLA and acetylated lignin biocomposites were prepared by casting from chloroform solution. PLA can crystallize from the melt in the α and α' forms, depending on the adopted crystallization conditions. The presence of the lignin in the biocomposites can interfere with the crystal formation process. Isothermal crystallizations were performed at different temperatures, the presence of lignin causes an increase of the time of crystallization, while the overall crystallization rate and the spherulite radial growth rate decrease with enhancing the lignin content in the biocomposites.

  3. Effect of surface treatment of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on non-isothermal crystallization behavior, viscoelastic transitions and cold crystallization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) nanocomposites

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    Cayuela Marín, Diana; Cot Valle, María Ana; Riva Juan, Mª del Carmen; Sanchez Leija, Regina Janete; Sanchez Loredo, Maria Guadalupe; Algaba Joaquín, Inés María; Manich Bou, Albert M.

    2014-01-01

    The effect of untreated and tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) surface-treated TiO2 nanoparticles when included as filler in poly (ethylene terephthalate) on its compatibility, non-isothermal crystallization behavior, viscoelastic transitions and cold crystallization has been studied. The effectiveness of the surface treatment has been studied using infrared spectrophotometry (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The effect of the untreated and surface-treated nanofiller content in the ...

  4. Characterization of physicochemical and thermal properties and crystallization behavior of krabok (Irvingia Malayana ) and rambutan seed fats.

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    Sonwai, Sopark; Ponprachanuvut, Punnee

    2012-01-01

    Fatty acid composition, physicochemical and thermal properties and crystallization behavior of fats extracted from the seeds of krabok (Irvingia Malayana) and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) trees grown in Thailand were studied and compared with cocoa butter (CB). The krabok seed fat, KSF, consisted of 46.9% lauric and 40.3% myristic acids. It exhibited the highest saponification value and slip melting point but the lowest iodine values. The three fats displayed different crystallization behavior at 25°C. KSF crystallized into a mixture of β' and pseudo-β' structures with a one-step crystallization curve and high solid fat content (SFC). The fat showed simple DSC crystallization and melting thermograms with one distinct peak. The rambutan seed fat, RSF, consisted of 42.5% arachidic and 33.1% oleic acids. Its crystallization behavior was more similar to CB than KSF, displaying a two-step crystallization curve with SFC lower than that of KSF. RSF solidified into a mixture of β' and pseudo-β' before transforming to β after 24 h. The large spherulitic microstructures were observed in both KSF and RSF. According to these results, the Thai KSF and RSF exhibited physicochemical, thermal characteristics and crystallization behavior that could be suitable for specific applications in several areas of the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. PMID:23196867

  5. Self-cleaning behavior in polyurethane/silica coatings via formation of a hierarchical packed morphology of nanoparticles

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    Hejazi, Iman; Mir Mohamad Sadeghi, Gity; Seyfi, Javad; Jafari, Seyed-Hassan; Khonakdar, Hossein Ali

    2016-04-01

    In the current research, a hierarchical morphology comprising of packed assembly of nanoparticles was induced in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)/silica nanocomposite coatings in order to achieve self-cleaning behavior. Moderately hydrophilic behavior of TPU hinders its transforming to a superhydrophobic material. In the presented method, a very thin layer of silica nanoparticles is applied to the surface of TPU sheets under elevated temperature and pressure. As temperature and pressure of the process remain unchanged, processing time was considered as a main variable. Based on scanning electron microscopy and confocal microscopy results, it was found that at a certain processing time, nanoparticles can form an utterly packed morphology leading to a self-cleaning behavior. Once the process was prolonged, TPU macromolecules found the chance to migrate onto the coating's top layer due to the enhanced mobility of chains at high temperature. This observation was further proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis and cross-sectional morphology. The presented method has promising potentials in transforming intrinsically hydrophilic polymers into superhydrophobic materials with self-cleaning behavior.

  6. Morphological and behavioral differences in the gastropod Trophon geversianus associated to distinct environmental conditions, as revealed by a multidisciplinary approach

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    Márquez, Federico; Nieto Vilela, Rocío Aimé; Lozada, Mariana; Bigatti, Gregorio

    2015-01-01

    The gastropod Trophon geversianus exhibits shell polymorphisms along its distribution in subtidal and intertidal habitats. Our hypothesis is that morphological and behavioral patterns of T. geversianus represent habitat-specific constrains; subsequently we expect an association between shell morphology, attachment behavior, and habitat. In order to test this hypothesis we compared individuals from intertidal and subtidal habitats, at three sites in Golfo Nuevo (Argentina). We analyzed shell morphology using classic morphometric variables, 3D geometric morphometrics and computing tomography scan. The results were complemented with field observations of attachment to substrate and turning time behavior, as well as of the number of shell scars produced by crab predation. Our results showed differences in shell size and shape between intertidal and subtidal-collected individuals. Centroid size, total weight and shell weight, as well as shell density and thickness were significantly lower in intertidal individuals than in subtidal ones. Gastropods from intertidal habitats presented a low-spired shell and an expanded aperture which might allow better attachment to the bottom substrate, while subtidal individuals presented a slender and narrower shell shape. The number of crab scars was significantly higher in shells from subtidal individuals. Observations of the behavior of gastropods placed at the intertidal splash zone showed 100% of attachment to the bottom in the intertidal individuals, while subtidal specimens only attached in average in 32% of the cases. These latter took 12 times longer to re-attach to the bottom when faced up. Phylogenetic analysis of COI gene fragments showed no consistent differences among individuals sampled in both habitats. All these results suggest that T. geversianus has developed two ecomorphs with distinct morphological and behavioral responses to physically stressful conditions registered in north Patagonian intertidals, as opposed to

  7. Copper co-crystallization and divalent metal salts cross-influence effect: A new optimization tool improving crystal morphology and diffraction quality

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    Kutá-Smatanová, Ivana

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 306, č. 2 (2007), s. 383-389. ISSN 0022-0248 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60870520 Keywords : crystal * crystallization Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.950, year: 2007

  8. Influence of stress, temperature and crystal morphology on isothermal densification and specific surface area decrease of new snow

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    Schleef, S.; Löwe, H.; Schneebeli, M.

    2014-10-01

    Laboratory-based, experimental data for the microstructural evolution of new snow are scarce, though applications would benefit from a quantitative characterization of the main influences. To this end, we have analyzed the metamorphism and concurrent densification of new snow under isothermal conditions by means of X-ray microtomography and compiled a comprehensive data set of 45 time series. In contrast to previous measurements on isothermal metamorphism on time scales of weeks to months, we analyzed the initial 24-48 h of snow evolution at a high temporal resolution of 3 hours. The data set comprised natural and laboratory-grown snow, and experimental conditions included systematic variations of overburden stress, temperature and crystal habit to address the main influences on specific surface area (SSA) decrease rate and densification rate in a snowpack. For all conditions, we found a linear relation between density and SSA, indicating that metamorphism has an immediate influence for the densification of new snow. The slope of the linear relation, however, depends on the other parameters which were analyzed individually to derive a best-fit parameterization for the SSA decrease rate and densification rate. In the investigated parameter range, we found that the initial value of the SSA constituted the main morphological influence on the SSA decrease rate. In turn, the SSA decrease rate constituted the main influence on the densification rate.

  9. Changes in embryonic stem cell colony morphology and early differentiation markers driven by colloidal crystal topographical cues

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    L Ji

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The use of materials properties to guide cell behaviour is an attractive option for regenerative medicine, where controlling stem cell behaviour is important for the establishment of a functioning cell population. A wide range of materials properties have been shown to influence many types of cells but little is known about the effects of topography on embryonic stem cells (ESCs. In order to advance this knowledge, we synthesised and characterised substrates formed of silica colloidal crystal (SCC microspheres to present highly ordered and reproducible topographical features from 120-600 nm in diameter. We found that, compared to cells cultured on flat glass, cells cultured on the SCC substrates retained transcription of stem cell (Dppa5a, Nanog, and Pou5f1 and endoderm (Afp, Gata4, Sox17, and Foxa2 markers more similar to undifferentiated ESCs, suggesting the substrates are restricting differentiation, particularly towards the endoderm lineage. Additionally, five days after seeding, we observed strikingly different colony morphology, with cells on the SCC substrates growing in spherical colonies approximately ten cells thick, while cells on glass were growing in flat monolayers. Colonies on the SCC substrates developed a central pit, which was never observed in cells cultured on glass, and expressed proteins related to epithelialisation. Together, these data demonstrate the potential of using topographical cues to control stem cell behaviour in vitro.

  10. Morphological, behavioral and biological aspects of Azya luteipes Mulsant fed on Coccus viridis (Green

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    Juliana Nais

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available One of the major pests of nursery seedlings of coffee (Coffea arabica L. is the green scale, Coccus viridis (Green (Hemiptera: Coccidae. The main predators of this species are beetles of the family Coccinellidae, especially Azya luteipes Mulsant. Morphological, behavioral and biological aspects of A. luteipes feeding on C. viridis on coffee plants were examined under laboratory conditions. Tests were conducted in room temperature at 28 ± 2 ºC. A. luteipes oviposits on the underside of the scale's body, laying two to four eggs per insect. The eggs have a subelliptical form and a white-clear color, and the incubation period is 8.3 ± 1.2 days. The number of eggs laid per female per day varies between eight and ten. A. luteipes undergoes four larval instars with durations of 2.0 ± 0, 3.2 ± 0.5, 3.6 ± 0.5 and 4.6 ± 0 days for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th instars, respectively. The average durations of the prepupal and pupal stages were 2.0 ± 0 and 10.9 ± 1.3 days, respectively. The viability of the larvae during each instar was 91.9, 89.3, 90.2 and 96.4 %, respectively, and the viabilities of prepupae and pupae were 99.1 and 98.2 %. The average duration of the egg-adult cycle was 34.3 ± 2.6 days, and the sex ratio was 0.52 %. Females presented a gray-colored head, while males presented a yellow head.

  11. Acetyl-L-carnitine improves behavior and dendritic morphology in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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    Full Text Available Rett syndrome (RTT is a devastating neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 1 in 10,000 girls. Approximately 90% of cases are caused by spontaneous mutations in the X-linked gene encoding methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2. Girls with RTT suffer from severe motor, respiratory, cognitive and social abnormalities attributed to early deficits in synaptic connectivity which manifest in the adult as a myriad of physiological and anatomical abnormalities including, but not limited to, dimished dendritic complexity. Supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC, an acetyl group donor, ameliorates motor and cognitive deficits in other disease models through a variety of mechanisms including altering patterns of histone acetylation resulting in changes in gene expression, and stimulating biosynthetic pathways such as acetylcholine. We hypothesized ALC treatment during critical periods in cortical development would promote normal synaptic maturation, and continuing treatment would improve behavioral deficits in the Mecp2(1lox mouse model of RTT. In this study, wildtype and Mecp2(1lox mutant mice received daily injections of ALC from birth until death (postnatal day 47. General health, motor, respiratory, and cognitive functions were assessed at several time points during symptom progression. ALC improved weight gain, grip strength, activity levels, prevented metabolic abnormalities and modestly improved cognitive function in Mecp2 null mice early in the course of treatment, but did not significantly improve motor or cognitive functions assessed later in life. ALC treatment from birth was associated with an almost complete rescue of hippocampal dendritic morphology abnormalities with no discernable side effects in the mutant mice. Therefore, ALC appears to be a promising therapeutic approach to treating early RTT symptoms and may be useful in combination with other therapies.

  12. Predator-induced behavioral and morphological plasticity in the tropical marine Gastropod Strombus gigas.

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    Delgado, Gabriel A; Glazer, Robert A; Stewart, Nicola J

    2002-08-01

    Florida queen conch stocks once supported a significant fishery, but overfishing prompted the state of Florida to institute a harvest moratorium in 1985. Despite the closure of the fishery, the queen conch population has been slow to recover. One method used in the efforts to restore the Florida conch population has been to release hatchery-reared juvenile conch into the wild; however, suboptimal predator avoidance responses and lighter shell weights relative to their wild counterparts have been implicated in the high mortality rates of released hatchery juveniles. We conducted a series of experiments in which hatchery-reared juvenile conch were exposed to a predator, the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), to determine whether they could develop behavioral and morphological characteristics that would improve survival. Experiments were conducted in tanks with a calcareous sand substrate to simulate a natural environment. Conditioned conch were exposed to caged lobsters while conch in the control tanks were exposed to empty cages. Conditioned conch moved significantly less and buried themselves more frequently than the naive control conch. Morphometric data indicated that the conditioned conch grew at a significantly slower rate than the naive conch, but the shell weights of the two groups were not significantly different. This implies that the conditioned conch had thicker or denser shells than the control group. As a result, the conditioned conch had significantly higher survival than naive conch in a subsequent predation experiment in which a lobster was allowed to roam free in each tank for 24 hours. In the future, the conditioning protocols documented in this study will be used to increase the survival of hatchery-reared conch in the wild. PMID:12200261

  13. Effect of anodic oxide films on low temperature mechanical behavior of niobium single crystals

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    The effect of thin (less than or equal to 1500 A) anodic oxide films on the mechanical behavior of single crystals of niobium at low temperatures (T less than or equal to 0.15 T/sub M/) was investigated. Oxide films affect mechanical behavior in two ways: the yield stress is reduced and the stress-strain curves are serrated over an appreciable range of strains. When oxide-coated specimens are also prestrained into stage I at 3000K, the serrations observed at low temperatures disappear, the flow stress is further reduced, the ductility is increased, and a three-stage work hardening behavior occurs. A model involving generation and motion of nonscrew dislocations from the oxide-metal interface is used to explain the results

  14. A Study of Hardening Behavior Based on a Finite-Deformation Gradient Crystal-Plasticity Model

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    A systematic study on the different roles of the governing components of a well-defined finite-deformation gradient crystal-plasticity model proposed by (Gurtin, 2008b) is carried out, in order to visualize the capability of the model in the prediction of a wide range of hardening behaviors as well as rate-dependent, scale-variation and Bauschinger-like responses in a single crystal. A function of accumulation rates of dislocations is employed and viewed as a measure of formation of short-range interactions which impede dislocation movements within a crystal. The model is first represented in the reference configuration for the purpose of numerical implementation, and then implemented in the FEM software ABAQUS via a user-defined subroutine (UEL). Our simulation results reveal that the dissipative gradient-strengthening is also identified as a source of isotropic-hardening behavior, which represents the effect of cold work introduced by (Gurtin and Ohno, 2011). Moreover, plastic flows in predefined slip syste...

  15. Crystallization behavior and controlling mechanism of iron-containing Si-C-N ceramics.

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    Francis, Adel; Ionescu, Emanuel; Fasel, Claudia; Riedel, Ralf

    2009-11-01

    The crystallization behavior and controlling mechanism of the Si-Fe-C-N system based on polymer-derived SiCN ceramic filled with iron metal powder has been studied. The composite preparation conditions allow the formation of a random distribution of metallic particles in the polymer matrix volume for the Si-C-N system. Pyrolysis of the composite material at 1100 degrees C indicates the presence of one crystalline phase Fe(3)Si. While the sample pyrolyzed at 1200 degrees C reveals the formation of both Fe(3)Si and Fe(5)Si(3) phases, a crystallization of beta-SiC is additionally observed by increasing the temperature up to 1300 degrees C. The propensity for the formation of SiC is due to the presence of Fe(5)Si(3), where a solid-liquid-solid (SLS) growth mechanism was suggested to occur. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential thermal analysis (DTA), and thermal gravimetric analysis with mass spectroscopic detection (TGA-MS) were employed to investigate the crystallization behavior of the Si-Fe-C-N system. PMID:19788256

  16. Thermal Shock Behavior of Single Crystal Oxide Refractive Concentrators for High Temperatures Solar Thermal Propulsion

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    Zhu, Dongming; Choi, Sung R.; Jacobson, Nathan S.; Miller, Robert A.

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    Single crystal oxides such as yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y2O3-ZrO2), yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Y3Al5O12, or YAG), magnesium oxide (MgO) and sapphire (Al2O3) have been considered as refractive secondary concentrator materials for high temperature solar propulsion applications. However, thermal mechanical reliability of the oxide components in severe thermal environments during space mission sun/shade transitions is of great concern. In this paper, critical mechanical properties of these oxide crystals are determined by the indentation technique. Thermal shock resistance of the oxides is evaluated using a high power CO, laser under high temperature-high thermal gradients. Thermal stress fracture behavior and failure mechanisms of these oxide materials are investigated under various temperature and heating conditions.

  17. The unusual temperature dependence of the switching behavior in a ferroelectric single crystal with dislocations

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    The unusual temperature-induced switching behavior in a ferroelectric single crystal with dislocation arrays is investigated by using phase field simulations. The results show that the influence of temperature on the hysteresis loop of a ferroelectric is dependent on the dislocation arrays. In the presence of dislocation arrays, the dependence of the coercive field on the temperature is different from that of a dislocation-free ferroelectric. The coercive field increases when the temperature increases from room temperature to a critical temperature, which is attributed to the pinning of domains by the dislocation arrays. Above the critical temperature, both the coercive field and the remnant polarization decrease with temperature. It is found that double hysteresis loops can be induced by dislocation arrays when the temperature is higher than the Curie temperature. This work exhibits the complex role of temperature and dislocations in the polarization switching of ferroelectric single crystal. (paper)

  18. Synthesis and Liquid-Crystal Behavior of Bent Colloidal Silica Rods.

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    Yang, Yang; Chen, Guangdong; Martinez-Miranda, Luz J; Yu, Hua; Liu, Kun; Nie, Zhihong

    2016-01-13

    The design and assembly of novel colloidal particles are of both academic and technological interest. We developed a wet-chemical route to synthesize monodisperse bent rigid silica rods by controlled perturbation of emulsion-templated growth. The bending angle of the rods can be tuned in a range of 0-50° by varying the strength of perturbation in the reaction temperature or pH in the course of rod growth. The length of each arm of the bent rods can be individually controlled by adjusting the reaction time. For the first time we demonstrated that the bent silica rods resemble banana-shaped liquid-crystal molecules and assemble into ordered structures with a typical smectic B2 phase. The bent silica rods could serve as a visualizable mesoscopic model for exploiting the phase behaviors of bent molecules which represent a typical class of liquid-crystal molecules. PMID:26700616

  19. The effect of pigeon yolk sac fluid on the growth behavior of calcium carbonate crystals.

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    Song, Juan; Cheng, Haixia; Shen, Xinyu; Tong, Hua

    2015-03-01

    Previous experiments have proved that thermodynamically unstable calcium carbonate vaterite can exist for long periods in the yolk sac of a pigeon embryo. The aim of this article was to demonstrate the effect of in vitro mineralization of yolk sac fluid on calcium carbonate by direct precipitation. Experiments were conducted using pigeon yolk sac fluid and using lecithin extracted from pigeon yolk sac fluid as a control to investigate the regulating effects of the organic components in the embryo on the formation of the calcium carbonate precipitate. Multiple characterization methods were employed to study the various morphological patterns, sizes, crystal growth, and crystal phase transformations of the calcium carbonate precipitates as regulated by the yolk sac fluid extracted at different stages of incubation. The experimental results demonstrate that as the incubation proceeds towards the later stages, the composition and environmental features of the yolk sac fluid become more favorable for the formation of relatively unstable calcium carbonate phases with high energies of the vaterite state. The experiments conducted with extracted lecithin as the template for crystal growth yielded similar results. A large amount of organic molecules with polar functional groups carried by the yolk sac fluid have strong effects and can both initially induce the crystallization and regulate the aggregation of calcium carbonate. Furthermore, this regulation process is found to be closely related to the lecithin contained in yolk sac fluid. These observations confirm the changes in yolk sac fluid composition during incubation have significant effects on the production of vaterite, which implicates the calcium transport during embryo growth. PMID:25681477

  20. Morphology, molecules and mating behavior : an integrative study of population divergence and speciation in widespread sepsid flies (Sepsidae: Diptera)

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    Puniamoorthy, Nalini

    2013-01-01

    The work presented in this dissertation explores processes of selection and speciation acting on diverging populations in two widespread sepsid species (Sepsidae: Diptera). The main focus was on investigating sexual selection, sexual size dimorphism (SSD) and incipient speciation in the nearctic and palaearctic species Sepsis punctum (Fabricius 1794) (Chapters 1-4). In addition, divergence in reproductive behavior and morphology was also addressed in the neotropical species Archisepsis divers...

  1. Phase behavior of chromonic liquid crystal mixtures of Sunset Yellow and Disodium Cromoglycate

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    Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Smith, Gregory; Yi, Youngwoo; Xu, Charles; Biffi, Silvia; Serra, Francesca; Bellini, Tommaso; Clark, Noel

    2014-03-01

    Chromonic liquid crystals (CLCs) are formed when planar molecules dissolved in water stack into rod-like aggregates that can order as liquid crystals. Isotropic, nematic, and M-phases can be observed depending on the degree of molecular orientational and positional order by variation of the CLC concentration. We focused on mixtures of two well-known CLCs, Sunset Yellow, a food dye, and disodium cromoglycate (DSCG), an asthma medication. In order to study the phase behaviors of these mixtures, we observed their textures in glass cells and capillaries using polarized light microscopy. We report here a ternary phase diagram describing the complete phase behavior of the CLC mixtures. We observed a variety of phase behaviors depending on species ratio and concentration. In the isotropic phase, no clear phase separation of the two dyes was observed, while separation did occur in many nematic and M-phase combinations. We will also describe phase observations made using a light spectroscopy and bulk centrifugal partitioning. Grant support: NSF DMR 1207606 and NSF MRSEC DMR-0820579.

  2. Morphology and orientation of β-BaB2O4 crystals patterned by laser in the inside of samarium barium borate glass

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    Nonlinear optical β-BaB2O4 crystal lines (β-BBO) were patterned in the inside of 8Sm2O3–42BaO–50B2O3 glass by irradiations of continuous-wave Yb:YVO4 lasers with a wavelength of 1080 nm (power: P=0.8–1.0 W, scanning speed: S=0.2–2.5 μm/s), in which the laser focal position was moved gradually from the surface to the inside. The morphology, size, and orientation of β-BBO crystals were examined from polarization optical microscope and birefringence imaging observations. It was demonstrated that c-axis oriented β-BBO crystals with long lengths (e.g., 20 mm) were patterned in the inside of the glass. The morphology of β-BBO in the cross-section of lines was a rectangular shape with rounded corners, and the volume of β-BBO formed increased with increasing laser power and with decreasing laser scanning speed. The maximum depth in the inside from the surface for β-BBO patterning increased with increasing laser power, e.g., Dmax∼100 μm at P=0.8 W, Dmax∼170 μm at P=0.9 W, and Dmax∼200 μm at P=1 W. The present study proposes that the laser-induced crystallization opens a new door for applied engineering in glassy solids. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the POM photographs for β-BaB2O4 crystal lines patterned by cw Yb:YVO4 fiber laser irradiations with a laser power of P=0.8 W and a laser scanning speed S=2 μm/s in the glass. The laser focal point was moved gradually from the surface into the inside. The results shown in Fig. 1 demonstrate that it is possible to pattern highly oriented β-BaB2O4 crystals even in the inside of glasses. - Highlights: • β-BaB2O4 crystal lines were patterned in the inside of a glass by lasers. • Laser focal position was moved gradually from the surface to the inside. • Birefringence imaging was observed. • Morphology, size, and orientation of crystals were clarified. • Crystal lines with long lengths (e.g., 20 mm) were patterned at the depth of 200 μm

  3. Morphology and orientation of β-BaB{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystals patterned by laser in the inside of samarium barium borate glass

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    Nishii, Akihito; Shinozaki, Kenji; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki, E-mail: komatsu@mst.nagaokaut.ac.jp

    2015-01-15

    Nonlinear optical β-BaB{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystal lines (β-BBO) were patterned in the inside of 8Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}–42BaO–50B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass by irradiations of continuous-wave Yb:YVO{sub 4} lasers with a wavelength of 1080 nm (power: P=0.8–1.0 W, scanning speed: S=0.2–2.5 μm/s), in which the laser focal position was moved gradually from the surface to the inside. The morphology, size, and orientation of β-BBO crystals were examined from polarization optical microscope and birefringence imaging observations. It was demonstrated that c-axis oriented β-BBO crystals with long lengths (e.g., 20 mm) were patterned in the inside of the glass. The morphology of β-BBO in the cross-section of lines was a rectangular shape with rounded corners, and the volume of β-BBO formed increased with increasing laser power and with decreasing laser scanning speed. The maximum depth in the inside from the surface for β-BBO patterning increased with increasing laser power, e.g., D{sub max}∼100 μm at P=0.8 W, D{sub max}∼170 μm at P=0.9 W, and D{sub max}∼200 μm at P=1 W. The present study proposes that the laser-induced crystallization opens a new door for applied engineering in glassy solids. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the POM photographs for β-BaB{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystal lines patterned by cw Yb:YVO{sub 4} fiber laser irradiations with a laser power of P=0.8 W and a laser scanning speed S=2 μm/s in the glass. The laser focal point was moved gradually from the surface into the inside. The results shown in Fig. 1 demonstrate that it is possible to pattern highly oriented β-BaB{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystals even in the inside of glasses. - Highlights: • β-BaB{sub 2}O{sub 4} crystal lines were patterned in the inside of a glass by lasers. • Laser focal position was moved gradually from the surface to the inside. • Birefringence imaging was observed. • Morphology, size, and orientation of crystals were clarified. • Crystal lines with long lengths

  4. Crystallization behavior of supercooled smectic cholesteryl myristate nanoparticles containing phospholipids as stabilizers

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    Kuntsche, Judith; Koch, Michel; Drechsler, M;

    2005-01-01

    . Phospholipid and phospholipid/bile salt stabilized cholesteryl myristate dispersions were prepared by high-pressure melt homogenization and characterized by particle size measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. To obtain fractions with very small smectic...... recrystallization tendency upon storage. The observed peculiarities of the crystallization behavior seem to be mainly caused by the presence of particles with different shapes (cylindrical and spherical) as observed in electron microscopy. Alterations in the composition of the nanoparticles may also play a role....

  5. Crystallization kinetics and morphology of biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid)/graphene oxide nanocomposites: Influences of graphene oxide loading and crystallization temperature

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    Highlights: ► Biodegradable PLLA/GO nanocomposites at different GO loadings have been prepared. ► Both nonisothermal and isothermal melt crystallization of PLLA are enhanced by GO. ► The crystal structure of PLLA does not change in the PLLA/GO nanocomposites. - Abstract: Biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA)/graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites have been prepared successfully at various GO loadings. Transmission electron microscopy and wide angle X-ray diffraction results indicate that a relatively fine dispersion of GO is achieved in the PLLA matrix. Nonisothermal melt crystallization peak temperatures are slightly higher in the nanocomposites than in neat PLLA. The overall isothermal melt crystallization rates are reduced for both neat PLLA and the PLLA/GO nanocomposites with increasing crystallization temperature; moreover, the overall isothermal melt crystallization rates are significantly greater in the nanocomposites than in neat PLLA although the crystallization mechanism remains unchanged. The crystal structure of PLLA is not modified in the PLLA/GO nanocomposites. Both the nonisothermal and isothermal melt crystallization of PLLA in the nanocomposites are influenced apparently by the GO loading.

  6. Effect of morphology of eutectic silicon crystals on mechanical properties and cleavage fracture toughness of AlSi5Cu1 alloy

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is presentation of the results that concerned the influence of morphology of eutectic silicon crystals on mechanical properties, especially on the cleavage fracture toughness of AlSi5Cu1 alloy.Design/methodology/approach: Microscopic studies – optical microscope NIKON 300 and quantitative analysis of geometrical parameters of microstructure – image analysis program APHELION, tensile and fracture toughness tests – testing machine INSTRON 8810.Findings: The sizes of silicon crystals and values of yield strength, tensile strength and plane strain fracture toughness have been determined. Relationships between mechanical properties and silicon crystals size were described using Hall-Petch equation. It was found that a decrease in silicon crystals causes an increasing in strength and in fracture toughness.Practical implications: This paper is part of the previous author’s investigations which results in modification of the casting technology of turboblower compressor impellers.Originality/value: The microscopic observations indicated that alloy cracking begins with nucleation and growth of micro-cracks in the silicon crystals of large size, in orthogonal plane to tension direction. The hard and brittle silicon crystals are very strong barriers for slip in the stressed alloy.

  7. Behavioral mechanisms and morphological symptoms of zombie ants dying from fungal infection

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    Hughes, David P; Andersen, Sandra B; Hywel-Jones, Nigel L;

    2011-01-01

    Parasites that manipulate host behavior can provide prominent examples of extended phenotypes: parasite genomes controlling host behavior. Here we focus on one of the most dramatic examples of behavioral manipulation, the death grip of ants infected by Ophiocordyceps fungi. We studied the interac...

  8. Morphology and orientation of β-BaB2O4 crystals patterned by laser in the inside of samarium barium borate glass

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    Nishii, Akihito; Shinozaki, Kenji; Honma, Tsuyoshi; Komatsu, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    Nonlinear optical β-BaB2O4 crystal lines (β-BBO) were patterned in the inside of 8Sm2O3-42BaO-50B2O3 glass by irradiations of continuous-wave Yb:YVO4 lasers with a wavelength of 1080 nm (power: P=0.8-1.0 W, scanning speed: S=0.2-2.5 μm/s), in which the laser focal position was moved gradually from the surface to the inside. The morphology, size, and orientation of β-BBO crystals were examined from polarization optical microscope and birefringence imaging observations. It was demonstrated that c-axis oriented β-BBO crystals with long lengths (e.g., 20 mm) were patterned in the inside of the glass. The morphology of β-BBO in the cross-section of lines was a rectangular shape with rounded corners, and the volume of β-BBO formed increased with increasing laser power and with decreasing laser scanning speed. The maximum depth in the inside from the surface for β-BBO patterning increased with increasing laser power, e.g., Dmax~100 μm at P=0.8 W, Dmax~170 μm at P=0.9 W, and Dmax~200 μm at P=1 W. The present study proposes that the laser-induced crystallization opens a new door for applied engineering in glassy solids.

  9. Crystallization and unusual rheological behavior in poly(ethylene oxide)–clay nanocomposites

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    Kelarakis, Antonios

    2011-05-01

    We report a systematic study of the crystallization and rheological behavior of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-clay nanocomposites. To that end a series of nanocomposites based on PEOs of different molecular weight (103 < MW < 105 g/mol) and clay surface modifier was synthesized and characterized. Incorporation of organoclays with polar (MMT-OH) or aromatic groups (MMT-Ar) suppresses the crystallization of polymer chains in low MW PEO, but does not significantly affect the crystallization of high MW matrices. In addition, the relative complex viscosity of the nanocomposites based on low MW PEO increases significantly, but the effect is less pronounced at higher MWs. The viscosity increases in the series MMT-Alk < MMT-OH < MMT-Ar. In contrast to the neat PEO which exhibits a monotonic decrease of viscosity with temperature, all nanocomposites show an increase after a certain temperature. This is the first report of such dramatic enhancements in the viscoelasticity of nanocomposites, which are reversible, are based on a simple polymer matrix and are true in a wide temperature range. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Thermomechanical fatigue behavior of coated and bare nickel-based superalloy single crystals

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    Chataigner, E.; Remy, L.

    1996-12-31

    The thermal-mechanical fatigue behavior of chromium-aluminum coated [001] single crystals of AM1, a nickel-base superalloy for turbine blades, is studied using a diamond shape cycle from 600 to 1,100 C. Comparison with bare specimens does not show any significant difference in thermal-mechanical fatigue nor in isothermal low cycle fatigue at high temperature. Metallographic observations on fracture surfaces and longitudinal sections of specimens tested to fatigue life or to a definite fraction of expected life have shown that the major crack tends to initiate from casting micropores in the sub-surface area very early in bare and coated specimens, under low cycle fatigue or thermal-mechanical fatigue. But the interaction between oxidation and fatigue cracking seems to play a major role. A simple model proposed by Reuchet and Remy has been identified for this single crystal superalloy. Its application to the life prediction under low cycle fatigue and thermal-mechanical fatigue for bare and coated single crystals with different orientations is shown.

  11. Numerical study of the effect of hydrogen on the crack propagation behavior of single crystal tungsten

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    Highlights: • Hydrogen facilitates dislocation emission from crack tip. • There are three mechanisms of hydrogen effect on crack propagation. • Hydrogen can either improve or reduce the ductility of single crystal tungsten. - Abstract: An atomic model of single crystal bcc tungsten containing a pre-existing crack was built and molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the crack propagation behavior with and without hydrogen atoms under uniaxial tensile load. Two kinds of crystal orientation were analyzed to study the effect of hydrogen on different crack propagation patterns. The results show that hydrogen can either improve or reduce the ductility of tungsten. High hydrogen concentration could result in the rearrangement of tungsten atoms ahead of the crack tip and reduce the stress concentration in the neighboring area around the crack tip. This will prevent the crack from propagation temporarily and therefore increase the fracture strain. Besides, hydrogen atoms can also facilitate the dislocation emission from the crack tip, which is accompanied by a larger plastic deformation. Both the mechanisms improve the ductility of tungsten. However, a void could be nucleated in a local hydrogen-rich area under tensile load. Its growth and link-up with the main crack will accelerate the crack propagation and speedup the fracture process, which diminishes the ductility of tungsten

  12. Effects of Polymeric Additives on the Crystallization and Release Behavior of Amorphous Ibuprofen

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Some polymeric additives were studied to understand their effects on the amorphous phase of ibuprofen (IBU, used as a poorly water soluble pharmaceutical model compound. The amorphous IBU in bulk, as well as in nanopores (diameter ~24 nm of anodic aluminum oxide, was examined with the addition of poly(acrylic acid, poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone, or poly(4-vinylphenol. Results of bulk crystallization showed that they were effective in limiting the crystal growth, while the nucleation of the crystalline phase in contact with water was nearly instantaneous in all cases. Poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone, the most effective additive, was in specific interaction with IBU, as revealed by IR spectroscopy. The addition of the polymers was combined with the nanoscopic confinement to further stabilize the amorphous phase. Still, the IBU with addition of polymeric additives showed sustained release behavior. The current study suggested that the inhibition of the crystal nucleation was probably the most important factor to stabilize the amorphous phase and fully harness its high solubility.

  13. Crystal structure and thermal behavior of a new cadmium indium oxalate

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    A new mixed metal oxalate Cd3In2(C2O4)6·9H2O, with an open-framework structure, has been prepared from a precipitation method at room temperature. Its crystal structure has been solved from single-crystal diffraction data. The compound crystallizes with space group P6422 and the cell parameters are a=8.566(5) A, c=37.811(5) A, V=2403(2) A3, and Z=3 (R1=0.036). The three-dimensional structure is built from three types of MO8 (M=Cd, In) polyhedra, i.e., triangular dodecahedra, bicapped trigonal prisms and an undefined distorted eight-fold cadmium polyhedron. Relationships with the structures of the related cadmium zirconium oxalates are discussed. The structure overview suggests the possibility to conceive new oxalate-based materials with open-framework structures. The thermal behavior of the new compound is described in details from temperature-dependent X-ray powder diffraction and thermogravimetry measurements. The dehydration process of the precursor is reversible in its stability temperature range. The final product consists of a mixture of nanocrystalline CdIn2O4 and the simple oxides

  14. Constitutive modeling of creep behavior in single crystal superalloys: Effects of rafting at high temperatures

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    Rafting and creep modeling of single crystal superalloys at high temperatures are important for the safety assessment and life prediction in practice. In this research, a new model has been developed to describe the rafting evolution and incorporated into the Cailletaud single crystal plasticity model to simulate the creep behavior. The driving force of rafting is assumed to be the relaxation of the strain energy, and it is calculated with the local stress state, a superposition of the external and misfit stress tensors. In addition, the isotropic coarsening is introduced by the cube root dependence of the microstructure periodicity on creep time based on Ostwal ripening. Then the influence of rafting on creep deformation is taken into account as the Orowan stress in the single crystal plasticity model. The capability of the proposed model is validated with creep experiments of CMSX-4 at 950 °C and 1050 °C. It is able to predict the rafting direction at complex loading conditions and evaluate the channel width during rafting. For [001] tensile creep tests, good agreement has been shown between the model predictions and experimental results at different temperatures and stress levels. The creep acceleration can be captured with this model and is attributed to the microstructure degradation caused by the precipitate coarsening

  15. Melting, crystallization and optical behaviors of poly (ethylene terephthalate)-silica/polystyrene nanocomposite films

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    Wu Tianbin [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 102249 (China); Ke Yangchuan [State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, 102249 (China)]. E-mail: kyc01@sohu.com

    2007-05-07

    Poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET)-silica (SiO{sub 2})/polystyrene (PS) nanocomposite films were prepared by melting PET with the core-shell SiO{sub 2}/PS nanoparticles. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results showed that the crystallization temperature of PET-SiO{sub 2}/PS nanocomposite films with 2 wt.% PS-encapsulated SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles reached 205.1 deg. C, 11.6 deg. C higher than that of PET. For crystallized PET-SiO{sub 2}/PS nanocomposite films, double melting peaks appeared in DSC curves similar to PET. Scanning electron microscopy revealed a netlike fibre morphology for the amorphous PET-SiO{sub 2}/PS nanocomposite films with 2 wt.% PS-encapsulated SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The light transmittance of these amorphous PET-SiO{sub 2}/PS nanocomposite films reached 87.9%, compared to 84.2% for PET. With the increase of annealing temperature from 110 to 150 deg. C, the transmittance of PET-SiO{sub 2}/PS nanocomposite films decreased slowly from 69.9 to 46.9%, while their haziness increased slightly from 45.8 to 48.2%. All these phenomena are suggested to result from the strongly heterogeneous nucleation of PS-encapsulated SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in PET.

  16. Phase equilibrium, crystallization behavior and thermodynamic studies of (m-dinitrobenzene + vanillin) eutectic system

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    Graphical abstract: The phase diagram of (m-dinitrobenzene + vanillin) system. - Highlights: • (Thaw + melt) method has shown that (m-dinitrobenzene + vanillin) system forms simple eutectic type phase diagram. • Excess thermodynamic functions showed that eutectic mixture is non-ideal. • The flexural strength measurements have shown that in eutectic mixture, crystallization occurs in an ordered way. - Abstract: The phase diagram of (m-dinitrobenzene + vanillin) system has been studied by the thaw melt method and an eutectic type phase diagram was obtained. The linear velocities of crystallization of the parent components and the eutectic mixture were determined. The enthalpy of fusion of the components and the eutectic mixture were determined using the differential scanning calorimetric technique. Excess Gibbs energy, excess entropy, excess enthalpy of mixing, and interfacial energy have been calculated. FTIR spectroscopic studies and flexural strength measurements were also made. The results have shown that the eutectic is a non-ideal mixture of the two components. On the basis of Jackson’s roughness parameter, it is predicted that the eutectic has faceted morphology

  17. Partially transformed relaxor ferroelectric single crystals with distributed phase transformation behavior

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    Gallagher, John A.

    2015-11-01

    Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals such as PMN-PT and PIN-PMN-PT undergo field driven phase transformations when electrically or mechanically loaded in crystallographic directions that provide a positive driving force for the transformation. The observed behavior in certain compositions is a phase transformation distributed over a range of fields without a distinct forward or reverse coercive field. This work focuses on the material behavior that is observed when the crystals are loaded sufficiently to drive a partial transformation and then unloaded, as might occur when driving a transducer to achieve high power levels. Distributed transformations have been modeled using a normal distribution of transformation thresholds. A set of experiments was conducted to characterize the hysteresis loops that occur with the partial transformations. In this work the normal distribution model is extended to include the partial transformations that occur when the field is reversed before the transformation is complete. The resulting hysteresis loops produced by the model are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  18. Effect of metal vaporization behavior on keyhole-mode surface morphology of selective laser melted composites using different protective atmospheres

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    Dai, Donghua; Gu, Dongdong

    2015-11-01

    A selective laser melting (SLM) physical model of the change from heat conduction to keyhole-mode process is proposed, providing the transformation of the thermal behavior in the SLM process. Both thermo-capillary force and recoil pressure, which are the major driving forces for the molten flow, are incorporated in the formulation. The effect of the protective atmosphere on the thermal behavior, molten pool dynamics, velocity field of the evaporation material and resultant surface morphology has been investigated. It shows that the motion direction of the evaporation material plays a crucial role in the formation of the terminally solidified surface morphology of the SLM-processed part. For the application of N2 protective atmosphere, the evaporation material has a tendency to encounter in the frontier of the laser scan direction, resulting in the stack of molten material and the attendant formation of humps in the top surface. As Ar protective atmosphere is used, the vector direction of the evaporation material is typically upwards, leading to a uniform recoil pressure forced on the free surface and the formation of fine and flat melt pool surface. The surface quality and morphology are experimentally acquired, which are in a good agreement with the results predicted by simulation.

  19. Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} single crystals: Physical properties and mechanical behavior

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    Chu, F.; Thoma, D.J.; McClellan, K.J.; Peralta, P.

    1998-12-01

    The materials processing, physical properties and mechanical behavior of an ultra-high temperature structural silicide, Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, have been studied. High purity single crystals of Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} have been synthesized by both optical floating zone and Czochralski methods. The thermal and elastic properties of the MO{sub 5}Si{sub 3} single crystals were experimentally measured. Results show that Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} has significant thermal expansion anisotropy along the a and c directions with {alpha}{sub c}/{alpha}{sub a} = 2.2. Single crystal elastic moduli of Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} indicate that it has less elastic anisotropy and lower shear moduli than transition metal disilicides. Tensile stresses of up to 1.8 GPa can develop at grain boundaries after cooling from the melting point due to the thermal expansion mismatch in Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, causing grain boundary cracking during processing of polycrystals. Room temperature Vickers indentation tests on (100) and (001) planes have been performed with different indenter diagonal orientations. The orientation dependence of hardness and fracture toughness of Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} single crystals have been obtained. The corresponding deformation and fracture modes have been revealed by microscopy studies. A comparison of Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} with other high temperature structural silicides, e.g., C11{sub b} and C40 transition metal disilicides, is discussed.

  20. A lifelong Odyssey: from structural and morphological engineering of functional solids to bio-chirogenisis and pathological crystallization

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    Lahav, Meir; Leiserowitz, Leslie

    2015-11-01

    This cooperative endeavour first describes early studies in chemical crystallography, encompassing molecular packing modes, characterization of weak hydrogen bonds, the engineering of functional crystals and monitoring of reaction pathways in molecular crystals by x-ray and neutron diffraction. With the design of ‘tailor-made’ auxiliary molecules, it became possible to correlate molecular enantiomerism and crystal enantiomorphism, to control the early stages of crystal nucleation, to resolve enantiomers by crystallization, induce the precipitation of metastable polymorphs, and shed light on the role played by solvent on crystal growth. With such auxiliaries, the structure of mixed crystals was revised and the ability to perform ‘absolute’ asymmetric synthesis in host centrosymmetric crystals demonstrated. With the introduction of grazing incidence synchrotron x-ray diffraction from liquid surfaces it also became possible to design and characterize crystalline thin film architectures at the air-water interface providing a general insight on the mechanism of crystal nucleation at the molecular level, in particular that of ice and cholesterol. Finally the collective knowhow from these studies were crucial for obtaining homochiral peptides prepared from the polymerization of racemates of amphiphilic amino acids dissolved in aqueous solution, and for experiments towards elucidating the pathological crystallization of cholesterol and the malaria pigment in Plasmodium-infected red blood cells.

  1. Crystal plasticity based finite element model for simulation of high temperature deformation behavior of Niobium based alloys for high temperature reactors

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    For structural components of compact high temperature reactors, Niobium based alloys are some of the candidate materials which are being studied extensively by various researchers. These alloys have excellent high temperature mechanical properties for temperature range as high as 1000 to 1300 deg. C. The NbZrC alloys form different types of carbides which impart high temperature strength to these alloys. The alloy also possesses good ductility at elevated temperatures. In order to understand the material deformation behavior of the alloy, a crystal plasticity based model has been used in simulation of material stress-strain curve at various elevated temperatures. It is very important to take into account of the underlying microstructure of the material in order to develop a reliable constitutive model for predicting the elevated temperature strength of these alloys. Crystal plasticity based models are suitable for this purpose as these take into account of the crystal orientations of different grains as well as the effect of various microstructural features on the onset of plasticity and plastic hardening mechanisms in these materials. However, it is computationally expensive to incorporate the explicit models of different features of the microstructure in a crystal plasticity based framework to simulate the response of the polycrystalline micro-structure of these alloys. The aim of this work is to develop a physically motivated multi-scale approach for simulation of response of these types of alloys. At the lower scale, i.e., at the grain level, the crystal plasticity model simulates the response of various types of microstructures (with different morphology of precipitates) within a single crystal. The microstructures are designed with various shapes and volume fractions of precipitates. The lower scale model is homogenized as a function of various microstructural parameters and the homogenized model is used at the polycrystalline level of crystal plasticity

  2. Effects of reinforcement morphology on the fatigue and fracture behavior of MoSi2/Nb composites

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    The results of a systematic study of the effects of reinforcement morphology on the fatigue and fracture behavior of MoSi2/Nb composites are discussed. These include experimental and analytical results obtained from studies of crack growth and crack-tip shielding mechanisms in composites reinforced with Nb particles, fibers and laminae. The crack-tip shielding contributions from crack bridging and crack-tip blunting in fiber-reinforced and laminated composites are analyzed using micromechanics models. Similarly, the toughening contributions from deflection by continuous tilting and twisting of cracks around the layered interfaces in particulate-reinforced composites are also assessed using fracture mechanics models. Linear superposition concepts are then used to obtain predictions of the overall toughening due to the different crack-tip shielding mechanisms. The paper highlights the need to control reinforcement morphology in the design of composites with improved fatigue and fracture resistance

  3. A glass-like behavior in the low-temperature specific heat is a natural property of any real crystal

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    Cano, A.; Levanyuk, A. P.; Minyukov, S. A.

    2007-01-01

    We provide a rigorous calculation of the free energy of a non-metallic crystal containing a small concentration of defects. The low-temperature leading contribution is found to be $\\propto T^2$. This further gives a linear-in-$T$ low-temperature specific heat as that exhibited by glasses. These results also show that, similarly to what happens in glasses, the long-wavelength spectrum of a nearly perfect crystal does not suffice to determine its low-temperature behavior.

  4. Thermal profiles, crystallization behaviors and microstructure of diacylglycerol-enriched palm oil blends with diacylglycerol-enriched palm olein.

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    Xu, Yayuan; Zhao, Xiaoqing; Wang, Qiang; Peng, Zhen; Dong, Cao

    2016-07-01

    To elucidate the possible interaction mechanisms between DAG-enriched oils, this study investigated how mixtures of DAG-enriched palm-based oils influenced the phase behavior, thermal properties, crystallization behaviors and the microstructure in binary fat blends. DAG-enriched palm oil (PO-DAGE) was blended with DAG-enriched palm olein (POL-DAGE) in various percentages (0%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, 90%, 100%). Based on the observation of iso-solid diagram and phase diagram, the binary mixture of PO-DAGE/POL-DAGE showed a better compatibility in comparison with their corresponding original blends. DSC thermal profiles exhibited that the melting and crystallization properties of PO-DAGE/POL-DAGE were distinctively different from corresponding original blends. Crystallization kinetics revealed that PO-DAGE/POL-DAGE blends displayed a rather high crystallization rate and exhibited no spherulitic crystal growth. From the results of polarized light micrographs, PO-DAGE/POL-DAGE blends showed more dense structure with very small needle-like crystals than PO/POL. X-ray diffraction evaluation revealed when POL-DAGE was added in high contents to PO-DAGE, above 30%, β-polymorph dominated, and the mount of β' forms crystals was decreasing. PMID:26920306

  5. Magnetostrictive behaviors of Fe-Si(001) single-crystal films under rotating magnetic fields

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    Kawai, Tetsuroh; Aida, Takuya; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2015-05-01

    Magnetostrictive behaviors under rotating magnetic fields are investigated for bcc(001) single-crystal films of Fe100-x-Six(x = 0, 6, 10 at. %). The magnetostriction observation directions are along bcc[100] and bcc[110] of the films. The magnetostriction waveform varies greatly depending on the observation direction. For the observation along [100], the magnetostriction waveform of all the films is bathtub-like and the amplitude stays at almost constant even when the magnetic field is increased up to the anisotropy field. On the other hand, the waveform along [110] is triangular and the amplitude increases with increasing magnetic field up to the anisotropy field and then saturates. In addition, the waveform of Fe90Si10 film is distorted triangular when the applied magnetic fields are less than its anisotropy field. These magnetostrictive behaviors under rotating magnetic fields are well explained by employing a proposed modified coherent rotation model where the anisotropy field and the magnetization reversal field are determined by using measured magnetization curves. The results show that magnetocrystalline anisotropy plays important role on magnetostrictive behavior under rotating magnetic fields.

  6. Low Field Electronic Behavior and Contact Impedance of Organic Single Crystal Transistors

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    Bittle, Emily; Basham, James; Jackson, Thomas; Jurchescu, Oana; Gundlach, David

    2015-03-01

    Organic electronic devices are attractive for a range of existing and emerging electronic applications. Most technological demonstrations of organic transistors rely on their large signal response for pixel control or logic. However, considerable application space requires analog circuits, e.g. distributed signal conditioning in sensor arrays. Charge transport and trapping mechanisms differ significantly in organic as compared to inorganic transistors, and as a result commonly used analogies to inorganic band transport theory can break down in response to small signal stimulus and at high frequencies required in some analog circuit applications. Therefore, a detailed investigation of organic transistor behavior at small signals is needed and is critical to developing design models for analog circuit applications. In this study, we look at the small signal AC impedance of small molecule, single crystal transistors to investigate ``ideal'' low field, high frequency electronic behavior. Using a transmission line model to fit the transistor channel coupled with a parallel resistor-capacitor model of the contact impedance, we are able to observe the behavior of the transistor channel and contacts separately at low field and high frequency. We determine the low field mobility of the device independent of contact resistance and show that rapidly changing contact resistance dominates the current flow at low gate voltage in DC current-voltage measurements.

  7. Anomalous magnetoresistance behavior of superconducting Nd2-xCexCuO4-y single crystal

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    Magnetoresistance measurements on a superconducting Nd2-xCexCuO4-y single crystal with Tc∼7 K were made with magnetic fields H applied parallel (H parallel c) and perpendicular (H perpendicular to c) to the tetragonal c-axis. For H parallel c, the resistive superconductive transition curves exhibit a double transition at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. This double resistive transition has a maximum near T∼1.1 K, followed by an extremely sharp transition into the superconducting state. For applied fields of 1 kOe, the resistivity first goes to zero, increases again to a finite value and then goes through a second transition. In this region, the resistivity exhibits non-ohmic behavior for low current densities and ohmic behavior for larger measuring currents. The resistivity for H perpendicular to c does not exhibit any anomalous behavior or a maximum for 0≤H≤60 kOe and 4 K≤T≤7 K. ((orig.))

  8. Robustness of the periodic and chaotic orientational behavior of tumbling nematic liquid crystals.

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    Heidenreich, Sebastian; Ilg, Patrick; Hess, Siegfried

    2006-06-01

    The dynamical behavior of molecular alignment strongly affects physical properties of nematic liquid crystals. A theoretical description can be made by a nonlinear relaxation equation of the order parameter and leads to the prediction that rather complex even chaotic orientational behavior occur. Here the influence of fluctuating shear rates on the orientational dynamics especially on chaotic solutions is discussed. With the help of phase portraits and time evolution diagrams, we investigated the influence of different fluctuation strengths on the flow aligned, isotropic, and periodic solutions. To explore the effect of fluctuations on the chaotic behavior, we calculated the largest Lyapunov exponent for different fluctuation strengths. We found in all cases that small fluctuations of the shear rate do not affect the basic features of the dynamics of tumbling nematics. Furthermore, we present an amended potential modeling the isotropic to nematic transition and discuss the equivalence and difference to the commonly used Landau-de Gennes potential. In contrast to the Landau-de Gennes potential, our potential has the advantage to restrict the order parameter to physically admissible values. In the case of extensional flow, we show that the amended potential leads for increasing extensional rate to a better agreement with experimental results. PMID:16906852

  9. Robustness of the periodic and chaotic orientational behavior of tumbling nematic liquid crystals

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    The dynamical behavior of molecular alignment strongly affects physical properties of nematic liquid crystals. A theoretical description can be made by a nonlinear relaxation equation of the order parameter and leads to the prediction that rather complex even chaotic orientational behavior occur. Here the influence of fluctuating shear rates on the orientational dynamics especially on chaotic solutions is discussed. With the help of phase portraits and time evolution diagrams, we investigated the influence of different fluctuation strengths on the flow aligned, isotropic, and periodic solutions. To explore the effect of fluctuations on the chaotic behavior, we calculated the largest Lyapunov exponent for different fluctuation strengths. We found in all cases that small fluctuations of the shear rate do not affect the basic features of the dynamics of tumbling nematics. Furthermore, we present an amended potential modeling the isotropic to nematic transition and discuss the equivalence and difference to the commonly used Landau-de Gennes potential. In contrast to the Landau-de Gennes potential, our potential has the advantage to restrict the order parameter to physically admissible values. In the case of extensional flow, we show that the amended potential leads for increasing extensional rate to a better agreement with experimental results

  10. Structure, morphology and optical behavior of Ni1-xCoxO thin films prepared by a modified sol-gel method

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    Alshahrie, Ahmed

    2016-08-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni1-xCoxO thin films (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) have been prepared on glass substrates using sol-gel/spin-coating technique. The effect of the concentration of cobalt ions on the structure, morphology and optical behavior of the doped NiO thin films are investigated by the X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and spectrophotometer. All films showed a single phase face centered cubic structure, implying the complete solubility of the Co ions into the NiO cubic crystal up to 40 at.%, for the first time. The texture coefficient revealed that the Co ions tend to force the NiO grains to grow along (200) direction. The Raman spectroscopy showed one longitudinal optical phonon mode (LO) at 518 cm-1 and two longitudinal optical phonons mode (2LO) at 1070 cm-1. The decrease of the intensity and the shift of the peak position of the two modes, indicating the scattering contribution of the LO-mode outside the center of Brillouin zone and the creation of oxygen vacancies due to the incorporated Co ions into the NiO cubic crystals. The Ni1-xCoxO thin films have shown high optical transparency around 80%. A decrease of the band gap energy of the NiO films from 3.69 eV to 3.41 eV was observed when the concentration of Co ions increased to 10 at.%, followed by an increase to 3.58 eV as the Co ions concentration increased to 40 at.%. The high optical conductivity and low dissipation factor of the developed Ni1-xCoxO thin films will open a new avenue for future applications in the optoelectronic devices such as reflectance mirror and display light shutter.

  11. Characterization of morphology and component of struvite pellets crystallized from sludge dewatering liquor: Effects of total suspended solid and phosphate concentrations.

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    Ping, Qian; Li, Yongmei; Wu, Xinghai; Yang, Lu; Wang, Lin

    2016-06-01

    A lab-scale struvite pellet crystallization system was used to study phosphorus (P) removal and recovery from sludge dewatering liquor (SDL). Influences of total suspended solids (TSS) and phosphate concentrations on P removal as well as the size, morphology, purity, and components of struvite pellets were investigated. The increase in TSS concentration resulted in not only the decreases in phosphate removal efficiency and struvite purity but also the irregular pellet morphology and broken struvite crystals. Increasing inlet PO4-P concentration enhanced PO4-P removal, average struvite pellet diameter, purity and crystal volume growth rate. Amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), calcite, brucite and magnesium phosphate were formed as co-precipitates with struvite. However, species and quantity of co-precipitates could be variable. More calcium precipitates were easily formed at lower PO4-P concentration (48mg/L), while brucite was the main co-precipitate at higher PO4-P concentration (151mg/L). Organic compounds were involved in struvite pellets along with suspended solids during the formation of struvite. Higher TSS concentration resulted in both more species and higher contents of organic compounds in struvite pellets. Therefore, it is essential to remove suspended solids in advance so as to obtain high P-removal and harvest high-quality struvite pellets. PMID:26947188

  12. Electron microscopy observations of surface morphologies and particle arrangement behaviors of magnetic fluids

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    SHEN; Hui; (沈辉); XU; Xueqing; (徐雪青); WANG; Wei; (王伟)

    2003-01-01

    The surface morphology of quasi-periodic stripe-shaped patterns of magnetite fluids was observed in applied perpendicular magnetic fields by means of scanning electron microscopy. The nanoparticles of the magnetite fluids are arranged in oriental quasilinear chains in applied perpendicular magnetic fields as observed using transmission electron microscopy. This arrangement results from particle-particle interactions and particle-carrier liquids interactions, which are eventually controlled by the magnetic fields distribution.

  13. Thermal, mechanical and morphological behavior of starch thermoplastic (TPS) and polycaprolactone (PCL)

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    Thermal, mechanical and morphological properties of thermoplastic starch (TPS) and polycaprolactone (PCL) blend obtained by extrusion was studied. The results showed that TPS/PCL blends are immiscible, however it is suggested some interaction in the interphase between TPS and PCL as observed by crystallinity decrease of the blend. The PCL addition in the TPS improves the properties and decreases the cost of the blend. (author)

  14. Activin-receptor signaling regulates cocaine-primed behavioral and morphological plasticity

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    Gancarz, Amy M.; Wang, Zi-Jun; Schroeder, Gabrielle L.; Damez-Werno, Diane; Braunscheidel, Kevin; Mueller, Lauren E.; Monica S Humby; Caccamise, Aaron; Martin, Jennifer A.; Dietz, Karen C.; Neve, Rachael L; Dietz, David M.

    2015-01-01

    Cocaine addiction is a life-long relapsing disorder that results from long-term adaptations within the brain. We find that Activin-receptor signaling, including the transcription factor Smad3, is upregulated in the rat nucleus accumbens shell following withdrawal from cocaine. Direct genetic and pharmacological manipulations of this pathway bidirectionally alter cocaine seeking, while governing morphological plasticity in nucleus accumbens neurons. These findings reveal that Activin/Smad3 sig...

  15. Morphogenesis and Chain Behaviors Related to Crystallization in Ultrathin Polymer Films%聚合物超薄膜结晶相关的形貌形成及链行为

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    王命泰; Hans-Georg Braun; Evelyn Meyer; 朱俊

    2006-01-01

    聚合物超薄膜结晶是高分子物理领域的一个新研究课题,近来已引起人们的关注,其为人们在真实时空下研究聚合物结晶及相关链行为提供了可能.聚合物超薄膜结晶与膜厚(D)有很强的相关性,尤其是D<20nm的薄膜在结晶形貌和结晶动力学方面与本体结晶差别很大.已有的结果主要集中在结晶形貌、晶体尺寸、晶体生长速度和习性、晶体的熔融和结晶度等方面,涉及温度、膜厚、基片性质和膜的组成和结构对结晶的影响;然而,有些实验结果和解释彼此不完全一致,甚至有时相互矛盾.本文综述和讨论了近年来在超薄膜结晶方面的研究,重点在于结晶形貌的形成和相关的聚合物链行为.%As a new and intriguing topic in polymer physics, the crystallization in ultrathin films has received a considerable attention in recent years, and it has provided opportunities for studying polymer crystallization and related chain behaviors in real space and time. The crystallization in ultrathin polymer films depends strongly on film thickness (D), particularly those with D<20 nm exhibit a great deviation from bulk crystallization both in crystalline morphology and crystallization kinetics. The accumulated studies mainly focus on the morphology, crystal dimensions, crystal growth rate and habit,crystal melting and crystallinity etc., involving the influences of temperature, film thickness, chemical property of substrate, and film composition and structure on the crystallization; however, some experimental results and interpretations are not completely consistent with each other, and even contradictory sometimes. In the present paper, the recent activities related to the crystallization in ultrathin polymer films are reviewed and discussed, with emphasis upon the morphogenesis of crystallization and related chain behaviors.

  16. Behavior of nickel-base superalloy single crystals under thermal-mechanical fatigue

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    Fleury, E.; Rémy, L.

    1994-12-01

    The thermal-mechanical fatigue behavior of AM1 nickel-base superalloy single crystals is studied using a cycle from 600 °C to 1100 °C. It is found to be strongly dependent on crystallo-graphic orientation, which leads to different shapes of the stress-strain hysteresis loops. The cyclic stress-strain response is influenced by variation in Young’s modulus, flow stress, and cyclic hardening with temperature for every crystallographic orientation. The thermalmechanical fatigue life is mainly spent in crack growth. Two main crack-initiation mechanisms occur, depending on the mechanical strain range. Oxidation-induced cracking is the dominant damage mechanism in the lifetime of interest for turbine blades.

  17. Behavior of nickel-base superalloy single crystals under thermal-mechanical fatigue

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    Fleury, E.: Remy, L. (Ecole des Mines de Paris (France). Centre des Materiaux)

    1994-01-01

    The thermal-mechanical fatigue behavior of AM1 nickel-base superalloy single crystals is studied using a cycle from 600[degree]C to 1,100[degree]C. It is found to be strongly dependent on crystallographic orientation, which leads to different shapes of the stress-strain hysteresis loops. The cyclic stress-strain response is influenced by variation in Young's modulus, flow stress, and cyclic hardening with temperature for every crystallographic orientation. The thermal-mechanical fatigue life is mainly spent in crack growth. Two main crack-initiation mechanisms occur, depending on the mechanical strain range. Oxidation-induced cracking is the dominant damage mechanism in the lifetime of interest for turbine blades.

  18. Crystallization behaviors of Ga30Sb70/GeTe nanocomposite multilayer thin films

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    He, Zifang; Feng, Xiaoyi; Liu, RuiRui; Zhai, Jiwei; Changzhou, Wang

    2016-05-01

    The multi-step phase change behaviors in Ga30Sb70/GeTe (GS/GT) nanocomposite multilayer films are investigated through in situ film resistance and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analyses of XRD and TEM indicate that the multi-step phase change in GS/GT films results from its unique crystallization mechanism (amorphous-mix crystalline–crystalline). What is more, for single period samples, the thickness of each layer has an obvious influence on multi-step transition performance. In terms of [GS(a nm)/GT(a nm)]1 film configuration, the optimized thickness of each layer should be in the range 50–100 nm. Above all, GS/GT nanocomposite thin films with one period harbor great potential for high-density phase change random access memory applications.

  19. Crystal-structure dependent domain-switching behavior in BaTiO3 ceramic

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    Crystal-structure dependent dynamic scaling behavior was investigated for BaTiO3 ceramic. The scaling relation of the form 〈 A〉∝fmE0n, (where 〈 A 〉 is the area under the hysteresis loop, while f and E 0 represent the frequency and amplitude of the applied electric field signal) was used to determine the values of parameters m and n at various temperatures in the range of −90 °C to 170 °C. The variations in the values of parameters m and n with temperature are explained in terms of the effect of the crystallographic nature of BaTiO3. The values of parameters m and n obtained for the paraelectric regime suggest that the hysteresis in the P–E (polarization–electric field) loops is related to the dielectric loss rather than any domain-related phenomenon. (paper)

  20. Crack growth behavior of SRR99 single crystal superalloy under thermal fatigue

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    LIU Yuan; YU Jinjiang; XU Yan; SUN Xiaofeng; GUAN Hengrong; HU Zhuangqi

    2008-01-01

    The thermal fatigue behavior of a single crystal superalloy SRR99 was investigated.Specimens with V-type notch were tested at the peak temperatures of 900,1000,and 1100℃.The crack growth curves as a function of the number of cycles were plotted.With the increase of peak temperature,the crack initiation life was shortened dramatically.Through optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation,it was found that multiple small cracks nucleated at the notch tip region but only one or two of them continued to develop in the following thermal cycles.The primary cracks generally propagated along a preferential direction.Microstructure changes after thermal fatigue were also discussed on the basis of SEM observation.

  1. Observation of adsorption behavior of biomolecules on ferroelectric crystal surfaces with polarization domain patterns

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    Nakayama, Tomoaki; Isobe, Akiko; Ogino, Toshio

    2016-08-01

    Lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) is one of the ferroelectric crystals that exhibit spontaneous polarization domain patterns on its surface. We observed the polarization-dependent adsorption of avidin molecules, which are positively charged in a buffer solution at pH 7.0, on LiTaO3 surfaces caused by electrostatic interaction at an electrostatic double layer using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Avidin adsorption in the buffer solution was confirmed by scratching the substrate surfaces using the AFM cantilever, and the adsorption patterns were found to depend on the avidin concentration. When KCl was added to the buffer solution to weaken the electrostatic double layer interaction between avidin molecules and LiTaO3 surfaces, adsorption domain patterns disappeared. From the comparison between the adsorption and chemically etched domain patterns, it was found that avidin molecule adsorption is enhanced on negatively polarized domains, indicating that surface polarization should be taken into account in observing biomolecule behaviors on ferroelectric crystals.

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Behavior of 2d Hybrid Coordination Polymer

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    Fan, Weiqiang; Zhu, Lin; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Fuxiao; Bai, Hongye; Song, Shuyan; Yan, Yongsheng

    2013-06-01

    A novel metal-organic coordination polymer [Cu(phen)(L)0.5(H2O)]n (H4L = (N,N‧-5,5‧-bis(isophthalic acid)-p-xylylenediamine, and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TGA, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystallographic data show that the title compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 10.682(2), b = 15.682(3), c = 11.909(2) Å, β = 91.39(3)°, V = 1994.3(7) Å3, C24H17CuN3O5, Mr = 490.95, Dc = 1.635 g/cm3, F(000) = 1004, Z = 4, μ(MoKα) = 1.141 mm-1, the final R = 0.0418 and wR = 0.0983 for 3578 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). The structural analyses reveal that the title compound exhibits shows a 2D layer structure, which are further linked by hydrogen bonding interactions to form a three-dimensional supramolecular network. In addition, the thermal stability and electrochemical behavior of title compound has been studied. CCDC: 900413.

  3. Morphological effect on the mechanical behavior of a two-phase Ti3Al-Nb alloy

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    A study has been made on the deformation and fracture behavior of a two-phase (α2 + β) Ti3Al-Nb alloy, with particular emphasis on the effect of morphologies. The coarse colony structure obtained by continuously annealing in the two-phase region directly from the β region results in poor elongation ductility. The fine colony structure obtained by two-phase annealing the β-quenched specimen also results in poor elongation ductility. However, upon obtaining fine equiaxed or basket-weave structures by following different transformation paths, improvements occur in elongation ductility without any sacrifice in strength. For the fine equiaxed structure, maximum elongation is obtained at the intermediate volume fraction of α2 while for the basket-weave structure, an increase in the volume fraction of α2 increases the elongation. Detailed fracture analysis shows that different fracture mechanisms operate for different morphologies, and the critical microstructural unit for arresting fracture also varies, depending on the morphologies

  4. The Relationships between Morphological Characteristics and Foraging Behavior in Four Selected Species of Shorebirds and Water Birds Utilizing Tropical Mudflats

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    Nor Atiqah Norazlimi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A study was conducted to investigate the relationship between the physical morphology of shorebirds and water birds (i.e., Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus, Common redshank (Tringa totanus, Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus, and Little heron (Butorides striata and their foraging behavior in the mudflats area of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, from August 2013 to July 2014 by using direct observation techniques (using binoculars and a video recorder. The actively foraging bird species were watched, and their foraging activities were recorded for at least 30 seconds for up to a maximum of five minutes. A Spearman Rank Correlation highlighted a significant relationship between bill size and foraging time (R=0.443, p<0.05, bill size and prey size (R=-0.052, p<0.05, bill size and probing depth (R=0.42, p=0.003, and leg length and water/mud depth (R=0.706, p<0.005. A Kruskal-Wallis Analysis showed a significant difference between average estimates of real probing depth of the birds (mm and species (H=15.96, p=0.0012. Three foraging techniques were recorded: pause-travel, visual-feeding, and tactile-hunting. Thus, morphological characteristics of bird do influence their foraging behavior and strategies used when foraging.

  5. The Relationships between Morphological Characteristics and Foraging Behavior in Four Selected Species of Shorebirds and Water Birds Utilizing Tropical Mudflats.

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    Norazlimi, Nor Atiqah; Ramli, Rosli

    2015-01-01

    A study was conducted to investigate the relationship between the physical morphology of shorebirds and water birds (i.e., Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), Common redshank (Tringa totanus), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), and Little heron (Butorides striata)) and their foraging behavior in the mudflats area of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia, from August 2013 to July 2014 by using direct observation techniques (using binoculars and a video recorder). The actively foraging bird species were watched, and their foraging activities were recorded for at least 30 seconds for up to a maximum of five minutes. A Spearman Rank Correlation highlighted a significant relationship between bill size and foraging time (R = 0.443, p water/mud depth (R = 0.706, p < 0.005). A Kruskal-Wallis Analysis showed a significant difference between average estimates of real probing depth of the birds (mm) and species (H = 15.96, p = 0.0012). Three foraging techniques were recorded: pause-travel, visual-feeding, and tactile-hunting. Thus, morphological characteristics of bird do influence their foraging behavior and strategies used when foraging. PMID:26345324

  6. Fungal morphology and fragmentation behavior in a fed-batch Aspergillus oryzae fermentation at the production scale.

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    Li, Z J; Shukla, V; Fordyce, A P; Pedersen, A G; Wenger, K S; Marten, M R

    2000-11-01

    It is well known that high-viscosity fermentation broth can lead to mixing and oxygen mass transfer limitations. The seemingly obvious solution for this problem is to increase agitation intensity. In some processes, this has been shown to damage mycelia, affect morphology, and decrease product expression. However, in other processes increased agitation shows no effect on productivity. While a number of studies discuss morphology and fragmentation at the laboratory and pilot scale, there are relatively few publications available for production-scale fungal fermentations. The goal of this study was to assess morphology and fragmentation behavior in large-scale, fed-batch, fungal fermentations used for the production of protein. To accomplish this, a recombinant strain of Aspergillus oryzae was grown in 80 m(3) fermentors at two different gassed, impeller power-levels (one 50% greater than the other). Impeller power is reported as energy dissipation/circulation function (EDCF) and was found to have average values of 29.3 +/- 1.0 and 22.0 +/- 0.3 kW m(-3) s(-1) at high and low power levels, respectively. In all batches, biomass concentration profiles were similar and specific growth rate was batches, respectively. At the end of each batch, clumps accounted for only 25% of fungal biomass, most of which existed as small, sparsely branched, free hyphal elements. In all batches, fragmentation was found to dominate fungal growth and branching. We speculate that this behavior was due to slow growth of the culture during this fed-batch process. PMID:10992234

  7. Morphological Behavior of Lipid Bilayers Induced by Melittin near the Phase Transition Temperature

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    Toraya, Shuichi; Nagao, Takashi; Norisada, Kazushi; Tuzi, Satoru; Saitô, Hazime; Izumi, Shunsuke; Naito, Akira

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    Morphological changes of DMPC, DLPC, and DPPC bilayers containing melittin (lecithin/melittin molar ratio of 10:1) around the gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transition temperatures (Tc) were examined by a variety of biophysical methods. First, giant vesicles with the diameters of ∼20 μm were observed by optical microscopy for melittin-DMPC bilayers at 27.9°C. When the temperature was lowered to 24.9°C (Tc = 23°C for the neat DMPC bilayers), the surface of vesicles became blurred and dynamic ...

  8. Mineralogy, morphology and crystal-chemistry of the monazite from Catalao 1 (Goias, Brazil); Mineralogia, morfologia e cristaloquimica da monazita de Catalao 1 (Goias, Brazil)

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    Toledo, Maria Cristina Motta de; Oliveira, Sonia Maria Barros de; Ferrari, Viviane Carillo [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias]. E-mails: mcristol@usp.br; vferrari@usp.br; Fontan, Francois; Parseval, Philippe de [Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France). Lab. Mineralogie et Cristallographie]. E-mails: fontan@cict.fr; parseval@insatlse.fr

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    The Catalao alkaline carbonatite complex hosts a number of mineral resources including monazite. This mineral is a common accessory phase in two lithological units: carbonatite and silexite. Textural evidence suggest that monazite replaced carbonates in the carbonatite and crystallized simultaneously with quartz in the silexite. Monazite was resistant to the strong laterization that affected the massif, except for the incipient transformation into gorceixite or cerianite. In both carbonatite and silexite, monazite occurs as a complex aggregate of sub-micrometric crystals, showing unusual morphological and chemical characteristics. It contains Ca, Sr, and Ba in the A-site, and shows a certain degree of hydration indicated by ATD and IV data. Structural formulae calculated on the basis of sum of cations=1 show a moderate ionic deficiency in the anionic site. Rietveld refinement indicated poor crystallinity. Notwithstanding these peculiar characteristics, cell dimensions are similar to those of standard monazite. (author)

  9. Controlling morphology and crystallite size of Cu(In0.7Ga0.3)Se2 nano-crystals synthesized using a heating-up method

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    Hsu, Wei-Hsiang; Hsiang, Hsing-I.; Chia, Chih-Ta; Yen, Fu-Su

    2013-12-01

    CuIn0.7Ga0.3Se2(CIGS) nano-crystals were successfully synthesized via a heating-up process. The non-coordinating solvent (1-octadecene) and selenium/cations ratio effects on the crystalline phase and crystallite size of CIGS nano-crystallites were investigated. It was observed that the CIGS nano-crystallite morphology changed from sheet into spherical shape as the amount of 1-octadecene addition was increased. CIGS nano-crystals were obtained in 9-20 nm sizes as the selenium/cations ratio increased. These results suggest that the monomer reactivity in the solution can be adjusted by changing the solvent type and selenium/cations ratio, hence affecting the crystallite size and distribution.

  10. Crystallization Behavior of Amorphous Si3N4 and Particle Size Control of the Crystallized α-Si3N4.

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    Chung, Yong-Kwon; Kim, Shin-A; Koo, Jae-Hong; Oh, Hyeon-Cheol; Chi, Eun-Ok; Hahn, Jee-Hyun; Park, Chan

    2016-05-01

    Amorphous silicon nitride powder prepared by low-temperature vapor-phase reaction was heat treated at various temperatures for different periods of time to examine the crystallization behavior. The effects of the heat-treatment temperature and duration on the degree of crystallization were investigated along with the effect of the heat-up rate on the particle size, and its distribution, of the crystallized α-phase silicon nitride powder. A phase transition from amorphous to α-phase occurred at a temperature above 1400 degrees C. The crystallization. process was completed after heat treatment at 1500 degrees C for 3 h or at 1550 degrees C for 1 h. The crystallization process starts at the surface of the amorphous particle: while the outer regions of the particle become crystalline, the inner part remains amorphous. The re-arrangement of the Si and N atoms on the surface of the amorphous particle leads to the formation of hexagonal crystals that are separated from the host amorphous particle. The particle size and size distribution can be controlled by varying the heat-treatment profile (namely, the heat-treatment temperature, heating rate, and heating duration at the specified temperature), which can be used to control the relative extent of the nucleation and growth. The completion of most of the nucleation process by lowering the heat-up rate can be used to achieve a singlet particle size distribution. Bimodal particle size distribution can be achieved by fast heat-up during the crystallization process. PMID:27483939

  11. Thermally sensitive block copolymer particles prepared via aerosol flow reactor method: Morphological characterization and behavior in water.

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    Nykänen, Antti; Rahikkala, Antti; Hirvonen, Sami-Pekka; Aseyev, Vladimir; Tenhu, Heikki; Mezzenga, Raffaele; Raula, Janne; Kauppinen, Esko; Ruokolainen, Janne

    2012-10-23

    This work describes properties of thermo-sensitive submicron sized particles having the same chemical composition but different morphologies. These particles have been prepared with an aerosol technique using dimethylformamide solutions of linear polystyrene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-block-polystyrene, PS-b-PNIPAM-b-PS. The particles were characterized by cryo-electron microscopy, microcalorimetry, and light scattering. Block-copolymers self-assembled within the particles forming onion-like, gyroid-like, and spherical morphologies having poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) matrix and physically cross-linking polystyrene domains. The particles were dispersed in aqueous media and their behavior in water was studied both below and above the lower critical solution temperature of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). We found out that the particles with spherical and gyroid-like morphologies swell considerably in water at 20 °C, whereas at 40 °C the particles resemble more of those studied without water treatment. Light scattering experiments showed that the particles gradually aggregate and precipitate with time at 40 °C. Microcalorimetric studies revealed for all three studied morphologies that PNIPAM undergoes a two-step transition due to the different hydration levels of PNIPAM inside and outside the particles. Thicknesses of the PS and PNIPAM layers within the onion-like particles were analyzed using the TEM micrographs by fitting a model of electron density to the integrated electron intensity data. The surface layer of the particles was found out to be PNIPAM, which was supported by light scattering and microcalorimetry. It was also found out from the TEM micrograph analysis that the width of the outmost PS layer is considerably thinner than the one in the dry state prior to immersion in water, and a degradation scheme is proposed to explain these results. PMID:23150721

  12. Growth morphology of {l_brace}1 1 0{r_brace} faces of manganese mercury thiocyanate crystals investigated by atomic force microscopy

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    Geng, Y.L. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)]. E-mail: ylgeng@icm.sdu.edu.cn; Xu, D. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)]. E-mail: xdoffice@sdu.edu.cn; Wang, X.Q. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Du, W. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Liu, H.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Zhang, G.H. [State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

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    Atomic force microscopy is employed to investigate the surface morphology of the {l_brace}1 1 0{r_brace} faces of MMTC crystals grown at 40 deg. C at a supersaturation of {sigma} = 0.5. Growth hillocks generated by dislocation sources often appear in groups, which leads to faster growth of the local area and forming layers with large height difference up to 30 nm. Growth centers operate nearly equally during the growth process. Serried and sparse monolayer steps dominate alternately on the surface, which is thought to be distinct phenomenon of the two-metal-centered complex compounds family.

  13. Variations in ventral root axon morphology and locomotor behavior components across different inbred strains of mice

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    de Mooij-van Malsen, J. G.; Yu, K. L.; Veldman, H.; Oppelaar, H; van den Berg, L. H.; Olivier, B.; Kas, M. J. H.

    2009-01-01

    Locomotion is a complex behavior affected by many different brain- and spinal cord systems, as well as by variations in the peripheral nervous system. Recently, we found increased gene expression for EphA4, a gene intricately involved in motor neuron development, between high-active parental strain

  14. Crystallization behavior of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy annealed at 380℃

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    王焕荣; 叶以富; 闵光辉; 张均艳; 滕新营; 石志强

    2002-01-01

    Crystallization behavior of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy isothermally annealed at 380℃ was first investigated by employing the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It has been found that an exothermic peak appears in the DSC trace when the annealing time is about 17~18min, indicating a certain phase transformation occurs in the matrix of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy. Meanwhile, isothermal annealing experiments for amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy ranging from 360℃ to 400℃ with a temperature interval of 10℃ were also carried out, from which no exothermic reaction can be observed except for the case of 380℃. This behavior indicates that the phase transformation during isothermal annealing of amorphous Zr70Cu20Ni10 alloy is strongly temperature- and time-dependent. Further investigations are required to reveal the nature of such phenomenon.

  15. Tensile behaviors and deformation mechanisms of a nickel-base single crystal superalloy at different temperatures

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    The tensile behaviors of an experimental nickel-base single crystal superalloy have been studied from room temperature to 1100 °C. Obvious work hardening during the tensile tests from room temperature to 760 °C has been observed. In contrast, at 900 °C and 1000 °C only a slight work hardening occurs. Furthermore, by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the microstructures of the alloy after tensile tests at various temperatures have been investigated. Detailed analysis demonstrates the stacking faults (SFs) presented in the γ matrix at room temperature, 600 °C and 760 °C, which were seldom reported previously. These stacking faults are responsible for the appearance of stress jump (named steps) on the stress–strain curves. On the other hand, these stacking faults effectively prevent slipping of the dislocations and have a great contribution to work hardening. Apart from that, the stacking faults in γ' precipitates from room temperature to 900 °C have also been observed. The interfacial dislocation networks at 1000 °C and 1100 °C cause a weak resistance to the slip dislocations because of the high flow stress. The a/3<121> and a/2<011> type dislocations are of vital importance for plastic deformation and rupture of the experimental alloy. At last, the relation between deformation mechanisms and tensile behaviors has been reasonably explained

  16. Annealing Behavior of New Micro-defects in p-type Large-diameter CZ-Si Crystal

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    2000-01-01

    New types of defects in 15.24 cm diameter and 20.32 cm diameter Czochralski silicon crystals were found after SCI cleaning. Their annealing behavior was studied. It was suggested that these defects become larger during high temperature annealing and disappear by annealing at 1250℃.

  17. The thickness dependence of the crystallization behavior in sandwiched amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 thin films

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    Bai, G.; Li, R.; Xu, H. N.; Xia, Y. D.; Liu, Z. G.; Lu, H. M.; Yin, J.

    2011-12-01

    The thickness dependent crystallization behavior of thin amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5(GST) films sandwiched between different cladding materials has been investigated based on a thermodynamic model. It is revealed that there is a critical thickness below which the crystallization cannot occur. The critical thickness is determined by the energy difference Δγ between the crystalline GST/substrate interface energy and the amorphous GST/substrate interface energy, the melting enthalpy, and the mole volume. The calculated result is in good agreement with the experiments. Furthermore, the crystallization temperature is also affected by interface energy difference Δγ. Larger Δγ gives rise to a higher crystallization temperature, and vice versa. This impact becomes stronger as the film thickness is decreased.

  18. Poly (trimethylene) terephthalate/m-LLDPE blend nanocomposites: Evaluation of mechanical, thermal and morphological behavior

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    PTT/m-LLDPE blends and its nanocomposites were prepared using melt blending technique in a batch mixer. Organically modified nanoclays have been used as nanoscale reinforcement to prepare blend nanocomposites. Mechanical tests revealed optimum performance characteristics at PTT/m-LLDPE ratio of 70:30. Further, incorporation of nanoclays showed higher tensile strength and modulus in the blend nanocomposites as compared to optimized blend. The nanocomposites formation has been established through X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The thermal measurements have been carried out using DSC and TGA. DSC thermograms revealed a maximum increase in the crystallization temperature in the presence of clays in the blend system containing Cloisite 30B. TGA thermograms indicated that the thermal stability of the blend increases with the incorporation of nanoclays. DMA measurements reveal that the Cloisite 30B nanocomposite has maximum modulus as compared to other nanocomposites.

  19. Analysis of Crystallization Behavior of Mold Fluxes Containing TiO2 Using Single Hot Thermocouple Technique

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    Yun LEI; Bing XIE; Wen-hui MA

    2016-01-01

    The crystallization behavior of mold fluxes containing 0-8 mass% TiO 2 was investigated using the single hot thermocouple technique (SHTT)and X-ray diffraction (XRD)to study the possible effects on the coordination of heat transfer control and strand lubrication for casting crack-sensitive peritectic steels.Time-temperature-transforma-tion (TTT)and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT)curves were plotted using the data obtained from SHTT to characterize the crystallization of the mold fluxes.The results showed that crystallization of the mold fluxes during isothermal and non-isothermal processes was suppressed with TiO 2 addition.From the TTT curves,it could be seen that the incubation and growth time of crystallization increased significantly with TiO 2 addition.The CCT curves showed that the crystallization temperature initially decreased,and then suddenly increased with increasing the TiO 2 content.XRD analysis suggested the presence of cuspidine in the mold fluxes with lower TiO 2 content (< 4 mass%),while both perovskite and cuspidine were detected in the mold fluxes when the TiO 2 content was increased to 8 mass%.In addition,the growth mechanisms of the crystals changed during the isothermal crystallization process from interface-controlled growth to diffusion-controlled growth with increasing the TiO 2 content.

  20. Surfactant-induced morphology and thermal behavior of polymer layered silicate nanocomposites

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    Marras, S I [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Tsimpliaraki, A [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Zuburtikudis, I [Department of Industrial Design Engineering, TEI of Western Macedonia, 50100 Kozani (Greece); Panayiotou, C [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki (Greece)

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    Poly(L-lactic acid) nanocomposites were prepared by the addition of montmorillonite modified with various loadings of hexadecylammonium cation. The influence of alkylammonium on the morphology and surface charge of the clay was investigated by Xray diffraction (XRD) analysis and electrokinetic measurements, respectively. The structural characteristics of the inorganic-organic hybrids were studied by XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Thermal analysis was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) under constant nitrogen flow and under air. The results showed that high concentration of surfactant present in the clay greatly increases clay's dispersibility into the matrix and this substantially improves the thermal stability of the pristine polymer.

  1. Bortezomib-induced painful peripheral neuropathy: an electrophysiological, behavioral, morphological and mechanistic study in the mouse.

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    Valentina A Carozzi

    Full Text Available Bortezomib is the first proteasome inhibitor with significant antineoplastic activity for the treatment of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma as well as other hematological and solid neoplasms. Peripheral neurological complications manifesting with paresthesias, burning sensations, dysesthesias, numbness, sensory loss, reduced proprioception and vibratory sensitivity are among the major limiting side effects associated with bortezomib therapy. Although bortezomib-induced painful peripheral neuropathy is clinically easy to diagnose and reliable models are available, its pathophysiology remains partly unclear. In this study we used well-characterized immune-competent and immune-compromised mouse models of bortezomib-induced painful peripheral neuropathy. To characterize the drug-induced pathological changes in the peripheral nervous system, we examined the involvement of spinal cord neuronal function in the development of neuropathic pain and investigated the relevance of the immune response in painful peripheral neuropathy induced by bortezomib. We found that bortezomib treatment induced morphological changes in the spinal cord, dorsal roots, dorsal root ganglia (DRG and peripheral nerves. Neurophysiological abnormalities and specific functional alterations in Aδ and C fibers were also observed in peripheral nerve fibers. Mice developed mechanical allodynia and functional abnormalities of wide dynamic range neurons in the dorsal horn of spinal cord. Bortezomib induced increased expression of the neuronal stress marker activating transcription factor-3 in most DRG. Moreover, the immunodeficient animals treated with bortezomib developed a painful peripheral neuropathy with the same features observed in the immunocompetent mice. In conclusion, this study extends the knowledge of the sites of damage induced in the nervous system by bortezomib administration. Moreover, a selective functional vulnerability of peripheral nerve fiber subpopulations

  2. Dynamic Behavior of Hybrid APM (Advanced Pore Morphology Foam) and Aluminum Foam Filled Structures

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    Joerg Weise; Valerio Mussi; Michele Monno; Massimo Goletti; Joachim Baumeister

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this work is to evaluate the effect of different densities of hybrid aluminum polymer foam on the frequency behavior of a foam filled steel structure with different ratios between steel and foam masses. The foam filled structure is composed of three steel tubes with a welded flange at both ends bolted together to form a portal grounded by its free ends. Structure, internal and ground constraints have been designed and manufactured in order to minimize nonlinear effects and to guara...

  3. Morphological correlates of corticosteroid-induced changes in prefrontal cortex-dependent behaviors

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    Cerqueira, J; Pêgo, J.; Taipa, R; Bessa, J.; Almeida, O.; Sousa, N

    2005-01-01

    Imbalances in the corticosteroid milieu have been implicated in several neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and schizo-phrenia. Prefrontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction is also a hallmark of these conditions, causing impairments in executive functions such as behavioral flexibility and working memory. Recent studies have suggested that the PFC might be influenced by corticosteroids released during stress. To test this possibility, we assessed spatial working memory and behavi...

  4. A Pilot Trial of Integrated Behavioral Activation and Sexual Risk Reduction Counseling for HIV-Uninfected Men Who Have Sex with Men Abusing Crystal Methamphetamine

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    Mimiaga, Matthew J.; Reisner, Sari L.; Pantalone, David W.; O'Cleirigh, Conall; Mayer, Kenneth H.; Safren, Steven A.

    2012-01-01

    Crystal methamphetamine use is a major driver behind high-risk sexual behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM). Prior work suggests a cycle of continued crystal methamphetamine use and high-risk sex due to loss of the ability to enjoy other activities, which appears to be a side effect of this drug. Behavioral activation (BA) is a treatment for depression that involves learning to reengage in life's activities. We evaluated a novel intervention for crystal methamphetamine abuse and high...

  5. A simulation study on the effects of dendritic morphology on layer V PFC pyramidal cell firing behavior

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    Maria Psarrou

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The majority of neuronal cells found in the cerebral cortex are pyramidal neurons. Their function has been associated with higher cognitive and emotional functions. Pyramidal neurons have a characteristic structure, consisting of a triangular shaped soma whereon descend two extended and complex dendritic trees, and a long bifurcated axon. All the morphological components of the pyramidal neurons exhibit significant variability across different brain areas and layers. Pyramidal cells receive numerous synaptic inputs along their structure, integration of which in space and in time generates local dendritic spikes that shape their firing pattern. In addition, synaptic integration is influenced by voltage-gated and ion channels, which are expressed in a large repertoire by pyramidal neurons. Electrophysiological categories of pyramidal cells can be established, based on the action potential frequency, generated from a fixed somatic stimulus: (1 cells that fire repetitive action potentials (Regular Spiking – RS, (2 cells that fire clusters of 2 – 5 action potentials with short ISIs (Intrinsic Bursting – IB, and (3 cells that fire in repetitive clusters of 2 – 5 action potentials with short ISIs (Repetitive Oscillatory Bursts – ROB. In vitro and in silico scientific studies, correlate the firing patterns of the pyramidal neurons to their morphological features. This study provides a quantitatively analysis via compartmental neuronal modelling of the effects of dendritic morphology and distribution and concentration of ionic mechanisms, along the basal and/or apical dendrites on the firing behavior of a 112-set of layer V rat PFC pyramidal cells. We focus on how particular morphological and passive features of the dendritic trees shape the neuronal firing patterns. Our results suggest that specific morphological parameters (such as total length, volume and branch number can discriminate the cells as RS or IB, regardless of what is the

  6. Atomic layer deposition of epitaxial layers of anatase on strontium titanate single crystals: Morphological and photoelectrochemical characterization

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    Kraus, Theodore J.; Nepomnyashchii, Alexander B.; Parkinson, B. A., E-mail: bparkin1@uwyo.edu [Department of Chemistry, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071 (United States)

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    Atomic layer deposition was used to grow epitaxial layers of anatase (001) TiO{sub 2} on the surface of SrTiO{sub 3} (100) crystals with a 3% lattice mismatch. The epilayers grow as anatase (001) as confirmed by x-ray diffraction. Atomic force microscope images of deposited films showed epitaxial layer-by-layer growth up to about 10 nm, whereas thicker films, of up to 32 nm, revealed the formation of 2–5 nm anatase nanocrystallites oriented in the (001) direction. The anatase epilayers were used as substrates for dye sensitization. The as received strontium titanate crystal was not sensitized with a ruthenium-based dye (N3) or a thiacyanine dye (G15); however, photocurrent from excited state electron injection from these dyes was observed when adsorbed on the anatase epilayers. These results show that highly ordered anatase surfaces can be grown on an easily obtained substrate crystal.

  7. Solvothermal synthesis and tunable luminescence of Tb3+, Eu3+ codoped YF3 nano- and micro-crystals with uniform morphologies

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    Tb3+, Eu3+ codoped YF3 nano- and micro-crystals with the morphologies of ellipsoid-like nanoplate, spindle, sandwich-structural rhombus and nanoaggregate were synthesized through a solvothermal method. The morphologies of the prepared products can be tailored by controlling the volume ratio of ethylene glycol (EG) to H2O, solvent type or the reaction time. A possible formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF3 phosphor was proposed. The emitting colors of YF3:Tb3+,Eu3+ phosphors can be easily tuned from yellowish green, yellow to orange by increasing Eu3+ concentration. The energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ in YF3 phosphors was studied. It was found that the interaction type between Tb3+ and Eu3+ is electric dipole–dipole interaction. - Graphical abstract: Sandwich-structural rhombus like YF3:Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors were synthesized through a solvothermal process. The formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF3:Tb3+, Eu3+ phosphors was studied. Highlights: ► YF3 nano- and micro-crystals were synthesized through solvothermal route. ► A formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF3 was proposed. ► The emitting colors of YF3:Tb3+,Eu3+ phosphors can be tuned. ► Energy transfer from Tb3+ to Eu3+ is confirmed as electric dipole–dipole interaction.

  8. Structure and properties of quartz crystals grown from fluoride solutions: I. The morphology of basal pinacoid habit

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    The mechanism of growth of quartz crystals from fluoride media has been investigated. It is shown by different independent methods (selective etching, X-ray diffraction analysis, optical microscopy) that the faceted forms of autonomous growth regions (trigonal pyramids formed on nonsingular crystal faces) are unstable and degenerate during growth. This degeneracy is accompanied by torsion deformation of autonomous growth regions and, as a result, formation of a series of hollow helical channels at boundaries of autonomous growth regions, whose axes make an angle of ∼16o with the OZ axis, and their projections on the XOY plane are directed along the +X axes.

  9. Influence of MCM-41 particle on mechanical and morphological behavior of polypropylene

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    This study investigates the effects of different types of nanoparticles and amount of nanoparticles on morphology and mechanical performance of polypropylene (PP) composites. Three different types of nanoparticles, namely mesoporous MCM-41 (without template), mesoporous MCM-41 (with template), and mesoporous MCM-41, whose pore channels were filled with different flexible polymer inside the pore channels with the aid of supercritical CO2 are considered. PP composites containing (0.5-5 wt.%) mesoporous MCM-41 were prepared by compounding. The tensile properties of the composites determined as a function of the filler loading and the different types of nanoparticles are found to vary with the different interface between different fillers and the matrix. The results of tensile tests showed that different flexible polymer filled mesoporous MCM-41 nanoparticles could simultaneously provide PP with strengthening and toughening effects at rather low filler content (0.5 wt.%). Scanning electron microscopy studies revealed a good dispersion of the MCM-41-S-PMMA and MCM-41-S-PS particles in the PP matrix and the enhancement of the interface between PP and MCM-41 are obtained

  10. Populations of Monarch butterflies with different migratory behaviors show divergence in wing morphology.

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    Altizer, Sonia; Davis, Andrew K

    2010-04-01

    The demands of long-distance flight represent an important evolutionary force operating on the traits of migratory species. Monarchs are widespread butterflies known for their annual migrations in North America. We examined divergence in wing morphology among migratory monarchs from eastern and western N. America, and nonmigratory monarchs in S. Florida, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. For the three N. American populations, we also examined monarchs reared in four common environment experiments. We used image analysis to measure multiple traits including forewing area and aspect ratio; for laboratory-reared monarchs we also quantified body area and wing loading. Results showed wild monarchs from all nonmigratory populations were smaller than those from migratory populations. Wild and captive-reared eastern monarchs had the largest and most elongated forewings, whereas monarchs from Puerto Rico and Costa Rica had the smallest and roundest forewings. Eastern monarchs also had the largest bodies and high measures of wing loading, whereas western and S. Florida monarchs had less elongated forewings and smaller bodies. Among captive-reared butterflies, family-level effects provided evidence that genetic factors contributed to variation in wing traits. Collectively, these results support evolutionary responses to long-distance flight in monarchs, with implications for the conservation of phenotypically distinct wild populations. PMID:20067519

  11. Effect of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on the crystal growth and sintering behavior of YSZ nanopowders prepared by a sol-gel process

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    Kuo, C.-W.; Shen, Y.-H. [Department of Resources Engineering, National Chen Kung University, 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Hung, I-M. [Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, 135 Yuan-Tung Road, Chung-Li, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: imhung@saturn.yzu.edu.tw; Wen, S.-B. [General Education Center, Meiho Institute of Technology, 23 Pingguang Road, Neipu, Pingtung 91202, Taiwan (China); Lee, H.-E. [Faculty of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Wang, M.-C. [Faculty of Fragrance and Cosmetics, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: mcwang@kmu.edu.tw

    2009-03-20

    The effect of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (8 mol% {<=} Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} {<=} 10 mol%) addition on the crystal growth and sintering behavior of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanocrystallites prepared by a sol-gel process with various mixtures of ZrOCl{sub 2}.8H{sub 2}O and Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O ethanol-water solutions at low temperatures has been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area analyses (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction (ED) and dilatometric analysis (DA) have been utilized to characterize the YSZ nanocrystallites. Characterization reveals that the YSZ nanopowders are weakly agglomerated. When calcined at various temperatures for 2 h, the crystallite size increases and the surface area of the YSZ powders decreases when the calcination temperature increased from 673 to 1273 K. A nanocrystallite size distribution between 10 and 15 nm is obtained in the TEM examination, which is consistent with the XRD investigation. The activation energy for crystal growth were determined as 5.75 {+-} 0.68, 4.22 {+-} 0.51, and 5.24 {+-} 0.20 kJ/mol for 8, 9 and 10 YSZ precipitates, respectively. The morphology of the YSZ sintered at high temperature indicates the abnormal growth is due to the low activation energy for crystallite growth.

  12. Effect of Y2O3 addition on the crystal growth and sintering behavior of YSZ nanopowders prepared by a sol-gel process

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    The effect of Y2O3 (8 mol% ≤ Y2O3 ≤ 10 mol%) addition on the crystal growth and sintering behavior of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanocrystallites prepared by a sol-gel process with various mixtures of ZrOCl2.8H2O and Y(NO3)3.6H2O ethanol-water solutions at low temperatures has been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area analyses (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction (ED) and dilatometric analysis (DA) have been utilized to characterize the YSZ nanocrystallites. Characterization reveals that the YSZ nanopowders are weakly agglomerated. When calcined at various temperatures for 2 h, the crystallite size increases and the surface area of the YSZ powders decreases when the calcination temperature increased from 673 to 1273 K. A nanocrystallite size distribution between 10 and 15 nm is obtained in the TEM examination, which is consistent with the XRD investigation. The activation energy for crystal growth were determined as 5.75 ± 0.68, 4.22 ± 0.51, and 5.24 ± 0.20 kJ/mol for 8, 9 and 10 YSZ precipitates, respectively. The morphology of the YSZ sintered at high temperature indicates the abnormal growth is due to the low activation energy for crystallite growth

  13. Nanocomposites of cellulose/iron oxide: influence of synthesis conditions on their morphological behavior and thermal stability

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    Nanocomposites of cellulose/iron oxide have been successfully prepared by hydrothermal method using cellulose solution and Fe(NO3)3·9H2O at 180 °C. The cellulose solution was obtained by the dissolution of microcrystalline cellulose in NaOH/urea aqueous solution, which is a good system to dissolve cellulose and favors the synthesis of iron oxide without needing any template or other reagents. The phases, microstructure, and morphologies of nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS). The effects of the heating time, heating temperature, cellulose concentration, and ferric nitrate concentration on the morphological behavior of products were investigated. The experimental results indicated that the cellulose concentration played an important role in both the phase and shape of iron oxide in nanocomposites. Moreover, the nanocomposites synthesized by using different cellulose concentrations displayed different thermal stabilities. - Highlights: ► Nanocomposites of cellulose/iron oxide have been prepared by hydrothermal method. ► The cellulose concentration played an important role in the phase of iron oxide. ► The cellulose concentration played an important role in the shape of iron oxide. ► The samples displayed different thermal stabilities.

  14. In vivo bite and grip forces, morphology and prey-killing behavior of North American accipiters (Accipitridae) and falcons (Falconidae).

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    Sustaita, Diego; Hertel, Fritz

    2010-08-01

    Raptors exhibit a diversity of strategies to procure their prey but ultimately kill using their beaks and/or talons. Thus, bite and grip forces are ecologically important variables that have direct survival implications. Whereas hawks rely primarily on their feet for killing prey, falcons tend to employ their beaks. Consequently, falcons are expected to achieve relatively greater bite forces, and hawks are expected to generate relatively greater grip forces. Force estimates predicted from musculoskeletal morphology in a previous study indicated that falcons (Falco spp.) possess greater jaw force capabilities than accipiters (Accipiter spp.) but there were no clear differences in predicted grip-force capacity outside of differences in scaling. The objective of this study was to complement those results with measurements of in vivo forces by inducing captive and wild accipiters and falcons to bite and grasp force transducers. Bite force increased isometrically in both groups whereas grip force tended toward positive allometry. After adjusting for body mass, falcons produced greater bite forces, and accipiters produced greater grip forces. Thus, previous anatomical estimates of forces predicted the expected direction and magnitude of differences in bite forces but the overall greater in vivo grip forces of accipiters deviated from the pattern obtained from biomechanical estimates. Although the scaling relationships were similar between data sets, forces generated by live birds were consistently lower than those predicted from biomechanics. Estimated and in vivo jaw and digital forces were nevertheless correlated, and therefore provide an important link between morphology and killing behavior in these raptors. PMID:20639423

  15. Longitudinal Effects of Embryonic Exposure to Cocaine on Morphology, Cardiovascular Physiology, and Behavior in Zebrafish.

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    Mersereau, Eric J; Boyle, Cody A; Poitra, Shelby; Espinoza, Ana; Seiler, Joclyn; Longie, Robert; Delvo, Lisa; Szarkowski, Megan; Maliske, Joshua; Chalmers, Sarah; Darland, Diane C; Darland, Tristan

    2016-01-01

    A sizeable portion of the societal drain from cocaine abuse results from the complications of in utero drug exposure. Because of challenges in using humans and mammalian model organisms as test subjects, much debate remains about the impact of in utero cocaine exposure. Zebrafish offer a number of advantages as a model in longitudinal toxicology studies and are quite sensitive physiologically and behaviorally to cocaine. In this study, we have used zebrafish to model the effects of embryonic pre-exposure to cocaine on development and on subsequent cardiovascular physiology and cocaine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in longitudinal adults. Larval fish showed a progressive decrease in telencephalic size with increased doses of cocaine. These treated larvae also showed a dose dependent response in heart rate that persisted 24 h after drug cessation. Embryonic cocaine exposure had little effect on overall health of longitudinal adults, but subtle changes in cardiovascular physiology were seen including decreased sensitivity to isoproterenol and increased sensitivity to cocaine. These longitudinal adult fish also showed an embryonic dose-dependent change in CPP behavior, suggesting an increased sensitivity. These studies clearly show that pre-exposure during embryonic development affects subsequent cocaine sensitivity in longitudinal adults. PMID:27258254

  16. Photocatalytic reforming of glucose under visible light over morphology controlled Cu2O: efficient charge separation by crystal facet engineering.

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    Zhang, Longzhou; Shi, Jinwen; Liu, Maochang; Jing, Dengwei; Guo, Liejin

    2014-01-01

    Multifaceted Cu2O with controlled crystal facet exposure was synthesized via a facile one-step method. It was found that photogenerated electrons prefer to accumulate on high index planes, while holes tend to migrate to {100} facets of a Cu2O polyhedron, leading to efficient charge separation and enhanced photocatalytic reforming of glucose. PMID:24217641

  17. Crystallization modifiers in lipid systems.

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    Ribeiro, Ana Paula Badan; Masuchi, Monise Helen; Miyasaki, Eriksen Koji; Domingues, Maria Aliciane Fontenele; Stroppa, Valter Luís Zuliani; de Oliveira, Glazieli Marangoni; Kieckbusch, Theo Guenter

    2015-07-01

    Crystallization of fats is a determinant physical event affecting the structure and properties of fat-based products. The stability of these processed foods is regulated by changes in the physical state of fats and alterations in their crystallization behavior. Problems like polymorphic transitions, oil migration, fat bloom development, slow crystallization and formation of crystalline aggregates stand out. The change of the crystallization behavior of lipid systems has been a strategic issue for the processing of foods, aiming at taylor made products, reducing costs, improving quality, and increasing the applicability and stability of different industrial fats. In this connection, advances in understanding the complex mechanisms that govern fat crystallization led to the development of strategies in order to modulate the conventional processes of fat structuration, based on the use of crystallization modifiers. Different components have been evaluated, such as specific triacyglycerols, partial glycerides (monoacylglycerols and diacylglycerols), free fatty acids, phospholipids and emulsifiers. The knowledge and expertise on the influence of these specific additives or minor lipids on the crystallization behavior of fat systems represents a focus of current interest for the industrial processing of oils and fats. This article presents a comprehensive review on the use of crystallization modifiers in lipid systems, especially for palm oil, cocoa butter and general purpose fats, highlighting: i) the removal, addition or fractionation of minor lipids in fat bases; ii) the use of nucleating agents to modify the crystallization process; iii) control of crystallization in lipid bases by using emulsifiers. The addition of these components into lipid systems is discussed in relation to the phenomena of nucleation, crystal growth, morphology, thermal behavior and polymorphism, with the intention of providing the reader with a complete panorama of the associated mechanisms

  18. Altered microglia morphology and higher resilience to stress-induced depression-like behavior in CX3CR1-deficient mice.

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    Hellwig, Sabine; Brioschi, Simone; Dieni, Sandra; Frings, Lars; Masuch, Annette; Blank, Thomas; Biber, Knut

    2016-07-01

    Microglia are suggested to be involved in several neuropsychiatric diseases. Indeed changes in microglia morphology have been reported in different mouse models of depression. A crucial regulatory system for microglia function is the well-defined CX3C axis. Thus, we aimed to clarify the role of microglia and CX3CR1 in depressive behavior by subjecting CX3CR1-deficient mice to a particular chronic despair model (CDM) paradigm known to exhibit face validity to major depressive disorder. In wild-type mice we observed the development of chronic depressive-like behavior after 5days of repetitive swim stress. 3D-reconstructions of Iba-1-labeled microglia in the dentate molecular layer revealed that behavioral effects were associated with changes in microglia morphology towards a state of hyper-ramification. Chronic treatment with the anti-depressant venlafaxine ameliorated depression-like behavior and restored microglia morphology. In contrast, CX3CR1 deficient mice showed a clear resistance to either (i) stress-induced depressive-like behavior, (ii) changes in microglia morphology and (iii) antidepressant treatment. Our data point towards a role of hyper-ramified microglia in the etiology of chronic depression. The lack of effects in CX3CR1 deficient mice suggests that microglia hyper-ramification is controlled by neuron-microglia signaling via the CX3C axis. However, it remains to be elucidated how hyper-ramified microglia contribute to depressive-like behavior. PMID:26576722

  19. Controlling morphology and crystallite size of Cu(In0.7Ga0.3)Se2 nano-crystals synthesized using a heating-up method

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    CuIn0.7Ga0.3Se2(CIGS) nano-crystals were successfully synthesized via a heating-up process. The non-coordinating solvent (1-octadecene) and selenium/cations ratio effects on the crystalline phase and crystallite size of CIGS nano-crystallites were investigated. It was observed that the CIGS nano-crystallite morphology changed from sheet into spherical shape as the amount of 1-octadecene addition was increased. CIGS nano-crystals were obtained in 9–20 nm sizes as the selenium/cations ratio increased. These results suggest that the monomer reactivity in the solution can be adjusted by changing the solvent type and selenium/cations ratio, hence affecting the crystallite size and distribution. - Graphical abstract: CuIn0.7Ga0.3Se2(CIGS) nano-crystals were successfully synthesized via a heating-up process in this study. The super-saturation in the solution can be adjusted by changing the OLA/ODE ratio and selenium/cation ratio.

  20. Morphology and Cure Behavior of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes-based Thermally Conductive Adhesive

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    WANG Junxia; YAN Shilin; HE Yunban; YAN Fei; XIE Beiping

    2014-01-01

    We evaluated the cure behavior of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) based thermally conductive adhesive by comprehensively thermal analysis, which presented extremely complicated variability of conversion ratioαas a function of temperature with synergistic action of positive effect and negative volume-blocking effect of MWCNTs and cross-linked network of cured polymer molecules. Due to the decomposition of MWCNTs and degradation of polymer, the mass drop is dramatically obvious over the temperature range of 330-370℃. Binary resins filled with acid-treated MWCNTs present similar reaction interval as neat epoxy and matrix resins, which is distinct from the material filled with raw MWCNTs. The alteration of the crystalline temperature and cure temperature of resins is attributed to heterogeneous nucleation of MWCNTs in matrix resins. The-COOH group of acid-treated MWCNTs reacts with epoxy groups and thus generates cross-linking, accelerates the reaction rate and reduces the cure temperature.

  1. Seasonal changes in coastal dynamics and morphological behavior of the central and southern Changjiang River delta

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    杨世伦; 赵庆英; 陈沈良; 丁平兴

    2001-01-01

    Seasonal changes in sea level, tidal range, wind, riverine discharges, nearshore SSC (suspended sediment concentration) and bed-level of intertidal flat at 4 different sites were shown. In addition, the statistical relationships between the dynamics and the behavior of the sediment surface were examined. The average intertidal elevation seems negatively correlated to sea level while positively correlated to nearshore SSC. The effect of wind on seasonal cycle of average intertidal elevation is not evident although wind is an important factor governing short-term erosion/accretion events. The influence of riverine discharges on seasonal cycle of deltaic intertidal flats is masked by other factors. It is concluded that seasonality on mudflats is more complicated than on beaches.

  2. Effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles on morphology, rheology and thermal behavior of poly(caprolactone)/chitosan blends.

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    Ghorbani, Fereshte Mohammad; Kaffashi, Babak; Shokrollahi, Parvin; Akhlaghi, Shahin; Hedenqvist, Mikael S

    2016-02-01

    The effect of hydroxyapatite nano-particles (nHA) on morphology, and rheological and thermal properties of PCL/chitosan blends was investigated. The tendency of nHA to reside in the submicron-dispersed chitosan phase is determined using SEM and AFM images. The presence of electrostatic interaction between amide sites of chitosan and ionic groups on the nHA surface was proved by FTIR. It is shown that the chitosan phase is thermodynamically more favorable for the nano-particles to reside than the PCL phase. Lack of implementation of Cox-Merz theory for this system shows that the polymer-nano-particle network is destructed by the flow. Results from dynamic rheological measurements and Zener fractional model show that the presence of nHA increases the shear moduli and relaxation time of the PCL/chitosan blends. DSC measurements showed that nHA nano-particles are responsible for the increase in melting and crystallization characteristics of the PCL/chitosan blends. Based on thermogravimetric analysis, the PCL/chitosan/nHA nano-composites exhibited a greater thermal stability compared to the nHA-free blends. PMID:26652456

  3. Effect of Cooling Rate on Crystallization Behavior of Milk Fat Fraction/Sunflower Oil Blends

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    Martini, Silvana; Herrera, M. L.; Hartel, R. W.

    2001-01-01

    The effect of cooling rate (slow: 0.1°C/min; fast: 5.5°C/min) on the crystallization kinetics of blends of a highmelting milk fat fraction and sunflower oil (SFO) was investigated by pulsed NMR and DSC. For slow cooling rate, the majority of crystallization had already occurred by the time the set crystallization temperature had been reached. For fast cooling rate, crystallization started after the samples reached the selected crystallization temperature, and the solid fat content curves were...

  4. Influence of Crystal Allomorph and Crystallinity on the Products and Behavior of Cellulose during Fast Pyrolysis

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    Mukarakate, Calvin; Mittal, Ashutosh; Ciesielski, Peter N.; Budhi, Sridhar; Thompson, Logan; Iisa, Kristiina; Nimlos, Mark R.; Donohoe, Bryon S.

    2016-09-06

    Cellulose is the primary biopolymer responsible for maintaining the structural and mechanical integrity of cell walls and, during the fast pyrolysis of biomass, may be restricting cell wall expansion and inhibiting phase transitions that would otherwise facilitate efficient escape of pyrolysis products. Here, we test whether modifications in two physical properties of cellulose, its crystalline allomorph and degree of crystallinity, alter its performance during fast pyrolysis. We show that both crystal allomorph and relative crystallinity of cellulose impact the slate of primary products produced by fast pyrolysis. For both cellulose-I and cellulose-II, changes in crystallinity dramatically impact the fast pyrolysis product portfolio. In both cases, only the most highly crystalline samples produced vapors dominated by levoglucosan. Cellulose-III, on the other hand, produces largely the same slate of products regardless of its relative crystallinity and produced as much or more levoglucosan at all crystallinity levels compared to cellulose-I or II. In addition to changes in products, the different cellulose allomorphs affected the viscoelastic properties of cellulose during rapid heating. Real-time hot-stage pyrolysis was used to visualize the transition of the solid material through a molten phase and particle shrinkage. SEM analysis of the chars revealed additional differences in viscoelastic properties and molten phase behavior impacted by cellulose crystallinity and allomorph. Regardless of relative crystallinity, the cellulose-III samples displayed the most obvious evidence of having transitioned through a molten phase.

  5. A new zinc(II supramolecular square: Synthesis, crystal structure, thermal behavior and luminescence

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new square-shaped Zn(II complex, namely, [Zn4(L4(phen4]•6H2O (1 (L = 2-hydroxynicotinate and phen = 1,10- phenanthroline, has been synthesized under hydrothermal condition. The crystal of 1 belongs to triclinic, space group P -1 with a = 10.773(2 Å, b = 12.641(3 Å, c = 13.573(3 Å, α = 107.44(3º, β = 102.66(3º, γ = 93.89(3°, C72H56N12O18Zn4, Mr = 1638.77, V = 1702.8(6 Å3 , Z = 1, Dc = 1.598 g/cm3 , S = 1.045, μ(MoKα = 1.475 mm-1 , F(000 = 836, R = 0.0472 and wR = 0.0919. In 1, four L ligands bridge four Zn(II atoms to form a square-shaped structure, where four phen ligands are respectively located on four corners of the square. The π-π stacking interactions extend the adjacent squares into a 1D supramolecular chain. The thermal behavior of 1 has been characterized. Moreover, its solid state luminescence property has been studied at room temperature.

  6. The optimization of a woodpile photonic crystal and its negative refractive behavior

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    In this paper, three-dimensional woodpile photonic crystals (PhCs) are investigated for various applications. In order to obtain PhCs with maximal photonic band gap, we optimize the size of 3D woodpile PhC by employing design of experiments. From the response surface model, which is a function of geometric design parameters, the photonic band gap is readily predicted, and the size ratios can be optimized. In addition, the PhC exhibits a negative refractive behavior due to its highly-anisotropic and wavelength-dependent dispersion properties. In order to predict the refracting angles of light inside the PhC, we investigate equi-frequency surfaces throughout the Brillouin zone. To verify that the refracting angles from the band structure calculation are reasonable, we perform finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations. The tendency of the refracting angle with respect to wavelength and incident angle is examined by showing the wave propagation inside the PhC come from the FDTD simulations.

  7. A Conceptual Model for Shear-Induced Phase Behavior in Crystallizing Cocoa Butter

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    We propose a conceptual model to explain the quantitative data from synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on the shear-induced phase behavior of cocoa butter, the main structural component of chocolate. We captured two-dimensional diffraction patterns from cocoa butter at crystallization temperatures of 17.5, 20.0, and 22.5 oC under shear rates from 45 to 1440 s-1 and under static conditions. From the simultaneous analysis of the integrated intensity, correlation length, lamellar thickness, and crystalline orientation, we postulate a conceptual model to provide an explanation for the distribution of phases II, IV, V, and X and the kinetics of the process. As previously proposed in the literature, we assume that the crystallites grow layer upon layer of slightly different composition. The shear rate and temperature applied define these compositions. Simultaneously, the shear and temperature define the crystalline interface area available for secondary nucleation by promoting segregation and affecting the size distribution of the crystallites. The combination of these factors (composition, area, and size distribution) favors dramatically the early onset of phase V under shear and determines the proportions of phases II, IV, V, and X after the transition. The experimental observations, the methodology used, and the proposed explanation are of fundamental and industrial interest, since the structural properties of crystalline networks are determined by their microstructure and polymorphic crystalline state. Different proportions of the phases will thus result in different characteristics of the final material

  8. Synthesis of NaCl Single Crystals with Defined Morphologies as Templates for Fabricating Hollow Nano/micro-structures

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    Wang, B.B.; Jin, P.; Yue, Yuanzheng;

    2015-01-01

    Hollow nanostructures have a wide range of applications in nanotechnology. To accurately fabricate such nanostructures, the first and common key step is to synthesize high quality templates with controlled symmetry and geometry, ideally through a green, efficient, and economical approach. However....... These naturally abundant NaCl single crystal templates are water-soluble, environmentally-friendly and uniform in both geometry and size, and hence are ideal for preparing high quality hollow nano/micro structures. The new approach may have the potential to replace the conventional hard or soft template...... approaches. Furthermore, this work has revealed the formation mechanism of nano/micron NaCl crystals with different sizes and geometries....

  9. Dynamic Behavior of Hybrid APM (Advanced Pore Morphology Foam and Aluminum Foam Filled Structures

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    Joerg Weise

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to evaluate the effect of different densities of hybrid aluminum polymer foam on the frequency behavior of a foam filled steel structure with different ratios between steel and foam masses. The foam filled structure is composed of three steel tubes with a welded flange at both ends bolted together to form a portal grounded by its free ends. Structure, internal and ground constraints have been designed and manufactured in order to minimize nonlinear effects and to guarantee optimal constraint conditions. Mode shapes and frequencies were verified with finite elements models (FEM to be in the range of experimental modal analysis, considering the frequency measurement range limits for instrumented hammer and accelerometer. Selected modes have been identified with suitable modal parameters extraction techniques. Each structure has been tested before and after filling, in order to compute the percentage variation of modal parameters. Two different densities of hybrid aluminum polymer foam have been tested and compared with structures filled with aluminum foams produced using the powder compact melting technique. All the foam fillings were able to suppress high frequency membrane modes which results in a reduction of environmental noise and an increase in performance of the components. Low frequency modes show an increase in damping ratio only when small thickness steel frames are filled with either Hybrid APM or Alulight foam.

  10. Crystal Growth Kinetics and Viscous Behavior in Ge2Sb2Se5 Undercooled Melt.

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    Barták, Jaroslav; Koštál, Petr; Podzemná, Veronika; Shánělová, Jana; Málek, Jiří

    2016-08-18

    Crystal growth, viscosity, and melting were studied in Ge2Sb2Se5 bulk samples. The crystals formed a compact layer on the surface of the sample and then continued to grow from the surface to the central part of the sample. The formed crystalline layer grew linearly with time, which suggests that the crystal growth is controlled by liquid-crystal interface kinetics. Combining the growth data with the measured viscosities and melting data, crystal growth could be described on the basis of standard crystal growth models. The screw dislocation growth model seems to be operative in describing the temperature dependence of the crystal growth rate in the studied material in a wide temperature range. A detailed discussion on the relation between the kinetic coefficient of crystal growth and viscosity (ukin ∝ η(-ξ)) is presented. The activation energy of crystal growth was found to be higher than the activation energy of crystallization obtained from differential scanning calorimetry, which covers the whole nucleation-growth process. This difference is considered and explained under the experimental conditions. PMID:27441575

  11. Silicon wafer wettability and aging behaviors: Impact on gold thin-film morphology

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    Yang, X. M.

    2014-10-01

    This paper reports on the wettability and aging behaviors of the silicon wafers that had been cleaned using a piranha (3:1 mixture of sulfuric acid (H2SO4, 96%) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O 2, 30%), 120 °C), SC1 (1:1:5 mixture of NH4OH, H 2O2 and H2O, at 80°C) or HF solution (6 parts of 40% NH4F and 1 part of 49% HF, at room temperature) solution, and treated with gaseous plasma. The silicon wafers cleaned using the piranha or SC1 solution were hydrophilic, and the water contact angles on the surfaces would increase along with aging time, until they reached the saturated points of around 70°. The contact angle increase rate of these wafers in a vacuum was much faster than that in the open air, because of loss of water, which was physically adsorbed on the wafer surfaces. The silicon wafers cleaned with the HF solution were hydrophobic. Their contact angle decreased in the atmosphere, while it increased in the vacuum up to 95°. Gold thin films deposited on the hydrophilic wafers were smoother than that deposited on the hydrophobic wafers, because the numerous oxygen groups formed on the hydrophilic surfaces would react with gold adatoms in the sputtering process to form a continuous thin film at the nucleation stage. The argon, nitrogen, oxygen gas plasma treatments could change the silicon wafer surfaces from hydrophobic to hydrophilic by creating a thin (around 2.5 nm) silicon dioxide film, which could be utilized to improve the roughness and adhesion of the gold thin film. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of reinforcing particle type on morphology and age-hardening behavior of Al–4.5 wt.% Cu based nanocomposites synthesized through mechanical milling

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    The effects of reinforcing particle type (SiC and TiC) on morphology and precipitation hardening behavior of Al–4.5%Cu based nanocomposites synthesized via mechanical milling were investigated in the current work. In order to study the microstructure and morphology of mechanically milled powder, X-ray diffraction technique, scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy were utilized. Results revealed that at the early stages of mechanical milling, when reinforcing particles are polycrystal, the alloying process is enhanced more in the case of using the TiC particles as reinforcement. But, at the final stages of mechanical milling, when reinforcing particles are single crystal, the alloying process is enhanced more in the case of using the SiC ones. Transmission electron microscopy results demonstrated that Al–4.5 wt.%Cu based nanocomposite powders were synthesized and confirmed that the mutual diffusion of aluminum and copper occurs through the interfacial plane of (200). The hardness results showed that not only does introducing 4 vol.% of reinforcing particles (SiC or TiC) considerably decrease the porosity of the bulk composite samples, but also it approximately doubles the hardness of Al–4.5 wt.%Cu alloy (53.4 HB). Finally, apart from TEM and scanning electron microscopy observation which are localized, a decline in hardness in the TiC and SiC contained samples, respectively, after 1.5 and 2 h aging time at 473 K proves the fact that the size of SiC particles is smaller than the size of the TiC ones. - Highlights: ► HRTEM results show mutual diffusion of Al and Cu occurs through the (200) planes. ► TiC particles enhance alloying process more than the SiC ones at the early stages of MM. ► SiC particles enhance alloying process more than the TiC ones at the final stages of MM

  13. Modification of calcite crystal morphology by designed phosphopeptides and primary structures and substrate specifities of the cysteine proteases mexicain and chymomexicain

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    Lian, Zhirui

    In order to better understand the mechanism of biomineralization, we have undertaken to synthesize polypeptide model compounds of well-defined structure that can interact with specific faces of calcite and alter its crystal morphology. These peptides were designed based on the structure of alpha-helical winter flounder antifreeze polypeptide HPLC-6. In these peptides, from one to three of the threonine residues in HPLC-6 were substituted by phosphoserine or phosphotyrosine. CD spectra show that all the peptides have virtually the same alpha-helicity, i.e., about 90% at 4°C and 50% at 25°C. However, only peptides which contain at least two phosphate groups spaced 16.8-A apart can modify the crystal morphology of the calcite. The newly developed surface has been tentatively identified as the (001) basal face. Molecular modeling indicates that the spacing of phosphate groups allows for a good match with crystal lattice ions on the (001) plane. Another peptide, CBP-3D, in which the three threonine residues in HPLC-6 were substituted by aspartic acids, appears to bind only to {104} rhombohedral faces of calcite. These experiments suggest that conformation and orientation of the binding ligands in the peptide are important factors governing the mutual recognition of crystal surface and proteins. The complete amino acid sequences of the cysteine proteases mexicain and chymomexicain, isolated from the latex of the plant Pileus mexicanus , were determined by Edman degradation of proteolytic fragments. Mexicain and chymomexicain show-high sequence homology to the papain family of cysteine protease. Mexicain and chymomexicain are monomeric polypeptides, with molecular masses of 23,762 Da and 23,694 Da, respectively, and both contain three deduced disulfide bonds. The proteolytic substrate specificities of mexicain and chymomexicain were studied by digesting a series of synthetic peptides and analyzing the fragments by mass spectrometry. The two proteases showed virtually

  14. Crystallization Behavior and Relaxation Dynamics of Supercooled S‑Ketoprofen and the Racemic Mixture along an Isochrone

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    Adrjanowicz, Karolina; Kaminski, Kamil; Paluch, Marian;

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we study crystallization behavior and molecular dynamics in the supercooled liquid state of the pharmaceutically important compound ketoprofen at various thermodynamic conditions. Dielectric relaxation for a racemic mixture was investigated in a wide range of temperatures and...... pure enantiomers and their 50–50 equimolar mixture in the metastable supercooled liquid state. Crystallization kinetic studies revealed that at the same isochronal conditions the behavior of the S-enantiomer and R,S-racemic mixture of ketoprofen is entirely different. This was examined in the context...... of previous results and in view of the possibility of inducing changes in the enantiomeric composition or enantiomers separation from a racemic mixture as the effect of high pressure...

  15. Crystallization behavior of Fe- and Co-based bulk metallic glasses and their glass-forming ability

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    In the present work we study and compare the crystallization behavior of Fe- and Co-based good bulk glass formers with an exceptionally high glass-forming ability leading to the critical thickness of cast samples reaching 1 cm. For Fe-based alloys we also investigate the effect of opposite C/B content ratio on the glass-forming ability and the crystallization behavior. The structure and phase composition of the glassy samples were examined by conventional X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy while thermal stability and phase transformations were studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The reasons for high glass-forming ability are discussed. The glass-forming ability of the studied alloys depends on both factors: the type of crystallization reaction and characteristic temperatures. - Highlights: • Crystallization of Fe-based and Co-based bulk glass-forming alloys. • The reasons for enhanced glass-forming ability of these alloys are discussed. • Low growth rate of χ-Fe36Cr12Mo10 phase. • Reduced liquidus temperature of Fe48Cr15Mo14C6B15RE2 alloys

  16. Phase separation and nanocrystallization behavior above crystallization temperature in Mg–Cu–Y metallic glass thin film

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    Mg–Cu–Y metallic glass thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering. Mg58Cu29Y13 metallic glass thin film has a large supercooled liquid region (∆TX = 57.0 K) and a smooth surface (Ra = 0.485 nm). The phase separation and nanocrystallization properties of it were investigated. Scanning electron microscope observation and energy disperse spectrum analysis in the single line scan transmission electron microscope test show phase separation in the Mg58Cu29Y13 metallic glass thin film annealed slightly above glass transition temperature for 1 min. Transmission electron microscope studies show 10 nm diameter nanocrystals in the fully crystallized specimen. The crystallization behavior of it is very different from that of bulk metallic glasses. The nanocrystals structure in the film above crystallization temperature is attributed to the high nucleation rate and low nucleus growth rate in the crystallization process. - Highlights: • Mg–Cu–Y metallic glass thin films (MGTF) are fabricated by magnetron sputtering method. • 10 nm nanocrystals can form in the Mg–Cu–Y thin film by annealing. • Phase separation happens before nanocrystallization in Mg–Cu–Y MGTF. • Phase separation induced nanocrystallization behavior of Mg–Cu–Y MGTF is interpreted

  17. Shear Flow Induced Transition from Liquid-Crystalline to Polymer Behavior in Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers

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    Noirez, L.; Lapp, A.

    1997-01-01

    We determine the structure and conformation of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers subjected to shear flow in the vicinity of the smectic phase by neutron scattering on the velocity gradient plane. Below the nematic-smectic transition we observe a typical liquid-crystal behavior; the smectic layers slide, leading to a main-chain elongation parallel to the velocity direction. In contrast, a shear applied above the transition induces a tilted main-chain conformation which is typical for polymer behavior.

  18. Study of the fluorescence blinking behavior of single F2 color centers in LiF crystal

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    Using confocal fluorescence microscopy technique, we observed experimentally the luminescence of single F2 color centers in LiF crystal. It is disclosed that the fluorescence shows blinking behavior. It is shown that this phenomenon is caused by the F2 center reorientation occurring during the experiment. The ratio of luminescence intensities of differently oriented centers is assessed theoretically for two different experiment configurations. The calculated ratios are in fine agreement with experimental result

  19. Global Low-Energy Weak Solution and Large-Time Behavior for the Compressible Flow of Liquid Crystals

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    Wu, Guochun; Tan, Zhong

    2012-01-01

    We consider the weak solution of the simplified Ericksen-Leslie system modeling compressible nematic liquid crystal flows in $\\mathbb R^3$. When the initial data is small in $L^2$ and initial density is positive and essentially bounded, we first prove the existence of a global weak solution in $\\mathbb R^3$. The large-time behavior of a global weak solution is also established.

  20. Morphological stability of the atomically clean surface of silicon (100) crystals after microwave plasma-chemical processing

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    The morphological stability of atomically clean silicon (100) surface after low-energy microwave plasma-chemical etching in various plasma-forming media is studied. It is found that relaxation changes in the surface density and atomic bump heights after plasma processing in inert and chemically active media are multidirectional in character. After processing in a freon-14 medium, the free energy is minimized due to a decrease in the surface density of microbumps and an increase in their height. After argon-plasma processing, an insignificant increase in the bump density with a simultaneous decrease in bump heights is observed. The physicochemical processes causing these changes are considered

  1. Morphological stability of the atomically clean surface of silicon (100) crystals after microwave plasma-chemical processing

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    Yafarov, R. K., E-mail: pirpc@yandex.ru; Shanygin, V. Ya. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov Branch of the Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The morphological stability of atomically clean silicon (100) surface after low-energy microwave plasma-chemical etching in various plasma-forming media is studied. It is found that relaxation changes in the surface density and atomic bump heights after plasma processing in inert and chemically active media are multidirectional in character. After processing in a freon-14 medium, the free energy is minimized due to a decrease in the surface density of microbumps and an increase in their height. After argon-plasma processing, an insignificant increase in the bump density with a simultaneous decrease in bump heights is observed. The physicochemical processes causing these changes are considered.

  2. Investigation of the influence of vanadium, iron and nickel dopants on the morphology, and crystal structure and photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide based nanopowders.

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    Shao, Godlisten N; Jeon, Sun-Jeong; Haider, M Salman; Abbass, Nadir; Kim, Hee Taik

    2016-07-15

    Photoactive V, Fe and Ni doped TiO2 (M-TiO2) nanopowders were synthesized by a modified two-step sol-gel process in the absence of additives. Titanium oxychloride, which is a rarely-used TiO2 precursor was used to yield M-TiO2 photocatalysts with preferential photochemical performance in the presence of natural solar irradiation. The obtained samples were calcined at different calcination temperatures ranging from 450 to 800°C to evaluate the influence of the sintering on the physicochemical properties. The properties of the obtained samples were examined by XRF, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible DRS, XPS, nitrogen gas physisorption studies, SEM-EDAX and HRTEM analyses. Structural characterization of the samples revealed the incorporation of these transition metal element into TiO2. It was also depicted that the morphology, crystal structure, optical and photochemical properties of the obtained samples were largely dependent on the calcination temperature and the type of dopant used during the preparation process. The photochemical performance of the samples was investigated in the photodegradation of methylene blue in the presence of natural sunlight. The experimental results indicated that the VT600 sample possessed the highest activity due to its superior properties. This study provides a systematic preparation and selection of the precursor, dopant and calcination temperature that are suitable for the formation of TiO2-based heterogeneous photocatalysts with appealing morphology, crystal structure, optical and photochemical properties for myriad of applications. PMID:27124812

  3. Solvothermal synthesis and tunable luminescence of Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} codoped YF{sub 3} nano- and micro-crystals with uniform morphologies

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    Tian, Yue [Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, Liaoning 116026 (China); College of Life Science, Dalian Nationalities University, Dalian, Liaoning 116600 (China); Chen, Baojiu, E-mail: chenmbj@sohu.com [Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, Liaoning 116026 (China); Li, Xiangping; Zhang, Jinsu; Tian, Bining; Sun, Jiashi; Cheng, Lihong; Zhong, Haiyang; Zhong, Hua [Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, Liaoning 116026 (China); Hua, Ruinian, E-mail: rnhua@dlnu.edu.cn [College of Life Science, Dalian Nationalities University, Dalian, Liaoning 116600 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} codoped YF{sub 3} nano- and micro-crystals with the morphologies of ellipsoid-like nanoplate, spindle, sandwich-structural rhombus and nanoaggregate were synthesized through a solvothermal method. The morphologies of the prepared products can be tailored by controlling the volume ratio of ethylene glycol (EG) to H{sub 2}O, solvent type or the reaction time. A possible formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF{sub 3} phosphor was proposed. The emitting colors of YF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+},Eu{sup 3+} phosphors can be easily tuned from yellowish green, yellow to orange by increasing Eu{sup 3+} concentration. The energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+} in YF{sub 3} phosphors was studied. It was found that the interaction type between Tb{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} is electric dipole-dipole interaction. - Graphical abstract: Sandwich-structural rhombus like YF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized through a solvothermal process. The formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} phosphors was studied. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer YF{sub 3} nano- and micro-crystals were synthesized through solvothermal route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A formation mechanism of the sandwich-structural rhombus like YF{sub 3} was proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The emitting colors of YF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+},Eu{sup 3+} phosphors can be tuned. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Energy transfer from Tb{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 3+} is confirmed as electric dipole-dipole interaction.

  4. Behavior of a hollow core photonic crystal fiber under high radial pressure for downhole application

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    Sadeghi, J., E-mail: j-sadeghi@sbu.ac.ir; Chenari, Z.; Ziaee, F. [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, 1983963113 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Latifi, H., E-mail: latifi@sbu.ac.ir [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, 1983963113 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Physics, Shahid Beheshti University, Evin, 1983963113 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Santos, J. L., E-mail: josantos@fc.up.pt [INESC Porto—Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Departamento de Física, da Faculdade de Ciências, da Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, 687, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)

    2014-02-17

    Pressure fiber sensors play an important role in downhole high pressure measurements to withstand long term operation. The purpose of this paper is to present an application of hollow core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) as a high pressure sensor head for downhole application based on dispersion variation. We used a high pressure stainless steel unit to exert pressure on the sensor. The experimental results show that different wavelengths based on sagnac loop interferometer have additive sensitivities from 5 × 10{sup −5} nm/psi at 1480 nm to 1.3 × 10{sup −3} nm/psi at 1680 nm. We developed a simulation to understand the reason for difference in sensitivity of wavelengths and also the relationship between deformation of HC-PCF and dispersion variation under pressure. For this purpose, by using the finite element method, we investigated the effect of structural variation of HC-PCF on spectral transformation of two linear polarizations under 1000 psi pressure. The simulation and experimental results show exponential decay behavior of dispersion variation from −3.4 × 10{sup −6} 1/psi to −1.3 × 10{sup −6} 1/psi and from −5 × 10{sup −6} 1/psi to −1.8 × 10{sup −6} 1/psi, respectively, which were in a good accordance with each other.

  5. Synthesis of nanoparticles in a flame aerosol reactor with independent and strict control of their size, crystal phase and morphology

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    Jiang Jingkun; Chen, D-R; Biswas, Pratim [Aerosol and Air Quality Research Laboratory, Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St Louis, Campus Box 1180, St Louis, MO 63130 (United States)

    2007-07-18

    A flame aerosol reactor (FLAR) was developed to synthesize nanoparticles with desired properties (crystal phase and size) that could be independently controlled. The methodology was demonstrated for TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, and this is the first time that large sets of samples with the same size but different crystal phases (six different ratios of anatase to rutile in this work) were synthesized. The degree of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle agglomeration was determined by comparing the primary particle size distribution measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to the mobility-based particle size distribution measured by online scanning mobility particle spectrometry (SMPS). By controlling the flame aerosol reactor conditions, both spherical unagglomerated particles and highly agglomerated particles were produced. To produce monodisperse nanoparticles, a high throughput multi-stage differential mobility analyser (MDMA) was used in series with the flame aerosol reactor. Nearly monodisperse nanoparticles (geometric standard deviation less than 1.05) could be collected in sufficient mass quantities (of the order of 10 mg) in reasonable time (1 h) that could be used in other studies such as determination of functionality or biological effects as a function of size.

  6. Analysis of the variation in nanohardness of pearlitic steel: Influence of the interplay between ferrite crystal orientation and cementite morphology

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    Debehets, Jolien, E-mail: jolien.debehets@mtm.kuleuven.be [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Tacq, Jeroen [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Favache, Audrey; Jacques, Pascal [Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Sainte Barbe 2 L5.02.02, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Seo, Jin Won; Verlinden, Bert; Seefeldt, Marc [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2014-10-20

    The influence of the relative orientation of the ferrite crystallite lattice and the cementite lamellae on the hardness of pearlitic steel has been investigated by a combination of nanoindentation and electron microscopy (electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)). Three pearlitic samples, each with a different interlamellar spacing, and one ferritic sample were nanoindented. Although the hardness of the ferritic sample is very similar at different spots on the sample, a large variation in hardness is obtained on each of the pearlitic samples. It has been found that this variation cannot be accounted for solely by the variation in interlamellar spacing and is related to differences in ferrite crystal orientation. As to explain the observed large variation in hardness, the ferrite crystal orientation was considered relative to the cementite lamellae orientation by calculation of the distance dislocations can glide between adjacent lamellae in the slip direction. However, no clear correlation was found for a scaling of this orientation factor with the hardness. Possible interpretations of this discrepancy are suggested.

  7. Analysis of the variation in nanohardness of pearlitic steel: Influence of the interplay between ferrite crystal orientation and cementite morphology

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    The influence of the relative orientation of the ferrite crystallite lattice and the cementite lamellae on the hardness of pearlitic steel has been investigated by a combination of nanoindentation and electron microscopy (electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)). Three pearlitic samples, each with a different interlamellar spacing, and one ferritic sample were nanoindented. Although the hardness of the ferritic sample is very similar at different spots on the sample, a large variation in hardness is obtained on each of the pearlitic samples. It has been found that this variation cannot be accounted for solely by the variation in interlamellar spacing and is related to differences in ferrite crystal orientation. As to explain the observed large variation in hardness, the ferrite crystal orientation was considered relative to the cementite lamellae orientation by calculation of the distance dislocations can glide between adjacent lamellae in the slip direction. However, no clear correlation was found for a scaling of this orientation factor with the hardness. Possible interpretations of this discrepancy are suggested

  8. Effect of electrolysis conditions on the morphology and crystal orientation of zinc electrodeposit; Denki Zn mekki himaku no kessho keitai, haikosei ni oyobosu denkai joken no eikyo

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    Nakano, H.; Araga, K.; Iwai, M.; Kawafuku, J. [Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe (Japan)

    1997-12-01

    The effect of electrolysis condition on the morphology and crystal orientation of zinc electrodeposit was investigated by using the polycrystal commercial low carbon Al-killed steel sheet as a base material and the sulfate bath under the current density of 50-200A/dm{sup 2}, flow rate of 1-2m/s and bath temperature of 50-70degC. Under the conditions where overvoltage of electrodeposit is high, such as high current density, low flow rate and low temperature, heteroepitaxy of steel/zinc decreases, so that zinc crystals become fine and random in size and growth direction. Under the high overvoltage conditions, orientation indexes of (0002)Zn and (1013)Zn decrease but those of (1011)Zn and (1010)Zn increase. When zinc electrodeposits grow heteroepitaxially, (0002)Zn and (0013)Zn planes are preferred. From these results, zinc electrodeposits are thought to progress as follows: At initial stage of plating, zinc electrodeposits grow heteroepitaxially at preferred orientations of (0002) Zn and (1013) Zn. Then, random growth of zinc begins partly on the (0002) Zn and (1013) Zn and finally random growth of (1011) Zn and (1010)Zn occurs partly on the (0002)Zn and (1013)Zn. 16 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Theory of mind mediates the prospective relationship between abnormal social brain network morphology and chronic behavior problems after pediatric traumatic brain injury.

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    Ryan, Nicholas P; Catroppa, Cathy; Beare, Richard; Silk, Timothy J; Crossley, Louise; Beauchamp, Miriam H; Yeates, Keith Owen; Anderson, Vicki A

    2016-04-01

    Childhood and adolescence coincide with rapid maturation and synaptic reorganization of distributed neural networks that underlie complex cognitive-affective behaviors. These regions, referred to collectively as the 'social brain network' (SBN) are commonly vulnerable to disruption from pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, the mechanisms that link morphological changes in the SBN to behavior problems in this population remain unclear. In 98 children and adolescents with mild to severe TBI, we acquired 3D T1-weighted MRIs at 2-8 weeks post-injury. For comparison, 33 typically developing controls of similar age, sex and education were scanned. All participants were assessed on measures of Theory of Mind (ToM) at 6 months post-injury and parents provided ratings of behavior problems at 24-months post-injury. Severe TBI was associated with volumetric reductions in the overall SBN package, as well as regional gray matter structural change in multiple component regions of the SBN. When compared with TD controls and children with milder injuries, the severe TBI group had significantly poorer ToM, which was associated with more frequent behavior problems and abnormal SBN morphology. Mediation analysis indicated that impaired theory of mind mediated the prospective relationship between abnormal SBN morphology and more frequent chronic behavior problems. Our findings suggest that sub-acute alterations in SBN morphology indirectly contribute to long-term behavior problems via their influence on ToM. Volumetric change in the SBN and its putative hub regions may represent useful imaging biomarkers for prediction of post-acute social cognitive impairment, which may in turn elevate risk for chronic behavior problems. PMID:26796967

  10. A single point mutation changes the crystallization behavior of Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived mitogen

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    The mutagenesis, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of M. arthritidis-derived mitogen is described. Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived mitogen (MAM) functions as a conventional superantigen (SAg). Although recombinant MAM has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method, the crystals diffracted poorly to only 5.0 Å resolution, with large unit-cell parameters a = 163.8, b = 93.0, c = 210.9 Å, β = 93.7° in the monoclinic space group P21. Unit-cell content analysis revealed that as many as 24 molecules could be present in the asymmetric unit. Systematic alanine mutagenesis was applied in order to search for mutants that give crystals of better quality. Two mutants, L50A and K201A, were crystallized under the same conditions as wild-type MAM (MAMwt). Crystals of the L50A mutant are isomorphous with those of MAMwt, while a new crystal form was obtained for the K201 mutant, belonging to the cubic space group P4132 with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 181.9 Å. Diffraction data were collected to 3.6 and 2.8 Å resolution from crystals of the MAM L50A and K201A mutants, respectively. Molecular-replacement calculations suggest the presence of two molecules in the asymmetric unit for the MAM K201A mutant crystal, resulting in a VM of 5.0 Å Da−1 and a solvent content of 75%. An interpretable electron-density map for the MAM K201A mutant crystal was produced using the molecular-replacement method

  11. A single point mutation changes the crystallization behavior of Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived mitogen

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    Guo, Yi; Li, Zhong; Van Vranken, Sandra J. [Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 509, Albany, New York 12201-0509 (United States); Li, Hongmin, E-mail: lih@wadsworth.org [Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 509, Albany, New York 12201-0509 (United States); Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 509, Albany, New York 12201-0509 (United States)

    2006-03-01

    The mutagenesis, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of M. arthritidis-derived mitogen is described. Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived mitogen (MAM) functions as a conventional superantigen (SAg). Although recombinant MAM has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method, the crystals diffracted poorly to only 5.0 Å resolution, with large unit-cell parameters a = 163.8, b = 93.0, c = 210.9 Å, β = 93.7° in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}. Unit-cell content analysis revealed that as many as 24 molecules could be present in the asymmetric unit. Systematic alanine mutagenesis was applied in order to search for mutants that give crystals of better quality. Two mutants, L50A and K201A, were crystallized under the same conditions as wild-type MAM (MAM{sub wt}). Crystals of the L50A mutant are isomorphous with those of MAM{sub wt}, while a new crystal form was obtained for the K201 mutant, belonging to the cubic space group P4{sub 1}32 with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 181.9 Å. Diffraction data were collected to 3.6 and 2.8 Å resolution from crystals of the MAM L50A and K201A mutants, respectively. Molecular-replacement calculations suggest the presence of two molecules in the asymmetric unit for the MAM K201A mutant crystal, resulting in a V{sub M} of 5.0 Å Da{sup −1} and a solvent content of 75%. An interpretable electron-density map for the MAM K201A mutant crystal was produced using the molecular-replacement method.

  12. Wavelength Dependence of Laser-Induced Bulk Damage Morphology in KDP Crystal: Determination of the Damage Formation Mechanism

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    HU Guo-Hang; ZHAO Yuan-An; LI Da-Wei; XIAO Qi-Ling

    2012-01-01

    Wet etch process is applied to expose the bulk damage sites in KDP crystals to the surface for the examination by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy.The damage sites induced by 1064 nm laser consist of three distinct regions:a core,an outer region of modified material,and some oriented cracks.Laser irradiated with 355 nm results in an increase of damage density,a decrease of core diameter and,rarely,occurrence of the crack.WavelengKey Laboratory of Materials for High Power Laser,Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics Chinese Academy of Sciences,Shanghai 201800th dependence of the damage feature suggests that a repulsive force exists among the adjacent plasmas,which prevents further expansion of plasma and decreases the size of plasma. The deposited energy absorbed by the smaller plasma may not be able to generate the crack.

  13. Influences of Silver-Doping on the Crystal Structure, Morphology and Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Nanofibers

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    Barakat, Nasser A. M.; Kanjwal, Muzafar Ahmed; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Chronakis, Ioannis S.

    activity of titanium oxide nanofibers has been studied. Sil-ver-doped TiO2 nanofibers having different silver contents were prepared by calcination of electrospun nanofiber mats consisting of silver nitrate, titanium isopropoxide and poly(vinyl acetate) at 600°C. The results affirmed formation of silver......-doped TiO2 nanofibers composed of anatase and rutile when the silver nitrate content in the original electrospun solution was more than 3 wt%. The rutile phase content was directly proportional with the AgNO3 concentration in the electrospun solution. Negative impact of the silver-doping on the nanofibrous...... morphology was observed as increase the silver content caused to decrease the aspect ratio, i.e. producing nanorods rather nanofibers. However, silver-doping leads to modify the surface roughness. Study of the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye clarified that in-crease the silver content...

  14. Effect of martensite morphology and volume fraction on strain hardening and fracture behavior of martensite–ferrite dual phase steel

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    Zhang, Jiecen [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, 3-11 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110819 (China); Di, Hongshuang, E-mail: dhshuang@mail.neu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, 3-11 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110819 (China); Deng, Yonggang [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, 3-11 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110819 (China); Misra, R.D.K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Center for Structural and Functional Materials Research and Innovation, University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States)

    2015-03-11

    Two different morphologies of martensite in dual phase (DP) steel were obtained using two different processing routes. In one case, intermediate quenching (IQ) was adapted, where DP steel was water-quenched to obtain martensite phase, followed by inter-critical annealing. In the second case, the steel was cold rolled, followed by inter-critical annealing (CR-IA). For IQ and CR-IA steels, the inter-critical temperatures varied from 750 °C to 850 °C to obtain different volume fractions of martensite. An understanding of structure–property was obtained using a combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and tensile tests. It was observed that fibrous martensite presented in IQ samples, gradually transformed to blocky martensite with increase in inter-critical temperature, resembling the CR-IA steels. The fibrous martensite encouraged martensite cracking, however, the martensite cracking was dramatically decreased in the IQ samples with increase in martensite fraction. The strain hardening behavior studied using the differential C–J model indicated multistage depending on the fraction of martensite. The low volume fraction of martensite in the DP steel provided high ductility–toughness combination and improved strain hardening ability due to the presence of soft ferrite phase in DP steel. Fibrous martensite in DP steel resulted in less strain hardening than blocky martensite, prior to exceeding a threshold volume fraction. The threshold value was significantly smaller for DP steel with blocky martensite.

  15. Nanoporous Au: Statistical analysis of morphological features and evaluation of their influence on the elastic deformation behavior by phenomenological modeling

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    This work investigates the relationship between the morphology of nanoporous (NP) Au metal foams and their response to elastic deformation. A detailed statistical analysis of scanning electron micrographs has been performed to obtain a quantitative description of ligaments and nodes in terms of characteristic lengths. The thickness of ligaments is shown to vary along their length according to a quadratic function. The relatively broad distribution of ligament length and thickness indicates that local structures can be significantly different from each other. Invariably, nodes are quite massive. Based on this experimental evidence, a phenomenological model of the NP Au structure has been developed to describe its mechanical response within the elastic deformation range. The elementary structural unit consists of a cubic node connecting with six half ligaments with a square cross-section and a parabolic thickness profile. The model predicts that the bending behavior is restricted to the central portion of the ligaments, the effective response being modulated by the ligament characteristic lengths. Model predictions are found to agree fairly well with experimental data

  16. Effect of martensite morphology and volume fraction on strain hardening and fracture behavior of martensite–ferrite dual phase steel

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    Two different morphologies of martensite in dual phase (DP) steel were obtained using two different processing routes. In one case, intermediate quenching (IQ) was adapted, where DP steel was water-quenched to obtain martensite phase, followed by inter-critical annealing. In the second case, the steel was cold rolled, followed by inter-critical annealing (CR-IA). For IQ and CR-IA steels, the inter-critical temperatures varied from 750 °C to 850 °C to obtain different volume fractions of martensite. An understanding of structure–property was obtained using a combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and tensile tests. It was observed that fibrous martensite presented in IQ samples, gradually transformed to blocky martensite with increase in inter-critical temperature, resembling the CR-IA steels. The fibrous martensite encouraged martensite cracking, however, the martensite cracking was dramatically decreased in the IQ samples with increase in martensite fraction. The strain hardening behavior studied using the differential C–J model indicated multistage depending on the fraction of martensite. The low volume fraction of martensite in the DP steel provided high ductility–toughness combination and improved strain hardening ability due to the presence of soft ferrite phase in DP steel. Fibrous martensite in DP steel resulted in less strain hardening than blocky martensite, prior to exceeding a threshold volume fraction. The threshold value was significantly smaller for DP steel with blocky martensite

  17. Structure and crystallization behavior of La2O3⋅3B2O3 metaborate glasses doped with Nd3+ or Eu3+ ions

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    Highlights: • The structure and crystallization behavior of the La2O3⋅3B2O3 glass are studied. • LaB3O6 crystallizes congruently without intermediate but only from glass surface. • The structure of the amorphous and the crystalline phases differ significantly. • The activation energy of LaB3O6 crystal growth is determined. - Abstract: The local structure and crystallization behavior of the stoichiometric La2O3⋅3B2O3 (LaMB) metaborate glass doped with Nd3+ or Eu3+ ions are studied using differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman scattering and 11B magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR), optical absorbance and luminescence techniques. In the crystallized samples, XRD, NMR and Raman spectroscopy have detected the formation of only one crystalline phase (congruent crystallization of LaB3O6). No intermediate metastable crystalline phase has been detected before LaB3O6 crystals formation (single stage crystallization process). The observation of heat treated glass samples by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy coupled with the study of the effect of varying the glass particle size on the DTA curves have both revealed that LaB3O6 crystallization only occurs by a heterogeneous nucleation mechanism (needle-shape crystals) from glass surface. The activation energy Ec of crystal growth has been determined by performing DTA experiments at different heating rates with the Kissinger (784 kJ/mol) and Ozawa (801 kJ/mol) equations than can be used for surface crystallization processes. The heterogeneous crystallization behavior and the spectroscopic results obtained in this work by comparing the LaMB glass with the LaB3O6 crystalline phase suggest the existence of significant structural differences between the amorphous and the crystalline phases contrary to what was previously reported in literature

  18. Crystallization and semiconductor-metal switching behavior of thin VO2 layers grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films were prepared by annealing amorphous VO2 films which were deposited by atomic layer deposition on a SiO2 substrate. A large influence of the oxygen partial pressure in the annealing ambient was observed by means of in-situ X-ray diffraction. In the range between 1 and 10 Pa of oxygen the interesting VO2(R) phase crystallized near 450 °C. Between 2 and 10 Pa of oxygen, metastable VO2(B) was observed as an intermediate crystalline phase before it transformed to VO2(R). Anneals in inert gas did not show any crystallization, while oxygen partial pressures above 10 Pa resulted in oxidation into the higher oxide phase V6O13. Film thickness did not have much effect on the crystallization behavior, but thinner films suffered more from agglomeration during the high-temperature crystallization on the SiO2 substrate. Nevertheless, continuous polycrystalline VO2(R) films were obtained with thicknesses down to 11 nm. In the case where VO2(R) was formed, the semiconductor–metal transition was observed by three complementary techniques. This transition near 68 °C was characterized by X-ray diffraction, showing the transformation of the crystal structure, by spectroscopic ellipsometry, mapping optical changes, and by sheet resistance measurements, showing resistance changes larger than 2 orders of magnitude between the low-temperature semiconducting state and the high-temperature metallic state. - Highlights: • Amorphous VO2 films were grown by atomic layer deposition. • Crystallization was studied by means of in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD). • The optimal oxygen partial pressure during annealing was found to be around 1 Pa. • Continuous crystalline VO2 layers down to 11 nm thickness were obtained at 450 °C. • XRD, ellipsometry and sheet resistance showed the semiconductor–metal transition

  19. A Single Point Mutation Changes in the Crystallization Behavior of Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived Mitogen

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    Guo,Y.; Li, Z.; Van Vranken, S.; Li, H.

    2006-01-01

    Mycoplasma arthritidis-derived mitogen (MAM) functions as a conventional superantigen (SAg). Although recombinant MAM has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapor-diffusion method, the crystals diffracted poorly to only 5.0 Angstroms resolution, with large unit-cell parameters a = 163.8, b = 93.0, c = 210.9 Angstroms, {beta} = 93.7 degrees in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}. Unit-cell content analysis revealed that as many as 24 molecules could be present in the asymmetric unit. Systematic alanine mutagenesis was applied in order to search for mutants that give crystals of better quality. Two mutants, L50A and K201A, were crystallized under the same conditions as wild-type MAM (MAM{sub wt}). Crystals of the L50A mutant are isomorphous with those of MAMwt, while a new crystal form was obtained for the K201 mutant, belonging to the cubic space group P4132 with unit-cell parameters a = b = c = 181.9 Angstroms. Diffraction data were collected to 3.6 and 2.8 Angstroms resolution from crystals of the MAM L50A and K201A mutants, respectively. Molecular-replacement calculations suggest the presence of two molecules in the asymmetric unit for the MAM K201A mutant crystal, resulting in a V{sub M} of 5.0 Angstroms Da{sup -1} and a solvent content of 75%. An interpretable electron-density map for the MAM K201A mutant crystal was produced using the molecular-replacement method.

  20. Thermodynamic stability and crystallization behavior of molecular complexes with TEP host

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    Fijiwara, Atsushi; Kitamura, Mitsutaka

    2013-06-01

    In the crystallization of molecular complex (co-crystal, clathrate complex), polymorphism in regard to the host structure frequently appears. Previously, we studied the release process of the biocide, CMI (5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one) from the molecular complex with TEP (1,1,2,2-tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl)ethane) (TEP·2CMI) in methanol-water mixed solvents. It was clear that the release process of the biocide (CMI) is composed of the transformation from the TEP·2CMI crystal to a more stable molecular complex crystal with solvent. In this work, the crystallization was performed in the methanol solutions including TEP and CMI at constant temperature (298 K and 308 K). It appeared that two kinds of TEP molecular complexes (TEP·2CMI and TEP·2MeOH) crystallize competitively. The crystallization zone of each molecular complex was shown in the map using the coordinates of initial concentrations of TEP and CMI. In the boundary zone both molecular complexes appeared and the transformation from TEP·2CMI to TEP·2MeOH was observed, indicating that the stable form is TEP·2MeOH. Without the boundary zone the corresponding stable form crystallized in each zone. The value of the initial concentration ratio of CMI/TEP for the selective crystallization of TEP·2CMI was higher at 298 K (1.54) than that (1.36) at 308 K. The equilibrium concentrations of TEP and CMI in the presence of two molecular complexes were expressed using the dissociation constants of the molecular complexes and it was indicated that the dissociation of TEP·2CMI highly increases with temperature

  1. Morphological and behavioral development of the piracanjuba larvae Desenvolvimento morfológico e comportamental de larvas de piracanjuba

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    Cláudia Maria Reis Raposo Maciel

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to study the morphologic development and the swimming and feeding behaviors of piracanjuba larvae, Brycon orbignyanus Valenciennes (1849 (Characiformes, Characidae, Bryconinae, during the period from zero to 172 hours after hatching (standard length = 3.62 - 11.94 mm. The morphological analyses were accomplished by using a trinocular stereo microscope, while the behavioral analyses were performed through periodic observations. In 28 hours after hatching, the larvae (standard length = 6.25 ± 0.13 mm showed the following structural and behavioral characteristics that made them become active predators able to overcome a larval critical phase, the beginning of exogenous feeding: presence of pigmented eyes, terminal and wide mouth, developed oral dentition, developing digestive tube, yolk sac reduction, fins and swim bladder formation, horizontal swimming, cannibalism, and predation. Intense cannibalism among larvae was verified from 26 to 72 hours. At the end of the metamorphosis - 172 hours after hatching - the larvae measuring 11.94 + 0.80 mm in standard length presented a flexed notochord, caudal fin bifurcation, dorsal and anal fin formation, synchronized movements, and formation of shoals, characteristics that together allow enhanced perception and locomotio in exploration of the environment, determining the best moment for transfering to the fishponds. New studies can contribute to commercial fish farming by improving feeding management, performance, survival, and productivity of this species.Objetivou-se estudar o desenvolvimento morfológico e os comportamentos natatório e alimentar de larvas de piracanjuba, Brycon orbignyanus Valenciennes (1849 (Characiformes, Characidae, Bryconinae no período de 0 a 172 horas após a eclosão (comprimento-padrão = 3,62 - 11,94 mm. As análises morfológicas foram realizadas com auxílio de um microscópio estereoscópico trinocular e as comportamentais, por meio de

  2. Behavior under gamma irradiation of single crystals of NaCl doped with divalent cations

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    Thermally stimulated luminescence and optical absorption measurements were performed on NaCl single crystals, both single and double doped. The NaCl single crystals were exposed to gamma rays from a 60Co source at both low and room temperatures. The radiation-induced defects were mainly F and H centers, and the absorption bands for the F centers were centered at 464 nm. Bleaching with F-light showed the participation of the F center generated by gamma radiation on the TL phenomenon. The results suggest that NaCl single crystals, both single and double doped can be used as dosimeters, within certain doses. (author)

  3. Crystal Orientation and Temperature Effects on the Double Hysteresis Loop Behavior of a PVDF- g-PS Graft Copolymer

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    Zhu, Lei; Yang, Lianyun; Guan, Fangxiao

    2013-03-01

    In a recent report, double hysteresis loop behavior is observed in a nanoconfined poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene)-graft-polystyrene [P(VDF-TrFE-CTFE)- g-PS] copolymer. It is considered that the PS grafts are capable of reducing the compensation polarization and thus the polarization electric field during the reverse poling process, resulting in the double hysteresis loop behavior. In this study, we further investigated crystal orientation and temperature effects on this novel ferroelectric behavior. It is observed that with increasing the orientation factor, the electric displacement-electric field (D-E) loop changes from linear for non-oriented film to double loop for the well-oriented film. With increasing the temperature, the double hysteresis loop is gradually replaced by the single and open loop, which is attributed to the impurity ion migrational loss in the sample. This work is supported by NSF (DMR-0907580).

  4. Influences of ruthenium and crystallographic orientation on creep behavior of aluminized nickel-base single crystal superalloys

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    Latief, F.H., E-mail: fahamsyah78@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-osawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kakehi, K. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1-1 Minami-osawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); An-Chou Yeh, H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National TsingHua University, 101, Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Murakami, H. [Hybrid Materials Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2014-01-13

    The influences of ruthenium and surface orientation on creep behavior of aluminized Ni-base single crystal superalloys were investigated by comparing two different types of NKH superalloys. The aluminized coated specimens were then subjected to creep rupture tests at a temperature of 900 °C and a stress of 392 MPa. The coating treatment resulted in a significant decrease in creep rupture lives for both superalloys. The diffusion zones between the coating and substrate led to changes in microstructure, which diminished the creep behavior of the aluminized superalloys. Because of the interdiffusion of Ru, Al and Ni, the solubility of some of the refractory elements, such as W, Re. Mo, Co and Cr decreased in the diffusion zone; the precipitation of topologically close-packed (TCP) phases was thus inevitable. In the present study, the addition of Ru increased the degree of Re and Cr supersaturation in the γ matrix. Consequently, the addition of Ru indirectly promoted the precipitation of TCP phases in aluminized Ni-base single crystal superalloys. Furthermore, the growth of TCP precipitates was greatly influenced by the specific surface orientations of the Ni-base single crystal superalloys. In conclusion, the {110} specimens showed shorter creep rupture life than the {100} specimens, this was due to the difference in the crystallographic geometry of {111}〈101〉 slip system and TCP precipitates between the two side-surface orientations of the specimens.

  5. Crystallization behavior of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide films and its effects on thin-film transistor performance

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    Suko, Ayaka; Jia, JunJun; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Kawashima, Emi; Utsuno, Futoshi; Yano, Koki; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering and post-annealed in air at 300-1000 °C for 1 h to investigate the crystallization behavior in detail. X-ray diffraction, electron beam diffraction, and high-resolution electron microscopy revealed that the IGZO films showed an amorphous structure after post-annealing at 300 °C. At 600 °C, the films started to crystallize from the surface with c-axis preferred orientation. At 700-1000 °C, the films totally crystallized into polycrystalline structures, wherein the grains showed c-axis preferred orientation close to the surface and random orientation inside the films. The current-gate voltage (Id-Vg) characteristics of the IGZO thin-film transistor (TFT) showed that the threshold voltage (Vth) and subthreshold swing decreased markedly after the post-annealing at 300 °C. The TFT using the totally crystallized films also showed the decrease in Vth, whereas the field-effect mobility decreased considerably.

  6. High-pressure behavior of natural single-crystal epidote and clinozoisite up to 40 GPa

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    Qin, Fei; Wu, Xiang; Wang, Ying; Fan, Dawei; Qin, Shan; Yang, Ke; Townsend, Joshua P.; Jacobsen, Steven D.

    2016-06-01

    The comparative compressibility and high-pressure stability of a natural epidote (0.79 Fe-total per formula unit, Fetot pfu) and clinozoisite (0.40 Fetot pfu) were investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The lattice parameters of both phases exhibit continuous compression behavior up to 30 GPa without evidence of phase transformation. Pressure-volume data for both phases were fitted to a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state with V 0 = 461.1(1) Å3, K 0 = 115(2) GPa, and K0' = 3.7(2) for epidote and V 0 = 457.8(1) Å3, K 0 = 142(3) GPa, and K0' = 5.2(4) for clinozoisite. In both epidote and clinozoisite, the b-axis is the stiffest direction, and the ratios of axial compressibility are 1.19:1.00:1.15 for epidote and 1.82:1.00:1.19 for clinozoisite. Whereas the compressibility of the a-axis is nearly the same for both phases, the b- and c-axes of the epidote are about 1.5 times more compressible than in clinozoisite, consistent with epidote having a lower bulk modulus. Raman spectra collected up to 40.4 GPa also show no indication of phase transformation and were used to obtain mode Grüneisen parameters (γ i) for Si-O vibrations, which were found to be 0.5-0.8, typical for hydrous silicate minerals. The average pressure coefficient of Raman frequency shifts for M-O modes in epidote, 2.61(6) cm-1/GPa, is larger than found for clinozoisite, 2.40(6) cm-1/GPa, mainly due to the different compressibility of FeO6 and AlO6 octahedra in M3 sites. Epidote and clinozoisite contain about 2 wt% H2O are thus potentially important carriers of water in subducted slabs.

  7. Leaf cuticular wax amount and crystal morphology regulate post-harvest water loss in mulberry (Morus species).

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    Mamrutha, H M; Mogili, T; Jhansi Lakshmi, K; Rama, N; Kosma, Dylan; Udaya Kumar, M; Jenks, Matthew A; Nataraja, Karaba N

    2010-08-01

    Mulberry leaves are the sole source of food for silkworms (Bombyx mori), and moisture content of the detached leaves fed to silkworms determines silkworm growth and cocoon yield. Since leaf dehydration in commercial sericulture is a serious problem, development of new methods that minimize post-harvest water loss are greatly needed. In the present study, variability in moisture retention capacity (MRC, measured as leaf relative water content after one to 5 h of air-drying) was examined by screening 290 diverse mulberry accessions and the relationship between MRC and leaf surface (cuticular) wax amount was determined. Leaf MRC varied significantly among accessions, and was found to correlate strongly with leaf wax amount. Scanning electron microscopic analysis indicated that leaves having crystalline surface waxes of increased facet size and density were associated with high MRC accessions. Leaf MRC at 5 h after harvest was not related to other parameters such as specific leaf weight, and stomatal frequency and index. This study suggests that mulberry accessions having elevated leaf surface wax amount and crystal size and density exhibit reduced leaf post-harvest water loss, and could provide the foundation for selective breeding of improved cultivars. PMID:20580887

  8. Non-isothermal melt crystallization behavior of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/graphene nanocomposites

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    Aoyama, Shigeru; Park, Yong Tae; Ougizawa, Toshiaki; Macosko, Christopher

    2013-03-01

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate)(PET)/graphene nanocomposites were prepared by melt mixing with a goal of reduced gas permeability. With 2 wt% of few layered graphene, PET/graphene composite films show more than 70% decrease in N2 gas permeation. Their non-isothermal crystallization were also investigated by differential scanning calorimetory (DSC). Crystallization temperature, Tc, of PET/graphene nanocomposites was more than 8 °C higher than neat PET and the increment increased along with the concentration of graphene. This suggests that the nucleation effect of graphene enhanced with the increase in concentration of graphene. On the other hand, PET/graphene nanocomposites show shorter half crystallization time, t1/2, than neat PET at lower concentrations, but t1/2 increased along with concentration of graphene. From Raman spectroscopy, it was shown that PET chains in nanocomposites are strongly confined in the presence of an excess of graphene. Restricted mobility of PET chains slowed crystallization.

  9. Morphological instability of the solid-liquid interface in crystal growth under supercooled liquid film flow and natural convection airflow

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    Ueno, K

    2011-01-01

    Ring-like ripples on the surface of icicles are an example of morphological instability of the ice-water interface during ice growth under supercooled water film flow. The surface of icicles is typically covered with ripples of about 1 cm in wavelength, and the wavelength appears to be almost independent of external temperature, icicle radius, and volumetric water flow rate. One side of the water layer consists of the water-air surface and growing ice is the other. This is one of the more complicated moving phase boundary problems with two interfaces. A recent theoretical work [K. Ueno, Phys. Rev. E 68, (2003) 021603] to address the underlying instability that produces ripples is based on the assumption of the absence of airflow around icicles. In this paper, we extend the previous theoretical framework to include a natural convection airflow ahead of the water-air surface and consider whether the effect of natural convection airflow on the wavelength of ripples produced on an ice surface is essential or not.

  10. Influence of strain-induced crystallization on the crack driving force in fracture behavior of rubber

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    Guilie, Joachim; Le Tallec, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Fatigue crack growth resistance increases with the loading ratio due to strain-induced crystallization, even if the peak stress increases. Recent experiments have allowed determination of the strain-induced crystallization (SIC) distribution around a crack tip during uninterrupted fatigue tests. The purpose of this work is to compare spatial distributions of crystallinity in a cracked sample at different elongations between one experiment and simulation results based on our model.

  11. Miscibility, Crystallization, and Rheological Behavior of Solution Casting Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ethylene succinate) Blends Probed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Rheology, and Optical Microscope Techniques

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    Sun, Wei-hua; Qiao, Xiao-ping; Cao, Qi-kun; Liu, Jie-ping

    2010-02-01

    The miscibility and crystallization of solution casting biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ethylene succinate) (PHB/PES) blends was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, rheology, and optical microscopy. The blends showed two glass transition temperatures and a depression of melting temperature of PHB with compositions in phase diagram, which indicated that the blend was partially miscible. The morphology observation supported this result. It was found that the PHB and PES can crystallize simultaneously or upon stepwise depending on the crystallization temperatures and compositions. The spherulite growth rate of PHB increased with increasing of PES content. The influence of compositions on the spherulitic growth rate for the partially miscible polymer blends was discussed.

  12. Accelerated fatigue crack growth behavior of PWA 1480 single crystal alloy and its dependence on the deformation mode

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    Telesman, Jack; Ghosn, Louis J.

    1988-01-01

    An investigation of the fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of PWA 1480 single crystal nickel base superalloy was conducted. Typical Paris region behavior was observed above a delta K of 8 MPa sq rt of m. However, below that stress intensity range, the alloy exhibited highly unusual behavior. This behavior consisted of a region where the crack growth rate became essentially independent of the applied stress intensity. The transition in the FCG behavior was related to a change in the observed crack growth mechanisms. In the Paris region, fatigue failure occurred along (111) facets; however, at the lower stress intensities, (001) fatigue failure was observed. A mechanism was proposed, based on barriers to dislocation motion, to explain the changes in the observed FCG behavior. The FCG data were also evaluated in terms of a recently proposed stress intensity parameter, K sub rss. This parameter, based on the resolved shear stresses on the slip planes, quantified the crack driving force as well as the mode I delta K, and at the same time was also able to predict the microscopic crack path under different stress states.

  13. Crystallization of Trehalose in Frozen Solutions and its Phase Behavior during Drying

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    Sundaramurthi, Prakash; Patapoff, Thomas W.; Suryanarayanan, Raj (Genentech); (UMM)

    2015-02-19

    To study the crystallization of trehalose in frozen solutions and to understand the phase transitions during the entire freeze-drying cycle. Aqueous trehalose solution was cooled to -40 C in a custom-designed sample holder. The frozen solution was warmed to -18 C and annealed, and then dried in the sample chamber of the diffractometer. XRD patterns were continuously collected during cooling, annealing and drying. After cooling, hexagonal ice was the only crystalline phase observed. However, upon annealing, crystallization of trehalose dihydrate was evident. Seeding the frozen solution accelerated the solute crystallization. Thus, phase separation of the lyoprotectant was observed in frozen solutions. During drying, dehydration of trehalose dihydrate yielded a substantially amorphous anhydrous trehalose. Crystallization of trehalose, as trehalose dihydrate, was observed in frozen solutions. The dehydration of the crystalline trehalose dihydrate to substantially amorphous anhydrate occurred during drying. Therefore, analyzing the final lyophile will not reveal crystallization of the lyoprotectant during freeze-drying. The lyoprotectant crystallization can only become evident by continuous monitoring of the system during the entire freeze-drying cycle. In light of the phase separation of trehalose in frozen solutions, its ability to serve as a lyoprotectant warrants further investigation.

  14. Thermal Expansion Behavior of Hexagonal ZnS Single-Crystal Nanowires Embedded in Anodized Aluminum Oxide Template

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    The thermal expansion behavior of semiconductor single-crystal nanowire arrays is of importance for their applications in electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. We prepare hexagonal ZnS single-crystal nanowire arrays growing along the [110] direction via electrodeposition. The thermal expansion properties of the as-prepared ZnS nanowires have been studied by in situ x-ray diffraction method. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of the ZnS nanowires decreases consistently from room temperature to 225° C where it reaches a minimum value, and then increases rapidly. The average TEC in the studied temperature range is 4.74 × 10−6/°C, which is smaller than that of the conventional bulk counterpart

  15. Crystallization and melting behavior of polymer blend observed by microbeam small-angle x-ray scattering

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    The microbeam small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) technique gives the novel information about micron-scale structural distribution (or inhomogeneity). By using microbeam SAXS, we have studied the crystallization and melting behavior of miscible polymer blend PCL (poly- ε caprolactone)/PVB (poly-vinyl butyral). In PCL/PVB, the very large spherulite with highly regular band structure is formed because of low frequency of nucleation. By irradiating an X-ray microbeam near the edge of the spherulite, we have measured the lamella formation at the growth front. It is found that PCL/PVB crystal has two populations of lamella bundle (longer and usual periodic structure) and the very long periodic structure grows before the appearance of the usual lamella period. We have also scanned the X-ray microbeam along the radial direction of the spherulite and have observed a periodic change of SAXS intensity, the period of which corresponds to the band period. (author)

  16. Fatigue crack growth behavior of a new single crystal nickel-based superalloy (CMSX-4) at 650 C

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    CMSX-4 is a recently developed rhenium containing single crystal nickel-based superalloy. This alloy has potential applications in many critical high-temperature applications such as turbine blades, rotors, nuclear reactors, etc. The fatigue crack growth rate and the fatigue threshold data of this material is extremely important for accurate life prediction, as well as failure safe design, at elevated temperatures. In this paper, the fatigue crack growth behavior of CMSX-4 has been studied at 650 C. The investigation also examined the influence of γ' precipitates (size and distribution) on the near-threshold fatigue crack growth rate and the fatigue threshold. The influence of load ratio on the fatigue crack growth rate and the fatigue threshold was also examined. Detailed fractographic studies were carried out to determine the crack growth mechanism in fatigue in the threshold region. Compact tension specimens were prepared from the single crystal nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4 with [001] orientation as the tensile loading axis direction. These specimens were given three different heat treatments to produce three different γ' precipitate sizes and distributions. Fatigue crack growth behavior of these specimens was studied at 650 C in air. The results of the present investigation indicate that the near-threshold fatigue crack growth rate decreases and that the fatigue threshold increases with an increase in the γ' precipitate size at 650 C. The fatigue threshold decreased linearly with an increase in load ratio. Fractographs at 650 C show a stage 2 type of crack growth along {100} type of crystal planes in the threshold region, and along {111} type of crystal planes in the high ΔK region

  17. The Dynamic Behaviors of Single Crystal RDX Under Ramp Wave Loading to 15GPa

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    Wang, Guiji; Cai, Jintao; Zhao, Jianheng; Zhao, Feng; Wu, Gang; Tan, Fuli; Sun, Chengwei

    Based on high pulsed power generator CQ-4, the single crystal RDX explosive was researched along different crystal orientations under ramp wave loadings up to 15 GPa. The typical three-wave structures were obtained by means of laser interferometry PDV, which show the elastic-plastic transition and α to γ phase transition. The ramp elastic limit (REL) and yield strength of RDX along 210 and 100 crystal orientations were respectively calculated and the resuts show obvious effects of crystal orientaions for RDX. The ramp elastic limit σIEL of RDX along 210 orientation is 0.688-0.758GPa, and the σIEL of RDX along 100 is 1.039 -1.110 GPa. The α to γ phase transformation characteristics were also analyzed based on the experimental data. The initial phase transition pressure for the two crystal orientation of RDX are about 3.5 to 4 GPa, which agree well with the data of about 4-5GPa given by MD simulation. The data directly validate the results given by Raman Spectrum under shock compression and static high pressure, which couldn't be observed by wave profiles. The experimental data can be used to verify and validate the new models of RDX under dynamic loading. Supported by NSFC of China under Contract No.11327803 and 11176002

  18. Effects of composition and temperature on the large-field behavior of [001]C relaxor single crystals.

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    Gallagher, John; Lynch, Christopher; Tian, Jian

    2014-12-01

    The compositional dependence of the large-field behavior of [001]C-cut relaxor ferroelectric xPb(In1/2Nb1/2) O3-(1-x-y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-yPbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) single crystals that are on the rhombohedral side of the morphotropic phase boundary was characterized under electrical, mechanical, and thermal loading. The effects of varying the concentrations of PIN and PT are discussed. Composition was found to impact the material constants and the field-induced phase transformation threshold in the piezoelectric d333-mode configuration. PMID:25474790

  19. Wall Slip Effect on Shear-Induced Crystallization Behavior of Isotactic Polypropylene Containing beta-Nucleating Agent

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    Luo, Baojing; Li, Hongfei; Zhang, Yao;

    2014-01-01

    Shearing is unavoidable during the polymer process, and isotactic polypropylene (iPP) is one of the most used commercial polymers. iPP mixed with beta-nucleating agent TMB-5 was isothermally crystallized at 135 degrees C from melts under various shear conditions and investigated via synchrotron r......-iPP are in direct proportion to the orientation degree rather than shear rate especially at high shear rate, which proves that wall slip should not be neglected when taking shear effect or rheological behavior into consideration....

  20. Chirality driven crystallization behavior of ortho, meta, and para-cyanophenyl glycerol ethers

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    Bredikhin, Alexander A.; Litvinov, Igor A.; Krivolapov, Dmitry B.; Fattahov, Bulat R.; Gubaidullin, Aidar T.; Akhatova, Flyura S.; Bredikhina, Zemfira A.

    2010-09-01

    Enantiopure and racemic samples of ortho, meta, and para CN-substituted phenyl glycerol ethers 1- 3 were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and single-crystal X-ray analysis. The absolute configuration for ( S)- 1 was established through Flack parameter method. Whereas ortho-derivative 1 demonstrates spontaneous resolution upon crystallization, homochiral lattice for scalemic meta-derivative 2 is exceeded in stability by heterochiral lattice of racemic compound. This tendency becomes all the more evident for the para-derivative 3, in which case the difference in Gibbs free energy between rac and scal lattices amounts Δ G0 = -4.48 kJ mol -1. Most of these phenomena could be understood by reference to crystal packing details.

  1. Crystallization and melting behavior of iPP studied by DSC

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    Janevski, Aco; Bogoeva-Gaceva, Gordana; GROZDANOV, Anita

    1998-01-01

    This article is a part of a study of model and bulk composites, based on isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) and glass (or carbon) fibers, produced from knitted textile preforms of hybrid yarns. First, we report the results on crystallization and fusion of textile-grade i-PP, used for the processing of hybrid yarns and the corresponding knitted fabrics. The kinetics of the crystallization process, in the dynamic and isothermal regime, was followed by DSC, and the results were analyzed by Avrami, O...

  2. Effects of Particulate Debris Morphology on the Rolling Wear Behavior of All-Steel and Si(Sub 3)N(Sub 4)-Steel Bearing Element Couples

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    Adair, J.H.; Mecholsky, J.J., Jr.; Mitchell, D.J.

    1999-01-25

    Rolling contact fatigue experiments were performed on all-steel and hybrid Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}-M50 steel rolling bearing systems using particulate contaminated lubricants. The particulate contaminants used were glycothermally synthesized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} platelets or Arizona test dust. The effects of contaminant composition and morphology on rolling contact fatigue and wear behavior were explored. The effects of bearing element material properties on fatigue and wear behavior were also examined. Rolling wear behavior is related to bearing component material configuration and the type of particulate contaminant present in the lubricant. Component and particulate material properties such as hardness and elastic modulus are observed to affect rolling wear behavior. Wear mechanisms such as contact stress fatigue, indenting, cutting and plowing are observed.

  3. Meek Males and Fighting Females: Sexually-Dimorphic Antipredator Behavior and Locomotor Performance Is Explained by Morphology in Bark Scorpions (Centruroides vittatus)

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    Carlson, Bradley E.; McGinley, Shannen; Rowe, Matthew P.

    2014-01-01

    Sexual dimorphism can result from sexual or ecological selective pressures, but the importance of alternative reproductive roles and trait compensation in generating phenotypic differences between the sexes is poorly understood. We evaluated morphological and behavioral sexual dimorphism in striped bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus). We propose that reproductive roles have driven sexually dimorphic body mass in this species which produces sex differences in locomotor performance. Poor loc...

  4. High temperature oxidation behavior of aluminide on a Ni-based single crystal superalloy in different surface orientations

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    Fahamsyah H.Latief; Koji Kakehi; El-Sayed M.Sherif

    2014-01-01

    An investigation on oxidation behavior of coated Ni-based single crystal superalloy in different surface orientations has been carried out at 1100 1C. It has been found that the {100} surface shows a better oxidation resistance than the {110} one, which is attributed that the {110}surface had a slightly higher oxidation rate when compared to the {100} surface. The experimental results also indicated that the anisotropic oxidation behavior took place even with a very small difference in the oxidation rates that was found between the two surfaces. The differences of the topologically close packed phase amount and its penetration depth between the two surfaces, including the ratio of α-Al2O3 after 500 h oxidation, were responsible for the oxidation anisotropy.

  5. Shear and Rapeseed Oil Addition Affect the Crystal Polymorphic Behavior of Milk Fat

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    Kaufmann, Niels; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Andersen, Ulf; Wiking, Lars

    2013-01-01

    crystallized at 5 C and shear of 0, 74 or 444 s-1 was applied during early crystallization, in the NMR tube. High shear rates decreased the amount of a polymorph formed and accelerated the polymorphic transition; however, shear did not affect the final solid fat content (SFC). The a to b0 transition occurred......The effect of shear on the crystallization kinetics of anhydrous milk fat (AMF) and blends with 20 and 30 % w/w added rapeseed oil (RO) was studied. Pulse 1H NMR was used to follow the a to b0 polymorphic transition. The NMR method was confirmed and supported by SAXS/WAXS experiments. Samples were...... faster in the presence of RO allowing more room for the conformational changes to occur. Final SFC decreased with increasing RO content. Shear applied in 20 and 30 % blends caused the destruction of b0-related 3L structure leaving only 2L packing. In AMF and statically crystallized samples, both 3L and 2...

  6. In-situ observation of ettringite crystals

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    Komatsu, Ryuichi; Mizukoshi, Norihiro; Makida, Koji; Tsukamoto, Katsuo

    2009-01-01

    In-situ observation of growing ettringite crystals in solution has been carried out and the morphology change of ettringite has been investigated under various conditions. In particular, the acceleration behavior of ettringite growth in the presence of calcite, the cause of which is not yet understood, is examined. Spherulite with calcite in its core is formed first followed by the generation of acicular crystals. Compared with the in-situ observation result of crystal growth in a solution with no calcite, the effect of added calcite can be explained as a decrease in the activation energy of nucleation for ettringite around calcite.

  7. Physicochemical properties of Brazilian cocoa butter and industrial blends. Part II Microstructure, polymorphic behavior and crystallization characteristics

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    Ribeiro, A. P. B.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural behavior of industrial standardized cocoa butter samples and cocoa butter samples from three different Brazilian states is compared. The cocoa butters were characterized by their microstructural patterns, crystallization kinetics and polymorphic habits. The evaluation of these parameters aided in establishing relationships between the chemical compositions and crystallization behavior of the samples, as well as differentiating them in terms of technological and industrial potential for use in tropical regions.

    En este trabajo se presenta el comportamiento de la microestructura y la cristalización de mantecas de cacao representativas de las mezclas industriales, y de la manteca de cacao original de tres regiones geográficas diferentes de Brasil. Las muestras se evaluaron de acuerdo a la microestructura, la cinética de cristalización y el comportamiento polimórfico. La evaluación de estos parámetros nos permite establecer relaciones entre la composición química y el comportamiento de la cristalización de las muestras, así como las diferencias sobre la adecuación del potencial tecnológico e industrial para su aplicación en las regiones tropicales.

  8. Redox-active porous coordination polymer based on trinuclear pivalate: Temperature-dependent crystal rearrangement and redox-behavior

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    Linking of trinuclear pivalate Fe2NiO(Piv)6 (Piv=O2CC(CH3)3) by 2,6-bis(4-pyridyl)-4-(1-naphthyl)pyridine (L) resulted in formation of 1D-porous coordination polymer Fe2NiO(Piv)6(L)·Solv, which was characterized in two forms: DMSO solvate Fe2NiO(Piv)6(L)(DMSO)·2.5DMSO (1) or water solvate Fe2NiO(Piv)6(L)(H2O) (2). X-ray structure of 1 was determined. Crystal lattice of 1 at 160 K contained open channels, filled by captured solvent, while temperature growth to 296 K led to the crystal lattice rearrangement and formation of closed voids. Redox-behavior of 2 was studied by cyclic voltammetry for a solid compound, deposited on glassy-carbon electrode. Redox-activity of L preserved upon incorporation in the coordination polymer. The presence of pores in desolvated sample Fe2NiO(Piv)6(L) was confirmed by the measurements of N2 and H2 adsorption at 77 K. Potential barriers of the different molecules diffusion through pores were estimated by the means of molecular mechanics. - Graphical abstract: Redox-behavior of 1D-porous coordination polymer Fe2NiO(Piv)6(L)(H2O) was studied by cyclic voltammetry in thin film, deposited on glassy-carbon electrode. Redox-activity of L preserved upon incorporation in the coordination polymer. Potential barriers of different molecules diffusion through pores were estimated by the means of molecular mechanics. - Highlights: • Porous 1D coordination polymer was synthesized. • Temperature growth led to pores closing due to crystal lattice rearrangement. • Redox-activity of ligand preserved upon incorporation into coordination polymer. • Redox-properties of solid coordination polymer were studied in thin film. • Diffusion barriers were evaluated by molecular mechanics

  9. The behavior of Er3+ dopants during crystallization in oxyfluoride silicate glass ceramics

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    In this paper, the changes of local environment of Er3+ during heat treatment process have been studied in 50SiO2-45PbF2-5PbO system. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), absorption spectra, fluorescence decay curves and luminescence spectra. The experimental results indicate that PbF2 crystals were precipitated in the precursor sample. However, a significant fraction of Er3+ remains in the glassy phase. With increasing heat treatment time, the Er3+ in the glass matrix may enter into fluoride nanocrystals gradually. When the heat treatment time reached 15 min, most of the Er3+ ions were incorporated into the fluoride nanocrystals. Based on the experimental analysis, we considered that Er3+ not only act as nucleating agents for the precipitation of crystalline fluoride phase during nucleation process but also enter into nanocrystals during crystals growth process.

  10. Phase Behavior of Mixtures of Low Molecular Weight Nematic Liquid Crystals and Photochemically Crosslinked Polyacrylates

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    BEDJAOUI, Lamia; N. BERRIAH; K. BOUDRAA; Bouchaour, T.; MASCHKE, Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    The present work deals with theoretical and experimental studies to explore some physical properties of composite materials made of crosslinked poly(nbutylacrylate) networks and low molecular weight nematic liquid crystals (LCs). The chemically crosslinked polymers were obtained by exposure to UV radiation of initial solutions composed of a reactive monomer, n-butylacrylate, a small amount of a crosslinking agent, hexanedioldiacrylate, and a photoinitiator. To obtain different ...

  11. Long-time Behavior for Nonlinear Hydrodynamic System Modeling the Nematic Liquid Crystal Flows

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    Wu, Hao

    2009-01-01

    We study a simplified system of the original Ericksen--Leslie equations for the flow of nematic liquid crystals. This is a coupled non-parabolic dissipative dynamic system. We show the convergence of global classical solutions to single steady states as time goes to infinity (uniqueness of asymptotic limit) by using the \\L ojasiewicz--Simon approach. Moreover, we provide an estimate on the convergence rate. Finally, we discuss some possible extensions of the results to certain generalized pro...

  12. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Thermal Behavior of 4,5-Dimethoxy-2-(dinitromethylene)imidazolidine

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    WANG Min; XU Kang-zhen; HE Fei; ZHANG Hang; CHEN Yong-shun; SONG Ji-rong; ZHAO Feng-qi

    2012-01-01

    A new energetic material,4,5-dimethoxy-2-(dinitromethylene)imidazolidine(DMDNI),was synthesized by the reaction of 4,5-dihydroxyl-2-(dinitromethylene)-imidazolidine(DDNI) and methanol,and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction.DMDNI crystallized in triclinic space group P(1),with crystal data a=0.4324(4) nm,b=1.3599(11) nm,c=1.7503(14) nm,a=77.406(14)°,β=84.494(15)°,γ=87.976(14)°,V=0.9997(14)nm3,Z=4,μ=0.140 mm-1,F(000)=488,Dc=1.556 g/cm3,R1=0.0773 and wR2=0.1574.Thermal decomposition of DMDNI was studied,and its thermal decomposition process was divided into two stages.The first stage was a melting process and the second stage was an exothermic decomposition process.The enthalpy,apparent activation energy and pre-exponential constant of the exothermic decomposition reaction are -491.5 J/g,142.3 kJ/mol and 101424 s-1,respectively.The critical temperature of thermal explosion is 162.47 ℃.DMDNI has a lower thermal stability than DDNI but it is close to that of 4,5-diacetoxyl-2-(dinitromethylene)-imidazolidine(DADNI).

  13. Crystallization behavior and magnetic properties in High Fe content FeBCSiCu alloy system

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    High Fe content FeBCSiCu nanocrystalline alloys are prepared by annealing melt-spun amorphous ribbons with aim at increasing saturation magnetic flux density. Microstructures identified by XRD and TEM reveal that Cu addition inhibits the surface crystallization of Fe86B7C7 alloy and improve its glass-forming ability. Activation energy of crystallization calculated by Kissinger's equation indicates that both Cu and Si addition promotes the precipitation of α-Fe phase and improves the thermal stability. VSM and DC B–H loop tracer measurements show that the Fe85.5B7C6Si1Cu0.5 nanocrystalline alloy exhibits high saturation magnetic flux density of 1.8 T and low coercivity of 10 A/m, respectively. AC properties measured by AC B–H analyzer show this alloy exhibits low core loss of 0.35 W/kg at 1 T at 50 Hz. Low material cost and convenient productivity make the Fe85.5B7C6Si1Cu0.5 nanocrystalline alloy an economical application in industry. - Highlights: • Cu addition inhibits the surface crystallization and improves the GFA. • The competitive formation of Fe3C and α-Fe phase impedes the devitrification. • Fe85.5B7C6Si1Cu0.5 nanocrystalline alloy exhibits excellent magnetic properties. • The alloy system has an economical advantage and convenient productivity

  14. Orientation dependence of deformation and penetration behavior of tungsten single-crystal rods

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    This paper reports on the performance of tungsten single crystals as kinetic energy penetrator materials that was investigated in a high length-to-diameter (L/D) rod geometry at sub-scale (1/4 geometric scale). The [111]. [110], and [100] crystal orientations were tested in this 74-g LD = 15 geometry penetrator (6.90-mm diameter x 102.5-mm length). Several 93% tungsten alloy and uranium 3/4 titanium rod geometries were also tested to baseline expected performance of typical penetrator material/geometry combinations. Performance was determined for semi-infinite penetration into RHA steel and finite penetration into 76.20-mm RHA steel. Of the orientation tested, the [100] orientation provided the best ballistic results, with superior performance to mass and geometric equivalent 93% tungsten alloy rods. The [100] orientation also provided similar performance to geometric equivalent uranium 3/4 titanium rods. Favorable slip/cleavage during the compressive loading of the penetration process to allow penetrator material flow without large scale plastic deformation, and final shear localization at a favorable angle for easy material flow away from the penetration interface, contribute to the [100] orientation crystals' excellent performance. The net result was less energy expenditure during penetrator flow and, therefore, more energy for deformation of RHA

  15. Crystallization and Melting Behavior of Linear Polyethylene and Ethylene/Styrene Copolymers and Chain Length Dependence of Spherulitic Growth Rate for Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Fractions

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    Huang, Zhenyu

    2004-01-01

    The crystallization and melting behavior of linear polyethylene and of a series of random ethylene/styrene copolymers was investigated using a combination of classical and temperature modulated differential scanning calorimetry. In the case of linear polyethylene and low styrene content copolymers, the temporal evolutions of the melting temperature, degree of crystallinity, and excess heat capacity were studied during crystallization. The following correlations were established: 1) the evolut...

  16. Flow-induced crystallization in isotactic polypropylene

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    Hamad, Fawzi Ghassan

    Brief intervals of strong flow stretch chains in a semicrystalline polymer melt, which results in an increase in the nuclei number density and a transformation of the crystal structure. This flow-induced crystallization (FIC) phenomenon is explored in this study using highly isotactic polypropylene (iPP) samples. Using one synthesized and five commercial linear isotactic polypropylene samples, we investigate the FIC behavior by imposing shear onto these samples in a rotational rheometer. Equipped with a good temperature control and flexible shear protocol, we apply different temperature and flow conditions. The magnitude of the FIC effect varies with basic processing parameters (shear rate, specific work, crystallization temperature, and shearing temperature) and material properties (totalistic, molecular weight distribution, and particle concentration in the polymer). The scope of this study is to systematically investigate the influences of these parameters on FIC. The FIC effects that are investigated in this dissertation are: crystallization kinetics, persistence time of flow-induced nuclei, and crystal morphology. The crystallization time was measured in the rheometer by monitoring the onset of crystallization after quenching samples sheared above Tm. These samples were subsequently used to study their flow-induced nuclei persistence time and crystal morphology. The lifetime of flow-induced nuclei was determined by measuring the time required to return from FIC back to quiescent crystallization using a differential scanning calorimeter. The crystal morphology was imaged using polarized optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. We investigated the influence of specific work on the three FIC characteristics, and found three regimes that are separated by the critical work ( Wc) and the saturation work (Wsat) thresholds. Below the critical work threshold, the morphology is composed of mostly spherulite crystals, which keep a constant volume, and a small

  17. Can an Invasive Prey Species Induce Morphological and Behavioral Changes in an Endemic Predator? Evidence from a South Korean Snake (Oocatochus rufodorsatus)

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    Jun-Haeng HEO; Heon-Joo LEE; Il-Hun KIM; Jonathan J FONG; Ja-Kyeong KIM; Sumin JEONG; Daesik PARK

    2014-01-01

    Introduction of an invasive prey species into an ecosystem may affect an endemic predator’s fitness by altering the prey-predator system. Successful adaptation may allow the endemic predator to eat and control the invasive species, while unsuccessful adaptation may result in extinction of the predator. We examine the possible effects of the invasive North American bullfrog (Rana [Lithobates] catesbeiana) on the endemic Red-backed rat snake (Oocatochus rufodorsatus) in South Korea. We do so by comparing the morphology and behavior of adult and hatchling snakes from bullfrog-exposed (Taean) and bullfrog-unexposed (Hongcheon) populations. Among the seven morphological characteristics investigated, relative tail length (tail length/snout-vent length) of both adults and hatchlings from Taean was significantly greater than that of adults and hatchlings from Hongcheon. Also, adult snakes from Taean had a signiifcantly shorter latency of ifrst tongue lfick in response to prey compared to adults from Hongcheon. This difference was not observed in hatchlings. In other snake species, a longer relative tail length and shorter latency of ifrst tongue lfick are known to improve foraging efifciency, and these characters may be adaptations ofO. rufodorsatus to prey on bullfrogs. This study provides preliminary evidence that the presence of an invasive prey species may cause morphological and behavioral changes in an endemic predator.

  18. Epifluorescence microscopy: a sensitive tool for studying the morphology and oriented growth of europium precipitates in KI single-crystal hosts.

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    Cordero-Borboa, A E; Unda-Angeles, R

    2015-06-01

    The morphology and oriented growth of europium precipitates in well-annealed Eu²⁺-doped KI single crystals are investigated by epifluorescence microscopy using the proper doping ions as fluorochromes. To make this, electronic spatial reconstructions of some fields of precipitates and of some individual precipitates were built from epifluorescence microscope images of different optical cross-sections of these objects. The building procedures are carefully explained. Previously, the KI:Eu²⁺ system was characterized by fluorescence spectrophotometry and the KI-host long-range translational order was tested by single-plate X-ray diffraction. Precipitates are shaped as plates, with their broad faces being parallel to host lattice planes of either {100}- or {110}-forms (the {100}- or {110}-plates, respectively) and as rods lying along host lattice -directions. The {100}-plates have rhomboidal broad faces with a side lying along a -direction, an internal angle of about 45°, as measured on the corresponding {100}-plane, and, consequently, another side (the {100}-side) lying along a direction on this plane. The {110}-plates have rectangular broad faces with a side lying along a -direction and with another side (the {110}-side) lying along a -direction on the corresponding {110}-plane. Spatial reconstructions of a typical precipitate field, a typical {100}-plate, a typical {110}-plate and a typical rod are described in detail. Precipitates were measured in their different dimensions and the measuring procedures are explained. The plate thicknesses and rod diameters are into a common narrow range of values (0.5-0.2 μm) which contains also the inferior limits of the obtained length ranges for the {100}- and {110}-sides (5.1-0.3 and 4.9-0.3 μm, respectively). It is discussed that that three different europium precipitation states are responsible for the studied precipitation and that plates grew from rods during annealing. PMID:25703500

  19. Crystallization behavior and magnetic properties in High Fe content FeBCSiCu alloy system

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    Fan, X.D., E-mail: fanxd@seu.edu.cn; Shen, B.L., E-mail: blshen@seu.edu.cn

    2015-07-01

    High Fe content FeBCSiCu nanocrystalline alloys are prepared by annealing melt-spun amorphous ribbons with aim at increasing saturation magnetic flux density. Microstructures identified by XRD and TEM reveal that Cu addition inhibits the surface crystallization of Fe{sub 86}B{sub 7}C{sub 7} alloy and improve its glass-forming ability. Activation energy of crystallization calculated by Kissinger's equation indicates that both Cu and Si addition promotes the precipitation of α-Fe phase and improves the thermal stability. VSM and DC B–H loop tracer measurements show that the Fe{sub 85.5}B{sub 7}C{sub 6}Si{sub 1}Cu{sub 0.5} nanocrystalline alloy exhibits high saturation magnetic flux density of 1.8 T and low coercivity of 10 A/m, respectively. AC properties measured by AC B–H analyzer show this alloy exhibits low core loss of 0.35 W/kg at 1 T at 50 Hz. Low material cost and convenient productivity make the Fe{sub 85.5}B{sub 7}C{sub 6}Si{sub 1}Cu{sub 0.5} nanocrystalline alloy an economical application in industry. - Highlights: • Cu addition inhibits the surface crystallization and improves the GFA. • The competitive formation of Fe{sub 3}C and α-Fe phase impedes the devitrification. • Fe{sub 85.5}B{sub 7}C{sub 6}Si{sub 1}Cu{sub 0.5} nanocrystalline alloy exhibits excellent magnetic properties. • The alloy system has an economical advantage and convenient productivity.

  20. Crystal Morphology of Cocoa Butter

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    Manning, D. M.; Dimick, P. S.

    1985-01-01

    The multiple melting points of triglycerides have been known and studied for more than a century by numerous workers. The ability of fat to undergo polymorphic changes is important mainly due to its effect on product texture and appearance. Polymorphic resolidification during storage of cocoa butter into higher melting forms can destroy the smooth glossy appearance of a confectionery product. This manuscript will review the polymorphic characteristics and composition of cocoa butter from Theo...

  1. Chaotic orientational behavior of a nematic liquid crystal subjected to a steady shear flow.

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    Rienäcker, Götz; Kröger, Martin; Hess, Siegfried

    2002-10-01

    Based on a relaxation equation for the second rank alignment tensor characterizing the molecular orientation in liquid crystals, we report on a number of symmetry-breaking transient states and simple periodic and irregular, chaotic out-of-plane orbits under steady flow. Both an intermittency route and a period-doubling route to chaos are found for this five-dimensional dynamic system in a certain range of parameters (shear rate, tumbling parameter at isotropic-nematic coexistence, and reduced temperature). A link to the corresponding rheochaotic states, present in complex fluids, is made. PMID:12443167

  2. The growth of a single crystal of Sr3CuIrO6 and its magnetic behavior compared to polycrystals

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    Asad Niazi; P L Paulose; E V Sampathkumaran; Ute Ch Rodewald; W Jeitschko

    2002-05-01

    We have grown single crystals of the psuedo-one-dimensional compound Sr3CuIrO6, a K4CdCl6-derived monoclinic structure with Cu–Ir chains along the [101] direction. We present the ac and dc magnetization behavior of the single crystals in comparison with that of the polycrystalline form reported earlier. There is a distinct evidence for at least two magnetic transitions, at 5 K (1) and 19 K (2), with different relative magnitudes in the single and polycrystals. The low temperature magnetic relaxation behavior of both the forms is found to be widely different, exhibiting unexpected time dependence.

  3. The behavior of Er{sup 3+} dopants during crystallization in oxyfluoride silicate glass ceramics

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    Lin Lejing [Institute of Modern Physics, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Ren Guozhong, E-mail: rgz76@sohu.co [Institute of Modern Physics, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Chen Minpeng; Liu Yang [Institute of Modern Physics, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105 (China)

    2009-11-03

    In this paper, the changes of local environment of Er{sup 3+} during heat treatment process have been studied in 50SiO{sub 2}-45PbF{sub 2}-5PbO system. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), absorption spectra, fluorescence decay curves and luminescence spectra. The experimental results indicate that PbF{sub 2} crystals were precipitated in the precursor sample. However, a significant fraction of Er{sup 3+} remains in the glassy phase. With increasing heat treatment time, the Er{sup 3+} in the glass matrix may enter into fluoride nanocrystals gradually. When the heat treatment time reached 15 min, most of the Er{sup 3+} ions were incorporated into the fluoride nanocrystals. Based on the experimental analysis, we considered that Er{sup 3+} not only act as nucleating agents for the precipitation of crystalline fluoride phase during nucleation process but also enter into nanocrystals during crystals growth process.

  4. Macroscopic behavior of ferrocholesteric liquid crystals and ferrocholesteric gels and elastomers.

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    Brand, Helmut R; Fink, Alexander; Pleiner, Harald

    2015-06-01

    We study the influence of macroscopic chirality on the macroscopic properties of superparamagnetic liquid crystals and gels. Specifically we derive macroscopic dynamic equations for ferrocholesteric low molecular weight (LMW) liquid crystals and for ferrocholesteric gels and elastomers in the local description using the director field as macroscopic variable. The magnetization is treated as a macroscopic dynamic degree of freedom and its coupling to all other macroscopic variables is examined in detail. We incorporate into our dynamic analysis terms that are linear in a magnetic field giving rise to a number of cross-coupling terms not possible otherwise. A number of properties that are unique to the class of systems studied arise. As an example for a static property we find a term in the generalized energy which is linear in the electric field and quadratic in the magnetic field. We find that applying a magnetic field to a ferrocholesteric can lead to reversible electric currents, heat currents and concentration currents, which change their sign with a sign change of macroscopic chirality. As an example of a rather intriguing dissipative dynamic contribution we point out that for ferrocholesterics and for ferrocholesteric gels and elastomers in a magnetic field extensional flow leads to electric and heat currents. PMID:26123769

  5. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Catalytic Behavior of 1-Ethyl-3-benyl-imidazolyl Tetranuclear N-Heterocyclic Carbene Silver Bromide

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    WANG Zhi-Guo; SU Zhi-Xian; BIAN Qing-Quan; LIU Si-Man; LIU Ting

    2012-01-01

    The title complex [Ag(carbene)2]2[Ag2Br4] has been synthesized by the reaction of Ag2O with 1-ethyl-3-benyl-imidazolium bromide in DMSO at room temperature, and characterized by elemental analysis, 1H NMR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. It crystallizes in triclinic, space group P with a = 10.1597(10), b =11.0646(11), c = 13.0245(14) , α = 102.230(2), β = 90.606, γ = 113.9250(10)o, V = 1300.3(2) 3, Mr = 748.06, Z = 2, Dc = 1.911 g/cm3, μ(MoKα) = 4.60 mm-1 and F(000) = 728. The structure was refined to R = 0.0316 and wR = 0.0835 for 3744 observed reflections with I 〉 2σ(I). The title compound crystallizes as a centrosymmetric tetranuclear compound. One half of the molecule comprises the asymmetric unit of the structure. The Ag(1) atom is nearly linear or T-shaped when the Ag(1)-Ag(2) interaction is taken into consideration, which is bi-coordinated by two carbene carbon atoms. The Ag(2) atom adopts tetrahedral geometry. The catalytic behavior of the title complex has been investigated, and the results indicate it has a highly catalytic activation for L-lactide polymerization.

  6. Synthesis, spectral, crystal structure, thermal behavior, antimicrobial and DNA cleavage potential of two octahedral cadmium complexes: A supramolecular structure

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    Montazerozohori, M.; Musavi, S. A.; Masoudiasl, A.; Naghiha, A.; Dusek, M.; Kucerakova, M.

    2015-02-01

    Two new cadmium(II) complexes with the formula of CdL2(NCS)2 and CdL2(N3)2 (in which L is 2,2-dimethyl-N,N‧-bis-(3-phenyl-allylidene)-propane-1,3-diamine) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity measurements, FT/IR, UV-Visible, 1H and 13C NMR spectra and X-ray studies. The crystal structure analysis of CdL2(NCS)2 indicated that it crystallizes in orthorhombic system with space group of Pbca. Two Schiff base ligands are bonded to cadmium(II) ion as N2-donor chelate. Coordination geometry around the cadmium ion was found to be partially distorted octahedron. The Cd-Nimine bond distances are found in the range of 2.363(2)-2.427(2) Å while the Cd-Nisothiocyanate bond distances are 2.287(2) Å and 2.310(2) Å. The existence of C-H⋯π and C-H⋯S interactions in the CdL2(NCS)2 crystal leads to a supramolecular structure in its network. Then cadmium complexes were screened in vitro for their antibacterial and antifungal activities against two Gram-negative and two Gram-positive bacteria and also against Candida albicans as a fungus. Moreover, the compounds were subjected for DNA-cleavage potential by gel electrophoresis method. Finally thermo-gravimetric analysis of the complexes was applied for thermal behavior studies and then some thermo-kinetics activation parameters were evaluated.

  7. Magnetization behavior of RE123 bulk magnets bearing twin seed-crystals in pulsed field magnetization processes

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    Oka, T.; Miyazaki, T.; Ogawa, J.; Fukui, S.; Sato, T.; Yokoyama, K.; Langer, M.

    2016-02-01

    Melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu-O high temperature superconducting bulk magnets were fabricated by the cold seeding method with using single or twin-seed crystals composed of Nd-Ba-Cu-O thin films on MgO substrates. The behavior of the magnetic flux penetration into anisotropic-grown bulk magnets thus fabricated was precisely evaluated during and after the pulsed field magnetization operated at 35 K. These seed crystals were put on the top surfaces of the precursors to grow large grains during the melt-processes. Although we know the magnetic flux motion is restricted by the enhanced pinning effect in temperature ranges lower than 77 K, we observed that flux invasion occurred at applied fields of 3.3 T when the twin seeds were used. This is definitely lower than those of 3.7 T when the single-seeds were employed. This means that the magnetic fluxes are capable of invading into twin-seeded bulk magnets more easily than single-seeded ones. The twin seeds form the different grain growth regions, the narrow-GSR (growth sector region) and wide-GSR, according to the different grain growth directions which are parallel and normal to the rows of seed crystals, respectively. The invading flux measurements revealed that the magnetic flux invades the sample from the wide-GSR prior to the narrow-GSR. It suggests that such anisotropic grain growth leads to different distributions of pinning centers, variations of J c values, and the formation of preferential paths for the invading magnetic fluxes. Using lower applied fields definitely contributed to lowering the heat generation during the PFM process, which, in turn, led to enhanced trapped magnetic fluxes.

  8. Two Ce(SO4)2.4H2O polymorphs: Crystal structure and thermal behavior

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    Syntheses, crystal structures and thermal behavior of two polymorphic forms of Ce(SO4)2.4H2O are reported. The first modification, α-Ce(SO4)2.4H2O (I), crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Fddd, with a=5.6587(1), b=12.0469(2), c=26.7201(3) A and Z=8. The second modification, β-Ce(SO4)2.4H2O (II), crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma, with a=14.6019(2), b=11.0546(2), c=5.6340(1) A and Z=4. In both structures, the cerium atoms have eight ligands: four water molecules and four sulfate groups. The mutual position of the ligands differs in (I) and (II), resulting in geometrical isomerism. Both these structures are built up by layers of Ce(H2O)4(SO4)2 held together by a hydrogen bonding network. The dehydration of Ce(SO4)2.4H2O is a two step (I) and one step (II) process, respectively, forming Ce(SO4)2 in both cases. During the decomposition of the anhydrous form, Ce(SO4)2, into the final product CeO2, intermediate xCeO2.yCe(SO4)2 species are formed. - Graphical abstract: The cerium atoms are eight-coordinated in both α-Ce(SO4)2.4H2O (I) and β-Ce(SO4)2.4H2O (II) forming slightly distorted square antiprisms, but the mutual position of the ligands differs, resulting in stereoisomerism. Both structures are built up by layers of Ce(H2O)4(SO4)2 held together by a hydrogen bonding network

  9. Control of the anchoring behavior of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals: effect of branching in the side chains of polyacrylates.

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    Zhou, Jian; Collard, David M; Park, Jung O; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2002-08-28

    A temperature-driven anchoring transition in a polymer/nematic fluid composite that is far from the bulk nematic-isotropic transition temperature is reported. A series of poly(methylheptyl acrylates) were studied to probe the subtle effects of the side chain structure of the polymer on control of the anchoring. A polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film made from TL205 and 1-methylheptyl acrylate shows only planar anchoring over the temperature range studied, while the films made from TL205 and each of the other methylheptyl acrylates or n-heptyl acrylate show the homeotropic-to-planar anchoring transition at temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees C. An interfacial model is proposed in which the different conformation of the side chains is suggested as the cause for the dramatic difference in the observed anchoring behavior. PMID:12188649

  10. The creep deformation behavior of a single-crystal Co–Al–W-base superalloy at 900 °C

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    The creep deformation behavior of a single-crystal Co–Al–W–Ni–Cr–Ta alloy with low tungsten content has been studied at stresses between 275 and 310 MPa at 900 °C. The alloy exhibits comparable creep strength with that of Co–Al–W-base alloys containing more tungsten. The creep deformation consists of three stages, the primary stage, the steady-state stage and the tertiary stage, when described by the creep strain rate versus time curve. At 900 °C, γ′ precipitates tend to raft along the direction of applied tensile stress in the steady-state creep stage and a topologically inverted and rafting γ/γ′ microstructure is formed in the tertiary stage. The main deformation mechanism in the primary creep stage is dislocation shearing of γ′ precipitates, and in the following creep stages, the dominant deformation mechanism is dislocations bypassing γ′ precipitates

  11. Stress-induced deformation at Ap~Mp and thermal cycling behavior of Cu-Al-Ni single crystals

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    陈庆福; 蔡伟; 赵连城

    2001-01-01

    Stress-induced deformation in Ap~Mp and concomitant shape recovery behavior of Cu-13.4Al-4.0Ni single crystals were studied. Abnormal high stress-induced deformation exists in Ap~Mp under the conditions of either heating with load or cooling with load. The recovered deformation is successively composed of four parts, the recoveries from superelasticity, normal reverse transformation, thermally activated reverse transformation of partially stabilized martensite and reverse transformation of stabilized martensite by over-heating. With increasing cycling number, the recovery part from normal reverse transformation decreases, while that from reverse transformation of stabilized martensite by over-heating increases, which shows a typical stabilization of martensite.

  12. Effects of composition and temperature on the large field behavior of [011]C relaxor ferroelectric single crystals

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    The large field behavior of [011]C cut relaxor ferroelectric lead indium niobate–lead magnesium niobate–lead titanate, xPb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-(1-x-y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-yPbTiO3, single crystals was experimentally characterized in the piezoelectric d322-mode configuration under combined mechanical, electrical, and thermal loading. Increasing the concentration of lead indium niobate and decreasing the concentration of lead titanate in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary resulted in a decrease of mechanical compliance, dielectric permittivity, and piezoelectric coefficients as well as a shift from a continuous to a discontinuous transformation

  13. NUMERICAL STUDY OF THE NOTCH EFFECT ON THE CREEP BEHAVIOR AND LIFE OF NICKEL-BASE SINGLE CRYSTAL SUPERALLOYS

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    Q.M. Yu; Z.F. Yue

    2004-01-01

    Numerical calculations of creep damage development and life behavior of circular notched specimens of nickel-base single crystal had been performed. The creep stress distributions depend on the specimen geometry. For a small notch radius, von Mises stress has an especial distribution. The damage distribution is greatly influenced by the notch depth, notch radius as well as notch type. The creep crack initiation place is different for each notched specimen. The characteristics of notch strengthening and notch weakening depend on the notch radius and notch type. For the same notch type,the creep rupture lives decrease with the decreasing of notch radius. A creep life model has been presented for the multiaxial stress states based on the crystallographic slip system theory.

  14. Deformation behavior of Cu-12wt%Al alloy wires with continuous columnar crystals in dieless drawing process

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    2009-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu-12wt%Al alloy wires which are composed of continuous columnar crystals after dieless drawing forming at drawing speed of 1.0―1.4 mm/s and deformation temperature of 600―900℃ were analyzed, and deformation behavior of the alloy during dieless drawing forming was experimentally investigated. The results showed that in the abovemen-tioned conditions, recrystallization phenomenon was not found during dieless drawing forming. When a drawing speed of 1.0 mm/s was used, the grain boundaries were out of straight gradually with increasing deformation temperature from 600℃ to 900℃, and tensile strength of the dieless drawn Cu-12wt%Al alloy wires increased while elongations decreased with increasing deformation temperature. At drawing speed of 1.1―1.2 mm/s and deformation temperature of 600℃, the effect of dieless drawing forming process on the microstructure of the alloy was inconspicuous, and when drawing speed was up to 1.3―1.4 mm/s, the grain boundaries of continuous columnar crystals became zigzag while there was little effect of drawing speed of 1.1―1.4 mm/s on the elongation and tensile strength of the alloy wires.

  15. Deformation behavior of Cu-12wt%AI alloy wires with continuous columnar crystals in dieless drawing process

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    LIU XueFeng; WU YuHui; XIE JianXin

    2009-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of Cu-12wt%AI alloy wires which are composed of continuous columnar crystals after dieless drawing forming at drawing speed of 1.0-1.4 mm/s and deformation temperature of 600-900℃ were analyzed,and deformation behavior of the alloy during dieless drawing forming was experimentally investigated.The results showed that in the above-mentioned conditions,recrystallization phenomenon was not found during dieless drawing forming.When a drawing speed of 1.0 mm/s was used,the grain boundaries were out of straight gradually with increasing deformation temperature from 600℃ to 900℃,and tensile strength of the dieless drawn Cu-12wt%AI alloy wires increased while elongations decreased with increasing deformation temperature.At drawing speed of 1.1-1.2 mm/s and deformation temperature of 600℃,the effect of dieless drawing forming process on the microstructure of the alloy was inconspicuous,and when drawing speed was up to 1.3-1.4 mm/s,the grain boundaries of continuous columnar crystals became zigzag while there was little effect of drawing speed of 1.1-1.4 mm/s on the elongation and tensile strength of the alloy wires.

  16. 高真空强静电场下聚合物薄膜微晶生长形态转变研究%STUDIES ON THE MORPHOLOGY TRANSITION OF MICRO-CRYSTAL GROWTH IN POLYMER FILMS IN HIGH VACUUM AND STRONG ELECTROSTATIC FIELD

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    肖学山; 徐晖; 董远达; 乔秀颖; 莫志深; 王献红; 王庆

    2001-01-01

    The morphology of films of isotactic polypropylene poly(3-dodecylthiophene) and iPP/P3DDT blend formed in electrostatic fields has been investigated by using scanning electron microscope. The experiment results show that the micro-crystal morphology of polymer films was strongly dependent on electrostatic fields. It was found that the effect of the electrostatic field led to the formation of dendrite crystals aligned in the field direction,and some branches of P3DDT ruptured. However,the micro-crystals in these films grew into spherulites without electrostatic field,and have no crystal orientation.

  17. Crystallization Behavior of Anatase Films in Applied Electric Field Heating Process

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    2006-01-01

    In this research the TiO2 thin films were prepared by sol-gel dip coating. The crystallization of the films in the applied electric field heating process was thoroughly studied by many technique, differential thermal analysis (DTA), Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscope (AFM). Furthermore the phase formation, microstructure and photo-catalytic activity of TiO2 film were studied under the condition of an electric field heating-treatment. It is found that the existence of applied electric field promotes the phase transformation from anatase to rutile. Studies on photo-catalytic degradation show that the photo-catalytic activity of TiO2 thin films in an applied electric field is higher.

  18. Orientational behavior of a nematic liquid crystal filled with inorganic oxide nanoparticles

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    We report the results of dielectric spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies performed on the nematic liquid crystal (LC) mixture Merck ZLI-1132 filled with TiO2 (rutile and anatase) and SiO2 nanoparticles. The observed static dielectric permittivities are interpreted in terms of orientation of the LC with respect to the measuring electric field. Adding of SiO2 particles mainly induces a statistical orientation of LC molecules, whereas TiO2 particles promote the perpendicular orientation. The dynamics of LC molecules in all systems is very similar. The reason for the slightly faster reorientation observed in the mixtures may be connected with a disturbed nematic order near the surface of solid particles

  19. Phase Behavior and Crystal Structure of Perovskite-Type Rare Earth Complex Oxides

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    2006-01-01

    Several compounds of rare earth complex oxides containing manganese and titanium were synthesized in Ar, and their crystal structures were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction data and Rietveld method. Structures of A0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 (A=Ca or Sr and Ln=rare earth) were found to have orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pnma, and their interatomic distances and bond angles were obtained. This space group was also derived from electron microscopic study. Electrical conductivity of Ca0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 for several rare earth elements showed a semiconducting property with the activation energy of 0.4 eV. Some of these compounds of the strontium system show the antiferromagnetic properties below 10 K.

  20. Crystallization phenomena in slags

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    Orrling, Carl Folke

    2000-09-01

    The crystallization of the mold slag affects both the heat transfer and the lubrication between the mold and the strand in continuous casting of steel. In order for mold slag design to become an engineering science rather than an empirical exercise, a fundamental understanding of the melting and solidification behavior of a slag must be developed. Thus it is necessary to be able to quantify the phenomena that occur under the thermal conditions that are found in the mold of a continuous caster. The double hot thermocouple technique (DHTT) and the Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope used in this study are two novel techniques for investigating melting and solidification phenomena of transparent slags. Results from these techniques are useful in defining the phenomena that occur when the slag film infiltrates between the mold and the shell of the casting. TTT diagrams were obtained for various slags and indicated that the onset of crystallization is a function of cooling rate and slag chemistry. Crystal morphology was found to be dependent upon the experimental temperature and four different morphologies were classified based upon the degree of melt undercooling. Continuous cooling experiments were carried out to develop CCT diagrams and it was found that the amount and appearance of the crystalline fraction greatly depends on the cooling conditions. The DHTT can also be used to mimic the cooling profile encountered by the slag in the mold of a continuous caster. In this differential cooling mode (DCT), it was found that the details of the cooling rate determine the actual response of the slag to a thermal gradient and small changes can lead to significantly different results. Crystal growth rates were measured and found to be in the range between 0.11 mum/s to 11.73 mum/s depending on temperature and slag chemistry. Alumina particles were found to be effective innoculants in oxide melts reducing the incubation time for the onset of crystallization and also extending

  1. Crystal structures of manganese and cobalt dichloride monohydrate and deuteration effects on magnetic behavior.

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    Pagola, S; Trowell, K T; Havas, K C; Reed, Z D; Chan, D G; Van Dongen, M J; DeFotis, G C

    2013-12-01

    This work reports the long sought crystal structures of the title members of the intriguing series of 3d transition metal dichloride monohydrates. The double chain structure which results from rearrangement of the well-known pseudo-octahedral coordination geometry and single chains in the corresponding metal chloride dihydrate is extremely unusual. MnCl2·H2O and CoCl2·H2O each crystallize in orthorhombic space group Pnma with Z = 4 and lattice parameters a = 9.0339(1), 8.8207(3); b = 3.68751(5), 3.5435(1); c = 11.5385(2), 11.2944(4) all in Å and for Mn, Co, respectively. Results are reported also for both fully deuterated systems; the structures remain the same with lattice parameter changes typically much less than 0.1%. Various magnetic properties of MnCl2·D2O and CoCl2·D2O are reported. For the latter, there are no apparent differences, qualitatively or quantitatively, from the previously measured properties of CoCl2·H2O. Interestingly, for the former some differences with respect to MnCl2·H2O are apparent, principally a lower Tmax = 3.10(10) K about which a broad antiferromagnetic maximum is centered, and a larger value χmax = 0.336(3) emu/mol. However, antiferromagnetic ordering appears to occur at essentially the same 2.18(2) K. Results of fits to susceptibilities of MnCl2·D2O and CoCl2·D2O are compared with those obtained before for MnCl2·H2O and CoCl2·H2O. Structural considerations serve to rationalize the physical properties, especially the lower dimensional magnetism of monohydrates. PMID:24251931

  2. Redox-active porous coordination polymer based on trinuclear pivalate: Temperature-dependent crystal rearrangement and redox-behavior

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    Lytvynenko, Anton S. [L.V. Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Prospekt Nauki 31, Kiev 03028 (Ukraine); Kiskin, Mikhail A., E-mail: mkiskin@igic.ras.ru [N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky Prospect 31, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Dorofeeva, Victoria N.; Mishura, Andrey M.; Titov, Vladimir E.; Kolotilov, Sergey V. [L.V. Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Prospekt Nauki 31, Kiev 03028 (Ukraine); Eremenko, Igor L.; Novotortsev, Vladimir M. [N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky Prospect 31, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-03-15

    Linking of trinuclear pivalate Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6} (Piv=O{sub 2}CC(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}) by 2,6-bis(4-pyridyl)-4-(1-naphthyl)pyridine (L) resulted in formation of 1D-porous coordination polymer Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6}(L)·Solv, which was characterized in two forms: DMSO solvate Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6}(L)(DMSO)·2.5DMSO (1) or water solvate Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6}(L)(H{sub 2}O) (2). X-ray structure of 1 was determined. Crystal lattice of 1 at 160 K contained open channels, filled by captured solvent, while temperature growth to 296 K led to the crystal lattice rearrangement and formation of closed voids. Redox-behavior of 2 was studied by cyclic voltammetry for a solid compound, deposited on glassy-carbon electrode. Redox-activity of L preserved upon incorporation in the coordination polymer. The presence of pores in desolvated sample Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6}(L) was confirmed by the measurements of N{sub 2} and H{sub 2} adsorption at 77 K. Potential barriers of the different molecules diffusion through pores were estimated by the means of molecular mechanics. - Graphical abstract: Redox-behavior of 1D-porous coordination polymer Fe{sub 2}NiO(Piv){sub 6}(L)(H{sub 2}O) was studied by cyclic voltammetry in thin film, deposited on glassy-carbon electrode. Redox-activity of L preserved upon incorporation in the coordination polymer. Potential barriers of different molecules diffusion through pores were estimated by the means of molecular mechanics. - Highlights: • Porous 1D coordination polymer was synthesized. • Temperature growth led to pores closing due to crystal lattice rearrangement. • Redox-activity of ligand preserved upon incorporation into coordination polymer. • Redox-properties of solid coordination polymer were studied in thin film. • Diffusion barriers were evaluated by molecular mechanics.

  3. Thermally sensitive block copolymer particles prepared via aerosol flow reactor method: Morphological characterization and behavior in water

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    Nykänen, Antti; Rahikkala, Antti; Hirvonen, Sami-Pekka; Aseyev, Vladimir; Tenhu, Heikki; Mezzenga, Raffaele; Raula, Janne; Kauppinen, Esko; Ruokolainen, Janne

    2012-01-01

    This work describes properties of thermo-sensitive submicron sized particles having the same chemical composition but different morphologies. These particles have been prepared with an aerosol technique using dimethylformamide solutions of linear polystyrene-block-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-block-polystyrene, PS-b-PNIPAM-b-PS. The particles were characterized by cryo-electron microscopy, microcalorimetry, and light scattering. Block-copolymers self-assembled within the particles forming onion...

  4. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study on the two-electrode-system cyclic voltammetric behavior of Prussian blue films

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    2008-01-01

    A two-channel electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) was used to investigate the cyclic voltammetric behavior of two Prussian blue (PB) film-modified Au electrodes in a two-electrode con-figuration in aqueous solution. The redox peaks observed in the two-electrode cyclic voltammogram (CV) are assigned to the intrinsic redox transitions among the Everitt’s salt, PB, and Prussian yellow for the film itself, the redox process of the Au substrate and the redox process of small-quantity ferri-/ferrocyanide impurities entrapped in the PB film, as also supported by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroelectrochemical data. The profile of the two-electrode solid-state CV for the PB powder sand-wiched between two gold-coated indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrodes is similar to that for two PB-modified Au electrodes in aqueous solution, implying similar origins for the corresponding redox peaks. The two-channel EQCM method is expected to become a highly effective technique for the studies of the two-electrode electrochemical behaviors of many other species/materials.

  5. Direct investigations on strain-induced cold crystallization behavior and structure evolutions in amorphous poly(lactic acid) with SAXS and WAXS measurements

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    Zhou, Chengbo; Li, Hongfei; Zhang, Wenyang;

    2016-01-01

    Strain-induced cold crystallization behavior and structure evolution of amorphous poly(lactic acid) (PLA) stretched within 70-90 degrees C were investigated via in situ synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) measurements as well as differential scan...

  6. Glass-forming ability and crystallization behavior of Ti-Cu-Ni-Sn-M (M=Zr, Mo, and Ta) metallic glasses

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    The kinetics of the glass transition and the crystallization behavior of Ti-Cu-Ni-Sn-M (M=Zr,Mo,Ta) glassy alloys were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction. The glass-forming ability (GFA) of the glasses was analyzed in terms of the fragility concept and the width of the supercooled liquid region. The Ti-base glasses studied were found to have lower GFA than Zr, Pd, La, Fe, Mg-base bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), but to be comparative GFA to Ni- and Au-base BMGs. Higher Mo content or higher Ti-Ta content in the alloys lowers the GFA. The chemical complexity and multiphase crystallization requiring long-range atomic diffusion may contribute to the thermal stability of the supercooled liquid against crystallization. The products of crystallization of the glasses include bcc β-Ti(M) solid solution and Ti2Ni and Ti2Cu intermetallics

  7. Self-assembly behavior of discotic liquid crystals studied by neutron and X-ray scattering

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    We investigate both thermotropic and lyotropic phase behaviors in DLC molecules with detailed structural analysis which was performed by scattering methods such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and grazing incidence x-ray scattering (GIXS) techniques. First, for the study of thermotropic phase behavior in DLC, uniaxially oriented and well-ordered cobalt octa(n-decylthio)porphyrazine (CoS10) molecules in thin-film was used as a model molecule. Second, the lyotropic phase behavior in DLC was studied using model system, hexa-n-dodecyl-hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC-C12) in organic solvent (p-xylene). The method for uniaxially oriented and highly ordered columnar superstructure of CoS10 on a large area of substrate (3 cm x 3 cm) has been developed by using applied magnetic field (ca. 1.0 T) and surface interaction simultaneously. When spin-coated CoS10 thin film on an OTS-functionalized silicon substrate was cooled from its isotropic phase to liquid crystalline phase in the presence of an applied magnetic field, the CoS10 formed uniaxially oriented and 'edge-on' arrangement of columnar superstructures with their columnar directors perpendicular to the applied magnetic field. Grazing incidence x-ray scattering (GIXS) measurements showed that CoS10 columns form rectangular columnar packing with a tilted arrangement against the columnar axis (ca. 40 .deg.) in columns. The effects of film thickness on the columnar packing structure in supported thin-films of CoS10 have been investigated by the GISAXS technique, with magnetically aligned CoS10 films on OTS-functionalized substrates used as model systems. CoS10 columnar superstructures in thin-films with thicknesses ranging from 49 nm to 845 nm were uniaxially oriented with 'edge-on' arrangement using magnetic field and surface interaction. The orientational ordering of the columnar packing in the plane perpendicular to the applied magnetic field is strongly dependent on the film thickness. While it is damped by

  8. Study of Crystal Defect Behaviors in CeO2-Based Electrolyte

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    Ma Zhifang; Liang Guangchuan; Liang Jinsheng

    2004-01-01

    The defect behaviors, such as fundamental point defect, defect pair formation and oxygen vacancy migration in ceria, were studied on the basis of energy minimization calculations. The result shows that anion Frenkel disorder is the preferred intrinsic disorder, and it is easier to be dissolved in CeO2 for CaO and SrO than for MgO and BaO via an oxygen vacancy compensation mechanism. The association energy of an oxygen vacancy with a substitutional cation depends on dopant cation radius. The favorable migration route for oxygen vacancy with the lowest migration energy is from the second neighbor site to another one.

  9. Meek males and fighting females: sexually-dimorphic antipredator behavior and locomotor performance is explained by morphology in bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus.

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    Full Text Available Sexual dimorphism can result from sexual or ecological selective pressures, but the importance of alternative reproductive roles and trait compensation in generating phenotypic differences between the sexes is poorly understood. We evaluated morphological and behavioral sexual dimorphism in striped bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus. We propose that reproductive roles have driven sexually dimorphic body mass in this species which produces sex differences in locomotor performance. Poor locomotor performance in the females (due to the burden of being gravid favors compensatory aggression as part of an alternative defensive strategy, while male morphology is coadapted to support a sprinting-based defensive strategy. We tested the effects of sex and morphology on stinging and sprinting performance and characterized overall differences between the sexes in aggressiveness towards simulated threats. Greater body mass was associated with higher sting rates and slower sprinting within sexes, which explained the greater aggression of females (the heavier sex and, along with longer legs in males, the improved sprint performance in males. These findings suggest females are aggressive to compensate for locomotor costs of reproduction while males possess longer legs to enhance sprinting for predator evasion and mate finding. Sexual dimorphism in the metasoma ("tail" was unrelated to stinging and sprinting performance and may best be explained by sexual selection.

  10. Meek males and fighting females: sexually-dimorphic antipredator behavior and locomotor performance is explained by morphology in bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus).

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    Carlson, Bradley E; McGinley, Shannen; Rowe, Matthew P

    2014-01-01

    Sexual dimorphism can result from sexual or ecological selective pressures, but the importance of alternative reproductive roles and trait compensation in generating phenotypic differences between the sexes is poorly understood. We evaluated morphological and behavioral sexual dimorphism in striped bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus). We propose that reproductive roles have driven sexually dimorphic body mass in this species which produces sex differences in locomotor performance. Poor locomotor performance in the females (due to the burden of being gravid) favors compensatory aggression as part of an alternative defensive strategy, while male morphology is coadapted to support a sprinting-based defensive strategy. We tested the effects of sex and morphology on stinging and sprinting performance and characterized overall differences between the sexes in aggressiveness towards simulated threats. Greater body mass was associated with higher sting rates and slower sprinting within sexes, which explained the greater aggression of females (the heavier sex) and, along with longer legs in males, the improved sprint performance in males. These findings suggest females are aggressive to compensate for locomotor costs of reproduction while males possess longer legs to enhance sprinting for predator evasion and mate finding. Sexual dimorphism in the metasoma ("tail") was unrelated to stinging and sprinting performance and may best be explained by sexual selection. PMID:24870611

  11. Influence of Processing Parameters on the Solidification Behavior of Single-Crystal CMSX-4 Superalloy

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    Wang, Fu; Ma, Dexin; Bogner, Samuel; Bührig-Polaczek, Andreas

    2016-07-01

    The microstructural evolution of a superalloy, single-crystal CMSX-4 solidified at different withdrawal rates was investigated using a directional solidification quenching method. Analyses of the cross-sections within mushy zones generated the evolution of the solid volume fractions ( f s) during the reduction in the temperature and the solidification sequences. At the withdrawal rate of 0.3 mm min-1, f s increases by about 81 pct within the first 23 pct of the solidification interval, whereas it increases by about 64 pct at the withdrawal rate of 0.7 mm min-1. The Bower-Brody-Flemings model can characterize the evolution tendency of f s curve at the lower withdrawal rate, while it can not only describe the changing tendency of f s, but also precisely predict the f s values at higher withdrawal rate. With increasing withdrawal rate, the solidification intervals of the γ dendrite and γ/ γ' eutectics are increased. In addition to this, the forming site of the γ/ γ' eutectic at the lower withdrawal rate lags behind that at the higher withdrawal rate. At both the withdrawal rates the solidification of the γ/ γ' eutectic islands commences with the γ/ γ' core formed on the surface of the γ dendrites, then progressed spatially and developed the coarse γ/ γ' structure.

  12. Plastic behavior of TiAl PST crystals under cyclic loading conditions

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    Cyclic deformation and fatigue properties of TiAl polysynthetically twinned (PST) crystals have been investigated focusing on the effect of lamellar structure and plastic anisotropy on cyclic hardening, fatigue life and deformation substructure. Cyclic tension/compression loading was applied at room temperature at the total strain-controlled amplitude. Strong anisotropy in cyclic deformation was observed depending on the angle (φ) between the loading axis and the lamellar planes, and the deformation substructure in γ domain; the cyclic hardening became remarkable at φ = 0 degree, while at φ = 45 degree weak cyclic hardening was observed even at the point of the specimen failure. Fine lamellae were effective in improving the fatigue life. The domains were classified into two groups from the view point of the deformation substructure; they were T(twin)-type and V(vein)-type in which deformation twins and ordinary dislocations were dominantly operative, respectively. Highly dense and tangled ordinary dislocations in V-type domains were responsible for the strong cyclic hardening. Formation of twins was susceptible to the micro-crack initiation resulting in the shortage of fatigue life

  13. Behavior of sup(80m)Br in potassium bromate crystals

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    A study was made about the chemical changes caused by isomeric transition of sup(80m)Br to sup(80)Br potassium bromate crystals marked with sup(80m)Br and the thermic annealing reactions of the isomeric transition products. Once the isomeric transition has been completed, transition associated with the emission of internal conversion electrons and Auger processes, the chemical analysis of the system which is being studied shows a change in the atom or ion due to the nuclear transformation. The described chemical changes can be reverted if the compound which contains the transformed atomic nucleus is heated before the chemical analysis is performed. Such a process was called annealing reaction and generally conduces to an increase of the retention considered as the percentage of radioactive atoms which reappear in the original chemical form after the nuclear transformation of a reliable technique which will permit the quantitative separation of the chemical fractions produced during the nuclear transformation of the metastable isomer, with the purpose to evaluate the percentage of the produced chemical change as well as the retention. The establishment of this technique was reached. (author)

  14. Scaling behavior of magnetization in Ba1-xKxBiO3 single crystals

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    Magnetization hysteresis loops and magnetic relaxation have been studied over a wide range of magnetic field at temperatures of 5-40 K for single crystals of Ba1-xKxBiO3 (x=0.34, 0.37, 0.46) in order to explain the origin of the unusual shape of the hysteresis loop (peak effect) observed for all samples. The pinning force density has been scaled into a single curve for wide field and temperature ranges. The functional form of the scaling curve reflects the various mechanisms of flux pinning. It has been shown that δTc and δl pinning are present in the investigated samples due to the inhomogeneous spatial distribution of oxygen. The peak effect for Ba1-xKxBiO3 with x=0.34 and 0.37 has its origin in the crossover between two pinning mechanisms induced by the external magnetic field and/or temperature. For Ba0.54K0.46BiO3 the peak effect is mainly due to the dynamic contribution. (orig.)

  15. Orientation dependence of deformation and penetration behavior of tungsten single crystal rods

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    This paper reports on deformation and flow at a target/penetrator interface that occurs under conditions of high hydrostatic pressure and associated heat generation. To further elucidate the role of material structure in the penetration process, oriented single crystals of tungsten have been launched into steel targets and the residual penetrators recovered and analyzed. Both the penetration depth and the deformation characteristics were strongly influenced by the crystallographic orientation. Deformation modes for the left-angle 100 right-angle rod, which exhibited the best performance, appeared to involve considerable localized slip/cleavage and relatively less plastic working; the residual penetrator was extensively cracked and the eroded penetrator material was extruded in a smooth tube lined with an oriented array of discrete particle exhibiting cleavage fractures. Deformation appeared to be much less localized and to involve more extensive plastic working in the left-angle 011 right-angle rod, which exhibited the poorest penetration, while the left-angle 111 right-angle behaved in an intermediate fashion

  16. The effects of initial welding temperature and welding parameters on the crystallization behaviors of laser spot welded Zr-based bulk metallic glass

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    This study investigated the effects of the initial welding temperature (IWT) and welding parameters on the crystallization behaviors of laser spot welded (Zr53Cu30Ni9Al8)Si0.5 bulk metallic glass (BMG). After the welding process, the microstructure evolution, glass-forming ability (GFA) and mechanical properties of the welded samples were determined by a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the Vicker's micro-hardness test. The results showed that the heat-affected zone (HAZ) crystallization seemed avoidable under the room temperature welding process. However, with a combination of a lower energy input (welding Condition C) and a lower IWT (at 0 deg. C), a crystallization-free HAZ was finally obtained. Using the above welding condition into the refined heat flow equation, a critical retention time of 79 ms for the crystallization temperature interval was estimated. Moreover, as the laser welded samples came to crystallization in the HAZ, it was observed that a higher content of spherical-type crystalline precipitates tended to result in a higher value of glass transition temperature, Tg. Therefore, the GFA indices, ΔTx, γ and γm, were reduced. Furthermore, it was found that the micro-hardness value in the HAZ crystallization area was decreased due to the massive cracks formed in most parts of the crystalline precipitates. For a crystallization-free HAZ, the hardness seemed unaffected.

  17. Adolescent exposure to cocaine increases anxiety-like behavior and induces morphologic and neurochemical changes in the hippocampus of adult rats.

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    Zhu, W; Mao, Z; Zhu, C; Li, M; Cao, C; Guan, Y; Yuan, J; Xie, G; Guan, X

    2016-01-28

    Repeated exposure to cocaine during adolescence may affect both physical and psychological conditions in the brain, and increase the risk of psychiatric disorders and addiction behaviors in adulthood. Adolescence represents a critical development period for the hippocampus. Moreover, different regions of the hippocampus are involved in different functions. Dorsal hippocampus (dHP) has been implicated in learning and memory, whereas ventral hippocampus (vHP) plays an important role in emotional processing. In this study, the rats that were exposed to cocaine during adolescence (postnatal days, P28-P42) showed higher anxiety-like behavior in the elevated plus maze test in adulthood (P80), but displayed normal spatial learning and memory in the Morris water maze test. Furthermore, repeated exposure to cocaine during adolescence lead to alterations in morphology of pyramidal neurons, activities of astrocytes, and levels of proteins that involved in synaptic transmission, apoptosis, inflammation and addiction in both dHP and vHP of adult rats. These findings suggest that repeated exposure to cocaine during adolescence in rats may elicit morphologic and neurochemical changes in the hippocampus when the animals reach adulthood. These changes may contribute to the increased susceptibility for psychiatric disorders and addiction seen in adults. PMID:26621120

  18. Poly(butylene terephthalate)/montmorillonite nanocomposites: Effect of montmorillonite on the morphology, crystalline structure, isothermal crystallization kinetics and mechanical properties

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Effect of amount of clay content, its dispersion on crystalline structure of PBT. • Regime break temperature shifts to lower temperature for PCN4 up to 197 °C. • Tensile modulus enhanced up to 95% for PCN3 compared to PBT. - Abstract: Nanocomposites (PCNs), based on poly(butylene terephthalte) (PBT) and organoclay (Cloisite-15A) MMT were prepared by melt intercalation compounding process. The nanoscale dispersion and the microcrystal structure studied qualitatively using; X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron microscopy (SEM, TEM and AFM). The XRD results indicated that the crystal size is highly dependent on the crystallization temperature. The isothermal crystallization kinetics of PBT in PCNs analysis indicated that the overall crystallization of PBT involved heterogeneous nucleated three-dimensional spherical primary crystallization growth process. The crystallization rate, however, is dependent on the PCN-composition, crystallization temperature and the dispersion state of clay in PCNs. Further analysis, based on Hoffman-Lauritzen theory revealed that the neat PBT and PBT in PCNs crystallization follow regime-II kinetics for temperature 195 °C–205 °C and enters the regime-III kinetics in lower Tc range, 185 °C–195 °C. The improvement in mechanical properties is highly dependent on the level of clay exfoliation in PBT matrix

  19. Nanoscopic Confinement through Self-Assembly: Crystallization within Micellar Cores Exhibits Simple Gibbs-Thomson Behavior

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    Zinn, Thomas; Willner, Lutz; Lund, Reidar

    2014-12-01

    It is well known that liquids confined to small nanoscopic pores and droplets exhibit thermal behavior very different from bulk samples. Less is known about liquids spontaneously confined through self-assembly into micellar structures. Here we demonstrate, using a very well-defined n-alkyl-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer system with a tunable structure, that n -alkane(s) forming 2-3 nm small micellar cores are affected considerably by confinement in the form of melting point depressions. Moreover, comparing the reduction in melting points, Δ Tm, determined through volumetric and calorimetric methods with the micellar core radius, Rc, obtained from small-angle x-ray scattering, we find excellent agreement with the well-known Gibbs-Thomson equation, Δ Tm˜Rc-1 . This demonstrates that the reduced size, i.e., the Laplace pressure, is the dominant parameter governing the melting point depression in micellar systems.

  20. On the crystallization behavior of syndiotactic-b-atactic polystyrene stereodiblock copolymers, atactic/syndiotactic polystyrene blends, and aPS/sPS blends modified with sPS-b-aPS

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    Annunziata, Liana, E-mail: liana.annunziatta@univ-rennes1.fr [Organométalliques et Catalyse, UMR 6226 Sciences Chimiques CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes Cedex (France); Monasse, Bernard, E-mail: bernard.monasse@mines-paristech.fr [Mines-ParisTech, CEMEF, Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux, UMR CNRS 7635, Sophia Antipolis (France); Rizzo, Paola; Guerra, Gaetano [Dipartimento di Chimica e Biologia, Università degli studi di Salerno, Via Ponte don Melillo, I-84084 Fisciano, SA (Italy); Duc, Michel [Total Petrochemicals Research Feluy, Zone Industrielle Feluy C, B-7181 Seneffe (Belgium); Carpentier, Jean-François, E-mail: jean-francois.carpentier@univ-rennes1.fr [Organométalliques et Catalyse, UMR 6226 Sciences Chimiques CNRS, Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes Cedex (France)

    2013-09-16

    Crystallization and morphological features of syndiotactic-b-atactic polystyrene stereodiblock copolymers (sPS-b-aPS), atactic/syndiotactic polystyrene blends (aPS/sPS), and aPS/sPS blends modified with sPS-b-aPS, with different compositions in aPS and sPS, have been investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized light optical microscopy (POM) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD) techniques. For comparative purposes, the properties of parent pristine sPS samples were also studied. WAXRD analyses revealed for all the samples, independently from their composition (aPS/sPS ratio) and structure (blends, block copolymers, blends modified with block copolymers), the same polymorphic β form of sPS. The molecular weight of aPS and sPS showed opposite effects on the crystallization of 50:50 aPS/sPS blends: the lower the molecular weight of aPS, the slower the crystallization while the lower the molecular weight of sPS, the faster the crystallization. DSC studies performed under both isothermal and non-isothermal conditions, independently confirmed by POM studies, led to a clear trend for the crystallization rate at a given sPS/aPS ratio (ca. 50:50 and 20:80): sPS homopolymers > sPS-b-aPS block copolymers ∼sPS/aPS blends modified with sPS-b-aPS copolymers > sPS/aPS blends. Interestingly, sPS-b-aPS block copolymers not only crystallized faster than blends, but also affected positively the crystallization behavior of blends. At 50:50 sPS/aPS ratio, blends (Blend-2), block copolymers (Cop-1) and blends modified with block copolymers (Blend-2-mod) crystallized via spherulitic crystalline growth controlled by an interfacial process. In all cases, an instantaneous nucleation was observed. The density of nuclei in block copolymers (160,000−190,000 nuclei mm{sup −3}) was always higher than that in blends and modified blends (30,000−60,000 nuclei mm{sup −3}), even for quite different sPS/aPS ratio. At 20:80 sPS/aPS ratio, the block copolymers