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  1. Isotopic Fractionation of Mg2+(aq), Ca2+(aq), and Fe2+(aq) with Carbonate Minerals

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    Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H.; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Bylaska, Eric J.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Bogatko, Stuart A.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.

    2010-11-15

    Density functional electronic structure calculations are used to compute the equilibrium constant (the isotope fractionation factor) for 26Mg/24Mg and 44Ca/40Ca isotope exchange between carbonate minerals and uncomplexed divalent aquo ions. The most reliable calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level predict equilibrium constants K, reported as 103ln(K) at 25 °C, of -5.3, -1.1, and +1.1 for 26Mg/24Mg exchange between calcite (CaCO3), magnesite (MgCO3), and dolomite (Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3), respectively, and Mg2+(aq), with positive values indicating enrichment in the mineral phase. For 44Ca/40Ca exchange between calcite and Ca2+(aq), the calculations predict values of +1.5 for Ca2+(aq) in six-fold coordination and +4.1 for Ca2+(aq) in seven-fold coordination. We find that the reduced partition function ratios can be reliably computed from systems as small as M(CO3)610- and M2+(H2O)6 embedded in a set of fixed atoms representing the 2nd shell (and greater) coordination environment. We find that the aqueous cluster representing the aquo ion is much more sensitive to improvements in the basis set than the calculations on the mineral systems, and that fractionation factors should be computed using 2 the best possible basis set for the aquo complex, even if the reduced partition function ratio calculated with the same basis set is not available for the mineral system. The new calculations show that the previous discrepancies between theory and experiment for Fe3+-hematite and Fe2+-siderite fractionations arise from an insufficiently accurate reduced partition function ratio for the Fe3+(aq) and Fe2+(aq) species.

  2. Isotopic fractionation of Mg 2+(aq), Ca 2+(aq), and Fe 2+(aq) with carbonate minerals

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    Rustad, James R.; Casey, William H.; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Bylaska, Eric J.; Felmy, Andrew R.; Bogatko, Stuart A.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.

    2010-11-01

    Density-functional electronic structure calculations are used to compute the equilibrium constants for 26Mg/ 24Mg and 44Ca/ 40Ca isotope exchange between carbonate minerals and uncomplexed divalent aquo ions. The most reliable calculations at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level predict equilibrium constants K, reported as 10 3ln ( K) at 25 °C, of -5.3, -1.1, and +1.2 for 26Mg/ 24Mg exchange between calcite (CaCO 3), magnesite (MgCO 3), and dolomite (Ca 0.5Mg 0.5CO 3), respectively, and Mg 2+(aq), with positive values indicating enrichment of the heavy isotope in the mineral phase. For 44Ca/ 40Ca exchange between calcite and Ca 2+(aq) at 25 °C, the calculations predict values of +1.5 for Ca 2+(aq) in 6-fold coordination and +4.1 for Ca 2+(aq) in 7-fold coordination. We find that the reduced partition function ratios can be reliably computed from systems as small as M(CO)610- and M(HO)62+ embedded in a set of fixed atoms representing the second-shell (and greater) coordination environment. We find that the aqueous cluster representing the aquo ion is much more sensitive to improvements in the basis set than the calculations on the mineral systems, and that fractionation factors should be computed using the best possible basis set for the aquo complex, even if the reduced partition function ratio calculated with the same basis set is not available for the mineral system. The new calculations show that the previous discrepancies between theory and experiment for Fe 3+-hematite and Fe 2+-siderite fractionations arise from an insufficiently accurate reduced partition function ratio for the Fe 3+(aq) and Fe 2+(aq) species.

  3. Structural and magnetic properties of CaMg2Fe16O27

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    W-type ferrite; electrical conductivity; paramagnetic susceptibility; Curie molar constant. 1. Introduction. Calcium hexaferrite CaMg2–W belongs to the family of. W-type ferrites like BaFe18O27 and SrFe18O27 (Smit and. Wijn 1959; Lotgering et al 1980). The crystal structure and the chemistry of W-type hexaferrites are closely.

  4. Speciation of Zn, Fe, Ca and Mg in wine with the Donnan Membrane Technique

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    Lao, Mireia; Companys, Encarnació; Weng, Liping; Puy, Jaume; Galceran, Josep

    2018-01-01

    Free concentrations of Zn2+, Fe3+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ in a red wine (Raimat, Catalonia, Spain) have been determined, with the Donnan Membrane Technique (DMT) for the first time. The required equilibration time benefits from the acceptor solution including major cations. K+ and Na+, mainly unbound to any

  5. Binder-jetting 3D printing and alloy development of new biodegradable Fe-Mn-Ca/Mg alloys.

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    Hong, Daeho; Chou, Da-Tren; Velikokhatnyi, Oleg I; Roy, Abhijit; Lee, Boeun; Swink, Isaac; Issaev, Ilona; Kuhn, Howard A; Kumta, Prashant N

    2016-11-01

    3D printing of various biomaterials including titanium and stainless steel has been studied for treating patients with cranio-maxillofacial bone defect. The potential long term complications with use of inert biometals have opened the opportunities for use of biodegradable metals in the clinical arena. The authors previously reported that binder-jet 3D printing technique enhanced the degradation rates of biodegradable Fe-Mn alloy by creating engineered micropores rendering the system attractive as biodegradable implantable devices. In the present study, the authors employed CALPHAD modeling to systematically study and modify the Fe-Mn alloy composition to achieve enhanced degradation rates. Accordingly, Ca and Mg addition to Fe-35wt% Mn solid solution predicted increase in degradation rates. In order to validate the CALPHAD results, Fe - (35-y)wt% Mn - ywt% X (X=Ca, Mg, and y=0, 1, 2) were synthesized by using high energy mechanical alloying (HEMA). Sintered pellets of Fe-Mn-Ca and Fe-Mn-Mg were then subjected to potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) and live/dead cell viability tests. Sintered pellets of Fe-Mn, Fe-Mn-Ca, and Fe-Mn-Mg also exhibited MC3T3 murine pre-osteoblast cells viability in the live/dead assay results. Fe-Mn and Fe-Mn-1Ca were thus accordingly selected for 3D printing and the results further confirmed enhanced degradation of Ca addition to 3D printed constructs validating the theoretical and alloy development studies. Live/dead and MTT cell viability results also confirmed good cytocompatibility of the 3D-printed Fe-Mn and Fe-Mn-1Ca constructs. Bone grafting is widely used for the treatment of cranio-maxillofacial bone injuries. 3D printing of biodegradable Fe alloy is anticipated to be advantageous over current bone grafting techniques. 3D printing offers the fabrication of precise and tailored bone grafts to fit the patient specific bone defect needs. Biodegradable Fe alloy is a good candidate for 3D printing synthetic grafts to regenerate bone

  6. Study of solid state interactions in the systems ZnFe2O4 - CaO, ZnFe2O4 - MgO and zinc cake with CaO and MgO

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    Peltekov A.B.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The solid state interactions of CaO and MgO with synthetic and industrial ZnFe2O4 (in zinc cake have been studied using chemical, XRD analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The exchange reactions in the systems ZnFe2O4 - CaO and ZnFe2O4 - MgO have been investigated in the range of 850-1200ºC and duration up to 180 min. It has been established that Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions exchange Zn2+ in ferrite partially and the solubility of zinc in a 7% sulfuric acid solution increases. The possibilities for utilization of the obtained results in zinc hydrometallurgy have been discussed.

  7. Signatures in magnetites formed by (Ca,Mg,Fe)CO3 thermal decomposition: Terrestrial and extraterrestrial implications

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    Jimenez-Lopez, Concepcion; Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos; Rodriguez-Navarro, Alejandro; Perez-Gonzalez, Teresa; Bazylinski, Dennis A.; Lauer, Howard V.; Romanek, Christopher S.

    2012-06-01

    It has never been demonstrated whether magnetite synthesized through the heat-dependent decomposition of carbonate precursors retains the chemical and structural features of the carbonates. In this study, synthetic (Ca,Mg,Fe)CO3 was thermally decomposed by heating from 25 to 700 °C under 1 atm CO2, and by in situ exposure under vacuum to the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope. In both cases, the decomposition of the carbonate was topotactic and resulted in porous pseudomorphs composed of oriented aggregates of magnetite nanocrystals. Both calcium and magnesium were incorporated into nanophase magnetite, forming (Ca,Mg)-magnetites and (Ca,Mg)-ferrites when these elements were present in the parent material, thus preserving the chemical signature of the precursor. These results show that magnetites synthesized in this way acquire a chemical and structural inheritance from their carbonate precursor that indicates how they were produced. These results are not only important in the determination of the origin of chemically-impure, oriented nanophase magnetite crystals in general, but they also provide important insights into the origin of the large, euhedral, chemically-pure, [111]-elongated magnetites found within Ca-, Mg- and Fe-rich carbonates of the Martian meteorite ALH84001. Based on our experimental results, the chemically-pure magnetites within ALH84001 cannot be genetically related to the Ca-, Mg- and Fe-rich carbonate matrix within which they are embedded, and an alternative explanation for their occurrence is warranted.

  8. Analysis of Relations Between the Level of Mg, Zn, Ca, Cu, and Fe and Depressiveness in Postmenopausal Women.

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    Szkup, Małgorzata; Jurczak, Anna; Brodowska, Aleksandra; Brodowska, Agnieszka; Noceń, Iwona; Chlubek, Dariusz; Laszczyńska, Maria; Karakiewicz, Beata; Grochans, Elżbieta

    2017-03-01

    Numerous observations suggest a possible connection between the levels of Mg, Zn, Fe, and Zn and the incidence of depressive symptoms. Depression is two to three times more common in women than in men. The menopausal period is extremely conducive to depressive disorders. The aim of this study was to assess the severity of depressive symptoms in postmenopausal women depending on the levels of Mg, Zn, Ca, Cu, and Fe. The study included 198 healthy postmenopausal women at the average age of 56.26 ± 5.55 years. In the first part of the study, standardized research tools were used, namely the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The second part involved biochemical analysis of Mg, Zn, Ca, Cu, and Fe levels in blood serum. The lowest Cu levels were observed in women without depressive symptoms (1.07 ± 0.22 mg/l) and the highest in those with severe depressive symptoms (1.19 ± 0.17 mg/l), (p ≤ 0.05). The lowest Mg levels were observed in women with depressive symptoms (14.28 ± 2.13 mg/l), and the highest in women without depressive symptoms (16.30 ± 3.51 mg/l), (p ≤ 0.05). The average serum Mg levels (15.75 ± 3.23 mg/l) decreased compared to the reference values (18.77-24 mg/l). What is striking is a potential relation between the levels of Mg and Cu and depressiveness. Our results indicate to a higher vulnerability to depression in a group of women with lower levels of Mg and higher levels of Cu.

  9. Bioaccessibility of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Zn, and crude protein in beef, pork and chicken after thermal processing.

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    Menezes, Eveline A; Oliveira, Aline F; França, Celia J; Souza, Gilberto B; Nogueira, Ana Rita A

    2018-02-01

    The bioaccessibility of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Zn, and crude protein was evaluated after submitting beef, pork, and chicken to five different thermal treatments. The bioaccessibility of crude protein and metals were simulated by using in vitro enzymatic digestion with a gastric fluid solution and dialysability approach. Inductively coupled plasma optical spectrometry was used to quantify the dialyzable fraction and the total mineral content after microwave-assisted digestion. Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry quantified Cu in chicken dialyzable fraction. The increase of temperature and heat exposure period decreased the protein bioaccessibility. Considering the total and dialyzable fraction, beef is an important source of Cu, Fe, Mg, and Zn to the human diet. The results of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy indicated physical changes in the treated samples related to protein denaturation, which was probably responsible for the decreased bioaccessibility of minerals and protein, mainly at higher temperatures. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Theoretical study on influence of CaO and MgO on the reduction of FeO by CO

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    Zhong, Hong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (United States); College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing, 400030 (China); Er, Dequan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 (United States); Wen, Liangying, E-mail: wlycqu@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing, 400030 (China)

    2017-03-31

    Graphical abstract: The energy profiles for reaction pathway of reduction of FeO by CO on CaO(100) surface. - Highlights: • The reduction reaction of FeO by CO has been investigated on the atomic scale to reveal the influence of CaO and MgO on reduction reaction. • The CaO will accelerate the reduction reactions in the initial stage of reactions, however, will slow down the reactions in the posterior stage. • The MgO will promote the reduction reactions in both the initial and the posterior stages of reactions. - Abstract: Coating of CaO or MgO on the particle surface can prevent the sticking among iron ore particles effectively during fluidization process. However, CaO and MgO promote the formation of iron whiskers at high temperature, leading to the catastrophic defluidization. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations were implemented to investigate the influence of CaO and MgO on reduction of FeO/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 2} by CO. Our results show that the CO molecule tends to bind to FeO/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 2} on CaO(100) and MgO(100) surfaces through newly formed C-Fe and C−O bonds. The CaO(100) surface will accelerate the reduction reactions which occur on it, in particular, in the initial stage of reactions, however, will slow down the reactions in the posterior stage. For the MgO(100) surface, the reduction reactions which occur on it will be promoted. The positive roles displayed by CaO and MgO in promoting the reduction of FeO by CO accelerate the precipitation of fresh iron and therefore, leading to the formation of iron whiskers.

  11. Influence of biocompatible metal ions (Ag, Fe, Y) on the surface chemistry, corrosion behavior and cytocompatibility of Mg-1Ca alloy treated with MEVVA.

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    Liu, Yang; Bian, Dong; Wu, Yuanhao; Li, Nan; Qiu, Kejin; Zheng, Yufeng; Han, Yong

    2015-09-01

    Mg-1Ca samples were implanted with biocompatible alloy ions Ag, Fe and Y respectively with a dose of 2×10(17)ionscm(-2) by metal vapor vacuum arc technique (MEVVA). The surface morphologies and surface chemistry were investigated by SEM, AES and XPS. Surface changes were observed after all three kinds of elemental ion implantation. The results revealed that the modified layer was composed of two sublayers, including an outer oxidized layer with mixture of oxides and an inner implanted layer, after Ag and Fe ion implantation. Y ion implantation induced an Mg/Ca-deficient outer oxidized layer and the distribution of Y along with depth was more homogeneous. Both electrochemical test and immersion test revealed accelerated corrosion rate of Ag-implanted Mg-1Ca and Fe-implanted Mg-1Ca, whereas Y ion implantation showed a short period of protection since enhanced corrosion resistance was obtained by electrochemical test, but accelerated corrosion rate was found by long period immersion test. Indirect cytotoxicity assay indicated good cytocompatibility of Y-implanted Mg-1Ca. Moreover, the corresponding corrosion mechanisms involving implanting ions into magnesium alloys were proposed, which might provide guidance for further application of plasma ion implantation to biodegradable Mg alloys. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Metallic elements (Ca, Hg, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Zn) in the fruiting bodies of Boletus badius.

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    Kojta, Anna K; Falandysz, Jerzy

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the levels of eight metallic elements in the fruiting bodies of Bay Bolete (Boletus badius; current name Imleria badia) collected from ten sites in Poland to understand better the value of this popular mushroom as an organic food. Bay Bolete fruiting bodies were collected from the forest area near the towns and villages of Kętrzyn, Poniatowa, Bydgoszcz, Pelplin, Włocławek, Żuromin, Chełmno, Ełk and Wilków communities, as well as in the Augustów Primeval Forest. Elements such as Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na and Zn were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and mercury by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS). This made it possible to assess the nutritional value of the mushroom, as well as possible toxicological risks associated with its consumption. The results were subjected to statistical analysis (Kruskal-Wallis test, cluster analysis, principal component analysis). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Melting Relations of Multicomponent Carbonate System MgCO3 - FeCO3- CaCO3- Na2CO3 at 12-23 GPa

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    Spivak, Anna; Solopova, Natalia; Litvin, Yuriy; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Zakharchenko, Egor

    2014-05-01

    Considerable attention is focused on high-pressure high-temperature experimental study of melting phase relations of carbonates which were involved into a 'super-deep' diamond genesis. High-pressure stability of carbonate melts and their role in 'ultra-deep' diamonds genesis are most essential. Experimental study of melting relations of multicomponent carbonate system was carried out using multi-anvil press at the pressures 12 - 23 GPa and temperatures 800 to 1650 oC. Chemical compositions of starting carbonate system used for melting experiment were prepared by mixing: FeCO3 - 26,00; MgCO3- 26,00; CaCO3 - 25,00; Na2CO3 - 23,00 wt %. A region of partial melting for the system is experimentally determined. The partial melting field is arranged between low-temperature boundary of eutectics melting (solidus line) of the multicomponent carbonate and the boundary of complete melting (liquidus line) at higher temperature. From experimental observations, a Mg-Fe carbonate solid solution is the liquidus phase. At temperature lowering, the assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + L (liquid) is formed. Then, the invariant eutectic assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + Na2(Ca,Fe)(CO3)2+ L (liquid) which is determining for subsolidus assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + Na2(Ca,Fe)(CO3)2 is formed. Next to liquidus line is one-phase field of completely miscible multicomponent carbonate melt. On the whole, the results demonstrate phase relations of solid carbonates and multicomponent carbonate liquid in the immediate vicinity to the low-temperature melting boundary. The early melting of the multicomponent carbonate system is compatible with the lower mantle geothermal conditions because the primary melting temperatures are noticeably below than the geothermal values. It is significant that multicomponent carbonate melts are stable and completely miscible under conditions as partial so complete melting. Thus, high-pressure high-temperature experimental data demonstrate

  14. Seasonal variation of major elements (Ca, Mg) and trace metals (Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn) and cultured mussel Perna viridis L. and seawater in the Dona Paula Bay, Goa

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    Rivonker, C; Parulekar, A.H.

    The major elements and trace metals were analysed from nussel tissue and the seawater taken from three depths (0, 5 and 9 meters) from the culture site. Range of variation in Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn and Mn were 226-399; 708-1329; 0.005-0.084; BDL-0...

  15. Concentrations of As, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, and Zn in uruguayan rice determined by atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Mario E. Rivero Huguet

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The United Nations General Assembly declared the year 2004 the International Year of Rice and the concept "Rice is life". The largest nutritional problems occurring globally are protein-energy malnutrition, and Ca, Fe, I, Zn, and vitamin A deficiency. In this report, 49 rice samples (Oryza sativa L. were digested by dry ashing in order to determine As, Cd, Cr, and Pb by ETA-AAS; while Ca, Co, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mo, Mn, Na, Ni, and Zn were determined by FAAS; and Hg by CV-AAS using microwave-assisted decomposition. The following concentration ranges were obtained for Ca (9.1-15 mg/100 g, Cd (2.30-4.12 µg/kg, Co (41-60 µg/kg, Cu (1.33-180 mg/kg, Fe (4.41-7.15 mg/kg, K (167-217 mg/100 g, Mg (45-121 mg/100 g, Mo (0.52-0.97 mg/kg, Mn (5.45-25.4 mg/kg, Na (0.95-2.50 mg/100g, Ni (0.53-0.72 mg/kg, and Zn (5.86-12.6 mg/kg. Mean recoveries of elements from fortified rice were: 87±12% for As, 95.3±8.9% for Ca, 106.2±7.7% for Cd, 103.3±6.5% for Co, 89.4±8.1% for Cr, 99.3±4.6% for Cu, 103±10% for Fe, 96.3±9.3% for Hg, 95.4±12% for K, 98.3±8.0% for Mg, 93.4±7.8% for Mo, 95.3±9.9% for Mn, 89±12% for Na, 90.3±9.7% for Ni, 91.2±5.5% for Pb and 92.0±9.4% for Zn. The concentrations of the minerals and microelements studied fall within the typical range of rice grown around the world. Potassium was the most abundant mineral, followed by Mg and Ca; among microelements, the concentrations of Cu, Fe, Mo, Mn, Na, and Zn in rice were outstanding. It was also found that the milling process highly affects the K, Mg, Mn, Na, and Zn concentrations, while it has little influence on Ca, Co, Cu, and Fe. On the other hand, there is a loss of Ca, Fe, and Mn during the parboiling process. Recent studies have shown the potential to exploit the genetic variation of rice seeds with regard to the concentration of some minerals (Ca, Fe, Zn, etc. without affecting yield or adding new traits. All rice samples tested showed lower levels of As, Cd, Hg, and Pb in comparison

  16. O2(a1Δg) + Mg, Fe, and Ca: experimental kinetics and formulation of a weak collision, multiwell master equation with spin-hopping.

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    Plane, J M C; Whalley, C L; Frances-Soriano, L; Goddard, A; Harvey, J N; Glowacki, D R; Viggiano, A A

    2012-07-07

    The first excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, O(2)(a(1)Δ(g)), is formed in the upper atmosphere by the photolysis of O(3). Its lifetime is over 70 min above 75 km, so that during the day its concentration is about 30 times greater than that of O(3). In order to explore its potential reactivity with atmospheric constituents produced by meteoric ablation, the reactions of Mg, Fe, and Ca with O(2)(a) were studied in a fast flow tube, where the metal atoms were produced either by thermal evaporation (Ca and Mg) or by pulsed laser ablation of a metal target (Fe), and detected by laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy. O(2)(a) was produced by bubbling a flow of Cl(2) through chilled alkaline H(2)O(2), and its absolute concentration determined from its optical emission at 1270 nm (O(2)(a(1)Δ(g) - X(3)Σ(g) (-)). The following results were obtained at 296 K: k(Mg + O(2)(a) + N(2) → MgO(2) + N(2)) = (1.8 ± 0.2) × 10(-30) cm(6) molecule(-2) s(-1); k(Fe + O(2)(a) → FeO + O) = (1.1 ± 0.1) × 10(-13) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1); k(Ca + O(2)(a) + N(2) → CaO(2) + N(2)) = (2.9 ± 0.2) × 10(-28) cm(6) molecule(-2) s(-1); and k(Ca + O(2)(a) → CaO + O) = (2.7 ± 1.0) × 10(-12) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1). The total uncertainty in these rate coefficients, which mostly arises from the systematic uncertainty in the O(2)(a) concentration, is estimated to be ±40%. Mg + O(2)(a) occurs exclusively by association on the singlet surface, producing MgO(2)((1)A(1)), with a pressure dependent rate coefficient. Fe + O(2)(a), on the other hand, shows pressure independent kinetics. FeO + O is produced with a probability of only ∼0.1%. There is no evidence for an association complex, suggesting that this reaction proceeds mostly by near-resonant electronic energy transfer to Fe(a(5)F) + O(2)(X). The reaction of Ca + O(2)(a) occurs in an intermediate regime with two competing pressure dependent channels: (1) a recombination to produce CaO(2)((1)A(1)), and (2) a singlet

  17. Periodic DFT study of acidic trace atmospheric gas molecule adsorption on Ca and Fe doped MgO (001) surface basic sites

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    Hatch, Courtney; Orlando, Roberto

    2012-01-01

    The electronic properties of undoped and Ca or Fe doped MgO (001) surfaces, as well as their propensity towards atmospheric acidic gas (CO2, SO2 and NO2) uptake was investigated with an emphasis on gas adsorption on the basic MgO oxygen surface sites, Osurf, using periodic Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. Adsorption energy calculations show that MgO doping will provide stronger interactions of the adsorbate with the Osurf sites than the undoped MgO for a given adsorbate molecule. Charge transfer from the iron atom in Fe doped MgO (001) to NO2 was shown to increase the binding interaction between adsorbate by an order of magnitude, when compared to that of undoped and Ca doped MgO (001) surfaces. Secondary binding interactions of adsorbate oxygen atoms were observed with surface magnesium sites at distances close to those of the Mg-O bond within the crystal. These interactions may serve as a preliminary step for adsorption and facilitate further adsorbate transformations into other binding configurations. Impacts on global atmospheric chemistry are discussed as these adsorption phenomena can affect atmospheric gas budgets via altered partitioning and retention on mineral aerosol surfaces. PMID:22775293

  18. Tululite, Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36: a new Ca zincate-aluminate from combustion metamorphic marbles, central Jordan

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    Khoury, Hani N.; Sokol, Ella V.; Kokh, Svetlana N.; Seryotkin, Yurii V.; Nigmatulina, Elena N.; Goryainov, Sergei V.; Belogub, Elena V.; Clark, Ian D.

    2016-02-01

    Tululite (Ca14(Fe3+,Al)(Al,Zn,Fe3+,Si,P,Mn,Mg)15O36 (the hypothetical end-member formula Ca14{Fe3+O6}[SiO4][Zn5Al9]O26) (IMA2014-065) is a new natural Ca zincate-aluminate, identified in medium-temperature (800-850 °C) combustion metamorphic (CM) spurrite-fluorellestadite marbles from central Jordan. The type locality (Tulul Al Hammam area) is situated in the northern part of the Siwaqa complex, the largest area of the "Mottled Zone" Formation in the Dead Sea region. The marbles originated from bitumen-rich chalky marine sediments of the Maastrichtian-Paleogene Muwaqqar Chalk Marl Formation, which have low clay content (and, consequently, low Al) and high Zn, Cd, and U enrichments. The bulk CM rocks derived from the low-Al protolith have unusually high (Zn + Cd)/Al ratios ( 0.2) and, as a result, a mineralogy with negligibly small percentages of Ca aluminates having low Ca:Al molar ratios (minerals of mayenite supergroup, Ca:Al = 6:7) common to most of calcareous CM rocks in the Mottled Zone. Instead, the mineral assemblage of the Zn-rich marbles contains tululite, with high Ca:Al = 2.55 molar ratios and Zn substituting for a large portion of Al (Zn:Al = 1.1). Tululite occurs in thin clusters as irregular grains with indented outlines (20-100 μm in size), having typical open-work textures associated with rock-forming calcite, fluorellestadite, spurrite, and accessory Zn-rich periclase, lime-monteponite solid solutions, calcium uranates, and zincite. Marbles also bear brownmillerite, dorrite, fluormayenite, high-fluorine Ca aluminate, and lakargiite. Secondary phases are brucite, gel-like calcium silicate hydrates and calcium silicate aluminate hydrates, including Zn- and U-bearing and Cd-rich compounds, Si-bearing hydrated compounds after calcium uranates, and basic Cd chlorides. The empirical formula of the holotype tululite (a mean of 32 analyses) is (Ca13.29Cd0.75)Σ14.04(Al5.46Zn5.20Fe3+ 2.23Si0.95Mn3+ 1.01Mg0.78P0.41)Σ16.04O36. Tululite is cubic, space

  19. Effect of MgO on compositions of the system CaO-Al2O3-Fe2O3. Solubility

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    Palomo, Ángel

    1986-12-01

    Full Text Available Five different compositions belonging to the equilibrium system CaO-Al2O3-Fe2O3 were dopep with a fixed quantity of MgO (6,5% wt. The compositions, which lie in different primary fields of crystallization and in different triangles of compatibility, were submitted to several thermal treatments. Each composition, which had previously been melted, originates in its solidification the aluminates and ferrites which are usual in the interstitial phase of clinker Portland, although they are in different microstructural arrangements. The effect of MgO on the generated microstructures has been shown. Also, the solubility of MgO on the aluminic and ferritic phases has been measured.CCinco composiciones diferentes pertenecientes al sistema de equilibrio CaO-Al2O3-Fe2O3 fueron dopadas con una cantidad fija de MgO (6,5%. Las cinco composiciones, que están situadas sobre diferentes campos primarios de cristalización y/o sobre diferentes triángulos de compatibilidad, fueron sometidas a varios tratamientos térmicos. Cada composición (previamente fundida origina en su solidificación los aluminatos y ferritos habituales en la fase intersticial del clinker portland, aunque ordenados en microestructuras diferentes. Se ha comprobado el efecto del MgO sobre las microestructuras generadas, así como su solubilidad en las fases alumínicas y ferríticas.

  20. Uniformly Porous Nanocrystalline CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 Ceramic Derived Electro-Ceramic Nanocomposite for Impedance Type Humidity Sensor

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    Ashis Tripathy

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Since humidity sensors have been widely used in many sectors, a suitable humidity sensing material with improved sensitivity, faster response and recovery times, better stability and low hysteresis is necessary to be developed. Here, we fabricate a uniformly porous humidity sensor using Ca, Ti substituted Mg ferrites with chemical formula of CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 as humidity sensing materials by solid-sate step-sintering technique. This synthesis technique is useful to control the grain size with increased porosity to enhance the hydrophilic characteristics of the CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 nanoceramic based sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposites. The highest porosity, lowest density and excellent surface-hydrophilicity properties were obtained at 1050 °C sintered ceramic. The performance of this impedance type humidity sensor was evaluated by electrical characterizations using alternating current (AC in the 33%–95% relative humidity (RH range at 25 °C. Compared with existing conventional resistive humidity sensors, the present sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposite based humidity sensor showed faster response time (20 s and recovery time (40 s. This newly developed sensor showed extremely high sensitivity (%S and small hysteresis of <3.4%. Long-term stability of the sensor had been determined by testing for 30 consecutive days. Therefore, the high performance sensing behavior of the present electro-ceramic nanocomposites would be suitable for a potential use in advanced humidity sensors.

  1. Uniformly Porous Nanocrystalline CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 Ceramic Derived Electro-Ceramic Nanocomposite for Impedance Type Humidity Sensor

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Manna, Ayan; Shasmin, Hanie Nadia; Radzi, Zamri; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-01-01

    Since humidity sensors have been widely used in many sectors, a suitable humidity sensing material with improved sensitivity, faster response and recovery times, better stability and low hysteresis is necessary to be developed. Here, we fabricate a uniformly porous humidity sensor using Ca, Ti substituted Mg ferrites with chemical formula of CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 as humidity sensing materials by solid-sate step-sintering technique. This synthesis technique is useful to control the grain size with increased porosity to enhance the hydrophilic characteristics of the CaMgFe1.33Ti3O12 nanoceramic based sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposites. The highest porosity, lowest density and excellent surface-hydrophilicity properties were obtained at 1050 °C sintered ceramic. The performance of this impedance type humidity sensor was evaluated by electrical characterizations using alternating current (AC) in the 33%–95% relative humidity (RH) range at 25 °C. Compared with existing conventional resistive humidity sensors, the present sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposite based humidity sensor showed faster response time (20 s) and recovery time (40 s). This newly developed sensor showed extremely high sensitivity (%S) and small hysteresis of sensor had been determined by testing for 30 consecutive days. Therefore, the high performance sensing behavior of the present electro-ceramic nanocomposites would be suitable for a potential use in advanced humidity sensors. PMID:27916913

  2. Uniformly Porous Nanocrystalline CaMgFe1.33Ti₃O12 Ceramic Derived Electro-Ceramic Nanocomposite for Impedance Type Humidity Sensor.

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Manna, Ayan; Shasmin, Hanie Nadia; Radzi, Zamri; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-11-30

    Since humidity sensors have been widely used in many sectors, a suitable humidity sensing material with improved sensitivity, faster response and recovery times, better stability and low hysteresis is necessary to be developed. Here, we fabricate a uniformly porous humidity sensor using Ca, Ti substituted Mg ferrites with chemical formula of CaMgFe1.33Ti₃O12 as humidity sensing materials by solid-sate step-sintering technique. This synthesis technique is useful to control the grain size with increased porosity to enhance the hydrophilic characteristics of the CaMgFe1.33Ti₃O12 nanoceramic based sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposites. The highest porosity, lowest density and excellent surface-hydrophilicity properties were obtained at 1050 °C sintered ceramic. The performance of this impedance type humidity sensor was evaluated by electrical characterizations using alternating current (AC) in the 33%-95% relative humidity (RH) range at 25 °C. Compared with existing conventional resistive humidity sensors, the present sintered electro-ceramic nanocomposite based humidity sensor showed faster response time (20 s) and recovery time (40 s). This newly developed sensor showed extremely high sensitivity (%S) and small hysteresis of sensor had been determined by testing for 30 consecutive days. Therefore, the high performance sensing behavior of the present electro-ceramic nanocomposites would be suitable for a potential use in advanced humidity sensors.

  3. Phase Equilibria in the System "FeO"-CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO at Different CaO/SiO2 Ratios

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    Jang, Kyoung-oh; Ma, Xiaodong; Zhu, Jinming; Xu, Haifa; Wang, Geoff; Zhao, Baojun

    2017-06-01

    The "FeO"-containing slags play an important role in the operation of an ironmaking blast furnace (BF), in particular the primary slags such as the system "FeO"-CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-2 mass pct MgO with CaO/SiO2 weight ratios of 1.3, 1.5, and 1.8 saturated with metallic iron. To investigate the characteristics of such a slag system and its behavior in BF, the phase equilibria and liquidus temperatures in the slag system have been experimentally determined using the high-temperature equilibration and quenching technique followed by an electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA). Isotherms between 1553 K and 1603 K (1280 °C and 1330 °C) were determined in the primary phase fields of dicalcium silicate, melilite, spinel, and monoxide [(Mg,Fe2+)O]. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams of (CaO + SiO2)-Al2O3-"FeO" with a fixed MgO concentration at 2 mass pct and at CaO/SiO2 ratios of 1.3, 1.5, and 1.8 have been discussed, respectively, simplifying the complexity of the slag system for easy understanding and applying in BF operation. It was found that the liquidus temperatures increase in melilite and spinel primary phase fields, but decrease in dicalcium silicate and monoxide primary phase fields with increasing Al2O3/(CaO + SiO2) ratio. In addition, the liquidus temperatures decrease with increasing "FeO" concentration in dicalcium silicate and melilite primary phase fields, while showing an increasing trend in the spinel and monoxide primary phase fields. The data resulted from this study can be used to improve and optimize currently available database of thermodynamic models used in FactSage.

  4. Analysis of the Fe-Ce-O-C- M phase diagrams ( M = Ca, Mg, Al, Si) by constructing a component-solubility surface

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    Mikhailov, G. G.; Makrovets, L. A.; Smirnov, L. A.; Dresvyankina, L. E.

    2016-06-01

    Analysis of the ternary phase diagrams of Ce2O3- and CeO2-containing oxide systems allowed us to find the oxide compounds that form during steel deoxidizing with cerium and with cerium together with aluminum, calcium, magnesium, or silicon. The temperature dependences of the equilibrium constants of formation of Ce2O3 oxides and Ce2O3 · Al2O3, Ce2O3 · 11Al2O3, Ce2O3 · 2SiO2, 7Ce2O3 · 9SiO2 and Ce2O3 · SiO2 compounds are found. Surfaces for the component solubility in metallic melts Fe-Al-Ce-O-C, Fe- Ca-Ce-O-C, Fe-Mg-Ce-O-C, and Fe-Si-Ce-O-C are constructed. Nonmetallic inclusions that form in the course of experimental melts of St20 steel after its deoxidizing with silicocalcium and rare-earth metal (REM)-containing master alloys in a ladle furnace after degassing are studied. Phase inhomogeneity of the inclusions is found. As a rule, they consist of phases classified into the following three groups: oxide-sulfide, sulfide-oxide, and multiphase oxide-sulfide melt. Calcium aluminates are found to be components of complex sulfide-oxide noncorrosive inclusions.

  5. Thermodynamics Behavior of Germanium During Equilibrium Reactions between FeOx-CaO-SiO2-MgO Slag and Molten Copper

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    Shuva, M. A. H.; Rhamdhani, M. A.; Brooks, G. A.; Masood, S.; Reuter, M. A.

    2016-10-01

    The distribution ratio of germanium (Ge), L_{{Ge}}^{s/m} during equilibrium reactions between magnesia-saturated FeOx-CaO-SiO2 (FCS) slag and molten copper has been measured under oxygen partial pressures from 10-10 to 10-7 atm and at temperatures 1473 to 1623 K (1200 to 1350 °C). It was observed that the Ge distribution ratio increases with increasing oxygen partial pressure, and with decreasing temperature. It was also observed that the distribution ratio is strongly dependent on slag basicity. The distribution ratio was observed to increase with increasing optical basicity. At fixed CaO concentration in the slag, the distribution ratio was found to increase with increasing Fe/SiO2 ratio, tending to a plateau at L_{{Ge}}^{s/m} = 0.8. This behavior is consistent with the assessment of ionic bond fraction carried out in this study, and suggested the acidic nature of germanium oxide (GeO2) in the slag system studied. The characterisation results of the quenched slag suggested that Ge is present in the FeOx-CaO-SiO2-MgO slag predominantly as GeO2. At 1573 K (1300 °C) and p_{{{{O}}2 }} = 10-8 atm, the activity coefficient of GeO2 in the slag was calculated to be in the range of 0.24 to 1.50. The results from the current study suggested that less-basic slag, high operating temperature, and low oxygen partial pressure promote a low Ge distribution ratio. These conditions are desired for maximizing Ge recovery, for example, during pyrometallurgical processing of Ge-containing e-waste through secondary copper smelting. Overall, the thermodynamics data generated from this study can be used for process modeling purposes for improving recovery of Ge in primary and secondary copper smelting processes.

  6. Synthesis of pigments of Fe2O3·SiO2 system, with Ca, Mg, or Co oxide additions

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    Dimitrov, T.; Kozhukharov, S.; Velinov, N.

    2017-07-01

    The present research work is based on the comparative evaluation of the Ca, Mg, and Co dopant impact on the properties of new ceramic pigments from the system Fe2O3·SiO2 obtained via classical ceramic technology. This approach enabled determination of the optimal temperature for the synthesis and the most appropriate mineralizer. The obtained specimens were submitted to systematical analysis, including X-ray Diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy for crystalline phase determination. The color characteristics are quantified by spectrophotometric measurements. The pigments particle size has been determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), combined by Energy Dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The obtained results enabled to determine the correlation between the calcination temperature and the phase compositions of the obtained pigments. In addition, some interesting magnetic properties were detected for the Co-doped composition. (Author)

  7. Enhanced activity of CaFeMg layered double hydroxides-supported gold nanodendrites for the electrochemical evolution of oxygen and hydrogen in alkaline media

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    Havakeshian, Elaheh; Salavati, Hossein; Taei, Masoumeh; Hasheminasab, Fatemeh; Seddighi, Mohadeseh

    2018-02-01

    In this study, Au was electrodeposited on a support of CaFeMg layered double hydroxide and then, its catalytic activity was investigated for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Field emission scanning electron microscopy images showed that a uniform porous film of aggregated nano-particles of the LDH has been decorated with Au nanodendrite-like structures (AuNDs@LDH). The results obtained from polarization curves, Tafel plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that the AuNDs@LDH exhibits lower overpotential, higher current density, faster kinetics and enhanced stability for both of the OER and HER, in comparison with the single AuNPs and LDH catalysts.

  8. Synthesis of pigments of Fe2O3·SiO2 system, with Ca, Mg, or Co oxide additions

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    Tsvetan Dimitrov

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The present research work is based on the comparative evaluation of the Ca, Mg, and Co dopant impact on the properties of new ceramic pigments from the system Fe2O3·SiO2 obtained via classical ceramic technology. This approach enabled determination of the optimal temperature for the synthesis and the most appropriate mineralizer. The obtained specimens were submitted to systematical analysis, including X-ray Diffraction (XRD spectroscopy, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy for crystalline phase determination. The color characteristics are quantified by spectrophotometric measurements. The pigments particle size has been determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, combined by Energy Dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDX. The obtained results enabled to determine the correlation between the calcination temperature and the phase compositions of the obtained pigments. In addition, some interesting magnetic properties were detected for the Co-doped composition.

  9. The chemical behavior of Be, Al, Fe, Ca and Mg during AMS target preparation from terrestrial silicates modeled with chemical speciation calculations

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    Ochs, Michael; Ivy-Ochs, Susan

    1997-03-01

    Using the chemical speciation program MINEQL +, we have modeled the chemical speciation of Be and Al during the various steps whereby they are extracted from terrestrial quartz samples for surface exposure dating. The distribution coefficients we used we culled from the literature from reviewed sources (i.e. making our own database) rather than using the constants included in the MINEQL + package. We set-up a formalism whereby we could also apply the program to model the exchange of cations on an exchange resin. With the model we successfully calculated the species distribution of Be and Al in solution in the presence of Cl and F over the whole pH range. Next we investigated the effect of Fe, Ca and Mg on the outcome of the precipitation as well as on the column separation. The presence of such interfering cations is frequently encountered when relatively large quartz mineral separates must be dissolved (i.e. on the order of 50 g). Several points are thus revealed as important during sample preparation: because the presence of F will cause Ca to be precipitated as flourite together with Be- and Al-hydroxide, it is very important that all the SiF4 be fumed off right after total digestion. Once in the sample, Ca cannot be effectively separated from Al using cation exchange. Second, the pH of the first precipitation step is important, values that are too high or too low can cause loss of some of the Be or Al, the latter being more sensitive in this respect. High pH can also cause the inclusion of Mg as brucite. Further, excess cations can cause Be to be eluted off the column earlier than expected. By modeling the chemical speciation of Be and Al, our calculations allow the prediction of the fate and location of Be and Al during sample preparation, as well as revealing the reasons behind such behavior.

  10. Determination of Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Na and Zn in Brazilian medicinal plants by neutron activation and atomic absorption; Determinacao de Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Na e Zn em plantas medicinais brasileiras por ativacao neutronica e absorcao atomica

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    Carvalho, Ricardo P. de; Sabino, Claudia de Vilhena S.; Franco, Milton B.; Amaral, Angela M.; Guedes, Joao B.; Assis, Adilson de C. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Leite, Simone C.A.L.; Silva, Isabel R. [Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2002-07-01

    Medicinal plants are available in the markets in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The objective of this work is to investigate the Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Na e Zn concentrations in two lots of usually known diuretics plants (azeitona do mato, cabelo de milho, cavalinha, cervejinha do campo, chapeu de couro, congonha de bugre, marmelinho do campo and quebra pedra) bought with an interval of time - six months - between the purchases. The elemental concentrations were determined applying k{sub 0} instrumental neutron activation analysis and atomic absorption spectrophotometry analysis. (author)

  11. Calcioferrite with composition (Ca3.94Sr0.06Mg1.01(Fe2.93Al1.07(PO46(OH4·12H2O

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    Barbara Lafuente

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Calcioferrite, ideally Ca4MgFe3+4(PO46(OH4·12H2O (tetracalcium magnesium tetrairon(III hexakis-phosphate tetrahydroxide dodecahydrate, is a member of the calcioferrite group of hydrated calcium phosphate minerals with the general formula Ca4AB4(PO46(OH4·12H2O, where A = Mg, Fe2+, Mn2+ and B = Al, Fe3+. Calcioferrite and the other three known members of the group, montgomeryite (A = Mg, B = Al, kingsmountite (A = Fe2+, B = Al, and zodacite (A = Mn2+, B = Fe3+, usually occur as very small crystals, making their structure refinements by conventional single-crystal X-ray diffraction challenging. This study presents the first structure determination of calcioferrite with composition (Ca3.94Sr0.06Mg1.01(Fe2.93Al1.07(PO46(OH4·12H2O based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected from a natural sample from the Moculta quarry in Angaston, Australia. Calcioferrite is isostructural with montgomeryite, the only member of the group with a reported structure. The calcioferrite structure is characterized by (Fe/AlO6 octahedra (site symmetries 2 and -1 sharing corners (OH to form chains running parallel to [101]. These chains are linked together by PO4 tetrahedra (site symmetries 2 and 1, forming [(Fe/Al3(PO43(OH2] layers stacking along [010], which are connected by (Ca/Sr2+ cations (site symmetry 2 and Mg2+ cations (site symmetry 2; half-occupation. Hydrogen-bonding interactions involving the water molecules (one of which is equally disordered over two positions and OH function are also present between these layers. The relatively weaker bonds between the layers account for the cleavage of the mineral parallel to (010.

  12. Crystal structure of superparamagnetic Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel method

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    Escamilla-Pérez, A.M., E-mail: angel.mep@gmail.com [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Cortés-Hernández, D.A., E-mail: dora.cortes@cinvestav.edu.mx [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Almanza-Robles, J.M. [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Mantovani, D.; Chevallier, P. [Laboratory for Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Materials Engineering and University Hospital Research Center, Laval University, Quebec City, QC (Canada)

    2015-01-15

    Powders of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) were prepared by a sol–gel method using ethylene glycol and nitrates of Fe, Ca and Mg as starting materials. Those powders were heat treated at different temperatures (573, 673, 773 and 873 K). In order to evaluate the effect of the heat treatment temperature on the nanoferrites properties, X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques were used. It was found that the reaction products exhibit nanometric sizes and superparamagnetic behavior. It is also demonstrated that, as the heat treatment temperature increases, the particle size and the saturation magnetization of the nanoferrites are increased. - Highlights: • Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} superparamagnetic nanoparticles were successfully synthesized. • Particle average sizes of Ca–Mg ferrites were within the range of 8–25 nm. • The nanoferrite treated at 873 K showed a stoichiometry close to Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • The heat treatment temperature has a strong effect on the crystal structure. • These nanoparticles are potential materials for magnetic hyperthermia.

  13. Influência dos Íons Mg, Ca, Fe, Cu e Zn sobre a tensão superficial estática de soluções contendo surfatante Influence of Mg, Ca, Fe, Cu and Zn Ions on static surface tension of surfactant solutions

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    F.M.L. Silva

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a influência da presença de cinco íons em uma calda de pulverização contendo o surfatante Aterbane. A tensão superficial foi analisada por meio da medição da massa de um conjunto de 25 gotas, com quatro repetições constituindo um tratamento. O trabalho foi dividido em duas etapas. Na primeira, os tratamentos foram combinados em esquema fatorial 9x5x2, sendo nove concentrações do surfatante Aterbane (0,01; 0,025; 0,05; 0,1; 0,2; 0,5; 1; 2; e 3%, cinco íons (Mg++, Ca++, Fe+++, Cu+++ e Zn+++ e duas concentrações desses elementos (10 e 100 ppm. Na segunda etapa, os tratamentos foram combinados em esquema fatorial 5x5x1, utilizandose os mesmos cinco elementos (Mg++, Ca++, Fe+++, Cu+++ e Zn+++, em cinco concentrações (1, 5, 20, 50 e 200 ppm, com apenas uma concentração do surfatante Aterbane (0,025%. Outros nove tratamentos permitiram avaliar as tensões superficiais das concentrações do surfatante (0,01; 0,025; 0,05; 0,1; 0,2; 0,5; 1; 2; e 3% sem a adição dos íons. Os resultados mostraram que houve interferência dos íons sobre as soluções, já que, com exceção do Fe+++ (na concentração de 10 e 100 ppm e do Cu+++ (na concentração de 100 ppm, todos os íons reduziram a tensão mínima alcançada e aumentaram a eficiência do surfatante, implicando benefícios à ação do surfatante e sobre as características de possíveis soluções de aplicação. Todos os íons avaliados promoveram reduções nas tensões superficiais de soluções do surfatante na concentração de 0,025%.The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of 5 ions on a spray solution containing the surfactant aterbane. Surface tension was analyzed by measuring the mass of a set of 25 drops, with four repetitions constituting a treatment. The work was divided in two stages. In the first, the treatments were arranged in a 9x5x2 factorial design, nine Aterbane concentrations (0.01; 0.025; 0.05; 0.1; 0.2; 0

  14. Alternative solution model for the ternary carbonate system CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3 - I. A ternary Bragg-Williams ordering model

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    McSwiggen, P.L.

    1993-01-01

    The minerals of the ternary carbonate system CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3 represent a complex series of solid solutions and ordering states. An understanding of those complexities requires a solution model that can both duplicate the subsolidus phase relationships and generate correct values for the activities. Such a solution model must account for the changes in the total energy of the system resulting from a change in the ordering state of the individual constituents. Various ordering models have been applied to binary carbonate systems, but no attempts have previously been made to model the ordering in the ternary system. This study derives a new set of equations that allow for the equilibrium degree of order to be calculated for a system involving three cations mixing on two sites, as in the case of the ternary carbonates. The method is based on the Bragg-Williams approach. From the degree of order, the mole fractions of the three cations in each of the two sites can be determined. Once the site occupancies have been established, a Margules-type mixing model can be used to determine the free energy of mixing in the solid solution and therefore the activities of the various components. ?? 1993 Springer-Verlag.

  15. Synthesis and Characterizations of Novel Ca-Mg-Ti-Fe-Oxides Based Ceramic Nanocrystals and Flexible Film of Polydimethylsiloxane Composite with Improved Mechanical and Dielectric Properties for Sensors

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    Ashis Tripathy

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Armalcolite, a rare ceramic mineral and normally found in the lunar earth, was synthesized by solid-state step-sintering. The in situ phase-changed novel ceramic nanocrystals of Ca-Mg-Ti-Fe based oxide (CMTFOx, their chemical reactions and bonding with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS were determined by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and microscopy. Water absorption of all the CMTFOx was high. The lower dielectric loss tangent value (0.155 at 1 MHz was obtained for the ceramic sintered at 1050 °C (S1050 and it became lowest for the S1050/PDMS nanocomposite (0.002 at 1 MHz film, which was made by spin coating at 3000 rpm. The excellent flexibility (static modulus ≈ 0.27 MPa and elongation > 90%, viscoelastic property (tanδ = E″/E′: 0.225 and glass transition temperature (Tg: −58.5 °C were obtained for S1050/PDMS film. Parallel-plate capacitive and flexible resistive humidity sensors have been developed successfully. The best sensing performance of the present S1050 (3000% and its flexible S1050/PDMS composite film (306% based humidity sensors was found to be at 100 Hz, better than conventional materials.

  16. Effect of Ca(2+), Fe(2+) and Mg(2+) on rheological properties of new food matrix made of modified cell wall polysaccharides from apple.

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    Mierczyńska, Joanna; Cybulska, Justyna; Sołowiej, Bartosz; Zdunek, Artur

    2015-11-20

    A new food matrix made of modified cell wall polysaccharides (MPS) from apple pomace was developed. In this experiment, an effect of metal divalent ions: calcium, magnesium and iron ions on rheological properties of MPS was studied. An increase of Ca(2+) or Fe(2+) concentration in MPS suspensions significantly increased viscosity as well as elastic (G') and viscous (G″) moduli. Contrary, Mg(2+) addition caused a significant decrease of viscosity, G' and G″. Herschel-Bulkley's model fitted to shear stress vs. shear strain (flow curves) showed that calcium and iron ions increased pseudoplasticity and viscosity proportionally to concentration. The addition of any studied metal ions to MPS increased thixotropic effect. A temperature at the gel point increased when concentration increased to 9mM, then the gel points appeared at lower temperatures again for higher concentrations. This study showed that the MPS is an effective texture modifier with a controlled function by metal ions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Design and Development for Capacitive Humidity Sensor Applications of Lead-Free Ca,Mg,Fe,Ti-Oxides-Based Electro-Ceramics with Improved Sensing Properties via Physisorption.

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Manna, Ayan; Bhuyan, Satyanarayan; Azrin Shah, Nabila Farhana; Radzi, Zamri; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-07-21

    Despite the many attractive potential uses of ceramic materials as humidity sensors, some unavoidable drawbacks, including toxicity, poor biocompatibility, long response and recovery times, low sensitivity and high hysteresis have stymied the use of these materials in advanced applications. Therefore, in present investigation, we developed a capacitive humidity sensor using lead-free Ca,Mg,Fe,Ti-Oxide (CMFTO)-based electro-ceramics with perovskite structures synthesized by solid-state step-sintering. This technique helps maintain the submicron size porous morphology of the developed lead-free CMFTO electro-ceramics while providing enhanced water physisorption behaviour. In comparison with conventional capacitive humidity sensors, the presented CMFTO-based humidity sensor shows a high sensitivity of up to 3000% compared to other materials, even at lower signal frequency. The best also shows a rapid response (14.5 s) and recovery (34.27 s), and very low hysteresis (3.2%) in a 33%-95% relative humidity range which are much lower values than those of existing conventional sensors. Therefore, CMFTO nano-electro-ceramics appear to be very promising materials for fabricating high-performance capacitive humidity sensors.

  18. Design and Development for Capacitive Humidity Sensor Applications of Lead-Free Ca,Mg,Fe,Ti-Oxides-Based Electro-Ceramics with Improved Sensing Properties via Physisorption

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    Tripathy, Ashis; Pramanik, Sumit; Manna, Ayan; Bhuyan, Satyanarayan; Azrin Shah, Nabila Farhana; Radzi, Zamri; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2016-01-01

    Despite the many attractive potential uses of ceramic materials as humidity sensors, some unavoidable drawbacks, including toxicity, poor biocompatibility, long response and recovery times, low sensitivity and high hysteresis have stymied the use of these materials in advanced applications. Therefore, in present investigation, we developed a capacitive humidity sensor using lead-free Ca,Mg,Fe,Ti-Oxide (CMFTO)-based electro-ceramics with perovskite structures synthesized by solid-state step-sintering. This technique helps maintain the submicron size porous morphology of the developed lead-free CMFTO electro-ceramics while providing enhanced water physisorption behaviour. In comparison with conventional capacitive humidity sensors, the presented CMFTO-based humidity sensor shows a high sensitivity of up to 3000% compared to other materials, even at lower signal frequency. The best also shows a rapid response (14.5 s) and recovery (34.27 s), and very low hysteresis (3.2%) in a 33%–95% relative humidity range which are much lower values than those of existing conventional sensors. Therefore, CMFTO nano-electro-ceramics appear to be very promising materials for fabricating high-performance capacitive humidity sensors. PMID:27455263

  19. A Structural Study on the Foaming Behavior of CaO-SiO2-MO (MO = MgO, FeO, or Al2O3) Ternary Slag System

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    Park, Youngjoo; Min, Dong Joon

    2017-12-01

    The foaming index of the CaO-SiO2-MO (MO = MgO, FeO, or Al2O3) ternary slag system with a fixed CaO/SiO2 ratio is measured to understand the effect of the ionic structure. At 1773 K (1500 °C), the foaming index of the slag increases with Al2O3 addition and decreases with MgO or FeO addition at a fixed CaO/SiO2 ratio. It is verified that the previous correlation between the foaming index and the physical properties could also be valid for the CaO-SiO2-(MgO or Al2O3) system. Raman spectroscopy for the CaO/SiO2 = 1.0 slag is applied to explain the foaming behavior from an ionic structural perspective. From the ionic structural viewpoint, the fractional change in each silicate anion unit is identified by de-convoluted Raman spectra. The Raman spectra indicate that the silicate network structure is polymerized with Al2O3 as an aluminosilicate structure; in contrast, de-polymerization occurs by MgO or FeO addition. Furthermore, the relationship between the silicate structure and the thermodynamic stability function is discussed. Since the ionic structure of the molten slag affects various physical/thermodynamic properties, the foaming behavior could be successfully interpreted from the ionic structural viewpoint.

  20. Electronic and optical properties of Cu2XSnS4 (X = Be, Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, and Ni) and the impact of native defect pairs

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    Chen, Rongzhen; Persson, Clas

    2017-05-01

    Reducing or controlling cation disorder in Cu2ZnSnS4 is a major challenge, mainly due to low formation energies of the anti-site pair ( CuZn - + ZnCu +) and the compensated Cu vacancy ( VCu - + ZnCu +). We study the electronic and optical properties of Cu2XSnS4 (CXTS, with X = Be, Mg, Ca, Mn, Fe, and Ni) and the impact of defect pairs, by employing the first-principles method within the density functional theory. The calculations indicate that these compounds can be grown in either the kesterite or stannite tetragonal phase, except Cu2CaSnS4 which seems to be unstable also in its trigonal phase. In the tetragonal phase, all six compounds have rather similar electronic band structures, suitable band-gap energies Eg for photovoltaic applications, as well as good absorption coefficients α(ω). However, the formation of the defect pairs ( C u X + X Cu) and ( V Cu + X Cu) is an issue for these compounds, especially considering the anti-site pair which has formation energy in the order of ˜0.3 eV. The ( C u X + X Cu) pair narrows the energy gap by typically ΔEg ≈ 0.1-0.3 eV, but for Cu2NiSnS4, the complex yields localized in-gap states. Due to the low formation energy of ( C u X + X Cu), we conclude that it is difficult to avoid disordering from the high concentration of anti-site pairs. The defect concentration in Cu2BeSnS4 is however expected to be significantly lower (as much as ˜104 times at typical device operating temperature) compared to the other compounds, which is partly explained by larger relaxation effects in Cu2BeSnS4 as the two anti-site atoms have different sizes. The disadvantage is that the stronger relaxation has a stronger impact on the band-gap narrowing. Therefore, instead of trying to reduce the anti-site pairs, we suggest that one shall try to compensate ( C u X + X Cu) with ( V Cu + X Cu) or other defects in order to stabilize the gap energy.

  1. Analysis of six elements (Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mn) in several wild vegetables and evaluation of their intakes based on Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2010-2011.

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    Bae, Yun-Jung; Kim, Mi-Hyun; Lee, Je-Hyuk; Choi, Mi-Kyeong

    2015-03-01

    Wild vegetables, those edible among naturally grown vegetables, have been reported to contain many bioactive substances, dietary fibers, vitamins, and minerals. The purpose of this study is to examine the six elements of the wild vegetables frequently consumed by Koreans and assess the element intakes through them. Contents of six kinds of elements (Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu, and Mn) in 11 wild vegetables were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Using these analysis data, the 6-element intakes from the wild vegetables were evaluated in healthy Korean adults aged 19-64 years from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2010-2011). Sedum and shepherd's purse contained over 100 mg of Ca in 100 g of their edible portion. The Mg content per 100 g of the 11 wild vegetables ranged from 12.1 mg to 43.4 mg. The wild vegetable with the highest mineral content per 100 g was sedum for Ca, spinach for Mg, shepherd's purse for Fe, spinach for Zn, bracken for Cu, and fragrant edible wild aster for Mn. The element intakes from the 11 wild vegetables compared with dietary reference intakes in the healthy Koreans were 1.0 % for Ca, 2.1 % for Mg, 5.3 % for Fe, 1.4 % for Zn, 0.3 % for Cu, and 1.8 % for Mn. Considering the low intake ratio (1.2 %) of the wild vegetable to total food intake, wild vegetables may contribute to some element intakes. Our results show the nutritional value of the wild vegetables in the aspect of mineral nutrition; however, further research is needed to evaluate the bioavailability of various elements in wild vegetables.

  2. Subsolidus and melting phase relations in the system CaCO3-MgCO3-FeCO3 at 35 kbar: from experiments to predictions based on a thermodynamic model

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    Franzolin, E.; Schmidt, M. W.; Poli, S.

    2009-12-01

    At convergent margins volatile components, most notably CO2 and H2O, stored in oceanic sediments and MORB are recycled into the mantle. Mafic protoliths become enriched in CO2 and H2O, stored in carbonates and hydrous phases, by hydrothermal alteration. As carbonates are more refractory than hydrous phases, CO2 is more likely to survive in the oceanic lithosphere beyond sub-arc depths [1,2]. Despite the main role of carbonates on cycling crustal and atmospheric CO2 into the mantle, experimental data within the system CaCO3-MgCO3-FeCO3 are scarce. To bridge this gap, piston-cylinder experiments have been performed at 35 kbar, 900-1100 °C to determine subsolidus relations, and up to 1300 °C to constrain melting relations. Pure synthetic calcite, natural magnesite and synthetic siderite have been mixed in different proportions in double Pt-C capsules, to avoid major siderite oxidation. Subsolidus experiments reveal the presence of two miscibility gaps at 900 °C: the solvus dolomite-calcite, which closes at XMgCO3 ~ 0.7, and the solvus dolomite-magnesite, which ranges to the Fe-side of the ternary. Increasing the temperature, the two miscibility gaps became narrower until complete solid solutions between CaCO3-Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3 at 1100 °C, and between CaCO3-FeCO3 at 1000 °C, are observed. The system is characterized by strong compositional asymmetry, thermodynamically described with a van Laar macroscopic formalism [3], and by R-3R-3c phase transitions due to cation disordering, treated by redefining the compositional space with an independent set of end-members that describe both composition and states of ordering. The result is a solid solution model able to reproduce both the phase relations experimentally observed at 35 kbar and those experimentally determined and naturally observed at lower pressure [4-5]. Our model can be reliable extended to pressures of the breakdown of dolomite, e.g. 5-6 GPa, 600-1000 °C. Melting experiments carried out at 1250 °C along the

  3. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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

    1999-02-10

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

  4. Mg/Ca of Continental Ostracode Shells

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

    2007-12-01

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

  5. Interstitial Fe in MgO

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

    2014-01-01

    Isolated Fe-57 atoms were studied in MgO single-crystals by emission Mossbauer spectroscopy following implantation of Mn-57 decaying to Fe-57. Four Mossbauer spectral components were found corresponding to different Fe lattice positions and/or charge states. Two components represent Fe atoms substituting Mg as Fe2+ and Fe3+, respectively; a third component is due to Fe in a strongly implantation-induced disturbed region. The fourth component, which is the focus of this paper, can be assigned to Fe at an interstitial site. Comparison of its measured isomer shift with ab initio calculations suggests that the interstitial Fe is located on, or close to, the face of the rock-salt MgO structure. To harmonize such an assignment with the measured near-zero quadrupole interaction a local motion process (cage motion) of the Fe has to be stipulated. The relation of such a local motion as a starting point for long range diffusion is discussed.

  6. Dehydrogenation Properties of Magnesium Hydride Loaded with Fe, Fe-C, and Fe-Mg Additives.

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    Pukazhselvan, D; Nasani, Narendar; Yang, Tao; Bdikin, Igor; Kovalevsky, Andrei V; Fagg, Duncan P

    2017-02-02

    This study highlights that Fe additives offer better catalytic properties than carbon, Fe-C (iron carbide/carbon composites), and Fe-Mg (Mg2 FeH6 ) additives for the low-temperature dehydrogenation of magnesium hydride. The in situ X-ray diffraction measurements prove the formation of a Mg2 FeH6 phase in iron additive loaded MgH2 . Nonetheless, differential scanning calorimetry data suggest that this Mg2 FeH6 phase does not have any influence on dehydrogenation properties of MgH2 . On the other hand, the composite system Mg2 FeH6 /MgH2 shows significantly improved dehydrogenation properties even in absence of further additives. It is suggested that the improved system performance of Fe loaded MgH2 is attributed to restrictions on crystal growth of MgH2 and the catalytic behavior of Fe nanoparticles, rather than any intrinsic catalytic properties offered by the formed mixed metal phase Mg2 FeH6 . © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    2017-04-01

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

  8. Fast sequential multi-element determination of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn for foliar diagnosis using high-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry: Feasibility of secondary lines, side pixel registration and least-squares background correction

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    de Oliveira, Silvana Ruella; Raposo, Jorge Luiz, Jr.; Gomes Neto, José Anchieta

    2009-06-01

    The fast sequential multi-element determination of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in plant tissues by high-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry is proposed. For this, the main lines for Cu (324.754 nm), Fe (248.327 nm), Mn (279.482 nm) and Zn (213.857 nm) were selected, and the secondary lines for Ca (239.856 nm), Mg (202.582 nm) and K (404.414 nm) were evaluated. The side pixel registration approach was studied to reduce sensitivity and extend the linear working range for Mg by measuring at wings (202.576 nm; 202.577 nm; 202.578 nm; 202.580 nm; 202.585 nm; 202.586 nm; 202.587 nm; 202.588 nm) of the secondary line. The interference caused by NO bands on Zn at 213.857 nm was removed using the least-squares background correction. Using the main lines for Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn, secondary lines for Ca and K, and line wing at 202.588 nm for Mg, and 5 mL min - 1 sample flow-rate, calibration curves in the 0.1-0.5 mg L - 1 Cu, 0.5-4.0 mg L - 1 Fe, 0.5-4.0 mg L - 1 Mn, 0.2-1.0 mg L - 1 Zn, 10.0-100.0 mg L - 1 Ca, 5.0-40.0 mg L - 1 Mg and 50.0-250.0 mg L - 1 K ranges were consistently obtained. Accuracy and precision were evaluated after analysis of five plant standard reference materials. Results were in agreement at a 95% confidence level (paired t-test) with certified values. The proposed method was applied to digests of sugar-cane leaves and results were close to those obtained by line-source flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Recoveries of Ca, Mg, K, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in the 89-103%, 84-107%, 87-103%, 85-105%, 92-106%, 91-114%, 96-114% intervals, respectively, were obtained. The limits of detection were 0.6 mg L - 1 Ca, 0.4 mg L - 1 Mg, 0.4 mg L - 1 K, 7.7 µg L - 1 Cu, 7.7 µg L - 1 Fe, 1.5 µg L - 1 Mn and 5.9 µg L - 1 Zn.

  9. Physical conditions in CaFe interstellar clouds

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    Gnacinski, P.; Krogulec, M.

    2007-01-01

    Interstellar clouds that exhibit strong Ca I and Fe I lines were called CaFe clouds. The ionisation equilibrium equations were used to model the column densities of Ca II, Ca I, K I, Na I, Fe I and Ti II in CaFe clouds. The chemical composition of CaFe clouds is that of the Solar System and no depletion of elements onto dust grains is seen. The CaFe clouds have high electron densities n=1 cm^-3 that leads to high column densities of neutral Ca and Fe.

  10. Sensing mechanisms involved in Ca2+ and Mg2+ homeostasis

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    Ferre, S.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2012-01-01

    Calcium (Ca(2+)) and magnesium (Mg(2+)) ions are involved in many vital physiological functions. In the human body, Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) homeostatic systems rely on three components: (i) tissues (re)absorbing or storing Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), mainly kidney, intestine, and bone; (ii) hormones that modulate

  11. Elemental composition of coccoliths: Mg/Ca relationships

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    Lluïsa Cros

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Coccolithophores produce calcium carbonate platelets, the coccoliths, and play a significant role in the C and Ca cycles. Coccoliths are important components of marine biogenic carbonate sediments and their chemical analysis can provide tools for paleoceanographic investigation. In particular, the Mg/Ca ratio of coccoliths has been proposed as a paleotemperature proxy. The present study uses X-ray microanalysis to evaluate the Ca and Mg composition of heterococcoliths and holococcoliths of different coccolithophore species. Our measurements indicate that the Mg values in heterococcoliths do not exceed a low threshold and do not show any consistent relationship with the Ca content, while the Mg content of holococcoliths spans a wider range, can reach much higher values and shows a linear relationship with the Ca content. Several heterococcolithophore species tend to form separate clusters according to their Mg and Ca values. Within each cluster, there were no consistent differences in the Mg/Ca ratios of specimens sampled at different temperatures or seasons, suggesting that using the Mg/Ca ratio as a paleothermometer may be problematic. Our findings could have implications for the interpretation of the fossil record because Mg-rich calcite dissolves more easily.

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

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

    2017-08-01

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

  13. ACTIVITY AND PRESSURE OF MAGNESIUM STEAM IN ALLOYS Ni-Mg-Si-Fe and Cu-Mg-Si-Fe

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    V. N. Vlasov

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The calculation of activity and pressure of magnesium vapour in melts Ni-Si-Mg-Fe and Cu-Si-Mg-Fe in metal systems at constant magnesium contents 6, 10, 14 и 18 mas.% and temperatures 1350 and 1450 °С is carried out in this work.

  14. Alternative solution model for the ternary carbonate system CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3 - II. Calibration of a combined ordering model and mixing model

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    McSwiggen, P.L.

    1993-01-01

    Earlier attempts at solution models for the ternary carbonate system have been unable to adequately accommodate the cation ordering which occurs in some of the carbonate phases. The carbonate solution model of this study combines a Margules type of interaction model with a Bragg-Williams type of ordering model. The ordering model determines the equilibrium state of order for a crystal, from which the cation distribution within the lattice can be obtained. The interaction model addresses the effect that mixing different cation species within a given cation layer has on the total free energy of the system. An ordering model was derived, based on the Bragg-Williams approach; it is applicable to ternary systems involving three cations substituting on two sites, and contains three ordering energy parameters (WCaMg, WCaFe, and WCaMgFe). The solution model of this study involves six Margules-type interaction parameters (W12, W21, W13, W31, W23, and W32). Values for the two sets of energy parameters were calculated from experimental data and from compositional relationships in natural assemblages. ?? 1993 Springer-Verlag.

  15. An Overview of Fe-Mg Interdiffusion in Mantle Minerals

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    Zhang, Baohua

    2017-07-01

    The rates of Fe-Mg interdiffusion in the Earth's materials are of fundamental importance to a wide range of geochemistry and geophysics problems. In order that the Earth Scientist may readily apply the available experimentally determined diffusion rates to such problems, a brief review of experimental data for Fe-Mg interdiffusion in mantle minerals is presented concerning new advances and some recent applications. Perspectives for the future are also suggested.

  16. Microstructures and Mechanical Study of Mg Alloy Foam Based on Mg-Zn-Ca-CaCO3 System

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    Erryani, A.; Pramuji, F.; Annur, D.; Amal, M. I.; Kartika, I.

    2017-05-01

    Magnesium alloy, a material that has potential to use some applications such as aerospace components, computer parts, and mobile phones. Magnesium alloy can also be a popular candidate as an orthopedic implant material for biodegradability, non-toxicity, and mechanical and physical properties that are excellent. Magnesium, one of the main macro elements required for the proper functioning of the human organism, is used to test the materials for biodegradable implants. The main objective of this study was to find out the microstructure, and mechanical characteristics of the Mg-Ca-Zn-CaCO3 alloy as porous implant materials are biodegradable. The presence of CaCO3 on the alloy functions as a foaming agent expected to produce gas bubbles during manufacturing process taken place that will form pores in the alloy. Mg-Ca-Zn-CaCO3 alloy was made by powder metallurgy method with three variations of composition (96Mg-Ca-3Zn-CaCO3, 91Mg-Ca-3Zn-5CaCO3, and 86Mg-Ca-3Zn-10CaCO3 wt%). Milling process was by using a shaker mill for 2 hours to produce a powder size distribution which was more homogeneous. The mixed powder was uniaxially pressed at a pressure of 100 MPa for 2 minutes and 200 MPa for 3 minutes into green compacts with dimensions of 10 mm in diameter and 10 mm in length. The sintering process was carried out at 650°C with a variation of holding time of 10 and 15 hours, and then the specimens were cooled down at room temperature. Microstructural analysis was performed by using X-Ray diffraction technique and Scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy disperse spectrometry (EDS). The mechanical characteristics were analyzed by using Universal Testing Machine. The density and porosity of specimen were further measured by using Archimedes method. The results show that the optimum microstructure and mechanical characteristics are the holding time of 10 hours. The value of compression was 208.398 N/mm2, the density was 1.63 g/cc and a porosity was 18% on the

  17. Collective modes in Ca70Mg30 glass

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    of interatomic potential in the solids, has been used to generate the collective modes in the Ca70Mg30 glass. A model potential is proposed to describe the effective interaction in the glass. Three different forms of the local field correction functions viz. Hartree, Taylor and Ichimaru and Utsumi are used to examine relative ...

  18. DISTRIBUTION OF MAJOR ELEMENTS (NA, K, CA, MG) IN THE ...

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    Levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium were determined in plant organs (bud, flowers, fruit, seed, leaves, stems, roots, cobs, styles, shaft, grains and efflorescences) of three Fadama farms located in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti and Ikere-Ekiti of Ekiti State, Nigeria. The highest levels of Mg, K, Na and Ca were ...

  19. Epithelial Ca2+ and Mg2+ channels in kidney disease.

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    Thebault, S.C.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2006-01-01

    Many physiological functions rely on the precise maintenance of body calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) balance, which is tightly regulated by the concerted actions of intestinal absorption, renal reabsorption, and exchange with bone. The kidney plays an important role in the homeostasis of

  20. Growth rate effects on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios constrained by belemnite calcite

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    Vinzenz Ullmann, Clemens

    2016-04-01

    Multiple temperature proxies from single species are important to achieve robust palaeotemperature estimates. Besides the commonly employed oxygen isotope thermometer, also Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios perform well as proxies for calcification temperature in the shells of some species. While salinity changes affect the ratios of earth alkaline elements much less than the δ18O thermometer, metabolic effects may exert a strong control on the expression of element ratios. Such effects are hard to study because biomineralization experiments have to overcome large intraspecific variability and can hardly ever isolate the controls of a single parameter on shell geochemistry. The unique geometry of the belemnite rostrum constitutes an exception to this rule. Its shape, large size, and the visibility of growth increments as bands enable the analysis of multiple, correlatable, high resolution geochemical profiles in a single fossil. The effects of the growth rate variability amongst these profiles on Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios has been tested here. Within a specimen of Passaloteuthis bisulcata (Early Toarcian, Cleveland Basin, UK), Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca data were obtained from four profiles. With respect to growth rate in the first profile, which was taken as a reference, the relative growth rates in the remaining three profiles varied by a factor of 0.9 to 2.7. Results suggest that relative growth rate is linearly correlated with Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca, with a decrease of Mg/Ca by 8 % and increase of Sr/Ca by 6 % per 100 % increase in relative growth rate. The observed trends are consistent with abiogenic precipitation experiments and suggest that crystal precipitation rate exerts a significant, predictable control on the element distribution in biogenic calcite.

  1. Effects of an intensive hog farming operation on groundwater in east Mediterranean (II): a study on K⁺, Na⁺, Cl ⁻, PO₄³⁻-P, Ca²⁺, Mg²⁺, Fe³⁺/Fe²⁺, Mn²⁺, Cu²⁺, Zn²⁺ and Ni²⁺.

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    Michalopoulos, Charalampos; Tzamtzis, Nikolaos; Liodakis, Stylianos

    2014-12-01

    The application of treated animal wastewater generated in concentrated animal feeding operations on surface soil (within farm borders) leads to degradation of groundwater. Effects of an intensive hog farming operation, located at a Mediterranean limestone soil coastal area, on groundwater were investigated. Treated animal wastewater was discharged on a small plot (~10.8 ha) with a geologic fault. Samples were taken from seven groundwater monitoring wells close to the farm. A significant increase of K(+), Na(+), Cl(-), PO4 (3-)-P, Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) concentrations was found in monitoring wells which are affected by the subsurface flow of groundwater. Concentrations of Fe(3+)/Fe(2+), Mn(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+) and Ni(2+) in all groundwater monitoring wells were extremely low. During the winter, significant increases in concentrations of K(+) and PO4 (3-)-P were noted and attributed to high precipitation, which assisted in the leaching of K and P to groundwater.

  2. Thermoelectricity and disorder of FeCo/MgO/FeCo magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Wang, S.Z.; Xia, K.; Bauer, G.E.W.

    2014-01-01

    We compute the thermoelectric transport parameterized by the Seebeck coefficient and thermal/electric conductance of random-alloy FeCo/MgO/FeCo(001) magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) from first principles using a generalized Landauer-Büttiker formalism. The thermopower is found to be typically

  3. Influence of Ca substitution by Mg on the Ca3Co4O9 performances

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    Constantinescu, G.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Ca3-xMgxCo4O9 polycrystalline thermoelectric ceramics with small amounts of Mg have been synthesized by the classical solid state method. Microstructural characterizations have shown that all the Mg has been incorporated into the Ca3Co4O9 structure and no Mg-based secondary phases have been identified. Apparent density measurements have shown that samples do not modify their density until 0.05 Mg content, decreasing for higher contents. Electrical resistivity decreases and Seebeck coefficient slightly raises when Mg content increases until 0.05 Mg addition. The improvement in both parameters leads to higher power factor values than the usually obtained in samples prepared by the conventional solid state routes and close to those obtained in textured materials.Se han preparado cerámicas termoeléctricas policristalinas de Ca3-xMgxCo4O9, con pequeñas cantidades de Mg, utilizando el método clásico de estado sólido. La caracterización microestructural ha mostrado que el Mg se ha incorporado en la estructura del Ca3Co4O9 y que no se han formado fases secundarias con el Mg. Las medidas de densidad aparente han mostrado que las muestras prácticamente poseen la misma densidad hasta un contenido de 0.05 Mg, disminuyendo para contenidos mayores. La resistividad eléctrica disminuye y el coeficiente Seebeck aumenta cuando el contenido de Mg se incrementa hasta valores de 0.05. La mejora de ambos parámetros conduce a valores del factor de potencia mayores que los obtenidos en muestras preparadas por la vía convencional de estado sólido, alcanzando valores próximos a los que se encuentran en materiales texturados.

  4. Synthesis of MgAl-LDH/CoFe2O4 and MgAl-CLDH/CoFe2O4 ...

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    The adsorption performance of MgAl-LDH/CoFe2O4 and MgAl-CLDH/CoFe2O4 nanofibres for the removal of an anionic dye (Congo Red, CR) from aqueous solution was investigated. The results showed that MgAl-LDH/CoFe2O4 and MgAl-CLDH/CoFe2O4 nanofibres are particularly efficient in removing CR.

  5. Spin transition in Fe3+ in Mg-silicate perovskite

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    Catalli, K.; Shim, S.; Prakapenka, V. B.; Zhao, J.; Sturhahn, W.; Liu, H.

    2008-12-01

    In recent years, spin transitions have been reported in both perovskite (Pv) (Badro et al., 2004) and magnesiowüstite (Mw) (Lin et al., 2005). Although no density change has been detected in ferrous iron bearing Pv (Lundin et al., 2008), large changes in density have been found to occur with the spin transition in Mw (Fei et al., 2007). This difference has been attributed to the diverse coordination and oxidation states of Fe in Pv and has made analysis of previous experimental data difficult. We have measured synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) on Mg-silicate Pv with all Fe in Fe3+ (0.9MgSiO3- 0.1Fe2O3) up to 136 GPa in the laser heated diamond anvil cell with an argon pressure medium. Our SMS shows that Fe3+ enters both the dodecahedral and octahedral sites at the entire pressure range we studied (47-136 GPa). We found that both high and low spin Fe3+ exist in the octahedral site between 47 and 63 GPa and then all Fe3+ in the octahedral site becomes low spin at higher pressures, while Fe3+ in the dodecahedral site remains high spin to 136 GPa. Pressure-volume data, measured up to 106 GPa using the gold pressure scale (Tsuchiya, 2003), shows that the spin transition does not effect density but does result in a 10% increase in the bulk modulus near 60 GPa. Below 60 GPa, ferric Pv is 9% more compressible than ferrous Pv, but above 60 GPa, ferric Pv is 17% less compressible than ferrous perovskite. This change in compressibility is likely due to a change in compression mechanism: at low pressure compression is accomplished by a combination of the gradual spin collapse and lattice compression. However, after the spin transition is complete, only lattice compression is at work at higher pressures. If the lower mantle has as much Fe3+ as suggested by McCammon et al. (1997) and Frost et al. (2004), this may result in a global discontinuity at the mid-mantle. If not, local enrichment of Fe3+ can result in a discontinuity, which can be

  6. Quantitative trait loci controlling Cu, Ca, Zn, Mn and Fe content in ...

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    The human body requires more than 22 mineral elements that can be supplied by an appropriate diet (Philip and Mar- tin 2005). However, the diets of the populations subsist- ing largely on cereals, or inhabiting regions where soil min- eral imbalances occur, often lack Fe, Zn, Ca, Mg and Mn. These minerals are known to ...

  7. Solid state interactions in the systems CaO(CaCO3-Fe2O3 and CuFe2O4-CaO

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    Boyanov B.S.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The solid state interactions in the systems CaO(CaCO3-Fe2O3 and CuFe2O4-CaO have been studied using X-ray diffraction analysis. The influence of the temperature on the ferrite formation process has been investigated in the range of 900-1200 oC and duration up to 360 min. It has been shown that a mixture of ferrites forms at 1000 oC and interaction of 240 min. The exchange reactions in the systems CuFe2O4-CaO and Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4-CaO have been studied, too. It has been established that Ca2+ ions exchange Cu2+ and Zn2 partially and the solubility of copper and zinc in a 7 % sulfuric acid solution increases 10-15 times.

  8. Effects of Fe-Enrichment on the Equation of State and Stability of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite and Post-Perovskite

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    Dorfman, S. M.; Holl, C. M.; Meng, Y.; Prakapenka, V.; Duffy, T. S.

    2010-12-01

    Fe-enrichment in the deep lower mantle has been proposed as an explanation for seismic anomalies such as large low shear velocity provinces (LLSVPs) and ultralow velocity zones (ULVZs). In order to resolve the effect of Fe on the stability and equation of state of the lower mantle’s dominant constituent, (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite, we have studied Fe-rich natural orthopyroxenes, (Mg0.61Fe0.37Ca0.02)SiO3 and (Mg0.25Fe0.70Ca0.05)SiO3 (compositions determined by microprobe analysis), at lower mantle P-T conditions. Pyroxene starting materials were mixed with Au (pressure calibrant and laser absorber) and loaded with NaCl or Ne (pressure medium and thermal insulator) in a symmetric diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffraction experiments at pressures up to 122 GPa with in-situ laser heating were performed at the GSECARS (13-ID-D) and HPCAT (16-ID-B) sectors of the Advanced Photon Source. Heating samples to 2000 K produced single-phase orthorhombic GdFeO3-type perovskite at 63 GPa for the Mg# 61 composition and at 72 GPa for the Mg# 25 composition. At lower pressures (56 GPa for Mg# 61, 67 GPa for Mg# 25), heating both compositions resulted in a mixture of perovskite, SiO2 and (Mg,Fe)O. These measurements provide new constraints on the dependence of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite stability on pressure and composition. Upon further compression to 93 GPa and higher pressures with laser heating, Mg# 25 perovskite transformed to a two-phase mixture of perovskite and post-perovskite. This is consistent with previous findings that Fe substitution destabilizes (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite relative to (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite (Mao et al. 2004, Caracas and Cohen 2005). The bulk modulus at 80 GPa (K80) is ~550 GPa for both Fe-rich perovskites, comparable to values measured for MgSiO3 perovskite (Lundin et al. 2008). However, the volume of Fe-rich perovskites increases linearly with Fe-content. The (Mg0.25Fe0.70Ca0.05)SiO3 perovskite is 3% greater at 80 GPa than V80 for the Mg end

  9. Electronic structure of ferromagnet-insulator interfaces: Fe/MgO and Co/MgO

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    Mueller, M.

    2007-07-11

    In this thesis the electronic structure of Fe/MgO{sub x} and Co/MgO{sub x} ferromagnet-insulator interfaces, representing material systems which are widely used in magnetic tunnel junctions, is studied by means of spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The photoemission studies focus particularly on the response of the ferromagnetic electronic system in contact with MgO of varying stoichiometries, as this reflects the mechanisms of metal-oxide bonding at real ferromagnet-insulator interfaces. The correlation between chemical bonding and electronic structure formation is analyzed by combining information from core- and valence-band photoemission spectroscopy. The spectral features are compared to band structure calculations, which are performed using the SPR-KKR method. The Fe/MgO and Co/MgO systems are prepared by molecular beam epitaxy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions on well-defined (4 x 6) GaAs(001) substrates. A structural analysis by means of low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) reveals their body-centered cubic crystalline structure, whereas the chemical characterization by Auger electron spectroscopy is used to quantify the chemical environment at the sample surfaces. The magnetic analysis, using the magneto-optical Kerr effect, reveals the uniaxial anisotropy of the ferromagnetic layers. A crucial parameter is given by the MgO degree of oxidation, which is addressed by means of core-level spectroscopy and quantified by suitable fitting procedures of the Mg 2p core level. The results of the photoemission experiments show, that the electronic structure of the Fe/MgO and Co/MgO ferromagnet/insulator interfaces and, consequently, the interfacial spin polarization are sensitively controlled by the interface chemistry. In particular, three distinct scenarios are identified: the nearly stoichiometric, the oxygen-deficient and the over-oxidized ferromagnet/MgO interface. Each case is defined by innate characteristics of the electronic structure at

  10. Transport measurements of lateral MgB{sub 2}/Fe/MgB{sub 2} junctions

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    Fabretti, Savio; Thomas, Patrick; Schaefers, Markus; Schebaum, Oliver; Thomas, Andy [Bielefeld University (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    We fabricated MgB{sub 2}/Fe/MgB{sub 2} lateral junctions by rf-dc co-sputtering. The MgB{sub 2} films have a thickness of about 30nm and a critical temperature of up to 33 K. The samples were annealed in-situ between 450 C and 750 C. Our MgB{sub 2} films were sputtered on different substrates such as (100)MgO and r-cut sapphire. Their crystalline structure and magnetic anisotropy were investigated. For transport measurement a thin iron cross strip of about 30 nm was placed between the MgB{sub 2} strip. The MgB{sub 2} strip was relieved by a groove of about 5 {mu}m. The superconductivity of MgB{sub 2} is suppressed due to the proximity effect near the junction area and builds a natural metallic barrier. With this configuration, we get a magnetoresistance due to the domain wall scattering in iron where the magnetoresistance was measured perpendicular and in plane of this array. Further, we investigated their I-V and dI/dV characteristics in dependence of an applied magnetic field up to 4T. The {sigma} gap as well as the {pi} gap was observed.

  11. Variability of Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca between and within the planktonic foraminifers Globigerina bulloides and Globorotalia truncatulinoides

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    Anand-Jha, P.; Elderfield, H.

    2005-01-01

    The variability in Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca within individual tests and chambers of tests, and samples consisting of differing numbers of individuals, was determined for Globigerina bulloides and Globorotalia truncatulinoides in a North Atlantic core top sample (52.918°N 16.917°W'). The variability in Mg/Ca

  12. Investigation on hydration resistance of CaO added MgO clinker; CaO tenka MgO clinker no taishokasei no kento

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    Kaneyasu, A.; Arita, Y.; Yoshida, A.; Watanabe, T. [Ube Material Industries Ltd., Yamaguchi (Japan)

    1998-09-01

    In general, magnesia (MgO) has high melting point and has good dehydration resistance, however, it has minus property such as low spall resistance and slag penetrates easily. Therefore, MgO-CaO clinkers combined with the calcium oxide (CaO) having high melting point and better slag penetration resistance are used in the MgO-CaO bricks or dolomite bricks and so forth. However, MgO-CaO refractory has problem of hydration resistance de to the content of free CaO. The authors have been carried out constant research regarding the MgO-CaO clinker containing free CaO and reported firstly as a raw material of MgO, that the magnesium hydroxide containing iron was effective for achieving high bulk density and further, reported the high hydration resistance MgO-CaO clinker formed by combining TiO2 addition and phosphate coating. In this report, study of burning characteristics, hydration resistance properties and so forth of go clinker containing 20 to 5 mass % CaO revealed that MgO clinker showed similar hydration resistance in spite of containing free CaO. 2 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Enhanced magnetic moment and structural study of Fe/MgO multilayered films

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    Koyano, T.; Kuroiwa, Y.; Kita, E.; Saegusa, N.; Ohshima, K.; Tasaki, A.

    1988-11-15

    We have found that Fe atoms in Fe/MgO multilayered films prepared in the UHV condition have a magnetic moment larger than that for bulk ..cap alpha..-Fe. The magnetization of Fe atoms in Fe/MgO (10 A/15 A) film is about 240 emu/g at 4.2 K. The hyperfine field is 350 kOe at 4.2 K, which is also larger than that of bulk ..cap alpha..-Fe.

  14. Shape anisotropy and hybridization enhanced magnetization in nanowires of Fe/MgO/Fe encapsulated in carbon nanotubes

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    Aryee, Dennis; Seifu, Dereje

    2017-05-01

    Arrays of tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) nanowires were synthesized for the first time by filling Fe/MgO/Fe inside vertically grown and substrate supported carbon nanotubes. The magnetic properties of nanowires and planar nanoscale thin films of Fe/MgO/Fe showed several similarities, such as two-fold magnetic symmetry and ratio of orbital moment to spin moment. Nanowires of Fe/MgO/Fe showed higher saturation magnetization by a factor of 2.7 compared to planar thin films of Fe/MgO/Fe at 1.5 kOe. The enhanced magnetic properties likely resulted from shape anisotropy of the nanowires and as well as the hybridization that occur between the π- electronic states of carbon and 3d-bands of the Fe-surface.

  15. In vitro degradation and cytotoxicity of Mg/Ca composites produced by powder metallurgy.

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    Zheng, Y F; Gu, X N; Xi, Y L; Chai, D L

    2010-05-01

    Mg/Ca (1 wt.%, 5 wt.%, 10 wt.% Ca) composites were prepared from pure magnesium and calcium powders using the powder metallurgy method, aiming to enlarge the addition of Ca content without the formation of Mg(2)Ca. The microstructures, mechanical properties and cytotoxicities of Mg/Ca composite samples were investigated. The corrosion of Mg/Ca composites in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) for various immersion intervals was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements and environmental scanning electron microscope, with the concentrations of released Mg and Ca ions in DMEM for various immersion time intervals being measured. It was shown that the main constitutional phases were Mg and Ca, which were uniformly distributed in the Mg matrix. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation of experimental composites decreased with increasing Ca content, and the UTS of Mg/1Ca composite was comparable with that of as-extruded Mg-1Ca alloy. The corrosion potential increased with increasing Ca content, whereas the current density and the impedance decreased. It was found that the protective surface film formed quickly at the initial immersion stage. With increasing immersion time, the surface film became compact, and the corrosion rate of Mg/Ca composites slowed down. The surface film consisted mainly of CaCO(3), MgCO(3)x3H(2)O, HA and Mg(OH)(2) after 72 h immersion in DMEM. Mg/1Ca and Mg/5Ca composite extracts had no significant toxicity (p>0.05) to L-929 cells, whereas Mg/10Ca composite extract induced approximately 40% reduced cell viability. Copyright (c) 2009 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Metalliclike behavior of the exchange coupling in (001) Fe/MgO/Fe junctions

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    Bellouard, C.; Duluard, A.; Snoeck, E.; Lu, Y.; Negulescu, B.; Lacour, D.; Senet, C.; Robert, S.; Maloufi, N.; Andrieu, S.; Hehn, M.; Tiusan, C.

    2017-10-01

    Exchange magnetic coupling between Fe electrodes through a thin MgO interlayer in epitaxial junctions has been investigated as a function of temperature, MgO thickness, and interface quality. Depending on the MgO thickness, which has been varied from 1.5 to 4 monolayers, two opposite temperature dependences are clearly disentangled. For a thin MgO spacer, the main component decreases with temperature following a metalliclike behavior. On the contrary, for the thickest MgO layers, the main component increases with temperature, following an Arrhenius law. Moreover, the insertion of a monoatomic roughness at the bottom MgO interface, induced by the addition of a fraction of a Fe monolayer, exacerbates the metallic features as an oscillatory behavior from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic is observed. These results allow questioning the simple tunneling mechanism usually invoked for MgO coupling, and suggest a crossover behavior of the thin MgO spacer from metallic to insulating with a progressive opening of the gap.

  17. Synthesis of Al₂Ca Dispersoids by Powder Metallurgy Using a Mg-Al Alloy and CaO Particles.

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    Fujita, Junji; Umeda, Junko; Kondoh, Katsuyoshi

    2017-06-28

    The elemental mixture of Mg-6 wt %Al-1 wt %Zn-0.3 wt %Mn (AZ61B) alloy powder and CaO particles was consolidated by an equal-channel angular bulk mechanical alloying (ECABMA) process to form a composite precursor. Subsequently, the precursor was subjected to a heat treatment to synthesize fine Al₂Ca particles via a solid-state reaction between the Mg-Al matrix and CaO additives. Scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and electron probe micro-analysis on the precursor indicated that 4.7-at % Al atoms formed a supersaturated solid solution in the α-Mg matrix. Transmission electron microscopy-EDS and X-ray diffraction analyses on the AZ61B composite precursor with 10-vol % CaO particles obtained by heat treatment confirmed that CaO additives were thermally decomposed in the Mg-Al alloy, and the solid-soluted Ca atoms diffused along the α-Mg grain boundaries. Al atoms also diffused to the grain boundaries because of attraction to the Ca atoms resulting from a strong reactivity between Al and Ca. As a result, needle-like (Mg,Al)₂Ca intermetallics were formed as intermediate precipitates in the initial reaction stage during the heat treatment. Finally, the precipitates were transformed into spherical Al₂Ca particles by the substitution of Al atoms for Mg atoms in (Mg,Al)₂Ca after a long heat treatment.

  18. Hereditary tubular transport disorders: implications for renal handling of Ca2+ and Mg2+.

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    Dimke, H.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2010-01-01

    The kidney plays an important role in maintaining the systemic Ca2+ and Mg2+ balance. Thus the renal reabsorptive capacity of these cations can be amended to adapt to disturbances in plasma Ca2+ and Mg2+ concentrations. The reabsorption of Ca2+ and Mg2+ is driven by transport of other electrolytes,

  19. Distribution of P, K, Ca, Mg, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn in wood and bark age classes of willows and poplars used for phytoextraction on soils contaminated by risk elements.

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    Zárubová, Pavla; Hejcman, Michal; Vondráčková, Stanislava; Mrnka, Libor; Száková, Jiřina; Tlustoš, Pavel

    2015-12-01

    Fast-growing clones of Salix and Populus have been studied for remediation of soils contaminated by risk elements (RE) using short-rotation coppice plantations. Our aim was to assess biomass yield and distributions of elements in wood and bark of highly productive willow (S1--[Salix schwerinii × Salix viminalis] × S. viminalis, S2--Salix × smithiana clone S-218) and poplar (P1--Populus maximowiczii × Populus nigra, P2--P. nigra) clones with respect to aging. The field experiment was established in April 2008 on moderately Cd-, Pb- and Zn- contaminated soil. Shoots were harvested after four seasons (February 2012) and separated into annual classes of wood and bark. All tested clones grew on contaminated soils, with highest biomass production and lowest mortality exhibited by P1 and S2. Concentrations of elements, with exception of Ca and Pb, decreased with age and were higher in bark than in wood. The Salix clones were characterised by higher removal of Cd, Mn and Zn compared to the Populus clones. Despite generally higher RE content in young shoots, partly due to lower wood/bark ratios and higher RE concentrations in bark, the overall removal of RE was higher in older wood classes due to higher biomass yield. Thus, longer rotations seem to be more effective when phytoextraction strategy is considered. Of the four selected clones, S1 exhibited the best removal of Cd and Zn and is a good candidate for phytoextraction.

  20. Comparing the Electrochemical Performance of LiFePO4/C Modified by Mg Doping and MgO Coating

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    Jianjun Song

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Supervalent cation doping and metal oxide coating are the most efficacious and popular methods to optimize the property of LiFePO4 lithium battery material. Mg-doped and MgO-coated LiFePO4/C were synthesized to analyze their individual influence on the electrochemical performance of active material. The specific capacity and rate capability of LiFePO4/C are improved by both MgO coating and Mg doping, especially the Mg-doped sample—Li0.985Mg0.015FePO4/C, whose discharge capacity is up to 163 mAh g−1, 145.5 mAh g−1, 128.3 mAh g−1, and 103.7 mAh g−1 at 1 C, 2 C, 5 C, and 10 C, respectively. The cyclic life of electrode is obviously increased by MgO surface modification, and the discharge capacity retention rate of sample LiFePO4/C-MgO2.5 is up to 104.2% after 100 cycles. Comparing samples modified by these two methods, Mg doping is more prominent on prompting the capacity and rate capability of LiFePO4, while MgO coating is superior in terms of improving cyclic performance.

  1. Effect of sterilization process on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of pure Mg and MgCa alloys

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    Liu, X.L.; Zhou, W.R.; Wu, Y.H.; Cheng, Y. [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zheng, Y.F., E-mail: yfzheng@pku.edu.cn [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex System, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2013-10-15

    The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of various sterilization methods on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of MgCa alloy, with pure Mg as a comparison, including steam autoclave sterilization (SA), ethylene oxide steam sterilization (EO), glutaraldehyde sterilization (GD), dry heat sterilization (DH) and Co60 γ ray radiation sterilization (R) technologies. The surface characterizations were performed by environmental scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, water contact angle and surface free energy measurement, whereas the cytotoxicity and hemocompatibility were evaluated by cellular adhesive experiment, platelet adhesion and hemolysis test. The results showed that the five sterilization processes caused more changes on the surface of MgCa alloy than that on the surface of pure Mg. The GD sterilization caused the most obvious changes on the surface of the pure Mg, and the SA sterilization made the largest alteration on the MgCa alloy surface. The GD and DH sterilization processes could cause increases on surface free energy for both pure Mg and MgCa alloys, while the other three sterilization processes reduced the surface free energy. The DH and GD sterilization processes caused the least alteration on the cell adhesion on pure Mg surface, whereas the EO sterilization performed the greatest impact on the cell adhesion on the Mg–Ca alloy surface. The hemolysis percentage of pure Mg and MgCa alloys were reduced by SA sterilization, meanwhile the other four sterilization processes increased their hemolysis percentages significantly, especially for the EO sterilization. - Highlights: • The effect of sterilization on surface chemistry and biocompatibility was studied. • Sterilization caused more surface changes on MgCa alloy than pure Mg. • Co60 γ ray radiation is the most appropriate sterilization process.

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg-8Li-(0, 1, 2)Ca-(0, 2)Gd Alloys

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    Miao, Wei; Che, Chunbo; Fu, Kunning; Wu, Ruizhi; Hou, Legan; Zhang, Jinghuai; Zhang, Milin

    2017-09-01

    A series of new Mg-8Li-xCa-yGd (x = 0, 1, 2; y = 0, 2; wt.%) alloys were prepared, and the microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. The mechanical properties were characterized by tensile, compression and bending tests at room temperature. The results show that Mg-8Li-1Ca alloy is composed of alpha(Mg), beta(Li) and CaMg2 phases. In addition to the same phases in Mg-8Li-1Ca, there also exists CaLi2 phase in Mg-8Li-2Ca. In addition to the same phases in Mg-8Li-2Ca, GdMg5 phase is also formed in Mg-8Li-1Ca-2Gd alloy due to the addition of Gd. Both Ca and Gd have refining effect in the alloys, and the refining effect of Ca is better than that of Gd. The additions of Ca and Gd can improve the tensile strength and yield strength, but decrease the elongation and the bending strength. Comparing the mechanical properties of the investigated alloys, Mg-8Li-1Ca-2Gd possesses the best mechanical properties.

  3. FeGa/MgO/Fe/GaAs(001) magnetic tunnel junction: Growth and magnetic properties

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    Gobaut, B., E-mail: benoit.gobaut@elettra.eu [Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., S.S. 14-km 163.5, Area Science Park, 34012 Trieste (Italy); Ciprian, R.; Salles, B.R.; Krizmancic, D. [Laboratorio TASC, IOM-CNR, S.S. 14-km 163.5, Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Rossi, G. [Laboratorio TASC, IOM-CNR, S.S. 14-km 163.5, Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano, via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano (Italy); Panaccione, G. [Laboratorio TASC, IOM-CNR, S.S. 14-km 163.5, Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy); Eddrief, M.; Marangolo, M. [Sorbonne Universites, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7588, INSP, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Torelli, P. [Laboratorio TASC, IOM-CNR, S.S. 14-km 163.5, Basovizza, 34149 Trieste (Italy)

    2015-06-01

    Research on spintronics and on multiferroics leads now to the possibility of combining the properties of these materials in order to develop new functional devices. Here we report the integration of a layer of magnetostrictive material into a magnetic tunnel junction. A FeGa/MgO/Fe heterostructure has been grown on a GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The comparison between magneto optical Kerr effect (MOKE) measurements and hysteresis performed in total electron yield allowed distinguishing the ferromagnetic hysteresis loop of the FeGa top layer from that of the Fe buried layer, evidencing a different switching field of the two layers. This observation indicates an absence of magnetic coupling between the two ferromagnetic layers despite the thickness of the MgO barrier of only 2.5 nm. The in-plane magnetic anisotropy has also been investigated. Overall results show the good quality of the heterostructure and the general feasibility of such a device using magnetostrictive materials in magnetic tunnel junction.

  4. Asymmetric angular dependence of spin-transfer torques in CoFe/Mg-B-O/CoFe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Tang, Ling, E-mail: lingtang@zjut.edu.cn; Xu, Zhi-Jun, E-mail: xzj@zjut.edu.cn; Zuo, Xian-Jun; Yang, Ze-Jin, E-mail: zejinyang@zjut.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, College of Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023 (China); Gao, Qing-He [College of Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004, China, Information Engineering College, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110847 (China); Linghu, Rong-Feng, E-mail: linghu@gznu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Electronics Sciences, Guizhou Education University, Guiyang 550018 (China); Guo, Yun-Dong, E-mail: g308yd@126.com [College of Engineering and Technology, Neijiang Normal University, Neijiang 641112 (China)

    2016-04-28

    Using a first-principles noncollinear wave-function-matching method, we studied the spin-transfer torques (STTs) in CoFe/Mg-B-O/CoFe(001) magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs), where three different types of B-doped MgO in the spacer are considered, including B atoms replacing Mg atoms (Mg{sub 3}BO{sub 4}), B atoms replacing O atoms (Mg{sub 4}BO{sub 3}), and B atoms occupying interstitial positions (Mg{sub 4}BO{sub 4}) in MgO. A strong asymmetric angular dependence of STT can be obtained both in ballistic CoFe/Mg{sub 3}BO{sub 4} and CoFe/Mg{sub 4}BO{sub 4} based MTJs, whereas a nearly symmetric STT curve is observed in the junctions based on CoFe/Mg{sub 4}BO{sub 3}. Furthermore, the asymmetry of the angular dependence of STT can be suppressed significantly by the disorder of B distribution. Such skewness of STTs in the CoFe/Mg-B-O/CoFe MTJs could be attributed to the interfacial resonance states induced by the B diffusion into MgO spacer.

  5. Thermoelasticity of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite

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    Shukla, Gaurav; Wu, Zhongqing; Hsu, Han; Cococcioni, Matteo; Wentzcovitch, Renata

    2015-03-01

    We present LDA+U calculations of high temperature elastic properties of (Mg(1 - x)Fex2+)SiO3 bridgemanite (0 bearing system, we particularly focus on the change in thermoelastic parameters across the state change that occurs in ferrous iron above ~30 GPa, often attributed to a high-spin (HS) to intermediate spin (IS) crossover but explained by calculations as a lateral displacement of substitutional iron in the perovskite cage. We show that the measured effect on the equation of state of this change in the state of iron can be explained by the lateral displacement of substitutional iron, not by the HS to IS crossover. Calculated elastic properties of (Mg0.875 Fe0.125 2 +)SiO3 along an adiabatic mantle geotherm, somewhat overestimate longitudinal velocities but produce densities and shear velocities consistent with Preliminary Reference Earth Model data throughout most of the lower mantle. Research supported by NSF/EAR and NSF/CAREER.

  6. CO{sub 2} capture in Mg oxides doped with Fe and Ni; Captura de CO{sub 2} en oxidos de Mg dopados con Fe y Ni

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    Sanchez S, I. F.

    2016-07-01

    In this work the CO{sub 2} capture-desorption characteristics in Mg oxides doped with Fe and Ni obtained by the direct oxidation of Mg-Ni and Mg-Fe mixtures are presented. Mixtures of Mg-Ni and Mg-Fe in a different composition were obtained by mechanical milling in a Spex-type mill in a controlled atmosphere of ultra high purity argon at a weight / weight ratio of 4:1 powder using methanol as a lubricating agent, for 20 h. The powders obtained by mechanical milling showed as main phase, the Mg with nanocrystalline structure. Subsequently, the mixtures of Mg-Ni and Mg-Fe were oxidized within a muffle for 10 min at 600 degrees Celsius. By means of X-ray diffraction analysis, the Mg O with nano metric grain size was identified as the main phase, which was determined by the Scherrer equation. In the Mg O doped with Ni, was identified that as the Ni amount 1 to 5% by weight dispersed in the Mg O matrix was increased, the main peak intensity of the Ni phase increased, whereas in the Mg O doped with Fe was observed by XRD, that the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase was present and by increasing the amount of Fe (1 to 5% by weight) dispersed in the crystalline phase of Mg O, the intensity of this impurity also increased. Sem-EDS analysis showed that the Ni and Fe particles are dispersed homogeneously in the Mg O matrix, and the particles are porous, forming agglomerates. Through energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis, the elemental chemical composition obtained is very close to the theoretical composition. The capture of CO{sub 2} in the Mg O-1% Ni was carried out in a Parr reactor at different conditions of pressure, temperature and reaction time. Was determined that under the pressure of 0.2 MPa at 26 degrees Celsius for 1 h of reaction, the highest CO{sub 2} capture of 7.04% by weight was obtained, while in Mg O-1% Fe the CO{sub 2} capture was 6.32% by weight. The other magnesium oxides doped in 2.5 and 5% by weight Ni and Fe showed lower CO{sub 2} capture. The different stages

  7. Effect of sterilization process on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of pure Mg and MgCa alloys.

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    Liu, X L; Zhou, W R; Wu, Y H; Cheng, Y; Zheng, Y F

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of various sterilization methods on surface characteristics and biocompatibility of MgCa alloy, with pure Mg as a comparison, including steam autoclave sterilization (SA), ethylene oxide steam sterilization (EO), glutaraldehyde sterilization (GD), dry heat sterilization (DH) and Co60 γ ray radiation sterilization (R) technologies. The surface characterizations were performed by environmental scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, water contact angle and surface free energy measurement, whereas the cytotoxicity and hemocompatibility were evaluated by cellular adhesive experiment, platelet adhesion and hemolysis test. The results showed that the five sterilization processes caused more changes on the surface of MgCa alloy than that on the surface of pure Mg. The GD sterilization caused the most obvious changes on the surface of the pure Mg, and the SA sterilization made the largest alteration on the MgCa alloy surface. The GD and DH sterilization processes could cause increases on surface free energy for both pure Mg and MgCa alloys, while the other three sterilization processes reduced the surface free energy. The DH and GD sterilization processes caused the least alteration on the cell adhesion on pure Mg surface, whereas the EO sterilization performed the greatest impact on the cell adhesion on the Mg-Ca alloy surface. The hemolysis percentage of pure Mg and MgCa alloys were reduced by SA sterilization, meanwhile the other four sterilization processes increased their hemolysis percentages significantly, especially for the EO sterilization. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Interlayer exchange coupling, dipolar coupling and magnetoresistance in Fe/MgO/Fe trilayers with a subnanometer MgO barrier

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, A. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Spintronics Research Center, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Skowroński, W.; Frankowski, M. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Chęciński, J. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Ziętek, S.; Rzeszut, P. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Ślęzak, M.; Matlak, K.; Ślęzak, T. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Stobiecki, T. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Korecki, J. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Niezapominajek 8, 30-239 Kraków (Poland)

    2017-02-15

    Fe/MgO/Fe trilayers with a subnanometer MgO tunnel barrier were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Longitudinal magnetooptic Kerr effect measurements confirmed the existence of the antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) between the Fe layers for 2 ÅMgO}<6 Å. The coupling was enhanced for the trilayer grown on a homoepitaxial MgO buffer layer, and its IEC constant was estimated to be −3.3 erg/cm{sup 2} at a MgO thickness of 2.7 Å. After magnetic characterization, the sample was patterned into circular-shaped pillars with diameters ranging from 200 nm to 520 nm. We showed that the dipolar coupling that appeared after the nanofabrication process modified the effective coupling between layers, and we determined dependence of the dipolar coupling on the pillar diameter. Finally, magnetoresistance (MR) was measured as a function of MgO thickness (d{sub MgO}), and a non-zero MR was found for the MgO as thin as 3.4 Å. Extrapolation of the MR (d{sub MgO}) dependence to MR=0 allowed us to determine the length of the pinholes in our sample, which was estimated to be (3.2±0.5) Å. - Highlights: • Strong antiferromagnetic (AFM) interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) between Fe layers in Fe/MgO/Fe. • After nanofabrication the effective AFM IEC is enhanced due to the dipolar coupling. • The dipolar coupling that appeared after the nanofabrication process modified the effective coupling between layers. • Non-zero magnetoresistance values registered for the Fe/MgO/Fe trilayers with the MgO spacers as thin as 3.4 Å.

  9. Possibility of Mg- and Ca-based intermetallic compounds as new biodegradable implant materials.

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    Hagihara, Koji; Fujii, Kenta; Matsugaki, Aira; Nakano, Takayoshi

    2013-10-01

    Mg- or Ca-based intermetallic compounds of Mg2Ca, Mg2Si, Ca2Si and CaMgSi are investigated as possible new candidates for biodegradable implant materials, attempting to improve the degradation behavior compared to Mg and Ca alloys. The reactivity of Ca can be indeed reduced by the formation of compounds with Mg and Si, but its reactivity is still high for applications as an implant material. In contrast, Mg2Si shows a higher corrosion resistance than conventional Mg alloys while retaining biodegradability. In cytotoxicity tests under the severe condition conducted in this study, both pure Mg and Mg2Si showed relatively high cytotoxicity on preosteoblast MC3T3-E1. However, the cell viability cultured in the Mg2Si extract medium was confirmed to be better than that in a pure Mg extract medium in all the conditions investigated with the exception of the 10% extract medium, because of the lower corrosion rate of Mg2Si. The cytotoxicity derived from the Si ion was not significantly detected in the Mg2Si extract medium in the concentration level of ~70 mg/l measured in the present study. For aiming the practical application of Mg2Si as an implant material, however, its brittle nature must be improved. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. The synthesis and characterization of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy by powder metallurgy process

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    Annur, Dhyah; Franciska, P.L.; Erryani, Aprilia; Amal, M. Ikhlasul; Kartika, Ika, E-mail: pepeng2000@yahoo.com [Research center for Metallurgy and Material, Indonesian Institute of Science (Indonesia); Sitorus, Lyandra S. [Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Indonesia)

    2016-04-19

    Known for its biodegradation and biocompatible properties, magnesium alloys have gained many interests to be researched as implant material. In this study, Mg-3Zn-1Ca, Mg-29Zn-1Ca, and Mg-53Zn-4.3Ca (in wt%) were synthesized by means of powder metallurgy method. The compression strength and corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy were thoroughly examined. The microstructures of the alloy were characterized using optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope, and also X-ray diffraction analysis. The corrosion resistance were evaluated using electrochemical analysis. The result indicated that Mg- Zn- Ca alloy could be synthesized using powder metallurgy method. This study showed that Mg-29Zn-1Ca would make the highest mechanical strength up to 159.81 MPa. Strengthening mechanism can be explained by precipitation hardening and grain refinement mechanism. Phase analysis had shown the formation of α Mg, MgO, and intermetallic phases: Mg2Zn11 and also Ca2Mg6Zn3. However, when the composition of Zn reach 53% weight, the mechanical strength will be decreasing. In addition, all of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy studied here had better corrosion resistance (Ecorr around -1.4 VSCE) than previous study of Mg. This study indicated that Mg- 29Zn- 1Ca alloy can be further analyzed to be a biodegradable implant material.

  11. Study of chromites YbMIICr2O5,5 (MII - Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba by X-ray diffraction

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    B. Kasenov

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Compounds of composition YbMeMnFeO5,5 (Me – Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba are synthesized from Yb2O3, , Cr2O3 and MgCO3, CaCO3, SrCO3, BaCO3 by solid phase method. X-ray powder diffraction showed that the compound YbMgCr2O5,5, YbCaCr2O5,5, YbSrCr2O5,5, YbBaCr2O5,5 crystallizes in the tetragonal crystal system.

  12. North Atlantic Globorotalia inflata coretop Mg/Ca calibrations and temperature reconstructions over Termination I

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    Farmer, Elizabeth J; Chapman, Mark R; Andrews, Julian E, E-mail: e.farmer@uea.ac.u [University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences, Norwich, NR4 7TJ (United Kingdom)

    2010-03-15

    Mg/Ca ratios from planktonic foraminifera are widely used as an independent proxy for ocean temperature. The choice of calibration is vital for reconstructing meaningful temperatures. We present preliminary results based on a new Mg/Ca-temperature calibration (Mg/Ca = 0.92e{sup 0.039T}) for the thermocline-dwelling foraminifera Globorotalia inflata, derived using a suite of North Atlantic coretops. The downcore Mg/Ca record from core SU90-03 (40{sup 0}N, 32{sup 0}W) was used to compare how our new and existing calibrations performed for the Holocene and over the large scale change associated with Termination I.

  13. Biocompatibility and strength retention of biodegradable Mg-Ca-Zn alloy bone implants.

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    Cho, Sung Youn; Chae, Soo-Won; Choi, Kui Won; Seok, Hyun Kwang; Kim, Yu Chan; Jung, Jae Young; Yang, Seok Jo; Kwon, Gyeong Je; Kim, Jong Tack; Assad, Michel

    2013-02-01

    The biocompatibility and strength retention of a Mg-Ca-Zn alloy were studied to evaluate its efficacy for osteosynthesis applications. Mg-Ca-Zn alloy and self-reinforced poly l-lactide (SR-PLLA) bone screws were implanted into New Zealand rabbits for radiography analysis, micro computed tomography analysis, histomorphometry, hematology, serum biochemistry, histopathology, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analysis. Bending and torsion tests were performed on intact specimens to find the initial mechanical strength of these Mg-Ca-Zn alloy bone screws. Strength retention of the Mg-Ca-Zn alloy implants were calculated from in vivo degradation rates and initial mechanical strength. Based on the animal study, Mg-Ca-Zn alloy bone screw showed absence of subcutaneous gas pockets, characteristic surface erosion properties, faster degradation rate than SR-PLLA bone screw, normal reference range of hematology and serum biochemistry, better histopathological response than SR-PLLA bone screw, and stable concentrations of each constituent element in soft tissues surrounding the implants. The initial strength and strength retention of Mg-Ca-Zn alloy were compared with those of various biomaterials. The initial strength of Mg-Ca-Zn alloy was higher than those of biostable and biodegradable polymers. The strength retention of Mg-Ca-Zn alloy bone screws was similar to those of biodegradable polymer. Therefore, this Mg-Ca-Zn alloy represents an excellent biodegradable biomaterial candidate for osteosynthesis applications. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) and NdCa(2)Fe(3)O(8).

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    Hudspeth, J M; Goossens, D J; Studer, A J; Withers, R L; Norén, L

    2009-03-25

    The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) and NdCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) have been established using a combination of x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. It was already considered likely that LaCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) and NdCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) were made up of stacked perovskite-like layers of FeO(6) octahedra, with every third layer being replaced by a layer of tetrahedrally coordinated Fe, rather like a variation on the Brownmillerite (Ca(2)Fe(2)O(5)) structure type. We have gone further and determined a likely space group for this Grenier phase and determined the magnetic structure of the compounds at room temperature. The space group is found to be P 2(1)ma (b axis as the long axis), and the crystal structure has been refined, subject to the stacking faulting along the long axis that is apparent in electron diffraction patterns. The magnetic structure of LaCa(2)Fe(3)O(8) is shown to consist of antiferromagnetically ordered Fe(3+) ions on a collinear G-type antiferromagnetic structure, with the magnetic moments most likely (anti)parallel with the c axis, and of magnitude 3.4 ± 0.2μ(B) (3.6 ± 0.2μ(B) for NdCa(2)Fe(3)O(8)). The result is reasonable given the magnetic structures of the end members of the La(1-x)Ca(x)FeO(3) series, LaFeO(3) (x = 0) and Ca(2)Fe(2)O(5) (x = 1).

  15. Structures of pure and Ca-segregated MgO (001) surfaces

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    Yanfa, Y; Pennycook, S J; Pantelides, S T

    1999-01-01

    The structures of pure and Ca-segregated MgO (001) surfaces have been studied using first-principles density functional theory. The relaxation and rumpling for the pure surface are found to be 0.48 and 1.62, respectively. Ca segregation significantly modifies the surface structure. The surface-segregated Ca atoms protrude outwards owing to the size mismatch between Ca and Mg. Consequently, their nearest neighbor oxygen atoms are pulled up. The value of the protrusion of Ca atoms is strongly dependent on the Ca coverage of the surface. (18 refs).

  16. High-pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy of CaFe2O4-type β-CaCr2O4

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    Zhai, Shuangmeng; Yin, Yuan; Shieh, Sean R.; Shan, Shuangming; Xue, Weihong; Wang, Ching-Pao; Yang, Ke; Higo, Yuji

    2016-04-01

    In situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic studies of orthorhombic CaFe2O4-type β-CaCr2O4 chromite were carried out up to 16.2 and 32.0 GPa at room temperature using multi-anvil apparatus and diamond anvil cell, respectively. No phase transition was observed in this study. Fitting a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state to the P-V data yields a zero-pressure volume of V 0 = 286.8(1) Å3, an isothermal bulk modulus of K 0 = 183(5) GPa and the first pressure derivative of isothermal bulk modulus K 0' = 4.1(8). Analyses of axial compressibilities show anisotropic elasticity for β-CaCr2O4 since the a-axis is more compressible than the b- and c-axis. Based on the obtained and previous results, the compressibility of several CaFe2O4-type phases was compared. The high-pressure Raman spectra of β-CaCr2O4 were analyzed to determine the pressure dependences and mode Grüneisen parameters of Raman-active bands. The thermal Grüneisen parameter of β-CaCr2O4 is determined to be 0.93(2), which is smaller than those of CaFe2O4-type CaAl2O4 and MgAl2O4.

  17. Mg/Ca ratio in fertilization and agricultural soils, Mg percent of liming ...

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    Background: Mg is a cofactor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions and its deficiency has been reported to be associated with cardiovascular diseases. Human Mg balance depends on food composition, food processing and Mg variation in foodstuffs, which can be roughly prognostigated by Mg proportion in fertilization and ...

  18. The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa2Fe3O8 and NdCa2Fe3O8

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    Hudspeth, J M; Goossens, D J; Studer, A J; Withers, R L; Norén, L

    2009-03-01

    The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa2Fe3O8 and NdCa2Fe3O8 have been established using a combination of x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. It was already considered likely that LaCa2Fe3O8 and NdCa2Fe3O8 were made up of stacked perovskite-like layers of FeO6 octahedra, with every third layer being replaced by a layer of tetrahedrally coordinated Fe, rather like a variation on the Brownmillerite (Ca2Fe2O5) structure type. We have gone further and determined a likely space group for this Grenier phase and determined the magnetic structure of the compounds at room temperature. The space group is found to be P 21ma (b axis as the long axis), and the crystal structure has been refined, subject to the stacking faulting along the long axis that is apparent in electron diffraction patterns. The magnetic structure of LaCa2Fe3O8 is shown to consist of antiferromagnetically ordered Fe3+ ions on a collinear G-type antiferromagnetic structure, with the magnetic moments most likely (anti)parallel with the c axis, and of magnitude 3.4 ± 0.2μB (3.6 ± 0.2μB for NdCa2Fe3O8). The result is reasonable given the magnetic structures of the end members of the La1-xCaxFeO3 series, LaFeO3 (x = 0) and Ca2Fe2O5 (x = 1).

  19. DISTRIBUTION OF MAJOR ELEMENTS (Na, K, Ca, Mg) IN THE ...

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    Levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium were determined in plant organs (bud, flowers .... Elmer Model 306 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer for magnesium and calcium while potassium and ... 131 in Ca to 142 in K. Only the root and leaves are available for analyses in Zea mays in zone. C. In these two ...

  20. Ca-Al-Fe-rich inclusion in the Vigarano CV3 chondrite

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    Maruyama, Seiji; Tomioka, Naotaka

    2011-05-01

    An anomalous Ca-Al-Fe-rich spherical inclusion (CAFI) was found in the Vigarano CV3 chondrite. The CAFI has an igneous texture and contains large amounts of almost pure and coarse-grained hercynite grains (approximately 56 vol%) as well as refractory phases such as grossite and perovskite. However, melilite and Mg-spinel, which are common in ordinary Ca-Al-rich inclusions, are very rare (shock metamorphism of a low-pressure form of CaAl2O4 that was originally crystallized from a molten droplet. The fine-grained hercynite and unidentified aluminous phase in the rim of the CAFI may have been produced from grossite during aqueous alteration in the Vigarano parent body.

  1. Effect of secular variation in oceanic Mg/Ca on calcareous biomineralization

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    Ries, J. B.; Stanley, S. M.

    2006-12-01

    The polymorph mineralogy of simple, hypercalcifying marine organisms has generally varied in synchroneity with the polymorph mineralogy of abiotic CaCO3 precipitates (ooids, marine cements) throughout the Phanerozoic Eon. This synchroneity is caused by secular variation in the Mg/Ca ratio of seawater (SW; mMg/Ca > 2 = aragonite + high-Mg calcite; mMg/Ca brines and river water, driven by the global rate of ocean crust production. Here, we present experiments evaluating the effect of seawater Mg/Ca on the biomineralization and growth of extant representatives of hypercalcifying taxa that have been subjected to fluctuations in oceanic Mg/Ca in the past. Codiacean algae (arag), scleractinian corals (arag), coccolithophores (low-high Mg-calc), coralline algae (high Mg-calc), various reef-dwelling animals (echinoids, crabs, shrimp, calcareous serpulid worms; high Mg- calc), and calcifying microbial mats (arag + high-Mg calc) were grown in artificial SW formulated over the range of mMg/Ca (1.0 to 5.2) that occurred throughout each taxon's history. Codiacean algae and scleractinian corals exhibited higher rates of calcification and growth in artificial SW favoring their aragonite mineralogy and, significantly, produced a portion of their CaCO3 as calcite in the artificial calcite SW. Coccolithophores (low-high Mg calc.) showed higher calcification and growth rates and produced low-Mg calcite in the calcite SW. Likewise, coralline algae and the reef-dwelling animals (high-Mg calc) varied skeletal Mg/Ca with seawater Mg/Ca. The calcifying microbial mats grew equally well in the calcite and aragonite SW and varied their mineral polymorph commensurate with the SW (mMg/Ca2 = arag + high-Mg calc), suggesting a nearly abiotic mode of calcification. The precipitation of low-Mg calcite + aragonite by codiacean algae and scleractinian corals (arag in modern seas), and of low-Mg calcite by the coccolithophores and reef-dwelling animals (high-Mg calc in modern seas), in the calcite SW

  2. Analysis of Ca and Mg in blood of golden hamster using NAA technique

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    Aguiar, Rodrigo O.; Zamboni, Cibele B.; Medeiros, Jose A.G. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], e-mail: rodrigoaguiar@usp.br, e-mail: czamboni@ipen.br, e-mail: jageiros@yahoo.com.br

    2009-07-01

    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) technique has been used to determine simultaneously Ca and Mg concentrations in whole blood of Golden Hamster. The reference values for Ca (0.17 - 0.29 gL{sup -1} ) and Mg (0.042 - 0.074 gL{sup -1} ) can be used to performed biochemistry investigation using whole blood. (author)

  3. A DFT study of hydrogen adsorption on Be, Mg and Ca frameworks in erionite zeolite

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    Fellah, Mehmet Ferdi, E-mail: mferdi.fellah@btu.edu.tr

    2017-02-01

    Highlights: • Mg-ERI and Ca-ERI clusters have much lower chemical potential and hardness. • Adsorption enthalpies for Mg- and Ca-ERI are importantly greater than the liquefaction enthalpy of hydrogen. • Mg-ERI and Ca-ERI clusters have much HOMO-LUMO gap indicating higher reactivity. • Ca- and Mg-ERI are potential cryoadsorbent materials for hydrogen storage. - Abstract: The molecular hydrogen adsorption was investigated on additional frameworks with earth alkaline metal atoms (Be, Mg and Ca) in 24T ERI zeolite cluster model by means of Density Functional Theory study. HOMO and LUMO energy values, chemical potential, chemical hardness, electronegativity, adsorption energy and adsorption enthalpy values have been calculated in this study. Mg-ERI and Ca-ERI clusters have much lower chemical potentials with much lower adsorption energy values when compared to the value of Be-ERI cluster. Additionally, they are softer than Be-ERI cluster with respect to their lower chemical hardness values. Hydrogen adsorption enthalpy values were computed as −3.6 and −3.9 kJ/mol on Mg-ERI and Ca-ERI clusters, respectively. These adsorption enthalpy values are significantly larger than the enthalpy value of liquefaction for hydrogen molecule. This consequently specifies that Mg-ERI and Ca-ERI zeolite structures which have higher chemical reactivity appear to be a promising candidate cryoadsorbent for hydrogen storage.

  4. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over binary FeOx–MeOy/Mg(Al)O catalysts derived from hydrotalcites

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    Balasamy, Rabindran J.

    2010-12-20

    A series of FeOx-MeOy/Mg(Al)O catalysts were prepared from hydrotalcite-like compounds as precursors and were tested in the ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene in He atmosphere at 550 °C. The hydrotalcite-like precursors of the metal compositions of Mg3Fe 0.25Me0.25Al0.5 (Me = Cu, Zn, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) were coprecipitated from the nitrates of metal components and calcined to mixed oxides at 550 °C. After the calcination, the mixed oxides showed high surface area of 150-200 m2 gcat -1, and were mainly composed of (MgMe)(Fe3+Al)O periclase in the bulk, whereas the surface was enriched by (MgMe)(Fe3+Al)2O 4 pinel. Among the Me species tested, Co2+ was the most effective, followed by Ni2+. Co2+ addition increased the activity of original FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst, whereas Ni2+ increased the activity at the beginning of reaction, but deactivated the catalyst during the reaction. The other metals formed isolated MeOx species in the catalyst, resulting in a decrease in the activity compared to the original FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst. The active Fe species exists as metastable Fe3+ on the FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst. By the addition of Co2+, the reduction-oxidation between Fe3+ and Fe2+ was facilitated and, moreover, the active Fe3+ species was stabilized. It is likely that the dehydrogenation proceeds on the active Fe3+ species via its reduction-oxidation assisted by Co 2+. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  5. Thin film growth of CaFe2As2 by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hatano, T.; Kawaguchi, T.; Fujimoto, R.; Nakamura, I.; Mori, Y.; Harada, S.; Ujihara, T.; Ikuta, H.

    2016-01-01

    Film growth of CaFe2As2 was realized by molecular beam epitaxy on six different substrates that have a wide variation in the lattice mismatch to the target compound. By carefully adjusting the Ca-to-Fe flux ratio, we obtained single-phase thin films for most of the substrates. Interestingly, an expansion of the CaFe2As2 lattice to the out-of-plane direction was observed for all films, even when an opposite strain was expected. A detailed microstructure observation of the thin film grown on MgO by transmission electron microscope revealed that it consists of cube-on-cube and 45°-rotated domains. The latter domains were compressively strained in plane, which caused a stretching along the c-axis direction. Because the domains were well connected across the boundary with no appreciable discontinuity, we think that the out-of-plane expansion in the 45°-rotated domains exerted a tensile stress on the other domains, resulting in the unexpectedly large c-axis lattice parameter, despite the apparently opposite lattice mismatch.

  6. Spectroscopic studies of synthetic and natural ringwoodite, γ-(Mg, Fe)2SiO4

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    Taran, Michail N.; Koch-Müller, Monika; Wirth, Richard; Abs-Wurmbach, Irmgard; Rhede, Dieter; Greshake, Ansgar

    2009-04-01

    Synthetic ringwoodite γ-(Mg1- x Fe x )2SiO4 of 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 1.0 compositions and variously colored micro-grains of natural ringwoodite in shock metamorphism veins of thin sections of two S6-type chondrites were studied by means of microprobe analysis, TEM and optical absorption spectroscopy. Three synthetic samples were studied in addition with Mössbauer spectroscopy. The Mössbauer spectra consist of two doublets caused by VIFe2+ and VIFe3+, with IS and QS parameters close to those established elsewhere (e.g., O’Neill et al. in Am Mineral 78:456-460, 1993). The Fe3+/Fetotal ratio evaluated by curve resolution of the spectra, ranges from 0.04 to 0.1. Optical absorption spectra of all synthetic samples studied are qualitatively very similar as they are directly related to the iron content. They differ mostly in the intensity of the observed absorption features. The spectra consist of a very strong high-energy absorption edge and a series of absorption bands of different width and intensity. The three strongest and broadest absorptions of them are attributed to splitting of electronic spin-allowed 5 T 2g → 5 E g transitions of VIFe2+ and intervalence charge-transfer (IVCT) transition between ferrous and ferric ions in adjacent octahedral sites of the ringwoodite structure. The spin-allowed bands at ca. 8,000 and 11,500 cm-1 weakly depend on temperature, whilst the Fe2+/Fe3+ IVCT band at ~16,400 cm-1 displays very strong temperature dependence: i.e., with increasing temperature it decreases and practically disappears at about 497 K, a behavior typical for bands of this type. With increasing pressure the absorption edge shifts to lower energies while the spin-allowed bands shift to higher energy and strongly decreases in intensity. The IVCT band also strongly weakens and vanishes at about 9 GPa. We assigned this effect to pressure-induced reduction of Fe3+ in ringwoodite. By analogy with synthetic samples three broad bands in spectra of natural (meteoritic) blue

  7. Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of Fe/MgO granular multilayers

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    Garcia-Garcia, A. [Universidad de Zaragoza-CSIC, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon (ICMA), Zaragoza (Spain); Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Zaragoza (Spain); Universidade do Porto, Departamento de Fisica, IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Porto (Portugal); Pardo, J.A. [Universidad de Zaragoza, Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA), Zaragoza (Spain); Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales y Fluidos, Zaragoza (Spain); Navarro, E.; Strichovanec, P. [Universidad de Zaragoza, Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA), Zaragoza (Spain); Vovk, A. [Centro de Fisica da Materia Condensada Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa (Portugal); Institute of Magnetism NAS of Ukraine, Kiev (Ukraine); Morellon, L.; Ibarra, M.R. [Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Zaragoza (Spain); Universidad de Zaragoza, Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA), Zaragoza (Spain); Algarabel, P.A. [Universidad de Zaragoza-CSIC, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon (ICMA), Zaragoza (Spain); Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Zaragoza (Spain)

    2012-06-15

    Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition (PLD) makes use of the angular spread of laser-ablated material to prepare thin films with lateral compositional gradient. In this paper we have used combinatorial PLD to grow discontinuous Fe/MgO multilayers by alternate ablation from two separate Fe and MgO targets. Films of composition [Fe(t{sub Fe})/MgO(t{sub MgO})]{sub 15} were deposited on glass substrates. The thickness of Fe and MgO were varied in the vicinity of critical values determined in previous studies to maximize the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) in the current-in-plane configuration. Optimized multilayers show a substantial improvement of both TMR and field sensitivity at room temperature. (orig.)

  8. CO2 capture performance of Ca-Mg acetates at realistic Calcium Looping conditions

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    Miranda-Pizarro, Juan; Perejón, Antonio; Valverde, J.M.; Pérez-Maqueda, Luis A.; Sánchez-Jiménez, P.E.

    2017-01-01

    The Calcium Looping (CaL) process, based on the cyclic carbonation/calcination of CaO, has emerged in the last years as a potentially low cost technique for CO2 capture at reduced energy penalty. In the present work, natural limestone and dolomite have been pretreated with diluted acetic acid to obtain Ca and Ca-Mg mixed acetates, whose CO2 capture performance has been tested at CaL conditions that necessarily imply sorbent regeneration under high CO2 partial pressure. The CaL multicycle capt...

  9. Biodegradable Orthopedic Magnesium-Calcium (MgCa Alloys, Processing, and Corrosion Performance

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    Yuebin Guo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium-Calcium (Mg-Ca alloy has received considerable attention as an emerging biodegradable implant material in orthopedic fixation applications. The biodegradable Mg-Ca alloys avoid stress shielding and secondary surgery inherent with permanent metallic implant materials. They also provide sufficient mechanical strength in load carrying applications as opposed to biopolymers. However, the key issue facing a biodegradable Mg-Ca implant is the fast corrosion in the human body environment. The ability to adjust degradation rate of Mg-Ca alloys is critical for the successful development of biodegradable orthopedic implants. This paper focuses on the functions and requirements of bone implants and critical issues of current implant biomaterials. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg-Ca alloys, and the unique properties of novel magnesium-calcium implant materials have been reviewed. Various manufacturing techniques to process Mg-Ca based alloys have been analyzed regarding their impacts on implant performance. Corrosion performance of Mg-Ca alloys processed by different manufacturing techniques was compared. In addition, the societal and economical impacts of developing biodegradable orthopedic implants have been emphasized.

  10. Phase controlled synthesis of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles with high uniformity

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    Wang, S.F., E-mail: wangshifa2006@yeah.net [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, Sichuan (China); Science and technology on vacuum technology and physics laboratory, Lanzhou Institute of Physics, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu (China); Li, Q. [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, Sichuan (China); Zu, X.T., E-mail: xtzu@uestc.edu.cn [Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, Sichuan (China); Xiang, X.; Liu, W. [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054, Sichuan (China); Li, S., E-mail: sean.li@unsw.edu.au [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia)

    2016-12-01

    (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles were successfully synthesized through modifying the atomic ratio of polysaccharide and chelating agent at an optimal sintering temperature. In the process, the polysaccharide plays an important role in drastically shrinking the precursor during the gel drying process. In the metal-complex structure, M{sup 2+} ion active sites were coordinated by −OH of the water molecules except for EDTA anions. The MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles exhibited enhanced magnetic properties when compared with nano-MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} of similar particle size synthesized by other synthesis route reported in the literature. In particular, the sintering temperature improves the crystallinity and increases the hysteresis loop squareness ratio of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite nanoparticles significantly. - Graphical abstract: Schematic representation of the proposed model for MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticle synthesis, starting from EDTA-chelated M{sup 2+} (M=Mg, Ca, or Ba) cations (left). High dispersion (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles were prepared by a modified polyacrylamide gel route. Optimized utilization of polysaccharide, chelating agent, and sintering temperature allowed the formation of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite nanoparticles with a narrow diameter distribution. - Highlights: • We report a modified polyacrylamide gel route to synthesize (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite magnetic nanoparticles. • Chelate mechanism of metal ions (Mg, Ca, Ba) and EDTA has been discussed. • Phase transformation process of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrites has been discussed. • The preparation method increases the hysteresis loop squareness ratio of (Mg, Ca, Ba)-ferrite nanoparticles.

  11. Melting relations in the system FeCO3-MgCO3 and thermodynamic modelling of Fe-Mg carbonate melts

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    Kang, Nathan; Schmidt, Max W.; Poli, Stefano; Connolly, James A. D.; Franzolin, Ettore

    2016-09-01

    To constrain the thermodynamics and melting relations of the siderite-magnesite (FeCO3-MgCO3) system, 27 piston cylinder experiments were conducted at 3.5 GPa and 1170-1575 °C. Fe-rich compositions were also investigated with 13 multi-anvil experiments at 10, 13.6 and 20 GPa, 1500-1890 °C. At 3.5 GPa, the solid solution siderite-magnesite coexists with melt over a compositional range of X Mg (=Mg/(Mg + Fetot)) = 0.38-1.0, while at ≥10 GPa solid solution appears to be complete. At 3.5 GPa, the system is pseudo-binary because of the limited stability of siderite or liquid FeCO3, Fe-rich carbonates decomposing at subsolidus conditions to magnetite-magnesioferrite solid solution, graphite and CO2. Similar reactions also occur with liquid FeCO3 resulting in melt species with ferric iron components, but the decomposition of the liquid decreases in importance with pressure. At 3.5 GPa, the metastable melting temperature of pure siderite is located at 1264 °C, whereas pure magnesite melts at 1629 °C. The melting loop is non-ideal on the Fe side where the dissociation reaction resulting in Fe3+ in the melt depresses melting temperatures and causes a minimum. Over the pressure range of 3.5-20 GPa, this minimum is 20-35 °C lower than the (metastable) siderite melting temperature. By merging all present and previous experimental data, standard state (298.15 K, 1 bar) thermodynamic properties of the magnesite melt (MgCO3L) end member are calculated and the properties of (Fe,Mg)CO3 melt fit by a regular solution model with an interaction parameter of -7600 J/mol. The solution model reproduces the asymmetric melting loop and predicts the thermal minimum at 1240 °C near the siderite side at X Mg = 0.2 (3.5 GPa). The solution model is applicable to pressures reaching to the bottom of the upper mantle and allows calculation of phase relations in the FeO-MgO-O2-C system.

  12. DISSOLUTION BEHAVIOR OF BIOACTIVE GLASS CERAMICS WITH DIFFERENT CaO/MgO RATIOS

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    MUHAMMAD USMAN HASHMI

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, powders of three different compositions, each having 34 SiO2-14.5 P2O5-1 CaF2-0.5 MgF (% wt and ratio of CaO/MgO varying from 11.5:1 to 1:11.5 were thoroughly mixed and melted under oxy-acetylene flame in a fire clay crucible that made the glass formation cheaper in time and cost. The melt of each composition was quenched in water to form three different glasses. Every glass was sintered at 950°C to form three glass ceramics named G1, G2 and G3 respectively. To study the dissolution behavior, each sample was immersed in a simulated body fluid (SBF for 2, 5, 10, 20 and 25 days at room temperature. Thin film XRD analysis revealed that the samples with larger CaO/MgO ratio exhibited better bioactivity. pH of SBF increased efficiently in case of G1 whereas in case of G2 and G3, this increase was slower due to greater amount of MgO. The concentrations of Ca, P, Mg and Si ions were measured by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. EDS analysis showed the increase in P and Ca ions and presence of C in G1 after 5 days immersion and after 10 days, in case of G2 indicating the higher formation rate of hydroxycarbonate Apatite layer in G1 as compared to G2 due to greater CaO/MgO ratio whereas in G3 Mg-hydroxycarbonate apatite (Ca(Mg5(CO3(PO43(OH (heneuite layer was recognized after 20 days showing the least bioactivity due to very large amount of Mg and the least CaO/MgO ratio.

  13. In vitro corrosion of Mg-Ca alloy — The influence of glucose content

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    Cui, Lan-Yue; Li, Xiao-Ting; Zeng, Rong-Chang; Li, Shuo-Qi; Han, En-Hou; Song, Liang

    2017-09-01

    Influence of glucose on corrosion of biomedical Mg-1.35Ca alloy was made using hydrogen evolution, pH and electrochemical polarization in isotonic saline solution. The corrosion morphologies, compositions and structures were probed by virtue of SEM, EDS, FTIR, XRD and XPS. Results indicate that the glucose accelerated the corrosion of the alloy. The elemental Ca has no visible effect on the corrosion mechanism of glucose for the Mg-1.35Ca alloy in comparison with pure Mg. In addition, the presence of CO2 has beneficial effect against corrosion due to the formation of a layer of carbonatecontaining products.

  14. Effect of interface on magnetic properties of Co{sub 20}Fe{sub 60}B{sub 20} in ion-beam sputtered Si/CoFeB/MgO and Si/MgO/CoFeB bilayers

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    Raju, M., E-mail: rajuhcu519@gmail.com [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110 016 (India); Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, D.K. [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110 016 (India)

    2013-04-15

    Effect of interface on magnetic properties of Co{sub 20}Fe{sub 60}B{sub 20} in ion-beam sputtered Si/MgO/CoFeB(top) and Si/CoFeB(bottom)/MgO bilayers is reported. The X-ray reflectivity and magneto-optical Kerr effect analysis revealed that, the interface between bottom MgO and top CoFeB is sensitive to the MgO growth process (post-oxidation, ion-assisted and reactive growth) and its process parameters (assist-ion energy). An increase in interface width from 0.17 nm to 0.47 nm correlates to increase in coercivity from 6 Oe to 34 Oe, decrease of in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy (UMA) from 8×10{sup 3} to 5×10{sup 3} J/m{sup 3} and changes in magnetization reversal. In contrast, the CoFeB(bottom)/MgO interface shows different magnetic behavior and no UMA. - Highlights: ► Dependence of the magnetic response of CoFeB on interface with MgO. ► Growth methods studied for MgO are post-oxidation, reactive and ion-assisted growth. ► Significant amount of in-plane magnetic anisotropy observed for CoFeB(top)/MgO. ► Absence of in-plane magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFeB(bottom)

  15. Canted Antiferromagnetism on Rectangular Layers of Fe2+ in Polymorphic CaFeSeO.

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    Lai, Kwing To; Komarek, Alexander Christoph; Fernández-Díaz, Maria Teresa; Chang, Pi-Shan; Huh, Sungjoon; Rosner, Helge; Kuo, Chang-Yang; Hu, Zhiwei; Pi, Tun-Wen; Adler, Peter; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Valldor, Martin

    2017-04-17

    From stoichiometric amounts of CaO, Fe, and Se, pure powders and single crystals of quaternary [Formula: see text] can be obtained by solid-state reaction and self-flux growth, respectively. The as-synthesized compound exhibits a polymorphic crystal structure, where the two modifications have different stacking sequences of [Formula: see text] layers. The two polymorphs have similar unit cells but different crystal symmetries (Cmc21 and Pnma), of which the former is non-centrosymmetric. Fe is divalent (d6) and high-spin, as proven by X-ray spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and powder neutron diffraction data. The latter two, in combination with magnetic susceptibility and specific heat data, reveal a long-range antiferromagnetic spin order (TN = 160 K) with a minor spin canting. CaFeSeO is an electronic insulator, as confirmed by resistivity measurements and density functional theory calculations. The latter also suggest a relatively small energy difference between the two polymorphs, explaining their intimate intergrowth.

  16. Advanced Mg-Mn-Ca sacrificial anode materials for cathodic protection

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    Kim, J.G.; Kim, Y.W. [Sungkyunkwan Univ. (Korea). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering

    2001-02-01

    Addition of calcium to the Mg-Mn sacrificial anodes enhanced the anode efficiency by promoting the uniformly distributed corrosion along the grain boundaries and increased the driving potential by intrinsic electronegative potential of {alpha}-Mg. The reason for the uniform intergranular corrosion is that Mg{sub 2}Ca precipitate (cathode) at grain boundaries is galvanically coupled to {alpha}-Mg matrix (anode). Larger anodic area limits the localized nature of the intergranular attack. (orig.)

  17. The precipitation process in Mg-Ca-(Zn) alloys investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ortega, Yanicet [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: yanicet@fis.ucm.es; Monge, Miguel Angel; Pareja, Ramiro [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)

    2008-09-08

    Coincidence doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy has been applied to study the precipitation process induced by aging in Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca and Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca-1.0 wt.% Zn alloys. In addition positron lifetime experiments and microhardness measurements have been performed. A peak centered at {approx}11.5 x 10{sup -3}m{sub 0}c is found in the CDB ratio spectra of the alloys aged at 473 K. It is attributed to annihilations with the core electrons of Ca. The results indicate the formation of a particle dispersion that hardens the alloys. This dispersion is correlated with the appearance of the peak attributed to Ca atoms. Zn atoms in the Mg matrix inhibit the formation of quenched-in vacancies bound to Ca atoms in the aged ternary alloy producing the dispersion refinement.

  18. The ternary system K2SO4MgSO4CaSO4

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    Rowe, J.J.; Morey, G.W.; Silber, C.C.

    1967-01-01

    Melting and subsolidus relations in the system K2SO4MgSO4CaSO4 were studied using heating-cooling curves, differential thermal analysis, optics, X-ray diffraction at room and high temperatures and by quenching techniques. Previous investigators were unable to study the binary MgSO4CaSO4 system and the adjacent area in the ternary system because of the decomposition of MgSO4 and CaSO4 at high temperatures. This problem was partly overcome by a novel sealed-tube quenching method, by hydrothermal synthesis, and by long-time heating in the solidus. As a result of this study, we found: (1) a new compound, CaSO4??3MgSO4 (m.p. 1201??C) with a field extending into the ternary system; (2) a high temperature form of MgSO4 with a sluggishly reversible inversion. An X-ray diffraction pattern for this polymorphic form is given; (3) the inversion of ??-CaSO4 (anhydrite) to ??-CaSO4 at 1195??C, in agreement with grahmann; (1) (4) the melting point of MgSO4 is 1136??C and that of CaSO4 is 1462??C (using sealed tube methods to prevent decomposition of the sulphates); (5) calcium langbeinite (K2SO4??2CaSO4) is the only compound in the K2SO4CaSO4 binary system. This resolved discrepancies in the results of previous investigators; (6) a continuous solid solution series between congruently melting K2SOP4??2MgSO4 (langbeinite) and incongruently melting K2SO4??2CaSO4 (calcium langbeinite); (7) the liquidus in the ternary system consists of primary phase fields of K2SO4, MgSO4, CaSO4, langbeinite-calcium langbeinite solid solution, and CaSO4??3MgSO4. The CaSO4 field extends over a large portion of the system. Previously reported fields for the compounds (K2SO4??MgSO4??nCaSO4), K2SO4??3CaSO4 and K2SO4??CaSO4 were not found; (8) a minimum in the ternary system at: 740??C, 25% MgSO4, 6% CaSO4, 69% K2SO4; and ternary eutectics at 882??C, 49% MgSO4, 19% CaSO4, 32% K2SO4; and 880??, 67??5% MgSO4, 5% CaSO4, 27??5% K2SO4. ?? 1967.

  19. Development of Low Density CaMg-A1-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses (Preprint)

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    Senkov, O. N; Scott, J. M; Miracle, D. B

    2006-01-01

    Low density Ca-Mg-Al-based bulk metallic glasses containing additionally Cu and Zn, were produced by a copper mold casting method as wedge-shaped samples with thicknesses varying from 0.5 mm to 10 rom...

  20. Effect of surface mechanical attrition treatment on biodegradable Mg-1Ca alloy.

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    Li, N; Li, Y D; Li, Y X; Wu, Y H; Zheng, Y F; Han, Y

    2014-02-01

    Surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) is considered to be an effective approach to obtain a nanostructured layer in the treated surface of metals. In this study, we evaluated the effect of SMAT on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion properties of biodegradable Mg-1Ca alloy, with pure Mg as control. Grain refinement layers with grain size at the nanometer scale in the topmost surface were successfully prepared on Mg-1Ca alloy using SMAT technique, similar to pure Mg. The SMAT not only refined the surface layer of Mg-1Ca alloy, but also promoted the re-dissolution of the Mg2Ca phase into the matrix. As a result, the microhardness of the SMATed samples in the near-surface region was considerably enhanced, and the surface roughness and wettability of the SMATed samples were increased. However, the SMAT led to high density of crystalline defects such as grain boundaries (subgrain boundaries) and dislocations, which severely weakened the corrosion resistance of Mg-1Ca alloy, same as pure Mg. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Thick CoFeB with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB-MgO based magnetic tunnel junction

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    V. B. Naik

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the effect of an ultra-thin Ta insertion in the CoFeB (CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB free layer (FL on magnetic and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR properties of a CoFeB-MgO system with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA. It is found that the critical thickness (tc to sustain PMA is doubled (tc = 2.6 nm in Ta-inserted CoFeB FL as compared to single CoFeB layer (tc = 1.3 nm. While the effective magnetic anisotropy is found to increase with Ta insertion, the saturation magnetization showed a slight reduction. As the CoFeB thickness increasing, the thermal stability of Ta inserted structure is significantly increased by a factor of 2.5 for total CoFeB thickness less than 2 nm. We have observed a reasonable value of TMR for a much thicker CoFeB FL (thickness = 2-2.6 nm with Ta insertion, and without significant increment in resistance-area product. Our results reveal that an ultra-thin Ta insertion in CoFeB might pay the way towards developing the high-density memory devices with enhanced thermal stability.

  2. Textural and isotopic evidence for Ca-Mg carbonate pedogenesis

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    Diaz-Hernandez, J. L.; Sánchez-Navas, A.; Delgado, A.; Yepes, J.; Garcia-Casco, A.

    2018-02-01

    Models for evaluating the terrestrial carbon cycle must take into account not only soil organic carbon, represented by a mixture of plant and animal remains, but also soil inorganic carbon, contained in minerals, mainly in calcite and dolomite. Thick soil caliches derived from weathering of mafic and ultramafic rocks must be considered as sinks for carbon storage in soils. The formation of calcite and dolomite from pedogenic alteration of volcanic tephras under an aridic moisture regime is studied in an unusually thick 3-m soil profile on Gran Canaria island (Canary Islands, Spain). The biological activity of the pedogenic environment (soil respiration) releases CO2 incorporated as dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) in waters. It drives the formation of low-magnesian calcite and calcian dolomite over basaltic substrates, with a δ13C negative signature (-8 to -6‰ vs. V-PDB). Precipitation of authigenic carbonates in the soil is accompanied by the formation of Mg-rich clay minerals and quartz after the weathering of basalts. Mineralogical, textural, compositional, and isotopic variations throughout the soil profile studied indicate that dolomite formed at greater depths and earlier than the calcite. The isotopic signatures of the surficial calcite and deeper dolomite crusts are primary and resulted from the dissolution-precipitation cycles that led to the formation of both types of caliches under different physicochemical conditions. Dolomite formed within a clay-rich matrix through diffusive transport of reactants. It is precipitated from water with more negative δ18O values (-1.5 to -3.5‰ vs. V-SMOW) in the subsoil compared to those of water in equilibrium with surficial calcite. Thus, calcite precipitated after dolomite, and directly from percolating solutions in equilibrium with vadose water enriched in δ18O (-0.5 to +1.5‰) due to the evaporation processes. The accumulation of inorganic carbon reaches 586.1 kg m-2 in the soil studied, which means that the

  3. The effect of changing seawater Ca and Mg concentrations upon the distribution coefficients of Mg and Sr in the skeletons of the scleractinian coral Pocillopora damicornis

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    Giri, Sharmila J.; Swart, Peter K.; Devlin, Quinn B.

    2018-02-01

    The skeletal composition of calcifying organisms, in particular Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios, have been widely used to understand fluctuations in seawater chemistry throughout the Phanerozoic. While the success of applying these data to the geologic record depends on a knowledge of the distribution coefficients for these elements (DMg and DSr), there are scarcely any studies which have described how these values vary as a result of changing seawater Mg/Ca ratios. To address this, we have cultured the scleractinian coral, Pocillopora damicornis, in seawater with ranges of Mg and Ca concentrations. Here, we demonstrate that Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios of coral skeletons correlate with total seawater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca molar ratios, but that apparent DMg and DSr values do not remain constant across the range of experimental seawater treatments, with DMg values significantly increasing with seawater Mg/Ca ratios and DSr values significantly increasing with seawater Ca concentrations. These trends are not rate dependent and may be best explained by a Rayleigh distillation model, in which the calcifying space is semi-isolated from seawater during skeletogenesis (i.e. leaky). As there is a slight increase in DMg and decrease in DSr values between our "Jurassic" and "Modern" seawater treatments, the application of a constant distribution coefficient to estimate changes in ancient seawater chemistry may underestimate seawater Mg/Ca ratios and overestimate Sr/Ca throughout the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. We suggest that interpretations of seawater chemistry from fossil corals may be improved by using the relationships derived for skeletal and seawater Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios established by our experiments, as they incorporate the effect of seawater Mg/Ca ratios on skeletal Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios.

  4. Segmental transport of Ca(2)(+) and Mg(2)(+) along the gastrointestinal tract.

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    Lameris, A.L.L.; Nevalainen, P.I.; Reijnen, D.; Simons, E.; Eygensteyn, J.; Monnens, L.A.; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.

    2015-01-01

    Calcium (Ca(2+)) and magnesium (Mg(2+)) ions are involved in many vital physiological functions. Since dietary intake is the only source of minerals for the body, intestinal absorption is essential for normal homeostatic levels. The aim of this study was to characterize the absorption of Ca(2+) as

  5. Mg/Ca-temperature calibration for the benthic foraminifera Melonis barleeanum and Melonis pompilioides

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    Hasenfratz, Adam P.; Schiebel, Ralf; Thornalley, David J. R.; Schönfeld, Joachim; Jaccard, Samuel L.; Martínez-García, Alfredo; Holbourn, Ann; Jennings, Anne E.; Kuhnt, Wolfgang; Lear, Caroline H.; Marchitto, Thomas M.; Quillmann, Ursula; Rosenthal, Yair; Yu, Jimin; Haug, Gerald H.

    2017-11-01

    An important tool for deep-sea temperature reconstruction is Mg/Ca paleothermometry applied to benthic foraminifera. Foraminifera of the genus Melonis appear to be promising candidates for temperature reconstructions due to their wide geographical and bathymetric distribution, and their infaunal habitat, which was suggested to reduce secondary effects from carbonate ion saturation (Δ[CO32-]). Here, we make substantial advances to previous calibration efforts and present new multi-lab Mg/Ca data for Melonis barleeanum and Melonis pompilioides from more than one hundred core top samples spanning in situ bottom temperatures from -1 to 16 °C, coupled with morphometric analyses of the foraminifer tests. Both species and their morphotypes seem to have a similar response of Mg/Ca to growth temperature. Compilation of new and previously published data reveals a linear dependence of temperature on Mg/Ca, with a best fit of Mg/Ca (mmol/mol) = 0.113 ± 0.005 ∗ BWT (°C) + 0.792 ± 0.036 (r2 = 0.81; n = 120; 1σ SD). Salinity, bottom water Δ[CO32-], and varying morphotypes have no apparent effect on the Mg/Ca-temperature relationship, but pore water Δ[CO32-] might have had an influence on some of the samples from the tropical Atlantic.

  6. First-principles calculations of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe1-x Co x /MgO(001) thin films.

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    Cai, Guanzhi; Wu, Zhiming; Guo, Fei; Wu, Yaping; Li, Heng; Liu, Qianwen; Fu, Mingming; Chen, Ting; Kang, Junyong

    2015-01-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Fe1-x Co x thin films on MgO(001) was investigated via first-principles density-functional calculations. Four different configurations were considered based on their ground states: Fe/MgO, Fe12Co4/MgO, Fe10Co6/MgO, and Fe8Co8/MgO. As the Co composition increases, the amplitude of PMA increases first from Fe/MgO to Fe12Co4/MgO, and then decreases in Fe10Co6/MgO; finally, the magnetic anisotropy becomes horizontal in Fe8Co8/MgO. Analysis based on the second-order perturbation of the spin-orbit interaction was carried out to illustrate the contributions from Fe and Co atoms to PMA, and the differential charge density was calculated to give an intuitive comparison of 3d orbital occupancy. The enhanced PMA in Fe12Co4/MgO is ascribed to the optimized combination of occupied and unoccupied 3d states around the Fermi energy from both interface Fe and Co atoms, while the weaker PMA in Fe10Co6/MgO is mainly attributed to the modulation of the interface Co-d xy orbital around the Fermi energy. By adjusting the Co composition in Fe1-x Co x , the density of states of transitional metal atoms will be modulated to optimize PMA for future high-density memory application.

  7. Seawater Mg/Ca controls polymorph mineralogy of microbial CaCO3: a potential proxy for calcite-aragonite seas in Precambrian time.

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    Ries, J B; Anderson, M A; Hill, R T

    2008-03-01

    A previously published hydrothermal brine-river water mixing model driven by ocean crust production suggests that the molar Mg/Ca ratio of seawater (mMg/Ca(sw)) has varied significantly (approximately 1.0-5.2) over Precambrian time, resulting in six intervals of aragonite-favouring seas (mMg/Ca(sw) > 2) and five intervals of calcite-favouring seas (mMg/Ca(sw) mineralogical proxy for Precambrian calcite-aragonite seas, calcifying microbial marine biofilms were cultured in experimental seawaters formulated over the range of Mg/Ca ratios believed to have characterized Precambrian seawater. Biofilms cultured in experimental aragonite seawater (mMg/Ca(sw) = 5.2) precipitated primarily aragonite with lesser amounts of high-Mg calcite (mMg/Ca(calcite) = 0.16), while biofilms cultured in experimental calcite seawater (mMg/Ca(sw) = 1.5) precipitated exclusively lower magnesian calcite (mMg/Ca(calcite) = 0.06). Furthermore, Mg/Ca(calcite )varied proportionally with Mg/Ca(sw). This nearly abiotic mineralogical response of the biofilm CaCO3 to altered Mg/Ca(sw) is consistent with the assertion that biofilm calcification proceeds more through the elevation of , via metabolic removal of CO2 and/or H+, than through the elevation of Ca2+, which would alter the Mg/Ca ratio of the biofilm's calcifying fluid causing its pattern of CaCO3 polymorph precipitation (aragonite vs. calcite; Mg-incorporation in calcite) to deviate from that of abiotic calcification. If previous assertions are correct that the physicochemical properties of Precambrian seawater were such that Mg/Ca(sw) was the primary variable influencing CaCO3 polymorph mineralogy, then the observed response of the biofilms' CaCO3 polymorph mineralogy to variations in Mg/Ca(sw), combined with the ubiquity of such microbial carbonates in Precambrian strata, suggests that the original polymorph mineralogy and Mg/Ca(calcite )of well-preserved microbial carbonates may be an archive of calcite-aragonite seas throughout Precambrian

  8. The effect of sulfate on CaCO_{3} mineralogy and the incorporation of Mg^{2+}

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    Goetschl, Katja Elisabeth; Mavromatis, Vasileios; Dietzel, Martin

    2017-04-01

    Sulfate is the second most concentrated anion in seawater, and it forms strong complexes with Ca2+ and Mg2+ in aqueous solutions. However, up to now not much is known about the effect of dissolved SO42- on the formation of calcium carbonate minerals. For example, it has earlier been documented that the primary CaCO3 polymorph in marine sediments was oscillating between calcite and aragonite throughout the Phanerozoic, reflecting changes in seawater chemistry, among them SO42- concentration. Most of the previous experimental work, however, has focused mainly on the Mg/Ca ratio in seawater as the major driver for a preferential formation of calcite or aragonite. It has thus been shown that Mg substitution affects the thermodynamic stability of calcite, causing precipitation of aragonite instead of calcite at an aqueous Mg/Ca ratio higher than ˜1.3 [1]. To shed light on the mechanisms controlling the calcium carbonate mineral formation in the presence of sulfate, we performed steady-state precipitation experiments with calcite seed material at 25 ˚ C. Furthermore in this study we examine the Mg partitioning and isotope fractionation during its incorporation in calcite. For this, throughout the experimental runs, the aqueous Mg concentration was kept constant at different growth rates and different concentrations of dissolved SO42- have been used. Our data show that the presence of sulfate induces the formation of aragonite on calcite seeds at elevated growth rates, whereas we see no formation of aragonite in the experiments performed in the absence of sulfate, but at the same Mg/Ca ratio. On a further step the effect of sulfate on Mg partitioning and stable isotope fractionation of Mg in calcite will be examined. These results will improve the general understanding of the controls of solution chemistry on the formation of CaCO3 minerals and in specific the effect of sulfate on the incorporation of Mg into the crystal lattice. [1] Morse et al., 1997, Geology

  9. Deep-sea ostracode shell chemistry (Mg:Ca ratios) and late Quaternary Arctic Ocean history

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    Cronin, T. M.; Dwyer, Gary S.; Baker, P.A.; Rodriguez-Lazaro, J.; Briggs, W.M.; ,

    1996-01-01

    The magnesium:calcium (Mg:Ca) and strontium:calcium (Sr:Ca) ratios were investigated in shells of the benthic ostracode genus Krithe obtained from 64 core-tops from water depths of 73 to 4411 m in the Arctic Ocean and Nordic seas to determine the potential of ostracode shell chemistry for palaeoceanographic study. Shells from the Polar Surface Water (−1 to −1.5°C) had Mg:Ca molar ratios of about 0.006–0.008; shells from Arctic Intermediate Water (+0.3 to +2.0°C) ranged from 0.09 to 0.013. Shells from the abyssal plain and ridges of the Nansen, Amundsen and Makarov basins and the Norwegian and Greenland seas had a wide scatter of Mg:Ca ratios ranging from 0.007 to 0.012 that may signify post-mortem chemical alteration of the shells from Arctic deep-sea environments below about 1000 m water depth. There is a positive correlation (r2 = 0.59) between Mg:Ca ratios and bottom-water temperature in Krithe shells from Arctic and Nordic seas from water depths <900 m. Late Quaternary Krithe Mg:Ca ratios were analysed downcore using material from the Gakkel Ridge (water depths 3047 and 3899 m), the Lomonosov Ridge (water depth 1051 m) and the Amundsen Basin (water depth 4226 m) to test the core-top Mg:Ca temperature calibration. Cores from the Gakkel and Lomonosov ridges display a decrease in Mg:Ca ratios during the interval spanning the last glacial/deglacial transition and the Holocene, perhaps related to a decrease in bottom water temperatures or other changes in benthic environments.

  10. Thermally robust Mo/CoFeB/MgO trilayers with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Liu, T; Zhang, Y; Cai, J W; Pan, H Y

    2014-01-01

    The recent discovery of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) at the CoFeB/MgO interface has accelerated the development of next generation high-density non-volatile memories by utilizing perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs...

  11. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-01-01

    .... The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA...

  12. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-01-01

    .... However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme...

  13. Preparation and characterization of nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}

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    Wang Yan; Cheng Fangyi; Li Chunsheng; Tao Zhanliang [Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Chen Jun, E-mail: chenabc@nankai.edu.c [Institute of New Energy Material Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

    2010-10-22

    Research highlights: {yields} High proportion of nanocrystalline Mg2FeH6 (with the diameter of about 10 nm) was prepared by ball milling technique under relatively lower hydrogen pressure and room temperature. {yields} Furthermore, the as-prepared sample desorbs up to 5.15 wt% of hydrogen under vacuum from 335 to 613 K. - Abstract: We report on the preparation and characterization of nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} that is prepared by ball milling of 3Mg + Fe mixture under relatively lower hydrogen pressure (5.5 bar) at room temperature. The phase, composition and morphology of the as-milled powders are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). The results show that the optimum formation time of Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} phase is 100 h and the abundance is about 90.1 wt% deduced from Reitveld refinement. Together with Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}, small amount of Fe and MgO are also present in the milled product. The as-prepared nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}, which exhibits a chrysanthemum-like spherical shape (O 100-200 nm) with aggregated nanoparticles (O 10-20 nm), starts to desorb hydrogen at 335 K and ends at 613 K with a total weight loss of 5.15 wt%. The desorption enthalpy and entropy for the as-prepared nanocrystalline Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} are -67.2 {+-} 8 kJ/mol H{sub 2} and -120.1 {+-} 15 J/K mol H{sub 2}, respectively.

  14. Li/Ca, B/Ca, and Mg/Ca Composition of Cultured Sea Urchin Spines and Paleo-Echinoderms Measured Using a Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer

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    Nguyen, Trung Timothy Do

    2013-01-01

    Element-to-calcium (X/Ca) ratios within biogenic calcium carbonate minerals are used as proxies to reconstruct past seawater temperature and composition. This study focuses on examining Li/Ca, B/Ca, and Mg/Ca ratios in sea urchins cultured at different temperatures and pCO2 levels.In situ secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses were conducted on two species of sea urchins cultured under controlled conditions and several species of paleo-echinoderms. A temperate species, Arbacia punctu...

  15. Microwave energy-assisted formation of bioactive CaO–MgO–SiO2 ...

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    ... bone repair without adverse immunological response. Silicate-based bioactive glasses containing Mg are gaining increasing attention for their biocompatibility. The current work has been focused on designing a facile and economic route using bio-wastes for synthesizing bioactive glasses in the CaO–MgO–SiO 2 system.

  16. Thermally robust Mo/CoFeB/MgO trilayers with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

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    Liu, T; Zhang, Y; Cai, J W; Pan, H Y

    2014-07-31

    The recent discovery of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) at the CoFeB/MgO interface has accelerated the development of next generation high-density non-volatile memories by utilizing perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs). However, the insufficient interfacial PMA in the typical Ta/CoFeB/MgO system will not only complicate the p-MTJ optimization, but also limit the device density scalability. Moreover, the rapid decreases of PMA in Ta/CoFeB/MgO films with annealing temperature higher than 300°C will make the compatibility with CMOS integrated circuits a big problem. By replacing the Ta buffer layer with a thin Mo film, we have increased the PMA in the Ta/CoFeB/MgO structure by 20%. More importantly, the thermal stability of the perpendicularly magnetized (001)CoFeB/MgO films is greatly increased from 300°C to 425°C, making the Mo/CoFeB/MgO films attractive for a practical p-MTJ application.

  17. Ca2+/Mg2+ exchange in parvalbumin and other EF-hand proteins. A theoretical study.

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    Allouche, D; Parello, J; Sanejouand, Y H

    1999-01-15

    A remarkable conformational rearrangement occurs upon Ca2+/Mg2+ exchange in the C-terminal EF-hand site (labelled site EF or EF-4) of parvalbumin, as initially established by X-ray crystallography. Such a conformational rearrangement is characterised as follows: (i) the co-ordination number decreases from seven oxygen atoms in the Ca-loaded form to six oxygen atoms in the Mg-loaded form, the heptaco-ordination of Ca2+ corresponding with a skewed pentagonal bipyramid configuration of the seven oxygen atoms, whereas the hexaco-ordination of Mg2+ corresponds with a regular octahedral configuration of the six oxygen atoms; and (ii) Glu101, at the relative position 12 in the EF-hand loop sequence (labelled "Glu12"), acts as a bidentate ligand in the Ca-loaded form and as a monodentate ligand in the Mg-loaded form. As part of the conformational rearrangement, the chi1 dihedral angle undergoes a gauche(+) to gauche(-) transition upon substitution of Ca2+ by Mg2+, whereas the chi2 angle remains practically unchanged and the chi3 angles in both forms adopt a nearly mirror image relationship. In order to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying such a conformational rearrangement, we undertook a theoretical study using the free energy perturbation (FEP) method, starting from high-resolution crystal structures of the same parvalbumin (pike 4. 10 isoform) differing by the substitution of their two cationic sites EF-3 (or CD) and EF-4 (or EF), i.e. the 1pal structure with EF-3(Ca2+) and EF-4(Ca2+), the 4pal structure with EF-3(Ca2+) and EF-4(Mg2+). When Mg2+ is "alchemically" transformed into Ca2+ within the EF-4 site of 4pal, the conformational rearrangement of Glu12 is correctly predicted by the FEP calculation. When Ca2+ is transformed into Mg2+ within the EF-3 site of 4pal, the FEP calculation predicts the topology of the fully Mg-loaded form for which no crystallographic data is presently available. As expected, Glu62 (at the relative position 12 in EF-3 loop) is

  18. Intrinsic scintillators: TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3

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    Hawrami, R.; Ariesanti, E.; Wei, H.; Finkelstein, J.; Glodo, J.; Shah, K. S.

    2017-10-01

    Two intrinsic scintillators TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3 with excellent energy resolution and fast scintillation decay are presented. Crack-free transparent crystals were successfully grown by the Bridgman method. The scintillation light yields of TlMgCl3 and TlCaI3 are approximately 30,600 ph/MeV and 42,200 ph/MeV, respectively. Their energy resolutions at 662 keV are 3.7% for TlMgCl3 and 6.2% for TlCaI3. The scintillation decay times of TlMgCl3 are 46 ns, 166 ns, and 449 ns. The scintillation decay times of TlCaI3 are 62 ns, 200 ns, and 1.44 μs. Under X-ray irradiation, the emission of TlMgCl3 is between 300 nm and 540 nm with the peak at 409 nm. TlCaI3 has a broad emission band between 300 nm and 750 nm. Due to their excellent scintillation properties, these two scintillators can be developed for gamma-ray detection. Additionally, TlMgCl3 is non-hygroscopic.

  19. Phase Transformation and Creep of Mg-Al-Ca Based Die-Cast Alloys

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    Suzuki, Akane; Saddock, Nicholas D.; Jones, J. Wayne; Pollock, Tresa M.

    The microstructure and microstructural stability of die-cast AC53 (Mg-5Al-3Ca) and AXJ530 (Mg-5Al-3Ca-0.15Sr) have been investigated in detail by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Both alloys have an as-cast microstructure of α-Mg with (Mg, Al)2Ca (dihexagonal C36) eutectic at grain boundaries. During aging at 573 K, the C36 phase transforms to Al2Ca (cubic Cl5) phase. These two phases have a crystallographic orientation relationship of (0001)C36//{111}C15 and [2110]C36//[011]C15, and the transformation from C36 to C15 occurs by a shear-assisted process. Despite this change in the phase constitution, the network structure of the intermetallic compound(s) surrounding α-Mg grains is fairly stable, morphologically, even after prolonged exposure at elevated temperature. In the α-Mg matrix phase, precipitation of Al2Ca was observed after aging for 360 ks at 573 K. The precipitates are disc-shaped with a habit plane of {111}C15//(0001)α. AXJ530 shows higher creep resistance than AC53. The dislocation substructure that evolved during creep deformation was investigated in both alloys, and the basal and non-basal slip of a-dislocation and other slip modes of a+c- dislocations were observed. The relationship between creep properties and microstructure is discussed.

  20. Chemistry of the M (M=Fe, Ca, Ba-Se-H2O Systems at 25 °C

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    Fumihiko Hasegawa

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The chemistry of the M (M=Fe, Ca, Ba-Se-H2O systems at 25 °C is reviewed based on our previous papers. In this paper, the phase equilibria in the Fe(III-Se(IV-H2O, Ca-Se(IV,VI-H2O and Ba-Se(IV,VI-H2O systems at 25 °C are discussed. Then, the three-stage process for removal of selenium from industrial waste water [Se(IV,VI < 1,500 mg/L] containing sulfuric acid was introduced. This seems to be a promising process for selenium removal from acidic sulfate waste water containing high concentration levels of selenium to below 0.1 mg/L.

  1. Ca2+ and Mg2+ modulate conformational dynamics and stability of downstream regulatory element antagonist modulator

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    Pham, Khoa; Dhulipala, Gangadhar; Gonzalez, Walter G; Gerstman, Bernard S; Regmi, Chola; Chapagain, Prem P; Miksovska, Jaroslava

    2015-01-01

    Downstream Regulatory Element Antagonist Modulator (DREAM) belongs to the family of neuronal calcium sensors (NCS) that transduce the intracellular changes in Ca2+ concentration into a variety of responses including gene expression, regulation of Kv channel activity, and calcium homeostasis. Despite the significant sequence and structural similarities with other NCS members, DREAM shows several features unique among NCS such as formation of a tetramer in the apo-state, and interactions with various intracellular biomacromolecules including DNA, presenilin, Kv channels, and calmodulin. Here we use spectroscopic techniques in combination with molecular dynamics simulation to study conformational changes induced by Ca2+/Mg2+ association to DREAM. Our data indicate a minor impact of Ca2+ association on the overall structure of the N- and C-terminal domains, although Ca2+ binding decreases the conformational heterogeneity as evident from the decrease in the fluorescence lifetime distribution in the Ca2+ bound forms of the protein. Time-resolved fluorescence data indicate that Ca2+binding triggers a conformational transition that is characterized by more efficient quenching of Trp residue. The unfolding of DREAM occurs through an partially unfolded intermediate that is stabilized by Ca2+ association to EF-hand 3 and EF-hand 4. The native state is stabilized with respect to the partially unfolded state only in the presence of both Ca2+ and Mg2+ suggesting that, under physiological conditions, Ca2+ free DREAM exhibits a high conformational flexibility that may facilitate its physiological functions. PMID:25627705

  2. Effect of Mg/Ca ratios on microbially induced carbonate precipitation

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    Balci, Nurgul; Demirel, Cansu; Seref Sonmez, M.; Kurt, M. Ali

    2016-04-01

    Influence of Mg/Ca ratios on microbially induced carbonate mineralogy were investigated by series of experiments carried out under various environmental conditions (Mg/Ca ratio, temperature and salinity). Halophilic bacterial cultures used for biomineralization experiments were isolated from hypersaline Lake Acıgöl (Denizli, SW Turkey), displaying extreme water chemistry with an average pH around 8.6 (Balci eta l.,2015). Enriched bacterial culture used in the experiments consisted of Halomonas saccharevitans strain AJ275, Halomonas alimentaria strain L7B; Idiomarina sp. TBZ29, 98% Idiomarina seosensis strain CL-SP19. Biomineralization experiments were set up using above enriched culture with Mg/Ca ratios of 0.05, 1, 4 and 15 and salinity of 8% and 15% experiments at 30oC and 10oC. Additionally, long-term biomineralization experiments were set up to last for a year, for Mg/Ca=4 and Mg/Ca=15 experiments at 30oC. For each experimental condition abiotic experiments were also conducted. Solution chemistry throughout incubation was monitored for Na, K, Mg, Ca, bicarbonate, carbonate, ammonium and phosphate for a month. At the end of the experiments, precipitates were collected and morphology and mineralogy of the biominerals were investigated and results were evaluated using the software DIFFRAC.SUITE EVA. Overall the preliminary results showed chemical precipitation of calcite, halite, hydromagnesite and sylvite. Results obtained from biological experiments indicate that, low Mg/Ca ratios (0.05 and 1) favor chlorapatite precipitation, whereas higher Mg/Ca ratios favor struvite precipitation. Biomineralization of dolomite, huntite and magnesite is favorable at high Mg/Ca ratios (4 and 15), in the presence of halophilic bacteria. Moreover, results indicate that supersaturation with respect to Mg (Mg/Ca=15) combined with NaCl (15%) inhibits biomineralization and forms chemical precipitates. 15% salinity is shown to favor chemical precipitation of mineral phases more than

  3. Reinvestigating the "salinity effect" on Atlantic Globigerinoides ruber Mg/Ca ratios

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    Hertzberg, J. E.; Schmidt, M. W.

    2012-12-01

    Numerous culturing, core-top, and sediment trap studies show that temperature is the primary control on Mg/Ca ratios in foraminiferal calcite, and calibrations of this relationship have been applied successfully to the paleo-record to reconstruct ocean temperatures across a wide range of time periods. In addition, paired Mg/Ca temperatures and δ18Ocalcite measurements on surface dwelling foraminifera are often used to reconstruct past δ18Osw variability, a robust proxy for sea surface salinity. However, a recent study of core-top sediments across an Atlantic meridional transect suggests that salinity might have a stronger control on foraminiferal Mg/Ca ratios than previously thought. By analyzing Mg/Ca ratios and δ18O on the planktonic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber (white), Arbuszewski et al. [2010] found a 27% increase in G. ruber Mg/Ca ratios per 1 salinity unit increase for seawater salinities above 35. In this study, we use shell weight analyses and SEM images from a subset of the core-tops used in the Arbuszewski et al. [2010] study across a narrow depth range (3197 - 3559 m) to show that G. ruber shells from the equatorial region are highly dissolved compared to those from the gyres, significantly impacting their Mg/Ca-SSTs. Shell weights from the higher-productivity equatorial regions of the Atlantic are on average 20% and 15% lower than those from the oligotrophic North and South Atlantic gyres, respectively. Given the large preservation gradient along the Mid Atlantic Ridge, Arbuszewski et al.'s [2010] application of a single depth-corrected Mg/Ca:SST equation [Dekens et al., 2002] on cores from the subtropical gyres and the equatorial region is not appropriate. When regional differences in preservation are considered, as well as realistic calcification seasons for G. ruber in temperate latitudes, we find a strong correlation between SST and G. ruber Mg/Ca ratios in core-top samples spanning 43°N to 25°S in the Atlantic. When we also consider

  4. Degradation behavior of Ca-Mg-Zn intermetallic compounds for use as biodegradable implant materials.

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    Hagihara, Koji; Shakudo, Shuhei; Fujii, Kenta; Nakano, Takayoshi

    2014-11-01

    With the goal of developing new biodegradable implant materials, we have investigated the degradation behavior of (Ca, Mg)-based intermetallic compounds. The degradation behavior of the compounds within the Ca-Mg-Zn system was roughly classified into four groups, and their behaviors were strongly influenced by the compositions of the compounds. For example, the Ca3MgxZn(15-x) compound exhibited a large solubility region with varying the Mg/Zn ratio, and the Ca3Mg12Zn3 phase alloy with the lowest Zn content was rapidly broken apart within 6h of immersion. Alternatively, the Ca3Mg4.6Zn10.4 phase alloy with the highest Zn content retained the bulk shape even after 250 h of immersion. These varying degradation behaviors were ascribed to the difference in the formability of Zn oxide as a protective layer against corrosion on the specimen surfaces, depending on the Zn content. The gained results suggest that there is a feasibility on developing new biodegradable materials based on intermetallic compounds in which the degradation rate can be controlled by their compositions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Powder metallurgy preparation of Mg-Ca alloy for biodegradable implant application

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    Annur, D.; Suhardi, A.; Amal, M. I.; Anwar, M. S.; Kartika, I.

    2017-04-01

    Magnesium and its alloys is a promising candidate for implant application especially due to its biodegradability. In this study, Mg-7Ca alloys (in weight %) were processed by powder metallurgy from pure magnesium powder and calcium granule. Milling process was done in a shaker mill using stainless steel balls in various milling time (3, 5, and 8 hours) followed by compaction and sintering process. Different sintering temperatures were used (450°C and 550°C) to examine the effect of sintering temperature on mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. Microstructure evaluation was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Mechanical properties and corrosion behavior were examined through hardness testing and electrochemical testing in Hank’s solution (simulation body fluid). In this report, a prolonged milling time reduced particle size and later affected mechanical properties of Mg alloy. Meanwhile, the phase analysis showed that α Mg, Mg2Ca, MgO phases were formed after the sintering process. Further, this study showed that Mg-Ca alloy with different powder metallurgy process would have different corrosion rate although there were no difference of Ca content in the alloy.

  6. Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca as novel geochemical proxies for understanding sediment transport processes within coral reefs

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    Gacutan, J.; Vila-Concejo, A.; Nothdurft, L. D.; Fellowes, T. E.; Cathey, H. E.; Opdyke, B. N.; Harris, D. L.; Hamylton, S.; Carvalho, R. C.; Byrne, M.; Webster, J. M.

    2017-10-01

    Sediment transport is a key driver of reef zonation and biodiversity, where an understanding of sediment dynamics gives insights into past reef processes and allows the prediction of geomorphic responses to changing environmental conditions. However, modal conditions within the back-reef seldom promote sediment transport, hence direct observation is inherently difficult. Large benthic foraminifera (LBF) have previously been employed as 'tracers' to infer sediment transport pathways on coral reefs, as their habitat is largely restricted to the algal flat and post-mortem, their calcium carbonate test is susceptible to sediment transport forces into the back-reef. Foraminiferal test abundance and post-depositional test alteration have been used as proxies for sediment transport, although the resolution of these measures becomes limited by low test abundance and the lack of variation within test alteration. Here we propose the novel use of elemental ratios as a proxy for sediment transport. Two species, Baculogypsina sphaerulata and Calcarina capricornia, were analysed using a taphonomic index within One Tree and Lady Musgrave reefs, Great Barrier Reef (Australia). Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was used to determine Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca and these ratios were compared with taphonomic data. Decreases in test Mg/Ca accompany increases in Sr/Ca in specimens from algal-flat to lagoonal samples in both species, mirroring trends indicated by taphonomic values, therefore indicating a relationship with test alteration. To delineate mechanisms driving changes in elemental ratios, back-scattered electron (BSE) images, elemental mapping and in situ quantitative spot analyses by electron microprobe microanalysis (EPMA) using wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometers (WDS) were performed on un-altered algal flat and heavily abraded tests for both species. EPMA analyses reveal heterogeneity in Mg/Ca between spines and the test wall, implying the loss of

  7. Depth selective crystallization study of CoFeB film on MgO

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    Sharma, Gagan; Gupta, Ajay; Gupta, Ranjeeta; Gupta, Mukul; Gupta, Pooja; Sinha, A. K.

    2017-10-01

    Depth resolved study of crystallization of CoFeB film on MgO film has been done using GIXRD measurements. The quality and thermal stability of MgO film deposited using EB evaporation, was ensured using GIXRD measurements. Depth selectivity for studying the crystallization of CoFeB film has been achieved by performing the GIXRD measurements as a function of the angle of incidence on as-deposited as well as annealed samples. GIXRD measurements on partially crystallized sample annealed at 300 °C reveal that the crystallization of CoFeB film occurs preferentially at CoFeB/MgO interface with the thickness of crystallized layer being 7 nm. This is in conformity with suggestions made in some earlier studies. Anomalous XRD measurements near the Fe absorption edge on completely crystallized sample achieved after annealing at 450 °C shows the presence of (1 0 0) superlattice peak. This evidences the formation of ordered bcc CoFe phase. This result is important as it has been suggested that an ordered CoFe bcc phase may improve the symmetry filtering effect and hence the Tunnel Magnetoresistance value.

  8. Determination of Iron (Fe) and Calcium (Ca) in NIST SRM 1566b (Oyster tissue) using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS) by Standard Addition Method

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    Fitri Dara; Y Susanto Ridwan

    2017-01-01

    NIST Standard Reference Material (SRM 1566b) was employed for the determination of Iron (Fe) andCalcium (Ca) as nutrients in food matrix using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS). Thecertified value of SRM 1566b for Fe and Ca are 205.8 ± 6.8 mg/kg and 0.0838 ± 0.0020 (%) or 838 ±20 mg/kg, respectively. This certified values are based on results obtained by single primary method(Isotope Dilution Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometry) at NIST with confirmation by othermethods at ...

  9. Giant strain control of magnetoelectric effect in Ta|Fe|MgO.

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    Odkhuu, Dorj

    2016-09-06

    The exploration of electric field controlled magnetism has come under scrutiny for its intriguing magnetoelectric phenomenon as well as technological advances in spintronics. Herein, the tremendous effect of an epitaxial strain on voltage-controlled perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (VPMA) is demonstrated in a transition-metal|ferromagnet|MgO (TM|FM|MgO) heterostructure from first-principles electronic structure computation. By tuning the epitaxial strain in Ta|Fe|MgO as a model system of TM|FM|MgO, we find distinctly different behaviours of VPMA from V- to Λ-shape trends with a substantially large magnetoelectric coefficient, up to an order of 10(3) fJV(-1)m(-1). We further reveal that the VPMA modulation under strain is mainly governed by the inherently large spin-orbit coupling of Ta 5d-Fe 3d hybridized orbitals at the TM|FM interface, although the Fe 3d-O 2p hybridization at the FM|MgO interface is partly responsible in determining the PMA of Ta|Fe|MgO. These results suggest that the control of epitaxial strain enables the engineering of VPMA, and provides physical insights for the divergent behaviors of VPMA and magnetoelectric coefficients found in TM|FM|MgO experiments.

  10. Giant strain control of magnetoelectric effect in Ta|Fe|MgO

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    Odkhuu, Dorj

    2016-09-01

    The exploration of electric field controlled magnetism has come under scrutiny for its intriguing magnetoelectric phenomenon as well as technological advances in spintronics. Herein, the tremendous effect of an epitaxial strain on voltage-controlled perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (VPMA) is demonstrated in a transition-metal|ferromagnet|MgO (TM|FM|MgO) heterostructure from first-principles electronic structure computation. By tuning the epitaxial strain in Ta|Fe|MgO as a model system of TM|FM|MgO, we find distinctly different behaviours of VPMA from V- to Λ-shape trends with a substantially large magnetoelectric coefficient, up to an order of 103 fJV-1m-1. We further reveal that the VPMA modulation under strain is mainly governed by the inherently large spin-orbit coupling of Ta 5d-Fe 3d hybridized orbitals at the TM|FM interface, although the Fe 3d-O 2p hybridization at the FM|MgO interface is partly responsible in determining the PMA of Ta|Fe|MgO. These results suggest that the control of epitaxial strain enables the engineering of VPMA, and provides physical insights for the divergent behaviors of VPMA and magnetoelectric coefficients found in TM|FM|MgO experiments.

  11. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta|Co40Fe40B20|MgAl2O4 structures and perpendicular CoFeB|MgAl2O4|CoFeB magnetic tunnel junction

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    Tao, B. S.

    2014-09-08

    Magnetic properties of Co40Fe40B20(CoFeB) thin films sandwiched between Ta and MgAl2O4layers have been systematically studied. For as-grown state, Ta/CoFeB/MgAl2O4structures exhibit good perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) with interface anisotropy Ki=1.22erg/cm2, which further increases to 1.30erg/cm2after annealing, while MgAl2O4/CoFeB/Ta multilayer shows in-plane magnetic anisotropy and must be annealed in order to achieve PMA. For bottom CoFeB layer, the thickness window for PMA is from 0.6 to 1.0nm, while that for top CoFeB layer is between 0.8 and 1.4nm. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with a core structure of CoFeB/MgAl2O4/CoFeB have also been fabricated and tunneling magnetoresistance ratio of about 36% at room temperature and 63% at low temperature have been obtained. The intrinsic excitations in the p-MTJs have been identified by inelastic electron-tunneling spectroscopy.

  12. Effects of Mg2+ and Ca2+ on photoinduced Euglena flagellar responses

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    1980-01-01

    The flagellar frequency and waveform of Euglena were analyzed under full illumination (420-700 nm) and in a restricted wavelength band (530- 700 nm) when the cells were in a medium containing Mg2+ or had been microinjected with Mg2+, Mn2+, or Ca2+ in solution. Magnesium abolished the change in flagellar frequency and the reversal in waveform that cells exhibit when illuminated by a 530-700 nm wavelength band. Under this restricted illumination, Ca2+ caused an increase in flagellar waveform reversal and a decrease in beating frequency. The flagellar motility of cells impaled on a microelectrode was examined in cells illuminated with various wavelengths. PMID:6769928

  13. Effect of Ca addition on the damping capacity of Mg-Al-Zn casting alloys

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    Jun, Joong-Hwan; Moon, Jung-Hyun

    2015-07-01

    The influences of Ca addition on the microstructures and damping capacities of AZ91-(0˜2)%Ca casting alloys were investigated, on the basis of the results of X-ray diffractometry, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and vibration tests in a single cantilever mode. The amount of intermetallic compounds decreased with increasing Ca content up to 0.5%, above which it increased; the average cell size showed the opposite tendency. All alloys exhibited similar damping levels in the strain-amplitude independent region. Considering the very low solubility of Ca in the matrix, and that most of the Ca elements are consumed by the formation of the Al2Ca phase and incorporation into the Mg17Al12 phase, this would be ascribed to the almost identical concentrations of Ca solutes distributed in the matrix. In the strain-amplitude dependent region, however, the AZ91-0.5%Ca alloy possessed the maximum damping capacity. From the viewpoint of microstructural evolution with Ca addition, the number density of compound particles is considered to be the principal factor affecting the damping behavior in the strain-amplitude dependent region.

  14. Mechanically - induced disorder in CaFe2As2: a 57Fe Mössbauer study

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    Ma, Xiaoming; Ran, Sheng; Canfield, Paul C.; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.

    57 Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to study an extremely pressure and strain sensitive compound, CaFe2As2, with different degrees of strain introduced by grinding and annealing. At the base temperature, in the antiferromagnetic/orthorhombic phase, compared to a sharp sextet Mössbauer spectrum of single crystal CaFe2As2, which is taken as an un-strained sample, an obviously broadened sextet and an extra doublet were observed for ground CaFe2As2 powders with different degrees of strain. The Mössbauer results suggest that the magnetic phase transition of CaFe2As2 can be inhomogeneously suppressed by the grinding induced strain to such an extent that the antiferromagnetic order in parts of the grains forming the powdered sample remain absent all the way down to 4.6 K. However, strain has almost no effect on the temperature dependent hyperfine magnetic field in the grains with magnetic order. The quadrupole shift in the magnetic phase approachs zero with increasing degrees of strain, indicating that the strain reduces the average lattice asymmetry at Fe atom position. Supported by US DOE under the Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358 and by the China Scholarship Council.

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of different morphologies of MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and magnetic cellulose acetate nanocomposite

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    Ghanbari, Davood; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud [University of Kashan, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanostructures were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal reaction. The effect of various surfactants such as cationic, anionic and polymeric on the morphology of the product was investigated. Magnetic nanoparticles were added to cellulose acetate (CA) to make magnetic nanocomposite. Nanoparticles appropriately enhanced flame retardant property of the CA matrix. Application of the most conventional flame retardants is limited with respect to the environmental requirements. The most important novelty of this work is the preparation of a nontoxic magnetic and flame retardant cellulose acetate nanocomposite. Dispersed nanoparticles play the role of a magnetic barrier layer, which slows down product volatilization and prevents flame and oxygen from reaching the sample during decomposition of the polymer. In the presence of flame, magnetic nanoparticles remain together (show resistance to drop falling) and build a barrier. Also, distribution of the magnetic nanoparticles into cellulose acetate matrix increases the coercivity.

  16. Excellent fluoride decontamination and antibacterial efficacy of Fe-Ca-Zr hybrid metal oxide nanomaterial.

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    Dhillon, Ankita; Nair, Manjula; Bhargava, Suresh K; Kumar, Dinesh

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the present study is to develop an efficient nanomaterial for the removal of fluoride and disinfection of harmful bacteria in order to make water potable according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Hydrous hybrid Fe-Ca-Zr oxide nanoadsorbent presented a marked fluoride adsorption capacity of 250 mg/g at pH 7.0 (±0.1) much greater than other commercially accessible adsorbents for both synthetic and real water samples. The adsorption isotherms, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) fitted reasonably well fine having high coefficient of regression values. The adsorption of fluoride was established well using pseudo-second-order kinetics. The fluoride loaded adsorbent was efficiently regenerated by using an alkali solution. Interestingly, the developed nanomaterial not only showed excellent fluoride removal capacity but also demonstrated good antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli with IC50 (25 μg/mL). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Regulatory Effects of Cu, Zn, and Ca on Fe Absorption: The Intricate Play between Nutrient Transporters

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    Nathalie Scheers

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Iron is an essential nutrient for almost every living organism because it is required in a number of biological processes that serve to maintain life. In humans, recycling of senescent erythrocytes provides most of the daily requirement of iron. In addition, we need to absorb another 1–2 mg Fe from the diet each day to compensate for losses due to epithelial sloughing, perspiration, and bleeding. Iron absorption in the intestine is mainly regulated on the enterocyte level by effectors in the diet and systemic regulators accessing the enterocyte through the basal lamina. Recently, a complex meshwork of interactions between several trace metals and regulatory proteins was revealed. This review focuses on advances in our understanding of Cu, Zn, and Ca in the regulation of iron absorption. Ascorbate as an important player is also considered.

  18. Gas Metal Arc Welding Using Novel CaO-Added Mg Alloy Filler Wire

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    Minjung Kang; Youngnam Ahn; Cheolhee Kim

    2016-01-01

    Novel “ECO Mg” alloys, i.e., CaO-added Mg alloys, which exhibit oxidation resistance during melting and casting processes, even without the use of beryllium or toxic protection gases such as SF6, have recently been introduced. Research on ECO Mg alloys is still continuing, and their application as welding filler metals was investigated in this study. Mechanical and metallurgical aspects of the weldments were analysed after welding, and welding behaviours such as fume generation and droplet tr...

  19. Comparison of Ca{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} enhancing aerobic granulation in SBR

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    Liu Lin [School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Gao Dawen, E-mail: dawengao@gmail.com [School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, 73 Huanghe Rd., Harbin 150090 (China); Zhang Min [School of Forestry, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040 (China); Fu Yuan [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, 73 Huanghe Rd., Harbin 150090 (China)

    2010-09-15

    Two sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) were operated to investigate the effect of Ca{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} augmentation on aerobic granulation. Reactor R1 was augmented with Ca{sup 2+} at 40 mg/L, while Mg{sup 2+} was added to the reactor R2 with 40 mg/L. Results showed that the reactor R1 had a faster granulation process compared with R2, and the mature granules in R1 showed better physical characteristics. However, the mature granules in R2 had the higher production yield of polysaccharides and proteins, and aerobic granules in R2 experienced a faster substrate biodegradation. Microbial and genetic characteristics in mature granules were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) techniques. The results revealed that Mg{sup 2+} addition led to higher microbial diversity in mature granules. In addition, an uncultured bacterium (AB447697) was major specie in R1, and {beta}-proteobacterium was dominant in R2. It can be concluded that Ca{sup 2+} had an important effect on physical properties of aerobic granules, while Mg{sup 2+} played a key role on biological properties during the sludge granulation.

  20. Gas Metal Arc Welding Using Novel CaO-Added Mg Alloy Filler Wire

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    Minjung Kang

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Novel “ECO Mg” alloys, i.e., CaO-added Mg alloys, which exhibit oxidation resistance during melting and casting processes, even without the use of beryllium or toxic protection gases such as SF6, have recently been introduced. Research on ECO Mg alloys is still continuing, and their application as welding filler metals was investigated in this study. Mechanical and metallurgical aspects of the weldments were analysed after welding, and welding behaviours such as fume generation and droplet transfer were observed during welding. The tensile strength of welds was slightly increased by adding CaO to the filler metal, which resulted from the decreased grain size in the weld metal. When welding Mg alloys, fumes have been unavoidable so far because of the low boiling temperature of Mg. Fume reduction was successfully demonstrated with a wire composed of the novel ECO Mg filler. In addition, stable droplet transfer was observed and spatter suppression could be expected by using CaO-added Mg filler wire.

  1. Exploring Mg-Zn-Ca-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses for Biomedical Applications Based on Thermodynamic Approach

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    Ramya, M.; Sarwat, Syed Ghazi; Udhayabanu, V.; Raj, Baldev; Ravi, K. R.

    2015-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg)-based metallic glasses are considered as possible candidates in orthopedic implant applications. This paper aims to theoretically predict the glass-forming ability (GFA) in Mg-Zn-Ca alloy using a newly proposed thermodynamic model ( P HHS), and the consistency of this model is verified through experimental analysis. P HHS is based on thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy of chemical mixing, elastic enthalpy, and configurational entropy, thus incorporating the pivotal effects, i.e., electron transfer effects, effect of atomic size mismatch, and effect of randomness, which aid to high GFA. In essence, P HHS can be visualized as the energy barrier that exists between the transformations of random atomic structure of glass to ordered crystalline structure. When the P HHS value is more negative, the energy barrier will be high, supporting easy glass formation. Various Mg-Zn-Ca metallic glass compositions displayed almost an expected and supporting trend, where the critical diameter of the metallic glass rod increased with a more negative P HHS value. Among the predicted Mg-Zn-Ca systems, the Mg60Zn35Ca5 composition shows deviation from the expected trend. This discrepancy has been clearly elucidated using a eutectic phase diagram. In addition to the consistency of the P HHS parameter to verifying the GFA of various compositions, the unique ability of this model is to predict unexplored Mg-Zn-Ca glass-forming compositions using contour development. Thus, proving P HHS parameter to be used as an efficient tool in predicting new glass-forming compositions.

  2. Tunneling magnetoresistance in Fe{sub 3}Si/MgO/Fe{sub 3}Si(001) magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Tao, L. L.; Liang, S. H.; Liu, D. P.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F., E-mail: xfhan@iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Jian [Department of Physics and the Center of Theoretical and Computational Physics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

    2014-04-28

    We present a theoretical study of the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) and spin-polarized transport in Fe{sub 3}Si/MgO/Fe{sub 3}Si(001) magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). It is found that the spin-polarized conductance and bias-dependent TMR ratios are rather sensitive to the structure of Fe{sub 3}Si electrode. From the symmetry analysis of the band structures, we found that there is no spin-polarized Δ{sub 1} symmetry bands crossing the Fermi level for the cubic Fe{sub 3}Si. In contrast, the tetragonal Fe{sub 3}Si driven by in-plane strain reveals half-metal nature in terms of Δ{sub 1} state. The giant TMR ratios are predicted for both MTJs with cubic and tetragonal Fe{sub 3}Si electrodes under zero bias. However, the giant TMR ratio resulting from interface resonant transmission for the former decreases rapidly with the bias. For the latter, the giant TMR ratio can maintain up to larger bias due to coherent transmission through the majority-spin Δ{sub 1} channel.

  3. Removal of K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ from saline-alkaline water using the microalga Scenedesmus obliquus

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    Yao, Zongli; Ying, Chengqi; Lu, Jianxue; Lai, Qifang; Zhou, Kai; Wang, Hui; Chen, Ling

    2013-11-01

    The capability of Scenedesmus obliquus to remove cations (K+, Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+) from saline-alkaline water was investigated at different salinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) and carbonate alkalinities (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 mmol/L). K+, Na+, Ca2+, and Mg2+ in saline-alkaline water were efficiently removed by S. obliquus. The maximum removal of the cations (29.37 mg for K+, 185.85 mg for Na+, 23.07 mg for Ca2+, 66.14 mg for Mg2+) occurred at salinity 25. The maximum removal of K+ (2.28 mg), Na+ (6.62 mg), Ca2+ (1.01 mg), and Mg2+ (0.62 mg) occurred at carbonate alkalinities of 25 mmol/L for K+, 35 mmol/L for Na+, 20 mmol/L for Ca2+, and 25 mmol/L for Mg2+, respectively. Under a salinity stress, the concentration of Na+ in S. obliquus increased significantly, while that of K+ decreased significantly. The concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ decreased as well. The ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly lower in all salinity treatments than those of the control. Under alkaline stress, the concentrations of Na+ and K+ in S. obliquus decreased significantly and the ratios of K+/Na+, Ca2+/Na+, and Mg2+/Na+ were significantly higher in all treatments than in the control. Moreover, the concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ in S. obliquus at alkalinities of 5-10 mmol/L were significantly higher than those of the other treatments. The removal of Na+ by S. obliquus mainly occurs through biosorption, and Mg2+ and Ca2+ were removed through both biosorption and bioaccumulation.

  4. First-principles investigation of Fe-doped MgSiO{sub 3}-ilmenite

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    Stashans, Arvids, E-mail: arvids@utpl.edu.ec [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Rivera, Krupskaya [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Escuela de Geologia y Minas, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Pinto, Henry P. [Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 39217-0510 (United States)

    2012-06-15

    First principles density functional theory and generalised gradient approximation (GGA) have been exploited to investigate Fe-doped ilmenite-type MgSiO{sub 3} mineral. Strong electron correlation effects not included in a density-functional formalism are described by a Hubbard-type on-site Coulomb repulsion (the DFT+U approach). Microstructure of equilibrium geometries, electronic band structures as well as magnetic properties are computed and discussed in detail. Hartree-Fock methodology is used as an extra tool to study optical properties of the same system. For equilibrium state of the doped mineral we find zigzag-type atomic rearrangements around the Fe impurity. The inclusion of correlation effects leads to an improved description of the electronic properties. In particular, it is discovered that Fe incorporation produces local energy levels within the band-gap of the material. Using {Delta}SCF method optical absorption energies are found to be equal to 2.2 and 2.6 eV leading to light absorption at longer wavelengths compared to the undoped MgSiO{sub 3}. Our results provide evidence on the occurrence of local magnetic moment in the region surrounding iron dopant. According to the outcomes, the Fe Rightwards-Double-Arrow Mg reaction can be described as substitutionally labile with Fe{sup 2+} complex being found in the high-spin state at low pressure MgSiO{sub 3}-ilmenite conditions.

  5. Synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu 2-activated Ca4Mg5 ...

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    Ca4Mg5(PO4)6:Eu2+ blue-emitting phosphor was synthesized by the combustion-assisted synthesis method under reductive atmosphere. The products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. XRD analysis confirmed the ...

  6. Synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu -activated Ca4Mg5 ...

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    Synthesis and luminescence properties of Eu. 2+. -activated Ca4Mg5(PO4)6 for blue-emitting phosphor. LIU MIN†, TANG WANJUN. ∗ and DENG KEJIAN. College of Chemistry and Material Science, South Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, China. †School of Packaging and Material Engineering, ...

  7. Epithelial Ca2+ and Mg2+ channels in health and disease.

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    Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2005-01-01

    A near constancy of the extracellular Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) concentration is required for numerous physiologic functions at the organ, tissue, and cellular levels. This suggests that minor changes in the extracellular concentration of these divalents must be detected to allow the appropriate correction

  8. Molecular basis of epithelial Ca2+ and Mg2+ transport: insights from the TRP channel family

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    Dimke, H.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Bindels, R.J.M.

    2011-01-01

    Maintenance of plasma Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) levels is of vital importance for many physiological functions. This is achieved via a coordinated interplay between the intestine, bone and kidney by amending the rate of absorption, storage and excretion, respectively. Discovery of the transient receptor

  9. Ca 2 and Mg 2 binding induce conformational stability of Calfumirin ...

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    Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) resultsshow two possible independent binding sites of comparable affinity for the metal ions. However, their binding to the EF-IV E helix-loop-F helix mutant apo-protein happens with different affinities. The present study demonstrates that Ca2+ or Mg2+ binding plays a possible role in the ...

  10. Profile distribution of clay, Ca, Mg and K in some soils of the ...

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    The objective of this study was to establish a relationship between the distribution of clay, Mg, Ca, K and their ratios in some Nigerian soils. A total of 72 profile pits were prepared in 7 locations distributed in Niger, Edo, Oyo, Ogun and Osun States in the savanna region of Nigeria. The soils (comprising 49 Alfisols, 16 Entisols ...

  11. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over FeOx/(Mg,Zn)(Al)O catalysts derived from hydrotalcites: Role of MgO as basic sites

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    Balasamy, Rabindran J.

    2011-05-01

    A series of Mg3-xZnxFe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide catalysts derived from hydrotalcites were tested in the ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene in He atmosphere at 550 °C. The catalysts were prepared by coprecipitation from the nitrates of metal components followed by calcination to mixed oxides at 550 °C. A part of Mg2+ in Mg 3Fe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide was replaced with Zn2+ to test the effect of MgO as the support. The mixed oxides were composed of periclase and spinel-type compounds with a high surface area of 100-180m2gcat-1. Mössbauer and XPS measurements indicated the presence of Fe3+ on the catalysts and H2-TPR measurement suggested that the dehydrogenation reaction is catalyzed by the reduction-oxidation between Fe3+/Fe2+. The activity of Mg3-xZnxFe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide decreased with increasing x, indicating an important role of MgO on the activity. Both CO2-TPD measurements as well as IR measurements of adsorbed CO2 clearly indicated the presence of basic sites of Mg 2+O2- on the catalysts. It seems that the combination of Mg2+O2- and Fe3+ was essential for the catalytic activity. It is concluded that the surface base sites generated on O2- bound Mg2+ near Fe3+ sites are responsible for H+-abstraction; the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene was initiated by the H+ abstraction on Mg2+O2- basic sites, and accelerated by the reduction-oxidation of Fe3+/Fe2+ active species. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  12. Corrosion study of resorbable Ca60Mg15Zn25 bulk metallic glasses in physiological fluids

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    Rafał Babilas

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion activity of amorphous plates of Ca60Mg15Zn25 alloy was investigated. The biocompatible elements were selected for the alloy composition. The electrochemical corrosion and immersion tests were carried out in a multi-electrolyte fluid and Ringer's solution. Better corrosion behavior was observed for the samples tested in a multi-electrolyte fluid despite the active dissolution of Ca and Mg in Ringer's solution. The experimental results indicated that reducing concentration of NaCl from 8.6 g/dm3 for Ringer's solution to 5.75 g/dm3 caused the decrease of the corrosion rate. The volume of the hydrogen evolved after 480 min in Ringer's solution (40.1 ml/cm2 was higher in comparison with that obtained in a multi-electrolyte fluid (24.4 ml/cm2. The values of open-circuit potential (EOCP for the Ca60Mg15Zn25 glass after 1 h incubation in Ringer's solution and a multi-electrolyte fluid were determined to be −1553 and −1536 mV vs. a saturated calomel electrode (SCE. The electrochemical measurements indicated a shift of the corrosion current density (jcorr from 1062 μA/cm2 for the sample tested in Ringer's solution to 788 μA/cm2 for the specimen immersed in a multi-electrolyte fluid. The corrosion products analysis was conducted by using the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The corrosion products were identified to be CaCO3, Mg(OH2, CaO, MgO and ZnO. The mechanism of corrosion process was proposed and described based on the microscopic observations. The X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR also indicated that Ca(OH2, CaCO3, Zn(OH2 and Ca(Zn(OH32·2H2O mainly formed on the surface of the studied alloy. Keywords: Ca-based metallic glasses, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Corrosion resistance, Hydrogen evaluation

  13. Tropical Pacific Mg/Ca paleo-thermometry: A contribution to the core top calibration

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    Clark, S.; Mekik, F.; Kienast, M.; Groeneveld, J.

    2009-12-01

    The magnesium to calcium ratio in foraminifera is widely used as a proxy to estimate ocean temperatures in Earth’s past. However, studies have shown that both dissolution within the sediments and seawater salinity influence the Mg/Ca in the shells of tropical foraminifera and skew paleo-temperature estimates. We measured Mg/Ca and d18O in shells of mixed layer-dwelling species (Globigernoides ruber sensu stricto, Globigernoides ruber sensu lato, and Globigerinoides sacculifer) from a series of core tops in the eastern equatorial Pacific. We specifically chose these three taxa because they are most commonly used for sea surface temperature estimates, particularly in down core work. We compared our results with global core top data from which paleo-temperature equations have already been derived and published (e.g. Brown and Elderfield, 1996; Lea et al., 2000; Dekens et al., 2002). We find that at the same surface ocean temperature, Mg/Ca values can range as much as 1.5 mmol/mol, and we find no influence of salinity on outliers from the expected exponential relationship between Mg/Ca and temperature. Nor do we see dissolution as the cause of this variation. Most samples used for core top calibration work are well above the calcite saturation horizon and show no evidence of dissolution. We demonstrate this both with carbonate dissolution proxies, like data using the Globorotalia menardii Fragmentation Index (MFI) (Mekik et al., 2002) from our same core tops, and with estimates of bottom water carbonate ion concentration. Potential other influences which cause these variations could include seasonality, differences in analytical methods, and potential differences among morphotypes of G. ruber. Brown S. and H. Elderfield, 1996. Variations in Mg/Ca in Sr/Ca ratios of planktonic foraminifera caused by postdepositional dissolution: Evidence of shallow Mg-dependant dissolution, Paleoceanography, 11,5,543-551. Dekens P., D. Lea, D. Pak, and H. Spero, 2002. Core top

  14. Spin-orbit torque in Cr/CoFeAl/MgO and Ru/CoFeAl/MgO epitaxial magnetic heterostructures

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    Zhenchao Wen

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We study the spin-orbit torque (SOT effective fields in Cr/CoFeAl/MgO and Ru/CoFeAl/MgO magnetic heterostructures using the adiabatic harmonic Hall measurement. High-quality perpendicular-magnetic-anisotropy CoFeAl layers were grown on Cr and Ru layers. The magnitudes of the SOT effective fields were found to significantly depend on the underlayer material (Cr or Ru as well as their thicknesses. The damping-like longitudinal effective field (ΔHL increases with increasing underlayer thickness for all heterostructures. In contrast, the field-like transverse effective field (ΔHT increases with increasing Ru thickness while it is almost constant or slightly decreases with increasing Cr thickness. The sign of ΔHL observed in the Cr-underlayer devices is opposite from that in the Ru-underlayer devices while ΔHT shows the same sign with a small magnitude. The opposite directions of ΔHL indicate that the signs of spin Hall angle in Cr and Ru are opposite, which are in good agreement with theoretical predictions. These results show sizable contribution from SOT even for elements with small spin orbit coupling such as 3d Cr and 4d Ru.

  15. Suppression of in-plane tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance effect in Co2MnSi/MgO/n-GaAs and CoFe/MgO/n-GaAs junctions by inserting a MgO barrier

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    Akiho, Takafumi; Uemura, Tetsuya; Harada, Masanobu; Matsuda, Ken-Ichi; Yamamoto, Masafumi

    2011-01-01

    The effects of MgO tunnel barriers on both junction resistance and tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) characteristics of Co2MnSi(CMS)/MgO/n-GaAs junctions and Co50Fe50(CoFe)/MgO/n-GaAs junctions were investigated. The resistance-area (RA) product of the CMS/MgO/n-GaAs junctions showed an exponential dependence on MgO thickness (t_[MgO]), indicating that the MgO layer acts as a tunneling barrier. The RA product of CMS/MgO/n-GaAs with t_[MgO] < 1 nm was smaller than that of the samp...

  16. CaFeAl mixed oxide derived heterogeneous catalysts for transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel.

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    Lu, Yongsheng; Zhang, Zaiwu; Xu, Yunfeng; Liu, Qiang; Qian, Guangren

    2015-08-01

    CaAl layered double oxides (LDO) were prepared by co-precipitation and calcined at 750°C, and then applied to biodiesel production by transesterification reaction between methanol and soybean oil. Compared with characteristics of CaFe/LDO and CaAl/LDO, CaFeAl/LDO had the best performance based on prominent catalytic activity and stability, and achieved over 90% biodiesel yield, which stayed stable (over 85%) even after 8 cycles of reaction. The optimal catalytic reaction condition was 12:1M-ratio of methanol/oil, reaction temperatures of 60°C, 270rpm stirring rate, 60min reaction time, and 6% weight-ratio of catalyst/oil. In addition, the CaFeAl/LDO catalyst is insoluble in both methanol and methyl esters and can be easily separated for further reaction, turning it into an excellent alternative for biodiesel synthesis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Physical properties of Rh substituted CaFe2As2 tuned by annealing/quenching

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    Ran, Sheng; Bud'Ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Our previous work on CaFe2As2 single crystal grown out of FeAs flux has shown that a process of annealing and quenching can be used as an additional control parameter which can tune the ground state of CaFe2As2 systematically. We have also shown that CaFe2As2 is very pressure sensitive. Therefore, unlike the BaFe2As2 system, the effect of 4d transition metal substitution on CaFe2As2 is expected to be largely different from that of 3d transition metal substitution (e.g. cobalt or nickel substitution). In this talk we will present results of measurements on a Rh substituted CaFe2As2 system with different annealing/quenching temperatures. Phase diagrams with substitution level and annealing/quenching temperature as independent parameters are constructed and compared with that of other transition metal substitutions. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  18. In-situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements of relaxation in Fe/MgO/Fe epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions during annealing

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    Eastwood, D.S. [Department of Physics, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Ali, M.; Hickey, B.J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 1JT (United Kingdom); Tanner, B.K., E-mail: b.k.tanner@dur.ac.uk [Department of Physics, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-15

    The relaxation of Fe/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions grown epitaxially on (001) MgO substrates has been measured by in-situ grazing incidence in-plane X-ray diffraction during the thermal annealing cycle. We find that the Fe layers are fully relaxed and that there are no irreversible changes during annealing. The MgO tunnel barrier is initially strained towards the Fe but on annealing, relaxes and expands towards the bulk MgO value. The strain dispersion is reduced in the MgO by about 40% above 480 K post-annealing. There is no significant change in the “twist” mosaic. Our results indicate that the final annealing stage of device fabrication, crucial to attainment of high TMR, induces substantial strain relaxation at the MgO barrier/lower Fe electrode interface. - Highlights: • Lattice relaxation of Fe/MgO/Fe epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions measured. • In-plane lattice parameter of Fe equal to bulk value; totally relaxed. • MgO barrier initially strained towards the Fe but relaxes on annealing. • Reduction in strain dispersion in the MgO barrier by 40% above about 470 K. • No change in the in-plane “twist” mosaic throughout the annealing cycle.

  19. The effect of micro-alloying addition of Ca and Mn on castability and performance of Mg-based sacrificial anodes; Auswirkungen von Mikrolegierungszusaetzen Ca und Mn auf die Giessbarkeit und Leistungsmerkmale von Opferanoden auf Mg-Basis

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    Kim, H.-S.; Kim, T.-G. [Miryang National Univ., Kyungnam (Korea). Dept. of Materials Engineering; Kwon, S.H. [Miryang National Univ., Kyungnam (Korea). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2005-10-01

    Castability and electrochemical properties of the as-cast Mg-alloys, i.e., Mg-Xwt%(X=0.22{proportional_to}1.31)Ca alloy, Mg-Xwt%(X=0.24{proportional_to}0.26)Mn-Y wt% (Y=0.10{proportional_to}0.14)Ca alloys were evaluated. Out of these alloys, the Mg-0.26wt%Mn-0.14wt%Ca alloy shows the highest efficiency and lowest open-circuit potential. Flow length of the specimens decrease with an increase of Ca content. Serious decrease of flow ability in Mg melt is observed in Mg-1.31wt%Ca alloy. However, flow length of Mg-Ca alloys is negligibly influenced by small amounts of Mn addition. The improved performance of Mg-Ca alloys, regardless of Mn addition is attributed to the homogeneous and refined microstructures, extremely electronegative potential of Ca. It is considered from that serious reduction in flow reduction of Mg-1.31wt%Ca alloy is due to cast from large solidification interval.

  20. Cytotoxicity assessment of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells on synthesized biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloys.

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    Fazel Anvari-Yazdi, Abbas; Tahermanesh, Kobra; Hadavi, Seyed Mohammad Mehdi; Talaei-Khozani, Tahereh; Razmkhah, Mahboobeh; Abed, Seyedeh Mehr; Mohtasebi, Maryam Sadat

    2016-12-01

    Magnesium (Mg)-based alloys have been extensively considered as biodegradable implant materials for orthopedic surgery. Mg and its alloys are metallic biomaterials that can degrade in the body and promote new bone formation. In this study, the corrosion behavior and cytotoxicity of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys are evaluated with adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs). Mg-2Zn and Mg-2Zn-xCa (x=1, 2 and 3wt.%) alloys were designated. Mg alloys were analyzed with scanning electron microscopy and potentiodynamic polarization. To understand the in-vitro biocompatibility and cytotoxicity of Mg-2Zn and Mg-2Zn-xCa alloys, ASCs were cultured for 24 and 72h in contact with 10%, 50% and 100% extraction of all alloys prepared in DMEM. Cell cytotoxicity and viability of ASCs were examined by MTT assay. Alloying elements including Zn and Ca improved the corrosion resistance of alloys were compared with pure Mg. The cytotoxicity results showed that all alloys had no significant adverse effects on cell viability in 24h. After 72h, cell viability and proliferation increased in the cells exposed to pure Mg and Mg-2Zn-1Ca extracts. The release of Mg, Zn and Ca ions in culture media had no toxic impacts on ASCs viability and proliferation. Mg-2Zn-1Ca alloy can be suggested as a good candidate to be used in biomedical applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Study of Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of ZnO Codoped with Ca and Mg

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    Manoj Kumar Mishra

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO codoped with Ca and Mg in various proportions was prepared by a chemical method and annealed at 600 C. The structural and optical properties of these oxide samples were systematically studied by XRD, SEM, EDS, and PL spectrometer. XRD pattern shows a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The size of particle as shown by XRD machine and calculated by Scherer’s formula is found in the nano range. The formation of particles showed that they were polycrystalline. Due to larger ionic and covalent radii of Ca than those of Zinc, a lattice deformation occurs with the development of strain field. New phases were observed in XRD pattern of few samples ZnO-2.2 and ZnO-2.4. SEM micrograph shows the formation of nanoparticles. EDS study confirms the codoping of ZnO with Ca and Mg. Optical properties like photoluminescence emission showed a blue shift in peak wavelength. General conductivity and photoconductivity were found high in samples containing certain proportion of Ca and Mg in comparison with pure ZnO.

  2. Mg(II) binding by bovine prothrombin fragment 1 via equilibrium dialysis and the relative roles of Mg(II) and Ca(II) in blood coagulation

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    Deerfield, D.W. 2d.; Olson, D.L.; Berkowitz, P.; Byrd, P.A.; Koehler, K.A.; Pedersen, L.G.; Hiskey, R.G.

    1987-03-25

    The first direct equilibrium dialysis titration of the blood coagulation protein bovine prothrombin fragment 1 with Mg(II) is presented. Fragment 1 has fewer thermodynamic binding sites for Mg(II) than Ca(II), less overall binding affinity, and significantly less cooperativity. Several nonlinear curve fitting models were tested for describing the binding of fragment 1 with Mg(II), Ca(II), and mixed metal binding data. The Mg(II) data is represented by essentially five equivalent, noninteracting sites; for Ca(II), a model with three tight, cooperative sites and four ''loose'', equal affinity, noninteracting sites provides the best model. Based on the reported equilibrium dialysis data and in conjunction with other experimental data, a model for the binding of Ca(II) and Mg(II) to bovine prothrombin fragment 1 is proposed. The key difference between the binding of these divalent ions is that Ca(II) apparently causes a specific conformational change reflected by the cooperativity observed in the Ca(II) titration. The binding of Ca(II) ions to the three tight, cooperative sites establishes a conformation that is essential for phospholipid X Ca(II) X protein binding. The filling of the loose sites with Ca(II) ions leads to charge reduction and subsequent phospholipid X Ca(II) X protein complex interaction. Binding of Mg(II) to bovine prothrombin fragment 1 does not yield a complex with the necessary phospholipid-binding conformation. However, Mg(II) is apparently capable of stabilizing the Ca(II) conformation as is observed in the mixed metal ion binding data and the synergism in thrombin formation.

  3. FeO and MgO in plagioclase of lunar anorthosites: Igneous or metamorphic?

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    Phinney, W. C.

    1994-01-01

    The combined evidence from terrestrial anorthosites and experimental laboratory studies strongly implies that lunar anorthosites have been subjected to high-grade metamorphic events that have erased the igneous signatures of FeO and MgO in their plagioclases. Arguments to the contrary have, to this point, been more hopeful than rigorous.

  4. FeII/MgII Emission Line Ratio in High Redshift Quasars

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    Dietrich, M.; Hamann, F.; Appenzeller, I.

    2003-01-01

    We present results of the analysis of near infrared spectroscopic observations of 6 high-redshift quasars (z > 4), emphasizing the measurement of the ultraviolet FeII/MgII emission line strength in order to estimate the beginning of intense star formation in the early universe. To investigate the...

  5. High-pressure synthesis of Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} complex hydride

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    Retuerto, M.; Sanchez-Benitez, J.; Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, C.S.I.C., Cantoblanco E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Rodriguez-Canas, E. [Servicio Interdepartamental de Investigacion, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Serafini, D. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Materials, CIMAT, Av. Lib. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile)

    2010-08-15

    We have designed a new synthesis method for the ternary metal hydride Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} based on the direct reaction of simple hydrides under high-pressure conditions. Well-crystallized samples were prepared in a piston-cylinder hydrostatic press at 2 GPa and temperatures around 750 C from mixtures of MgH{sub 2} and Fe enclosed in gold or platinum capsules. Seven different samples have been prepared under different conditions. X-ray powder diffraction analysis was used to identify and assess the purity of the samples, through Rietveld analyses of the crystal structure (K{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}-type). Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6} shows a cubic symmetry with space group Fm-3m. SEM images show an average particle size of 1-2 {mu}m for Mg{sub 2}FeH{sub 6}; the microcrystals present well-grown faces and display a high homogeneity of shapes and sizes. Thermogravimetric analysis has been carried out to determine not only the hydrogen desorption temperature but also the hydrogen contents. (author)

  6. Effects of CaO, Al2O3 and MgO on liquidus temperatures of copper smelting and converting slags under controlled oxygen partial pressures

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    Zhao B.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase equilibria of silicate slags relevant to the copper smelting/converting operations have been experimentally studied over a wide range of slag compositions, temperatures and atmospheric conditions. Selected systems are of industrial interest and fill the gaps in fundamental information required to systematically characterise and describe copper slag chemistry. The experimental procedures include equilibration of synthetic slag at high temperatures, rapid quenching of resulting phases, and accurate measurement of phase compositions using electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA. The effects of CaO, Al2O3 and MgO on the phase equilibria of this slag system have been experimentally investigated in the temperature range 1200 to 1300 oC and oxygen partial pressures between 10-5 and 10-9 atm. It was found that spinel and silica are major primary phases in the composition range related to copper smelting/converting slags. In addition, olivine, diopside and pyroxene also appear at certain conditions. The presence of CaO, MgO and Al2O3 in the slag increases the spinel liquidus and decreases the silica liquidus. Liquidus temperatures in silica primary phase field are not sensitive to Po2; Liquidus temperatures in spinel primary phase field increase with increasing Po2. At 1300 oC and low Po2, the spinel (Fe2+,Mg2+O.(Al3+,Fe3+ primary phase field can be replaced by wustite (Fe2+,Mg2+O.

  7. Phosphate recovery from anaerobic digester effluents using CaMg(OH)4.

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    Liu, Xueyu; Xu, Zhonghou; Peng, Jianfeng; Song, Yonghui; Meng, Xiaoguang

    2016-06-01

    Dolomite lime (DL) (CaMg(OH)4) was used as an economical source of Mg(2+) for the removal and recovery of phosphate from an anaerobic digester effluent of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (MWWTP) wastewater. Batch precipitation results determined that phosphate was effectively reduced from 87 to less than 4mg-P/L when the effluent water was mixed with 0.3g/L of DL. The competitive precipitation mechanisms of different solids in the treatment system consisting of Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-NH4(+)-PO4(3-)CO3(2-) were determined by comparing model predictions with experimental results. Thermodynamic model calculations indicated that hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2), Ca4H(PO4)3∙3H2O, Ca3(PO4)2(beta), and Ca3(PO4)2(am2) were more stable than struvite (MgNH4PO3∙6H2O) and calcite (CaCO3). However, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis determined the formation of struvite and calcite minerals in the treated effluent. Kinetic experimental results showed that most of the phosphate was removed from synthetic effluent containing NH4(+) within 2hr, while only 20% of the PO4(3-) was removed in the absence of NH4(+) after 24hr of treatment. The formation of struvite in the DL-treated effluent was due to the rapid precipitation rate of the mineral. The final pH of the DL-treated effluent significantly influenced the mass ratio of struvite to calcite in the precipitates. Because more calcite was formed when the pH increased from 8.4 to 9.6, a pH range of 8.0-8.5 should be used to produce solid with high PO4(3-) content. This study demonstrated that DL could be used for effective removal of phosphate from the effluent and that resultant precipitates contained high content of phosphate and ammonium. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. The local structure of Ca-Na pyroxenes. 2-Xanes studies at the Mg and A1 K edges

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    Mottana, A. [Rome Univ. Roma Tre, Rome (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze Geologiche; Murata, T. [Kyoto University of Education, Kyoto (Japan). Dept. of Physics; Marcelli, A. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati; Wu, Z.Y. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati]|[Laboratoire Piere Suee, Gif-sur Yvette Cedex, (France); Cibin, G. [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Frascati, RM (Italy). Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati; Paris, E. [Camerino Univ., Camerino, MC (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze della Terra; Giuli, G. [Camerino Univ., Camerino, MC (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze della Terra]|[Florence Univ., Florence (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze della Terra

    1999-07-01

    X-ray absorption spectra at the Mg and A1 K edges have been recorded on synthetic end member diopside (Di) and jadeite (Jd) and on a series of natural Fe-poor Ca-Na clinopyroxenes compositionally straddling the Jd-Di join. The spectra of C2/c members of the series (C-omphacites) are different from having P2/n symmetry (P-omphacites). Differences can be explained by theoretical spectra calculated via the multiple-scattering formalism on atomic clusters with at least 89 atoms, extending to a. 0.62 nm away from the Mg viz. A1 absorber: Xanes detects in these systems medium- rather than short-range order-disorder relationships. Near-edge features of C-omphacites reflect the single-type of octahedral arrangement of the back scattering nearest-neighbours (six O atoms) around the absorber (Mg resp. A1) at the centre of the cluster (site M1). Others arise again from medium-range order. P-omphacites show more complicated spectra than C-omphacites. Their additional features reflect the increased local disorder around the probed atom (Mg resp. A1) induced by the two alternative M1, M11 configurations of the six O atoms forming the first co-ordination spheres. Mg and A1 are confirmed to be preferentially partitioned in the M1 resp. M11 site of the P-omphacite crystal structure, however never exclusively, but in a ratio close to 85:15 (plus or minus 10%) that implies a certain degree of local disorder. Changes in the relative heights of some prominent features are more evident in the A1 than in the Mg K-edge spectra. They are diagnostic to qualitatively distinguish C-from P-omphacites.

  9. Concentration effect on equilibrium fractionation of Mg-Ca isotopes in carbonate minerals: Insights from first-principles calculations

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Qin, Tian; Zhou, Chen; Huang, Shichun; Wu, Zhongqing; Huang, Fang

    2017-07-01

    Naturally occurring carbonates have a wide variation in Mg and Ca contents. Using the density-functional-theory calculations, this study examines the effect of Mg and Ca concentrations on bond lengths and equilibrium fractionation factors of Mg-Ca isotopes among calcite-type carbonate minerals (MgxCa1-xCO3). Mg content x and Ca content (1-x) of the investigated carbonate minerals range from 1/12 to 1 and from 1/36 to 1, respectively. Concentration of Ca and Mg in carbonates have significant effects on Ca-O and Mg-O bond lengths when x is close to 0, 0.5 or 1. Because equilibrium isotope fractionation factors (103lnα) are mainly controlled by their relevant bond strengths, which can be measured using their average bond lengths, 103lnα of 26Mg/24Mg and 44Ca/40Ca between calcite-type carbonate minerals and dolomite also vary dramatically with Mg content, especially when x is close to 0 and 1. For instance, at 300 K, 103lnα of 26Mg/24Mg between Mg1/12Ca11/12CO3 and dolomite (x = 0.5) is ∼-4.3‰, while 103lnα of 44Ca/40Ca between Mg23/24Ca1/24CO3 and dolomite is ∼6‰. Dolomite is enriched in 26Mg but depleted in 44Ca relative to all other carbonate minerals, which is consistent with it having the shortest Mg-O bond length and the longest Ca-O bond lengths among all carbonates. At 300 K, a small change of x from 0.5 to 0.6 in dolomite could result in 1‰ variation in 103lnβ of 26Mg/24Mg. Therefore, the concentration effect in carbonate minerals should be taken into account when applying the isotope fractionation factors of carbonate minerals to understand geochemical processes.

  10. Experimental evidence of enhanced ferroelectricity in Ca doped BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Costa, L.V.; Deus, R.C. [Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratinguetá, Av. Dr. Ariberto Pereira da Cunha, 333, Bairro Portal das Colinas, CEP 12516-410 Guaratinguetá, SP (Brazil); Foschini, C.R.; Longo, E. [Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Faculdade de Engenharia de Bauru, Dept. de Eng. Mecânica, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo C. Coube 14-01, 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); Cilense, M. [Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Instituto de Química – Laboratório Interdisciplinar em Cerâmica (LIEC), Rua Professor Francisco Degni s/n, 14800-90 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Simões, A.Z., E-mail: alezipo@yahoo.com [Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratinguetá, Av. Dr. Ariberto Pereira da Cunha, 333, Bairro Portal das Colinas, CEP 12516-410 Guaratinguetá, SP (Brazil)

    2014-04-01

    Calcium (Ca)-doped bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) thin films prepared by using the polymeric precursor method (PPM) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), polarization and piezoelectric measurements. Structural studies by XRD and TEM reveal the co-existence of distorted rhombohedral and tetragonal phases in the highest doped BiFeO{sub 3} where enhanced ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties are produced by internal strain. Resistive switching is observed in BFO and Ca-doped BFO which are affected by the barrier contact and work function of multiferroic materials and Pt electrodes. A high coercive field in the hysteresis loop is observed for the BiFeO{sub 3} film. Piezoelectric properties are improved in the highest Ca-doped sample due to changes in the crystal structure of BFO for a primitive cubic perovskite lattice with four-fold symmetry and a large tetragonal distortion within the crystal domain. This observation introduces magnetoelectronics at room temperature by combining electronic conduction with electric and magnetic degrees of freedom which are already present in the multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Ca doped BiFeO{sub 3} thin films were obtained by the polymeric precursor method. • Co-existence of distorted rhombohedral and tetragonal phases are evident. • Enhanced ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties are produced by the internal strain in the Ca doped BiFeO{sub 3} film.

  11. The synthesis and characterisation of LaCa2Fe2GaO8

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    Luo, Kun; Hayward, Michael A.

    2013-02-01

    The synthesis and characterisation of LaCa2Fe2GaO8 is described. Neutron powder diffraction data reveal LaCa2Fe2GaO8 adopts an anion-vacancy ordered, 'triple layer' structure consisting of an OOTLOOTR stacking sequence of layers of (Fe/Ga)O6 octahedra (O) and (Fe/Ga)O4 tetrahedra (T), related to that of the 4-layer brownmillerite structures (a=5.4784(1) Å, b=22.6780(4) Å, c=5.6007(1) Å, space group Pbma). The apex-linked chains of tetrahedra within structure of LaCa2Fe2GaO8 exhibit a cooperative twisting distortion which alternates in direction between adjacent layers of tetrahedra, the first time such an arrangement has been seen in a triple-layer phase. Magnetisation and neutron diffraction data reveal that LaCa2Fe2GaO8 exhibits two magnetic ordering transitions. On cooling below 550 K the phase adopts a state with short range antiferromagnetic coupling within each double layer of (Fe/Ga)O6 octahedra, but only weak coupling between layers. On cooling below 470 K full three-dimensional, G-type antiferromagnetic order is observed.

  12. Influence of the surface topography, morphology and structure on magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered iron layers, Fe/Cr/Fe- and Fe/MgO/Fe multilayers; Untersuchung der Morphologie und magnetische Eigenschaften von ionenstrahl-gesputterten Eisen-Einzelschichten, Fe/Cr/Fe- und Fe/MgO/Fe-Schichtsystemen

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    Steeb, Alexandra

    2007-04-05

    In this PhD Thesis, the influence of the surface topography, morphology and structure on magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered iron layers on GaAs is examined. To analyze the structure of the produced iron films, low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy is employed. The utilized methods to investigate the magnetic properties are Kerr- and SQUID-magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance. It is demonstrated that on untreated as well as on presputtered and heated GaAs substrates the sputtered iron films grow epitaxially. The least surface roughness of 1 A exhibit iron films grown on untreated GaAs, while iron films on heated GaAs have the highest roughness of 30 A. The largest crystal anisotropy constant is found for the presputtered GaAs/Fe-System. For this preparation method, two monolayers of iron are determined to be magnetically dead layers. At a film thickness of 100 A, 83% of the value for saturation magnetization of bulk iron are achieved. The small observed FMR-linewidths confirm the good bulk properties of the ion beam sputtered iron. Furthermore, an antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling in sputtered Fe/Cr/Fe-films was achieved. For a thickness of 12 to 17 A of the chrome interlayer, a coupling strength up to 0.2 mJ/m{sup 2} is found. To account for the small coupling strength, a strong intermixing at the interface is assumed. Finally, epitaxial Fe/MgO/Fe/FeMn multilayers are deposited on GaAs. After the structuring, it is possible to detect tunneling processes in the tunneling contacts with current-voltage measurements. The tunnel magneto resistance values of 2% are small, which can be explained by the absence of sharp, well-defined interfaces between the Fe/FeMn and the Fe/MgO interfaces. These results demonstrate, that analog to MBE the ion beam sputtering method realizes good magnetic bulk properties. However, interface sensitive phenomena are weakened because of a strong intermixing at the interfaces. (orig.)

  13. Accelerated Removal of Fe-Antisite Defects while Nanosizing Hydrothermal LiFePO4 with Ca(2).

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    Paolella, Andrea; Turner, Stuart; Bertoni, Giovanni; Hovington, Pierre; Flacau, Roxana; Boyer, Chad; Feng, Zimin; Colombo, Massimo; Marras, Sergio; Prato, Mirko; Manna, Liberato; Guerfi, Abdelbast; Demopoulos, George P; Armand, Michel; Zaghib, Karim

    2016-04-13

    Based on neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), we show that calcium ions help eliminate the Fe-antisite defects by controlling the nucleation and evolution of the LiFePO4 particles during their hydrothermal synthesis. This Ca-regulated formation of LiFePO4 particles has an overwhelming impact on the removal of their iron antisite defects during the subsequent carbon-coating step since (i) almost all the Fe-antisite defects aggregate at the surface of the LiFePO4 crystal when the crystals are small enough and (ii) the concomitant increase of the surface area, which further exposes the Fe-antisite defects. Our results not only justify a low-cost, efficient and reliable hydrothermal synthesis method for LiFePO4 but also provide a promising alternative viewpoint on the mechanism controlling the nanosizing of LiFePO4, which leads to improved electrochemical performances.

  14. Ultrasound-assisted extraction of Ca, K and Mg from in vitro citrus culture

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    Arruda Sandra C. C.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available An ultrasound extraction procedure for Ca, K and Mg from in vitro plant cultures is proposed, comparing cultures of different embryogenic levels of Citrus sinensis and Citrus limonia, employing ultrasound energy. Parameters related to metals extraction, such as plant material sampling, acid concentration and sonication time were investigated. For accuracy check, the proposed ultrasound extraction procedure was compared with a microwave-assisted digestion procedure and no differences in the results were verified at 95% of the confidence level. With this simple and accurate extraction procedure, it was possible to determine differences in Ca, K and Mg concentrations during Citrus embryo formation/development and between cultures (embryogenic and non-embryogenic. Finally, the ultrasound extraction method demonstrated to be an excellent alternative for handless sampling and operational costs.

  15. Degradation Behavior of Mg-Ca Nail after Penetration into Artificial Bone

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    Ikeo, Naoko; Shimizu, Junichi; Ishigaki, Chihiro; Sano, Yuya; Shimizu, Yoshinaka; Mukai, Toshiji

    For applying a magnesium alloy to nails in the guided bone regeneration (GBR) method, sufficient strength and appropriate degradation speed are required to fix a membrane. In the case, the nails are exposed to body fluid after penetrating the alveolar bone. Therefore, in this research, degradation behavior after penetration of magnesium-calcium alloy which is expected to possess high biocompatibility was investigated. As a result, the Mg-Ca alloy nails were degraded inhomogeneously after immersion for 4 weeks in simulated body fluid. The degraded portions corresponded to the distribution of residual strain estimated by finite element analysis. Mg-Ca nails without precipitates possessed comparatively gradual degradation rate. It can be also confirmed that the region with residual strain degraded preferentially when compared the CT images and the residual strain distribution after penetration.

  16. Temperature dependence of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy in W/CoFeB/MgO

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    Kyoung-Min Lee

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in W/CoFeB (1.2 ∼ 3 nm/MgO thin film structures is strongly dependent on temperature, and is significantly reduced at high temperature. The interfacial magnetic anisotropy is generally proportional to the third power of magnetization, but an additional factor due to thermal expansion is required to explain the temperature dependence of the magnetic anisotropy of ultrathin CoFeB films. The reduction of the magnetic anisotropy is more prominent for the thinner films; as the temperature increases from 300 K to 400 K, the anisotropy is reduced ∼50% for the 1.2-nm-thick CoFeB, whereas the anisotropy is reduced ∼30% for the 1.7-nm-thick CoFeB. Such a substantial reduction of magnetic anisotropy at high temperature is problematic for data retention when incorporating W/CoFeB/MgO thin film structures into magneto-resistive random access memory devices. Alternative magnetic materials and structures are required to maintain large magnetic anisotropy at elevated temperatures.

  17. Temperature dependence of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy in W/CoFeB/MgO

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    Lee, Kyoung-Min; Choi, Jun Woo; Sok, Junghyun; Min, Byoung-Chul

    2017-06-01

    The interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in W/CoFeB (1.2 ˜ 3 nm)/MgO thin film structures is strongly dependent on temperature, and is significantly reduced at high temperature. The interfacial magnetic anisotropy is generally proportional to the third power of magnetization, but an additional factor due to thermal expansion is required to explain the temperature dependence of the magnetic anisotropy of ultrathin CoFeB films. The reduction of the magnetic anisotropy is more prominent for the thinner films; as the temperature increases from 300 K to 400 K, the anisotropy is reduced ˜50% for the 1.2-nm-thick CoFeB, whereas the anisotropy is reduced ˜30% for the 1.7-nm-thick CoFeB. Such a substantial reduction of magnetic anisotropy at high temperature is problematic for data retention when incorporating W/CoFeB/MgO thin film structures into magneto-resistive random access memory devices. Alternative magnetic materials and structures are required to maintain large magnetic anisotropy at elevated temperatures.

  18. Toxicity of cypermethrin, effects on serum electrolytes (Ca+2, Mg+2 ...

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    The LC50 values for cypermethrin 24, 48, 72 and 96 h were 5.43, 5.12, 4.82 and 4.56 μg/l, respectively. The Ca+2 levels decreased in the exposed fishes up to 96 h, whereas, Mg+2 and Pi recorded an increase. During recovery period the serum electrolytes recorded a pattern towards normalcy when compared with 96 h ...

  19. Mg-Fe-mixed oxides derived from layered double hydroxides: A study of the surface properties

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    Marinković-Nedučin Radmila P.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of surface properties on the selectivity of the synthesized catalysts was studied, considering that their selectivity towards particular hydrocarbons is crucial for their overall activity in the chosen Fischer- -Tropsch reaction. Magnesium- and iron-containing layered double hydroxides (LDH, with the general formula: [Mg1-xFex(OH2](CO3x/2?mH2O, x = = n(Fe/(n(Mg+n(Fe, synthesized with different Mg/Fe ratio and their thermally derived mixed oxides were investigated. Magnesium was chosen because of its basic properties, whereas iron was selected due to its well-known high Fischer-Tropsch activity, redox properties and the ability to form specific active sites in the layered LDH structure required for catalytic application. The thermally less stable multiphase system (synthesized outside the optimal single LDH phase range with additional Fe-phase, having a lower content of surface acid and base active sites, a lower surface area and smaller fraction of smaller mesopores, showed higher selectivity in the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. The results of this study imply that the metastability of derived multiphase oxides structure has a greater influence on the formation of specific catalyst surface sites than other investigated surface properties.

  20. Relationships Between Temperature, pH, and Crusting on Mg/Ca Ratios in Laboratory-Grown Neogloboquadrina Foraminifera

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    Davis, Catherine V.; Fehrenbacher, Jennifer S.; Hill, Tessa M.; Russell, Ann D.; Spero, Howard J.

    2017-11-01

    Mg/Ca ratio paleothermometry in foraminifera is an important tool for the reconstruction and interpretation of past environments. However, existing Mg/Ca:temperature relationships for planktic species inhabiting middle- and high-latitude environments are limited by a lack of information about the development and impact of low-Mg/Ca ratio "crusts" and the influence of the carbonate system on Mg/Ca ratios in these groups. To address this, we cultured individual specimens of Neogloboquadrina incompta and Neogloboquadrina pachyderma in seawater across a range of temperature (6°-12°C) and pH (7.4-8.2). We found by laser ablation inductively couple mass spectrometry analyses of shells that culture-grown crust calcite in N. incompta had a lower Mg/Ca ratio than ontogenetic calcite formed at the same temperature, suggesting that temperature is not responsible for the low-Mg/Ca ratio of neogloboquadrinid crusts. The Mg/Ca:temperature relationship for ontogenetic calcite in N. incompta was consistent with the previously published culture-based relationship, and no significant relationship was found between Mg/Ca ratios and pH in this species. However, the Mg/Ca ratio in laboratory-cultured N. pachyderma was much higher than that reported in previous core top and sediment trap samples, due to lack of crust formation in culture. Application of our ontogenetic calcite-specific Mg/Ca:temperature relationships to fossil N. pachyderma and N. incompta from five intervals in cores from the Santa Barbara Basin and the Bering Sea shows that excluding crust calcite in fossil specimens may improve Mg/Ca-based temperature estimates.

  1. Microstructure and Properties of Magnesium Alloy Mg-1Zn-1Ca (ZX11)

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    Katsarou, L.; Suresh, K.; Rao, K. P.; Hort, N.; Blawert, C.; Mendis, C. L.; Dieringa, H.

    In recent years, some magnesium alloy systems have received attention to serve as potential materials for orthopedic implants due to their biocompatibility and biodegradability. Besides acceptable mechanical strength and corrosion rate, also non-toxicity is an important criterion in the development of these degradable magnesium alloys. Zinc and calcium are essential micro-nutrients in the body, therefore are not expected to be harmful, and positively influence strength by grain refinement and age hardening. To identify biomedical as well as other applications, the as-cast Mg-1Zn-1Ca (ZX11) material was tested for standard corrosion resistance as well as compression and creep strength, also at elevated temperatures. Microstructural investigations complete the determination of relevant characteristics for the use of ZX11. Grain size reduction is observed along the radius of the cylinder and SEM-EDX analysis reveals Mg2Ca and Mg6Ca2Zn3 phases have formed on the grain boundaries. Dislocation climbing seems to be the rate controlling deformation mechanism for creep. Compression strength increases with temperature gradually increased up to 100 °C, plateaus between 100 and 175 °C and decreases after that. Acceptable corrosion properties have been observed.

  2. Antibacterial characteristics of CaCO{sub 3}-MgO composites

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    Yamamoto, Osamu, E-mail: yamamoto@cges.akita-u.ac.jp [Center for Geo-Environmental Science, Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, 1-1 Tegata Gakuen-machi, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Ohira, Toshiaki; Alvarez, Kelly [Center for Geo-Environmental Science, Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, 1-1 Tegata Gakuen-machi, Akita 010-8502 (Japan); Fukuda, Masayuki [Division of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Akita University Hospital, 1-1-1 Hondo, Akita 010-8543 (Japan)

    2010-10-15

    Dentifrices, such as tooth-paste, are pastes containing insoluble abrasives that aid in the removal of plaque from the teeth and help to polish them. Composite powders contributing to oral hygiene application, i.e., nano-scale MgO crystallite dispersed in CaCO{sub 3} grain, were fabricated by the thermal decomposition of dolomite. The composite obtained by heating at 800 deg. C consisted of CaCO{sub 3} grains including 20 nm MgO fine crystallite, being the purpose powder in this study. The antibacterial activity of these powders related to gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was evaluated in vitro. The thermal decomposition above 800 deg. C resulted in the mixture of CaO and MgO. Antibacterial activity of the composite enhanced with increasing powder concentration. Though antibacterial action toward Staphylococcus aureus was greater than towards Escherichia coli, the death rate constant was identical in both bacteria. It can be concluded that the obtained composite possesses two functions able to improve the oral hygiene: as a tooth abrasive and as an antibacterial agent.

  3. Simulated space weathering of Fe- and Mg-rich aqueously altered minerals using pulsed laser irradiation

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    Kaluna, H. M.; Ishii, H. A.; Bradley, J. P.; Gillis-Davis, J. J.; Lucey, P. G.

    2017-08-01

    Simulated space weathering experiments on volatile-rich carbonaceous chondrites (CCs) have resulted in contrasting spectral behaviors (e.g. reddening vs bluing). The aim of this work is to investigate the origin of these contrasting trends by simulating space weathering on a subset of minerals found in these meteorites. We use pulsed laser irradiation to simulate micrometeorite impacts on aqueously altered minerals and observe their spectral and physical evolution as a function of irradiation time. Irradiation of the mineral lizardite, a Mg-phyllosilicate, produces a small degree of reddening and darkening, but a pronounced reduction in band depths with increasing irradiation. In comparison, irradiation of an Fe-rich aqueously altered mineral assemblage composed of cronstedtite, pyrite and siderite, produces significant darkening and band depth suppression. The spectral slopes of the Fe-rich assemblage initially redden then become bluer with increasing irradiation time. Post-irradiation analyses of the Fe-rich assemblage using scanning and transmission electron microscopy reveal the presence of micron sized carbon-rich particles that contain notable fractions of nitrogen and oxygen. Radiative transfer modeling of the Fe-rich assemblage suggests that nanometer sized metallic iron (npFe0) particles result in the initial spectral reddening of the samples, but the increasing production of micron sized carbon particles (μpC) results in the subsequent spectral bluing. The presence of npFe0 and the possible catalytic nature of cronstedtite, an Fe-rich phyllosilicate, likely promotes the synthesis of these carbon-rich, organic-like compounds. These experiments indicate that space weathering processes may enable organic synthesis reactions on the surfaces of volatile-rich asteroids. Furthermore, Mg-rich and Fe-rich aqueously altered minerals are dominant at different phases of the aqueous alteration process. Thus, the contrasting spectral slope evolution between the Fe

  4. Unraveling the Role of Structural Order in the Transformation of Electrical Conductivity in Ca2FeCoO6-δ, CaSrFeCoO6-δ, and Sr2FeCoO6-δ.

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    Hona, Ram Krishna; Huq, Ashfia; Ramezanipour, Farshid

    2017-12-04

    The ability to control the electrical conductivity of solid-state oxides using structural parameters has been demonstrated. A correlation has been established between the electrical conductivity and structural order in a series of oxygen-deficient perovskites using X-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity studies at a wide temperature range, 25-800 °C. The crystal structure of CaSrFeCoO6-δ has been determined, and its stark contrast to Ca2FeCoO6-δ and Sr2FeCoO6-δ has been demonstrated. The Fe/Co distribution over tetrahedral and octahedral sites has been determined using neutron diffraction. There is a systematic increase in the structural order in progression from Sr2FeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.5) to CaSrFeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.8) and Ca2FeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.9) . The oxygen contents of these materials were determined using iodometric titration and TGA. At room temperature, there is an inverse correlation between the electrical conductivity and structural order. The ordered Ca2 and CaSr compounds are semiconductors, while the disordered Sr2 compund shows metallic behavior. The metallic nature of the Sr2 material persists up to 1073 K (800 °C), while the Ca2 and CaSr compounds undergo a semiconductor-to-metal transition above 500 and 300 °C, respectively, highlighting another important impact of the structural order. At high temperature, the CaSr compound has the highest conductivity compared to the Ca2 and Sr2 materials. There appears to be an optimum degree of structural order that leads to the highest conductivity at high temperature. Another consequence of the structural order is the observation of mixed ionic-electronic conductivity in CaSr and Ca2 compounds, as is evident from the hysteresis in the conductivity data obtained during heating and cooling cycles. The average ionic radius required for each structural transition was determined through

  5. Adsorption of As(III) from Aqueous Solutions by Novel Fe-Mg Type Hydrotalcite.

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    Ogata, Fumihiko; Kawasaki, Naohito

    2015-01-01

    Morphological and chemical evaluation of Fe-Mg hydrotalcite (Fe-HT) was performed using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, and electron microanalysis for application as an adsorbent for water treatment. The adsorption of arsenic III (As(III)) on Fe-HT was evaluated via examination of the effect of the contact time and analysis of the adsorption isotherm. The amount of As(III) adsorbed increased slightly with increasing temperature. The results of the adsorption isotherm studies suggested that As(III) adsorption can be well described by both the Freundlich and Langmuir equations. The adsorption of As(III) on Fe-HT reached equilibrium within 24 h, and the adsorption kinetic data fit the pseudo-second-order kinetic model better than the pseudo-first-order model. The amount of As(III) present on the surface of Fe-HT increased after As(III) adsorption, and the crystalline structure of Fe-HT was maintained after adsorption of As(III). The (003) and (006) peaks in the X-ray diffraction patterns were attributed to basal reflections, and these peaks shifted from respective 2θ values of 10.86 and 21.94° to 11.12 and 22.52°, indicating exchange of As(III) with chloride ions in Fe-HT with consequent narrowing of the inter-layer spacing. Collectively, these results suggest that Fe-HT is prospectively useful for the adsorption of As(III) from aqueous solutions.

  6. Crop residue effects on Ca, Mg, K and Na concentrations and loads in runoff water

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    Miras-Avalos, J. M.; Sande-Fouz, P.; Bertol, I.; Paz-Gonzalez, A.

    2009-04-01

    Soil organic matter constitutes and important source of macro and micronutrients for plants and microorganisms while improving some physical and chemical properties of the soil. In Galicia (NW Spain), cultivated soils developed on schists from the Ordenes series show a relatively high susceptibility to surface degradation, which tends to be increased when soil organic content decreases. Therefore, management systems providing a high protection to the soil and increasing its organic matter content should also improve its quality. However, tillage practices may reduce the organic matter content in soil surface horizons, causing crust formation. Degraded soil surface conditions favor surface runoff, thus enhancing nutrient losses. This study examined the effect of applying crop residues to the soil surface on main nutrient (Ca, Mg, K and Na) losses by runoff from a tilled soil with a relatively low organic matter content. Runoff and sediment yield were made over 1 m2 plots using a rainfall simulator with constant 65 mmh-1 intensity. Four successive rainfall applications were performed, the first three ones 25 mm each and the last one 65 mm. Added corn straw varied between 0 and 4 tha-1 in the five studied treatments. Total and dissolved concentrations of the studied elements showed a trend to decrease due to the effect of corn straw on soil losses. After 140 mm cumulative rainfall, total nutrient losses were as follows: Ca from 12.32 to 28.94 mg L-1, Mg from 20.81 to 148.90 mg L-1, K from 14.20 to 35.17 mg L-1 and Na from 14.99 to 23.41 mg L-1. The relative contribution of the dissolved fraction to the total nutrient content loss was highly variable, being up to 90% in the case of Na. The obtained results confirmed that corn residues applied to a degraded soil, with low structural stability, prevented macronutrient losses.

  7. The Pressure-Volume-Temperature Equation of State of Iron-Rich (Mg,Fe)O

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    Wicks, J. K.; Jackson, J. M.; Zhuravlev, K. K.; Prakapenka, V.

    2012-12-01

    Seismic observations near the base of the core-mantle boundary (CMB) have detected 5-20 km thick patches in which the seismic wave velocities are reduced by up to 30%. These ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZs) have been interpreted as aggregates of partially molten material (e.g. Williams and Garnero 1996, Hernlund and Jellinek, 2010) or as solid, iron-enriched residues (e.g. Knittle and Jeanloz, 1991; Mao et al., 2006; Wicks et al., 2010), typically based on proposed sources of velocity reduction. The stabilities of these structure types have been explored through dynamic models that have assembled a relationship between ULVZ stability and density (Hernlund and Tackley, 2007; Bower et al., 2010). Now, to constrain the chemistry of ULVZs, more information is needed on the relationship between density and sound velocity of candidate phases. Recently, we have shown that the characteristically low sound speeds of ULVZs can be produced by small amounts of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O, which is likely to be found in iron-rich assemblages based on current partitioning studies (eg. Sakai et al., 2010; Tange et al., 2009). We determined the Debye velocity (VD) of (Mg.1657Fe.84)O using nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS), and calculated the seismically relevant compressional (VP) and shear (VS) wave velocities up to 120 GPa using an equation of state of a similar composition (Wicks et al., 2010). These densities and sound velocities, in turn, are consistent with reasonable morphologies of modeled solid ULVZs (Bower et al., 2011). To increase the accuracy of density and sound velocity predictions, measurements must be made at elevated temperatures to correctly predict the properties of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O at mantle conditions. In this study, we present the pressure-volume-temperature equation of state of (Mg.0657Fe.94)O measured up to pressures of 120 GPa and temperatures of 2000 K. Volume was measured with x-ray diffraction at beamline 13-ID-D of the Advanced Photon

  8. Crystallization history of enriched shergottites from Fe and Mg isotope fractionation in olivine megacrysts

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    Collinet, Max; Charlier, Bernard; Namur, Olivier; Oeser, Martin; Médard, Etienne; Weyer, Stefan

    2017-06-01

    Martian meteorites are the only samples available from the surface of Mars. Among them, olivine-phyric shergottites are basalts containing large zoned olivine crystals with highly magnesian cores (Fo 70-85) and rims richer in Fe (Fo 45-60). The Northwest Africa 1068 meteorite is one of the most primitive ;enriched; shergottites (high initial 87Sr/86Sr and low initial ε143Nd). It contains olivine crystals as magnesian as Fo 77 and is a major source of information to constrain the composition of the parental melt, the composition and depth of the mantle source, and the cooling and crystallization history of one of the younger magmatic events on Mars (∼180 Ma). In this study, Fe-Mg isotope profiles analyzed in situ by femtosecond-laser ablation MC-ICP-MS are combined with compositional profiles of major and trace elements in olivine megacrysts. The cores of olivine megacrysts are enriched in light Fe isotopes (δ56FeIRMM-14 = -0.6 to -0.9‰) and heavy Mg isotopes (δ26MgDSM-3 = 0-0.2‰) relative to megacryst rims and to the bulk martian isotopic composition (δ56Fe = 0 ± 0.05‰, δ26Mg = -0.27 ± 0.04‰). The flat forsterite profiles of megacryst cores associated with anti-correlated fractionation of Fe-Mg isotopes indicate that these elements have been rehomogenized by diffusion at high temperature. We present a 1-D model of simultaneous diffusion and crystal growth that reproduces the observed element and isotope profiles. The simulation results suggest that the cooling rate during megacryst core crystallization was slow (43 ± 21 °C/year), and consistent with pooling in a deep crustal magma chamber. The megacryst rims then crystallized 1-2 orders of magnitude faster during magma transport toward the shallower site of final emplacement. Megacryst cores had a forsterite content 3.2 ± 1.5 mol% higher than their current composition and some were in equilibrium with the whole-rock composition of NWA 1068 (Fo 80 ± 1.5). NWA 1068 composition is thus close to a

  9. Symmetry dependent spin injection from Fe/MgO in single crystal based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Hehn, Michel; Greullet, Fanny; Bernos, Julien; Tiusan, Coriolan; Bellouard, Christine; Montaigne, Francois; Lacour, Daniel; Alnot, Marc; Lu, Yuan; Lengaigne, Gwladys [LPM, Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France); Halley, David; Weber, Wolfgang [IPCMS, 67 - Strasbourg (France)

    2009-07-01

    The transport in crystalline magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) attracted the interest of the international community after the theoretical predictions of Butler et al of giant tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effects. In these model systems the electrons are classified with respect to the symmetry of their associated electronic Bloch wave function. The large predicted TMR ratio is related to a symmetry dependent attenuation rate within the MgO single crystal barrier combined with a half metallic property of a specific symmetry in the Fe electrode. After a brief introduction to the physics of the transport in Fe/MgO/Fe MTJ, I show how to exploit the symmetry dependence of the tunnel conductivity to engineer novel MTJs functionalities. We demonstrate that, a suitably chosen Cr(001) epitaxial metallic spacer layer quenches the transmission of particular electronic states, therefore acting as an additional symmetry dependent tunnel barrier for electrons at the Fermi level. Moreover, we show that this ultrathin Cr metallic barrier can promote quantum well states in an adjacent Fe layer. These results confirm the transport mechanism proposed by Butler et al. Extension to other materials are also discussed.

  10. Magnetocrystalline two-fold symmetry in CaFe2O4 single crystal

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    Chhaganlal Gandhi, Ashish; Das, Rajasree; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Lin, Jauyn Grace

    2017-05-01

    Understanding of magnetocrystalline anisotropy in CaFe2O4 is a matter of importance for its future applications. A high quality single crystal CaFe2O4 sample is studied by using synchrotron x-ray diffraction, a magnetometer and the electron spin resonance (ESR) technique. A broad feature of the susceptibility curve around room temperature is observed, indicating the development of 1D spin interactions above the on-set of antiferromagnetic transition. The angular dependency of ESR reveals an in-plane two-fold symmetry, suggesting a strong correlation between the room temperature spin structure and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. This finding opens an opportunity for the device utilizing the anisotropy field of CaFe2O4.

  11. CaFe2O4 as a self-sufficient solar energy converter

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    Tablero, C.

    2017-10-01

    An ideal solar energy to electricity or fuel converter should work without the use of any external bias potential. An analysis of self-sufficiency when CaFe2O4 is used to absorb the sunlight is carried out based on the CaFe2O4 absorption coefficient. We started to obtain this coefficient theoretically within the experimental bandgap range in order to fix the interval of possible values of photocurrents, maximum absorption efficiencies, and photovoltages and thus that of self-sufficiency considering only the radiative processes. Also for single-gap CaFe2O4, we evaluate an alternative for increasing the photocurrent and maximum absorption efficiency based on inserting an intermediate band using high doping or alloying.

  12. Low Temperature X-Ray Diffraction Study on CaFe2As2

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    Huyan, Shuyuan; Deng, Liangzi; Wu, Zheng; Zhao, Kui; Lv, Bing; Xue, Yiyu; Chu, Ching-Wu; B. Lv Collaboration; HPLT (Paul C. W. Chu) Team

    For undoped CaFe2As2 single crystals, we observed that utilizing thermal treatments could stabilize two pure tetragonal phases PI and PII. Both phases are non-superconducting, while the superconductivity with a Tc up to 25 K can be induced through proper thermal treatment. Room temperature X-ray studies suggest that the origin of superconductivity arises from the interface of the mesoscopically stacked layers of PI and PII. To further investigate, a systematic low temperature X-ray study was conducted over a series of thermal treated CaFe2As2 single crystals. From which, we observed the phase aggregation of PI and PII upon cooling, more importantly, an ordered stacking structure exists at low temperature, which closely related to superconducting volume fraction and the ratio of PI and PII. These results further support the proposal of interface-enhanced superconductivity in undoped CaFe2As2. UT Dallas

  13. Sorption of chromium (VI) by Mg/Fe hydrotalcite type compunds

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    García-Sosa, I., E-mail: irma.garcia@inin.gob.mx; Cabral-Prieto, A., E-mail: agustin.cabral@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Química (Mexico); Nava, N., E-mail: tnava@imp.mx; Navarrete, J. [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo (Mexico); Olguín, M. T., E-mail: teresa.olguin@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Química (Mexico); Escobar, Luis, E-mail: luis.escobar@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Física (Mexico); López-Castañares, R., E-mail: rlc@anuies.mx; Olea-Cardoso, O., E-mail: olc@anuies.mx [Universidad Autónoma del Edo. de México, Facultad de Química (Mexico)

    2015-06-15

    The synthesis by co-precipitation and characterization by X-ray diffraction, Raman and Mössbauer spectroscopies of Mg-Fe-hydrotalcite compounds, and their sorption capacities for Cr(VI) in aqueous media were carried out. The average sorption capacity of Cr(VI) for the non-thermal treated samples was of 6.2 mg/g. The ferrihydrite was omnipresent in all prepared hydrotalcite samples. A brief discussion is made on the role of both the hydrotalcite and ferrihydrite for removing such amount of Cr(VI)

  14. CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB structures with orthogonal easy axes: perpendicular anisotropy and damping

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    Głowiński, H.; Żywczak, A.; Wrona, J.; Krysztofik, A.; Gościańska, I.; Stobiecki, T.; Dubowik, J.

    2017-12-01

    We report on the Gilbert damping parameter α, the effective magnetization 4π M_eff , and the asymmetry of the g-factor in bottom-CoFeB(0.93 nm)/MgO(0.90–1.25 nm)/CoFeB(1.31 nm)-top as-deposited systems. Magnetization of CoFeB layers exhibits a specific noncollinear configuration with orthogonal easy axes and with 4π M_eff values of +2.2 kG and -2.3 kG for the bottom and top layers, respectively. We show that 4π M_eff depends on the asymmetry g_\\perp - g_\\Vert of the g-factor measured in the perpendicular and the in-plane directions revealing a highly nonlinear relationship. In contrast, the Gilbert damping is practically the same for both layers. Annealing of the films results in collinear easy axes perpendicular to the plane for both layers. However, the linewidth is strongly increased due to enhanced inhomogeneous broadening.

  15. Fabrication of MgFe2O4/MoS2 Heterostructure Nanowires for Photoelectrochemical Catalysis.

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    Fan, Weiqiang; Li, Meng; Bai, Hongye; Xu, Dongbo; Chen, Chao; Li, Chunfa; Ge, Yilin; Shi, Weidong

    2016-02-16

    A novel one-dimensional MgFe2O4/MoS2 heterostructure has been successfully designed and fabricated. The bare MgFe2O4 was obtained as uniform nanowires through electrospinning, and MoS2 thin film appeared on the surface of MgFe2O4 after further chemical vapor deposition. The structure of the MgFe2O4/MoS2 heterostructure was systematic investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and Raman spectra. According to electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results, the MgFe2O4/MoS2 heterostructure showed a lower charge-transfer resistance compared with bare MgFe2O4, which indicated that the MoS2 played an important role in the enhancement of electron/hole mobility. MgFe2O4/MoS2 heterostructure can efficiently degrade tetracycline (TC), since the superoxide free-radical can be produced by sample under illumination due to the active species trapping and electron spin resonance (ESR) measurement, and the optimal photoelectrochemical degradation rate of TC can be achieved up to 92% (radiation intensity: 47 mW/cm(2), 2 h). Taking account of its unique semiconductor band gap structure, MgFe2O4/MoS2 can also be used as an photoelectrochemical anode for hydrogen production by water splitting, and the hydrogen production rate of MgFe2O4/MoS2 was 5.8 mmol/h·m(2) (radiation intensity: 47 mW/cm(2)), which is about 1.7 times that of MgFe2O4.

  16. Effect of MgO Underlying Layer on the Growth of GaOx Tunnel Barrier in Epitaxial Fe/GaOx/(MgO)/Fe Magnetic Tunnel Junction Structure.

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    Narayananellore, Sai Krishna; Doko, Naoki; Matsuo, Norihiro; Saito, Hidekazu; Yuasa, Shinji

    2017-10-23

    We investigated the effect of a thin MgO underlying layer (~3 monoatomic layers) on the growth of GaOx tunnel barrier in Fe/GaOx/(MgO)/Fe(001) magnetic tunnel junctions. To obtain a single-crystalline barrier, an in situ annealing was conducted with the temperature being raised up to 500 °C under an O₂ atmosphere. This annealing was performed after the deposition of the GaOx on the Fe(001) bottom electrode with or without the MgO(001) underlying layer. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns after the annealing indicated the formation of a single-crystalline layer regardless of with or without the MgO layer. Ex situ structural studies such as transmission electron microscopy revealed that the GaOx grown on the MgO underlying layer has a cubic MgAl₂O₄-type spinel structure with a (001) orientation. When without MgO layer, however, a Ga-Fe-O ternary compound having the same crystal structure and orientation as the crystalline GaOx was observed. The results indicate that the MgO underlying layer effectively prevents the Fe bottom electrode from oxidation during the annealing process. Tunneling magneto-resistance effect was observed only for the sample with the MgO underlying layer, suggesting that Ga-Fe-O layer is not an effective tunnel-barrier.

  17. Effect of MgO Underlying Layer on the Growth of GaOx Tunnel Barrier in Epitaxial Fe/GaOx/(MgO/Fe Magnetic Tunnel Junction Structure

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    Sai Krishna Narayananellore

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of a thin MgO underlying layer (~3 monoatomic layers on the growth of GaOx tunnel barrier in Fe/GaOx/(MgO/Fe(001 magnetic tunnel junctions. To obtain a single-crystalline barrier, an in situ annealing was conducted with the temperature being raised up to 500 °C under an O2 atmosphere. This annealing was performed after the deposition of the GaOx on the Fe(001 bottom electrode with or without the MgO(001 underlying layer. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns after the annealing indicated the formation of a single-crystalline layer regardless of with or without the MgO layer. Ex situ structural studies such as transmission electron microscopy revealed that the GaOx grown on the MgO underlying layer has a cubic MgAl2O4-type spinel structure with a (001 orientation. When without MgO layer, however, a Ga-Fe-O ternary compound having the same crystal structure and orientation as the crystalline GaOx was observed. The results indicate that the MgO underlying layer effectively prevents the Fe bottom electrode from oxidation during the annealing process. Tunneling magneto-resistance effect was observed only for the sample with the MgO underlying layer, suggesting that Ga-Fe-O layer is not an effective tunnel-barrier.

  18. Layered double hydroxides as adsorbents and carriers of the herbicide (4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)acetic acid (MCPA): systems Mg-Al, Mg-Fe and Mg-Al-Fe.

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    Bruna, F; Celis, R; Pavlovic, I; Barriga, C; Cornejo, J; Ulibarri, M A

    2009-09-15

    Hydrotalcite-like compounds [Mg(3)Al(OH)(8)]Cl x 4H(2)O; [Mg(3)Fe(OH)(8)]Cl x 4H(2)O; [Mg(3)Al(0.5)Fe(0.5)(OH)(8)]Cl x 4H(2)O (LDHs) and calcined product of [Mg(3)Al(OH)(8)]Cl x 4H(2)O, Mg(3)AlO(4.5) (HT500), were studied as potential adsorbents of the herbicide MCPA [(4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)acetic acid] as a function of pH, contact time and pesticide concentration, and also as support for the slow release of this pesticide, with the aim to reduce the hazardous effects that it can pose to the environment. The information obtained in the adsorption study was used for the preparation of LDH-MCPA complexes. The results showed high and rapid adsorption of MCPA on the adsorbents as well as that MCPA formulations based on LDHs and HT500 as pesticide supports displayed controlled release properties and reduced herbicide leaching in soil columns compared to a standard commercial MCPA formulation. Thereby, we conclude that the LDHs employed in this study can be used not only as adsorbents to remove MCPA from aqueous solutions, but also as supports for the slow release of this highly mobile herbicide, thus controlling its immediate availability and leaching.

  19. Pre-eutectic densification in MgF/sub 2/-CaF/sub 2/

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    Hu, S C; De Jonghe, L C

    1982-04-01

    Increased densification rates were found as much as 200/sup 0/C below the eutectic temperature (980/sup 0/C) for MgF/sub 2/ containing small amounts of CaF/sub 2/. Constant heating rate and constant temperature sintering data, as well as microstructural developments indicated that solid state grain-boundary transport rates had been enhanced by the eutectic forming additive. The effect saturated at about 1 wt % CaF/sub 2/. The results suggest that densification of ceramic powders could be favorably affected without a substantial increase in the grain growth rate, by the addition of small amounts of eutectic forming additives, and sintering below the eutectic temperature. 6 figures.

  20. Tubular Mg-ferrite in Mg-wustite inclusions in diamond of superdeep origin: control of Fe-valence by crystallographic structure

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    Wirth, R.; Dobrzhinetskaya, L.; Harte, B.; Green, H. W.

    2009-12-01

    Inclusions of ferropericlase and Mg-wustite are frequently observed in diamond from the lower mantle. Diamond and inclusion are considered to form a closed system under mantle conditions. Therefore, the original oxygen activity fo inside inclusions in diamond remains constant. Here, we report on TEM investigations on FIB-cut foils of Mg-wustite inclusions in diamond from superdeep diamonds ( Sao Luiz, Brazil)1. Along the inhomogeneously distributed dislocation lines in Mg-wustite tubular structures of Mg-ferrite are observed. The tube-like structures are always approximately 150 nm in diameter and associated with “negative crystals” (50 nm in size) that are arranged along the original dislocation lines. HREM imaging of the tube-like Mg-ferrite also reveals some nanometer-sized magnetite crystals (20 - 50 nm). The different phases have been identified by their chemical composition and their crystal structure (electron diffraction or fast Fourier transforms from HREM images). Mg-wustite, Mg-ferrite and magnetite have identical crystallographic orientation. It is suggested that Mg-ferrite has formed under constant fo conditions by a Fe-disproportionation reaction2,3: (Mg, Fe)O ⇒ MgFe2O4 + Mgvacancy + Fe3O4 3Mg2+ ⇒ 2Fe3+ + 1Mgvacancy Excess Mg diffuses along the dislocation cores to the inclusion surface because dislocation lines always end at the surface of a crystal. The Mg-vacancies condensate along the dislocation cores thus forming the observed “negative crystals in the Mg-ferrite tubes. The observed regular diameter of the tubes (150 nm) might be associated with the strain field around the dislocation cores. That strain field might have influenced or even initiated the disproportionation reaction, thus limiting the width of the tubular structures of Mg-ferrite. It might also explain why the observed Mg-ferrite tubes are inhomogeneously distributed in the original Mg-wustite crystal. The Mg-ferrite tubes are decorating the original dislocation cores in

  1. Measuring past changes in ENSO variance using Mg/Ca measurements on individual planktic foraminifera

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    Marchitto, T. M.; Grist, H. R.; van Geen, A.

    2013-12-01

    Previous work in Soledad Basin, located off Baja California Sur in the eastern subtropical Pacific, supports a La Niña-like mean-state response to enhanced radiative forcing at both orbital and millennial (solar) timescales during the Holocene. Mg/Ca measurements on the planktic foraminifer Globigerina bulloides indicate cooling when insolation is higher, consistent with an ';ocean dynamical thermostat' response that shoals the thermocline and cools the surface in the eastern tropical Pacific. Some, but not all, numerical models simulate reduced ENSO variance (less frequent and/or less intense events) when the Pacific is driven into a La Niña-like mean state by radiative forcing. Hypothetically the question of ENSO variance can be examined by measuring individual planktic foraminiferal tests from within a sample interval. Koutavas et al. (2006) used d18O on single specimens of Globigerinoides ruber from the eastern equatorial Pacific to demonstrate a 50% reduction in variance at ~6 ka compared to ~2 ka, consistent with the sense of the model predictions at the orbital scale. Here we adapt this approach to Mg/Ca and apply it to the millennial-scale question. We present Mg/Ca measured on single specimens of G. bulloides (cold season) and G. ruber (warm season) from three time slices in Soledad Basin: the 20th century, the warm interval (and solar low) at 9.3 ka, and the cold interval (and solar high) at 9.8 ka. Each interval is uniformly sampled over a ~100-yr (~10-cm or more) window to ensure that our variance estimate is not biased by decadal-scale stochastic variability. Theoretically we can distinguish between changing ENSO variability and changing seasonality: a reduction in ENSO variance would result in narrowing of both the G. bulloides and G. ruber temperature distributions without necessarily changing the distance between their two medians; while a reduction in seasonality would cause the two species' distributions to move closer together.

  2. Effect of Mn and Fe on the Formation of Fe- and Mn-Rich Intermetallics in Al-5Mg-Mn Alloys Solidified Under Near-Rapid Cooling.

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    Liu, Yulin; Huang, Gaoren; Sun, Yimeng; Zhang, Li; Huang, Zhenwei; Wang, Jijie; Liu, Chunzhong

    2016-01-29

    Mn was an important alloying element used in Al-Mg-Mn alloys. However, it had to be limited to a low level (alloy with low Fe content (alloys (0.5 wt % Fe), intermetallic Al₆(Fe,Mn) became the dominant phase, even in the alloy with low Mn content (0.39 wt %). Cooling rate played a critical role in the refinement of the intermetallics. Under near-rapid cooling, intermetallic Al₆(Fe,Mn) was extremely refined. Even in the high Mn and/or high-Fe-containing alloys, it still demonstrated fine Chinese script structures. However, once the alloy composition passed beyond the eutectic point, the primary intermetallic Al₆(Fe,Mn) phase displayed extremely coarse platelet-like morphology. Increasing the content of Fe caused intermetallic Al₆(Fe,Mn) to become the primary phase at a lower Mn content.

  3. Unprecedented highly efficient capture of glycopeptides by Fe3O4@Mg-MOF-74 core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Li, Jie; Wang, Jiaxi; Ling, Yun; Chen, Zhenxia; Gao, Mingxia; Zhang, Xiangmin; Zhou, Yaming

    2017-04-04

    Magnetic Fe3O4 nanospheres coated with Mg-MOF-74 have been facilely prepared via epitaxial growth. Owing to the intrinsic hydrophilic pore surface and size-exclusive properties of Mg-MOF-74, the Fe3O4@Mg-MOF-74 core-shell nanoparticles show effective and selective enrichment of 441 N-glycosylation sites of 418 glycopeptides from 125 glycoproteins in 1 μL of human serum.

  4. Diagenesis of echinoderm skeletons: Constraints on paleoseawater Mg/Ca reconstructions

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    Gorzelak, Przemysław; Krzykawski, Tomasz; Stolarski, Jarosław

    2016-09-01

    One of the most profound environmental changes thought to be reflected in chemical composition of numerous geological archives is Mg/Ca ratio of the seawater, which has varied dramatically throughout the Phanerozoic. Echinoderms that today typically form high magnesium calcite skeletons are increasingly being utilized as a proxy for interpreting secular changes in seawater chemistry. However, accurate characterization of the diagenetic changes of their metastable high magnesium calcite skeletons is a prerequisite for assessing their original, major-element geochemical composition. Here we expand the existing models of diagenesis of echinoderm skeleton by integration of various analytical methods that up to now rarely have been used to assess the diagenetic changes of fossil echinoderms. We validated the preservation of a suite of differently preserved echinoderm ossicles, mostly crinoids, ranging in age from the Cambrian through Recent. In 13 of 99 fossil echinoderm ossicles we found well-preserved porous microstructure (stereom), non-luminescent behaviour or blotchy dark color in cathodoluminescence, and distinct nanostructural features (layered and nanocomposite structure). Moreover, in representatives of such preserved samples, distribution of sulphates associated with organic matter is identical to those in Recent echinoderms. Only such ossicles, despite of local micrometer-scale diagenetic changes, were herein considered well-preserved, retaining their original major-element skeletal composition. By contrast, majority of samples show transformation to the stable low magnesium calcite that leads to obliteration of the primary geochemical and micro/nanostructural features and is accompanied with increase in cathodoluminescence emission intensity. Using only well-preserved fossil echinoderm samples, we found purely random variation in Mg/Ca in echinoderm skeletons through the observed time series; any periodicities in echinoderm skeletal Mg/Ca ratio which might

  5. A density functional theory study of hydrogen adsorption on Be-, Mg-, and Ca-exchanged LTL zeolite clusters.

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    Fellah, Mehmet Ferdi

    2017-06-01

    Hydrogen molecule adsorption on frameworks consisting of alkaline earth metal atoms (Be, Mg, or Ca) in LTL zeolite was investigated via density functional theory. A 24T zeolite cluster model was used in this study. HOMO and LUMO energy, chemical potential, chemical hardness, electronegativity, adsorption energy, and adsorption enthalpy values were calculated. The Mg-LTL and Ca-LTL clusters were found to have much lower chemical potentials and adsorption energies than those of the Be-LTL cluster. Additionally, the calculations indicated that the Mg-LTL and Ca-LTL clusters are softer (considering their lower chemical hardness values) and more chemically reactive than the Be-LTL cluster. The calculated hydrogen adsorption enthalpies were -14.7 and -9.4 kJ/mol for the Mg-LTL and Ca-LTL clusters, respectively, which are significantly larger than the enthalpy of liquefaction for the hydrogen molecule. These results imply that the Mg-LTL and Ca-LTL zeolite structures are promising cryoadsorbents for hydrogen storage. Graphical abstract Hydrogen adsorption was theoretically investigated on Be-, Ca- and Mg-LTL clusters. Ca- and Mg-LTL zeolites are potential cryoadsorbent materials for hydrogen storage.

  6. Influence of Cu content on the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of Mg-Zn-Ca bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhao, Yan-feng; Zhu, Jian; Chang, Li; Song, Jing-guo; Chen, Xiao-hua; Hui, Xi-dong

    2014-05-01

    (Mg66.2Zn28.8Ca5)100- x Cu x (at%, x = 0, 1, 3, and 5) bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) of 2 mm in diameter were prepared by the conventional copper mold injection casting method. Besides, the influence of Cu content on the microstructure, thermal stability, mechanical properties, and corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs was investigated. It is found that the addition of Cu decreases the glass-forming ability of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs. Crystalline phases are precipitated at a higher Cu content, larger than 3at%. The compressive fracture strength of Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs is enhanced by the addition of Cu. With the formation of in-situ composites, the compressive strength of the Mg-Zn-Ca alloy with 3at% Cu reaches 979 MPa, which is the highest strength among the Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. Furthermore, the addition of Cu also results in the increase of corrosion potential and the decrease of corrosion current density in Mg-Zn-Ca BMGs, thereby delaying their biodegradability.

  7. Gradiente radial de [Mg/Fe] em duas galáxias elípticas

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    Milone, A.; Capelato, H.

    2003-08-01

    Basicamente, são propostos dois cenários de evolução quí mio-dinâmico para os sistemas esferoidais: (i) o hierárquico através da fusão e/ou acresção de sub-sistemas com ou sem surtos de formação estelar, e (ii) o colapso monolí tico dissipativo com formação estelar interrompida por um vento galáctico. Ambos, dentro de certos limites, conseguem explicar os gradientes internos de metalicidade estelar presentes nas galáxias elí pticas bem como a relação observada entre a metalicidade central e a massa (Mg20 vs. log sv0). No entanto, nenhum prevê uma variação interna para a razão de abundâncias Mg/Fe que indiretamente define a escala temporal da formação estelar. Empregamos a espectroscopia óptica de fenda longa com a finalidade de recuperar as histórias de formação estelar, de enriquecimento quí mico e da dinâmica dentro de determinadas regiões das galáxias. Os espectros de média resolução (FWHM = 7,1 Å) e escala angular de 1,092 arcsec/pixel foram coletados com o telescópio 1,60m do OPD/LNA. Comparamos nossas medidas de linhas de absorção com resultados espectrofotométricos de modelos de populações estelares simples - mais especificamente os í ndices do Sistema Lick como Mg2, Mg b, e Hb - a fim de se investigar as variações internas de [Fe/H], [Mg/Fe] e idade. Para duas galáxias elí pticas, NGC 1052 e NGC 7796, pertencentes a ambientes de baixa densidade, encontramos uma variação radial da razão Mg/Fe decrescente do centro para fora em regiões de 0,6 e 1 raio efetivo respectivamente. Discutimos alguns cenários de enriquecimento quí mico para estas duas galáxias.

  8. The Effect of Increasing Sn Content on High-Temperature Mechanical Deformation of an Mg-3%Cu-1%Ca Alloy

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    Georgios S.E. Antipas

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Chill casting of magnesium alloy samples with secondary alloying elements of Cu, Ca and Sn at % w.t. concentrations in the range 1–5, 0.1–5 and 0.1–3 respectively, gave rise to appreciably enhanced resistance to high-temperature creep, while maintaining good heat conductivity. The latter was considered to be driven by Cu and Mg-Cu intermetallics while it was clear that Sn mediated the high-temperature performance, mainly via networks of Mg2Sn and MgCaSn precipitates along the Mg matrix grain boundaries. It was postulated that Sn formed intermetallics by preferential substitution of Ca atoms and, thus, did not degrade the heat conductivity by retaining Cu. The % w.t. stoichiometry with the optimum combination of heat conductivity and resistance to high-temperature creep was found to be Mg-3Cu-1Ca-0.1Sn.

  9. Study on the mechanism of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO system

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    Lou, Yongle; Zhang, Yuming; Guo, Hui; Xu, Daqing; Yimen, Zhang

    2017-06-01

    The mechanism of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) has been studied in this article. By comparing the magnetic properties and elementary composition analysis for different CoFeB-based structures, such as Ta/CoFeB/MgO, Ta/CoFeB/Ta and Ru/CoFeB/MgO structures, it is found that a certain amount of Fe-oxide existing at the interface of CoFeB/MgO is helpful to enhance the PMA and the PMA is originated from the interface of CoFeB/MgO. In addition, Ta film plays an important role to enhance the PMA in Ta/CoFeB/MgO structure. Project supported by the National Defense Advance Research Foundation (No. 9140A08XXXXXX0DZ106), the Basic Research Program of Ministry of Education, China (No. JY10000925005), the Scientific Research Program Funded by Shaanxi Provincial Education Department (No.11JK0912), the Scientific Research Foundation of Xi’an University of Science and Technology (No. 2010011), the Doctoral Research Startup Fund of Xi’an University of Science and Technology (No. 2010QDJ029).

  10. Influence of Ca substitution by Mg on the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} performances

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    Constantinescu, G.; Rasekh, S.; Torres, M. A.; Chocarro, C.; Diez, J. C.; Madre, M. A.; Sotelo, A.

    2014-02-01

    Ca{sub 3}-xMg{sub x}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} polycrystalline thermoelectric ceramics with small amounts of Mg have been synthesized by the classical solid state method. Microstructural characterizations have shown that all the Mg has been incorporated into the Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9} structure and no Mg-based secondary phases have been identified. Apparent density measurements have shown that samples do not modify their density until 0.05 Mg content, decreasing for higher contents. Electrical resistivity decreases and Seebeck coefficient slightly raises when Mg content increases until 0.05 Mg addition. The improvement in both parameters leads to higher power factor values than the usually obtained in samples prepared by the conventional solid state routes and close to those obtained in textured materials. (Author)

  11. Strong Bias Effect on Voltage-Driven Torque at Epitaxial Fe-MgO Interface

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    Shinji Miwa

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Torque can be provided to magnetization in nanomagnets directly by electric current and/or voltage. This technique enables electric current (voltage-to-spin conversion without electromagnetic induction, and has been intensively studied for memory device applications. Among the various kinds of torque, torque induced by spin-orbit splitting has recently been found. However, quantitative understanding of bulk-related torque and interface-related torque is still lacking because of their identical symmetry for current-in-plane devices. In this paper, we propose that a pure interface-related torque can be characterized by spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance with a current-perpendicular-to-plane tunnel junction. Epitaxial Fe-MgO-V tunnel junctions are prepared to characterize the interface-related torque at Fe-MgO. We find that the current-driven torque is negligible, and a significant enhancement of the voltage-driven torque is observed when the MgO barrier thickness decreases. The maximum torque obtained is as large as 2.8×10^{−5}  J/(Vm^{2}, which is comparable to the voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy of 180  fJ/Vm. The voltage-driven torque shows strong dc-bias-voltage dependence that cannot be explained by conventional voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy. Tunnel anisotropic magnetoresistance spectroscopy suggests that the torque is correlated to an interface state at the Fe-MgO. This surface-state-sensitive electric modulation of magnetic properties provides new insight into the field of interface magnetism.

  12. The c/a Ratio in Quenched Fe-C and Fe-N steels - a Heuristic Story

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    Sherby, O; Wadsworth, J; Lesuer, D; Syn, C

    2006-01-31

    The body-centered tetragonal (BCT) structure in quenched Fe-C steels is usually illustrated to show a linear change in the c and a axes with an increase in carbon content from 0 to 1.4%C. The work of Campbell and Fink, however, shows that this continuous linear relationship is not correct. Rather, it was shown that the body-centered-cubic (BCC) structure is the stable structure from 0 to 0.6 wt%C with the c/a ratio equal to unity. An abrupt change in the c/a ratio to 1.02 occurs at 0.6 wt%C. The BCT structure forms, and the c/a ratio increases with further increase in carbon content. An identical observation is noted in quenched Fe-N steels. This discontinuity is explained by a change in the transformation process. It is proposed that a two-step transformation process occurs in the low carbon region, with the FCC first transforming to HCP and then from HCP to BCC. In the high carbon region, the FCC structure transforms to the BCT structure. The results are explained with the Engel-Brewer theory of valence and crystal structure of the elements. An understanding of the strength of quenched iron-carbon steels plays a key role in the proposed explanation of the c/a anomaly based on interstitial solutes and precipitates.

  13. Glass-ceramic coated Mg-Ca alloys for biomedical implant applications.

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    Rau, J V; Antoniac, I; Fosca, M; De Bonis, A; Blajan, A I; Cotrut, C; Graziani, V; Curcio, M; Cricenti, A; Niculescu, M; Ortenzi, M; Teghil, R

    2016-07-01

    Biodegradable metals and alloys are promising candidates for biomedical bone implant applications. However, due to the high rate of their biodegradation in human body environment, they should be coated with less reactive materials, such, for example, as bioactive glasses or glass-ceramics. Fort this scope, RKKP composition glass-ceramic coatings have been deposited on Mg-Ca(1.4wt%) alloy substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition method, and their properties have been characterized by a number of techniques. The prepared coatings consist of hydroxyapatite and wollastonite phases, having composition close to that of the bulk target material used for depositions. The 100μm thick films are characterized by dense, compact and rough morphology. They are composed of a glassy matrix with various size (from micro- to nano-) granular inclusions. The average surface roughness is about 295±30nm due to the contribution of micrometric aggregates, while the roughness of the fine-texture particulates is approximately 47±4nm. The results of the electrochemical corrosion evaluation tests evidence that the RKKP coating improves the corrosion resistance of the Mg-Ca (1.4wt%) alloy in Simulated Body Fluid. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Selective recovery of uranium from Ca-Mg uranates by chlorination

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    Pomiro, Federico J.; Gaviría, Juan P.; Quinteros, Raúl D.; Bohé, Ana E.

    2017-07-01

    A chlorination process is proposed for the uranium extraction and separation using Calciumsbnd Magnesium uranates such as starting reactants which were obtained by precipitation from uranyl nitrate solutions with calcium hydroxide. The study is based on thermodynamic and reaction analysis using chlorine gas as chlorination agent. The results showed that the chlorination reaction of Ca uranate is more feasible to occur than the Mg uranate. The products obtained after chlorination reactions were washed with deionized water to remove the chlorides produced and analyzed. The XRD patterns of the washed products indicated that the chlorination between 400 and 500 °C result in a single phase of calcium uranate (CaUO4) as reaction product. The formation of U3O8 and MgU3O10 was observed at temperatures between 600 °C and 700 °C for 8 hs. The optimal conditions to recover uranium were 3 l h-1 of chlorine and 10 hs of reaction at 700 °C being U3O8 the single uranium product obtained.

  15. Development of heat resistant Mg-Zn-Al-Ca-RE diecasting alloys

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    Gokan, Y.; Suzuki, A.; Nozawa, S.; Anyanwu, I.A.; Kamado, S.; Kojima, Y. [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Nagaoka Univ. of Technology (Japan); Takeda, S.; Ishida, T. [Ahresty Corp., Magnesium Products Mfg. Div. (Japan)

    2003-07-01

    Diecast Mg-0.5{proportional_to}1%Zn-4{proportional_to}6%Al-1{proportional_to}2%Ca-1{proportional_to}3%RE alloys are evaluated in order to determine the influence of each alloying element on the casting characteristics and heat resistance of the alloys. The result shows that creep properties improve with a decrease in the amount of Zn and Al contents. However, high Al and Zn additions increase the fluidity of the alloys. Ca addition leads to the formation of an Al-Ca compound along the grain boundaries, and this helps to improve creep properties. However, the presence of large quantities of such compounds along the grain boundaries deteriorates the fluidity of the alloys and leads to hot cracking during diecasting. The creep properties of some of the investigated alloys are far superior to those of conventional heat resistant AE42 magnesium alloy. Furthermore, the diecasting characteristics of the new alloys are comparable to those of the best diecasting magnesium alloy, AZ91D, but their creep resistance is far superior to that of AZ91D alloy. (orig.)

  16. Infrared spectroscopic study of CaFe0.7Co0.3O3

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    Zhang, C. X.; Xia, H. L.; Dai, Y. M.; Qiu, Z. Y.; Sui, Q. T.; Long, Y. W.; Qiu, X. G.

    2017-08-01

    Temperature-dependent infrared spectroscopy has been investigated for CaFe0.7Co0.3O3 which undergoes a ferromagnetic transition at TC≈177 K . It is observed that the spectral weight is transferred from ˜4800 -14 000 cm-1 to ˜0 -4800 cm-1 as the temperature is lowered around TC. Such a large-range spectral weight transfer is attributed to the Hund's interaction. The phonons in CaFe0.7Co0.3O3 show minor asymmetric line shapes, implying relatively weak electron-phonon coupling compared with the parent compound CaFeO3. The optical conductivity also reveals a broad peak structure in the range of ˜700 -1500 cm-1. Fit by the model of single-polaron absorption, the broad peak is interpreted by the excitation of polarons. From the fitting parameters of the polaron peak, we estimate the electron-phonon coupling constant α ˜ 0.4 -0.5 , implying that CaFe0.7Co0.3O3 falls into the weak-coupling regime.

  17. Quantitative trait loci controlling Cu, Ca, Zn, Mn and Fe content in ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Genetics; Volume 87; Issue 3. Quantitative trait loci controlling Cu, Ca, Zn, Mn and Fe content in rice grains. Kaiyang Lu Lanzhi Li Xingfei Zheng Zhihong Zhang Tongmin Mou Zhongli Hu. Research Note Volume 87 Issue 3 December 2008 pp 305-310 ...

  18. Status Ca, Mg dan Zn pada Kambing Peranakan Etawah Muda yang Diberi Ransum Bentuk Mash dengan Pakan Sumber Serat Berbeda

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    T. Toharmat

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Fibrous agricultural by-products are the component of most rations for ruminant raised intensively. Slow rate and low digestibility of the fibrous feed may limit mineral bioavailability. Present experiment aimed to clarify the influence of fibrous feed component in ration on the status of Ca, Mg and Zn in growing goats. Twenty of female Etawah-grade goats weighing of 13.5±2.14 kg were grouped and allocated into five treatments in a randomized block design. Rations composed of 50% fibrous feed and 50% concentrate. The fibrous feed component as treatments were: RG = napier grass, JP = rice straw, KC = cacao pod, JK = mixed rice straw and coffee husk, and CP = mixed rice straw, napier grass, coffee husk and cacao pod. Rations were offered at 3% of live weight. The result showed that fibrous feed influenced Ca, Mg, and Zn intake, Ca and Mg absorption, and Ca, Mg and Zn plasma of growing goats. Intake, absorption and plasma Ca, Mg, and Zn had positive correlation with dry mater intake. Absorption of Ca and Zn had positive correlations with crude fiber digestibility. Supplementation of Ca, Mg and Zn was necessary when the fibrous feed was included at the level of 50% in the ration of growing goats, but the supplement level varied according to the type of the fibrous feed.

  19. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over Mg3Fe0.5−xCoxAl0.5 catalysts derived from hydrotalcites: Comparison with Mg3Fe0.5−yNiyAl0.5 catalysts

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    Atanda, Luqman A.

    2011-04-01

    A series of Mg3Fe0.5-xCoxAl0.5 (x = 0-0.5) catalysts were prepared from hydrotalcite precursors and their activities in the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene were compared with those of a series of Mg3Fe0.5-yNiyAl0.5 (y = 0-0.5) catalysts also derived from hydrotalcite. The hydrotalcites prepared by co-precipitation were calcined at 550 °C to the mixed oxides with a high surface area of 150-240m2gcat-1; they were composed of Mg(Fe,Me,Al)O periclase and Mg(Me)(Fe,Al)2O4 spinel (Me = Co or Ni). Bimetallic Fe3+-Co2+ system showed a synergy, i.e., an increase in the activity, whereas Fe3+-Ni2+ bimetallic system showed no synergy. The high styrene yield was obtained on Mg 3Fe0.1Co0.4Al0.5; however, a large substitution of Fe3+ with Co2+ caused a decrease in styrene selectivity along with coking on the catalysts, due to an isolation of CoOx on the catalyst surface. The highest yield as well as the highest selectivity for styrene production was obtained at x = 0.25 at time on stream of 30 min. The coprecipitation at pH = 10.0 and the composition of Mg3Fe0.25Co0.25Al0.5 were the best for preparing the active catalyst. This is partly due to the formation of a good hydrotalcite structure. On this catalyst, the active Fe3+ species was reduced at a low temperature by the Fe3+-Co2+ bimetal formation, leading to a high activity. Simultaneously, the amount of reducible Fe3+ was the smallest, resulting in a high stability of the active Fe3+ species. It is likely that the dehydrogenation was catalyzed by the reduction-oxidation between Fe3+ and Fe2+ and that Co2+ assisted the reduction-oxidation by forming Fe 3+-Co2+ (1/1) bimetallic active species. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Corrosion of Biocompatible Mg66+xZn30-xCa4 (x=0.2 Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Nowosielski R.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to investigate the corrosion resistance of Mg66Zn30Ca4 and Mg68Zn28Ca4 metallic glasses and evaluate the ability of this amorphous alloy use for medical applications as biodegradable medical implants. Taking into account the amount of Mg, Zn, Ca elements dissolved in multielectrolyte physiological fluid (MPF from Mg66+xZn30-xCa4 (x=0.2 alloys the daily dose of evolved ions from alloys components was determined. Additional goal of the paper was determination of corrosion rate (Vcorr and amount of hydrogen evolved from amorphous magnesium alloys in simulated environment of human body fluids during 24h immersion and during electrochemical tests. Corrosion studies were done in the multielectrolyte physiological fluid (MPF at 37°C. The amount of hydrogen evolved [ml/cm2] and corrosion rate Vcorr [mm/year] of amorphous Mg66Zn30Ca4 and Mg68Zn28Ca4 alloys were compared. The work also presents characterization of Mg-based bulk metallic glasses structure in the form of 2 mm thickness plates. Samples structure was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction. Fracture and surface morphology of magnesium alloy samples were identified using scanning electron microscopy.

  1. The Effects of Temperature and Salinity on Mg Incorporation in Planktonic Foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber (white): Results from a Global Sediment Trap Mg/Ca Database

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    Gray, W. R.; Weldeab, S.; Lea, D. W.

    2015-12-01

    Mg/Ca in Globigerinoides ruber is arguably the most important proxy for sea surface temperature (SST) in tropical and sub tropical regions, and as such guides our understanding of past climatic change in these regions. However, the sensitivity of Mg/Ca to salinity is debated; while analysis of foraminifera grown in cultures generally indicates a sensitivity of 3 - 6% per salinity unit, core-top studies have suggested a much higher sensitivity of between 15 - 27% per salinity unit, bringing the utility of Mg/Ca as a SST proxy into dispute. Sediment traps circumvent the issues of dissolution and post-depositional calcite precipitation that hamper core-top calibration studies, whilst allowing the analysis of foraminifera that have calcified under natural conditions within a well constrained period of time. We collated previously published sediment trap/plankton tow G. ruber (white) Mg/Ca data, and generated new Mg/Ca data from a sediment trap located in the highly-saline tropical North Atlantic, close to West Africa. Calcification temperature and salinity were calculated for the time interval represented by each trap/tow sample using World Ocean Atlas 2013 data. The resulting dataset comprises >240 Mg/Ca measurements (in the size fraction 150 - 350 µm), that span a temperature range of 18 - 28 °C and 33.6 - 36.7 PSU. Multiple regression of the dataset reveals a temperature sensitivity of 7 ± 0.4% per °C (p < 2.2*10-16) and a salinity sensitivity of 4 ± 1% per salinity unit (p = 2*10-5). Application of this calibration has significant implications for both the magnitude and timing of glacial-interglacial temperature changes when variations in salinity are accounted for.

  2. Observations of the Minor Species Al, Fe and Ca(+) in Mercury's Exosphere

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    Bida, Thomas A.; Killen, Rosemary M.

    2011-01-01

    We report the first detections of Al and Fe, and strict upper limits for Ca(+) in the exosphere of Mercury, using the HIRES spectrometer at the Keck I telescope. We report observed 4-sigma tangent columns of 1.5x10(exp 7) Al atoms per square centimeter at an altitude of 1220 km (1.5 Mercury radii (R(sub M)) from planet center), and that for Fe of 1.6 x 10 per square centimeter at an altitude of 950 km (1.4 R(sub M)). The observed 3-sigma Ca(+) column was 3.9x10(exp 6) ions per square centimeter at an altitude of 1630 km (1.67 R(sub M). A simple model for zenith column abundances of the neutral species were 9.5 x 10(exp 7) Al per square centimeter, and 3.0 x 10(exp 8) Fe per square centimeter. The observations appear to be consistent with production of these species by impact vaporization with a large fraction of the ejecta in molecular form. The scale height of the Al gas is consistent with a kinetic temperature of 3000 - 9000 K while that of Fe is 10500 K. The apparent high temperature of the Fe gas would suggest that it may be produced by dissociation of molecules. A large traction of both Al and Fe appear to condense in a vapor cloud at low altitudes.

  3. Evolution of Spin fluctuations in CaFe2As2 with Co-doping.

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    Sapkota, A.; Das, P.; Böhmer, A. E.; Abernathy, D. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; McQueeney, R. J.; Goldman, A. I.

    Spin fluctuations are an essential ingredient for superconductivity in Fe-based supercondcutors. In Co-doped BaFe2As2, the system goes from the antiferromagnetic (AFM) state to the superconducting (SC) state with Co doping, and the spin fluctuations also evolve from well-defined spin waves with spin gap in the AFM regime to gapless overdamped or diffused fluctuations in the SC regime. CaFe2As2 has a stronger magneto-elastic coupling than BaFe2As2 and no co-existence of SC and AFM region as observed in BaFe2As2 with Co doping. Here, we will discuss the evolution of spin fluctuations in CaFe2As2 with Co doping. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by US DOE, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Material Sciences and Engineering, under contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources of SNS, a DOE office of science user facility operated by ORNL.

  4. Average [O II]nebular emission associated with Mg II absorbers: Dependence on Fe II absorption

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    Joshi, Ravi; Srianand, Raghunathan; Petitjean, Patrick; Noterdaeme, Pasquier

    2018-01-01

    We investigate the effect of Fe II equivalent width (W2600) and fibre size on the average luminosity of [O II]λλ3727,3729 nebular emission associated with Mg II absorbers (at 0.55 ≤ z ≤ 1.3) in the composite spectra of quasars obtained with 3 and 2 arcsec fibres in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We confirm the presence of strong correlations between [O II] luminosity (L_{[O II]}) and equivalent width (W2796) and redshift of Mg II absorbers. However, we show L_{[O II]} and average luminosity surface density suffers from fibre size effects. More importantly, for a given fibre size the average L_{[O II]} strongly depends on the equivalent width of Fe II absorption lines and found to be higher for Mg II absorbers with R ≡W2600/W2796 ≥0.5. In fact, we show the observed strong correlations of L_{[O II]} with W2796 and z of Mg II absorbers are mainly driven by such systems. Direct [O II] detections also confirm the link between L_{[O II]} and R. Therefore, one has to pay attention to the fibre losses and dependence of redshift evolution of Mg II absorbers on W2600 before using them as a luminosity unbiased probe of global star formation rate density. We show that the [O II] nebular emission detected in the stacked spectrum is not dominated by few direct detections (i.e., detections ≥3σ significant level). On an average the systems with R ≥0.5 and W2796 ≥2Å are more reddened, showing colour excess E(B - V) ˜ 0.02, with respect to the systems with R <0.5 and most likely traces the high H I column density systems.

  5. Environmental Controls on Mg/Ca in Neogloboquadrina incompta: A Core-Top Study From the Subpolar North Atlantic

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    Morley, Audrey; Babila, Tali L.; Wright, James; Ninnemann, Ulysses; Kleiven, Kikki; Irvali, Nil; Rosenthal, Yair

    2017-12-01

    Magnesium/calcium paleothermometry is an established tool for reconstructing past surface and deep-sea temperatures. However, our understanding of nonthermal environmental controls on the uptake of Mg into the calcitic lattice of foraminiferal tests remains limited. Here we present a combined analysis of multiple trace element/calcium ratios and stable isotope (δ18O and δ13C) geochemistry on the subpolar planktonic foraminifera Neogloboquadrina incompta to assess the validity of Mg/Ca as a proxy for surface ocean temperature. We identify small size-specific offsets in Mg/Ca and δ18Oc values for N. incompta that are consistent with depth habitat migration patterns throughout the life cycle of this species. Additionally, an assessment of nonthermal controls on Mg/Ca values reveals that (1) the presence of volcanic ash, (2) the addition of high-Mg abiotic overgrowths, and (3) ambient seawater carbonate chemistry can have a significant impact on the Mg/Ca-to-temperature relationship. For carbonate-ion concentrations of values > 200 μmol kg-1, we find that temperature exerts the dominant control on Mg/Ca values, while at values < 200 μmol kg-1 the carbonate-ion concentration of seawater increases the uptake of Mg, thereby resulting in higher-than-expected Mg/Ca values at low temperatures. We propose two independent correction schemes to remove the effects of volcanic ash and carbonate-ion concentration on Mg/Ca values in N. incompta within the calibration data set. Applying the corrections improves the fidelity of past ocean temperature reconstructions.

  6. A first look at past sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Indian Ocean from Mg/Ca in foraminifera

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    Saraswat, R.; Nigam, R.; Weldeab, S.; Mackensen, A.; Naidu, P.D.

    Sea surface temperature (SST) for the central equatorial Indian Ocean, has been reconstructed over the last approx. 137 kyr, from Mg/Ca of the planktonic foraminiferal species Globigerinoides ruber. According to our record the equatorial Indian...

  7. The effects of exchange bias on Fe-Co/MgO magnetic nanoparticles with core/shell morphology

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    Martinez-Boubeta, C; Balcells, Ll; MartInez, B [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Monty, C, E-mail: ben.martinez@icmab.e [CNRS/Procedes, Materiaux et Energie Solaire (PROMES), 66120 Font Romeu (France)

    2010-01-20

    The effects of exchange bias on core/shell structured nanoparticles are analyzed. Nanoparticles are integrated with high moment Fe-Co crystallites covered epitaxially with MgO shells. It is observed that the coercive field H{sub C}(FeCo)>H{sub C}(Co)>H{sub C}(Fe); however, the exchange bias field H{sub E} of the Co sample is higher than that of the FeCo one, while H{sub E} = 0 for the Fe sample. It is suggested that the exchange bias is induced by the formation of a (Co, Mg)O solid solution. In fact, we show that it is possible to modify the exchange bias properties by manipulating the level of Mg dusting at the interface, as recently reported for thin films.

  8. Al-Ca and Al-Fe metal-metal composite strength, conductivity, and microstructure relationships

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    Kim, Hyong June [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2011-01-01

    Deformation processed metal-metal composites (DMMC’s) are composites formed by mechanical working (i.e., rolling, swaging, or wire drawing) of two-phase, ductile metal mixtures. Since both the matrix and reinforcing phase are ductile metals, the composites can be heavily deformed to reduce the thickness and spacing of the two phases. Recent studies have shown that heavily drawn DMMCs can achieve anomalously high strength and outstanding combinations of strength and conductivity. In this study, Al-Fe wire composite with 0.07, 0.1, and 0.2 volume fractions of Fe filaments and Al-Ca wire composite with 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09 volume fractions of Ca filaments were produced in situ, and their mechanical properties were measured as a function of deformation true strain. The Al-Fe composites displayed limited deformation of the Fe phase even at high true strains, resulting in little strengthening effect in those composites. Al-9vol%Ca wire was deformed to a deformation true strain of 13.76. The resulting Ca second-phase filaments were deformed to thicknesses on the order of one micrometer. The ultimate tensile strength increased exponentially with increasing deformation true strain, reaching a value of 197 MPa at a true strain of 13.76. This value is 2.5 times higher than the value predicted by the rule of mixtures. A quantitative relationship between UTS and deformation true strain was determined. X-ray diffraction data on transformation of Al + Ca microstructures to Al + various Al-Ca intermetallic compounds were obtained at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Electrical conductivity was measured over a range of true strains and post-deformation heat treatment schedules.

  9. Efficient spin transfer phenomena in Fe/MgO/GaAs structure.

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    Park, Y J; Hickey, M C; Van Veenhuizen, M J; Chang, J; Heiman, D; Perry, C H; Moodera, J S

    2011-03-23

    The efficiency of spin polarized charge transfer was investigated in an Fe/MgO tunnel barrier/GaAs based structure using spin dependent photocurrent measurements, whereby a spin imbalance in carrier population was generated in the GaAs by circularly polarized light. The dominance of tunneling transport processes over Schottky emission gave rise to a high spin transfer efficiency of 35% under the photovoltaic mode of device operation. A spin dependent tunneling conductance associated with spin polarized electron transport was identified by the observation of phase changes. This transport prevails over the unpolarized electron and hole conduction over the bias range which corresponds to flat band conditions.

  10. Voltage induction of interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in Au/Fe/MgO artificial multilayer

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    Nawaoka, Kohei; Miwa, Shinji; Shiota, Yoichi; Mizuochi, Norikazu; Suzuki, Yoshishige

    2015-06-01

    The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) is an antisymmetric exchange interaction that plays a decisive role in the formation of chiral magnetic structures and in the determination of magnetoelectric properties. This study investigated the impact of an external voltage on the magneto-static surface waves in a Au/Fe/MgO multilayer. Spin waves were excited and detected using two coplanar waveguides and controlled by an external DC voltage. The DC bias voltage dependence of the resonant frequency in the spin waves revealed that the voltage effect has both directionally symmetric and asymmetric components, signifying voltage control of both interfacial magnetic anisotropy and interface-DMI.

  11. Natural (Mg,Fe)SiO3-ilmenite and -perovskite in the Tenham meteorite.

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    Tomioka, N; Fujino, K

    1997-08-22

    The minerals (Mg,Fe)SiO3-ilmenite and -perovskite were identified in the shock-induced veins in the Tenham chondritic meteorite. Both phases are inferred to have transformed from pyroxene at high pressures and temperatures by shock metamorphism. Columnar-shaped ilmenite grains, one of two types of morphologies, have a topotaxial relationship with neighboring pyroxene grains, indicating shear transformation. Granular-shaped perovskite grains showed a diffraction pattern consistent with orthorhombic perovskite, but these grains were not stable under the electron beam irradiation and became amorphous. The higher iron concentration in both phases compared with those experimentally reported may suggest their metastable transition from enstatite because of shock compression.

  12. Synthesis and adsorption properties of hierarchical Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MgAl-LDH magnetic microspheres

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    Wu, Xiaoge; Li, Bo; Wen, Xiaogang, E-mail: wenxg@scu.edu.cn [Sichuan University, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2017-04-15

    In this study, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal method, and then the synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres were used as template to prepare Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MgAl-LDH composite microspheres by a coprecipitation process. Morphology, composition, and crystal structure of synthesized nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technologies. The composite hierarchical microspheres are composed of inner Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core and outer MgAl-LDH-nanoflake layer, and the average thickness of MgAl-LDH-nanoflake is about 70 nm. The adsorption property of the products toward congo red was also measured using UV–vis spectrometer. The result demonstrated that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MgAl-LDH composite adsorbent could remove 99.8% congo red in 30 min, and the maximum adsorption capacity is about 404.6 mg/g, while congo red removal rate of pure MgAl-LDH and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} are only 86.3 and 53.1% in 40 min, respectively, and their adsorption capacity are 345.72 and 220.56 mg/g, respectively. It indicates the composite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@ MgAl-LDH nanomaterials have better adsorption performance than pure Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and MgAl-LDH nanomaterials. In addition, the magnetic nanocomposites could be separated easily, and it demonstrated good cycle performance.

  13. Temporal variation of aqueous-extractable Ca, Mg and K in acidified forest mountainous soils under different vegetation cover

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    Tejnecky, V.; Bradová, M.; Boruvka, L.; Vasat, R.; Nemecek, K.; Ash, C.; Sebek, O.; Rejzek, J.; Drabek, O.

    2012-12-01

    Acidification of forest soils is a natural degradation process which can be significantly enhanced by anthropogenic activities. Inputs of basic cations (BC - Ca, Mg and K) via precipitation, litter and soil organic matter decomposition and also via inter-soil weathering may partially mitigate the consequences of this degradation process. The aim of this study is to assess the temporal variation of aqueous-extractable Ca, Mg and K in acidified forest mountainous soils under different vegetation cover. The Jizera Mountains region (Czech Republic, northern Bohemia) was chosen as a representative soil mountainous ecosystem strongly affected by acidification. Soil and precipitation samples were collected at monthly basis from April till October/ November during the years 2009-2011. Study spots were delimited under two contrasting vegetation covers - beech and spruce monoculture. Prevailing soil types were classified as Alumic Cambisols under beech and Entic Podzols under spruce stands (according to FAO classification). Soil samples were collected from surface fermentation (F) and humified (H) organic horizons and subsurface B horizons (cambic or spodic). The collected soil samples were analyzed immediately under laboratory condition in a "fresh" state. Unsieved fresh samples were extracted by deionised water. The content of main elements (Ca, Mg, K, Al and Fe) was determined by ICP-OES. The content of major anions (SO42-, NO3-, Cl- and F-) was determined by ion-exchange chromatography (IC). Content of major anions and main elements were determined in the precipitation samples (throughfall, stemflow and bulk) as well. Besides computing the basic statistical parameters (mean, median, variance, maximum, minimum, etc.) we also employed other statistical methods such as T-test and ANOVA to assess the differences between beech and spruce vegetation spots. To carry out the temporal variability in the data we used the time series analysis and short-term forecasting by Holt

  14. Valorisation of Ca and Mg by-products from mining and seawater desalination brines for water treatment applications

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    Casas Garriga, Sandra; Aladjem, Carlos; Larrotcha, Enric; Gibert Agulló, Oriol; Valderrama Angel, César Alberto; Cortina Pallás, José Luís

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUNDBrines from the drainage of potash mine tailings and from seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination were previously evaluated as sources of NaCl for the chlor-alkali industry. Valorisation of NaCl as raw material is required to meet the membrane electrolysis specifications of NaCl saturation and control of interferences (Ca, Mg and sulphate). Brines concentration in NaCl was previously achieved for SWRO brines using electrodialysis (ED). In this work, valorisation of Ca and Mg by...

  15. Reproducibility of Clathromorphum compactum coralline algal Mg/Ca ratios and comparison to high-resolution sea surface temperature data

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    Hetzinger, S.; Halfar, J.; Kronz, A.; Simon, K.; Adey, W. H.; Steneck, R. S.

    2018-01-01

    The potential of crustose coralline algae as high-resolution archives of past ocean variability in mid- to high-latitudes has only recently been recognized. Few comparisons of coralline algal proxies, such as temperature-dependent algal magnesium to calcium (Mg/Ca) ratios, with in situ-measured surface ocean data exist, even rarer are well replicated records from individual sites. We present Mg/Ca records from nine coralline algal specimens (Clathromorphum compactum) from a single site in the Gulf of Maine, North Atlantic. Sections from algal mounds were analyzed using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) yielding individual Mg/Ca records of up to 30 years in length. We first test intra- and intersample signal replication and show that algal Mg/Ca ratios are reproducible along several transects within individual sample specimens and between different samples from the same study site. In addition, LA-ICP-MS-derived Mg/Ca ratios are compared to electron microprobe (EMP) analyzed data on the longest-lived specimens and were found to be statistically commensurable. Second, we evaluate whether relationships between algal-based SST reconstructions and in situ temperature data can be improved by averaging Mg/Ca records from multiple algal specimens (intersample averages). We found that intersample averages yield stronger relationships to sea surface temperature (SST) data than Mg/Ca records derived from individual samples alone. Thus, Mg/Ca-based paleotemperature reconstructions from coralline algae can benefit from using multiple samples per site, and can expand temperature proxy precision from seasonal to monthly.

  16. Mossbauer spectroscopy of CsCoCl{sub 3} doped with {sup 57}Fe and Mg

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    Laban, J.A.; McCann, V.H. [Dept. of Phys. and Astron., Canterbury Univ., Christchurch (New Zealand)

    1995-09-04

    In this work Mossbauer spectra of CsCo{sub 1-x-y}{sup 57}Fe{sub x}Mg{sub y}Cl{sub 3} (where x {approx} 1% and y=0.07, 0.3, 0.7, 2.6%) in powdered form have been taken for a range of temperatures from 250 K down to 5.5 K. The spectra of these compounds taken below 21 K could be analysed in the same way as the spectra of CsCo{sub 0.09}Fe{sub 0.01}Cl{sub 3} where the fits to the spectra are consistent with the magnetic phases of pure CsCoCl{sub 3}. CsCoCl{sub 3} is a one-dimensional Ising-like antiferromagnet and moving domain walls or 'solitons' have been observed in the one-dimensionally ordered Co{sup 2+} chains from {approx} 75 K down to 9 K. At 9 K full three-dimensional order is formed. However, experiments on Mg-doped CsCoCl{sub 3} indicate that the Mg suppresses this transition so that it may be possible for solitons to be present below 9 K. No unequivocal evidence to indicate the presence of solitons below 9 K in Mg-doped CsCoCl{sub 3} could be found in the Mossbauer spectra. It was found that the addition of the Mg lowers the temperature of the transition to the partially disordered phase, T{sub N1}, from 21.1{+-}0.3 K (no Mg) to 19.6{+-}0.3 K (2.6 at.% Mg). The spectra of CsCoCl{sub 3} doped with 2.6 at.% Mg showed differences that resulted in soliton relaxation rates which were approximately a factor of two higher than the rates determined for the other compounds. In all compounds the soliton relaxation rates determined above 9 K were found to be between one and two orders of magnitude below the theoretical prediction for a non-interacting soliton gas and it is suggested that this model is not appropriate for CsCoCl{sub 3}. (author)

  17. Densification and Mechanical Properties of Reaction Sintered Al2O3-MgO-CaO Refractory

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    Xu, Lei; Jin, Liang-yu; Yin, Xue-liang; Chen, Min

    For the purpose to reduce the high cost and heat storage loss of Al2O3-MgO bricks used as ladle linings, Al2O3-MgO-CaO bricks with lower theoretical density were fabricated and the densification behavior as well as mechanical property of this refractory was investigated. With addition of CaO, the initial sintering temperature of Al2O3-MgO refractory was decreased from 1300 to 1100°C associated with the expansive formation of CA2, and the compressive strength was also enhanced owing to the formation of bond linkage between CA6 and spinel. At high temperature, brick with 4% CaO content showed poor sinterability with high porosity because of the formation of platelet structure of CA6 grains, whereas brick with 8% CaO content was well sintered with higher relative density but lower bulk density than Al2O3-MgO brick, indicating that the densification as well as lightweight of Al2O3-MgO refractory was effectively promoted.

  18. Superconducting tunnel junctions on MgB{sub 2} using MgO and CaF{sub 2} as a barrier

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    Sakoda, Masahito, E-mail: sakoda@cc.tuat.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Aibara, Masato; Mede, Kazuya; Kikuchi, Motoyuki; Naito, Michio [Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • We have revised the manuscript according to reviewer's comments. The details are in “Response to Reviewers”. • Superconducting junctions with MgO and CaF{sub 2} barrier were fabricated in order to improve the quality of junctions. • In SIN junctions with MgO barrier, clear superconducting gap was observed. (). • In SIS junctions with CaF2 barrier, Josephson current was observed over 30 K. (). • The compatibility of each barrier material at the upper and lower interfaces was clarified. (). - Abstract: We report the fabrication of superconducting tunnel junctions, both of superconductor–insulator-normal metal (SIN) and superconductor–insulator-superconductor (SIS), on MgB{sub 2} using MgO and CaF{sub 2} as a barrier. The SIN junctions fabricated using an MgO barrier showed excellent quasi-particle characteristics, including a large superconducting gap (Δ) of 2.5–3 meV and a low zero-bias conductance. We have also fabricated SIS junctions with an MgO barrier, but the quasi-particle characteristics of the SIS junctions are not as good as those of the SIN junctions, namely a reduced superconducting gap and a high zero-bias conductance. It appears that top MgB{sub 2} electrodes do not grow well on an MgO barrier, which is also suggested from in-situ RHEED observation. The SIN junctions fabricated using a CaF{sub 2} barrier showed less sharp quasi-particle characteristics than using an MgO barrier. However, the SIS junctions using a CaF{sub 2} barrier showed a fairly large I{sub c}R{sub N} value at 4.2 K over 1 mV and also exhibited finite Josephson current up to almost the film's T{sub c} (∼30 K). The RHEED observation revealed that top MgB{sub 2} electrodes grow well on a CaF{sub 2} barrier.

  19. Enhanced magnetism of perovskite oxides, Sr(Sn,Fe)O3- δ , by substitution of nonmagnetic Ca and Ti ions

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    Nomura, Kiyoshi; Suzuki, Shigeyo; Mizunuma, Tomoya; Koike, Yuya; Okazawa, Atsushi

    2017-11-01

    Magnetic properties of perovskite oxides, SrSn1- x Fe x O3- δ ( x ≤ 0.15), substituted with nonmagnetic Ca and Ti ions were studied. XRD patterns showed the orthorhombic structure (close to tetragonal) of (Sr1- y Ca y )(Sn1- x Fe x )O3- δ and Sr(Sn1- x- y Fe x Ti y )O3- δ . The cell volumes decreased with the increase of Ca and Ti doping rates. Although Ti-substituted Sr(Sn, Fe)O3- δ showed small saturation magnetizations as compared with non-Ti substituted one, the magnetization increased a little with Ti doping rates up to 15%. On the other hand, all Ca-substituted Sr(Sn, Fe)O3- δ showed larger saturation magnetization than non-Ca substituted one. Two doublets of Fe3+ and a doublet of Fe4+ were observed in Mössbauer spectra of Ca-substituted Sr(Sn, Fe)O3- δ with weak ferromagnetism, and two sextets of high spin Fe3+ were additionally observed in Mössbauer spectra of Ca-doped Sr(Sn, Fe)O3- δ with relatively strong ferromagnetism. When Sr(Sn, Fe)O3- δ were further codoped with Ca and Ti ions, they showed the stable and enhanced ferromagnetic properties. It is considered that magnetic polarons among high spin Fe3+ species are overlapped by shrinking or deforming the crystal structure of perovskite oxides. That is the magnetism induced by a chemical pressure of perovskite oxides.

  20. High pressure elasticity of FeCO3-MgCO3 carbonates

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    Stekiel, Michal; Nguyen-Thanh, Tra; Chariton, Stella; McCammon, Catherine; Bosak, Alexei; Morgenroth, Wolfgang; Milman, Victor; Refson, Keith; Winkler, Björn

    2017-10-01

    We have determined the elastic stiffness moduli of FeCO3 across the spin transition up to 60 GPa by inelastic X-ray scattering and density functional theory calculations. We have derived functions describing the dependence of the components of the elastic tensor of Mg1-xFex CO3 solid solutions on pressure and concluded that there is a linear dependence of the C11, C33, C44 and C14 moduli on the composition parameter x. The elastic tensors were employed to calculate the sound velocities and velocity anisotropies of Mg1-xFex CO3. These results allow an assessment of the potential seismic signature of deep mantle carbonates.

  1. Single- and multi-filamentary Fe-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires

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    Zhou Sihai; Pan, Alexey V.; Liu Huakun; Dou Shixue

    2002-11-15

    A novel method is proposed to increase the MgB{sub 2} core density and, as a consequence, the critical current density of Fe-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires. This method involves two additional stages compared to the usual wire fabrication: post-annealing mechanical deformation and a consecutive heat-treatment. Using this method we obtained denser core structures in 7-filament wire having J{sub c} values larger by a factor of about 4.3 than that found in the initial 'in situ' prepared mono-core wire. Independent of the manufacturing procedure, the wires showed a transport property degradation effect after being exposed to the air for 4 months.

  2. Crystalline and Electronic Structures and Magnetic and Electrical Properties of La-Doped Ca2Fe2O5 Compounds

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    Phan, T. L.; Tho, P. T.; Tran, N.; Kim, D. H.; Lee, B. W.; Yang, D. S.; Thiet, D. V.; Cho, S. L.

    2018-01-01

    Brownmillerite Ca2Fe2O5 has been observed to exhibit many outstanding properties that are applicable to ecotechnology. However, very little work on doped Ca2Fe2O5 compounds has been carried out to widen their application scope. We present herein a detailed study of the crystalline/geometric and electronic structures and magnetic and electrical properties of Ca2- x La x Fe2O5 ( x = 0 to 1) prepared by conventional solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the compounds with x = 0 to 0.05 exhibited brownmillerite-type single phase. La doping with higher content ( x ≥ 0.1) stimulated additive formation of Grenier- (LaCa2Fe3O8) and perovskite-type (LaFeO3) phases. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy at the Fe K-edge and electron spin resonance spectroscopy revealed presence of Fe3+ in the parent Ca2Fe2O5 ( x = 0) and both Fe3+ and Fe4+ in the doped compounds ( x ≥ 0.05). The Fe4+ content tended to increase with increasing x. This stimulates ferromagnetic exchange interactions between Fe3+ and Fe4+ ions and directly influences the magnetic properties of Ca2- x La x Fe2O5. Electrical resistivity ( ρ) measurements in the temperature range of T = 20 K to 400 K revealed that all the compounds exhibit insulator behavior; the ρ( T) data for x ≥ 0.1 could be described based on the adiabatic small polaron hopping model.

  3. Theoretical study of oxidation-reduction reaction of Fe2O3 supported on MgO during chemical looping combustion

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    Qin, Wu; Chen, Qiuluan; Wang, Yang; Dong, Changqing; Zhang, Junjiao; Li, Wenyan; Yang, Yongping

    2013-02-01

    We applied density-functional theory (DFT) in periodic system to investigate the two reactions (CO + Fe2O3/MgO → CO2 + Fe2O2/MgO, O2 + Fe2O2/MgO → O + Fe2O3/MgO) in chemical looping combustion system. While Fe2O3 was supported on MgO(1 0 0) surface Fe2O3 gathered together to form a cluster shape on MgO(1 0 0), denoted as Fe2O3/MgO, where the Fe2O3 was activated by MgO(1 0 0). Then CO interacted with Fe2O3/MgO and carbonate generated during a stepwise reaction with the calculated maximum barrier energy of 0.95 eV, far less than that of the reaction between CO and the pure Fe2O3 cluster (2.59 eV). CO was oxidized by Fe2O3/MgO and then Fe2O3/MgO transformed into the reduced state Fe2O2/MgO, corresponding to the reaction in the fuel reactor in the CLC system. Then the breaking of the adsorbed O2 molecule on Fe2O2/MgO made an O atom bind to a Fe site with the barrier energy of 0. 20 eV, which played as the key step for the oxidizing of Fe2O2/MgO by O2 into Fe2O3/MgO, corresponding to the reaction in the air reactor in the CLC system.

  4. Differential response of corals to regional mass-warming events as evident from skeletal Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios

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    Clarke, Harry; D'Olivo, Juan Pablo; Falter, James; Zinke, Jens; Lowe, Ryan; McCulloch, Malcolm

    2017-05-01

    During the summer of 2010/2011, a regional marine heat wave resulted in coral bleaching of variable severity along much of the western coastline of Australia. At Ningaloo Reef, a 300 km long fringing reef system and World Heritage site, highly contrasting coral bleaching was observed between two morphologically distinct nearshore reef communities located on either side of the Ningaloo Peninsula: Tantabiddi (˜20% bleaching) and Bundegi (˜90% bleaching). For this study, we collected coral cores (Porites sp.) from Tantabiddi and Bundegi reef sites to assess the response of the Sr/Ca temperature proxy and Mg/Ca ratios to the variable levels of thermal stress imposed at these two sites during the 2010/2011 warming event. We found that there was an anomalous increase in Sr/Ca and decrease in Mg/Ca ratios in the Bundegi record that was coincident with the timing of severe coral bleaching at the site, while no significant changes were observed in the Tantabiddi record. We show that the change in the relationship of Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios with temperature at Bundegi during the 2010/2011 event reflects changes in related coral "vital" processes during periods of environmental stress. These changes were found to be consistent with a reduction in active transport of Ca2+ to the site of calcification leading to a reduction in calcification rates and reduced Rayleigh fractionation of incorporated trace elements.

  5. Study of interlayer coupling between FePt and FeCoB thin films through MgO spacer layer

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    Singh, Sadhana; Kumar, Dileep; Gupta, Mukul; Reddy, V. Raghvendra

    2017-05-01

    Interlayer exchange coupling between hard-FePt and soft-FeCoB magnetic layers has been studied with increasing thickness of insulator MgO spacer layer in FePt/MgO/FeCoB sandwiched structure. A series of the samples were prepared in identical condition using ion beam sputtering method and characterized for their magnetic and structural properties using magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) and X-ray reflectivity measurements. The nature of coupling between FePt and FeCoB was found to be ferromagnetic which decreases exponentially with increasing thickness of MgO layer. At very low thickness of MgO layer, both layers were found strongly coupled thus exhibiting coherent magnetization reversal. At higher thickness, both layers were found decoupled and magnetization reversal occurred at different switching fields. Strong coupling at very low thickness is attributed to pin holes in MgO layer which lead to direct coupling whereas on increasing thickness, coupling may arise due to magneto-static interactions.

  6. Testing the cation-hydration effect on the crystallization of Ca-Mg-CO3 systems.

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    Xu, Jie; Yan, Chao; Zhang, Fangfu; Konishi, Hiromi; Xu, Huifang; Teng, H Henry

    2013-10-29

    Dolomite and magnesite are simple anhydrous calcium and/or magnesium carbonate minerals occurring mostly at Earth surfaces. However, laboratory synthesis of neither species at ambient temperature and pressure conditions has been proven practically possible, and the lack of success was assumed to be related to the strong solvation shells of magnesium ions in aqueous media. Here, we report the synthesis of MgCO3 and MgxCa(1-x)CO3 (0 dolomite and magnesite mineralization needed to be reevaluated. Our study provides significant insight into the long-standing "dolomite problem" in geochemistry and mineralogy and may promote a better understanding of the fundamental chemistry in biomineralization and mineral-carbonation processes.

  7. Quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure of cast Mg-Al-Ca-Sr magnesium alloy

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    T. Rzychoń

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the microstructural characterization of ingot MRI-230D magnesium alloy and quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure are presented. The optical and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the morphology of microstructural compounds in this alloy. The X-ray diffraction was used to determination of phase composition. The as-cast microstructure of MRI-230D magnesium alloy containing aluminum, calcium and strontium consists of the dendritic α-Mg and such intermetallic compounds as: Al2Ca, Al4Sr and AlxMny. In the purpose quantitative description of microstructure semi-automatic procedures using Met-Ilo image analysis were developed. Prepared semi-automatic procedures allow a fast determination of phase content in MRI-230D alloy using light microscopy and will be useful in the quality control of MRI-230D ingots.

  8. Interactions of Na+, K+, Mg2+, and Ca 2+ with benzene self-assembled monolayers

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    Pedersen, Morten Rimmen; Matthiesen, Jesper; Bovet, Nicolas Emile

    2014-01-01

    measurements. The results of our studies clearly show that even a nonpolar, hydrophobic molecule, such as benzene, has a role to play in the behavior of aqueous solutions and that it interacts differently depending on which ions are present. Even ions from the same column in the periodic table behave......Interactions between cations and organic molecules are found throughout nature, from the functionality and structure of proteins in humans and animals to the exchange of ions in minerals in soil and oil reservoirs with the fluid phases. We have explored the behavior of the s-block elements...... that are most common in the natural world, namely, Na+, K+, Mg 2+, and Ca2+. Specifically, we investigated how these ions affect the interactions between surfaces covered by self-Assembled monolayers (SAMs) terminated with benzene molecules. We used a flat oxidized silicon substrate and an atomic force...

  9. Effect of Ca:Mg ratio on precipitated P species identified using 31P solid state NMR

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    Manimel Wadu, M.

    2009-04-01

    M.C.W. Manimel Wadu1, O.O Akinremi1, S. Kroeker2 1Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada 2Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada Agronomic efficiency of added P fertilizer is reduced by the precipitation reactions with the exchangeable Ca and Mg in calcareous soils. We hypothesized that the ratio of Ca to Mg on the soil exchange complex will affect the species of P that is precipitated and its solubility in the soil. A laboratory experiment was conducted using a model calcareous soil system which was composed of resin (Amberlite IRP69) and sand coated with CaCO3 packed into a column. The resin was pre saturated with Ca and Mg in order to achieve five different saturation ratios of Ca:Mg approximately as 100:0, 70:30, 50:50, 30:70 and 0:100. Monoammonium Phosphate was applied to the soil surface to simulate one-dimensional diffusive transport. The column was then incubated for 2 weeks. Chemical analysis for water and acid soluble P, pH, NH4, Ca and Mg was performed on 2mm sections of the soil to a depth of 10 cm. This paper will present and discuss the distribution of P along the soil column. Unlike similar studies that have speculated on the precipitation of P, this study will identify and quantify the P species that is formed using 31P solid state NMR technique. Such knowledge will be helpful in understanding the effect of Ca and Mg on P availability in calcareous system and the role of each cation on P precipitation. Key words: P fertilizers, Ca, Mg, model system, solid state NMR

  10. Correlation of Microstructure and Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Squeeze-Cast Ca and Sb Added AZ91 Mg Alloys

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    Bankoti, A. K. S.; Mondal, A. K.; Perugu, Chandra S.; Ray, B. C.; Kumar, S.

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    The effect of individual and mixed additions of calcium (Ca) and antimony (Sb) on the corrosion behavior of the squeeze-cast AZ91 alloy have been investigated. The corrosion resistance of all modified alloys is better as a result of the refined and reduced volume fraction of the β-Mg17Al12 phase as well as grain refinement. Individual additions are better than mixed additions. The AZ91-1.0Ca (AZX911) alloy comprising individual Ca addition with a continuous network of the Al2Ca phase reveals the lowest corrosion rate. Among the alloys comprising combined additions, the AZ91-2.0Ca-0.3Sb (AZXY9120) alloy exhibits the best corrosion resistance because of the higher and lower volume fractions of the Al2Ca and Ca2Sb phases, respectively.

  11. Calculated mineral equilibria in the greenschist-blueschist-eclogite facies in Na2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O

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    Guiraud, Michel; Holland, Tim; Powell, Roger

    1990-01-01

    The new, greatly expanded internally-consistent dataset of Holland and Powell includes thermodynamic data for a wide range of mineral end-members in common rock-forming minerals, in particular, including FeMg-1 substitutions in glaucophane, garnet, chloritoid and carpholite, and FeMg-1 and MgSiAl-1Al-1 substitutions in talc and chlorite. Moreover, we have the uncertainties and correlations for these data. With the data, we have calculated the full pressure-temperature phase diagram for the system Na2O-FeO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O (NFMASH) for quartz (or coesite) and H2O in excess, in the range 300° 800°C and 5 50 kbars. By solving the set of non-linear equations formed by the equilibrium relationships for an independent set of equations between the end-members in an assemblage in NFMASH, the compositions of the minerals (and PT) can be calculated. Thus the changes in MgSiAl-1Al-1 along NMASH reactions, and FeSiAl-1Al-1 along NFASH reactions, are calculated, and the changes in FeMg-1 and MgSiAl-1Al-1 along NFMASH reactions are calculated. From this information it is straightforward to generate PT diagrams for specific rock compositions. Mineral assemblages and mineral compositional changes in the phase diagram are discussed in relation to greenschist, blueschist and eclogite facies assemblages in metapelitic rocks. It is found that the correspondence between the predictions of the phase diagrams and the observations on rocks is remarkably good. When semiquantitative extensions of the phase diagram to include Ca(MgFe)-1, NaSiCa-1Al-1, Fe3+Al-1 and KNa-1 substitutions are taken into account the agreement is essentially complete.

  12. Nonlinear electric field effect on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe/MgO interfaces

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    Xiang, Qingyi; Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Kasai, Shinya; Seki, Takeshi; Kubota, Takahide; Takanashi, Koki; Mitani, Seiji

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    The electric field effect on magnetic anisotropy was studied in an ultrathin Fe(0 0 1) monocrystalline layer sandwiched between Cr buffer and MgO tunnel barrier layers, mainly through post-annealing temperature and measurement temperature dependences. A large coefficient of the electric field effect of more than 200 fJ (Vm)-1 was observed in the negative range of electric field, as well as an areal energy density of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of around 600 µJ m-2. More interestingly, nonlinear behavior, giving rise to a local minimum around  +100 mV nm-1, was observed in the electric field dependence of magnetic anisotropy, being independent of the post-annealing and measurement temperatures. The insensitivity to both the interface conditions and the temperature of the system suggests that the nonlinear behavior is attributed to an intrinsic origin such as an inherent electronic structure in the Fe/MgO interface. The present study can contribute to the progress in theoretical studies, such as ab initio calculations, on the mechanism of the electric field effect on PMA.

  13. STM/STS study of superconducting properties in Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5

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    Kim, Jisun; Nam, Hyoungdo; Li, Guorong; Karki, Amar; Shih, Chih-Kang; Zhang, Jiandi; Jin, Rongying; Plummer, E. W.

    2014-03-01

    Newly discovered iron-based superconductor, Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 (Tc = 34 K) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/S). Given the symmetry of the crystal structure, several surface terminations are expected with roughly same probability: 1) Ca or partial Ca layer on top Fe2As2; 2) Ca or partial Ca layer on top Pt4As8 layer; 3) A Fe2As2 layer, and; 4) A Pt4As8layer.Surprisingly,Fe2As2 related layers (1 & 3) are rarely observed (less than 1%). Instead, we observe Pt4As8 layers separated by unit-cell-high (~ 1 nm) steps accompanied with Ca or partial Ca layer on top Pt4As8 layer (1 - 2 Å step height). Scanning tunneling spectroscopy reveals different spectra for each surface, with superconducting coherence peaks seen only on Ca layers. We argue that intermediary layers are proximity-coupled to superconducting Fe2As2 layers. The results from Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 are discussed with the properties observed in other iron-based superconductors. Funded by NSF

  14. Determination of Iron (Fe and Calcium (Ca in NIST SRM 1566b (Oyster tissue using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS by Standard Addition Method

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    Fitri Dara

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available NIST Standard Reference Material (SRM 1566b was employed for the determination of Iron (Fe andCalcium (Ca as nutrients in food matrix using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (F-AAS. Thecertified value of SRM 1566b for Fe and Ca are 205.8 ± 6.8 mg/kg and 0.0838 ± 0.0020 (% or 838 ±20 mg/kg, respectively. This certified values are based on results obtained by single primary method(Isotope Dilution Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometry at NIST with confirmation by othermethods at National Metrology Institute of P.R. China. This paper proposed a method fordetermination of Fe and Ca in food matrix as recommended by AOAC official with a littlemodification. The method was commenced from the destruction of all organic matter by dry oxidationbefore analysis by standard addition. Under optimum condition, the results of the determination of Feand Ca in SRM 1566b were agreed well with the certificate value. This method would be useful forroutine analysis in food testing laboratories.

  15. Crystallographic and magnetostriction properties of Fe and FeB-alloy thin films formed on MgO(100 single-crystal substrates

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    Ohtake M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe(100bcc single-crystal film, Fe-B amorphous film, and Fe-B film consisting of a mixture of epitaxial bcc(100 crystal and amorphous are prepared on MgO(100 single-crystal substrates. The influence of crystallographic property on the magnetostriction behavior under rotating magnetic fields is investigated. The output waveform of magnetostriction is sinusoidal for the amorphous film, whereas that of single-crystal film shows a triangle shape. 90° magnetic domain walls are observed for the single-crystal Fe film and the film shows a four-fold symmetry in in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The observation of triangle waveforms is related to the domain wall motion in magnetically unsaturated Fe(100bcc film under rotating magnetic fields. A distortion from triangle wave is observed for the Fe-B film consisting of a mixture of bcc-crystal and amorphous. The magnetostriction behavior is influenced by the magnetization structure.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and hemolysis studies of Zn{sub (1−x)}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites synthesized by sol-gel for hyperthermia treatment applications

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    Jasso-Terán, Rosario Argentina, E-mail: arg.jasso@gmail.com; Cortés-Hernández, Dora Alicia; Sánchez-Fuentes, Héctor Javier; Reyes-Rodríguez, Pamela Yajaira; León-Prado, Laura Elena de; Escobedo-Bocardo, José Concepción; Almanza-Robles, José Manuel

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    The synthesis of Zn{sub (1−x)}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, x=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0, was performed by sol-gel method followed by a heat treatment at 400 °C for 30 min. These ferrites showed nanometric sizes and nearly superparamagnetic behavior. The Zn{sub 0.50}Ca{sub 0.50}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites presented a size within the range of 12–14 nm and appropriate heating ability for hyperthermia applications. Hemolysis testing demonstrated that Zn{sub 0.50}Ca{sub 0.50}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite was not cytotoxic when using 10 mg of ferrite/mL of solution. According to the results obtained, Zn{sub 0.50}Ca{sub 0.50}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is a potential material for cancer treatment by magnetic hyperthermia therapy. - Highlights: • The synthesis of Zn{sub (1−x)}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites was performed by sol-gel method. • CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Zn{sub 0.50}Ca{sub 0.}50Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites showed heating ability. • The Zn{sub 0.50}Ca{sub 0.50}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite demonstrated to be no hemolytic.

  17. Stripes and antiphase boundaries in CaFe2O4

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    Stock, Chris; Rodriguez, Efrain; Green, Mark; Lee, Nara; Cheong, S.-W.

    2015-03-01

    We report on the magnetic structure and spin dynamics in CaFe2O4 based upon an orthorhombic structure. The magnetic structure consists of two competing magnetic phases based upon stripes of S =5/2 Fe3+ ions. The magnetic dynamics illustrate that the coupling is primarily two dimensional. On application of a magnetic field, antiphase magnetic boundaries can be introduced into the lattice and frozen in at low temperatures. We investigate the structure and dynamics of these domains using polarized and unpolarized neutron scattering and discuss how the triangular geometry allow these localized defects to be energetically favorable. Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Royal Society, and EPSRC.

  18. THE THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF MELTS OF DOUBLE SYSTEM MgO – Al2O3, MgO – SiO2, MgO – CaF2, Al2O3 – SiO2, Al2O3 – CaF2, SiO2 – CaF2

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    В. Судавцова

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    Full Text Available Methodology of prognostication of thermodynamics properties of melts is presented from the coordinatesof liquidus of diagram of the state in area of equilibria a hard component is solution, on which energies ofmixing of Gibbs are expected in the double border systems of MgO – Al2O3, MgO – SiO2, MgO – CaF2,Al2O3 – SiO2, Al2O3 - CaF2, SiO2 - CaF2. For the areas of equilibrium there is quasibinary connection(MgAl2O4, Mg2SiO4, Al6Si2O13 – a grout at calculations was used equalization of Hauffe-Wagner. Theobtained data comport with literary

  19. Materiales de Al2O3 - MgAl2O4 - CaAl12O19 - Ca2Mg2Al28O46 obtenidos mediante un proceso de sinterización reactiva entre Al2O3 y CaMg(CO32

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    Pena, P.

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Taking into account the system Al2O3-MgO-CaO, refractory materials containing Al2O3-MgAl2O4-CaAl12O19-Ca2Mg2Al28O46 has been obtained by reaction-sintering of appropriate mixtures of Al2O3 and CaMg(CO32. The study of the mechanism of reaction was carried out by differential thermal analysis (DTA and thermogravimetry (TG, followed by dilatometric and xray diffraction (XRD studies. A static study of the reaction was performed at different temperatures. After each thermal treatment a XRD analysis of the phases present was made, as well as a microestructural study by scanning electron microscopy (SEM coupled with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS. From the results obtained, and taking into account the free energy of formation of the different compounds, the mechanism of reaction was established.Utilizado la información suministrada por el diagrama de equilibrio de fases Al2O3-MgO-CaO se ha diseñado y obtenido un material de Al2O3-MgAl2O4-CaAl12O19-Ca2Mg2Al28O46 mediante sinterización reactiva de una mezcla de Al2O3 y CaMg(CO32. Las reacciones que tienen lugar en la mezcla durante el proceso se han estudiado usando técnicas de análisis térmico diferencial, termogravimetrico y dilatometría. Muestras reaccionadas a temperaturas seleccionadas se han estudiado por difracción de rayos X y microscopía electrónica de barrido con microanálisis mediante dispersión de energías. Los resultados obtenidos revelan que la reacción entre las materias primas tiene lugar en varias etapas con formación de fases transitorias, dando lugar a una microestructura final con granos aciculares de CaAl12O19 y partículas de la fase ternaria Ca2Mg2Al28O46 formadas en aquellos puntos en los que entran en contacto las fases de MgAl2O4 y CaAl12O19.

  20. Evaluation of Ca3(Co,M2O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni as new cathode materials for solid-oxide fuel cells

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    Fushao Li

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Series compounds Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni with hexagonal crystal structure were prepared by sol–gel route as the cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs. Effects of the varied atomic compositions on the structure, electrical conductivity, thermal expansion and electrochemical performance were systematically evaluated. Experimental results showed that the lattice parameters of Ca3(Co0.9Fe0.12O6 and Ca3(Co0.9Mn0.12O6 were both expanded to certain degree. Electron-doping and hole-doping effects were expected in Ca3(Co0.9Mn0.12O6 and Ca3(Co0.9Ni0.12O6 respectively according to the chemical states of constituent elements and thermal-activated behavior of electrical conductivity. Thermal expansion coefficients (TEC of Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 were measured to be distributed around 16×10−6 K−1, and compositional elements of Fe, Mn, and Ni were especially beneficial for alleviation of the thermal expansion problem of cathode materials. By using Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 as the cathodes operated at 800 °C, the interfacial area-specific resistance varied in the order of M=CoFeCa3(Co0.9Fe0.12O6 showed the best electrochemical performance and the power density as high as ca. 500 mW cm−2 at 800 °C achieved in the single cell with La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O2.815 as electrolyte and Ni–Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 as anode. Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni can be used as the cost-effective cathode materials for SOFCs.

  1. Blood compatibility of zinc-calcium phosphate conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloy

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    Zou, Yu-Hong; Zeng, Rong-Chang; Wang, Qing-Zhao; Liu, Li-Jun; Xu, Qian-Qian; Wang, Chuang; Liu, Zhi-Wei

    2016-09-01

    Magnesium alloys as a new class of biomaterials possess biodegradability and biocompatibility in comparison with currently used metal implants. However, their rapid corrosion rates are necessary to be manipulated by appropriate coatings. In this paper, a new attempt was used to develop a zinc-calcium phosphate (Zn-Ca-P) conversion coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys to increase the biocompatibility and improve the corrosion resistance. In vitro blood biocompatibility of the alloy with and without the Zn-Ca-P coating was investigated to determine its suitability as a degradable medical biomaterial. Blood biocompatibility was assessed from the hemolysis test, the dynamic cruor time test, blood cell count and SEM observation of the platelet adhesion to membrane surface. The results showed that the Zn-Ca-P coating on Mg-1.33Li-0.6Ca alloys had good blood compatibility, which is in accordance with the requirements for medical biomaterials.

  2. Selenium Speciation in the Fountain Creek Watershed (Colorado, USA Correlates with Water Hardness, Ca and Mg Levels

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    James S. Carsella

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The environmental levels of selenium (Se are regulated and strictly enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA because of the toxicity that Se can exert at high levels. However, speciation plays an important role in the overall toxicity of Se, and only when speciation analysis has been conducted will a detailed understanding of the system be possible. In the following, we carried out the speciation analysis of the creek waters in three of the main tributaries—Upper Fountain Creek, Monument Creek and Lower Fountain Creek—located in the Fountain Creek Watershed (Colorado, USA. There are statistically significant differences between the Se, Ca and Mg, levels in each of the tributaries and seasonal swings in Se, Ca and Mg levels have been observed. There are also statistically significant differences between the Se levels when grouped by Pierre Shale type. These factors are considered when determining the forms of Se present and analyzing their chemistry using the reported thermodynamic relationships considering Ca2+, Mg2+, SeO42−, SeO32− and carbonates. This analysis demonstrated that the correlation between Se and water hardness can be explained in terms of formation of soluble CaSeO4. The speciation analysis demonstrated that for the Fountain Creek waters, the Ca2+ ion may be mainly responsible for the observed correlation with the Se level. Considering that the Mg2+ level is also correlating linearly with the Se levels it is important to recognize that without Mg2+ the Ca2+ would be significantly reduced. The major role of Mg2+ is thus to raise the Ca2+ levels despite the equilibria with carbonate and other anions that would otherwise decrease Ca2+ levels.

  3. Selenium Speciation in the Fountain Creek Watershed (Colorado, USA) Correlates with Water Hardness, Ca and Mg Levels.

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    Carsella, James S; Sánchez-Lombardo, Irma; Bonetti, Sandra J; Crans, Debbie C

    2017-04-30

    The environmental levels of selenium (Se) are regulated and strictly enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because of the toxicity that Se can exert at high levels. However, speciation plays an important role in the overall toxicity of Se, and only when speciation analysis has been conducted will a detailed understanding of the system be possible. In the following, we carried out the speciation analysis of the creek waters in three of the main tributaries-Upper Fountain Creek, Monument Creek and Lower Fountain Creek-located in the Fountain Creek Watershed (Colorado, USA). There are statistically significant differences between the Se, Ca and Mg, levels in each of the tributaries and seasonal swings in Se, Ca and Mg levels have been observed. There are also statistically significant differences between the Se levels when grouped by Pierre Shale type. These factors are considered when determining the forms of Se present and analyzing their chemistry using the reported thermodynamic relationships considering Ca 2+ , Mg 2+ , SeO₄ 2- , SeO₃ 2- and carbonates. This analysis demonstrated that the correlation between Se and water hardness can be explained in terms of formation of soluble CaSeO₄. The speciation analysis demonstrated that for the Fountain Creek waters, the Ca 2+ ion may be mainly responsible for the observed correlation with the Se level. Considering that the Mg 2+ level is also correlating linearly with the Se levels it is important to recognize that without Mg 2+ the Ca 2+ would be significantly reduced. The major role of Mg 2+ is thus to raise the Ca 2+ levels despite the equilibria with carbonate and other anions that would otherwise decrease Ca 2+ levels.

  4. Antioxidant response and carboxylate metabolism in Brassica rapa exposed to different external Zn, Ca, and Mg supply.

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    Blasco, Begoña; Graham, Neil S; Broadley, Martin R

    2015-03-15

    Zinc (Zn), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg) malnutrition are common deficiencies in many developed and developing countries, resulting in a widespread health problem. Biofortification of food crops is an agricultural strategy that can be used to increase the levels of these elements in the edible portions of crops. Deficiency or toxicity of these cations in soils reduces plant growth, crop yield, and the quality of plant foodstuff. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of external Zn, Ca, and Mg supply on accumulation and distribution of this elements as well as antioxidant response and organic acid composition of Brassica rapa ssp. trilocularis line R-o-18. Plants were grown at low Zn (0.05 μM Zn) and high Zn (500 μM Zn), low Ca (0.4 mM) and high Ca (40 mM), and low Mg (0.2 mM), and high Mg (20 mM) to simulate deficiency and toxicity conditions. Larger shoot biomass reductions were observed under high Zn, Ca and Mg treatments, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), H2O2, malondialdehyde (MDA), and total ascorbate (AA) showed a marked increase in these treatments. Therefore, Brassica plants might be more sensitive to excess of these elements in the nutrient solution. The translocation factor (TF) and distribution coefficient (DC) values of Zn, Ca, and Mg indicated higher translocation and accumulation in deficient conditions. High biosynthesis and citrate content in Brassica plants may be associated mainly with a high-nutrient solution extraction ability of these plants. These results provide background data, which will be used to characterize TILLING mutants to study the effects of mutations in genes involved in regulating Zn, Ca, and Mg distribution and accumulation in plants. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  5. Investigation on the formation process of single-crystalline GaO x barrier in Fe/GaO x /MgO/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Krishna, N. S.; Doko, N.; Matsuo, N.; Saito, H.; Yuasa, S.

    2017-11-01

    We have grown Fe(0 0 1)/GaO x (0 0 1)/MgO(0 0 1)/Fe(0 0 1) magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with or without in situ annealing after the deposition of GaO x layer and performed structural characterizations by focusing on the formation process of the single-crystalline GaO x . It was found that, even without the in situ annealing, the as-grown GaO x grown on the MgO was mostly single-crystalline except near the surface region (amorphous). The crystallization temperature of the amorphous region was reduced from 500 °C down to 250 °C by depositing the Fe upper electrode (poly-crystalline). It was clarified that the crystallization of the amorphous region near the Fe/GaO x interface caused the realignments of the crystal grains in the poly-crystalline Fe upper electrode, and, as a result, the fully epitaxial Fe/GaO x /MgO/Fe structure is eventually formed. All the MTJs showed high tunneling magnetoresistance ratios (about 100%) at room temperature, which was almost independent of the formation temperature of the single-crystalline GaO x .

  6. Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in Glycymeris glycymeris (Bivalvia) shells from the Iberian upwelling system: Ontogeny and environmental control

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    Freitas, Pedro; Richardson, Christopher; Chenery, Simon; Monteiro, Carlos; Butler, Paul; Reynolds, David; Scourse, James; Gaspar, Miguel

    2017-04-01

    Bivalve shells have a great potential as high-resolution geochemical proxy archives of marine environmental conditions. In addition, sclerochronology of long-lived bivalve species (e.g. Arctica islandica) provides a timeline of absolutely dated shell material for geochemical analysis that can extend into the past beyond the lifetime of single individuals through the use of replicated crossmatched centennial to millennial chronologies. However, the interpretation of such records remains extremely challenging and complex, with multiple environmental and biological processes affecting element incorporation in the shell (e.g. crystal fabrics, organic matrix, biomineralization mechanisms and physiological processes). As a result, the effective use of bivalve shell elemental/Ca ratios as palaeoenvironmental proxies has been limited, often to species-specific applications or applications restricted to particular environmental settings. The dog-cockle, Glycymeris glycymeris, is a relatively long-lived bivalve (up to 200 years) that occurs in coarse-grained subtidal sediments of coastal shelf seas of Europe and North West Africa. Glycymeris glycymeris shells provide a valuable, albeit not fully explored, archive to reconstruct past environmental variability in an area lacking sclerochronological studies due to the rarity of long-lived bivalves and lack of coral reefs. In this study, we evaluate the potential of Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios in G. glycymeris shells as geochemical proxies of upwelling conditions in the Iberian Upwelling System, the northern section of the Canary Current Eastern Boundary Upwelling System. Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca generally co-varied significantly and a clear ontogenetic, non-environmental related change in Sr/Ca and Ba/Ca variability was observed. High Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios in older shells (> 10 years old) were found to be associated with the occurrence of growth lines deposited during the winter reduction in shell growth. Nevertheless, Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca

  7. Synthesis of hierarchical Mg-doped Fe3O4 micro/nano materials for the decomposition of hexachlorobenzene.

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    Su, Guijin; Liu, Yexuan; Huang, Linyan; Lu, Huijie; Liu, Sha; Li, Liewu; Zheng, Minghui

    2014-03-01

    An ethylene-glycol (EG) mediated self-assembly process was firstly developed to synthesize micrometer-sized nanostructured Mg-doped Fe3O4 composite oxides to decompose hexachlorobenzene (HCB) at 300°C. The synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. The morphology and composition of the composite oxide precursor were regulated by the molar ratio of the magnesium acetate and ferric nitrate as the reactants. Calcination of the precursor particles, prepared with different molar ratio of the metal salts, under a reducing nitrogen atmosphere, generated three kinds of Mg doped Fe3O4 composite oxide micro/nano materials. Their reactivity toward HCB decomposition was likely influenced by the material morphology and content of Mg dopants. Ball-like MgFe2O4-Fe3O4 composite oxide micro/nano material showed superior HCB dechlorination efficiencies when compared with pure Fe3O4 micro/nano material, prepared under similar experimental conditions, thus highlighting the benefits of doping Mg into Fe3O4 matrices. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Tratamiento mecanoquímico de la ferrita MgFe2O4

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    Torralba, J. M.

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Powder of MgFe2O4, previously prepared by solid state reaction, was mechanochemically treated in a centrifugal ball mill in air atmosphere. Different milling conditions has been employed varying ball/powder mass ratio. After low milling time a strong reduction on crystallite size has been detected while the strain lattice increase slowly. The presence of α-Fe2O3 was also observed at different milling time, depending on milling conditions, by means of X-Ray diffraction experiments. Magnetic transition temperatures were evaluated using a thermogravimetric analyser, equipped with a small permanent magnet. An attempt of dependence of magnetic properties with crystallite size has been established.La ferrita MgFe2O4, en forma de polvo y previamente preparada por reacción en estado sólido, se ha sometido a un proceso de molienda mecánica en atmósfera de aire usando un molino centrífugo. Se emplearon diferentes condiciones de molienda variando la relación de peso bolas/ferrita. La variación del tamaño de dominio cristalino o de cristalita y lamicrodeformaciones de red a escala de celda unidad se evaluaron mediante difracción de rayos-X de polvo. Para bajos tiempos de molienda se observó una acusada disminución del tamaño de dominio cristalino, mientras que las microdeformaciones de la red experimentaron un ligero aumento. Así mismo, a partir de determinados tiempos de molienda, se detectó la presencia de α-Fe2O3. Las temperaturas de transición magnética fueron evaluadas a partir de un analizador termogravimétrico equipado con un pequeño imán permanente y se estableció un correlación entre la temperatura de Curie y el tamaño de dominio cristalino.

  9. Orphan Spins in the S =5/2 Antiferromagnet CaFe2O4

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    Stock, C.; Rodriguez, E. E.; Lee, N.; Demmel, F.; Fouquet, P.; Laver, M.; Niedermayer, Ch.; Su, Y.; Nemkovski, K.; Green, M. A.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Kim, J. W.; Zhang, L.; Cheong, S.-W.

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    CaFe2O4 is an anisotropic S =5/2 antiferromagnet with two competing A (↑↑↓↓) and B (↑↓↑↓) magnetic order parameters separated by static antiphase boundaries at low temperatures. Neutron diffraction and bulk susceptibility measurements, show that the spins near these boundaries are weakly correlated and a carry an uncompensated ferromagnetic moment that can be tuned with a magnetic field. Spectroscopic measurements find these spins are bound with excitation energies less than the bulk magnetic spin waves and resemble the spectra from isolated spin clusters. Localized bound orphaned spins separate the two competing magnetic order parameters in CaFe2 O4 .

  10. Orphan Spins in the S=5/2 Antiferromagnet CaFe_{2}O_{4}.

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    Stock, C; Rodriguez, E E; Lee, N; Demmel, F; Fouquet, P; Laver, M; Niedermayer, Ch; Su, Y; Nemkovski, K; Green, M A; Rodriguez-Rivera, J A; Kim, J W; Zhang, L; Cheong, S-W

    2017-12-22

    CaFe_{2}O_{4} is an anisotropic S=5/2 antiferromagnet with two competing A (↑↑↓↓) and B (↑↓↑↓) magnetic order parameters separated by static antiphase boundaries at low temperatures. Neutron diffraction and bulk susceptibility measurements, show that the spins near these boundaries are weakly correlated and a carry an uncompensated ferromagnetic moment that can be tuned with a magnetic field. Spectroscopic measurements find these spins are bound with excitation energies less than the bulk magnetic spin waves and resemble the spectra from isolated spin clusters. Localized bound orphaned spins separate the two competing magnetic order parameters in CaFe_{2}O_{4}.

  11. Liquidus and phase equilibria in CaO-Al2O3-FeOx-SiO2 system under intermediate oxygen partial pressure

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    Wang N.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase equilibria of silicate slags relevant to the copper smelting/converting operations have been experimentally studied over a wide range of slag compositions, temperatures and atmospheric conditions. Selected systems are of industrial interest and fill the gaps in fundamental information required to systematically characterise and describe copper slag chemistry. The experimental procedures include equilibration of synthetic slag at high temperatures, rapid quenching of resulting phases, and accurate measurement of phase compositions using electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA. The effects of CaO, Al2O3 and MgO on the phase equilibria of this slag system have been experimentally investigated in the temperature range 1200 to 1300 oC and oxygen partial pressures between 10-5 and 10-9 atm. It was found that spinel and silica are major primary phases in the composition range related to copper smelting/converting slags. In addition, olivine, diopside and pyroxene also appear at certain conditions. The presence of CaO, MgO and Al2O3 in the slag increases the spinel liquidus and decreases the silica liquidus. Liquidus temperatures in silica primary phase field are not sensitive to Po2; Liquidus temperatures in spinel primary phase field increase with increasing Po2. At 1300ºC and low Po2, the spinel (Fe2+,Mg2+O.(Al3+,Fe3+ primary phase field can be replaced by wustite (Fe2+,Mg2+O.

  12. Investigation of Fe and Ca in non-stimulated human saliva using NAA

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    de Medeiros, J. A. G.; Zamboni, C. B.; Kovacs, L.; Lewgoy, H. R.

    2015-07-01

    In this study we investigated non-stimulated human whole saliva of healthy subjects and patients with periodontal disease using Neutron Activation Analysis technique (NAA). The measurements were performed in the IEA-R1 nuclear reactor at IPEN-CNEN/SP. We found considerable metabolic changes mainly in Fe and Ca concentration in whole saliva of periodontal patients. These data are useful for identifying or preventing this oral disease in the Brazilian population.

  13. Bias Dependence of the Electrical Spin Injection into GaAs from Co -Fe -B /MgO Injectors with Different MgO Growth Processes

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    Barate, P.; Liang, S. H.; Zhang, T. T.; Frougier, J.; Xu, B.; Schieffer, P.; Vidal, M.; Jaffrès, H.; Lépine, B.; Tricot, S.; Cadiz, F.; Garandel, T.; George, J. M.; Amand, T.; Devaux, X.; Hehn, M.; Mangin, S.; Tao, B.; Han, X. F.; Wang, Z. G.; Marie, X.; Lu, Y.; Renucci, P.

    2017-11-01

    We investigate the influence of the MgO growth process on the bias dependence of the electrical spin injection from a Co -Fe -B /MgO spin injector into a GaAs-based light-emitting diode (spin LED). With this aim, textured MgO tunnel barriers are fabricated either by sputtering or molecular-beam-epitaxy (MBE) methods. For the given growth parameters used for the two techniques, we observe that the circular polarization of the electroluminescence emitted by spin LEDs is rather stable as a function of the injected current or applied bias for the samples with sputtered tunnel barriers, whereas the corresponding circular polarization decreases abruptly for tunnel barriers grown by MBE. We attribute these different behaviors to the different kinetic energies of the injected carriers linked to differing amplitudes of the parasitic hole current flowing from GaAs to Co-Fe-B in both cases.

  14. PEG/CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite: Structural, morphological, magnetic and thermal analyses

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    Khanna, Lavanya, E-mail: lavanshya@yahoo.co.in; Verma, Narendra K., E-mail: nkverma@thapar.edu

    2013-10-15

    The coating of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) on calcium ferrite (CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles has been reported in the present study. The X-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of orthorhombic structure of bare CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, which was also retained after the PEG coating, along with additional characteristic peaks of PEG at 19° and 23°. The rings of CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were identified by the selected area electron diffraction pattern. The characteristic bands of PEG as observed in its Fourier transform infrared spectrum were also present in PEG coated CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, hence confirming its presence. In the thermal gravimetric studies, the complete thermal decomposition of PEG occurred in a one step process, but in case of PEG coated CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, the decomposition took place at a higher temperature owing to the formation of covalent bonds of PEG with CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The presence of PEG on CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, spherical formation of PEG coated CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and reduced agglomeration in the CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were revealed by high resolution transmission electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope studies, respectively. In vibrating sample magnetometer analysis, both bare as well as coated CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibited superparamagnetic behavior. However, a drop in the magnetic saturation value was observed from 36.76 emu/g for CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles to 6.74 emu/g for PEG coated CaFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, due to the formation of magnetically dead layer of PEG. In ZFC and FC analyses, superparamagnetic behavior with blocking temperature for bare and coated nanoparticles has been observed at ∼40 K and ∼60 K, respectively. The increase in the blocking temperature is attributed to the increase in the particle size after PEG coating.

  15. CaFE: a tool for binding affinity prediction using end-point free energy methods.

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    Liu, Hui; Hou, Tingjun

    2016-07-15

    Accurate prediction of binding free energy is of particular importance to computational biology and structure-based drug design. Among those methods for binding affinity predictions, the end-point approaches, such as MM/PBSA and LIE, have been widely used because they can achieve a good balance between prediction accuracy and computational cost. Here we present an easy-to-use pipeline tool named Calculation of Free Energy (CaFE) to conduct MM/PBSA and LIE calculations. Powered by the VMD and NAMD programs, CaFE is able to handle numerous static coordinate and molecular dynamics trajectory file formats generated by different molecular simulation packages and supports various force field parameters. CaFE source code and documentation are freely available under the GNU General Public License via GitHub at https://github.com/huiliucode/cafe_plugin It is a VMD plugin written in Tcl and the usage is platform-independent. tingjunhou@zju.edu.cn. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Mechanochemical synthesis and intercalation of Ca(II)Fe(III)-layered double hydroxides

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    Ferencz, Zs.; Szabados, M.; Varga, G.; Csendes, Z. [Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 8, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Materials and Solution Structure Research Group, Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Aradi Vértanúk tere 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Kukovecz, Á. [Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, Rerrich Béla tér 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); MTA-SZTE “Lendület” Porous Nanocomposites Research Group, Rerrich Béla tér 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Kónya, Z. [Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, Rerrich Béla tér 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); MTA-SZTE Reaction Kinetics and Surface Chemistry Research Group, Rerrich Béla tér 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Carlson, S. [MAX IV Laboratory, Ole Römers väg 1, Lund SE-223 63 (Sweden); Sipos, P. [Materials and Solution Structure Research Group, Institute of Chemistry, University of Szeged, Aradi Vértanúk tere 1, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 7, Szeged H-6720 (Hungary); and others

    2016-01-15

    A mechanochemical method (grinding the components without added water – dry grinding, followed by further grinding in the presence of minute amount of water or NaOH solution – wet grinding) was used in this work for the preparation and intercalation of CaFe-layered double hydroxides (LDHs). Both the pristine LDHs and the amino acid anion (cystinate and tyrosinate) intercalated varieties were prepared by the two-step grinding procedure in a mixer mill. By systematically changing the conditions of the preparation method, a set of parameters could be determined, which led to the formation of close to phase-pure LDH. The optimisation procedure was also applied for the intercalation processes of the amino acid anions. The resulting materials were structurally characterised by a range of methods (X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis, thermogravimetry, X-ray absorption and infra-red spectroscopies). It was proven that this simple mechanochemical procedure was able to produce complex organic–inorganic nanocomposites: LDHs intercalated with amino acid anions. - Graphical abstract: Amino acid anion-Ca(II)Fe(III)-LDHs were successfully prepared by a two-step milling procedure. - Highlights: • Synthesis of pristine and amino acid intercalated CaFe-LDHs by two-step milling. • Identifying the optimum synthesis and intercalation parameters. • Characterisation of the samples with a range of instrumental methods.

  17. Effect of CaO on Hot Workability and Microstructure of Mg-9.5Zn-2Y Alloy

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    Kwak, Tae-yang; Kim, Daeguen; Yang, Jaehack; Yoon, Young-ok; Kim, Shae K.; Lim, Hyunkyu; Kim, Woo Jin

    Mg-Zn-Y system alloys have been a great interest because Mg-Zn-Y alloys with I-phase exhibited high ductility at room and elevated temperatures. According to our preliminary experiments, the addition of CaO improved strength, but the process window became narrow. Therefore, the aim of current work was to find optimum extrusion conditions for CaO added Mg-Zn-Y alloys by processing maps. The 0.3 wt.% of CaO added Mg-9.5Zn-2Y (Mg95.6Zn3.8Y0.6) alloy was prepared by casting into steel mold and homogenizing. Hot compression test were performed in the Gleeble machine at temperature range of 250-400 °C with various strain rates. The alloys were extruded with a reduction ratio of 20:1. To analyze the microstructure and texture, optical micrograph, scanning electron microscope and electron backscattered diffraction were used. Moreover, we investigated the effects of metallic Ca addition in this alloy to compare with the addition of CaO.

  18. Localized and itinerant magnetic excitations in CaFe2As2

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    Ke, Liqin; van Schilfgaarde, Mark; Antropov, Vladimir; Kotani, Takao

    2010-03-01

    Elementary magnetic excitations in the striped phase of CaFe2As2 are studied with linear-response density-functional theory. Itinerant, Stoner-like elementary excitations are found to coexist with the usual antiferromagnetic spin waves observed in neutron experiments. When the Fe moment M exceed 1.1μB, spin waves are dominant; while as M decreases below 1μB there is a rather sharp transition to itinerant behavior, with spin waves being damped by Stoner excitations of several types. An unusual low energy excitation was found, whose origin can be traced to excitations within a narrow Fe d band of xy and yz symmetry. This band lies above the Fermi level when M is 1.1μB, and passes through it as M decreases. The more conventional spin waves are associated with transitions from a different band of d states, at lower energy. This establishes that independent localized and itinerant elementary excitations coexist in CaFe2As2, and are present even below the N'eel temperature.

  19. Structure and Properties of Mg-Cu-(Y,Ca Bulk Metallic Glasses / Struktura I Własności Masywnych Szkieł Metalicznych Mg-Cu-(Y,Ca

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    Babilas R.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The work presents preparation methods, structure characterization and mechanical properties analysis of Mg-based bulk metallic glasses in as-cast state and after crystallization process. The studies were performed on Mg60Cu30Y10 and Mg37Cu36Ca27 glassy alloys in the form of plates and rods. The X-ray diffraction investigations revealed that the tested samples with different thicknesses and shapes were amorphous. The characteristics of the fractured surfaces showed mixed fractures with the “river” and “mirror” patterns, which are characteristic for the glassy materials and some “smooth” areas. The samples of Mg37Cu36Ca27 alloy presented a two-stage crystallization process, but addition of Y caused a single stage crystallization behavior. Qualitative phase analysis from the X-ray data of examined alloys annealed at 473 K enabled the identification of Mg, Mg2Cu, Cu2Mg and CaCu crystalline phases. The changes of compressive strength as a function of annealing temperature for studied rods were stated. The best mechanical properties including microhardness and compressive strength were obtained for the alloy with the addition of Y in as-cast state.

  20. Dual anisotropic character in Fe/Pt multilayer grown on (001) MgO substrate

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    Pandey, Himanshu, E-mail: hp23@iitk.ac.in [Condensed Matter-Low Dimensional Systems Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016 (India); Rakshit, R. K.; Gupta, Anurag; Maurya, K. K.; Dalai, M. K. [National Physical Laboratory, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi-110012 (India); Budhani, R. C. [Condensed Matter-Low Dimensional Systems Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016, India and National Physical Laboratory, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi-110012 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The multilayers of [Fe(5Å)/Pt(25 Å)]{sub ×15} were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering on 50 Å Pt-buffered MgO substrates. The structural characterization of the multilayers was carried out using X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity. The Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurement reveals the depth profile and compositional modulations of the multilayer films as per our design specifications. Room temperature magnetic measurements were carried out by using SQUID both in-plane and out-of-plane sample geometry. Magnetization measurements show similar M-H loops for both in-plane and out-of-plane directions of external magnetic field with a coercivity of 190 Oe. These measurements indicate that our samples are magnetically soft and have multifunctional character which is important for making magnetic tunnel junctions.

  1. Spin control by application of electric current and voltage in FeCo-MgO junctions.

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    Suzuki, Yoshishige; Kubota, Hitoshi; Tulapurkar, Ashwin; Nozaki, Takayuki

    2011-09-28

    Efficient control and detection of spins are the most important tasks in spintronics. The current and voltage applied to a magnetic tunnel junction may exert a torque on the magnetic thin layer in the junction and cause its reversal or continuous precession. The discovery of the giant tunnelling magnetoresistance effect in ferromagnetic tunnelling junctions using an MgO barrier enabled us to obtain a large signal output from the magnetization reversal and precession. Also, the interplay of large spin configuration-electric conduction coupling provides highly nonlinear effects like the spin-torque diode effect. The negative resistance effect and amplification using it are predicted. A new discovery about a voltage-induced magnetic anisotropy change in Fe ultrathin films is also discussed.

  2. Underlayer Effect on Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Co20Fe60B20\\MgO Films.

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    Chen, P J; Iunin, Y L; Cheng, S F; Shull, R D

    2016-07-01

    Perpendicular Magnetic Tunneling Junctions (pMTJs) with Ta\\CoFeB\\MgO have been extensively studied in recent years. However, the effects of the underlayer on the formation of the CoFeB perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) are still not well understood. Here we report the results of our systematic use of a wide range of elements (Ti, V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt and Au) encompassed by columns IVA, VA, VIA, VIIA and VIIIA of the periodic table as the underlayer in a underlayer\\Co20Fe60B20\\MgO stack. Our goals were to survey more elements which could conceivably create a PMA in CoFeB and thereby to explore the mechanisms enabling these underlayers to enhance or create the PMA. We found underlayer elements having both an outer shell of 4d electrons (Zr, Nb Mo, and Pd) and 5d electrons (Hf, Ta, W, Re, Ir, and Pt) resulted in the development of a PMA in the MgO-capped Co20Fe60B20. Hybridization between the 3d electrons of the Fe or Co (in the Co20Fe60B20) at the interface with the 4d or 5d electrons of the underlayer is thought to be the cause of the PMA development.

  3. The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} and NdCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8}

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    Hudspeth, J M; Goossens, D J [Department of Physics, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Studer, A J [Bragg Institute, Australian Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Withers, R L; Noren, L [Research School of Chemistry, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)], E-mail: goossens@rsc.anu.edu.au

    2009-03-25

    The crystal and magnetic structures of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} and NdCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} have been established using a combination of x-ray, neutron and electron diffraction. It was already considered likely that LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} and NdCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} were made up of stacked perovskite-like layers of FeO{sub 6} octahedra, with every third layer being replaced by a layer of tetrahedrally coordinated Fe, rather like a variation on the Brownmillerite (Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}) structure type. We have gone further and determined a likely space group for this Grenier phase and determined the magnetic structure of the compounds at room temperature. The space group is found to be P 2{sub 1}ma (b axis as the long axis), and the crystal structure has been refined, subject to the stacking faulting along the long axis that is apparent in electron diffraction patterns. The magnetic structure of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8} is shown to consist of antiferromagnetically ordered Fe{sup 3+} ions on a collinear G-type antiferromagnetic structure, with the magnetic moments most likely (anti)parallel with the c axis, and of magnitude 3.4 {+-} 0.2{mu}{sub B} (3.6 {+-} 0.2{mu}{sub B} for NdCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 8}). The result is reasonable given the magnetic structures of the end members of the La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3} series, LaFeO{sub 3} (x 0) and Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} (x = 1)

  4. Crystal Phases Formed in a CaO-Fe2O3 System Under a High Cooling Rate in Air

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    Kashiwaya, Yoshiaki

    2017-10-01

    A CaO-Fe2O3 system is a fundamental binary system for the iron ore sintering process. Although the basic reactions have been investigated since the 1960s, melting and solidification caused by the combustion of coke results in an unstable state owing to extreme temperature variations. In this study, using a hot thermocouple method, samples of 10 pct CaO-90 pct Fe2O3 and 20 pct CaO-80 pct Fe2O3 were melted on a thermocouple and quenched with several techniques. The obtained samples were precisely examined by XRD. It was found that the sample containing 10 pct CaO-90 pct Fe2O3 changed to 10 pct CaO-13 pct FeO-77 pct Fe2O3 under an oxygen partial pressure ( P_{{{O}2 }} ) of 0.21 during melting. For the 10 pct CaO sample, the crystal phases found at a low cooling rate (509 K/s) were WFss, C4WF8 (C: CaO, W: FeO, F: Fe2O3), and C2W4F9. When the sample composition was 20 pct CaO, the precipitated crystal phases were C4WF4, C4F7, and C4WF8. On the other hand, the crystal phases for high cooling rates (1590 and 7900 K/s) with 10 pct CaO were WFss (solid solution of WF and F), F, and C2W4F9. The formation of the equilibrium phases WFss, F, C4WF4, and C4WF8 can be understood by examining the isothermal section of the phase diagrams, while the unstable phases C2W4F9 and C4F7 are discussed on the basis of the reactions under an equilibrium state.

  5. Crystal Phases Formed in a CaO-Fe2O3 System Under a High Cooling Rate in Air

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    Kashiwaya, Yoshiaki

    2017-12-01

    A CaO-Fe2O3 system is a fundamental binary system for the iron ore sintering process. Although the basic reactions have been investigated since the 1960s, melting and solidification caused by the combustion of coke results in an unstable state owing to extreme temperature variations. In this study, using a hot thermocouple method, samples of 10 pct CaO-90 pct Fe2O3 and 20 pct CaO-80 pct Fe2O3 were melted on a thermocouple and quenched with several techniques. The obtained samples were precisely examined by XRD. It was found that the sample containing 10 pct CaO-90 pct Fe2O3 changed to 10 pct CaO-13 pct FeO-77 pct Fe2O3 under an oxygen partial pressure ( P_{{{O}2 }} ) of 0.21 during melting. For the 10 pct CaO sample, the crystal phases found at a low cooling rate (509 K/s) were WFss, C4WF8 (C: CaO, W: FeO, F: Fe2O3), and C2W4F9. When the sample composition was 20 pct CaO, the precipitated crystal phases were C4WF4, C4F7, and C4WF8. On the other hand, the crystal phases for high cooling rates (1590 and 7900 K/s) with 10 pct CaO were WFss (solid solution of WF and F), F, and C2W4F9. The formation of the equilibrium phases WFss, F, C4WF4, and C4WF8 can be understood by examining the isothermal section of the phase diagrams, while the unstable phases C2W4F9 and C4F7 are discussed on the basis of the reactions under an equilibrium state.

  6. On the Mg/Fe Ratio in Silicate Minerals in the Circumstellar Environments I. The Mg/Fe Ratio in Silicate Mineral Constituents of the Kaba Meteorite

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    Futó, P.

    2017-11-01

    The moderately high ratio of Mg in the silicates of the solar environment indicates that Mg-rich silicates are likely to be frequent in the interstellar medium and the circumstellar environments in case of chondritic-like composition.

  7. Fabrication of CaFe2O4 nanofibers via electrospinning method with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Jianmin; Wang, Yunan; Liu, Yinglei; Li, Song; Cao, Feng; Qin, Gaowu

    CaFe2O4 nanofibers with diameters of about 130nm have been fabricated via a facile electrospinning method. The structures, morphologies and optical properties of the obtained CaF2O4 nanofibers have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-Visible UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum. The photocatalytic activities of the CaFe2O4 nanofibers are evaluated by the photo-degradation of Methyl orange (MO). The results show that the CaFe2O4 nanofibers (72%) exhibit much higher photocatalytic performance than the CaFe2O4 powders (27%) prepared by conventional method under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of CaFe2O4 nanofibers could be attributed to the large surface area, high photogenerated charge carriers density and low charge transfer resistance, as revealed by photoelectrochemical measurement. And fundamentally, it could be attributed to the decreased particle size and the fibrous nanostructure. This work not only provides an efficient way to improve the photocatalytic activity of CaFe2O4, but also provides a new method for preparing materials with nanofibrous structure.

  8. Removal of exhausted oils by adsorption on mixed Ca and Mg oxides.

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    Solisio, Carlo; Lodi, Alessandra; Converti, Attilio; Del, Borghi Marco

    2002-02-01

    Adsorption tests were performed on two different exhausted oils to reduce their polluting and health hazard potential: a "water-insoluble oil", utilised for automotive engine lubrication, and an "emulsified" oil, used as coolant for metal-cutting tools. Dolomite, a low-cost recovery material, was used to prepare two effective adsorbents: (a) a mixed Ca and Mg oxide obtained by thermal decomposition of dolomite at 1800 degrees C, and (b) an activated material obtained by submitting this product to chemical treatment with HCl. Preliminary tests carried out with an excess of the former material showed that the insoluble oil was adsorbed with lower yield (Y = 0.40) than the soluble (emulsified) oil (Y = 0.60). The material activation with HCl remarkably improved the adsorption of soluble oil organic fraction (Y > 0.90), while only a little increase in the removal yield was observed for the insoluble oil (Y = 0.44). The results presented and discussed in this work pointed out that the products of dolomite calcination can successfully replace the conventional adsorbing materials in the removal of organic pollutants, with particular concern to exhausted soluble oils, which cannot usually be recycled, thus reducing the operational costs of their treatment.

  9. ß-Adrenergic stimulation increases RyR2 activity via intracellular Ca2+ and Mg2+ regulation.

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    Jiao Li

    Full Text Available Here we investigate how ß-adrenergic stimulation of the heart alters regulation of ryanodine receptors (RyRs by intracellular Ca(2+ and Mg(2+ and the role of these changes in SR Ca(2+ release. RyRs were isolated from rat hearts, perfused in a Langendorff apparatus for 5 min and subject to 1 min perfusion with 1 µM isoproterenol or without (control and snap frozen in liquid N2 to capture their phosphorylation state. Western Blots show that RyR2 phosphorylation was increased by isoproterenol, confirming that RyR2 were subject to normal ß-adrenergic signaling. Under basal conditions, S2808 and S2814 had phosphorylation levels of 69% and 15%, respectively. These levels were increased to 83% and 60%, respectively, after 60 s of ß-adrenergic stimulation consistent with other reports that ß-adrenergic stimulation of the heart can phosphorylate RyRs at specific residues including S2808 and S2814 causing an increase in RyR activity. At cytoplasmic [Ca(2+] 1 µM, ß-adrenergic stimulation only decreased cytoplasmic Mg(2+ and Ca(2+ inhibition of RyRs. The Ka and maximum levels of cytoplasmic Ca(2+ activation site were not affected by ß-adrenergic stimulation. Our RyR2 gating model was fitted to the single channel data. It predicted that in diastole, ß-adrenergic stimulation is mediated by 1 increasing the activating potency of Ca(2+ binding to the luminal Ca(2+ site and decreasing its affinity for luminal Mg(2+ and 2 decreasing affinity of the low-affinity Ca(2+/Mg(2+ cytoplasmic inhibition site. However in systole, ß-adrenergic stimulation is mediated mainly by the latter.

  10. Epitaxial growth of Fe{sub 3}Si/CaF{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}Si magnetic tunnel junction structures on CaF{sub 2}/Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kobayashi, Ken' ichi [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Suemasu, Takashi [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)], E-mail: suemasu@bk.tsukuba.ac.jp; Kuwano, Noriyuki; Hara, Daisuke [Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Akinaga, Hiroyuki [Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

    2007-08-15

    The Fe{sub 3}Si(24 nm)/CaF{sub 2}(2 nm)/Fe{sub 3}Si(12 nm) magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) structures were grown epitaxially on CaF{sub 2}/Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The 12-nm-thick Fe{sub 3}Si underlayer was grown epitaxially on CaF{sub 2/}Si(111) at approximately 400 deg. C; however, the surface of the Fe{sub 3}Si film was very rough, and thus a lot of pinholes are considered to exist in the 2-nm-thick CaF{sub 2} barrier layer. The average roughness (Ra) of the CaF{sub 2} barrier layer was 7.8 nm. This problem was overcome by low-temperature deposition of Fe and Si at 80 deg. C on CaF{sub 2}/Si(111), followed by annealing at 250 deg. C for 30 min to form the Fe{sub 3}Si layer. The Ra roughness was significantly reduced down to approximately 0.26 nm. A hysteresis loop with coercive field H{sub c} of approximately 25 Oe was obtained in the magnetic field dependence of Kerr rotation at room temperature (RT)

  11. Temperature and Time Constraints on Dissolution, Fe-Mg Exchange and Zoning between Relict Forsterite and Chondrule Melt - Implications for Thermal History of Chondrules

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    Ustunisik, G. K.; Ebel, D. S. S.; Walker, D.

    2016-12-01

    duration experiments (1250ºC, 22 hrs and 1150ºC, >3days) quench olivine crystals and silica (cristobalite) have been observed within the melt along with low-Ca pyroxene along the edges of the Mogok forsterite. The metastable pyroxene acts as a protective cover thwarting Fe-Mg exchange between Mogok and Fe-bearing melt. The cristobalite occurred as a result of melt fractionation.

  12. The effect of light on intrashell trace metal variability (Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca) in the planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa

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    Fehrenbacher, J. S.; Spero, H. J.; Russell, A. D.; Gagnon, A. C.; Vetter, L.; Snyder, J.; Naumann, E.; Grimm, B. L.; Holland, K.

    2012-12-01

    The shell walls of many planktic foraminifers contain alternating bands of high and low Mg/Ca calcite. These bands have been attributed to chamber formation, light-modulated (circadian-like) biological effects, and light (e.g. pH change in the calcifying environment driven by the photosynthesis/respiration of photosynthetic symbionts). Previous experiments on the living planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa confirm a diurnal nature in the banding of O. universa: a wide band of low-Mg calcite forms during the day (12-hour light) and a narrower band of high Mg calcite forms at night (12-hour dark) (Spero et al., in prep). During the summer of 2011, we explored the response of Mg banding to light by culturing foraminifera at constant temperature, salinity, and ambient seawater pH, but with different light schedules: reverse light cycles (day/night cycle shifted by 12 hours), constant (24-hour) light, and constant (24-hour) dark conditions. We used an artificial Ba spike to mark 12-hour intervals of growth, regardless of the imposed light regime. In specimens grown with a reversed day/night light/dark cycle, we observe an immediate shift in the timing of Mg/Ca banding. The timing of high and low Mg/Ca bands in these specimens is indistinguishable from specimens grown under a normal day/night light/dark cycle. Mg/Ca bands are present in some of the specimens cultured in constant light and in all specimens grown in constant dark conditions. Banding in the constant light and constant dark specimens is not paced by a diurnal cycle. The amplitude of the banding in these specimens is diminished and the average Mg/Ca ratios are 30% lower in comparison to those kept on a 12-hour light/dark cycle. Additionally, we find the Sr/Ca ratios are similar in both the constant light and reverse light/dark specimens, but are statistically significantly lower in the constant dark specimens (8% lower, p-value light and constant dark experiments are consistent with a light

  13. A Novel MgO-CaO-SiO2 System for Fabricating Bone Scaffolds with Improved Overall Performance

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    Hang Sun

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Although forsterite (Mg2SiO4 possesses good biocompatibility and suitable mechanical properties, the insufficient bioactivity and degradability hinders its further application. In this study, a novel MgO-CaO-SiO2 system was developed by adding wollastonite (CaSiO3 into Mg2SiO4 to fabricate bone scaffolds via selective laser sintering (SLS. The apatite-forming ability and degradability of the scaffolds were enhanced because the degradation of CaSiO3 could form silanol groups, which could offer nucleation sites for apatite. Meanwhile, the mechanical properties of the scaffolds grew with increasing CaSiO3 to 20 wt %. It was explained that the liquid phase of CaSiO3 promoted the densification during sintering due to its low melting point. With the further increase in CaSiO3, the mechanical properties decreased due to the formation of the continuous filling phase. Furthermore, the scaffolds possessed a well-interconnected porous structure and exhibited an ability to support cell adhesion and proliferation.

  14. Measurements of low photon doses using LiF:Mg,Cu,P and CaF{sub 2}:Cu dosimeters

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    Prokert, K. [Dresden Univ. of Technology (Germany). Inst. of Radiation Protection Physics; Mann, G. [Dresden Univ. of Technology (Germany). Inst. of Radiation Protection Physics

    1997-03-01

    The new thermoluminophors LiF:Mg, Cu, P and CaF{sub 2}:Cu in form of pellets exhibit a significantly higher TL-response than the well-known dosimeters of the types TLD-100 (LiF:Mg, Ti), TLD-400 (CaF{sub 2}:Mn), TLD-900 (CaSO{sub 4}:Dy), etc. Furthermore, the thermoluminophor LiF:Mg, Cu, P shows besides its high sensitivity a good tissue equivalence and therefore, only a small variation of the dose response with the photon energy. The lower limits of detection of these new materials are about 5 {mu}Gy and 0.2 {mu}Gy resp. Therefore, short term measurements of absorbed dose can be realised in radiation fields at very low dose rates (environmental radiation, scattering radiation at medical equipment`s etc.) with an accuracy of {+-}10%. In the field of environmental monitoring the period of exposure can be limited to about 10 days. Using CaF{sub 2}:Cu detectors an exposure of 24 hours is sufficient for dose measurements with lower accuracy. The reusability of CaF{sub 2}:Cu pellets is guaranteed without loss of sensitivity independently of the application of different reading and annealing procedures. In the case of LiF:Mg, Cu, P detectors special procedures are needed in order to keep constant TL-properties. The results of dose measurements at low dose levels in different radiation fields demonstrate the advantages of these detector types. (orig.)

  15. Spin injection into silicon in three-terminal vertical and four-terminal lateral devices with Fe/Mg/MgO/Si tunnel junctions having an ultrathin Mg insertion layer

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    Sato, Shoichi; Nakane, Ryosho; Hada, Takato; Tanaka, Masaaki

    2017-12-01

    We demonstrate that the spin injection/extraction efficiency is enhanced by an ultrathin Mg insertion layer (⩽2 nm) in Fe /Mg /MgO /n+-Si tunnel junctions. In diode-type vertical three-terminal devices fabricated on a Si substrate, we observe the narrower three-terminal Hanle (N-3TH) signals indicating true spin injection into Si and estimate the spin polarization in Si to be 16% when the thickness of the Mg insertion layer is 1 nm, whereas no N-3TH signal is observed without the Mg insertion. This means that the spin injection/extraction efficiency is enhanced by suppressing the formation of a magnetically dead layer at the Fe/MgO interface. We also observe clear spin transport signals, such as nonlocal Hanle signals and spin-valve signals, in a lateral four-terminal device with the same Fe /Mg /MgO /n+-Si tunnel junctions fabricated on a Si-on-insulator substrate. It is found that both the intensity and linewidth of the spin signals are affected by the geometrical effects (device geometry and size). We have derived analytical functions taking into account the device structures, including channel thickness and electrode size, and estimated important parameters: spin lifetime and spin polarization. Our analytical functions explain the experimental results very well. Our study shows the importance of suppressing a magnetically dead layer and provides a unified understanding of spin injection/detection signals in different device geometries.

  16. Hydrogen and electricity production in a light-assisted microbial photoelectrochemical cell with CaFe2O4 photocathode

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    Chen, Qing-Yun; Zhang, Kai; Liu, Jian-Shan; Wang, Yun-Hai

    2017-04-01

    A microbial photoelectrochemical cell (MPEC) was designed with a p-type CaFe2O4 semiconductor as the photoelectrode for simultaneous hydrogen and electricity production under light illumination. The CaFe2O4 photoelectrode was synthesized by the sol-gel method and well characterized by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The linear sweep voltammogram of the CaFe2O4 photoelectrode presented the cathodic photocurrent output. For the MPEC, with an external resistance of 2000 Ω, the maximum power density of 143 mW was obtained. Furthermore, with an external resistance of 100 Ω, the maximum hydrogen production rate of 6.7 μL·cm-2 could be achieved. The MPEC with CaFe2O4 photocathode was compared to MPEC with other photocathodes as well as photocatalytic water splitting technology.

  17. Electrical spin transport in cylindrical silicon nanowires with CoFeB/MgO contacts

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    Park, Tae-Eon; Min, Byoung-Chul; Park, Hee Gyum; Lee, Jaejun; Jo, Moon-Ho; Jang, Chaun; Koo, Hyun Cheol; Choi, Heon-Jin; Chang, Joonyeon

    2017-08-01

    We examined electrical spin transport in cylindrical silicon nanowires (Si NWs) using the lateral nonlocal spin-valve (NLSV) geometry with CoFeB/MgO contacts. The use of a thin MgO layer as the tunnel barrier in the NLSV devices provided an optimum resistance-area product for spin transport measurements in the Si NWs. A robust NLSV spin signal of over 3.95 kΩ and clear minor loops were observed at 1.8 K in the Si NWs heavily doped with phosphorous. Furthermore, the NLSV magnetoresistance was strongly influenced by the local magnetizations resulting from the ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes being attached to the cylindrically shaped Si NW, with these magnetizations differing from those of bulk ferromagnets. These local micro-magnetic configurations of the FM electrodes led to intriguing NLSV spin signals associated with the Hanle effect. Our study of spin transport in the heavily doped Si NWs provides a sound basis for developing applications of nanoscale semiconductor spintronic devices.

  18. The high-pressure electronic structure of magnesiowustite (Mg, Fe)O: applications to the physics and chemistry of the lower mantle

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    Sherman, David M.

    1991-01-01

    The electronic structure of magnesiowustite is investigated using self-consistent field X?? scattered wave (SCF-X??-SW) molecular orbital calculations on (FeO6)10- and (FeMg12O14)2- clusters. Calculated one-electron transition energies are used to interpret the optical spectrum of (Mg, Fe)O. The results are applied to the electrical and thermal conductivity of the lower mantle. This is especially true if Fe2+ adopts the low-spin configuration. The geophysically significant properties of (Fe, Mg)O probably result from defect Fe3+. -from Author

  19. Micronutrients Fe, Zn and Ca and their relationship with anthropometric indices and dental health among children

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    Pourhashemi S.J.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Proper nutrition has an important role in the physical and psychological development of children. The aim of this survey is to compare the nutrition of a community to the recommended daily amount (RDA to determine deficiencies and present recommendations for improvement.Methods: In this cross-sectional study conducted in Tehran, Iran, 788 children, all seven years of age, were selected via cluster sampling and evaluated using standard questionnaires with a 24-hr recall regarding the frequency and type of food intake. Then by measurement of weight and height, their anthropometric and DMFT (decayed/missing/filled teeth indices were determined using the Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance, and Mann-Whitney U and chi-square tests.Results: Relative to the RDA, 23.6% of children had low intake of Ca, and 3.2% and 5.2% were deficient for Fe and Zn, respectively. Anthropometric measurements showed that 15.7% were malnourished based on weight for age, 10.5% based on height for age and 16.8% based on weight for height indices. The DMFT indices for children with dietary Ca levels under 75% of the RDA were significantly higher than those with sufficient Ca intake (P<0.001. The mean DMFT indices for dental development were 0.22 for permanent teeth (four molars; SD=0.64 and 4.64 for primary teeth (SD=3.24. We found a significant correlation between DMFT indices and low Fe intake: the DMFT indices of children with iron deficiency were much higher than those with sufficient iron intake.Conclusions: Children in Tehran do not receive enough Ca Fe and Zn from their diets. This problem causes mild malnutrition and increases the risk of dental caries.

  20. Ion microprobe assessment of the heterogeneity of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis (bivalvia shell calcite precipitated at constant temperature

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    P. S. Freitas

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Small-scale heterogeneity of biogenic carbonate elemental composition can be a significant source of error in the accurate use of element/Ca ratios as geochemical proxies. In this study ion microprobe (SIMS profiles showed significant small-scale variability of Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in new shell calcite of the marine bivalves Pecten maximus and Mytilus edulis that was precipitated during a constant-temperature culturing experiment. Elevated Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios were found to be associated with the deposition of elaborate shell features, i.e. a shell surface stria in P. maximus and surface shell disturbance marks in both species, the latter a common occurrence in bivalve shells. In both species the observed small-scale elemental heterogeneity most likely was not controlled by variable transport of ions to the extra-pallial fluid, but by factors such as the influence of shell organic content and/or crystal size and orientation, the latter reflecting conditions at the shell crystal-solution interface. In the mid and innermost regions of the P. maximus shell the lack of significant small-scale variation of Mg/Ca ratios, which is consistent with growth at constant temperature, suggest a potential application as a palaeotemperature proxy. Cross-growth band element/Ca ratio profiles in the interior of bivalve shells may provide more promising palaeo-environmental tools than sampling from the outer region of bivalve shells.

  1. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on magnetically separable MgFe2O4 under visible light irradiation

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    Shahid, Muhammad

    2013-05-01

    A magnetically separable single-phase MgFe2O4 photocatalyst with a spinel crystal structure was synthesized by using the solid-state reaction method. The formation of spinel structure is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The magnetic measurements showed that the photocatalyst material can be separated from water when an external magnetic field is added and redispersed into water solution after the external magnetic field is eliminated. It is one of the promising photocatalysts for waste water treatment. The photocatalytic activity of MgFe2O4 was investigated by using the photo-decomposition of methylene blue dye under visible light. The photoelectrochemical property of the MgFe2O4 was studied by measuring their photocurrent-potential behavior in 1 M NaOH electrolyte under AM 1.5100 mW cm-2 illumination. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Solid solubility of MgO in the calcium silicates of portland clinker. The effect of CaF2

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    Puertas, F.

    1992-03-01

    Full Text Available The solid solubility of MgO in the calcium silicates of portland clinker has been determined by XRD and XDS. The influence that the presence of CaF2 has on said solubility has also been verified. The solid solution limit of MgO in C3S at 1275 ºC lies at about 1.0% wt, where the triclinic form II stabilizes. The presence of CaF2 does not alter the maximum value of the MgO solubilized in that silicate, although there does take place the stabilization of the triclinic polymorph II at lower MgO contents (between 0.3 - 0.6% wt. The maximum amount of solubilized MgO in βC2 at 1.050 ºC lies around 0.5% wt. This value does not change by the presence of CaF2.Se ha determinado por DRX y EDX la solubilidad sólida del MgO en los silicatos cálcicos del clínker portland. Se ha comprobado, así mismo la influencia que sobre dicha solubilidad tiene la presencia de CaF2. El límite de disolución sólida del MgO en el C3S a 1.275º C se sitúa alrededor del 1,0% en peso, estabilizándose la forma triclínica II. La presencia de CaF2 no altera el valor máximo de MgO solubilizado en este silicato, aunque si se produce la estabilización del polimorfo triclínico II a contenidos menores de MgO (entre 0,3 – 0,6% en peso. La cantidad máxima de MgO solubilizado en e/ βC2S a 1.050 ºC se sitúa en torno al 0,5% en peso. Este valor no se ve modificado por la presencia de CaF2.

  3. The effects of Ca2+ and MgADP on force development during and after muscle length changes.

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    Fabio C Minozzo

    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to compare the effects of Ca(2+ and MgADP activation on force development in skeletal muscles during and after imposed length changes. Single fibres dissected from the rabbit psoas were (i activated in pCa(2+4.5 and pCa(2+6.0, or (ii activated in pCa(2+4.5 before and after administration of 10 mM MgADP. Fibres were activated in sarcomere lengths (SL of 2.65 µm and 2.95 µm, and subsequently stretched or shortened (5%SL at 1.0 SL.s(-1 to reach a final SL of 2.80 µm. The kinetics of force during stretch were not altered by pCa(2+ or MgADP, but the fast change in the slope of force development (P1 observed during shortening and the corresponding SL extension required to reach the change (L1 were higher in pCa(2+6.0 (P1 = 0.22 ± 0.02 Po; L1 = 5.26 ± 0.24 nm.HS(.1 than in pCa(2+4.5 (P1 = 0.15 ± 0.01 Po; L1 = 4.48 ± 0.25 nm.HS(.1. L1 was also increased by MgADP activation during shortening. Force enhancement after stretch was lower in pCa(2+4.5 (14.9 ± 5.4% than in pCa(2+6.0 (38.8 ± 7.5%, while force depression after shortening was similar in both Ca(2+ concentrations. The stiffness accompanied the force behavior after length changes in all situations. MgADP did not affect the force behavior after length changes, and stiffness did not accompany the changes in force development after stretch. Altogether, these results suggest that the mechanisms of force generation during and after stretch are different from those obtained during and after shortening.

  4. The Influence of Mg(II and Ca(II Ions on Rutin Autoxidation in Weakly Alkaline Aqueous Solutions

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    Živanović Slavoljub C.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Rutin (quercetin-3-O-rutinoside is one of the most abundant bioflavonoids with various biological and pharmacological activities. Considering the ubiquitous presence of Mg(II and Ca(II ions in biological systems we decided to investigate their influence on the autoxidation of rutin in weakly alkaline aqueous solutions. Changes in UV-Vis spectra recorded during the rutin autoxidation in aqueous solution at pH 8.4 revealed that this process was very slow in the absence of metal ions. The presence of Mg(II and, especially Ca(II ion, increased the transformation rate of rutin. UV-Vis spectra recorded after prolonged autoxidation indicated the formation of humic acidlike products in the presence of Mg(II and Ca(II ions. Four new compounds formed during the initial stage of rutin autoxidation in the presence of Mg(II and Ca(II ions were detected by HPLCDAD. Based on the analysis of their DAD UV-Vis spectra and comparison of their retention times with the retention time value for rutin, we concluded that the initial rutin transformation products were formed by the water addition on double bond in ring C and hydroxylation of ring B. A very small decrease of the initial rutin concentration (4% was observed by HPLC-DAD in the absence of metal ions for the period of 90 minutes. However, rutin concentration decrease was much larger in the presence of Mg(II and Ca(II ions (14% and 24%, respectively. The more pronounced effect of Ca(II ion on the rutin autoxidation may be explained by the stronger binding of Mg(II ion to rutin and thus greater stabilizing effect on reaction intermediates caused by its higher ionic potential (charge/ionic radius ratio in comparison to Ca(II ion. The results of this study may contribute to the better understanding of interactions of Mg(II and Ca(II ions with natural phenolic antioxidants which are important for their various biological activities.

  5. Natural occurrence of MgSiO3-ilmenite and amorphized (Mg,Fe)SiO3-perovskite in a shocked L5-6 chondrite

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    Sharp, T. G.; Lingemann, C. M.; Dupas, C.; Soeffler, D.

    1997-03-01

    A new assemblage of (MgFe)SiO3-perovskite (glass), MgSiO3-ilmenite, and ringwoodite in the melt veins of the ACFER 040 L5-6 chondrite. Although perovskite is no longer crystalline, it appears to have been the first mineral to crystallize from the melt, and therefore represents a higher crystallization pressure than the more common majorite-bearing assemblages in the melt veins of other shocked chondrites. Bright-field TEM images of the melt veins matrix in ACFER 040 are shown.

  6. Demonstration of Mg2FeH6 as heat storage material at temperatures up to 550 °C

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    Urbanczyk, R.; Meggouh, M.; Moury, R.; Peinecke, K.; Peil, S.; Felderhoff, M.

    2016-04-01

    The storage of heat at high temperatures, which can be used to generate electricity after sunset in concentrating solar power plants, is one of the most challenging technologies. The use of metal hydride could be one possibility to solve the problem. During the endothermic heat storage process, the metal hydride is decomposed releasing hydrogen, which then can be stored. During the exothermic reaction of the metal with the hydrogen gas, the stored heat is then released. Previous research had shown that Mg and Fe powders can be used at temperatures up to 550 °C for heat storage and shows excellent cycle stability over hundreds of cycles without any degradation. Here, we describe the results of testing of a tube storage tank that contained 211 g of Mg and Fe powders in 2:1 ratio. Twenty-three dehydrogenations (storage) and 23 hydrogenations (heat release) in the temperature range between of 395 and 515 °C and pressure range between 1.5 and 8.6 MPa were done. During the dehydrogenation, 0.41-0.42 kWhth kg-1 of heat based on material 2 Mg/Fe can be stored in the tank. After testing, mainly Mg2FeH6 was observed and small amounts of MgH2 and Fe metal can be detected in the hydride samples. This means that the heat storage capacity of the system could be further increased if only Mg2FeH6 is produced during subsequent cycles.

  7. Relationships between growth-bands and paleoenvironmental proxies Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca in hypercalcified sponge: A micro-laser induced breakdown spectroscopy approach

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    Fabre, Cecile [G2R, Nancy-Universite, CNRS, Boulevard des Aiguillettes B.P. 239 F-54506 Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France)], E-mail: cecile.fabre@g2r.uhp-nancy.fr; Lathuiliere, Bernard [G2R, Nancy-Universite, CNRS, Boulevard des Aiguillettes B.P. 239 F-54506 Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France)

    2007-12-15

    Long classified as coral hydrozoans, Chaetetids are now considered as a group of very shallow marine hyper calcified sponges. As corals do, they grow by adding calcium carbonate under their pellicular living body in such a rhythmic and regular way that we suspect that sclerochronology is possible, based on the hypothetical annual growth bands of their skeleton. Regarding to its accurate lateral resolution of 5 {mu}m by laser shot, micro-LIBS study was chosen to check its potential for such application. The LIBS apparatus is composed of a microscope coupled with a 266 nm Nd-YAG laser, delivering a 4 mJ-power per shot, and an ICCD camera. The acquisition of the spectra is made via the SE 200 spectrograph, on the large 190 nm to 1100 nm wavelength range. The entire longitudinal thin section of the specimen was analysed from the bottom to the top of the Ptychochaetetes section in a multi-elementary cartography for Ca-Mg-Sr elements. Sodium and Barium were also detected but trace amounts. The Mg/Ca concentrations are mainly between 400 and 600 mmol/mol considering an average value for each profile. This study shows that during the Ptychochaetetes growth, an obvious time-dependent heterogeneity in the chemical Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca composition can be observed. These variations demonstrate the possible use of this method for sclerochronological studies.

  8. Exigências de minerais para cabras durante a gestação: Na, K, Mg, S, Fe e Zn Minerals requirements of goats during the pregnancy: Na, K, Mg, S, F and Zn

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    Roberto Germano Costa

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de estimar a retenção e a exigência líquida dos minerais Na, K, Mg, S, Fe e Zn durante a gestação de cabras com um ou dois fetos. A estimativa de retenção foi baseada na diferença entre o total de cada mineral depositado no feto, útero, membranas, fluídos fetais e glândula mamária dos animais nas diferentes etapas da gestação e o total de cada mineral armazenado nas cabras vazias, utilizando-se o modelo de predição ln=A+Bx+Cx2, em que x=tempo de gestação. Os conteúdos de Na, K, Mg, S, Fe e Zn, durante as gestações de um e dois fetos foram de: 13,2 e 21,4 mg; 13,3 e 21,3 g; 2,1 e 3,7 mg; 5,5 e 9,3 mg; 575,5 e 981,0 mg; 112,6 e 164,7 mg nas gestações, resultando em exigências líquidas diárias de 0,13 e 0,11 g; 0,21 e 0,31 g; 0,06 e 0,11g; 0,17 e 0,21 g; 22,94 e 40,51 mg; 2,63 e 2,78 mg, respectivamente.This work was carried out with the purpose of evaluating the retention and the requirement of Ca e P minerals during the pregnancy of goats with one or two foetus. The estimate of retention was based in the difference between the total of each mineral stored in the foetus, uterus, membranes, fetals fluids and mammary gland of animals in the differents phases of pregnancy and the total of each mineral stored in the empty goats, using the model of prediction ln=A+Bx+Cx2, where x=time of pregnancy. The comparison of the estimative with the real values obtained show that the suggested model explained with coherence and precision the biological behavior of minerals retention during all pregnancy. The contend of Na, K, Mg, S, Fe e Zn was: 13.2 and 21.4 mg; 13.3 and 21.3 g; 2.1 and 3.7 mg; 5.5 and 9.3 mg; 575.5 and 981.0 mg; 112.6 and 164.7 mg in the pregnancy of one and two foetus, respectively, that resulted in a diary liquid requirement of 0.13 and 0.11 g; 0.21 and 0.31 g 0.06 and 0.11g; 0.17 and 0.21 g; 22.94 and 40.51 mg; 2.63 and 2.78 mg, respectively.

  9. Atomic-Scale Structure and Local Chemistry of CoFeB-MgO Magnetic Tunnel Junctions.

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    Wang, Zhongchang; Saito, Mitsuhiro; McKenna, Keith P; Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Ikeda, Shoji; Ohno, Hideo; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-03-09

    Magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) constitute a promising building block for future nonvolatile memories and logic circuits. Despite their pivotal role, spatially resolving and chemically identifying each individual stacking layer remains challenging due to spatially localized features that complicate characterizations limiting understanding of the physics of MTJs. Here, we combine advanced electron microscopy, spectroscopy, and first-principles calculations to obtain a direct structural and chemical imaging of the atomically confined layers in a CoFeB-MgO MTJ, and clarify atom diffusion and interface structures in the MTJ following annealing. The combined techniques demonstrate that B diffuses out of CoFeB electrodes into Ta interstitial sites rather than MgO after annealing, and CoFe bonds atomically to MgO grains with an epitaxial orientation relationship by forming Fe(Co)-O bonds, yet without incorporation of CoFe in MgO. These findings afford a comprehensive perspective on structure and chemistry of MTJs, helping to develop high-performance spintronic devices by atomistic design.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis and corrosion behavior of the protective coating on Mg-2Zn-Mn-Ca-Ce alloy

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    Dan Song

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Protective coatings were synthesized on the Mg-2Zn-Mn-Ca-Ce Mg alloy through the hydrothermal method with de-ionized water as the reagent. The coatings were composed of Mg hydroxide, generally uniform and compact. Hydrogen evolution tests and electrochemical tests in the Hanks’ solution demonstrated that the Mg(OH2 coatings effectively decreased the bio-degradation rate of the Mg alloy substrate. Microstructure observation showed that the coating formation on the secondary phases was more difficult than that on the α-Mg matrix, which led to micro cracks and pores on the secondary phases after drying. Over synthesizing time, the coating layer on secondary phases gradually becomes more compact and uniform. Meanwhile, owing to the thicker and more compact coatings, the corrosion resistance and protective efficiency were significantly improved with longer synthesizing time as well.

  11. Quasi-Chemical Viscosity Model for Fully Liquid Slag in the Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 System. Part II: Evaluation of Slag Viscosities

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    Suzuki, Masanori; Jak, Evgueni

    2013-12-01

    A model is presented that enables viscosities to be predicted reliably over the whole range of compositions and temperatures in the Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 slag system above liquidus in the temperature range from 1543 K to 2643 K (1270 °C to 2370 °C). Experimental procedures and data from the studies reported in the literature have been collected and critically reviewed with particular attention to the viscometry methods and possible contamination of slag samples to select reliable data points for further model development. Relevant revised formalism to describe the complex viscosity trends including charge-compensation effect of the Ca2+ and Mg2+ cations on the formation of tetrahedrally coordinated Al3+ was introduced. Parameters of the quasi-chemical viscosity model have been optimized to reproduce within experimental uncertainties most of the selected experimental data in the Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 system and all subsystems. This study is part of the overall development of the self-consistent viscosity model of the Al2O3-CaO-FeO-Fe2O3- MgO-Na2O-SiO2 multicomponent slag system.

  12. Tunnel magnetoresistance in thermally robust Mo/CoFeB/MgO tunnel junction with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    B. Fang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We report on tunnel magnetoresistance and electric-field effect in the Mo buffered and capped CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. A large tunnel magnetoresistance of 120% is achieved. Furthermore, this structure shows greatly improved thermal stability and stronger electric-field-induced modulation effect in comparison with the Ta/CoFeB/MgO-based MTJs. These results suggest that the Mo-based MTJs are more desirable for next generation spintronic devices.

  13. Spin-glass behavior of warwickite MgFeBO{sub 4} and CoFeBO{sub 4} crystals observed by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Lyubutin, I.S.; Korotkov, N. Yu.; Frolov, K.V. [Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography, RAS, 119333 Moscow (Russian Federation); Kazak, N.V.; Platunov, M.S. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, SB of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Knyazev, Yu. V. [Siberian Federal University, 660074 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Bezmaternykh, L.N. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, SB of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Ovchinnikov, S.G. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, SB of RAS, 660036 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Siberian Federal University, 660074 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Siberian State Aerospace University, 660014 Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Arauzo, A. [Servicio de Medidas Físicas, Universidad de Zaragoza, Pedro Cerbuna 12, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Bartolomé, J. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza and Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • Spin-glass behavior of MgFeBO{sub 4} and CoFeBO{sub 4} observed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. • Transition temperature T{sub SG} increases strongly with Co substitution. • Dynamical scaling theory near T{sub SG} is fulfilled. • Spin-glass behavior is explained as due to short range correlations. • Inclusion of Co increases exchange interaction and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. - Abstract: Single crystals of MgFeBO{sub 4} and CoFeBO{sub 4} warwickites were obtained. The effects of charge ordering and magnetic properties were investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Cation distribution over M1 and M2 nonequivalent sites and the average charge at the metal positions were established. Low temperature Mössbauer spectra reveal spin-glass behavior, with spin-freezing temperatures T{sub SG} of 15.2 and 33.2 K for Mg- and Co-warwickites, respectively, higher than that observed from the d.c. and a.c. magnetic susceptibility measurements. The difference is explained in terms of dynamical scaling theory. The specific shape of the Mössbauer spectra in the vicinity of the magnetic transition at T{sub SG} shows the difference between spin-glass and superparamagnetic behavior and demonstrates an overwhelming role of the exchange anisotropy in the properties of Mg-warwickite. In Co-warwickite the increase of magnetocrystalline anisotropy provokes an increase in magnetic viscosity.

  14. Dependence of the CaOx and MgOx Growth Rates on Solution Stoichiometry. Non-Kossel Crystal Approach

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    Chernov, Alexander A.; Rashkovich, L. N.

    2005-01-01

    Experimental data on step rates on the CaOx and MgOx faces are presented and discussed in terms of non-Kossel crystal growth theory. The theory well describes the major feature - maximum of the growth rate in stoichiometric solution. More precise analyses is needed to fit details of this dependence.

  15. Long-range interactions of excited He atoms with the alkaline earth atoms Mg, Ca, and Sr

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    Zhang, J.-Y.

    2013-04-05

    Dispersion coefficients for the long-range interactions of the first four excited states of He, i.e., He(2 1, 3 S) and He(2 1, 3 P), with the low-lying states of the alkaline earth atoms Mg, Ca, and Sr are calculated by summing over the reduced matrix elements of multipole transition operators.

  16. Surface reactivity and hydroxyapatite formation on Ca5MgSi3O12 ceramics in simulated body fluid

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    Xu, Jian; Wang, Yaorong; Huang, Yanlin; Cheng, Han; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2017-11-01

    In this work, the new calcium-magnesium-silicate Ca5MgSi3O12 ceramic was made via traditional solid-state reaction. The bioactivities were investigated by immerging the as-made ceramics in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different time at body temperature (37 °C). Then the samples were taken to measure X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy-dispersive spectra (EDS), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) measurements. The bone-like hydroxyapatite nanoparticles formation was observed on the ceramic surfaces after the immersion in SBF solutions. Ca5MgSi3O12 ceramics possess the Young's modulus and the bending strength and of 96.3 ± 1.2 GPa and 98.7 ± 2.3 MPa, respectively. The data suggest that Ca5MgSi3O12 ceramics can quickly induce HA new layers after soaking in SBF. Ca5MgSi3O12 ceramics are potential to be used as biomaterials for bone-tissue repair. The cell adherence and proliferation experiments are conducted confirming the reliability of the ceramics as a potential candidate.

  17. Structures and stabilities of alkaline earth metal peroxides XO2 (X=Ca, Be, Mg) studied by a genetic algorithm

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    Zhao, Xin [Ames Laboratory; Nguyen, Manh Cuong [Ames Laboratory; Wang, Cai-Zhuang [Ames Laboratory; Ho, Kai-Ming [Ames Laboratory

    2013-09-17

    The structures and stabilities of alkaline earth metal peroxides XO2 (X = Ca, Be, Mg) were studied using an adaptive genetic algorithm (GA) for global structure optimization in combination with first-principles calculations. From the adaptive GA search, we obtained an orthorhombic structure for CaO2 with 12 atoms in the unit cell, which is energetically more favorable than the previously proposed structures. Reaction energy of the decomposition CaO2 → CaO + 1/2O2 determined by density functional theory (DFT) calculation shows that this orthorhombic calcium peroxide structure is thermodynamically stable. The simulated X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern using our predicted structure is in excellent agreement with experimental data. We also show that crystal phase BeO2 is unlikely to exist under normal conditions. MgO2 has a cubic pyrite structure, but it is not stable against decomposition: MgO2 → MgO + 1/2O2.

  18. Evolution of Intermetallics, Dispersoids, and Elevated Temperature Properties at Various Fe Contents in Al-Mn-Mg 3004 Alloys

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    Liu, K.; Chen, X.-G.

    2016-12-01

    Nowadays, great interests are rising on aluminum alloys for the applications at elevated temperature, driven by the automotive and aerospace industries requiring high strength, light weight, and low-cost engineering materials. As one of the most promising candidates, Al-Mn-Mg 3004 alloys have been found to possess considerably high mechanical properties and creep resistance at elevated temperature resulted from the precipitation of a large number of thermally stable dispersoids during heat treatment. In present work, the effect of Fe contents on the evolution of microstructure as well as high-temperature properties of 3004 alloys has been investigated. Results show that the dominant intermetallic changes from α-Al(MnFe)Si at 0.1 wt pct Fe to Al6(MnFe) at both 0.3 and 0.6 wt pct Fe. In the Fe range of 0.1-0.6 wt pct studied, a significant improvement on mechanical properties at elevated temperature has been observed due to the precipitation of dispersoids, and the best combination of yield strength and creep resistance at 573 K (300 °C) is obtained in the 0.3 wt pct Fe alloy with the finest size and highest volume fraction of dispersoids. The superior properties obtained at 573 K (300 °C) make 3004 alloys more promising for high-temperature applications. The relationship between the Fe content and the dispersoid precipitation as well as the materials properties has been discussed.

  19. Crystallization of MgFe2O4 from a glass in the system K2O/B2O3/MgO/P2O5/Fe2O3

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    El Shabrawy, Samha; Bocker, Christian; Rüssel, Christian

    2016-10-01

    Spherical magnetic Mg-Fe-O nanoparticles were successfully prepared by the crystallization of glass in the system K2O/B2O3/MgO/P2O5/Fe2O3. The magnetic glass ceramics were prepared by melting the raw materials using the conventional melt quenching technique followed by a thermal treatment at temperatures in the range 560-700 °C for a time ranging from 2 to 8 h. The studies of the X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and FTIR spectra confirmed the precipitation of finely dispersed spherical (Mg, Fe) based spinel nanoparticles with a minor quantity of hematite (α-Fe2O3) in the glass matrix. The average size of the magnetic nano crystals increases slightly with temperature and time from 9 to 15 nm as determined by the line broadening from the XRD patterns. XRD studies show that annealing the glass samples for long periods of time at temperature ≥604 °C results in an increase of the precipitated hematite concentration, dissolution of the spinel phase and the formation of magnesium di-borate phase (Mg2B2O5). For electron microscopy, the particles were extracted by two methods; (i) replica extraction technique and (ii) dissolution of the glass matrix by diluted acetic acid. An agglomeration of the nano crystals to larger particles (25-35 nm) was observed.

  20. Ferrorhodonite, CaMn3Fe[Si5O15], a new mineral species from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

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    Shchipalkina, Nadezhda V.; Chukanov, Nikita V.; Pekov, Igor V.; Aksenov, Sergey M.; McCammon, Catherine; Belakovskiy, Dmitry I.; Britvin, Sergey N.; Koshlyakova, Natalya N.; Schäfer, Christof; Scholz, Ricardo; Rastsvetaeva, Ramiza K.

    2017-05-01

    The new mineral ferrorhodonite, a Mn2+-Fe2+ ordered analogue of rhodonite with the idealized formula CaMn3Fe[Si5O15], was found in the manganese-rich metamorphic rocks of the Broken Hill Pb-Zn-Ag deposit, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia. Ferrorhodonite occurs as brownish red coarsely crystalline aggregates in association with galena, chalcopyrite, spessartine, and quartz. The mineral is brittle. Its Mohs hardness is 6. Cleavage is perfect on {201} and good on {021} and {210}. The measured and calculated values of density are 3.71 (2) and 3.701 g cm-3, respectively. Ferrorhodonite is optically biaxial positive, with α = 1.731 (4), β = 1.736 (4), γ = 1.745 (5) and 2 V (meas.) = 80 (10)°. The average chemical composition of ferrorhodonite is (electron-microprobe data, wt%): CaO 7.09, MgO 0.24, MnO 32.32, FeO 14.46, ZnO 0.36, SiO2 46.48, and total 100.95. The empirical formula calculated on 15 O apfu ( Z = 2) is Ca0.81Mn2.92Fe1.29Mg0.04Zn0.03Si4.96O15. The Mössbauer and IR spectra are reported. The strongest reflections in the powder X-ray diffraction pattern [( d, Å ( I, %) ( hkl)] are: 3.337 (32) (-1-13), 3.132 (54) (-210), 3.091 (41) (0-23), 2.968 (100) (-2-11), 2.770 (91) (022), 2.223 (34) (-204), 2.173 (30) (-310). Ferrorhodonite is isostructural with rhodonite. The crystal structure was solved based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data and refined to R 1 = 4.02% [for 3114 reflections with I > 2 σ( I)]. The mineral is triclinic, space group P \\bar{1}, a = 6.6766 (5), b = 7.6754 (6), c = 11.803 (1) Å, α = 105.501 (1)°, β = 92.275 (1)°, γ = 93.919 (1)°; V = 580.44 (1). The crystal-chemical formula of ferrorhodonite inferred to be: M5(Ca0.81Mn0.19) M1-3(Mn2.52Fe0.48) M4(Fe 0.81 2+ Mn0.12Mg0.04Zn0.03) [Si5O15]..

  1. Influence of trace impurities on the in vitro and in vivo degradation of biodegradable Mg-5Zn-0.3Ca alloys.

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    Hofstetter, J; Martinelli, E; Pogatscher, S; Schmutz, P; Povoden-Karadeniz, E; Weinberg, A M; Uggowitzer, P J; Löffler, J F

    2015-09-01

    The hydrogen evolution method and animal experiments were deployed to investigate the effect of trace impurity elements on the degradation behavior of high-strength Mg alloys of type ZX50 (Mg-5Zn-0.3Ca). It is shown that trace impurity elements increase the degradation rate, predominantly in the initial period of the tests, and also increase the material's susceptibility to localized corrosion attack. These effects are explained on the basis of the corrosion potential of the intermetallic phases present in the alloys. The Zn-rich phases present in ZX50 are nobler than the Mg matrix, and thus act as cathodic sites. The impurity elements Fe and Mn in the alloy of conventional purity are incorporated in these Zn-rich intermetallic phases and therefore increase their cathodic efficiency. A design rule for circumventing the formation of noble intermetallic particles and thus avoiding galvanically accelerated dissolution of the Mg matrix is proposed. Copyright © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Impact of densification on microstructure and transport properties of CaFe5O7

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    Delacotte, C.; Hébert, S.; Hardy, V.; Bréard, Y.; Maki, R.; Mori, T.; Pelloquin, D.

    2016-04-01

    Monophasic CaFe5O7 ceramic has been synthesized by solid state route. Its microstructural features have been studied by diffraction techniques and electron microscopy images before and after Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) annealings. This work is completed by measurements of electrical and thermal properties. Especially, attention is focused around the structural and electronic transition at 360 K for which specific heat measurements have revealed a sharp peak. Densification by SPS techniques led to a significant improvement of electrical conductivity above 360 K.

  3. Floating zone growth and characterization of Ca 2Fe 2O 5 single crystals

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    Maljuk, A.; Strempfer, J.; Lin, C. T.

    2003-11-01

    We report the growth of inclusion and sub-grain free Ca 2Fe 2O 5 (CFO) single crystals by the floating zone method. Single crystals were successfully obtained with volumes of up to 1.0 cm 3. The X-ray rocking curve of the CFO single crystal has the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 0.065°. The oxygen content in the as-grown CFO single crystal was measured by the thermo-gravimetric (TG) method in Ar/H 2 flow. Two magnetic transitions at T1≈140 K and T2≈60 K were observed in the CFO crystal.

  4. Behavior of methyl orange and orange 10 (orange G) in the presence of hydrotalcite type compounds of Mg/Al and Mg/Fe; Comportamiento de naranja de metilo y naranja 10 (orange G) en presencia de compuestos tipo hidrotalcita de mg/Al y Mg/Fe

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    Cruz N, G.

    2015-07-01

    This work is focused on studying the sorption capacity of methyl orange dye (Nm) and orange 10 (N-10) in the presence of hydrotalcite type compounds of Mg/Al and Mg/Fe uncalcined and calcined previously at 500 degrees Celsius. Sorption isotherms were determined and the study of the kinetics of sorption was performed. The materials were characterized before and after sorption processes of these dyes by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, the specific surface area determination by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method, thermogravimetry coupled to mass and infrared spectrometry. The hydrotalcite type compounds reported in this paper were prepared in the laboratory and their acronyms are: HTMgAlG1, HTMgAlMO, HTMgFeG1 and HTMgFeG2. Note that in this work the best conditions for preparing compounds of Mg/Fe were found. From patterns of X-ray diffraction was identified the typical crystal structure of the hydrotalcite type compounds. By scanning electron microscopy the morphology could be determined in the form of flakes characteristics of these compounds. Likewise with elemental analysis of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy the presence of Mg, Al, Fe and C, elements of interest for this study was determined. The compounds presented a specific surface area relatively high from 80 to 120 m{sup 2}/g. Thermogravimetry results presented spectra of mass loss very characteristic associated to water losses, dehydroxylation and decarboxylation. The characteristic bands of water and carbonate were assigned by infrared spectroscopy and the bands corresponding to the dyes sulfonates were identified only for the calcined materials. The sorption capacities found of these compounds were as follows: for Nm in the compound HTMgAlG1 uncalcined was 17.82 mg/g for an initial concentration of 200 mg/L and for calcined (HTMgAlMOcal) of 99.8 mg/g with and initial concentration of 1000 mg/L. Moreover, the sorption capacity of the dye N-10 in this same material was 17.92 mg/g and 99

  5. The elemental, δ44Ca, and δ26Mg geochemistry of granite weathering at pH = 1 and T = 25°C

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    Ryu, J.; Jacobson, A. D.; Holmden, C.; Lundstrom, C.; Zhang, Z.

    2009-12-01

    We conducted a plug flow reactor experiment at pH = 1 and T = 25°C using the 45-850 μm size fraction of crushed Boulder Creek Granodiorite. The goal of the study was to improve understanding of granite weathering and constrain its influence on the Ca and Mg isotope geochemistry of terrestrial waters. Ultrapure, 0.1 N HCl was introduced at a flow rate of 0.051 mL min-1. Eluates were collected every 4 hrs for the first 24 hrs and every 24 hrs thereafter for a total of 3200 hrs at the time of writing. Elemental concentrations were measured by ICP-OES in solutions, mineral separates, and the bulk rock. Thin sections of the bulk rock were analyzed by electron microprobe to obtain additional information about mineral chemistry and modal abundances. When plotted versus time, concentrations of Al, Fe, K, Mg, and Si in the eluate display a rapid decrease followed by a rise, a brief steady-state, and finally, either a decay to zero or a new, lower steady-state. In contrast, concentrations of Ca, Na, and Sr display a rapid decrease followed by a nearly linear rise with time. All solutions are undersaturated with respect to secondary phases. We attribute the initial concentration decrease to the rapid dissolution of trace calcite and to leaching of freshly cleaved silicate mineral surfaces. Because biotite is the only Mg-bearing phase present in sufficient abundance to explain the total amount of Mg released after 3200 hrs, we infer the profiles for Al, Fe, K, Mg, and Si to mostly reflect biotite dissolution. Similarly, we infer the profiles for Ca, Na, and Sr to reflect plagioclase dissolution. The profiles are described using coupled conservation equations for the solid and fluid solved at non-steady-state using a 4th order Runge-Kutta numerical optimization scheme to minimize the residual sum of squares between measured and modeled data. The equations yield BET surface area normalized dissolution rates in good agreement with previous studies but also reveal the product of

  6. EFFECT OF DIFFERENT CaO/MgO RATIOS ON THE STRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BIOACTIVE GLASS-CERAMICS

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    M. U. Hashmi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of present work is to study the relationship between crystalline phases, microstructure and mechanical properties of bioactive glass-ceramics. For this purpose, glasses of composition (50-x CaO–34SiO2–14.5P2O5–1CaF2–0.5MgF2– xMgO (wt. % (where x = 4, 25 and 46 respectively were synthesized by conventional melt-quench method. Each glass was sintered according to the endothermal and exothermal peaks of differential scanning calorimetric (DSC data to form three glass ceramics termed G1, G2 and G3 respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD revealed crystalline phases of hydroxyapatite and wollastonite in G1 and G2, whereas in G3, a new phase ‘whitlockite’ was observed probably due to a greater concentration of MgO in this sample. Bulk density of the samples was determined by Archimedes principle. Scanning electron microscope (SEM data illustrated that the rate of densification of materials increased with the decrease of CaO/MgO ratio. Analysis of mechanical properties revealed that micro-hardness and bending strength of the samples increased with the increase in MgO content, which is in accordance with the results of XRD, SEM and bulk density.

  7. Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial Ru/Co2FeAl/MgO heterostructures

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Seki, Takeshi; Kubota, Takahide; Takanashi, Koki; Mitani, Seiji

    2016-01-01

    Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) in magnetic heterostructures is a key technology for achieving energy-efficiency electronic devices with ultralow power consumption. Here, we report the first demonstration of the VCMA effect in novel epitaxial Ru/Co2FeAl(CFA)/MgO heterostructures with interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions with the structure of Ru/CFA/MgO were fabricated and exhibited an effective voltage control on switch...

  8. Enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and its electric field-induced change through interface engineering in Cr/Fe/MgO.

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, A; Nozaki, T; Freindl, K; Korecki, J; Yuasa, S; Suzuki, Y

    2017-07-20

    Recently, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and its voltage control (VC) was demonstrated for Cr/Fe/MgO. In this study, we shed light on the origin of large voltage-induced anisotropy change in Cr/Fe/MgO. Analysis of the chemical structure of Cr/Fe/MgO revealed the existence of Cr atoms in the proximity of the Fe/MgO interface, which can affect both magnetic anisotropy (MA) and its VC. We showed that PMA and its VC can be enhanced by controlled Cr doping at the Fe/MgO interface. For Cr/Fe (5.9 Å)/Cr (0.7 Å)/MgO with an effective PMA of 0.8 MJ/m 3 , a maximum value of the voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) effect of 370 fJ/Vm was demonstrated due to Cr insertion.

  9. High-Pressure Study of Perovskites and Postperovskites in the (Mg,Fe)GeO 3 System

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    Stan, Camelia V.; Dutta, Rajkrishna; Cava, Robert J.; Prakapenka, Vitali B.; Duffy, Thomas S. (Princeton); (UC)

    2017-06-22

    The effect of incorporation of Fe2+ on the perovskite (Pbnm) and postperovskite (Cmcm) structures was investigated in the (Mg,Fe)GeO3 system at high pressures and temperatures using laser-heated diamond anvil cell and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Samples with compositions of Mg# ≥ 48 were shown to transform to the perovskite (~30 GPa and ~1500 K) and postperovskite (>55 GPa, ~1600–1800 K) structures. Compositions with Mg# ≥ 78 formed single-phase perovskite and postperovskite, whereas those with Mg# < 78 showed evidence for partial decomposition. The incorporation of Fe into the perovskite structure causes a decrease in octahedral distortion as well as a modest decrease in bulk modulus (K0) and a modest increase in zero-pressure volume (V0). It also leads to a decrease in the perovskite-to-postperovskite phase transition pressure by ~9.5 GPa over compositions from Mg#78 to Mg#100.

  10. Novel electrical conductivity properties in Ca-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Wang, X.; Wang, S. Y., E-mail: shouyu.wang@yahoo.com [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Liu, W. F., E-mail: wfliu@tju.edu.cn [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Xi, X. J. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Zhang, H. [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Guo, F. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Xu, X. L. [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Li, M.; Liu, L.; Zhang, C.; Li, X.; Yang, J. B. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China)

    2015-05-15

    The charge defective structure in Bi{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (CBFO, x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) nanoparticles (NPs) ranging from 140 to 25 nm as well as their relations to band gap and leakage current behavior are investigated. It is demonstrated that Ca doping effectively narrows the band gap from ∼2.16 to ∼2.02 eV, due to the appearance and accumulation of oxygen vacancy. Subsequently, enhanced electrical conductivity was obtained in these CBFO NPs, which leads to the appearance of a distinct threshold switching behavior in Ca-doped BFO NPs with higher conductivity at room temperature. Possible mechanisms for Ca doping effects on the electric conduction were discussed upon the interplay of NPs’ size effect and mobile charged defects on the basis of reduced particle size and the increased density of oxygen vacancy analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectrum.

  11. High temperature EPR study of the M3Fe4V6O24 (M = Cu, Zn, Mg and Mn

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    Guskos Niko

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR spectra of M3Fe4V6O24 (M = Cu, Zn, Mg and Mn compounds in high temperature range (293 K to 493 K have been investigated. The role of magnetic (Cu, Mn and non-magnetic (Zn, Mg ions in M3Fe4V6O24 structure in formation of magnetic resonance spectra was studied. Temperature dependence of EPR parameters: resonance field, linewidth and integrated intensity were examined. Similarities and differences in temperature behavior of these parameters has been discussed in terms of different relaxation mechanisms and magnetic interactions in the spin systems. An important role of additional magnetic ions (M = Mn or Cu in the M3Fe4V6O24 structure has been identified and its consequences considered.

  12. Shear response of Fe-bearing MgSiO3 post-perovskite at lower mantle pressures

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    METSUE, Arnaud; TSUCHIYA, Taku

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the shear response of possible slip systems activated in pure and Fe-bearing MgSiO3 post-perovskite (PPv) through ab initio generalized stacking fault (GSF) energy calculations. Here we show that the [100](001) slip system has the easiest response to plastic shear among ten possible slip systems investigated. Incorporation of Fe2+ decreases the strength of all slip systems but does not change the plastic anisotropy style. Therefore, pure and Fe-bearing MgSiO3 PPv should demonstrate similar LPO patterns with a strong signature of the [100](001) slip system. An aggregate with this deformation texture is expected to produce a VSH > VSV type polarization anisotropy, being consistent with seismological observations. PMID:23318681

  13. The synthesis and characterisation of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8}

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    Luo, Kun [Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3QR (United Kingdom); Hayward, Michael A., E-mail: michael.hayward@chem.ox.ac.uk [Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3QR (United Kingdom)

    2013-02-15

    The synthesis and characterisation of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} is described. Neutron powder diffraction data reveal LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} adopts an anion-vacancy ordered, 'triple layer' structure consisting of an OOT{sub L}OOT{sub R} stacking sequence of layers of (Fe/Ga)O{sub 6} octahedra (O) and (Fe/Ga)O{sub 4} tetrahedra (T), related to that of the 4-layer brownmillerite structures (a=5.4784(1) A, b=22.6780(4) A, c=5.6007(1) A, space group Pbma). The apex-linked chains of tetrahedra within structure of LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} exhibit a cooperative twisting distortion which alternates in direction between adjacent layers of tetrahedra, the first time such an arrangement has been seen in a triple-layer phase. Magnetisation and neutron diffraction data reveal that LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} exhibits two magnetic ordering transitions. On cooling below 550 K the phase adopts a state with short range antiferromagnetic coupling within each double layer of (Fe/Ga)O{sub 6} octahedra, but only weak coupling between layers. On cooling below 470 K full three-dimensional, G-type antiferromagnetic order is observed. - Graphical abstract: LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} adopts an anion-vacancy ordered, 'triple layer' structure consisting of an OOT{sub L}OOT{sub R} stacking sequence of layers of FeO{sub 6} octahedra (O) and GaO{sub 4} tetrahedra (T), in which the chains of apex-linked tetrahedra exhibit a cooperative twisting distortion which alternates in direction between adjacent layers of tetrahedra. On cooling below 550 K, LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} adopts a state with strong two-dimensional antiferromagnetic order within each double layer of FeO{sub 6} octahedra, but only weak coupling between layers. On cooling below 470 K full three-dimensional antiferromagnetic order is observed. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}GaO{sub 8} exhibits a novel anion-vacancy ordered triple-layer structure type

  14. Effects of Mg substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Co0.5Ni0.5-x Mg x Fe2O4 nanoparticle ferrites

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    R, M. Rosnan; Z, Othaman; R, Hussin; Ali, A. Ati; Alireza, Samavati; Shadab, Dabagh; Samad, Zare

    2016-04-01

    In this study, nanocrystalline Co-Ni-Mg ferrite powders with composition Co0.5Ni0.5-x Mg x Fe2O4 are successfully synthesized by the co-precipitation method. A systematic investigation on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of un-doped and Mg-doped Co-Ni ferrite nanoparticles is carried out. The prepared samples are characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The XRD analyses of the synthesized samples confirm the formation of single-phase cubic spinel structures with crystallite sizes in a range of ˜ 32 nm to ˜ 36 nm. The lattice constant increases with increasing Mg content. FESEM images show that the synthesized samples are homogeneous with a uniformly distributed grain. The results of IR spectroscopy analysis indicate the formation of functional groups of spinel ferrite in the co-precipitation process. By increasing Mg2+ substitution, room temperature magnetic measurement shows that maximum magnetization and coercivity increase from ˜ 57.35 emu/g to ˜ 61.49 emu/g and ˜ 603.26 Oe to ˜ 684.11 Oe (1 Oe = 79.5775 A·m-1), respectively. The higher values of magnetization M s and M r suggest that the optimum composition is Co0.5Ni0.4Mg0.1Fe2O4 that can be applied to high-density recording media and microwave devices. Project supported by the Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Physics Department of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia (Grant Nos. Q.J130000.2526.04H65).

  15. Strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at FeCoB/MgO interface with an ultrathin HfOx insertion layer

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    Ou, Yongxi; Ralph, Daniel; Buhrman, Robert

    The realization of robust perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in heavy metal(HM)/FeCoB/MgO thin-film heterostructures has enabled a pathway for the implementation of high density memory elements based on perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions, and also provides a platform for the study and control of domain walls and of novel magnetic chiral structures such as skyrmions in nanowire structures. Here we report on the achievement of more robust PMA in Ta/FeCoB/MgO heterostructures by the insertion of an ultrathin HfOx passivation layer at the FeCoB/MgO interface. This is accomplished by depositing one to two atomic layers of Hf onto the FeCoB before the subsequent rf sputter deposition of the MgO layer, which fully oxidizes the Hf layer as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. The result is a strong interfacial perpendicular anisotropy energy density as large as 1.7 erg/cm-2 without any post-fabrication annealing treatment. Similar results have been achieved with the use of W and Pt HM base layers. This work broadens the class and enhances the capabilities of PMA HM/FM heterostructures for spintronics research and applications.

  16. Synthesis of High-quality Single- and Double-walled Carbon Nanotubes on Fe/MgO Catalysts

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    Mehran B. Kashi

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Fe/MgO catalysts with three different iron contents (5, 10, and 15 wt.% were prepared by three catalyst preparation methods: impregnation, solution combustion synthesis, and co-calcination of metal ni‐ trates. The resulting catalysts were subjected to methane at 900°C in order to grow carbon nanotubes (CNTs. The powders and products were then studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD, differential thermal analysis (DTA, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. Formation of MgFe2O4 upon heating the catalysts to 900°C was confirmed by XRD. After the growth step, corresponding peaks of MgFe2O4 disappeared and metallic iron peaks appeared, indicating that MgFe2O4 is the responsible phase for production of iron nanoparticles. HRTEM images showed that the product on the 5 wt.% catalysts was mostly SWNTs and DWNTs with no evidence of carbon nanofi‐ bres or multi-walled carbon nanotubes on the co-calcina‐ tion catalyst. Furthermore, ID/IG ratios obtained from Raman spectra were all below 0.1, except for one sample, showing the good quality of the products.

  17. Mg/Ca and Mn/Ca ratios in benthic foraminifera: the potential to reconstruct past variations in temperature and hypoxia in shelf regions

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    J. Groeneveld

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Shelf and coastal regions are exceptionally important for many countries as they provide the main habitat for many economically important fish and shellfish species. With ongoing climate change and human-induced eutrophication the shelf regions are especially affected, resulting in increased temperatures and stratification as well as oxygen depletion of the bottom waters. In order to be able to predict the magnitude of these changes in the future, it is necessary to study how they varied in the past. Commonly used foraminiferal climate and environmental proxies, e.g., stable isotopes and trace metal/Ca ratios, that are applied in open-ocean settings are not necessarily applicable in shelf regions, either as faunas are significantly different or as conditions can change much faster compared to the open ocean. In this study we explore the use of Mg/Ca as paleothermometer and Mn/Ca as a potential proxy for changing dissolved oxygen conditions in bottom water on the benthic foraminifera Bulimina marginata and Globobulimina turgida. Living specimens were collected from the Skagerrak and the Gullmar Fjord (SW Sweden; the latter is hypoxic for several months a year. As the specimens were alive when collected, we assume it unlikely that any diagenetic coatings have already significantly affected the trace metal/Ca ratios. The Mg/Ca ratios are similar to previously published values but display much larger variation than would be expected from the annual temperature change of less than 2 °C. An additional impact of the difference in the calcite saturation state between the Skagerrak and the Gullmar Fjord could explain the results. Mn/Ca ratios from G. turgida can potentially be related to variations in dissolved oxygen of the habitat where the foraminifera calcify. Samples from the Skagerrak display increased Mn/Ca in specimens that lived deeper in the sediment than those that lived near the surface. G. turgida samples from the low-oxygen Gullmar Fjord

  18. Dissolution Behavior of Alumina-Based Inclusions in CaF2-Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 Slag Used for the Electroslag Metallurgy Process

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    Yanwu Dong

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Removal of non-metallic inclusions to CaF2-based slag is one of the most important functions of electroslag remelting. In this work, the dissolution behavior for alumina-based inclusions in CaF2-Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 slag has been investigated. Results indicate that the diffusion or permeability capacity of slag components into alumina particles is F−, Ca2+, Si4+, Mg2+, from strongest to weakest, for CaF2-Al2O3-CaO-MgO-SiO2 slag. Alumina inclusions react with F− in liquid slag at first and then react with CaO to form xCaO-yAl2O3 system. Subsequently, MgO substitutes for CaO to form a MgO-Al2O3 system layer surrounding the other product and reactant, and then enters the liquid slag. CaF2 can improve the dissolution capacity of slag to alumina inclusions. A complex region was formed between alumina-based particles and the slag, with different areas dominated by CaF2, CaO-Al2O3, CaO-SiO2 and MgO-Al2O3. The dissolution process of alumina particles in slag is different from the formation of compound inclusions originated from the Al-O deoxidization reaction.

  19. Comparative TPR and TPD Studies of Cu and Ca Promotion on Fe-Zn- and Fe-Zn-Zr-Based Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts

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    James Olusola O.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The present study demonstrates the effect of zirconium promotion on Fe-Zn-based catalysts to boost the active sites of Fischer-Tropsch (FT catalysts. The catalysts are also promoted by Cu and Ca and the active sites are examined using Temperature-Programmed Reduction (TPR with H2 and CO and Temperature-Programmed Desorption (TPD with NH3 and CO2. The results are presented as a comparative study between Fe-Zn- and Fe-Zn-Zr-based catalysts. The results show that addition of Zr to Fe-Zn catalysts increases the availability and dispersion of the precursor to the active sites and promotion with Cu and Ca independently and synergistically enhances reduction of Fe-Zn-Zr-based catalysts. The presence of Ca promotes carburisation, while Cu inhibits carburisation. The impact of the Ca and Cu on the surface acidity/basicity is governed by the nature of the interaction between the phases in the catalysts. The extent of reduction reflects the availability and dispersion of the precursor to the active phase, while the extent of carburisation will impact on the selectivity of the catalysts.

  20. Synthesis, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of powder metallurgy processed Fe/Mg2Si composites for biodegradable implant applications.

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    Sikora-Jasinska, M; Paternoster, C; Mostaed, E; Tolouei, R; Casati, R; Vedani, M; Mantovani, D

    2017-12-01

    Recently, Fe and Fe-based alloys have shown their potential as degradable materials for biomedical applications. Nevertheless, the slow corrosion rate limits their performance in certain situations. The shift to iron matrix composites represents a possible approach, not only to improve the mechanical properties, but also to accelerate and tune the corrosion rate in a physiological environment. In this work, Fe-based composites reinforced by Mg 2 Si particles were proposed. The initial powders were prepared by different combinations of mixing and milling processes, and finally consolidated by hot rolling. The influence of the microstructure on mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of Fe/Mg 2 Si was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used for the assessment of the composite structure. Tensile and hardness tests were performed to characterize the mechanical properties. Potentiodynamic and static corrosion tests were carried out to investigate the corrosion behavior in a pseudo-physiological environment. Samples with smaller Mg 2 Si particles showed a more homogenous distribution of the reinforcement. Yield and ultimate tensile strength increased when compared to those of pure Fe (from 400MPa and 416MPa to 523MPa and 630MPa, respectively). Electrochemical measurements and immersion tests indicated that the addition of Mg 2 Si could increase the corrosion rate of Fe even twice (from 0.14 to 0.28mm·year -1 ). It was found that the preparation method of the initial composite powders played a major role in the corrosion process as well as in the corrosion mechanism of the final composite. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Anoxic and Oxic Oxidation of Rocks Containing Fe(II)Mg-Silicates and Fe(II)-Monosulfides as Source of Fe(III)-Minerals and Hydrogen. Geobiotropy.

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    Bassez, Marie-Paule

    2017-12-01

    In this article, anoxic and oxic hydrolyses of rocks containing Fe (II) Mg-silicates and Fe (II)-monosulfides are analyzed at 25 °C and 250-350 °C. A table of the products is drawn. It is shown that magnetite and hydrogen can be produced during low-temperature (25 °C) anoxic hydrolysis/oxidation of ferrous silicates and during high-temperature (250 °C) anoxic hydrolysis/oxidation of ferrous monosulfides. The high-T (350 °C) anoxic hydrolysis of ferrous silicates leads mainly to ferric oxides/hydroxides such as the hydroxide ferric trihydroxide, the oxide hydroxide goethite/lepidocrocite and the oxide hematite, and to Fe(III)-phyllosilicates. Magnetite is not a primary product. While the low-T (25 °C) anoxic hydrolysis of ferrous monosulfides leads to pyrite. Thermodynamic functions are calculated for elementary reactions of hydrolysis and carbonation of olivine and pyroxene and E-pH diagrams are analyzed. It is shown that the hydrolysis of the iron endmember is endothermic and can proceed within the exothermic hydrolysis of the magnesium endmember and also within the exothermic reactions of carbonations. The distinction between three products of the iron hydrolysis, magnetite, goethite and hematite is determined with E-pH diagrams. The hydrolysis/oxidation of the sulfides mackinawite/troilite/pyrrhotite is highly endothermic but can proceed within the heat produced by the exothermic hydrolyses and carbonations of ferromagnesian silicates and also by other sources such as magma, hydrothermal sources, impacts. These theoretical results are confirmed by the products observed in several related laboratory experiments. The case of radiolyzed water is studied. It is shown that magnetite and ferric oxides/hydroxides such as ferric trihydroxide, goethite/lepidocrocite and hematite are formed in oxic hydrolysis of ferromagnesian silicates at 25 °C and 350 °C. Oxic oxidation of ferrous monosulfides at 25 °C leads mainly to pyrite and ferric oxides/hydroxides such as

  2. Anoxic and Oxic Oxidation of Rocks Containing Fe(II)Mg-Silicates and Fe(II)-Monosulfides as Source of Fe(III)-Minerals and Hydrogen. Geobiotropy.

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    Bassez, Marie-Paule

    2017-03-01

    In this article, anoxic and oxic hydrolyses of rocks containing Fe (II) Mg-silicates and Fe (II)-monosulfides are analyzed at 25 °C and 250-350 °C. A table of the products is drawn. It is shown that magnetite and hydrogen can be produced during low-temperature (25 °C) anoxic hydrolysis/oxidation of ferrous silicates and during high-temperature (250 °C) anoxic hydrolysis/oxidation of ferrous monosulfides. The high-T (350 °C) anoxic hydrolysis of ferrous silicates leads mainly to ferric oxides/hydroxides such as the hydroxide ferric trihydroxide, the oxide hydroxide goethite/lepidocrocite and the oxide hematite, and to Fe(III)-phyllosilicates. Magnetite is not a primary product. While the low-T (25 °C) anoxic hydrolysis of ferrous monosulfides leads to pyrite. Thermodynamic functions are calculated for elementary reactions of hydrolysis and carbonation of olivine and pyroxene and E-pH diagrams are analyzed. It is shown that the hydrolysis of the iron endmember is endothermic and can proceed within the exothermic hydrolysis of the magnesium endmember and also within the exothermic reactions of carbonations. The distinction between three products of the iron hydrolysis, magnetite, goethite and hematite is determined with E-pH diagrams. The hydrolysis/oxidation of the sulfides mackinawite/troilite/pyrrhotite is highly endothermic but can proceed within the heat produced by the exothermic hydrolyses and carbonations of ferromagnesian silicates and also by other sources such as magma, hydrothermal sources, impacts. These theoretical results are confirmed by the products observed in several related laboratory experiments. The case of radiolyzed water is studied. It is shown that magnetite and ferric oxides/hydroxides such as ferric trihydroxide, goethite/lepidocrocite and hematite are formed in oxic hydrolysis of ferromagnesian silicates at 25 °C and 350 °C. Oxic oxidation of ferrous monosulfides at 25 °C leads mainly to pyrite and ferric oxides/hydroxides such as

  3. Formation of Si-Al-Mg-Ca-rich zoned magnetite in an end-Permian phreatomagmatic pipe in the Tunguska Basin, East Siberia

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    Neumann, Else-Ragnhild; Svensen, Henrik H.; Polozov, Alexander G.; Hammer, Øyvind

    2017-03-01

    Magma-sediment interactions in the evaporite-rich Tunguska Basin resulted in the formation of numerous phreatomagmatic pipes during emplacement of the Siberian Traps. The pipes contain magnetite-apatite deposits with copper and celestine mineralization. We have performed a detailed petrographic and geochemical study of magnetite from long cores drilled through three pipe breccia structures near Bratsk, East Siberia. The magnetite samples are zoned and rich in Si (≤5.3 wt% SiO2), Ca, Al, and Mg. They exhibit four textural types: (1) massive ore in veins, (2) coating on breccia clasts, (3) replacement ore, and (4) reworked ore at the crater base. The textural types have different chemical characteristics. "Breccia coating" magnetite has relatively low Mg content relative to Si, as compared to the other groups, and appears to have formed at lower oxygen fugacity. Time series analyses of MgO variations in microprobe transects across Si-bearing magnetite in massive ore indicate that oscillatory zoning in the massive ore was controlled by an internal self-organized process. We suggest that hydrothermal Fe-rich brines were supplied from basalt-sediment interaction zones in the evaporite-rich sedimentary basin, leading to magnetite ore deposition in the pipes. Hydrothermal fluid composition appears to be controlled by proximity to dolerite fragments, temperature, and oxygen fugacity. Magnetite from the pipes has attributes of iron oxide-apatite deposits (e.g., textures, oscillatory zoning, association with apatite, and high Si content) but has higher Mg and Ca content and different mineral assemblages. These features are similar to magnetite found in skarn deposits. We conclude that the Siberian Traps-related pipe magnetite deposit gives insight into the metamorphic and hydrothermal effects following magma emplacement in a sedimentary basin.

  4. Time-domain analysis of spin-torque induced switching paths in nanoscale CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junction devices

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    Heindl, R., E-mail: ranko.heindl@sjsu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State University, San Jose, California 95112 (United States); Rippard, W. H.; Russek, S. E.; Pufall, M. R. [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, Colorado 80305 (United States)

    2014-12-28

    We performed thousands of single-shot, real-time measurements of spin-transfer-torque induced switching in nanoscale CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions having in-plane magnetizations. Our investigation discovered a variety of switching paths occurring in consecutive, nominally identical switching trials of a single device. By mapping the voltage as a function of time to an effective magnetization angle, we determined that reversal of a single device occurs via a variety of thermally activated paths. Our results show a complex switching behavior that has not been captured by previous observations and cannot be fully explained within the simple macrospin model.

  5. Fast and accurate determination of K, Ca, and Mg in human serum by sector field ICP-MS.

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    Yu, Lee L; Davis, W Clay; Nuevo Ordonez, Yoana; Long, Stephen E

    2013-11-01

    Electrolytes in serum are important biomarkers for skeletal and cellular health. The levels of electrolytes are monitored by measuring the Ca, Mg, K, and Na in blood serum. Many reference methods have been developed for the determination of Ca, Mg, and K in clinical measurements; however, isotope dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) has traditionally been the primary reference method serving as an anchor for traceability and accuracy to these secondary reference methods. The sample matrix must be separated before ID-TIMS measurements, which is a slow and tedious process that hindered the adoption of the technique in routine clinical measurements. We have developed a fast and accurate method for the determination of Ca, Mg, and K in serum by taking advantage of the higher mass resolution capability of the modern sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SF-ICP-MS). Each serum sample was spiked with a mixture containing enriched (44)Ca, (26)Mg, and (41)K, and the (42)Ca(+):(44)Ca(+), (24)Mg(+):(26)Mg(+), and (39)K(+):(41)K(+) ratios were measured. The Ca and Mg ratios were measured in medium resolution mode (m/Δm ≈ 4 500), and the K ratio in high resolution mode (m/Δm ≈ 10 000). Residual (40)Ar(1)H(+) interference was still observed but the deleterious effects of the interference were minimized by measuring the sample at K > 100 ng g(-1). The interferences of Sr(++) at the two Ca isotopes were less than 0.25 % of the analyte signal, and they were corrected with the (88)Sr(+) intensity by using the Sr(++):Sr(+) ratio. The sample preparation involved only simple dilutions, and the measurement using this sample preparation approach is known as dilution-and-shoot (DNS). The DNS approach was validated with samples prepared via the traditional acid digestion approach followed by ID-SF-ICP-MS measurement. DNS and digested samples of SRM 956c were measured with ID-SF-ICP-MS for quality assurance, and the results (mean

  6. Pengaruh Lama Miling Terhadap Sifat Absorpsi Material Penyimpan Hidrogen MgH2 yang Dikatalisasi Dengan Fe (The Role of Milling Time on the Absorption Behaviour of MgH2 Catalyzed by Fe

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    Mustanir Mustanir

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Hidrida logam berbasis MgH2 dengan sisipan 1 wt% katalis Fe telah berhasil disintesis dengan teknik ball milling. Hasil proses miling selama 80 jam menunjukkan bahwa ukuran butir material telah membentuk struktur nanokristal. Hal ini ditunjukkan oleh profil difraksi sinar-X dimana terjadi pelebaran puncakpuncak difraksinya dengan meningkatnya waktu miling. Hasil uji absorpsi secara gravimetrik diketahui bahwa MgH2 berkatalis 1 wt% Fe mampu menyerap hydrogen sebesar 5,5 wt% dalam waktu ~20 menit pada temperatur 300 oC. Hasil ini sekaligus memperlihatkan bahwa sejumlah kecil katalis Fe bekerja secara baik dalam memperbaiki sifat absorpsi material penyimpan hydrogen berbasis Mg.(Metal hydrides are of great interest as hydrogen storage media especially for automotive application. Hydrides of magnesium and magnesium alloys are particularly attractive as they combine potentially high hydrogen storage capacities, 7.6 wt%. But, unfortunately, the sorption properties are poor. For example, conventional hydrogenation of magnesium requires prolonged treatment at temperatures of 300 oC and above. Here, we report the absorption properties of MgH2 catalyzed with a small amount of Fe element (1wt% under argon atmosphere prepared by ball milling in 80 hours. As the results, it showed the influence of milling time on the absortion kinetics of material which could absorp hydrogen in amount 5.5 within 20 minutes at 300 oC. It is obvious that longer milling time and small amount of catalyst could improve the sorption properties of Mg-based hydrides. © 2009 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved[Received: 13rd November 2009, Revised: 25th December 2009, Accepted: 31st December 2009][How to Cite: M. Mustanir, Z. Jalil. (2009. Pengaruh Lama Miling Terhadap Sifat Absorpsi Material Penyimpan Hidrogen MgH2 yang Dikatalisasi Dengan Fe (The Role of Milling Time on the Absorption Behaviour of MgH2 Catalyzed by Fe. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 4(2: 69

  7. Pengaruh Lama Miling Terhadap Sifat Absorpsi Material Penyimpan Hidrogen MgH2 yang Dikatalisasi Dengan Fe (The Role of Milling Time on the Absorption Behaviour of MgH2 Catalyzed by Fe

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    Mustanir Mustanir

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Hidrida logam berbasis MgH2 dengan sisipan 1 wt% katalis Fe telah berhasil disintesis dengan teknik ball milling. Hasil proses miling selama 80 jam menunjukkan bahwa ukuran butir material telah membentuk struktur nanokristal. Hal ini ditunjukkan oleh profil difraksi sinar-X dimana terjadi pelebaran puncakpuncak difraksinya dengan meningkatnya waktu miling. Hasil uji absorpsi secara gravimetrik diketahui bahwa MgH2 berkatalis 1 wt% Fe mampu menyerap hydrogen sebesar 5,5 wt% dalam waktu ~20 menit pada temperatur 300 oC. Hasil ini sekaligus memperlihatkan bahwa sejumlah kecil katalis Fe bekerja secara baik dalam memperbaiki sifat absorpsi material penyimpan hydrogen berbasis Mg.(Metal hydrides are of great interest as hydrogen storage media especially for automotive application. Hydrides of magnesium and magnesium alloys are particularly attractive as they combine potentially high hydrogen storage capacities, 7.6 wt%. But, unfortunately, the sorption properties are poor. For example, conventional hydrogenation of magnesium requires prolonged treatment at temperatures of 300 oC and above. Here, we report the absorption properties of MgH2 catalyzed with a small amount of Fe element (1wt% under argon atmosphere prepared by ball milling in 80 hours. As the results, it showed the influence of milling time on the absortion kinetics of material which could absorp hydrogen in amount 5.5 within 20 minutes at 300 oC. It is obvious that longer milling time and small amount of catalyst could improve the sorption properties of Mg-based hydrides. © 2009 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved[Received: 13rd November 2009, Revised: 25th December 2009, Accepted: 31st December 2009][How to Cite: M. Mustanir, Z. Jalil. (2009. Pengaruh Lama Miling Terhadap Sifat Absorpsi Material Penyimpan Hidrogen MgH2 yang Dikatalisasi Dengan Fe (The Role of Milling Time on the Absorption Behaviour of MgH2 Catalyzed by Fe. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 4(2: 69

  8. Giant interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe/CuIn 1 -xGaxSe2 beyond Fe/MgO

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    Masuda, Keisuke; Kasai, Shinya; Miura, Yoshio; Hono, Kazuhiro

    2017-11-01

    We study interfacial magnetocrystalline anisotropies in various Fe/semiconductor heterostructures by means of first-principles calculations. We find that many of those systems show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) with a positive value of the interfacial anisotropy constant Ki. In particular, the Fe/CuInSe 2 interface has a large Ki of ˜2.3 mJ /m2 , which is about 1.6 times larger than that of Fe/MgO known as a typical system with relatively large PMA. We also find that the values of Ki in almost all the systems studied in this work follow the well-known Bruno's relation, which indicates that minority-spin states around the Fermi level provide dominant contributions to the interfacial magnetocrystalline anisotropies. Detailed analyses of the local density of states and wave-vector-resolved anisotropy energy clarify that the large Ki in Fe/CuInSe 2 is attributed to the preferable 3 d -orbital configurations around the Fermi level in the minority-spin states of the interfacial Fe atoms. Moreover, we have shown that the locations of interfacial Se atoms are the key for such orbital configurations of the interfacial Fe atoms.

  9. Enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and its electric field-induced change through interface engineering in Cr/Fe/MgO

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    Kozioł-Rachwał, A.; Nozaki, T.; Freindl, K.; Korecki, J.; Yuasa, S.; Suzuki, Y.

    2016-01-01

    Recently, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and its voltage control (VC) was demonstrated for Cr/Fe/MgO (Physical Review Applied 5, 044006 (2016)). In this study, we shed a light on the origin of large voltage-induced anisotropy change in Cr/Fe/MgO. Analysis of the chemical structure of Cr/Fe/MgO revealed the existence of Cr atoms in the proximity of the Fe/MgO interface, which can affect both magnetic anisotropy (MA) and its VC. We showed that PMA and its VC can be enhanced by controll...

  10. Review: geological and experimental evidence for secular variation in seawater Mg/Ca (calcite-aragonite seas and its effects on marine biological calcification

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    J. B. Ries

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Synchronized transitions in the polymorph mineralogy of the major reef-building and sediment-producing calcareous marine organisms and abiotic CaCO3 precipitates (ooids, marine cements throughout Phanerozoic time are believed to have been caused by tectonically induced variations in the Mg/Ca ratio of seawater (molar Mg/Ca>2="aragonite seas", <2="calcite seas". Here, I assess the geological evidence in support of secular variation in seawater Mg/Ca and its effects on marine calcifiers, and review a series of recent experiments that investigate the effects of seawater Mg/Ca (1.0–5.2 on extant representatives of calcifying taxa that have experienced variations in this ionic ratio of seawater throughout the geologic past.

    Secular variation in seawater Mg/Ca is supported by synchronized secular variations in (1 the ionic composition of fluid inclusions in primary marine halite, (2 the mineralogies of late stage marine evaporites, abiogenic carbonates, and reef- and sediment-forming marine calcifiers, (3 the Mg/Ca ratios of fossil echinoderms, molluscs, rugose corals, and abiogenic carbonates, (4 global rates of tectonism that drive the exchange of Mg2+ and Ca2+ along zones of ocean crust production, and (5 additional proxies of seawater Mg/Ca including Sr/Mg ratios of abiogenic carbonates, Sr/Ca ratios of biogenic carbonates, and Br concentrations in marine halite.

    Laboratory experiments have revealed that aragonite-secreting bryopsidalean algae and scleractinian corals and calcite-secreting coccolithophores exhibit higher rates of calcification and growth in experimental seawaters formulated with seawater Mg/Ca ratios that favor their skeletal mineral. These results support the assertion that seawater Mg/Ca played an important role in determining which hypercalcifying marine organisms were the major reef-builders and sediment-producers throughout Earth history. The observation that primary

  11. Synthesis and equation of state of perovskites in the Mg3Al2Si3O12- Fe3Al2Si3O12 system

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    Dorfman, S. M.; Mao, Z.; Shieh, S. R.; Meng, Y.; Prakapenka, V. B.; Duffy, T. S.

    2008-12-01

    Fe and Al are two of the most abundant minor elements in the lower mantle and may have significant effects on the stability and elastic properties of the region's dominant phase, MgSiO3 perovskite. In order to predict the chemical and physical behavior of lower mantle chemical heterogeneities enriched in Fe and Al, we investigated perovskites synthesized from pyrope-almandine garnet compositions at high pressures. Previous studies of this system above 30 GPa are limited, and no in situ studies were reported before in this pressure range (Ahmed-Zaid and Madon, 1995; Kesson et al., 1995;; Miyajima et al., 1999; Tateno et al., 2005). Five compositions along the Mg3Al2Si3O12 (pyrope)- Fe3Al2Si3O12 (almandine) join were examined: three natural garnets (Alm38, Alm54, and Alm73) and two synthetic garnet glasses (Alm90 and Alm100). X-ray diffraction experiments were performed using the laser-heated diamond anvil cell at the GSECARS (13-ID-D) and HPCAT (16-ID-B) sectors of the Advanced Photon Source. Garnet powders were mixed with 10-15 wt % Au (with Alm54, Alm73, Alm90, and Alm100) or Pt (with Alm38) as pressure calibrant and loaded between foils of NaCl as thermal insulator, pressure medium, and secondary pressure standard. All compositions were initially cold compressed to 74-77 GPa and then laser heated to 1820-2480K. Samples were decompressed gradually to 41-50 GPa with laser annealing at 5-10 GPa intervals. For Alm90 and Alm100, synthesis experiments were also carried out near 41 GPa and then the samples were compressed up to 76 GPa with laser annealing at 10 GPa intervals. Over the pressure range studied, all compositions formed orthorhombic GdFeO3- type perovskites, with trace CaCl2-type SiO2. The unit cell volume of the perovskite structure increases with iron content, with that of the almandine end-member composition 3% larger than that of pyrope-composition perovskite and 4% larger than the corresponding MgSiO3 perovskite. As with MgSiO3 perovskite, the a lattice

  12. Penentuan Kesadahan Ca 2+ dan Mg 2+ Pada Air Baku dan Air Resevoir Di PDAM Tirtanadi Instalasi Delituamedan

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    Harahap, Mahyusar

    2016-01-01

    Has conducted analysis on the raw water hardness and water reservoir in PDAM Tirtanadi Installation Delitua Medan. Mainly caused by water hardness ions - ions Ca2 + and Mg2+ , magnesium and calcium hardness is determined by titration method using Na2EDTA and indicators EBT to total hardness and mureksid indicator for the level of calcium. Magnesium hardness value is determined by the reduction in volume (ml) Na2EDTA titration the total hardness of CaCO3 with the volume (ml) Na2EDTA titration ...

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of CaMg2Fe16O27

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    . Magnetic Materials Volume 24 Issue 1 February 2001 pp 47-50 ... The molar magnetic susceptibility was measured in the temperature range 300–850 K and the results show that the compound is ferrimagnetic at room temperature.

  14. Combined modification of fly ash with Ca(OH){sub 2}/Na{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} and its adsorption of Methyl orange

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    Gao, Mengfan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, Shaanxi (China); Ma, Qingliang [Key Laboratory of Coal Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education and Shanxi Province, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi (China); Lin, Qingwen; Chang, Jiali [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, Shaanxi (China); Bao, Weiren [Key Laboratory of Coal Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education and Shanxi Province, Taiyuan 030024, Shanxi (China); Ma, Hongzhu, E-mail: hzmachem@snnu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119, Shaanxi (China)

    2015-12-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Alkali-salt combined treatment of FA by Ca(OH){sub 2}/Na{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} was studied. • FA/Ca(OH){sub 2}/Na{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} was used to treat MO wastewater. • FM{sub 2} show large BET specific surface area, pore volume and great affinity for MO. • The Freundlich isotherm and the pseudo-second-order kinetic model fit the best with the experimental results. - Abstract: Fly ash resulted during the coal burning for energy production is a waste that can be used in wastewater treatment for removal of dyes. Fly ash (FA) modified by Ca(OH){sub 2}/Na{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} was used as adsorbent for methyl orange (MO) wastewater treatment. The effect of parameters (contact time, dosage of adsorbent, initial concentration of MO) on MO adsorption are optimized. At the optimized conditions: 4.00 × 10{sup −3} g/mL of adsorbent, 50 mg/L MO, 40 min, the raw pH value (pH = 10), 99.2% color removal was achieved at room temperature. The thermodynamic and kinetic of the adsorption processes were also studied, and further discussed correlated with the surface structure (XRD) and morphology (SEM, BET). The results indicate that the Ca(OH){sub 2}/Na{sub 2}FeO{sub 4} modified FA can be used as an efficient and low cost adsorbent for removal of dyes.

  15. Model study of ATP and ADP buffering, transport of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+), and regulation of ion pumps in ventricular myocyte

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    Michailova, A.; McCulloch, A.

    2001-01-01

    We extended the model of the ventricular myocyte by Winslow et al. (Circ. Res 1999, 84:571-586) by incorporating equations for Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) buffering and transport by ATP and ADP and equations for MgATP regulation of ion transporters (Na(+)-K(+) pump, sarcolemmal and sarcoplasmic Ca(2+) pumps). The results indicate that, under normal conditions, Ca(2+) binding by low-affinity ATP and diffusion of CaATP may affect the amplitude and time course of intracellular Ca(2+) signals. The model also suggests that a fall in ATP/ADP ratio significantly reduces sarcoplasmic Ca(2+) content, increases diastolic Ca(2+), lowers systolic Ca(2+), increases Ca(2+) influx through L-type channels, and decreases the efficiency of the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger in extruding Ca(2+) during periodic voltage-clamp stimulation. The analysis suggests that the most important reason for these changes during metabolic inhibition is the down-regulation of the sarcoplasmic Ca(2+)-ATPase pump by reduced diastolic MgATP levels. High Ca(2+) concentrations developed near the membrane might have a greater influence on Mg(2+), ATP, and ADP concentrations than that of the lower Ca(2+) concentrations in the bulk myoplasm. The model predictions are in general agreement with experimental observations measured under normal and pathological conditions.

  16. Pressure-induced change of the electronic state in the tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2

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    Sakaguchi, Yui; Ikeda, Shugo; Kuse, Tetsuji; Kobayashi, Hisao

    2014-07-01

    We have investigated the electronic states of single-crystal CaFe2As2 under hydrostatic pressure using 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. The center shift and the quadrupole splitting were refined from observed 57Fe Mössbauer spectra using the single-crystalline sample under pressure at room temperature. A discontinuous decrease in the pressure dependence of the refined center shift was observed at 0.33 GPa without any anomaly in the pressure dependence of the refined quadrupole splitting, indicating a purely electronic state change in CaFe2As2 with a tetragonal structure. Such a change is shown to be reflected in the peak-like anomalies observed in the pressure dependences of the magnetic susceptibility at 0.26 GPa above 150 K. Our results reveal that this pressure-induced electronic state change suppresses the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition accompanied by an antiferromagnetic ordering. We further observed superconductivity in CaFe2As2 below ˜8 K around 0.33 GPa although our sample was not in a single phase at this pressure. These findings suggest that the electronic state change observed in CaFe2As2 with the tetragonal structure is relevant to the appearance of the pressure-induced superconductivity in AFe2As2.

  17. Investigation of Ca substitution on the gas sensing potential of LaFeO3 nanoparticles towards low concentration SO2 gas.

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    Palimar, Sowmya; Kaushik, S D; Siruguri, V; Swain, Diptikanta; Viegas, Alison E; Narayana, Chandrabhas; Sundaram, Nalini G

    2016-09-14

    The present work investigates the superior ability of LaFeO3 (LaFeO) and La0.8Ca0.2FeO2.95 (LaCaFeO) nanoparticles to detect 3 ppm SO2 gas. The influence of calcium substitution on the sensing behaviour of LaFeO has been studied. High resolution TEM images show that the particle sizes of LaFeO and LaCaFeO are less than 100 nm and SEM images show the agglomeration of interconnected nanoparticles. Both LaFeO and LaCaFeO crystallize in the orthorhombic crystal system with the space group Pbnm. Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data showed that LaCaFeO has lattice oxygen vacancies. In addition, magnetic refinements on both the samples have been carried out. The presence of lattice oxygen vacancies in LaCaFeO is qualitatively supported by Raman and XPS measurements. Electrical characterization showed increased conductivity for the LaCaFeO sample, influencing their sensing performance significantly. The LaCaFeO nanoparticles exhibit higher sensitivity, faster response time, rapid recovery time and good recyclability for sensing 3 ppm SO2 gas. This enhanced sensing behaviour is attributed to the increased oxygen vacancies in the lattice as well as the surface. As a consequence, increased active sites are created in LaCaFeO, promoting redox reaction between the analyte and the sensing material. The results demonstrated that while LaFeO is a good gas sensor, p-type substitution by Ca(2+) renders this material an improved resistivity based gas sensor to detect low concentration SO2.

  18. Gigantic perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of heavy transition metal cappings on Fe/MgO(0 0 1)

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    Taivansaikhan, P.; Odkhuu, D.; Rhim, S. H.; Hong, S. C.

    2017-11-01

    Effects of capping layer by 5d transition metals (TM = Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, and Au) on Fe/MgO(0 0 1), a typical magnetic tunneling junction, are systematically investigated using first-principles calculation for magnetism and magnetocrystalline-anisotropy (MCA). The early TMs having less than half-filled d bands favor magnetization antiparallel to Fe, whereas the late TMs having more than half-filled d bands favor parallel, which is explained in the framework of kinetic exchange energy. The Os capping, isovalent to Fe, enhances MCA significantly to gigantic energy of +11.31 meV/cell, where positive contribution is mostly from the partially filled majority d bands of magnetic quantum number of |m| = 1 along with stronger spin-orbit coupling of Os than Fe. Different TM cappings give different MCA energies as the Fermi level shifts according to the valence of TM: Re and Ir, just one valence more or less than Os, have still large PMCA but smaller than the Os. In the W and Pt cappings, valence difference by two, PMCA are further reduced; MCAs are lowered compared to Fe/MgO(0 0 1) by the cappings of the very early TMs (Hf and Ta), while the very late TM (Au) switches sign to in-plane MCA.

  19. Superconductivity in Sm-doped CaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Dong-Yun, Chen; Bin-Bin, Ruan; Jia, Yu; Qi, Guo; Xiao-Chuan, Wang; Qing-Ge, Mu; Bo-Jin, Pan; Tong, Liu; Gen-Fu, Chen; Zhi-An, Ren

    2016-06-01

    In this article, the Sm-doping single crystals Ca1 - x Sm x Fe2As2 (x = 0 ˜ 0.2) were prepared by the CaAs flux method, and followed by a rapid quenching treatment after the high temperature growth. The samples were characterized by structural, resistive, and magnetic measurements. The successful Sm-substitution was revealed by the reduction of the lattice parameter c, due to the smaller ionic radius of Sm3+ than Ca2+. Superconductivity was observed in all samples with onset T c varying from 27 K to 44 K upon Sm-doping. The coexistence of a collapsed phase transition and the superconducting transition was found for the lower Sm-doping samples. Zero resistivity and substantial superconducting volume fraction only happen in higher Sm-doping crystals with the nominal x > 0.10. The doping dependences of the c-axis length and onset T c were summarized. The high-T c observed in these quenched crystals may be attributed to simultaneous tuning of electron carriers doping and strain effect caused by lattice reduction of Sm-substitution. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11474339), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2010CB923000 and 2011CBA00100), and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100).

  20. Calcination temperature influenced multiferroic properties of Ca-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Dhir, Gitanjali, E-mail: gitanjali.thaprian@gmail.com; Uniyal, Poonam; Verma, N. K. [Nano Research Lab, School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala-147004 (India)

    2015-06-24

    The influence of Ca-doping and particle size on structural, morphological and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles has been studied. A sol-gel method was employed for the synthesis of nanoparticles and their particle size was tailored by varying the calcination temperature. Structural analysis revealed a rhombohedral distortion induced by Ca-substitution. The broadening of diffraction peaks with decreasing calcination temperature was indicative of reduction in crystallite size. The morphological analysis revealed the formation of agglomerated nanoparticles having average particle size ranging from 10-15 and 50-55 nm for C4 and C6, respectively. The agglomeration is attributed to high surface energy of nanoparticles. Ferromagnetism has been displayed by all the synthesized nanoparticles. Enhancement of saturation magnetization with Ca-substitution is attributed to suppression of spin cycloid structure by the reduction in size, lattice distortion and creation of oxygen vacancies by the substitution of divalent ion at trivalent site. Further, this value increases as a function of decreasing particle size. Strong particle size effects on magnetic properties of the synthesized nanoparticles are owed to increasing surface to volume ratio. All these observations are indicative of strong dependence of multiferroism on particle size.

  1. Elevated CO2 decreases both transpiration flow and concentrations of Ca and Mg in the xylem sap of wheat.

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    Houshmandfar, Alireza; Fitzgerald, Glenn J; Tausz, Michael

    2015-02-01

    The impact of elevated atmospheric [CO2] (e[CO2]) on plants often includes a decrease in their nutrient status, including Ca and Mg, but the reasons for this decline have not been clearly identified. One of the proposed hypotheses is a decrease in transpiration-driven mass flow of nutrients due to decreased stomatal conductance. We used glasshouse and Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiments with wheat to show that, in addition to decrease in transpiration rate, e[CO2] decreased the concentrations of Ca and Mg in the xylem sap. This result suggests that uptake of nutrients is not only decreased by reduced transpiration-driven mass flow, but also by as yet unidentified mechanisms that lead to reduced concentrations in the xylem sap. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  2. Thermal and catalytic cracking of ethylene in presence of CaO, MgO, zeolite and calcined dolomite

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    Taralas, G.; Sjoestroem, K.; Jaeraas, S.; Bjoernbom, E. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Chemical Technology

    1993-12-31

    The subject of the present work is to study the effect of catalysts such as calcined dolomite (CaO.MgO), CaO (quicklime), MgO and Zeolite (EKZ-4) on the cracking of ethylene in the presence and absence of steam. N-heptane, toluene, naphthalene, thiophene have been some suitable model compounds for studies of the thermal and catalytic decomposition of tar. Previous results showed that the reaction scheme of the thermal decomposition of n-heptane was consistent with the high yield of ethylene observed in thermal decomposition of n-heptane. The effect of the reactor wall and the ferric impurities in the dolomite are also subjects of the research in this study. The results may also throw some additional light on the nature of the gas-phase thermal and catalytic reactions occurring in the use of dolomite as tar cracking catalysts. 28 refs

  3. Circadian rhythm in concentrations of Mg, K, Ca and Mn in Japanese morning glory during flowering process

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    Ikeue, Natsuko; Tanoi, Keitaro; Furukawa, Jun; Yokota, Harumi; Okuni, Yoko; Nakanishi, Tomoko M. [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences

    2001-06-01

    Concentrations of 4 trace elements, Mg, K, Ca and Mn, in each tissues of Japanese morning glory were analyzed during the flower development. To determine the element amount, neutron activation analysis with gamma-ray spectroscopy was performed. In this study, we focused on the movement of the trace elements especially with short-day treatment. Each element showed its specific distribution in the parts of a plant. The concentration of each element was changed rhythmically within a day. It was noted that, in the apical bud, concentrations of Mg, Ca and Mn were decreased from 5 h (2 h before light was on) to 7 h and increased again after 9 h. (author)

  4. Control of temperature and aqueous Mg2+/Ca2+ ratio on the (trans-)formation of ikaite

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    Purgstaller, B.; Dietzel, M.; Baldermann, A.; Mavromatis, V.

    2017-11-01

    The calcium carbonate hexahydrate mineral ikaite (CaCO3 ṡ 6 H2O) has been documented in aquatic environments at near-freezing temperatures. An increase of the prevailing temperature in the depositional environment, results in the transformation of natural ikaite into less soluble calcium carbonate phases occasionally leaving calcite pseudomorphs in the sediments, which are considered as an indicator for primary cold water temperatures. Detailed understanding on the physicochemical parameters controlling ikaite (trans-)formation however, such as temperature and reactive solution chemical composition, are still under debate. In order to study the formation of ikaite, we conducted precipitation experiments under controlled physicochemical conditions (pH = 8.3 ± 0.1; T = 6, 12, and 18 ± 0.1 °C) at defined aqueous molar Mg/Ca ratios. The transformation of ikaite into anhydrous calcium carbonate polymorphs was investigated in solution and at air exposure. The obtained results reveal the formation of ikaite at temperatures up to 12 °C, whereas Mg-rich amorphous calcium carbonate precipitated at 18 °C. In contact with the reactive solution ikaite transformed into aragonite at aqueous molar Mg2+/Ca2+ ratios of ≥14. In contrast, ikaite separated from the Mg-rich solution and exposed to air transformed in all cases into calcite/vaterite. The herein obtained temperature limit of ≤12 for ikaite formation is significantly higher than formerly expected and most probably caused by (i) the high saturation degree of the solution with respect to ikaite and (ii) the slow dehydration of the aqueous Ca2+ ion at low temperatures. This result questions the suitability of calcite pseudomorphs (i.e. glendonites) as a proxy for near-freezing temperatures. Moreover, our findings show that the CaCO3 polymorph formed from ikaite is strongly controlled by the physicochemical conditions, such as aqueous molar Mg2+/Ca2+ ratio of the reactive fluid and H2O availability throughout the

  5. Understanding the composition-structure-bioactivity relationships in diopside (CaO·MgO·2SiO₂)-tricalcium phosphate (3CaO·P₂O₅) glass system.

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    Kapoor, Saurabh; Semitela, Ângela; Goel, Ashutosh; Xiang, Ye; Du, Jincheng; Lourenço, Ana H; Sousa, Daniela M; Granja, Pedro L; Ferreira, José M F

    2015-03-01

    The present work is an amalgamation of computation and experimental approach to gain an insight into composition-structure-bioactivity relationships of alkali-free bioactive glasses in the CaO-MgO-SiO2-P2O5 system. The glasses have been designed in the diopside (CaO·MgO·2SiO2; Di)-tricalcium phosphate (3CaO·P2O5; TCP) binary join by varying the Di/TCP ratio. The melt-quenched glasses have been investigated for their structure by molecular dynamic (MD) simulations as well as by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). In all the investigated glasses silicate and phosphate components are dominated by Q(2) (Si) and Q(0) (P) species, respectively. The apatite forming ability of the glasses was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy after immersion of glass powders in simulated body fluid (SBF) for time durations varying between 1 h and 14 days, while their chemical degradation has been studied in Tris-HCl in accordance with ISO 10993-14. All the investigated glasses showed good bioactivity without any substantial variation. A significant statistical increase in metabolic activity of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) when compared to the control was observed for Di-60 and Di-70 glass compositions under both basal and osteogenic conditions. Copyright © 2015 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Thermochemistry of MgCr2O4, MgAl2O4, MgFe2O4 spinels in SO2-O2-SO3 atmosphere

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    Anna Gerle

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The present paper investigates high-temperature sulphate corrosion of basic refractory ceramics containing magnesium spinels (MgAl2O4, MgFe2O4, MgCr2O4 and their solid solutions widely used in metallurgy, chemical, ceramic and glass industry. This group of refractories are exposed to a number of destructive factors during a working campaign. One of such factors is gas corrosion caused by sulphur oxides. However, gas sulphate corrosion of basic refractory materials containing magnesium spinels, which has a great practical meaning for the corrosion resistance of the material main components, is not sufficiently examined. This work presents a thermodynamic analysis of (MgCr2O4, MgAl2O4, MgFe2O4−SO2−O2−SO3 system aimed to calculate: i the standard free enthalpy of chemical reactions, ii the equilibrium composition of the gas mixture initially containing SO2 and O2 and iii sulphates equilibrium dissociation pressure and equilibrium partial pressure for the reaction of SO3 with the spinels to predict the temperature range of corrosion products’ stability. A thermochemical calculation provides information about equilibrium state in the analysed system. In real conditions the state of equilibrium does not have to be achieved. For this reason, the results of calculations were compared with experimental data. The experiment results were consistent with the theoretical predictions.

  7. Magnetization dynamics and interface studies in ion-beam sputtered Si/CoFeB(8)/MgO(4)/CoFeB(8)/Ta(5) structures

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    Raju, M.; Behera, Nilamani; Pandya, Dinesh K., E-mail: dkpandya@physics.iitd.ac.in; Chaudhary, Sujeet [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2014-05-07

    The interface roughness, Boron distribution in bulk CoFeB and at interface, Gilbert damping constant (α), and inhomogeneous broadening in ion-beam sputtered Si/CoFeB(8)/MgO(4)/CoFeB(8)/Ta(5) structures are found to be sensitive to the MgO growth process. The ion-assist and reactive growth processes that result in sharper interfaces of width ∼0.5 nm lead to smaller α of 0.0050 ± 0.0003 and 0.0060 ± 0.0002 and inhomogeneous broadening ΔH{sub 0} of 3 ± 0.3 and 1 ± 0.3 Oe, respectively. On the other hand, the post-oxidation method results in rough interface and higher retention of Boron in CoFeB leading to higher values for α and ΔH{sub 0} as 0.0080 ± 0.0006 and 5 ± 0.3 Oe, respectively.

  8. Effect of Mg, Ca, and Zn on stability of LiBH{sub 4} through computational thermodynamics

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    Lee, Sung Hoon; Manga, Venkateswara Rao; Liu, Zi-Kui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2010-07-15

    The effect of divalent metal-dopants, Mg, Ca, and Zn, on the stability of LiBH{sub 4} is studied by using the first-principles calculations and CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) modeling. The ground states of Mg{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}, Ca{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}, and Zn{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4} are shown to be I anti 4m2, F2dd, and I anti 4m2, respectively, through first-principles calculations. Positive enthalpy of mixing between Li and the alloying element is predicted, indicating unfavorable solubility of alloying elements in LiBH{sub 4} and thus offering possibility to decrease the stability of LiBH{sub 4}. The ionic sublattice model of (Li{sup +}, M{sup 2+}, Va){sub 1}(BH{sub 4}{sup -}){sub 1} is adopted for the metal substituted LiBH{sub 4} phase. It is observed that the addition of Mg or Zn has limited effect as the decomposition temperature is between those of LiBH{sub 4} and M{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4} for Mg and Zn substitutions. LiBH{sub 4} is destabilized with magnesium borides or LiZn{sub 4} formation but its decomposition temperature is higher than that of M{sub 1/2}BH{sub 4}. On the other hand, the addition of Ca significantly reduces the H{sub 2} releasing temperature due to the formation of highly stable CaB{sub 6}. (author)

  9. Industrial fluoride pollution of Jerbi grape leaves and the distribution of F,Ca, Mg, and P in them

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    Ben Abdallah, Ferjani; Elloumi, Nada; Mezghani, Imed; Garrec, Jean-Pierre; Boukhris, Makki

    2006-01-01

    Fluoride damaged leaves of the Jerbi grape vine tree (Vitis vinifera L) growing in the vicinity of a phosphate fertilizer manufacturing plant near Sfax, Tunisia, were used to study the distribution of the chemical elements F, Ca, Mg, and P in the leaves and stalks. Photosynthesis and the chlorophyll content of healthy leaf parts were also investigated to determine tolerance mechanisms of this species to fluoride. The subdivision of the necrotic zone into concentric necrotic halos evidently re...

  10. Sampling grids used to characterise the spatial variability of pH, Ca, Mg and V% in Oxisols

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    Maurício Roberto Cherubin

    Full Text Available Knowledge of spatial variability is an important factor to be considered in planning a program of soil sampling and crop management under precision agriculture (PA. In this context, the aim of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of the dimensions of sampling grids used in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil to characterise the spatial variability of the attributes pHwater, base saturation (V%, calcium (Ca and magnesium (Mg levels. The study was carried out on 30 agricultural sites located in the northern region of RS, having soils classified as Oxisols and managed using the tools of PA. The dimensions of the grids under study were: 100 x 100 m (10 areas, 142 x 142 m (10 areas and 173 x 173 m (10 areas. Soil was collected at a depth of 0.00 to 0.10 m. The data for pHwater, V%, Ca and Mg were subjected to exploratory statistical analysis and to geostatistical analysis by means of semivariograms. The areas showed high Ca (>4.0 cmol c dm-3 and Mg (>1.0 cmol c dm-3 levels and localised problems of soil acidity (pHwater <5.5 or V<65%, justifying the carrying out of liming at specific sites. For the geostatistical procedures, the sample grids used at the sites of the Oxisols managed under PA in RS are not efficient in capturing the scales of spatial variability of the attributes pHwater, V%, Ca and Mg, which could compromise the accuracy of corrective prescriptions for specific sites.

  11. Efficient KF loaded on MgCaAl hydrotalcite-like compounds in the transesterification of Jatropha curcas oil

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    Guzmán-Vargas, Ariel, E-mail: aguzmanv@ipn.mx [ESIQIE-IPN, Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Laboratorio de Investigación en Materiales Porosos, Catálisis Ambiental y Química Fina, UPALM Edif.7 P.B. Zacatenco, México D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Santos-Gutiérrez, Teresa [ESIQIE-IPN, Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Laboratorio de Investigación en Materiales Porosos, Catálisis Ambiental y Química Fina, UPALM Edif.7 P.B. Zacatenco, México D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Lima, Enrique [IIM-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito exterior s/n, Cd. Universitaria, 04510 México DF (Mexico); Flores-Moreno, Jorge L. [UAM-Azcapotzalco, Área de Química de Materiales, Av. San Pablo 180, Col. Reynosa Tamaulipas, 02200 México DF (Mexico); Oliver-Tolentino, Miguel A.; Martínez-Ortiz, María de J. [ESIQIE-IPN, Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Laboratorio de Investigación en Materiales Porosos, Catálisis Ambiental y Química Fina, UPALM Edif.7 P.B. Zacatenco, México D.F. 07738 (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • MgCaAl hydrotalcite-like compounds were synthetized. • After KF impregnation and calcination fluorinated species were detected. • Fluorinated species were stables and actives. • LDH composition and KF load effect were evaluated in biodiesel production. - Abstract: In this work a series of MgCaAl hydrotalcite-like compounds were synthetized by coprecipitation method at constant pH. In order to obtain the catalysts, the samples were modified with KF by incipient wetness impregnation at different wt%, after that, they were dried and calcined to obtain the mixed oxides. The effect of divalent cations ratio and KF load were studied in the transesterification reaction of Jatropha curcas oil to obtain biodiesel employing an inedible oil. XRD analysis showed typical diffraction patterns of LDH, by nitrogen physisorption the LDH mesoporous structure was also confirmed, {sup 27}Al NMR spectra showed bands at 10 and 88 ppm attributed to the Al coordination before and after thermal treatment. While for the impregnated samples after calcination the profiles exhibited the mixed oxide formation, in addition, another peaks appeared associated to the formation of various fluorinated species as shown by XRD, additionally, {sup 19}F NMR showed a main signal at −180 ppm indicating the presence of active tetrahedral aluminum fluoride species. The reaction evolution was monitoring calculating the oil conversion to biodiesel by integration of the signal spectra using {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy. The results of catalytic tests in transesterification reaction showed a direct correlation between Mg/Ca ratio and KF content in the oil conversion to biodiesel, the higher conversion was achieved (90%) when Mg/Ca = 1 and KF load was 30 wt%.

  12. Crystallization Kinetics of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO Slags

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    Esfahani, Shaghayegh; Barati, Mansoor

    Crystallization behavior of blast furnace slag is of great interest for generating value-added products from slag, such as cement feedstock, where the slag structure determines the material quality. Aided with a Hot Thermocouple Device, the kinetics of crystallization of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO slags was determined. The rate of nucleation and growth of crystals were measured for a range of slag basicities, temperatures, and hold times.

  13. Atomistic modeling to investigate the favored composition for metallic glass formation in the Ca-Mg-Ni ternary system.

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    Zhao, S; Li, J H; An, S M; Li, S N; Liu, B X

    2017-05-17

    A realistic interatomic potential was first constructed for the Ca-Mg-Ni system and then applied to Monte Carlo simulations to predict the favored composition for metallic glass formation in the ternary system. The simulations not only predict a hexagonal composition region, within which the Ca-Mg-Ni metallic glass formation is energetically favored, but also pinpoint an optimized sub-region within which the amorphization driving force, i.e. the energy difference between the solid solution and disordered phase, is larger than that outside. The simulations further reveal that the physical origin of glass formation is the solid solution collapsing when the solute atom exceeds the critical solid solubility. Further structural analysis indicates that the pentagonal bi-pyramids dominate in the optimized sub-region. The large atomic size difference between Ca, Mg and Ni extends the short-range landscape and facilitates the development of a hybridized packing model in the medium-range, and eventually enhancing the glass formation in the system. The predictions are well supported by the experimental observations reported so far, and could be of help for designing the ternary glass formation.

  14. Borophene as an anode material for Ca, Mg, Na or Li ion storage: A first-principle study

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    Mortazavi, Bohayra; Dianat, Arezoo; Rahaman, Obaidur; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Rabczuk, Timon

    2016-10-01

    Borophene, the boron atom analogue to graphene, being atomic thick have been just recently experimentally fabricated. In this work, we employ first-principles density functional theory calculations to investigate the interaction of Ca, Mg, Na or Li atoms with single-layer and free-standing borophene. We first identified the most stable binding sites and their corresponding binding energies as well and then we gradually increased the ions concentration. Our calculations predict strong binding energies of around 4.03 eV, 2.09 eV, 2.92 eV and 3.28 eV between the borophene substrate and Ca, Mg, Na or Li ions, respectively. We found that the binding energy generally decreases by increasing the ions content. Using the Bader charge analysis, we evaluate the charge transfer between the adatoms and the borophene sheet. Our investigation proposes the borophene as a 2D material with a remarkably high capacity of around 800 mA h/g, 1960 mA h/g, 1380 mA h/g and 1720 mA h/g for Ca, Mg, Na or Li ions storage, respectively. This study can be useful for the possible application of borophene for the rechargeable ion batteries.

  15. Sensitivity of hybrid Cymbidium (Orchidaceae to salt stress (MgSO4, CaCl2 and KNO3

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    Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid Cymbidium Twilight Moon `Day Light' is highly sensitive to salt (NaCl. This is not surprising given the natural growth locations of tropical and subtropical orchids, which usually receive clean, and unsalted water. However, to expand the potential culture of orchids using diluted salt water, or brackish water, there is interest in testing the response of orchids to different salts that occur in sea water or brackish water. In this study, the response of protocorm-like bodies (PLBs to three salts (MgSO4, CaCl2 and KNO3 was assessed. Unlike NaCl, neo-PLBs could form at higher concentrations of Mg2+, Ca2+ and K+ ions, with survival occurring at 50 mM. Although development was not optimum at this concentration of these salts, the ability to use diluted salt water or brackish water to induce orchid PLBs or to grow orchid plants would be an expansion of the possible culture conditions into developing countries or countries lined by the sea where access to clean or fresh water may be limited. Keywords: CaCl2, KNO3, MgSO4, PLB, polyamines, Teixeira Cymbidium (TC medium Abbreviations: NAA, á-naphthaleneacetic acid; PLB, protocorm-like body; PGR, plant growth regulator

  16. Enhanced luminescence in Mg2+ codoped CaTiO3:Eu3+ phosphor prepared by solid state reaction

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    Vandana, C. Sai; Rudramadevi, B. Hemalatha

    2016-05-01

    CaTiO3 phosphors doped with Eu3+ and codoped with Mg2+ were prepared by Solid State Reaction method. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, SEM with EDS, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The Crystalline phase and vibrational modes of the phosphors were studied using XRD pattern and Raman Spectrum respectively. The morphological studies of the phosphor samples were carried out using SEM analysis. From PL spectra we have observed two prominent red emission peaks around at 595 nm (5D0→7F1), 619 nm (5D0→7F2) with the excitation of 399nm for Eu3+ doped CaTiO3 powders. The PL intensity of CaTiO3:Eu3+ phosphor is enhanced significantly on codoping with Mg2+. The observed enhanced emissions are due to energy transfer from Mg2+ to Eu3+, which is due to radiative recombination. Eu3+ doped phosphors are well known to be promising materials for electroluminescent devices, optical amplifiers, and lasers.

  17. Effects of Mg nanopowders intergranular addition on the magnetic properties and corrosion resistance of sintered Nd-Fe-B

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    Li, Zhi-jie; Wang, Xiao-er; Li, Jia-yang; Li, Jia; Wang, Hong-zhi

    2017-11-01

    In order to improve the magnetic properties and corrosion resistance of sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets, the (PrNd)29.9Dy0.1B1Co1Cu0.15Febal (wt%) powders were mixed with Mg nanopowders, as grain boundary modifiers. For Nd-Fe-B magnets with 0.1-0.4 wt% Mg addition, the result showed that addition amount of 0.1 wt% Mg, Hcj reaches the maximum value of 999.1 kA/m, Br reaches 1.436T, (BH)max reaches 396.9 kJ/m3 and magnet density is 7.42 g/cm3, which are related to the microstructural modification of grain boundaries and the magnet density. Effects of Mg addition on corrosion behavior in sulphuric acid and sodium chloride solution were researched by electrochemical workstation. With increase of Mg addition level, the magnet turns to have a higher corrosion potential and lower corrosion current density, the corrosion poverty is improved. However, temperature coefficient remained nearly unchanged with Mg addition.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of polycrystalline brownmillerite cobalt doped Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Dhankhar, Suchita; Baskar, K.; Singh, Shubra, E-mail: shubra6@gmail.com [Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, Chennai-600 025 (India); Bhalerao, Gopal [UGC-DAE CSR Kalpakkam node, Kalpakkam-603104 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Brownmillerite compounds with general formula A{sub 2}BB’O{sub 5} (BB’ = Mn, Al, Fe, Co) have attracted attention in wide range of applications such as in solid oxide fuel cell, oxygen separation membrane and photocatalysis. Brownmillerite compounds have unique structure with alternate layers of BO{sub 6} octahedral layers and BO{sub 4} tetrahedral layers. Presence of dopants like Co in place of Fe increases oxygen vacancies. In the present work we have synthesized polycrystalline Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} and Ca{sub 2}Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 5} (x = 0.01, 0.03) by citrate combustion route. The as prepared samples were characterized by XRD using PANalytical X’Pert System, DRS (Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy) and SEM (Scanning electron microscopy).

  19. Fundamental Study of the Development and Evaluation of Biodegradable Mg-Y-Ca-Zr Alloys as Novel Implant Materials

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    Da-Tren Chou

    Degradable metals hold considerable promise as materials which exhibit higher mechanical properties than degradable polymers while corroding over time to alleviate complications such as stress-shielding and infection that is inherent to permanent, bioinert metallic biomaterials. Specifically, degradable magnesium (Mg) alloys have emerged as a promising alternative for orthopedic and craniofacial applications due to their positive bone remodeling behavior, good biocompatibility, and relatively high strength compared to polymers while exhibiting similar stiffness to natural bone. Increasing the strength to maintain device integrity during degradation while simultaneously controlling the rapid corrosion of Mg to reduce the risk of hydrogen gas accumulation and toxicity are ongoing paramount goals for optimizing Mg alloys for musculoskeletal applications. In order to address these goals, novel Mg-Y-Ca-Zr based alloys were developed with alloying elements judiciously selected to impart favorable properties. Processing techniques including solution heat treatment combined with hot extrusion were employed to further enhance the desired properties of the material namely, controlled corrosion, high strength and ductility, and minimal toxic response. Increasing the Y content contributed to improved corrosion resistance yielding corrosion rates similar to commercial Mg alloys. Hot extrusion was employed to reduce the grain size, thereby improving mechanical properties through the Hall-Petch relation. Extrusion yielded extremely high strength relative to other Mg alloys, values approaching that of iron-based alloys, due to the presence of Mg12YZn, a long period stacking order phase that served to impede dislocation propagation. Both as-cast and extruded Mg-Y-Ca-Zr alloys demonstrated excellent in vitro cytocompatibility eliciting high viability and proliferation of MC3T3 pre-osteoblast cells and human mesenchymal stem cells. Alloying elements Y and Zr were specifically shown

  20. Forging of cast Mg-3Sn-2Ca-0.4Al-0.4Si magnesium alloy using processing map

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    Rao, K. P.; Suresh, K.; Prasad, Y. V. R. K. [University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China); Hort, N.; Kainer, K. U. [Magnesium Innovation Centre, Geesthacht (Germany)

    2016-06-15

    Mg-3Sn-2Ca (TX32) alloy has good creep resistance but limited workability. Minor amounts of Al and Si have been added to TX32 for improving its hot workability. The processing map for the TX32-0.4Al-0.4Si alloy exhibited two workability domains in the temperature and strain rate ranges: (1) 310-415.deg.C/0.0003-0.003 s-1 and (2) 430-500.deg.C/0.003-3 s-1. The alloy exhibited flow instability at temperatures < 350.deg.C at strain rates > 0.01 s-1. The alloy has been forged to produce a cup shape component to validate these findings of processing map. Finite-element (FE) simulation has been performed for obtaining the local variations of strain and strain rate within the forging. The microstructures of the forged components under the optimal domain conditions revealed dynamically recrystallized grains, and those forged in the flow instability regime have fractured and exhibited flow localization bands and cracks. The experimental load stroke curves correlated well with those obtained by FE simulation.

  1. Phase Diagram of Al-Ca-Mg-Si System and Its Application for the Design of Aluminum Alloys with High Magnesium Content

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    Nikolay A. Belov

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The phase transformations in the Al-Ca-Mg-Si system have been studied using thermodynamic calculations and experimental methods. We show that at 10% Magnesium (Mg, depending on the concentrations of calcium (Ca and silicon (Si, the following phases crystallize first (apart from the aluminum (Al solid solution: Al4Ca, Mg2Si, and Al2CaSi2. We have found that the major part of the calculated concentration range is covered by the region of the primary crystallization of the Al2CaSi2 phase. Regardless of the Ca and Si content, the solidification of the aluminum-magnesium alloys ends with the following nonvariant eutectic reaction: L → (Al + Al4Ca + Mg2Si + Al3Mg2. With respect to the temperature and composition of the liquid phase, this reaction is close to the eutectic reaction in the Al-Mg binary system. The addition of Ca and Si to the Al-10% Mg base alloy increases its hardness, reduces its density, and has no negative influence on its corrosion resistance. We have also established that the near-eutectic alloy containing about 3% Ca and 1% Si has the optimum structure.

  2. Superconducting fluctuation effect in CaFe0.88Co0.12AsF

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    Xiao, H.; Gao, B.; Ma, Y. H.; Li, X. J.; Mu, G.; Hu, T.

    2016-11-01

    Out-of-plane angular dependent torque measurements were performed on CaFe0.88Co0.12AsF single crystals. Superconducting fluctuations, featured by magnetic field enhanced and exponential temperature dependent diamagnetism, are observed above the superconducting transition temperature T c, which is similar to that of cuprate superconductors, but less pronounced. In addition, the ratio of T c versus superfluid density follows well the Uemura line of high-T c cuprates, which suggests the exotic nature of the superconductivity in CaFe0.88Co0.12AsF.

  3. Steam reforming of biomass tar producing H2-rich gases over Ni/MgOx/CaO1-x catalyst.

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    Li, Chunshan; Hirabayashi, Daisuke; Suzuki, Kenzi

    2010-01-01

    Series nickel catalysts Ni/MgO(x)/CaO(1-)(x) (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.7, Ni: 5 wt%) were prepared and tested in fixed-bed reactor for biomass tar steam reforming, toluene as tar destruction model compound. Different ratios of MgO and CaO were mixed to simulate dolomite as Ni support. Two preparation methods: solid mixing with (SMW) and without water (SM) were used, the preparation methods and concentration of MgO had an important influence on toluene conversion and products. Catalysts prepared by SM method exhibited higher performance on toluene conversion, resulted in higher H(2) yield, and also, higher CO(2) and lower CO selectivity with higher temperature. For the same preparation method, higher concentration of MgO resulted in higher toluene conversion, and also influence on CO, CO(2) selectivity, but no obvious influence on the H(2) yield. Catalysts were characterized by BET, X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM.

  4. Influence of Ca2+ and Mg2+ on the thermotropic behaviour and permeability properties of liposomes prepared from dimyristoyl phosphatidylglycerol and mixtures of dimyristoyl phosphatidylglycerol and dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine

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    Dijck, P.W.M. van; Ververgaert, P.H.J.Th.; Verkleij, A.J.; Deenen, L.L.M. van; Gier, J. de

    1975-01-01

    1. 1. Calorimetric experiments showed a marked effect of Ca2+ and Mg2+ on the thermotropic behaviour of dimyristoyl phosphatidylglycerol. 2. 2. Concentrations of Ca2+ and Mg2+ lower than 1 ion to 2 molecules of phosphatidylglycerol produced a shift of the phase transition to higher temperatures

  5. Electromagnetic properties of LaCa3Fe5Oi2 in the microwave range

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    Golenkina, V. V.; Ghyngazov, S. A.; Suslyaev, V. I.; Korovin, E. Yu; Kuleshov, G. E.; Kaykenov, D. A.; Mustafin, E. S.; Mylnikova, T. S.

    2016-02-01

    The X-ray diffraction analysis of the LaCa3Fe5O12 ferrite (lanthanum ferrite) prepared through high-temperature synthesis via ceramic technology was performed. It was found that ferrites belong to tetragonal system. The electromagnetic response from a flat layer of the composite based on this material under electromagnetic radiation in the frequency range of 0.01-18 GHz was investigated. It is shown that the developed material effectively interacts with electromagnetic radiation. The interaction effectiveness is directly proportional to ferrite concentration. Increased concentration of ferrite leads to growth of the reflection coefficient due to high conductivity of the material and visible decrease in the transmission coefficient in the frequency range of 4-14 GHz.

  6. Solitary Magnons in the S =5/2 Antiferromagnet CaFe2O4

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    Stock, C.; Rodriguez, E. E.; Lee, N.; Green, M. A.; Demmel, F.; Ewings, R. A.; Fouquet, P.; Laver, M.; Niedermayer, Ch.; Su, Y.; Nemkovski, K.; Rodriguez-Rivera, J. A.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2016-07-01

    CaFe2O4 is a S =5/2 anisotropic antiferromagnet based upon zig-zag chains having two competing magnetic structures, denoted as the A (↑↑↓↓) and B (↑↓↑↓) phases, which differ by the c -axis stacking of ferromagnetic stripes. We apply neutron scattering to demonstrate that the competing A and B phase order parameters result in magnetic antiphase boundaries along c which freeze on the time scale of ˜1 ns at the onset of magnetic order at 200 K. Using high resolution neutron spectroscopy, we find quantized spin wave levels and measure 9 such excitations localized in regions ˜1 - 2 c -axis lattice constants in size. We discuss these in the context of solitary magnons predicted to exist in anisotropic systems. The magnetic anisotropy affords both competing A +B orders as well as localization of spin excitations in a classical magnet.

  7. Dielectric behaviour of MgFe2O4 prepared from chemically ...

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    Abstract. Chemically beneficiated high silica/alumina iron ore rejects (27–76% Fe2O3) were used to synthesize iron oxides of purity 96–98% with SiO2/Al2O3 ratio reduced to 0⋅03. The major impurities on chemical beneficiations were Al, Si, and Mn in the range 2–3%. A 99⋅73% purity Fe2O3 was also prepared by.

  8. Dielectric behaviour of MgFe2O4 prepared from chemically ...

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    Chemically beneficiated high silica/alumina iron ore rejects (27–76% Fe2O3) were used to synthesize iron oxides of purity 96–98% with SiO2/Al2O3 ratio reduced to 0.03. The major impurities on chemical beneficiations were Al, Si, and Mn in the range 2–3%. A 99.73% purity Fe2O3 was also prepared by solvent extraction ...

  9. Enhanced Mechanical Properties of MgZnCa Bulk Metallic Glass Composites with Ti-Particle Dispersion

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    Pei Chun Wong

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Rod samples of Mg60Zn35Ca5 bulk metallic glass composites (BMGCs dispersed with Ti particles have been successfully fabricated via injection casting. The glass forming ability (GFA and the mechanical properties of these Mg-based BMGCs have been systematically investigated as a function of the volume fraction (Vf of Ti particles. The results showed that the compressive ductility increased with Vf. The mechanical performance of these BMGCs, with up to 5.4% compressive failure strain and 1187 MPa fracture strength at room temperature, can be obtained for the Mg-based BMGCs with 50 vol % Ti particles, suggesting that these dispersed Ti particles can absorb the energy of the crack propagations and can induce branches of the primary shear band into multiple secondary shear bands. It follows that further propagation of the shear band is blocked, enhancing the overall plasticity.

  10. Fabrication of MgAl2O4 Thin Films on Ferromagnetic Heusler Alloy Fe2CrSi by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    Fukatani, Naoto; Inagaki, Keima; Mari, Kenichiro; Fujita, Hirohito; Miyawaki, Tetsuta; Ueda, Kenji; Asano, Hidefumi

    2012-02-01

    Epitaxial MgAl2O4 thin films were grown on Heusler alloy Fe2CrSi by reactive magnetron sputtering of a MgAl2 target in an O2+Ar atmosphere. To grow MgAl2O4 on Fe2CrSi, we inserted a protective layer of MgAl2 between Fe2CrSi and MgAl2O4 to prevent Fe2CrSi from being oxidized. Growth of MgAl2O4 was found to be very sensitive to the MgAl2 thickness and PO2 during deposition of MgAl2O4. A strong XRD peak of MgAl2O4 (004) was observed with an ultrathin (0.2 nm) MgAl2 layer. The saturation magnetic moment of Fe2CrSi was measured to be 370 emu/cm3 (1.84 µB/f.u.) at room temperature and it is expected to have a high spin polarization. The Fe2CrSi/MgAl2O4 heterostructure is promising for use in future spintronic devices.

  11. Slurry nebulization ICP-OES for the determination of Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn and Zn in bovine liver

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    Ntebogeng S. Mokgalaka

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A method that involves analysis of bovine liver by slurry nebulization and ICP-OES has been developed. This method permits rapid and accurate determination of Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn and Zn in bovine liver. Aliquots of freeze-dried and powdered bovine liver sample were dispersed in 2.0 M HNO3 and sonicated to homogenize the resulting slurries. Bovine liver samples were also microwave digested or subjected to aqueous extraction for comparison of analytical results. Concentrations of Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn and Zn in aqueous slurries, the digests, and aqueous extracts were determined by the ICP-OES using external calibration curves. A student’s t-test showed that the results obtained using the slurry method were in good agreement at 95 % confidence level (CL with those of microwave digestion or aqueous extraction techniques, except for Fe. To check the accuracy and precision of the slurry method, a bovine liver CRM was analyzed and good agreement was achieved with the certified values at 95 % CL. The results demonstrate inefficiency of aqueous extraction technique for complete removal of Fe in bovine liver sample.

  12. Purification of the synaptosomal plasma membrane (Ca(2+) + Mg(2+))-ATPase from pig brain.

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    Salvador, J M; Mata, A M

    1996-04-01

    The Ca(2+)-ATPase from the synaptosomal plasma membrane has been purified nearly to homogeneity from pig brain by a new procedure involving the calmodulin-affinity-chromatography technique. This is a convenient alternative to the standard methods for the purification of the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase from different sources that were unsuitable to purify the enzyme from pig brain. The main feature of this procedure is the use of 15% (v/v) glycerol as stabilizing agent, instead of acidic phospholipid. By using this protocol the enzyme was purified 36-fold with respect to the plasma membrane vesicle fraction, showing a specific activity of 2.3 i.u. in the presence of acidic phospholipid. In SDS/PAGE, it appears as a single protein band around Mr140 000 that can be phosphorylated by [gamma-(32)P]ATP in the presence of La(3+) and recognized by specific antibodies against the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase from pig antral smooth muscle. Calmodulin activates the enzyme 1.5-1.8-fold in the presence of phosphatidylcholine but not in the presence of phosphatidylserine.

  13. New, fast corroding high ductility Mg-Bi-Ca and Mg-Bi-Si alloys, with no clinically observable gas formation in bone implants

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    Remennik, S., E-mail: saggym@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Bartsch, I.; Willbold, E.; Witte, F. [Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Clinic, Hannover Medical School, Anna-von-Borries-Str. 1-7, 30625 Hannover (Germany); Shechtman, D. [Department of Materials Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); MSE, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Biodegradable, biocompatible and highly ductile Mg alloys based on the Mg-Bi system have been produced by rapid solidification and extrusion processes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The implants corroded fast within the first 4 weeks after implantation in rabbit bone, but no gas formation has been clinically observed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The corrosion rate could be significantly reduced in vitro and in vivo by using high purity magnesium for the alloy production. - Abstract: Current approaches to initial corrosion rate reduction of biodegradable magnesium alloys include alloying with rare earth elements, mechanical processing, coatings and the use of metallic glasses. The latter has limited ductility needed for implant adaptively to various surgery procedures. Furthermore, slow corroding magnesium alloys, coatings or metallic glasses have not proved to be fully dissolvable in vivo. With this in mind, we have developed a new class of biocompatible, biodegradable ductile magnesium alloys with 40% elongation at room temperature. The alloys are based on the Mg-Bi system and undergo a series of production routes, which include rapid solidification (RS) and various extrusion processes. The Mg-Bi-Si (B-BS) system exhibited a high corrosion rates in vitro and was excluded from in vivo screening. In preliminary experiments of Mg-Bi-Ca (B-BX) in rabbit femur bones, the alloy corroded rapidly without any clinically visible gas formation. Only 30% of the B-BX implant remained uncorroded after 4 weeks of implantation. After using low iron Mg for implant preparation the corrosion rate of HP-B-BX was reduced in bone leaving 70% of the implant uncorroded after 4 weeks, while the corrosion in intramuscular and subcutaneous sites were still high leaving only 40% and 10% uncorroded after 4 weeks. The foreign body reaction was very mild and enhanced bone formation could be observed in the vicinity of the corroding implant. Thus, these

  14. Co2FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions with BaO and MgO/BaO barriers

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    J. Rogge

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We succeed to integrate BaO as a tunneling barrier into Co2FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs. By means of Auger electron spectroscopy it could be proven that the applied annealing temperatures during BaO deposition and afterwards do not cause any diffusion of Ba neither into the lower Heusler compound lead nor into the upper Fe counter electrode. Nevertheless, a negative tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR ratio of -10% is found for Co2FeAl (24 nm / BaO (5 nm / Fe (7 nm MTJs, which can be attributed to the preparation procedure and can be explained by the formation of Co- and Fe-oxides at the interfaces between the Heusler and the crystalline BaO barrier by comparing with theory. Although an amorphous structure of the BaO barrier seems to be confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM, it cannot entirely be ruled out that this is an artifact of TEM sample preparation due to the sensitivity of BaO to moisture. By replacing the BaO tunneling barrier with an MgO/BaO double layer barrier, the electric stability could effectively be increased by a factor of five. The resulting TMR effect is found to be about +20% at room temperature, although a fully antiparallel state has not been realized.

  15. Electronic Structure of Iron in (Mg,Fe)(Si,Al)O3 Glass up to 93 GPa

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    Gu, C.; Catalli, K.; Grocholski, B.; Shim, S.; Gao, L.; Alp, E. E.; Evans, W.

    2011-12-01

    Recent studies have found changes in the electronic spin state of iron in crystalline mantle silicate and oxide phases. However, little is known for the spin state of iron in melts in the mantle. We have measured the Mössbauer spectra of (Mg0.8Fe0.2)(Si0.9Al0.1)O3 glass up to 93 GPa at 300 K in the diamond-anvil cell at Sector 3 of the APS. At ambient conditions, 64% of iron in the glass has a high quadrupole splitting value (QS = 2.2 mm/s) consistent with high-spin Fe2+ and 36% has a low QS value (= 0.7 mm/s) consistent with high-spin Fe3+. The ratio of high QS to low QS populations is unchanged by 6 GPa. The population of the low QS site increases rapidly from 34% to 57% between 6 and 32 GPa, followed by a more gradual increase to 68% between 32 and 93 GPa, indicating that 50% of Fe2+ changes from high QS to low QS in the pressure range. According to recent first-principles calculations, low- or intermediate-spin Fe2+ has QS = 0.5 ˜1.5~mm/s which overlaps with the QS of high-spin Fe3+. Therefore, the increase in the low QS site population can be related to a decrease in the spin moment of 50% of Fe2+ between 6 and 93 GPa. If our findings are applicable for silicate melts, the spin transition in silicate melts may occur over a much wider depth range (200--2500 km) starting at a much shallow depth (200 km) than those in perovskite and ferropericlase in the mantle.

  16. Microwave energy-assisted formation of bioactive CaO–MgO–SiO2 ...

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    Abstract. Regeneration technique is extensively being sought after as a means of achieving bone repair without adverse immunological response. Silicate-based bioactive glasses containing Mg are gaining increasing attention for their biocompatibility. The current work has been focused on designing a facile and economic ...

  17. Unique local structures of Ca, Ti, Fe and Zr in natural glasses formed by meteorite impact

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    Yoshiasa, Akira; Tobase, Tsubasa; Okube, Maki; Wang, Ling; Isobe, Hiroshi; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Graduate School of Science; Technology Collaboration; Materials; Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology Collaboration

    2015-06-01

    The local structures of cation in tektite from six strewn fields, impact-related glass, and non-impact-related glass were studied by Ca, Ti, Fe and Zr K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). Shock compression also causes local structural changes of gest and minor elements as well as transition of host structures. How to be left a record is peculiar by each element. The XAFS measurements were performed at the beam lines BL-NW10A and BL-9C, KEK, Japan. The comparison of XANES spectra and bonding distances between crystalline reference minerals and natural glasses was done. Based on the different valence states of iron, the degrees of oxidation states were estimated. The local structures of Ca, Ti and Zr ions are useful probe for physical conditions and formation process of glasses. Tektites experienced high quenching rates and a reduced atmospheric environment when they were ejected into outer space. Other impact-related glass, which was remained close to the crater, experienced a more complicated environment. The local structural changes of cation in the impact-related glass are rich in a variety. Analysis of local structure is help to compare their formation process and distinguish them.

  18. Effects of aqueous extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa on renal Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase and Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activities in Wistar rats.

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    Olatunji, Lawrence A; Usman, Taofeek O; Adebayo, Joseph O; Olatunji, Victoria A

    2012-09-01

    To investigate the effects of oral administration of aqueous extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa on renal Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase and Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activities in rats. The 25 and 50 mg/(kg·d) of aqueous extracts of H. sabdariffa were respectively given to rats in the experimental groups for 28 d, and rats in the control group received an appropriate volume of distilled water as vehicle. Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase and Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activities in the kidney were assayed by spectrophotometric method. Administrations of 25 and 50 mg/(kg·d) of aqueous extract of H. sabdariffa significantly decreased the Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activity in the kidney of rats (Psabdariffa may preserve the renal function despite a decreased renal Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activity.

  19. Ni/Fe and Mg/Fe layered double hydroxides and their calcined derivatives: preparation, characterization and application on textile dyes removal

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    Rachid Elmoubarki

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Mg/Fe and Ni/Fe layered double hydroxides (LDHs with molar ratio (M2+/Fe3+ of 3 and intercalated with carbonate ions were synthesized by co-precipitation method. The as-synthesized materials and their calcined products (CLDHs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TGA–DTA, transmission electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDX, inductively coupled plasma (ICP and elemental chemical analysis CHNSO. The materials were used as adsorbents for the removal availability of textile dyes from aqueous solution. Methylene blue (MB and malachite green (MG, representative of cationic dyes, and methyl orange (MO representative of anionic dyes were used as model molecules. Adsorption experiments were carried out under different parameters such as contact time, temperature, initial dyes concentration and solution pH. Experimental results indicate that CLDHs had much higher adsorption capacities compared to LDHs. Adsorption kinetic data fitted well the pseudo-second order kinetic model. The process was spontaneous, endothermic for cationic dyes and exothermic for the anionic dye. Equilibrium sorption data fitted the Langmuir model instead of Freundlich model.

  20. Bioactivity of ferrimagnetic glass-ceramics in the system FeO-Fe2O3-CaO-SiO2.

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    Ebisawa, Y; Miyaji, F; Kokubo, T; Ohura, K; Nakamura, T

    1997-10-01

    Bioactive and ferrimagnetic glass-ceramics are useful as thermoseeds for hyperthermia treatment of cancer. A heat treatment of a 40(FeO, Fe2O3)-60CaO x SiO2 wt% glass gives a ferrimagnetic glass-ceramic containing 36 wt% magnetite in a CaO x SiO2 matrix. However, it does not show bioactivity since a small amount of iron ion remains in the matrix. In the present study, bioactivities of ferrimagnetic glass-ceramics which were prepared by heat treatment of glasses of the composition 40(FeO, Fe2O3)-60CaO x SiO2 (wt%) with various components added at 100:3 weight ratio were evaluated in vitro by examining bone-like apatite formation on their surfaces in a simulated body fluid. It was found that glass-ceramics with Na2O or B2O3 added in combination with P2O5 show bioactivity.

  1. Filling the holes in the CaFe4As3 structure: Synthesis and magnetism of CaCo5As3

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    Rosa, P. F. S.; Scott, B. L.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2017-07-01

    Here, we investigate single crystals of CaCo5As3 by means of single-crystal x-ray diffraction, microprobe, magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, and pressure-dependent transport measurements. CaCo5As3 shares the same structure of CaFe4As3 with an additional Co atom filling a lattice vacancy and undergoes a magnetic transition at TM=16 K associated with a frustrated magnetic order. CaCo5As3 displays metallic behavior and its Sommerfeld coefficient (γ =70 mJ/mol K2) indicates a moderate enhancement of electron-electron correlations. Transport data under pressures to 2.5 GPa reveal a suppression of TM at a rate of -0.008 K/GPa. First-principles electronic structure calculations show a complex three-dimensional band structure and magnetic moments that depend on the local environment at each Co site. Our results are compared with previous data on CaFe4As3 and provide a scenario for a magnetically frustrated ground state in this family of compounds.

  2. Low temperature dosimetry in LiF: Mg, Cu, P and CaSO{sub 4}: Dy doped crystals; Dosimetria de baja temperatura en cristales dopados LiF: Mg, Cu, P y CaSO{sub 4}: Dy

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    Cruz Z, E.; Ramos B, S.; Negron M, A.; Rivera, T. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, A.P. 70-543, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2000-07-01

    It is presented a behavior study of LiF solid dosemeters doped with Mg, Cu and P also polycrystalline samples of CaSO{sub 4} with Dy sinterized in laboratory, both of them were subjected at low temperature. In order to analyse linear behavior to the dose of these dosemeters, it was used thermoluminescence. These materials were exposed to gamma radiation coming from a Co-60 source. The samples were irradiated at dose rates 1.08 {+-} 0.01 Gy/min at liquid nitrogen temperature (LNT) and also the response of dosemeters are compared at ambient temperature and LNT. (Author)

  3. In-plain electric properties of [CaMnO3/REMO3] (RE=Bi, La M=Fe, Fe0.8Mn0.2) superlattices grown by pulsed laser deposition method

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    Iwata, N.; Watabe, Y.; Oikawa, T.; Takase, K.; Huijben, Mark; Inaba, T.; Oshima, K.; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Yamamoto, H.

    2014-01-01

    The [CaMnO3 (CMO)/REMO3] (RE = Bi, La M = Fe, Fe0.8Mn0.2) superlattices show semiconducting behavior with transition temperatures (TEg) of 71, 127, and 151 K in the [CMO/BiFe0.8Mn0.2O3], [CMO/BiFeO3], and [CMO/LaFeO3] superlattices. The formation of a magnetic polaron is expected in the CMO layer of

  4. Structure and magnetic properties of SmCo5/X (X=Fe, Fe-Co, Co) magnetic bilayer films on MgO(110) substrate

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    Suzuki, Ataru; Hotta, Yusuke; Yamada, Makoto; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Inaba, Nobuyuki

    2017-10-01

    Sm17Co83 (at%) films are prepared on bcc-Cr(211), bcc-Fe(211), bcc-Fe65Co35(211), and hcp-Co(1 1 (_) 00) underlayers hetero-epitaxially grown on MgO(110) substrates at 500 °C by using a UHV-MBE system. The growth behavior and the structures are investigated by in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction. Sm-Co(1 1 (_) 00) single-crystal films of RT5 ordered structure with the c-axis lying in the film plane grow epitaxially on the underlayers. Small volumes of amorphous phases are interpreted to be involved in the films deposited on these underlayers. The crystal lattice of RT5 magnetic film is slightly deformed from the bulk hexagonal structure, which is caused possibly by the lattice mismatch with the underlayer. The order degree of film deposited on Cr underlayer is higher (S=0.77) than those prepared on Fe, Fe65Co35, and Co underlayers (S: 0.67-0.71). The films show in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropies reflecting the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of SmCo5 crystal.

  5. Spin crossover in (Mg,Fe3+)(Si,Fe3+)O3 bridgmanite: effects of disorder, iron concentration, and temperature

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    Shukla, Gaurav; Wentzcovitch, Renata

    The spin crossover of iron in Fe3+-bearing bridgmanite, the most abundant mineral of the Earth's lower mantle, is by now a well-established phenomenon, though several aspects of this crossover remain unclear. Here we investigate effects of disorder, iron concentration, and temperature on this crossover using ab initio LDA + USC calculations. Disorder and concentration effects are addressed using complete statistical samplings of coupled substituted configurations up to 80 atoms supercells, while the vibrational effects using the quasiharmonic approximation. Our calculated compression curves for iron-free and iron-bearing bridgmanite compare well with the latest experimental measurements. The comparison also suggests that in a closed system, Fe2+ present in the sample may transform into Fe3+ by introduction of Mg and O vacancies with increasing pressure. As in the spin crossover in ferropericlase, this crossover in bridgmanite is accompanied by a clear volume reduction and an anomalous softening of the bulk modulus throughout the crossover pressure range. Though the concentration of [Fe3+]Si in bridgmanite may be small, related elastic anomalies may impact the interpretation of radial and lateral velocity structures of the Earth's lower mantle. This research was supported primarily by NSF Grant EAR 1348066. Computations are performed at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI).

  6. Million year cycles in the Fe, Mg and Ni records of a ferromanganese crust from the equatorial Indian Ocean

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    Banerjee, R.; Gupta, S. M.; Miura, H.

    2008-12-01

    In search of long term productivity signals, a high resolution geochemical study was undertaken by using the life sustaining iron and magnesium contents in a slowly accreting 26 mm thick hydrogenous Fe-Mn crust representing around 12 Million years (Ma) record from the equatorial Indian Ocean. We analyzed Fe, Mg, Ni, Co, and other trace metals by using electron probe micro-analyzer at 100 micron interval. The geochemical data was averaged at every 1 mm interval and subjected to statistical analyses. The crust was dated using standard cobalt-chronometry (Manheim and Lane-Bostwick, 1998). Mixed age-depth model (Heegaard et al., 2005) was applied to ascertain the error limits in the computed ages for each millimeter of the crust. Thereafter, the Red-fit (Schulz and Mudelsee, 2002) and multi-taper (Thompson, 1990) spectral analyses of Fe, Mg and Ni revealed the existence of the significant (>90%) cycles at around 3, 1.5, and 1.2 Ma. We surmise that Fe and Mg cycles represented the changes in oceanic productivity as these metals are essentially used in sustaining the oceanic phyto- and zoo-plankton productivity in the surface water. The Fe/Ni ratio, which is attributed to meteoritic dust influx (Johnson, 2001), also revealed the similar cycles suggesting a possibility of Ni input from the meteoritic dust in the past. We compared the geochemical time- series data with the Earth's orbital eccentricity and summer solar insolation (Berger, 1979) at the equator for the last 10 million years. The Redfit and multi-taper analyses of the eccentricity and the insolation also resulted similar cycles at around 1.5 and 1.2 Ma. Therefore, we surmise that the Fe, Mg, and Ni cycles at 1.5, and 1.2 Ma could be result of the geochemical response to the Earth's eccentricity related solar insolation changes. Earlier studies reported cycles due to eccentricity (0.4, 0.126, 0.95 Ma), tilt (0.041 Ma) and precession (0.023 Ma) in Indian Ocean, whereas we report here 3, 1.5 and 1.2 Ma supra

  7. Production of BiPbSrCaCuO thin films on MgO and Ag/MgO substrates by electron beam deposition techniques

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    Varilci, A; Gorur, O; Celebi, S; Karaca, I

    2002-01-01

    Superconducting BiPbSrCaCuO thin films were prepared on MgO(001) and Ag/MgO substrates using an electron beam (e-beam) evaporation technique. The effects of annealing temperature and Ag diffusion on the crystalline structure and some superconducting properties, respectively, were investigated by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and by measurements of the critical temperature and the critical current density. It was shown that an annealing of both types of films at 845 or 860 C resulted in the formation of mixed Bi-2223 and Bi-2212 phases with a high degree of preferential orientation with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrates. The slight increase of the critical temperature from 103 K to 105 K, the enhancement of the critical current density from 2 x 10 sup 3 to 6 x 10 sup 4 A/cm sup 2 , and the improved surface smoothness are due to a possible silver doping from the substrate. (Abstract Copyright [2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. Effect of Si, Mn, Sn on Tensile and Corrosion Properties of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca Alloys for Biodegradable Implant Materials

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    Cho, Dae Hyun; Nam, Ji Hoon; Lee, Byeong Woo; Park, Ji Yong; Shin, Hyun Jung; Park, Ik Min [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    Effect of elements Si, Mn, Sn on tensile and corrosion properties of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca alloys were investigated. The results of tensile properties show that the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca alloy increased significantly with the addition of 0.6 wt% Mn. This is considered the grain refinement effect due to addition of Mn. However addition of 0.6 wt% Si decreased yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation. The bio-corrosion behavior of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca-X alloys were investigated using immersion tests and potentiodynamic polarization test in Hank's solution. Immersion test showed that corrosion rate of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca-0.6Mn alloy was the lowest rate and addition of 1.0 wt% Sn accelerated corrosion rate due to micro-galvanic effect in α-Mg/CaMgSn phases interface. And corrosion potential (E{sub c}orr) of Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca-0.6Mn alloy was the most noble among Mg-4Zn-0.5Ca-X alloys.

  9. Solvent-free synthesis and application of nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}] composite for dual separation and immobilization of stable and radioactive cesium in contaminated soils

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    Mallampati, Srinivasa Reddy, E-mail: srireddys@ulsan.ac.kr [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Ulsan, Daehak-ro 93, Nam-gu, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Mitoma, Yoshiharu, E-mail: mitomay@pu-hiroshima.ac.jp [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, 562 Nanatsuka-Cho Shobara City, Hiroshima 727-0023 (Japan); Okuda, Tetsuji [Environmental Research and Management Center, Hiroshima University, 1-5-3 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8513 (Japan); Simion, Cristian [Politehnica University of Bucharest, Department of Organic Chemistry, Bucharest 060042 (Romania); Lee, Byeong Kyu [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Ulsan, Daehak-ro 93, Nam-gu, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: A possible pathway for immobilization with the nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}] treatment (a) {sup 133}Cs is adsorbed onto the soil particles, (b) Cs encapsulation through the formation of immobile salts, and (c) solid (small/finer or larger/aggregate) soil fraction separation. - Highlights: • Nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}] composite for Cs immobilization in soil was developed. • Enhanced cesium separation and immobilization was done in dry condition. • By SEM analysis the amount of cesium detectable on soil particle surface decreases. • Leachable cesium concentrations reduced, lower than the standard regulatory limit. • Nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}] a highly potential amendment for the remediation of Cs. - Abstract: This study assessed the synthesis and application of nano-Fe/Ca/CaO-based composite material for use as a separation and immobilizing treatment of dry soil contaminated by stable ({sup 133}Cs) and radioactive cesium species ({sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs). After grinding with nano-Fe/CaO, nano-Fe/Ca/CaO, and nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}], approximately 31, 25, and 22 wt% of magnetic fraction soil was separated. Their resultant {sup 133}Cs immobilization values were about 78, 81, and 100%, respectively. When real radioactive cesium contaminated soil obtained from Fukushima was treated with nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}], approximately 27.3 wt% of magnetic and 72.75% of non-magnetic soil fractions were separated. The highest amount of entrapped {sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs was found in the lowest weight of the magnetically separated soil fraction (i.e., 80% in 27.3% of treated soil). Results show that {sup 134}Cs and {sup 137}Cs either in the magnetic or non-magnetic soil fractions was 100% immobilized. The morphology and mineral phases of the nano-Fe/Ca/CaO/[PO{sub 4}] treated soil were characterized using SEM–EDS, EPMA, and XRD analysis. The EPMA and XRD patterns indicate that the main fraction of enclosed/bound materials on treated soil

  10. Effects of secondary phase and grain size on the corrosion of biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloys.

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    Lu, Y; Bradshaw, A R; Chiu, Y L; Jones, I P

    2015-03-01

    The bio-corrosion behaviour of Mg-3Zn-0.3Ca (wt.%) alloy in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37°C has been investigated using immersion testing and electrochemical measurements. Heat treatment has been used to alter the grain size and secondary phase volume fraction; the effects of these on the bio-corrosion behaviour of the alloy were then determined. The as-cast sample has the highest bio-corrosion rate due to micro-galvanic corrosion between the eutectic product (Mg+Ca2Mg6Zn3) and the surrounding magnesium matrix. The bio-corrosion resistance of the alloy can be improved by heat treatment. The volume fraction of secondary phases and grain size are both key factors controlling the bio-corrosion rate of the alloy. The bio-corrosion rate increases with volume fraction of secondary phase. When this is lower than 0.8%, the dependence of bio-corrosion rate becomes noticeable: large grains corrode more quickly. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. A density functional study of the high-pressure chemistry of MSiN{sub 2}(M = Be, Mg, Ca): prediction of high-pressure phases and examination of pressure-induced decomposition

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    Rebecca Roemer, S; Schnick, Wolfgang [Department Chemie und Biochemie, Lehrstuhl fuer Anorganische Festkoerperchemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Butenandtstrasse 5-13 (D), D-81377 Muenchen (Germany); Kroll, Peter [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, 700 Planetarium Place, Arlington, TX 76019-0065 (United States)], E-mail: wolfgang.schnick@uni-muenchen.de

    2009-07-08

    Normal pressure modifications and tentative high-pressure phases of the nitridosilicates MSiN{sub 2} with M = Be, Mg, or Ca have been thoroughly studied by density functional methods. At ambient pressure, BeSiN{sub 2} and MgSiN{sub 2} exhibit an ordered wurtzite variant derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite by a C1-type distortion. At ambient pressure, the structure of CaSiN{sub 2} can also be derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite by a different type of distortion (D1-type). Energy-volume calculations for all three compounds reveal transition into an NaCl superstructure under pressure, affording sixfold coordination for Si. At 76 GPa BeSiN{sub 2} forms an LiFeO{sub 2}-type structure, corresponding to the stable ambient-pressure modification of LiFeO{sub 2}, while MgSiN{sub 2} and CaSiN{sub 2} adopt an LiFeO{sub 2}-type structure, corresponding to a metastable modification (24 and 60 GPa, respectively). For both BeSiN{sub 2} and CaSiN{sub 2} intermediate phases appear (for BeSiN{sub 2} a chalcopyrite-type structure and for CaSiN{sub 2} a CaGeN{sub 2}-type structure). These two tetragonal intermediate structures are closely related, differing mainly in their c/a ratio. As a consequence, chalcopyrite-type structures exhibit tetrahedral coordination for both cations (M and Si), whereas in CaGeN{sub 2}-type structures one cation is tetrahedrally (Si) and one bisdisphenoidally (M) coordinated. Both structure types, chalcopyrite and CaGeN{sub 2}, can also be derived from idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite through a B1-type distortion. The group-subgroup relation of the BeSiN{sub 2}/MgSiN{sub 2}, the CaSiN{sub 2}, the chalcopyrite, the CaGeN{sub 2} and the idealized filled {beta}-cristobalite structure is discussed and the displacive phase transformation pathways are illustrated. The zero-pressure bulk moduli were calculated for all phases and have been found to be comparable to compounds such as {alpha}- Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, CaIrO{sub 3} and Al

  12. Exchange bias effect in martensitic epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films applied to pin CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Teichert, N.; Boehnke, A.; Behler, A.; Weise, B.; Waske, A.; Hütten, A.

    2015-05-01

    The exchange bias effect is commonly used to shift the coercive field of a ferromagnet. This technique is crucial for the use of magnetic tunnel junctions as logic or memory devices. Therefore, an independent switching of the two ferromagnetic electrodes is necessary to guarantee a reliable readout. Here, we demonstrate that the intrinsic exchange bias effect of Ni-Mn-Sn can be used to apply a unidirectional anisotropy to magnetic tunnel junctions. For this, we use epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn films as pinning layers for microfabricated CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions. We compare the exchange bias field ( HEB ) measured after field cooling in -10 kOe external field by magnetization measurements with HEB obtained from tunnel magnetoresistance measurements. Consistent for both methods, we find an exchange bias of about HEB=130 Oe at 10 K, which decreases with increasing temperature and vanishes above 70 K.

  13. Thermodynamic description of Tc(iv) solubility and hydrolysis in dilute to concentrated NaCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2 solutions.

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    Yalçıntaş, Ezgi; Gaona, Xavier; Altmaier, Marcus; Dardenne, Kathy; Polly, Robert; Geckeis, Horst

    2016-06-07

    We present the first systematic investigation of Tc(iv) solubility, hydrolysis and speciation in dilute to concentrated NaCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2 systems, and comprehensive thermodynamic and activity models for the system Tc(4+)-H(+)-Na(+)-Mg(2+)-Ca(2+)-OH(-)-Cl(-)-H2O using both SIT and Pitzer approaches. The results are advancing the fundamental scientific understanding of Tc(iv) solution chemistry and are highly relevant in the applied context of nuclear waste disposal. The solubility of Tc(iv) was investigated in carbonate-free NaCl-NaOH (0.1-5.0 M), MgCl2 (0.25-4.5 M) and CaCl2 (0.25-4.5 M) solutions within 2 ≤ pHm≤ 14.5. Undersaturation solubility experiments were performed under an Ar atmosphere at T = 22 ± 2 °C. Strongly reducing conditions (pe + pHm≤ 2) were imposed with Na2S2O4, SnCl2 and Fe powder to stabilize technetium in the +IV redox state. The predominance of Tc(iv) in the aqueous phase was confirmed by solvent extraction and XANES/EXAFS spectroscopy. Solid phase characterization was accomplished after attaining thermodynamic equilibrium using XRD, SEM-EDS, XANES/EXAFS, TG-DTA and quantitative chemical analysis, and indicated that TcO2·0.6H2O(s) exerts solubility-control in all evaluated systems. The definition of the polyatomic Tc3O5(2+) species instead of TcO(2+) is favoured under acidic conditions, consistently with slope analysis (mTcvs. pHm) of the solubility data gained in this work and spectroscopic evidence previously reported in the literature. The additional formation of Tc(iv)-OH/O-Cl aqueous species in concentrated chloride media ([Cl(-)] = 9 M) and pHm≤ 4 is suggested by solubility and EXAFS data. The pH-independent behaviour of the solubility observed under weakly acidic to weakly alkaline pHm conditions can be explained with the equilibrium reaction TcO2·0.6H2O(s) + 0.4H2O(l) ⇔ TcO(OH)2(aq). Solubility data determined in dilute NaCl systems with pHm≥ 11 follow a well-defined slope of +1, consistent with the predominance of

  14. MgZn2-type {Ho, Er, Tm}FeGa rare earth compounds: Crystal structure and magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Genchel, V. K.; Garshev, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2017-09-01

    The crystal structure of new hexagonal MgZn2-type {Ho, Tm}FeGa compounds (space group P63/mmc, N 194, hP12) has been established using powder X-ray diffraction studies. The magnetic properties of polycrystalline MgZn2-type ErFeGa compound have been studied using bulk magnetization data. ErFeGa exhibits ferromagnetic ordering at TC = 77 K and field sensitive antiferromagnetic-like ordering at Tm 58 K in field of 100 Oe and Tm 10 K in field of 5 kOe. The paramagnetic susceptibility follows Curie-Weiss law with effective paramagnetic moment per formula unit (Meff/fu) of 9.59 μB and paramagnetic Weiss temperature (ΘP) of 27 K. At 2 K, ErFeGa exhibits hard magnetic properties with remanent magnetization per formula unit (Mres/fu) of 3.7 μB, coercive field (Hcoer) of 8.2 kOe and critical field (Hcrit) of 9.6 kOe. The magnetocaloric effect of ErFeGa has been calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔSm) and maximum ΔSm values are -5.5 J/kg K for a field change of 0-50 kOe (relative cooling power RCP50 kOe 410 J/kg), -13.0 J/kg K for a field change of 0-140 kOe (RCP140 kOe 1230 J/kg) at 70 K and +1.7 J/kg K for a field change of 0-10 kOe at 10 K (RCP10 kOe 34 J/kg).

  15. The kinetics of Fe and Ca for the development of radiation-induced apoptosis by micro-PIXE imaging

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    Harada, S.; Tamakawa, Y.; Ishii, K.; Tanaka, A.; Satoh, T.; Matsuyama, S.; Yamazaki, H.; Kamiya, T.; Sakai, T.; Arakawa, K.; Saitoh, M.; Oikawa, S.; Sera, K.

    2002-04-01

    To study the interactions between the induction of radiation-induced apoptosis and trace elements kinetics, human leukemia cells were irradiated in vitro by 60Co γ rays, after which the cells were evaluated for the detection of apoptosis and trace element (Fe, Ca, Zn) imaging was carried out. The frequency of apoptosis, i.e. the number of apoptotic bodies per 100 nuclei, was obtained by microscopic assay using TUNEL staining at 400× magnification. The trace element distribution in the cell was determined by micro-PIXE using 2 MeV proton beams. In the early phase of apoptosis, the maximum level of Fe accumulation was observed in the cell stroma. In the mid to end phase, Fe accumulation was diminished, and instead, Ca accumulation increased and Zn decreased in the nucleus. There appear to be two steps for the development of apoptosis: (1) the signaling from cell stroma to nucleus by Fe or an Fe-containing enzyme; and (2) the degeneration of the nucleus by Ca-dependent enzyme, and release of Zn from digested nucleus. Those strong accumulations may be new markers for apoptosis.

  16. Magnetocaloric response of La0. 70Ca0. 1Sr0. 2Fe0. 1Mn0. 9O3 ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 1. Magnetocaloric response of La0.70Ca0.1Sr0.2Fe0.1Mn0.9O3 pervoskite for magnetic refrigeration. M S Anwar Faheem Ahmed Bon Heun Koo. Volume 38 Issue 1 February 2015 pp 101-104 ...

  17. Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial Ru/Co2FeAl/MgO heterostructures.

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Seki, Takeshi; Kubota, Takahide; Takanashi, Koki; Mitani, Seiji

    2017-03-23

    Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) in magnetic heterostructures is a key technology for achieving energy-efficiency electronic devices with ultralow power consumption. Here, we report the first demonstration of the VCMA effect in novel epitaxial Ru/Co 2 FeAl(CFA)/MgO heterostructures with interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions with the structure of Ru/CFA/MgO were fabricated and exhibited an effective voltage control on switching fields for the CFA free layer. Large VCMA coefficients of 108 and 139 fJ/Vm for the CFA film were achieved at room temperature and 4 K, respectively. The interfacial stability in the heterostructure was confirmed by repeating measurements. Temperature dependences of both the interfacial PMA and the VCMA effect were also investigated. It is found that the temperature dependences follow power laws of the saturation magnetization with an exponent of ~2, where the latter is definitely weaker than that of conventional Ta/CoFeB/MgO. The significant VCMA effect observed in this work indicates that the Ru/CFA/MgO heterostructure could be one of the promising candidates for spintronic devices with voltage control.

  18. Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial Ru/Co2FeAl/MgO heterostructures

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Seki, Takeshi; Kubota, Takahide; Takanashi, Koki; Mitani, Seiji

    2017-03-01

    Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) in magnetic heterostructures is a key technology for achieving energy-efficiency electronic devices with ultralow power consumption. Here, we report the first demonstration of the VCMA effect in novel epitaxial Ru/Co2FeAl(CFA)/MgO heterostructures with interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions with the structure of Ru/CFA/MgO were fabricated and exhibited an effective voltage control on switching fields for the CFA free layer. Large VCMA coefficients of 108 and 139 fJ/Vm for the CFA film were achieved at room temperature and 4 K, respectively. The interfacial stability in the heterostructure was confirmed by repeating measurements. Temperature dependences of both the interfacial PMA and the VCMA effect were also investigated. It is found that the temperature dependences follow power laws of the saturation magnetization with an exponent of ~2, where the latter is definitely weaker than that of conventional Ta/CoFeB/MgO. The significant VCMA effect observed in this work indicates that the Ru/CFA/MgO heterostructure could be one of the promising candidates for spintronic devices with voltage control.

  19. First-principles investigation of the very large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at Fe | MgO and Co | MgO interfaces

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    Yang, H. X.

    2011-08-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) arising at the interface between ferromagnetic transition metals and metallic oxides was investigated via first-principles calculations. In this work very large values of PMA, up to 3 erg/cm2, at Fe|MgO interfaces are reported, in agreement with recent experiments. The origin of PMA is attributed to overlap between O-pz and transition metal dz2 orbitals hybridized with dxz(yz) orbitals with stronger spin-orbit coupling-induced splitting around the Fermi level for perpendicular magnetization orientation. Furthermore, it is shown that the PMA value weakens in the case of over- or underoxidation due to the fact that oxygen pz and transition metal dz2 orbital overlap is strongly affected by disorder, in agreement with experimental observations in magnetic tunnel junctions.

  20. An improvement to the ligand optimisation method (LOM) for measuring the apparent dissociation constant and ligand purity in Ca2+ and Mg2+ buffer solutions.

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    McGuigan, John A S; Kay, James W; Elder, Hugh Y

    2014-01-01

    In Ca(2+)/Mg(2+) buffers the calculated ionised concentrations ([X(2+)]) can vary by up to a factor of seven. Since there are no defined standards it is impossible to check calculated [X(2+)], making measurement essential. The ligand optimisation method (LOM) is an accurate method to measure [X(2+)] in Ca(2+)/Mg(2+) buffers; independent estimation of ligand purity extends the method to pK(/) buffers, to calculate electrode and buffer characteristics as a function of Σ. Ca(2+)-electrodes have a Σ buffers. These results demonstrated that it is pK(/) that is normally distributed. Until defined standards are available, [X(2+)] in Ca(2+)/Mg(2+) buffers have to be measured. The most appropriate method is to use Ca(2+)/Mg(2) electrodes combined with the Excel programs SALE or AEC. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Microdomains in the reduction of Ca/sub 2/LaFe/sub 3/O/sub 8+z/

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    Gonzalez-Calbet, J.M.; Vallet-Regi, M.; Alario-Franco, M.A.

    1985-12-01

    The reduction of Ca/sub 2/LaFe/sub 3/O/sub 8+z/ in the electron microscope shows this solid to decompose into Ca/sub 2/Fe/sub 2/O/sub 5/ and LaFeO/sub 3/, two perovskite-related line-phases which, under these conditions, appear to be thermodynamically more stable. In kinetic terms, the decomposition appears to be of the nucleation and growth type. Microdomains appear to be an essential characteristic of the system since they are present in both the reactants and the reaction products. Up to nine sets of structurally-related microdomains can simultaneously be present within the same crystal. This leads to quite elaborate electron diffraction patterns which can be interpreted in terms of perovskite superstructures. These results are discussed in terms of diffusion data on perovskite-like ferrites. 16 references, 10 figures, 2 tables.

  2. Mg/Ca-temperature calibration for costate Bulimina species (B. costata, B. inflata, B. mexicana): A paleothermometer for hypoxic environments

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    Grunert, Patrick; Rosenthal, Yair; Jorissen, Frans; Holbourn, Ann; Zhou, Xiaoli; Piller, Werner E.

    2018-01-01

    Costate species of Bulimina are cosmopolitan, infaunal benthic foraminifers which are common in the fossil record since the Paleogene. In the present study, we evaluate the temperature dependency of Mg/Ca ratios in Bulimina inflata, B. mexicana and B. costata from an extensive set of core-top samples from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The results show no significant offset in Mg/Ca values between costate morphospecies when present in the same sample. The apparent lack of significant inter-specific/inter-morphotype differences amongst the analyzed costate buliminids allows for the combined use of their data-sets for our core-top calibration. Over a bottom-water temperature (BWT) range of 3-13 °C, the Bulimina species show a sensitivity of ∼0.12 mmol/mol/°C which is comparable to that of epifaunal Cibicidoides species and higher than that of the shallow infaunal Uvigerina spp., the most commonly used taxon in Mg/Ca-based palaeotemperature reconstruction. The reliability and accuracy of the new Mg/Ca-temperature calibration is corroborated in the fossil record by a case study in the Timor Sea which demonstrates the presence of southern-sourced waters at intermediate depths for the past 26,000 years. Costate species of Bulimina might thus provide a valuable alternative for BWT reconstruction in mesotrophic to eutrophic settings where many of the commonly used (more oligotrophic) species are rare or absent, and be particularly useful in hypoxic settings such as permanent upwelling zones where costate buliminids often dominate foraminiferal assemblages. The evaluation further reveals a mean positive offset of ∼0.2 mmol/mol of the Atlantic data-set over the Indo-Pacific data-set which contributes to the scatter in our calibration. Although an explanation for this offset is not straightforward and further research is necessary, we hypothesize that different levels of export production and carbonate ion concentrations in pore waters are likely reasons.

  3. Mg/Ca variability of the planktonic foraminifera G. ruber s.s. and N. dutertrei from shallow and deep cores determined by electron microprobe image mapping

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    Fehrenbacher, Jenifer; Martin, Pamela, E-mail: jsf1@uchicago.ed [University of Chicago, Department of Geophysical Sciences, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States)

    2010-03-15

    The Mg/Ca ratio of planktonic foraminifera is widely used for reconstructing sea surface and thermocline temperatures. Dissolution, driven by changes in the bottom water calcite saturation state (a function of water mass chemistry and depth/pressure), lowers the bulk Mg/Ca ratio which results in an implied cooler reconstructed temperature. Here we employ electron microprobe analysis (EMPA) to characterize how dissolution alters shell Mg/Ca variability. Using EMPA we have generated Mg/Ca image maps of two species widely used in paleoceanographic reconstructions: Globogerinoides ruber sensu stricto (G. ruber s.s.) and Neogloboquadrina dutertrei (N. dutertrei). We first characterize the Mg/Ca ratio in the better-preserved shells from a shallow core (2.8 km) and compare those characteristics to the samples from a deep core (4.0 km) obtained from the same locality (Ceara Rise, western equatorial Atlantic). Though preliminary, results suggest EMPA Mg/Ca ratio mapping can reveal characteristics of well preserved shells that can be used to assess changes in the Mg/Ca ratio that occur with dissolution.

  4. Effect of calcium content on the microstructure, hardness and in-vitro corrosion behavior of biodegradable Mg-Ca binary alloy

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    Shervin Eslami Harandi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Effect of calcium addition on microstructure, hardness value and corrosion behavior of five different Mg-xCa binary alloys (x = 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4 wt. (% was investigated. Notable refinement in microstructure of the alloy occurred with increasing calcium content. In addition, more uniform distribution of Mg2Ca phase was observed in a-Mg matrix resulted in an increase in hardness value. The in-vitro corrosion examination using Kokubo simulated body fluid showed that the addition of calcium shifted the fluid pH value to a higher level similar to those found in pure commercial Mg. The high pH value amplified the formation and growth of bone-like apatite. Higher percentage of Ca resulted in needle-shaped growth of the apatite. Electrochemical measurements in the same solution revealed that increasing Ca content led to higher corrosion rates due to the formation of more cathodic Mg2Ca precipitate in the microstructure. The results therefore suggested that Mg-0.7Ca with the minimum amount of Mg2Ca is a good candidate for bio-implant applications.

  5. Effect of calcium content on the microstructure, hardness and in-vitro corrosion behavior of biodegradable Mg-Ca binary alloy

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    Shervin Eslami Harandi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Effect of calcium addition on microstructure, hardness value and corrosion behavior of five different Mg-xCa binary alloys (x = 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4 wt. (% was investigated. Notable refinement in microstructure of the alloy occurred with increasing calcium content. In addition, more uniform distribution of Mg2Ca phase was observed in a-Mg matrix resulted in an increase in hardness value. The in-vitro corrosion examination using Kokubo simulated body fluid showed that the addition of calcium shifted the fluid pH value to a higher level similar to those found in pure commercial Mg. The high pH value amplified the formation and growth of bone-like apatite. Higher percentage of Ca resulted in needle-shaped growth of the apatite. Electrochemical measurements in the same solution revealed that increasing Ca content led to higher corrosion rates due to the formation of more cathodic Mg2Ca precipitate in the microstructure. The results therefore suggested that Mg-0.7Ca with the minimum amount of Mg2Ca is a good candidate for bio-implant applications.

  6. Rapid degradation of azo dye Direct Black BN by magnetic MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC under microwave radiation

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    Gao, Jia; Yang, Shaogui, E-mail: yangsg@nju.edu.cn; Li, Na; Meng, Lingjun; Wang, Fei; He, Huan; Sun, Cheng

    2016-08-30

    Highlights: • MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC was first successfully synthesized. • MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC attained the maximum absorbing value of 13.32 dB at 2.57 GHz, which reached extremely high RL value at low frequency range. • Fast decolorization and high TOC removal of azo dye Direct Black BN with complicated structure could occur with MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC under MW radiation. • MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC had better MW absorbing property and higher MW catalytic activity than MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC under the same condition. • MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC was of practical use in the wastewater treatment. - Abstract: A novel microwave (MW) catalyst, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} loaded on SiC (MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC), was successfully synthesized by sol-gel method, and pure MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was used as reference. The MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption analyzer (BET specific surface area), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electromagnetic parameters of the prepared catalysts were measured by vector network analyzer. The reflection loss (RL) based on the electromagnetic parameters calculated in Matlab showed MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC attained the maximum absorbing value of 13.32 dB at 2.57 GHz, which reached extremely high RL value at low frequency range, revealing the excellent MW absorption property of MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC. MW-induced degradation of Direct Black BN (DB BN) over as-synthesized MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC indicated that degradation efficiency of DB BN (20 mg L{sup −1}) in 5 min reached 96.5%, the corresponding TOC removal was 65%, and the toxicity of DB BN after degradation by MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC obviously decreased. The good stability and applicability of MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-SiC on the degradation process were also discovered. Moreover, the ionic chromatogram during degradation

  7. Nano-Magnetic Catalyst CaO-Fe3O4 for Biodiesel Production from Date Palm Seed Oil

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    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available A nanocatalyst of CaO supported by Fe3O4 magnetic particles was prepared by a chemical precipitation method. It was characterized by various techniques including X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM; Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and Hammett indicator. It has been found that the catalyst consists of CaO and Fe3O4 accompanied by CaFe2O4. This composite catalyst was used for the catalytic transesterification of palm seed oil. The results revealed that the highest biodiesel yields for palm seed oil of 69.7% can be obtained under the conditions of (65 °C reaction temperature, 300 min reaction time, 20 methanol/oil molar ratio, and 10 wt.% of CaO/Fe3O4 catalyst loading. The physicochemical properties of the biodiesel produced from palm seed oil were further studied and compared with the ASTM and the EN biodiesel specifications. The results showed that the properties of the biodiesel produced comply with the international standard specifications. Copyright © 2017 BCREC Group. All rights reserved Received: 25th January 2017; Revised: 11st July 2017; Accepted: 12nd July 2017; Available online: 27th October 2017; Published regularly: December 2017 How to Cite: Ali, M.A., Al-Hydary, I.A., Al-Hattab, T.A. (2017. Nano-Magnetic Catalyst CaO-Fe3O4 for Biodiesel Production from Date Palm Seed Oil. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 12 (3: 460-468 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.12.3.923.460-468

  8. Designing MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} decorated on green mediated reduced graphene oxide sheets showing photocatalytic performance and luminescence property

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    Shetty, Krushitha [Department of Nanotechnology, PG Center, Bangalore Region, VIAT, VTU, Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur 562101 (India); Dr. D. Premachandrasagar Centre for Advanced Materials, DSCE, Bangalore 560078 (India); Lokesh, S.V. [Department of Nanotechnology, PG Center, Bangalore Region, VIAT, VTU, Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur 562101 (India); Rangappa, Dinesh, E-mail: dineshrangappa@gmail.com [Department of Nanotechnology, PG Center, Bangalore Region, VIAT, VTU, Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur 562101 (India); Nagaswarupa, H.P., E-mail: nagaswarupa77@gmail.com [Research Center, Department of Science, East West Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560091 (India); Nagabhushana, H., E-mail: bhushanvlc@gmail.com [Prof. CNR Rao Centre for Advanced Materials, Tumkur University, Tumkur 572103 (India); Anantharaju, K.S., E-mail: iamananthkurupalya@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Shavige Malleshwara Hills, Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore 560078 (India); Dr. D. Premachandrasagar Centre for Advanced Materials, DSCE, Bangalore 560078 (India); Prashantha, S.C. [Research Center, Department of Science, East West Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560091 (India); Vidya, Y.S. [Department of Physics, Lal Bahadur Shastri Government First Grade College, Bangalore, 560032 (India); Sharma, S.C. [Dr. D. Premachandrasagar Centre for Advanced Materials, DSCE, Bangalore 560078 (India); Department of Mechanical Engineering, DSCE, Bangalore-560078 (India)

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    Here, a green route has been reported to convert Graphene Oxide (GO) to reduced graphene oxide (RGO) using clove extract. A modest and eco-accommodating sol-gel strategy has been employed to prepare MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–RGO nanocomposite samples. The samples were analyzed by Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–Visible Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microcopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Photoluminescence (PL) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). PXRD result revealed that the prepared samples were cubic spinel in nature. SEM results uncovered flake like surface morphology of the prepared nanomaterial. Better PL emission signature was observed when excited at 329 nm. PL studies demonstrated that the present samples were potential for the fabrication of white component of white light emitting diodes (WLEDs). Further, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–RGO nanocomposite showed enhanced photocatalytic movement (PCM) and photostability under Sunlight in the decomposition of Malachite Green (MG) compared to MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. This can be attributed to the interaction of MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} surface with RGO sheets which results in PL quenching, demonstrates that the recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–RGO nanocomposite is more effectively inhibited. A possible mechanism for the enhanced properties of MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–RGO nanocomposite was discussed. Moreover, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–RGO photocatalyst also showed easy magnetic separation with high reusability. These results unveil that the synthesized sample can be used in display applications and also as a potential photocatalyst. - Graphical abstract: Green mediated reduced graphene oxide with MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} for display applications and also as a potential photocatalyst. - Highlights: • Synthesized GO was reduced to RGO by green route using clove extract. • MgFe

  9. Dissolution behavior of CaO-MgO-SiO2 -based multiphase bioceramic powders and effects of the released ions on osteogenesis.

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    Zhang, Mengjiao; Chen, Xianchun; Pu, Ximing; Liao, Xiaoming; Huang, Zhongbing; Yin, Guangfu

    2017-11-01

    In the present study, the dissolution behavior of the CaO-MgO-SiO2 -based multiphase bioceramic powders as well as the effects of released ions on osteogenesis was investigated. In the dissolution process, Ca, Mg, and Si ions could be dissolved out from the powders. The incorporation of Mg could slow down the degradation rate of the powders so that to reduce the local concentration of Ca and Si ions. In return, the dissolution of Ca and Si ions leading to the formation of a porous SiO2 -rich layer could enhance the readsorption of free Mg ions in solution and thus down-regulate the concentration of Mg ions. In addition, the released ions exhibited both positive and negative synergistic effects on osteogenesis with a concentration-dependent manner. Trace amount of released Si ions could stimulate cell proliferation and osteogenic differentiation in the presence of Ca and Mg ions. The optimal concentration of Ca-Mg-Si ion combination to promote osteogenesis was existed in the 1/4 diluted extract, whereas a slightly inhibitory effect on cell proliferation and ALP activity was observed in the 1/2 diluted extract with higher concentration of Ca and Si ions . All above results suggested that the ion dissolution behavior of the CaO-MgO-SiO2 -based multiphase bioceramic could be regulated via adjustment of the composition so that released ions could be maintained at an appropriate composite concentration to cooperatively regulate the osteogenesis. This research provided an experimental basis for further optimization and application of CaO-MgO-SiO2 -based multiphase bioceramics with controlled ion dissolution and excellent physicochemical and biological properties. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 105A: 3159-3168, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. The Interface Structure of FeSe Thin Film on CaF2 Substrate and its Influence on the Superconducting Performance.

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    Qiu, Wenbin; Ma, Zongqing; Patel, Dipak; Sang, Lina; Cai, Chuanbing; Shahriar Al Hossain, Mohammed; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Wang, Xiaolin; Dou, Shi Xue

    2017-10-25

    The investigations into the interfaces in iron selenide (FeSe) thin films on various substrates have manifested the great potential of showing high-temperature-superconductivity in this unique system. In present work, we obtain FeSe thin films with a series of thicknesses on calcium fluoride (CaF2) (100) substrates and glean the detailed information from the FeSe/CaF2 interface by using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Intriguingly, we have found the universal existence of a calcium selenide (CaSe) interlayer with a thickness of approximate 3 nm between FeSe and CaF2 in all the samples, which is irrelevant to the thickness of FeSe layers. A slight Se deficiency occurs in the FeSe layer due to the formation of CaSe interlayer. This Se deficiency is generally negligible except for the case of the ultrathin FeSe film (8 nm in thickness), in which the stoichiometric deviation from FeSe is big enough to suppress the superconductivity. Meanwhile, in the overly thick FeSe layer (160 nm in thickness), vast precipitates are found and recognized as Fe-rich phases, which brings about degradation in superconductivity. Consequently, the thickness dependence of superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of FeSe thin films is investigated and one of our atmosphere-stable FeSe thin film (127 nm) possesses the highest Tconset/Tczero as 15.1 K/13.4 K on record to date in the class of FeSe thin film with practical thickness. Our results provide a new perspective for exploring the mechanism of superconductivity in FeSe thin film via high-resolution STEM. Moreover, approaches that might improve the quality of FeSe/CaF2 interfaces are also proposed for further enhancing the superconducting performance in this system.

  11. Enhanced interlayer trapping of a tetracycline antibiotic within montmorillonite layers in the presence of Ca and Mg.

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    Aristilde, Ludmilla; Lanson, Bruno; Miéhé-Brendlé, Jocelyne; Marichal, Claire; Charlet, Laurent

    2016-02-15

    The formation of a ternary antibiotic-metal-clay complex is hypothesized as the primary adsorption mechanism responsible for the increased adsorption of tetracycline antibiotics on smectites in the presence of divalent metal cations under circumneutral and higher pH conditions. To evaluate this hypothesis, we conducted a spectroscopic investigation of oxytetracycline (OTC) interacting with Na-montmorillonite in the presence and absence of Ca or Mg salts at pH 6 and pH 8. Despite a two-fold increase in OTC adsorbed in the presence of Ca or Mg, both solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared signatures of the OTC functional groups involved in metal complexation implied that the formation of an inner-sphere ternary complexation was not significant in stabilizing the adsorbate structures. The spectroscopic data further indicated that the positively-charged amino group mediated the OTC adsorption both in the absence and presence of the divalent metal cations. Focusing on the experiments with Mg, X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the metal-promoted adsorption was coupled with an increased intercalation of OTC within the montmorillonite layers. The resulting interstratified clay layers were characterized by simulating X-ray diffraction of theoretical stacking compositions using molecular dynamics-optimized montmorillonite layers with and without OTC. The simulations uncovered the evolution of segregated interstratification patterns that demonstrated how increased access to smectite interlayers in the presence of the divalent metal cations enhanced adsorption of OTC. Our findings suggest that specific aqueous structures of the clay crystallites in response to the co-presence of Mg and OTC in solution served as precursors to the interlayer trapping of the antibiotic species. Elucidation of these structures is needed for further insights on how aqueous chemistry influences the role of smectite clay minerals in trapping organic molecules in natural and

  12. Ca, Mg y K en suelo y planta: métodos analíticos y relación entre contenidos

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    Millán Martín, Esmeralda; Abadía Bayona, Javier; Heras Cobo, Luis

    1981-01-01

    [EN] The content of K, Ca and Mg in 93 soil-plant systems were studied. The crops sampled were: wheat, lucerne, peach tree, grape, two pear and two apple varieties. The total amount in plant and the exchangeable level in soil were determined by flame emission (K) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (Ca and Mg). Highly significant correlations between: a) the results obtained by different devices and techniques for analysing K in plant tissues and exchangeable K, Ca and Mg in soil; b) K and ...

  13. A nuclear microscopy study of trace elements Ca, Fe, Zn and Cu in atherosclerosis

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    Watt, F.; Rajendran, R.; Ren, M. Q.; Tan, B. K. H.; Halliwell, B.

    2006-08-01

    Quantitative mapping of trace elements Ca, Fe, Zn and Cu can be achieved in biological tissue using a nuclear microprobe. Presented here is a brief review of the work we have carried out in the last decade using the nuclear microscope to try and elucidate the role of trace elements Fe, Zn, Cu and Ca in induced atherosclerosis in New Zealand White rabbits fed on a 1% cholesterol diet. The lesions were studied using nuclear microscopy, incorporating a combination of ion beam techniques: particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and scanning transmission ion microscopy (STIM). Iron is present in early lesions at concentrations around seven times higher than the artery wall. Measurements of localized lesion iron concentrations were observed to be highly correlated with the depth of the lesion in the artery wall for each individual animal, implying that local elevated concentrations may provide an accelerated process of atherosclerosis in specific regions of the artery. When the rabbits were kept mildly anaemic, thereby reducing iron levels in the lesion, the progression of the disease was significantly slowed. Iron chelation using desferal showed that early treatment (three weeks into the high fat diet) for relatively long periods (nine weeks) significantly retarded the progression of the disease. Zinc is depleted in the lesion and is also observed to be anti-correlated with local lesion development and feeding the rabbits on a high fat diet with zinc supplements inhibited lesion development, although since no significant increase in lesion zinc levels was measured, this anti-atherosclerotic effect may be indirect. Copper, measured at low levels (∼3 ppm) in the early lesion, is also depleted compared to the artery wall, suggesting that it is not a major factor in atherogenesis. Calcium is also depleted in early lesions, although at a later stage mineral deposition (hydroxyapatite) is observed to take place in the lesion

  14. All-solid-state lithium batteries – The Mg2FeH6-electrode LiBH4-electrolyte system

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    Huen, Priscilla; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B.

    2018-01-01

    , respectively, compared to the conventional liquid-electrolyte battery. Through investigations of the conversion reactions of Mg2FeH6, formation of MgH2 as intermediate in the conversion to Mg is discovered the first time. In addition, the effect of mixing procedure for the electrode-electrolyte composite...

  15. Thermal decomposition and reconstruction of CaFe-layered double hydroxide studied by X-ray diffractometry and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Bugris, Valéria; Ádok-Sipiczki, Mónika; Anitics, Tamás; Kuzmann, Ernő; Homonnay, Zoltán; Kukovecz, Ákos; Kónya, Zoltán; Sipos, Pál; Pálinkó, István

    2015-06-01

    In spite of numerous investigations on the various processes of the thermal decomposition and rehydration of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) by a variety sophisticated experimental means, many details are still unexplored and some contradictions are still unresolved. In this work, our efforts were focussed on clarifying the composition, structure and properties of thermally decomposed metaphases originating from CaFe-LDH, heat treated in the 373-973 K temperature range. The structure reconstruction ability of mixed metal oxide phases obtained after heat treatments was also investigated, mainly concentrating on the changes in the microenvironment of Fe(III), in the presence of controlled amount of water vapour (i.e., at different relative humidities). All samples were characterised by X-ray diffractometry, and the iron-containing phases were studied by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  16. High surface stability of magnetite on bi-layer Fe3O4/Fe/MgO(0 0 1) films under 1 MeV Kr+ ion irradiation

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    Kim-Ngan, N.-T. H.; Krupska, M.; Balogh, A. G.; Malinsky, P.; Mackova, A.

    2017-12-01

    We investigate the stability of the bi-layer Fe3O4/Fe(0 0 1) films grown epitaxially on MgO(0 0 1) substrates with the layer thickness in the range of 25-100 nm upon 1 MeV Kr+ ion irradiation. The layer structure and layer composition of the films before and after ion irradiation were studied by XRR, RBS and RBS-C techniques. The interdiffusion and intermixing was analyzed. No visible change in the RBS spectra was observed upon irradiation with ion fluence below 1015 Kr cm-2. The bi-layer structure and the stoichiometric Fe3O4 layer on the surface were well preserved after Kr+ ion irradiation at low damage levels, although the strong intermixing implied a large interfacial (Fe x O y ) and (Fe, Mg)O y layer respective at Fe3O4-Fe and Fe-MgO interface. The high ion fluence of 3.8  ×  1016 Kr cm-2 has induced a complete oxidization of the buffer Fe layer. Under such Kr fluence, the stoichiometry of the Fe3O4 surface layer was still preserved indicating its high stability. The entire film contains Fe x O y -type composition at ion fluence large than 5.0  ×  1016 Kr cm-2.

  17. COMPARATION OF METHODS FOR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF K, Ca, Mg e Al, IN MATÉ TEA TREE (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil.

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    Charles Carneiro

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried out in order to test five chemical methods for leaf analysis and their interrelationships in the analysis of K, Ca, Mg and Al in tea leaves. The samples were collected in a liming experiment, with different base saturation levels, laid out in the field with planted erva-mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil., located at Pinhais County, Paraná State. The evaluated methods were as follows: Wet digestion with nitro-perchloric acid, dry ashing in porcelain crucibles, dry ashing in platinum crucibles, wet extraction (non digestion with 1 mol/L HCl and wet extraction (non digestion with 1 mol/L HCl+d (d=further 1:3 dilution of the extract. In the laboratory, the samples were ordered according a split plot design, being factor A, the five tested methodologies and as factor B, the different base saturation levels of the field. All tested variables presented statistical significance (P0,01 for variation source and methods. High solubilizations were achieved for most of the tested elements with the nitro-perchloric, dry ashing in porcelain crucibles, and both HCl wet extractions methods. The non digestion methods with HCl showed to be highly promising. High significance was observed for the correlation among methods for K, Mg and Al. Ca showed the poorest correlations among methods.

  18. Study of different effects on magnetic properties of MgO-supported Fe-Co-Mn oxides

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    Davarpanah, A. M.; Arsalanfar, M.

    2017-08-01

    A new catalyst is produced using Fe(NO3)3·9H2O, Co(NO3)2·6H2O and Mn(NO3)2·4H2O. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles of "iron-cobalt-manganese catalysts (ICMC)" have been studied, with magnesium oxide as a support employing co-precipitation method. The effects of calcination and drying conditions such as temperature, time, and different percentage of MgO-supported Fe-Co-Mn oxides on the magnetic properties were investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Our results indicated that calcination at 600 °C can change magnetic phase of the sample, and calcination at 700 °C changed the sample from ferromagnetic to superparamagnetic by adding 15% MgO into the ICMC. By increasing the calcination temperature, the values of remnant magnetization ( M r) and saturation magnetization ( M S) were increased. By increasing the calcination time duration, values of the M r and coercivity ( H C) were increased. Furthermore, when the percentages of MgO increased, the values of M r, M S, and H C were decreased. It was observed that most variables in the experiments affected the magnetic properties of the new catalysts.

  19. Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, and stable-isotope (δ18O and δ13C) ratio profiles from the fan mussel Pinna nobilis: Seasonal records and temperature relationships

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    Freitas, Pedro; Clarke, Leon J.; Kennedy, Hilary; Richardson, Christopher; Abrantes, FáTima

    2005-04-01

    We present new annually resolved δ18O, δ13C, Mg/Ca, and Sr/Ca ratio records for two shells of the fast growing Mediterranean fan mussel Pinna nobilis, collected from proximal Spanish coast sea grass meadows. The relationship between the potential geochemical proxies and ontogenetic and environmental controlling factors is investigated. Specifically, the use of shell Mg/Ca and Sr/Ca ratios as potential calcification temperature proxies, the latter calculated from measured shell δ18O values, has been assessed. The δ18O cycles along the growth axis indicate that our P. nobilis specimens are ˜10.5 and ˜4.5 years old. Shell Sr/Ca ratios do not exhibit any consistent interannual cyclicity and are not correlated to temperature. A subtle ontogenetic effect on shell Mg/Ca ratios was observed during the first 4.5 years of recorded growth but was highly evident during the organism's later growth years. In P. nobilis shells, different mechanisms influence ontogenetic variation in shell Mg/Ca and δ18O records. Shell Mg/Ca ratios from the first 4.5 years of growth correlate significantly to temperature, in a best fit relationship described by the equation Mg/Ca = 17.16 ± 1.95 * exp(0.022 ± 0.004 * T). P. nobilis shell Mg/Ca records therefore are a valid temperature proxy only during an early growth phase. For the same range of temperatures, shell Mg/Ca ratios in P. nobilis are approximately 1/3 lower than those reported for inorganic calcite but 3 to 4 times higher than in another bivalve species, Mytilus trossulus, and 4 to 16 times higher than in foraminifera. We suggest these offsets are due to a higher degree of similarity between seawater and calcification-fluid composition in P. nobilis than in other bivalves and foraminifera. The observed shell Mg/Ca ratio change per °C of 2.2% also is lower than that observed for inorganic and other biogenic calcites. Our findings strongly support taxon- and species-specific Mg/Ca-temperature relationships for bivalves and

  20. Influence of MgO underlayers on the structure and magnetic properties of FePt-C nanogranular films for heat-assisted magnetic recording media

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    T. Shiroyama

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to optimize the nanogranular structure of FePt-C for heat-assisted magnetic recording media, we investigated the influence of MgO underlayers on the growth of FePt grains in the FePt-C layer. The FePt-C layer was deposited by using the alternating sputtering method, by which FePt and FePt-C layers were alternately deposited. To understand the growth mechanism of the FePt-C layer on the MgO underlayers deposited under various conditions, detailed plan-view and cross sectional transmission electron microscopy observations were made for different film thicknesses. We found that columnar FePt grains grow only when the deposition conditions of the MgO underlayer are optimal. Direct TEM observation of the growth process of the FePt-C layer revealed that the number density of nuclei is sufficient in the initial stage of the film deposition; however, coarsening of the grains after grain impingement causes a substantial decrease in the number density of the FePt grains.

  1. Transition to collapsed tetragonal phase in CaFe2As2 single crystals as seen by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Ma, Xiaoming; Tomić, Milan; Ran, Sheng; Valentí, Roser; Canfield, Paul C.

    2016-01-01

    Temperature dependent measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra on CaFe2As2 single crystals in the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases are reported. Clear features in the temperature dependencies of the isomer shift, relative spectra area, and quadrupole splitting are observed at the transition from the tetragonal to the collapsed tetragonal phase. From the temperature dependent isomer shift and spectral area data, an average stiffening of the phonon modes in the collapsed tetragonal phase is inferred. The quadrupole splitting increases by ˜25 % on cooling from room temperature to ˜100 K in the tetragonal phase and is only weakly temperature dependent at low temperatures in the collapsed tetragonal phase, in agreement with the anisotropic thermal expansion in this material. In order to gain microscopic insight about these measurements, we perform ab initio density functional theory calculations of the electric field gradient and the electron density of CaFe2As2 in both phases. By comparing the experimental data with the calculations we are able to fully characterize the crystal structure of the samples in the collapsed-tetragonal phase through determination of the As z coordinate. Based on the obtained temperature dependent structural data we are able to propose charge saturation of the Fe-As bond region as the mechanism behind the stabilization of the collapsed-tetragonal phase at ambient pressure.

  2. Structural Origin of the Anomalous Temperature Dependence of the Local Magnetic Moments in the CaFe2As2 Family of Materials

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    Ortenzi, L.; Gretarsson, H.; Kasahara, S.; Matsuda, Y.; Shibauchi, T.; Finkelstein, K. D.; Wu, W.; Julian, S. R.; Kim, Young-June; Mazin, I. I.; Boeri, L.

    2015-01-01

    We report a combination of Fe K β x-ray emission spectroscopy and density functional reduced Stoner theory calculations to investigate the correlation between structural and magnetic degrees of freedom in CaFe2(As1-xPx) 2 . The puzzling temperature behavior of the local moment found in rare earth-doped CaFe2As2 [H. Gretarsson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 047003 (2013)] is also observed in CaFe2(As1-xPx) 2 . We explain this phenomenon based on first-principles calculations with scaled magnetic interaction. One scaling parameter is sufficient to describe quantitatively the magnetic moments in both CaFe2(As1-xPx) 2 (x =0.055 ) and Ca0.78La0.22Fe2As2 at all temperatures. The anomalous growth of the local moments with increasing temperature can be understood from the observed large thermal expansion of the c -axis lattice parameter combined with strong magnetoelastic coupling. These effects originate from the strong tendency to form As-As dimers across the Ca layer in the CaFe2As2 family of materials. Our results emphasize the dual local-itinerant character of magnetism in Fe pnictides.

  3. Inter- and intra-specimen variability masks reliable temperature control on shell Mg/Ca ratios in laboratory- and field-cultured Mytilus edulis and Pecten maximus (bivalvia

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    H. A. Kennedy

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The Mg/Ca ratios of biogenic calcite is commonly seen as a valuable palaeo-proxy for reconstructing past ocean temperatures. The temperature dependence of Mg/Ca ratios in bivalve calcite has been the subject of contradictory observations. The palaeoceanographic use of a geochemical proxy is dependent on initial, rigorous calibration and validation of relationships between the proxy and the ambient environmental variable to be reconstructed. Shell Mg/Ca ratio data are reported for the calcite of two bivalve species, Mytilus edulis (common mussel and Pecten maximus (king scallop, which were grown in laboratory culturing experiments at controlled and constant aquarium seawater temperatures over a range from ~10 to ~20°C. Furthermore, Mg/Ca ratio data of laboratory- and field-grown M. edulis specimens were compared. Only a weak, albeit significant, shell Mg/Ca ratio–temperature relationship was observed in the two bivalve species: M. edulis (r2=0.37, p0.001 for laboratory-cultured specimens and r2=0.50, p0.001 for field-cultured specimens and P. maximus (r2=0.21, p0.001 for laboratory-cultured specimens only. In the two species, shell Mg/Ca ratios were not found to be controlled by shell growth rate or salinity. The Mg/Ca ratios in the shells exhibited a large degree of variability among and within species and individuals. The results suggest that the use of bivalve calcite Mg/Ca ratios as a temperature proxy is limited, at least in the species studied to date. Such limitations are most likely due to the presence of physiological effects on Mg incorporation in bivalve calcite. The utilization is further limited by the great variability both within and among shells of the same species that were precipitated under the same ambient conditions.

  4. Evidence for interface superconductivity in rare-earth doped CaFe2As2 single crystals

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    Lv, Bing; Deng, L. Z.; Wei, F. Y.; Xue, Y. Y.; Chu, C. W.

    2014-03-01

    To unravel to the mysterious non-bulk superconductivity up to 49K observed in rare-earth (R =La, Ce, Pr and Nd) doped CaFe2As2 single-crystals whose Tc is higher than that of any known compounds consisting of one or more of its constituent elements of R, Ca, Fe, and As at ambient or under pressures, systematic magnetic, compositional and structural have carried out on different rare-earth-doped (Ca1-xRx) Fe2As2 samples. We have detected extremely large magnetic anisotropy, doping-level independent Tc, unexpected superparamagnetic clusters associated with As vacancies and their close correlation with the superconducting volume fraction, the existence of mesoscopic-2D structures and Josephson-junction arrays in this system. These observations lead us to conjecture that the Tc enhancement may be associated with naturally occurring chemical interfaces and thus provided evidence for the possible interface-enhanced Tc in naturally-grown single crystals of Fe-based superconductors.

  5. Surface characterization, in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of Mg-0.3Sr-0.3Ca for temporary cardiovascular implant

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