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  1. Accelerated Characterization of Polymer Properties

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    R. Wroczynski; l. Brewer; D. Buckley; M. Burrell; R. Potyrailo

    2003-07-30

    This report describes the efforts to develop a suite of microanalysis techniques that can rapidly measure a variety of polymer properties of industrial importance, including thermal, photo-oxidative, and color stability; as well as ductility, viscosity, and mechanical and antistatic properties. Additional goals of the project were to direct the development of these techniques toward simultaneous measurements of multiple polymer samples of small size in real time using non-destructive and/or parallel or rapid sequential measurements, to develop microcompounding techniques for preparing polymers with additives, and to demonstrate that samples prepared in the microcompounder could be analyzed directly or used in rapid off-line measurements. These enabling technologies are the crucial precursors to the development of high-throughput screening (HTS) methodologies for the polymer additives industry whereby the rate of development of new additives and polymer formulations can be greatly accelerated.

  2. Characterization of Aerogel's Optical Properties

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    Justen, Abigail; Young, Jonathan

    2013-10-01

    Aerogel is used in the kaon aerogel Cerenkov detector at Jefferson Lab. Kaons are identified by the number of photons created through Cerenkov radiation emitted as the kaon travels through the aerogel. Depending on the refractive index of the aerogel, kaons of different momenta can be detected and distinguished from protons. Therefore, a uniform refractive index in the detector is important to reduce uncertainty in the Cerenkov radiation. We found the refractive index of the aerogel by shining a red construction laser through it and measuring how far the beam refracted. The refractive index of aerogel is also directly related to the density of aerogel. The humidity in the air, if absorbed, could also affect the refractive index. To test the effect of humidity on aerogel we used a humidity controlled environment between 80 and 100 percent on aerogel from Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd, Japan Fine Ceramic Center, and Novosibirsk. Finally, we tested the transmittance of aerogel tiles with a UV/Vis photospectrometer to find the correlation between transmittance and the tile's properties. Tiles with the highest transmittance will allow for the most accurate count of the photons produced through Cerenkov radiation. The results from these experiments will be presented. Supported in Part by NSF Grant 1019521 and 1039446.

  3. Properties and characterization of modern materials

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    Altenbach, Holm

    2017-01-01

    This book focuses on robust characterization and prediction methods for materials in technical applications as well as the materials’ safety features during operation. In particular, it presents methods for reliably predicting material properties, an aspect that is becoming increasingly important as engineering materials are pushed closer and closer to their limits to boost the performance of machines and structures. To increase their engineering value, components are now designed under the consideration of their multiphysical properties and functions, which requires much more intensive investigation and characterization of these materials. The materials covered in this monograph range from metal-based groups such as lightweight alloys, to advanced high-strength steels and modern titanium alloys. Furthermore, a wide range of polymers and composite materials (e.g. with micro- and nanoparticles or fibres) is covered. The book explores methods for property prediction from classical mechanical characterization-...

  4. NMR CHARACTERIZATIONS OF PROPERTIES OF HETEROGENEOUS MEDIA

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    C.T. Philip Chang; Changho Choi; Jeromy T. Hollenshead; Rudi Michalak; Jack Phan; Ramon Saavedra; John C. Slattery; Jinsoo Uh; Randi Valestrand; A. Ted Watson; Song Xue

    2005-01-01

    A critical and long-standing need within the petroleum industry is the specification of suitable petrophysical properties for mathematical simulation of fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs (i.e., reservoir characterization). The development of accurate reservoir characterizations is extremely challenging. Property variations may be described on many scales, and the information available from measurements reflect different scales. In fact, experiments on laboratory core samples, well-log data, well-test data, and reservoir-production data all represent information potentially valuable to reservoir characterization, yet they all reflect information about spatial variations of properties at different scales. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI) provide enormous potential for developing new descriptions and understandings of heterogeneous media. NMR has the rare capability to probe permeable media non-invasively, with spatial resolution, and it provides unique information about molecular motions and interactions that are sensitive to morphology. NMR well-logging provides the best opportunity ever to resolve permeability distributions within petroleum reservoirs. We develop MRI methods to determine, for the first time, spatially resolved distributions of porosity and permeability within permeable media samples that approach the intrinsic scale: the finest resolution of these macroscopic properties possible. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the permeability is actually resolved at a scale smaller than the sample. In order to do this, we have developed a robust method to determine of relaxation distributions from NMR experiments and a novel implementation and analysis of MRI experiments to determine the amount of fluid corresponding to imaging regions, which are in turn used to determine porosity and saturation distributions. We have developed a novel MRI experiment to determine velocity distributions within flowing experiments, and

  5. Graphene optoelectronics synthesis, characterization, properties, and applications

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    bin M Yusoff, Abdul Rashid

    2014-01-01

    This first book on emerging applications for this innovative material gives an up-to-date account of the many opportunities graphene offers high-end optoelectronics.The text focuses on potential as well as already realized applications, discussing metallic and passive components, such as transparent conductors and smart windows, as well as high-frequency devices, spintronics, photonics, and terahertz devices. Also included are sections on the fundamental properties, synthesis, and characterization of graphene. With its unique coverage, this book will be welcomed by materials scientists, solid-

  6. Broadband optical characterization of material properties

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    Nielsen, Otto Højager Attermann

    , as well as details of the absorption spectrum which relate to chemical composition. The thesis focuses on two production process from the food industry. The first process is from the dairy industry where discrimination between chemical and structural properties is of importance. To explore...... inspection system for spectrallyresolved Static Light Scattering (SLS). (II) Photon Time-of-Flight (PToF) spectroscopy, which is a state of the art technique for characterization of turbid media. (III) A new hyperspectral imaging system based on full-field illumination by diffuse laser light. This thesis...... the fermentation process. It has also been shown that the optical inspection methods sense changes to structural properties before any are detected by traditional mechanical rheology. Finally, the developed hyperspectral imaging system was used to quantify the content of astaxanthin in fish feed, and performed...

  7. Structural characterization and pharmaceutical properties of porphyran

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    Saurabh Bhatia

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Marine polysaccharides remain an untapped reservoir for development of novel biomaterials. Algae derived sulfated polysaccharides (SPs have their interesting pharmaceutical and biological properties. Degree and pattern of sulfation of such biopolymers favors their binding property with tissues when compared with non-SPs. Due to the gel formation potential, hydrocolloids such as agar, carrageenan, fucoidan, and alginate are extensively studied food and nonfood applications. Degree of sulfation and favorable physical properties are essentially required for tissue engineering applications. Therefore, our investigation explores the structural and gelling properties of novel polysaccharide porphyran (POR isolated from Porphyra vietnamensis by alkali hydrolysis. Percentage yield of POR was found to be 19.7%. The sulfate content of the polysaccharide was 11.1% and the main sugars present were D-galactose (16.1%, 3, 6-anhydro galactose (3, 6-AG (10.1% and 6-O-methyl D-galactose (7.81%. After hydrolysis D-galactose was again confirmed by paper chromatography (Rf: 0.8 and phenol-sulfuric acid method. Gelling properties, including gelling strength (241 g/cm 2 , gelling temperature (35.8°C, melting temperature (70.7 ± 0.4 and apparent viscosity (56.2 η were also explored. Differential scanning calorimeter analysis showed purified fraction has gel melt between 70°C and 80°C and show glass transition between 35°C and 38°C. Viscometric analysis was examined to analyze the different behavior of SPs fraction under the influence of cationic and anionic salts and polysaccharides. Molecular mass of POR was determined (16,280. SPs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which showed the presence of linear backbone structure called as POR. The rheological behavior of POR exhibits a gel-like behavior close to the one observed in commercial agar.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of nanoparticles

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    Li, Shoutian

    ZnO, Si, silica, Ge, Ga oxide, W oxide and Mo oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized and characterized, and their optical properties have been investigated. These particles were synthesized by a Laser Vaporization and Controlled Condensation (LVCC) technique in a modified diffusion cloud chamber. The particles deposited on smooth substrates reveal highly organized web-like structures with uniform micrometer size pores. The effect of solvents on the web-like structures was also investigated. ZnO nanoparticles were also prepared by wet chemical methods such as the reversed micelle and sol solutions technique. The photoluminescence quantum yield is enhanced 10 times once the surfaces of the ZnO nanoparticles are coated with a layer of stearate molecules. Many techniques have been used to characterize the nanoparticles. SEM gives information about particle size and morphology; X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy determine the crystallinity and crystal structure; XPS and FTIR reveal the surface chemical composition; UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements characterize the optical properties of nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles, prepared in an amorphous phase, show bright blue photoluminescence upon irradiation with UV light, but the luminescence has a very short lifetime (less than 20 ns). Si nanoparticles, with a diamond-like crystal phase, acquire oxidized-surfaces on exposure to air. The surface-oxidized Si nanocrystals show a short- lived blue emission characteristic of the SiO2 coating and a longer-lived red emission at room temperature. The lifetime of the red emission depends on the emission wavelength. Some substituted benzene molecules and tungsten oxide nanoparticles can quench the red photoluminescence of the Si nanocrystals. Tungsten oxide and molybdenum oxide nanoparticles show photochromic properties: they change color to blue when irradiated. The photons drive a transition from one chemical state to another. The color change of

  9. Novel metallomesogenic polyurethanes: Synthesis, characterization and properties

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    Senthilkumar, Natarajan, E-mail: nskumar77@yahoo.com [Production Technology Research Center, Samsung Cheil Industries, 62 Pyeongyeo-dong, Yeosu-si, JeonNam 555-210 (Korea, Republic of); Narasimhaswamy, Tanneru [Polymer Laboratory, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai 600 020 (India); Kim, Il-Jin [Production Technology Research Center, Samsung Cheil Industries, 62 Pyeongyeo-dong, Yeosu-si, JeonNam 555-210 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-12-01

    A series of tetradentate Schiff base metallomesogenic diols were synthesized from two simple dihydroxy benzenes. The metallomesogenic diol was constructed from three ring containing mesogen linked through ester and azomethine with terminal hydroxy group. This upon complexation with copper(II) formed metallomesogenic diol with varying terminal chain length. A series of metallomesogenic polyurethanes were synthesized using these metallomesogenic diols as chain extenders for the prepolymers based on polytetramethylene glycol (PTMG) of varying molecular weight (M{sub n} = 650, 2000) and 2,4-toluene diisocyanate (TDI), or 4,4 Prime -methylene bis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI). The molar ratio of metallomesogenic diol and PTMG were varied in the polyurethane to find their role in liquid crystalline and mechanical properties. Extensive characterization of all metallomesogenic compounds and intermediates were carried out by FT-IR, {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR, EPR, VSM, Mass (EI and FAB) and UV-visible spectroscopy. Hot stage polarizing microscope and differential scanning calorimetry were used to ensure the phase characteristics such as nature of phase, melting and clearing temperatures and phase range. The appearance of enantiotropic smectic A phases indicated high molecular polarizability of the core due to the metal ion. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Design and synthesis of metallomesogenic diols. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metallomesogenic polyurethanes were prepared using these diols as chain extenders. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Liquid crystalline and mechanical properties were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A square pyramidal structure for the copper(II) complexes have been proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polyurethanes exhibited enantiotropic smectic A phases.

  10. Mechanical property characterization of intraply hybrid composites

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    Chamis, C. C.; Lark, R. F.; Sinclair, J. H.

    1979-01-01

    An investigation of the mechanical properties of intraply hybrids made from graphite fiber/epoxy matrix hybridized with secondary S-glass or Kevlar 49 fiber composites is presented. The specimen stress-strain behavior was determined, showing that mechanical properties of intraply hybrid composites can be measured with available methods such as the ten-degree off-axis test for intralaminar shear, and conventional tests for tensile, flexure, and Izod impact properties. The results also showed that combinations of high modulus graphite/S-glass/epoxy matrix composites exist which yield intraply hybrid laminates with the best 'balanced' properties, and that the translation efficiency of mechanical properties from the constituent composites to intraply hybrids may be assessed with a simple equation.

  11. Characterizing the elastic properties of tissues

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    Riaz Akhtar

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The quality of life of ageing populations is increasingly determined by age-related changes to the mechanical properties of numerous biological tissues. Degradation and mechanical failure of these tissues has a profound effect on human morbidity and mortality. Soft tissues have complex and intricate structures and, similar to engineering materials, their mechanical properties are controlled by their microstructure. Thus age-relate changes in mechanical behavior are determined by changes in the properties and relative quantities of microstructural tissue components. This review focuses on the cardiovascular system; it discusses the techniques used both in vivo and ex vivo to determine the age-related changes in the mechanical properties of arteries.

  12. NMR Characterizations of Properties of Heterogeneous Media

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    Uh, Jinsoo; Phan, Jack; Xue, Dong; Watson, A. Ted

    2003-01-28

    The overall goal of this project was to develop reliable methods for resolving macroscopic properties important for describing the flow of one or more fluid phases in reservoirs from formation measurements. During this reporting period, the determination of surface relaxivity from NMR data was investigated. A new method for determining the surface relaxivity from measured data was developed and tested with data obtained from an Exxon sample. The new method avoids the use of a certain mathematical short-time approximation in the data analysis, which has been shown to be unsuitable.

  13. Characterization of physicochemical properties of carboxymethyl agar.

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    Cao, Mingzhao; Liu, Xin; Luan, Jimei; Zhang, Xiaodong

    2014-10-13

    A series of carboxymethyl agars (CMAs) with different degree of substitution (DS) were prepared, and their properties were determined and analyzed. The results showed that with the increase of DS, the dissolving temperature, the gelling temperature, the gel melting temperature, the gel strength, the gel hardness, the gel fracturability, and the solution apparent viscosity of CMA all decreased, except that its gel cohesiveness and gel springiness increased. The variation process of agar molecules in solution from coil to helix could be observed by measuring the optical rotation of the solution at such a low concentration, at which even the solution could not form a gel. The gel skeleton microstructures of both agar and CMA were of porous network structure, and the pore size of CMA became smaller and denser with the increase of its DS. After carboxymethylation, the agar hygroscopicity was improved, but its thermal stability was lowered.

  14. Synthesis,Characterization,and Electrochemical Property of Nanometer Porphyrin Dimer

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    2008-01-01

    A nanometer porphyrin dimer was synthesized with fumaryl chloride as a bridge-linked reagent. The characterization was carried out with elemental analyses, 1H NMR, UV-Vis, and IR spectrometries, and then the electrochemical properties of the porphyrins were studied. The authors found that there was moderate electronic communication between the two porphyrin rings in the nanometer porphyrin dimer.

  15. Characterization through distributional properties of dual generalized order statistics

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    A.H. Khan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Distributional properties of two non-adjacent dual generalized order statistics have been used to characterize distributions. Further, one sided contraction and dilation for the dual generalized order statistics are discussed and then the results are deduced for generalized order statistics, order statistics, lower record statistics, upper record statistics and adjacent dual generalized order statistics.

  16. Two-dimensional carbon fundamental properties, synthesis, characterization, and applications

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    Yihong, Wu; Ting, Yu

    2013-01-01

    After a brief introduction to the fundamental properties of graphene, this book focuses on synthesis, characterization and application of various types of two-dimensional (2D) nanocarbons ranging from single/few layer graphene to carbon nanowalls and graphene oxides. Three major synthesis techniques are covered: epitaxial growth of graphene on SiC, chemical synthesis of graphene on metal, and chemical vapor deposition of vertically aligned carbon nanosheets or nanowalls. One chapter is dedicated to characterization of 2D nanocarbon using Raman spectroscopy. It provides extensive coverage for a

  17. Synthesis, Characterization, and Flocculation Properties of Branched Cationic Polyacrylamide

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    Weimin Sun

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A water soluble branched cationic polyacrylamide (BCPAM was synthesized using solution polymerization. The polymerization was initiated using potassium diperiodatocuprate, K5[Cu(HIO62](Cu(III, initiating the self-condensing vinyl copolymerization of acrylamide and acryloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (DAC monomer. The resulting copolymer was characterized by the use of Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopy. Its flocculation properties were evaluated with standard jar tests of sewage. The effects of initiator concentration, monomer concentration, reaction temperature, and the mass ratio of monomers on intrinsic viscosity and flocculation properties of the product were determined using single-factor experiments and orthogonal experiment.

  18. Characterization and modification of particulate properties to enhance filtration performance

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    Snyder, T.R.; Vann Bush, P.; Robinson, M.S.

    1990-06-01

    The specific objectives of this project are to characterize the particulate properties that determine the filtration performance of fabric filters, and to investigate methods for modifying these particulate properties to enhance filtration performance. Inherent in these objectives is the development of an experimental approach that will lead to full-scale implementation of beneficial conditioning processes identified during the project. The general approach has included a large number of laboratory evaluations to be followed by optional field tests of a new successful conditioning processes performed on a sidestream device. This project was divided into five tasks. The schedule followed for these tasks is shown in Figure 4. Tasks 2 and 3 each focus on one of the two complementary parts of the project. Task 2 Parametric Tests of Ashes and Fabrics, evaluates the degree to which ash properties and fabric design determine filtration performance. Task 3 Survey of Methods to Modify the Particle Filtration Properties, provides a literature review and laboratory study of techniques to modify ash properties. The results of these two tasks were used in Task 4 Proof-of-Concept Tests of Methods to Modify Particle Filtration Properties to demonstrate the effects on filtration performance of modifying ash properties. The findings of all the tasks are summarized in this Final Report. 13 refs.

  19. Characterization of aluminum/RP-1 gel propellant properties

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    Rapp, Douglas C.; Zurawski, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    Research efforts are being conducted by the NASA Lewis Research Center to formulate and characterize the properties of Al/RP-1 and RP-1 gelled propellants for rocket propulsion systems. Twenty four different compositions of gelled fuels were formualted with 5 and 16 micron, atomized aluminum powder in RP-1. The total solids concentration in the propellant varied from 5 to 60 wt percent. Tests were conducted to evaluate the stability and rheological characteristics of the fuels. Physical separation of the solids occurred in fuels with less than 50 wt percent solids concentration. The rheological characteristics of the Al/RP-1 fuels varied with solids concentration. Both thixotropic and rheopectic gel behavior were observed. The unmetallized RP-1 gels, which were formulated by a different technique than the Al/RP-1 gels, were highly viscoelastic. A history of research efforts which were conducted to formulate and characterize the properties of metallized propellants for various applications is also given.

  20. NH4-smectite: Characterization, hydration properties and hydro mechanical behaviour

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    2010-01-01

    International audience; Leachates in waste landfills are characterized by the presence of ammonium ions in large excess. These ammonium ions can be exchanged with the interlayer cations in clay and modify the physical and chemical properties of clay geochemical barriers in waste landfills and drive to environmental problems. The purpose of this study was to understand the hydro-physical changes of a smectite in the presence of ammonium ions. An ammonium smectite was prepared by cation exchang...

  1. Synthesis, characterization and thermal properties of thiosalicylate ionic liquids

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    Cecilia Devi Wilfred; Fadwa Babiker Mustafa

    2013-11-01

    In an attempt to produce new functionalized ionic liquids, a series of thiosalicylate ionic liquids based on imidazolium, ammonium, phosphonium, choline and pyrrolidinium cations were synthesized. The compounds were characterized by Infra Red (IR), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and mass spectra (ESI-MS). Their glass-transition temperatures, melting points and decomposition temperatures have been measured. Physicochemical properties of ionic liquids are influenced by alkyl chain length and nature of the cation of ionic liquids.

  2. Electromagnetic NDT to characterize usage properties of flat steel products

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    Altpeter, I.; Dobmann, G.; Szielasko, K., E-mail: iab.altlau@t-online.de, E-mail: gerd.dobmann@t-online.de, E-mail: klaus.szielasko@izfp.fraunhofer.de [Fraunhofer Inst. - IZFP, Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Non-destructive Testing (IZFP) in Saarbruecken, Germany, started its activities in materials characterization of flat steel products in the eighties of the last century in the basic program of the European Community of Coal and Steel (ECCS). Throughout the years, continuous research and development were performed. The objective of the work, presented within this three-part series of reports, is to discuss the history of an innovation which began in 1988 with R&D in the area of texture characterization in steel sheets produced for car-body manufacturing (Part 1). In the following years the activities were to automate online property determination in terms of yield strength, tensile strength, planar, and vertical-anisotropy-factors. Again, steel sheets were the focus of the developments and the first NDT systems that came into industrial application for this project. Parallel research was performed to characterize the mechanical properties and hardness of heavy steel plates, mainly produced for pipeline manufacturing and off-shore applications (Part 2) The final report in the series (Part 3) will discuss steel sheet characterization and presents the successful development of a combination-transducer which combines ultrasonics with electromagnetic NDT. (author)

  3. Characterization of mechanical properties of materials using ultrasound broadband spectroscopy.

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    Agrawal, Megha; Prasad, Abhinav; Bellare, Jayesh R; Seshia, Ashwin A

    2016-01-01

    This article explores the characterization of homogenous materials (metals, alloys, glass and polymers) by a simple broadband ultrasonic interrogation method. The novelty lies in the use of ultrasound in a continuous way with very low input power (0 dBm or less) and analysis of the transmitted acoustic wave spectrum for material property characterization like speed of sound, density and dimensions of a material. Measurements were conducted on various thicknesses of samples immersed in liquid where continuous-wave, frequency swept ultrasonic energy was incident normal to the sample surface. The electro-acoustic transmission response is analyzed in the frequency domain with respect to a specifically constructed multi-layered analytical model. From the acoustic signature of the sample materials, material properties such as speed of sound and acoustic impedance can be calculated with experimentally derived values found to be in general agreement with the literature and with pulse-echo technique establishing the basis for a non-contact and non-destructive technique for material characterization. Further, by looking at the frequency spacing of the peaks of water when the sample is immersed, the thickness of the sample can be calculated independently from the acoustic response. This technique can prove to be an effective non-contact, non-destructive and fast material characterization technique for a wide variety of materials.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of dihalogenated polyanilines

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    Diaz, F.R.; Sanchez, C.O.; del Valle, M.A.; Tagle, L.H. [Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago (Chile). Fac. of Chem.; Bernede, J.C.; Tregouet, Y. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux pour l`Electronique, Faculte des Sciences et des Techniques de Nantes, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, F-44072, Nantes, Cedex 02 (France)

    1998-01-30

    Poly(2,5-dichloroaniline), poly(2,3-dichloroaniline), poly(3,5-dichloroaniline), poly(2,5-dibromoaniline) and poly(2,6-dibromoaniline) have been synthesized from dihaloanilines in protic and aprotic media with different oxidizing agents, such as copper perchlorate, potassium dichromate and potassium permanganate. Each polymer is characterized by elemental analysis, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and conductivity measurements. To obtain the doped polymers, they are treated with inorganic acids and then their electric properties determined. The use of different oxidants allows the obtention of polymers with different redox states which, in some cases, present semiconducting properties and are soluble in methanol and acetone. For the sake of comparison of the electrical and structural properties of the new polymers, polyaniline (PANI) has also been synthesized in a manner analogous to the poly(dihaloanilines). (orig.) 40 refs.

  5. Rectangular waveguide material characterization: anisotropic property extraction and measurement validation

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    Crowgey, Benjamin Reid

    for characterization of a sample filling the cross-section of a waveguide. Due to the rectangular nature of the waveguide, typically three different samples are manufactured from the same material in order to characterize the six complex material parameters. The second technique for measuring the electromagnetic properties of a biaxially anisotropic material sample uses a reduced-aperture waveguide sample holder designed to accommodate a cubical sample. All the tensor material parameters can then be determined by measuring the reflection and transmission coefficients of a single sample placed into several orientations. The parameters are obtained using a root-searching algorithm by comparing theoretically computed and measured reflection and transmission coefficients. The theoretical coefficients are determined using a mode matching technique. The first technique for characterizing the electromagnetic properties of gyromagnetic materials considers requires filling the cross-section of a waveguide. The material parameters are extracted from the measured reflection and transmission coefficients. Since the cross-sectional dimensions of waveguides become prohibitively large at low frequencies, and it is at these frequencies that the gyromagnetic properties are most pronounced, sufficiently large samples may not be available. Therefore, the second technique uses a reduced-aperture sample holder that does not require the sample to fill the entire cross section of the guide. The theoretical reflection and transmission coefficients for both methods are determined using a mode matching technique. A nonlinear least squares method is employed to extract the gyromagnetic material parameters. Finally, this dissertation introduces a waveguide standard that acts as a surrogate material with both electric and magnetic properties and is useful for verifying systems designed to characterize engineered materials using the NRW technique. A genetic algorithm is used to optimize the all

  6. Characterization of thermal properties of municipal solid waste landfills.

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    Faitli, József; Magyar, Tamás; Erdélyi, Attila; Murányi, Attila

    2015-02-01

    Municipal waste landfills represent not only a source of landfill gases, but a source of thermal energy as well. The heat in landfills is generated by physical, chemical and microbiological processes. The goal of our study was to characterize the thermal properties of municipal solid waste (MSW) samples of the given landfill. A new apparatus was designed and constructed to measure heat flow. A systematic test series of 17 discrete measurements was carried out with municipal waste samples of 1.0-1.7 m(3). The thermal conductivity, heat diffusivity and specific heat capacity of the samples were determined. Analysing the results of the sampling and our experiments it was realized that the theoretical fundaments should be clarified. Two theories were developed for the serial and for the parallel heat flow in three phase disperse systems. The serial and parallel models resulted in different theoretical estimations. The measured thermal conductivity and heat diffusivity were better characterized by the parallel heat flow estimations. The results show that heat can flow parallel in solid, liquid and gas phases. Characterization of thermal properties serves to establish the fundament of heat extraction from municipal waste landfills.

  7. Versatile magnetometer assembly for characterizing magnetic properties of nanoparticles

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    Araujo, J. F. D. F.; Bruno, A. C.; Louro, S. R. W. [Department of Physics, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22451-900 (Brazil)

    2015-10-15

    We constructed a versatile magnetometer assembly for characterizing iron oxide nanoparticles. The magnetometer can be operated at room temperature or inside a cryocooler at temperatures as low as 6 K. The magnetometer’s sensor can be easily exchanged and different detection electronics can be used. We tested the assembly with a non-cryogenic commercial Hall sensor and a benchtop multimeter in a four-wire resistance measurement scheme. A magnetic moment sensitivity of 8.5 × 10{sup −8} Am{sup 2} was obtained with this configuration. To illustrate the capability of the assembly, we synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles coated with different amounts of a triblock copolymer, Pluronic F-127, and characterized their magnetic properties. We determined that the polymer coating does not affect the magnetization of the particles at room temperature and demonstrates that it is possible to estimate the average size of coating layers from measurements of the magnetic field of the sample.

  8. Versatile magnetometer assembly for characterizing magnetic properties of nanoparticles.

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    Araujo, J F D F; Bruno, A C; Louro, S R W

    2015-10-01

    We constructed a versatile magnetometer assembly for characterizing iron oxide nanoparticles. The magnetometer can be operated at room temperature or inside a cryocooler at temperatures as low as 6 K. The magnetometer's sensor can be easily exchanged and different detection electronics can be used. We tested the assembly with a non-cryogenic commercial Hall sensor and a benchtop multimeter in a four-wire resistance measurement scheme. A magnetic moment sensitivity of 8.5 × 10(-8) Am(2) was obtained with this configuration. To illustrate the capability of the assembly, we synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles coated with different amounts of a triblock copolymer, Pluronic F-127, and characterized their magnetic properties. We determined that the polymer coating does not affect the magnetization of the particles at room temperature and demonstrates that it is possible to estimate the average size of coating layers from measurements of the magnetic field of the sample.

  9. Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Polyaniline Thin Films

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    Rami, Soukaina

    Conjugated polymers have been used in various applications (battery, supercapacitor, electromagnetic shielding, chemical sensor, biosensor, nanocomposite, light-emitting-diode, electrochromic display etc.) due to their excellent conductivity, electrochemical and optical properties, and low cost. Polyaniline has attracted the researchers from all disciplines of science, engineering, and industry due to its redox properties, environmental stability, conductivity, and optical properties. Moreover, it is a polymer with fast electroactive switching and reversible properties displayed at low potential, which is an important feature in many applications. The thin oriented polyaniline films have been fabricated using self-assembly, Langmuir-Blodgett, in-situ self-assembly, layer-by-layer, and electrochemical technique. The focus of this thesis is to synthesize and characterize polyaniline thin films with and without dyes. Also, the purpose of this thesis is to find the fastest electroactive switching PANI electrode in different electrolytic medium by studying their electrochemical properties. These films were fabricated using two deposition techniques: in-situ self-assembly and electrochemical deposition. The characterization of these films was done using techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). FTIR and UV-spectroscopy showed similar results in the structure of the polyaniline films. However, for the dye incorporated films, since there was an addition in the synthesis of the material, peak locations shifted, and new peaks corresponding to these materials appeared. The 1 layer PANI showed compact film morphology, comparing to other PANI films, which displayed a fiber-like structure. Finally, the electrochemical properties of these thin films were studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in

  10. Synthesis, Properties Characterization and Applications of Various Organobismuth Compounds

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    Jingfei Luan

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Organobismuth chemistry was emphasized in this review article due to the low price, low toxicity and low radioactivity characteristics of bismuth. As an environmentally-friendly class of organometallic compounds, different types of organobismuth compounds have been used in organic synthesis, catalysis, materials, etc. The synthesis and property characterization of many organobismuth compounds had been summarized. This review article also presented a survey of various applications of organobismuth compounds in organic transformations, as reagents or catalysts. The reactivity, reaction pathways and mechanisms of reactions with organobismuths were discussed. Less common and limiting aspects of organobismuth compounds were also briefly mentioned.

  11. Characterization of electrical properties of resistance welding machines

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    Wu Pei; Shao Yingli; Wenqi Zhang; Niels Bay

    2008-01-01

    Due to the individual electrical and mechanical characteristics of resistance welding machines, choice of the right machine and welding parameters for an optimized production is often difficult. This is especially the case in projection welding of complex joints. In this paper, a new approach of characterizing the electrical properties of AC resistance welding machines is presented, involving testing and mathematical modelling of the weld current, the firing angle and the conduction angle of silicon controlled rectifiers with the aid of a series of proof resistances. The model predicts the weld current and the conduction angle (or heat setting) at each set current, when the workpiece resistance is given.

  12. Petroleum electrical properties characterization; Caracterizaco de propriedades eletricas de petroleo

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    Ueti, Edson; Sens, Marcio Antonio [Centro de Pesquisas de Energia Eletrica (CEPEL), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail: ueti@cepel.br

    2006-07-01

    Presently, petroleum wells consist predominantly of heavy type petroleum, that is submitted to decantation and separation of water, through desalinisation process. If this process is not efficient, the metallic piping will be severely corroded during refining. Hence, the knowledge of petroleum electric properties is essential for optimizing the separation of water from petroleum, by indicating its humidity in laboratory testing conditions. The present work shows an experimental procedure based on disposable cells for electric characterization of liquid polymeric materials. The use of standard cells is unfeasible, due to the petroleum physical characteristics. The procedures for the evaluation of electric properties shown in this work are applied for dielectric constant values up to 200 kHz, as well as for the electric conductivity in direct current and the electrical strength in industrial frequency. (author)

  13. Characterizing the Properties of Coronal Magnetic Null Points

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    Barnes, Graham; DeRosa, Marc; Wagner, Eric

    2015-08-01

    The topology of the coronal magnetic field plays a role in a wide range of phenomena, from Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) through heating of the corona. One fundamental topological feature is the null point, where the magnetic field vanishes. These points are natural sites of magnetic reconnection, and hence the release of energy stored in the magnetic field. We present preliminary results of a study using data from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory to characterize the properties and evolution of null points in a Potential Field Source Surface model of the coronal field. The main properties considered are the lifetime of the null points, their distribution with height, and how they form and subsequently vanish.This work is supported by NASA/LWS Grant NNX14AD45G, and by NSF/SHINE grant 1357018.

  14. Characterization on the Properties of Jute Fiber at Different Portions

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    Sweety Shahinur

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Natural fibers are environment-friendly, biodegradable, nonabrasive, and less costly and exhibit high initial modulus and high moisture absorption. However, they have nonuniformity in their mechanical, physical, chemical, and thermal properties at different portions. For this reason, long jute fiber was cut into three different portions and subsequently characterized using single fiber tensile test, differential scanning calorimetric, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy according to top, middle, and cutting portions. The crystallinity and moisture content were measured by XRD data and moisture absorption test of the different portions of the raw jute fiber, respectively. The middle portion had better mechanical, thermal, chemical, and crystalline properties compared to the other two portions of the jute fiber. The diameter gradually became thinner from cutting to top portions. Thus the middle portion of jute fiber would be the better choice while being used as reinforcement in composites.

  15. CHARACTERIZATION AND PROPERTIES OF A LIGNOSULFONATE-BASED PHENOLIC FOAM

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    Lihong Hu,

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Phenolated lignosulfonate was introduced into the synthesis of phenolic resol with phenol and formaldehyde in an alkaline condition. The modified resol was successfully applied to prepare phenolic foam using appropriate combinations of flowing agents. N-pentane was found to be suitable as the foaming agent. Sulphuric acid (50% aqueous solution, w/w and Tween-80 were used as catalyst and surfactant, respectively. The obtained foams were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, friability, and mechanical property tests. The experimental results showed the foam to have lower density, better toughness, and excellent thermal insulation compared to those of foams obtained from conventional resol resin. The properties of phenolated lignosulfonate modified phenolic foam can comply with the required specifications for its practical utilization.

  16. Characterization of the Binding Properties of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers.

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    Ansell, Richard J

    2015-01-01

    The defining characteristic of the binding sites of any particular molecularly imprinted material is heterogeneity: that is, they are not all identical. Nonetheless, it is useful to study their fundamental binding properties, and to obtain average properties. In particular, it has been instructive to compare the binding properties of imprinted and non-imprinted materials. This chapter begins by considering the origins of this site heterogeneity. Next, the properties of interest of imprinted binding sites are described in brief: affinity, selectivity, and kinetics. The binding/adsorption isotherm, the graph of concentration of analyte bound to a MIP versus concentration of free analyte at equilibrium, over a range of total concentrations, is described in some detail. Following this, the techniques for studying the imprinted sites are described (batch-binding assays, radioligand binding assays, zonal chromatography, frontal chromatography, calorimetry, and others). Thereafter, the parameters that influence affinity, selectivity and kinetics are discussed (solvent, modifiers of organic solvents, pH of aqueous solvents, temperature). Finally, mathematical attempts to fit the adsorption isotherms for imprinted materials, so as to obtain information about the range of binding affinities characterizing the imprinted sites, are summarized.

  17. Characterizing subsurface textural properties using electromagnetic induction mapping and geostatistics

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    Abdu, Hiruy

    Knowledge of the spatial distribution of soil textural properties at the watershed scale is important for understanding spatial patterns of water movement, and in determining soil moisture storage and soil hydraulic transport properties. Capturing the heterogeneous nature of the subsurface without exhaustive and costly sampling presents a significant challenge. Soil scientists and geologists have adapted geophysical methods that measure a surrogate property related to the vital underlying process. Apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) is such a proxy, providing a measure of charge mobility due to application of an electric field, and is highly correlated to the electrical conductivity of the soil solution, clay percentage, and water content. Electromagnetic induction (EMI) provides the possibility of obtaining high resolution images of ECa across a landscape to identify subtle changes in subsurface properties. The aim of this study was to better characterize subsurface textural properties using EMI mapping and geostatistical analysis techniques. The effect of variable temperature environments on EMI instrumental response, and EC a -- depth relationship were first determined. Then a procedure of repeated EMI mapping at varying soil water content was developed and integrated with temporal stability analysis to capture the time invariant properties of spatial soil texture on an agricultural field. In addition, an EMI imaging approach of densely sampling the subsurface of the Reynolds Mountain East watershed was presented using kriging to interpolate, and Sequential Gaussian Simulation to estimate the uncertainty in the maps. Due to the relative time-invariant characteristics of textural properties, it was possible to correlate clay samples collected over three seasons to ECa data of one mapping event. Kriging methods [ordinary kriging (OK), cokriging (CK), and regression kriging (RK)] were then used to integrate various levels of information (clay percentage, ECa

  18. Fabrication, characterization, and thermal property evaluation of silver nanofluids.

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    Noroozi, Monir; Radiman, Shahidan; Zakaria, Azmi; Soltaninejad, Sepideh

    2014-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles were successfully prepared in two different solvents using a microwave heating technique, with various irradiation times. The silver nanoparticles were dispersed in polar liquids (distilled water and ethylene glycol) without any other reducing agent, in the presence of the stabilizer polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The optical properties, thermal properties, and morphology of the synthesized silver particles were characterized using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, photopyroelectric technique, and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that for the both solvents, the effect of microwave irradiation was mainly on the particles distribution, rather than the size, which enabled to make stable and homogeneous silver nanofluids. The individual spherical nanostructure of self-assembled nanoparticles has been formed during microwave irradiation. Ethylene glycol solution, due to its special properties, such as high dielectric loss, high molecular weight, and high boiling point, can serve as a good solvent for microwave heating and is found to be a more suitable medium than the distilled water. A photopyroelectric technique was carried out to measure thermal diffusivity of the samples. The precision and accuracy of this technique was established by comparing the measured thermal diffusivity of the distilled water and ethylene glycol with values reported in the literature. The thermal diffusivity ratio of the silver nanofluids increased up to 1.15 and 1.25 for distilled water and ethylene glycol, respectively.

  19. Characterization of ion-exchange membrane materials: properties vs structure.

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    Berezina, N P; Kononenko, N A; Dyomina, O A; Gnusin, N P

    2008-06-22

    This review focuses on the preparation, structure and applications of ion-exchange membranes formed from various materials and exhibiting various functions (electrodialytic, perfluorinated sulphocation-exchange and novel laboratory-tested membranes). A number of experimental techniques for measuring electrotransport properties as well as the general procedure for membrane testing are also described. The review emphasizes the relationships between membrane structures, physical and chemical properties and mechanisms of electrochemical processes that occur in charged membrane materials. The water content in membranes is considered to be a key factor in the ion and water transfer and in polarization processes in electromembrane systems. We suggest the theoretical approach, which makes it possible to model and characterize the electrochemical properties of heterogeneous membranes using several transport-structural parameters. These parameters are extracted from the experimental dependences of specific electroconductivity and diffusion permeability on concentration. The review covers the most significant experimental and theoretical research on ion-exchange membranes that have been carried out in the Membrane Materials Laboratory of the Kuban State University. These results have been discussed at the conferences "Membrane Electrochemistry", Krasnodar, Russia for many years and were published mainly in Russian scientific sources.

  20. BATMAN beam properties characterization by the beam emission spectroscopy diagnostic

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    Bonomo, F.; Ruf, B.; Barbisan, M.; Cristofaro, S.; Schiesko, L.; Fantz, U.; Franzen, P.; Pasqualotto, R.; Riedl, R.; Serianni, G.; Wünderlich, D.

    2015-04-01

    The ITER neutral beam heating systems are based on the production and acceleration of negative ions (H/D) up to 1 MV. The requirements for the beam properties are strict: a low core beam divergence (BATMAN (BAvarian Test MAchine for Negative ions) allows for deepening the knowledge of the determination of the beam properties. One of the diagnostics routinely used to this purpose is the Beam Emission Spectroscopy (BES): the Hα light emitted in the beam is detected and the corresponding spectra are evaluated to estimate the beam divergence and the stripping losses. The BES number of lines of sight in BATMAN has been recently increased: five horizontal lines of sight providing a vertical profile of the beam permit to characterize the negative ion beam properties in relation to the source parameters. Different methods of Hα spectra analysis are here taken into account and compared for the estimation of the beam divergence and the amount of stripping. In particular, to thoroughly study the effect of the space charge compensation on the beam divergence, an additional hydrogen injection line has been added in the tank, which allows for setting different background pressure values (one order of magnitude, from about 0.04 Pa up to the source pressure) in the beam drift region.

  1. BATMAN beam properties characterization by the beam emission spectroscopy diagnostic

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    Bonomo, F., E-mail: federica.bonomo@igi.cnr.it [Consorzio RFX (CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova, Acciaierie Venete SpA), Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Istituto Gas Ionizzati - CNR, Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Ruf, B.; Schiesko, L.; Fantz, U.; Franzen, P.; Riedl, R.; Wünderlich, D. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Boltzmannstr. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Barbisan, M.; Pasqualotto, R.; Serianni, G. [Consorzio RFX (CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova, Acciaierie Venete SpA), Corso Stati Uniti 4, 35127 Padova (Italy); Cristofaro, S. [Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Via 8 Febbraio 2, 35122 Padova (Italy)

    2015-04-08

    The ITER neutral beam heating systems are based on the production and acceleration of negative ions (H/D) up to 1 MV. The requirements for the beam properties are strict: a low core beam divergence (< 0.4 °) together with a low source pressure (≤ 0.3 Pa) would permit to reduce the ion losses along the beamline, keeping the stripping particle losses below 30%. However, the attainment of such beam properties is not straightforward. At IPP, the negative ion source testbed BATMAN (BAvarian Test MAchine for Negative ions) allows for deepening the knowledge of the determination of the beam properties. One of the diagnostics routinely used to this purpose is the Beam Emission Spectroscopy (BES): the H{sub α} light emitted in the beam is detected and the corresponding spectra are evaluated to estimate the beam divergence and the stripping losses. The BES number of lines of sight in BATMAN has been recently increased: five horizontal lines of sight providing a vertical profile of the beam permit to characterize the negative ion beam properties in relation to the source parameters. Different methods of H{sub α} spectra analysis are here taken into account and compared for the estimation of the beam divergence and the amount of stripping. In particular, to thoroughly study the effect of the space charge compensation on the beam divergence, an additional hydrogen injection line has been added in the tank, which allows for setting different background pressure values (one order of magnitude, from about 0.04 Pa up to the source pressure) in the beam drift region.

  2. Characterization and modelling of the mechanical properties of mineral wool

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    Chapelle, Lucie

    2016-01-01

    the comparison of individual characteristics of different mineral wool materials and provide simple descriptors of the 3D structure. All the methods described here are applied to glass wool and stone wool. By developing a FEM model including the real characteristic of the mineral wool fibre structure, the effect......Mineral wool designates a highly porous network of fibres drawn by spinning molten minerals. Traditionally, mineral wool products have found application as thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings. Recent concepts where mineral wool products are subjected to higher structural loads have emerged...... properties of mineral wool relate closely to the arrangement and characteristics of the fibres inside the material. Because of the complex architecture of mineral wool, the characterization and the understanding of the mechanism of deformations require a new methodology. In this PhD thesis, a methodology...

  3. Characterization and Pervaporation Properties of Modified PU Membranes

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    Ye Hong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pervaporation will have broad application prospects in the treatment of phenolic wastewater. Polyurethane (PU membrane is promising but needs to be further modified. In this study, both β-CD and CNT were used to modify the PU membrane. The structure and property of these membranes were characterized by FTIR, DSC and TGA. The pervaporation performances were investigated, and the effects of β-CD and CNT on membrane separation were discussed. TGA shows that three kinds of modified membranes have enough thermal stability to afford pervaporation test and start weight loss at about 200 °C. In pervaporaiton, the total flux, separation factor and PSI value all increase with increased feed temperature. That is anti-trade-off phenomenon. Among these membranes, HTPB+β-CD-PU shows the best comprehensive performance at 80°C and has great potential for further application.

  4. Characterization of positronium properties in doped liquid scintillators

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    Consolati, G; Hans, S; Jollet, C; Meregaglia, A; Perasso, S; Tonazzo, A; Yeh, M

    2013-01-01

    Ortho-positronium (o-Ps) formation and decay can replace the annihilation process, when positron interacts in liquid scintillator media. The delay induced by the positronium decay represents either a potential signature for anti-neutrino detection, via inverse beta decay, or to identify and suppress positron background, as recently demonstrated by the Borexino experiment. The formation probability and decay time of o-Ps depend strongly on the surrounding material. In this paper, we characterize the o-Ps properties in liquid scintillators as function of concentrations of gadolinium, lithium, neodymium, and tellurium, dopers used by present and future neutrino experiments. In particular, gadolinium and lithium are high neutron cross section isotopes, widely used in reactor anti-neutrino experiments, while neodymium and tellurium are double beta decay emitters, employed to investigates the Majorana neutrino nature. Future neutrino experiments may profit from the performed measurements to tune the preparation of ...

  5. Synthesis, characterization and vibrational properties of p-fluorosulfinylaniline.

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    Páez Jerez, Ana L; Flores Antognini, Andrea; Cutin, Edgardo H; Robles, Norma L

    2015-02-25

    The reaction of p-fluoroaniline and SOCl2 rendered p-fluorosulfinylaniline in good yield. The obtained dark yellowish liquid compound was characterized by NMR, UV-visible, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies. The observed features were consistent with the existence of only one conformer, belonging to the CS symmetry group. A tentative assignment of the vibrational modes was performed on the basis of experimental spectra and quantum chemical calculations at different levels of theory (B3LYP and MP2 with 6-31+G(d), 6-311+G(d) and 6-311+G(df) basis sets). The conformational and vibrational properties of p-fluorosulfinylaniline were in good agreement with experimental data reported for other substituted sulfinylanilines and p-halogenanilines.

  6. Preparation, Characterization and Dielectric Properties of Epoxy and Polyethylene Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Chao; Mason, Ralf; Stevens, Gary

    Two very different kinds of polymer nanocomposites have been prepared, characterized and investigated by dielectric spectroscopy to investigate the effects of polymer-nanofiller matrix difference on the dielectric response of nanodielectric composites. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is a non-polar thermoplastic which has a high viscosity even in the melt phase and bisphenol-A epoxy resin with an anhydride hardener is a polar low viscosity thermosetting resin. Nanometric sized aluminium oxide filler was chosen as the common inorganic phase for both nanodielectrics. Generally, nanoparticles aggregate easily and are difficult to separate due to strong surface interactions. In this study various mixing methods were employed from ultrasonic liquid processing to controlled shear flow mixing to investigate the dispersion of the nanofillers. The resultant epoxy and polyethylene nanocomposites were characterized with SEM, TEM, and DSC. The dielectric properties and frequency response of the nanocomposites were measured in the frequency domain from 10-2 Hz to 106 Hz at different temperatures. In polyethylene nanocomposites, significant interfacial polarization is clearly seen. However, in epoxy nanocomposites, no obvious interfacial polarization is found. The results are discussed in terms of the difference in the electrical characteristics of the interfacial region between the polymers and the nano-alumina.

  7. Thermomechanical Property Characterization of Ultra Low-k Materials

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    Zhao, Jie-Hua; Gupta, Vikas; Mortensen, Clay D.; Lu, Kuan-Hsun; Edwards, Darvin R.; Johnson, David C.; Ho, Paul S.

    2009-06-01

    To meet electrical performance requirements, the industry is implementing ultra-low dielectric constant (ULK) materials in the back end of line interconnect structure. ULK dielectrics are inherently weak compared to traditional dielectrics and pose significant challenges to electronic packaging processes and reliability. Accurate mechanical properties are a pre-requisite for upfront risk assessments associated with low-k integration using numerical simulations. In this paper, techniques used to characterize ULK dielectric elastic modulus and in-plane/out-of-plane coefficient of thermal expansion will be presented and the data for a candidate ULK dielectric will be summarized. Nanoindentation of ULK films on substrate was used to determine the plane strain modulus. In the direction normal to the film, the temperature gradient of the thermal expansion strain along the film thickness was measured by x-ray reflectivity. In the plane of the film, the temperature gradient of the biaxial thermal stress was obtained by the substrate curvature measurements. A method to deduce Poisson's ratio of the thin ULK film is proposed using the data from the afore-mentioned characterization techniques.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of polyimines derived from selenophene

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    Diaz, F.R.; Moreno, J.; Tagle, L.H.; East, G.A.; Radic, D. [Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago (Chile). Dept. de Quimica Organica

    1999-04-12

    Polyimines derived from 2,5-di-(oxophenyl)selenophene (I) were synthesized by reacting (I) with different diamines in suitable mixtures of solvents. All the diamines obtained were black and highly insoluble. The polymers were characterized by IR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. NMR was not intended in view of the insolubility of the compounds. Differential scanning calorimetry was utilized to determine the thermal parameters (T{sub g} and T{sub m}) of these polymers. Electrical properties of the doped (doping agents: iodine, antimony pentafluoride, aluminum and ferric chloride) and undoped polymers were determined at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. No variation in conductivity was observed when AlCl{sub 3} or FeCl{sub 3} was used as dopant. This behavior has been ascribed to the poor electron-acceptor properties of these salts, inhibiting thus the doping process. On the other hand, an important increase of the conductivity was attained when iodine was employed as doping agent; conversely, when the polymers were exposed to AsF{sub 5}, only a moderate increase in conductivity was observed for all the polymers surveyed. The increase in conductivity of these polymers after doping is due to the presence of nitrogen, a very electronegative element, in their structures that promotes the oxidation of the polymeric chain. (orig.) 35 refs.

  9. Combustion synthesis, characterization and luminescence properties of barium aluminate phosphor

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    AH Wako; FB Dejene; HC Swart

    2014-01-01

    The blue-green emitting Eu2+and Nd3+ doped polycrystalline barium aluminate (BaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+) phosphor, was pre-pared by a solution-combustion method at 500 ºC without a post-annealing process. The characteristic variation in the structural and luminescence properties of the as-prepared samples was evaluated with regards to a change in the Ba/Al molar ratio from 0.1:1 to 1.4:1. The morphologies and the phase structures of the products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), while the optical properties were investigated using ultra-violet (UV) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD and TEM results revealed that the average crystallite size of the BaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ phosphor was about 70 nm. The broad-band UV-excited luminescence of the phosphors was observed atλmax=500 nm due to transitions from the 4f65d1 to the 4f7 configuration of the Eu2+ ion. The PL results indi-cated that the main peaks in the emission and excitation spectrum of phosphor particles slightly shifted to the short wavelength due to the changes in the crystal field due to the structure changes caused by the variation in the quantity of the Ba ions in the host lattice.

  10. Preparation, Characterization and Antibacterial Property of Cerium Substituted Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles

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    Lin Yingguang; Yang Zhuoru; Cheng Jiang

    2007-01-01

    Nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and cerium substituted hydroxyapatite (CeHAP) with the atomic ratio of Ce/[Ca+Ce] (xCe) from 0 to 0.2 were prepared by sol-gel-supercritical fluid drying (SCFD) method. The nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, XRD, and FT-IR, and the effects of cerium on crystal structure, crystallinity, and particle shape were discussed. With the tests of bacterial inhibition zone and antibacterial ratio, the antibacterial property of HAP and CeHAP nanoparticles on Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Lactobacillus were researched. Results showed that the nanoparticles of HAP and CeHAP could be made by sol-gel-SCFD, cerium could partially substitute for calcium and enter the structure of HAP. After substitution, the crystallinity, the IR wavenumbers of bonds in CeHAP decreased gradually with increase of cerium substitution, and the morphology of the nanoparticles changed from the short rod-shaped HAP to the needle-shaped CeHAP. The nanoparticles of HAP and CeHAP with xCe below 0.08 had antibacterial property only forcibly contacting with the test bacteria at the test concentration of 0.1 g·ml-1, however, the CeHAP nanoparticles had antibacterial ability at that concentration no matter statically or dynamically contacting with the test bacteria when xCe was above 0.08, and the antibacterial ability gets better with the increase of xCe, indicating that the antibacterial property was improved after calcium was partially substituted by cerium. The improved antibacterial effects of CeHAP nanoparticle on Lactobacillus showed its potential ability to anticaries.

  11. Processing, characterization and properties of oxide based nanocomposites

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    Bhaduri, Sutapa

    The synthesis, characterization and mechanical properties of oxide based nanocomposites are reported in this dissertation. Two binary systems are studied: Alsb2Osb3-MgO and Alsb2Osb3-ZrOsb2. Alsb2Osb3-MgO was chosen because of its relatively large field of solid solubilities at a moderate temperature. On the other hand, Alsb2Osb3-ZrOsb2 was chosen because it shows minimal solid solubility of the constituents. A novel "Auto Ignition" process using suitable fuels and oxidizers was utilized in the synthesis of nanocomposites and solid solutions. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out in predicting end point adiabatic temperatures (Tsbad) for each composition in both systems. Combustion temperatures were experimentally measured by means of a data acquisition system. Characterizations of the powders were carried out by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis (EDAX) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Heat treatment experiments were carried out to study the grain growth behavior. A hot isostatic pressing (HIP) model was developed for the present nanoceramics. Input parameters were carefully chosen for such nanomaterials. The as-synthesized nanocrystalline powders were consolidated to near theoretical density by hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) while retaining fine grain size. The experimental results were compared with the predictions of the model. Mechanical properties, such as room temperature toughness, low temperatures well as high temperature hardness, were determined for both systems. Room temperature hardness values were (2.89-7.79) GPa and fracture toughness was between 2.7 and 5.82 MPa.msp{1/2} for various compositions in the Alsb2Osb3-MgO system. Room temperature hardness values were between 5.33 and 8.71 GPa and fracture toughness values ranged from (5.3-9.62) MPa.msp{1/2} for various compositions in the Alsb2Osb3-ZrOsb2 system. Nanoindentation experiments were carried out to further explore the room

  12. Biodegradable Polycaprolactone-Titania Nanocomposites: Preparation, Characterization and Antimicrobial Properties

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    Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites obtained from the incorporation of synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles (≈10 nm average primary particle size in different amounts, ranging from 0.5 to 5 wt.%, into a biodegradable polycaprolactone matrix are achieved via a straightforward and commercial melting processing. The resulting nanocomposites have been structurally and thermally characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, wide/small angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS/SAXS, respectively and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. TEM evaluation provides evidence of an excellent nanometric dispersion of the oxide component in the polymeric matrix, with aggregates having an average size well below 100 nm. Presence of these TiO2 nanoparticles induces a nucleant effect during polymer crystallization. Moreover, the antimicrobial activity of nanocomposites has been tested using both UV and visible light against Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus. The bactericidal behavior has been explained through the analysis of the material optical properties, with a key role played by the creation of new electronic states within the polymer-based nanocomposites.

  13. Synthesis, characterization and gas sensing property of hydroxyapatite ceramic

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    M P Mahabole; R C Aiyer; C V Ramakrishna; B Sreedhar; R S Khairnar

    2005-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) biomaterial ceramic was synthesized by three different processing routes viz. wet chemical process, microwave irradiation process, and hydrothermal technique. The synthesized ceramic powders were characterized by SEM, XRD, FTIR and XPS techniques. The dielectric measurements were carried out as a function of frequency at room temperature and the preliminary study on CO gas sensing property of hydroxyapatite was investigated. The XRD pattern of the hydroxyapatite biomaterial revealed that hydroxyapatite ceramic has hexagonal structure. The average crystallite size was found to be in the range 31–54 nm. Absorption bands corresponding to phosphate and hydroxyl functional groups, which are characteristic of hydroxyapatite, were confirmed by FTIR. The dielectric constant was found to vary in the range 9–13 at room temperature. Hydroxyapatite can be used as CO gas sensor at an optimum temperature near 125°C. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies showed the Ca/P ratio of 1.63 for the HAp sample prepared by chemical process. The microwave irradiation technique yielded calcium rich HAp whereas calcium deficient HAp was obtained by hydrothermal method.

  14. Properties and Characterization of Modified HZSM-5 Zeolites

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    Renqing Lü; Hejin Tangbo; Qiuying Wang; Shouhe Xiang

    2003-01-01

    Physicochemical and catalytic properties of phosphorus and boron modified HZSM-5 zeolitestreated with 100% steam at 673 K were investigated. The acidity and distribution of acidic sites were stud-ied by infrared spectroscopy using pyridine as probe molecule and temperature programmed desorption(TPD) of ammonia. The structure of the samples was characterized by XRD, and the textural propertiesof the catalysts were determined by nitrogen isothermal adsorption-desorption measurements and scanningelectron microscopy (SEM). The XRD results show that the modified samples have no novel crystallinephase, indicating a high dispersion of phosphorus and boron species. After treatment, the microporousvolume and surface area of the samples markedly decrease, implying the blockage of the channel. The nitro-gen adsorption-desorption measurements suggest that the isothermal type of all samples is a combinationof isothermal type Ⅰ and Ⅳ, and all hysteresis loops resemble the H4-type in the IUPAC classification.The total acidity of the modified samples, determined by pyridine adsorption IR and TPD of ammonia,decreases in contrast to that of the parent HZSM-5. The conversion of n-heptane over P and B steam-modified HZSM-5 is higher than that of P and B-modified HZSM-5 zeolites but lower than that of theparent HZSM-5.

  15. Optical characterization of OLED emitter properties by radiation pattern analyses

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    Flaemmich, Michael

    2011-09-08

    Researches in both, academia and industry are investigating optical loss channels in OLED layered systems by means of optical simulation tools in order to derive promising concepts for a further enhancement of the overall device performance. Besides other factors, the prospects of success of such optimization strategies rely severely on the credibility of the optical input data. The present thesis provides a guideline to measure the active optical properties of OLED emitter materials in situ by radiation pattern analyses. Reliable and widely applicable methods are introduced to determine the internal electroluminescence spectrum, the profile of the emission zone, the dipole emitter orientation, and the internal luminescence quantum efficiency of emissive materials from the optical far field emission of OLEDs in electrical operation. The proposed characterization procedures are applied to sets of OLEDs containing both, fluorescent polymeric materials as well as phosphorescent small-molecular emitters, respectively. On the one hand, quite expected results are obtained. On the other hand, several novel and truly surprising results are found. Most importantly, this thesis contains the first report of a non-isotropic, mainly parallel emitter orientation in a phosphorescent small-molecular guest-host system (Ir(MDQ)2(acac) in a-NPD). Due to the latter result, emitter orientation based optimization of phosphorescent OLEDs seems to be within reach. Since parallel dipoles emit preferably into air, the utilization of smart emissive materials with advantageous molecular orientation is capable to boost the efficiency of phosphorescent OLEDs by 50%. Materials design, the influence of the matrix material and the substrate, as well as film deposition conditions are just a few parameters that need to be studied further in order to exploit the huge potential of the dipole emitter orientation in phosphorescent OLEDs.

  16. Characterization and electrical properties of chitosan for waste water treatment

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    Saengkaew, Phannee; Chantanachai, Kanittha; Cheewajaroen, Kulthawat; Nimsiri, Woraporn

    2016-05-01

    Chitosan extracted from shrimp shell waste was characterized in order to use for the industrial wastewater treatment. By XRF technique, the qualitative and semi-quantitative analyses of pure chitosan were performed with the relative compositions of Ca, Mg, Si, Fe, Al, and Na of 0.321%, 0.738%, 0.713%, 0.363%, 0.338%, and 3.858%, respectively. In the case of two types of the contaminated chitosan from the wastewater treatment before and after a process of a primary H2O2-treatment, the relative compositions of Ca, Mg, Si and Fe were obtained with an increasing of 0.356%, 1.321%, 1.536%, 0.451% and 0.406%, 1.105%, 1.178%, 0.591%, respectively. This shows that the suspended materials in the wastewater were absorbed by chitosan. By I-V Measurements, the across-through voltage of the pure chitosan disc was 0.245V±0.053 at the applied voltage of 17V, and resistance of 53.9MΩ ±10.3 at the applied voltage of 590V. After the utilization for the wastewater treatment, the across voltage of chitosan discs from two cases were 0.133V±0.047 and 0.223V±0.063, and the resistance of 122.8MΩ ±16.1 and 24.8MΩ ±5.1. The used chitosan has a lower conductivity because of a decreasing in the chitosan's electrical dipoles by combining with the suspended ions in the wastewater. Moreover, the adsorption efficiencies of chitosan for formaldehyde in the wastewater of two cases were 31.08% and 25.40%. In summary, chitosan is efficiently utilized in the wastewater treatment by absorption of the suspended materials and formaldehyde due to its molecular structure providing a good electrical property.

  17. Classification of analysis methods for characterization of magnetic nanoparticle properties

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    Posth, O.; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Steinhoff, U.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to provide a roadmap for the standardization of magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) characterization. We have assessed common MNP analysis techniques under various criteria in order to define the methods that can be used as either standard techniques for magnetic particle...... characterization or those that can be used to obtain a comprehensive picture of a MNP system. This classification is the first step on the way to develop standards for nanoparticle characterization....

  18. The Characterization of the Magnetic Properties of Soft Magnetic Materials

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    Larsen, Raino Michael

    1996-01-01

    The hysteresis curve and magnetic properties such as permeability, saturation induction, residual induction, coercive force and hysteresis losses are presented. The design and construction of equipment making it possible to measure true DC-values as well as AC-properties of toroid rings and cylin......The hysteresis curve and magnetic properties such as permeability, saturation induction, residual induction, coercive force and hysteresis losses are presented. The design and construction of equipment making it possible to measure true DC-values as well as AC-properties of toroid rings...

  19. Microstructure characterization and magnetic properties of nano structured materials

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    Sun, X.C

    2000-07-01

    The present thesis deals with the unique microstructural properties and their novel magnetic properties of core-shell Ni-Ce nano composite particles, carbon encapsulated Fe, Co, and Ni nanoparticles and the nano crystallization behavior of typical ferromagnetic Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} ribbons. These properties have intensively been investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HREM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (Sem), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy [eds.]; selected area electron diffraction pattern (SAED), Ft-IR, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). In addition, magnetic moments measurements at different temperatures and applied fields have been performed by transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy, superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The present studies may provide the insights for the better understanding of the correlation between the unique microstructure and novel magnetic properties for several magnetic nano structured materials. (Author)

  20. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Eden Steven, Jin Gyu Park, Anant Paravastu, Elsa Branco Lopes, James S Brooks, Ongi Englander, Theo Siegrist, Papatya Kaner and Rufina G Alamo

    2011-01-01

    This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of β-sheet (crystalline) and amorphous (helical) structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this invest...

  1. Synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties of ESIPT reactive triazine derivatives

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    Kuplich, Marcelo D.; Grasel, Fabio S.; Campo, Leandra F.; Rodembusch, Fabiano S.; Stefani, Valter, E-mail: vstefani@iq.ufrgs.br [Laboratorio de Novos Materiais Organicos. Instituto de Quimica. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Four new reactive fluorescent triazine derivatives were obtained from nucleophilic aromatic substitution of cyanuric chloride. The compounds were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 13}C and {sup 1}H NMR) and high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS MALDI). UV-Vis and steady-state fluorescence (in solution and in solid state) spectroscopies were also applied to characterize the photophysical behavior. The dyes are fluorescent by an intramolecular proton transfer mechanism (ESIPT) in the blue-orange region, with a large Stokes shift between 6365-10290 cm-1. The fluorescent cyanuric derivatives could successfully react with cellulose fibers to give new fluorescent cellulosic materials. (author)

  2. Measurements and Characterizations of Mechanical Properties of Human Skins

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    Song, Han Wook; Park, Yon Kyu

    A skin is an indispensible organ for humans because it contributes to metabolism using its own biochemical functions and protects the human body from external stimuli. Recently, mechanical properties such as a thickness, a friction and an elastic coefficient have been used as a decision index in the skin physiology and in the skin care market due to the increased awareness of wellbeing issues. In addition, the use of mechanical properties is known to have good discrimination ability in the classification of human constitutions, which are used in the field of an alternative medicine. In this study, a system that measures mechanical properties such as a friction and an elastic coefficient is designed. The equipment consists of a load cell type (manufactured by the authors) for the measurements of a friction coefficient, a decompression tube for the measurement of an elastic coefficient. Using the proposed system, the mechanical properties of human skins from different constitutions were compared, and the relative repeatability error for measurements of mechanical properties was determined to be less than 2%. Combining the inspection results of medical doctors in the field of an alternative medicine, we could conclude that the proposed system might be applicable to a quantitative constitutional diagnosis between human constitutions within an acceptable level of uncertainty.

  3. Szeged Matrix Property Indices as Descriptors to Characterize Fullerenes

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    Jäntschi Lorentz

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Fullerenes are class of allotropes of carbon organized as closed cages or tubes of carbon atoms. The fullerenes with small number of atoms were not frequently investigated. This paper presents a detailed treatment of total strain energy as function of structural feature extracted from isomers of C40 fullerene using Szeged Matrix Property Indices (SMPI. The paper has a two-fold structure. First, the total strain energy of C40 fullerene isomers (40 structures was linked with SMPI descriptors under two scenarios, one which incorporate just the SMPI descriptors and the other one which contains also five calculated properties (dipole moment, scf-binding-energy, scf-core-energy, scf-electronic-energy, and heat of formation. Second, the performing models identified on C40 fullerene family or the descriptors of these models were used to predict the total strain energy on C42 fullerene isomers. The obtained results show that the inclusion of properties in the pool of descriptors led to the reduction of accurate linear models. One property, namely scf-binding-energy proved a significant contribution to total strain energy of C40 fullerene isomers. However, the top-three most performing models contain just SMPI descriptors. A model with four descriptors proved most accurate model and show fair abilities in prediction of the same property on C42 fullerene isomers when the approach considered the descriptors identified on C40 as the predicting descriptors for C42 fullerene isomers.

  4. Modeling Based Characterization of Thermorheological Properties of Polyurethane ESTANE™

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    Ehsan Ghobadi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Shape-Memory Polymers (SMPs have the ability to be deformed and memorize this deformation until an external activation stimulus (e.g., heat is applied. Therefore, they have attracted great interest in many areas, especially for applications where reconfigurable structures are required (e.g., Shape-Memory (SM stents or micro air vehicles. Nevertheless, prior to technical application, the effective thermomechanical behavior of SMPs must be thoroughly understood. In the current contribution, an assessment of thermorheological properties of the commercially available polyurethane system ESTANE is presented. Thermorheological properties were investigated using Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA and complementary uniaxial stress relaxation experiments. Upon material parameter optimization, a finite viscoelastic and incompressible material model was used to model experimentally observed viscoelastic properties.

  5. Satellite retrieved aerosol properties for battlespace characterization and sensor performance

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    Schoemaker, R.M.

    2007-01-01

    Sea basing operations in coastal environments require a rapid and accurate description of the physical conditions in the region. Battlespace characterization and sensor performance assist in optimizing the efficiency and safety of operations, of which the detection of targets at low level above the

  6. Characterization of the functional properties of carob germ proteins

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    Proteins from the carob germ were identified as having gluten-like proteins in 1935. While some biochemical characterization of carob germ proteins and their functionality has been carried out, relatively little has been done when compared to proteins such as gluten. Carob germ proteins were separ...

  7. Material Property Characterization of AS4/VRM-34 Textile Laminates

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    Grenoble, Ray W.; Johnston, William M

    2013-01-01

    Several material properties (modulus, strengths, and fracture toughness) of a textile composite have been evaluated to provide input data to analytical models of Pultruded Rod Stiffened Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS). The material system is based on warp-knitted preforms of AS4 carbon fibers and VRM-34 epoxy resin, which have been processed via resin infusion and oven curing. Tensile, compressive, shear, and fracture toughness properties have been measured at ambient and elevated temperatures. All specimens were tested in as-fabricated (dry) condition. Specimens were tested with and without through-thickness stitching.

  8. Physicochemical characterization of fish protein adlayers with bacteria repelling properties

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    Meyer, R. L.; Arpanaei, A.; Pillai, S.;

    2013-01-01

    Materials coated with aqueous fish protein extracts can reduce bacterial adhesion, but the mechanism behind the observed effect is not fully understood. In this study we explore the physicochemical properties of fish muscle protein adlayers on four substrates: gold, stainless steel, polystyrene...... and silicon dioxide. The aims were (i) to determine if the anti-adhesive effect is independent of the underlying substrate chemistry, (ii) to link the physicochemical properties of the adlayer to its ability to repel bacteria, and (iii) to elucidate the mechanism behind this effect. The main proteins on all...

  9. Characterization of High Temperature Mechanical Properties Using Laser Ultrasound

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    David Hurley; Stephen Reese; Farhad Farzbod; Rory Kennedy

    2012-05-01

    Mechanical properties are controlled to a large degree by defect structures such as dislocations and grain boundaries. These microstructural features involve a perturbation of the perfect crystal lattice (i.e. strain fields). Viewed in this context, high frequency strain waves (i.e. ultrasound) provide a natural choice to study microstructure mediated mechanical properties. In this presentation we use laser ultrasound to probe mechanical properties of materials. This approach utilizes lasers to excite and detect ultrasonic waves, and as a consequence has unique advantages over other methods—it is noncontacting, requires no couplant or invasive sample preparation (other than that used in metallurgical analysis), and has the demonstrated capability to probe microstructure on a micron scale. Laser techniques are highly reproducible enabling sophisticated, microstructurally informed data analysis. Since light is being used for generation and detection of the ultrasonic wave, the specimen being examined is not mechanically coupled to the transducer. As a result, laser ultrasound can be carried out remotely, an especially attractive characteristic for in situ measurements in severe environments. Several examples involving laser ultrasound to measure mechanical properties in high temperature environments will be presented. Emphasis will be place on understanding the role of grain microstructure.

  10. Surfaces. [characterization of surface properties for predicting bond quality

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1983-01-01

    Techniques for the characterization of surface cleanliness and roughness for predicting the quality of an adhesive bond are outlined. Generally, smooth surfaces are only available from cleavage of crystalline materials along a natural cleavage plane. Films must be deposited on metal surfaces to achieve the same smoothness. Once the surfaces are clean, however, reaction with the ambient atmosphere becomes likely through diffusive and absorption processes, producing asperities. Electron diffraction, Auger electron, and X ray emission spectroscopy are used to characterize surface condition. Once the surface is observed to be clean, the application of an adhesive will usually prohibit separation along the adhesive; separation is then confined to the weaker of the two materials. Finally, the use of polytetrafluorothylene adhesive to test the adhesion between polymers and metal surfaces is described.

  11. Characterization and antibacterial properties of porous fibers containing silver ions

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    Sun, Zhaoyang; Fan, Chenxu; Tang, Xiaopeng; Zhao, Jianghui; Song, Yanhua; Shao, Zhongbiao; Xu, Lan

    2016-11-01

    Materials prepared on the base of bioactive silver compounds have become more and more popular. In the present work, the surface morphology, structure and properties, of electrospun Polylactide Polylactic acid (PLA) porous fibers containing various ratios of silver ions were investigated by a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), universal testing machine, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and et al. The biological activities of the proposed porous fibers were discussed in view of the released silver ions concentration. Antibacterial properties of these porous fibers were studied using two bacterial strains: Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Results of the antibacterial testing suggested that PLA porous fibers containing silver ions could be used as potent antibacterial wound dressing materials in the biomedical field.

  12. Characterization of Photon Statistical Properties with Normalized Mandel Parameter

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    ZHANG Xin-Zheng; WANG Zhen-Hua; LI Hui; WU Qiang; TANG Bai-Quan; GAO Feng; XU Jing-Jun

    2008-01-01

    Normalized Mandel Parameter is introduced as a new measurement of photon statistics. Dependences of Mandel parameter Q and corresponding normalized Mandel parameter on photon-counting time interval are experimentally investigated for pseudo-thermal light. We demonstrate that is more appropriate than Q to measure the statistical deviation from Poisson distribution, because presents dearly both the intrinsic statistical properties and measuring effects. The advantages of in charactering nonclassical emissions are also discussed.

  13. Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Porcelain Tile Using Ultrasonics

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    KURAMA, Semra; Eren, Elif

    2012-01-01

    Ultrasound affords a very useful and versatile non-destructive method, using a large application area, for evaluating the microstructure and mechanical properties of materials. In this study, porcelain tiles were sintered at different temperatures to change their porosity. Following this, the time of flight of both longitudinal and shear waves was measured through the tile. The time of flight of ultrasonic waves was measured using a contact ultrasonic transducer operating on a pulse-echo mode...

  14. Synthesis, characterization and field emission properties of nanotubes and nanowires

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    Dong, Lifeng

    2005-11-01

    In this study, we investigated several novel methods to synthesize carbon nanotubes and nanowires of various compositions with controlled properties, utilized electron microscopy and microanalysis techniques to study their growth mechanisms and effects of growth parameters on their internal structures and morphologies, and set up a field emission microscope and a field emission probe system to study field emission properties of single nanotube/nanowires and thin films of nanostructures. The introduction of H2 during catalyst activation and nanotube growth periods thermodynamically and kinetically facilitates the formation of high quality nanotubes. With the inclusion of H2, the nanotube diameter decreased from 300 nm to 15 nm and growth rate increased from 78 nm/s to 145 nm/s. The growth location and orientation of carbon nanotubes to substrates can be controlled by the position and density of catalysts, respectively. Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques were utilized to confine catalyst locations and to directly deposit patterned catalyst precursors. Nanotube internal structures including graphitization and number of graphite layers can be tailored using different hydrocarbon gases (CH4 or C2H2) as carbon sources or by varying catalyst elements (Fe, Ni, or Co). Besides effects of nanoscale radius and high aspect ratio, the internal structures of carbon nanotubes greatly affects their field mission properties including turn-on field, threshold field and enhancement factor. Carbon nanotubes from Fe or Co demonstrate better field emission properties than those from Ni. At high electric fields, nanotube emission deviates from the Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) theory due to space charge and field emission-induced temperature effects. Also, an abnormal noise power spectral density (PSD) peak was observed at the space charge regime and PSD decreases with the increase of emission current due to Joule self-heating. In order to investigate field emission properties of nanostructures

  15. Microfluidic Impedance Flow Cytometry Enabling High-Throughput Single-Cell Electrical Property Characterization

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    Jian Chen

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This article reviews recent developments in microfluidic impedance flow cytometry for high-throughput electrical property characterization of single cells. Four major perspectives of microfluidic impedance flow cytometry for single-cell characterization are included in this review: (1 early developments of microfluidic impedance flow cytometry for single-cell electrical property characterization; (2 microfluidic impedance flow cytometry with enhanced sensitivity; (3 microfluidic impedance and optical flow cytometry for single-cell analysis and (4 integrated point of care system based on microfluidic impedance flow cytometry. We examine the advantages and limitations of each technique and discuss future research opportunities from the perspectives of both technical innovation and clinical applications.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of lamellar aragonite with hydrophobic property

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    Wang Chengyu, E-mail: wangcy@nefu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University, 150040 (China); Xu Yang [China Nation Center for Quality Supervision and Test of Woodworking Machinery, Northeast Forestry University, 150040 (China); Liu Yalan; Li Jian [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University, 150040 (China)

    2009-04-30

    A novel and simple synthetic method for the preparation of hydrophobic lamellar aragonite has been developed. The crystallization of aragonite was conducted by the reaction of sodium carbonate with calcium chloride in the presence of sodium stearate. The resulting products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and the contact angle. The results revealed that sodium stearate plays an important role in determining the structure and morphology of the sample. Besides, we have succeeded in surface modification of particles in situ at the same time. The contact angle of the modified aragonite reached 108.59 deg.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and thermal properties of inorganic-organic hybrid

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Poly (St-MAn-APTES/silica hybrid materials were successfully prepared from styrene (St, maleic anhydride (MAn and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS in the presence of a coupling agent 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES, by freeradical solution polymerization and in situ sol-gel process. The TEOS content varied from 0 to 25 wt%. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy were used to characterize the structure of the hybrids (condensed siloxane bonds designated as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane having mono-, di-, tri, tetra-substituted siloxane bonds designated as T1, T2 and T3. The results revealed that Q3, Q4 and T3 were the major microstructure elements in forming a network structure. The hybrid materials were also characterized by the methods of solvent extraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA for determining the gel contents, particle size and thermal performance. The results showed that gel contents in the hybrid materials were much higher, the SiO2 phase were well dispersed in the polymer matrix, silicon dioxide existed at nanoscale in the composites, which had excellent thermal stability.

  18. CHARACTERIZATION AND ADSORPTION PROPERTIES OF POROUS CARBON NANOFIBER GRANULES

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    Jiuling Chen; Qinghai Chen; Yongdan Li

    2006-01-01

    The properties of the porous granules produced by agglomeration of catalytically grown carbon nanofibers were investigated in this work. The single pellet crushing strength of the granules is high, e.g., 1.6-2.5 MPa. They have adsorption at 298 K of benzene or phenol on the granules is much lower than that on activated carbon and depends not only on the specific surface area of the carbon material but also on the sewing structure of the granules and the morphology of the carbon nanofibers. Treatment in dilute nitric acid appreciably reduces such adsorption.

  19. Characterization, Microstructure, and Dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore structural ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang

    2013-05-01

    The (BMN) bulk materials were sintered at 1050°C, 1100°C, 1150°C, 1200°C by the conventional ceramic process, and their microstructure and dielectric properties were investigated by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (including the X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry EDS and high resolution transmission electron microscopy HRTEM) and dielectric impedance analyzer. We systematically investigated the structure, dielectric properties and voltage tunable property of the ceramics prepared at different sintering temperatures. The XRD patterns demonstrated that the synthesized BMN solid solutions had cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure when sintered at 1050°C or higher, and the lattice parameter (a) of the unit cell in BMN solid solution was calculated to be about 10.56Å. The vibrational peaks observed in the Raman spectra of BMN solid solutions also confirmed the cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure of the synthesized BMN. According to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images, the grain size increased with increasing sintering temperature. Additionally, it was shown that the densities of the BMN ceramic tablets vary with sintering temperature. The calculated theoretical density for the BMN ceramic tablets sintered at different temperatures is about 6.7521 . The density of the respective measured tablets is usually amounting more than 91% and 5 approaching a maximum value of 96.5% for sintering temperature of 1150°C. The microstructure was investigated by using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD). Combined with the results obtained from the STEM and XRD, the impact of sintering temperature on the macroscopic and microscopic structure was discussed. The relative dielectric constant ( ) and dielectric loss ( ) of the BMN solid solutions were measured to be 161-200 and (at room temperature and 100Hz-1MHz), respectively. The BMN solid

  20. Preparation, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Modified Red Mud

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    Ma, MingJie; Wang, Guanyu; Yang, Zhengpeng; Huang, Shanxiu; Guo, Weijie; Shen, Yuxia

    2015-01-01

    Solid waste red mud was modified by HCl leaching. The structure property and composition of modified red mud were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). Under UV irradiation, methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution was photodegraded by modified red mud. The obtained results showed that the specific surface area of modified red mud was 317.14 m2/g, which was about 40 times higher than tha...

  1. Characterization of the DNA binding properties of polyomavirus capsid protein

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    Chang, D.; Cai, X.; Consigli, R. A.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1993-01-01

    The DNA binding properties of the polyomavirus structural proteins VP1, VP2, and VP3 were studied by Southwestern analysis. The major viral structural protein VP1 and host-contributed histone proteins of polyomavirus virions were shown to exhibit DNA binding activity, but the minor capsid proteins VP2 and VP3 failed to bind DNA. The N-terminal first five amino acids (Ala-1 to Lys-5) were identified as the VP1 DNA binding domain by genetic and biochemical approaches. Wild-type VP1 expressed in Escherichia coli (RK1448) exhibited DNA binding activity, but the N-terminal truncated VP1 mutants (lacking Ala-1 to Lys-5 and Ala-1 to Cys-11) failed to bind DNA. The synthetic peptide (Ala-1 to Cys-11) was also shown to have an affinity for DNA binding. Site-directed mutagenesis of the VP1 gene showed that the point mutations at Pro-2, Lys-3, and Arg-4 on the VP1 molecule did not affect DNA binding properties but that the point mutation at Lys-5 drastically reduced DNA binding affinity. The N-terminal (Ala-1 to Lys-5) region of VP1 was found to be essential and specific for DNA binding, while the DNA appears to be non-sequence specific. The DNA binding domain and the nuclear localization signal are located in the same N-terminal region.

  2. Thermal characterization and properties of a copper-diamond composite

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    Yang, Pin [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Chavez, Thomas P. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); DiAntonio, Christopher Brian [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Coker, Eric Nicholas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2014-09-01

    The thermal properties of a commercial copper-diamond composite were measured from below -50°C to above 200°C. The results of thermal expansion, heat capacity, and thermal diffusivity were reported. These data were used to calculate the thermal conductivity of the composite as a function of temperature in the thickness direction. These results are compared with estimated values based on a simple mixing rule and the temperature dependence of these physical properties is represented by curve fitting equations. These fitting equations can be used for thermal modeling of practical devices/systems at their operation temperatures. The results of the mixing rule showed a consistent correlation between the amount of copper and diamond in the composite, based on density, thermal expansion, and heat capacity measurements. However, there was a disparity between measured and estimated thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity. These discrepancies can be caused by many intrinsic material issues such as lattice defects and impurities, but the dominant factor is attributed to the large uncertainty of the interfacial thermal conductance between diamond and copper.

  3. Simultaneous spectrophotometric and mechanical property characterization of skin

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    Bunegin, Leonid; Moore, Jeffery B.

    2006-02-01

    Both reflectance spectroscopy and the determination Young's Modulus of skin have shown promise for identifying skin pathology. At present, these determinations are carried out using separate methodologies. This study demonstrates a new technology combining digital UV/VIS reflectance spectroscopy and vacuum aspiration for simultaneously determining the reflectance spectrum and mechanical properties of human skin tissue. A small hand held prototype device incorporating fiber-optic light guides into a vacuum channel was calibrated using various elastic materials subjected to increments of stress by vacuum from 0 to 25 in Hg. The intensity of a UV/VIS light beam reflected from the material at each vacuum increment was compared to the resulting material strain. The reflected beam was also spectrophotometrically analyzed. Skin types were similarly evaluated comparing normal and scar tissue and skin of various ages and coloration. An exponential relationship between reflected beam intensity and the amount of strain resulting from vacuum increments was observed. Young's Modulus (calculated from Aoki et. al equation) and spectra from normal skin and scar tissue were in agreement with previously published observations. Age related decreases in skin elasticity were also demonstrated. In the reflectance spectra, oxy and deoxy-hemoglobin absorbance bands were detected, becoming significantly enhanced at increased levels of vacuum. Melanin absorbance was also easily detected and appeared to correlate with skin coloration. Since superficial skin pathologies have characteristic spectroscopic and mechanical properties, this technique may provide a promising new approach for rapid, non-invasive method for the evaluation of skin lesions.

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and properties of reduced europium molybdates and tungstates

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    Abeysinghe, Dileka [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Gerke, Birgit [Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster , Corrensstrasse 30, Münster D-48149 (Germany); Morrison, Gregory; Hsieh, Chun H.; Smith, Mark D. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Pöttgen, Rainer [Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster , Corrensstrasse 30, Münster D-48149 (Germany); Makris, Thomas M. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States); Loye, Hans-Conrad zur, E-mail: zurloye@mailbox.sc.edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 (United States)

    2015-09-15

    Single crystals of K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4}, K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, EuWO{sub 4}, and EuMoO{sub 4} were grown from molten chloride fluxes contained in vacuum-sealed fused silica and structurally characterized via single crystal X-ray diffraction. The in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} was carried out using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. All four compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group of I4{sub 1}/a and adopt the scheelite (CaWO{sub 4}) structure type. The magnetic susceptibility of the reported compounds shows paramagnetic behavior down to 2 K. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze the relative Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content of the samples. All the compounds were further characterized by EPR, and UV-vis spectroscopy. - Graphical abstract: TOC Caption Two new reduced europium containing quaternary oxides, K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4} and K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, and two previously reported ternary reduced oxides, EuWO{sub 4} and EuMoO{sub 4}, were synthesized via an in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} under flux method using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze the relative Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content of the samples. - Highlights: • K{sub 0.094}Eu{sub 0.906}MoO{sub 4}, K{sub 0.097}Eu{sub 0.903}WO{sub 4}, EuWO{sub 4}, and EuMoO{sub 4} have been synthesized and characterized. • The in situ reduction of Eu{sup 3+} to Eu{sup 2+} was carried out using Mo, W, and Zn as metal reducing agents. • Magnetic susceptibility data were collected. • {sup 151}Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy was used to analyze Eu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} content.

  5. Organobentonite: Characterization and adsorptive properties towards phenol and its derivatives

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    Marinović Sanja

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Bentonite from Mečji Do locality in Serbia was modified with hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br, and the sample was denoted as HDTMA-MD. The characterization of the material included X-Ray diffraction, elemental analysis and point of zero charge determination. The adsorption of phenol and its nitro derivatives: 2-nitrophenol (2NP, 3-nitrophenol (3NP and 4-nitrophenol (4NP on HDTMA-MD was investigated. The adsorption capacity of HDTMA-MD toward phenol derivatives increased in the following order qe (phenol < qe (3NP < qe (2NP < qe (4NP. The influence of adsorption time and initial concentration on the adsorption efficiency of HDTMA-MD was studied for 4NP. The data were best fitted with Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45001

  6. Synthesis, characterization and properties of hollow nickel phosphide nanospheres

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    Ni Yonghong; Tao Ali; Hu Guangzhi; Cao Xiaofeng; Wei Xianwen; Yang Zhousheng [College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solids, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000 (China)

    2006-10-14

    Nickel phosphide (Ni{sub 12}P{sub 5}) hollow nanospheres with a mean diameter of 100 nm and a shell thickness of 15-20 nm have been successfully prepared by a hydrothermal-microemulsion route, using NaH{sub 2}PO{sub 2} as a phosphorus source. XRD, EDS (HR)TEM, SEM and the SAED pattern were used to characterize the final product. Experiments showed that the as-prepared nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres could selectively catalytically degrade some organic dyes such as methyl red and Safranine T under 254 nm UV light irradiation. At the same time, the nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres showed a stronger ability to promote electron transfer between the glass-carbon electrode and adrenalin than nickel phosphide honeycomb-like particles prepared by a simple hydrothermal route. A possible formation process for nickel phosphide hollow nanospheres was suggested based on the experimental results.

  7. Thermal property of biological tissues characterized by piezoelectric photoacoustic technique

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    GAO Chunming; ZHANG Shuyi; CHEN Yan; SHUI Xiuji; YANG Yuetao

    2004-01-01

    A photoacoustic piezoelectric method based on a simplified thermoelastic theory is employed to determine thermal diffusivities of biological tissues. The thermal diffusivities of porcine tissues with different preparation conditions, including fresh, dry and specially prepared conditions, are characterized. Comparing the experimental evaluated diffusivities of the tissues in three conditions with each other, it can be seen that the diffusivities of the fresh tissues are the biggest and the diffusivities of the specially prepared tissues are bigger than that of the dry ones generally. The results show that the piezoelectric photoacoustic method is especially effective for determining macro-effective (average) thermal diffusivities of biological materials with micro- inhomogeneity and easy to be performed, which can provide useful information for researching thermal characters of biological tissues.

  8. Hexamethylenetetramine carboxyborane: synthesis, structural characterization and CO releasing properties.

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    Ayudhya, T I; Raymond, C C; Dingra, N N

    2017-01-17

    Carbon monoxide, although widely known as a toxic gas, has received great attention in the past few decades due to its promising role as a medical gas. Several classes of carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORMs) have been synthesised with many of them having pharmacological activities under physiological conditions. Herein, we report the synthesis and structural characterization of the first example of amine carboxyborane that releases CO under physiological conditions without the aid of inducers. A representative compound hexamethylenetetramine carboxyborane (HMTA-CB) described here has a half-life of 2.7 days and gradually releases CO with the rate constant of 3.0 × 10(-6) s(-1). Its ability to promote cell growth shows the beneficial effect of slow CO release to supplement CO in small amounts over time.

  9. Cloning, characterization, and properties of seven triplet repeat DNA sequences.

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    Ohshima, K; Kang, S; Larson, J E; Wells, R D

    1996-07-12

    Several neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases are caused by genetically unstable triplet repeat sequences (CTG.CAG, CGG.CCG, or AAG.CTT) in or near the responsible genes. We implemented novel cloning strategies with chemically synthesized oligonucleotides to clone seven of the triplet repeat sequences (GTA.TAC, GAT.ATC, GTT.AAC, CAC.GTG, AGG.CCT, TCG.CGA, and AAG.CTT), and the adjoining paper (Ohshima, K., Kang, S., Larson, J. E., and Wells, R. D.(1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 16784-16791) describes studies on TTA.TAA. This approach in conjunction with in vivo expansion studies in Escherichia coli enabled the preparation of at least 81 plasmids containing the repeat sequences with lengths of approximately 16 up to 158 triplets in both orientations with varying extents of polymorphisms. The inserts were characterized by DNA sequencing as well as DNA polymerase pausings, two-dimensional agarose gel electrophoresis, and chemical probe analyses to evaluate the capacity to adopt negative supercoil induced non-B DNA conformations. AAG.CTT and AGG.CCT form intramolecular triplexes, and the other five repeat sequences do not form any previously characterized non-B structures. However, long tracts of TCG.CGA showed strong inhibition of DNA synthesis at specific loci in the repeats as seen in the cases of CTG.CAG and CGG.CCG (Kang, S., Ohshima, K., Shimizu, M., Amirhaeri, S., and Wells, R. D.(1995) J. Biol. Chem. 270, 27014-27021). This work along with other studies (Wells, R. D.(1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 2875-2878) on CTG.CAG, CGG.CCG, and TTA.TAA makes available long inserts of all 10 triplet repeat sequences for a variety of physical, molecular biological, genetic, and medical investigations. A model to explain the reduction in mRNA abundance in Friedreich's ataxia based on intermolecular triplex formation is proposed.

  10. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Steven, Eden; Park, Jin Gyu; Paravastu, Anant; Branco Lopes, Elsa; Brooks, James S.; Englander, Ongi; Siegrist, Theo; Kaner, Papatya; Alamo, Rufina G.

    2011-10-01

    This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of β-sheet (crystalline) and amorphous (helical) structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this investigation, where the insulating nature of neat silk under ambient conditions is described first. Modification of the conductivity by humidity, exposure to polar solvents, iodine doping, pyrolization and deposition of a thin metallic film are explored next. The conductivity increases exponentially with relative humidity and/or solvent, whereas only an incremental increase occurs after iodine doping. In contrast, iodine doping, optimal at 70 °C, has a strong effect on the morphology of silk bundles (increasing their size), on the process of pyrolization (suppressing mass loss rates) and on the resulting carbonized fiber structure (that becomes more robust against bending and strain). The effects of iodine doping and other functional parameters (vacuum and thin film coating) motivated an investigation with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) to monitor doping-induced changes in the amino acid-protein backbone signature. MAS-NMR revealed a moderate effect of iodine on the helical and β-sheet structures, and a lesser effect of gold sputtering. The effects of iodine doping were further probed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, revealing a partial transformation of β-sheet-to-amorphous constituency. A model is proposed, based on the findings from the MAS-NMR and FTIR, which involves iodine-induced changes in the silk fibroin bundle environment that can account for the altered physical properties. Finally, proof-of-concept applications of

  11. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Steven, Eden; Brooks, James S [Department of Physics and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Park, Jin Gyu [FAMU-FSU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, High-Performance Materials Institute, Florida State University, 2005 Levy Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Paravastu, Anant; Siegrist, Theo; Kaner, Papatya; Alamo, Rufina G [FAMU-FSU Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Branco Lopes, Elsa [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear/CFMC-UL, P-2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Englander, Ongi, E-mail: esteven@magnet.fsu.edu [FAMU-FSU Department of Mechanical Engineering and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac, Tallahassee, Florida 32310 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of {beta}-sheet (crystalline) and amorphous (helical) structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this investigation, where the insulating nature of neat silk under ambient conditions is described first. Modification of the conductivity by humidity, exposure to polar solvents, iodine doping, pyrolization and deposition of a thin metallic film are explored next. The conductivity increases exponentially with relative humidity and/or solvent, whereas only an incremental increase occurs after iodine doping. In contrast, iodine doping, optimal at 70 deg. C, has a strong effect on the morphology of silk bundles (increasing their size), on the process of pyrolization (suppressing mass loss rates) and on the resulting carbonized fiber structure (that becomes more robust against bending and strain). The effects of iodine doping and other functional parameters (vacuum and thin film coating) motivated an investigation with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) to monitor doping-induced changes in the amino acid-protein backbone signature. MAS-NMR revealed a moderate effect of iodine on the helical and {beta}-sheet structures, and a lesser effect of gold sputtering. The effects of iodine doping were further probed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, revealing a partial transformation of {beta}-sheet-to-amorphous constituency. A model is proposed, based on the findings from the MAS-NMR and FTIR, which involves iodine-induced changes in the silk fibroin bundle environment that can account for the altered physical properties. Finally, proof

  12. Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties

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    Eden Steven, Jin Gyu Park, Anant Paravastu, Elsa Branco Lopes, James S Brooks, Ongi Englander, Theo Siegrist, Papatya Kaner and Rufina G Alamo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This work explores functional, fundamental and applied aspects of naturally harvested spider silk fibers. Natural silk is a protein polymer where different amino acids control the physical properties of fibroin bundles, producing, for example, combinations of β-sheet (crystalline and amorphous (helical structural regions. This complexity presents opportunities for functional modification to obtain new types of material properties. Electrical conductivity is the starting point of this investigation, where the insulating nature of neat silk under ambient conditions is described first. Modification of the conductivity by humidity, exposure to polar solvents, iodine doping, pyrolization and deposition of a thin metallic film are explored next. The conductivity increases exponentially with relative humidity and/or solvent, whereas only an incremental increase occurs after iodine doping. In contrast, iodine doping, optimal at 70 °C, has a strong effect on the morphology of silk bundles (increasing their size, on the process of pyrolization (suppressing mass loss rates and on the resulting carbonized fiber structure (that becomes more robust against bending and strain. The effects of iodine doping and other functional parameters (vacuum and thin film coating motivated an investigation with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR to monitor doping-induced changes in the amino acid-protein backbone signature. MAS-NMR revealed a moderate effect of iodine on the helical and β-sheet structures, and a lesser effect of gold sputtering. The effects of iodine doping were further probed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, revealing a partial transformation of β-sheet-to-amorphous constituency. A model is proposed, based on the findings from the MAS-NMR and FTIR, which involves iodine-induced changes in the silk fibroin bundle environment that can account for the altered physical properties. Finally, proof

  13. Preparation, Characterization and Properties of Graphene-silver Sulphide Hybrid

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    CHEN Guang-yi; WEI Zhi-yong; LIANG Ce; WANG De-jin; LIANG Ji-cai; ZHANG Wan-xi

    2012-01-01

    A facile and efficient strategy was reported for the preparation of graphene nanosheets-Ag2S hybrid by a simple hydrothermal process.First,Ag2S particles deposited on the surface of graphene oxide(GO) sheet.GO was then reduced by hydrazine hydrate to graphcne.The results of X-ray diffraction(XRD) and Fourier transform infrared(FTIR) demonstrated the efficient reduction of GO to graphene.Transmission electron microscopy(TEM) image of the sample reveals the morphology of the architecture of graphene-Ag2S hybrid.Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy(UV-Vis) and photoluminescence(PL) measurement were further employed to study the optical properties of the obtained nanocomposite.This work can be extended to design other graphene-based hybrid nanomaterials,and the as-grown architectures may hold promise for many applications.

  14. Characterization of electrical and optical properties of silicon based materials

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    Jia, Guobin

    2009-12-04

    In this work, the electrical and luminescence properties of a series of silicon based materials used for photovoltaics, microelectronics and nanoelectronics have been investigated by means of electron beam induced current (EBIC), cathodoluminescence (CL), photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) methods. Photovoltaic materials produced by block casting have been investigated by EBIC on wafers sliced from different parts of the ingot. Various solar cell processings have been compared in parallel wafers by means of EBIC collection efficiency measurements and contrast-temperature C(T) behaviors of the extended defects, i. e. dislocations and grain boundaries (GBs). It was found that the solar cell processing with phosphorus diffusion gettering (PDG) followed with a SiN firing greatly reduces the recombination activity of extended defects at room temperature, and improves the bulk property simultaneously. A remaining activity of the dislocations indicates the limitation of the PDG at extended defects. Abnormal behavior of the dislocation activity after certain solar cell processes was also observed in the region with high dislocation density, the dislocations are activated after certain solar cell processings. In order to evaluate the properties of a thin polycrystalline silicon layer prepared by Al-induced layer exchange (Alile) technique, epitaxially layer grown on silicon substrate with different orientations was used as a model system to investigate the impact by the process temperature and the substrates. EBIC energy dependent collection efficiency measurements reveal an improvement of the epilayer quality with increasing substrate temperature during the growth from 450 C to 650 C, and a decrease of epilayer quality at 700 C. PL measurements on the epitaxially grown Si layer on silicon substrates revealed no characteristic dislocation-related luminescence (DRL) lines at room temperature and 77 K, while in the samples prepared by Alile process, intense

  15. Structure and Property Characterization of Oyster Shell Cementing Material

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    钟彬杨; 周强; 单昌锋; 于岩

    2012-01-01

    Oyster shell powder was used as the admixture of ordinary portland cement.The effects of different addition amounts and grinding ways on the strength and stability of cement mortar were discussed and proper addition amount of oyster shell powder was determined.The structure and property changes of cementing samples with different oyster shell powder contents were tested by XRD and SEM means.The results revealed that compressive and rupture strengths of the sample with 10% oyster shell powder was close to those of the original one without addition.Stability experiment showed that the sample prepared by pat method had smooth surface without crack and significant expansion or shrinkage after pre-curing and boiling,which indicated that cementing material dosed with oyster shell powder had fine stability.XRD and SEM observation showed that oyster shell independently exists in the cementing material.

  16. Preparation, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Modified Red Mud

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    Mingjie Ma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Solid waste red mud was modified by HCl leaching. The structure property and composition of modified red mud were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET. Under UV irradiation, methyl orange (MO aqueous solution was photodegraded by modified red mud. The obtained results showed that the specific surface area of modified red mud was 317.14 m2/g, which was about 40 times higher than that of the normal red mud. After UV irradiation for 50 min, the removal percentage of MO reached 94.2%. The study provided a novel way for the application of red mud to the photocatalytic degradation of organic wastes.

  17. Processing, characterization, and properties of some novel thermal barrier coatings

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    Jadhav, Amol D.

    The efficacy of ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) used to protect and to insulate metal components in engines increases with the thickness of the TBCs. However, the durabilities of thick TBCs deposited using conventional ceramic-coating deposition methods have not been adequate. Here the feasibility of depositing highly durable thick TBCs (1.5 to 4 mm thickness) of ZrO 2-7 wt.% Y2O3 (7YSZ) on bond-coated superalloy substrates using the solution-precursor plasma spray (SPPS) method has been demonstrated. Thermal cyclic durabilities of the thick SPPS TBCs have been shown to be much superior compared to TBCs deposited using the conventional air-plasma-spray (APS) process. To evaluate the performance of thick APS and SPPS TBCs, mechanical properties of free-standing coatings and coating/substrate interfaces have been determined experimentally. Additional evaluation of TBC performance has been obtained from studies of damage and development of thermally grown oxide (TGO) at the interface as a result of thermal cycling. The later results are used to suggest mechanisms of chemical failure of TGO in thick plasma-sprayed TBCs. Based on the experimental results and numerical analysis of the TBC residual stresses, the dramatic improvement in the thermal cycling life in the SPPS TBCs is attributed to superior mechanical properties of SPPS coatings. The presence of the strain tolerant vertical cracks in SPPS TBCs reduces the driving force for TBC spallation under mode-II loading. Additionally, high in-plane fracture toughness in the SPPS TBCs under mode-I loading delays the TBC spallation significantly. Finally, thermal conductivity of the SPPS TBCs has been reduced by microstructural tailoring. Analytical and object-oriented finite element (OOF) models have been used to analyze the experimental thermal conductivity data, and to predict thermal conductivities of engineered TBCs.

  18. Characterization of the properties of perlite geopolymer pastes

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    G. M. Tsaousi

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the characterization of perlite-based geopolymer pastes, using fine perlite as raw material. The present study examined the effects of the main synthesis parameters such as perlite to activator ratio, NaOH concentration, the addition of soluble silica to the activator, and curing temperatureon the setting time, the stability in an aquatic environment, the viscosity of the paste, and the compressive strength of the solidified geopolymers. The results showed that these inorganic polymer pastes are non-Newtonian shear thinning fluids that achieve low viscosities at high shear stresses. The optimum synthesis conditions for the geopolymer pastes proved to be a a low initial NaOH concentration in the alkaline phase (2–5 M and b a solid to liquid ratio of 1.2–1.4 g/mL. If very fast setting is necessary, the pastes should be prepared with a soluble silica-doped alkaline activating phase and cured at high temperatures around 90 °C.

  19. Periodate Oxidation of Methylcellulose: Characterization and Properties of Oxidized Derivatives

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    Marguerite Rinaudo

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the behavior of oxidized methylcelluloses is compared with that of the initial methylcellulose, an amphiphilic cellulose derivative. Methylcelluloses are important for many applications in the cosmetic and food industries. The mechanism of thermo-gelation of methylcellulose is briefly explained as well as the method of oxidation of polysaccharides. Then, our experiments involve the preparation of oxidized methylcelluloses: three degrees of oxidation are prepared and the new polymers are characterized by NMR, IR, SEC and rheology. Oxidation with periodate theoretically allows introduction of two aldehydic groups on C2–C3 glycol positions of anhydroglucose units. This reaction not only enhances the flexibility of the cellulosic backbone, but also causes a decrease in the molecular weight. In particular, the rheological behavior of methylcellulose and oxidized methylcellulose as a function of temperature is examined. The oxidized methylcelluloses prepared, being rich in aldehyde functions, become interesting intermediaries to prepare new cellulose derivatives. In this paper, three examples of reductive amination based on the reaction of modified methylcelluloses and −NH2 groups of different molecules are described: β-alanine produces a polyelectrolyte; chitosan and hyaluronan-ADH (derivative obtained with adipic dihydrazide allowing introduction of −NH2 functions on HA backbone are crosslinked and give new biocompatible hydrogels.

  20. Advanced optical measurements for characterizing photophysical properties of single nanoparticles.

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    Polsky, Ronen; Davis, Ryan W.; Arango, Dulce C.; Brozik, Susan Marie; Wheeler, David Roger

    2009-09-01

    Formation of complex nanomaterials would ideally involve single-pot reaction conditions with one reactive site per nanoparticle, resulting in a high yield of incrementally modified or oriented structures. Many studies in nanoparticle functionalization have sought to generate highly uniform nanoparticles with tailorable surface chemistry necessary to produce such conjugates, with limited success. In order to overcome these limitations, we have modified commercially available nanoparticles with multiple potential reaction sites for conjugation with single ssDNAs, proteins, and small unilamellar vesicles. These approaches combined heterobifunctional and biochemical template chemistries with single molecule optical methods for improved control of nanomaterial functionalization. Several interesting analytical results have been achieved by leveraging techniques unique to SNL, and provide multiple paths for future improvements for multiplex nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. Hyperspectral imaging has proven especially useful for assaying substrate immobilized fluorescent particles. In dynamic environments, temporal correlation spectroscopies have been employed for tracking changes in diffusion/hydrodynamic radii, particle size distributions, and identifying mobile versus immobile sample fractions at unbounded dilution. Finally, Raman fingerprinting of biological conjugates has been enabled by resonant signal enhancement provided by intimate interactions with nanoparticles and composite nanoshells.

  1. Characterization of the biochemical properties of Campylobacter jejuni RNase III.

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    Haddad, Nabila; Saramago, Margarida; Matos, Rute G; Prévost, Hervé; Arraiano, Cecília M

    2013-11-25

    Campylobacter jejuni is a foodborne bacterial pathogen, which is now considered as a leading cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis. The information regarding ribonucleases in C. jejuni is very scarce but there are hints that they can be instrumental in virulence mechanisms. Namely, PNPase (polynucleotide phosphorylase) was shown to allow survival of C. jejuni in refrigerated conditions, to facilitate bacterial swimming, cell adhesion, colonization and invasion. In several microorganisms PNPase synthesis is auto-controlled in an RNase III (ribonuclease III)-dependent mechanism. Thereby, we have cloned, overexpressed, purified and characterized Cj-RNase III (C. jejuni RNase III). We have demonstrated that Cj-RNase III is able to complement an Escherichia coli rnc-deficient strain in 30S rRNA processing and PNPase regulation. Cj-RNase III was shown to be active in an unexpectedly large range of conditions, and Mn2+ seems to be its preferred co-factor, contrarily to what was described for other RNase III orthologues. The results lead us to speculate that Cj-RNase III may have an important role under a Mn2+-rich environment. Mutational analysis strengthened the function of some residues in the catalytic mechanism of action of RNase III, which was shown to be conserved.

  2. Characterization of nuclear graphite elastic properties using laser ultrasonic methods

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    Zeng, Fan W.; Han, Karen; Olasov, Lauren R.; Gallego, Nidia C.; Contescu, Cristian I.; Spicer, James B.

    2015-05-01

    Laser ultrasonic methods have been used to characterize the elastic behaviors of commercially-available and legacy nuclear graphites. Since ultrasonic techniques are sensitive to various aspects of graphite microstructure including preferred grain orientation, microcrack orientation and porosity, laser ultrasonics is a candidate technique for monitoring graphite degradation and structural integrity in environments expected in high-temperature, gas-cooled nuclear reactors. Aspects of materials texture can be assessed by studying ultrasonic wavespeeds as a function of propagation direction and polarization. Shear wave birefringence measurements, in particular, can be used to evaluate elastic anisotropy. In this work, laser ultrasonic measurements of graphite moduli have been made to provide insight into the relationship between the microstructures and the macroscopic stiffnesses of these materials. In particular, laser ultrasonic measurements have been made using laser line sources to produce shear waves with specific polarizations. By varying the line orientation relative to the sample, shear wave birefringence measurements have been recorded. Results from shear wave birefringence measurements show that an isostatically molded graphite, such as PCIB, behaves isotropically, while an extruded graphite, such as H-451, displays significant ultrasonic texture. Graphites have complicated microstructures that depend on the manufacturing processes used, and ultrasonic texture in these materials could originate from grain orientation and preferred microcrack alignment. Effects on material isotropy due to service related microstructural changes are possible and the ultimate aim of this work is to determine the degree to which these changes can be assessed nondestructively using laser ultrasonics measurements.

  3. Microwave Synthesis, Characterization, and Photoluminescence Properties of Nanocrystalline Zirconia

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    A. K. Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report synthesis of ZrO2 nanoparticles (NPs using microwave assisted chemical method at 80°C temperature. Synthesized ZrO2 NPs were calcinated at 400°C under air atmosphere and characterized using FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM, BET, and EDS for their formation, structure, morphology, size, and elemental composition. XRD results revealed the formation of mixed phase monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO2 phases having crystallite size of the order 8.8 nm from most intense XRD peak as obtained using Scherrer formula. Electron microscope analysis shows that the NPs were less than 10 nm and highly uniform in size having spherical morphology. BET surface area of ZrO2 NPs was found to be 65.85 m2/g with corresponding particle size of 16 nm. The band gap of synthesized NPs was found to be 2.49 eV and PL spectra of ZrO2 synthesized NPs showed strong peak at 414 nm, which corresponds to near band edge emission (UV emission and a relatively weak peak at 475 and 562 nm.

  4. Microwave Synthesis, Characterization, and Photoluminescence Properties of Nanocrystalline Zirconia

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    Singh, A. K.; Nakate, Umesh T.

    2014-01-01

    We report synthesis of ZrO2 nanoparticles (NPs) using microwave assisted chemical method at 80°C temperature. Synthesized ZrO2 NPs were calcinated at 400°C under air atmosphere and characterized using FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM, BET, and EDS for their formation, structure, morphology, size, and elemental composition. XRD results revealed the formation of mixed phase monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO2 phases having crystallite size of the order 8.8 nm from most intense XRD peak as obtained using Scherrer formula. Electron microscope analysis shows that the NPs were less than 10 nm and highly uniform in size having spherical morphology. BET surface area of ZrO2 NPs was found to be 65.85 m2/g with corresponding particle size of 16 nm. The band gap of synthesized NPs was found to be 2.49 eV and PL spectra of ZrO2 synthesized NPs showed strong peak at 414 nm, which corresponds to near band edge emission (UV emission) and a relatively weak peak at 475 and 562 nm. PMID:24578628

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial properties of copper nanoparticles

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    Usman MS

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Muhammad Sani Usman,1 Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty,2,5 Kamyar Shameli,1,3 Norhazlin Zainuddin,1 Mohamed Salama,4 Nor Azowa Ibrahim1 1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, 2Laboratory of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia; 3Materials and Energy, Research Center, Karaj, Iran; 4Faculty of Pharmacy, UiTM, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia; 5Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abstract: Copper nanoparticle synthesis has been gaining attention due to its availability. However, factors such as agglomeration and rapid oxidation have made it a difficult research area. In the present work, pure copper nanoparticles were prepared in the presence of a chitosan stabilizer through chemical means. The purity of the nanoparticles was authenticated using different characterization techniques, including ultraviolet visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The antibacterial as well as antifungal activity of the nanoparticles were investigated using several microorganisms of interest, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella choleraesuis, and Candida albicans. The effect of a chitosan medium on growth of the microorganism was studied, and this was found to influence growth rate. The size of the copper nanoparticles obtained was in the range of 2–350 nm, depending on the concentration of the chitosan stabilizer. Keywords: chitosan, copper nanoparticles, antimicrobial activity, chemical synthesis, aqueous medium

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Nanoparticles of Intermetallic Compounds

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    DiSalvo, Francis J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2015-03-12

    The research program from 2010 to the end of the grant focused on understanding the factors important to the synthesis of single phase intermetallic nano-particles (NPs), their size, crystalline order, surface properties and electrochemical activity. The synthetic method developed is a co-reduction of mixtures of single metal precursors by strong, soluble reducing agents in a non-protic solvent, tetrahydrofuran (THF). With some exceptions, the particles obtained by room temperature reduction are random alloys that need to be annealed at modest temperatures (200 to 600 °C) in order to develop an ordered structure. To avoid significant particle size growth and agglomeration, the particles must be protected by surface coatings. We developed a novel method of coating the metal nanoparticles with KCl, a by-product of the reduction reaction if the proper reducing agents are employed. In that case, a composite product containing individual metal nanoparticles in a KCl matrix is obtained. The composite can be heated to at least 600 °C without significant agglomeration or growth in particle size. Washing the annealed product in the presence of catalyst supports in ethylene glycol removes the KCl and deposits the particles on the support. Six publications present the method and its application to producing and studying new catalyst/support combinations for fuel cell applications. Three publications concern the use of related methods to explore new lithium-sulfur battery concepts.

  7. Nanofluid optical property characterization: towards efficient direct absorption solar collectors

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    Otanicar Todd

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Suspensions of nanoparticles (i.e., particles with diameters < 100 nm in liquids, termed nanofluids, show remarkable thermal and optical property changes from the base liquid at low particle loadings. Recent studies also indicate that selected nanofluids may improve the efficiency of direct absorption solar thermal collectors. To determine the effectiveness of nanofluids in solar applications, their ability to convert light energy to thermal energy must be known. That is, their absorption of the solar spectrum must be established. Accordingly, this study compares model predictions to spectroscopic measurements of extinction coefficients over wavelengths that are important for solar energy (0.25 to 2.5 μm. A simple addition of the base fluid and nanoparticle extinction coefficients is applied as an approximation of the effective nanofluid extinction coefficient. Comparisons with measured extinction coefficients reveal that the approximation works well with water-based nanofluids containing graphite nanoparticles but less well with metallic nanoparticles and/or oil-based fluids. For the materials used in this study, over 95% of incoming sunlight can be absorbed (in a nanofluid thickness ≥10 cm with extremely low nanoparticle volume fractions - less than 1 × 10-5, or 10 parts per million. Thus, nanofluids could be used to absorb sunlight with a negligible amount of viscosity and/or density (read: pumping power increase.

  8. Nanofluid optical property characterization: towards efficient direct absorption solar collectors

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    Taylor, Robert A.; Phelan, Patrick E.; Otanicar, Todd P.; Adrian, Ronald; Prasher, Ravi

    2011-12-01

    Suspensions of nanoparticles (i.e., particles with diameters nanofluids, show remarkable thermal and optical property changes from the base liquid at low particle loadings. Recent studies also indicate that selected nanofluids may improve the efficiency of direct absorption solar thermal collectors. To determine the effectiveness of nanofluids in solar applications, their ability to convert light energy to thermal energy must be known. That is, their absorption of the solar spectrum must be established. Accordingly, this study compares model predictions to spectroscopic measurements of extinction coefficients over wavelengths that are important for solar energy (0.25 to 2.5 μm). A simple addition of the base fluid and nanoparticle extinction coefficients is applied as an approximation of the effective nanofluid extinction coefficient. Comparisons with measured extinction coefficients reveal that the approximation works well with water-based nanofluids containing graphite nanoparticles but less well with metallic nanoparticles and/or oil-based fluids. For the materials used in this study, over 95% of incoming sunlight can be absorbed (in a nanofluid thickness ≥10 cm) with extremely low nanoparticle volume fractions - less than 1 × 10-5, or 10 parts per million. Thus, nanofluids could be used to absorb sunlight with a negligible amount of viscosity and/or density (read: pumping power) increase.

  9. Characterization of Triaxial Braided Composite Material Properties for Impact Simulation

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    Roberts, Gary D.; Goldberg, Robert K.; Biniendak, Wieslaw K.; Arnold, William A.; Littell, Justin D.; Kohlman, Lee W.

    2009-01-01

    The reliability of impact simulations for aircraft components made with triaxial braided carbon fiber composites is currently limited by inadequate material property data and lack of validated material models for analysis. Improvements to standard quasi-static test methods are needed to account for the large unit cell size and localized damage within the unit cell. The deformation and damage of a triaxial braided composite material was examined using standard quasi-static in-plane tension, compression, and shear tests. Some modifications to standard test specimen geometries are suggested, and methods for measuring the local strain at the onset of failure within the braid unit cell are presented. Deformation and damage at higher strain rates is examined using ballistic impact tests on 61- by 61- by 3.2-mm (24- by 24- by 0.125-in.) composite panels. Digital image correlation techniques were used to examine full-field deformation and damage during both quasi-static and impact tests. An impact analysis method is presented that utilizes both local and global deformation and failure information from the quasi-static tests as input for impact simulations. Improvements that are needed in test and analysis methods for better predictive capability are examined.

  10. Characterization and modification of particulate properties to enhance filtration performance

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    Snyder, T.R.; Robinson, M.S.; Vann Bush, P.

    1989-06-22

    This report describes the results of project activities that occurred during the period from March 1 through May 31, 1989. The organization of this report generally follows the outline of work presented in the Project Work Plan. Work performed during this period included tests under Task 2 -- Parametric Tests of Ashes and Fabrics, and Task 3 -- Survey of Methods to Modify Particle Filtration Properties. Discussion of the Task 2 work has been organized topically, rather than adhering to the activities specified in the Work Plan. Cohesive ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority's 160 MW Atmospheric Fluidized-Bed Combustor at the Shawnee Plant in Paducah, Kentucky was obtained during this quarter and has been analyzed in the laboratory. The second phase of the abstract search and review of pertinent articles included in activity 3.1 is nearly complete. A summary of this phase of the literature search is included in this report. A variety of potential conditioning agents have been evaluated during this reporting period. These agents include sodium bicarbonate, hydrated lime, various grades of fine silica powder, gasifier char, glass beads and glass fibers. The three source ashes have been mixed with these agents in different concentrations and using various mixing techniques. These tests are continuing, and this report contains a summary of the combinations evaluated during this past quarter. 17 figs., 7 tabs.

  11. Characterization of adhesion associated surface properties of uropathogenic Escherichia coli.

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    Bartková, G; Ciznár, I; Lehotská, V; Kernová, T

    1994-01-01

    Escherichia coli was isolated from the urine of patients with pyelonephritis, with urinary tract infections other than pyelonephritis and with asymptomatic bacteriuria. Surface properties of the strains were analyzed by the salting-out aggregation test (SAT), hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC), Congo red binding (Crb), agglutination of erythrocytes (MRHA) and latex particles covered by digalactoside (PF) and by adherence to tissue culture cells. In addition, a DNA probe for the pap gene was used. The DNA probe detected the highest proportion of strains with pap gene in the group of patients with pyelonephritis, lower in the urinary tract infections other than pyelonephritis and the lowest in the group with asymptomatic bacteriuria. Tests for P-fimbriae (PF, MRHA) showed a similar distribution. Hydrophobicity measured by SAT and by HIC did not show differences among the tested groups of strains. The results suggest that factors other than the P-fimbriae and hydrophobicity may contribute to the persistence of E. coli in the urinary tract.

  12. Nanofluid optical property characterization: towards efficient direct absorption solar collectors.

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    Taylor, Robert A; Phelan, Patrick E; Otanicar, Todd P; Adrian, Ronald; Prasher, Ravi

    2011-03-15

    Suspensions of nanoparticles (i.e., particles with diameters nanofluids, show remarkable thermal and optical property changes from the base liquid at low particle loadings. Recent studies also indicate that selected nanofluids may improve the efficiency of direct absorption solar thermal collectors. To determine the effectiveness of nanofluids in solar applications, their ability to convert light energy to thermal energy must be known. That is, their absorption of the solar spectrum must be established. Accordingly, this study compares model predictions to spectroscopic measurements of extinction coefficients over wavelengths that are important for solar energy (0.25 to 2.5 μm). A simple addition of the base fluid and nanoparticle extinction coefficients is applied as an approximation of the effective nanofluid extinction coefficient. Comparisons with measured extinction coefficients reveal that the approximation works well with water-based nanofluids containing graphite nanoparticles but less well with metallic nanoparticles and/or oil-based fluids. For the materials used in this study, over 95% of incoming sunlight can be absorbed (in a nanofluid thickness ≥10 cm) with extremely low nanoparticle volume fractions - less than 1 × 10-5, or 10 parts per million. Thus, nanofluids could be used to absorb sunlight with a negligible amount of viscosity and/or density (read: pumping power) increase.

  13. Synthesis, Characterization, and Electroluminescence Properties of Poly(fluorenevinylene benzobisthiazoles)

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    Intemann, Jeremy J.; Mike, Jared F.; Cai, Min; Barnes, Charles A.; Xiao, Teng; Roggers, Robert A.; Shinar, Joseph; Shinar, Ruth; Jeffries-EL, Malika

    2012-11-26

    A series of vinylene-linked copolymers based on electron-deficient benzobisthiazole and electron-rich fluorene moieties were synthesized via Horner–Wadsworth–Emmons polymerization. Three different polymers P1, P2, and P3, were prepared bearing octyl, 3,7-dimethyloctyl, and 2-(2-ethoxy)ethoxyethyl side chains, respectively. The polymers all possessed moderate molecular weights, good solubility in aprotic organic solvents, and high fluorescence quantum efficiencies in dilute solutions. P2, which bore branched 3,7-dimethyloctyl side chains, exhibited better solubility than the other polymers, but also exhibited the lowest thermal decomposition temperature of all polymers. Overall, the impact of the side chains on the polymers optical properties in solution was negligible as all three polymers gave similar absorption and emission spectra in both solution and film. Guest-host light-emitting diodes using dilute blends of the polymers in a poly(N-vinylcarbazole) host gave blue-green emission with P2 exhibiting the highest luminous efficiency, 0.61 Cd/A at ~500 nm. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2013

  14. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of nanocrystalline lead molybdate

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    Anandakumar, V.M. [Department of Physics University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (India); Department of Physics, Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram (India); Khadar, M.A. [Department of Physics University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (India); Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (India)

    2008-11-15

    Lead molybdate (PbMoO{sub 4}) finds wide practical application due to its acousto-optic and luminescent properties. In the present study, nanoparticles of PbMoO{sub 4} of different grain sizes were synthesized through chemical precipitation technique. Precipitation reactions carried out in non-aqueous media below room temperature were used for the synthesis of samples of two lower grain sizes. The crystal structure and grain size of the samples were determined using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. UV-Visible absorption spectra showed a broad absorption peak for the sample with average grain size of 52 nm which is blue shifted considerably as the average grain size was reduced to 14 nm. The fundamental absorption follows an exponential edge indicating Urbach-like behaviour. The temperature dependence of Urbach parameter is also determined. The micro-Raman spectra and FT Raman spectra of the samples were recorded and the features in the Raman spectra are discussed. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Structural properties and hyperfine characterization of Sn-substituted goethites

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    Larralde, A.L. [INQUIMAE, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Ramos, C.P. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, GIyA - CAC - CNEA, Av. Gral. Paz 1499 (1650), San Martin, Bs. As. (Argentina); Arcondo, B. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Paseo Colon 850 (C1063ACV), Bs. As. (Argentina); Tufo, A.E. [INQUIMAE, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Saragovi, C. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, GIyA - CAC - CNEA, Av. Gral. Paz 1499 (1650), San Martin, Bs. As. (Argentina); Sileo, E.E., E-mail: sileo@qi.fcen.uba.ar [INQUIMAE, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-04-16

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pure and tin-doped goethites were synthesized from Sn(II) solutions at ambient pressure and 70 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Rietveld refinement of PXRD data indicated that Sn partially substituted the Fe(III) ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The substitution provoked unit cell expansion, and a distortion of the coordination polyhedron. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy revealed that Sn(II) is incorporated as Sn(IV). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy showed a lower magnetic coupling as tin concentration increased. - Abstract: Tin-doped goethites obtained by a simple method at ambient pressure and 70 Degree-Sign C were characterized by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction data, and {sup 57}Fe and {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy. The particles size and the length to width ratios decreased with tin-doping. Sn partially substituted the Fe(III) ions provoking unit cell expansion and increasing the crystallinity of the particles with enlarged domains that grow in the perpendicular and parallel directions to the anisotropic broadening (1 1 1) axis. Intermetallic E, E Prime and DC distances also change although the variations are not monotonous, indicating different variations in the coordination polyhedron. In general, the Sn-substituted samples present larger intermetallic distances than pure goethite, and the greatest change is shown in the E Prime distance which coincides with the c-parameter. {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy revealed that Sn(II) is incorporated as Sn(IV) in the samples. On the other hand, Fe(II) presence was not detected by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, suggesting the existence of vacancies in the Sn-doped samples. A lower magnetic coupling is also evidenced from the average magnetic hyperfine field values obtained as tin

  16. Characterization of the heat transfer properties of thermal interface materials

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    Fullem, Travis Z.

    Physicists have studied the thermal conductivity of solids for decades. As a result of these efforts, thermal conduction in crystalline solids is well understood; there are detailed theories describing thermal conduction due to electrons and phonons. Phonon scattering and transmission at solid/solid interfaces, particularly above cryogenic temperatures, is not well understood and more work is needed in this area. The desire to solve engineering problems which require good thermal contact between mating surfaces has provided enhanced motivation for furthering the state of the art on this topic. Effective thermal management is an important design consideration in microelectronic systems. A common technique for removing excess heat from an electronic device is to attach a heatsink to the device; it is desirable to minimize the thermal resistance between the device and the heatsink. This can be accomplished by placing a thermal interface material (TIM) between the two surfaces. Due to the ever-increasing power densities found in electronic components, there is a desire to design better TIMs, which necessitates the ability to characterize TIM bondlines and to better understand the physics of heat conduction through TIM bondlines. A micro Fourier apparatus which employs Pt thin film thermometers of our design has been built and is capable of precisely quantifying the thermal resistance of thermal interface materials. In the present work several types of commercially available TIMs have been studied using this apparatus, including: greases, filled epoxies, and thermally conductive pads. In the case of filled epoxies, bondlines of various thicknesses, ranging from thirty microns to several hundred microns, have been measured. The microstructure of these bondlines has been investigated using optical microscopy and acoustic microscopy. Measured values of thermal conductivity are considered in terms of microstructural features such as percolation networks and filler particle

  17. Role of the advanced microstructures characterization in modeling of mechanical properties of AHSS steels

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    Radwański, Krzysztof, E-mail: kradwanski@imz.pl; Wrożyna, Andrzej, E-mail: awrozyna@imz.pl; Kuziak, Roman, E-mail: rkuziak@imz.pl

    2015-07-15

    Detailed knowledge of the fraction, morphology and chemical composition of phase constituents and their effect on the mechanical properties play a crucial role in understanding of the mechanisms influencing the properties of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). On the other hand, the most important microstructural features of these steels are characterized by different size, starting from the nano- and ending on the microscale. Therefore, a detailed characterization of the AHSS microstructure must involve many methods capable of tracing the microstructure at different scale levels. The paper presents selected capabilities of advanced analytical techniques, in combination with conventional light optical microscopy (LOM), for quantitative characterization of the microstructure developed in AHSS steels during thermomechanical processing or continuous annealing. The material used for the investigation comprised the samples of DP steel sheet produced at the industrial scale. Special emphasis was focused on the capabilities of the Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscopy (FEG SEM) combined with EBSD of microstructural characterization. The significance of accurate microstructure characterization for the modeling of mechanical properties of AHSS steels was demonstrated for the case of numerical calculation of the stress–strain curve in the standard tensile test. The work results indicate that such an engineering approach is useful for prediction of material properties.

  18. An updated taxonomy for characterizing hackers according to their threat properties

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    Hald, Sara Ligaard; Pedersen, Jens Myrup

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to give an up-to-date terminology for and categorization of hackers on the Internet, and to characterize each category of hackers by their threat properties. To be able to prioritize defense efforts, security experts need an accurate taxonomy of attackers for the pr......The objective of this paper is to give an up-to-date terminology for and categorization of hackers on the Internet, and to characterize each category of hackers by their threat properties. To be able to prioritize defense efforts, security experts need an accurate taxonomy of attackers...

  19. On the elastic properties of carbon nanotube-based composites: modelling and characterization

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    Thostenson, E T

    2003-01-01

    The exceptional mechanical and physical properties observed for carbon nanotubes has stimulated the development of nanotube-based composite materials, but critical challenges exist before we can exploit these extraordinary nanoscale properties in a macroscopic composite. At the nanoscale, the structure of the carbon nanotube strongly influences the overall properties of the composite. The focus of this research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the structure/size influence of carbon nanotubes on the elastic properties of nanotube-based composites. Towards this end, the nanoscale structure and elastic properties of a model composite system of aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes embedded in a polystyrene matrix were characterized, and a micromechanical approach for modelling of short fibre composites was modified to account for the structure of the nanotube reinforcement to predict the elastic modulus of the nanocomposite as a function of the constituent properties, reinforcement geometry and nanot...

  20. Preparation, Characterization, and Properties of In Situ Formed Graphene Oxide/Phenol Formaldehyde Nanocomposites

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    Weihua Xu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene oxide (GO has shown great potential to be used as fillers to develop polymer nanocomposites for important applications due to their special 2D geometrical structure as well as their outstanding mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. In this work, GO was incorporated into phenol formaldehyde (PF resin by in situ polymerization. The morphologies and structures of GO sheets were characterized by FTIR, XRD, and AFM methods. The structure and properties of the GO/PF nanocomposites were characterized using FTIR, XRD, DSC, and TGA methods. Effects of GO content, reactive conditions, and blending methods on the structure and properties of GO/PF nanocomposites were studied. It was found that due to the well dispersion of GO sheets in polymer matrix and the strong interfacial interaction between the GO sheets and PF matrix, the thermal stability and thermal mechanical properties of the GO/PF nanocomposites were greatly enhanced.

  1. Characterization and Electrochemical Properties of Oxygenated Amorphous Carbon (a-C) Films

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    Palomäki, Tommi; Wester, Niklas; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Laitinen, Mikko; Jiang, Hua; Arstila, Kai; Sajavaara, Timo; Han, Jeon G.; Koskinen, Jari; Laurila, Tomi

    2016-01-01

    Amorphous carbon (a-C) films with varying oxygen content were deposited by closed-field unbalanced magnetron sputtering with the aim to understand the effect of oxygen on the structural and physical properties of the films and subsequently correlate these changes with electrochemical properties. The a-C films were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, helium-ion microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight elastic re...

  2. Characterization of surface properties of a solid plate using nonlinear Lamb wave approach.

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    Deng, Mingxi

    2006-12-22

    A nonlinear Lamb wave approach is presented for characterizing the surface properties of a solid plate. This characterization approach is useful for some practical situations where ultrasonic transducers cannot touch the surfaces to be inspected, e.g. the inside surfaces of sealed vessels. In this paper, the influences of changes in the surface properties of a solid plate on the effect of second-harmonic generation by Lamb wave propagation were analyzed. A surface coating with the different properties was used to simulate changes in the surface properties of a solid plate. When the areas and thicknesses of coatings on the surface of a given solid plate changed, the amplitude-frequency curves both of the fundamental waves and the second harmonics by Lamb wave propagation were measured under the condition that Lamb waves had a strong nonlinearity. It was found that changes in the surface properties might clearly affect the efficiency of second-harmonic generation by Lamb wave propagation. The Stress Wave Factors (SWFs) in acousto-ultrasonic technique were used for reference, and the definitions of the SWFs of Lamb waves were introduced. The preliminary experimental results showed that the second-harmonic SWF of Lamb wave propagation could effectively be used to characterize changes in the surface properties of the given solid plate.

  3. Properties Correlations and Characterization of Athabasca Oil Sands-derived Synthetic Crude Oil

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    Wang Jun; Zhao Suoqi; Xu Chunming; Chung Keng H.

    2007-01-01

    Narrow fractions of Athabasca oil sands-derived synthetic crude oil (SCO) from Canada were obtained by distillation at 20 ℃ to 500 ℃ and characterized. The yield and properties, such as density, refractive index, viscosity,freezing point, sulfur and nitrogen content and UOP K-index, were correlated as a function of boiling temperature (Tb).The properties of naphtha fractions, jet fuel and diesel fractions could be predicted accurately with the correlations, which are useful for process design considerations, such as optimizing operating conditions of refinery processing units. The other key properties and characteristics of naphtha fractions, jet fuel, diesel and vacuum gas oil were also determined.

  4. Characterization of the finite variation property for a class of stationary increment infinitely divisible processes

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    Basse-O'Connor, Andreas; Rosiński, Jan

    2013-01-01

    We characterize the finite variation property for stationary increment mixed moving averages driven by infinitely divisible random measures. Such processes include fractional and moving average processes driven by Levy processes, and also their mixtures. We establish two types of zero-one laws...

  5. CHARACTERIZATION OF ACTIVATED CARBONS' PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES IN RELATION TO THEIR MERCURY ADSORPTION

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    The paper gives results of a characterization of the physical and chemical properties of the activated carbons used for elemental mercury (Hgo) adsorption, in order to understand the role of oxygen surface functional groups on the mechanism of Hgo adsorption by activated carbons....

  6. Thermo-Mechanical FE Simulation & Characterization of MoGr’s Elastic Properties

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    de Bras de Fer, Thibault

    2014-01-01

    This report summarizes a two-month’s internship within the EN-MME department, focusing on Finite Element simulations for the Collimation project and PSB H0/H- dump upgrade, and the progress done on the characterization of Molybdenum-Graphite elastic properties.

  7. Characterization of Different Parts of Oil Palm Fronds (Elaeis Guineensis and Its Properties

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    Noor Afeefah Nordin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted on characterizing the properties of oil palm fronds (Elaeis guineensis from different parts. The fronds were cut to three parts which were the top, middle and bottom. The samples were chipped, dried in the oven of 50 °C and ground before they were characterized. The properties of the fronds were characterized using thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and x-ray diffraction (XRD. The results from TGA showed that the bottom part of the frond had the lowest percentage of residues which was 29.22 % and the degradation temperature was 194.17 °C. The FTIR spectra showed almost similar peaks for all samples. The bottom part of the frond had the highest crystallinity index which was 35.26 %. The study proved that different parts of the frond had different characteristics due to its chemical compositions.

  8. Standardization of Nanoparticle Characterization: Methods for Testing Properties, Stability, and Functionality of Edible Nanoparticles.

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    McClements, Jake; McClements, David Julian

    2016-06-10

    There has been a rapid increase in the fabrication of various kinds of edible nanoparticles for oral delivery of bioactive agents, such as those constructed from proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and/or minerals. It is currently difficult to compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of nanoparticle-based delivery systems because researchers use different analytical instruments and protocols to characterize them. In this paper, we briefly review the various analytical methods available for characterizing the properties of edible nanoparticles, such as composition, morphology, size, charge, physical state, and stability. This information is then used to propose a number of standardized protocols for characterizing nanoparticle properties, for evaluating their stability to environmental stresses, and for predicting their biological fate. Implementation of these protocols would facilitate comparison of the performance of nanoparticles under standardized conditions, which would facilitate the rational selection of nanoparticle-based delivery systems for different applications in the food, health care, and pharmaceutical industries.

  9. Molecular Characterization, Antioxidant and Protein Solubility-Related Properties of Polyphenolic Compounds from Walnut (Juglans regia).

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    Labuckas, Diana; Maestri, Damián; Lamarque, Alicia

    2016-05-01

    Aqueous ethanol extraction of partially defatted walnut flours provides a simple and reliable method to obtain extracts with high content of polyphenolic compounds. These were characterized by means of HPLC-ESI-MS/MS analytical techniques and molecular parameters. Considering the whole set of polyphenolic compounds identified, a high average number of phenolic-OH groups was found. Although these represent potential hydrogen-atom transfer sites, which are associated with high free-radical scavenging capacity, results show that such a property could be strongly limited by the low lipophilicity of polyphenols affecting the accessibility of these molecules to lipid substrates. Variations in pH values were found to change the ionization behavior of phenolic compounds. These changes, however, had minor effects on walnut protein solubility-related properties. The results obtained in this study highlight the importance of molecular characterization of walnut phenolic compounds in order to assess better their bioactive properties.

  10. Generating and characterizing the mechanical properties of cell-derived matrices using atomic force microscopy.

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    Tello, Marta; Spenlé, Caroline; Hemmerlé, Joseph; Mercier, Luc; Fabre, Roxane; Allio, Guillaume; Simon-Assmann, Patricia; Goetz, Jacky G

    2016-02-01

    Mechanical interaction between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM) controls key processes such as proliferation, differentiation and motility. For many years, two-dimensional (2D) models were used to better understand the interactions between cells and their surrounding ECM. More recently, variation of the mechanical properties of tissues has been reported to play a major role in physiological and pathological scenarios such as cancer progression. The 3D architecture of the ECM finely tunes cellular behavior to perform physiologically relevant tasks. Technical limitations prevented scientists from obtaining accurate assessment of the mechanical properties of physiologically realistic matrices. There is therefore a need for combining the production of high-quality cell-derived 3D matrices (CDMs) and the characterization of their topographical and mechanical properties. Here, we describe methods that allow to accurately measure the young modulus of matrices produced by various cellular types. In the first part, we will describe and review several protocols for generating CDMs matrices from endothelial, epithelial, fibroblastic, muscle and mesenchymal stem cells. We will discuss tools allowing the characterization of the topographical details as well as of the protein content of such CDMs. In a second part, we will report the methodologies that can be used, based on atomic force microscopy, to accurately evaluate the stiffness properties of the CDMs through the quantification of their young modulus. Altogether, such methodologies allow characterizing the stiffness and topography of matrices deposited by the cells, which is key for the understanding of cellular behavior in physiological conditions.

  11. Characterization and Design of Zeolite Catalysts Solid Acidity, Shape Selectivity and Loading Properties

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    Niwa, Miki; Okumura, Kazu

    2010-01-01

    Zeolites are microporous, aluminosilicate minerals commonly used as commercial adsorbents. Zeolite-based catalysts are used by industrial chemical companies in the interconversion of hydrocarbons and the alkylation of aromatic compounds. The current book deals with the characterization of specific properties of Zeolites and calculations for the design of catalysts. Measurements and utilization of solid acidity, shape selectivity, and loading properties, that are three prominent properties of a Zeolite catalyst, are treated in detail. These features concern chemical vapor deposition of silica, shape selectivity, loading properties, solid activity, Brønsted or Lewis character, ammonia temperature programmed desorption, control of the pore-opening size by chemical vapor deposition of silica and XAFS analysis of metals being highly dispersed inside and outside a framework.

  12. WET TORREFACTION OF MISCANTHUS – CHARACTERIZATION OF HYDROCHARS IN VIEW OF HANDLING, STORAGE AND COMBUSTION PROPERTIES

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    Mateusz Wnukowski

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Properties of miscanthus hydrochars obtained through wet torrefaction were studied. The process was carried out in three different temperatures – 180, 200 and 220 °C and with four different ratios of water to biomass – 3:1, 6:1, 12:1 and 16:1. The obtained solid products were characterized with respect to their fuel properties. The best results were obtained for the temperature of 220 °C and showed a noticeable improvement in fuel properties – especially grindability and lowered ash content. The influence of water to biomass ratio was not so explicit and while high ratio showed an improvement in all mentioned properties, low ratio allowed to achieve the highest energy yield. The results obtained for miscanthus wet torrefaction and the literature data for dry torrefaction were compared.

  13. Ultrasound Imaging Techniques for Spatiotemporal Characterization of Composition, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties in Tissue Engineering.

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    Deng, Cheri X; Hong, Xiaowei; Stegemann, Jan P

    2016-08-01

    Ultrasound techniques are increasingly being used to quantitatively characterize both native and engineered tissues. This review provides an overview and selected examples of the main techniques used in these applications. Grayscale imaging has been used to characterize extracellular matrix deposition, and quantitative ultrasound imaging based on the integrated backscatter coefficient has been applied to estimating cell concentrations and matrix morphology in tissue engineering. Spectral analysis has been employed to characterize the concentration and spatial distribution of mineral particles in a construct, as well as to monitor mineral deposition by cells over time. Ultrasound techniques have also been used to measure the mechanical properties of native and engineered tissues. Conventional ultrasound elasticity imaging and acoustic radiation force imaging have been applied to detect regions of altered stiffness within tissues. Sonorheometry and monitoring of steady-state excitation and recovery have been used to characterize viscoelastic properties of tissue using a single transducer to both deform and image the sample. Dual-mode ultrasound elastography uses separate ultrasound transducers to produce a more potent deformation force to microscale characterization of viscoelasticity of hydrogel constructs. These ultrasound-based techniques have high potential to impact the field of tissue engineering as they are further developed and their range of applications expands.

  14. Synthesis, Characterization and Photochromic Properties of Novel Naphthopyrans with Hydrazone Unit Residue%Synthesis, Characterization and Photochromic Properties of Novel Naphthopyrans with Hydrazone Unit Residue

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    庞美丽; 程红波; 牛彦霞; 胡乔巨; 韩杰; 孟继本

    2011-01-01

    A series of naphthopyrans with hydrazone unit (8a-8m), were synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR and HRMS. The photochromic properties were investigated under continuous irradiation, in particular re- gard to the fatigue resistance and the lifetime of the colored open form in solution and polymers. The results showed that these compounds had both good photochromic properties and high fatigue resistance. Detailed studies showed that representative compound 8d (3,3-di-4-methoxybenzoic acid methylenehydrazino-[3H]-naphtho [2,1-b]pyran) had good photochromic properties in THF solution, in solid state, and in polymers, and exhibited a significant ba- thochromic shift in the spectra of the open forms compared to known naphthopyrans 9 (3,3-diphenyl-[3H]- naphtho[2,1-b]pyran). On the other hand, the higher melting points of target compounds are promising for the polymer film preparation through hot-melt method.

  15. Design and Fabrication a Microfluidic Device for Fetal Cells Dielectrophoretic Properties Characterization

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    Xu Guolin [Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnologies, 31 Biopolis, Way, The Nanos, hashmark 04-01, Singapore 138669 (Singapore); Chan, M B [Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 16 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637722 (Singapore); Yang, Charles [Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 16 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637722 (Singapore); Sukumar, P [National University Hospital, Singapore. 10 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597 (Singapore); Choolani, M [National University Hospital, Singapore. 10 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597 (Singapore); Ying, Jackie Y [Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnologies, 31 Biopolis, Way, The Nanos, hashmark 04-01, Singapore 138669 (Singapore)

    2006-04-01

    The present work presents a microfluidic device with interdigitated microelectrode and microchannel for fetal nucleated red blood cell dielectrophoresis properties characterization using crossover frequency method. To obtain the electric field and its gradient along the microchannel, simulation study was done by using MAXWELL{sup TM} software. Results show maximum electric field and gradient are obtained near the electrode edge and they are affected by electrode width and the electrode gap. The crossover frequency should be obtained by keeping the cell moving near the electrode edge. The device has been successfully used in fetal cell characterization with better than 1KHz frequency repeatability, which is about 2% of the measured crossover frequency.

  16. TCNQ-embedded heptacene and nonacene: Synthesis, characterization and physical properties

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    Ye, Qun

    2013-01-01

    Incorporation of 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) moieties into the acene backbone has been successfully achieved and two heptacene-TCNQ derivatives and one nonacene-TCNQ derivative have been synthesized and well characterized. Two TCNQ moieties have been embedded into heptacene and nonacene backbones for the first time. All the three compounds have good stability and solubility due to the presence of TCNQ moieties. Single crystal analysis revealed a bent butterfly-like conformation of these molecules. Their charge transport properties have been characterized using organic field effect transistors (OFETs). © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  17. A Statistics-Based Material Property Analysis to Support TPS Characterization

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    Copeland, Sean R.; Cozmuta, Ioana; Alonso, Juan J.

    2012-01-01

    Accurate characterization of entry capsule heat shield material properties is a critical component in modeling and simulating Thermal Protection System (TPS) response in a prescribed aerothermal environment. The thermal decomposition of the TPS material during the pyrolysis and charring processes is poorly characterized and typically results in large uncertainties in material properties as inputs for ablation models. These material property uncertainties contribute to large design margins on flight systems and cloud re- construction efforts for data collected during flight and ground testing, making revision to existing models for entry systems more challenging. The analysis presented in this work quantifies how material property uncertainties propagate through an ablation model and guides an experimental test regimen aimed at reducing these uncertainties and characterizing the dependencies between properties in the virgin and charred states for a Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) based TPS. A sensitivity analysis identifies how the high-fidelity model behaves in the expected flight environment, while a Monte Carlo based uncertainty propagation strategy is used to quantify the expected spread in the in-depth temperature response of the TPS. An examination of how perturbations to the input probability density functions affect output temperature statistics is accomplished using a Kriging response surface of the high-fidelity model. Simulations are based on capsule configuration and aerothermal environments expected during the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) entry sequence. We identify and rank primary sources of uncertainty from material properties in a flight-relevant environment, show the dependence on spatial orientation and in-depth location on those uncertainty contributors, and quantify how sensitive the expected results are.

  18. Novel polymeric potassium complex: Its synthesis, structural characterization, photoluminescence and electrochemical properties

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    Ceyhan, Goekhan [Chemistry Department, K.Maras Suetcue Imam University, 46100 K.Maras (Turkey); Tuemer, Mehmet, E-mail: mtumer@ksu.edu.tr [Chemistry Department, K.Maras Suetcue Imam University, 46100 K.Maras (Turkey); Koese, Muhammet; McKee, Vickie [Chemistry Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU Leicestershire (United Kingdom)

    2012-03-15

    In this paper, we obtained a novel poly(vanillinato potassium) complex (PVP) as a single crystal and characterized by analytical and spectroscopic methods. A single crystal of the PVP was obtained from the acetone solution. X-ray structural data show that crystals contain polymeric K{sup +} complex of vanillin. Each potassium ion in the polymeric structure is identical and seven-coordinate, bonded to two methoxy, two phenoxy and three aldehyde oxygen atoms from four vaniline molecules. Two aldehyde oxygen atoms are bridging between potassium ions. It crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P2{sub 1}/c, with lattice parameters a=9.6215(10) A, b=17.4139(19) A, c=9.6119(10) A, {beta}=100.457(2) Degree-Sign and Z=4. Thermal properties of the PVP were investigated by TGA, DTA and DSC methods. The electrochemical properties of the complex were studied in different solvents and at various scan rates. The luminescence properties of the complex in different solvents and at different pH values have been investigated. The results show that the complex exhibits more efficient luminescence property in CH{sub 3}CN and n-butanol. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Novel polymeric potassium complex was prepared and fully characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray crystal structure of complex was reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrochemical properties of compound were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal and DSC measurements of complex were examined.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization and Vulcanizing Properties of Rare Earth Complexes with 2-Mercaptobenthiazole

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    张启交; 韦凤仙; 章伟光; 黄庙由; 罗远芳

    2002-01-01

    Eight complexes of rare earth with 2-mercaptobenthiazole, RELCl2*RE(OH)3*xH2O (L=2-mercaptobenthiazole, RE= La~Gd, Y, except for Pm,x=0, 2~4), were synthesized in unhydrous ethanol and characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra and thermal analyses. The results show that the ligand is coordinated to the RE ion through both the exocyclic sulfur and the thiazole nitrogen. The vulcanizing properties of the La complex as accelerator were studied in the traditional tire rubber, which indicate that the cross-linked rubber accelerated by the rare earth complex has good physical and dynamic mechanical properties by comparison.

  20. High frequency electromagnetic characterization of NEG properties for the CLIC damping rings

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    Koukovini-Platia, E; Zannini, C

    2014-01-01

    Coating materials will be used in the CLIC damping rings (DR) to suppress two-stream effects. In particular, NEG coating is necessary to suppress fast beam ion instabilities in the electron damping ring (EDR). The electromagnetic (EM) characterization of the material properties up to high frequencies is required for the impedance modeling of the CLIC DR components. The EM properties for frequencies of few GHz are determined with the waveguide method, based on a combination of experimental measurements of the complex transmission coefficient S21 and CST 3D EM simulations. The results obtained from a NEG-coated copper (Cu) waveguide are presented in this paper.

  1. HEAT-RESISTANT PYRIDINE-BASED POLY(ETHER-ESTER)S: SYNTHESIS,CHARACTERIZATION AND PROPERTIES

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    Shahram Mehdipour-Ataei; Ali Mahmoodi

    2013-01-01

    A pyridine-based diacid was synthesized via nucleophilic substitution reaction of 4-hydroxy benzoic acid with 2,6-dichloropyridine in the presence of potassium carbonate.The diacid was characterized using FT-IR and 1H-NMR spectroscopic methods and also with elemental analysis.Polycondensation reaction of the diacid with different diols including 1,4-dihydroxy benzene,1,5-dihydroxy naphthalene,bis-phenol A and bis-phenol-P resulted in preparation of pyridine-based poly(ether-ester)s.The polymers were characterized and their physical and thermal properties including inherent viscosity,molecular weight,solubility,thermal stability,thermal behavior and crystallinity were studied.They revealed high heat-resistance and improved solubility in polar solvents.Structure-property relations for the prepared polyester were also studied.

  2. Nondestructive techniques for characterizing mechanical properties of structural materials - An overview

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    Vary, A.; Klima, S. J.

    1986-01-01

    An overview of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is presented to indicate the availability and application potentials of techniques for quantitative characterization of the mechanical properties of structural materials. The purpose is to review NDE techniques that go beyond the usual emphasis on flow detection and characterization. Discussed are current and emerging NDE techniques that can verify and monitor entrinsic properties (e.g., tensile, shear, and yield strengths; fracture toughness, hardness, ductility; elastic moduli) and underlying microstructural and morphological factors. Most of the techniques described are, at present, neither widely applied nor widely accepted in commerce and industry because they are still emerging from the laboratory. The limitations of the techniques may be overcome by advances in applications research and instrumentation technology and perhaps by accommodations for their use in the design of structural parts.

  3. Nondestructive techniques for characterizing mechanical properties of structural materials: An overview

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    Vary, A.; Klima, S. J.

    1985-01-01

    An overview of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is presented to indicate the availability and application potentials of techniques for quantitative characterization of the mechanical properties of structural materials. The purpose is to review NDE techniques that go beyond the usual emphasis on flaw detection and characterization. Discussed are current and emerging NDE techniques that can verify and monitor entrinsic properties (e.g., tensile, shear, and yield strengths; fracture toughness, hardness, ductility; elastic moduli) and underlying microstructural and morphological factors. Most of the techniques described are, at present, neither widely applied nor widely accepted in commerce and industry because they are still emerging from the laboratory. The limitations of the techniques may be overcome by advances in applications research and instrumentation technology and perhaps by accommodations for their use in the design of structural parts.

  4. Characterization of soot properties in two-meter JP-8 pool fires.

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    Suo-Anttila, Jill Marie; Jensen, Kirk A.; Blevins, Linda Gail (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA)

    2005-02-01

    The thermal hazard posed by large hydrocarbon fires is dominated by the radiative emission from high temperature soot. Since the optical properties of soot, especially in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as its morphological properties, are not well known, efforts are underway to characterize these properties. Measurements of these soot properties in large fires are important for heat transfer calculations, for interpretation of laser-based diagnostics, and for developing soot property models for fire field models. This research uses extractive measurement diagnostics to characterize soot optical properties, morphology, and composition in 2 m pool fires. For measurement of the extinction coefficient, soot extracted from the flame zone is transported to a transmission cell where measurements are made using both visible and infrared lasers. Soot morphological properties are obtained by analysis via transmission electron microscopy of soot samples obtained thermophoretically within the flame zone, in the overfire region, and in the transmission cell. Soot composition, including carbon-to-hydrogen ratio and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon concentration, is obtained by analysis of soot collected on filters. Average dimensionless extinction coefficients of 8.4 {+-} 1.2 at 635 nm and 8.7 {+-} 1.1 at 1310 nm agree well with recent measurements in the overfire region of JP-8 and other fuels in lab-scale burners and fires. Average soot primary particle diameters, radius of gyration, and fractal dimensions agree with these recent studies. Rayleigh-Debye-Gans theory of scattering applied to the measured fractal parameters shows qualitative agreement with the trends in measured dimensionless extinction coefficients. Results of the density and chemistry are detailed in the report.

  5. Synthesis, Characterization and Chelating Properties of 4-Butyrylsemicarbazone-1-phenyl-3-methyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one

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    J. D. Patel

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available 4-Butyrylsemicarbazone-1-phenyl-3-methyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one (BUMP-SC was prepared and its metal chelates of Cu2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, Cr3+, UO2 and OV were prepared. The ligands and its chelates were characterized by elemental analysis, metal:ligand (M:L stoichiometry, IR-electronic spectral studies and magnetic properties. The compounds also were screened for their antimicrobial activity.

  6. Nanostructured Multifilamentary Carbon-Copper Composites: Fabrication, Microstructural Characterization, and Properties

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    Evarice Yama Nzoma

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is part of research on the emerging techniques to produce bulk nanostructured composites materials by severe plastic deformation and their characterization. Based on the Levi work, we present a new method to synthesize a composite wire-containing carbon-nanosized filaments (graphite and C60 fullerenes embedded in a copper matrix. The originality of this process is using powder media as fiber. Microstructures and electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties are presented.

  7. Flexible microfluidic device for mechanical property characterization of soft viscoelastic solids such as bacterial biofilms.

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    Hohne, Danial N; Younger, John G; Solomon, Michael J

    2009-07-01

    We introduce a flexible microfluidic device to characterize the mechanical properties of soft viscoelastic solids such as bacterial biofilms. In the device, stress is imposed on a test specimen by the application of a fixed pressure to a thin, flexible poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) membrane that is in contact with the specimen. The stress is applied by pressurizing a microfabricated air channel located above the test area. The strain resulting from the applied stress is quantified by measuring the membrane deflection with a confocal laser scanning microscope. The deflection is governed by the viscoelastic properties of the PDMS membrane and of the test specimen. The relative contributions of the membrane and test material to the measured deformation are quantified by comparing a finite element analysis with an independent (control) measurement of the PDMS membrane mechanical properties. The flexible microfluidic rheometer was used to characterize both the steady-state elastic modulus and the transient strain recoil of two soft materials: gellan gums and bacterial biofilms. The measured linear elastic moduli and viscoelastic relaxation times of gellan gum solutions were in good agreement with the results of conventional mechanical rheometry. The linear Young's moduli of biofilms of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Klebsiella pneumoniae, which could not be measured using conventional methods, were found to be 3.2 and 1.1 kPa, respectively, and the relaxation time of the S. epidermidis biofilm was 13.8 s. Additionally, strain hardening was observed in all the biofilms studied. Finally, design parameters and detection limits of the method show that the device is capable of characterizing soft viscoelastic solids with elastic moduli in the range of 102-105 Pa. The flexible microfluidic rheometer addresses the need for mechanical property characterization of soft viscoelastic solids common in fields such as biomaterials, food, and consumer products. It requires only 200 p

  8. Characterization and luminescent properties of zinc–Schiff base complexes for organic white light emitting devices

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    Vandna Nishal; Devender Singh; Raman Kumar Saini; Vijeta Tanwar; Sonika Kadyan; Ritu Srivastava; Pratap Singh Kadyan

    2015-01-01

    Zinc complexes with Schiff base ligands bis(salicylidene)ethylene-1,2-diamine (salen), bis(salicylidene)propylene-1,3-diamine (salpen), bis(salicylidene)butylene-1,4-diamine (salbutene), bis(salicylidene)hexylene-1,6-diamine (salhexene), bis(salicylidene)heptylene-1,7-diamine (salheptene) were synthesized and characterized. All these metal complexes exhibited high thermal stability. The photo-physical properties of zinc complexes were investigated by taking their UV–vis absorption and photolu...

  9. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of room-temperature nanofluid ferromagnetic graphite

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    Souza, NS; Sergeenkov, S.; Speglich, C.; Rivera, VAG; Cardoso, CA; Pardo, H.; Mombru, AW; Rodrigues, AD; de Lima, OF; Araujo-Moreira, FM

    2009-01-01

    We report the chemical synthesis route, structural characterization, and physical properties of nanofluid magnetic graphite (NFMG) obtained from the previously synthesized bulk organic magnetic graphite (MG) by stabilizing the aqueous ferrofluid suspension with an addition of active cationic surfactant. The measured magnetization-field hysteresis curves along with the temperature dependence of magnetization confirmed room-temperature ferromagnetism in both MG and NFMG samples. (C) 2009 Americ...

  10. Characterization of conformational properties of protein/trehalose/water system by neutron scattering

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    Brandt, A; Mangione, A; Migliardo, F; Vertessy, B G

    2002-01-01

    In this contribution we report results of a small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) investigation of dUTPase/D sub 2 O solutions. Data were collected by the V4 spectrometer at the BENSC facility (Berlin, Germany). The results allow us to characterize the conformational properties of the protein in solution as a function of temperature and in the presence of trehalose, a disaccharide with a noticeable bioprotective action. (orig.)

  11. Towards High-Throughput, Simultaneous Characterization of Thermal and Thermoelectric Properties

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    Miers, Collier Stephen

    The extension of thermoelectric generators to more general markets requires that the devices be affordable and practical (low $/Watt) to implement. A key challenge in this pursuit is the quick and accurate characterization of thermoelectric materials, which will allow researchers to tune and modify the material properties quickly. The goal of this thesis is to design and fabricate a high-throughput characterization system for the simultaneous characterization of thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric properties for device scale material samples. The measurement methodology presented in this thesis combines a custom designed measurement system created specifically for high-throughput testing with a novel device structure that permits simultaneous characterization of the material properties. The measurement system is based upon the 3o method for thermal conductivity measurements, with the addition of electrodes and voltage probes to measure the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. A device designed and optimized to permit the rapid characterization of thermoelectric materials is also presented. This structure is optimized to ensure 1D heat transfer within the sample, thus permitting rapid data analysis and fitting using a MATLAB script. Verification of the thermal portion of the system is presented using fused silica and sapphire materials for benchmarking. The fused silica samples yielded a thermal conductivity of 1.21 W/(m K), while a thermal conductivity of 31.2 W/(m K) was measured for the sapphire samples. The device and measurement system designed and developed in this thesis provide insight and serve as a foundation for the development of high throughput, simultaneous measurement platforms.

  12. Characterization of thermal, hydraulic, and gas diffusion properties in variably saturated sand grades

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    Deepagoda Thuduwe Kankanamge Kelum, Chamindu; Smits, Kathleen; Ramirez, Jamie

    2016-01-01

    transport models (thermal conductivity, saturated hydraulic conductivity, and gas diffusivity). An existing thermal conductivity model was improved to describe the distinct three-region behavior in observed thermal conductivity–water saturation relations. Applying widely used parametric models for saturated...... hydraulic conductivity and soil-gas diffusivity, we characterized porous media tortuosity in relation to grain size. Strong relations among average particle diameter, characteristic pore diameter from soil-water retention measurements, and saturated hydraulic conductivity were found. Thus, the results......Detailed characterization of partially saturated porous media is important for understanding and predicting vadose zone transport processes. While basic properties (e.g., particle- and pore-size distributions and soil-water retention) are, in general, essential prerequisites for characterizing most...

  13. Electromagnetic NDT to characterize usage properties of flat steel products - Part 3

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    Altpeter, I.; Dobmann, G.; Szielasko, K., E-mail: iab.altlau@t-online.de, E-mail: gerd.dobmann@t-online.de, E-mail: klaus.szielasko@izfp.fraunhofer.de [Fraunhofer Inst. - IZFP, Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-11-15

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing (IZFP) in Saarbruecken, Germany, started its activities in materials characterization of flat steel products in the eighties of the last century in the basic program of the European Community of Coal and Steel (ECCS). Throughout the years, continuous research and development were performed. The objective of the work, presented within this three-part series of reports, is to discuss the history of an innovation that began in 1988 with R&D in the area of texture characterization in steel sheets produced for car-body manufacturing (Part 1). In the following years the activities were to automate online property determination in terms of yield strength, tensile strength, planar- and vertical-anisotropy factors. Again, steel sheets were the focus of the developments and first NDT systems came into industrial application. Parallel research was performed to characterize the mechanical properties and hardness on heavy steel plates, mainly produced for pipeline manufacturing and offshore applications (Part 2). The final report in the series (Part 3) discusses steel sheet characterization and presents the successful development of a combination transducer that combines ultrasonics with electromagnetic NDT. (author)

  14. Electromagnetic NDT to characterize usage properties of flat steel products - Part 2

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    Altpeter, I.; Dobmann, G.; Szielasko, K., E-mail: iab.altlau@t-online.de, E-mail: gerd.dobmann@t-online.de, E-mail: klaus.szielasko@izfp.fraunhofer.de [Fraunhofer Inst. - IZFP, Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-09-15

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Non-destructive Testing (IZFP) in Saarbruecken, Germany, started its activities in materials characterization of flat steel products in the eighties of the last century in the basic program of the European Community of Coal and Steel (ECCS). Throughout the years, continuous research and development were performed. The objective of the work, presented within this three-part series of reports, is to discuss the history of an innovation which began in 1988 with R&D in the area of texture characterization in steel sheets produced for car-body manufacturing (Part 1). In the following years the activities were to automate online property determination in terms of yield strength, tensile strength, planar, and vertical-anisotropy-factors. Again, steel sheets were the focus of the developments and the first NDT systems that came into industrial application for this project. Parallel research was performed to characterize the mechanical properties and hardness of heavy steel plates, mainly produced for pipeline manufacturing and off-shore applications (Part 2) The final report in the series (Part 3) will discuss steel sheet characterization and presents the successful development of a combination-transducer which combines ultrasonics with electromagnetic NDT. (author)

  15. Mechanical properties characterization of composite sandwich materials intended for space antenna applications

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    Bowles, Kenneth J.; Vannucci, Raymond D.

    1986-01-01

    The composite materials proposed for use in the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) Program contains a new, high modulus graphite fiber as the reinforcement. A study was conducted to measure certain mechanical properties of the new fiber-reinforced material as well as of a composite-faced aluminum honeycomb sandwich structure. Properties were measured at -157, 22, and 121 C. Complete characterization of this material was not intended. Longitudinal tensile, picture-frame shear, short-beam shear, and flexural tests were performed on specimens of the composite face-sheet materials. Unidirectional, cross-plied, and quasi-isotropic fiber composite ply layup designs were fabricated and tested. These designs had been studied by using NASA's Integrated Composite Analyzer (ICAN) computer program. Flexural tests were conducted on (+/- 60/0 deg) sub s composite-faced sandwich structure material. Resistance strain gages were used to measure strains in the tensile, picture-frame, and sandwich flexural tests. The sandwich flexural strength was limited by the core strength at -157 and 22 C. The adhesive bond strength was the limiting factor at 121 C. Adhesive mechanical properties are reflected in sandwich structure flexural properties when the span-to-depth ratio is great enough to allow a significant shear effect on the load-deflection behavior of the sandwich beam. Most measured properties agreed satisfactorily with the properties predicted by ICAN.

  16. Preparation and characterization of polystyrene based Nickel molybdate composite membrane electrical–electrochemical properties

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    Urfi Ishrat

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The functional properties of the polystyrene based Nickel Molybdate composite membrane prepared by applying 70 MPa pressure are described. The fabricated membrane was characterized by using Fourier Transform Infrared, X-ray diffraction, particle size analyzer and Scanning electron microscopy technique and has been investigated for its functional, diffusive, electrochemical and electrical properties. The impedance data of membrane having capacitive and resistive components are plotted, which show the sequence of semicircles representing an electrical phenomenon due to grain material, grain boundary and interfacial phenomenon. The diffusion of electrolytes was determined by the TMS method revealing dependence of membrane potential on the charge on the membrane matrix, charge and size of permeating ions. The membrane determined the activity of cations with good accuracy in the higher concentration range and shows a great selectivity for K+. Other electrochemical properties like transport number have been discussed its selectivity.

  17. Comprehensive microstructural characterization and predictive property modeling of plasma-sprayed zirconia coatings

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    Kulkarni, A.; Wang, Z.; Nakamura, T.; Sampath, S.; Goland, A.; Herman, H.; Allen, J.; Ilavsky, J.; Long, G.; Frahm, J.; Steinbrech, R.W

    2003-05-23

    Quantitative microstructure characterization to better understand processing-microstructure-property correlations is of considerable interest in plasma sprayed coating research. This paper quantifies, by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data, microstructure (porosity, opening dimensions, orientation and morphologies) in plasma sprayed partially-stabilized zirconia (PSZ) coatings, primarily used as thermal barrier coatings. We report on the investigation of the influence of feedstock characteristics on microstructure and establish its influence on the resultant thermal and mechanical properties. The microstructural parameters determined by SANS studies are then assembled into a preliminary model to develop a predictive capability for estimating the properties of these coatings. Thermal conductivity and elastic modulus were predicted using finite element analysis and ultimately compared to experimental values.

  18. A probabilistic approach to rock mechanical property characterization for nuclear waste repository design

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    Kim, Kunsoo; Gao, Hang [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)

    1996-04-01

    A probabilistic approach is proposed for the characterization of host rock mechanical properties at the Yucca Mountain site. This approach helps define the probability distribution of rock properties by utilizing extreme value statistics and Monte Carlo simulation. We analyze mechanical property data of tuff obtained by the NNWSI Project to assess the utility of the methodology. The analysis indicates that laboratory measured strength and deformation data of Calico Hills and Bullfrog tuffs follow an extremal. probability distribution (the third type asymptotic distribution of the smallest values). Monte Carlo simulation is carried out to estimate rock mass deformation moduli using a one-dimensional tuff model proposed by Zimmermann and Finley. We suggest that the results of these analyses be incorporated into the repository design.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Imide Containing Hybrid Epoxy Resin with Improved Mechanical and Thermal Properties

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    U. G. Rane

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorous containing amine, tripropyldiamine phosphine oxide (TPDAP, and hybrid monomer 4-(N-phthalimidophenyl glycidylether (PPGE were synthesized and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis (EDX. PPGE was incorporated in bisphenol A epoxy resin (BPA in various concentrations (5% to 20%, based on a weight percentage of BPA resin. Curing was carried out with the stoichiometric amount of TPDAP and 1,3-propanediamine (PDA to result in cross-link network. Various mechanical, chemical, thermal, and flame retardant properties of modified and unmodified epoxy resin were studied. The coatings obtained with the addition of PPGE were found to have improved properties as compared with those of the unmodified resin. Coatings with 15% loading of PPGE showed improved flame retardant and mechanical properties with stable thermal behaviour.

  20. Systematic characterization of porosity and mass transport and mechanical properties of porous polyurethane scaffolds.

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    Wang, Yu-Fu; Barrera, Carlos M; Dauer, Edward A; Gu, Weiyong; Andreopoulos, Fotios; Huang, C-Y Charles

    2017-01-01

    One of the key challenges in porous scaffold design is to create a porous structure with desired mechanical function and mass transport properties which support delivery of biofactors and development of function tissue substitute. In recent years, polyurethane (PU) has become one of the most popular biomaterials in various tissue engineering fields. However, there are no studies fully investigating the relations between porosity and both mass transport and mechanical properties of PU porous scaffolds. In this paper, we fabricated PU scaffolds by combining phase inversion and salt (sodium chloride) leaching methods. The tensile and compressive moduli were examined on PU scaffolds fabricated with different PU concentrations (25%, 20% and 15% w/v) and salt/PU weight ratios (9/1, 6/1, 3/1 and 0/1). The mass transport properties of PU scaffolds including hydraulic permeability and glucose diffusivity were also measured. Furthermore, the relationships between the porosity and mass transport and mechanical properties of porous PU scaffold were systemically investigated. The results demonstrated that porosity is a key parameter which governs both mass transport and mechanical properties of porous PU scaffolds. With similar pore sizes, the mass transport and mechanical properties of porous PU scaffold can be described as single functions of porosity regardless of initial PU concentration. The relationships between scaffold porosity and properties can be utilized to facilitate porous PU scaffold fabrication with specific mass transport and mechanical properties. The systematic approach established in this study can be applied to characterization of other biomaterials for scaffold design and fabrication.

  1. Area 5 Site Characterization Project: Report of hydraulic property analysis through August 1993

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    Estrella, R.; Tyler, S.; Chapman, J.; Miller, M.

    1993-12-01

    The Area 5 Site Characterization Project is designed to determine the suitability of the Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) for disposal of low-level waste (LLW), mixed waste (MW) and transuranic waste (TRU). The Desert Research Institute (DRI) has supported the Area 5 Site Characterization Project for the US Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office (DOE/NV), Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Division (ERWM), Waste Operations Branch (WOB). The purpose of DRI`s Area 5 Site Characterization project is to characterize important properties of the upper vadose zone which influence infiltration and redistribution of water and transport of solutes as well as to characterize the water quality and hydrologic conditions of the uppermost aquifer. This report describes methods and presents a summary of all data and results from laboratory physical and chemical testing from Pilot Wells and Science Trench borehole samples through August 1993. DRI laboratories performed soil water content, soil water potential, soil bulk density, soil water extract isotope analyses and soil water chemistry analyses.

  2. One-Dimensional Perovskite Manganite Oxide Nanostructures: Recent Developments in Synthesis, Characterization, Transport Properties, and Applications.

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    Li, Lei; Liang, Lizhi; Wu, Heng; Zhu, Xinhua

    2016-12-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures, including nanowires, nanorods, nanotubes, nanofibers, and nanobelts, have promising applications in mesoscopic physics and nanoscale devices. In contrast to other nanostructures, one-dimensional nanostructures can provide unique advantages in investigating the size and dimensionality dependence of the materials' physical properties, such as electrical, thermal, and mechanical performances, and in constructing nanoscale electronic and optoelectronic devices. Among the one-dimensional nanostructures, one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures have been received much attention due to their unusual electron transport and magnetic properties, which are indispensable for the applications in microelectronic, magnetic, and spintronic devices. In the past two decades, much effort has been made to synthesize and characterize one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in the forms of nanorods, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanobelts. Various physical and chemical deposition techniques and growth mechanisms are explored and developed to control the morphology, identical shape, uniform size, crystalline structure, defects, and homogenous stoichiometry of the one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on the rational synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental properties, and unique applications of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures in nanotechnology. It begins with the rational synthesis of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures and then summarizes their structural characterizations. Fundamental physical properties of one-dimensional perovskite manganite nanostructures are also highlighted, and a range of unique applications in information storages, field-effect transistors, and spintronic devices are discussed. Finally, we conclude this review with some perspectives/outlook and future

  3. Topological and metrical property characterization of radical subunits for ternary hard sphere crystals

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    Lin Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Quantitative characterization on the topological and metrical properties of radical subunits (polyhedra for two new ternary hard sphere crystals was studied. These two ideal crystalline structures are numerically constructed by filling small and medium spheres into interstices (corresponding to regular tetrahedral and octahedral pores of perfect face centered cubic (FCC and hexagonal close packed (HCP crystals formed by the packing of large spheres. Topological properties such as face number, edge number, vertex number of each radical polyhedron (RP, edge number of each RP face and metrical properties such as volume, surface area, total perimeter and pore volume of each RP, area and perimeter of each RP face were analyzed and compared. The results show that even though the overall packing densities for FCC and HCP ternary crystals are the same, different characteristics of radical polyhedra for corresponding spheres in these two crystals can be identified. That is, in the former structure RPs are more symmetric than those in the latter; the orientations of corresponding RP in the latter are twice as many as that in the former. Moreover, RP topological and metrical properties in the HCP ternary crystal are much more complicated than those in the FCC ternary crystal. These differences imply the structure and property differences of these two ternary crystals. Analyses of RPs provide intensive understanding of pores in the structure.

  4. Characterization of Skeletonema costatum Intracellular Organic Matter and Study of Nanomechanical Properties under Different Solution Conditions

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    Gutierrez, Leonardo

    2016-06-17

    In the current investigation, a rigorous characterization of the high molecular weight (HMW) compounds of Skeletonema costatum (SKC) intracellular organic matter (IOM), including nanomechanical properties, was conducted. HMW SKC-IOM was characterized as a mixture of polysaccharides, proteins, and lipids. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) provided crucial information of this isolate at a nanoscale resolution. HMW SKC-IOM showed highly responsive to solution chemistry: fully extended chains at low ionic strength, and compressing structures with increasing electrolyte concentration in solution. Interestingly, two regions of different nanomechanical properties were observed: (a) Region #1: located farther from the substrate and showing extended polymeric chains, and (b) Region #2: located <10 nm above the substrate and presenting compressed structures. The polymer length, polymer grafting density, and compressibility of these two regions were highly influenced by solution conditions. Results suggest that steric interactions originating from HMW SKC-IOM polymeric structure would be a dominant interacting mechanism with surfaces. The current investigation has successfully applied models of polymer physics to describe the complex HMW SKC-IOM structural conformation at different solution conditions. The detailed methodology presented provides a tool to characterize and understand biopolymers interactions with surfaces, including filtration membranes, and can be extended to other environmentally relevant organic compounds.

  5. Fabrication, Characterization, Properties, and Applications of Low-Dimensional BiFeO3 Nanostructures

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    Heng Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Low-dimensional BiFeO3 nanostructures (e.g., nanocrystals, nanowires, nanotubes, and nanoislands have received considerable attention due to their novel size-dependent properties and outstanding multiferroic properties at room temperature. In recent years, much progress has been made both in fabrications and (microstructural, electrical, and magnetic in characterizations of BiFeO3 low-dimensional nanostructures. An overview of the state of art in BiFeO3 low-dimensional nanostructures is presented. First, we review the fabrications of high-quality BiFeO3 low-dimensional nanostructures via a variety of techniques, and then the structural characterizations and physical properties of the BiFeO3 low-dimensional nanostructures are summarized. Their potential applications in the next-generation magnetoelectric random access memories and photovoltaic devices are also discussed. Finally, we conclude this review by providing our perspectives to the future researches of BiFeO3 low-dimensional nanostructures and some key problems are also outlined.

  6. Quantitative characterization of processing-microstructure-properties relationships in pressure die-cast magnesium alloys

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    Lee, Soon Gi

    The central goal of this research is to quantitatively characterize the relationships between processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of important high-pressure die-cast (HPDC) Mg-alloys. For this purpose, a new digital image processing technique for automatic detection and segmentation of gas and shrinkage pores in the cast microstructure is developed and it is applied to quantitatively characterize the effects of HPDC process parameters on the size distribution and spatial arrangement of porosity. To get better insights into detailed geometry and distribution of porosity and other microstructural features, an efficient and unbiased montage based serial sectioning technique is applied for reconstruction of three-dimensional microstructures. The quantitative microstructural data have been correlated to the HPDC process parameters and the mechanical properties. The analysis has led to hypothesis of formation of new type of shrinkage porosity called, "gas induced shrinkage porosity" that has been substantiated via simple heat transfer simulations. The presence of inverse surface macrosegregation has been also shown for the first time in the HPDC Mg-alloys. An image analysis based technique has been proposed for simulations of realistic virtual microstructures that have realistic complex pore morphologies. These virtual microstructures can be implemented in the object oriented finite elements framework to model the variability in the fracture sensitive mechanical properties of the HPDC alloys.

  7. Characterizing Economic and Social Properties of Trust and Reputation Systems in P2P Environment

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    Yu-Feng Wang; Yoshiaki Hori; Kouichi Sakurai

    2008-01-01

    Considering the fact that P2P (Peer-to-Peer) systems are self-organized and autonomous, social-control mechanism (like trust and reputation) is essential to evaluate the trustworthiness of participating peers and to combat the selfish, dishonest and malicious peer behaviors. So, naturally, we advocate that P2P systems that gradually act as an important information infrastructure should be multi-disciplinary research topic, and reflect certain features of our society. So, from economic and social perspective, this paper designs the incentive-compatible reputation feedback scheme based on well-known economic model, and characterizes the social features of trust network in terms of efficiency and cost. Specifically, our framework has two distinctive purposes: first, from high-level perspective, we argue trust system is a special kind of social network, and an accurate characterization of the structural properties of the network can be of fundamental importance to understand the dynamics of the system. Thus, inspired by the concept of weighted small-world, this paper proposes new measurements to characterize the social properties of trust system, that is, highg lobal and local efficiency, and low cost; then, from relative low-level perspective, we argue that reputation feedback is a special kind of information, and it is not free. So, based on economic model, VCG (Vickrey-Clarke-Grove)-like reputation remuneration mechanism is proposed to stimulate rational peers not only to provide reputation feedback, but truthfully offer feedback. Furthermore, considering that trust and reputation is subjective, we classify the trust into functional trust and referral trust, and extend the referral trust to include two factors: similarity and truthfulness, which can efficiently reduce the trust inference error. The preliminary simulation results show the benefits of our proposal and the emergence of certain social properties in trust network.

  8. Preparation, characterization, and photoelectric properties of a covalently self-assembled monolayer of ferrocenyl hemicyanine.

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    Li, Lin-Ying; Chen, Xi; Xu, Meng-Yun; Zhang, Qian-Jin; Wang, Ke-Zhi

    2011-11-01

    A monolayer of a ferrocenyl hemicyanine was covalently self-assembled on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate, and was characterized by UV/Vis absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The photoelectrochemical properties and mechanism of photocurrent generation have also been studied. This monolayer film was found to exhibit a large anodic photocurrent density of 0.13 microA/cm2 with the highest photoelectric yield of 3.32% under irradiation of white light (730 nm > lambda > 325 nm) at a bias potential of +0.4 V versus saturated calomel electrode.

  9. CdTe Quantum Dots Embedded in Multidentate Biopolymer Based on Salep: Characterization and Optical Properties

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    Ghasem Rezanejade Bardajee; Zari Hooshyar

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes a novel method for surface modification of water soluble CdTe quantum dots (QDs) by using poly(acrylic acid) grafted onto salep (salep-g-PAA) as a biopolymer. As-prepared CdTe-salep-g-PAA QDs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The absorption and fluorescence emission spectra were measured to investigate the effect of salep-g-PAA biopolymer on the optical propertie...

  10. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of LiFePO4/C Cathode Material

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    ZHOU Xin-wen; ZHAN Dan; WANG Li-na; LIU Qiao-yun; ZONG Hong-xing; ZHANG Ke-li

    2005-01-01

    Lithium iron phosphate coated with carbon(LiFePO4/C) was synthesized by improved solid-state reaction using comparatively lower temperature and fewer sintering time. The carbon came from citric acid, which acted as a new carbon source. It was characterized by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA), X ray diffractometer (XRD), Element Analysis (EA) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM). We also studied the electrochemical properties of the material. The first discharge capacity of the and retained 95 % of the initial capacity after 100 cycles. The LiFePO4/C obtained shows a good electrochemical capacity and cycle ability at a large current density.

  11. CdTe Quantum Dots Embedded in Multidentate Biopolymer Based on Salep: Characterization and Optical Properties

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    Ghasem Rezanejade Bardajee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a novel method for surface modification of water soluble CdTe quantum dots (QDs by using poly(acrylic acid grafted onto salep (salep-g-PAA as a biopolymer. As-prepared CdTe-salep-g-PAA QDs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectrum, thermogravimetric (TG analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The absorption and fluorescence emission spectra were measured to investigate the effect of salep-g-PAA biopolymer on the optical properties of CdTe QDs. The results showed that the optical properties of CdTe QDs were significantly enhanced by using salep-g-PAA-based biopolymer.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization, Electrical Conductivity and Fluorescence Properties of Polyimine Bearing Phenylacetylene Units.

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    Şenol, Dilek; Kolcu, Feyza; Kaya, İsmet

    2016-09-01

    In this study, a Schiff base was synthesized by the condensation reaction of 4-bromobenzaldehyde and 4-aminophenol. Then, phenylacetylene substituted Schiff base monomer (IPA) was obtained by HBr elimination reaction of IPA with phenylacetylene through Sonogashira reaction. IPA was polymerized via chemical oxidative polycondensation reaction. FT-IR and NMR measurements were used for the structural analyses of the synthesized substances. Fluorescence and UV-Vis analyses were carried out for optical characterization. Electrochemical characteristics, electrical conductivities and thermal properties were determined using cyclic voltammetry (CV), four-point probe conductometer, TG-DTA and DSC methods. The main purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of phenylacetylene bearing units on the properties of conjugated aromatic polyimines. The spectral analysis signified a green light emission behavior when irradiated at different wavelengths. Combined with fluorescent behavior and good thermal stability, the electrical conductivity was found to be very crucial for π-conjugated polymer.

  13. [Preparation, characterization and surface-enhanced Raman properties of agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid].

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    Ma, Xiao-yuan; Liu, Ying; Wang, Zhou-ping

    2014-08-01

    Agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid was prepared by adding gold nanoparticles to preformed agarose gel. Naniocomposite structures and properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy. Experimental data indicated a uniform distribution of gold nanoparticles adsorbed on agarose gel network And the excellent optical absorption properties were shown. Based on the swelling-contraction characteristics of agarose gel and the adjustable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the gold nanoparticles, the nano-composites were used as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect the Raman signal molecules Nile blue A. Results revealed that the porous structure of the agarose gel provided a good carrier for the enrichment of the gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles dynamic hot-spot effect arising from the agarose gel contraction loss of water in the air greatly enhanced the Raman signal.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of Copper/Cobalt/Copper/Iron nanostructurated films with magnetoresistive properties

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    Ciupinǎ, Victor; Prioteasa, Iulian; Ilie, Daniela; Manu, Radu; Petrǎşescu, Lucian; Tutun, Ştefan Gabriel; Dincǎ, Paul; MustaÅ£ǎ, Ion; Lungu, Cristian Petricǎ; Jepu, IonuÅ£; Vasile, Eugeniu; Nicolescu, Virginia; Vladoiu, Rodica

    2017-02-01

    Copper/Cobalt/Copper/Iron thin films were synthesized in order to obtain nanostructured materials with special magnetoresistive properties. The multilayer films were deposited on silicon substrates. In this respect we used Thermionic Vacuum Arc Discharge Method (TVA). The benefit of this deposition technique is the ability to have a controlled range of thicknesses starting from few nanometers to hundreds of nanometers. The purity of the thin films was insured by a high vacuum pressure and a lack of any kind of buffer gas inside the coating chamber. The morphology and structure of the thin films were analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Techniques and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDXS). Magnetoresistive measurement results depict that thin films possess Giant Magneto-Resistance Effect (GMR). Magneto-Optic-Kerr Effect (MOKE) studies were performed to characterize the magnetic properties of these thin films.

  15. Microstructure and property characterization of a modified zinc-base alloy and comparison with bearing alloys

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    Prasad, B. K.; Patwardhan, A. K.; Yegneswaran, A. H.

    1998-02-01

    The microstructure and physical, mechanical, and tribological properties of a modified zinc-base alloy have been characterized. In order to assess its utility as a bearing alloy, its properties have also been compared with those of a similarly processed conventional zinc-base alloy and a leaded-tin bronze (conforming to ZA27 and SAE 660 specifications, respectively) used for bearing applications. The modified zinc-base alloy shows promise in terms of better elevated-temperature strength and wear response at higher sliding speeds relative to the conventional zinc-base alloy. Interestingly, the wear behavior (especially the seizure pressure) of the modified alloy was also comparable to that of the bronze specimens at the maximum sliding speed, and was superior at the minimum sliding speed. The modified alloy also attained lower density and better hardness. Alloy behavior has been linked to the nature and type of the alloy microconstituents.

  16. Surface characterization of proteins using multi-fractal property of heat-denatured aggregates

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    Lahiri, Tapobrata; Mishra, Hrishikesh; Sarkar, Subrata; Misra, Krishna

    2008-01-01

    Multi-fractal property of heat-denatured protein aggregates (HDPA) is characteristic of its individual form. The visual similarity between digitally generated microscopic images of HDPA with that of surface-image of its individual X-ray structures in protein databank (PDB) displayed using Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD) viewer is the basis of the study. We deigned experiments to view the fractal nature of proteins at different aggregate scales. Intensity based multi-fractal dimensions (ILMFD) extracted from various planes of digital microscopic images of protein aggregates were used to characterize HDPA into different classes. Moreover, the ILMFD parameters extracted from aggregates show similar classification pattern to digital images of protein surface displayed by VMD viewer using PDB entry. We discuss the use of irregular patterns of heat-denatured aggregate proteins to understand various surface properties in native proteins. PMID:18795110

  17. Characterization of the mechanical properties of HL-1 cardiomyocytes with high throughput magnetic tweezers

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    Chen, La; Maybeck, Vanessa; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Krause, Hans-Joachim [Institute of Bioelectronics (ICS-8/PGI-8), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich (Germany)

    2015-08-03

    We characterized the mechanical properties of cardiomyocyte-like HL-1 cells using our recently developed multi-pole magnetic tweezers. With the optimized design, both high force and high throughput are achieved at the same time. Force up to 100 pN can be applied on a 1 μm diameter superparamagnetic bead in a workspace with 60 μm radius, which is encircled symmetrically by 3 sharp magnetic tips. By adjusting the coil currents, both the strength and direction of force can be controlled. The result shows that both viscosity and shear elastic modulus of HL-1 cells exhibit an approximately log-normal distribution. The cells became stiffer as they matured, consistent with a transition from proliferating cells to contractile muscle tissue. Moreover, the mechanical properties of HL-1 cells show high heterogeneity, which agrees well with their physiological structure.

  18. Microstructural characterization and adsorption properties of alkali-activated materials based on metakaolin

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    Trivunac Katarina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural characterization and adsorption properties of metakaolin (MK and alkali-activated metakaolin, known as geopolymer materials (GP were investigated. The structure and properties of the metakaolin and obtained geopolymer were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, based on the analysis of adsorption efficiency, microstructure and mineral structure, the difference between geopolymer and metakaolin on the performance of immobilizing heavy metals have been discussed. The kinetics of adsorption can be represented by pseudo-second order equation. The results of lead ions adsorption experiments were best fitted by Freundlich adsorption isotherm for both investigated adsorbents. The highest removal efficiencies of alkali-activated material based on metakaolin was found 97.5% at pH 4 and metakaolin removal efficiencies was found 92% at pH 5.5.[Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45012 i br. 172007

  19. Characterization of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Resistance Spot Welded DP600 Steel

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    Ali Ramazani

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Resistance spot welding (RSW as a predominant welding technique used for joining steels in automotive applications needs to be studied carefully in order to improve the mechanical properties of the spot welds. The objectives of the present work are to characterize the resistance spot weldment of DP600 sheet steels. The mechanical properties of the welded joints were evaluated using tensile-shear and cross-tensile tests. The time-temperature evolution during the welding cycle was measured. The microstructures observed in different sites of the welds were correlated to thermal history recorded by thermocouples in the corresponding areas. It was found that cracks initiated in the periphery region of weld nuggets with a martensitic microstructure and a pull-out failure mode was observed. It was also concluded that tempering during RSW was the main reason for hardness decrease in HAZ.

  20. Barium hexaferrite/graphene oxide: controlled synthesis and characterization and investigation of its magnetic properties

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    Maddahfar, Mahnaz; Ramezani, Majid; Mostafa Hosseinpour-Mashkani, S.

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, barium hexaferrite nanocrystals (BaFe12O19) were successfully synthesized through the two-step sol-gel method in an aqueous solution in the presence of barium nitrate and iron (III) nitrate. Besides, the effect of the molar ratio of graphene oxide on the particle size and magnetic properties of final product was investigated. In this research, glucose plays a role as capping and chelating agent in the synthesis of BaFe12O19/graphene oxide. Moreover, it was found that the size, morphology, and magnetic properties of the final products could be greatly influenced by the molar ratio of graphene oxide. BaFe12O19/graphene oxide was characterized by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, and energy-dispersive spectrometry.

  1. Characterization of superconducting properties of BSCCO powder prepared by attrition milling

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    Patel, R H [Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada); Nabialek, A [Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada); Niewczas, M [Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada)

    2005-03-01

    The nonconventional technique of attrition milling has been used to produce superconducting BSCCO powder from the starting powders of oxides and carbonates of Bi, Sr, Ca and Cu. This process shows a drastic reduction in processing time by 80% from the conventional solid-state reaction. The completion of the reaction was determined by x-ray diffraction of the milled powder. The superconducting property characterization was done for the critical transition temperature and the critical current density of the processed powder by magnetic methods. The attrition milled powder shows a T{sub c} of about 87 K after two high temperature treatments for 60 h and J{sub c} of the order of 10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2} at 4 K. The superconducting properties of the processed powder are discussed in the framework of the Bean model.

  2. A simple method to characterize the electrical and mechanical properties of micro-fibers

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    Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2013-01-01

    A procedure to characterize the electrical and mechanical properties of micro-fibers is presented here. As the required equipment can be found in many teaching laboratories, it can be carried out by physics and mechanical/electrical engineering students. The electrical resistivity, mass density and Young's modulus of carbon micro-fibers have been determined using this procedure, obtaining values in very good agreement with the reference values. The Young's modulus has been obtained by measuring the resonance frequency of carbon fiber based cantilevers. In this way, one can avoid common approaches based on tensile or bending tests which are difficult to implement for microscale materials. Despite the simplicity of the experiments proposed here, they can be used to trigger in the students interest on the electrical and mechanical properties of microscale materials.

  3. Characterization of biomechanical properties of agar based tissue mimicking phantoms for ultrasound stiffness imaging techniques.

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    Manickam, Kavitha; Machireddy, Ramasubba Reddy; Seshadri, Suresh

    2014-07-01

    Pathological changes of the body have been observed to change the mechanical properties of soft tissue types which can be imaged by ultrasound elastography. Though initial clinical results using ultrasound elastography in detection of tumors are promising, quantification of signal to noise ratio, resolution and strain image patterns are the best achieved under a controlled study using phantoms with similar biomechanical properties of normal and abnormal tissues. The purpose of this work is to characterize the biomechanical properties of agar based tissue mimicking phantoms by varying the agar concentration from 1.7 to 6.6% by weight and identify the optimum property to be used in classification of cancerous tissues. We performed quasi-static uniaxial compression test under a strain rate of 0.5mm/min up to 15% strain and measured Young's modulus of phantom samples which are from 50kPa to 450kPa. Phantoms show nonlinear stress-strain characteristics at finite strain which were characterized using hyperelastic parameters by fitting Neo-Hookean, Mooney Rivlin, Ogden and Veronda Westmann models. We also investigated viscoelastic parameters of the samples by conducting oscillatory shear rheometry at various precompression levels (2-5%). Loss modulus values are always less than storage modulus which represents the behavior of soft tissues. The increase in agar concentration increases the shear modulus of the samples as well as decreases the linear viscoelastic region. The results suggest that dynamic shear modul are more promising than linear and nonlinear elastic modul in differentiation of various classes of abnormal tissues.

  4. Characterization of sorption properties of selected soils from Lublin region by using water vapour adsorption method

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    Skic, Kamil; Boguta, Patrycja; Sokołowska, Zofia

    2016-04-01

    *The studies were carried out within the framework of a research project. The project was financed from funds of National Science Center on the base of decision number DEC-2013/11/D/NZ9/02545 Among many methods proposed to study sorption properties of soils an analysis of adsorption/ desorption isotherm is probably the easiest and most convenient one. It characterizes both quantity and quality of mineral and organic components and also their physical and physicochemical properties. The main aim of this study is comparison of sorption properties of selected Polish soils by using water vapour adsorption method. Samples were taken from the depth of 0-20 cm, from the Lublin region, eastern Poland. Soils were selected on the basis of their different physicochemical properties and were classified as: Haplic Fluvisol, Haplic Chernozem, Mollic Gleysol, Rendzic Phaeozem, Stagnic Luvisol, Haplic Cambisol (WG WRB 2006). Data taken from experimental adsorption isotherms were used to determine parameters of monolayer capacity, specific surface area and the total amount of vapour adsorbed at relative pressure of 0.974. Obtained adsorption and desorption isotherms reviled that adsorbate molecules interacted with the soil particles in different extent. Similar monolayer capacity was observed for Haplic Fluvisol, Haplic Chernozem and Stagnic Luvisol, while for Mollic Gleysol was more than 4 times higher. Mollic Gleysol was also characterized by highest values of specific surface area as well as quantity of adsorbed vapour at relative pressure of 0.974. Higher sorption was caused by presence of soil colloids which contains functional groups of a polar nature (mainly hydroxyls, phenolic and carboxyls). These groups similarly to silicates, oxides, hydratable cations as well as electric charge form adsorption centres for water vapour molecules.

  5. Production, characterization, and mechanical properties of starch modified by Ophiostoma spp.

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    Saville, B. A.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Microbial modification of starch with Ophiostoma spp. was investigated, with the purpose of developing a novel packaging material for the food or pharmaceutical industries. Various starch sources, such as tapioca, potato, corn, rice and amylopectin were tested as raw materials. The initial screening demonstrated that tapioca and potato starch had better performance for biopolymer production. The yield was about 85%. Preliminary characterization of the modified biopolymer was also conducted. Following microbial conversion, the percentage of molecules with molecular weight (abbreviated Mw more than 10M (abbreviations of million Daltons increased from 25% to 89% after 3 days, confirming that the modification increased the weight of the starch polymer. Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR revealed changes in the chemical structure of the starch after the modification. Both pure starches and the modified biopolymers were cast into films and tested for mechanical properties. The tensile tests showed that after treatment with the fungus, the peak stress and modulus of the films increased about 10 and 40 times, respectively. Also, the water barrier property was improved. Therefore, microbial modification positively impacted proper-ties relevant to the proposed application. Although the role of the fungus in the modification and the function-property relationship of the biopolymer are not yet completely clear, the results of this study show promise for development of a novel biopolymer that competes with existing packaging materials.

  6. Graphene oxide-modified ZnO particles: synthesis, characterization, and antibacterial properties

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    Zhong LL

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Linlin Zhong, Kyusik Yun Department of Bionanotechnology, Gachon University, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea Abstract: Nanosized ZnO particles with diameters of 15 nm were prepared with a solution precipitation method at low cost and high yield. The synthesis of the particles was functionalized by the organic solvent dimethylformamide, and the particles were covalently bonded to the surface of graphene oxide. The morphology of the graphene oxide sheets and ZnO particles was confirmed with field emission scanning electron microscopy and biological atomic force microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to analyze the physical and chemical properties of the ZnO/graphene oxide composites that differed from those of the individual components. Enhanced electrochemical properties were detected with cyclic voltammetry, with a redox peak of the composites at 0.025 mV. Excellent antibacterial activity of ZnO/graphene oxide composites was observed with a microdilution method in which minimum inhibitory concentrations of 6.25 µg/mL for Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium, 12.5 µg/mL for Bacillus subtilis, and 25 µg/mL for Enterococcus faecalis. After further study of the antibacterial mechanism, we concluded that a vast number of reactive oxygen species formed on the surface of composites, improving antibacterial properties. Keywords: graphene oxide, ZnO, characterization, antibacterial property

  7. Synthesis, Characterization and in vitro Degradation Properties of Poly (Propylene Fumarate-co-Propylene Sebacate) Networks

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    2007-01-01

    Poly(propylene fumarate-co-propylene sebacate) (P(PF-co-PS)) was crosslinked with N-vinyl pyrrolidone (N-VP) to form networks. It was investigated as biodegradable bone cement. In this paper, P(PF-co-PS) was synthesized and characterized by 1 H-NMR, FTIR and GPC. The effects of the amount of sebacate segments in P(PF-co-PS) main chains and the quantity of N-vinyl pyrrolidone on the in vitro degradation of the polymer networks were examined. Cylindrical specimens were submerged in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37 ℃ and the pH value of PBS is 7.4 for 10 weeks. The gravimetry and compressive mechanical properties were tested over the degradation period. Networks formed by P(PF-co-PS)8020/N-VP exhibited higher weight loss and better mechanical properties when compared with poly(propylene fumarate)/N-VP networks. The mechanical properties of P(PF-co-PS)/N-VP can be maintained for a very long time, even for 70 days, the yield strength, fracture strength and compressive modulus are (51.78 ± 2.01) MPa, (52.331 ± 1.84)MPa and (957.78 ± 24.40) MPa, respectively. The results demonstrate that the compressive mechanical properties and degradation velocity can be modulated by the amount of crosslinking agents and sebacate segments along the main chains of copolymers.

  8. Characterization of intrinsic properties of cingulate pyramidal neurons in adult mice after nerve injury

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    Chen Tao

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC is important for cognitive and sensory functions including memory and chronic pain. Glutamatergic excitatory synaptic transmission undergo long-term potentiation in ACC pyramidal cells after peripheral injury. Less information is available for the possible long-term changes in neuronal action potentials or intrinsic properties. In the present study, we characterized cingulate pyramidal cells in the layer II/III of the ACC in adult mice. We then examined possible long-term changes in intrinsic properties of the ACC pyramidal cells after peripheral nerve injury. In the control mice, we found that there are three major types of pyramidal cells according to their action potential firing pattern: (i regular spiking (RS cells (24.7%, intrinsic bursting (IB cells (30.9%, and intermediate (IM cells (44.4%. In a state of neuropathic pain, the population distribution (RS: 21.3%; IB: 31.2%; IM: 47.5% and the single action potential properties of these three groups were indistinguishable from those in control mice. However, for repetitive action potentials, IM cells from neuropathic pain animals showed higher initial firing frequency with no change for the properties of RS and IB neurons from neuropathic pain mice. The present results provide the first evidence that, in addition to synaptic potentiation reported previously, peripheral nerve injury produces long-term plastic changes in the action potentials of cingulate pyramidal neurons in a cell type-specific manner.

  9. High Resolution Imaging Spectroscopy for Characterizing Soil Properties over Large Areas

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    Dutta, D.; Kumar, P.

    2014-12-01

    Quantitative mapping of high resolution surface soil texture (percentage sand, silt and clay), soil organic matter and chemical constituents are important for understanding infiltration, runoff and other surficial hydrologic processes at different scales. The Visible Near Infrared Analysis (VNIRA) method, which is a combination of imaging spectroscopy and laboratory chemical analysis with an underlying statistical model, has been established for the quantification of soil properties from imaging spectrometer data. In this study we characterize the feasibility of quantifying soil properties over large areas with the aim that these methods may be extended to space-borne sensors such as HyspIRI. Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI) is a space-borne NASA mission concept having 10nm contiguous bands in the VSWIR region (380nm to 2500nm) of the electromagnetic spectra. High resolution (7.6m) Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) data collected by NASA immediately after the massive 2011 Mississippi River floods at the Birds Point New Madrid (BPNM) floodway, coupled with in situ samples obtained at the time of the flight, is used to generate HyspIRI like data at 60m resolution. The VNIRA method is applied in a data-mining framework for quantification of the different soil textural properties and chemical constituents. The empirical models are further used for creating quantitative maps of the soil properties for the entire BPNM floodway. These maps are compared with the fine resolution AVIRIS maps of the same area for the different legacy landscape features and spatial correlations with the underlying topography immediately disturbed by the flooding event. The scales of variation in the soil constituents captured by the fine resolution data are also compared to the scales of variation captured by coarser resolution data. This study further explores the issues of applicability, challenges (such as the sensitivity of NDVI from mixed neighborhood pixels

  10. Formulation development and characterization of cellulose acetate nitrate based propellants for improved insensitive munitions properties

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    Thelma MANNING; Keith LUHMANN; Steve VELARDE; Christine KNOTT; Stephanie M.PIRAINO; Kevin BOYD; Jeffrey WYCKOFF; Carlton ADAM; Eugene ROZUMOV; Kenneth KLINGAMAN; Viral PANCHAL; Joseph LAQUIDARA; Mike FAIR; John BOLOGNINI

    2014-01-01

    Cellulose acetate nitrate (CAN) was used as an insensitive energetic binder to improve the insensitive munitions (IM) properties of gun propellants to replace the M1 propellant used in 105 mm artillery charges. CAN contains the energetic nitro groups found in nitrocellulose (NC), but also acetyl functionalities, which lowered the polymer's sensitivity to heat and shock, and therefore improved its IM properties relative to NC. The formulation, development and small-scale characterization testing of several CAN-based propellants were done. The formulations, using insensitive energetic solid fillers and high-nitrogen modifiers in place of nitramine were completed. The small scale characterization testing, such as closed bomb testing, small scale sensitivity, thermal stability, and chemical compatibility were done. The mechanical response of the pro-pellants under high-rate uni-axial compression at, hot, cold, and ambient temperatures were also completed. Critical diameter testing, hot fragment conductive ignition (HFCI) tests were done to evaluate the propellants' responses to thermal and shock stimuli. Utilizing the propellant chemical composition, theoretical predictions of erosivity were completed. All the small scale test results were utilized to down-select the promising CAN based formulations for large scale demonstration testing such as the ballistic performance and fragment impact testing in the 105 mm M67 artillery charge configurations. The test results completed in the small and large scale testing are discussed.

  11. Formulation development and characterization of cellulose acetate nitrate based propellants for improved insensitive munitions properties

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    Thelma Manning

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Cellulose acetate nitrate (CAN was used as an insensitive energetic binder to improve the insensitive munitions (IM properties of gun propellants to replace the M1 propellant used in 105 mm artillery charges. CAN contains the energetic nitro groups found in nitrocellulose (NC, but also acetyl functionalities, which lowered the polymer's sensitivity to heat and shock, and therefore improved its IM properties relative to NC. The formulation, development and small-scale characterization testing of several CAN-based propellants were done. The formulations, using insensitive energetic solid fillers and high-nitrogen modifiers in place of nitramine were completed. The small scale characterization testing, such as closed bomb testing, small scale sensitivity, thermal stability, and chemical compatibility were done. The mechanical response of the propellants under high-rate uni-axial compression at, hot, cold, and ambient temperatures were also completed. Critical diameter testing, hot fragment conductive ignition (HFCI tests were done to evaluate the propellants' responses to thermal and shock stimuli. Utilizing the propellant chemical composition, theoretical predictions of erosivity were completed. All the small scale test results were utilized to down-select the promising CAN based formulations for large scale demonstration testing such as the ballistic performance and fragment impact testing in the 105 mm M67 artillery charge configurations. The test results completed in the small and large scale testing are discussed.

  12. Preparation, characterization, and thermal properties of microencapsulated phase change material for thermal energy storage

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    Alkan, Cemil; Sari, Ahmet; Karaipekli, Ali [Department of Chemistry, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60240 Tokat (Turkey); Uzun, Orhan [Department of Physics, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60240 Tokat (Turkey)

    2009-01-15

    This study is focused on the preparation, characterization, and determination of thermal properties of microencapsulated docosane with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as phase change material for thermal energy storage. Microencapsulation of docosane has been carried out by emulsion polymerization. The microencapsulated phase change material (MEPCM) was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Thermal properties and thermal stability of MEPCM were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). DSC analysis indicated that the docosane in the microcapsules melts at 41.0 C and crystallizes at 40.6 C. It has latent heats of 54.6 and -48.7 J/g for melting and crystallization, respectively. TGA showed that the MEPCM degraded in three distinguishable steps and had good chemical stability. Accelerated thermal cycling tests also indicated that the MEPCM had good thermal reliability. Based on all these results, it can be concluded that the microencapsulated docosane as MEPCMs have good potential for thermal energy storage purposes such as solar space heating applications. (author)

  13. Preliminary Characterization of the Probiotic Properties of Candida Famata and Geobacillus Thermoleovorans

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    A Bakhrouf

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Probiotics are live microbial feed supplements which beneficially affect the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance, producing metabolites which inhibit the colonization or growth of other microorganisms or by competing with them for resources such as nutrients or space. The aim of this study was to investigate the probiotic properties of Candida famata and Geobacillus thermoleovorans.Material and Methods: In this study, yeast and bacterial strains isolated from pure oil waste were identified using Api 50 CHB and Api Candida Systems and their probiotic properties were studied through antimicrobial activity, biofilm production, adherence assay and enzymatic characterization.Results and Conclusion: According to biochemical analyses, these strains corresponded to Geobacillus thermoleovorans and Candida famata. Antagonism assay results showed that the tested strains have an inhibitory effect against tested pathogenic bacteria. The yeast Candida famata was unable to produce biofilm on Congo Red Agar (CRA, while the bacterial strain was a slime producer. Adherence assays to abiotic surfaces revealed that the investigated strains were fairly adhesive to polystyrene with values ranging from 0.18 to 0.34 at 595 nm. The enzymatic characterization revealed that the tested strains expressed enzymes such as phosphatase alkaline, esterase lipase (C8, amylase, lipase, lecitenase and caseinase. The obtained results may allow the isolated strains to be considered as having the potential to be candidate probiotics.

  14. Nondestructive Methods to Characterize Rock Mechanical Properties at Low-Temperature: Applications for Asteroid Capture Technologies

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    Savage, Kara A.

    Recent government initiatives and commercial activities have targeted asteroids for in situ material characterization, manipulation, and possible resource extraction. Most of these activities and missions have proposed significant robotic components, given the risks and costs associated with manned missions. To successfully execute these robotic activities, detailed mechanical characteristics of the target space bodies must be known prior to contact, in order to appropriately plan and direct the autonomous robotic protocols. Unfortunately, current estimates of asteroid mechanical properties are based on limited direct information, and significant uncertainty remains specifically concerning internal structures, strengths, and elastic properties of asteroids. One proposed method to elucidate this information is through in situ, nondestructive testing of asteroid material immediately after contact, but prior to any manipulation or resource extraction activities. While numerous nondestructive rock characterization techniques have been widely deployed for terrestrial applications, these methods must be adapted to account for unique properties of asteroid material and environmental conditions of space. For example, asteroid surface temperatures may range from -100°C to 30°C due to diurnal cycling, and these low temperatures are especially noteworthy due to their deleterious influence on non-destructive testing. As a result, this thesis investigates the effect of low temperature on the mechanical characteristics and nondestructive technique responses of rock material. Initially, a novel method to produce low temperature rock samples was developed. Dry ice and methanol cooling baths of specific formulations were used to decrease rock to temperatures ranging from -60°C to 0°C. At these temperatures, shale, chalk, and limestone rock samples were exposed to several nondestructive and conventional mechanical tests, including Schmidt hammer, ultrasonic pulse velocity, point

  15. Quantitative characterization of the microstructure and transport properties of biopolymer networks

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    Jiao, Yang; Torquato, Salvatore

    2012-06-01

    Biopolymer networks are of fundamental importance to many biological processes in normal and tumorous tissues. In this paper, we employ the panoply of theoretical and simulation techniques developed for characterizing heterogeneous materials to quantify the microstructure and effective diffusive transport properties (diffusion coefficient De and mean survival time τ) of collagen type I networks at various collagen concentrations. In particular, we compute the pore-size probability density function P(δ) for the networks and present a variety of analytical estimates of the effective diffusion coefficient De for finite-sized diffusing particles, including the low-density approximation, the Ogston approximation and the Torquato approximation. The Hashin-Strikman upper bound on the effective diffusion coefficient De and the pore-size lower bound on the mean survival time τ are used as benchmarks to test our analytical approximations and numerical results. Moreover, we generalize the efficient first-passage-time techniques for Brownian-motion simulations in suspensions of spheres to the case of fiber networks and compute the associated effective diffusion coefficient De as well as the mean survival time τ, which is related to nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation times. Our numerical results for De are in excellent agreement with analytical results for simple network microstructures, such as periodic arrays of parallel cylinders. Specifically, the Torquato approximation provides the most accurate estimates of De for all collagen concentrations among all of the analytical approximations we consider. We formulate a universal curve for τ for the networks at different collagen concentrations, extending the work of Torquato and Yeong (1997 J. Chem. Phys. 106 8814). We apply rigorous cross-property relations to estimate the effective bulk modulus of collagen networks from a knowledge of the effective diffusion coefficient computed here. The use of cross-property relations

  16. Characterization of mechanical and geometrical properties of a tube with axial and circumferential guided waves.

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    Yeh, Cheng-Hung; Yang, Che-Hua

    2011-05-01

    Guided waves propagating in cylindrical tubes are frequently applied for the characterization of material or geometrical properties of tubes. In a tube, guided waves can propagate in the axial direction and called axial guided waves, or in the circumferential direction called circumferential guided waves. Dispersion spectra for the axial and circumferential guided waves share some common behaviors and however exhibit some particular behaviors of their own. This study provides an investigation with theoretical modeling, experimental measurements, and a simplex-based inversion procedure to explore the similarity and difference between the axial guided waves and circumferential guided waves, aiming at providing useful information while axial and circumferential guided waves are applied in the area of material characterization. The sensitivity to the radius curvature for the circumferential guided waves dispersion spectra is a major point that makes circumferential guided waves different from axial guided waves. For the purpose of material characterization, both axial and circumferential guided waves are able to extract an elastic moduli and wall-thickness information from the dispersion spectra, however, radius information can only be extracted from the circumferential guided waves spectra.

  17. Combining measurements to estimate properties and characterization extent of complex biochemical mixtures; applications to Heparan Sulfate

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    Pradines, Joël R.; Beccati, Daniela; Lech, Miroslaw; Ozug, Jennifer; Farutin, Victor; Huang, Yongqing; Gunay, Nur Sibel; Capila, Ishan

    2016-04-01

    Complex mixtures of molecular species, such as glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans, have important biological and therapeutic functions. Characterization of these mixtures with analytical chemistry measurements is an important step when developing generic drugs such as biosimilars. Recent developments have focused on analytical methods and statistical approaches to test similarity between mixtures. The question of how much uncertainty on mixture composition is reduced by combining several measurements still remains mostly unexplored. Mathematical frameworks to combine measurements, estimate mixture properties, and quantify remaining uncertainty, i.e. a characterization extent, are introduced here. Constrained optimization and mathematical modeling are applied to a set of twenty-three experimental measurements on heparan sulfate, a mixture of linear chains of disaccharides having different levels of sulfation. While this mixture has potentially over two million molecular species, mathematical modeling and the small set of measurements establish the existence of nonhomogeneity of sulfate level along chains and the presence of abundant sulfate repeats. Constrained optimization yields not only estimations of sulfate repeats and sulfate level at each position in the chains but also bounds on these levels, thereby estimating the extent of characterization of the sulfation pattern which is achieved by the set of measurements.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and properties of yellow-light-emitting polyethers containing bis(styryl)anthracene units

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    Gioti, M., E-mail: mgiot@physics.auth.gr; Pitsalidis, C., E-mail: mgiot@physics.auth.gr; Tzounis, L.; Logothetidis, S., E-mail: logot@auth.gr [Laboratory for Thin Films-Nanosystems and Nanometrology (LTFN), Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Andreopoulou, A. K.; Kallitsis, J. K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, University Campus, Rio-Patras GR26504, Greece and Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (FORTH/ICE-HT), Platani Str., Patras GR26504 (Greece); Mparmpoutsis, E. [Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, University Campus, Rio-Patras GR26504 (Greece)

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    Aromatic aliphatic polyethers containing bis(styryl)anthracene units in the main chain separated by flexible spacer of 11 (AND52) or 12 (AND53) methylene units, were synthesized and characterized aiming to be applied as emitting materials in polymer light emitting diode (PLED) devices. The polymers are soluble in common organic solvents and have average molecular weight of about 15kDa. Differentiations owing to an odd-even number of methylene units (χ=11 vs χ=12) are observed in their optical properties in solid state. Thin films as well as PLED devices were fabricated via conventional spin-coating process. Initially, various parameters have been investigated concerning the solubility of the polymers, the effect of film thickness on the electrical properties, and their thermal stability. The optical properties of the two polymers were investigated by NIR-Vis-far UV spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). The accurate determination of the thickness and the optical constants (refractive index and dielectric function as a function of wavelength) were derived. These provide substantial insights into the final design of the optimum final multi-layer structure of the PLEDs, if we take into account that the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of electroluminescence (EL) strongly depends on the optical interference of the beams of emitted light that have been multiply reflected from the layer interfaces. The morphological characterization of the AND52 and AND53 polymeric thin films was carried out using atomic force microscopy (AFM), while current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics of the devices were studied by electrical measurements. The single PLED devices were switched on at relatively low operation voltages, showing the potential as backplanes for active matrix PLED applications. In this perspective, it can be assumed that further studies of the presented materials will enable the development of flexible PLEDs with the possibility to scale up their dimensions for bigger

  19. Manganese ferrite prepared using reverse micelle process: Structural and magnetic properties characterization

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    Hashim, Mohd, E-mail: md.hashim09@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Shirsath, Sagar E. [Spin Device Technology Centre, Department of Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553 (Japan); Meena, S.S. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Mane, M.L. [Department of Physics, S.G.R.G. Shinde Mahavidyalaya, Paranda 413502, MS (India); Kumar, Shalendra [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changwon National University, Changwon, Gyeongnam 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Bhatt, Pramod [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Material Science Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, HP (India); Prasad, N.K.; Alla, S.K. [Deptartment of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi 221005 (India); Shah, Jyoti; Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India); Mohammed, K.A. [Department of Mathematics & Physics Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nizwa, Nizwa (Oman); Şentürk, Erdoğan [Department of Physics, Sakarya University, Esentepe, 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); Alimuddin [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • Preparation of Mn{sup 3+} substituted MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite by Reverse microemulsion process. • Characterization by XRD, SEM, VSM, Mössbauer spectroscopy and dielectric measurements techniques. • Magnetic properties of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} enhanced after Mn{sup 3+} substitution. • The dielectric constant and ac conductivity increased with Mn{sup 3+} substitution. - Abstract: Reverse microemulsion process was employed to prepare of nanocrystalline Mn{sup 3+} substituted MnFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} ferrites. The structural, magnetic and dielectric properties were studied for different concentrations of Mn{sup 3+}. The structural and microstructural properties were analyzed using X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy techniques. The phase identification of the materials was studied by Rietveld refined XRD patterns which reveals single phase with cubic symmetry for the samples. The lattice parameters were ranged in between 8.369 and 8.379 Å and do not show any significant change with the substitution of Mn{sup 3+}. The average particles size was found to be around 11 ± 3 nm. Magnetization results obtained from the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) confirm that the substitution of Mn{sup 3+} in MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite caused an increase in the saturation magnetization and coercivity. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters on Mn{sup 3+} substitution has been analyzed. Magnetic behavior of the samples were also studied at field cooled (FC) and zero field cooled (ZFC) mode. The dependence of Mössbauer parameters on Mn{sup 3+} substitution was also analyzed. All the magnetic characterization shows that Mn{sup 3+} substitution enhance the magnetic behavior of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles.

  20. Hydrophilic olive cake extracts: Characterization by physicochemical properties and Cu(II) complexation

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    Kolokassidou, K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Lefkosia (Cyprus); Szymczak, W. [Institute of Radiation Protection, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Wolf, M.; Obermeier, C. [Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg (Germany); Buckau, G. [Institut fuer Nukleare Entsorgung, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Pashalidis, I., E-mail: pspasch@ucy.ac.cy [Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, P.O. Box 20537, 1678 Lefkosia (Cyprus)

    2009-05-30

    Disposed olive cake generates hydrophilic components that can be mobilized in the aquatic environment. This paper deals with the characterization of such components, isolated by alkaline extraction. It is shown that these substances possess properties very much resembling humic acid, including a substantial inventory of proton exchanging groups. Extraction and purification of the hydrophilic components from the disposed olive cake was performed by the standard approach for isolation of humic acids from solid sources, i.e. alternating alkaline dissolution and acid flocculation, leaving the purified extract in the protonated form. The purified sample was characterized by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES), Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) and Asymmetrical Flow Field-Flow Fractionation (AFFFF). The complex formation properties were investigated by potentiometry using Cu(II) ion selective electrode under atmospheric conditions at I = 0.1 M NaClO{sub 4} (aqueous solution) and pH 6. The formation constant for the CuHA complex is found to be log {beta} = 5.3 {+-} 0.4 which is close to the corresponding value (log {beta} = 5.2 {+-} 0.4) obtained from similar investigations with the commercially available Aldrich humic acid (this study) and corresponding published values for various humic acids. Both, structural properties and complex formation data show that the olive cake extract has considerable similarities with humic acids from different sources, pointing towards potential similarities in environmental behavior and impact.

  1. Integrated automated nanomanipulation and real-time cellular surface imaging for mechanical properties characterization

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    Eslami, Sohrab; Zareian, Ramin; Jalili, Nader

    2012-10-01

    Surface microscopy of individual biological cells is essential for determining the patterns of cell migration to study the tumor formation or metastasis. This paper presents a correlated and effective theoretical and experimental technique to automatically address the biophysical and mechanical properties and acquire live images of biological cells which are of interest in studying cancer. In the theoretical part, a distributed-parameters model as the comprehensive representation of the microcantilever is presented along with a model of the contact force as a function of the indentation depth and mechanical properties of the biological sample. Analysis of the transfer function of the whole system in the frequency domain is carried out to characterize the stiffness and damping coefficients of the sample. In the experimental section, unlike the conventional atomic force microscope techniques basically using the laser for determining the deflection of microcantilever's tip, a piezoresistive microcantilever serving as a force sensor is implemented to produce the appropriate voltage and measure the deflection of the microcantilever. A micromanipulator robotic system is integrated with the MATLAB® and programmed in such a way to automatically control the microcantilever mounted on the tip of the micromanipulator to achieve the topography of biological samples including the human corneal cells. For this purpose, the human primary corneal fibroblasts are extracted and adhered on a sterilized culture dish and prepared to attain their topographical image. The proposed methodology herein allows an approach to obtain 2D quality images of cells being comparatively cost effective and extendable to obtain 3D images of individual cells. The characterized mechanical properties of the human corneal cell are furthermore established by comparing and validating the phase shift of the theoretical and experimental results of the frequency response.

  2. Characterization of hydraulic fractures and reservoir properties of shale using natural tracers

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    Heath, J. E.; Gardner, P.; Kuhlman, K. L.; Malama, B.

    2013-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing plays a major role in the economic production of hydrocarbon from shale. Current fracture characterization techniques are limited in diagnosing the transport properties of the fractures on the near wellbore scale to that of the entire stimulated reservoir volume. Microseismic reveals information on fracture geometries, but not transport properties. Production analysis (e.g., rate transient analysis using produced fluids) estimates fracture and reservoir flow characteristics, but often relies on simplified models in terms of fracture geometries and fluid storage and transport. We present the approach and potential benefits of incorporating natural tracers with production data analysis for fracture and reservoir characterization. Hydraulic fracturing releases omnipresent natural tracers that accumulate in low permeability rocks over geologic time (e.g., radiogenic 4He and 40Ar). Key reservoir characteristics govern the tracer release, which include: the number, connectivity, and geometry of fractures; the distribution of fracture-surface-area to matrix-block-volume; and the nature of hydrocarbon phases within the reservoir (e.g., methane dissolved in groundwater or present as a separate gas phase). We explore natural tracer systematics using numerical techniques under relevant shale-reservoir conditions. We evaluate the impact on natural tracer transport due to a variety of conceptual models of reservoir-transport properties and boundary conditions. Favorable attributes for analysis of natural tracers include the following: tracer concentrations start with a well-defined initial condition (i.e., equilibrium between matrix and any natural fractures); there is a large suite of tracers that cover a range of at least 7x in diffusion coefficients; and diffusive mass-transfer out of the matrix into hydraulic fractures will cause elemental and isotopic fractionation. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by

  3. Dielectric Properties of Ice-Water Systems: Laboratory Characterization and Modeling

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    West, J.; Rippin, D. M.; Endres, A. L.; Murray, T.

    2005-05-01

    Glacier mechanical properties, and hence their response to climatic change, depend strongly on the proportion and distribution of unfrozen water at ice grain boundaries. Glaciologists have characterized unfrozen water content in several ways, notably via thin section microscopic analysis of ice cores to measure porewater contents, and field surveys of electromagnetic properties using radar. Water content has a very strong influence on the velocity of electromagnetic (radar) waves in ice, because of the high dielectric constant of water (~80) in comparison with ice (~3). However, there is a strong discrepancy between the two methods of measurement, with field radar surveys on glaciers giving unfrozen water contents of several volumetric percent, whereas ice-core microscopy gives values of less than one percent. This discrepancy has called into question the approach used to obtain the unfrozen water content from radar wave velocity. This approach assumes that the ice-water mixture is a lossless medium. Here, we report a laboratory and modeling based investigation of the relationship between dielectric properties and unfrozen water content of ice cores from the Glacier de Tsanfleuron, Switzerland, aimed at resolving the discrepancy. The laboratory study uses the technique of Time Domain Reflectometry to characterize the dielectric properties of ice cores from a range of ice facies. `Press on' TDR waveguides have been developed specifically for use on ice cores. Several press-on probe designs have been developed and aspects of their performance are reported. An independent estimate of unfrozen water content is determined from temperature and total pore fluid ionic strength. The results allow the establishment of relationships between the high frequency (~500MHz) dielectric properties and water content for various ice-crystal geometries. Mathematical modeling of the dependence of dielectric constant on frequency and water phase conductivity has been undertaken using

  4. Studies on solid phase synthesis,characterization and fluorescent property of the new rare earth complexes

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    Jianwei SHI

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Rare earth-β-diketone ligand complex luminescent material has stable chemical properties and excellent luminous property. Using europium oxide and (γ-NTA as raw materials, novel rare earth-β-dione complexes are synthesized by solid state coordination chemistry. The synthesis temperature and milling time are discussed for optimization. Experimental results show that the suitable reaction situation is at 50 ℃ and 20 h for solid-phase synthesis. The compositions and structures of the complexes are characterized by means of elemental analysis, UV-Vis and FTIR methods, and the phase stability of the complex is determined by using TG-DTA technique. It is proved that preparation of waterless binary rare earth complexes by the solid phase reaction method results in a higher product yield. The fluorescence spectra show that between Eu (Ⅲ and γ-NTA, there exists efficient energy transfer, and the rare earth complexes synthesis is an excellent red bright light-emitting material with excellent UV excited luminescence properties.

  5. Minor ampullate silks from Nephila and Argiope spiders: tensile properties and microstructural characterization.

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    Guinea, G V; Elices, M; Plaza, G R; Perea, G B; Daza, R; Riekel, C; Agulló-Rueda, F; Hayashi, C; Zhao, Y; Pérez-Rigueiro, J

    2012-07-09

    The mechanical behavior and microstructure of minor ampullate gland silk (miS) of two orb-web spinning species, Argiope trifasciata and Nephila inaurata, were extensively characterized, enabling detailed comparison with other silks. The similarities and differences exhibited by miS when compared with the intensively studied major ampullate gland silk (MAS) and silkworm (Bombyx mori) silk offer a genuine opportunity for testing some of the hypotheses proposed to correlate microstructure and tensile properties in silk. In this work, we show that miSs of different species show similar properties, even when fibers spun by spiders that diverged over 100 million years are compared. The tensile properties of miS are comparable to those of MAS when tested in air, significantly in terms of work to fracture, but differ considerably when tested in water. In particular, miS does not show a supercontraction effect and an associated ground state. In this regard, the behavior of miS in water is similar to that of B. mori silk, and it is shown that the initial elastic modulus of both fibers can be explained using a common model. Intriguingly, the microstructural parameters measured in miS are comparable to those of MAS and considerably different from those found in B. mori. This fact suggests that some critical microstructural information is still missing in our description of silks, and our results suggest that the hydrophilicity of the lateral groups or the large scale organization of the sequences might be routes worth exploring.

  6. Regional Characterization of Soil Properties via a Combination of Methods from Remote Sensing, Geophysics and Geopedology

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    Meyer, Uwe; Fries, Elke; Frei, Michaela

    2016-04-01

    Soil is one of the most precious resources on Earth. Preserving, using and enriching soils are most complex processes that fundamentally need a sound regional data base. Many countries lack this sort of extensive data or the existing data must be urgently updated when land use recently changed in major patterns. The project "RECHARBO" (Regional Characterization of Soil Properties) aims at the combination of methods from remote sensing, geophysics and geopedology in order to develop a new system to map soils on a regional scale in a quick and efficient manner. First tests will be performed on existing soil monitoring districts, using newly available sensing systems as well as established techniques. Especially hyperspectral and infrared data measured from satellites or airborne platforms shall be combined. Moreover, a systematic correlation between hyperspectral imagery and gamma-ray spectroscopy shall be established. These recordings will be compared and correlated to measurements upon ground and on soil samples to get hold of properties such as soil moisture, soil density, specific resistance plus analytic properties like clay content, anorganic background, organic matter etc. The goal is to generate a system that enables users to map soil patterns on a regional scale using airborne or satellite data and to fix their characteristics with only a limited number of soil samples.

  7. Characterization of the Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotube-Latex Thin Films

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    Wang, Long

    The safe, reliable, and efficient operation of structural systems can be undermined by various damage modes. To identify and respond to structural damage in a timely fashion, technologies for structural health monitoring (SHM) have been extensively studied and widely applied in practice. In this context, strain sensors play a crucial role in evaluating structural performance, as they can provide insights about internal stresses within structural components. As compared to conventional rigid and locally implemented strain sensors, piezoresistive nanostructured materials provide considerable opportunities for developing flexible, light-weight, and densely distributed sensors or "sensing skins." Although many types of nanomaterial-based strain sensors have been fabricated, most of them rely on complicated and expensive manufacturing procedures, which hinder their large-scale applications. To address the aforementioned limitations, this thesis proposes the development, optimization, and characterization of a type of spray-fabricated carbon nanotube (CNT)-based thin film strain sensor. By using spray coating or airbrushing, thin films can be coated and readily applied onto large structural surfaces. It was found that the mechanical and electrical properties of the nanocomposite films could be optimized by modifying CNT concentrations and conducting post-fabrication annealing. Overall, the CNT nanocomposite films possess favorable mechanical properties as well as stable and reversible electromechanical properties, rendering them promising candidates as strain sensors suitable for SHM applications.

  8. Synthesis, Characterization and Microwave Absorption Properties of Polyaniline/Er-Doped Strontium Ferrite Nanocomposite.

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    Luo, Juhua; Wang, Eryong; Xu, Yang

    2016-06-01

    Er-doped strontium ferrite nanopowders (SrEr0.3Fe11.7O19) were prepared by the sol-gel method, and then their composites of PANI/SrEr0.3Fe11.7O19 with 10 wt% and 20 wt% ferrite were prepared by an in-situ polymerization process. The characterization of obtained samples was accomplished by XRD, FT-IR, TEM, VSM, and vector network analyzer techniques. A successful conjugation of ferrite nanoparticles with polyaniline could be indicated by XRD and FT-IR analysis. TEM confirmed the formation of polyaniline packed on strontium ferrite surface. Magnetization measurements showed the substituted Er3+ of Fe3+ on basis site enhanced the magnetic property notably and the content of polyaniline also influenced the magnetic property prominently. PANI/SrEr0.3Fe11.7O19 possessed the best absorption property with the optimum matching thickness of 3 mm in the frequency of 2-18 GHz. The value of the maximum RL was -42.0 dB at 12.0 GHz with the 5.5 GHz bandwidth.

  9. Isolation and Characterization of Lytic Properties of Bacteriophages Specific for M. haemolytica Strains.

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    Renata Urban-Chmiel

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was isolation and morphological characterization of temperate bacteriophages obtained from M. haemolytica strains and evaluation of their lytic properties in vitro against M. haemolytica isolated from the respiratory tract of calves.The material for the study consisted of the reference strain M. haemolytica serotype 1 (ATCC® BAA-410™, reference serotypes A1, A2, A5, A6, A7, A9 and A11, and wild-type isolates of M. haemolytica. Bacteriophages were induced from an overnight bacterial starter culture of all examined M. haemolytica strains treated with mitomycin C. The lytic properties and host ranges were determined by plaque assays. The morphology of the bacteriophages was examined in negative-stained smears with 5% uranyl acetate solution using a transmission electron microscope. The genetic analysis of the bacteriophages was followed by restriction analysis of bacteriophage DNA. This was followed by analysis of genetic material by polymerase chain reaction (PCR.Eight bacteriophages were obtained, like typical of the families Myoviridae, Siphoviridae and Podoviridae. Most of the bacteriophages exhibited lytic properties against the M. haemolytica strains. Restriction analysis revealed similarities to the P2-like phage obtained from the strain M. haemolytica BAA-410. The most similar profiles were observed in the case of bacteriophages φA1 and φA5. All of the bacteriophages obtained were characterized by the presence of additional fragments in the restriction profiles with respect to the P2-like reference phage. In the analysis of PCR products for the P2-like reference phage phi-MhaA1-PHL101 (DQ426904 and the phages of the M. haemolytica serotypes, a 734-bp phage PCR product was obtained. The primers were programmed in Primer-Blast software using the structure of the sequence DQ426904 of reference phage PHL101.The results obtained indicate the need for further research aimed at isolating and characterizing

  10. Preparation, characterization and optoelectronic properties of nanodiamonds doped zinc oxide nanomaterials by a ball milling technique

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    Ullah, Hameed; Sohail, Muhammad; Malik, Uzma; Ali, Naveed; Bangash, Masroor Ahmad; Nawaz, Mohsan

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is one of the very important metal oxides (MOs) for applications in optoelectronic devices which work in the blue and UV regions. However, to meet the challenges of obtaining ZnO nanomaterials suitable for practical applications, various modifications in physico-chemical properties are highly desirable. One of the ways adopted for altering the properties is to synthesize composite(s) of ZnO with various reinforcements. Here we report on the tuning of optoelectronic properties of ZnO upon doping by nanodiamonds (NDs) using the ball milling technique. A varying weight percent (wt.%) of NDs were ball milled for 2 h with ZnO nanoparticles prepared by a simple precipitation method. The effects of different parameters, the calcination temperature of ZnO, wt.% of NDs and mechanical milling upon the optoelectronic properties of the resulting ZnO-NDs nanocomposites have been investigated. The ZnO-NDs nanocomposites were characterized by IR spectroscopy, powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The UV-vis spectroscopy revealed the alteration in the bandgap energy (Eg ) of ZnO as a function of the calcination temperature of ZnO, changing the concentration of NDs, and mechanical milling of the resulting nanocomposites. The photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy showed a decrease in the deep level emission (DLE) peaks and an increase in near-band-edge transition peaks as a result of the increasing concentration of NDs. The decrease in DLE and increase in band to band transition peaks were due to the strong interaction between the NDs and the Zn+; consequently, the Zn+ concentration decreased on the interstitial sites.

  11. Syntheses, characterization and properties of silver, copper and palladium complexes from bis(oxazoline)-containing ligands

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    Kuai, Hai-Wei, E-mail: hyitshy@126.com; Cheng, Xiao-Chun; Li, Deng-Hao; Hu, Tao; Zhu, Xiao-Hong

    2015-08-15

    The reactions of 2,6-di(2-oxazolyl)pyridine (L{sup 1}) and 2,6-bis[(S)-4-phenyl-2-oxazolyl]pyridine (L{sup 2}) with silver, copper and palladium salts to yield six new complexes: ([Ag{sub 5}(L{sup 1}){sub 5}](BF{sub 4}){sub 5}){sub n} (1), ([Ag(L{sup 1})](SbF{sub 6})){sub n} (2), [Cu{sub 4}I{sub 4}(L{sup 1}){sub 2}] (3), [Cu{sub 6}I{sub 6}(L{sup 1}){sub 2}] (4), [Pd(L′{sup 1})(OAc)] (5), [Pd(L′{sup 2})Cl] (6), which were fully characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, IR, elemental and thermogravimetric analyses. 1 and 2 are a pair of Ag-oxazoline helical chain structure complexes. The spiral directions of chains are opposite in 1, while identical in 2; the measurement of CD spectra can further confirm their meso and chiral structures. Complexes 3 and 4 show eight-nuclear and twelve-nuclear iodine–cuprous cluster structure. Their structural diversity is induced by different molar ratios of CuI:L{sup 1}. Complexes 5 and 6 are discrete mononuclear palladium complexes. In situ oxazolyl-ring-opening reactions take place in the syntheses of them and the L{sup 1} and the L{sup 2} were transformed to their oxazolyl-ring opened derivatives L′{sup 1} and L′{sup 2}. Moreover, fluorescence, non-linear optical properties, and ferroelectric properties have been investigated. - Graphical abstract: 2,6-di(2-oxazolyl)pyridine (L{sup 1}) reacts with silver and copper salts to yield helical and cluster structure complexes. - Highlights: • Helical and cluster structure complexes. • In situ oxazolyl-ring-opening reactions. • Fluorescence, non-linear optical properties, and ferroelectric properties.

  12. Synthesis, characterization, antimicrobial activity and LPS-interaction properties of SB041, a novel dendrimeric peptide with antimicrobial properties.

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    Bruschi, Michela; Pirri, Giovanna; Giuliani, Andrea; Nicoletto, Silvia Fabiole; Baster, Izabela; Scorciapino, Mariano Andrea; Casu, Mariano; Rinaldi, Andrea C

    2010-08-01

    Multimeric peptides offer several advantages with respect to their monomeric counterparts, as increased activity and greater stability to peptidases and proteases. SB041 is a novel antimicrobial peptide with dendrimeric structure; it is a tetramer of pyrEKKIRVRLSA linked by a lysine core, with an amino valeric acid chain. Here, we report on its synthesis, NMR characterization, antimicrobial activity, and LPS-interaction properties. The peptide was especially active against Gram-negative strains, with a potency comparable (on molar basis) to that of lipopeptides colistin and polymixin B, but it also displayed some activity against selected Gram-positive strains. Following these indications, we investigated the efficacy of SB041 in binding Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa LPS in vitro and counteracting its biological effects in RAW-Blue cells, derived from RAW 264.7 macrophages. SB041 strongly bound purified LPS, especially that of E. coli, as proved by fluorescent displacement assay, and readily penetrated into LPS monolayers. However, the killing activity of SB041 against E. coli was not inhibited by increasing concentrations of LPS added to the medium. Checking the SB041 effect on LPS-induced activation of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in Raw-Blue cells revealed that while the peptide gave a statistically significant decrease in PRRs stimulation when RAW-Blue cells were challenged with P. aeruginosa LPS, the same was not seen when E. coli LPS was used to activate innate immune defense-like responses. Thus, as previously seen for other antimicrobial peptides, also for SB041 binding to LPS did not translate necessarily into LPS-neutralizing activity, suggesting that SB041-LPS interactions must be of complex nature.

  13. Zirconium transition metal (poly)antimonides. Syntheses, characterization and electrochemical properties

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    Greiwe, Magnus; Krause, Maximilian; Osters, Oliver; Dorantes, Alma; Piana, Michele; Nilges, Tom [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Fachgebiet Synthese und Charakterisierung Innovativer Materialien

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    Herein we report on the syntheses, crystal structures and first electrochemical characterizations of ternary zirconium transition metal (poly)antimonides Zr{sub 2}TSb{sub 3} (with T = Cu, Pd) and Zr{sub 3}TSb{sub 7} (with T = Ni, Pd). The compounds were synthesized by arc-melting, followed by an annealing procedure at elevated temperatures. Phase analysis and structure analysis were performed by powder and single-crystal measurements. The electrochemical properties of all compounds were measured in half cells against lithium to test their potential as anode materials for Li batteries. The Zr{sub 3}TSb{sub 7} phases show metallic behavior with conductivities of 10{sup -1} S cm{sup -1} within a temperature range of 324 to 428 K. (orig.)

  14. Contribution of polarimetric imaging for the characterization of fibrous surface properties at different scales

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    Tourlonias, Michel; Bigué, Laurent; Bueno, Marie-Ange

    2010-01-01

    The point in using polarimetric imaging for surface characterization is highlighted in this paper. A method for the evaluation of nonwoven surface properties at microscopic and macroscopic scales is described. This method is based on a polarimetric apparatus and various image processing operations are then performed depending on the studied scale. Polarimetric imaging applied to nonwovens, particularly degree of polarization imaging, highlights texture inhomogeneities. At both scales, image processing techniques were designed to analyze surface zones of different textures. At the macroscopic scale, a basic image processing was developed in order to detect the nonwoven manufacturing process defects. Moreover at the microscopic scale, i.e. at the fiber scale, image processing was adapted to evaluate fiber orientation within nonwovens, which is known to be an important information for mechanical behavior prediction.

  15. Preparation, characterization and mechanical properties of rare-earth-based nanocomposites

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    Musbah S.S.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reports research related to different preparation methods and characterization of polymer nanocomposites for optical applications. The Eu-ion doped Gd2O3 nanophosphor powder with different nanoparticle content was embedded in the matrix of PMMA. Preparation was carried out by mixing molding (bulk, electrospinning (nanofibers and solution casting (thin films with neat particles and particles coated with AMEO silane. Among the pros and cons for proposed methods, the mixing molding enables to avoid solvent use while the best deagglomeration and nanoparticle distribution is gained using the electrospinning method. The results of dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA and nanoindentation revealed that the storage modulus of the composites was higher than that of pure PMMA and increased with nanophosphor content. Surface modification of particles improved the mechanical properties of nanocomposites.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties of lanthanide complexes with a novel multipodal ligand.

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    Yan, Zhen-Zhong; Hou, Na; Wang, Cong-Min

    2015-02-25

    Solid complexes of lanthanide nitrates with an novel multipodal ligand, 1,2,4,5-tetramethyl-3,6-bis{N,N-bis[((2'-furfurylaminoformyl)phenoxyl)ethyl]-aminomethyl}-benzene (L) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectra and molar conductivity measurements. At the same time, the luminescent properties of the Sm(III), Eu(III), Tb(III) and Dy(III) nitrate complexes in solid state were investigated. Under the excitation of UV light, these complexes exhibited characteristic emission of central metal ions. The lowest triplet state energy level of the ligand indicates that the triplet state energy level (T1) of the ligand matches better the resonance level of Tb(III) than other lanthanide ions.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial property of ZnO:Mg nanoparticles

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    Kompany, A.; Madahi, P.; Shahtahmasbi, N.; Mashreghi, M.

    2012-09-01

    Sol-gel method was successfully used for the synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) doped with different concentrations of Mg and the structural, optical and antibacterial properties of the nanoparticles were studied. The synthesized ZnO:Mg powders were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformation Infrared (FTIR) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. It was revealed that the samples have hexagonal Wurtzite structure, and the phase segregation takes place for 15% Mg content. TEM images show that the average size of the particles is about 50 nm. Also, the antibacterial activities of the nanoparticles were tested against Escherichia coli (Gram negative) cultures. ZnO:Mg nanofluid showed good antibacterial activity which increases with the increase of NPs concentration, and decreases slightly with the amount of Mg.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and DFT calculations of electronic and optical properties of YbPO4

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    Khadraoui, Z.; Horchani-Naifer, K.; Ferhi, M.; Ferid, M.

    2015-08-01

    YbPO4 crystals were synthesized by solid-state reaction and characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared and Raman spectroscopies. The electronic structure and optical properties of YbPO4 such as the energy band structures, density of states and chemical bonds were calculated with the Density Functional Theory (DFT) for the first time. We present a combination of the GGA and the LDA + U approaches in order to obtain appropriate results due to the strong Coulomb repulsion between the highly localized 4f electrons of rare earth atoms. The linear photon-energy-dependent dielectric functions, conductivity and some optical constants such as refractive index, reflectivity and absorption coefficients were determined. The calculated total and partial densities of states indicate that the top of valance band is built upon O-2p states with P-3p states via σ (P-O) interactions, and the conduction bands mostly originate from Yb-5d states.

  19. TEST AND CHARACTERIZATION FOR THE INCOMPRESSIBLE HYPERELASTIC PROPERTIES OF CONDITIONED RUBBERS UNDER MODERATE FINITE DEFORMATION

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    XiaYong; LiWei; XiaYuanming

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, the automated grid method is applied to test for the mechanical properties of conditioned rubbers under the moderate finite deformation (not exceeding 100%).More accurate stress-strain curves of conditioned rubber specimens under different conditioned strains are obtained. Test results show differences between these curves. Based on an analysis of the classical constitutive models, a new modified eight-chain model is proposed, which take saccount of both the locking stretch of chains and the interaction effect in the network. Fitting test data shows that the modified model well characterizes the incompressible hyperelastic mechanical behavior of conditioned rubbers under the moderate finite deformation as well as under the large deformation.

  20. Characterization and luminescent properties of zinc–Schiff base complexes for organic white light emitting devices

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    Vandna Nishal

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Zinc complexes with Schiff base ligands bis(salicylideneethylene-1,2-diamine (salen, bis(salicylidenepropylene-1,3-diamine (salpen, bis(salicylidenebutylene-1,4-diamine (salbutene, bis(salicylidenehexylene-1,6-diamine (salhexene, bis(salicylideneheptylene-1,7-diamine (salheptene were synthesized and characterized. All these metal complexes exhibited high thermal stability. The photo-physical properties of zinc complexes were investigated by taking their UV–vis absorption and photoluminescent spectra. The complexes of Schiff bases with zinc gave blue luminescence (430–450 nm under excitation of ultraviolet energy source which can be efficiently used for the generation of white light for display applications.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and third-order nonlinear optical properties of symmetrical ferrocenyl Schiff base materials

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    Yu, Weiguo; Jia, Jianhong; Gao, Jianrong; Han, Liang; Li, Yujin

    2015-03-01

    Six symmetrical ferrocenyl Schiff base materials were synthesized and characterized by UV, 1H NMR, mass spectrometry (MS) and elemental analysis. Their off-resonant third-order nonlinear optical properties were measured using femtosecond laser and degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) technique. The third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities χ(3) were 1.961-6.363 × 10-13 esu. The nonlinear refractive indexes n2 were 3.609-11.716 × 10-12 esu. The second-order hyperpolarizabilities γ of these molecules were 1.967-6.388 × 10-31 esu. The response time were 45.759-73.079 fs. The results indicate that these materials have potential nonlinear optical applications.

  2. Novel axially carborane-cage substituted silicon phthalocyanine photosensitizer; synthesis, characterization and photophysicochemical properties

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    Atmaca, Göknur Yaşa; Dizman, Cemil; Eren, Tarık; Erdoğmuş, Ali

    2015-02-01

    The novel axially dicarborane substituted silicon (IV) (SiPc-DC) phthalocyanine was synthesized by treating silicon phthalocyanine dichloride SiPc(Cl)2 (SiPc) with o-Carborane monool. The compound was characterized by mass spectrometry, UV-Vis, FT-IR, 1H and 11B Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR). Spectral, photophysical (fluorescence quantum yield) and photochemical (singlet oxygen (ΦΔ) and photodegradation quantum yield (Φd)) properties of the complex were reported in different solutions (Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), Dimethylformamide (DMF) and Toluene). The results of spectral measurements showed that both SiPc and carborane cage can have potential to be used as sensitizers in photodynamic therapy (PDT) and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) by their singlet oxygen efficiencies (ΦΔ = 0.41, 0.39).

  3. Quantitative Characterization of the Microstructure and Transport Properties of Biopolymer Networks

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    Jiao, Yang

    2012-01-01

    Biopolymer networks are of fundamental importance to many biological processes in normal and tumorous tissues. In this paper, we employ the panoply of theoretical and simulation techniques developed for characterizing heterogeneous materials to quantify the microstructure and effective diffusive transport properties (diffusion coefficient $D_e$ and mean survival time $\\tau$) of collagen type I networks at various collagen concentrations. In particular, we compute the pore-size probability density function $P(\\delta)$ for the networks and present a variety of analytical estimates of the effective diffusion coefficient $D_e$ for finite-sized diffusing particles. The Hashin-Strikman upper bound on the effective diffusion coefficient $D_e$ and the pore-size lower bound on the mean survival time $\\tau$ are used as benchmarks to test our analytical approximations and numerical results. Moreover, we generalize the efficient first-passage-time techniques for Brownian-motion simulations in suspensions of spheres to th...

  4. Preparation, Characterization and Optical Properties of Host-guest Nanocomposite Material Mordenite-silver Iodide

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    2003-01-01

    Silver iodide nanoclusters were successfully prepared in the channels of mordenite by a heat diffusion method. Powder X-ray diffraction, adsorption technique and infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the prepared materials, which showed that the guest silver iodide had been encapsulated in the channels of mordenite. The optical properties of the solid phase diffuse reflectance absorption of nanocomposite material NaM-AgI were studied, showing that the absorption bands of the diffuse reflectance absorption of the prepared material moved to the region of high energy. The absorption peak of the material prepared shifted to the region of high energy. Namely, blue shift was caused. This has demonstrated the incorporation of silver iodide into the channels of the zeolite. We observed the luminescence and surface photovoltage spectra of NaM-AgI sample, proposing the mechanisms of the photoluminescence and photovoltaic responses.

  5. Synthesis,Characterization and Catalytic Properties of Mesoporous HPMo/SiO2 Composite

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    YAN Xuemin; YAN Jiabao; MEI Ping; LEI Jiaheng

    2008-01-01

    A novel mesoporous HPMo/SiO2 composite was synthesized by the sol-gel method with triblock copolymer EO20PO70EO20 as template.The properties of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction,transmission electron microscopy,N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms,Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and inductively-coupled plasma analysis.The experimental results show that the product has a very ordered hexagonal mesostructure,and the HPMo is immobilized into the framework of silica.The final mesoporous composite shows excellent stability in polar solvents.Results of catalytic tests indicate that the composite is an effective catalyst for oxidation of dibenzothiophen,and there are few activity losses even after the third cycle of uses.The high catalytic activity and good insolubility make it a promising catalyst in oxidative desulfurization process.

  6. Thermoelectric Characterization of Electronic Properties of GaMnAs Nanowires

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    Phillip M. Wu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanowires with magnetic doping centers are an exciting candidate for the study of spin physics and proof-of-principle spintronics devices. The required heavy doping can be expected to have a significant impact on the nanowires' electron transport properties. Here, we use thermopower and conductance measurements for transport characterization of Ga0.95Mn0.05As nanowires over a broad temperature range. We determine the carrier type (holes and concentration and find a sharp increase of the thermopower below temperatures of 120 K that can be qualitatively described by a hopping conduction model. However, the unusually large thermopower suggests that additional mechanisms must be considered as well.

  7. Ultrasonic sensor properties characterized by a PC-controlled scanning measuring system

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    Henning; Prange; Dierks; Daur

    2000-03-01

    The use of ultrasonic sensors for process control is currently widespread for flow, level or distance measurements. Recently, interest has increased, too in the application of ultrasonic sensors to concentration measurements in complex liquids. In this application there are high demands for a defined and stable quality of the properties of both the sensor transfer function and the sound field characteristic. For a detailed investigation and characterization of ultrasonic sensor propertiess, an efficient PC-controlled measuring system was developed by the Institut fur Automation und Kommunikation (IFAK). In this contribution, this high performance approach is presented to make visible the vibrating ultrasonic sensor surface as well as the sound field in front of acoustic sensors in liquids.

  8. Photoelectrochemical characterization and photocatalytic properties of mesoporous TiO 2 / ZrO 2 films

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Optically transparent, crack-free mesoporous titania and zirconia-doped titania thin film photocatalysts were fabricated by sol-gel technique, using nonionic amphiphilic block copolymer Pluronic P123 as template. The structural and optical properties of these films were characterized using SEM, low-angle XRD, and UV/Vis spectroscopy, hexane adsorption investigation. Band gap energy and the position of flatband potentials were estimated by photoelectrochemical measurements. Enhancing of photocatalytic activity of zirconia-doped films relative to pure TiO 2 originates from an anodic shift of the valence band edge potential. Catalytic activity of mesoporous TiO 2 and TiO 2 / ZrO 2 ( 5 –50% of ZrO 2 films in the processes of Cr VI to Cr III photoreduction and 2,4-dinitroaniline photooxidation correlates with crystalline size and growth with increasing of specific surface area of the samples.

  9. Synthesis,Characterization and Flame-retardant Properties of Epoxy Resins and AACHH Composites

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    QIN Linqing; ZHANG Lianmeng; HUANG Zhixiong; HUANG Zhiliang; WANG Yanbing

    2009-01-01

    Flame retardant epoxy resins were prepared by a simple mixed method using am-monium aluminum carbonate hydroxy hydrate(AACHH)as a halogen-free flame retardant.The pre-pared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction,thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry,scanning electron microscope and limiting oxygen index(LOI)experiments.Effects of AACHH content on LOI of epoxy resins/AACHH composite and flame retardant mechanism were investigated and discussed.Results show that AACHH exhibites excellent flame-retardant properties in epoxy resin(EP).When the content of AACHH was 47.4%,the LOI of EP reached 32.2%.Moreover, the initial and terminal decomposition temperature of EP increased by 48 ℃and 40℃,respectively. The flame retarded mechanism of AACHH is due to the synergic flame retardant effects of diluting, cooling,decomposition resisting and obstructing.

  10. Preparation,Characterization and Optical Properties of Hostguest Nanocomposite Material Mordenite—silver Iodide

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    ZHAIQing-zhou; QIUShi-lun

    2003-01-01

    Silver iodide nanoclusters were successfully prepared in the channels of mordenite by a heat diffusion method.Powder X-ray diffraction.adsorption technique and infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the prepared materials,which showed that the guest silver iodied had been encapsulated in the channels of mordenite.The optical properties of the solid phase diffuse reflectance absorption of nanocomposite material NaM-AgI were studied,showing that the absorption bands of the diffuse reflectance absorption of the prepared material moved to the region of high energy.The absorption peak of the material prepared shifted to the region of high energy.Namely,blue shift was caused.This has demonstrated the incorporation of silver iodide into the channels of the zeolite.We observed the luminescence and surface photovoltage spectra of NaM-AgI sample,proposing the mechanisms of the photoluminescence and photovoltaic responses.

  11. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Characterization, and Optical Properties of Ce Doped Bi2MoO6 Nanoplates

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    Anukorn Phuruangrat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction at 180°C for 20 h. Phase, morphology, atomic vibration, and optical properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Raman spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, selected area electron diffraction (SAED, and UV-visible spectroscopy. In this research, the products were orthorhombic Bi2MoO6 nanoplates with the growth direction along the [0b0], including the asymmetric and symmetric stretching and bending modes of Bi–O and Mo–O. Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples show a strong absorption in the UV region.

  12. Improved production, characterization and flocculation properties of poly (-glutamic acid produced from Bacillus Subtilis

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    Bhunia B

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus subtilis 2063 produced extracellular biopolymer whichshowed excellent flocculation activity. The biopolymer wasconfirmed as poly (γ-glutamic acid (PGA by using productcharacterization. HPLC profile showed that molecular weight ofPGA was found to be 5.8×106 Da. Improved production,Characterization and flocculation properties of PGA produced byBacillus species were studied. PGA produced by B. subtilis wasdevoid of any polysaccharides. The flocculating activity wasmarkedly stimulated by the addition of cations. The pH of reaction mixture also influenced the flocculating activity. Glycerol and ammonium chloride were found to be most useful carbon and nitrogen sources. An overall 4.24-fold increase in protease production was achieved in the design medium composed with Glycerol and ammonium chloride as a carbon and nitrogen sources as compared with basal media. PGA production increased significantly with optimized medium (21.42 gl-1 when compared with basal medium (5.06 gl-1.

  13. Characterization of nanostructured TiO2:Ag films: structural and optical properties

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-10-01

    TiO2:Ag nanocomposites have been prepared by sol-gel method with varying silver concentration. Different technological approaches are employed to study the formation of Ag nanoparticles in titanium dioxide matrix. The obtained thin films are either thermally treated at temperatures from 300 to 600oC or UV irradiated for 15 minutes between layer deposition. XRD and FTIR studies reveal that Ag is incorporated in TiO2 films as nanoparticles and no Ag oxide phases are detected. Optical characterization performed by UV-VIS spectroscopy confirms the formation of silver nanoparticles. The influence of thermal treatment and UV radiation on the optical and structural properties is studied.

  14. Zinc oxide nanoparticle-coated films: fabrication, characterization, and antibacterial properties

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    Jiang, Yunhong, E-mail: y.jiang@leeds.ac.uk [University of Leeds, Institute of Particle Science and Engineering (United Kingdom); O’Neill, Alex J. [University of Leeds, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (United Kingdom); Ding, Yulong [University of Leeds, Institute of Particle Science and Engineering (United Kingdom)

    2015-04-15

    In this article, novel antibacterial PVC-based films coated with ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated, characterized, and studied for their antibacterial properties. It was shown that the ZnO NPs were coated on the surface of the PVC films uniformly and that the coating process did not affect the size and shape of the NPs on the surface of PVC films. Films coated with concentrations of either 0.2 or 0.075 g/L of ZnO NPs exhibited antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria, but exhibited no antifungal activity against Aspergillus flavus and Penicillium citrinum. Smaller particles (100 nm) exhibited more potent antibacterial activity than larger particles (1000 nm). All ZnO-coated films maintained antibacterial activity after 30 days in water.

  15. Swellable drug-polyelectrolyte matrices of drug-carboxymethylcellulose complexes. Characterization and delivery properties.

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    Rigo, María V Ramírez; Allemandi, Daniel A; Manzo, Ruben H

    2009-02-01

    This article reports the development and delivery properties of swellable drug-polyelectrolyte matrices prepared with complexes of the acid form of carboxymethylcellulose (HCMC). Drug-polyelelectrolyte complexes (HCMC-D) were obtained by neutralization of HCMC with two model basic drugs (atenolol and metoclopramide). Characterization through FT-infrared spectroscopy, power X-ray diffraction, and DSC indicates the ionic nature of the interaction between the carboxylic groups of HCMC and the basic group of D. Matrices prepared by compacting (HCMC-D) alone or in a mixture with sodium carboxymethylcellulose were subjected to measurements of solvent up-take, dynamics of swelling, and release kinetics. Delivery rate of mixed matrices is a function of its composition and may be widely modulated. They exhibited anomalous delivery kinetics with Korsmeyer exponent n in the range 0.67-0.87. Experimental results indicate that the erosion of the hydrogel layer is the main delivery process.

  16. Surface modification, characterization and adsorptive properties of a coconut activated carbon

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    Lu, Xincheng; Jiang, Jianchun; Sun, Kang; Xie, Xinping; Hu, Yiming

    2012-08-01

    A coconut activated carbon was modified using chemical methods. Different concentration of nitric acid oxidation of the conventional sample produced samples with weakly acidic functional groups. The oxidized samples were characterized by scanning electron micrograph, nitrogen absorption-desorption, Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy, Bothem method, pH titration, adsorption capacity of sodium and formaldehyde, and the adsorption mechanism of activated carbons was investigated. The results showed that BET surface area and pore volume of activated carbons were decreased after oxidization process, while acidic functional groups were increased. The surface morphology of oxidized carbons looked clean and eroded which was caused by oxidization of nitric acid. The oxidized carbons showed high adsorption capacity of sodium and formaldehyde, and chemical properties of activated carbon played an important role in adsorption of metal ions and organic pollutants.

  17. Preparation,characterization and properties studies of quinine-imprinted polymer in the aqueous phase

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    He Jianfeng; Liu Lan; Yang Guilan; Deng Qinying

    2006-01-01

    The uniform-sized spherical molecularly imprinted polymers were successfully prepared through molecular imprinting technology by two-step seed swelling and mini-emulsion polymerization in the aqueous condition using quinine as template molecules and methacrylic acid (MAA)as functional monomer.The polymers were characterized by IR spectra,thermal-weight analysis,scanning electron microscope and laser particle size analysis.The properties of imprinted polymers were investigated in different organic phases and aqueous media.In the organic media,results suggested that polar interactions(hydrogen bonding,ionic interactions)between acidic monomer/polymer and template molecules are mainly responsible for the binding and recognition;whereas in the aqueous medium,a considerable recognition effect was also obtained where the ionic(electrostatic)interaction and hydrophobic interaction play an important role.The experiments of binding different substrates indicated that the MIPs possessed an excellent rebinding ability and inherent selectivity to quinine.

  18. Biochemical characterization and helix stabilizing properties of HSNP-C' from the thermoacidophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius.

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    Celestina, F; Suryanarayana, T

    2000-01-19

    Helix stabilizing nucleoid protein HSNP-C' from the thermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius has been characterized with respect to its interactions with nucleic acids by gel retardation assay, affinities to immobilized matrices, electron microscopy, and fluorescence titration. The amino acids implicated in the DNA binding site of the protein have been shown by selectively modifying specific amino acyl functional groups and looking at their effects on the DNA binding properties of the protein. Lysine, arginine, tryptophan, and tyrosine residues of the protein HSNP-C' were modified with pyridoxal-5-phosphate; 2,3-butanedione; BNPS-skatole; and tetranitromethane, respectively. The modification of residues was assessed according to standard procedures. The effect of the chemical modification on the function of the protein HSNP-C' with respect to DNA protein interactions was studied and the results indicate the definite involvement of tyrosines and also the significant involvement of the flanking tryptophan residues in the DNA binding domain on the protein.

  19. Preparation and property characterization of PAA/Fe3O4 nanocomposite

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    WEI Shanshan; ZHANG Yi; XU Jiarui

    2007-01-01

    PAA/Fe3O4 nanocomposites were prepared by mixing nano-Fe3O4 and polyacrylic acid(PAA)ethanol solution and then evaporating the solvent.The materials were characterized by transmission electron microscope(TEM),Fourier transform infrared spectroscope(FTIR),thermogravimetry analysis (TGA),dynamic ultra-micro hardness tester (DUMHT)and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)magnetometer.Results showed that PAA coordinated with nano-Fe3O4 to form a cross-linking structure.The presence of nano-Fe3O4 enhanced the thermal stability of the nanocomposite.The elasticity and hardness of the nanocomposite increased,and the indentation depth reduced with the increase of Fe3O4 content in the composites.The nanocomposites showed superparamagnetic properties at 300K.

  20. -pyrrole substituted porphyrin-pyrene dyads using vinylene spacer: Synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties

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    P Silviya Reeta; Ravi Kumar Kanaparthi; L Giribabu

    2013-03-01

    We have designed and synthesized donor-acceptor conjugates having donor pyrene at the pyrrole- position of either free-base porphyrin or Zn(II) porphyrin using vinylene spacer. Both the dyads have been completely characterized by elemental analysis,MALDI-MS, UV-Vis., and fluorescence (steady state and timeresolved) spectroscopies as well as cyclic voltammetry. The absorption maxima of both dyads are red-shifted by 8-12 nm. The ground state properties showed that there exist minimum - interaction between the aromatic subunits of these D-A systems. Quenched emission was observed in both the dyads when excited at 290 nm. The quenched emission explained in terms of intramolecular excitation energy transfer competes with the photo-induced electron transfer reaction in these D-A system.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and calculated non-linear optical properties of two new chalcones

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    Singh, Ashok Kumar; Saxena, Gunjan; Prasad, Rajendra; Kumar, Abhinav

    2012-06-01

    Two new chalcones viz 3-(4-(benzyloxy)phenyl)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (1) and 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (2) have been prepared and characterized by micro analyses, 1H NMR, IR, UV-Vis spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray. The first static hyperpolarizability (β) for both the compounds has been investigated by density functional theory (DFT). Also, the solvent-induced effects on the non-linear optical properties (NLO) were studied by using self-consistent reaction field (SCRF) method. As the solvent polarity increases, the β value increases monotonically. The electronic absorption bands of both 1 and 2 have been assigned by time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). Both the compounds displayed better non-linear optical (NLO) responses than the standard p-nitroaniline (pNA).

  2. Synthesis, characterization and nonlinear optical properties of symmetrically substituted dibenzylideneacetone derivatives

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    Sunil Kumar Reddy, N.; Badam, Rajashekar; Sattibabu, Romala; Molli, Muralikrishna; Sai Muthukumar, V.; Siva Sankara Sai, S.; Rao, G. Nageswara

    2014-11-01

    We report here the nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of eight bis-chalcones of D-π-A-π-D type. These dibenzylideneacetone (DBA) derivatives are synthesized by Claisen-Schmidt reaction. The compounds are characterized by UV-vis, FTIR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, mass spectroscopy and powder XRD. By substituting different groups (electron withdrawing and electron donating) at 'para' and 'meta' positions of the aromatic ring, we observed an enhancement in second harmonic generation with substitution at 'para' position. These compounds have also showed higher two-photon absorption compared to other chalcones reported in literature. These compounds, exhibiting both second and third order NLO effects, are plausible candidate materials in photonic devices.

  3. Electrostatic Properties and Characterization of Textile Materials Affected by Ion Flux

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    Pranas Juozas ŽILINSKAS

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This work analyzes the opportunities of wider characterization of textile materials, fabrics, upholstery fabrics, fibers, yarns or others, which may accumulate electric charge. A non-contact way for electrostatic properties measurement based on affecting those materials by ions with positive or negative charge is described. The method allows to measure simultaneously the time dependences of the surface voltage and the electric charge during the charging process and the time dependences of the surface voltage during the discharging process. From the measured dependencies the following set of parameters was measured or calculated: the surface voltage limiting value, the surface voltage semi-decay time, the maximum deposited charge, the layer capacitance, the energy of the accumulated charge and others. The surface voltage distribution measurement method when the investigated textile material is affected by ion flux was also described. To verify the applicability of the proposed methods for characterization of textile materials in order to determine the above-mentioned parameters of cotton, linen, wool, viscose, acetate, polyester, polyester coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, a series of experiments were performed. The surface voltage distribution measurement method based on affecting textile materials by ions with positive charge was described and a surface voltage distribution of a polyester-cotton upholstery fabric produced by a Jacquard mechanism was presented. The performed experiments demonstrate the possibilities of method application for comparison of the electrostatic properties of different textile materials used for the same tasks or the same materials produced by different technological processes.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.1.3828

  4. Synthesis, characterization and luminescence properties of rare earth complexes with a new biphenylamide

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    Guo, Yan-Ling, E-mail: guoyl2004@163.com [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Dou, Wei; Wang, Yu-Jiao; Zhou, Xiao-Yan; Liu, Wei-Sheng [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2013-03-15

    A new amide-based ligand derived from biphenyl, N,N-dibenzyl-2-{l_brace}2 Prime -[(dibenzylcarbamoyl)-methoxy]-biphenyl-2-yloxy{r_brace} -acetamide (L), and its complexes of rare earth picrates were synthesized. The complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, {sup 1}H NMR, UV-Vis spectra and conductivity measurements. Under the excitation, the europium(III) complex exhibited characteristic emissions of europium. The luminescence properties of the europium(III) complex in solid state and in CHCl{sub 3}, acetone, acetonitrile and DMF were investigated. The lifetime of the {sup 5}D{sub 0} level of the Eu{sup 3+} ion in the complex is 0.68 ms. The quantum yield {Phi} of the europium picrate complex was found to be 2.54 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} with quinine sulfate as reference. The lowest triplet state energy level of the ligand indicates that the triplet state energy level of the ligand matches better to the resonance level of Eu(III) than Tb(III) ion. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of a new amide type podand and its lanthanide picrate complexes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characterization was done by elemental analysis, conductivity, IR, {sup 1}H NMR and UV-Vis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+} complex were analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Triplet state energy level of ligand matches better to the resonance level of Eu{sup 3+} than Tb{sup 3+} ion.

  5. Optically active substituted polyacetylene@carbon nanotube hybrids: Preparation, characterization and infrared emissivity property study

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    Bu, Xiaohai; Zhou, Yuming, E-mail: ymzhou@seu.edu.cn; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Yongjuan; Zhang, Zewu; He, Man

    2014-08-15

    Optically active substituted polyacetylene@multiwalled carbon nanotubes (SPA@MWCNTs) nanohybrids were fabricated by wrapping helical SPA copolymers onto the surface of modified nanotubes through ester bonding linkage. SPA copolymer based on chiral phenylalanine and serine was pre-polymerized by a rhodium zwitterion catalyst in THF, and evidently proved to possess strong optical activity and adopt a predominately one-handed helical conformation. Various characterizations including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrated that the SPA had been covalently grafted onto the nanotubes without destroying their original graphite structure. The wrapped SPA was found to exhibit an enhancement in thermal stability and still maintained considerable optical activity after grafting. The infrared emissivity property of the nanohybrids at 8–14 μm was investigated in addition. The results indicated that the SPA@MWCNTs hybrid matrix could possess a much lower infrared emissivity value (ε=0.707) than raw MWCNTs, which might be due to synergistic effect of the unique helical conformation of optically active SPA and strengthened interfacial interaction between the organic polymers and inorganic nanoparticles. - Graphical abstract: Optically active SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids with low infrared emissivity. - Highlights: • Synthesis of optically active SPA copolymer derived from serine and phenylalanine. • Preparation and characterization of optically active SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids. • Application study of the SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids (ε=0.707) in lowering the infrared emissivity.

  6. Regional characterization of hydraulic properties of rock using well test data

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    Wladis, D.; Joensson, P.; Wallroth, T. [Chalmers Univ. of Technology., Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Geology

    1997-11-01

    This study was aimed at investigating the possible use of data from the SGU well archive for characterization of the hydraulic properties of the crystalline basement of Sweden at a regional scale. Two areas studied as possible candidates for a radioactive waste repository were selected. The SGU well data and the hydraulic conductivity data evaluated from packer tests in boreholes at the sites were characterized statistically also considering possible spatial dependence. The two types of data were compared and the correlation between the data sets was investigated. This part of the study considered the uppermost 100 m of the packer test data, which is the approximate depth range covered by the SGU data. In a second part of the work the packer test data from the two study areas were analyzed in terms of possible depth trends. The exploratory statistical analyses suggested that the SGU data are useful for estimations of hydrogeological parameters for areas of different geologic settings. The geostatistical analysis provided further understanding of the spatial behaviour of the studied parameters. The analysis of depth dependence indicates that at both sites there is a layer of higher hydraulic conductivity close to the surface. Within these layers, about 200 and 280 m thick, resp., the conductivity decreases with increasing depth. At larger depths however, the decrease with depth is very slow or negligible. It was found that the scatter in the measured hydraulic conductivity data is very large compared to differences between the depth functions tested 33 refs, 21 figs, 6 tabs

  7. Structure Characterization and Properties of Metal-Surfactant Complexes Dispersed in Organic Solvents.

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    de la Iglesia, Pablo; Jaeger, Vance W; Xi, Yuyin; Pfaendtner, Jim; Pozzo, Lilo D

    2015-08-25

    This work describes the synthesis and characterization of metal-surfactant complexes. Dioctyl sulfosuccinate and dodecylbenzenesulfonate are associated with multivalent aluminum, iron, and vanadium ions using an ion exchange reaction. The metal complexes are dispersible in various organic solvents. In solvents with low polarity, the complexes form "inverse" macromolecular structures with multiple metal ions. In contrast, in alcohols, the complex size is reduced, showing a more disperse conformation. The metal and surfactant ions are still strongly bonded to each other in all the solvents probed. Small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS) are used to characterize the structures. Simultaneous fitting of neutron and X-ray scattering spectra is performed in order to obtain an accurate description of the system. Scattering results are also validated by performing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The conductive and electrochemical properties of the complexes in solution are also evaluated. The dispersion of metal-organic complexes significantly increases electric conductivity, and some metal ions in the core of the complexes are shown to be electrochemically active in apolar solvents.

  8. Microstructural characterization and some mechanical properties of gas-borided Inconel 600-alloy

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    Makuch, N.; Kulka, M.

    2014-09-01

    The excellent resistance of Ni-based alloys to corrosion and oxidation is well-known. Boriding can be applied to these alloys in order to obtain suitable wear protection. In this paper, two-stage gas boronizing in N2-H2-BCl3 atmosphere is proposed for the producing the boride layer on Inconel®600-alloy. This process consists in two stages alternately repeated: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. Such a gas boriding is applied in order to accelerate the saturation by boron and its diffusion. It turns out to be more effective because of eliminating the excess of boron, diffusing into the substrate, during the second stage. Microstructure and some mechanical properties of the produced layer are presented. Microstructural characterization is studied with using an optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis and x-ray diffraction. The diffusion zone consists of the mixture of nickel and chromium borides, occurring in the compact boride zone and in the area located beneath, at grain boundaries. The improved hardness and wear resistance characterize the layer. The formed boride layer is significantly thicker than those-obtained by the pack-boronizing or paste process at comparable temperature and time. Simultaneously, the measured depth of layer is slightly smaller than that-reported for electrolytic boriding.

  9. Characterizing the Variance of Mechanical Properties of Sunflower Bark for Biocomposite Applications

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    Shengnan Sun

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Characterizing the variance of material properties of natural fibers is of growing concern due to a wide range of new engineering applications when utilizing these natural fibers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the variance of the Young’s modulus of sunflower bark by (i determining its statistical probability distribution, (ii investigating its relationship with relative humidity, and (iii characterizing its relationship with the specimen extraction location. To this end, specimens were extracted at three different locations along the stems. They were also preconditioned in three different relative humidity environments. The x2-test was used for hypothesis testing with normal, Weibull, and log-normal distributions. Results show that the Young’s modulus follows a normal distribution. Two-sample t-test results reveal that the Young’s modulus of sunflower stem bark strongly depends on the conditioning’s relative humidity and the specimen’s extraction location; it significantly decreased as the relative humidity increased and significantly increased from the bottom to the top of the stem. The correlation coefficients between the Young’s modulus of different relative humidity values and of specimen extraction locations were determined. The calculation of correlation coefficients shows a linear relation between the Young's modulus and the relative humidity for a given location.

  10. TDR-EC: A Rapid Subsurface Characterization of Particle Size & Hydrologic Properties

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    Jones, C. A.; Schaap, M. G.

    2011-12-01

    Time-domain reflectometry (TDR) is a geophysical tool used in the field and laboratory to determine soil moisture, bulk soil electric conductivity (EC). We employ this tool in many ways to understand temporal and spatial soil dynamics in a small catchment. Several hundred sites within this catchment, located in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, were surveyed using TDR with the intention of characterizing the spatial distribution of soil properties. Data was collected a few weeks after the snowmelt, when we assumed the soil to be at field capacity and therefore, the relationship between soil texture and moisture content is strongest. Laser diffraction particle size analyses of the soils sampled in this survey demonstrated that bulk soil EC correlates very strongly to clay and sand fractions. This relationship provides us with an estimate of soil texture once the difference between estimated clay and sand is calculated. A pedo-transfer function, Rosetta, is used to approximate saturated hydraulic conductivity, Ksat. In order to test the effectiveness of estimating Ksat using this method, ring infiltrometers were used at numerous sample locations. To further investigate the relationship between bulk soil EC and clay, the same type of survey in two catchments of different parent material was completed earlier this year Temporal characterization is achieved with the use of data from soil pits instrumented at several depths with sensors recording, water content, EC, temperature, and matric potential at 10 minute intervals. Preliminary results from HYDRUS 1-D will guide us in determining whether or not a 2 or 3-D model is necessary to characterize subsurface dynamics.

  11. Local dependence in random graph models: characterization, properties and statistical inference.

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    Schweinberger, Michael; Handcock, Mark S

    2015-06-01

    Dependent phenomena, such as relational, spatial and temporal phenomena, tend to be characterized by local dependence in the sense that units which are close in a well-defined sense are dependent. In contrast with spatial and temporal phenomena, though, relational phenomena tend to lack a natural neighbourhood structure in the sense that it is unknown which units are close and thus dependent. Owing to the challenge of characterizing local dependence and constructing random graph models with local dependence, many conventional exponential family random graph models induce strong dependence and are not amenable to statistical inference. We take first steps to characterize local dependence in random graph models, inspired by the notion of finite neighbourhoods in spatial statistics and M-dependence in time series, and we show that local dependence endows random graph models with desirable properties which make them amenable to statistical inference. We show that random graph models with local dependence satisfy a natural domain consistency condition which every model should satisfy, but conventional exponential family random graph models do not satisfy. In addition, we establish a central limit theorem for random graph models with local dependence, which suggests that random graph models with local dependence are amenable to statistical inference. We discuss how random graph models with local dependence can be constructed by exploiting either observed or unobserved neighbourhood structure. In the absence of observed neighbourhood structure, we take a Bayesian view and express the uncertainty about the neighbourhood structure by specifying a prior on a set of suitable neighbourhood structures. We present simulation results and applications to two real world networks with 'ground truth'.

  12. Urease from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) seeds: isolation, physicochemical characterization, and antifungal properties of the protein.

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    Menegassi, Angela; Wassermann, German E; Olivera-Severo, Deiber; Becker-Ritt, Arlete B; Martinelli, Anne Helene S; Feder, Vanessa; Carlini, Celia R

    2008-06-25

    Ureases (EC 3.5.1.5) are metalloenzymes that hydrolyze urea to produce ammonia and carbon dioxide These enzymes, which are found in fungi, bacteria, and plants, show very similar structures. Despite an abundance of urease in vegetal tissues, the physiological role of this enzyme in plants is still poorly understood. It has been previously described that ureases from the legumes jackbean ( Canavalia ensiformis) and soybean ( Glycine max) have insecticidal activity and antifungal properties. This work presents the physicochemical purification and characterization of a urease from cotton ( Gossypium hirsutum) seeds, the first description of this enzyme in Malvaceae. The urease content varied among different cotton cultivars. Cotton seed urease (98.3 kDa) displayed low ureolytic activity but exhibited potent antifungal properties at sub-micromolar concentrations against different phytopathogenic fungi. As described for other ureases, the antifungal effect of cotton urease persisted after treatment with an irreversible inhibitor of its enzyme activity. The data suggest an important role of these proteins in plant defense.

  13. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Characterization, and Visible Light-Driven Photocatalytic Properties of Bi2WO6 Nanoplates

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    Anukorn Phuruangrat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the effects on reaction temperature and length of time on Bi2WO6 nanoplates by hydrothermal synthesis on morphologies and photocatalytic properties were studied. The products obtained at different reaction temperature and reaction time were characterized by XRD, Raman, FTIR, SEM, and TEM techniques. The photocatalytic properties of the samples were measured by decomposing the rhodamine-B organic dye. XRD pattern was specified as pure orthorhombic well-crystallized Bi2WO6 phase for the 180°C and 20 h synthesis. Its FTIR spectrum shows main absorption bands at 400–1000 cm−1, assigned to Bi–O stretching, W–O stretching, and W–O–W bridging stretching modes. SEM and TEM analyses show that the product was composed of nanoplates. Photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 nanoplates shows the 98.24% degradation of rhodamine-B under the Xe light irradiation within 100 min.

  14. Synthesis, materials characterization and opto(electrical) properties of unsymmetrical azomethines with benzothiazole core

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    Iwan, Agnieszka; Palewicz, Marcin; Krompiec, Michal; Grucela-Zajac, Marzena; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa; Sikora, Andrzej

    2012-11-01

    Optical (UV-vis and photoluminescence) properties of two soluble organic molecules based on azomethines with benzothiazole core (BTA1 and BTA2) were reported. The structures of both compounds are characterized by means FTIR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis; the results show an agreement with the proposed structure. The investigated compounds emitted blue light. Influence of excitation wavelength and concentration on maximum and intensity of emission of BTA1 and BTA2 was found. Electrochemical properties of the compounds were studied by differential pulse voltammetry. Introduction of fluorine moieties (BTA1) resulted in lower energy band gap (Eg) of approximately ˜0.5 eV, whereas BTA2 showed Eg of ˜2.8 eV. The devices comprised of BTA1 with P3HT:PCBM (1:1:1) showed an open circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.40 V, a short circuit current (JSC) of 1.19 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.23, giving a power-conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.10% under AM1.5G irradiation (100 mW/cm2).

  15. Synthesis, Characterization, and Magnetic Properties of Pure and EDTA-Capped NiO Nanosized Particles

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    H. T. Rahal

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA as a capping agent on the structure, morphology, optical, and magnetic properties of nickel oxide (NiO nanosized particles, synthesized by coprecipitation method, was investigated. Nickel chloride hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide (NaOH were used as precursors. The resultant nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. XRD patterns showed that NiO have a face-centered cubic (FCC structure. The crystallite size, estimated by Scherrer formula, has been found in the range of 28–33 nm. It is noticed that EDTA-capped NiO nanoparticles have a smaller size than pure nanoparticles. Thus, the addition of 0.1 M capping agent EDTA can form a nucleation point for nanoparticles growth. The optical and magnetic properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy (UV as well as electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR and magnetization measurements. FTIR spectra indicated the presence of absorption bands in the range of 402–425 cm−1, which is a common feature of NiO. EPR for NiO nanosized particles was measured at room temperature. An EPR line with g factor ≈1.9–2 is detected for NiO nanoparticles, corresponding to Ni2+ ions. The magnetic hysteresis of NiO nanoparticles showed that EDTA capping recovers the surface magnetization of the nanoparticles.

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Cerium (III Doped Captopril Nanoparticles and Study of their Photoluminescence Properties

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    Ghamami Shahriar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research Ce3+ doped Captopril nanoparticles (Ce3+ doped CAP-NP were prepared by a cold welding process and have been studied. Captopril may be applied in the treatment of hypertension and some types of congestive heart failure and for preventing kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes. CAP-NP was synthesized by a cold welding process. The cerium nitrate was added at a ratio of 10% and the optical properties have been studied by photoluminescence (PL. The synthesized compounds were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The size of CAP-NP was calculated by X-ray diffraction (XRD. The size of CAP-NP was in the range of 50 nm. Morphology of surface of synthesized nanoparticles was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Finally the luminescence properties of undoped and doped CAP-NP were compared. PL spectra from undoped CAP-NP show a strong pack in the range of 546 nm after doped cerium ion into the captopril appeared two bands at 680 and 357 nm, which is ascribed to the well-known 5d–4f emission band of the cerium.

  17. Growth, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Doped n-type KTaO3 Photoanodes

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    Paulauskas, Irene E [ORNL; Katz, J. E. [Beckman Institute and Kavli Nanoscience Institute, Division of Chemistry and Che; Lewis, N. [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena; Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL; Brown, G. M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

    2009-01-01

    The effects of compositionally induced changes on the semiconducting properties, optical response, chemical stability, and overall performance of KTaO3 photo-anodes in photoelectrochemical cells have been investigated. Single crystals of n-type Ca- and Ba-doped KTaO3 with carrier concentrations ranging from 0.45 - 11.5 x 1019 cm-3 were grown and characterized as photoanodes for hydrogen production in basic aqueous electrolytes. The photoelectrochemical properties of the crystals, including the photocurrent, photovoltage, and flat-band potential in contact with 8.5 M NaOH(aq) were relatively independent of whether Ca or Ba was used to produce the semiconducting form of KTaO3. All of the Ca- or Ba- doped KTaO3 single crystal photoanodes were chemically stable in the electrolyte; and based on the open-circuit potential and the band-edge positions, they were capable of unassisted photochemical H2 and O2 evolution from H2O. The minority carrier diffusion lengths values were small and comparable to the depletion region width. Photoanodic currents were only observed for photo-anode illumination with light above the band gap (i.e., < 340 nm). The maximum external quantum yield occurred at = 1 nm (4.85 eV), and the depletion width plus the minority carrier diffusion length ranged from 20 to 65 nm for the various KTaO3-based photoanode materials.

  18. Synthesis, Characterization, and Microwave-Absorbing Properties of Polypyrrole/MnFe2O4 Nanocomposite

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    Seyed Hossein Hosseini

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Conductive polypyrrole (PPy-manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4 nanocomposites with core-shell structure were synthesized by in situ polymerization in the presence of dodecyl benzene sulfonic acid (DBSA as the surfactant and dopant and iron chloride (FeCl3 as the oxidant. The structure and magnetic properties of manganese ferrite nanoparticles were measured by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM, respectively. Its morphology, microstructure, and DC conductivity of the nanocomposite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and four-wire technique, respectively. The microwave-absorbing properties of the nanocomposite powders dispersing in resin acrylic coating with the coating thickness of 1.5 mm were investigated by using vector network analyzers in the frequency range of 8–12 GHz. A minimum reflection loss of −12 dB was observed at 11.3 GHz.

  19. Fossil Groups Origins III. Characterization of the sample and observational properties of fossil systems

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    Zarattini, S; Girardi, M; Castro-Rodriguez, N; Boschin, W; Aguerri, J A L; Méndez-Abreu, J; Sánchez-Janssen, R; Catalán-Torrecilla, C; Corsini, E M; del Burgo, C; D'Onghia, E; Herrera-Ruiz, N; Iglesias-Páramo, J; Bailon, E Jimenez; Muñoz, M Lozada; Napolitano, N; Vilchez, J M

    2014-01-01

    (Abridged) Fossil systems are group- or cluster-sized objects whose luminosity is dominated by a very massive central galaxy. In the current cold dark matter scenario, these objects formed hierarchically at an early epoch of the Universe and then slowly evolved until present day. That is the reason why they are called {\\it fossils}. We started an extensive observational program to characterize a sample of 34 fossil group candidates spanning a broad range of physical properties. Deep $r-$band images were taken for each candidate and optical spectroscopic observations were obtained for $\\sim$ 1200 galaxies. This new dataset was completed with SDSS DR7 archival data to obtain robust cluster membership and global properties of each fossil group candidate. For each system, we recomputed the magnitude gaps between the two brightest galaxies ($\\Delta m_{12}$) and the first and fourth ranked galaxies ($\\Delta m_{14}$) within 0.5 $R_{{\\rm 200}}$. We consider fossil systems those with $\\Delta m_{12} \\ge 2$ mag or $\\Del...

  20. Charge Variants of an Avastin Biosimilar Isolation, Characterization, In Vitro Properties and Pharmacokinetics in Rat.

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    Yan-Yan Zhao

    Full Text Available The similarity between a proposed biosimilar product and the reference product can be affected by many factors. This study is designed to examine whether any subtle difference in the distribution of the charge variants of an Avastin biosimilar can affect its in vitro potency and in vivo PK. Here, the acidic, basic and main peak fractions of a biosimilar product were isolated using high-performance cation-exchange chromatography and were subjected to various studies to compare their in vitro properties and in vivo PK profile. A serial of analytical methods, including size exclusion chromatography (SEC, imaged capillary isoelectric focusing (icIEF capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE and cation-exchange chromatography (CEX-HPLC were also used to characterize the isolated charge variants. The kinetics constant was measured using a Biacore X100 system. The study indicates the biosimilar product has a high similarity with avastin in physicochemical properties. The potency in vitro and PK profile in rat of charge variants and biosimilar product are consistent with avastin.

  1. Triphenylamine corrole dyads: Synthesis, characterization and substitution effect on photophysical properties

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    KOLANU SUDHAKAR; LINGAMALLU GIRIBABU

    2017-02-01

    We present our results on the effect of substitution on the photophysical properties of donoracceptor (D-A) systems in which triphenylamine is the donor and substituted corroles i.e., 5,15-phenyl-10- triphenylaminecorrole TPACor 1, 5,15-di(3,5-ditertbutylphenyl)-10-triphenylaminecorrole TPACor 2, and5,15-(4-nitrophenyl)-10-triphenylaminecorrole TPACor 3 is the acceptor. All three dyads have been characterized by elemental analysis, MALDI-MS, cyclic voltammetry, UV-Vis and fluorescence (steady state and timeresolved)spectroscopies. Both Soret and Q bands of TPACor 3 are red-shifted when compared to other two dyads due to the presence of electron withdrawing nitro group. Similarly, redox properties of TPACor 3 are altered, when correlated to TPACor 1 and TPACor 2 dyads. However, the fluorescence emission of triphenylamine in all three dyads was quenched significantly (>90%) compared to its monomeric unit. The presence of either electron releasing or electron withdrawing group on corrole moiety has not much effect on the photophysicalproperties. The quenched emission was attributed to intramolecular excitation energy transfer and the photoinduced electron transfer reactions contested in these dyads.

  2. Synthesis, characterization and TL properties of SrSO4:Dy,Tb nanocrystalline phosphor

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    Khadijeh Rezaee Ebrahim Saraee; Amin Aghay Kharieky; Maryam Erfani

    2014-01-01

    SrSO4:Dy,Tb nanocrystalline with crystalline size in the range of 44-54 nm was prepared by co-precipitation method fol-lowed by thermal treatment and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and UV-visible spectrometry. Our results provided direct evidence of incorporation of impurities into nanocrystalline SrSO4. The thermoluminescence (TL) properties of SrSO4:Dy,Tb nanocrystalline pellets irradiated with gamma rays at different doses were studied. The TL glow curve of SrSO4:Dy,Tb nanocrystalline pellets had a prominent peak at around 490 K and a small peak at around 430 K. The major peak in the TL glow curve was almost resolved from other peaks, which was analyzed using Chen’s peak shape method to determine the TL kinetic parameters such as activation energy, E and kinetic order, b. The intensity of main dosimetric peak of SrSO4:Dy,Tb nanocrystalline pellets at around 490 K increased linearly with the increase in gamma dose. The TL response was linear in the range of 0.1-7 kGy. These properties made it a candidate as a dosimeter to be used for estimating the high dose of gamma rays.

  3. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of polyaniline/-Fe2O3 composites

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    Syed Khasim; S C Raghavendra; M Revanasiddappa; K C Sajjan; Mohana Lakshmi; Muhammad Faisal

    2011-12-01

    Conducting polyaniline/-Fe2O3 (PANI/FE) composites have been synthesized using an in situ deposition technique by placing fine-graded -Fe2O3 in a polymerization mixture of aniline. The composites are characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The electrical properties such as d.c. and a.c. conductivities are studied by sandwitching the pellets of these composites between the silver electrodes. It is observed that the conductivity increases up to a composition of 20 wt.% of -Fe2O3 in polyaniline and decreases thereafter. The initial increase in conductivity is attributed to the extended chain length of polyaniline, where polarons possess sufficient energy to hop between favourable sites. Beyond 20 wt.% of -Fe2O3 in polyaniline, the blocking of charge carrier hop occurs, reducing conductivity values. The magnetic properties such as hysteresis characteristics and normalized a.c. susceptibility are also measured, which show a strong dependence on content of -Fe2O3 in polyaniline. Because of superparamagnetic behaviour of these composites, they may find extensive technological applications, especially for absorbing and shielding applications in microwave frequencies.

  4. Characterization of Elastic-plastic Material Properties for IMC Layer of ENEPIG by Using Reverse Algorithm

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    Kim, Jong-Min; Lee, Hyun-Boo; Chang, Yoon-Suk; Choi, Jae-Boong; Kim, Young-Jin; Ji, Kum-Young

    2010-05-01

    Recently, the reliability assurance of lead-free solder to prevent environmental contamination is quite important issue for chip-scale packaging. Although lots of efforts have been devoted to the solder undergone drop, shear and creep loads, there was a little research on IMC due primarily to its thickness restriction and geometric irregularity. However, the IMC is known as the weakest layer governing failures of the solder joint. The present work is to characterize realistic material properties of the IMC for ENEPIG process. Lee's modified reverse algorithm was adopted to determine elastic-plastic stress-strain curve and so forth, after examining several methods, which requires inherently elastic data. In this context, a series of nano-indentation tests as well as corresponding simulations were carried out by changing indentation depths from 200 to 400 nm and strain rates from 0.05 to 0.10 1/s. It would be conclude that effect of strain rate is relatively small and IMC layer should be more than 5 times of indentation depth when using the recommended method, which are applicable to generate realistic material properties for further diverse structural integrity simulations.

  5. Characterization and electrocatalytic properties of sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles

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    Godinez-Garcia, Andres, E-mail: agodinez@qro.cinvestav.mx [Depto. Materiales, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Libramiento norponiente 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Perez-Robles, Juan Francisco [Depto. Materiales, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Libramiento norponiente 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Martinez-Tejada, Hader Vladimir [Grupo de Energia y Termodinamica, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Antioquia C.P. 050031 (Colombia); Solorza-Feria, Omar [Depto. Quimica, CINVESTAV-IPN, Av. IPN 2508, A. P. 14-740, 07360 D.F. Mexico (Mexico)

    2012-06-15

    High intensity ultrasound was used in the synthesis of PdAg nanoparticles. PdAg nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Catalytic properties for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) were determined by electrochemical techniques of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and thin-film rotating disk electrode (TF-RDE). Finally the electrocatalyst was tested as a cathode in a single polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Sonochemical synthesis (SS) decreased the overpotential required for the ORR and increased the double-layer capacitance (DLC) respect to the sodium borohydride reduction method due to a better distribution on vulcan carbon support. The electrocatalytic activity of the nanometric bimetallic electrocatalyst for the ORR in acid media showed a favorable multielectron charge transfer process (n = 4e{sup -}) to water formation. The performance of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) prepared with dispersed PdAg/C as a cathode catalyst in a single PEMFC is lower in comparison to platinum. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles supported on carbon were produced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The material showed catalytic properties for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ORR favored the pathway to water formation.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of electric and magnetic properties of intermetallic materials

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    Wu, Biao.

    1993-01-01

    A series of solid intermetallic compounds have been prepared and a variety of chemical and physical properties have been studied. The synthetic protocol consists of the preparation of Zintl phases at high temperature followed by an examination of their chemical reactivity with metals and metal ions in solution phases at room temperature to produce intermetallic solids. The Zintl phase materials exhibit a wide range of solid structure from discrete units such as K[sub 3]SbTe[sub 3] to one-dimensional polymeric anionic substructure of K[sub 4]Ga[sub 2]Sb[sub 4], as well as various chemical and electrical properties. The K[sub 4]Ga[sub 2]Sb[sub 4] has been shown to be an intrinsic semiconductor with the band gap of 0.05 eV and K[sub 3]SbTe[sub 3] has been found to be soluble in polar solvents. The soluble Zintl anions are reactive and can undergo the metathesis reaction with transition metal salts to form new intermetallic materials such as M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni), CO[sub 3](SbTe[sub 3])[sub 2], Fe[sub 3](GaTe[sub 3])[sub 2], and FeTe[sub 2]. These intermetallic materials are of amorphous nature. All of these new materials except M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] (M = Cr, Mn, and Ni) exhibit magnetic properties characterized as spin glass behavior. Electrical properties from metallic conductor to semiconductor in the series of M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] have been discussed, along with the variable-range hopping mechanism proposed to interpret the amorphous semiconductors. Photomagnetic effects are also observed in some spin glass materials of Co[sub 3](SbTe[sub 3])[sub 2] and Fe[sub 3](GaTe[sub 3])[sub 2]. These materials exhibit the ability to accommodate magnetic bubbles or holes. These intermetallics are usually metastable and heat treatment has been specifically studied on the amorphous material FeTe[sub 2]. This material has been shown to exhibit different crystal morphology and magnetic properties.

  7. Ultrafast characterization of phase-change material crystallization properties in the melt-quenched amorphous phase.

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    Jeyasingh, Rakesh; Fong, Scott W; Lee, Jaeho; Li, Zijian; Chang, Kuo-Wei; Mantegazza, Davide; Asheghi, Mehdi; Goodson, Kenneth E; Wong, H-S Philip

    2014-06-11

    Phase change materials are widely considered for application in nonvolatile memories because of their ability to achieve phase transformation in the nanosecond time scale. However, the knowledge of fast crystallization dynamics in these materials is limited because of the lack of fast and accurate temperature control methods. In this work, we have developed an experimental methodology that enables ultrafast characterization of phase-change dynamics on a more technologically relevant melt-quenched amorphous phase using practical device structures. We have extracted the crystallization growth velocity (U) in a functional capped phase change memory (PCM) device over 8 orders of magnitude (10(-10) programmed PCM devices at very high heating rates (>10(8) K/s), which reveals the extreme fragility of Ge2Sb2Te5 in its supercooled liquid phase. Furthermore, these crystallization properties were studied as a function of device programming cycles, and the results show degradation in the cell retention properties due to elemental segregation. The above experiments are enabled by the use of an on-chip fast heater and thermometer called as microthermal stage (MTS) integrated with a vertical phase change memory (PCM) cell. The temperature at the PCM layer can be controlled up to 600 K using MTS and with a thermal time constant of 800 ns, leading to heating rates ∼10(8) K/s that are close to the typical device operating conditions during PCM programming. The MTS allows us to independently control the electrical and thermal aspects of phase transformation (inseparable in a conventional PCM cell) and extract the temperature dependence of key material properties in real PCM devices.

  8. Sulfation of extracellular polysaccharides of red microalgae: preparation, characterization and properties.

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    Geresh, Shimona; Mamontov, Anna; Weinstein, Jacob

    2002-01-04

    Polysaccharides are natural polymers with a variety of properties that may be translated into significant commercial applications. A program of chemical modifications of the extracellular polysaccharides of red microalgae, such as Porphyridium sp. and Rhodella reticulata, has been undertaken by our group in order to tailor new properties and hence to broaden the spectrum of potential applications. These algal biopolymers are anionic in nature due to the presence of uronic acids (about 10%) and sulfate half esters (about 7%). In the current study, the sulfate content of these biopolymers was increased to 35-40% by means of sulfation agents such as pyridine SO(3), DMF.SO(3) and ClSO(3)H. Reaction conditions were optimized in a model system based on potato starch as the model polysaccharide (type of reagent, temperature and time of reaction). After work-up procedures, the highest sulfate content was obtained by sulfation of the polysaccharide of Porphyridium sp. with a mixture of ClSO(3)H and pyridine at 70 degrees C for 1 h. The sulfated products were characterized by chemical and rheological analyses, IR spectroscopy, and GPC-HPLC chromatography. "Oversulfated" polymers (having sulfate contents exceeding 20%) with high molecular weights were found to inhibit mammalian cell growth when used at certain concentrations; for example, over 80% inhibition was obtained when oversulfated polymers at a concentration of 200 microg/ml were tested on T-cell lymphoma line 24-1. These preliminary results indicate that the modified polysaccharides do indeed exhibit potential therapeutic properties.

  9. Characterizing the Material Properties of Polymer-Based Microelectrode Arrays for Retinal Prosthesis

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    Park, C S; Maghribi, M

    2003-05-10

    The Retinal Prosthesis project is a three year project conducted in part at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and funded by the Department of Energy to create an epiretinal microelectrode array for stimulating retinal cells. The implant must be flexible to conform to the retina, robust to sustain handling during fabrication and implantation, and biocompatible to withstand physiological conditions within the eye. Using poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS), LLNL aims to use microfabrication techniques to increase the number of electrodes and integrate electronics. After the initial designs were fabricated and tested in acute implantation, it became obvious that there was a need to characterize and understand the mechanical and electrical properties of these new structures. This knowledge would be imperative in gaining credibility for polymer microfabrication and optimizing the designs. Thin composite microfabricated devices are challenging to characterize because they are difficult to handle, and exhibit non-linear, viscoelastic, and anisotropic properties. The objective of this research is to device experiments and protocols, develop an analytical model to represent the composite behavior, design and fabricate test structures, and conduct experimental testing to determine the mechanical and electrical properties of PDMS-metal composites. Previous uniaxial stretch tests show an average of 7% strain before failure on resistive heaters of similar dimensions deposited on PDMS. Lack of background information and questionable human accuracy demands a more sophisticated and thorough testing method. An Instron tensile testing machine was set up to interface with a digital multiplexor and computer interface to simultaneously record and graph position, load, and resistance across devices. With a compliant load cell for testing polymers and electrical interconnect grips designed and fabricated to interface the sample to the electronics, real-time resistance measurements

  10. Fabrication and Characterization of Core/shell ZnO/Gold Nanostructures" and study of their Structural and Optical Properties"

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    2016-01-01

    ZnO/gold core/shellis a kind of nanostructure which due to having different surface chemistryare formed a new class of gold coated nanoparticles that will be essential for nanoelectronic,biological and catalytic application. The ZnO/gold core/shell nanostructure having novel electrical and optical properties ,and luminescence properties have been exploited for controlling antibacterial system,bio-sensing and bio-detection. In this paper, we report fabrication and characterization of ZnO/g...

  11. An experimental test plan for the characterization of molten salt thermochemical properties in heat transport systems

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    Pattrick Calderoni

    2010-09-01

    Molten salts are considered within the Very High Temperature Reactor program as heat transfer media because of their intrinsically favorable thermo-physical properties at temperatures starting from 300 C and extending up to 1200 C. In this context two main applications of molten salt are considered, both involving fluoride-based materials: as primary coolants for a heterogeneous fuel reactor core and as secondary heat transport medium to a helium power cycle for electricity generation or other processing plants, such as hydrogen production. The reference design concept here considered is the Advanced High Temperature Reactor (AHTR), which is a large passively safe reactor that uses solid graphite-matrix coated-particle fuel (similar to that used in gas-cooled reactors) and a molten salt primary and secondary coolant with peak temperatures between 700 and 1000 C, depending upon the application. However, the considerations included in this report apply to any high temperature system employing fluoride salts as heat transfer fluid, including intermediate heat exchangers for gas-cooled reactor concepts and homogenous molten salt concepts, and extending also to fast reactors, accelerator-driven systems and fusion energy systems. The purpose of this report is to identify the technical issues related to the thermo-physical and thermo-chemical properties of the molten salts that would require experimental characterization in order to proceed with a credible design of heat transfer systems and their subsequent safety evaluation and licensing. In particular, the report outlines an experimental R&D test plan that would have to be incorporated as part of the design and operation of an engineering scaled facility aimed at validating molten salt heat transfer components, such as Intermediate Heat Exchangers. This report builds on a previous review of thermo-physical properties and thermo-chemical characteristics of candidate molten salt coolants that was generated as part of the

  12. Characterizing Aerosol Distributions and Optical Properties Using the NASA Langley High Spectral Resolution Lidar

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    Hostetler, Chris; Ferrare, Richard

    2013-02-14

    The objective of this project was to provide vertically and horizontally resolved data on aerosol optical properties to assess and ultimately improve how models represent these aerosol properties and their impacts on atmospheric radiation. The approach was to deploy the NASA Langley Airborne High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) and other synergistic remote sensors on DOE Atmospheric Science Research (ASR) sponsored airborne field campaigns and synergistic field campaigns sponsored by other agencies to remotely measure aerosol backscattering, extinction, and optical thickness profiles. Synergistic sensors included a nadir-viewing digital camera for context imagery, and, later in the project, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP). The information from the remote sensing instruments was used to map the horizontal and vertical distribution of aerosol properties and type. The retrieved lidar parameters include profiles of aerosol extinction, backscatter, depolarization, and optical depth. Products produced in subsequent analyses included aerosol mixed layer height, aerosol type, and the partition of aerosol optical depth by type. The lidar products provided vertical context for in situ and remote sensing measurements from other airborne and ground-based platforms employed in the field campaigns and was used to assess the predictions of transport models. Also, the measurements provide a data base for future evaluation of techniques to combine active (lidar) and passive (polarimeter) measurements in advanced retrieval schemes to remotely characterize aerosol microphysical properties. The project was initiated as a 3-year project starting 1 January 2005. It was later awarded continuation funding for another 3 years (i.e., through 31 December 2010) followed by a 1-year no-cost extension (through 31 December 2011). This project supported logistical and flight costs of the NASA sensors on a dedicated aircraft, the subsequent

  13. Fabricating and Characterizing Physical Properties of Electrospun Polypeptide-based Nanofibers

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    Khadka, Dhan Bahadur

    This dissertation has aimed to fabricate polypeptide based biomaterial and characterize physical properties. Electrospinning is used as a tool for the sample fabrication. Project focused on determining the feasibility of electrospinning of certain synthetic polypeptides and certain elastin-like peptides from aqueous feedstocks and to characterize physical properties of polymer aqueous solution, cast film and spun fibers and fiber mats. The research involves peptide design, polymer electrospinning, fibers crosslinking, determining the extent of crosslinking, fibers protease degradation study, fibers stability and self-organization analysis, structure and composition determination by various spectroscopy and microscopy techniques and characterization of mechanical properties of individual suspended fibers. Fiber mats of a synthetic cationic polypeptide poly(L-ornithine) (PLO) and an anionic co-polypeptide of L-glutamic acid and L-tyrosine (PLEY) of defined composition have been produced by electrospinning. Fibers were obtained from polymer aqueous solution at concentrations of 20-45% (w/v) in PLO and at concentrations of 20-60% (w/v) in PLEY. Applied voltage and spinneret-collector distance were also found to influence polymer spinnability and fibers morphology. Oriented fibers were obtained by parallel electrodes geometry. Fiber diameter and morphology was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). PLO fibers exposed on glutaraldehyde (GTA) vapor rendered fiber mats water-insoluble. A common chemical reagent, carbodiimide was used to crosslink PLEY fibers. Fiber solubility in aqueous solution varied as a function of crosslinking time and crosslinker concentration. Crosslink density has been quantified by a visible-wavelength dye-based method. Degradation of crosslinked fibers by different proteases has been demonstrated. Investigation of crosslinked PLEY fibers has provided insight into the mechanisms of stability at different

  14. Characterizing riverbed sediment using high-frequency acoustics: 1. Spectral properties of scattering

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    Buscombe, D.; Grams, P. E.; Kaplinski, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Bed sediment classification using high-frequency hydroacoustic instruments is challenging when sediments are spatially heterogeneous, which is often the case in rivers. The use of acoustic backscatter to classify sediments is an attractive alternative to analysis of topography because it is potentially sensitive to grain scale roughness. Here a new method is presented which uses high-frequency acoustic backscatter from multibeam sonar to classify heterogeneous riverbed sediments by type (sand, gravel, and rock) continuously in space and at small spatial resolution. In this, the first of a pair of papers that examine the scattering signatures from a heterogeneous riverbed, methods are presented to construct spatially explicit maps of spectral properties from georeferenced point clouds of geometrically and radiometrically corrected echoes. Backscatter power spectra are computed to produce scale and amplitude metrics that collectively characterize the length scales of stochastic measures of riverbed scattering, termed "stochastic geometries." Backscatter aggregated over small spatial scales have spectra that obey a power law. This apparently self-affine behavior could instead arise from morphological scale and grain scale roughnesses over multiple overlapping scales or riverbed scattering being transitional between Rayleigh and geometric regimes. Relationships exist between stochastic geometries of backscatter and areas of rough and smooth sediments. However, no one parameter can uniquely characterize a particular substrate nor definitively separate the relative contributions of roughness and acoustic impedance (hardness). Combinations of spectral quantities do, however, have the potential to delineate riverbed sediment patchiness, in a data-driven approach comparing backscatter with bed sediment observations (which is the subject of part two of this manuscript).

  15. Characterizing riverbed sediment using high-frequency acoustics 1: spectral properties of scattering

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    Buscombe, Daniel D.; Grams, Paul E.; Kaplinski, Matt A.

    2014-01-01

    Bed-sediment classification using high-frequency hydro-acoustic instruments is challenging when sediments are spatially heterogeneous, which is often the case in rivers. The use of acoustic backscatter to classify sediments is an attractive alternative to analysis of topography because it is potentially sensitive to grain-scale roughness. Here, a new method is presented which uses high-frequency acoustic backscatter from multibeam sonar to classify heterogeneous riverbed sediments by type (sand, gravel,rock) continuously in space and at small spatial resolution. In this, the first of a pair of papers that examine the scattering signatures from a heterogeneous riverbed, methods are presented to construct spatially explicit maps of spectral properties from geo-referenced point clouds of geometrically and radiometrically corrected echoes. Backscatter power spectra are computed to produce scale and amplitude metrics that collectively characterize the length scales of stochastic measures of riverbed scattering, termed ‘stochastic geometries’. Backscatter aggregated over small spatial scales have spectra that obey a power-law. This apparently self-affine behavior could instead arise from morphological- and grain-scale roughnesses over multiple overlapping scales, or riverbed scattering being transitional between Rayleigh and geometric regimes. Relationships exist between stochastic geometries of backscatter and areas of rough and smooth sediments. However, no one parameter can uniquely characterize a particular substrate, nor definitively separate the relative contributions of roughness and acoustic impedance (hardness). Combinations of spectral quantities do, however, have the potential to delineate riverbed sediment patchiness, in a data-driven approach comparing backscatter with bed-sediment observations (which is the subject of part two of this manuscript).

  16. Synthesis, characterization, magnetic and electrochemical properties of a new 3D hexa-copper-substituted germanotungstate

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    Li, Yanzhou; Luo, Jie; Zhang, Yanting [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Engineering, Henan Key Lab of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004 (China); Zhao, Junwei, E-mail: zhaojunwei@henu.edu.cn [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Engineering, Henan Key Lab of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004 (China); Basic Experiment Teaching Center, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004 (China); Chen, Lijuan, E-mail: ljchen@henu.edu.cn [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Engineering, Henan Key Lab of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004 (China); State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Ma, Pengtao; Niu, Jingyang [Institute of Molecular and Crystal Engineering, Henan Key Lab of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475004 (China)

    2013-09-15

    An inorganic–organic hybrid hexa-copper-substituted germanotungstate Na{sub 2}[Cu(dap){sub 2}]{sub 2}[Cu(dap){sub 2}] ([Cu{sub 6}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(dap){sub 2}][B-α-GeW{sub 9}O{sub 34}]{sub 2})·4H{sub 2}O (1) (dap=1,2-diaminopropane) has been hydrothermally prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP–AES) analyses, IR spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. 1 displays the six-connected 3D network with the long topological (O′Keefe) vertex symbol is 4·4·6{sub 4}·4·4·4·4·6{sub 4}·4·4·4·6{sub 4}·4·4·4 and the short vertex (Schläfli) symbol of 4{sup 12}6{sup 3}. Magnetic measurements indicate that there are the overall ferromagnetic exchange interactions in the belt-like hexa-Cu{sup II} cluster in 1. Furthermore, the electrochemical behavior and electrocatalysis of 1 modified carbon paste electrode (1-CPE) have been studied. The reductions of nitrite, bromate and hydrogen peroxide are principally mediated by the W{sup VI}-based wave. - Graphical abstract: A hexa-Cu{sup II} sandwiched germanotungstate has been synthesized and structurally characterized. The magnetic, solid-state electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties have been investigated. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Transition-metal substituted polyoxometalates. • Hexa-copper-substituted germanotungstate. • Six-connected 3D network. • Electrocatalytic reduction of nitrite, bromate and hydrogen peroxide.

  17. Characterization of functional properties of Enterococcus faecium strains isolated from human gut.

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    İspirli, Hümeyra; Demirbaş, Fatmanur; Dertli, Enes

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this work was to characterize the functional properties of Enterococcus faecium strains identified after isolation from human faeces. Of these isolates, strain R13 showed the best resistance to low pH, bile salts, and survival in the simulated in vitro digestion assay, and demonstrated an important level of adhesion to hexadecane as a potential probiotic candidate. Analysis of the antibiotic resistance of E. faecium strains indicated that in general these isolates were sensitive to the tested antibiotics and no strain appeared to be resistant to vancomycin. Examination of the virulence determinants for E. faecium strains demonstrated that all strains contained the virulence genes common in gut- and food-originated enterococci, and strain R13 harboured the lowest number of virulence genes. Additionally, no strain contained the genes related to cytolysin metabolism and showed hemolytic activity. The antimicrobial role of E. faecium strains was tested against several pathogens, in which different levels of inhibitory effects were observed, and strain R13 was inhibitory to all tested pathogens. PCR screening of genes encoding enterocin A and B indicated the presence of these genes in E. faecium strains. Preliminary characterization of bacteriocins revealed that their activity was lost after proteolytic enzyme treatments, but no alteration in antimicrobial activity was observed at different pHs (3.5 to 9.5) and after heat treatments. In conclusion, this study revealed the functional characteristics of E. faecium R13 as a gut isolate, and this strain could be developed as a new probiotic after further tests.

  18. Characterization of the surface and interfacial properties of the lamina splendens

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    Rexwinkle, Joe T.; Hunt, Heather K.; Pfeiffer, Ferris M.

    2017-01-01

    Joint disease affects approximately 52.5 million patients in the United States alone, costing 80.8 billion USD in direct healthcare costs. The development of treatment programs for joint disease and trauma requires accurate assessment of articular cartilage degradation. The articular cartilage is the interfacial tissue between articulating surfaces, such as bones, and acts as low-friction interfaces. Damage to the lamina splendens, which is the articular cartilage's topmost layer, is an early indicator of joint degradation caused by injury or disease. By gaining comprehensive knowledge on the lamina splendens, particularly its structure and interfacial properties, researchers could enhance the accuracy of human and animal biomechanical models, as well as develop appropriate biomimetic materials for replacing damaged articular cartilage, thereby leading to rational treatment programs for joint disease and injury. Previous studies that utilize light, electron, and force microscopy techniques have found that the lamina splendens is composed of collagen fibers oriented parallel to the cartilage surface and encased in a proteoglycan matrix. Such orientation maximizes wear resistance and proteoglycan retention while promoting the passage of nutrients and synovial fluid. Although the structure of the lamina splendens has been explored in the literature, the low-friction interface of this tissue remains only partially characterized. Various functional models are currently available for the interface, such as pure boundary lubrication, thin films exuded under pressure, and sheets of trapped proteins. Recent studies suggest that each of these lubrication models has certain advantages over one another. Further research is needed to fully model the interface of this tissue. In this review, we summarize the methods for characterizing the lamina splendens and the results of each method. This paper aims to serve as a resource for existing studies to date and a roadmap of the

  19. Microstructural characterization and some mechanical properties of gas-borided Inconel 600-alloy

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    Makuch, N.; Kulka, M., E-mail: michal.kulka@put.poznan.pl

    2014-09-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Two-stage gas boriding was proposed to produce the boride layer on Inconel 600-alloy. • The microstructure of diffusion zone consisted of compact borides zone and borides at grain boundaries. • The identification of nickel and chromium borides required the use of a special etching solution. • The diffusion along grain boundaries was indicated as a predominant mechanism of boron diffusion. • The increased hardness and improved wear resistance of gas-borided layer were obtained. - Abstract: The excellent resistance of Ni-based alloys to corrosion and oxidation is well-known. Boriding can be applied to these alloys in order to obtain suitable wear protection. In this paper, two-stage gas boronizing in N{sub 2}–H{sub 2}–BCl{sub 3} atmosphere is proposed for the producing the boride layer on Inconel{sup ®}600-alloy. This process consists in two stages alternately repeated: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. Such a gas boriding is applied in order to accelerate the saturation by boron and its diffusion. It turns out to be more effective because of eliminating the excess of boron, diffusing into the substrate, during the second stage. Microstructure and some mechanical properties of the produced layer are presented. Microstructural characterization is studied with using an optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis and x-ray diffraction. The diffusion zone consists of the mixture of nickel and chromium borides, occurring in the compact boride zone and in the area located beneath, at grain boundaries. The improved hardness and wear resistance characterize the layer. The formed boride layer is significantly thicker than those-obtained by the pack-boronizing or paste process at comparable temperature and time. Simultaneously, the measured depth of layer is slightly smaller than that-reported for electrolytic boriding.

  20. {gamma}-MnS nano and micro architectures: Synthesis, characterization and optical properties

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    Pandey, Gajanan, E-mail: pandeygajanan@rediffmail.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow-226025 (India); Sharma, Harendra K., E-mail: drsharmahk@yahoo.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, Malwa Institute of Technology and Management, Gwalior 475001, M.P. (India); Srivastava, S.K. [Department of Physics, MMV, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi (India)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} In this article we have reported the formation of {gamma}-MnS nano/microcrystalline material by a novel proposed route. Na{sub 2}[Mn(HL){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]; 1:2 (M:L) chelate complex was synthesized in the first step by our previously reported method. The chelate complex precursor was subsequently decomposed by alkaline solution of thiocarbamide, resulting formation of {gamma}-MnS crystals in situ. {yields} The effect of reaction time and surfactant have been observed and discussed. The materials were characterized for crystallanity and morphology by SEM, TEM, XRD, UV-Vis, PL spectra and the results are thoroughly discussed. {yields} {gamma}-MnS crystals were formed when metal complex was used as metal source whereas Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} was the dominant product when MnSO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O was used as metal source. {yields} We have also proposed a plausible formation mechanism based on experimental evidence, analyses and previous reports. {yields} Optical property of the material has also been discussed in the present article. -- Abstract: {gamma}-MnS nanocrystalline materials have been prepared by reaction of Na{sub 2}[Mn(HL){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]; 1:2 (M:L) chelate complex with alkaline solution of thiocarbamide in aqueous solution phase. Effect of metal chelate complex, reaction time and surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate; SDS on phase, morphology and size of the products have been investigated. The metal chelate complex was synthesized by reacting Mn(II) ions with eriochrome black T (NaH{sub 2}L) in alkaline medium. {gamma}-MnS crystals were formed when metal complex was used as metal source whereas Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} was the dominant product when MnSO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O was used as metal source. Materials thus formed having various morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to determine the crystallinity, phase, structure and morphology. The optical

  1. [Study on spectroscopic characterization and property of PES/ micro-nano cellulose composite membrane material].

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    Tang, Huan-Wei; Zhang, Li-Ping; Li, Shuai; Zhao, Guang-Jie; Qin, Zhu; Sun, Su-Qin

    2010-03-01

    In the present paper, the functional groups of PES/micro-nano cellulose composite membrane materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Also, changes in crystallinity in composite membrane materials were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effects of micro-nano cellulose content on hydrophilic property of composite membrane material were studied by measuring hydrophilic angle. The images of support layer structure of pure PES membrane material and composite membrane material were showed with scanning electron microscope (SEM). These results indicated that in the infrared spectrogram, the composite membrane material had characteristic peaks of both PES and micro-nano cellulose without appearance of other new characteristics peaks. It revealed that there were no new functional groups in the composite membrane material, and the level of molecular compatibility was achieved, which was based on the existence of inter-molecular hydrogen bond association between PES and micro-nano cellulose. Due to the existence of micro-nano cellulose, the crystallinity of composite membrane material was increased from 37.7% to 47.9%. The more the increase in micro-nano cellulose mass fraction, the better the van de Waal force and hydrogen bond force between composite membrane material and water were enhanced. The hydrophilic angle of composite membrane material was decreased from 55.8 degrees to 45.8 degrees and the surface energy was raised from 113.7 to 123.5 mN x m(-2). Consequently, the hydrophilic property of composite membrane material was improved. The number of pores in the support layer of composite membrane material was lager than that of pure PES membrane. Apparently, pores were more uniformly distributed.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Saponification of Poly (AN-Starch Composites and Properties of their Hydrogels

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    A. Hashem

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogels based on saponified products of poly (acrylonitrile, AN-starch composites were prepared, characterized and their water abosrbency properties examined. The term composite refered to the resultant products of polymerizatin of AN with starch in presence of ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN as initiator, that is the composite consists of poly(AN-starch graft copolymer, homopoly(AN , oxidized starch and unreacted starch. Thus AN monomer was polymerized with gelatinized starch using the ceric ion method. Gelatinization of starch prior to polymerization was affected by heating certain weight of starch in certain volume of distilled water at different temperrature (65, 75 and 85°C. Polymerization was carried out under a variety of coditions. Saponification of poly (AN-starch composites was performed in sodium hydroxide to yield the hydrogels. The water absorbency properties of these hydrogels were found to rely on variables affecting the magnitudes of both polymerization and saponification. Among these variables mention was made of the starch/liquor ratio, cocentration of ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN, monomer/starch molar ratio, duration of grafting and gelatinization temperature as well as saponification time. Hydrogels display their maximum water absorbency when granular starch was firstly gelatinized at 85°C for 30 min and secondly subjected to polymerization with AN using AN/starch molar ratio of 4.8 and CAN concentration of 10 mmol/L liquor ratio of 12.5 and thirdly sample of the so obtained poly (AN-starch composite was saponified in sodium hydroxide (0.7 N at 95°C for 180 min. The saponified product was then precipitated in excess methanol, dried and finally converted into powder. The product (hydrogel in the powder form exhibited maximum water absorbency of 920 g water per gram hydrogel and 38 mL synthetic urine per gram hydrogel.

  3. Statistical Properties of Solar Active Regions Based on Objective Detection and Characterization

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    Zhang, Jie

    2010-05-01

    We present a study of the statistical properties of solar magnetic regions based on objective detection and characterization. The uniformity and consistency of the magnetogram images provided by SOHO/MDI make it an ideal database for automated detection of solar magnetic features. The results of detection are mainly controlled by the following four parameters or thresholds: (1) magnetic intensity threshold of kernel pixels (to find strong field regions), (2) erosion size threshold for morphological opening operation (to remove small patches), (3) magnetic intensity threshold of AR pixels (to recover the whole size of an AR), (4) dilation size threshold for morphological closing operation (to merge neighboring patches to form a whole AR). We find that the best combination of the above four parameters is (1) 250 Gauss, (2) 10 Mm, (3) 50 Gauss, and (4) 10 Mm, which yields a detection of 1772 ARs that is most similar to the NOAA catalog based on human operators; as a comparison, NOAA/SWPC reports 2281 ARs during the same period. By varying the values of the control parameters, the number of ARs detected can range from as small as 1000 to as large as 10000. With these data, we are now able to make detailed statistical study of solar active regions, including (1) how AR number and emerged magnetic flux vary with solar cycle? (2) how AR number and emerged magnetic flux vary with latitude during different phases of solar cycle? (3) the distribution of AR number with respect to the size; Is the distribution power-law, Gaussian or log-normal, and the implication on the mechanisms of generating ARs? Is there a north-south asymmetry of ARs? How the strong magnetic patches distribute within an AR? This study provides us new insights on the properties and generations of solar active regions.

  4. Structural- and optical-property characterization of three-dimensional branched ZnO nanospikes

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    Chia, M.Y. [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Malaya, 50603, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Chiu, W.S., E-mail: w.s.chiu@um.edu.my [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Malaya, 50603, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Daud, S.N.H. [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Malaya, 50603, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Khiew, P.S. [Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Radiman, S.; Abd-Shukor, R.; Hamid, M.A.A. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science & Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-08-15

    Current study reports the synthesis of three-dimensional (3-D) ZnO nanospikes with anomalous optical property, where zinc stearate is adopted as a safe, common and low-cost precursor that undergoes thermal pyrolysis under non-hydrolytic approach. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) result show that the as-synthesized 3-D ZnO nanospikes are constructed by bundle of nanorods that sprout radially outwards in random orientation. The possible growth mechanism is discussed by referring to the microscopy results. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirms that the nanospikes are highly crystalline, which existed in hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. Optical absorption characterization shows that the onset absorption for the nanospikes is slightly red-shifted if compared to commercial ZnO and the corresponding bandgap energy is estimated to be 3.1 eV. The photoluminescene (PL) result of ZnO nanospikes indicate that its optical emission exhibits weak UV emission but very intense visible-light emission that ranged from green- up to red-region. The factors that contributed to the intriguing PL characteristic are discussed. Current finding would offer a versatile synthesis scheme in engineering advanced nanostructures with new design that exhibit congruent optical property. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Pyrolysis of zinc stearate in synthesizing 3-D ZnO nanospikes • ZnO nanospikes possess bundle of nanorods that sprout out from the hexagonal stump • Growth mechanism is deduced to elucidate the morphological evolution from nanobullet to nanospike with branching topology • PL spectrum indicate that the nanospike exhibit prominent visible-light emission that ranged from green- to red-region.

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and ecotoxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles with differing properties

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    Alam, Bushra; Philippe, Allan; Rosenfeldt, Ricki R.; Seitz, Frank; Dey, Sonal; Bundschuh, Mirco; Schaumann, Gabriele E.; Brenner, Sara A.

    2016-10-01

    CeO2 nanoparticles with various characteristics find an increasing number of applications in the electronic, medical, and other industries and are therefore likely released in the environment. This calls for investigations linking the physicochemical properties of these particles with their potential environmental impacts. In this study, CeO2 nanoparticle powders were prepared using three different precursors [Ce(NO3)3, CeCl3, and Ce(CH3COO)3] and annealing temperatures (300, 500, and 700 °C). This procedure resulted in nine different types of nanoparticles with differing size (5-90 nm), morphology, surface Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio, and slightly different crystal structures as characterized using transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction measurements with Rietveld refinement. These CeO2 nanoparticles underwent toxicity testing at concentrations up to 64 mg L-1 using Daphnia magna. Toxic effects were observed for three particle types with EC50 values between 5 and 64 mg L-1. No clear correlation was observed between the physicochemical properties (size, shape, oxygen occupancy, Ce3+/Ce4+ ratio) of the nanoparticles and their toxicity. However, toxicity was correlated with the amount of Ce remaining suspended in the test medium after 24 h. This indicated that toxic effects may depend on the colloidal stability of CeO2 nanoparticles during the first day of exposure. Therefore, being readily suspended and remaining stable for several days in the aquatic media increases the likelihood that CeO2 nanoparticles will cause unwanted adverse effects.

  6. Cassava Peels for Alternative Fibre in Pulp and Paper Industry: Chemical Properties and Morphology Characterization

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    Ashuvila Mohd Aripin

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Without a proper waste management, the organic wastes such as cassava peels could result in increased amount of solid waste dump into landfill. This study aims to use non-wood organic wastes as pulp for paper making industries; promoting the concept of ‘from waste to wealth and recyclable material’. The objective  of this study is to determine the potential of casssava peel as alternative fibre in pulp and paper based on its chemical properties and surface morphology characteristic. Quantified parameters involved are holocellulose, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, one percent of sodium hydroxide, hot water solubility and ash content. The chemical characterization was in accordance with relevant TAPPI Test, Kurscher-Hoffner and Chlorite methods. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was used to observe and determine the morphological characteristic of untreated cassava peels fibre. In order to propose the suitability of the studied plant as an alternative fibre resource in pulp and paper making, the obtained results are compared to other published literatures especially from wood sources. Results indicated that the amount of holocellulose contents in cassava peels (66% is the lowest than of wood (70 - 80.5% and canola straw (77.5%; however this value is still within the limit suitability to produce paper. The lignin content (7.52% is the lowest than those of all wood species (19.9-26.22%. Finally, the SEM images showed that untreated cassava peel contains abundance fibre such as hemicellulose and cellulose that is hold by the lignin in it. In conclusion, chemical properties and morphological characteristics of cassava peel indicated that it is suitable to be used as an alternative fibre sources for pulp and paper making industry, especially in countries with limited wood resources

  7. Fabrication, characterization, and mechanical properties of spark plasma sintered Al–BN nanoparticle composites

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    Firestein, Konstantin L., E-mail: kosty@firestein.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Steinman, Alexander E.; Golovin, Igor S. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Cifre, Joan [Universitat de les Illes Balears, Ctra. de Valldemossa, km. 7.5, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Obraztsova, Ekaterina A.; Matveev, Andrei T.; Kovalskii, Andrey M. [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Lebedev, Oleg I. [CRISMAT, UMR 6508, CNRS-ENSICAEN, 6Bd Marechal Juin, 14050 Caen (France); Shtansky, Dmitry V., E-mail: shtansky@shs.misis.ru [National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Leninsky prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Golberg, Dmitri, E-mail: golberg.dmitri@nims.go.jp [World Premier International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki 1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050044 (Japan)

    2015-08-26

    Fabrication of high strength yet light and low cost composite materials with good mechanical properties at room and elevated temperatures is a challenge that metallurgy and materials science communities are facing for many years, and no “dream material” has been developed so far. The primary goal of this study was to fabricate, characterize, and to carry out tensile tests on Al-based composite materials strengthened with commercially-available BN nanoparticles (BNNPs). The composites were fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. The structures of powder mixtures and composite materials, as well as their fracture surfaces, were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The influence of BNNPs content (0.5, 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 7.5 wt%) and holding times (5, 60, and 300 min) at 600 °C during SPS on the tensile strength was investigated. A maximum increase in strength was observed for Al-based composites with 4.5 wt% of BNNPs. The sample demonstrated a 50% increase in tensile strength compared with pristine Al. Although the tensile tests performed at 300 °C revealed that the tensile strength became 20% lower than the strength at room temperature, it was, however, still 75% higher compared with that of the pure Al at 300 °C. In addition, at 300 °C the Al–BNNPs composites demonstrated a much higher value of yield stress, about 115 MPa, which is 190% higher than that of pure Al at the same temperature. The damping properties of Al–BNNPs composites were evaluated by temperature dependent internal friction (TDIF) measurements. The obtained results are discussed based on structural analysis and the TDIF data.

  8. Characterization and antibacterial properties of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized through surfactant assisted microwave process

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    Iqbal, Nida [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq, E-mail: rafiq@biomedical.utm.my [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Nik Malek, Nik Ahmad Nazim [Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering (FBME), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Mahmood, Nasrul Humaimi Bin [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Murali, Malliga Raman; Kamarul, T. [Tissue Engineering Group, NOCERAL, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2013-09-01

    Highlights: • Stable nano sized silver substitute hydroxyapatite is prepared under surfactant assisted microwave process at 600 W power for 7 min. • The nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. • Increase in silver concentration resulted in better dielectric properties. • Good antibacterial activity and silver release. - Abstract: The present study reports a relatively simple method for the synthesis of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles with controlled morphology and particle size. In order to achieve this, CTAB is included as a surfactant in the microwave refluxing process (600 W for 7 min). The nanoparticles produced with different silver ion concentrations (0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 wt%) were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analysis. XRD and FTIR analyses reveal that the Ag-HA nanoparticles were phase pure at 1000 °C. FESEM images showed that the produced nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. The dielectric properties suggest that the increase in dielectric constant (ε′) and dissipation factor (D) values with increasing Ag concentrations. Antibacterial performance of the Ag-HA samples elucidated using disk diffusion technique (DDT) and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) demonstrates anti-bacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. This effect was dose dependent and was more pronounced against Gram-negative bacteria than Gram-positive organisms.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, thermal and electrical properties of composite of polyaniline with cobaltmonoethanolamine complex

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    Rehana Rasool; Kowsar Majid

    2014-08-01

    The present paper involves the synthesis of polyaniline (PANI) composite with cobaltmonoethanolamine [Co(mea)2(H2O)2Cl2] complex via in situ oxidative polymerization by ammonium persulphate. The complex has been synthesized by refluxing method. The composite has been subjected to UV–Visible spectra, FT–IR, X-ray diffraction, SEM and electrical conductivity characterization techniques. Thermal analysis has been done by using TG and DSC techniques. FT–IR absorption peaks confirm the insertion of complex in the backbone of PANI. SEM of the composite also supports its successful synthesis. The XRD of composite also shows crystalline structure hence, proving the successful synthesis of PANI. Thermal analysis shows enhanced thermal stability of polyaniline. In the present composite system, the polymerization of PANI with [Co(mea)2(H2O)2Cl2] complex causes strong interfacial interactions between PANI and [Co(mea)2(H2O)2Cl2] complex crystallites, also suggested by the FT–IR and XRD studies, thereby changing the molecular conformation of PANI from compact coil structure to an expanded coil-like structure. As a consequence, there is an enhancement in the conductivity of composite of PANI up to certain dopant concentration. The anticorrosive property of a coating of PANI/[Co(mea)2(H2O)2Cl2] composite on mild steel coupon in 3 M HNO3 was evaluated using weight loss measurement and compared with pure polyaniline coating. The said composite has shown anticorrosive property and can thus, act as a potent dopant for enhancing corrosion resistance of PANI coatings.

  10. Characterization of anisotropic elastic properties of the arteries by exponential and polynomial strain energy functions.

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    Hudetz, A G; Monos, E

    1981-01-01

    Three-dimensional quasi-static mechanical measurements were carried out on cylindrical segments of the dog carotid and iliac arteries for determination of the passive anisotropic elastic properties of the vessel wall. On the basis of passive characteristics of outer diameter vs. intraluminal pressure, and axial extending force vs. intraluminal pressure, picked up at various fixed initial vascular length values, the incremental Young moduli and poisson ratios of the vessel wall were calculated in the 0--33 kPa (0--250 mm Hg) pressure range. The strain energy function of the arteries was approximated by polynomial and exponential models. We found that an exponential energy function with 4-parameters gives more accurate results than the 7- or 12-parameter polynomial functions. According to the results the axial modulus reaches higher values than the tangential and radial moduli at a low tangential stretch level, while at high tangential stretch the tangential modulus is the highest in both carotid and iliac arteries. After elevation of the initial tangential stretch the increase in the tangential modulus is the most pronounced, while the values of radial and axial moduli increased less. A change in the initial axial stretch influences the axial and radial moduli to a similar extent, but has no substantial effect on the value of the tangential modulus. The values of corresponding poisson ratios depend in a similar way on the initial deformation state. The different behaviour of the two Poisson ratios characterizing the mechanical coupling between tangential and axial directions, indicates that the structural coupling between the two main directions is asymmetrical. It is assumed that this property of the passive vascular structure can be explained by the network arrangement of collagen fibres in the vessel wall.

  11. Use of photoacoustic mid-infrared spectroscopy to characterize soil properties and soil organic matter stability

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    Peltre, Clement; Bruun, Sander; Du, Changwen; Stoumann Jensen, Lars

    2014-05-01

    The persistence of soil organic matter (SOM) is recognized as a major ecosystem property due to its key role in earth carbon cycling, soil quality and ecosystem services. SOM stability is typically studied using biological methods such as measuring CO2-C evolution from microbial decomposition of SOM during laboratory incubation or by physical or chemical fractionation methods, allowing the separation of a labile fraction of SOM. However these methods are time consuming and there is still a need for developing reliable techniques to characterize SOM stability, providing both quantitative measurements and qualitative information, in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms controlling SOM persistence. Several spectroscopic techniques have been used to characterize and predict SOM stability, such as near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffuse reflectance mid-infrared spectroscopy (DRIFT). The latter allows a proper identification of spectral regions corresponding to vibrations of specific molecular or functional groups associated with SOM lability. However, reflectance spectroscopy for soil analyses raises some difficulties related to the low reflectance of soils, and to the high influence of particle size. In the last three decades, the progresses in microphone sensitivity dramatically increased the performance of photoacoustic Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS). This technique offers benefits over reflectance spectroscopy techniques, because particle size and the level of sample reflectance have little effect of on the PAS signal, since FTIR-PAS is a direct absorption technique. Despite its high potential for soil analysis, only a limited number of studies have so far applied FTIR-PAS for soil characterization and its potential for determining SOM degradability still needs to be investigated. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of FTIR-PAS for the characterization of SOM decomposability during

  12. Characterization and pharmacological properties of a novel multifunctional Kunitz inhibitor from Erythrina velutina seeds.

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    Full Text Available Inhibitors of peptidases isolated from leguminous seeds have been studied for their pharmacological properties. The present study focused on purification, biochemical characterization and anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant evaluation of a novel Kunitz trypsin inhibitor from Erythrina velutina seeds (EvTI. Trypsin inhibitors were purified by ammonium sulfate (30-60%, fractionation followed by Trypsin-Sepharose affinity chromatography and reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography. The purified inhibitor showed molecular mass of 19,210.48 Da. Furthermore, a second isoform with 19,228.16 Da was also observed. The inhibitor that showed highest trypsin specificity and enhanced recovery yield was named EvTI (P2 and was selected for further analysis. The EvTI peptide fragments, generated by trypsin and pepsin digestion, were further analyzed by MALDI-ToF-ToF mass spectrometry, allowing a partial primary structure elucidation. EvTI exhibited inhibitory activity against trypsin with IC50 of 2.2×10(-8 mol.L(-1 and constant inhibition (Ki of 1.0×10(-8 mol.L(-1, by a non-competitive mechanism. In addition to inhibit the activity of trypsin, EvTI also inhibited factor Xa and neutrophil elastase, but do not inhibit thrombin, chymotrypsin or peptidase 3. EvTI was investigated for its anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties. Firstly, EvTI showed no cytotoxic effect on human peripheral blood cells. Nevertheless, the inhibitor was able to prolong the clotting time in a dose-dependent manner by using in vitro and in vivo models. Due to anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant EvTI properties, two sepsis models were here challenged. EvTI inhibited leukocyte migration and specifically acted by inhibiting TNF-α release and stimulating IFN-α and IL-12 synthesis. The data presented clearly contribute to a better understanding of the use of Kunitz inhibitors in sepsis as a bioactive agent capable of interfering in blood coagulation and inflammation.

  13. Characterization and functional properties of sub-fractions of soluble soybean polysaccharides.

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    Li, Jun; Matsumoto, Shinya; Nakamura, Akihiro; Maeda, Hirokazu; Matsumura, Yasuki

    2009-12-01

    Soluble soybean polysaccharide (SSPS) was fractionated into two sub-fractions, a high-molecular-weight fraction (HMF) and a low-molecular-weight fraction (LMF) by the ethanol-extraction method. Characterization of the sub-fractions, that is, analysis of chemical composition, gel filtration, and SDS-PAGE, revealed that the main component of HMF was a large polysaccharide molecule with covalently-attached peptides, possibly corresponding to the intact SSPS molecule. LMF consisted of free peptides and saccharides of small size, which might have occurred as by-products during the production process of SSPS. HMF exhibited high ability to emulsify oil droplets and stabilize alpha-casein dispersions in an acidic pH region, but this ability of LMF was inferior to HMF. On the other hand, LMF had higher activity to prevent the oxidation of emulsified lipids than HMF. These results suggest that HMF and LMF had different characteristics and functional properties, and that the combination of the two sub-fractions generates the multi-functions of commercial SSPS.

  14. A highly Selective Fluorescent Sensor for Monitoring Cu(2+) Ion: Synthesis, Characterization and Photophysical Properties.

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    Aderinto, Stephen Opeyemi; Xu, Yuling; Peng, Hongping; Wang, Fei; Wu, Huilu; Fan, Xuyang

    2017-01-01

    A new fluorescent sensor, 4-allylamine-N-(N-salicylidene)-1,8-naphthalimide (1), anchoring a naphthalimide moiety as fluorophore and a Schiff base group as receptor, was synthesized and characterized. The photophysical properties of sensor 1 were conducted in organic solvents of different polarities. Our study revealed that, depending on the solvent polarity, the fluorescence quantum yields varied from 0.59 to 0.89. The fluorescent activity of the sensor was monitored and the sensor was consequently applied for the detection of Cu(2+) with high selectivity over various metal ions by fluorescence quenching in Tris-HCl (pH = 7.2) buffer/DMF (1:1, v/v) solution. From the binding stoichiometry, it was indicated that a 1:1 complex was formed between Cu(2+) and the sensor 1. The fluorescence intensity was linear with Cu(2+) in the concentration range 0.5-5 μM. Moreso, the detection limit was calculated to be 0.32 μM, which is sufficiently low for good sensitivity of Cu(2+) ion. The binding mode was due to the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and the coordination of Cu(2+) with C = N and hydroxyl oxygen groups of the sensor 1. The sensor proved effective for Cu(2+) monitoring in real water samples with recovery rates of 95-112.6 % obtained.

  15. Nitrile functionalized halloysite nanotubes/poly(arylene ether nitrile) nanocomposites: Interface control, characterization, and improved properties

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    Wan, Xinyi; Zhan, Yingqing; Zeng, Guangyong; He, Yi

    2017-01-01

    To develop high-performance halloysite nanotube (HNT)-based nanocomposites, the two key issues need to be considered: precise interface control and the dispersal of HNTs. This study presents an efficient way to functionalize halloysite nanotubes with 3-aminophenoxy-phthalonitrile, followed by compounding with poly(arylene ether nitrile) (PEN), to prepare functional nanocomposite films. The surface functionalization of HNTs was characterized and confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Compared with neat PEN, the tensile strength and modulus of the resulting PEN nanocomposites with 3 wt% functionalized HNTs were found to increase by 25.7% and 20.7%, respectively. The good dispersion and high capacitance of the dielectric layer resulted in PEN/HNTs nancomposites with enhanced dielectric permittivity and relatively low dielectric loss. Moreover, the addition of functional HNTs greatly improved the thermal stability of PEN, which could be further enhanced through the chemical cross-linking reaction between the functional HNTs and the PEN matrix. This work provides a new path toward obtaining advanced polymer-based nanocomposites with functional properties.

  16. Catalytic Oxidative Properties and Characterization of CuO/CeO2 Catalysts

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    蒋晓原; 周仁贤; 袁骏; 吕光烈; 郑小明

    2003-01-01

    The oxidative properties and characterization of CuO, CeO2 and CuO/CeO2 catalysts were examined by means of a CO micro-reactor GC system, TPR, XPS and X-ray diffraction Rietveld methods. The results show that either CuO or CeO2 activity is quite low for CO oxidation. However, when CuO and CeO2 are mixed, the oxidative activity of the catalyst increases significantly, probably owing to the valency status of copper species (Cu2+ and Cu+) on the CeO2 surface, the dispersion and reducibility. XPS surface analysis shows that CuO loading is very important in forming of either Cu2+ or Cu+. Rietveld analysis shows that some CuO, which has smaller ion radius than Ce4+, enters the CeO2 lattice after CuO and CeO2 are mixed. When the CuO loading reaches 5.0%, the size of CuO crystals is a minimum (6.1 nm) and the micro-strain value is a maximum (2.86×10-3), resulting in high surface energy and the best activity for CO oxidation.

  17. Highly luminescent lanthanide complexes with novel bis-β-diketone ligand: Synthesis, characterization and photoluminescent properties

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    Li, Hong-Feng; Li, Guang-Ming; Chen, Peng; Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Peng-Fei

    2012-11-01

    A biphenyl-linked bis-β-diketone ligand, 3,3'-bis(3-phenyl-3-oxopropanol)biphenyl (BPB) has been prepared for the syntheses of a series of dinuclear lanthanide complexes. The ligand bears two benzoyl β-diketonate sites linked by a 3,3'-biphenyl spacer. Reaction of the doubly negatively charged bis-bidenate ligand with lanthanide ions forms triple-stranded dinuclear complexes Ln2(BPB)3 (Ln = Nd (1), Sm (2), Eu (3), Yb (4) and Gd (5)). Electrospray mass spectrometry is used to identify the formation of the triple-stranded dinuclear complexes 1-5, which have been further characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. The complexes display strong visible and NIR luminescence upon excitation at ligands bands around 360 nm, depending on the choice of the lanthanides, and the emission quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes of 2-3 have been determined. It shows that the biphenyl-linked ligand BPB is a more efficient sensitizer than the monodiketone ligand DBM (dibenzoylmethane), through the comparisons of Ln2(BPB)3 and Ln(DBM)3 on their photoluminescent properties.

  18. Highly luminescent lanthanide complexes with novel bis-β-diketone ligand: synthesis, characterization and photoluminescent properties.

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    Li, Hong-Feng; Li, Guang-Ming; Chen, Peng; Sun, Wen-Bin; Yan, Peng-Fei

    2012-11-01

    A biphenyl-linked bis-β-diketone ligand, 3,3'-bis(3-phenyl-3-oxopropanol)biphenyl (BPB) has been prepared for the syntheses of a series of dinuclear lanthanide complexes. The ligand bears two benzoyl β-diketonate sites linked by a 3,3'-biphenyl spacer. Reaction of the doubly negatively charged bis-bidenate ligand with lanthanide ions forms triple-stranded dinuclear complexes Ln(2)(BPB)(3) (Ln=Nd (1), Sm (2), Eu (3), Yb (4) and Gd (5)). Electrospray mass spectrometry is used to identify the formation of the triple-stranded dinuclear complexes 1-5, which have been further characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. The complexes display strong visible and NIR luminescence upon excitation at ligands bands around 360 nm, depending on the choice of the lanthanides, and the emission quantum yields and luminescence lifetimes of 2-3 have been determined. It shows that the biphenyl-linked ligand BPB is a more efficient sensitizer than the monodiketone ligand DBM (dibenzoylmethane), through the comparisons of Ln(2)(BPB)(3) and Ln(DBM)(3) on their photoluminescent properties.

  19. Controllable synthesis, characterization and optical properties of colloidal PbS/gelatin core-shell nanocrystals.

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    Mozafari, Masoud; Moztarzadeh, Fathollah

    2010-11-15

    Native quantum dots (QDs) made up of semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) are toxic in nature but due to their excellent optical properties, they have proven themselves to be an attractive choice in biological labeling and targeting. In order to improve the general biocompatibility of lead sulfide (PbS) NCs, we present a new and simple procedure for preparing PbS/gelatin core-shell nanoparticles cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) molecules. The phase composition, morphology, luminescence and in vitro photostability of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and fluorescence spectroscopy, respectively. The XRD analysis showed that the PbS NCs were of the cubic structure, the mean crystallite size was calculated to be 13.5 nm and the calculated lattice constant using Bragg's equation was 0.5950 nm, which was very close to its value in the standard card (JCPDS No. 5-592). In vitro test revealed that compared with bare PbS NCs, the photostability of the core-shell nanostructure remarkably improved. In addition, possible formation mechanisms of the PbS/gelatin nanoparticles were discussed in detail. Consequently, the advantages of high stability as well as high fluorescent intensity and biocompatibility make the core-shell nanoparticles promising candidates for in vivo biological targeting applications.

  20. Monoclinic BiVO{sub 4} with regular morphologies: Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties

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    Li Haibin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)], E-mail: coastllee@hotmail.com; Liu Guocong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Department of Chemistry, Yulin Normal University, Yulin 537000 (China); Duan Xuechen [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2009-05-15

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO{sub 4}) samples with regular morphologies were prepared by a facile hydrothermal process with Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3} as starting materials. The physical and photophysical properties of the as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis). It was found that cuboid-like, square plate-like and flower-like BiVO{sub 4} could be readily obtained by tailoring the pH values of the reaction suspensions in the presence of CTAB. Both pH value and CTAB played crucial roles in the morphology evolution of the as-prepared samples. The bandgaps (E{sub g}) of cuboid-like, square plate-like and flower-like BiVO{sub 4} were 2.39 eV, 2.40 eV and 2.46 eV, respectively. The photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared BiVO{sub 4} was much better than that of P25 for photodegradation of methyl orange under sunlight irradiation. The photocatalytic activities of BiVO{sub 4} samples were highly related to their crystallinities and shapes.

  1. MnWO{sub 4} nanocapsules: Synthesis, characterization and its electrochemical sensing property

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    Muthamizh, Selvamani; Suresh, Ranganathan; Giribabu, Krishnamoorthy; Manigandan, Ramadoss; Praveen Kumar, Sivakumar; Munusamy, Settu; Narayanan, Vengidusamy, E-mail: vnnara@yahoo.co.in

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of MnWO{sub 4} nanocapsules without use of any other external reagent. • High crystalline MnWO{sub 4} was obtained with phase purity. • Electrochemical sensing platform based on MnWO{sub 4} for sensing quercetin. • Micromolar detection ability of MnWO{sub 4} modified GCE. - Abstract: Manganese tungstate (MnWO{sub 4}) was synthesized by surfactant free precipitation method. MnWO{sub 4} was characterized by using various spectroscopic techniques. The phase, crystalline nature and the morphological analysis were carried out using XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). Further, FT-IR, Raman, and DRS-UV–Vis spectral analysis were carried out in order to ascertain the optical property and the presence of functional groups. From the analysis, the morphology of the MnWO{sub 4} was observed to be in capsules with breadth and thickness were in nm range. The oxidation state of tungsten (W), and manganese (Mn) were investigated using X-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR). The synthesized MnWO{sub 4} nanocapsules were used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to detect quercetin.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of CeO2-doped TiO2 Composite Nanocrystals

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    Oman ZUAS

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Pure TiO2 and CeO2-doped TiO2 (3 % CeO2-97 %TiO2 composite nanocrystals were synthesized via co-precipitation method and characterized using TGA, XRD, FTIR, DR-UV-vis and TEM. The XRD data revealed that the phase structure of the synthesized samples was mainly in pure anatase having crystallite size in the range of 7 nm – 11 nm. Spherical shapes with moderate aggregation of the crystal particles were observed under the TEM observation. The presence of the CeO2 at TiO2 site has not only affected morphologically but also induced the electronic property of the TiO2 by lowering the band gap energy from 3.29 eV (Eg-Ti to 3.15 eV (Eg-CeTi. Performance evaluation of the synthesized samples showed that both samples have a strong adsorption capacity toward Congo red (CR dye in aqueous solution at room temperature experiment, where  the capacity of the CeTi was higher than the Ti sample. Based on DR-UV data, the synthesized samples obtained in this study may also become promising catalysts for photo-assisted removal of synthetic dye in aqueous solution. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.4.2732

  3. Structural Characterization and Property Study on the Activated Alumina-activated Carbon Composite Material

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    CHEN Yan-Qing; WU Ren-Ping; YE Xian-Feng

    2012-01-01

    AlCl3,NH3·H2O,HNO3 and activated carbon were used as raw materials to prepare one new type of activated alumina-activated carbon composite material.The influence of heat treatment conditions on the structure and property of this material was discussed;The microstructures of the composite material were characterized by XRD,SEM,BET techniques;and its formaldehyde adsorption characteristic was also tested.The results showed that the optimal heat treatment temperature of the activated alumina-activated carbon composite material was 450 ℃,iodine adsorption value was 441.40 mg/g,compressive strength was 44 N,specific surface area was 360.07 m2/g,average pore size was 2.91 nm,and pore volume was 0.26 m3/g.According to the BET pore size distribution diagram,the composite material has dual-pore size distribution structure,the micro-pore distributes in the range of 0.6-1.7 nm,and the meso-pore in the range of 3.0-8.0 nm.The formaldehyde adsorption effect of the activated alumina-activated carbon composite material was excellent,much better than that of the pure activated carbon or activated alumina,and its saturated adsorption capacity was 284.19 mg/g.

  4. A study of surface optical properties for characterizing the cleaning process of paintings

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    Fontana, R.; Barucci, M.; Pampaloni, E.; Pezzati, L.; Daffara, C.

    2013-05-01

    "Cleaning" is a process of carefully identifying the cause of any deterioration or discolouration and then removing or treating these layers. The skill of the restorer is not only to understand the techniques and media used by the artist, but also to recognize what beauty lies beneath the veils of many years of neglect or adverse conditions. Surface cleaning is then one of the most important and sometimes controversial stages of the conservation process: it is an irreversible process that generally results in substantial physical changes of the object surface, raising thus a series of questions regarding aesthetics, the potential loss of historical information, and the ability to control the cleaning process adequately. Decisions have to be made regarding partial or complete removal of varnish: technical considerations include selection of a method that allows a great deal of control in the cleaning process, so that undesired layers can be removed without damaging the underlying ones by means of traditional cleaning methods, including mechanical or chemical removal. In this work we present a study of the optical properties of painting surfaces for the characterization of the cleaning process. Analyses were carried out by means of laser micro-profilometry and confocal microscopy. Measurements were carried out on a few paintings which are under repair at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. Selected areas were surveyed with the two above mentioned techniques and results were correlated.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Ag nanoparticles decorated mesoporous sintered activated carbon with antibacterial and adsorptive properties

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    Wang, Wenxia; Xiao, Kaijun, E-mail: fekjxiao@scut.edu.cn; He, Tinglin; Zhu, Liang, E-mail: zhuliang@scut.edu.cn

    2015-10-25

    In this study, the sliver nanoparticles (AgNPs) immobilized on the sintered activated carbon (Ag/SAC) were synthesized by the ultrasonic-assisted impregnation method and were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nitrogen adsorption. SEM showed that the AgNPs were well embedded in the SAC and immersion time had an important influence on final morphologies of AgNPs. Longer immersing duration caused significant aggregation of the AgNPs. The XRD data revealed that the successful synthesis of AgNPs on the SAC and immobilizing AgNPs on sintered active carbon did not change the crystalline degree of SAC. Texture characteristics were determined by analysis of the N{sub 2}/77 K isotherms. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Ag/SAC against Escherichia coli (DH5α) and Staphyloccocus aureus (ATCC 29213) was evaluated by a broth dilution method. MICs such as 5 mg/L (against E. coli) and 10 mg/L (against S. aureus) suggest that Ag/SAC have predominant antibacterial activity compared to active carbon. - Highlights: • Sintered active carbon (SAC) was coated with Ag via a facile approach. • The Ag/SAC exhibit good adsorption properties and excellent antibacterial effects. • The Ag/SAC was durable and stable in the application of water purification.

  6. Morpho-chemical characterization and surface properties of carcinogenic zeolite fibers.

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    Mattioli, Michele; Giordani, Matteo; Dogan, Meral; Cangiotti, Michela; Avella, Giuseppe; Giorgi, Rodorico; Dogan, A Umran; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca

    2016-04-05

    Erionite belonging to the zeolite family is a human health-hazard, since it was demonstrated to be carcinogenic. Conversely, offretite family zeolites were suspected carcinogenic. Mineralogical, morphological, chemical, and surface characterizations were performed on two erionites (GF1, MD8) and one offretite (BV12) fibrous samples and, for comparison, one scolecite (SC1) sample. The specific surface area analysis indicated a larger availability of surface sites for the adsorption onto GF1, while SC1 shows the lowest one and the presence of large pores in the poorly fibrous zeolite aggregates. Selected spin probes revealed a high adsorption capacity of GF1 compared to the other zeolites, but the polar/charged interacting sites were well distributed, intercalated by less polar sites (Si-O-Si). MD8 surface is less homogeneous and the polar/charged sites are more interacting and closer to each other compared to GF1. The interacting ability of BV12 surface is much lower than that found for GF1 and MD8 and the probes are trapped in small pores into the fibrous aggregates. In comparison with the other zeolites, the non-carcinogenic SC1 shows a poor interacting ability and a lower surface polarity. These results helped to clarify the chemical properties and the surface interacting ability of these zeolite fibers which may be related to their carcinogenicity.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of carbon nanotubes decorated with magnetic MIIFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Ali, Syed Danish; Hussain, Syed Tajammul; Gilani, Syeda Rubina

    2013-04-01

    In this study, a simple, efficient and reproducible microemulsion method was applied for the successful decoration of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with magnetic MIIFe2O4 (M = Co, Ni, Cu, Zn) nanoparticles. The structure, composition and morphology of the prepared nanocomposite materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The magnetic properties were investigated by the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The SEM results illustrated that large quantity of MIIFe2O4 nanoparticles were uniformly decorated around the circumference of CNTs and the sizes of the nanoparticles ranged from 15 to 20 nm. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements revealed that all the MIIFe2O4/CNTs nanocomposites displayed ferromagnetic behavior at 300 K and can be manipulated using an external magnetic field. The CoFe2O4/CNTs nanocomposite showed maximum value of saturation magnetization which was 37.47 emu g-1. The as prepared MIIFe2O4/CNTs nanocomposites have many potential application in magnetically guided targeted drug delivery, clinical diagnosis, electrochemical biosensing, magnetic data storage and magnetic resonance imaging.

  8. Characterization and Catalytic Properties of a Rapidly Quenched Ni-RE-P-AL Catalyst

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    2000-01-01

    A Ni-RE-P-AL catalyst prepared by alkaline extraction of a rapidly quenched Ni-RE-P-AL alloy was characterized by means of ICP,BET,XRD,ZPS and TEM.The results show that the rapidly quenched Ni-RE-P-AL alloy contained less crystalline AL3Ni than AL-Ni alloy.After alkaline extraction,most of Al in the Ni-RE-P-AL alloy was leached out and the resulted Ni-RE-P-AL catalyst presented a spone structure similar to Raney Ni.Although Crystalline Ni is the major phase in the Ni-RE-P-AL catalyst and Raney Ni,amorphous Ni-P phase has been detected in the Ni-RE-P-AL catalyst.Studies on catalytic hydrogenation of toluene,phenyl ethylene,acetylene benzene,nitrobenzene,cyclohexanone and adiponitrile in liquid phase showed that the activity and selectivity of this Ni-RE-P-AL catalyst are superior to those of Raney Ni,especially at low temperatures.The amorphous phase is considered to be responsible for its superior catalytic properties.

  9. Characterization of Mechanical Properties: Low-Density Polyethylene Nanocomposite Using Nanoalumina Particle as Filler

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    Ching Yern Chee

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites based on low-density polyethylene (LDPE, containing 0.5, 1, 2, 3, and 5 wt% of nanoalumina, were prepared by melt-mixing at 125°C and hot melt-pressing to thin polymer film at 125°C. To enhance the interfacial interaction between alumina and LDPE, alumina surface was treated with silane which acts as coupling agent. The effects of alumina additions to the structure and morphology of LDPE matrix were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, respectively. The mechanical behaviour of nanoalumina-reinforced LDPE composite was studied using tensile tests, flexural tests, and impact tests. The interfacial adhesion between nano alumina particle and LDPE matrix was investigated. The result showed that the reinforcement performance of nano alumina to LDPE matrix was attributed to the interfacial adhesion between nanoparticle and polymer matrix. The addition of 1 wt% nano alumina has successfully enhanced the mechanical properties of LDPE material.

  10. Characterization of the Basic Operational Properties of the Capillary Plasma Electrode (CPE) Discharge

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    Lopez, Jose; Zhu, Weidong; Figus, Margaret; Becker, Kurt

    2008-10-01

    Various approaches have been pursued to create stable atmospheric pressure discharges by extending the lifetime of the diffuse phase of the discharge to hundreds of microseconds. Previous research showed that the stability of the diffuse mode is dependent on the frequency (in the kHz range), gas type, power, mode of the excitation, and geometrical confinement. The Capillary Plasma Electrode (CPE) discharge is able to produce stable atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasmas. The CPE is similar in design to a barrier-electrode discharge, but has perforated dielectrics. This configuration, aside from exhibiting a diffuse mode of operation, also exhibits the so-called ``capillary jet'' mode, in which the capillaries ``turn on'' and a bright plasma jet emerges from the capillaries. The capillary jets from adjacent capillaries overlap so that the discharge appears uniform when the electrode contains an array of holes. There appears to be a threshold frequency for the capillary jet formation, which is strongly dependent on the L/D ratio of the capillaries, where D is the diameter of a capillary and L its length. This current work explores these modes of operation of the CPE by characterizing the electrical and optical emission properties of this discharge.

  11. Properties and characterization of bionanocomposite films prepared with various biopolymers and ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Kanmani, Paulraj; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2014-06-15

    This study was aimed to develop biopolymer based antimicrobial films for active food packaging and to reduce environmental pollution caused by accumulation of synthetic packaging. The ZnO NPs were incorporated as antimicrobials into different biopolymers such as agar, carrageenan and CMC. Solvent casting method was performed to prepare active nanocomposite films. Methods such as FE-SEM, FT-IR and XRD were used to characterize resulting films. Physical, mechanical, thermal and antimicrobial properties were also examined. Remarkable surface morphological differences were observed between control and nanocomposite films. The crystallinity of ZnO was confirmed by XRD analysis. The addition of ZnO NPs increased color, UV barrier, moisture content, hydrophobicity, elongation and thermal stability of the films, while decreased WVP, tensile strength and elastic modulus. ZnO NPs impregnated films inhibited growth of L. monocytogenes and E. coli. So these newly prepared nanocomposite films can be used as active packaging film to extend shelf-life of food.

  12. Crystalline structure and thermal property characterization of chitin from Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba).

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    Wang, Yanchao; Chang, Yaoguang; Yu, Long; Zhang, Cuiyu; Xu, Xiaoqi; Xue, Yong; Li, Zhaojie; Xue, Changhu

    2013-01-30

    Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) has been widely studied and extensively recognized as a target for commercial fishing. In this study, Antarctic krill chitin was extracted from defatted Antarctic krill shell, and its crystalline structure and thermal properties were characterized by employing Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetry, and differential scanning calorimetry. Results showed that Antarctic krill chitin corresponded to the α-polymorph, and was composed of small, stable, and uniform microcrystals. The degree of N-deacetylation was 11.28 ± 0.86%. The d-spacings of Antarctic krill chitin were 9.78 Å and 4.63 Å at (020) and (110) planes. The crystalline sizes were 6.07 nm and 5.16 nm at (020) and (110) planes, respectively. The activation energy of the polysaccharide chain decomposition was 123.35 kJ/mol and the glass transition (T(g)) of Antarctic krill chitin was 164.96 °C.

  13. Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and optical properties of 3D flower like indium sulfide nanostructures

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    Ghaderi Sheikhi abadi, Parvaneh; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud; Davar, Fatemeh

    2013-01-01

    High-quality and high-yield 3D flower like indium sulfide (In2S3) nanostructures with cubic structure were synthesized by a wet chemical route, without using any surfactant and organic solvents at 160 °C for 12 h, by using InCl3 and 2-aminothiophenol (2-ATP) as starting reagents. The obtained In2S3 with different morphologies and size was characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The effects of reaction parameters, such as temperature, precursor concentration and reaction time on the morphology, and particle size of products were investigated. Our experimental results showed that temperature and time reaction played key roles in the final morphology of In2S3. The morphology of In2S3 structures could be changed from one-dimensional (1D) structures to three-dimensional (3D) structures by increasing reaction time to 24 h. In the present study the optical properties 3D In2S3 structures were investigated.

  14. Synthesis of an amphiphilic rhodamine derivative and characterization of its solution and thin film properties

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    Aviv, Hagit [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Harazi, Sivan [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Schiff, Dillon [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Ramon, Yoni [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Tischler, Yaakov R., E-mail: yrt@biu.ac.il [Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan (Israel); Bar-Ilan University Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Ramat-Gan (Israel)

    2014-08-01

    Here we present characterization of solution and thin film properties of Lissamine rhodamine B sulfonyl didodecyl amine (LRSD), an amphiphilic derivative of rhodamine. LRSD was synthesized by functionalizing Lissamine rhodamine B sulfonyl chloride (LRSC) with didodecylamine via a straightforward sulfonylation reaction. LRSD's long alkane chains make it highly soluble in chloroform, with a marked increase in brightness compared to the starting material. LRSD is shown to form well-defined robust micelles in water, without the addition of a co-surfactant and stable monolayers at the air–water interface. The greater lipophilicity of LRSD also enables doping into non-polar polymeric host matrices such as polystyrene with less aggregation and hence higher fluorescence quantum yield than LRSC or even rhodamine B. The monolayers of LRSD were prepared via Langmuir–Blodgett deposition and showed shifts in the photoluminescence peak from 575 nm to 595 nm, as the surface pressure is varied from 3 mN/m to 11 mN/m. - Highlights: • Lissamine rhodamine B sulfonyl didodecyl amine (LRSD) is soluble in chloroform. • LRSD shows robust quantum yield in solution and as a dopant in thin film. • LRSD is an amphiphilic rhodamine dye that forms compact fluorescent micelles. • LRSD forms a stable isotherm when spread at the air–water interface.

  15. Preliminary studies on the chemical characterization and antioxidant properties of acidic polysaccharides from Sargassum fusiforme

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    Jing ZHOU; Nan HU; Ya-lin WU; Yuan-jiang PAN; Cui-rong SUN

    2008-01-01

    In order to investigate the antioxidant properties of the polysaccharides from the brown alga Sargassum fusiforme, the crude polysaccharides from S.fusiforme (SFPS) were extracted in hot water, and the lipid peroxidation inhibition assay exhibited that SFPS possessed a potential antioxidant activity. Hence, two purely polymeric fractions, SFPS-1 and SFPS-2 were isolated by the column of DEAE (2-diethylaminoethanol)-Sepharose Fast Flow, with their molecular weights of 51.4 and 30.3 kDa determined by high performance gel permeation chromatography (HPGPC). They were preliminarily characterized using chemical analysis in combination of infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies and found to contain large amounts of uronic acids and β-glycosidical linkages. The antioxidant activities of these two SFPS fractions were evaluated using superoxide and hydroxyl radical-scavenging assays. The results show that the antioxidant ability of SFPS-2 was higher than that of SFPS-1, probably correlating with the molecular weight and uronic acid content.

  16. Optical Property Characterization of Novel Graphene-X (X=Ag, Au and Cu Nanoparticle Hybrids

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    Sumit Ranjan Sahu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation reports new results on optical properties of graphene-metal nanocomposites. These composites were prepared by a solution-based chemical approach. Graphene has been prepared by thermal reduction of graphene oxide (GO at 90°C by hydrazine hydrate in an ammoniacal medium. This ammoniacal solution acts as a solvent as well as a basic medium where agglomeration of graphene can be prevented. This graphene solution has further been used for functionalization with Ag, Au, and Cu nanoparticles (NPs. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM to reveal the nature and type of interaction of metal nanoparticles with graphene. The results indicate distinct shift of graphene bands both in Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopies due to the presence of the metal nanoparticles. Raman spectroscopic analysis indicates blue shift of D and G bands in Raman spectra of graphene due to the presence of metal nanoparticles except for the G band of Cu-G, which undergoes red shift, reflecting the charge transfer interaction between graphene sheets and metal nanoparticles. UV-Vis spectroscopic analysis also indicates blue shift of graphene absorption peak in the hybrids. The plasmon peak position undergoes blue shift in Ag-G, whereas red shift is observed in Au-G and Cu-G.

  17. Characterization of Sm-doped CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles and their magnetic properties

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    Swatsitang, Ekaphan [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center and Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Phokha, Sumalin, E-mail: sumalinphokha@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Udon Thani 41000 (Thailand); Hunpratub, Sitchai [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Udon Thani 41000 (Thailand); Maensiri, Santi [School of Physics, Institute of Science, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand)

    2016-03-15

    Cubic phase Sm-doped CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles (Ce{sub 1−x}Sm{sub x}O{sub 2}, x=0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) were synthesized by the polymer pyrolysis method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were employed to characterize the phase, morphology, valence states and magnetic properties of the samples. The samples were calcined at the low temperature of 600 °C which resulted in crystallite sizes of 10–20 nm. Raman and XPS spectra showed the presence of Ce{sup 4+}, Ce{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} ions and oxygen vacancies in the samples. Magnetization curves obtained from all samples exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature (RT-FM) with a maximum value of 0.012 emu/g for x=0.15. The data exhibited a good fit to bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model curves which account for the RT-FM behaviour by having sufficient concentrations of electrons bound to oxygen vacancies to facilitate a long-range exchange interaction between Ce{sup 3+} ions. However, the relatively low values obtained for the BMP concentrations suggest that other mechanisms may also be at play.

  18. Characterization of the fatty acid composition of Nannochloropsis salina as a determinant of biodiesel properties

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    Mohammady, Nagwa Gamal-EIDin [Alexandria Univ, Alexandria (Egypt). Dept. of Botany and Microbiology

    2011-07-15

    Nannochloropsis salina was cultured batch-wise to evaluate the potential of the alga to produce biodiesel. The cells were harvested at the end of the exponential growth phase when the concentration was 18 . 10{sup 6} cells/mL culture. The growth estimated as dry weight from this cell number was (3.8 {+-} 0.7) mg/L. The lipid and triglyceride contents were 40% and 12% on a dry weight basis, respectively. The amount of the ratio triglycerides/total lipids was approximately 0.3. The composition of triglyceride fatty acid methyl esters (biodiesel) was analysed by gasliquid chromatography and identified as: C14:0, C16:0, C16:1, C18:0, C18:1, C18:2, C18:3, C20:1, and C20:5. The ratio of unsaturated to saturated fatty acid contents was approximately 4.4. Additionally, the characterization of each individual fatty acid ester was discussed with regard to the fuel properties of biodiesel produced by the alga.

  19. Characterization of starch morphology, composition, physicochemi-cal properties and gene expressions in oat

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    Zheng Ke; Zheng You-liang; Jiang Qian-tao; Wei Long; Zhang Xiao-wei; Ma Jian; Chen guo-yue; Wei Yu-ming; Mitchell Fetch Jennifer; Lu Zhen-xiang

    2015-01-01

    abstract Starch is the major carbohydrate in oat (Avena sativaL.) and starch formation requires the coordinated actions of several synthesis enzymes. In this study, the granule morphology, composition and physicochemical properties of oat starch, as wel as the expressions of starch synthesis genes were investigated during oat endosperm development. Under the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), we observed that the unique compound granules were developed in oat endosperms at 10 days post anthesis (DPA) and then fragmented into irregular or polygonal simple granules from 12 DPA until seed maturity. The amylose content, branch chain length of degree of polymerization (DP=13–24), gelatinization temperature and percentage of retrogradation were gradualy increased during the endosperm development; whereas the distribution of short chains (DP=6–12) were gradualy decreased. The relative expressions of 4 classes of 13 starch synthesis genes characterized in this study indicated that three expression pattern groups were signiifcantly different among gene classes as wel as among varied isoforms, in which the ifrst group of starch synthesis genes may play a key role on the initiation of starch synthesis in oat endosperms.

  20. ZnCr2O4 Nanoparticles: Facile Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties

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    Mousavi, Zahra; Soofivand, Faezeh; Esmaeili-Zare, Mahdiyeh; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud; Bagheri, Samira

    2016-02-01

    In this work, zinc chromite (ZnCr2O4) nanostructures have been synthesized through co-precipitation method. The effect of various parameters such as alkaline agent, pH value, and capping agent type was investigated on purity, particle size and morphology of samples. It was found that particle size and morphology of the products could be greatly influenced via these parameters. The synthesized products were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The superhydrophilicity of the calcined oxides was investigated by wetting experiments and a sessile drop technique which carried out at room temperature in air to determine the surface and interfacial interactions. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activity of ZnCr2O4 nanoparticles was confirmed by degradation of anionic dyes such as Eosin-Y and phenol red under UV light irradiation. The obtained ZnCr2O4 nanoparticles exhibit a paramagnetic behavior although bulk ZnCr2O4 is antiferromagnetic, this change in magnetic property can be ascribed to finite size effects.

  1. Characterization of material properties of soft solid thin layers with acoustic radiation force and wave propagation.

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    Urban, Matthew W; Nenadic, Ivan Z; Qiang, Bo; Bernal, Miguel; Chen, Shigao; Greenleaf, James F

    2015-10-01

    Evaluation of tissue engineering constructs is performed by a series of different tests. In many cases it is important to match the mechanical properties of these constructs to those of native tissues. However, many mechanical testing methods are destructive in nature which increases cost for evaluation because of the need for additional samples reserved for these assessments. A wave propagation method is proposed for characterizing the shear elasticity of thin layers bounded by a rigid substrate and fluid-loading, similar to the configuration for many tissue engineering applications. An analytic wave propagation model was derived for this configuration and compared against finite element model simulations and numerical solutions from the software package Disperse. The results from the different models found very good agreement. Experiments were performed in tissue-mimicking gelatin phantoms with thicknesses of 1 and 4 mm and found that the wave propagation method could resolve the shear modulus with very good accuracy, no more than 4.10% error. This method could be used in tissue engineering applications to monitor tissue engineering construct maturation with a nondestructive wave propagation method to evaluate the shear modulus of a material.

  2. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of visible-light-driven Pt-ZnO/CNT

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    M Mujahid

    2015-08-01

    This paper deals with synthesis of ZnO doped with different concentrations of platinum (Pt) and its deposition on the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT). The synthesized nanocomposite material was characterized by standard analytical techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The XRD analysis confirms two things; first, synthesized nanocomposite shows no impurity peaks indicating products being crystalline in nature, second, the phase structure of composite remains unchanged during doping of Pt into ZnO crystal. Results indicate that the incorporation of dopant into ZnO coated on the surface of MWCNT was found to shift the fundamental absorption edge towards the longer wavelength side. The impedance analysis was carried out to distinguish between the grain and grain boundary contributions to the system. The dielectric property was strongly affected by increasing the dopant concentration. The dielectric constant () and dielectric loss (tan ) factors decrease with the increase in frequency only upto a certain limit. The a.c. conductivity also increases with the increase in frequency.

  3. nanocomposites formed under submerged DC arc discharge: preparation, characterization and photocatalytic properties

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    Avcı, Ahmet; Eskizeybek, Volkan; Gülce, Handan; Haspulat, Bircan; Şahin, Ömer Sinan

    2014-09-01

    A rutile TiO2 (α-TiO2) and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO nanocomposite was directly and synchronously synthesized via arc discharge method submerged in de-ionized water. In correlation with the detailed characterization of the morphology, and crystalline structure of the prepared ZnO-TiO2 nanocomposites, the UV-visible and photoluminescence properties were studied. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed the co-existence of α-TiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO phases with the ZnO and α-TiO2 nanoparticles are in nanorod and nanospheres morphologies, respectively. The diameters of the synthesized nanocomposite particles are in the range of 5-70 nm. Interestingly, the as-prepared ZnO-TiO2 nanocomposite shows better photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of the methylene blue dye than both of pure ZnO and TiO2 nanocatalyts. This work would explore feasible routes to synthesize efficient metal or/and metal oxide nanocomposites for degrading organic pollutants, gas sensing or other related applications.

  4. Stainless steel grafting of hyperbranched polymer brushes with an antibacterial activity: synthesis, characterization, and properties.

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    Ignatova, Milena; Voccia, Samule; Gabriel, Sabine; Gilbert, Bernard; Cossement, Damien; Jerome, Robert; Jerome, Christine

    2009-01-20

    Two strategies were used for the preparation of hyperbranched polymer brushes with a high density of functional groups: (a) the cathodic electrografting of stainless steel by poly[2-(2-chloropropionate)ethyl acrylate] [poly(cPEA)], which was used as a macroinitiator for the atom transfer radical polymerization of an inimer, 2-(2-bromopropionate)ethyl acrylate in the presence or absence of heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate, (b) the grafting of preformed hyperbranched poly(ethyleneimine) onto poly(N-succinimidyl acrylate) previously electrografted onto stainless steel. The hyperbranched polymer, which contained either bromides or amines, was quaternized because the accordingly formed quaternary ammonium or pyridinium groups are known for antibacterial properties. The structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the quaternized and nonquaternized hyperbranched polymer brushes were characterized by ATR-FTIR reflectance, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The peeling test confirmed that the grafted hyperbranched polymer films adhered much more strongly to stainless steel than the nongrafted solvent-cast films. The quaternized hyperbranched polymer brushes were more effective in preventing both protein adsorption and bacterial adhesion than quaternary ammonium containing poly(cPEA) primary films, more likely because of the higher hydrophilicity and density of cationic groups.

  5. Lithium-doped hydroxyapatite nano-composites: Synthesis, characterization, gamma attenuation coefficient and dielectric properties

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    Badran, H.; Yahia, I. S.; Hamdy, Mohamed S.; Awwad, N. S.

    2017-01-01

    Lithium-hydroxyapatite (0, 1, 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 wt% Li-HAp) nano-composites were synthesized by sol-gel technique followed by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. The composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman techniques. Gamma attenuation coefficient and the dielectric properties for all composites were investigated. The crystallinity degree of Li-doped HAp was higher than that of un-doped HAp. Gamma attenuation coefficient values increased from 0.562 cm-1 for 0 wt% Li-HAp to 2.190 cm-1 for 40 wt% Li-HAp. The alternating current conductivity increased with increasing frequency. The concentration of Li affect the values of dielectric constant where Li doped HAp of low dielectric constant can have an advantage for healing in bone fractures. The calcium to phosphorus ratio decreased from 1.43 to 1.37 with the addition of lithium indicating the Ca deficiency in the studied composites. Our findings lead to the conclusion that Li-HAp is a new nano-composite useful for medical applications and could be doped with gamma shield materials.

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Antioxidant Property of Quercetin-Tb(III Complex

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    Jafar Ezzati Nazhad Dolatabadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Nearly all of flavonoids are good metal chelators and can chelate many metal ions to form different complexes. This article describes a synthesis of Quercetin–Tb(III in methanol, characterized by using elemental analysis, UV–visible and evaluation of its antioxidant properties. Methods: The formation of complexes is realized from the UV–visible spectra which shows that the successive formation of Quercetin–Tb(III occurs. To find out the antioxidant activity variation and the role of Tb(III ion on the antioxidant activity of the complexes different radical scavenging methods such as: 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH, ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP and 2,2′-azinobis 3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid (ABTS were used. Results: The results from DPPH, ABTS and FRAP methods showed that Quercetin and Quercetin–Tb(III complex are capable of donating electron or hydrogen atom, and consequently could react with free radicals or terminate chain reactions in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Conclusion: This study showed that the chelation of metal ions by Quercetin decrease the redox potential of Quercetin-metal complex.

  7. Chemical characterization and immunomodulatory properties of polysaccharides isolated from probiotic Lactobacillus casei LOCK 0919

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    Górska, Sabina; Hermanova, Petra; Ciekot, Jarosław; Schwarzer, Martin; Srutkova, Dagmar; Brzozowska, Ewa; Kozakova, Hana; Gamian, Andrzej

    2016-01-01

    The Lactobacillus casei strain, LOCK 0919, is intended for the dietary management of food allergies and atopic dermatitis (LATOPIC® BIOMED). The use of a probiotic to modulate immune responses is an interesting strategy for solving imbalance problems of gut microflora that may lead to various disorders. However, the exact bacterial signaling mechanisms underlying such modulations are still far from being understood. Here, we investigated variations in the chemical compositions and immunomodulatory properties of the polysaccharides (PS), L919/A and L919/B, which are produced by L. casei LOCK 0919. By virtue of their chemical features, such PS can modulate the immune responses to third-party antigens. Our results revealed that L919/A and L919/B could both modulate the immune response to Lactobacillus planatarum WCFS1, but only L919/B could alter the response of THP-1 cells (in terms of tumor necrosis factor alpha production) to L. planatarum WCFS1 and Escherichia coli Nissle 1917. The comprehensive immunochemical characterization is crucial for the understanding of the biological function as well as of the bacteria–host and bacteria–bacteria cross-talk. PMID:27102285

  8. Characterization of Solar Telescope Polarization Properties Across the Visible and Near-Infrared Spectrum. Case Study: The Dunn Solar Telescope

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    Socas-Navarro, Hector; Ramos, Andres Asensio

    2010-01-01

    Accurate astrophysical polarimetry requires a proper characterization of the polarization properties of the telescope and instrumentation employed to obtain the observations. Determining the telescope and instrument Muller matrix is becoming increasingly difficult with the increase in aperture size of the new and upcoming solar telescopes. We have carried out a detailed multi-wavelength characterization of the Dunn Solar Telescope (DST) at the National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak as a case study and explore various possibilites for the determination of its polarimetric properties. We show that the telescope model proposed in this paper is more suitable than that in previous work in that it describes better the wavelength dependence of aluminum-coated mirrors. We explore the adequacy of the degrees of freedom allowed by the model using a novel mathematical formalism. Finally, we investigate the use of polarimeter calibration data taken at different times of the day to characterize the telescope and find ...

  9. Structure-Property Characterization of the Crinkle-Leaf Peach Wood Phenotype: A Future Model System for Wood Properties Research?

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    Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Arévalo, Rafael; Ledbetter, Craig; Jakes, Joseph E.

    2016-09-01

    Nearly 400 million years of evolution and field-testing by the natural world has given humans thousands of wood types, each with unique structure-property relationships to study, exploit, and ideally, to manipulate, but the slow growth of trees makes them a recalcitrant experimental system. Variations in wood features of two genotypes of peach ( Prunus persica L.) trees, wild-type and crinkle-leaf, were examined to elucidate the nature of weak wood in crinkle-leaf trees. Crinkle-leaf is a naturally-occurring mutation in which wood strength is altered in conjunction with an easily observed `crinkling' of the leaves' surface. Trees from three vigor classes (low growth rate, average growth rate, and high growth rate) of each genotype were sampled. No meaningful tendency of dissimilarities among the different vigor classes was found, nor any pattern in features in a genotype-by-vigor analysis. Wild-type trees exhibited longer vessels and fibers, wider rays, and slightly higher specific gravity. Neither cell wall mechanical properties measured with nanoindentation nor cell wall histochemical properties were statistically or observably different between crinkle-leaf and wild-type wood. The crinkle-leaf mutant has the potential to be a useful model system for wood properties investigation and manipulation if it can serve as a field-observable vegetative marker for altered wood properties.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of polymer electrolyte membranes with controlled ion transport properties

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    Xu, Kui

    2011-12-01

    Ion-containing block copolymers hold promise as next-generation polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) materials due to their capability to self-assemble into ordered nanostructures facilitating proton transport over a wide range of conditions. Ion-containing block copolymers, sulfonated poly(styrene- b-vinylidene fluoride-b-styrene), with varied degrees of sulfonation were synthesized. The synthetic strategy involved a new approach to chain-end functionalized poly(vinylidene fluoride) as a macro-initiator followed by atom transfer polymerization of styrene and sulfonation. Characterization of the polymers were extensively carried out by 1H and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance and Fouriertransform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetry analysis. Tapping mode atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were applied to study the phase separation and self-assembled morphology. Strong dependence of ion exchange capacity, water absorption, morphology and proton conductivity on the degree of sulfonation has been found. It has been observed that the conductivities of the block copolymers are considerably higher than the random copolymers of polystyrene and sulfonated polystyrene possessing similar ion exchange capacities. Copolymers of vinylidene fluoride and perfluoro(4-methyl-3,6-dioxane-7-ene) sulfonyl fluoride containing amino end-groups were synthesized for the first time. The prepared aminoterminated polymers underwent cross-linking reactions with 1,3,5-benzene triisocyanate to form proton conductive networks. The chain-end crosslinked fluoropolymer membranes exhibited excellent thermal, hydrolytic and oxidative stabilities. The ion exchange capacity, water uptake, the state of absorbed water, and transport properties of the membranes were found to be highly dependent upon the chemical composition of the copolymers. The cross-linked membranes showed extremely low methanol permeability, while maintaining high proton

  11. Structural characterization and optical properties of perovskite ZnZrO 3 nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Xinhua

    2014-03-17

    Perovskite ZnZrO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method, and their microstructures and optical properties were characterized. The crystallinity, phase formation, morphology and composition of the as-synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high-resolutiontransmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy analysis, respectively. TEM images demonstrated that the average particle size of the ZnZrO3 powders was increased with increasing the Zn/Zr molar ratios in the precursors, and more large ZnZrO3 particles with cubic morphology were observed at high Zn/Zr molar ratios. In addition, the phase structures of the ZnZrO3 particles were also evolved from a cubic to tetragonal perovskite phase, as revealed by XRD and SAED patterns. HRTEM images demonstrate that surface structures of the ZnZrO3 powders synthesized at high Zn/Zr molar ratios, are composed of corners bound by the {100} mini-facets, and the surface steps lying on the {100} planes are frequently observed, whereas the (101) facet isoccasionally observed. The formation of such a rough surface structure is understood from the periodic bond chain theory. Quantitative EDX analyses demonstrated that the atomic concentrations (at.%) of Zn:Zr:O in the particles were 20.70:21.07:58.23, as close to the composition of ZnZrO3. In the optical spectra, a significant red shift of the absorption edges (for the ZnZrO3 nanopowders) from UV to visible region (from 394 to 417 nm) was observed as increasing the Zn/Zr molar ratios in the precursors, which corresponds to that the band gap energies of the ZnZrO3 nanopowders can be continuously tuned from 3.15 to 2.97 eV. This opens an easy way to tune the band gap energies of the ZnZrO3 nanopowders. © 2014 The American Ceramic Society.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and properties of nano-sized transition metal oxides

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    Yin, Ming

    2005-12-01

    Chapter 1. A General introduction to the emerging field of nanomaterials is presented highlighting the category of transition metal oxides. The wide variety of structures, properties, and phenomena of transition metal oxides are stressed. Nano-sized transition metal oxides are presented as systems for fundamental and application research. Examples of individual transition metal oxides are provided. Important developments in the synthesis and characterization of nano-sized transition metal oxides that have contributed to this work are reviewed. A novel synthesis (TDMA) is developed and successfully applied to the synthesis of transition metal oxide nanocrystals. Chapter 2. The synthesis of monodisperse cubic wuestite FexO nanocrystals is presented. The influence of reaction temperature and the molar ratio of surfactant to iron precursor was investigated, in order to further understand the ability to control particle size and monodispersity. In contrast to bulk material, it is also found that the nano-sized ligand-capped wuestite FexO particles were stable at room temperature. The procedure enable the collection of highly monodisperse nanocrystals of variable and uniform diameters as a function of time. Sharp Hancock analysis indicates that the reaction proceeds by a diffusion limited mechanism. Routes to control the size of gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals are also presented. gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals from 6 nm to 12 nm in diameter with uniform size, shape, consistent crystal structure were prepared. Chapter 3. A simple reaction to prepare monodisperse MnO nanocrystals is presented. MnO nanocrystals was prepared by thermal decomposition of manganese acetate in the presence of oleic acid at high temperature and by following annealing. Particles with different sizes and shapes were obtained by controlling annealing time. The morphology of MnO nanocrystals was studied based on their crystal structure and surface energy. SQUID measurement shows ferromagnetic magnetism at low

  13. Preparation and characterization of herbal creams for improvement of skin viscoelastic properties.

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    Ahshawat, M S; Saraf, S; Saraf, S

    2008-06-01

    The aim of this study was to formulate and evaluate herbal cosmetic creams for their improvement of skin viscoelastic and hydration properties. The cosmetic cream formulations were designed by using ethanolic extracts of Glycyrriza glabra, Curcuma longa (roots), seeds of Psorolea corlifolia, Cassia tora, Areca catechu, Punica granatum, fruits of Embelica officinale, leaves of Centella asiatica, dried bark of Cinnamon zeylanicum and fresh gel of Aloe vera in varied concentrations (0.12-0.9%w/w) and characterized using physicochemical and physiological measurements. The ethanolic extracts of herbs were incorporated in a cream base that is prepared by a phase inversion emulsification technique. The cream base was prepared by utilizing oil of Prunus amagdalus, Sesamum indicum, honey, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, polysorbate monoleate, sorbitan monostearate, propylene glycol and glycerin. Physicochemical assessments and microbiological testing were completed for all formulations according to the methods of the Indian Standard Bureau. The studies were carried out for 6 weeks on normal subjects (6 males and 12 females, between 22 and 50 years) on the back of their volar forearm for evaluation of viscoelastic properties in terms of extensibility via a suction measurement, firmness using laboratory fabricated instruments such as ball bouncing and skin hydration using electric (resistance) measurement methods. The physicochemical parameters of formulations CAA1-CAA6, i.e. pH, acid value, saponification value, viscosity, spreadability, layer thickness microbial count and skin sensitivity were found to be in the range of 5.01 +/- 0.4-6.07 +/- 0.6, 3.3-5.1 +/- 0.2, 20-32, 5900-6755 cps, 60-99%, 25-50 mum, 31-46 colony-forming units (CFU) and a 0-1 erythema score. The formulations, CAA4 and CAA5, showed an increase in percentage extensibility (32.27 +/- 1.7% and 29.89 +/- 1.64%, respectively), firmness (28.86 +/- 0.86% and 29.89 +/- 2.8%, respectively) and improved skin

  14. Characterizations and Catalytic Properties of Transition Metal Ions Incorporated in Mesoporous Materials

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    WANG Ye

    2004-01-01

    Mesoporous materials typified by MCM-41 possess well-ordered mesoporous channels with controllable pore sizes from 2-30 nm, and are expected as desirable materials for catalysis.However, silicious mesoporous materials generally do not have sufficient intrinsic catalytic activities.Thus many studies have focused on introducing catalytically active sites. It is expected that different synthetic methods would result in different coordination structures of metal cations introduced in MCM-41, and thus different catalytic properties in catalytic reactions. The author's group has used two methods, i.e., direct hydrothermal synthesis (DHT) and template-ion exchange (TIE), for the syntheses of V-, Fe-, and Cr-MCM-41 and applied them as catalysts to selective oxidations of hydrocarbons. This paper highlights the characterizations of the coordination structures of these metal cations introduced into MCM-41 by the DHT and the TIE methods, and the structural-property relationships of these metal ion-containing MCM-41 materials in selective oxidation reactions.MCM-41 was prepared by hydrothermal synthesis using hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium silicate as the sources of template and silicon, respectively. In the DHT method, metal cations were directly added into the synthesis gel before hydrothermal synthesis, while the exchanging of metal ions in ethanolic solutions with the template cations contained in the uncalcined MCM-41 was performed in the TIE method. XRD and N2-adsorption measurements showed that the mesoporous regularity was not destroyed with both synthetic methods for all the metal ion-containing MCM-41 with appropriate contents of metal cations.For V-MCM-41, the characterizations with mainly EXAFS suggested that V5+ cations were in tetrahedral coordination and mainly incorporated inside the framework of MCM-41 to substitute Si4+in the samples by the DHT method. Tetrahedrally coordinated Vanadyl species were also obtained by the TIE method, but the VO4

  15. Synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic characterization and nonlinear optical properties of Co(II)- picolinate complex

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    Tamer, Ömer, E-mail: omertamer@sakarya.edu.tr; Avcı, Davut; Atalay, Yusuf

    2015-11-15

    A cobalt(II) complex of picolinate was synthesized, and its structure was fully characterized by the applying of X-ray diffraction method as well as FT-IR, FT-Raman and UV–vis spectroscopies. In order to both support the experimental results and convert study to more advanced level, density functional theory calculations were performed by using B3LYP level. Single crystal X-ray structural analysis shows that cobalt(II) ion was located to the center of distorted octahedral geometry. The C=O, C=C and C=N stretching vibrations were found as highly active and strong peaks, inducing the molecular charge transfer within Co(II) complex. The small energy gap between frontier molecular orbital energies was another indicator of molecular charge transfer interactions within Co(II) complex. The nonlinear optical properties of Co(II) complex were investigated at DFT/B3LYP level, and the hypepolarizability parameter was found to be decreased due to the presence of inversion symmetry. The natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis was performed to investigate molecular stability, hyperconjugative interactions, intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) and bond strength for Co(II) complex. Finally, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and spin density distributions for Co(II) complex were evaluated. - Highlights: • Co(II) complex of picolinate was prepared. • Its FT-IR, FT-Raman and UV–vis spectra were measured. • DFT calculations were performed to support experimental results. • Small HOMO-LUMO energy gap is an indicator of molecular charge transfer. • Spin density localized on Co(II) as well as O and N atoms.

  16. Biferroic LuCrO{sub 3}: Structural characterization, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Durán, A., E-mail: dural@cnyn.unam.mx [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Apartado Postal 14, C.P. 22800 Ensenada, BC (Mexico); Meza F, C.; Morán, E.; Alario-Franco, M.A. [Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Laboratorio Complutense de Altas Presiones, Facultad de Química, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, EU, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ostos, C., E-mail: ceostoso@gmail.com [Instituto de Química, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia)

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    Multiferroic LuCrO{sub 3} perovskite-type structure (Pbnm) obtained via auto-ignition synthesis was characterized by a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric (TG) techniques, and through magnetization and permittivity measurements. Results showed that amorphous combustion powders were fully transformed to orthorhombic LuCrO{sub 3} structure at 1200 K after the first LuCrO{sub 4} crystallization at 700 K. The magnetic response displays thermal irreversibility between zero-field-cooling and field-cooling condition which is due to spin canted AF switching at 116 K. Accordingly, a hysteresis loop in the M(H) data confirms weak ferromagnetism in LuCrO{sub 3}. On the other hand, the permittivity measurement shows a broad peak transition typical of relaxor-type ferroelectrics transition at ∼450 K. Electrical conductivity increases as temperature increases showing an anomaly around the diffuse phase transition. The diffuse phase transition and the formation of the charge carriers are discussed in terms of a local distortion around the Lu Site. - Highlights: • Multiferroic LuCrO{sub 3} was successfully obtained via auto-ignition synthesis. • Amorphous powder is transformed first to LuCrO{sub 4} (700 K) and next to LuCrO{sub 3} (1100 K). • The CrO{sub 6} octahedra are tilted away and rotates from the ideal octahedral shape. • LuCrO{sub 3} exhibits a canted AFM transition (116 K) and a relaxor ferroelectric behavior. • Tilting and rotation of CrO{sub 6} octahedra influenced transport properties on LuCrO{sub 3}.

  17. Synthesis, structural characterization and photoluminescence properties of a novel La(III) complex

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    Köse, Muhammet; Ceyhan, Gökhan; Atcı, Emine; McKee, Vickie; Tümer, Mehmet

    2015-05-01

    In this study, a novel La(III) complex [La(H2L)2(NO3)3(MeOH)] of a Schiff base ligand was synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and analytical methods. Single crystals of the complex suitable for X-ray diffraction study were obtained by slow diffusion of diethyl ether into a MeOH solution of the complex which was found to crystallise as [La(H2L)2(NO3)3(MeOH)]ṡ2MeOHṡH2O. The structure was solved in monoclinic crystal system, P21/n space group with unit cell parameters a = 10.5641(11), b = 12.6661(16), c = 16.0022(17) Å, α = 67.364(2), β = 83.794(2)°, γ = 70.541(2)°, V = 1862.9(4) Å3 and Z = 2 with R final value of 0.526. In the complex, the La(III) ion is ten-coordinated by O atoms, five of which come from three nitrate ions, four from the two Schiff base ligands and one from MeOH oxygen atom. The Schiff base ligands in the structure are in a zwitter ion form with the phenolic H transferred to the imine N atom. Thermal properties of the La(III) complex were examined by thermogravimetric analysis and the complex was found to be thermally stable up to 310 °C. The Schiff base ligand and its La(II) complex were screened for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against Bacillus megaterium, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus luteus (Gram positive bacteria), Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Gram negative bacteria), Candida albicans,Yarrowia lipolytica (fungus) and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). The complex shows more antimicrobial activity than the free ligand.

  18. Synthesis, Property Characterization, and Photocatalytic Activity of Novel Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst

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    Jingfei Luan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe2BiSbO7 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of Fe2BiSbO7 have been characterized. The results showed that Fe2BiSbO7 was crystallized with the pyrochlore-type structure, cubic crystal system, and space group Fd3m. The lattice parameter for Fe2BiSbO7 was  Å. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB was realized under visible light irradiation with Fe2BiSbO7 as catalyst. Fe2BiSbO7 owned higher catalytic activity compared with Bi2InTaO7 or pure TiO2 or N-doped TiO2 for photocatalytic degradation of MB. The photocatalytic degradation of MB with Fe2BiSbO7, Bi2InTaO7, or N-doped TiO2 followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.01189, 0.00275, or 0.00333 min−1. After visible light irradiation for 230 min with Fe2BiSbO7, complete removal and mineralization of MB was observed. The reduction of the total organic carbon, the formation of inorganic products, and , and the evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of MB during the photocatalytic process. The photocatalytic degradation pathway of MB was obtained. Fe2BiSbO7/(visible light photocatalysis system was found to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and multifunctional properties of plasmonic Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Prakash, Jai; Kumar, Promod; Harris, R. A.; Swart, Chantel; Neethling, J. H.; Janse van Vuuren, A.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-09-01

    We report on the synthesis of multifunctional Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites and their optical, physio-chemical, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and antibacterial properties. A series of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by sol-gel technique and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersed x-ray analysis, photoluminescence, UV-vis, x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) (7-20 nm) were found to be uniformly distributed around and strongly attached to TiO2 NPs. The novel optical responses of the nanocomposites are due to the strong electric field from the localized surface plasmon (LSP) excitation of the Ag NPs and decreased recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes at Ag-TiO2 interface providing potential materials for photocatalysis. The nanocomposites show enhancement in the SERS signals of methyl orange (MO) molecules with increasing Ag content attributed to the long-range electromagnetic enhancement from the excited LSP of the Ag NPs. To further understand the SERS activity, molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the geometries and SERS enhancement of MO adsorbed onto Ag-TiO2 respectively. Simulation results indicate that number of ligands (MO) that adsorb onto the Ag NPs as well as binding energy per ligand increases with increasing NP density and molecule-to-surface orientation is mainly flat resulting in strong bond strength between MO and Ag NP surface and enhanced SERS signals. The antimicrobial activity of the Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites was tested against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and enhanced antibacterial effect was observed with increasing Ag content explained by contact killing action mechanism. These results foresee promising applications of the plasmonic metal-semiconductor based nano-biocomposites for both chemical and biological samples.

  20. Isolation, characterization and formulation properties of a new plant gum obtained from Cissus refescence

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    Emeje Martins

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study elucidated the physical, thermal, sorption and functional properties of a gum obtained from the stem of Cissus refescence (CRG. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Particle size analysis, X-ray powder diffraction (XPRD, Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA, Differential scanning colorimetry (DSC, Fourier transmittance infra red (FTIR, and Elemental analysis were used to characterize the gum sample. Tablets were prepared by incorporating an anti asthmatic drug; theophylline. In vitro drug release was carried out in simulated gastric and intestinal conditions. Effect of gum concentration on release kinetics was evaluated. CRG had a glass transition (Tg and melting peak of 233.5 and 270 o C respectively. This material showed a 10.59 % loss in weight at 195 o C. The sample had very strong peaks at approximately 14 o , 15 o , 23 o , 24 o , and 29 o 2θ degrees of 2-theta (θ in the X-Ray Powder Diffraction pattern. Elemental analysis showed that CRG contains 44.1, 7.1, 48.5, and 0.3% Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen respectively. Release of theophylline under simulated biologic conditions varied between 2 to 12 hours depending on the concentration of the gum used in formulation. Drug release was found to be erosion-controlled initially (i.e. in SGF, but at later stage, it became swelling -controlled (i.e. in SIF. The results obtained in this study establish the fundamental characteristics of CRG. The matrices were pH sensitive and can potentially be used for intestinal drug delivery.

  1. Synthesis, characterization, and energetic properties of salts of the 1-cyanomethyl-1,1-dimethylhydrazinium cation.

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    Miró Sabaté, Carles; Delalu, Henri; Jeanneau, Erwann

    2012-05-01

    1,1-Dimethylhydrazine can be readily alkylated with bromoacetonitrile to form 1-cyanomethyl-1,1-dimethylhydrazinium bromide ([(CH(3))(2)N(CH(2)CN)NH(2)]Br, 1). The metathesis reaction of compound 1 led to the formation of a new family of energetic salts based on the [(CH(3))(2)N(CH(2)CN)NH(2)](+) cation and nitrate (2), perchlorate (3), azide (4), 5-aminotetrazolate ([H(2)N-CN(4)](-), 5), 5,5'-azobistetrazolate ([N(4)C-N=N-CN(4)](2-), 7), and picrate (8) anions. The new materials were characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, and (multinuclear) NMR and vibrational (infrared and Raman) spectroscopies. Additionally, the molecular structure of the [(CH(3))(2)N(CH(2)CN)NH(2)](+) cation in compounds 1, 3, and 8 and that of sodium 5,5'-azobistetrazolate octahydrate (NaZT·8H(2)O) were solved by X-ray diffraction techniques. The hydrogen-bonding networks found in the structure of salts 1, 3, 8, and NaZT·8H(2)O are described using graph-set analysis. The melting and decomposition points of the new compounds were determined by differential scanning calorimetry, and insight into their sensitivity towards impact, friction, and electrostatics was gained by submitting the materials to standard tests. Furthermore, we estimated some performance parameters of interest and predicted the decomposition gases formed upon decomposition of salts 2-8 and of mixtures with an oxidizer. The interesting thermal, sensitivity, and performance properties of some of the compounds described in this work make them attractive towards a prospective energetic application.

  2. Chemical characterization and biological properties of NVC-422, a novel, stable N-chlorotaurine analog.

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    Wang, Lu; Belisle, Barbara; Bassiri, Mansour; Xu, Ping; Debabov, Dmitri; Celeri, Chris; Alvarez, Nichole; Robson, Martin C; Payne, Wyatt G; Najafi, Ramin; Khosrovi, Behzad

    2011-06-01

    During oxidative burst, neutrophils selectively generate HOCl to destroy invading microbial pathogens. Excess HOCl reacts with taurine, a semi-essential amino acid, resulting in the formation of the longer-lived biogenerated broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, N-chlorotaurine (NCT). In the presence of an excess of HOCl or under moderately acidic conditions, NCT can be further chlorinated, or it can disproportionate to produce N,N-dichlorotaurine (NNDCT). In the present study, 2,2-dimethyltaurine was used to prepare a more stable N-chlorotaurine, namely, N,N-dichloro-2,2-dimethyltaurine (NVC-422). In addition, we report on the chemical characterization, in vitro antimicrobial properties, and cytotoxicity of this compound. NVC-422 was shown effectively to kill all 17 microbial strains tested, including antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium. The minimum bactericidal concentration of NVC-422 against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria ranged from 0.12 to 4 μg/ml. The minimum fungicidal concentrations against Candida albicans and Candida glabrata were 32 and 16 μg/ml, respectively. NVC-422 has an in vitro cytotoxicity (50% cytotoxicity = 1,440 μg/ml) similar to that of NNDCT. Moreover, our data showed that this agent possesses rapid, pH-dependent antimicrobial activity. At pH 4, NVC-422 completely killed both Escherichia coli and S. aureus within 5 min at a concentration of 32 μg/ml. Finally, the effect of NVC-422 in the treatment of an E. coli-infected granulating wound rat model was evaluated. Treatment of the infected granulating wound with NVC-422 resulted in significant reduction of the bacterial tissue burden and faster wound healing compared to a saline-treated control. These findings suggest that NVC-422 could have potential application as a topical antimicrobial.

  3. Cr-Doped ZnO Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, Adsorption Property, and Recyclability.

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    Meng, Alan; Xing, Jing; Li, Zhenjiang; Li, Qingdang

    2015-12-16

    In this paper, a mild solvothermal method has been employed to successfully synthesize a series of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with different Cr(3+) contents, which is a kind of novel and high-efficiency absorbent for the removal of acid dye methyl orange (MO) from aqueous solution. The as-prepared products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Brunauer, Emmet, and Teller (BET), and Zeta potential measurements. In accordance with the adsorption capacity of the products, the obtained optimal Cr/Zn molar ratio is 6%. The adsorption process of MO on Cr-doped ZnO was investigated by kinetics, thermodynamics, and isotherm technologies, which, respectively, indicated that the adsorption was fast (adsorption reached equilibrium in 2 h) and followed a pseudo-second-order model, that the adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic, and that it agreed well with the Langmuir isotherm with a maximum adsorption capacity of 310.56 mg g(-1). Moreover, a reasonable mechanism was proposed to elucidate the reasons for their adsorption behavior. In addition, a simple and low-cost chemical method was developed to separate and recycle ZnO and MO from the used adsorbent, effectively avoiding the secondary pollution. This work can not only describe efficient experimental approaches for obtaining novel adsorbents and recycling them but also offer valuable clues for the preparation and property study of other semiconductor adsorbents.

  4. Characterization of Lactobacillus from Algerian goat's milk based on phenotypic, 16S rDNA sequencing and their technological properties

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    Ahmed Marroki

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Nineteen strains of Lactobacillus isolated from goat's milk from farms in north-west of Algeria were characterized. Isolates were identified by phenotypic, physiological and genotypic methods and some of their important technological properties were studied. Phenotypic characterization was carried out by studying physiological, morphological characteristics and carbohydrate fermentation patterns using API 50 CHL system. Isolates were also characterized by partial 16S rDNA sequencing. Results obtained with phenotypic methods were correlated with the genotypic characterization and 13 isolates were identified as L. plantarum, two isolates as L. rhamnosus and one isolate as L. fermentum. Three isolates identified as L. plantarum by phenotypic characterization were found to be L. pentosus by the genotypic method. A large diversity in technological properties (acid production in skim milk, exopolysaccharide production, aminopeptidase activity, antibacterial activity and antibiotic susceptibility was observed. Based on these results, two strains of L. plantarum (LbMS16 and LbMS21 and one strain of L. rhamnosus (LbMF25 have been tentatively selected for use as starter cultures in the manufacture of artisanal fermented dairy products in Algeria.

  5. Recommended Best Practices for the Characterization of Storage Properties of Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    This is a reference guide to common methodologies and protocols for measuring critical performance properties of advanced hydrogen storage materials. It helps users to communicate clearly the relevant performance properties of new materials as they are discovered and tested.

  6. Design, synthesis, and characterization of new phosphazene related materials, and study the structure property correlations

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    Tian, Zhicheng

    The work described in this thesis is divided into three major parts, and all of which involve the exploration of the chemistry of polyphosphazenes. The first part (chapters 2 and 3) of my research is synthesis and study polyphoshazenes for biomedical applications, including polymer drug conjugates and injectable hydrogels for drug or biomolecule delivery. The second part (chapters 4 and 5) focuses on the synthesis of several organic/inorganic hybrid polymeric structures, such as diblock, star, brush and palm tree copolymers using living cationic polymerization and atom transfer radical polymerization techniques. The last part (chapters 6 and 7) is about exploratory synthesis of new polymeric structures with fluorinated side groups or cycloaliphatic side groups, and the study of new structure property relationships. Chapter 1 is an outline of the fundamental concepts for polymeric materials, as such the history, important definitions, and some introductory material for to polymer chemistry and physics. The chemistry and applications of phopshazenes is also briefly described. Chapter 2 is a description of the design, synthesis, and characterization of development of a new class of polymer drug conjugate materials based on biodegradable polyphosphazenes and antibiotics. Poly(dichlorophosphazene), synthesized by a thermal ring opening polymerization, was reacted with up to 25 mol% of ciprofloxacin or norfloxacin and three different amino acid esters (glycine, alanine, or phenylalanine) as cosubstituents via macromolecular substitutions. Nano/microfibers of several selected polymers were prepared by an electrospinning technique. Chapter 3 is concerned with the development of a class of injectable and biodegradable hydrogels based on water-soluble poly(organophosphazenes) containing oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ethers and glycine ethyl esters. The hydrogels can be obtained by mixing alpha-cyclodextrin aqueous solution and poly(organophosphazenes) aqueous solution in

  7. Synthesis and characterization of NiO nanoparticles by thermal decomposition of nickel linoleate and their optical properties

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    Kalam, Abul, E-mail: abul_k33@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, P.O. Box 9004 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G.; Al-Shihri, Ayed S. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, P.O. Box 9004 (Saudi Arabia); Du Gaohui [Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Ahmad, Tokeer [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India)

    2012-06-15

    Well dispersed nickel oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized successfully by direct calcination of nickel linoleate. The structure, morphology and properties of the nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopic studies show that nickel oxide nanoparticles are uniform with an average size of 14-20 nm. The optical band gap of 3.8 eV is obtained using UV-Visible spectroscopy which exhibits the red shift compared with the bulk counterpart. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles by using metal complexes as precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characterization of isolated nanoparticles using XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM and HRTEM data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The expected optical properties of these nanoparticles are clarified.

  8. Characterization of a-SiNx:H layer. Bulk properties, interface with Si and solar cell efficiency

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    Lamers, M.; Weeber, A. [ECN Solar Energy, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Butler, K.; Harding, J. [University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN (United Kingdom); Vullum, P.E. [SINTEF, Box 4760 Sluppen, 7465 Trondheim (Norway)

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    In this paper two front-side a-SiNx:H layers that can be used in the solar cell industry are extensively characterized and related to solar cell efficiency. Variations in layer build up, atomic density, optical properties, bulk passivation and surface passivation are discussed. The build up of these two layers are considered against a background of over 80 SiNx:H layers. These layers differ in stoichiometry, atomic content, optical properties and surface passivation, as the refractive index is varied between 1.8 and 3.0. Additionally, comparable data output of different characterization equipment is discussed on validity. On solar cells, the effect of different layer build up is investigated and it is found that a wide process window is allowed for similar cell efficiencies regarding the optical transmission, bulk and surface passivation.

  9. Novel ion-exchange nanocomposite membrane containing in-situ formed FeOOH nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and transport properties

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    Heidary, Farhad; Kharat, Ali Nemati [University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khodabakhshi, Ali Reza [Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    A new type of cation-exchange nanocomposite membrane was prepared via in-situ formation of FeOOH nanoparticles in a blend containing sulfonated poly (2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) and sulfonated polyvinylchloride by a simple one-step chemical method. Prepared nanocomposite membranes were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The SEM images showed uniform dispersion of FeOOH nanoparticles throughout the polymeric matrices. The effect of additive loading on physicochemical and electrochemical properties of prepared cation-exchange nanocomposite membranes was studied. Various characterizations showed that the incorporation of different amounts of FeOOH nanoparticles into the basic membrane structure had a significant influence on the membrane performance and could improve the electrochemical properties.

  10. Characterization of the Influence of Tool Pin Profile on Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Friction Stir Welding

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    Marzbanrad, Javad; Akbari, Mostafa; Asadi, Parviz; Safaee, Samad

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the effect of tool pin profile on mechanical properties, microstructural, material flow, thermal and strain distributions of friction stir welding of AA5083 was investigated. Two different tools with cylindrical and square pin profiles were employed to produce the welds. A numerical model is developed for investigating the effect of tool pin profiles on material flow, thermal and strain distributions based on thermo-mechanically coupled rigid-viscoplastic 3D FEM. Then, optical microscopy was employed to characterize the microstructures features of the weld. Finally, tensile test was carried out to characterize the mechanical properties of the weld. Obtained results showed that square pin profile produced finer grain structure and higher ultimate strength relative to cylindrical one. These results may be related to higher eccentricity, larger stirred zone, and higher temperature in the weld zone of the square pin profile.

  11. Solid-State Characterization and Dissolution Properties of Meloxicam–Moringa Coagulant–PVP Ternary Solid Dispersions

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    Noolkar, Suhail B.; Jadhav, Namdeo R; Bhende, Santosh A.; Suresh G. Killedar

    2013-01-01

    The effect of ternary solid dispersions of poor water-soluble NSAID meloxicam with moringa coagulant (obtained by salt extraction of moringa seeds) and polyvinylpyrrolidone on the in vitro dissolution properties has been investigated. Binary (meloxicam–moringa and meloxicam–polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)) and ternary (meloxicam–moringa–PVP) systems were prepared by physical kneading and ball milling and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, a...

  12. Modification process optimization, characterization and adsorption property of granular fir-based activated carbon

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    Chen, Congjin, E-mail: gxdxccj@163.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Li, Xin [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Tong, Zhangfa [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Li, Yue [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Li, Mingfei [Beijing Key Laboratory of Lignocellulosic Chemistry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • Granular fir-based activated carbon (GFAC) was modified with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • Orthogonal array design method was used to optimize the modification process. • Optimized parameters were: aqueous H{sub 2}O{sub 2} concentration 1.0 mol l{sup −1}, modification temperature and time 30.0 °C and 4.0 h. • Adsorption capacity of the modified GFAC increased by 500.0% (caramel), 59.7% (methylene blue), 32.5% (phenol), and 15.1% (I{sub 2}). • The pore structure parameters and surface oxygen groups changed in the modified GFAC. - Abstract: Granular fir-based activated carbon (GFAC) was modified with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, and orthogonal array experimental design method was used to optimize the process. The properties of the original and modified GFAC were characterized by N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) equation, Barett–Joyner–Halenda (BJH) equation, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis, etc. When 10.00 g of GFAC with particle size of 0.25–0.85 mm was modified by 150.0 ml of aqueous H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution, the optimized conditions were found to be as follows: aqueous H{sub 2}O{sub 2} solution concentration 1.0 mol·l{sup −1}, modification temperature 30.0 °C, modification time 4.0 h. Modified under the optimized conditions, decolonization of caramel, methylene blue adsorption, phenol adsorption and iodine number of the modified GFAC increased by 500.0%, 59.7%, 32.5%, and 15.1%, respectively. The original and optimally modified GFAC exhibited adsorption isotherms of hybrid Type I–IV isotherms with H4 hysteresis. BET surface area, micropore area, total pore volume, micropore volume, and microporosity of the modified GFAC increased by 7.33%, 11.25%, 3.89%, 14.23%, 9.91%, respectively. Whereas the average pore width decreased by 3.16%. In addition, the amount of surface oxygen groups (such as carbonyl or carboxyl) increased

  13. MgO:Dy{sup 3+} nanophosphor: Self ignition route, characterization and its photoluminescence properties

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    Devaraja, P.B. [Prof. C.N.R. Rao Centre for Advanced Materials, Tumkur University, Tumkur 572 103 (India); Department of Physics, C.M.R.T.U, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore 560 059 (India); Department of Physics, Acharya Institute of graduate studies, Bangalore 560 090 (India); Avadhani, D.N. [Department of Physics, C.M.R.T.U, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore 560 059 (India); Nagabhushana, H., E-mail: bhushanvlc@gmail.com [Prof. C.N.R. Rao Centre for Advanced Materials, Tumkur University, Tumkur 572 103 (India); Prashantha, S.C., E-mail: scphysics@gmail.com [Research Center, Department of Science, East West Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 091 (India); Sharma, S.C. [Chattisgarh Swamy Vivekananda Technological University, Bhilai, CG 493441 (India); Nagabhushana, B.M. [Department of Chemistry, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 054 (India); Nagaswarupa, H.P. [Research Center, Department of Science, East West Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 091 (India); Daruka Prasad, B. [Department of Physics, B.M.S. Institute of Technology, Yelahanka, Bangalore 560 064 (India)

    2014-11-15

    For the first time series of MgO phosphors doped with different concentrations of Dy{sup 3+} (1–9 mol%) were prepared by solution combustion method using glycine as a fuel. The final products were well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The powder X-ray diffraction patterns of the as-formed product show single cubic phase. The crystallite size estimated using Scherrer's method was found to be in the range 5–15 nm and the same was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy result. Photoluminescence properties of Dy{sup 3+} (1–9 mol%) doped MgO for near ultra violet excitation (325 nm) was studied in order to investigate the possibility of its use in white light emitting diode applications. The emission spectra consists of intra 4f transitions of Dy{sup 3+}, namely {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 15/2} (483 nm), and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 6}H{sub 13/2} (573 nm). Further, the emission at 573 nm shows strong yellow emission and can be applied to the yellow emission of phosphor for the application for near ultraviolet excitation. The intensity of yellow emission was attributed to intrinsic defects, especially oxygen-vacancies, which could assist the energy transfer from the MgO host to the Dy{sup 3+} ions. The Commission International De I-Eclairage chromaticity co-ordinates were calculated from emission spectra, the values (x,y) were very close to the National Television System Committee standard value of white emission. Therefore, the present phosphor was highly useful for display applications. - Graphical Abstract: PL emission spectra and CIE diagram of MgO:Dy{sup 3+} nanophosphor. - Highlights: • MgO:Dy{sup 3+} prepared by simple and low cost LCS method at low temperature (400 °C). • Characteristic emission peaks of Dy{sup 3+} ion at ∼ 483 and 573 nm are recorded. • CIE co-ordinate values located in the white region.

  14. Differential binding properties of Gal/GalNAc specific lectins available for characterization of glycoreceptors.

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    Wu, A M; Song, S C; Sugii, S; Herp, A

    1997-01-01

    Differentiating the binding properties of applied lectins should facilitate the selection of lectins for characterization of glycoreceptors on the cell surface. Based on the binding specificities studied by inhibition assays of lectin-glycan interactions, over twenty Gal and/or GalNAc specific lectins have been divided into eight groups according to their specificity for structural units (lectin determinants), which are the disaccharide as all or part of the determinants and of GalNAc alpha 1-->Ser (Thr) of the peptide chain. A scheme of codes for lectin determinants is illustrated as follows: (1) F (GalNAc alpha 1-->3GalNAc), Forssman specific disaccharide--Dolichos biflorus (DBL), Helix pomatia (HPL) and Wistaria floribunda (WFL) lectins. (2) A (GalNAc alpha 1-->3 Gal), blood group A specific disaccharide--Codium fragile subspecies tomentosoides (CFT), Soy bean (SBL), Vicia villosa-A4 (VVL-A4), and Wistaria floribunda (WFL) lectins. (3) Tn (GalNAc alpha 1-->Ser (Thr) of the protein core)--Vicia villosa B4 (VVL-B4), Salvia sclarea (SSL), Maclura pomifera (MPL), Bauhinia purpurea alba (BPL) and Artocarpus integrifolia (Jacalin, AIL). (4) T (Gal beta 1-->3GalNAc), the mucin type sugar sequences on the human erythrocyte membrane(T alpha), T antigen or the disaccharides at the terminal nonreducing end of gangliosides (T beta)--Peanut (PNA), Bauhinia purpurea alba (BPL), Maclura pomifera (MPL), Sophora japonica (SJL), Artocarpus lakoocha (Artocarpin) lectins and Abrus precatorius agglutinin (APA).(5) I and II (Gal beta 1-->3(4)GlcNAc)--the disaccharide residue at the nonreducing end of the carbohydrate chains derived from either N- or O-glycosidic linkage--Ricinus communis agglutinin (RCA1), Datura stramonium (TAL, Thorn apple), Erythrina cristagalli (ECL, Coral tree), and Geodia cydonium (GCL). (6) B (Gal alpha 1-->3Gal), human blood group B specific disaccharide--Griffonia(Banderiaea) simplicifolia B4 (GSI-B4). (7) E (Gal alpha 1-->4Gal), receptors for pathogenic E

  15. Characterization and Evaluation of Micro-mechanical Properties of Ultra High Strength Concrete by using Micro-indentation Test

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    Murthy, A. Ramachandra; Iyer, Nagesh R.; Raghu Prasad, B. K.

    2016-09-01

    This work presents the details of characterization and micro-mechanical properties of ultra high strength concrete. Characterization was carried out for High Strength Concrete (HSC, HSC1) and Ultra High Strength Concrete (UHSC). Various mechanical properties, namely, compressive strength, split tensile strength and modulus of elasticity have been estimated for HSC, HSC1 and UHSC. It was observed from characterization studies that the split tensile strength is high in the case of UHSC compared to HSC and HSC1. X-ray diffraction analysis has been performed for cement, silica fume and quartz powder to know the chemical composition. The amount of quantified phases has been estimated. Micro indentation technique has been employed to evaluate the micromechanical properties such as modulus of elasticity and hardness. Oliver and Pharr method has been used to compute modulus of elasticity and hardness. It is observed that the value of modulus of elasticity obtained from the micro indentation test is in very good agreement with that of the value obtained from uniaxial compression test data of a cylindrical specimen. Finally micro-structure of the specimen has been obtained for various magnifications to examine the voids/pores in the UHSC matrix.

  16. Characterization of Thermo-Physical Properties of EVA/ATH: Application to Gasification Experiments and Pyrolysis Modeling

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    Bertrand Girardin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The pyrolysis of solid polymeric materials is a complex process that involves both chemical and physical phenomena such as phase transitions, chemical reactions, heat transfer, and mass transport of gaseous components. For modeling purposes, it is important to characterize and to quantify the properties driving those phenomena, especially in the case of flame-retarded materials. In this study, protocols have been developed to characterize the thermal conductivity and the heat capacity of an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA flame retarded with aluminum tri-hydroxide (ATH. These properties were measured for the various species identified across the decomposition of the material. Namely, the thermal conductivity was found to decrease as a function of temperature before decomposition whereas the ceramic residue obtained after the decomposition at the steady state exhibits a thermal conductivity as low as 0.2 W/m/K. The heat capacity of the material was also investigated using both isothermal modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC and the standard method (ASTM E1269. It was shown that the final residue exhibits a similar behavior to alumina, which is consistent with the decomposition pathway of EVA/ATH. Besides, the two experimental approaches give similar results over the whole range of temperatures. Moreover, the optical properties before decomposition and the heat capacity of the decomposition gases were also analyzed. Those properties were then used as input data for a pyrolysis model in order to predict gasification experiments. Mass losses of gasification experiments were well predicted, thus validating the characterization of the thermo-physical properties of the material.

  17. Materials Characterization at Utah State University: Facilities and Knowledge-base of Electronic Properties of Materials Applicable to Spacecraft Charging

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    Dennison, J. R.; Thomson, C. D.; Kite, J.; Zavyalov, V.; Corbridge, Jodie

    2004-01-01

    In an effort to improve the reliability and versatility of spacecraft charging models designed to assist spacecraft designers in accommodating and mitigating the harmful effects of charging on spacecraft, the NASA Space Environments and Effects (SEE) Program has funded development of facilities at Utah State University for the measurement of the electronic properties of both conducting and insulating spacecraft materials. We present here an overview of our instrumentation and capabilities, which are particularly well suited to study electron emission as related to spacecraft charging. These measurements include electron-induced secondary and backscattered yields, spectra, and angular resolved measurements as a function of incident energy, species and angle, plus investigations of ion-induced electron yields, photoelectron yields, sample charging and dielectric breakdown. Extensive surface science characterization capabilities are also available to fully characterize the samples in situ. Our measurements for a wide array of conducting and insulating spacecraft materials have been incorporated into the SEE Charge Collector Knowledge-base as a Database of Electronic Properties of Materials Applicable to Spacecraft Charging. This Database provides an extensive compilation of electronic properties, together with parameterization of these properties in a format that can be easily used with existing spacecraft charging engineering tools and with next generation plasma, charging, and radiation models. Tabulated properties in the Database include: electron-induced secondary electron yield, backscattered yield and emitted electron spectra; He, Ar and Xe ion-induced electron yields and emitted electron spectra; photoyield and solar emittance spectra; and materials characterization including reflectivity, dielectric constant, resistivity, arcing, optical microscopy images, scanning electron micrographs, scanning tunneling microscopy images, and Auger electron spectra. Further

  18. Characterization of the optical properties of hydrophobic coatings and realization of high performance AR coatings with dust- and water-repellent properties

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    Bruynooghe, S.; Spinzig, S.; Fliedner, M.; Hsu, G. J.

    2008-09-01

    Hydrophobic coatings enable the manufacture of easy-to-clean surfaces having dust- and water-repellent properties. In this work, a hydrophobic coating is deposited as a top layer on an antireflective (AR) multilayer system comprising a MgF2 upper layer to produce low reflectance optical surfaces at a normal incident angle in the visible spectrum with dust- and water-repellent properties for applications in precision optics. We report on the preparation and characterization of the optical properties of hydrophobic coatings deposited using a vacuum evaporation process and a commercially available water repellent substance. By means of a grazing incidence X-ray reflectometer it is shown that the hydrophobic coating can be considered, from an optical point of view, as two adjacent thin layers having specific thicknesses and densities. In fact, the hydrophobic layer is one monolayer comprising molecular chains with anchoring groups responsible for the chemical bond with the substrate material and functional groups responsible for the water- and oil-repellent properties. Optical constants are determined using a spectroscopic ellipsometer and are taken into account in the final multilayer system design. High performance AR coatings having an average reflectance of 0.14% at 7° incident angle in the 400-680nm spectral range together with a pleasing purple-red reflex color are produced. Coated lenses exhibit an excellent abrasion resistance, environmental stability, resistance to cleaning agents, homogeneity and water repellence with contact angles against water higher than 110°.

  19. Synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of CuO nanorods and nanowires obtained by aerosol assisted CVD

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    Lugo-Ruelas, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ingeniería, Circuito No. 1, Nuevo Campus Universitario, Apdo. Postal 1552, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31240 (Mexico); Amézaga-Madrid, P. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Esquivel-Pereyra, O. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ingeniería, Circuito No. 1, Nuevo Campus Universitario, Apdo. Postal 1552, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31240 (Mexico); Antúnez-Flores, W.; Pizá-Ruiz, P.; Ornelas-Gutiérrez, C. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Chihuahua, Chih. C.P. 31109 (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanorods and nanowires of CuO were successfully synthesized by AACVD technique. • The carrier gas velocity was a determinant factor for the growth of nanorods or nanowires. • The increase of deposition time generates the reduction in the evenness and distribution density. • The crystalline phase of nanorods and nanowires was monoclinic tenorite. - Abstract: Copper oxide is a particularly interesting material because it presents photovoltaic, electrochemical and catalytic properties. Its unique properties are very important in the area of nanotechnology and may be an advantage because these nanomaterials can be applied in the design and manufacture of nanosensors, photocatalysis area, nanolasers switches and transistors. Nowadays one-dimensional nanostructures as nanorods, nanowires, etc., have generated a great importance and have received considerable attention and study due to their unique physical and chemical properties. In this work we report the synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of CuO nanorods and nanowires grown by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition onto a CuO, ZnO and TiO{sub 2} thin film covered and bare borosilicate glass substrate. Concentration of the precursor solution and carrier gas flux were previously optimized and fixed at 0.1 mol dm{sup −3} and 5 L min{sup −1}, respectively. Other deposition parameters such as substrate temperature, as well the carrier gas velocity and deposition time were varied from 623 to 973 K, 0.88 to 1.77 m s{sup −1} and 11 to 16 min, respectively. Their influence on the morphology, microstructure and optical properties of the nanorods and nanowires were analyzed. The crystalline structure of the materials was characterized by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction; results indicate the presence of the tenorite phase. Surface morphology and microstructure were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy, and high resolution transmission electron

  20. Characterization of Birefringence and Dispersion Properties in an Arrayed Waveguide Grating

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    Jeong Hwan Song; Oh Dal Kwon; Dong-Su Kim; Sun Tae Jung; Kyung Shik Lee

    2003-01-01

    We have characterized polarization dependent loss(PDL), differential group delay(DGD), and chromatic dispersion of an AWG and a simple method was proposed to estimate the chromatic dispersion from the measured DGD of the device.

  1. Thermal Properties of Materials Characterized by Scanning Electron-Acoustic Microscopy

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    GAO Chun-Ming; ZHANG Shu-Yi; ZHANG Zhong-Ning; SHUI Xiu-Ji; JIANG Tao

    2005-01-01

    @@ A modified technique of scanning electron-acoustic microscopy is employed to determine thermal diffusivity of materials. Using the dependence of the electron-acoustic signal on modulation frequency of the electron beam,the thermal diffusivity of materials is characterized based on a simplified thermoelastic theory. The thermal diffusivities of several metals characterized by the modified scanning electron-acoustic microscopy are in good agreement with the referential values of the corresponding materials, which proves that the scanning electronacoustic microscopy can be used to characterize the thermal diffusivity of materials effectively. In addition, for micro-inhomogeneous materials, such as biological tissues, the macro-effective (average) thermal diffusivities are characterized by the technique.

  2. Advanced atomic force microscopy techniques for characterizing the properties of cellulosic nanomaterials

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    Wagner, Ryan Bradley

    The measurement of nanomechanical properties is of great interest to science and industry. Key to progress in this area is the development of new techniques and analysis methods to identify, measure, and quantify these properties. In this dissertation, new data analysis methods and experimental techniques for measuring nanomechanical properties with the atomic force microscope (AFM) are considered. These techniques are then applied to the study of cellulose nanoparticles, an abundant, plant derived nanomaterial. Quantifying uncertainty is a prerequisite for the manufacture of reliable nano-engineered materials and products. However, rigorous uncertainty quantification is rarely applied for material property measurements with the AFM. A framework is presented to ascribe uncertainty to local nanomechanical properties of any nanoparticle or surface measured with the AFM by taking into account the main uncertainty sources inherent in such measurements. This method is demonstrated by quantifying uncertainty in force displacement AFM based measurements of the transverse elastic modulus of tunicate cellulose nanocrystals. Next, a more comprehensive study of different types of cellulose nanoparticles is undertaken with contact resonance (CR) AFM. CR-AFM is a dynamic AFM technique that exploits the resonance frequency of the AFM cantilever while it is permanent contact with the sample surface to predict nanomechanical properties. This technique offers improved measurement sensitivity over static AFM methods for some material systems. The effects of cellulose source material and processing technique on the properties of cellulose nanoparticles are compared. Finally, dynamic AFM cantilever vibration shapes are studied. Many AFM modes exploit the dynamic response of a cantilever in permanent contact with a sample to extract local material properties. A common challenge to these modes is that they assume a certain shape of cantilever vibration, which is not accessible in

  3. Characterization of the electronic properties of magnetic and semiconductor devices using scanning probe techniques

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    Schaadt, Daniel Maria

    In the first part of this dissertation, scanning probe techniques are used in the study of localized charge deposition and subsequent transport in Co nanoclusters embedded in a SiO2 matrix are presented, and the application of this material in a hybrid magneto-electronic device for magnetic field sensing is described. Co nanoclusters are charged by applying a bias voltage pulse between a conductive tip and the sample, and electrostatic force microscopy is used to image charged areas. An exponential decay in the peak charge density is observed with decay times dependent on the nominal Co film thickness and on the sign of the deposited charge. The results are interpreted as a consequence of Coulomb-blockade effects. This study leads to the design of a hybrid magneto-electronic device, in which Co nanoclusters embedded in SiO2 are incorporated into the gate of a Si metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor. Current flow through the Co nanoclusters leads to a buildup of electronic charge within the gate, and consequently to a transistor threshold voltage shift that varies with applied external magnetic field. The shift in threshold voltage results in an exponential change in subthreshold current and a quadratic change in saturation current. A detailed analysis of the device operation is presented. The second part of this dissertation focuses on the characterization of electronic properties of GaN-based heterostructure devices. Scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) and spectroscopy (SCS) are used to investigate lateral variations in the transistor threshold voltage and the frequency-dependent response of surface charges and of charge in the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The technique is described in detail, electrostatic simulations performed to study the influence of the probe tip geometry on the measured dC/dV spectra are presented, and the limitations of the SCS technique in a variety of applications are evaluated. Features in SCM images and maps of

  4. Characterization of Electrochemical and Morphological Properties of Iron-Phosphate-Silicate Chemical Garden Structures

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    Doloboff, I. J.; Barge, L. M.; Russell, M. J.; Kanik, I.

    2012-03-01

    Examination of the growth of Fe^2^+, phosphate, and silicate chemical garden structures to understand properties of similar structures that may have formed at Hadean alkaline hydrothermal vents which may play an important role in the emergence of life.

  5. Studies on solid phase synthesis,characterization and fluorescent property of the new rare earth complexes

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    Shi, Jianwei; Xiaoxu TENG; Wang, Linling; Long, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth-β-diketone ligand complex luminescent material has stable chemical properties and excellent luminous property. Using europium oxide and (γ-NTA) as raw materials, novel rare earth-β-dione complexes are synthesized by solid state coordination chemistry. The synthesis temperature and milling time are discussed for optimization. Experimental results show that the suitable reaction situation is at 50 ℃ and 20 h for solid-phase synthesis. The compositions and structures of the complexes...

  6. Characterizing emerging European stock markets through complex networks: From local properties to self-similar characteristics

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    Caraiani, Petre

    2012-07-01

    We investigate the properties of the returns of the main emerging stock markets from Europe by means of complex networks. We transform the series of daily returns into complex networks, and analyze the local properties of these networks with respect to degree distributions, clustering, or average line length. We further use the clustering coefficients as quantities describing the local structure of the network, and approach them by using multifractal analysis. We find evidence of scale-free networks and multifractality of clustering coefficients.

  7. Single-Molecule Characterization of Photophysical and Colloidal Properties of Biocompatible Quantum Dots

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    Doose, Sören

    2003-01-01

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have recently been introduced as novel fluorescent labels for various biological applications. Their unique optical properties — tunable narrow emission spectrum, broad excitation spectrum, high photostability and long fluorescent lifetimes (on the order of tens of nanoseconds) — make them attractive probes in experiments involving long observation times, multicolor and time-gated detection. Photophysical properties were investigated at the ensemble ...

  8. Characterization of temperature-dependent optical material properties of polymer powders

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    Laumer, Tobias [Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); SAOT Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); CRC Collaborative Research Center 814 - Additive Manufacturing, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Stichel, Thomas; Bock, Thomas; Amend, Philipp [Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); CRC Collaborative Research Center 814 - Additive Manufacturing, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); Schmidt, Michael [Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institute of Photonic Technologies, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); SAOT Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, 91052 Erlangen (Germany); CRC Collaborative Research Center 814 - Additive Manufacturing, 91052 Erlangen (Germany)

    2015-05-22

    In former works, the optical material properties of different polymer powders used for Laser Beam Melting (LBM) at room temperature have been analyzed. With a measurement setup using two integration spheres, it was shown that the optical material properties of polymer powders differ significantly due to multiple reflections within the powder compared to solid bodies of the same material. Additionally, the absorption behavior of the single particles shows an important influence on the overall optical material properties, especially the reflectance of the powder bed. Now the setup is modified to allow measurements at higher temperatures. Because crystalline areas of semi-crystalline thermoplastics are mainly responsible for the absorption of the laser radiation, the influence of the temperature increase on the overall optical material properties is analyzed. As material, conventional polyamide 12 and polypropylene as new polymer powder material, is used. By comparing results at room temperature and at higher temperatures towards the melting point, the temperature-dependent optical material properties and their influence on the beam-matter interaction during the process are discussed. It is shown that the phase transition during melting leads to significant changes of the optical material properties of the analyzed powders.

  9. Structural characterization, antioxidant and anticancer properties of gold nanoparticles synthesized from leaf extract(decoction)of Antigonon leptopus Hook. &Arn.

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    Balasubramani, Govindasamy; Ramkumar, Rajendiran; Krishnaveni, Narayanaswamy; Pazhanimuthu, Annamalai; Natarajan, Thillainathan; Sowmiya, Rajamani; Perumal, Pachiappan

    2015-04-01

    Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring boiling water over alleviated leaves of the tea plant. Tea prepared from the aerial parts of Antigonon leptopus has been traditionally used as remedy for cold, diabetes and pain in many countries. The gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) synthesized from powdered leaf extract (decoction) of A. leptopus were characterized by UV–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses to define the formation of Au NPs. Further, the synthesized Au NPs were well characterized based on their strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR), crystalline nature, functional groups, size and dispersed shapes, purity and Bragg's reflections of face centered cubic (fcc) structure of metallic gold. The Au NPs showed higher free radical scavenging property when compared to the effect of leaf extract. Cytotoxicity study of synthesized Au NPs exhibited the growth inhibitory property at the concentration (GI50) of 257.8 μg/mL in human adenocarcinoma breast cancer (MCF-7) cells after 48 h. Thus, the Au NPs synthesized from the Mexican creeper, A. leptopus revealed the important biological properties: as a free radical as well as anticancer agent. We conclude that the A. leptopus derived biological materials have promising potential as a source for the development of anticancer drug in future.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and properties of novel amide derivatives based open-chain crown ether and their Tb (III) complexes

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    Liu, Yanhong; He, Wei [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Yang, Zehui [School of Chemical Engineering, Ningbo University of Technology, Ningbo 315016 (China); Chen, Yanwen [Hunan Labour Protection Institute of Nonferrous Metals, Changsha 410014 (China); Wang, Xinwei [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Guo, Dongcai, E-mail: dcguo2001@hnu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)

    2015-04-15

    Six amide-based open-chain crown ether and their solid complexes with terbium nitrates were synthesized. The target complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectra, EDTA titrimetric analysis, thermal analysis, molar conductivity, infrared spectra and UV–vis spectra. Luminescence properties of the ligands and the corresponding complexes in solid were studied. The results showed that the introduction of electron-donating group to the ligand enhanced the luminescence intensity of the corresponding complex, but electron-withdrawing group conversely. Meanwhile, among all complexes, the luminescence quantum yield of the complex Tb(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}Y{sup 1} was highest up to 0.76. Electrochemical properties were also investigated, and the results showed that the introduction of electron-donating group to the ligand enhanced the highest occupied molecular orbit (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbit (LUMO) energy level, but electron-withdrawing group conversely. And these target complexes may possibly be useful for studying in organic light-emitting devices field. - Highlights: • Novel amide derivatives based open-chain crown ether and their Tb (III) complexes were prepared and characterized. • The target complexes presented high thermodynamic stability. • Influence of the substituent on luminescence intensity and electrochemical property were discussed.

  11. Characterization of Hydrogen-Storage Properties and Physical Properties of Zinc Borohydride and Transition Metals-Added Magnesium Hydride

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    Young Jun KWAK

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, 90 wt.% MgH2 + 5 wt.% Ni + 1.7 wt.% Zn(BH42 + 1.7 wt.% Ti + 1.7 wt.% Fe samples (named 90MgH2 + 5Ni + 1.7Zn(BH42 + 1.7Ti + 1.7Fe were prepared by milling in a planetary ball mill in a hydrogen atmosphere. The fraction of additives was small (10 wt.% in order to increase hydriding and dehydriding rates without decreasing the hydrogen storage capacity much. The hydrogen absorption and release properties of the prepared samples were investigated. 90MgH2 + 5Ni + 1.7Zn(BH42 + 1.7Ti + 1.7Fe had an effective hydrogen storage capacity of 5 wt.%. The activation of 90MgH2 + 5Ni + 1.7Zn(BH42 + 1.7Ti + 1.7Fe was completed after 2 hydriding-dehydriding cycles. At n = 3, the sample absorbed 4.14 wt.% H for 5 min and 5.00 wt.% H for 60 min at 593 K under 12 bar H2. The sample dehydrided at the 3rd hydriding-dehydriding cycle contained Mg and small amounts of β-MgH2, MgO, Mg2Ni, TiH1.924, and Fe. The BET specific surface areas of the sample after milling in a hydrogen atmosphere and after 3 hydriding-dehydriding cycles were 57.9 and 53.2 m2/g, respectively.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.23.1.14878

  12. Dielectric properties characterization of saline solutions by near-field microwave microscopy

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    Gu, Sijia; Lin, Tianjun; Lasri, Tuami

    2017-01-01

    Saline solutions are of a great interest when characterizations of biological fluids are targeted. In this work a near-field microwave microscope is proposed for the characterization of liquids. An interferometric technique is suggested to enhance measurement sensitivity and accuracy. The validation of the setup and the measurement technique is conducted through the characterization of a large range of saline concentrations (0-160 mg ml-1). Based on the measured resonance frequency shift and quality factor, the complex permittivity is successfully extracted as exhibited by the good agreement found when comparing the results to data obtained from Cole-Cole model. We demonstrate that the near field microwave microscope (NFMM) brings a great advantage by offering the possibility to select a resonance frequency and a quality factor for a given concentration level. This method provides a very effective way to largely enhance the measurement sensitivity in high loss materials.

  13. Characterization of scale-free properties of human electrocorticography in awake and slow wave sleep states

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    John M Zempel

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Like many complex dynamic systems, the brain exhibits scale-free dynamics that follow power law scaling. Broadband power spectral density (PSD of brain electrical activity exhibits state-dependent power law scaling with a log frequency exponent that varies across frequency ranges. Widely divergent naturally occurring neural states, awake and slow wave sleep (SWS periods, were used evaluate the nature of changes in scale-free indices. We demonstrate two analytic approaches to characterizing electrocorticographic (ECoG data obtained during Awake and SWS states. A data driven approach was used, characterizing all available frequency ranges. Using an Equal Error State Discriminator (EESD, a single frequency range did not best characterize state across data from all six subjects, though the ability to distinguish awake and SWS states in individual subjects was excellent. Multisegment piecewise linear fits were used to characterize scale-free slopes across the entire frequency range (0.2-200 Hz. These scale-free slopes differed between Awake and SWS states across subjects, particularly at frequencies below 10 Hz and showed little difference at frequencies above 70 Hz. A Multivariate Maximum Likelihood Analysis (MMLA method using the multisegment slope indices successfully categorized ECoG data in most subjects, though individual variation was seen. The ECoG spectrum is not well characterized by a single linear fit across a defined set of frequencies, but is best described by a set of discrete linear fits across the full range of available frequencies. With increasing computational tractability, the use of scale-free slope values to characterize EEG data will have practical value in clinical and research EEG studies.

  14. Growth, characterization, and properties of metastable and modulated semiconductor structures - Prospects for future studies

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    Grunthaner, F. J.; Madhukar, A.

    1983-01-01

    The general field of preparation and study of metastable and modulated semiconductor structures has progressed rapidly in recent years. This short overview offers an assessment of the progress and current understanding in the areas of fabrication, characterization, and utilization of these new material systems. The discussion includes the more prominent growth techniques, theoretical and experimental analysis of growth kinetics, and an overview of structural, chemical, electronic, and optical characterization. The probable application of these structures for the technological development of new device structures and concepts is considered. The discussion particularly emphasizes the prospects for future studies in view of the specific current understanding.

  15. THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES AND CHARACTERIZATIONS OF CHITOSAN NANO-PARTICLES CORROSION INHIBITION ON THE SURFACE OF MILD STEELIN PEAT WATER MEDIA

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    Maria Erna

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The thermodynamic properties and characterizations of corrosion inhibition of chitosan nano-particles on the surface of mild steel in peat water media had been studied using weight loss method at temperatures of 30 - 50 oC. Steel surfaces were characterized by FT-IR spectra and SEM-EDS morphology photos. The research found that the value of DGo approaching -40 kJmol-1. The negative value of Gibbs free energy shows that the adsorption of inhibitor molecules on the surface of mild steel was achemisorption and it occurred spontaneously. Meanwhile, the values of DHo is also negative confirming that the adsoprtion of inhibitor molecules is an exothermic process. The value of DSo obtained is positive, it indicates hat the inhibitor molecules were adsorbed spontaneously on the mild steel surface. The analysis on mild steel surfaces hows that the nano-particle chitosan was adsorbed on the steel surface to form the complex compounds.

  16. Structural characterization and dielectric properties of BaTiO3 thin films obtained by spin coating

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    Branimir Bajac

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Barium titanate thin films were prepared by spin coating deposition technique of an acetic precursor sol and sintered at 750, 900 and 1050 °C. Phase composition of the obtained thin films was characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Their morphology was analysed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Dielectric properties of thin films sintered at 750 and 900 °C were characterized by LCD device, where the influence of sintering temperature on dielectric permittivity and loss tangent was inspected. It was concluded that higher sintering temperature increases grain size and amount of tetragonal phase, hence higher relative permittivity was recorded. The almost constant relative permittivity in the measured frequency (800 Hz–0.5 MHz and temperature (25–200 °C ranges as well as low dielectric loss are very important for the application of BaTiO3 films in microelectronic devices.

  17. Structural characterization of some Schiff base compounds: Investigation of their electrochemical, photoluminescence, thermal and anticancer activity properties

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    Ceyhan, Gökhan; Köse, Muhammet [Chemistry Department, Kahramanmaraş Sütcü Imam University, 46100 Kahramanmaraş (Turkey); Tümer, Mehmet, E-mail: mtumer@ksu.edu.tr [Chemistry Department, Kahramanmaraş Sütcü Imam University, 46100 Kahramanmaraş (Turkey); Demirtaş, İbrahim; Şahin Yağlioğlu, Ayse [Chemistry Department, Çankırı Karatekin University, 18100 Çankırı (Turkey); McKee, Vickie [Chemistry Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU Leics (United Kingdom)

    2013-11-15

    Three Schiff base compounds, N,N′-bis(2,4-dimethoxy benzaldiimine)-1,4-diamino cyclohexane (IGA{sup 1}), N,N′-bis(2,3,4-trimethoxy benzaldiimine)-1,4-diamino cyclohexane (IGA{sup 2}) and N,N′-bis(3,4,5-trimethoxy benzaldiimine)-1,4-diamino cyclohexane (IGA{sup 3}) were synthesized and characterized by the spectroscopic and analytical methods. The electrochemical and photoluminescence properties of the compounds IGA{sup 1}–IGA{sup 3} have been investigated in the different conditions. All the synthesized Schiff base compounds IGA{sup 1}, IGA{sup 2} and IGA{sup 3} were screened for their cytotoxicity (HeLa and Vera cells). The structural characterization of the Schiff base compounds was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The molecules IGA{sup 1} and IGA{sup 3} both lie on centers of symmetry but in IGA{sup 2} the molecule has no crystallographically imposed symmetry. In the compound IGA{sup 1}, Schiff base molecules are linked by π stacking interactions. There is no evidence of π stacking in both IGA{sup 2} and IGA{sup 3}, however there are some C–H⋯π and C–H…O interactions in these compounds. The thermal stabilities of the compounds were investigated in the nitrogen atmosphere. -- Highlights: • Schiff base ligands were prepared and fully characterized. • X-ray crystal structures of Schiff base ligands were reported. • Electrochemical properties of Schiff base ligands were investigated. • Absorption and photoluminescence properties of the Schiff bases were examined.

  18. Characterization of the mechanical properties and structural integrity of T-welded connections repaired by grinding and wet welding

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    Terán, G., E-mail: gteran@imp.mx [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Eje central Lázaro Cárdenas 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, México D.F. CP 07730, México (Mexico); Cuamatzi-Meléndez, R., E-mail: rcuamatzi@imp.mx [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Eje central Lázaro Cárdenas 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, México D.F. CP 07730, México (Mexico); Albiter, A., E-mail: aalbiter@imp.mx [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Eje central Lázaro Cárdenas 152, Col. San Bartolo Atepehuacan, México D.F. CP 07730, México (Mexico); Maldonado, C., E-mail: cmzepeda@umich.mx [Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, UMSNH, PO Box 52-B, 58000, México (Mexico); Bracarense, A.Q., E-mail: bracarense@ufmg.br [UFMG Departamento de Engeharia Mecánica Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2014-04-01

    This paper presents an experimental methodology to characterize the structural integrity and mechanical properties of repaired T-welded connections using in fixed offshore structures. Grinding is employed to remove localized damage like cracking and corrosion and subsequent wet welding can be used to fill the grinded material. But it is important to define the grinding depth and profile in order to maintain structural integrity during the repair. Therefore, in this work different grinding depths were performed, for damage material removal, at the weld toe of the T-welded connections. The grinding was filled by wet welding in a hyperbaric chamber, simulating three different water depths: 50 m, 70 m and 100 m. The electrodes were coated with vinilic varnish, which is cheap and easy to apply. The characterization of the mechanical properties of the T-welded connections was done with standard tensile, hardness and Charpy tests; microstructure and porosity analysis were also performed. The samples were obtained from the welded connections in regions of the wet weld beads. The test results were compared with the mechanical properties of the T-welded connections welded in air conditions performed by other authors. The results showed that the wet welding technique performed in this work produced good mechanical properties of the repaired T-welded connection. The mechanical properties, measured in wet conditions, for 6 mm grinding depth, were similar for the 3 different water depths measured in air conditions. But for 10 mm grinding depth, the values of the mechanical properties measured in wet conditions were quite lower than that for air conditions for the 3 water depths. However a porosity analysis, performed with a Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM), showed that the level of porosity in the resulted wet weld beads is in the range of that published in the literature and some samples revealed lower level of porosity. The main resulting microstructure was polygonal

  19. Chromatographic Retention Times of Polychlorinated Biphenyls: from Structural Information to Property Characterization

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    Mircea V. Diudea

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a unitary approach of the use of a Molecular DescriptorsFamily in structure-property/activity relationships, particularly in modelling thechromatographic retention times of polychlorinated biphenyls. Starting from molecularstructure, viewed as a graph, and considering the bonds and bond types, atom types andoften the 3D geometry of the molecule, a huge family of molecular descriptors called MDFwas calculated. A preliminary selection of MDF members was done by simple linearregression (LR against the measured property. The best fitted MDF subset is thensubmitted to multivariate linear regression (MLR analysis in order to find the best pairs ofMDF members that produce a reliable QSPR (Quantitative Structure-PropertyRelationship model. The predictive capability was finally tested by randomly splitting ofdata into training and test sets. The best obtained models are presented and the results arediscussed.

  20. Excited State Properties of Fluorine-Substituted Hexabenzocoronene: A Quantum-Chemical Characterization

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    LI Yuan-Zuo; SUN Yu; LI Yong-Qing; MA Feng-Cai

    2006-01-01

    The first fluorine-substituted hexabenzocoronene has been synthesized and its electronic structure and optical properties have been reported [Q. Zhang, et al., Org. Lett.7 (2005) 5019]. In this letter, the electronic structure and excited state properties of the fluorine-substituted hexabenzocoronene are studied with quantum chemistry method as well as the transition and the charge difference densities. The transition densities show the orientations and strength of the dipole moments and the charge difference densities reveal the orientation and results of the intramolecular charge transfer. The calculated transition energies and oscillator strengths are consistent with the experimental data, and the theoretical results of transition and charge difference densities are valuable to understanding the excited state properties of the fluorine-substituted hexabenzocoronene.

  1. Characterization of cure in model photocrosslinking acrylate systems: Relationships among tensile properties, Tg and ultraviolet dose

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    Rakas, M.A. [Loctite Corp., Rocky Hill, CT (United States)

    1996-10-01

    The extent of cure of a thermosetting polymer is governed largely by polymerization kinetics and the difference between the polymerization temperature and the material`s ultimate glass transition temperature (Tg). For prepolymers which cure when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, other factors which strongly determine the extent of cure are the UV intensity and exposure time, and the interrelationship between the optical absorbance of the photoinitiator (PI) and the rate of formation of excited state PI radicals. Beers` Law can be used to understand the relationship between the PI`s molar absorptivity, its concentration, and adhesive film thickness. Many adhesives users are more concerned with bulk properties such as tensile modulus and Tg rather than a numerical measurement of degree of cure. Therefore, this research employed model acrylate formulations and determined changes in tensile properties and Tg as a function of film thickness and UV dose. These results enabled correlation of bulk and photoinitiator properties.

  2. Components characterization of total tetraploid jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphylla) saponin and its cholesterol-lowering properties

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    This study characterized chemical structures of tetraploid jiaogulan saponins, and investigated their cholesterol-lowering effects and mechanisms in hamsters fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Nine saponins, including five reported for the first time, were obtained from total jiaogulan saponins (TJS) and el...

  3. Synthesis, characterization and light harvesting properties of Sb(III) and Bi(III) ferrocenyl dithiocarbamate complexes.

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    Chauhan, Ratna; Trivedi, Manoj; Yadav, Reena; Kumar, Abhinav; Amalnerkar, Dinesh P; Gosavi, Suresh W

    2015-11-05

    New Sb(III) and Bi(III) ferrocenyl dithiocarbamate complexes viz. [Sb(FcCH2Bzdtc)3] (Sb) and [Bi(FcCH2Bzdtc)3] (Bi) (Fc=C5H5FeC5H4-; Bz=C6H5CH2-) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopies. The optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of the synthesized complexes were investigated. The light harvesting properties of both of the compounds have been studied using these compounds as photosensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs. The photovoltaic devices fabricated by Sb and Bi showed a maximum current conversion efficiency of 1.51% and 0.97%, respectively under 1.5 AM illumination (100 mW cm(-2)) and having incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) of 38% and 31%, respectively. The reason for the higher efficiency of Sb is due its higher dye loading.

  4. Predicting Fracture Toughness of TRIP 800 using Phase Properties Characterized by In-Situ High Energy X-Ray Diffraction

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    Soulami, Ayoub; Choi, Kyoo Sil; Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Khaleel, Mohammad A.; Ren, Yang; Wang, Yan-Dong

    2010-05-01

    TRansformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP) steel is a typical representative of 1st generation advanced high strength steel (AHSS) which exhibits a combination of high strength and excellent ductility due to its multiphase microstructure. In this paper, we study the crack propagation behavior and fracture resistance of a TRIP 800 steel using a microstructure-based finite element method with the various phase properties characterized by in-situ high energy Xray diffraction (HEXRD) technique. Uniaxial tensile tests on the notched TRIP 800 sheet specimens were also conducted, and the experimentally measured tensile properties and R-curves (Resistance curves) were used to calibrate the modeling parameters and to validate the overall modeling results. The comparison between the simulated and experimentally measured results suggests that the micromechanics based modeling procedure can well capture the overall complex crack propagation behaviors and the fracture resistance of TRIP steels. The methodology adopted here may be used to estimate the fracture resistance of various multiphase materials.

  5. Fracture Toughness, Mechanical Property, And Chemical Characterization Of A Critical Modification To The NASA SLS Solid Booster Internal Material System

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    Pancoast, Justin; Garrett, William; Moe, Gulia

    2015-01-01

    A modified propellant-liner-insulation (PLI) bondline in the Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster required characterization for flight certification. The chemical changes to the PLI bondline and the required additional processing have been correlated to mechanical responses of the materials across the bondline. Mechanical properties testing and analyses included fracture toughness, tensile, and shear tests. Chemical properties testing and analyses included Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, cross-link density, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and wave dispersion X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF). The testing identified the presence of the expected new materials and found the functional bondline performance of the new PLI system was not significantly changed from the old system.

  6. Preparation and characterization of electrospun poly(phthalazinone ether nitrile ketone) membrane with novel thermally stable properties

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    Wang, Gang; Zhang, Hao; Qian, Bingqing [Carbon Research Laboratory, Liaoning Key Lab for Energy Materials and Chemical Engineering, State Key Lab of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, Jinyan, E-mail: wangjinyan@dlut.edu.cn [Department of Polymer Science and Materials, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Jian, Xigao [Department of Polymer Science and Materials, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Qiu, Jieshan, E-mail: jqiu@dlut.edu.cn [Carbon Research Laboratory, Liaoning Key Lab for Energy Materials and Chemical Engineering, State Key Lab of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Poly (phthalazinone ether nitrile ketone) (PPENK) was used to successfully prepare nanofiber membranes by electrospinning. • Electrospun membrane exhibits a good thermostability. • Electrospun membrane. - Abstract: Electrospun nanofibrous membranes have several applications because of their excellent properties, such as high porosity, small fiber diameter, and large surface area. However, high-temperature resistant electrospun membranes remain a challenge because of the absence of precursors that offer spinnability, scalability, and superior thermal stability. In this study, poly(phthalazinone ether nitrile ketone) (PPENK) was used to successfully prepare nanofiber membranes by electrospinning. Electrospun PPENK membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and tensile stress–strain tests. Results indicated that the prepared electrospun membranes had a very high glass transition temperature, superior chemical resistance, and excellent mechanical strength. These desirable properties broaden their potential application in membranes and treatment of various hot fluid streams without strict temperature control.

  7. Characterization of the Muscle Electrical Properties in Low Back Pain Patients by Electrical Impedance Myography

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    Congo Tak-Shing Ching; Yueh-Chi Chen; Li-Hua Lu; Hsieh, Peiyuan F; Chin-Sung Hsiao; Tai-Ping Sun; Hsiu-Li Shieh; Kang-Ming Chang

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the electrical properties of lumbar paraspinal muscles (LPM) of patients with acute lower back pain (LBP) and to study a new approach, namely Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM), for reliable, low-cost, non-invasive, and real-time assessment of muscle-strained acute LBP. DESIGN: Patients with muscle-strained acute LBP (n = 30) are compared to a healthy reference group (n = 30). Electrical properties of LPM are studied. BACKGROUND: EIM is a novel tec...

  8. Nanoscale characterization of the biomechanical properties of collagen fibrils in the sclera

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    Papi, M. [Institute of Physics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo F.Vito 1, 00168 Rome (Italy); Paoletti, P. [Centre for Engineering Dynamics, School of Engineering, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GH (United Kingdom); Geraghty, B.; Akhtar, R. [Centre for Materials and Structures, School of Engineering, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GH (United Kingdom)

    2014-03-10

    We apply the PeakForce Quantitative Nanomechanical Property Mapping (PFQNM) atomic force microscopy mode for the investigation of regional variations in the nanomechanical properties of porcine sclera. We examine variations in the collagen fibril diameter, adhesion, elastic modulus and dissipation in the posterior, equatorial and anterior regions of the sclera. The mean fibril diameter, elastic modulus and dissipation increased from the posterior to the anterior region. Collagen fibril diameter correlated linearly with elastic modulus. Our data matches the known macroscopic mechanical behavior of the sclera. We propose that PFQNM has significant potential in ocular biomechanics and biophysics research.

  9. Measured and theoretical characterization of the RF properties of stacked, high-gradient insulator material

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    Houck, T. L., LLNL

    1997-05-09

    Recent high-voltage breakdown experiments of periodic metallic-dielectric insulating structures have suggested several interesting high-gradient applications. One such area is the employment of high-gradient insulators in high-current, electron-beam, accelerating induction modules. For this application, the understanding of the rf characteristics of the insulator plays an important role in estimating beam-cavity interactions. In this paper, we examine the rf properties of the insulator comparing simulation results with experiment. Different insulator designs are examined to determine their rf transmission properties in gap geometries.

  10. Nanoscale characterization of the biomechanical properties of collagen fibrils in the sclera

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    Papi, M.; Paoletti, P.; Geraghty, B.; Akhtar, R.

    2014-03-01

    We apply the PeakForce Quantitative Nanomechanical Property Mapping (PFQNM) atomic force microscopy mode for the investigation of regional variations in the nanomechanical properties of porcine sclera. We examine variations in the collagen fibril diameter, adhesion, elastic modulus and dissipation in the posterior, equatorial and anterior regions of the sclera. The mean fibril diameter, elastic modulus and dissipation increased from the posterior to the anterior region. Collagen fibril diameter correlated linearly with elastic modulus. Our data matches the known macroscopic mechanical behavior of the sclera. We propose that PFQNM has significant potential in ocular biomechanics and biophysics research.

  11. Implementing ground surface deformation tools to characterize field-scale properties of a fractured aquifer during a short hydraulic test

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    Schuite, Jonathan; Longuevergne, Laurent; Bour, Olivier; Boudin, Frédérick; Durand, Stéphane

    2016-04-01

    In naturally fractured reservoirs, fluid flow is governed by the structural and hydromechanical properties of fracture networks or conductive fault zones. In order to ensure a sustained exploitation of resources or to assess the safety of underground storage, it is necessary to evaluate these properties. As they generally form highly heterogeneous and anisotropic reservoirs, fractured media may be well characterized by means of several complementary experimental methods or sounding techniques. In this framework, the observation of ground deformation has been proved useful to gain insight of a fractured reservoir's geometry and hydraulic properties. Commonly, large conductive structures like faults can be studied from surface deformation from satellite methods at monthly time scales, whereas meter scale fractures have to be examined under short-term in situ experiments using high accuracy intruments like tiltmeters or extensometers installed in boreholes or at the ground's surface. To the best of our knowledge, the feasability of a field scale (~ 100 m) characterization of a fractured reservoir with geodetic tools in a short term experiment has not yet been addressed. In the present study, we implement two complementary ground surface geodetic tools, namely tiltmetry and optical leveling, to monitor the deformation induced by a hydraulic recovery test at the Ploemeur hydrological observatory (France). Employing a simple purely elastic modeling approach, we show that the joint use of time constraining data (tilt) and spatially constraining data (vertical displacement) makes it possible to evaluate the geometry (dip, root depth and lateral extent) and the storativity of a hydraulically active fault zone, in good agreement with previous studies. Hence we demonstrate that the adequate use of two complementary ground surface deformation methods offer a rich insight of large conductive structure's properties using a single short term hydraulic load. Ground surface

  12. Metal–organic coordination architectures of tetrazole heterocycle ligands bearing acetate groups: Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties

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    Hu, Bo-Wen, E-mail: bowenhu@hit.edu.cn; Zheng, Xiang-Yu; Ding, Cheng

    2015-12-15

    Two new coordination complexes with tetrazole heterocycle ligands bearing acetate groups, [Co(L){sub 2}]{sub n} (1) and [Co{sub 3}(L){sub 4}(N{sub 3}){sub 2}·2MeOH]{sub n} (2) (L=tetrazole-1-acetate) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. Single crystal structure analysis shows that the cobalt-complex 1 has the 3D 3,6-connected (4{sup 2}.6){sub 2}(4{sup 4}.6{sup 2}.8{sup 8}.10)-ant topology. By introducing azide in this system, complex 2 forms the 2D network containing the [Co{sub 3}] units. And the magnetic properties of 1 and 2 have been studied. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of the new coordination complexes with tetrazole heterocycle ligands bearing acetate groups are reported. - Highlights: • Two novel Cobalt(II) complexes with tetrazole acetate ligands were synthesized. • The magnetic properties of two complexes were studied. • Azide as co-ligand resulted in different structures and magnetic properties. • The new coordination mode of tetrazole acetate ligand was obtained.

  13. Property-based design: optimization and characterization of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel and PVA-matrix composite for artificial cornea.

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    Jiang, Hong; Zuo, Yi; Zhang, Li; Li, Jidong; Zhang, Aiming; Li, Yubao; Yang, Xiaochao

    2014-03-01

    Each approach for artificial cornea design is toward the same goal: to develop a material that best mimics the important properties of natural cornea. Accordingly, the selection and optimization of corneal substitute should be based on their physicochemical properties. In this study, three types of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogels with different polymerization degree (PVA1799, PVA2499 and PVA2699) were prepared by freeze-thawing techniques. After characterization in terms of transparency, water content, water contact angle, mechanical property, root-mean-square roughness and protein adsorption behavior, the optimized PVA2499 hydrogel with similar properties of natural cornea was selected as a matrix material for artificial cornea. Based on this, a biomimetic artificial cornea was fabricated with core-and-skirt structure: a transparent PVA hydrogel core, surrounding by a ringed PVA-matrix composite skirt that composed of graphite, Fe-doped nano hydroxyapatite (n-Fe-HA) and PVA hydrogel. Different ratio of graphite/n-Fe-HA can tune the skirt color from dark brown to light brown, which well simulates the iris color of Oriental eyes. Moreover, morphologic and mechanical examination showed that an integrated core-and-skirt artificial cornea was formed from an interpenetrating polymer network, no phase separation appeared on the interface between the core and the skirt.

  14. Thermophysical Properties and Corrosion Characterization of Low Cost Lithium Containing Nitrate Salts Produced in Northern Chile for Thermal Energy Storage

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    Fernandez, Angel G.; Gomez, Judith C.; Galleguillos, Hector; Fuentealba, Edward

    2016-05-31

    In recent years, lithium containing salts have been studied for thermal energy storage (TES) systems applications, because of their optimal thermophysical properties. In solar power plants, lithium is seen as a way to improve the properties of molten salts used today. Lithium nitrate is a good candidate for sensible heat storage, due to its ability to increase the salt mixture's working temperature range. In the present research, thermophysical properties characterization of lithium nitrate containing salts, produced in Chile, have been carried out. Corrosion evaluations of carbon and low chromium steels were performed at 390 degrees C for 1000 hours. Thermophysical properties of the salt mixtures, such as thermal stability and heat capacity, were measured before and after corrosion tests. Chemical composition of the salts was also determined and an estimation of Chilean production costs is reported. Results showed that purity, thermal stability and heat capacity of the salts were reduced, caused by partial thermal decomposition and incorporation of corrosion products from the steel.

  15. Spatial characterization of soil properties and influence in soil formation in oak-grassland of Sierra Morena, S Spain

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    Román-Sánchez, Andrea; Cáceres, Francisco; Pédèches, Remi; Giráldez Cervera, Juan Vicente; Vanwalleghem, Tom

    2016-04-01

    The Mediterranean oak-grassland ecosystem is very important for the rural economy and for the biodiversity of south-western European countries like Spain and Portugal. Nevertheless these ecosystems are not well characterized especially their soils. In this report soil carbon has been evaluated and related to other properties. The principal factors controlling the structure, productivity and evolution of forest ecosystems are bedrock, climate, relief, vegetation and time. Soil carbon has an important influence in the soil and ecosystem structures. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between relief, soil properties, spatial distribution of soil carbon and their influence in soil formation and geomorphology. This work is part of another study which aims to elucidate the processes involved in the soil formation and to examine their behaviour on long-term with a modelling. In our study area, located in oak-grassland of Sierra Morena, in Cordoba, S Spain, have been studied 67 points at 6 depths in 262 hectares in order to determine carbon content varying between 0-6%, soil properties such as soil depth between 0-4 m, horizon depth and the rocks amount in surface. The relationship between the soil carbon, soil properties and the relief characteristic like slope, aspect, curvature can shed light the processes that affect the mechanisms of bedrock weathering and their interrelationship with geomorphological processes.

  16. Characterization of system theoretic properties for a class of spatially invariant systems

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    Fatmawati,; Zwart, Hans; El Jai, A.; Afifi, L.; Zerrik, E.

    2009-01-01

    This paper considers the analysis of the system properties stability and stabilizability for a class of spatially distributed systems on a two-dimensional spatial domain. Using the Fourier transform on the spatial variables, we obtain a mathematically simpler infinite dimensional system. The analysi

  17. Molecular characterization of biochars and their influence on microbiological properties of soil

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    The composition and surface chemistry of carbon rich biochar materials is highly uncertain and believed to change with feedstock and biomass conversion process. The tentative connection between the biochar surface chemical properties and their influence on microbially mediated mineralization of C, N...

  18. Characterizing the properties of cluster precursors in the MALT90 survey

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    Contreras, Yanett; Guzman, Andres; Jackson, James; Whitaker, Scott; Sanhueza, Patricio; Foster, Jonathan

    2016-01-01

    In the Milky Way there are thousands of stellar clusters each harboring from a hundred to a million stars. Although clusters are common, the initial conditions of cluster formation are still not well understood. To determine the processes involved in the formation and evolution of clusters it is key to determine the global properties of cluster-forming clumps in their earliest stages of evolution. Here, we present the physical properties of 1,244 clumps identified from the MALT90 survey. Using the dust temperature of the clumps as a proxy for evolution we determined how the clump properties change at different evolutionary stages. We find that less-evolved clumps exhibiting dust temperatures lower than 20 K have higher densities and are more gravitationally bound than more-evolved clumps with higher dust temperatures. We also identified a sample of clumps in a very early stage of evolution, thus potential candidates for high-mass star-forming clumps. Only one clump in our sample has physical properties consis...

  19. An improved instrumental characterization of mechanical and acoustic properties of crispy cellular solid food

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    Vliet, T. van; Castro-Prada, E.M.; Luyten, H.; Lichtendonk, W.; Hamer, R.J.

    2007-01-01

    A detailed study was performed to simultaneously measure the mechanical and acoustic properties of crispy cellular solid foods. Different critical aspects are discussed in order to assess optimal test conditions. These are primarily data sampling rate, microphone positioning, frequency spectrum of i

  20. Isolation, Characterization, and Surfactant Properties of the Major Triterpenoid Glycosides from Unripe Tomato Fruits

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    Yamanaka, T.; Vincken, J.P.; Waard, de P.; Sanders, M.G.; Takada, N.; Gruppen, H.

    2008-01-01

    Various triterpenoid glycosides were extracted from whole unripe tomato fruits (Lycopersicon esculentum cv. Cedrico), using aqueous 70% (v/v) ethanol to study their surfactant properties. Cation-exchange chromatography using a Source 15S column and subsequent semipreparative HPLC using an XTerra RP1

  1. Characterization of passive elastic properties of the human medial gastrocnemius muscle belly using supersonic shear imaging.

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    Maïsetti, Olivier; Hug, François; Bouillard, Killian; Nordez, Antoine

    2012-04-01

    The passive elastic properties of a muscle-tendon complex are usually estimated from the relationship between the joint angle and the passive resistive torque, although the properties of the different structures crossing the joint cannot be easily assessed. This study aimed to determine the passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle (GM) using supersonic shear imaging (SSI) that allows the measurement of localized muscle shear modulus (μ). The SSI of the GM was taken for 7 subjects during passive ankle dorsiflexion at a range of knee positions performed on an isokinetic dynamometer. The relationship between normalized μ and the length of the gastrocnemius muscle-tendon units (GMTU) was very well fitted to an exponential model (0.944knee fully extended was calculated. The μ-length relationship was highly correlated with the force-length (0.964knee extended were similar to that reconstructed from all knee angles and displayed good intra-session reliability (for α, SEM: 9.7 m(-1); CV: 7.5%; ICC: 0.652; for l(0), SEM: 0.002 m; CV: 0.4%; ICC: 0.992). These findings indicate that SSI may provide an indirect estimation of passive muscle force, and highlight its clinical applicability to evaluate the passive properties of mono- and bi-articular muscles.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable lignin nanoparticles with tunable surface properties

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    Richter, Alexander P.; Bharti, Bhuvnesh; Armstrong, Hinton B.; Brown, Joseph S.; Plemmons, Dayne; Paunov, Vesselin N.; Stoyanov, Simeon D.; Velev, Orlin D.

    2016-01-01

    Lignin nanoparticles can serve as biodegradable carriers of biocidal actives with minimal environmental footprint. Here we describe the colloidal synthesis and interfacial design of nanoparticles with tunable surface properties using two different lignin precursors, Kraft (Indulin AT) lignin and

  3. Impact of carbonation on the durability of cementitious materials: water transport properties characterization

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    Le Bescop P.

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Within the context of long-lived intermediate level radioactive waste geological disposal, reinforced concrete would be used. In service life conditions, the concrete structures would be subjected to drying and carbonation. Carbonation relates to the reaction between carbon dioxide (CO2 and the main hydrates of the cement paste (portlandite and C-S-H. Beyond the fall of the pore solution pH, indicative of steel depassivation, carbonation induces mineralogical and microstructural changes (due to portlandite and C-S-H dissolution and calcium carbonate precipitation. This results in the modification of the transport properties, which can impact the structure durability. Because concrete durability depends on water transport, this study focuses on the influence of carbonation on water transport properties. In fact, the transport properties of sound materials are known but they still remain to be assessed for carbonated ones. An experimental program has been designed to investigate the transport properties in carbonated materials. Four hardened cement pastes, differing in mineralogy, are carbonated in an accelerated carbonation device (in controlled environmental conditions at CO2 partial pressure of about 3%. Once fully carbonated, all the data needed to describe water transport, using a simplified approach, will be evaluated.

  4. Characterization of Elastic Properties of Porous Graphene Using an Ab Initio Study

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    Reza Ansari

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Importance of covalent bonded two-dimensional monolayer nanostructures and also hydrocarbons is undeniably responsible for creation of new fascinating materials like polyphenylene polymer, a hydrocarbon super honeycomb network, so-called porous graphene. The mechanical properties of porous graphene such as its Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio and the bulk modulus as the determinative properties are calculated in this paper using ab initio calculations. To accomplish this aim, the density functional theory on the basis of generalized gradient approximation and the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof exchange correlation is employed. Density functional theory calculations are used to calculate strain energy of porous graphene with respect to applied strain. Selected numerical results are then presented to study the properties of porous graphene. Comparisons are made between the properties of porous graphene and those of other analogous nanostructures. The results demonstrated lower stiffness of porous graphene than those of graphene and graphyne, and higher stiffness than that of graphdyine and other graphyne families. Unlikely, Poisson’s ratio is observed to be more than that of graphene and also less than that of graphyne. It is further observed that the presence of porosity and also formation of C-H bond in the pore sites is responsible for these discrepancies. Porous graphene is found to behave as the isotropic material.

  5. Synthesis, Characterization, and Microwave Absorption Properties of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Strontium Ferrite/Polyaniline Nanocomposites.

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    Luo, Juhua; Shen, Pan; Yao, Wei; Jiang, Cuifeng; Xu, Jianguang

    2016-12-01

    Strontium ferrite nanoparticles were prepared by a coprecipitation method, and reduced graphene oxide/strontium ferrite/polyaniline (R-GO/SF/PANI) ternary nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization method. The morphology, structure, and magnetic properties of the ternary nanocomposites were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), TEM, Raman, and VSM. The microwave-absorbing properties of the composites were measured by a vector network analyzer. The XRD patterns show the single phase of strontium hexaferrite without other intermediate phases. TEM photographs reveal that strontium ferrite nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed on the surfaces of R-GO sheets. The R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposite exhibited the best absorption property with the optimum matching thickness of 1.5 mm in the frequency of 2-18 GHz. The value of the maximum RL was -45.00 dB at 16.08 GHz with the 5.48-GHz bandwidth. The excellent absorption properties of R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposites indicated their great potential as microwave-absorbing materials.

  6. Reflexion measurements for inverse characterization of steel diffusion bond mechanical properties

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    Le Bourdais, Florian; Cachon, Lionel; Rigal, Emmanuel

    2017-02-01

    The present work describes a non-destructive testing method aimed at securing high manufacturing quality of the innovative compact heat exchanger developed under the framework of the CEA R&D program dedicated to the Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration (ASTRID). The heat exchanger assembly procedure currently proposed involves high temperature and high pressure diffusion welding of stainless steel plates. The aim of the non-destructive method presented herein is to characterize the quality of the welds obtained through this assembly process. Based on a low-frequency model developed by Baik and Thompson [1], pulse-echo normal incidence measurements are calibrated according to a specific procedure and allow the determination of the welding interface stiffness using a nonlinear fitting procedure in the frequency domain. Performing the characterization of plates after diffusion welding using this method allows a useful assessment of the material state as a function of the diffusion bonding process.

  7. Electrical and Physical Property Characterization of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Ink for Flexible Printed Electronics

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    2015-03-01

    function with the same performance characteristics of state-of- the- art transistors, they do show potential for being developed into faster, more...This literature review has distilled and summarized the state-of-the- art knowledge supporting the characterization of the electrical and physical...sharpness of features, and adherence to and utilization of various substrates. Substrates used include COTS photography -grade paper, polyimide, and glass

  8. Synthesis, Characterization and Chelating Properties of Benzimidazole-Salicylic Acid Combined Molecule

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    Kamlesh V. Patel

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aminomethylation (i.e. Mannich reaction of benzimidazole was carried out by treating benzimidalzole with formaldehyde and 4-aminosalicylic acid. The resultant compound was designated as 1-(4-carboxy-3-hydroxyphenyl aminomethyl benzimidazole (BI-SA. The transition metal complexes of Cu2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Mn2+, Zn2+ and Fe3+ of BI-SA have been prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, spectral studies, magnetic moment determination, molar conductivity measurement and microbicidal activity.

  9. Characterization of Optical and Associated Properties of Marine Colored Dissolved Organic Material (CDOM)

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    Principal Investigator: Dr. Catherine D. Clark Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science ... Science ,4600 Rickenbacker Causeway,Miami,FL,33149 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER 9. SPONSORING/MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 10...characterize soil and riverine humic substances (Beckett et al., 1987). Separation relies on the molecular diffusion coefficient i.e. molecular size. FFFF

  10. Characterizations of gamma-AG^{**}-groupoids by the properties their gamma-ideals

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    Khan, Madad; Rehman, Inayatur

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we have discusses {\\Gamma}-left, {\\Gamma}-right, {\\Gamma}-bi-, {\\Gamma}-quasi-, {\\Gamma}-interior and {\\Gamma}-ideals in {\\Gamma}-AG^{**}-groupoids and regular {\\Gamma}-AG^{**}-groupoids. Moreover we have proved that the set of {\\Gamma}-ideals in a regular {\\Gamma}-AG^{**}-groupoid form a semilattice structure. Also we have characterized a regular {\\Gamma}-AG^{**}-groupoid in terms of left ideals.

  11. Dodecenylsuccinic Anhydride Derivatives of Gum Karaya (Sterculia urens): Preparation, Characterization, and Their Antibacterial Properties

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    Padil, V.V.T.; Senan, Chandra; Cernik, M

    2015-01-01

    Esterifications of the tree-based gum, gum karaya (GK), using dodecenylsuccinic anhydride (DDSA) were carried out in aqueous solutions. GK was deacetylated using alkali treatment to obtain deacetylated gum karaya (DGK). The DGK and its DDSA derivative were characterized using gel permeation chromatography/multiangle laser light scattering (GPC/MALLS), attenuated total reflectance–Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), proton nuclear magnetic re...

  12. Characterization and evaluation physical properties biodegradable plastic composite from seaweed (Eucheuma cottonii)

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    Deni, Glar Donia; Dhaningtyas, Shalihat Afifah; Fajar, Ibnu; Sudarno

    2015-12-01

    The characterization and evaluation of biodegradable plastic composed of a mixture PVA - carrageenan - chitosan was conducted in this study. Obtained data were then compared to commercial biodegradable plastic. Characteristic of plastic was mechanical tested such as tensile - strength and elongation. Plastic degradation was studied using composting method for 7 days and 14 days. The results showed that the increase carrageenan will decrease tensile-strength and elongation plastic composite. In addition, increase carrageenan would increase the degraded plastics composite.

  13. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial properties of multifunctional hindered amine light stabilizers

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    Yi Deng; Wei Chen; Tao Yu; Li Gong Chen; Fang Liu; Chun Wei Xin

    2008-01-01

    A series of novel hindered amine light stabilizers containing an N-halamine moiety were designed and synthesized. Their structures were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR, and MS. The compounds were tested for antibacterial activity against Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli. At a concentration of 0.5 retool/L, these compounds all exhibited satisfactory antibacterial activity against all the three types of bacteria.

  14. Computer signal processing for ultrasonic attenuation and velocity measurements for material property characterizations

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    Vary, A.

    1979-01-01

    This report deals with instrumentation and computer programming concepts that have been developed for ultrasonic materials characterization. Methods that facilitate velocity and attenuation measurements are described. The apparatus described is based on a broadband, buffered contact probe using a pulse-echo approach for simultaneously measuring velocity and attenuation. Instrumentation, specimen condition, and signal acquisition and acceptance criteria are discussed. Typical results with some representative materials are presented.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of metal-polymer nanocomposites with radiation-protective properties

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    Bychkov, A. N.; Dzhardimalieva, G. I.; Fetisov, G. P.; Valskiy, V. V.; Golubeva, N. D.; Pomogailo, A. D.

    2016-12-01

    Metal-polymer nanocomposites, which can weaken the activity of a beta radiation source in undesirable directions at the minimum protection size, are developed. These nanocomposites are fabricated by dispersing metal-containing nanoparticles in thermoplastic matrices. Metal nanoparticles are synthesized by the polymerassisted thermolysis of metal-containing precursors. The composition and structure of the nanocomposites are characterized by elemental and X-ray diffraction analyses and transmission electron microscopy.

  16. Microstructural characterization of the chemomechanical behavior of asphalt in terms of aging and fatigue performance properties

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    Allen, Robert Grover

    The study of asphalt chemo-mechanics requires a basic understanding of the physical properties and chemical composition of asphalt and how these properties are linked to changes in performance induced by chemical modifications. This work uniquely implements the framework of chemo-mechanics by investigating two types of chemical modification processes, natural (oxidative aging) and synthetic (chemical doping) as they relate not only to macro-scale properties of asphalt binder but also to the asphalt microstructure and nanorheology. Furthermore, this study demonstrates the application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging and the extraction of nano-scale engineering properties, i.e. elastic modulus, relaxation modulus, and surface energy, as a method to predict performance related to the fatigue characteristics of asphalt binders by modeling intrinsic material flaws present amongst phase interfaces. It was revealed that oxidative aging induces substantial microstructural changes in asphalt, including variations in phase structure, phase properties, and phase distribution. It has also been shown that certain asphalt chemical parameters have a consistent and measureable effect on the asphalt microstructure that is observed with AFM. In fact, particular phases that emerged via chemical doping revealed a surprising correlation between oxidative aging and the saturates chemical parameter of asphalt in terms of how they explicitly impact durability and performance of asphalt. By implementing a crack initiation model---which requires measureable microstructural characteristics as an input parameter---it was found that microstructural flaws (depending on the extremity) can have a more profound impact on asphalt performance than the properties of the material located between the flaws. It was also discovered by comparing the findings to performance data in the Strategic Highway Research Program's (SHRP's) Materials Reference Library (MRL), that the crack initiation model

  17. Characterization of neuronal intrinsic properties and synaptic transmission in layer I of anterior cingulate cortex from adult mice

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    Li Xiang-Yao

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The neurons in neocortex layer I (LI provide inhibition to the cortical networks. Despite increasing use of mice for the study of brain functions, few studies were reported about mouse LI neurons. In the present study, we characterized intrinsic properties of LI neurons of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC, a key cortical area for sensory and cognitive functions, by using whole-cell patch clamp recording approach. Seventy one neurons in LI and 12 pyramidal neurons in LII/III were recorded. Although all of the LI neurons expressed continuous adapting firing characteristics, the unsupervised clustering results revealed five groups in the ACC, including: Spontaneous firing neurons; Delay-sAHP neurons, Delay-fAHP neurons, and two groups of neurons with ADP, named ADP1 and ADP2, respectively. Using pharmacological approaches, we found that LI neurons received both excitatory (mediated by AMPA, kainate and NMDA receptors, and inhibitory inputs (which were mediated by GABAA receptors. Our studies provide the first report characterizing the electrophysiological properties of neurons in LI of the ACC from adult mice.

  18. Fabrication and Characterization of Core/shell ZnO/Gold Nanostructures" and study of their Structural and Optical Properties"

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    Mina Azimi

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available ZnO/gold core/shellis a kind of nanostructure which due to having different surface chemistryare formed a new class of gold coated nanoparticles that will be essential for nanoelectronic,biological and catalytic application. The ZnO/gold core/shell nanostructure having novel electrical and optical properties ,and luminescence properties have been exploited for controlling antibacterial system,bio-sensing and bio-detection. In this paper, we report fabrication and characterization of ZnO/gold core/shell nanoparticles by chemical method and Turkevich citrate method.The formation of ZnO/gold nanocomposite can be observed by a change in color from white to gray precipitate.Characterization of the prepared samples was carried out by various techniques such as field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, Elemental analysis (EDS , X-ray diffraction (XRD , photoluminescence measurement (PL ,UV-VIS diffuse reflectance/absorption spectroscopy ,Typical transmission electron microscopy (TEMand Fourier transform infrared (FTIR. The formation of gold layer on the ZnOsurface can be proved using the results obtained from the UV-VIS , EDS and XRD pattern.

  19. Characterizing the Mechanical Properties of Actual SAC105, SAC305, and SAC405 Solder Joints by Digital Image Correlation

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    Nguyen, T. T.; Yu, D.; Park, S. B.

    2011-06-01

    This paper presents the characterization of the mechanical properties of three lead-free solder alloys 95.5Sn-4.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC405), 96.5Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC305), and 98.5Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC105) at the solder joint scale. Several actual ChipArray ® ball grid array (CABGA) packages were cross-sectioned, polished, and used as test vehicles. Compressive tests were performed using a nanocharacterization system over the temperature range of 25°C to 105°C. Images of the cross-sectioned solder joints were recorded by microscope during the tests. The recorded images were then processed by using a digital image correlation (DIC) program to calculate the displacement and strain fields on the solder joints. Finite-element method (FEM) modeling was used to extract the Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus, and coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the solder alloys over the temperature range. The methodology developed in this paper enables characterization of the mechanical properties of the actual solder joints at low strain range with high accuracy.

  20. SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION AND PROPERTIES OF ORGANOCLAY-MODIFIED POLYSULFONE/EPOXY INTERPENETRATING POLYMER NETWORK NANOCOMPOSITES

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    R.Rajasekaran; C.Karikalchozhan; M.Alagar

    2008-01-01

    Organoclay-modified hydroxylterminated polysulfone (PSF)/epoxy interpenetrating network nanocomposites (oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites) were prepared by adding organophilic montmorillonite (oMMT) to interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) of polysulfone and epoxy resin (PSF/EP) using diaminodiphenylmethane (DDM) as curing agent.The mechanical properties like tensile strength,tensile modulus,flexural strength,flexural modulus and impact properties of the nanocomposites were studied as per ASTM standards.Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis,dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that PSF was compatible with EP,and the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites decreased with increasing the oMMT content.Water absorption tests showed that the PSF/EP interpenetrating networks and oMMT had synergistic effects on improvement in the water resistance of the oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites.

  1. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons connected with Schiff base linkers: Experimental and theoretical photophysical characterization and electrochemical properties

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    Sęk, Danuta; Siwy, Mariola; Małecki, Jan Grzegorz; Kotowicz, Sonia; Golba, Sylwia; Nowak, Elżbieta M.; Sanetra, Jerzy; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa

    2017-03-01

    A series of polyaromatic hydrocarbons with anthracene, phenanthrene and pyrene units connected with Schiff base junctions were synthesized via condensation of p-phenylenediamine and hydrazine with selected aldehydes. The effect of both hydrocarbon structures and presence of N-N- or phenyl- linked diimines on properties of the prepared azines and azomethines was analyzed. The obtained compounds were soluble in common organic solvents and melted in the range of 226-317 °C. Their photophysical and electrochemical properties were investigated by UV-vis, photoluminescence spectroscopies and cyclic voltammetry (CV), respectively. Moreover, a density functional theory (DFT) was applied for calculation of their electronic and geometric structures as well as absorption and emission spectra. Additionally, their electron acceptor activity was preliminary tested in photovoltaic experiment.

  2. Characterization of the mechanical properties of tough biopolymer fibres from the mussel byssus of Aulacomya ater.

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    Troncoso, O P; Torres, F G; Grande, C J

    2008-07-01

    Byssus fibres are tough biopolymer fibres produced by mussels to attach themselves to rocks. In this communication, we present the mechanical properties of the byssus from the South American mussel Aulacomya ater which have not been previously reported in the literature. The mechanical properties of the whole threads were assessed by uniaxial tensile tests of dry and hydrated specimens. Elastoplastic and elastomeric stress-strain curves were found for byssal threads from A. ater in the dry and hydrated state, respectively. The results obtained from mechanical tests were modelled using linear, power-law-type and Mooney-Rivlin relationships. These methods for dealing with tensile measurements of mussel byssus have the potential to be used with other stretchy biomaterials.

  3. Microstructure - property characterization of some Zn-Al alloys: effects of heat treatment parameters

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    Kishore Prasad, B. [CSIR, Bhopal (India). Regional Res. Lab.; Kumar Patwardhan, A. [Roorkee Univ. (India). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering; Halasyam Yegneswaran, A. [CSIR, Bhopal (India). Regional Res. Lab.

    1996-12-01

    An attempt has been made in this investigation to understand the response of some Zn-Al alloys at different temperatures and durations of holding during T6 heat treatment (solutionizing followed by artificial ageing). Aspects studied include microstructure, hardness, density and electrical resistivity. This study correlates these properties to the microstructure of Zn based alloys comprising Ni/Si and compares the same to alloys with no alloying elements. Various combinations of microstructure and properties in the alloys have been obtained by appropriately controlling the parameters (i.e. the temperature and duration) of the T6 heat treatment. Furthermore, the presence of thermally stable microconstituents resulting from the addition of Ni/Si improves the hardness of the alloys. Optimized heat treatment parameters are suggested for the alloys. (orig.)

  4. In Vitro Urethra Model to Characterize The Frictional Properties of Urinary Catheters

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    Røn, Troels; Lee, Seunghwan

    2016-01-01

    Surface lubricity is one of the most important properties required for biomaterials or biomedical devices where tribological contacts with biological tissues are expected. While standard tribological techniques can provide sufficiently meaningful pre-clinical screening of their surface slipperine...... of sliding contacts with the urethra model with unlubricated and lubricated catheters were determined. Impact of the improved bio-relevance of friction testing methods on the evaluation of various catheter materials and surface modification methods is discussed in detail.......Surface lubricity is one of the most important properties required for biomaterials or biomedical devices where tribological contacts with biological tissues are expected. While standard tribological techniques can provide sufficiently meaningful pre-clinical screening of their surface slipperiness...... conformal sliding contacts with the catheter and high relevance to clinical catherization. With the proposed urethra model assembled in texture analyzer, the lubricity of catheters lubricated in different modes was tested. In comparison with conventional pin-on-disk tribometry, the coefficients of friction...

  5. Structure and Properties Characterization of Ceramic Coatings Produced on Steel Using a Combined Technique

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    SHENDe-jiu; WANGYu-lin; GUWei-chao; XINGGuang-zhong

    2004-01-01

    Metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings were prepared on a steel surface with a combined method of arc spraying and micro-arc oxidation for the first time. Coatings were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Point and line distribution of elements of the ceramic coatings were determined using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Coatings abrasive wear resistance, corrosion resistance and hot impact property were assessed respectively. The property test results show that metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings were formed on aluminum coatings and the ceramic coatings is mainly composed of α-Al2O3, γ-Al2O3, θ-Al2O3 and a little amorphous. The coatings possess excellent abrasive wear, corrosion and hot shock resistance, which can in part be attributed to the gradual distribution of different phases from surface to the substrate.

  6. Plastic flow properties and fracture toughness characterization of unirradiated and irradiated tempered martensitic steels

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    Spätig, P.; Bonadé, R.; Odette, G. R.; Rensman, J. W.; Campitelli, E. N.; Mueller, P.

    2007-08-01

    We investigate the plastic flow properties at low and high temperature of the tempered martensitic steel Eurofer97. We show that below room temperature, where the Peierls friction on the screw dislocation is active, it is necessary to modify the usual Taylor's equation between the flow stress and the square root of the dislocation density and to include explicitly the Peierls friction stress in the equation. Then, we compare the fracture properties of the Eurofer97 with those of the F82H steel. A clear difference of the fracture toughness-temperature behavior was found in the low transition region. The results indicate a sharper transition for Eurofer97 than for the F82H. Finally, the shift of the median toughness-temperature curve of the F82H steel was determined after two neutron irradiations performed in the High Flux Reactor in Petten.

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and luminescent properties of lanthanide-doped NaLaF$_4$ nanoparticles

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    JIGMET LADOL; HEENA KHAJURIA; SONIKA KHAJURIA; HAQ NAWAZ SHEIKH

    2016-08-01

    Nanoparticles of sodium lanthanum (III) fluoride-doped and co-doped with Eu$^{3+}/Tb$^{3+}$ were prepared by the hydrothermal method using citric acid as structure-directing agent. Structural aspects and optical properties of synthesized nanoparticles were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS), particle size by dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum and photoluminescence (PL) techniques. Nanoparticles consist of well-crystallized hexagonal phase and the average crystallite size for undoped and doped-NaLaF$_4$ nanoparticles are in the range of 20–22 nm. TEM images show that nanoparticles have cylindrical shape and crystalline nature of nanoparticles was confirmed by SAED patterns. Downconversion(DC) luminescent properties of doped NaLaF4 were also investigated and impact of co-doping has been explored.

  8. Structural Characterization and Infrared and Electrical Properties of the New Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Compound

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    A. Oueslati

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available New inorganic-organic hybrid [(C3H74N]2Hg2Cl6 compound was obtained and characterised by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, infrared, and impedance spectroscopy. The latter crystallizes in the monoclinic system (space group C 2/c, with the following unit cell dimensions: (1 Å, (6 Å, (2 Å, and (2. Besides, its structure was solved using 84860 independent reflections leading to . Electrical properties of the material were studied using impedance spectroscopic technique at different temperatures in the frequency range of 209 Hz to 5 MHz. Detailed analysis of the impedance spectrum suggested that the electrical properties of the material are strongly temperature-dependent. The Nyquist plots clearly showed the presence of bulk and grain boundary effect in the compound.

  9. Characterization and properties of batch-processed melt-textured YBCO

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    Kaiser, A.W.; Adam, M.; Bornemann, H.J. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, PO Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    1998-01-01

    High-temperature superconductor bulk parts are batch processed using a semi-automated processing technique based on the melt-texturation process. Levitation properties under static and dynamic load levels were analysed using a test bench with a three-dimensional force sensor unit. Measurements of levitation force give no detailed suggestions on texture, secondary domains or cracks. Therefore other measurements to control homogeneity of the bulk were performed. Texture on full-size pellets (FWHM < 5 deg., {delta}{sub {chi}} < 3 deg.) was verified by elastic neutron scattering. To study the influence of local texture on properties a pellet was divided into nine segments. Preliminary results indicate that a correlation between neutron data and levitation force needs further investigations. Flux maps of samples magnetized by permanent magnets or by a pulsed magnetization unit were used to verify the homogeneity and domain structure of the material and to evaluate macroscopic critical currents. (author)

  10. Maillard Reaction in Natural Rubber Latex: Characterization and Physical Properties of Solid Natural Rubber

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    S. Montha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Maillard reaction in Natural Rubber (NR latex was investigated by treating fresh NR latex with glutaraldehyde (C5H8O2 in amounts of 0, 50, 100, and 200 mmol/kg of latex. Protein cross-linking in fresh NR latex and solid NR was confirmed by using sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR spectroscopy, respectively. It was found that degree of protein cross-linking in NR increased with increasing C5H8O2 concentration. Physical properties of untreated and treated NR substances in terms of gel content, initial Wallace plasticity (P0, plasticity retention index (PRI, Mooney viscosity, and tensile strength were carefully explored. Results clearly showed that the Maillard cross-linking of proteins had remarkable effect on bulk NR properties, that is, solvent resistance, hardness, resistance to oxidation, rheological behavior, and resistance to stretching out.

  11. Characterization of cure in photocrosslinking polymers: The relationships among tensile properties, Tg and ultraviolet (uv) dose

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    Rakas, M.A. [Loctite Corp., Rocky Hill, CT (United States)

    1995-12-01

    For prepolymers which cure when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, factors which are strong determinants of extent of cure and final bulk properties include the UV intensity and exposure time, and the interrelationship between the optical absorbance of the photoinitiator (PI) and the rate of formation of excited state PI radicals. These relationships imply that in order to have two films with equivalent properties but of different thicknesses the optical absorbance of the photoinitiator must be the same for a film of x or 4x thickness, although concentration of the PI will change. This paper details work with model acrylate formulations to determine the effect of tensile modulus and glass transition temperature when optical absorption is held constant for curing films of different thicknesses.

  12. Optimization and characterization of adhesion properties of DLC coatings on different substrates

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    Waseem, B.; Alam, S.; Irfan, M.; Shahid, M.; Soomro, B. D.; Hashim, S.; Iqbal, R.

    2014-06-01

    The Diamond Like Carbon coatings (DLC) are gaining prime importance in the field of surface engineering especially cutting tools technology. The self lubricating property of these coatings makes them unique among other coatings like TiN, TiAlN, CrN etc. Unlike other coatings, DLC coatings give better surface finish and their self lubrication reduces the wear of a part to large extent. In present work, different substrates were selected to study the wear and adhesion behavior of DLC coatings. The coating was produced by physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) technique and the adhesive properties of DLC coatings were analyzed under ambient conditions using nano Scratch testing. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to observe the scratches and their mechanisms.

  13. Characterization of energy flux partitioning in urban environments: links with surface seasonal properties

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    Loridan, Thomas; C. S. B. Grimmond

    2012-01-01

    A better understanding of links between the properties of the urban environment and the exchange to the atmosphere is central to a wide range of applications. The numerous measurements of surface energy balance data in urban areas enable intercomparison of observed fluxes from distinct environments. This study analyzes a large database in two new ways. First, instead of normalizing fluxes using net all-wave radiation only the incoming radiative fluxes are used, to remove the surface attribute...

  14. Linear Elastic Properties of the Facial Soft Tissues Using an Aspiration Device: Towards Patient Specific Characterization.

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    Luboz, Vincent; Promayon, Emmanuel; Payan, Yohan

    2014-01-01

    International audience; Biomechanical modeling of the facial soft tissue behavior is needed in aesthetic or maxillo-facial surgeries where the simulation of the bone displacements cannot accurately predict the visible outcome on the patient's face. Because these tissues have different nature and elastic properties across the face, depending on their thickness, and their content in fat or muscle, individualizing their mechanical parameters could increase the simulation accuracy. Using a specif...

  15. Studies on the Synthesis,Characterization and Properties of the Reactive Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymer

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    2007-01-01

    1 Introduction Four species of reactive thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer (LCMC) with different relative molecular weight were synthesized in this work (see scheme 1, n=2, 6, 10, ∞.n means number of repeat structure unit). Their structure, morphology and properties were investigated systemically by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), polarizing opticalmicroscopy (POM) and ubb...

  16. Surface characterization of proteins using multi-fractal property of heat-denatured aggregates

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    Lahiri, Tapobrata; Mishra, Hrishikesh; Sarkar, Subrata; Misra, Krishna

    2008-01-01

    Multi-fractal property of heat-denatured protein aggregates (HDPA) is characteristic of its individual form. The visual similarity between digitally generated microscopic images of HDPA with that of surface-image of its individual X-ray structures in protein databank (PDB) displayed using Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD) viewer is the basis of the study. We deigned experiments to view the fractal nature of proteins at different aggregate scales. Intensity based multi-fractal dimensions (ILMFD)...

  17. THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOME POROUS RESINS AND THEIR ADSORPTION PROPERTY ON STEVIA GLYCOSIDES

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    ZhangYang; ChenTianhong; 等

    1998-01-01

    A series of porous resins (PYR) with different content of pyridyl group were prepared,and their physical structure and adsorption properties on the stevia glycosides were studied in detail.After the selective adsorption of PYR resins,the rebaudioside A could be separated from the other components of the stevia glycosides,and a new method for obtaining pure rebaudioside A is reported.

  18. Numerical and Experimental Characterizations of Damping Properties of SMAs Composite for Vibration Control Systems

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    Biffi, Carlo Alberto; Bassani, P.; Tuissi, A.; Carnevale, M.; Lecis, N.; LoConte, A.; Previtali, B.

    2012-12-01

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are very interesting smart materials not only for their shape memory and superelastic effects but also because of their significant intrinsic damping capacity. The latter is exhibited upon martensitic transformations and especially in martensitic state. The combination of these SMA properties with the mechanical and the lightweight of fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FGRP) is a promising solution for manufacturing of innovative composites for vibration suppression in structural applications. CuZnAl sheets, after laser patterning, were embedded in a laminated composite between a thick FGRP core and two thin outer layers with the aim of maximizing the damping capacity of the beam for passive vibration suppression. The selected SMA Cu66Zn24Al10 at.% was prepared by vacuum induction melting; the ingot was subsequently hot-and-cold rolled down to 0.2 mm thickness tape. The choice of a copper alloy is related to some advantages in comparison with NiTiCu SMA alloys, which was tested for the similar presented application in a previous study: lower cost, higher storage modulus and consequently higher damping properties in martensitic state. The patterning of the SMA sheets was performed by means of a pulsed fiber laser. After the laser processing, the SMA sheets were heat treated to obtain the desired martensitic state at room temperature. The transformation temperatures were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The damping properties were determined, at room temperature, on full-scale sheet, using a universal testing machine (MTS), with cyclic tensile tests at different deformation amplitudes. Damping properties were also determined as a function of the temperature on miniature samples with a dynamical mechanical analyzer (DMA). Numerical modeling of the laminated composite, done with finite element method analysis and modal strain energy approaches, was performed to estimate the corresponding total damping capacity and then

  19. Processing of poly(lactic acid): characterization of chemical structure, thermal stability and mechanical properties

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    Carrasco Alonso, Félix Ángel; Pagès Figueras, Pere; Gamez Pérez, José; Santana Pérez, Orlando Onofre; Maspoch Rulduà, Mª Lluïsa

    2010-01-01

    The processing of poly(lactic acid) (injection and extrusion/injection) as well as annealing of processed materials were studied in order to analyze the variation of its chemical structure, thermal degradation and mechanical properties. Processing of PLA was responsible for a decrease in molecular weight, as determined by GPC, due to chain scission. The degree of crystallinity was evaluated by means of differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. It was found that mech...

  20. Characterization of some physicist, mechanics and chemistries properties in the banana (Musa spp.)

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    Carlos Modesto Martínez Hernández; Tania de la Caridad Bermúdez Camacho

    2016-01-01

    The present work approaches the study of some physical-mechanical and chemical properties of the banana (Musa spp.). For its investigation, they took samples in the Municipal Company of Cultivos Varios, municipality Taguasco, provinces of Sancti-Spíritus. They were carried out rehearsals related to some physical, mechanical and chemical variables as: pH, oBrix, total regular acids, static coefficients of friction and mechanical impact damages deal with the established norms. The objective of ...

  1. Characterization, phenolic compounds and functional properties of Cucumis melo L. peels.

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    Mallek-Ayadi, Sana; Bahloul, Neila; Kechaou, Nabil

    2017-04-15

    The aim of this work is to investigate the phytochemical composition and functional properties of the melon peels, considered as a by-product. Melon peels (maazoun cultivar) are rich in nutritional ingredients such as carbohydrates (69.77%) and ash (3.67%). They contain significant amounts of total dietary fibers (41.69%) and antioxidants as polyphenols and flavonoids (332mg/100g extract and 95.46mg/100g extract, respectively). The identification and the quantification of the phenolic compounds of melon peels were performed by high performance liquid chromatography apparatus. The obtained results indicate that hydroxybenzoic acids and flavones constitute their main phenolic classes. 3-Hydroxybenzoic acid is the major phenolic compound in the melon peels by 33.45mg/100g, followed by apigenin-7-glycoside (29.34mg/100g). Determination of the functional properties (water and oil retention capacities) and color shows that melon peels have properties that may be useful in industrial applications.

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and antibacterial property of novel starch derivatives with 1,2,3-triazole.

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    Tan, Wenqiang; Li, Qing; Wang, Huali; Liu, Yan; Zhang, Jingjing; Dong, Fang; Guo, Zhanyong

    2016-05-20

    Four novel starch-linked-1,2,3-triazole derivatives were synthesized including 6-hydroxymethyltriazole-6-deoxy starch (HMTST), 6-bromomethyltriazole-6-deoxy starch (BMTST), 6-chloromethyltriazole-6-deoxy starch (CMTST), and 6-carboxyltriazole-6-deoxy starch (CBTST). Their antibacterial properties against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were evaluated in vitro, respectively. The inhibitory property of the obtained amphiprotic starch derivatives exhibited a remarkable improvement over starch. And the antibacterial indices of most of the products were higher than 60% and 40% at 1.0 mg/mL when the culture time was 8 h and 16 h, respectively. Moreover, the inhibitory index of CBTST attained 97% above at 1.0 mg/mL. Generally, the inhibitory activity decreased in the order: CBTST>CMTST>BMTST>HMTST>starch. Furthermore, the order of their antibacterial activity was consistent with the electron-withdrawing property of different substituted groups of the 1,2,3-triazole groups. The substituted groups with stronger electron withdrawing ability relatively possessed greater antibacterial activity.

  3. Fabrication and Characterization of Multi-layer Heat Mirror with Photocatalytic Properties

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    Tran Le; Tuan Tran; Huu Chi Nguyen; Dac Ngoc Son Luu; Minh Nam Hoang; Dinh Quan Nguyen

    2009-01-01

    A novel TiO_2~(5)/TiO_2~(buffer)/Ti~(4)/Ag~(3)/Ti~(2)/TiO_2~(1) multi-layer film coating with coming glass is designed and fabricated by a dc magnetron sputtering method as a renovation of the well-known TiO_2/Ti/Ag/Ti/TiO_2 system in order to obtain a heat mirror system with photocatalytic properties due to sufficient thickness of the TiO_2 layer. The outer TiO_2 layer is fabricated in two steps, possibly claimed as two layers TiO _2~(5) and TiO_2~(buffer), among which the 70-nm-thick layer TiO _2~(buffer) deposited in poor oxygen effectively minimizes the oxidation toward its neighbor Ti (4) layer. The optimal total thickness of the TiO_2~ (5) and TiO_2~(buffer) di-layer is found to be 300nm to yield a highly photo-catalytic property of the film without affecting the optical properties considerably. This multi-layer film can transmit light of above 75-85% in the visible spectrum (380≤λ≤760 nm) and reflect radiation of above 90% in the infrared spectrum (λ≥760 nm). Such multi-layer coatings are strongly recommended not only as promising transparent heat mirrors but also as photo-catalytic films for architectural window coatings.

  4. Cellulose acetate electrospun nanofibrous membrane: fabrication, characterization, drug loading and antibacterial properties

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    NAZNIN SULTANA; ANISAH ZAINAL

    2016-04-01

    Cellulose-based materials are one of the most commonly used materials for biomedical applications, which normally applied as carriers for pharmaceuticals and drug-releasing scaffolds. In this study, cellulose acetate (CA) was used to fabricate the nanofibrous membrane using the electrospinning technique. CA solutions at different concentrations were prepared by dissolving the polymer in a mixture of acetic acid/acetone solvents with the ratio of 3:1. The field emission scanning electron microscope results showed that electrospinning of 10% (w/v) CA produced nanofibres with many beads. When the CA concentration was increased to 14% (w/v), bead-free nanofibres were produced. The contact angle measurement results confirmed the hydrophilic properties of nanofibres. In order to prevent common bacterial infections, a model drug, Tetracycline · HCL was incorporated into the CA nanofibres. The drug-loaded CA nanofibres showed antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.CA nanofibres had high water uptake properties. The CA nanofibrous membrane was non-toxic to human skin fibroblast cells. Thus the CA nanofibres with 14% (w/v) concentration exerted suitable properties for wound healingapplication.

  5. Surface properties of solids and surface acoustic waves: Application to chemical sensors and layer characterization

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    Krylov, V. V.

    1995-09-01

    A general phenomenological approach is given for the description of mechanical surface properties of solids and their influence on surface acoustic wave propogation. Surface properties under consideration may be changes of the stress distribution in subsurface atomic layers, the presence of adsorbed gas molecules, surface degradation as a result of impacts from an aggressive environment, damage due to mechanical manufacturing or polishing, deposition of thin films or liquid layers, surface corrugations, etc. If the characteristic thickness of the affected layers is much less than the wavelengths of the propagating surface waves, then the effects of all these irregularities can be described by means of non-classical boundary conditions incorporating the integral surface parameters such as surface tension, surface moduli of elasticity and surface mass density. The effect of surface properties on the propagation of Rayleigh surface waves is analysed in comparison with the results of traditional approaches, in particular with Auld's energy perturbation method. One of the important implications of the above-mentioned boudnary conditions is that they are adequate for the description of the effect of rarely distributed adsorbed atoms or molecules. This allows, in particular, to obtain a rigorous theoretical description of chemical sensors using surface acoustic waves and to derive analytical expressions for their sensitivity.

  6. A Review for Characterization of Silica Fume and Its Effects on Concrete Properties

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    Mohammad Panjehpour

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Mineral additions which are also known as mineral admixtures have been used in Portland cement for many years. There are two types of additions which are commonly mixed into the Portland clinker or blended directly with cement these days. They are crystalline, also known as hydraulically inactive additions and pozzolanic, which are hydraulically active additions. Silica fume is very reactive pozzolan, while it is used in concrete because of its fine particles, large surface area and high SiO2 content. Silica fume is much fined separated silica obtained as a by-product in industry. It is used as an admixture in the concrete mix and it has significant effects on the properties of the resulting material. Simultaneously, silica fume can be also utilized in production of refectory and porcelain, to increase intensity and durability. In addition, it can improve the overall performance of the material as filler used in coating resin, paint, rubber and other high molecular materials. This review paper discusses the effects of silica fume on the concrete properties such as strength, modulus, ductility, permeability, chemical attack resistance, corrosion, freeze-thaw durability, creep rate. Characterisation of silica fume as well as its physical and chemical properties will also be reviewed in this paper.

  7. Structural characterization and corrosive property of Ni-P/CeO2composite coating

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    JIN Huiming; JIANG Shihang; ZHANG Linnan

    2009-01-01

    Electroless Ni-P/nano-CeO2 composite coating was prepared in acidic condition, and its microstructure and corrosive property were compared with its CeO2-free counterpart. Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction spectrometer (XRD), and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) were used to examine surface morphology and microstructure of the coating. Corrosive investigation was carried out in 3%NaCl+5%H2SO4 solution. The results showed that Ni-P coating had partial amorphous structure mixed with nanocrystals, whereas the Ni-P/CeO2 coating had perfect amorphous structure. In high temperature condition, Ni3P precipitation and Ni crystallization occurred in both coatings but at different temperatures, whereas the Ni-P/CeO2 coating had sintered phase of NiCe2O4 spinels. The anticorrosion property and passivity were improved in the CeO2-containing coating due to its less liability to undergo local-cell corrosion than its CeO2-free counterpart. During the co-deposition process, some Cen+ (n=3, 4) ions may be adsorbed to the metal/solution interface, hinder nickel's crystal-typed deposition and promote phosphorous deposition. The nano-CeO2 doping finally resulted in the coating' perfect amorphous structure and good anti-corrosive property.

  8. Influence of isothermal bainitic processing on the mechanical properties and microstructure characterization of TRIP steel

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    Haitao Jiang; Hubin Wu; Di Tang; Qiang Liu

    2008-01-01

    The mechanical properties of transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) steel are strongly affected by the conditions of iso-thermal bainitic processing. The multiphase microstructure of TRIP steel under different conditions of isothermal bainitic processing was investigated using OM, SEM, XRD and TEM. The volume fraction of retained anstenite and the carbon content in anstenite were determined quantitatively using X-ray diffraction patterns. The relationship between mechanical properties and isothermal bainitic processing parameters was investigated. The stability of retained anstenite was analyzed by the volume fraction of retained austenite and the carbon content in retained anstenite. The experimental results show that the multiphase microstructure consists of ferrite,bainite and metastable retained austenite. To obtain good mechanical properties, the optimal conditions of isothermal bainitic tem-perature and holding time are 410-430℃ and 180-240 s, respectively. After isothermal bainitic processing under the optimal condi-tions, the corresponding volume fraction of retained anstenite is 5vol%-15vol%, which can provide enough retained austenite and plastic stability for austenite with high carbon content.

  9. Characterizing the ex vivo mechanical properties of synthetic polypropylene surgical mesh.

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    Li, Xinxin; Kruger, Jennifer A; Jor, Jessica W Y; Wong, Vivien; Dietz, Hans P; Nash, Martyn P; Nielsen, Poul M F

    2014-09-01

    The use of synthetic polypropylene mesh for hernia surgical repair and the correction of female pelvic organ prolapse have been controversial due to increasing post-operative complications, including mesh erosion, chronic pain, infection and support failure. These morbidities may be related to a mismatch of mechanical properties between soft tissues and the mesh. The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of the biomechanical behavior of Prolene polypropylene mesh (Ethicon, Sommerville, NJ, USA), which is widely used for a variety of surgical repair procedures. The stiffness and permanent deformation of Prolene mesh were compared in different directions by performing uniaxial tensile failure tests, cyclic and creep tests at simulated physiological loads in the coursewise (0°), walewise (90°) and the diagonal (45°) directions. Failure tests suggest that the mechanical properties of the mesh is anisotropic; with response at 0° being the most compliant while 90° was the stiffest. Irreversible deformation and viscoelastic behavior were observed in both cyclic and creep tests. The anisotropic property may be relevant to the placement of mesh in surgery to maximize long term mesh performance. The considerable permanent deformation may be associated with an increased risk of post-operative support failure.

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of changes of DOM deprotonation-protonation properties in water treatment processes.

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    Yan, Mingquan; Dryer, Deborah; Korshin, Gregory V

    2016-04-01

    The deprotonation-protonation properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in drinking water produced at critical treatment points were quantified using absorbance spectra in combination with DOM fractionation data. Analysis of differential spectra of DOM present in inlet, settled and filtered waters from two large treatment plants and their fractions were obtained. The data demonstrated the presence of six Gaussian bands largely associated with carboxylic and phenolic DOM functionalities. Properties of the protonation-active groups of DOM in raw and treated waters were further examined based on data of potentiometric titrations at pH from 2.5 to 10. Interpretation of the differential log-transformed absorbance at wavelength 350 nm (DlnA350) based on the NICA-Donnan model showed that the normalized concentrations of low- and high-affinity protonation-active groups in residual DOMs increases as a result of water treatment. This was consistent with the results of DOM fractionation. This study demonstrates that changes of the composition and reactivity of DOM found in drinking water treatment sequences can be quantified based on the examination of their optical properties.

  11. Graphene oxide-modified ZnO particles: synthesis, characterization, and antibacterial properties.

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    Zhong, Linlin; Yun, Kyusik

    2015-01-01

    Nanosized ZnO particles with diameters of 15 nm were prepared with a solution precipitation method at low cost and high yield. The synthesis of the particles was functionalized by the organic solvent dimethylformamide, and the particles were covalently bonded to the surface of graphene oxide. The morphology of the graphene oxide sheets and ZnO particles was confirmed with field emission scanning electron microscopy and biological atomic force microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to analyze the physical and chemical properties of the ZnO/graphene oxide composites that differed from those of the individual components. Enhanced electrochemical properties were detected with cyclic voltammetry, with a redox peak of the composites at 0.025 mV. Excellent antibacterial activity of ZnO/graphene oxide composites was observed with a microdilution method in which minimum inhibitory concentrations of 6.25 µg/mL for Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium, 12.5 µg/mL for Bacillus subtilis, and 25 µg/mL for Enterococcus faecalis. After further study of the antibacterial mechanism, we concluded that a vast number of reactive oxygen species formed on the surface of composites, improving antibacterial properties.

  12. Characterization of dynamic change of Fan-delta reservoir properties in water-drive development

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    Wu Shenghe; Xiong Qihua; Liu Yuhong [Univ. of Petroleum Changping, Beijing (China)

    1997-08-01

    Fan-delta reservoir in Huzhuangji oil field of east China, is a typical highly heterogeneous reservoir. The oil field has been developed by water-drive for 10 years, but the oil recovery is less than 12%, and water cut is over 90%, resulting from high heterogeneity and serious dynamic change of reservoir properties. This paper aims at the study of dynamic change of reservoir properties in water-drive development. Through quantitative imaging analysis and mercury injection analysis of cores from inspection wells, the dynamic change of reservoir pore structure in water-drive development was studied. The results show that the {open_quotes}large pore channels{close_quotes} develop in distributary channel sandstone and become larger in water-drive development, resulting in more serious pore heterogeneity. Through reservoir sensitivity experiments, the rock-fluid reaction in water-drive development is studied. The results show the permeability of some distal bar sandstone and deserted channel sandstone becomes lower due to swelling of I/S clay minerals in pore throats. OD the other hand, the permeability of distributary channel and mouth bar sandstone become larger because the authigenic Koalinites in pore throats are flushed away with the increase of flow rate of injection water. Well-logging analysis of flooded reservoirs are used to study the dynamic change of reservoir properties in various flow units. The distribution of remaining oil is closely related to the types and distribution of flow units.

  13. Functional properties and characterization of dietary fiber from Mangifera pajang Kort. fruit pulp.

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    Al-Sheraji, Sadeq Hassan; Ismail, Amin; Manap, Mohd Yazid; Mustafa, Shuhaimi; Yusof, Rokiah Mohd; Hassan, Fouad Abdulrahman

    2011-04-27

    A dried high fiber product from bambangan (Mangifera pajang Kort.) fruit pulp was prepared and evaluated for proximate composition, functional properties, and soluble and insoluble dietary fiber composition. Mangifera pajang fibrous (MPF) consisted of 4.7% moisture, 0.8% fat, 4% protein, and 30 mg total polyphenol per g of dry sample, and 9, 79 and 88% soluble, insoluble and total dietary fiber, respectively. Water holding capacity, oil holding capacity, swelling, and solubility were found to be 9 g/g dry sample, 4 g/g dry sample, 16 mL/g dry sample, and 11%, respectively. The glucose dialysis retardation index of MPF was approximately double that of cellulose fiber. Soluble dietary fiber contained mannose, arabinose, glucose, rhamnose, erythrose, galactose, xylose, and fucose at 1.51, 0.72, 0.39, 0.16, 0.14, 0.05, 0.04, and 0.01%, respectively, with 5.8% uronic acid, while insoluble dietary fiber was composed of arabinose (18.47%), glucose (4.46%), mannose (3.15%), rhamnose (1.65%), galactose (1.20%), xylose (0.99%), and fucose (0.26%) with 15.5% uronic acid and 33.1% klason lignin. These characteristics indicate that MPF is a rich source of dietary fiber and has physicochemical properties which make it suitable as an added ingredient in various food products and/or dietetic, low-calorie high-fiber foods to enhance their nutraceutical properties.

  14. Synthesis and experimental-computational characterization of nonlinear optical properties of triazacyclopentafluorene-coumarin derivatives

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    García, Santiago; Vázquez, Juan L.; Rentería, Marvin; Aguilar-Garduño, Isis G.; Delgado, Francisco; Trejo-Durán, Mónica; García-Revilla, Marco A.; Alvarado-Méndez, Edgar; Vázquez, Miguel A.

    2016-12-01

    A series of novel 3-(2,2a,3-triazacyclopenta[jk]fluoren-1-yl)-2H-chromen-2-one derivatives 5a-c have been synthesized by [8 + 2] cycloaddition reaction between the corresponding 3-(imidazo[1,2-a]pyrimidines)-2-yl)-2H-chromen-2-one 4a-c with 2-(trimethylsilyl)phenyl triflates as benzyne precursor in 65-80% yields. The strategic incorporation of triazacyclopentafluorene group at the 3-position of the coumarin molecules resulted in dyes with excellent nonlinear optical properties. The nonlinear optical properties of third order (compounds 5a-c) were studied using Z-scan technique. The high nonlinear response is of 10-7 cm2/W order. The nonlinearity of the compounds is an indication of a promising material for applications at low power, such as optical switching, waveguides, nonlinear contrast phase, among others. Theoretical results of HOMO-LUMO gaps and oscillator strengths are used to rationalize the high efficiency of the novel compound in the nonlinear optical behavior. In particular, 5b displays the best nonlinear optical properties and at the same time the smaller HOMO-LUMO gap and the highest oscillator strength.

  15. Use of an integrated approach to characterize the physicochemical properties of foundry green sands

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    Carnin, Raquel L.P. [Tupy S.A., Rua Albano Schmidt 3.400, Joinville, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Folgueras, Marilena Valadares; Luvizao, Rubia Raquel; Correia, Sivaldo Leite [Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Rua Paulo Malschitzki, s/numero - Campus Universitario Prof. Avelino Marcante, Bairro Zona Industrial Norte, Joinville, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Cunha, Carlos Jorge da [Universidade Federal do Parana, Centro Politecnico, Jardim das Americas, Curitiba, Parana (Brazil); Dungan, Robert S., E-mail: robert.dungan@ars.usda.gov [USDA-ARS, Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory, 3793 North 3600 East, Kimberly, ID 83341 (United States)

    2012-09-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Physicochemical properties of fresh, spent, and landfilled foundry green sands were determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A phase composition model was postulated for each material based on thermogravimetric results. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sand from the landfill was determined to be composed of almost pure silica sand. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Weathering is likely responsible for removing the coating materials from the green sands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Landfilled sands may be suitable for reuse within the foundry or beneficial use applications. - Abstract: A fresh green sand, spent green sand, and a weathered spent green sand (wSGS) from a foundry landfill were analyzed using diffractometry, electron microscopy, fluorometry, granulometry, spectrometry, and thermogravimetry (TG). Our objective was to understand how the physicochemical properties of the foundry green sands change from their original form after being subjected to the casting process, then after weathering at the landfill. A quantitative phase composition model was also postulated for each material based on the TG results and it was found to be the most reliable and informative quantitative data for this type of residue. The weathered sample, that remained in a landfill for two years, was found to be composed of almost pure sand. Because of the weathering process, it may be possible to use the wSGS as a virgin sand replacement in the regeneration system or in geotechnical applications where bentonite would affect the properties of the final product.

  16. Microstructural characterization and influence of manufacturing parameters on technological properties of vitreous ceramic materials

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    Njoya, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon); Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Hajjaji, M., E-mail: Hajjaji@ucam.ac.ma [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et Environnement, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Bacaoui, A. [Laboratoire de Chimie Organique Appliquee, Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Universite Cadi Ayyad, B.P. 2390, Marrakech (Morocco); Njopwouo, D. [Laboratoire de Physico-chimie des Materiaux Mineraux, Departement de Chimie Inorganique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Yaounde I, B.P. 812, Yaounde (Cameroon)

    2010-03-15

    Microstructure of vitreous ceramic samples manufactured from kaolinitic-clay and feldspars raw materials from Cameroon was investigated in the range 1150-1250 deg. C by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy and by measuring some technological properties. Moreover, the simultaneous influence of feldspars content, heating temperature and soaking time on water absorption and firing shrinkage was evaluated by adopting the response surface methodology (Doehlert matrix), using the New Efficient Methodology for Research using Optimal Design (NEMROD) software. The results show that a spinel phase, mullite, glassy phase and some amount of hematite were formed. However, the spinel phase and potassic feldspar, as compared to the sodic one, disappeared at moderate firing temperature and soaking time. Apparently, mullite developed from spinel phase, which is formed from the demixion of metakaolin. On the other hand, it is found that the effects of fluxing content and firing temperature on the measured properties were almost similar and more influent than soaking time. Antagonistic and synergetic interactions existed between the considered parameters, and their importance differed for the considered properties. By using this mathematical tool, suitable operating conditions for manufacturing vitreous bodies were determined.

  17. The Effects of Ore Properties on the Characterization of Suspension in Settling and Compression

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    Majid Unesi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Many studies have considered the effects of suspension properties on the dewatering process but fewhave focused on ore properties. Thus, the present work studied the effects of ore properties (density,particle size, mineralogy on the dewatering process based on lab and pilot experiments. A hydrocyclonewas used to prepare the required samples for the experiments. To study the effects of mineralogicalproperties, the sedimentation behaviour of hydrocyclone feed and underflow samples were compared. Itwas observed that the free-settling velocity of feed (2 to 6mm/sec was less than in the underflow sample(2 to 7mm/sec and the final concentration of underflow sample (0.45 to 0.48t/m3 was more than thefeed sample (0.44 to 0.47t/m3. Additionally, to study the effects of particle size and density, thesedimentation behaviour of hydrocyclone overflow and feed samples were compared. The settlingvelocity and final concentration of overflow sample were obtained at 0.15 to 0.4mm/sec and 0.32t/m3,respectively, which was significantly less than the feed sample. This was due to the amount of clayreduction in the underflow sample and particle size and density reduction in the overflow sample.Following on, the pilot experiments were carried out. It was observed that the bed formation of the feedsample tended to overflow in the sample at low flux (10t/m2/day and tended to underflow in the sampleat high flux (28.5t/m2/day. This meant that the long time at lower flux created an opportunity for fineparticles to settle easily, similar to coarser particles and as such, ore properties did not play a decisiverole in bed formation, but their effects appeared instead at higher flux. Furthermore, it was observed thatthe underflow concentration increased by decreasing the flux from 28.5 to 10t/m2/day. These increasingamounts were 0.05t/m3 and 0.12t/m3 in hydrocyclone overflow and underflow samples, respectively, at aheight of 2.5 metres. This meant that the compressibility and

  18. Physicochemical, biochemical and sensory properties for the characterization of Petrovská klobása (traditional fermented sausage

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    Ikonić Predrag M.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A study was carried out on a typical homemade Petrovská klobasá in order to characterize this traditional dry-fermented sausage, to provide a basis for establishing the quality standard and protecting designation of origin. This paper reviews the chemical composition, some physicochemical, proteolytic and sensory parameters of Petrovská klobasá made by five manufacturers chosen as representatives. Beside the differences between sausages made by different manufacturers the main properties of this traditional product were though recognized. Compared to other dry-fermented sausages Petrovská klobasá is characterized by a high content of protein (23.36-30.45% and low contents of NaCl (2.99-3.28%. With some minor exceptions, the values of other chemical parameters are within the range of those observed for various dry-cured sausages. Weight loss during the processing is high (up to 45.71% and pH value (~ 5.4 corresponds to the values for this parameter in other European traditional fermented sausages. Contents of different nitrogen fractions show that Petrovská klobasá undergoes significant proteolytic changes. At the end of ripening, Petrovská klobasá is characterized by aromatic and spicy-hot flavor, dark-red color and hard consistency.

  19. Improved characterization of EV preparations based on protein to lipid ratio and lipid properties.

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    Xabier Osteikoetxea

    Full Text Available In recent years the study of extracellular vesicles has gathered much scientific and clinical interest. As the field is expanding, it is becoming clear that better methods for characterization and quantification of extracellular vesicles as well as better standards to compare studies are warranted. The goal of the present work was to find improved parameters to characterize extracellular vesicle preparations. Here we introduce a simple 96 well plate-based total lipid assay for determination of lipid content and protein to lipid ratios of extracellular vesicle preparations from various myeloid and lymphoid cell lines as well as blood plasma. These preparations included apoptotic bodies, microvesicles/microparticles, and exosomes isolated by size-based fractionation. We also investigated lipid bilayer order of extracellular vesicle subpopulations using Di-4-ANEPPDHQ lipid probe, and lipid composition using affinity reagents to clustered cholesterol (monoclonal anti-cholesterol antibody and ganglioside GM1 (cholera toxin subunit B. We have consistently found different protein to lipid ratios characteristic for the investigated extracellular vesicle subpopulations which were substantially altered in the case of vesicular damage or protein contamination. Spectral ratiometric imaging and flow cytometric analysis also revealed marked differences between the various vesicle populations in their lipid order and their clustered membrane cholesterol and GM1 content. Our study introduces for the first time a simple and readily available lipid assay to complement the widely used protein assays in order to better characterize extracellular vesicle preparations. Besides differentiating extracellular vesicle subpopulations, the novel parameters introduced in this work (protein to lipid ratio, lipid bilayer order, and lipid composition, may prove useful for quality control of extracellular vesicle related basic and clinical studies.

  20. Structural characterization and photoluminescence properties of zinc oxide nano particles synthesized by chemical route method

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    P.B. Taunk; Das, R.; D.P. Bisen; Raunak kumar Tamrakar

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructures, crystalline Zinc oxide powder were synthesized by mixing Zinc chloride (0.04M) and sodium hydroxide (0.08M) using chemical route method. 0.001M molar concentrations of TEA (Tri ethanolamine) in aqueous solution used to the growing reaction solution. The powder samples are annealed at 190 °C. The experimental results indicate a successful growth of Zinc oxide in solid form which is not observed ever before. XRD, SEM, TEM and PL were performed to characterize the morphology, gro...

  1. A bright blue emission material based on anthracene:Synthesis,characterization and luminescent properties

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    Lin Fang Shi; Bin Li; Li Ying Zhang

    2009-01-01

    A blue light-emitting material,2-(N-ethyl-anthraceneyl-9)imidazo[4,5-f]1,10-phenanthroline(EAIP),has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR,IR,elemental and single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.The results of theoretical calculations indicate that the HOMO and LUMO distributions mainly locate at the anthracene fragment.It displays bright blue emission in both solid state and dichloromethane solution.The emission quantum yield calculated is 0.76.

  2. Synthesis, surface characterization and optical properties of 3-thiopropionic acid capped ZnS:Cu nanocrystals

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    Ashish Tiwari; S A Khan; R S Kher

    2011-08-01

    3-Thiopropionic acid (TPA) capped ZnS:Cu nanocrystals have been successfully synthesized by simple aqueous method. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies revealed the particle size to be 4.2 nm. Surface characterization of the nanocrystals by FTIR spectroscopy has been done and the structure for surface bound TPA based on spectral analysis was proposed. The optical studies were done using UV-VIS spectroscopy and particle size and diameter polydispersity index (DPI) were calculated. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum reveals emission related to the transition from conduction band of ZnS to 2 level of Cu2+. Electron microscopy was also done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  3. Characterization and Emulsification Properties of Rhamnolipid and Sophorolipid Biosurfactants and Their Applications

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    Thu T. Nguyen

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Due to their non-toxic nature, biodegradability and production from renewable resources, research has shown an increasing interest in the use of biosurfactants in a wide variety of applications. This paper reviews the characterization of rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants based on their hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity and their ability to form microemulsions with a range of oils without additives. The use of the biosurfactants in applications such as detergency and vegetable oil extraction for biodiesel application is also discussed. Rhamnolipid was found to be a hydrophilic surfactant while sophorolipid was found to be very hydrophobic. Therefore, rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants in mixtures showed robust performance in these applications.

  4. Characterization and Magnetic Properties of Iron-Based Alloy Antidot Arrays

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    LIU Qing-Fang; JIANG Chang-Jun; WANG Jian-Bo; FAN Xiao-Long; XUE De-Sheng

    2007-01-01

    Fe29Co71 and Fe19Ni8 antidot arrays, with different dimensions, are prepared with the rf magnetron sputtering method onto the porous alumina substrate. The size and shape of antidot arrays are characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The glancing angle x-ray diffraction patterns of Fe29Co71 and Fe1gNis1 antidot arrays indicate the bcc and fcc structures, respectively. The coercivities of both the alloys show abnormal thickness dependence, which are discussed qualitatively by considering the pinning and the thickness effect to the films.

  5. Transition Metal Ion Complexes of Schiff-bases. Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Properties

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    Chohan, Zahid H.; Munawar, Asifa; Supuran, Claudiu T

    2001-01-01

    Some novel transition metal [Co(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II)] complexes of substituted pyridine Schiff-bases have been prepared and characterized by physical, spectral and analytical data. The synthesized Schiff-bases act as deprotonated tridentate for the complexation reaction with Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions. The new compounds, possessing the general formula [M(L)2] where [M=Co(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) and HL=HL1, HL2, HL3 and HL4] show an octahedral geometry. In order to evaluat...

  6. Bimetallic Heteronuclear Complexes Bridged with Ferrichexathiocyanate-Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Properties

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    Mohammad Nasir Uddin

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A number of heterobinuclear thiocyanato-bridged complexes of cations, [M(NH2X6]2+ and [M(en3]2+ (where en= Ethylenediamine, X = H, Ph; M= Ni, Cu, Cd, Zn, with ferrichexathiocyanate have been prepared. The complexes have been characterized by FT-IR, 13C NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy, metal analysis, magnetic and conductance studies.  The composition complexes has been proposed on the basis of experimental and literature evidences. The antibacterial activity of the prepared complexes has also been investigated against the gram positive-Bacillus cereus and gram negative- Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli pathogens.

  7. Preparation, characterization and optical properties of ZrO2:Er3+, Yb3+ nanomaterials

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    Thu Huong, Tran; Thanh Huong, Nguyen; Thi Kieu Giang, Lam; Anh, Tran Kim; Lojkowski, Witold; Minh, Le Quoc

    2009-09-01

    Luminescent nanomaterials from lanthanide are one of most promising materials for applications in medical diagnostics. In this paper, we present for the first time the ZrO2 nanomaterials with capsule like nanostructure with the sizes of 150 nm in length and 50 nm in width. These nanocapsule like ZrO2 doped with Er3+, Yb3+ ions were prepared by soft template methods. Morphological characterization of nano - ZrO2:Er3+, Yb3+ was performed by using FESEM, X-ray diffraction, micro Raman. Up conversion luminescence and photoluminescence have been also studied with IR-laser excitation at 940 nm and UV excitation at 365 nm.

  8. Characterization and emulsification properties of rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants and their applications.

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    Nguyen, Thu T; Sabatini, David A

    2011-02-18

    Due to their non-toxic nature, biodegradability and production from renewable resources, research has shown an increasing interest in the use of biosurfactants in a wide variety of applications. This paper reviews the characterization of rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants based on their hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity and their ability to form microemulsions with a range of oils without additives. The use of the biosurfactants in applications such as detergency and vegetable oil extraction for biodiesel application is also discussed. Rhamnolipid was found to be a hydrophilic surfactant while sophorolipid was found to be very hydrophobic. Therefore, rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants in mixtures showed robust performance in these applications.

  9. Synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of undoped, V and Sc doped ZnO thin films

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    Amezaga-Madrid, P.; Antunez-Flores, W.; Ledezma-Sillas, J.E.; Murillo-Ramirez, J.G.; Solis-Canto, O.; Vega-Becerra, O.E.; Martinez-Sanchez, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C. and Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih., C.P. 31109 (Mexico); Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C. and Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih., C.P. 31109 (Mexico)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: > Undoped, V and Sc doped ZnO thin films by Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition. > Optimum substrate temperatures of 673 K and 623 K for Sc and V doped films. > Around one third of the dopants in solution were deposited into the films. > Crystallite and grain size decreased with the increase of dopant concentration. > Optical band gap increased from 3.29 to 3.32 eV for undoped to 7 Sc/Zn at. %. - Abstract: Many semiconductor oxides (ZnO, TiO{sub 2}, SnO{sub 2}) when doped with a low percentage of non-magnetic (V, Sc) or magnetic 3d (Co, Mn, Ni, Fe) cation behave ferromagnetically. They have attracted a great deal of interest due to the integration of semiconducting and magnetic properties in a material. ZnO is one of the most promising materials to carry out these tasks in view of the fact that it is optically transparent and has n or p type conductivity. Here, we report the synthesis, microstructural characterization and optical properties of undoped, V and Sc doped zinc oxide thin films. ZnO based thin films with additions of V and Sc were deposited by the Aerosol Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition method. V and Sc were incorporated separately in the precursor solution. The films were uniform, transparent and non-light scattering. The microstructure of the films was characterized by Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Scanning Probe Microscopy. Average grain size and surface rms roughness were estimated by the measurement of Atomic Force Microscopy. The microstructure of doped ZnO thin films depended on the type and amount of dopant material incorporated. The optical properties were determined from specular reflectance and transmittance spectra. Results were analyzed to determine the optical constant and band gap of the films. An increase in the optical band gap with the content of Sc dopant was obtained.

  10. Poly(o-phenylenediamine)/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Kannapiran, Nagarajan; Muthusamy, Athianna; Chitra, Palanisamy; Anand, Siddeswaran; Jayaprakash, Rajan

    2017-02-01

    In this study, poly(o-phenylenediamine) (PoPD)/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were synthesized by in-situ oxidative chemical polymerization method with different amount of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles. The NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by auto-combustion method. The structural, morphological, thermal properties of the synthesized PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Magnetic properties of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles and PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The FTIR and XRD techniques were used to confirm the formation of PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites. The average crystalline size of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles and PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were calculated from XRD. From the SEM analysis, spherical morphology of the PoPD was confirmed. The TGA results showed that the NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles have improved the thermal stability of PoPD. Dielectric properties of PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites at different temperatures have been carried in the frequency range 50 Hz to 5 MHz.

  11. SYNTHESES AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLY(IMINOPHENOL)S DERIVED FROM 4-BROMOBENZALDEHYDE: THERMAL, OPTICAL,ELECTROCHEMICAL AND FLUORESCENT PROPERTIES

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    (I)smet Kaya; Ali Avci; (O)zlem Gültekin

    2012-01-01

    Schiff base monomers [2-(4-bromobenzylideneamino)phenol and 2-(4-bromobenzylideneamino)-5-methylphenol]were synthesized by the condensation reaction of 4-bromobenzaldehyde with aromatic aminophenols.Then,the monomers were converted to their polyphenol derivatives by oxidative polycondensation reactions (OP) in an aqueous alkaline medium.The structures of the synthesized compounds were characterized by solubility tests,FT-IR,NMR,TG-DTA,DSC and SEC techniques.The HOMO-LUMO energy levels and electrochemical (E'g) and optical (Eg) band gaps were calculated from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and UV-Vis measurements,respectively.Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to determine the electrochemical oxidation-reduction characteristics.Optical properties were investigated by UV-Vis and fluorescence analyses.Solid state electrical conductivities were measured on polymer films by four point probe technique using a Keithley 2400 electrometer.The effects of electron-donating (-CH3) group at p-position of-NH2 group in aminophenol on electrochemical and thermal properties were also discussed.Photoluminescence (PL) properties of the synthesized materials were determined in solution forms using different solvents.Fluorescence measurements were carried out in various concentrated solutions to determine the optimum concentrations to obtain the maximal PL intensities.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} doped chitosan polymer

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    Karaca, E.; Şatır, M.; Kazan, S. [Gebze Institute of Technology, Department of Physics, 41400 Çayırova, Kocaeli (Turkey); Açıkgöz, M., E-mail: macikgoz@bahcesehir.edu.tr [Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bahçeşehir University, Beşiktaş 34353, Istanbul (Turkey); Öztürk, E. [Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department, Vezneciler, Istanbul (Turkey); Gürdağ, G. [Istanbul University, Chemical Engineering Department, 34320 Avcılar, Istanbul (Turkey); Ulutaş, D. [Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department, Vezneciler, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2015-01-01

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles doped into chitosan films were prepared by the solution casting technique. Various samples were synthesized in atmospheric medium and in vacuum. The morphological properties of the samples were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The structural, magnetic, and microwave absorption properties of magnetic chitosan films have been carried out using the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR). It is shown that the composite polymer behaves like a superparamagnetic material with high blocking temperature. The effective magnetization shows gradual increments with the concentration of dopant Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The microwave absorption characteristic of superparamagnetic composite polymer shows low reflection loss. - Highlights: • Chitosan polymers doped with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} are prepared by the solution casting technique. • The structural, magnetic, and microwave absorption properties of the samples are analyzed. • The polymer behaves like a superparamagnetic material with high blocking temperature. • The effective magnetization shows gradual increments with the concentration of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. • The microwave absorption characteristic shows low reflection loss.

  13. Polydentate Schiff Base Ligands and Their La(III Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, Antibacterial, Thermal, and Electrochemical Properties

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    Ali E. Şabik

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We synthesized the Schiff base ligands H2L1–H2L4 and their La(III complexes and characterized them by the analytical and spectroscopic methods. We investigated their electrochemical and antimicrobial activity properties. The electrochemical properties of the ligands H2L1–H2L4 and their La(III complexes were studied at the different scan rates (100 and 200 mV, different pH ranges (pH=2−12, and in the different solvents. The electrooxidation of the Schiff base ligands involves a reversible transfer of two electrons and two protons in solutions of pH up to 5.5, in agreement with the one-step two-electron mechanism. In solutions of pH higher than 5.5, the process of electrooxidation reaction of the Schiff base ligands and their La(III complexes follows an ECi mechanism. The antimicrobial activities of the ligands and their complexes were studied. The thermal properties of the metal complexes were studied under nitrogen atmosphere in the range of temperature 20–1000°C.

  14. Characterization of the Surface Properties of MUSES-C/Hayabusa Spacecraft Target Asteroid 25143 Itokawa (1998 SF36)

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    Lederer, S. M.; Domingue, D. L.; Vilas, F.; Abe, M.; Farnham, T. L.; Jarvis, K. S.; Lowry, S. C.; Ohba, Y.; Weissman, P. R.; French, L. M.

    2004-01-01

    Several spacecraft missions have recently targeted asteroids to study their morphologies and physical properties (e.g. Galileo, NEAR Shoemaker), and more are planned. MUSES-C is a Japanese mission designed to rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid (NEA). The MUSES-C spacecraft, Hayabusa, was launched successfully in May 2003. It will rendezvous with its target asteroid in 2005, and return samples to the Earth in 2007. Its target, 25143 Itokawa (1998 SF36), made a close approach to the Earth in 2001. We collected an extensive ground-based database of broadband photometry obtained during this time, which maximized the phase angle coverage, to characterize this target in preparation for the mission. Our project was designed to capitalize on the broadband UBVRI photometric observations taken with a series of telescopes, instrumentation, and observers. Photometry and spectrophotometry of Itokawa were acquired at Lowell, McDonald, Steward, Palomar, Table Mountain and Kiso Observatories. The photometric data sets were combined to calculate Hapke model parameters of the surface material of Itokawa, and examine the solar-corrected broadband color characteristics of the asteroid. Broadband photometry of an object can be used to: (1) determine its colors and thereby contribute to the understanding of its surface composition and taxonomic class, and (2) infer global physical surface properties of the target body. We present both colors from UBVRI observations of the MUSES-C target Itokawa, and physical properties derived by applying a Hapke model to the broadband BVRI photometry.

  15. Ring-shaped silafluorene derivatives as efficient solid-state UV-fluorophores: synthesis, characterization, and photoluminescent properties.

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    Cai, Yuanjing; Samedov, Kerim; Dolinar, Brian S; Albright, Haley; Guzei, Ilia A; Hu, Rongrong; Zhang, Chaocan; West, Robert

    2014-10-20

    Four ring-shaped silafluorene-containing compounds (1-4) were synthesized and characterized as potentially promising monomers for fluorescent polymers. Their optical properties in solution and solid state (thin film and powder) were studied. These compounds have low quantum yields in solution (Φ(fl)=0.13-0.15) with fluorescence maxima at about 355 nm, but high quantum yields in the solid state (powder, Φ(fl)=0.35-0.54) with fluorescence maxima at about 377 and 488 nm. Influence of the substituents and the number of silafluorene units in 1-4 on their optical properties was investigated. Extensive study of the X-ray crystal structures of 1-4 was undertaken to analyze and qualitatively estimate the role, extent, and influence of silafluorene moieties' interactions on solid-state fluorescent properties. Excited state UV/Vis and theoretical molecular orbital (MO) calculations were performed to explore possible fluorescence mechanisms and differences in quantum yields among these compounds.

  16. Modified β-cyclodextrin inclusion complex to improve the physicochemical properties of albendazole. complete in vitro evaluation and characterization.

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    Agustina García

    Full Text Available The potential use of natural cyclodextrins and their synthetic derivatives have been studied extensively in pharmaceutical research and development to modify certain properties of hydrophobic drugs. The ability of these host molecules of including guest molecules within their cavities improves notably the physicochemical properties of poorly soluble drugs, such as albendazole, the first chosen drug to treat gastrointestinal helminthic infections. Thus, the aim of this work was to synthesize a beta cyclodextrin citrate derivative, to analyze its ability to form complexes with albendazole and to evaluate its solubility and dissolution rate. The synthesis progress of the cyclodextrin derivative was followed by electrospray mass spectrometry and the acid-base titration of the product. The derivative exhibited an important drug affinity. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments demonstrated that the tail and the aromatic ring of the drug were inside the cavity of the cyclodextrin derivative. The inclusion complex was prepared by spray drying and full characterized. The drug dissolution rate displayed exceptional results, achieving 100% drug release after 20 minutes. The studies indicated that the inclusion complex with the cyclodextrin derivative improved remarkably the physicochemical properties of albendazole, being a suitable excipient to design oral dosage forms.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and microwave absorption properties of dendrite-like Fe3O4 embedded within amorphous sugar carbon matrix

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    Wu, Hao; Wang, Liuding; Wu, Hongjing

    2014-01-01

    Magnetite dendrites/sugar carbon (MDs/SC) nanocomposites, embedding MDs within amorphous SC matrix, were prepared by simple carbonization-reduction method using α-Fe2O3 dendrites (HDs) as precursor of MDs and sucrose as SC source, while still maintain the dendritic shape of the precursor. The morphology, composition, structure and static magnetic properties of the as-prepared MDs/SC nanocomposites were characterized by various techniques thoroughly. Particularly, the electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties of the MDs/SC and MDs paraffin composites (40 wt.%) were compared over 2-14 GHz. The results show that the microwave absorption performance of MDs/SC samples is comparable or even superior to that of MDs case. The absorption band with reflection loss (RL) below -20 dB for one of the MDs/SC samples can cover the whole X-band (8-12 GHz) with thickness of 1.8-2.4 mm when the content of MDs in the MDs/SC nanocomposite is 25.8 wt.%, and the minimum RL can reach -49.9 dB at 12.1 GHz when the layer thickness is only 1.9 mm. The excellent microwave absorption properties of the MDs/SC paraffin composites are attributed to the proper match between the complex permittivity and permeability, and the unique fractal structures of MDs.

  18. Progress in characterizing the multidimensional color quality properties of white LED light sources

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    Teunissen, Kees; Hoelen, Christoph

    2016-03-01

    With the introduction of solid state light sources, the variety in emission spectra is almost unlimited. However, the set of standardized parameters to characterize a white LED light source, such as correlated color temperature (CCT) and CIE general color rendering index (Ra), is known to be limited and insufficient for describing perceived differences between light sources. Several characterization methods have been proposed over the past decades, but their contribution to perceived color quality has not always been validated. To gain more insight in the relevant characteristics of the emission spectra for specific applications, we have conducted a perception experiment to rate the attractiveness of three sets of objects, including fresh food, packaging materials and skin tones. The objects were illuminated with seven different combinations of Red, Green, Blue, Amber and White LEDs, all with the same CCT and illumination level, but with differences in Ra and color saturation. The results show that, in general, object attractiveness does not correlate well with Ra, but shows a positive correlation with saturation increase for two out of three applications. There is no clear relation between saturation and skin tone attractiveness, partly due to differences in preference between males and females. A relative gamut area index (Ga) represents the average change in saturation and a complementary color vector graphic shows the direction and magnitude of chromatic differences for the eight CIE-1974 test-color samples. Together with the CIE general color rendering index (Ra) they provide useful information for designing and optimizing application specific emission spectra.

  19. Novel chitin/chitosan-glucan wound dressing: Isolation, characterization, antibacterial activity and wound healing properties.

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    Abdel-Mohsen, A M; Jancar, J; Massoud, D; Fohlerova, Z; Elhadidy, H; Spotz, Z; Hebeish, A

    2016-08-20

    Chitin/chitosan-glucan complex (ChCsGC) was isolated from Schizophyllum commune (S. commune) and dissolved for the first time in precooled (-15°C) 8wt.% urea/6wt.% NaOH aqueous solution. Novel nonwoven microfiber mats were fabricated by wet-dry-spinning technique and evaluated the mechanical of fabrics mats and surface morphology. Isolated and nonwoven mat were characterized employing FTIR-ATR, Optical microscope, TGA, DSC, H/C NMR, SEM and XRD techniques. According to the physical/chemical characterization measurements we can assumed that, the net and the novel dressing mats have the same chemical structure with slightly changes in the thermal stability for the dressing mats.The biological activity of the nonwoven ChCsGC fabric was tested against different types of bacteria exhibiting excellent antibacterial activity. Cell viability of the plain complex and nonwovens mats were evaluated utilizing mouse fibroblast cell line varying concentrations and treatment time. ChCsGC did not show any cytotoxicity against mouse fibroblast cells and the cell-fabrics interaction was also investigated using fluorescence microscope. The novel ChCsGC nonwovens exhibited excellent surgical wound healing ability when tested using rat models.

  20. Synthesis, characterization, and mercury adsorption properties of hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve prepared with fly ash.

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    Liu, Minmin; Hou, Li-An; Xi, Beidou; Zhao, Ying; Xia, Xunfeng

    2013-05-15

    A novel hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve (HMAS) was prepared with fly ash and impregnated with zeolite A precursors. This improved the mercury adsorption of HMAS compared to original MCM-41. The HMAS was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and (29)Si and (27)Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectra. These showed that the HMAS structure was still retained after impregnated with zeolite A. But the surface area and pore diameter of HMAS decreased due to pore blockage. Adsorption of mercury from aqueous solution was studied on untreated MCM-41and HMAS. The mercury adsorption rate of HMAS was higher than that of origin MCM-41. The adsorption of mercury was investigated on HMAS regarding the pH of mercury solution, initial mercury concentration, and the reaction temperature. The experimental data fit well to Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The Dublin-Radushkevich isotherm and the characterization show that the mercury adsorption on HMAS involved the ion-exchange mechanisms. In addition, the thermodynamic parameters suggest that the adsorption process was endothermic in nature. The adsorption of mercury on HMAS followed the first order kinetics.

  1. Nanomechanical Pyrolytic Carbon Resonators: Novel Fabrication Method and Characterization of Mechanical Properties

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    Maksymilian Kurek

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Micro- and nanomechanical string resonators, which essentially are highly stressed bridges, are of particular interest for micro- and nanomechanical sensing because they exhibit resonant behavior with exceptionally high quality factors. Here, we fabricated and characterized nanomechanical pyrolytic carbon resonators (strings and cantilevers obtained through pyrolysis of photoresist precursors. The developed fabrication process consists of only three processing steps: photolithography, dry etching and pyrolysis. Two different fabrication strategies with two different photoresists, namely SU-8 2005 (negative and AZ 5214e (positive, were compared. The resonant behavior of the pyrolytic resonators was characterized at room temperature and in high vacuum using a laser Doppler vibrometer. The experimental data was used to estimate the Young’s modulus of pyrolytic carbon and the tensile stress in the string resonators. The Young’s moduli were calculated to be 74 ± 8 GPa with SU-8 and 115 ± 8 GPa with AZ 5214e as the precursor. The tensile stress in the string resonators was 33 ± 7 MPa with AZ 5214e as the precursor. The string resonators displayed maximal quality factor values of up to 3000 for 525-µm-long structures.

  2. Preparation, characterization and study of optical properties of ZnS nanophosphor

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    Manam, J.; Chatterjee, V. [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India); Das, S., E-mail: phy_subrata@yahoo.co.i [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India); Choubey, A.; Sharma, S.K. [Department of Applied Physics, Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad-826004, Jharkhand (India)

    2010-02-15

    In this work the preparation, characterization and photoluminescence studies of pure and copper-doped ZnS nanophosphors are reported, which are prepared by using solid-state reaction technique at a temperature of 100 deg. C. The as-obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-VIS Reflectance spectroscopy. The XRD analysis confirms the formation of cubic phase of undoped as well as Cu{sup 2+}-doped ZnS nanoparticles. Furthermore it shows that the average size of pure as well as copper-doped samples ranges from 15 to 50 nm. The room-temperature PL spectra of the undoped ZnS sample showed two main peaks centered at around 421 and 450 nm, which are the characteristic emissions of interstitial zinc and sulfur vacancies, respectively. The PL of the doped sample showed a broad-band emission spectrum centered at 465 nm accompanied with shoulders at around 425, 450 and 510 nm, which are the characteristic emission peaks of interstitial zinc, sulfur vacancies and Cu{sup 2+} ions, respectively. Our experimental results indicate that the PL spectrum confirms the presence of Cu{sup 2+} ions in the ZnS nanoparticles as expected.

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and mercury adsorption properties of hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve prepared with fly ash

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    Liu, Minmin [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092 (China); Hou, Li-an, E-mail: 11liuminmin@tongji.edu.cn [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai 200092 (China); Xi, Beidou; Zhao, Ying; Xia, Xunfeng [China Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing 200012 (China)

    2013-05-15

    A novel hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve (HMAS) was prepared with fly ash and impregnated with zeolite A precursors. This improved the mercury adsorption of HMAS compared to original MCM-41. The HMAS was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption–desorption, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and {sup 29}Si and {sup 27}Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectra. These showed that the HMAS structure was still retained after impregnated with zeolite A. But the surface area and pore diameter of HMAS decreased due to pore blockage. Adsorption of mercury from aqueous solution was studied on untreated MCM-41and HMAS. The mercury adsorption rate of HMAS was higher than that of origin MCM-41. The adsorption of mercury was investigated on HMAS regarding the pH of mercury solution, initial mercury concentration, and the reaction temperature. The experimental data fit well to Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The Dublin–Radushkevich isotherm and the characterization show that the mercury adsorption on HMAS involved the ion-exchange mechanisms. In addition, the thermodynamic parameters suggest that the adsorption process was endothermic in nature. The adsorption of mercury on HMAS followed the first order kinetics.

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and mercury adsorption properties of hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve prepared with fly ash

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    Liu, Minmin; Hou, Li-an; Xi, Beidou; Zhao, Ying; Xia, Xunfeng

    2013-05-01

    A novel hybrid mesoporous aluminosilicate sieve (HMAS) was prepared with fly ash and impregnated with zeolite A precursors. This improved the mercury adsorption of HMAS compared to original MCM-41. The HMAS was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and 29Si and 27Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectra. These showed that the HMAS structure was still retained after impregnated with zeolite A. But the surface area and pore diameter of HMAS decreased due to pore blockage. Adsorption of mercury from aqueous solution was studied on untreated MCM-41and HMAS. The mercury adsorption rate of HMAS was higher than that of origin MCM-41. The adsorption of mercury was investigated on HMAS regarding the pH of mercury solution, initial mercury concentration, and the reaction temperature. The experimental data fit well to Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The Dublin-Radushkevich isotherm and the characterization show that the mercury adsorption on HMAS involved the ion-exchange mechanisms. In addition, the thermodynamic parameters suggest that the adsorption process was endothermic in nature. The adsorption of mercury on HMAS followed the first order kinetics.

  5. Nanomechanical Pyrolytic Carbon Resonators: Novel Fabrication Method and Characterization of Mechanical Properties

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    Kurek, Maksymilian; Larsen, Frederik K.; Larsen, Peter E.; Schmid, Silvan; Boisen, Anja; Keller, Stephan S.

    2016-01-01

    Micro- and nanomechanical string resonators, which essentially are highly stressed bridges, are of particular interest for micro- and nanomechanical sensing because they exhibit resonant behavior with exceptionally high quality factors. Here, we fabricated and characterized nanomechanical pyrolytic carbon resonators (strings and cantilevers) obtained through pyrolysis of photoresist precursors. The developed fabrication process consists of only three processing steps: photolithography, dry etching and pyrolysis. Two different fabrication strategies with two different photoresists, namely SU-8 2005 (negative) and AZ 5214e (positive), were compared. The resonant behavior of the pyrolytic resonators was characterized at room temperature and in high vacuum using a laser Doppler vibrometer. The experimental data was used to estimate the Young’s modulus of pyrolytic carbon and the tensile stress in the string resonators. The Young’s moduli were calculated to be 74 ± 8 GPa with SU-8 and 115 ± 8 GPa with AZ 5214e as the precursor. The tensile stress in the string resonators was 33 ± 7 MPa with AZ 5214e as the precursor. The string resonators displayed maximal quality factor values of up to 3000 for 525-µm-long structures. PMID:27428980

  6. Strontium-90 adsorption-desorption properties and sediment characterization at the 100 N-Area

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    Serne, R.J.; LeGore, V.L.

    1996-01-01

    Strontium-90 ({sup 90}Sr) has been seeping into the Columbia River since the early 1980s. The likely source is subsurface migration of {sup 90}Sr from once-through cooling water from the Hanford N Reactor disposed into the two disposal crib/trench facilities. Background information has been provided on the operational history of the two liquid waste disposal facilities and some of the regulatory drivers that have lead to the various characterization activities and remediation demonstrations being performed to help choose future full-scale remediation alternatives. The work presented in this topical report had two main objectives. First, we obtained numerous borehole samples from newly installed wells/borings and performed physical and chemical characterization that,included particle size analysis, moisture content, and Strontium-90, Tritium and gamma activity analyses to help improve the conceptual model of where the contaminants currently reside in the sediments. The second objective was to perform laboratory adsorption-desorption tests using both batch and flow- through column techniques to gather data for use in contaminant transport conceptual models and to aid in specific pump-and-treat calculations needed to interpret a field demonstration.

  7. Characterization and assessment of hyperelastic and elastic properties of decellularized human adipose tissues.

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    Omidi, Ehsan; Fuetterer, Lydia; Reza Mousavi, Seyed; Armstrong, Ryan C; Flynn, Lauren E; Samani, Abbas

    2014-11-28

    Decellularized adipose tissue (DAT) has shown potential as a regenerative scaffold for plastic and reconstructive surgery to augment or replace damaged or missing adipose tissue (e.g. following lumpectomy or mastectomy). The mechanical properties of soft tissue substitutes are of paramount importance in restoring the natural shape and appearance of the affected tissues, and mechanical mismatching can lead to unpredictable scar tissue formation and poor implant integration. The goal of this work was to assess the linear elastic and hyperelastic properties of decellularized human adipose tissue and compare them to those of normal breast adipose tissue. To assess the influence of the adipose depot source on the mechanical properties of the resultant decellularized scaffolds, we performed indentation tests on DAT samples s