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  1. Charge-transfer reactions between C{sub 60} and hydrophilic solutes

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    Dimitrijevic, N.M.; Nedeljkovic, J.M.; Saponjic, Z.V. [Institute for Nuclear Sciences ``Vinca``, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    1998-10-01

    Two different procedures for dissolving fullerene molecule C{sub 60} into aqueous solutions have been developed. Embedding C{sub 60} clusters into a water-soluble host molecule of {gamma}-cyclodextrin resulted in relatively low concentration of C{sub 60} (5-10 {mu}M). Prepare of a stable ionic surfactant/water/oil microemulsion provided a method for dissolving C{sub 60} in relatively high concentrations (1 mM). In both cases charge-transfer reactions between hydrophobic molecule of C{sub 60} and hydrophilic solutes were examined. Anion radical C{sub 60}{sup -} was detected in reaction with radiolytically produced radicals (e{sub aq}{sup -}, (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}COH or MV{sup +}), and in reaction with excess electrons stored onto nanometer-sized metal (Ag) or quantized semiconductor (TiO{sub 2}) particles. (orig.) 33 refs.

  2. C{sub 60} in photodissociation regions

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    Castellanos, Pablo; Tielens, Alexander G.G.M. [Leiden Observatory, P.O. Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden (Netherlands); Berné, Olivier [Université de Toulouse, UPS-OMP, IRAP, F-31400 Toulouse (France); Sheffer, Yaron; Wolfire, Mark G., E-mail: pablo@strw.leidenuniv.nl [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States)

    2014-10-10

    Recent studies have confirmed the presence of buckminsterfullerene (C{sub 60}) in different interstellar and circumstellar environments. However, several aspects regarding C{sub 60} in space are not yet well understood, such as the formation and excitation processes, and the connection between C{sub 60} and other carbonaceous compounds in the interstellar medium, in particular polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this paper, we study several photodissociation regions (PDRs) where C{sub 60} and PAHs are detected and the local physical conditions are reasonably well constrained to provide observational insights into these questions. C{sub 60} is found to emit in PDRs where the dust is cool (T{sub d} = 20-40 K) and even in PDRs with cool stars. These results exclude the possibility for C{sub 60} to be locked in grains at thermal equilibrium in these environments. We observe that PAH and C{sub 60} emission are spatially uncorrelated and that C{sub 60} is present in PDRs where the physical conditions (in terms of radiation field and hydrogen density) allow for full dehydrogenation of PAHs, with the exception of Ced 201. We also find trends indicative of an increase in C{sub 60} abundance within individual PDRs, but these trends are not universal. These results support models where the dehydrogenation of carbonaceous species is the first step toward C{sub 60} formation. However, this is not the only parameter involved and C{sub 60} formation is likely affected by shocks and PDR age.

  3. Production of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} fullerenes in benzene-oxygen flames

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    Howard, J.B.; McKinnon, T.; Johnson, M.E. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)] [and others

    1992-08-06

    Fullernes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} were produced in varying amounts in premixed laminar benzene/oxygen/argon flames operated under ranges of conditions including pressures of 12-100 Torr and C/O ratios from 0.717 to 1.072, the critical value for soot formation being 0.760. The fullernes were identified in toluene extracts of condensed flame material including soot, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode-array spectrophotometric detection, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectrophotometry. The yields of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} and the C{sub 70}/C{sub 60} ratio depend on temperature, pressure, carbon/oxygen ratio, and residence time in the flame. In the sooting flames, C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} first appear well after the onset of soot formation. The mass of C{sub 60} + C{sub 70} produced is in the range 0.0026-902% of the soot, compared to 1-14% of the fuel carbon was found in a nonsooting flame. The largest rate of production of C{sub 60} + C{sub 70} was observed in a sooting flame at a pressure of 100 Torr. The C{sub 70}/C{sub 60} molar ratio varied over the range 0.26-5.7, compared to 0.02-0.18 for the graphite vaporization method, and can be controlled by selection of flame conditions. Depending on flame conditions, the C{sub 60} + C{sub 70} fullernes were produced with varying amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). The mass ratio of PAH to C{sub 60} + C{sub 70} varies roughly from 0.01 to 100 over the range of conditions studied. Also, the C{sub 60} + C{sub 70} fullerenes are accompanied by metastable C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} isomers as well as C{sub 60}O, C{sub 70}O, C{sub 76}, C{sub 84}, C{sub 90}, and C{sub 94}, the identification of which by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry is described elsewhere. 49 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. CSUB CREST Research on Climate Change and the San Joaquin Valley, CA

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    Krugh, W. C.; Negrini, R. M.; Baron, D.; Gillespie, J.; Horton, R. A.; Montoya, E.; Cruz-Boone, C.; Andrews, G. D.; Guo, J.

    2015-12-01

    As part of the NSF-supported Centers for Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), student and faculty researchers at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) have been investigating the regional impacts of climate change as well as evaluating the potential of local contributions to its abatement. Highlights of this research include; 1) the development of a high-resolution climate record from Tulare Lake sediments that spans the past 20,000 years, 2) the quantitative analysis and prediction of climate change impacts on Sierra Nevada snowpack, 3) the detailed subsurface characterization of San Joaquin Valley oilfields targeted for CO2 sequestration, and 4) the evaluation of proposed host rock suitability under simulated CO2 injection conditions. To date, CSUB CREST supported research has resulted in 26 contributions to peer-reviewed journals (currently published or in-review). A primary goal of CSUB CREST is to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of students from the local community, the majority of whom are from backgrounds under-represented in STEM disciplines. More than 28 students have been directly involved in the basic and applied research projects supported by this program. The majority of these students have received, or are on track to receive, an M.S. degree and have ultimately gained employment in a STEM field or been accepted into a Ph.D. program. This presentation, and others in this session, will focus on the accomplishments, challenges, and strategies for success gleaned from CSUB CREST Phase 1.

  5. Orientation and photoluminescence of C{sub 60} crystallites in C{sub 60}-polymethyl methacrylate films

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    Ma, G.; Ming, N. [Nanjing Univ. (China). Nat. Lab. of Solid State Microstructures; Cheng, W.; Chen, G. [Department of Physics, Lanzhou University, 730000, Lanzhou (China)

    2000-10-31

    X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that C{sub 60} embedded in polymethyl methacrylate have a high tendency to form crystallites, the size of which increases with C{sub 60} concentrations. Annealing results in the growth of C{sub 60} crystallites and for heavily doped films, rearrangement of them into a predominant (111) orientation. The samples produce intense double-peaked photoluminescence profiles centered at {proportional_to}1.7 and {proportional_to}2.0 eV that vary coordinately upon annealing. The results not only promise an efficient method for preparation of oriented C{sub 60} films on substrates exhibiting strong surface energies such as Si, but also demonstrate the importance of controlling the size distribution of embedded C{sub 60} crystallites for, e.g. obtaining desired photoluminescence. (orig.)

  6. Seasonality of water availability and the effects of climate change on the distribution of C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} grasses in the Great Plains

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    Lauenroth, W.K.; Coffin, D.P.; Sala, O.E. [Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, CO (United States)]|[Univ. of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    1995-09-01

    We used a daily time step simulation model to evaluate the role of temperature and soil water in explaining the relative importance of C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} grasses and to evaluate potential effect of climate change (IPCC {open_quotes}Business-as Usual{close_quotes} scenario) at two sites; one dominated by C{sub 4} grasses (CPER) and the other dominated by a mixture of C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} grasses (CHEY). Under current conditions, both the lengths and the integrated performance of plants during the C{sub 3} growing seasons exceeded the C{sub 4} growing seasons at each site. The activity of C{sub 3} plants at the CPER represented 64% of the total (C3+C4) growing-slightly more favorable for C{sub 3} grasses and substantially more favorable for C{sub 4} grasses. The predicted decrease in precipitation resulted in a larger decrease for C{sub 3} than for C{sub 4} grasses at both sites. Changing both precipitation and temperature produced results very similar to the temperature treatment. Our conclusions are that current scenarios for climate change in the central Great Plains will very likely favor C{sub 4} grasses to the detriment of C{sub 3}s.

  7. Calorimetric measurements on Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}

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    Inaba, Akira; Miyazaki, Yuji [Research Center for Structural Thermodynamics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 (Japan); Michałowski, Paweł P.; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas, E-mail: Thomas.wagberg@physics.umu.se [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); Sundqvist, Bertil [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); State Key Laboratory for Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2015-04-28

    We show specific heat data for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} in the range 0.4-350 K for samples characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. At high temperatures, the two different polymer structures have very similar specific heats both in absolute values and in general trend. The specific heat data are compared with data for undoped polymeric and pristine C{sub 60}. At high temperatures, a difference in specific heat between the intercalated and undoped C{sub 60} polymers of 100 J K{sup −1} mol{sup −1} is observed, in agreement with the Dulong-Petit law. At low temperatures, the specific heat data for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} are modified by the stiffening of vibrational and librational molecular motion induced by the polymer bonds. The covalent twin bonds in Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} affect these motions to a somewhat higher degree than the single intermolecular bonds in Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}. Below 1 K, the specific heats of both materials become linear in temperature, as expected from the effective dimensionality of the structure. The contribution to the total specific heat from the inserted metal ions can be well described by Einstein functions with T{sub E} = 386 K for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and T{sub E} = 120 K for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, but for both materials we also observe a Schottky-type contribution corresponding to a first approximation to a two-level system with ΔE = 9.3 meV for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and 3.1 meV for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, probably associated with jumps between closely spaced energy levels inside “octahedral-type” ionic sites. Static magnetic fields up to 9 T had very small effects on the specific heat below 10 K.

  8. Superconductivity in alkali-doped C{sub 60}

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    Ramirez, Arthur P., E-mail: apr@ucsc.edu

    2015-07-15

    Highlight: • Superconductivity in alkali-doped C{sub 60} (A{sub 3}C{sub 60}) is well described by an s-wave state produced by phonon mediated pairing. • Moderate coupling of electrons to high-frequency shape-changing intra-molecular vibrational modes produces transition temperatures up to 33 K in single-phase material. • The good understanding of pairing in A{sub 3}C{sub 60} offers a paradigm for the development of new superconducting materials. - Abstract: Superconductivity in alkali-doped C{sub 60} (A{sub 3}C{sub 60}, A = an alkali atom) is well described by an s-wave state produced by phonon mediated pairing. Moderate coupling of electrons to high-frequency shape-changing intra-molecular vibrational modes produces transition temperatures (T{sub c}) up to 33 K in single-phase material. The good understanding of pairing in A{sub 3}C{sub 60} offers a paradigm for the development of new superconducting materials.

  9. Reflection electron energy-loss spectra of the fullerenes C[sub 60] and C[sub 70

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    Shul' ga, Yu.M. (Institute of Chemical Physics, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)); Rubtsov, V.I. (Institute of Chemical Physics, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)); Lobach, A.S. (Institute of Chemical Physics, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation))

    1994-02-01

    High purity polycrystalline samples of C[sub 60] and C[sub 70] were obtained and studied by the electron energy-loss spectroscopy in the reflection mode. The spectra were used for determination of the loss functions of fullerenes. Loss functions of the fullerenes were compared with those of graphite. It was established that the relative intensities of the peaks corresponding to ([sigma]+[pi])- and [pi]-plasmons depended on the primary electron energy, while the ([sigma]+[pi])-plasmon energies did not depend on the primary electron energy and were equal to 25.0 eV for C[sub 60] and 24.8 eV for C[sub 70]. The conclusion on the space localization for plasma occilations in fullerenes was made on the base of the study of the energy dependent loss functions. (orig.)

  10. Session 6: Highly active Pt/zeolite catalysts for combustion of C{sub 2}-C{sub 4} alkanes

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    Garetto, T.F.; Rincon, E.; Apesteguia, C.R. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Catalisis y Petroquimica -INCAPE- (UNL-CONICET), Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2004-07-01

    In an attempt for developing more active Pt-based catalysts for lower-alkane combustion, we investigate in this work the deep oxidation of C{sub 2}-C{sub 4} alkanes over Pt-based catalysts. Results show that the lower alkane oxidation turnover rates are more than two orders of magnitude higher on Pt/zeolites compared to Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. (authors)

  11. Modulation of the work function of fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} by alkali-metal adsorption: A theoretical study

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    Liang, Hong [Institute of Architecture and Engineering, Weifang University of Science and Technology, Weifang 262700 (China); Xu, Shunfu, E-mail: xushunfu2009@gmail.com [Institute of Architecture and Engineering, Weifang University of Science and Technology, Weifang 262700 (China); Department of Physics, Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Liu, Weihui [Department of Physics, Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Sun, Yueqiang; Liu, Xiangfa; Zheng, Xinqing; Li, Sen; Zhang, Qiang; Zhu, Ziliang; Zhang, Xiaochun; Dong, Chengguo [Institute of Architecture and Engineering, Weifang University of Science and Technology, Weifang 262700 (China); Li, Chun [Department of Physics, Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Yuan, Guang, E-mail: yuanguang@ouc.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China); Research Institute of Electronics, University of Shizuoka, Hamamasu 432-8011 (Japan); Mimura, Hitenori [Department of Physics, Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100 (China)

    2013-11-15

    The impact of alkali-metal (Li/Na/Cs) adsorption on work function of fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} was investigated by first-principles calculations. After adsorption, the work functions of fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} decrease distinctly and vary linearly with the electronegativity of the alkali metal elements, and the positions where the alkali atoms are adsorbed considerably influence the work functions. On the contrary, a vacancy defect elevates the work functions of the fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}. The variation in the work functions rests with variation in Fermi level (which are attributed to charge transfer) and variation in vacuum levels (which are attributed to the induced dipole moments). Moreover, alkali-metal adsorption can also improve the electric conductivity of a fullerene mixture of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}.

  12. Disordered and ordered C{sub {bold 28}} solids

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    Kim, J. [Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States); Galli, G. [Institut Romand de Recherche Numerique en Physique des Materiaux (IRRMA), Ecublens, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Wilkins, J.W. [Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States); Canning, A. [CRAY Research, PSE, EPFL, 1015Lausanne (Switzerland)

    1998-02-01

    Using tight-binding molecular dynamics, we have performed computer experiments to mimic the gas phase growth of a disordered solid composed of C{sub 28} fullerenes. The growth has been simulated by repeated low energy collisions of molecules coming from random directions. The resulting solid is composed of undamaged C{sub 28} cages, with most fullerenes being three- and four-fold coordinated, similar to C atoms in amorphous materials. The system contains a high percentage of distorted sp{sup 2} C sites and only a small proportion of sp{sup 3} sites. These results help clarify the structure of disordered films obtained experimentally by small fullerene deposition on surfaces. Furthermore, we have compared the properties of the disordered C{sub 28} solid (a-C{sub 28}) with those of ordered C{sub 28} solids. We have found that the energy of a-C{sub 28} is close to that of hyperdiamond (0.1 eV/atom higher) and differs by a few meV from that of other ordered structures, such as 2D-hypergraphite, hexagonal and clathrate solids. This indicates that in condensed phases C{sub 28} molecules can act as carbon superatoms, while showing more bonding flexibility than C atoms; in particular the capability of acting as six-fold coordinated building blocks of hexagonal solids, which are as stable as a-C{sub 28}. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Stress relaxation in c {sub perpendicular} {sub to} -c{sub //} YBaCuO thin films on MgO substrate studied by LACBED

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    Pailloux, F.; Gaboriaud, R.J. [Poitiers Univ., 86 (France). Lab. de Metallurgie Physique

    2000-06-01

    Thin films of YBaCuO grown by in situ pulsed laser deposition on MgO substrate are studied by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging and large angle convergent beam electron diffraction experiments. Both c{sub //} and c {sub perpendicular} {sub to} YBaCuO crystals coexist in the film. The diffraction experiments are performed on the MgO substrate along the interface with the YBaCuO film. Some of the Bragg lines exhibit a dramatic broadening when the electron probe is just below the c{sub //} oriented crystal. This result is interpreted in terms of lattice strain relaxation due to the thinning of the TEM sample. This relaxation phenomenon indicates that the c{sub //} oriented grains embedded in a c {sub perpendicular} {sub to} oriented host matrix of YBaCuO, are under stress. (orig.)

  14. Pulse-radiolysis study of cytochrome c/sub 3/

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    van Leeuwen, W.; van Dijk, C.; Grande, H.J.; Veeger, C.

    1982-10-02

    Pulse-radiolysis experiments were performed in the presence of methyl viologen and cytochrome c/sub 3/. After the pulse, methyl viologen radicals are formed and the kinetics of these radicals with cytochrome c/sub 3/ are studied. The reaction between cytochrome c/sub 3/ and methyl viologen radicals (MV/sup +/) is diffusion controlled. The ionic strength dependence and the pH-dependence of this reaction were studied. From the ionic strength dependence (at pH 7.8) we found that the net charge of the fully oxidized cytochrome c/sub 3/ molecule was Z = +4.7 +- 0.7. After the pulse an equilibrium is reached for the reaction of MV/sup +/ with cytochrome c/sub 3/. From this equilibrium an apparent midpoint potential can be obtained. The apparent midpoint potential of this multihaem molecule was found to depend on the degree of reduction, ..cap alpha... With the help of the Nernst equation an empirical equation is obtained to describe this dependence of the midpoint potential: E/sub 0/ = -0.250-0.088 x (in V). An estimation is made of the energy of interaction between the haems due to electrostatic interactions (..delta..epsilon < 32 mV) and due to ionic strength effects (-12 mV < ..delta..epsilon < 26 mV). The results suggest that the redox properties of the individual haems in the cytochrome c/sub 3/ molecule are dependent on the degree of reduction of the other haems in the molecule. The reaction of cytochrome c/sub 3/ with MV/sup +/ or with ethanol radicals (EtOHsup(.)) has been compared with the reactions of horse-heart cytochrome c and of metmyoglobin with the same radicals. The reaction of MV/sup +/ or EtOHsup(.) with horse-heart cytochrome c is found to be diffusion controlled; the reactions with metmyoglobin on the other hand are most probably controlled by an activation energy.

  15. 32 CFR 508.1 - Utilization of Army bands.

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  16. 48 CFR 1845.7210-1 - Utilization surveys.

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    2010-10-01

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  17. Cytochrome c{sub 6B} of Synechococcus sp. WH 8102 – Crystal structure and basic properties of novel c{sub 6}-like family representative

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    Zatwarnicki, Pawel [Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Wroclaw, F. Joliot Curie 14a, 50-383 Wroclaw (Poland); Barciszewski, Jakub [Center for Biocrystallographic Research, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan (Poland); Krzywda, Szymon [Department of Crystallography, Faculty of Chemistry, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland); Jaskolski, Mariusz [Department of Crystallography, Faculty of Chemistry, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland); Center for Biocrystallographic Research, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan (Poland); Kolesinski, Piotr [Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Wroclaw, F. Joliot Curie 14a, 50-383 Wroclaw (Poland); Szczepaniak, Andrzej, E-mail: Andrzej.Szczepaniak@ibmb.uni.wroc.pl [Department of Biophysics, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Wroclaw, F. Joliot Curie 14a, 50-383 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2014-01-24

    Highlights: • Crystal structure of cytochrome c{sub 6B} from Synechococcus sp. WH 8102 was solved. • Basic biophysical properties of cytochrome c{sub 6B} were determined. • Cytochrome c{sub 6B} exhibits similar architecture to cytochrome c{sub 6}. • Organization of heme binding pocket of cytochrome c{sub 6B} differs from that of c{sub 6}. • Midpoint potential of cytochrome c{sub 6B} is significantly lower than of cytochrome c{sub 6}. - Abstract: Cytochromes c are soluble electron carriers of relatively low molecular weight, containing single heme moiety. In cyanobacteria cytochrome c{sub 6} participates in electron transfer from cytochrome b{sub 6}f complex to photosystem I. Recent phylogenetic analysis revealed the existence of a few families of proteins homologous to the previously mentioned. Cytochrome c{sub 6A} from Arabidopsis thaliana was identified as a protein responsible for disulfide bond formation in response to intracellular redox state changes and c{sub 550} is well known element of photosystem II. However, function of cytochromes marked as c{sub 6B}, c{sub 6C} and c{sub M} as well as the physiological process in which they take a part still remain unidentified. Here we present the first structural and biophysical analysis of cytochrome from the c{sub 6B} family from mesophilic cyanobacteria Synechococcus sp. WH 8102. Purified protein was crystallized and its structure was refined at 1.4 Å resolution. Overall architecture of this polypeptide resembles typical I-class cytochromes c. The main features, that distinguish described protein from cytochrome c{sub 6}, are slightly red-shifted α band of UV–Vis spectrum as well as relatively low midpoint potential (113.2 ± 2.2 mV). Although, physiological function of cytochrome c{sub 6B} has yet to be determined its properties probably exclude the participation of this protein in electron trafficking between b{sub 6}f complex and photosystem I.

  18. Low-frequency excitations in Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} and Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60}

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    Schober, H. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, 38 - Grenoble (France); Renker, B. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Gompf, F. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    1996-04-01

    We present inelastic neutron scattering results for Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} and Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60} covering the energy region from 0.5 to 14 meV. The different contributions to the spectra (translational, libronic, Rb-vibrations) are discussed on the basis of their Q and temperature dependence. In superconducting Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} the scattering intensity observed in the range from 1.5 to 3.5 meV changes anomalously with temperature. No such behaviour is found in insulating Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60}. (orig.).

  19. Is C[sub 60] fullerite harder than diamond

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    Blank, V. (Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Popov, M. (Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Buga, S. (Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Davydov, V. (Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Denisov, V.N. (Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Ivlev, A.N. (Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Mavrin, B.N. (Institute of Spectroscopy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)); Agafonov, V. (Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, Faculte de Pharmaci

    1994-05-23

    Raman spectra of C[sub 60] fullerite at pressures up to 37 GPa with shear deformation are studied. We have found two states at high pressures, that persist after pressure release and have various transparencies in the near IR region. The nontransparent state is formed at 6-18 GPa and has a Raman spectrum with broadened bands at frequencies close to those of the initial fullerite. The transparent state was obtained at pressures higher than 18 GPa, and the Raman bands are broadened and overlapping in comparison with those of the nontransparent state. We suppose that C[sub 60] molecules persist in both states. The transparent state of fullerite shows a hardness higher than that of diamond. ((orig.))

  20. Using Cytochrome c{sub 3} to Make Selenium Nanowires

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    ABDELOUAS,A.; FRANCO,R.; GONG,W.L.; LUTZE,W.; MOURA,I.; SHELNUTT,JOHN A.

    1999-11-24

    We report on a new method to make nanostructures, in this case selenium nanowires, in aqueous solution at room temperature. We used the protein cytochrome c{sub 3} to reduce selenate (SeO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}) to selenium (Se{sup 0}). Cytochrome c{sub 3} is known for its ability to catalyze reduction of metals including U{sup VI} {yields} U{sup IV}, Cr{sup VI} {yields} Cr{sup III}, Mo{sup VI} {yields} Mo{sup IV}, Cu{sup II} {yields} Cu{sup 0}, Pb{sup II} {yields} Pb{sup 0}, Hg{sup II} {yields} Hg{sup 0}. Nanoparticles of Se{sup 0} precipitated from an aqueous solution at room temperature, followed by spontaneous self-assembling into nanowires. Cytochrome c{sub 3} was extracted from the sulfate-reducing bacteria Desulfovibrio vulgaris (strain Holdenborough) and isolated by the procedure of DerVartanian and Legall.

  1. Preparative isolation of the fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} and their analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Spitsyna, N.G.; Buravov, L.I.; Lobach, A.S. [Institute of Chemical Physics in Chernogolovka, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1995-06-01

    In this work, the authors report a rapid and efficient method for the preparative isolation of fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}. Liquid column chromatography on graphite and analysis by HPLC with a MILIKhROM-2 chromatograph is presented.

  2. C{sub 60} fullerene decoration of carbon nanotubes

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    Demin, V. A., E-mail: victordemin88@gmail.com [Russian Academy of Sciences, Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics (Russian Federation); Blank, V. D.; Karaeva, A. R.; Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Mordkovich, V. Z. [Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (Russian Federation); Parkhomenko, Yu. N. [National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Russian Federation); Perezhogin, I. A.; Popov, M. Yu. [Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (Russian Federation); Skryleva, E. A. [National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Russian Federation); Urvanov, S. A. [Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (Russian Federation); Chernozatonskii, L. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics (Russian Federation)

    2016-12-15

    A new fully carbon nanocomposite material is synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanotubes in a fullerene solution in carbon disulfide. The presence of a dense layer of fullerene molecules on the outer nanotube surface is demonstrated by TEM and XPS. Fullerenes are redistributed on the nanotube surface during a long-term action of an electron beam, which points to the existence of a molecular bond between a nanotube and fullerenes. Theoretical calculations show that the formation of a fullerene shell begins with the attachment of one C{sub 60} molecule to a defect on the nanotube surface.

  3. Interaction of fullerene C{sub 60} with 3-amino-1-propanol

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    Gol`dshleger, N.F.; Lobach, A.S.; Astakhova, A.S. [Institute of Chemical Physics in Chernogolovka, Moscow (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1994-12-01

    The C{sub 60} radical anions formed in the interaction of C{sub 60} with 3-amino-1-propanol under a vacuum were characterized by ESR and near-IR spectroscopy. In the air, a compound was obtained whose composition corresponds to the C{sub 60}:NH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}OH=1:3.

  4. Application of C{sub 60}, C{sub 72} and carbon nanotubes as anode for lithium-ion batteries: A DFT study

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    Najafi, Meysam, E-mail: meysamnajafi2016@gmail.com

    2017-07-01

    The application of C{sub 60}, C{sub 72}, CNT (8, 0) and CNT (10, 0) as anode materials for Lithium-ion batteries were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Results show that the average values of voltage cell (V{sub cell}) and adsorption energy (E{sub ad}) of CNT (8, 0) and CNT (10, 0) were higher than C{sub 60} and C{sub 72} ca 0.327 V and 6.52 kcal/mol, respectively. The NH{sub 2} functionalization of studied nanostructures as a strategy to improve the performance of these systems as anode materials of Lithium-ion batteries were investigated. Results show that, NH{sub 2} functionalization of studied nanostructures increase the average values of voltage cell and adsorption energy ca 0.197 V and 8.20 kcal/mol, respectively. Obtained results propose that NH{sub 2} functionalized C{sub 72} and CNT (10, 0) have larger V{sub cell} and E{sub ad} values and therefore these nanostructures have higher potential as anode material for Lithium-ion battery. - Highlights: • C{sub 60} and CNT (10, 0) as anode materials for Lithium-ion batteries were investigated. • V{sub cell} and E{sub ad} of CNT (8, 0) and CNT (10, 0) were higher than C{sub 60} and C{sub 72} ca. • NH{sub 2} functionalization of C{sub 60} improve the performance of it as anode materials of Lithium-ion batteries.

  5. Synthesis of biological markers in fossil fuels. 4. C/sub 27/, C/sub 28/, and C/sub 29/ 13. beta. ,17. cap alpha. (H)-diasteranes

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    Bauer, P.E.; Nelson, D.A.; Watt, D.S.; Reibenspies, J.H.; Anderson, O.P.; Seifert, W.K.; Moldowan, J.M.

    1985-12-27

    The rearrangement of 5-cholestene to (20epsilon)-13(17)-diacholestenes, separation of C-20 epimers, and further reduction provided an unambiguous synthesis of the biomarkers (20R)- and (20S)-13..beta..,17..cap alpha..(H)-diacholestanes. Repetition of this sequence using (24R)-5-campestene or (24R)-5-stigmastene provided the analogous C/sub 28/ and C/sub 29/ diasteranes. 15 references, 1 figure.

  6. NMR studies of alkali C{sub 60} superconductors

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    Stenger, V.A.; Recchia, C.; Pennington, C.H. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)] [and others

    1994-12-01

    The authors report {sup 13}C, {sup 87}Rb, {sup 39}K, and {sup 133}Cs nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of lineshapes, Knight shifts, and spin-lattice relaxation rates in the normal and superconducting states of M{sub 3}C{sub 60}, where M{sub 3} = Rb{sub 3}, K{sub 3}, Rb{sub 2}K, RbK{sub 2}, Rb{sub 2}Cs, and RbCs{sub 2}. Measurements are used as a guide to a new ammonia solvent synthesis technique. Temperature dependence of the superconducting state electron spin susceptibility is found to follow BCS weak coupling predictions. The issue of the Hebel-Slichter coherence peak is addressed.

  7. Quenching excited triplet C{sub 60} fullerene by tetracyanoethylene in benzonitrile

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    Nadtochenko, V.A.; Denisov, N.N.; Rubtsov, I.V.; Lobach, A.S.; Moravsky, A.P. [Institute of Chemical Physics in Chernogolovka, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1994-01-01

    The main photophysical properties of C{sub 60} fullerene: The absorption spectra of excited singlet C{sub 60}, the inter-combinational conversion time, the quantum yield of triplet C{sub 60}, the triplet-triplet absorption spectra, and the channels and rate constants of the deactivation of triplet C{sub 60} have been established. The photochemical properties of C{sub 60} fullerene have been investigated to a lesser degree. C{sub 60} is known to be readily reduced (E{sub 1/2} = {minus}0.4 in relation to Ag/Ag{sup +}), in particular, photochemically. For example, photoexcitation of charge-transfer complexes of C{sub 60} with amines gives the radical anion C{sup {minus}}{sub 60} which is also formed in reactions of photoexcited C{sub 60} fullerene. The formation of the radical cation C{sup +}{sub 60} under the action of light has been detected in the reaction with colloidal TiO{sub 2}. The radical ion C{sup +}{sub 60} has been obtained in a homogeneous photochemical process: the reaction of unexcited C{sub 60} with excited singlet N-methylacridinium hexafluorophosphate or with the biphenyl radical cation generated in the reaction with excited singlet N-methylacridinium hexafluorophosphate. The formation of C{sup +}{sub 60} with an electron acceptor in a homogeneous process has not so far been observed. The purpose of this work has been to study the quenching of triplet {sup 3}C{sub 60} with an electron acceptor, tetracyanoethylene (TCNE), which is known to oxidize unsaturated or aromatic hydrocarbons in photochemical reactions.

  8. Stability of functionalized C{sub 60} paramagnetic dimers and monomers

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    Miller, Michael [Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ 07806-5000 (United States); Owens, Frank J., E-mail: owensfj@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Hunter College, City University of New York, 695 Park Ave., NY 10065 (United States)

    2012-02-06

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DFT is used to calculate the bond dissociation energy of functionalized C{sub 60} dimers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results show the dimers would not be stable above room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculations indicate the observed magnetism cannot be due to C{sub 60} dimers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Because of their higher stability the ferromagnetism is likely due to X-C{sub 60} monomers. - Abstract: Density functional theory is used to calculate the bond dissociation energy to cleave the C{sub 60}=C{sub 60} bond of the paramagnetic X-C{sub 60}=C{sub 60}-X and X-C{sub 60}=C{sub 60} dimers where X is F, OH, O and H. The results show that these dimers would not be stable much above room temperature and therefore cannot constitute the paramagnetic phase needed to form the observed ferromagnetism which has been shown to be stable up to 800 K. The calculated bond dissociation energies to remove an F, OH or H from a single C{sub 60} are large suggesting that they could be the source of the unpaired spin needed for the high temperature ferromagnetism.

  9. Varying stress of SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films deposited by plasma polymerization.

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    Liao, Wei-Bo; Chang, Ya-Chen; Jaing, Cheng-Chung; Cheng, Ching-Long; Lee, Cheng-Chung; Wei, Hung-Sen; Kuo, Chien-Cheng

    2017-02-01

    SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films were deposited by plasma polymerization. The stress of the deposited SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films can be modified by adjusting the beam current, the anode voltage, and the flow rate of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) gas and oxygen. Reducing the beam current or increasing the flow rate of HMDSO gas increased the linear/cage structure ratio and turned the stress of the SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films from compressive to tensile. The linear/cage structure ratio can be adjusted by changing the composite parameter, W[FM]sub>csub>/[FM]sub>msub>, to control the stress of the deposited plasma polymer films. Multilayers of TiOsub>2sub>/SiOsub>2sub>/TiOsub>2sub> were coated on a SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> plasma polymer film herein, reducing their stress by 70% from 0.06 to 0.018 GPa. The refractive index is 1.55, and the absorption coefficient is less than 10-4 at 550 nm of the SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> films. Superior optical performances of SiOsub>xsub>Csub>ysub> thin films make their use in optical thin films.

  10. Transmission properties of C{sub 60} ions through micro- and nano-capillaries

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    Tsuchida, Hidetsugu, E-mail: tsuchida@nucleng.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Quantum Science and Engineering Center, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8530 (Japan); Majima, Takuya [Quantum Science and Engineering Center, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8530 (Japan); Tomita, Shigeo [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Sasa, Kimikazu [Tandem Accelerator Complex, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 (Japan); Narumi, Kazumasa; Saitoh, Yuichi; Chiba, Atsuya; Yamada, Keisuke [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Hirata, Koichi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan); Shibata, Hiromi [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8530 (Japan); Itoh, Akio [Quantum Science and Engineering Center, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8530 (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    We apply the capillary beam-focusing method for the C{sub 60} fullerene projectiles in the velocity range between 0.14 and 0.2 a.u. We study the C{sub 60} transmission properties through two different types of capillaries: (1) borosilicate glass microcapillary with an outlet diameter of 5.5 μm, and (2) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} multi-capillary foil with a pore size of about 70 nm and a high aspect ratio of about 750. We measured the transmitted particle composition by using the electrostatic deflection method combined with the microchannel plate imaging technique. For the experiments with the single microcapillary, the main transmission component is found to be primary C{sub 60} beams that are focused in the area equal to the capillary outlet diameter. Minor components are charge-exchanged C{sub 60} ions and charged or neutral fragments (fullerene-like C{sub 60-2m} and small C{sub n} particles), and their fractions decrease with decreasing the projectile velocity. It is concluded that the C{sub 60} transmission fraction is considerably high for both types of the capillaries in the present velocity range.

  11. The differential effects of CO{sub 2} on relative growth rates of a C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} plant

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    Grise, D.J.; Sage, R.F. [Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA (United States)]|[Univ. of Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

    1995-09-01

    We examined growth and allocation in Chenopodium album (C{sub 3}) and Amaranthus hybridus (C{sub 4}) at three CO{sub 2} levels (350, 750 and 1000 {mu}bar CO{sub 2}), at 34{degrees}C. Although net assimilation rate increased at higher than current ambient CO{sub 2} treatments for Chenopodium, relative growth rates for this species were significantly lower (P<0.001) than for Amaranthus at all CO{sub 2} treatments. However, the nature of the difference in relative growth rate changed across CO{sub 2} treatments. At 350 and 750 {mu}bar CO{sub 2}, differences in relative growth rates between species were not linearly maintained throughout the course of the experiment, the difference in relative growth rates between species was larger at the start of the experiment than at the end of the experiment. At 1000 {mu}bar CO{sub 2}, the difference in relative growth rate between species was linearly maintained throughout the course of the experiment. In this treatment, the pattern of relative growth rate for the C{sub 3} plant is the same as that of the C{sub 4} plant. On the basis of this experiment, we predict, at 34{degrees}C, the C{sub 3} plant will not successfully compete with the C{sub 4} plant at 350 or 750 {mu}bar CO{sub 2}, but might be able to compete successfully at 1000 {mu}bar CO{sub 2}.

  12. Comparison of hydrocarbon gases (C{sub 1}-C{sub 5}) production from Carboniferous Donets (Ukraine) and Cretaceous Sabinas (Mexico) coals

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    Alsaab, D.; Elie, M.; Izart, A.; Martinez, L. [G2R, Nancy - Universite, CNRS, CREGU, BP-239, 54506 Vandoeuvres-les-Nancy (France); Sachsenhofer, R.F. [Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Peter-Tunner-Strasse 5, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Privalov, V.A. [Donetsk National Technical University, Artem str., 58, UA-83000 Donetsk (Ukraine); Suarez-Ruiz, I. [Instituto Nacional del Carbon - (INCAR) - CSIC. Ap.Co., 73, 33080-Oviedo (Spain)

    2008-04-03

    The main purpose of this contribution is to compare the ability of Carboniferous coals from the Donets Basin of the Ukraine and Cretaceous coal from the Sabinas Basin of the Mexico to generate hydrocarbon gases (C{sub 1}-C{sub 5}). Two bituminous coals from the Donets Basin (2c10YD and 1l1Dim; 0.55 and 0.65%R{sub r} respectively) and one bituminous coal from the Sabinas Basin (Olmos, 0.92%R{sub r}) were studied using heating experiments in a confined-pyrolysis system. The highest rank reached during the heating experiments corresponds to the anthracite stage (2.78 and 2.57%R{sub r}) for the 2c10YD and 1l1Dim coals and (2.65%R{sub r}) for the Olmos coal. The composition of the generated (C{sub 1}-C{sub 5}) gases was evaluated using a thermodesorption-multidimensional gas chromatography. The results show that the Carboniferous Donets coals produced more wet gas and methane during pyrolysis than the Cretaceous Olmos coal. This is probably due to their higher liptinite (6-20%) and collodetrinite content and to the loss of a major part of the petroleum potential of the Olmos coal during natural coalification. C{sub 2}-C{sub 5} compounds are mainly derived from the cracking of liquid hydrocarbons. Ethane is the most stable compound and formed from the cracking of higher hydrocarbon component. Large amounts of methane (up to 81 mg/g coal for the Donets coals and 50 mg/g coal for the Sabinas coal) were formed at high temperatures by cracking of previously formed heavier hydrocarbons and by dealkylation of the coal matrix. A linear relationship was observed between methane generation and the maturity level of both coal types. (author)

  13. Free radical hydrogen atom abstraction from saturated hydrocarbons: A crossed-molecular-beams study of the reaction Cl + C{sub 3}H{sub 8} {yields} HCl + C{sub 3}H{sub 7}

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    Blank, D.A.; Hemmi, N.; Suits, A.G.; Lee, Y.T. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)

    1997-04-01

    The abstraction of hydrogen atoms from saturated hydrocarbons are reactions of fundamental importance in combustion as well as often being the rate limiting step in free radical substitution reactions. The authors have begun studying these reactions under single collision conditions using the crossed molecular beam technique on beamline 9.0.2.1, utilizing VUV undulator radiation to selectively ionize the scattered hydrocarbon free radical products (C{sub x}H{sub 2x+1}). The crossed molecular beam technique involves two reactant molecular beams fixed at 90{degrees}. The molecular beam sources are rotatable in the plane defined by the two beams. The scattered neutral products travel 12.0 cm where they are photoionized using the VUV undulator radiation, mass selected, and counted as a function of time. In the authors initial investigations they are using halogen atoms as protypical free radicals to abstract hydrogen atoms from small alkanes. Their first study has been looking at the reaction of Cl + propane {r_arrow} HCl + propyl radical. In their preliminary efforts the authors have measured the laboratory scattering angular distribution and time of flight spectra for the propyl radical products at collision energies of 9.6 kcal/mol and 14.9 kcal/mol.

  14. Preparation and surface enhanced Raman scattering behavior of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters

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    Kang, Shi-Zhao; Yin, Die-er; Li, Xiangqing; Mu, Jin, E-mail: mujin@sit.edu.cn

    2013-12-01

    Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters were prepared and characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm measurement. The Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters were assembled on the glass substrate to form a thin film using the layer-by-layer technique. Meanwhile, the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of musk xylene adsorbed on the film of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters was explored. The results indicated that the film of Ag-coated C{sub 60} nanoclusters was a unique SERS-active substrate with a detection limit of 10{sup −9} mol L{sup −1} for musk xylene. Furthermore, the surface enhanced mechanisms were discussed preliminarily.

  15. Mechanical characterization of C{sub 60} whiskers by MEMS bend testing

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    Larsson, M P; Lucyszyn, S [Optical and Semiconductor Devices Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)], E-mail: s.lucyszyn@imperial.ac.uk

    2009-04-01

    Little has been published on the mechanical characteristics of C{sub 60} whiskers, due to the inherent difficulties in physically mounting such small test samples. Earlier reported results suggested Young's modulus values of 32 and 54 GPa, with 130 and 160 micron diameter C{sub 60} nanowhiskers, respectively, using compressive deformation techniques. In our work, an experimental bespoke silicon-based microelectromechanical system has been developed to extract an other value. 1th as been found, through parameter extraction techniques, that a Young's modulus of only {approx} 2 GPa is obtained with a C{sub 60} whisker having a diameter of 4 microns. By including the previously published data points, there is now strong evidence to suggest an inverse proportionality relationship between the Young's modulus and the diameter of a C{sub 60} whisker.

  16. Possibility of gas sensor based on C{sub 20} molecular devices

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    Zhao, Wenkai [School of Physics and Optoelectronics Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025 (China); Yang, Chuanlu, E-mail: yangchuanlu@126.com [School of Physics and Optoelectronics Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025 (China); Zou, Dongqing [School of Physics, State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Sun, Zhaopeng [School of Physics and Optoelectronics Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai 264025 (China); Ji, Guomin [Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Tulsa, OK 74078 (United States)

    2017-06-09

    We theoretically investigate the possibility of diatomic gas detection (NO, CO, O{sub 2}) by making use of the transport properties of the C{sub 20} molecular junctions. The calculations are performed by using nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism in combination with density functional theory (DFT). In this work, we systematically study the most stable adsorption structural configurations, adsorption energy, and the transport properties on C{sub 20} molecular junctions with these diatomic gas molecules. It is found that NO and O{sub 2} gas molecule can be detected selectively. We suggest its possibility of nanosensors for highly sensitive and selective based on C{sub 20} molecular junction systems. - Highlights: • The most favorable adsorption site is investigated. • The mechanism of gas sensors is revealed. • NO and O{sub 2} gas molecules can be detected by C{sub 20} selectively.

  17. Electrical conductivity of reconstructed Si(111) surface with sodium-doped C{sub 60} layers

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    Tsukanov, D. A., E-mail: tsukanov@iacp.dvo.ru; Saranin, A. A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Ryzhkova, M. V.; Borisenko, E. A. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); Zotov, A. V. [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, FEB RAS, Vladivostok 690041 (Russian Federation); School of Natural Sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Department of Electronics, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, Vladivostok 690600 (Russian Federation)

    2015-01-05

    Electrical conductance of sodium-doped C{sub 60} ultra-thin layers (1–6 monolayers) grown on the Na-adsorbed Si(111)√3 × √3-Au surface has been studied in situ by four-point probe technique, combined with low-energy electron diffraction observations. Evidence of conductance channel formation through the C{sub 60} ultrathin layer is demonstrated as a result of Na dosing of 3 and 6 monolayers thick C{sub 60} layers. The observed changes in surface conductivity can be attributed to the formation of fulleride-like NaC{sub 60} and Na{sub 2}C{sub 60} compound layers.

  18. Studies of the mechanism of the olefin metathesis reaction and the process of active site formation on photoreduced molybdenum-silicate catalysts. 2. Productive and degenerative metathesis of C/sub 2/H/sub 4/-C/sub 2/D/sub 4/ and C/sub 3/H/sub 6/-C/sub 3/D/sub 6/ mixtures

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    Elev, I.V.; Shelimov, B.N.; Kazanskii, V.B.

    1987-10-01

    The specific catalytic activity of photoreduced Mo/sup 4 +//SiO/sub 2/ samples has been compared for productive and degenerate metathesis reactions of C/sub 3/H/sub 6/-C/sub 3/D/sub 6/ and C/sub 2/H/sub 4/-C/sub 2/D/sub 4/ mixtures. It has been found, that, under comparable conditions, the rate of degenerate metathesis of ethylene is 4-5 times slower than the rate of productive metathesis of propylene, although the rate of degenerate metathesis of propylene is 5 x 10/sup 3/-10/sup 4/ times greater than its rate of productive metathesis. Based on these results, it is concluded that degenerate metathesis of propylene occurs via the involvement of secondary (ethylidene) carbenes.

  19. Decoherence free in subspace using Na at C{sub 60} as quantum qubit

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    Zeng Xianghua; Bi Qiao; Guo Guangcan; Ruda, H.E

    2003-06-23

    An approach of quantum computing based on endohedral metallofullerenes has been discussed, which includes the construction of c{sup n}-Not logic gates and decoherence-free in the projected subspace to protect against the decoherence from the interaction with environment. As the special structure of Na at C{sub 60}, symmetrically alignment of n Na at C{sub 60} along z direction, we can construct the multiqubits under the control of the STM setups.

  20. Optical and photoelectrical studies of gold nanoparticle-decorated C{sub 60} films

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    Dmitruk, N.L., E-mail: dmitruk@isp.kiev.u [Institute for Physics of Semiconductors, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45 Nauki Prospect, Kyiv 03028 (Ukraine); Borkovskaya, O.Yu.; Mamykin, S.V.; Naumenko, D.O. [Institute for Physics of Semiconductors, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 45 Nauki Prospect, Kyiv 03028 (Ukraine); Meza-Laguna, V. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, A. P. 70-186, C. P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Basiuk Golovataya-Dzhymbeeva, E.V. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito exterior S/N Ciudad Universitaria, A. P. 70-186, C. P. 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Lee, I. Puente [Facultad de Quimica, UNAM, Circuito de la Investigacion Cientifica, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2010-01-01

    Optical and photoelectrical studies were performed on octane-1,8-dithiol cross-linked fullerene films, with supported gold nanoparticles (C{sub 60}-DT-Au). According to high-resolution transmission electron microscopy observations, the average size of obtained gold nanoparticles was about 5 nm, and the shape was spherical. The comparative investigation of optical properties of pristine and cross-linked with octane-1,8-dithiol C{sub 60} films, decorated with gold nanoparticles, found the difference in the extinction coefficient spectra, which was observed also in the photocurrent spectra of barrier heterostructure Au/C{sub 60}/Si. The analysis of dark current-voltage characteristics for Au/C{sub 60}/Si heterostructures showed that the model for them includes the barrier at the C{sub 60}/Si interface and internal barriers in the C{sub 60} layer, caused by the trapping centers. The hopping mechanism of the current transport in the C{sub 60} layer was supplemented with the Poole-Frenkel emission process on these centers, with the barrier height greater for the fullerene C{sub 60} film cross-linked with octane-1,8-dithiol.

  1. Negative ions produced in multicharged ions and C{sub 60} collisions

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    Martin, S; Bredy, R; Montagne, G; Bernard, J; Chen, L [Universite de Lyon, F-69622, Lyon (France); Universite Lyon 1, Villeurbanne (France); CNRS, UMR5579, LASIM (France); Salmoun, A [Laboratory of Instrumentation Measure and Control, Physics Department, Faculty of Sciences, University Chouaib Doukkali, BP 20 El Jadida (Morocco); Ma, X, E-mail: smartin@univ-lyon1.fr [Institute of Modern Physic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2011-06-15

    We have measured the differential cross-sections in F{sup 3+}-C{sub 60} collisions at low velocity (v=0.18 a.u.). Using coincidence measurements between the ejected electron number and recoil ions, we have estimated the initial charge state of C{sub 60} parent ions associated with neutral outgoing projectiles to range from 4+ to 7+. We found that the formation of anions is correlated with the strong excitation of C{sub 60} (average excitation energy about 160 eV). The cross-section of the production of the anion has been found to be 25 a.u. This value is in agreement with the scenario of anion formation in two steps. In the first step, F{sup 3+} ions are neutralized by multicollision on the C{sub 60} surface. In the second step and at the exit part of the collision, the electron attachment process occurs. For the production of a stable anion, the capture of electrons on carbon must occur directly to the ground states of F{sup -}, giving many electron vacancies on C{sub 60}. This process explains the observation of strong electronic and vibronic excitations of C{sub 60} leading to electron emission and multifragmentation processes.

  2. Doping effects induced by potassium ion implantation in solid C{sub 60}

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    Trouillas, P. [Faculte des Sci., Limoges (France). Lab. d`Electronique des Polymers sous Faisceau Ionique; Moliton, A. [Faculte des Sci., Limoges (France). Lab. d`Electronique des Polymers sous Faisceau Ionique; Ratier, B. [Faculte des Sci., Limoges (France). Lab. d`Electronique des Polymers sous Faisceau Ionique

    1995-08-01

    Ion implantation is presented here as another technique for investigating the electrical properties of doped solid C{sub 60}. The conductivity and the thermopower have been studied versus the implantation parameters in order to investigate electrical transport phenomena which occur in implanted solid C{sub 60}, and thus prove doping effects. First results on ion implantation in C{sub 60} show a strong competition between damaging (induced by energetic ions) and doping effect (induced by charge transfer). Generally, electron transfers between the potassium atoms and the C{sub 60} molecules produce a conducting phase: up to x{approx} =0.1, metallic K{sub 3}C{sub 60} islands are dispersed in an insulating phase (virgin C{sub 60}); then, for x>0.1, damage plays a major role, leading to conduction paths through the samples (the saturation threshold x{approx} =0.1 is lower than in chemical doping due to the degradations). Potassium ion implantation with low energy (E{approx} =30 keV) and low fluence (D<10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}) seems to provide the best implantation parameters for doping. Indeed, small ion size, low energy and low fluence are necessary in order to diminish the degradation effects. (orig.)

  3. Heat and Mass Transfer during Solid-Liquid Phase Transition of n-Alkanes in the C{sub 16} to C{sub 19} Range

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    Holmen, Rune

    2002-07-01

    The main goal of this project has been to study heat and mass transfer during solid-liquid phase transition of n-alkanes in the in the C{sub 16} to C{sub 19} range. Phase transitions of both mixtures and pure components have been investigated. All experiments and simulations have been performed without any convection. Thermal conductivities have been determined at the melting point for solid and liquid unbranched alkanes ranging from C{sub 16} to C{sub 19}. An assessment of the error of the method has been performed. The measurements of solid conductivities are in accordance with measurements reported previously and confirm the applicability of the method. Liquid conductivities are higher than extrapolated values from the literature. The enhanced conductivity is believed to be caused by structural changes close to the melting point which is not taken into account when extrapolating values from the literature. Experiments have been performed for the purpose of investigating the freezing of mixtures of n-alkanes in the C{sub 16}-C{sub 19} range. The positions of the solid-liquid interfaces have been measured as freezing occurred. Calculations of the ratio of liquid and solid conductivities show that the solid structure of mixtures of the investigated n-alkanes is predominantly in a rotator structure at the temperatures investigated. There are indications of a transformation into an orthorhombic structure at lower temperatures. The temperatures on the solid-liquid interface have been measured, and compared with calculated values from chapter 4. The temperature of the interface is represented better by the measured interfacial temperatures than by the calculated interfacial temperatures. The experimental results indicate that the diffusion of heat is the limiting mechanism of phase transition. This result in a homogeneous liquid composition. A numerical model has been developed in order to simulate the experimental freezing of mixtures. The model represents the results

  4. VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION OF C{sub 3}-HYDROCARBONS IN THE STRATOSPHERE OF TITAN

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    Li, Cheng; Gao, Peter; Yung, Yuk [Division of Geological and Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Zhang, Xi [Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)

    2015-04-20

    Motivated by the recent detection of propene (C{sub 3}H{sub 6}) in the atmosphere of Titan, we use a one-dimensional Titan photochemical model with an updated eddy diffusion profile to systematically study the vertical profiles of the stable species in the C{sub 3}-hydrocarbon family. We find that the stratospheric volume mixing ratio of propene (C{sub 3}H{sub 6}) peaks at 150 km with a value of 5 × 10{sup −9}, which is in good agreement with recent observations by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer on the Cassini spacecraft. Another important species that is currently missing from the hydrocarbon family in Titan's stratosphere is allene (CH{sub 2}CCH{sub 2}), an isomer of methylacetylene (CH{sub 3}C{sub 2}H). We predict that its mixing ratio in the stratosphere is about 10{sup −9}, which is on the margin of the detection limit. CH{sub 2}CCH{sub 2} and CH{sub 3}C{sub 2}H equilibrate at a constant ratio in the stratosphere by hydrogen-exchanging reactions. Thus, by precisely measuring the ratio of CH{sub 2}CCH{sub 2} to CH{sub 3}C{sub 2}H, the abundance of atomic hydrogen in the atmosphere can be inferred. No direct yield for the production of cyclopropane (c-C{sub 3}H{sub 6}) is available. From the discharge experiments of Navarro-González and Ramírez, the abundance of cyclopropane is estimated to be 100 times less than that of C{sub 3}H{sub 6}.

  5. C{sub 3} as the dominant carbon cluster in high pressure discharges in graphite hollow cathodes

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    Janjua, Sohail Ahmad; Ahmad, Mashkoor; Khan, Sabih-ud-Din; Khalid, Rahila; Aleem, Abid; Ahmad, Shoaib [Carbon Based Nanotechnology and Accelerator Laboratory, PINSTECH, PO Box Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2007-03-07

    Results are presented that have been obtained while operating the graphite hollow cathode duoplasmatron ion source in dual mode under constant discharge current. This dual mode operation enabled us to obtain the mass and emission spectra simultaneously. In mass spectra C{sub 3} is the main feature but C{sub 4} and C{sub 5} are also prominent, whereas in emission spectra C{sub 2} is also there and its presence shows that it is in an excited state rather than in an ionic state. These facts provide evidence that C{sub 3} is produced due to the regeneration of a soot forming sequence and leave it in ionic state. C{sub 3} is a stable molecule and the only dominant species among the carbon clusters that survives in a regenerative sooting environment at high-pressure discharges.

  6. Production of levulinic acid, furfural, and gamma valerolactone from C.sub.5 and C.sub.6 carbohydrates in mono- and biphasic systems using gamma-valerolactone as a solvent

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    Dumesic, James A.; Alonso, David Martin; Gurbuz, Elif I.; Wettstein, Stephanie G.

    2013-03-19

    A method to make levulinic acid (LA), furfural, or gamma-valerolactone (GVL). React cellulose (and/or other C.sub.6 carbohydrates) or xylose (and/or other C.sub.5 carbohydrates) or combinations thereof in a monophasic reaction medium comprising GVL and an acid; or (ii) a biphasic reaction system comprising an organic layer comprising GVL, and a substantially immiscible aqueous layer. At least a portion of the cellulose (and/or other C.sub.6 carbohydrates), if present, is converted to LA and at least a portion of the xylose (and/or other C.sub.5 carbohydrates), if present, is converted into furfural.

  7. EELS, XPS and IR study of C{sub 60}.2S{sub 8} compound

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    Shul`ga, Yu.M. [Inst. of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Rubtsov, V.I. [Inst. of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Vasilets, V.N. [Inst. of Energetic Problems of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Lobach, A.S. [Inst. of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Spitsyna, N.G. [Inst. of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Yagubskii, E.B. [Inst. of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)

    1995-03-15

    Results from electron energy loss, X-ray photoelectron, and infrared spectroscopies are ptesented for the C{sub 60}.2S{sub 8} compound. As one goes from C{sub 60} to C{sub 60}.2S{sub 8}, binding energy decreases by 0.5 eV, and ({sigma}+{pi}) plasmon energy decreases by 1.2 eV. Arguments for charge redistribution are performed. (orig.)

  8. The role of carbonic anhydrase in C>4 photosynthesis

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    Studer, Anthony [Life Sciences Research Foundation, Baltimore, MD (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Current pressures on the global food supply have accelerated the urgency for a second green revolution using novel and sustainable approaches to increase crop yield and efficiency. This proposal outlines experiments to address fundamental questions regarding the biology of C>4 photosynthesis, the method of carbon fixation utilized by the most productive food, feed and bioenergy crops. Carbonic anhydrase (CA) has been implicated in multiple cellular functions including nitrogen metabolism, water use efficiency, and photosynthesis. CA catalyzes the first dedicated step in C>4 photosynthesis, the hydration of CO2 into bicarbonate, and is potentially rate limiting in C>4 grasses. Using insertional mutagenesis, we have generated CA mutants in maize, and propose the characterization of these mutants using phenotypic, physiological, and transcriptomic profiling to assay the plant’s response to altered CA activity. In addition, florescent protein tagging experiments will be employed to study the subcellular localization of CA paralogs, providing critical data for modeling carbon fixation in C>4 plants. Finally, I propose parallel experiments in Setaria viridis to explore its relevance as model C>4 grass. Using a multifaceted approach, this proposal addresses important questions in basic biology, as well as the need for translation research in response to looming global food challenges.

  9. Tunneling magnetoresistance of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} molecules sandwiched between Co clusters

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    Zare-Kolsaraki, H. E-mail: kolsarak@ph2.uni-koeln.de; Micklitz, H

    2004-09-01

    The tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of samples containing well-defined Co clusters ({approx}4.5 nm mean diameter) embedded in C{sub 2}H{sub 2} matrices essentially is independent of Co-cluster volume fraction v{sub Co} and reveals a value of about 26% at T=2 K. This result is in contrast to that obtained for Co clusters embedded in C{sub 2}H{sub 4} matrices (Phys. Rev. B 67 (2003) 094433). In the latter system the TMR strongly decreased with increasing v{sub Co} indicating different possible orientation of the C{sub 2}H{sub 4} molecule sandwiched between the Co clusters. We, therefore, conclude that the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} molecules are sandwiched in a rather well-defined orientation between the Co clusters. They probably form double layers of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} molecules with the C-C bond axis parallel to the Co cluster surface.

  10. Tribomechanical behavior of B{sub 4}C{sub p} reinforced Al 359 composites

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    Ramasamy, Deivasigamani; Rathanasamy, Rajasekar [Kongu Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Subramanian, Mohan Kumar; Kaliyannan, Gobinath Velu [PAAVAI Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Mechatronics Engineering; Palaniappan, Sathish Kumar [Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal (India); Durairaj, Jayanth

    2017-03-01

    n the present investigation, the influence of B{sub 4}C{sub p} particles on the mechanical and tribological behavior of Al 359 composites has been studied. B{sub 4}C{sub p} particle reinforced Al 359 composite samples were prepared by stir casting process. Hardness, tensile strength and wear behavior of the composites were studied and compared with a control specimen. Hardness of B{sub 4}C{sub p} particles reinforced Al 359 matrix increases compared to base matrix due to the presence of the ceramic phase. Coefficient of friction considerably increases with up to 20 wt.-% addition of B{sub 4}C{sub p} in base matrix. Specimens were subjected to wear tests under different load conditions and the following five different wear mechanisms such as wear groove, abrasion, delamination, oxidation and plastic deformation were evaluated. The abrasion results prove the increase in wear resistance of B{sub 4}C{sub p} reinforced composites compared to a control specimen.

  11. Dysprosium carbide iodides Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2}I{sub 18}, Dy{sub 4}(C{sub 2})I{sub 6} and Dy{sub 12}(C{sub 2}){sub 3}I{sub 17}; Dysprosiumcarbidiodide Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2}I{sub 18}, Dy{sub 4}(C{sub 2})I{sub 6} und Dy{sub 12}(C{sub 2}){sub 3}I{sub 17}

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    Mattausch, H.; Hoch, C.; Simon, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2007-02-15

    The title compounds are formed by reaction of DyI{sub 3}, Dy metal and C in stoichiometric amounts in closed Ta ampoules, Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2}I{sub 18} at 930 C for 7 days, Dy{sub 4}(C{sub 2})I{sub 6} at 950 C for 6 days and Dy{sub 12}(C{sub 2}){sub 3}I{sub 17} at 900 C for 11 days as pure samples according to X-ray powder diffraction. Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2}I{sub 18} crystallizes in space group P2{sub 1}/c with a = 10.470(2), b = 17.152(3), c = 13.983(3) Aa and {beta} = 121.14(3) , Dy{sub 4}(C{sub 2})I{sub 6} in Pnnm with a = 13.622(3), b = 14.335(3) and c = 8.396(2) Aa, and Dy{sub 12}(C{sub 2}){sub 3}I{sub 17} in C2/c with a = 19.149(4), b = 12.069(2), c = 18.595(4) Aa, and {beta} = 90.54(3) . The crystal structure of Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2}I{sub 18} is composed of Dy double octahedra centered by (C{sub 2}){sup 6-} groups (ethanide) with the iodide ions above the edges and the corners of the Dy{sub 10}(C{sub 2}){sub 2} units. In Dy{sub 4}(C{sub 2})I{sub 6} the Dy atoms form chains of trans-edge sharing octahedra with embedded (C{sub 2}) groups. In the structure of Dy{sub 12}(C{sub 2}){sub 3}I{sub 17} alternately cis-, trans-edge-condensed Dy{sub 6} octahedra centered by (C{sub 2}) groups occur. The iodine atoms surround the chains like in the M{sub 6}X{sub 12} cluster and interconnect neighboring chains. (orig.)

  12. Transport properties of carbide superconductor La{sub 2}C{sub 3}

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    Kim, J. S. [Dept. of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kremer, R. K. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-03-15

    We investigate the electrical and thermal transport properties of a sesquicarbide superconductor La{sub 2}C{sub 3}, including electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity. The electrical resistivity exhibits a typical metallic character with a saturation behavior at high temperatures. The thermoelectric power shows a metallic behavior with pronounced phonon-drag effect, comparable with pure metals. The broad peak of the thermal conductivity is observed in the superconducting state, which is rapidly suppressed by magnetic fields. These observations suggest that the electron-phonon scattering is significant in La{sub 2}C{sub 3}, which is relevant with the relatively high-T{sub c} in La{sub 2}C{sub 3} through strong electron-phonon coupling with low frequency phonon modes.

  13. Compensation effects in C{sub 60} doped by ion implantation

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    Trouillas, P.; Ratier, B.; Moliton, A. [LEPOFI, Faculte des Sciences, Limoges (France)

    1995-12-31

    We have studied electrical transport phenomena after ion implantation in sublimed C{sub 60} films. A n type doping exists with 30 KeV potassium ion irradiations and low fluences (D < 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}). However degradation effects have been noted. So we have tried to discriminate doping and damage effects. Studies about the compensation phenomenum have been performed in order to prove the chemical role of the potassium atoms. An electron transfer from the alkali metal is sure; but a strong competition exists between degradation and doping phenomena. Finally, the intact C{sub 60} molecules are the insulator barriers, K{sub 3}C{sub 60} and isolated carbon atoms are the conductor phase for an heterogeneous media model. (Author).

  14. Microstructural analysis of carbon films obtained from C{sub 60} fullerene ion beams

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    Huck, H.; Halac, E.B.; Reinoso, M.; Dall' Asen, A.G.; Somoza, A.; Deng, W.; Brusa, R.S.; Karwasz, G.P.; Zecca, A

    2003-04-30

    Carbon films have been produced by accelerating C{sub 60}{sup +} ions on silicon substrates with energies between 100 and 800 eV. Furthermore some samples have been vacuum-annealed at 600 deg. C. The samples have been characterized by Raman and positron annihilation spectroscopies (RS-PAS). The measurements for the as-deposited material show that there is a coexistence of polymerized fullerenes and amorphous-carbon islands and that the structure depends on the energy of the incident ions. At low energies, fullerenes are deposited preserving the molecular identity and some intermolecular covalent bonds begin to insinuate; at higher energies, the amount of these covalent bonds increases and the amorphous islands predominate. After the annealing process, the amorphous phase organizes in graphitic clusters and the unbroken C{sub 60} cages are transformed back to pristine and slightly polymerized C{sub 60}.

  15. A photoemission study of the diamond and the single crystal C{sub 60}

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    Wu, Jin

    1994-03-01

    This report studied the elctronic structure of diamond (100) and diamond/metal interface and C{sub 60}, using angle-resolved and core level photoemission. The C(100)-(2X1) surface electronic structure was studied using both core level and angle resolved valence band photoemission spectroscopy. The surface component of the C 1s core level spectrum agrees with theoretical existence of only symmetrical dimers. In the case of metal/diamond interfaces, core level and valence photoelectron spectroscopy and LEED studies WERE MADE OF B and Sb on diamond (100) and (111) surfaces. In the case of single-crystal C{sub 60}, photoemission spectra show sharp molecular features, indicating that the molecular orbitals are relatively undisturbed in solid C{sub 60}.

  16. Investigation of electronic density in C[sub 60] by compton scattering

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    Bellin, Ch.; Marangolo, M. (LMCP, Universite Paris VI, Paris Cedex (France)); Moscovici, J. (LPMD, Universite Paris XII, Creteil Cedex (France)); Loupias, G. (LURE, Bat. 209, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsey Cedex (France)); Rabii, S. (Dept. Electrical Engineering, Univ. Pensylvania, Philadelphia (United States)); Erwin, S. (Complex Systems Theory Branch, Naval Research Lab., Washington (United States))

    1997-01-01

    High-resolution measurements of Compton profiles on C[sub 60] as well as K[sub x]C[sub 60] have been carried out using 16 keV photons at LURE (Orsay, France) and at ESRF (Grenoble, France). Theoretical profiles are obtained using the plane wave expansion of wave functions from an ab initio self-consistent field calculation of the energy band structure. The linear combination of atomic orbitals method within local-density-approximation has been employed for the calculation. In all cases, the agreement between theory and experiment is excellent. The C[sub 60] profiles indicate substantially greater delocalization of the ground state charge density, compared to graphite. We have demonstrated, both by experimental and calculation, that the delocalization in C[sub 60] is mainly a molecular effect. (author) 16 refs, 3 figs

  17. Investigation of electronic density in C{sub 60} by compton scattering

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    Bellin, Ch.; Marangolo, M. [LMCP, Universite Paris VI, Paris Cedex (France); Moscovici, J. [LPMD, Universite Paris XII, Creteil Cedex (France); Loupias, G. [LURE, Bat. 209, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsey Cedex (France); Rabii, S. [Dept. Electrical Engineering, Univ. Pensylvania, Philadelphia (United States); Erwin, S. [Complex Systems Theory Branch, Naval Research Lab., Washington (United States)

    1997-12-31

    High-resolution measurements of Compton profiles on C{sub 60} as well as K{sub x}C{sub 60} have been carried out using 16 keV photons at LURE (Orsay, France) and at ESRF (Grenoble, France). Theoretical profiles are obtained using the plane wave expansion of wave functions from an ab initio self-consistent field calculation of the energy band structure. The linear combination of atomic orbitals method within local-density-approximation has been employed for the calculation. In all cases, the agreement between theory and experiment is excellent. The C{sub 60} profiles indicate substantially greater delocalization of the ground state charge density, compared to graphite. We have demonstrated, both by experimental and calculation, that the delocalization in C{sub 60} is mainly a molecular effect. (author) 16 refs, 3 figs

  18. Process for separating C/sub 2+/ hydrocarbons from natural gas. Verfahren zur Abtrennung von C/sub 2+/-Kohlenwasserstoffen aus Erdgas

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    Bauer, H.; Sapper, R.

    1987-03-05

    A process for separating C/sub 2+/ hydrocarbons from natural gas is claimed in which the natural gas is cooled, partially condensed, and separated into a liquid and a gaseous fraction. The liquid fraction is subcooled, expanded in the top region of a rectification column, and mixed with the expanded gaseous fraction. The rectification process produces a product flow containing C/sub 2+/ hydrocarbons, and a residual gas containing mostly lower-boiling constituents. The residual gas is heated up by indirect heat exchange with condensate and then by heat exchange with the gaseous fraction after partial condensation and with the natural gas led into the partial condensation process. The heated residual gas is expanded, producing work, and heated again by heat exchange with the natural gas to be cooled.

  19. Equation of motion coupled cluster methods for electron attachment and ionization potential in fullerenes C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}

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    Bhaskaran-Nair, Kiran [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 (United States); Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 (United States); Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 (United States); Kowalski, Karol, E-mail: karol.kowalski@pnnl.gov [William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, K8-91, P.O.Box 999, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States); Moreno, Juana; Jarrell, Mark [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802 (United States); Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 (United States); Shelton, William A. [Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 (United States); Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 (United States)

    2014-08-21

    In both molecular and periodic solid-state systems there is a need for the accurate determination of the ionization potential and the electron affinity for systems ranging from light harvesting polymers and photocatalytic compounds to semiconductors. The development of a Green's function approach based on the coupled cluster (CC) formalism would be a valuable tool for addressing many properties involving many-body interactions along with their associated correlation functions. As a first step in this direction, we have developed an accurate and parallel efficient approach based on the equation of motion-CC technique. To demonstrate the high degree of accuracy and numerical efficiency of our approach we calculate the ionization potential and electron affinity for C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}. Accurate predictions for these molecules are well beyond traditional molecular scale studies. We compare our results with experiments and both quantum Monte Carlo and GW calculations.

  20. [sup 13]C NMR on C[sub 60] single-crystal. RMN du [sup 13]C sur un monocristal de C[sub 60

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    Kerkoud, R.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Godard, J.; Jerome, D. (Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France). Lab. de Physique des Solides); Lambert, J.M.; Bernier, P. (Montpellier-1 Univ., 34 (France))

    1994-01-01

    The authors report a [sup 13]C NMR study performed on a C[sub 60] single crystal (8% enriched in [sup 13]C) grown by sublimation. Molecular motions are tested by spin-lattice relaxation data and spectral shapes below and above the structural transition at T[sub c] = 262 K. The sharpness of this transition and the long relaxation times at low temperature, compared to previous data on powdered samples, confirm the high purity of the crystal.

  1. Occupied and unoccupied orbitals of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} probed with C 1s emission and absorption

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    Carlisle, J.A.; Terminello, L.J.; Hudson, E.A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The aim of this work is to characterize the orbital structure of the fullerenes, and to pursue its evolution from a cluster to the infinite solid. For obtaining a complete picture of the electronic structure the authors compare a variety of experimental techniques, i.e. photoemission and core level emission for occupied orbitals and inverse photoemission and core level absorption for unoccupied orbitals. Their experimental results focus on optical probes involving the C 1s core level, i.e. absorption via transitions from the C 1s level into unoccupied {pi}* and {sigma}* orbitals and emission involving transitions from occupied orbitals into a C 1s hole. Due to the simplicity of the C 1s level there exist clear selection rules. For example, only transitions to and from orbitals with p-character are dipole-allowed. These results on the p-projected density of states are compared with inverse photoemission and photoemission results, where the selection rules are less definitive. In addition, a first-principles quasiparticle calculation of the density of states is used to assign the orbital features. The spectra from C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} are still far from their infinite analog, i.e., graphite, which is also measured with the same techniques. In order to determine the effect of electron transfer onto C{sub 60}, as in superconducting alkali fullerides, the authors are studying resonant emission of C{sub 60}. An electron is placed in the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) by optical absorption from the C 1s level and the C 1s emission detected in the presence of this spectator electron.

  2. Nanocrystalline gold in Au-doped thin C{sub 60} films

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    Devenyi, A.; Manaila, R.; Belu-Marian, A.; Macovei, D.; Manciu, M.; Popescu, E.M.; Tanase, M.; Fratiloiu, D.; Mihai, N.D. [Nat. Inst. for Phys. of Mater., Bucharest (Romania); Barna, P.B.; Labar, J.; Safran, G.; Kovacs, A. [Research Institute for Technical Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 76, H-1325, Budapest (Hungary); Braun, T. [Institute of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry, L. Eoetvoes University, P.O. Box 123, 1443, Budapest (Hungary)

    1998-12-14

    Thin Au-C{sub 60} films with global composition Au{sub x}C{sub 100-x} (x between 0.35 and 4.50 at.%) were prepared by vacuum co-deposition and investigated by X-ray diffraction, EDS, XTEM and electrical transport. Evidence indicated the formation of distorted nanocrystalline Au, presumably stabilized by interface electron transfer into C{sub 60} LUMO. Electrical results are interpreted in the frame of the dominant current model, with a continuous density of localized states induced by Au in the C{sub 60} gap. There is also evidence for variable range hopping at low temperatures. (orig.) 20 refs.

  3. Electromagnetic wave propagation in a random distribution of C{sub 60} molecules

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    Moradi, Afshin, E-mail: a.moradi@kut.ac.ir [Department of Engineering Physics, Kermanshah University of Technology, Kermanshah, Iran and Department of Nano Sciences, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a random distribution of C{sub 60} molecules are investigated, within the framework of the classical electrodynamics. Electronic excitations over the each C{sub 60} molecule surface are modeled by a spherical layer of electron gas represented by two interacting fluids, which takes into account the different nature of the π and σ electrons. It is found that the present medium supports four modes of electromagnetic waves, where they can be divided into two groups: one group with shorter wavelength than the light waves of the same frequency and the other with longer wavelength than the free-space radiation.

  4. Rubidium isotope effect in superconducting Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60

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    Burk, B.; Crespi, V.H.; Zettl, A.; Cohen, M.L. (Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States) Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States))

    1994-06-06

    We have measured the resistive supercondeucting transition temperature in C[sub 60] single crystals intercalated with isotopically pure [sup 87]Rb and [sup 85]Rb and with natural abundance rubidium. We obtain a rubidium isotope effect exponent of [alpha][sub Rb]=[minus]0.028[plus minus]0.036, a result which implies that the Rb-C[sub 60] optic phonons play at most a minor role in the pairing mechanism of Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60].

  5. Interstellar C/sub 3/N: Detection in Taurus dark clouds

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    Friberg, P.; Hjalmarson, A.; Irvine, W.M.; Guelin, M.

    1980-10-15

    We report the first detection of the radical C/sub 3/N in interstellar sources, at the centers of the two dark clouds TMC 1 and TMC 2. The very small line widths observed for this low-order transition (N=3..-->..2) allow a partial resolution of the hyperfine structure and a tentative estimate of this radical's hyperfine constants. The C/sub 3/N/HC/sub 3/N abundance ratio observed in the two clouds is similar to that in IRC+10216, but much larger than the upper limit derived for Orion A and Sagittarius B2.

  6. Optical, structural and electrical properties of polyaniline systems doped with C{sub 60} and small gap C{sub 60} fullerenes

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    Politakos, Nikolaos; Zalakain, Iñaki; Fernandez d' Arlas, Borja; Eceiza, Arantxa; Kortaberria, Galder, E-mail: galder.cortaberria@ehu.es

    2013-10-01

    In this work two systems consisting on polyaniline (Pani) doped with simple and small gap C{sub 60} fullerenes have been prepared and characterized. Composites with different doping amounts of 1,2,4 and 8 wt% have been analyzed in order to evaluate their structure together with their optical and electrical properties and the effect of fullerene type and amount on them. The shift and change of shape in Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) bands and solid {sup 13}C NMR spectroscopy signals showed the presence of interactions between matrix and fullerenes by electron density transfer among them. Optical properties have also been analyzed in terms of ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy. The blue shift of several bands confirmed the charge transfer. Obtained structures have been analyzed by optical microscopy (OM) showing the different way in which both types of fullerenes have been incorporated into the polymer chains. Finally, conductivity has been measured by the four probe technique, relating obtained values with the structure of the composite and the different degree of crystallinity of simple and small gap fullerenes. - Highlights: • Use of small gap fullerenes as doping agent with polyaniline (Pani). • Electrical properties comparison between simple C{sub 60} and small gap fullerenes systems with polyaniline. • Different conductive behavior for small gap fullerenes and simple C{sub 60} depending on their size. • Study of optical and structural properties of different Pani/fullerenes composite systems. • Enhanced electrical properties for both systems in respect to the neat polyaniline (Pani)

  7. The ternary thorium aluminium carbides Th{sub 2}Al{sub 2}C{sub 3} and ThAl{sub 4}C{sub 4}

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    Gesing, T.M. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Anorganisch-Chemisches Inst.; Jeitschko, W. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Anorganisch-Chemisches Inst.

    1996-07-01

    The title compounds were prepared by arc-melting cold-pressed pellets of the elemental components with subsequent annealing at 900 C. Th{sub 2}Al{sub 2}C{sub 3} crystallizes orthorhombic: Pnnm, a=540.6(1) pm, b=1155.6(2) pm, c=352.01(6) pm, Z=2. The structure was determined from powder diffractometer data using the Rietveld method: R{sub F}=0.039 for 42 structure factors and six variable positional parameters. The positions of the metal atoms correspond to those of the InS-type structure. The two different carbon atoms are in octahedral coordination formed by four thorium and two aluminium atoms. The hydrolysis of ThAl{sub 4}C{sub 4} with diluted hydrochloric acid resulted in 74 wt.% methane, 12 wt.% ethane and ethylene and 14 wt.% saturated and unsaturated higher hydrocarbons. Nevertheless, the crystal structure determination from single-crystal X-ray data showed that there are only isolated carbon atoms in the solid: I4/m, a=823.1(1) pm, c=332.73(6) pm, Z=2, R=0.032 for 13 variable parameters and 372 structure factors. It is isotypic with UCr{sub 4}C{sub 4}. The carbon atoms are octahedrally coordinated by two thorium and four aluminium atoms. (orig.)

  8. Effects of C{sub 60} nanoparticle exposure on earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus) and implications for population dynamics

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    Ploeg, M.J.C. van der, E-mail: merel.vanderploeg@wur.n [Alterra, Wageningen UR, Droevendaalssesteeg 3, 6700 AA, Wageningen (Netherlands); Division of Toxicology, Wageningen University, Tuinlaan 5, 6703 HE, Wageningen (Netherlands); Baveco, J.M.; Hout, A. van der [Alterra, Wageningen UR, Droevendaalssesteeg 3, 6700 AA, Wageningen (Netherlands); Bakker, R. [RIKILT, Wageningen UR, Akkermaalsbos 2, 6708 WB, Wageningen (Netherlands); Rietjens, I.M.C.M. [Division of Toxicology, Wageningen University, Tuinlaan 5, 6703 HE, Wageningen (Netherlands); Brink, N.W. van den [Alterra, Wageningen UR, Droevendaalssesteeg 3, 6700 AA, Wageningen (Netherlands)

    2011-01-15

    Effects of C{sub 60} nanoparticles (nominal concentrations 0, 15.4 and 154 mg/kg soil) on mortality, growth and reproduction of Lumbricus rubellus earthworms were assessed. C{sub 60} exposure had a significant effect on cocoon production, juvenile growth rate and mortality. These endpoints were used to model effects on the population level. This demonstrated reduced population growth rate with increasing C{sub 60} concentrations. Furthermore, a shift in stage structure was shown for C{sub 60} exposed populations, i.e. a larger proportion of juveniles. This result implies that the lower juvenile growth rate due to exposure to C{sub 60} resulted in a larger proportion of juveniles, despite increased mortality among juveniles. Overall, this study indicates that C{sub 60} exposure may seriously affect earthworm populations. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that juveniles were more sensitive to C{sub 60} exposure than adults. - C{sub 60} nanoparticle exposure can affect Lumbricus rubellus populations.

  9. Formation of clusters composed of C{sub 60} molecules via self-assembly in critical fluids

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    Fukuda, Takahiro [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, 2100, Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan); Ishii, Koji [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, 2100, Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan); Kurosu, Shunji [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, 2100, Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan); Whitby, Raymond [School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, Cockroft Building, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ (United Kingdom); Maekawa, Toru [Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, 2100, Kujirai, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-8585 (Japan)

    2007-04-11

    Fullerenes are promising candidates for intelligent, functional nanomaterials because of their unique mechanical, electronic and chemical properties. However, it is necessary to invent some efficient but relatively simple methods of producing structures composed of fullerenes for the development of nanomechatronic, nanoelectronic and biochemical devices and sensors. In this paper, we show that various structures such as straight fibres, networks formed by fibres, wide sheets and helical structures, which are composed of C{sub 60} molecules, are created by placing C{sub 60}-crystals in critical ethane, carbon dioxide and xenon even though C{sub 60} molecules do not dissolve or disperse in the above fluids. It is supposed, judging by the intermolecular potentials between C{sub 60} and C{sub 60}, between C{sub 60} and ethane, and between ethane and ethane, that C{sub 60}-clusters grow with the assistance of solvent molecules, which are trapped between C{sub 60} molecules under critical conditions. This room-temperature self-assembly cluster growth process in critical fluids may open up a new methodology of forming structures built up with fullerenes without the need for any ultra-fine processing technologies.

  10. Reducing HAuCl{sub 4} by the C{sub 60} dianion: C{sub 60}-directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles into novel fullerene bound gold nanoassemblies

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    Liu Wei; Gao Xiang [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022 (China)], E-mail: xgao@ciac.jl.cn

    2008-10-08

    The C{sub 60} dianion is used to reduce tetrachloroauric acid (HAuCl{sub 4}) for the first time; three-dimensional C{sub 60} bound gold (Au-C{sub 60}) nanoclusters are obtained from C{sub 60}-directed self-assembly of gold nanoparticles due to the strong affinities of Au-C{sub 60} and C{sub 60}-C{sub 60}. The process was monitored in situ by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. The resulting Au-C{sub 60} nanoclusters were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies. TEM demonstrates the formation of 3D nanonetwork aggregates, which are composed of discrete gold nanocores covered with a C{sub 60} monolayer. The SAED and XRD patterns indicate that the gold nanocores inside the capped C{sub 60} molecules belong to the face-centred cubic crystal structure, while the C{sub 60} molecules are amorphous. The EDS and XPS measurements validate that the Au-C{sub 60} nanoclusters contain only Au and C elements and Au{sup 3+} is reduced to Au{sup 0}. FT-IR spectroscopy shows the chemiadsorption of C{sub 60} to the gold nanocores, while Raman spectroscopy demonstrates the electron transfer from the gold nanocores to the chemiadsorbed C{sub 60} molecules. Au-C{sub 60} nanoclusters embedded in tetraoctyl-n-ammonium bromide (TOAB) on glassy carbon electrodes (GCEs) have been fabricated and have shown stable and well-defined electrochemical responses in aqueous solution.

  11. Molecular depth profiling in ice matrices using C{sub 60} projectiles

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    Wucher, A.; Sun, S.; Szakal, C.; Winograd, N

    2004-06-15

    The prospects of molecular sputter depth profiling using C{sub 60}{sup +} projectiles were investigated on thick ice layers prepared by freezing aqueous solutions of histamine onto a metal substrate. The samples were analyzed in a ToF-SIMS spectrometer equipped with a liquid metal Ga{sup +} ion source and a newly developed fullerene ion source. The C{sub 60}{sup +} beam was used to erode the surface, while static ToF-SIMS spectra were taken with both ion beams alternatively between sputtering cycles. We find that the signals both related to the ice matrix and to the histamine are about two orders of magnitude higher under 20-keV C{sub 60} than under 15-keV Ga bombardment. Histamine related molecular signals are found to increase drastically if the freshly introduced surface is pre-sputtered with C{sub 60} ions, until at a total ion fluence of about 10{sup 13} cm{sup -2} the spectra are completely dominated by the molecular ion and characteristic fragments of histamine. At larger fluence, the signal is found to decrease with a disappearance cross section of approximately 10{sup -14} cm{sup 2}, until at total fluences of about 10{sup 14} cm{sup -2} a steady state with stable molecular signals is reached. In contrast, no appreciable molecular signal could be observed if Ga{sup +} ions were used to erode the surface.

  12. Low extraction recovery of fullerene from carbonaceous geological materials spiked with C{sub 60}

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    Jehlicka, J.; Frank, O.; Hamplova, V.; Pokorna, Z.; Juha, L.; Bohacek, Z.; Weishauptova, Z. [Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic). Inst. for Geochemical Mineral & Mineral Resources

    2005-08-01

    Soxhlet extraction, sonication, and ultracritical extraction were tested with respect to their capacity to extract fullerenes from natural carbonaceous materials. Toluene solutions with various contents of synthetic C{sub 60} were added to powdered graphite, shungite, bituminous coal, and quartz, with final C{sub 60} concentration 0.1-100 ppm. The C{sub 60}-doped materials were leached in three kinds of extraction apparatus. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to analyse the fullerene content in the obtained toluene extracts. Surprisingly low yields of the C{sub 60} extraction (most of them well below 5%) were determined for all the carbonaceous matrices and all the extraction techniques employed in the fullerene isolation. This finding has serious consequences for better understanding of the reported fullerene occurrence in the geological environment, because a greatly limited extraction yield can be responsible for some negative results of fullerene analyses in various geological samples. Both fullerene stability in solvents and fullerene interaction with the surfaces of geological carbonaceous matrices are discussed to explain the obtained results.

  13. REVERSIBLE HYDROGEN STORAGE IN A LiBH{sub 4}-C{sub 60} NANOCOMPOSITE

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    Teprovich, J.; Zidan, R.; Peters, B.; Wheeler, J.

    2013-08-06

    Reversible hydrogen storage in a LiBH{sub 4}:C{sub 60} nanocomposite (70:30 wt. %) synthesized by solvent-assisted mixing has been demonstrated. During the solvent-assisted mixing and nanocomposite formation, a chemical reaction occurs in which the C{sub 60} cages are significantly modified by polymerization as well as by hydrogenation (fullerane formation) in the presence of LiBH{sub 4}. We have determined that two distinct hydrogen desorption events are observed upon rehydrogenation of the material, which are attributed to the reversible formation of a fullerane (C{sub 60}H{sub x}) as well as a LiBH4 species. This system is unique in that the carbon species (C{sub 60}) actively participates in the hydrogen storage process which differs from the common practice of melt infiltration of high surface area carbon materials with LiBH{sub 4} (nanoconfinment effect). This nanocomposite demonstrated good reversible hydrogen storage properties as well as the ability to absorb hydrogen under mild conditions (pressures as low as 10 bar H{sub 2} or temperatures as low as 150°C). The nanocomposite was characterized by TGA-RGA, DSC, XRD, LDI-TOF-MS, FTIR, 1H NMR, and APPI MS.

  14. Dynamics and phase transitions in A{sub 1}C{sub 60} compounds

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    Schober, H.; Toelle, A. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, 38 -Grenoble (France); Renker, B.; Heid, R. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    We present an overview of extensive inelastic neutron scattering experiments carried out on powders of A{sub 1}C{sub 60}. The various phases leave strong fingerprints in the microscopic dynamics confirming the solid-state chemical reactions. The strong kinetic phase transitions can be followed in real time and turn to be highly complex. (orig.).

  15. Separation of C/sub 3+/ hydrocarbons by absorption and rectification

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    Sapper, R.

    1989-02-21

    A process for separation of C/sub 3+/ hydrocarbons from natural gas and the like comprises subjecting the gas under pressure to partial condensation under cooling, separating the uncondensed gaseous phase and engine expanding same while the condensed liquid fraction is subjected to rectification. Additional C/sub 3+/ hydrocarbons are separated from the engine expanded gaseous fraction by a scrubbing step. The loaded scrubbing agent is preferably fed to the rectification column, while the unabsorbed gaseous fraction coming from the scrubbing step is preferably heated and delivered as a product stream containing C/sub 2-/ hydrocarbons. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, scrubbing is conducted at a higher pressure than rectification, for example, about 10 to 20 bar higher than the rectification pressure. This proves to be especially advantageous if the C/sub 2-/ fraction is to be delivered under energy-intensive recompression is required. The scrubbing step is preferably performed with a liquid hydrocarbon mixture derived from the process itself, although other scrubbing agents, particularly other liquid hydrocarbon mixtures, are suitable. In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention, the scrubbing is conducted with a scrubbing agent obtained by partial condensation of the residual gas from the rectification column. In another preferred embodiment of the invention, the partial condensation of the residual gas is conducted by heat exchange with the evaporating bottoms product from the scrubbing step. 1 fig.

  16. Regular approach for generating van der Waals C{sub s} coefficients to arbitrary orders

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    Ovsiannikov, Vitali D [Department of Physics, Voronezh State University, 394006 Voronezh (Russian Federation); Mitroy, J [Faculty of Technology, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT 0909 (Australia)

    2006-01-14

    A completely general formalism is developed to describe the energy E{sup disp} = {sigma}{sub s}C{sub s}/R{sup s} of dispersion interaction between two atoms in spherically symmetric states. Explicit expressions are given up to the tenth order of perturbation theory for the dispersion energy E{sup disp} and dispersion coefficients C{sub s}. The method could, in principle, be used to derive the expressions for any s while including all contributing orders of perturbation theory for asymptotic interaction between two atoms. The theory is applied to the calculation of the complete series up to s = 30 for two hydrogen atoms in their ground state. A pseudo-state series expansion of the two-atom Green function gives rapid convergence of the series for radial matrix elements. The numerical values of C{sub s} are computed up to C{sub 30} to a relative accuracy of 10{sup -7} or better. The dispersion coefficients for the hydrogen-antihydrogen interaction are obtained from the H-H coefficients by simply taking the absolute magnitude of C{sub s}.

  17. Methylotroph cloning vehicle

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    Hanson, Richard S.; Allen, Larry N.

    1989-04-25

    A cloning vehicle comprising: a replication determinant effective for replicating the vehicle in a non-C.sub.1 -utilizing host and in a C.sub.1 -utilizing host; DNA effective to allow the vehicle to be mobilized from the non-C.sub.1 -utilizing host to the C.sub.1 -utilizing host; DNA providing resistance to two antibiotics to which the wild-type C.sub.1 -utilizing host is susceptible, each of the antibiotic resistance markers having a recognition site for a restriction endonuclease; a cos site; and a means for preventing replication in the C.sub.1 -utilizing host. The vehicle is used for complementation mapping as follows. DNA comprising a gene from the C.sub.1 -utilizing organism is inserted at the restriction nuclease recognition site, inactivating the antibiotic resistance marker at that site. The vehicle can then be used to form a cosmid structure to infect the non-C.sub.1 -utilizing (e.g., E. coli) host, and then conjugated with a selected C.sub.1 -utilizing mutant. Resistance to the other antibiotic by the mutant is a marker of the conjugation. Other phenotypical changes in the mutant, e.g., loss of an auxotrophic trait, is attributed to the C.sub.1 gene. The vector is also used to inactivate genes whose protein products catalyze side reactions that divert compounds from a biosynthetic pathway to a desired product, thereby producing an organism that makes the desired product in higher yields.

  18. The combination reaction of CH{sub 3} and C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O

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    Lin, C.Y. [Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, DC (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Lin, M.C. [Naval Research Lab., Washington, DC (United States). Chemistry Div.

    1993-10-01

    Kinetics and mechanism of the CH{sub 3} + C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O reaction have been examined by means of the RRKM theory and kinetic modeling. Both the high temperature shock tube data for the production of cresols and the low temperature branching ratios (for production of cresols vs. methylcyclohexadienones, CH{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O) derived from Mulcahy and William`s data on the pyrolysis of di-t-butyl peroxide and phenol mixtures (Ref. 1) could be reasonably accounted for by the mechanism: CH{sub 3} + C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O {yields} CH{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O{sup +} {yields} o- and p-CH{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 4}OH +M {yields} CH{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O. The energy barrier for the thermal iosmerization of CH{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O to cresols was estimated to be {approximately}132 kJ mol{sup {minus}1}.

  19. Structural organization of C{sub 60} fullerene, doxorubicin, and their complex in physiological solution as promising antitumor agents

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    Prylutskyy, Yu. I. [Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine); Evstigneev, M. P., E-mail: max-evstigneev@mail.ru [Belgorod State University, Department of Biology and Chemistry (Russian Federation); Cherepanov, V. V. [Institute of Physics of NAS of Ukraine (Ukraine); Kyzyma, O. A.; Bulavin, L. A.; Davidenko, N. A. [Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine); Scharff, P. [Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    Specific features of structural self-organization of C{sub 60} fullerene (1 nm size range), antitumor antibiotic doxorubicin (Dox) and their complex in physiological solution (0.9 % NaCl) have been investigated by means of atomic-force microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering. Significant ordering of the mixed system, C{sub 60} + Dox, was observed, suggesting the complexation between these drugs, and giving insight into the mechanism of enhancement of Dox antitumor effect on simultaneous administration with C{sub 60} fullerene.

  20. Study of C{sub 60} {center_dot} 2S{sub 8} by the methods of induced electron emission

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    Shul`ga, Yu.M.; Rubtsov, V.I.; Lobach, A.S. [Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1994-12-01

    It was shown by the methods of induced electron emission that a transfer of the electron density from C{sub 60} molecules to the eight-membered ring of sulfur is characteristic of C{sub 60} {center_dot} 2S{sub 8}. The value of the ({sigma}+{pi})-plasmon energy for C{sub 60} {center_dot} 2S{sub 8} is approximately 1 eV less than that for pure C{sub 60}. In a high vacuum, the C{sub 60} {center_dot} 2S{sub 8} surface is depleted in sulfur.

  1. Communication: Electrical rectification of C{sub 59}N: The role of anchoring and doping sites

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    Tawfik, Sherif Abdulkader, E-mail: sherif.abbas@sydney.edu.au; Stampfl, C. [School of Physics, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia); Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P. [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia)

    2016-01-14

    Based on the nonequilibrium Green’s function formalism and density-functional theory, we investigate the onset of electrical rectification in a single C{sub 59}N molecule in conjunction with gold electrodes. Our calculations reveal that rectification is dependent upon the anchoring of the Au atom on C{sub 59}N; when the Au electrode is singly bonded to a C atom (labeled here as A), the system does not exhibit rectification, whereas when the electrode is connected to the C–C bridge site between two hexagonal rings (labeled here as B), transmission asymmetry is observed, where the rectification ratio reaches up to 2.62 at ±1 V depending on the N doping site relative to the anchoring site. Our analysis of the transmission mechanism shows that N doping of the B configuration causes rectification because more transmission channels are available for transmission in the B configuration than in the A configuration.

  2. Surfactant-free fabrication of fullerene C{sub 60} nanotubules under shear

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    Vimalanathan, Kasturi; Raston, Colin L. [Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science Technology (CNST) Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide (Australia); Shrestha, Rekha Goswami [International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Zhang, Zhi; Zou, Jin [Materials Engineering and Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD (Australia); Nakayama, Tomonobu [International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2017-07-10

    A method for controlling the self-assembly of fullerene C{sub 60} molecules into nanotubules in the fcc phase, devoid of entrapped solvent, has been established in a thin film microfluidic device. The micron length C{sub 60} nanotubules, with individual hollow diameters of 100 to 400 nm, are formed under continuous flow processing during high shear micromixing of water and a toluene solution of the fullerene, in the absence of surfactant, and without the need for further down-stream processing. TEM revealed pores on the surface of the nanotubes, and the isolated material has a much higher response to small molecule sensing than that for analogous material formed using multistep batch processing. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Scattering mechanisms in Rb-doped single-crystal C{sub 60}

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    Crespi, V.H.; Cohen, M.L. [Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)]|[Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The temperature-dependent resistivity of Rb-doped single-crystal C{sub 60} is analyzed within Bloch-Boltzmann transport theory yielding values of the electron-phonon coupling constant consistent with a superconducting {ital T}{sub {ital c}}{approx}30 K and isotope effect exponent {alpha}{approx}0.37 as long as the coupling is not primarily to the on-ball phonons of highest frequency. Disparate sources of information regarding the absolute magnitude of the resistivity are discussed in an attempt to form a more unified picture of the normal state and superconducting properties of both K-doped and Rb-doped C{sub 60}.

  4. Sputtering of Ag under C{sub 60}{sup +} and Ga{sup +} projectile bombardment

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    Sun, S.; Szakal, C.; Smiley, E.J.; Postawa, Z.; Wucher, A.; Garrison, B.J.; Winograd, N

    2004-06-15

    Cluster ion bombardment often results in large secondary ion yield enhancements relative to atomic ion bombardment. The yields of neutral particles and secondary ions sputtered from a silver surface were investigated through experiments and molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations. The results show that the neutral Ag yield produced by 15 keV C{sub 60}{sup +} bombardment is 5.6-fold higher than that found for 15 keV Ga{sup +} bombardment, which is in agreement with simulations. The enhancement effect is observed to be about the same for both neutral species and their corresponding secondary ions. Experimental results also indicate that the Ag neutral species produced by C{sub 60}{sup +} bombardment have emission velocity distributions that maximize at much lower values than those observed by Ga{sup +} bombardment, suggesting the presence of non-linear collision cascades.

  5. The far-infrared spectrum of crystalline C[sub 60

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    Bini, R.; Procacci, P.; Salvi, P.R.; Schettino, V. (Universita di Firenze (Italy))

    1993-10-14

    The infrared spectrum of crystalline C[sub 60] has been measured in the frequency range 500-20 cm[sup [minus]1] at various temperatures between 300 and 10 K. Since no dipole-allowed intramolecular vibration is active below 500 cm[sup [minus]1], the infrared absorption is determined by crystal and quadrupolar interactions. Davydov splittings of several intramolecular vibrations have been observed. The infrared activity of H[sub g] modes is discussed. In the lattice region the two translational phonons of T[sub u] symmetry are observed at 41 and 58.5 cm[sup [minus]1] at 8 K. Considerations on the order-disorder phase transition of C[sub 60] crystal are advanced on the basis of our experimental results. 39 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Phase Transition Enthalpy Measurements of Organic and Organometallic Compounds. Sublimation, Vaporization and Fusion Enthalpies From 1880 to 2015. Part 1. C{sub 1} − C{sub 10}

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    Acree, William [Department of Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Chickos, James S. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri—St. Louis, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63121 (United States)

    2016-09-15

    A compendium of phase change enthalpies published in 2010 is updated to include the period 1880–2015. Phase change enthalpies including fusion, vaporization, and sublimation enthalpies are included for organic, organometallic, and a few inorganic compounds. Part 1 of this compendium includes organic compounds from C{sub 1} to C{sub 10}. Part 2 of this compendium, to be published separately, will include organic and organometallic compounds from C{sub 11} to C{sub 192}. Sufficient data are presently available to permit thermodynamic cycles to be constructed as an independent means of evaluating the reliability of the data. Temperature adjustments of phase change enthalpies from the temperature of measurement to the standard reference temperature, T = 298.15 K, and a protocol for doing so are briefly discussed.

  7. Unusual rearrangement in the photochemical addition of bis(alkylidene)disilacyclobutanes to C[sub 60

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    Kusukawa, Takahiro; Kabe, Yoshio; Erata, Tomoki; Nestler, B.; Ando, Wataru (Univ. of Tsukuba (Japan))

    1994-11-01

    The photochemical reaction of bis(alkylidene)-disilacyclobutanes 1a, b with C[sub 60] afforded the stable 1:1 adducts 3a,b, resulting from an unexpected rearrangement of the disilacyclobutane unit. The structures of 3a,b were determined by spectroscopic methods, including [sup 29]Si-[sup 1]H HMBC hetero nuclear shift correlation experiments. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  8. Biodistribution and tumor uptake of C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} in mice

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    Ji Zhiqiang; Sun Hongfang, E-mail: shf@pku.edu.cn; Wang Haifang; Xie Qunying; Liu Yuangfang [Peking University, Department of Chemical Biology, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (China); Wang Zheng [Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Cancer Institute (China)

    2006-02-15

    Radiolabeling of fullerol, {sup 125}I-C{sub 60}(OH){sub x}, was performed by the traditional chloramine-T method. The C-I covalent bond in I-C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) that was sufficiently stable for in vivo study. Laser light scattering spectroscopy clearly showed that C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} aggregated to large nanoparticle clumps with a wide range of distribution. The clumps formed were also visualized by transmission electron microscope (TEM). We examined the biodistribution and tumor uptake of C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} in five mouse bearing tumor models, including mouse H22 hepatocarcinoma, human lung giantcellcarcinoma PD, human colon cancer HCT-8, human gastric cancer MGC803, and human OS732 osteosarcoma. The accumulation ratios of {sup 125}I-C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} in mouse H22 hepatocarcinoma to that in normal muscle tissue (T/N) and blood (T/B) at 1, 6, 24 and 72 h, reveal that {sup 125}I-C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} gradually accumulates in H22 tumor, and retains for a quite long period (e.g., T/N 3.41, T/B 3.94 at 24 h). For the other four tumor models, the T/N ratio at 24 h ranges within 1.21-6.26, while the T/B ratio ranges between 1.23 and 4.73. The accumulation of C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} in tumor is mostly due to the enhanced permeability and retention effect (EPR) and the phagocytosis of mononuclear phagocytes. Hence, C{sub 60}(OH){sub x} might serve as a photosensitizer in the photodynamic therapy of some kinds of tumor.

  9. Characterization of Al–Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} nanocomposites produced by mechanical milling

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    Santos-Beltrán, A., E-mail: asantos@utchsur.edu.mx [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Goytia-Reyes, R. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Morales-Rodriguez, H.; Gallegos-Orozco, V. [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Santos-Beltrán, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Baldenebro-Lopez, F. [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Martínez-Sánchez, R. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico)

    2015-08-15

    In this work, a mixture of Al–C–Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} nanopowder previously synthesized by mechanical milling and subsequent thermal treatment was used to reinforce the Al matrix. The nanocomposites were fabricated via high-energy ball milling and subsequent sintering process for different periods of time at 550 °C. Hardness and compression tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites in the as-milled and sintered conditions. According to the results the reinforcement located in the grain boundaries is responsible for the brittle behavior observed in the nanocomposites during the compression test. The combined effect of sintering and precipitation mechanisms produced an evident increase of the strength of the Al matrix at a relatively short sintering time. By using the Rietveld method the crystallite size and microstrain measurements were determined and correlated with the microhardness values. For the proper characterization of the nanoparticles present in the Al matrix, atomic force microscopy and high resolution electron microscopy were used. - Highlights: • Nanostructured Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} reinforcement was fabricated via mechanical milling and heat treatment. • We found a significant increase of the mechanical properties at short sintering times. • The formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} with during sintering time restricted the excessive growth of the crystallite. • Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} located in the grain boundaries causes brittle fracture observed in compression tests. • There is a correlation between, crystallite size and microstrain values with microhardness.

  10. C>4 and CAM Plant Biology Symposium 2013 Website

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    Leakey, Andrew D. B. [Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, IL (United States)

    2013-08-09

    This project funded the C>4 and CAM (crassulacean acid metabolism) Plant Biology 2013 symposium, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, on August 6-9, 2013. The symposium brought together a diverse group of scientists to discuss the evolution, ecology, functional biology, genomics and biotechnological engineering of C>4 and CAM plants. These two groups of plants possess evolutionary modifications to their photosynthetic machinery that improve their performance in hot and dry conditions. Maize and pineapple are classic examples of C>4 and CAM plants, respectively. The meeting discussed how lessons learned from these groups of plants can be harnessed to improve crop production of biofuel feedstocks in an era of global climate change. The interdisciplinary nature of the meeting meant that the delegation members typically do not collectively attend any one scientific society meeting. As a result, the symposium was a unique opportunity for knowledge transfer, initiation of new collaborations, and recruitment and exposure of early career scientists.

  11. V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2}. A complex phosphide carbide

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    Boller, Herbert [Linz Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie; Effenberger, Herta [Wien Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie

    2016-08-01

    V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pmma with the lattice parameters a = 17.044(3), b = 3.2219(7), and c = 13.030(2) Aa, Z = 2. The crystal structure is composed of 19 symmetry-independent atoms. The crystal structure is considered as a network formed by the transition metal atoms exhibiting cubic, trigonal prismatic, and octahedral voids centered by V, P, and C atoms, respectively. Vice versa, the V and P atoms form a three-dimensional network. The two CV{sub 6} octahedra are edge- and corner-connected to chains running parallel to [010]. The five unique P atoms are trigonal prismatically coordinated by V atoms with one to three faces capped again by a V atom. The V atoms have mainly cubic environments formed solely by V or by V and P atoms. V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} exhibits some structural relations to other compounds of the ternary system V-P-C as well as to other intermetallic phases. Despite the low carbon content, V{sub 18}P{sub 9}C{sub 2} is considered as a ternary compound rather than an interstitially stabilized (binary) phosphide in view of its special structural features.

  12. Absolute photoabsorption cross section of C{sub 60} in the extreme ultraviolet

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    Mori, T. [Department of Vacuum UV Photoscience, Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Kou, J. [Department of Vacuum UV Photoscience, Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Haruyama, Y. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Kubozono, Y. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Mitsuke, K. [Department of Vacuum UV Photoscience, Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan) and Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan)]. E-mail: mitsuke@ims.ac.jp

    2005-06-15

    The absolute photoabsorption cross section curve of C{sub 60} has been determined by means of mass spectrometry with the photon source of monochromatized synchrotron radiation of h{nu} = 24.5-150 eV. Description has been made on a high-temperature source of gaseous fullerenes and an efficient time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The cross section was estimated by assuming an approximate expression of the number density of C{sub 60} in the ionization region. The resultant values were 762, 241, and 195 Mb at h{nu} = 24.5, 90, and 110 eV, respectively, with about 10% errors. The cross section curve was then normalized at h{nu} = 25 eV to the absolute photoabsorption cross section reported by Jaensch and Kamke [R. Jaensch, W. Kamke, Mol. Mater. 13 (2000) 143], the most reliable data so far available in the valence excitation region of C{sub 60}. Accordingly, the present cross section data were altered to 407, 144, and 114 Mb at h{nu} = 25, 90, and 110 eV, respectively.

  13. Softening of the elastic shear mode C{sub 66} in iron-based superconductors

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    Boehmer, Anna; Burger, Philipp [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Fakultaet fuer Physik, D-76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Hardy, Frederic; Schweiss, Peter; Fromknecht, Rainer; Wolf, Thomas; Meingast, Christoph [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Reinecker, Marius; Schranz, Wilfried [Universitaet Wien, Fakultaet fuer Physik, A-1090 Wien, Vienna (Austria)

    2013-07-01

    The structural phase transition of underdoped iron-based superconductors is accompanied by a large softening of the elastic shear mode C{sub 66}, which has attracted considerable attention. This softening has been discussed both in terms of orbital and spin-nematic fluctuations which would be responsible for the structural phase transition and, possibly, superconductivity. However, sample requirements have so far restricted experimental investigations of C{sub 66} (via measurements of the ultrasound velocity) to the Ba(Fe,Co){sub 2}As{sub 2} system. Here, we report on a new technique, based on a three-point bending setup, to probe the Young's modulus of a sample with a capacitance dilatometer. For certain orientations, the Young's modulus is related to the elastic constant C{sub 66} whose effective temperature dependence can be obtained. Platelet-like samples, as frequently encountered for iron-based systems, are easily studied with our setup. Data on several systems are presented and discussed.

  14. Enhancement of ambipolar characteristics in single-walled carbon nanotubes using C{sub 60} and fabrication of logic gates

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    Park, Steve [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, Durand Building, 496 Lomita Mall, Stanford, California 94305-4034 (United States); Nam, Ji Hyun [Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, David Packard Building, 350 Serra Mall, Mail Code: 9505, Stanford, California 94305-9505 (United States); Koo, Ja Hoon; Lei, Ting; Bao, Zhenan, E-mail: zbao@stanford.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Shriram Center, 443 Via Ortega, Room 307, Stanford, California 94305-4145 (United States)

    2015-03-09

    We demonstrate a technique to convert p-type single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) network transistor into ambipolar transistor by thermally evaporating C{sub 60} on top. The addition of C{sub 60} was observed to have two effects in enhancing ambipolar characteristics. First, C{sub 60} served as an encapsulating layer that enhanced the ambipolar characteristics of SWNTs. Second, C{sub 60} itself served as an electron transporting layer that contributed to the n-type conduction. Such a dual effect enables effective conversion of p-type into ambipolar characteristics. We have fabricated inverters using our SWNT/C{sub 60} ambipolar transistors with gain as high as 24, along with adaptive NAND and NOR logic gates.

  15. Effect of C{sub 60} as an electron buffer layer in polythiophene-methanofullerene based bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Elumalai, Naveen Kumar; Peining, Zhu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Yin, Leung Man; Chellappan, Vijila; Jie, Zhang [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore (Singapore); Ramakrishna, Seeram [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A-STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore (Singapore); Faculty of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh (Algeria)

    2012-08-15

    The effect of C{sub 60} interlayer on charge transport and device performance in bulk heterojunction solar cells with active layer of poly3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and l-3-methoxycarbonyl-propyl-l-phenyl-6,6 methanofullerene (PCBM) have been studied. The C{sub 60} layer of different thicknesses (5 nm, 10 nm, 15 nm, and 20 nm) was introduced between the cathode and the photoactive layer of the solar cell. The solar cell performance was found to be maximized at an optimum C{sub 60} thickness of about 5 nm. Subsequent increase in C{sub 60} interlayer thickness promotes charge transfer near the Al-C{sub 60} interface due to increased diffusion of Al atoms into the interstitials of C{sub 60}. This results in the formation of s-shaped kink in J-V spectra. To further investigate the cause of this detrimental effects, photoinduced charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (PhotoCELIV) and CELIV studies were performed on the real solar cell devices. The CELIV transients obtained from the device with 5 nm C{sub 60} interlayer shows no charge extraction peak whereas the devices with C{sub 60} layer of thicknesses from 10 nm to 20 nm shows characteristic maxima due to the transferred charge carriers from the Al-C{sub 60} interface. The PhotoCELIV studies performed on the devices showed characteristic single peak for the device with 5 nm C{sub 60} interlayer whereas the other devices exhibited dual peaks due to charges generated from photo excitation and injection at the interface respectively. The charge mobility values calculated from the dual photoCELIV transients indicates the charge mobility imbalance between the carriers in the devices. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. C{sub 24}H{sub 14} polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from the pyrolysis of catechol

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    Thomas, S.; Wornat, M.J. [Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2008-07-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) of the C{sub 24}H{sub 14} isomer class, some of which are potent mutagens and carcinogens, are produced during the burning of solid fuels. For a clearer understanding of the formation of PAH, pyrolysis experiments have been performed in an isothermal laminar-flow reactor with the model fuel catechol (ortho-dihydroxybenzene) - a phenol-type compound representative of structural entities in complex solid fuels like coal, wood, and biomass. The catechol pyrolysis experiments are conducted at 1000{sup o}C and at a residence time of 0.3 s. The pyrolysis products are analysed by high-pressure liquid chromatography with ultraviolet-visible absorbance detection and mass spectrometric detection. Product analysis reveals that the C{sub 24}H{sub 14} PAH products of catechol pyrolysis belong to three structural classes: perylene benzologues, fluoranthene benzologues and pyrene benzologues. The 12 C{sub 24}H{sub 14} PAH identified in the present study are: benzo(b)perylene, naphtho(1,2-b)fluoranthene, naphtho(1,2-k)fluoranthene, dibenzo(b,k)fluoranthene, naphtho(2,3-b)fluoranthene, naphtho(2,3-k)fluoranthene, naphtho(1,2-e)pyrene, naphtho(2,3-e)pyrene, naphtho(1,2-a)pyrene, dibenzo(a,e)pyrene, dibenzo(e, l)pyrene, and dibenzo(a,h)pyrene. In addition to these, our earlier identifications of naphtho(2,1-a)pyrene, naphtho(2,3-a)pyrene, and dibenzo(a,i)pyrene among the products of catechol pyrolysis bring the total number of C{sub 24}H{sub 14} PAH identified as products of catechol pyrolysis to 15. Of these 15, 12 have been reported to be mutagens and 6 have been reported to be carcinogens. The UV spectra establishing the identities of the 15 C{sub 24}H{sub 14} catechol pyrolysis products are presented.

  17. Water Assisted Growth of C>60 Rods and Tubes by Liquid–Liquid Interfacial Precipitation Method

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    Cheuk-Wai Tai

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available C>60 nanorods with hexagonal cross sections are grown using a static liquid–liquid interfacial precipitation method in a system of C>60/m-dichlorobenzene solution and ethanol. Adding water to the ethanol phase leads instead to C>60 tubes where both length and diameter of the C>60 tubes can be controlled by the water content in the ethanol. Based on our observations we find that the diameter of the rods/tubes strongly depends on the nucleation step. We propose a liquid-liquid interface growth model of C>60 rods and tubes based on the diffusion rate of the good C>60 containing solvent into the poor solvent as well as on the size of the crystal seeds formed at the interface between the two solvents. The grown rods and tubes exhibit a hexagonal solvate crystal structure with m-dichlorobenzene solvent molecules incorporated into the crystal structure, independent of the water content. An annealing step at 200 °C at a pressure < 1 kPa transforms the grown structures into a solvent-free face centered cubic structure. Both the hexagonal and the face centered cubic structures are very stable and neither morphology nor structure shows any signs of degradation after three months of storage.

  18. Theoretical study of hydrogen adsorption on Ca-decorated C{sub 48}B{sub 12} clusters

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    Qi, Pengtang; Chen, Hongshan, E-mail: chenhs@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2015-09-15

    The hydrogen adsorption on Ca-decorated C{sub 48}B{sub 12} clusters is studied using density functional theory. The favorable binding site for Ca atom is the hexagonal C{sub 4}B{sub 2} rings. The strong interaction between Ca atoms and C{sub 48}B{sub 12} cluster hinders the aggregation of Ca atoms on the cluster surface. C{sub 48}B{sub 12} is an electron deficient system with a large electron affinity of 2.952 eV. The decorated Ca atoms transfer their electrons to the cluster easily. The net charges on the Ca atoms are in the range of 1.101 to 1.563 e. When H{sub 2} molecules approach the Ca atoms, they are moderately polarized and adsorbed around the Ca atoms in molecular form. The adsorption strength can reach up to 0.133 eV/H{sub 2}. Each Ca atom in the Ca-decorated C{sub 48}B{sub 12} complexes can adsorb three H{sub 2} molecules. The fully decorated C{sub 48}B{sub 12}Ca{sub 6} can hold up to 18 H{sub 2} molecules.

  19. Conversion of single-crystalline C{sub 60} nanodisks and nanorods into graphitic nanostructures via hydrogen thermal annealing

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    Lim, H; Song, H J; Choi, H C [Department of Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology, San 31, Hyoja-Dong, Nam-Gu, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, H S [UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), Banyeon-ri 194, Ulsan 689-805 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: choihc@postech.edu

    2009-04-08

    We have developed a process to convert C{sub 60} nanostructures into graphitic nanostructures. Disk-shaped and wire-shaped C{sub 60} nanostructures synthesized by the liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation method, the vapor-solid process, and solvent evaporation were successfully converted into graphitic structures by thermal annealing in hydrogen at 900 deg. C. Scanning electron and tunneling electron microscopic studies confirmed that the converted nanostructures were composed of multi-graphitic structures such as multi-walled carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, and carbon onions. Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy and conductance measurements were carried out to further confirm the successful formation of graphitic layers. In the Raman spectra, the nanostructures converted from C{sub 60} disks showed signature D, G, and G{sup '} bands of graphitic structures, while the A{sub g} mode (1469 cm{sup -1}) of the original C{sub 60} molecule disappeared. C{sub 60} nanowire devices fabricated for the conductance measurements of the converted structures showed dramatically decreased resistance (R{approx}100 k{omega}) compared to the pristine C{sub 60} wire (R>100 M{omega}). Further manipulation of the reaction environment, including the gas and the annealing temperature, may reveal a new way to attain diverse graphitic nanostructures economically.

  20. Doping of C[sub 60] films after ion implantation. Dopage de films de C[sub 60] par implantation ionique

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    Trouillas, P.; Ratier, B.; Moliton, A. (LEPOFI, Limoges (France). Faculte des Sciences); Gauneau, M. (Centre National d' Etudes des Telecommunications (CNET), 22 - Lannion (France)); Bernier, P. (Montpellier-2 Univ., 34 (France))

    1994-10-01

    With C[sub 60] films, ion implantation of inert ions (argon) gives rise to conduction processes ([sigma] > 10[sup 4] [Omega][sup -1] cm[sup -1]) related to degradation only in the case where implantation is performed at a high temperature (T = 560 K); no sample degeneracy ([sigma] < 10[sup -4] [Omega][sup -1] cm[sup -1]) appears after argon implantation at room temperature, but doping effects ([sigma] [approx] 1 [Omega][sup -1] cm[sup -1]) are obtained after implantation at room temperature with chemically active ions; with a fluence of the order of 10[sup 15] ions cm[sup -2], the thermoelectric power then appears negative with potassium or phosphorus ions, and positive with bromine or boron ions. (Author).

  1. Options for nitriles removal from C{sub 4}-C{sub 5} cuts. 3. Catalytic hydrogenation using the swing reactive removal process

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    Ramirez-Corredores, M.M.; Hernandez, Z.; Guerra, J.; Alvarez, R.; Medina, J. [PDVSA Intevep, Refinacion y Petroquimica, Aptdo. 76343, Caracas 1070A (Venezuela)

    2003-05-15

    C{sub 4} and C{sub 5} cuts from FCC units can be useful in the preparation of oxygenates such as MTBE, ETBE, and TAME. However, these feedstocks typically contain nitriles and diolefins which poison the etherification catalyst. Albeit, in USA, strong concerns on oxygenate uses have given rise to prohibition within certain states, those concerns have not derived into such drastic decisions in Europe. Still, removing nitriles from reactive feedstocks or converting them into value-added products might be of interest. PDVSA Intevep has developed several methods for removing nitriles present in those feedstocks, which include one based on adsorption [M.M. Ramirez-Corredores, Z. Hernandez, J. Guerra, J. Medina, R. Alvarez. Submitted to Adsorption.], and two based on catalytic conversion. In the first part of this work [M.M. Ramirez-Corredores, Z. Hernandez, J. Guerra, J. Medina, R. Alvarez. Submitted to Adsorption.], both the adsorbent and the adsorption process were described. The details of the catalytic system for the simultaneous hydrogenation of nitriles and diolefins were given in the second part [M.M. Ramirez-Corredores, T. Romero, D. Djaouadi, Z. Hernandez, J. Guerra. Submitted to Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.]. The main features of the catalyst include its nitrile adsorption capabilities, the specific oxidation state of the metal active phase, and the strong early deactivation. In this work, we discuss the convenience of converting the nitriles and diolefins by using a swing mode of reaction between two (or more) reacting zones in order to overcome the drawbacks of the observed deactivation.

  2. Short-chain (C{sub 21} and C{sub 22}) diasteranes in petroleum and source rocks as indicators of maturity and depositional environment

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    Requejo, A.G. [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)]|[Exxon Production Research Co., Houston, TX (United States); McDonald, T.J.; Sassen, R. [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)] [and others

    1997-07-01

    Geochemical analysis of steranes in source rocks from the Western Canada Basin has allowed the identification of several C{sub 21} and C{sub 22} short-chain sterane isomers. The principal compounds in carbonates from the U. Jurassic Nordegg Formation have been identified as diginane and homodiginane, more thermodynamically-stable isomers of the compounds pregnane and homopregnane that have 5{alpha}, 14{beta},17{beta}(H) stereochemistry. The Triassic Doig formation also contains two compounds tentatively identified on the basis of geologic and geochemical data as diapregnane and diahomopregnane, rearranged isomers of pregnane and homopregnane with methyl substitution at the 5- and 14-carbon positions. The distribution of these compounds parallels that of the higher molecular weight diasteranes. A well-defined relationship is evident between the ratio Fe/S and short-chain diasterane content: samples with Fe/S approximately <0.90 exhibit low diasterane contents, while those with Fe/S approximately >0.90 exhibit high diasterane content. This threshold Fe/S value is nearly equal to the value associated with stoichiometric pyrite (0.87) and suggests that the abundance of short-chain diasteranes is related to excess iron associated with detrital clays. This is consistent with the accepted mechanism of sterane rearrangement, which is thought to proceed via catalysis of clay minerals. In contrast to the higher molecular-weight diasteranes, which increase in abundance relative to other sterane isomers with increasing thermal maturation, the abundance of the rearranged short-chain compounds varies little relative to diginane or homodiginane in a maturity suite from the U. Devonian Duvernay Formation. 38 refs., 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  3. Ebulliometric determination and prediction of (vapor + liquid) equilibria for binary and ternary mixtures containing alcohols (C{sub 1}-C{sub 4}) and dimethyl carbonate

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    Matsuda, Hiroyuki, E-mail: matsuda@chem.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials and Applied Chemistry, Nihon University, 1-8 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8308 (Japan); Fukano, Makoto; Kikkawa, Shinichiro [Department of Materials and Applied Chemistry, Nihon University, 1-8 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8308 (Japan); Constantinescu, Dana [Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg, Technische Chemie, D-26111 Oldenburg (Germany); Kurihara, Kiyofumi; Tochigi, Katsumi; Ochi, Kenji [Department of Materials and Applied Chemistry, Nihon University, 1-8 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8308 (Japan); Gmehling, Juergen [Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg, Technische Chemie, D-26111 Oldenburg (Germany)

    2012-01-15

    Highlights: > The VLE behavior of systems containing dimethyl carbonate (DMC) was investigated. > VLE data for ternary and binary mixtures containing alcohol and DMC were measured. > Several activity coefficient models were used for data reduction or prediction. > Valley line, i.e., distillation boundary, was observed for the ternary mixture. > Residue curves were calculated to investigate composition profile for distillation. - Abstract: (Vapor + liquid) equilibrium (VLE) data for a ternary mixture, namely {l_brace}methanol + propan-1-ol + dimethyl carbonate (DMC){r_brace}, and four binary mixtures, namely an {l_brace}alcohol (C{sub 3} or C{sub 4}) + DMC{r_brace}, containing the binary constituent mixtures of the ternary mixture, were measured at p = (40.00 to 93.32) kPa using a modified Swietoslawski-type ebulliometer. The experimental data for the binary systems were correlated using the Wilson model. The Wilson model was also applied to the ternary system to predict the VLE behavior using parameters from the binary mixtures. The modified UNIFAC (Dortmund) model was also tested for the predictions of the VLE behavior of the binary and ternary mixtures. In addition, the experimental VLE data for the ternary and constituent binary mixtures were correlated using the extended Redlich-Kister (ERK) model, which can completely represent the azeotropic points. For the ternary system, a comparison of the experimental and the predicted or correlated boiling points obtained using the Wilson and ERK models showed that the ERK model is more accurate. The valley line, i.e., the curve which divides the patterns of vapor-liquid tie lines, was found in the (methanol + propan-1-ol + DMC) system. This valley line could be represented by the ERK model. Finally, the composition profile for simple distillation of this ternary mixture was obtained by analysis of the residue curves from the estimated Wilson parameters of the constituent binary mixtures.

  4. Levels of C{sub 10}-C{sub 13} polychloro-n-alkanes in marine mammals from the Arctic and the St. Lawrence River estuary

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    Tomy, G.T.; Muir, D.C.G.; Stern, G.A.; Westmore, J.B.

    2000-05-01

    Marine mammals from various regions of the Arctic and the St. Lawrence River estuary were examined for the first time for levels of C{sub 10}--C{sub 13} polychloro-n-alkanes (sPCAs). Respective mean total sPCA concentrations in the blubber of beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from Saqqaq and Nuussuaq, western Greenland, were 0.23 {+-} 0.02 (n = 2) and 0.164 {+-} 0.06 {micro}g/g (n = 2), similar to that in beluga from the Mackenzie Delta in the western Canadian Arctic 0.21 {+-} 0.08 {micro}g/g (m = 3). sPCAs levels were higher in beluga blubber from the St. Lawrence River (0.37 to 1.4 {micro}g/g). Mean sPCA concentrations in the blubber samples from walruses (Odobenus rosmarus) (Thule, northwest Greenland) and ringed seal (Phoca hispida) (Eureka, southwest Ellesmere Island) were 0.43 {+-} 0.06 (n = 2) and 0.53 {+-} 0.2 {micro}g/g (n = 6), respectively. Relative to commercial sPCA formulations, samples from the Arctic marine mammals showed a predominance of the shorter chain length lower percent chlorinated PCA congeners, the more volatile components of industrial formulations. This observation is consistent with long-range atmospheric transport of sPCAs to this region. The profiles of the belugas from the St. Lawrence River estuary, however, had higher proportions of the less volatile sPCA congeners, implying that contamination to this region is probably from local sources.

  5. Preparation & characterization of SiO{sub 2} interface layer by dip coating technique on carbon fibre for C{sub f}/SiC composites

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    Kumar, Kundan, E-mail: kundanemails@gmail.com [Fusion Reactor Material Development & Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, GIDC Electronics Estate, Sector-25, Gandhinagar-382016 (India); Centre for Nanotechnology, Central University of Jharkhand, Ratu-Lohardaga Road, Brambe, Ranchi-835205 INDIA (India); Jariwala, C., E-mail: chetan@ipr.res.in; Pillai, R.; Chauhan, N.; Raole, P. M. [Fusion Reactor Material Development & Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, GIDC Electronics Estate, Sector-25, Gandhinagar-382016 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Carbon fibres (C{sub f}) are one of the most important reinforced materials for ceramic matrix composites such as C{sub f} - SiC composites and they are generally sought for high temperature applications in as space application, nuclear reactor and automobile industries. But the major problem arise when C{sub f} reinforced composites exposed to high temperature in an oxidizing environment, C{sub f} react with oxygen and burnt away. In present work, we have studied the effect of silica (SiO{sub 2}) coating as a protective coating on C{sub f} for the C{sub f} / SiC composites. The silica solution prepared by the sol-gel process and coating on C{sub f} is done by dip coating technique with varying the withdrawing speed i.e. 2, 5, 8 mm/s with fixed dipping cycle (3 Nos.). The uniform silica coating on the C{sub f} is shown by the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis. The tensile test shows the increase in tensile strength with respect to increase in withdrawing speed. The isothermal oxidation analysis confirmed enhancement of oxidation resistance of silica coated C{sub f} as compared tothe uncoated C{sub f}.

  6. Fullerene C{sub 70} decorated TiO{sub 2} nanowires for visible-light-responsive photocatalyst

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    Cho, Er-Chieh [Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Ciou, Jing-Hao [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Zheng, Jia-Huei; Pan, Job [Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, Yu-Sheng, E-mail: yshsiao@mail.mcut.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Lee, Kuen-Chan, E-mail: kclee@kmu.edu.tw [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Huang, Jen-Hsien, E-mail: 295604@cpc.com.tw [Department of Green Material Technology, Green Technology Research Institute, CPC Corporation, Kaohsiung 30010, Taiwan (China)

    2015-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanowire decorated with C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} derivatives has been synthesized. • The fullerenes impede the charge recombination due to its high electron affinity. • The fullerenes expand the utilization of solar light from UV to visible light. • The modified-TiO{sub 2} has great biocompatibility. - Abstract: In this study, we have synthesized C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}-modified TiO{sub 2} nanowire (NW) through interfacial chemical bonding. The results indicate that the fullerenes (C{sub 60} and C{sub 70} derivatives) can act as sinks for photogenerated electrons in TiO{sub 2}, while the fullerene/TiO{sub 2} is illuminated under ultraviolet (UV) light. Therefore, in comparison to the pure TiO{sub 2} NWs, the modified TiO{sub 2} NWs display a higher photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. Moreover, the fullerenes also can function as a sensitizer to TiO{sub 2} which expand the utilization of solar light from UV to visible light. The results reveal that the C{sub 70}/TiO{sub 2} NWs show a significant photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue (MB) in visible light region. To better understand the mechanism responsible for the effect of fullerenes on the photocatalytic properties of TiO{sub 2}, the electron only devices and photoelectrochemical cells based on fullerenes/TiO{sub 2} are also fabricated and evaluated.

  7. Mechanical properties and electronic structures of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M = Fe, Cr, Mn)-type multicomponent carbides

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    Liu, Yangzhen [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, 650093 (China); State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an, Shaanxi, 710049 (China); Jiang, Yehua, E-mail: jiangyehua@kmust.edu.cn [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, 650093 (China); Xing, Jiandong [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an, Shaanxi, 710049 (China); Zhou, Rong [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, 650093 (China); Feng, Jing, E-mail: jfeng@seas.harvard.edu [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, 650093 (China); School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02318 (United States)

    2015-11-05

    The mechanical and electronic properties of M{sub 23}C{sub 6}- (M = Fe, Cr, Mn) and M{sub 23}C{sub 6}-type multicomponent carbides are investigated systematically by first-principles calculations. The values of cohesive energy and formation enthalpy exhibited thermodynamically stable structures of these carbides. The stress–strain method and Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation were used to calculate the elastic constants and moduli, respectively. The mechanical properties of the doped Fe or Mo in M{sub 23}C{sub 6} compounds are superior to the pure phases of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}, Mn{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Fe{sub 23}C{sub 6}. Mechanical anisotropy of these compounds was illustrated from the anisotropic index and different shapes of the surface contour by Young's modulus. Moreover, the total density of states of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} compounds indicated that the bonding behaviors of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} compounds were combinations of metallic and covalent bonds. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Mo, W), which formed in different heat treatment of many iron-based alloys can dramatically influence the mechanical properties of materials such as extreme hardness, high melting point, wear resistance, corrosion resistance and high thermal conductivity, etc. - Highlights: • The mechanical properties of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M = Fe, Cr, Mn) multicomponent carbides are estimated. • The anisotropy of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides are discussed with regards to bonding and density of states. • M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M = Fe, Cr, Mn) multicomponent carbides are thermodynamically stable.

  8. Bulk plasma fragmentation in a C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductively coupled plasma: A hybrid modeling study

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    Zhao, Shu-Xia; Zhang, Yu-Ru [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Antwerp (Belgium); Gao, Fei; Wang, You-Nian [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Bogaerts, Annemie [Research Group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2015-06-28

    A hybrid model is used to investigate the fragmentation of C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductive discharges. Indeed, the resulting reactive species are crucial for the optimization of the Si-based etching process, since they determine the mechanisms of fluorination, polymerization, and sputtering. In this paper, we present the dissociation degree, the density ratio of F vs. C{sub x}F{sub y} (i.e., fluorocarbon (fc) neutrals), the neutral vs. positive ion density ratio, details on the neutral and ion components, and fractions of various fc neutrals (or ions) in the total fc neutral (or ion) density in a C{sub 4}F{sub 8} inductively coupled plasma source, as well as the effect of pressure and power on these results. To analyze the fragmentation behavior, the electron density and temperature and electron energy probability function (EEPF) are investigated. Moreover, the main electron-impact generation sources for all considered neutrals and ions are determined from the complicated C{sub 4}F{sub 8} reaction set used in the model. The C{sub 4}F{sub 8} plasma fragmentation is explained, taking into account many factors, such as the EEPF characteristics, the dominance of primary and secondary processes, and the thresholds of dissociation and ionization. The simulation results are compared with experiments from literature, and reasonable agreement is obtained. Some discrepancies are observed, which can probably be attributed to the simplified polymer surface kinetics assumed in the model.

  9. Molecular simulation of C{sub 60} adsorption onto a TiO{sub 2} rutile (1 1 0) surface

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    Palace Carvalho, A.J., E-mail: ajpalace@uevora.pt [Centro de Quimica de Evora, Universidade de Evora, R. Romao Ramalho 59, 7000-671 Evora (Portugal); Departamento de Quimica, Universidade de Evora, R. Romao Ramalho 59, 7000-671 Evora (Portugal); Prates Ramalho, J.P. [Centro de Quimica de Evora, Universidade de Evora, R. Romao Ramalho 59, 7000-671 Evora (Portugal); Departamento de Quimica, Universidade de Evora, R. Romao Ramalho 59, 7000-671 Evora (Portugal)

    2010-06-15

    A Monte Carlo molecular simulation study is presented on the adsorption and growth of C{sub 60} films on the surface of the (1 1 0) face of rutile. Simulations are performed for a temperature of 600 K using atomistic models both for the fullerene molecules and the TiO{sub 2} surface. It is found in this work that C{sub 60} is adsorbed preferably in an ordered arrangement along the surface depressions over the exposed undercoordinated Ti cations. At low densities adsorption occurs preferably at alternate rows, with locations in consecutive rows being occupied appreciably only at higher C{sub 60} densities. At low densities, the fullerene molecules tend to aggregate into islands in the surface plane. Additional layers of C{sub 60} form only as the density increases, and do so before a monolayer is completed in all consecutive rows. Full monolayer capacity obtained at the highest densities is about 0.9 C{sub 60} molecules per nm{sup 2}, but this is only achieved by completing the packing of molecules in interstices at a slightly upper level. The fraction of the molecules that lie closest to the surface only amounts to 0.6 molecules per nm{sup 2}.

  10. Static disorder in hexagonal crystal structures of C{sub 60} at 100 K and 20 K

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    Ramm, M. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie]|[Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (Germany)]|[University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Luger, P. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie]|[Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (Germany)]|[University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Zobel, D. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie]|[Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (Germany)]|[University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Duczek, W. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie]|[Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (Germany)]|[University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa); Boeyens, J.C.A. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Kristallographie]|[Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (Germany)]|[University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)

    1996-04-01

    C{sub 60} .2 C{sub 8}H{sub 10} (100 K): hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}, a = 23.694(4), c = 10.046(2) A, V = 4884(2) A{sup 3}, D{sub x} = 1.903 g cm{sup -3}, Z = 6, F(000) = 2856, {lambda}(CuK{alpha}) = 1.54178 A, {mu} = 0.84 mm{sup -1}. C{sub 60} . 2 C{sub 8}H{sub 10} (20 K): hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}, a = 23.67(1), c = 10.02(1) A, V = 4862(6) A{sup 3}, D{sub x} = 1.912 g cm{sup -3}, Z = 6, F(000) = 2856, {lambda}(CuK{alpha}) = 1.54178 A, {mu} = 0.84 mm{sup -1}. The structures were determined by Patterson syntheses and rigid-body refinements. The C{sub 60} molecules show two orientations with one molecular centre in common. The solvent molecules are disordered too. Static disorder could not be overcome or influenced by cooling down. A coordination number of 10 was found for the fullerene molecules. (orig.)

  11. Electronic excitation induced modification in fullerene C{sub 70} thin films

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    Sharma, Pooja [Department of Physics and Materials Research Centre, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Singhal, R., E-mail: rsinghal.phy@mnit.ac.in [Department of Physics and Materials Research Centre, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Banerjee, M.K. [Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Vishnoi, R. [Department of Physics and Materials Research Centre, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Department of Physics, Vardhman - PG College, Bijnor 246701, UP (India); Kaushik, R. [Department of Physics and Materials Research Centre, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Department of Physics, Shri K.K. Jain - PG College, Khatauli, UP (India); Singh, F. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India)

    2016-07-15

    Fullerene C{sub 70} thin films were deposited by resistive heating on glass substrates and the thickness were approximated to be 150 nm. The effect of energy deposition by 55 MeV Si ions on the optical and structural properties of the prepared thin film samples is investigated. The samples were irradiated with 55 MeV Si ions within fluence range from 1 × 10{sup 12} to 3 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. For optical studies, the pristine and the Si ion irradiated samples are examined by UV–visible absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. UV–visible absorption studies reveal that the absorption peaks of irradiated samples decrease with a decrease in the band gap of the thin films. The damage cross-section (σ) and radius of damaged cylindrical zone (r) are determined as ∼0.6 × 10{sup −13} cm{sup 2} and ∼1.41 nm, respectively from the Raman spectra. Raman studies also suggest that at higher fluence (up to 3 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}), the damage caused by the SHI results in partial amorphization of fullerene C{sub 70} thin film. Modification in the surface properties has been investigated by atomic force microscopy; it has revealed that the roughness decreases and average particle size increases with the increase in fluences.

  12. Creation and destruction of C{sub 60} and other fullerene solids. Final report

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    Huffman, D.R.

    1996-06-05

    The 1990 announcement of the Huffman-Kratschmer fullerene-production technique set off a world-wide explosion of research into the properties and potential applications of C{sub 60} and C{sub 70}. In the last five years, 4,000+ fullerene articles have appeared in the scientific literature dealing with these fascinating molecules and their condensed phases. They possess a complex chemistry reminiscent of the alkenes, and this has led to the syntheses of numerous new compounds and fullerene-based materials, with suggested applications ranging from medicine to photo-conducting polymers to rocket fuel. The work summarized in this report focused on the creation and destruction of fullerene-based materials, for the purpose of producing new materials of interest. This three year project was supported by a grant from the Advanced Energy Projects Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DE-FG03-93ER12133). Following are outlines of the work completed in each of the three years, a section devoted to the professional and educational development of those involved, a brief section on the outlook for fullerene-based materials, and an appendix listing the publications resulting from this project.

  13. Perturbation-facilitated detection of the first quintet-quintet band in C{sub 2}

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    Bornhauser, P.; Knopp, G.; Beck, M.; Gerber, T.; Radi, P. P., E-mail: peter.radi@psi.ch [Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Marquardt, R.; Gourlaouen, C. [Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique, Institut de Chimie, Université de Strasbourg. 4, rue Blaise Pascal - CS90032 67081 STRASBOURG CEDEX (France); Bokhoven, J. A. van [Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, ETHZ, Zürich (Switzerland)

    2015-03-07

    The first high-spin transition in C{sub 2} (1 {sup 5}Π{sub u} − 1 {sup 5}Π{sub g}) is observed by perturbation-facilitated optical-optical double resonance spectroscopy. The experiment is performed by applying unfolded two-color resonant four-wave mixing. C{sub 2} radicals in the initial a {sup 3}Π{sub u}, v = 5 state are produced by using a discharge source in a molecular beam environment. The final quintet state is excited via intermediate “gateway” states exhibiting both substantial triplet and quintet character due to a perturbation between the 1 {sup 5}Π{sub g}, v = 0 and the d {sup 3}Π{sub g}, v = 6 states. Fifty seven rotational transitions in the P, Q, and R branches of all spin sub-states are measured and yield accurate molecular constants of the newly found upper level 1 {sup 5}Π{sub u}. In addition, satellite transitions (ΔJ ≠ ΔN) are observed and allow an accurate determination of the spin-orbit constant. The results are compared with high-level ab initio computations at the multi-reference configuration interaction level of theory. The high-lying quintet state is found to be predissociative and displays a shallow potential that accommodates three vibrational levels only.

  14. Propensities toward C{sub 2}H({ital {tilde A}} {sup 2}{Pi}) in acetylene photodissociation

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    Zhang, J.; Riehn, C.W.; Dulligan, M.; Wittig, C. [Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0482 (United States)

    1995-10-15

    When expansion-cooled acetylene is excited to the {nu}{sup {double_prime}}{sub 1}+3{nu}{sup {double_prime}}{sub 3} vibrational level (4 quanta of CH-stretch) and then photodissociated at 248.3 nm, the dominant product channel is C{sub 2}H({ital {tilde A}} {sup 2}{Pi}). This differs markedly from one-photon 193.3 nm photodissociation, which provides 1200 cm{sup {minus}1} less energy and yields C{sub 2}H({ital {tilde X}} {sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}) as the primary product. Photodissociation at 121.6 nm yields C{sub 2}H({ital {tilde A}} {sup 2}{Pi}) exclusively. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  15. Graphitic Csub>3sub>Nsub>4sub> as a new saturable absorber for the mid-infrared spectral range.

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    Fan, Mingqi; Li, Tao; Li, Guiqiu; Ma, Houyi; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Kränkel, Christian

    2017-01-15

    The saturable absorption properties of few-layer graphitic carbon nitride (g-Csub>3sub>Nsub>4sub>) nanosheets near 3 μm were investigated. A stable Q-switched Er:Lusub>2sub>Osub>3sub> laser at 2.84 μm was realized by using a home-made g-Csub>3sub>Nsub>4sub> saturable absorber (SA), generating a pulse duration of 351 ns and an average output power of 1.09 W at a repetition rate of 99 kHz, corresponding to a pulse energy of 11.1 μJ. Our result indicates a great potential of g-Csub>3sub>Nsub>4sub> as a new SA in the 3 μm wavelength range.

  16. Cytotoxicity and photocytotoxicity of structure-defined water-soluble C{sub 60}/micelle supramolecular nanoparticles

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    Metanawin, Tanapak; Tang Tian; Chen Rongjun; Wang Xiaosong [School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, LS2 9TJ (United Kingdom); Vernon, David, E-mail: X.S.Wang@leeds.ac.uk [School of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, LS2 9TJ (United Kingdom)

    2011-06-10

    Well-defined, water-soluble C{sub 60}/micelle hierarchical colloids with varied amounts of C{sub 60} sitting on the surface of micellar cores were prepared via the self-assembly of PS-b-PDMA block copolymer micelles and C{sub 60}. The composites can generate a significant amount of reactive oxygen upon irradiation with red light. Cell studies showed that the colloids were either strongly associated with, or internalized by, the cells after 2 h incubation, but did not show obvious toxicity in the dark. In contrast, efficient cell killing was observed when the colloid-incubated cells were exposed to red light. This indicates that the supramolecular colloids are promising as photosensitizers for photodynamic cancer therapy.

  17. Perturbative determination of c{sub sw} for plaquette and Symanzik gauge action and stout link clover fermions

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    Horsley, R. [Edinburgh Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Physics; Perlt, H.; Schiller, A. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Theoretische Physik; Rakow, P.E.L. [Liverpool Univ. (United Kingdom). Theoretical Physics Division, Dept. of Mathematical Sicences; Schierholz, G. [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)

    2008-06-15

    Using plaquette and Symanzik improved gauge action and stout link clover fermions we determine the improvement coefficient c{sub SW} in one-loop lattice perturbation theory from the off-shell quark-quark-gluon three-point function. In addition, we compute the coefficients needed for the most general form of quark field improvement and present the one-loop result for the critical hopping parameter {kappa}{sub c}. We discuss mean field improvement for c{sub SW} and {kappa}{sub c} and the choice of the mean field coupling for the actions we have considered. (orig.)

  18. Synthesis and characterization of Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} thin films

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    Lai, Chung-Chuan, E-mail: chula@ifm.liu.se; Tucker, Mark D.; Lu, Jun; Jensen, Jens; Greczynski, Grzegorz; Eklund, Per; Rosen, Johanna

    2015-11-30

    Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} is an inherently nanolaminated carbide where layers of ZrC alternate with layers of Al{sub 3}C{sub 2}. Characterization of bulk samples has shown it has improved damage tolerance and oxidation resistance compared to its binary counterpart ZrC. Though a potential candidate for coatings applied for use in harsh environments, thin films of Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} have not been reported. We have synthesized epitaxial Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} thin films by pulsed cathodic arc deposition from three elemental cathodes, and have studied the effect of incident atomic flux ratio, deposition temperature, and choice of substrate on material quality. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} of the highest structural quality was obtained for growth on 4 H–SiC(001) substrate at 800 °C. Also, suppression of competing phases could be achieved on α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) at elevated substrate temperatures. Very similar growth behavior to that of the well-known M{sub n+1}AX{sub n} phases – Al supersaturation, binary carbide intergrowth and high sensitivity to choice of substrate – indicates a strong connection between the two families of materials, despite their differences in structure and in chemistry. - Highlights: • Nearly phase pure epitaxial Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} thin films were grown on 4 H–SiC(001) substrates. • Intergrowth of ZrC phase can be observed when Al is deficient during growth. • Suppression of competing phases can be achieved by increasing temperature on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001). • Substrate selectivity of Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4} phase is explained by lattice mismatch and substrate quality. • Very similar growth behavior to the known MAX phases were observed for Zr{sub 2}Al{sub 3}C{sub 4}.

  19. Cluster effect on projected range of 30 keV C{sub 60}{sup +} in silicon

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    Morita, Y.; Nakajima, K.; Suzuki, M. [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Narumi, K.; Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gumma 370-1292 (Japan); Vandervorst, W. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Kimura, K., E-mail: kimura@kues.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    Pre-amorphized silicon wafers are implanted with 30 keV C{sub 60}{sup +} and 0.5 keV C{sup +} ions at room temperature with fluences about 2 x 10{sup 15} atoms/cm{sup 2}. The depth profiles of implanted carbon are measured using high-resolution Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The observed average depth of C for the C{sub 60}{sup +} implantation is 6.1 nm while that for the C{sup +} implantation is 4.0 nm, showing a large cluster effect on the projected range.

  20. A facile synthesis of C{sub 60}-organosilicon hybrid polymers: Considering their tunable optical properties for spin-on-silicon hardmask materials

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    Choi, Jin-Kyu; Dao, Tung Duy; Kim, Ye-Seul; Jeong, Hyun-Dam, E-mail: hdjeong@chonnam.ac.kr

    2016-09-15

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials with high refractive index have attracted considerable attention for many optoelectronic applications, including spin-on-type hardmask for ArF lithography (193 nm). In this study, we demonstrate the synthesis of a C{sub 60}-embedded organosilicon hybrid polymer, C{sub 60}-embedded poly-xylene-hexamethyltrisiloxane hybrid (C{sub 60}-PXS), of tunable optical properties. C{sub 60} was covalently bonded to the PXS backbone through Pt-catalyzed hydrosilylation, in which the PXS was formed possibly by unexpected transition metal-catalyzed benzylic C−H silylation and oxygenation of the o-xylene. The C{sub 60}-PXS thin films fabricated using a spin-coating method showed much higher refractive index by 5–22% according to the curing temperatures, than the PXS thin films containing no C{sub 60}. In particular, the C{sub 60}-PXS thin film cured at 350 °C showed the refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k) at 193 nm to be 1.61 and 0.29 that are very close to the optimum values for the Si-hardmask. This implies the high applicability of the C{sub 60}-embedded organosilicon hybrid polymer, C{sub 60}-PXS, for the spin-on Si-hardmask in ArF lithography. - Highlights: • A facile synthetic route for C{sub 60}-embedded organosilicon hybrid polymer was presented. • The hybrid polymer showed much higher refractive index than the polymer without C{sub 60}. • The hybrid polymer is highly applicable for Si-hardmask in terms of optical properties. • It is believed that the properties of the hybrid polymer can be further optimized.

  1. Responses of the C[sub 4] grass Schizachyrium and grassland invader Prosopis over glacial to present CO[sub 2] concentrations

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    Polley, H.W.; Johnson, H.B.; Mayeux, H.S. (USDA-ARS, Temple, TX (United States))

    1993-06-01

    The woody C[sub 3] Prosopis glandulosa and perennial C[sub 4] grass Schizachyrium scoparium were grown along a daytime gradient from 340 to 200 [mu]mol/mol CO[sub 2] to determine effects of the increase in atmospheric [CO[sub 2

  2. Plasmon excitations in C{sub 60} by fast charged particle beams

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    Li, C. Z. [College of Physics and Electronic Information, Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, Tongliao 028043 (China); Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Miskovic, Z. L. [Department of Applied Mathematics and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Goodman, F. O. [Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Wang, Y. N. [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)

    2013-05-14

    For an isolated C{sub 60} molecule, we study plasmon excitations that are induced by an external, fast moving electron, by using a two-dimensional, spherical, two-fluid hydrodynamic model for the dynamic response of the {sigma} and {pi} electrons in the carbon nanostructure. Second quantization of the linearized hydrodynamic model allows us to discuss how effective is multiple excitation of various plasmon modes. Mean numbers of the excited plasmon modes, differential cross sections, and the total energy loss of the incident electron are calculated by both a quantized model with zero damping and by a semi-classical model with phenomenological damping. Our calculated differential cross sections are compared with experiment.

  3. Modeling buckminsterfullerene spinning in (C{sub 60}){sub n} clusters

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    Deleuze, M.S. [Limburgs Universitair Centrum, Diepenbeek (Belgium); Zerbetto, F. [Univ. degli Studi di Bologna (Italy)

    1999-06-09

    Temperature-dependent rate constants for the spinning of buckminsterfullerene in (C{sub 60}){sub n} clusters (n = 3--13) are calculated using unimolecular reaction rate theory with parameters obtained from molecular mechanics simulations. The lowest lying intracluster rotations tend to spread over several cages toward the surface and the edges of the clusters. Coaxial rotations appear also in this regime. A simple argument is put forward to justify the use of harmonic spacing in the study of the dynamics of these degrees of freedom. The increase in the size of the cluster makes the calculated rate constants converge toward the value reported in the solid. The satisfactory result of this simple form of kinetic theory implies that the energy of the internal degrees of freedom is randomized sufficiently fast with respect to the spinning coordinates.

  4. Reactive organic air components (C{sub 6}-C{sub 12}) of anthropogenic and biogenic origin in deciduous and coniferous forests. Final report; Reaktive organische Luftkomponenten (C{sub 6}-C{sub 12}) anthropogenen und biogenen Ursprungs in Laub- und Nadelwaeldern. Abschlussbericht

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    Steinbrecher, R.; Fehsenfeld, U.; Hauff, K.; Jocher, M.; Kolb, C.; Reichmann, A.; Steinbrecher, J.; Tranos, S.; Wiedemann, M.

    1996-08-01

    Biogenic hydrocarbons are known to act as important precursors in tropospheric photochemical ozone formation. Large uncertainties exist about the composition of the mix of volatile organic compounds, emitted by various plant species and the respective emission rates. The emission and deposition behavior of C{sub 6} to C{sub 12} volatile organic compounds (VOC) in Norway spruce forests, oak/pine forests, grassland and the Mediterranean Garigue were studied in detail. The cuvette technique was used to study the emission form the soil, trunks and twigs. The gradient method and the REA-technique were used to obtain canopy fluxes. Among the investigated ecosystems, forests and the Mediterranean Garigue were strong monoterpene emitters, grassland emitted negligible amounts of VOC. Tall forests may act as a sink for anthropogenic hydrocarbons. In a dense Norway spruce forests the contribution of the soil to the total canopy emission was small, the fraction of the steam region may range from 1 to 64% and is not clear yet. For the upper suncrown, with ca. 80% of the needle surfaces the most important source for isoprene and monoterpenes of a closed canopy, a emission factor for {alpha}-pinene of 636 pmol m{sup -2} total needle surface s{sup -1} (30 C leaf temperature and 1000 {mu}E PAR) was calculated. In contrast to the general opinion the main controlling factors of the {alpha}-pinene emission from Norway spruce twigs and the monoterpene emission from Mediterranean oaks are light and temperature. The results of this research were used to update biogenic VOC emission inventories and a significant improvement was achieved. (orig.) [Deutsch] Biogene Kohlenwasserstoffe sind wichtige Vorlaeufer fuer die photochemische Ozonbildung in der Troposphaere. Ueber die qualitative Zusammensetzung der Emissionen von fluechtigen organischen Verbindungen aus der Vegetation und die Quellenstaerken der verschiedenen Verbindungen bestehen grosse Unsicherheiten. In Fichtenwaeldern, Kiefern

  5. Paths, tableaux and q-characters of quantum affine algebras: the C{sub n} case

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    Nakai, Wakako; Nakanishi, Tomoki [Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan)

    2006-03-03

    For the quantum affine algebra U{sub q}(g-circumflex) with g of classical type, let {chi}{sub {lambda}}{sub /{mu}}{sub ,a} be the Jacobi-Trudi-type determinant for the generating series of the (supposed) q-characters of the fundamental representations. We conjecture that {chi}{sub {lambda}}{sub /{mu}}{sub ,a} is the q-character of a certain finite-dimensional representation of U{sub q}(g-circumflex). We study the tableaux description of {chi}{sub {lambda}}{sub /{mu}}{sub ,a} using the path method due to Gessel-Viennot. It immediately reproduces the tableau rule by Bazhanov-Reshetikhin for A{sub n} and by Kuniba-Ohta-Suzuki for B{sub n}. For C{sub n}, we derive the explicit tableau rule for skew diagrams {lambda}/{mu} of three rows and of two columns.

  6. Effect of Cr on electronic and magnetic properties of χ-carbide (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}

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    Wang, B. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Material Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Z.F. [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Lv, Z.Q., E-mail: zqlv@ysu.edu.cn [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Fu, W.T. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Material Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2015-10-15

    From density-function theory calculation, the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of χ-carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are investigated. With the increase of Cr content in χ-carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}, the formation energy of χ carbide gradually decrease and energy stability of them increase. The formation energy of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is −0.354 eV/f.u, and the stability of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is higher than other χ carbides (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2}, Mn{sub 5}C{sub 2} and Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2}. There exists charges transfer from metal cation (Fe/Cr) to C atoms in χ-carbides, and this reveals an ionic contribution to the bonds. The addition of Cr decreases the magnetic moments of χ carbide, and the magnetic moments (Ms) of Cr{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}FeC{sub 2} and Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} are 0 μ{sub B}/f.u., while it expresses opposite magnetic characters of the same atom at different sites in the other χ type (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} carbides. The 3d states of metal atoms in the majority states (up) move to above the Femi level and some metal atoms (Fe/Cr) in χ type (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are undergone the anti-ferromagnetic transformation. - Highlights: • Energy stability of (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} increase with Cr, and the formation energy of Cr{sub 5}C{sub 2} is −0.354 eV/f.u. • Magnetic characters of the same atom at different sites in some χ (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} carbides are opposite. • Some metal atoms in χ (Fe,Cr){sub 5}C{sub 2} are undergone the anti-ferromagnetic transformation.

  7. Production of anti-fullerene C{sub 60} polyclonal antibodies and study of their interaction with a conjugated form of fullerene

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    Hendrickson, O. D., E-mail: odhendrick@gmail.com; Fedyunina, N. S. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry (Russian Federation); Martianov, A. A. [Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Zherdev, A. V.; Dzantiev, B. B. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry (Russian Federation)

    2011-09-15

    The aim of this study was to produce anti-fullerene C{sub 60} antibodies for the development of detection systems for fullerene C{sub 60} derivatives. To produce anti-fullerene C{sub 60} antibodies, conjugates of the fullerene C{sub 60} carboxylic derivative with thyroglobulin, soybean trypsin inhibitor, and bovine serum albumin were synthesized by carbodiimide activation and characterized. Immunization of rabbits by the conjugates led to the production of polyclonal anti-fullerene antibodies. The specificity of the immune response to fullerene was investigated. Indirect competitive immunoenzyme assay was developed for the determination of conjugated fullerene with detection limits of 0.04 ng/mL (calculated for coupled C{sub 60}) and 0.4 ng/mL (accordingly to total fullerene-protein concentration).

  8. Rotationally relaxed, grating tuned laser oscillations in optically pumped C/sub 2/D/sub 2/

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    Fischer, T.A.; Wittig, C.

    1982-07-15

    Rotationally relaxed, grating tuned laser oscillations are obtained in the frequency range 500--562 cm/sup -1/ via the optical pumping of C/sub 2/D/sub 2//He mixtures with a transverse, electric, atmospheric (TEA) CO/sub 2/ laser. Strong Q-branch oscillations at 530.8 cm/sup -1/ are also reported.

  9. A combined crossed molecular beams and theoretical study of the reaction CN + C{sub 2}H{sub 4}

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    Balucani, Nadia, E-mail: nadia.balucani@unipg.it [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia (Italy); Leonori, Francesca; Petrucci, Raffaele [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia (Italy); Wang, Xingan [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia (Italy); Department of Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Casavecchia, Piergiorgio [Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia (Italy); Skouteris, Dimitrios [Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy); Albernaz, Alessandra F. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília (Brazil); Gargano, Ricardo [Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília (Brazil); Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Florida, Quantum Theory Project, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Highlights: • The CN + C{sub 2}H{sub 4} reaction was investigated in crossed beam experiments. • Electronic structure calculations of the potential energy surface were performed. • RRKM estimates qualitatively reproduce the experimental C{sub 2}H{sub 3}NC yield. - Abstract: The CN + C{sub 2}H{sub 4} reaction has been investigated experimentally, in crossed molecular beam (CMB) experiments at the collision energy of 33.4 kJ/mol, and theoretically, by electronic structure calculations of the relevant potential energy surface and Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus (RRKM) estimates of the product branching ratio. Differently from previous CMB experiments at lower collision energies, but similarly to a high energy study, we have some indication that a second reaction channel is open at this collision energy, the characteristics of which are consistent with the channel leading to CH{sub 2}CHNC + H. The RRKM estimates using M06L electronic structure calculations qualitatively support the experimental observation of C{sub 2}H{sub 3}NC formation at this and at the higher collision energy of 42.7 kJ/mol of previous experiments.

  10. Effect of fiber surface state on mechanical properties of C{sub f}/Si-O-C composites

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    Wang Song [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)]. E-mail: wangsong0731@163.com; Chen Zhaohui [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Ma Qingsong [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Hu Haifeng [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Zheng Wenwei [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

    2005-10-25

    Three-dimensional braided carbon fiber reinforced silicon oxycarbide composites (3D-B C{sub f}/Si-O-C) were fabricated via a polysiloxane infiltration and pyrolysis route. The effects of fiber surface state on microstructure and mechanical properties of C{sub f}/Si-O-C composites were investigated. The change of carbon fiber surface state was achieved via heat treatment in vacuum. The results showed that heat treatment decreased carbon fiber surface activity due to the decrease of the amount of oxygen and nitrogen atoms. The C{sub f}/Si-O-C composites fabricated from the carbon fiber with low surface activity had excellent mechanical properties, which resulted from perfect interfacial bonding and good in situ fiber strength. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of the C{sub f}/Si-O-C composites from the treated fiber were 534 MPa and 23.4 MPa m{sup 1/2}, respectively, which were about 7 and 11 times more than those of the composites from the as-received carbon fiber, respectively.

  11. Sputtering of thin benzene and polystyrene overlayers by keV Ga and C{sub 60} bombardment

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    Czerwinski, B. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, Cracow 30-059 (Poland); Delcorte, A. [PCPM, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Garrison, B.J. [104 Chemistry Building, Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Samson, R. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, Cracow 30-059 (Poland); Winograd, N. [104 Chemistry Building, Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Postawa, Z. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, Cracow 30-059 (Poland)]. E-mail: zp@castor.if.uj.edu.pl

    2006-07-30

    The mechanisms of ion-stimulated desorption of thin organic overlayers deposited on metal substrates by mono- and polyatomic projectiles are examined using molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations. A monolayer of polystyrene tetramers (PS4) physisorbed on Ag{l_brace}1 1 1{r_brace} is irradiated by 15 keV Ga and C{sub 60} projectiles at normal incidence. The results are compared with the data obtained for a benzene overlayer to investigate the differences in sputtering mechanisms of weakly and strongly bound organic molecules. The results indicate that the sputtering yield decreases with the increase of the binding energy and the average kinetic energy of parent molecules is shifted toward higher kinetic energy. Although the total sputtering yield of organic material is larger for 15 keV C{sub 60}, the impact of this projectile leads to a significant fragmentation of ejected species. As a result, the yield of the intact molecules is comparable for C{sub 60} and Ga projectiles. Our data indicate that chemical analysis of the very thin organic films performed by detection of sputtered neutrals will not benefit from the use of C{sub 60} projectiles.

  12. Wear behavior of SiC, Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} and WC doped alumina

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    Mindivan, H.; Cimenoglu, H.; Kayali, E.S. [Istanbul Technical Univ., Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Istanbul (Turkey); Bakan, H.I. [Tubitak, MAM, Gebze-Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2004-07-01

    In this study, the wear behavior of the pure and carbide (SiC, Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}, and WC) doped alumina was investigated. Carbide doping increased the hardness and improved the wear resistance, significantly. WC doped alumina exhibited the highest hardness and wear resistance. (orig.)

  13. Synthesis and thermal stability of two-dimensional carbide MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2}

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    Li, Zhengyang; Wang, Libo; Sun, Dandan; Zhang, Yude; Liu, Baozhong; Hu, Qianku; Zhou, Aiguo, E-mail: zhouag@hpu.edu.cn

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} from PLS-Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} was highly oriented compared to that from HP-Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}. • Small balls of possible AlF{sub 3} attached on the edge of MXene sheets were observed. • MXene is thermally stable in Ar atmosphere up to 800 °C. • A structure of nano-anatase on 2D Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} was formed by 200 °C oxidization. - Abstract: We investigated the synthesis of quasi-two-dimensional carbide (Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2}), with the name of MXene, by immersing Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} in 40% or 49% hydrofluoric acid (HF) at 0 °C, 15 °C or 60 °C. The influences of time, temperature, and source of Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} on the synthesis were researched. It was found that Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} synthesized from pressureless synthesized Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} was highly oriented compared to that from hot-pressed Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}. As-synthesized Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} could be further exfoliated by intercalation with urea, dimethylsulfoxide or ammonia. From the results of thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry, Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} MXene with F/OH termination was found to be stable in argon atmosphere at temperature up to 800 °C. In oxygen atmosphere, at 200 °C, parts of MXene layers were oxidized to obtain an interesting structure: anatase nano-crystals were evenly distributed on 2D Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} layers. At 1000 °C, MXene layers were completely oxidized and anatase phase fully transformed to rutile in oxygen atmosphere.

  14. Increasing CO[sub 2]: Comparative responses of the C[sub 4] grass Schizachyrium and grassland invader Prosopis

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    Polley, H.W.; Johnson, H.B.; Mayeux, H.S. (Department of Agriculture, Temple, TX (United States))

    1994-06-01

    Woody C[sub 3] Prosopis glandulosa (honey mesquite) and C[sub 4] perennial grass Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem) were grown along a gradient of daytime carbon dioxide concentrations from near 340 to 200 [mu]mol/mol air in a 38 m long controlled environment chamber. The authors studied the effects of historical and prehistorical increases in atmospheric CO[sub 2] concentration on growth, resource use, and competitive interactions of a species representative of C[sub 4]-dominated grasslands in the SW United States and the invasive legume P. glandulosa. Increasing CO[sub 2] concentration stimulated N[sub 2] fixation by individually grown P. glandulosa and elicited in C[sub 3] seedlings a similar relative increase in leaf intercellular CO[sub 2] concentration, net assimilation rate, and intrinsic water use efficiency (leaf net assimilation rate/stomatal conductance). Aboveground biomass of P. glandulosa was not altered by CO[sub 2] concentration, but belowground biomass and whole-plant water and nitrogen use efficiencies increased linearly with CO[sub 2] concentration in seedlings that were grown alone. Biomass produced by P. glandulosa that was grown with S. scoparium was not affected by CO[sub 2] concentration. Stomatal conductance declined and leaf assimilation rates of S. scoparium at near maximum incident light increased at higher CO[sub 2] concentration, but there was no effect of CO[sub 2] concentration on biomass production or whole-plant water use efficiency of the C[sub 4] grass. Rising CO[sub 2] concentration, especially the 27% increase since the beginning of the 19th century, may have contributed to more abundant P. glandulosa on C[sub 4] grasslands by stimulating the shrub's growth or reducing the amount of resources that the C[sub 3] required. Much of the potential response of P. glandulosa to CO[sub 2] concentration, however, appears to be contingent on the shrub's escaping competition with neighboring grasses. 62 refs., 10 figs., 1

  15. Nido-Carborane building-block reagents. 2. Bulky-substituent (alkyl)/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 6/ derivatives and (C/sub 6/H/sub 5/)/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 6/: synthesis and properties

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    Boyter, H.A. Jr.; Grimes, R.N.

    1988-09-07

    The preparation and chemistry of nido-2,3-R/sub 2/C/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 6/ carboranes in which R is n-butyl, isopentyl, n-hexyl, and phenyl was investigated in order to further assess the steric and electronic influence of the R groups on the properties of the nido-C/sub 2/B/sub 4/ cage, especially with respect to metal complexation at the C/sub 2/B/sub 3/ face and metal-promoted oxidative fusion. The three dialkyl derivatives were prepared from the corresponding dialkylacetylenes via reaction with B/sub 5/H/sub 9/ and triethylamine, but the diphenyl compound could not be prepared in this manner and was obtained instead in a thermal reaction of B/sub 5/H/sub 9/ with diphenylacetylene in the absence of amine. All four carboranes are readily bridge-deprotonated by NaH in THF, and the anions of the dialkyl species, on treatment with FeCl/sub 2/ and air oxidation, generate the respective R/sub 4/C/sub 4/B/sub 8/H/sub 8/ carborane fusion products were R = n-C/sub 4/H/sub 9/, i-C/sub 5/H/sub 11/ or n-C/sub 6/H/sub 13/. The diphenylcarborane anion Ph/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 5//sup /minus// did not form detectable metal complexes with Fe/sup 2+/, Co/sup 2+/, or Ni/sup 2+/, and no evidence of a Ph/sub 4/C/sub 4/B/sub 8/H/sub 8/ fusion product has been found. Treatment of Ph/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 6/ with Cr(CO)/sub 6/ did not lead to metal coordination of the phenyl rings, unlike (PhCH/sub 2/)/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 6/, which had previously been shown to form mono- and bis(tricarbonylchromium) complexes. However, the reaction of Ph/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 5//sup /minus//, CoCl/sub 2/, and (PhPCH/sub 2/)/sub 2/ did give 1,1-(Ph/sub 2/PCH/sub 2/)/sub 2/-1-Cl-1,2,3-Co(Ph/sub 2/C/sub 2/B/sub 4/H/sub 4/), the only case in which metal complexation of the diphenylcarborane was observed. 14 references, 3 figures, 3 tables.

  16. Ejecting intact large molecular structures by C{sub 60} ion impact upon bio-organic solids; Ejection de tres grandes structures moleculaires intactes par impact de C{sub 60} sur des solides bioorganiques

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    Brunelle, A.; Della Negra, S.; Deprun, C.; Depauw, J.; Jacquet, D.; Le Beyec, Y.; Pautrat, N. [Experimental Research Division, Inst. de Physique Nucleaire, Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France); Haakansson, P. [Division of Ion Physics, Angstrom Laboratory, Uppsala Univ. Uppsala (Sweden)

    1999-11-01

    C{sub 60} molecules accelerated to MeV energies (20 MeV) have been used to induce the desorption-ionization of large bio-molecules from solid samples. In the case of the trypsin molecules, the secondary molecular ion emission yield is about two orders of magnitude larger than with MeV atomic ions. This is a consequence of the very high energy density deposited in solids by 20 MeV C{sub 60} projectiles that gives rise to a large amount of matter ejected after each impact. Although time-of-flight mass spectra can be recorded within a few seconds, it is more the mechanistic aspects in comparison with other particle induced desorption methods, which are the objective of these first results with energetic fullerenes. (authors) 1 fig.

  17. Application of the extended real associated solution (ERAS) theory to excess molar enthalpies of benzaldehyde + 1-alkanols (C{sub 1} to C{sub 5}) at T = 298.15 K

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    Iloukhani, H., E-mail: iloukhani@basu.ac.ir [Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bu-Ali Sina, Hamedan 65174 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fattahi, M. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Bu-Ali Sina, Hamedan 65174 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > Enthalpy of binary mixtures of {l_brace}benzaldehyde + 1-alkanols{r_brace} (C{sub 1} to C{sub 5}) determined. > Excess molar enthalpy, partial molar enthalpy, and intermolecular interaction functions were calculated. > Excess molar enthalpy was correlated as a function of mole fraction by using the Redlich-Kister equation. > The experimental results have been used to test the applicability of the ERAS-model, Wilson and NRTL equations. - Abstract: This paper reports excess molar enthalpies, H{sub m}{sup E}, for the binary mixtures of {l_brace}1-alkanols (2), namely, {l_brace}methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-pentanol{r_brace} with benzaldehyde (1){r_brace} at T = 298.15 K at ambient pressure over a whole range of mole fraction. The sign of H{sub m}{sup E} for all systems are positive and the magnitude of H{sub m}{sup E} values with increasing of chain length, increase. The Redlich-Kister polynomial equation was used to correlate H{sub m}{sup E}. The excess partial molar enthalpies of benzaldehyde, H{sub m,1}{sup E}, excess partial molar enthalpies of 1-alkanols (C{sub 1} to C{sub 5}), H{sub m,2}{sup E}, and excess partial molar enthalpies at infinite dilution, H{sub m,i}{sup E,0}, are calculated according to experimental excess molar enthalpies and Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. The extracted date were used to evaluated the so-called intermolecular interaction functions {partial_derivative}H{sub m,i}{sup E}/{partial_derivative}x{sub i} and {partial_derivative}H{sub m,i}{sup E}/{partial_derivative}x{sub j} in terms of enthalpy. The ERAS, Wilson and NRTL models have been applied for describing the H{sub m}{sup E}.

  18. Anisometric C>60 Fullerene Colloids Assisted by Structure-Directing Agent

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    Penterman, S. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States); Liddell Watson, Chekesha M. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States); Escobedo, Fernando A. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States); Cohen, Itai [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2016-08-05

    Colloidal synthesis and assembly provide low cost, large area routes to mesoscale structures. In particular, shape-anisotropic particles may form crystalline, plastic crystalline, complex liquid crystalline and glassy phases. Arrangements in each order class have been used to generate photonic materials. For example, large photonic band gaps have been found for photonic crystals, hyperuniform photonic glasses, and also for plastic crystals at sufficient refractive index contrast. The latter structures support highly isotropic bandgaps that are desirable for free-form waveguides and LED out-coupling. Photonic glasses with optical gain lead to self-tuned lasing by the superposition of multiply scattered light. Typically, extrinsic media such as organic dyes, rare earths, lanthanides and quantum dots are used to impart optical gain in photonic solids. The present work advances fullerene microcrystals as a new materials platform for ‘active’ light emitting in colloid-based photonic crystals. Fullerenes support singlet excited states that recombine to produce a characteristic red photoluminescence. C>60 also has a high refractive index (n ~ 2.2) and transparency (> 560 nm)9 so that inverse structures are not required.

  19. Degradation studies on organic pin solar cells containing ZnPc and C{sub 60}

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    Hermenau, Martin; Riede, Moritz; Leo, Karl [Institut fuer Angewandte Photophysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    In addition to the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells, the lifetime of these devices plays an important role for the market entry as commercial products. Therefore a detailed understanding of degradation of organic solar cells is necessary. In this work, we present ageing studies of small-molecule solar cells with a pin structure and a mixed heterojunction of Zinc-Phthalocyanine and fullerene C{sub 60}. These devices have an initial efficiency of 2.8% under solar irradiation. The ageing dynamics of these solar cells are observed under different conditions, e.g. illumination and temperature, and compared to reference devices which are stored in the dark. The external quantum efficiency of these cells is measured before and after ageing studies to observe changes in different spectral ranges. The relative change of external quantum efficiency does not depend on the colour of the incident light during time of ageing, indicating the stability of the absorbing layers during the observed time span.

  20. Second-harmonic generation from C{sub 60} thin films at 1.064 {mu}m

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    Wilk, D.; Johannsmann, D.; Stanners, C.; Shen, Y.R. [Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    1995-04-15

    We have performed {ital in} {ital situ} optical second-harmonic-generation measurements using 1.064-{mu}m wavelength laser pulses on C{sub 60} during film growth. We present a complete theoretical description of second-harmonic generation from a thin-film system in terms of surface and bulk contributions as well as local and nonlocal contributions to the optical nonlinearities. The experimental results can be well described in terms of only nonlocal contributions to both surface and bulk nonlinear susceptibilities. We suggest that in our case the second-harmonic-generation process is resonantly enhanced by the {ital h}{sub {ital u}-}{ital t}{sub 1{ital u}} and {ital h}{sub {ital u}-}{ital t}{sub 1{ital g}} transitions in C{sub 60} and that electric-dipole and electric-quadrupole radiations in the output field are comparable in strength.

  1. Cumulants of the three-state Potts model and of nonequilibrium models with C{sub 3v} symmetry

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    Tome, Tania [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Petri, Alberto [Istituto di Acustica O M Corbino, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, Rome (Italy)

    2002-07-05

    The critical behaviour of two-dimensional stochastic lattice gas models with C{sub 3v} symmetry is analysed. We study the cumulants of the order parameter for the three-state (equilibrium) Potts model and for two irreversible models whose dynamic rules are invariant under the symmetry operations of the point group C{sub 3v}. By means of extensive numerical analysis of the phase transition we show that irreversibility does not affect the critical behaviour of the systems. In particular, we find that the Binder reduced fourth-order cumulant takes a universal value U* which is the same for the three-state Potts model and for the irreversible models. The same universal behaviour is observed for the reduced third-order cumulant. (author)

  2. The carbide M{sub 7}C{sub 3} in low-temperature-carburized austenitic stainless steel

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    Ernst, Frank, E-mail: frank.ernst@cwru.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States); Li, Dingqiang; Kahn, Harold; Michal, Gary M.; Heuer, Arthur H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7204 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    Prolonged low-temperature gas-phase carburization of AISI 316L-type austenitic stainless steel can cause intragranular precipitation of the carbide M{sub 7}C{sub 3} (M: randomly dispersed Fe, Cr, Ni). Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the carbide particles have the shape of needles. They grow by a ledge-migration mechanism and in a crystallographic orientation relationship to the austenite matrix that enables highly coherent interphase interfaces. A small solubility limit of Ni in the carbide and restricted Ni diffusivity at the processing temperature leads to Ni pileup around the particles and may explain the extreme aspect ratio of the particle shape. These characteristics closely resemble what has been observed earlier for precipitates of M{sub 5}C{sub 2} under slightly different processing conditions and can be rationalized by considering the particular constraints imposed by carburization at low temperature.

  3. Thermal infrared cross-sections of C{sub 2}F{sub 6} at atmospheric temperatures

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    Zou, Q.; Sun, C.; Nemtchinov, V.; Varanasi, P. E-mail: pvaranasi@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

    2004-01-15

    Spectral absorption cross-sections, k{sub {nu}} (cm{sup -1} atm{sup -1}), have been measured in the 8.0 and 8.95 {mu}m bands of C{sub 2}F{sub 6}. Temperature and total (N{sub 2}-broadening) pressure have been varied to represent the conditions specified in various models of the terrestrial atmosphere so that the absorption cross-sections can be applied directly to the optical remote-sensing of C{sub 2}F{sub 6} in the atmosphere. The measured absolute intensities of the 8.0 and the 8.95 {mu}m bands are (1.636{+-}0.003)x10{sup -16} and (0.467{+-}0.0018)x10{sup -16} cm molecule{sup -1}, respectively.

  4. Elaboration, microstructure and reactivity of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} powders of different morphology

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    Loubiere, S.; Laurent, C.; Bonino, J.P.; Rousset, A. [Univ. Paul-Sabatier, Toulouse (France). Lab. de Chimie des Materiaux Inorganiques

    1995-12-01

    Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} powders have been prepared by heat-treatment of metastable chromium oxides of controlled morphology in H{sub 2}-CH{sub 4} atmosphere. Starting with these highly reactive oxides allows formation of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} at 700 C. The reaction is pseudomorphic and different grain shapes (needles, rods, spheres and polyhedra) have been obtained. The size distribution is narrow and the grain size is generally of the order of a few tens of micrometers, bu the spheres are in fact made up of aggregates of small platelets about 1.5 {micro}m wide and 0.7 {micro}m thick. The oxidation in air of the carbides was studied by thermal analyses (TGA, DTG and DSC) and was found to proceed in four steps in the 250--700 C range. The differences observed between the carbides are related to their morphology and texture.

  5. Improvement of depth resolution in XPS analysis of fluorinated layer using C{sub 60} ion sputtering

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    Nobuta, Takuya, E-mail: takuya_nobuta@gg.nitto.co.jp [Nitto Analytical Techno-Center Co., Ltd., 1-1-2, Shimohozumi, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-8680 (Japan); Ogawa, Toshio [Laboratory for Ecological Polymer Chemistry, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1, Ohgigaoka, Nonoichi, Ishikawa 921-8501 (Japan)

    2009-12-15

    Depth profile of C{sub 60} ion-used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was studied on fluorinated organic layers with different thicknesses. We found that the depth resolution decreased, the sputtering rate went down and the surface turned rough as the layer thickness increased. This is because carbon-rich layer was formed on the surface by cross-linking reaction of the polymer and/or accumulation of degraded C{sub 60} through continuous sputtering. Surprisingly, the high sputtering rate drastically improved the resolution of the analysis. The rate over 48.7 nm/min did not show any deterioration on the depth resolution, the sputtering rate and surface smoothness.

  6. Solvent-free functionalization of fullerene C{sub 60} and pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes with aromatic amines

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    Ramírez-Calera, Itzel J. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior C. U., 04510, México, D.F. (Mexico); Meza-Laguna, Victor [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior C. U., 04510 México, D.F. (Mexico); Gromovoy, Taras Yu. [O.O. Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine, Gen. Naumova 17, 03164 Kiev (Ukraine); Chávez-Uribe, Ma. Isabel [Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior C. U., 04510 México, D.F. (Mexico); Basiuk, Vladimir A., E-mail: basiuk@nucleares.unam.mx [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior C. U., 04510 México, D.F. (Mexico); Basiuk, Elena V., E-mail: elbg1111@gmail.com [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior C. U., 04510, México, D.F. (Mexico)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes were functionalized with aromatic amines. • The amines add onto nanotube defects, likewise they add onto fullerene C{sub 60}. • The addition takes place at elevated temperature and without organic solvents. • Functionalized nanotubes were characterized by a number of instrumental techniques. - Abstract: We employed a direct one-step solvent-free covalent functionalization of solid fullerene C{sub 60} and pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with aromatic amines 1-aminopyrene (AP), 2-aminofluorene (AF) and 1,5-diaminonaphthalene (DAN). The reactions were carried out under moderate vacuum, in a wide temperature range of 180–250 °C, during relatively short time of about 2 h. To confirm successful amine attachment, a large number of analytical techniques were used (depending on the nanomaterial functionalized) such as Fourier transform infrared, Raman, X-ray photoelectron, {sup 13}C cross-polarization magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, laser-desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, temperature-programmed desorption with mass spectrometric detection, as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The nucleophilic addition of the aromatic amines to C{sub 60} molecule was studied theoretically by using density functional theory (PBE GGA functional with Grimme dispersion correction in conjunction with the DNP basis set). In the case of crystalline C{sub 60}, the solvent-free technique has a limited applicability due to poor diffusion of vaporous aromatic amines into the bulk. Nevertheless, the approach proposed allows for a facile preparation of aromatic amine-functionalized pristine MWCNTs without contamination with other chemical reagents, detergents and solvents, which is especially important for a vast variety of nanotube applications spanning from nanoelectronics to nanomedicine.

  7. The autoignition of C{sub 8}H{sub 10} aromatics at moderate temperatures and elevated pressures

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    Shen, Hsi-Ping S.; Oehlschlaeger, Matthew A. [Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (United States)

    2009-05-15

    The autoignition of C{sub 8}H{sub 10} aromatic/air mixtures (ortho-xylene, meta-xylene, para-xylene, and ethylbenzene in air) has been studied in a shock tube at temperatures of 941-1408 K, pressures of 9-45 atm, and equivalence ratios of {phi}=1.0 and 0.5. Ignition times were determined using electronically excited OH emission and pressure measurements. The measurements illustrate the differences in reactivity for the C{sub 8}H{sub 10} aromatics under the studied conditions. Ethylbenzene was by far the most reactive C{sub 8}H{sub 10} aromatic with ignition times a factor of two to three shorter than the xylenes. The xylene isomers exhibited ignition times that were similar, with o-xylene the most reactive, p-xylene the least reactive, and m-xylene just slightly more reactive than p-xylene. The p-xylene ignition times are almost identical to previous measurements for toluene at the same conditions. The differences in reactivity can be attributed to the C-H and C-C bond strengths in the alkyl side chains and the proximity of the methyl groups in the xylenes. These results represent the first ignition measurements for C{sub 8}H{sub 10} aromatics at the elevated-pressure moderate-temperature conditions studied, providing needed targets for kinetic modeling at engine-relevant conditions. Kinetic modeling illustrates the importance of the methylbenzyl + HO{sub 2} reaction and indicates further study of this reaction is warranted. (author)

  8. Effect of sediment properties on the sorption of C{sub 12}-2-LAS in marine and estuarine sediments

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    Rico-Rico, Angeles [Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 2, 3508 TD Utrecht (Netherlands)], E-mail: a.ricorico@uu.nl; Temara, Ali [Procter and Gamble Company, Central Product Safety, Temselaan 100, 1853 Strombeek-Bever (Belgium); Behrends, Thilo [Department of Earth Sciences-Geochemistry, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands); Hermens, Joop L.M. [Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 2, 3508 TD Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2009-02-15

    Linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) are anionic high production volume surfactants used in the manufacture of cleaning products. Here, we have studied the effect of the characteristics of marine and estuarine sediments on the sorption of LAS. Sorption experiments were performed with single sediment materials (pure clays and sea sand), with sediments treated to reduce their organic carbon content, and with field marine and estuarine sediments. C{sub 12}-2-LAS was used as a model compound. Sorption to the clays montmorillonite and kaolinite resulted in non-linear isotherms very similar for both clays. When reducing the organic content, sorption coefficients decreased proportionally to the fraction removed in fine grain sediments but this was not the case for the sandy sediment. The correlation of the sediment characteristics with the sorption coefficients at different surfactant concentrations showed that at concentrations below 10 {mu}g C{sub 12}-2-LAS/L, the clay content correlated better with sorption, while the organic fraction became more significant at higher concentrations. - Sorption of C{sub 12}-2-LAS to marine sediments mainly depends on both clay and organic carbon content. The importance of each parameter varies with the surfactant concentration.

  9. A spectroscopic study of M rate at C{sub 82} metallofullerenes: Raman, far-infrared, and neutron scattering results

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    Lebedkin, S.; Renker, B.; Rietschel, H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). INFP; Heid, R. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik komplexer Systeme, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Schober, H. [Institut Laue-Langevin, F-38042 Grenoble (France)

    1998-03-01

    Polycrystalline samples of M rate at C{sub 82} metallofullerenes have been studied at room temperature by Raman (for M=La, Y, Ce, Gd), far-infrared (FIR) (for M=La, Y, Ce), and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) (for M=La, Y) spectroscopy. Raman and FIR spectra suggest that these metallofullerenes have a common dominant, if not a single, structure of the C{sub 82} cage and a similar bonding of the encapsulated metal ion, i.e. the bonding is primarily electrostatic and the metal atoms are in the same oxidation state (+3). The metal ion vibrations are located around 160 and 50 cm{sup -1}. INS reveals no gap between internal vibrational and external vibrational and rotational modes in the range {proportional_to}50-200 cm{sup -1} as is typically observed for other fullerides and also predicted by our model calculations. Presumably this is due to strong intermolecular interactions between M rate at C{sub 82} units in the bulk sample. The studied metallofullerenes are air sensitive, and degradation in air could be followed by changes in the Raman spectra. (orig.) With 6 figs., 2 tabs., 47 refs.

  10. Interaction of multicharged ions with molecules (CO{sub 2}, C{sub 60}) by coincident electron spectroscopy

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    Moretto-Capelle, P.; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D.; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A. [Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France). Lab. CAR-IRSAMC

    2001-07-01

    First results for the investigation of electron capture processes in collisions between multicharged ions and molecule targets using electron spectroscopy in coincidence with charged fragments, are presented. It is shown that a much more detailed investigation of the capture reaction can be achieved using molecular instead of heavy atomic targets provided that an analysis of the target dissociation is made. The collisional systems {sup 18}O{sup 8+}+Ar, CO{sub 2} and C{sub 60} have been studied at 80 keV. Non coincident electron spectra as well as first results of double or triple coincidence experiments are discussed. Kinetic energy distributions of the C{sub n}{sup +} fragments (n=1 to 8) produced in multiple capture processes from C{sub 60} target are given. A detailed investigation of the double capture process with CO{sub 2} molecule allows the measurement of kinetic energy release distributions (KERD) which characterize the dissociation of CO{sub 2}{sup 2+} molecular ions; our results are found to be very similar to those measured in double photoionisation experiments. (orig.)

  11. MCD study on Ce-C{sub 82} and Ce{sub 2}-C{sub 80} in the soft-X-ray region

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    Ishikawa, Jun [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo (Japan); Miyahara, Tsuneaki, E-mail: miyaharat@fc.jwu.ac.jp [Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Japan Women' s University, 2-8-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8681 (Japan); Hirato, Yasuharu; Ishii, Hiroyoshi [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo (Japan); Kodama, Takeshi; Kikuchi, Koichi [Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo (Japan); Nakamura, Tesuya; Kodama, Kenji [Spring-8, Sayo-gun, Hyogo-ken (Japan); Asakura, Daisuke; Koide, Tsuneharu [Photon Factory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, KEK, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)

    2011-04-15

    Highlights: {yields} We measured the temperature dependence of MCD spectra on Ce-C{sub 82} and Ce{sub 2}-C{sub 80}. {yields} We found that Ce 4f moments are antiferromagnetic in Ce-C{sub 82}. {yields} But they are ferromagnetic in Ce{sub 2}-C{sub 80}. {yields} The 4f moments are much smaller than the Hund-ground-state value. {yields} This is caused by a strong crystal field exerted by the carbon cage. - Abstract: We have measured the temperature dependence of MCD spectra on Ce-C{sub 82} and Ce{sub 2}-C{sub 80} in the Ce 3d-4f excitation region. The results show that Ce-C{sub 82} has antiferromagnetic interaction while Ce{sub 2}-C{sub 80} has ferromagnetic interaction between Ce magnetic moments which are much smaller than the Hund-ground-state values.

  12. Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of combustion-synthesized CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Li, Dong-Feng; Yang, Ke; Wang, Xiao-qin; Ma, Ya-Li; Huang, Gui-Fang; Huang, Wei-Qing [Hunan University, Department of Applied Physics, School of Physics and Electronics, Changsha (China)

    2015-09-15

    Nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} was synthesized via a one-step solution combustion method using urea as fuel for the first time. The effects of the molar ratio of urea to cerium chloride on the photocatalytic activity of the synthesized samples were investigated. The synthesized nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} shows small size and large surface exposure area. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue demonstrates that the synthesized nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} possesses enhanced photocatalytic activity. It is proposed that the enhanced photocatalytic activity might be related to the favorable morphology and structure, and the effective charge separation between C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and CeO{sub 2} in the photocatalytic process. (orig.)

  13. Interaction of protons with the C{sub 60} molecule: calculation of deposited energies and electronic stopping cross sections (v{sub {<=}}5 au)

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    Moretto-Capelle, P. [Laboratoire CAR, IRSAMC, UMR 5589 CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)]. E-mail: pmc@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D.; Rentenier, A.; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A. [Laboratoire CAR, IRSAMC, UMR 5589 CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)

    2001-09-28

    The energy deposited by a proton in a C{sub 60} molecule is calculated over a broad collision velocity range from 0.1 to 5 au, using the free-electron gas model of Lindhard and Winther (1964 Mat. Fys. Medd. K Dan. Vidensk. Selsk. 34) and the C{sub 60} electron density distribution calculated by Puska and Nieminen. The energy lost by the proton is maximum near 1.8 au collision velocity in contrast with the saturation found in the low-velocity regime, in the 0.25-0.5 au velocity range, by Kunert and Schmidt. From the impact parameter dependence we deduce the distributions of deposited energies, the averaged energy losses and the C{sub 60} electronic stopping cross sections. It is found that the C{sub 60} molecule behaves as a carbon foil giving very similar absolute stopping cross sections per atom. (author). Letter-to-the-editor.

  14. Effect of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content on the microstructure and properties of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets

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    Xie, Lang; Li, XiaoBo; Zhang, Dan; Yang, ChengMing; Yin, FuCheng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). School of Materials Science and Engineering; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province; Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology of Ministry of Education; Xiao, YiFeng [Xiangtan Univ., Hunan (China). Key Lab. of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province

    2015-10-15

    Four series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets with Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition of between 0 and 7.5 wt.% in 2.5 wt.% increments were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and X-ray diffractometry. The transverse rupture strength and hardness were also measured. It was found that Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} completely dissolved in Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-based cermets. Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition improved the wettability of the Ni binder phase on the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2} hard phase, which resulted in a decrease in the porosity and an increase in the phase uniformity. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content showed relatively fine grains and almost full density. A high Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content resulted in the formation of M{sub 6}C (M = Mo, Cr, Ni) phase. In addition, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy results showed that the content of Mo in the binder decreased with increasing Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} content. The cermets with 2.5 wt.% Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest transverse rupture strength of 2210 MPa, whereas the cermets without Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} addition exhibited the highest hardness.

  15. Stability of zinc phthalocyanine and fullerene C{sub 60} organic solar cells

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    Lessmann, Rudolf

    2010-05-10

    Organic solar cells promise electricity generation at very low cost, and higher installation flexibility as compared to inorganic solar cells. The lower cost is achieved by cheaper semiconductors and easier manufacturing processes. The flexibility is naturally given by these ultra-thin, amorphous layers. Also the power conversion efficiency can be high enough for many applications. The organic molecules have to withstand the constant excitation by photons, transport of energy in form of excitons and charge. A small but significant amount of these photons has energy over the absorption gap, the excess of energy must be released without breaking the molecular bonds. In consequence, the solar cells can also heat up to temperatures at above 80 C. The objective of this work is to answer the question if the small molecules organic solar cells can be stable enough to operate under a very long time. The stability of organic doped layers in an organic solar cell is also addressed. This work starts with a general introduction followed by the description of the experimental procedures. The aging experiments of the solar cell were done with a self developed equipment. The fabrication of this equipment (a set of measurement boxes) was necessary to maintain the conditions, under which a solar cell can be aged, as constant as possible. The measurement boxes were used to control the electrical load of the cell, its temperature, the illumination intensity, and its electric connection to the I vs. V measurement equipment. A software package was also developed to control the equipment and to facilitate the work and visualization of the high volume of collected data. The model solar cells chosen for the aging experiments were donor-acceptor heterojunctions devices formed with the well-known materials C{sub 60} and ZnPc. Two basic different structures were analyzed, because they offered reasonable performance and potentially long lifetime: the flat heterojunction (FHJ) and the mixed

  16. Solvothermal synthesis of Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}C nanostructures with phase and morphology control

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    Williams, Brent; Clifford, Dustin; Carpenter, Everett E., E-mail: aelgendy@vcu.edu, E-mail: ecarpenter2@vcu.edu [Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 (United States); El-Gendy, Ahmed A., E-mail: aelgendy@vcu.edu, E-mail: ecarpenter2@vcu.edu [Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 (United States); Nanotechnology and Nanometrology Laboratory, National Institute for Standards, Giza 12211 (Egypt)

    2016-07-21

    A phase transition, from orthorhombic Fe{sub 3}C to hexagonal Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3}, was observed using a wet synthesis mediated by hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC). In this study, CTAC has been shown to control carbide phase, morphology, and size of the iron carbide nanostructures. Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} hexagonal prisms were formed with an average diameter of 960 nm, the thickness of 150 nm, and Fe{sub 3}C nanostructures with an approximate size of 50 nm. Magnetic studies show ferromagnetic behavior with M{sub s} of 126 emu/g, and H{sub c} of 170 Oe with respect to Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} and 95 emu/g and 590 Oe with respect to Fe{sub 3}C. The thermal studies using high temperature x-ray diffraction show stability of Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} up to 500 °C. Upon slow cooling, the Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} phase is recovered with an intermediate oxide phase occurring around 300 °C. This study has demonstrated a simple route in synthesizing iron carbides for an in depth magnetic study and crystal phase transition study of Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} at elevated temperatures.

  17. C/sub 4/ photosynthesis in Euphorbia degeneri and E. remyi: a comparison of photosynthetic carbon metabolism in leaves, callus cultures and regenerated plants

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    Ruzin, S.E.

    1984-04-01

    Based on analysis of /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ fixation kinetics and assays of enzymes related to C/sub 4/ metabolism (NAD-ME, NADP-ME, NAD-MDH, NADP-MDH, AST, ALT), leaves and regenerated plants of Euphorbia degeneri exhibit a modified NADP-ME-type photosynthesis. Apparently, both aspartate and malate are used for transport of CO/sub 2/ to bundle sheath cells. Callus grown on either non-shoot-forming or shoot-forming media fixes CO/sub 2/ into RPP-cycle intermediates and sucrose, as well as malate and aspartate. /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ pulse/chase kinetics show no significant loss of label from C/sub 4/ acids throughout a one minute chase. Analysis of PEPCase revealed the presence of 2 isoenzymes in both leaf and regenerated plant tissues (K/sub m/ (PEP) = 0.080 and 0.550) but only one isoenzyme in callus (K/sub m/ = 0.100). It appears that C/sub 4/ photosynthesis does not occur in callus derived from this C/sub 4/ dicot but is regenerated concomitant with shoot regeneration, and ..beta..-carboxylation of PEP in callus, mediated by the low K/sub m/ isoenzyme of PEPCase, produces C/sub 4/ acids that are not involved in the CO/sub 2/ shuttle mechanism characteristic of C/sub 4/ photosynthesis. 161 references, 19 figures, 12 tables.

  18. An integral parametrization of the bacterial growth curve experimental demonstration with E. coli C{sub 6}00 bacteria; Parametrizacion integrada de la curva de crecimiento bacteriano. Comprobacion experimental para E. coli C{sub 6}00

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    Garces, F.; Vidania, R. de

    1984-07-01

    In this work an integral parametrization of the bacterial growth curve is presented. The values of the parameters are obtained by fitting to the experimental data. Those parameters, with allow to describe the growth in its different phases, are the followings: slopes of the curve in its three parts and the time which divides the last two phases of the bacterial growth. The experimental data are bacterial densities measured by optical methods. The bacteria used was the E. coli C{sub 6}00. (Author)

  19. Image quality and volume computed tomography air kerma index (C{sub vol}) evaluation in Recife; Avaliacao da qualidade de imagem e do indice volumetrico de Kerma ar em tomografia computadorizada (C{sub vol}) em Recife

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    Andrade, Marcos Ely Almeida

    2008-07-01

    The Computed Tomography (CT) is an important diagnostic imaging method, widely used. However, in spite of all the advantages and technologic advances within the CT scanners, the tomographic procedures result in high absorbed doses to patients. The main objective of this work was to perform a dosimetric study of CT scanners located at Recife and to evaluate the image quality on CT examinations in these equipment. The volume CT air kerma index (C{sub VOL}) and air kerma length product (P{sub KL,CT}) were estimated. These values were calculated using normalized weighted air kerma indexes in CT standard dosimetry phantoms ({sub n}C{sub W}), supplied by ImPACT group for several CT scanners, and the scan parameters of routine head, routine chest and hi-resolution chest CT exams performed at 20 institutions. The irradiation parameters of 15 adult patients for each CT procedure were registered at six participating centres, at which the phantom from the American College of Radiology (ACR) CT accreditation protocol was used for the image quality measurements. For routine head exams, the C{sub VOL} values varied between 12 and 58 mGy (at the posterior fossa) and 15 to 58 mGy (at the cerebrum) and the P{sub KL,CT}, from 150 to 750 mGy{center_dot}cm. The C{sub VOL} values for routine chest procedures varied from 3 to 26 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT}, between 120 and 460 mGy{center_dot}cm. In relation to Hi-resolution chest exams, C{sub VOL} values were from 1.0 to 2.7 mGy and the P{sub KL,CT} values varied between 24 and 67 mGy{center_dot}cm. The image quality evaluations results showed that almost all scanners presented at least one inadequacy. One of the equipment presented faults at 70% of the tests. With regard to the image noise, only two scanners presented acceptable results. From these results, it is possible to conclude that the volume CT air kerma index values are lower than the European reference levels. However, the image quality of these CT scanners does not attend the

  20. Surface modified MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} multilayers by aryl diazonium salts leading to large-scale delamination

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    Wang, Hongbing [College of Mechanics and Materials, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210098 (China); Department of Mathematics and Physics, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 211167 (China); Zhang, Jianfeng, E-mail: jfzhang_sic@163.com [College of Mechanics and Materials, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210098 (China); Wu, Yuping; Huang, Huajie; Li, Gaiye; Zhang, Xin; Wang, Zhuyin [College of Mechanics and Materials, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210098 (China)

    2016-10-30

    Highlights: • A novel and simple method to delaminate MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} multilayers. • Surface modification using aryl diazonium salts induced swelling that conversely weakened the bonds between MXene layers. • The grafting of phenylsulfonic acid groups on MXene surfaces resulted in excellent water dispersibility. - Abstract: Herein we report a simple and facile method to delaminate MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} multilayers by the assistance of surface modification using aryl diazonium salts. The basic strategy involved the preparation of layered MAX Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} and the exfoliation of Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} into Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} multilayers, followed by Na{sup +} intercalation and surface modification using sulfanilic acid diazonium salts. The resulting chemically grafted Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} flakes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to confirm the presence of the surface organic species. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy revealed that surface-modified MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} sheets disperse well in water and the solutions obey Lambert–Beer’s law. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to demonstrate the morphology and structure of delaminating MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2} flakes. The results indicated that chemical modification for MXene multilayers by aryl diazonium salts induced swelling that conversely weakened the bonds between MX layers, hence leading to large-scale delamination of multilayered MXene Ti{sub 3}C{sub 2}via mild sonication. Advantages of the present approach rely not only on the simplicity and efficiency of the delamination procedure but also on the grafting of aryl groups to MXene surfaces, highly suitable for further applications of the newly discovered two-dimensional materials.

  1. Molecular dynamics investigations on the interfacial energy and adhesive strength between C{sub 60}-filled carbon nanotubes and metallic surface

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    Kuo, Jenn-Kun [Department of Greenergy, National University of Tainan, Tainan 70005, Taiwan (China); Huang, Pei-Hsing, E-mail: phh@mail.npust.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung 912, Taiwan (China); Wu, Wei-Te; Hsu, Yi-Cheng [Department of Biomechatronics Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung 912, Taiwan (China)

    2014-01-15

    The mechanical and adhesive properties of C{sub 60}@(10,10) carbon nanopeapods (CNPs) adhering to gold surfaces are investigated by atomistic simulations. The effects of C{sub 60} fill density, tube length, surrounding temperature, and peeling velocity on the adhesion behavior are studied. Results show that the interfacial binding energy of CNPs (which depends on the C{sub 60} fill density and temperature) is 2.0∼4.4% higher than that of (10,10) single-walled CNTs and 3.4∼4.7% lower than that of (5,5)@(10,10) double-walled CNTs (DWCNTs). Despite their lower interfacial binding energy, CNPs have a higher adhesive strength than that of DWCNTs (1.53 nN vs. 1.4 nN). Distinct from the inner tubes of DWCNTs, which have continuum mechanical properties, the discrete C{sub 60} molecules that fill CNPs exhibit unique composite mechanical properties, with high flexibility and bend-buckling resistance. The bend-buckling forces for CNPs filled with a low/medium fill density of C{sub 60} are approximately constant. When the fill density is 1 C{sub 60} molecule per nanometer length, the bend-buckling force dramatically increases. - Highlights: • Adhesion and peeling behaviors of CNPs on metallic substrates are investigated. • Effects of C60 density, CNP length, temperature, and peeling velocity are studied. • CNPs have a higher adhesive strength than that of DWCNTs (1.53 nN vs. 1.4 nN). • Discrete C{sub 60} molecules that fill CNPs exhibit unique composite mechanical properties.

  2. Analysis of fragment size distributions in collisions of monocharged ions with the C{sub 60} molecule

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    Rentenier, A; Moretto-Capelle, P; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A [LCAR-IRSAMC, UMR 5589 Universite Paul Sabatier-CNRS, 118 rte de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2005-04-14

    Fragmentation of the C{sub 60} molecule is investigated using a multicorrelation technique. We first focus on the transition from asymmetrical dissociation (AD) to multifragmentation (MF). These processes are studied in collisions between H{sup +}{sub x}(x = 1-3) hydrogenic projectiles and C{sub 60} fullerene in the gas phase, in the 2-130 keV collisional energy range. A rather sharp transition from pure AD to predominant MF is observed when plotting the AD/(AD + MF) ratio against the average deposited energy E{sub dep}; it occurs in the 80-240 eV E{sub dep} range; this ratio is also found to be independent of the projectile species (scaling law). The evolution of the size distribution shape is also discussed and compared with other data available in the literature. A pure power law is never reached in the present experimental conditions. Finally, an event-by-event analysis of the fragmentation data is developed for the first time in the study of the C{sub 60} molecule fragmentation and discussed in terms of the predictions of the percolation model near a critical behaviour. Moments of order 2, 3 and 5 are determined for each correlation event. Moments of order 3 and 5 follow a linear behaviour when plotted against the moment of order 2, as predicted, and the exponent {tau} that is extracted takes a value near 2. The Campi scatter plot is also determined and discussed for total and multiplicity-selected events. Both slopes of the two branches in the Campi plots and {tau} value are near those that are expected in the percolation of a 2D lattice.

  3. On the photoconductivity of layered molecular complex of fullerene C{sub 60} with saturated amine TMPDA

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    Golovin, Yu.I.; Lopatin, D.V.; Rodaev, V.V. [Tambov State University, 392000 Tambov (Russian Federation); Konarev, D.V.; Litvinov, A.L.; Lyubovskaya, R.N. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Science, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2007-03-15

    It was revealed that the photoconductivity of layered molecular complex of fullerene C{sub 60} with saturated amine TMPDA: TMPDA.C{sub 60} is caused by intermolecular electronic processes in the fullerene layers. The intermediate magneto-sensitive stage of photogenerating free charge carriers was found to be due to the effect of magnetic field on the rate constant of the triplet charge transfer exciton annihilation process. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Synthesis of ultrafine powder of vanadium carbide V{sub 8}C{sub 7} by microwave heating

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    Nikolaenko, Irina [Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry; Yeltsin Ural Federal Univ., Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Krasovskaya, Anastasiya [Yeltsin Ural Federal Univ., Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kedin, Nikolay; Shveikin, Gennadii [Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry

    2015-10-15

    In this article a new method of synthesizing ultrafine powder of vanadium carbide V{sub 8}C{sub 7} by a combination of classic liquid-phase precipitation on a carbon support and low-temperature microwave heat treatment is proposed. An entire spectrum of intermediates obtained during thermolysis, reduction, and carbidization of precursors to the final product has been presented. The structure, morphology and distribution according to the particle size, phase structure and specific surface area of samples has been shown.

  5. Effect of pregnancy or treatment with ethinylestradiol or phenobarbital on the glucuronidation of. beta. -estradiol at the C/sub 3/-OH vs C/sub 17/-OH in female rat liver microsomes

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    Connors, M.S.

    1986-01-01

    The glucuronidation of (/sup 3/H)-estradiol-17..beta.. (E/sub 2/) at the C/sub 3/ vs the C/sub 17/ hydroxyl groups was determined in female Sprague-Dawley rat liver microsomes. An HPLC method was developed to resolve the glucuronide conjugates which were then quantitated by liquid scintillation counting. The rates of formation of 17..beta..-estradiol 3-(..beta..-D-glucuronide) (E/sub 2/3G) and ..beta..-estradiol 17-(..beta..-D-glucuronide) (E/sub 2/17G) were 0.49 +- 0.03 and 0.40 +- 0.02 nmolminmg protein respectively. The apparent K/sub m/ and V/sub max/ of E/sub 2/ glucuronidation were determined in control, pregnant (day 19 of gestation), phenobarbital treated (PB; 80 mgkgday ip for 5 days) and ethinylestradiol treated (EE/sub 2/; 5 mgkgday ip for 5 days) female rats. Two methods were chosen for data analysis and the validity of these methods was compared. The least squares estimates of K/sub m/ and V/sub max/ values as well as the confidence contours of the joint sums of squares for the parameter spaces were calculated

  6. Development of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) nanostructured coatings; Desenvolvimento de revestimentos nanostruturados de Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr)

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    Cunha, Cecilio Alvares da

    2012-07-01

    This study is divided in two parts. The first part is about the preparation of nanostructured Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders by high energy milling followed by characterization of the milled and the as received powder. Analyses of some of the data obtained were done using a theoretical approach. The second part of this study is about the preparation and characterization of coatings prepared with the nanostructured as well as the as received Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders. The high temperature erosion-oxidation (E-O) behavior of the coatings prepared with the two types of powders has been compared based on a technological approach. The average crystallite size of the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powder decreased rapidly from 145 nm to 50 nm in the initial stages of milling and thereafter decreased slowly to a steady state value of around 10 nm with further increase in milling time. This steady state corresponds to the beginning of a dynamic recovery process. The maximum lattice strain ({epsilon} = 1,17%) was observed in powders milled for 16 hours, and this powders critical crystallite size was 28 nm. In contrast, the lattice parameter attained a minimum for powders milled for 16 hours. Upon reaching the critical crystallite size, the dislocation density attained a steady state regime and all plastic deformation introduced in the material there after was in the form of events occurring at the grain boundaries, due mainly to grain boundary sliding. The deformation energy stored in the crystal lattice of the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) powders milled for different times was determined from enthalpy variation measurements. These results indicated that the maximum enthalpy variation ({delta}H = 722 mcal) also occurred for powders milled for 16 hours. In a similar manner, the maximum specific heat variation ({delta}C{sub p} = 0,278 cal/gK) occurred for powders milled for 16 hours. The following mechanical properties of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-25(Ni20Cr) coatings

  7. Anharmonic rovibrational calculations of singlet cyclic C{sub 4} using a new ab initio potential and a quartic force field

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    Wang, Xiaohong; Bowman, Joel M., E-mail: jmbowma@emory.edu [Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation and Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (United States); Huang, Xinchuan [SETI Institute, 189 Bernardo Ave, Suite 100, Mountain View, California 94043 (United States); Lee, Timothy J., E-mail: Timothy.J.Lee@nasa.gov [MS 245-1, NASA Ames Research Center, Mofffett Field, California 94035 (United States)

    2013-12-14

    We report a CCSD(T)/cc-pCV5Z quartic force field (QFF) and a semi-global CCSD(T)-F12b/aug-cc-pVTZ potential energy surface (PES) for singlet, cyclic C{sub 4}. Vibrational fundamentals, combinations, and overtones are obtained using vibrational second-order perturbation theory (VPT2) and the vibrational configuration-interaction (VCI) approach. Agreement is within 10 cm{sup −1} between the VCI calculated fundamentals on the QFF and PES using the MULTIMODE (MM) program, and VPT2 and VCI results agree for the fundamentals. The agreement between VPT2-QFF and MM-QFF results is also good for the C{sub 4} combinations and overtones. The J = 1 and J = 2 rovibrational energies are reported from both VCI (MM) on the PES and VPT2 on the QFF calculations. The spectroscopic constants of {sup 12}C{sub 4} and two C{sub 2v}-symmetry, single {sup 13}C-substituted isotopologues are presented, which may help identification of cyclic C{sub 4} in future experimental analyses or astronomical observations.

  8. Single and double reduction of C{sub 60} in 2:1 {gamma}-cyclodextrin/[60]fullerene inclusion complexes by cyclodextrin radicals

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    Quaranta, Annamaria [Laboratoire de Chimie et Biochimie des Substances Naturelles, MNHN, UMR5154 CNRS-MNHN/USM50502, 63 rue Buffon, 75005 Paris (France)], E-mail: annamaria.quaranta@cea.fr; Zhang Yongmin [Universite Pierre and Marie Curie, Laboratoire de Chimie Organique, UMR 7611 CNRS, Tour 44/45, C. 181, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France)], E-mail: yongmin.zhang@upmc.fr; Wang Yali [Universite Pierre and Marie Curie, Laboratoire de Chimie Organique, UMR 7611 CNRS, Tour 44/45, C. 181, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris (France); Edge, Ruth [Free Radical Research Facility, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, WA4 4AD, UK, and North East Wales Institute, Wrexham, LL11 2AW (United Kingdom); Free Radical Research Facility, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Navaratnam, Suppiah [Free Radical Research Facility, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, WA4 4AD, UK, and North East Wales Institute, Wrexham, LL11 2AW (United Kingdom); BioScience Research Institute, PEEL Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT (United Kingdom); Land, Edward J. [Lennard-Jones Laboratories, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG (United Kingdom); Bensasson, Rene V. [Laboratoire de Chimie et Biochimie des Substances Naturelles, MNHN, UMR5154 CNRS-MNHN/USM50502, 63 rue Buffon, 75005 Paris (France)], E-mail: rvb@mnhn.fr

    2008-12-10

    Spectroscopic and chemical properties of {gamma}-CD{sup {center_dot}} radicals, resulting from the abstraction by HO{sup {center_dot}} radicals of hydrogen atoms, have been investigated using pulse radiolysis. The reactions of {gamma}-CD{sup {center_dot}} radicals with C{sub 60} in 2:1 {gamma}-CD/C{sub 60} inclusion complexes have been studied in aqueous solutions. It has been demonstrated that the {gamma}-CD{sup {center_dot}} radicals are reducing species producing C{sub 60}{sup {center_dot}}{sup -} monoanion radicals, as well as doubly reduced C{sub 60}{sup 2-}, well characterised by their absorption spectra in the near IR. The oxidation potential of {gamma}-CD{sup {center_dot}} radical is estimated to be more negative than -390 mV vs. NHE. The kinetics of the C{sub 60} reduction by {gamma}-CD{sup {center_dot}} radicals have been determined and compared with kinetics by other reducing species including the solvated electron (e{sub aq}{sup -}) and CO{sub 2}{sup {center_dot}}{sup -} radicals. It was observed that the method of preparation of the 2:1 {gamma}-CD/C{sub 60} inclusion complexes modifies the C{sub 60} reduction mechanism.

  9. Determination of c{sub sw} in N{sub f}=3+1 lattice QCD with massive Wilson fermions

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    Stollenwerk, Felix

    2017-02-07

    In order to obtain sensible results from Lattice QCD that may be compared with experiment, extrapolation to the continuum is crucial. The well-established Symanzik improvement program systematically reduces the order of cutoff effects, allowing for better control of the aforementioned errors, as well as larger and thus more affordable lattice spacings. Applied to the Wilson fermion action, it entails the addition of the Sheikholeslami-Wohlert term with the O(a) improvement coefficient c{sub sw}. In this work, a strategy is developed for the non-perturbative determination of c{sub sw} in the theory with N{sub f}=3+1 massive sea quarks. It is embedded in a general, mass-dependent renormalization and improvement scheme, for which we lay the foundations. The improvement condition, formulated by means of the PCAC relation in the Schroedinger Functional, is imposed along a line of constant physics that is designed to be close to the physical mass of the charm quark. The aim of this rather elaborate approach is to avoid large, mass-dependent O(a{sup 2}) effects in future large volume simulations with four dynamical quark species. The numerical results are worked out using the tree-level improved Luescher-Weisz gauge action. Since the gradient flow coupling is employed in the definition of the line of constant physics, its interdependence with the topological charge in regard to critical slowing down and topology freezing is investigated in a supplemental study.

  10. Sputtering of Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers by keV C{sub 60} projectiles as seen by computer simulations

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    Paruch, R.; Rzeznik, L.; Czerwinski, B. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Garrison, B.J.; Winograd, N. [Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Postawa, Z. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)], E-mail: zp@castor.if.uj.edu.pl

    2009-08-15

    Fundamental processes induced in a thick organic system composed of long, well-organized linear molecules by an impact of 5-20 keV C{sub 60} are investigated. The organic system is represented by Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers formed from bariated molecules of arachidic acid. The thickness of the system varies between 2 and 16 nm. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics computer simulations are applied to investigate the energy transfer pathways and sputtering yields as a function of the kinetic energy of the projectile and the thickness of the organic overlayer. The results indicate that an impact of keV C{sub 60} projectiles leads to significant ejection of organic material. The efficiency of desorption increases with the kinetic energy of the projectile for a given layer thickness. For a constant primary kinetic energy, the sputtering yield goes through a maximum and finally saturates as the LB layer becomes thicker. Such behaviour is caused by a competition between signal enhancement due to increasing number of organic molecules and signal decrease due to lowering of the amount of the primary energy being backreflected into the organic overlayer by the receding organic/metal interface as the layer is getting thicker. When the sample thickness becomes much larger than the penetration depth of the projectile, the sputtering yield is independent of thickness. The deposited energy is channelled by an open and ordered molecular structure, which leads to abnormally long projectile penetration and ion-induced damage.

  11. The influence of C{sub s}/C{sub c} correction in analytical imaging and spectroscopy in scanning and transmission electron microscopy

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    Zaluzec, Nestor J., E-mail: zaluzec@microscopy.com

    2015-04-15

    Aberration correction in scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) owes much to the efforts of a small dedicated group of innovators. Leading that frontier has been Prof. Harald Rose. To date his leadership and dynamic personality has spearheaded our ability to leave behind many of the limitations imposed by spherical aberration (C{sub s}) in high resolution phase contrast imaging. Following shortly behind, has been the development of chromatic aberration correction (C{sub c}) which augments those accomplishments. In this paper we will review and summarize how the combination of C{sub s}/C{sub c} technology enhances our ability to conduct hyperspectral imaging and spectroscopy in today's and future computationally mediated experiments in both thin as well as realistic specimens in vacuo and during in-situ/environmental experiments.

  12. Sugar supported H/sub 2/ production and C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ reduction by the cyanobiont Anabaena azollae

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    Rozen, A.; Tel-Or, E.

    1986-01-01

    Sugar supported activities of H/sub 2/ production and C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ reduction were characterized in axenic cell cultures of the cyanobiont Anabaena azollae isolated from the water fern Azolla filiculoides. Fructose was found to be the favoured substrate, enhancing activities in both the light and the dark even at relatively low concentrations of 0.5-1.0 mM. Higher concentrations of sucrose, (10-20mM) also supported H/sub 2/ production and C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ reduction, while glucose was less effective. Levels of H/sub 2/ production were always lower than those of C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ reduction. 13 references.

  13. Synthesis and deformation microstructure of Ti{sub 3}SiAl{sub 0.2}C{sub 1.8} solid solution

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    Li Shibo [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China)]. E-mail: shibo-li@sohu.com; Bei Guoping [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Li Cuiwei [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Ai Mingxing [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Zhai Hongxiang [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China); Zhou Yang [School of Mechanical and Electronic Control Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044 (China)

    2006-12-15

    Solid solution Ti{sub 3}SiAl{sub 0.2}C{sub 1.8} was synthesized by sintering powder compacts containing Ti, Si, Al, and C with a mole ratio of 3:1:0.2:1.8 at 1550 deg. C for 5 min in Ar. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the samples. The results show that nearly single solid solution was obtained except for the presence of a small amount of TiC. The observation from the fracture surface shows that delamination, kink band formation and crack deflection are prevalent features in the deformed Ti{sub 3}SiAl{sub 0.2}C{sub 1.8} grains. The crystal parameters for Ti{sub 3}SiAl{sub 0.2}C{sub 1.8} were analyzed and the multiple energy dissipation mechanisms were discussed.

  14. Structure of UC{sub 2} and U{sub 2}C{sub 3}:XRD, {sup 13}C NMR and EXAFS study

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    Carvajal Nuñez, U. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Eloirdi, R., E-mail: rachel.eloirdi@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); Prieur, D.; Martel, L. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany); López Honorato, E. [Centro de Investigatión y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (CINVESTAV), Unidad Saltillo, Av. Industria Metalúrgica 1062, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila 25900 (Mexico); Farnan, I. [University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN (United Kingdom); Vitova, T. [Institut für Nukleare Entsorgung (INE), P.O. Box 3640, D- 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Somers, J. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, P.O. Box 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2014-03-15

    Highlights: • A structural investigation of UC{sub 2} and U{sub 2}C{sub 3} phases was made with XRD, NMR and EXAFS. • Heat treatment of a pulverised UC{sub 2} ingot, repressed into a pellet yields a U{sub 2}C{sub 3} phase coexisting with UC{sub 2−z}. • Heat treatment of UC{sub 2} as cast ingots results in a partial decomposition to UC. • EXAFS data confirmed the CaC{sub 2} and Pu{sub 2}C{sub 3} type structure for UC{sub 2} and U{sub 2}C{sub 3} respectively. • {sup 13}C MAS NMR identified a contribution of a well and less ordered phases in UC{sub 2}. -- Abstract: In this study, uranium dicarbide (UC{sub 2}) has been prepared by arc melting and heat treated under vacuum to form uranium sequicarbide (U{sub 2}C{sub 3}) in the presence of a second phase UC{sub 2−z}. Both samples, as cast and heat treated, have been characterised by chemical analyses, X-ray diffraction (XRD), {sup 13}C magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) and by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). The composition, the purity, the various environments of both U and C atoms as well as the bonds length with the coordination number have been determined. By combining a long-range order method (XRD) and short-range order spectroscopy techniques (EXAFS and NMR), a unique view on the microstructure of UC{sub 2}, before and after heat treatment, and of U{sub 2}C{sub 3} phase has been achieved.

  15. Chemotaxonomic significance of distribution and stable carbon isotopic composition of long-chain alkanes and alkan-1-ols in C{sub 4} grass waxes

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    Rommerskirchen, F.; Plader, A. [Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg (Germany). Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment; Eglinton, G. [Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst (Germany); Chikaraishii, Yoshito [Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka (Japan). Institute for Research on Earth Evolution

    2006-10-15

    Grasses (Poaceae) are distributed across the world in broad latitudinal belts and are an important source of C4 biomass in the geological record of soils as well as lake and marine sediments. We examined long-chain leaf wax components of thirty-five C{sub 4} grasses of the subfamilies Aristidoideae, Chloridoideae and Panicoideae from the southern African grasslands and savannas and three C{sub 3} grasses of the subfamily Pooideae from Peru and Australia and review the relevant botanical, phytogeographic and leaf wax compositional background information. Contents, distribution patterns and molecular stable carbon isotopic compositions of long-chain n-alkanes (n-C{sub 27} to n-C{sub 35}) and n-alkan-1-ols (n-C{sub 22} to n-C{sub 32}) were used to estimate the chemotaxonomic relevance of wax signatures of whole plants, separately for different subfamilies and for members of the three C{sub 4} subtypes (NADP-ME, NAD-ME and PCK). Two grass species were separated into flower heads, leaves and stems and the parts analysed separately. Grass flowers contain remarkable amounts of short-chain n-alkanes, which may have a significant influence on the chemical signature of the whole plant, whereas n-alkanol distribution patterns exhibit no systematics. The stable carbon isotopic composition of both biomarker types in different plant parts is remarkably uniform. Chemotaxonomic differentiation was not possible on a species level based on whole plant samples, but was more successful for averages of subfamily and photosynthetic subtype data. Wax signatures of C{sub 4} grasses are generally distinguishable from those of C{sub 3} species by heavier isotopic values, higher contents of n-C{sub 31} and n-C{sub 33} alkanes and the abundance of the n-C{sub 32} n-alkanol, which is largely absent in C{sub 3} grass waxes. Especially the waxes of the NAD-ME and PCK C{sub 4}-subtype grasses, which thrive in extremely arid tropical and subtropical areas, contain high relative amounts of longer

  16. Baculovirus Host-Range

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    Suzanne M. Thiem; Xiao-Wen Cheng

    2009-01-01

    Baculoviruses are used as microbial insecticides, protein expression vectors, epitope display platforms, and most recently as vectors for gene therapy. Understanding the mechanisms that control baculovirus host-range and tissue tropisms are important for assessing their safety and for improving their properties for these biotechnology applications. In the past two decades some progress has been made and several baculovirus genes that influence host-range have been identified. Despite this progress, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms that restrict baculovirus host-range is still limited. Here we review what is currently known about baculovirus genes that influence virus host-range.

  17. Theoretical and experimental investigation on the stability of C{sub n=1-6}H{sup -} and C{sub n=1-4}H{sub x}{sup +} clusters

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    Fantuzzi, Felipe [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Quimica, Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, 149 Bloco A, 4 Degree-Sign andar CEP 21941-909 Cidade Universitaria, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Baptista, Leonardo, E-mail: leobap@gmail.com [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Faculdade de Tecnologia, Departamento de Quimica e Ambiental, Rodovia Presidente Dutra Km 298, Resende, RJ (Brazil); Rocha, Alexandre B. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Quimica, Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Avenida Athos da Silveira Ramos, 149 Bloco A, 4 Degree-Sign andar CEP 21941-909 Cidade Universitaria, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Silveira, E.F. da [Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Fisica, 22451-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-01-02

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A theoretical and experimental study of ionic hydrocarbon clusters was performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer More than 300 structures were examined and the results compared with mass spectra. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Theoretical predictions and experimental data are in good agreement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The original sample does not influence the cluster abundance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Careful systematic search is important to reach the global minimum of clusters. -- Abstract: A theoretical study on the molecular structure of C{sub n}H{sup -} clusters, where 1 Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To n Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 6, and C{sub n}H{sub x}{sup +} clusters, where 1 Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To n Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 4 and 0 Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To x Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 2n + 2, has been performed at the DFT level. More than 300 configurations were examined and their total electronic energies ordered for each cluster mass. The D-plot methodology was employed for classifying different structures into cluster families and identifying the most stable structures. For each family, the binding energies of the analyzed cluster species have been determined and displayed as a function of the cluster mass. The fluctuations of these curves are then compared to experimental data, namely, to the dependence of relative ion desorption yields on cluster mass, obtained from Plasma Desorption Mass Spectroscopy (PDMS) of quite distinct types of organic samples: solid methane, cholesterol and pump oil vapor adsorbed on polycrystalline LiF. It is found that theoretical predictions and experimental data are in good agreement, showing that the abundance of the emitted small cluster ions is determined by their own structure and not by the structure of the original sample.

  18. Photolytic production of C/sup 2/H: collisional quenching of A tilde /sup 2/II. -->. X tilde /sup 2/Sigma/sup +/ infrared emission and the removal of excited C/sub 2/H

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    Shokoohi, F.; Watson, T.A.; Reisler, H.; Kong, F.; Renlund, A.M.; Wittig, C.

    1986-10-23

    The authors report the observation of time-resolved C/sub 2/H A tilde /sup 2/II ..-->.. X tilde /sup 2/Sigma/sup +/ infrared emission (1-5 ..mu..m) following the 193-nm photolyses of C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ and C/sub 2/HBr. Quenching of this emission by numerous collision partners (M) under pseudo-first-order conditions leads to large bimolecular rate coefficients (e.g. > 10/sup -11/ cm/sup 3/ molecule/sup -1/ s/sup -1/, except when M is a rare gas or N/sub 2/). Although such rate coefficients can be assigned to the quenching of fluorescence, they do not represent state-to-state processes, since quenching is due to an intricate combination of reactive, radiative, and energy-transfer processes. In separate experiments, rate coefficients are determined by monitoring the time-resolved CH A/sup 2/..delta.. ..-->.. X/sup 2/II chemiluminescence which is produced directly by the reaction of C/sub 2/H with O/sub 2/, and the C/sub 2/H species responsible for the CH emissions is identified as electronically and/or vibrationally excited C/sub 2/H. The above results are in agreement with recent molecular beam experiments that show that nascent C/sub 2/H contains considerably internal energy following the 193-nm photolysis of C/sub 2/H/sub 2/.

  19. Nanomechanical properties of SiC films grown from C{sub 60} precursors using atomic force microscopy

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    Morse, K. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Balooch, M.; Hamza, A.V.; Belak, J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)

    1994-12-01

    The mechanical properties of SiC films grown via C{sub 60} precursors were determined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Conventional silicon nitride and modified diamond cantilever AFM tips were employed to determine the film hardness, friction coefficient, and elastic modulus. The hardness is found to be between 26 and 40 GPa by nanoindentation of the film with the diamond tip. The friction coefficient for the silicon nitride tip on the SiC film is about one third that for silicon nitride sliding on a silicon substrate. By combining nanoindentation and AFM measurements an elastic modulus of {approximately}300 GPa is estimated for these SiC films. In order to better understand the atomic scale mechanisms that determine the hardness and friction of SiC, we simulated the molecular dynamics of a diamond indenting a crystalline SiC substrate.

  20. Nonvolatile memory devices based on ZnO/polyimide nanocomposite sandwiched between two C{sub 60} layers

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    Li Fushan [Advanced Semiconductor Research Center, Division of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae Whan, E-mail: twk@hanyang.ac.k [Advanced Semiconductor Research Center, Division of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Dong Wenguo; Kim, Young-Ho [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-29

    The memory effects of a three-layer nonvolatile memory device Al/C{sub 60}/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in a polyimide (PI) layer/C{sub 60}/p-Si were investigated by using capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements. Transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction pattern measurements showed that ZnO nanocrystals were formed inside the PI layer. The insertion of C{sub 60} layer improved the charge trap state density in the ZnO nanoparticle. The density was estimated by the flatband voltage shift in the C-V hysteresis, which increases with the max sweep voltage. Possible operating mechanisms corresponding to the charging and discharging process in the structure are proposed on the basis of the C-V results.

  1. Selectivity of oxazolidine derivatives in the separation of C/sub 5/ hydrocarbons with different degrees of saturation

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    Apter, Yu.M.; Gaile, A.A.; Proskuryakov, V.A.; Semenov, L.V.

    1980-01-01

    An increase in the selectivity of cyclic compound solvents in the separation of hydrocarbons of different degrees of saturation can be attained by reducing the size of the ring and introducing an additional heteroatom into the ring. In connection with this, the selectivity of oxazolidine derivatives, differing in respect to their structure from known extractants -- pyrrolidine derivatives -- by the presence of a second heteroatom in the ring and from morpholine derivatives by the smaller ring size was studied. It was found that oxazolidine derivatives show higher selectivity in respect to hydrocarbon systems than the corresponding pyrrolidine and morpholine derivatives. The dissolving capacity of oxazolidine derivatives in respect to unsaturated hydrocarbons is higher than that of isomeric compounds of the morpholine series. The values of the activity coefficients of the C/sub 5/ hydrocarbons at infinite dilution in polar solvents correlate satisfactorily with the ionization potentials of the hydrocarbons.

  2. Effects of spin doping and spin injection in the luminescence and vibrational spectrum of C{sub 60}

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    Moorsom, Timothy; Wheeler, May; Taukeer Khan, Mohd; Al Ma' Mari, Fatma; Burnell, Gavin; Hickey, Bryan J.; Cespedes, Oscar, E-mail: o.cespedes@leeds.ac.uk [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT W. Yorkshire (United Kingdom); Lazarov, Vlado; Gilks, Daniel [Department of Physics, University of York, YO10 5DD N. Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

    2014-07-14

    We have studied the Raman spectrum and photoemission of hybrid magneto-fullerene devices. For C{sub 60} layers on cobalt, the spin polarized electron transfer shifts the photoemission energy, reducing the zero phonon contribution. The total luminescence of hybrid devices can be controlled via spin injection from magnetic electrodes, with changes of the order of 10%–20% at room temperature. Spin polarised currents alter as well the Raman spectrum of the molecules, enhancing some modes by a factor 5 while shifting others by several wavenumbers due to a spin-dependent hopping time and/or enhanced intermolecular interactions. These results can be used to measure spin polarisation in molecules or to fabricate magneto-optic and magneto-vibrational devices.

  3. A theoretical analysis of the reaction of H with C{sub 2}H{sub 5}

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    Harding, L.B.; Klippenstein, S.J.

    1998-07-01

    The reaction of ethyl radicals with H atoms is of general importance in hydrocarbon combustion. The interaction of H with C{sub 2}H{sub 5} is analyzed at the CAS+1+2 level employing a correlation-consistent polarized valence double zeta basis set. These ab initio calculations show three barrierless pathways, two leading to association and one for abstraction. The association channels are substantially more attractive than the abstraction one, and thus dominate the kinetics. An analytic representation of the ab initio data is implemented in a variable reaction coordinate transition state theory study of the temperature dependence of the association kinetics. These theoretical estimates for the high pressure association rate constant are directly compared with related experimental measurements in an effort to resolve the discrepancy between recent and earlier results.

  4. Paleoenvironmental implications of novel C[sub 30] steranes in Precambrian to Cenozoic age petroleum and bitumen

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    McCaffrey, M.A.; Lipton, P.A. (Chevron Petroleum Technology Company, La Habra, CA (United States)); Moldowan, J.M. (Cheveron Petroleum Technology Company, Richmond, CA (United States) Stanford Univ., CA (United States)); Summons, R.E. (Australian Geological Survey Organization, Canberra City (Australia)); Peters, K.E. (Chevron Overseas Petroleum Inc., San Ramon, CA (United States) Mobil Exploration and Producing Technical Center, Dallas, TX (United States)); Jeganathan, A.; Watt, D.S. (Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States))

    1994-01-01

    Petroleums and bitumens from Early Proterozoic ([approx] 1800 Ma) to Miocene ([approx] 15 Ma) age marine strata contain 24-isopropylcholestanes, a novel group of C[sub 30] steroids. The abundance of these compounds, relative to 24-n-propylcholestanes, varies with source rock age. Late Proterozoic (Vendian) and Early Cambrian oils and/or bitumens from Siberia, the Urals, Oman, Australia, and India have a high ratio of 24-isopropylcholestanes to 24-n-propylcholestanes ([ge] 1), while younger and older samples have a low ratio ([le]0.4). Temporal changes in this parameter may reflect the relative abundance of certain Porifera (sponges) and certain Marine algae through time. Geochemical indicators such as this, which can constrain the source rock age of a migrated oil, are useful in source rock identification during petroleum exploration.

  5. Depth profiling of taxol-loaded poly(styrene-b-isobutylene-b-styrene) using Ga{sup +} and C{sub 60} {sup +} ion beams

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    Braun, R.M. [Surface Science Laboratory, Bausch and Lomb Inc., Rochester, NY 14609 (United States)]. E-mail: rbraun@bausch.com; Cheng, J. [Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Parsonage, E.E. [Boston Scientific Inc., Maple Grove, MN 55311-1566 (United States); Moeller, J. [Boston Scientific Inc., Maple Grove, MN 55311-1566 (United States); Winograd, N. [Department of Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2006-07-30

    The surface of a triblock copolymer, containing a solid-phase drug, was investigated using 15 keV Ga{sup +} and 20 keV C{sub 60} {sup +} ion beams. Overall, the results illustrate the successful use of a cluster ion beam for greatly enhancing the molecular ion and high-mass fragment ion intensities from the surface and bulk of the polymer system. The use of C{sub 60} {sup +} also established the ability to see through common overlayers like poly(dimethyl siloxane) which was not possible using atomic ion sources. Moreover, the use of C{sub 60} {sup +} allowed depth profiles to be obtained using primary ion dose densities in excess of 6 x 10{sup 14} C{sub 60} {sup +}/cm{sup 2}. Resulting sputter craters possess relatively flat bottoms without the need for sample rotation and reached depths of ca. 2 {mu}m. AFM results illustrate the more gentile removal of surface species using cluster ions. Specifically, phase contrast and topographic images suggest the relatively high ion doses do not significantly alter the phase distribution or surface topography of the polymer. However, a slight increase in rms roughness was noticed.

  6. Biosynthesis of 24-methylsterols from (1,2-/sup 13/C/sub 2/) acetate; dihydrobrassicasterol and campesterol in tissue cultures of Physalis peruviana and ergosterol in yeast

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    Seo, S.; Uomori, A.; Yoshimura, Y.; Takeda, K. (Shionogi and Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan). Research Lab.)

    1984-09-01

    The /sup 13/C labelling patterns of the two methyl groups at C-25 of dihydrobrassicasterol biosynthesized from (1,2-/sup 13/C/sub 2/) acetate differ from those of campesterol and 24-methylenecholesterol obtained from cultured cells of Physalis peruviana and ergosterol from yeast.

  7. In situ nonlinear optical spectroscopy of electron-phonon couplings at alkali-doped C{sub 60}/Ag(111) interfaces

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    Kakudji, Ernest [Research Centre in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), University of Namur (FUNDP), B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Physics Department, University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Kinshasa (CD); Silien, Christophe [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Lis, Dan; Cecchet, Francesca; Thiry, Paul A.; Peremans, Andre; Caudano, Yves [Research Centre in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), University of Namur (FUNDP), B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Nouri, Abdelkader [Laboratoire Materiaux, Ecole Normale Superieure d' Enseignement Technique (ENSET), Oran 31000 (Algeria)

    2010-08-15

    We use doubly resonant, infrared-visible sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (DR-SFG) to probe vibrational and electronic properties of C{sub 60} and K-doped C{sub 60} monolayers adsorbed on Ag(111) single crystal under ultra-high vacuum (UHV). We recorded the interface SFG spectra for five visible wavelengths. We observe a strong dependence of the SFG intensity of the totally symmetric A{sub g}(2) mode of the fullerene while scanning the visible wavelength, due to the DR-SFG phenomenon. The SFG intensity of the A{sub g}(2) mode is the strongest at 488 nm and at 532 nm for the pure and fully doped monolayers, respectively. These results demonstrate the occurrence of electron-phonon couplings at the C{sub 60}/Ag(111) and saturated K/C{sub 60}/Ag(111) interfaces. They enable us to determine the energy of the coupled electronic transition and to link the electronic resonance to the h{sub u} (HOMO) to t{sub 1g} (LUMO + 1) transition of C{sub 60}. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  8. Modified growth of Ge quantum dots using C{sub 2}H{sub 4} mediation by ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition

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    Lee, S.W. [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhong-Li 32001, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: swlee@ncu.edu.tw; Chen, P.S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Hsinchu 30401, Taiwan (China); Cheng, S.L. [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhong-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, Jhong-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Lee, M.H. [Institute of Electro-optical Science and Technology, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan (China); Chang, H.T. [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhong-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Lee, C.-H.; Liu, C.W. [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2008-07-30

    C{sub 2}H{sub 4} mediations were used to modify the Stranski-Krastanow growth mode of Ge dots on Si(0 0 1) at 550 deg. C by ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition. With appropriate C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-mediation to modify the Si surface, the elongated Ge hut clusters can be transformed to highly uniform Ge domes with a high Ge composition at the core. These C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-mediated Ge dots, almost bounded by {l_brace}1 1 3{r_brace} facets, have an average diameter and height of 55 and 9 nm, respectively. We propose two major mechanisms to depict the formation of these C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-mediated Ge dots: (i) an almost hydrogen-passivated Si surface to limit the nucleation sites for dot formation, and (ii) the incorporation of Ge atoms, repelled by the C-rich areas, into the existing Ge dots. This work provides a useful scheme to tune the topography of Ge dots in an UHV/CVD condition for possible optoelectronic applications.

  9. Microstructure and microhardness characterization of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-SiC coatings produced by the plasma transferred arc method

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    Islak, Serkan [Kastamonu Univ. (Turkey). Cide Rifat Ilgaz Vocational High School; Eski, Oezkan [Kastamonu Univ. (Turkey). Kastamonu Vocational High School; Buytoz, Soner [Firat Univ., Elazig (Turkey). Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering; Karagoez, Muzaffer [Bartin Univ. (Turkey). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Stokes, Joseph [Dublin City Univ. (Ireland). School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

    2012-07-01

    The purpose of this work was to investigate the coatings made of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} and SiC powder manufactured on AISI 304 stainless steel applied by the plasma transferred arc (PTA) welding process. SiC content in the produced coated layer was varied between 0-100 wt. % and the effect of SiC concentration on the microstructure and hardness of the coating was measured experimentally. SEM analyses revealed that the composite coatings had a homogeneous, nonporous, and crack-free microstructure. Dendrites and interdendrite eutectics formed on the coating layer, subject to the temperature gradient and the solidification ratio. There was a significant increase in the hardness of coating layers with the effect of the {gamma}-(Fe,Ni), Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}, Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}, Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2}, Cr{sub 3}Si, CrSi{sub 2}, Fe{sub 0.64}Ni{sub 0.36}, CFe{sub 15.1}, C-(Fe,Cr)-Si phases formed in the microstructure. In comparison to the substrate, the microhardness of the coatings produced by PTA were 2.5-3.5 times harder. (orig.)

  10. Microstructural and superconducting properties of C{sub 6}H{sub 6} added bulk MgB{sub 2} superconductor

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    Babaoglu, Meral G.; Safran, Serap; Cicek, Oezlem; Ag Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I l, Hasan; Ertekin, Ercan [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ankara University, Tandogan 06100, Ankara (Turkey); Hossain, Md.Shahriar A. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus, North Wollongong, NSW 2519 (Australia); Yanmaz, Ekrem [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Gencer, Ali, E-mail: gencer@science.ankara.edu.tr [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ankara University, Tandogan 06100, Ankara (Turkey)

    2012-10-15

    The effect of aromatic hydrocarbon (benzene, C{sub 6}H{sub 6}) addition on lattice parameters, microstructure, critical temperature (T{sub c}), critical current density (J{sub c}) of bulk MgB{sub 2} has been studied. In this work only 2 mol% C{sub 6}H{sub 6} addition was found to be very effective in increasing the J{sub c} values, while resulting in slight reduction of the T{sub c}. J{sub c} values of 2 mol% C{sub 6}H{sub 6} added MgB{sub 2} bulks reached to 1.83 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 15 K and 0 T. Microstructural analyses suggest that J{sub c} enhancement is associated with the substitution of carbon with boron and which also results in the smaller MgB{sub 2} grain size. The change in the lattice parameters or the lattice disorder is claimed as a cause of the slight reduction in the T{sub c} by carbon addition. We note that our results show the advantages of C{sub 6}H{sub 6} addition include homogeneous mixing of precursor powders, avoidance of expansive nanoadditives, production of highly reactive C, and significant enhancement in J{sub c} of MgB{sub 2}, compared to un-doped samples.

  11. Comparing study of high temperature erosion of HVOF sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating and mild steel for boiler tube

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    Yang, G.; Zhang, S.; Wang, Y.; Li, C.; Li, C. [Xi' an Jiaotong Univ., Xi' an (China)

    2008-07-01

    The significant erosion of the boiler tube at high temperature becomes an important problem for the safe operation of circulating fluidized bed boiler. This paper investigated the erosion behavior of the HVOF sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating at high temperature comparing with the typical mild steel for boiler tube. Results showed that the erosion rate of the mild steel increased with the increase of temperature. The erosion rate of the mild steel at 800 C was 4 times that at 300 C at an erosion angle of 30 . However, the erosion rate of the HVOF sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating was not influenced by the temperature in the range of 300 to 800 C. It is found that the erosion resistance of HVOF sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating was more than 3 time higher than that of the mild steel at 700 to 800 C. In addition to the ploughing on the surface of the worn coating, the cracking along splats interfaces in the coating was clearly observed on the cross-sectional microstructure of the coating. The results indicate that the erosion performance of the HVOF sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating is controlled by the cohesion between splats in the coating and can be further enhanced by improving splat cohesion. (orig.)

  12. Suspended C{sub 60} nanoparticles protect against short-term UV and fluoranthene photo-induced toxicity, but cause long-term cellular damage in Daphnia magna

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    Yang, X.Y. [Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (United States); Edelmann, R.E. [Electron Microscopy Facility, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (United States); Oris, J.T., E-mail: orisjt@muohio.edu [Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (United States)

    2010-10-15

    The increased production of nanotechnology materials is a potential source of nano-sized particles (NSPs) in aquatic ecosystems. Meanwhile, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in the presence of ecologically relevant levels of ultraviolet radiation (UV), can be acutely toxic to aquatic species including fish and invertebrates. Considering that suspended carbon-based NSPs (e.g., C{sub 60} fullerenes) may act in similar ways as dissolved organic matter (DOM) by altering the bioavailability of PAHs, the objective of this research was to determine the effect of suspended C{sub 60} on the photo-induced toxicity of fluoranthene. Transmission electron microscopy indicated that the presence of C{sub 60} protected cellular components (e.g., mitochondria, microvilli, and basal infoldings) in organisms exposed to UV and fluoranthene phototoxicity in short-term exposures. However, we found that long-term exposure (21 d) of low-level C{sub 60} caused significant cellular damage in the Daphnia magna alimentary canal. This paper highlights the importance of examining the interactions between existing stressors and nanoparticles in the aquatic environment.

  13. Bacterial and human cell mutagenicity study of some C[sub 18]H[sub 10] cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with fossil fuels combustion

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    Lafleur, A.L.; Longwell, J.P.; Marr, J.A.; Monchamp, P.A.; Thilly, W.G. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (United States)); Mulder, P.P.Y.; Boere, B.B.; Cornelisse, J.; Lugtenburg, J. (Univ. of Leiden (Netherlands))

    1993-06-01

    A number of isomeric C[sub 18]H[sub 10] polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), thought to be primarily cyclopenta-fused PAHs, are produced during the combustion and pyrolysis of fossil fuels. To determine the importance of their contributions to the total mutagenic activity of combustion and pyrolysis samples in which they are found, we characterized reference quantities of four C[sub 18]H[sub 10] CP-PAHs: benzol [ghi] fluoranthene (BF), cyclopenta [cd] pyrene (CPP), cyclopent [hi] acephenanthrylene (CPAP), and cyclopent [hi] acaenthrylene (CPAA). Synthesis of CPAA and CPAP is described. The availability of reference samples of these isomers also proved to be an essential aid in the identification of the C[sub 18]H[sub 10] species often found in combustion and pyrolysis samples. Chemical analysis of selected combustion and pyrolysis samples showed that CPP was generally the most abundant C[sub 18]H[sub 10] isomer, followed by CPAP and BF. CPAA was detected only in pyrolysis products from pure PAHs. We tested the four C[sub 18]H[sub 10] PAHs for mutagenicity in a forward mutation assay using S. typhimurium. CPP, BF, and CPAA were roughly twice as mutagenic as benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), whereas CPAP was only slightly active. These PAHs were also tested for mutagenic activity in human cells. In this assay, CPP and CPAA were strongly mutagenic but less active than BaP, whereas CPAP and BF were inactive at the dose levels tested. Also, the bacterial and human cell mutagenicity of CPAA and CPAP were compared with the mutagenicity of their monocyclopenta-fused analogs, aceanthrylene and acephenanthrylene. Although the mutagenicities of CPAP and acephenanthrylene are similar, the mutagenic activity of CPAA is an order of magnitude greater than that of aceanthrylene.

  14. Comparative study of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coatings obtained by HVOF and hard chromium coatings

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    Guilemany, J.M. [CPT Thermal Spray Centre, Materials Engineering, Dept. Ciencia de Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, CP 08028 Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: cpt-cmem@ub.edu; Espallargas, N. [CPT Thermal Spray Centre, Materials Engineering, Dept. Ciencia de Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, CP 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Suegama, P.H. [CPT Thermal Spray Centre, Materials Engineering, Dept. Ciencia de Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, CP 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Dep. Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, CP 355, 14801-970 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Benedetti, A.V. [CPT Thermal Spray Centre, Materials Engineering, Dept. Ciencia de Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, CP 08028 Barcelona (Spain) and Dep. Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP, CP 355, 14801-970 Araraquara, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: benedeti@iq.unesp.br

    2006-10-15

    In the present work the corrosion resistance of micro-cracked hard chromium and Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr (HVOF) coatings applied on a steel substrate have been compared using open-circuit potential (E {sub OC}) measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization curves. The coatings surfaces and cross-section were characterized before and after corrosion tests using optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). After 18 h of immersion, the open-circuit potential values were around -0.50 and -0.25 V/(Ag vertical bar AgCl vertical bar KCl{sub sat}) for hard chromium and Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr, respectively. The surface analysis done after 12 h of immersion showed iron on the hard chromium surface inside/near surface cracks, while iron was not detected on the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr surface even after 18 h. For longer immersion time hard chromium was more degraded than thermal sprayed coating. For hard chromium coating a total resistance values between 50 and 80 k{omega} cm{sup 2} were measured and two well-defined time constants were observed, without significant change with the immersion time. For Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating the total impedance diminished from around 750 to 25 k{omega} cm{sup 2} as the immersion time increased from 17 up to 132 h and two overlapped time constants were also observed. Polarization curves recorded after 18 h of immersion showed a lower current and higher corrosion potential for Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating than other samples studied.

  15. Formation of nano-crystalline C{sub 3}N{sub 4} thin films on stainless steel from hexamethylenetetramine and urea using simple sol–gel method

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    Uddin, Md. Nizam, E-mail: nizam3472@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114 (Bangladesh); Yang, Yong Suk, E-mail: ysyang@pusan.ac.kr [College of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, RCDAMP, Pusan National University, Pusan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-02

    Nano-crystalline C{sub 3}N{sub 4} thin films have been deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates from hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) and urea separately using simple sol–gel method. For that purpose hot-dip coating processes were carried out. The coated specimens were annealed at 800 °C in N{sub 2}. The samples were analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscopy, nanoindenter, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The deposits show C{sub 3}N{sub 4} with clear hexagonal morphology and size range of 50–500 nm. The hardness values of the synthesized films show 2.74–4.35 times higher than that of SS. The hardness and Young's modulus of the films synthesized from HMTA show the highest values; 16.10 and 394.29 GPa, respectively. This significant achievement of the production of nano-crystalline C{sub 3}N{sub 4} from inexpensive sources and simple methods at ambient pressure opens up a door for its low cost production on SS for a wide range of applications. Irrespective of the sources with different chemical structures we got similar product, which implies that different sources of carbon and nitrogen might be used with our methods of sol–gel deposition. - Highlights: • Formation of nano-crystalline C{sub 3}N{sub 4} thin films with a low cost and simple sol–gel method • Uses of inexpensive materials, like steel, hexamethylenetetramine and urea • Repeatability of this method using different precursors for crystalline C{sub 3}N{sub 4} thin films.

  16. Enhanced photoelectrochemical cathodic protection performance of the C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite with quasi-shell–core structure under visible light

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    Sun, Mengmeng; Chen, Zhuoyuan, E-mail: zychen@qdio.ac.cn; Bu, Yuyu

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • The C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite with quasi-shell–core structure is prepared. • Photoelectrochemical cathodic protection performance of this composite was studied. • C{sub 3}N{sub 4} coating on In{sub 2}O{sub 3} dramatically enhances its light absorption capability. • C{sub 3}N{sub 4} coating on In{sub 2}O{sub 3} dramatically enhances its photoelectrochemical properties. • C{sub 3}N{sub 4} coating on In{sub 2}O{sub 3} dramatically enhances its electron transfer capability. - Abstract: Carbon nitride@Indium oxide (C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) composite with quasi-shell–core structure was successfully prepared in this work. The photoinduced open circuit potential and current density results show that the C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite with quasi-shell–core structure could provide the optimal photoelectrochemical cathodic protection capability for 304 stainless steel under visible light when the adding amount of C{sub 3}N{sub 4} in the C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite is 3 wt%. The light absorption capability of the C{sub 3}N{sub 4}@In{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite was enhanced due to the synergistic effect of heterojunction structure. According to the HRTEM images, photoinduced Volt–Ampere characteristic curves and electrochemical impedance spectra, the ultrathin coating layer of C{sub 3}N{sub 4} on the surface of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} helps to form a heterojunction electric field at the interface between C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which enhances the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Excessive C{sub 3}N{sub 4} will decline the photoelectrochemical cathodic protection of this composite due to the lower intrinsic electronic mobility and the lower photoelectric conversion property of C{sub 3}N{sub 4}.

  17. Effects of carbon nanomaterials fullerene C{sub 60} and fullerol C{sub 60}(OH){sub 18-22} on gills of fish Cyprinus carpio (Cyprinidae) exposed to ultraviolet radiation

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    Socoowski Britto, Roberta; Longaray Garcia, Marcia; Martins da Rocha, Alessandra [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Campus Carreiros, Av. Italia km 8 s/n, Rio Grande, RS (Brazil); Programa de Pos Graduacao em Fisiologia Animal Comparada - Fisiologia Animal Comparada, FURG (Brazil); Artigas Flores, Juliana [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Campus Carreiros, Av. Italia km 8 s/n, Rio Grande, RS (Brazil); Pinheiro, Mauricio V. Brant [Departamento de Fisica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, MG (Brazil); Monserrat, Jose Maria [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Campus Carreiros, Av. Italia km 8 s/n, Rio Grande, RS (Brazil); Programa de Pos Graduacao em Fisiologia Animal Comparada - Fisiologia Animal Comparada, FURG (Brazil); Ribas Ferreira, Josencler L., E-mail: josenclerf@gmail.com [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Campus Carreiros, Av. Italia km 8 s/n, Rio Grande, RS (Brazil); Programa de Pos Graduacao em Fisiologia Animal Comparada - Fisiologia Animal Comparada, FURG (Brazil)

    2012-06-15

    In consequence of their growing use and demand, the inevitable environmental presence of nanomaterials (NMs) has raised concerns about their potential deleterious effects to aquatic environments. The carbon NM fullerene (C{sub 60}), which forms colloidal aggregates in water, and its water-soluble derivative fullerol (C{sub 60}(OH){sub 18-22}), which possesses antioxidant properties, are known to be photo-excited by ultraviolet (UV) or visible light. To investigate their potential hazards to aquatic organisms upon exposure to UV sunlight, this study analyzed (a) the in vitro behavior of fullerene and fullerol against peroxyl radicals (ROO{center_dot}) under UV-A radiation and (b) the effects of these photo-excited NMs on oxidative stress parameters in functional gills extracted from the fish Cyprinus carpio (Cyprinidae). The variables measured were the total antioxidant capacity, lipid peroxidation (TBARS), the activities of the antioxidant enzymes glutathione reductase (GR) and glutamate cysteine ligase (GCL), and the levels of the non-enzymatic antioxidant glutathione (GSH). The obtained results revealed the following: (1) both NMs behaved in vitro as antioxidants against ROO{center_dot} in the dark and as pro-oxidants in presence of UV-A, the latter effect being reversed by the addition of sodium azide, which is a singlet oxygen ({sup 1}O{sub 2}) quencher; (2) fullerene induced toxicity with or without UV-A incidence, with a significant (p < 0.05) increase in lipid peroxidation (with greater damage under illumination), a decrease in GCL activity, and the depletion of GSH stocks (under illumination), all of which were attributed to {sup 1}O{sub 2} generation; and (3) fullerol also decreased GCL activity and GSH formation (p < 0.05) but without lipid damage. The overall results show that fullerene can be toxic with or without light incidence, whereas UV radiation seems to play a key role in the environmental toxicity of carbon NMs through {sup 1}O{sub 2} formation.

  18. Comparative study of the catalytic activity of the complexes Cp{sup *}RuCl(PAr{sub 3}){sub 2} [Ar = -C{sub 6H}5 and 4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}] in the ATRP of styrene

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    Villa-Hernandez, Alejandro M.; Rosales-Velazquez, Claudia P.; Torres-Lubian, Jose R., E-mail: rtorres@ciqa.mx [Departamento de Sintesis de Polimeros, Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada, Coah. (Mexico); Saldivar-Guerra, Enrique [Departamento de Procesos de Polimerizacion, Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada, Coah. (Mexico)

    2011-09-15

    Styrene polymerization by ATRP was conducted independently using the complexes Cp{sup *}RuCl(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2}, and Cp{sup *}RuCl[P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sub 2} as catalysts, in order to evaluate the influence of the electronic properties of the phosphine ligands on the rate and control of the polymerization. The kinetic data for polymerizations carried out with Cp{sup *}RuCl(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2}, show that molecular weights increase linearly with conversion with an average initiation efficiency of 0.77. The molecular weights obtained in the kinetic study with Cp{sup *}RuCl[P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sub 2} also increase with conversion but show a marked deviation below the theoretical molecular weights. This behavior was explained by the gradual, irreversible, oxidation of catalyst Cp{sup *}RuCl[P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sub 2} as confirmed by {sup 31}P-NMR spectroscopy. Catalyst Cp{sup *}RuCl(PPh{sub 3}){sub 2} promotes the polymerization with a rate of polymerization higher than that obtained using Cp{sup *}RuCl[P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sub 2}; this is consistent with the better electron donating properties of PPh{sub 3} versus P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}. Preliminary studies of styrene polymerization by ATRP in supercritical CO{sub 2}, shows that only catalyst Cp{sup *}RuCl[P(4-CF{sub 3}-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sub 2}, with fluorinated ligands, was active. (author)

  19. A 3d-4f complex constructed by the assembly of a cationic template, [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+}, and a 3D anionic coordination polymer, [Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(C{sub 5}O{sub 5})(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sup 2-}

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    Ke, Szu-Yu; Yeh, Chang-Tsung; Wang, Chih-Chieh [Department of Chemistry, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Lee, Gene-Hsiang [Instrumentation Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Sheu, Hwo-Shuenn [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China)

    2017-05-18

    A three-dimensional (3D) 3d-4f complex, [Cu(en){sub 2}][Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 5}O{sub 5})(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}].8H{sub 2}O (1) (en = ethylenediamine, C{sub 5}O{sub 5}{sup 2-} = dianion of 4,5-dihydroxycyclopent-4-ene-1,2,3-trione), were prepared via the in-situ ring-opening oxidation reaction of croconate in the presence of the template-directed complex, [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+} cation. The structural characterization determined by X-ray diffraction determination reveals that the 3D anionic coordination polymer of [Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}(C{sub 5}O{sub 5})(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sup 2-} in 1 can be describe in terms of in-plane 2D honeycomb-like [Sm{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}] layered frameworks bridged by oxalate with bis-chelating mode, being mutually interlinked via the bridge of μ{sub 1,2,3,4}-croconate ligands with bis-chelating coordination mode to complete the 3D open framework, which gives rise to 1D channels with pore size of 14.023 x 11.893 Aa (longest atom-atom contact distances) along the b axis. The structure-directing complex, [Cu(en){sub 2}]{sup 2+}, and solvated water molecules are resided into these honeycomb-type hexagonal channels. The thermal stability of 1 was further studied by TGA and in-situ powder X-ray diffraction measurement. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Association and host selectivity in multi-host pathogens.

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    José M Malpica

    Full Text Available The distribution of multi-host pathogens over their host range conditions their population dynamics and structure. Also, host co-infection by different pathogens may have important consequences for the evolution of hosts and pathogens, and host-pathogen co-evolution. Hence it is of interest to know if the distribution of pathogens over their host range is random, or if there are associations between hosts and pathogens, or between pathogens sharing a host. To analyse these issues we propose indices for the observed patterns of host infection by pathogens, and for the observed patterns of co-infection, and tests to analyse if these patterns conform to randomness or reflect associations. Applying these tests to the prevalence of five plant viruses on 21 wild plant species evidenced host-virus associations: most hosts and viruses were selective for viruses and hosts, respectively. Interestingly, the more host-selective viruses were the more prevalent ones, suggesting that host specialisation is a successful strategy for multi-host pathogens. Analyses also showed that viruses tended to associate positively in co-infected hosts. The developed indices and tests provide the tools to analyse how strong and common are these associations among different groups of pathogens, which will help to understand and model the population biology of multi-host pathogens.

  1. Effect of ageing temperature after tensile pre deformation on shape memory effect and precipitation process of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide in a FeMnSiCrNiC alloy

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    Yang, S.Z. [College of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, 24, South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan (China); College of Material Science and Engineering, Xihua University, Chengdu 610039 (China); Li, N., E-mail: yangshizhou@163.com [College of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, 24, South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan (China); Wen, Y.H.; Peng, H.B. [College of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, 24, South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan (China)

    2011-11-25

    Highlights: {yields} Precipitation process of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles depends on diffusion capacity of Cr atom. {yields} Directional segregation of carbon atom can act as aligned Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} in improving SME. {yields} Ageing temperature and ageing time greatly affect precipitation process of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}. {yields} NbC carbides in a FeMnSiCrNiNbC alloy are prone to dispersively precipitate. - Abstract: Researches showed that the shape memory effect (SME) of FeMnSiCrNiC alloys can be remarkably improved through aligned Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles or carbon atom segregation inside grains. To further study on influencing factors in improving SME and aligned precipitation process of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide in a FeMnSiCrNiC alloy, effect of ageing temperature after tensile pre deformation on shape memory effect and precipitation process of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide in a FeMnSiCrNiC alloy was studied. The results showed that aligned precipitation of Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide in a FeMnSiCrNiC alloy mainly depends on diffusion capacity and directional segregation of carbon and chromium atoms, namely on ageing temperature, ageing time and the amount of tensile pre deformation.

  2. THE ABUNDANCE OF C{sub 3}H{sub 2} AND OTHER SMALL HYDROCARBONS IN THE DIFFUSE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

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    Liszt, Harvey [National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475 (United States); Sonnentrucker, Paule [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Cordiner, Martin [Astrochemistry Laboratory and the Goddard Center for Astrobiology, Mailstop 691, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770 (United States); Gerin, Maryvonne, E-mail: hliszt@nrao.edu [LERMA, UMR 8112 du CNRS, Observatoire de Paris Ecole Normale Superieure, UPMC and UCP (France)

    2012-07-10

    Hydrocarbons are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium, observed in diverse environments ranging from diffuse to molecular dark clouds and strong photon-dominated regions near H II regions. Recently, two broad diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) at 4881 A and 5450 A were attributed to the linear version of propynylidene l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2}, a species whose more stable cyclic conformer c-C{sub 3}H{sub 2} has been widely observed in the diffuse interstellar medium at radio wavelengths. This attribution has already been criticized on the basis of indirect plausibility arguments because the required column densities are quite large, N(l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2})/E{sub B-V} =4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14} cm{sup -2} mag{sup -1}. Here we present new measurements of N(l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2}) based on simultaneous 18-21 GHz Very Large Array absorption profiles of cyclic and linear C{sub 3}H{sub 2} taken along sight lines toward extragalactic radio-continuum background sources with foreground Galactic reddening E{sub B-V} = 0.1-1.6 mag. We find that N(l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2})/N(c-C{sub 3}H{sub 2}) Almost-Equal-To 1/15-1/40 and N(l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2})/E{sub B-V} Almost-Equal-To (2 {+-} 1) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} mag{sup -1}, so that the column densities of l-C{sub 3}H{sub 2} needed to explain the DIBs are some three orders of magnitude higher than what is observed. We also find N(C{sub 4}H)/E{sub B-V} <1.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 13} cm{sup -2} mag{sup -1} and N(C{sub 4}H{sup -})/E{sub B-V} <1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11} cm{sup -2} mag{sup -1} (3{sigma}). Using available data for CH and C{sub 2}H we compare the abundances of small hydrocarbons in diffuse and dark clouds as a guide to their ability to contribute as DIB carriers over a wide range of conditions in the interstellar medium.

  3. A new imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase with enhanced performance in reversed-phase liquid chromatography

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    Qiu Hongdeng [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Mallik, Abul K. [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Takafuji, Makoto [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics (Phoenics), Kumamoto 862-0901 (Japan); Liu Xia; Jiang Shengxiang [Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Ihara, Hirotaka, E-mail: ihara@kumamoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics (Phoenics), Kumamoto 862-0901 (Japan)

    2012-08-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase was prepared and characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced chromatographic selectivity was observed in SiImC{sub 18} column. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Seven nucleosides and bases were separated using only water as eluent within 8 min. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multiple-interactions induced by embedded polar imidazolium was investigated. - Abstract: In this paper, a new imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase (SiImC{sub 18}) for reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography is described. 1-Allyl-3-octadecylimidazolium bromide ionic liquid compound having a long alkyl chain and reactive groups was newly prepared and grafted onto 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane-modified silica via a surface-initiated radical-chain transfer addition reaction. The SiImC{sub 18} obtained was characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform, and solid-state {sup 13}C and {sup 29}Si cross-polarization/magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The selectivity toward polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons relative to that toward alkylbenzenes exhibited by SiImC{sub 18} was higher than the corresponding selectivity exhibited by a conventional octadecyl silica (ODS) column, which could be explained by electrostatic {pi}-{pi} interaction cationic imidazolium and electron-rich aromatic rings. On the other hand, SiImC{sub 18} also showed high selectivity for polar compounds, which was based on the multiple interaction and retention mechanisms of this phase with different analytes. 1,6-Dinitropyrene and 1,8-dinitropyrene, which form a positional isomer pair of dipolar compounds, were separated successfully with the SiImC{sub 18} phase. Seven nucleosides and bases (i.e. cytidine, uracil, uridine, thymine, guanosine, xanthosine, and adenosine) were separated using only water as

  4. Multiparticle excitations in the {sup 149} Gd superdeformed nucleus. Signature of new C{sub 4} nucleus symmetry; Excitations multiparticules dans le noyau superdeforme {sup 149}Gd. Signature d`une symetrie nouvelle C{sub 4} du noyau

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    Theisen, C.

    1995-01-01

    The use of 8 {pi} and EUROGAM phase I multi-detectors for the study of high spin states of {sup 149} Gd nucleus has revealed unexpected new phenomenons about the superdeformation in this nucleus. The new excited bands confirm the omnipresence of twin bands phenomenon. A new multi-particle excitation (two protons and one neutron) has been discovered. Thanks to the second generation EUROGAM detector, unexpected discoveries such as C{sub 4} symmetry, level interactions, complete backbending were obtained for the second potential well. The knowledge of interacting levels gives informations about the nucleon-nucleon residual interaction and could allow the determination of SD bands excitation energy. The complex processing and analysis of high multiplicity events has led to the development of new computing tools. An automatic band research program has been written for the discovery of new excited bands, and an exact method for the elimination of uncorrected events has been developed. The improvements of multi-detector performances should allow the discovery of more exceptional phenomenons and new anomalies in the SD bands. (J.S.). 222 refs., 86 figs., 38 tabs.

  5. Parasite host range and the evolution of host resistance

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    Gorter, F.A.; Hall, A.R.; A., Buckling; P.D., Scanlan

    2015-01-01

    Parasite host range plays a pivotal role in the evolution and ecology of hosts
    and the emergence of infectious disease. Although the factors that promote
    host range and the epidemiological consequences of variation in host range
    are relatively well characterized, the effect of parasite

  6. Lensed Quasar Hosts

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    Peng, C Y; Rix, H W; Keeton, C R; Falco, E E; Kochanek, C S; Lehár, J; McLeod, B A; Peng, Chien Y.; Impey, Chris D.; Rix, Hans-Walter; Keeton, Charles R.; Falco, Emilio E.; Kochanek, Chris S.; Lehar, Joseph; Leod, Brian A. Mc

    2006-01-01

    Gravitational lensing assists in the detection of quasar hosts by amplifying and distorting the host light away from the unresolved quasar core images. We present the results of HST observations of 30 quasar hosts at redshifts 1 1.7 is a factor of 3--6 higher than the local value. But, depending on the stellar content the ratio may decline at z>4 (if E/S0-like), flatten off to 6--10 times the local value (if Sbc-like), or continue to rise (if Im-like). We infer that galaxy bulge masses must have grown by a factor of 3--6 over the redshift range 3>z>1, and then changed little since z~1. This suggests that the peak epoch of galaxy formation for massive galaxies is above z~1. We also estimate the duty cycle of luminous AGNs at z>1 to be ~1%, or 10^7 yrs, with sizable scatter.

  7. C{sub 2}{sup +} selectivity enhancement in oxidative coupling of methane over microwave-irradiated catalysts

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    Roussy, G.; Marchal, E.; Thiebaut, J.M.; Kiennemann, A.; Maire, G. [L.S.T.M. Universite Henri Poincare Nancy, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France)

    1997-02-01

    The oxidative coupling of methane over Li/MgO and BaBiO{sub 3-x} catalysts irradiated by microwaves and classically heated is reported. Enhanced selectivities in C{sub 2}{sup +} products are observed at lower temperatures under microwave conditions, especially with the Li/MgO catalyst. The complex permittivity measurements of BaBiO{sub 3-x} show that the regeneration of the active oxygen species on the surface is lower under microwave irradiation than classical heating. X-ray diffraction analyses of the catalyst before and after catalytic reaction, when it is classically heated and when it is heated by microwave irradiation, corroborate these results. Therefore, the CH{sub 3}{sup -} carbanions are less oxidated at the catalyst surface under microwave irradiation. On the other hand, the quenching of the output gas probably decreases the oxidation of CH{sub 3}{sup 0} radicals in the gas phase when the Li/MgO catalyst is irradiated by microwaves. The quenching of the output gas is a unique consequence of microwave irradiation which heats the catalyst without heating the wall of the reactor. 26 refs., 9 figs.

  8. Formation of ion tracks in amorphous silicon nitride films with MeV C{sub 60} ions

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    Kitayama, T.; Morita, Y.; Nakajima, K. [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Narumi, K.; Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Matsuda, M.; Sataka, M. [Nuclear Science Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Naka, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Tsujimoto, M.; Isoda, S. [Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Toulemonde, M. [CIMAP-GANIL (CEA-CNRS-ENSICAEN-Université de Caen Basse Normandie), Bd. H. Becquerel, 14070 Caen (France); Kimura, K., E-mail: kimura@kues.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiN) films (thickness 5–100 nm) were irradiated with 0.12–5 MeV C{sub 60}, 100 MeV Xe, 200 MeV Kr, and 200 and 420 MeV Au ions. Ion tracks were clearly observed using high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) except for 100 MeV Xe and 200 MeV Kr. The observed HAADF-STEM images showed that the ion tracks consist of a low density core (0.5–2 nm in radius) and a high density shell (several nm in radius). The observed core and shell radii are not simply correlated with the electronic energy loss indicating that the nuclear energy loss plays an important role in the both core and shell formations. The observed track radii were well reproduced by the unified thermal spike model with two thresholds for shell and core formations.

  9. Molecular dynamics study of polystyrene bond-breaking and crosslinking under C{sub 60} and Ar{sub n} cluster bombardment

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    Czerwinski, Bartlomiej, E-mail: bartlomiej.czerwinski@uclouvain.be [Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences – Bio and Soft Matter (IMCN/BSMA), Université Catholique de Louvain, 1 Croix du Sud, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Postawa, Zbigniew [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Garrison, Barbara J. [Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Delcorte, Arnaud [Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences – Bio and Soft Matter (IMCN/BSMA), Université Catholique de Louvain, 1 Croix du Sud, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2013-05-15

    Molecular dynamics computer simulations are used to elucidate the bond-breaking and crosslinking processes induced by 2.5 keV C{sub 60} and Ar{sub n} cluster bombardment in an amorphous sec-butyl-terminated polystyrene sample. The obtained results indicate that replacement of C{sub 60} by Ar{sub 18} or Ar{sub 60} projectiles leads to the decrease of the number of broken bonds and, hence, to the decrease of formation of new intra- and intermolecular (crosslinking) bonds. When the number of atoms in the Ar{sub n} cluster is increased from 60 to 250 or more, the total number of broken bonds and the total number of newly created bonds reach a zero value. Additional comparison to the case of a fullerite crystal reveals that the change of material properties leads to almost 7.5-fold reduction of the efficiency of the crosslinking process.

  10. PENTACARBON DIOXIDE (C{sub 5}O{sub 2}) FORMATION AND ITS ROLE AS A TRACER OF SOLAR SYSTEM EVOLUTION

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    Förstel, Marko; Maksyutenko, Pavlo; Kaiser, Ralf I. [W. M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, HI 96822 (United States); Mebel, Alexander M., E-mail: ralfk@hawaii.edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33193 (United States)

    2016-02-20

    Carbon monoxide is the second most abundant molecule on icy grains in the interstellar medium. These grains are under the influence of ionizing radiation, which induces the chemical reaction within the ice. Here we report the first observation of subliming pentacarbon dioxide (C{sub 5}O{sub 2}) after irradiation of pure carbon monoxide ice with energetic electrons. Our results show that pentacarbon dioxide is a stable reaction product in a carbon monoxide matrix that survives the sublimation in star-forming regions at sublimation temperatures of 175 K. Along with carbon suboxide (C{sub 3}O{sub 2}), this molecule can serve as a powerful tracer of the temperature history of formerly carbon monoxide rich ices in molecular clouds and star-forming regions.

  11. Crystal structure of a new amine nitrate: 4-dimethylaminopyridinium nitrate (C{sub 7}H{sub 11}N{sub 2})NO{sub 3}

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    Benhassan, D., E-mail: houcine-naili@yahoo.com; Rekik, W.; Naïli, H. [Université de Sfax, Laboratoire Physicochimie de l’Etat Solide, Département de Chimie Faculté des Sciences de Sfax (Tunisia); Ślepokura, Katarzyna [University of Wroclaw, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland)

    2015-12-15

    The title compound (C{sub 7}H{sub 11}N{sub 2})NO{sub 3} (I) was obtained by the slow evaporation method at room temperature. Its crystal structure consists of organic cations (C{sub 7}H{sub 11}N{sub 2}){sup +} and nitrate anions (NO{sub 3}){sup –} linked by two types of hydrogen bonds. Each monoprotonated nitrogen atom, called bifurcated, is engaged in two N–H···O hydrogen bonds with two symmetric oxygen atoms. In addition, the crystal structure stability is established by C–H···O hydrogen bonds that ensure the formation of infinite layers, parallel to (001) plane. These layers are related together through π···π interactions established between aromatic amines.

  12. A photoelectron spectroscopic investigation of vinyl fluoride (C{sub 2}H{sub 3}F): the HeI, threshold and CIS photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Locht, R; Leyh, B [Laboratoire de Dynamique Moleculaire, Departement de Chimie, Institut de Chimie, Bat.B6c, Universite de Liege, Sart-Tilman par B-4000 Liege 1 (Belgium); Dehareng, D [Centre d' Ingenierie des Proteines, Institut de Chimie, Bat.B6a, Universite de Liege, Sart-Tilman par B-4000 Liege 1 (Belgium); Hottmann, K; Baumgaertel, H, E-mail: robert.locht@ulg.ac.b [Institut fuer Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Takustrasse 3, D-14195 Berlin (Germany)

    2010-01-14

    The threshold photoelectron spectrum (TPES) and the constant ion state (CIS) spectra of the individual ionic states of C{sub 2}H{sub 3}F have been recorded using synchrotron radiation. For comparison a well-resolved HeI photoelectron spectrum (HeI-PES) has also been measured and analysed in detail. The TPES has been measured between 9.5 eV and 35 eV photon energy. Numerous vibrational structures, reported for the first time, observed in the ground state and the six excited states of the cation are analysed. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed and provide strong support to the assignments. State-selected CIS spectra highlighted the major importance of autoionization for the production of almost all ionized states of C{sub 2}H{sub 3}F observed in this work.

  13. Study of morphology of aerosol aggregates formed during co-pyrolysis of C{sub 3}H{sub 8} + Fe(CO){sub 5}

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    Ivanova, N A [Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion SB RAS, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Onischuk, A A [Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion SB RAS, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Di Stasio, S [Istituto Motori CNR Aerosol and Nanostructures Laboratory, Via Marconi 8, 80125 Naples (Italy); Baklanov, A M [Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion SB RAS, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Makhov, G A [Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion SB RAS, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2007-04-07

    Formation of aerosol nanoparticles as well as carbon nanotubes and nanofilaments is studied during co-pyrolysis of iron pentacarbonyl and propane with argon as a carrier gas in a flow reactor. Gaseous intermediates from propane thermal decomposition (CH{sub 4}, C{sub 2}H{sub 6} and C{sub 3}H{sub 4}) and Fe(CO){sub 5} conversion are monitored by gas chromatography and IR-spectroscopy, respectively. The aerosol morphology is studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution TEM. The aerosol particle concentration and size distribution are measured by an automated diffusion battery. The crystal phase composition of particles is studied by x-ray diffractometry. The decomposition of the Fe(CO){sub 5} + Ar mixture resulted in an iron aggregate formation composed of fine primary particles. In the case of lower pyrolysis temperatures, about 450 K, the primary particle mean diameter is about 10 nm, and consequently, the majority of the primary particles are superparamagnetic, thus forming compact aggregates. At intermediate pyrolysis temperatures in the range 800-1040 K the primary particle diameter is about 20-30 nm, and most of the particles are ferromagnetic in nature. The coagulation of these particles results in a chain-like aggregate formation. Finally, at temperatures higher than the Curie point (1043 K) the ferromagnetic properties vanish and the formation of compact aggregates is observed again. The co-pyrolysis of Fe(CO){sub 5} and C{sub 3}H{sub 8} mixed with Ar carrier gas resulted in aerosol aggregate structures dramatically different from those formed by iron pentacarbonyl pyrolysis. In particular, in the temperature range 1070-1280 K, we observed Fe{sub 3}C particles connected by long carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The aggregate morphology is described in terms of a fractal-like dimension D{sub f}, which is determined from TEM images on the basis of a scaling power law linking the aggregate mass (M) and radius (R), M{approx}R{sup D{sub f}}. The

  14. Single-operator multiparameter metabolic analyzer (SOMMA) for total carbon dioxide (C{sub T}) with coulometric detection. Operator`s manual

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    Johnson, K.M.

    1992-01-01

    This manual contains the presently known information about using the SOMMA (Single-Operator Multiparameter Metabolic Analyzer) -Coulometer system for total carbon dioxide (C{sub T}) analysis of seawater samples. Being Version 1.0, it is preliminary and will be revised as new information is obtained from SOMMA users. As part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) program to conduct a global survey of CO{sub 2} in the ocean in conjunction with the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) Hydrographic Program and Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, C{sub T} measurements are being made with SOMMA systems by several US and foreign laboratories. The purpose of the manual and future versions is to improve the accuracy and precision of seawater analysis through better documentation of methods and to facilitate communication of new operating procedures.

  15. Incorporation in Langmuir-Blodgett films of an amphiphilic derivative of fullerene C{sub 60} and oligo-para-phenylenevinylene

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    Alvarez-Venicio, V. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, CU, C.P. 04510, D.F. (Mexico); Gutierrez-Nava, M. [CIATEQ, A.C., Centro de Tecnologia Avanzada, Circuito de la Industria Poniente Lote: 11, Mza. 3, No. 11, Colonia Parque Industrial Ex Hacienda Dona Rosa, Lerma C.P. 52004, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Amelines-Sarria, O. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, CU, C.P. 04510, D.F. (Mexico); Alvarez-Zauco, E. [Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM, Circuito Exterior, C.U., C.P. 04510, D.F. (Mexico); Basiuk, V.A. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, CU, C.P. 04510, D.F. (Mexico); Carreon-Castro, M.P., E-mail: pilar@nucleares.unam.mx [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, CU, C.P. 04510, D.F. (Mexico)

    2012-12-30

    Langmuir (L) and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of fullerene C{sub 60}-oligo-para-phenylenevinylene (OPV) derivative with six C{sub 12}H{sub 25} aliphatic chains were characterized. For the Langmuir films, isotherms of surface pressure versus molecular area, compression/expansion cycles (hysteresis curves) and Brewster angle microscopic images were obtained. We performed molecular mechanics and density functional theory calculations to determine the molecular and electronic structure of our compound at a water-air interface. We found agreement between experimental and theoretical values for the molecular surface area. LB films of up to ten layers were obtained on glass substrates, and were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. We observed that the absorbance at a wavelength of 326 nm grows almost linearly as a function of the number of layers. Films on glass-indium tin oxide were characterized by atomic force microscopy. We also observed a uniform deposition over the whole area of the scanned substrate. We demonstrated that the fullerene C{sub 60}-OPV derivative is able to form both L and LB films preventing fullerene aggregation with its aliphatic chains. We suggest that, due to its electron-acceptor properties, the C{sub 60}-OPV derivative could be used for organic-photovoltaic and organic-electronic applications. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We performed isotherm and hysteresis studies of fullerene derivative compound. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We found that the theoretical and experimental molecular areas agree. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We deposited Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on glass-indium tin oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LB films were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We observed the morphology of the LB films through atomic force microscopy.

  16. Molecular beam studies of unimolecular reactions: Cl, F + C/sub 2/H/sub 3/Br. [Angular and velocity distributions, mechanism

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    Buss, R.J.; Coggiola, M.J.; Lee, Y.T.

    1978-12-01

    Several methods currently used to study unimolecular decomposition in molecular beams are discussed. Experimental product angular and velocity distributions obtained for the reaction of F, Cl with C/sub 2/H/sub 3/Br are presented. The mechanism by which conservation of angular momemtum can cause coupling of the product angular and velocity distributions in dissociation of long-lived complexes is introduced. 14 references.

  17. Use of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} for fabrication of alumina–niobium carbide composites by combustion synthesis

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    Yeh, C.L., E-mail: clyeh@fcu.edu.tw; Chen, Y.S.

    2014-03-15

    Highlights: • SHS with aluminothermic reduction was performed for formation of NbC and Nb{sub 2}C–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites. • Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} prevents carbothermic reduction of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, leading to improved product formation. • Optimum sample compositions were obtained for formation of NbC and Nb{sub 2}C–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites. • Variations of combustion temperature and velocity with sample stoichiometry were presented. -- Abstract: Alumina–niobium carbide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–NbC and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Nb{sub 2}C) composites were synthesized by incorporating aluminothermic reduction of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} into a self-propagating combustion process. Starting materials of this study included Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, Al, Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} and carbon powders. Experimental evidence indicated that combustion temperature and flame-front velocity decreased with increasing elemental carbon in the reactant mixture. The use of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} as the source of carbon was demonstrated to prevent carbothermic reduction of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}. As a result, the combustion exothermicity was increased and phase transformation and product densification were improved. According to the composition analysis, the carbon-free samples composed of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}:Al:Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} = 3:2:2 and 3:6:1 successfully produced NbC and Nb{sub 2}C–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites, respectively, with very few minor phases.

  18. Increasing CO[sub 2] from glacial to present concentrations alters nitrogen and water requirements of C[sub 3] plants

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    Wayne, P.H.; Johnson, H.B.; Mayeux, H.S. (USDA-ARS, Temple, TX (United States))

    1994-06-01

    Nitrogen and water use efficiencies were measured for three C[sub 3] species, annual grasses Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) and Triticum aestivum (wheat; two cultivars) and a woody perennial Prosopis glandulosa (mesquite), grown at daytime CO[sub 2] concentrations that spanned glacial to present atmospheric levels. Changes in nitrogen and water use efficiencies were used to investigate effects of increasing [CO[sub 2

  19. Asymmetric fission and evaporation of C{sub 60}{sup r+} (r = 2-4) fullerene ions in ion-C{sub 60} collisions: I. Proton results

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    Rentenier, A; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A; Moretto-Capelle, P; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D [LCAR-IRSAMC, UMR 5589 Universite Paul Sabatier-CNRS, 118 rte de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2004-06-28

    A quantitative description of the asymmetric fission (AF) of C{sub 60}{sup r+} fullerene ions (r = 2-4), using a multistop coincidence technique between both fragment ions, is presented. Charged light fragment (LF) and heavy fragment (HF) size distributions are discussed together with the corresponding averaged sizes. Complete AF distributions are reported for the first time for C{sub 60}{sup 2+} ions. Simple dependences of the more probable channels and averaged fragment sizes on the partner size are found and discussed. The LF ones are not very sensitive to the parent fullerene ion charge r and vary linearly with the HF size at least for the largest ones. On the other hand the HF ones present an oscillating dependence against the LF size, the odd-numbered LFs being correlated to a smaller HF size, and depend on r. In the comparison of branching ratios between AF and the competing pure neutral evaporation channel, some emphasis is given to the behaviour of the unimolecular processes with r which are compared with the evolution of the activation energies and fission barriers. From a close examination of the individual HF distributions the production mechanisms of odd-n fragments are discussed, and the most probable dissociation channels of even-numbered C{sub n}{sup +} excited carbon clusters identified. Finally, an analysis of the neutral channels is also presented for the first time, the total neutral mass N (in carbon units) being deduced from the mass conservation law. Surprising similarities between the charged LF- and N-distributions are found. AF processes are also identified where light neutrals and ions play a symmetrical role. These findings lead us to suggest that a concerted emission of ions and heavy neutrals is probably a fission mechanism to be considered to understand the AF process of the C{sub 60} molecule in addition to the often assumed multistep fragmentation cascade scheme.

  20. Avian host defense peptides

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    Cuperus, Tryntsje; Coorens, M.; van Dijk, A.; Haagsman, H.P.

    2013-01-01

    Host defense peptides (HDPs) are important effector molecules of the innate immune system of vertebrates. These antimicrobial peptides are also present in invertebrates, plants and fungi. HDPs display broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities and fulfill an important role in the first line of defense

  1. SARS Pathogenesis: Host Factors

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    A. de Lang (Anna)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractWhile it is hypothesized that Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in humans is caused by a disproportional immune response illustrated by inappropriate induction of inflammatory cytokines, the exact nature of the host response to SARS coronavirus (CoV) infection causing severe

  2. The size effects of electrodes in molecular devices: an ab initio study on the transport properties of C{sub 60}

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    Zheng Xiaohong; Dai Zhenxiang; Zeng Zhi [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2009-04-08

    The role of electrodes in the transport properties of molecular devices is investigated by taking C{sub 60} as an example and using gold nanowire and a gold atomic chain as the electrodes. The calculations are done by an ab initio method combined with the non-equilibrium Green function technique. We find that devices in which a single C{sub 60} molecule is connected with different electrodes show completely different transport behavior. In the case of nanowire/C{sub 60}/nanowire the device shows a metallic behavior with a big equilibrium conductance (about 2.18G{sub 0}) and the current increases rapidly and almost linearly starting from zero. The transmission function shows wide peaks and platforms around the Fermi level. While in the atomic-chain/C{sub 60}/atomic-chain case, the device shows resonant tunneling behavior and the Fermi level lies between the HOMO (highest occupied molecular orbital) and LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) transmission peaks. This results in a current that is one order of magnitude smaller than that in the nanowire/C{sub 60}/nanowire system and the current increases very slowly until the bias is big enough to include the LUMO peak in the bias window. The big difference in the conductance and the current arises from the different coupling between the electrodes and the C{sub 60} and the different number of channels in the electrodes.

  3. Woodard–Cody anomalous resistivity in a Nb{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.3} superconductor compound

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    Bortolozo, Ausdinir D., E-mail: ausdinir.bortolozo@fca.unicamp.br [School of Applied Sciences/FCA, Research Group in Manufacturing of Advanced Materials, University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campus Limeira, 1300, Pedro Zaccaria St., Jd. Sta Luiza, 13484-350 Limeira, SP (Brazil); Osorio, Wislei R. [School of Applied Sciences/FCA, Research Group in Manufacturing of Advanced Materials, University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campus Limeira, 1300, Pedro Zaccaria St., Jd. Sta Luiza, 13484-350 Limeira, SP (Brazil); Santos, Carlos Alberto M. dos; Machado, Antônio Jefferson S. [School of Engineering of Lorena –São Paulo University State, P. O. Box 116, Lorena, SP 12600-970 (Brazil)

    2016-08-01

    A normal-state electrical resistivity of a superconducting Nb{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.3} compound is investigated. Resistivity data are taken from the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} at room temperature. The data are discussed based on important theoretical expressions in order to explain the normal-state resistivity of the Nb{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.3} compound. Focusing on the best fitting Woodward and Cody model is used. An 0.77 electron–phonon coupling (λ) is determined, which induces an important role of the electron–phonon coupling for a Nb{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}C{sub 0.3} compound. The saturation of the ρ(T) at 300 K indicates that the mean free path l of the carriers is actually longer than the unit cell dimensions. The negative curvature of this superconductor is a result of the mean free path non-linear in their resulting perturbation. It is also found that the magnitude of the temperature-dependent (phonon) correlated with the resistivity decreases with the decreasing of the mean free path in the absence of phonons due to an atomic disorder induced by lattice intrinsic defects.

  4. Influence of functional groups on the C{sub {alpha}-}C{sub {beta}}chain of L-phenylalanine and its derivatives

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    Ganesan, Aravindhan [Centre for Molecular Simulation, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria 3122 (Australia); Brunger, Michael [School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5001 (Australia); Wang Feng, E-mail: fwang@swin.edu.a [Centre for Molecular Simulation, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria 3122 (Australia)

    2010-07-21

    L-phenylalanine (L-phe) consists of three different functional groups, i.e., phenyl, carboxyl (-COOH) and amino (-NH{sub 2}), joining through the C{sub {alpha}-}C{sub {beta}}bridge. Substitution of these groups produces 2-phenethylamine (PEA) and 3-phenylpropionic acid (PPA). Electronic structures of L-phe, PEA and PPA together with smaller 'fragments' L-alanine and benzene were determined using density functional theory (DFT), from which core and valence shell ionization spectra were simulated. Comparison of the spectra reveals that core shell ionization energies clearly indicate that the carbon bridge is significantly affected by their functional group substitutions particularly at the C{sub {alpha}}site. In the valence space, quite unexpectedly, the frontier orbitals are concentrated on the benzene group although some energy splitting is observed. The orbitals which significantly affect the C{sub {alpha}-}C{sub {beta}}carbon backbone are from the inner valence shell in the ionization energy region of 20-26 eV of the molecules.

  5. Plasticization effect of C{sub 60} on the fast dynamics of polystyrene and related polymers: an incoherent neutron scattering study

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    Sanz, Alejandro; Ruppel, Markus; Cabral, Joao T [Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Douglas, Jack F [Polymers Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)], E-mail: j.cabral@imperial.ac.uk

    2008-03-12

    We utilize inelastic incoherent neutron scattering (INS) to quantify how fullerenes affect the 'fast' molecular dynamics of a family of polystyrene related macromolecules. In particular, we prepared bulk nanocomposites of (hydrogenous and ring-deuterated) polystyrene and poly(4-methyl styrene) using a rapid precipitation method where the C{sub 60} relative mass fraction ranged from 0% to 4%. Elastic window scan measurements, using a high resolution (0.9 {mu}eV) backscattering spectrometer, are reported over a wide temperature range (2-450 K). Apparent Debye-Waller (DW) factors , characterizing the mean-square amplitude of proton displacements, are determined as a function of temperature, T. We find that the addition of C{sub 60} to these polymers leads to a progressive increase in relative to the pure polymer value over the entire temperature range investigated, where the effect is larger for larger nanoparticle concentration. This general trend seems to indicate that the C{sub 60} nanoparticles plasticize the fast ({approx}10{sup -15} s) local ({approx}1 A) dynamics of these polymer glasses. Generally, we expect nanoparticle additives to affect polymer dynamics in a similar fashion to thin films in the sense that the high interfacial area may cause both a speeding up and slowing down of the glass state dynamics depending on the polymer-surface interaction.

  6. Substrate effects on the analysis of biomolecular layers using Au{sup +}, Au{sub 3}{sup +} and C{sub 60}{sup +} bombardments

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    Kordys, Jeanette [Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester, 131 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7DN (United Kingdom)], E-mail: Jeanette.Soerensen@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk; Fletcher, John S.; Lockyer, Nicholas P.; Vickerman, John C. [Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, University of Manchester, 131 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7DN (United Kingdom)

    2008-12-15

    Effects of platinum silicon, graphite and PET substrates on the secondary ion yield of sub-monolayer and multilayer samples of Cyclosporin A following 20 keV Au{sup +}, Au{sub 3}{sup +}and C{sub 60}{sup +} impacts have been investigated. The obtained results of sub-monolayer samples show that platinum enhances the yield of the pseudo-molecular ion following Au{sup +} and Au{sub 3}{sup +} impacts due to the high density of the substrate that enables the energy of the primary ions to be deposited near the surface. C{sub 60}{sup +} impacts on sub-monolayer samples are less effective, but there is an enhancement on PET substrates. Impacts of 20 keV Au{sup +} and Au{sub 3}{sup +} are not very efficient on multilayer samples. 20 keV C{sub 60}{sup +} impacts enhance the yields significantly, especially for the relatively high molecular weight [M+H]{sup +} ion.

  7. Epitaxial growth of 3C-SiC by using C{sub 60} as a carbon source; Untersuchungen zum epitaktischen Wachstum von 3C-SiC bei Verwendung einer C{sub 60}-Kohlenstoffquelle

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    Schreiber, Sascha

    2006-01-15

    Within this work epitaxial 3C-SiC-films were grown on Si(001) substrates and on ion beam synthesized 3C-SiC(001) pseudo substrates. A rather new process was used which is based on the simultaneous deposition of C60 and Si. In order to set up the necessary experimental conditions an ultra-high vacuum chamber has been designed and built. A RHEED system was used to examine SiC film growth in-situ. Using the described technique 3C-SiC films were grown void-free on Si(001) substrates. Deposition rates of C60 and Si were chosen adequately to maintain a Si:C ratio of approximately one during the deposition process. It was shown that stoichiometric and epitaxial 3C-SiC growth with the characteristic relationship (001)[110]Si(001)[110]3C-SiC could be achieved. TEM investigations revealed that the grown 3C-SiC films consist of individual grains that extend from the Si substrate to the film surface. Two characteristic grain types could be identified. The correlation between structure and texture of void-free grown 3C-SiC films and film thickness was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Pole figure measurements showed that thin films only contain first-order 3C-SiC twins. With higher film thickness also second-order twins are found which are located as twin lamellae in grain type 2. Improvement of polar texture with increasing film thickness couldn't be observed in the investigated range of up to 550 nm. On ion beam synthesized 3C-SiC pseudo substrates homoepitaxial 3C-SiC growth could be demonstrated for the first time by using a C{sub 60} carbon source. In respect to the crystalline quality of the grown films the surface quality of the used substrates was identified as a crucial factor. Furthermore a correlation between the ratio of deposition rates of C{sub 60} and Si and 3C-SiC film quality could be found. Under silicon-rich conditions, i.e. with a Si:C ratio of slightly greater one, homoepitaxial 3C-SiC layer-by-layer growth can be achieved. Films grown under these

  8. Host Phylogeny Determines Viral Persistence and Replication in Novel Hosts

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    Longdon, Ben; Hadfield, Jarrod D.; Webster, Claire L.

    2011-01-01

    Pathogens switching to new hosts can result in the emergence of new infectious diseases, and determining which species are likely to be sources of such host shifts is essential to understanding disease threats to both humans and wildlife. However, the factors that determine whether a pathogen can infect a novel host are poorly understood. We have examined the ability of three host-specific RNA-viruses (Drosophila sigma viruses from the family Rhabdoviridae) to persist and replicate in 51 different species of Drosophilidae. Using a novel analytical approach we found that the host phylogeny could explain most of the variation in viral replication and persistence between different host species. This effect is partly driven by viruses reaching a higher titre in those novel hosts most closely related to the original host. However, there is also a strong effect of host phylogeny that is independent of the distance from the original host, with viral titres being similar in groups of related hosts. Most of this effect could be explained by variation in general susceptibility to all three sigma viruses, as there is a strong phylogenetic correlation in the titres of the three viruses. These results suggest that the source of new emerging diseases may often be predictable from the host phylogeny, but that the effect may be more complex than simply causing most host shifts to occur between closely related hosts. PMID:21966271

  9. NAL-Tokyo Institute of Technology: Oxygen concentration on the surface of the solid, C[sub 6]0 are used, and it succeeds in the measurement. Kotai hyomen no sanso nodo, C[sub 60] mochii sokuteini seiko

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    1998-12-31

    NAL succeeded in oxygen concentration measurement on the surface of the solid which fralen (C[sub 6]0) which was the same base body in cooperation with Tokyo Institute of Technology, biotechnology course as to carbon was used for fralen absorbs light, and materiality to be returned in the condition (base bottom condition) of the place by this activated condition's reacting for the activated condition with oxygen is used. The condition that became of this fralen was used, and oxygen pressure (concentration) developed how to measure it. Oxygen pressure on the surface of the irradiation is measured the light with applying fralen on the surface of the measurement solid and spraying oxygen gas on the application side. So far, 100 points and more of holes were made on the surface of the model, and a pressure sensor was installed, and pressure measurement was being done, and it was as it were the measurement of the meeting body of the point in the aircraft and the wind experiment of the rocket model. The application of fralen, light only irradiates it, and oxygen pressure can be measured easily in the way of measuring it this time. Moreover, it is the measurement of the non-contact and non-destruction side. The illuminant, which makes fralen activated condition again, is sufficient with the visible light, and it is said that it doesn't need to use purple outside light about it. If light can irradiate it again, the surface pressure of which part can be measured, too. (translated by NEDO)

  10. NAL-Tokyo Institute of Technology: Oxygen concentration on the surface of the solid, C{sub 6}0 are used, and it succeeds in the measurement; Kotai hyomen no sanso nodo, C{sub 60} mochii sokuteini seiko

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    NONE

    1998-12-31

    NAL succeeded in oxygen concentration measurement on the surface of the solid which fralen (C{sub 6}0) which was the same base body in cooperation with Tokyo Institute of Technology, biotechnology course as to carbon was used for fralen absorbs light, and materiality to be returned in the condition (base bottom condition) of the place by this activated condition`s reacting for the activated condition with oxygen is used. The condition that became of this fralen was used, and oxygen pressure (concentration) developed how to measure it. Oxygen pressure on the surface of the irradiation is measured the light with applying fralen on the surface of the measurement solid and spraying oxygen gas on the application side. So far, 100 points and more of holes were made on the surface of the model, and a pressure sensor was installed, and pressure measurement was being done, and it was as it were the measurement of the meeting body of the point in the aircraft and the wind experiment of the rocket model. The application of fralen, light only irradiates it, and oxygen pressure can be measured easily in the way of measuring it this time. Moreover, it is the measurement of the non-contact and non-destruction side. The illuminant, which makes fralen activated condition again, is sufficient with the visible light, and it is said that it doesn`t need to use purple outside light about it. If light can irradiate it again, the surface pressure of which part can be measured, too. (translated by NEDO)

  11. Scaling of C{sub 60} ionization and fragmentation with the energy deposited in collisions with H{sup +}, H{sub 2}{sup +}, H{sub 3}{sup +} and He{sup +} ions (2-130 keV)

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    Bordenave-Montesquieu, D. [LCAR, IRSAMC, UMR 5589 CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)]. E-mail: dbm@yosemite.ups-tlse.fr; Moretto-Capelle, P.; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A.; Rentenier, A. [LCAR, IRSAMC, UMR 5589 CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)

    2001-03-14

    Fragmentation, ionization and C{sub 2} fragment evaporation of the C{sub 60} molecule induced by collisions with H{sup +}, H{sub 2}{sup +}, H{sub 3}{sup +} and He{sup +} monocharged ions have been measured in coincidence with the electron emission in the 2-130 keV projectile energy range. The time-of-flight mass spectra were found to vary strongly with the collision energy or velocity and the projectile. On the other hand, they scale rather nicely with the energy deposited in the molecule. Relative weights of the total multi-fragmentation into small C{sub n}{sup +} fragments (n=1-14), individual multi-fragmentation (n=1,7 and 11), double ionization of the intact molecule and evaporation of C{sub 2} molecules associated with the doubly charged fullerene ion, are used to illustrate our finding quantitatively. (author). Letter-to-the-editor.

  12. Characteristics of carbon coatings on optical fibers prepared by radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition with different H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratios

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    Lin, Hung-Chien; Yu, Jen-Feng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Shiue, Sham-Tsong, E-mail: stshiue@dragon.nchu.edu.t [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Lin, Hung-Yi [Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 310, Taiwan (China)

    2010-10-01

    Characteristics of carbon coatings on optical fibers prepared by radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition with different H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratios are investigated. Five kinds of carbon coatings are prepared with H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratios of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. Experimental results show that the deposition rate and surface roughness of carbon coatings decrease as the H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio increases. When the H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio changes from 2 to 8, the increase of H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratios detrimentally yields sp{sup 3} carbon atoms and sp{sup 3}-CH{sub 3} bonds in the carbon coatings. However, when the H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio exceeds 8, the hydrogen retards the growth of the graphite structure. Moreover, the redundant hydrogen radicals favor bonding with the dangling bonds in the coating surface. Therefore, when the H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio increases from 8 to 10, the amounts of sp{sup 3} carbon atoms and sp{sup 3}-CH{sub 3} bonds in the carbon coatings increase. At an H{sub 2}/C{sub 2}H{sub 2} ratio of 8, the carbon coating exhibits excellent water-repellency and thermal-loading resistance, and so this ratio is the best for producing a hermetically sealed optical fiber coating.

  13. Fast Energy Transfer and Molecular Dynamics in the Electronic Ground State Of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} and H{sub 2}CO Viewed By Time Resolved FS-CARS

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    Knopp, G.; Beaud, P.; Radi, P.; Tulej, M.; Gerber, T.

    2004-03-01

    The molecular dynamics in the electronic ground state of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} and of H{sub 2}CO have been interrogated by the femto second CARS method. For a discussion of collision induced rotational and vibrational energy transfer in the electronic ground state of the polyatomic acetylene (C{sub 2H}2) molecule the transient signals were evaluated with the recently developed angular momentum and energy corrected scaling law. (author)

  14. Radiation use efficiency and leaf CO{sub 2} exchange for diverse C{sub 4} grasses

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    Kiniry, J.R.; Tischler, C.R. [USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Temple, TX (United States); Van Esbroeck, G.A. [North Carolina State University, Raleigh (United States). Dept. of Crop Science

    1999-08-01

    Biomass accumulation of different grass species can be quantified by leaf area index (LAI) development, the Beer-Lambert light interception function, and a species-specific radiation-use efficiency (RUE). The object of this field study was to compare RUE values and leaf CO{sub 2} exchange rates (CER) for four C{sub 4} grasses. Biomass, LAI and fraction of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) intercepted were measured during three growing seasons. CER was measured on several dates and at several positions in the canopies. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) had the greatest RUE whereas sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula (Michaux) Torrey) had the lowest. Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Vitman) and eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides (L.) L.) values were intermediate. The two species with the greatest differences in RUE, switch grass and sideoats grama, had similar relative amounts partitioned to roots. Likewise differences among species in the accumulation of soil carbon showed trends similar to total shoot biomass production. The light extinction coefficients ({kappa}) of switchgrass, big bluestem, and eastern gamagrass were smaller than for sideoats grama, implying that light was more effectively scattered down into the leaf canopy of the first three grasses. Whole canopy CER values were calculated with a stratified canopy approach, using LAI values, the Beer-Lambert formula with appropriate extinction coefficients, and CER light response curves. Differences among species in RUE were similar to these values for estimated whole-canopy CER divided by the fraction of light that was intercepted. High lAI along with low {kappa} contributed to higher RUE in switchgrass, in spite of lower values for single-leaf CER.

  15. Effects of polarizability on the structural and thermodynamics properties of [C{sub n}mim][Gly] ionic liquids (n = 1–4) using EEM/MM molecular dynamic simulations

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    Wu, Yang; Hu, Na; Yue, Lili; Wei, Lihong; Guan, Wei [Key Laboratory of Green Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry of Advanced Materials, College of Chemistry, Liaoning University, Shenyang 110036 (China)

    2015-02-14

    An extended electronegativity equalization method/molecular mechanics (EEM/MM) model for ionic liquids is used to investigate the structures and properties of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium glycine ionic liquids [C{sub n}mim][Gly] (n = 1–4) with alkyl substituents of different lengths. The EEM/MM model describes the electrostatic interactions of atoms and their changes in different ambient environments. This property is the most outstanding characteristic of the model. EEM parameters (i.e., valence electronegativities and valence hardness parameters) are calibrated using linear regression and least-squares methods, which can accurately predict the gas-phase properties of [C{sub n}mim]{sup +}, [Gly]{sup −}, and [C{sub n}mim][Gly] ion pairs. We utilize the EEM/MM force field to systematically investigate the effects of polarizability on the accuracy of [C{sub n}mim][Gly] properties predicted through the molecular dynamic simulations. EEM/MM explicitly describes the atom-based polarizability of [C{sub n}mim][Gly]; thus, the densities, enthalpies of vaporization, self-diffusion coefficients, and conductivities of the [C{sub n}mim][Gly] are consistent with the experimental values. The calculated radial distribution functions provide a mechanistic understanding of the effects of polarizability on ionic aggregations in amino acid ionic liquids. The effects of alkyl chain length on the diffusion coefficient and conductivity are also discussed.

  16. Characterization of exoplanet hosts

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    Valenti Jeff A.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Spectroscopic analysis of exoplanet hosts and the stellar sample from which they are drawn provides abundances and other properties that quantitively constrain models of planet formation. The program Spectroscopy Made Easy (SME determines stellar parameters by fitting observed spectra, though line lists must be selected wisely. For giant planets, it is now well established that stars with higher metallicity are more likely to have detected companions. Stellar metallicity does not seem to affect the formation and/or migration of detectable planets less massive than Neptune, especially when considering only the most massive planet in the system. In systems with at least one planet less than 10 times the mass of Earth, the mass of the most massive planet increases dramatically with host star metallicity. This may reflect metallicity dependent timescales for core formation, envelope accretion, and/or migration into the detection zone.

  17. HostPhinder: A Phage Host Prediction Tool

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    Villarroel, Julia; Kleinheinz, Kortine Annina; Jurtz, Vanessa Isabell

    2016-01-01

    The current dramatic increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria has revitalised the interest in bacteriophages as alternative antibacterial treatment. Meanwhile, the development of bioinformatics methods for analysing genomic data places high-throughput approaches for phage characterization within...... reach. Here, we present HostPhinder, a tool aimed at predicting the bacterial host of phages by examining the phage genome sequence. Using a reference database of 2196 phages with known hosts, HostPhinder predicts the host species of a query phage as the host of the most genomically similar reference...... phages. As a measure of genomic similarity the number of co-occurring k-mers (DNA sequences of length k) is used. Using an independent evaluation set, HostPhinder was able to correctly predict host genus and species for 81% and 74% of the phages respectively, giving predictions for more phages than BLAST...

  18. Distortion of ethyne on coordination to silver acetylide, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}⋅⋅⋅AgCCH, characterised by broadband rotational spectroscopy and ab initio calculations

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    Stephens, Susanna L.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Walker, Nicholas R., E-mail: nick.walker@newcastle.ac.uk, E-mail: a.c.legon@bristol.ac.uk [School of Chemistry, Bedson Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU (United Kingdom); Mizukami, Wataru; Tew, David P.; Legon, Anthony C., E-mail: nick.walker@newcastle.ac.uk, E-mail: a.c.legon@bristol.ac.uk [School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom)

    2014-03-28

    The rotational spectra of six isotopologues of a complex of ethyne and silver acetylide, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}⋅⋅⋅AgCCH, are measured by both chirped-pulse and Fabry-Perot cavity versions of Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy. The complex is generated through laser ablation of a silver target in the presence of a gas sample containing 1% C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, 1% SF{sub 6}, and 98% Ar undergoing supersonic expansion. Rotational, A{sub 0}, B{sub 0}, C{sub 0}, and centrifugal distortion Δ{sub J} and Δ{sub JK} constants are determined for all isotopologues of C{sub 2}H{sub 2}⋅⋅⋅AgCCH studied. The geometry is planar, C{sub 2v} and T-shaped in which the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} sub-unit comprises the bar of the “T” and binds to the metal atom through its π electrons. In the r{sub 0} geometry, the distance of the Ag atom from the centre of the triple bond in C{sub 2}H{sub 2} is 2.2104(10) Å. The r(HC≡CH) parameter representing the bond distance separating the two carbon atoms and the angle, ∠(CCH), each defined within the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} sub-unit, are determined to be 1.2200(24) Å and 186.0(5)°, respectively. This distortion of the linear geometry of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} involves the hydrogen atoms moving away from the silver atom within the complex. The results thus reveal that the geometry of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} changes measurably on coordination to AgCCH. A value of 59(4) N m{sup −1} is determined for the intermolecular force constant, k{sub σ}, confirming that the complex is significantly more strongly bound than hydrogen and halogen-bonded analogues. Ab initio calculations of the r{sub e} geometry at the CCSD(T)(F12{sup *})/ACVTZ level of theory are consistent with the experimental results. The spectra of the {sup 107}Ag{sup 13}C{sup 13}CH and {sup 109}Ag{sup 13}C{sup 13}CH isotopologues of free silver acetylide are also measured for the first time allowing the geometry of the AgCCH monomer to be examined in greater detail than previously.

  19. Illuminating coronavirus-host interactions

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    Raaben, M.

    2009-01-01

    Viruses are infectious agents incapable of growing or reproducing outside a host cell. They are completely dependent on the cellular machinery of the host for their multiplication. On the other hand, however, viruses also have to deal with the immune defences of the host. Apparently, viruses are wal

  20. HostPhinder: A Phage Host Prediction Tool

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    Julia Villarroel

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The current dramatic increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria has revitalised the interest in bacteriophages as alternative antibacterial treatment. Meanwhile, the development of bioinformatics methods for analysing genomic data places high-throughput approaches for phage characterization within reach. Here, we present HostPhinder, a tool aimed at predicting the bacterial host of phages by examining the phage genome sequence. Using a reference database of 2196 phages with known hosts, HostPhinder predicts the host species of a query phage as the host of the most genomically similar reference phages. As a measure of genomic similarity the number of co-occurring k-mers (DNA sequences of length k is used. Using an independent evaluation set, HostPhinder was able to correctly predict host genus and species for 81% and 74% of the phages respectively, giving predictions for more phages than BLAST and significantly outperforming BLAST on phages for which both had predictions. HostPhinder predictions on phage draft genomes from the INTESTI phage cocktail corresponded well with the advertised targets of the cocktail. Our study indicates that for most phages genomic similarity correlates well with related bacterial hosts. HostPhinder is available as an interactive web service [1] and as a stand alone download from the Docker registry [2].

  1. The underlying electrode causes the reported 'electro-catalysis' observed at C{sub 60}-modified glassy carbon electrodes in the case of N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)ethanamide and salbutamol

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    Griese, Sebastian; Kampouris, Dimitrios K.; Kadara, Rashid O.; Banks, Craig E. [Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Division of Chemistry and Materials, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, Lancs (United Kingdom)

    2008-08-20

    The reported 'electro-catalysis' of C{sub 60}-film-modified electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation of N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)ethanamide and salbutamol has been explored at boron-doped diamond and glassy carbon electrodes. Using both C{sub 60}-film-modified boron-doped diamond and glassy carbon as underlying electrode substrates no electro-catalytic response is observed using the target analytes but rather the C{sub 60} serves to block the electrode surface. A common experimental protocol used by researchers in this field is to electrochemically pre-treat the C{sub 60}-film-modified electrode. The response of employing this electrochemical pre-treatment at both bare glassy carbon and boron-doped diamond electrodes using the target analytes reveals that no effect on the electrochemical responses obtained at the boron-doped diamond electrode whereas a slight but significant effect occurs on glassy carbon which is attributed to the likely introduction of surface oxygenated species. Consequently the previously reported 'electro-catalysis' using C{sub 60}-film-modified electrode is not due to C{sub 60} itself being catalytic, but rather that substrate activation through electrode pre-treatment is responsible for the observed 'electro-catalysis' likely through the introduction of surface oxygenated species. This work clearly shows that substrate activation is an important parameter which researchers studying C{sub 60}-film-modified electrodes, especially in electro-analysis needs to be considered. (author)

  2. BiOBr/protonated graphitic C{sub 3}N{sub 4} heterojunctions: Intimate interfaces by electrostatic interaction and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Yang, Zhichong; Li, Jun; Cheng, Fuxing [Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, 928 Second Avenue, Xiasha Higher Education Zone, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Chen, Zhi [College of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, 258 Xueyuan Street, Xiasha Higher Education Zone, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Dong, Xiaoping, E-mail: xpdong@zstu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, 928 Second Avenue, Xiasha Higher Education Zone, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • BiOBr/pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} was prepared by an electrostatically-driven in-situ growth method. • BiOBr/pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} exhibited a superior visible-light activity and stability. • The efficient separation of charges due to the intimate interface of BiOBr/pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}. - Abstract: In this work, enhanced photocatalytic activity of BiOBr/graphitic C{sub 3}N{sub 4} heterojunctions for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) were obtained by the protonation pretreatment of graphitic C{sub 3}N{sub 4} with hydrochloric acid. A possibly electrostatic interaction between protonated graphitic C{sub 3}N{sub 4} (pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) and BiOBr provided a closely intimate interface in the heterojunction, which was demonstrated by the results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This tight coupling was favorable for the charge transfer between pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and BiOBr, and therefore promoted the effective separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The effect of composition in heterojunctions on photocatalytic activity was investigated, and the optimal photocatalyst with a BiOBr/pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} mass ratio of 7:3 showed a superior activity, which was 35.03 and 33.72 times higher than that over pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and BiOBr, respectively. Radical trap experiments confirmed that the holes and superoxide radical species were the main reactive species in the RhB photodegradation process. Moreover, the stability of BiOBr/pg-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} heterojunction was also tested and the RhB degradation efficiency declined by only 9.6% after seven successive cycles.

  3. The Drosophila melanogaster host model

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    Igboin, Christina O.; Griffen, Ann L.; Leys, Eugene J.

    2012-01-01

    The deleterious and sometimes fatal outcomes of bacterial infectious diseases are the net result of the interactions between the pathogen and the host, and the genetically tractable fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has emerged as a valuable tool for modeling the pathogen–host interactions of a wide variety of bacteria. These studies have revealed that there is a remarkable conservation of bacterial pathogenesis and host defence mechanisms between higher host organisms and Drosophila. This review presents an in-depth discussion of the Drosophila immune response, the Drosophila killing model, and the use of the model to examine bacterial–host interactions. The recent introduction of the Drosophila model into the oral microbiology field is discussed, specifically the use of the model to examine Porphyromonas gingivalis–host interactions, and finally the potential uses of this powerful model system to further elucidate oral bacterial-host interactions are addressed. PMID:22368770

  4. The Drosophila melanogaster host model

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    Christina O. Igboin

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The deleterious and sometimes fatal outcomes of bacterial infectious diseases are the net result of the interactions between the pathogen and the host, and the genetically tractable fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has emerged as a valuable tool for modeling the pathogen–host interactions of a wide variety of bacteria. These studies have revealed that there is a remarkable conservation of bacterial pathogenesis and host defence mechanisms between higher host organisms and Drosophila. This review presents an in-depth discussion of the Drosophila immune response, the Drosophila killing model, and the use of the model to examine bacterial–host interactions. The recent introduction of the Drosophila model into the oral microbiology field is discussed, specifically the use of the model to examine Porphyromonas gingivalis–host interactions, and finally the potential uses of this powerful model system to further elucidate oral bacterial-host interactions are addressed.

  5. High negative ion production yield in 30 keV F{sup 2+} + adenine (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N{sub 5}) collisions

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    Li, B; Ma, X; Zhu, X L; Zhang, S F; Liu, H P; Feng, W T; Qian, D B; Zhang, D C [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Chen, L; Bredy, R; Montagne, G; Bernard, J; Martin, S [Universite de Lyon, F-69622, Lyon (France) and Universite Lyon 1, Villeurbanne; CNRS, UMR5579, LASIM (France)], E-mail: chen@univ-lyon1.fr

    2009-04-14

    In collisions between slow F{sup 2+} ions (30 keV) and molecular targets, adenine, scattered particle production yields have been measured directly by simultaneous detection of neutrals, positive and negative ions. The relative cross-section for a negative ion formation channel was measured to be 1%. Despite a slight decrease compared to a larger target, the fullerene C{sub 60}, the measured negative ion formation cross section is still at least one order of magnitude larger than the yield in ion-atom interactions.

  6. A empiric expression to interpret the approximation of {lambda} cI phages to E. coli C{sub 6}00 bacteria; Determinacion experimental de la cinetica de laproximacion del fago /{lambda}cl a la bacteria E. coli C{sub 6}00 Expression empirica interpretativa del proceso

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    Garces, F.; Vidania, R. de

    1984-07-01

    In general the process of adsorption of phages to bacteria is considered in the bibliography as an statistical process. In this work we use an empiric expression which allows to interpret the approximation of {lambda}cI pages to E. coli C{sub 6}00 bacteria. This expression introduces some changes respect to a pure statistical description of the approximation process. (Author) 26 refs.

  7. Avian host defense peptides.

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    Cuperus, Tryntsje; Coorens, Maarten; van Dijk, Albert; Haagsman, Henk P

    2013-11-01

    Host defense peptides (HDPs) are important effector molecules of the innate immune system of vertebrates. These antimicrobial peptides are also present in invertebrates, plants and fungi. HDPs display broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities and fulfill an important role in the first line of defense of many organisms. It is becoming increasingly clear that in the animal kingdom the functions of HDPs are not confined to direct antimicrobial actions. Research in mammals has indicated that HDPs have many immunomodulatory functions and are also involved in other physiological processes ranging from development to wound healing. During the past five years our knowledge about avian HDPs has increased considerably. This review addresses our current knowledge on the evolution, regulation and biological functions of HDPs of birds.

  8. Host Integration Server 2004

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    PaulThurrott; 杨岩

    2005-01-01

    微软发布的Host Integration Server(HIS)2004,是IBM大型主机集成服务器的一个重要的更新,添加了一些重要的新特点和改进。与大多数微软公司协同工作的产品不同,HIS 2004的设计目的是为了移植,而不是纯粹的集成,事实上它将会帮助客户从现有的传统平台中得到更多的价值——在这种情况下,所指的产品就是IBM大型主机和iSeries(也就是以前的AS/400)系列机型。

  9. Textural and mechanical characterization of C-S-H gels from hydration of synthetic T1-C{sub 3}S, {beta}-C{sub 2}S and their blends; Caracterizacion textural y mecanica de geles C-S-H formados en la hidratacion de muestras sinteticas T1-C{sub 3}S, {beta}-C{sub 2}S y sus mezclas

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    Goni, S.; Guerrero, A.; Puertas, F.; Hernandez, M. S.; Palacios, M.; Dolado, J. S.; Zhu, W.; Howind, T.

    2011-07-01

    The textural and mechanical characterization of C-S-H gels formed from the hydration of pure T1-C{sub 3}S, {beta}-C{sub 2}S and their blends are studied by Nitrogen sorption and nano indentation experiments. The surface area and nano porosity of C-S-H gels formed from the hydration of {beta}-C{sub 2}S and the 30-70 (T1-C{sub 3}S and {beta}-C{sub 2}S mixture) are higher than those from hydration of T1-C{sub 3}S, and 70-30, with the difference decreasing with hydration age. Such changes are well supported by findings of nano indentation study, which shows the greater relative volume of C-S-H phases with lower densities in the {beta}-C{sub 2}S and the 30-70 pastes. With the increase in hydration age, the relative volume of C-S-H phases with higher densities increased at the expenses of those with lower density. Important quantitative correlations were found among these textural characteristics and the mean chain length, determined from {sup 2}9Si magic-angle-spinning (MAS) NMR, of the C-S-H gels. (Author) 36 refs.

  10. Synthesis of (5,6-/sup 13/C/sub 2/, 1-/sup 14/C)olivetolic acid, methyl (1'-/sup 13/C)olivetolate and (5,6-/sup 13/C/sub 2/, 1-/sup 14/C)cannabigerolic acid

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    Porwoll, J.P.; Leete, E. (Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis (USA). Dept. of Chemistry)

    1985-03-01

    Potential advanced intermediates in the biosynthesis of delta/sup 9/-tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive principle of marijuana, have been synthesized labeled with two contiguous /sup 13/C atoms and /sup 14/C. Methyl (5,6-/sup 13/C/sub 2/, 1-/sup 14/C)olivetolate was prepared from lithium (/sup 13/C/sub 2/)acetylide and dimethyl (2-/sup 14/C)malonate. Reaction with geranyl bromide afforded methyl (5,6-/sup 13/C/sub 2/, 1-/sup 14/C)cannabigerolate, and hydrolysis of these methyl esters with lithium propyl mercaptide yielded the corresponding labeled acids. The /sup 13/C-/sup 13/C couplings observable in the /sup 13/C NMR spectra of these /sup 13/C-enriched compounds and their synthetic precursors are recorded. Methyl (1'-/sup 14/C)olivetolate was prepared from /sup 13/CO/sub 2/ to confirm assignments of the /sup 13/C chemical shifts in the pentyl side chain of these compounds.

  11. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of a novel bilayered organic-inorganic perovskite C{sub 5}Pb{sub 2}I{sub 5}

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    Elleuch, S., E-mail: slimlpa@yahoo.f [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquee, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, 3000, BP 1171, Sfax (Tunisia); Dammak, T.; Abid, Y. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquee, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, 3000, BP 1171, Sfax (Tunisia); Mlayah, A. [Centre d' Elaboration de Materiaux et d' Etudes Structurales, CNRS-Universite Paul Sabatier, 29 Rue Jeanne Marvig, Toulouse 31055 (France); Boughzala, H. [Laboratoire de Materiaux et Cristallochimie, Institut Preparatoire aux etudes Ingenieur de Nabeul, 8000 Mrezga, Nabeul (Tunisia)

    2010-04-15

    Single crystals of [C{sub 5}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}]Pb{sub 2}I{sub 5}, abbreviated C{sub 5}Pb{sub 2}I{sub 5}, have been prepared. This compound is a new member of the family of the bilayered organic-inorganic lead-iodide based perovskites. Its crystal structure has been determined by X-ray diffraction. The inorganic sub-lattice consists of periodic bilayers of iodoplumbate octahedra. Each PbI{sub 6} octahedra exhibits both edge- and corner-sharing with adjacent octahedra. The vibrational properties of this compound have been studied by Raman scattering spectroscopy. Optical absorption, photoluminescence and diffuse reflectance measurements have been performed. The room-temperature bandgap and free exciton absorption bands are observed at 2.46 and 2.23 eV, respectively. The exciton binding energy is 230 meV which is the largest value ever reported till date for the bilayered PbI based perovskites. Calculations assuming Wannier-type quasi-two-dimensional excitons and taking into account the image potential of the exciton charges showed that nearly 64% of the exciton binding energy is due to the dielectric confinement effect.

  12. Influence of milling time on microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 80}P{sub 11}C{sub 9} alloy produced by mechanical alloying

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    Taghvaei, A.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghajari, F., E-mail: fati.ghajari@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Markó, D. [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Prashanth, K.G. [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Additive manufacturing Center, Sandvik AB, 81181 Sandviken (Sweden)

    2015-12-01

    Fe{sub 80}P{sub 11}C{sub 9} alloy with amorphous/nanocrytalline microstructure has been synthesized by mechanical alloying of the elemental powders. The microstructure, thermal behavior and morphology of the produced powders have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The crystallite size, lattice strain and fraction of the amorphous phase have been calculated by Rietveld refinement method. The results indicate that the powders microstructure consists of α-Fe(P,C) nanocrystals with an average diameter of 9 nm±1 nm dispersed in the amorphous matrix after 90 h of milling. Moreover, the fraction of amorphous phase initially increases up to 90 h of milling and then decreases after 120 h of milling, as a result of mechanical crystallization and formation of Fe{sub 2}P phase. The magnetic measurements show that while the saturation magnetization decreases continuously with the milling time, the coercivity exhibits a complicated trend. The correlation between microstructural changes and magnetic properties has been discussed in detail. - Highlights: • Glass formation was investigated in Fe{sub 80}P{sub 11}C{sub 9} by mechanical alloying. • Structural parameters were calculated by Rietveld refinement method. • Milling first increased and then decreased the fraction of amorphous phase. • Magnetic properties were significantly changed upon milling.

  13. Fullerenol C{sub 60}(OH){sub 24} nanoparticles decrease relaxing effects of dimethyl sulfoxide on rat uterus spontaneous contraction

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    Slavic, Marija, E-mail: marija17@ibiss.bg.ac.rs [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia); Djordjevic, Aleksandar [University of Novi Sad, Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and the Environment, Faculty of Sciences (Serbia); Radojicic, Ratko [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology (Serbia); Milovanovic, Slobodan [University of East Sarajevo, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine at Foca (Bosnia and Herzegowina); Orescanin-Dusic, Zorana [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia); Rakocevic, Zlatko [University of Belgrade, Institute for Nuclear Sciences ' Vinca' (Serbia); Spasic, Mihajlo B.; Blagojevic, Dusko [University of Belgrade, Department for Physiology, Institute for Biological Research ' Sinisa Stankovic' (IBISS) (Serbia)

    2013-05-15

    Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a widely used solvent and cryoprotectant that can cause impaired blood flow, reduction in intracranial pressure, tissue edema, inflammatory reactions, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, processes which can lead to atherosclerosis of the coronary, peripheral and cerebral circulation. Although the adverse effects are rare when DMSO is administered in clinically established concentrations, there is no safe antagonist for an overdose. In this work, we treated isolated spontaneous and calcium-induced contractile active rat uteri (Wistar, virgo intacta), with DMSO and fullerenol C{sub 60}(OH){sub 24} nanoparticle (FNP) in DMSO. FNP is a water-soluble derivative of fullerene C{sub 60}. Its size is a 1.1 nm in diameter and is a very promising candidate for a drug carrier in nanomedicine. FNP also displays free radical scavenging activity. DMSO decreased both spontaneous and calcium-induced contractions. In contrast, FNP only decreased spontaneous contraction. FNP decreased copper-zinc superoxide dismutase activity and prevented the DMSO-induced increase in glutathione reductase activity. Atomic force microscopy detected that FNP aggregated with calcium ions. Our results indicate that FNP has properties that make it a good candidate to be a modulator of DMSO activity which could minimize side effects of the latter.

  14. The study of applicability of dithiocarbamate-coated fullerene C{sub 60} for preconcentration of palladium for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometric determination in environmental samples

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    Lesniewska, Barbara A. [Institute of Chemistry, University of BiaIystok, Hurtowa 1, 15-399 BiaIystok (Poland); Godlewska, Iwona [Institute of Chemistry, University of BiaIystok, Hurtowa 1, 15-399 BiaIystok (Poland); GodlewskayIkiewicz, Beata [Institute of Chemistry, University of BiaIystok, Hurtowa 1, 15-399 BiaIystok (Poland)]. E-mail: bgodlew@uwb.edu.pl

    2005-03-31

    The present method comprises an off-line enrichment of Pd on the fullerene, C{sub 60}, coated with ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (APDC), followed by the elution of formed Pd-chelate with ethanol and the subsequent determination of Pd from the eluate by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. By using fullerene loaded with 0.1% APDC, the analytical system is simplified as the sample can be directly preconcentrated on the column. The following parameters affecting the preconcentration of Pd on C{sub 60} were optimized: amount of ligand used for the coating of fullerene, sample pH, kind of eluent, sample and eluent flow rates, volume and number of fractions of eluent used. The sorption efficiency for Pd on coated fullerene was 99.2{+-}1.1%. The best elution efficiency for Pd from the column was obtained with 0.6 ml of ethanol at a flow rate of 0.2 ml min{sup -1}. The limit of detection was 0.044 ng ml{sup -1}. The effect of sample pretreatment procedure on the preconcentration of Pd by evaluated method is discussed. The content of Pd in road dust (179.2{+-}17.4 ng g{sup -1}) determined by proposed method was in agreement with the results obtained with a reference method. The low recovery of analyte (64%) was obtained for geological material CRM SARM-7 (platinum ore) due to the much higher concentration of interfering elements.

  15. Single impact erosion studies of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating: the role of microstructure variation

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    Matthews, S.; Hyland, M.; James, B. [Massey Univ., Auckland (New Zealand)

    2008-07-01

    Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr thermal spray coatings have been extensively applied to mitigate erosion in high temperature applications such as aircraft and power generation turbines. Much laboratory based erosion research has been conducted under ambient temperature and mild erosion conditions. However, little has been presented about the coating response under the high temperature, high velocity erosion conditions typically experienced in industrial applications. This work presents the mechanisms of high velocity erosion based on experiments conducted under realistic service conditions. Single impact studies were carried out on a range of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coatings to assess the variation in erosion mechanism with phase degradation and starting powder morphology. Comparisons were made between the coating response in the as-sprayed state and after long-term heat treatment to determine how the erosion response changes as a function of exposure time in-service. Erosion of the as-sprayed coatings was heavily influenced by splat boundary related mass loss mechanisms. This was accentuated by in-flight carbide dissolution in the coatings based on agglomerated/sintered powders. Heat treatment led to splat sintering and a transition in the erosion response towards more microstructural based erosion mechanisms. The variation in erosion response as a function of microstructural development with heat treatment and starting powder type is presented. (orig.)

  16. Temperature of thermal spikes in amorphous silicon nitride films produced by 1.11 MeV C{sub 60}{sup 3+} impacts

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    Kitayama, T.; Nakajima, K.; Suzuki, M. [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8540 (Japan); Narumi, K.; Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Matsuda, M.; Sataka, M. [Nuclear Science Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Naka, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Tsujimoto, M.; Isoda, S. [Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Kimura, K., E-mail: kimura@kues.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8540 (Japan)

    2015-07-01

    Gold nanoparticles with an average diameter of 3.6 nm were deposited on amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiN) films. These samples were irradiated with 1.11 MeV C{sub 60}{sup 3+} ions to a fluence of ∼5 × 10{sup 10} ions/cm{sup 2} and observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ion tracks were clearly seen as bright spots and the gold nanoparticles disappeared from a surface area with a diameter of ∼20 nm around each ion track. The disappeared nanoparticles were collected by a foil placed in front of the sample. Gold particles of circular shape with a diameter of several nm were observed on the collector foil using TEM, suggesting that the gold nanoparticles were emitted as liquid droplets from the a-SiN film upon impact of the C{sub 60} ion. In view of the previous molecular dynamics simulations (Anders et al., 2009), this indicates that the surface temperature rises above the melting point of gold in the region with a diameter of ∼20 nm around the ion impact position.

  17. Production of Al nanocomposite reinforced by Fe-Al intermetallic, Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} and nano-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles using wet milling in toluene

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    Razavi-Tousi, S.S., E-mail: ser105@mail.usask.ca [Islamic Azad University, Shahrood Branch, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yazdani-Rad, R. [Materials and Energy Research Center, P.O. Box 31787/316, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Manafi, S.A. [Islamic Azad University, Shahrood Branch, Shahrood (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-06-02

    Highlights: > Production of Al nanocomposite reinforced by Fe-Al intermetallic, Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} and nano-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles using wet milling in toluene. > Production of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} particles from mechanochemical reaction of Al with PCA. > Effect of second phase particles on sintering. - Abstract: Al matrix nanocomposites were produced by wet milling of Al and nano-alumina powders in a toluene media. X-ray diffraction patterns, inductively coupled plasma, carbon measurement analysis and scanning electron microscopy show that impurities introduced by decomposition of toluene and abrasion of balls and vials are uniformly dispersed in the Al matrix as Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} and Fe-Al intermetallic particles. Though producing homogenous nanocomposites, these second phase particles seem to have a retarding effect on densification of nanocomposite powders.

  18. Effects of the temperature and beam parameters on depth profiles in X-ray photoelectron spectrometry and secondary ion mass spectrometry under C{sub 60}{sup +}–Ar{sup +} cosputtering

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    Liao, Hua-Yang [Research Center for Applied Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Meng-Hung [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nation Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Kao, Wei-Lun; Kuo, Ding-Yuan [Research Center for Applied Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Shyue, Jing-Jong, E-mail: shyue@gate.sinica.edu.tw [Research Center for Applied Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nation Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2014-12-10

    Highlights: • XPS and SIMS depth profiles of PMMA were acquired concurrently with C{sub 60}{sup +}–Ar{sup +} cosputtering. • Artificial signal enhancement at the interface was observed in SIMS when using C{sub 60}{sup +} sputtering. • Optimized cosputtering yielded higher SIMS intensities and removed the artificial enhancement. • Increasing or decreasing the temperature further improved the resulting depth profile. - Abstract: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is widely used in various fields, including the semiconductor, biomaterial and microelectronic fields. Obtaining the correct depth profiles of PMMA is essential, especially when it is used as a thin-film. There have been many studies that have used earlier generation of cluster ion (SF{sub 5}{sup +}) as the sputtering source to profile PMMA films, but few reports have discussed the use of the more recently developed C{sub 60}{sup +} in the PMMA sputtering process. In this study, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and dynamic secondary ion mass spectroscopy (D-SIMS) were used concurrently to monitor the depth profiles of PMMA under C{sub 60}{sup +} bombardment. Additionally, the cosputtering technique (C{sub 60}{sup +} sputtering with auxiliary, low-kinetic-energy Ar{sup +}) was introduced to improve the analytical results. The proper cosputtering conditions could eliminate the signal enhancement near the interface that occurred with C{sub 60}{sup +} sputtering and enhance the sputtering yield of the characteristic signals. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was also used to measure the ion-induced topography. Furthermore, the effect of the specimen temperature on the PMMA depth profile was also examined. At higher temperatures (+120 °C), the depolymerization reaction that corresponded to main-chain scission dominated the sputtering process. At lower temperatures (−120 °C), the cross-linking mechanism was retarded significantly due to the immobilization of free radicals. Both the higher and lower

  19. Reactions between atomic chlorine and pyridine in solid para-hydrogen: Infrared spectrum of the 1-chloropyridinyl (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N-Cl) radical

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    Das, Prasanta; Bahou, Mohammed [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Lee, Yuan-Pern [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2013-02-07

    With infrared absorption spectra we investigated the reaction between Cl atom and pyridine (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N) in a para-hydrogen (p-H{sub 2}) matrix. Pyridine and Cl{sub 2} were co-deposited with p-H{sub 2} at 3.2 K; a planar C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N-Cl{sub 2} complex was identified from the observed infrared spectrum of the Cl{sub 2}/C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N/p-H{sub 2} matrix. Upon irradiation at 365 nm to generate Cl atom in situ and annealing at 5.1 K for 3 min to induce secondary reaction, the 1-chloropyridinyl radical (C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N-Cl) was identified as the major product of the reaction Cl + C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N in solid p-H{sub 2}; absorption lines at 3075.9, 1449.7, 1200.6, 1148.8, 1069.3, 1017.4, 742.9, and 688.7 cm{sup -1} were observed. The assignments are based on comparison of observed vibrational wavenumbers and relative IR intensities with those predicted using the B3PW91/6-311++G(2d, 2p) method. The observation of the preferential addition of Cl to the N-site of pyridine to form C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N-Cl radical but not 2-, 3-, or 4-chloropyridine (ClC{sub 5}H{sub 5}N) radicals is consistent with the reported theoretical prediction that formation of the former proceeds via a barrierless path.

  20. Synthesis and crystal structure of a new homoleptic tetraarylruthenium(IV) complex Ru(2,4,5-Me{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 2}){sub 4}

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    Wang, Chang-Jiu; Wu, Xiu-Li; Ma, Xiu-Fang; Jia, Ai-Quan; Zhang, Qian-Feng [Anhui Univ. of Technology, Anhui (China). Inst. of Molecular Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Anhui Province Key Lab. of Metallurgy Engineering and Resources Recycling

    2017-08-01

    Treatment of [Ru(acac){sub 3}] (acac-=acetylacetonate) with (2,4,5-Me{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 2})MgBr, followed by column chromatography in air, afforded the homoleptic tetraaryl-ruthenium(IV) complex [Ru(2,4,5-Me{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 2}){sub 4}] (1) in moderate yield. The product was characterized by proton NMR spectroscopy and microanalyses. Its crystal structure has also been established by X-ray crystallography.

  1. Host factors in nidovirus replication

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    Wilde, Adriaan Hugo de

    2013-01-01

    The interplay between nidoviruses and the infected host cell was investigated. Arterivirus RNA-synthesising activity was shown to depend on intact membranes and on a cytosolic host protein which does not cosediment with the RTC. Furthermore, the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporin A (CsA) blocks repl

  2. Host Adaptation of Staphylococcal Leukocidins

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    Vrieling, M.

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a human and animal pathogen of global importance and has the capacity to cause disease in distinct host populations, using a large arsenal of secreted proteins to evade the host immune response. Amongst the immune evasion proteins of S. aureus, secreted cytotoxins play a pre

  3. Stennis hosts 2010 Special Olympics

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    2010-01-01

    Sarah Johnson, 28, of Gulfport, carries in the Olympic torch to signal the start of the 2010 Area III Special Olympic games at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center on March 27. Stennis volunteers hosted special needs athletes from across the area for the event. Stennis is an annual host of the games.

  4. Larval helminths in intermediate hosts

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    Fredensborg, Brian Lund; Poulin, R

    2005-01-01

    a reduction in size, caused by crowding, virtually nothing is known about longer-lasting effects after transmission to the definitive host. This study is the first to use in vitro cultivation with feeding of adult trematodes to investigate how numbers of parasites in the intermediate host affect the size......Density-dependent effects on parasite fitness have been documented from adult helminths in their definitive hosts. There have, however, been no studies on the cost of sharing an intermediate host with other parasites in terms of reduced adult parasite fecundity. Even if larval parasites suffer...... and fecundity of adult parasites. For this purpose, we examined two different infracommunities of parasites in crustacean hosts. Firstly, we used experimental infections of Maritrema novaezealandensis in the amphipod, Paracalliope novizealandiae, to investigate potential density-dependent effects in single...

  5. Salmonellae interactions with host processes.

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    LaRock, Doris L; Chaudhary, Anu; Miller, Samuel I

    2015-04-01

    Salmonellae invasion and intracellular replication within host cells result in a range of diseases, including gastroenteritis, bacteraemia, enteric fever and focal infections. In recent years, considerable progress has been made in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that salmonellae use to alter host cell physiology; through the delivery of effector proteins with specific activities and through the modulation of defence and stress response pathways. In this Review, we summarize our current knowledge of the complex interplay between bacterial and host factors that leads to inflammation, disease and, in most cases, control of the infection by its animal hosts, with a particular focus on Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium. We also highlight gaps in our knowledge of the contributions of salmonellae and the host to disease pathogenesis, and we suggest future avenues for further study.

  6. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}

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    Yangui, A. [Groupe d’Etudes de la Matière Condensée, UMR CNRS 8653-Université de Versailles Saint Quentin En Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles (France); Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Route de Soukra km 3.5 BP 1171, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Pillet, S. [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, Résonance Magnétique et Modélisations, UMR-CNRS 7036, Institut Jean Barriol, Université de Lorraine, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (France); Mlayah, A. [Centre d’Elaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES), CNRS UPR 8011-Université de Toulouse, 29 rue Jeanne Marvig 31055, Toulouse, Cedex 4 (France); Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Boukheddaden, K., E-mail: Younes.abid@fss.rnu.tn, E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr [Groupe d’Etudes de la Matière Condensée, UMR CNRS 8653-Université de Versailles Saint Quentin En Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles (France); Triki, S. [Laboratoire de Chimie, Electrochimie Moléculaires, Chimie Analytique, UMR CNRS 6521-Université de Bretagne Occidentale, BP 809, 29285 Brest (France); Abid, Y., E-mail: Younes.abid@fss.rnu.tn, E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Route de Soukra km 3.5 BP 1171, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] (abbreviated as C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI{sub 6} octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb–I distances (and Pb–I–Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with

  7. Towards host-to-host meeting scheduling negotiation

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    Rani Megasari

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a different scheme of meeting scheduling negotiation among a large number of personnel in a heterogeneous community. This scheme, named Host-to-Host Negotiation, attempts to produce a stable schedule under uncertain personnel preferences. By collecting information from hosts’ inter organizational meeting, this study intends to guarantee personnel availability. As a consequence, personnel’s and meeting’s profile in this scheme are stored in a centralized manner. This study considers personnel preferences by adapting the Clarke Tax Mechanism, which is categorized as a non manipulated mechanism design. Finally, this paper introduces negotiation strategies based on the conflict handling mode. A host-to-host scheme can give notification if any conflict exist and lead to negotiation process with acceptable disclosed information. Nevertheless, a complete negotiation process will be more elaborated in the future works.

  8. The coloring problem in the solid-state metal boride carbide ScB{sub 2}C{sub 2}. A theoretical analysis

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    Lassoued, Souheila [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques; Universite Kasdi Merbah-Ouargla (Algeria). Faculte des Mathematiques et des Sciences de la Matiere; Boucher, Benoit [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques; Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik Fester Stoffe, Dresden (Germany); Boutarfaia, Ahmed [Universite Kasdi Merbah-Ouargla (Algeria). Faculte des Mathematiques et des Sciences de la Matiere; Gautier, Regis; Halet, Jean-Francois [Universite de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, UMR 6226 CNRS (France). Inst. des Sciences Chimiques

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties of the layered ternary metal boride carbide ScB{sub 2}C{sub 2}, the structure of which consists of B/C layers made of fused five- and seven-membered rings alternating with scandium sheets, are analyzed. In particular, the respective positions of the B and C atoms (the so-called coloring problem) are tackled using density functional theory, quantum theory of atoms in molecules, and electron localizability indicator calculations. Results reveal that (i) the most stable coloring minimizes the number of B-B and C-C contacts and maximizes the number of boron atoms in the heptagons, (ii) the compound is metallic in character, and (iii) rather important covalent bonding occurs between the metallic sheets and the boron-carbon network.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of binder-free Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} coatings on nickel-based alloys for molten fluoride salt corrosion resistance

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    Brupbacher, Michael C.; Zhang, Dajie [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Buchta, William M. [The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States); Graybeal, Mark L. [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 (United States); Rhim, Yo-Rhin [The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States); Nagle, Dennis C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Spicer, James B., E-mail: spicer@jhu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Under various conditions, chromium carbides appear to be relatively stable in the presence of molten fluoride salts and this suggests that their use in corrosion resistant coatings for fluoride salt environments could be beneficial. One method for producing these coatings is the carburization of sprayed Cr coatings using methane-containing gaseous precursors. This process has been investigated for the synthesis of binder-free chromium carbide coatings on nickel-based alloy substrates for molten fluoride salt corrosion resistance. The effects of the carburization process on coating microstructure have been characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in conjunction with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Both plasma-sprayed and cold-sprayed Cr coatings have been successfully converted to Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}, with the mechanism of conversion being strongly influenced by the initial porosity in the as-deposited coatings.

  10. Preparative separation of C{sub 19}-diterpenoid alkaloids from Aconitum carmichaelii Debx by pH zone-refining counter-current chromatography

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    Liu, Dahui [Institute of Medicinal Plants, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kunming (China); Shu, Xikai; Wang, Xiao; Fang, Lei; Huang, Luqi, E-mail: wxjn1998@126.com [Shandong Analysis and Test Center, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jinan, Shandong (China); Xi, Xingjun; Zheng, Zhenjia [China National institute of Standardization, Beijing (China)

    2013-11-01

    The technique of pH-zone-refining counter-current chromatography was successfully applied to preparatively separate three C{sub 19}-diterpenoid alkaloids from the crude extracts of Aconitum carmichaelii for the first time using a two-phase solvent system of petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (5:5:1:9, v/v/v/v). Mesaconitine (I), hypaconitine (II), and deoxyaconitine (III) were obtained from 2.5 g of the crude alkaloids in a one-step separation; the yields were 4.16%, 16.96%, and 5.05%, respectively. The purities of compounds I, II, and III were 93.0%, 95%, and 96%, respectively, as determined by HPLC. The chemical structures of the three compounds were identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and NMR. (author)

  11. Anomaly in the electric resistivity of one-dimensional uneven peanut-shaped C{sub 60} polymer film at a low temperature

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    Ryuzaki, Soh; Onoe, Jun, E-mail: jonoe@nr.titech.ac.jp [Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors and Department of Nuclear Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 O-okayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan)

    2014-03-17

    We performed in situ four-probe measurements of the current-voltage characteristics of one-dimensional (1D) uneven peanut-shaped C{sub 60} polymer films in the temperature range 30–350 K under ultrahigh vacuum conditions (2 × 10{sup −7} Pa). Arrhenius plots of the film resistance with respect to temperature showed two different electron-conduction mechanisms. While electrons are conducted via a thermal excitation hopping at temperatures above 160 K, the resistivity of the 1D polymer film exhibits an anomalous behavior that becomes fluctuated at a given value in the temperature range 40–90 K and decreases at temperatures below 40 K.

  12. Sputtering of SiN films by 540 keV C{sub 60}{sup 2+} ions observed using high-resolution Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy

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    Nakajima, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitayama, T.; Suzuki, M. [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8540 (Japan); Narumi, K.; Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gumma 370-1292 (Japan); Tsujimoto, M.; Isoda, S. [Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Fujii, Y. [Center for Supports to Research and Education Activities, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Kimura, K., E-mail: kimura@kues.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Micro Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto 615-8540 (Japan)

    2014-08-01

    Amorphous silicon nitride films deposited on Si(0 0 1) were irradiated with 540 keV C{sub 60} ions to fluences ranging from 2.5 × 10{sup 11} to 1 × 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2}. The composition depth profiles of the irradiated samples were measured using high-resolution Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Both silicon and nitrogen in the film decrease rapidly with fluence. From the observed result the sputtering yields are obtained as 3900 ± 500 N atoms/ion and 1500 ± 1000 Si atoms/ion. Such large sputtering yield cannot be explained by either the elastic sputtering or the electronic sputtering, indicating that the synergy effect between the elastic sputtering and the electronic sputtering plays an important role.

  13. Host factors influencing viral persistence

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    Thomsen, Allan Randrup; Nansen, A; Ørding Andreasen, Susanne

    2000-01-01

    host were used. Our results reveal that very different outcomes may be observed depending on virus strain and immunocompetence of the host. Thus while CD4+ cells are not critical during the initial phase of virus control, infectious virus reappear in mice lacking CD4+ cells, B cells or CD40 ligand...... that these different outcomes may be explained in relatively simple mathematical terms. This suggests that modelling may be used as a means to predict critical host and virus parameters. Therefore, combining mathematical modelling with precise, quantitative, in vivo analyses looks to be a promising approach...

  14. Copper-impregnated Al-Ce-pillared clay for selective catalytic reduction of NO by C{sub 3}H{sub 6}

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    Lin, Qichun; Hao, Jiming; Li, Junhua [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Ma, Zifeng [Department of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Lin, Weiming [Department of Chemical Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510405 (China)

    2007-08-30

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by hydrocarbon is an efficient way to remove NO emission from lean-burn gasoline and diesel exhaust. In this paper, a thermally and hydrothermally stable Al-Ce-pillared clay (Al-Ce-PILC) was synthesized and then modified by SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}, whose surface area and average pore diameter calcined at 773 K were 161 m{sup 2}/g and 12.15 nm, respectively. Copper-impregnated Al-Ce-pillared clay catalyst (Cu/SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}/Al-Ce-PILC) was applied for the SCR of NO by C{sub 3}H{sub 6} in the presence of oxygen. The catalyst 2 wt% Cu/SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}/Al-Ce-PILC showed good performance over a broad range of temperature, its maximum conversion of NO was 56% at 623 K and remained as high as 22% at 973 K. Furthermore, the presence of 10% water slightly decreased its activity, and this effect was reversible following the removal of water from the feed. Py-IR results showed SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} modification greatly enhanced the number and strength of Broensted acidity on the surface of Cu/SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}/Al-Ce-PILC, which played a vital role in the improvement of NO conversion. TPR and XPS results indicated that both Cu{sup +} and isolated Cu{sup 2+} species existed on the optimal catalyst, mainly Cu{sup +}, as Cu content increased to 5 wt%, another species CuO aggregates which facilitated the combustion of C{sub 3}H{sub 6} were formed. (author)

  15. Mistletoe ecophysiology: Host-parasite interactions

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    G. Glatzel; B. W. Geils

    2009-01-01

    Mistletoes are highly specialized perennial flowering plants adapted to parasitic life on aerial parts of their hosts. In our discussion on the physiological interactions between parasite and host, we focus on water relations, mineral nutrition, and the effect of host vigour. When host photosynthesis is greatest, the xylem water potential of the host is most negative....

  16. Synthesis, single-crystal structure determination and Raman spectra of the tricyanomelaminates NaA{sub 5}[C{sub 6}N{sub 9}]{sub 2} . 4 H{sub 2}O (A = Rb, Cs)

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    Reckeweg, Olaf; DiSalvo, Francis J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Baker Lab.; Schulz, Armin [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2016-07-01

    Transparent colorless crystals of NaA{sub 5}[C{sub 6}N{sub 9}]{sub 2} . 4 H{sub 2}O (A = Rb, Cs) were obtained by blending aqueous solutions of Na{sub 3}[C{sub 6}N{sub 9}] and RbF or CsF, respectively, and subsequent evaporation of the water under ambient conditions. Both compounds crystallize in the space group P2{sub 1}/m (no. 11) with the cell parameters a = 815.56(16), b = 1637.7(4) and c = 1036.4(3) pm, and β = 110.738(12) for NaRb{sub 5}[C{sub 6}N{sub 9}]{sub 2} . 4 H{sub 2}O and a = 843.32(6), b = 1708.47(11) and c = 1052.42(7) pm, and β = 112.034(2) for NaCs{sub 5}[C{sub 6}N{sub 9}]{sub 2} . 4 H{sub 2}O, respectively. Raman spectra of the title compounds complement our results.

  17. Determination and modelling of osmotic coefficients and vapour pressures of binary systems 1- and 2-propanol with C{sub n}MimNTf{sub 2} ionic liquids (n = 2, 3, and 4) at T = 323.15 K

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    Calvar, Noelia [LSRE - Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory, LSRE/LCM, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, Porto 4200-465 (Portugal); Gomez, Elena; Dominguez, Angeles [Advanced Separation Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Macedo, Eugenia A., E-mail: eamacedo@fe.up.pt [LSRE - Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory, LSRE/LCM, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, Porto 4200-465 (Portugal)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: > Osmotic coefficients of 1- and 2-propanol with C{sub n}MimNTf{sub 2} (n = 2, 3, and 4) are determined. > Experimental data were correlated with extended Pitzer model of Archer and MNRTL. > Mean molal activity coefficients and excess Gibbs free energies were calculated. > Effect of the anion is studied comparing these results with literature. - Abstract: The osmotic and activity coefficients and vapour pressures of binary mixtures containing 1-propanol, or 2-propanol and imidazolium-based ionic liquids with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide as anion (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 2}MimNTf{sub 2}, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 3}MimNTf{sub 2}, and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 4}MimNTf{sub 2}) were determined at T = 323.15 K using the vapour pressure osmometry technique. The experimental osmotic coefficients were correlated using the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer and the MNRTL model, obtaining standard deviations lower than 0.033 and 0.064, respectively. The mean molal activity coefficients and the excess Gibbs free energy for the mixtures studied were calculated from the parameters of the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer. Besides the effect of the alkyl-chain of the cation, the effect of the anion can be assessed comparing the experimental results with those previously obtained for imidazolium ionic liquids with sulphate anions.

  18. XPS analysis of nanocomposite Li{sub 2x−y}Mn{sub 1−x}PS{sub 3}(C{sub 13}H{sub 11}N{sub 2}){sub y} films

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    Silipigni, L., E-mail: lsilipigni@unime.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e di Scienze della Terra, Università di Messina, V.le F.Stagno d’Alcontres 31, I-98166 Messina (Italy); Schirò, L., E-mail: lschiro@unime.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e di Scienze della Terra, Università di Messina, V.le F.Stagno d’Alcontres 31, I-98166 Messina (Italy); Scolaro, L. Monsù, E-mail: lmonsu@unime.it [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Messina, Salita Sperone 31, I-98166 Messina (Italy); De Luca, G., E-mail: delucag@unime.it [Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco e Prodotti per la Salute, V.le Annunziata, I-98168 Messina (Italy); Salvato, G., E-mail: salvato@me.cnr.it [CNR-IPCF Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, V.le F. Stagno d’Alcontres 37, I-98158 Messina (Italy)

    2013-09-01

    Intercalation of 9-aminoacridine (9AA: C{sub 13}H{sub 10}N{sub 2}) in thin films of exfoliated Li{sub 2x−y}Mn{sub 1−x}PS{sub 3} has been performed by means of a solution approach starting from the hydrochloride salt of the organic species (9AAHCl: C{sub 13}H{sub 10}N{sub 2}·HCl). The resulting nanocomposite Li{sub 2x−y}Mn{sub 1−x}PS{sub 3}(C{sub 13}H{sub 11}N{sub 2}){sub y} films have been investigated by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), at room temperature, in the regions of the Mn, P, S and Cl 2p, Li, C and N 1s and Mn 3p core levels. The XPS analysis has been also carried out on the 9-aminoacridine hydrochloride films whose XPS spectra have been compared with those of the Li{sub 2x−y}Mn{sub 1−x}PS{sub 3}(C{sub 13}H{sub 11}N{sub 2}){sub y} films to obtain information about the nature of the interaction between the guest species (9AAH{sup +}) and the matrix (Li{sub 2x−y}Mn{sub 1−x}PS{sub 3}{sup −}).

  19. Meningococcal interactions with the host.

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    Carbonnelle, Etienne; Hill, Darryl J; Morand, Philippe; Griffiths, Natalie J; Bourdoulous, Sandrine; Murillo, Isabel; Nassif, Xavier; Virji, Mumtaz

    2009-06-24

    Neisseria meningitidis interacts with host tissues through hierarchical, concerted and co-ordinated actions of a number of adhesins; many of which undergo antigenic and phase variation, a strategy that helps immune evasion. Three major structures, pili, Opa and Opc predominantly influence bacterial adhesion to host cells. Pili and Opa proteins also determine host and tissue specificity while Opa and Opc facilitate efficient cellular invasion. Recent studies have also implied a role of certain adhesin-receptor pairs in determining increased host susceptibility to infection. This chapter examines our current knowledge of meningococcal adhesion and invasion mechanisms particularly related to human epithelial and endothelial cells which are of primary importance in the disease process.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and standard molar enthalpy of formation of La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO)

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    Li Qiangguo [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China)]. E-mail: liqiangguo@163.com; Li Xu [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Huang Yi [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Xiao Shengxiong [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Yang Dejun [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Ye Lijuan [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Wei Deliang [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); Liu Yi [Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou, Hunan 423000 (China); College of Chemistry and Molecular Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430062 (China)

    2006-02-15

    The product from reaction of lanthanum chloride seven-hydrate with salicylic acid and 8-hydroxyquinoline, La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO), was characterized by IR, elemental analysis, molar conductance, and thermogravimetric analysis. The standard molar enthalpies of solution of [LaCl{sub 3}.7H{sub 2}O (s)], [2C{sub 7}H{sub 6}O{sub 3} (s)], [C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO (s)] and [La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO) (s)] in a mixed solvent of absolute ethyl alcohol, dimethyl formamide (DMF) and perchloric acid were determined by calorimetry to be {delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}[LaCl{sub 3}.7H{sub 2}O (s), 298.15K]=-96.45+/-0.18kJmol{sup -1}, {delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}[2C{sub 7}H{sub 6}O{sub 3} (s), 298.15K]=14.99+/-0.17kJmol{sup -1}, {delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}[C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO (s), 298.15K]=-3.86+/-0.06kJmol{sup -1} and {delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}[La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO) (s), 298.15K]=-117.78+/-0.11kJmol{sup -1}. The enthalpy change of the reaction(1)LaCl{sub 3}.7H{sub 2}O(s)+2C{sub 7}H{sub 6}O{sub 3}(s)+C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO(s)=La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO= )(s)+3HCl(g)+7H{sub 2}O(l)was determined to be {delta}{sub r}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}=91.57+/-0.34kJmol{sup -1}. From data in the literature, through Hess' law, the standard molar enthalpy of formation of La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO) (s) was estimated to be {delta}{sub f}H{sub m}{sup {theta}}[La(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}.(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO) (s), 298.15K]=- 2076.5+/-3.9kJmo0011l{sup -}.

  1. Kinetic energies of charged fragments resulting from multifragmentation and asymmetric fission of the C{sub 60} molecule in collisions with monocharged ions (2-130 keV)

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    Rentenier, A; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D; Moretto-Capelle, P; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A [Laboratoire CAR-IRSAMC, UMR 5589 CNRS - Universite Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2003-04-28

    Multifragmentation and asymmetric fission (AF) of the C{sub 60} molecule induced by H{sup +}, H{sub 2}{sup +}, H{sub 3}{sup +} and He{sup +} ions at medium collision energies (2-130 keV) are considered. Momenta and kinetic energies of C{sub n}{sup +} fragment ions (n = 1- 12) are deduced from an analysis of time-of-flight spectra. In multifragmentation processes, momenta are found to be approximately constant when n > 2, a behaviour which explains that the most probable kinetic energy, as well as the width of the kinetic energy distributions, is found to be inversely proportional to the fragment size n; both momenta and kinetic energies are independent of the velocity and nature of the projectile, and hence of the energy deposit. A specific study of the AF shows that the kinetic energies of C{sub 2}{sup +}, C{sub 4}{sup +} and C{sub 6}{sup +} fragments are also independent of the collision velocity and projectile species; a quantitative agreement is found with values deduced from kinetic energy release measurements by another group in electron impact experiments, and the observed decrease when the mass of the light fragment increases is also reproduced. A quantitative comparison of AF and multifragmentation for the n = 2, 4 and 6 fragment ions shows that kinetic energies in AF exceed that in multifragmentation, a result which explains the oscillations observed when momenta or kinetic energies of fragments are plotted against the n-value. The AF yield is also found to scale with the energy deposit in the collision velocity range extending below the velocity at the maximum of the electronic stopping power; except for protons, it remains negligible with respect to multifragmentation as soon as the total energy deposit exceeds about 100 eV.

  2. New cubic structure compounds as actinide host phases

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    Stefanovsky, S V [SIA Radon, 7th Rostovskii lane 2/14, Moscow 119121 (Russian Federation); Yudintsev, S V; Livshits, T S, E-mail: profstef@mtu-net.ru [Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry RAS, Staromonetny lane 35, Moscow 119017 (Russian Federation)

    2010-03-15

    Various compounds with fluorite (cubic zirconia) and fluorite-derived (pyrochlore, zirconolite) structures are considered as promising actinide host phases at immobilization of actinide-bearing nuclear wastes. Recently some new cubic compounds - stannate and stannate-zirconate pyrochlores, murataite and related phases, and actinide-bearing garnet structure compounds were proposed as perspective matrices for complex actinide wastes. Zirconate pyrochlore (ideally Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) has excellent radiation resistance and high chemical durability but requires high temperatures (at least 1500 deg. C) to be produced by hot-pressing from sol-gel derived precursor. Partial Sn{sup 4+} substitution for Zr{sup 4+} reduces production temperature and the compounds REE{sub 2}ZrSnO{sub 7} may be hot-pressed or cold pressed and sintered at {approx}1400 deg. C. Pyrochlore, A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} (two-fold elementary fluorite unit cell), and murataite, A{sub 3}B{sub 6}C{sub 2}O{sub 20-y} (three-fold fluorite unit cell), are end-members of the polysomatic series consisting of the phases whose structures are built from alternating pyrochlore and murataite blocks (nano-sized modules) with seven- (2C/3C/2C), five- (2C/3C), eight- (3C/2C/3C) and three-fold (3C - murataite) fluorite unit cells. Actinide content in this series reduces in the row: 2C (pyrochlore) > 7C > 5C > 8C > 3C (murataite). Due to congruent melting murataite-based ceramics may be produced by melting and the firstly segregated phase at melt crystallization is that with the highest fraction of the pyrochlore modules in its structure. The melts containing up to 10 wt. % AnO{sub 2} (An = Th, U, Np, Pu) or REE/An fraction of HLW form at crystallization zoned grains composed sequentially of the 5C {yields} 8C {yields} 3C phases with the highest actinide concentration in the core and the lowest - in the rim of the grains. Radiation resistance of the 'murataite' is comparable to titanate pyrochlores. One

  3. The Smallest AGN Host Galaxies

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    Greene, J E; Ho, L C

    2005-01-01

    We describe our efforts to study dwarf galaxies with active nuclei, whose black holes, with masses < 10^6 M_sun, provide the best current observational constraints on the mass distribution of primordial seed black holes. Although these low-mass galaxies do not necessarily contain classical bulges, Barth, Greene, & Ho (2005) show that their stellar velocity dispersions and black hole masses obey the same relation as more massive systems. In order to characterize the properties of the dwarf hosts without the glare of the active nucleus, we have compiled a complementary sample of narrow-line active galaxies with low-mass hosts. The host galaxy properties, both their structures and stellar populations, are consistent with the general properties of low-mass, blue galaxies from Sloan. The black holes in these galaxies are probably radiating close to their Eddington limits, suggesting we may have found Type 2 analogues of narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies.

  4. Asteroseismology of Exoplanet Host Stars

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    Huber, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Asteroseismology is among the most powerful observational tools to determine fundamental properties of stars. Space-based photometry has recently enabled the systematic detection of oscillations in exoplanet host stars, allowing a combination of asteroseismology with transit and radial-velocity measurements to characterize planetary systems. In this contribution I will review the key synergies between asteroseismology and exoplanet science such as the precise determination of radii and ages of exoplanet host stars, as well as applications of asteroseismology to measure spin-orbit inclinations in multiplanet systems and orbital eccentricities of small planets. Finally I will give a brief outlook on asteroseismic studies of exoplanet hosts with current and future space-based missions such as K2 and TESS.

  5. The Inflammasome in Host Defense

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    Gang Chen

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Nod-like receptors have emerged as an important family of sensors in host defense. These receptors are expressed in macrophages, dendritic cells and monocytes and play an important role in microbial immunity. Some Nod-like receptors form the inflammasome, a protein complex that activates caspase-1 in response to several stimuli. Caspase-1 activation leads to processing and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL-1β and IL-18. Here, we discuss recent advances in the inflammasome field with an emphasis on host defense. We also compare differential requirements for inflammasome activation in dendritic cells, macrophages and monocytes.

  6. Effects of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on microstructure and wear properties of laser clad {gamma}/Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}/TiC composite coatings on TiAl intermatallic alloy

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    Liu Xiubo [Laboratory for Laser Intelligent Manufacturing, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 15 Beisihuanxi Road, Beijing 100080 (China) and School of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Zhongyuan Institute of Technology, 41 Zhongyuan Western Road, Zhengzhou 450007, Henan Province (China)]. E-mail: liubobo0828@yahoo.com.cn; Yu Rongli [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 37 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2007-02-15

    The effects of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on the microstructure and wear properties of laser clad {gamma}/Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}/TiC composite coatings on {gamma}-TiAl intermetallic alloy substrates with NiCr-Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} precursor mixed powders have been investigated by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and block-on-ring wear tests. The responding wear mechanisms are discussed in detail. The results are compared with that for composite coating without La{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The comparison indicates that no evident new crystallographic phases are formed except a rapidly solidified microstructure consisting of the primary hard Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3} and TiC carbides and the {gamma}/Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3} eutectics distributed in the tough {gamma} nickel solid solution matrix. Good finishing coatings can be achieved under a proper amount of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-addition and a suitable laser processing parameters. The additions of rare-earth oxide La{sub 2}O{sub 3} can refine and purify the microstructure of coatings, relatively decrease the volume fraction of primary blocky Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3} to Cr{sub 7}C{sub 3}/{gamma} eutectics, reduce the dilution of clad material from base alloy and increase the microhardness of the coatings. When the addition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} is approximately 4 wt.%, the laser clad composite coating possesses the highest hardness and toughness. The composite coating with 4 wt.%La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition can result the best enhancement of wear resistance of about 30%. However, too less or excessive addition amount of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} have no better influence on wear resistance of the composite coating.

  7. On the output factor measurements of the CyberKnife iris collimator small fields: Experimental determination of the k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} correction factors for microchamber and diode detectors

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    Pantelis, E.; Moutsatsos, A.; Zourari, K.; Petrokokkinos, L.; Sakelliou, L.; Kilby, W.; Antypas, C.; Papagiannis, P.; Karaiskos, P.; Georgiou, E.; Seimenis, I. [Medical Physics Laboratory, Medical School, University of Athens, 75 Mikras Asias, 115 27 Athens (Greece) and CyberKnife Center, Iatropolis-MagnitikiTomografia, 54-56 Ethnikis-Antistaseos, 152 31 Athens (Greece); Medical Physics Laboratory, Medical School, University of Athens, 75 Mikras Asias, 115 27 Athen (Greece); Nuclear and Particle Physics Section, Physics Department, University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, Ilisia, 157 71 Athens (Greece); Accuray Incorporated, Sunnyvale, California 94089 (United States); 1st Department of Radiology, Aretaieion Hospital, Medical School, University of Athens, Vas. Sophias, 115 28 Athens (Greece) and CyberKnife Center, Iatropolis-MagnitikiTomografia, 54-56 Ethnikis-Antistaseos, 152 31 Athens (Greece); Medical Physics Laboratory, Medical School, University of Athens, 75 Mikras Asias, 115 27 Athens (Greece); Medical Physics Laboratory, Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, 2nd Building of Preclinical Section, University Campus, 68100 Alexandroupolis (Greece)

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: To measure the output factors (OFs) of the small fields formed by the variable aperture collimator system (iris) of a CyberKnife (CK) robotic radiosurgery system, and determine the k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} correction factors for a microchamber and four diode detectors. Methods: OF measurements were performed using a PTW PinPoint 31014 microchamber, four diode detectors (PTW-60017, -60012, -60008, and the SunNuclear EDGE detector), TLD-100 microcubes, alanine dosimeters, EBT films, and polymer gels for the 5 mm, 7.5 mm, 10 mm, 12.5 mm, and 15 mm iris collimators at 650 mm, 800 mm, and 1000 mm source to detector distance (SDD). The alanine OF measurements were corrected for volume averaging effects using the 3D dose distributions registered in polymer gel dosimeters. k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} correction factors for the PinPoint microchamber and the diode dosimeters were calculated through comparison against corresponding polymer gel, EBT, alanine, and TLD results. Results: Experimental OF results are presented for the array of dosimetric systems used. The PinPoint microchamber was found to underestimate small field OFs, and a k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} correction factor ranging from 1.127 {+-} 0.022 (for the 5 mm iris collimator) to 1.004 {+-} 0.010 (for the 15 mm iris collimator) was determined at the reference SDD of 800 mm. The PinPoint k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} correction factor was also found to increase with decreasing SDD; k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} values equal to 1.220 {+-} 0.028 and 1.077 {+-} 0

  8. Visual mimicry of host nestlings by cuckoos

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    Langmore, Naomi E.; Stevens, Martin; Maurer, Golo; Heinsohn, Robert; Hall, Michelle L.; Peters, Anne; Kilner, Rebecca M.

    2011-01-01

    Coevolution between antagonistic species has produced instances of exquisite mimicry. Among brood-parasitic cuckoos, host defences have driven the evolution of mimetic eggs, but the evolutionary arms race was believed to be constrained from progressing to the chick stage, with cuckoo nestlings generally looking unlike host young. However, recent studies on bronze-cuckoos have confounded theoretical expectations by demonstrating cuckoo nestling rejection by hosts. Coevolutionary theory predicts reciprocal selection for visual mimicry of host young by cuckoos, although this has not been demonstrated previously. Here we show that, in the eyes of hosts, nestlings of three bronze-cuckoo species are striking visual mimics of the young of their morphologically diverse hosts, providing the first evidence that coevolution can select for visual mimicry of hosts in cuckoo chicks. Bronze-cuckoos resemble their own hosts more closely than other host species, but the accuracy of mimicry varies according to the diversity of hosts they exploit. PMID:21227972

  9. Study of the fragmentation of astrophysical interest molecules (C{sub n}H{sub m}) induced by high velocity collision; Etude de la fragmentation de molecules d'interet astrophysique de type C{sub n}H{sub m} par collision atomique de haute vitesse

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    Tuna, Th

    2008-07-15

    This work shows the study of atom-molecule collision processes in the high velocity domain (v=4,5 a.u). The molecules concerned by this work are small unsaturated hydrocarbons C{sub 1-4}H and C{sub 3}H{sub 2}. Molecules are accelerated with the Tandem accelerator in Orsay and their fragmentation is analyzed by the 4{pi}, 100% efficient detector, AGAT. Thanks to a shape analysis of the current signal from the silicon detectors in association with the well known grid method, we are able to measure all the fragmentation channels of the incident molecule. These dissociation measurements have been introduced in the modelization of two objects of the interstellar medium in which a lot of hydrocarbon molecules have been observed (TMC1, horse-head nebula). We have extended our branching ratios obtained by high velocity collision to other electronic processes included in the chemical database like photodissociation and dissociative recombination. This procedure is feasible under an assumption of the statistical point of view of the molecular fragmentation. The deviations following our modification are very small in the modelization of TMC1 but significant in the photodissociation region. The first part is dedicated to the description of the experimental setting that has enabled us to study the fragmentation of C{sub n}H{sub m} molecules: the Orsay's Tandem accelerator and the Agat detector. The second part deals with negative ion sources and particularly with the Sahat source that is based on electronic impact and has shown good features for the production of anions and correct stability for its use with accelerators. The third part is dedicated to the experimental results in terms of cross-sections, number of fragments and branching ratios, associated to the various collisional processes. The last part presents an application of our measurement of fragmentation data to astro-chemistry. In this field, the simulation codes of the inter-stellar medium require databases

  10. Volumetric properties and enthalpies of solution of alcohols C{sub k}H{sub 2k+1}OH (k = 1, 2, 6) in 1-methyl-3-alkylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide {l_brace}[C{sub 1}C{sub n}Im][NTf{sub 2}] n = 2, 4, 6, 8, 10{r_brace} ionic liquids

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    Deng, Y. [CNRS, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, UMR 6272, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Husson, P. [CNRS, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, UMR 6272, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Clermont Universite, Universite Blaise Pascal, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, UMR 6272, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Jacquemin, J. [The QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen' s University of Belfast, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG (United Kingdom); Universite Francois Rabelais, Laboratoire PCMB (EA 4244), equipe Chimie-physique des Interfaces et des Milieux Electrolytiques (CIME), Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Youngs, T.G.A. [The QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen' s University of Belfast, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG (United Kingdom); Kett, V.L. [The School of Pharmacy, The Queen' s University of Belfast, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL (United Kingdom); Hardacre, C. [The QUILL Research Centre, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen' s University of Belfast, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG (United Kingdom); Costa Gomes, M.F., E-mail: margarida.c.gomes@univ-bpclermont.fr [CNRS, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, UMR 6272, 24 avenue des Landais, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France); Clermont Universite, Universite Blaise Pascal, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et Interactions Moleculaires, UMR 6272, 63177 Aubiere Cedex (France)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > Excess properties of (ionic liquid + alcohol) mixtures. > Volumetric properties, excess molar volumes. > Heats of mixing of (ionic liquid + alcohol) mixtures. > Molecular simulation of (ionic liquid + alcohol) mixtures. - Abstract: We present a study on the effect of the alkyl chain length of the imidazolium ring in 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquids, [C{sub 1}C{sub n}Im][NTf{sub 2}] (n = 2 to 10), on the mixing properties of (ionic liquid + alcohol) mixtures (enthalpy and volume). We have measured small excess molar volumes with highly asymmetric curves as a function of mole fraction composition (S-shape) with more negative values in the alcohol-rich regions. The excess molar volumes increase with the increase of the alkyl-chain length of the imidazolium cation of the ionic liquid. The values of the partial molar excess enthalpy and the enthalpy of mixing are positive and, for the case of methanol, do not vary monotonously with the length of the alkyl side-chain of the cation on the ionic liquid - increasing from n = 2 to 6 and then decreasing from n = 8. This non-monotonous variation is explained by a more favourable interaction of methanol with the cation head group of the ionic liquid for alkyl chains longer than eight carbon atoms. It is also observed that the mixing is less favourable for the smaller alcohols, the enthalpy of mixing decreasing to less positive values as the alkyl chain of the alcohol increases. Based on the data from this work and on the knowledge of the vapour pressure of {l_brace}[C{sub 1}C{sub n}Im][NTf{sub 2}] + alcohol{r_brace} binary mixtures at T = 298 K reported in the literature, the excess Gibbs free energy, excess enthalpy and excess entropy could be then calculated and it was observed that these mixtures behave like the ones constituted by a non-associating and a non-polar component, with its solution behaviour being determined by the enthalpy.

  11. Biosignatures of Pathogen and Host

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    Fitch, J P; Chromy, B A; Forde, C E; Garcia, E; Gardner, S N; Gu, P P; Kuczmarksi, T A; Melius, C F; McCutchen-Maloney, S L; Milanovich, F P; Motin, V L; Ott, L L; Quong, A A; Quong, J N; Rocco, J M; Slezak, T R; Sokhansanj, B A; Vitalis, E A; Zemla, A T; McCready, P M

    2002-08-27

    In information theory, a signature is characterized by the information content as well as noise statistics of the communication channel. Biosignatures have analogous properties. A biosignature can be associated with a particular attribute of a pathogen or a host. However, the signature may be lost in backgrounds of similar or even identical signals from other sources. In this paper, we highlight statistical and signal processing challenges associated with identifying good biosignatures for pathogens in host and other environments. In some cases it may be possible to identify useful signatures of pathogens through indirect but amplified signals from the host. Discovery of these signatures requires new approaches to modeling and data interpretation. For environmental biosignal collections, it is possible to use signal processing techniques from other applications (e.g., synthetic aperture radar) to track the natural progression of microbes over large areas. We also present a computer-assisted approach to identify unique nucleic-acid based microbial signatures. Finally, an understanding of host-pathogen interactions will result in better detectors as well as opportunities in vaccines and therapeutics.

  12. Gastrointestinal mucormycosis in immunocompromised hosts.

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    Dioverti, M Veronica; Cawcutt, Kelly A; Abidi, Maheen; Sohail, M Rizwan; Walker, Randall C; Osmon, Douglas R

    2015-12-01

    Invasive mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection in immunocompromised hosts, but it carries a high mortality rate. Primary gastrointestinal disease is the least frequent form of presentation. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical in the management; however, symptoms are typically non-specific in gastrointestinal disease, leading to delayed therapy. To describe the clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of gastrointestinal mucormycosis in immunocompromised hosts, we reviewed all cases of primary gastrointestinal mucormycosis in immunocompromised hosts reported in English literature as well as in our Institution from January 1st 1991 to December 31st 2013 for a total of 31 patients. About 52% of patients underwent solid organ transplant (SOT), while the rest had an underlying haematologic malignancy. Abdominal pain was the most common presenting symptom, followed by gastrointestinal bleeding and fever. Gastric disease was more common in SOT, whereas those with haematologic malignancy presented with intestinal disease (P = 0.002). Although gastrointestinal mucormycosis remains an uncommon condition in immunocompromised hosts, it carries significant morbidity and mortality, particularly in cases with intestinal involvement. A high index of suspicion is of utmost importance to institute early and appropriate therapy and improve outcomes.

  13. Host Defence to Pulmonary Mycosis

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    Christopher H Mody

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To provide a basic understanding of the mechanisms of host defense to pathogenic fungi. This will help physicians understand why some patients are predisposed to fungal infections and update basic scientists on how microbial immunology applies to fungal disease.

  14. Host Event Based Network Monitoring

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    Jonathan Chugg

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of INL’s research on this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of a host event based network monitoring tool and the effects on host performance. Current host based network monitoring tools work on polling which can miss activity if it occurs between polls. Instead of polling, a tool could be developed that makes use of event APIs in the operating system to receive asynchronous notifications of network activity. Analysis and logging of these events will allow the tool to construct the complete real-time and historical network configuration of the host while the tool is running. This research focused on three major operating systems commonly used by SCADA systems: Linux, WindowsXP, and Windows7. Windows 7 offers two paths that have minimal impact on the system and should be seriously considered. First is the new Windows Event Logging API, and, second, Windows 7 offers the ALE API within WFP. Any future work should focus on these methods.

  15. The Effects of Heat Treatments on the M{sub 23}C{sub 6} Carbide Evolution and Grain Boundary Serration in Alloy 690

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    Lim, Yun Soo; Kim, Dong Jin; Hwang, Seong Sik; Kim, Sung Woo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    Some laboratory tests revealed that Alloy 690 is resistant to IGSCC in various environments. With a prolonged service life and improved performance being demanded by the nuclear energy industry, however, the need to improve the resistance to intergranular failure in Alloy 690 should also be considered. The present work is an attempt to elucidate the effects of various heat treatments on the evolutions of intergranular carbide precipitation and the grain boundary serration (GBS) in Alloy 690 to acquire a high resistance to intergranular degradations. By isothermal treatments at 720 .deg. C for 0.1-100 hr after solution annealing, most of the grain boundaries except for the coherent twin boundaries were decorated with well-developed M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides. The discontinuous precipitates were initiated on the grain boundary even by a heat treatment of 0.1 hr, and covered the entire grain boundary region within a heat treatment of 10 hr. With a long aging time of 100 hr, intragranular Cr carbides were precipitated on the imperfections such as the dislocations and stacking faults GBS could be introduced by a slow cooling process in this alloy, and occurred in a limited temperature range of 990-900 .deg. C under the present heat treatment conditions. The grain boundaries had a convex shape into the incoherent grain, from which it is believed that the grain boundary shape is closely associated with the grain boundary migration during serration in this alloy.

  16. Equilibrium partitioning theory to predict the sediment toxicity of the anionic surfactant C{sub 12}-2-LAS to Corophium volutator

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    Rico-Rico, Angeles [Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 2, 3508 TD, Utrecht (Netherlands)], E-mail: a.ricorico@uu.nl; Temara, Ali [Procter and Gamble Company, Central Product Safety, Temselaan 100, 1853 Strombeek-Bever (Belgium); Hermens, Joop L.M. [Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 2, 3508 TD, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2009-02-15

    The study of the effect of the sorption of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) on the bioavailability to marine benthic organisms is essential to refine the environmental risk assessment of these compounds. According to the equilibrium partitioning theory (EqP), the effect concentration in water-only exposure will be similar to the effect concentration in the sediment pore water. In this work, sorption and desorption experiments with two marine sediments were carried out using the compound C{sub 12}-2-LAS. The effect of the sediment sorption on the toxicity of benthic organisms was studied in water-only and in sediment bioassays with the marine mud shrimp Corophium volutator. In addition, three common spiking methods were tested for its application in the toxicity tests, as well as the stability of the surfactant during the water-only and sediment-water test duration. LC50 values obtained from water-only exposure showed a good correspondence with the pore water concentrations calculated from the sorption and desorption isotherms in the spiked sediments. - The toxicity of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate to Corophium volutator in marine sediments can be predicted from toxicity measured via water-only exposure.

  17. The (p, {rho}, T) properties and apparent molar volumes V{sub {phi}} of (ZnBr{sub 2} + C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH)

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    Guliyev, Tavakkul [Department of Heat and Refrigeration Techniques, Azerbaijan Technical University, H. Javid Avn. 25, AZ1073 Baku (Azerbaijan); Safarov, Javid [Department of Heat and Refrigeration Techniques, Azerbaijan Technical University, H. Javid Avn. 25, AZ1073 Baku (Azerbaijan); Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Thermodynamik, Universitaet Rostock, 18059 Rostock (Germany)], E-mail: javid.safarov@uni-rostock.de; Shahverdiyev, Astan [Department of Heat and Refrigeration Techniques, Azerbaijan Technical University, H. Javid Avn. 25, AZ1073 Baku (Azerbaijan); Hassel, Egon [Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Thermodynamik, Universitaet Rostock, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

    2009-10-15

    The (p, {rho}, T) properties and apparent molar volumes V{sub {phi}} of ZnBr{sub 2} in ethanol at temperatures (293.15 to 393.15) K and pressures up to p = 40 MPa are reported. The measurements were made with a recently developed vibration-tube densimeter. The system was calibrated using double-distilled water, methanol, ethanol, and aqueous NaCl solutions. The experiments were carried out at molalities of m = (0.05681, 0.16958, 0.30426, 0.43835, 0.93055, 1.49016, and 1.88723) mol . kg{sup -1} using zinc bromide. An empirical correlation for the density of (ZnBr{sub 2} + C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH) with pressure, temperature, and molality has been derived. This equation of state was used to calculate other volumetric properties such as isothermal compressibility, isobaric thermal expansibility, the differences in specific heat capacities at constant pressures and volumes, apparent molar volumes of ZnBr{sub 2} in ethanol, and partial molar volumes of both components.

  18. Computer simulations of material ejection during C{sub 60} and Ar{sub m} bombardment of octane and β-carotene

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    Palka, G.; Kanski, M.; Maciazek, D. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Garrison, B.J. [Department of Chemistry, 104 Chemistry Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Postawa, Z., E-mail: zbigniew.postawa@uj.edu.pl [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)

    2015-06-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulations are used to investigate material ejection and fragment formation during keV C{sub 60} and Ar{sub m} (m = 60, 101, 205, 366, 872 and 2953) bombardment of organic solids composed from octane and β-carotene molecules at 0° and 45° impact angle. Both systems are found to sputter efficiently. For the octane system, material removal occurs predominantly by ejection of intact molecules, while fragment emission is a significant ejection channel for β-carotene. A difference in the molecular dimensions is proposed to explain this observation. It has been shown that the dependence of the sputtering yield Y on the primary kinetic energy E and the cluster size n can be expressed in a simplified form if represented in reduced units. A linear and nonlinear dependence of the Y/n on the E/n are identified and the position of the transition point from the linear to nonlinear regions depends on the size of the cluster projectile. The impact angle has a minor influence on the shape of the simplified representation.

  19. Comparison of the backbone dynamics of wild-type Hydrogenobacter thermophilus cytochrome c{sub 552} and its b-type variant

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    Tozawa, Kaeko; Ferguson, Stuart J.; Redfield, Christina, E-mail: christina.redfield@bioch.ox.ac.uk [University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry (United Kingdom); Smith, Lorna J., E-mail: lorna.smith@chem.ox.ac.uk [University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-15

    Cytochrome c{sub 552} from the thermophilic bacterium Hydrogenobacter thermophilus is a typical c-type cytochrome which binds heme covalently via two thioether bonds between the two heme vinyl groups and two cysteine thiol groups in a CXXCH sequence motif. This protein was converted to a b-type cytochrome by substitution of the two cysteine residues by alanines (Tomlinson and Ferguson in Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 97:5156–5160, 2000a). To probe the significance of the covalent attachment of the heme in the c-type protein, {sup 15}N relaxation and hydrogen exchange studies have been performed for the wild-type and b-type proteins. The two variants share very similar backbone dynamic properties, both proteins showing high {sup 15}N order parameters in the four main helices, with reduced values in an exposed loop region (residues 18–21), and at the C-terminal residue Lys80. Some subtle changes in chemical shift and hydrogen exchange protection are seen between the wild-type and b-type variant proteins, not only for residues at and neighbouring the mutation sites, but also for some residues in the heme binding pocket. Overall, the results suggest that the main role of the covalent linkages between the heme group and the protein chain must be to increase the stability of the protein.

  20. Latent tracks of swift heavy ions in Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Y–Ti–O nanoparticles in ODS alloys

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    Skuratov, V.A., E-mail: skuratov@jinr.ru [FLNR, JINR, Dubna (Russian Federation); Sohatsky, A.S. [FLNR, JINR, Dubna (Russian Federation); O’Connell, J.H. [CHRTEM, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Kornieieva, K. [FLNR, JINR, Dubna (Russian Federation); Nikitina, A.A. [JSC VNIINM, Moscow (Russian Federation); Uglov, V.V. [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Neethling, J.H. [CHRTEM, NMMU, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Ageev, V.S. [JSC VNIINM, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2016-05-01

    The radiation stability of dielectric nanoparticles embedded into a metallic matrix is of considerable practical value due to the growing interest in oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels as promising nuclear reactor materials. In this report the results of a TEM study of structural changes in Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} and Y–Ti–O nanoparticles in several ODS alloys irradiated with 1.2 MeV/amu Xe and 3.4 MeV/amu Bi ions is presented. It was found that swift heavy ion irradiation leads to the formation of amorphous latent tracks in both materials. The upper limit of the threshold electronic stopping power for track formation in carbides is estimated to be around 35 keV/nm. Multiple ion track overlapping leads to complete amorphization of carbide and Y–Ti oxide nanoparticles. Microstructural analysis have revealed a strong influence of the ferritic matrix on track morphology in Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanoparticles in pre-thinned TEM targets after postradiation annealing and irradiation at elevated temperatures.

  1. C{sub 16}H{sub 10} ethynyl-substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from the pyrolysis of coal, coal volatiles, and anthracene

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    Wornat, M.J.; Ledesma, E.B. [Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (USA). Dept. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    2000-07-01

    The acquisition of several specially synthesized reference standards of ethynyl-substituted three-ring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) has enabled the identification, for the first time, of two C{sub 16}H{sub 10} ethynyl-PAH among the pyrolysis products of coal and coal-derived fuels. The fuel product mixtures are analyzed by high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode-array ultraviolet (UV) absorbance detection. 2-ethynylanthracene and 2-ethynylphenanthrene were identified among the pyrolysis products of brown coal, pyrolyzed at 1000{degree}C in a fluidized-bed reactor, and of bituminous coal volatiles, pyrolyzed at 1000{degree}C in a tubular flow reactor. 2-ethynylanthracene were observed as a pyrolysis product, at 1300 to 1500K, of anthracene, a three-ring model compound representative of the aromatic moieties in coal. The identification of these ethynyl-PAH provides important experimental evidence that acetylene addition to aryl radicals indeed takes place in these fuel reaction environments, as is customarily assumed in modelling of PAH growth during combustion. One experimental observations were consistent with theoretical calculations showing that the formation of cyclopenta-fused PAH by cyclization, when allowed, is energetically favored over the production of ethynyl-PAH.

  2. Solidification structure of C{sub 2.08}Cr{sub 25.43}Si{sub 1.19}Mn{sub 0.43}Fe{sub 70.87} powders fabricated by high pressure gas atomization

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    Dai Yongxiang; Yang Min; Song Changjiang [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Modern Metallurgy and Materials Processing, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China); Han, Qingyou [Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Purdue University (United States); Zhai Qijie, E-mail: qjzhai@shu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Modern Metallurgy and Materials Processing, Shanghai University, Shanghai (China)

    2010-01-15

    Powders of hypoeutectic high chromium white cast iron (C{sub 2.08}Cr{sub 25.43}Si{sub 1.19}Mn{sub 0.43}Fe{sub 70.87}) were produced by high pressure gas atomization. The microstructure of the powders was characterized using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results showed that the as-atomized powders were mainly composed of austenite and M{sub 7}C{sub 3} (M = Fe, Cr) type carbide, and became ferrite and carbide after annealing. With the decrease of the powder diameter, the number of austenite grains, primary dendrite length and second dendrite arm spacing were decreased. The relationship between cooling rate and microstructure was also determined.

  3. Location of Host and Host Habitat by Fruit Fly Parasitoids

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    Pascal Rousse

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Augmentative releases of parasitoids may be a useful tool for the area-wide management of tephritid pests. The latter are parasitized by many wasp species, though only a few of them are relevant for augmentative biocontrol purposes. To date, nearly all the actual or potential biocontrol agents for such programs are egg or larval Opiinae parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Braconidae. Here, we review the literature published on their habitat and host location behavior, as well as the factors that modulate this behavior, which is assumed to be sequential; parasitoids forage first for the host habitat and then for the host itself. Parasitoids rely on chemical, visual, and mechanical stimuli, often strongly related to their ecology. Behavioral modulation factors include biotic and abiotic factors including learning, climatic conditions and physiological state of the insect. Finally, conclusions and perspectives for future research are briefly highlighted. A detailed knowledge of this behavior may be very useful for selecting the release sites for both inundative/augmentative releases of mass-reared parasitoids and inoculative releases for classical biocontrol.

  4. Surface-induced intramolecular electron transfer in multi-centre redox metalloproteins: the di-haem protein cytochrome c{sub 4} in homogeneous solution and at electrochemical surfaces

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    Chi Qijin; Zhang Jingdong; Jensen, Palle S; Ulstrup, Jens [Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, Building 207, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Nazmudtinov, Renat R [Kazan State Technological University, 420015 Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation)

    2008-09-17

    Intramolecular electron transfer (ET) between transition metal centres is a core feature of biological ET and redox enzyme function. The number of microscopic redox potentials and ET rate constants is, however, mostly prohibitive for experimental mapping, but two-centre proteins offer simple enough communication networks for complete mapping to be within reach. At the same time, multi-centre redox proteins operate in a membrane environment where conformational dynamics and ET patterns are quite different from the conditions in a homogeneous solution. The bacterial respiratory di-haem protein Pseudomonas stutzeri cytochrome c{sub 4} offers a prototype target for environmental gating of intra-haem ET. ET between P. stutzeri cyt c{sub 4} and small molecular reaction partners in solution appears completely dominated by intermolecular ET of each haem group/protein domain, with no competing intra-haem ET, for which accompanying propionate-mediated proton transfer is a further barrier. The protein can, however, be immobilized on single-crystal, modified Au(111) electrode surfaces with either the low-potential N terminal or the high-potential C terminal domain facing the surface, clearly with fast intramolecular ET as a key feature in the electrochemical two-ET process. This dual behaviour suggests a pattern for multi-centre redox metalloprotein function. In a homogeneous solution, which is not the natural environment of cyt c{sub 4}, the two haem group domains operate largely independently with conformations prohibitive for intramolecular ET. Binding to a membrane or electrochemical surface, however, triggers conformational opening of intramolecular ET channels. The haem group orientation in P. stutzeri cyt c{sub 4} is finally noted to offer a case for orientation dependent electronic rectification between a substrate and a tip in electrochemical in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy or nanoscale electrode configurations.

  5. Synthesis, structure and electronic configuration of [Rh{sub 6}Te{sub 8}(PPh{sub 3}){sub 6}].4C{sub 6}H{sub 6}

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    Thiele, Guenther; Balmer, Markus [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Fachbereich Chemie; Dehnen, Stefanie [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Fachbereich Chemie and Wissenschaftliches Zentrum fuer Materialwissenschaften

    2016-08-01

    [Rh{sub 6}Te{sub 8}(PPh{sub 3}){sub 6}].4C{sub 6}H{sub 6}, the first compound with a molecular Chevrel-type [Rh{sub 6}Te{sub 8}] cluster core has been synthesized and structurally characterized. By means of quantum chemical calculation, the close relationship of its electronic configuration to that of the lighter homologue has been demonstrated. The different crystal solvent content prevents an isostructural crystallization.

  6. Stereoselective synthesis of stable isotope labeled L-[alpha]-amino acids: synthesis of L-[4-[sup 13]C] and L-[3,4,-[sup 13]C[sub 2

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    Lodwig, S.N. (Centralia College, WA (United States). Science Div.); Unkefer, C.J. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))

    1992-02-01

    We have developed a stereoselective route to isotopically labeled L-aspartic acid using L-serine as a chiral precursor. Labeled serine, prepared biosynthetically was N-protected by conversion to the N-t-Boc derivative. (N-t-Boc)-[3-[sup 13]C]Serine is cyclized to its [beta]-lactone which was treated with potassium [[sup 13]C]cyanide to yield L-[beta]-[3,4-[sup 13]C[sub 2

  7. High temperature oxidation studies of detonation-gun-sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating on Fe- and Ni-based superalloys in air under cyclic condition at 900 deg. C

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    Kamal, Subhash [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttaranchal (India); Jayaganthan, R. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttaranchal (India)], E-mail: rjayafmt@iitr.ernet.in; Prakash, S. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, IIT Roorkee Campus, Roorkee 247667, Uttaranchal (India)

    2009-03-20

    The cyclic oxidation behavior of detonation-gun-sprayed Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating on three different superalloys namely Superni 75, Superni 718 and Superfer 800H at 900 deg. C for 100 cycles in air under cyclic heating and cooling conditions has been investigated in the present work. The kinetics of oxidation of coated and bare superalloys was analysed, using thermogravimetric technique. It was observed that all the coated and bare superalloys obey a parabolic rate law of oxidation. X-ray diffraction, FE-SEM/EDAX and X-ray mapping techniques were used to analyse the oxidation products of coated and bare superalloys. The results on the Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr-coated superalloys showed better oxidation resistance due to the formation of a compact and adhesive thin Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} scale on the surface of the coating during oxidation. The scale remained intact and adherent to the partially oxidised coating during cyclic oxidation due to its good compatibility and similar thermal expansion coefficient between Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coating and the superalloy substrates. In all the coated superalloys, the chromium, iron, silicon and titanium were oxidised in the inter-splat region, whereas splats which consisted mainly of Ni remained unoxidised. The parabolic rate constants of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr-coated alloys were lower than that of the bare superalloys as observed in the present work.

  8. Synthesis and X-ray structural investigation of K{sub 2}(H{sub 5}O{sub 2})[UO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(HSeO{sub 3})

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    Pushkin, D. V., E-mail: pushkin@ssu.samara.ru [Samara State University (Russian Federation); Peresypkina, E. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation); Serezhkina, L. B.; Marukhnov, A. V. [Samara State University (Russian Federation); Virovets, A. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)

    2011-05-15

    The synthesis and X-ray diffraction analysis of K{sub 2}(H{sub 5}O{sub 2})[UO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(HSeO{sub 3})] single crystals have been performed. This compound crystallizes in the triclinic system with the unit-cell parameters a = 6.7665(4) Angstrom-Sign , b = 8.8850(4) Angstrom-Sign , c = 12.3147(7) Angstrom-Sign , {alpha} = 94.73 Degree-Sign , {beta} = 90.16 Degree-Sign , {gamma} = 92.11 Degree-Sign , sp. gr. P1-bar, Z = 2, and R = 0.019. The basic structural units are island [UO{sub 2}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 2}(HSeO{sub 3})]{sup 3-} groups, which belong to the AB{sub 2}{sup 01}M{sup 1} crystallochemical group of uranyl complexes (A = UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}, B{sup 01} = C{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup 2-}, and M{sub 1} = HSeO{sub 3}{sup -}). Uraniumcontaining complexes are linked through K{sup +} and H{sub 5}O{sub 2}{sup +} ions and via a system of hydrogen bonds with the participation of oxonium hydrogen atoms in this structure.

  9. Evidence and detailed study of a second-order phase transition in the (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] organic-inorganic hybrid material

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    Yangui, A. [Groupe d' Etudes de la Matière Condensée, CNRS-Université de Versailles Saint Quentin En Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles (France); Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Route de Soukra km 3.5 BP 1171, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Pillet, S. [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, Résonance Magnétique et Modélisations, UMR-CNRS 7036, Institut Jean Barriol, Université de Lorraine, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (France); Garrot, D.; Boukheddaden, K., E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr [Groupe d' Etudes de la Matière Condensée, CNRS-Université de Versailles Saint Quentin En Yvelines, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles (France); Triki, S. [UMR CNRS 6521, Chimie, Electrochimie Moléculaires, Chimie Analytique, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, BP 809, 29285 Brest (France); Abid, Y. [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Route de Soukra km 3.5 BP 1171, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2015-03-21

    The thermal properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid material (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] are investigated using diffuse reflectivity, spectroscopic ellipsometry, differential scanning calorimetry, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The diffuse reflectivity, performed in heating mode, clearly evidences the presence of a singularity at 336 K. This is confirmed by the temperature dependence of the spectroscopic ellipsometry spectra, which points out a second-order phase transition at 336 K with a critical exponent ∼0.5. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements on a polycrystalline powder of (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] show a reversible phase transition detected at T{sub C} = 336 K without hysteresis. Raman spectroscopy data suggest that this transition arises from a change in the interactions between inorganic sheets (([PbI{sub 4}]{sup 2−}){sub ∞}) and organic protonated molecules ([C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}]{sup +}). The structural analysis from power X-ray diffraction reveals an incomplete order-disorder transition of the cyclohexylammonium cation, causing a subtle contraction of the inter-plane distance. The transition results from repulsive close contacts between the organic molecules in the interlayer spacing.

  10. Host modulation by therapeutic agents

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    Sugumari Elavarasu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Periodontal disease susceptible group present advanced periodontal breakdown even though they achieve a high standard of oral hygiene. Various destructive enzymes and inflammatory mediators are involved in destruction. These are elevated in case of periodontal destruction. Host modulation aims at bringing these enzymes and mediators to normal level. Doxycycline, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, bisphosphonates, nitrous oxide (NO synthase inhibitors, recombinant human interleukin-11 (rhIL-11, omega-3 fatty acid, mouse anti-human interleukin-6 receptor antibody (MRA, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK inhibitors, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kb inhibitors, osteoprotegerin, and tumor necrosis factor antagonist (TNF-α are some of the therapeutic agents that have host modulation properties.

  11. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  12. Do symbiotic bacteria subvert host immunity?

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    Hooper, Lora V

    2009-05-01

    The mammalian intestine is home to dense and complex indigenous bacterial communities. Most of these bacteria establish beneficial symbiotic relationships with their hosts, making important contributions to host metabolism and digestive efficiency. The vast numbers of intestinal bacteria and their proximity to host tissues raise the question of how symbiotic host-bacterial relationships are established without eliciting potentially harmful immune responses. In light of the varied ways in which pathogenic bacteria manipulate host immunity, this Opinion article explores the role of immune suppression, subversion and evasion in the establishment of symbiotic host-bacterial associations.

  13. Hosting anions. The energetic perspective.

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    Schmidtchen, Franz P

    2010-10-01

    Hosting anions addresses the widely spread molecular recognition event of negatively charged species by dedicated organic compounds in condensed phases at equilibrium. The experimentally accessible energetic features comprise the entire system including the solvent, any buffers, background electrolytes or other components introduced for e.g. analysis. The deconvolution of all these interaction types and their dependence on subtle structural variation is required to arrive at a structure-energy correlation that may serve as a guide in receptor construction. The focus on direct host-guest interactions (lock-and-key complementarity) that have dominated the binding concepts of artificial receptors in the past must be widened in order to account for entropic contributions which constitute very significant fractions of the total free energy of interaction. Including entropy necessarily addresses the ambiguity and fuzziness of the host-guest structural ensemble and requires the appreciation of the fact that most liquid phases possess distinct structures of their own. Apparently, it is the perturbation of the intrinsic solvent structure occurring upon association that rules ion binding in polar media where ions are soluble and abundant. Rather than specifying peculiar structural elements useful in anion binding this critical review attempts an illumination of the concepts and individual energetic contributions resulting in the final observation of specific anion recognition (95 references).

  14. Host compatibility rather than vector-host-encounter rate determines the host range of avian Plasmodium parasites.

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    Medeiros, Matthew C I; Hamer, Gabriel L; Ricklefs, Robert E

    2013-06-07

    Blood-feeding arthropod vectors are responsible for transmitting many parasites between vertebrate hosts. While arthropod vectors often feed on limited subsets of potential host species, little is known about the extent to which this influences the distribution of vector-borne parasites in some systems. Here, we test the hypothesis that different vector species structure parasite-host relationships by restricting access of certain parasites to a subset of available hosts. Specifically, we investigate how the feeding patterns of Culex mosquito vectors relate to distributions of avian malaria parasites among hosts in suburban Chicago, IL, USA. We show that Plasmodium lineages, defined by cytochrome b haplotypes, are heterogeneously distributed across avian hosts. However, the feeding patterns of the dominant vectors (Culex restuans and Culex pipiens) are similar across these hosts, and do not explain the distributions of Plasmodium parasites. Phylogenetic similarity of avian hosts predicts similarity in their Plasmodium parasites. This effect was driven primarily by the general association of Plasmodium parasites with particular host superfamilies. Our results suggest that a mosquito-imposed encounter rate does not limit the distribution of avian Plasmodium parasites across hosts. This implies that compatibility between parasites and their avian hosts structure Plasmodium host range.

  15. Isomeric and concentration effects of C{sub 4}-cosurfactants on four-component microemulsions investigated by neutron spin-echo and small-angle scattering

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    Zambrano, E [Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Kotlarchyk, M [Department of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Langner, A [Department of Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Faraone, A [NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)

    2006-09-13

    Neutron spin-echo spectroscopy and small-angle scattering measurements were performed to determine how the isomeric structure and concentration of C{sub 4}-cosurfactants (i.e. butyl alcohols) influence structure and dynamics in four-component water-in-oil microemulsions. The system investigated was AOT/butanol/water/n-octane at room temperature (AOT denotes sodium di-2-ethyl hexylsulfosuccinate), deuterated to achieve contrast of the surfactant/cosurfactant film. At a fixed volume fraction of 0.06 and a fixed molar ratio of [water]/[AOT] = 20, we studied the effects of increasing the molar ratio of [butanol]/[AOT] from 0 to 30. Data from samples containing the cosurfactant n-butyl alcohol were compared with samples prepared with tert-butyl alcohol and, in a few cases, sec-butyl alcohol. Data were analysed using a core-shell model for polydisperse spherical droplets, allowing for the presence of shape fluctuations. It was found that all structural isomers of the cosurfactant led to a similar decrease in droplet size with increasing alcohol content. In all cases, droplet size and shape fluctuations were observed to increase with alcohol content; however, the effect was most pronounced for size fluctuations (i.e. polydispersity) in the presence of tert-butanol. The data indicates that tert-butanol has a higher degree of penetration into the water core, leading to a reduced influence on the effective area per surfactant head group on the droplet surface. There is also evidence that an increased droplet-droplet attraction upon adding tert-butanol drives phase separation in the system.

  16. Seasonal dynamics of nutrient accumulation and partitioning in the perennial C{sub 4}-grasses Miscanthus x giganteus and Spartina cynosuroides

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    Beale, C.V. [Writtle College, Chelmsford (United Kingdom)] Long, S.P. [Essex Univ., Colchester (United Kingdom). Dept. of Biological and Chemical Sciences

    1997-12-31

    Seasonal variation in the accumulation and partitioning of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium was determined in both the above-ground and below-ground dry matter of the potential energy crops Miscanthus x giganteus and Spartina cynosuroides. It is desirable from both economic and environmental perspectives that such crops should exhibit a high nutrient use efficiency and minimal nutrient losses to the environment. The N, P and K concentrations in the above-ground dry matter, at final harvest, were 5.0, 0.6 and 12.0 mg g{sup -1} respectively in M. x giganteus and 3.0, 0.4 and 1.0 mg g{sup -1} in S. cynosurodes. Both species exhibited the high N-use efficiency expected of C{sub 4} plants. Nitrate leaching was negligible. At the end of the growing season, nutrients were translocated to the rhizomes and, in the case of M. giganteus, recycled to the soil in shed leaves. Consequently the nutrient content of the crop offtake was low. It was calculated that the N, P and K requirements of a M. x giganteus crop producing an above-ground harvest of 1.5 kg m{sup -2} dry matter would be 9.2, .3 and 20.4 g m{sup -2} respectively. The corresponding nutrient requirements for S. cynosuroides would be 7.5, 1.7 and 8.8 g m{sup -2}. Except for the K requirements of M. x giganteus, the N, P and K demands of both species were less than those of typical graminaceous crops, including maize. (Author)

  17. C{sub 18}-attached membrane funnel-based spray ionization mass spectrometry for quantification of anti-diabetic drug from human plasma

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    Li, Wan [Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong); Chen, Xiangfeng, E-mail: xiangfchensdas@163.com [Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong); Shandong Analysis and Test Centre, Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jinan, Shandong (China); Wong, Y.-L. Elaine; Hung, Y.-L. Winnie; Wang, Ze; Deng, Liulin [Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong); Dominic Chan, T.-W., E-mail: twdchan@cuhk.edu.hk [Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong)

    2016-08-24

    In this work, sorbent-attached membrane funnel-based spray ionization mass spectrometry was explored for quantitative analysis of anti-diabetic drugs spiked in human plasma. C{sub 18}-attached membrane funnel was fabricated for in situ extraction and clean-up to alleviate matrix suppression effect in the ionization process. Repaglinide was used as a target analyte of anti-diabetic drugs. Under optimal working conditions, good linearity (R{sup 2} > 0.99) was obtained in the concentration range of 1–100 ng mL{sup −1}. The method detection limit of target drugs spiked in the human plasma was around 0.30 ng mL{sup −1}. Through the application of an isotope-labeled internal standard, the signal fluctuation caused by residual background matrices was largely alleviated and the precision of measurement (RSD) was below 15%. The recovery of repaglinide for 5, 25, and 100 ng mL{sup −1} of spiked human plasma matrixes ranged from 87% to 112%. The developed method was successfully applied to determine repaglinide in plasma volunteers who orally received a dose of drug association. Our results demonstrated that membrane funnel-based spray is a simple and sensitive method for rapid screening analysis of complex biological samples. - Highlights: • Sorbent attached membrane funnel based spray platform was used for drug determination in human plasma. • The matrix suppression effect of human plasma was largely eliminated. • The method was applied to determine repaglinide in plasma volunteers. • Membrane funnel-based spray is promising for analysis of biological samples.

  18. Absolute number density and kinetic analysis of CF, CF{sub 2} and C{sub 2}F{sub 4} molecules in pulsed CF{sub 4}/H{sub 2} rf plasmas

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    Stepanov, Sergey

    2010-04-26

    Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy in the mid InfraRed spectral range (IR-TDLAS) has been applied to investigate the behaviour of CF, CF{sub 2} and C{sub 2}F{sub 4} species produced in pulsed CF{sub 4}/H{sub 2} capacitively coupled radio frequency plasmas (13.56 MHz CCP). This experimental technique was shown to be suitable for temporally resolved measurements of the absolute number density of the target molecules in the studied fluorocarbon discharges. The temporal resolution of about 20..40 ms typically achieved in the standard data acquisition mode (''stream mode'') was sufficient for the real-time measurements of CF{sub 2} and C{sub 2}F{sub 4}, but not of CF whose kinetics was observed to be much faster. Therefore, a more sophisticated approach (''burst mode'') providing a temporal resolution of 0.94 ms was established and successfully applied to CF density measurements. In order to enable the TDLAS measurements of the target species, preliminary investigations on their spectroscopic data had been carried out. In particular, pure C{sub 2}F{sub 4} has been produced in laboratory by means of vacuum thermal decomposition (pyrolysis) of polytetrafluoroethylene and used as a reference gas. Therefore, an absorption structure consisting of several overlapping C{sub 2}F{sub 4} lines around 1337.11 cm{sup -1} was selected and carefully calibrated, which provided the first absolute measurements of the species by means of the applied experimental technique. The absolute number density traces measured for CF, CF{sub 2} and C{sub 2}F{sub 4} in the studied pulsed plasmas were then analysed, in which two differential balance equations were proposed for each of the species to describe their behaviour during both ''plasma on'' and ''plasma off'' phases. Analytical solutions of the balance equations were used to fit the experimental data and hence to deduce important information on the

  19. Carp erythrodermatitis: host defense-pathogen interaction.

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    Pourreau, C.N.

    1990-01-01

    The outcome of a bacterial infection depends on the interaction between pathogen and host. The ability of the microbe to survive in the host depends on its invasive potential (i.e. spreading and multiplication), and its ability to obtain essential nutrients and to resist the host's defense system. On the other hand, the host's resistance to a bacterial attack depends on its physiological state, the intensity of the bacterial attack and the efficacy of the defense system to neutralize toxins a...

  20. Modified host cells with efflux pumps

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    Dunlop, Mary J.; Keasling, Jay D.; Mukhopadhyay, Aindrila

    2016-08-30

    The present invention provides for a modified host cell comprising a heterologous expression of an efflux pump capable of transporting an organic molecule out of the host cell wherein the organic molecule at a sufficiently high concentration reduces the growth rate of or is lethal to the host cell.

  1. Carp erythrodermatitis: host defense-pathogen interaction.

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    Pourreau, C.N.

    1990-01-01

    The outcome of a bacterial infection depends on the interaction between pathogen and host. The ability of the microbe to survive in the host depends on its invasive potential (i.e. spreading and multiplication), and its ability to obtain essential nutrients and to resist the host's defense syste

  2. Carp erythrodermatitis : host defense-pathogen interaction

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    Pourreau, C.N.

    1990-01-01

    The outcome of a bacterial infection depends on the interaction between pathogen and host. The ability of the microbe to survive in the host depends on its invasive potential (i.e. spreading and multiplication), and its ability to obtain essential nutrients and to resist the host'

  3. Acute graft versus host disease

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    Vogelsang Georgia B

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD occurs after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant and is a reaction of donor immune cells against host tissues. Activated donor T cells damage host epithelial cells after an inflammatory cascade that begins with the preparative regimen. About 35%–50% of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT recipients will develop acute GVHD. The exact risk is dependent on the stem cell source, age of the patient, conditioning, and GVHD prophylaxis used. Given the number of transplants performed, we can expect about 5500 patients/year to develop acute GVHD. Patients can have involvement of three organs: skin (rash/dermatitis, liver (hepatitis/jaundice, and gastrointestinal tract (abdominal pain/diarrhea. One or more organs may be involved. GVHD is a clinical diagnosis that may be supported with appropriate biopsies. The reason to pursue a tissue biopsy is to help differentiate from other diagnoses which may mimic GVHD, such as viral infection (hepatitis, colitis or drug reaction (causing skin rash. Acute GVHD is staged and graded (grade 0-IV by the number and extent of organ involvement. Patients with grade III/IV acute GVHD tend to have a poor outcome. Generally the patient is treated by optimizing their immunosuppression and adding methylprednisolone. About 50% of patients will have a solid response to methylprednisolone. If patients progress after 3 days or are not improved after 7 days, they will get salvage (second-line immunosuppressive therapy for which there is currently no standard-of-care. Well-organized clinical trials are imperative to better define second-line therapies for this disease. Additional management issues are attention to wound infections in skin GVHD and fluid/nutrition management in gastrointestinal GVHD. About 50% of patients with acute GVHD will eventually have manifestations of chronic GVHD.

  4. Intercultural Competence in Host Students?

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    Egekvist, Ulla Egidiussen; Lyngdorf, Niels Erik; Du, Xiangyun

    2016-01-01

    Although substantial work in intercultural education has been done on the intercultural competences of mobile students engaging in international study visits, there is a need to explore intercultural competences in host students. This chapter seeks to answer questions about the challenges...... and possibilities of using short-term study visits to develop these competences. Theoretically, this chapter finds inspiration in social constructivist understandings of culture and Byram’s research on intercultural competence. Empirically, the data used in this paper were derived from a study of 22 Danish lower...

  5. Generic Model Host System Design

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    Chu, Chungming; /SLAC; Wu, Juhao; /SLAC; Qiang, Ji; /LBL, Berkeley; Shen, Guobao; /Brookhaven

    2012-06-22

    There are many simulation codes for accelerator modelling; each one has some strength but not all. A platform which can host multiple modelling tools would be ideal for various purposes. The model platform along with infrastructure support can be used not only for online applications but also for offline purposes. Collaboration is formed for the effort of providing such a platform. In order to achieve such a platform, a set of common physics data structure has to be set. Application Programming Interface (API) for physics applications should also be defined within a model data provider. A preliminary platform design and prototype is discussed.

  6. Winds of Planet Hosting Stars

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    Nicholson, B A; Brookshaw, L; Vidotto, A A; Carter, B D; Marsden, S C; Soutter, J; Waite, I A; Horner, J

    2015-01-01

    The field of exoplanetary science is one of the most rapidly growing areas of astrophysical research. As more planets are discovered around other stars, new techniques have been developed that have allowed astronomers to begin to characterise them. Two of the most important factors in understanding the evolution of these planets, and potentially determining whether they are habitable, are the behaviour of the winds of the host star and the way in which they interact with the planet. The purpose of this project is to reconstruct the magnetic fields of planet hosting stars from spectropolarimetric observations, and to use these magnetic field maps to inform simulations of the stellar winds in those systems using the Block Adaptive Tree Solar-wind Roe Upwind Scheme (BATS-R-US) code. The BATS-R-US code was originally written to investigate the behaviour of the Solar wind, and so has been altered to be used in the context of other stellar systems. These simulations will give information about the velocity, pressur...

  7. Host evasion by Burkholderia cenocepacia

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    Shyamala eGanesan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Burkholderia cenocepacia is an opportunistic respiratory pathogen of individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF. It is one of the highly transmissible species of Burkholderia cepacia complex and very resistant to almost all the antibiotics. Approximately 1/3rd of B. cenocepacia infected CF patients go on to develop fatal ‘cepacia syndrome’. During the last two decades, substantial progress has been made with regards to evasion of host innate defense mechanisms by B. cenocepacia. Almost all strains of B. cenocepacia has capacity to survive and replicate intracellularly in both airway epithelial cells and macrophages, which are primary centennials of the lung and play a pivotal role in clearance of infecting bacteria. Some strains of B. cenocepaica, which express cable pili and the associated 22kDa adhesin are also capable of transmigrating across airway epithelium and persist in mouse models of infection. In this review, we will discuss how this type of interaction between B. cenocepacia and host may lead to persistence of bacteria and contribute to lung inflammation in CF patients.

  8. Host defences against Giardia lamblia.

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    Lopez-Romero, G; Quintero, J; Astiazarán-García, H; Velazquez, C

    2015-08-01

    Giardia spp. is a protozoan parasite that inhabits the upper small intestine of mammals and other species and is the aetiological agent of giardiasis. It has been demonstrated that nitric oxide, mast cells and dendritic cells are the first line of defence against Giardia. IL-6 and IL-17 play an important role during infection. Several cytokines possess overlapping functions in regulating innate and adaptive immune responses. IgA and CD4(+) T cells are fundamental to the process of Giardia clearance. It has been suggested that CD4(+) T cells play a double role during the anti-Giardia immune response. First, they activate and stimulate the differentiation of B cells to generate Giardia-specific antibodies. Second, they act through a B-cell-independent mechanism that is probably mediated by Th17 cells. Several Giardia proteins that stimulate humoral and cellular immune responses have been described. Variant surface proteins, α-1 giardin, and cyst wall protein 2 can induce host protective responses to future Giardia challenges. The characterization and evaluation of the protective potential of the immunogenic proteins that are associated with Giardia will offer new insights into host-parasite interactions and may aid in the development of an effective vaccine against the parasite. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Mating and host density affect host feeding and parasitism in two species of whitefly parasitoids

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    Lian-Sheng Zang; Tong-Xian Liu; Fan Zhang; Shu-Sen Shi; Fang-Hao Wan

    2011-01-01

    The parasitoids in the genera of Encarsia and Eretmocerus(Hymenoptera:Aphelinidae)are important biological control agents of whiteflies,and some of them not only parasitize hosts but also kill them with strong host-feeding capacity.Two whitefly parasitoid species,Encarsia sophia and Eretmocerus melanoscutus were examined to determine if mating and host density affected their host feeding and parasitism.The whitefly host,Bemisia tabaci,was presented to these two wasp species in densities of 10,20,30,40,50 and 60 third-instar nymphs per clip cage.Mated whitefly parasitoid females fed on more hosts than unmated females under a range of host densities(under all six host densities for En.sophia; under the densities of 40 nymphs or more for Er.melanoscutus).Meanwhile,mated females parasitized more whitefly nymphs than unmated females under all host densities for both species.With increase of host density,mated or unmated Er.melanoscutus females killed more hosts by host feeding and parasitism.Mated En.sophia females killed more hosts by host feeding with increase of host density,whereas unmated females did not parasitze whitefly nymphs at all.Our results suggest that only mated female parasitoids with host-feeding behavior should be released in crop systems to increase their bio-control efficiency.

  10. Ability of a Generalist Seed Beetle to Colonize an Exotic Host: Effects of Host Plant Origin and Oviposition Host.

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    Amarillo-Suárez, A; Repizo, A; Robles, J; Diaz, J; Bustamante, S

    2017-02-02

    The colonization of an exotic species by native herbivores is more likely to occur if that herbivore is a generalist. There is little information on the life-history mechanisms used by native generalist insects to colonize exotic hosts and how these mechanisms are affected by host properties. We examined the ability of the generalist seed beetle Stator limbatus Horn to colonize an exotic species. We compared its host preference, acceptability, performance, and egg size when ovipositing and developing on two native (Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth and Senegalia riparia (Kunth)) and one exotic legume species (Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.)). We also analyzed the seed chemistry. We found that females recognize the exotic species as an unfavorable host for larval development and that they delayed oviposition and laid fewer and larger eggs on the exotic species than on the native species. Survivorship on the exotic host was 0%. Additionally, seeds of the native species contain five chemical compounds that are absent in the exotic species, and the exotic species contains three sterols, which are absent in the native legumes. Genetically based differences between beetles adapted to different hosts, plastic responses toward new hosts, and chemical differences among seeds are important in host colonization and recognition of the exotic host. In conclusion, the generalist nature of S. limbatus does not influence its ability to colonize L. leucocephala. Explanations for the colonization of exotic hosts by generalist native species and for the success of invasive species must be complemented with studies measuring local adaptation and plasticity.

  11. Genetic architecture underlying host choice differentiation in the sympatric host races of Lochmaea capreae leaf beetles.

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    Soudi, Shaghayegh; Reinhold, Klaus; Engqvist, Leif

    2016-04-01

    Speciation in herbivorous insects has received considerable attention during the last few decades. Much of this group's diversity originates from adaptive population divergence onto different host plants, which often involves the evolution of specialized patterns of host choice behaviour. Differences in host choice often translates directly into divergence in mating sites, and therefore positive assortative mating will be created which will act as a strong barrier to gene flow. In this study, we first explored whether host choice is a genetically determined trait in the sympatric willow and birch host races of the leaf feeding beetle Lochmaea capreae, or whether larval experience influences adult host choice. Once we had established that host choice is a genetically based trait we determined its genetic architecture. To achieve this, we employed a reciprocal transplant design in which offspring from pure willow and birch cross-types, F1, F2 and backcrosses were raised on each host plant and their preference was determined upon reaching adulthood. We then applied joint-scaling analysis to uncover the genetic architecture of host preference. Our results suggest that rearing host does not have a pronounced effect on adult's host choice; rather the segregation pattern implies the existence of genetic loci affecting host choice in these host races. The joint-scaling analysis revealed that population differences in host choice are mainly influenced by the contribution of additive genetic effects and also maternally inherited cytoplasmic effects. We explore the implications of our findings for evolutionary dynamics of sympatric host race formation and speciation.

  12. Anonymous Web Browsing and Hosting

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    MANOJ KUMAR

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In today’s high tech environment every organization, individual computer users use internet for accessing web data. To maintain high confidentiality and security of the data secure web solutions are required. In this paper we described dedicated anonymous web browsing solutions which makes our browsing faster and secure. Web application which play important role for transferring our secret information including like email need more and more security concerns. This paper also describes that how we can choose safe web hosting solutions and what the main functions are which provides more security over server data. With the browser security network security is also important which can be implemented using cryptography solutions, VPN and by implementing firewalls on the network. Hackers always try to steal our identity and data, they track our activities using the network application software’s and do harmful activities. So in this paper we described that how we can monitor them from security purposes.

  13. Penetration of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus into host cells.

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    Abram, D; Castro e Melo, J; Chou, D

    1974-05-01

    Electron microscopy reveals that, in Bdellovibrio infection, after the formation of a passage pore in the host cell wall, the differentiated parasite penetration pole is associated with the host protoplast. This firm contact persists throughout the parasite penetration and after this process is completed. In penetrated hosts this contact is also apparent by phase microscopy. The association between the walls of the parasite and the host at the passage pore, on the other hand, is transient. Bdellovibrio do not penetrate hosts whose protoplast and cell walls are separated by plasmolysis, or in which the membrane-wall relationship is affected by low turgor pressure. It is concluded, therefore, that for penetration to occur it is essential that the host protoplast be within reach of the parasite, so that a firm contact can be established between them. A penetration mechanism is proposed that is effected by forces generated by fluxes of water and solutes due to structural changes in the infected host envelope. These forces cause a differential expansion of the host protoplast and cell wall and their separation from each other around the entry site, while the parasite remains firmly anchored to the host protoplast. Consequently, the parasite ends up enclosed in the expanded host periplasm. The actual entry, therefore, is a passive act of the parasite.

  14. MHC polymorphism under host-pathogen coevolution.

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    Borghans, José A M; Beltman, Joost B; De Boer, Rob J

    2004-02-01

    The genes encoding major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules are among the most polymorphic genes known for vertebrates. Since MHC molecules play an important role in the induction of immune responses, the evolution of MHC polymorphism is often explained in terms of increased protection of hosts against pathogens. Two selective pressures that are thought to be involved are (1) selection favoring MHC heterozygous hosts, and (2) selection for rare MHC alleles by host-pathogen coevolution. We have developed a computer simulation of coevolving hosts and pathogens to study the relative impact of these two mechanisms on the evolution of MHC polymorphism. We found that heterozygote advantage per se is insufficient to explain the high degree of polymorphism at the MHC, even in very large host populations. Host-pathogen coevolution, on the other hand, can easily account for realistic polymorphisms of more than 50 alleles per MHC locus. Since evolving pathogens mainly evade presentation by the most common MHC alleles in the host population, they provide a selective pressure for a large variety of rare MHC alleles. Provided that the host population is sufficiently large, a large set of MHC alleles can persist over many host generations under host-pathogen coevolution, despite the fact that allele frequencies continuously change.

  15. Pressure effects on the photoreactions of the iron acyl complex ([eta][sup 5]-C[sub 5]H[sub 5])Fe(CO)[sub 2](COCH[sub 3]). Mechanistic implications regarding competitive reactions of the solvento intermediate ([eta][sup 5]-C[sub 5]H[sub 5])Fe(CO)(Sol)(COCH[sub 3])

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    Ryba, D.W.; Eldik, R. van (Universitaet Witten/Herdecke (Germany)); Ford, P.C. (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States))

    1993-01-01

    Photolysis of CpFe(CO)[sub 2](COCH[sub 3]) (Cp = [eta][sup 5]-C[sub 5]H[sub 5]) plus P(OCH[sub 3])[sub 3](L) in n-heptane solutions leads to the competitive decarbonylation to give CpFe(CO)[sub 2]CH[sub 3] and ligand substitution to give CpFe(CO)L(COCH[sub 3]). The application of hydrostatic pressure changes the relative quantum yields of the two processes, higher pressure strongly favoring the ligand photosubstitution pathway. These differences are interpreted in terms of the competitive reactions of the solvento intermediate CpFe(CO)(Sol)(COCH[sub 3]) (S), shown previously (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 9524-9528) to be formed by the initial photolysis step, i.e., the labilization of CO. The much more negative apparent activation volume for the ligand substitution pathway suggest that this proceeds via an associative mechanism of S, while the competing methyl migration to the metal may require simultaneous dissociation of the coordinates solvent molecule, Sol. 16 refs., 1 fig.

  16. Thermodynamic study of binary mixture of x{sub 1}[C{sub 6}mim][BF{sub 4}] + x{sub 2}1-propanol: Measurements and molecular modeling

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    Kermanpour, F., E-mail: kermanpour@basu.ac.ir [Faculty of Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan 65178-38695 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sharifi, T. [Faculty of Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan 65178-38695 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-01-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Densities and viscosities for binary mixture of {l_brace}x{sub 1}[C{sub 6}mim][BF{sub 4}] + x{sub 2}1-propanol{r_brace} were measured at different temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The excess molar functions were calculated from the obtained experimental data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These data were correlated with the Redlich-Kister equation and PFP model to obtain the coefficients and standard deviations. - Abstract: Densities, {rho}, and viscosities, {eta}, of pure 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazoliumtetrafluoro borate ([C{sub 6}mim][BF{sub 4}]) and 1-propanol, and their binary mixture {l_brace}x{sub 1}[C{sub 6}mim][BF{sub 4}] + x{sub 2}1-propanol{r_brace} were measured at atmospheric pressure and in the temperature range of 293.15-333.15 K. The excess molar volumes, V{sub m}{sup E}, thermal expansion coefficients, {alpha}, and their excess values, {alpha}{sup E}, isothermal coefficient of excess molar enthalpy, ({partial_derivative}H{sub m}{sup E}/{partial_derivative}p){sub T,x} and excess viscosities, {eta}{sup E}, were calculated from the experimental values of densities and viscosities. The excess molar volumes of the binary mixture are negative over the entire mole fraction range and increase with increasing temperature. Excess viscosities are negative over the entire mole fraction range of the mixture and decrease with increasing temperature. The obtained excess molar volumes and excess viscosities were correlated with the Redlich-Kister equation. The experimental results have also been used to examine the applicability of Prigogine-Flory-Patterson (PFP) theory in predicting the excess molar volume of the binary mixture. It is indicated that agreement between excess molar volumes calculated via PFP theory and the experimental results is good in all temperatures.

  17. Anti-adhesive characteristics of CHF{sub 3}/O{sub 2} and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2} plasma-modified silicon molds for nanoimprint lithography

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    Lee, Jaemin; Lee, Junmyung [Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyun Woo [Department of Electronics, Hanseo University, Seosan 356-706 (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Kwang-Ho, E-mail: kwonkh@korea.ac.kr [Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-15

    The anti-adhesive characteristics of a plasma-modified silicon mold surface for nanoimprint lithography are presented. Both CHF{sub 3}/O{sub 2} and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2} plasma were used to form an anti-adhesive layer on silicon mold surfaces. The gas mixing ratios of CHF{sub 3}/O{sub 2} and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2} were experimentally changed between 0% and 80% to optimize the plasma conditions to obtain a low surface energy of the silicon mold. The plasma characteristics were examined by optical emission spectroscopy (OES). In order to investigate the changes in surface energy and surface chemistry of the anti-adhesive layer during repeated demolding cycles, contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were performed on the plasma-modified silicon mold surface. Simultaneously, the surface morphology of the demolded resists was evaluated by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) in order to examine the effect of the anti-adhesive layers on the duplicated patterns of the resists. It was observed that the anti-adhesive layer formed by CHF{sub 3}/O{sub 2} plasma treatment was worn out more easily during repeated demolding cycles than the film formed by C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2} plasma treatment, because CHF{sub 3}/O{sub 2} gas plasma formed a thinner plasma-polymerized film over the same plasma treatment time.

  18. Structural, vibrational and optical properties of a new self assembled organic–inorganic nanowire crystal (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N){sub 2}[BiBr{sub 5}]. A Density Functional Theory approach

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    Dammak, Hajer, E-mail: hajerdm@gmail.com [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée (LPA), Université de Sfax, Faculté des Sciences, BP1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia); Triki, Smail [UMR CNRS 6521, Chimie, Electrochimie Moléculaires, Chimie Analytique, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, BP 809, 29285 Brest Cedex (France); Mlayah, Adnen [Centre d’Elaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales, CNRS-Université Paul Sabatier, 29 Rue Jeanne Marvig, 31055 Cedex 4 (France); Abid, Younes; Feki, Habib [Laboratoire de Physique Appliquée (LPA), Université de Sfax, Faculté des Sciences, BP1171, 3000 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2015-10-15

    Single crystal and thin films of a new organic–inorganic hybrid material (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N){sub 2}[BiBr{sub 5}] were synthesized by the slow evaporation method at room temperature and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, optical absorption and photoluminescence measurements. The crystal structure was determined in the monoclinic system with P2{sub 1}/c space group. The structure is built up from BiBr{sub 6} octahedra sharing two cis-bromine atoms and forming infinite [BiBr{sub 5}]{sub n} zig-zag chains surrounded by organic cations. Such a one-dimensional (1D) structure may be regarded as quantum wires system in which the [BiBr{sub 5}]{sub n} inorganic chains act as semiconductor wires and the (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N) organic cations act as insulator barriers. The cohesion of the structure is achieved by an extensive network of N–H…Br hydrogen bonds. The Raman and Infrared spectra where interpreted by analogy with the homologous materials and by calculation of normal mode frequencies using the density functional theory (DFT) method. The optimized geometry and the calculated frequencies are in good agreement with the experimental data. - Highlights: • A new luminescent organic-inorganic material (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}N){sub 2}BiBr{sub 5} was synthesized. • Vibrational properties were studied by Raman and IR spectroscopy. • The UV–vis spectrum shows three absorption peaks at 3.01, 3.73 and at 4.4 eV. • This compound shows a strong blue emission at 2.71 eV.

  19. Synthesis, crystal structure, thermal analysis and dielectric properties of [(C{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}N]{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9} compound

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    Trigui, W., E-mail: walatrigui@yahoo.fr; Oueslati, A.; Chaabane, I.; Hlel, F.

    2015-07-15

    A new organic–inorganic tri-tetrabutylammonium nonachlorobibismuthate(III) compound was prepared. It was found to crystallize in the monoclinic system (P2{sub 1}/n space group) with the following lattice parameters: a=11.32(2) Å, b=22.30(3) Å, c=28.53(2) Å and β=96.52(0)°. The [Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9}]{sup 3−} anions are surrounded by six [(C{sub 4}H{sub 9})N]{sup +} cations, forming an octahedral configuration. These octahedra are sharing corners in order to provide the tri-dimensional network cohesion. The differential scanning calorimetry reveals four order-disorder reversible phase transitions located at 214, 238, 434 and 477 K. The Raman and infrared spectra confirm the presence of both cationic [(C{sub 4}H{sub 9})N]{sup +} and anionic [Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9}]{sup 3−} parts. The dielectric parameters, real and imaginary dielectric permittivity (ε′ and ε″), and dielectric loss tangent (tg δ), were measured in the frequency range of 209 kHz–5 MHz at different temperatures. The variations of dielectric dispersion (ε') and dielectric absorption (ε″) with frequency show a distribution of relaxation times, which is probably related to the change in the dynamical state of the [(C{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}N]{sup +} cations and the [Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9}]{sup 3−} anions. - Graphical abstract: Projection of the atomic arrangement of the [(C{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}N]{sub 3}Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9} compound along the b axis. - Highlights: • The structure of the (TBA){sub 3}Bi{sub 2}Cl{sub 9} compound was solved and reported. • The cristal belongs to the monoclinic system with P2{sub 1}/n space group. • DSC discloses four order–disorder reversible phases transitions. • The temperature-dependent permittivity ε' and ε″ has been investigated.

  20. Asymmetric fission and evaporation of C{sub 60}{sup r+} (r = 2-4) fullerene ions in ion-C{sub 60} collisions: II. Dependence on collisional processes?

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    Rentenier, A; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A; Moretto-Capelle, P; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D [LCAR-IRSAMC, UMR 5589 Universite Paul Sabatier-CNRS, 118 rte de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2004-06-28

    In this paper, a quantitative comparison of our experimental data for the asymmetrical fission (AF) and neutral evaporation of the C{sub 60} molecule under proton impact (part I) is made with data published by other authors and often obtained in rather different collisional systems. The comparison with multicharged ions for which more quantitative data are available is focused on. It is demonstrated that size distributions of fragments, averaged fragment sizes, branching ratios between AF and evaporation or between AF channels, are common to all the collisional systems. Differences only appear when the comparison includes the undissociated stable fullerene ion signals.

  1. Local host specialization, host-switching, and dispersal shape the regional distributions of avian haemosporidian parasites.

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    Ellis, Vincenzo A; Collins, Michael D; Medeiros, Matthew C I; Sari, Eloisa H R; Coffey, Elyse D; Dickerson, Rebecca C; Lugarini, Camile; Stratford, Jeffrey A; Henry, Donata R; Merrill, Loren; Matthews, Alix E; Hanson, Alison A; Roberts, Jackson R; Joyce, Michael; Kunkel, Melanie R; Ricklefs, Robert E

    2015-09-08

    The drivers of regional parasite distributions are poorly understood, especially in comparison with those of free-living species. For vector-transmitted parasites, in particular, distributions might be influenced by host-switching and by parasite dispersal with primary hosts and vectors. We surveyed haemosporidian blood parasites (Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) of small land birds in eastern North America to characterize a regional parasite community. Distributions of parasite populations generally reflected distributions of their hosts across the region. However, when the interdependence between hosts and parasites was controlled statistically, local host assemblages were related to regional climatic gradients, but parasite assemblages were not. Moreover, because parasite assemblage similarity does not decrease with distance when controlling for host assemblages and climate, parasites evidently disperse readily within the distributions of their hosts. The degree of specialization on hosts varied in some parasite lineages over short periods and small geographic distances independently of the diversity of available hosts and potentially competing parasite lineages. Nonrandom spatial turnover was apparent in parasite lineages infecting one host species that was well-sampled within a single year across its range, plausibly reflecting localized adaptations of hosts and parasites. Overall, populations of avian hosts generally determine the geographic distributions of haemosporidian parasites. However, parasites are not dispersal-limited within their host distributions, and they may switch hosts readily.

  2. Salmonella - at home in the host cell.

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    Preeti eMalik Kale

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The Gram-negative bacterium Salmonella enterica has developed an array of sophisticated tools to manipulate the host cell and establish an intracellular niche, for successful propagation as a facultative intracellular pathogen. While Salmonella exerts diverse effects on its host cell, only the cell biology of the classic trigger-mediated invasion process and the subsequent development of the Salmonella-containing vacuole have been investigated extensively. These processes are dependent on cohorts of effector proteins translocated into host cells by two type III secretion systems (T3SS, although T3SS-independent mechanisms of entry may be important for invasion of certain host cell-types. Recent studies into the intracellular lifestyle of Salmonella have provided new insights into the mechanisms used by this pathogen to modulate its intracellular environment. Here we discuss current knowledge of Salmonella-host interactions including invasion and establishment of an intracellular niche within the host.

  3. Trypanosoma cruzi Infection and Host Lipid Metabolism

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    2014-01-01

    Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease. Approximately 8 million people are thought to be affected worldwide. Several players in host lipid metabolism have been implicated in T. cruzi-host interactions in recent research, including macrophages, adipocytes, low density lipoprotein (LDL), low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), and high density lipoprotein (HDL). All of these factors are required to maintain host lipid homeostasis and are intricately connected via several me...

  4. Host country language ability and expatriate adjustment

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    Selmer, Jan; Lauring, Jakob

    2015-01-01

    Research has shown that expatriates’ host country language ability is positively associated with their adjustment. But does the advantage of expatriates’ language ability depend on the difficulty of the host language? To examine this issue, data were collected from expatriates in two European...... countries, one with an easy, relatively simple language and the other with a difficult, highly complex language. Consistent with Goal-Setting Theory, results indicated a relative advantage of expatriates’ language ability in terms of their adjustment in the host country with the difficult language...... as opposed to the host country with an easy language....

  5. Expatriate contact with a local host

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    van Bakel, Marian; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter; Gerritsen, Marinel

    2017-01-01

    Social capital is a crucial factor for expatriates to employ as they cope with the demands of an international assignment. This longitudinal study used a mixed method approach to examine the social support benefits of expatriate contact with a local host. Western expatriates in the Netherlands were...... a host. This study shows that HRD professionals may develop the social capital of expatriates by bringing them into contact with a local host, which can produce more social support from host nationals. Increased social capital may lead to a higher performance at both the individual and organisational...

  6. Expatriate contact with a local host

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    van Bakel, Marian; van Oudenhoven, Jan Pieter; Gerritsen, Marinel

    2016-01-01

    Social capital is a crucial factor for expatriates to employ as they cope with the demands of an international assignment. This longitudinal study used a mixed method approach to examine the social support benefits of expatriate contact with a local host. Western expatriates in the Netherlands were...... a host. This study shows that HRD professionals may develop the social capital of expatriates by bringing them into contact with a local host, which can produce more social support from host nationals. Increased social capital may lead to a higher performance at both the individual and organisational...

  7. Host Galaxy Identification for Supernova Surveys

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    Gupta, Ravi R.; Kuhlmann, Steve; Kovacs, Eve; Spinka, Harold; Kessler, Richard; Goldstein, Daniel A.; Liotine, Camille; Pomian, Katarzyna; D’Andrea, Chris B.; Sullivan, Mark; Carretero, Jorge; Castander, Francisco J.; Nichol, Robert C.; Finley, David A.; Fischer, John A.; Foley, Ryan J.; Kim, Alex G.; Papadopoulos, Andreas; Sako, Masao; Scolnic, Daniel M.; Smith, Mathew; Tucker, Brad E.; Uddin, Syed; Wolf, Rachel C.; Yuan, Fang; Abbott, Tim M. C.; Abdalla, Filipe B.; Benoit-Lévy, Aurélien; Bertin, Emmanuel; Brooks, David; Rosell, Aurelio Carnero; Kind, Matias Carrasco; Cunha, Carlos E.; Costa, Luiz N. da; Desai, Shantanu; Doel, Peter; Eifler, Tim F.; Evrard, August E.; Flaugher, Brenna; Fosalba, Pablo; Gaztañaga, Enrique; Gruen, Daniel; Gruendl, Robert; James, David J.; Kuehn, Kyler; Kuropatkin, Nikolay; Maia, Marcio A. G.; Marshall, Jennifer L.; Miquel, Ramon; Plazas, Andrés A.; Romer, A. Kathy; Sánchez, Eusebio; Schubnell, Michael; Sevilla-Noarbe, Ignacio; Sobreira, Flávia; Suchyta, Eric; Swanson, Molly E. C.; Tarle, Gregory; Walker, Alistair R.; Wester, William

    2016-11-08

    Host galaxy identification is a crucial step for modern supernova (SN) surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will discover SNe by the thousands. Spectroscopic resources are limited, so in the absence of real-time SN spectra these surveys must rely on host galaxy spectra to obtain accurate redshifts for the Hubble diagram and to improve photometric classification of SNe. In addition, SN luminosities are known to correlate with host-galaxy properties. Therefore, reliable identification of host galaxies is essential for cosmology and SN science. We simulate SN events and their locations within their host galaxies to develop and test methods for matching SNe to their hosts. We use both real and simulated galaxy catalog data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys General Catalog and MICECATv2.0, respectively. We also incorporate "hostless" SNe residing in undetected faint hosts into our analysis, with an assumed hostless rate of 5%. Our fully automated algorithm is run on catalog data and matches SNe to their hosts with 91% accuracy. We find that including a machine learning component, run after the initial matching algorithm, improves the accuracy (purity) of the matching to 97% with a 2% cost in efficiency (true positive rate). Although the exact results are dependent on the details of the survey and the galaxy catalogs used, the method of identifying host galaxies we outline here can be applied to any transient survey.

  8. Host Galaxy Identification for Supernova Surveys

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    Gupta, Ravi R.; Kuhlmann, Steve; Kovacs, Eve; Spinka, Harold; Kessler, Richard; Goldstein, Daniel A.; Liotine, Camille; Pomian, Katarzyna; D'Andrea, Chris B.; Sullivan, Mark; Carretero, Jorge; Castander, Francisco J.; Nichol, Robert C.; Finley, David A.; Fischer, John A.; Foley, Ryan J.; Kim, Alex G.; Papadopoulos, Andreas; Sako, Masao; Scolnic, Daniel M.; Smith, Mathew; Tucker, Brad E.; Uddin, Syed; Wolf, Rachel C.; Yuan, Fang; Abbott, Tim M. C.; Abdalla, Filipe B.; Benoit-Lévy, Aurélien; Bertin, Emmanuel; Brooks, David; Carnero Rosell, Aurelio; Carrasco Kind, Matias; Cunha, Carlos E.; da Costa, Luiz N.; Desai, Shantanu; Doel, Peter; Eifler, Tim F.; Evrard, August E.; Flaugher, Brenna; Fosalba, Pablo; Gaztañaga, Enrique; Gruen, Daniel; Gruendl, Robert; James, David J.; Kuehn, Kyler; Kuropatkin, Nikolay; Maia, Marcio A. G.; Marshall, Jennifer L.; Miquel, Ramon; Plazas, Andrés A.; Romer, A. Kathy; Sánchez, Eusebio; Schubnell, Michael; Sevilla-Noarbe, Ignacio; Sobreira, Flávia; Suchyta, Eric; Swanson, Molly E. C.; Tarle, Gregory; Walker, Alistair R.; Wester, William

    2016-12-01

    Host galaxy identification is a crucial step for modern supernova (SN) surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will discover SNe by the thousands. Spectroscopic resources are limited, and so in the absence of real-time SN spectra these surveys must rely on host galaxy spectra to obtain accurate redshifts for the Hubble diagram and to improve photometric classification of SNe. In addition, SN luminosities are known to correlate with host-galaxy properties. Therefore, reliable identification of host galaxies is essential for cosmology and SN science. We simulate SN events and their locations within their host galaxies to develop and test methods for matching SNe to their hosts. We use both real and simulated galaxy catalog data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys General Catalog and MICECATv2.0, respectively. We also incorporate “hostless” SNe residing in undetected faint hosts into our analysis, with an assumed hostless rate of 5%. Our fully automated algorithm is run on catalog data and matches SNe to their hosts with 91% accuracy. We find that including a machine learning component, run after the initial matching algorithm, improves the accuracy (purity) of the matching to 97% with a 2% cost in efficiency (true positive rate). Although the exact results are dependent on the details of the survey and the galaxy catalogs used, the method of identifying host galaxies we outline here can be applied to any transient survey.

  9. Host Galaxy Identification for Supernova Surveys

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    Gupta, Ravi R.; et al.

    2016-04-20

    Host galaxy identification is a crucial step for modern supernova (SN) surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will discover SNe by the thousands. Spectroscopic resources are limited, so in the absence of real-time SN spectra these surveys must rely on host galaxy spectra to obtain accurate redshifts for the Hubble diagram and to improve photometric classification of SNe. In addition, SN luminosities are known to correlate with host-galaxy properties. Therefore, reliable identification of host galaxies is essential for cosmology and SN science. We simulate SN events and their locations within their host galaxies to develop and test methods for matching SNe to their hosts. We use both real and simulated galaxy catalog data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys General Catalog and MICECATv2.0, respectively. We also incorporate "hostless" SNe residing in undetected faint hosts into our analysis, with an assumed hostless rate of 5%. Our fully automated algorithm is run on catalog data and matches SNe to their hosts with 91% accuracy. We find that including a machine learning component, run after the initial matching algorithm, improves the accuracy (purity) of the matching to 97% with a 2% cost in efficiency (true positive rate). Although the exact results are dependent on the details of the survey and the galaxy catalogs used, the method of identifying host galaxies we outline here can be applied to any transient survey.

  10. Host plant adaptation in Drosophila mettleri populations.

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    Sergio Castrezana

    Full Text Available The process of local adaptation creates diversity among allopatric populations, and may eventually lead to speciation. Plant-feeding insect populations that specialize on different host species provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate the causes of ecological specialization and the subsequent consequences for diversity. In this study, we used geographically separated Drosophila mettleri populations that specialize on different host cacti to examine oviposition preference for and larval performance on an array of natural and non-natural hosts (eight total. We found evidence of local adaptation in performance on saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea for populations that are typically associated with this host, and to chemically divergent prickly pear species (Opuntia spp. in a genetically isolated population on Santa Catalina Island. Moreover, each population exhibited reduced performance on the alternative host. This finding is consistent with trade-offs associated with adaptation to these chemically divergent hosts, although we also discuss alternative explanations for this pattern. For oviposition preference, Santa Catalina Island flies were more likely to oviposit on some prickly pear species, but all populations readily laid eggs on saguaro. Experiments with non-natural hosts suggest that factors such as ecological opportunity may play a more important role than host plant chemistry in explaining the lack of natural associations with some hosts.

  11. Noncentrosymmetric Magnets Hosting Magnetic Skyrmions.

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    Kanazawa, Naoya; Seki, Shinichiro; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2017-03-17

    The concept of a skyrmion, which was first introduced by Tony Skyrme in the field of particle physics, has become widespread in condensed matter physics to describe various topological orders. Skyrmions in magnetic materials have recently received particular attention; they represent vortex-like spin structures with the character of nanometric particles and produce fascinating physical properties rooted in their topological nature. Here, a series of noncentrosymmetric ferromagnets hosting skyrmions is reviewed: B20 metals, Cu2 OSeO3 , Co-Zn-Mn alloys, and GaV4 S8 , where Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction plays a key role in the stabilization of skyrmion spin texture. Their topological spin arrangements and consequent emergent electromagnetic fields give rise to striking features in transport and magnetoelectric properties in metals and insulators, such as the topological Hall effect, efficient electric-drive of skyrmions, and multiferroic behavior. Such electric controllability and nanometric particle natures highlight magnetic skyrmions as a potential information carrier for high-density magnetic storage devices with excellent energy efficiency.

  12. Unexpected hosts: imaging parasitic diseases.

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    Rodríguez Carnero, Pablo; Hernández Mateo, Paula; Martín-Garre, Susana; García Pérez, Ángela; Del Campo, Lourdes

    2017-02-01

    Radiologists seldom encounter parasitic diseases in their daily practice in most of Europe, although the incidence of these diseases is increasing due to migration and tourism from/to endemic areas. Moreover, some parasitic diseases are still endemic in certain European regions, and immunocompromised individuals also pose a higher risk of developing these conditions. This article reviews and summarises the imaging findings of some of the most important and frequent human parasitic diseases, including information about the parasite's life cycle, pathophysiology, clinical findings, diagnosis, and treatment. We include malaria, amoebiasis, toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, echinococcosis, cysticercosis, clonorchiasis, schistosomiasis, fascioliasis, ascariasis, anisakiasis, dracunculiasis, and strongyloidiasis. The aim of this review is to help radiologists when dealing with these diseases or in cases where they are suspected. Teaching Points • Incidence of parasitic diseases is increasing due to migratory movements and travelling. • Some parasitic diseases are still endemic in certain regions in Europe. • Parasitic diseases can have complex life cycles often involving different hosts. • Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential for patient management in parasitic diseases. • Radiologists should be able to recognise and suspect the most relevant parasitic diseases.

  13. Shifting preference between oviposition vs. host-feeding under changing host densities in two aphelinid parasitoids

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    Yang, Nian-Wan; Ji, Lu-Lu; Lövei, Gabor L;

    2012-01-01

    Destructive host-feeding is common in hymenopteran parasitoids. Such feeding may be restricted to host stages not preferred for oviposition. However, whether this is a fixed strategy or can vary according to resource levels or parasitoid needs is less clear. We tested the trade-off between host...... feeding and oviposition on two whitefly parasitoids under varying host densities. Females of two aphelinid parasitoids, Eretmocerus hayati and Encarsia sophia were exposed to nine different densities of their whitefly host, Bemisia tabaci, in single-instar tests to identify their functional response....... Mixed-instar host choice tests were also conducted by exposing whiteflies at four densities to the parasitoids. We hypothesized that the parasitoid females can detect different host densities, and decide on oviposition vs. host-feeding accordingly. The results showed that both Er. hayati and En. sophia...

  14. Ground-based solar absorption measurements of CH{sub 4}, CO, C{sub 2}H{sub 6}, C2H2 and HCN in the tropics

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    Petersen, Anna K.; Warneke, Thorsten; Velasco, Voltaire; Notholt, Justus [Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen (Germany); Schrems, Otto [Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The composition of the tropical atmosphere and its change is of significant importance for global climate. Currently large uncertainties in the budgets of many trace gases in the tropics exist, mainly due to a lack of measurements in the tropics. We have performed solar absorption Fourier Transform InfraRed measurements at Paramaribo, Suriname (5.83 N, 55.17 W) during four consecutive dry seasons, starting in autumn 2004. Currently these are the only remote sensing measurements performed in the inner-tropics over a longer time period. In the case of methane these measurements represent the only tropical ground-based remote sensing data of sufficient precision to validate satellite retrievals of CH4. Here we present first results on methane (CH{sub 4}) and trace gases related to biomass burning. Methane retrievals are compared with model simulations, satellite retrievals from SCIAMACHY and in situ data. In addition we investigate the pollution from biomass burning using CO, C{sub 2}H{sub 6}, C{sub 2}H{sub 2} and HCN. Backwardtrajectories and global fire maps were used to identify the origin of the polluted air masses. Correlations between the different gases are analysed and compared to literature data.

  15. Theoretical estimates of the anapole magnetizabilities of C{sub 4}H{sub 4}X{sub 2} cyclic molecules for X=O, S, Se, and Te

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    Pagola, G. I.; Ferraro, M. B. [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, and IFIBA, CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. I, (1428) Buenos Aires (Argentina); Provasi, P. F. [Departamento de Física, Northeastern University, Av. Libertad 5500, W3400 AAS, Corrientes (Argentina); Pelloni, S.; Lazzeretti, P., E-mail: lazzeret@unimo.it [Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G. Campi 183, 41100 Modena (Italy)

    2014-09-07

    Calculations have been carried out for C{sub 4}H{sub 4}X{sub 2} cyclic molecules, with X=O, S, Se, and Te, characterized by the presence of magnetic-field induced toroidal electron currents and associated orbital anapole moments. The orbital anapole induced by a static nonuniform magnetic field B, with uniform curl C=∇×B, is rationalized via a second-rank anapole magnetizability tensor a{sub αβ}, defined as minus the second derivative of the second-order interaction energy with respect to the components C{sub α} and B{sub β}. The average anapole magnetizability a{sup ¯} equals −χ{sup ¯}, the pseudoscalar obtained by spatial averaging of the dipole-quadrupole magnetizability χ{sub α,βγ}. It has different sign for D and L enantiomeric systems and can therefore be used for chiral discrimination. Therefore, in an isotropic chiral medium, a homogeneous magnetic field induces an electronic anapole A{sub α}, having the same magnitude, but opposite sign, for two enantiomorphs.

  16. A comparative study of CF{sub 4}/O{sub 2}/Ar and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2}/Ar plasmas for dry etching applications

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    Chun, Inwoo [Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering, Korea University, 2511 Sejong-Ro, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Efremov, Alexander [Department of Electronic Devices & Materials Technology, State University of Chemistry & Technology, 7F. Engels St., 153000 Ivanovo (Russian Federation); Yeom, Geun Young [Department of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Kwang-Ho, E-mail: kwonkh@korea.ac.kr [Department of Control and Instrumentation Engineering, Korea University, 2511 Sejong-Ro, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-31

    The effect of the O{sub 2}/Ar mixing ratio in CF{sub 4}/O{sub 2}/Ar and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2}/Ar inductively coupled plasmas with a 50% fluorocarbon gas content on plasma parameters and active species densities, which influence dry etching mechanisms, was analyzed. The investigation combined plasma diagnostics using Langmuir probes and zero-dimensional plasma modeling. It was found that, in both gas systems, the substitution of Ar for O{sub 2} results in a similar change in the ion energy flux but causes the opposite behavior for the F atom flux. The mechanisms of these phenomena are discussed with regards to plasma chemistry. - Highlights: • The goal was to conduct a comparative study of CF{sub 4}/O{sub 2}/Ar and C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/O{sub 2}/Ar plasmas. • The focus was on the parameters directly influencing dry etching mechanisms. • Model-based analysis for neutral species was used in this paper.

  17. Early age hydration of calcium sulfoaluminate (synthetic ye'elimite, C{sub 4}A{sub 3}S{sup ¯}) in the presence of gypsum and varying amounts of calcium hydroxide

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    Hargis, Craig W. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Kirchheim, Ana Paula [Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Monteiro, Paulo J.M., E-mail: monteiro@ce.berkeley.edu [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Gartner, Ellis M. [Lafarge Centre de Recherche, St. Quentin Fallavier, Isere (France)

    2013-06-15

    Suspensions of synthetic ye'elimite (C{sub 4}A{sub 3}S{sup ¯}) in a saturated gypsum (CS{sup ¯}H{sub 2}) and calcium hydroxide (CH) solution were examined in-situ in a wet cell by soft X-ray transmission microscopy and ex-situ by scanning electron microscopy. The most voluminous hydration product observed was ettringite. Ettringite commonly displayed acicular, filiform, reticulated, and stellate crystal habits. Additionally, pastes with C{sub 4}A{sub 3}S{sup ¯}, 15% CS{sup ¯}H{sub 2}, and varying amounts of CH were prepared and examined with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and isothermal calorimetry. The XRD experiments showed that increasing CH content caused more solid solution (SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/OH{sup −}) AFm phases to form at early ages (< 1 d) and more monosulfate to form at later ages (> 1 d). Calorimetry indicated that the increased production of solid solution AFm was accompanied with an increase in the initial (< 30 min) rate of heat evolution, and increasing CH generally reduced the time till the second maximum rate of heat evolution due to the formation of ettringite and monosulfate.

  18. Cascades in model steels: The effect of cementite (Fe{sub 3}C) and Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles on short-term crystal damage

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    Henriksson, K.O.E.

    2015-06-01

    Ferritic stainless steel can be modeled as an iron matrix containing precipitates of cementite (Fe{sub 3}C) and Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}. When used in nuclear power production the steels in the vicinity of the core start to accumulate damage due to neutrons. The role of the afore-mentioned carbides in this process is not well understood. In order to clarify the situation bulk cascades created by primary recoils in model steels have been carried out in the present work. Investigated configurations consisted of bulk ferrite containing spherical particles (diameter of 4 nm) of either (1) Fe{sub 3}C or (2) Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}. Primary recoils were initiated at different distances from the inclusions, with recoil energies varying between 100 eV and 1 keV. Results for the number of point defects such as vacancies and antisites are presented. These findings indicate that defects are also remaining when cascades are started outside the carbide inclusions. The work uses a recently developed Abell–Brenner–Tersoff potential for the Fe–Cr–C system.

  19. Effect of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate on microstructure and properties of nc–Cu/a–C:H nanocomposite films prepared by filtered cathodic vaccum arc technique

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    Zhang, Haiqiang; Chen, Yiming; Liao, Bin; Wu, Xianying; Zhang, Huixing [Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Material Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Zhang, Xu, E-mail: zhangxu@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Beam Technology and Material Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2013-07-15

    Nc–Cu/a–C:H nanocomposite films are deposited by filtered cathodic vaccum arc (FCVA) technique using C{sub 2}H{sub 2} as the precursor. The effects of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} flow rate on the microstructure, composition and properties of nc–Cu/a–C:H films have been studied by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and nanoindentation test. In these films, copper nanoparticles (3.5–15 nm) are embedded in the amorphous carbon matrix, which could be confirmed by XRD analysis. Raman spectroscopy and XPS results confirm the decrease of sp{sup 3} content with the increasing copper fraction, which could be a result of more severe thermalization on carbon matrix owing to the presence of copper. The compressive stresses of these films, calculated by Stoney’s equation, are found to be as low as 0.5 Gpa, declining with the increasing copper content. Nanoindentation measurements reveal that the film hardness falls monotonically as the Cu content in the films increases.

  20. A highly sulfur resistant Pt-Sn/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}-NO-O{sub 2} reaction under lean conditions

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    Corro, Grisel; Montiel, Ramon [Instituto de Ciencias, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, 14 Sur 6301, Puebla 72570 (Mexico); Fierro, J.L.G. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Castillo, Salvador; Moran, Marina [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Av. Eje Central No. 152, Mexico 0700, D.F. (Mexico)

    2003-11-10

    The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with C{sub 3}H{sub 8} was studied over 1% Pt/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and 1% Pt-2% Sn/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts. The SO{sub 2} effect on the catalysts activity was examined using pre-sulfated samples of the above catalysts and SO{sub 2}-containing feeds. A high SO{sub 2} tolerance of 1% Pt-2% Sn/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} pre-sulfated catalyst for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}-NO-O{sub 2} reaction was found. Above 200C, NO was converted mainly into N{sub 2} and N{sub 2}O. Surface analysis of both unsulfated and pre-sulfated catalysts by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that Sn addition to 1% Pt/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} prevents Pt particles from sintering during high temperature sulfation process. This fact suggests that a Pt-Sn/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst can resist high temperature reactions during automotive exhaust control without losing Pt active area.

  1. State-selective energy and angular resolved detection of neutral species ejected from keV ion bombarded C{sub 6}H{sub 6}/Ag{l_brace}1 1 1{r_brace}

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    Vandeweert, E.; Meserole, C.A.; Sostarecz, A.; Dou, Y.; Winograd, N. E-mail: nxw@psu.edunxw@psuvm.psu.edu; Postawa, Z

    2000-04-01

    We investigated the desorption of neutral benzene (C{sub 6}H{sub 6}) molecules and silver atoms from C{sub 6}H{sub 6}/Ag{l_brace}1 1 1{r_brace} upon bombardment by 8 keV Ar{sup +} ions. Using state-selective resonant ionization spectroscopy, substrate atoms sputtered in the ground and a high-lying metastable state, and ground-state and vibrationally excited molecules could be probed separately. The silver atom yield, kinetic energy and polar angle distributions were found to be modified upon benzene dosing. From these results, it was inferred that a large fraction of the metastable silver atoms de-excite during collisions with adsorbates. Also the ejection of benzene molecules depends strongly both on the internal energy of the molecules and the degree of coverage of the Ag surface. Up to monolayer thickness, the benzene molecules are mainly ejected during collisions with departing substrate particles. Molecules with higher internal energy leave the surface with a distribution shifted towards higher kinetic energies. At multi-layer coverages, a slow desorption mechanism becomes dominant. It is suggested that only benzene molecules vibrationally excited near the benzene-vacuum interface can survive the ejection process without de-excitation.

  2. Crystallographic and X-ray analysis data of indium(2-isopropyl-8-mercaptoquinolinate)chloride, In(C/sub 9/H/sub 5/(C/sub 3/H/sub 7/)NS)/sub 2/Cl

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    Pech, L.Ya.; Sturis, A.P.; Ozols, Ya.K.; Apinitis, S.K.; Purmal' , V.N. (AN Latvijskoj SSR, Riga. Inst. Neorganicheskoj Khimii; Rizhskij Politekhnicheskij Inst. (USSR))

    1982-01-01

    The unit cell parameters and space qroup of indium-(2-isopropyl- propyl-8-mercaptoquinolinate) chloride crystals have been determined (Weissenberg's goniometer, Cu-Ksub(..cap alpha..)-radiation). The crystals have been found to exist in two modifications-needles (1) and prismes (2). For 1:a=19.50+-a.01 A; b=16.11+-0.03 A; c=16.23+-0.01 A; ..beta..=100.06 deg +- 0.05 deg; sp. gr. P2/sub 1//a(P2/a, Pa); z=8. For 2:a=23.76+-0.01 A; b=10.80+-0.03 A; c=18.35+-0.01 A; ..beta..=92.28 deg +- 0.03 deg; sp. gr. Csub(2h)sup(6)-C2/c and Csub(s)sup(4)-Cc; z=8. On the optical goniometer the spherical coordinates of the faces and the axonometric projection of indium-(2-isopropyl-8-mercaptoquinolinate) chloride crystals have been determined.

  3. Self-aggregation of ionic liquid 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [C{sub 4}mmim][BF{sub 4}] in aqueous media: A conductometric, volumetric and spectroscopic study

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    Pal, Amalendu, E-mail: palchem21@gmail.com; Pillania, Ankita

    2014-12-10

    Highlights: • Self-aggregation behaviour of [C{sub 4}mmim][BF{sub 4}] has been studied using various techniques. • Thermodynamic parameters showing aggregation is an entropy-driven process. • Volumetric analysis indicates aggregation is influenced by solute–solvent interactions. • {sup 1}H NMR revealed formation of loosely bound aggregates in the system. - Abstract: Aggregation behaviour of ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-2,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [C{sub 4}mmim][BF{sub 4}] in aqueous media has been studied by electrical conductivity, density and speed of sound measurements across temperature range (288.15–308.15) K. The critical aggregation concentration (cac), the standard Gibb’s free energy of aggregation, ΔG°{sub agg}, adiabatic compressibility, β{sub S} and changes in the adiabatic compressibility upon aggregation, Δβ{sub S,agg} for the IL in aqueous solution have been derived from the experimental data. Further to get the deeper insights into the aggregation process spectroscopic study using {sup 1}H NMR measurements have been carried out. The aggregation behaviour observed from conductance and volumetric approaches has been found to be in good agreement with each other. NMR study revealed the formation of loosely bound ion associates as aggregates in the system upon aggregation.

  4. Probing cis-trans isomerization in the S{sub 1} state of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} via H-atom action and hot band-pumped IR-UV double resonance spectroscopies

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    Changala, P. Bryan; Baraban, Joshua H.; Field, Robert W., E-mail: rwfield@mit.edu [Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Merer, Anthony J. [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1 (Canada)

    2015-08-28

    We report novel experimental strategies that should prove instrumental in extending the vibrational and rotational assignments of the S{sub 1} state of acetylene, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, in the region of the cis-trans isomerization barrier. At present, the assignments are essentially complete up to ∼500 cm{sup −1} below the barrier. Two difficulties arise when the assignments are continued to higher energies. One is that predissociation into C{sub 2}H + H sets in roughly 1100 cm{sup −1} below the barrier; the resulting quenching of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) reduces its value for recording spectra in this region. The other difficulty is that tunneling through the barrier causes a staggering in the K-rotational structure of isomerizing vibrational levels. The assignment of these levels requires data for K values up to at least 3. Given the rotational selection rule K′ − ℓ{sup ′′} = ± 1, such data must be obtained via excited vibrational levels of the ground state with ℓ{sup ′′} > 0. In this paper, high resolution H-atom resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectra are demonstrated to contain predissociated bands which are almost invisible in LIF spectra, while preliminary data using a hyperthermal pulsed nozzle show that ℓ{sup ′′} = 2 states can be selectively populated in a jet, giving access to K′ = 3 states in IR-UV double resonance.

  5. LOW-TEMPERATURE SPECTROSCOPY OF THE {sup 12}C{sub 2}H{sub 2} (υ{sub 1} + υ{sub 3}) BAND IN A HELIUM BUFFER GAS

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    Santamaria, L.; Sarno, V. Di; Ricciardi, I.; De Rosa, M.; Mosca, S.; Maddaloni, P. [CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Via Campi Flegrei 34, I-80078 Pozzuoli (Italy); Santambrogio, G. [CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Via N. Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); De Natale, P. [INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sez. di Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

    2015-03-01

    Buffer gas cooling with a {sup 4}He gas is used to perform laser-absorption spectroscopy of the {sup 12}C{sub 2}H{sub 2} (υ{sub 1} + υ{sub 3}) band at cryogenic temperatures. Doppler thermometry is first carried out to extract translational temperatures from the recorded spectra. Then, rotational temperatures down to 20 K are retrieved by fitting the Boltzmann distribution to the relative intensities of several ro-vibrational lines. The potential of our setup to tune the thermal equilibrium between translational and rotational degrees of freedom is also demonstrated. This can be used to reproduce in a controlled way the regime of non-local thermal equilibrium typically encountered in the interstellar medium. The underlying helium-acetylene collisional physics, relevant for modeling planetary atmospheres, is also addressed. In particular, the diffusion time of {sup 12}C{sub 2}H{sub 2} in the buffer cell is measured against the {sup 4}He flux at two separate translational temperatures; the observed behavior is then compared with that predicted by a Monte Carlo simulation, thus providing an estimate for the respective total elastic cross sections: σ{sub el}(100 K) = (4 ± 1) × 10{sup –20} m{sup 2} and σ{sub el}(25 K) = (7 ± 2) × 10{sup –20} m{sup 2}.

  6. Wolbachia-Host Interactions: Host Mating Patterns Affect Wolbachia Density Dynamics

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    Dong-Xiao Zhao; Xiang-Fei Zhang; Da-Song Chen; Yan-Kai Zhang; Xiao-Yue Hong

    2013-01-01

    Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular bacteria that infect a wide range of arthropods and cause an array of effects on host reproduction, fitness and mating behavior. Although our understanding of the Wolbachia-associated effects on hosts is rapidly expanding, our knowledge of the host factors that mediate Wolbachia dynamics is rudimentary. Here, we explore the interactions between Wolbachia and its host, the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch. Our results indicate th...

  7. Nestedness of ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks.

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    Sean P Graham

    Full Text Available Determining the structure of ectoparasite-host networks will enable disease ecologists to better understand and predict the spread of vector-borne diseases. If these networks have consistent properties, then studying the structure of well-understood networks could lead to extrapolation of these properties to others, including those that support emerging pathogens. Borrowing a quantitative measure of network structure from studies of mutualistic relationships between plants and their pollinators, we analyzed 29 ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks--including three derived from molecular bloodmeal analysis of mosquito feeding patterns--using measures of nestedness to identify non-random interactions among species. We found significant nestedness in ectoparasite-vertebrate host lists for habitats ranging from tropical rainforests to polar environments. These networks showed non-random patterns of nesting, and did not differ significantly from published estimates of nestedness from mutualistic networks. Mutualistic and antagonistic networks appear to be organized similarly, with generalized ectoparasites interacting with hosts that attract many ectoparasites and more specialized ectoparasites usually interacting with these same "generalized" hosts. This finding has implications for understanding the network dynamics of vector-born pathogens. We suggest that nestedness (rather than random ectoparasite-host associations can allow rapid transfer of pathogens throughout a network, and expand upon such concepts as the dilution effect, bridge vectors, and host switching in the context of nested ectoparasite-vertebrate host networks.

  8. Host-pathogen interactions during apoptosis

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    Seyed E Hasnain; Rasheeda Begum; K V A Ramaiah; Sudhir Sahdev; E M Shajil; Tarvinder K Taneja; Manjari Mohan; M Athar; Nand K Sah; M Krishnaveni

    2003-04-01

    Host pathogen interaction results in a variety of responses, which include phagocytosis of the pathogen, release of cytokines, secretion of toxins, as well as production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Recent studies have shown that many pathogens exert control on the processes that regulate apoptosis in the host. The induction of apoptosis upon infection results from a complex interaction of parasite proteins with cellular host proteins. Abrogation of host cell apoptosis is often beneficial for the pathogen and results in a successful host invasion. However, in some cases, it has been shown that induction of apoptosis in the infected cells significantly imparts protection to the host from the pathogen. There is a strong correlation between apoptosis and the host protein translation machinery: the pathogen makes all possible efforts to modify this process so as to inhibit cell suicide and ensure that it can survive and, in some cases, establish latent infection. This review discusses the significance of various pathways/steps during virus-mediated modulation of host cell apoptosis.

  9. Warfare between Host Immunity and Bacterial Weapons.

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    Yu, Manda; Lai, Erh-Min

    2017-01-11

    Bacterial pathogens deploy protein secretion systems to facilitate infection and colonization of their hosts. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Chen et al. (2017) report a new role for a type VI secretion effector in promoting bacterial colonization by preventing inflammasome activation induced by a type III secretion system. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Host preferences of blood-feeding mosquitoes

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    Takken, W.; Verhulst, N.O.

    2013-01-01

    Mosquitoes use plant sugars and vertebrate blood as nutritional resources. When searching for blood hosts, some mosquitoes express preferential behavior for selected species. Here, we review the available knowledge on host preference, as this is expected to affect the life history and transmission

  11. From Dietary Fiber to Host Physiology

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    Koh, Ara; De Vadder, Filipe; Kovatcheva-Datchary, Petia

    2016-01-01

    A compelling set of links between the composition of the gut microbiota, the host diet, and host physiology has emerged. Do these links reflect cause-and-effect relationships, and what might be their mechanistic basis? A growing body of work implicates microbially produced metabolites as crucial...

  12. The Extreme Hosts of Extreme Supernovae

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    Neill, James D; Gal-Yam, Avishay; Quimby, Robert; Ofek, Eran; Wyder, Ted K; Howell, D Andrew; Nugent, Peter; Seibert, Mark; Martin, D Christopher; Overzier, Roderik; Barlow, Tom A; Foster, Karl; Friedman, Peter G; Morrissey, Patrick; Neff, Susan G; Schiminovich, David; Bianchi, Luciana; Donas, José; Heckman, Timothy M; Lee, Young-Wook; Madore, Barry F; Milliard, Bruno; Rich, R Michael; Szalay, Alex S

    2010-01-01

    We use GALEX ultraviolet (UV) and optical integrated photometry of the hosts of seventeen luminous supernovae (LSNe, having peak M_V 100 M_sun), by appearing in low-SFR hosts, are potential tests for theories of the initial mass function that limit the maximum mass of a star based on the S FR.

  13. Evaluation of the CR{sub 3}C{sub 2}(NICR) coating deposited on S4400 with the HVOF process for PEM fuel flow plates; Evaluacion del recubrimiento CR{sub 3}C{sub 2}(NICR) depositado sobre S4400 por el proceso HVOF para placas de flujo de celdas de combustible PEM

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    Rendon Belmonte, M.; Perez Quiroz, J.T. [Instituto Mexicano del Transporte, Queretaro, Queretaro (Mexico)]. E-mail: marielarb17@hotmail.com; Porcayo Calderon, J. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Orozco, G. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica S. C., Queretaro, Queretaro (Mexico)

    2009-09-15

    This research studied the behavior of Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}(NiCr) coating deposited on S4400 with the HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen-Fuel) thermal projection process. Coating was applied after the surface of the plate was prepared with ceramic granulated metal burst according to norm NACE No. 1/ SSPC-SP 5 and cleaned with acetone. The electrolyte used was an H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} 0,5 M + 2 ppm F{sup -} solution at ambient temperature. Mercury sulfate (Hg{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) electrode was used as the reference electrode and the counter electrode used was a graphite bar. To study the electrochemical behavior, polarization curves were generated with a sweep speed of 0.15 mV/s, according to norms ASTM G5 and ASTM G59. Before testing, the Ecorr was measured with a high impedance multimeter (10{sup 6}). The morphological aspect of the coating evaluated was analyzed with SEM (sweep electron microscopy). Based on the obtained icorr values of 1.7*10{sup -4} mA/cm{sup 2} for a period of 576 hours, we can state that this coating meets the criteria for resistance to corrosion required by the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) for consideration of its use in PEM fuel cell flow plates. [Spanish] En esta investigacion se estudio el comportamiento del recubrimiento Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}(NiCr), depositado sobre S4400 mediante el proceso de proyeccion termica HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen-Fuel). Previo a la aplicacion del recubrimiento, la placa fue preparada superficialmente mediante rafaga de granalla ceramica de acuerdo con la norma NACE No. 1/ SSPC-SP 5, limpiada con acetona y en esta condicion se procedio a la aplicacion del recubrimiento. El electrolito empleado fue una solucion de H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} 0,5 M + 2 ppm F{sup -} a temperatura ambiente, como electrodo de referencia se empleo un electrodo de sulfato mercuroso (Hg{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) y como contraelectrodo una barra de grafito. Para estudiar el comportamiento electroquimico se realizaron curvas de polarizacion con una velocidad de barrido de 0

  14. The Role of Within-Host Competition for Coexistence in Multiparasitoid-Host Systems.

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    van Velzen, Ellen; Pérez-Vila, Saleta; Etienne, Rampal S

    2016-01-01

    Multiparasitism (females of multiple species parasitizing the same host) is a ubiquitous phenomenon in parasitoids, yet the role of within-host competition has been mostly ignored in multiparasitoid-host models. Here we study the effect of varying the degree of competition at different life stages: competition over oviposition sites (between-adult competition) and larval competition over resources within the host (within-host competition). We adapt a Nicholson-Bailey model to allow for varying levels of between-adult competition (varying the overlap in species distributions) and within-host competition (varying the number of offspring that can successfully emerge from a host). Surprisingly, while stronger between-adult competition reduces coexistence, stronger within-host competition promotes it. Asymmetric between-adult competition (a fecundity difference between the two species) reduces coexistence when compared to symmetric competition; this can be counteracted by asymmetric within-host competition (within-host competitive advantage of the lower-fecundity species), but only when within-host competition is strong and the correlation between the parasitoids' distributions is intermediate. We discuss our results in the context of the interaction between two parasitoid species, Nasonia vitripennis and Nasonia giraulti, which have strongly correlated distributions and high levels of multiparasitism in the field. We conclude that either low or asymmetric within-host competition is unlikely to explain their coexistence.

  15. Magnetism and activity of planet hosting stars

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    Wright, Jason T.; Miller, Brendan P.

    The magnetic activity levels of planet host stars may differ from that of stars not known to host planets in several ways. Hot Jupiters may induce activity in their hosts through magnetic interactions, or through tidal interactions by affecting their host's rotation or convection. Measurements of photospheric, chromospheric, or coronal activity might then be abnormally high or low compared to control stars that do not host hot Jupiters, or might be modulated at the planet's orbital period. Such detections are complicated by the small amplitude of the expected signal, by the fact that the signals may be transient, and by the difficulty of constructing control samples due to exoplanet detection biases and the uncertainty of field star ages. We review these issues, and discuss avenues for future progress in the field.

  16. Host range of meliolaceous fungi in India

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    V.B. Hosagoudar

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The order Meliolales comprises two families, namely, Armatellaceae and Meliolaceae. Except the genera Endomeliola and Pauhia, India represents rest of the nine genera of this group. The family Armatellaceae includes two genera, namely, Armatella and Basavamyces. The family Meliolaceae includes seven genera: Amazonia, Appendiculella, Asteridiella, Ectendomeliola, Irenopsis, Meliola and Prataprajella. All these nine genera represent 613 species and infra-specific taxa known till the year 2006, infected 766 host plants belonging to 349 host genera distributed among 104 families. All the host families and the fungal genera are arranged alphabetically with their corresponding parasite and the host plant. The corresponding number after the host family represents the number of meliolaceous taxa known on the members of that family.

  17. Codivergence of mycoviruses with their hosts.

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    Markus Göker

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The associations between pathogens and their hosts are complex and can result from any combination of evolutionary events such as codivergence, switching, and duplication of the pathogen. Mycoviruses are RNA viruses which infect fungi and for which natural vectors are so far unknown. Thus, lateral transfer might be improbable and codivergence their dominant mode of evolution. Accordingly, mycoviruses are a suitable target for statistical tests of virus-host codivergence, but inference of mycovirus phylogenies might be difficult because of low sequence similarity even within families. METHODOLOGY: We analyzed here the evolutionary dynamics of all mycovirus families by comparing virus and host phylogenies. Additionally, we assessed the sensitivity of the co-phylogenetic tests to the settings for inferring virus trees from their genome sequences and approximate, taxonomy-based host trees. CONCLUSIONS: While sequence alignment filtering modes affected branch support, the overall results of the co-phylogenetic tests were significantly influenced only by the number of viruses sampled per family. The trees of the two largest families, Partitiviridae and Totiviridae, were significantly more similar to those of their hosts than expected by chance, and most individual host-virus links had a significant positive impact on the global fit, indicating that codivergence is the dominant mode of virus diversification. However, in this regard mycoviruses did not differ from closely related viruses sampled from non-fungus hosts. The remaining virus families were either dominated by other evolutionary modes or lacked an apparent overall pattern. As this negative result might be caused by insufficient taxon sampling, the most parsimonious hypothesis still is that host-parasite evolution is basically the same in all mycovirus families. This is the first study of mycovirus-host codivergence, and the results shed light not only on how mycovirus biology

  18. Effect of Intermediate Hosts on Emerging Zoonoses.

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    Cui, Jing-An; Chen, Fangyuan; Fan, Shengjie

    2017-08-01

    Most emerging zoonotic pathogens originate from animals. They can directly infect humans through natural reservoirs or indirectly through intermediate hosts. As a bridge, an intermediate host plays different roles in the transmission of zoonotic pathogens. In this study, we present three types of pathogen transmission to evaluate the effect of intermediate hosts on emerging zoonotic diseases in human epidemics. These types are identified as follows: TYPE 1, pathogen transmission without an intermediate host for comparison; TYPE 2, pathogen transmission with an intermediate host as an amplifier; and TYPE 3, pathogen transmission with an intermediate host as a vessel for genetic variation. In addition, we established three mathematical models to elucidate the mechanisms underlying zoonotic disease transmission according to these three types. Stability analysis indicated that the existence of intermediate hosts increased the difficulty of controlling zoonotic diseases because of more difficult conditions to satisfy for the disease to die out. The human epidemic would die out under the following conditions: TYPE 1: [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]; TYPE 2: [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], and [Formula: see text]; and TYPE 3: [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], and [Formula: see text] Simulation with similar parameters demonstrated that intermediate hosts could change the peak time and number of infected humans during a human epidemic; intermediate hosts also exerted different effects on controlling the prevalence of a human epidemic with natural reservoirs in different periods, which is important in addressing problems in public health. Monitoring and controlling the number of natural reservoirs and intermediate hosts at the right time would successfully manage and prevent the prevalence of emerging zoonoses in humans.

  19. Uncovering Wolbachia diversity upon artificial host transfer.

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    Daniela I Schneider

    Full Text Available The common endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria influence arthropod hosts in multiple ways. They are mostly recognized for their manipulations of host reproduction, yet, more recent studies demonstrate that Wolbachia also impact host behavior, metabolic pathways and immunity. Besides their biological and evolutionary roles, Wolbachia are new potential biological control agents for pest and vector management. Importantly, Wolbachia-based control strategies require controlled symbiont transfer between host species and predictable outcomes of novel Wolbachia-host associations. Theoretically, this artificial horizontal transfer could inflict genetic changes within transferred Wolbachia populations. This could be facilitated through de novo mutations in the novel recipient host or changes of haplotype frequencies of polymorphic Wolbachia populations when transferred from donor to recipient hosts. Here we show that Wolbachia resident in the European cherry fruit fly, Rhagoletis cerasi, exhibit ancestral and cryptic sequence polymorphism in three symbiont genes, which are exposed upon microinjection into the new hosts Drosophila simulans and Ceratitis capitata. Our analyses of Wolbachia in microinjected D. simulans over 150 generations after microinjection uncovered infections with multiple Wolbachia strains in trans-infected lines that had previously been typed as single infections. This confirms the persistence of low-titer Wolbachia strains in microinjection experiments that had previously escaped standard detection techniques. Our study demonstrates that infections by multiple Wolbachia strains can shift in prevalence after artificial host transfer driven by either stochastic or selective processes. Trans-infection of Wolbachia can claim fitness costs in new hosts and we speculate that these costs may have driven the shifts of Wolbachia strains that we saw in our model system.

  20. Mosquito host selection varies seasonally with host availability and mosquito density.

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    Tara C Thiemann

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Host selection by vector mosquitoes is a critical component of virus proliferation, particularly for viruses such as West Nile (WNV that are transmitted enzootically to a variety of avian hosts, and tangentially to dead-end hosts such as humans. Culex tarsalis is a principal vector of WNV in rural areas of western North America. Based on previous work, Cx. tarsalis utilizes a variety of avian and mammalian hosts and tends to feed more frequently on mammals in the late summer than during the rest of the year. To further explore this and other temporal changes in host selection, bloodfed females were collected at a rural farmstead and heron nesting site in Northern California from May 2008 through May 2009, and bloodmeal hosts identified using either a microsphere-based array or by sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I (COI gene. Host composition during summer was dominated by four species of nesting Ardeidae. In addition, the site was populated with various passerine species as well as domestic farm animals and humans. When present, Cx. tarsalis fed predominantly (>80% upon the ardeids, with Black-crowned Night-Herons, a highly competent WNV host, the most prevalent summer host. As the ardeids fledged and left the area and mosquito abundance increased in late summer, Cx. tarsalis feeding shifted to include more mammals, primarily cattle, and a high diversity of avian species. In the winter, Yellow-billed Magpies and House Sparrows were the predominant hosts, and Yellow-billed Magpies and American Robins were fed upon more frequently than expected given their relative abundance. These data demonstrated that host selection was likely based both on host availability and differences in utilization, that the shift of bloodfeeding to include more mammalian hosts was likely the result of both host availability and increased mosquito abundance, and that WNV-competent hosts were fed upon by Cx. tarsalis throughout the year.

  1. Host response to biomaterials the impact of host response on biomaterial selection

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    Badylak, Stephen F

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    Host Response to Biomaterials: The Impact of Host Response on Biomaterial Selection explains the various categories of biomaterials and their significance for clinical applications, focusing on the host response to each biomaterial. It is one of the first books to connect immunology and biomaterials with regard to host response. The text also explores the role of the immune system in host response, and covers the regulatory environment for biomaterials, along with the benefits of synthetic versus natural biomaterials, and the transition from simple to complex biomaterial solutions. Fiel

  2. Prediction of HIV-1 virus-host protein interactions using virus and host sequence motifs

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    Tozeren Aydin

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Host protein-protein interaction networks are altered by invading virus proteins, which create new interactions, and modify or destroy others. The resulting network topology favors excessive amounts of virus production in a stressed host cell network. Short linear peptide motifs common to both virus and host provide the basis for host network modification. Methods We focused our host-pathogen study on the binding and competing interactions of HIV-1 and human proteins. We showed that peptide motifs conserved across 70% of HIV-1 subtype B and C samples occurred in similar positions on HIV-1 proteins, and we documented protein domains that interact with these conserved motifs. We predicted which human proteins may be targeted by HIV-1 by taking pairs of human proteins that may interact via a motif conserved in HIV-1 and the corresponding interacting protein domain. Results Our predictions were enriched with host proteins known to interact with HIV-1 proteins ENV, NEF, and TAT (p-value Conclusion A list of host proteins highly enriched with those targeted by HIV-1 proteins can be obtained by searching for host protein motifs along virus protein sequences. The resulting set of host proteins predicted to be targeted by virus proteins will become more accurate with better annotations of motifs and domains. Nevertheless, our study validates the role of linear binding motifs shared by virus and host proteins as an important part of the crosstalk between virus and host.

  3. Host Genotype and Coinfection Modify the Relationship of within and between Host Transmission.

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    Susi, Hanna; Vale, Pedro F; Laine, Anna-Liisa

    2015-08-01

    Variation in individual-level disease transmission is well documented, but the underlying causes of this variation are challenging to disentangle in natural epidemics. In general, within-host replication is critical in determining the extent to which infected hosts shed transmission propagules, but which factors cause variation in this relationship are poorly understood. Here, using a plant host, Plantago lanceolata, and the powdery mildew fungus Podosphaera plantaginis, we quantify how the distinct stages of within-host spread (autoinfection), spore release, and successful transmission to new hosts (alloinfection) are influenced by host genotype, pathogen genotype, and the coinfection status of the host. We find that within-host spread alone fails to predict transmission rates, as this relationship is modified by genetic variation in hosts and pathogens. Their contributions change throughout the course of the epidemic. Host genotype and coinfection had particularly pronounced effects on the dynamics of spore release from infected hosts. Confidently predicting disease spread from local levels of individual transmission, therefore, requires a more nuanced understanding of genotype-specific infection outcomes. This knowledge is key to better understanding the drivers of epidemiological dynamics and the resulting evolutionary trajectories of infectious disease.

  4. Host allometry influences the evolution of parasite host-generalism: theory and meta-analysis

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    Hurford, Amy; Ellison, Amy R.

    2017-01-01

    Parasites vary widely in the diversity of hosts they infect: some parasite species are specialists—infecting just a single host species, while others are generalists, capable of infecting many. Understanding the factors that drive parasite host-generalism is of basic biological interest, but also directly relevant to predicting disease emergence in new host species, identifying parasites that are likely to have unidentified additional hosts, and assessing transmission risk. Here, we use mathematical models to investigate how variation in host body size and environmental temperature affect the evolution of parasite host-generalism. We predict that parasites are more likely to evolve a generalist strategy when hosts are large-bodied, when variation in host body size is large, and in cooler environments. We then explore these predictions using a newly updated database of over 20 000 fish–macroparasite associations. Within the database we see some evidence supporting these predictions, but also highlight mismatches between theory and data. By combining these two approaches, we establish a theoretical basis for interpreting empirical data on parasites' host specificity and identify key areas for future work that will help untangle the drivers of parasite host-generalism. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Opening the black box: re-examining the ecology and evolution of parasite transmission’. PMID:28289257

  5. Bartonella entry mechanisms into mammalian host cells.

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    Eicher, Simone C; Dehio, Christoph

    2012-08-01

    The Gram-negative genus Bartonella comprises arthropod-borne pathogens that typically infect mammals in a host-specific manner. Bartonella bacilliformis and Bartonella quintana are human-specific pathogens, while several zoonotic bartonellae specific for diverse animal hosts infect humans as an incidental host. Clinical manifestations of Bartonella infections range from mild symptoms to life-threatening disease. Following transmission by blood-sucking arthropods or traumatic contact with infected animals, bartonellae display sequential tropisms towards endothelial and possibly other nucleated cells and erythrocytes, the latter in a host-specific manner. Attachment to the extracellular matrix (ECM) and to nucleated cells is mediated by surface-exposed bacterial adhesins, in particular trimeric autotransporter adhesins (TAAs). The subsequent engulfment of the pathogen into a vacuolar structure follows a unique series of events whereby the pathogen avoids the endolysosomal compartments. For Bartonella henselae and assumingly most other species, the infection process is aided at different steps by Bartonella effector proteins (Beps). They are injected into host cells through the type IV secretion system (T4SS) VirB/D4 and subvert host cellular functions to favour pathogen uptake. Bacterial binding to erythrocytes is mediated by Trw, another T4SS, in a strictly host-specific manner, followed by pathogen-forced uptake involving the IalB invasin and subsequent replication and persistence within a membrane-bound intra-erythrocytic compartment.

  6. Mechanisms of host seeking by parasitic nematodes.

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    Gang, Spencer S; Hallem, Elissa A

    2016-07-01

    The phylum Nematoda comprises a diverse group of roundworms that includes parasites of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. Human-parasitic nematodes infect more than one billion people worldwide and cause some of the most common neglected tropical diseases, particularly in low-resource countries [1]. Parasitic nematodes of livestock and crops result in billions of dollars in losses each year [1]. Many nematode infections are treatable with low-cost anthelmintic drugs, but repeated infections are common in endemic areas and drug resistance is a growing concern with increasing therapeutic and agricultural administration [1]. Many parasitic nematodes have an environmental infective larval stage that engages in host seeking, a process whereby the infective larvae use sensory cues to search for hosts. Host seeking is a complex behavior that involves multiple sensory modalities, including olfaction, gustation, thermosensation, and humidity sensation. As the initial step of the parasite-host interaction, host seeking could be a powerful target for preventative intervention. However, host-seeking behavior remains poorly understood. Here we review what is currently known about the host-seeking behaviors of different parasitic nematodes, including insect-parasitic nematodes, mammalian-parasitic nematodes, and plant-parasitic nematodes. We also discuss the neural bases of these behaviors.

  7. The coevolutionary implications of host tolerance.

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    Best, Alex; White, Andy; Boots, Mike

    2014-05-01

    Host tolerance to infectious disease, whereby hosts do not directly "fight" parasites but instead ameliorate the damage caused, is an important defense mechanism in both plants and animals. Because tolerance to parasite virulence may lead to higher prevalence of disease in a population, evolutionary theory tells us that while the spread of resistance genes will result in negative frequency dependence and the potential for diversification, the evolution of tolerance is instead likely to result in fixation. However, our understanding of the broader implications of tolerance is limited by a lack of fully coevolutionary theory. Here we examine the coevolution of tolerance across a comprehensive range of classic coevolutionary host-parasite frameworks, including equivalents of gene-for-gene and matching allele and evolutionary invasion models. Our models show that the coevolution of host tolerance and parasite virulence does not lead to the generation and maintenance of diversity through either static polymorphisms or through "Red-queen" cycles. Coevolution of tolerance may however lead to multiple stable states leading to sudden shifts in parasite impacts on host health. More broadly, we emphasize that tolerance may change host-parasite interactions from antagonistic to a form of "apparent commensalism," but may also lead to the evolution of parasites that are highly virulent in nontolerant hosts.

  8. Host Galaxy Identification for Supernova Surveys

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    Gupta, Ravi R; Kovacs, Eve; Spinka, Harold; Kessler, Richard; Goldstein, Daniel A; Liotine, Camille; Pomian, Katarzyna; D'Andrea, Chris B; Sullivan, Mark; Carretero, Jorge; Castander, Francisco J; Nichol, Robert C; Finley, David A; Fischer, John A; Foley, Ryan J; Kim, Alex G; Papadopoulos, Andreas; Sako, Masao; Scolnic, Daniel M; Smith, Mathew; Tucker, Brad E; Uddin, Syed; Wolf, Rachel C; Yuan, Fang; Abbott, Tim M C; Abdalla, Filipe B; Benoit-Levy, Aurelien; Bertin, Emmanuel; Brooks, David; Rosell, Aurelio Carnero; Kind, Matias Carrasco; Cunha, Carlos E; da Costa, Luiz N; Desai, Shantanu; Doel, Peter; Eifler, Tim F; Evrard, August E; Flaugher, Brenna; Fosalba, Pablo; Gaztanaga, Enrique; Gruen, Daniel; Gruendl, Robert; James, David J; Kuehn, Kyler; Kuropatkin, Nikolay; Maia, Marcio A G; Marshall, Jennifer L; Miquel, Ramon; Plazas, Andres A; Romer, A Kathy; Sanchez, Eusebio; Schubnell, Michael; Sevilla-Noarbe, Ignacio; Sobreira, Flavia; Suchyta, Eric; Swanson, Molly E C; Tarle, Gregory; Walker, Alistair R; Wester, William

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    Host galaxy identification is a crucial step for modern supernova (SN) surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will discover SNe by the thousands. Spectroscopic resources are limited, so in the absence of real-time SN spectra these surveys must rely on host galaxy spectra to obtain accurate redshifts for the Hubble diagram and to improve photometric classification of SNe. In addition, SN luminosities are known to correlate with host-galaxy properties. Therefore, reliable identification of host galaxies is essential for cosmology and SN science. We simulate SN events and their locations within their host galaxies to develop and test methods for matching SNe to their hosts. We use both real and simulated galaxy catalog data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys General Catalog and MICECATv2.0, respectively. We also incorporate "hostless" SNe residing in undetected faint hosts into our analysis, with an assumed hostless rate of 5%. Our fully automated alg...

  9. The Local Hosts of Type Ia Supernovae

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    Neill, James D; Howell, D Andy; Conley, Alex; Seibert, Mark; Martin, D Christopher; Barlow, Tom A; Foster, Karl; Friedman, Peter G; Morrissey, Patrick; Neff, Susan G; Schiminovich, David; Wyder, Ted K; Bianchi, Luciana; Donas, José; Heckman, Timothy M; Lee, Young-Wook; Madore, Barry F; Milliard, Bruno; Rich, R Michael; Szalay, A S

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    We use multi-wavelength, matched aperture, integrated photometry from GALEX, SDSS and the RC3 to estimate the physical properties of 166 nearby galaxies hosting 168 well-observed Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia). Our data corroborate well-known features that have been seen in other SN Ia samples. Specifically, hosts with active star formation produce brighter and slower SNe Ia on average, and hosts with luminosity-weighted ages older than 1 Gyr produce on average more faint, fast and fewer bright, slow SNe Ia than younger hosts. New results include that in our sample, the faintest and fastest SNe Ia occur only in galaxies exceeding a stellar mass threshhold of ~10^10 M_sun, indicating that their progenitors must arise in populations that are older and/or more metal rich than the general SN Ia population. A low host extinction sub-sample hints at a residual trend in peak luminosity with host age, after correcting for light-curve shape, giving the appearance that older hosts produce less-extincted SNe Ia on average....

  10. Shifting preference between oviposition vs. host-feeding under changing host densities in two aphelinid parasitoids

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    Yang, Nian-Wan; Ji, Lu-Lu; Lövei, Gabor L

    2012-01-01

    feeding and oviposition on two whitefly parasitoids under varying host densities. Females of two aphelinid parasitoids, Eretmocerus hayati and Encarsia sophia were exposed to nine different densities of their whitefly host, Bemisia tabaci, in single-instar tests to identify their functional response....... Mixed-instar host choice tests were also conducted by exposing whiteflies at four densities to the parasitoids. We hypothesized that the parasitoid females can detect different host densities, and decide on oviposition vs. host-feeding accordingly. The results showed that both Er. hayati and En. sophia...... parasitized most on first and second (the optimal ones), and fed most on third nymphal instars (the suboptimal one) of the whitefly host as theory predicts, while at high densities, both parasitism and host-feeding occurred on first and second instars which are preferred for oviposition. En. sophia...

  11. Host conservatism or host specialization? Patterns of fungal diversification are influenced by host specificity in Ophiognomonia (Gnomoniaceae, Diaporthales)

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    Species of Ophiognomonia (Gnomoniaceae) are perithecial fungi that occur as endophytes, pathogens, and latent saprobes on leaf and stem tissue of plants in the Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Juglandaceae, Lauraceae, Malvaceae, Platanaceae, Rosaceae, Salicaceae, and Sapindaceae. In this study host plant patte...

  12. Mesoscale spatiotemporal variability in a complex host-parasite system influenced by intermediate host body size.

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    Rodríguez, Sara M; Valdivia, Nelson

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    Parasites are essential components of natural communities, but the factors that generate skewed distributions of parasite occurrences and abundances across host populations are not well understood. Here, we analyse at a seascape scale the spatiotemporal relationships of parasite exposure and host body-size with the proportion of infected hosts (i.e., prevalence) and aggregation of parasite burden across ca. 150 km of the coast and over 22 months. We predicted that the effects of parasite exposure on prevalence and aggregation are dependent on host body-sizes. We used an indirect host-parasite interaction in which migratory seagulls, sandy-shore molecrabs, and an acanthocephalan worm constitute the definitive hosts, intermediate hosts, and endoparasite, respectively. In such complex systems, increments in the abundance of definitive hosts imply increments in intermediate hosts' exposure to the parasite's dispersive stages. Linear mixed-effects models showed a significant, albeit highly variable, positive relationship between seagull density and prevalence. This relationship was stronger for small (cephalothorax length >15 mm) than large molecrabs (<15 mm). Independently of seagull density, large molecrabs carried significantly more parasites than small molecrabs. The analysis of the variance-to-mean ratio of per capita parasite burden showed no relationship between seagull density and mean parasite aggregation across host populations. However, the amount of unexplained variability in aggregation was strikingly higher in larger than smaller intermediate hosts. This unexplained variability was driven by a decrease in the mean-variance scaling in heavily infected large molecrabs. These results show complex interdependencies between extrinsic and intrinsic population attributes on the structure of host-parasite interactions. We suggest that parasite accumulation-a characteristic of indirect host-parasite interactions-and subsequent increasing mortality rates over

  13. Multiplicity-Study of Exoplanet Host Stars

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    Mugrauer, M.; Neuhäuser, R.; Ginski, C.; Eisenbeiss, T.

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    We carry out a systematic search campaign for wide companions of exoplanet host stars to study their multiplicity and its influence on the long-term stability and the orbital parameters of the exoplanets. We have already found 6 wide companions, raising the number of confirmed binaries among the exoplanet host stars to 20 systems. We have also searched for wide companions of Gl86, the first known exoplanet host star with a white dwarf companion. Our Sofi/NTT observations are sensitive to subs...

  14. Treatment of candidiasis: insights from host genetics.

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    Delsing, Corine E; Bleeker-Rovers, Chantal P; Kullberg, Bart-Jan; Netea, Mihai G

    2012-08-01

    Candida species are major causes of mucosal and invasive infections, leading to substantial morbidity and mortality. Despite the development of new classes of antifungal drugs, mortality in patients with systemic candidiasis remains high. Host-Candida interaction plays an important role in effective elimination of the pathogen. Genetic studies have rendered important insights into antifungal host defense and have identified potential targets for adjunctive therapy. In this article, the authors review the genetic variations in the host defense to Candida and their implications for the treatment of mucosal and systemic candidiasis.

  15. Protective host immune responses to Salmonella infection.

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    Pham, Oanh H; McSorley, Stephen J

    2015-01-01

    Salmonella enterica serovars Typhi and Paratyphi are the causative agents of human typhoid fever. Current typhoid vaccines are ineffective and are not widely used in endemic areas. Greater understanding of host-pathogen interactions during Salmonella infection should facilitate the development of improved vaccines to combat typhoid and nontyphoidal Salmonellosis. This review will focus on our current understanding of Salmonella pathogenesis and the major host immune components that participate in immunity to Salmonella infection. In addition, recent findings regarding host immune mechanisms in response to Salmonella infection will be also discussed, providing a new perspective on the utility of improved tools to study the immune response to Salmonella infections.

  16. Chemical similarity between historical and novel host plants promotes range and host expansion of the mountain pine beetle in a naïve host ecosystem.

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    Erbilgin, Nadir; Ma, Cary; Whitehouse, Caroline; Shan, Bin; Najar, Ahmed; Evenden, Maya

    2014-02-01

    Host plant secondary chemistry can have cascading impacts on host and range expansion of herbivorous insect populations. We investigated the role of host secondary compounds on pheromone production by the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) (MPB) and beetle attraction in response to a historical (lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta var. latifolia) and a novel (jack pine, Pinus banksiana) hosts, as pheromones regulate the host colonization process. Beetles emit the same pheromones from both hosts, but more trans-verbenol, the primary aggregation pheromone, was emitted by female beetles on the novel host. The phloem of the novel host contains more α-pinene, a secondary compound that is the precursor for trans-verbenol production in beetle, than the historical host. Beetle-induced emission of 3-carene, another secondary compound found in both hosts, was also higher from the novel host. Field tests showed that the addition of 3-carene to the pheromone mixture mimicking the aggregation pheromones produced from the two host species increased beetle capture. We conclude that chemical similarity between historical and novel hosts has facilitated host expansion of MPB in jack pine forests through the exploitation of common host secondary compounds for pheromone production and aggregation on the hosts. Furthermore, broods emerging from the novel host were larger in terms of body size.

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    ABSTRACT. This research examined the reactions of the host communities towards the implementation of ... sharing of certain benefits accruing from tourism to the people would promote a better .... information during the period under review.

  18. CERN to host conference on information society

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    CERN will host a conference on the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS) in December. This conference will focus on ensuring that the information society benefits people to the greatest extent possible, especially in developing regions.

  19. Host-bacterial interplay in periodontal disease

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    Rudrakshi Chickanna

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    Full Text Available A literature search was performed using MEDLINE (PubMed and other electronic basis from 1991 to 2014. Search included books and journals based on the systematic and critical reviews, in vitro and in vivo clinical studies on molecular basis of host microbial interactions. Clearly, an understanding of the host susceptibility factor in addition to microbial factors by elucidating the molecular basis offers opportunity for therapeutic manipulation of advancing periodontal destruction. One of the hallmarks of pathogenesis is the ability of pathogenic organisms to invade surrounding tissues and to evade the host defence. This paper focuses the general overview of molecular mechanisms involved in the microbiota and host response to bacterial inimical behavior in periodontics.

  20. Host reproductive phenology drives seasonal patterns of host use in mosquitoes.

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    Nathan D Burkett-Cadena

    Full Text Available Seasonal shifts in host use by mosquitoes from birds to mammals drive the timing and intensity of annual epidemics of mosquito-borne viruses, such as West Nile virus, in North America. The biological mechanism underlying these shifts has been a matter of debate, with hypotheses falling into two camps: (1 the shift is driven by changes in host abundance, or (2 the shift is driven by seasonal changes in the foraging behavior of mosquitoes. Here we explored the idea that seasonal changes in host use by mosquitoes are driven by temporal patterns of host reproduction. We investigated the relationship between seasonal patterns of host use by mosquitoes and host reproductive phenology by examining a seven-year dataset of blood meal identifications from a site in Tuskegee National Forest, Alabama USA and data on reproduction from the most commonly utilized endothermic (white-tailed deer, great blue heron, yellow-crowned night heron and ectothermic (frogs hosts. Our analysis revealed that feeding on each host peaked during periods of reproductive activity. Specifically, mosquitoes utilized herons in the spring and early summer, during periods of peak nest occupancy, whereas deer were fed upon most during the late summer and fall, the period corresponding to the peak in births for deer. For frogs, however, feeding on early- and late-season breeders paralleled peaks in male vocalization. We demonstrate for the first time that seasonal patterns of host use by mosquitoes track the reproductive phenology of the hosts. Peaks in relative mosquito feeding on each host during reproductive phases are likely the result of increased tolerance and decreased vigilance to attacking mosquitoes by nestlings and brooding adults (avian hosts, quiescent young (avian and mammalian hosts, and mate-seeking males (frogs.

  1. Mesoscale spatiotemporal variability in a complex host-parasite system influenced by intermediate host body size

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    Sara M. Rodríguez

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Parasites are essential components of natural communities, but the factors that generate skewed distributions of parasite occurrences and abundances across host populations are not well understood. Methods Here, we analyse at a seascape scale the spatiotemporal relationships of parasite exposure and host body-size with the proportion of infected hosts (i.e., prevalence and aggregation of parasite burden across ca. 150 km of the coast and over 22 months. We predicted that the effects of parasite exposure on prevalence and aggregation are dependent on host body-sizes. We used an indirect host-parasite interaction in which migratory seagulls, sandy-shore molecrabs, and an acanthocephalan worm constitute the definitive hosts, intermediate hosts, and endoparasite, respectively. In such complex systems, increments in the abundance of definitive hosts imply increments in intermediate hosts’ exposure to the parasite’s dispersive stages. Results Linear mixed-effects models showed a significant, albeit highly variable, positive relationship between seagull density and prevalence. This relationship was stronger for small (cephalothorax length >15 mm than large molecrabs (<15 mm. Independently of seagull density, large molecrabs carried significantly more parasites than small molecrabs. The analysis of the variance-to-mean ratio of per capita parasite burden showed no relationship between seagull density and mean parasite aggregation across host populations. However, the amount of unexplained variability in aggregation was strikingly higher in larger than smaller intermediate hosts. This unexplained variability was driven by a decrease in the mean-variance scaling in heavily infected large molecrabs. Conclusions These results show complex interdependencies between extrinsic and intrinsic population attributes on the structure of host-parasite interactions. We suggest that parasite accumulation—a characteristic of indirect host

  2. Ultramafic-Hosted Talc-Magnesite Deposits

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    Robinson,, Gilpin R.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.; Foley, Nora K.

    2006-01-01

    This presentation on the geology of ultramafic-hosted talc-magnesite deposits was given at the 42nd Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, May 7-13, 2006, in Asheville, North Carolina (USA). Talc is a soft inert industrial mineral commodity commonly used as a component or filler in ceramic, paint, paper, plastic, roofing, and electrical applications. Ultramafic-hosted talc-magnesite deposits are important sources of talc.

  3. Data hosting infrastructure for primary biodiversity data

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    Background Today, an unprecedented volume of primary biodiversity data are being generated worldwide, yet significant amounts of these data have been and will continue to be lost after the conclusion of the projects tasked with collecting them. To get the most value out of these data it is imperative to seek a solution whereby these data are rescued, archived and made available to the biodiversity community. To this end, the biodiversity informatics community requires investment in processes and infrastructure to mitigate data loss and provide solutions for long-term hosting and sharing of biodiversity data. Discussion We review the current state of biodiversity data hosting and investigate the technological and sociological barriers to proper data management. We further explore the rescuing and re-hosting of legacy data, the state of existing toolsets and propose a future direction for the development of new discovery tools. We also explore the role of data standards and licensing in the context of data hosting and preservation. We provide five recommendations for the biodiversity community that will foster better data preservation and access: (1) encourage the community's use of data standards, (2) promote the public domain licensing of data, (3) establish a community of those involved in data hosting and archival, (4) establish hosting centers for biodiversity data, and (5) develop tools for data discovery. Conclusion The community's adoption of standards and development of tools to enable data discovery is essential to sustainable data preservation. Furthermore, the increased adoption of open content licensing, the establishment of data hosting infrastructure and the creation of a data hosting and archiving community are all necessary steps towards the community ensuring that data archival policies become standardized. PMID:22373257

  4. Herpes simplex virus virion host shutoff function.

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    Kwong, A D; Kruper, J A; Frenkel, N

    1988-03-01

    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) virions contain one or more functions which mediate the shutoff of host protein synthesis and the degradation of host mRNA. HSV type 1 (HSV-1) mutants deficient in the virion shutoff of host protein synthesis (vhs mutants) were isolated and were found to be defective in their ability to degrade host mRNA. Furthermore, it was found that viral mRNAs in cells infected with the vhs 1 mutant have a significantly longer functional half-life than viral mRNAs in wild-type virus-infected cells. In the present study we have mapped the vhs1 mutation affecting the virion shutoff of host protein synthesis to a 265-base-pair NruI-XmaIII fragment spanning map coordinates 0.604 to 0.606 of the HSV-1 genome. The mutation(s) affecting the functional half-lives of host mRNA as well as the alpha (immediate-early), beta (early), and gamma (late) viral mRNAs were also mapped within this 265-base-pair fragment. Thus, the shutoff of host protein synthesis is most likely mediated by the same function which decreases the half-life of viral mRNA. The shorter half-life of infected-cell mRNAs may allow a more rapid modulation of viral gene expression in response to changes in the transcription of viral genes. Interestingly, the vhs1 mutation of HSV-1 maps within a region which overlaps the Bg/II-N sequences of HSV-2 DNA shown previously to transform cells in culture. The possible relationship between the transformation and host shutoff functions are discussed.

  5. A remote host facility for Intel hypercubes

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    Dunigan, T.H.

    1989-04-01

    The structure and use of a remote host facility for controlling application programs on an Intel hypercube are described. The facility permits an alternate UNIX host, such as a graphics workstation or supercomputer, connected by a TCP/IP network to the Intel cube manager processor to communicate with application programs running on the hypercube nodes. The facility supports both C and FORTRAN applications. 5 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  6. Treponema denticola interactions with host proteins

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    J. Christopher Fenno

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Oral Treponema species, most notably T. denticola, are implicated in the destructive effects of human periodontal disease. Progress in the molecular analysis of interactions between T. denticola and host proteins is reviewed here, with particular emphasis on the characterization of surface-expressed and secreted proteins of T. denticola involved in interactions with host cells, extracellular matrix components, and components of the innate immune system.

  7. Natal Host Plants Can Alter Herbivore Competition

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    Pan, Huipeng; Evan L. Preisser; Su, Qi; Jiao, Xiaoguo; Xie, Wen; Wang, Shaoli; Wu, Qingjun; Zhang, Youjun

    2016-01-01

    Interspecific competition between herbivores is widely recognized as an important determinant of community structure. Although researchers have identified a number of factors capable of altering competitive interactions, few studies have addressed the influence of neighboring plant species. If adaptation to/ epigenetic effects of an herbivore’s natal host plant alter its performance on other host plants, then interspecific herbivore interactions may play out differently in heterogeneous and h...

  8. Protein Complex Production in Alternative Prokaryotic Hosts.

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    Gómez, Sara; López-Estepa, Miguel; Fernández, Francisco J; Vega, M Cristina

    2016-01-01

    Research for multiprotein expression in nonconventional bacterial and archaeal expression systems aims to exploit particular properties of "alternative" prokaryotic hosts that might make them more efficient than E. coli for particular applications, especially in those areas where more conventional bacterial hosts traditionally do not perform well. Currently, a wide range of products with clinical or industrial application have to be isolated from their native source, often microorganisms whose growth present numerous problems owing to very slow growth phenotypes or because they are unculturable under laboratory conditions. In those cases, transfer of the gene pathway responsible for synthesizing the product of interest into a suitable recombinant host becomes an attractive alternative solution. Despite many efforts dedicated to improving E. coli systems due to low cost, ease of use, and its dominant position as a ubiquitous expression host model, many alternative prokaryotic systems have been developed for heterologous protein expression mostly for biotechnological applications. Continuous research has led to improvements in expression yield through these non-conventional models, including Pseudomonas, Streptomyces and Mycobacterium as alternative bacterial expression hosts. Advantageous properties shared by these systems include low costs, high levels of secreted protein products and their safety of use, with non-pathogenic strains been commercialized. In addition, the use of extremophilic and halotolerant archaea as expression hosts has to be considered as a potential tool for the production of mammalian membrane proteins such as GPCRs.

  9. Host range expansion is density dependent.

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    Castagneyrol, Bastien; Jactel, Hervé; Brockerhoff, Eckehard G; Perrette, Nicolas; Larter, Maximilien; Delzon, Sylvain; Piou, Dominique

    2016-11-01

    The realized host range of herbivores is expected to increase with herbivore population density. Theory also predicts that trait similarity and phylogenetic relatedness between native and exotic plants is expected to increase the susceptibility of introduced plants to feeding by native herbivores. Whether the ability of native herbivores to extend their host range to introduced species is density dependent is still unknown. We addressed this question by monitoring pine processionary moth (PPM, Thaumetopoea pityocampa) attacks during nine consecutive years on 41 pine species (8 native and 33 introduced) planted in an arboretum. The survey encompassed latent and outbreak periods. A total of 28 pine species were attacked by PPM. There was no difference in the probability of attack between native and introduced pine species. Host range increased and was more phylogenetically clustered during outbreak than latent periods. When population density increased, PPM expanded its diet breadth by attacking introduced pine species that were closely related to native hosts. This study demonstrates the density dependence of host range expansion in a common pine herbivore. Importantly, it supports the idea that the degree of phylogenetic proximity between host species can be a better predictor of attacks than the introduction status, which may help to predict the outcomes of new plant-herbivore interactions.

  10. Sumoylation at the Host-Pathogen Interface

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    Van G. Wilson

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Many viral proteins have been shown to be sumoylated with corresponding regulatory effects on their protein function, indicating that this host cell modification process is widely exploited by viral pathogens to control viral activity. In addition to using sumoylation to regulate their own proteins, several viral pathogens have been shown to modulate overall host sumoylation levels. Given the large number of cellular targets for SUMO addition and the breadth of critical cellular processes that are regulated via sumoylation, viral modulation of overall sumoylation presumably alters the cellular environment to ensure that it is favorable for viral reproduction and/or persistence. Like some viruses, certain bacterial plant pathogens also target the sumoylation system, usually decreasing sumoylation to disrupt host anti-pathogen responses. The recent demonstration that Listeria monocytogenes also disrupts host sumoylation, and that this is required for efficient infection, extends the plant pathogen observations to a human pathogen and suggests that pathogen modulation of host sumoylation may be more widespread than previously appreciated. This review will focus on recent aspects of how pathogens modulate the host sumoylation system and how this benefits the pathogen.

  11. Theoretical studies of the local structure and electron paramagnetic resonance parameters for tetragonal VO{sup 2+} in C{sub 6}H{sub 7}KO{sub 7}

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    Zhou, Ping [Chongqing Jiaotong Univ. (China). School of Science; Li, Ling [Sichuan University of Arts and Science, Dazhou (China). Dept. of Maths and Finance-Economics

    2015-07-01

    The optical spectra, electron paramagnetic resonance parameters (i.e., the spin Hamiltonian parameters, including paramagnetic g factors and the hyperfine structure constants A{sub i}) and the local distortion structure for the tetragonal VO{sup 2+} in C{sub 6}H{sub 7}KO{sub 7} are theoretically studied based on the crystal-field theory and three-order perturbation formulas of a 3d{sup 1} centre in tetragonal site. The magnitude of orbital reduction factor, core polarisation constant κ, and local structure parameters are obtained by fitting the calculated optical spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance parameters to the experimental values. The theoretical results are in reasonable agreement with the experimental values.

  12. Chemical shift anisotropies of 1H in H2O(s), H2S(s), and C>6H6(s)

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    Ryan, Larry Michael [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1977-10-01

    The proton NMR in powdered samples of H2O(s), H2S(s), and C>6H6(s) have been studied by multiple pulse line narrowing techniques. The resultant spectra provide nuclear magnetic shielding tensors that are (at least approximately) axially symmetric. The anisotropy is 34.2 ± 1.0 ppM for ice, 11.1 ± 1.0 ppM for the highest-temperature phase of solid hydrogen sulfide, and -5.3 ± 0.3 for benzene. Comparisons are made with previous experimental and theoretical work.

  13. Phase coexistence in NaZn{sub 13}-type LaFe{sub 11.4}Al{sub 1.6}C{sub 0.02} compound

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    Chen Jing [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Institute of Physics and Centre for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Department of Applied Physics, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065 (China); Dong Qiaoyan [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Institute of Physics and Centre for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhang Hongwei [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Institute of Physics and Centre for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)], E-mail: hwzhang@aphy.iphy.ac.cn; Zhang Ligang [Department of Applied Physics, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065 (China); Sun Jirong; Shen Baogen [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Institute of Physics and Centre for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2009-10-15

    In NaZn{sub 13}-type LaFe{sub 11.4}Al{sub 1.6}C{sub 0.02} compound, a signature of weak ferromagnetism is observed at {approx}100 K under a low field by ac magnetic-susceptibility and electrical-resistivity measurements, implying the coexistence of ferromagnetic (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) phases. The hysteresis in isofield magnetization curves and large magnetic relaxation demonstrate the metastability of the magnetic state in the AFM-FM transition region. The variations of magnetization with temperature, time and field show distinct step-like behaviors, which is probably attributed to the discontinuous growth of ferromagnetic cluster in antiferromagnetic matrix.

  14. Sm(eta/sup 6/-C/sub 6/Me/sub 6/)(eta/sup 2/-AlCl/sub 4/)/sub 3/: the first structure of a rare earth complex with a neutral. pi. -ligand

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    Cotton, F.A.; Schwotzer, W.

    1986-07-23

    The authors and others have demonstrated before that one of these intercalators, UCl/sub 4/, can undergo arylation reactions to yield eta/sup 6/-arene complexes and they have structurally characterized such compounds of U(IV) and U(III). In light of the fact that U arene complexes are the only examples of neutral ..pi..-ligands bonded to f-elements, they were wondering whether uranium constitutes a special case and whether an f-orbital contribution was instrumental in the bonding. It was therefore tempting to challenge this synthetic approach with lanthanide metals for which there is no structurally characterized complex with neutral ..pi..-ligands on record. They have chosen a known intercalator of graphite and wish to report here on the first arene complex of a rare earth element, Sm(eta/sup 6/-C/sub 6/Me/sub 6/)(AlCl/sub 4/)/sub 3/-1.5 toluene.

  15. Graphene composite for improvement in the conversion efficiency of flexible poly 3-hexyl-thiophene:[6,6]-phenyl C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester polymer solar cells

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    Chauhan, A. K., E-mail: akchau@barc.gov.in, E-mail: akc.barc@gmail.com; Gusain, Abhay; Jha, P.; Koiry, S. P.; Saxena, Vibha; Veerender, P.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai-400085 (India)

    2014-03-31

    The solution of thin graphene-sheets obtained from a simple ultrasonic exfoliation process was found to chemically interact with [6,6]-phenyl C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) molecules. The thinner graphene-sheets have significantly altered the positions of highest occupied molecular orbital and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of PCBM, which is beneficial for the enhancement of the open circuit voltage of the solar cells. Flexible bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated using poly 3-hexylthiophene (P3HT):PCBM-graphene exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 2.51%, which is a ∼2-fold increase as compared to those fabricated using P3HT:PCBM. Inclusion of graphene-sheets not only improved the open-circuit voltage but also enhanced the short-circuit current density owing to an improved electron transport.

  16. Disodium terephthalate (Na{sub 2}C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}) as high performance anode material for low-cost room-temperature sodium-ion battery

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    Zhao, Liang; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Li, Hong; Armand, Michel; Chen, Liquan [Key Laboratory for Renewable Energy, Beijing Key Laboratory for New, Energy Materials and Devices, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Zhao, Junmei [Key Laboratory of Green Process and Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Zhou, Zhibin [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (China)

    2012-08-15

    In this contribution, a cheap organic material, disodium terephthalate, Na{sub 2}C{sub 8}H{sub 4}O{sub 4}, has been firstly evaluated as a novel anode for room-temperature Na-ion batteries. The material exhibits a high reversible capacity of 250 mAh/g with excellent cycleability. The average Na storage voltage is approximately 0.43 V vs. Na{sup +}/Na. A thin layer of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating on the electrode surface derived from the atomic layer deposition technique is effective in further enhancing Na storage performance. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Multi-fragmentation of C{sub 60} induced by {sup 4}He{sup 2+} impact (E<60 keV/amu) and investigated by a multi-correlation technique

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    Rentenier, A.; Moretto-Capelle, P. E-mail: pmc@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr; Bordenave-Montesquieu, D.; Bordenave-Montesquieu, A

    2003-05-01

    In this communication, the C{sub 60} multi-fragmentation induced by {sup 4}He{sup 2+} ion impact in the 20-240 keV energy range, is investigated. Using a multi-stop time-of-flight technique, it becomes possible to measure partial spectra corresponding to the simultaneous emission of 2-5 light charged fragments; small charged fragments are found to be accompanied by the emission of at least another one. The fragment size distribution depends on the collisional energy and the multiplicity of emitted charged fragments. It is more peaked on small sizes when the collision velocity or the multiplicity increases. Corresponding relative cross sections are also measured; processes with emission of 2 and 3 charged fragments are always dominant but their relative weights decrease slowly when the collision energy increases.

  18. A Novel Apoptosis Correlated Molecule: Expression and Characterization of Protein Latcripin-1 from Lentinula edodes C>91–3

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    Min Huang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available An apoptosis correlated molecule—protein Latcripin-1 of Lentinula edodes C>91-3—was expressed and characterized in Pichia pastoris GS115. The total RNA was obtained from Lentinula edodes C>91–3. According to the transcriptome, the full-length gene of Latcripin-1 was isolated with 3'-Full Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends (RACE and 5'-Full RACE methods. The full-length gene was inserted into the secretory expression vector pPIC9K. The protein Latcripin-1 was expressed in Pichia pastoris GS115 and analyzed by Sodium Dodecylsulfonate Polyacrylate Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE and Western blot. The Western blot showed that the protein was expressed successfully. The biological function of protein Latcripin-1 on A549 cells was studied with flow cytometry and the 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-Diphenyl-tetrazolium Bromide (MTT method. The toxic effect of protein Latcripin-1 was detected with the MTT method by co-culturing the characterized protein with chick embryo fibroblasts. The MTT assay results showed that there was a great difference between protein Latcripin-1 groups and the control group (p < 0.05. There was no toxic effect of the characterized protein on chick embryo fibroblasts. The flow cytometry showed that there was a significant difference between the protein groups of interest and the control group according to apoptosis function (p < 0.05. At the same time, cell ultrastructure observed by transmission electron microscopy supported the results of flow cytometry. The work demonstrates that protein Latcripin-1 can induce apoptosis of human lung cancer cells A549 and brings new insights into and advantages to finding anti-tumor proteins.

  19. Catalytic hydrogenation of aromatic hydrocarbons. Stereochemical definition of the catalytic cycle for eta/sup 3/-C/sub 3/H/sub 5/Co(P(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 3/

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    Bleeke, J.R.; Muetterties, E.L.

    1981-02-11

    The eta/sup 3/-C/sub 3/H/sub 5/Co(P(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 3/-catalyzed hydrogenations with D/sub 2/ of a series of unsaturated organic molecules, including cyclohexenes, cyclohexadienes, and arenes, have been investigated. Complete cis stereoselectivity was observed in the addition of deuterium to the unsaturated ring systems. When alkyl-substituted arenes were reduced with D/sub 2/, the hydrogen atoms in the alkyl chains underwent H-D exchange as long as each successive carbon atom in the chain possessed at least one hydrogen atom. Hence, extensive H-D exchange occurred in n-alkyl side chains while the tert-butyl side chain was deuterium free. When alkyl-substituted arenes were hydrogenated in the presence of olefins such as 1-hexene, a variety of isomeric alkylcyclohexenes and alkenylcyclohexanes were observed. The relative concentrations of these isomeric species provided information about the relative stabilities of the (olefin)cobalt species in the catalytic cycle. Further mechanistic information was obtained from other competitive reactions, i.e., hydrogenation reactions involving equimolar quantities of two different unsaturated molecules. The proposed initiation steps of the catalytic cycle have been revised on the basis of a study of eta/sup 3/-C/sub 8/H/sub 13/Co(P(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 3/ as a catalyst precursor. The cyclooctenyl-cobalt bond was cleaved by hydrogen early in the reaction, leaving the highly coordinately unsaturated hydride, HCo(P(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 3/)/sub 2/, which is probably the true catalytic species.

  20. NQR Study of Phase Transition and Cationic Motion in 4-NH{sub 2}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}NHBiBr{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O

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    Niki, Haruio, E-mail: niki@sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp; KINJOU, HIROAKI; FUKUMURA, TAICHI [University of the Ryukyus, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science (Japan); Terao, Hiromitsu; Yoshida, Mami [Tokushima University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences (Japan); Hashimoto, Masao [Kobe University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Japan)

    2004-12-15

    Four {sup 81}Br NQR lines in 4-NH{sub 2}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}NHBiBr{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O were observed in the temperature range between 77 and ca. 380 K; with increasing temperatures the respective sets of higher and lower two resonance lines coalesced into single lines discontinuously at 274 K, showing the occurrence of a first-order type phase transition of this crystal. The transition was confirmed with heat anomaly on a DTA curve. Each higher and lower line of high-temperature phase is assignable to the terminal Br atoms and the bridging ones of one-dimensional poly anions (BiBr{sub 4}{sup -}){sub n} in the crystal structure (C2/c), which was investigated by a X-ray structure analysis at room temperature. The 1/T{sub 1} temperature dependence of {sup 81}Br NQR follows the usual T{sup 2} law in the temperature range between 77 and ca. 140 K, being explained by fluctuation of the EFG at Br nucleus due to lattice vibrations. The T{sub 1} vs. 1/T curve in the temperature range between about 160 and 190 K was describable by the exponential curves, allowing us the estimation of activation energies. These exponential behaviors of T{sub 1} of {sup 81}Br NQR are attributable to the fluctuations caused by the thermal motion of 4-NH{sub 2}C{sub 5}H{sub 4}H{sup +} ions. Echo signals of the {sup 81}Br NQR could not be detected above 190 K owing to poor S/N with very short T{sub 2}.

  1. Rice-ball structures of iron-benzene clusters, Fe{sub 4}-(C{sub 6}H{sub 6}){sub m}, m Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 3. A density functional study

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    Valencia, Israel; Tavizon, Gustavo; Barba-Behrens, Norah [Departamento de Fisica y Quimica Teorica, DEPg. Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, C.P. 04510, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, DEPg. Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, C.P. 04510, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Castro, Miguel, E-mail: castro@quetzal.pquim.unam.mx [Departamento de Fisica y Quimica Teorica, DEPg. Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, C.P. 04510, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, DEPg. Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, C.P. 04510, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2011-11-18

    Graphical abstract: Adsorption of benzene molecules on Fe{sub 4} cluster. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We studied the interactions of iron clusters with benzene molecules. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have used density functional theory based methods for Fe{sub 4} and benzene. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The physicochemical properties were determined for the ground states. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ground state structures for the Fe{sub 4}-benzene species were determined. - Abstract: Geometrical rice-ball structures of the Fe{sub 4} cluster with capped adsorbed benzene molecules for neutral, anion, and cation species, Fe{sub 4}-(C{sub 6}H{sub 6}){sub m} (m Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 3), are studied by means of all-electron calculations done with the BPW91 approach of density functional theory jointly with 6-311++G(2d, 2p) basis sets. Electronic properties like ionization energies and electron affinities as well as binding energies are estimated and are in good agreement with recently reported experimental results. The computed IR spectra for these species show vibrational bands near those of the isolated benzene molecule and some forbidden IR modes of this ligand become IR active in Fe{sub 4}-(C{sub 6}H{sub 6}){sub m} (m Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 3). The metal-benzene bonding issue was studied through the contour plots of molecular orbitals, showing signatures of metal-carbon bonding, originated from the 3d electrons of Fe{sub 4} and the 2p{pi} electrons of benzene.

  2. Local host adaptation and use of a novel host in the seed beetle Megacerus eulophus.

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    Gisela C Stotz

    Full Text Available Spatial variation in host plant availability may lead to specialization in host use and local host adaptation in herbivorous insects, which may involve a cost in performance on other hosts. We studied two geographically separated populations of the seed beetle Megacerus eulophus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae in central Chile: a population from the host Convolvulus chilensis (in Aucó and a population from C. bonariensis (in Algarrobo. In Aucó C. chilensis is the only host plant, while in Algarrobo both C. bonariensis and C. chilensis are available. We tested local adaptation to these native host plants and its influence on the use of another, exotic host plant. We hypothesized that local adaptation would be verified, particularly for the one-host population (Aucó, and that the Aucó population would be less able to use an alternative, high-quality host. We found evidence of local adaptation in the population from C. chilensis. Thus, when reared on C. chilensis, adults from the C. chilensis population were larger and lived longer than individuals from the C. bonariensis population, while bruchids from the two populations had the same body size and longevity when reared on C. bonariensis. Overall, bruchids from the C. chilensis population showed greater performance traits than those from the C. bonariensis population. There were no differences between the bruchid populations in their ability to use the alternative, exotic host Calystegia sepium, as shown by body size and longevity patterns. Results suggest that differences in local adaptation might be explained by differential host availability in the study populations.

  3. Local host adaptation and use of a novel host in the seed beetle Megacerus eulophus.

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    Stotz, Gisela C; Suárez, Lorena H; Gonzáles, Wilfredo L; Gianoli, Ernesto

    2013-01-01

    Spatial variation in host plant availability may lead to specialization in host use and local host adaptation in herbivorous insects, which may involve a cost in performance on other hosts. We studied two geographically separated populations of the seed beetle Megacerus eulophus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) in central Chile: a population from the host Convolvulus chilensis (in Aucó) and a population from C. bonariensis (in Algarrobo). In Aucó C. chilensis is the only host plant, while in Algarrobo both C. bonariensis and C. chilensis are available. We tested local adaptation to these native host plants and its influence on the use of another, exotic host plant. We hypothesized that local adaptation would be verified, particularly for the one-host population (Aucó), and that the Aucó population would be less able to use an alternative, high-quality host. We found evidence of local adaptation in the population from C. chilensis. Thus, when reared on C. chilensis, adults from the C. chilensis population were larger and lived longer than individuals from the C. bonariensis population, while bruchids from the two populations had the same body size and longevity when reared on C. bonariensis. Overall, bruchids from the C. chilensis population showed greater performance traits than those from the C. bonariensis population. There were no differences between the bruchid populations in their ability to use the alternative, exotic host Calystegia sepium, as shown by body size and longevity patterns. Results suggest that differences in local adaptation might be explained by differential host availability in the study populations.

  4. Transcriptome dynamics of a broad host-range cyanophage and its hosts.

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    Doron, Shany; Fedida, Ayalla; Hernández-Prieto, Miguel A; Sabehi, Gazalah; Karunker, Iris; Stazic, Damir; Feingersch, Roi; Steglich, Claudia; Futschik, Matthias; Lindell, Debbie; Sorek, Rotem

    2016-06-01

    Cyanobacteria are highly abundant in the oceans and are constantly exposed to lytic viruses. The T4-like cyanomyoviruses are abundant in the marine environment and have broad host-ranges relative to other cyanophages. It is currently unknown whether broad host-range phages specifically tailor their infection program for each host, or employ the same program irrespective of the host infected. Also unknown is how different hosts respond to infection by the same phage. Here we used microarray and RNA-seq analyses to investigate the interaction between the Syn9 T4-like cyanophage and three phylogenetically, ecologically and genomically distinct marine Synechococcus strains: WH7803, WH8102 and WH8109. Strikingly, Syn9 led a nearly identical infection and transcriptional program in all three hosts. Different to previous assumptions for T4-like cyanophages, three temporally regulated gene expression classes were observed. Furthermore, a novel regulatory element controlled early-gene transcription, and host-like promoters drove middle gene transcription, different to the regulatory paradigm for T4. Similar results were found for the P-TIM40 phage during infection of Prochlorococcus NATL2A. Moreover, genomic and metagenomic analyses indicate that these regulatory elements are abundant and conserved among T4-like cyanophages. In contrast to the near-identical transcriptional program employed by Syn9, host responses to infection involved host-specific genes primarily located in hypervariable genomic islands, substantiating islands as a major axis of phage-cyanobacteria interactions. Our findings suggest that the ability of broad host-range phages to infect multiple hosts is more likely dependent on the effectiveness of host defense strategies than on differential tailoring of the infection process by the phage.

  5. Animal salmonelloses: a brief review of “host adaptation and host specificity” of Salmonella spp.

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    Grammato Evangelopoulou

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Salmonella enterica, the most pathogenic species of the genusSalmonella, includes more than 2,500 serovars, many of which are of great veterinary and medical significance. The emergence of food-borne pathogens, such as Salmonella spp., has increased knowledge about the mechanisms helping microorganisms to persist and spread within new host populations. It has also increased information about the properties they acquire for adapting in the biological environment of a new host. Thedifferences observed between serovars in their host preference and clinical manifestations are referred to as “serovar-host specificity” or “serovar-host adaptation”. The genus Salmonella, highly adaptive to vertebrate hosts, has many pathogenic serovars showing host specificity. Serovar Salmonella Typhi, causing disease to man and higher primates, is a good example of host specificity. Thus, understanding the mechanisms that Salmonella serovars use to overcome animal species' barriers or adapt to new hosts is also important for understanding the origins of any other infectious diseases or the emergence of new pathogens. In addition, molecular methods used to study the virulence determinants of Salmonella serovars, could also be used to model ways of studying the virulence determinants used by bacteria in general, when causing disease to a specific animal species

  6. Host Chemical Footprints Induce Host Sex Discrimination Ability in Egg Parasitoids: e79054

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    Peri, Ezio; Frati, Francesca; Salerno, Gianandrea; Conti, Eric; Colazza, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    Trissolcus egg parasitoids, when perceiving the chemical footprints left on a substrate by pentatomid host bugs, adopt a motivated searching behaviour characterized by longer searching time on patches...

  7. A parasite's modification of host behavior reduces predation on its host.

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    Soghigian, John; Valsdottir, Linda R; Livdahl, Todd P

    2017-03-01

    Parasite modification of host behavior is common, and the literature is dominated by demonstrations of enhanced predation on parasitized prey resulting in transmission of parasites to their next host. We present a case in which predation on parasitized prey is reduced. Despite theoretical modeling suggesting that this phenomenon should be common, it has been reported in only a few host-parasite-predator systems. Using a system of gregarine endosymbionts in host mosquitoes, we designed experiments to compare the vulnerability of parasitized and unparasitized mosquito larvae to predation by obligate predatory mosquito larvae and then compared behavioral features known to change in the presence of predatory cues. We exposed Aedes triseriatus larvae to the parasite Ascogregarina barretti and the predator Toxohrynchites rutilus and assessed larval mortality rate under each treatment condition. Further, we assessed behavioral differences in larvae due to infection and predation stimuli by recording larvae and scoring behaviors and positions within microcosms. Infection with gregarines reduced cohort mortality in the presence of the predator, but the parasite did not affect mortality alone. Further, infection by parasites altered behavior such that infected hosts thrashed less frequently than uninfected hosts and were found more frequently on or in a refuge within the microcosm. By reducing predation on their host, gregarines may be acting as mutualists in the presence of predation on their hosts. These results illustrate a higher-order interaction, in which a relationship between a species pair (host-endosymbiont or predator-prey) is altered by the presence of a third species.

  8. Host plant utilization, host range oscillations and diversification in nymphalid butterflies: a phylogenetic investigation.

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    Nylin, Sören; Slove, Jessica; Janz, Niklas

    2014-01-01

    It has been suggested that phenotypic plasticity is a major factor in the diversification of life, and that variation in host range in phytophagous insects is a good model for investigating this claim. We explore the use of angiosperm plants as hosts for nymphalid butterflies, and in particular the evidence for past oscillations in host range and how they are linked to host shifts and to diversification. At the level of orders of plants, a relatively simple pattern of host use and host shifts emerges, despite the 100 million years of history of the family Nymphalidae. We review the evidence that these host shifts and the accompanying diversifications were associated with transient polyphagous stages, as suggested by the "oscillation hypothesis." In addition, we investigate all currently polyphagous nymphalid species and demonstrate that the state of polyphagy is rare, has a weak phylogenetic signal, and a very apical distribution in the phylogeny; we argue that these are signs of its transient nature. We contrast our results with data from the bark beetles Dendroctonus, in which a more specialized host use is instead the apical state. We conclude that plasticity in host use is likely to have contributed to diversification in nymphalid butterflies. © 2013 The Authors. Evolution published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of The Society for the Study of Evolution.

  9. The Host RNAs in Retroviral Particles

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    Alice Telesnitsky

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available As they assemble, retroviruses encapsidate both their genomic RNAs and several types of host RNA. Whereas limited amounts of messenger RNA (mRNA are detectable within virion populations, the predominant classes of encapsidated host RNAs do not encode proteins, but instead include endogenous retroelements and several classes of non-coding RNA (ncRNA, some of which are packaged in significant molar excess to the viral genome. Surprisingly, although the most abundant host RNAs in retroviruses are also abundant in cells, unusual forms of these RNAs are packaged preferentially, suggesting that these RNAs are recruited early in their biogenesis: before associating with their cognate protein partners, and/or from transient or rare RNA populations. These RNAs’ packaging determinants differ from the viral genome’s, and several of the abundantly packaged host ncRNAs serve cells as the scaffolds of ribonucleoprotein particles. Because virion assembly is equally efficient whether or not genomic RNA is available, yet RNA appears critical to the structural integrity of retroviral particles, it seems possible that the selectively encapsidated host ncRNAs might play roles in assembly. Indeed, some host ncRNAs appear to act during replication, as some transfer RNA (tRNA species may contribute to nuclear import of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1 reverse transcription complexes, and other tRNA interactions with the viral Gag protein aid correct trafficking to plasma membrane assembly sites. However, despite high conservation of packaging for certain host RNAs, replication roles for most of these selectively encapsidated RNAs—if any—have remained elusive.

  10. Variation of k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} for the small-field dosimetric parameters percentage depth dose, tissue-maximum ratio, and off-axis ratio

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    Francescon, Paolo, E-mail: paolo.francescon@ulssvicenza.it; Satariano, Ninfa [Department of Radiation Oncology, Ospedale Di Vicenza, Viale Rodolfi, Vicenza 36100 (Italy); Beddar, Sam [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77005 (United States); Das, Indra J. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Purpose: Evaluate the ability of different dosimeters to correctly measure the dosimetric parameters percentage depth dose (PDD), tissue-maximum ratio (TMR), and off-axis ratio (OAR) in water for small fields. Methods: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were used to estimate the variation of k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} for several types of microdetectors as a function of depth and distance from the central axis for PDD, TMR, and OAR measurements. The variation of k{sub Q{sub c{sub l{sub i{sub n,Q{sub m{sub s{sub r}{sup f{sub c}{sub l}{sub i}{sub n},f{sub m}{sub s}{sub r}}}}}}}}} enables one to evaluate the ability of a detector to reproduce the PDD, TMR, and OAR in water and consequently determine whether it is necessary to apply correction factors. The correctness of the simulations was verified by assessing the ratios between the PDDs and OARs of 5- and 25-mm circular collimators used with a linear accelerator measured with two different types of dosimeters (the PTW 60012 diode and PTW PinPoint 31014 microchamber) and the PDDs and the OARs measured with the Exradin W1 plastic scintillator detector (PSD) and comparing those ratios with the corresponding ratios predicted by the MC simulations. Results: MC simulations reproduced results with acceptable accuracy compared to the experimental results; therefore, MC simulations can be used to successfully predict the behavior of different dosimeters in small fields. The Exradin W1 PSD was the only dosimeter that reproduced the PDDs, TMRs, and OARs in water with high accuracy. With the exception of the EDGE diode, the stereotactic diodes reproduced the PDDs and the TMRs in water with a systematic error of less than 2% at depths of up to 25 cm; however, they produced OAR values that were significantly different from those in water, especially in the tail region (lower than 20% in some cases). The microchambers could be used for PDD

  11. Virus-host coevolution: common patterns of nucleotide motif usage in Flaviviridae and their hosts.

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    Francisco P Lobo

    Full Text Available Virus-host biological interaction is a continuous coevolutionary process involving both host immune system and viral escape mechanisms. Flaviviridae family is composed of fast evolving RNA viruses that infects vertebrate (mammals and birds and/or invertebrate (ticks and mosquitoes organisms. These host groups are very distinct life forms separated by a long evolutionary time, so lineage-specific anti-viral mechanisms are likely to have evolved. Flaviviridae viruses which infect a single host lineage would be subjected to specific host-induced pressures and, therefore, selected by them. In this work we compare the genomic evolutionary patterns of Flaviviridae viruses and their hosts in an attempt to uncover coevolutionary processes inducing common features in such disparate groups. Especially, we have analyzed dinucleotide and codon usage patterns in the coding regions of vertebrate and invertebrate organisms as well as in Flaviviridae viruses which specifically infect one or both host types. The two host groups posses very distinctive dinucleotide and codon usage patterns. A pronounced CpG under-representation was found in the vertebrate group, possibly induced by the methylation-deamination process, as well as a prominent TpA decrease. The invertebrate group displayed only a TpA frequency reduction bias. Flaviviridae viruses mimicked host nucleotide motif usage in a host-specific manner. Vertebrate-infecting viruses possessed under-representation of CpG and TpA, and insect-only viruses displayed only a TpA under-representation bias. Single-host Flaviviridae members which persistently infect mammals or insect hosts (Hepacivirus and insect-only Flavivirus, respectively were found to posses a codon usage profile more similar to that of their hosts than to related Flaviviridae. We demonstrated that vertebrates and mosquitoes genomes are under very distinct lineage-specific constraints, and Flaviviridae viruses which specifically infect these

  12. Early-season host switching in Adelphocoris spp. (Hemiptera: Miridae of differing host breadth.

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    Hongsheng Pan

    Full Text Available The mirid bugs Adelphocoris suturalis (Jakovlev, Adelphocoris lineolatus (Goeze and Adelphocoris fasciaticollis (Reuter (Hemiptera: Miridae are common pests of several agricultural crops. These three species have vastly different geographical distributions, phenologies and abundances, all of which are linked to their reliance on local plants. Previous work has shown notable differences in Adelphocoris spp. host use for overwintering. In this study, we assessed the extent to which each of the Adelphocoris spp. relies on some of its major overwinter hosts for spring development. Over the course of four consecutive years (2009-2012, we conducted population surveys on 77 different plant species from 39 families. During the spring, A. fasciaticollis used the broadest range of hosts, as it was found on 35 plant species, followed by A. suturalis (15 species and A. lineolatus (7 species. Abundances of the species greatly differed between host plants, with A. fasciaticollis reaching the highest abundance on Chinese date (Ziziphus jujuba Mill., whereas both A. suturalis and A. lineolatus preferred alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.. The host breadths of the three Adelphocoris spp. differed greatly between subsequent spring and winter seasons. The generalist species exhibited the least host fidelity, with A. suturalis and A. lineolatus using 8 of 22 and 4 of 12 overwinter host species for spring development, respectively. By contrast, the comparative specialist A. fasciaticollis relied on 9 of its 11 overwinter plants as early-season hosts. We highlight important seasonal changes in host breadth and interspecific differences in the extent of host switching behavior between the winter and spring seasons. These findings benefit our understanding of the evolutionary interactions between mirid bugs and their host plants and can be used to guide early-season population management.

  13. The host galaxy of GRB 990712

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    Christensen, L.; Hjorth, J.; Gorosabel, J.

    2004-01-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the z = 0.43 host galaxy of GRB 990712, involving ground-based photometry, spectroscopy, and HST imaging. The broad-band UBVRIJHKs photometry is used to determine the global spectral energy distribution (SED) of the host galaxy. Comparison with that of known...... galaxy types shows that the host is similar to a moderately kreddened starburst galaxy with a young stellar population. The estimated internal extinction in the host is A(V) = 0.15 +/- 0.1 and the star-formation rate (SFR) from the UV continuum is 1.3 +/- 0.3 M-circle dot yr(-1) (not corrected...... for the effects of extinction). Other galaxy template spectra than starbursts failed to reproduce the observed SED. We also present VLT spectra leading to the detection of Halpha from the GRB host galaxy. A SFR of 2.8 +/- 0.7 M-circle dot yr(-1) is inferred from the Halpha line flux, and the presence of a young...

  14. Deconstructing host-pathogen interactions in Drosophila

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    Ethan Bier

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Many of the cellular mechanisms underlying host responses to pathogens have been well conserved during evolution. As a result, Drosophila can be used to deconstruct many of the key events in host-pathogen interactions by using a wealth of well-developed molecular and genetic tools. In this review, we aim to emphasize the great leverage provided by the suite of genomic and classical genetic approaches available in flies for decoding details of host-pathogen interactions; these findings can then be applied to studies in higher organisms. We first briefly summarize the general strategies by which Drosophila resists and responds to pathogens. We then focus on how recently developed genome-wide RNA interference (RNAi screens conducted in cells and flies, combined with classical genetic methods, have provided molecular insight into host-pathogen interactions, covering examples of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Finally, we discuss novel strategies for how flies can be used as a tool to examine how specific isolated virulence factors act on an intact host.

  15. Proteinaceous molecules mediating Bifidobacterium-host interactions

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    Lorena Ruiz

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Bifidobacteria are commensal microoganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract.Several strains have been attributed beneficial traits at local and systemic levels, through pathogen exclusion or immune modulation, among other benefits. This has promoted a growing industrial and scientific interest in bifidobacteria as probiotic supplements. However, the molecular mechanisms mediating this cross-talk with the human host remain unknown. High-throughput technologies, from functional genomics to transcriptomics, proteomics and interactomics coupled to the development of both in vitro and in vivo models to study the dynamics of the intestinal microbiota and their effects on host cells, have eased the identification of key molecules in these interactions. Numerous secreted or surface-associated proteins or peptides have been identified as potential mediators of bifidobacteria-host interactions and molecular cross-talk, directly participating in sensing environmental factors, promoting intestinal colonization or mediating a dialogue with mucosa-associated immune cells. On the other hand, bifidobacteria induce the production of proteins in the intestine, by epithelial or immune cells, and other gut bacteria, which are key elements in orchestrating interactions among bifidobacteria, gut microbiota and host cells. This review aims to give a comprehensive overview on proteinaceous molecules described and characterized to date, as mediators of the dynamic interplay between bifidobacteria and the human host, providing a framework to identify knowledge gaps and future research needs.

  16. Study of GRBs Hosts Galaxies Vicinity Properties

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    Bernal, S.; Vasquez, N.; Hoyle, F.

    2017-07-01

    The study of GRBs host galaxies and its vicinity could provide constrains on the progenitor and an opportunity to use these violent explosions to characterize the nature of the highredshift universe. Studies of GRB host galaxies reveal a population of starforming galaxies with great diversity, spanning a wide range of masses, star formation rate, and redshifts. In order to study the galactic ambient of GRBs we used the S. Savaglio catalog from 2015 where 245 GRBs are listed with RA-Dec position and z. We choose 22 GRBs Hosts galaxies from Savaglio catalog and SDSS DR12, with z range 0work we provide characteristics on the regions for future works related with highredsift universe that using the GRBs.

  17. Resolved Host Studies of Stellar Explosions

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    Levesque, Emily M

    2016-01-01

    The host galaxies of nearby (z<0.3) core-collapse supernovae and long-duration gamma-ray bursts offer an excellent means of probing the environments and populations that produce these events' varied massive progenitors. These same young stellar progenitors make LGRBs and SNe valuable and potentially powerful tracers of star formation, metallicity, the IMF, and the end phases of stellar evolution. However, properly utilizing these progenitors as tools requires a thorough understanding of their formation and, consequently, the physical properties of their parent host environments. This review looks at some of the recent work on LGRB and SN hosts with resolved environments that allows us to probe the precise explosion sites and surrounding environments of these events in incredible detail.

  18. New Hosts of The Lassa Virus.

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    Olayemi, Ayodeji; Cadar, Daniel; Magassouba, N'Faly; Obadare, Adeoba; Kourouma, Fode; Oyeyiola, Akinlabi; Fasogbon, Samuel; Igbokwe, Joseph; Rieger, Toni; Bockholt, Sabrina; Jérôme, Hanna; Schmidt-Chanasit, Jonas; Garigliany, Mutien; Lorenzen, Stephan; Igbahenah, Felix; Fichet, Jean-Nicolas; Ortsega, Daniel; Omilabu, Sunday; Günther, Stephan; Fichet-Calvet, Elisabeth

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    Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to be the sole host of LASV. We found evidence that LASV is also hosted by other rodent species: the African wood mouse Hylomyscus pamfi in Nigeria, and the Guinea multimammate mouse Mastomys erythroleucus in both Nigeria and Guinea. Virus strains from these animals were isolated in the BSL-4 laboratory and fully sequenced. Phylogenetic analyses of viral genes coding for glycoprotein, nucleoprotein, polymerase and matrix protein show that Lassa strains detected in M. erythroleucus belong to lineages III and IV. The strain from H. pamfi clusters close to lineage I (for S gene) and between II &III (for L gene). Discovery of new rodent hosts has implications for LASV evolution and its spread into new areas within West Africa.

  19. Salt, chloride, bleach, and innate host defense.

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    Wang, Guoshun; Nauseef, William M

    2015-08-01

    Salt provides 2 life-essential elements: sodium and chlorine. Chloride, the ionic form of chlorine, derived exclusively from dietary absorption and constituting the most abundant anion in the human body, plays critical roles in many vital physiologic functions, from fluid retention and secretion to osmotic maintenance and pH balance. However, an often overlooked role of chloride is its function in innate host defense against infection. Chloride serves as a substrate for the generation of the potent microbicide chlorine bleach by stimulated neutrophils and also contributes to regulation of ionic homeostasis for optimal antimicrobial activity within phagosomes. An inadequate supply of chloride to phagocytes and their phagosomes, such as in CF disease and other chloride channel disorders, severely compromises host defense against infection. We provide an overview of the roles that chloride plays in normal innate immunity, highlighting specific links between defective chloride channel function and failures in host defense.

  20. Disproportionate mosquito feeding on aggregated hosts.

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    Foppa, Ivo M; Moore, Jerrilynn; Caillouët, Kevin A; Wesson, Dawn M

    2011-11-01

    Despite the importance of per-capita feeding rates for mosquito-borne transmission dynamics, the relationship between host aggregation and per-capita feeding rates remains poorly characterized. We conducted indoor experiments to investigate how Culex quinquefasciatus (Say) mosquitoes distribute their blood feeding on variably aggregated domestic chickens (Callus gallus domesticus L.) (one chicken vs. a flock of seven to nine birds). Mosquitoes were always more likely to feed on the larger chicken group; yet, the single chicken tended to be fed on at a higher per-capita rate. When 10 chickens were available the feeding intensity was 4.5 times higher for the single chicken compared with the flock. We conclude that more highly aggregated hosts may experience lower exposure to mosquito bites than less aggregated hosts.

  1. Salt, chloride, bleach, and innate host defense

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    Wang, Guoshun; Nauseef, William M.

    2015-01-01

    Salt provides 2 life-essential elements: sodium and chlorine. Chloride, the ionic form of chlorine, derived exclusively from dietary absorption and constituting the most abundant anion in the human body, plays critical roles in many vital physiologic functions, from fluid retention and secretion to osmotic maintenance and pH balance. However, an often overlooked role of chloride is its function in innate host defense against infection. Chloride serves as a substrate for the generation of the potent microbicide chlorine bleach by stimulated neutrophils and also contributes to regulation of ionic homeostasis for optimal antimicrobial activity within phagosomes. An inadequate supply of chloride to phagocytes and their phagosomes, such as in CF disease and other chloride channel disorders, severely compromises host defense against infection. We provide an overview of the roles that chloride plays in normal innate immunity, highlighting specific links between defective chloride channel function and failures in host defense. PMID:26048979

  2. Wolbachia-Host Interactions: Host Mating Patterns Affect Wolbachia Density Dynamics.

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    Zhao, Dong-Xiao; Zhang, Xiang-Fei; Chen, Da-Song; Zhang, Yan-Kai; Hong, Xiao-Yue

    2013-01-01

    Wolbachia are maternally inherited intracellular bacteria that infect a wide range of arthropods and cause an array of effects on host reproduction, fitness and mating behavior. Although our understanding of the Wolbachia-associated effects on hosts is rapidly expanding, our knowledge of the host factors that mediate Wolbachia dynamics is rudimentary. Here, we explore the interactions between Wolbachia and its host, the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch. Our results indicate that Wolbachia induces strong cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI), increases host fecundity, but has no effects on the longevity of females and the mating competitiveness of males in T. urticae. Most importantly, host mating pattern was found to affect Wolbachia density dynamics during host aging. Mating of an uninfected mite of either sex with an infected mite attenuates the Wolbachia density in the infected mite. According to the results of Wolbachia localization, this finding may be associated with the tropism of Wolbachia for the reproductive tissue in adult spider mites. Our findings describe a new interaction between Wolbachia and their hosts.

  3. Lymphadenectomy prior to rat hind limb allotransplantation prevents graft-versus-host disease in chimeric hosts

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    Brouha, PCR; Perez-Abadia, G; Francois, CG; Laurentin-Perez, LA; Gorantla, [No Value; Vossen, M; Tai, C; Pidwell, D; Anderson, GL; Stadelmann, WK; Hewitt, CW; Kon, M; Barker, JH; Maldonado, C

    2004-01-01

    In previous rat studies, the use of mixed allogeneic chimerism (MAC) to induce host tolerance to hind limb allografts has resulted in severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The purpose of this study was to determine if immunocompetent cells in bone marrow (BM) and/or lymph nodes (LNs) of transplan

  4. Host preference of an introduced 'generalist' parasite for a non-native host.

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    Frankel, Victor M; Hendry, Andrew P; Rolshausen, Gregor; Torchin, Mark E

    2015-09-01

    Parasites can invade new ecosystems if they are introduced with their native hosts or if they successfully infect and colonise new hosts upon arrival. Here, we ask to what extent an introduced parasite demonstrates specialisation among novel host species. Infection surveys across three field sites in Gatun Lake, Panama, revealed that the invasive peacock bass, Cichla monoculus, was more commonly infected by the introduced trematode parasite Centrocestus formosanus than were three other common cichlid fishes. Laboratory infection experiments were conducted to determine whether parasitism might be driven by differential encounter/exposure to parasites or by differential infection susceptibility/preference across different host species. These experiments were performed by controlling for parasite exposure in single host (compatibility) experiments and in mixed host (preference) experiments. In all cases, the peacock bass exhibited higher infection rates with viable metacercariae relative to the other potential fish hosts. Our experiments thus support that an introduced generalist parasite shows apparent specialisation on a specific novel host. Further studies are needed to determine whether these patterns of specialisation are the result of local adaptation following invasion by the parasite.

  5. Charting the host adaptation of influenza viruses.

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    dos Reis, Mario; Tamuri, Asif U; Hay, Alan J; Goldstein, Richard A

    2011-06-01

    Four influenza pandemics have struck the human population during the last 100 years causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The pandemics were caused by the introduction of a new virus into the human population from an avian or swine host or through the mixing of virus segments from an animal host with a human virus to create a new reassortant subtype virus. Understanding which changes have contributed to the adaptation of the virus to the human host is essential in assessing the pandemic potential of current and future animal viruses. Here, we develop a measure of the level of adaptation of a given virus strain to a particular host. We show that adaptation to the human host has been gradual with a timescale of decades and that none of the virus proteins have yet achieved full adaptation to the selective constraints. When the measure is applied to historical data, our results indicate that the 1918 influenza virus had undergone a period of preadaptation prior to the 1918 pandemic. Yet, ancestral reconstruction of the avian virus that founded the classical swine and 1918 human influenza lineages shows no evidence that this virus was exceptionally preadapted to humans. These results indicate that adaptation to humans occurred following the initial host shift from birds to mammals, including a significant amount prior to 1918. The 2009 pandemic virus seems to have undergone preadaptation to human-like selective constraints during its period of circulation in swine. Ancestral reconstruction along the human virus tree indicates that mutations that have increased the adaptation of the virus have occurred preferentially along the trunk of the tree. The method should be helpful in assessing the potential of current viruses to found future epidemics or pandemics.

  6. Monitoring host responses to the gut microbiota.

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    Lichtman, Joshua S; Sonnenburg, Justin L; Elias, Joshua E

    2015-09-01

    The gastrointestinal (GI) ecosystem is increasingly understood to be a fundamental component of health, and has been identified as a new focal point for diagnosing, correcting and preventing countless disorders. Shotgun DNA sequencing has emerged as the dominant technology for determining the genetic and microbial composition of the gut microbiota. This technology has linked microbiota dysbioses to numerous GI diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and allergy, and to non-GI diseases like autism and depression. The importance of establishing causality in the deterioration of the host-microbiota relationship is well appreciated; however, discovery of candidate molecules and pathways that underlie mechanisms remains a major challenge. Targeted approaches, transcriptional assays, cytokine panels and imaging analyses, applied to animals, have yielded important insight into host responses to the microbiota. However, non-invasive, hypothesis-independent means of measuring host responses in humans are necessary to keep pace with similarly unbiased sequencing efforts that monitor microbes. Mass spectrometry-based proteomics has served this purpose in many other fields, but stool proteins exist in such diversity and dynamic range as to overwhelm conventional proteomics technologies. Focused analysis of host protein secretion into the gut lumen and monitoring proteome-level dynamics in stool provides a tractable route toward non-invasively evaluating dietary, microbial, surgical or pharmacological intervention efficacies. This review is intended to guide GI biologists and clinicians through the methods currently used to elucidate host responses in the gut, with a specific focus on mass spectrometry-based shotgun proteomics applied to the study of host protein dynamics within the GI ecosystem.

  7. Does multiple hosts mean multiple parasites? Population genetic structure of Schistosoma japonicum between definitive host species.

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    Wang, T P; Shrivastava, J; Johansen, M V; Zhang, S Q; Wang, F F; Webster, J P

    2006-10-01

    Multi-host parasites, those capable of infecting more than one species of host, are responsible for the majority of all zoonotic, emerging or persistent human and animal diseases and are considered one of the major challenges for the biomedical sciences in the 21st century. We characterized the population structure of the multi-host parasite Schistosoma japonicum in relation to its definitive host species by genotyping miracidia collected from humans and domestic animals across five villages around the Yangtze River in Anhui Province, mainland China, using microsatellite markers. High levels of polymorphisms were observed and two main genetic clusters were identified which separated water buffalo, cattle and humans from goats, pigs, dogs and cats. We thereby believe that we present the first evidence of definitive host-based genetic variation in Schistosoma japonicum which has important epidemiological, evolutionary, medical and veterinary implications.

  8. Disease dynamics in a coupled cholera model linking within-host and between-host interactions.

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    Wang, Xueying; Wang, Jin

    2016-09-19

    A new modelling framework is proposed to study the within-host and between-host dynamics of cholera, a severe intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The within-host dynamics are characterized by the growth of highly infectious vibrios inside the human body. These vibrios shed from humans contribute to the environmental bacterial growth and the transmission of the disease among humans, providing a link from the within-host dynamics at the individual level to the between-host dynamics at the population and environmental level. A fast-slow analysis is conducted based on the two different time scales in our model. In particular, a bifurcation study is performed, and sufficient and necessary conditions are derived that lead to a backward bifurcation in cholera epidemics. Our result regarding the backward bifurcation highlights the challenges in the prevention and control of cholera.

  9. AGN Host Galaxy Properties and Mass Function

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    Bongiorno, Angela

    2016-01-01

    Supermassive black hole growth, nuclear activity, and galaxy evolution have been found to be closely related. In the context of AGN-galaxy coevolution, I will discuss about the relation found between the host galaxy properties and the central BH and I will present the latest determination of the host galaxy stellar mass function (HGMF), and the specific accretion rate distribution function (SARDF), derived from the XMM-COSMOS sample up to z∼2.5, with particular focus on AGN feedback as possib...

  10. AGN Host Galaxy Properties And Mass Function

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    Bongiorno, Angela

    2016-10-01

    Supermassive black hole growth, nuclear activity, and galaxy evolution have been found to be closely related. In the context of AGN-galaxy coevolution, I will discuss about the relation found between the host galaxy properties and the central BH and I will present the latest determination of the host galaxy stellar mass function (HGMF), and the specific accretion rate distribution function (SARDF), derived from the XMM-COSMOS sample up to z˜2.5, with particular focus on AGN feedback as possible responsible mechanism for galaxy quenching.

  11. Glycoconjugates in host-helminth interactions

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    Nina Salinger Prasanphanich

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Helminths are multicellular parasitic worms that comprise a major class of human pathogens and cause an immense amount of suffering worldwide. Helminths possess an abundance of complex and unique glycoconjugates that interact with both the innate and adaptive arms of immunity in definitive and intermediate hosts. These glycoconjugates represent a major untapped reservoir of immunomodulatory compounds, which have the potential to treat autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and antigenic glycans, which could be exploited as vaccines and diagnostics. This review will survey current knowledge of the interactions between helminth glycans and host immunity and highlight the gaps in our understanding which are relevant to advancing therapeutics, vaccine development and diagnostics.

  12. Glycoconjugates in Host-Helminth Interactions

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    Prasanphanich, Nina Salinger; Mickum, Megan L.; Heimburg-Molinaro, Jamie; Cummings, Richard D.

    2013-01-01

    Helminths are multicellular parasitic worms that comprise a major class of human pathogens and cause an immense amount of suffering worldwide. Helminths possess an abundance of complex and unique glycoconjugates that interact with both the innate and adaptive arms of immunity in definitive and intermediate hosts. These glycoconjugates represent a major untapped reservoir of immunomodulatory compounds, which have the potential to treat autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and antigenic glycans, which could be exploited as vaccines and diagnostics. This review will survey current knowledge of the interactions between helminth glycans and host immunity and highlight the gaps in our understanding which are relevant to advancing therapeutics, vaccine development, and diagnostics. PMID:24009607

  13. Ceramic Hosts for Fission Products Immobilization

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    Peter C Kong

    2010-07-01

    Natural spinel, perovskite and zirconolite rank among the most leach resistant of mineral forms. They also have a strong affinity for a large number of other elements and including actinides. Specimens of natural perovskite and zirconolite were radioisotope dated and found to have survived at least 2 billion years of natural process while still remain their loading of uranium and thorium . Developers of the Synroc waste form recognized and exploited the capability of these minerals to securely immobilize TRU elements in high-level waste . However, the Synroc process requires a relatively uniform input and hot pressing equipment to produce the waste form. It is desirable to develop alternative approaches to fabricate these durable waste forms to immobilize the radioactive elements. One approach is using a high temperature process to synthesize these mineral host phases to incorporate the fission products in their crystalline structures. These mineral assemblages with immobilized fission products are then isolated in a durable high temperature glass for periods measured on a geologic time scale. This is a long term research concept and will begin with the laboratory synthesis of the pure spinel (MgAl2O4), perovskite (CaTiO3) and zirconolite (CaZrTi2O7) from their constituent oxides. High temperature furnace and/or thermal plasma will be used for the synthesis of these ceramic host phases. Nonradioactive strontium oxide will be doped into these ceramic phases to investigate the development of substitutional phases such as Mg1-xSrxAl2O4, Ca1-xSrxTiO3 and Ca1-xSrxZrTi2O7. X-ray diffraction will be used to establish the crystalline structures of the pure ceramic hosts and the substitution phases. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) will be performed for product morphology and fission product surrogates distribution in the crystalline hosts. The range of strontium doping is planned to reach the full substitution of the divalent

  14. Host-lipidome as a potential target of protozoan parasites.

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    Rub, Abdur; Arish, Mohd; Husain, Syed Akhtar; Ahmed, Niyaz; Akhter, Yusuf

    2013-01-01

    Host-lipidome caters parasite interaction by acting as first line of recognition, attachment on the cell surface, intracellular trafficking, and survival of the parasite inside the host cell. Here, we summarize how protozoan parasites exploit host-lipidome by suppressing, augmenting, engulfing, remodeling and metabolizing lipids to achieve successful parasitism inside the host.

  15. Beryllium abundances in stars hosting giant planets

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    Santos, N C; Israelian, G; Mayor, M; Rebolo, R; García-Gíl, A; Pérez de Taoro, M R; Randich, S

    2002-01-01

    We have derived beryllium abundances in a wide sample of stars hosting planets, with spectral types in the range F7V-K0V, aimed at studying in detail the effects of the presence of planets on the structure and evolution of the associated stars. Predictions from current models are compared with the derived abundances and suggestions are provided to explain the observed inconsistencies. We show that while still not clear, the results suggest that theoretical models may have to be revised for stars with Teff<5500K. On the other hand, a comparison between planet host and non-planet host stars shows no clear difference between both populations. Although preliminary, this result favors a ``primordial'' origin for the metallicity ``excess'' observed for the planetary host stars. Under this assumption, i.e. that there would be no differences between stars with and without giant planets, the light element depletion pattern of our sample of stars may also be used to further investigate and constraint Li and Be deple...

  16. Studies of Reservoir Hosts for Marburg virus

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    Swanepoel, Robert; Smit, Sheilagh B; Rollin, Pierre E

    2007-01-01

    To determine reservoir hosts for Marburg virus (MARV), we examined the fauna of a mine in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mine was associated with a protracted outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever during 1998-2000. We found MARV nucleic acid in 12 bats, comprising 3.0%-3.6% of 2...

  17. Microbial manipulation of host sex determination

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    Beukeboom, Leo W.

    A recent study in the lepidopteran Ostrinia scapulalis shows that endosymbionts can actively manipulate the sex determination mechanism of their host. Wolbachia bacteria alter the sex-specific splicing of the doublesex master switch gene. In ZZ males of this female heterogametic system, the female

  18. Host-pathogen interactions in typhoid fever

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    de Jong, H.K.

    2015-01-01

    This thesis focuses on host-pathogen interactions in Salmonella Typhi and Burkholderia pseudomallei infections and explores the interplay between these bacteria and the innate immune system. Typhoid fever is one of the most common causes of bacterial infection in low-income countries. With adequate

  19. Tidal Disruption Events Prefer Unusual Host Galaxies

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    French, K Decker; Zabludoff, Ann

    2016-01-01

    Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs) are transient events observed when a star passes close enough to a supermassive black hole to be tidally destroyed. Many TDE candidates have been discovered in host galaxies whose spectra have weak or no line emission yet strong Balmer line absorption, indicating a period of intense star formation that has recently ended. As such, TDE host galaxies fall into the rare class of quiescent Balmer-strong galaxies. Here, we quantify the fraction of galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) with spectral properties like those of TDE hosts, determining the extent to which TDEs are over-represented in such galaxies. Galaxies whose spectra have Balmer absorption H$\\delta_{\\rm A}$ $-$ $\\sigma$(H$\\delta_{\\rm A}$) $>$ 4 \\AA\\ (where $\\sigma$(H$\\delta_{\\rm A}$) is the error in the Lick H$\\delta_{\\rm A}$ index) and H$\\alpha$ emission EW $$ 1.31 \\AA\\ and H$\\alpha$ EW $80\\times$ enhancement in such hosts and providing an observational link between the $\\gamma$/X-ray-bright and optical/UV-br...

  20. Host-pathogen interactions in typhoid fever

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    de Jong, H.K.

    2015-01-01

    This thesis focuses on host-pathogen interactions in Salmonella Typhi and Burkholderia pseudomallei infections and explores the interplay between these bacteria and the innate immune system. Typhoid fever is one of the most common causes of bacterial infection in low-income countries. With adequate

  1. [Selective pressure in host-parasite systems].

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    Combes, C

    2000-01-01

    Selective pressures in host-parasite systems are the result of a continuous conflict between the divergent interests of each partner, on the long run. Whereas the fitness (lifetime reproductive success) of parasites is usually increased by a higher frequency of encounters with susceptible hosts and a better survival rate after infection, the fitness of hosts is increased by opposite processes, avoidance of encounters with infective stages and destruction of the parasites. These selective processes, often referred to as coevolution or arms races are in agreement with the Red Queen hypothesis of Van Valen, which assumes indefinite adaptive changes in both partners, in order to set up counter-measures against the weapons of "the other". Arms races in host-parasite systems thus suggest a gradualistic evolution, but this does not contradict the present day ideas on the tempo changes in the course of evolution (punctuated equilibria). Numerous factors, either genetic (evolutionary lag...), environmental (nutritional status...) or cultural (prevention, vaccination, therapy...) influence the severity of infections at an individual scale. The "terrain", which is a component of the individual phenotype, is thus at the cross-roads of genes, environment and culture. Humans must count more on their intelligence than on natural selection to prevent and cure infectious and parasitic diseases.

  2. Detecting Intermediary Hosts by TCP Latency Measurements

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    Singh, Gurvinder; Eian, Martin; Willassen, Svein Y.; Mjølsnes, Stig Fr.

    Use of intermediary hosts as stepping stones to conceal tracks is common in Internet misuse. It is therefore desirable to find a method to detect whether the originating party is using an intermediary host. Such a detection technique would allow the activation of a number of countermeasures that would neutralize the effects of misuse, and make it easier to trace a perpetrator. This work explores a new approach in determining if a host communicating via TCP is the data originator or if it is acting as a mere TCP proxy. The approach is based on measuring the inter packet arrival time at the receiving end of the connection only, and correlating the observed results with the network latency between the receiver and the proxy. The results presented here indicate that determining the use of a proxy host is possible, if the network latency between the originator and proxy is larger than the network latency between the proxy and the receiver. We show that this technique has potential to be used to detect connections were data is sent through a TCP proxy, such as remote login through TCP proxies, or rejecting spam sent through a bot network.

  3. Symbiosis: Gut Bacteria Manipulate Host Behaviour.

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    Yuval, Boaz

    2017-08-07

    Bacteria resident in the gut of Drosophila modify the fly's innate chemosensory responses to nutritional stimuli. In effect, the gut microbiome compels the host to forage on food patches that favour particular assemblages of bacteria. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Microbial manipulation of host sex determination

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    Beukeboom, Leo W.

    2012-01-01

    A recent study in the lepidopteran Ostrinia scapulalis shows that endosymbionts can actively manipulate the sex determination mechanism of their host. Wolbachia bacteria alter the sex-specific splicing of the doublesex master switch gene. In ZZ males of this female heterogametic system, the female i

  5. Host country language ability and expatriate adjustment

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    Selmer, Jan; Lauring, Jakob

    2015-01-01

    countries, one with an easy, relatively simple language and the other with a difficult, highly complex language. Consistent with Goal-Setting Theory, results indicated a relative advantage of expatriates’ language ability in terms of their adjustment in the host country with the difficult language...

  6. In Search of Quasar Host Galaxies

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    Young, Jason; Eracleous, M.; Gronwall, C.; Shemmer, O.; Netzer, H.; Sturm, E.; Ciardullo, R.

    2011-01-01

    We present a study of the morphology and intensity of star formation in the host galaxies of eight Palomar-Green quasars using observations with the Hubble Space Telescope. Accretion-powered and star formation activity have been shown to coincide, motivating us to search for the star-forming regions in the host galaxies of quasars and to determine the star-formation rates. In this work we use calibrated narrow band emission line (H-beta and Pa-alpha) WFPC2 and NICMOS images as maps for total star formation rate. The main challenge in imaging quasar host galaxies is the separation of the quasar light from the galaxy light, especially in the case of z approximately 0.1 quasars in WFPC2 images where the PSF radius closely matches the expected host scale radius. To this this end we present a novel technique for image decomposition and subtraction of quasar light, which we have validated through extensive simulations using artificial quasar+galaxy images. The other significant challenge in mapping and measuring star forming regions is correcting for extinction, which we address using extinction maps created from the Pa-alpha/H-beta ratio. To determine the source of excitation, we utilize H-beta along with [OIII]5007 and [OII]3727 images in diagnostic line ratio (BPT) diagrams. We detect extended line emission in our targets on scales of order 1-2 kpc. A preliminary analysis suggests star formation rates of order 10 solar masses per year.

  7. Natal Host Plants Can Alter Herbivore Competition

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    Pan, Huipeng; Preisser, Evan L.; Su, Qi; Jiao, Xiaoguo; Xie, Wen; Wang, Shaoli; Wu, Qingjun

    2016-01-01

    Interspecific competition between herbivores is widely recognized as an important determinant of community structure. Although researchers have identified a number of factors capable of altering competitive interactions, few studies have addressed the influence of neighboring plant species. If adaptation to/ epigenetic effects of an herbivore’s natal host plant alter its performance on other host plants, then interspecific herbivore interactions may play out differently in heterogeneous and homogenous plant communities. We tested wether the natal host plant of a whitefly population affected interactions between the Middle-east Asia Minor 1 (MEAM1) and Mediterranean (MED) cryptic species of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci by rearing the offspring of a cabbage-derived MEAM1 population and a poinsettia-derived MED population together on three different host plants: cotton, poinsettia, and cabbage. We found that MED dominated on poinsettia and that MEAM1 dominated on cabbage, results consistent with previous research. MED also dominated when reared with MEAM1 on cotton, however, a result at odds with multiple otherwise-similar studies that reared both species on the same natal plant. Our work provides evidence that natal plants affect competitive interactions on another plant species, and highlights the potential importance of neighboring plant species on herbivore community composition in agricultral systems. PMID:28030636

  8. Host Defense against Opportunist Microorganisms Following Trauma.

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    1988-06-30

    02ELEMENT NO. NO.3S162 jNO. ACESSION NO. Frdeic, arlnd210150262772A 772A874 AA280 11. TITLF (Include Securrty Classification) (U) Host Defense Against...copy Dean School of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Hlealth Sciences 4301 Jones Bridge Road’ Bethesda, MD 20814-4799 1 copy Commandant

  9. Host selection by a kleptobiotic spider

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    Hénaut, Yann; Delme, Juliette; Legal, Luc; Williams, Trevor

    2005-02-01

    Why do kleptobiotic spiders of the genus Argyrodes seem to be associated with spiders of the genus Nephila worldwide? Observations following introduction of experimental insect prey of different sizes and weights on to host webs revealed that: (1) small prey are more effectively retained on the web of Nephila clavipes than on the web of another common host, Leucauge venusta. (2) N. clavipes did not consume small prey that accumulated on the web whereas larger, heavier prey were enveloped and stored. (3) We observed clear partitioning of prey items between N. clavipes and Argyrodes spp.; diet selection by Argyrodes did not overlap with that of N. clavipes but closely overlapped with that of L. venusta. (4) L. venusta responds very quickly to prey impact whereas N. clavipes is slower, offering a temporal window of opportunity for Argyrodes foraging. (5) The ability of L. venusta to detect and respond to small items also means that it acts aggressively to Argyrodes spp., whereas N. clavipes does not. Consequently, food-acquisition behaviours of Argyrodes were clearly less risky with N. clavipes compared with L. venusta. We conclude that when a kleptobiotic organism has a choice of various host species, it will opt for the least risky host that presents the highest rate of availability of food items. The fact that Nephila species present such characteristics explains the worldwide association with Argyrodes kleptobiotic spiders.

  10. Correlated Resource Models of Internet End Hosts

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    Heien, Eric M; David, Anderson

    2010-01-01

    Understanding and modelling resources of Internet end hosts is essential for the design of desktop software and Internet-distributed applications. In this paper we develop a correlated resource model of Internet end hosts based on real trace data taken from the SETI@home project. This data covers a 5-year period with statistics for 2.7 million hosts. The resource model is based on statistical analysis of host computational power, memory, and storage as well as how these resources change over time and the correlations betw