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  1. CRYSTAL DEFECTS IN PLASMA NITRIDED LAYER CATALYZED BY RARE EARTH

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    F.S. Chen; Y.X. Liu; D.K. Liang; L.M. Xiao

    2002-01-01

    The microstructure of plasma nitrided layer catalyzed by rare-earth elements has beenstudied with TEM. The results show that the grains of γ'-Fe4N phase are refinedby rare-earth elements and the plane defects in boundary are increased by rare-earthelements. The addition of rare-earth element increases the bombardment effect andthe number of crystal defects such as vacancies, dislocation loops, twins and stackingfaults in γ'-Fe4N phase and can produce the high-density dislocations in the ferrite ofdiffusion layer at a distance 0. 08mm from the surface. The production of a numberof crystal defects is one of important reasons why rare-earth element accelerates thediffusion of nitrogen atoms during plasma-nitridiug.

  2. Dynamics of dipolar defects in rare earth-doped alkaline-earth fluoride crystals

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    Charnock, Forrest Taylor

    Alkaline-earth fluoride crystals such as SrF2 provide an excellent sample material for investigating the physics of point defects in crystal lattices. High quality crystals are easily grown, and they readily accept many dopant ions into the lattice, particularly rare earth ions. Rare earth dopant ions (typically trivalent) occupy substitutional sites in the lattice by replacing a Sr2+ ion. Due to the extra charge of the rare earth ion, charge compensation is often provided by an extra fluoride ion (F--) located in a nearby interstitial position. If located in the nearest-neighbor (nn) interstitial position, it forms a defect with C4n symmetry; if located in the next-nearest-neighbor (nnn) intersitial position, it forms a defect with C3n symmetry. Given sufficient thermal energy, this interstitial F ion can move to adjacent interstitial sites and hence reorient the defect. The rate w at which the ion moves from one interstitial site to another is well described by a simple Arrhenius expression: w=n0e-E/kT , where n0 is the attack frequency of the F-- and E is the activation energy. This motion can profoundly affect both the electronic polarizability of the material and the polarization of light emitted or absorbed by the rare earth ion. This thesis describes the normal mode motion of interstitial ions which may occupy either nn or nnn interstitial sites. Using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), I observed the relative populations of nn and nnn defects in SrF2 doped with Gd3+ as a function of temperature. These measurements show that dipolar reorientation of the nnn F occurs through the nn interstitial position. Not all interstitial F-- motion is thermally driven. Fluorescence depolarization measurements of SrF2:Pr3+ indicate that optically stimulating a Pr3+ may induce interstitial motion of a nn F--. Such motion was confirmed by showing that nn defects in SrF2:Pr3+ may be polarized at very low temperatures when the sample is illuminated with resonant light. I

  3. Ontology of Earth's nonlinear dynamic complex systems

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    Babaie, Hassan; Davarpanah, Armita

    2017-04-01

    As a complex system, Earth and its major integrated and dynamically interacting subsystems (e.g., hydrosphere, atmosphere) display nonlinear behavior in response to internal and external influences. The Earth Nonlinear Dynamic Complex Systems (ENDCS) ontology formally represents the semantics of the knowledge about the nonlinear system element (agent) behavior, function, and structure, inter-agent and agent-environment feedback loops, and the emergent collective properties of the whole complex system as the result of interaction of the agents with other agents and their environment. It also models nonlinear concepts such as aperiodic, random chaotic behavior, sensitivity to initial conditions, bifurcation of dynamic processes, levels of organization, self-organization, aggregated and isolated functionality, and emergence of collective complex behavior at the system level. By incorporating several existing ontologies, the ENDCS ontology represents the dynamic system variables and the rules of transformation of their state, emergent state, and other features of complex systems such as the trajectories in state (phase) space (attractor and strange attractor), basins of attractions, basin divide (separatrix), fractal dimension, and system's interface to its environment. The ontology also defines different object properties that change the system behavior, function, and structure and trigger instability. ENDCS will help to integrate the data and knowledge related to the five complex subsystems of Earth by annotating common data types, unifying the semantics of shared terminology, and facilitating interoperability among different fields of Earth science.

  4. Reconstruction of a complex anterior abdominal wall defect with ...

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    Prof. Oluwatosin

    2011-09-13

    Sep 13, 2011 ... defect with autologous tissues – a case report ... The anterior abdominal wall is a complex fascio-muscular structure, defects of which may ... The histology of the excised specimen, surprisingly, came back as a malignant ...

  5. The role of variation, error, and complexity in manufacturing defects

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    Hinckley, C.M. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States); Barkan, P. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    1994-03-01

    Variation in component properties and dimensions is a widely recognized factor in product defects which can be quantified and controlled by Statistical Process Control methodologies. Our studies have shown, however, that traditional statistical methods are ineffective in characterizing and controlling defects caused by error. The distinction between error and variation becomes increasingly important as the target defect rates approach extremely low values. Motorola data substantiates our thesis that defect rates in the range of several parts per million can only be achieved when traditional methods for controlling variation are combined with methods that specifically focus on eliminating defects due to error. Complexity in the product design, manufacturing processes, or assembly increases the likelihood of defects due to both variation and error. Thus complexity is also a root cause of defects. Until now, the absence of a sound correlation between defects and complexity has obscured the importance of this relationship. We have shown that assembly complexity can be quantified using Design for Assembly (DFA) analysis. High levels of correlation have been found between our complexity measures and defect data covering tens of millions of assembly operations in two widely different industries. The availability of an easily determined measure of complexity, combined with these correlations, permits rapid estimation of the relative defect rates for alternate design concepts. This should prove to be a powerful tool since it can guide design improvement at an early stage when concepts are most readily modified.

  6. The role of point defects and defect complexes in silicon device processing. Summary report and papers

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    Sopori, B.; Tan, T.Y.

    1994-08-01

    This report is the summary of the third workshop on the role of point defects and defect complexes in silicon device processing. The workshop was organized: (1) to discuss recent progress in the material quality produced by photovoltaic Si manufacturers, (2) to foster the understanding of point defect issues in Si device processing, (3) to review the effects of inhomogeneities on large- area solar cell performance, (4) to discuss how to improve Si solar cell processing, and (5) to develop a new understanding of gettering, defect passivation, and defect annihilation. Separate abstract were prepared for the individual papers, for the database.

  7. Controlling defectiveness in a complex product

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    Harris, C.L.

    1976-09-01

    A common practice when measuring defectiveness in a complicated product is to assign ''demerit'' points to each defect in proportion to the seriousness of the fault. A plan is presented for monitoring defectives by using a modified demerit per unit control chart. The statistics presented are basic to control charts for demerits. What is different is the chart format which has the advantage of minimum effort for daily updates and independence from required sample sizes. Basically, the charts were designed for simplicity of use where product quantities are not large. Emphasis is placed on maintaining perspective between plotting data and completing the circle of defect reporting, analysis and corrective action feedback.

  8. Defect-impurity complex induced long-range ferromagnetism in GaN nanowires

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    Assa Aravindh, S

    2015-12-14

    Present work investigates the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Gd doped wurtzite GaN nanowires (NWs) oriented along the [0001] direction in presence of intrinsic defects by employing the GGA + U approximation. We find that Ga vacancy (VGa) exhibits lower formation energy compared to N vacancy. Further stabilization of point defects occurs due to the presence of Gd. The strength of ferromagnetism (FM) increases by additional positive charge induced by the VGa. Electronic structure analysis shows that VGa introduces defect levels in the band gap leading to ferromagnetic coupling due to the hybridization of the p states of the Ga and N atoms with the Gd d and f states. Ferromagnetic exchange coupling energy of 76.4 meV is obtained in presence of Gd-VGa complex; hence, the FM is largely determined by the cation vacancy-rare earth complex defects in GaN NWs.

  9. Defect complexes in carbon and boron nitride nanotubes

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    Mashapa, MG

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The effect of defect complexes on the stability, structural and electronic properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes and boron nitride nanotubes is investigated using the ab initio pseudopotential density functional method implemented...

  10. Extended defects in Si wafers implanted with ions of rare-earth elements

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    Vdovin, V.I. E-mail: icpm@mail.girmet.ru; Yugova, T.G.; Sobolev, N.A.; Shek, E.I.; Makovijchuk, M.I.; Parshin, E.O

    1999-01-01

    Structural defects arising in Cz-Si wafers after implantation with high-energy ions of rare-earth elements (Er, Ho, Dy) and annealing in a chlorine-containing ambience were studied by transmission electron microscopy and chemical etching/Nomarski microscopy. Regularities of extended defect formation in dependence on implant and annealing conditions as well as evolution of structural defect patterns during thermal annealing have been established.

  11. Rare earth point defects in GaN

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    Sanna, S.

    2007-12-14

    In this work we investigate rare earth doped GaN, by means of theoretical simulations. The huge unit cells necessary to model the experimental system, where dilute amount of rare earth ions are used, are handled with the charge self consistent density-functional based-tight binding (SCC-DFTB) calculational scheme. The method has been extended to include LDA+U and simplified self interaction corrected (SIC)-like potentials for the simulation of systems with localised and strongly correlated electrons. A set of tight-binding parameters has been created to model the interaction of GaN with some dopants, including a selection of lanthanide ions interesting due to their optical or magnetic properties (Pr, Eu, Gd, Er and Tm). The f-electrons were treated as valence electrons. A qualitatively correct description of the band gap is crucial for the simulation of rare earth doped GaN, because the luminescence intensity of the implanted samples depends on the size of the host band gap and because the rare earths could introduce charge transition levels near the conduction band. In this work these levels are calculated with the Slater-Janak (SJ) transition state model, which allows an approximate calculation of the charge transition levels by analysing the Kohn-Sham eigenvalues of the DFT. (orig.)

  12. Rare-earth defect pairs in GaN: LDA+U calculations

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    Sanna, Simone; Schmidt, W. G.; Frauenheim, Th.; Gerstmann, U.

    2009-09-01

    The structural and electronic properties of rare-earth (RE) (Eu, Er, and Tm) related defect pairs in GaN have been investigated theoretically. Based on LDA+U total-energy calculations, their possible role in the luminescence process is discussed. In all charge states, the lanthanides show a strong preference for the Ga-lattice site, either as isolated substitutional or complexed with intrinsic defects. With respect to the electronic valence, a proper description of correlation effects of the strongly localized 4f electrons is shown to be crucial, especially if the REGa is paired with donors like the Ga interstitial or the N vacancy. The pairs formed by REGa substitutionals and vacancies or interstitials lower the symmetry and are found to locally distort the environment. By this, they are quite effective in relaxing the selection rules for the luminescent intra- 4f -shell transitions. While for n -type GaN, the next-nearest-neighbor pair REGaVGa pair is energetically favored, for p -type GaN, the REGaVN pair provides the most stable configuration and introduces shallow levels close to the conduction band, which can act as assistant levels in the luminescence process.

  13. DLTS analysis of nickel-hydrogen complex defects in silicon

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    Shiraishi, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany)]|[Sony Corporation Research Center, 174 Fujitsuka-cho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240 (Japan); Sachse, J.-U.; Weber, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany); Lemke, H. [TU Berlin, Institut fuer Werkstoffe der Elektronik, Jebensstrasse 1, D-10623, Berlin (Germany)

    1999-02-12

    The results of a deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) study of nickel-hydrogen complexes in n- and p-type silicon are presented. Hydrogen is incorporated by wet-chemical etching. After etching, eleven electrically active Ni-H related levels are observed. Heat treatment enables us to investigate the thermal stability of Ni-H complexes. Possible structures of the Ni-H defects are proposed. (orig.) 10 refs.

  14. Study on Copolymerization of Rare Earth-Carboxylic Acid Complex

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    Qiu Guanmin(邱关明); Zhang Ming(张明); Yan Chang hao(严长浩); Zhou Lanxiang(周兰香); Dai Shaojun(戴少俊); Okamo to Hiroshi

    2003-01-01

    Complex of rare earth with carboxylic acid was prepared by precipita tion and direct method. It was copolymerized with such monomers as acrylic acid and other ones to synthesize ionomer of rare earth and organic polymer with different rare earth contents. Its glass-transition temperature and heat stability were analyzed by TG and DTA. Infra-red detector was used to show its structure. The effect of rare earth complex prepared by different methods on copolymerization and properties of copolymers was also discussed.

  15. Environmental Defects And Economic Impact On Global Market Of Rare Earth Metals

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    Charalampides, G.; Vatalis, K.; Karayannis, V.; Baklavaridis, A.

    2016-11-01

    Rare earth elements include the 14 lanthanides as well as lanthanium and often yttrium. Actually, most of them are not very rare and occur widely dispersed in a variety of rocks. Rare earth metals are vital to some of the world's faster growing industries: catalysts, Nd-magnets, ceramics, glass, metallurgy, battery alloys, electronics and phosphors. Worldwide, the main countries for distribution of rare earths deposits include China, USA, Russia, Brasil, India, Australia, Greenland and Malaysia. The mining and processing of rare earth metals usually result in significant environmental defects. Many deposits are associated with high concentrations of radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium, which requires separate treatment and disposal. The accumulation of rare earth elements in soils has occurred due to pollution caused by the exploitation of rare earth resources and the wide use of rare earths as fertilizers in agriculture. This accumulation has a toxic effect on the soil microfauna community. However, there are large differences in market prices due to the degree of purity determined by the specifications in the applications. The main focus of this article is to overview Rare Earth Metals’ overall impact on global economy and their environmental defects on soils during processing techniques and as they are used as fertilizers.

  16. Defect analysis of complex-shape aluminum alloy forging

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    SHAN De-bin; ZHANG Yan-qiu; WANG Yong; XU Fu-chang; XU Wen-chen; L(U) Yan

    2006-01-01

    The isothermal precision forging was applied for the purpose of forming aluminum alloy with complex shape. The complexity of forging is easy to lead to the occurrence of the defects, such as underfilling, folding, metal flow lines disturbance and fibre breaking. The reasons for the defects were analyzed on the basis of experiments and finite element method(FEM). The results show that the size of flash gutter bridge, the lubricating condition and the deformation process are the main factors influencing the filling qualities of complex-shape aluminum alloy forging. The folding defect is mainly caused by different velocities of filling cavities, fast flow of much metal in one direction and confluence of two or multi metal strands. Improper metal distribution in different regions can cause the flow lines disturbance and fast metal flow in one direction is also a cause of the flow lines disturbance According to the reasons, some measures were taken to improve the quality of the forged parts. These studies can contribute to offering some experiences in making process project and optimizing the process parameters for forging complex-shape aviation products.

  17. Yellow luminescence of gallium nitride generated by carbon defect complexes.

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    Demchenko, D O; Diallo, I C; Reshchikov, M A

    2013-02-22

    We demonstrate that yellow luminescence often observed in both carbon-doped and pristine GaN is the result of electronic transitions via the C(N)-O(N) complex. In contrast to common isolated defects, the C(N)-O(N) complex is energetically favorable, and its calculated optical properties, such as absorption and emission energies, a zero phonon line, and the thermodynamic transition level, all show excellent agreement with measured luminescence data. Thus, by combining hybrid density functional theory and experimental measurements, we propose a solution to a long-standing problem of the GaN yellow luminescence.

  18. Defect Chemistry and Microstructure of Complex Perovskite Barium Zinc Niobate

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    Peng, Ping

    1991-02-01

    This dissertation presents a systematic study of the characterization of the phase transitions, microstructures, defects and transport properties of undoped and doped complex perovskite barium zinc niobate (BZN). Complex perovskite BZN is a paraelectric material while its parent material barium titanate is ferroelectric. With codoping of (Zn + 2Nb) into Ti site, BaTiO_3 shows three distinguished features. First, the Curie temperature is lowered; second, the three phase transitions (cubic-tetragonal-orthorhombic-rhombohedral) coalesce; and lastly, the transition becomes diffuse showing a typical 2nd order phase transition compared with 1st order in undoped BaTiO_3. Complex microchemical ordering is another characteristic of BZN. Stoichiometric BZN shows a mixture of two types of ordering schemes. 1:1, 1:2 ordered microdomains and the disordered matrix co-exist. The 1:1 type ordering involves an internal charge imbalance which inhibits the growth of 1:1 type of ordered microdomains. The 1:2 type ordering is consistent with the chemical composition of BZN. These ordering patterns can be modified by either adjustment of the Zn/Nb ratio or by doping. The defect structure of the stoichiometric BZN is closely related to that of BaTiO_3. Stoichiometric BZN is an insulator with wide band gap (~ 3.70 eV). Undoped BZN has a high oxygen vacancy concentration which comes from three possible sources, such as unavoidable acceptor impurities, due to their natural abundance, Zn/Nb ratio uncertainty due to processing limitations, and high temperature ZnO loss due to sintering process. The oxygen vacancy concentration for undoped BZN lays in the neighborhood of 1500 ppm (atm.). The compensation defects for various dopants have also been identified. Both electrons and holes conduct by a small polaron mechanism. Various thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpies of oxidation and reduction, mass action constants for intrinsic electronic disorder, oxidation and reduction have been

  19. Influence of neutrophil defects on Burkholderia cepacia complex pathogenesis

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    Laura A. Porter

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc is a group of Gram-negative bacteria that are ubiquitous in the environment and have emerged as opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised patients. The primary patient populations infected with Bcc include individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF, as well as those with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD. While Bcc infection in CF is better characterized than in CGD, these two genetic diseases are not obviously similar and it is currently unknown if there is any commonality in host immune defects that is responsible for the susceptibility to Bcc. CF is caused by mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator, resulting in manifestations in various organ systems, however the major cause of morbidity and mortality is currently due to bacterial respiratory infections. CGD, on the other hand, is a genetic disorder that is caused by defects in phagocyte NADPH oxidase. Because of the defect in CGD, phagocytes in these patients are unable to produce reactive oxygen species, which results in increased susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections. Despite this significant defect in microbial clearance, the spectrum of pathogens frequently implicated in infections in CGD is relatively narrow and includes some bacterial species that are considered almost pathognomonic for this disorder. Very little is known about the cause of the specific susceptibility to Bcc over other potential pathogens more prevalent in the environment, and a better understanding of specific mechanisms required for bacterial virulence has become a high priority. This review will summarize both the current knowledge and future directions related to Bcc virulence in immunocompromised individuals with a focus on the roles of bacterial factors and neutrophil defects in pathogenesis.

  20. Rare earth Ibuprofen complexes: Highlighting a pharmaceutical

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    Kaup, Gina; Meiners, Denise; Kynast, Ulrich H.

    2017-01-01

    Complexes of Gd3+, Eu3+ and Tb3+ with the widely applied, nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug Ibuprofen ("ibu") have been prepared and characterized with respect to their photo-physical properties. The native complexes proved to be non-luminescent, but acquired very high quantum efficiencies of up to 75% with Eu3+ on co-coordination with bidentate ligands (1,10-phenanthroline, 2,2‧-bipyridine), accompanied by luminescent life times approaching 2 ms. However, due to energy back transfer to the ligand's triplet and the lack of suitable Tb3+ receptor states, the long life times could not grant the expected high efficiencies for Tb(ibu)3phen, the highest value amounting to 27% only despite an accompanying decay of 1.927 ms.

  1. Electrical studies of Fe-related defect complexes in silicon

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    Tang, Chi Kwong

    2012-09-15

    Iron (Fe) is an important impurity in solar-grade silicon which contributes substantially in degrading the efficiency of solar cells. The degradation is mainly caused by the Fe atoms situating at an unperturbed tetrahedral interstitial sites (Fei) in the silicon crystal, consequently acting as a recombination center. By altering the position and the neighbouring environment at which the Fe atoms reside, there are opportunities in minimizing or neutralizing the electrical activity of Fe. Furthermore, utilizing the high mobility of Fe, one can increase the performance of a device by accumulating the Fe atoms from critical regions into regions where Fe can be tolerated. These approaches can help in realizing high efficient solar cells based on cheap and highly Fe-contaminated silicon. In this work, we have investigated the interaction between Fe and defects relevant to solar cells, using mainly electrical characterization methods such as capacitance-voltage measurement, deep level transient spectroscopy and admittance spectroscopy. From the study of potential hydrogen passivation of Fe, hydrogen was introduced through wet chemical etching and further driven to a defined region. Using depth profiles, it is found that incorporation of hydrogen stimulates the dissociation of the iron-boron (Fe-B) pair, releasing and resulting in the unwanted Fei. At the same time, no passivation of Fe by hydrogen has been observed. On the investigation of the mechanism of phosphorus gettering of metal impurities, vacancies have been generated through proton-irradiation. The resulting irradiation-induced defects were examined for reactions with Fe after heat treatments. Based on the evolution of defect concentrations by isochronal annealings, it is found that Fe interacts with the divacancy and the vacancy-oxygen complexes, forming deep levels of 0.28 eV and 0.34 eV above the valence band edge (EV), respectively. In the search for substitutional Fe to investigate its electrical activity

  2. Functional reconstruction of complex tendo Achilles defect by free latissimus dorsi muscle flap

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    Divya N Upadhyaya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Managing the complex tendo Achilles defect involves reconstructing the Achilles tendon as well as providing soft tissue cover to the heel area. The advent of microsurgery has revolutionised the reconstruction of this difficult defect providing a number of options to the reconstructive surgeon. We present a case of complex tendo Achilles defect reconstructed by the latissimus dorsi free flap.

  3. Structure of Rare-earth/Alkali Halide Complexes

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    Akdeniz, Z.; Önem, Z. Çiçek; Tosia, M. P.

    2001-11-01

    Vapour complex formation of rare-earth halides with alkali halides strongly increases the volatility of these compounds. We evaluate the structure taken by such complexes having the chemical formulas MRX4, M2RX5 and M3RX6, where X = F or Cl and typically M = Li or Na and R = La. The roles played by the two types of metal atom is investigated in MRX4 complexes by also taking M = K, Rb or Cs and R = Gd or Lu. The main predictions that emerge from our calculations are as follows: (i) in MRX4 a fourfold coordination of the rare-earth atom is accompanied by twofold or threefold coordination of the alkali atom, the energy difference in favour of the twofold-coordination state being about 0.3 eV in the case of the LiF complexing agent but even changing sign as the ionic radius of either the alkali or the halogen is increased; (ii) in M2RX5 a fivefold coordination of the rare-earth atom is energetically more stable than a fourfold one, by again not more than about 0.3 eV; (iii) in M3RX6 the fivefold and sixfold coordinations of the rare-earth atom are energetically competitive; and (iv) in both M2RX5 and M3RX6 each coordination state can be realized in various forms that differ in detail but are close in energy. Bond fluctuations and disorder around the rare-earth atom can be expected to be a general feature at elevated temperatures, both in the vapour and in liquid rare-earth/alkali halide mixtures.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Rare Earth Complexes of Ferrocenylcarbonylhydrazine

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    边占喜; 董彬; 李保国

    2002-01-01

    Rare earth complexes of ferrocenylcarbonylhydrazine Ln(FH)x(ClO4)3*nH2O (where Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, x=3; Ln = Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, x=4; n=2~6, FH=ferrocenylcarbonylhydrazin) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, MS, IR and 1H NMR spectra. The ligand FH is bidentate, coordinating through the carbonyl oxygen and the amino nitrogen atom. The redox properties of the ligand and its complexes were investigated using cyclic voltammetric method. The solid state fluorescence spectra of Sm, Tb and Dy complexes were also studied.

  5. Perventricular device closure of residual muscular ventricular septal defects after repair of complex congenital heart defects in pediatric patients.

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    Zhu, Da; Tao, Kaiyu; An, Qi; Luo, Shuhua; Gan, Changping; Lin, Ke

    2013-01-01

    Residual muscular ventricular septal defects are surgical challenges, especially after the repair of complex congenital heart defects. We investigated perventricular device closure as a salvage technique in pediatric patients who had postoperative residual muscular ventricular septal defects. From February 2009 through June 2011, 14 pediatric patients at our hospital had residual muscular ventricular septal defects after undergoing surgical repair of complex congenital heart defects. Ten patients met our criteria for perventricular device closure of the residual defects: significant left-to-right shunting (Qp/Qs >1.5) or substantial hemodynamic instability (a defect ≥2 mm in size). The patients' mean age was 20.4 ± 13.5 months, and their mean body weight was 10 ± 3.1 kg. The median diameter of the residual defects was 4.2 mm (range, 2.5-5.1 mm). We deployed a total of 11 SQFDQ-II Muscular VSD Occluders (Shanghai Shape Memory Alloy Co., Ltd.; Shanghai, China) in the 10 patients, in accord with conventional techniques of perventricular device closure. The mean procedural duration was 31.1 ±9.1 min. We recorded the closure and complication rates perioperatively and during a 12-month follow-up period. Complete closure was achieved in 8 patients; 2 patients had persistent trivial residual shunts. No deaths, conduction block, device embolism, or other complications occurred throughout the study period. We conclude that perventricular device closure is a safe, effective salvage treatment for postoperative residual muscular ventricular septal defects in pediatric patients. Long-term studies with larger cohorts might further confirm this method's feasibility.

  6. A case of hybrid closure of a muscular ventricular septal defect: anatomical complexity and surgical management.

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    Karimi, Mohsen; Hulsebus, Elise; Murdison, Kenneth; Wiles, Henry

    2012-06-01

    Complex muscular ventricular septal defect poses difficult surgical management and is associated with high morbidity and mortality despite advancements in surgical therapy. Device closure of muscular ventricular septal defect has been encouraging and has been used in hybrid approach at a few centres. However, device closure has some limitations in patients with complex muscular ventricular septal defect. We report a case of perventricular device closure of a complex muscular ventricular septal defect in a beating heart with entrapped right ventricular disc and its surgical management.

  7. Supramolecular structures constructed from three novel rare earth metal complexes

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    Huaze Dong; Xiaojun Feng; Xia Liu; BiN Zheng; Jianhong Bi; Yan Xue; Shaohua Gou; Yanping Wang

    2015-05-01

    Three rare earth metal supramolecular complexes, {[Tb(2)4](ClO4)3·2H2O(1), [Eu(2)2(H2O)5] (ClO4)3(2) and [Gd(NO3)3(2)2]·2CH3CH2OH(3) ( 2 = 3-Dimethylamino-1-pyridin-2-yl-propenone), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structure analysis reveals that the coordination numbers of three complexes (1–3) are 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Three complexes assembled into 3D frameworks based on C-H⋯O, O-H⋯O hydrogen bond linkages.

  8. Synthesis and luminescence of some rare earth metal complexes

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    Bochkarev, Mikhail N.; Pushkarev, Anatoly P.

    2016-12-01

    In the present paper the synthesis, photoand electroluminescent properties of new rare earth metal complexes prepared and studied at the Razuvaev Institute of Organometallic Chemistry during the last decade are reviewed. The obtained compounds give luminescence in UV, visible and NIR regions. The substituted phenolates, naphtholates, mercaptobenzothiazolate, 8-oxyquinolinolate, polyfluorinated alcoholates and chalcogenophosphinates were used as ligands. The synthesis and structure of unusual three-nuclear sulfidenitride clusters of Nd and Dy are described. The new excitation mechanism of ytterbium phenolates and naphtholates, which includes the stage of reversible reduction of Yb to divalent state and oxidation of the ligands in the excitation process, is discussed.

  9. Scattering of guided waves from complex defects in plates in pipes

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    Velichko, A.; Wilcox, P. D.

    2013-01-01

    Guided ultrasonic waves are successfully employed for rapid screening of plate-like structures and pipelines. Imaging techniques allow to identify and localize areas of the structure with possible defects. However, inverse problem of defect characterization and sizing still represents a considerable challenge. In this paper the efficient FE model is used to simulate the scattering response from various corrosion defects with complex realistic depth and surface profiles. The data is then analyzed in order to determine the defect geometrical parameters (lateral size, depth, etc). The results of analysis are presented and its implications to practical remote defect characterization are discussed.

  10. Synthesis and luminescent properties of novel pyrazolone rare earth complexes

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    BAO Jiqing; TANG Chunhua; TANG Ruiren

    2011-01-01

    A novel pyrazolone pyridine-containing ligand,2,6-bis(l-phenyl-4-ethoxycarbonyl-5-pyrazolone-3-yl)pyridine(H2L)was designed and synthesized from Pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid(1),and its Eu(Ⅲ)and Tb(Ⅲ)complexes were prepared.The 1igand and complexes were characterized in detailbased on FT-IR spectra,1H NMR,elemental ahalysis and thermal analysis,and the formula of Ln2L3·4H2O(Ln=Eu or Tb)of rare earth complexes was confirmed.The UV-vis absorption spectm and photoluminescence properties of the complexes were investigated,which showed that the Eu(Ⅲ)and Tb(Ⅲ)ions could be sensitized efficiently by the ligand(H2L)and emit the photoluminescence with high intensity, narrow half-peak width,and monochromic light.The results indicated that the complexes showed potential as excellent luminescent materials.

  11. Coordination field analysis of rare earth complexes with triangular symmetry

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    范英芳; 潘大丰; 杨频

    1997-01-01

    The calculation of the complex matrixes in odd triangular symmetry was accomplished.The configurations of the coordination unit with various triangular symmetries and different ligand numbers were discussed.On the basis of the double-sphere coordination point-charge (DSCPCF) model,the detailed forms of the DSCPCF parameters Bmk and the expressions of the perturbation matrix elements in triangular field (D3,D3h,D3d) were derived.Thereby,the calculation scheme of coordination field perturbation energy of the rare earth complexes with triangular symmetry was constructed After the calculation scheme was programmed,the Stark energies of the crystalline TbAl3(BO3)4 were calculated The results were considerably close to the experimental values

  12. The role of point defects and defect complexes in silicon device processing. Summary report and papers

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    Sopori, B.; Tan, T.Y.

    1994-08-01

    This report is a summary of a workshop hold on August 24--26, 1992. Session 1 of the conference discussed characteristics of various commercial photovoltaic silicon substrates, the nature of impurities and defects in them, and how they are related to the material growth. Session 2 on point defects reviewed the capabilities of theoretical approaches to determine equilibrium structure of defects in the silicon lattice arising from transitional metal impurities and hydrogen. Session 3 was devoted to a discussion of the surface photovoltaic method for characterizing bulk wafer lifetimes, and to detailed studies on the effectiveness of various gettering operations on reducing the deleterious effects of transition metals. Papers presented at the conference are also included in this summary report.

  13. Self-deploying shape memory polymer scaffolds for grafting and stabilizing complex bone defects: A mouse femoral segmental defect study.

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    Baker, Richard M; Tseng, Ling-Fang; Iannolo, Maria T; Oest, Megan E; Henderson, James H

    2016-01-01

    Treatment of complex bone defects places a significant burden on the US health care system. Current strategies for treatment include grafting and stabilization using internal metal plates/screws, intramedullary rods, or external fixators. Here, we introduce the use of shape memory polymer (SMP) materials for grafting and adjunct stabilization of segmental defects. Self-deploying SMP grafts and SMP sleeves capable of expanding and contracting, respectively, under intraoperative conditions were developed and evaluated in a mouse segmental defect model in vivo. Integration between grafts/sleeves and native bone was assessed using x-ray radiography, microcomputed tomography, and torsional mechanical testing. We found that SMP grafts were able to integrate with the native bone after 12 weeks, maintain defect stability, and provide torsional mechanical properties comparable to an allograft alone treatment; however no gross de novo bone formation was observed. SMP sleeves did not inhibit bony bridging at the margins, and limbs treated with a sleeve/allograft combination had torsional mechanical properties comparable to limbs treated with an allograft alone. In vitro torsional and bending tests suggest sleeves may provide additional torsional stability to defects. Incorporation of shape memory into synthetic bone graft substitutes and adjunct stabilization devices is anticipated to enhance functionality of synthetic materials employed in both applications.

  14. Nanoparticle Controlled Soft Complex Structures with Topological Defects

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    2013-10-01

    4) Soft Matter 9, 3956-3964 (2013); 5) Adv. Cond. Matter Phys. 2013, 505219-1-505219-10 (2013); 6) J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, Special Issue on...Curvature control of valence on nematic shells, Soft Matter 7, 670 (2011). [14] F.C. MacKintosh, T.C. Lubensky, Orientational order, topology, and...Zidansek, Different modulated structures of topological defects stabilized by adaptive targeting nanoparticles, Soft Matter 9, 3956 (2013). [20

  15. Modelling of Rare Earth Elements Complexation With Humic Acid

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    Pourret, O.; Davranche, M.; Gruau, G.; Dia, A.

    2006-12-01

    The binding of rare earth elements (REE) to humic acid (HA) was studied by combining Ultrafiltration and ICP- MS techniques. REE-HA complexation experiments were performed at various pH conditions (ranging from 2 to 10.5) using a standard batch equilibration method. Results show that the amount of REE bound to HA strongly increase with increasing pH. Moreover, a Middle REE (MREE) downward concavity is evidenced by REE distribution patterns at acidic pH. Modelling of the experimental data using Humic Ion Binding Model VI provided a set of log KMA values (i.e. the REE-HA complexation constants specific to Model VI) for the entire REE series. The log KMA pattern obtained displays a MREE downward concavity. Log KMA values range from 2.42 to 2.79. These binding constants are in good agreement with the few existing datasets quantifying the binding of REE with humic substances except a recently published study which evidence a lanthanide contraction effect (i.e. continuous increase of the constant from La to Lu). The MREE downward concavity displayed by REE-HA complexation pattern determined in this study compares well with results from REE-fulvic acid (FA) and REE-acetic acid complexation studies. This similarity in the REE complexation pattern shapes suggests that carboxylic groups are the main binding sites of REE in HA. This conclusion is further supported by a detailed review of published studies for natural, organic-rich, river- and ground-waters which show no evidence of a lanthanide contraction effect in REE pattern shape. Finally, application of Model VI using the new, experimentally determined log KMA values to World Average River Water confirms earlier suggestions that REE occur predominantly as organic complexes (> 60 %) in the pH range between 5-5.5 and 7-8.5 (i.e. in circumneutral pH waters). The only significant difference as compared to earlier model predictions made using estimated log KMA values is that the experimentally determined log KMA values

  16. Severe respiratory complex III defect prevents liver adaptation to prolonged fasting.

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    Kremer, Laura S; L'hermitte-Stead, Caroline; Lesimple, Pierre; Gilleron, Mylène; Filaut, Sandrine; Jardel, Claude; Haack, Tobias B; Strom, Tim M; Meitinger, Thomas; Azzouz, Hatem; Tebib, Neji; Ogier de Baulny, Hélène; Touati, Guy; Prokisch, Holger; Lombès, Anne

    2016-08-01

    Next generation sequencing approaches have tremendously improved the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases. It may however be faced with difficult clinical interpretation of variants. Inherited enzymatic diseases provide an invaluable possibility to evaluate the function of the defective enzyme in human cell biology. This is the case for respiratory complex III, which has 11 structural subunits and requires several assembly factors. An important role of complex III in liver function is suggested by its frequent impairment in human cases of genetic complex III defects. We report the case of a child with complex III defect and acute liver dysfunction with lactic acidosis, hypoglycemia, and hyperammonemia. Mitochondrial activities were assessed in liver and fibroblasts using spectrophotometric assays. Genetic analysis was done by exome followed by Sanger sequencing. Functional complementation of defective fibroblasts was performed using lentiviral transduction followed by enzymatic analyses and expression assays. Homozygous, truncating, mutations in LYRM7 and MTO1, two genes encoding essential mitochondrial proteins were found. Functional complementation of the complex III defect in fibroblasts demonstrated the causal role of LYRM7 mutations. Comparison of the patient's clinical history to previously reported patients with complex III defect due to nuclear DNA mutations, some actually followed by us, showed striking similarities allowing us to propose common pathophysiology. Profound complex III defect in liver does not induce actual liver failure but impedes liver adaptation to prolonged fasting leading to severe lactic acidosis, hypoglycemia, and hyperammonemia, potentially leading to irreversible brain damage. The diagnosis of rare genetic disease has been tremendously accelerated by the development of high throughput sequencing technology. In this paper we report the investigations that have led to identify LYRM7 mutations causing severe hepatic defect of respiratory

  17. Image segmentation of small defects in precision weldments with complex structure

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    Shi Duanhu; Gang Tie; Yuan Yuan; Yang Shuangyang

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the X-ray nondestructive test method of small defects in precision weldments with complex structure was presented. To resolve the difficulty of defect segmentation in variable grey image, the image processing based on Visual Basic programming method was adopted. The methods of automatic contrast and partial grey stretch were used to enhance the X-ray detection image which has relatively low contrast, then automatic threshold method was carried out to segment the two high intensity zones, and weld zones which contain the small defects was extracted. Smoothing and sharpen processing were proceeded on the extracted weld zones, and small defects in X-ray detection image of weldments with complex structure were segmented by using the method of background subtraction in the end. The effects of raster were eliminated, and because of that the image processing was only proceeded on the extracted weld zones, the calculated speed using the above provided algorithm was improved.

  18. The DNA-binding and bioactivity of rare earth metal complexes.

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    Yang, Li; Wang, Bochu; Tan, Jun; Zhu, Liancai

    2013-08-01

    Recently more and more attention is paid to the rare earth metal complexes, because the properties of the rare earth metals are similar to those of the transition metals such as the similar atomic and the ionic radius. A large number of rare metal complexes were synthesized, and their bioactivities were also studied. This review highlights recent researches on the interaction of some rare earth metal complexes with DNA, analyzes how the configuration of the complexes influences the binding affinity, and focuses on the pharmacological activities of the complexes, such as anticancer, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-virus.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Rare Earth Solid Complexes with Sodium 5-Aminosalicylate

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    Zhang Xiuying; Li Shujing; Lei Xuefeng; Ma Junxian

    2005-01-01

    Ten new rare earth solid complexes were synthesized by the reaction of sodium 5-aminosalicyliate with rare earth chloride. The structure character, physical and chemical properties of these complexes were studied by IR, UV, 1H NMR spectra, TG-DTA, fluorescence, elemental analyses, molar conductance and magnetic susceptibility. The ten rare earth complexes exist in dimeric form probably and the coordination number is seven. The antibacterial activity of the ligand and six complexes was also tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis, and the effect of Yb complex at 20 mg·ml-1 against Staphylococcus aureus is most significant.

  20. Selective laser melted titanium implants: a new technique for the reconstruction of extensive zygomatic complex defects.

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    Rotaru, Horatiu; Schumacher, Ralf; Kim, Seong-Gon; Dinu, Cristian

    2015-12-01

    The restoration of extensive zygomatic complex defects is a surgical challenge owing to the difficulty of accurately restoring the normal anatomy, symmetry, proper facial projection and facial width. In the present study, an extensive post-traumatic zygomatic bone defect was reconstructed using a custom-made implant that was made with a selective laser melting (SLM) technique. The computer-designed implant had the proper geometry and fit perfectly into the defect without requiring any intraoperative adjustments. A one-year follow-up revealed a stable outcome with no complications.

  1. Effects of external stress on defect complexes in semiconductors

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    Tessema, Genene [Department of Physics, Addis Ababa University, PO Box 1176, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Helmholtz-Institut fuer Strahlen und Kernphysik, Nussalle 14-16, 53115 Bonn (Germany)

    2007-07-04

    Crystal field gradients that exist at lattice sites in solids depend on the symmetry of charge distribution around atomic sites. The charge symmetry could be broken either by the presence of impurity complexes in the host matrix or by external stress on the samples, which leads to an observable magnitude of electric field gradients (EFGs). The perturbed {gamma}-{gamma} angular correlation (PAC) method is employed here to investigate the effect of uniaxial stress on {sup 111}Cd sites in crystalline doped semiconductors.

  2. CATALYTIC ACTIVITIES OF RARE-EARTH CALIXARENE COMPLEXES IN POLYMER SYNTHESES

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    Zhi-quan Shen

    2005-01-01

    The studies of our group on the catalytic activities of rare earth calixarene complexes in polymer syntheses are reviewed. Rare earth calixarene complexes are effect catalysts for the polymerizations of butadiene, isoprene, ethylene,styrene, propylene oxide, styrene oxide, trimethylene carbonate and 2,2-dimethyl-trimethylene carbonate.

  3. Reconstruction of Complex Facial Defects Using Cervical Expanded Flap Prefabricated by Temporoparietal Fascia Flap.

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    Zhang, Ling; Yang, Qinghua; Jiang, Haiyue; Liu, Ge; Huang, Wanlu; Dong, Weiwei

    2015-09-01

    Reconstruction of complex facial defects using cervical expanded flap prefabricated by temporoparietal fascia flap. Complex facial defects are required to restore not only function but also aesthetic appearance, so it is vital challenge for plastic surgeons. Skin grafts and traditional flap transfer cannot meet the reconstructive requirements of color and texture with recipient. The purpose of this sturdy is to create an expanded prefabricated temporoparietal fascia flap to repair complex facial defects. Two patients suffered severe burns on the face underwent complex facial resurfacing with prefabricated cervical flap. The vasculature of prefabricated flap, including the superficial temporal vessel and surrounding fascia, was used as the vascular carrier. The temporoparietal fascia flap was sutured underneath the cervical subcutaneous tissue, and expansion was begun in postoperative 1 week. After 4 to 6 months of expansion, the expander was removed, facial scars were excised, and cervical prefabricated flap was elevated and transferred to repair the complex facial defects. Two complex facial defects were repaired successfully by prefabricated temporoparietal fascia flap, and prefabricated flaps survived completely. On account of donor site's skin was thinner and expanded too fast, 1 expanded skin flap was rupture during expansion, but necrosis was not occurred after the 2nd operation. Venous congestion was observed in 1 patient, but after dressing, flap necrosis was not happened. Donor site was closed primarily. Postoperative follow-up 6 months, the color, texture of prefabricated flap was well-matched with facial skin. This method of expanded prefabricated flap may provide a reliable solution to the complex facial resurfacing.

  4. Multipaddled anterolateral thigh chimeric flap for reconstruction of complex defects in head and neck.

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    Canhua Jiang

    Full Text Available The anterolateral thigh flap has been the workhouse flap for coverage of soft-tissue defects in head and neck for decades. However, the reconstruction of multiple and complex soft-tissue defects in head and neck with multipaddled anterolateral thigh chimeric flaps is still a challenge for reconstructive surgeries. Here, a clinical series of 12 cases is reported in which multipaddled anterolateral thigh chimeric flaps were used for complex soft-tissue defects with several separately anatomic locations in head and neck. Of the 12 cases, 7 patients presented with trismus were diagnosed as advanced buccal cancer with oral submucous fibrosis, 2 tongue cancer cases were found accompanied with multiple oral mucosa lesions or buccal cancer, and 3 were hypopharyngeal cancer with anterior neck skin invaded. All soft-tissue defects were reconstructed by multipaddled anterolateral thigh chimeric flaps, including 9 tripaddled anterolateral thigh flaps and 3 bipaddled flaps. The mean length of skin paddle was 19.2 (range: 14-23 cm and the mean width was 4.9 (range: 2.5-7 cm. All flaps survived and all donor sites were closed primarily. After a mean follow-up time of 9.1 months, there were no problems with the donor or recipient sites. This study supports that the multipaddled anterolateral thigh chimeric flap is a reliable and good alternative for complex and multiple soft-tissue defects of the head and neck.

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

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    Shi, Jianwei; Xiaoxu TENG; Wang, Linling; Long, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Rare earth-β-diketone ligand complex luminescent material has stable chemical properties and excellent luminous property. Using europium oxide and (γ-NTA) as raw materials, novel rare earth-β-dione complexes are synthesized by solid state coordination chemistry. The synthesis temperature and milling time are discussed for optimization. Experimental results show that the suitable reaction situation is at 50 ℃ and 20 h for solid-phase synthesis. The compositions and structures of the complexes...

  6. Bridging complexes of rare earth and cobalt cluster as catalyst precursors for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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    ZENG Shanghong; DU Dongping; BAI Fenghua; SU Haiquan

    2011-01-01

    Three new bridging complexes of rare earth and cobalt cluster were synthesized and characterized via ICP, IR and TG techniques.The structure of the complexes was speculated as: two rare earth atoms were bridged with four CF3COO-, and rare earth atoms were coordinated with cobalt carbonyl clusters to form a steady structure. Application of the complexes as the catalyst precursors was explored for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The study showed that the bridging complexes of rare earth and cobalt cluster had large molecular size and were difficult to enter pore path of γ-Al2O3, so they were dispersed on the surface of γ-A12O3 support. In addition, the performance of Co(Ce)/γ-Al2O3 was the best among the catalysts with complex as precursor and maintained 77.7% CO conversion at 220 ℃ for 80 operation hours.

  7. Complex Electronic Structure of Rare Earth Activators in Scintillators

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    Aberg, D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Yu, S. W. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Zhou, F. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-10-27

    To aid and further the understanding of the microscopic mechanisms behind the scintillator nonproportionality that leads to degradation of the attainable energy resolution, we have developed theoretical and experimental algorithms and procedures to determine the position of the 4f energy levels of rare earth dopants relative to the host band edge states.

  8. Preparation and Property of Acrylic Acid Rare Earth Complex and Its Hydrosilylation

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    Zhang Ming; Chen Haiyan; Chen Xiaosong; Dai Shaojun; Inoue Shinich; Okamoto Hiroshi

    2004-01-01

    Acrylic acid rare earth complex was prepared. Its chemical composition was determined by chemical and elemental analysis, and its structure as well as properties was characterized using IR, Fluorescence and UV spectrum, and its solubility was also investigated. Meanwhile a kind of elastic functional polymer with rare earth units in the side chains was produced. It is confirmed by IR spectrum that the Si-H bonds really react with acrylic acid rare earth.

  9. Modeling equilibrium concentrations of Bjerrum and molecular point defects and their complexes in ice I(h)

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    de Koning, Maurice; Antonelli, Alex

    2008-01-01

    We present a model for the determination of the thermal equilibrium concentrations of Bjerrum defects, molecular point defects, and their aggregates in ice I(h). First, using a procedure which minimizes the free energy of an ice crystal with respect to the numbers of defect species, we derive a set of equations for the equilibrium concentrations of free Bjerrum and point defects, as well their complexes. Using density-functional-theory calculations, we then evaluate the binding energies of Bj...

  10. Cardiac fusion and complex congenital cardiac defects in thoracopagus twins: diagnostic value of cardiac CT

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    Goo, Hyun Woo [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jeong-Jun [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ellen Ai-Rhan [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Won, Hye-Sung [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Most thoracopagus twins present with cardiac fusion and associated congenital cardiac defects, and assessment of this anatomy is of critical importance in determining patient care and outcome. Cardiac CT with electrocardiographic triggering provides an accurate and quick morphological assessment of both intracardiac and extracardiac structures in newborns, making it the best imaging modality to assess thoracopagus twins during the neonatal period. In this case report, we highlight the diagnostic value of cardiac CT in thoracopagus twins with an interatrial channel and complex congenital cardiac defects. (orig.)

  11. C H complex defects and their influence in ZnO single crystal

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    谢辉; 赵有文; 刘彤; 董志远; 杨俊; 刘京明

    2015-01-01

    Infrared absorption local vibration mode (LVM) spectroscopy is used to study hydrogen related defects in n-type ZnO single crystal grown by a closed chemical vapor transport (CVT) method under Zn-rich growth conditions, in which carbon is used as a transport agent. Two C–H complex related absorption peaks at 2850 cm−1 and 2919 cm−1 are detected in the sample. The formation of the C–H complex implies an effect of carbon donor passivation and formation suppression of H donor in ZnO. The influence of the complex defects on the electrical property of the CVT-ZnO is discussed based on Hall measurement results and residual impurity analysis.

  12. Defect Complex Effect in Nb Doped TiO2 Ceramics with Colossal Permittivity

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    Li, Fuchao; Shang, Baoqiang; Liang, Pengfei; Wei, Lingling; Yang, Zupei

    2016-10-01

    Donor-doped Nb x Ti1- x O2 ( x = 1%, 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8%) ceramics with giant permittivity (>104) and a very low dielectric loss (˜0.05) were sintered under flowing N2 at 1400°C for 10 h. By increasing Nb doping concentration, two different dielectric responses were evidenced in the frequency dependence of dielectric properties of Nb doped TiO2 ceramics, which corresponded to the space charge polarization and the electron-pinned defect-dipoles effect, respectively. Especially, combined with the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results, the electron-pinned defect-dipoles induced by the 2({Nb}^{5 + } )_{{Ti}}^{ bullet } to 4({Ti}^{3 + } )^'_{{Ti}} leftarrow {V}_{{o}}^{ bullet bullet } defect complex were further confirmed to give rise to both their high ɛr and low tan δ in the high frequency range for the Nb x Ti1- x O2 ceramics with x > 4%.

  13. Complexity and Self-Organized Criticality of Solid Earth System(Ⅰ)

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    1998-01-01

    The author puts forward the proposition of "Complexity and Self-Organized Criticality of Solid Earth System" in the light of: (1) the science of complexity studies the mechanisms of emergence of complexity and is the science of the 21st century, (2) the study of complexity of the earth system would be one of the growing points occupying a strategic position in the development of geosciences in the 21st century. By the proposition we try to cogitate from a new viewpoint the ancient yet ever-new solid earth system. The author abstracts the fundamental problem of the solid earth system from the essence of the generalized geological systems and processes which reads: "the complexity and self-organized criticality of the global nature, structure and dynamical behavior of the whole solid earth system emerging from the multiple coupling and superposition of non-linear interactions among the multicomponents of the earths material and the multiple generalized geological (geological, geophysical, and geochemical) processes". Starting from this cognizance the author proposes eight major themes and the methodology of researches on the complexity and self-organized criticality of the solid earth system.

  14. Complexity and Self-Organized Criticality of Solid Earth System(Ⅱ)

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    1998-01-01

    The author puts forward the proposition of "Complexity and Self-Organized Criticality of Solid Earth System" in the light of: (1) the science of complexity studies the mechanisms of emergence of complexity and is the science of the 21st century, (2) the study of complexity of the earth system would be one of the growing points occupying a strategic position in the development of geosciences in the 21st century. By the proposition we try to cogitate from a new viewpoint the ancient yet ever-new solid earth system. The author abstracts the fundamental problem of the solid earth system from the essence of the generalized geological systems and processes which reads: "the complexity and self-organized criticality of the global nature, structure and dynamical behavior of the whole solid earth system emerging from the multiple coupling and superposition of non-linear interactions among the multicomponents of the earths material and the multiple generalized geological (geological, geophysical, and geochemical) processes". Starting from this cognizance, the author proposes eight major themes and the methodology of researches on the complexity and self-organized criticality of the solid earth system.

  15. Titanium-hydroxyl defect-controlled rheology of the Earth's upper mantle

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    Faul, Ulrich H.; Cline, Christopher J.; David, Emmanuel C.; Berry, Andrew J.; Jackson, Ian

    2016-10-01

    Experiments were conducted with hydrous olivine to investigate the defect responsible for the influence of water (hydrogen structurally incorporated as hydroxyl) on the olivine rheology. Solution-gelation derived Fo90 olivine doped with nominally 0.04-0.1 wt.% TiO2 was first hot-pressed and then deformed in platinum capsules at 300 MPa confining pressure and temperatures from 1200- 1350°C. The water content was not buffered so that deformation occurred at water-undersaturated conditions. Due to the enhanced grain growth under hydrous conditions, the samples were at least a factor of three more coarse-grained than their dry counterparts and deformed in powerlaw creep at differential stresses as low as a few tens of MPa. Since all experiments were conducted at the same confining pressure, the essentially linear relationship between strain rate and water content was for the first time determined independently of an activation volume. Infrared spectra are dominated by absorption bands at 3572 and 3525 cm-1. These bands also predominate in infrared spectra of natural olivine, and can only be reproduced experimentally in the presence of titanium. In contrast to the previous interpretation of the hydrous rheology in terms of intrinsic point defects, the experiments show that extrinsic defects (impurities) in natural olivine play the dominant role for water weakening at the water contents expected for most of the upper mantle.

  16. Rare earth why complex life is uncommon in the Universe

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    Ward, Peter D

    2000-01-01

    n November 12, 2002, Dr. John Chambers of the NASA Ames - search Center gave a seminar to the Astrobiology Group at the OUniversity of Washington. The audience of about 100 listened with rapt attention as Chambers described results from a computer study of how planetary systems form. The goal of his research was to answer a dec- tively simple question: How often would newly forming planetary systems produce Earth-like planets, given a star the size of our own sun? By “Ear- like” Chambers meant a rocky planet with water on its surface, orbiting within a star’s “habitable zone. ” This not-too-hot and not-too-cold inner - gion, relatively close to the star, supports the presence of liquid water on a planet surface for hundreds of million of years—the time-span probably n- essary for the evolution of life. To answer the question of just how many Earth-like planets might be spawned in such a planetary system, Chambers had spent thousands of hours running highly sophisticated modeling p- grams through a...

  17. New Rare Earth(Ⅲ) Complexes with H2tmtaa

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    WANG Zeng-Lin; ZHANG Mei-Li; LIU Zong-Huai; YANG Zu-Pei

    2006-01-01

    A series of Ln(tmtaa)(Htmtaa)·CH2Cl2 (Ln = Sm, Tb, Er and Yb) complexes were prepared and characterized by infrared spectra, mass spectra and molecular electronic spectroscopy as well as DSC measurement. A sandwich structure containing all the eight nitrogen atoms of tmtaa and Htmtaa was proposed for these complexes. X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of these complexes revealed that four nitrogen atoms of both tmtaa and Htmtaa were chemically equivalent to each other, respectively. The acidic hydrogen of Htmtaa did not bind specifically to any nitrogen atom of Htmtaa, but was shared by all the four nitrogen atoms. The magnetic properties of these complexes were found to be in good agreement with their theoretical values.

  18. Estimation of Defect proneness Using Design complexity Measurements in Object- Oriented Software

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    Selvarani, R; Prasad, V Kamakshi

    2010-01-01

    Software engineering is continuously facing the challenges of growing complexity of software packages and increased level of data on defects and drawbacks from software production process. This makes a clarion call for inventions and methods which can enable a more reusable, reliable, easily maintainable and high quality software systems with deeper control on software generation process. Quality and productivity are indeed the two most important parameters for controlling any industrial process. Implementation of a successful control system requires some means of measurement. Software metrics play an important role in the management aspects of the software development process such as better planning, assessment of improvements, resource allocation and reduction of unpredictability. The process involving early detection of potential problems, productivity evaluation and evaluating external quality factors such as reusability, maintainability, defect proneness and complexity are of utmost importance. Here we d...

  19. Reconstruction of a complex midfacial defect with the folded fibular free flap and osseointegrated implants.

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    Anthony, J P; Foster, R D; Sharma, A B; Kearns, G J; Hoffman, W Y; Pogrel, M A

    1996-08-01

    Refinements in microsurgical techniques, plate fixation, and osseointegration have changed the conceptual approach to midface reconstruction. Free tissue transfer has emerged as the ideal method of reconstructing complex midfacial defects. Single-stage bony restoration of the palate and orbital rim using the folded fibular osteocutaneous free flap is described. The fibular free flap is our first choice for reconstructing complex midfacial defects. The thin, soft, pliable tissue is ideal for intraoral and palatal reconstructions. The bone can be tailored precisely to fit any desired shape, and forms a sturdy support for both orbital and dental prostheses. With a single flap, rapid and reliable restoration of midfacial appearance, orbital support, and palatal function can be achieved.

  20. Synthesis, Characterization of α-Oxopentanedioic Acid-Isonicotinoyl Hydrazone Rare Earth-Complexes and Relaxivity of Gd-complex

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    杨正银; 杨汝栋

    2004-01-01

    α-Oxopentanedioic acid isonicotinoyl hydrazone (H2L) and its five rare earth complexes were synthesized with a view to further investigating MRI activities of the polycarboxylic Schiff base complexes. The complexes were characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, IR, UV, 1H NMR spectra and thermal analyses. The general formula of the complexes is [Ln(HL)(H2O)2]Cl2·H2O (where Ln(Ⅲ)=La, Pr, Nd, Eu and Gd). In addition, the relaxivity (R1) of the Gd-complex was determined by INVREC Au program.

  1. The utility of Earth system Models of Intermediate Complexity

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    Weber, S.L.

    2010-01-01

    Intermediate-complexity models are models which describe the dynamics of the atmosphere and/or ocean in less detail than conventional General Circulation Models (GCMs). At the same time, they go beyond the approach taken by atmospheric Energy Balance Models (EBMs) or ocean box models by

  2. SURGICAL EXPERIENCE OF COMPLEX CONGENITAIL HEART DEFECTS IN CHILDREN AND INFANTS

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    丁文祥; 苏肇伉; 徐志伟

    1992-01-01

    From January 1982 to June 1990, 2730 patients with congenital heart defects (CHDS) were treated at Xinhua Hospital there were 537 cases of complex lesions. Fifty of 537 patients died, the hospital mortality rate was 9.31%. On the basis of our clinical experience, it is important that the accurate diagnosis was made promptly in neonate with complex CHDs. The surgical results can be improved by the use of PGEI and balloon atrial septostomy in the cyanotic neonate. For the congestive CHDs, the operation must be per formed in the early life to prevent pulmonary hypertension. Improved methods of preoperative and postoperative care have contributed to these results.

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

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    张启交; 韦凤仙; 章伟光; 黄庙由; 罗远芳

    2002-01-01

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

  4. Platelet-rich fibrin/aspirin complex promotes alveolar bone regeneration in periodontal defect in rats.

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    Du, J; Mei, S; Guo, L; Su, Y; Wang, H; Liu, Y; Zhao, Z; Wang, S; Liu, Y

    2017-09-01

    The efficacy and outcomes of aspirin in local defects and the use of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) in periodontal defects were investigated. Whether the PRF/aspirin complex is a suitable scaffold and delivery system to carry sustained-release aspirin/salicylic acid to promote periodontal bone regeneration was determined. PRF and PRF/aspirin complex were prepared. The concentrations of aspirin/salicylic acid released from the PRF/aspirin complex were calculated at 37°C. Periodontal ligament mesenchymal cells were cultured on six-well plates with PRF or PRF/aspirin complex gel to analyze proliferation and migration. The alveolar bone between the inferior buccal mesial root and anterior buccal distal root of the first maxillary molar was removed in 15 rats randomly divided into three groups: no treatment, PRF or PRF/aspirin complex. Twelve weeks post-transplantation, 2D/3D micro-computed tomography and histomorphometric technique were used for quantitative analyses. The PRF/aspirin complex provided a sustained-release aspirin/salicylic acid. Peak concentrations occurred 4 hours after transplantation and were sustained to 48 hours at 37°C; the total concentration of released aspirin/salicylic acid was 83.5 mg/mL, respectively. The sustained-release promoted the proliferation and migration of periodontal ligament mesenchymal cells. Micro-computed tomography and histological data showed that both the PRF and PRF/aspirin complex enhanced periodontal bone formation (P<.05). Moreover, the new bone formation was two times greater in the PRF/aspirin complex group than the PRF group. Aspirin/salicylic acid could be sustained-released from PRF/aspirin complex, which could inhibit inflammation and improve the function of mesenchymal cells. The data might provide a new safe and easy clinical therapeutic strategy to promote periodontal bone reparation. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Defects and their origin in thin films of (001) alkaline earth oxides

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    Walker, F.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)]|[Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; McKee, R.A.; Pennycook, S.J.; Thundat, T.G. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1995-12-31

    MgO is used as an optical isolation layer for waveguides epitaxially grown on Si. Crystalline perfection of MgO is critical because it serves as a substrate for the single crytal, perovskite guiding layer. Imperfections in the MgO will result in imperfections in the guiding layer and lead to large optical losses for the planar waveguide structure. It is shown that the most common defect to form in thin MgO films are twin boundaries between {l_brace}111{r_brace}-type planes. Highest density of twins is observed when (001) MgO is grown directly on silicon/MgO interlayers containing Ba. Twinning is shown to accommodate the large size of Ba impurities incorporated in the MgO films through formation of internal grain boundaries and oper surface other than the growing (001) of MgO.

  6. Preparation and Properties of Eu3+ Rare Earth Complex and Fluorescent Fiber

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    HE Yu-xian; XI Peng; HUANG Xiang-an

    2006-01-01

    A novel Eu3+ rare earth complex, composed of 4 -hydroxybenzolate acid and 1, 10 - phenanthroline ligands was synthesized. The apparent morphology, composition,thermal stability and fluorescent property of the rare earth complex were measured by TEM, Element analysis, IR, TG and Fluorescence spectrometer. The results indicated that this rare earth complex has sphere-like morphology and its diameter was about 100 nm. The complex has good thermal stability due to the strong coordination between the Eu3+ions and the ligands. Based on the composition analysis, the complex structure formula was: Eu(HOC6 H4 COO)3(phen)complex emission peaks were corresponding to the transition of 5D0→7 FJ(J=0,1,2,4), and the highest intensity fluorescence peak was at 617 nm. The luminescent fiber was prepared by blending melt-spinning with rare earth complex and polypropylene resin. It also has a good luminescent quality,which the strongest emission peak was at 619 nm. It could be considered suitable for industrial application.

  7. The measuring complex for detection of radioactive waste in near-earth space

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    Ulin, S. E.; Vlasik, K. F.; Grachev, V. M.; Dmitrenko, V. V.; Novikov, A. S.; Uteshev, Z. M.; Shustov, A. E.; Chernishova, I. V.; Bakhtigaraev, N. S.; Rykhlova, L. V.; Kazantsev, S. G.

    2017-01-01

    Description of a measuring complex intended for detection and identification of radioactive waste in the near-earth space is presented. The complex consists of several xenon gamma-ray spectrometers, developed on the base of the thin-walled impulse ionization chamber with sensitive volume of four litres. Their main physics - technical characteristics are considered. An estimation probability for detection of various elements comprising radioactive waste by means of the measuring complex on board the spacecraft “Meteor” is given.

  8. An Encapsulation of the Rare Earth Complex in Modified Mesoporous Molecular Sieve MCM-41

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    2000-01-01

    The encapsulation of a rare earth (RE) complex Eu(DBM)3phen in modified Si-MCM-41 with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane is reported for the first time.The luminescence intensity of the RE complex in the modified Si-MCM-41 is about 9 times as strong as in unmodified Si-MCM-41 and the luminescence of the RE complex in the modified Si-MCM-41 has good color purity.

  9. Using Google Earth Surface Metrics to Predict Plant Species Richness in a Complex Landscape

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    Sebastián Block

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Google Earth provides a freely available, global mosaic of high-resolution imagery from different sensors that has become popular in environmental and ecological studies. However, such imagery lacks the near-infrared band often used in studying vegetation, thus its potential for estimating vegetation properties remains unclear. In this study, we assess the potential of Google Earth imagery to describe and predict vegetation attributes. Further, we compare it to the potential of SPOT imagery, which has additional spectral information. We measured basal area, vegetation height, crown cover, density of individuals, and species richness in 60 plots in the oak forests of a complex volcanic landscape in central Mexico. We modelled each vegetation attribute as a function of surface metrics derived from Google Earth and SPOT images, and selected the best-supported linear models from each source. Total species richness was the best-described and predicted variable: the best Google Earth-based model explained nearly as much variation in species richness as its SPOT counterpart (R2 = 0.44 and 0.51, respectively. However, Google Earth metrics emerged as poor predictors of all remaining vegetation attributes, whilst SPOT metrics showed potential for predicting vegetation height. We conclude that Google Earth imagery can be used to estimate species richness in complex landscapes. As it is freely available, Google Earth can broaden the use of remote sensing by researchers and managers in low-income tropical countries where most biodiversity hotspots are found.

  10. Defects in the COG complex and COG-related trafficking regulators affect neuronal Golgi function.

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    Leslie K Climer

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The Conserved Oligomeric Golgi (COG complex is an evolutionarily conserved hetero-octameric protein complex that has been proposed to organize vesicle tethering at the Golgi apparatus. Defects in seven of the eight COG subunits are linked to Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG-type II, a family of rare diseases involving misregulation of protein glycosylation, alterations in Golgi structure, variations in retrograde trafficking through the Golgi and system-wide clinical pathologies. A troublesome aspect of these diseases are the neurological pathologies such as low IQ, microcephaly and cerebellar atrophy. The essential function of the COG complex is dependent upon interactions with other components of trafficking machinery, such as Rab-GTPases and SNAREs. COG-interacting Rabs and SNAREs have been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Defects in Golgi maintenance disrupts trafficking and processing of essential proteins, frequently associated with and contributing to compromised neuron function and human disease. Despite the recent advances in molecular neuroscience, the subcellular bases for most neurodegenerative diseases are poorly understood. This article gives an overview of the potential contributions of the COG complex and its Rab and SNARE partners in the pathogenesis of different neurodegenerative disorders.

  11. Using the Dual-Tree Complex Wavelet Transform for Improved Fabric Defect Detection

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The dual-tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT solves the problems of shift variance and low directional selectivity in two and higher dimensions found with the commonly used discrete wavelet transform (DWT. It has been proposed for applications such as texture classification and content-based image retrieval. In this paper, the performance of the dual-tree complex wavelet transform for fabric defect detection is evaluated. As experimental samples, the fabric images from TILDA, a textile texture database from the Workgroup on Texture Analysis of the German Research Council (DFG, are used. The mean energies of real and imaginary parts of complex wavelet coefficients taken separately are identified as effective features for the purpose of fabric defect detection. Then it is shown that the use of the dual-tree complex wavelet transform yields greater performance as compared to the undecimated wavelet transform (UDWT with a detection rate of 4.5% to 15.8% higher depending on the fabric type.

  12. Understanding Student Cognition about Complex Earth System Processes Related to Climate Change

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    McNeal, K. S.; Libarkin, J.; Ledley, T. S.; Dutta, S.; Templeton, M. C.; Geroux, J.; Blakeney, G. A.

    2011-12-01

    The Earth's climate system includes complex behavior and interconnections with other Earth spheres that present challenges to student learning. To better understand these unique challenges, we have conducted experiments with high-school and introductory level college students to determine how information pertaining to the connections between the Earth's atmospheric system and the other Earth spheres (e.g., hydrosphere and cryosphere) are processed. Specifically, we include psychomotor tests (e.g., eye-tracking) and open-ended questionnaires in this research study, where participants were provided scientific images of the Earth (e.g., global precipitation and ocean and atmospheric currents), eye-tracked, and asked to provide causal or relational explanations about the viewed images. In addition, the students engaged in on-line modules (http://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/climate/index.html) focused on Earth system science as training activities to address potential cognitive barriers. The developed modules included interactive media, hands-on lessons, links to outside resources, and formative assessment questions to promote a supportive and data-rich learning environment. Student eye movements were tracked during engagement with the materials to determine the role of perception and attention on understanding. Students also completed a conceptual questionnaire pre-post to determine if these on-line curriculum materials assisted in their development of connections between Earth's atmospheric system and the other Earth systems. The pre-post results of students' thinking about climate change concepts, as well as eye-tracking results, will be presented.

  13. Rare-earth dialkyl and dihydride complexes bearing monoanionic ancillary ligands

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    CHENG JianHua; HOU ZhaoMin

    2011-01-01

    Rare-earth elements,including scandium,yttrium,and the lanthanides (La-Lu),possess unique chemical and physical properties,and constitute one of the last frontiers in the periodic table.Rare-earth elements are vital for many high-tech industry products such as smartphones and electric cars.However,the fundamental chemistry of the rareearth elements has been explored to a far less extent.The first organo rare-earth complexes Cp3Ln (1,Figure 1),which bear three cyclopentadienyl (Cp) ligands,were reported in the early 1950s [1],but these complexes did not receive much attention because of the lack of significant reactivity.In the early 1980s,the alkyl and hydride complexes supported by two cyclopentadienyl ligands (such as 2in Figure 1) were reported [2].

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

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    Jianwei SHI

    2015-04-01

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

  15. NDUFA9 point mutations cause a variable mitochondrial complex I assembly defect.

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    Baertling, Fabian; Sánchez-Caballero, Laura; van den Brand, Mariël Am; Fung, Cheuk-Wing; Chan, Sophelia Hoi-Shan; Wong, Virginia Chun-Nei; Hellebrekers, Debby M E; de Coo, Irenaeus F M; Smeitink, Jan Am; Rodenburg, Richard Jt; Nijtmans, Leo Gj

    2017-07-03

    Mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I consists of 44 different subunits and contains three functional modules: the Q-, the N- and the P-module. NDUFA9 is a Q-module subunit required for complex I assembly or stability. However, its role in complex I biogenesis has not been studied in patient fibroblasts. So far, a single patient carrying an NDUFA9 variant with a severe neonatally fatal phenotype has been reported. Via exome sequencing, we identified a novel homozygous NDUFA9 missense variant in another patient with a milder phenotype including childhood-onset progressive generalized dystonia and axonal peripheral neuropathy. We performed complex I assembly analysis using primary skin fibroblasts of both patients. Reduced complex I abundance and an accumulation of Q-module subassemblies were present in both patients but more pronounced in the severe clinical phenotype patient. The latter displayed additional accumulation of P-module subassemblies, which was not present in the milder-phenotype patient. Lentiviral complementation of both patient fibroblast cell lines with wild-type NDUFA9 rescued complex I deficiency and the assembly defects. Our report further characterizes the phenotypic spectrum of NDUFA9 deficiency and demonstrates that the severity of the clinical phenotype correlates with the severity of the effects of the different NDUFA9 variants on complex I assembly. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  16. Utilisation of three-dimensional printed heart models for operative planning of complex congenital heart defects.

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    Olejník, Peter; Nosal, Matej; Havran, Tomas; Furdova, Adriana; Cizmar, Maros; Slabej, Michal; Thurzo, Andrej; Vitovic, Pavol; Klvac, Martin; Acel, Tibor; Masura, Jozef

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate the accuracy of the three-dimensional (3D) printing of cardiovascular structures. To explore whether utilisation of 3D printed heart replicas can improve surgical and catheter interventional planning in patients with complex congenital heart defects. Between December 2014 and November 2015 we fabricated eight cardiovascular models based on computed tomography data in patients with complex spatial anatomical relationships of cardiovascular structures. A Bland-Altman analysis was used to assess the accuracy of 3D printing by comparing dimension measurements at analogous anatomical locations between the printed models and digital imagery data, as well as between printed models and in vivo surgical findings. The contribution of 3D printed heart models for perioperative planning improvement was evaluated in the four most representative patients. Bland-Altman analysis confirmed the high accuracy of 3D cardiovascular printing. Each printed model offered an improved spatial anatomical orientation of cardiovascular structures. Current 3D printers can produce authentic copies of patients` cardiovascular systems from computed tomography data. The use of 3D printed models can facilitate surgical or catheter interventional procedures in patients with complex congenital heart defects due to better preoperative planning and intraoperative orientation.

  17. Enhanced photoluminescence from single nitrogen-vacancy defects in nanodiamonds coated with phenol-ionic complexes.

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    Bray, Kerem; Previdi, Rodolfo; Gibson, Brant C; Shimoni, Olga; Aharonovich, Igor

    2015-03-21

    Fluorescent nanodiamonds are attracting major attention in the field of bio-sensing and bio-labeling. In this work we demonstrate a robust approach to achieve an encapsulation of individual nanodiamonds with phenol-ionic complexes that enhance the photoluminescence from single nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers. We show that single NV centres in the coated nanodiamonds also exhibit shorter lifetimes, opening another channel for high resolution sensing. We propose that the nanodiamond encapsulation reduces the non-radiative decay pathways of the NV color centers. Our results provide a versatile and assessable way to enhance photoluminescence from nanodiamond defects that can be used in a variety of sensing and imaging applications.

  18. Complex rare-earth aluminum hydrides: mechanochemical preparation, crystal structure and potential for hydrogen storage.

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    Weidenthaler, Claudia; Pommerin, André; Felderhoff, Michael; Sun, Wenhao; Wolverton, Christopher; Bogdanović, Borislav; Schüth, Ferdi

    2009-11-25

    A novel type of complex rare-earth aluminum hydride was prepared by mechanochemical preparation. The crystal structure of the REAlH(6) (with RE = La, Ce, Pr, Nd) compounds was calculated by DFT methods and confirmed by preliminary structure refinements. The trigonal crystal structure consists of isolated [AlH(6)](3-) octahedra bridged via [12] coordinated RE cations. The investigation of the rare-earth aluminum hydrides during thermolysis shows a decrease of thermal stability with increasing atomic number of the RE element. Rare-earth hydrides (REH(x)) are formed as primary dehydrogenation products; the final products are RE-aluminum alloys. The calculated decomposition enthalpies of the rare-earth aluminum hydrides are at the lower end for reversible hydrogenation under moderate conditions. Even though these materials may require somewhat higher pressures and/or lower temperatures for rehydrogenation, they are interesting examples of low-temperature metal hydrides for which reversibility might be reached.

  19. Investigation of Polyacrylate Anion-Exchangers for Separation of Rare Earth Element Complexes with EDTA

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    2002-01-01

    The rare earth complexes with EDTA, Ln(edta), show an unusual sequence of affinity for the anion-exchangers. The sorption and chromatographic separation of Y3+ for Nd3+ complexes with EDTA was studied by using the strongly basic gel and macroporous polyacrylate anion-exchangers, Amberlite IRA 458 and Amberlite 958, and the weakly basic gel polyacrylate anion-exchanger, Amberlite IRA-68. The investigations on sorption and separation of rare earth complexes with EDTA on the polyacrylate anion-exchangers applied mainly in the environment protection so far indicate that they can be applied in anionexchange separation of lanthanide complexes with aminopolycarboxylic acids. It was shown that the weakly basic polyacrylate gel anion-exchanger Amberlite IRA-68 is the most effective in purification of Y3+ from Nd3+ in comparison with the strongly basic anion-exchangers of this type.

  20. Synthesis, Characterization and Bioactivity of Complexes of Rare Earth with Bis-Schiff Base from Furoylpyrazolone

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    2000-01-01

    Eleven new complexes of rare earths with bis-Schiff base derived from N,N'-bis[(1-phenyl-3-methyl-5-oxo-4-pyrazolinyl)α-furylmethylidyne] ethylenediimine ((HPMαFP)2en) were synthesized. On the basis of elemental analysis and molar conductance, a general formula of the complexes, [RE(HPMαFP)2 en(NO3)2]NO3 (RE=La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb,Y), was given. The complexes were characterized by IR, UV-visible, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and fluorescence. The results show that the bis-Schiff base is a quadridentate ligand and the rare earth ions exhibit coordination of eight in the complexes. The antibacterial experiments indicate that they have high antibacterial activities against S. aureus, B. subtillis, E. coli, E.carotovora, C. flaccumfaciens.

  1. Fabrication and Luminescence of Rare Earth Complex/SiO2 Hybrid Nanospheres

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    赵丹; 秦伟平; 吴长锋; 张继森; 秦冠仕; 林海燕

    2004-01-01

    The organic rare earth complex was embedded in silica spheres to form inorganic-organic hybrid. Photoactive rare earth complexes with various organic ligands exhibit intense narrow emission band, and the silica is an excellent matrix for inorganic-organic structure. The transmission electron microscope image presents the hybrid nanospheres. The diameter of the hybrid is about 100 nm. The europium complex that incorporated into silica sphere is also proved by the IR spectra, the excitation and emission spectra. The lifetimes of the Eu3+ ions in the hybrid nanospheres and in the pure europium complex were also detected. This hybrid with inhomogeneous compositions exhibits specifically tailored chemical and optical properties, such as perfect thermal and mechanical stability, colorimetric purity and so on. It can be used as luminescent and optical material in EL and PL fields.

  2. A global conformance quality model. A new strategic tool for minimizing defects caused by variation, error, and complexity

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    Hinckley, C. Martin [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)

    1994-01-01

    The performance of Japanese products in the marketplace points to the dominant role of quality in product competition. Our focus is motivated by the tremendous pressure to improve conformance quality by reducing defects to previously unimaginable limits in the range of 1 to 10 parts per million. Toward this end, we have developed a new model of conformance quality that addresses each of the three principle defect sources: (1) Variation, (2) Human Error, and (3) Complexity. Although the role of variation in conformance quality is well documented, errors occur so infrequently that their significance is not well known. We have shown that statistical methods are not useful in characterizing and controlling errors, the most common source of defects. Excessive complexity is also a root source of defects, since it increases errors and variation defects. A missing link in the defining a global model has been the lack of a sound correlation between complexity and defects. We have used Design for Assembly (DFA) methods to quantify assembly complexity and have shown that assembly times can be described in terms of the Pareto distribution in a clear exception to the Central Limit Theorem. Within individual companies we have found defects to be highly correlated with DFA measures of complexity in broad studies covering tens of millions of assembly operations. Applying the global concepts, we predicted that Motorola`s Six Sigma method would only reduce defects by roughly a factor of two rather than orders of magnitude, a prediction confirmed by Motorola`s data. We have also shown that the potential defects rates of product concepts can be compared in the earliest stages of development. The global Conformance Quality Model has demonstrated that the best strategy for improvement depends upon the quality control strengths and weaknesses.

  3. Preparation and Characterization of Layered Compound Zirconium Bis(monohydrogenphosphate) Intercalated with Rare Earth Complex

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    2000-01-01

    Layered compound zirconium bis(monohydrogenphosphate)(α -ZrP) intercalated with rare earth complex Eu(DBM)3phen was prepared. The pre-intercalation of p-methoxyaniline into α -ZrP makes the interlayer separation large enough to exchange PMA with europium complex, thus, the luminescent assembly was prepared. This was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectra and elemental analysis. The fluorescence spectra and lifetime of the assembly were also presented.

  4. Neutral binuclear rare-earth metal complexes with four μ₂-bridging hydrides.

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    Rong, Weifeng; He, Dongliang; Wang, Meiyan; Mou, Zehuai; Cheng, Jianhua; Yao, Changguang; Li, Shihui; Trifonov, Alexander A; Lyubov, Dmitrii M; Cui, Dongmei

    2015-03-25

    The first neutral rare-earth metal dinuclear dihydrido complexes [(NPNPN)LnH2]2 (2-Ln; Ln = Y, Lu; NPNPN: N[Ph2PNC6H3((i)Pr)2]2) bearing μ2-bridging hydride ligands have been synthesized. In the presence of THF, 2-Y undergoes intramolecular activation of the sp(2) C-H bond to form dinuclear aryl-hydride complex 3-Y containing three μ2-bridging hydride ligands.

  5. Earth

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    This curriculum-based, easy-to-follow book teaches young readers about Earth as one of the eight planets in our solar system in astronomical terms. With accessible text, it provides the fundamental information any student needs to begin their studies in astronomy, such as how Earth spins and revolves around the Sun, why it's uniquely suitable for life, its physical features, atmosphere, biosphere, moon, its past, future, and more. To enhance the learning experience, many of the images come directly from NASA. This straightforward title offers the fundamental information any student needs to sp

  6. Conformation Switching in Gas-Phase Complexes of Histidine with Alkaline Earth Ions

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    Dunbar, R. C.; Hopkinson, A. C.; Oomens, J.; Siu, C. K.; Siu, K. W. M.; Steill, J. D.; Verkerk, U. H.; Zhao, J. F.

    2009-01-01

    Infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy of gas-phase doubly charged alkaline earth complexes of histidine reveals a transition from dominance of the zwitterion (salt bridge, SB) conformation with Ba2+ to substantial presence of the canonical (charge-solvated, CS) conformation with Ca2+. T

  7. Application of NASA management approach to solve complex problems on earth

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    Potate, J. S.

    1972-01-01

    The application of NASA management approach to solving complex problems on earth is discussed. The management of the Apollo program is presented as an example of effective management techniques. Four key elements of effective management are analyzed. Photographs of the Cape Kennedy launch sites and supporting equipment are included to support the discussions.

  8. Enhanced photoluminescence from single nitrogen-vacancy defects in nanodiamonds coated with phenol-ionic complexes

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    Bray, Kerem; Previdi, Rodolfo; Gibson, Brant C.; Shimoni, Olga; Aharonovich, Igor

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescent nanodiamonds are attracting major attention in the field of bio-sensing and bio-labeling. In this work we demonstrate a robust approach to achieve an encapsulation of individual nanodiamonds with phenol-ionic complexes that enhance the photoluminescence from single nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers. We show that single NV centres in the coated nanodiamonds also exhibit shorter lifetimes, opening another channel for high resolution sensing. We propose that the nanodiamond encapsulation reduces the non-radiative decay pathways of the NV color centers. Our results provide a versatile and assessable way to enhance photoluminescence from nanodiamond defects that can be used in a variety of sensing and imaging applications.Fluorescent nanodiamonds are attracting major attention in the field of bio-sensing and bio-labeling. In this work we demonstrate a robust approach to achieve an encapsulation of individual nanodiamonds with phenol-ionic complexes that enhance the photoluminescence from single nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers. We show that single NV centres in the coated nanodiamonds also exhibit shorter lifetimes, opening another channel for high resolution sensing. We propose that the nanodiamond encapsulation reduces the non-radiative decay pathways of the NV color centers. Our results provide a versatile and assessable way to enhance photoluminescence from nanodiamond defects that can be used in a variety of sensing and imaging applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr07510b

  9. Surface defect modification of ZnO quantum dots based on rare earth acetylacetonate and their impacts on optical performance

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    Wang, Lixi; Yang, Xiaojuan; Yang, Weimin; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Qitu; Song, Bo; Wong, Chingping

    2017-03-01

    The surface defect modification has an important effect on the application of ZnO quantum dots, and it has gained much progress in recently years, propelled by the development of additives. Our research efforts are directed toward developing a new surface modification additive RE(AcAc)3 (RE = Ce, Dy, Tb) to achieve fine ZnO QDs and adjust their surface properties. RE(AcAc)3/ZnO QDs nanostructured materials have been designed and prepared, and particular emphasis has been given to the relation between the surface modification and optical properties. The effects of RE(III) acetylacetonate modification on the FT-IR, TEM images and photoluminescence (PL) spectra were investigated, and the surface defect modification principle and effect were discussed in details. The band gap (Eg) was also calculated to prove the surface modification effect. For the RE(AcAc)3/ZnO QDs complex materials, stable linkage occurs because of the affinity of sbnd COOH from acetylacetonate anionic ligand to zinc oxide surfaces, with attachment to the zinc oxide by hydrogen bonding between the protons of the hydroxyl groups on the surface of ZnO QDs and the π-system of acetylacetone.

  10. Adhesive complex coacervate inspired by the sandcastle worm as a sealant for fetoscopic defects

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    Kaur, Sarbjit

    Inspired by the Sandcastle Worm, biomimetic of the water-borne adhesive was developed by complex coacervation of the synthetic copolyelectrolytes, mimicking the chemistries of the worm glue. The developed underwater adhesive was designed for sealing fetal membranes after fetoscopic surgery in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and sealing neural tissue of a fetus in aminiotic sac for spina bifida condition. Complex coacervate with increased bond strength was created by entrapping polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-dA) monomer within the cross-linked coacervate network. Maximum shear bond strength of ~ 1.2 MPa on aluminum substrates was reached. The monomer-filled coacervate had complex flow behavior, thickening at low shear rates and then thinning suddenly with a 16-fold drop in viscosity at shear rates near 6 s-1. The microscale structure of the complex coacervates resembled a three-dimensional porous network of interconnected tubules. This complex coacervate adhesive was used in vitro studies to mimic the uterine wall-fetal membrane interface using a water column with one end and sealed with human fetal membranes and poultry breast, and a defect was created with an 11 French trocar. The coacervate adhesive in conjunction with the multiphase adhesive was used to seal the defect. The sealant withstood an additional traction of 12 g for 30-60 minutes and turbulence of the water column without leakage of fluid or slippage. The adhesive is nontoxic when in direct contact with human fetal membranes in an organ culture setting. A stable complex coacervate adhesive for long-term use in TTTS and spina bifida application was developed by methacrylating the copolyelectrolytes. The methacrylated coacervate was crosslinked chemically for TTTS and by photopolymerization for spina bifida. Tunable mechanical properties of the adhesive were achieved by varying the methacrylation of the polymers. Varying the amine to phosphate (A/P) ratio in the coacervate formation

  11. Historical and idealized climate model experiments: an intercomparison of Earth system models of intermediate complexity

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    Eby, M.; Weaver, A. J.; Alexander, K.;

    2013-01-01

    and continue through to 2005. The standard simulations include changes in forcing from solar luminosity, Earth's orbital configuration, CO2, additional greenhouse gases, land use, and sulphate and volcanic aerosols. In spite of very different modelled pre-industrial global surface air temperatures, overall 20......Both historical and idealized climate model experiments are performed with a variety of Earth system models of intermediate complexity (EMICs) as part of a community contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. Historical simulations start at 850 CE...

  12. Synthesis, characterization and DNA binding of the complexes of rare earth with phenanthroline and demethylcantharate

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    ZHANG Fan; ZHU Wenzhong; LIN Qiuyue; GUO Weidong; ZHANG Lingling; LI Shikun

    2011-01-01

    Three novel rare earth complexes, [Ln2(DCA)2(phen)2](NO3)2·6H2O (Ln(Ⅲ)=Sm(Ⅲ)(1), Er(Ⅲ)(2), Yb(Ⅲ)(3); DCA2-=demethylcantharate, 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1] heptane-2,3-dicarboxylate, C8H8O52-; phen=1,10-phenanthroline, C12H8N2) were synthesized. The structures were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, IR and TGA. The results suggested that the structural features of the complexes were: in each DCA2-, one carboxylate group, as bidentate bridging group, connected two rare earth ions; the other carboxylate group, as bidentate chelate group took part in the coordination with rare earth ion. And cyclic ether oxygen of DCA2- and nitrogen atoms of phen took part in the coordination. The probable coordination number was seven. The interaction of the complexes with DNA was studied by UV-spectra, fluorescence spectra and viscosity measurements. Following increasing the concentration of DNA, the UV absorption bands nearby 265 mn of the three complexes appeared hypochromism and red-shift phenomena. And the values of binding constants Kb were 1.89× 105 L/mol (1), 3.54× 104 L/mol (2) and 3.83× 104 L/mol (3). The complexes could quench the fluorescence of EB-DNA system, and the values of equilibrium constants Ksq were 1.72(1), 0.56(2) and 1.09(3). The relative viscosity of DNA steadily decreased with increasing theconcentration of complexes. So, we could infer that the complexes may partially insert into DNA. The study of agarose gel electrophoresis showed that the complexes could cleave plasmid DNA, and the process of the reaction was through unclassical redox mechanism.

  13. Phase Behavior and Crystal Structure of Perovskite-Type Rare Earth Complex Oxides

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    2006-01-01

    Several compounds of rare earth complex oxides containing manganese and titanium were synthesized in Ar, and their crystal structures were analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction data and Rietveld method. Structures of A0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 (A=Ca or Sr and Ln=rare earth) were found to have orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pnma, and their interatomic distances and bond angles were obtained. This space group was also derived from electron microscopic study. Electrical conductivity of Ca0.67Ln0.33Mn0.33Ti0.67O3 for several rare earth elements showed a semiconducting property with the activation energy of 0.4 eV. Some of these compounds of the strontium system show the antiferromagnetic properties below 10 K.

  14. Complex demodulation in VLBI estimation of high frequency Earth rotation components

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    Böhm, S.; Brzeziński, A.; Schuh, H.

    2012-12-01

    The spectrum of high frequency Earth rotation variations contains strong harmonic signal components mainly excited by ocean tides along with much weaker non-harmonic fluctuations driven by irregular processes like the diurnal thermal tides in the atmosphere and oceans. In order to properly investigate non-harmonic phenomena a representation in time domain is inevitable. We present a method, operating in time domain, which is easily applicable within Earth rotation estimation from Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). It enables the determination of diurnal and subdiurnal variations, and is still effective with merely diurnal parameter sampling. The features of complex demodulation are used in an extended parameterization of polar motion and universal time which was implemented into a dedicated version of the Vienna VLBI Software VieVS. The functionality of the approach was evaluated by comparing amplitudes and phases of harmonic variations at tidal periods (diurnal/semidiurnal), derived from demodulated Earth rotation parameters (ERP), estimated from hourly resolved VLBI ERP time series and taken from a recently published VLBI ERP model to the terms of the conventional model for ocean tidal effects in Earth rotation recommended by the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS). The three sets of tidal terms derived from VLBI observations extensively agree among each other within the three-sigma level of the demodulation approach, which is below 6 μas for polar motion and universal time. They also coincide in terms of differences to the IERS model, where significant deviations primarily for several major tidal terms are apparent. An additional spectral analysis of the as well estimated demodulated ERP series of the ter- and quarterdiurnal frequency bands did not reveal any significant signal structure. The complex demodulation applied in VLBI parameter estimation could be demonstrated a suitable procedure for the reliable reproduction of

  15. MTO1-deficient mouse model mirrors the human phenotype showing complex I defect and cardiomyopathy.

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    Lore Becker

    Full Text Available Recently, mutations in the mitochondrial translation optimization factor 1 gene (MTO1 were identified as causative in children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, lactic acidosis and respiratory chain defect. Here, we describe an MTO1-deficient mouse model generated by gene trap mutagenesis that mirrors the human phenotype remarkably well. As in patients, the most prominent signs and symptoms were cardiovascular and included bradycardia and cardiomyopathy. In addition, the mutant mice showed a marked worsening of arrhythmias during induction and reversal of anaesthesia. The detailed morphological and biochemical workup of murine hearts indicated that the myocardial damage was due to complex I deficiency and mitochondrial dysfunction. In contrast, neurological examination was largely normal in Mto1-deficient mice. A translational consequence of this mouse model may be to caution against anaesthesia-related cardiac arrhythmias which may be fatal in patients.

  16. Defect complexes formed with Ag atoms in CDTE, ZnTe, and ZnSe

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    Wolf, H; Ostheimer, V; Hamann, J; Lany, S; Wichert, T

    2000-01-01

    Using the radioactive acceptor $^{111}\\!$Ag for perturbed $\\gamma$-$\\gamma$-angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy for the first time, defect complexes formed with Ag are investigated in the II-VI semiconductors CdTe, ZnTe and ZnSe. The donors In, Br and the Te-vacancy were found to passivate Ag acceptors in CdTe via pair formation, which was also observed in In-doped ZnTe. In undoped or Sb-doped CdTe and in undoped ZnSe, the PAC experiments indicate the compensation of Ag acceptors by the formation of double broken bond centres, which are characterised by an electric field gradient with an asymmetry parameter close to h = 1. Additionally, a very large electric field gradient was observed in CdTe, which is possibly connected with residual impurities.

  17. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of fluorescent solid rare earth complexes with hydroxamic acids

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    2002-01-01

    The complexes RE2(DHYA)3 .nH2O in the title bar were synthesized through some reactions oftrivalent rareearth ions. In the process of synthesis, dihydroxamic acids were taken as ligands while the alcohol was taken as a solvent.The ligands included adipylhydroxamic acid (ADHA), p-phthalichydroxamic acid (PPHA), oxalohydroxamic acid (OXHA), butadihydroxamic acid (BDHA), o-phthalichydroxamic acid (OPHA), benzoylhydroxamic acid (BHA), etc.Measured at 25 ℃, the molar conductances in various modes are 13.00-21.05 S. cm2. mol-1, which shows that rare-earth complexes are nonelectrolytes and the hydroxamino groups of the complexes have taken part in bonding. Infrared spectra, ultraviolet spectra, nuclear magnetic resonance (1HNMR) spectra, and fluorescence spectra were used to investigate the complexes. Experiments have proved that the complexes of Eu3+ and Tb3+ with aromatic hydroxamic acids have good fluorescent characteristics.

  18. Statistical Mechanics and Information-Theoretic Perspectives on Complexity in the Earth System

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    Konstantinos Eftaxias

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This review provides a summary of methods originated in (non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and information theory, which have recently found successful applications to quantitatively studying complexity in various components of the complex system Earth. Specifically, we discuss two classes of methods: (i entropies of different kinds (e.g., on the one hand classical Shannon and R´enyi entropies, as well as non-extensive Tsallis entropy based on symbolic dynamics techniques and, on the other hand, approximate entropy, sample entropy and fuzzy entropy; and (ii measures of statistical interdependence and causality (e.g., mutual information and generalizations thereof, transfer entropy, momentary information transfer. We review a number of applications and case studies utilizing the above-mentioned methodological approaches for studying contemporary problems in some exemplary fields of the Earth sciences, highlighting the potentials of different techniques.

  19. Helical ternary complexes of alkaline earth picrates with open-chain crown ether

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    刘伟生; 温永红; 刘雪原; 谭民裕

    2003-01-01

    Four solid complexes of alkaline earth picrates with N,N,N′,N′-tetraphenyl-3,6,9-tri- oxaundecanediamide (TTD), M (Pic)2TTD (1, M = Mg; 2, M = Ca; 3, M = Sr; 4, M = Ba), have been prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, conductivity measurement, IR spectra, 1H NMR spectra and TG-DTA techniques. Crystal structure of complex 3 shows that the Sr(Ⅱ) ion is 9-coordinated by five oxygen atoms from TTD and four oxygen atoms from two bidentate picrates, and the coordination polyhedron is distorted tricapped trigonal prism. TTD as a pentadentate ligand forms a right-handed helical coordination structure. The chelating helical chain has a relative fixed radius and then shows a high coordination selectivity to metal ion. The high selectivity of TTD to alkaline earth ions is explained elementarily from the special coordination structures.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of rare earth complexes with Phthalaldehyde-lysine Schiff base

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    Hu Meixian; Li Ning; Yao Kemin

    2006-01-01

    Ten new rare earth complexes with Schiff base (HL) derived from phthalaldehyde with two -CHO groups and lysine,which has unsymmetrical α-and ε-NH2 groups,were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis,TG-DTA analysis,UV-Vis,IR,and 1H NMR spectra.They spectively.Furthermore,their coordination mechanism,spectral properties and probable molecular structures were also discussed.

  1. Synthesis, Catalysis of Rare Earth Complexes with Aliphatic Noncyclic Polyether-Amino Acid Schiff Base

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    Li Ning; Yao Kemin; Shen Lianfang

    2005-01-01

    Eleven new rare earth complexes with aliphatic Schiff base, condensed from diglycol aldehyde and bis-arginine, were synthesized and characterized. They are confirmed as Ln(H2DAAR)(NO3)3·7H2O (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Gd), Ln3(H2DAAR)2(NO3)9·5H2O (Ln=Dy, Y) and Ln2(H2DAAR)(NO3)6·3H2O (Ln=La, Nd, Sm, Gd), Ln3(DAAR)(NO3)7·4H2O (Ln=Dy, Yb, Y) respectively under different molar ratios of metal to ligand (DAAR=diglycol aldehyde bis-arginine). The present paper deals with a synthetic method and catalytic properties of obtained complexes. The result shows that proper pH value is important for synthesis of the complexes and compositions of the lighter and the heavier rare earth complexes are different under the same reaction condition. Some new complexes obtained have proved their catalytic activity and 80% conversion with the viscosity-average molecular weight 230,000 for the polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) without addition of any cocatalyst.

  2. Natural disease course and genotype-phenotype correlations in Complex I deficiency caused by nuclear gene defects

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    Koene, S; Rodenburg, R J; van der Knaap, M S;

    2012-01-01

    Mitochondrial complex I is the largest multi-protein enzyme complex of the oxidative phosphorylation system. Seven subunits of this complex are encoded by the mitochondrial and the remainder by the nuclear genome. We review the natural disease course and signs and symptoms of 130 patients (four new...... cases and 126 from literature) with mutations in nuclear genes encoding structural complex I proteins or those involved in its assembly. Complex I deficiency caused by a nuclear gene defect is usually a non-dysmorphic syndrome, characterized by severe multi-system organ involvement and a poor prognosis...

  3. Investigation of properties of rare earth complexes with dibromo--methyl-methylsulfonazo by spectral correction technique

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    Hong-Wen Gao; Fa-Shui Hong; Qing-Song Ye

    2000-12-01

    The reactions were sensitive between seven rare earth (RE) metals Nd(III), La(III), Ce(III), Pr(III), Sm(III), Eu(III) and Gd(III) and dibromo--methylmethylsulfonazo (DBMMSA) in acidic solution. The spectral correction method has been applied in the determination of properties of RE complexes instead of ordinary spectrophotometry. Composition ratios, real molar absorptivities ( ) and stepwise stability constants () of each of the RE complexes were determined easily because the method eliminated the absorption influence of excess of ligand on complex. Results showed that the cumulative values of the complexes were between 3 91 × 1014 and 2 34 × 1028 and the real (not apparent) absorptivity between 8 85 × 104 and 2 12 × 105 l mol-1cm-1 at 640 nm.

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and anticancer properties of rare earth complexes with Schiff base and o-phenanthroline

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    XU Dongfang; MA Shuzhi; DU Guangying; HE Qizhuang; SUN Dazhi

    2008-01-01

    Five novel ternary complexes of the rare earth ions with o-phenanthroline(Phen) and Schiff base salicylaldehyde L-phenyla-lanine(KHL) were synthesized in ethanol. Their compositions were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, 1H NMR, FT-IR,and Raman spectra. The formulas of the complexes were verified to be RE(L)(Phen)Cl(H2O) (RE=La3+, Ce3+, Nd3+, Er3+, and Gd3+; L=Schiff base salicylaldehyde L-phenylalanine; phen=o-phenanthroline). Methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) colorimetry and flow cytometry were used to test the anticancer effect of the complexes with K562 tumor cell. The research showed that the complexes could inhibit K562 tumor cell's growth, generation, and induce apoptosis. The inhibition ratio was accelerated by increasing the dosage, and it had significant positive correlation with the medication dosage.

  5. [Synthesis and fluorescence property of novel rare earth europium, terbium complexes with beta-diketone].

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    Ren, Xiao-Ming; Wei, Chang-Ping; Cheng, Guo; Lü, Jing-Wen

    2011-11-01

    A novel beta-diketone 1-(4-aminophenyl)-4,4,4-trifluorobutane-1, 3-dione(p-NBFA) was synthesized by Classical claisen condensation reaction. With p-NBFA as the first ligand and 1,10-phenanthroline(phen) as the secondary ligand, two new rare earth Eu(III), Tb(III) ternary complexes were prepared. Elemental analysis demonstrated that the compositions of the complexes were Eu(p-NBFA)3 phen and Tb(p-NBFA)3 phen. IR spectra indicated that rare earth ions were coordinated with oxygen atoms of the first ligand and two nitrogen atoms of the secondary ligand. UV spectra showed that the main absorption was from the first ligand in the complexes, the secondary ligand was acted as the synergistic coordination. Fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the emission intensity of Eu(p-NBFA)3 phen was obviously stronger than that of Tb(p-NBFA)3 phen. Further investigation showed that the emission intensity was influenced by the matching situation of energy level between the triplet state of ligand and the emission energy of rare earth ion. In Tb(p-NBFA)3phen, due to that the triplet state energy level of p-NBFA was too near to the energy level of 5D4, then the energy transfered back to the ligand, most of the excitation energy was consumed, so the terbium complex showed lower luminescence intensity and competitive luminescence of p-NBFA also appeared. In Eu(p-NB-FA)3phen, the energy level difference was well matched and the emission of europium complex was characteristic and high.

  6. The complex dynamics of the seasonal component of Earth's surface temperature

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    A. Vecchio

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The dynamics of the climate system has been investigated by analyzing the complex seasonal oscillation of monthly averaged temperatures recorded at 1167 stations covering the whole USA. We found the presence of an orbit-climate relationship on time scales remarkably shorter than the Milankovitch period related to the nutational forcing. The relationship manifests itself through occasional destabilization of the phase of the seasonal component due to the local changing of balance between direct insolation and the net energy received by the Earth. Quite surprisingly, we found that the local intermittent dynamics is modulated by a periodic component of about 18.6 yr due to the nutation of Earth, which represents the main modulation of the Earth's precession. The global effect in the last century results in a cumulative phase-shift of about 1.74 days towards earlier seasons, in agreement with the phase shift expected from Earth's precession. The climate dynamics of the seasonal cycle can be described through a nonlinear circle-map, indicating that the destabilization process can be associated to intermittent transitions from quasi-periodicity to chaos.

  7. Making a report of a short trip in an ophiolitic complex with Google Earth

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    Aubret, Marianne

    2017-04-01

    Plate tectonics is taught in French secondary school (lower and upper-sixth). According to the curriculum, the comprehension of plate-tectonic processes and concepts should be based on field data. For example, the Alpine's ocean history is studied to understand how mountain ranges are formed. In this context, Corsica is a great open-air laboratory, but unfortunately, the traffic conditions are very difficult in the island and despite the short distances, it's almost impossible for teachers to take their students to the remarkable geologic spots. The «défilé de l'Inzecca» is one of them: there you can see a part of the alpine's ophiolitic complex. The aim of this activity is to elaborate a « KMZ folder » in Google Earth as a report of a short trip thanks to the students' data field; it is also the occasion to enrich the Google Earth KMZ folder already available for our teaching.

  8. Transesophageal echocardiography for incremental value of Amplatezer cribriform septal occluder for percutaneous transcatheter closure of complex septal defects: Case series

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    Shen Kou Tsai

    2017-06-01

    Conclusion: Our patients with complex septal defects were successfully treated by transcatheter closure using an Amplazter cribriform septal occluder device with careful planning based on patient presentation and close interdisciplinary collaboration. RT 3D color Doppler TEE provided precise information for the selection of the appropriate occluder device and facilitated the procedure by guiding the catheter through the often challenging patient anatomy.

  9. Chromosome 8p23.1 deletions as a cause of complex congenital heart defects and diaphragmatic hernia.

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    Wat, Margaret J; Shchelochkov, Oleg A; Holder, Ashley M; Breman, Amy M; Dagli, Aditi; Bacino, Carlos; Scaglia, Fernando; Zori, Roberto T; Cheung, Sau Wai; Scott, Daryl A; Kang, Sung-Hae Lee

    2009-08-01

    Recurrent interstitial deletion of a region of 8p23.1 flanked by the low copy repeats 8p-OR-REPD and 8p-OR-REPP is associated with a spectrum of anomalies that can include congenital heart malformations and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Haploinsufficiency of GATA4 is thought to play a critical role in the development of these birth defects. We describe two individuals and a monozygotic twin pair discordant for anterior CDH all of whom have complex congenital heart defects caused by this recurrent interstitial deletion as demonstrated by array comparative genomic hybridization. To better define the genotype/phenotype relationships associated with alterations of genes on 8p23.1, we review the spectrum of congenital heart and diaphragmatic defects that have been reported in individuals with isolated GATA4 mutations and interstitial, terminal, and complex chromosomal rearrangements involving the 8p23.1 region. Our findings allow us to clearly define the CDH minimal deleted region on chromosome 8p23.1 and suggest that haploinsufficiency of other genes, in addition to GATA4, may play a role in the severe cardiac and diaphragmatic defects associated with 8p23.1 deletions. These findings also underscore the importance of conducting a careful cytogenetic/molecular analysis of the 8p23.1 region in all prenatal and postnatal cases involving congenital defects of the heart and/or diaphragm.

  10. Chromosome 8p23.1 Deletions as a Cause of Complex Congenital Heart Defects and Diaphragmatic Hernia

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    Wat, Margaret J.; Shchelochkov, Oleg A.; Holder, Ashley M.; Breman, Amy M.; Dagli, Aditi; Bacino, Carlos; Scaglia, Fernando; Zori, Roberto T.; Cheung, Sau Wai; Scott, Daryl A.; Kang, Sung-Hae Lee

    2009-01-01

    Recurrent interstitial deletion of a region of 8p23.1 flanked by the low copy repeats 8p-OR-REPD and 8p-OR-REPP is associated with a spectrum of anomalies that can include congenital heart malformations and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Haploinsufficiency of GATA4 is thought to play a critical role in the development of these birth defects. We describe two individuals and a monozygotic twin pair discordant for anterior CDH all of whom have complex congenital heart defects caused by this recurrent interstitial deletion as demonstrated by array comparative genome hybridization. To better define the genotype/phenotype relationships associated with alterations of genes on 8p23.1, we review the spectrum of congenital heart and diaphragmatic defects that have been reported in individuals with isolated GATA4 mutations and interstitial, terminal, and complex chromosomal rearrangements involving the 8p23.1 region. Our findings allow us to clearly define the CDH minimal deleted region on chromosome 8p23.1 and suggest that haploinsufficiency of other genes, in addition to GATA4, may play a role in the severe cardiac and diaphragmatic defects associated with 8p23.1 deletions. These findings also underscore the importance of conducting a careful cytogenetic/molecular analysis of the 8p23.1 region in all prenatal and postnatal cases involving congenital defects of the heart and/or diaphragm. PMID:19606479

  11. Effects of alkaline earth metal ion complexation on amino acid zwitterion stability: Results from infrared action spectroscopy

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

    2008-01-01

    The structures of isolated alkaline earth metal cationized amino acids are investigated using infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy and theory. These results indicate that arginine, glutamine, proline, serine, and valine all adopt zwitterionic structures when complexed with diva

  12. Synthesis, Characterization and Fluorescence of Rare earth Nitrate Complexes with Triaza-crown Ether Derivative

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    胡晓黎; 崔书亚; 闫兰; 杨汝栋

    2003-01-01

    Four new complexes of rare earths with a triaza-crown ether (L) derived from N3O2-macro cycle 1,12,15-triaza-3, 4: 9,10-dibenzo-5, 8-dioxacycloheptadecane were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, molar conductance, TG-DTA analysis and fluorescence spectra. The composition of the complexes determined as [RE(NO3)3L*3H2O]*H2O (RE=Sm, Eu, Tb and Dy). It is found that Sm3+, Eu3+, Tb3+ and Dy3+ complexes all show strong fluorescence emission in the solid state. Among these complexes, Tb3+ complex has the strongest luminescence intensity. It shows that the ligand L triplet state energy matches 5D4 energy level of Tb3+. In the Eu3+ complex, η(5D0→7F2/5D0→7F1) is 2.6, which indicates that Eu3+ locates at the asymmetric coordination field.

  13. Emission of Rare Earth Complex Tb0.5Eu0.5(asprin)3phen

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    沈鸿; 徐征; 陶栋梁; 徐怡庄; 章婷; 杨军

    2003-01-01

    The coprecipitate Tb0.5Eu0.5(asprin)3phen was synthesized. By doping the rare earth complex into polymer PVK, the EL device was fabricated with the structure of ITO/PVK∶RE/PBD/Al. Compared with the device using PVK/Eu(asprin)3phen blend as the light emitting layer, the emission of Eu3+ in the PVK/Tb0.5Eu0.5(asprin)3 phen blend is greatly enhanced along with the quenching of the emission of PVK.

  14. Rare Earth Metal Complexes of Bidentate Nitroxide Ligands: Synthesis and Electrochemistry.

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    Kim, Jee Eon; Bogart, Justin A; Carroll, Patrick J; Schelter, Eric J

    2016-01-19

    We report rare earth metal complexes with tri- and bidentate ligands including strongly electron-donating nitroxide groups. The tridentate ligand 1,3,5-tris(2'-tert-butylhydroxylaminoaryl)benzene (H3arene-triNOx) was complexed to cerium(IV) in a 2:1 ligand-to-metal stoichiometry as Ce(Harene-triNOx)2 (1). Cyclic voltammetry of this compound showed stabilization of the tetravalent cerium cation with a Ce(IV/III) couple at E1/2 = -1.82 V versus Fc/Fc(+). On the basis of the uninvolvement of the third nitroxide group in the coordination chemistry with the cerium(IV) cation, the ligand system was redesigned toward a simpler bidentate mode, and a series of rare earth metal-arene-diNOx complexes were prepared with La(III), Ce(IV), Pr(III), Tb(III), and Y(III), [RE(arene-diNOx)2](-) ([2-RE](-), RE = La, Pr, Y, Tb) and Ce(IV)(arene-diNOx)2, where H2arene-diNOx = 1,3-bis(2'-tert-butylhydroxylaminoaryl)benzene. The core structures were isostructural throughout the series, with three nitroxide groups in η(2) binding modes and one κ(1) nitroxide group coordinated to the metal center in the solid state. In all cases except Ce(IV)(arene-diNOx)2, electrochemical analysis described two subsequent, ligand-based, quasi-reversible redox waves, indicating that a stable [N-O•] group was generated on the electrochemical time scale. Chemical oxidation of the terbium complex was performed, and isolation of the resulting complex, Tb(arene-diNOx)2·CH2Cl2 (3·CH2Cl2), confirmed the assignment of the cyclic voltammograms. Magnetic data showed no evidence of mixing between the Tb(III) states and the states of the open-shell ligand.

  15. Application of Hydrogel in Reconstruction Surgery: Hydrogel/Fat Graft Complex Filler for Volume Reconstruction in Critical Sized Muscle Defects

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    Y. F. Lui

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Autogenic fat graft usually suffers from degeneration and volume shrinkage in volume reconstruction applications. How to maintain graft viability and graft volume is an essential consideration in reconstruction therapies. In this presented investigation, a new fat graft transplantation method was developed aiming to improve long term graft viability and volume reconstruction effect by incorporation of hydrogel. The harvested fat graft is dissociated into small fragments and incorporated into a collagen based hydrogel to form a hydrogel/fat graft complex for volume reconstruction purpose. In vitro results indicate that the collagen based hydrogel can significantly improve the survivability of cells inside isolated graft. In a 6-month investigation on artificial created defect model, this hydrogel/fat graft complex filler has demonstrated the ability of promoting fat pad formation inside the targeted defect area. The newly generated fat pad can cover the whole defect and restore its original dimension in 6-month time point. Compared to simple fat transplantation, this hydrogel/fat graft complex system provides much improvement on long term volume restoration effect against degeneration and volume shrinkage. One notable effect is that there is continuous proliferation of adipose tissue throughout the 6-month period. In summary, the hydrogel/fat graft system presented in this investigation demonstrated a better and more significant effect on volume reconstruction in large sized volume defect than simple fat transplantation.

  16. Unravelling the Complexities of the Earth's Radiation Belts: Findings from the Van Allen Probes mission

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    Mauk, Barry; Fox, Nicola; Kessel, Ramona; Sibeck, David; Kanekal, Shri

    2014-05-01

    Within the first year of Van Allen Probe operations, team members made a series of highly publicized decisive discoveries concerning the structure and evolution of the Earth's radiation belts, the processes that energize particles there, and the locations where they operate. Nevertheless, much more extensive and less publicized findings from the Van Allen Probes suggest that Earth's radiation belts regions remain a highly complex and puzzling place. Although the relation between magnetic storm and radiation belt enhancements and loss has been emphasized, dynamics during non-storm periods has occasionally been shown to be dramatic. While emphasis has been placed on new findings regarding local non-adiabatic energization mechanisms, adiabatic mechanisms have also been shown to be important. Furthermore, the interplay between, and relative importance of, these and other energization processes remain uncertain. The role of seed populations has been highlighted, with some studies pointing to localized mechanisms and others pointing to the role of substorms in transporting and injecting such populations. Here we review some of the less publicized findings and future objectives of the Van Allen Probes mission to get a broader and in-depth view of present understanding of Earth's inner magnetosphere.

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

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

    2013-03-15

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

  18. Omphalocele, exstrophy of cloaca, imperforate anus and spinal defect (OEIS Complex) with overlapping features of body stalk anomaly (limb body wall complex)

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    Mandrekar, Suresh R. S.; Amoncar, Sangeeta; Banaulikar, Siddhartha; Sawant, Vishal; Pinto, R. G. W.

    2014-01-01

    OEIS is an extremely rare constellation of malformations, which includes omphalocele, exstrophy of cloaca, imperforate anus, and spinal defect. We report here autopsy findings in a case of OEIS complex, which apart from the major anomalies of the complex had bilateral club foot that is, congenital talipes equinovarus, right hydroureter, and body stalk anomaly. The umbilical cord was absent, and the umbilical vessels were embedded in an amniotic sheet, which connected the skin margin of the anterior body wall defect to the placenta, this feature being the hallmark of limb body wall complex (LBWC). This case further supports the view that OEIS and LBWC represent a continuous spectrum of abnormalities rather than separate conditions and may share a common etiology and pathogenetic mechanism as proposed by some authors. PMID:25400352

  19. Formation and dynamics of "waterproof" photoluminescent complexes of rare earth ions in crowded environment.

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    Ignatova, Tetyana; Blades, Michael; Duque, Juan G; Doorn, Stephen K; Biaggio, Ivan; Rotkin, Slava V

    2014-12-28

    Understanding behavior of rare-earth ions (REI) in crowded environments is crucial for several nano- and bio-technological applications. Evolution of REI photoluminescence (PL) in small compartments inside a silica hydrogel, mimic to a soft matter bio-environment, has been studied and explained within a solvation model. The model uncovered the origin of high PL efficiency to be the formation of REI complexes, surrounded by bile salt (DOC) molecules. Comparative study of these REI-DOC complexes in bulk water solution and those enclosed inside the hydrogel revealed a strong correlation between an up to 5×-longer lifetime of REIs and appearance of the DOC ordered phase, further confirmed by dynamics of REI solvation shells, REI diffusion experiments and morphological characterization of microstructure of the hydrogel.

  20. Synthesis of glycine-containing complexes in impacts of comets on early Earth

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    Goldman, Nir; Reed, Evan J.; Fried, Laurence E.; William Kuo, I.-F.; Maiti, Amitesh

    2010-11-01

    Delivery of prebiotic compounds to early Earth from an impacting comet is thought to be an unlikely mechanism for the origins of life because of unfavourable chemical conditions on the planet and the high heat from impact. In contrast, we find that impact-induced shock compression of cometary ices followed by expansion to ambient conditions can produce complexes that resemble the amino acid glycine. Our ab initio molecular dynamics simulations show that shock waves drive the synthesis of transient C-N bonded oligomers at extreme pressures and temperatures. On post impact quenching to lower pressures, the oligomers break apart to form a metastable glycine-containing complex. We show that impact from cometary ice could possibly yield amino acids by a synthetic route independent of the pre-existing atmospheric conditions and materials on the planet.

  1. Preparation, Characterization and Luminescent Properties of MCM-41 Type Materials Impregnated with Rare Earth Complex

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    Hybrid materials incorporating Eu-(TTA)3.2H2O(hereafter designated as Eu-TTA, with TTA:thenoyltrifluoroacetone)in unmodified or modified MCM-41 by 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane (APTES)were prepared by impregnation method.The obtained materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction(XRD),IR and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and luminescence spectra.All the hybrid samples exhibited the characteristic emission bands of Eu3+ under UV light excitation at room temperature, and the excitation spectra showed significant blue-shifts compared to the pure rare-earth complex. Although the red emission intensity in the modified hybrid was almost the half of the red emission intensity in the pure Eu-TTA complex at room temperature,the hybrid showed a much higher thermal stability due to the shielding character of the MCM-41host.

  2. Effect of nitrogen and intrinsic defect complexes on conversion efficiency of ZnO for hydrogen generation from water.

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    Lu, Y H; Russo, S P; Feng, Y P

    2011-09-21

    Band gap narrowing is important for applications of ZnO, especially for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this work, we carried out first-principles electronic structure calculations with a hybrid density functional on defected ZnO. It is found that nitrogen substitutional doping alone cannot explain the largely enhanced conversion efficiency observed in nitrogen doped ZnO. Instead, complex defects formed by substitutional nitrogen and intrinsic defects play an important role in the band gap narrowing, in agreement with recent experimental results. We propose ZnO fabricated in a Zn-rich environment with heavy nitrogen doping as a photocatalyst for hydrogen generation from water splitting. A method for controlling the band gap of ZnO is also proposed.

  3. Direct 3D powder printing of biphasic calcium phosphate scaffolds for substitution of complex bone defects.

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    Castilho, Miguel; Moseke, Claus; Ewald, Andrea; Gbureck, Uwe; Groll, Jürgen; Pires, Inês; Teßmar, Jörg; Vorndran, Elke

    2014-03-01

    The 3D printing technique based on cement powders is an excellent method for the fabrication of individual and complex bone substitutes even in the case of large defects. The outstanding bone remodeling capacity of biphasic calcium phosphates (BCPs) containing hydroxyapatite (HA) as well as tricalcium phosphate (TCP) in varying ratios makes the adaption of powder systems resulting in BCP materials to this fabrication technique a desirable aim. This study presents the synthesis and characterization of a novel powder system for the 3D printing process, intended for the production of complexly shaped BCP scaffolds by a hydraulic setting reaction of calcium carbonate and TCP with phosphoric acid. The HA/TCP ratio in the specimens could be tailored by the calcium/phosphate ratio of the starting powder. The scaffolds could be fabricated with a dimensional accuracy of >96.5% and a minimal macro pore size of 300 µm. Independent of the phase composition the printed specimens showed a microporosity of approximately 68%, while the compressive strength strongly depended on the chemical composition and increased with rising TCP content in the scaffolds to a maximum of 1.81 MPa. Post-treatment of the scaffolds with a polylactic-co-glycolic acid-solution enhanced the mechanical properties by a factor of 8. In vitro studies showed that all BCP scaffolds were cytocompatible and enhanced the cell viability as well as the cell proliferation, as compared with pure TCP. Cell proliferation is even better on BCP when compared to HA and cell viability is in a similar range on these materials.

  4. On the existence of near-Earth-object meteoroid complexes producing meteorites

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    Trigo-Rodriguez, J.; Madiedo, J.; Williams, I.

    2014-07-01

    It is generally thought that meteorites are formed as a result of collisions within the main belt of asteroids [1]. They are delivered onto Earth-crossing orbits because of the effects of orbital resonances, primarily with Jupiter. About 15 meteorites are known where their passage through the atmosphere was observed and recorded, allowing the parameters of the pre-encounter orbit to be derived [2]. The cosmic-ray-exposure ages (CREAs) are suggesting that most meteorites have been exposed to cosmic rays for tens of millions of years (Myrs) [3], re-enforcing the belief that the process of modifying the orbit from being near-circular in the main belt to highly elliptical as an Earth-crossing orbit was a gradual process like the effects of resonance. However, there is growing evidence that some meteorite could originate directly from the near-Earth-object (NEO) population. A good example of this is the recent discovery of rare primitive groups in the Antarctic, an example being Elephant Moraine (EET) 96026: a C4/5 carbonaceous chondrite with a measured cosmic ray exposure age of only 0.28 Ma [4]. Here, we focus on recent dynamic links that have been established between meteorite-dropping bolides and NEOs that support the idea of short-life meteoroid streams that can generate meteoroids on Earth. The fact that such streams can exist allows rocky material from potentially-hazardous asteroids (PHA) to be sampled and investigated in the laboratory. The existence of meteoroid streams capable of producing meteorites has been proposed following the determination of accurate meteoroid orbits of fireballs obtained by the Canadian Meteorite Observation and Recovery Project (MORP) [5]. Some asteroids in the Earth's vicinity are undergoing both dynamical and collisional evolution on very short timescales [6]. Many of these objects are crumbly bodies that originated from the collisions between main-belt asteroids during their life-time. An obvious method of forming these complexes

  5. Competition between humic acid and carbonates for rare earth elements complexation.

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    Pourret, Olivier; Davranche, Mélanie; Gruau, Gérard; Dia, Aline

    2007-01-01

    The competitive binding of rare earth elements (REE) to humic acid (HA) and carbonates was studied experimentally at various pH and alkalinity values by combining ultrafiltration and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry techniques. The results show that the REE species occur as binary humate or carbonate complexes but not as ternary REE-carbonate-humate as previously proposed. The results also reveal the strong pH and alkalinity dependence of the competition as well as the existence of a systematic fractionation across the REE series. Specifically, carbonate complexation is at a maximum at pH 10 and increase with increasing alkalinity and with the atomic number of the REE (LuCO(3)>LaCO(3)). Modeling of the data using Model VI and recently published stability constants for complexation of REE by humic acid well reproduced the experimental data, confirming the ability of Model VI to accurately determine REE speciation in natural waters. This modeling also confirms the reliability of recently published stability constants. This work shed more light not only on the competition between carbonates and HA for REE complexation but also on the reliability of WHAM 6 and Model VI for calculating the speciation of REE with organic matter in alkaline organic-rich water.

  6. Oligomeric rare-earth metal cluster complexes with endohedral transition metal atoms

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    Steinberg, Simon; Zimmermann, Sina; Brühmann, Matthias; Meyer, Eva; Rustige, Christian; Wolberg, Marike; Daub, Kathrin; Bell, Thomas; Meyer, Gerd, E-mail: gerd.meyer@uni-koeln.de

    2014-11-15

    Comproportionation reactions of rare-earth metal trihalides (RX{sub 3}) with the respective rare-earth metals (R) and transition metals (T) led to the formation of 22 oligomeric R cluster halides encapsulating T, in 19 cases for the first time. The structures of these compounds were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and are composed of trimers ((T{sub 3}R{sub 11})X{sub 15}-type, P6{sub 3}/m), tetramers ((T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 28}(R{sub 4}) (P-43m), (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 20} (P4{sub 2}/nnm), (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 24}(RX{sub 3}){sub 4} (I4{sub 1}/a) and (T{sub 4}R{sub 16})X{sub 23} (C2/m) types of structure) and pentamers ((Ru{sub 5}La{sub 14}){sub 2}Br{sub 39}, Cc) of (TR{sub r}){sub n} (n=2–5) clusters. These oligomers are further enveloped by inner (X{sup i}) as well as outer (X{sup a}) halido ligands, which possess diverse functionalities and interconnect like oligomers through i–i, i–a and/or a–i bridges. The general features of the crystal structures for these new compounds are discussed and compared to literature entries as well as different structure types with oligomeric T centered R clusters. Dimers and tetramers originating from the aggregation of (TR{sub 6}) octahedra via common edges are more frequent than trimers and pentamers, in which the (TR{sub r}) clusters share common faces. - Graphical abstract: Rare earth-metal cluster complexes with endohedral transition metal atoms (TR{sub 6}) may connect via common edges or faces to form dimers, trimers, tetramers and pentamers of which the tetramers are the most prolific. Packing effects and electron counts play an important role. - Highlights: • Rare-earth metal cluster complexes encapsulate transition metal atoms. • Oligomers are built via connection of octahedral clusters via common edges or faces. • Dimers through pentamers with closed structures are known. • Tetramers including a tetrahedron of endohedral atoms are the most prolific.

  7. Robotic Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR: is it possible to offer minimally invasive surgery for abdominal wall complex defects?

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    MARIA VITÓRIA FRANÇA DO AMARAL

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT We describe the preliminary national experience and the early results of the use of robotic surgery to perform the posterior separation of abdominal wall components by the Transversus Abdominis Release (TAR technique for the correction of complex defects of the abdominal wall. We performed the procedures between 04/2/2015 and 06/15/2015 and the follow-up time was up to six months, with a minimum of two months. The mean surgical time was five hours and 40 minutes. Two patients required laparoscopic re-intervention, since one developed hernia by peritoneal migration of the mesh and one had mesh extrusion. The procedure proved to be technically feasible, with a still long surgical time. Considering the potential advantages of robotic surgery and those related to TAR and the results obtained when these two techniques are associated, we conclude that they seem to be a good option for the correction of complex abdominal wall defects.

  8. Degradation of Extraction from Seaweed and Its Complex with Rare Earths for Organophosphorous Pesticides

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    2007-01-01

    On the basis of several experiments carried out in China, it was proved that both seaweed liquid fertilizer and rare earth (RE) could promote the growth of crops and increase their yield. The effects of extraction from seaweed and its complex with RE on the degradation of organophosphorous pesticides and the yield of vegetables were investigated. The results showed that the extract and its complex with RE could degrade organophosphorous pesticides in neutral solvent.The residues of the pesticides treated by the extract decreased by 96.88%, 52.30%, 49.52%, and 22.88%, respectively, for chlorpyrifos, dichlorvos, omethoate, and dimethoate, and those by the complex decreased by 95.99%, 54.23%, 48.79%, and 25.66%, respectively, when compared with the control. The residues of chlorpyrifos and dimethoate in spinach sprayed with the complex were decreased by 90.64% and 76.56%, respectively, compared with those in spinach from control plots when the interval between spraying and sampling was 8 d. The fresh weight of brassica chinensis and cabbage increased by 28.62% and 18.72%, and their dry weight increased by 44.49% and 14.74%, respectively, compared with those of the controls. The chlorpyrifos and dimethoate residues in brasscia chinese were decreased by 36.36% and 50.00%, respectively, and their rate of decrease in cabbage was 40.00% and 75.00%, respectively, on 5th day after spraying with the complex, when compared with those in the vegetable from control. These results suggest that this complex can increase the agricultural productivity and reduce the use of pesticide residues in the production of vegetables.

  9. Synthesis and structural diversity of trivalent rare-earth metal diisopropylamide complexes.

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    Spallek, Tatiana; Heß, Oliver; Meermann-Zimmermann, Melanie; Meermann, Christian; Klimpel, Michael G; Estler, Frank; Schneider, David; Scherer, Wolfgang; Tafipolsky, Maxim; Törnroos, Karl W; Maichle-Mössmer, Cäcilia; Sirsch, Peter; Anwander, Reiner

    2016-09-21

    A series of rare-earth metal diisopropylamide complexes has been obtained via salt metathesis employing LnCl3(THF)x and lithium (LDA) or sodium diisopropylamide (NDA) in n-hexane. Reactions with AM : Ln ratios ≥3 gave ate complexes (AM)Ln(NiPr2)4(THF)n (n = 1, 2; Ln = Sc, Y, La, Lu; AM = Li, Na) in good yields. For smaller rare-earth metal centres such as scandium and lutetium, a Li : Ln ratio = 2.5 accomplished ate-free tris(amido) complexes Ln(NiPr2)3(THF). The chloro-bridged dimeric derivatives [Ln(NiPr2)2(μ-Cl)(THF)]2 (Ln = Sc, Y, La, Lu) could be obtained in high yields for Li : Ln = 1.6-2. The product resulting from the Li : La = 1 : 1.6 reaction revealed a crystal structure containing two different molecules in the crystal lattice, [La(NiPr2)2(THF)(μ-Cl)]2·La(NiPr2)3(THF)2. Recrystallization of the chloro-bridged dimers led to the formation of the monomeric species Ln(NiPr2)2Cl(THF)2 (Ln = Sc, Lu) and La(NiPr2)3(THF)2. The reaction of YCl3 and LDA with Li : Y = 2 in the absence of THF gave a bimetallic ate complex LiY(NiPr2)4 with a chain-like structure. For scandium, the equimolar reactions with LDA or NDA yielded crystals of tetrametallic mono(amido) species, {[Sc(NiPr2)Cl2(THF)]2(LiCl)}2 and [Sc(NiPr2)Cl2(THF)]4, respectively. Depending on the Ln(iii) size, AM, and presence of a donor solvent, ate complexes (AM)Ln(NiPr2)4(THF)n show distinct dynamic behaviour as revealed by variable temperature NMR spectroscopy. The presence of weak LnCH(iPr) β-agostic interactions, as indicated by Ln-N-C angles <105°, is corroborated by DFT calculations and NBO analysis.

  10. Temperature and dose dependence of defect complex formation with ion implanted Mn/Fe in ZnO

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

    2009-01-01

    57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy following ion implantation of radioactive 57Mn+ ( T1/2=85.4 s) has been applied to study the formation of Fe/Mn implantation-induced defects in ZnO at temperatures between 319 and 390 K. The formation of ferric iron–vacancy complexes is found to depend strongly on the implanted dose and to be faster and more efficient at higher temperatures. The results at these temperatures suggest the mobility of the Zn vacancy, together with vacancy trapping at the substitutional Mn/Fe impurities are responsible for the formation of Fe–VZn complexes

  11. XUV complex refractive indices of aerosols in the atmospheres of Titan and the primitive Earth

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    Gavilan, Lisseth; Neumann, Maciej; Bulkin, Pavel; Popescu, Horia; Steffan, Martin; Esser, Norbert; Carrasco, Nathalie

    2016-10-01

    The complex refractive indices of tholins, simulating aerosols in the atmosphere of Titan and the primitive earth, have been measured over a wide spectral range, including the soft X-ray, vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV), and UV-Visible. The soft X-ray and VUV spectral ranges are in particular relevant to radiative transfer models of solar irradiation of primitive atmospheres (Lammer et al. 2008) and may elucidate the (anti-)greenhouse potential of photochemical aerosols.Thin films were grown using the PAMPRE capacitively coupled plasma setup (Szopa et al. 2006; Carrasco et al. 2009). Gas mixtures consisting of CH4/N2 with 5:95 ratios were used to simulate Titan's atmospheric composition. For the primitive Earth, gas mixtures of N2/CO2/H2 and N2/CO2/CH4 were used as described in Fleury et al. (2014).State-of-the-art laboratory techniques were used to determine the refractive indices of such tholin films. These include VUV ellipsometry (performed in collaboration with the Metrology Light Source in Berlin) and synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy (performed at the SEXTANTS beamline of the SOLEIL synchrotron). While VUV spectroscopy reveals new electronic transitions due to plasmon resonances in tholins, X-ray spectra reveal the C and O absorption edges of these solids. The refractive indices are compared to results from Khare et al. (1984). Implications on the optical properties of these aerosol analogs on the radiative modeling of primitive atmospheres will be discussed.

  12. Earth-Facing Antenna Characterization in a Complex Ground Plane/Multipath Rich Environment

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    Welch, Bryan W.; Piasecki, Marie T.

    2015-01-01

    The Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed was a Software Defined Radio (SDR)-based payload launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in July of 2012. The purpose of the SCAN Testbed payload was to investigate the applicability of SDRs to NASA space missions in an operational space environment, which means that a proper model for system performance in said operational space environment is a necessary condition. The SCAN Testbed has line-of-sight connections to various ground stations with its S-Band Earth-facing Near-Earth Network Low Gain Antenna (NEN-LGA). Any previous efforts to characterize the NEN-LGA proved difficult, therefore, the NASA Glenn Research Center built its own S-Band ground station, which became operational in 2015, and has been successfully used to characterize the NEN-LGAs in-situ pattern measurements. This methodology allows for a more realistic characterization of the antenna performance, where the pattern oscillation induced by the complex ISS ground plane, as well as shadowing effects due to ISS structural blockage are included into the final performance model. This paper describes the challenges of characterizing an antenna pattern in this environment. It will also discuss the data processing, present the final antenna pattern measurements and derived model, as well as discuss various lessons learned.

  13. Earth-Facing Antenna Characterization in Complex Ground Plane/Multipath Rich Environment

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    Welch, Bryan W.; Piasecki, Marie T.

    2015-01-01

    The Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed was a Software Defined Radio (SDR)-based payload launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in July of 2012. The purpose of the SCAN Testbed payload was to investigate the applicability of SDRs to NASA space missions in an operational environment, which means that a proper model for system performance in said operational space environment is a necessary condition. The SCAN Testbed has line-of-sight connections to various ground stations with its S-Band Earth-facing Near-Earth-Network Low Gain Antenna (NEN-LGA). Any previous efforts to characterize the NEN-LGA proved difficult, therefore, the NASA Glenn Research Center built its own S-Band ground station, which became operational in 2015, and has been used successfully to characterize the NEN-LGA's in-situ pattern measurements. This methodology allows for a more realistic characterization of the antenna performance, where the pattern oscillation induced by the complex ISS ground plane, as well as shadowing effects due to ISS structural blockage are included into the final performance model. This paper describes the challenges of characterizing an antenna pattern in this environment. It will also discuss the data processing, present the final antenna pattern measurements and derived model, as well as discuss various lessons learned

  14. Nanoclays: Two-dimensional shuttles for rare earth complexes in aqueous solution

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    Lezhnina, M. M.; Bentlage, M.; Kynast, U. H.

    2011-08-01

    Nanoclays are shown to be attractive substrates in at least two major respects. Firstly, Hectorite analogous commercial clays ("Laponite") can facilitate the usage of luminescent rare earth ions in aqueous solution, as their adherence to the clay surface strongly reduces water coordination and thus enables dramatically improved emission intensities. This also holds true for complexes of Tb 3+, which coordinate water in their native crystalline state, as demonstrated for tris(bipyiridine) complexes. For these, the laponite interaction affords a 16-fold gain in emission intensity in aqueous solution over the dissolved complex. Secondly, the two-dimensional, disk-like morphology of the clays enables a sufficient proximity of Ce 3+ and Tb 3+ to allow an energy transfer even at comparably low solution concentrations. In partially laminated, solid powders the efficiencies of the corresponding interlayer species decrease due to intimate interactions with the surrounding silicate and interlayer water, which can, however be counteracted by keeping the disks apart with long-chain, alkylammonium cations as spacers between the disks.

  15. Bis(imidazolin-2-iminato) rare earth metal complexes: synthesis, structural characterization, and catalytic application.

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    Trambitas, Alexandra G; Melcher, Daniel; Hartenstein, Larissa; Roesky, Peter W; Daniliuc, Constantin; Jones, Peter G; Tamm, Matthias

    2012-06-18

    Reaction of anhydrous rare earth metal halides MCl(3) with 2 equiv of 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolin-2-imine (Im(Dipp)NH) and 2 equiv of trimethylsilylmethyl lithium (Me(3)SiCH(2)Li) in THF furnished the complexes [(Im(Dipp)N)(2)MCl(THF)(n)] (M = Sc, Y, Lu). The molecular structures of all three compounds were established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. The coordination spheres around the pentacoordinate metal atoms are best described as trigonal bipyramids. Reaction of YbI(2) with 2 equiv of LiCH(2)SiMe(3) and 2 equiv of the imino ligand Im(Dipp)NH in tetrahydrofuran did not result in a divalent complex, but instead the Yb(III) complex [(Im(Dipp)N)(2)YbI(THF)(2)] was obtained and structurally characterized. Treatment of [(Im(Dipp)N)(2)MCl(THF)(n)] with 1 equiv of LiCH(2)SiMe(3) resulted in the formation of [(Im(Dipp)N)(2)M(CH(2)SiMe(3))(THF)(n)]. The coordination arrangement of these compounds in the solid state at the metal atoms is similar to that found for the starting materials, although the introduction of the neosilyl ligand induces a significantly greater distortion from the ideal trigonal-bipyramidal geometry. [(Im(Dipp)N)(2)Y(CH(2)SiMe(3))(THF)(2)] was used as precatalyst in the intramolecular hydroamination/cyclization reaction of various terminal aminoalkenes and of one aminoalkyne. The complex showed high catalytic activity and selectivity. A comparison with the previously reported dialkyl yttrium complex [(Im(Dipp)N)Y(CH(2)SiMe(3))(2)(THF)(3)] showed no clear tendency in terms of activity.

  16. Coordination field calculation for rare earth complexes in dihedral symmetry field

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    范英芳; 杨频; 潘大丰; 王越奎

    1995-01-01

    The coordination field perturbation matrix element expressions about D2-field of the terms 2S+1Lf (J=0 - 8 and 7=1/2 - 15/2) with fN (N=1 -13) configuration have been derived The concrete forms of the DSCPCF parameters Akm in the dihedral field (D2, C2v) for various ligand numbers (5 -12) and their reducing behavior in the higher symmetry fields (D4, C4v, D2d, D4d, D2k, D4h and Oh) are discussed with the double sphere coordination point charge field (DSCPCF) model and the irreducible operator tensor method. Besides, the corresponding computational schemes have been developed and the computer program DSF.D has been compiled, which is applicable for the spectral analysis of the rare earth ion complexes with arbitrary ligand numbers in the dihedral, tetragonal and cubical symmetry fields.

  17. Interfacial assembly of sandwich mixed (Phthalocyaninato)(Porphyrinato) rare earth triple-decker complexes

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    Liu Qingyun [College of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266510 (China); Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Li Yong; Liu Hongguo [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Jiang Jianzhuang [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Bian Yongzhong, E-mail: yzbian@sas.ustb.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2011-07-20

    Interfacial assembly of sandwich mixed (phthalocyaninato)(porphyrinato) rare earth triple-decker complexes [(Pc)Eu(Pc)Eu(TPyP)] (1) and [(TPyP)Sm(Pc)Sm(TPyP)] (2) (Pc = phthalocyaninate, TPyP = meso-tetrakis(4-pyridyl)porphyrinate) has been comparatively studied at the air/pure water and the air/CdCl{sub 2} aqueous solution subphase interfaces. Surface pressure-area isotherms revealed the remarkable increase of limiting mean molecular area of the triple-deckers with the presence of Cd{sup 2+}, suggesting the occurrence of in situ interfacial coordination. The formation of coordination bonds between the pyridyl groups of TPyP macrocycles in the triple-deckers and Cd{sup 2+} ions from the subphase was further supported by FT-IR spectroscopic data. Electronic absorption measurements showed the formation of J-aggregates of the triple-decker molecules in the interfacial assembled films.

  18. Use of customized polyetheretherketone (PEEK) implants in the reconstruction of complex maxillofacial defects.

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    Kim, Michael M; Boahene, Kofi D O; Byrne, Patrick J

    2009-01-01

    Extensive maxillofacial defects resulting from trauma or oncologic resection present reconstructive challenges. Various autografts and alloplastic materials in conjunction with standard soft-tissue techniques have been used in the reconstruction of these types of defects. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a semicrystalline polyaromatic linear polymer exhibiting an excellent combination of strength, stiffness, durability, and environmental resistance. Recent investigations of PEEK as a biomaterial resulted in the successful treatment of cervical disk disease. We describe a series of 4 patients whose defects were reconstructed using customized PEEK implants. All had excellent postoperative aesthetic and functional results without complications such as infections or extrusions. Because PEEK implants are customizable, easily workable, inert, and nonporous, they represent an ideal alloplastic material for maxillofacial reconstruction.

  19. A major light rare-earth element (LREE) resource in the Khanneshin carbonatite complex, southern Afghanistan

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    Tucker, Robert D.; Belkin, Harvey E.; Schulz, Klaus J.; Peters, Stephen G.; Horton, Forrest; Buttleman, Kim; Scott, Emily R.

    2012-01-01

    The rapid rise in world demand for the rare-earth elements (REEs) has expanded the search for new REE resources. We document two types of light rare-earth element (LREE)-enriched rocks in the Khanneshin carbonatite complex of southern Afghanistan: type 1 concordant seams of khanneshite-(Ce), synchysite-(Ce), and parisite-(Ce) within banded barite-strontianite alvikite, and type 2 igneous dikes of coarse-grained carbonatite, enriched in fluorine or phosphorus, containing idiomorphic crystals of khanneshite-(Ce) or carbocernaite. Type 1 mineralized barite-strontianite alvikite averages 22.25 wt % BaO, 4.27 wt % SrO, and 3.25 wt % ∑ LREE2O3 (sum of La, Ce, Pr, and Nd oxides). Type 2 igneous dikes average 14.51 wt % BaO, 5.96 wt % SrO, and 3.77 wt % ∑ LREE2O3. A magmatic origin is clearly indicated for the type 2 LREE-enriched dikes, and type 1 LREE mineralization probably formed in the presence of LREE-rich hydrothermal fluid. Both types of LREE mineralization may be penecontemporaneous, having formed in a carbonate-rich magma in the marginal zone of the central vent, highly charged with volatile constituents (i.e., CO2, F, P2O5), and strongly enriched in Ba, Sr, and the LREE. Based on several assumptions, and employing simple geometry for the zone of LREE enrichment, we estimate that at least 1.29 Mt (million metric tonnes) of LREE2O3 is present in this part of the Khanneshin carbonatite complex.

  20. Lessons Learned from Delayed Versus Immediate Microsurgical Reconstruction of Complex Maxillectomy and Midfacial Defects: Experience in a Tertiary Center in Mexico.

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    Santamaria, Eric; de la Concha, Erika

    2016-10-01

    Microsurgical reconstruction of complex midfacial and maxillectomy defects is among the most challenging procedures in plastic surgery, and it often requires composite flaps to improve functional and aesthetic results. Various factors have been identified as having influence in the outcome of microsurgical reconstruction. In this article, the authors present their experience with immediate and delayed reconstruction of complex maxillectomy defects in a tertiary center in Mexico. The authors present a total of 37 patients with microsurgical reconstruction of a complex maxillectomy defect; 13 patients had immediate and 24 had delayed reconstructions. The authors recommend doing immediate reconstruction when feasible.

  1. Are Modern Concepts of Complex Systems Science Useful for Earth Sciences? (Lewis Fry Richardson Medal Lecture)

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    Kurths, Jürgen

    2013-04-01

    The application of methods of complex systems science has a rich tradition in Earth sciences and has enabled substantially new insights into various complex processes there. However, some approaches and findings have been controversially discussed over the last decades. One reason is that they are often basing on strong restrictions and their violation may lead to pitfalls and misinterpretations. Here, we discuss three general concepts of complex systems science: synchronization, recurrence and complex networks and explain that they are indeed useful for better understanding phenomena as recent and past monsoon or El Nino, to detect paleoclimate-variability transitions which are related to human evolution and to identify teleconnections. References Marwan, N., Romano, M., Thiel, M., Kurths, J., Physics Reports 438, 237-329 (2007). Arenas, A., Diaz-Guilera, A., Kurths, J., Moreno, Y., Zhou, C., Physics Reports 469, 93-153 (2008). Marwan, N., Donges, J.F., Zou, Y., Donner, R. and Kurths, J., Phys. Lett. A 373, 4246 (2009). Donges, J.F., Zou, Y., Marwan, N. and Kurths, J. Europhys. Lett. 87, 48007 (2009). Donner, R., Zou, Y., Donges, J.F., Marwan, N. and Kurths, J., Phys. Rev. E 81, 015101(R) (2010). Mokhov, I. I., D. A. Smirnov, P. I. Nakonechny, S. S. Kozlenko, E. P. Seleznev, and J. Kurths, Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L00F04 (2011). Donges, J., H. Schultz, N. Marwan, Y. Zou, J. Kurths, Eur. J. Phys. B 84, 635-651 (2011). Donges, J., R. Donner, M. Trauth, N. Marwan, H.J. Schellnhuber, and J. Kurths, PNAS 108, 20422-20427 (2011). Malik, N., B. Bookhagen, N. Marwan, and J. Kurths, Climate Dynamics 39, 971 (2012). Runge, J. , J. Heitzig, V. Petoukhov, J. Kurths, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 258701 (2012). Menck, P., J. Heitzig, N. Marwan, J. Kurths, Nature Physics (2013).

  2. Complex dynamics of defective interfering baculoviruses during serial passage in insect cells

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    Zwart, M.P.; Pijlman, G.P.; Sardanyes, J.; Duarte, J.; Januario, C.; Elena, S.F.

    2013-01-01

    Defective interfering (DI) viruses are thought to cause oscillations in virus levels, known as the ‘Von Magnus effect’. Interference by DI viruses has been proposed to underlie these dynamics, although experimental tests of this idea have not been forthcoming. For the baculoviruses, insect viruses c

  3. Automated bare earth extraction technique for complex topography in light detection and ranging surveys

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    Stevenson, Terry H.; Magruder, Lori A.; Neuenschwander, Amy L.; Bradford, Brian

    2013-01-01

    Bare earth extraction is an important component to light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data analysis in terms of terrain classification. The challenge in providing accurate digital surface models is augmented when there is diverse topography within the data set or complex combinations of vegetation and built structures. Few existing algorithms can handle substantial terrain diversity without significant editing or user interaction. This effort presents a newly developed methodology that provides a flexible, adaptable tool capable of integrating multiple LiDAR data attributes for an accurate terrain assessment. The terrain extraction and segmentation (TEXAS) approach uses a third-order spatial derivative for each point in the digital surface model to determine the curvature of the terrain rather than rely solely on the slope. The utilization of the curvature has shown to successfully preserve ground points in areas of steep terrain as they typically exhibit low curvature. Within the framework of TEXAS, the contiguous sets of points with low curvatures are grouped into regions using an edge-based segmentation method. The process does not require any user inputs and is completely data driven. This technique was tested on a variety of existing LiDAR surveys, each with varying levels of topographic complexity.

  4. A LADAR bare earth extraction technique for diverse topography and complex scenes

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    Neuenschwander, Amy L.; Stevenson, Terry H.; Magruder, Lori A.

    2012-06-01

    Bare earth extraction is an important component to LADAR data analysis in terms of terrain classification. The challenge in providing accurate digital models is augmented when there is diverse topography within the data set or complex combinations of vegetation and built structures. A successful approach provides a flexible methodology (adaptable for topography and/or environment) that is capable of integrating multiple ladar point cloud data attributes. A newly developed approach (TE-SiP) uses a 2nd and 3rd order spatial derivative for each point in the DEM to determine sets of contiguous regions of similar elevation. Specifically, the derivative of the central point represents the curvature of the terrain at that position. Contiguous sets of high (positive or negative) values define sharp edges such as building edges or cliffs. This method is independent of the slope, such that very steep, but continuous topography still have relatively low curvature values and are preserved in the terrain classification. Next, a recursive segmentation method identifies unique features of homogeneity on the surface separated by areas of high curvature. An iterative selection process is used to eliminate regions containing buildings or vegetation from the terrain surface. This technique was tested on a variety of existing LADAR surveys, each with varying levels of topographic complexity. The results shown here include developed and forested regions in the Dominican Republic.

  5. An RMND1 Mutation causes encephalopathy associated with multiple oxidative phosphorylation complex deficiencies and a mitochondrial translation defect.

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    Janer, Alexandre; Antonicka, Hana; Lalonde, Emilie; Nishimura, Tamiko; Sasarman, Florin; Brown, Garry K; Brown, Ruth M; Majewski, Jacek; Shoubridge, Eric A

    2012-10-05

    Mutations in the genes composing the mitochondrial translation apparatus are an important cause of a heterogeneous group of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) disorders. We studied the index case in a consanguineous family in which two children presented with severe encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and intractable seizures leading to an early fatal outcome. Blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoretic (BN-PAGE) analysis showed assembly defects in all of the OXPHOS complexes with mtDNA-encoded structural subunits, and these defects were associated with a severe deficiency in mitochondrial translation. Immunoblot analysis showed reductions in the steady-state levels of several structural subunits of the mitochondrial ribosome. Whole-exome sequencing identified a homozygous missense mutation (c.1250G>A) in an uncharacterized gene, RMND1 (required for meiotic nuclear division 1). RMND1 localizes to mitochondria and behaves as an integral membrane protein. Retroviral expression of the wild-type RMND1 cDNA rescued the biochemical phenotype in subject cells, and siRNA-mediated knockdown of the protein recapitulated the defect. BN-PAGE, gel filtration, and mass spectrometry analyses showed that RMND1 forms a high-molecular-weight and most likely homopolymeric complex (∼240 kDa) that does not assemble in subject fibroblasts but that is rescued by expression of RMND1 cDNA. The p.Arg417Gln substitution, predicted to be in a coiled-coil domain, which is juxtaposed to a transmembrane domain at the extreme C terminus of the protein, does not alter the steady-state level of RMND1 but might prevent protein-protein interactions in this complex. Our results demonstrate that the RMND1 complex is necessary for mitochondrial translation, possibly by coordinating the assembly or maintenance of the mitochondrial ribosome. Copyright © 2012 The American Society of Human Genetics. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Electronic and atomic structure of complex defects in Al- and Ga-highly doped ZnO films

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    Menéndez-Proupin, Eduardo [Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, 780-0003 Ñuñoa, Santiago (Chile); Palacios, Pablo, E-mail: pablo.palacios@upm.es [Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Dpt. FAIAN, E.T.S.I. Aeronáutica y del Espacio, UPM, Pz. Cardenal Cisneros 3, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Wahnón, Perla [Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Dpt. TFO, E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación, UPM, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-06-15

    Point defects in Ga- and Al-doped ZnO thin films are studied by means of first principles electronic structure calculations. Candidate defects are identified to explain recently observed differences in electrical and spectroscopic behavior of both systems. Substitutional doping in Ga–ZnO explain the metallic behavior of the electrical properties. Complexes of interstitial oxygen with substitutional Ga can behave as acceptor and cause partial compensation, as well as gap states below the conduction band minimum as observed in photoemission experiments. Zn vacancies can also act as compensating acceptors. On the other hand, the semiconducting behavior of Al–ZnO and the small variation in the optical gap compared with pure ZnO, can be explained by almost complete compensation between acceptor Zn vacancies and substitutional Al donors. Interstitial Al can also be donor levels and can be the origin of the small band observed in photoemission experiments below the Fermi level. Combinations of substitutional Al with interstitial oxygen can act simultaneously as compensating acceptor and generator of the mentioned photoemission band. The theoretical calculations have been done using density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation with on-site Coulomb interaction. In selected cases, DFT calculations with semilocal-exact exchange hybrid functionals have been performed. Results explain photoelectron spectra of Ga–ZnO and Al–ZnO at the corresponding doping levels. - Highlights: • Defects in Ga- and Al-heavy-doped ZnO films are studied by quantum calculations. • Defects compatible with electrical, optical, and HAXPES spectra are proposed. • Doping efficiency is reduced by Zn vacancies and O interstitials. • HAXPES bands near the Fermi level are induced by Al{sub i}, and complexes Ga{sub Zn}-O{sub i}, and Al{sub Zn}-O{sub i}.

  7. Advanced analysis of complex seismic waveforms to characterize the subsurface Earth structure

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    Jia, Tianxia

    2011-12-01

    This thesis includes three major parts, (1) Body wave analysis of mantle structure under the Calabria slab, (2) Spatial Average Coherency (SPAC) analysis of microtremor to characterize the subsurface structure in urban areas, and (3) Surface wave dispersion inversion for shear wave velocity structure. Although these three projects apply different techniques and investigate different parts of the Earth, their aims are the same, which is to better understand and characterize the subsurface Earth structure by analyzing complex seismic waveforms that are recorded on the Earth surface. My first project is body wave analysis of mantle structure under the Calabria slab. Its aim is to better understand the subduction structure of the Calabria slab by analyzing seismograms generated by natural earthquakes. The rollback and subduction of the Calabrian Arc beneath the southern Tyrrhenian Sea is a case study of slab morphology and slab-mantle interactions at short spatial scale. I analyzed the seismograms traversing the Calabrian slab and upper mantle wedge under the southern Tyrrhenian Sea through body wave dispersion, scattering and attenuation, which are recorded during the PASSCAL CAT/SCAN experiment. Compressional body waves exhibit dispersion correlating with slab paths, which is high-frequency components arrivals being delayed relative to low-frequency components. Body wave scattering and attenuation are also spatially correlated with slab paths. I used this correlation to estimate the positions of slab boundaries, and further suggested that the observed spatial variation in near-slab attenuation could be ascribed to mantle flow patterns around the slab. My second project is Spatial Average Coherency (SPAC) analysis of microtremors for subsurface structure characterization. Shear-wave velocity (Vs) information in soil and rock has been recognized as a critical parameter for site-specific ground motion prediction study, which is highly necessary for urban areas located

  8. Synthesis and relaxivity of polycarboxylic hydrazone rare earth complexes--Relaxivity of a -oxo-pentanedioic acid benzoyl hydrazone Gd-complexes

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    2000-01-01

    Synthesis of ligand, a -oxo-pentanedioic acid benzoyl hydrazone (H2LPB), and its six rare earth (La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd and Er) complexes are reported. The composition and the properties of the complexes were characterized by element analysis, thermal analysis, UV, IR and 1H NMR spectra. Besides, relaxivity (R1) of Gd-complex has been determined by INVREC.Au program, using inversion recovery pulse sequences, R1=8.05 mmol.L-1.s-1. The acute toxicity of Gd-complex in animal has also been tested, and the median lethal dose (LD50) is equal to (468.2±30) mg/kg.

  9. Study on Adsorption Behavior of Rare Earth Complexes on Nanometer-Size Titanium Dioxide with ICP-AES

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    梁沛; 江祖成; 胡斌; 秦永超

    2003-01-01

    A new method of using nanometer TiO2 as solid-phase extractant coupled with ICP-AES was proposed for speciation of rare earth elements. The adsorption behavior of rare earth complexes on nanometer TiO2 was investigated. Effect of pH value, contact time, elution solution and interfering ions on the recovery of the rare earth complexes were studied. A quantitative recovery (>90%) was found in the pH range of 4~9.0 for Eu-citric, 4.5~9.0 for Eu-oxine and Eu-HIBA, and 6.5~9.0 for Eu3+. Eu-EDTA can not be adsorbed in the pH range studied. There is large difference in the adsorption behavior on nanometer TiO2 between rare earth element and its complexes. The possibility of application of nanometer TiO2 on the speciation of rare earth element was explored.

  10. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD Associated Neural Defects: Complex Mechanisms and Potential Therapeutic Targets

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    James A. Marrs

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD, caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, can result in craniofacial dysmorphism, cognitive impairment, sensory and motor disabilities among other defects. FASD incidences are as high as 2% to 5 % children born in the US, and prevalence is higher in low socioeconomic populations. Despite various mechanisms being proposed to explain the etiology of FASD, the molecular targets of ethanol toxicity during development are unknown. Proposed mechanisms include cell death, cell signaling defects and gene expression changes. More recently, the involvement of several other molecular pathways was explored, including non-coding RNA, epigenetic changes and specific vitamin deficiencies. These various pathways may interact, producing a wide spectrum of consequences. Detailed understanding of these various pathways and their interactions will facilitate the therapeutic target identification, leading to new clinical intervention, which may reduce the incidence and severity of these highly prevalent preventable birth defects. This review discusses manifestations of alcohol exposure on the developing central nervous system, including the neural crest cells and sensory neural placodes, focusing on molecular neurodevelopmental pathways as possible therapeutic targets for prevention or protection.

  11. An Innovative Solution to Complex Inguinal Defect: Deepithelialized SIEA Flap With Mini Abdominoplasty

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    Daggett, Justin; Harrington, Michael; Dayicioglu, Deniz

    2017-01-01

    Introduction: We describe a novel technique of contralateral pedicled deepithelialized superficial inferior epigastric artery flaps, followed by abdominal advancement coverage, as an alternative treatment of radiated complicated inguinal or lower abdominal defects, avoiding the donor-site defect typically seen with other methods of coverage. Methods: Two male patients with histories of liposarcoma after excision and radiation to one side of lower abdomen/inguinal area presented with complicated wounds that were reconstructed with this technique. Results: Successful obliteration of dead space and wound closure were achieved with the combination of a superficial inferior epigastric artery flap with an abdominal advancement flap. In each case, patients went on to heal uneventfully without need for any secondary procedures. Discussion: The use of a superficial inferior epigastric artery flap for lower abdomen/groin defect closure is an option as an alternative to rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap and anterolateral thigh flaps and should be considered in patients with vascular anatomy conducive for this muscle-sparing procedure. Conclusions: A second layer-overlay coverage with an abdominal advancement flap creates a more durable repair in the complicated radiated wound and a well-concealed abdominoplasty scar.

  12. Microcalorimetric study on host-guest complexation of naphtho-15-crown-5 with four ions of alkaline earth metal

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    SONG Ming-zhi; ZHU Lan-ying; GAO Xi-ke; DOU Jian-min; SUN De-zhi

    2005-01-01

    Thermodynamic parameters of complexation of naphto- 15-crown-5 with four alkaline earth ions in aqueous media was determined using titration microcalorimetry at 298.15 K. The stability of the complexes, thermal effect and entropy effect of the complexation is discussed on the basis of the guest ions structure and the solvent effect. The stability constants tendency to vary with ion radius was interpreted. Complex of naphtha-15-crown-5 with calcium ion is very stable due to the synergism of static electric interaction and size selectivity between the host and the guest.

  13. Emission Properties, Solubility, Thermodynamic Analysis and NMR Studies of Rare-Earth Complexes with Two Different Phosphine Oxides

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    Hiroki Iwanaga

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes novel molecular designs for rare-earth complexes involving the introduction of two different phosphine oxide structures into one rare-earth ion. These designs are effective for improving solubility and emission intensity. Additionally, the complexes are indispensable for realizing high performances in LEDs and security media. The thermodynamic properties of Eu(III complexes are correlated with the solubility. Correlations between coordination structures and emission intensity were explained by NMR analysis. The luminous flux of red LED devices with Eu(III complexes is very high (20 mA, 870 m lumen. A new white LED has its largest spectra intensity in the red region and a human look much more vividly under this light.

  14. Using modular 3D digital earth applications based on point clouds for the study of complex sites

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    Martinez-Rubi, O.; Kleijn, M. de; Verhoeven, S.; Drost, N.; Attema, J.; Meersbergen, M. van; Nieuwpoort, R. van; Hond, R. de; Dias, E.; Svetachov, P.

    2016-01-01

    This article discusses the use of 3D technologies in digital earth applications (DEAs) to study complex sites. These are large areas containing objects with heterogeneous shapes and semantic information. The study proposes that DEAs should be modular, have multi-tier architectures, and be developed

  15. STUDY ON POLYMER-RARE EARTH METAL ION COMPLEXES I. FLUORESCENT PROPERTIES OF POLY(ACRYLIC ACID-CO-4-VINYLPYRIDINE)-RARE EARTH METAL COMPLEXES

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    LU Hong; FANG Shibi; JIANG Yingyan

    1987-01-01

    A kind of copolymer of acrylic acid and vinylpyridine was synthesized and the fluorescent properties of the complexes of the copolymer with Eu3+ or Tb3+ were studied. It was found that the fluorescence intensity of the complexes of the copolymer with Eu3+ was 20 times as high as that of the complexes of polyacrylic acid with Eu3+ and twice as high as that of the complexes of polyvinylpyridine with Eu3+. The effects of the composition of the copolymer and the content of Eu3+ or Tb3+ in the complexes were studied.The fluorescence lifetime of the complexes was measured and it was found that two or more kinds of energy transfer mechanism existed.

  16. Surface structure of the Ag-In-(rare earth) complex intermetallics

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    Hars, S. S.; Sharma, H. R.; Smerdon, J. A.; Yadav, T. P.; Al-Mahboob, A.; Ledieu, J.; Fournée, V.; Tamura, R.; McGrath, R.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of the surface structure of the Ag-In-RE (RE: rare-earth elements Gd, Tb, and Yb) complex intermetallics using scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The surface of the Ag-In-Yb approximant prepared by sputter-annealing methods under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions produces a flat (100) surface with no facets. However, the Ag-In-Gd and Ag-In-Tb 1/1 approximants, which have a surface miscut of about 12∘ relative to the (100) plane, develop surface facets along various crystallographic directions. The structure of each facet can be explained as a truncation of the rhombic triacontahedral clusters, i.e., the main building blocks of these systems. Despite their differences in atomic structure, symmetry, and density, the facets show common features. The facet planes are In rich. The analysis of the nearest-neighbor atom distances suggests that In atoms form bonds with the RE atoms, which we suggest is a key factor that stabilizes even low-density facet planes.

  17. Orbital modulation of millennial-scale climate variability in an earth system model of intermediate complexity

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    T. Friedrich

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The effect of orbital variations on simulated millennial-scale variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC is studied using the earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM. It is found that for present-day topographic boundary conditions low obliquity values (~22.1° favor the triggering of internally generated millennial-scale variability in the North Atlantic region. Reducing the obliquity leads to changes of the pause-pulse ratio of the corresponding AMOC oscillations. Stochastic excitations of the density-driven overturning circulation in the Nordic Seas can create regional sea-ice anomalies and a subsequent reorganization of the atmospheric circulation. The resulting remote atmospheric anomalies over the Hudson Bay can release freshwater pulses into the Labrador Sea leading to a subsequent reduction of convective activity. The millennial-scale AMOC oscillations disappear if LGM bathymetry (with closed Hudson Bay is prescribed. Furthermore, our study documents the marine and terrestrial carbon cycle response to millennial-scale AMOC variability. Our model results support the notion that stadial regimes in the North Atlantic are accompanied by relatively high levels of oxygen in thermocline and intermediate waters off California – in agreement with paleo-proxy data.

  18. Study on fluorescence properties of rare earth complexes influenced bysteric effect

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    YUAN Wei; XU Yizhuang; CUI Yumin; SHI Ruijuan; TAO Dongliang; WANG Yongzhong; ZHANG Wenbao; CHEN Jitang; SUN Lin; LIU Shaoxuan

    2011-01-01

    The rare earth complexes Th(o-BrBA)3,Tb(m-BrBA)3 and Tb(p-BrBA)3 were synthesized using o-,m-,p-bromo benzoic acids (2-bromo benzoic acid,3-bromo benzoic acid and 4-bromo benzoic acid) as ligand,respectively.The UV spectra showed that the absorption ability of Th(m-BrBA)3 was the strongest.However,the fluorescent intensity of Th(o-BrBA)3 was the weakest.The effect of the molecular structure,the energy level of Tb3+ and energy transfer efficiency from ligands to Tb3+ were discussed to explain the experimental results.The results indicated that,due to the large atomic radius of bromine,the steric effect caused by the different substitution bromine on the benzene ring might strongly affect the bond length formed by the coordination atoms and Tb3+.The longer the bond length was,the lower the efficiency of energy transfer was,and the weaker the fluorescent intensity was.

  19. Mechanisms and time scales of glacial inception simulated with an Earth system model of intermediate complexity

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    R. Calov

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available We investigate glacial inception and glacial thresholds in the climate-cryosphere system utilising the Earth system model of intermediate complexity CLIMBER-2, which includes modules for atmosphere, terrestrial vegetation, ocean and interactive ice sheets. The latter are described by the three-dimensional polythermal ice-sheet model SICOPOLIS. A bifurcation which represents glacial inception is analysed with two different model setups: one setup with dynamical ice-sheet model and another setup without it. The respective glacial thresholds differ in terms of maximum boreal summer insolation at 65° N (hereafter referred as Milankovich forcing (MF. The glacial threshold of the configuration without ice-sheet dynamics corresponds to a much lower value of the MF compared to the full model. If MF attains values only slightly below the aforementioned threshold there is fast transient response. Depending on the value of MF relative to the glacial threshold, the transient response time of inland-ice volume in the model configuration with ice-sheet dynamics ranges from 10 000 to 100 000 years. We investigate implications of these time scales for past glacial inceptions and for the overdue Holocene glaciation hypothesis by Ruddiman (W. F. Ruddiman, Climatic Change 2003, Vol. 61, 261–293. We also have shown that the asynchronous coupling between climate and inland-ice components allows one sufficient realistic simulation of glacial inception and, at the same time, a considerable reduction of computational costs.

  20. Photovoltaic and Electroluminescence Bifunctional Devices with Starburst Amine and Rare-Earth-Complexes

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    WEN Fu-Shan; LI Wen-Lian; WEI Han-Zhi; LIU Yun-Qi; KIM Jin-Hyeok

    2007-01-01

    We fabricate the organic photovoltaic (P V) devices, in which 4,4',4"-tris-(2-methylphenylphenylamino)triphenylamine (m-MTDATA) and rare earth (RE) (dibenzoylmethanato)3(bathohenanthroline) (RE(DBM)3bath) (RE = Nd or Pr) are used as electron donor and acceptor, and investigate their PV properties. The PV diode fabricated in the ptimum processing conditions shows the open-circuit voltage of 1.91 V, short-circuit current of 0.1mA/cm2, fill factor of 0.38, and the overall power conversion efficiency of 1.9% when it is irradiated under UV light (4mW/cm2). The photocurrent density exhibits an increase of 20% at least when a very thin LiF layer is inserted between the RE-complexes and the Al cathode. A strong electroluminescence from the interface is also observed and the maximum luminance of a yellow emission resulted from the exciplex is 580 cd/m2 at 17V bias.

  1. A lightning strike to the head causing a visual cortex defect with simple and complex visual hallucinations

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    Kleiter, Ingo; Luerding, Ralf; Diendorfer, Gerhard; Rek, Helga; Bogdahn, Ulrich; Schalke, Berthold

    2009-01-01

    The case of a 23-year-old mountaineer who was hit by a lightning strike to the occiput causing a large central visual field defect and bilateral tympanic membrane ruptures is described. Owing to extreme agitation, the patient was sent into a drug-induced coma for 3 days. After extubation, she experienced simple and complex visual hallucinations for several days, but otherwise largely recovered. Neuropsychological tests revealed deficits in fast visual detection tasks and non-verbal learning and indicated a right temporal lobe dysfunction, consistent with a right temporal focus on electroencephalography. At 4 months after the accident, she developed a psychological reaction consisting of nightmares, with reappearance of the complex visual hallucinations and a depressive syndrome. Using the European Cooperation for Lightning Detection network, a meteorological system for lightning surveillance, the exact geographical location and nature of the lightning strike were retrospectively retraced PMID:21734915

  2. Classification of lattice defects in the kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 earth-abundant solar cell absorbers.

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    Chen, Shiyou; Walsh, Aron; Gong, Xin-Gao; Wei, Su-Huai

    2013-03-20

    The kesterite-structured semiconductors Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 are drawing considerable attention recently as the active layers in earth-abundant low-cost thin-film solar cells. The additional number of elements in these quaternary compounds, relative to binary and ternary semiconductors, results in increased flexibility in the material properties. Conversely, a large variety of intrinsic lattice defects can also be formed, which have important influence on their optical and electrical properties, and hence their photovoltaic performance. Experimental identification of these defects is currently limited due to poor sample quality. Here recent theoretical research on defect formation and ionization in kesterite materials is reviewed based on new systematic calculations, and compared with the better studied chalcopyrite materials CuGaSe2 and CuInSe2 . Four features are revealed and highlighted: (i) the strong phase-competition between the kesterites and the coexisting secondary compounds; (ii) the intrinsic p-type conductivity determined by the high population of acceptor CuZn antisites and Cu vacancies, and their dependence on the Cu/(Zn+Sn) and Zn/Sn ratio; (iii) the role of charge-compensated defect clusters such as [2CuZn +SnZn ], [VCu +ZnCu ] and [ZnSn +2ZnCu ] and their contribution to non-stoichiometry; (iv) the electron-trapping effect of the abundant [2CuZn +SnZn ] clusters, especially in Cu2ZnSnS4. The calculated properties explain the experimental observation that Cu poor and Zn rich conditions (Cu/(Zn+Sn) ≈ 0.8 and Zn/Sn ≈ 1.2) result in the highest solar cell efficiency, as well as suggesting an efficiency limitation in Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 cells when the S composition is high. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Thermochemical analysis on rare earth complex of gadolinium with salicylic acid and 8-hydroxyquinoline

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    Xiao, Sheng-Xiong, E-mail: 54xsx@163.com [Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan Province (China); Li, Ai-Tao; Jiang, Jian-Hong; Huang, Shuang; Xu, Xiao-Yan; Li, Qiang-Guo [Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Rare-Precious Metals Compounds and Applications, Department of Chemistry and Life Science, Xiangnan University, Chenzhou 423000, Hunan Province (China)

    2012-11-20

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new novel rare earth complex Gd(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO) was synthesized and characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The dissolution enthalpies of the relevant substances were determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The enthalpy change of the reaction was determined to be (211.54 {+-} 0.69) kJ mol{sup -1}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The standard molar enthalpy of formation of complex was -(1890.7 {+-} 3.1) kJ mol{sup -1}. - Abstract: The rare earth complex, Gd(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO), was synthesized by the reaction of Gadolinium nitrate hexahydrate with salicylic acid (C{sub 7}H{sub 6}O{sub 3}) and 8-hydroxyquinoline (C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO). And it was characterized by elemental analysis, UV spectra, IR spectra, molar conductance and thermogravimetric analysis. In a optimalizing calorimetric solvent, the dissolution enthalpies were determined by an advanced solution-reaction isoperibol microcalorimeter, respectively: {Delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}} [2 C{sub 7}H{sub 6}O{sub 3}(s) + C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO(s), 298.15 K] = 41.95 {+-} 0.44 kJ mol{sup -1}, {Delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}} [Gd(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O(s), 298.15 K] = -29.11 {+-} 0.39 kJ mol{sup -1}, {Delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}} [Gd(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}(C{sub 9}H{sub 6}NO)(s), 298.15 K] = -46.99 {+-} 0.39 kJ mol{sup -1} and {Delta}{sub s}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}} [Solution D(aq), 298.15 K] = -90.33 {+-} 0.37 kJ mol{sup -1}. The enthalpy change of the synthesized reaction was estimated to be {Delta}{sub r}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}}=211.54{+-}0.69 kJ mol{sup -1}. From data in the literature, through Hess' law, the standard molar enthalpy of formation of Gd(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}(C{sub 9}H{sub 7}NO)(s) was calculated to be {Delta}{sub f}H{sub m}{sup {Theta}} [Gd(C{sub 7}H{sub 5}O{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}(C{sub 9}H

  4. Historical and idealized climate model experiments: an intercomparison of Earth system models of intermediate complexity

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    M. Eby

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Both historical and idealized climate model experiments are performed with a variety of Earth system models of intermediate complexity (EMICs as part of a community contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. Historical simulations start at 850 CE and continue through to 2005. The standard simulations include changes in forcing from solar luminosity, Earth's orbital configuration, CO2, additional greenhouse gases, land use, and sulphate and volcanic aerosols. In spite of very different modelled pre-industrial global surface air temperatures, overall 20th century trends in surface air temperature and carbon uptake are reasonably well simulated when compared to observed trends. Land carbon fluxes show much more variation between models than ocean carbon fluxes, and recent land fluxes appear to be slightly underestimated. It is possible that recent modelled climate trends or climate–carbon feedbacks are overestimated resulting in too much land carbon loss or that carbon uptake due to CO2 and/or nitrogen fertilization is underestimated. Several one thousand year long, idealized, 2 × and 4 × CO2 experiments are used to quantify standard model characteristics, including transient and equilibrium climate sensitivities, and climate–carbon feedbacks. The values from EMICs generally fall within the range given by general circulation models. Seven additional historical simulations, each including a single specified forcing, are used to assess the contributions of different climate forcings to the overall climate and carbon cycle response. The response of surface air temperature is the linear sum of the individual forcings, while the carbon cycle response shows a non-linear interaction between land-use change and CO2 forcings for some models. Finally, the preindustrial portions of the last millennium simulations are used to assess historical model carbon-climate feedbacks. Given the specified forcing, there

  5. Complex inner core of the Earth: The last frontier of global seismology

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    Tkalčić, Hrvoje

    2015-03-01

    The days when the Earth's inner core (IC) was viewed as a homogeneous solid sphere surrounded by the liquid outer core (OC) are now behind us. Due to a limited number of data sampling the IC and a lack of experimentally controlled conditions in the deep Earth studies, it has been difficult to scrutinize competitive hypotheses in this active area of research. However, a number of new concepts linking IC structure and dynamics has been proposed lately to explain different types of seismological observations. A common denominator of recent observational work on the IC is increased complexity seen in IC physical properties such as its isotropic and anisotropic structure, attenuation, inner core boundary (ICB) topography, and its rotational dynamics. For example, small-scale features have been observed to exist as a widespread phenomenon in the uppermost inner core, probably superimposed on much longer-scale features. The characterization of small-scale features sheds light on the nature of the solidification process and helps in understanding seismologically observed hemispherical dichotomy of the IC. The existence of variations in the rate and level of solidification is a plausible physical outcome in an environment where vigorous compositional convection in the OC and variations in heat exchange across the ICB may control the process of crystal growth. However, further progress is hindered by the fact that the current traveltime data of PKIKP waves traversing the IC do not allow discriminating between variations in isotropic P wave velocity and velocity anisotropy. Future studies of attenuation in the IC might provide crucial information about IC structure, although another trade-off exists—that of the relative contribution of scattering versus viscoelastic attenuation and the connection with the material properties. Future installations of dense arrays, cross paths of waves that sample the IC, and corresponding array studies will be a powerful tool to image and

  6. Main group chemistry of 9-hydroxophenalenone: Syntheses and structural characterization of the alkaline earth and zinc complexes

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    Arup Mukherjee; Prinson P Samuel; Carola Schulzke; Swadhin K Mandal

    2014-09-01

    Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of 9-hydroxophenalenone based alkaline earth and zinc complexes.The reaction of 9-hydroxophenalenone (HO,O-PLY (1)) with one equivalent of KN(SiMe3)2 and MI2 in THF yields heteroleptic complexes [(O,O-PLY)M(THF)]I [M= Mg (2), Ca (3), Sr (4), Ba (5); n = 1-4], while use of two equivalents of KN(SiMe3)2 in THF (with respect to PLY) produces homoleptic complex (O,O-PLY)2Mg(THF)2 (6). Moreover, reaction between two equivalents of 1 with one equivalent of ZnMe2 in THF produces complex (O,O-PLY)2Zn(THF)2 (7). All these complexes were characterized by NMR spectroscopy and elemental analyses. The solid state structures of complexes 2, 6 and 7 were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.

  7. Anesthesia for major general surgery in neonates with complex cardiac defects.

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    Walker, Amy; Stokes, Monica; Moriarty, Anthony

    2009-02-01

    Centers with large cardiac workloads may be presented with neonates who need major general surgery before correction or palliation of a serious cardiac defect. This is still a rare situation with only three short case reports available in the medical literature (1-3). We have reviewed the anesthetic and analgesic regimens of 18 such neonates who presented to the Birmingham Children's Hospital in the 4-year period 2004-2007. These children require meticulous preoperative evaluation and although it might be anticipated that they would pose a serious challenge to anesthetists, in reality with thorough investigation, preparation, and careful management, they tolerate general anesthesia well. These children may be transferred to centers of specialist pediatric cardiac anesthesia to be benefited from experience obtained there.

  8. Responding to complex societal challenges: A decade of Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) interdisciplinary research

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    Ignaciuk, A.; Rice, M.; Bogardi, J.; Canadell, J.G.; Dhakal, S.; Ingram, J.; Leemans, R.; Rosenberg, M.

    2012-01-01

    The Earth system is an integrated, self-regulating system under increasing pressure from anthropogenic transformation. The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), which was established by the international global environmental change research programs (i.e., DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP) facilit

  9. Synthesis and Defect Structure Analysis of Complex Oxides for Li-Ion Battery Electrodes

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    Hao, Xiaoguang

    Lithium-ion batteries have attracted increased attention for energy storage development due to the vast demand from portable electronics, (hybrid) electric vehicles and future power grids. The research in this dissertation is focused on the development of oxide electrodes for lithium-ion batteries with high power density and improved stability. One of the promising cathodes for lithium-ion batteries is lithium manganospinel (LiMn2O4). However, this compound suffers from manganese dissolution and a Jahn-Teller distortion due to Mn3+, especially in oxygen deficient LiMn2O4-delta. Hydrothermal based synthesis methods were developed to eliminate oxygen vacancies to enable high power in cathodes composed of nano-sized spinel particles. The relationship between oxygen defects and the capacity fading mechanism was demonstrated, and collapse of the mechanical structure was identified in defect-rich LiMn 2O4-delta. Next, the nickel substituted manganospinel, LiNi0.5Mn 1.5O4 shows unexpected high voltage side reactions. To overcome this drawback, a thin and chemically inert titanate was used as an artificial SEI (solid electrolyte interface) coating to prohibit transition-metal dissolution and parasitic side reactions, which led to a 200% improvement of the capacity retention at 55°C and negligible polarization losses. Finally, the spinel-structured lithium titanate (Li 4Ti5O12) is introduced as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries due to its higher operating potential and excellent structural stability compared to current graphite anodes. However, the poor electronic conductivity and low lithium diffusion coefficient hinder its wide application. Given these advantages, a facile, low-cost solution method is explored to synthesize nano-sized titanates. Rapid charge/ discharge was achieved up to rates of 100 C (36 second charge/ discharge) due to a shorter lithium mean-free path and better contact between the active material and conductive agents.

  10. Correction of Hemodynamic Disorders in the Complex Surgical Correction of Acquired Cardiac Valvular Defects

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    A. I. Lenkin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to compare the efficiency of using the values of transpulmonary (PiCCO and prepulmonary (Swan-Ganz catheter thermodilution as guides to targeted therapy for hemodynamic disorders in the surgical correction of mixed cardiac valvular defects. Subjects and methods. The study enrolled 40 patients operated on for acquired cardiac diseases who were randomized to two matched groups. Hemodynamics was monitored by means of a Swan-Ganz catheter in Group 1 and by transpulmonary thermodilution in Group 2. Anesthesia was maintained with propofol and fentanyl. Infusion therapy was performed using crystalloid and colloid solutions. Continuous intravenous infusion of inotropic agents was used when heart failure was developed. Hemodynamic, clinical, and laboratory parameters were estimated intraoperatively and within 24 hours postoperatively. Results. The groups did not differ in the degree of baseline heart failure, the duration of an operation and myocardial ischemia, and the length of extracorporeal circulation. In the PiCCO group, postoperative infusion volume was 33% higher than that in the Swan-Ganz group, which ensured increases in stroke volume and oxygen delivery in the early postoperative period (p<0.05. Respiratory support was 26% shorter in the PiCCO group (p<0.04. Conclusion. After surgical interventions for mixed cardiac defects, the targeted therapy algorithm based on transpulmonary thermodilution provided more steady-state values of hemodynamics and oxygen transport, which was followed by the increased scope of infusion therapy and the shorter length of postoperative mechanical ventilation than that based on hemodynamics being corrected from the values of prepul-monary thermodilution. Key words: transpulmonary thermodilution, targeted therapy, prepulmonary ther-modilution, acquired heart disease.

  11. Mechanisms and time scales of glacial inception simulated with an Earth system model of intermediate complexity

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    R. Calov

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available We investigate glacial inception and glacial thresholds in the climate-cryosphere system utilising the Earth system model of intermediate complexity CLIMBER-2, which includes modules for atmosphere, terrestrial vegetation, ocean and interactive ice sheets. The latter are described by the three-dimensional polythermal ice-sheet model SICOPOLIS. A bifurcation which represents glacial inception is analysed with two different model setups: one setup with dynamical ice-sheet model and another setup without it. The respective glacial thresholds differ in terms of maximum boreal summer insolation at 65° N (hereafter referred as Milankovitch forcing (MF. The glacial threshold of the configuration without ice-sheet dynamics corresponds to a much lower value of MF compared to the full model. If MF attains values only slightly below the aforementioned threshold there is fast transient response. Depending on the value of MF relative to the glacial threshold, the transient response time of inland-ice volume in the model configuration with ice-sheet dynamics ranges from 10 000 to 100 000 years. Due to these long response times, a glacial threshold obtained in an equilibrium simulation is not directly applicable to the transient response of the climate-cryosphere system to time-dependent orbital forcing. It is demonstrated that in transient simulations just crossing of the glacial threshold does not imply large-scale glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere. We found that in transient simulations MF has to drop well below the glacial threshold determined in an equilibrium simulation to initiate glacial inception. Finally, we show that the asynchronous coupling between climate and inland-ice components allows one sufficient realistic simulation of glacial inception and, at the same time, a considerable reduction of computational costs.

  12. Room temperature polymerization of alkyl isocyanates catalyzed by rare earth Schiff base complexes

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    YANG XiongFa; NI XuFeng; SHEN ZhiQuan

    2009-01-01

    The polymerization of alkyl isocyanates catalyzed by rare earth chloride salen complexes/triisobutyl aluminum (Ln(H_2salen)_2Cl_3·2C_2H_7OH/Al(i-Bu)_3) at room temperature was investigated.The influences of ligand structure,catalyst composition,polymerization temperature,polymerization time,the concentration of catalyst and monomer,and the polymerization solvent on the polymerization of isocyanates were studied.It was found that under the polymerization conditions,examined La(H_2salen_A)_2Cl_3·2C_(2-)H_7OH/Al(i-Bu)_3 (H_2salen_A=N,N'-disalicylideneethylene diamine) is a fairly high efficient catalyst for the polymerization of n-hexyl isocyanate (n-HexNCO) to prepare high molecular weight poly(n-hexyl isocyanate) (PHNCO) with narrower molecular weight distribution at room temperature.PHNCO could be prepared with yield of 74.0%,number-average molecular weight (M_n) of 40.20×10~4 and MWD of 1.79 under the following optimum conditions:[Al]/[La]=30 (molar ratio),[n-HexNCO]/[La]=100 (molar ratio),[n-HexNCO]=3.43 mol/L polymerization at 20℃ for 12 h in toluene.In the same polymerization conditions,poly (n-octyl isocyanate) (PONCO) with yield of 67.3%,and poly(n-butyl isocyanate) (PBNCO) with yield of 45.5%,could be prepared respectively.The kinetics of the polymerization of n-HexNCO was also investigated and found to be first-order with respect to both monomer and catalyst concentrations.

  13. OC21 - Psychosocial functioning of parents of infants diagnosed with complex congenital heart defect.

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    Petsios, Konstantinos; Matziou, Vassiliki; Voutoufianaki, Ioanna; Manatou, Anna; Azariadis, Prodromos; Rammos, Spiros

    2016-05-09

    Theme: Parenting/parenthood. The diagnosis of complex CHD impacts the psychosocial status of parents and their functioning. A critical evaluation of the literature concerning the psychosocial parental response to their infant's diagnosis of complex CHD. Systematic review of 18 articles published after 2000 in PubMed and CINAHL. The impact of an infant's CHD on the family functioning is determined both by child's medical condition and family's psychosocial factors. The majority of parents experience intense loss and numerous stressors. Nurses and physicians need to be sensitive to the needs, thoughts and experiences of the parents when discussing treatment options. Families with poor social support networks may have the greatest need for professional interventions. Appropriate interventions assist the majority of parents to adapt to the diagnosis of complex CHD. However, there are a number of parents with an increased psychosocial risk associated with higher rates of emotional distress.

  14. Organic complexation of rare earth elements in natural waters: Evaluating model calculations from ultrafiltration data

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    Pourret, Olivier; Davranche, Mélanie; Gruau, Gérard; Dia, Aline

    2007-06-01

    The Stockholm Humic Model (SHM) and Humic Ion-Binding Models V and VI were compared for their ability to predict the role of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the speciation of rare earth elements (REE) in natural waters. Unlike Models V and VI, SHM is part of a speciation code that also allows us to consider dissolution/precipitation, sorption/desorption and oxidation/reduction reactions. In this context, it is particularly interesting to test the performance of SHM. The REE specific equilibrium constants required by the speciation models were estimated using linear free-energy relationships (LFER) between the first hydrolysis constants and the stability constants for REE complexation with lactic and acetic acid. Three datasets were used for the purpose of comparison: (i) World Average River Water (Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) = 5 mg L -1), previously investigated using Model V, was reinvestigated using SHM and Model VI; (ii) two natural organic-rich waters (DOC = 18-24 mg L -1), whose REE speciation has already been determined with both Model V and ultrafiltration studies, were also reinvestigated using SHM and Model VI; finally, (iii) new ultrafiltration experiments were carried out on samples of circumneutral-pH (pH 6.2-7.1), organic-rich (DOC = 7-20 mg L -1) groundwaters from the Kervidy-Naizin and Petit-Hermitage catchments, western France. The results were then compared with speciation predictions provided by Model VI and SHM, successively. When applied to World Average River Water, both Model VI and SHM yield comparable results, confirming the earlier finding that a large fraction of the dissolved REE in rivers occurs as organic complexes This implies that the two models are equally valid for calculating REE speciation in low-DOC waters at circumneutral-pH. The two models also successfully reproduced ultrafiltration results obtained for DOC-rich acidic groundwaters and river waters. By contrast, the two models yielded different results when compared to

  15. Phenotypic Spectrum in Osteogenesis Imperfecta Due to Mutations in TMEM38B: Unraveling a Complex Cellular Defect.

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    Webb, Emma A; Balasubramanian, Meena; Fratzl-Zelman, Nadja; Cabral, Wayne A; Titheradge, Hannah; Alsaedi, Atif; Saraff, Vrinda; Vogt, Julie; Cole, Trevor; Stewart, Susan; Crabtree, Nicola J; Sargent, Brandi M; Gamsjaeger, Sonja; Paschalis, Eleftherios P; Roschger, Paul; Klaushofer, Klaus; Shaw, Nick J; Marini, Joan C; Högler, Wolfgang

    2017-06-01

    Recessive mutations in TMEM38B cause type XIV osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) by dysregulating intracellular calcium flux. Clinical and bone material phenotype description and osteoblast differentiation studies. Natural history study in pediatric research centers. Eight patients with type XIV OI. Clinical examinations included bone mineral density, radiographs, echocardiography, and muscle biopsy. Bone biopsy samples (n = 3) were analyzed using histomorphometry, quantitative backscattered electron microscopy, and Raman microspectroscopy. Cellular differentiation studies were performed on proband and control osteoblasts and normal murine osteoclasts. Type XIV OI clinical phenotype ranges from asymptomatic to severe. Previously unreported features include vertebral fractures, periosteal cloaking, coxa vara, and extraskeletal features (muscular hypotonia, cardiac abnormalities). Proband lumbar spine bone density z score was reduced [median -3.3 (range -4.77 to +0.1; n = 7)] and increased by +1.7 (1.17 to 3.0; n = 3) following bisphosphonate therapy. TMEM38B mutant bone has reduced trabecular bone volume, osteoblast, and particularly osteoclast numbers, with >80% reduction in bone resorption. Bone matrix mineralization is normal and nanoporosity low. We demonstrate a complex osteoblast differentiation defect with decreased expression of early markers and increased expression of late and mineralization-related markers. Predominance of trimeric intracellular cation channel type B over type A expression in murine osteoclasts supports an intrinsic osteoclast defect underlying low bone turnover. OI type XIV has a bone histology, matrix mineralization, and osteoblast differentiation pattern that is distinct from OI with collagen defects. Probands are responsive to bisphosphonates and some show muscular and cardiovascular features possibly related to intracellular calcium flux abnormalities.

  16. Synthesis, structure and spectroscopic properties of rare earth complexes with a new aryl amide 2,2'-bipydine derivative

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    Song, Xue-Qin; Zheng, Jiang-Rong; Liu, Wei-Sheng; Ju, Zheng-Hua

    2008-01-01

    Solid complexes of rare earth nitrates and picrates with a new aryl amide ligand 3.3'-bis(benzylamido)-2,2'-bipyridine ( L) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and molar conductivity measurements. The molecular structures of the complex [TbL 2(NO 3) 3H 2O]·2H 2O have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The fluorescent properties of the Eu(III) and Tb(III) nitrates and picrates complexes in solid state were also investigated in detail. Under the excitation, these complexes exhibited characteristic emissions of europium and terbium ions. It is worth noting that the nature of the anion has a great effect upon the composition of the complexes as well as emission properties of them.

  17. A complex V ATP5A1 defect causes fatal neonatal mitochondrial encephalopathy

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    Jonckheere, A.I.; Renkema, G.H.; Bras, M.; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Hoischen, A.; Gilissen, C.F.H.A.; Nabuurs, S.B.; Huynen, M.A.; Vries, M.C. de; Smeitink, J.A.M.; Rodenburg, R.J.T.

    2013-01-01

    Whole exome sequencing is a powerful tool to detect novel pathogenic mutations in patients with suspected mitochondrial disease. However, the interpretation of novel genetic variants is not always straightforward. Here, we present two siblings with a severe neonatal encephalopathy caused by complex

  18. The Pch2 AAA+ ATPase promotes phosphorylation of the Hop1 meiotic checkpoint adaptor in response to synaptonemal complex defects.

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    Herruzo, Esther; Ontoso, David; González-Arranz, Sara; Cavero, Santiago; Lechuga, Ana; San-Segundo, Pedro A

    2016-09-19

    Meiotic cells possess surveillance mechanisms that monitor critical events such as recombination and chromosome synapsis. Meiotic defects resulting from the absence of the synaptonemal complex component Zip1 activate a meiosis-specific checkpoint network resulting in delayed or arrested meiotic progression. Pch2 is an evolutionarily conserved AAA+ ATPase required for the checkpoint-induced meiotic block in the zip1 mutant, where Pch2 is only detectable at the ribosomal DNA array (nucleolus). We describe here that high levels of the Hop1 protein, a checkpoint adaptor that localizes to chromosome axes, suppress the checkpoint defect of a zip1 pch2 mutant restoring Mek1 activity and meiotic cell cycle delay. We demonstrate that the critical role of Pch2 in this synapsis checkpoint is to sustain Mec1-dependent phosphorylation of Hop1 at threonine 318. We also show that the ATPase activity of Pch2 is essential for its checkpoint function and that ATP binding to Pch2 is required for its localization. Previous work has shown that Pch2 negatively regulates Hop1 chromosome abundance during unchallenged meiosis. Based on our results, we propose that, under checkpoint-inducing conditions, Pch2 also possesses a positive action on Hop1 promoting its phosphorylation and its proper distribution on unsynapsed chromosome axes.

  19. Rare Earth or Cosmic Zoo: Testing the Frequency of Complex Life in the Universe

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    Bains, W.; Schulze-Makuch, D.

    2017-02-01

    We propose how to test between two major hypotheses about the frequency of life in the universe (Rare Earth and Cosmic Zoo) using future remote sensing capabilities targeted at exoplanets and site visits of planetary bodies in our solar system.

  20. Western Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center--providing comprehensive earth science for complex societal issues

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    Frank, David G.; Wallace, Alan R.; Schneider, Jill L.

    2010-01-01

    supports approximately 40 USGS research specialists who utilize cooperative agreements with universities, industry, and other governmental agencies to support their collaborative research and information exchange. Scientists of the WMERSC study how and where non-fuel mineral resources form and are concentrated in the earth's crust, where mineral resources might be found in the future, and how mineral materials interact with the environment to affect human and ecosystem health. Natural systems (ecosystems) are complex - our understanding of how ecosystems operate requires collecting and synthesizing large amounts of geologic, geochemical, biologic, hydrologic, and meteorological information. Scientists in the Center strive to understand the interplay of various processes and how they affect the structure, composition, and health of ecosystems. Such understanding, which is then summarized in publicly available reports, is used to address and solve a wide variety of issues that are important to society and the economy. WMERSC scientists have extensive national and international experience in these scientific specialties and capabilities - they have collaborated with many Federal, State, and local agencies; with various private sector organizations; as well as with foreign countries and organizations. Nearly every scientific and societal challenge requires a different combination of scientific skills and capabilities. With their breadth of scientific specialties and capabilities, the scientists of the WMERSC can provide scientifically sound approaches to a wide range of societal challenges and issues. The following sections describe examples of important issues that have been addressed by scientists in the Center, the methods employed, and the relevant conclusions. New directions are inevitable as societal needs change over time. Scientists of the WMERSC have a diverse set of skills and capabilities and are proficient in the collection and integration of

  1. A qualitative study exploring the psychosocial value of weekend camping experiences for children and adolescents with complex heart defects.

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    Desai, P P; Sutton, L J; Staley, M D; Hannon, D W

    2014-07-01

    Children living with complex heart defects (CHD) are likely to have ongoing social, emotional, physical, and health concerns, and are in need of additional psychosocial support. Summer camps can provide therapeutic benefits. Little research exists regarding the value of shorter camping experiences from the perspectives of children with CHD. The aim of our study was to explore what children and adolescents with CHD considered meaningful when attending a therapeutic camping weekend in the company of peers with similar medical diagnoses. Engaging a phenomenological approach we used participant generated photography and reflective semi-structured interviews to explore participants' lived experience and value derived from their weekend camping experiences. The study was completed with thirteen participants ranging in age from 9 to 16 years. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using Van Manen's guidelines. Three themes reflecting the camp experiences were generated from the data. Meaningful experiences spanned three outcomes which had some overlapping influences: (i) Developing relationships and feeling accepted by peers and counsellors at camp; (ii) Enjoying and learning during the weekend; and (iii) Experiencing the natural and human-built therapeutic environmental features of camp. The camping programme features, inputs, and processes as identified by the participants in contributing to these outcomes are described. This qualitative study showed that children living with complex CHD valued the opportunity for participating in weekend camping experiences in the company of peers with similar heart defects. Findings contribute to a better understanding of what programme features and processes were considered meaningful. Given the scarcity of resources to devote to such social support activities, the findings may help professionals to plan effective interventions to maximize benefits during a shorter camping experience. © 2013 John Wiley

  2. Cationic methyl complexes of the rare-earth metals: an experimental and computational study on synthesis, structure, and reactivity.

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    Kramer, Mathias U; Robert, Dominique; Arndt, Stefan; Zeimentz, Peter M; Spaniol, Thomas P; Yahia, Ahmed; Maron, Laurent; Eisenstein, Odile; Okuda, Jun

    2008-10-20

    Synthesis, structure, and reactivity of two families of rare-earth metal complexes containing discrete methyl cations [LnMe(2-x)(thf)n]((1+x)+) (x = 0, 1; thf = tetrahydrofuran) have been studied. As a synthetic equivalent for the elusive trimethyl complex [LnMe3], lithium methylates of the approximate composition [Li3LnMe6(thf)n] were prepared by treating rare-earth metal trichlorides [LnCl3(thf)n] with 6 equiv of methyllithium in diethyl ether. Heteronuclear complexes of the formula [Li3Ln2Me9L(n)] (Ln = Sc, Y, Tb; L = Et2O, thf) were isolated by crystallization from diethyl ether. Single crystal X-ray diffraction studies revealed a heterometallic aggregate of composition [Li3Ln2Me9(thf)n(Et2O)m] with a [LiLn2Me9](2-) core (Ln = Sc, Y, Tb). When tris(tetramethylaluminate) [Ln(AlMe4)3] (Ln = Y, Lu) was reacted with less than 1 equiv of [NR3H][BPh4], the dimethyl cations [LnMe2(thf)n][BPh4] were obtained. The coordination number as well as cis/trans isomer preference was studied by crystallographic and computational methods. Dicationic methyl complexes of the rare-earth metals of the formula [LnMe(thf)n][BAr4]2 (Ln = Sc, Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Lu; Ar = Ph, C6H4F-4) were synthesized, by protonolysis of either the ate complex [Li3LnMe6(thf)n] (Ln = Sc, Y, Gd-Lu) or the tris(tetramethylaluminate) [Ln(AlMe4)3] (Ln = La-Nd, Sm, Dy, Gd) with ammonium borates [NR3H][BAr4] in thf. The number of coordinated thf ligands varied from n = 5 (Ln = Sc, Tm) to n = 6 (Ln = La, Y, Sm, Dy, Ho). The configuration of representative examples was determined by X-ray diffraction studies and confirmed by density-functional theory calculations. The highly polarized bonding between the methyl group and the rare-earth metal center results in the reactivity pattern dominated by the carbanionic character and the pronounced Lewis acidity: The dicationic methyl complex [YMe(thf)6](2+) inserted benzophenone as an electrophile to give the alkoxy complex [Y(OCMePh2)(thf)5](2+). Nucleophilic addition of

  3. Investigation of Surfactant-Stain-Metal Interaction: Naphthochrome Green/Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide/Rare Earths Ternary Complexation

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    郑立新; 沈荣; 郜洪文

    2003-01-01

    The ternary interaction of naphthochrome green (NCG) with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and rare earths (Res: Yb, Dy, Er and Eu) has been investigated with the microsurface adsorption-spectral correction technique (MSASC). The aggregation of NCG on CTAB obeys the Langmuir isothermal adsorption. The enrichment of NCG on CTAB and the presence of NaCl sensitize the complexation between Res and NCG. Both the binary aggregate and the ternary complex were characterized in the presence and absence of NaCl at pH 8.30 at 20 and 40℃.

  4. Description of the Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM version 1.2

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    H. Goosse

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The main characteristics of the new version 1.2 of the three-dimensional Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM are briefly described. LOVECLIM 1.2 includes representations of the atmosphere, the ocean and sea ice, the land surface (including vegetation, the ice sheets, the icebergs and the carbon cycle. The atmospheric component is ECBilt2, a T21, 3-level quasi-geostrophic model. The ocean component is CLIO3, which consists of an ocean general circulation model coupled to a comprehensive thermodynamic-dynamic sea-ice model. Its horizontal resolution is of 3° by 3°, and there are 20 levels in the ocean. ECBilt-CLIO is coupled to VECODE, a vegetation model that simulates the dynamics of two main terrestrial plant functional types, trees and grasses, as well as desert. VECODE also simulates the evolution of the carbon cycle over land while the ocean carbon cycle is represented by LOCH, a comprehensive model that takes into account both the solubility and biological pumps. The ice sheet component AGISM is made up of a three-dimensional thermomechanical model of the ice sheet flow, a visco-elastic bedrock model and a model of the mass balance at the ice-atmosphere and ice-ocean interfaces. For both the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, calculations are made on a 10 km by 10 km resolution grid with 31 sigma levels. LOVECLIM1.2 reproduces well the major characteristics of the observed climate both for present-day conditions and for key past periods such as the last millennium, the mid-Holocene and the Last Glacial Maximum. However, despite some improvements compared to earlier versions, some biases are still present in the model. The most serious ones are mainly located at low latitudes with an overestimation of the temperature there, a too symmetric distribution of precipitation between the two hemispheres, and an overestimation of precipitation and vegetation cover in the subtropics. In addition, the atmospheric circulation is

  5. Preparation of polymer-rare earth complex using salicylic acid-containing polystyrene and its fluorescence emission property

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    Gao Baojiao, E-mail: gaobaojiao@126.com [Department of Chemical Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Zhang Wei; Zhang Zhengguo; Lei Qingjuan [Department of Chemical Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China)

    2012-08-15

    Salicylic acid (SA) was first bonded onto the side chains of polystyrene (PS), obtaining functional macromolecule SAPS. Using the salicylic acid-containing polystyrene as a macromolecular ligand, a polymer-rare earth complex, SAPS-Eu(III), was prepared. The structure of SAPS-Eu(III) was characterized, and the fluorescence properties of SAPS-Eu(III) were mainly investigated. The experimental results show that the complex SAPS-Eu(III) has fine chemical stability because of the bidentate chelating effect of salicylic acid ligand. More important, the ligand SA on the side chains of PS can strongly sensitize the fluorescence emission of the center ion, Eu{sup 3+} ion, and it enables the complex SAPS-Eu(III) to produce the apparent 'Antenna Effect'. In the diluted solution of the functional macromolecule SAPS, the formed complex SAPS-Eu(III) belongs to an intramolecular complex, or an intrachain complex. For the binary intramolecular complex SAPS-Eu(III), the apparent saturated coordination number of SA of SAPS towards Eu{sup 3+} ion is equal to 10, and here the binary intrachain complex SAPS-Eu(III) has the strongest fluorescence emission. On this basis, small-molecule 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen) acting as a co-ligand is added and the ternary complex SAPS-Eu(III)-Phen will be formed. As long as a small amount of Phen is added (in the molar ratio 1:1 (n(Phen):n(Eu))), the coordination of the two kinds of ligands, SA of SAPS and Phen, to Eu{sup 3+} ion will reach complete saturation, and here the fluorescence emission of the ternary complex will be further enhanced via the complementary coordination effect in comparison with that of the binary complex SAPS-Eu(III). - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We prepared the functional polystyrene, SAPS, on whose side chain salicylic acid ligand was bonded. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The polymer-rare earth complex, SAPS-Eu(III), was prepared and a stronger 'antenna effect' was produced. Black

  6. Crystal structures of the complexes of rare earth picrates with N, N, N’, N’-tetraphenyl-3, 6-dioxaoctanediamide

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    刘伟生; 柳士霞; 谭民裕; 郁开北; 谭干祖

    1997-01-01

    The complexes of rare earth picrate with N,N,N’,N’-tetraphenyl-3,6-dioxaoctanediamide(TDD),Eu(picc(TDD)] 2CH3CN and [ Y(pic)3(TDD)],have been synthesized.The crystal structures reveal that TDD at is as n tetradentate ligand,forming a ring-like coordination structure with its oxygen atoms together with one oxygen atom of the bidentate pterate In the Eu(Ⅲ) complex,the europium ion with a larger ionic radius lies out of the ring,while in the Y(Ⅲ) complex,the yttrium ion with a smaller ionic radius enters the cavity of the ligand.The structures of the complexes are greatly affected by the ionic radii due to participation of the picrates in coordination.

  7. Energetic Ionic Liquids Based on Anionic Rare Earth Nitrate Complexes (Preprint)

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    2008-07-10

    hydrolytically unstable [ bmim ]Ln(SCN)7. [5b] However, the former exist as hydrates and are not stable in the absence of water of hydration and are not typical...ionic liquids. The instability of [ bmim ]Ln(SCN)7 to moisture and air also limits their applications. Since our new rare-earth ionic liquids do not...component in energetic ionic liquids.[7] Rare earth metals coordinate with O-donor ligands more strongly than N-donor ligands,[8] e. g., in [ bmim ]Ln

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  9. Study of new complexes of uranium and comba radical. I.- Complexes defective in sodium carbonate; Estudio de nuevos complejos entre el uranio y el radical CDMBA. I. Complejos con defectos de carbonato sodico

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    Vera Palomino, J.; Galiano Sedano, J. A.; Parellada Bellod, R.; Bellido Gonzalez, A.

    1975-07-01

    Some complexes formed in presence of defect of sodium carbonate with respect to the stoichiometric ratio (U): (C0{sub 3}) = 1:3 are studied. This ratio corresponds to the main complex which is responsible for the uranium extraction with CDMBAC organic solutions and from U(VI) aqueous solutions with an excess of sodium carbonate. (Author) 10 refs.

  10. Photofunctional hybrids of rare earth complexes covalently bonded to ZnO core-shell nanoparticle substrate through polymer linkage.

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    Shao, Yan-Fei; Yan, Bing

    2012-06-28

    A novel series of multi-component hybrids are assembled based on rare earth coordinated to rare earth ion (Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Sm(3+), Dy(3+)) complex systems and ZnO nanocomposites through three different ester units (ethyl methacrylate (EMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2,2,3,4,4,4-hexafluorobutyl methacrylate (HFMA)) as functional polymer linkages. Methacrylic-group-modified ZnO nanoparticles (designated ZnO-MAA) are synthesized based on the reaction between zinc methacrylate and LiOH with the molar ratio 1 : 3.5 via sol-gel process. The final hybrid materials are prepared by introducing rare earth complexes into ZnO-MAA matrix via addition polymerization reaction in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as the initiator. The detailed characterization and luminescence of these hybrid materials are discussed. It is found that ZnO-MAA-HEMA/EMA/HFBMA-RE-phen hybrid systems have effective intramolecular energy transfer process and exhibit longer lifetime and higher quantum efficiency.

  11. ExploreNEOs: Average albedo by taxonomic complex in the near-Earth asteroid population

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    Thomas, C. A.; Trilling, D. E.; Emery, J. P.; Mueller, M.; Hora, J. L.; Benner, L. A. M.; Bhattacharya, B.; Bottke, W. F.; Chesley, S.; Delbo, M.; Fazio, G.; Harris, A. W.; Mainzer, A.; Mommert, M.; Morbidelli, A.; Penprase, B.; Smith, H. A.; Spahr, T. B.; Stansberry, J. A.

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the albedo distribution of the Near- Earth Object (NEO) population allows for a better understanding of the relationship between absolute magnitude and size, which impacts calculations of size frequency distribution and impact hazards. Examining NEO albedos also sheds light on the diff

  12. ExploreNEOs: Average albedo by taxonomic complex in the near-Earth asteroid population

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    Thomas, C. A.; Trilling, D. E.; Emery, J. P.; Mueller, M.; Hora, J. L.; Benner, L. A. M.; Bhattacharya, B.; Bottke, W. F.; Chesley, S.; Delbo, M.; Fazio, G.; Harris, A. W.; Mainzer, A.; Mommert, M.; Morbidelli, A.; Penprase, B.; Smith, H. A.; Spahr, T. B.; Stansberry, J. A.

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the albedo distribution of the Near- Earth Object (NEO) population allows for a better understanding of the relationship between absolute magnitude and size, which impacts calculations of size frequency distribution and impact hazards. Examining NEO albedos also sheds light on the

  13. Replicating the Ice-Volume Signal of the Early Pleistocene with a Complex Earth System Model

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    Tabor, C. R.; Poulsen, C. J.; Pollard, D.

    2013-12-01

    Milankovitch theory proposes high-latitude summer insolation intensity paces the ice ages by controlling perennial snow cover amounts (Milankovitch, 1941). According to theory, the ~21 kyr cycle of precession should dominate the ice-volume records since it has the greatest influence on high-latitude summer insolation. Modeling experiments frequently support Milankovitch theory by attributing the majority of Northern Hemisphere high-latitude summer snowmelt to changes in the cycle of precession (e.g. Jackson and Broccoli, 2003). However, ice-volume proxy records, especially those of the Early Pleistocene (2.6-0.8 Ma), display variability with a period of ~41 kyr (Raymo and Lisiecki, 2005), indicative of insolation forcing from obliquity, which has a much smaller influence on summer insolation intensity than precession. Several hypotheses attempt to explain the discrepancies between Milkankovitch theory and the proxy records by invoking phenomena such as insolation gradients (Raymo and Nisancioglu, 2003), hemispheric offset (Raymo et al., 2006; Lee and Poulsen, 2009), and integrated summer energy (Huybers, 2006); however, all of these hypotheses contain caveats (Ruddiman, 2006) and have yet to be supported by modeling studies that use a complex GCM. To explore potential solutions to this '41 kyr problem,' we use an Earth system model composed of the GENESIS GCM and Land Surface model, the BIOME4 vegetation model, and the Pennsylvania State ice-sheet model. Using an asynchronous coupling technique, we run four idealized transient combinations of obliquity and precession, representing the orbital extremes of the Pleistocene (Berger and Loutre, 1991). Each experiment is run through several complete orbital cycles with a dynamic ice domain spanning North America and Greenland, and fixed preindustrial greenhouse-gas concentrations. For all orbital configurations, model results produce greater ice-volume spectral power at the frequency of obliquity despite significantly

  14. BCNU-induced gR2 defect mediates S-glutathionylation of Complex I and respiratory uncoupling in myocardium.

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    Kang, Patrick T; Chen, Chwen-Lih; Ren, Pei; Guarini, Giacinta; Chen, Yeong-Renn

    2014-06-15

    A deficiency of mitochondrial glutathione reductase (or GR2) is capable of adversely affecting the reduction of GSSG and increasing mitochondrial oxidative stress. BCNU [1,3-bis (2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea] is an anticancer agent and known inhibitor of cytosolic GR ex vivo and in vivo. Here we tested the hypothesis that a BCNU-induced GR2 defect contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent impairment of heart function. Intraperitoneal administration of BCNU (40 mg/kg) specifically inhibited GR2 activity by 79.8 ± 2.7% in the mitochondria of rat heart. However, BCNU treatment modestly enhanced the activities of mitochondrial Complex I and other ETC components. The cardiac function of BCNU-treated rats was analyzed by echocardiography, revealing a systolic dysfunction associated with decreased ejection fraction, decreased cardiac output, and an increase in left ventricular internal dimension and left ventricular volume in systole. The respiratory control index of isolated mitochondria from the myocardium was moderately decreased after BCNU treatment, whereas NADH-linked uncoupling of oxygen consumption was significantly enhanced. Extracellular flux analysis to measure the fatty acid oxidation of myocytes indicated a 20% enhancement after BCNU treatment. When the mitochondria were immunoblotted with antibodies against GSH and UCP3, both protein S-glutathionylation of Complex I and expression of UCP3 were significantly up-regulated. Overexpression of SOD2 in the myocardium significantly reversed BCNU-induced GR2 inhibition and mitochondrial impairment. In conclusion, BCNU-mediated cardiotoxicity is characterized by the GR2 deficiency that negatively regulates heart function by impairing mitochondrial integrity, increasing oxidative stress with Complex I S-glutathionylation, and enhancing uncoupling of mitochondrial respiration.

  15. Immunohistochemical analysis of the oxidative phosphorylation complexes in skeletal muscle from patients with mitochondrial DNA encoded tRNA gene defects.

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    Paepe, B. De; Smet, J.; Lammens, M.M.Y.; Seneca, S.; Martin, J.J.; Bleecker, J. De; Meirleir, L. de; Lissens, W.; Coster, R. van

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial diseases display a heterogeneous spectrum of clinical phenotypes and therefore the identification of the underlying gene defect is often a difficult task. AIMS: To develop an immunohistochemical approach to stain skeletal muscle for the five multi-protein complexes that

  16. Multiple magnetic relaxation processes, magnetocaloric effect and fluorescence properties of rhombus-shaped tetranuclear rare earth complexes.

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    Gao, Hong-Ling; Jiang, Li; Liu, Shuang; Shen, Hai-Yun; Wang, Wen-Min; Cui, Jian-Zhong

    2016-01-07

    Seven new tetranuclear rare earth (RE) complexes [RE4(acac)4L6(μ3-OH)2] (HL = 5-(4-fluorobenzylidene)-8-hydroxylquinoline; acac = acetylacetonate; RE = Y (1), Eu (2), Gd (3), Tb (4), Dy (5), Tm (6) and Lu (7)) have been synthesized and completely characterized. Complex exhibits multiple zero-field slow magnetic relaxation processes typical of Single Molecule Magnets (SMMs). Two distinct slow magnetic relaxation processes, with effective energy barriers of Ueff = 48 K for the slow relaxation (SR) process and Ueff = 121 K for the fast relaxation (FR) process, are mainly attributed to the presence of two crystallographically independent Dy(III) sites. The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) was detected as -ΔSm(T) = 20.8 J kg(-1) K(-1) for complex . The fluorescence properties of complexes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 were also investigated. Complexes 2, 4 and 5 show the characteristic peaks for their corresponding RE(III) center, while complexes 1 and 7 show similar emission peaks to the Schiff base ligand when they are excited at the appropriate wavelength.

  17. Evaluation of Grounding Impedance of a Complex Lightning Protective System Using Earth Ground Clamp Measurements and ATP Modeling

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    Mata, Carlos T.; Rakov, V. A.; Mata, Angel G.

    2010-01-01

    A new Lightning Protection System (LPS) was designed and built at Launch Complex 39B (LC39B), at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, which consists of a catenary wire system (at a height of about 181 meters above ground level) supported by three insulators installed atop three towers in a triangular configuration. A total of nine downconductors (each about 250 meters long, on average) are connected to the catenary wire system. Each of the nine downconductors is connected to a 7.62-meter radius circular counterpoise conductor with six equally spaced 6-meter long vertical grounding rods. Grounding requirements at LC39B call for all underground and above ground metallic piping, enclosures, raceways, and cable trays, within 7.62 meters of the counterpoise, to be bounded to the counterpoise, which results in a complex interconnected grounding system, given the many metallic piping, raceways, and cable trays that run in multiple direction around LC39B. The complexity of this grounding system makes the fall of potential method, which uses multiple metallic rods or stakes, unsuitable for measuring the grounding impedances of the downconductors. To calculate the downconductors grounding impedance, an Earth Ground Clamp (a stakeless grounding resistance measuring device) and a LPS Alternative Transient Program (ATP) model are used. The Earth Ground Clamp is used to measure the loop impedance plus the grounding impedance of each downconductor and the ATP model is used to calculate the loop impedance of each downconductor circuit. The grounding impedance of the downconductors is then calculated by subtracting the ATP calculated loop impedances from the Earth Ground Clamp measurements.

  18. A Study of Heteropoly Complexes of Rare Earths as Catalyst Promoter in the Synthesis of Ethyl Acetate

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    Shui Yang HE; Ke PENG; Di ZHANG; Wang Ting WU; Gang Lin XUE; Qi Zhen SHI

    2004-01-01

    The capability of the synthesized heteropoly complexes of rare earths {K10 [(O39W11Si) Ln(Gly)3Ln(SiW11O39)]·9H2O (Ln=La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy)} as the catalyst promoter in the synthesis of the ethyl acetate was studied. The results showed that the quantity of H2SO4 used for synthesizing the ethyl acetate can be reduced by 75% and the yield reached 98% at the optional condition.

  19. Recent progress report on DNA B-Z transition modulated by rare earth-amino acid complex and Alzheimer's disease amyloid beta

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    2010-01-01

    Rare earth dements have unique physical, magnetic, luminescent and catalytic properties. They have been successfully used as medicine and probes in luminescent resonance energy transfer (LRET) for bioassays, as well as reagents for diagnosis in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this progress report, we will focus on recent progress on how rare earth amino complexes bind to DNA and change DNA structure, especially on DNA B-Z transition induced by rare earth amino acid complex and its potential impact on Alzheimer's disease (AD).

  20. Effect of Complex Agents on Structure and Activity of Fe-Substituted Rare Earth Hexaaluminate Catalysts for Methane Combustion

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    Wu Peng; Hu Ruisheng; Long Zerong; Meng He

    2004-01-01

    A series of catalysts were prepared by using complex sol-gel methods.Experimental results confirm the effect of different agents on structure and activity of Fe-substituted rare earth hexaaluminate catalyst (LaFeAl11 O19 ) for methane combustion.The catalyst is yielded by complex sol-gel, respectively using three different complex agents (maltose, glucose and citric acid).XRD demonstrated that haxaaluminate is the major phase of catalyst prepared by maltose,while LaAlO3 is the major one of the catalyst by glucose and citric acid.At the same time, there is a little LaFeO3 and surface areas as well as 29.5 nm particle diameter when the complex agent is maltose.However, T10 ( temperature for 10% conversion of methane) and T100 ( temperature for 100% conversion of methane) for catalyst by glucose is 543 and 758 ℃, which is the best among the three complex agents for methane combustion.

  1. Fluorescence and Judd-Ofelt analysis of rare earth complexes with maleic anhydride and acrylic acid

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    WEN Shipeng; ZHANG Xiaoping; HU Shui; ZHANG Liqun; LIU Li

    2008-01-01

    Two kinds of Eu-complexes, Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(AA) and Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(MA) (HTFA=2-Thenoyltrifluoroacetone, Phen=1,10-phenanthroline, AA=acrylic acid, MA=Maleic anhydride), which combined the excellent fluorescence properties of Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(H2O) and the reactivity of acrylic acid and maleic anhydride with radicals, were synthesized. The two complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, infrared (IR) spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Based on the data shown from the fluorescent spectra of the Eu-MA and Eu-AA complexes, the Ωλ (λ=2 and 4) experimental intensity parameters were calculated. The results demonstrated that the Ω2 intensity parameters for the two complexes were smaller than those for the Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(H2O) complex, indicating that a less symmetri-cal chemical environment existed in the complexes. It implied that the radiative efficiency of the 5D0 of these two complexes could be en-hanced by ligand of MA and AA, respectively. The luminescent lifetime of the Eu-AA (τ=7.26×10-4 s) or Eu-MA complex (τ=-8.12×10-4 s) was higher than that of the Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(H2O) complex, which was attributed to the substitution of the water molecule (H2O) in Eu(TTA)2(Phen)(H2O) by the MA or AA ligand.

  2. Temperature-induced collapse of alkaline Earth cation-polyacrylate anion complexes.

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    Lages, Sebastian; Schweins, Ralf; Huber, Klaus

    2007-09-06

    Polyacrylate anions are used to inhibit CaCO3 precipitation and may be a promising additive to control formation of inorganic nanoparticles. The origin of this applicability lies in specific interactions between the alkaline earth cations and the carboxylate functions along the polyacrylate chains. In the absence of CO32- anions, these interactions eventually cause precipitation of polyelectrolytes. Extended investigation of dilute sodium polyacrylate solutions approaching this precipitation threshold revealed a dramatic shrinking of the PA coil dimensions once the threshold is reached (Eur. Phys. J. E 2001, 5, 117). Recent isothermal calorimetric titration experiments by Antonietti et al. (Macromolecules 2004, 37, 3444) indicated that the driving force of this precipitation is entropic in nature. In the present work, we investigated the impact of temperature on the structural changes of dissolved polyacrylate chains decorated with alkaline earth cations. To this end, large polyacrylate chains were brought close to the precipitation threshold by the addition of distinct amounts of Ca2+ or Sr2+ cations. The resulting structural intermediates were then subjected to temperature variations in the range of 15 degrees C polyacrylate coils were recorded by means of light and neutron scattering. As a major result, we could unambiguously demonstrate that the coils can reversibly be collapsed and extended by increasing and decreasing the temperature, respectively.

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and biological properties of nano-rare earth complexes with L-glutamic acid and imidazole

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    ZHOU Meifeng; HE Qizhuang

    2008-01-01

    Four nano-rare earth ternary complexes of L-glutamic acid and imidazole RE(Glu)3ImCl3·3H2O (RE=Ce3+, Pr3+, Sm3+, Dy3+, Glu= L-glutamic acid , and Im=imidazole) were synthesized. Their composition was characterized with elemental analysis, IR, and molar conductance. The TEM image indicated that the complexes were regular shaped and the length was about 30~60 nm. The antibacterial activity test showed that all these complexes exhibited better antibacterial ability against Escherichia coli, Staphylociccus aureus, and Candida albican (MIC were about 180, 100, and 310 μg/ml, respectively) and could be considered as broad-spectral antimicrobial. Their antitumor activity in vitro against leukemia K562 cells was measured using the MTT method. The results indicate that the four complexes possess strong inhibition effect on leukemia K562 cells. An approximately linear relationship is discovered between the relative inhibition rate and concentration, with the correlation coefficients R>0.7 and P<0.05, which is considered statistically significant.

  4. Modeling rare earth complexes: Sparkle/AM1 parameters for thulium (III)

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    Freire, Ricardo O.; Rocha, Gerd B.; Simas, Alfredo M.

    2005-08-01

    The Sparkle/AM1 model, recently defined for Eu(III), Gd(III) and Tb(III) [R.O. Freire, G.B. Rocha, A.M., Simas, Inorg. Chem. 44 (2005) 3299], is extended to Tm(III). A set of 15 structures of high crystallographic quality from the Cambridge Crystallographic Database, with ligands chosen to be representative of all complexes with nitrogen or oxygen directly bonded to the Tm(III) ion, was used as a training set. For the 15 complexes, the Sparkle/AM1 unsigned mean error, for all interatomic distances between the Tm(III) ion and the oxygen or nitrogen ligand atoms of the first sphere of coordination, is 0.07 Å, a level of accuracy useful for luminescent complex design.

  5. A unique missense allele of BAF155, a core BAF chromatin remodeling complex protein, causes neural tube closure defects in mice.

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    Harmacek, Laura; Watkins-Chow, Dawn E; Chen, Jianfu; Jones, Kenneth L; Pavan, William J; Salbaum, J Michael; Niswander, Lee

    2014-05-01

    Failure of embryonic neural tube closure results in the second most common class of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs). While NTDs are likely the result of complex multigenic dysfunction, it is not known whether polymorphisms in epigenetic regulators may be risk factors for NTDs. Here we characterized Baf155(msp3) , a unique ENU-induced allele in mice. Homozygous Baf155(mps3) embryos exhibit highly penetrant exencephaly, allowing us to investigate the roles of an assembled, but malfunctional BAF chromatin remodeling complex in vivo at the time of neural tube closure. Evidence of defects in proliferation and apoptosis were found within the neural tube. RNA-Seq analysis revealed that surprisingly few genes showed altered expression in Baf155 mutant neural tissue, given the broad epigenetic role of the BAF complex, but included genes involved in neural development and cell survival. Moreover, gene expression changes between individual mutants were variable even though the NTD was consistently observed. This suggests that inconsistent gene regulation contributes to failed neural tube closure. These results shed light on the role of the BAF complex in the process of neural tube closure and highlight the importance of studying missense alleles to understand epigenetic regulation during critical phases of development.

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Activity of Rare Earth Complexes with Schiff Base From 2,6-Diformylpyridine N-Oxide and 4-Amino-antipyrine

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    于青; 唐瑜; 谭民裕

    2002-01-01

    Six new rare earth complexes with Schiff base from 2,6-diformylpyridine N-oxide and 4-amino-antipyrine were synthesized. These complexes with general formula REL(NO3)3 (RE=La, Pr, Eu, Tb, Er, Y) were characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV, molar conductance measurements and antimicrobial activity.

  7. Structural diversity in binuclear complexes of alkaline earth metal ions with 4,6-diacetylresorcinol

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    Shebl, Magdy; Khalil, Saied M. E.; Taha, A.; Mahdi, M. A. N.

    2012-11-01

    A new series of binuclear and mixed-ligand complexes with the general formula: [M 2(LO)yClz]; where M = Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II); H2L = 4,6-diacetylresorcinol, the secondary ligand L' = acetylacetone (acac), 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) or 2,2'-bipyridyl (Bipy), n = 0-2, m = 1, 2, x = 0, 1, 2, 4, y = 0, 2, 4, 5 and z = 0-2; have been synthesized. They have been characterized by the analytical and spectral methods (IR, 1H NMR and mass) as well as TGA and molar conductivity measurements. The spectroscopic and conductance data suggested that the H2L ligand behaves as a neutral, monobasic or dibasic tetradentate ligand, depending on the basicity of the secondary ligand, through the two phenolic and two carbonyl groups. Binuclear octahedral geometry has been assigned to all of the prepared complexes in various molar ratios 2:2; 2:2:2; 1:2:1 and 1:2:4 (L:M:L'). Molecular orbital calculations were performed for the ligands and their complexes using Hyperchem 7.52 program on the bases of PM3 level and the results were correlated with the experimental data. The ligand and some of its alkaline metal(II) complexes showed antibacterial activity towards some of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeast (Candida albicans) and fungus (Aspergillus fumigatus).

  8. Thermochemical Study of Mixed Ligand Complexes of Rare Earths with Glycine and L-alanine

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    QU Jing-nian; LIU Yi; YU Hua-guang; LEI Ke-lin; YAN Cheng-nong; QU Song-sheng

    2004-01-01

    In order to obtain the standard molar enthalpies of formation of Rare-Earth amino acid coordination compounds, precise isothermal solution-reaction calorimetric method was used. The value of ΔrHΘm of two coordination reactions was determined at T = 298.2 K. From the experimental results and other auxiliary values, the standard molar enthalpies of formation of Ln(Gly)5/2(Ala)3/2 (ClO4)3·H2O(s) [Ln = La, Yb] at T = 298.2 K were obtained. The values of them is to be ΔrHΘm [La(Gly)5/2(Ala)3/2(ClO4)3·H2O(s)] =-3545.45 kJ/ mol and ΔrHΘm [Yb(Gly)5/2(Ala)3/2(ClO4)3·H2O(s)]= -3793.81 kJ/mol, respectively.

  9. Investigation on the Coordinate Structures of the Rare Earth Metal Complexes with Edta and Cydta Ligands

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    WangJun; ZhangXiang-dong; ZhangYang; LiuZhen-rong

    2003-01-01

    The crystal and molecular structures of cydta(trans-1, 2-cyclohexanediaminetetraacetic acid) have been determined by single-crystal X-ray structure analyses. The reasons that REⅢ-edta and REⅢ-cydta complexes select different coordinate structures were discussed and illustrated through the comparison of the molecular and crystal structures between edta and cydta, (NH4)[Ⅲ(edta) (H2O)3]·5H2O and (NH4)[YⅢ(cydta)(H2O)2]·5H2O as well as (NH4)[GdⅢ(edta)(H2O)3]·5H2O and (NH4)[GdⅢ(cydta)(H2O)2]·5H2O complexes.

  10. Investigation on the Coordinate Structures of the Rare Earth Metal Complexes with Edta and Cydta Ligands

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    Wang Jun; Zhang Xiang-dong; Zhang Yang; Liu Zhen-rong

    2003-01-01

    The crystal and molecular structures of cydta (trans-1, 2-cyclohexanediaminetetraacetic acid) have been determined by single-crystal X-ray structure analyses. The reasons that REⅢ-edta and REⅢ-cydta complexes select different coordinate structures were discussed and illustrated through the comparison of the molecular and crystal structures between edta and cydta, (NH4)[YⅢ(edta)(H2O)3]*5H2O and (NH4)[YⅢ(cydta)(H2O)2]*5H2O as well as (NH4)[GdⅢ(edta)(H2O)3]*5H2O and (NH4)[GdⅢ(cydta)(H2O)2]*5H2O complexes.

  11. Modeling rare earth complexes: Sparkle/PM3 parameters for thulium(III)

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    Freire, Ricardo O.; Rocha, Gerd B.; Simas, Alfredo M.

    2006-07-01

    The Sparkle model, recently defined for Tm(III) within AM1 [R.O. Freire, G.B. Rocha, A.M. Simas, Chem. Phys. Lett. 411 (2005) 61], is now extended to PM3. For the same 15 complexes previously used, the Sparkle/PM3 unsigned mean error, for all interatomic distances between the Tm(III) ion and the directly coordinating oxygen or nitrogen atoms, is 0.08 Å, a level of accuracy equivalent to the Sparkle/AM1 figure of 0.07 Å, as well as to results from present day ab initio effective core potential calculations. The results thus indicate that both Sparkle/AM1 and Sparkle/PM3 models may prove useful for luminescent Tm(III) complex design.

  12. Enthalpies of Solution of Complexes of Rare Earth Nitrate with L-α-Histidine in Water

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    刘洋; 房艳; 高胜利; 陈三平; 史启祯

    2002-01-01

    The enthalpies of solution in water of complexes of RE(NO3)3 (RE=La~Nd, Sm~Lu, Y) with L-α-Histidine (His) were measured at 298.15 K. The standard enthalpies of formation of RE(His)3+(aq) were calculated. The "tetrad effect" regularity was observed from the curve, which is the enthalpies of solution plotted against the atomic numbers of the elements in lanthanide series.

  13. Drilling through the largest magma chamber on Earth: Bushveld Igneous Complex Drilling Project (BICDP)

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    Trumbull, R. B.; Ashwal, L. D.; Webb, S. J.; Veksler, I. V.

    2015-05-01

    A scientific drilling project in the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa has been proposed to contribute to the following scientific topics of the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP): large igneous provinces and mantle plumes, natural resources, volcanic systems and thermal regimes, and deep life. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from eight countries met in Johannesburg to exchange ideas about the scientific objectives and a drilling strategy to achieve them. The workshop identified drilling targets in each of the three main lobes of the Bushveld Complex, which will integrate existing drill cores with new boreholes to establish permanently curated and accessible reference profiles of the Bushveld Complex. Coordinated studies of this material will address fundamental questions related to the origin and evolution of parental Bushveld magma(s), the magma chamber processes that caused layering and ore formation, and the role of crust vs. mantle in the genesis of Bushveld granites and felsic volcanic units. Other objectives are to study geophysical and geodynamic aspects of the Bushveld intrusion, including crustal stresses and thermal gradient, and to determine the nature of deep groundwater systems and the biology of subsurface microbial communities.

  14. An evaluation of parametric sensitivities of different climatic variables simulated by the Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity LOVECLIM

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    Shi, Yuhan; Duan, Qingyun

    2017-04-01

    Earth System Models (ESMs) are an important tool for understanding past climate evolution and for predicting future climate change. However, the ESM model outputs contain significant uncertainties. A major source of uncertainties is from the specification of model parameters. Specification of ESM model parameters is complicated as most ESMs contain a large number of model parameters. Further, ESMs simulate many different climatic variables and are computationally expensive to run. In this study, we intend to use a design of experiment approach to evaluate the parametric sensitivities of different climatic variables simulated by LOVECLIM, an Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity (EMIC). Three sensitivity analysis methods are used to explore the sensitivities of different outputs of LOVECLIM, such as global mean temperature, global land/ocean precipitation and evaporation to different model parameters. A newly developed software package, Uncertainty Quantification Python Laboratory (UQ-PyL), is employed to execute the sensitivity analysis. A total of 23 adjustable parameters of the model were considered. This presentation will present the preliminary results of parameter sensitivity analysis, which, in turn, should form the basis for further optimization of the model parameters to better simulate the climate system.

  15. Syntheses and crystal structures of rare earth (Nd, Gd) 1-D chain complexes with N-p-tolylsulfonyl-β-alanine

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    MA Lufang; LI Xiaodong; WANG Liya; LIANG Fupei; ZHANG Manbo; YU Kaibei

    2005-01-01

    Two rare earth complexes of Ts-β-AlaH with the formula of [Ln2(H2O)4(Ts-β-AlaH)6]n·4nH2O (where Ln =Nd(1), Gd(2); Ts-β-AlaH = N-p-tolylsulfonyl-β-Alanine) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR,and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the two complexes are isostructural. They crystallize in a monoclinic system with P21/n space group. Crystal data for 1: a = 0.95149(19) nm, b = 1.9012(4) nm, c = 2.2863(5) nm, β= 100.37(3)°, Z = 4,Dc = 1.509 mg/cm3, F(000) = 1880, R1 = 0.0560, wR2 = 0.1564 [Ⅰ> 2σ(Ⅰ)]; for 2: a = 0.9495(2) nm, b = 1.9037(4) nm, c =2.2987(5) nm, β= 99.87(3)°, Z = 4, Dc= 1.541 mg/cm3, F(000) = 1916, R1 = 0.0515, wR2= 0.1566 [Ⅰ>2σ (Ⅰ)]. The two complexes are one-dimensional chains and the coordination number of the Nd3+ or Gd 3+ ion is nine.

  16. Enhanced Brightness of Eu3+ Complex in Organic Electroluminescent Devices by Using Another Rare-Earth Ion

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    白峰; 邓振波; 高新; 李勇; 徐怡庄; 吴瑾光

    2002-01-01

    Rare-earth ions Tb3+ and La3+ were used as a bridge to improve the energy transfer from the polymer to an Eu complex. The material Tb(La)0.5Eu0.5 (BSA)3phen was synthesized and used as the emission layer in the device:ITO/PVK:Tb(La)0.5Eu0.5 (BSA)3phen/Alq/Al. The two device were compared in detail and it was found that the device using La0.5Eu0.5 (BSA)3phen as the emission material had better monochromatic characteristics with the maximal brightness of 102cd/m2 and the colour coordinates x = 0.55 and y = 0.36.

  17. Rare earth elements and titanium in plants, soils and groundwaters in the alkaline-ultramafic complex of Salitre, MG Brazil

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    Ceccantini, G. [Instituto de Biociencias, Sao Paulo, (Brazil). Dept. de Botanica; Figueiredo, A.M.G. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Div. de Radioquimica; Sondag, F.; Soubies, F. [ORSTOM, 93 - Bondy (France); Soubies, F. [Universite Paul Sabatier, 31 - Toulouse (France)

    1997-12-31

    The contents of rare earth elements (REE) and titanium in various plant species, in groundwaters and in soils from the alkaline-ultramafic complex of Salitre, have been determined. Due to the the particular mineralogy of the bedrock, REE and Ti exhibit high concentrations in the soils. Despite this, plants generally present REE concentrations within the ranges usually found in plants, and the transfer factor from soil to plant is at least ten times below the range reported in the literature, confirming that the concentrations of REE in the plants are widely independent of the soil content. All species present normalized patterns similar to those of the soils, characterized by an enrichment in light REE. Several plants show Ti concentrations about three times higher than the reference values. It is suggested that in the studied ecosystem, the plant metabolism affect the REE distribution in the groundwaters, leading to an enrichment of the superficial waters in heavy REE

  18. Imidazolin-2-iminato complexes of rare earth metals with very short metal-nitrogen bonds: experimental and theoretical studies.

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    Panda, Tarun K; Trambitas, Alexandra G; Bannenberg, Thomas; Hrib, Cristian G; Randoll, Sören; Jones, Peter G; Tamm, Matthias

    2009-06-15

    The reactions of 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolin-2-imine (Im(Dipp)NH, 1-H) with trimethylsilylmethyl lithium (LiCH(2)SiMe(3)) and anhydrous rare earth metal trichlorides MCl(3) afforded the imidazolin-2-iminato complexes [(1)MCl(2)(THF)(3)] (2a, M = Sc; 2b, M = Y; 2c, M = Lu) and [(1)GdCl(2)(THF)(2)] x [LiCl(THF)(2)] (2d). Treatment of complexes 2 with dipotassium cyclooctatetradienide, K(2)(C(8)H(8)) resulted in the formation of two- or three-legged piano-stool complexes of the type [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))M(1)(THF)(n)] (3a, M = Sc, n = 1; 3b, M = Y, n = 2; 3c, M = Lu, n = 2; 3d, M = Gd, n = 2). X-ray diffraction analyses of all eight complexes 2 and 3 revealed the presence of very short metal-nitrogen bonds, which are among the shortest ever observed for these elements. [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))Sc(1)(THF)] (3a) reacted with 2,6-dimethylphenyl isothiocyanate (Xy-NCS) to form the [2 + 2]-cycloaddition product 4, which contains a thioureato-N,N' moiety. The related COT-titanium complex [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))TiCl(1)] (6) could be obtained from [(1)TiCl(3)] (5) by reaction with K(2)(C(8)H(8)) and was structurally characterized. As a theoretical analysis of the nature of the metal-nitrogen bond, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out for complexes 3a and 6 and also for the model complexes [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))Sc(NIm(Me))] (7), [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))Ti(NIm(Me))](+) (8), and [(eta(8)-C(8)H(8))Ti(NXy)] (9), revealing a marked similarity of the bonding in imidazolin-2-iminato and conventional imido metal complexes.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization and Luminescent Properties of Complexes of Rare Earth Nitrates with 2,2′:4′,4″:2″,2-Quaterpyridine

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    唐瑜; 张正华; 谭民裕; 王锐

    2002-01-01

    The rare earth nitrate complexes with 2,2′:4′,4″:2″,2-quaterpyridine (L) were prepared in ethylacetate. These new complexes with the general formula [RE(NO3)3L]*H2O (RE = La, Pr, Eu, Tb, Er, Y) were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectra, thermal analysis and molar conductance measurements. The luminescence properties of these complexes were also studied.

  20. A user-friendly earth system model of low complexity: the ESCIMO system dynamics model of global warming towards 2100

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    Randers, Jorgen; Golüke, Ulrich; Wenstøp, Fred; Wenstøp, Søren

    2016-11-01

    We have made a simple system dynamics model, ESCIMO (Earth System Climate Interpretable Model), which runs on a desktop computer in seconds and is able to reproduce the main output from more complex climate models. ESCIMO represents the main causal mechanisms at work in the Earth system and is able to reproduce the broad outline of climate history from 1850 to 2015. We have run many simulations with ESCIMO to 2100 and beyond. In this paper we present the effects of introducing in 2015 six possible global policy interventions that cost around USD 1000 billion per year - around 1 % of world GDP. We tentatively conclude (a) that these policy interventions can at most reduce the global mean surface temperature - GMST - by up to 0.5 °C in 2050 and up to 1.0 °C in 2100 relative to no intervention. The exception is injection of aerosols into the stratosphere, which can reduce the GMST by more than 1.0 °C in a decade but creates other serious problems. We also conclude (b) that relatively cheap human intervention can keep global warming in this century below +2 °C relative to preindustrial times. Finally, we conclude (c) that run-away warming is unlikely to occur in this century but is likely to occur in the longer run. The ensuing warming is slow, however. In ESCIMO, it takes several hundred years to lift the GMST to +3 °C above preindustrial times through gradual self-reinforcing melting of the permafrost. We call for research to test whether more complex climate models support our tentative conclusions from ESCIMO.

  1. Geochemical Characteristics of Rare Earth Elements of Guidong Granitic Complex and Relationship with Uranium Mineralization

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    Zhang Zhanshi; Hua Renmin; Liu Xiaodong; Deng Ping; Wu Lieqin

    2007-01-01

    Guidong granitic complex is constituted by Luxi intrusion, Xiazhuang intrusion, Maofeng intrusion, Sundong intrusion, Aizi intrusion and Siqian intrusion, which emplaced in Indosinian and early Yanshanian Periods. These intrusions varied from each other not only in major element content, aluminium saturation index, but also in values of ΣREE, δEu, and LREE/HREE, (La/Yb)N, (La/Sm)N and (Gd/Yb)N. The Maofeng intrusion, which has the closest relationship with uranium mineralization, belongs to strong peraluminous granites. Having undergone much intense fluid-rock interaction, it is characterized by typical M-type tetrad effects and lowest values of ΣREE, δEu, LREE/HREE, (La/Yb)N, (La/Sm)N and (Gd/Yb)N ratios than other studied intrusions.

  2. Pharmacological Study on Antitumor Activity of 5-Fluorouracil-1-Acetic Acid and Its Rare Earth Complexes

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    2000-01-01

    The antitumor activity of 5-fluorouracil-1-acetic acid(HFAA) and its lanthanide complexes(La(FAA)3, Eu(FAA)3) were studied. The results show that HFAA, La(FAA)3 and Eu(FAA)3 with the concentrations of 1.0×10-5~1.0×10-2 μg·ml-1 inhibit the colony formation of leukemia cells(L1210) and the growth of transplanted tumor sarcoma 180(S180), hepatic carcinoma(HEPA) and ehrlich ascites tumor(EC) as well. The maximum inhibitory rate of Eu(FAA)3 for S180 is 38.4%, that HFAA and La(FAA)3 for EC are 22.4% and 43.4%, respectively. The life prolongation rate of Eu(FAA)3 for HEPA bearing mice is as long as 284%.

  3. Obtaining strong ferromagnetism in diluted Gd-doped ZnO thin films through controlled Gd-defect complexes

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    Roqan, I. S., E-mail: iman.roqan@kaust.edu.sa; Venkatesh, S.; Zhang, Z.; Hussain, S.; Bantounas, I.; Flemban, T. H.; Schwingenschlogl, U. [Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); Franklin, J. B.; Zou, B.; Petrov, P. K.; Ryan, M. P.; Alford, N. M. [Department of Materials and London Centre for Nanotechnology, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Lee, J.-S. [Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States)

    2015-02-21

    We demonstrate the fabrication of reproducible long-range ferromagnetism (FM) in highly crystalline Gd{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O thin films by controlling the defects. Films are grown on lattice-matched substrates by pulsed laser deposition at low oxygen pressures (≤25 mTorr) and low Gd concentrations (x ≤ 0.009). These films feature strong FM (10 μ{sub B} per Gd atom) at room temperature. While films deposited at higher oxygen pressure do not exhibit FM, FM is recovered by post-annealing these films under vacuum. These findings reveal the contribution of oxygen deficiency defects to the long-range FM. We demonstrate the possible FM mechanisms, which are confirmed by density functional theory study, and show that Gd dopants are essential for establishing FM that is induced by intrinsic defects in these films.

  4. Obtaining strong ferromagnetism in diluted Gd-doped ZnO thin films through controlled Gd-defect complexes

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    Roqan, Iman S.

    2015-02-21

    We demonstrate the fabrication of reproducible long-range ferromagnetism (FM) in highly crystalline GdxZn1-xO thin films by controlling the defects. Films are grown on lattice-matched substrates by pulsed laser deposition at low oxygen pressures (≤25 mTorr) and low Gd concentrations (x ≤ 0.009). These films feature strong FM (10 μB per Gd atom) at room temperature. While films deposited at higher oxygen pressure do not exhibit FM, FM is recovered by post-annealing these films under vacuum. These findings reveal the contribution of oxygen deficiency defects to the long-range FM. We demonstrate the possible FM mechanisms, which are confirmed by density functional theory study, and show that Gd dopants are essential for establishing FM that is induced by intrinsic defects in these films.

  5. Association between Optic Nerve Head Microcirculation and Macular Ganglion Cell Complex Thickness in Eyes with Untreated Normal Tension Glaucoma and a Hemifield Defect

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    Ayako Anraku

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We evaluated the association between optic nerve head (ONH microcirculation and macular ganglion cell complex (mGCC thickness in patients with untreated normal tension glaucoma (NTG and a hemifield defect. Methods. The medical records of 47 patients with untreated NTG were retrospectively reviewed. Laser speckle flowgraphy was used to obtain mean blur rate (MBR, a relative measure of blood flow. Average total deviation (TD, mGCC, and the circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (cpRNFL thickness were also analyzed. Results. All parameters corresponding to the defective hemifield were significantly lower than those corresponding to the normal hemifield. In the defective hemifield, MBR was correlated with TD, mGCC, and cpRNFL thickness. In the normal hemifield, MBR was only correlated with mGCC thickness, and multiple regression analysis showed that mGCC thickness was a significant contributing factor of the MBR. Conclusion. MBR was well correlated with mGCC thickness in eyes with untreated NTG and a hemifield defect. In the normal hemifield, mGCC thickness was a contributing factor of the MBR indicating that ONH circulatory dysfunction may be associated with retinal structural changes in the early stages of glaucoma. A reduction in ONH microcirculation may be an early indicator of the presence and progression of glaucoma.

  6. The Ghost in the Machine: Fracking in the Earth's Complex Brittle Crust

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    Malin, P. E.

    2015-12-01

    This paper discusses in the impact of complex rock properties on practical applications like fracking and its associated seismic emissions. A variety of borehole measurements show that the complex physical properties of the upper crust cannot be characterized by averages on any scale. Instead they appear to follow 3 empirical rule: a power law distribution in physical scales, a lognormal distribution in populations, and a direct relation between changes in porosity and log(permeability). These rules can be directly related to the presence of fluid rich and seismically active fractures - from mineral grains to fault segments. (These are the "ghosts" referred to in the title.) In other physical systems, such behaviors arise on the boundaries of phase changes, and are studied as "critical state physics". In analogy to the 4 phases of water, crustal rocks progress upward from a un-fractured, ductile lower crust to nearly cohesionless surface alluvium. The crust in between is in an unstable transition. It is in this layer methods such as hydrofracking operate - be they in Oil and Gas, geothermal, or mining. As a result, nothing is predictable in these systems. Crustal models have conventionally been constructed assuming that in situ permeability and related properties are normally distributed. This approach is consistent with the use of short scale-length cores and logs to estimate properties. However, reservoir-scale flow data show that they are better fit to lognormal distributions. Such "long tail" distributions are observed for well productivity, ore vein grades, and induced seismic signals. Outcrop and well-log data show that many rock properties also show a power-law-type variation in scale lengths. In terms of Fourier power spectra, if peaks per km is k, then their power is proportional to 1/k. The source of this variation is related to pore-space connectivity, beginning with grain-fractures. We then show that a passive seismic method, Tomographic Fracture

  7. Novel synergism by complex ligands in solvent extraction of rare earth metals(III) with {beta}-diketones

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    Imura, H. [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, Mito 310-8512 (Japan)]. E-mail: imura@mx.ibaraki.ac.jp; Ebisawa, M. [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, Mito 310-8512 (Japan); Kato, M. [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, Mito 310-8512 (Japan); Ohashi, K. [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, Mito 310-8512 (Japan)

    2006-02-09

    The extraction of rare earth metals(III) (RE) with hexafluoroacetylacetone (Hhfa) and 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone (Htta) was studied in the presence of some cobalt(III) chelates such as tris(acetylacetonato)cobalt(III), tris(4-isopropyltropolonato)cobalt(III), tris(8-quinolinolato)cobalt(III), tris(8-quinolinethiolato)cobalt(III), and tris(diethyldithiocarbamato)cobalt(III) in benzene or toluene. The synergistic enhancement of the extraction of RE, especially of lanthanum(III) was found in all the systems. Therefore, those cobalt(III) chelates act as synergists or complex ligands. The equilibrium analysis and IR spectroscopic study were performed to evaluate the present synergistic mechanism. It was found that the RE-{beta}-diketone chelates form 1:1 adducts, i.e., binuclear complexes, with the cobalt(III) chelates in the organic phase. The formation constants ({beta} {sub s,1}) were determined and compared with those reported previously. The spectroscopic studies demonstrated that adducts have two different structures with inner- and outer-sphere coordination. In the former the cobalt(III) chelate directly coordinated to the RE ion and displaced the coordinated water molecules. In the latter the hydrogen-bonding was formed between the coordinating oxygen or sulfur atoms of cobalt(III) chelate and hydrogen atoms of the coordinated water molecules in the RE-{beta}-diketone chelate. The types of the adducts are mainly due to the steric factors of the RE-{beta}-diketone chelates and the cobalt(III) chelates.

  8. Preparation of rare-earth metal complex oxide catalysts for catalytic wet air oxidation

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    LI Ning; LI Guangming; YAO Zhenya; ZHAO Jianfu

    2007-01-01

    Catalytic wet air oxidation(CWAO)is one of the most promising technologies for pollution abatement.Developing catalysts with high activity and stability is crucial for the application of the CWAO process.The Mn/Ce complex oxide catalyrsts for CWAO of high concentration phenol containing wastewater were prepared by coprecipitation.The catalyst preparation conditions were optimized by using an orthogonal layout method and single-factor experimental analysis.The Mn/Ce serial catalysts were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller(BET)analysis and the metal cation leaching was measured by inductively coupled plasma torch-atomic emission spectrometry(ICP-AES).The results show that the catalysts have high catalytic activities even at a low temperature(80℃)and low oxygen partial pressure(0.5 MPa)in a batch reactor.The metallic ion leaching is comparatively low(Mn<6.577 mg/L and Ce<0.6910 mg/L,respectively)in the CWAO process.The phenol,CODCD and TOC removal efficiencies in the solution exceed 98.5% using the optimal catalyst(named CSP).The new catalyst would have a promising application in CWAO treatment of high concentration organic wastewater.

  9. EarthServer: Use of Rasdaman as a data store for use in visualisation of complex EO data

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    Clements, Oliver; Walker, Peter; Grant, Mike

    2013-04-01

    plotted with the same system. For more complex multi-spectral data, WCPS allows the user to explore novel combinations of bands in standard band-ratio algorithms through a web browser with dynamic updating of the resultant image. To visualise very large datasets Rasdaman has the capability to dynamically scale a dataset or query result so that it can be appraised quickly for use in later unscaled queries. All of these techniques are accessible through a web based GIS interface increasing the number of potential users of the system. Lastly we will show the advances in dynamic web based 3D visualisations being explored within the EarthServer project. By utilising the emerging declarative 3D web standard X3DOM as a tool to visualise the results of WCPS queries we introduce several possible benefits, including quick appraisal of data for outliers or anomalous data points and visualisation of the uncertainty of data alongside the actual data values.

  10. Complex Technique of Large Sural Flap: An Alternative Option for Free Flap in Large Defect of the Traumatized Foot

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    Naser Mohammadkhah

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The distally based sural fasciocutaneous flap has become a main part of the reconstruction of the lower leg, heel and foot. However, perfusion problems and venous congestion have been reported. Over the past decade, several flap modifications have been reported to improve flap viability and to solve a myriad of reconstructive needs. The purpose of this paper is to describe our experience in harvesting the reversed large sural flap from the proximal and middle third of the leg for large defects on the foot. We applied the extended reversed sural flap from the proximal third of the leg in traumatized patients which had large defects on their foot. The technique was done in 3 parts: 1- the flaps were designed in the proximal third of the leg five centimeter lipofascial tissue was protected around the pedicle in distal part; 3- The pivot point was located in seven to eight cm proximal the lateral malleolus before the first fasciocutaneous perforators arising from the peroneal artery. Sural flaps from the proximal and middle third of the leg were designed in13 patients who had large defects on their foot. No flap necrosis or split thickness skin graft loss occurred. The flaps healed by the 3rd week excluding two patients. This study supports the application of our technique as a safe, easy and useable method in large defects of the foot. The results showed low rates of ischemia, venous congestion, dehiscence, infection and flap necrosis. Proximal extended and large distally based sural flap is an alternative to free tissue transfer for large defect reconstruction of the foot.

  11. Oral everolimus treatment in a preterm infant with multifocal inoperable cardiac rhabdomyoma associated with tuberous sclerosis complex and a structural heart defect.

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    Mohamed, Ibrahim; Ethier, Guillaume; Goyer, Isabelle; Major, Philippe; Dahdah, Nagib

    2014-11-26

    Rhabdomyoma (RHM) is a benign cardiac tumour usually associated with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Most RHMs are asymptomatic and regress spontaneously during the first years of life. Haemodynamically significant RHMs are classically treated with surgical excision. We present a case of a premature infant, born to a mother having TSC, with a prenatal diagnosis of pulmonary valve atresia and a large ventricular septal defect. Multiple cardiac RHMs were also present, including a large tumour affecting the right ventricular filling. Owing to the prematurity and low birth weight, the infant was inoperable. In this report, we describe our approach to pharmacologically reduce the RHM size using oral everolimus in preparation for a two-ventricle surgical repair of the structural cardiac defect. We also specifically describe the dose of everolimus that was used in this case to achieve therapeutic serum levels, which was seven times lower than the conventional dose applicable for older infants.

  12. Features of transformation of impurity-defect complexes in СdTe:Сl under the influence of microwave radiation

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    Budzulyak S. I.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available High-resistance cadmium telluride single crystals are promising material for production of ionizing radiation detectors. To increase crystal resistance, they are doped with chlorine. The detector quality depends on uniformity of chlorine impurity distribution over crystal. It is known that low-dose microwave irradiation can homogenize impurity distribution in a specimen. In the present work, we made an attempt to improve the detector material quality by using such post-technological treatment, as well as to study state variation for impurity-defect complexes. To this end, the effect of microwave irradiation on transformation of impurity-defect complexes in CdTe:Cl single crystals was investigated using low-temperature photoluminescence. It is shown that activation of ClTe donor centers by microwave irradiation for 10 s and presence of VCd acceptor centers in the specimens under investigation effectively facilitate formation of (VNd–ClTe defect centers at which excitons are bound. Detailed investigations of the band form for donor-acceptor pairs (DAPs in CdTe:Cl single crystals made it possible to determine the Huang—Rhys factor (that characterizes electron-phonon interaction in CdTe:Cl DAPs as a function of microwave treatment duration. It is shown for single crystals with NCl = 5·1017 cm–3 and 5·1019 cm–3 that the Huang—Rhys factor grows with microwave irradiation dose. This is related to both homogenization of donor and acceptor centers distribution and increase of donor—acceptor spacing. It is shown that microwave irradiation of CdTe:Cl single crystals results in concentration reduction for separate cadmium vacancies VCd because of formation of (VNd—ClTe defect centers at which excitons are bound.

  13. Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Properties of Rare Earth (Ce3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Er3+)Complexes with L-Aspartic Acid and o-Phenanthroline

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    2006-01-01

    Five novel ternary complexes of rare earth ions with L-Aspartic acid (Asp) and o-phenanthroline (Phen) were synthesized in ethanol aqueous solution. Their compositions were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, FT-IR, Raman, UV-VIS and TG-DTA. The compositions of the complexes were confirmed to be: RE(Asp)3PhenCl3·3H2O (RE: Ce3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Er3+). The antibacterial activity test shows that all these complexes exhibit excellent antibacterial ability against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. The antimicrobial spectrum of the complexes are broad.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of N-aryloxo-functiona-lized B-ketoiminate rare-earth complexes and their catalytic activity for the polymerization of ε-caprolactone

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    HAN XiangZong; WU LiangLiang; YAO YingMing; ZHANG Yong; SHEN Qi

    2009-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of dimeric rare-earth amides stabilized by a dianionic N-aryloxo functionalized β-ketoiminate Iigand are described. Reactions of 4-(2-hydroxy-5-methyl-phenyl) im-ino-2-pentanone (LH_2) with Ln[N(SiMe_3)_2]_3(μ-Cl)Li(THF)_3 in a 1:1 molar ratio in THF gave the dimeric rare-earth amido complexes [LLn{N(SiMe_3)_2}(THF)]_2 [Ln= Nd (1), Sm (2), Yb (3), Y (4)]. These complexes were well characterized, and the definitive molecular structures of complexes 3 and 4 were determined. It was found that complexes 1-4 can initiate the ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone, and the ionic radii of the central metals have significant effect on the catalytic activity.

  15. Can't we just keep it simple? Using thermodynamic limits to formulate simple models and to get robust predictions of the complex Earth system

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    Kleidon, Axel

    2016-04-01

    The Earth is, undoubtedly, a vastly complex system that is shaped by a range of processes, from solar radiation to planetary motion, geochemical cycling, biotic and human activity, all interacting across a range of time scales to shape the emergent state of the system. The common approach to deal with modelling parts of or the whole Earth system is to build increasingly more comprehensive models, with higher resolutions, a greater range of processes, and a greater number of interactions being represented. Yet, this also yields increasingly incomprehensible models in which the underlying assumptions in the model parameterizations are obscured. I present an alternative approach to model the complex Earth system that focuses on fundamental physical constraints and that allows for insights from simple, back-of-the-envelope calculations. This approach is based on describing the Earth as a thermodynamic system with dynamics that are driven by energy conversions, and in which its complexity is dealt with by the assumption that the dynamics operate at their thermodynamic limit. It requires us to think of Earth system processes in terms of the energy that they convert, the origin of this energy, the interactions that result from the energy conversion, and how these factors shape the resulting thermodynamic limit. The behavior of the complex Earth system then becomes predictable by relatively simple means, not because we deal with a simple system, but because it is so complex that it is ultimately constrained by fundamental thermodynamic limits that can be derived by comparably simple means. I illustrate this approach with three examples, dealing with the hydrologic sensitivity to global warming, the surface energy balance partitioning on land at the diurnal scale, and the limits to wind power as renewable energy. Each example shows that the approach matches observations or complex climate models very well, highlighting that this approach provides a simple alternative to

  16. Pyoderma gangrenosum following complex reconstruction of a large-scale lower limb defect by combined Parascapular and latissimus dorsi flap

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    Cordts, Tomke; Bigdeli, Amir K.; Harhaus, Leila; Hirche, Christoph; Kremer, Thomas; Kneser, Ulrich; Schmidt, Volker J.

    2017-01-01

    A female patient with a critical soft tissue defect after elective knee replacement surgery was transferred to our department for reconstruction. As wounds were rapidly progressing, necrotizing fasciitis was initially suspected but eventually ruled out by histopathological analysis. A 50 × 15 cm defect was then reconstructed by means of a combined Parascapular and latissimus dorsi flap before, a couple days later, the patient developed tender pustules and ulcers involving the flap as well as the donor site. Attempts of excising necrotic areas not only continued to fail but seemed to worsen the patient's wound and overall condition. Eventually, pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) was diagnosed and local and systemic therapy was initiated but treatment proved to be challenging and insufficient at first. Being an extremely aggressive disease, early diagnosis is crucial and PG should always be suspected when rapidly progressive ulceration on surgical sites is observed. PMID:28096323

  17. Characterizing cosmochemical materials with genetic affinities to the Earth: Genetic and chronological diversity within the IAB iron meteorite complex

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    Worsham, Emily A.; Bermingham, Katherine R.; Walker, Richard J.

    2017-06-01

    The IAB iron meteorite complex consists of a main group (MG) and five chemical subgroups (sLL, sLM, sLH, sHL, and sHH). Here, mass-independent Mo and radiogenic 182W isotope compositions are reported for IAB complex meteorites to evaluate the genetics and chronology, respectively, of the MG and subgroups. Osmium isotopes are used to correct for cosmic ray exposure effects on isotopes of Mo and W. The MG and three subgroups (i.e., sLL, sLM, and sLH), characterized by low Au abundances, have the same Mo isotopic compositions within analytical uncertainty, consistent with a common genetic origin. These meteorites, together with winonaites, are the only cosmochemical materials yet identified with Mo isotopic compositions that are identical to Earth. The Mo isotopic compositions of two subgroups characterized by higher Au abundances (sHL and sHH) are identical to one another within uncertainty, but differ from the low Au subgroups, indicating derivation from genetically distinct materials. The MG has a 182W, post calcium-aluminum inclusion (CAI) formation model age of 3.4 ± 0.7 Ma. One of the low Au subgroups (sLM) is ∼1.7 Ma younger, whereas the high Au subgroups are ∼1.5-3 Ma older. The new Mo-W data, coupled with chemical data, indicate that the MG and the low Au subgroups formed in different impact-generated melts, some of which evidently formed on a chemically disparate, but genetically identical parent body. The high Au subgroups likely formed via core-formation processes on separate, internally-heated parent bodies from other IAB subgroups. The IAB complex meteorites fall on a linear trend defined by 94Mo/96Mo vs. 95Mo/96Mo, along with most other iron meteorite groups. Variation along this line was caused by mixing between at least two nebular components. One component was likely a pure s-process enriched nucleosynthetic carrier, and the other a homogenized nebular component. Sombrerete, currently classified as an sHL iron, has a Mo isotopic composition that

  18. A preorganized metalloreceptor for alkaline earth ions showing calcium versus magnesium selectivity in water: biological activity of selected metal complexes.

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    Amatori, Stefano; Ambrosi, Gianluca; Fanelli, Mirco; Formica, Mauro; Fusi, Vieri; Giorgi, Luca; Macedi, Eleonora; Micheloni, Mauro; Paoli, Paola; Rossi, Patrizia

    2014-08-25

    The N,N'-bis[(3-hydroxy-4-pyron-2-yl)methyl]-N,N'-dimethylethylendiamine (Malten = L) forms the highly stable [CuH(-2)L] species in water, in which the converging maltol oxygen atoms form an electron-rich area able to host hard metal ions. When considering the alkaline earth series (AE), the [Cu(H(-2)L)] species binds all metal ions, with the exception of Mg(2+), exhibiting the relevant property to discriminate Ca(2+) versus Mg(2+) at physiological pH 7.4; the binding of the AE metal is visible to the naked eye. The stability constant values of the trinuclear [AE{Cu(H(-2)L)}2](2+) species formed reach the maximum for Ca(2+) (log K=7.7). Ca(2+) also forms a tetranuclear [Ca{Cu(H(-2)L)}]2(4+) species at a high Ca(2+) concentration. Tri- and tetranuclear calcium complexes show blue- and pink-colored crystals, respectively. [Cu(H(-2)L)] is the most active species in inducing DNA alterations. The DNA damages are compatible with its hydrolytic cleavages.

  19. Accomplishing simple, solubility-based separations of rare earth elements with complexes bearing size-sensitive molecular apertures.

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    Bogart, Justin A; Cole, Bren E; Boreen, Michael A; Lippincott, Connor A; Manor, Brian C; Carroll, Patrick J; Schelter, Eric J

    2016-12-27

    Rare earth (RE) metals are critical components of electronic materials and permanent magnets. Recycling of consumer materials is a promising new source of rare REs. To incentivize recycling, there is a clear need for the development of simple methods for targeted separations of mixtures of RE metal salts. Metal complexes of a tripodal hydroxylaminato ligand, TriNOx(3-), featured a size-sensitive aperture formed of its three η(2)-(N,O) ligand arms. Exposure of cations in the aperture induced a self-associative equilibrium comprising RE(TriNOx)THF and [RE(TriNOx)]2 species. Differences in the equilibrium constants Kdimer for early and late metals enabled simple separations through leaching. Separations were performed on RE1/RE2 mixtures, where RE1 = La-Sm and RE2 = Gd-Lu, with emphasis on Eu/Y separations for potential applications in the recycling of phosphor waste from compact fluorescent light bulbs. Using the leaching method, separations factors approaching 2,000 were obtained for early-late RE combinations. Following solvent optimization, >95% pure samples of Eu were obtained with a 67% recovery for the technologically relevant Eu/Y separation.

  20. Enhanced optical limiting effects in a double-decker bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth complex using radially polarized beams

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    Wu, Jia-Lu; Gu, Bing, E-mail: gubing@seu.edu.cn; Liu, Dahui; Cui, Yiping, E-mail: cyp@seu.edu.cn [Advanced Photonics Center, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China); Sheng, Ning [Advanced Photonics Center, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China); Key Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry in Universities of Shandong, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Jining University, Qufu 273155 (China)

    2014-10-27

    Optical limiting (OL) effects can be enhanced by exploiting various limiting mechanisms and by designing nonlinear optical materials. In this work, we present the large enhancement of OL effects by manipulating the polarization distribution of the light field. Theoretically, we develop the Z-scan and nonlinear transmission theories on a two-photon absorber under the excitation of cylindrical vector beams. It is shown that both the sensitivity of Z-scan technique and the OL effect using radially polarized beams have the large enhancement compared with that using linearly polarized beams (LPBs). Experimentally, we investigate the nonlinear absorption properties of a double-decker Pr[Pc(OC{sub 8}H{sub 17}){sub 8}]{sub 2} rare earth complex by performing Z-scan measurements with femtosecond-pulsed radially polarized beams at 800 nm wavelength. The observed two-photon absorption process, which originates from strong intramolecular π–π interaction, is exploited for OL application. The results demonstrate the large enhancement of OL effects using radially polarized beams instead of LPBs.

  1. The mechanism behind internally generated centennial-to-millennial scale climate variability in an earth system model of intermediate complexity

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    T. Friedrich

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism triggering centennial-to-millennial-scale variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC in the earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM is investigated. It is found that for several climate boundary conditions such as low obliquity values (~22.1° or LGM-albedo, internally generated centennial-to-millennial-scale variability occurs in the North Atlantic region. Stochastic excitations of the density-driven overturning circulation in the Nordic Seas can create regional sea-ice anomalies and a subsequent reorganization of the atmospheric circulation. The resulting remote atmospheric anomalies over the Hudson Bay can release freshwater pulses into the Labrador Sea and significantly increase snow fall in this region leading to a subsequent reduction of convective activity. The millennial-scale AMOC oscillations disappear if LGM bathymetry (with closed Hudson Bay is prescribed or if freshwater pulses are suppressed artificially. Furthermore, our study documents the process of the AMOC recovery as well as the global marine and terrestrial carbon cycle response to centennial-to-millennial-scale AMOC variability.

  2. Succinate dehydrogenase (SDHx) mutations in pituitary tumors: could this be a new role for mitochondrial complex II and/or Krebs cycle defects?

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    Xekouki, Paraskevi; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2012-12-01

    Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) or mitochondrial complex II is a multimeric enzyme that is bound to the inner membrane of mitochondria and has a dual role as it serves both as a critical step of the tricarboxylic acid or Krebs cycle and as a member of the respiratory chain that transfers electrons directly to the ubiquinone pool. Mutations in SDH subunits have been implicated in the formation of familial paragangliomas (PGLs) and/or pheochromocytomas (PHEOs) and in Carney-Stratakis syndrome. More recently, SDH defects were associated with predisposition to a Cowden disease phenotype, renal, and thyroid cancer. We recently described a kindred with the coexistence of familial PGLs and an aggressive GH-secreting pituitary adenoma, harboring an SDHD mutation. The pituitary tumor showed loss of heterozygosity at the SDHD locus, indicating the possibility that SDHD's loss was causatively linked to the development of the neoplasm. In total, 29 cases of pituitary adenomas presenting in association with PHEOs and/or extra-adrenal PGLs have been reported in the literature since 1952. Although a number of other genetic defects are possible in these cases, we speculate that the association of PHEOs and/or PGLs with pituitary tumors is a new syndromic association and a novel phenotype for SDH defects.

  3. Effect of Al2O3 on the Structure and Photoluminescence Properties of Sol-gel Glass Doped with Rare Earth Organic Complex

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    肖静; 付桂军; 刘韩星; 欧阳世Xi

    2005-01-01

    Both silica glass materials singly doped with rare earth organic complex and co-doped with Al3+ were prepared by in situ sol-gel method respectively. XRD and SEM measurements were performed to verify the non-crystalline structure of the glass. The excitation spectra, emission spectra and IR spectra were measured to analyze the influence of the glass contents on the structure of the glass and the energy level of the doped Eu(IH) ions. The effect of Al3+ on the photoluminescence properties of rare earth organic complex in silica glass was investigated. The IR spectra indicated that the in situ synthesized europium complex molecule was confined to the micropores of the host and the vibration of the ligands was frozen. When Al2O3 was doped into the silica host gel, the rare earth ions in the silica network were wrapped up and dispersed by Al2O3, so the distribution of Eu(Ⅲ) complex in the host was morehomogeneous, and the luminescence intensity of 5D0-7F2 transition emission of the Eu3+ ions was improved. The results showed that an appropriate amount of Al3+ added to the gel glass improved the emission intensity of the complex in the silica glass, and when the content of Al2O3 reached 4 mol%, the maximum emission intensity could be obtained compared with that of other samples containing different Al2O3 contents.

  4. Stability of Rare Earth Ion-N,N′-bis(2′-Pyridine)methyl-1,10-Phenanthroline-2,9-Dimethanmine Binary Complexes

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    刘天府; 王中明; 林华宽; 朱守荣; 徐猛; 陈云悌

    2003-01-01

    The stability constants of binary complexes Ln-L (Ln=La3+, Ce3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, Eu3+, Gd3+, Tb3+, Dy3+, Ho3+, L=N, N′-bis(2′-pyridine)methyl-1,10-phenanthroline-2,9- dimethanamine) were determined by pH potentiometric titration method at 25±0.1 ℃ in 0.1 mol*L-1 NaClO4. The probable structures of the corresponding complexes were proposed. The influence of the metal ions to the stability of binary complexes and the stability difference between the complexes of rare earth ion and the corresponding complexes of Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+ ions were discussed. The stability constants of the corresponding binary complex of radioactive Pm3+ ion were estimated by linear regression.

  5. Enhanced luminescence of rare-earth complexes Tb 1- xEu x( m-NBA) 3Phen in ZnS

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    Lv, Yuguang; Zhang, Jingchang; Cao, Weiliang; Song, Lin; Xu, Zheng

    2008-07-01

    Rare-earth ternary complexes Tb 1- xEu x( m-NBA) 3Phen ( X = 1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0) were synthesized and characterized by IR, DTA-TG, UV, fluorescent spectra and elemental analysis. It was found that luminescence of Eu 3+ complex was enhanced by doped with Tb 3+. It is proved by TG curve that the complexes are stable, ranging from ambient temperature to 360 °C in air. The organic-inorganic combined structural device was fabricated, and the electroluminescence intensity of the combined structural device was improved compared with the device of the purely organic components.

  6. Enhanced luminescence of rare-earth complexes Tb(1-x)Eu(x)(m-NBA)3Phen in ZnS.

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    Lv, Yuguang; Zhang, Jingchang; Cao, Weiliang; Song, Lin; Xu, Zheng

    2008-07-01

    Rare-earth ternary complexes Tb(1-x)Eu(x)(m-NBA)(3)Phen (X=1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0) were synthesized and characterized by IR, DTA-TG, UV, fluorescent spectra and elemental analysis. It was found that luminescence of Eu(3+) complex was enhanced by doped with Tb(3+). It is proved by TG curve that the complexes are stable, ranging from ambient temperature to 360 degrees C in air. The organic-inorganic combined structural device was fabricated, and the electroluminescence intensity of the combined structural device was improved compared with the device of the purely organic components.

  7. Extraction of rare earth elements from their oxides using organophosphorus reagent complexes with HNO_3 and H_2O in supercritical CO_2

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    段五华; 曹丕佳; 朱永(贝睿)

    2010-01-01

    Direct extraction of metals from solids with complexing agents in supercritical CO2(SC-CO2) has recently attracted interests in separation,purification,recovery,and analysis of metals.In the present study,the static/dynamic extraction of rare earth elements(Nd,Ce) from their oxides(Nd2O3,CeO2) with organophosphorus complexes with HNO3 and H2O in SC-CO2 was investigated.The static extraction efficiency of Nd from Nd2O3 with the tri-n-butylphosphate(TBP)-HNO3 complex could reach 95% under optimized experiment...

  8. Complex oncologic reconstruction of a mandibular and floor of mouth defect with a fibula free flap in an achondroplastic patient.

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    García-Rozado, Alvaro; Martín Sastre, Roberto J; López Cedrún, José L

    2003-01-01

    The fibular free flap is seen as one of the foremost technical options in mandibular reconstruction, especially in those defects where long bone is required. Cases with squamous-cell carcinoma of the floor of the mouth with mandibular spread and subsequent segmentary mandibular removal are the cornerstone examples. A case of squamous-cell carcinoma of the whole floor of the mouth with mandibular invasion is reported. Radical resection of the floor of the mouth and bilateral mandibular horizontal ramus was performed, with a bony defect extending from angle to angle. The patient revealed an achondroplastic condition, with remarkable dwarfism and long-bone morphological alterations, that minimized the potential fibular length to transfer. A microsurgical reconstruction with an osteocutaneous fibular free flap was undertaken. The flap design was technically compromised by the forward bowing of the fibula and the ossification of the interosseous membrane. Specific intraoperative strategies for dealing with anatomic variations are discussed. The fibular free flap is an excellent technique for mandibular reconstruction. Morphological deviations can modify the design of the flap. Achondroplasia is not a deterrent in successful use of the free fibula flap for reconstruction of the head and neck in adequately selected cases.

  9. Construction of "Toxin Complex" in a Mutant Serotype C Strain of Clostridium botulinum Harboring a Defective Neurotoxin Gene.

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    Suzuki, Tomonori; Nagano, Thomas; Niwa, Koichi; Uchino, Masataka; Tomizawa, Motohiro; Sagane, Yoshimasa; Watanabe, Toshihiro

    2017-01-01

    A non-toxigenic mutant of the toxigenic serotype C Clostridium botulinum strain Stockholm (C-St), C-N71, does not produce the botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT). However, the original strain C-St produces botulinum toxin complex, in which BoNT is associated with non-toxic non-hemagglutinin (NTNHA) and three hemagglutinin proteins (HA-70, HA-33, and HA-17). Therefore, in this study, we aimed to elucidate the effects of bont gene knockout on the formation of the "toxin complex." Nucleotide sequence analysis revealed that a premature stop codon was introduced in the bont gene, whereas other genes were not affected by this mutation. Moreover, we successfully purified the "toxin complex" produced by C-N71. The "toxin complex" was identified as a mixture of NTNHA/HA-70/HA-17/HA-33 complexes with intact NTNHA or C-terminally truncated NTNHA, without BoNT. These results indicated that knockout of the bont gene does not affect the formation of the "toxin complex." Since the botulinum toxin complex has been shown to play an important role in oral toxin transport in the human and animal body, a non-neurotoxic "toxin complex" of C-N71 may be valuable for the development of an oral drug delivery system.

  10. Birth Defects

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    A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of ... in the United States is born with a birth defect. A birth defect may affect how the ...

  11. Complex Demodulation in Monitoring Earth Rotation by VLBI: Testing the Algorithm by Analysis of Long Periodic EOP Components

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    Wielgosz, A.; Brzeziński, A.; Böhm, S.

    2016-12-01

    The complex demodulation (CD) algorithm is an efficient tool for extracting the diurnal and subdiurnal components of Earth rotation from the routine VLBI observations (Brzeziński, 2012). This algorithm was implemented by Böhm et al (2012b) into a dedicated version of the VLBI analysis software VieVs. The authors processed around 3700 geodetic 24-hour observing sessions in 1984.0-2010.5 and estimated simultaneously the time series of the long period components as well as diurnal, semidiurnal, terdiurnal and quarterdiurnal components of polar motion (PM) and universal time UT1. This paper describes the tests of the CD algorithm by checking consistency of the low frequency components of PM and UT1 estimated by VieVS CD and those from the IERS and IVS combined solutions. Moreover, the retrograde diurnal component of PM demodulated from VLBI observations has been compared to the celestial pole offsets series included in the IERS and IVS solutions. We found for all three components a good agreement of the results based on the CD approach and those based on the standard parameterization recommended by the IERS Conventions (IERS, 2010) and applied by the IERS and IVS. We conclude that an application of the CD parameterization in VLBI data analysis does not change those components of EOP which are included in the standard adjustment, while enabling simultaneous estimation of the high frequency components from the routine VLBI observations. Moreover, we deem that the CD algorithm can also be implemented in analysis of other space geodetic observations, like GNSS or SLR, enabling retrieval of subdiurnal signals in EOP from the past data.

  12. Long-term ice sheet-climate interactions under anthropogenic greenhouse forcing simulated with a complex Earth System Model

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    Vizcaino, Miren [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie, Hamburg (Germany); University of California, Department of Geography, Berkeley, CA (United States); Mikolajewicz, Uwe; Maier-Reimer, Ernst [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie, Hamburg (Germany); Groeger, Matthias [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie, Hamburg (Germany); IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel (Germany); Schurgers, Guy [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie, Hamburg (Germany); Lund University, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Lund (Sweden); Winguth, Arne M.E. [Center for Climatic Research, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Madison (United States)

    2008-11-15

    Several multi-century and multi-millennia simulations have been performed with a complex Earth System Model (ESM) for different anthropogenic climate change scenarios in order to study the long-term evolution of sea level and the impact of ice sheet changes on the climate system. The core of the ESM is a coupled coarse-resolution Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Model (AOGCM). Ocean biogeochemistry, land vegetation and ice sheets are included as components of the ESM. The Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) decays in all simulations, while the Antarctic ice sheet contributes negatively to sea level rise, due to enhanced storage of water caused by larger snowfall rates. Freshwater flux increases from Greenland are one order of magnitude smaller than total freshwater flux increases into the North Atlantic basin (the sum of the contribution from changes in precipitation, evaporation, run-off and Greenland meltwater) and do not play an important role in changes in the strength of the North Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (NAMOC). The regional climate change associated with weakening/collapse of the NAMOC drastically reduces the decay rate of the GrIS. The dynamical changes due to GrIS topography modification driven by mass balance changes act first as a negative feedback for the decay of the ice sheet, but accelerate the decay at a later stage. The increase of surface temperature due to reduced topographic heights causes a strong acceleration of the decay of the ice sheet in the long term. Other feedbacks between ice sheet and atmosphere are not important for the mass balance of the GrIS until it is reduced to 3/4 of the original size. From then, the reduction in the albedo of Greenland strongly accelerates the decay of the ice sheet. (orig.)

  13. Structural criteria for the rational design of selective ligands. Extension of the MM3 force field to aliphatic ether complexes of the alkali and alkaline earth cations

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    Hay, B.P.; Rustad, J.R. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States))

    1994-07-13

    Structural requirements for strain-free metal ion complexation by an aliphatic ether group are investigated through the use of both ab initio molecular orbital and molecular mechanics calculations. Hartree-Fock calculations on simple models, M-O(Me)[sub 2] and M-O(Me)(Et), reveal a preference for trigonal planar geometry when aliphatic ether oxygens are coordinated to alkali and alkaline earth cations. This preference is found to be strongest in small, high-valent cations and weakest in large, low-valent cations. Results from the Hartree-Fock calculations are used to extend the MM3 force field for calculation on aliphatic ether complexes with the alkali (Li to Cs) and alkaline earth (Mg to Ba) cations. The resulting molecular model (i) reproduces the experimental crystal structures of 51 different complexes of multidentate ethers with alkali and alkaline earth cations, (ii) explains experimental trends in the structure of five-membered chelate rings of aliphatic ethers, (iii) reveals a fundamental difference between the metal ion size selectivity of five-membered chelate rings of ethers versus that of amines, and (iv) rationalizes trends in the stability of four potassium complexes with the diasteriomers of dicyclohexyl-18-crown-6. 40 refs., 9 figs., 5 tabs.

  14. Synthesis and luminescence properties of rare earth ternary complexes consisting of Tb(Ⅲ),β-diketones and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)

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    2008-01-01

    In order to study the luminescent properties of ternary rare earth complexes with fl-diketone ligand,three new β-diketone ligands,1-phenyl-3-(p-phenylethynylphenyl)-1,3-propanedione(HPPP), 1-(2-thienyl)-3-(p-phenylethynylphenyl)-l,3-propanedione (HTPP) and 1-(2-furyl)-3-(p-phenylethynylphenyl)-1,3-propanedione (HFPP),were synthesized by Sonogashira coupling reaction and Claisen condensation.Three new ternary rare earth complexes,TbL3phen (L = PPP,TPP,or FPP),were synthesized by the reaction of rare earth chloride TbCl3,1,10-phenanthroline (phen) with HPPP,HTPP,or HFPP respectively,in alcohol solution.The compositions were characterized by means of elernental analysis,chemical analysis,and IR spectra.Luminescent properties of the three new complexes have been studied.The results show that the ternary Tb(Ⅲ) complexes only emit the weak fluorescence of the Tb(Ⅲ) ion,which reveals the triplet state energy of the ligands does not match well with the excited state vibrating energy of Tb3+ ion.

  15. Fluorescence-tagged transgenic lines reveal genetic defects in pollen growth--application to the eIF3 complex.

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    Bijoyita Roy

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mutations in several subunits of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 (eIF3 cause male transmission defects in Arabidopsis thaliana. To identify the stage of pollen development at which eIF3 becomes essential it is desirable to examine viable pollen and distinguish mutant from wild type. To accomplish this we have developed a broadly applicable method to track mutant alleles that are not already tagged by a visible marker gene through the male lineage of Arabidopsis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Fluorescence tagged lines (FTLs harbor a transgenic fluorescent protein gene (XFP expressed by the pollen-specific LAT52 promoter at a defined chromosomal position. In the existing collection of FTLs there are enough XFP marker genes to track nearly every nuclear gene by virtue of its genetic linkage to a transgenic marker gene. Using FTLs in a quartet mutant, which yields mature pollen tetrads, we determined that the pollen transmission defect of the eif3h-1 allele is due to a combination of reduced pollen germination and reduced pollen tube elongation. We also detected reduced pollen germination for eif3e. However, neither eif3h nor eif3e, unlike other known gametophytic mutations, measurably disrupted the early stages of pollen maturation. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: eIF3h and eIF3e both become essential during pollen germination, a stage of vigorous translation of newly transcribed mRNAs. These data delimit the end of the developmental window during which paternal rescue is still possible. Moreover, the FTL collection of mapped fluorescent protein transgenes represents an attractive resource for elucidating the pollen development phenotypes of any fine-mapped mutation in Arabidopsis.

  16. Quantitative fitness analysis shows that NMD proteins and many other protein complexes suppress or enhance distinct telomere cap defects.

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    Stephen Gregory Addinall

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available To better understand telomere biology in budding yeast, we have performed systematic suppressor/enhancer analyses on yeast strains containing a point mutation in the essential telomere capping gene CDC13 (cdc13-1 or containing a null mutation in the DNA damage response and telomere capping gene YKU70 (yku70Δ. We performed Quantitative Fitness Analysis (QFA on thousands of yeast strains containing mutations affecting telomere-capping proteins in combination with a library of systematic gene deletion mutations. To perform QFA, we typically inoculate 384 separate cultures onto solid agar plates and monitor growth of each culture by photography over time. The data are fitted to a logistic population growth model; and growth parameters, such as maximum growth rate and maximum doubling potential, are deduced. QFA reveals that as many as 5% of systematic gene deletions, affecting numerous functional classes, strongly interact with telomere capping defects. We show that, while Cdc13 and Yku70 perform complementary roles in telomere capping, their genetic interaction profiles differ significantly. At least 19 different classes of functionally or physically related proteins can be identified as interacting with cdc13-1, yku70Δ, or both. Each specific genetic interaction informs the roles of individual gene products in telomere biology. One striking example is with genes of the nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD pathway which, when disabled, suppress the conditional cdc13-1 mutation but enhance the null yku70Δ mutation. We show that the suppressing/enhancing role of the NMD pathway at uncapped telomeres is mediated through the levels of Stn1, an essential telomere capping protein, which interacts with Cdc13 and recruitment of telomerase to telomeres. We show that increased Stn1 levels affect growth of cells with telomere capping defects due to cdc13-1 and yku70Δ. QFA is a sensitive, high-throughput method that will also be useful to understand other

  17. Systematic Structural Elucidation for the Protonated Form of Rare Earth Bis(porphyrinato) Double-Decker Complexes: Direct Structural Evidence of the Location of the Attached Proton.

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    Yamashita, Ken-Ichi; Sakata, Naoya; Ogawa, Takuji

    2016-09-01

    Direct structural evidence of the presence and location of the attached proton in the protonated form of rare earth bis(porphyrinato) double-decker complexes is obtained from an X-ray diffraction study of single crystals for a series of protonated forms of bis(tetraphenylporphyrinato) complexes [M(III)(tpp)(tppH)] (M = Tb, Y, Sm, Nd, and La). When CHCl3 is used as a solvent for crystallization of the complexes, their nondisordered molecular structures are obtained and the attached proton is identified on one of the eight nitrogen atoms. Use of other solvents affords another type of crystal, in which the position of the proton is disordered and thus the molecular structure is averaged. La complex also affords the disordered average structure even when CHCl3 is used for crystallization. A variable-temperature diffraction study for the Tb complex reveals that the dynamics of the proton in the nondisordered crystal is restricted.

  18. Sun-to-Earth Characteristics of Two Coronal Mass Ejections Interacting near 1 AU: Formation of a Complex Ejecta and Generation of a Two-Step Geomagnetic Storm

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    Liu, Ying D; Wang, Rui; Luhmann, Janet G; Richardson, John D; Lugaz, Noé

    2014-01-01

    On 2012 September 30 - October 1 the Earth underwent a two-step geomagnetic storm. We examine the Sun-to-Earth characteristics of the coronal mass ejections (CMEs) responsible for the geomagnetic storm with combined heliospheric imaging and in situ observations. The first CME, which occurred on 2012 September 25, is a slow event and shows an acceleration followed by a nearly invariant speed in the whole Sun-Earth space. The second event, launched from the Sun on 2012 September 27, exhibits a quick acceleration, then a rapid deceleration and finally a nearly constant speed, a typical Sun-to-Earth propagation profile for fast CMEs \\citep{liu13}. These two CMEs interacted near 1 AU as predicted by the heliospheric imaging observations and formed a complex ejecta observed at Wind, with a shock inside that enhanced the pre-existing southward magnetic field. Reconstruction of the complex ejecta with the in situ data indicates an overall left-handed flux rope-like configuration, with an embedded concave-outward shoc...

  19. SUN-TO-EARTH CHARACTERISTICS OF TWO CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS INTERACTING NEAR 1 AU: FORMATION OF A COMPLEX EJECTA AND GENERATION OF A TWO-STEP GEOMAGNETIC STORM

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    Liu, Ying D.; Yang, Zhongwei; Wang, Rui [State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Luhmann, Janet G. [Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Richardson, John D. [Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Lugaz, Noé, E-mail: liuxying@spaceweather.ac.cn [Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)

    2014-10-01

    On 2012 September 30-October 1 the Earth underwent a two-step geomagnetic storm. We examine the Sun-to-Earth characteristics of the coronal mass ejections (CMEs) responsible for the geomagnetic storm with combined heliospheric imaging and in situ observations. The first CME, which occurred on 2012 September 25, is a slow event and shows an acceleration followed by a nearly invariant speed in the whole Sun-Earth space. The second event, launched from the Sun on 2012 September 27, exhibits a quick acceleration, then a rapid deceleration, and finally a nearly constant speed, a typical Sun-to-Earth propagation profile for fast CMEs. These two CMEs interacted near 1 AU as predicted by the heliospheric imaging observations and formed a complex ejecta observed at Wind, with a shock inside that enhanced the pre-existing southward magnetic field. Reconstruction of the complex ejecta with the in situ data indicates an overall left-handed flux-rope-like configuration with an embedded concave-outward shock front, a maximum magnetic field strength deviating from the flux rope axis, and convex-outward field lines ahead of the shock. While the reconstruction results are consistent with the picture of CME-CME interactions, a magnetic cloud-like structure without clear signs of CME interactions is anticipated when the merging process is finished.

  20. Mutations in NDUFB11, encoding a complex I component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, cause microphthalmia with linear skin defects syndrome.

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    van Rahden, Vanessa A; Fernandez-Vizarra, Erika; Alawi, Malik; Brand, Kristina; Fellmann, Florence; Horn, Denise; Zeviani, Massimo; Kutsche, Kerstin

    2015-04-01

    Microphthalmia with linear skin defects (MLS) syndrome is an X-linked male-lethal disorder also known as MIDAS (microphthalmia, dermal aplasia, and sclerocornea). Additional clinical features include neurological and cardiac abnormalities. MLS syndrome is genetically heterogeneous given that heterozygous mutations in HCCS or COX7B have been identified in MLS-affected females. Both genes encode proteins involved in the structure and function of complexes III and IV, which form the terminal segment of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC). However, not all individuals with MLS syndrome carry a mutation in either HCCS or COX7B. The majority of MLS-affected females have severe skewing of X chromosome inactivation, suggesting that mutations in HCCS, COX7B, and other as-yet-unidentified X-linked gene(s) cause selective loss of cells in which the mutated X chromosome is active. By applying whole-exome sequencing and filtering for X-chromosomal variants, we identified a de novo nonsense mutation in NDUFB11 (Xp11.23) in one female individual and a heterozygous 1-bp deletion in a second individual, her asymptomatic mother, and an affected aborted fetus of the subject's mother. NDUFB11 encodes one of 30 poorly characterized supernumerary subunits of NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase, known as complex I (cI), the first and largest enzyme of the MRC. By shRNA-mediated NDUFB11 knockdown in HeLa cells, we demonstrate that NDUFB11 is essential for cI assembly and activity as well as cell growth and survival. These results demonstrate that X-linked genetic defects leading to the complete inactivation of complex I, III, or IV underlie MLS syndrome. Our data reveal an unexpected role of cI dysfunction in a developmental phenotype, further underscoring the existence of a group of mitochondrial diseases associated with neurocutaneous manifestations.

  1. Endoplasmic Reticulum Exit of Golgi-resident Defective for SREBP Cleavage (Dsc) E3 Ligase Complex Requires Its Activity.

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    Raychaudhuri, Sumana; Espenshade, Peter J

    2015-06-01

    Layers of quality control ensure proper protein folding and complex formation prior to exit from the endoplasmic reticulum. The fission yeast Dsc E3 ligase is a Golgi-localized complex required for sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) transcription factor activation that shows architectural similarity to endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation E3 ligases. The Dsc E3 ligase consists of five integral membrane proteins (Dsc1-Dsc5) and functionally interacts with the conserved AAA-ATPase Cdc48. Utilizing an in vitro ubiquitination assay, we demonstrated that Dsc1 has ubiquitin E3 ligase activity that requires the E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme Ubc4. Mutations that specifically block Dsc1-Ubc4 interaction prevent SREBP cleavage, indicating that SREBP activation requires Dsc E3 ligase activity. Surprisingly, Golgi localization of the Dsc E3 ligase complex also requires Dsc1 E3 ligase activity. Analysis of Dsc E3 ligase complex formation, glycosylation, and localization indicated that Dsc1 E3 ligase activity is specifically required for endoplasmic reticulum exit of the complex. These results define enzyme activity-dependent sorting as an autoregulatory mechanism for protein trafficking.

  2. Rare earth complexes with a novel ligand N-(naphthalen-2-yl)- N-phenyl-2-(quinolin-8-yloxy)acetamide: Preparation and spectroscopic studies

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    Wu, Wei-Na; Tang, Ning; Yan, Lan

    2008-12-01

    Six complexes of rare earth nitrates (Ln = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy) with a new amide type ligand, N-(naphthalen-2-yl)- N-phenyl-2-(quinolin-8-yloxy)acetamide (L) have been prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, conductivity measurements, IR and and 1H NMR spectra. Under excitation, Eu(III) and Sm(III) complexes exhibited strong red emissions. And the luminescence intensity of Sm(III) complex is higher than that of Eu(III) complex. Thus the Eu(III) and Sm(III) complexes are the potential light conversion agent. However, the Tb(III) and Dy(III) complexes cannot exhibit characteristic emissions of terbium and dysprosium ions, respectively. The results of phosphorescence spectrum show that the triplet-state energy level of the ligand matches better to the resonance level of Eu(III) than Tb(III) ion. In addition, the luminescence of the Eu(III) complex is also relatively strong in highly diluted tetrahydrofuran solution (2 × 10 -4 mol/L) compared with the powder. This is not only due to the solvate effects but also to the changes of the structure of the Eu(III) complex after being dissolved into the solvents. Furthermore, owing to the co-luminescence effect, the proper La(III) or Gd(III) doped Eu(III) complexes show stronger luminescence than the pure Eu(III) complex.

  3. Light rare earth element systematics as a tool for investigating the petrogenesis of phoscorite-carbonatite associations, as exemplified by the Phalaborwa Complex, South Africa

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    Milani, Lorenzo; Bolhar, Robert; Frei, Dirk; Harlov, Daniel E.; Samuel, Vinod O.

    2017-01-01

    In-situ trace element analyses of fluorapatite, calcite, dolomite, olivine, and phlogopite have been undertaken on representative phoscorite and carbonatite rocks of the Palaeoproterozoic Phalaborwa Complex. Textural and compositional characterization reveals uniformity of fluorapatite and calcite among most of the intrusions, and seems to favor a common genetic origin for the phoscorite-carbonatite association. Representing major repositories for rare earth elements (REE), fluorapatite and calcite exhibit tightly correlated light REE (LREE) abundances, suggesting that partitioning of LREE into these rock forming minerals was principally controlled by simple igneous differentiation. However, light rare earth element distribution in apatite and calcite cannot be adequately explained by equilibrium and fractional crystallization and instead favors a complex crystallization history involving mixing of compositionally distinct magma batches, in agreement with previously reported mineral isotope variability that requires open-system behaviour.

  4. Strip Steel Surface Defect Recognition Based on Complex Network Characteristics%基于复杂网络特性的带钢表面缺陷识别

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    任海鹏; 马展峰

    2011-01-01

    针对带钢表面缺陷识别问题,提出一种基于动态演化复杂网络特性的特征描述方法,这些特征同时具有位移、旋转不变性、大小不变性、较强的抗干扰能力和鲁棒性,为缺陷识别提供良好的分类特征;为了提高分类器的效率,应用主成分分析法(Principal component analysis,PCA)对复杂网络特征向量进行特征降维处理;采用最优有向无环图支持向量机(Directed acyclic graph support vector machine,DAGSVM)算法进行缺陷分类.结果表明该方法识别率高而且识别速度快.%A feature extraction method based on the characteristics of dynamic evolution complex networks is proposed for the strip steel surface defect recognition. The extracted features possess displacement, rotation and size invariability, strong anti-interference ability and robustness, therefore they are good classification features for steel surface defect recognition. In order to improve the efficiency of classification, the principal component analysis (PCA) is adopted to reduce the dimension of the feature vector. The directed acyclic graph support vector machine (DAG-SVM) algorithm is used for the defect classification. The experimental results show that this method is of high recognition rate and fast recognition speed.

  5. Macular Retinal Ganglion Cell Complex Thickness and Its Relationship to the Optic Nerve Head Topography in Glaucomatous Eyes with Hemifield Defects

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    Seiji T. Takagi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the relationship between the macular ganglion cell complex (mGCC thickness, which is the sum of the retinal nerve fiber, ganglion cell, and inner plexiform layers, measured with a spectral-domain optical coherence tomograph and the optic nerve head topography measured with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope in glaucomatous eyes with visual field defects localized predominantly to either hemifield. Materials and Methods. The correlation between the mGCC thickness in hemispheres corresponding to hemifields with and without defects (damaged and intact hemispheres, respectively and the optic nerve head topography corresponding to the respective hemispheres was evaluated in 18 glaucomatous eyes. Results. The mGCC thickness was significantly correlated with the rim volume, mean retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, and cross-sectional area of the retinal nerve fiber layer in both the intact and the damaged hemispheres (P<.05. Discussion. For detecting very early glaucomatous damage of the optic nerve, changes in the thicknesses of the inner retina in the macular area and peripapillary RNFL as well as rim volume changes in the optic nerve head are target parameters that should be carefully monitored.

  6. Mutation in mitochondrial complex I ND6 subunit is associated with defective response to hypoxia in human glioma cells

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    Salloum Nicole

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hypoxia-tolerant human glioma cells reduce oxygen consumption rate in response to oxygen deficit, a defense mechanism that contributes to survival under moderately hypoxic conditions. In contrast, hypoxia-sensitive cells lack this ability. As it has been previously shown that hypoxia-tolerant (M006x, M006xLo, M059K and -sensitive (M010b glioma cells express differences in mitochondrial function, we investigated whether mitochondrial DNA-encoded mutations are associated with differences in the initial response to oxygen deficit. Results The mitochondrial genome was sequenced and 23 mtDNA alterations were identified, one of which was an unreported mutation (T-C transition in base pair 14634 in the hypoxia-sensitive cell line, M010b, that resulted in a single amino acid change in the gene encoding the ND6 subunit of NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (Complex I. The T14634C mutation did not abrogate ND6 protein expression, however, M010b cells were more resistant to rotenone, an agent used to screen for Complex I mutations, and adriamycin, an agent activated by redox cycling. The specific function of mtDNA-encoded, membrane-embedded Complex I ND subunits is not known at present. Current models suggest that the transmembrane arm of Complex I may serve as a conformationally driven proton channel. As cellular respiration is regulated, in part, by proton flux, we used homology-based modeling and computational molecular biology to predict the 3D structure of the wild type and mutated ND6 proteins. These models predict that the T14634C mutation alters the structure and orientation of the trans-membrane helices of the ND6 protein. Conclusion Complex I ND subunits are mutational hot spots in tumor mtDNA. Genetic changes that alter Complex I structure and function may alter a cell's ability to respond to oxygen deficit and consolidate hypoxia rescue mechanisms, and may contribute to resistance to chemotherapeutic agents that require redox

  7. Defects in mitochondrial ATP synthesis in dystrophin-deficient mdx skeletal muscles may be caused by complex I insufficiency.

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    Emma Rybalka

    Full Text Available Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal skeletal muscle wasting disease characterised by sarcolemmal fragility and intracellular Ca2+ dysregulation secondary to the absence of dystrophin. Mounting literature also suggests that the dysfunction of key energy systems within the muscle may contribute to pathological muscle wasting by reducing ATP availability to Ca2+ regulation and fibre regeneration. No study to date has biochemically quantified and contrasted mitochondrial ATP production capacity by dystrophic mitochondria isolated from their pathophysiological environment such to determine whether mitochondria are indeed capable of meeting this heightened cellular ATP demand, or examined the effects of an increasing extramitochondrial Ca2+ environment. Using isolated mitochondria from the diaphragm and tibialis anterior of 12 week-old dystrophin-deficient mdx and healthy control mice (C57BL10/ScSn we have demonstrated severely depressed Complex I-mediated mitochondrial ATP production rate in mdx mitochondria that occurs irrespective of the macronutrient-derivative substrate combination fed into the Kreb's cycle, and, which is partially, but significantly, ameliorated by inhibition of Complex I with rotenone and stimulation of Complex II-mediated ATP-production with succinate. There was no difference in the MAPR response of mdx mitochondria to increasing extramitochondrial Ca2+ load in comparison to controls, and 400 nM extramitochondrial Ca2+ was generally shown to be inhibitory to MAPR in both groups. Our data suggests that DMD pathology is exacerbated by a Complex I deficiency, which may contribute in part to the severe reductions in ATP production previously observed in dystrophic skeletal muscle.

  8. Mutation of an Arabidopsis NatB N-alpha-terminal acetylation complex component causes pleiotropic developmental defects.

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    Almudena Ferrández-Ayela

    Full Text Available N-α-terminal acetylation is one of the most common, but least understood modifications of eukaryotic proteins. Although a high degree of conservation exists between the N-α-terminal acetylomes of plants and animals, very little information is available on this modification in plants. In yeast and humans, N-α-acetyltransferase complexes include a single catalytic subunit and one or two auxiliary subunits. Here, we report the positional cloning of TRANSCURVATA2 (TCU2, which encodes the auxiliary subunit of the NatB N-α-acetyltransferase complex in Arabidopsis. The phenotypes of loss-of-function tcu2 alleles indicate that NatB complex activity is required for flowering time regulation and for leaf, inflorescence, flower, fruit and embryonic development. In double mutants, tcu2 alleles synergistically interact with alleles of ARGONAUTE10, which encodes a component of the microRNA machinery. In summary, NatB-mediated N-α-terminal acetylation of proteins is pleiotropically required for Arabidopsis development and seems to be functionally related to the microRNA pathway.

  9. The Sun, Its Extended Corona, the Interplanetary Space, the Earth's Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Middle and Low Atmosphere, are All Parts of a Complex System - the Heliosphere

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    Gopalswamy, Natchimuthuk

    2011-01-01

    Various manifestations of solar activity cause disturbances known as space weather effects in the interplanetary space, near-Earth environment, and all the Earth's "spheres. Longterm variations in the frequency, intensity and relative importance of the manifestations of solar activity are due to the slow changes in the output of the solar dynamo, and they define space climate. Space climate governs long-term variations in geomagnetic activity and is the primary natural driver of terrestrial climate. To understand how the variable solar activity affects the Earth's environment, geomagnetic activity and climate on both short and long time scales, we need to understand the origins of solar activity itself and its different manifestations, as well as the sequence of coupling processes linking various parts of the system. This session provides a forum to discuss the chain of processes and relations from the Sun to the Earth's surface: the origin and long-term and short-term evolution of solar activity, initiation and temporal variations in solar flares, CMEs, coronal holes, the solar wind and its interaction with the terrestrial magnetosphere, the ionosphere and its connection to the neutral dominated regions below and the plasma dominated regions above, the stratosphere, its variations due to the changing solar activity and its interactions with the underlying troposphere, and the mechanisms of solar influences on the lower atmosphere on different time-scales. Particularly welcome are papers highlighting the coupling processes between the different domains in this complex system.

  10. Syntheses, Characterization and Antitumour Activities of Rare Earth Metal Complexes with 2-(((4,6-dimethyl)-2-Pyrimidinyl)thio)-Acetic Acid

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    Eight rare earth metal (Ⅲ) complexes with 2-(((4,6-dimethyl)-2-pyrimidinyl)thio)-acetic acid, LnL3*nH2O [HL=2-(((4,6-dimethyl)-2-pyrimidinyl)thio)-acetic acid; Ln=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm Eu, Gd, Tb; n=4 or 5], were prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, complexometric titration, thermal analysis, conductivity, IR and 1H-NMR. The results reveal that carboxyl group of the ligand coordinates with rare earth ions in bidentate mode after deprotonated. The water molecules exist as crystal water in the complexes. The anti-tumour activities of HL and some complexes were tested by both the MTT and SRB methods. The results show that the suppression ratios of some complexes against the tested tumour cells (HL-60 human leukemia cell lines, BGC-823 human gastric carcinoma cell lines, hela human cervix adenocarcinoma cell lines and Bel-7402 human hepatic carcinoma cell lines) are superior to HL.

  11. Developments in the use of rare earth metal complexes as efficient catalysts for ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters used in biomedical applications

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    Cota, Iuliana

    2017-04-01

    Biodegradable polymers represent a class of particularly useful materials for many biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. Among these types of polyesters, poly(ɛ-caprolactone) and polylactides are considered very promising for controlled drug delivery devices. These polymers are mainly produced by ring-opening polymerization of their respective cyclic esters, since this method allows a strict control of the molecular parameters (molecular weight and distribution) of the obtained polymers. The most widely used catalysts for ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters are tin- and aluminium-based organometallic complexes; however since the contamination of the aliphatic polyesters by potentially toxic metallic residues is particularly of concern for biomedical applications, the possibility of replacing organometallic initiators by novel less toxic or more efficient organometallic complexes has been intensively studied. Thus, in the recent years, the use of highly reactive rare earth initiators/catalysts leading to lower polymer contamination has been developed. The use of rare earth complexes is considered a valuable strategy to decrease the polyester contamination by metallic residues and represents an attractive alternative to traditional organometallic complexes.

  12. Identifying the presence of a disulfide linkage in peptides by the selective elimination of hydrogen disulfide from collisionally activated alkali and alkaline earth metal complexes.

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    Kim, Hugh I; Beauchamp, J L

    2008-01-30

    We report a new method for identifying disulfide linkages in peptides using mass spectrometry. This is accomplished by collisional activation of singly charged cationic alkali and alkaline earth metal complexes, which results in the highly selective elimination of hydrogen disulfide (H2S2). Complexes of peptides possessing disulfide bonds with sodium and alkaline earth metal are generated using electrospray ionization (ESI). Isolation followed by collision induced dissociation (CID) of singly charged peptide complexes results in selective elimination of H2S2 to leave newly formed dehydroalanine residues in the peptide. Further activation of the product yields sequence information in the region previously short circuited by the disulfide bond. For example, singly charged magnesium and calcium ion bound complexes of [Lys8]-vasopressin exhibit selective elimination of H2S2 via low-energy CID. Further isolation of the product followed by CID yields major b- and z-type fragments revealing the peptide sequence in the region between the newly formed dehydroalanine residues. Numerous model peptides provide mechanistic details for the selective elimination of H2S2. The process is initiated starting with a metal stabilized enolate anion at Cys, followed by cleavage of the S-C bond. An examination of the peptic digest of insulin provides an example of the application of the selective elimination of H2S2 for the identification of peptides with disulfide linkages. The energetics and mechanisms of H2S2 elimination from model compounds are investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

  13. Preparation, thermodynamic property and antimicrobial activity of some rare-earth (III) complexes with 3-bromo-5-iodobenzoic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Liu, Jing-Yu [Testing and Analysis Center, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); College of Chemistry and Material Science, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Ren, Ning [Department of Chemistry, Handan College, Handan 056005 (China); Zhang, Jian-Jun, E-mail: jjzhang6@126.com [Testing and Analysis Center, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); College of Chemistry and Material Science, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Zhang, Cun-Ying [No.1 High School of Shijiazhuang, Shijiazhuang 050011 (China)

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    Graphical abstract: Four new rare-earth complexes of general formula [Ln(3-Br-5-IBA){sub 3}phen]{sub 2} [Ln = Er (1), Tb (2), Dy (3) and Ho (4); 3-Br-5-IBA = 3-bromo-5-iodobenzoate; phen = 1,10-phenanthroline] were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV and TG/DSC-FTIR technology. Heat capacities of the four complexes were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans were tested using disc diffusion method. - Highlights: • Four new complexes [Ln(3-Br-5-IBA){sub 3}phen]{sub 2} were synthesized and characterized. • The non-isothermal kinetics of the first stage for the complexes was studied. • The heat capacities of the complexes were measured by differential scanning calorimeter. • The antimicrobial activities for these complexes were tested. • The fluorescence properties of the complexes 2 and 3 were studied. - Abstract: Four new rare-earth complexes of general formula [Ln(3-Br-5-IBA){sub 3}phen]{sub 2} (Ln(III) = Er (1), Tb (2), Dy (3) and Ho (4); 3-Br-5-IBA = 3-bromo-5-iodobenzoate; phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) were synthesized by solution-precipitation method, and investigated using elemental analysis, infrared spectra, ultraviolet spectra and TG/DSC-FTIR technology. The non-isothermal kinetics of the first stage for the complexes was studied by using non-linear integral isoconversional method and double equal-double steps method. The heat capacities of the complexes were measured between 263.15 and 485.55 K by means of differential scanning calorimeter, and the values of the experimental heat capacities were fitted to a polynomial equation with the least-squares method. And the thermodynamic functions [H{sub T} − H{sub 298.15}], [S{sub T} − S{sub 298.15}] and [G{sub T} − G{sub 298.15}] were also derived based on the fitted polynomials and thermodynamic relationships with temperature interval of 10 K. Moreover, the

  14. Optically active mixed phthalocyaninato-porphyrinato rare-earth double-decker complexes: synthesis, spectroscopy, and solvent-dependent molecular conformations.

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    Zhang, Xiaomei; Muranaka, Atsuya; Lv, Wei; Zhang, Yuexing; Bian, Yongzhong; Jiang, Jianzhuang; Kobayashi, Nagao

    2008-01-01

    Reaction between the optically active metal-free phthalocyanine with a pi system with noncentrosymmetrical C(2) [corrected] symmetry ((S)- and (R)-H(2){Pc(OBNP)(2)}; OBNP=binaphthylphthalocyanine) and half-sandwich complexes [M(III)(acac)(TClPP)] (M=Y, Eu; TClPP=meso-tetrakis(4-chlorophenyl)porphyrinate; acac=acetylacetonate), which were generated in situ from [M(acac)(3)].n H(2)O and H(2)(TClPP) in n-octanol at reflux, provided the first optically active protonated mixed phthalocyaninato-porphyrinato rare-earth double-decker complexes [M(III)H{Pc(OBNP)(2)}(TClPP)] (M=Y, Eu) in good yield. In addition to electronic absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism results, circular dichroism shows different spectroscopic features of these mixed-ring rare-earth double-decker compounds in different solvents, such as DMF and CHCl(3), which was well-reproduced on the basis of time-dependent density functional theory calculation results for the yttrium species (S)-[Y(III){Pc(OBNP)(2)}(Por)](-) (Por=porphyrinate, which is obtained by removing the four chlorophenyl groups from the TClPP ligand) in terms of the change in the rotation angle between the two macrocyclic ligands in the double-decker molecules. These results revealed the solvent-dependent nature of the molecular conformation of mixed-ring rare-earth double-decker complexes, which suggests a new way of tuning the optical and the electrochemical properties of sandwich-type bis(tetrapyrrole)-metal double-decker complexes in solution by changing the solvent.

  15. Luminescence and photo-thermally stimulated defects creation processes in PbWO{sub 4} crystals doped with trivalent rare-earth ions

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    Fabeni, P. [Institute of Applied Physics “N.Carrara” (IFAC) of CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Krasnikov, A.; Kärner, T. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia); Laguta, V.V.; Nikl, M. [Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Prague (Czech Republic); Pazzi, G.P. [Institute of Applied Physics “N.Carrara” (IFAC) of CNR, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze) (Italy); Zazubovich, S., E-mail: svet@fi.tartu.ee [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, 51014 Tartu (Estonia)

    2013-04-15

    In PbWO{sub 4} crystals, doped with various trivalent rare-earth A{sup 3+} ions (A{sup 3+}: La{sup 3+}, Lu{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}), electron (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−} and {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+} centers can be created under UV irradiation not only in the host absorption region but also in the energy range around 3.85 eV (Böhm et al., 1999; Krasnikov et al., 2010). Under excitation in the same energy range, the UV emission peak at 3.05–3.20 eV is observed. In the present work, the origin of this emission is investigated in detail by low-temperature time-resolved luminescence methods. Photo-thermally stimulated creation of (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−} and {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+} centers is studied also in PbWO{sub 4}:Mo,A{sup 3+} crystals. Various processes, which could explain both the appearance of the UV emission and the creation of the {(WO_4)"3"−–A"3"+}-type centers under irradiation of PbWO{sub 4}: A{sup 3+} crystals in the 3.85±0.35 eV energy range, are discussed. The radiative and non-radiative decay of the excitons localized near A{sup 3+} ions is considered as the most probable mechanism to explain the observed features. -- Highlights: ► UV emission of PbWO{sub 4}: A{sup 3+} (A{sup 3+}: La{sup 3+}, Lu{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, Ce{sup 3+}, and Gd{sup 3+}) crystals is studied. ► The emission is ascribed to the radiative decay of excitons localized near A{sup 3+} ions. ► The excitons are created at 3.85 eV excitation by a two-step process. ► Non-radiative decay of the excitons leads to the creation of (WO{sub 4}){sup 3−}–A{sup 3+} centers.

  16. Dextrocardia, atrial septal defect, severe developmental delay, facial anomalies, and supernumerary ribs in a child with a complex unbalanced 8;22 translocation including partial 8p duplication.

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    Pope, Kathleen; Samanich, Joy; Ramesh, K H; Cannizzaro, Linda; Pan, Qiulu; Babcock, Melanie

    2012-03-01

    We report on a child with dextrocardia, atrial septal defect (ASD), severe developmental delay, hypotonia, 13 pairs of ribs, left preauricular choristoma, hirsutism, and craniofacial abnormalities. Prenatal cytogenetic evaluation showed karyotype 46,XY,?dup(8p)ish del(8)pter. Postnatal array CGH demonstrated a 6.8 Mb terminal deletion at 8p23.3-p23, an interstitial 31.1 Mb duplication within 8p23.1-p11, and a terminal duplication of 0.24 Mb at 22q13.33, refining the karyotype to 46,XY,der(8)dup(8)(p23.1p11.1)t(8;22)(p23.1;q13.1).ish der(8)dup(8)(p23.1p11.1)t(8;22)(p23.1;q13.1) (D8S504-,MS607 + ,ARSA + ,D8Z1 + , RP115713 + +). Previous reports of distal 8p deletion, 8p duplication, and distal 22q duplication have shown similar manifestations, including congenital heart disease, intellectual impairment, and multiple minor anomalies. We correlate the patient's clinical findings with these particular areas of copy number. This case study supports the use of aCGH to identify subtle chromosomal rearrangement in infants with cardiac malformation as their most significant or only apparent birth defect. Additionally, it illustrates why aCGH is essential in the description of chromosome rearrangements, even those seemingly visible via routine karyotype. This method shows that there is often greater complexity submicroscopically, essential to an adequate understanding of a patient's genotype and phenotype.

  17. Synthesis, Characterization and Luminescent Properties of Complexes of Rare Earth Nitrates with Tris {2-[N-(pyridine-methanoyl)amino]ethyl} amine

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    台夕市; 唐瑜; 刘伟生; 谭民裕

    2003-01-01

    A tripodal ligand, tris{2-[N-(pyridine-methanoyl)amino]ethyl}amine(L), and its complexes with rare earth nitrates were synthesized. These new complexes with the general formula of Ln(NO3)3*L*6H2O(where Ln=La, Nd, Eu, Tb, Y) were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectra, thermal analysis, 1 H NMR spectra, molar conductivity and luminescent spectra. All the complexes are stable in air and their conductances in acetonitrile solution lie in the range of 142~150 S*cm2*mol-1, indicating 1∶1 type electrolytes. The IR and 1H NMR spectra of the ligand and its complexes show that all the C=O groups take part in coordination to the metal ions. The thermal behaviour of Eu complex shows that the weight losses at 75~120 ℃ and 120~210 ℃ correspond to the loss of four lattice water molecules and that of two coordinated water molecules, respectively. The luminescent spectra of the complexes of Eu(Ⅲ) and Tb(Ⅲ) were investigated in methanol.

  18. Synthesis,characterization and properties of some rare earth complexes with pyrazolone and 2,6-pyridinecarboxylic acid

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    CHEN Jing

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A new solid ternary complex of copper with 1-phenyl-3-methyl-4-acetyl-pyrazolone-5 and 2,6-pyridinecarboxylic acid Na[Cu(PMBP (PDA]has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis,FT-IR,UV-Vis,XRD,TG-DTA,and XPS.The antibacterial test indicated that the complex exhibited moderate antibacterial ability against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.The interactions of the complex with calf thymus DNA (CT DNAwas investigated by employing florescence spectroscopic studies and ultraviolet spectrum spectrom etries.The results indicated that the complex can intercalate between DNA base pairs.

  19. Novel Approach to Characterization of Rare Earth Complexation with 1, 5-Bis(2-Hydroxy-5-Chlorphenyl)-3-Cyanoformazan in Presence of Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide

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    郑立新; 胡张军; 郜洪文

    2002-01-01

    The ternary interaction of 1, 5-bis(2-hydroxy-5-chlorphenyl)-3-cyanoformazan (HCPCF) with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and rare earths (RE: Yb, Dy, Er and Eu) was investigated at pH 9.84 by the microsurface adsorption - spectral correction technique (MSASC). The aggregation of HCPCF on CTAB obeys the Langmuir isothermal adsorption and the interaction of RE with the HCPCF-CTAB aggregate was first found to accord with the monolayer binding. The effects of temperature and ionic strength of solution on the aggregations were made. The binary aggregate and the ternary complex were characterized.

  20. 儿童复杂跟腱缺损的修复重建%Repair of Complex Achilles Tendon Defect in Children

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    王季; 蔡锦方; 王建超; 李宗玉; 曹学成; 张继党

    2016-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effect of peroneal artery perforator flap combined gastrocnemius aponeurosis on repairing complex Achilles tendon defect in Children. Methods Between October 2009and December 2014,12 cases of complex Achilles tendon defects in children were repaired with peroneal artery perforator flap combined gastrocnemius aponeu-rosis. 5 cases were fresh injury,7 cases were old defects. The size of the wounds ranged from 22 cm2 to 64 cm2 . The length of tendon defect ranged from 3. 5 cm to 7. 0 cm. The clinical outcome was evaluated by Ankle joint dynamic degree,AOFAS score and SF36 score before and after operation. Results 8 cases were primary healed. 2 cases with skin necrosis and 2 cases with donor site necrosis. 1 cases experience recurrent infection. The plantar extension at 1 year was significantly better than that at 3 months after operation and pre-operation. The dorsal extension at 1 year was significantly better than that at 3 months after op-eration,but no significant difference was found between at 1 year and pre-operation. The AOFAS score and SF36 score at 1 year after operation were significantly larger than those at 3 months after operation and pre-operation. Conclusion Peroneal artery perforator flap with gastrocnemius aponeurosis is an ideal repair method in repairing complex achilles tendon defect in Chil-dren.%目的:了解应用带腓肠肌腱膜的腓动脉穿支皮瓣修复儿童复杂跟腱缺损的效果。方法2009年10月至2014年12月收治儿童复杂跟腱缺损12例,采用带腓肠肌腱膜的腓动脉穿支皮瓣进行修复。其中男7例,女5例;年龄3~13岁。车辆轮辐伤8例,砸伤2例,挤压伤1例,交通事故伤1例。5例为新鲜缺损,7例为陈旧性缺损。皮肤缺损范围22~64 cm2,跟腱缺损长度3.5~7.0 cm。统计手术前后踝关节动度、AOFAS 评分、SF36评分,对疗效进行评价。结果一期愈合8例,皮瓣表皮坏死2例,皮瓣远端坏死1

  1. Synthesis, characterization, antibacterial and antifungal studies of some transition and rare earth metal complexes of N-benzylidene-2-hydroxybenzohydrazide

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    T.K. Chondhekar

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The solid complexes of Cu(II, Co(II, Mn(II, La(III and Ce(III were prepared from bidentate Schiff base, N-benzylidene-2-hydroxybenzohydrazide. The Schiff base ligand was synthesized from 2-hyhdroxybenzohydrazide and benzaldehyde. These metal complexes were characterized by molar conductivity, magnetic susceptibility, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, FTIR, 1H-NMR, UV-Vis and mass spectroscopy. The analytical data of these metal complexes showed metal:ligand ratio of 1:2. The physico-chemical study supports the presence of square planar geometry around Cu(II and octahedral geometry around Mn(II, Co(II, La(III and Ce(III ions. The IR spectral data reveal that the ligand behaves as bidentate with ON donor atom sequence towards central metal ion. The molar conductance values of metal complexes suggest their non-electrolyte nature. The X-ray diffraction data suggest monoclinic crystal system for these complexes. Thermal behavior (TG/DTA and kinetic parameters calculated by Coats-Redfern method are suggestive of more ordered activated state in complex formation. The ligand and their metal complexes were screened for antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and fungicidal activity against Aspergillus niger and Trichoderma.

  2. The coordination complex structures and hydrogen bonding in the three-dimensional alkaline earth metal salts (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) of (4-aminophenyl)arsonic acid.

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    Smith, Graham; Wermuth, Urs D

    2017-01-01

    (4-Aminophenyl)arsonic acid (p-arsanilic acid) is used as an antihelminth in veterinary applications and was earlier used in the monosodium salt dihydrate form as the antisyphilitic drug atoxyl. Examples of complexes with this acid are rare. The structures of the alkaline earth metal (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) complexes with (4-aminophenyl)arsonic acid (p-arsanilic acid) have been determined, viz. hexaaquamagnesium bis[hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonate] tetrahydrate, [Mg(H2O)6](C6H7AsNO3)·4H2O, (I), catena-poly[[[diaquacalcium]-bis[μ2-hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonato-κ(2)O:O']-[diaquacalcium]-bis[μ2-hydrogen (4-aminophenyl)arsonato-κ(2)O:O

  3. The Laboratory Complex for the Calibration of Photometers Using the Optical Method for Determination of the Water Vapor Content in the Earth Atmosphere

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    Galkin, V D; Nikanorova, I N; Leiterer, U; Niebert, T; Alekseeva, G A; Novikov, V V; Ilyin, G N; Pakhomov, V P

    2010-01-01

    We describe the laboratory complex for the calibration of photometers that are used in weather service to measure the water vapor content in the Earth atmosphere. The complex was built up in Pulkovo Observatory and developed within the framework of collaboration between Pulkovo Observatory and Lindenberg Meteorological Observatory (Meteorologisches Observatorium Lindenberg - Richard-A{\\ss}mann-Observatorium, Lindenberg, Germany). It is used to obtain calibration dependences for individual devices, and also to develop and compare various methods of construction of calibration dependences. These techniques are based on direct calibration of the photometers, on the use of spectral laboratory transmission functions for water vapor, on calculation methods using spectroscopical databases for individual lines. We hope that when the parameters of the equipment are taken into account in detail and new results for the absorptive power of water vapor are used, the accuracy of determination of the water vapor content in ...

  4. Extraction Behaviors of Heavy Rare Earths with Organophosphoric Extractants: The Contribution of Extractant Dimer Dissociation, Acid Ionization, and Complexation. A Quantum Chemistry Study.

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    Jing, Yu; Chen, Ji; Chen, Li; Su, Wenrou; Liu, Yu; Li, Deqian

    2017-03-30

    Heavy rare earths (HREs), namely Ho(3+), Er(3+), Tm(3+), Yb(3+) and Lu(3+), are rarer and more exceptional than light rare earths, due to the stronger extraction capacity for 100 000 extractions. Therefore, their incomplete stripping and high acidity of stripping become problems for HRE separation by organophosphoric extractants. However, the theories of extractant structure-performance relationship and molecular design method of novel HRE extractants are still not perfect. Beyond the coordination chemistry of the HRE-extracted complex, the extractant dimer dissociation, acid ionization, and complexation behaviors can be crucial to HRE extraction and reactivity of ionic species for understanding and further improving the extraction performance. To address the above issues, three primary fundamental processes, including extractant dimer dissociation, acid ionization, and HRE complexation, were identified and investigated systematically. The intrinsic extraction performances of HRE cations with four acidic organophosphoric extractants (P507, P204, P227 and Cyanex 272) were studied by using relativistic energy-consistent 4f core pseudopotentials, combined with density functional theory and a solvation model. Four acidic organophosphoric extractants have been qualified quantitatively from microscopic structures to chemical properties. It has been found that the Gibbs free energy changes of the overall extraction process (sequence: P204 > P227 > P507 > Cyanex 272) and their differences as a function of HREs (sequence: Ho/Er > Er/Tm > Tm/Yb > Yb/Lu) are in good agreement with the experimental maximum extraction capacities and separation factors. These results could provide an important approach to evaluate HRE extractants by the comprehensive consideration of dimer dissociation, acid ionization, and complexation processes. This paper also demonstrates the importance of the P-O bond, the P-C bond, isomer substituent, and solvation effects on the structure

  5. Alkaline earth organometallic compounds in homogeneous catalysis : Synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of calcium and magnesium complexes

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    Penafiel, Johanne

    2016-01-01

    Homogeneous catalysis has been developed mainly through the use of transition metal complexes. However, transition-metal catalysts, often highly toxic, are becoming increasingly rare and consequently more expensive. Therefore, the search for sustainable alternatives is nowadays of great importance.

  6. Investigation on the Use of the Weakly Basic Polyacrylate Anion-Exchanger Amberlite IRA-68 for Sorption and Separation of Iminodiacetate Complexes of Rare Earth Elements

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    2002-01-01

    Based on the determined affinity series of rare earth element complexes with IMDA for the anion-exchangers, purification of macroquantities of Nd3+ from Y3+, Sm3+ from Ho3+, La3+ from Nd3+ and La3+ from Pr3+ on the weakly basic gel anion-exchanger Amberlite IRA-68 was studied. Using the presented method on 1 L of Amberlite IRA-68 in the acetate form, it is possible to obtain about 240 g Nd2O3 purified from Y2O3. Great difference in affinity of La3+ and Nd3+ as well as Pr3+ complexes for this anion-exchanger in the acetate form indicates the possibility of applying this process for purification of lanthanum on the increased scale. On 1 L of Amberilte IRA-68 in the acetate form it is possible to obtain about 1125 g La2O3 purified from Nd2O3. On the basis of these results it can be assumed that unique properties of polyacrylate anion-exchangers enable their application for separation of rare earth elements.

  7. Rare earth(III) complexes for the development of new magnetic and luminescent probes; Complexes de lanthanides(III) pour le developpement de nouvelles sondes magnetiques et luminescentes

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    Nonat, A

    2007-10-15

    The simultaneous optimisation of the molecular parameters determining the relaxivity (number of coordinated water molecules, water-exchange, rotation dynamics of the whole complex, electronic relaxation, Gd(III)-proton distance) is essential to prepare efficient contrast agents. The aim of this work is on the one hand to design and study complexes with a high number of bound water molecules and to understand the influence of the coordination sphere on the stability and on the electronic relaxation and on the other hand, to use the ligand as a chromophore for the development of luminescent probes for biomedical imaging. We present the structure, the stability and the relaxivity of Gd(III) complexes of two series of tripodal ligands containing picolinate units based either on the 1,4,7-tri-aza-cyclononane ring or on a tertiary amine. These complexes show high relaxivity in water and in serum and can establish a non covalent interaction with serum albumin. The interpretation of the water proton relaxivity with the help of new relaxometric methods based on an auxiliary probe solute has allowed us to show that both the presence of the picolinate groups and the 1,4,7-tri-aza-cyclononane framework can lead to Gd(III) complexes with favourable electronic relaxation properties. This ligands have also been used for Eu(III) and Tb(III) complexation leading to strong luminescence in visible light. Other complexes derived from 8-hydroxyquinoline unit which display a very high luminescence in infrared are also studied. (author)

  8. Synthesis, structure, infrared and fluorescence spectra of new rare earth complexes with 6-hydroxy chromone-3-carbaldehyde benzoyl hydrazone

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    Wang, Bao-Dui; Yang, Zheng-Yin; Zhang, Ding-Wa; Wang, Yan

    2006-01-01

    A novel 6-hydroxy chromone-3-carbaldehyde benzoyl hydrazone ligand and its four complexes, [LnL2(NO3)2]NO3 [Ln = Eu(1), Sm(2), Tb(3), Dy(4)], were synthesized. The complexes were characterized by the elemental analyses, molar conductivity and IR spectra. The crystal and molecular structure of Sm(III) complex was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction: crystallized in the triclinic system, space group P-1, Z = 1, a = 11.037(4) Å, b = 14.770(5) Å, c = 15.032(7) Å, α = 60.583(4), β = 75.528(7), γ = 88.999(4), R1 = 0.0349. The fluorescence properties of complexes in the solid state and in the organic solvent were studied in detail, respectively. Under the excitation of ultraviolet light, strong red fluorescence of solid europium complex was observed. But the green fluorescence of solid terbium complex was not observed. These observations show that the ligand favor energy transfers to the emitting energy level of Eu3+. Some factors that influence the fluorescent intensity were also discussed.

  9. Rare-earth metal methylidene complexes with Ln3(μ3-CH2)(μ3-Me)(μ2-Me)3 core structure.

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    Schädle, Dorothea; Meermann-Zimmermann, Melanie; Maichle-Mössmer, Cäcilia; Schädle, Christoph; Törnroos, Karl W; Anwander, Reiner

    2015-11-07

    Trinuclear rare-earth metal methylidene complexes with a Ln3(μ3-CH2)(μ3-Me)(μ2-Me)3 structural motif were synthesized by applying three protocols. Polymeric [LuMe3]n (1-Lu) reacts with the sterically demanding amine H[NSiMe3(Ar)] (Ar = C6H3iPr2-2,6) in tetrahydrofuran via methane elimination to afford isolable monomeric [NSiMe3(Ar)]LuMe2(thf)2 (4-Lu). The formation of trinuclear rare-earth metal tetramethyl methylidene complexes [NSiMe3(Ar)]3Ln3(μ3-CH2)(μ3-Me)(μ2-Me)3(thf)3 (7-Ln; Ln = Y, Ho, Lu) via reaction of [LnMe3]n (1-Ln; Ln = Y, Ho, Lu) with H[NSiMe3(Ar)] is proposed to occur via an "intermediate" species of the type [NSiMe3(Ar)]LnMe2(thf)x and subsequent C-H bond activation. Applying Lappert's concept of Lewis base-induced methylaluminate cleavage, compounds [NSiMe3(Ar)]Ln(AlMe4)2 (5-Ln; Ln = Y, La, Nd, Ho) were converted into methylidene complexes 7-Ln (Ln = Y, Nd, Ho) in the presence of tetrahydrofuran. Similarly, tetramethylgallate complex [NSiMe3(Ar)]Y(GaMe4)2 (6-Y) could be employed as a synthesis precursor for 7-Y. The molecular composition of complexes 4-Ln, 5-Ln, 6-Y and 7-Ln was confirmed by elemental analyses, FTIR spectroscopy, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy (except for holmium derivatives) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The Tebbe-like reactivity of methylidene complex 7-Nd with 9-fluorenone was assessed affording oxo complex [NSiMe3(Ar)]3Nd3(μ3-O)(μ2-Me)4(thf)3 (8-Nd). The synthesis of 5-Ln yielded [NSiMe3(Ar)]2Ln(AlMe4) (9-Ln; Ln = La, Nd) as minor side-products, which could be obtained in moderate yields when homoleptic Ln(AlMe4)3 were treated with two equivalents of K[NSiMe3(Ar)].

  10. Synthesis, structural, thermal and optical studies of rare earth coordinated complex: Tb(Sal){sub 3}Phen

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    Kaur, Gagandeep; Dwivedi, Y. [Laser and Spectroscopy Laboratory, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Rai, S.B., E-mail: sbrai49@yahoo.co.in [Laser and Spectroscopy Laboratory, Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India)

    2011-11-01

    Highlights: {yields} RE coordinated complex of Tb(Sal){sub 3}Phen in crystalline phases were synthesized. {yields} Enhancement in luminescence of Tb{sup 3+} was observed in complex on 355 nm excitation. {yields} Fluorescence enhancement is due to the efficient energy transfer from Sal to Tb{sup 3+}. {yields} An observed increase in lifetime of Tb{sup 3+} is due to encapsulation in Sal/Phen network. {yields} The present system is a deserving candidate for LSC when coupled with solar cells. - Abstract: Complexes of salicylic acid (Sal) and 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen) were synthesized coordinated with terbium ion (Tb{sup 3+}) in crystalline phases. The structural characterizations of the lanthanide complex were made using FT-IR, NMR ({sup 1}H and {sup 13}C) and XRD techniques. These measurements confirm the formation of Tb(Sal){sub 3}Phen complex structure. The thermal aspects of the complex were examined using DTA and TGA techniques. An enhancement in luminescence intensity of Tb{sup 3+} ion bands were observed in Tb(Sal){sub 3}Phen complex as compared to TbCl{sub 3} crystals on 355 nm laser excitation. Enhancement is reported due to the efficient energy transfer process from Sal to Tb{sup 3+} ions. This is also confirmed by the time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy with increase in lifetime of Tb{sup 3+} ions due to encapsulation in Sal/Phen network. Our system in itself can be a deserving candidate for luminescent solar collector material when coupled with solar cells.

  11. Synthesis, spectroscopy, thermal studies and supramolecular structures of two new alkali-earth 4-nitrobenzoate complexes containing coordinated imidazole

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    Bikshandarkoil R Srinivasan; Jyoti V Sawant; Pallepogu Raghavaiah

    2007-01-01

    The reaction of hydrated magnesium or calcium 4-nitrobenzoate (4-nba) generated in situ, with imidazole (Im) results in the formation of the complexes [Mg(H2O)2(Im)2(4-nba)2] 1 and [Ca(H2O)3(Im)(4-nba)2]$\\cdot$Im 2, which exhibit the same metal:4-nba:Im ratio but different degrees of hydration. Complex 1 crystallizes in the triclinic $_{\\bar{i}}$ space group and the Mg atom is located on an inversion centre, while 2 crystallizes in the monoclinic 21/ space group and all atoms are located in general positions. In 1 the Im ligands, which are trans to each other, are coordinated to Mg, while 2 contains coordinated as well as free Im. The monodentate 4-nba ligands are disposed trans to each other in 1, while they adopt a cis orientation in 2 resulting in different supramolecular structures. Complex 1 exhibits two types of H-bonding interactions namely O-HO and N-HO, while in 2 three varieties of H-bond, viz. O-HO, N-HO and O-HN are observed. The Im ligand functions as a bifurcated H-bond donor in 1 while the O atom of the nitro group functions as a H-bond acceptor. In contrast, the nitro group in 2 is not involved in any H-bonding interactions. The free Im in 2 functions as a bifurcated acceptor and forms an extended chain linking adjacent complex molecules. The chains thus formed are further cross-linked with the aid of H-donor bonds from both the free as well as the coordinated Im. Both 1 and 2 exhibit - stacking interactions. Complex 1 is thermally more stable as compared to 2, and both complexes can be dehydrated to the corresponding anhydrous complexes by heating at 140 and 100°C respectively. At elevated temperatures, both the complexes can be pyrolysed to the corresponding oxide. The anhydrous complexes can be rehydrated to obtain the starting hydrated materials.

  12. Studies of defects and defect agglomerates by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Singh, B.N.

    1997-01-01

    and with other experimental methods (in particular transmission electron microscopy) forms the basis for the use of PAS to quantitatively characterize defects and defect complexes, both visible and invisible is transmission electron microscopes: this is illustrated by some examples. Finally, the advantages...

  13. Paravaginal defect

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    Arenholt, Louise T S; Pedersen, Bodil Ginnerup; Glavind, Karin;

    2016-01-01

    , arcus tendineus fascia pelvis (ATFP), pubocervical fascia, and uterosacral/cardinal ligaments. Studies conclude that physical examination is inconsistent in detecting paravaginal defects. Ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been used to describe patterns in the appearance...

  14. On the formation and structure of rare-earth element complexes in aqueous solutions under hydrothermal conditions with new data on gadolinium aqua and chloro complexes

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    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    2007-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy experiments were made on the Gd(III) aqua and chloro complexes in low pH aqueous solutions at temperatures ranging from 25 to 500????C and at pressures up to 480??MPa using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell. Analysis of fluorescence Gd L3-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra measured from a 0.006m Gd/0.16m HNO3 aqueous solution at temperatures up to 500????C and at pressures up to 260??MPa shows that the Gd-O distance of the Gd3+ aqua ion decreases steadily at a rate of ??? 0.007??A??/100????C whereas the number of coordinated H2O molecules decreases from 9.0 ?? 0.5 to 7.0 ?? 0.4. The loss of water molecules in the Gd3+ aqua ion inner hydration shell over this temperature range (a 22% reduction) is smaller than exhibited by the Yb3+ aqua ion (42% reduction) indicating that the former is significantly more stable than the later. We conjecture that the anomalous enrichment of Gd reported from measurement of REE concentrations in ocean waters may be attributed to the enhanced stability of the Gd3+ aqua ion relative to other REEs. Gd L3-edge XAFS measurements of 0.006m and 0.1m GdCl3 aqueous solutions at temperatures up to 500????C and pressures up to 480??MPa reveal that the onset of significant Gd3+-Cl- association occurs around 300????C. Partially-hydrated stepwise inner-sphere complexes most likely of the type Gd(H2O)??-nCln+3-n occur in the chloride solutions at higher temperatures, where ?? ??? 8 at 300????C decreasing slightly to an intermediate value between 7 and 8 upon approaching 500????C. This is the first direct evidence for the occurrence of partially-hydrated REE Gd (this study) and Yb [Mayanovic, R.A., Jayanetti, S., Anderson, A.J., Bassett, W.A., Chou, I-M., 2002a. The structure of Yb3+ aquo ion and chloro complexes in aqueous solutions at up to 500 ??C and 270 MPa. J. Phys. Chem. A 106, 6591-6599.] chloro complexes in hydrothermal solutions. The number of chlorides (n) of the partially-hydrated Gd

  15. Crossing the Olentangy River: The Figure of the Earth and the Military-Industrial-Academic-Complex, 1947-1972

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    Cloud, John

    This paper explores the history of a unique assemblage of researchers in the geodetic and allied sciences organised at Ohio State University (OSU) in 1947 at the beginning of the Cold War. From about 1950 to 1970, the OSU geodetic sciences group was the most significant group of geodetic researchers in the world. Funded almost entirely by military and intelligence agencies, they pioneered the technologies, organised the research initiatives, ordered the data sets, and trained the generation of geodesists who eventually created the Cold War Figure of the Earth to both prosecute and prevent global nuclear war. They devised elaborate mechanisms to pursue in secrecy and isolation research that had hitherto been performed collaboratively and globally. They invented methods to maintain professional associations and protocols, both to distribute-and disguise-the fruits of their geodetic research. In accomplishing this, their work also undermined the basic hypothesis of isostasy that had been foundational to geodesy for the previous century. Fundamental progress in the geosciences and military and intelligence directives were inextricably linked during the Cold War, although the extent of their convergence has been masked by the security protocols organised to disguise it. With the declassification of key programmes underway, it is now both possible and necessary to substantially revise the history of Cold War-era geosciences and their associated technologies.

  16. Role of Mononuclear Rare Earth Metal Complexes in Promoting the Hydrolysis of 2-Hydroxypropyl p-Nitrophenyl Phosphate

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    WANG Rui; LIN Hai; LIN Hua-Kuan

    2007-01-01

    Two long-chain multidentate ligands: 2,9-di-(n-2',5',8'-triazanonyl)-1,10-phenanthroline (L1) and 2,9-di-(n-4',7',10'-triazaundecyl)-1,10-phenanthroline (L2) were synthesized. The hydrolytic kinetics of 2-hydroxypropyl p-nitrophenyl phosphate (HPNP) catalyzed by the complexes of L1 or L2 with La(Ⅲ) or Gd(Ⅲ) have been studied lytic effect of GdL1 was the best among the four complexes for hydrolysis of HPNP. Its kLnLH-1, kLnL and pKa are structure of the ligands and the properties of the metal ions, and deduced the catalysis mechanism.

  17. Synthesis, spectral, optical and anti-inflammatory activity of complexes derived from 2-aminobenzohydrazide with some rare earths

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    Nasser Mohammed Hosny; El Sayed A El Morsy; Yousery E Sherif

    2015-01-01

    Three new metal complexes derived from Er(III), Dy(III) and Zr(IV) with 2-aminobenzohydrazide (ABH) were synthe-sized and characterized by elemental analyses, IR,1H-NMR, ES-MS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The morphology and the particle size were determined by TEM. The results showed that the ligand acted as neutral bi-dentate coordinating to the metal ions through the carbonyl oxygen and amidic amino nitrogen. The aromatic amine group remained inert towards coordination. The optical band gap was measured and found to be 3.3, 3.5 and 4.3 eV for Er(III), Dy(III) and Zr(IV), respectively. The optical band gap values indicated a semi-conducting nature of the investigated complexes. Theanti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of the tested compounds were determined and compared with standard meloxicam.

  18. Defects and defect processes in nonmetallic solids

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    Hayes, W

    2004-01-01

    This extensive survey covers defects in nonmetals, emphasizing point defects and point-defect processes. It encompasses electronic, vibrational, and optical properties of defective solids, plus dislocations and grain boundaries. 1985 edition.

  19. Preparation, crystal structure and optical spectroscopy of the rare earth complexes (RE 3+=Sm, Eu, Gd and Tb) with 2-thiopheneacetate anion

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    Teotonio, Ercules E. S.; Brito, Hermi F.; Felinto, Maria Cláudia F. C.; Thompson, Larry C.; Young, Victor G.; Malta, Oscar L.

    2005-09-01

    Rare earth complexes with the formulae Sm(TPAC) 3·3H 2O, Eu 2(TPAC) 6·5.25H 2O and RE(TPAC) 3·3.5H 2O (where RE=Gd and Tb), and TPAC=2-thiopheneacetate) have been synthesized and characterized by complexometric titration, elemental analyses, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. Infrared data suggested the presence of both bridging and chelating TPAC anions. The crystal structure of the [Eu 2(TPAC) 6·(H 2O) 3]·2.25H 2O complex in the solid state, determined by X-ray diffraction, revealed that it crystallizes in the orthorhombic crystal system (space group Aba2), with two crystallographically independent Eu 3+ centers (Eu1 and Eu2). These europium centers are held together by one bidentate bridging and two tridentate bridging carboxylate groups. The existence of two Eu 3+ centers was also supported by the emission spectrum. The luminescence properties of the RE-TPAC complexes were investigated by measuring the excitation and emission spectra, and the intramolecular ligand-to-rare earth energy transfer mechanisms were discussed. The emission spectra of the Eu 3+ and Tb 3+ ions displayed only narrow bands arising from 5D 0→ 7F 0 and 5D 0→ 7F 0-4 transitions, respectively, indicating an efficient luminescence sensitization of these ions by the TPAC 'antenna'. On the other hand, the emission spectrum of the Sm 3+-complex displayed a broad band from the phosphorescence of the TPAC ligand which overlapped the 4f 5-intraconfigurational transitions. The theoretical intensity parameters Ωλ ( λ=2 and 4), maximum splitting of the 7F 1 state (Δ E) and the ratio between the 5D 0→ 7F 0 and 5D 0→ 7F 2 transition intensities ( R02) were calculated based on the X-ray crystalline structure for the Eu 3+-complex, and a comparison with experimental data were made. The emission quantum efficiency ( η) of the D5 emitting level of the Eu 3+ ion was also determined.

  20. Earth Observation-Based Dwelling Detection Approaches in a Highly Complex Refugee Camp Environment — A Comparative Study

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    Kristin Spröhnle

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available For effective management of refugee camps or camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs relief organizations need up-to-date information on the camp situation. In cases where detailed field assessments are not available, Earth observation (EO data can provide important information to get a better overview about the general situation on the ground. In this study, different approaches for dwelling detection were tested using the example of a highly complex camp site in Somalia. On the basis of GeoEye-1 imagery, semi-automatic object-based and manual image analysis approaches were applied, compared and evaluated regarding their analysis results (absolute numbers, population estimation, spatial pattern, statistical correlations and production time. Although even the results of the visual image interpretation vary considerably between the interpreters, there is a similar pattern resulting from all methods, which shows same tendencies for dense and sparse populated areas. The statistical analyses revealed that all approaches have problems in the more complex areas, whereas there is a higher variance in manual interpretations with increasing complexity. The application of advanced rule sets in an object-based environment allowed a more consistent feature extraction in the area under investigation that can be obtained at a fraction of the time compared to visual image interpretation if large areas have to be observed.

  1. Stoppa approach for intrapelvic damage control and reconstruction of complex acetabular defects with intra-pelvic socket migration: A case report

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    Antonio Murcia-Asensio

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The Stoppa approach in hip revision surgery can be a complement to traditional approaches to control the intrapelvic structures, remove migrated implants of previous surgery and reconstruct the pelvic defect.

  2. Water Pollution Transport Complex Framework Based on the Digital Earth%数字地球下的复杂水污染运移仿真框架

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    李建勋; 高阳; 李维乾; 严栋飞

    2014-01-01

    针对水污染运移模拟仿真表现能力不足的问题,运用复杂性理论和数字地球技术,实施水污染事件数据资源的汇集,开展干流河道的多尺度拆分,建立水质复杂 Agent 及其特征属性、行为模式,并引入高性能计算机技术提高运移演算效率,基于数字地球形成一个融合水质模型且具有丰富展现力的水污染运移仿真框架。实验表明:该框架增强了污染物运移过程的空间表征能力,为污染物运移仿真模拟和情景分析提供了一体化平台。%According to the problem of insufficient performance ability for water pollution transport simulation, by adopting to the digital earth technology and complexity theory, the data resources of water pollution event was integrated. The trunk stream of watercourse was decomposed into multi-scale resolution. A water quality complex agent was established with characteristics and behavior patterns. And the efficiency of the migration of calculus was improved by introducing of high-performance computer technology. Then a water pollution transport simulation framework was constructed based-on the digital earth technology which merging together the water quality model and having high expressive force. Results show that this framework has enhanced the ability of spatial representation of pollutant transport process, and provided an integrated platform for pollutant transport simulation and scenario analysis.

  3. Lu Hf systematics of the ultra-high temperature Napier Metamorphic Complex in Antarctica: Evidence for the early Archean differentiation of Earth's mantle

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    Choi, Sung Hi; Mukasa, Samuel B.; Andronikov, Alexandre V.; Osanai, Yasuhito; Harley, Simon L.; Kelly, Nigel M.

    2006-06-01

    The Napier Complex of the East Antarctic Craton comprises some of the oldest rocks on Earth (˜ 3.8 billion years old), overprinted by an ultra-high temperature (UHT) metamorphic event near the Archean-Proterozoic boundary. Garnet, orthopyroxene, sapphirine, osumilite, rutile and a whole rock representing a fully equilibrated assemblage from this UHT granulite belt have yielded a Lu-Hf isochron age of 2403 ± 43 Ma, the first ever determined on a UHT mineral assemblage. Preservation of the UHT mineral assemblage in the rock analyzed, without any significant retrogression, suggests rapid cooling with closure likely to have occurred for the Lu-Hf system at post-peak UHT conditions near a temperature of ˜ 800 °C. This mineral-whole rock isochron yields an initial 176Hf/ 177Hf ratio corresponding to an ɛHf value of - 14 ± 1, acquired during UHT metamorphism. Such a low value demonstrates that overall UHT granulites evolved in a low Lu/Hf environment, probably formed when the rocks were first extracted from a highly depleted mantle. Zircon ɛHf values we have measured "see through" the UHT metamorphism and show that the source materials for the magmas that formed the Napier Complex were extremely depleted (> + 5.6 ɛHf at 3.85 Ga) relative to the chondritic uniform reservoir (CHUR). These results also suggest significant depletion of the early Archean mantle, in agreement with the early differentiation of the Earth that the latest core formation models require.

  4. A novel approach to the dynamical complexity of the Earth's magnetosphere at geomagnetic storm time-scales based on recurrences

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    Donner, Reik; Balasis, Georgios; Stolbova, Veronika; Wiedermann, Marc; Georgiou, Marina; Kurths, Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Magnetic storms are the most prominent global manifestations of out-of-equilibrium magnetospheric dynamics. Investigating the dynamical complexity exhibited by geomagnetic observables can provide valuable insights into relevant physical processes as well as temporal scales associated with this phenomenon. In this work, we introduce several innovative data analysis techniques enabling a quantitative analysis of the Dst index non-stationary behavior. Using recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) and recurrence network analysis (RNA), we obtain a variety of complexity measures serving as markers of quiet- and storm-time magnetospheric dynamics. We additionally apply these techniques to the main driver of Dst index variations, the V BSouth coupling function and interplanetary medium parameters Bz and Pdyn in order to discriminate internal processes from the magnetosphere's response directly induced by the external forcing by the solar wind. The derived recurrence-based measures allow us to improve the accuracy with which magnetospheric storms can be classified based on ground-based observations. The new methodology presented here could be of significant interest for the space weather research community working on time series analysis for magnetic storm forecasts.

  5. TEMPERATURE TRENDS OF THE PERMITTIVITY IN COMPLEX OXIDES OF RARE-EARTH ELEMENTS WITH PEROVSKITE-TYPE STRUCTURE

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    A.G.Belous

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Ceramic materials based on complex oxides with both the perovskite structure (Ln2/3Nb2O6 and the structure of tetragonal tungsten bronze (Ba6-xLn8+2x/3Ti18O54 have been investigated over a wide frequency and temperature ranges. The results obtained for certain structures denote the presence of the temperature anomalies of dielectric parameters (ε, tanδ. These anomalies occur over the wide frequency range including submilimeter (SMM wavelength range, and are related neither with the processing peculiarities nor with the presence of the phase transitions. Temperature behavior of the permittivity has been considered in terms of the polarization mechanism based on the elastic-strain lattice oscillations. It has been assumed that the observed anomalies could be ascribed to a superposition of harmonic and anharmonic contribution to lattice oscillations that determines τε sign and magnitude.

  6. Thermal stability of the anionic sigma complexes of 2,4,6-trinitroanisole with the methylates of the alkaline-earth metals

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    Glaz, A.I.; Soldatova, T.A.; Golopolosova, T.V.; Gitis, S.S.

    1987-09-10

    The study of the stability of the 1,1-dimethoxy-2,4,6-trinitrocyclohexadienates of the alkali metals when they are heated in air showed that their temperature of decomposition and the heat effect of the process are dependent on the nature of the cation. Our study centered on the thermal decomposition of the products resulting from the addition of the methylates of calcium, strontium, and barium to 2,4,6-trinitroanisole. For a quantitative assessment of the process we used the combined methods of differential-thermal analysis and differential thermogravimetry. The anionic sigma-complexes of 2,4,6-trinitroanisole with the methylates of the alkaline-earth metals decompose on heating into the corresponding picrates; at the same time, when one passes from the calcium slat to the strontium and barium salts the decomposition temperature and the heat effect of the process show a drop which is linked to the structure both of the complexes and of the picrates forming therefrom.

  7. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Characterization of a One-dimensional Supramolecular Rare Earth Complex of N-(6-(4-Methylpyridinyl))ketoacetamide

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    XU Li; TANG Kuan-Zhen; MA Yu-Fei; TANG Yu; TAN Min-Yu

    2007-01-01

    A one-dimensional (1D) supramolecular rare earth complex [Nd(NO3)2L2-(C3H6O)][NdL(NO3)4]} (L=N-(6-(4-methylpyridinyl))ketoacetamide) has been prepared and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and electronic spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P-1 with a=0.9146(6), b=1.2581(8), c=2.2316(14) nm, α=99.352(10),β=97.209(9), γ=103.935(9)°, V=2.422(3) nm3, Dc=1.776 g/cm3, C33H42N12Nd2O25, Mr=1295.27, Z=2, F(000)=1288, μ=2.217 mm-1, R=0.0508and wR=0.1046 for 5173 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). In the structure of the title complex,one-dimensional supramolecular double-chains are formed by intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions.

  8. Complexity

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    2011-01-01

    The term complexity derives etymologically from the Latin plexus, which means interwoven. Intuitively, this implies that something complex is composed by elements that are difficult to separate. This difficulty arises from the relevant interactions that take place between components. This lack of separability is at odds with the classical scientific method - which has been used since the times of Galileo, Newton, Descartes, and Laplace - and has also influenced philosophy and engineering. In recent decades, the scientific study of complexity and complex systems has proposed a paradigm shift in science and philosophy, proposing novel methods that take into account relevant interactions.

  9. Density functional theory study of the magnetic properties of rare earth complexes:the magnetic coupling mechanism in Y~Ⅲ and Gd~Ⅲ complexes with nitronyl nitroxide

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    2009-01-01

    The magnetic coupling interactions of the nitronyl nitroxide radicals bound to diamagnetic(YⅢ) and paramagnetic(GdⅢ) rare earth ions in two model magnetic systems based on novel rare earth organic radical complexes Ln(hfac)3(NITPhOCH3)2(Ln=YⅢ 1,GdⅢ 2;hafc = hexafluoroacetylacetonate;NIT-PhOCH3 = 4’-methoxyo-phenyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide) have been investigated by density functional theory(DFT).The magnetic coupling mechanisms were also explored from the viewpoint of molecular orbital and spin density populations.DFT calculations show that the empty 4d-orbitals of YⅢ and 5d-orbitals of GdⅢ play an important role in the antiferromagnetic coupling between the two nitronyl nitroxide radical ligands,and that the ferromagnetic coupling between the GdⅢ ion and the radical magnetic centers can be attributed to the nearly complete localization of the isotropic 4f-shell and singly occupied magnetic orbital(π) of the nitronyl nitroxide.

  10. Density functional theory study of the magnetic properties of rare earth complexes:the magnetic coupling mechanism in Y~Ⅲ and Gd~Ⅲ complexes with nitronyl nitroxide

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    REN Jie; WANG BingWu; CHEN ZhiDa

    2009-01-01

    The magnetic coupling interactions of the nitronyl nitroxide radicals bound to diamagnetic (Y~Ⅲ) and paramagnetic (Gd~Ⅲ) rare earth ions in two model magnetic systems based on novel rare earth organic radical complexes Ln(hfac)_3(NITPhOCH_3)_2 (Ln=Y~Ⅲ 1,Gd~Ⅲ 2;hafc=hexafluoroacetylacetonate;NITPhOCH_3=4'-methoxyo-phenyl-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide) have been investigated by density functional theory (DFT).The magnetic coupling mechanisms were also explored from the viewpoint of molecular orbital and spin density populations.DFT calculations show that the empty 4d-orbitals of Y~Ⅲ and 5d-orbitals of Gd~Ⅲ play an important role in the antiferromagnetic coupling between the two nitronyl nitroxide radical ligands,and that the ferromagnetic coupling between the Gd~Ⅲ ion and the radical magnetic centers can be attributed to the nearly complete localization of the isotropic 4f-shell and singly occupied magnetic orbital (Π*) of the nitronyl nitroxide.

  11. Earth modeling and estimation of the local seismic ground motion due to site geology in complex volcanoclastic areas

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    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Volcanic areas often show complex behaviour as far as seismic waves propagation and seismic motion at surface are concerned. In fact, the finite lateral extent of surface layers such as lava flows, blocks, differential welding and/or zeolitization within pyroclastic deposits, introduces in the propagation of seismic waves effects such as the generation of surface waves at the edge, resonance in lateral direction, diffractions and scattering of energy, which tend to modify the amplitude as well as the duration of the ground motion. The irregular topographic surface, typical of volcanic areas, also strongly influences the seismic site response. Despite this heterogeneity, it is unfortunately a common geophysical and engineering practice to evaluate even in volcanic environments the subsurface velocity field with monodimensional investigation method (i.e. geognostic soundings, refraction survey, down-hole, etc. prior to the seismic site response computation which in a such cases is obviously also made with 1D algorithms. This approach often leads to highly inaccurate results. In this paper we use a different approach, i.e. a fully 2D P-wave Çturning rayÈ tomographic survey followed by 2D seismic site response modeling. We report here the results of this approach in three sites located at short distance from Mt. Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei and characterized by overburdens constituted by volcanoclastic deposits with large lateral and vertical variations of their elastic properties. Comparison between 1D and 2D Dynamic Amplification Factor shows in all reported cases entirely different results, both in terms of peak period and spectral contents, as expected from the clear bidimensionality of the geological section. Therefore, these studies suggest evaluating carefully the subsoil geological structures in areas characterized by possible large lateral and vertical variations of the elastic properties in order to reach correct seismic site response

  12. Synthesis of main group, rare-earth, and d{sup 0} metal complexes containing beta-hydrogen

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    2013-01-01

    A series of organometallic compounds containing the tris(dimethylsilyl)methyl ligand are described. The potassium carbanions KC(SiHMe2)3 and KC(SiHMe2})3TMEDA are synthesized by deprotonation of the hydrocarbon HC(SiHMe2)3 with potassium benzyl. KC(SiHMe2)3TMEDA crystallizes as a dimer with two types of three-center-two-electron KH- Si interactions. Homoleptic Ln(III) tris(silylalkyl) complexes containing β-SiH groups M{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu, La) are synthesized from salt elimination of the corresponding lanthanide halide and 3 equiv. of KC(SiHMe2)3. The related reactions with Sc yield bis(silylalkyl) ate-complexes containing either LiCl or KCl. The divalent calcium and ytterbium compounds M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2 or TMEDA) are prepared from MI2 and 2 equiv of KC(SiHMe2)3. The compounds M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2 or TMEDA) and La{C(SiHMe2)3}3 react with 1 equiv of B(C6F5)3 to give 1,3- disilacyclobutane {Me2Si-C(SiHMe2)2}2 and MC(SiHMe2)3HB(C6F5)3L, and La{C(SiHMe2)3}2HB(C6F5)3, respectively. The corresponding reactions of Ln{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu) give the β-SiH abstraction product [{(Me2HSi)3C}2LnC(SiHMe2)2SiMe2][HB(C6F5)3] (Ln = Y, Lu), but the silene remains associated with the Y or Lu center. The abstraction reactions of M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2or TMEDA) and Ln{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu, La) and 2 equiv of B(C6

  13. Synthesis of main group, rare-earth, and d{sup 0} metal complexes containing beta-hydrogen

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    Yan, Ka King [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

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    A series of organometallic compounds containing the tris(dimethylsilyl)methyl ligand are described. The potassium carbanions KC(SiHMe2)3 and KC(SiHMe2})3TMEDA are synthesized by deprotonation of the hydrocarbon HC(SiHMe2)3 with potassium benzyl. KC(SiHMe2)3TMEDA crystallizes as a dimer with two types of three-center-two-electron KH- Si interactions. Homoleptic Ln(III) tris(silylalkyl) complexes containing β-SiH groups M{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu, La) are synthesized from salt elimination of the corresponding lanthanide halide and 3 equiv. of KC(SiHMe2)3. The related reactions with Sc yield bis(silylalkyl) ate-complexes containing either LiCl or KCl. The divalent calcium and ytterbium compounds M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2 or TMEDA) are prepared from MI2 and 2 equiv of KC(SiHMe2)3. The compounds M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2 or TMEDA) and La{C(SiHMe2)3}3 react with 1 equiv of B(C6F5)3 to give 1,3- disilacyclobutane {Me2Si-C(SiHMe2)2}2 and MC(SiHMe2)3HB(C6F5)3L, and La{C(SiHMe2)3}2HB(C6F5)3, respectively. The corresponding reactions of Ln{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu) give the β-SiH abstraction product [{(Me2HSi)3C}2LnC(SiHMe2)2SiMe2][HB(C6F5)3] (Ln = Y, Lu), but the silene remains associated with the Y or Lu center. The abstraction reactions of M{C(SiHMe2)3}2L (M = Ca, Yb; L = THF2or TMEDA) and Ln{C(SiHMe2)3}3 (Ln = Y, Lu, La) and 2 equiv of B(C6

  14. Effects of Substrate Complexing Light Rare Earth on Growth, Cd Absorption and Organ Distribution of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum var. annuum)%Effects of Substrate Complexing Light Rare Earth on Growth, Cd Absorption and Organ Distribution of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum var. annuum)

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    2012-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to research effects of substrate complexing light rare earth on growth, Cd absorption and organ distribution of sweet pepper to pro- vide references for development of rhizosphere regulation products in farmland seri- ously polluted. [Method] In the test, effects of substrate cakes (at the same size) and light rare earth (in different doses) on growth, Cd absorption and distribution of green peppers under stress from Cd were explored with a pot experiment. [Result] When 40 mg/kg of rare earth was added into a substrate cake, plant height of pep- per seedlings and the dry weight increased by 21.52% and 11.11%, compared with control group; when Cd was at 5.19 mg/kg (a highly graded pollution), the shoot biomass, olant biomass and dry weight of fruits all enhanced significantly, but root system changed little in the groups where substrate cakes were saved, compared with the group where the substrate cake was washed away. No matter RE was added into substrate cakes or not, root system was significantly inhibited by Cd stress (5.19 mg/kg), but RE at proper dose improved growth of green pepper and had little effect on fruit yielding. In addition, RE had little inhibition on Cd content in roots. RE at 10 mg/kg promoted Cd contents in stems and leaves, but reduced the content in fruits substantially. The regressive equation of Cd content and rare dose in leaves was as follows: y=4E-05x%0.009 6x+0.655 6, FF=0.542 6; the regression equations of Cd content in root, stem and fruit did not make sense. [Conclusion] The experiment lays foundation for further research on heavy metals rhizosphere complexing controlling.

  15. Complex

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    Schiff bases and their complex compounds have been studied for their .... establishing coordination of the N–(2 – hydroxybenzyl) - L - α - valine Schiff base ..... (1967); “Spectrophotometric Identification of Organic Compounds”, Willey, New.

  16. Expanding earth

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    Carey, S.W.

    1976-01-01

    Arguments in favor of an expanding earth are presented. The author believes that the theory of plate tectonics is a classic error in the history of geology. The case for the expanding earth is organized in the following way: introductory review - face of the earth, development of expanding earth concept, necessity for expansion, the subduction myth, and definitions; some principles - scale of tectonic phenomena, non-uniformitarianism, tectonic profile, paleomagnetism, asymmetry of the earth, rotation of the earth, and modes of crustal extension; regional studies - western North America, Central America, South-East Asia, and the rift oceans; tests and cause of expansion. 824 references, 197 figures, 11 tables. (RWR)

  17. The impacts of cation stoichiometry and substrate surface quality on nucleation, structure, defect formation, and intermixing in complex oxide heteroepitaxy LaCrO3 on SrTiO3(001)

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    Qiao, Liang [ORNL; Zhang, K. H. L [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Bowden, Mark E [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Varga, Tamas [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Shutthanandan, Vaithiyalingam [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Colby, Robert [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Du, Yingge [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Kabius, Bernd [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Sushko, Peter V [University College, London; Biegalski, Michael D [ORNL; Chambers, S. A. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

    2013-01-01

    Our ability to design and fabricate electronic devices with reproducible properties using complex oxides is critically dependent on our ability to controllably synthesize these materials in thin-film form. Structure-property relationships are intimately tied to film and interface composition Here we report on the effect of cation stoichiometry on structural quality and defect formation in LaCrO3 heteroepitaxial films prepared using molecular beam epitaxy. We calculate from first principles the regions of stability of various candidate defects as a function of Cr and O chemical potential, along with the predicted effects of these defects on structural parameters. We show that epitaxial LaCrO3 films readily nucleate and remain coherently strained on SrTiO3(001) over a wide range of La-to-Cr atom ratios, but that La-rich films are of considerably lower structural quality than stoichiometric and Cr-rich films. Cation imbalances are accompanied by anti-site defect formation, as deduced by comparing experimental trends in the c lattice parameter with those from first-principles calculations. Cation mixing occurs at the interface for all La-to-Cr ratios investigated, and is not quenched by deposition on SrTiO3(001) at ambient temperature. Indiffused La atoms occupy Sr sites, most likely facilitated by Sr vacancy formation in STO resulting from high-temperature oxygen annealing required to prepare the substrate. Intermixing is effectively quenched by using molecular beam epitaxy to deposit LaCrO3 at ambient temperature on defect free Si(001). However, analogous pulsed laser deposition on Si is accompanied by cation mixing.

  18. The use of Multiple Representations to Enhance Student Mental Model Development of a Complex Earth System in an Introductory Geoscience Course

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    Sell, K. S.; Heather, M. R.; Herbert, B. E.

    2004-12-01

    Exposing earth system science (ESS) concepts into introductory geoscience courses may present new and unique cognitive learning issues for students including understanding the role of positive and negative feedbacks in system responses to perturbations, spatial heterogeneity, and temporal dynamics, especially when systems exhibit complex behavior. Implicit learning goals of typical introductory undergraduate geoscience courses are more focused on building skill-sets and didactic knowledge in learners than developing a deeper understanding of the dynamics and processes of complex earth systems through authentic inquiry. Didactic teaching coupled with summative assessment of factual knowledge tends to limit student¡¦s understanding of the nature of science, their belief in the relevancy of science to their lives, and encourages memorization and regurgitation; this is especially true among the non-science majors who compose the majority of students in introductory courses within the large university setting. Students organize scientific knowledge and reason about earth systems by manipulating internally constructed mental models. This pilot study focuses on characterizing the impact of inquiry-based learning with multiple representations to foster critical thinking and mental model development about authentic environmental issues of coastal systems in an introductory geoscience course. The research was conducted in nine introductory physical geology laboratory sections (N ˜ 150) at Texas A&M University as part of research connected with the Information Technology in Science (ITS) Center. Participants were randomly placed into experimental and control groups. Experimental groups were exposed to multiple representations including both web-based learning materials (i.e. technology-supported visualizations and analysis of multiple datasets) and physical models, whereas control groups were provided with the traditional ¡workbook style¡" laboratory assignments

  19. Grid-Free 2D Plasma Simulations of the Complex Interaction Between the Solar Wind and Small, Near-Earth Asteroids

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    Zimmerman, M. I.; Farrell, W. M.; Poppe, A. R.

    2014-01-01

    We present results from a new grid-free 2D plasma simulation code applied to a small, unmagnetized body immersed in the streaming solar wind plasma. The body was purposely modeled as an irregular shape in order to examine photoemission and solar wind plasma flow in high detail on the dayside, night-side, terminator and surface-depressed 'pocket' regions. Our objective is to examine the overall morphology of the various plasma interaction regions that form around a small body like a small near-Earth asteroid (NEA). We find that the object obstructs the solar wind flow and creates a trailing wake region downstream, which involves the interplay between surface charging and ambipolar plasma expansion. Photoemission is modeled as a steady outflow of electrons from illuminated portions of the surface, and under direct illumination the surface forms a non-monotonic or ''double-sheath'' electric potential upstream of the body, which is important for understanding trajectories and equilibria of lofted dust grains in the presence of a complex asteroid geometry. The largest electric fields are found at the terminators, where ambipolar plasma expansion in the body-sized night-side wake merges seamlessly with the thin photoelectric sheath on the dayside. The pocket regions are found to be especially complex, with nearby sunlit regions of positive potential electrically connected to unlit negative potentials and forming adjacent natural electric dipoles. For objects near the surface, we find electrical dissipation times (through collection of local environmental solar wind currents) that vary over at least 5 orders of magnitude: from 39 Micro(s) inside the near-surface photoelectron cloud under direct sunlight to less than 1 s inside the particle-depleted night-side wake and shadowed pocket regions

  20. New reversed phase-high performance liquid chromatographic method for selective separation of yttrium from all rare earth elements employing nitrilotriacetate complexes in anion exchange mode.

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    Dybczyński, Rajmund S; Kulisa, Krzysztof; Pyszynska, Marta; Bojanowska-Czajka, Anna

    2015-03-20

    Separation of Y from other rare earth elements (REE) is difficult because of similarity of its ionic radius to ionic radii of Tb, Dy and Ho. In the new RP-HPLC system with C18 column, tetra-n-butyl ammonium hydroxide (TBAOH) as an ion interaction reagent (IIR), nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) as a complexing agent at pH=2.8-3.5, and post column derivatization with Arsenazo III, yttrium is eluted in the region of light REE, between Nd and Sm and is base line separated from Nd and Sm and even from promethium. Simple model employing literature data on complex formation of REE with NTA and based on anion exchange mechanism was developed to foresee the order of elution of individual REE. The model correctly predicted that lanthanides up to Tb will be eluted in the order of increasing Atomic Number (At.No.) but all heavier REE will show smaller retention factors than Tb. Concurrent UV/VIS detection at 658nm and the use of radioactive tracers together with γ-ray spectrometric measurements made possible to establish an unique elution order of elution of REE: La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Y, Sm, Er, Ho, Tm, Yb, Eu, Lu, Dy+Gd, Tb, Sc. The real place of Y however, in this elution series differs from that predicted by the model (Y between Sm and Eu). The method described in this work enables selective separation of Y from La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm and all heavier REE treated as a group.

  1. Spatial Dynamics of the Communities and the Role of Major Countries in the International Rare Earths Trade: A Complex Network Analysis.

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    Wang, Xibo; Ge, Jianping; Wei, Wendong; Li, Hanshi; Wu, Chen; Zhu, Ge

    2016-01-01

    Rare earths (RE) are critical materials in many high-technology products. Due to the uneven distribution and important functions for industrial development, most countries import RE from a handful of suppliers that are rich in RE, such as China. However, because of the rapid growth of RE exploitation and pollution of the mining and production process, some of the main suppliers have gradually tended to reduce the RE production and exports. Especially in the last decade, international RE trade has been changing in the trade community and trade volume. Based on complex network theory, we built an unweighted and weighted network to explore the evolution of the communities and identify the role of the major countries in the RE trade. The results show that an international RE trade network was dispersed and unstable because of the existence of five to nine trade communities in the unweighted network and four to eight trade communities in the weighted network in the past 13 years. Moreover, trade groups formed due to the great influence of geopolitical relations. China was often associated with the South America and African countries in the same trade group. In addition, Japan, China, the United States, and Germany had the largest impacts on international RE trade from 2002 to 2014. Last, some policy suggestions were highlighted according to the results.

  2. Spatial Dynamics of the Communities and the Role of Major Countries in the International Rare Earths Trade: A Complex Network Analysis.

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    Full Text Available Rare earths (RE are critical materials in many high-technology products. Due to the uneven distribution and important functions for industrial development, most countries import RE from a handful of suppliers that are rich in RE, such as China. However, because of the rapid growth of RE exploitation and pollution of the mining and production process, some of the main suppliers have gradually tended to reduce the RE production and exports. Especially in the last decade, international RE trade has been changing in the trade community and trade volume. Based on complex network theory, we built an unweighted and weighted network to explore the evolution of the communities and identify the role of the major countries in the RE trade. The results show that an international RE trade network was dispersed and unstable because of the existence of five to nine trade communities in the unweighted network and four to eight trade communities in the weighted network in the past 13 years. Moreover, trade groups formed due to the great influence of geopolitical relations. China was often associated with the South America and African countries in the same trade group. In addition, Japan, China, the United States, and Germany had the largest impacts on international RE trade from 2002 to 2014. Last, some policy suggestions were highlighted according to the results.

  3. Putting 3D modelling and 3D printing into practice: virtual surgery and preoperative planning to reconstruct complex post-traumatic skeletal deformities and defects

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    Tetsworth Kevin; Block Steve; Glatt Vaida

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    3D printing technology has revolutionized and gradually transformed manufacturing across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in orthopaedics with many surgeons already incorporating aspects of 3D modelling and virtual procedures into their routine clinical practice. As a more extreme application, patient-specific 3D printed titanium truss cages represent a novel approach for managing the challenge of segmental bone defects. This review illu...

  4. Natural disease course and genotype-phenotype correlations in Complex I deficiency caused by nuclear gene defects: what we learned from 130 cases.

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    Koene, S.; Rodenburg, R.J.T.; Knaap, M.S. van der; Willemsen, M.A.A.P.; Sperl, W.; Laugel, V.; Ostergaard, E.; Tarnopolsky, M.; Martin, M.A.; Nesbitt, V.; Fletcher, J.; Edvardson, S.; Procaccio, V.; Slama, A.; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Smeitink, J.A.M.

    2012-01-01

    Mitochondrial complex I is the largest multi-protein enzyme complex of the oxidative phosphorylation system. Seven subunits of this complex are encoded by the mitochondrial and the remainder by the nuclear genome. We review the natural disease course and signs and symptoms of 130 patients (four new

  5. Expert Network for Die Casing Defect Analysis

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    Jiadi WANG; Yongfeng JIANG; Chen LU; Wenjiang DING

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    Due to the competition and high cost associated with die casting defects, it is urgent to adopt a rapid and effective method for defect analysis. In this research, a novel expert network approach was proposed to avoid some disadvantages of rulebased expert system. The main objective of the system is to assist die casting engineer in identifying defect, determining the probable causes of defect and proposing remedies to eliminate the defect. 14 common die casting defects could be identified quickly by expert system on the basis of their characteristics. BP neural network in combination with expert system was applied to map the complex relationship between causes and defects, and further explained the cause determination process.Cause determination gives due consideration to practical process conditions. Finally, corrective measures were recommended to eliminate the defect and implemented in the sequence of difficulty.

  6. Birth Defects

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    ... Z Topics Cerebral Palsy Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) Down Syndrome All related topics NICHD News and Spotlights No benefit in treating mildly low thyroid function in pregnancy, NIH Network study finds NIH workshop identifies complex health problems among ...

  7. Iron complex-catalyzed ammonia-borane dehydrogenation. A potential route toward B-N-containing polymer motifs using earth-abundant metal catalysts.

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    Baker, R Tom; Gordon, John C; Hamilton, Charles W; Henson, Neil J; Lin, Po-Heng; Maguire, Steven; Murugesu, Muralee; Scott, Brian L; Smythe, Nathan C

    2012-03-28

    Ammonia-borane (NH(3)BH(3), AB) has garnered interest as a hydrogen storage material due to its high weight percent hydrogen content and ease of H(2) release relative to metal hydrides. As a consequence of dehydrogenation, B-N-containing oligomeric/polymeric materials are formed. The ability to control this process and dictate the identity of the generated polymer opens up the possibility of the targeted synthesis of new materials. While precious metals have been used in this regard, the ability to construct such materials using earth-abundant metals such as Fe presents a more economical approach. Four Fe complexes containing amido and phosphine supporting ligands were synthesized, and their reactivity with AB was examined. Three-coordinate Fe(PCy(3))[N(SiMe(3))(2)](2) (1) and four-coordinate Fe(DEPE)[N(SiMe(3))(2)](2) (2) yield a mixture of (NH(2)BH(2))(n) and (NHBH)(n) products with up to 1.7 equiv of H(2) released per AB but cannot be recycled (DEPE = 1,2-bis(diethylphosphino)ethane). In contrast, Fe supported by a bidentate P-N ligand (4) can be used in a second cycle to afford a similar product mixture. Intriguingly, the symmetric analogue of 4 (Fe(N-N)(P-P), 3), only generates (NH(2)BH(2))(n) and does so in minutes at room temperature. This marked difference in reactivity may be the result of the chemistry of Fe(II) vs Fe(0).

  8. Superiority of DFT+U with non-linear core correction for open-shell binary rare-earth metal oxides: a case study of native point defects in cerium oxides

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    Huang, Bolong

    2014-09-01

    We successfully proposed a newly corrected density functional theory plus Hubbard U parameter (DFT + U) based on partial core correction on the orbitals within norm-conserving lanthanide atomic pseudopotentials. A related and comprehensive investigation of native point defects in cerium oxides has also been performed as an examine by practice.

  9. Geophysical interpretation of U, Th, and rare earth element mineralization of the Bokan Mountain peralkaline granite complex, Prince of Wales Island, southeast Alaska

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    McCafferty, Anne E.; Stoeser, Douglas B.; Van Gosen, Bradley S.

    2014-01-01

    A prospectivity map for rare earth element (REE) mineralization at the Bokan Mountain peralkaline granite complex, Prince of Wales Island, southeastern Alaska, was calculated from high-resolution airborne gamma-ray data. The map displays areas with similar radioelement concentrations as those over the Dotson REE-vein-dike system, which is characterized by moderately high %K, eU, and eTh (%K, percent potassium; eU, equivalent parts per million uranium; and eTh, equivalent parts per million thorium). Gamma-ray concentrations of rocks that share a similar range as those over the Dotson zone are inferred to locate high concentrations of REE-bearing minerals. An approximately 1300-m-long prospective tract corresponds to shallowly exposed locations of the Dotson zone. Prospective areas of REE mineralization also occur in continuous swaths along the outer edge of the pluton, over known but undeveloped REE occurrences, and within discrete regions in the older Paleozoic country rocks. Detailed mineralogical examinations of samples from the Dotson zone provide a means to understand the possible causes of the airborne Th and U anomalies and their relation to REE minerals. Thorium is sited primarily in thorite. Uranium also occurs in thorite and in a complex suite of ±Ti±Nb±Y oxide minerals, which include fergusonite, polycrase, and aeschynite. These oxides, along with Y-silicates, are the chief heavy REE (HREE)-bearing minerals. Hence, the eU anomalies, in particular, may indicate other occurrences of similar HREE-enrichment. Uranium and Th chemistry along the Dotson zone showed elevated U and total REEs east of the Camp Creek fault, which suggested the potential for increased HREEs based on their association with U-oxide minerals. A uranium prospectivity map, based on signatures present over the Ross-Adams mine area, was characterized by extremely high radioelement values. Known uranium deposits were identified in the U-prospectivity map, but the largest tract occurs

  10. Cellular responses of BRCA1-defective and triple-negative breast cancer cells and in vitro BRCA1 interactions induced by metallo-intercalator ruthenium(II) complexes containing chloro-substituted phenylazopyridine.

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    Nhukeaw, Tidarat; Temboot, Pornvichai; Hansongnern, Kanidtha; Ratanaphan, Adisorn

    2014-02-07

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is defined by the absence of expression of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Breast cancers with a BRCA1 mutation are also frequently triple-negative. Currently, there is a lack of effective therapies and known specific molecular targets for this aggressive breast cancer subtype. To address this concern, we have explored the cellular responses of BRCA1-defective and triple-negative breast cancer cells, and in vitro BRCA1 interactions induced by the ruthenium(II) complexes containing the bidentate ligand, 5-chloro-2-(phenylazo)pyridine. Triple-negative MDA-MB-231, BRCA1-defective HCC1937 and BRCA1-competent MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines were treated with ruthenium(II) complexes. The cytoxoxicity of ruthenium-induced breast cancer cells was evaluated by a real time cellular analyzer (RTCA). Cellular uptake of ruthenium complexes was determined by ICP-MS. Cell cycle progression and apoptosis were assessed using propidium iodide and Annexin V flow cytometry. The N-terminal BRCA1 RING protein was used for conformational and functional studies using circular dichroism and in vitro ubiquitination. HCC1937 cells were significantly more sensitive to the ruthenium complexes than the MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells. Treatment demonstrated a higher degree of cytotoxicity than cisplatin against all three cell lines. Most ruthenium atoms were retained in the nuclear compartment, particularly in HCC1937 cells, after 24 h of incubation, and produced a significant block at the G2/M phase. An increased induction of apoptotic cells as well as an upregulation of p53 mRNA was observed in all tested breast cancer cells. It was of interest that BRCA1 mRNA and replication of BRCA1-defective cells were downregulated. Changes in the conformation and binding constants of ruthenium-BRCA1 adducts were observed, causing inactivation of the RING heterodimer BRCA1/BARD1-mediated E3 ubiquitin ligase activity

  11. Solvent-induced structural diversity in tetranuclear Ni(ii) Schiff-base complexes: the first Ni4 single-molecule magnet with a defective dicubane-like topology.

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    Herchel, Radovan; Nemec, Ivan; Machata, Marek; Trávníček, Zdeněk

    2016-11-22

    Two tetranuclear Ni(II) complexes, namely [Ni4(L)4(CH3OH)3(H2O)]·CH3OH (1) and (Pr3NH)2[Ni4(L)4(CH3COO)2] (2, Pr3N = tripropylamine), were synthesized from a tridentate Schiff base ligand H2L (2-[(E)-(2-hydroxybenzylidene)amino]phenol) and Ni(CH3COO)2·4H2O, using different solvents and their ratios (CH3OH and/or CH2Cl2). The prepared Ni4 complexes are of different structural types, involving an Ni4O4 cubane-like core (1) and Ni4O6 defective dicubane-like core (2), with all the Ni atoms hexacoordinated. The complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy, variable temperature and field magnetic measurements, and single crystal X-ray analysis. The DFT and CASSCF/NEVPT2 theoretical calculations were utilized to reveal information about the isotropic exchange parameters (Jij) and single-ion zero-field splitting parameters (Di, Ei). The variable temperature magnetic data suggested the competition of the antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic intracluster interactions in compound 1, which is in contrast to compound 2, where all intracluster interactions are ferromagnetic resulting in the ground spin state S = 4 with an easy-axis type of anisotropy quantified by the axial zero-field splitting parameter D = -0.81 cm(-1). This resulted in the observation of a field-induced slow-relaxation of magnetization (U = 3.3-6.7 K), which means that the complex 2 represents the first Ni4 single-molecule magnet with the defective dicubane-like topology.

  12. Respiratory chain complex I, a main regulatory target of the cAMP/PKA pathway is defective in different human diseases

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    Papa, S.; De Rasmo, D.; Technikova-Dobrova, Z.;

    2012-01-01

    In mammals, complex I (NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase) of the mitochondrial respiratory chain has 31 supernumerary subunits in addition to the 14 conserved from prokaryotes to humans. Multiplicity of structural protein components, as well as of biogenesis factors, makes complex I a sensible pace...... to genetic and sporadic pathological factors. Complex I dysfunction has, indeed, been found, to be associated with several human diseases. Knowledge of the pathogenetic mechanisms of these diseases can help to develop new therapeutic strategies. (C) 2011 Federation of European Biochemical Societies...

  13. Earth\\'s Mass Variability

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    2014-01-01

    The perturbation of the Earth caused by variability of mass of Earth as additional reason with gravity of celestial bodies and shape of the Earth. The Earth eating and collecting matters from space and loss or eject matters to space through its flying in the space around the Sun. The source of the rising in the global sea level is not closed in global warming and icebergs, but the outer space is the additional important source for this rising. The Earth eats waters from space in unknown mechanism. The mass of the Earth become greater in November i.e. before transit apoapsis two months, and become latter in February i.e. after transit apoapsis to two months.

  14. Earth as art three

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    For most of us, deserts, mountains, river valleys, coastlines even dry lakebeds are relatively familiar features of the Earth's terrestrial environment. For earth scientists, they are the focus of considerable scientific research. Viewed from a unique and unconventional perspective, Earth's geographic attributes can also be a surprising source of awe-inspiring art. That unique perspective is space. The artists for the Earth as Art Three exhibit are the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites, which orbit approximately 705 kilometers (438 miles) above the Earth's surface. While studying the images these satellites beam down daily, researchers are often struck by the sheer beauty of the scenes. Such images inspire the imagination and go beyond scientific value to remind us how stunning, intricate, and simply amazing our planet's features can be. Instead of paint, the medium for these works of art is light. But Landsat satellite sensors don't see light as human eyes do; instead, they see radiant energy reflected from Earth's surface in certain wavelengths, or bands, of red, green, blue, and infrared light. When these different bands are combined into a single image, remarkable patterns, colors, and shapes emerge. The Earth as Art Three exhibit provides fresh and inspiring glimpses of different parts of our planet's complex surface. The images in this collection were chosen solely based on their aesthetic appeal. Many of the images have been manipulated to enhance color variations or details. They are not intended for scientific interpretation only for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

  15. Bilateral radial agenesis with absent thumbs, complex heart defect, short stature, and facial dysmorphism in a patient with pure distal microduplication of 5q35.2-5q35.3

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    Jamsheer Aleksander

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background A partial duplication of the distal long arm of chromosome 5 (5q35-- > qter is known to be associated with a distinct phenotype referred to as Hunter-McAlpine syndrome. Clinical spectrum of this disorder mainly consists of mental retardation, microcephaly, short stature, skeletal anomalies, and craniofacial dysmorphism featuring flat facies, micrognathia, large, low-set dysplastic ears, hypertelorism, almond-shaped, down-slanted palpebral fissures, epicanthal folds, small nose, long philtrum, small mouth, and thin upper lip. Less frequent remarkable findings include craniosynostosis, heart defect, hypoplastic phalanges, preaxial polydactyly, hypospadias, cryptorchidism, and inguinal hernia. In most patients with a partial duplication of 5q the aberration occurred due to an inherited unbalanced translocation, therefore the phenotype was not reflective of pure trisomy 5q. Case presentation We report on a 9.5-year-old boy with some feature of Hunter-McAlpine syndrome including short stature, complex heart defect (dextrocardia, dextroversion, PFO, bilateral cryptorchidism, hypothyroidism, and craniofacial dysmorphism. Additionally, bilateral radial agenesis with complete absence of Ist digital rays, ulnar hypoplasia with bowing, choroidal and retinal coloboma, abnormal biliary vesicle were identified, which have never been noted in 5q trisomy patients. Karyotype analysis, sequencing and MLPA for TBX5 and SALL4 genes were unremarkable. Array comparative genomic hybridization detected a duplication on 5q35.2-5q35.3, resulting from a de novo chromosomal rearrangement. Our proband carried the smallest of all previously reported pure distal 5q trisomies encompassing terminal 5.4-5.6 Mb and presented with the most severe limb malformation attributed to the increased number of distal 5q copies. Conclusions We postulate that a terminal distal trisomy of 5q35.2-5q35.3, which maps 1.1 Mb telomeric to the MSX2 gene is causative for both

  16. Life Before Earth

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    An extrapolation of the genetic complexity of organisms to earlier times suggests that life began before the Earth was formed. Life may have started from systems with single heritable elements that are functionally equivalent to a nucleotide. The genetic complexity, roughly measured by the number of non-redundant functional nucleotides, is expected to have grown exponentially due to several positive feedback factors: gene cooperation, duplication of genes with their subsequent specialization, and emergence of novel functional niches associated with existing genes. Linear regression of genetic complexity on a log scale extrapolated back to just one base pair suggests the time of the origin of life 9.7 billion years ago. This cosmic time scale for the evolution of life has important consequences: life took ca. 5 billion years to reach the complexity of bacteria; the environments in which life originated and evolved to the prokaryote stage may have been quite different from those envisaged on Earth; there was no...

  17. Family of defect-dicubane Ni4Ln2 (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho) and Ni4Y2 complexes: rare Tb(III) and Ho(III) examples showing SMM behavior.

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    Zhao, Lang; Wu, Jianfeng; Ke, Hongshan; Tang, Jinkui

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    Reactions of Ln(III) perchlorate (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, and Ho), NiCl2·6H2O, and a polydentate Schiff base resulted in the assembly of novel isostructural hexanuclear Ni4Ln2 complexes [Ln = Gd (1), Tb (2), Dy (3), Ho (4)] with an unprecedented 3d-4f metal topology consisting of two defect-dicubane units. The corresponding Ni4Y2 (5) complex containing diamagnetic Y(III) atoms was also isolated to assist the magnetic studies. Interestingly, complexes 2 and 3 exhibit SMM characteristics and 4 shows slow relaxation of the magnetization. The absence of frequency-dependent in-phase and out-of-phase signals for the Ni-Y species suggests that the Ln ions' contribution to the slow relaxation must be effectual as previously observed in other Ni-Dy samples. However, the observation of χ″ signals with zero dc field for the Ni-Tb and Ni-Ho derivatives is notable. Indeed, this is the first time that such a behavior is observed in the Ni-Tb and Ni-Ho complexes.

  18. Ventricular septal defect (image)

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    Ventricular septal defect is a congenital defect of the heart, that occurs as an abnormal opening in ... wall that separates the right and left ventricles. Ventricular septal defect may also be associated with other ...

  19. Facts about Birth Defects

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    ... Button Information For… Media Policy Makers Facts about Birth Defects Language: English (US) Español (Spanish) Recommend ... having a baby born without a birth defect. Birth Defects Are Common Every 4 ½ minutes, a ...

  20. Neural Tube Defects

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  1. An In-defect complex as a possible explanation for high luminous efficacy of InGaN and AlInN based devices

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    Kessler, Patrick; Miranda, Sérgio MC; Correia, João Guilherme; Johnston, Karl; Vianden, Reiner

    2010-01-01

    The role of indium in GaN and AlN films is investigated with the method of the perturbed angular correlation (PAC). Using the PAC probe $^{111}$In in addition to indium on substitutional cation sites a large fraction of probes is found in a distinctly different microscopic environment which was attributed to the formation of an indium nitrogen-vacancy (VN) complex. The influence of an electron capture induced after ef fect is ruled out by additional measurements with the PAC probes $^{111m}$Cd and $^{117}$Cd and using GaN with different dopants. It is shown that the VN is not bound to substitutional Cd impurities suggesting that the In-VN complex formation is a particularity of In in GaN and AlN. Finally, a preliminary model is presented to explain the temperature behavior of the electric field gradient, observed in the In-VN complex measured with $^{111}$In.

  2. Life Before Earth

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    2013-01-01

    An extrapolation of the genetic complexity of organisms to earlier times suggests that life began before the Earth was formed. Life may have started from systems with single heritable elements that are functionally equivalent to a nucleotide. The genetic complexity, roughly measured by the number of non-redundant functional nucleotides, is expected to have grown exponentially due to several positive feedback factors: gene cooperation, duplication of genes with their subsequent specialization,...

  3. 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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    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.

  4. Epidemiology of Complex Congenital Heart Disease in Defective Stillbirth Fetus%复杂性先天性心脏病在非活产缺陷儿中的发生状况

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    欧艳秋; 刘小清; 麦劲壮; 韩凤珍; 陈寄梅; 潘微; 庄建

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the prevalence and diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease( CCHD )in defective stillbirth fetus. Methods : We retrospectively studied 14342 fetuses and new born babies in our hospital from 2005 to 2010,that including 249 cases of defective stillbirth. All diagnosis was confirmed by fetal echocardiography. The defective rate and the component ratio of CCHD in stillbirth fetuses were analyzed. Results:The total detective rate of CHD in all birth was 10. 95‰( 157/14342 ),the detective rate in defective stillbirth was 1. 74%( 249/14342 )and CCHD in defective stillbirth was 17. 27%( 43/249 ). The CCHD occurrence as complete atrioventricular septal defect in 52‰( 13/249 ) cases,double outlet of right ventricle in 36‰ cases( 9/249 ), single ventricle in 32‰ cases( 8/ 249 ) and great artery conversion in 24‰ cases( 6/249 ). 95. 35% parents of CCHD fetuses chose to terminate the pregnancy. The detective rate for CCHD was higher in female fetuses than that in male( 30. 38% vs. 14. 55% ,P = 0. 0086 ). The average diagnosis time for CCHD fetuses was( 26. 9±4. 9 )weeks of gestation,and 67. 44% of diagnosis was made between 20 ~ 30 weeks of gestation. Conclusion:There was a high detective rate for CCHD in defective stillbirth. Fetal echocardiography was an effective and helpful method for CCHD diagnosis in fetuses.%目的:了解复杂性先天性心脏病(CCHD)在非活产缺陷儿中的检出和诊断情况.方法:通过病历回顾的方法选取我院2005-01-01 至2010-12-31胎儿及新生儿14 342例,非活产缺陷儿249例.主要诊断手段为胎儿超声心动图.分析CCHD在非活产缺陷儿中的检出率及构成比例.结果:14 342例胎儿及新生儿的先天性心脏病总检出率为10.95‰(157例),非活产缺陷儿的249例(1.74%),CCHD 43例占非活产缺陷儿的17.27%.43例中CCHD的亚型比例分布依次是完全性房室间隔缺损52‰(13例);右心室双出口36‰(9例)、单心室32‰(8

  5. Nuclear Pasta: Topology and Defects

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    da Silva Schneider, Andre; Horowitz, Charles; Berry, Don; Caplan, Matt; Briggs, Christian

    2015-04-01

    A layer of complex non-uniform phases of matter known as nuclear pasta is expected to exist at the base of the crust of neutron stars. Using large scale molecular dynamics we study the topology of some pasta shapes, the formation of defects and how these may affect properties of neutron star crusts.

  6. Putting 3D modelling and 3D printing into practice: virtual surgery and preoperative planning to reconstruct complex post-traumatic skeletal deformities and defects

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    Tetsworth, Kevin; Block, Steve; Glatt, Vaida

    2017-01-01

    3D printing technology has revolutionized and gradually transformed manufacturing across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in orthopaedics with many surgeons already incorporating aspects of 3D modelling and virtual procedures into their routine clinical practice. As a more extreme application, patient-specific 3D printed titanium truss cages represent a novel approach for managing the challenge of segmental bone defects. This review illustrates the potential indications of this innovative technique using 3D printed titanium truss cages in conjunction with the Masquelet technique. These implants are custom designed during a virtual surgical planning session with the combined input of an orthopaedic surgeon, an orthopaedic engineering professional and a biomedical design engineer. The ability to 3D model an identical replica of the original intact bone in a virtual procedure is of vital importance when attempting to precisely reconstruct normal anatomy during the actual procedure. Additionally, other important factors must be considered during the planning procedure, such as the three-dimensional configuration of the implant. Meticulous design is necessary to allow for successful implantation through the planned surgical exposure, while being aware of the constraints imposed by local anatomy and prior implants. This review will attempt to synthesize the current state of the art as well as discuss our personal experience using this promising technique. It will address implant design considerations including the mechanical, anatomical and functional aspects unique to each case. PMID:28220752

  7. Putting 3D modelling and 3D printing into practice: virtual surgery and preoperative planning to reconstruct complex post-traumatic skeletal deformities and defects

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    Tetsworth Kevin

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available 3D printing technology has revolutionized and gradually transformed manufacturing across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in orthopaedics with many surgeons already incorporating aspects of 3D modelling and virtual procedures into their routine clinical practice. As a more extreme application, patient-specific 3D printed titanium truss cages represent a novel approach for managing the challenge of segmental bone defects. This review illustrates the potential indications of this innovative technique using 3D printed titanium truss cages in conjunction with the Masquelet technique. These implants are custom designed during a virtual surgical planning session with the combined input of an orthopaedic surgeon, an orthopaedic engineering professional and a biomedical design engineer. The ability to 3D model an identical replica of the original intact bone in a virtual procedure is of vital importance when attempting to precisely reconstruct normal anatomy during the actual procedure. Additionally, other important factors must be considered during the planning procedure, such as the three-dimensional configuration of the implant. Meticulous design is necessary to allow for successful implantation through the planned surgical exposure, while being aware of the constraints imposed by local anatomy and prior implants. This review will attempt to synthesize the current state of the art as well as discuss our personal experience using this promising technique. It will address implant design considerations including the mechanical, anatomical and functional aspects unique to each case.

  8. Putting 3D modelling and 3D printing into practice: virtual surgery and preoperative planning to reconstruct complex post-traumatic skeletal deformities and defects.

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    Tetsworth, Kevin; Block, Steve; Glatt, Vaida

    2017-01-01

    3D printing technology has revolutionized and gradually transformed manufacturing across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare. Nowhere is this more apparent than in orthopaedics with many surgeons already incorporating aspects of 3D modelling and virtual procedures into their routine clinical practice. As a more extreme application, patient-specific 3D printed titanium truss cages represent a novel approach for managing the challenge of segmental bone defects. This review illustrates the potential indications of this innovative technique using 3D printed titanium truss cages in conjunction with the Masquelet technique. These implants are custom designed during a virtual surgical planning session with the combined input of an orthopaedic surgeon, an orthopaedic engineering professional and a biomedical design engineer. The ability to 3D model an identical replica of the original intact bone in a virtual procedure is of vital importance when attempting to precisely reconstruct normal anatomy during the actual procedure. Additionally, other important factors must be considered during the planning procedure, such as the three-dimensional configuration of the implant. Meticulous design is necessary to allow for successful implantation through the planned surgical exposure, while being aware of the constraints imposed by local anatomy and prior implants. This review will attempt to synthesize the current state of the art as well as discuss our personal experience using this promising technique. It will address implant design considerations including the mechanical, anatomical and functional aspects unique to each case.

  9. Polar Misunderstandings: Earth's Dynamic Dynamo

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    DiSpezio, Michael A.

    2011-01-01

    This article discusses the movement of Earth's north and south poles. The Earth's poles may be a bit more complex and dynamic than what many students and teachers believe. With better understanding, offer them up as a rich landscape for higher-level critical analysis and subject integration. Possible curriculum tie-ins include magnets, Earth…

  10. Síndrome de deleção 22q11 e cardiopatias congênitas complexas 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and complex congenital heart defects

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência da síndrome de deleção 22q11 (SD22q11 entre pacientes portadores de cardiopatia congênita do tipo complexa. MÉTODOS: A amostra foi constituída por uma coorte prospectiva e consecutiva de pacientes com cardiopatia complexa em sua primeira hospitalização em uma unidade de tratamento intensivo cardiológica de um hospital pediátrico. Para cada paciente foi preenchida uma ficha de avaliação, com coleta de dados clínicos, e realizado o cariótipo de alta resolução e técnica de hibridização in situ fluorescente (FISH com pesquisa de microdeleção 22q11. Os defeitos cardíacos foram classificados por um cardiologista participante do estudo. RESULTADOS: A amostra foi composta de 66 pacientes. Quanto à análise cariotípica, alterações foram observadas em cinco pacientes (7,6%; contudo, nenhum deles apresentava deleção 22q11. A avaliação pela técnica de FISH pôde ser realizada com sucesso em 65 pacientes, sendo que a microdeleção 22q11 foi identificada em dois (3,1%. Dos 66 pacientes com defeitos complexos, 52 eram portadores de malformações do tipo conotruncal, sendo que em 51 a pesquisa para microdeleção 22q11 foi realizada. Os dois pacientes portadores da microdeleção 22q11 fizeram parte deste grupo, representando uma frequência de 3,9%. Eles apresentavam tetralogia de Fallot. CONCLUSÃO: A SD22q11 é uma anormalidade frequente entre pacientes com cardiopatias congênitas complexas e conotruncais. Variações da frequência da SD22q11 entre os estudos parecem estar associadas, principalmente, com a forma adotada para a seleção da amostra e às características da população em análise.OBJECTIVE: Investigate the frequency of 22q11 deletion syndrome among patients with complex congenital heart disease. METHODS: A prospective and consecutive cohort of patients with complex heart defects was evaluated in their first hospitalization at a cardiac intensive care unit of a pediatric

  11. 颞浅动脉顶支扩张岛状皮瓣在修复头皮缺损中的应用%Application of the parietal branches of superficial temporal artery island flap in complex scalp defects

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    王楷; 李爱林; 赵月强; 余墨声; 罗定安; 吴晓蔚

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application of the parietal branches of superficial temporal artery island flap in the complex scalp defects.Methods A parietal branches of superficial temporal artery island flap on the ectatic scalp flap was designed to repair the complex scalp defects in 25cases and the repairing effect was observed.Results The island flaps were survived completely in 24patients,in which 1 patient had partial necrosis because of the flap tension was too large,but healed after local dressing and debridement.After followed up 6~ 12 months,the color and texture of the flap were the same to the surrounding normal scalp,and the shape was satisfactory.The flap donor site of hair growth was good,with well healing and no obvious complications.Conclusions The parietal branches of superficial temporal artery island flap can repair the complex scalp defects with the flexible flap design and movement.The flap survives well and the repair area is large.The flap and the surrounding scalp connects good.Therefore,it is a good method strongly recommended for small area complex scalp defects repair in clinics.%目的 探讨颞浅动脉顶支扩张岛状皮瓣在修复复杂头皮缺损中的应用.方法 通过在扩张头皮瓣上设计以颞浅动脉顶支为蒂的岛状皮瓣,转移修复复杂头皮缺损25例,并观察其愈合和修复效果.结果 25例患者,24例皮瓣完全存活,1例患者因皮瓣张力过大出现部分坏死,但通过清创及换药后愈合.术后随访6~12个月,头皮缺损修复部位与周围皮肤色泽、质地相似,外形恢复满意,皮瓣供受区毛发生长良好,创面愈合良好,无并发症发生.结论 应用颞浅动脉顶支为蒂的岛状扩张皮瓣修复复杂头皮缺损,皮瓣存活良好,皮瓣设计、转移灵活,修复范围较大,皮瓣与周边头皮衔接良好,是修复复杂头皮缺损的一种良好方法,值得应用和推广.

  12. Encyclopedia of earth system science

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    Nierenberg, William Aaron

    1992-01-01

    .... The very diversity of the articles attests to the complexity of earth system science as a unique interdisciplinary venture to place humanity in a position to move wisely to protect the global habitat...

  13. Earth materials and earth dynamics

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    Bennett, K; Shankland, T. [and others

    2000-11-01

    In the project ''Earth Materials and Earth Dynamics'' we linked fundamental and exploratory, experimental, theoretical, and computational research programs to shed light on the current and past states of the dynamic Earth. Our objective was to combine different geological, geochemical, geophysical, and materials science analyses with numerical techniques to illuminate active processes in the Earth. These processes include fluid-rock interactions that form and modify the lithosphere, non-linear wave attenuations in rocks that drive plate tectonics and perturb the earth's surface, dynamic recrystallization of olivine that deforms the upper mantle, development of texture in high-pressure olivine polymorphs that create anisotropic velocity regions in the convecting upper mantle and transition zone, and the intense chemical reactions between the mantle and core. We measured physical properties such as texture and nonlinear elasticity, equation of states at simultaneous pressures and temperatures, magnetic spins and bonding, chemical permeability, and thermal-chemical feedback to better characterize earth materials. We artificially generated seismic waves, numerically modeled fluid flow and transport in rock systems and modified polycrystal plasticity theory to interpret measured physical properties and integrate them into our understanding of the Earth. This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

  14. Method for microsurgical repairing of tendo calcaneus and complex tissue defect%跟腱及周围复合组织缺损的显微外科修复

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    刘勇; 张成进; 付兴茂; 王剑利; 王成琪; 张雪涛; 王蕾

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨跟腱及周围复合组织缺损的显微外科修复方法及临床效果. 方法 自1994年6月至2011年3月,对356例跟腱伴周围复合组织缺损的患者采用不同的显微外科方法的治疗.根据跟腱缺损长度及周围软组织缺损情况分为A和B两类.A类为跟腱缺损在3 cm以内、皮肤缺损在3cm× 20 cm以内,采用跟腱直接缝合(166例)或Abraham倒“V-Y”腱成形术(72例)修复跟腱损伤,采用局部皮瓣转移(238例)修复周围软组织缺损.其中跟外侧皮瓣转移修复23例,足底内侧皮瓣转移修复58例,足背皮瓣转移修复40例,内踝上皮瓣转移修复48例,外踝上皮瓣转移修复24例,腓肠神经营养血管皮瓣转移修复29例,腓肠肌皮瓣推移修复修复16例.B类为跟腱缺损超过3 cm、皮肤缺损在3 cm×20 cm以上,跟腱难以直接缝合,则采用吻合血管的复合组织瓣一期修复跟腱和软组织缺损(118例).其中阔筋膜张肌皮瓣移植修复52例,膝上外侧复合组织瓣移植修复26例,背阔肌筋膜组织瓣移植修复24例,腹直肌前鞘肌皮瓣移植修复16例. 结果 临床应用356例,局部皮瓣转移238例中226例全部成活,12例部分成活,经换药后伤口愈合.游离组织瓣118例中109例全部成活,8例术后发生血管危象,经手术探查后成活,1例手术失败,改用其他组织瓣后存活.随访1.0 ~4.5年,平均3.2年,按Thermann功能评定:优240例,良86例,可22例,差8例,优良率91.6%. 结论 显微外科技术是修复跟腱伴周围复合组织缺损的优良方法,根据跟腱及周围复合组织缺损程度灵活选择不同的修复方法,可以达到良好的功能恢复目的.%Objectives To approach the method and clinical effect on tendo calcaneus and complex tissue defect with microsurgery repair.Methods Retrospective summary the methods of 356 cases with tendo calcaneus and complex tissueserious defect,which repaired by different microsurgery from June 1994 to March 201 1

  15. 柚皮苷-稀土配合物的合成及抗肿瘤活性的研究%Synthesis and Antitumor Activity of Rare Earth Complexes with Naringin

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    夏侯国论; 刘霞; 丁冶春; 范小娜; 李翔; 王珊

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究柚皮苷-稀土配合物的抗肿瘤活性及其在脐橙中能否自然生成。方法:合成了Pr-柚皮苷配合物和Y-柚皮苷配合物并对其进行了结构表征;用噻唑蓝(MTT)还原法测试上述配合物对肺癌细胞95-D、肝癌细胞HepG-2和乳腺癌细胞ZR-75-30的抑制作用;模拟在脐橙自然生长pH及温度下稀土-柚皮苷配合物的生成。结果:Pr-柚皮苷配合物和Y-柚皮苷配合物中稀土离子与柚皮苷的络合比例为1∶1;Y-柚皮苷配合物对肺癌细胞95-D有抑制作用;在室温下,pH=5.57时,Y3+与柚皮苷发生配位。结论:在脐橙果皮中存在具有抗肿瘤活性的Y-柚皮苷配合物。%Objective:To study the antitumor activity of rare earth complexes with naringin and its natural generation in the navel orange.Methods:The complexes of rare earth element Pr (Ⅲ)and Y (Ⅲ)with naringin were synthesized and characterized;The MTT reduction test was adopted to test the inhibition of the complexes on lung cancer cells 95-D, liver cancer cells HepG-2 and breast cancer cells ZR-75-30.The generation of rare earth-naringin complexes was simula-ted under the pH and temperature that the navel orange grew.Results:The complexation ratios of Pr /naringin and Y /naringin were both 1∶1 .The MTT colorimetric assay indicated that Y (Ⅲ)-naringin complex could inhibit the prolifera-tion of lung cancer cells 95-D.The Y (Ⅲ)-naringin complex generated at pH 5.57 and room temperature.Conclusion:Y (Ⅲ)-naringin complex which has antitumor activity may exist in the peel of the navel orange.

  16. Loparite, a rare-earth ore (Ce, Na, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3

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    Hedrick, James B.; Sinha, Shyama P.; Kosynkin, Valery D.

    1997-01-01

    The mineral loparite (Ce, NA, Sr, Ca)(Ti, Nb, Ta, Fe+3)O3 is the principal ore of the light-group rare-earth elements (LREE) in Russia. The complex oxide has a perovskite (ABO3) structure with coupled substitutions, polymorphism, defect chemistry and a tendency to become metamict. The A site generally contains weakly bonded, easily exchanged cations of the LREE, Na and Ca. The B site generally contains smaller, highly charged cations of Ti, Nb or Fe+3. Mine production is from Russia's Kola Peninsula. Ore is beneficiated to produce a 95% loparite concentrate containing 30% rare-earth oxides. Loparite concentrate is refined by either a chlorination process or acid decomposition process to recover rare-earths, titanium, niobium and tantalum. Rare-earths are separated by solvent extraction and selective precipitation/dissolution. The concentrate is processed at plants in Russia, Estonia and Kazakstan.

  17. Band gaps and photocurrent responses of two novel alkaline earth metal(II) complexes based on 4,5-di(4‧-carboxylphenyl)benzene

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    Meng, Jiang Ping; Yan, Zhi Shuo; Long, Ji Ying; Gong, Yun; Lin, Jian Hua

    2017-01-01

    By using a rigid dicarboxylate ligand, 4,5-di(4‧-carboxylphenyl)benzene (H2L), two complexes formulated as SrL(DMF)(H2O)·(CH3CN) (DMF=N,N‧-dimethylformamide) (1) and BaL(H2O)2 (2) were solvothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Complexes 1 and 2 display two-dimensional (2D) layer structures. The two complexes exhibit different electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties. Their thermal stabilities, cyclic voltammograms, UV-vis absorption and diffuse reflectance spectra and photoluminescence properties have been investigated. The band structures, the total density of states (TDOS) and partial density of states (PDOS) of the two complexes were calculated by CASTEP program. Complex 2 exhibits much higher photocurrent density than complex 1. The Mott-Schottky plots reveal that complexes 1 and 2 both are p-type semiconductors, which are in agreement with their band structure calculations.

  18. A Defective mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Complex Facilitates Expansions of Transcribed (GAAn Repeats Associated with Friedreich’s Ataxia

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    Ryan J. McGinty

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Expansions of microsatellite repeats are responsible for numerous hereditary diseases in humans, including myotonic dystrophy and Friedreich’s ataxia. Whereas the length of an expandable repeat is the main factor determining disease inheritance, recent data point to genomic trans modifiers that can impact the likelihood of expansions and disease progression. Detection of these modifiers may lead to understanding and treating repeat expansion diseases. Here, we describe a method for the rapid, genome-wide identification of trans modifiers for repeat expansion in a yeast experimental system. Using this method, we found that missense mutations in the endoribonuclease subunit (Ysh1 of the mRNA cleavage and polyadenylation complex dramatically increase the rate of (GAAn repeat expansions but only when they are actively transcribed. These expansions correlate with slower transcription elongation caused by the ysh1 mutation. These results reveal an interplay between RNA processing and repeat-mediated genome instability, confirming the validity of our approach.

  19. The Na+ transport in gram-positive bacteria defect in the Mrp antiporter complex measured with 23Na nuclear magnetic resonance.

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    Górecki, Kamil; Hägerhäll, Cecilia; Drakenberg, Torbjörn

    2014-01-15

    (23)Na nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has previously been used to monitor Na(+) translocation across membranes in gram-negative bacteria and in various other organelles and liposomes using a membrane-impermeable shift reagent to resolve the signals resulting from internal and external Na(+). In this work, the (23)Na NMR method was adapted for measurements of internal Na(+) concentration in the gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis, with the aim of assessing the Na(+) translocation activity of the Mrp (multiple resistance and pH) antiporter complex, a member of the cation proton antiporter-3 (CPA-3) family. The sodium-sensitive growth phenotype observed in a B. subtilis strain with the gene encoding MrpA deleted could indeed be correlated to the inability of this strain to maintain a lower internal Na(+) concentration than an external one.

  20. Defects formation and wave emitting from defects in excitable media

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    Ma, Jun; Xu, Ying; Tang, Jun; Wang, Chunni

    2016-05-01

    Abnormal electrical activities in neuronal system could be associated with some neuronal diseases. Indeed, external forcing can cause breakdown even collapse in nervous system under appropriate condition. The excitable media sometimes could be described by neuronal network with different topologies. The collective behaviors of neurons can show complex spatiotemporal dynamical properties and spatial distribution for electrical activities due to self-organization even from the regulating from central nervous system. Defects in the nervous system can emit continuous waves or pulses, and pacemaker-like source is generated to perturb the normal signal propagation in nervous system. How these defects are developed? In this paper, a network of neurons is designed in two-dimensional square array with nearest-neighbor connection type; the formation mechanism of defects is investigated by detecting the wave propagation induced by external forcing. It is found that defects could be induced under external periodical forcing under the boundary, and then the wave emitted from the defects can keep balance with the waves excited from external forcing.

  1. 水杨醛缩邻氨基苯甲酸Schiff碱稀土配合物的合成%Synthesis of salicylaldehyde-o-aminobenzoic acid Schiff base and its rare earth complexes

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    刘鸿; 金真; 彭忠利

    2011-01-01

    Synthesis of salicylaldebyde-o-aminobenzoic acid Schiff base and its four rare earth complexes were reported. It showed that complexes had the general formula of REL( H2O)Cl2 ·H2O(RE=Y、La、Sm、Eu)by elemental analysis 、IR、UV、1H NMR and TG-DTG. The fluorescence properties of compexes were studied by photolutninescence, Y( III ) 、La( III)、Eu( III)、Sm( III ) four rare earth complexes could produce fluorescence in S00-700nm range under the excitation source, the peak wavelength were 551 nm、 556nm,547nm and 550nm.%报道了水杨醛缩邻氨基苯甲酸及其四种稀土配合物的合成,通过元素分析、IB、UV、1H NMR及热失重分析,确定配合物组成为REL( H2O)C12·H2O( RE=Y、La、Sm、Eu);测试了配合物的荧光性,在激发光源辐射下,Y(Ⅲ)、La(Ⅲ)、Eu(Ⅲ)、Sm(Ⅲ)四种稀土配合物在500-700nm区域产生荧光,λmax分别为551nm、556nm、547nm和550nm.

  2. Snowball Earth

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    2016-01-01

    In the ongoing quest to better understand where life may exist elsewhere in the Universe, important lessons may be gained from our own planet. In particular, much can be learned from planetary glaciation events that Earth suffered ∼600 million years ago, so-called `Snowball Earth' episodes. I begin with an overview of how the climate works. This helps to explain how the ice-albedo feedback effect can destabilise a planet's climate. The process relies on lower temperatures causing more ice to ...

  3. Reconstrucción de defectos torácicos de espesor total: Presentación de 8 casos de especial complejidad Reconstruction of full thickness defects on the chest wall: Presentation of 8 complex cases

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    J.M. Lasso

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Las lesiones de gran tamaño en el tórax, requieren casi siempre para su reparación plastias complejas, que en algunos casos han de combinar el uso de tejidos autólogos y/o materiales sintéticos. Por tanto, la reconstrucción de la pared torácica supone un desafío desde el punto de vista reconstructivo en el que es fundamental el papel de los cirujanos plásticos. Los grandes defectos torácicos suelen ser secundarios a exéresis tumoral (tumores parietales de origen primario o secundario, infecciones, radionecrosis, traumatismos y malformaciones congénitas. Si bien los principios de la reconstrucción del tórax exigen una escisión amplia de la lesión, desbridamiento de los tejidos desvitalizados o irradiados y control de la infección local, dichas actuaciones no podrían abordarse con seguridad si no dispusiéramos de un amplio arsenal de técnicas reconstructivas, capaces de aportar tejidos sanos y bien vascularizados o voluminosos y amplios en superficie, junto con soportes rígidos mediante materiales aloplásticos. Gracias a estos avances, en la mayoría de los casos conseguimos el objetivo con sólo una intervención, cuando hace unos años necesitábamos varios procedimientos quirúrgicos. Presentamos una muestra variada de la experiencia de nuestro Servicio en el tratamiento de grandes defectos del tórax, en el que resumimos las distintas posibilidades que podemos encontrar en la práctica clínica diaria, y las soluciones que mejor se adaptan a las mismas.Reconstruction of full thickness defects on the chest wall is controversial and require the use of complex techniques that combine autologous tissue and/or alloplastic materials. Thus it is a challenge for plastic surgeons since it needs a suitable and functional reconstruction. The aethiology for these defects include tumoral surgery (primary wall tumors, or recurrences or metastasis, infections, radiation injury, trauma and congenital defects. Otherwise, first surgical

  4. A modification of Eu incorporation sites by the dissociation of hydrogen defect complexes in Mg co-doped Eu doped gallium nitride

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    Mitchell, Brandon; Poplawsky, Jonathan; Dierolf, Volkmar

    2013-03-01

    Europium doped gallium nitride (Eu:GaN) is a promising candidate as a material for red LEDs that can monolithically be integrated with existing nitride based lighting technology. Photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) studies have revealed, however, that the majority incorporation environment (site) for the Eu is not efficiently excited by electron hole pairs. To improve this efficiency, Mg was co-doped into Eu:GaN during metal organic chemical vapor deposition and multiple new incorporation environments were discovered. These new sites show a high efficiency at room temperature and have been attributed to the coupling of a Mg-H complex to the majority Eu site. However, we also observe that sustained electron beam irradiation produced a semi-permanent change in the CL spectra of the sample. It was demonstrated that this change occurs in two distinct steps which exhibit a pronounced temperature dependence. Our observations point toward a dynamic system in which the Mg-H bond is broken and the hydrogen moves within the epi-layer. Details of this behavior will be discussed.

  5. A complex chromosome rearrangement involving four chromosomes, nine breakpoints and a cryptic 0.6-Mb deletion in a boy with cerebellar hypoplasia and defects in skull ossification.

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    Guilherme, R S; Cernach, M C S P; Sfakianakis, T E; Takeno, S S; Nardozza, L M M; Rossi, C; Bhatt, S S; Liehr, T; Melaragno, M I

    2013-01-01

    Constitutional complex chromosomal rearrangements (CCRs) are considered rare cytogenetic events. Most apparently balanced CCRs are de novo and are usually found in patients with abnormal phenotypes. High-resolution techniques are unveiling genomic imbalances in a great percentage of these cases. In this paper, we report a patient with growth and developmental delay, dysmorphic features, nervous system anomalies (pachygyria, hypoplasia of the corpus callosum and cerebellum), a marked reduction in the ossification of the cranial vault, skull base sclerosis, and cardiopathy who presents a CCR with 9 breakpoints involving 4 chromosomes (3, 6, 8 and 14) and a 0.6-Mb deletion in 14q24.1. Although the only genomic imbalance revealed by the array technique was a deletion, the clinical phenotype of the patient most likely cannot be attributed exclusively to haploinsufficiency. Other events must also be considered, including the disruption of critical genes and position effects. A combination of several different investigative approaches (G-banding, FISH with different probes and SNP array techniques) was required to describe this CCR in full, suggesting that CCRs may be more frequent than initially thought. Additionally, we propose that a chain chromosome breakage mechanism may have occurred as a single rearrangement event resulting in this CCR. This study demonstrates the importance of applying different cytogenetic and molecular techniques to detect subtle rearrangements and to delineate the rearrangements at a more accurate level, providing a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in CCR formation and a better correlation with phenotype.

  6. Digital Earth - A sustainable Earth

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    Mahavir

    2014-02-01

    All life, particularly human, cannot be sustainable, unless complimented with shelter, poverty reduction, provision of basic infrastructure and services, equal opportunities and social justice. Yet, in the context of cities, it is believed that they can accommodate more and more people, endlessly, regardless to their carrying capacity and increasing ecological footprint. The 'inclusion', for bringing more and more people in the purview of development is often limited to social and economic inclusion rather than spatial and ecological inclusion. Economic investment decisions are also not always supported with spatial planning decisions. Most planning for a sustainable Earth, be at a level of rural settlement, city, region, national or Global, fail on the capacity and capability fronts. In India, for example, out of some 8,000 towns and cities, Master Plans exist for only about 1,800. A chapter on sustainability or environment is neither statutorily compulsory nor a norm for these Master Plans. Geospatial technologies including Remote Sensing, GIS, Indian National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), Indian National Urban Information Systems (NUIS), Indian Environmental Information System (ENVIS), and Indian National GIS (NGIS), etc. have potential to map, analyse, visualize and take sustainable developmental decisions based on participatory social, economic and social inclusion. Sustainable Earth, at all scales, is a logical and natural outcome of a digitally mapped, conceived and planned Earth. Digital Earth, in fact, itself offers a platform to dovetail the ecological, social and economic considerations in transforming it into a sustainable Earth.

  7. The Sun and Earth

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    Gopalswamy, Natchimuthuk

    2012-01-01

    Thus the Sun forms the basis for life on Earth via the black body radiation it emits. The Sun also emits mass in the form of the solar wind and the coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Mass emission also occurs in the form of solar energetic particles (SEPs), which happens during CMEs and solar flares. Both the mass and electromagnetic energy output of the Sun vary over a wide range of time scales, thus introducing disturbances on the space environment that extends from the Sun through the entire heliosphere including the magnetospheres and ionospheres of planets and moons of the solar system. Although our habitat is located in the neutral atmosphere of Earth, we are intimately connected to the non-neutral space environment starting from the ionosphere to the magnetosphere and to the vast interplanetary space. The variability of the solar mass emissions results in the interaction between the solar wind plasma and the magnetospheric plasma leading to huge disturbances in the geospace. The Sun ionizes our atmosphere and creates the ionosphere. The ionosphere can be severely disturbed by the transient energy input from solar flares and the solar wind during geomagnetic storms. The complex interplay between Earth's magnetic field and the solar magnetic field carried by the solar wind presents varying conditions that are both beneficial and hazardous to life on earth. This seminar presents some of the key aspects of this Sun-Earth connection that we have learned since the birth of space science as a scientific discipline some half a century ago.

  8. Method for isolation of Escherichia coli mutants with defects in the proton-translocating sector of the membrane adenosine triphosphatase complex.

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    Fillingame, R H; Knoebel, K; Wopat, A E

    1978-11-01

    A technique for selecting mutants of Escherichia coli in which the proton-translocating sector of the adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) complex has been inactivated is reported. The procedure uses a strain of E. coli (NR-70) lacking the extrinsic (F1) sector of the ATPase complex and which in consequently permeable to protons (B. P. Rosen, J. Bacteriol. 116:1124--1129, 1973). After growing strain NR-70 under noninducing conditions for the lac operon, cells were mutagenized and plated on minimal medium containing low concentrations of lactose. Several mutants of strain NR-70 were isolated as large colonies on these plates, apparently because they could concentrate lactose more efficiently. A description of one of the mutants, strain KW-1, is reported here. The most distinguishing difference in growth properties of the two strains was that, when transferred to medium containing low concentrations of lactose, strain KW-1 induced the lac operon with a shorter lag time than strain NR-70. The mutation in strain KW-1 leading to more rapid growth on lactose was cotransducible with the asn and unc loci, at 83 min on the E. coli genetic map. Intact cells of strain KW-1 actively transported L-proline as well as did wild-type cells, whereas cells of strain NR-70 were markedly deficient in L-proline transport. The improvement in the transport capacity of strain KW-1 correlated with a marked decrease in proton permeability relative to that of strain NR-70. Based on an acid-base pulse technique that measured the proton conductance of the membranes of intact cells, strain NR-70 was at least 10 times more permeable to protons than was the wild type, whereas strain KW-1 was only 2 times more permeable. The transport properties and proton conductance were also compared with membrane vesicles prepared by osmotic shock. With either D-lactate or ascorbate-N-methylphenazonium methosulfate as respiratory substrates, vesicles of strain KW-1 transported L-proline much more rapidly than did

  9. 稀土镧-芦丁配合物的合成与表征及其抑菌活性%Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of rare earth lanthanum-rutin complex

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    林建原; 骆林峰; 陈亮; 余洪哲

    2012-01-01

    为研究稀土芦丁配合物的结构和抑菌活性,以稀土金属镧(Ⅲ)的氯化物和芦丁为原料,在乙醇溶液中合成镧-芦丁配合物.以二甲基亚砜(DMSO)为溶剂,在200 ~ 400 nm波长范围内对芦丁及配合物进行紫外光谱扫描,结果发现2个特征峰带分别发生了红移和蓝移.同时对配合物进行的傅里叶红外光谱分析显示,在614.88 cm-1处出现的特征吸收峰表明芦丁与稀土镧(Ⅲ)以La-O键的形式结合成配合物,结果与紫外吸收光谱分析一致.同时研究了配合物在pH值为5~7时,浓度为2×10 9-2×10-5 mol/L范围的荧光强度变化.抑菌活性实验结果表明,稀土镧-芦丁配合物的抑菌活性优于单独稀土镧(Ⅲ)离子和芦丁配体.将配合物用于纺织物的抗菌整理中,织物具有较强的抑菌活性.%A rare earth lanthanum-rutin complex was synthesized from rare earth metal lanthanum (III) chloride and rutin in ethanol solution in order to study the structure and antibacterial activity of the complex. Using dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) as the solvent, the rutin and its complex's wavelength in the range of 200 - 400 nm was scanned by UV spectroscopy, and two characteristic peaks were found red shifting and blue shifting, respectively. And Fourier-transform-infrared (FT-IR) analysis of the complex shows that the characteristic absorption peak appears at 614. 88 cm , indicating that the complex combining rare earth lanthanum (III) with rutin in the form of La—O bond. The result agrees with the analysis of ultraviolet-visible (UV) absorption spectrum. At the same time, the study of fluorescence properties of the complex shows the complex has a strong correlation of the changes of fluorescence intensity at pH of 5 - 7 with the concentration ranging from 2 × 10-9 mol/L to 2 ×. 10 -5 mol/L. Antibacterial activity tests show that in the case of antibacterial activity, the lanthanum- rutin complex is superior to the rare earth lanthanum ( III ) ion

  10. Feasibility of a Team Approach to Complex Congenital Heart Defect Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up: Early Experience of a Combined Cardiology/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-Up Program.

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    Chorna, Olena; Baldwin, H Scott; Neumaier, Jamie; Gogliotti, Shirley; Powers, Deborah; Mouvery, Amanda; Bichell, David; Maitre, Nathalie L

    2016-07-01

    Infants with complex congenital heart disease are at high risk for poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. However, implementation of dedicated congenital heart disease follow-up programs presents important infrastructure, personnel, and resource challenges. We present the development, implementation, and retrospective review of 1- and 2-year outcomes of a Complex Congenital Heart Defect Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up program. This program was a synergistic approach between the Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Follow-Up teams to provide a feasible and responsible utilization of existing infrastructure and personnel, to develop and implement a program dedicated to children with congenital heart disease. Trained developmental testers administered the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 over the phone to the parents of all referred children at least once between 6 and 12 months' corrected age. At 18 months' corrected age, all children were scheduled in the Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit Follow-Up Clinic for a visit with standardized neurological exams, Bayley III, multidisciplinary therapy evaluations and continued follow-up. Of the 132 patients identified in the Cardiothoracic Surgery database and at discharge from the hospital, a total number of 106 infants were reviewed. A genetic syndrome was identified in 23.4% of the population. Neuroimaging abnormalities were identified in 21.7% of the cohort with 12.8% having visibly severe insults. As a result, 23 (26.7%) received first-time referrals for early intervention services, 16 (13.8%) received referrals for new services in addition to their existing ones. We concluded that utilization of existing resources in collaboration with established programs can ensure targeted neurodevelopmental follow-up for all children with complex congenital heart disease.

  11. Cloacal Exstrophy : An Epidemiologic Study From the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research

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    Feldkamp, Marcia L.; Botto, Lorenzo D.; Amar, Emmanuelle; Bakker, Marian K.; Bermejo-Sanchez, Eva; Bianca, Sebastiano; Canfield, Mark A.; Castilla, Eduardo E.; Clementi, Maurizio; Csaky-Szunyogh, Melinda; Leoncini, Emanuele; Li, Zhu; Lowry, R. Brian; Mastroiacovo, Pierpaolo; Merlob, Paul; Morgan, Margery; Mutchinick, Osvaldo M.; Rissmann, Anke; Ritvanen, Annukka; Siffel, Csaba; Carey, John C.

    2011-01-01

    Cloacal exstrophy presents as a complex abdominal wall defect thought to result from a mesodermal abnormality. Anatomically, its main components are Omphalocele, bladder Exstrophy and Imperforate anus. Other associated malformations include renal malformations and Spine defects (OEIS complex). Histo

  12. Energetic neutron and gamma-ray spectra under the earth radiation belts according to "SALYUT-7" [correction of "SALUTE-7"]-"KOSMOS-1686" orbital complex and "CORONAS-I" satellite data.

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    Bogomolov, A V; Dmitriev, A V; Myagkova, I N; Ryumin, S P; Smirnova, O N; Sobolevsky, I M

    1998-01-01

    The spectra of neutrons >10 MeV and gamma-rays 1.5-100 MeV under the Earth Radiation Belts, restored from the data, obtained onboard orbital complex "SALYUT-7" [correction of "SALUTE-7"]-"KOSMOS-1686", are presented. The spectra shapes are similar to those for albedo neutrons and gamma-rays, but absolute values of their fluxes (0.2 cm-2 s-1 for neutrons, 0.8 cm-2 s-1 for gamma-rays at the equator and 1.2 cm-2 s-1, 1.9 cm-2 s-1, accordingly, at L=1.9) are several times as large. It is possibly explained by the fact that most of the detected particles were produced by the cosmic ray interactions with the orbital complex matter. Neutron and gamma-ray fluxes obtained from "CORONAS-1" data are near those for albedo particles.

  13. Congenital platelet function defects

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    ... storage pool disorder; Glanzmann's thrombasthenia; Bernard-Soulier syndrome; Platelet function defects - congenital ... Congenital platelet function defects are bleeding disorders that ... function, even though there are normal platelet numbers. Most ...

  14. Birth Defects: Cerebral Palsy

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    ... defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Solving premature birth Featured articles Accomplishments and lessons learned since the ... and pregnancy Folic acid Medicine safety and pregnancy Birth defects prevention Learn how to help reduce your ...

  15. Searching for topological defect dark matter via nongravitational signatures.

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    Stadnik, Y V; Flambaum, V V

    2014-10-10

    We propose schemes for the detection of topological defect dark matter using pulsars and other luminous extraterrestrial systems via nongravitational signatures. The dark matter field, which makes up a defect, may interact with standard model particles, including quarks and the photon, resulting in the alteration of their masses. When a topological defect passes through a pulsar, its mass, radius, and internal structure may be altered, resulting in a pulsar "quake." A topological defect may also function as a cosmic dielectric material with a distinctive frequency-dependent index of refraction, which would give rise to the time delay of a periodic extraterrestrial light or radio signal, and the dispersion of a light or radio source in a manner distinct to a gravitational lens. A topological defect passing through Earth may alter Earth's period of rotation and give rise to temporary nonzero electric dipole moments for an electron, proton, neutron, nuclei and atoms.

  16. 自体红骨髓构建非细胞型组织工程化骨修复骨缺损%Repairing bone defects by non-cell based tissue engineered complex constructed by autologous red bone marrow

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    黄文良; 邓江; 贾东林; 阮世强; 苑成

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cell based tissue engineered bone is successful in the repair of bone defects, but it is a complex operation,easy to be contaminated and takes a long time, and not conducive to clinical application.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of repairing large-segment bone defects by non-cell based tissue engineered complexconstructed by autologous red bone marrow.METHODS: Twenty-seven rabbits were used to prepare 2 cm unilateral radial large-segment bone defect models, and thenrandomly divided into group A, group B and group C. Group A was implanted with autologous red bone marrow to constructtissue engineered bone (autologous red bone marrow+recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-1/coralline hydroxyapatite);group B was implanted with autologous red bone marrow/coralline hydroxyapatite artificial bone material; group C was implantedwith coralline hydroxyapatite/recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-1 artificial bone material.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Group A was superior to the other two group in terms of osteogenic potential and materialdegradation by comparison of degree of bone formation, bone trabecular number, the structure formation of mature bone andimplant degradation at 4, 8, 12 weeks after implantation (P < 0.05). Non-cell based tissue engineered bone constructed byautologous red bone marrow has better osteogenic activity, and effective to repair large-segment bone defects.%背景:细胞型组织工程化骨修复骨缺损的效果良好,但存在操作复杂,容易污染及花费时间长等不足,不利于临床应用.目的:观察自体红骨髓构建的非细胞型组织工程化骨修复大段骨缺损的成骨效果.方法:在27只家兔一侧桡骨制作2 cm大段骨缺损模型后,随机分3组,分别植入自体红骨髓+重组人胰岛素样生长因子1/珊瑚羟基磷灰石非细胞型组织工程化骨、自体红骨髓/珊瑚羟基磷灰石复合人工骨材料、珊瑚羟基磷灰石/重组人胰岛素样生长因子1复

  17. Quantum mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations of complexation of alkaline-earth and lanthanide cations by poly-amino-carboxylate ligands; Simulations par mecanique quantique et dynamique moleculaire de la complexation de cations alcalino-terreux et lanthanides par des ligands polyaminocarboxylates

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    Durand, S

    1999-07-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on lanthanide(III) and alkaline-earth(II) complexes with poly-amino-carboxylates (ethylene-diamino-tetra-acetate EDTA{sup 4-}, ethylene-diamino-tri-acetate-acetic acid EDTA(H){sup 3-}, tetra-aza-cyclo-dodecane-tetra-acetate DOTA{sup 4-}, methylene-imidine-acetate MIDA{sup 2-}) are reported. First, a consistent set of Lennard-Jones parameters for La{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Lu{sup 3+} cations has been derived from free energy calculations in aqueous solution. Observed differences in hydration free energies, coordination distances and hydration numbers are reproduced. Then, the solution structures of 1:1 complexes of alkaline-earth and/or lanthanide cations with EDTA{sup 4-}, EDTA(H){sup 3-}, DOTA{sup 4-} and 1:2 complexes of lanthanide cations with MIDA{sup 2-} were studied by MD in water. In addition, free energy calculations were performed to study, for each ligand, the relative thermodynamic stabilities of complexes with Ca{sup 2+} vs Sr{sup 2+} and vs Ba{sup 2+} on the one hand, and with La{sup 3+} vs Eu{sup 3+} and vs Lu{sup 3+} on the other hand. Model does not take into account explicitly polarization and charge transfer. However, the results qualitatively agree with experimental complexation data (structure and selectivities). (author)

  18. Atrioventricular Canal Defect

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    ... doctor See your doctor if you or your child develops signs or symptoms of atrioventricular canal defect. Atrioventricular canal defect occurs before birth when a baby's heart is developing. Some factors, such as Down syndrome, might increase the risk of atrioventricular canal defect. ...

  19. Prenatal diagnosis of fetal aortopulmonary septal defect with ventricular septal defect by two-dimension echocardiography

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    2008-01-01

    @@ Fetal aortopulmonary septal defect (APSD) is an extremely rare condition, accounting for 0.1%-0.2% of all cardiac defects in live births world wide.1 Hospital mortality is 13% and 33% for simple and complex APSD, respectively.2 This rare cardiac defect refers to a congenital malformation in the development of the arteriosus truncus septum, and is usually associated with a wide variety of other structural cardiac anomalies such as ventricular septal defect (VSD), pulmonary valve stegnosis and so on.3 Prenatal diagnosis of an APSD is possible by echocardiography.

  20. Preparation of high crystalline nanoparticles of rare-earth based complex pervoskites and comparison of their structural and magnetic properties with bulk counterparts

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    Basith, M. A.; Islam, M. A.; Ahmmad, Bashir

    2017-01-01

    A simple route to prepare Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles by ultrasonication of their bulk powder materials is presented in this article. For comparison, Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles are also prepared by ball milling. The prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission...... of crystalline and amorphous phases. FESEM images demonstrate the formation of nanoparticles with average particle size in the range of 50–100 nm for both ultrasonication and 4 h (h) of ball milling. The bulk materials and nanoparticles synthesized by both ultrasonication and 4 h ball milling exhibit...... of the nanoparticles due to ball milling particularly for milling time exceeding 8 h. This investigation demonstrates the potential of ultrasonication as a simple route to prepare high crystalline rare-earth based manganite nanoparticles with improved control compared to the traditional ball milling technique....

  1. The Impacts of Cation Stoichiometry and Substrate Surface Quality on Nucleation, Structure, Defect Formation, and Intermixing in Complex Oxide Heteroepitaxy–LaCrO3 on SrTiO3(001)

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    Qiao, Liang; Zhang, Hongliang; Bowden, Mark E.; Varga, Tamas; Shutthanandan, V.; Colby, Robert J.; Du, Yingge; Kabius, Bernd C.; Sushko, P. V.; Biegalski, Michael D.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2013-06-20

    Our ability to design and fabricate electronic devices with reproducible properties using complex oxides is critically dependent on our ability to controllably synthesize these materials in thin-film form. Structure-property relationships are intimately tied to film and interface composition. Here we report on the effects of cation stoichiometry in LaCrO3 heteroepitaxial films prepared using molecular beam epitaxy. We show that LaCrO3 films grow pseudomorphically on SrTiO3(001) over an wide range of La-to-Cr atom ratios. However, the growth mode and structural quality are sensitive to the La-to-Cr ratio, with La-rich films being of considerably lower structural quality than Cr-rich films. Cation mixing occurs at the interface for all La-to-Cr ratios investigated, and is not quenched by deposition at ambient temperature. Indiffused La atoms occupy Sr sites in the substrate. The presence of defects in the SrTiO3 substrate is implicated in promoting La indiffusion by comparing the properties of LaCrO3/SrTiO3 with those of LaCrO3/Si, both prepared at ambient temperature. Additionally, pulsed laser deposition is shown to result in more extensive interfacial mixing than molecular beam epitaxy for deposition at ambient temperature on Si.

  2. Defect production in ceramics

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    Zinkle, S.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kinoshita, C. [Kyushu Univ. (Japan)

    1997-08-01

    A review is given of several important defect production and accumulation parameters for irradiated ceramics. Materials covered in this review include alumina, magnesia, spinel silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum nitride and diamond. Whereas threshold displacement energies for many ceramics are known within a reasonable level of uncertainty (with notable exceptions being AIN and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}), relatively little information exists on the equally important parameters of surviving defect fraction (defect production efficiency) and point defect migration energies for most ceramics. Very little fundamental displacement damage information is available for nitride ceramics. The role of subthreshold irradiation on defect migration and microstructural evolution is also briefly discussed.

  3. Fabrication and modification of defects in Cu2ZnSnSe4 single crystals and thin films

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    Bishop, Douglas M.

    Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 solar cells have achieved the highest efficiency among non-toxic earth-abundant thin film solar materials, however low voltage in solar cell devices caused by band tailing and high levels of poorly understood defects bottleneck commercial relevance. Understanding and controlling the complex defect chemistry of the quaternary material is further inhibited by complexities in thin film materials such as grain boundaries, secondary phases and non-homogenous regions. In this work, single crystals are grown and used as a model system to advance the understanding of the defects controlling the electronic properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4. New methods of bulk crystal growth are developed without the use of an external flux agent leading to the growth of millimeter sized single crystals. The optoelectronic properties of both the surface and bulk are evaluated and controlled to reduce recombination and improve solar cell open circuit voltage. Passivation methods are developed for the surface, and new insights into the optimal bulk stoichiometry for solar cells are demonstrated. The effects of Na doping on sub-bandgap defects are shown, and the solubility limits of Na doping into the bulk CZTSe lattice is measured. Defect populations are further manipulated by annealing where the temperature and cool-down rate are controlled, which are shown to change sub-Eg defects critical for band-tailing. Single crystal Cu2ZnSnSe4 devices are demonstrated for the first time, and based on optimized methods for improving surface and bulk defects, a 7.8% efficient single crystal is demonstrated with a voltage equivalent to record thin film device.

  4. Reconstruction of complex abdominal wall defects

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    Slater, N.J.

    2014-01-01

    Incisional hernia is by far the most common complication after laparotomies, occurring in 10 – 20%. Its occurrence is secondary to insufficient healing of the postoperative scar, resulting in wound dehiscence and protrusion of abdominal contents through an opening in the musculo-fascial layer of the

  5. Intelligent Camera for Surface Defect Inspection

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    CHENG Wan-sheng; ZHAO Jie; WANG Ke-cheng

    2007-01-01

    An intelligent camera for surface defect inspection is presented which can pre-process the surface image of a rolled strip and pick defective areas out at a spead of 1600 meters per minute. The camera is made up of a high speed line CCD, a 60Mb/s CCD digitizer with correlated double sampling function, and a field programmable gate array(FPGA), which can quickly distinguish defective areas using a perceptron embedded in FPGA thus the data to be further processed would dramatically be reduced. Some experiments show that the camera can meet high producing speed, and reduce cost and complexity of automation surface inspection systems.

  6. Building of Virtual Imaging Earth Evolution Complex Laboratory%实景虚拟地球演化综合实验室的建设

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    韩秀梅; 赵庆英; 贺金鑫; 王玉芬

    2011-01-01

    利用Web 2.0、全景VR技术将地学标本实验室搬至网络上,以吉林大学地球演化综合实验室为教学示范区,设计并开发了基于实景的3维虚拟网络实验室,用户可以通过网络漫游,对实验室中陈列的丰富的化石与地层标本以及各类古生物薄片进行参观研究.对改善地质信息的可视性起到了巨大的促进作用,为今后的实践教学打下了良好的基础.%Specimen laboratory in geological science is removed to network by the utilization of Web 2.0, panoramic VR technology.Earth evolution laboratory in Jilin university is used as demonstration plot of teaching,3D virtual network laboratory is designed and developed based on actual location, users can browse abundant fossils bed samples and various sorts of paleontological slices by net surfing, which performs enormous promotion in improving the visibility of geology information and establishes strong building for afterward teaching.

  7. Automatic classification and accurate size measurement of blank mask defects

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    Bhamidipati, Samir; Paninjath, Sankaranarayanan; Pereira, Mark; Buck, Peter

    2015-07-01

    complexity of defects encountered. The variety arises due to factors such as defect nature, size, shape and composition; and the optical phenomena occurring around the defect. This paper focuses on preliminary characterization results, in terms of classification and size estimation, obtained by Calibre MDPAutoClassify tool on a variety of mask blank defects. It primarily highlights the challenges faced in achieving the results with reference to the variety of defects observed on blank mask substrates and the underlying complexities which make accurate defect size measurement an important and challenging task.

  8. Synthesis and Structure of a Novel Rare Earth Complex: Eu3(dpa dioxide)4·(CF3COO)5·H2O

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    LIU Yin-Qiu; ZENG Xi-Rui; LIU Jian-Qiang; LI Duo-Fu; WEN He-Rui

    2007-01-01

    The novel europium complex Eu3(dpa dioxide)4·(CF3COO)5·H2O (dpa dioxide = di-2-pyridylamine N,N'-dioxide) was prepared by the reaction of Eu(CF3CO2)3 with Dpa dioxide in acetonitrile under 95 ℃ and determined by X-ray single-crystal diffraction. The crystal belongs to monoclinic system, space group C2/c with a = 41.632(8), b = 14.662(3), c = 23.300(4)(A),β= 100.862(5)°, Z = 8, D = 1.775 g/cm3, V = 13968(4)(A)3, F(000) = 7232, the final R = 0.0464 and wR = 0.1168. In this tri-nuclear complex, each europium(Ⅲ) is nine-coordinated to adopt an unequal sphere geometry.

  9. High fluorescence emission of carboxylic acid functionalized polystyrene/BaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites and rare earth metal complexes: Preparation and characterization

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    Cao, X. T.; Showkat, A. M.; Wang, Z.; Lim, K. T., E-mail: ktlim@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Imaging System Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-30

    Noble fluorescence nanocomposite compound based on barium titanate nanoparticles (BTO), polystyrene (PSt), and terbium ion (Tb{sup 3+}) was synthesized by a combination of surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction and coordinate chemistry. Initially, a modification of surface of BTO was conducted by an exchange process with S-benzyl S’-trimethoxysilylpropyltrithiocarbonate to create macro-initiator for polymerization of styrene. Subsequently, aryl carboxylic acid functionalized polystyrene grafted barium titanate (BTO-g-PSt-COOH) was generated by substitution reaction between 4-(Chloromethyl) benzoic acid and PSt chains. The coordination of the nanohybrids with Tb{sup 3+} ions afforded fluorescent Tb{sup 3+} tagged aryl carboxylic acid functionalized polystyrene grafted barium titanate (BTO-g-PSt-Tb{sup 3+}) complexes. Structure, morphology, and fluorescence properties of nanohybrid complexes were investigated by respective physical and spectral studies. FT-IR and SEM analyses confirmed the formation of BTO-g-PSt-Tb{sup 3+}nanohybrids. Furthermore, TGA profiles demonstrated the grafting of aryl carboxylic acid functionalized polystyrene on BTO surface. Optical properties of BTO-g-PSt-Tb{sup 3+} complexes were investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy.

  10. Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Kinetic Mechanisms of Thermal Decomposition of Rare Earth Complexes with Schiff Base Derived from o-Vanillin and p-Toluidine

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    2006-01-01

    Three complexes, [Pr(NO3)3(HL)2] (1), [Nd(NO3)3(HL)2] (2) and [Er(NO3)3(HL)2] ·0.5H2O (3),were synthesized from the reaction of a Schiff base ligand 2-[ (4-methylphenylimino)methyl ]-6-methoxyphenol (C15 H15 mental analysis, molar conductance, FT-IR, UV-Vis, 1H NMR and thermal analysis shows the title complexes are neutral molecules where the central Ln( Ⅲ ) ion is ten-coordinated in biapical anti-hexahedron prism geometry, with four oxygen atoms of the phenolic hydroxy and methoxy groups in the two bidentate Schiff base ligands and six oxygen atoms provided by the three bidentate NO3- anions. Additionally, the kinetic mechanism of thermal decomposition of complex 3 was determined with a TG-DTG curves by both integral and differential methods. The functions of thermal decomposition reaction mechanism and the equation of kinetic compensation effect were obtained.

  11. HPTLC and magnetochromatography of new complexes of carboxylates with transition metals or rare earth elements and their ligands - study of lipophilicity.

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    Malinowska, Irena; Wronka, Agnieszka; Ferenc, Wiesława

    2016-10-18

    Nineteen new complexes of carboxylates with transition and rare elements as central ions and their ligands were characterized by chromatographic analyses. The parameter of relative lipophilicity (RM0 ) of the tested compounds was determined experimentally by the reversed-phase high-performance thin layer chromatography method with mixtures of various organic modifiers (acetonitrile, acetone, dioxane) and water as a mobile phase. The extrapolated RM0 values were compared with the logP values calculated from the molecular structures of tested solutes. Similarities between the lipophilicity indices were analysed by principal component analysis and linear regression. Thin-layer chromatography combined with a magnetic field has been proposed as a complementary method for determination of lipophilicity of the investigated compounds. The chromatograms in the field and outside it were developed simultaneously in two identical chromatographic chambers. One of them was placed in the external magnetic field of 0.4 T inductivity. We proved that chelation causes a drastic change in compound lipophilicity, but all complexes did not exhibit enhanced activity as compared with the parent ligand. Also in the magnetic field the retention of some complexes changed, which means that the presence of the field influences the physicochemical properties of the compounds and their interactions with the stationary phase.

  12. Chitosan/polylactic acid complex for repair of peripheral nerve defects%几丁糖与聚乳酸合成生物材料修复周围神经缺损

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    黄永旺; 范学政

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The mechanical strength of nerve conduits made by chitosan is poor and easy to col apse, which is not conducive to the nerve regeneration. OBJECTIVE:To explore the feasibility of chitosan/polylactic acid complex in the repair of peripheral nerve defects in rats. METHODS:Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were enrol ed to establish models of unilateral sciatic nerve defects, and then randomly divided into three groups:autologous nerve, silicone catheter and chitosan/polylactic acid complex were used for defect repair in the three groups, respectively. At 12 weeks after operation, appearance of bridged nerves, surface adhesion, formation of neuroma were observed;nerve conduction velocity, action potential amplitude and latent period were determined;hematoxylin-eosin staining was performed to observe the number of regenerated axons and area of regenerated nerves;wet weight of the complete triceps surae was measured. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:At 12 weeks after repair, the regenerated nerves in the three groups al passed through the 5 mm nerve defect gaps, and neuroma only formed in the silicone catheter group. The diameter of regenerated nerves in the three groups was ranked as fol ows:autologous nerve group>chitosan/polylactic acid group>silicone catheter group (P<0.05). High-density regenerated axons neatly arranged in the autologous nerve and chitosan/polylactic acid groups, and the number of regenerated axons was higher than that in the silicone catheter group (P<0.05). Moreover, the nerve conduction velocity, action potential amplitude and wet weight of the complete triceps surae were significantly higher in the autologous nerve and chitosan/polylactic acid groups than in the silicone catheter group (P<0.05), but the latent period was lower than that in the silicone catheter group (P<0.05). These findings indicate that the chitosan/polylactic acid conduits can promote peripheral nerve regeneration.%背景:单纯几丁糖材料制成的神经导管机械强度

  13. The complexity of earth observation valuation: Modeling the patterns and processes of agricultural production and groundwater quality to construct a production possibilities frontier

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    Forney, W.; Raunikar, R. P.; Bernknopf, R.; Mishra, S.

    2012-12-01

    A production possibilities frontier (PPF) is a graph comparing the production interdependencies for two commodities. In this case, the commodities are defined as the ecosystem services of agricultural production and groundwater quality. This presentation focuses on the refinement of techniques used in an application to estimate the value of remote sensing information. Value of information focuses on the use of uncertain and varying qualities of information within a specific decision-making context for a certain application, which in this case included land use, biogeochemical, hydrogeologic, economic and geospatial data and models. The refined techniques include deriving alternate patterns and processes of ecosystem functions, new estimates of ecosystem service values to construct a PPF, and the extension of this work into decision support systems. We have coupled earth observations of agricultural production with groundwater quality measurements to estimate the value of remote sensing information in northeastern Iowa to be 857M ± 198M (at the 2010 price level) per year. We will present an improved method for modeling crop rotation patterns to include multiple years of rotation, reduction in the assumptions associated with optimal land use allocations, and prioritized improvement of the resolution of input data (for example, soil resources and topography). The prioritization focuses on watersheds that were identified at a coarse-scale of analysis to have higher intensities of agricultural production and lower probabilities of groundwater survivability (in other words, remaining below a regulatory threshold for nitrate pollution) over time, and thus require finer-scaled modeling and analysis. These improved techniques and the simulation of certain scale-dependent policy and management actions, which trade-off the objectives of optimizing crop value versus maintaining potable groundwater, and provide new estimates for the empirical values of the PPF. The calculation

  14. Preparation of high crystalline nanoparticles of rare-earth based complex pervoskites and comparison of their structural and magnetic properties with bulk counterparts

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    Basith, M. A.; Islam, M. A.; Ahmmad, Bashir; Sarowar Hossain, M. D.; Mølhave, K.

    2017-07-01

    A simple route to prepare Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles by ultrasonication of their bulk powder materials is presented in this article. For comparison, Gd0.7Sr0.3MnO3 nanoparticles are also prepared by ball milling. The prepared samples are characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive x-ray (EDX), x-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. XRD Rietveld analysis is carried out extensively for the determination of crystallographic parameters and the amount of crystalline and amorphous phases. FESEM images demonstrate the formation of nanoparticles with average particle size in the range of 50-100 nm for both ultrasonication and 4 h (h) of ball milling. The bulk materials and nanoparticles synthesized by both ultrasonication and 4 h ball milling exhibit a paramagnetic to spin-glass transition. However, nanoparticles synthesized by 8 h and 12 h ball milling do not reveal any phase transition, rather show an upturn of magnetization at low temperature. The degradation of the magnetic properties in ball milled nanoparticles may be associated with amorphization of the nanoparticles due to ball milling particularly for milling time exceeding 8 h. This investigation demonstrates the potential of ultrasonication as a simple route to prepare high crystalline rare-earth based manganite nanoparticles with improved control compared to the traditional ball milling technique.

  15. Sulfur Earth

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    de Jong, B. H.

    2007-12-01

    Variations in surface tension affect the buoyancy of objects floating in a liquid. Thus an object floating in water will sink deeper in the presence of dishwater fluid. This is a very minor but measurable effect. It causes for instance ducks to drown in aqueous solutions with added surfactant. The surface tension of liquid iron is very strongly affected by the presence of sulfur which acts as a surfactant in this system varying between 1.9 and 0.4 N/m at 10 mass percent Sulfur (Lee & Morita (2002), This last value is inferred to be the maximum value for Sulfur inferred to be present in the liquid outer core. Venting of Sulfur from the liquid core manifests itself on the Earth surface by the 105 to 106 ton of sulfur vented into the atmosphere annually (Wedepohl, 1984). Inspection of surface Sulfur emission indicates that venting is non-homogeneously distributed over the Earth's surface. The implication of such large variation in surface tension in the liquid outer core are that at locally low Sulfur concentration, the liquid outer core does not wet the predominantly MgSiO3 matrix with which it is in contact. However at a local high in Sulfur, the liquid outer core wets this matrix which in the fluid state has a surface tension of 0.4 N/m (Bansal & Doremus, 1986), couples with it, and causes it to sink. This differential and diapiric movement is transmitted through the essentially brittle mantle (1024 Pa.s, Lambeck & Johnson, 1998; the maximum value for ice being about 1030 Pa.s at 0 K, in all likely hood representing an upper bound of viscosity for all materials) and manifests itself on the surface by the roughly 20 km differentiation, about 0.1 % of the total mantle thickness, between topographical heights and lows with concomitant lateral movement in the crust and upper mantle resulting in thin skin tectonics. The brittle nature of the medium though which this movement is transmitted suggests that the extremes in topography of the D" layer are similar in range to

  16. ILT based defect simulation of inspection images accurately predicts mask defect printability on wafer

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    Deep, Prakash; Paninjath, Sankaranarayanan; Pereira, Mark; Buck, Peter

    2016-05-01

    At advanced technology nodes mask complexity has been increased because of large-scale use of resolution enhancement technologies (RET) which includes Optical Proximity Correction (OPC), Inverse Lithography Technology (ILT) and Source Mask Optimization (SMO). The number of defects detected during inspection of such mask increased drastically and differentiation of critical and non-critical defects are more challenging, complex and time consuming. Because of significant defectivity of EUVL masks and non-availability of actinic inspection, it is important and also challenging to predict the criticality of defects for printability on wafer. This is one of the significant barriers for the adoption of EUVL for semiconductor manufacturing. Techniques to decide criticality of defects from images captured using non actinic inspection images is desired till actinic inspection is not available. High resolution inspection of photomask images detects many defects which are used for process and mask qualification. Repairing all defects is not practical and probably not required, however it's imperative to know which defects are severe enough to impact wafer before repair. Additionally, wafer printability check is always desired after repairing a defect. AIMSTM review is the industry standard for this, however doing AIMSTM review for all defects is expensive and very time consuming. Fast, accurate and an economical mechanism is desired which can predict defect printability on wafer accurately and quickly from images captured using high resolution inspection machine. Predicting defect printability from such images is challenging due to the fact that the high resolution images do not correlate with actual mask contours. The challenge is increased due to use of different optical condition during inspection other than actual scanner condition, and defects found in such images do not have correlation with actual impact on wafer. Our automated defect simulation tool predicts

  17. Synthesis and luminescence properties of rare earth ternary complexes consisting of Eu(Ⅲ), β-diketones and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    LIU Xingwang; WANG Na; SUO Quanling

    2008-01-01

    Three novel β-diketones (HPPP, HTPP, and HFPP) ligands were synthesized by Sonogashira coupling reaction and Claisen con-densation. The structure of β-diketones was confirmed with elemental analysis, IR, NMR and MS spectra. Three new ternary complexes consisting of Eu(Ⅲ), β-diketones, and 1,10-phenanthroline(phen) were synthesized and characterized as ThL3phen (L=PPP, TPP, FPP) with elemental analysis, chemical analysis, and IR spectra, and their luminescence properties were studied.

  18. Defects in semiconductors

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    Romano, Lucia; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2015-01-01

    This volume, number 91 in the Semiconductor and Semimetals series, focuses on defects in semiconductors. Defects in semiconductors help to explain several phenomena, from diffusion to getter, and to draw theories on materials' behavior in response to electrical or mechanical fields. The volume includes chapters focusing specifically on electron and proton irradiation of silicon, point defects in zinc oxide and gallium nitride, ion implantation defects and shallow junctions in silicon and germanium, and much more. It will help support students and scientists in their experimental and theoret

  19. Imaging defects and dopants

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    H.Philipp Ebert

    2003-06-01

    With the invention of the transistor, a revolution in the development of semiconductor-based electronic devices began. However, even in the very early stages, the importance of defects and dopant atoms became obvious. In fact, if one incorporates the right defects and dopant atoms into semiconductor materials, one can tune their electrical properties such that optimal device characteristics are achieved. Unfortunately, counteractive defects are often also formed unintentionally during semiconductor processing, leading to unfavorable electronic properties. Considerable research efforts have, therefore, focused on understanding the nanoscale physics that governs the formation of point defects, the incorporation behavior of impurities, and their respective electronic properties.

  20. 骨外固定治疗复杂骨不连与骨缺损的临床效果%External Fixation for the Treatment of Complex Bone Nonunion and Bone Defect of Clinical effect

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    徐占辉

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨骨外固定治疗复杂骨不连及骨缺损临床效果。方法对56例患者采用骨外固定技术治疗复复杂骨不连与骨缺损的效果进行分析。结果56例骨不连与骨缺损患者均实现骨性愈合。17例感染性骨不连患者的伤口得到有效控制。非感染性骨不连患者一般需要4个月左右的时间愈合,感染性骨不连患者一般需要6个月左右的时间愈合,患者重建肢体长度后肢体长度均衡。结论采用骨外固定技术治疗骨不连患者可获得令人满意的疗效。%Objective To study the bone external fixation in treatment of complex bone nonunion and bone defect of clinical effects.Methods colecting effect were treated byexternal fixation for treatment of bone nonunion in 56 cases were analyzed.Results 56 cases of nonunion patients achieved bone healing.Not even the patient's wound infection has been effectively controled in 17 cases of infected bone.The healing of non infectious nonunion Bone patients generaly need 5 months time,healing of infected nonunion Bone patients generaly need about 6 months time,reconstruction in limb length after limb length equalization.Conclusion The use of external fixation for treatment of nonunion has obtained the satisfactory effect.

  1. Trifunctional Polymeric Nanocomposites Incorporated with Fe₃O₄/Iodine-Containing Rare Earth Complex for Computed X-ray Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, and Optical Imaging.

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    Wang, Xin; Tu, Mengqi; Yan, Kai; Li, Penghui; Pang, Long; Gong, Ying; Li, Qing; Liu, Ruiqing; Xu, Zushun; Xu, Haibo; Chu, Paul K

    2015-11-11

    In this study, a novel polymerizable CT contrast agent integrating iodine with europium(III) has been developed by a facile and universal coordination chemistry method. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles are then incorporated into this iodine-containing europium complex by seed-emulsifier-free polymerization. The nanocomposites combining the difunctional complex and superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles, which have uniform size dispersion and high encapsulation rate, are suitable for computed X-ray tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and optical imaging. They possess good paramagnetic properties with a maximum saturation magnetization of 2.16 emu/g and a transverse relaxivity rate of 260 mM(-1) s(-1), and they exhibit obvious contrast effects with an iodine payload less than 4.8 mg I/mL. In the in vivo optical imaging assessment, vivid fluorescent dots can be observed in the liver and spleen by two-photon confocal scanning laser microscopy (CLSM). All the results showed that nanocomposites as polymeric trifunctional contrast agents have great clinical potential in CT, MR, and optical imaging.

  2. Adsorption of Ce(Ⅳ) Anionic Nitrato Complexes onto Anion Exchangers and Its Application for Ce(Ⅳ) Separation from Rare Earths(Ⅲ)

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    2006-01-01

    Ce(Ⅳ) nitrato complexes were adsorbed on two anion exchangers based on polyvinyl pyridine (PVP) and quaternized PVP incorporated into porous silica matrix. The effect of nitric acid concentration (0.5~6 mol·L-1) and temperature (278~318 K) on Ce(Ⅳ) sorption efficiency was investigated. Sorption increased with increasing nitric acid concentration, indicating that [Ce(NO3)6]2- complex is the main adsorbed Ce(Ⅳ) species. Oxidation of sorbents by adsorbed Ce(Ⅳ) species resulting in Ce(Ⅲ) release to the solution was observed. Pyridine based anion exchangers exhibited higher oxidation stability compared to the commercial strong base anion exchanger. Ce(Ⅳ) reduction was temperature dependent and obeyed pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. Column separation of Ce(Ⅳ) from La(Ⅲ) and Y(Ⅲ) was carried out from 6 mol·L-1 nitric acid with PVP based anion exchanger. Reasonable Ce(Ⅳ) breakthrough capacity (0.7 mol·kg-1 PVP) was achieved. No remarkable decrease of capacity was observed within 3 consequent runs. In contrast, Ce(Ⅲ) leakage due to reduction decreased and breakthrough capacity slightly increased. This effect was more pronounced with increasing temperature. Regeneration with 0.1 mol·L-1 nitric acid was successful (recovery 100%±4%) and Ce solution of high purity (>99.97%) with respect to La and Y content was gained.

  3. Elastic interaction of point defects in crystals with cubic symmetry

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    Kuz'michev, S. V.; Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.

    2013-07-01

    The energy of elastic mechanical interaction between point defects in cubic crystals is analyzed numerically. The finite-element complex ANSYS is used to investigate the character of interaction between point defects depending on their location along the crystallographic directions , , and on the distance from the free boundary of the crystal. The numerical results are compared with the results of analytic computations of the energy of interaction between two point defects in an infinite anisotropic medium with cubic symmetry. The interaction between compressible and incompressible defects of general type is studied. Conditions for onset of elastic attraction between the defects, which leads to general relaxation of the crystal elastic energy, are obtained.

  4. Multiscale simulations of defect dipole-enhanced electromechanical coupling at dilute defect concentrations

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    Liu, Shi; Cohen, R. E.

    2017-08-01

    The role of defects in solids of mixed ionic-covalent bonds such as ferroelectric oxides is complex. Current understanding of defects on ferroelectric properties at the single-defect level remains mostly at the empirical level, and the detailed atomistic mechanisms for many defect-mediated polarization-switching processes have not been convincingly revealed quantum mechanically. We simulate the polarization-electric field (P-E) and strain-electric field (ɛ-E) hysteresis loops for BaTiO3 in the presence of generic defect dipoles with large-scale molecular dynamics and provide a detailed atomistic picture of the defect dipole-enhanced electromechanical coupling. We develop a general first-principles-based atomistic model, enabling a quantitative understanding of the relationship between macroscopic ferroelectric properties and dipolar impurities of different orientations, concentrations, and dipole moments. We find that the collective orientation of dipolar defects relative to the external field is the key microscopic structure feature that strongly affects materials hardening/softening and electromechanical coupling. We show that a small concentration (≈0.1 at. %) of defect dipoles dramatically improves electromechanical responses. This offers the opportunity to improve the performance of inexpensive polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramics through defect dipole engineering for a range of applications including piezoelectric sensors, actuators, and transducers.

  5. Synthesis and Fluorescence Property of Novel Rare Earth Europium,Terbium Complexes with β-Diketone%新型稀土铕,铽β-二酮配合物的合成与荧光性质

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    任晓明; 魏长平; 程果; 吕景文

    2011-01-01

    采用克莱森缩合反应合成了一种新型的β-二酮化合物1-(4-氨基苯)-4,4,4-三氟丁烷-1,3-二酮(p-NBFA).以其为第一配体,邻菲咯啉(phen)为第二配体,合成出新型Eu(Ⅲ),Tb(Ⅲ)三元配合物.通过元素分析确定了配合物的组成为Eu(p-NBFA)3phen和Tb(p-NBFA)3phen.红外光谱的分析表明p-NBFA中的氧原子以及phen中的氮原子与稀土离子进行了配位.紫外光谱表明第一配体p-NBFA为能量传递的主体,第二配体phen起协同作用.通过荧光光谱研究了配合物的发光性质,结果显示在Tb (p-NBFA)3phen 中,除Tb3+的特征发射外,还可以观察到470nm的发射,进一步的研究表明,此处发射为配体p-NBFA的发射,这是由于配体的能级与Tb3+的发射能级较近,产生了逆传能过程.而在Eu(p-NBFA)3phen的发射谱中,均表现出稀土离子的特征发射,且发光强度较大,说明配体的能级与Eu3+的发射能级比较匹配.%A novel β-diketone l-(4-aminophenyl)-4,4,4-trifluorobutane-l,3-dione(p-NBFA) was synthesized by Classical claisen condensation reaction. With p-NBFA as the first ligand and l,10-phenanthroline(phen) as the secondary ligand, two new rare earth Eu(Ⅲ) > Tb( Ⅲ ) ternary complexes were prepared. Elemental analysis demonstrated that the compositions of the complexes were Eu( p-NBFA) 3phen and Tb(p-NBFA) 3phen. IR spectra indicated that rare earth ions were coordinated with oxygen at-oms of the first ligand and two nitrogen atoms of the secondary ligand. UV spectra showed that the main absorption was from the first ligand in the complexes, the secondary ligand was acted as the synergistic coordination. Fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the emission intensity of Eu(p-NBFA) 3phen was obviously stronger than that of Tb(p-NBFA) 3phen. Further investigation showed that the emission intensity was influenced by the matching situation of energy level between the triplet state of ligand and the emission energy of rare earth ion. In Tb

  6. Structural study of the uranyl and rare earth complexation functionalized by the CMPO; Etude structurale de la complexation de l'uranyle et des ions lanthanides par des calixarenes fonctionnalises par le CMPO

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    Cherfa, S

    1998-12-10

    In view of reducing the volume of nuclear waste solutions, a possible way is to extract simultaneously actinide and lanthanide ions prior to their ulterior separation.. Historically, the two extractant families used for nuclear waste reprocessing are the phosphine oxides and the CMPO (Carbamoyl Methyl Phosphine Oxide). For a better understanding of the complexes formed during extraction, we undertook structural studies of the complexes formed between uranyl and lanthanide (III) ions and the two classes of ligands cited above. These studies have been performed by X-ray diffraction on single crystals. Recently, a new type of extractants of lanthanide (III) and actinide (III) ions has been developed. When the Organic macrocycle called calixarene (an oligomeric compound resulting from the poly-condensation of phenolic units) is functionalized by a CMPO ligand, the extracting power, in terms of yield and selectivity towards lightest lanthanides, is greatly enhanced compared to the one measured for the single CMPO. Our X-ray diffraction studies allowed us to characterise, in terms of stoichiometry and monodentate or bidentate coordination mode of the CMPO functions, the complexes of calix[4]arene-CMPO (with four phenolic units) with lanthanide nitrates and uranyl. These different steps of characterisation enabled us to determine the correlation between the structures of the complexes and both selectivity and exacerbation of the extracting power measured in the liquid phase. (author)

  7. Defects in Human Nature

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    黄靓

    2008-01-01

    By tracing the defects of society back to the defects of human nature, humanity's essence is proved to be inherent evil. Man's natural tendency to do evil remain harnessed through the controls and conventions imposed by civilization, however, when rules or civilization are weakened, man' s dark side is unleashed.

  8. Birth Defects (For Parents)

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    ... this virus during pregnancy, her child may have low birth weight, intellectual disability (mental retardation) or learning disabilities, ... and central nervous system problems. A child with late congenital syphilis may have abnormalities of the ... Diagnosing Birth Defects Many birth defects are diagnosed even before ...

  9. Defects at oxide surfaces

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    Thornton, Geoff

    2015-01-01

    This book presents the basics and characterization of defects at oxide surfaces. It provides a state-of-the-art review of the field, containing information to the various types of surface defects, describes analytical methods to study defects, their chemical activity and the catalytic reactivity of oxides. Numerical simulations of defective structures complete the picture developed. Defects on planar surfaces form the focus of much of the book, although the investigation of powder samples also form an important part. The experimental study of planar surfaces opens the possibility of applying the large armoury of techniques that have been developed over the last half-century to study surfaces in ultra-high vacuum. This enables the acquisition of atomic level data under well-controlled conditions, providing a stringent test of theoretical methods. The latter can then be more reliably applied to systems such as nanoparticles for which accurate methods of characterization of structure and electronic properties ha...

  10. Cosmic defects and cosmology

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    Magueijo, J; Magueijo, Joao; Brandenberger, Robert

    2000-01-01

    We provide a pedagogical overview of defect models of structure formation. We first introduce the concept of topological defect, and describe how to classify them. We then show how defects might be produced in phase transitions in the Early Universe and approach non-pathological scaling solutions. A very heuristic account of structure formation with defects is then provided, following which we introduce the tool box required for high precision calculations of CMB and LSS power spectra in these theories. The decomposition into scalar vector and tensor modes is reviewed, and then we introduce the concept of unequal-time correlator. We use isotropy and causality to constrain the form of these correlators. We finally show how these correlators may be decomposed into eigenmodes, thereby reducing a defect problem to a series of ``inflation'' problems. We conclude with a short description of results in these theories and how they fare against observations. We finally describe yet another application of topological d...

  11. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Rare Earth Europium, Terbium Complexes with β-Diketone%稀土铕,铽β-二酮配合物的合成与发光性能

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    任晓明; 魏长平; 程果

    2012-01-01

    采用Claisen缩合反应合成了一种新型的β-二酮化合物1-(4-溴苯)-3-苯基丙烷-1,3-二酮(L),并以其为第一配体,邻菲罗啉(phen)为第二配体,合成出新型稀土铕,铽二元及三元配合物.通过元素分析、红外光谱、紫外光谱、荧光光谱对合成的配体及配合物进行了表征.元素分析确定了配合物的组成.红外光谱的分析表明第一配体L中的氧原子以及第二配体phen中的氮原子与稀土离子进行了配位.紫外光谱表明第一配体L为能量的给体,第二配体phen起协同作用.通过荧光光谱研究了配合物的发光性质,结果显示三元配合物的发光强度大于二元配合物,三元配合物Eu(L)3phen表现出Eu3+的特征发射,在593,615,653,701 nm处的发射峰分别归属于Eu3+的5 D0→7Fj(j=1,2,3,4)能级间的跃迁,并且以位于615 nm处的5D0→7F2电子跃迁所发出的荧光强度最大;而铽配合物中并没有出现Tb3+的特征发射.进一步的研究表明,这是由于配体L的最低三重态能级较适合Eu3+的发射能级,配体L吸收的能量可以有效的通过Antenna效应传递给稀土中心离子,使得三元配合物Eu(L)3phen的发光强度较大.%The novel β-diketone l-(4-bromophenyl)-3-phenylpropane-l, 3-dione (L) was synthesized by classical Claisen condensation reaction. With L as the first ligand and phen as the secondary ligand, rare earth Eu, Tb binary and ternary complexes were prepared. The ligand L and complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectra, UV spectra and Fluorescence spectra. Elemental analysis demonstrated the compositions of the complexes. IR spectra indicated that the rare earth ion was coordinated with six oxygen atoms of L and two nitrogen atoms of phen. UV spectra showed that the main absorption was from the first ligand L, the secondary ligand acted as the synergistic coordination. Fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the luminous intensities of the ternary complexes were

  12. Abdominal Skin Flaps in the Repair of 108 Patients with Complex Defects of Upper Extremity%腹部皮瓣修复上肢复杂损伤108例

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    王恒; 胡洪良; 沈卫军; 王战磊; 闫纪涛; 龚俊武

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨应用腹部皮瓣修复上肢复杂损伤的临床疗效及安全性。方法:回顾性分析2011年8月-2014年8月在本院接受腹部皮瓣修复上肢复杂损伤的108例患者的临床资料。术后随访6~12个月,观察修复效果。结果:108例患者皮瓣均成活,其中101例获得随访,随访率为93.5%。随访101例患者皮瓣血运良好,皮瓣质地柔软,厚度适中,触之弹性较好,皮瓣恢复保护性感觉,两点分辨觉15 mm左右。供区愈合良好,无明显瘢痕,仅有少量增生,上肢功能基本得到恢复。1例患者因皮瓣下血肿压迫出现皮瓣供血障碍,经拆除部分缝线后血运恢复;2例多指脱套损伤患者在修复后对外观不甚满意,经二期整形修复后满意出院;2例手部掌背两侧复合脱套伤患者修复后精细活动功能受到轻微的影响。101例随访患者中96例评价满意,满意率为95.0%。结论:腹部皮瓣适用于修复各类上肢复杂性损伤,安全可靠。不过,临床需要加强修复过程的护理,以切实减少后遗症,提高患者生存质量。%Objective:To investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of the application of abdominal skin flaps in the repair of complex defects of upper extremity.Method:The clinical data of 108 patients with complex defects of upper extremity who accepted abdominal skin flaps admitted to our hospital from August 2011 to August 2014 were retrospectively analyzed.The postoperative followed-up was taken for 6 to 12 months,the repair effects were observed.Result:All flaps of the 108 cases survived,and 101 cases got followed-up service,so the follow-up rate was 93.5%.The flaps of the followed-up 101 cases were soft with good blood circulation,the thickness of the skin was moderate,the elasticity of the skin was good with touching,the sense of protection of the skin flaps restored,the two-point-discrimination of the digits was 15 mm.The donor sites healed

  13. A Survey on Effective Defect Prevention - 3T Approach

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Defects are most detrimental entities which deter the smooth operation and deployment of the software system and can arise in any part of the life cycle, they are most feared, but still Defect Prevention is mostly discounted field of software quality. Unattended defects cause a lot of rework and waste of effort. Hence only finding the defects is not important, finding the root cause of the defect is also important which is quite difficult due to levels of abstraction in terms of people, process, complexity, environment and other factors. Through this study various techniques of Defect classification, prevention and root cause analysis are analysed. The intent of this paper is to demonstrate the structured process showing defect prevention flow and inferring three T's (Tracking, Technique and Training after analysis.

  14. Synthesis, Characterization and Studies on Fluorescence Property of Rare Earth with Azatriphenylenes Complexes%氮杂菲稀土配合物的合成、表征及其荧光性能

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    李欣; 赵永亮; 付晓涛; 孙慧娟

    2011-01-01

    Eleven rare earth complexes were synthesized with dibenzoylmethane (HDBM), 1-phenyl-3-biphenyl1,3-dione (HPBPD) as the first ligands and 1, lO-phenanthroline (phen), dipyrido [3,2-a :2',3'-c]quinoxaline ( dpq), dipyrido- [3,2-a: 2', 3'-c]phenazine (dppz) as the second ligands. Their elemental analysis, TG-DTA, UV spectra, IR spectra and fluorescence spectra were measured, the results indicate that the complexes have the compositions of RE(DBM)3L and RE(PBPD)3L · 1/2H20 (RE3+ = Eu3+ ,Tb3+ ;L = phen, dpq, dppz). The molar conductivity shows that all the oomplexes are non-electrolyte. The data of IR spectra and UV spectra indicate that the azatriphenylenes through the N atoms of the phenanthroline moiety and HDBM, HPBPD through oxygen atoms coordinated with RE3+ ions, respectively. The fluorescence spectra data show that the fluorescence intensity of β3-diketone Eu3 + complexes are stronger than the series of complexes of terbium. The abilities of energy transmission of phen and dpq are stronger than dppz. The luminance properties of the rare earth complexes were studied in detail. The triplet state energy of HDBM (20 700 cm-1) is higher than that of Eu3+ 5D0( 17 293 cm-1) and the energy of Tb3+ 5D4(20 454 cm-1 ). In all the ternary complexes, Eu ( Ⅱ ) complexes have strong fluorescence, while the fluorescence intensity of Tb ( Ⅱ ) complexes is less than that of Eu ( Ⅲ ) complexes, which is due to the small difference between the triplet energy of HDBM and the lowest excited state energy of Tb3 +. Thus it is possible that energy transfer from HDBM ligand to Eu3 + is more effective. As a high UV absorption coefficient for organic ligands, the energy transfer is effectively to the rare earth luminescent center ion, producing a characteristic emission spectrum.%分别以二苯甲酰甲烷(HDBM)、1-苯基-3-联苯基-1,3-二酮(HPBPD)为第一配体,以邻菲啰啉(phen)、二吡啶并[3,2-a:2',3'-c]哇喔啉(dpq)、二吡比啶并[3,2-a:2',3'-c]吩嗪

  15. Diabetes mellitus and birth defects

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    Correa, Adolfo; Gilboa, Suzanne M.; Besser, Lilah M.; Botto, Lorenzo D.; Moore, Cynthia A.; Hobbs, Charlotte A.; Cleves, Mario A.; Riehle-Colarusso, Tiffany J.; Waller, D. Kim; Reece, E. Albert

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine associations between diabetes mellitus and 39 birth defects. STUDY DESIGN This was a multicenter case-control study of mothers of infants who were born with (n = 13,030) and without (n = 4895) birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (1997–2003). RESULTS Pregestational diabetes mellitus (PGDM) was associated significantly with noncardiac defects (isolated, 7/23 defects; multiples, 13/23 defects) and cardiac defects (isolated, 11/16 defects; multiples, 8/16 defects). Adjusted odds ratios for PGDM and all isolated and multiple defects were 3.17 (95% CI, 2.20–4.99) and 8.62 (95% CI, 5.27–14.10), respectively. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was associated with fewer noncardiac defects (isolated, 3/23 defects; multiples, 3/23 defects) and cardiac defects (isolated, 3/16 defects; multiples, 2/16 defects). Odds ratios between GDM and all isolated and multiple defects were 1.42 (95% CI, 1.17–1.73) and 1.50 (95% CI, 1.13–2.00), respectively. These associations were limited generally to offspring of women with prepregnancy body mass index ≥25 kg/m2. CONCLUSION PGDM was associated with a wide range of birth defects; GDM was associated with a limited group of birth defects. PMID:18674752

  16. Self-made amniotic carrier complex implanted with epidermal cells for full-thickness skin defects%自制羊膜载体复合物植入表皮细胞修复全层皮肤缺损

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    富玲; 宋宁; 苏学忠; 于宁; 孙佩杰; 李娜然; 杨晓霞

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The composite skin developed by using tissue engineering and cell culture technology is still not an ideal artificial skin, which is limited by weak local skin, poor tensile strength and resistance to friction and no skin appendages.OBJECTIVE:To observe the effect of basic fibroblast growth factor and vitamin C epidermal cell composite transplantation on full-thickness skin defects and to investigate the optimal time promoting the epidermal growth.METHODS:A total of 36 New Zealand white rabbits were prepared for three full-thickness skin defect models at the back. The self-made amnion carrying composite with basic fibroblast growth factor and vitamin C, pure amnion carrying composite, pure capping were implanted into the three defects, and were randomly divided into three groups. Epidermal cells were implanted into the site in related groups after 7, 14, and 21 days. After 7 days, general observation, histological observation,immunohistochemical observation were carried out.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:The groups with autologuos epidermal cells implantation at 21 days had a better effect that those with autologous epidermal cells implantation at 14 and 7 days. Self-made amniotic carrier complex with basic fibroblast growth factor and vitamin C was superior to pure amnion carrying composite and pure capping. Basic fibroblast growth factor and vitamin C promoted the regeneration and renascence of the dermis. The latter of the dermis repairing and the former of the dermis restoring were the best stage which accelerates the renascence and regeneration of the epidermis.%背景:利用组织工程和细胞培养技术研制的复合皮肤距理想的人工皮肤尚有一定的差距,如局部皮肤薄弱、抗拉及抗摩擦能力差、无皮肤附属器等.目的:观察含碱性成纤维细胞生长因子和维生素C的羊膜载体复合物对皮肤缺损局部真皮组织的修复作用,寻找真皮组织修复重建促进表皮生长的最佳时期.

  17. What Are Neural Tube Defects?

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    ... NICHD Research Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications Neural Tube Defects (NTDs): Condition Information Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content What are neural tube defects? Neural (pronounced NOOR-uhl ) tube defects are ...

  18. What Are Congenital Heart Defects?

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Are Congenital Heart Defects? Congenital (kon-JEN-ih-tal) heart defects are problems ... carry blood to the heart or the body Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the ...

  19. Collaborative Research: Analysis and Interpretation of Multi-Scale Phenomena in Crustal Deformation Processes Using Numerical Simulations of Complex Nonlinear Earth Systems

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    Rundle, John B.

    2004-12-31

    Physical Review Letters (Tiampo et al., in press), demonstrate that the Southern California system is ergodic in the same way that is seen in the models. These results will be discussed in more detail below. However, the point that needs to be emphasized is that it was the combination of model investigation via theory and simulation coupled with assimilation and classification of real data and applying the methods of statistical mechanics to real fault systems that led to both a successful forecasting algorithm and a deeper understanding of the nature of earthquake fault systems. This paper describes in some detail the results obtained in the previous funding period. We present these in three groups. (A) Investigation of statistical physics models and applications. (B) Earthquake fault systems and Greens functions for complex sources and (C) Space time patterns, data analysis and forecasting.

  20. Rare Earth Market Review

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    2008-01-01

    @@ Oversupply of rare earths led to the significant price drop of rare earth mineral products and separated products in Chinese domestic market. To stabilize the price, prevent waste of resources, further improve regulation capability on domestic rare earth market and rare earth price and maintain sustaining and healthy development of rare earth industry, partial rare earth producers in Baotou and Jiangxi province projected to cease the production for one month.

  1. Neural tube defects

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    M.E. Marshall

    1981-09-01

    Full Text Available Neural tube defects refer to any defect in the morphogenesis of the neural tube, the most common types being spina bifida and anencephaly. Spina bifida has been recognised in skeletons found in north-eastern Morocco and estimated to have an age of almost 12 000 years. It was also known to the ancient Greek and Arabian physicians who thought that the bony defect was due to the tumour. The term spina bifida was first used by Professor Nicolai Tulp of Amsterdam in 1652. Many other terms have been used to describe this defect, but spina bifida remains the most useful general term, as it describes the separation of the vertebral elements in the midline.

  2. Defect Prevention Based on 5 Dimensions of Defect Origin

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    Sakthi Kumaresh

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available “Discovering the unexpected is more important than confirming the known [7]. In software development,the “unexpected” one relates to defects. These defects when unattended would cause failure to the productand risk to the users. The increasing dependency of society on software and the crucial consequences that afailure can cause requires the need to find out the defects at the origin itself. Based on the lessons learntfrom the earlier set of projects, a defect framework highlighting the 5 Dimensions (Ds of defect origin isproposed in this work. The defect framework is based on analyzing the defects that had emerged fromvarious stages of software development like Requirements, Design, Coding, Testing and Timeline (defectsdue to lack of time during development. This study is not limited to just identifying the origin of defects atvarious phases of software development but also finds out the reasons for such defects, and defectpreventive (DP measures are proposed for each type of defect. This work can help practitioners chooseeffective defect avoidance measures.In addition to arriving at defect framework, this work also proposes a defect injection metric based onseverity of the defect rather than just defect count, which gives the number of adjusted defects produced bya project at various phases. The defect injection metric value, once calculated, serves as a yardstick tomake a comparison in the improvements made in the software process development between similar set ofprojects

  3. 二氧化铈复合生物玻璃颗粒在兔股骨缺损修复中的抗炎及成骨作用观察%Anti-inflammatory and osteogenesis of complex particles composed of ceric oxide and bioglass on repair of rabbit femoral defects

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    黄海; 王臻

    2011-01-01

    Objective [Abstract] Objective To observe the anti-inflammatory and osteogenesis of the complex particles composed of ceric oxide and bioglase implanted into rabbit femoral defects. Methods The bilateral penetrating femoral condylar defects of 6mm in diameter were made in 6 adult New Zealand White rabbits, bioglass particles and complex particles composed of ceric oxide and bioglass were randomly implanted into the left or right condylar defect. Animals were sacrificed at 2 and 4 weeks after operation (3 each),specimens from defect sites were harvested for histological examination to observe the inflammatory reaction and calculate the ratio of new bone and grafts on the defect area. Results No inflammatory reaction was found in the defect area filled with bioglass particles or complex particles composed of ceric oxide and bioglass. New bone was observed in the defects 2 weeks after operation, and no significant difference on the bone formation rate existed between the two materials (P>0. 05). The osteogenesis of both materials was more obvious in the 4th week than in the 2nd week (P<0.05 or 0.01), but the formation rate was similar by the two materials (P>0.05). No obvious degradation of the grafts implanted into the defect area occurred in the 4th week compared with that in the 2nd week (P>0. 05).Conclusion The complex particles composed of ceric oxide and bioglass has anti-inflammatory activity and similar osteogeneais to normal bioglass particles, and may be used in the repair of bone defects.%目的 观察二氧化铈复合生物玻璃颗粒植入兔股骨缺损后的抗炎及成骨能力.方法 成年新西兰大白兔6只,双侧股骨髁部制造直径6mm的贯穿型缺损,然后在左右髁部随机植入生物玻璃颗粒或二氧化铈复合生物玻璃颗粒,于术后第2周和第4周处死动物(各3只),对缺损部位行组织学观察,了解有无炎性反应并计算新生骨及材料占缺损的百分比.结果 两种材料缺损

  4. Exploring pentagon-heptagon pair defects in the triangular graphene quantum dots: A computational study

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    Ghafouri, Reza, E-mail: reghafouri@gmail.com

    2016-06-01

    We have applied density functional calculations to investigate Stone Wales (SW) and carbon ad-dimer (CD) defect formation in triangular graphene quantum dots (GQDs). According to our results, defect formation energies depend on the positions of SW defects, such that the rotation of the C−C bond located near the vertex of triangular GQD is easier than the rotation of other C−C bonds. Therefore, the multiply defective GQDs with isolated SW defect sites are the most favorable while the formation of pentalene like structures in the connected SW defect sites costs larger formation energies. Introducing of carbon dimer defects on a triangular GQD induces a curvature at the defective sites, which leads to a more complex defect configuration with cone-like structure in the CD defective GQD with three defective sites. Then, formation energies for CD defective GQDs are higher than those for SW defective ones. The electrophilicity values calculated for SW and CD defective GQDs are greater than those for pristine GQDs. Moreover, perturbation of strong sp{sup 2} bonding network of graphitic carbons on the GQD, leading to the formation of more localized C−C bonds, results in further electron deficiency of multiply SW and CD defective GQDs with increasing of electrophilicity values. - Highlights: • Defect formation energy depends on positions of SW defects. • Defective GQDs with isolated SW defects are the most favorable. • Introducing of CD defects induces a curvature leading to cone-like structure. • Defect formation energies for CD defective GQDs are higher than those for SW ones. • Electrophilicity: CD defective GQDs > SW defective GQDs > perfect GQDs.

  5. Computational mask defect review for contamination and haze inspections

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    Morgan, Paul; Rost, Daniel; Price, Daniel; Corcoran, Noel; Satake, Masaki; Hu, Peter; Peng, Danping; Yonenaga, Dean; Tolani, Vikram; Wolf, Yulian; Shah, Pinkesh

    2013-09-01

    As optical lithography continues to extend into sub-0.35 k1 regime, mask defect inspection and subsequent review has become tremendously challenging, and indeed the largest component to mask manufacturing cost. The routine use of various resolution enhancement techniques (RET) have resulted in complex mask patterns, which together with the need to detect even smaller defects due to higher MEEFs, now requires an inspection engineer to use combination of inspection modes. This is achieved in 193nm AeraTM mask inspection systems wherein masks are not only inspected at their scanner equivalent aerial exposure conditions, but also at higher Numerical Aperture resolution, and special reflected-light, and single-die contamination modes, providing better coverage over all available patterns, and defect types. Once the required defects are detected by the inspection system, comprehensively reviewing and dispositioning each defect then becomes the Achilles heel of the overall mask inspection process. Traditionally, defects have been reviewed manually by an operator, which makes the process error-prone especially given the low-contrast in the convoluted aerial images. Such manual review also limits the quality and quantity of classifications in terms of the different types of characterization and number of defects that can practically be reviewed by a person. In some ways, such manual classification limits the capability of the inspection tool itself from being setup to detect smaller defects since it often results in many more defects that need to be then manually reviewed. Paper 8681-109 at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013 discussed an innovative approach to actinic mask defect review using computational technology, and focused on Die-to-Die transmitted aerial and high-resolution inspections. In this approach, every defect is characterized in two different ways, viz., quantitatively in terms of its print impact on wafer, and qualitatively in terms of its nature and origin in

  6. System Optimization and Modeling of Complex Networks for Earth-Rock Work Allocation%土石方调配复杂网络建模与系统优化研究

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    吴学雷; 卞小草; 申明亮

    2011-01-01

    Based on the in-depth knowledge of earth-rock work allocation methods and characteristics in practical projects, the authors analyze the problems and defects in the existing allocation models, and from the viewpoint of physical process simulation, the complicated network model constituted by excavation, filling, transshipment, discarding dross, mining, road-transport, etc. has been abstracted and simplified. Then the model has been converted into several groups of basic models named “Object-Road-Object”, which have unified attributes and permutation and interrelation according to certain rules. By using realtime parameter detection, the corresponding simulation control methods have been set up. These methods greatly simplify the modeling and analyzing process of the traditional models. Through using feedback control and loop optimization methods, a dynamic simulation model of earthrock work allocation which meets the requirements of global optimization and local adaptation has been established.In this paper, at last, through the analysis on the example of real project, the feasibility and superiority of the model are confirmed.%在深入了解实际工程中土石方调配方法、特点的基础上,分析了现有调配模型中存在的问题和不足,并从物理过程模拟的角度,对调配中由开挖、填筑、中转、弃渣、料场开采、道路运输等组成的复杂网络进行抽象和简化,将其转化成为多组具有统一属性,并按一定规则排列和相互联系的"对象-道路-对象"模型,并采用实时参数检测和碰撞的思想,设立了相应的模拟控制方法,其大大简化了传统模型中复杂的建模和分析过程.在基本模型的基础上,运用反馈调节和循环优化的方法,建立了可实现整体优化和局部适应的土石方调配动态仿真模型.最后结合工程实例分析,印证了模型的可行性及优越性.

  7. A systemic study of stepwise chlorination-chemical vapor transport characteristics of pure rare earth oxides from Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} to Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} mediated by alkaline chlorides as complex former

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    Sun Yanhui [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China)]. E-mail: sunyanhui0102@163.com; He Peng [Department of Ecology, School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Chen Huani [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631 (China)

    2007-08-30

    A systematic study has been carried out for the stepwise chlorination-chemical vapor transport (SC-CVT) characteristics of pure rare earth oxides from Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} to Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} mediated by the vapor complexes KLnCl{sub 4} and NaLnCl{sub 4} (Ln = Sc, Y and La-Lu) used NaCl and KCl as complex former, respectively. The results showed that the SC-CVT characteristics are similarly for NaCl and KCl as complex former, the main deposition temperature of the rare earth chlorides LnCl{sub 3} is in the increasing order ScCl{sub 3} < YCl{sub 3} < LaCl{sub 3}, and then with a systematically decreasing trend from the early lanthanide chlorides to the end one. The results also showed that the total transported amount of the produced chlorides is YCl{sub 3} > ScCl{sub 3}, and they are much higher than that of most lanthanoid chlorides. For lanthanoids, the total transported amount of chloride increases systematically from the early lanthanoid chlorides to the end one except for EuCl{sub 3} and GdCl{sub 3} mediated by KCl and NaCl as complex former, respectively, which showed the divergence effect of Gd in the total transport efficiency. But there are some differences in SC-CVT characteristics of pure rare earth oxide mediated by KCl and NaCl as complex former, that is the main deposition temperature region for the same rare earth element was lower for KCl than that for NaCl as complex former except for LaCl{sub 3}, CeCl{sub 3}, YbCl{sub 3} and LuCl{sub 3}, while the total transport amount of rare earth chloride for KCl as complex former is higher than that for NaCl except for LaCl{sub 3} and EuCl{sub 3}. More over, the discussion was carried out for Sc and Y on the one hand and the lanthanides contain 4f electron as another hand based on the 4f electron hybridization assumption. Further more, the transport characteristics of rare earth oxides with alkaline chlorides as complex former in this study were compared to that with AlCl{sub 3} as complex former.

  8. Defect classification in sparsity-based structural health monitoring

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    Golato, Andrew; Ahmad, Fauzia; Santhanam, Sridhar; Amin, Moeness G.

    2017-05-01

    Guided waves have gained popularity in structural health monitoring (SHM) due to their ability to inspect large areas with little attenuation, while providing rich interactions with defects. For thin-walled structures, the propagating waves are Lamb waves, which are a complex but well understood type of guided waves. Recent works have cast the defect localization problem of Lamb wave based SHM within the sparse reconstruction framework. These methods make use of a linear model relating the measurements with the scene reflectivity under the assumption of point-like defects. However, most structural defects are not perfect points but tend to assume specific forms, such as surface cracks or internal cracks. Knowledge of the "type" of defects is useful in the assessment phase of SHM. In this paper, we present a dual purpose sparsity-based imaging scheme which, in addition to accurately localizing defects, properly classifies the defects present simultaneously. The proposed approach takes advantage of the bias exhibited by certain types of defects toward a specific Lamb wave mode. For example, some defects strongly interact with the anti-symmetric modes, while others strongly interact with the symmetric modes. We build model based dictionaries for the fundamental symmetric and anti-symmetric wave modes, which are then utilized in unison to properly localize and classify the defects present. Simulated data of surface and internal defects in a thin Aluminum plate are used to validate the proposed scheme.

  9. 胶原蛋白膜包裹藻酸钙凝胶/骨髓基质细胞/BMP-2复合体修复兔桡骨缺损%Collagen membrane wraps the complex of calcium alginate gelatin, bone marrow stromal cells and bone morphogenetic protein to repair radius defect of rabbits

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    郑旺; 高丽娜; 李西成; 张隆; 田志

    2012-01-01

    [目的]探讨在外源性生长因子(BMP -2)作用下,使用胶原蛋白膜包裹经体外培养扩增的骨髓基质干细胞(BMSCs)与藻酸钙凝胶形成的复合物修复骨缺损的可行性.[方法]选用成年新西兰白兔36只.手术造成两侧桡骨标准缺损后,左侧植入复合体,右侧空白对照.取自体BMSCs,经体外分离培养扩增后,与BMP -2、藻酸钙凝胶及胶原蛋白膜形成复合体修复骨缺损,于2、4、8、12周时行大体、X线片、免疫组织化学观察.[结果]整个过程中可见实验组缺损区新生骨组织增殖明显、持续时间较长,且无过量的结缔组织生长;X线早期可见连续性骨痂通过缺损区,分布均匀;免疫组织化学可见多个成骨中心,骨小梁排列有序,成熟骨替代完全,BMP分布持续时间长,且在新骨组织中分布范围大.[结论]复合体能修复骨缺损,并且能够阻挡周围软组织进入缺损区,为新骨生长提供空间;同时作为BMP的载体,能减少外溢,提高其疗效.%[Objective]To investigate whether the expanded bone marrow stromal cells(BMSCs) in vitro mixed with calcium alginate gelatin and wrapped by collag#n membrane can repair bone defects with the addition of exogenous bone morphoge-netic protein -2. [Method]The experiment was done on 36 adult New Zealand rabbits. After the experimental model of standard radius bone defect had been made by operation, the complex implanting on the left radius defect area and nothing on the right as blank contrast. Autologous bone marrow stem cells cultured in vitro were mixed with BMP - 2, calcium alginate gelatin and collagen membrane to repair bone defect. The reconstructed tissues were observed by gross, X-ray, immunohistochemistry at 2,4,8 and 12 weeks. [ Result] The experimental group showed that new bone growth tissues proliferated distinctly in bone defect area, and lasted longer. There were no excessive connective in defect area. Early X-ray observation revealed that

  10. Earth from Above

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    Stahley, Tom

    2006-01-01

    Google Earth is a free online software that provides a virtual view of Earth. Using Google Earth, students can view Earth by hovering over features and locations they preselect or by serendipitously exploring locations that catch their fascination. Going beyond hovering, they can swoop forward and even tilt images to make more detailed…

  11. Rare Earth Resolution

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    Mei Xinyu

    2012-01-01

    BEFORE the early 1970s, China had no rare earth exports, and the world rare earth market was dominated by the United States, Europe and Japan. In the 1970s, China began to enter the world rare earth market and its share has picked up sharply in the following decades. Today, having the monopoly over global rare earth production, China must improve the benefits from rare earth production, not only from producing individual rare earth products, but also from mastering the intensive processing of rare earth products.

  12. Revolutions that made the earth

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    Lenton, Tim

    2013-01-01

    The Earth that sustains us today was born out of a few remarkable, near-catastrophic revolutions, started by biological innovations and marked by global environmental consequences. The revolutions have certain features in common, such as an increase in the complexity, energy utilization, and information processing capabilities of life. This book describes these revolutions, showing the fundamental interdependence of the evolution of life and its non-living environment. We would not exist unless these upheavals had led eventually to 'successful' outcomes - meaning that after each one, at length, a new stable world emerged. The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee that this one will be successful. This book explains what a successful transition through it might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course. This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthe...

  13. Echocardiography for the Assessment of Congenital Heart Defects in Calves.

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    Mitchell, Katharyn Jean; Schwarzwald, Colin Claudio

    2016-03-01

    Congenital heart disease should be considered when evaluating calves with chronic respiratory signs, failure to thrive, poor growth, or if a murmur is heard on physical examination. Echocardiography is currently the gold standard for diagnosing congenital heart defects. A wide variety of defects, either alone or in combination with a ventricular septal defect, are possible. A standardized approach using sequential segmental analysis is required to fully appreciate the nature and severity of more complex malformations. The prognosis for survival varies from guarded to poor and depends on the hemodynamic relevance of the defects and the degree of cardiac compensation.

  14. NASA Earth Exchange: A Collaborative Earth Science Platform

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    Nemani, R. R.; Votava, P.; Michaelis, A.; Melton, F. S.; Hashimoto, H.; Milesi, C.; Wang, W.; Ganguly, S.

    2010-12-01

    The NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) is a collaboration platform for the Earth science community creating new ways for scientific interaction and knowledge sharing. Funded through ARRA, NEX combines state-of-the-art supercomputing, Earth system modeling, workflow management, NASA remote sensing data feeds, and a social networking platform to deliver a complete work environment in which users can explore and analyze large datasets, run modeling codes, collaborate on new or existing projects, and quickly share results among the Earth science communities. The work environment provides NEX members with community supported modeling, analysis and visualization software in conjunction with datasets that are common to the Earth systems science domain. By providing data, software, and large-scale computing power together in a flexible framework, NEX reduces the need for duplicated efforts in downloading data, developing pre-processing software tools, and expanding local compute infrastructures—while accelerating fundamental research, development of new applications, and reducing project costs. The social networking platform provides a forum for NEX members to efficiently share datasets, results, algorithms, codes, and expertise with other members. Since all members' work environments reside on the collaborative platform, sharing may be done without the transfer of large volumes of data or the porting of complex codes—making NEX an ideal platform for building upon and exchanging research, and fostering innovation. Architecture of NEX integrating social networking, super-computing and data center. The prototyping facility allows users to test their models, algorithms prior to deploying them on the super-computers when required.

  15. Norwegian Pitched Roof Defects

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    Lars Gullbrekken

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The building constructions investigated in this work are pitched wooden roofs with exterior vertical drainpipes and wooden load-bearing system. The aim of this research is to further investigate the building defects of pitched wooden roofs and obtain an overview of typical roof defects. The work involves an analysis of the building defect archive from the research institute SINTEF Building and Infrastructure. The findings from the SINTEF archive show that moisture is a dominant exposure factor, especially in roof constructions. In pitched wooden roofs, more than half of the defects are caused by deficiencies in design, materials, or workmanship, where these deficiencies allow moisture from precipitation or indoor moisture into the structure. Hence, it is important to increase the focus on robust and durable solutions to avoid defects both from exterior and interior moisture sources in pitched wooden roofs. Proper design of interior ventilation and vapour retarders seem to be the main ways to control entry from interior moisture sources into attic and roof spaces.

  16. Discrete torsion defects

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    Brunner, Ilka; Plencner, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Orbifolding two-dimensional quantum field theories by a symmetry group can involve a choice of discrete torsion. We apply the general formalism of `orbifolding defects' to study and elucidate discrete torsion for topological field theories. In the case of Landau-Ginzburg models only the bulk sector had been studied previously, and we re-derive all known results. We also introduce the notion of `projective matrix factorisations', show how they naturally describe boundary and defect sectors, and we further illustrate the efficiency of the defect-based approach by explicitly computing RR charges. Roughly half of our results are not restricted to Landau-Ginzburg models but hold more generally, for any topological field theory. In particular we prove that for a pivotal bicategory, any two objects of its orbifold completion that have the same base are orbifold equivalent. Equivalently, from any orbifold theory (including those based on nonabelian groups) the original unorbifolded theory can be be obtained by orbifo...

  17. Mask Blank Defect Detection

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    Johnson, M A; Sommargren, G E

    2000-02-04

    Mask blanks are the substrates that hold the master patterns for integrated circuits. Integrated circuits are semiconductor devices, such as microprocessors (mPs), dynamic random access memory (DRAMs), and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are central to the computer, communication, and electronics industries. These devices are fabricated using a set of master patterns that are sequentially imaged onto light-sensitive coated silicon wafers and processed to form thin layers of insulating and conductive materials on top of the wafer. These materials form electrical paths and transistors that control the flow of electricity through the device. For the past forty years the semiconductor industry has made phenomenal improvements in device functionality, compactness, speed, power, and cost. This progress is principally due to the exponential decrease in the minimum feature size of integrated circuits, which has been reduced by a factor of {radical}2 every three years. Since 1992 the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has coordinated the efforts of producing a technology roadmap for semiconductors. In the latest document, ''The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors: 1999'', future technology nodes (minimum feature sizes) and targeted dates were specified and are summarized in Table 1. Lithography is the imaging technology for producing a de-magnified image of the mask on the wafer. A typical de-magnification factor is 4. Mask blank defects as small as one-eighth the equivalent minimum feature size are printable and may cause device failure. Defects might be the result of the surface preparation, such as polishing, or contamination due to handling or the environment. Table 2 shows the maximum tolerable defect sizes on the mask blank for each technology node. This downward trend puts a tremendous burden on mask fabrication, particularly in the area of defect detection and reduction. A new infrastructure for mask

  18. Assessing EUV mask defectivity

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    Okoroanyanwu, Uzodinma; Tchikoulaeva, Anna; Ackmann, Paul; Wood, Obert; La Fontaine, Bruno; Bubke, Karsten; Holfeld, Christian; Peters, Jan Hendrik; Kini, Sumanth; Watson, Sterling; Lee, Isaac; Mu, Bo; Lim, Phillip; Raghunathan, Sudhar; Boye, Carol

    2010-04-01

    This paper assesses the readiness of EUV masks for pilot line production. The printability of well characterized reticle defects, with particular emphasis on those reticle defects that cause electrical errors on wafer test chips, is investigated. The reticles are equipped with test marks that are inspected in a die-to-die mode (using DUV inspection tool) and reviewed (using a SEM tool), and which also comprise electrically testable patterns. The reticles have three modules comprising features with 32 nm ground rules in 104 nm pitch, 22 nm ground rules with 80 nm pitch, and 16 nm ground rules with 56 nm pitch (on the wafer scale). In order to determine whether specific defects originate from the substrate, the multilayer film, the absorber stack, or from the patterning process, the reticles were inspected after each fabrication step. Following fabrication, the reticles were used to print wafers on a 0.25 NA full-field ASML EUV exposure tool. The printed wafers were inspected with state of the art bright-field and Deep UV inspection tools. It is observed that the printability of EUV mask defects down to a pitch of 56 nm shows a trend of increased printability as the pitch of the printed pattern gets smaller - a well established trend at larger pitches of 80 nm and 104 nm, respectively. The sensitivity of state-of-the-art reticle inspection tools is greatly improved over that of the previous generation of tools. There appears to be no apparent decline in the sensitivity of these state-of-the-art reticle inspection tools for higher density (smaller) patterns on the mask, even down to 56nm pitch (1x). Preliminary results indicate that a blank defect density of the order of 0.25 defects/cm2 can support very early learning on EUV pilot line production at the 16nm node.

  19. Congenital Abdominal Wall Defects

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    Risby, Kirsten; Jakobsen, Marianne Skytte; Qvist, Niels

    2016-01-01

    complications were seen in five (15%) children: four had detachment of the mesh and one patient developed abdominal compartment syndrome. Mesh related clinical infection was observed in five children. In hospital mortality occurred in four cases (2 gastroschisis and 2 omphalocele) and was not procedure......OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical utility of GORE® DUALMESH (GDM) in the staged closure of large congenital abdominal wall defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of patients with congenital abdominal wall defects managed with GDM was analyzed for outcome regarding complete fascial closure; mesh...

  20. Supersymmetric k-defects

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    Koehn, Michael

    2015-01-01

    In supersymmetric theories, topological defects can have nontrivial behaviors determined purely by whether or not supersymmetry is restored in the defect core. A well-known example of this is that some supersymmetric cosmic strings are automatically superconducting, leading to important cosmological effects and constraints. We investigate the impact of nontrivial kinetic interactions, present in a number of particle physics models of interest in cosmology, on the relationship between supersymmetry and supercurrents on strings. We find that in some cases it is possible for superconductivity to be disrupted by the extra interactions.

  1. Defect (p,q) Five-branes

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    Kimura, Tetsuji

    2015-01-01

    We study the local description of composite five-branes of codimension two. The formulation is constructed by virtue of the $SL(2,{\\mathbb Z}) \\times SL(2,{\\mathbb Z)}$ monodromy associated with two-torus. Applying the conjugate monodromy transformations to the complex structures of the two-torus, we obtain the field configuration of the defect $(p,q)$ five-branes. This is the composite state of $p$ defect NS5-branes and $q$ exotic $5^2_2$-branes. We also obtain a new hyper-K\\"{a}hler geometry. This is an ALG space, a generalization of an ALF space which asymptotically has a tri-holomorphic two-torus action. This geometry appears in the conjugate configuration of the single defect KK5-brane.

  2. Poka Yoke——A Way to Achieve Zero Defect

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    郑敏; 姜洁

    2008-01-01

    How can all defects in a complex manufacturing, service, or software development operation be prevented if no statistical process control (SPC) is used and if the engineering staff is very small? People unfamiliar with Poka Yoke (mistake proofing devices) usually claim that this is not possible. However, Dr. Shigeo Shingo developed a system of nfistake proofing that eliminates defects without the use of SPC or complex solutions. This paper explains how Poka Yoke devices work and how to apply poka yoke devices now to eliminate defects.

  3. 4-卤代苯甲酸铽配合物荧光性能的研究%Fluorescent Properties of Rare Earth Complexes Formed by Terbium Ion and Halogenated Benzoic Acids

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    陶栋梁; 袁伟; 崔玉民; 张文保; 殷榕灿; 徐怡庄; 吴瑾光

    2011-01-01

    以4-氯苯甲酸(4-ClBA)、4-溴苯甲酸(4-BrBA)和4-碘苯甲酸(4-IBA)为配体合成了三种4-卤代苯甲酸铽的稀土配合物Tb(4-ClBA)3,Tb(4-BrBA)3和Tb(4-IBA)3,紫外可见光吸收光谱表明,相同摩尔浓度的Tb(4-IBA)3的紫外吸收最强,Tb(4-BrBA)3的紫外吸收强度次之,Tb(4-ClBA)3的紫外吸收最弱,而荧光发射光谱表明,Tb(4-IBA)3和Tb(4-BrBA)3的荧光发射强度远小于Tb(4-ClBA)3的.从配体的结构及配体能级、稀土离子Tb3+能级、配体到稀土离子之间的能量传递等角度对该试验结果进行了分析探讨,结果表明苯甲酸对位的碘原子、溴原子和氯原子与苯环上的碳原子所形成的碳卤键热振动的不同是造成三种稀土配合物荧光强度差别较大的本质原因.%The rare earth complexes Tb ( 4-ClBA ) 3,Tb(4-BrBA)3 and Tb (4-IBA)3 were synthesized using chloro benzoic acid, bromide benzoic acid and iodo-benzoic acid as ligands, respectively. The UVvisible spectra showed that absorption of Tb (4-IBA) 3 was much stronger than those of Tb(4-CIBA)3 and Tb (4-BrBA)3 with same molar concentration, and the absorption of Tb(4-ClBA)3 was the weakest. However, the fluorescent intensity of Tb (4-ClBA)3 was much stronger than those of Tb (4-BrBA) 3 and Tb (4-IBA) 3, and the fluorescent intensity of Tb (4-IBA) 3 was the weakest. In this paper, the structure and the energy level of ligands, the energy level of Tb3+ and energy transfer process from ligands to Tb3+ were discussed to explain the experimental results. The thermal vibration of carbon-halogen bond formed by halogen atoms and carbon in the benzene ring was the essential reason for larger difference of fluorescent intensities of the three kinds of rare earth complexes.

  4. EarthLabs - Investigating Hurricanes: Earth's Meteorological Monsters

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    McDaris, J. R.; Dahlman, L.; Barstow, D.

    2007-12-01

    Earth science is one of the most important tools that the global community needs to address the pressing environmental, social, and economic issues of our time. While, at times considered a second-rate science at the high school level, it is currently undergoing a major revolution in the depth of content and pedagogical vitality. As part of this revolution, labs in Earth science courses need to shift their focus from cookbook-like activities with known outcomes to open-ended investigations that challenge students to think, explore and apply their learning. We need to establish a new model for Earth science as a rigorous lab science in policy, perception, and reality. As a concerted response to this need, five states, a coalition of scientists and educators, and an experienced curriculum team are creating a national model for a lab-based high school Earth science course named EarthLabs. This lab course will comply with the National Science Education Standards as well as the states' curriculum frameworks. The content will focus on Earth system science and environmental literacy. The lab experiences will feature a combination of field work, classroom experiments, and computer access to data and visualizations, and demonstrate the rigor and depth of a true lab course. The effort is being funded by NOAA's Environmental Literacy program. One of the prototype units of the course is Investigating Hurricanes. Hurricanes are phenomena which have tremendous impact on humanity and the resources we use. They are also the result of complex interacting Earth systems, making them perfect objects for rigorous investigation of many concepts commonly covered in Earth science courses, such as meteorology, climate, and global wind circulation. Students are able to use the same data sets, analysis tools, and research techniques that scientists employ in their research, yielding truly authentic learning opportunities. This month-long integrated unit uses hurricanes as the story line by

  5. The Lifeworld Earth and a Modelled Earth

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    Juuti, Kalle

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to study the question of whether a phenomenological view of the Earth could be empirically endorsed. The phenomenological way of thinking considers the Earth as a material entity, but not as an object as viewed in science. In the learning science tradition, tracking the process of the conceptual change of the shape of the…

  6. The Lifeworld Earth and a Modelled Earth

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    Juuti, Kalle

    2014-01-01

    The goal of this paper is to study the question of whether a phenomenological view of the Earth could be empirically endorsed. The phenomenological way of thinking considers the Earth as a material entity, but not as an object as viewed in science. In the learning science tradition, tracking the process of the conceptual change of the shape of the…

  7. Quantum computing with defects.

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    Weber, J R; Koehl, W F; Varley, J B; Janotti, A; Buckley, B B; Van de Walle, C G; Awschalom, D D

    2010-05-11

    Identifying and designing physical systems for use as qubits, the basic units of quantum information, are critical steps in the development of a quantum computer. Among the possibilities in the solid state, a defect in diamond known as the nitrogen-vacancy (NV(-1)) center stands out for its robustness--its quantum state can be initialized, manipulated, and measured with high fidelity at room temperature. Here we describe how to systematically identify other deep center defects with similar quantum-mechanical properties. We present a list of physical criteria that these centers and their hosts should meet and explain how these requirements can be used in conjunction with electronic structure theory to intelligently sort through candidate defect systems. To illustrate these points in detail, we compare electronic structure calculations of the NV(-1) center in diamond with those of several deep centers in 4H silicon carbide (SiC). We then discuss the proposed criteria for similar defects in other tetrahedrally coordinated semiconductors.

  8. Annealing study of a bistable cluster defect

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    Junkes, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.junkes@desy.d [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Eckstein, Doris [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Pintilie, Ioana [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); NIMP Bucharest-Margurele (Romania); Makarenko, Leonid F. [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Fretwurst, Eckhart [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-01-11

    This work deals with the influence of neutron and proton induced cluster related defects on the properties of n-type silicon detectors. Defect concentrations were obtained by means of Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) and Thermally Stimulated Current (TSC) technique, while the full depletion voltage and the reverse current were extracted from capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The annealing behaviour of the reverse current can be correlated with the annealing of the cluster related defect levels labeled E4a and E4b by making use of their bistability. This bistability was characterised by isochronal and isothermal annealing studies and it was found that the development with increasing annealing temperature is similar to that of divacancies. This supports the assumption that E4a and E4b are vacancy related defects. In addition we observe an influence of the disordered regions on the shape and height of the DLTS or TSC signals corresponding to point defects like the vacancy-oxygen complex.

  9. Defect formation energy in pyrochlore: the effect of crystal size

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    Wang, Jianwei; Ewing, Rodney C.; Becker, Udo

    2014-09-01

    Defect formation energies of point defects of two pyrochlores Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 as a function of crystal size were calculated. Density functional theory with plane-wave basis sets and the projector-augmented wave method were used in the calculations. The results show that the defect formation energies of the two pyrochlores diverge as the size decreases to the nanometer range. For Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore, the defect formation energy is higher at nanometers with respect to that of the bulk, while it is lower for Gd2Zr2O7. The lowest defect formation energy for Gd2Zr2O7 is found at 15-20 Å. The different behaviors of the defect formation energies as a function of crystal size are caused by different structural adjustments around the defects as the size decreases. For both pyrochlore compositions at large sizes, the defect structures are similar to those of the bulk. As the size decreases, for Gd2Ti2O7, additional structure distortions appear at the surfaces, which cause the defect formation energy to increase. For Gd2Zr2O7, additional oxygen Frenkel pair defects are introduced, which reduce the defect formation energy. As the size further decreases, increased structure distortions occur at the surfaces, which cause the defect formation energy to increase. Based on a hypothesis that correlates the energetics of defect formation and radiation response for complex oxides, the calculated results suggest that at nanometer range Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore is expected to have a lower radiation tolerance, and those of Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlore to have a higher radiation tolerance. The highest radiation tolerance for Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlore is expected to be found at ˜2 nanometers.

  10. A novel approach to topological defects in a vector order parameter system

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    Ren Ji-Rong; Rong Shu-Jun; Zhu Tao

    2009-01-01

    Based on Duan's topological current theory, we propose a novel approach to study the topological properties of topological defects in a two-dimensional complex vector order parameter system. This method shows explicitly the fine topological structure of defects. The branch processes of defects in the vector order parameter system have also been investigated with this method.

  11. EarthKAM

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students) is an educational outreach program allowing middle school students to take pictures...

  12. Earth on the Move.

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    Naturescope, 1987

    1987-01-01

    Provides background information on the layers of the earth, the relationship between changes on the surface of the earth and its insides, and plate tectonics. Teaching activities are included, with some containing reproducible worksheets and handouts to accompany them. (TW)

  13. NASA Earth Exchange (NEX)

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) represents a new platform for the Earth science community that provides a mechanism for scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing....

  14. Alternative paths to Earth-Moon transfer

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The planar, circular, restricted three-body problem predicts the existence of periodic orbits around the Lagrangian equilibrium point L1. Considering the Earth-lunar-probe system, some of these orbits pass very close to the surfaces of the Earth and the Moon. These characteristics make it possible for these orbits, in spite of their instability, to be used in transfer maneuvers between Earth and lunar parking orbits. The main goal of this paper is to explore this scenario, adopting a more complex and realistic dynamical system, the four-body problem Sun-Earth-Moon-probe. We defined and investigated a set of paths, derived from the orbits around L1, which are capable of achieving transfer between low-altitude Earth (LEO and lunar orbits, including high-inclination lunar orbits, at a low cost and with flight time between 13 and 15 days.

  15. Types of Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... heart develops. Examples of Simple Congenital Heart Defects Holes in the Heart (Septal Defects) The septum is ... Google+ SITE INDEX ACCESSIBILITY PRIVACY STATEMENT FOIA NO FEAR ACT OIG CONTACT US National Institutes of Health ...

  16. Adults with Congenital Heart Defects

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    ... Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Web Booklet: Adults With Congenital Heart Defects Updated:Aug 29,2017 ... the list below to learn more. Web Booklet: Adults With Congenital Heart Defects Introduction Introduction: Adults with ...

  17. Reconstructions of eyelid defects

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    Nirmala Subramanian

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Eyelids are the protective mechanism of the eyes. The upper and lower eyelids have been formed for their specific functions by Nature. The eyelid defects are encountered in congenital anomalies, trauma, and postexcision for neoplasm. The reconstructions should be based on both functional and cosmetic aspects. The knowledge of the basic anatomy of the lids is a must. There are different techniques for reconstructing the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, and medial and lateral canthal areas. Many a times, the defects involve more than one area. For the reconstruction of the lid, the lining should be similar to the conjunctiva, a cover by skin and the middle layer to give firmness and support. It is important to understand the availability of various tissues for reconstruction. One layer should have the vascularity to support the other layer which can be a graft. A proper plan and execution of it is very important.

  18. Algebraic approach to multiple defects on the line and application to Casimir force

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    Mintchev, M

    2007-01-01

    An algebraic framework for quantization in presence of arbitrary number of point-like defects on the line is developed. We consider a scalar field which interacts with the defects and freely propagates away of them. As an application we compute the Casimir force both at zero and finite temperature. We derive also the charge density in the Gibbs state of a complex scalar field with defects. The example of two delta-defects is treated in detail.

  19. Wetting on smooth micropatterned defects

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    Debuisson, Damien; Dufour, Renaud; Senez, Vincent; Arscott, Steve

    2011-01-01

    We develop a model which predicts the contact angle hysteresis introduced by smooth micropatterned defects. The defects are modeled by a smooth function and the contact angle hysteresis is explained using a tangent line solution. When the liquid micro-meniscus touches both sides of the defect simultaneously, depinning of the contact line occurs. The defects are fabricated using a photoresist and experimental results confirm the model. An important point is that the model is scale-independent,...

  20. Capturing Near Earth Objects

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    Baoyin, Hexi; CHEN Yang; Li, Junfeng

    2011-01-01

    Recently, Near Earth Objects (NEOs) have been attracting great attention, and thousands of NEOs have been found to date. This paper examines the NEOs' orbital dynamics using the framework of an accurate solar system model and a Sun-Earth-NEO three-body system when the NEOs are close to Earth to search for NEOs with low-energy orbits. It is possible for such an NEO to be temporarily captured by Earth; its orbit would thereby be changed and it would become an Earth-orbiting object after a small...

  1. Congenital Heart Defects (For Parents)

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    ... Old Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old Congenital Heart Defects KidsHealth > For Parents > Congenital Heart Defects A A A What's in this article? How ... a Problem en español Anomalías cardíacas congénitas A congenital heart defect is a problem in the heart's structure that ...

  2. Silicon, germanium, and their alloys growth, defects, impurities, and nanocrystals

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    Kissinger, Gudrun

    2014-01-01

    ""This book gives the state of the art in understanding and tailoring point defects in group IV semiconductors. The reader will find useful and complete information about the mechanisms of formation, migration, and interaction of intrinsic and extrinsic point defects in Si, Ge, and SiGe alloys. This is a unique feature of this work, as it offers the possibility of comparing the peculiar behavior of Si, Ge, and related alloys under one single cover.""-Professor Roberto Fornari, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma, Italy""This book describes the g

  3. Interstitial-type defects in implanted silicon

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    Berezhnov, N.I.; Stel' makh, V.F.; Chelyadinskij, A.R.

    1984-07-01

    Boron-, lithium-, phosphorus- and silicon-implanted silicon layers were investigated using X-ray diffraction method for measuring the crystal lattice parameters. It was established that stable interstitial complexes in concentrations comparable with concentrations of vacancy type defects occur in silicon as a result of ion implantation. The interstitial complexes are annealed at the following stages: 1 - 140, 2 - 500 deg C in the case of silicon irradiation by light ions and 1 - 180, 2 - 560 deg C in crystals irradiated by medium mass ions.

  4. Wetting on smooth micropatterned defects

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    Debuisson, Damien; Senez, Vincent; Arscott, Steve

    2011-01-01

    We develop a model which predicts the contact angle hysteresis introduced by smooth micropatterned defects. The defects are modeled by a smooth function and the contact angle hysteresis is explained using a tangent line solution. When the liquid micro-meniscus touches both sides of the defect simultaneously, depinning of the contact line occurs. The defects are fabricated using a photoresist and experimental results confirm the model. An important point is that the model is scale-independent, i.e. the contact angle hysteresis is dependent on the aspect ratio of the function, not on its absolute size; this could have implications for natural surface defects.

  5. Studies on the Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Activity of Rare Earth Complexes with Schiff Base Derived from o-Vanillin and Adamantaneamine%金刚烷胺邻香兰素Schiff碱稀土配合物的合成、表征及抗菌活性研究

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    赵国良; 张萍华; 冯云龙

    2005-01-01

    The new solid complexes [LnL2(NO3)2]NO3 (L=C18H23NO2, N-2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-benzaldehyde-1-aminoadamanantane, Ln=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y) of rare earth nitrates with Schiff base derived from o-vanillin and adamantaneamine have been synthesized in non-aqueous system and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, infrared spectra,1H NMR spectra, thermal analysis. The coordination modes of the bonding in these complexes were discussed and the possible structure were proposed.Every central Ln(m) ion in the complexes coordinates with both two Schiff base ligands via four oxygen atoms of the phenol hydroxy groups and methoxy groups and two nitrates via their four oxygen atoms. Their coordination numbers are eight. In addition, the antibacterial activity of the Schiff base ligand and the complexes were studied.

  6. Defect Recognition in Thermosonic Imaging

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    CHEN Dapeng; WU Naiming; ZHANG Zheng

    2012-01-01

    This work is aimed at developing an effective method for defect recognition in thermosonic imaging.The heat mechanism of thermosonic imaging is introduced,and the problem for defect recognition is discussed.For this purpose,defect existing in the inner wall of a metal pipeline specimen and defects embedded in a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminate are tested.The experimental data are processed by pulse phase thermography (PPT) method to show the phase images at different frequencies,and the characteristic of phase angle vs frequency curve of thermal anomalies and sound area is analyzed.A binary image,which is based on the characteristic value of defects,is obtained by a new recognition algorithm to show the defects.Results demonstrate good defect recognition performance for thermosonic imaging,and the reliability of this technique can be improved by the method.

  7. 手部多指或多处复杂性软组织缺损皮瓣Ⅰ期修复%Stage Ⅰ flap prosthetics of complex soft tissues defect of multi-fingers or multiple damaged sites in hands

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    谭耀灵; 许球祥; 余紫丹

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析手部多指多处复杂性软组织缺损皮瓣 I 期修复的手术方法,为多指或多处软组织缺损皮瓣修复提供依据。方法回顾性分析90例手部多指或多处复杂性软组织缺损皮瓣 I 期修复患者处理方法,并随访3月,统计患者并发症发生情况和疗效情况。结果本组所有患者均完成组织缺损皮瓣修复。其中:术后感染1例(1.11%),皮瓣浅层部分坏死1例(1.11%),断指缺血性坏死解脱1例(1.11%),并发症发生率为3.33%。术后3月进行疗效评定,其中:良64例(71.11%),可18例(20.00%),差8例(8.89%)。治疗有效率为91.11%。2例(2.22%)患者因术后皮瓣臃肿,二期行去脂术。结论根据手部多指或多处复杂性软组织缺损情况采取合适的皮瓣 I 期修复,可以起到较好的治疗效果。%Objective To analyze surgical methods of stage Ⅰ flap prosthetics of complex soft tissues defect of multi-fingers or multiple damaged sites in hands,and to provide the basis for flap prosthetics of complex soft tissues defect of multi-fingers or multiple damaged sites in hands. Methods Retrospective analysis of surgical methods of stage Ⅰ flap prosthetics for 90 patients with complex soft tissues defect of multi-fingers or multiple damaged sites in hands were made and follow-up visit last three months.Incidence of complications and curative effect were recorded. Results All of the patients in this group were received flap prosthetics of soft tissues defect,among which there were one case of postoperative infection(1.11%),one case of partial necrosis of superficial flap(1.11%)and one case of amputated finger avascular necrosis(1.11%)with 3.33% incidence of complications.The curative effect were evaluated three months after surgery,among which there were 64 good cases(71.11%),18 fair cases(20.00%)and 8 poor cases(8.89%)with 91.12% effective clinical treatment.2 patients(2.22%)were received

  8. Topological defect lasers

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    Knitter, Sebastian; Xiong, Wen; Guy, Mikhael I; Solomon, Glenn S; Cao, Hui

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate topological defect lasers in a GaAs membrane with embedded InAs quantum dots. By introducing a disclination to a square-lattice of elliptical air holes, we obtain spatially confined optical resonances with high quality factor. Such resonances support powerflow vortices, and lase upon optical excitation of quantum dots, embedded in the structure. The spatially inhomogeneous variation of the unit cell orientation adds another dimension to the control of a lasing mode, enabling the manipulation of its field pattern and energy flow landscape.

  9. The Earth's Magnetic Field

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    Edda Lína Gunnarsdóttir 1988

    2012-01-01

    The Earth's magnetic field is essential for life on Earth, as we know it, to exist. It forms a magnetic shield around the planet, protecting it from high energy particles and radiation from the Sun, which can cause damage to life, power systems, orbiting satellites, astronauts and spacecrafts. This report contains a general overview of the Earth's magnetic field. The different sources that contribute to the total magnetic field are presented and the diverse variations in the field are describ...

  10. Uderstanding Snowball Earth Deglaciation

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    Abbot, D. S.

    2012-12-01

    Earth, a normally clement planet comfortably in its star's habitable zone, suffered global or nearly global glaciation at least twice during the Neoproterozoic era (at about 635 and 710 million years ago). Viewed in the context of planetary evolution, these pan-global glaciations (Snowball Earth events) were extremely rapid, lasting only a few million years. The dramatic effect of the Snowball Earth events on the development of the planet can be seen through their link to rises in atmospheric oxygen and evolutionary innovations. These potential catastrophes on an otherwise clement planet can be used to gain insight into planetary habitability more generally. Since Earth is not currently a Snowball, a sound deglaciation mechanism is crucial for the viability of the Snowball Earth hypothesis. The traditional deglaciation mechanism is a massive build up of CO2 due to reduced weathering during Snowball Earth events until tropical surface temperatures reach the melting point. Once initiated, such a deglaciation might happen on a timescale of only dozens of thousands of years and would thrust Earth from the coldest climate in its history to the warmest. Therefore embedded in Snowball Earth events is an even more rapid and dramatic environmental change. Early global climate model simulations raised doubt about whether Snowball Earth deglaciation could be achieved at a CO2 concentration low enough to be consistent with geochemical data, which represented a potential challenge to the Snowball Earth hypothesis. Over the past few years dust and clouds have emerged as the essential missing additional processes that would allow Snowball Earth deglaciation at a low enough CO2 concentration. I will discuss the dust and cloud mechanisms and the modeling behind these ideas. This effort is critical for the broader implications of Snowball Earth events because understanding the specific deglaciation mechanism determines whether similar processes could happen on other planets.

  11. Dipole defects in beryl

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    Holanda, B A; Cordeiro, R C; Blak, A R, E-mail: bruna.holanda@usp.br, E-mail: renan.cordeiro@usp.br, E-mail: anablak@if.usp.br

    2010-11-15

    Dipole defects in gamma irradiated and thermally treated beryl (Be{sub 3}Al{sub 2}Si{sub 6}O{sub 18}) samples have been studied using the Thermally Stimulated Depolarization Currents (TSDC) technique. TSDC experiments were performed in pink (morganite), green (emerald), blue (aquamarine) and colourless (goshenite) natural beryl. TSDC spectra present dipole peaks at 190K, 220K, 280K and 310K that change after gamma irradiation and thermal treatments. In morganite samples, for thermal treatments between 700K and 1100K, the 280K peak increase in intensity and the band at 220K disappears. An increase of the 280K peak and a decrease of the 190K peak were observed in the TSDC spectra of morganite after a gamma irradiation of 25kGy performed after the thermal treatments. In the case of emerald samples, thermal treatments enhanced the 280K peak and gamma irradiation partially destroyed this band. The goshenite TSDC spectra present only one band at 280K that is not affected either by thermal treatments or by gamma irradiation. All the observed peaks are of dipolar origin because the intensity of the bands is linearly dependent on the polarization field, behaviour of dipole defects. The systematic study, by means of TSDC measurements, of ionizing irradiation effects and thermal treatments in these crystals makes possible a better understanding of the role played by the impurities in beryl crystals.

  12. Study on surface defects in milling Inconel 718 super alloy

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    Chang, Liu; Chengzu, Ren; Guofeng, Wang; Yinwei, Yang; Lu, Zhang [Tianjin University, Tianjin (China)

    2015-04-15

    Nickel-based alloys have been extensively used as critical components in aerospace industry, especially in the key section of aero engine. In general, these sections are manufactured by milling process because most of them have complex forms. However, surface defects appear frequently in milling due to periodic impact force, which leads to the deterioration of the fatigue life. We conducted milling experiments under different cutting conditions and found that four kinds of defects, i.e., tear, cavity, build up edge (BUE) and groove, commonly appear on the machined surface. Based on the observed results, the morphology and generation regime of these defects are analyzed and the carbide particle cracking is discussed to explain the appearance of the nickel alloy defects. To study the effect of the cutting parameters on the severity of these surface defects, two qualitative indicators, which are named as average number of the defects per field and average area ratio of the defects per field, are presented and the influence laws are summarized based on the results correspondingly. This study is helpful for understanding the generation mechanism of the surface defects during milling process of nickel based super alloy.

  13. The Earth's early evolution.

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    Bowring, S A; Housh, T

    1995-09-15

    The Archean crust contains direct geochemical information of the Earth's early planetary differentiation. A major outstanding question in the Earth sciences is whether the volume of continental crust today represents nearly all that formed over Earth's history or whether its rates of creation and destruction have been approximately balanced since the Archean. Analysis of neodymium isotopic data from the oldest remnants of Archean crust suggests that crustal recycling is important and that preserved continental crust comprises fragments of crust that escaped recycling. Furthermore, the data suggest that the isotopic evolution of Earth's mantle reflects progressive eradication of primordial heterogeneities related to early differentiation.

  14. Near Earth Objects

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    Wolff, Stefan

    2006-01-01

    , Near Earth Objects: Asteroids and comets following paths that bring them near the Earth. NEOs have collided with the Earth since its formation, some causing local devastation, some causing global climate changes, yet the threat from a collision with a near Earth object has only recently been recognised...... of starlight by the Sun, and therefore directly observe the structure of space-time. This thesis explores several aspects of the observation of NEOs with Gaia, emphasising detection of NEOs and the quality of orbits computed from Gaia observations. The main contribution is the work on motion detection...

  15. Capturing near-Earth asteroids around Earth

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    Hasnain, Zaki; Lamb, Christopher A.; Ross, Shane D.

    2012-12-01

    The list of detected near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is constantly growing. NEAs are likely targets for resources to support space industrialization, as they may be the least expensive source of certain needed raw materials. The limited supply of precious metals and semiconducting elements on Earth may be supplemented or even replaced by the reserves floating in the form of asteroids around the solar system. Precious metals make up a significant fraction NEAs by mass, and even one metallic asteroid of ˜1km size and fair enrichment in platinum-group metals would contain twice the tonnage of such metals already harvested on Earth. There are ˜1000 NEAs with a diameter of greater than 1 km. Capturing these asteroids around the Earth would expand the mining industry into an entirely new dimension. Having such resources within easy reach in Earth's orbit could provide an off-world environmentally friendly remedy for impending terrestrial shortages, especially given the need for raw materials in developing nations. In this paper, we develop and implement a conceptually simple algorithm to determine trajectory characteristics necessary to move NEAs into capture orbits around the Earth. Altered trajectories of asteroids are calculated using an ephemeris model. Only asteroids of eccentricity less than 0.1 have been studied and the model is restricted to the ecliptic plane for simplicity. We constrain the time of retrieval to be 10 years or less, based on considerations of the time to return on investment. For the heliocentric phase, constant acceleration is assumed. The acceleration required for transporting these asteroids from their undisturbed orbits to the sphere of influence of the Earth is the primary output, along with the impulse or acceleration necessary to effect capture to a bound orbit once the Earth's sphere of influence is reached. The initial guess for the constant acceleration is provided by a new estimation method, similar in spirit to Edelbaum's. Based on the

  16. Voltage-induced defect mode interaction in a one-dimensional photonic crystal with a twisted-nematic defect layer

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    Timofeev, Ivan V; Gunyakov, Vladimir A; Myslivets, Sergey A; Arkhipkin, Vasily G; Vetrov, Stepan Ya; Lee, Wei; Zyryanov, Victor Ya

    2011-01-01

    Defect modes are investigated in a band gap of an electrically tunable one-dimensional photonic crystal infiltrated with a twisted-nematic liquid crystal (1D PC/TN). Their frequency shift and interference under applied voltage are studied both experimentally and theoretically. We deal with the case where the defect layer thickness is much larger than the wavelength (Mauguin condition). It is shown theoretically that the defect modes could have a complex structure with the elliptic polarization. Two series of polarized modes interact with each other and exhibit an avoided crossing phenomenon in the case of opposite parity.

  17. 面向气候变化的复杂地球系统建模与模拟探索(上)%Modeling and Simulation of Complex Earth System for Climate Change (Part Ⅰ)

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    李琦; 查传捷

    2012-01-01

    Earth is a set of open system. Any substances digested from earth in realistically world which we try to emulate contains dissipative and recursive factors. Thus, they are nonlinear. On the whole, nonlinear partial differential equation basically has no solu tions. As a result, any model take on board from earth which we try to digitize or simulate, the problems appear. For this reason, this article gives a solid mathematical definition of the system with its factors, by means of automata, formal language and its gram mar, i.e., rewrite rules and chaos theory. Using topological time space structure with recursive function, quantum equation and the characteristics of its physical and chimerical reaction, alternates the continuous partial differential equation by nonlinear discrete mathe matics desecrated those earth systems which we choice directly. Let the physic model and simulation model consistency, then those un solved problems can be accomplished. Further for that, it revealed a way to the axiomatisation of physics, eliminating the profoundly disturbing crises wherein the foundation of various sciences.

  18. Defects in new protective aprons

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    Glaze, S.; LeBlanc, A.D.; Bushong, S.C.

    1984-07-01

    Upon careful examination, several defects have been detected in new protective aprons. The nature of the defects is identified and described. Although the occurrence of such defects has not exceeded 5%, they are significant enough to warrant return of the lead apron to the supplier. It is recommended that the integrity of all new protective aprons be verified upon receipt as well as at yearly intervals.

  19. Volatile accretion history of the Earth.

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    Wood, B J; Halliday, A N; Rehkämper, M

    2010-10-28

    It has long been thought that the Earth had a protracted and complex history of volatile accretion and loss. Albarède paints a different picture, proposing that the Earth first formed as a dry planet which, like the Moon, was devoid of volatile constituents. He suggests that the Earth's complement of volatile elements was only established later, by the addition of a small veneer of volatile-rich material at ∼100 Myr (here and elsewhere, ages are relative to the origin of the Solar System). Here we argue that the Earth's mass balance of moderately volatile elements is inconsistent with Albarède's hypothesis but is well explained by the standard model of accretion from partially volatile-depleted material, accompanied by core formation.

  20. Introducing Earth's Orbital Eccentricity

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    Oostra, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Most students know that planetary orbits, including Earth's, are elliptical; that is Kepler's first law, and it is found in many science textbooks. But quite a few are mistaken about the details, thinking that the orbit is very eccentric, or that this effect is somehow responsible for the seasons. In fact, the Earth's orbital eccentricity is…

  1. The Earth's Core.

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    Jeanloz, Raymond

    1983-01-01

    The nature of the earth's core is described. Indirect evidence (such as that determined from seismological data) indicates that it is an iron alloy, solid toward its center but otherwise liquid. Evidence also suggests that it is the turbulent flow of the liquid that generates the earth's magnetic field. (JN)

  2. Solid Earth: Introduction

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    Rummel, R.

    1991-10-01

    The principles of the solid Earth program are introduced. When considering the study of solid Earth from space, satellites are used as beacons, inertial references, free fall probes and carrying platforms. The phenomenon measured by these satellites and the processes which can be studied as a result of these measurements are tabulated. The NASA solid Earth program focusses on research into surface kinematics, Earth rotation, land, ice, and ocean monitoring. The ESA solid Earth program identifies as its priority the Aristoteles mission for determining the gravity and magnetic field globally, with high spatial resolution and high accuracy. The Aristoteles mission characteristics and goals are listed. The benefits of the improved gravity information that will be provided by this mission are highlighted. This information will help in the following research: geodesy, orbit mechanics, geodynamics, oceanography, climate sea level, and the atmosphere.

  3. Background Defect Density Reduction Using Automated Defect Inspection And Analysis

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    Weirauch, Steven C.

    1988-01-01

    Yield maintenance and improvement is a major area of concern in any integrated circuit manufacturing operation. A major aspect of this concern is controlling and reducing defect density. Obviously, large defect excursions must be immediately addressed in order to maintain yield levels. However, to enhance yields, the subtle defect mechanisms must be reduced or eliminated as well. In-line process control inspections are effective for detecting large variations in the defect density on a real time basis. Examples of in-line inspection strategies include after develop or after etch inspections. They are usually effective for detecting when a particular process segment has gone out of control. However, when a process is running normally, there exists a background defect density that is generally not resolved by in-line process control inspections. The inspection strategies that are frequently used to monitor the background defect density are offline inspections. Offline inspections are used to identify the magnitude and characteristics of the background defect density. These inspections sample larger areas of product wafers than the in-line inspections to allow identification of the defect generating mechanisms that normally occur in the process. They are used to construct a database over a period of time so that trends may be studied. This information enables engineering efforts to be focused on the mechanisms that have the greatest impact on device yield. Once trouble spots in the process are identified, the data base supplies the information needed to isolate and solve them. The key aspect to the entire program is to utilize a reliable data gathering mechanism coupled with a flexible information processing system. This paper describes one method of reducing the background defect density using automated wafer inspection and analysis. The tools used in this evaluation were the KLA 2020 Wafer Inspector, KLA Utility Terminal (KLAUT), and a new software package developed

  4. Interactive web-based Earth visualization telling the earth science story.

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    Stein, C.

    2006-12-01

    Interactive earth visualization applications provide a new level of understanding of complex spatial and time based environmental information. GeoFusion's earth visualization tools provide a web-based platform for sharing results of scientific research. One hundred years of predicted sea ice coverage is animated on an interactive globe in a web page. Watershed visualization comes alive with interactive control of terrain, map, satellite, and digital raster graph layers. Animating NASA's Blue Marble Next Generation half kilometer monthly datasets becomes a background for discussing yearly earth cycles. GeoFusion's tools are used for creating custom museum and web-based applications that engage users in an interactive exploration of environmental phenomena.

  5. HELGES: Helmholtz Laboratory for the Geochemistry of the Earth Surface

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    Friedhelm von Blanckenburg; Hella Wittmann; Schuessler, Jan A.

    2016-01-01

    New developments in Geochemistry during the last two decades have revolutionized our understanding of the processes that shape Earth's surface. Here, complex interactions occur between the tectonic forces acting from within the Earth and the exogenic forces like climate that are strongly modulated by biota and, increasingly today, by human activity. Within the Helmholtz Laboratory for the Geochemistry of the Earth Surface (HELGES) of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for...

  6. Towards a living earth simulator

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    Paolucci, M.; Kossman, D.; Conte, R.; Lukowicz, P.; Argyrakis, P.; Blandford, A.; Bonelli, G.; Anderson, S.; de Freitas, S.; Edmonds, B.; Gilbert, N.; Gross, M.; Kohlhammer, J.; Koumoutsakos, P.; Krause, A.; Linnér, B.-O.; Slusallek, P.; Sorkine, O.; Sumner, R. W.; Helbing, D.

    2012-11-01

    The Living Earth Simulator (LES) is one of the core components of the FuturICT architecture. It will work as a federation of methods, tools, techniques and facilities supporting all of the FuturICT simulation-related activities to allow and encourage interactive exploration and understanding of societal issues. Society-relevant problems will be targeted by leaning on approaches based on complex systems theories and data science in tight interaction with the other components of FuturICT. The LES will evaluate and provide answers to real-world questions by taking into account multiple scenarios. It will build on present approaches such as agent-based simulation and modeling, multiscale modelling, statistical inference, and data mining, moving beyond disciplinary borders to achieve a new perspective on complex social systems.

  7. Towards a living earth simulator

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    Paolucci, M; Conte, R; Lukowicz, P; Argyrakis, P; Blandford, A; Bonelli, G; Anderson, S; de Freitas, S; Edmonds, B; Gilbert, N; Gross, M; Kohlhammer, J; Koumoutsakos, P; Krause, A; Linnér, B -O; Slusallek, P; Sorkine, O; Sumner, R W; Helbing, D; 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01689-8

    2013-01-01

    The Living Earth Simulator (LES) is one of the core components of the FuturICT architecture. It will work as a federation of methods, tools, techniques and facilities supporting all of the FuturICT simulation-related activities to allow and encourage interactive exploration and understanding of societal issues. Society-relevant problems will be targeted by leaning on approaches based on complex systems theories and data science in tight interaction with the other components of FuturICT. The LES will evaluate and provide answers to real-world questions by taking into account multiple scenarios. It will build on present approaches such as agent-based simulation and modeling, multiscale modelling, statistical inference, and data mining, moving beyond disciplinary borders to achieve a new perspective on complex social systems.

  8. The NASA Earth Science Flight Program

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    Neeck, Steven P.; Volz, Stephen M.

    2014-10-01

    Earth's changing environment impacts every aspect of life on our planet and climate change has profound implications on society. Studying Earth as a single complex system is essential to understanding the causes and consequences of climate change and other global environmental concerns. NASA's Earth Science Division (ESD) shapes an interdisciplinary view of Earth, exploring interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, land surface interior, and life itself. This enables scientists to measure global and climate changes and to inform decisions by Government, other organizations, and people in the United States and around the world. The data collected and results generated are accessible to other agencies and organizations to improve the products and services they provide, including air quality indices, disaster prediction and response, agricultural yield projections, and aviation safety. ESD's Flight Program provides the spacebased observing systems and supporting infrastructure for mission operations and scientific data processing and distribution that support NASA's Earth science research and modeling activities. The Flight Program currently has 17 operating Earth observing space missions, including the recently launched Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2). The ESD has 18 more missions planned for launch over the next decade. These include first and second tier missions from the 2007 Earth Science Decadal Survey, Climate Continuity missions to assure availability of key climate data sets, and small competitively selected orbital and instrument missions of opportunity belonging to the Earth Venture (EV) Program. The International Space Station (ISS) is being used to host a variety of NASA Earth science instruments. An overview of plans and current status will be presented.

  9. Hereditary optic neuropathies share a common mitochondrial coupling defect.

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    Chevrollier, Arnaud; Guillet, Virginie; Loiseau, Dominique; Gueguen, Naïg; de Crescenzo, Marie-Anne Pou; Verny, Christophe; Ferre, Marc; Dollfus, Hélène; Odent, Sylvie; Milea, Dan; Goizet, Cyril; Amati-Bonneau, Patrizia; Procaccio, Vincent; Bonneau, Dominique; Reynier, Pascal

    2008-06-01

    Hereditary optic neuropathies are heterogeneous diseases characterized by the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells leading to optic nerve atrophy and impairment of central vision. We found a common coupling defect of oxidative phosphorylation in fibroblasts of patients affected by autosomal dominant optic atrophy (mutations of OPA1), autosomal dominant optic atrophy associated with cataract (mutations of OPA3), and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, a disorder associated with point mutations of mitochondrial DNA complex I genes. Interestingly, the energetic defect was significantly more pronounced in Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy and autosomal dominant optic atrophy patients with a more complex phenotype, the so-called plus phenotype.

  10. Sun-Earth Days

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    Thieman, J.; Ng, C.; Lewis, E.; Cline, T.

    2010-08-01

    Sun-Earth Day is a well-coordinated series of programs, resources and events under a unique yearly theme highlighting the fundamentals of heliophysics research and missions. A menu of activities, conducted throughout the year, inspire and educate participants. Sun-Earth Day itself can vary in date, but usually is identified by a celebration on or near the spring equinox. Through the Sun-Earth Day framework we have been able to offer a series of coordinated events that promote and highlight the Sun, its connection to Earth and the other planets. Sun-Earth Day events are hosted by educators, museums, amateur astronomers and scientists and occur at schools, community groups, parks, planetaria and science centers around the globe. Sun-Earth Day raises the awareness and knowledge of formal and informal education audiences concerning space weather and heliophysics. By building on the success of Sun-Earth Day yearly celebrations, we seek to affect people of all backgrounds and ages with the wonders of heliophysics science, discovery, and exploration in ways that are both tangible and meaningful to their lives.

  11. Accretion of the Earth.

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    Canup, Robin M

    2008-11-28

    The origin of the Earth and its Moon has been the focus of an enormous body of research. In this paper I review some of the current models of terrestrial planet accretion, and discuss assumptions common to most works that may require re-examination. Density-wave interactions between growing planets and the gas nebula may help to explain the current near-circular orbits of the Earth and Venus, and may result in large-scale radial migration of proto-planetary embryos. Migration would weaken the link between the present locations of the planets and the original provenance of the material that formed them. Fragmentation can potentially lead to faster accretion and could also damp final planet orbital eccentricities. The Moon-forming impact is believed to be the final major event in the Earth's accretion. Successful simulations of lunar-forming impacts involve a differentiated impactor containing between 0.1 and 0.2 Earth masses, an impact angle near 45 degrees and an impact speed within 10 per cent of the Earth's escape velocity. All successful impacts-with or without pre-impact rotation-imply that the Moon formed primarily from material originating from the impactor rather than from the proto-Earth. This must ultimately be reconciled with compositional similarities between the Earth and the Moon.

  12. Birth Defects Research and Tracking

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    ... used data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) to examine maternal asthma medication use during pregnancy and the risk of certain birth defects. (Published October 22, 2014) World Down Syndrome Day Read one mother’s reflection on the birth ...

  13. Calculating charged defects using CRYSTAL

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    Bailey, Christine L.; Liborio, Leandro; Mallia, Giuseppe; Tomić, Stanko; Harrison, Nicholas M.

    2010-07-01

    The methodology for the calculation of charged defects using the CRYSTAL program is discussed. Two example calculations are used to illustrate the methodology: He+ ions in a vacuum and two intrinsic charged defects, Cu vacancies and Ga substitution for Cu, in the chalcopyrite CuGaS2.

  14. Facts about Atrial Septal Defect

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    ... Living With Heart Defects Data & Statistics Tracking & Research Articles & Key Findings Free Materials Multimedia and Tools Links to Other Websites Information For... Media Policy Makers Facts about Atrial Septal Defect Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir ...

  15. Facts about Ventricular Septal Defect

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    ... Living With Heart Defects Data & Statistics Tracking & Research Articles & Key Findings Free Materials Multimedia and Tools Links to Other Websites Information For... Media Policy Makers Facts about Ventricular Septal Defect Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir ...

  16. Irradiation Defects in Silicon Crystal

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    2003-01-01

    The application of irradiation in silicon crystal is introduced.The defects caused by irradiation are reviewed and some major ways of studying defects in irradiated silicon are summarized.Furthermore the problems in the investigation of irradiated silicon are discussed as well as its properties.

  17. Earth Science Informatics - Overview

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    Ramapriyan, H. K.

    2017-01-01

    Over the last 10-15 years, significant advances have been made in information management, there are an increasing number of individuals entering the field of information management as it applies to Geoscience and Remote Sensing data, and the field of informatics has come to its own. Informatics is the science and technology of applying computers and computational methods to the systematic analysis, management, interchange, and representation of science data, information, and knowledge. Informatics also includes the use of computers and computational methods to support decision making and applications. Earth Science Informatics (ESI, a.k.a. geoinformatics) is the application of informatics in the Earth science domain. ESI is a rapidly developing discipline integrating computer science, information science, and Earth science. Major national and international research and infrastructure projects in ESI have been carried out or are on-going. Notable among these are: the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the European Commissions INSPIRE, the U.S. NSDI and Geospatial One-Stop, the NASA EOSDIS, and the NSF DataONE, EarthCube and Cyberinfrastructure for Geoinformatics. More than 18 departments and agencies in the U.S. federal government have been active in Earth science informatics. All major space agencies in the world, have been involved in ESI research and application activities. In the United States, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), whose membership includes over 180 organizations (government, academic and commercial) dedicated to managing, delivering and applying Earth science data, has been working on many ESI topics since 1998. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)s Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) has been actively coordinating the ESI activities among the space agencies.

  18. Earth Science Informatics - Overview

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    Ramapriyan, H. K.

    2017-01-01

    Over the last 10-15 years, significant advances have been made in information management, there are an increasing number of individuals entering the field of information management as it applies to Geoscience and Remote Sensing data, and the field of informatics has come to its own. Informatics is the science and technology of applying computers and computational methods to the systematic analysis, management, interchange, and representation of science data, information, and knowledge. Informatics also includes the use of computers and computational methods to support decision making and applications. Earth Science Informatics (ESI, a.k.a. geoinformatics) is the application of informatics in the Earth science domain. ESI is a rapidly developing discipline integrating computer science, information science, and Earth science. Major national and international research and infrastructure projects in ESI have been carried out or are on-going. Notable among these are: the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the European Commissions INSPIRE, the U.S. NSDI and Geospatial One-Stop, the NASA EOSDIS, and the NSF DataONE, EarthCube and Cyberinfrastructure for Geoinformatics. More than 18 departments and agencies in the U.S. federal government have been active in Earth science informatics. All major space agencies in the world, have been involved in ESI research and application activities. In the United States, the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), whose membership includes over 180 organizations (government, academic and commercial) dedicated to managing, delivering and applying Earth science data, has been working on many ESI topics since 1998. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)s Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) has been actively coordinating the ESI activities among the space agencies.The talk will present an overview of current efforts in ESI, the role members of IEEE GRSS play, and discuss

  19. Holographic Chern-Simons Defects

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    Fujita, Mitsutoshi; Meyer, Rene; Sugimoto, Shigeki

    2016-01-01

    We study SU(N) Yang-Mills-Chern-Simons theory in the presence of defects that shift the Chern-Simons level from a holographic point of view by embedding the system in string theory. The model is a D3-D7 system in Type IIB string theory, whose gravity dual is given by the AdS soliton background with probe D7-branes attaching to the AdS boundary along the defects. We holographically renormalize the free energy of the defect system with sources, from which we obtain the correlation functions for certain operators naturally associated to these defects. We find interesting phase transitions when the separation of the defects as well as the temperature are varied. We also discuss some implications for the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect and for two-dimensional QCD.

  20. Earth before life.

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    Marzban, Caren; Viswanathan, Raju; Yurtsever, Ulvi

    2014-01-09

    A recent study argued, based on data on functional genome size of major phyla, that there is evidence life may have originated significantly prior to the formation of the Earth. Here a more refined regression analysis is performed in which 1) measurement error is systematically taken into account, and 2) interval estimates (e.g., confidence or prediction intervals) are produced. It is shown that such models for which the interval estimate for the time origin of the genome includes the age of the Earth are consistent with observed data. The appearance of life after the formation of the Earth is consistent with the data set under examination.