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  1. Synchrotron Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Investigation on Integral Membrane Protein Light-Harvesting Complex LH2 from Photosynthetic Bacterium Rhodopseudomonas Acidophila

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    DU Lu-Chao; WENG Yu-Xiang; HONG Xin-Guo; XIAN Ding-Chang; Kobayashi Katsumi

    2006-01-01

    @@ Structures of membrane protein in solution are different from that in crystal phase. We present the primary results of small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) resolved topological structures of a light harvesting antenna membrane protein complex LH2 from photosynthetic bacteria Rhodopseudomonas acidophila in detergent solution for the first time. Our results show that the elliptical shape of the LH2 complex in solution clearly deviates from its circular structure in crystal phase determined by x-ray diffraction. This result provides an insight into the structure and function interplay in LH2.

  2. The study of photo-induced ultrafast dynamics in light-harvesting complex LH2 of purple bacteria

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    LIU Wei-min; YAN Yong-li; LIU Kang-jun; XU Chun-he; QIAN Shi-xiong

    2006-01-01

    In this paper,we introduce the photo-induced ultrafast dynamics taking place in the peripheral light harvesting antenna LH2 from purple bacteria Rhodobacter sphaeroides by using absorption,fluorescence emission and ultrafast spectroscopic techniques.Three kinds of LH2 sampies,pH treated LH2 (complete removal of B800 pigments),carotenoid mutated LH2 (GM 309) and electrochemical oxidation treated LH2 were used in comparison with native LH2 to investigate the mechanism of photo-induced ultrafast energy transfer within the LH2 complex.

  3. Single-molecule spectroscopy reveals photosynthetic LH2 complexes switch between emissive states.

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    Schlau-Cohen, Gabriela S; Wang, Quan; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Moerner, W E

    2013-07-01

    Photosynthetic organisms flourish under low light intensities by converting photoenergy to chemical energy with near unity quantum efficiency and under high light intensities by safely dissipating excess photoenergy and deleterious photoproducts. The molecular mechanisms balancing these two functions remain incompletely described. One critical barrier to characterizing the mechanisms responsible for these processes is that they occur within proteins whose excited-state properties vary drastically among individual proteins and even within a single protein over time. In ensemble measurements, these excited-state properties appear only as the average value. To overcome this averaging, we investigate the purple bacterial antenna protein light harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila at the single-protein level. We use a room-temperature, single-molecule technique, the anti-Brownian electrokinetic trap, to study LH2 in a solution-phase (nonperturbative) environment. By performing simultaneous measurements of fluorescence intensity, lifetime, and spectra of single LH2 complexes, we identify three distinct states and observe transitions occurring among them on a timescale of seconds. Our results reveal that LH2 complexes undergo photoactivated switching to a quenched state, likely by a conformational change, and thermally revert to the ground state. This is a previously unobserved, reversible quenching pathway, and is one mechanism through which photosynthetic organisms can adapt to changes in light intensities.

  4. Nanoscale Confinement and Fluorescence Effects of Bacterial Light Harvesting Complex LH2 in Mesoporous Silicas

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    Ikemoto, Hideki; Tubasum, Sumera; Pullerits, Tonu;

    2013-01-01

    harvesting complex LH2 in nanoscale chemical environments. Mesoporous silicas (SBA-15 family) with different shapes and pore sizes were synthesized and used to create nanoscale biomimetic environments for molecular confinement of LH2. A combination of UV-vis absorption, wide-field fluorescence microscopy...

  5. Femtosecond Dynamics of Energy Transfer in Native B800-B850 and B800-Released LH2 Complexes of Rhodobacter Sphaeroides

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    刘伟民; 朱荣毅; 夏辰安; 刘源; 徐春和; 钱士雄

    2003-01-01

    Two kinds of antenna complexes LH2 of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, wild type RS601 and the removal of B800 pigments (B800-released), were used in our experiment. These two LH2 complexes show quite different behaviour in absorption and femtosecond dynamics. By using the femtosecond pump-probe technique, the energy transfer processes occurring in two complexes were studied. Because of removing the B800 pigment from the LH2 in B800-released LH2 complex, the energy transfer between the B800 to B850 pigment was completely eliminated,while the pure internal energy transfer within the exciton states of B850 pigment could be carefully investigated.The results show that, at B800 absorption band, B800-released LH2 obviously shows a dominated transient absorption different from the photobleaching observed in RS601; while at the B850 band, these two complexes show similar photobleaching behaviour.

  6. Carotenoid-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer in LH2 complexes studied with 10-fs time resolution.

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    Polli, Dario; Cerullo, Giulio; Lanzani, Guglielmo; De Silvestri, Sandro; Hashimoto, Hideki; Cogdell, Richard J

    2006-04-01

    In this report, we present a study of carotenoid-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer processes in two peripheral light-harvesting complexes (known as LH2) from purple bacteria. We use transient absorption spectroscopy with approximately 10 fs temporal resolution, which is necessary to observe the very fast energy relaxation processes. By comparing excited-state dynamics of the carotenoids in organic solvents and inside the LH2 complexes, it has been possible to directly evaluate their energy transfer efficiency to the bacteriochlorophylls. In the case of okenone in the LH2 complex from Chromatium purpuratum, we obtained an energy transfer efficiency of etaET2=63+/-2.5% from the optically active excited state (S2) and etaET1=61+/-2% from the optically dark state (S1); for rhodopin glucoside contained in the LH2 complex from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila these values become etaET2=49.5+/-3.5% and etaET1=5.1+/-1%. The measurements also enabled us to observe vibrational energy relaxation in the carotenoids' S1 state and real-time collective vibrational coherence initiated by the ultrashort pump pulses. Our results are important for understanding the dynamics of early events of photosynthesis and relating it to the structural arrangement of the chromophores.

  7. Evidence for high-pressure-induced rupture of hydrogen bonds in LH2 photosynthetic antenna pigment-protein complexes

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    Kangur, L; Leiger, K; Freiberg, A [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, Tartu 51014 (Estonia)

    2008-07-15

    The bacteriochlorophyll a-containing LH2 light harvesting complex is an integral membrane protein that catalyzes the photosynthetic process in purple photosynthetic bacteria. The LH2 complexes from Rhodobacter sphaeroides show characteristic strong absorbance at 800 and 850 nm due to the bacteriochlorophyll a molecules confined in two separate areas of the protein. Using these cofactors as intrinsic probes to monitor changes in membrane protein structure, we investigate the response to high hydrostatic pressure up to 2.1 GPa of LH2 complexes embedded into natural membrane environment or extracted with detergent. We demonstrate that high pressure does induce significant alterations to the tertiary structure of the protein in proximity of the protein-bound bacteriochlorophyll a molecules, including breakage of the hydrogen bond they are involved in. The membrane-embedded complexes appear more resilient to damaging effects of the compression than the complexes extracted into detergent environment. This difference has tentatively been explained by more compact structure of the membrane-embedded complexes.

  8. Effect of Photo-Oxidation on Energy Transfer in Light Harvesting Complex (LH2) from Rhodobacter Sphaeroides 601

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    LIU Kang-Jun; LIU Wei-Min; YAN Yong-Li; DONG Zhi-Wei; LIU Yuan; XU Chun-He; QIAN Shi-Xiong

    2006-01-01

    @@ We study the photo-oxidation of bacteriochlorophylls (BChls) in peripheral light harvesting complexes (LH2) from rhodobacter sphaeroides by using the steady absorption and the femtosecond pump-probe measurement, to realize the detailed dynamics of LH2 in the presence of photo-oxidation.

  9. Solvation effect of bacteriochlorophyll excitons in light-harvesting complex LH2.

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    Urboniene, V; Vrublevskaja, O; Trinkunas, G; Gall, A; Robert, B; Valkunas, L

    2007-09-15

    We have characterized the influence of the protein environment on the spectral properties of the bacteriochlorophyll (Bchl) molecules of the peripheral light-harvesting (or LH2) complex from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. The spectral density functions of the pigments responsible for the 800 and 850 nm electronic transitions were determined from the temperature dependence of the Bchl absorption spectra in different environments (detergent micelles and native membranes). The spectral density function is virtually independent of the hydrophobic support that the protein experiences. The reorganization energy for the B850 Bchls is 220 cm(-1), which is almost twice that of the B800 Bchls, and its Huang-Rhys factor reaches 8.4. Around the transition point temperature, and at higher temperatures, both the static spectral inhomogeneity and the resonance interactions become temperature-dependent. The inhomogeneous distribution function of the transitions exhibits less temperature dependence when LH2 is embedded in membranes, suggesting that the lipid phase protects the protein. However, the temperature dependence of the fluorescence spectra of LH2 cannot be fitted using the same parameters determined from the analysis of the absorption spectra. Correct fitting requires the lowest exciton states to be additionally shifted to the red, suggesting the reorganization of the exciton spectrum.

  10. Ultrafast excitation relaxation in light-harvesting complex LH2 from Rb.sphaeroides 601

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    GUO Lijun; LIU Yuan; LIU Weimin; GUO Junhua; XU Chunhe; QIAN Shixiong

    2004-01-01

    The energy relaxation and kinetic evolution of transient spectra of bacteriochloro- phylls (BChls) in light-harvesting complex LH2 from Rb. Sphaeroides 601 were investigated using femtosecond pump-probe technique. Upon 783 nm excitation, the energy at B800 BChls experiences an intramolecular redistribution with 0.35 ps time constant before transferring to B850 BChls. With tuning the excitation wavelength, the dynamical evolution of excited BChls was clearly observed, which indicates an obvious competition between the ground state bleaching and excited state absorption (ESA) of BChls involved and an isosbestic point near 818 nm, and also demonstrates that from the lower electronic excited state of B800 BChls to the higher excitonic state of B850 BChls is an efficient routine for energy transfer. The excitation energy in higher excitonic states of B850 BChls relaxes rapidly to the next lowest excitonic state by interconversion, delocalization to adjacent molecular, populating the lowest excitonic state and the change of molecular conformation.

  11. Ultrafast excitation relaxation in light-harvesting complex LH2 from Rb. sphaeroides 601

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    GUO; Lijun; LIU; Yuan; LIU; Weimin; GUO; Junhua; XU; Chunhe

    2004-01-01

    The energy relaxation and kinetic evolution of transient spectra of bacteriochloro- phylls (BChls) in light-harvesting complex LH2 from Rb. Sphaeroides 601 were investigated using femtosecond pump-probe technique. Upon 783 nm excitation, the energy at B800 BChls experiences an intramolecular redistribution with 0.35 ps time constant before transferring to B850 BChls. With tuning the excitation wavelength, the dynamical evolution of excited BChls was clearly observed, which indicates an obvious competition between the ground state bleaching and excited state absorption (ESA) of BChls involved and an isosbestic point near 818 nm, and also demonstrates that from the lower electronic excited state of B800 BChls to the higher excitonic state of B850 BChls is an efficient routine for energy transfer. The excitation energy in higher excitonic states of B850 BChls relaxes rapidly to the next lowest excitonic state by interconversion, delocalization to adjacent molecular, populating the lowest excitonic state and the change of molecular conformation.

  12. High efficiency light harvesting by carotenoids in the LH2 complex from photosynthetic bacteria: unique adaptation to growth under low-light conditions.

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    Magdaong, Nikki M; LaFountain, Amy M; Greco, Jordan A; Gardiner, Alastair T; Carey, Anne-Marie; Cogdell, Richard J; Gibson, George N; Birge, Robert R; Frank, Harry A

    2014-09-25

    Rhodopin, rhodopinal, and their glucoside derivatives are carotenoids that accumulate in different amounts in the photosynthetic bacterium, Rhodoblastus (Rbl.) acidophilus strain 7050, depending on the intensity of the light under which the organism is grown. The different growth conditions also have a profound effect on the spectra of the bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) pigments that assemble in the major LH2 light-harvesting pigment-protein complex. Under high-light conditions the well-characterized B800-850 LH2 complex is formed and accumulates rhodopin and rhodopin glucoside as the primary carotenoids. Under low-light conditions, a variant LH2, denoted B800-820, is formed, and rhodopinal and rhodopinal glucoside are the most abundant carotenoids. The present investigation compares and contrasts the spectral properties and dynamics of the excited states of rhodopin and rhodopinal in solution. In addition, the systematic differences in pigment composition and structure of the chromophores in the LH2 complexes provide an opportunity to explore the effect of these factors on the rate and efficiency of carotenoid-to-BChl energy transfer. It is found that the enzymatic conversion of rhodopin to rhodopinal by Rbl. acidophilus 7050 grown under low-light conditions results in nearly 100% carotenoid-to-BChl energy transfer efficiency in the LH2 complex. This comparative analysis provides insight into how photosynthetic systems are able to adapt and survive under challenging environmental conditions.

  13. Multilayer-MCTDH approach to the energy transfer dynamics in the LH2 antenna complex

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    Shibl, Mohamed F.; Schulze, Jan; Al-Marri, Mohammed J.; Kühn, Oliver

    2017-09-01

    The multilayer multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree method is used to study the coupled exciton-vibrational dynamics in a high-dimensional nonameric model of the LH2 antenna complex of purple bacteria. The exciton-vibrational coupling is parametrized within the Huang-Rhys model according to phonon and intramolecular vibrational modes derived from an experimental bacteriochlorophyll spectral density. In contrast to reduced density matrix approaches, the Schrödinger equation is solved explicitly, giving access to the full wave function. This facilitates an unbiased analysis in terms of the coupled dynamics of excitonic and vibrational degrees of freedom. For the present system, we identify spectator modes for the B800 to B800 transfer and we find a non-additive effect of phonon and intramolecular vibrational modes on the B800 to B850 exciton transfer.

  14. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the peripheral light-harvesting complex LH2 from Marichromatium purpuratum.

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    Cranston, Laura J; Roszak, Aleksander W; Cogdell, Richard J

    2014-06-01

    LH2 from the purple photosynthetic bacterium Marichromatium (formerly known as Chromatium) purpuratum is an integral membrane pigment-protein complex that is involved in harvesting light energy and transferring it to the LH1-RC `core' complex. The purified LH2 complex was crystallized using the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method at 294 K. The crystals diffracted to a resolution of 6 Å using synchrotron radiation and belonged to the tetragonal space group I4, with unit-cell parameters a=b=109.36, c=80.45 Å. The data appeared to be twinned, producing apparent diffraction symmetry I422. The tetragonal symmetry of the unit cell and diffraction for the crystals of the LH2 complex from this species reveal that this complex is an octamer.

  15. Spectral heterogeneity and carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer in LH2 light-harvesting complexes from Allochromatium vinosum.

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    Magdaong, Nikki M; LaFountain, Amy M; Hacking, Kirsty; Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Gibson, George N; Cogdell, Richard J; Frank, Harry A

    2016-02-01

    Photosynthetic organisms produce a vast array of spectral forms of antenna pigment-protein complexes to harvest solar energy and also to adapt to growth under the variable environmental conditions of light intensity, temperature, and nutrient availability. This behavior is exemplified by Allochromatium (Alc.) vinosum, a photosynthetic purple sulfur bacterium that produces different types of LH2 light-harvesting complexes in response to variations in growth conditions. In the present work, three different spectral forms of LH2 from Alc. vinosum, B800-820, B800-840, and B800-850, were isolated, purified, and examined using steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, and ultrafast time-resolved absorption spectroscopy. The pigment composition of the LH2 complexes was analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography, and all were found to contain five carotenoids: lycopene, anhydrorhodovibrin, spirilloxanthin, rhodopin, and rhodovibrin. Spectral reconstructions of the absorption and fluorescence excitation spectra based on the pigment composition revealed significantly more spectral heterogeneity in these systems compared to LH2 complexes isolated from other species of purple bacteria. The data also revealed the individual carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer efficiencies which were correlated with the kinetic data from the ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopic experiments. This series of LH2 complexes allows a systematic exploration of the factors that determine the spectral properties of the bound pigments and control the rate and efficiency of carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer.

  16. Singlet-triplet fission of carotenoid excitation in light-harvesting LH2 complexes of purple phototrophic bacteria.

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    Klenina, I B; Makhneva, Z K; Moskalenko, A A; Gudkov, N D; Bolshakov, M A; Pavlova, E A; Proskuryakov, I I

    2014-03-01

    The current generally accepted structure of light-harvesting LH2 complexes from purple phototrophic bacteria conflicts with the observation of singlet-triplet carotenoid excitation fission in these complexes. In LH2 complexes from the purple bacterium Allochromatium minutissimum, a drop in the efficiency of carotenoid triplet generation is demonstrated, which correlates with the extent of selective photooxidation of bacteriochlorophylls absorbing at ~850 nm. We conclude that singlet-triplet fission of carotenoid excitation proceeds with participation of these excitonically coupled bacteriochlorophylls. In the framework of the proposed mechanism, the contradiction between LH2 structure and photophysical properties of carotenoids is eliminated. The possibility of singlet-triplet excitation fission involving a third mediator molecule was not considered earlier.

  17. Spectroscopic studies of two spectral variants of light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the photosynthetic purple sulfur bacterium Allochromatium vinosum

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Bina, David; Picken, Nichola; Honkanen, Suvi; Blankenship, Robert E; Holten, Dewey; Cogdell, Richard J

    2012-01-01

    Two spectral forms of the peripheral light-harvesting complex (LH2) from the purple sulfur photosynthetic bacterium Allochromatium vinosum were purified and their photophysical properties characterized...

  18. Static and dynamic protein impact on electronic properties of light-harvesting complex LH2.

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    Zerlauskiene, O; Trinkunas, G; Gall, A; Robert, B; Urboniene, V; Valkunas, L

    2008-12-11

    A comparative analysis of the temperature dependence of the absorption spectra of the LH2 complexes from different species of photosynthetic bacteria, i.e., Rhodobacter sphaeroides, Rhodoblastus acidophilus, and Phaeospirillum molischianum, was performed in the temperature range from 4 to 300 K. Qualitatively, the temperature dependence is similar for all of the species studied. The spectral bandwidths of both B800 and B850 bands increases with temperature while the band positions shift in opposite directions: the B800 band shifts slightly to the red while the B850 band to the blue. These results were analyzed using the modified Redfield theory based on the exciton model. The main conclusion drawn from the analysis was that the spectral density function (SDF) is the main factor underlying the strength of the temperature dependence of the bandwidths for the B800 and B850 electronic transitions, while the bandwidths themselves are defined by the corresponding inhomogeneous distribution function (IDF). Slight variation of the slope of the temperature dependence of the bandwidths between species can be attributed to the changes of the values of the reorganization energies and characteristic frequencies determining the SDF. To explain the shift of the B850 band position with temperature, which is unusual for the conventional exciton model, a temperature dependence of the IDF must be postulated. This dependence can be achieved within the framework of the modified (dichotomous) exciton model. The slope of the temperature dependence of the B850 bandwidth is then defined by the value of the reorganization energy and by the difference between the transition energies of the dichotomous states of the pigment molecules. The equilibration factor between these dichotomous states mainly determines the temperature dependence of the peak shift.

  19. Direct Visualization of Exciton Reequilibration in the LH1 and LH2 Complexes of Rhodobacter sphaeroides by Multipulse Spectroscopy

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    Cohen Stuart, Thomas A.; Vengris, Mikas; Novoderezhkin, Vladimir I.; Cogdell, Richard J.; Hunter, C. Neil; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of the excited states of the light-harvesting complexes LH1 and LH2 of Rhodobacter sphaeroides are governed, mainly, by the excitonic nature of these ring-systems. In a pump-dump-probe experiment, the first pulse promotes LH1 or LH2 to its excited state and the second pulse dumps a portion of the excited state. By selective dumping, we can disentangle the dynamics normally hidden in the excited-state manifold. We find that by using this multiple-excitation technique we can visualize a 400-fs reequilibration reflecting relaxation between the two lowest exciton states that cannot be directly explored by conventional pump-probe. An oscillatory feature is observed within the exciton reequilibration, which is attributed to a coherent motion of a vibrational wavepacket with a period of ∼150 fs. Our disordered exciton model allows a quantitative interpretation of the observed reequilibration processes occurring in these antennas. PMID:21539791

  20. Direct Visualization of Exciton Reequilibration in the LH1 and LH2 Complexes of Rhodobacter sphaeroides by Multipulse Spectroscopy

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    Stuart, Thomas A. Cohen [Free Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Vengris, Mikas [Vilnius Univ. (Lithuania); Novoderezhkin, Vladimir I. [A.N. Belozersky Inst. of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State Univ. (Russia); Cogdell, Richard J. [Microbial Photosynthesis Laboratory, Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom); Hunter, C. Neil [Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Univ. of Sheffield, (United Kingdom); van Grondelle, Rienk [Free Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of the excited states of the light-harvesting complexes LH1 and LH2 of Rhodobacter sphaeroides are governed, mainly, by the excitonic nature of these ring-systems. In a pump-dump-probe experiment, the first pulse promotes LH1 or LH2 to its excited state and the second pulse dumps a portion of the excited state. By selective dumping, we can disentangle the dynamics normally hidden in the excited-state manifold. We find that by using this multiple-excitation technique we can visualize a 400-fs reequilibration reflecting relaxation between the two lowest exciton states that cannot be directly explored by conventional pump-probe. An oscillatory feature is observed within the exciton reequilibration, which is attributed to a coherent motion of a vibrational wavepacket with a period of ~150 fs. Our disordered exciton model allows a quantitative interpretation of the observed reequilibration processes occurring in these antennas.

  1. Probing energy transfer events in the light harvesting complex 2 (LH2) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides with two-dimensional spectroscopy.

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    Fidler, Andrew F; Singh, Ved P; Long, Phillip D; Dahlberg, Peter D; Engel, Gregory S

    2013-10-21

    Excitation energy transfer events in the photosynthetic light harvesting complex 2 (LH2) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides are investigated with polarization controlled two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. A spectrally broadened pulse allows simultaneous measurement of the energy transfer within and between the two absorption bands at 800 nm and 850 nm. The phased all-parallel polarization two-dimensional spectra resolve the initial events of energy transfer by separating the intra-band and inter-band relaxation processes across the two-dimensional map. The internal dynamics of the 800 nm region of the spectra are resolved as a cross peak that grows in on an ultrafast time scale, reflecting energy transfer between higher lying excitations of the B850 chromophores into the B800 states. We utilize a polarization sequence designed to highlight the initial excited state dynamics which uncovers an ultrafast transfer component between the two bands that was not observed in the all-parallel polarization data. We attribute the ultrafast transfer component to energy transfer from higher energy exciton states to lower energy states of the strongly coupled B850 chromophores. Connecting the spectroscopic signature to the molecular structure, we reveal multiple relaxation pathways including a cyclic transfer of energy between the two rings of the complex.

  2. Spectroscopic evidence for triplet excitation energy transfer among carotenoids in the LH2 complex from photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris

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    FENG Juan; WANG Qian; ZHANG Xujia; HUANG Youguo; AI Xicheng; ZHANG Xingkang; ZHANG Jianping

    2004-01-01

    The LH2 complex from Rhodopsudomonas (Rps.) palustris is unique in the heterogeneous carotenoid compositions. The dynamics of triplet excited state Carotenoids (3Car*) has been investigated by means of sub-microsecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy both at physiological temperature (295 K) and at cryogenic temperature (77 K). Broad and asymmetric Tn←T1 transient absorption was observed at room temperature following the photo-excitation of Car at 532 nm, which suggests the contribution from various carotenoid compositions having different numbers of conjugated C=C double bonds (NC=C). The triplet absorption bands of different carotenoids, which superimposed at room temperature, could be clearly distinguished upon decreasing the temperature down to 77 K. At room temperature the shorter-wavelength side of the main Tn←T1 absorption band decayed rapidly to reach a spectral equilibration with a characteristic time constant of~1 μs, the same spectral dynamics, however, was not observed at 77 K. The aforementioned spectral dynamics can be explained in terms of the triplet-excitation transfer among heterogeneous carotenoid compositions. Global spectral analysis was applied to the time-resolved spectra at room temperature, which revealed two spectral components peaked at 545 and 565 nm, and assignable to the Tn←T1 absorption of Cars with NC=C=11 and NC=C=13, respectively. Surprisingly, the decay time constant of a shorter-con- jugated Car, I.e. 0.72 μs (aerobic) and 1.36 μs (anaerobic), is smaller than that of a longer-con- jugated Car, I.e. 2.12 μs (aerobic) and 3.75 μs (anaerobic), which is contradictory to the general rule of carotenoids and relative polyenes. The results are explained in terms of triplet-excitation transfer among different types of Cars. It is postulated that two Cars with different conjugation lengths coexist in an α,β-subunit in the LH2 complex.

  3. CFD investigation of thermal and pressurization performance in LH2 tank during discharge

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    Wang, Lei; Li, Yanzhong; Li, Cui; Zhao, Zhixiang

    2013-10-01

    Predictions of thermal and pressurization performance in a liquid hydrogen (LH2) tank during liquid discharge is of significance to the design and optimization of a rocket pressurization system. In this paper, a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model is introduced to simulate the pressurized discharge event of LH2 tank. The wall region together with the fluid region is simultaneously considered as the computational domain, and low-Re k-ε model is applied to account for the fluid-wall heat exchange effect. Liquid-vapor phase change effect is also involved in the model. Comparison of the numerical results with existing experimental data suggests that the CFD model has a good adaptability in pressurization computation. Detailed characteristics, such as pressurant gas requirement, pressure altering history, and temperature distribution inside the tank, can be obtained by the model. The difference of pressurant gas, selecting helium or vapor H2, may result in the variations in pressure and temperature histories. Pressurization by vapor H2 supplies a higher pressure and also a temperature rise, which is significant to consider the selection of pressurant gas. The influences of phase change effect and injector structure on pressurization behaviors are also analyzed. The computational results show that liquid-vapor phase change has a slight influence on the pressurization behaviors. Significant pressure decay at the beginning stage of process may occur in the case of no-diffuser injector application since the incoming gas is excessively cooled by cold LH2. The results show that the present CFD model has a good adaptability in the prediction of pressurization behaviors and is a useful tool for the design and optimization of a pressurization system.

  4. Evidence of excited state localization and static disorder in LH2 investigated by 2D-polarization single-molecule imaging at room temperature.

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    Tubasum, Sumera; Camacho, Rafael; Meyer, Matthias; Yadav, Dheerendra; Cogdell, Richard J; Pullerits, Tõnu; Scheblykin, Ivan G

    2013-12-01

    Two-dimensional polarization fluorescence imaging of single light harvesting complexes 2 (LH2) of Rps. acidophila was carried out to investigate the polarization properties of excitation and fluorescence emission simultaneously, at room temperature. In two separate experiments we excited LH2 with a spectrally narrow laser line matched to the absorption bands of the two chromophore rings, B800 and B850, thereby indirectly and directly triggering fluorescence of the B850 exciton state. A correlation analysis of the polarization modulation depths in excitation and emission for a large number of single complexes was performed. Our results show, in comparison to B800, that the B850 ring is a more isotropic absorber due to the excitonic nature of its excited states. At the same time, we observed a strong tendency for LH2 to emit with dipolar character, from which preferential localization of the emissive exciton, stable for minutes, is inferred. We argue that the observed effects can consistently be explained by static energetic disorder and/or deformation of the complex, with possible involvement of exciton self-trapping.

  5. Ab initio molecular orbital calculations of electronic couplings in the LH2 bacterial light-harvesting complex of Rps. acidophila

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    Scholes, G.D.; Fleming, G.R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Physical Biosciences Div.; Gould, I.R. [Imperial Coll. of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemistry; Cogdell, R.J. [Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom). Div. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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    The results of ab initio molecular orbital calculations of excited states and electronic couplings (for energy transfer) between the B800 and B850 bacteriochlorophyll a (Bchl) chromophores in the peripheral light-harvesting complex (LH2) of the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila are reported. Electronic couplings are estimated from supermolecule calculations of Bchl dimers using the Ci-singles methodology and 3-21G{sup *} or 6-31G{sup *} basis sets. A scheme for dissecting the coupling into contributions from the Coulombic coupling and the short-range coupling (i.e., dependent on interchromophore orbital overlap) is reported. B850 couplings are calculated to be [total (Coulombic + short)]: intrapolypeptide dimer 320 (265 + 55) cm{sup {minus}1} and interpolypeptide dimer 255 (195 + 60) cm{sup {minus}1} at the CIS/6-31G{sup *} level. These results differ significantly from those estimated using the point dipole approximation. The effect of including Mg ligands (His residues) and H-bonding residues (Trp and Tyr) is also investigated. The consequences for superradiance and energy transfer dynamics and mechanism are discussed.

  6. Effect of the mutation of carotenoids on the dynamics of energy transfer in light- harvesting complexes (LH2) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 601 at room temperature

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    Liu Wei-Min; Liu Yuan; Liu Rang-Jun; Yan Yong-Li; Guo Li-Jun; Xu Chun-He; Qian Shi-Xiong

    2006-01-01

    Energy transfers in two kinds of peripheral light-harvesting complexes (LH2) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides (RS) 601 are studied by using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy with tunable laser wavelength at room temperature. These two complexes are native LH2 (RS601) and green carotenoid mutated LH2 (GM309). The obtained results demonstrate that, compared with spheroidenes with ten conjugated double bonds in native RS601, carotenoid in GM309 containing neurosporenes with nine conjugated double bonds can lead to a reduction in energy transfer rate in the B800-to-B850 band and the disturbance in the energy relaxation processes within the excitonic B850 band.

  7. Spectral Diffusion and Electron-Phonon Coupling of the B800 BChl a Molecules in LH2 Complexes from Three Different Species of Purple Bacteria

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    Baier, J.; Gabrielsen, M.; Oellerich, S.; Michel, H.; van Heel, M.; Cogdell, R.J.; Köhler, J.

    2009-01-01

    We have investigated the spectral diffusion and the electron-phonon coupling of B800 bacteriochlorophyll a molecules in the peripheral light-harvesting complex LH2 for three different species of purple bacteria, Rhodobacter sphaeroides, Rhodospirillum molischianum, and Rhodopseudomonas acidophila. We come to the conclusion that B800 binding pockets for Rhodobacter sphaeroides and Rhodopseudomonas acidophila are rather similar with respect to the polarity of the protein environment but that the packaging of the αβ-polypeptides seems to be less tight in Rb. sphaeroides with respect to the other two species. PMID:19883604

  8. Preferential incorporation of coloured-carotenoids occurs in the LH2 complexes from non-sulphur purple bacteria under carotenoid-limiting conditions.

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    Gall, Andrew; Henry, Sarah; Takaichi, Shinichi; Robert, Bruno; Cogdell, Richard J

    2005-11-01

    The effect of growing Rhodopseudomonas (Rps.) acidophila and Rps. palustris in the presence of different concentrations of the carotenoid (Car) biosynthetic inhibitor diphenylamine (DPA) has been investigated. Growth with sub-maximal concentrations of DPA induces Car limitation. The exact response to DPA is species dependent. However, both Rps. acidophila and Rps. palustris respond by preferentially incorporating the limiting amount of coloured Cars into their LH2 complexes at the expense of the RC-LH1 complexes. As inhibition by DPA becomes more severe there is an increase in the percentage of Cars with reduced numbers of conjugated C=C bonds. The effect of this changed Car composition on the structure and function of the antenna complexes has been investigated using absorption, fluorescence, CD and Raman spectroscopies. The results show that although the presence of Car molecules is important for the stability of the LH2 complexes that the overall native structure can be maintained by the presence of many different Cars.

  9. The origin of the split B800 absorption peak in the LH2 complexes from Allochromatium vinosum.

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    Löhner, Alexander; Carey, Anne-Marie; Hacking, Kirsty; Picken, Nichola; Kelly, Sharon; Cogdell, Richard; Köhler, Jürgen

    2015-01-01

    The absorption spectrum of the high-light peripheral light-harvesting (LH) complex from the photosynthetic purple bacterium Allochromatium vinosum features two strong absorptions around 800 and 850 nm. For the LH2 complexes from the species Rhodopseudomonas acidophila and Rhodospirillum molischianum, where high-resolution X-ray structures are available, similar bands have been observed and were assigned to two pigment pools of BChl a molecules that are arranged in two concentric rings (B800 and B850) with nine (acidophila) or eight (molischianum) repeat units, respectively. However, for the high-light peripheral LH complex from Alc. vinosum, the intruiging feature is that the B800 band is split into two components. We have studied this pigment-protein complex by ensemble CD spectroscopy and polarisation-resolved single-molecule spectroscopy. Assuming that the high-light peripheral LH complex in Alc. vinosum is constructed on the same modular principle as described for LH2 from Rps. acidophila and Rsp. molischianum, we used those repeat units as a starting point for simulating the spectra. We find the best agreement between simulation and experiment for a ring-like oligomer of 12 repeat units, where the mutual arrangement of the B800 and B850 rings resembles those from Rsp. molischianum. The splitting of the B800 band can be reproduced if both an excitonic coupling between dimers of B800 molecules and their interaction with the B850 manifold are taken into account. Such dimers predict an interesting apoprotein organisation as discussed below.

  10. Extension of Light-Harvesting Ability of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Complex 2 (LH2) through Ultrafast Energy Transfer from Covalently Attached Artificial Chromophores.

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    Yoneda, Yusuke; Noji, Tomoyasu; Katayama, Tetsuro; Mizutani, Naoto; Komori, Daisuke; Nango, Mamoru; Miyasaka, Hiroshi; Itoh, Shigeru; Nagasawa, Yutaka; Dewa, Takehisa

    2015-10-14

    Introducing appropriate artificial components into natural biological systems could enrich the original functionality. To expand the available wavelength range of photosynthetic bacterial light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2 from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila 10050), artificial fluorescent dye (Alexa Fluor 647: A647) was covalently attached to N- and C-terminal Lys residues in LH2 α-polypeptides with a molar ratio of A647/LH2 ≃ 9/1. Fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopies revealed that intracomplex energy transfer from A647 to intrinsic chromophores of LH2 (B850) occurs in a multiexponential manner, with time constants varying from 440 fs to 23 ps through direct and B800-mediated indirect pathways. Kinetic analyses suggested that B800 chromophores mediate faster energy transfer, and the mechanism was interpretable in terms of Förster theory. This study demonstrates that a simple attachment of external chromophores with a flexible linkage can enhance the light harvesting activity of LH2 without affecting inherent functions of energy transfer, and can achieve energy transfer in the subpicosecond range. Addition of external chromophores, thus, represents a useful methodology for construction of advanced hybrid light-harvesting systems that afford solar energy in the broad spectrum.

  11. Effect of metal nanoparticles on energy spectra and optical properties of peripheral light-harvesting LH2 complexes from photosynthetic bacteria

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    Goliney, I.Yu., E-mail: igoliney@kinr.kiev.ua [Institute for Nuclear Research, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 47 Nauki pr., 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Sugakov, V.I. [Institute for Nuclear Research, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 47 Nauki pr., 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine); Valkunas, L. [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanoriu Ave. 231, 02300 Vilnius (Lithuania); Department of Theoretical Physics, Vilnius University, Sauletekio 9, Build. 3, 10222 Vilnius (Lithuania); Vertsimakha, G.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 47 Nauki pr., 03680 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2012-08-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Excitons of light-harvesting complexes (LH2) hybridize with plasmon modes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Light absorption of LH2 is enhanced by a metal nanoparticle. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Using nanoshells allows reaching resonance between molecular and plasmons. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metal nanoparticles introduce additional channel of excitation decay. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Light-harvesting may gain from the proper positioning of nanoshells. -- Abstract: The paper explores the theoretical possibility of affecting optical spectra and the quantum yield of the energy transfer in the peripheral light-harvesting complexes (LH2) from photosynthetic bacteria by placing a metal nanoparticle or a nanoshell nearby. An increased probability of the excitonic transition in the LH2 arises due to the borrowing of the oscillator strength from surface plasmons of the metal particle or the nanoshell. While both absorption and quenching of the excitations increase in the vicinity to a metal nanoparticle, having opposite effects, the total yield of the excitation transfer to reaction centers is shown to grow in the certain range of parameters.

  12. Functional characteristics of spirilloxanthin and keto-bearing Analogues in light-harvesting LH2 complexes from Rhodobacter sphaeroides with a genetically modified carotenoid synthesis pathway.

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Dilbeck, Preston L; Tang, Qun; Mothersole, David J; Martin, Elizabeth C; Bocian, David F; Holten, Dewey; Hunter, C Neil

    2015-01-01

    Light-harvesting 2 (LH2) complexes from a genetically modified strain of the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter (Rba.) sphaeroides were studied using static and ultrafast optical methods and resonance Raman spectroscopy. Carotenoid synthesis in the Rba. sphaeroides strain was engineered to redirect carotenoid production away from spheroidene into the spirilloxanthin synthesis pathway. The strain assembles LH2 antennas with substantial amounts of spirilloxanthin (total double-bond conjugation length N=13) if grown anaerobically and of keto-bearing long-chain analogs [2-ketoanhydrorhodovibrin (N=13), 2-ketospirilloxanthin (N=14) and 2,2'-diketospirilloxanthin (N=15)] if grown semi-aerobically (with ratios that depend on growth conditions). We present the photophysical, electronic, and vibrational properties of these carotenoids, both isolated in organic media and assembled within LH2 complexes. Measurements of excited-state energy transfer to the array of excitonically coupled bacteriochlorophyll a molecules (B850) show that the mean lifetime of the first singlet excited state (S1) of the long-chain (N≥13) carotenoids does not change appreciably between organic media and the protein environment. In each case, the S1 state appears to lie lower in energy than that of B850. The energy-transfer yield is ~0.4 in LH2 (from the strain grown aerobically or semi-aerobically), which is less than half that achieved for LH2 that contains short-chain (N≤11) analogues. Collectively, the results suggest that the S1 excited state of the long-chain (N≥13) carotenoids participates little if at all in carotenoid-to-BChl a energy transfer, which occurs predominantly via the carotenoid S2 excited state in these antennas.

  13. Fluorescence-excitation and emission spectra from LH2 antenna complexes of Rhodopseudomonas acidophila as a function of the sample preparation conditions.

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    Kunz, Ralf; Timpmann, Kõu; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Köhler, Jürgen; Freiberg, Arvi

    2013-10-10

    The high sensitivity of optical spectra of pigment-protein complexes to temperature and pressure is well known. In the present study, we have demonstrated the significant influence of the environments commonly used in bulk and single-molecule spectroscopic studies at low temperatures on the LH2 photosynthetic antenna complex from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila. A transfer of this LH2 complex from a bulk-buffer solution into a spin-coated polymer film results in a 189 cm(-1) blue shift of the B850 excitonic absorption band at 5 K. Within the molecular exciton model, the origin of this shift could be disentangled into three parts, namely to an increase of the local site energies, a contraction of the exciton band, and a decrease of the displacement energy.

  14. Spectroscopic studies of two spectral variants of light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the photosynthetic purple sulfur bacterium Allochromatium vinosum.

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Bina, David; Picken, Nichola; Honkanen, Suvi; Blankenship, Robert E; Holten, Dewey; Cogdell, Richard J

    2012-09-01

    Two spectral forms of the peripheral light-harvesting complex (LH2) from the purple sulfur photosynthetic bacterium Allochromatium vinosum were purified and their photophysical properties characterized. The complexes contain bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) and multiple species of carotenoids. The composition of carotenoids depends on the light conditions applied during growth of the cultures. In addition, LH2 grown under high light has a noticeable split of the B800 absorption band. The influence of the change of carotenoid distribution as well as the spectral change of the excitonic absorption of the bacteriochlorophylls on the light-harvesting ability was studied using steady-state absorption, fluorescence and femtosecond time-resolved absorption at 77K. The results demonstrate that the change of the distribution of the carotenoids when cells were grown at low light adapts the absorptive properties of the complex to the light conditions and maintains maximum photon-capture performance. In addition, an explanation for the origin of the enigmatic split of the B800 absorption band is provided. This spectral splitting is also observed in LH2 complexes from other photosynthetic sulfur purple bacterial species. According to results obtained from transient absorption spectroscopy, the B800 band split originates from two spectral forms of the associated BChl a monomeric molecules bound within the same complex.

  15. Characterisation of the LH2 spectral variants produced by the photosynthetic purple sulphur bacterium Allochromatium vinosum.

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    Carey, Anne-Marie; Hacking, Kirsty; Picken, Nichola; Honkanen, Suvi; Kelly, Sharon; Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Blankenship, Robert E; Shimizu, Yuuki; Wang-Otomo, Zheng-Yu; Cogdell, Richard J

    2014-11-01

    This study systematically investigated the different types of LH2 produced by Allochromatium (Alc.) vinosum, a photosynthetic purple sulphur bacterium, in response to variations in growth conditions. Three different spectral forms of LH2 were isolated and purified, the B800-820, B800-840 and B800-850 LH2 types, all of which exhibit an unusual split 800 peak in their low temperature absorption spectra. However, it is likely that more forms are also present. Relatively more B800-820 and B800-840 are produced under low light conditions, while relatively more B800-850 is produced under high light conditions. Polypeptide compositions of the three different LH2 types were determined by a combination of HPLC and TOF/MS. The B800-820, B800-840 and B800-850 LH2 types all have a heterogeneous polypeptide composition, containing multiple types of both α and β polypeptides, and differ in their precise polypeptide composition. They all have a mixed carotenoid composition, containing carotenoids of the spirilloxanthin series. In all cases the most abundant carotenoid is rhodopin; however, there is a shift towards carotenoids with a higher conjugation number in LH2 complexes produced under low light conditions. CD spectroscopy, together with the polypeptide analysis, demonstrates that these Alc. vinosum LH2 complexes are more closely related to the LH2 complex from Phs. molischianum than they are to the LH2 complexes from Rps. acidophila.

  16. Single-Molecule Spectroscopy Reveals that Individual Low-Light LH2 Complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris 2.1.6. Have a Heterogeneous Polypeptide Composition

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    Brotosudarmo, Tatas H.P.; Kunz, Ralf; Böhm, Paul; Gardiner, Alastair T.; Moulisová, Vladimíra; Cogdell, Richard J.; Köhler, Jürgen

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Rhodopseudomonas palustris belongs to the group of purple bacteria that have the ability to produce LH2 complexes with unusual absorption spectra when they are grown at low-light intensity. This ability is often related to the presence of multiple genes encoding the antenna apoproteins. Here we report, for the first time to our knowledge, direct evidence that individual low-light LH2 complexes have a heterogeneous αβ-apoprotein composition that modulates the site energies of Bchl a molecules, producing absorption bands at 800, 820, and 850 nm. The arrangement of the Bchl a molecules in the “tightly coupled ring” can be modeled by nine αβ-Bchls dimers, such that the Bchls bound to six αβ-pairs have B820-like site energies and the remaining Bchl a molecules have B850-like site energies. Furthermore, the experimental data can only be satisfactorily modeled when these six αβ-pairs with B820 Bchl a molecules are distributed such that the symmetry of the assembly is reduced to C3. It is also clear from the measured single-molecule spectra that the energies of the electronically excited states in the mixed B820/850 ring are mainly influenced by diagonal disorder. PMID:19720038

  17. Multi-Level, Multi Time-Scale Fluorescence Intermittency of Photosynthetic LH2 Complexes: A Precursor of Non-Photochemical Quenching?

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    Schörner, Mario; Beyer, Sebastian Reinhardt; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Köhler, Jürgen

    2015-11-01

    The light harvesting complex LH2 is a chromoprotein that is an ideal system for studying protein dynamics via the spectral fluctuations of the emission of its intrinsic chromophores. We have immobilized these complexes in a polymer film and studied the fluctuations of the fluorescence intensity from individual complexes over 9 orders of magnitude in time. Combining time-tagged detection of single photons with a change-point analysis has allowed the unambigeous identification of the various intensity levels due to the huge statistical basis of the data set. We propose that the observed intensity level fluctuations reflect conformational changes of the protein backbone that might be a precursor of the mechanism from which nonphotochemical quenching of higher plants has evolved.

  18. STUDY ON THE STRUCTURAL BASIS OF PERIPHERAL LIGHT HARVESTING COMPLEXES (LH2 IN PURPLE NON-SULPHUR PHOTOSYNTHETIC BACTERIA

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Photosynthesis provides an example of a natural process that has been optimized during evolution to harness solar energy efficiently and safely, and finally to use it to produce a carbon-based fuel. Initially, solar energy is captured by the light harvesting pigment-protein complexes. In purple bacteria these antenna complexes are constructed on a rather simple modular basis. Light absorbed by these antenna complexes is funnelled downhill to reaction centres, where light drives a trans-membrane redox reaction. The light harvesting proteins not only provide the scaffolding that correctly positions the bacteriochlorophyll a and carotenoid pigments for optimal energy transfer but also creates an environment that can modulate the wavelength at which different bacteriochlorophyll molecules absorb light thereby creating the energy funnel. How these proteins can modulate the absorption spectra of the bacteriochlorophylls will be discussed in this review.

  19. Ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy of the light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the photosynthetic bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz; Fuciman, Marcel; Kobayashi, Masayuki; Frank, Harry A; Blankenship, R. E.

    2011-10-08

    The light-harvesting complex 2 from the thermophilic purple bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum was purified and studied by steady-state absorption and fluorescence, sub-nanosecond-time-resolved fluorescence and femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. The measurements were performed at room temperature and at 10 K. The combination of both ultrafast and steady-state optical spectroscopy methods at ambient and cryogenic temperatures allowed the detailed study of carotenoid (Car)-to-bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) as well BChl-to-BChl excitation energy transfer in the complex. The studies show that the dominant Cars rhodopin (N = 11) and spirilloxanthin (N = 13) do not play a significant role as supportive energy donors for BChl a. This is related with their photophysical properties regulated by long π-electron conjugation. On the other hand, such properties favor some of the Cars, particularly spirilloxanthin (N = 13) to play the role of the direct quencher of the excited singlet state of BChl.

  20. Femtosecond and hole-burning studies of B800`s excitation energy relaxation dynamics in the LH2 antenna complex of Rhodopseudomonas acidophila (strain 10050)

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    Wu, H.M.; Savikhin, S.; Reddy, N.R.S.; Jankowiak, R.; Struve, W.S.; Small, G.J. [Ames Lab., IA (United States)]|[Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Cogdell, R.J. [Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

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    One- and two-color pump/probe femtosecond and hole-burning data are reported for the isolated B800-850 (LH2) antenna complex of Rhodopseudomonas acidophila (strain 10050). The two-color profiles are interpretable in terms of essentially monophasic B800{yields}B850 energy transfer with kinetics ranging from 1.6 to 1.1 ps between 19 and 130 K for excitation at or to the red of the B800 absorption maximum. The B800 zero-phonon hole profiles obtained at 4.2 K with burn frequencies located near or to the red of this maximum yielded a transfer time of 1.8 ps. B800 hole-burning data (4.2 K) are also reported for chromatophores at ambient pressure and pressures of 270 and 375 MPa. At ambient pressure the B800-B850 energy gap is 950 cm{sup -1}, while at 270 and 375 MPa it is close to 1000 and 1050 cm{sup -1}, respectively. However, no dependence of the B800{yields}B850 transfer time on pressure was observed. The resilience of the transfer rate to pressure-induced changes in the energy gap and the weak temperature dependence of the rate are consistent with the model that has the spectral overlap (of Foerster theory) provided by the B800 fluorescence origin band and weak vibronic absorption bands of B850. However, both the time domain and hole-burning data establish that there is an additional relaxation channel for B800, which is observed when excitation is located to the blue of the B800 absorption maximum. 40 refs., 11 figs., 6 tabs.

  1. Stark absorption spectroscopy on the carotenoids bound to B800-820 and B800-850 type LH2 complexes from a purple photosynthetic bacterium, Phaeospirillum molischianum strain DSM120.

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    Horibe, Tomoko; Qian, Pu; Hunter, C Neil; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2015-04-15

    Stark absorption spectroscopy was applied to clarify the structural differences between carotenoids bound to the B800-820 and B800-850 LH2 complexes from a purple photosynthetic bacterium Phaeospirillum (Phs.) molischianum DSM120. The former complex is produced when the bacteria are grown under stressed conditions of low temperature and dim light. These two LH2 complexes bind carotenoids with similar composition, 10% lycopene and 80% rhodopin, each with the same number of conjugated CC double bonds (n=11). Quantitative classical and semi-quantum chemical analyses of Stark absorption spectra recorded in the carotenoid absorption region reveal that the absolute values of the difference dipole moments |Δμ| have substantial differences (2 [D/f]) for carotenoids bound to either B800-820 or B800-850 complexes. The origin of this striking difference in the |Δμ| values was analyzed using the X-ray crystal structure of the B800-850 LH2 complex from Phs. molischianum DSM119. Semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations predict structural deformations of the major carotenoid, rhodopin, bound within the B800-820 complex. We propose that simultaneous rotations around neighboring CC and CC bonds account for the differences in the 2 [D/f] of the |Δμ| value. The plausible position of the rotation is postulated to be located around C21-C24 bonds of rhodopin.

  2. Construction and Characterization of B850-Only LH2 Energy Transfer System in Purple Bacteria%紫细菌B800缺失LH2能量传递模型的构建及性质

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    李凯; 赵春贵; 岳慧英; 杨素萍; 曲音波; 焦念志

    2015-01-01

    To seek microscopic molecular mechanism of energy transfer and complex reconstitution in the photosynthesis ,the conditions for construction of B850‐only peripheral light‐harvesting complex (LH2) and their properties were investigated using absorption ,fluorescence spectroscopy ,molecular sieve chromatography ,ultrafiltration and sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS‐PAGE) from the purple bacteria .The results indicated that bacteriochlorophylls (BChl) of B800 incu‐bated in 10 mmo · L -1 Tris‐HCl (pH 8.0) buffer are selectively released from their binding sites of LH2 of Rhodobacter azoto‐formans(A‐LH2)by0.08% (W/V)SDS.B850‐onlyA‐LH2wasconstructedafterremovingfreeBChlmixingwith10% meth‐yl alcohol by ultrafiltration .B850 BChl was released after A‐LH2 was incubated for 240 min in dark at room temperature (RT) . While BChl of B800 incubated in pH 1.9 buffer were selectively released from their binding sites of LH 2 of Rhodopseudomonas palustris (P‐LH2) .The authors acquired two components using molecular sieve chromatography .Free BChl of one component was not removed and self‐assembled to P‐LH2 .The other removed free BChl and B850‐only P‐LH2 was constructed .B850 un‐changed after P‐LH2 was incubated .P‐LH2 αandβsubunits have different molecular weights ,but those of A‐LH2 are in the contrary .It is concluded that B850‐only P‐LH2 is more stable than A‐LH2 .The enigmatic split of the B800 absorption band was not observed in these LH2 ,but we acquired two kinds of B800‐released LH2 from Rhodopseudomonas palustris .The authors’ results may provide a new light to separate homogeneous Apoprotein LH 2 .%构建B800缺失L H2对于阐明光合作用中光能传递的分子机制与捕光复合体组装机制具有重要意义。采用吸收光谱、荧光光谱、分子筛层析、超滤和SDS‐PAGE等方法研究了紫细菌两个典型种外周捕光复合体(LH2)约800 nm特征光谱(B800

  3. Rhodopseudomonas acidophila strain 10050 contains photosynthetic LH2 antenna complexes that are not enriched with phosphatidylglycerol, and the phospholipids have a fatty acyl composition that is unusual for purple non-sulfur bacteria.

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    Russell, Nicholas J; Coleman, Julie K; Howard, Tina D; Johnston, Evelyn; Cogdell, Richard J

    2002-12-01

    The phospholipid composition of Rhodopseudomonas acidophila strain 10050 grown aerobically or anaerobically in the light was determined. The major phospholipids present in the aerobic cells were phosphatidylethanolamine (PE; 54%), phosphatidylglycerol (PG; 24%) and cardiolipin (diphosphatidylglycerol, DPG) (14%), together with phosphatidylcholine (PC; 5%). On moving the cells to anaerobic photosynthetic growth in the light PE remained the major phospholipid (37-49%), but there was a major change in the proportion of PC, which increased to 31-33%, and corresponding reductions in the contents of PG to 11-16% and DPG to 4-5%. The fatty acid composition of the phospholipids was unusual, compared with other purple non-sulfur photosynthetic bacteria, in that it contained 16:0 (29%), 17:1 (20%) and 19:1 (9%) plus several mainly unsaturated 2-OH fatty acids (9% total) as major components, when grown aerobically in the dark. In contrast when grown photosynthetically under anaerobic conditions there was <2% 17:1 or 19:1 present, while the amounts of 16:1 and 18:1 increased, and 16:0 decreased. The phospholipid composition of the purified light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) complex was PE (43%), PC (42%) and DPG (15%). Unexpectedly, there was no PG associated with the purified LH2. These findings contrast with previous studies on several other photosynthetic bacteria, which had shown an increase in PG upon photosynthetic growth [Biochem. J. 181 (1979) 339]. The prior hypothesis that phosphatidylglycerol has some specific role to play in the function of light-harvesting complexes cannot be true for Rps. acidophila. It is suggested that specific integral membrane proteins may strongly influence the phospholipid content of the host membranes into which they are inserted.

  4. Risk Assessment and Scaling for the SLS LH2 ET

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    Hafiychuk, Halyna; Ponizovskaya-Devine, Ekaterina; Luchinsky, Dmitry; Khasin, Michael; Osipov, Viatcheslav V.; Smelyanskiy, Vadim N.

    2012-01-01

    In this report the main physics processes in LH2 tank during prepress and rocket flight are studied. The goal of this investigation is to analyze possible hazards and to make risk assessment in proposed LH2 tank designs for SLS with 5 engines (the situation with 4 engines is less critical). For analysis we use the multinode model (MNM) developed by us and presented in a separate report and also 3D ANSYS simulations. We carry out simulation and theoretical analysis the physics processes such as (i) accumulation of bubbles in LH2 during replenish stage and their collapsing in the liquid during the prepress; (ii) condensation-evaporation at the liquid-vapor interface and tank wall, (iv) heating the liquid near the interface and wall due to condensation and environment heat, (v) injection of hot He during prepress and of hot GH2 during flight, (vi) mixing and cooling of the injected gases due to heat transfer between the gases, liquid and the tank wall. We analyze the effects of these physical processes on the thermo- and fluid gas dynamics in the ullage and on the stratification of temperature in the liquid and assess the associated hazards. A special emphasize is put on the scaling predictions for the larger SLS LH2 tank.

  5. LOX/LH2 vane pump for auxiliary propulsion systems

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    Hemminger, J. A.; Ulbricht, T. E.

    1985-01-01

    Positive displacement pumps offer potential efficiency advantages over centrifugal pumps for future low thrust space missions. Low flow rate applications, such as space station auxiliary propulsion or dedicated low thrust orbiter transfer vehicles, are typical of missions where low flow and high head rise challenge centrifugal pumps. The positive displacement vane pump for pumping of LOX and LH2 is investigated. This effort has included: (1) a testing program in which pump performance was investigated for differing pump clearances and for differing pump materials while pumping LN2, LOX, and LH2; and (2) an analysis effort, in which a comprehensive pump performance analysis computer code was developed and exercised. An overview of the theoretical framework of the performance analysis computer code is presented, along with a summary of analysis results. Experimental results are presented for pump operating in liquid nitrogen. Included are data on the effects on pump performance of pump clearance, speed, and pressure rise. Pump suction performance is also presented.

  6. Distance-Dependent Long-Range Electron Transfer in Protein: a Case Study of Photosynthetic Bacterial Light-Harvesting Antenna Complex LH2 Assembled on TiO2 Nanoparticle by Femto-Second Time-Resolved Spectroscopy%应用飞秒时间分辨瞬态吸收光谱研究蛋白质中距离相关长程电荷转移:光合细菌天线复合体LH2与TiO2纳米颗粒超分子组装体个例初探

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    翁羽翔; 张蕾; 杨健; 全冬晖; 汪力; 杨国桢; 藤井律子; 小山泰; 张建平; 冯娟; 余军华; 张宝文

    2003-01-01

    The function of protein in long-range biological electron transfer is a question of debate. We report some preliminary results in femtosecond spectroscopic study of photosynthetic bacterial light-harvesting antenna complex assembled onto TiO2 nanoparticle with an average size of 8 nm in diameter. Crystal structure shows that photosynthetic bacterial antenna complex LH2 has a ring-like structure composed by α- and β-apoprotein helices. The α- and β-transmembrance helices construct two concentric cylinders with pigments bacteriochlorophyll a (Bchl a) and carotenoid (Car) buried inside the protein. We attempt to insert TiO2 nanoparticle into the cavity of the inner cylindrical hollow of LH2 to investigate the nature of the electron transfer between the excited-state Bchl a and the TiO2 nanoparticle. A significant decrease in the ground state bleaching recovery time constant for Bchl a at 850 nm (B850) in respect to that of the Bchl a in free LH2 has been observed. By using the relation of distance-dependent long-range electron transfer rate in protein, the distance between the donor B850 and the acceptor TiO2 nanoparticle has been estimated, which is about 0.6 nm. The proposed method of assembling proteins onto wide-gap semiconductor nanoparticle can be a promising way to determine the role of the protein playing in biological electron transfer processes.%蛋白质在生物体内电荷转移过程中所起的作用迄今仍然是一个有争议的问题.其争论焦点是蛋白质在生物电荷转移过程中是否提供特殊的电子传递通道或者是仅仅作为普通的有机介质.应用飞秒时间分辨瞬态吸收光谱研究由光合细菌天线分子和平均粒径为8 nm的TiO2组装而成的超分子系统中长程电荷转移.晶体结构研究表明,光合细菌天线分子具有由多个α-脱辅基和β-脱辅基蛋白跨膜螺旋构成的双层空心柱面体结构,其中α-脱辅基蛋白跨膜螺旋构成的小环状体套于β-脱辅基蛋

  7. Hybrid Composites for LH2 Fuel Tank Structure

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    Grimsley, Brian W.; Cano, Roberto J.; Johnston, Norman J.; Loos, Alfred C.; McMahon, William M.

    2001-01-01

    The application of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) as structure for cryogenic fuel tanks is critical to the success of the next generation of Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV). The recent failure of the X-33 composite fuel tank occurred in part due to microcracking of the polymer matrix, which allowed cryogen to permeate through the inner skin to the honeycomb core. As part of an approach to solve these problems, NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) are working to develop and investigate polymer films that will act as a barrier to the permeation of LH2 through the composite laminate. In this study two commercially available films and eleven novel LaRC films were tested in an existing cryogenics laboratory at MSFC to determine the permeance of argon at room temperature. Several of these films were introduced as a layer in the composite to form an interleaved, or hybrid, composite to determine the effects on permeability. In addition, the effects of the interleaved layer thickness, number, and location on the mechanical properties of the composite laminate were investigated. In this initial screening process, several of the films were found to exhibit lower permeability to argon than the composite panels tested.

  8. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF LOX AND LH2 TURBOPUMP TURBINES FOR A 10 TON THRUST LOX/LH2 ROCKET ENGINE

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    HASHIMOTO, Ryohei; Kamijo, Kenjiro; Watanabe, Yoshiaki; Hasegawa, Satoshi; Fujita, Toshihiko; 橋本, 亮平; 上絛, 謙二郎; 渡辺, 義明; 長谷川, 敏; 藤田, 敏彦

    1981-01-01

    The aerodynamic performance evaluation of the pump-drive turbines for a 10 ton thrust liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen (LOX and LH2) gas generator cycle propulsion system, which has dual-shaft series turbines, was tested mainly using cold nitrogen gas. At design equivalent speed and pressure ratio, the LOX turbine static efficiency was about 35 percent compared to the design value of 32.8 percent. The LH2 turbine static efficiency was very close to the design value of 45 percent. Equivalent ...

  9. Single-molecule spectroscopy unmasks the lowest exciton state of the B850 assembly in LH2 from Rps. acidophila.

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    Kunz, Ralf; Timpmann, Kõu; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Freiberg, Arvi; Köhler, Jürgen

    2014-05-01

    We have recorded fluorescence-excitation and emission spectra from single LH2 complexes from Rhodopseudomonas (Rps.) acidophila. Both types of spectra show strong temporal spectral fluctuations that can be visualized as spectral diffusion plots. Comparison of the excitation and emission spectra reveals that for most of the complexes the lowest exciton transition is not observable in the excitation spectra due to the cutoff of the detection filter characteristics. However, from the spectral diffusion plots we have the full spectral and temporal information at hand and can select those complexes for which the excitation spectra are complete. Correlating the red most spectral feature of the excitation spectrum with the blue most spectral feature of the emission spectrum allows an unambiguous assignment of the lowest exciton state. Hence, application of fluorescence-excitation and emission spectroscopy on the same individual LH2 complex allows us to decipher spectral subtleties that are usually hidden in traditional ensemble spectroscopy.

  10. Excitonic level structures of LH1 and LH2 of purple photosynthetic bacteria using an analytical approach

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    杨光参; 汪力; 杨国桢

    2003-01-01

    The excitonic level structure of a ring-like chain of dimers is discussed analytically in order to aid the understanding of the possible spectral properties of LH1 and LH2 of purple photosynthetic bacteria. Under the approximation of dipoledipole interaction between Bchls, the excitonic levels, bandwidths and energy gap between two Davydov subbands are expressed analytically in terms of interaction energies and configurational parameters of dipoles. Our model includes all the interactions between pigment molecules in the system. The oscillator strengths and circular dichroism (CD) for the excitonic states are also presented analytically. The simulated absorption and CD spectra of LH1 and LH2 complexes reproduce the main features of the measured results.

  11. Influence of phospholipid composition on self-assembly and energy-transfer efficiency in networks of light-harvesting 2 complexes.

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    Sumino, Ayumi; Dewa, Takehisa; Noji, Tomoyasu; Nakano, Yuki; Watanabe, Natsuko; Hildner, Richard; Bösch, Nils; Köhler, Jürgen; Nango, Mamoru

    2013-09-12

    In the photosynthetic membrane of purple bacteria networks of light-harvesting 2 (LH2) complexes capture the sunlight and transfer the excitation energy. In order to investigate the mutual relationship between the supramolecular organization of the pigment-protein complexes and their biological function, the LH2 complexes were reconstituted into three types of phospholipid membranes, consisting of L-α-phosphatidylglycerol (PG), L-α-phosphatidylcholine (PC), and L-α-phosphatidylethanolamine (PE)/PG/cardiolipin (CL). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that the type of phospholipids had a crucial influence on the clustering tendency of the LH2 complexes increased from PG over PC to PE/PG/CL, where the LH2 complexes formed large, densely packed clusters. Time-resolved spectroscopy uncovered a strong quenching of the LH2 fluorescence that is ascribed to singlet-singlet and singlet-triplet annihilation by an efficient energy transfer between the LH2 complexes in the artificial membrane systems. Quantitative analysis reveals that the intercomplex energy transfer efficiency varies strongly as a function of the morphology of the nanostructure, namely in the order PE/PG/CL > PC > PG, which is in line with the clustering tendency of LH2 observed by AFM. These results suggest a strong influence of the phospholipids on the self-assembly of LH2 complexes into networks and concomitantly on the intercomplex energy transfer efficiency.

  12. Tracing of backward energy transfer from LH1 to LH2 in photosynthetic membranes grown under high and low irradiation.

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available By introducing derivative transient absorption spectroscopy, we obtain rate constants for backward and forward energy transfer between LH1 and LH2 complexes in purple bacterial membranes. We find that backward energy transfer is strongly reduced in membranes grown under low irradiation conditions, compared to high light grown ones. We conclude that backward energy transfer is managed actively by the bacteria to avoid LH1 exciton deactivation under high irradiation conditions. The analytical method is generally applicable to excitonically coupled systems.

  13. Space-based LH 2 propellant storage system: subscale ground testing results

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    Liggett, M. W.

    An orbital cryogenic liquid storage facility will be one of the essential elements of the US Space Program to realize the benefits of space-based cryogenic propulsion vehicles such as NASA's space transfer vehicle (STV) for transporting personnel and scientific packages from a space station in low earth orbit (LEO) to geosynchronous orbit (GEO), the moon and beyond. Long-term thermal control of LH 2 and LO 2 storage cryotanks is a key technical objective for many NASA and SDI programmes. Improved retention using refrigeration, boil-off vapour-cooled shields (VCSs), multilayer superinsulation (MLI) and para-ortho (P-O) hydrogen conversion are the required state-of-the-art techniques. The cryotank system level development testing (CSLDT) programme has supported the development of these technologies. Under the programme, trade studies and analyses were followed by the design and construction of a subscale LH 2 storage facility test article for steady-state and transient thermal tests. A two-stage gaseous helium (GHe) refrigerator was integrated with the test article and used to reduce boil-off and/or decrease the time required between passive test configuration steady-state conditions. The LH 2 tank, mounted in a vacuum chamber, was thermally shielded from the chamber wall by MLI blankets and two VCSs. The VCSs were cooled with either LH 2 boil-off gas (through an optional P-O converter) or refrigerated GHe. The CSLDT test article design, assembly and results from 400 hours of thermal tests are presented along with important conclusions. A comparison of predicted and measured steady-state boil-off rates is provided for 10 test configurations, and the system time constant is addressed. Also presented are some of the unique issues and challenges encountered during these tests that are related to instrumentation and control.

  14. Development of advanced materials composites for use as insulations for LH2 tanks

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    Lemons, C. R.; Salmassy, O. K.

    1973-01-01

    A study of thread-reinforced polyurethane foam and glass fabric liner, serving as internally bonded insulation for space shuttle LH2 tanks, is reported. Emphasis was placed on an insulation system capable of reentry and multiple reuse in the shuttle environment. The optimized manufacturing parameters associated with each element of the composite are established and the results, showing successful completion of subscale system evaluation tests using the shuttle flight environmental requirements, are given.

  15. LOX/LH2 propulsion system for launch vehicle upper stage, test results

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    Ikeda, T.; Imachi, U.; Yuzawa, Y.; Kondo, Y.; Miyoshi, K.; Higashino, K.

    1984-01-01

    The test results of small LOX/LH2 engines for two propulsion systems, a pump fed system and a pressure fed system are reported. The pump fed system has the advantages of higher performances and higher mass fraction. The pressure fed system has the advantages of higher reliability and relative simplicity. Adoption of these cryogenic propulsion systems for upper stage of launch vehicle increases the payload capability with low cost. The 1,000 kg thrust class engine was selected for this cryogenic stage. A thrust chamber assembly for the pressure fed propulsion system was tested. It is indicated that it has good performance to meet system requirements.

  16. LH2 tank pressure control by thermodynamic vent system (TVS) at zero gravity

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    Wang, B.; Huang, Y. H.; Chen, Z. C.; Wu, J. Y.; Li, P.; Sun, P. J.

    2017-02-01

    Thermodynamic vent system (TVS) is employed for pressure control of propellant tanks at zero gravity. An analytical lumped parameter model is developed to predict pressure variation in an 18.09 m3 liquid hydrogen tank equipped with TVS. Mathematical simulations are carried out assuming tank is filled up to 75% volume (liquid mass equals to 945 kg) and is subjected to heat flux of 0.76 W/m2. Tank pressure controls at 165.5-172.4, 165.5-179.3 and 165.5-182.2 kPa are compared with reference to number of vent cycles, vent duration per cycle and loss of hydrogen. Analysis results indicate that the number of vent cycles significantly decreases from 62 to 21 when tank pressure control increases from 6.9 to 20.4 kPa. Also, duration of vent cycle increases from 63 to 152 and cycle duration decreases from 3920 to 3200 s. Further, the analysis result suggests that LH2 evaporation loss per day decreases from 0.17 to 0.14%. Based on the results of analysis, TVS is found effective in controlling the propellant tank pressure in zero gravity.

  17. Thermal stratification in LH2 tank of cryogenic propulsion stage tested in ISRO facility

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    Xavier, M.; Raj, R. Edwin; Narayanan, V.

    2017-02-01

    Liquid oxygen and hydrogen are used as oxidizer and fuel respectively in cryogenic propulsion system. These liquids are stored in foam insulated tanks of cryogenic propulsion system and are pressurized using warm pressurant gas supplied for tank pressure maintenance during cryogenic engine operation. Heat leak to cryogenic propellant tank causes buoyancy driven liquid stratification resulting in formation of warm liquid stratum at liquid free surface. This warm stratum is further heated by the admission of warm pressurant gas for tank pressurization during engine operation. Since stratified layer temperature has direct bearing on the cavitation free operation of turbo pumps integrated in cryogenic engine, it is necessary to model the thermal stratification for predicting stratified layer temperature and mass of stratified liquid in tank at the end of engine operation. These inputs are required for estimating the minimum pressure to be maintained by tank pressurization system. This paper describes configuration of cryogenic stage for ground qualification test, stage hot test sequence, a thermal model and its results for a foam insulated LH2 tank subjected to heat leak and pressurization with hydrogen gas at 200 K during liquid outflow at 38 lps for engine operation. The above model considers buoyancy flow in free convection boundary layer caused by heat flux from tank wall and energy transfer from warm pressurant gas etc. to predict temperature of liquid stratum and mass of stratified liquid in tank at the end of engine operation in stage qualification tests carried out in ISRO facility.

  18. Fluorescence polarization measures energy funneling in single light-harvesting antennas--LH2 vs conjugated polymers.

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    Camacho, Rafael; Tubasum, Sumera; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Sforazzini, Giuseppe; Anderson, Harry L; Pullerits, Tõnu; Scheblykin, Ivan G

    2015-10-19

    Numerous approaches have been proposed to mimic natural photosynthesis using artificial antenna systems, such as conjugated polymers (CPs), dendrimers, and J-aggregates. As a result, there is a need to characterize and compare the excitation energy transfer (EET) properties of various natural and artificial antennas. Here we experimentally show that EET in single antennas can be characterized by 2D polarization imaging using the single funnel approximation. This methodology addresses the ability of an individual antenna to transfer its absorbed energy towards a single pool of emissive states, using a single parameter called energy funneling efficiency (ε). We studied individual peripheral antennas of purple bacteria (LH2) and single CP chains of 20 nm length. As expected from a perfect antenna, LH2s showed funneling efficiencies close to unity. In contrast, CPs showed lower average funneling efficiencies, greatly varying from molecule to molecule. Cyclodextrin insulation of the conjugated backbone improves EET, increasing the fraction of CPs possessing ε = 1. Comparison between LH2s and CPs shows the importance of the protection systems and the protein scaffold of LH2, which keep the chromophores in functional form and at such geometrical arrangement that ensures excellent EET.

  19. Fluorescence polarization measures energy funneling in single light-harvesting antennas—LH2 vs conjugated polymers

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    Camacho, Rafael; Tubasum, Sumera; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J.; Sforazzini, Giuseppe; Anderson, Harry L.; Pullerits, Tõnu; Scheblykin, Ivan G.

    2015-01-01

    Numerous approaches have been proposed to mimic natural photosynthesis using artificial antenna systems, such as conjugated polymers (CPs), dendrimers, and J-aggregates. As a result, there is a need to characterize and compare the excitation energy transfer (EET) properties of various natural and artificial antennas. Here we experimentally show that EET in single antennas can be characterized by 2D polarization imaging using the single funnel approximation. This methodology addresses the ability of an individual antenna to transfer its absorbed energy towards a single pool of emissive states, using a single parameter called energy funneling efficiency (ε). We studied individual peripheral antennas of purple bacteria (LH2) and single CP chains of 20 nm length. As expected from a perfect antenna, LH2s showed funneling efficiencies close to unity. In contrast, CPs showed lower average funneling efficiencies, greatly varying from molecule to molecule. Cyclodextrin insulation of the conjugated backbone improves EET, increasing the fraction of CPs possessing ε = 1. Comparison between LH2s and CPs shows the importance of the protection systems and the protein scaffold of LH2, which keep the chromophores in functional form and at such geometrical arrangement that ensures excellent EET. PMID:26478272

  20. The safe removal of frozen air from the annulus of an LH2 storage tank

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    Krenn, A.; Starr, S.; Youngquist, R.; Nurge, M.; Sass, J.; Fesmire, J.; Cariker, C.; Bhattacharya, A.

    2015-12-01

    Large Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) storage tanks are vital infrastructure for NASA. Eventually, air may leak into the evacuated and perlite filled annular region of these tanks. Although the vacuum level is monitored in this region, the extremely cold temperature causes all but the helium and neon constituents of air to freeze. A small, often unnoticeable pressure rise is the result. As the leak persists, the quantity of frozen air increases, as does the thermal conductivity of the insulation system. Consequently, a notable increase in commodity boil-off is often the first indicator of an air leak. Severe damage can result from normal draining of the tank. The warming air will sublimate which will cause a pressure rise in the annulus. When the pressure increases above the triple point, the frozen air will begin to melt and migrate downward. Collection of liquid air on the carbon steel outer shell may chill it below its ductility range, resulting in fracture. In order to avoid a structural failure, as described above, a method for the safe removal of frozen air is needed. A thermal model of the storage tank has been created using SINDA/FLUINT modelling software. Experimental work is progressing in an attempt to characterize the thermal conductivity of a perlite/frozen nitrogen mixture. A statistical mechanics model is being developed in parallel for comparison to experimental work. The thermal model will be updated using the experimental/statistical mechanical data, and used to simulate potential removal scenarios. This paper will address methodologies and analysis techniques for evaluation of two proposed air removal methods.

  1. The Safe Removal of Frozen Air from the Annulus of an LH2 Storage Tank

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    Krenn, A.; Starr, S.; Youngquist, R.; Nurge, M.; Sass, J.; Fesmire, J.; Cariker, C.; Bhattacharya, A.

    2015-01-01

    Large Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) storage tanks are vital infrastructure for NASA. Eventually, air may leak into the evacuated and perlite filled annular region of these tanks. Although the vacuum level is monitored in this region, the extremely cold temperature causes all but the helium and neon constituents of air to freeze. A small, often unnoticeable pressure rise is the result. As the leak persists, the quantity of frozen air increases, as does the thermal conductivity of the insulation system. Consequently, a notable increase in commodity boil-off is often the first indicator of an air leak. Severe damage can result from normal draining of the tank. The warming air will sublimate which will cause a pressure rise in the annulus. When the pressure increases above the triple point, the frozen air will begin to melt and migrate downward. Collection of liquid air on the carbon steel outer shell may chill it below its ductility range, resulting in fracture. In order to avoid a structural failure, as described above, a method for the safe removal of frozen air is needed. A thermal model of the storage tank has been created using SINDA/FLUINT modeling software. Experimental work is progressing in an attempt to characterize the thermal conductivity of a perlite/frozen nitrogen mixture. A statistical mechanics model is being developed in parallel for comparison to experimental work. The thermal model will be updated using the experimental/statistical mechanical data, and used to simulate potential removal scenarios. This paper will address methodologies and analysis techniques for evaluation of two proposed air removal methods.

  2. The light intensity under which cells are grown controls the type of peripheral light-harvesting complexes that are assembled in a purple photosynthetic bacterium.

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    Brotosudarmo, Tatas H P; Collins, Aaron M; Gall, Andrew; Roszak, Aleksander W; Gardiner, Alastair T; Blankenship, Robert E; Cogdell, Richard J

    2011-11-15

    The differing composition of LH2 (peripheral light-harvesting) complexes present in Rhodopseudomonas palustris 2.1.6 have been investigated when cells are grown under progressively decreasing light intensity. Detailed analysis of their absorption spectra reveals that there must be more than two types of LH2 complexes present. Purified HL (high-light) and LL (low-light) LH2 complexes have mixed apoprotein compositions. The HL complexes contain PucAB(a) and PucAB(b) apoproteins. The LL complexes contain PucAB(a), PucAB(d) and PucB(b)-only apoproteins. This mixed apoprotein composition can explain their resonance Raman spectra. Crystallographic studies and molecular sieve chromatography suggest that both the HL and the LL complexes are nonameric. Furthermore, the electron-density maps do not support the existence of an additional Bchl (bacteriochlorophyll) molecule; rather the density is attributed to the N-termini of the α-polypeptide.

  3. Tracking energy transfer between light harvesting complex 2 and 1 in photosynthetic membranes grown under high and low illumination.

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    Lüer, Larry; Moulisová, Vladimíra; Henry, Sarah; Polli, Dario; Brotosudarmo, Tatas H P; Hoseinkhani, Sajjad; Brida, Daniele; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Cerullo, Giulio; Cogdell, Richard J

    2012-01-31

    Energy transfer (ET) between B850 and B875 molecules in light harvesting complexes LH2 and LH1/RC (reaction center) complexes has been investigated in membranes of Rhodopseudomonas palustris grown under high- and low-light conditions. In these bacteria, illumination intensity during growth strongly affects the type of LH2 complexes synthesized, their optical spectra, and their amount of energetic disorder. We used a specially built femtosecond spectrometer, combining tunable narrowband pump with broadband white-light probe pulses, together with an analytical method based on derivative spectroscopy for disentangling the congested transient absorption spectra of LH1 and LH2 complexes. This procedure allows real-time tracking of the forward (LH2 → LH1) and backward (LH2←LH1) ET processes and unambiguous determination of the corresponding rate constants. In low-light grown samples, we measured lower ET rates in both directions with respect to high-light ones, which is explained by reduced spectral overlap between B850 and B875 due to partial redistribution of oscillator strength into a higher energetic exciton transition. We find that the low-light adaptation in R. palustris leads to a reduced elementary backward ET rate, in accordance with the low probability of two simultaneous excitations reaching the same LH1/RC complex under weak illumination. Our study suggests that backward ET is not just an inevitable consequence of vectorial ET with small energetic offsets, but is in fact actively managed by photosynthetic bacteria.

  4. The light intensity under which cells are grown controls the type of peripheral light-harvesting complexes that are assembled in a purple photosynthetic bacterium

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    Brotosudarmo, Tatas H. P. [Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Inst. of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences; Collins, Aaron M. [Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States). Depts. of Biology and Chemistry; Gall, Andrew [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Inst. de Biologie et Technologies de Saclay et CNRS; Roszak, Aleksander W. [Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Dept. of Chemistry, WestChem; Gardiner, Alastair T. [Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Inst. of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences; Blankenship, Robert E. [Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States). Depts. of Biology and Chemistry; Cogdell, Richard J. [Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Inst. of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

    2011-11-15

    The differing composition of LH2 (peripheral light-harvesting) complexes present in Rhodopseudomonas palustris 2.1.6 have been investigated when cells are grown under progressively decreasing light intensity. Analysis of the absorption spectra reveals there must be more than two types of LH2 complexes present. Purified HL (high-light) and LL (low-light) LH2 complexes have mixed apoprotein compositions. The HL complexes contain PucABa and PucABb apoproteins. The LL complexes contain PucABa, PucABd and PucBb-only apoproteins. This mixed apoprotein composition can explain their resonance Raman spectra.

  5. KEA-144: Final Results of the Ground Operations Demonstration Unit for Liquid Hydrogen (GODU-LH2) Project

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    Notardonato, William; Fesmire, James; Swanger, Adam; Jumper, Kevin; Johnson, Wesley; Tomsik, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    GODU-LH2 system has successfully met all test objectives at the 33%, 67%, and 100% tank fill level. Complete control over the state of the fluid has been demonstrated using Integrated Refrigeration and Storage (IRAS). Almost any desired point along the H2saturation curve can essentially be "dialed in" and maintained indefinitely. System can also be used to produce densified hydrogen in large quantities to the triple point. Exploring multiple technology infusion paths. Studying implementation of IRAS technology into new LH2sphere for EM-2 at LC39B. Technical interchange also occurring with STMD, LSP, ULA, DoE, KIST, Kawasaki, Shell Oil, SpaceX, US Coast Guard, and Virgin Galactic.

  6. Thermal Adaptability of the Light-Harvesting Complex 2 from Thermochromatium tepidum: Temperature-Dependent Excitation Transfer Dynamics.

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    Shi, Ying; Zhao, Ning-Jiu; Wang, Peng; Fu, Li-Min; Yu, Long-Jiang; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Wang-Otomo, Zheng-Yu

    2015-11-25

    The photosynthetic purple bacterium Thermochromatium (Tch.) tepidum is a thermophile that grows at an optimal temperature of ∼50 °C. We have investigated, by means of steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopies, the effects of temperature on the near-infrared light absorption and the excitation energy transfer (EET) dynamics of its light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2), for which the mesophilic counterpart of Rhodobacter (Rba.) sphaeroides 2.4.1 (∼30 °C) was examined in comparison. In a limited range around the physiological temperature (10-55 °C), the B800-to-B850 EET process of the Tch. tepidum LH2, but not the Rba. sphaeroides LH2, was found to be characteristically temperature-dependent, mainly because of a temperature-tunable spectral overlap. At 55 °C, the LH2 complex from Tch. tepidum maintained efficient near-infrared light harvesting and B800-to-B850 EET dynamics, whereas this EET process was disrupted in the case of Rba. sphaeroides 2.4.1 owing to the structural distortion of the LH2 complex. Our results reveal a remarkable thermal adaptability of the light-harvesting function of Tch. tepidum, which could enhance our understanding of the survival strategy of this thermophile in response to environmental challenges.

  7. Investigating Complexity Using Excel and Visual Basic.

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    Zetie, K. P.

    2001-01-01

    Shows how some of the simple ideas in complexity can be investigated using a spreadsheet and a macro written in Visual Basic. Shows how the sandpile model of Bak, Chao, and Wiesenfeld can be simulated and animated. The model produces results that cannot easily be predicted from its properties. (Author/MM)

  8. Numerical and experimental comparisons of the self-pressurization behavior of an LH2 tank in normal gravity

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    Barsi, S.; Kassemi, M.

    2008-03-01

    In optimizing the design of cryogenic storage facilities for future in-orbit or on-surface applications the boil-off and the self-pressurization rates must be accurately predicted for different g-levels and for a variety of heat loads and distributions. In this paper, a two-phase CFD model is presented that describes the self-pressurization behavior of a flightweight partially full LH2 tank in normal gravity. Existing experimental data at different fill levels are used to assess the predictive capability of the model. The model's predictions indicate favorable agreement with the experimentally measured pressure histories. Small deviations are observed for the median fill level cases where it is suggested that a non-uniform heat load may be the source of this discrepancy.

  9. The application of dual fuel /JP-LH2/ for hypersonic cruise vehicles

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    Weidner, J. P.

    1978-01-01

    The possibility of utilizing jet fuel (JP) stored primarily in the wings of hydrogen-fueled hypersonic cruise vehicles has been evaluated and compared to the performance of all hydrogen-fueled aircraft. Parametric investigations of wing loading, thrust-to-weight ratio, payload size and vehicle size are presented. Results indicate improvements in performance for a wide range of potential payload sizes, particularly when in-flight refueling of the JP fuel is considered as a means of increasing range and mission flexibility.

  10. Investigation of a Sunspot Complex by Helioseismology

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    Kosovichev, A G

    2011-01-01

    Sunspot regions often form complexes of activity that may live for several solar rotations, and represent a major component of the Sun's magnetic activity. It had been suggested that the close appearance of active regions in space and time might be related to common subsurface roots, or "nests" of activity. EUV images show that the active regions are magnetically connected in the corona, but subsurface connections have not been established. We investigate the subsurface structure and dynamics of a large complex of activity, NOAA 10987-10989, observed during the SOHO/MDI Dynamics run in March-April 2008, which was a part of the Whole Heliospheric Interval (WHI) campaign. The active regions in this complex appeared in a narrow latitudinal range, probably representing a subsurface toroidal flux tube. We use the MDI full-disk Dopplergrams to measure perturbations of travel times of acoustic waves traveling to various depths by using time-distance helioseismology, and obtain sound-speed and flow maps by inversion ...

  11. Fluorescence enhancement of light-harvesting complex 2 from purple bacteria coupled to spherical gold nanoparticles

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    Bujak, Ł. [Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland). Inst. of Physics; Czechowski, N. [Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland). Inst. of Physics; Piatkowski, D. [Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland). Inst. of Physics; Litvin, R. [Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland). Inst. of Physics; Mackowski, S. [Nicolaus Copernicus Univ., Torun (Poland). Inst. of Physics; Brotosudarmo, T. H. P. [Ma Chung Univ., Malang (Indonesia). Ma Chung Research Center for Photosynthetic Pigments; Pichler, S. [Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom). Inst. of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology; Cogdell, R. J. [Univ. Linz (Austria). Inst. fur Halbleiter-und Festkorperphysik; Heiss, W. [Univ. Linz (Austria). Inst. fur Halbleiter-und Festkorperphysik

    2011-10-24

    The influence of plasmon excitations in spherical gold nanoparticles on the optical properties of a light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the purple bacteria Rhodopseudomonas palustris has been studied. Systematic analysis is facilitated by controlling the thickness of a silica layer between Au nanoparticles and LH2 complexes. Fluorescence of LH2 complexes features substantial increase when these complexes are separated by 12 nm from the gold nanoparticles. At shorter distances, non-radiative quenching leads to a decrease of fluorescence emission. The enhancement of fluorescence originates predominantly from an increase of absorption of pigments comprising the LH2 complex.

  12. The structural role of the carotenoid in the bacterial light-harvesting protein 2 (LH2) of Rhodonbacter capsulatus. A Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy and circular dichroism study.

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    Zurdo, J; Centeno, M A; Odriozola, J A; Fernández-Cabrera, C; Ramírez, J M

    1995-11-01

    In previous work (Zurdo J, Fernández-Cabrera C and Ramírez JM (1993) Biochem J 290: 531-537), it had been shown that selective extraction of the carotenoid from the light-harvesting protein 2 (LH2) of Rhodobacter capsulatus induced the dissociation of 800-nm absorbing bacteriochlorophyll (Bchl), a 10-nm red shift of 854-nm Bchl, and a decrease of the stability of the protein in detergent solution. In the present study, the Fourier transform Raman and near-infrared circular dichroism spectra of native and carotenoid-depleted LH2 membrane preparations were compared. It was found that while the coupled carbonyls of 854-nm Bchl remained specifically H-bonded to the peptides after carotenoid extraction, the optical activity of the near-infrared electronic transition was significantly altered. Given the excitonic origin of such optical activity, our data suggest that carotenoid extraction elicits a rearrengement of the chromophore cluster and of the associated polypeptide subunits. This implies a significant role of the carotenoid in maintaining the native quaternary structure of the protein, which would be consistent with the observed dissociation of 800-nm Bchl and the loss of solubilized LH2 stability that result from carotenoid removal. There is no evidence for a similar role of the carotenoid in the LH1 protein.

  13. Investigating Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus Complex

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    2011-11-17

    Keith Simmon, scientist at Isentio US discusses research that was done while he was at ARUP laboratories, discusses a new classification of Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus complex.  Created: 11/17/2011 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 11/22/2011.

  14. Investigation of formally zerovalent Triphos iron complexes.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Tufan K; Feller, Russell K; Rein, Francisca N; Henson, Neil J; Smythe, Nathan C; Trovitch, Ryan J; Gordon, John C

    2012-09-07

    The reduction of Triphos [PhP(CH(2)CH(2)PPh(2))(2)] iron halide complexes has been explored, yielding formally zerovalent (κ(3)-Triphos)Fe(κ(2)-Triphos) and (κ(3)-Triphos)Fe(κ(2)-Bpy). Electrochemical analysis, coupled with the metrical parameters of (κ(3)-Triphos)Fe(κ(2)-Bpy), reveal an electronic structure consistent with a π-radical monoanion bipyridine chelate that is antiferromagnetically coupled to a low spin, Fe(I) metal center.

  15. Theoretical investigation on organolanthanide guanidinate complexes

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    Salima; Lakehal; Nadia; Ouddai

    2010-01-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out on the compounds Cp2Ln-guan for Ln=Y, Lu, Yb, Dy and Gd, [guan=(iPrN)2CN(iPr)2]. The results were compared with the X-ray structures that were available from the literature; the calculations reproduced quite well the experimental structural features in these complexes exhibiting distorted tetrahedron geometry. The calculated evolution of the Ln-guan bond as a function of the cation showed that lanthanide-ligand distances increased with the increa...

  16. Neutron confinement cell for investigating complex fluids

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    Kuhl, Tonya L.; Smith, Gregory S.; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Majewski, Jaroslaw; Hamilton, William

    2001-03-01

    We describe an apparatus for measuring the molecular density and orientation of confined, ultrathin complex fluids under static and dynamic flow conditions. The device essentially couples the utility of the surface forces apparatus -- ability to control surface separation and alignment under applied loads -- with in situ structural characterization of the intervening material utilizing neutron reflectivity measurements. The apparatus is designed such that single crystal substrates of quartz or sapphire with areas up to tens of square centimeters can be kept parallel at controlled and well-defined separations from millimeters to less than 100 nm. The large substrate surface area enables direct structural measurements of the density profile of ''soft'' material placed between the aligned substrates. In addition, the cell is also designed to enable steady shear rates from 0.001 to 20 Hz to be applied in order to follow the dynamic structural response of the confined material, especially at the solid-solution interface. Faster shear rates of order 10{sup 4} can be obtained using oscillatory motion. Current design specifications focus on the use of neutron reflectivity to characterize the structure of end-grafted polymer brush layers, but the device can be employed to probe the structure of any complex fluid of interest and is amenable to other characterization techniques.

  17. Dynamic Combustion Stability Rating of LOX/LH2 Rocket Engine%氢氧火箭发动机动态燃烧稳定性评定技术研究

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    丁兆波; 许晓勇; 乔桂玉; 陶瑞峰

    2013-01-01

      为了实现氢氧发动机的动态燃烧稳定性试验评定,基于国内外液体火箭发动机动态稳定性评定的相关经验,并结合 CPIA655关于稳定性评定的准则,进行了氢氧发动机动态稳定性评定的方案探讨。分析表明,氢氧发动机有必要在全系统热试车状态下进行动态稳定性评定试验。所选定的扰动装置和传感器在喷注器面安装的方案可实现性最好,结构变动最小,可保持试验在原型燃烧室状态下进行,同时扰动效果较好,传感器敏感性较好。%In order to carry out dynamic combustion stability rating of a LOX/LH2 rocket engine, the schemes of stability rating for the LOX/LH2 rocket engine are investigated based on the stability rating datum of some rocket engines and the basic criteria of CPIA655, including the evaluation standard, testing method, disturbance method, dynamic pressure testing and structure design. Compared to other schemes, the selected scheme that disturbance device and high frequency pressure sensors install on injector surface has better feasibility and less structural changes, which could ensure the rating test to be carried in a prototype engine, thereby leading to better disturbance efficiency and measure sensitivity.

  18. ASME Section VIII Recertification of a 33,000 Gallon Vacuum-jacketed LH2 Storage Vessel for Densified Hydrogen Testing at NASA Kennedy Space Center

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    Swanger, Adam M.; Notardonato, William U.; Jumper, Kevin M.

    2015-01-01

    The Ground Operations Demonstration Unit for Liquid Hydrogen (GODU-LH2) has been developed at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. GODU-LH2 has three main objectives: zero-loss storage and transfer, liquefaction, and densification of liquid hydrogen. A cryogenic refrigerator has been integrated into an existing, previously certified, 33,000 gallon vacuum-jacketed storage vessel built by Minnesota Valley Engineering in 1991 for the Titan program. The dewar has an inner diameter of 9.5 and a length of 71.5; original design temperature and pressure ranges are -423 F to 100 F and 0 to 95 psig respectively. During densification operations the liquid temperature will be decreased below the normal boiling point by the refrigerator, and consequently the pressure inside the inner vessel will be sub-atmospheric. These new operational conditions rendered the original certification invalid, so an effort was undertaken to recertify the tank to the new pressure and temperature requirements (-12.7 to 95 psig and -433 F to 100 F respectively) per ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Division 1. This paper will discuss the unique design, analysis and implementation issues encountered during the vessel recertification process.

  19. Dimerization-assisted energy transport in light-harvesting complexes.

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    Yang, S; Xu, D Z; Song, Z; Sun, C P

    2010-06-21

    We study the role of the dimer structure of light-harvesting complex II (LH2) in excitation transfer from the LH2 [without a reaction center (RC)] to the LH1 (surrounding the RC) or from the LH2 to another LH2. The excited and unexcited states of a bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) are modeled by a quasispin. In the framework of quantum open system theory, we represent the excitation transfer as the total leakage of the LH2 system and then calculate the transfer efficiency and average transfer time. For different initial states with various quantum superposition properties, we study how the dimerization of the B850 BChl ring can enhance the transfer efficiency and shorten the average transfer time.

  20. Dimerization-assisted energy transport in light-harvesting complexes

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    Yang, S; Song, Z; Sun, C P

    2010-01-01

    We study the role of the dimer structure of light-harvesting complex II (LH2) in excitation transfer from the LH2 (without a reaction center (RC)) to the LH1 (surrounding the RC), or from the LH2 to another LH2. The excited and un-excited states of a bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) are modeled by quasi-spin. In the framework of quantum open system theory, we represent the excitation transfer as the total leakage of the LH2 system, and then calculate the transfer efficiency and average transfer time at a low enough temperature. For different initial states with various quantum superposition properties, we study how the dimerization of the B850 BChl ring can enhance the transfer efficiency and shorten the average transfer time.

  1. Temperature-induced dissociation reaction and dynamics of light-harvesting complex Ⅱ isolated from purple photosynthetic bacterium Rps. palustris

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    FENG Juan; LI XueFeng; LIU Yuan

    2007-01-01

    Steady-state absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and resonance Raman spectroscopy have been used to investigate the thermal stability of LH2 complex isolated from purple photosynthetic bacterium Rps. Palustris. The results show that: 1) upon increasing the temperature, a transition from B800 and B850 to free bacteriochlorophyll (B780) happens; 2) a gradual decrease and disappearance of CD signal in visible region occur; 3) a shift of the frequency, belonging to C=C and C-C stretching vibration, to higher wavenumber takes place. It is suggested that LH2 complex can be dissociated in the presence of B800, B850 and carotenoids simultaneously. Single-exponential fitting on the dynamic decay curves gives the apparent time constants of hundreds of minutes for various pigments.

  2. An experimental-differential investigation of cognitive complexity

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Cognitive complexity as defined by differential and experimental traditions was explored to investigate the theoretical advantage and utility of relational complexity (RC theory as a common framework for studying fluid cognitive functions. RC theory provides a domain general account of processing demand as a function of task complexity. In total, 142 participants completed two tasks in which RC was manipulated, and two tasks entailing manipulations of complexity derived from the differential psychology literature. A series of analyses indicated that, as expected, task manipulations influenced item difficulty. However, comparable changes in a psychometric index of complexity were not consistently observed. Active maintenance of information across multiple steps of the problem solving process, which entails strategic coordination of storage and processing that cannot be modelled under the RC framework was found to be an important component of cognitive complexity.

  3. Benchmarking human protein complexes to investigate drug-related systems and evaluate predicted protein complexes.

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    Min Wu

    Full Text Available Protein complexes are key entities to perform cellular functions. Human diseases are also revealed to associate with some specific human protein complexes. In fact, human protein complexes are widely used for protein function annotation, inference of human protein interactome, disease gene prediction, and so on. Therefore, it is highly desired to build an up-to-date catalogue of human complexes to support the research in these applications. Protein complexes from different databases are as expected to be highly redundant. In this paper, we designed a set of concise operations to compile these redundant human complexes and built a comprehensive catalogue called CHPC2012 (Catalogue of Human Protein Complexes. CHPC2012 achieves a higher coverage for proteins and protein complexes than those individual databases. It is also verified to be a set of complexes with high quality as its co-complex protein associations have a high overlap with protein-protein interactions (PPI in various existing PPI databases. We demonstrated two distinct applications of CHPC2012, that is, investigating the relationship between protein complexes and drug-related systems and evaluating the quality of predicted protein complexes. In particular, CHPC2012 provides more insights into drug development. For instance, proteins involved in multiple complexes (the overlapping proteins are potential drug targets; the drug-complex network is utilized to investigate multi-target drugs and drug-drug interactions; and the disease-specific complex-drug networks will provide new clues for drug repositioning. With this up-to-date reference set of human protein complexes, we believe that the CHPC2012 catalogue is able to enhance the studies for protein interactions, protein functions, human diseases, drugs, and related fields of research. CHPC2012 complexes can be downloaded from http://www1.i2r.a-star.edu.sg/xlli/CHPC2012/CHPC2012.htm.

  4. Exciton Dynamics in LH1 and LH2 of Rhodopseudomonas Acidophila and Rhodobium Marinum Probed with Accumulated Photon Echo and Pump-Probe Measurements

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    Lampoura, Stefania S.; Grondelle, Rienk van; Stokkum, Ivo H.M. van; Cogdell, Richard J.; Wiersma, Douwe A.; Duppen, Koos; van Stokkum, I.H.N.

    2000-01-01

    Exciton dynamics in the B850 and B875 bands of isolated complexes of Rhodopseudomonas acidophila (strain 10050 and 7050) and in the B875 band of isolated complexes of Rhodobium marinum were investigated by means of accumulated photon echo and pump-probe techniques at different temperatures and wavel

  5. The investigation of Co(II-dextran complexes

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    Mitić Žarko J.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Co(II ion complex compounds were synthesized with reduced dextran (RD in alkali solutions using CoCl2, 6H2O and isolated in the solid state. UV-VIS spectrophotometric investigations of Co(II complexes with reduced dextran showed that the complexation of Co(II ions begins at pH over 7. The formation of Co(II ion complexes with dextran monomer units was observed at pH 7-13. With increase in solution pH the light absorption maximum of complex solutions shifts to longer wavelengths (bat-hochromic shift compared with [Co(H2O6]2+ ion. Dextran complexes with Co(II ion are formed by the displacement of water molecules from the coordination sphere of cobalt by the OH ligand groups. The spectrophotometric parameters of the investigated complexes are characteristic of a Co(II ion in octahedral or distorted octahedral coordination with O ligand atoms.

  6. Simple versus complex PTSD: a cluster analytic investigation.

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    Taylor, Steven; Asmundson, Gordon J G; Carleton, R Nicholas

    2006-01-01

    A cluster analytic investigation was conducted on measures of PTSD associated features (e.g., personality pathology, dissociative tendencies) to investigate whether empirically-defined clusters correspond to Herman's [1992, Complex PTSD: a syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 5, 377-391; 1997, Trauma and recovery (Rev. ed.). New York: Basic Books] distinction between simple and complex PTSD. Results from a sample of 60 PTSD patients were broadly consistent with this distinction, although some inconsistencies were observed. Treatment outcome generally did not differ between the two clusters. Implications for classifying and treating PTSD are discussed.

  7. Quantum chemical insights in energy dissipation and carotenoid radical cation formation in light harvesting complexes.

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    Wormit, Michael; Dreuw, Andreas

    2007-06-21

    Light harvesting complexes (LHCs) have been identified in all photosynthetic organisms. To understand their function in light harvesting and energy dissipation, detailed knowledge about possible excitation energy transfer (EET) and electron transfer (ET) processes in these pigment proteins is of prime importance. This again requires the study of electronically excited states of the involved pigment molecules, in LHCs of chlorophylls and carotenoids. This paper represents a critical review of recent quantum chemical calculations on EET and ET processes between pigment pairs relevant for the major LHCs of green plants (LHC-II) and of purple bacteria (LH2). The theoretical methodology for a meaningful investigation of such processes is described in detail, and benefits and limitations of standard methods are discussed. The current status of excited state calculations on chlorophylls and carotenoids is outlined. It is focused on the possibility of EET and ET in the context of chlorophyll fluorescence quenching in LHC-II and carotenoid radical cation formation in LH2. In the context of non-photochemical quenching of green plants, it is shown that replacement of the carotenoid violaxanthin by zeaxanthin in its binding pocket of LHC-II can not result in efficient quenching. In LH2, our computational results give strong evidence that the S(1) states of the carotenoids are involved in carotenoid cation formation. By comparison of theoretical findings with recent experimental data, a general mechanism for carotenoid radical cation formation is suggested.

  8. Investigation of fine and complex vortex circulation structures

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    2010-01-01

    The formation and evolution of fine and complicated vortex circulation structures were investigated using a two-dimensional quasi-geostrophic barotropic model simulation.We find that the highly localized asymmetric and complex configuration of energy transfer flux between large-and small-scale components is caused by the nonlinear interaction between a large-scale vortex with an initial axi-symmetric flow and four beta meso-scale vortices.The complex structure is characterized by a fine pattern,which contains seven closed systems with spatial scales of less than 100 km,embedded in a positive flux wave train and a negative wave train,respectively.The average wind speed decreased with time in the positive flux region,but was nearly unchanged in the negative flux region.This pattern reveals the evolutionary asymmetry and localization of wind speed of the major vortex.The track of the major vortex center has a trend toward the center of the negative flux center,indicating that there is a certain relation between the complex structure of the energy transfer flux and the motion of the major vortex center.These results imply that the formation and evolution of the fine and complex structure should be attributed to the nonlinear interaction between the vortices at different spatial scales.

  9. Experimental Investigation on Complex Structures Machining by Electrochemical Micromachining Technology

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    Liu Yong; Zhu Di; Zeng Yongbin; Huang Shaofu; Yu Hongbing

    2010-01-01

    Electrochemical micromachining(EMM)technology for fabricating micro structures is presented in this article.By applying ultra short pulses,dissolution of a workpiece can be restricted to the region very close to the electrode.First,an EMM system for meeting the requirements of the EMM process is established.Second,sets of experiments is carried out to investigate the influence of some of the predominant electrochemical process parameters such as electrical parameters,feed rate,electrode geometry features and electrolyte composition on machining quality,especially the influences of pulse on time on shape precision and working end shape of electrode on machined surface quality.Finally,after the preliminary experiments,a complex microstructure with good shape precision and surface quality is successfully obtained.

  10. Investigation of Plasmas Having Complex, Dynamic Evolving Morphology

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    Bellan, Paul M. [California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States)

    2017-01-03

    Three different types of plasmas have been investigated using both experimental and theoretical methods. The first type of plasma is dense, highly ionized, governed by magnetohydrodynamics, and highly dynamic. This plasma is relevant to solar coronal loops, astrophysical jets, and other situations where strong magnetic forces act on the plasma. A well-diagnosed laboratory experiment creates a magnetohydrodynamically driven highly collimated plasma jet. This jet undergoes a kink instability such that it rapidly develops a corkscrew shape. The kink causes lateral acceleration of the jet, and this lateral acceleration drives a Rayleigh-Taylor instability that in turn chokes the current flowing in the jet and causes a magnetic reconnection. The magnetic reconnection causes electron and ion heating as well as emission of whistler waves. This entire sequence of events has been observed, measured in detail, and related to theoretical models. The second type of plasma is a transient rf-produced plasma used as a seed plasma for the magnetohydrodynamic experiments described above. Detailed atomic physics ionization processes have been investigated and modeled. The third type of plasma that has been studied is a dusty plasma where the dust particles are spontaneously growing ice grains. The rapid growth of the ice grains to large size and their highly ordered alignment has been investigated as well as collective motion of the ice grains, including well-defined flows on the surface of nested toroids. In addition to the experimental work described above, several related theoretical models have been developed, most notably a model showing how a complex interaction between gravity and magnetic fields on extremely weakly ionized plasma in an accretion disk provides an electric power source that can drive astrophysical jets associated with the accretion disk. Eighteen papers reporting this work have been published in a wide variety of journals.

  11. Further investigations on the macromolecular complex in human bile

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    Verschure, J.C.M.; Wael, J. de; Mijnlieff, P.F.

    1956-01-01

    The formation of complexes in human bile was further studied by the preparation of various synthetic complexes and extracts. These were compared for a number of properties with the natural complex of human gall bladder bile. It appeared that protein is probably and bilirubin quite definitely a const

  12. Structural and Electronic Investigations of Complex Intermetallic Compounds

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    Ko, Hyunjin [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    In solid state chemistry, numerous investigations have been attempted to address the relationships between chemical structure and physical properties. Such questions include: (1) How can we understand the driving forces of the atomic arrangements in complex solids that exhibit interesting chemical and physical properties? (2) How do different elements distribute themselves in a solid-state structure? (3) Can we develop a chemical understanding to predict the effects of valence electron concentration on the structures and magnetic ordering of systems by both experimental and theoretical means? Although these issues are relevant to various compound classes, intermetallic compounds are especially interesting and well suited for a joint experimental and theoretical effort. For intermetallic compounds, the questions listed above are difficult to answer since many of the constituent atoms simply do not crystallize in the same manner as in their separate, elemental structures. Also, theoretical studies suggest that the energy differences between various structural alternatives are small. For example, Al and Ga both belong in the same group on the Periodic Table of Elements and share many similar chemical properties. Al crystallizes in the fcc lattice with 4 atoms per unit cell and Ga crystallizes in an orthorhombic unit cell lattice with 8 atoms per unit cell, which are both fairly simple structures (Figure 1). However, when combined with Mn, which itself has a very complex cubic crystal structure with 58 atoms per unit cell, the resulting intermetallic compounds crystallize in a completely different fashion. At the 1:1 stoichiometry, MnAl forms a very simple tetragonal lattice with two atoms per primitive unit cell, while MnGa crystallizes in a complicated rhombohedral unit cell with 26 atoms within the primitive unit cell. The mechanisms influencing the arrangements of atoms in numerous crystal structures have been studied theoretically by calculating electronic

  13. Investigation of interpolymer complexes based on methylcellulose and polyacrylic acid

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    Zh. Nurpeysova

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the given work the patterns of formation interpolymer complexes in the methylcellulose and polyacrylic acid system were studied by turbidimetry. It is shown that the increase in molecular weight and concentration of polymers promotes efficient formation of interpolymer complexes.

  14. Local probe investigation of emergent phenomena in complex oxide heterointerfaces

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    Huang, Mengchen

    Complex oxide heterointerfaces exhibit rich physics as well as many veiled puzzles. LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) is one of the prototype of such heterointerfaces. In 2004, Ohtomo and Hwang first reported a conducing interface emerged between perovskite oxide insulators LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Following this seminal discovery, many emergent phenomena like metal-insulator transition, piezoresponse, superconductivity, magnetism, strong spin-orbit coupling and coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism were reported in the fascinating LAO/STO system. However, the origin of the conducting interface is still the subject of intense debate, and the physics behind these emergent phenomena remains a wild space to be explored. My Ph.D. study focused on the emergent phenomena in LAO/STO by using "local probes" -- nanostructures created by conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) lithography and the AFM itself. I used piezoresponse force microscope (PFM) to study the electromechanical response in LAO/STO and developed a high-resolution, non-destructive PFM imaging technique to visualize nanostructures at LAO/STO interface. The results indicate that the PFM signal is related to a carrier density mediated interfacial lattice distortion, and surface adsorbates can affect the PFM signal via coupling to the electrons at the interface. I integrated graphene on LAO/STO, created field-effect devices in graphene/LAO/STO and collaborated with Dr. Giriraj Jnawali to investigate the transport properties. The high quality single layer graphene on LAO/STO exhibited the half-integer quantum Hall effect and room temperature weak antilocalization behavior. I performed transport measurements in (110)-oriented LAO/STO to investigate anisotropic quasi one-dimensional superconductivity in nanowires. Based on the results I proposed a plausible explanation related to the Lifshitz transition and anisotropic band structures of nanowires in (110)-oriented LAO/STO. Co-worked with Dr. Keith Brown, I studied

  15. Plasmas pour la destruction de l'H2S et des mercaptans Plasmas for Destruction of H2s and Mercaptans

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    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Cet article passe en revue l'utilisation des plasmas comme milieu activateurs d'une oxydation de H2S ou CH3SH dilués dans l'air, le CO2 ou la vapeur d'eau, à fins de conversion en SO, moins malodorant. Le produit peut être ensuite utilisé comme réactif dans un processus similaire à celui de Claus, en présence d'eau, ce qui permet de convertir deux fois plus de polluants initiaux en soufre élémentaire. Une attention particulière est portée aux décharges électriques glissantes (GlidArc. Ces décharges puissantes produisent un plasma non thermique qui active des réactions oxydatrices. La plupart des expériences ont été réalisées en utilisant les réacteurs GlidArc-I à un ou à quatre étages. Les sulfures dilués dans l'air dans des concentrations initiales atteignant jusqu'à 1 %( H2S ou 0,1 % (CH3SH ont été traités sous des flux jusqu'à 70 m3(n/h d'air pollué et sous une puissance de 5 kW. Les essais ont été réalisés sous 1 atm. Une dépollution jusqu'à 100 % a été obtenue moyennant un coût énergétique assez bas dépendant de la concentration initiale du polluant : environ 1000 kWh par kilogramme de soufre extrait pour 100 ppm de H2S et seulement 10 kWh/kg pour 1 % initial d'H2S dans l'air. Pratiquement les mêmes coûts ont été observés dans le cas de mélanges CH3SH-air. En utilisant une très simple douche en recirculation d'eau qui lave les gaz sortants (l'eau se sature avec le SO2 et capture ainsi l'H2S non traité nous avons divisé ces coûts d'énergie par trois, en évitant également l'émission de SO2, et en obtenant du soufre non toxique. Un nouveau principe (et réacteur GlidArc-II est ensuite présenté ; il s'agit d'une brosseà décharges électriques. Nos premiers tests sont très prometteurs car dès à présent, nous divisons déjà la dépense énergétique par deux par rapport au GlidArc-I. L'échelle industrielle peut par conséquent être envisagée. Plasmas are reviewed as activation media for an oxidation of H2S or CH3SH diluted in air, CO2 or steam in order to convert them into less malodorous SO2. The product can be then used as a reagent in a Claus-like process in presence of water to convert twice as much of initial pollutants into elemental sulfur. A particular attention is devoted to the gliding electrical discharges (GlidArc. These powerful discharges produce non-thermal plasma, which activates oxidation reactions. Most of experiments were performed using one and four-stage GlidArc-I reactors. Air-diluted sulfides at initial concentrations up to 1% (H2S or 0. 1% (CH3SH were processed at up to 70 m3(n/h flow rate and 5 kW power scale. The tests were done at 1 atm. Up to 100% clean-up was obtained at a quite low energy cost depending on initial pollutant concentration: roughly 1000 kWh per 1 kg of removed sulfur at 100 ppm of H2S, but only 10 kWh/kg for 1% initial H2S in air. Almost the same energies were needed in the case of CH3SH-air mixtures. Using a very simple washing column in which water saturates with the produced SO2 and so captures unprocessed H2S we cut these process energy by three, avoiding the SO2 emission and obtaining non-toxic sulfur. New development based on GlidArc-ll brush-like electric discharges is also presented. Preliminary tests are very promising as the energy expense is already cut down by a factor of two with respect to the GlidArc-I devices. Up to industrial scale tests can be therefore performed.

  16. Scanning probe microscopy investigation of complex-oxide heterostructures

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    Bi, Feng

    Advances in the growth of precisely tailored complex-oxide heterostructures have led to new emergent behavior and associated discoveries. One of the most successful examples consists of an ultrathin layer of LaAlO 3 (LAO) deposited on TiO2-terminated SrTiO3 (STO), where a high mobility quasi-two dimensional electron liquid (2DEL) is formed at the interface. Such 2DEL demonstrates a variety of novel properties, including field tunable metal-insulator transition, superconductivity, strong spin-orbit coupling, magnetic and ferroelectric like behavior. Particularly, for 3-unit-cell (3 u.c.) LAO/STO heterostructures, it was demonstrated that a conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) tip can be used to "write" or "erase" nanoscale conducting channels at the interface, making LAO/STO a highly flexible platform to fabricate novel nanoelectronics. This thesis is focused on scanning probe microscopy studies of LAO/STO properties. We investigate the mechanism of c-AFM lithography over 3 u.c. LAO/STO in controlled ambient conditions by using a vacuum AFM, and find that the water molecules dissociated on the LAO surface play a critical role during the c-AFM lithography process. We also perform electro-mechanical response measurements over top-gated LAO/STO devices. Simultaneous piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and capacitance measurements reveal a correlation between LAO lattice distortion and interfacial carrier density, which suggests that PFM could not only serve as a powerful tool to map the carrier density at the interface but also provide insight into previously reported frequency dependence of capacitance enhancement of top-gated LAO/STO structures. To study magnetism at the LAO/STO interface, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and magnetoelectric force microscopy (MeFM) are carried out to search for magnetic signatures that depend on the carrier density at the interface. Results demonstrate an electronicallycontrolled ferromagnetic phase on top-gated LAO

  17. Mössbauer investigation of novel pentadentate schiff base complexes

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    Heyer, L.; Dreyer, B.; Preiss, A.; Menze, M.; Klimke, S.; Jahns, M.; Sindelar, R.; Klingelhöfer, G.; O. Costa, B. F.; Renz, F.

    2016-12-01

    We synthesised a series of seven mononuclear and two trinuclear Schiff base coordination compounds. All nine complexes have been analysed by Mössbauer and IR spectroscopy. The Mössbauer spectra reveal a doublet, which are related to the high spin state (S = 5/2) of the iron(III) centres.

  18. Investigating the Effect of Complexity Factors in Gas Law Problems

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    Schuttlefield, Jennifer D.; Kirk, John; Pienta, Norbert J.; Tang, Hui

    2012-01-01

    Undergraduate students were asked to complete gas law questions using a Web-based tool as a first step in our understanding of the role of cognitive load in chemistry word questions and in helping us assess student problem-solving. Each question contained five different complexity factors, which were randomly assigned by the tool so that a…

  19. Investigating the complexity of respiratory patterns during the laryngeal chemoreflex

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The laryngeal chemoreflex exists in infants as a primary sensory mechanism for defending the airway from the aspiration of liquids. Previous studies have hypothesized that prolonged apnea associated with this reflex may be life threatening and might be a cause of sudden infant death syndrome. Methods In this study we quantified the output of the respiratory neural network, the diaphragm EMG signal, during the laryngeal chemoreflex and eupnea in early postnatal (3–10 days piglets. We tested the hypothesis that diaphragm EMG activity corresponding to reflex-related events involved in clearance (restorative mechanisms such as cough and swallow exhibit lower complexity, suggesting that a synchronized homogeneous group of neurons in the central respiratory network are active during these events. Nonlinear dynamic analysis was performed using the approximate entropy to asses the complexity of respiratory patterns. Results Diaphragm EMG, genioglossal activity EMG, as well as other physiological signals (tracheal pressure, blood pressure and respiratory volume were recorded from 5 unanesthetized chronically instrumented intact piglets. Approximate entropy values of the EMG during cough and swallow were found significantly (p p Conclusion Reduced complexity values of the respiratory neural network output corresponding to coughs and swallows suggest synchronous neural activity of a homogeneous group of neurons. The higher complexity values exhibited by eupneic respiratory activity are the result of a more random behaviour, which is the outcome of the integrated action of several groups of neurons involved in the respiratory neural network.

  20. Mössbauer investigation of novel pentadentate schiff base complexes

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    Heyer, L.; Dreyer, B.; Preiss, A.; Menze, M.; Klimke, S.; Jahns, M. [Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Germany); Sindelar, R. [University of Applied Science Hannover, Faculty II (Germany); Klingelhöfer, G. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institute of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry (Germany); Costa, B. F. O. [University of Coimbra, Physics Department (Portugal); Renz, F., E-mail: renz@acd.uni-hannover.de [Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Germany)

    2016-12-15

    We synthesised a series of seven mononuclear and two trinuclear Schiff base coordination compounds. All nine complexes have been analysed by Mössbauer and IR spectroscopy. The Mössbauer spectra reveal a doublet, which are related to the high spin state (S = 5/2) of the iron(III) centres.

  1. Preparation and Investigation of Monodentate and Bridging Pyrazole Complexes

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    Evans, Wynne

    2004-01-01

    Complexes of pyrazole-derived ligands are very popular due to the ability of the pyrazolato anion to form bridged polymetallic compounds in which the metals are held close enough to react with small molecules or facilitate magnetic exchange. The preparation of monodentate pyrazole and 3,5-dimethylpyrazole (DMHpz) nickel species and the…

  2. New archeoastronomical investigation of the complex Koy-Krylgan-kala

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    Kolganova, G. Yu.; Nickiforov, M. G.; Reijs, V. M.

    2015-07-01

    In this paper the ancient Khorezmian complex Koy-Kryilgan-kala was studied from the point of view of archaeoastronomy. Previously it was assumed that the main structure of the complex was oriented on an azimuth of 69 degrees, which is associated with the direction of the rising Sun in the middle of the period of time between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and (or) in the direction of heliacal rising of Fomalhaut. A comparison of the archaeological plans of Khorezmian buildings with reliable satellite images from Google Earth, shows considerable difference in azimuth. In some cases the measured Magnetic North was not been recalculated to the True North, or the recalculation might have been done incorrectly. In particular, it is shown that the main axis of the complex Koy-Kryilgan-kala is oriented on an azimuth of 80 degrees. This conclusion refutes all previous results. According to historical data, in ancient times the third flood of Amu Darya was called "flooding of the star" and in the pre-Islamic period the asterism Pleiades had the name "The Star". When the complex Koy-Kryilgan-kala was built, the heliacal rising of the Pleiades coincided with the moment of the third flood of Amu Darya, and the moment of visibility of the Pleiades occurred at an azimuth of 78-79 degrees. Hence, we assume that the main axis of the complex Koy-Kryilgan-kala is directed to the azimuth of rising of the Pleiades, which had a special meaning in the culture of ancient Khorezm.

  3. [Formation of 55-kDa Fragments under Impaired Coordination Bonds and Hydrophobic Interactions in Peripheral Light-Harvesting Complexes Isolated from Photosynthetic Purple Bacteria].

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    Solov'ev, A A; Erokhin, Y E

    2015-01-01

    Size exclusion chromatography was used to assess the relative size of intact and diphenylamine-treated (DPA, with suppressed carotenoid synthesis) peripheral light-harvesting complexes (LH2 complexes) of the sulfurbacterium Allochromatium minutissimum. Both LH2 complexes were nonamers and had the same elution volume V(e), coinciding with that for the LH2 complex of Rhodoblastus acidophilus (strain 10050). Their molecular mass was 150 kDa. Bot pheophytinization of bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) at low pH and treatment with the detergent LDAO, affecting the hydrophobic interactions between the neighboring protomers, result in the fragmentation of the ring of the isolated LH2 complexes and formation of 55-kDa fragments with molecular masses corresponding to one-third of the initial value. Fragmentation caused by both pheophytinization and detergent treatment was much more rapid in DPA-treated LH2 complexes than in the intact ones. The 55-kDa fragments formed at low pH values contained monomeric bacteriopheophytin, while the fragments of a similar molecular mass formed at pH 8.0 in the presence of the detergent contained monomeric BChl. The observed fragmentation was hypothesized to reflect the inherent C3 symmetry of the LH2 complexes, with the preliminarily assembled trimers used as building blocks.

  4. DFT investigation on dihydrogen-bonded amine-borane complexes.

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    Yan, Shihai; Zou, Hongmei; Kang, Wukui; Sun, Lixiang

    2016-01-01

    The DFT method has been employed in the exploration on dihydrogen-bonded amine-borane complexes, with a special emphasis on the dimerization and substituent group effect. Stable dihydrogen bonded complexes can be generated from these amine-borane monomers with the appearance of NH(δ+)…H(δ-)B interactions. The binding energy decreases gradually with the increase of the steric effect of the substituents. The substituent group number mainly varies the C-N bond length. The dimerization generates close H…H and influences predominantly the N-B distance. The effect of dimerization on IR and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra is stronger than that of the number of substituent groups, which leads to distinct NBO charge variation on α-C. Both the substituent group number and dimerization enhance the chemical shift difference between hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to N and B, Δδ H-H, which can be hired as an index for structural determination. It is proposed that amine-borane complexes with more substituent groups in higher degree of polymerization are potentially interesting materials for hydrogen storage. Graphical Abstract Both the number of substituent group and dimerization enhance the chemical shift difference of hydrogen atoms covalently bonded on N and B, Δδ H-H, which can be employed as an index for the structural determination.

  5. Application of Biologically-Based Lumping To Investigate the Toxicological Interactions of a Complex Gasoline Mixture

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    People are often exposed to complex mixtures of environmental chemicals such as gasoline, tobacco smoke, water contaminants, or food additives. However, investigators have often considered complex mixtures as one lumped entity. Valuable information can be obtained from these exp...

  6. Synthesis, spectroscopic, thermal and DFT calculations of 2-(3-amino-2-hydrazono-4-oxothiazolidin-5-yl) acetic acid binuclear metal complexes.

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    Hassan, Walid M I; Badawy, M A; Mohamed, Gehad G; Moustafa, H; Elramly, Salwa

    2013-07-01

    The binuclear complexes of 2-(3-amino-2-hydrazono-4-oxothiazolidin-5-yl) acetic acid ligand (HL) with Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions were prepared and their stoichiometry was determined by elemental analysis. The stereochemistry of the studied series of metal complexes was established by analyzing their infrared, (1)H NMR spectra and the magnetic moment measurements. According to the elemental analysis data, the complexes were found to have the formulae [Fe2L(H2O)8]Cl5 and [M2L(H2O)8]Cl3 (M=Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)). The present analyses demonstrate that all metal ions coordinated to the ligand via O(9), O(11), N(16) and N(18) atoms. Thermal decomposition studies of the ligand-metal complexes have been performed to verify the status of water molecules present in these metal complexes and their general decomposition pattern. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations at the B3LYP/6-31G(*) level of theory have been carried out to investigate the equilibrium geometry of the ligand and complexes. Moreover, charge density distribution, extent of distortion from regular geometry, dipole moment and orientation have been performed and discussed.

  7. Investigating combination HIV prevention: isolated interventions or complex system

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    Graham Brown

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Treatment as prevention has mobilized new opportunities in preventing HIV transmission and has led to bold new UNAIDS targets in testing, treatment coverage and transmission reduction. These will require not only an increase in investment but also a deeper understanding of the dynamics of combining behavioural, biomedical and structural HIV prevention interventions. High-income countries are making substantial investments in combination HIV prevention, but is this investment leading to a deeper understanding of how to combine interventions? The combining of interventions involves complexity, with many strategies interacting with non-linear and multiplying rather than additive effects. Discussion: Drawing on a recent scoping study of the published research evidence in HIV prevention in high-income countries, this paper argues that there is a gap between the evidence currently available and the evidence needed to guide the achieving of these bold targets. The emphasis of HIV prevention intervention research continues to look at one intervention at a time in isolation from its interactions with other interventions, the community and the socio-political context of their implementation. To understand and evaluate the role of a combination of interventions, we need to understand not only what works, but in what circumstances, what role the parts need to play in their relationship with each other, when the combination needs to adapt and identify emergent effects of any resulting synergies. There is little development of evidence-based indicators on how interventions in combination should achieve that strategic advantage and synergy. This commentary discusses the implications of this ongoing situation for future research and the required investment in partnership. We suggest that systems science approaches, which are being increasingly applied in other areas of public health, could provide an expanded vocabulary and analytic tools for

  8. Copper-, palladium-, and platinum-containing complexes of an asymmetric dinucleating ligand.

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    Halvagar, Mohammad Reza; Neisen, Benjamin; Tolman, William B

    2013-01-18

    The coordination chemistry of an asymmetric dinucleating hexadentate ligand LH(2) comprising neutral alkyltriamine and potentially dianionic dicarboxamido-pyridyl donor sets with copper, palladium, and platinum has been explored. Monometallic, dicopper, and heterodinuclear Cu-Pd and -Pt complexes have been prepared and characterized, including by NMR, EPR, UV-vis, and IR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. For example, the monometallic complexes [(LH(2))MCl]X (M = Cu, X = OTf; M = Pd or Pt, X = Cl) were prepared, wherein the metal(II) ions are coordinated to the triamine portion and the pyridyldicarboxamide is unperturbed. Treatment of LH(2) with [MesCu](x) (Mes = mesityl) provided a monocopper(I) complex, again with the metal coordinated only to the trialkylamine donor set. Reaction of [(LH(2))CuCl]OTf with NaOMe resulted in an unexpected migration of the copper(II)-chloride fragment to the pyridyldicarboxamide site to yield Na[LCuCl], from which a dicopper complex LCu(2)Cl(2) and mixed-metal complexes LCu(Cl)M(Cl) (M = Pd, Pt) were prepared by addition of CuCl(2) or MCl(2), respectively. The heterodinuclear complexes were also prepared by addition of CuCl(2) to [(LH(2))MCl]Cl.

  9. A new conceptual framework for investigating complex genetic disease

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    Hussain, Shobbir

    2015-01-01

    Some common diseases are known to have an inherited component, however, their population- and familial-incidence patterns do not conform to any known monogenic Mendelian pattern of inheritance and instead they are currently much better explained if an underlying polygenic architecture is posited. Studies that have attempted to identify the causative genetic factors have been designed on this polygenic framework, but so far the yield has been largely unsatisfactory. Based on accumulating recent observations concerning the roles of somatic mosaicism in disease, in this article a second framework which posits a single gene-two hit model which can be modulated by a mutator/anti-mutator genetic background is suggested. I discuss whether such a model can be considered a viable alternative based on current knowledge, its advantages over the current polygenic framework, and describe practical routes via which the new framework can be investigated. PMID:26583033

  10. Structural investigations of sodium caseinate micelles in complex environments

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    Huck Iriart, C.; Herrera, M.L.; Candal, R. [Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Oliveira, C.L.P. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Torriani, I. [Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron (LNLS), Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: The most frequent destabilization mechanisms in Sodium Caseinate (NaCas) emulsions are creaming and flocculation. Coarse or fine emulsions with low protein con- tent destabilize mainly by creaming. If migration mechanism is suppressed, flocculation may become the main mechanism of destabilization. Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) technique was applied to investigate sodium caseinate micelles structure in different environments. As many natural products, Sodium Caseinate samples have large polydisperse size distribution. The experimental data was analyzed using advanced modeling approaches. The Form Factor for the Caseinate micelle subunits was described by an ellipsoidal core shell model and the structure factor was split into two contributions, one corresponding to the particle-particle interactions and another one for the long range correlation of the subunits in the supramolecular structure. For the first term the hard sphere structure factor using the Percus-Yevick approximation for closure relation was used and for the second term a fractal model was applied. Three concentrations of sodium Caseinate (2, 5 and 7.5 %wt.) were measured in pure water, sugar solutions (20 %wt.) and in three different lipid phase emulsions containing 10 %wt. sunflower seed, olive and fish oils. Data analysis provided an average casein subunit radius of 4 nm, an average distance between the subunits of around 20nm and a fractal dimension value of around 3 for all samples. As indicated by the values of the correlation lengths for the set of studied samples, the casein aggregation is strongly affected by simple sugar additions and it is enhanced by emulsion droplets hydrophobic interaction. As will be presented, these nanoscale structural results provided by scattering experiments is consistent with macroscopic results obtained from several techniques, providing a new understanding of NaCas emulsions. (author)

  11. Investigating the Complex Conductivity Response of Different Biofilm Components

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    Atekwana, E. A.; Abdel Aal, G. Z.; Sarkisova, S. A.; Patrauchan, M.

    2013-12-01

    Microbial biofilms are structured communities of microorganisms commonly attached to a surface and embedded in a self-produced matrix. The matrix is composed of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), which commonly include extracellular DNA, proteins, and polysaccharides. In addition, the biofilm structure may contain some other components such as metabolic byproducts and biogenic nanoparticle minerals. Biogeophysical studies have demonstrated the sensitivity of spectral induced polarization (SIP) measurements to the growth and development of biofilm in saturated porous media. However, the mechanisms are not very well understood. The overarching goal of this study is to determine the contribution of the different biofilm components to the spectral induced polarization (SIP) signatures in aqueous and/or porous media. We investigated the SIP response of different biofilm components including bacterial cells, alginate (exopolysaccharide), phenazine (redox-active metabolite) and magnetite (semi-conductive particulate matter). The porous media was glass beads with grain diameter of 1 mm. Each of the biofilm components was suspended in a low salt growth medium with electrolytic conductivity of 513 μS/cm. Using Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 cells in suspension and in porous media, we observed the increase in SIP parameters with increasing cell density with a very well defined relaxation peak at a frequency of ~10 Hz, which was predicted by recently developed quantitative models. However, this characteristic relaxation peak was minimized in the presence of porous media. We also observed that cells suspended in alginate enhance the polarization and show a peak frequency at ~10 Hz. The study of alginate gelation in liquid phase and porous media in vitro revealed that solidified (gelated) alginate (from brown algae) increased the magnitude of imaginary conductivity while real conductivity increased very moderately. In contrast, the study of the SIP response within a porous

  12. Does formal complexity reflect cognitive complexity? Investigating aspects of the Chomsky Hierarchy in an artificial language learning study.

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    Öttl, Birgit; Jäger, Gerhard; Kaup, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated whether formal complexity, as described by the Chomsky Hierarchy, corresponds to cognitive complexity during language learning. According to the Chomsky Hierarchy, nested dependencies (context-free) are less complex than cross-serial dependencies (mildly context-sensitive). In two artificial grammar learning (AGL) experiments participants were presented with a language containing either nested or cross-serial dependencies. A learning effect for both types of dependencies could be observed, but no difference between dependency types emerged. These behavioral findings do not seem to reflect complexity differences as described in the Chomsky Hierarchy. This study extends previous findings in demonstrating learning effects for nested and cross-serial dependencies with more natural stimulus materials in a classical AGL paradigm after only one hour of exposure. The current findings can be taken as a starting point for further exploring the degree to which the Chomsky Hierarchy reflects cognitive processes.

  13. Synthesis, X-ray crystallography, thermal studies, spectroscopic and electrochemistry investigations of uranyl Schiff base complexes.

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    Asadi, Zahra; Shorkaei, Mohammad Ranjkesh

    2013-03-15

    Some tetradentate salen type Schiff bases and their uranyl complexes were synthesized and characterized by UV-Vis, NMR, IR, TG, C.H.N. and X-ray crystallographic studies. From these investigations it is confirmed that a solvent molecule occupied the fifth position of the equatorial plane of the distorted pentagonal bipyramidal structure. Also, the kinetics of complex decomposition by using thermo gravimetric methods (TG) was studied. The thermal decomposition reactions are first order for the studied complexes. To examine the properties of uranyl complexes according to the substitutional groups, we have carried out the electrochemical studies. The electrochemical reactions of uranyl Schiff base complexes in acetonitrile were reversible.

  14. Effect of Pulse Shaping on Observing Coherent Energy Transfer in Single Light-Harvesting Complexes.

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    Song, Kai; Bai, Shuming; Shi, Qiang

    2016-11-17

    Recent experimental and theoretical studies have revealed that quantum coherence plays an important role in the excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting (LH) complexes. Inspired by the recent single-molecule two-color double-pump experiment, we theoretically investigate the effect of pulse shaping on observing coherent energy transfer in the single bacterial LH2 complex. It is found that quantum coherent energy transfer can be observed when the time delay and phase difference between the two laser pulses are controlled independently. However, when the two-color pulses are generated using the pulse-shaping method, how the laser pulses are prepared is crucial to the observation of quantum coherent energy transfer in single photosynthetic complexes.

  15. Spectroscopic investigation on the inclusion complex formation between amisulpride and γ-cyclodextrin.

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    Negi, Jeetendra Singh; Singh, Shivpal

    2013-02-15

    The purpose of this research was to investigate inclusion complex formation between poorly soluble drug amisulpride (AMI) and γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD). The solubility of AMI was enhanced by formation of inclusion complex of AMI with nano-hydrophobic cavity of γ-CD. The stoichiometry of inclusion complex was studied by continuous variation Job's plot method and found 1:1. The binding constant was found 1166.65 M(-1) by Benesi-Hildebrand plot. The molecular docking of AMI and γ-CD was done to investigate complexation. The inclusion complex formation was further confirmed by (1)H NMR and FT-IR, DSC and XRD analysis. The solubility of AMI was increased 3.74 times after inclusion complex formation with γ-CD.

  16. Investigating the Effect of Complexity Factors in Stoichiometry Problems Using Logistic Regression and Eye Tracking

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    Tang, Hui; Kirk, John; Pienta, Norbert J.

    2014-01-01

    This paper includes two experiments, one investigating complexity factors in stoichiometry word problems, and the other identifying students' problem-solving protocols by using eye-tracking technology. The word problems used in this study had five different complexity factors, which were randomly assigned by a Web-based tool that we developed. The…

  17. Investigating the Effect of Complexity Factors in Stoichiometry Problems Using Logistic Regression and Eye Tracking

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    Tang, Hui; Kirk, John; Pienta, Norbert J.

    2014-01-01

    This paper includes two experiments, one investigating complexity factors in stoichiometry word problems, and the other identifying students' problem-solving protocols by using eye-tracking technology. The word problems used in this study had five different complexity factors, which were randomly assigned by a Web-based tool that we developed. The…

  18. Proteomic investigations of complex I composition: How to define a subunit?

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    Etienne H Meyer

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Complex I is present in almost all aerobic species. Being the largest complex of the respiratory chain, it has a central role in energizing biological membranes and is essential for many organisms. Bacterial complex I is composed of 14 subunits that are sufficient to achieve the respiratory functions. Eukaryotic enzymes contain orthologs of the 14 bacterial subunits and around 30 additional subunits. This complexity suggests either that complex I requires more stabilizing subunits in mitochondria or that it fulfills additional functions. In many organisms recent work on complex I concentrated on the determination of its exact composition. This review summarizes the work done to elucidate complex I composition in the model plant Arabidopsis and proposes a model for the organization of its 44 confirmed subunits. The comparison of the different studies investigating the composition of complex I across species identifies sample preparation for the proteomic analysis as critical to differentiate between true subunits, assembly factors or proteins associated with complex I. Coupling comparative proteomics with biochemical or genetic studies is thus required to define a subunit and its function within the complex.

  19. A benzene-core trinuclear GdIII complex: towards the optimization of relaxivity for MRI contrast agent applications at high magnetic field.

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    Livramento, João Bruno; Helm, Lothar; Sour, Angélique; O'Neil, Conlin; Merbach, André E; Tóth, Eva

    2008-03-07

    A novel ligand, H(12)L, based on a trimethylbenzene core bearing three methylenediethylenetriamine-N,N,N'',N''-tetraacetate moieties (-CH(2)DTTA(4-)) for Gd(3+) chelation has been synthesized, and its trinuclear Gd(3+) complex [Gd(3)L(H(2)O)(6)](3-) investigated with respect to MRI contrast agent applications. A multiple-field, variable-temperature (17)O NMR and proton relaxivity study on [Gd(3)L(H(2)O)(6)](3-) yielded the parameters characterizing water exchange and rotational dynamics. On the basis of the (17)O chemical shifts, bishydration of Gd(3+) could be evidenced. The water exchange rate, k(ex)(298)=9.0+/-3.0 s(-1) is around twice as high as k(ex)(298) of the commercial [Gd(DTPA)(H(2)O)](2-) and comparable to those on analogous Gd(3+)-DTTA chelates. Despite the relatively small size of the complex, the rotational dynamics had to be described with the Lipari-Szabo approach, by separating global and local motions. The difference between the local and global rotational correlation times, tau(lO)(298)=170+/-10 ps and tau(gO)(298)=540+/-100 ps respectively, shows that [Gd(3)L(H(2)O)(6)](3-) is not fully rigid; its flexibility originates from the CH(2) linker between the benzene core and the poly(amino carboxylate) moiety. As a consequence of the two inner-sphere water molecules per Gd(3+), their close to optimal exchange rate and the appropriate size and limited flexibility of the molecule, [Gd(3)L(H(2)O)(6)](3-) has remarkable proton relaxivities when compared with commercial contrast agents, particularly at high magnetic fields (r(1)=21.6, 17.0 and 10.7 mM(-1)s(-1) at 60, 200 and 400 MHz respectively, at 25 degrees C; r(1) is the paramagnetic enhancement of the longitudinal water proton relaxation rate, referred to 1 mM concentration of Gd(3+)).

  20. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the complexation of methacrylic acid and diisopropyl urea

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    Pogány, Peter; Razali, Mayamin; Szekely, Gyorgy

    2017-01-01

    The present paper explores the complexation ability of methacrylic acid which is one of the most abundant functional monomer for the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers. Host-guest interactions and the mechanism of complex formation between methacrylic acid and potentially genotoxic 1,3-diisopropylurea were investigated in the pre-polymerization solution featuring both experimental (NMR, IR) and in silico density functional theory (DFT) tools. The continuous variation method revealed the presence of higher-order complexes and the appearance of self-association which were both taken into account during the determination of the association constants. The quantum chemical calculations - performed at B3LYP 6-311 ++G(d,p) level with basis set superposition error (BSSE) corrections - are in agreement with the experimental observations, reaffirming the association constants and justifying the validity of computational investigation of such systems. Furthermore, natural bond orbital analysis was carried out to appraise the binding properties of the complexes.

  1. An ab initio quantum chemical investigation of the structure and stability of ozone-water complexes

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    Kumar, Pradeep [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India); Sathyamurthy, N., E-mail: nsath@iitk.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016 (India); Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Sector 81, SAS Nagar, Manauli 140306 (India)

    2013-03-29

    Highlights: ► Eclipse geometry most stable for the 1:1 ozone-water complex. ► Cyclic structure most stable for the 1:2 complex. ► Shift in the vertical electronic excitation energy of ozone due to hydration. - Abstract: Ab initio quantum chemical calculations have been carried out to investigate the structure and stability of 1:1 and 1:2 ozone-water complexes. All the geometries have been optimized at the CCSD level of theory using aug-cc-pVDZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets. The importance of correlation-consistent basis sets in deciding the nature of critical points on these complexes is emphasized. An analysis based on the dipole moment of the complexes and the charge distribution on atoms follows. The effect of ozone molecule on the structure and properties of water dimer is also investigated. Values of the vertical electronic excitation energy and the corresponding transition dipole moment have been calculated for the ozone-water complexes using the multi-reference-configuration-interaction method and the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set. The calculated shift in vibrational frequencies due to complex formation is compared with the earlier reported experimental and theoretical values.

  2. Investigations on membrane perturbation by chrysin and its copper complex using self-assembled lipid bilayers.

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    Selvaraj, Stalin; Krishnaswamy, Sridharan; Devashya, Venkappayya; Sethuraman, Swaminathan; Krishnan, Uma Maheswari

    2011-11-01

    The mechanism of membrane interactions of most of the flavonoids in the presence of transition-metal ions is not well-understood. To understand this phenomenon, the present work aims to synthesize a chrysin-copper complex at room temperature and investigate its influence on the electrical characteristics of planar lipid bilayers. The chrysin-copper complex was characterized by various spectroscopic techniques and was found to have a metal/ligand ratio of 1:2 and of cationic nature. Its ability to inhibit 1,1'-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radicals was not significant at alkaline pH because of the involvement of the 5-hydroxy group in coordination with the copper ion compared to its parent flavonoid, chrysin (p copper complex to lipid bilayers decreases the resistance, indicating a strong surface interaction and partial insertion into the bilayer near the lipid-water interface. The dose-dependent reduction in resistance as a result of the chrysin-copper complex is more pronounced in comparison to chrysin, implying that the bulkier and charged chrysin-copper complex displays greater ability to distort the lipid bilayer architecture. These conclusions were further confirmed by curcumin-loaded liposome permeabilization studies, where both chrysin and its Cu(II) complex increased the fluidity in a dose-dependent manner. However, the extent of fluidization by the chrysin-copper complex was nearly twice that of chrysin alone (p copper complex on cell membranes were studied using a hypotonic hemolysis assay. Our results demonstrate that, at low concentrations (20 μM), the chrysin-copper complex exhibited twice the protection against hypotonic stress-induced membrane disruption when compared to chrysin. However, this stabilizing effect gradually decreased and became comparable to chrysin at higher concentrations. This biphasic behavior of the chrysin-copper complex could further be explored for therapeutic applications.

  3. Affinity capillary electrophoresis method for investigation of bile salts complexation with sulfobutyl ether-ß-cyclodextrin

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    Østergaard, Jesper; Jensen, Henrik; Holm, Rene

    2012-01-01

    an influence on the ionic strength of the background electrolyte when the cyclodextrin is used in capillary electrophoresis. Mobility-shift affinity capillary methods for investigation of the complexation of taurocholate and taurochenodeoxycholate with the negatively charged cyclodextrin derivative applying...... constant power and ionic strength conditions as well as constant voltage and varying ionic strength were investigated. A new approach for the correction of background electrolyte ionic strength was developed. Mobility-shift affinity capillary electrophoresis experiments obtained at constant voltage...

  4. Crystallization and micro FT-IR spectroscopy investigation of cytochrome bc1 complex

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    岳文海; 何季平; 谢荣; 徐建兴; 朱克莉; 翁诗甫

    1996-01-01

    A simple method to obtain large red crystals of cytochrome bc1 complex from beef heart mitochondria has been developed. These crystals are very stable. Their shapes are retained for a long time in tip-sealed Pasteur pipets placed in a refrigerator. The structure of crystalline cytochrome bc1 complex by micro FT-IR spectroscopy has been investigated. Based on the IR spectra of cytochrome c, the empirical assignments of the major infrared frequencies of cytochrome bc1 complex are given. Infrared frequencies and relative intensities of variable orientation and section of crystal are significantly different. These imply that infrared spectral characterization of the membrane protein crystallization is associated with the variable symmetries and orientations of the structure. Experimental results show that phospholipid exists in the crystal of cytochrome bc1 complex. The membrane protein is probably spanned on the mitochondrial membrane and buried in phospholipid bilayer in an asymmetric manner.

  5. 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.

  6. Synthesis, structural investigation and kinetic studies of uranyl(VI) unsymmetrical Schiff base complexes

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    Zahra Asadi; Mozaffar Asadi; Azade Zeinali; Mohammad Ranjkeshshorkaei; Karla Fejfarova; Vaclav Eigner; Michal Dusek; Aliakbar Dehnokhalaji

    2014-11-01

    Uranyl(VI) complexes with unsymmetrical N2O2 Schiff base ligands were synthesized and characterized. Their characterization was performed using UV-Vis, 1H NMR, cyclic voltammetry, single-crystal X-ray crystallography, IR, TG and C.H.N. techniques. X-ray crystallography of the complexes show that beside coordination of the tetradentate Schiff base, one DMF molecule is also coordinated. In order to investigate the effect of the substitutional groups of the Schiff base on the oxidation and reduction potentials, we used the cyclic voltammetry method. Electrochemistry of these complexes showed that the presence of electron releasing groups accelerates oxidation of the complexes. The kinetics of thermal decomposition was studied using thermal gravimetric method (TG) and Coats-Redfern equation. According to Coats-Redfern plots, the kinetics of thermal decomposition of the studied complexes is first-order in all stages. Also the kinetics and mechanism of the exchange reaction of the coordinated solvent with tributylphosphine was carried out in solution, using spectrophotometric method. As a result, the second order rate constants at four temperatures and the activation parameters were calculated showing an associative mechanism for all corresponding complexes. It was concluded that the steric and the electronic properties of the complexes influence the reaction rate significantly.

  7. Investigation of complexity dynamics in a DC glow discharge magnetized plasma using recurrence quantification analysis

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    Mitra, Vramori; Sarma, Bornali; Sarma, Arun [VIT University, Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road, Chennai 600 127, Tamil Nadu (India); Janaki, M. S.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N. [Plasma Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India); Marwan, Norbert [Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PO Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam (Germany); Kurths, Jürgen [Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PO Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam (Germany); Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3FX (United Kingdom)

    2016-06-15

    Recurrence is an ubiquitous feature which provides deep insights into the dynamics of real dynamical systems. A suitable tool for investigating recurrences is recurrence quantification analysis (RQA). It allows, e.g., the detection of regime transitions with respect to varying control parameters. We investigate the complexity of different coexisting nonlinear dynamical regimes of the plasma floating potential fluctuations at different magnetic fields and discharge voltages by using recurrence quantification variables, in particular, DET, L{sub max}, and Entropy. The recurrence analysis reveals that the predictability of the system strongly depends on discharge voltage. Furthermore, the persistent behaviour of the plasma time series is characterized by the Detrended fluctuation analysis technique to explore the complexity in terms of long range correlation. The enhancement of the discharge voltage at constant magnetic field increases the nonlinear correlations; hence, the complexity of the system decreases, which corroborates the RQA analysis.

  8. Remedial investigation and feasibility study for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300 Pit 7 Complex

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    Taffet, M.J. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (USA)); Oberdorfer, J.A. (San Jose State Univ., CA (USA)); McIlvride, W.A. (Weiss Associates, Oakland, CA (USA))

    1989-10-01

    This report summarizes the results and conclusions of the investigation of tritium and other compounds in ground water in the vicinity of landfills at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Site 300 Pit 7 Complex. 91 refs., 110 figs., 43 tabs.

  9. An Investigation of Human-Computer Interaction Approaches Beneficial to Weak Learners in Complex Animation Learning

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    Yeh, Yu-Fang

    2016-01-01

    Animation is one of the useful contemporary educational technologies in teaching complex subjects. There is a growing interest in proper use of learner-technology interaction to promote learning quality for different groups of learner needs. The purpose of this study is to investigate if an interaction approach supports weak learners, who have…

  10. Investigating the Effects of Planning Time on the Complexity of L2 Argumentative Writing

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    Tabari, Mahmoud Abdi

    2017-01-01

    Much research has investigated the role of planning time in second language writing; however, the results show that there are inconsistent findings about the effects of planning time conditions on the complexity of the EFL learners' textual output. The current study attempted to consider the differential effects of planning time conditions in…

  11. Assembly of functional photosystem complexes in Rhodobacter sphaeroides incorporating carotenoids from the spirilloxanthin pathway.

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    Chi, Shuang C; Mothersole, David J; Dilbeck, Preston; Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Zhang, Hao; Qian, Pu; Vasilev, Cvetelin; Grayson, Katie J; Jackson, Philip J; Martin, Elizabeth C; Li, Ying; Holten, Dewey; Neil Hunter, C

    2015-02-01

    Carotenoids protect the photosynthetic apparatus against harmful radicals arising from the presence of both light and oxygen. They also act as accessory pigments for harvesting solar energy, and are required for stable assembly of many light-harvesting complexes. In the phototrophic bacterium Rhodobacter (Rba.) sphaeroides phytoene desaturase (CrtI) catalyses three sequential desaturations of the colourless carotenoid phytoene, extending the number of conjugated carbon-carbon double bonds, N, from three to nine and producing the yellow carotenoid neurosporene; subsequent modifications produce the yellow/red carotenoids spheroidene/spheroidenone (N=10/11). Genomic crtI replacements were used to swap the native three-step Rba. sphaeroides CrtI for the four-step Pantoea agglomerans enzyme, which re-routed carotenoid biosynthesis and culminated in the production of 2,2'-diketo-spirilloxanthin under semi-aerobic conditions. The new carotenoid pathway was elucidated using a combination of HPLC and mass spectrometry. Premature termination of this new pathway by inactivating crtC or crtD produced strains with lycopene or rhodopin as major carotenoids. All of the spirilloxanthin series carotenoids are accepted by the assembly pathways for LH2 and RC-LH1-PufX complexes. The efficiency of carotenoid-to-bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer for 2,2'-diketo-spirilloxanthin (15 conjugated CC bonds; N=15) in LH2 complexes is low, at 35%. High energy transfer efficiencies were obtained for neurosporene (N=9; 94%), spheroidene (N=10; 96%) and spheroidenone (N=11; 95%), whereas intermediate values were measured for lycopene (N=11; 64%), rhodopin (N=11; 62%) and spirilloxanthin (N=13; 39%). The variety and stability of these novel Rba. sphaeroides antenna complexes make them useful experimental models for investigating the energy transfer dynamics of carotenoids in bacterial photosynthesis.

  12. A DFT and structural investigation of the conformations of Fischer carbene complexes

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    Landman, Marilé

    2015-09-01

    A set of different Fischer carbene complexes of group VI and VII metals, with varied heteroatom and heteroaromatic substituents on the carbene carbon atom, was studied. Density functional theory as well as single crystal diffraction techniques were employed to investigated the most stable conformation of these complexes. The complexes studied, [M(CO)4L{C(X)Z}], with L = PPh3 or CO, X = ethoxy (-OCH2CH3) or amino (-NH2 or NHCy) substituents as the heteroatom carbene substituents, Z = 2-furyl (-C4H3O), 2-thienyl (-C4H3S), 2-(N-methyl)pyrrolyl (-C4H3NCH3) as the second carbene substituent had their substituents varied systematically to give all the possible conformations of these complexes. The conformations of the complexes, in particular the relative orientations of the heteroatoms in the molecule (syn vs. anti), E/Z isomerism in the aminocarbene complexes and cis/trans isomerism in the ligand substituted complexes as well as various combinations of these aspects, were studied. In general, it was found that the most stable conformation theoretically as well as in the solid state for most of the complexes preferred the syn conformation. The Z-isomer is generally preferred over the E isomer while the cis is more predominant than the trans isomer. Using DFT and NBO calculations, explanations for the preferred conformations were explored. It was concluded that both steric and electronic factors influence the conformations of the carbene complexes, with the extent of contribution of these two factors varying for each of the different carbene substituents.

  13. The structure and function of bacterial light-harvesting complexes.

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    Law, Christopher J; Roszak, Aleksander W; Southall, June; Gardiner, Alastair T; Isaacs, Neil W; Cogdell, Richard J

    2004-01-01

    The harvesting of solar radiation by purple photosynthetic bacteria is achieved by circular, integral membrane pigment-protein complexes. There are two main types of light-harvesting complex, termed LH2 and LH1, that function to absorb light energy and to transfer that energy rapidly and efficiently to the photochemical reaction centres where it is trapped. This mini-review describes our present understanding of the structure and function of the purple bacterial light-harvesting complexes.

  14. Preparation and spectral investigation of inclusion complex of caffeic acid with hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin.

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    Zhang, Min; Li, Jinxia; Zhang, Liwei; Chao, Jianbin

    2009-01-01

    The inclusion complexation behavior of caffeic acid (CA) with hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-beta-CD) was studied by UV-vis, fluorescence spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Experimental conditions including the concentration of HP-beta-CD and media acidity were investigated in detail. The result suggested HP-beta-CD was more suitable for including CA in acidity solution. The binding contants (K) of the inclusion complexes were determined by linear regression analysis and the inclusion ratio was found to be 1:1. The water solubility of CA was increased by inclusion with HP-beta-CD according to the phase-solubility diagram. The spatial configuration of complex has been proposed based on (1)H NMR and two-dimensional (2D) NMR, the result suggested that CA was entrapped inside the hydrophobic core of HP-beta-CD with the lipophilic aromatic ring and the portion of ethylene.

  15. First-principles investigation of Mg2CoH5 complex hydride

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    ZHANG Jian; ZHOU Dian-wu; LIU Jin-shui

    2009-01-01

    Within the framework of density functional theory, crystal structure parameters, physical properties, electronic structures and thermal stability of Mg2CoH5 complex hydride are comprehensively investigated. The optimized structural parameters including lattice constants, atomic positions and bond lengths are well close to the experimental data determined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. A detailed study on the energy band, density of states (DOS) and charge density distribution shows the orbital hybridization and bonding characteristics of the complex hydride. It is found that Mg2CoH5 is a semiconductor with a pseudo-gap of about 1.638 1 eV, and there is a mixed ionic-covalent bonding between Co and H in CoH5 complexes embedded in the matrix Mg2+ cations. The calculated formation enthalpy of Mg2CoH5 is in good agreement with the experimentally determined value.

  16. Investigating the effectiveness of economically sustainable carrier material complexes for marine oil remediation.

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    Simons, Keryn L; Ansar, Alfiya; Kadali, Krishna; Bueti, Angelo; Adetutu, Eric M; Ball, Andrew S

    2012-12-01

    The application of bioremediation to marine oil spills is limited due to dilution of either nutrients or hydrocarbonoclastic organisms. This study investigated the effectiveness of three unique natural carrier materials (mussel shells, coir peat and mussel shell/agar complex) which allowed nutrients, hydrocarbonoclastic organisms and oil to be in contact, facilitating remediation. TPH analysis after 30 d showed that mussel shells exhibited the greatest capacity to degrade oil with a 55% reduction (123.3 mg l(-1) from 276 mg l(-1)) followed by mussel shell/agar complex (49%) and coir peat (36%). Both the mussel shells and mussel shell/agar complex carriers were significantly different to the control (P=0.008 and P=0.002, respectively). DGGE based cluster analysis of the seawater microbial community showed groupings based on time rather than carriers. This study demonstrated that inexpensive, accessible waste materials used as carriers of hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria led to significant degradation of hydrocarbon contaminants in seawater.

  17. A Reduced-Complexity Investigation of Blunt Leading-Edge Separation Motivated by UCAV Aerodynamics

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    Luckring, James M.; Boelens, Okko J.

    2015-01-01

    A reduced complexity investigation for blunt-leading-edge vortical separation has been undertaken. The overall approach is to design the fundamental work in such a way so that it relates to the aerodynamics of a more complex Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) concept known as SACCON. Some of the challenges associated with both the vehicle-class aerodynamics and the fundamental vortical flows are reviewed, and principles from a hierarchical complexity approach are used to relate flow fundamentals to system-level interests. The work is part of roughly 6-year research program on blunt-leading-edge separation pertinent to UCAVs, and was conducted under the NATO Science and Technology Organization, Applied Vehicle Technology panel.

  18. A spectrophotometric investigation of the complex between titanyl oxalate and 3-hydroxyflavone in water ethanolic mixtures

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    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available It has been established, by the application of suitable spectrophotometric methods and pH-metric measurements, that titanyl oxalate anion and 3-hydroxyflavone (3HF form a [TiO(C2O42(C15H9O32]4– complex. The investigation of the composition and the concentration stability constant of the complex were carried out in a 50 % aqueous ethanol solution at room temperature (20°C, in the pH range from 1.9 to 9.0. The concentration stability constant of the complex, log b2, ranged from 16.65 at pH 5.0 to 13.96 at pH 7.0. The conditions for the spectrophotometric determination of 3HF by means of the complex formation were investigated in the concnetration range from 2.5×10–5 to 3.0×10–4 mol dm–3 3HF.

  19. A summary of ecological investigations at the burial ground complex, Savannah River Site - 1994

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    Friday, G.P.; Hartman, G.D.; Mackey, H.E. Jr.; Riley, R.S.; Roach, J.L.; Specht, W.L.; Westbury, H.M.; Wike, L.D.

    1994-11-01

    This report summarizes the results of three ecological investigations that were conducted in 1994 at the Burial Ground Complex (BGC) at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The three topics of study included remote sensing, aquatic toxicity testing, and qualitative surveys of herpetofauna and small mammals. Interim reports from each investigation are included in the appendices (A, B, and C). The objectives of the remote sensing effort were to compile historical aerial photography of the BGC and to develop a land use/cover map of the complex using recent aerial imagery. The goal of the aquatic toxicity testing was to determine if surface waters were toxic to aquatic biota whereas the objectives of the vertebrate surveys were to identify the species diversity and relative abundances of amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals inhabiting the study area.

  20. Spectroscopic investigation on the interaction of some surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes with serum albumins

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    Vignesh, Gopalaswamy; Nehru, Selvan; Manojkumar, Yesaiyan; Arunachalam, Sankaralingam, E-mail: arunasurf@yahoo.com

    2014-01-15

    The interaction of HSA/BSA with single and double chain surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes, cis-[Co(phen){sub 2}(UA)Cl](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2}·2H{sub 2}O (1), cis-[Co(phen){sub 2}(UA){sub 2}](ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}·2H{sub 2}O (2), cis-[Co(en){sub 2}(UA)Cl](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2}·2H{sub 2}O (3), cis-[Co(en){sub 2}(UA){sub 2}](ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}·2H{sub 2}O (4), were investigated by steady state fluorescence, UV–vis absorption, synchronous, three dimensional fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy. The results reveal that the quenching of HSA/BSA by all the four complexes takes place through static mechanism. The binding constant, binding sites and thermodymamic parameter were calculated. The results illustrate that the double chain surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes bind more strongly than the corresponding single chain complexes. The distance between donor (HSA/BSA) and acceptor (surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes) was obtained according to FRET. The results of synchronous, three dimensional and circular dichroism spectroscopy studies show that all the complexes caused considerable amount of conformational and some amount of environment changes in HSA/BSA. -- Highlights: • Binding of single and double chain surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes with serum albumins. • Hydrophobic attraction plays a major role in the binding process. • Binding induces considerable amount of conformational changes in the protein.

  1. An ecological momentary assessment investigation of complex and conflicting emotions in youth with borderline personality disorder.

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    Andrewes, Holly E; Hulbert, Carol; Cotton, Susan M; Betts, Jennifer; Chanen, Andrew M

    2017-02-27

    Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a prevalent behaviour among people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but many aspects of the emotional changes that trigger and maintain this behaviour are unknown. This study examines the relationships between NSSI and the number of negative ('negative complex') and opposing valence ('conflicting') emotions. One hundred and seven youth (aged 15-25 years) with first-presentation BPD were assessed using a combination of self-report and ecological momentary assessment to investigate trait levels of emotional acceptance and in vivo changes in the number of negative complex and conflicting emotions before and after self-injurious thoughts and behaviours. Multilevel modelling revealed that changes in the number of negative complex emotions mirrored distress levels before and after self-injurious thoughts and behaviours, approximating a quadratic curve. Increases in the number of negative complex emotions reported prior to self-injurious thoughts and behaviours were associated with lower acceptance of negative emotions. These findings indicate that the number of negative emotions experienced contributes to distress prior to engagement in NSSI. The relationship between non-acceptance of negative emotions and negative complex emotions prior to NSSI suggests that improved emotional awareness and acceptance should be a focus for early interventions aimed at reducing self-injury.

  2. Investigation of Microphysical Parameters within Winter and Summer Type Precipitation Events over Mountainous [Complex] Terrain

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    Stalker, James R.; Bossert, James E.

    1997-12-31

    In this study we investigate complex terrain effects on precipitation with RAMS for both in winter and summer cases from a microphysical perspective. We consider a two dimensional east-west topographic cross section in New Mexico representative of the Jemez mountains on the west and the Sangre de Cristo mountains on the east. Located between these two ranges is the Rio Grande Valley. In these two dimensional experiments, variations in DSDs are considered to simulate total precipitation that closely duplicate observed precipitation.

  3. Ultrafast energy relaxation in single light-harvesting complexes.

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    Malý, Pavel; Gruber, J Michael; Cogdell, Richard J; Mančal, Tomáš; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2016-03-15

    Energy relaxation in light-harvesting complexes has been extensively studied by various ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, the fastest processes being in the sub-100-fs range. At the same time, much slower dynamics have been observed in individual complexes by single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy (SMS). In this work, we use a pump-probe-type SMS technique to observe the ultrafast energy relaxation in single light-harvesting complexes LH2 of purple bacteria. After excitation at 800 nm, the measured relaxation time distribution of multiple complexes has a peak at 95 fs and is asymmetric, with a tail at slower relaxation times. When tuning the excitation wavelength, the distribution changes in both its shape and position. The observed behavior agrees with what is to be expected from the LH2 excited states structure. As we show by a Redfield theory calculation of the relaxation times, the distribution shape corresponds to the expected effect of Gaussian disorder of the pigment transition energies. By repeatedly measuring few individual complexes for minutes, we find that complexes sample the relaxation time distribution on a timescale of seconds. Furthermore, by comparing the distribution from a single long-lived complex with the whole ensemble, we demonstrate that, regarding the relaxation times, the ensemble can be considered ergodic. Our findings thus agree with the commonly used notion of an ensemble of identical LH2 complexes experiencing slow random fluctuations.

  4. Luminescence investigation of Fe (III) – rhodamine B complexes obtained by solvent extraction

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    Czoik, Rozalia, E-mail: rozalia.czoik@us.edu.pl [Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, 9 Szkolna Street, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Żur, Lidia; Szpikowska-Sroka, Barbara; Połedniok, Justyna [Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, 9 Szkolna Street, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Swinarew, Andrzej S. [Institute of Materials Science, University of Silesia, 12 Bankowa Street, 40-007 Katowice (Poland); Pisarski, Wojciech A. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Silesia, 9 Szkolna Street, 40-007 Katowice (Poland)

    2013-07-15

    Optical properties of complexes of rhodamine B (RB) and Fe{sup 3+} ions have been investigated using optical spectroscopy. The ionic-association coordination compounds of rhodamine B and iron ions (FeRB) were prepared in the acid environment by means of solvent extraction to chloroform phase. Emission and excitation spectra and luminescence decay curves were analyzed as a function of metal ion concentration. It was found that Fe{sup 3+} ions at such conditions were effective in quenching fluorescence and that the intensity of luminescence clearly depended on the metal ion concentration. The emission decrease was observed in the concentration range from 1 to 60 μg Fe/mL solution. Similar relationship was also recorded for the luminescence lifetimes of the investigated systems. Basis on the lifetime and fluorescence intensity measurements and the Stern-Volmer relation the values of quenching rate constant k{sub q} and K{sub sv} constant for the investigated system at chloroform phase were also determined. -- Highlights: ► The complexes of rhodamine B and Fe{sup 3+} were prepared by extraction to chloroform phase. ► Optical properties of FeRB complexes were studied as a function of Fe{sup 3+} concentration. ► The emission intensities and lifetimes decrease with increasing of quencher content. ► The quenching rate constant k{sub q} and K{sub sv} constant for the study systems were determined.

  5. Spectroscopy of Single Light-Harvesting Complexes from Purple Photosynthetic Bacteria at 1.2 K

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    Oijen, A.M. van; Ketelaars, M.; Köhler, J.; Aartsma, T.J.; Schmidt, J.

    1998-01-01

    In this Letter we present the first observation of the fluorescence-excitation spectra of individual light-harvesting complexes (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria at 1.2 K. The spectra reveal the electronic transitions to the individual excitonic states of the assembly of absorbing

  6. Unraveling the Electronic Structure of Individual Photosynthetic Pigment-Protein Complexes

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    Oijen, Antoine M. van; Ketelaars, Martijn; Köhler, Jürgen; Aartsma, Thijs J.; Schmidt, Jan

    1999-01-01

    Low-temperature single-molecule spectroscopic techniques were applied to a light-harvesting pigment-protein complex (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria. The properties of the electronically excited states of the two circular assemblies (B800 and B850) of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) pigment

  7. Spectroscopy of Single Light-Harvesting Complexes from Purple Photosynthetic Bacteria at 1.2 K

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    Oijen, A.M. van; Ketelaars, M.; Köhler, J.; Aartsma, T.J.; Schmidt, J.

    1998-01-01

    In this Letter we present the first observation of the fluorescence-excitation spectra of individual light-harvesting complexes (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria at 1.2 K. The spectra reveal the electronic transitions to the individual excitonic states of the assembly of absorbing bacterioch

  8. Unraveling the Electronic Structure of Individual Photosynthetic Pigment-Protein Complexes

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    Oijen, Antoine M. van; Ketelaars, Martijn; Köhler, Jürgen; Aartsma, Thijs J.; Schmidt, Jan

    1999-01-01

    Low-temperature single-molecule spectroscopic techniques were applied to a light-harvesting pigment-protein complex (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria. The properties of the electronically excited states of the two circular assemblies (B800 and B850) of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) pigment

  9. Nanometer arrays of functional light harvesting antenna complexes by nanoimprint lithography and host-guest interactions

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    Escalante, Maryana; Zhao, Yiping; Ludden, Manon J.W.; Vermeij, Rolf; Olsen, John D.; Berenschot, Erwin; Hunter, C. Neil; Huskens, Jurriaan; Subramaniam, Vinod; Otto, Cees

    2008-01-01

    We show an approach based on a combination of site-directed mutagenesis, NIL and multivalent host−guest interactions for the realization of engineered ordered functional arrays of purified components of the photosynthetic system, the membrane-bound LH2 complex. In addition to micrometer-scale patter

  10. Cyanomethylene-bis(phosphonate)-based lanthanide complexes: structural, photophysical, and magnetic investigations.

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    Maxim, Catalin; Branzea, Diana G; Tiseanu, Carmen; Rouzières, Mathieu; Clérac, Rodolphe; Andruh, Marius; Avarvari, Narcis

    2014-03-01

    The syntheses, structural investigations, magnetic and photophysical properties of a series of 10 lanthanide mononuclear complexes, containing the heteroditopic ligand cyanomethylene-bis(5,5-dimethyl-2-oxo-1,3,2λ(5)-dioxa-phosphorinane) (L), are described. The crystallographic analyses indicate two structural types: in the first one, [Ln(III)(L)3(H2O)2]·H2O (Ln = La, Pr, Nd), the metal ions are eight-coordinated within a square antiprism geometry, while the second one, [Ln(III)(L)3(H2O)]·8H2O (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er), contains seven-coordinated Ln(III) ions within distorted monocapped trigonal prisms. Intermolecular hydrogen bonding between nitrogen atoms of the cyano groups, crystallization, and coordination water molecules leads to the formation of extended supramolecular networks. Solid-state photophysical investigations demonstrate that Eu(III) and Tb(III) complexes possess intense luminescence with relatively long excited-state lifetimes of 530 and 1370 μs, respectively, while Pr(III), Dy(III), and Ho(III) complexes have weak intensity luminescence characterized by short lifetimes ranging between a few nanoseconds to microseconds. The magnetic properties for Pr(III), Gd(III), Tb(III), Dy(III), and Ho(III) complexes are in agreement with isolated Ln(III) ions in the solid state, as suggested by the single-crystal X-ray analyses. Alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements up to 10 kHz reveal that only the Ho(III) complex shows a frequency-dependent ac response, with a relaxation mode clearly observed at 1.85 K around 4500 Hz.

  11. Chromate adsorption on selected soil minerals: Surface complexation modeling coupled with spectroscopic investigation

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    Veselská, Veronika, E-mail: veselskav@fzp.czu.cz [Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcka 129, CZ-16521, Prague (Czech Republic); Fajgar, Radek [Department of Analytical and Material Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v.v.i., Rozvojová 135/1, CZ-16502, Prague (Czech Republic); Číhalová, Sylva [Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcka 129, CZ-16521, Prague (Czech Republic); Bolanz, Ralph M. [Institute of Geosciences, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 10, DE-07745, Jena (Germany); Göttlicher, Jörg; Steininger, Ralph [ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, DE-76344, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Siddique, Jamal A.; Komárek, Michael [Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcka 129, CZ-16521, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • Study of Cr(VI) adsorption on soil minerals over a large range of conditions. • Combined surface complexation modeling and spectroscopic techniques. • Diffuse-layer and triple-layer models used to obtain fits to experimental data. • Speciation of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) was assessed. - Abstract: This study investigates the mechanisms of Cr(VI) adsorption on natural clay (illite and kaolinite) and synthetic (birnessite and ferrihydrite) minerals, including its speciation changes, and combining quantitative thermodynamically based mechanistic surface complexation models (SCMs) with spectroscopic measurements. Series of adsorption experiments have been performed at different pH values (3–10), ionic strengths (0.001–0.1 M KNO{sub 3}), sorbate concentrations (10{sup −4}, 10{sup −5}, and 10{sup −6} M Cr(VI)), and sorbate/sorbent ratios (50–500). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy were used to determine the surface complexes, including surface reactions. Adsorption of Cr(VI) is strongly ionic strength dependent. For ferrihydrite at pH <7, a simple diffuse-layer model provides a reasonable prediction of adsorption. For birnessite, bidentate inner-sphere complexes of chromate and dichromate resulted in a better diffuse-layer model fit. For kaolinite, outer-sphere complexation prevails mainly at lower Cr(VI) loadings. Dissolution of solid phases needs to be considered for better SCMs fits. The coupled SCM and spectroscopic approach is thus useful for investigating individual minerals responsible for Cr(VI) retention in soils, and improving the handling and remediation processes.

  12. Investigation of electron-atom/molecule scattering resonances: Two complex multiconfigurational self-consistent field approaches

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    Samanta, Kousik [Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 (United States); Yeager, Danny L. [Department of Chemistry, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States)

    2015-01-22

    Resonances are temporarily bound states which lie in the continuum part of the Hamiltonian. If the electronic coordinates of the Hamiltonian are scaled (“dilated”) by a complex parameter, η = αe{sup iθ} (α, θ real), then its complex eigenvalues represent the scattering states (resonant and non-resonant) while the eigenvalues corresponding to the bound states and the ionization and the excitation thresholds remain real and unmodified. These make the study of these transient species amenable to the bound state methods. We developed a quadratically convergent multiconfigurational self-consistent field method (MCSCF), a well-established bound-state technique, combined with a dilated Hamiltonian to investigate resonances. This is made possible by the adoption of a second quantization algebra suitable for a set of “complex conjugate biorthonormal” spin orbitals and a modified step-length constraining algorithm to control the walk on the complex energy hypersurface while searching for the stationary point using a multidimensional Newton-Raphson scheme. We present our computational results for the {sup 2}PBe{sup −} shape resonances using two different computationally efficient methods that utilize complex scaled MCSCF (i.e., CMCSCF). These two methods are to straightforwardly use CMCSCF energy differences and to obtain energy differences using an approximation to the complex multiconfigurational electron propagator. It is found that, differing from previous computational studies by others, there are actually two {sup 2}PBe{sup −} shape resonances very close in energy. In addition, N{sub 2} resonances are examined using one of these methods.

  13. Investigation of VO-Zni native donor complex in MBE grown bulk ZnO

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    Asghar, M.; Mahmood, K.; Ferguson, I. T.; Raja, M. Yasin A.; Xie, Y. H.; Tsu, R.; Hasan, M.-A.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper, we have experimentally investigated the theoretical predictions of VO-Zni to be a native donor in ZnO. Intrinsically zinc-rich n-type ZnO thin films having ND ˜ 6.23 × 1018 cm-3 grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (0 0 1) substrate were annealed in oxygen environment at 500-800 °C, keeping a step of 100 °C for 1 h, each. Room temperature Hall measurements demonstrated that free donor (VO-Zni) concentration decreased exponentially and Arrhenius plot yielded activation energy to be 1.2 ± 0.01 eV. This value is in agreement with theoretically reported activation energy of VO-Zni donor complex in ZnO. We argue; this observation can be explained by two-step process: (i) incoming oxygen fills VO of VO-Zni complex leaving behind Zni; (ii) Zni releases its energy and moves to a lower energy state with respect to the conduction band minima and/or occupies an inactive location. Consequently, Zni-VO complex loses its donor role in the lattice. Our experimental data supported theoretical predictions of VO-Zni to be a native donor. Results from photoluminescence spectroscopy carried out on Zn-rich ZnO additionally justify the existence of VO-Zni complex.

  14. Theoretical investigation of polymer chain stability in the metal coordinated azorubine and cyclam complex

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    Vlassa, Mihaela, E-mail: mihaela_cecilia@yahoo.com [' ' Babes-Bolyai' ' University, Raluca Ripan Institute of Research in Chemistry, 30 Fantanele Str., 400294 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Bende, Attila, E-mail: bende@itim-cj.ro [Molecular and Biomolecular Physics Department, National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Str. Donat 67-103, Cluj Napoca RO-400293 (Romania)

    2015-08-18

    Highlights: • Ni(II)- and Zn(II)-coordinated cyclam–azorubine complexes are described using DFT. • Ni(II) coordinated system shows a reasonably small singlet–triplet energy gap. • Intersystem crossing gives high barrier between singlet and triplet geometries. • For the Zn(II) case only the singlet state is energetically favorable. • The stability of a longer polymer (oligomer) chain was described using DFTB. - Abstract: Theoretical investigations have been performed for unit systems with Ni(II) and Zn(II) coordination between azorubine and 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (cyclam) complexes using the conventional DFT and the DFT-based tight binding (DFTB) methods. Two different geometries (short and long) and spin states (singlet and triplet) of the model system built by two mesylate groups and the cyclam ring together with Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions were energetically characterized. For the Ni(II) coordination complex the triplet geometry is preferred, but one could not exclude also the presence of the singlet spin configuration due to the huge energy barrier defined by the intersystem crossing. The intersystem crossing geometry of the singlet–triplet transition was studied in details and the corresponding spin–orbit couplings were discussed. For the Zn(II) coordination complex only the singlet state was found. Polymer chain build up from four unit systems presents irregular forms with strong coordination bonds between units.

  15. Investigation of the structural organization of cationic nanoemulsion/antisense oligonucleotide complexes.

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    Bruxel, Fernanda; Vilela, José Mario Carneiro; Andrade, Margareth Spangler; Malachias, Ângelo; Perez, Carlos A; Magalhães-Paniago, Rogério; Oliveira, Mônica Cristina; Teixeira, Helder F

    2013-12-01

    Atomic force microscopy image analysis and energy dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments were used to investigate the structural organization of cationic nanoemulsion/oligonucleotide complexes. Oligonucleotides targeting topoisomerase II gene were adsorbed on cationic nanoemulsions obtained by means of spontaneous emulsification procedure. Topographical analysis by atomic force microscopy allowed the observation of the nanoemulsion/oligonucleotide complexes through three-dimensional high-resolution images. Flattening of the oil droplets was observed, which was reduced in the complexes obtained at high amount of adsorbed oligonucleotides. In such conditions, complexes exhibit droplet size in the 600nm range. The oligonucleotides molecules were detected on the surface of the droplets, preventing their fusion during aggregation. A lamellar structure organization was identified by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction experiments. The presence of the nucleic acid molecules led to a disorganization of the lipid arrangement and an expansion in the lattice spacing, which was proportional to the amount of oligonucleotides added. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Investigation of β-cyclodextrin-norfloxacin inclusion complexes. Part 1. Preparation, physicochemical and microbiological characterization.

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    Mendes, Cassiana; Wiemes, Bárbara Paula; Buttchevitz, Aline; Christ, Ana Paula; Ribas, Karla Giacomelli; Adams, Andréa Inês Horn; Silva, Marcos Antônio Segatto; Oliveira, Paulo Renato

    2015-01-01

    Drugs classified as class IV by the Biopharmaceutical Classification System present significant problems in relation to effective oral administration. In the case of antibiotics, the subsequently high doses required can enhance the emergence of microorganism resistance and lead to a low rate of patient treatment adherence. In an attempt to improve physicochemical properties and microbiological activity of norfloxacin, the aim of this study was to investigate different methods (coevaporation, kneading followed by freeze-drying or spray-drying) to obtain complexes of norfloxacin and different cyclodextrins. Guest-host interactions were investigated through a complete physical-chemical characterization and the dissolution profile and microbiological activity were determined. The formation of a complex of norfloxacin and β-cyclodextrin (1:1), obtained by kneading followed by freeze drying, led to increased drug solubility, which could maximize the oral drug absorption. Moreover, the microbiological activity was enhanced by around 23.3%, demonstrating that the complex formed could represent an efficient drug delivery system.

  17. Corrective action investigation plan for CAU No. 424: Area 3 Landfill Complex, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada

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    This Correction Action Investigation Plan contains the environmental sample collection objectives and the criteria for conducting site investigation activities at the Area 3 Landfill Complex, CAU No. 424, which is located at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR). The TTR, included in the Nellis Air Force Range, is approximately 255 kilometers (140 miles) northwest of Las Vegas, nevada. The CAU 424 is comprised of eight individual landfill sites that are located around and within the perimeter of the Area 3 Compound. Due to the unregulated disposal activities commonly associated with early landfill operations, an investigation will be conducted at each CAS to complete the following tasks: identify the presence and nature of possible contaminant migration from the landfills; determine the vertical and lateral extent of possible contaminant migration; ascertain the potential impact to human health and the environment; and provide sufficient information and data to develop and evaluate appropriate corrective action strategies for each CAS.

  18. INVESTIGATION OF INFLUENCE OF ENCODING FUNCTION COMPLEXITY ON DISTRIBUTION OF ERROR MASKING PROBABILITY

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    A. B. Levina

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Error detection codes are mechanisms that enable robust delivery of data in unreliable communication channels and devices. Unreliable channels and devices are error-prone objects. Respectively, error detection codes allow detecting such errors. There are two classes of error detecting codes - classical codes and security-oriented codes. The classical codes have high percentage of detected errors; however, they have a high probability to miss an error in algebraic manipulation. In order, security-oriented codes are codes with a small Hamming distance and high protection to algebraic manipulation. The probability of error masking is a fundamental parameter of security-oriented codes. A detailed study of this parameter allows analyzing the behavior of the error-correcting code in the case of error injection in the encoding device. In order, the complexity of the encoding function plays an important role in the security-oriented codes. Encoding functions with less computational complexity and a low probability of masking are the best protection of encoding device against malicious acts. This paper investigates the influence of encoding function complexity on the error masking probability distribution. It will be shownthat the more complex encoding function reduces the maximum of error masking probability. It is also shown in the paper that increasing of the function complexity changes the error masking probability distribution. In particular, increasing of computational complexity decreases the difference between the maximum and average value of the error masking probability. Our resultshave shown that functions with greater complexity have smoothed maximums of error masking probability, which significantly complicates the analysis of error-correcting code by attacker. As a result, in case of complex encoding function the probability of the algebraic manipulation is reduced. The paper discusses an approach how to measure the error masking

  19. Investigating the feasibility of Visualising Complex Space Weather Data in a CAVE

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    Loughlin, S.; Habash Krause, L.

    2013-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of visualising complex space weather data in a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE). Space weather is increasingly causing disruptions on Earth, such as power outages and disrupting communication to satellites. We wanted to display this space weather data within the CAVE since the data from instruments, models and simulations are typically too complex to understand on their own, especially when they are of 7 dimensions. To accomplish this, I created a VTK to NetCDF converter. NetCDF is a science data format, which stores array oriented scientific data. The format is maintained by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and is used extensively by the atmospheric and space communities.

  20. Ground-based complex for detection and investigation of fast optical transients in wide field

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    Molinari, Emilio; Beskin, Grigory; Bondar, Sergey; Karpov, Sergey; Plokhotnichenko, Vladimir; de-Bur, Vjacheslav; Greco, Guiseppe; Bartolini, Corrado; Guarnieri, Adriano; Piccioni, Adalberto

    2008-07-01

    To study short stochastic optical flares of different objects (GRBs, SNs, etc) of unknown localizations as well as NEOs it is necessary to monitor large regions of sky with high time resolution. We developed a system which consists of wide-field camera (FOW is 400-600 sq.deg.) using TV-CCD with time resolution of 0.13 s to record and classify optical transients, and a fast robotic telescope aimed to perform their spectroscopic and photometric investigation just after detection. Such two telescope complex TORTOREM combining wide-field camera TORTORA and robotic telescope REM operated from May 2006 at La Silla ESO observatory. Some results of its operation, including first fast time resolution study of optical transient accompanying GRB and discovery of its fine time structure, are presented. Prospects for improving the complex efficiency are given.

  1. A NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION INTO ELECTROOSMOTIC FLOW IN MICROCHANNELS WITH COMPLEX WAVY SURFACES

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    Her-Terng Yau

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the flow characteristics of electroosmotic flow in a microchannel with complex wavy surfaces. A general method of coordinate transformation is used to solve the governing equations describing the electroosmotic flow in the microchannel. Numerical simulations are performed to analyze the effects of wave amplitude on the electrical field, flow streamlines, and flow fields in the microchannel. The simulation results show that, compared to a traditional pressure-driven flow, flow recirculation is not developed in the electroosmotic flow in a microchannel with complex wavy surfaces. The simulations also show that the electrical field and velocity profiles change along the channel in the region of wavy surfaces. Non-flat velocity profiles are observed in different cross-sections of the channel in the region of wavy surfaces.

  2. Catecholase activity investigations using in situ copper complexes continuing Schiff base derivatives with a theoretical calculation

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    A. Djedouani

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The study of catecholase activity of a series of Schiff base compounds using in situ copper complexes of 4-hydroxy-6-methyl-3-(1-(phenyliminoethyl-2H-pyran-2-one derivatives has been reported. The reaction rate depends on four parameters: The nature of the substitution in para position to the benzene ring, the nature of counter anion, the concentration of ligand and the nature of solvent. The highest rate activity is given by complex resulting from one equivalent of ligand L2 and two equivalents of copper acetate in methanol, which equal to 62.25 µmol.min-1.L-1.In other part, a theoretical study of such ligands using the semi-empirical method AM1 were also investigated. A good relationship founded between the maximal reaction rate (Vmax and the HOMO energy (Pearson correlation: r=-0.794.

  3. DOSY-NMR and raman investigations on the self-aggregation and cyclodextrin complexation of vanillin.

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    Ferrazza, Ruggero; Rossi, Barbara; Guella, Graziano

    2014-06-26

    Vanillin (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde) is a phenolic aldehyde with limited solubility in water; in this work, we investigate its self-aggregation, as well as its complexation equilibria with β-cyclodextrin by using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and vibrational spectroscopy. In particular, diffusion-ordered NMR (DOSY) measurements allowing to detect diffusional changes caused by aggregation/inclusion phenomena lead to a reliable estimate of the equilibrium constants of these processes, while Raman spectroscopy was used to further characterize some structural details of vanillin self-aggregates and inclusion complexes. Although the self-association binding constant of vanillin in water was found to be low (K(a) ∼10), dimeric species are not negligible within the investigated range of concentration (3-65 mM); on the other hand, formation of β-cyclodextrin self-aggregates was not detected by DOSY measurements on aqueous solutions of β-cyclodextrin at different concentrations (2-12 mM). Finally, the binding of vanillin with β-cyclodextrin, as measured by the DOSY technique within a narrow range of concentrations (2-15 mM) by assuming the existence of only the monomeric 1:1 vanillin/β-CD complex, was about an order of magnitude higher (K(c) ∼ 90) than self-aggregation. However, the value of the equilibrium constant for this complexation was found to be significantly affected by the analytical concentrations of the host and guest system, thus indicating that K(c) is an "apparent" equilibrium constant.

  4. Investigation of vesicle-capsular plague antigen complex formation by elastic laser radiation scattering

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    Guseva, N. P.; Maximova, Irina S.; Romanov, Sergey V.; Shubochkin, L. P.; Tatarintsev, Sergey N.

    1991-05-01

    Recently a great deal of attention has been given to the investigation artificial lipid liposomes, due to their application as "containers" for directed transport of biologically active compounds into particular cells, organs and tissues for prophylaxis and therapy of infectious diseases. The use of traditional methods of liposome investigation, such as sedimentation, electrophoresis and chromatography is impeded by low liposome resistivity to different deformations. In conjunction with this, optical methods of laser light scattering are promising as they allow nondisturbing, precise and quick investigations. This paper describes the investigation of vesicle systems prepared from egg lecithin of Serva Corporation and their complexes with the capsular antigen of the plague microbe. The capsular antigen Fl was obtained from EV plague microbe grown at 37° C on Huttinger agar. Fl was isolated by gel-filtration on ASA-22 followed by freeze drying of the preparation. Angular dependences of polarized radiation scattering were measured for several liposome suspension samples in a saline solution before and after the interaction with the plague microbe capsular antigen. The aim of the investigation was to analyze the nature of mutual antigen arrangement in a liposome and to develop methods for measuring its inclusion percentage.

  5. Theoretical investigation of polymer chain stability in the metal coordinated azorubine and cyclam complex

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    Vlassa, Mihaela; Bende, Attila

    2015-08-01

    Theoretical investigations have been performed for unit systems with Ni(II) and Zn(II) coordination between azorubine and 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (cyclam) complexes using the conventional DFT and the DFT-based tight binding (DFTB) methods. Two different geometries (short and long) and spin states (singlet and triplet) of the model system built by two mesylate groups and the cyclam ring together with Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions were energetically characterized. For the Ni(II) coordination complex the triplet geometry is preferred, but one could not exclude also the presence of the singlet spin configuration due to the huge energy barrier defined by the intersystem crossing. The intersystem crossing geometry of the singlet-triplet transition was studied in details and the corresponding spin-orbit couplings were discussed. For the Zn(II) coordination complex only the singlet state was found. Polymer chain build up from four unit systems presents irregular forms with strong coordination bonds between units.

  6. Using the multi-living agent concept to investigate complex information systems

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    WANG Yue; TAO Ran; LI BingZhao

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we propose the multi-living agent (MLA) concept based on the of analysis the characteristics of complex information systems, especially those systems that require multi-functional operations under strict restraint strong countermeasures (SRSC) environment. First, we investigate the representation of the livelihood of the system under the SRSC conditions, and obtain the basic dynamical presentation of the MLA from the profile of the system's function. Next, we propose the concept of the living self-organization based on the self-organization profile of the system, and derive a Two-Set model of the living self-organization mechanism. Further, based on the above results, we present a basic construction model of MLA-based information systems in the field of information security and countermeasures. A three-level negotiation-coordination mechanism is also derived. Finally, we present two practical examples to show how to use the MLA concept to analyze and study real complex information systems. In our opinion, the proposal of the MLA will bridge the gap between the research of the application and the basic application level of science. It provides the principle research methods and the supporting theories for the construction and analysis of complex information systems in the information security and countermeasures field.

  7. Investigating long-range correlation properties in EEG during complex cognitive tasks

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    Karkare, Siddharth [Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Saha, Goutam [Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Bhattacharya, Joydeep [Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW (United Kingdom); Commission for Scientific Visualization, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna A1220 (Austria)], E-mail: j.bhattacharya@gold.ac.uk

    2009-11-30

    Previous work shows the presence of scale invariance and long-range correlations in ongoing and spontaneous activity of large scale brain responses (i.e. EEG), and such scaling behavior can also be modulated by simple sensory stimulus. However, little is known whether such alteration but not destruction in scaling properties also occurs during complex cognitive processing and if neuroplasticity plays any role in mediating such changes. In this study, we addressed these issues by investigating scaling properties of multivariate EEG signals obtained from two broad groups - artists and non-artists - while they performed complex tasks of perception and mental imagery of visual art objects. We found that brain regions showing increased correlation properties from rest were similar for both tasks, suggesting that brain networks responsible for visual perception are reactivated for mental imagery. Further, we observed that the two groups could be differentiated by scaling exponents and an artificial neural network based classifier achieved a classification efficiency of over 80%. These results altogether suggest that specific complex cognitive task demands and task-specific expertise can modify the temporal scale-free dynamics of brain responses.

  8. Investigation of detergent effects on the solution structure of spinach Light Harvesting Complex II

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    Cardoso, Mateus B; Smolensky, Dmitriy; Heller, William T; O' Neill, Hugh, E-mail: hellerwt@ornl.gov, E-mail: oneillhm@ornl.gov [Center for Structural Molecular Biology, Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    2010-11-01

    The properties of spinach light harvesting complex II (LHC II), stabilized in the detergents Triton X-100 (TX100) and n-Octyl-{beta}-D-Glucoside (BOG), were investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The LHC II-BOG scattering curve overlaid well with the theoretical scattering curve generated from the crystal structure of LHC II indicating that the protein preparation was in its native functional state. On the other hand, the simulated LHC II curve deviated significantly from the LHC II-TX100 experimental data. Analysis by circular dichroism spectroscopy supported the SANS analysis and showed that LHC II-TX100 is inactivated. This investigation has implications for extracting and stabilizing photosynthetic membrane proteins for the development of biohybrid photoconversion devices.

  9. Nitrogen Molecule-Ethylene Sulfide Complex Investigated by Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy and AB Initio Calculation

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    Iwano, Sakae; Kawashima, Yoshiyuki; Hirota, Eizi

    2016-06-01

    We have systematically investigated the van der Waals complexes consisting of the one from each of the two groups: (Rg, CO, N_2 or CO_2) and (dimethyl ether, dimethyl sulfide, ethylene oxide or ethylene sulfide), by using Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy supplemented by ab initio MO calculations, in order to understand the dynamical behavior of van der Waals complexes and to obtain information on the potential function to internal motions in complexes. Two examples of the N_2 complex were investigated: N_2-DME (dimethyl ether), for which we reported a preliminary result and N_2-EO (ethylene oxide). In the present study we focused attention to the N_2-ES (ethylene sulfide) complex. We have detected two sets of the {b}-type transitions for the 15N_2-ES in ortho and para states, and have analyzed them by using the asymmetric-rotor program of {A}-reduction. In contrast with the N_2-EO, for which each of the ortho and para states were found split into a strong/weak pair, only some transitions of the 15N_2-ES were accompanied by two or three components. The observed spectra of the 14N_2-ES were complicated because of hyperfine splittings due to the nuclear quadrupole coupling of the two nitrogen atoms. We concluded that the N_2 moiety was located in the plane perpendicular to the C-S-C plane and bisecting the CSC angle of the ES. Two isomers were expected to exist for 15NN-ES, one with 15N in the inner and the other in the outer position, and in fact two sets of the spectra were detected. We have carried out ab initio molecular orbital calculations at the level of MP2 with basis sets 6-311++G(d, p), aug-cc-pVDZ, and aug-cc-pVTZ, to complement the information on the intracomplex motions obtained from the observed rotational spectra. Y. Kawashima, A. Sato, Y. Orita, and E. Hirota, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012 116, 1224 Y. Kawashima, Y. Tatamitani, Y. Morita, and E. Hirota, 61st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, TE10 (2006) Y. Kawashima and E. Hirota, J

  10. Determination of structural, spectral, electronic and biological properties of tosufloxacin boron complexes and investigation of substituent effect

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    Sayin, Koray; Karakaş, Duran

    2017-10-01

    Quantum chemical calculations are performed over some boron complexes with tosufloxacin. Boron complex with fluorine atoms are optimized at HF/6-31+G(d), B3LYP/6-31+G(d) and M062X/6-31+G(d) level and the best level is determined by comparison of experimental and calculated results. The other complexes are optimized by using the best level. Structural properties, IR and NMR spectrum are examined in detail. Biological activities of mentioned complexes are investigated by some quantum chemical descriptors and molecular docking analyses. As results, it is found that boron complex with fluorine atoms coordinated to boron atom is the best candidate for anticancer drug. Additionally, NLO properties of mentioned complexes are investigated and complex (2) is found as the best candidate for NLO applications.

  11. Polymorphism Interaction Analysis (PIA: a method for investigating complex gene-gene interactions

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    Chanock Stephen J

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The risk of common diseases is likely determined by the complex interplay between environmental and genetic factors, including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs. Traditional methods of data analysis are poorly suited for detecting complex interactions due to sparseness of data in high dimensions, which often occurs when data are available for a large number of SNPs for a relatively small number of samples. Validation of associations observed using multiple methods should be implemented to minimize likelihood of false-positive associations. Moreover, high-throughput genotyping methods allow investigators to genotype thousands of SNPs at one time. Investigating associations for each individual SNP or interactions between SNPs using traditional approaches is inefficient and prone to false positives. Results We developed the Polymorphism Interaction Analysis tool (PIA version 2.0 to include different approaches for ranking and scoring SNP combinations, to account for imbalances between case and control ratios, stratify on particular factors, and examine associations of user-defined pathways (based on SNP or gene with case status. PIA v. 2.0 detected 2-SNP interactions as the highest ranking model 77% of the time, using simulated data sets of genetic models of interaction (minor allele frequency = 0.2; heritability = 0.01; N = 1600 generated previously [Velez DR, White BC, Motsinger AA, Bush WS, Ritchie MD, Williams SM, Moore JH: A balanced accuracy function for epistasis modeling in imbalanced datasets using multifactor dimensionality reduction. Genet Epidemiol 2007, 31:306–315.]. Interacting SNPs were detected in both balanced (20 SNPs and imbalanced data (case:control 1:2 and 1:4, 10 SNPs in the context of non-interacting SNPs. Conclusion PIA v. 2.0 is a useful tool for exploring gene*gene or gene*environment interactions and identifying a small number of putative associations which may be investigated further using other

  12. Investigation of aromatase inhibitory activity of metal complexes of 8-hydroxyquinoline and uracil derivatives

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Veda Prachayasittikul,1 Ratchanok Pingaew,2 Chanin Nantasenamat,3 Supaluk Prachayasittikul,3 Somsak Ruchirawat,4,5 Virapong Prachayasittikul1 1Department of Clinical Microbiology and Applied Technology, Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand; 3Center of Data Mining and Biomedical Informatics, Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 4Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, Chulabhorn Research Institute, 5Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Bangkok, Thailand Purpose: Estrogens play important roles in the pathogenesis and progression of breast cancer as well as estrogen-related diseases. Aromatase is a key enzyme in the rate-limiting step of estrogen production, in which its inhibition is one strategy for controlling estrogen levels to improve prognosis of estrogen-related cancers and diseases. Herein, a series of metal (Mn, Cu, and Ni complexes of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8HQ and uracil derivatives (4–9 were investigated for their aromatase inhibitory and cytotoxic activities. Methods: The aromatase inhibition assay was performed according to a Gentest™ kit using CYP19 enzyme, wherein ketoconazole and letrozole were used as reference drugs. The cytotoxicity was tested on normal embryonic lung cells (MRC-5 using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT assay. Results: Only Cu complexes (6 and 9 exhibited aromatase inhibitory effect with IC50 0.30 and 1.7 µM, respectively. Cytotoxicity test against MRC-5 cells showed that Mn and Cu complexes (5 and 6, as well as free ligand 8HQ, exhibited activity with IC50 range 0.74–6.27 µM. Conclusion: Cu complexes (6 and 9 were found to act as a novel class of aromatase inhibitor. Our findings suggest that these 8HQ–Cu–uracil complexes are promising agents that could be potentially developed as a selective anticancer agent for breast cancer

  13. Investigating the thermodynamic stability of Bacillus subtilis spore-uranium(VI) adsorption though surface complexation modeling

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    Harrold, Z.; Hertel, M.; Gorman-Lewis, D.

    2012-12-01

    Dissolved uranium speciation, mobility, and remediation are increasingly important topics given continued and potential uranium (U) release from mining operations and nuclear waste. Vegetative bacterial cell surfaces are known to adsorb uranium and may influence uranium speciation in the environment. Previous investigations regarding U(VI) adsorption to bacterial spores, a differentiated and dormant cell type with a tough proteinaceous coat, include U adsorption affinity and XAFS data. We investigated the thermodynamic stability of aerobic, pH dependent uranium adsorption to bacterial spore surfaces using purified Bacillus subtilis spores in solution with 5ppm uranium. Adsorption reversibility and kinetic experiments indicate that uranium does not precipitate over the duration of the experiments and equilibrium is reached within 20 minutes. Uranium-spore adsorption edges exhibited adsorption at all pH measured between 2 and 10. Maximum adsorption was achieved around pH 7 and decreased as pH increased above 7. We used surface complexation modeling (SCM) to quantify uranium adsorption based on balanced chemical equations and derive thermodynamic stability constants for discrete uranium-spore adsorption reactions. Site specific thermodynamic stability constants provide insight on interactions occurring between aqueous uranium species and spore surface ligands. The uranium adsorption data and SCM parameters described herein, also provide a basis for predicting the influence of bacterial spores on uranium speciation in natural systems and investigating their potential as biosorption agents in engineered systems.

  14. Investigation of silicon complexes in Si-doped calcium phosphate bioceramics

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    Gillespie, P.; Stott, M. J.; Sayer, M.; Wu, G.

    2007-03-01

    Silicon doped calcium phosphate materials have drawn great interest as bioceramics for bone repair due to their enhanced bioactivity. However, the low level of doping in these materials, generally ˜1 wt.%, makes it difficult to determine the effects the silicon has on the structure of these materials. In this study, silicon substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA), silicon stabilized alpha tricalcium phosphate (Si-TCP), and a multi-phase mixture consisting of approximately 75% Si-TCP with the remainder being mainly Si-HA have been synthesized using isotopically enriched silica containing ^29Si. ^29Si magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MAS-NMR) has been used to examine the silicon complexes within these materials resulting from the substitution of SiO4^4- for PO4^3- and the required charge compensation mechanism needed to achieve this. Previous ab initio studies on these materials have investigated charge compensation mechanisms to suggest possible silicon complexes and these serve as a basis for interpreting the NMR results.

  15. The Preferential Deposition of Snow in Complex Terrain: An LES Investigation

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    Salesky, S.; Giometto, M. G.; Chamecki, M.; Parlange, M. B.

    2015-12-01

    The drifting and blowing of snow due to atmospheric turbulence is a significant process in the context of hydrology, avalanche forecasting, and micrometeorology in alpine and polar regions. Spatial variability in snow deposition, erosion, and transport due to turbulence can lead to large spatial variations in snowpack depth, which is a determining factor for the timing of surface runoff. In mountainous regions, blowing snow can also lead to the formation of snow cornices on the leeward side of mountain peaks, thereby increasing avalanche risk. Despite the importance of snow transport, only a few studies that account for the effects of turbulent airflow on snow erosion, transport, and deposition over complex topography have been conducted to date.In this study, we investigate the effects of turbulence on snow deposition and erosion in complex terrain using large eddy simulation (LES). A finite-volume Eulerian code for heavy particles is used to evolve the snow concentration field, and wall models are developed for the snow erosion and deposition fluxes. The surface topography is represented using an immersed boundary method following the direct forcing approach. We conduct simulations of snow deposition and erosion over realistic and idealized surface topography. An area source of particles is imposed near the top of the boundary layer. The relationships between the topography, turbulent flow structures, and snow erosion and deposition will be explored, and numerical considerations will be discussed.

  16. Structural Investigation of Technetium-Diphosphonate Complex 99mTc-MDP

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    Qiu, Ling; Lin, Jian-guo; Ju, Xue-hai; Gong, Xue-dong; Luo, Shi-neng

    2011-06-01

    Density functional theory method has been employed to investigate the structures of the prototypical technetium-labeled diphosphonate complex 99mTc-MDP, where MDP represents methylenediphosphonic acid. A total of 14 trial structures were generated by allowing for the geometric, conformational, charge, and spin isomerism. Based on the optimized structures and calculated energies at the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level, two stable isomers were determined for the title complex. And they were further studied systematically in comparison with the experimental structure. The basis sets 6-31G*(LANL2DZ for Tc), 6-31G*(cc-pVDZ-pp for Tc), and DGDZVP have also been employed in combination with the B3LYP functional to study the basis set effect on the geometries of isomers. The optimized structures agree well with the available experimental data, and the bond lengths are more sensitive to the basis set than the bond angles. The charge distributions were studied by the Mulliken population analysis and natural bond orbital analysis. The results reflect a significant ligand-to-metal electron donation.

  17. Structural Investigation of Technetium-Diphosphonate Complex 99mTc-MDP

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    Ling Qiu; Jian-guo Lin; Xue-hai Ju; Xue-dong Gong; Shi-neng Luo

    2011-01-01

    Density functional theory method has been employed to investigate the structures of the prototypical technetium-labeled diphosphonate complex 99mTc-MDP, where MDP represents methylenediphosphonic acid. A total of 14 trial structures were generated by allowing for the geometric, conformational, charge, and spin isomerism. Based on the optimized structures and calculated energies at the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level, two stable isomers were determined for the title complex. And they were further studied systematically in comparison with the experimental structure. The basis sets 6-31G*(LANL2DZ for Tc), 6-31G*(cc-pVDZ-pp for Tc), and DGDZVP have also been employed in combination with the B3LYP functional to study the basis set effect on the geometries of isomers. The optimized structures agree well with the available experimental data, and the bond lengths are more sensitive to the basis set than the bond angles. The charge distributions were studied by the Mulliken population analysis and natural bond orbital analysis. The results reflect a significant ligand-to-metal electron donation.

  18. Does size matter? An investigation into the Rey Complex Figure in a pediatric clinical sample.

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    Loughan, Ashlee R; Perna, Robert B; Galbreath, Jennifer D

    2014-01-01

    The Rey Complex Figure Test (RCF) copy requires visuoconstructional skills and significant attentional, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Most scoring schemes codify a subset of the details involved in figure construction. Research is unclear regarding the meaning of figure size. The research hypothesis of our inquiry is that size of the RCF copy will have neuropsychological significance. Data from 95 children (43 girls, 52 boys; ages 6-18 years) with behavioral and academic issues revealed that larger figure drawings were associated with higher RCF total scores and significantly higher scores across many neuropsychological tests including the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Second Edition (WIAT-II) Word Reading (F = 5.448, p = .022), WIAT-II Math Reasoning (F = 6.365, p = .013), Children's Memory Scale Visual Delay (F = 4.015, p = .048), Trail-Making Test-Part A (F = 5.448, p = .022), and RCF Recognition (F = 4.862, p = .030). Results indicated that wider figures were associated with higher cognitive functioning, which may be part of an adaptive strategy in helping facilitate accurate and relative proportions of the complex details presented in the RCF. Overall, this study initiates the investigation of the RCF size and the relationship between size and a child's neuropsychological profile.

  19. Experimental and theoretical investigation of [Al(PCr)(H2O)] complex in aqueous solution

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    Tenório, Thaís; Lopes, Damiana C. N.; Silva, Andréa M.; Ramos, Joanna Maria; Buarque, Camilla D.

    2014-01-01

    Phosphocreatine is a phosphorylated creatine molecule synthesized in the liver and transported to muscle cells where it is used for the temporary storage of energy. In Alzheimer's disease, the capture of glucose by cells is impaired, which negatively affects the Krebs cycle, leading to problems with the generation of phosphocreatine. Furthermore, the creatine-phosphocreatine system, regulated by creatine kinase, is affected in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients. Aluminum ions are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Al(III) decreases cell viability and increases the fluidity of the plasma membrane, profoundly altering cell morphology. In this study, one of the complexes formed by Al(III) and phosphocreatine in aqueous solution was investigated by potentiometry, 31P and 27Al NMR, Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The log KAlPCr value was 11.37 ± 0.03. Phosphocreatine should act as a tridentate ligand in this complex. The 27Al NMR peak at 48.92 ppm indicated a tetrahedral molecule. The fourth position in the arrangement was occupied by a coordinated water molecule. Raman spectroscopy, 31P NMR and DFT calculations (DFT:B3LYP/6-311++G**) indicated that the donor atoms are oxygen in the phosphate group, the nitrogen of the guanidine group and the oxygen of the carboxylate group. Mulliken charges, NBO charges, frontier molecular orbitals, electrostatic potential contour surfaces and mapped electrostatic potential were also examined.

  20. Quantum mechanical investigation of bond gaps of π-acceptor complex alone and affected nanoring field

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    Mehrnoosh Khaleghian

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available We studied non-bonded interaction of the [Co(CN6]3- complex Situated B24N24 nanoring. Early, the geometry of [Co(CN6]3- and B24N24 have been optimized at B3LYP method with Def2-SV(P/ LANL2DZ(ECP and EPR-II basis set respectively. To confirmation the structural stability of the B24N24-[Co(CN6]3- nano system, delocalization of electrons between donor and acceptor bonds and LUMO and HOMO for the lowest energy have been computed by DFT/ B3LYP method. Then we investigated NBO data such as coefficients and hybrids of orbitals, second order perturbation theory analysis of fock matrix, and ΔE in different loops of the nanoring have been calculated at B3LYP method.

  1. Theoretical and experimental investigations on the nonlinear optical properties of gold(III) dithiolene complexes

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    Guezguez, I.; Karakas, A.; Iliopoulos, K.; Derkowska-Zielinska, B.; El-Ghayoury, A.; Ranganathan, A.; Batail, P.; Migalska-Zalas, A.; Sahraoui, B.; Karakaya, M.

    2013-11-01

    Degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) experiments have been performed to determine the third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) susceptibilities (χ(3)) of gold(III) maleimide dithiolate tetraphenylphosphonium, (PPh4)[Au(midt)2], (Au-P) and gold(III) maleimide dithiolate melamine melaminium hybrid solvate, (C3N6H6)(CNH7+)[Au(midt)2]-·2DMF·2H2O, (Au-Mel). Ab-initio quantum mechanical calculations (time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF) method) of Au-P and Au-Mel have been carried out to compute the electric dipole moment (μ), the dispersion-free and frequency-dependent dipole polarizability (α) and the second hyperpolarizability (γ) values. These theoretical calculations are in good agreement with the experimentally obtained results by the DFWM technique. All the investigations show clearly the effect played by the counter ion on the resulting NLO properties of the two gold complexes.

  2. Investigation of the electroreduction of silver sulfite complexes by means of electrochemical FFT impedance spectroscopy

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    Valiuniene, A., E-mail: ausra.valiuniene@chf.vu.lt [Department of Physical Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Baltrunas, G.; Valiunas, R. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Popkirov, G. [Faculty of Engineering, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    The electroreduction kinetics of silver sulfite complexes was investigated by electrochemical fast Fourier transform (FFT) impedance spectroscopy (0.061-1500 Hz). The time dependences of the real and imaginary components of impedance were determined in a solution containing 0.05 M Ag (I) and 1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 3}. The mean duration of silver ad-atom diffusion on the surface to the nearest crystallization centre was calculated: during the first 210 s of contact with the electrolyte, these values increase from 0.66 up to 1.77 s; thereafter, this variation stabilizes and the mean duration of silver ad-atom diffusion reaches an almost constant value (1.56 s).

  3. Nitrogen Molecule-Dimethyl Sulfide Complex Investigated by Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy and AB Initio Calculation

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    Kawashima, Yoshiyuki; Iwano, Sakae; Hirota, Eizi

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents an extension of the preceding talk on the FTMW spectroscopy of N_2-ES (ethylene sulfide), namely the results on N_2-DMS (dimethyl sulfide). We have previously investigated two N_2 complexes: N_2-DME (dimethyl ether), for which we reported a prelimanary result, and N_2-EO (ethylene oxide). We have observed the ground-state rotational spectrum of the N_2-DMS complex, i.e. c-type transitions in the frequency region from 5 to 24 GHz, which we assigned to the normal, 15N_2-DMS, and 15NN-DMS species of the N_2-DMS. We have found both the ortho and para states for the 14N_2-DMS and 15N_2-DMS species. In the case of the 15N_2-DMS, some transitions with Ka = 2 and 3 were observed slightly split by the internal rotation of the two methyl tops of the DMS. The observed spectra of the 15N_2-DMS were analyzed by using the XIAM program. In the case of the para state of the 15N_2-DMS, three rotational and five centrifugal distortion constants with the V3 barrier to the methyl group internal rotation, whereas, in the case of the ortho state of the 15N_2-DMS, two more centrifugal distortion constants, ΦJK and ΦKJ, were needed to reproduce the observed spectra. For the N_2-DMS complex, we concluded that the N_2 moiety was located in a plane perpendicular to the C-S-C plane and bisecting the CSC angle of the DMS. We have carried out ab initio molecular orbital calculations at the level of MP2 with basis sets 6-311++G(d, p), aug-cc-pVDZ, and aug-cc-pVTZ, to complement the information on the intracomplex motions obtained from the observed rotational spectra. We have applied a natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis to the N_2-DMS and N_2-ES to calculate the stabilization energy CT (=Δ Eσσ*), which was closely correlated with the binding energy EB, as found for other related complexes. Y. Kawashima, Y. Tatamitani, Y. Morita, and E. Hirota, 61st International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, TE10 (2006) Y. Kawashima and E. Hirota, J. Phys. Chem. A 2013 117, 13855

  4. Light-Induced Infrared Difference Spectroscopy in the Investigation of Light Harvesting Complexes

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    Alberto Mezzetti

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Light-induced infrared difference spectroscopy (IR-DS has been used, especially in the last decade, to investigate early photophysics, energy transfer and photoprotection mechanisms in isolated and membrane-bound light harvesting complexes (LHCs. The technique has the definite advantage to give information on how the pigments and the other constituents of the biological system (proteins, membranes, etc. evolve during a given photoreaction. Different static and time-resolved approaches have been used. Compared to the application of IR-DS to photosynthetic Reaction Centers (RCs, however, IR-DS applied to LHCs is still in an almost pioneering age: very often sophisticated techniques (step-scan FTIR, ultrafast IR or data analysis strategies (global analysis, target analysis, multivariate curve resolution are needed. In addition, band assignment is usually more complicated than in RCs. The results obtained on the studied systems (chromatophores and RC-LHC supercomplexes from purple bacteria; Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Proteins from dinoflagellates; isolated LHCII from plants; thylakoids; Orange Carotenoid Protein from cyanobacteria are summarized. A description of the different IR-DS techniques used is also provided, and the most stimulating perspectives are also described. Especially if used synergically with other biophysical techniques, light-induced IR-DS represents an important tool in the investigation of photophysical/photochemical reactions in LHCs and LHC-containing systems.

  5. Investigation of the complex susceptibility of magnetic beads containing maghemite nanoparticles

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    Fannin, P.C. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland)]. E-mail: pfannin@tcd.ie; Cohen-Tannoudji, L. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France); Bertrand, E. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France); Giannitsis, A.T. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Mac Oireachtaigh, C. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Bibette, J. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France)

    2006-08-15

    We report on frequency and field-dependent complex susceptibility, {chi}{sub s}({omega})={chi}{sub s}{sup '}({omega})-i{chi}{sub s}{sup '}'({omega}), measurements of a magnetic colloidal system consisting of 200nm spherical beads, containing maghemite ({gamma}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles. The relaxation properties of both the magnetic colloid and a free suspension of the {gamma}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, are investigated over the frequency range 200Hz-1MHz. Under a polarizing field H, an absorption peak is detected in the {chi}{sub s}{sup '}' component at frequencies f{sub max} between 1.1 and 1.7kHz. We show that this absorption peak can be attributed to the Neel relaxation of the inner maghemite nanoparticles. It is also shown that the general trend for the value of f{sub max} and the amplitude of both {chi}{sub s}{sup '} and {chi}{sub s}{sup '}' is to increase with increasing H. Furthermore, the relation between {chi}{sub s}{sup '}({omega}) and {chi}{sub s}{sup '}'({omega}) and their dependence on frequency, {omega}/2{pi}, is investigated by means of the magnetic analogue of the Cole-Cole plot and a measure of the Cole-Cole distribution parameter {alpha}{sub s} is determined.

  6. Investigation of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in Australian commercial milk using qPCR.

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    Adhikari, Shraddha; Caro Tohme, Tanya; Whiley, Harriet

    2017-02-01

    This technical research communication describes the first study to use quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to investigate the presence of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in Australian pasteurised milk. MAC is the most common NTM responsible for human illnesses and includes M. avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). MAC is a causative agent of lymphadenitis in children, with contaminated food and water considered as a likely source. As such the presence of MAC in milk would have public health significance. MAP has been linked to Crohn's disease and is also the causative agent of Johne's disease in cattle. Previous studies have detected MAP in pasteurised milk from Brazil, India, Czech Republic, USA, Argentina, UK, Iran, Ireland and the United Kingdom. This study investigated a total of 180 commercially available Australian pasteurised milk samples which were tested for MAC DNA in triplicate using PCR. All samples were negative for MAC DNA. An additional 14 milk samples were tested, incubated for 3 weeks at 37 °C to potentially increase the concentration of any viable MAC that may be present and then retested. All samples were again negative for MAC DNA. This could be due to concentrations below the limit of detection, limited sample size or could be reflective of the Australian biosecurity control protocols and surveillance of Johne's disease in ruminant animals.

  7. Structural bases for neurophysiological investigations of amygdaloid complex of the brain

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    Kalimullina, Liliya B.; Kalkamanov, Kh. A.; Akhmadeev, Azat V.; Zakharov, Vadim P.; Sharafullin, Ildus F.

    2015-11-01

    Amygdala (Am) as a part of limbic system of the brain defines such important functions as adaptive behavior of animals, formation of emotions and memory, regulation of endocrine and visceral functions. We worked out, with the help of mathematic modelling of the pattern recognition theory, principles for organization of neurophysiological and neuromorphological studies of Am nuclei, which take into account the existing heterogeneity of its formations and optimize, to a great extent, the protocol for carrying out of such investigations. The given scheme of studies of Am’s structural-functional organization at its highly-informative sections can be used as a guide for precise placement of electrodes’, cannulae’s and microsensors into particular Am nucleus in the brain with the registration not only the nucleus itself, but also its extensions. This information is also important for defining the number of slices covering specific Am nuclei which must be investigated to reveal the physiological role of a particular part of amygdaloid complex.

  8. An Investigation of the Interrelationships between Motivation, Engagement, and Complex Problem Solving in Game-Based Learning

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    Eseryel, Deniz; Law, Victor; Ifenthaler, Dirk; Ge, Xun; Miller, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    Digital game-based learning, especially massively multiplayer online games, has been touted for its potential to promote student motivation and complex problem-solving competency development. However, current evidence is limited to anecdotal studies. The purpose of this empirical investigation is to examine the complex interplay between learners'…

  9. An Investigation of the Interrelationships between Motivation, Engagement, and Complex Problem Solving in Game-Based Learning

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    Eseryel, Deniz; Law, Victor; Ifenthaler, Dirk; Ge, Xun; Miller, Raymond

    2014-01-01

    Digital game-based learning, especially massively multiplayer online games, has been touted for its potential to promote student motivation and complex problem-solving competency development. However, current evidence is limited to anecdotal studies. The purpose of this empirical investigation is to examine the complex interplay between…

  10. ATR-FTIR investigation on the complexation of myo-inositol hexaphosphate with aluminum hydroxide.

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    Guan, Xiao-Hong; Shang, Chii; Zhu, Jun; Chen, Guang-Hao

    2006-01-15

    The adsorption isotherm of and the pH effect on the adsorption of myo-inositol hexaphosphate (myo-IP6) on amorphous aluminum hydroxide was investigated. It was found that the adsorption isotherm of myo-IP6 on aluminum hydroxide could be well fitted with the Freundlich isotherm. The amount of myo-IP6 adsorbed remained almost constant in the range of pH 4.0 to 7.0, but it decreased considerably as the initial pH was over 7. The adsorption of myo-IP6 resulted in an increase in the pH level due to the release of OH(-) ions, which suggested that the adsorption of myo-IP6 on aluminum hydroxide was caused by a ligand exchange reaction. ATR-FTIR analysis of myo-IP6 in solution and adsorbed on aluminum hydroxide at different pH were performed. The ATR-FTIR investigation indicated that myo-IP6 was adsorbed onto aluminum hydroxide by forming inner-sphere complexes and adsorption facilitated the deprotonation of phosphate groups. The asymmetric vibration of the PO bond in AlPO(-)(3) appearing at a lower frequency than that in the terminal HPO(-)(3) indicated that Al bound to the O atom not as strongly as the H atom did. The ATR-FTIR investigation and theoretical calculation (with the Gaussian 03 program) revealed that three of the six phosphate groups in myo-IP6 molecules were bound to aluminum hydroxide while the other three remained free when myo-IP6 was adsorbed on aluminum hydroxide.

  11. Fluorescence-based strategies to investigate the structure and dynamics of aptamer-ligand complexes

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    Perez-Gonzalez, Cibran; Lafontaine, Daniel; Penedo, J.

    2016-08-01

    In addition to the helical nature of double-stranded DNA and RNA, single-stranded oligonucleotides can arrange themselves into tridimensional structures containing loops, bulges, internal hairpins and many other motifs. This ability has been used for more than two decades to generate oligonucleotide sequences, so-called aptamers, that can recognize certain metabolites with high affinity and specificity. More recently, this library of artificially-generated nucleic acid aptamers has been expanded by the discovery that naturally occurring RNA sequences control bacterial gene expression in response to cellular concentration of a given metabolite. The application of fluorescence methods has been pivotal to characterize in detail the structure and dynamics of these aptamer-ligand complexes in solution. This is mostly due to the intrinsic high sensitivity of fluorescence methods and also to significant improvements in solid-phase synthesis, post-synthetic labelling strategies and optical instrumentation that took place during the last decade. In this work, we provide an overview of the most widely employed fluorescence methods to investigate aptamer structure and function by describing the use of aptamers labelled with a single dye in fluorescence quenching and anisotropy assays. The use of 2-aminopurine as a fluorescent analog of adenine to monitor local changes in structure and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to follow long-range conformational changes is also covered in detail. The last part of the review is dedicated to the application of fluorescence techniques based on single-molecule microscopy, a technique that has revolutionized our understanding of nucleic acid structure and dynamics. We finally describe the advantages of monitoring ligand-binding and conformational changes, one molecule at a time, to decipher the complexity of regulatory aptamers and summarize the emerging folding and ligand-binding models arising from the application of these

  12. Graben-structure complexities at Mt. Laki, Iceland, investiged by camera drones and modeling

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    Steinke, Bastian; Walter, Thomas R.; Mueller, Daniel; Witt, Tanja; Schoepa, Anne

    2016-04-01

    Fissure eruptions are often associated with formations of structural lineaments and a tectonic graben. Asymmetrical surface structures, formed by the fissure eruption of Laki volcano (Iceland) in 1783/84, are investigated for genesis and development in relation to loading and geometrical effects. The Laki craters, which form a NE-SW oriented row of about 140 vents over a distance of 25 km, are accompanied by asymmetrical ruptures close to the fissure. The graben forming ruptures show local complexities that are especially large at Mt. Laki. The dependence of the ruptures' form and orientation on dyke-geometry, loading effects and topography shall be studied here by using camera drones as central working method and stress modeling. Therefore, over 5000 photos, taken in several overflights with two camera drones over the top of Mt. Laki and on the northeastern/southwestern sides, were collected and converted into 3D-models using Structure from Motion (SfM). Afterwards, offset and orientation of the graben structures have been measured by profiles along and across the ruptures. The calculated trends of offset and distance to the vents provide a geometric constrain on the orientation and geometry of the underlying dyke. We compared this geometry of surface fractures to simulated fractures. In order to do so, the finite element method (FEM) was used to model stress and strain parameters close to a simulated dyke. Depth and dip of the dyke were systematically changed. The results of FEM are then compared to the photo results and provide an overall picture of the formation of the surface structures' local complexities at Mt. Laki and at other sites of the fissure eruption.

  13. Complexity

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    Gershenson, Carlos

    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.

  14. Investigation of molecular interactions in the complex formation of tartaric acid derivatives with di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid

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    2008-01-01

    The molecular interactions in the complex formation of two tartaric acid derivatives with di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid are investigated. The complex formation with a 1:1 stoichiometry between tartaric acid derivatives and D2EHPA can be obtained through UV-Vis titration, NMR chemical shifts and molecular dynamic simulations. Furthermore, the differences of the two complexes on the binding constants and strength of hydrogen bonds can also be determined. Such research will ideally provide insight into ways of regulating the complex forming properties of tartaric acid derivatives for composing or syn- thesizing new chiral resolving agents.

  15. Investigation of molecular interactions in the complex formation of tartaric acid derivatives with di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid

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    TAN Bin; ZHAI Zheng; LUO GuangSheng; WANG JiaDing

    2008-01-01

    The molecular interactions in the complex formation of two tartaric acid derivatives with di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid are investigated. The complex formation with a 1:1 stoichiometry between tartaric acid derivatives and D2EHPA can be obtained through UV-Vis titration, NMR chemical shifts and molecular dynamic simulations. Furthermore, the differences of the two complexes on the binding constants and strength of hydrogen bonds can also be determined. Such research will ideally provide insight into ways of regulating the complex forming properties of tartaric acid derivatives for composing or syn-thesizing new chiral resolving agents.

  16. Development and investigation of novel nanostructures and complex hydrides for hydrogen storage

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    Niemann, Michael Ulrich

    2009-12-01

    Over the past few years, the need for a clean and renewable fuel has sharply risen. This is due to increasing fossil fuel costs and the desire to limit or eliminate harmful byproducts which are created during the burning of these fuels. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and can be used in either fuel cells or traditional internal combustion engines to produce energy with no harmful emissions. One of the main obstacles facing the implementation of a hydrogen economy is its storage. Classical methods of storage involve either high and unsafe pressures or liquid storage involving a large amount of energy. Two alternative hydrogen storage methods are investigated---physisorption, which is the weak chemical bonding to a material, as well as chemisorption, which is a strong chemical bond of hydrogen to a host material. Polyaniline, a conducting polymer, is investigated in both its bulk form as well as in nanostructured forms, more precisely nanofibers and nanospheres, to store hydrogen via physisorption. It is found the bulk form of polyaniline can store only approximately 0.5wt.% hydrogen, which is far short of the 6wt.% required for practical applications. Nanofibers and nanospheres, however, have been developed, which can store between 4wt.% and 10wt.% of hydrogen at room temperature with varying kinetics. A new complex metal hydride comprised of LiBH4, LiNH 2 and MgH2 has been developed to store hydrogen via chemisorption. While the parent compounds require high temperatures and suffer of slow kinetics for hydrogen sorption, the work performed as part of this dissertation shows that optimized processing conditions reduce the hydrogen release temperature from 250°C to approximately 150°C, while the addition of nano sized materials has been found to increase the kinetics of hydrogen sorption as well as further decrease the hydrogen release temperature, making this one of the first viable hydrogen storage materials available. This is the first time

  17. Investigation of chemical bath deposition of CdO thin films using three different complexing agents

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    Khallaf, Hani [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Chen, Chia-Ta; Chang, Liann-Be [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Kweishan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Green Technology Research Center, Chang Gung University, Kweishan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Lupan, Oleg [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Department of Microelectronics and Semiconductor Devices, Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Boulevard, MD-2004 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Dutta, Aniruddha; Heinrich, Helge [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Centre, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Shenouda, A. [Central Metallurgical R and D Institute (CMRDI), Tebbin, P.O. Box 87, Helwan (Egypt); Chow, Lee, E-mail: Lee.Chow@ucf.edu [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Centre, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2011-09-01

    Chemical bath deposition of CdO thin films using three different complexing agents, namely ammonia, ethanolamine, and methylamine is investigated. CdSO{sub 4} is used as Cd precursor, while H{sub 2}O{sub 2} is used as an oxidation agent. As-grown films are mainly cubic CdO{sub 2}, with some Cd(OH){sub 2} as well as CdO phases being detected. Annealing at 400 deg. C in air for 1 h transforms films into cubic CdO. The calculated optical band gap of as-grown films is in the range of 3.37-4.64 eV. Annealed films have a band gap of about 2.53 eV. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy of as-grown films reveals cadmium to oxygen ratio of 1.00:1.74 {+-} 0.01 while much better stoichiometry is obtained after annealing, in accordance with the X-ray diffraction results. A carrier density as high as 1.89 x 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} and a resistivity as low as 1.04 x 10{sup -2} {Omega}-cm are obtained.

  18. Investigation of chemical bath deposition of ZnO thin films using six different complexing agents

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    Khallaf, Hani; Chai, Guangyu; Lupan, Oleg; Heinrich, Helge; Park, Sanghoon; Schulte, Alfons; Chow, Lee, E-mail: chow@mail.ucf.ed [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2009-07-07

    Chemical bath deposition of ZnO thin films using six different complexing agents, namely ammonia, hydrazine, ethanolamine, methylamine, triethanolamine and dimethylamine, is investigated. As-grown films were mainly ZnO{sub 2} with a band gap around 4.3 eV. Films annealed at 400 deg. C were identified as ZnO with a band gap around 3.3 eV. X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman spectroscopy revealed that as-grown films consist mainly of cubic zinc peroxide that was transformed into hexagonal ZnO after annealing. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) detected excess oxygen content in ZnO films after annealing. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of as-grown films showed a broad absorption band around 3300 cm{sup -1} suggesting that the as-grown films may consist of a mixture of zinc peroxide and zinc hydroxide. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy multiplex spectra of the O 1s peak were found to be consistent with film stoichiometry revealed by RBS. High-resolution transmission electron micrographs showed small variations of the order of 10 nm in film thickness which corresponds to the average grain size. A carrier density as high as 2.24x10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} and a resistivity as low as 6.48 x 10{sup -1} OMEGA cm were obtained for films annealed at 500 deg. C in argon ambient.

  19. CFD Investigation of Complex Phenomena in S-Shape Region of Reversible Pump-Turbine

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    Jacquet, C.; Fortes-Patella, R.; Balarac, L.; Houdeline, J.-B.

    2016-11-01

    Pumped Storage Plants (PSP) using reversible pump-turbines offer the possibility to store large amounts of energy with high efficiency and at reasonable cost. For reversible high head pump-turbines, the characteristic curves exhibit an S-shape in the turbine, turbine break and reverse pump quadrants. This S-shape leads to unstable behaviour of the turbine when coupling to the grid (for small guide vane opening) or to surge transient phenomena in case of emergency shutdown (for large guide vane opening). Typically the piping system can be exposed to severe pressure oscillations. Furthermore, the flow inside the pump-turbine is characterized by unsteady complex hydrodynamic phenomena. These phenomena have to be deeply investigated to improve the behaviour of the pump-turbine in such operating conditions. This paper focuses on the numerical analysis of the flow in a reversible pump-turbine in the S- shape region. For this application, we used unsteady computation applying the SAS-SST turbulence model and considered a full computational domain that includes all the component of the pump-turbine. The study highlights the evolution of the flow behaviour for a large range of operating conditions: from the optimal efficiency point to the zero discharge condition, for a given constant guide vane opening.

  20. AIR POLLUTION INVESTIGATION AND PROVIDING SYSTEM OF CONTROL IN KHORASAN STEEL COMPLEX

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    J. Nouri

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available The most important environmental pollutant in steel industry is air pollution due to the process of its products. Optimise sitting for this industry, in a great extend will prevent pollutants and emissions. Khorasan Steel Company is located near some populous villages and three rivers. It is necessary to perform an investigation for providing abatement and control of air pollution, in time of planning and manufacturing of control instruments. The manufacturing company has determined air pollution reduction instruments in this site, according to the emission suspended particulate and its climatic conditions. The air pollution reducer's instruments were used back-fither. But, this offer was not agreed by the Department of the Environment of Iran. Perhaps, this disagreement was announced just for another original problem, which was the site selection of plants. This research was on the filtration which has been offered by the manufacturing company, if this selection can improve the future regional air pollution. These figures, of course, were obtained from the present data and plume rise particulate, considering Gausian distribution mode for all the rural population and rivers rounding to the site, up to 5 km. The results showed that the produced particulates were less than permissible limit and the proposed methods will improve the complex air pollution difficulties So, the proposed methods were provided for increasing the control and operating the system for conducting of cyclone before input of particulate to the back-filter.

  1. Complex

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    CLEMENT O BEWAJI

    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.

  2. Evolution of low-light adapted peripheral light-harvesting complexes in strains of Rhodopseudomonas palustris.

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    Kotecha, Abhay; Georgiou, Theonie; Papiz, Miroslav Z

    2013-03-01

    Purple bacteria have peripheral light-harvesting (PLH) complexes adapted to high-light (LH2) and low-light (LH3, LH4) growth conditions. The latter two have only been fully characterised in Rhodopseudomonas acidophila 7050 and Rhodopseudomonas palustris CGA009, respectively. It is known that LH4 complexes are expressed under the control of two light sensing bacteriophytochromes (BphPs). Recent genomic sequencing of a number of Rps. palustris strains has provided extensive information on PLH genes. We show that both LH3 and LH4 complexes are present in Rps. palustris and have evolved in the same operon controlled by the two adjacent BphPs. Two rare marker genes indicate that a gene cluster CL2, containing LH2 genes and the BphP RpBphP4, was internally transferred within the genome to form a new operon CL1. In CL1, RpBphP4 underwent gene duplication to RpBphP2 and RpBphP3, which evolved to sense light intensity rather than spectral red/far-red intensity ratio. We show that a second LH2 complex was acquired in CL1 belonging to a different PLH clade and these two PLH complexes co-evolved together into LH3 or LH4 complexes. The near-infrared spectra provide additional support for our conclusions on the evolution of PLH complexes based on genomic data.

  3. Preparation and Electronic Property Investigation of Zinc(II)-Schiff Base Complexes in the Confined Space

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    Peng Shang; Lei Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Metal-Schiff base complexes have attracted continued research interest regarding their intriguing and useful features, while the electronic properties of these complexes in the confined space have not been sufficiently addressed in previous studies. In this work, a new zinc(II)-Schiff base complex bis(N-dodecyl salicylideneiminato)Zn(II) (1) was synthesized and subsequently loaded in an inorganic solid host. A large red shift (~40 nm) of the absorption onset was recorded, when the microenviro...

  4. Investigating Patterns for the Process-Oriented Modelling and Simulation of Space in Complex Systems

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    Sampson, Adam T.; Welch, Peter H.; Warren, Douglas N.; Andrews, Paul S.; Bjørndalen, John Markus; Stepney, Susan; Timmis, Jon

    2008-01-01

    Complex systems modelling and simulation is becoming increasingly important to numerous disciplines. The CoSMoS project aims to produce a unified infrastructure for modelling and simulating all sorts of complex systems, making use of design patterns and the process-oriented programming model. We provide a description of CoSMoS and present a case study into the modelling of space in complex systems. We describe how two models - absolute geometric space and relational network space - can be cap...

  5. New dinuclear copper(II) and zinc(II) complexes for the investigation of sugar-metal ion interactions.

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    Bera, Manindranath; Patra, Ayan

    2011-10-18

    We have studied the binding interactions of biologically important carbohydrates (D-glucose, D-xylose and D-mannose) with the newly synthesized five-coordinate dinuclear copper(II) complex, [Cu(2)(hpnbpda)(μ-OAc)] (1) and zinc(II) complex, [Zn(2)(hpnbpda)(μ-OAc)] (2) [H(3)hpnbpda=N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-2-hydroxy-1,3-propanediamine-N,N'-diacetic acid] in aqueous alkaline solution. The complexes 1 and 2 are fully characterized both in solid and solution using different analytical techniques. A geometrical optimization was made of the ligand H(3)hpnbpda and the complexes 1 and 2 by molecular mechanics (MM+) method in order to establish the stable conformations. All carbohydrates bind to the metal complexes in a 1:1 molar ratio. The binding events have been investigated by a combined approach of FTIR, UV-vis and (13)C NMR spectroscopic techniques. UV-vis spectra indicate a significant blue shift of the absorption maximum of complex 1 during carbohydrate coordination highlighting the sugar binding ability of complex 1. The apparent binding constants of the substrate-bound copper(II) complexes have been determined from the UV-vis titration experiments. The binding ability and mode of binding of these sugar substrates with complex 2 are indicated by their characteristic coordination induced shift (CIS) values in (13)C NMR spectra for carbon atoms C1, C2, and C3 of sugar substrates.

  6. Investigation of Inclusion Complex of Patchouli Alcohol with β-Cyclodextrin

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    Wu, Lilan; Qi, Rui; Wu, Yunshan; Li, Yucui; Tang, Lipeng; Guo, De-an; Liu, Bo

    2017-01-01

    The objective of this study was to improve the stability and water-solubility of patchouli alcohol by complexing with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). The interactions between patchouli alcohol and β-CD were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transformation-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and Scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. According to molecular modeling method, the enthalpy formation of host-guest illustrated the predominant configuration and the lowest value ΔbGo was -10.8174±1.9235 kcal/mol, suggesting the complex could reduce the energy of the system. The characterization analysis confirmed the formation of PA-CD inclusion complex, and the results indicated the advantage of the inclusion complex in stability and dissolution rates. These results identified PA-CD inclusion complex an effective way for the storage of PA, and better inclusion method still needed to be studied. PMID:28095424

  7. A density functional theory investigation of charge mobility in titanyl-phthalocyanines and their tailored peripherally substituted complexes

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    De Lile, Jeffrey R

    2016-01-01

    Titanyl-phthalocyanines catalytic ability towards oxygen reduction is demonstrated in experimental literature. Our recent theoretical simulations revealed electronic structure origin of catalytic ability in peripherally and axially substituted triplet and singlet titanyl-phthalocyanines. However, the origin of high electron transfer ability to spontaneously reduce peroxide in chlorine substituted singlet complex and triplet state Ti(II)Pc complexes remain elusive. Thus, we performed density functional theory calculations to study Ti(IV)Pc and their tailored peripheral substituted complexes as representative compounds of titanyl-phthalocyanines for charge mobilities, reorganization energies and electronic couplings. In addition, oxo(phthalocyaninato)titanium(IV) (TiOPc) convex and concave compounds were investigated to benchmark the method. Based on the results, Reorganization energies of triplet state Ti(II)Pc and their tailored peripheral substituted complexes are compared with Ti(IV)Pc singlet complexes in ...

  8. U(VI) complexation with selected flavonoids investigated by absorption and emission spectroscopy at light acidic conditions

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    Guenther, Alix; Geipel, Gerhard [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Biogeochemistry

    2017-06-01

    Flavonoids are secondary plant compounds and have important properties. Beside their antioxidant activity and effects as enzyme inhibitors, they can bind metals ions. The possible release of flavonoids from the root into the soil can affect the migration of radionuclides in the biological and geological environment. In this work, the complexation behavior of selected flavonols and a flavonol glycoside towards U(VI) were spectroscopically investigated and the corresponding complex stability constants were determined.

  9. Investigation of Inclusion Complexes Between α-Cyclodextrin and Ferrocene by ESI-MSn and Cyclic Voltammetry

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    GUO Li-min; LIU Zhi-qiang; LIU Shu-ying

    2005-01-01

    @@ The inclusion complexes of α-cyclodextrin(α-CD) and FcCO2(CH2)18 (FcSH) and their self-assembled monolayers(SAMs) on gold surface were investigated by electrospray tandem ionization mass spectrometry(ESI-MSn) and cyclic voltammetry, respectively. The interfacial electrochemical response of the SAMs is related to the way in which the inclusion complexes formed.

  10. Lanthanide complexes derived from hexadentate macrocyclic ligand: synthesis, spectroscopic and thermal investigation.

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    Chandra, Sulekh; Tyagi, Monika; Rani, Soni; Kumar, Sumit

    2010-02-01

    The lanthanide complexes derived from (3,5,13,15-tetramethyl 2,6,12,16,21-22-hexaazatricyclo[15.3.I(1-17)I(7-11)]cosa-1(21),2,5,7,9,11(22),12,15,17,19-decane) were synthesized. The complexes were found to have general composition [Ln(L)X(2).H(2)O]X, where Ln=La(3+), Ce(3+), Nd(3+), Sm(3+) and Eu(3+) and X=NO(3)(-) and Cl(-). The ligand was characterized by elemental analyses, IR, Mass, and (1)H NMR spectral studies. All the complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, molar conductance measurements, magnetic susceptibility measurements, IR, Mass, electronic spectral techniques and thermal studies. The ligand acts as a hexadentate and coordinates through four nitrogen atoms of azomethine groups and two nitrogen of pyridine ring. The lanthanum complexes are diamagnetic while the other Ln(III) complexes are paramagnetic. The spectral parameters i.e. nephelauxetic ratio (beta), covalency factor (b(1/2)), Sinha parameter (delta%) and covalency angular overlap parameter (eta) have been calculated from absorption spectra of Nd(III) and Sm(III) complexes. These parameters suggest the metal-ligand covalent bonding. In the present study, the complexes were found to have coordination number nine.

  11. Mössbauer and DLTS Investigations of Impurity-Vacancy Complexes in Semiconductors

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    2002-01-01

    % IS321 \\\\ \\\\ The structure and electronic states of impurity-vacancy complexes formed in silicon-based semiconductors are proposed to be studied by Mössbauer and DLTS techniques utilizing implanted radioactive $^{119}$Sb isotopes. Impurity-vacancy complexes are created thermally at high temperatures, but can also be produced by electron and ion irradiation at low temperatures. By comparing complexes created by both methods we expect to be able to understand the newly discovered, extremely fast diffusion of dopants in n-type extrinsic silicon.

  12. Nanoantenna enhanced emission of light-harvesting complex 2: the role of resonance, polarization, and radiative and non-radiative rates.

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    Wientjes, Emilie; Renger, Jan; Curto, Alberto G; Cogdell, Richard; van Hulst, Niek F

    2014-12-01

    Nanoantennae show potential for photosynthesis research for two reasons; first by spatially confining light for experiments which require high spatial resolution, and second by enhancing the photon emission of single light-harvesting complexes. For effective use of nanoantennae a detailed understanding of the interaction between the nanoantenna and the light-harvesting complex is required. Here we report how the excitation and emission of multiple purple bacterial LH2s (light-harvesting complex 2) are controlled by single gold nanorod antennae. LH2 complexes were chemically attached to such antennae, and the antenna length was systematically varied to tune the resonance with respect to the LH2 absorption and emission. There are three main findings. (i) The polarization of the LH2 emission is fully controlled by the resonant nanoantenna. (ii) The largest fluorescence enhancement, of 23 times, is reached for excitation with light at λ = 850 nm, polarized along the long antenna-axis of the resonant antenna. The excitation enhancement is found to be 6 times, while the emission efficiency is increased 3.6 times. (iii) The fluorescence lifetime of LH2 depends strongly on the antenna length, with shortest lifetimes of ∼40 ps for the resonant antenna. The lifetime shortening arises from an 11 times resonant enhancement of the radiative rate, together with a 2-3 times increase of the non-radiative rate, compared to the off-resonant antenna. The observed length dependence of radiative and non-radiative rate enhancement is in good agreement with simulations. Overall this work gives a complete picture of how the excitation and emission of multi-pigment light-harvesting complexes are influenced by a dipole nanoantenna.

  13. 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.

  14. Investigating solvability and complexity of linear active networks by means of matroids

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    Petersen, Bjørn

    1979-01-01

    The solvability and complexity problems of finear active network are approached from a purely combinatorial point of view, using the concepts of matroid theory. Since the method is purely combinatorial, we take into account the network topology alone. Under this assumption necessary and sufficient...... conditions are given for the unique solvablity of linear active networks. The complexity and the number of dc-eigenfrequencies are also given. The method enables.you to decide if degeneracies are due to the topology alone, or if they are caused by special relations among network parameter values....... If the network parameter values are taken into account, the complexity and number of dc-eigenfrequencies given by the method, are only upper and lower bounds, respectively. The above conditions are fairly easily checked, and the complexity and number of dc-elgenfrequencies are found, using polynomially bounded...

  15. Investigation of complex formation processes of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and polymethacrylic acid in aqueous solutions

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    M. Katayeva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The complex formation process of hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC with polymethacrylic acid (PMA have been studied using methods of turbidimetric and viscosimetric titration. Position of maximum depending on polymer concentration and molecular mass of polysaccharide have different values.

  16. A proline-based aminophenol ligand: synthesis, iron complexation, magnetic, electronic and redox investigation.

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    Sheykhi, Hamid; Safaei, Elham

    2014-01-24

    A new proline-based aminophenol ligand was synthesized by a convenient procedure. The ligand was characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and IR spectroscopies, elemental analysis and optical activity measurements. Mononuclear iron(III) complex (FeL(Pro)) of this ligand was synthesized and characterized by IR, UV-vis, ESI-MS, magnetic susceptibility studies and cyclic voltammetry techniques. The equilibrium formation constant of FeL(Pro) and the pure UV-vis spectral profile of the complex was determined by multivariate hard modeling method. The molecular structure of FeL(Pro) determined by ESI-MS consist of two aminophenolate ligands. The variation of magnetic susceptibility with temperature indicates paramagnetic iron(III) in the monomeric complex. FeL(Pro) complex undergo metal-centered reduction, and ligand-centered oxidation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Spectroscopic investigation of europium benzoate in acetonitrile: Luminescence enhancement and complexation studies

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    Kumar, Satendra; Maji, S. [Materials Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Joseph, M. [Fuel Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Sankaran, K., E-mail: ksran@igcar.gov.in [Materials Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)

    2015-05-15

    Luminescence from Eu{sup 3+} complexed with benzoic acid (BA) has been studied using acetonitrile (MeCN) as solvent. More than two orders luminescence enhancement is found as compared to Eu{sup 3+}–BA complex in aqueous medium. The lifetime of Eu{sup 3+} in this complex is 900 μs which is much higher as compared to 118 μs in aqueous medium, suggesting the luminescence enhancement is a result of reduction in non-radiative decay channels in MeCN medium. Luminescence spectroscopy along with UV–vis spectroscopy is used to study the complexation behavior of Eu{sup 3+}–BA in this medium. In contrary to aqueous medium where Eu{sup 3+}–BA forms ML and ML{sub 2} type species, spectroscopic data reveal formation of only ML{sub 3} complex with composition Eu(BA){sub 3}(MeCN){sub 6} in MeCN medium. Absorbance, luminescence lifetimes and the ratio of areas of 615–592 nm peaks are used in HypSpec computation program to determine the log β for the ML{sub 3} complex. - Highlights: • Luminescence and complexation of Eu{sup 3+}–BA have been studied in MeCN. • The luminescence intensity of Eu{sup 3+}–BA is 320 times more in MeCN compared to aqueous medium. • Luminescence enhancement is a result of sensitization and reduction in non-radiative decay channels in MeCN. • Eu{sup 3+} forms only ML{sub 3} type complex with BA in MeCN contrary to aqueous medium where it forms ML and ML{sub 2} type species.

  18. Investigation of complexing ability of ionites with various groups to some heavy and transition metal ions

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The physico-chemical and complexing properties of the sorbent based on chloromethylated styrene and divinylbenzene copolymer with nicotinamide groups and copolymers based on metacryloilaminobenzene acids with 2-methyl-5-vinylpyridineisomers are studied. By potentiometric titration method the constant of polyelectrolytes functional groups ionization, the composition and strength of the resulting complexes with ions of some heavy and transition metals are determined.

  19. Investigation of β-cyclodextrin-norfloxacin inclusion complexes. Part 2. Inclusion mode and stability studies.

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    Mendes, Cassiana; Buttchevitz, Aline; Barison, Andersson; Ocampos, Fernanda Maria Marins; Bernardi, Larissa Sakis; Oliveira, Paulo Renato; Silva, Marcos Antônio Segatto

    2015-01-01

    Norfloxacin (NFX) is a broad spectrum antibiotic with low solubility and permeability, which is unstable on exposure to light and humidity. In this study, the mode of NFX inclusion into β-cyclodextrin complexes was evaluated and a complete physical, chemical and microbiological stability study of the inclusion complexes was carried out. Potentiometric titrations were performed to evaluate changes in the pKa of the NFX molecule due to the formation of an inclusion complex and NMR analysis demonstrated that the NFX molecule is included in the β-cyclodextrin cavity. Inclusion complexes obtained by kneading followed by freeze-drying showed improved NFX stability compared with the isolated drug or the physical mixture. This method was effective in terms of protecting the drug from photodegradation and also avoiding hydrolysis. Differences between NFX and the complexes could be evidenced by thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy and x-ray powder diffraction as well as by determining the solubility and drug content. The antimicrobial potency was also preserved on applying the promising method of kneading. The satisfactory stability indicates that the NFX/β-cyclodextrin complexes could be useful as an alternative to the existing NFX drug formulation.

  20. Fixation of carbon dioxide by macrocyclic lanthanide(III) complexes under neutral conditions producing self-assembled trimeric carbonato-bridged compounds with μ3-η2:η2:η2 bonding.

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    Bag, Pradip; Dutta, Supriya; Biswas, Papu; Maji, Swarup Kumar; Flörke, Ulrich; Nag, Kamalaksha

    2012-03-28

    A series of mononuclear lanthanide(III) complexes [Ln(LH(2))(H(2)O)(3)Cl](ClO(4))(2) (Ln = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Lu) of the tetraiminodiphenolate macrocyclic ligand (LH(2)) in 95 : 5 (v/v) methanol-water solution fix atmospheric carbon dioxide to produce the carbonato-bridged trinuclear complexes [{Ln(LH(2))(H(2)O)Cl}(3)(μ(3)-CO(3))](ClO(4))(4)·nH(2)O. Under similar conditions, the mononuclear Y(III) complex forms the dimeric compound [{Y(LH(2))(H(2)O)Cl}(μ(2)-CO(3)){Y(LH(2))(H(2)O)(2)}](ClO(4))(3)·4H(2)O. These complexes have been characterized by their IR and NMR ((1)H, (13)C) spectra. The X-ray crystal structures have been determined for the trinuclear carbonato-bridged compounds of Nd(III), Gd(III) and Tb(III) and the dinuclear compound of Y(III). In all cases, each of the metal centers are 8-coordinate involving two imine nitrogens and two phenolate oxygens of the macrocyclic ligand (LH(2)) whose two other imines are protonated and intramolecularly hydrogen-bonded with the phenolate oxygens. The oxygen atoms of the carbonate anion in the trinuclear complexes are bonded to the metal ions in tris-bidentate μ(3)-η(2):η(2):η(2) fashion, while they are in bis-bidentate μ(2)-η(2):η(2) mode in the Y(III) complex. The magnetic properties of the Gd(III) complex have been studied over the temperature range 2 to 300 K and the magnetic susceptibility data indicate a very weak antiferromagnetic exchange interaction (J = -0.042 cm(-1)) between the Gd(III) centers (S = 7/2) in the metal triangle through the carbonate bridge. The luminescence spectral behaviors of the complexes of Sm(III), Eu(III), and Tb(III) have been studied. The ligand LH(2) acts as a sensitizer for the metal ions in an acetonitrile-toluene glassy matrix (at 77 K) and luminescence intensities of the complexes decrease in the order Eu(3+) > Sm(3+) > Tb(3+).

  1. Investigation on the syntheses and structures of YIII complexes with aminopolycarboxylic acids (IV)

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    2002-01-01

    This paper deals with the structure of the YIII complex with aminopolycarboxylic acids, synthesis and structural determination of the complex (NH4)[YIII(edta)(H2O)3]3H2O (edta = ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid). The crystal and molecular structures of the (NH4)[YIII(edta)(H2O)3]3H2O complex have been determined by single-crystal X-ray structure analysis. The crystal of the complex (NH4)[YIII(edta)(H2O)3]3H2O belongs to orthorhombic crystal system and fdd2 space group. The crystal data are as follows: a = 1.944 1(9) nm, b = 3.545 9(18) nm, c = 1.219 6(6) nm, V = 8.407(7) nm3, Z = 16, Mr = 503.25, Dc = 1.590 gcm 3,  = 2.844 mm 1 and F(000) = 4 160. The final R and Rw are 0.048 6 and 0.133 2 for 3 388 (I>2 (I)) unique reflections, respectively. The complex anion [YIII(edta)(H2O)3]  has a pseudo-monocapped square antiprismatic nine-coordinate structure in which the six coordinate atoms (two N and four O) are from an edta ligand and three water molecules coordinate to the central YIII ion directly. From the results it can be predicted that the YIII ion can also form a nine-coordinate complex with ttha (=triethylenetetraminehexaacetic acid) ligand, so the radioactive complex anion [90YIII(Httha)]2  can supply a free carboxyl group ( CH2COOH) being used for molecular embellishment to form the TDDS for the treatment of cancers.

  2. Investigations into the Interaction of a Wind Turbine with Atmospheric Turbulence in Complex Terrain

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    Schulz, C.; Klein, L.; Weihing, P.; Lutz, Th

    2016-09-01

    This paper deals with the Delayed-Detached-Eddy-Simulations (DES) of a generic 2.4 MW wind turbine in a complex terrain site facing a turbulent atmospheric boundary layer. The boundary layer is generated based on measurement data derived at the complex terrain site. Further, the process of data preparation as well as the numerical setup are described. In the results the impact of complex terrain on the flow field is shown and estimations on the influence on the turbine performance are made. Afterwards, simulations of the turbine facing atmospheric inflow in flat and complex terrain are presented. An increase of loads resulting from a speed-up caused by the terrain as well as a clear change in the power spectrum of the turbine become visible in complex terrain compared to flat terrain. This finding is in agreement with the estimations derived previously. Moreover, the impact of inclined inflow caused by the local terrain slope can be seen in the load distribution vs. the azimuth angle, amongst others.

  3. Strong antenna-enhanced fluorescence of a single light-harvesting complex shows photon antibunching.

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    Wientjes, Emilie; Renger, Jan; Curto, Alberto G; Cogdell, Richard; van Hulst, Niek F

    2014-06-23

    The nature of the highly efficient energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes is a subject of intense research. Unfortunately, the low fluorescence efficiency and limited photostability hampers the study of individual light-harvesting complexes at ambient conditions. Here we demonstrate an over 500-fold fluorescence enhancement of light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) at the single-molecule level by coupling to a gold nanoantenna. The resonant antenna produces an excitation enhancement of circa 100 times and a fluorescence lifetime shortening to ~20 ps. The radiative rate enhancement results in a 5.5-fold-improved fluorescence quantum efficiency. Exploiting the unique brightness, we have recorded the first photon antibunching of a single light-harvesting complex under ambient conditions, showing that the 27 bacteriochlorophylls coordinated by LH2 act as a non-classical single-photon emitter. The presented bright antenna-enhanced LH2 emission is a highly promising system to study energy transfer and the role of quantum coherence at the level of single complexes.

  4. Spectral and molecular modeling investigations of supramolecular complexes of mefenamic acid and aceclofenac with α- and β-cyclodextrin

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    Siva, S.; Kothai Nayaki, S.; Rajendiran, N.

    2017-03-01

    Inclusion complexes of mefenamic acid (MFA) and aceclofenac (ALF) with α- and β-cyclodextrins (CDs) in aqueous medium were investigated by absorption, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence methods. The solid inclusion complexes between drugs and CDs were characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR, 1H NMR, DSC and powder XRD techniques. Spectral studies indicated that both CDs form 1:1 inclusion complex with MFA and ALF. The experimental results revealed that the inclusion process is a spontaneous process. Time-resolved fluorescence studies suggested that ALF exhibited biexponential decay in aqueous and triexponential decay in CD whereas significant enhancement of lifetime of decay components of MFA was observed. Morphologies of drug-CD complexes observed by TEM demonstrate that self-aggregates of MFA/α-CD, ALF/α-CD and ALF/β-CD were nano-sized particles while vesicles were observed for MFA/β-CD. A spatial arrangement of inclusion complex is proposed based on 1H NMR and PM3 results. Investigations of thermodynamic and electronic properties confirmed the stability of the inclusion complex.

  5. Synthesis, structural characterization, catalytic, thermal and electrochemical investigations of bidentate Schiff base ligand and its metal complexes.

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    Dolaz, Mustafa; McKee, Vickie; Uruş, Serhan; Demir, Necmettin; Sabik, Ali E; Gölcü, Ayşegül; Tümer, Mehmet

    2010-07-01

    In this study, we prepared the Schiff base ligand (L) and its Cu(II), Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes. The compounds were characterized by the analytical and spectroscopic methods. The ligand (L) behaves as a bidentate ligand and coordinates to the metal ions via the nitrogen atoms. The complexes have the mononuclear structures. The analytical and spectroscopic results indicated that the chloride ions coordinate to the metal ions. The complexes have the general formulae [M(L)(Cl)(2)] (M: Cu(II), Co(II) and Ni(II) metal ions). Electrochemical properties were investigated as ligand and metal centres in the different solvents and at the scan rates, respectively. The thermal properties of the metal complexes were studied in the N(2) atmosphere. We investigated the improved catalytic activity of the Cu(II), Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes on the cyclohexane as a substrate. Obtained data showed that the best catalyst is the Cu(II) complex. The single crystal of the ligand (L) was obtained from CH(3)CN solution. There is a C-H...N H-bond linking the molecules into chains (C6)...N(2) 3.4415(18)A under symmetry operation (x+1,y,z) as well as pi-pi stacking on the outside of the "V" shape--nothing on the inside.

  6. DFT Investigation of Osmium Terpyridinyl Complexes as Potential Optical Limiting Materials

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    Alok, Shashwat

    2015-01-01

    The development of optical power limiting materials is important to protect individuals or materials from intense laser irradiation. The photophysical behavior of Os(II) polypyridinyl complexes having aromatic hydrocarbon terpyridyl ligands has received considerable attention as systems exhibiting intramolecular energy transfer to yield a long excited states lifetime. Here we present a focused discussion to illustrate the photophysical behavior of transition metal complexes with modified terpyridyl ligands, utilizing density functional theory. Our DFT studies of the excited state behavior of Os(II) complexes containing pyrene-vinylene derived terpyridine (pyr-v-tpy) ligands can be applied to the development of optical limiting materials controlling the laser power at longer wavelength range.

  7. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, a tool to investigate supramolecular dynamics: inclusion complexes of pyronines with cyclodextrin.

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    Al-Soufi, Wajih; Reija, Belén; Novo, Mercedes; Felekyan, Suren; Kühnemuth, Ralf; Seidel, Claus A M

    2005-06-22

    The control of supramolecular systems requires a thorough understanding of their dynamics on a molecular level. We present fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) as a powerful spectroscopic tool to study supramolecular dynamics with single molecule sensitivity. The formation of a supramolecular complex between beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) as host and pyronines Y (PY) and B (PB) as guests is studied by FCS. Global target analysis of full correlation curves with a newly derived theoretical model yields in a single experiment the fluorescence lifetimes and the diffusion coefficients of free and complexed guests and the rate constants describing the complexation dynamics. These data give insight into the recently published surprising fact that the association equilibrium constant of beta-CD with PY is much lower than that with the much bulkier guest PB. FCS shows that the stability of the complexes is dictated by the dissociation and not by the association process. The association rate constants are very similar for both guests and among the highest reported for this type of systems, although much lower than the diffusion-controlled collision rate constant. A two-step model including the formation of an encounter complex allows one to identify the unimolecular inclusion reaction as the rate-limiting step. Simulations indicate that this step may be controlled by geometrical and orientational requirements. These depend on critical molecular dimensions which are only weakly affected by the different alkyl substituents of PY and PB. Diffusion coefficients of PY and PB, of their complexes, and of rhodamine 110 are given and compared to those of similar molecules.

  8. DFT Investigation of the Mechanism of Action of Organoiridium(III) Complexes As Anticancer Agents.

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    Ritacco, Ida; Russo, Nino; Sicilia, Emilia

    2015-11-16

    The potential use of synthetic metal complexes able to catalyze chemical transformations in living organisms is currently attracting a great deal of attention. Recently, organometallic ruthenium and iridium complexes have revealed an unexpected ability to modulate the redox status of cancer cells. In particular, half-sandwich organoiridium(III) cyclopentadienyl complexes of general formula [(η(5)-Cp(x))Ir(III)(X(∧)Y)Z](0/+), where Cp(x) = Cp*, Cp(xph) (tetramethyl-(phenyl)cyclopentadienyl) or Cp(xbiph) (tetramethyl(biphenyl)-cyclopentadienyl), X(∧)Y = bidentate ligand with nitrogen, oxygen, and/or carbon donor atoms, and Z = Cl, H2O, or pyridine (py) have shown promising antiproliferative activity toward cancer cells, higher potency than cisplatin, and a different mechanism of action due to the increase of the oxidative stress in cells. As such, complexes can belong to the class of DNA interacting compounds and attack on DNA can represent a secondary mechanism of action. We have explored here by means of density functional calculations (M06-L) and with the support of experimental observations for both [(η(5)-Cp(xbiph))Ir-(phpy) (Cl)], 1-Cl, and [(η(5)-Cp(xbiph))Ir-(phpy) (py)], 1-py, complexes the mechanistic aspects of the hydrolysis reaction, H2O2 ROS production by assisted hydride transfer from NADH to molecular oxygen, interaction with purine nucleobases adenine and guanine as well as gluthatione, that is highly abundant in cells, alongside the reaction mechanism for the oxidation of the formed sulfur-coordinated thiolate to the corresponding sulfenato complex. The comparison between kinetic and thermodynamic parameters calculated for all the involved processes shows that, according to the hypothesis based on experimental findings, the interaction with the tripeptide glutathione causes deactivation of 1-Cl, whereas 1-py, in both its aquated and nonaquated form, can induce cell apoptosis in a dual manner: DNA damage and H2O2 ROS production to increase

  9. Theoretical and experimental investigations on linear and nonlinear optical response of metal complexes doped PMMA films

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    Praveen, P. A.; Babu, R. Ramesh; Ramamurthi, K.

    2017-02-01

    Metal organic complexes, diaceto bis benzimidazole cobalt(II) and diaceto bis benzimidazole copper(II), are synthesized by a simple chemical route. The synthesized powders are doped in PMMA with 1, 3, 5 wt% and deposited as free standing films of thickness  ∼1 μm. For theoretical simulation, metal organic complex (MOC) embedded into the PMMA matrix is subjected to polarizability and hyperpolarizability calculations using the PM6 algorithm in MOPAC2012 package. It is found that the minimum interaction distance between PMMA and MOC is about 34 nm and does not vary with respect to the dopant. The copper complex shows higher interaction energy with the polymer matrix than the cobalt complex. Time dependent Hartree Fock approach is used to calculate the α, β and γ values for static, 0.25 and 0.5 eV energies; the cobalt complex shows higher polarizability and hyperpolarizability than the copper complex. Experimentally, the optical absorption, thermo-optic coefficient, nonlinear absorption coefficient and nonlinear refractive index of the samples are determined. The thermo-optic coefficients of the samples are seen to increase with increasing dopant concentration. From open aperture Z-scan studies the films are found to exhibit reverse saturable absorption behaviour, and from the closed aperture Z-scan all samples are found to exhibit self-focusing effects. The calculated third order susceptibility is in the order of 10‑5 esu. The optical limiting properties are studied at 650 nm using a 20 mW laser and all the samples are found to exhibit good optical limiting in the operating wavelength.

  10. Theoretical investigation of the optical and EPR parameters for VO 2+ion in some complexes

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    Kalfaoğlu, Emel; Karabulut, Bünyamin

    2012-04-01

    The molecular orbital coefficients and the EPR parameters of trisodium citrate dihydrate, sodium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate, potassium d-gluconate monohydrate and L-Alanine vanadyl complexes are calculated theoretically. Two d-d transition spectra and EPR parameters for the VO2+ complex are calculated theoretically by using crystal-field theory. The calculated g and A paramaters have indicated that paramagnetic center is axially symmetric. Having the relations of g∥A⊥ for VO2+ ions, it can be concluded that VO2+ ions are located in distorted octahedral sites (C4v) elongated along the z-axis and the ground state of the paramagnetic electron is dxy.

  11. Quantitative investigations of cation complexation of photochromic 8-benzothiazole-substituted benzopyran: towards metal-ion sensors.

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    Zakharova, Marianna I; Coudret, Christophe; Pimienta, Véronique; Micheau, Jean Claude; Delbaere, Stéphanie; Vermeersch, Gaston; Metelitsa, Anatoly V; Voloshin, Nikolai; Minkin, Vladimir I

    2010-02-01

    The photochromic, thermochromic and metallochromic behaviour of a series of three spiro[indoline-8-(benzothiazol-2-yl)-benzopyrans] has been investigated. The thermodynamic and kinetic parameters of their thermal equilibrium between the ring-closed (spiro) and ring-opened (merocyanine) isomeric forms have been determined using UV-Vis absorption and (1)H NMR spectroscopies. By adding Co(ii) and Ni(ii) ions in acetonitrile solution, 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 metal : merocyanine complexes are formed simultaneously. Using appropriate numerical methods, the kinetic analysis of the complexation allowed us to determine accurately key thermodynamic and spectroscopic parameters of the metal complexes. Results showed that the complexation strength is very sensitive to the size of the indoline nitrogen substituent. Complexation can be reversed by shining white light on the coloured complexes which regenerates the inactive spiropyran form, and releases the metallic ion; hence, these systems display fully reversible negative photochromism. The Zn(ii) complexes exhibit intense fluorescence in the 600-800 nm wavelength range. All these behaviours make these spiropyrans bearing benzothiazole heterocycles promising building blocks for the future construction of photodynamic chemosensors for transition metal ions.

  12. Spectral characteristic investigation on complex of Ni (II) with captopril and its analytical application

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    Wei, Xiaoling; Du, Liangwei; Li, Dongmei; Gong, Qi; Wang, Lisheng; Lin, Yu

    In this paper, Ni (II) reacting with captopril (CPT) can form complex in alkaline solution and the formed complex has a characteristic absorption peak at 340 nm. The absorbance of the Ni-CPT complex increases linearly with the increased concentration of captopril. The study also shows that ammonia has an obvious sensitizing effect on the absorbance. Based on the study, a new method for the determination of captopril is established. Experimental results show that the linear range of this method under optimum condition is 1.0-60 mg/L with correlation coefficient, detection limit and precision of 0.9999, 0.31 mg/L and 0.87%, respectively. The method used to determine captopril in commercial captopril tablets has a satisfactory result with the recoveries in the range of 99.0-103.6% and the relative standard deviation (RSD) in the range of 0.8-3.7%. We preliminarily study the reaction mechanism and demonstrate that the complex ratio of Ni (II) with captopril is 1:2 and the formation constant is 6.3 × 109.

  13. Single particle electron microscopy in combination with mass spectrometry to investigate novel complexes of membrane proteins

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    Arteni, Ana A.; Nowaczyk, Marc; Lax, Julia; Kouřil, Roman; Rögner, Matthias; Boekema, Egbert J.; Kouril, R.; Rogner, M.

    2005-01-01

    Large data sets of molecular projections of the membrane proteins Photosystem I and Photosystem II from cyanobacteria were analyzed by single particle electron microscopy (EM). Analysis resulted in the averaging of 2D projections from the purified complexes but also in the simultaneous detection and

  14. Novel Ru(III) Complexes with Some Benzothiazole Derivatives: Synthesis, Physicochemical and Pharmacological Investigations.

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    Nikolova, A; Momekov, G; Bakalova, A; Nikolova, K; Ivanov, D

    2015-06-01

    In this work we present 3 new complexes of Ruthenium (III) with a general formula HL[Ru(L)2Cl4], where L=benzothiazole, 2-methylbenzothiazole and 2-mercaptobenzothiazole. The syntheses were carried out in polar medium under argon. The compounds obtained were characterised by IR-, (1)H-NMR- (13)C-NMR-, UV-VIS-spectroscopy and conductivity measurements. The ligands behaved as monodentate, bounding Ru(III) through the nitrogen atoms from the heterocycle. The cytotoxicity of the new complexes was tested against 2 human leukemic cell lines (K-562 and KE-37), using the MTT-dye reduction assay. The Ru(III) coordination compound with 2-methylbenzothiazole displayed superior activity compared to the other novel complexes. Its IC50 values were comparable to that of the reference cytotoxic drug cisplatin. In general, the ligands displayed only marginal inhibitory effects on the human leukemic cell lines. Moreover, the ability of the complexes to trigger apoptosis was evaluated using a commercially available DNA-fragmentation ELISA kit and the obtained data indicated that their proapoptotic effects well correlate to the MTT-bioassay data.

  15. Artesian Well Abandonment at Launch Complex 39A

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    Morgan, Lindsay; Johansen, Deda

    2015-01-01

    The artesian well tasked for abandonment was located on the LOX side (northwest area) of the launch complex. The exact date of well installation is unknown. The well was no longer in use at the time of the abandonment request, but was previously utilized under St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) consumptive use permit (No. 50054) for the Floridian Aquifer. The exact construction details of the LOX artesian well were also unknown; however, a similar-type artesian well was previously located on the LH2 side of the site, which was abandoned in 2012. Based on discussions with the NASA RPM and review of the LH2 artesian well abandonment completion report, the LH2 artesian well was reported to be an 8-inch diameter, 330-foot deep well. The NASA RPM communicated that the LOX artesian well was likely to be an 8-inch diameter, 380-foot deep well. This information was used for scoping, and was subsequently confirmed to be substantially accurate. No additional information could be found for the LOX artesian well using the NASA Remediation Information System (RIS).

  16. Numerical Investigations of Interactions between the Knee-Thigh-Hip Complex with Vehicle Interior Structures.

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    Kim, Yong Sun; Choi, Hyeong Ho; Cho, Young Nam; Park, Yong Jae; Lee, Jong B; Yang, King H; King, Albert I

    2005-11-01

    Although biomechanical studies on the knee-thigh-hip (KTH) complex have been extensive, interactions between the KTH and various vehicular interior design parameters in frontal automotive crashes for newer models have not been reported in the open literature to the best of our knowledge. A 3D finite element (FE) model of a 50(th) percentile male KTH complex, which includes explicit representations of the iliac wing, acetabulum, pubic rami, sacrum, articular cartilage, femoral head, femoral neck, femoral condyles, patella, and patella tendon, has been developed to simulate injuries such as fracture of the patella, femoral neck, acetabulum, and pubic rami of the KTH complex. Model results compared favorably against regional component test data including a three-point bending test of the femur, axial loading of the isolated knee-patella, axial loading of the KTH complex, axial loading of the femoral head, and lateral loading of the isolated pelvis. The model was further integrated into a Wayne State University upper torso model and validated against data obtained from whole body sled tests. The model was validated against these experimental data over a range of impact speeds, impactor masses and boundary conditions. Using Design Of Experiment (DOE) methods based on Taguchi's approach and the developed FE model of the whole body, including the KTH complex, eight vehicular interior design parameters, namely the load limiter force, seat belt elongation, pretensioner inlet amount, knee-knee bolster distance, knee bolster angle, knee bolster stiffness, toe board angle and impact speed, each with either two or three design levels, were simulated to predict their respective effects on the potential of KTH injury in frontal impacts. Simulation results proposed best design levels for vehicular interior design parameters to reduce the injury potential of the KTH complex due to frontal automotive crashes. This study is limited by the fact that prediction of bony fracture was

  17. Luminescence investigation on Eu–pillar[5]arene-based diglycolamide (DGA) complexes: Nature of the complex, Judd–Ofelt calculations and effect of ligand structure

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    Sengupta, Arijit, E-mail: arijita@barc.gov.in [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Wu, Lei; Feng, Wen; Yuan, Lihua [College of Chemistry, Key Laboratory for Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan, University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Natarajan, V. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2015-02-15

    An attempt was made to understand the insight of complexation of Eu{sup 3+} ion with three different structurally modified pillar[5]arene-based diglycolamides (P5DGA) and a comparison was also made with their molecular identity, TODGA. {sup 7}F{sub 0}-{sup 5}D{sub 2}, {sup 5}G{sub 2,3,4}, {sup 5}L{sub 6} transitions were observed in the absorption profiles while {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 0,1,2,3,4} transitions for emission spectra. Number of water molecules present in the primary coordination sphere of Eu{sup 3+} and the number of species were calculated from the life time measurement of the complexes under investigation. From the splitting pattern of the luminescence spectra of Eu{sup 3+} complex the point group symmetry around Eu{sup 3+} was found to be C4v. Judd-Offelt parameters (Ω{sub λ}, λ=2,4) were calculated for the complexes and correlated with the covalency of metal ligand bonds and long range ordering, respectively. It was demonstrated that preorganization of ligating moieties on the platform of pillararenes favoured the covalency of the metal–ligand bond in diglycolamides. Different photo physical properties such as radiative and non radiative life time, magnetic and electric dipole transition probabilities, branching ratio values for different transitions, quantum efficiency were evaluated for all the Eu{sup 3+}-diglycolamide complexes. - Highlights: • The complexation of Eu{sup 3+} with pillar[5]arene-based diglycolamides (P5DGA) • Comparison with the molecular identity, TODGA. • Absorption spectra assigned as {sup 7}F{sub 0}-{sup 5}D{sub 2}, {sup 5}G{sub 2,3,4}, {sup 5}L{sub 6} transitions • Emission spectra assigned as {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 0,1,2,3,4} transitions • Number of inner sphere water molecules and number of species were calculated from the life time measurement • The point group symmetry around Eu{sup 3+} was found to be C4v. • Judd-Offelt parameters (Ω{sub λ}, λ=2,4) were calculated for the complexes.

  18. 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.

  19. Investigation of acoustic scale effects and boundary effects for the similitude model of underwater complex shell-structure

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    WANG San-de; YANG De-sen; LIU Ning

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the acoustic scale effects and boundary effects for the similitude model of underwater complex shell-structure are investigated. The similitude conditions and relations between the similitude model and its prototype were studied in the references This paper investigates the acoustic scale effects for the similitude model, which are influenced by loss factor, shear and rotatory inertia. At the same time, the boundary effects which are influenced by surface sound reflection are investigated in the experiment of similitude model. The results show that the acoustic scale effects may be controlled with model designing, the boundary effects can be controlled with experimental designing between the similitude model and its prototype.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. [Investigation of fluorescent components of drug "heparin" and its complexing with phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan].

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    Astakhov, S S; Iunusov, V M; Sultanbaev, M V; Akhmadeeva, G Kh; Iunusov, M S

    2013-01-01

    Using spectral-luminescent and spectrophotometric methods a composition of aminoacidic (AA) and protein components of commercial drug of heparin (Hep) as well as its interaction with Trp, Tyr and Phe was studied. The impurities of aromatic aminoacids Phe, Tyr and elastin protein was revealed in drug of heparin. The quenching of fluorescence (FL) of Trp, Tyr and Phe with heparin was studied and the Stern-Volmer Constants (K) showing the stability of its complexes with aminoacids were determined. The stability of complexes AA...Hep increases in the series K (Trp...Hep) = 19 +/- 2 M(-1) < K (Tyr...Hep) = 39 +/- 3 M(-1) < K (Phe...Hep) = 710 +/- 70 M(-1), that, probably, determines dominating contribution of Phe impurity in heparin and the absence of that of tryptophan. It was assumed, that animal elastin, which is different from human one can provoke allergic reactions up to anaphylactic shock.

  3. An Investigation of the Pathology and Pathogens Associated with Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex in Denmark

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    Hansen, Mette Sif; Pors, S. E.; Jensen, H. E.;

    2010-01-01

    Respiratory infections are among the most important diseases of growing pigs. In order to elucidate the multifactorial aetiology of porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) in Denmark, lungs from 148 finishing pigs with cranioventral bronchopneumonia (case group) and 60 pigs without lung lesions......), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (both European and US type), porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), porcine respiratory coronavirus, porcine cytomegalovirus, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis. All cases had cranioventral lobular bronchopneumonia consistent with PRDC...

  4. An Information Theoretic Investigation Of Complex Adaptive Supply Networks With Organizational Topologies

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    2016-12-22

    self-organized industrial symbiosis networks: an agent- based simulation study," Journal of Cleaner Production , vol. 112, pp. 4353- 4366, 2016. 104...networks: a complex adaptive systems perspective," International Journal of Production Research 43.20, pp. 4235-4265, 2005. [4] P. Anderson...34 International Journal of Production Economics 124.2, pp. 310-330, 2010. [24] S. D. Pathak, J. M. Day, A. Nair, W. J. Sawaya and M. M. Kristal

  5. Investigating Burkholderia cepacia complex populations recovered from Italian maize rhizosphere by multilocus sequence typing.

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    Dalmastri, Claudia; Baldwin, Adam; Tabacchioni, Silvia; Bevivino, Annamaria; Mahenthiralingam, Eshwar; Chiarini, Luigi; Dowson, Christopher

    2007-07-01

    The Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) comprises at least nine closely related species of abundant environmental microorganisms. Some of these species are highly spread in the rhizosphere of several crop plants, particularly of maize; additionally, as opportunistic pathogens, strains of the BCC are capable of colonizing humans. We have developed and validated a multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme for the BCC. Although widely applied to understand the epidemiology of bacterial pathogens, MLST has seen limited application to the population analysis of species residing in the natural environment; we describe its novel application to BCC populations within maize rhizospheres. 115 BCC isolates were recovered from the roots of different maize cultivars from three different Italian regions over a 9-year period (1994-2002). A total of 44 sequence types (STs) were found of which 41 were novel when compared with existing MLST data which encompassed a global database of 1000 clinical and environmental strains representing nearly 400 STs. In this study of rhizosphere isolates approximately 2.5 isolates per ST was found, comparable to that found for the whole BCC population. Multilocus sequence typing also resolved inaccuracies associated with previous identification of the maize isolates based on recA gene restriction fragment length polymorphims and species-specific polymerase chain reaction. The 115 maize isolates comprised the following BCC species groups, B. ambifaria (39%), BCC6 (29%), BCC5 (10%), B. pyrrocinia (8%), B. cenocepacia IIIB (7%) and B. cepacia (6%), with BCC5 and BCC6 potentially constituting novel species groups within the complex. Closely related clonal complexes of strains were identified within B. cepacia, B. cenocepacia IIIB, BCC5 and BCC6, with one of the BCC5 clonal complexes being distributed across all three sampling sites. Overall, our analysis demonstrates that the maize rhizosphere harbours a massive diversity of novel BCC STs, so that their

  6. Spectrophotometric investigation of famotidine-Pd(II complex and its analytical application in drug analysis

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available By using different spectrophotometric methods, it was found that famotidine and palladium(II ions form a complex, Pd(II : famotidine = 1:1, which has an absorption maximum at 345 nm. The formation of the complex between famotidine and palladium(II chloride in Britton–Robinson buffer solution in the pH range 2.23–8.50 was studied. The conditional stability constant of the complex at the optimum pH 2.62 and ionic strength 0.5 M was found to be log K’ = 3.742 ± 0.025. The Beer’s law was verified over the famotidine concentration range from 5×10-5 – 6×10-4 M. The proposed method was found to be suitable for accurate and sensitive analysis of famotidine both as the substance (RSD = 1.02–1.80 % and its dosage forms (RSD = 1.75–1.83 %.

  7. Preparation and Electronic Property Investigation of Zinc(II-Schiff Base Complexes in the Confined Space

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    Peng Shang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Metal-Schiff base complexes have attracted continued research interest regarding their intriguing and useful features, while the electronic properties of these complexes in the confined space have not been sufficiently addressed in previous studies. In this work, a new zinc(II-Schiff base complex bis(N-dodecyl salicylideneiminatoZn(II (1 was synthesized and subsequently loaded in an inorganic solid host. A large red shift (~40 nm of the absorption onset was recorded, when the microenvironment of 1 changed from the solvent ethanol to the inorganic solid medium, evidencing the confined space effect. The marked shift of the absorption onset was associated with a band-gap reduction between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO. Theoretical calculation results showed that the confined space effect is distance dependent and exerts a more profound influence on the HOMO than the LUMO within an effective distance range. An initial study implied that the confined space effect is also accompanied with the electron density variation.

  8. Investigating the Complexity of Transitioning Separation Assurance Tools into NextGen Air Traffic Control

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    Gomez, Ashley Nicole; Martin, Lynne Hazel; Homola, Jeffrey; Morey, Susan; Cabrall, Christopher; Mercer, Joey; Prevot, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    In a study, that introduced ground-based separation assurance automation through a series of envisioned transitional phases of concept maturity, it was found that subjective responses to scales of workload, situation awareness, and acceptability in a post run questionnaire revealed as-predicted results for three of the four study conditions but not for the third, Moderate condition. The trend continued for losses of separation (LOS) where the number of LOS events were far greater than expected in the Moderate condition. To offer an account of why the Moderate condition was perceived to be more difficult to manage than predicted, researchers examined the increase in amount and complexity of traffic, increase in communication load, and increased complexities as a result of the simulation's mix of aircraft equipage. Further analysis compared the tools presented through the phases, finding that controllers took advantage of the informational properties of the tools presented but shied away from using their decision support capabilities. Taking into account similar findings from other studies, it is suggested that the Moderate condition represented the first step into a "shared control" environment, which requires the controller to use the automation as a decision making partner rather than just a provider of information. Viewed in this light, the combination of tools offered in the Moderate condition was reviewed and some tradeoffs that may offset the identified complexities were suggested.

  9. Development of a General Modeling Framework for Investigating Complex Interactions among Biological and Physical Ecosystem Dynamics

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    Bennett, C.; Poole, G. C.; Kimball, J. S.; Stanford, J. A.; O'Daniel, S. J.; Mertes, L. A.

    2005-05-01

    Historically, physical scientists have developed models with highly accurate governing equations, while biologists have excelled at abstraction (the strategic simplification of system complexity). These different modeling paradigms yield biological (e.g. food web) and physical (e.g. hydrologic) models that can be difficult to integrate. Complex biological dynamics may be impossible to represent with governing equations. Conversely, physical processes may be oversimplified in biological models. Using agent-based modeling, a technique applied widely in social sciences and economics, we are developing a general modeling system to integrate accurate representations of physical dynamics such as water and heat flux with abstracted biological processes such as nutrient transformations. The modeling system represents an ecosystem as a complex integrated network of intelligent physical and biological "agents" that store, transform, and trade ecosystem resources (e.g., water, heat, nutrients, carbon) using equations that describe either abstracted concepts and/or physical laws. The modular design of the system allows resource submodels to be developed independently and installed into the simulation architecture. The modeling system provides a useful heuristic tool to support integrated physical and biological research topics, such as the influence of hydrologic dynamics and spatio-temporal physical heterogeneity on trophic (food web) dynamics and/or nutrient cycling.

  10. Linking Supply Chain Network Complexity to Interdependence and Risk-Assessment: Scale Development and Empirical Investigation

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    Samyadip Chakraborty

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Concepts like supply chain network complexity, interdependence and risk assessment have been prominently discussed directly and indirectly in management literature over past decades and plenty of frameworks and conceptual prescriptive research works have been published contributing towards building the body of knowledge. However previous studies often lacked quantification of the findings. Consequently, the need for suitable scales becomes prominent for measuring those constructs to empirically support the conceptualized relationships. This paper expands the understanding of supply chain network complexity (SCNC and also highlights its implications on interdependence (ID between the actors and risk assessment (RAS in transaction relationships. In doing so, SCNC and RAS are operationalized to understand how SCNC affects interdependence and risk assessment between the actors in the supply chain network. The contribution of this study lies in developing and validating multi-item scales for these constructs and empirically establishing the hypothesized relationships in the Indian context based on firm data collected using survey–based questionnaire. The methodology followed included structural equation modeling. The study findings indicate that SCNC had significant relationship with interdependence, which in turn significantly affected risk assessment. This study carries both academic and managerial implications and provides an empirically supported framework linking network complexity with the two key variables (ID and RAS, playing crucial roles in managerial decision making. This study contributes to the body of knowledge and aims at guiding managers in better understanding transaction relationships.

  11. Mechanistic investigation of the reaction of epoxides with heterocumulenes catalysed by a bimetallic aluminium salen complex.

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    Beattie, Christopher; North, Michael

    2014-06-23

    The bimetallic aluminium(salen) complex [(Al(salen))2O] is known to catalyse the reaction between epoxides and heterocumulenes (carbon dioxide, carbon disulfide and isocyanates) leading to five-membered ring heterocycles. Despite their apparent similarities, these three reactions have very different mechanistic features, and a kinetic study of oxazolidinone synthesis combined with previous kinetic work on cyclic carbonate and cyclic dithiocarbonate synthesis showed that all three reactions follow different rate equations. An NMR study of [Al(salen)]2O and phenylisocyanate provided evidence for an interaction between them, consistent with the rate equation data. A variable-temperature kinetics study on all three reactions showed that cyclic carbonate synthesis had a lower enthalpy of activation and a more negative entropy of activation than the other two heterocycle syntheses. The kinetic study was extended to oxazolidinone synthesis catalysed by the monometallic complex Al(salen)Cl, and this reaction was found to have a much less negative entropy of activation than any reaction catalysed by [Al(salen)]2O, a result that can be explained by the partial dissociation of an oligomeric Al(salen)Cl complex. A mechanistic rationale for all of the results is presented in terms of [Al(salen)]2O being able to function as a Lewis acid and/or a Lewis base, depending upon the susceptibility of the heterocumulene to reaction with nucleophiles.

  12. Investigating tunnel and above-barrier ionization using complex-scaled coupled-cluster theory

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    Jagau, Thomas-C.

    2016-11-01

    The theory and implementation of the complex-scaled coupled-cluster method with singles and doubles excitations (cs-CCSD) for studying resonances induced by static electric fields are presented. Within this framework, Stark shifts and ionization rates are obtained directly from the real and imaginary parts of the complex energy. The method is applied to the ground states of hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, neon, argon, and carbon at varying field strengths. Complex-scaled Hartree-Fock, second-order many-body perturbation theory, and CCSD results are reported and analyzed with a focus on the impact of electron correlation on the ionization process. cs-CCSD calculations with suitably augmented standard Gaussian basis sets are found to deliver accurate strong-field ionization rates over a range of six orders of magnitude. The field-induced resonances are characterized beyond energy and ionization rate through their dipole moments, second moments, as well as Dyson orbitals and comparisons are drawn to autoionizing and autodetaching resonances. Marked differences are found between the tunneling and above-barrier regimes allowing for a clear distinction of the two mechanisms.

  13. 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℃.

  14. A Case Investigation of Product Structure Complexity in Mass Customization Using a Data Mining Approach

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    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a data mining method for analyzing historical configuration data providing a number of opportunities for improving mass customization capabilities. The overall objective of this paper is to investigate how specific quantitative analyses, more specifically the association rule...

  15. A Case Investigation of Product Structure Complexity in Mass Customization Using a Data Mining Approach

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    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a data mining method for analyzing historical configuration data providing a number of opportunities for improving mass customization capabilities. The overall objective of this paper is to investigate how specific quantitative analyses, more specifically the association rule...

  16. Investigating the subsurface connection beneath Cerro Negro volcano and the El Hoyo Complex, Nicaragua

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    Venugopal, Swetha; Moune, Séverine; Williams-Jones, Glyn

    2016-10-01

    Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano along the Central American Volcanic Belt (CAVB), is a polygenetic cinder cone with relatively frequent basaltic eruptions. The neighbouring El Hoyo complex, of which Las Pilas is the dominant edifice, is a much larger and older complex with milder and less frequent eruptions. Previous studies have suggested a deep link beneath these two closely spaced volcanoes (McKnight, 1995; MacQueen, 2013). Melt inclusions were collected from various tephra samples in order to determine whether a connection exists and to delineate the features of this link. Major, volatile, and trace elemental compositions reveal a distinct geochemical continuum with Cerro Negro defining the primitive endmember and El Hoyo representing the evolved endmember. Magmatic conditions at the time of melt inclusion entrapment were estimated with major and volatile contents: 2.4 kbar and 1170 °C for Cerro Negro melts and 1.3 kbar and 1130 °C for El Hoyo melts with an overall oxygen fugacity at the NNO buffer. Trace element contents are distinct and suggest Cerro Negro magmas fractionally crystallise while El Hoyo magmas are a mix between primitive Cerro Negro melts and residual and evolved El Hoyo magma. Modelling of end member compositions with alphaMELTS confirms the unique nature of El Hoyo magmas as resulting from incremental mixing between Cerro Negro and residual evolved magma at 4 km depth. Combining all available literature data, this study presents a model of the interconnected subsurface plumbing system. This model considers the modern day analogue of the Lemptégy cinder cones in Massif Central, France and incorporates structurally controlled dykes. The main implications of this study are the classification of Cerro Negro as the newest conduit within the El Hoyo Complex as well as the potential re-activation of the El Hoyo edifice.

  17. A Qualitative Investigation of Deposition Velocities of a Non-Newtonian Slurry in Complex Pipeline Geometries

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    Yokuda, Satoru T.; Poloski, Adam P.; Adkins, Harold E.; Casella, Andrew M.; Hohimer, Ryan E.; Karri, Naveen K.; Luna, Maria; Minette, Michael J.; Tingey, Joel M.

    2009-05-11

    The External Flowsheet Review Team (EFRT) has identified the issues relating to the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) pipe plugging. Per the review’s executive summary, “Piping that transports slurries will plug unless it is properly designed to minimize this risk. This design approach has not been followed consistently, which will lead to frequent shutdowns due to line plugging.” To evaluate the potential for plugging, testing was performed to determine critical velocities for the complex WTP piping layout. Critical velocity is defined as the point at which a moving bed of particles begins to form on the pipe bottom during slurry-transport operations. Pressure drops across the fittings of the test pipeline were measured with differential pressure transducers, from which the critical velocities were determined. A WTP prototype flush system was installed and tested upon the completion of the pressure-drop measurements. We also provide the data for the overflow relief system represented by a WTP complex piping geometry with a non-Newtonian slurry. A waste simulant composed of alumina (nominally 50 μm in diameter) suspended in a kaolin clay slurry was used for this testing. The target composition of the simulant was 10 vol% alumina in a suspending medium with a yield stress of 3 Pa. No publications or reports are available to confirm the critical velocities for the complex geometry evaluated in this testing; therefore, for this assessment, the results were compared to those reported by Poloski et al. (2008) for which testing was performed for a straight horizontal pipe. The results of the flush test are compared to the WTP design guide 24590-WTP-GPG-M-0058, Rev. 0 (Hall 2006) in an effort to confirm flushing-velocity requirements.

  18. Complex distal insertions of the tibialis posterior tendon: detailed anatomic and MR imaging investigation in cadavers

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    Pastore, Daniel; Cerri, Giovanni G. [University of Sao Paulo, Department of Radiology, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); VA Medical Center, University of California, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States); Dirim, Berna; Wangwinyuvirat, Mani; Belentani, Clarissa L.; Trudell, Debra J.; Resnick, Donald L. [VA Medical Center, University of California, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States); Haghighi, Parviz [VA Medical Center, University of California, Department of Radiology, San Diego, CA (United States); VA Medical Center, University of California, Department of Histology, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2008-09-15

    The purpose of this report was to demonstrate the normal complex insertional anatomy of the tibialis posterior tendon (TPT) in cadavers using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with anatomic and histologic correlation. Ten cadaveric ankles were used according to institutional guidelines. MR T1-weighted spin echo imaging was performed to demonstrate aspects of the complex anatomic distal insertions of the TPT in cadaveric specimens. Findings on MR imaging were correlated with those derived from anatomic and histologic study. Generally, the TPT revealed a low signal in all MR images, except near the level of the medial malleolus, where the TPT suddenly changed direction and ''magic angle'' artifact could be observed. In five out of ten specimens (50%), a type I accessory navicular bone was found in the TPT. In all cases with a type I accessory navicular bone, the TPT had an altered signal in this area. Axial and coronal planes on MR imaging were the best in identifying the distal insertions of the TPT. A normal division of the TPT was observed just proximal to the insertion into the navicular bone in five specimens (100%) occurring at a maximum proximal distance from its attachment to the navicular bone of approximately 1.5 to 2 cm. In the other five specimens, in which a type I accessory navicular bone was present, the TPT directly inserted into the accessory bone and a slip less than 1.5 mm in thickness could be observed attaching to the medial aspect of the navicular bone (100%). Anatomic inspection confirmed the sites of the distal insertions of the components of the TPT. MR imaging enabled detailed analysis of the complex distal insertions of the TPT as well as a better understanding of those features of its insertion that can simulate a lesion. (orig.)

  19. Investigations and experiments of a new multi-layer complex liquid-cooled mirror

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    Yuling Lu(陆宇灵); Zuhai Cheng(程祖海); Yaoning Zhang(张耀宁); Feng Sun(孙锋); Wenfeng Yu(余文峰)

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes a new multi-layer complex liquid-cooled Si mirror with 3 cooling ducts in Archimedes spirals. Utilizing the ANSYS program, the structure of the mirror is optimized and the thermal deformation model of the mirror is simulated. The simulation results show that the mirror has the following advantages:very small amount of surface deformation, uniform distribution of temperature and surface deformation,and fast surface shape restoration. The results of the experiments of thermal deformation and the surface restoration are accurately mapped to the simulation results.

  20. Binding of molecular oxygen by an artificial heme analogue: investigation on the formation of an Fe–tetracarbene superoxo complex

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    Anneser, Markus R.

    2016-02-26

    The dioxygen reactivity of a cyclic iron(II) tetra–NHC-complex (NHC: N-heterocyclic carbene) is investigated. Divergent oxidation behavior is observed depending on the choice of the solvent (acetonitrile or acetone). In the first case, exposure to molecular oxygen leads to an oxygen free Fe(III) whereas in the latter case an oxide bridged Fe(III) dimer is formed. In acetone, an Fe(III)-superoxide can be trapped, isolated and characterized as intermediate at low temperatures. An Fe(III)–O–Fe(III) dimer is formed from the Fe(III) superoxide in acetone upon warming and the molecular structure has been revealed by single crystal X-ray diffraction. It is shown that the oxidation of the Fe(II) complex in both solvents is a reversible process. For the regeneration of the initial Fe(II) complex both organic and inorganic reducing agents can be used.

  1. Microwave gallium-68 radiochemistry for kinetically stable bis(thiosemicarbazone) complexes: structural investigations and cellular uptake under hypoxia.

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    Alam, Israt S; Arrowsmith, Rory L; Cortezon-Tamarit, Fernando; Twyman, Frazer; Kociok-Köhn, Gabriele; Botchway, Stanley W; Dilworth, Jonathan R; Carroll, Laurence; Aboagye, Eric O; Pascu, Sofia I

    2016-01-07

    We report the microwave synthesis of several bis(thiosemicarbazones) and the rapid gallium-68 incorporation to give the corresponding metal complexes. These proved kinetically stable under 'cold' and 'hot' biological assays and were investigated using laser scanning confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and radioactive cell retention studies under normoxia and hypoxia. (68)Ga complex retention was found to be 34% higher in hypoxic cells than in normoxic cells over 30 min, further increasing to 53% at 120 min. Our data suggests that this class of gallium complexes show hypoxia selectivity suitable for imaging in living cells and in vivo tests by microPET in nude athymic mice showed that they are excreted within 1 h of their administration.

  2. An experimental and numerical investigation of velocity in an enclosed residential complex parking area

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    Ashrafi, Khosro; Motlagh, Majid Shafie Pour; Mousavi, Monireh Sadat; Niksokhan, Mohhamad hosein; Vosoughifar, Hamid Reza

    2017-02-01

    The aim of the present research is analysis of velocity vector and magnitude in an enclosed residential complex parking in Tehran. Velocity parameters are key factor and can be helpful in proposing solutions to improve indoor air quality. Since The flow pattern determines that how and where the pollutants propagate. In this research at first, the proportion of vehicular exhaust emissions is estimated and then experimental and numerical analyses are performed. In experimental analysis, a full-scale experiment of parking area has been used; velocity is measured by calibrated measuring devices. Samples were performed in several times. In order to perform numerical calculation, a 3-dimensional model was created by Fluent software that solves flow equations with finite volume method. In this research, the flow condition is assumed to be incompressible and turbulent. Standard k-ɛ scheme was selected as turbulence modeling. In the Computational Fluid Dynamics technique the geometry of parking area is generated in ICEM-CFD software and hexahedral mesh type is used. Velocity vectors and magnitudes in an enclosed residential complex parking in Tehran are estimated. The findings obtained from numerical simulation are in complete accord with experimental results.

  3. Investigation of the Galatian volcanic complex in the northern central Turkey using potential field data

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    Bilim, Funda

    2011-03-01

    The Galatia volcanic complex (GVC) is one of two important volcanic complexes located in central Anatolia, Turkey. The study of potential field data can yield useful information about the subsurface magnetisation and density distribution. In this paper, a study of the thermal structural setting of the GVC using the analysis and interpretation of aeromagnetic data is presented. Volcanic rocks are the main cause of the magnetic anomalies that occur in the study region. A Curie-point-depth (CPD) map was constructed using the azimuthally averaged power spectrum of aeromagnetic anomaly data that was reduced-to-the-pole transformed (RTP); the map shows high geothermal potential for the GVC. The Curie point depths vary from about 6.74 km to 16.9 km and are consistent with the results of previous geothermal studies. The GVC exhibits low CPD and high heat-flow values (>100 mW m -2). The CPD suggested that deep-seated magnetised sources continue downward up to 10 km (inside the upper crust). A horizontal gradient analytic signal (HGAS) map exhibits the images and locations of deep-seated magnetised sources. In addition, the CPD and average Moho depth (33 km, calculated from gravity anomaly data) are used to determine the presence of magnetic and non-magnetic crust in two cross sections taken from the GVC. The results presented should shed considerable light on some aspects of geothermal exploration in the GVC.

  4. Spectroscopic investigation on the interaction of some polymer–cobalt(III) complexes with serum albumins

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    Vignesh, G.; Manojkumar, Y.; Sugumar, K.; Arunachalam, S., E-mail: arunasurf@yahoo.com

    2015-01-15

    The interaction between the polymer–cobalt(III) complexes, [Co(dien)(phen)BPEI]Br{sub 3}·2H{sub 2}O and [Co(phen){sub 2}(BPEI)Cl]Cl{sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O (where phen is 1,10- phenanthroline, dien is diethylenetriamine, BPEI is branched polyethyleneimine) and serum albumins is studied using steady state fluorescence, lifetime measurement and circular dichroism spectroscopy techniques under physiological condition. The analysis of fluorescence data indicates the presence of static quenching mechanism in the binding process. Various binding parameterss including thermodynamic parameters ΔH°, ΔS° and ΔG° have been evaluated. The quantitative analysis of CD spectra reveals information on the changes in the content of the α-helix of the HSA/BSA upon binding. - Highlights: • Synthesis and binding between polymer–cobalt(III) complexes and HSA/BSA. • Binding strength depends on the degree of coordination (x) of cobalt chelate. • Binding induces considerable amount of conformational changes in the HSA/BSA.

  5. Structural investigation of amylose complexes with small ligands: helical conformation, crystalline structure and thermostability.

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    Le Bail, P; Rondeau, C; Buléon, A

    2005-03-01

    Crystalline amylose complexes were prepared with decanal, 1-butanol, menthone and alpha-naphtol. Their crystalline structure and the related helical conformation, determined by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and 13C CPMAS solid state NMR, were assigned to V6I, V6II, V6III and V8 types, respectively. It was possible to propose some hypotheses on the possible nature of interactions and especially intra-/inter-helical inclusion. Some shifts in the NMR C1 carbon signals were attributed to the presence of ligand in specific sites inside the structure for a same type of V6 helical conformation. Moreover, the crystallinity and polymorphic changes induced by desorption/rehydration were studied. A general increase of the carbon resonances sharpness upon rehydration has been observed, but also a V6II-V6I transition when decreasing the water content. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments were also performed to approach the thermostability of the four types of complex and also the way they form again after melting/cooling sequences.

  6. SERS as an advanced tool for investigating chloroethyl nitrosourea derivatives complexation with DNA.

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    Agarwal, Shweta; Ray, Bhumika; Mehrotra, Ranjana

    2015-11-01

    We report surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic (SERS) studies on free calf thymus DNA and its complexes with anti-tumor chloroethyl nitrosourea derivatives; semustine and nimustine. Since, first incident of SERS in 1974, it has rapidly established into an analytical tool, which can be used for the trace detection and characterization of analytes. Here, we depict yet another application of SERS in the field of drug-DNA interaction and thereby, its promising role in rational designing of new chemotherapeutic agents. Vibrational spectral analysis has been performed in an attempt to delineate the anti-cancer action mechanism of above mentioned nitrosourea derivatives. Strong SERS bands associated with the complexation of DNA with semustine and nimustine have been observed, which reveal binding of nitrosourea derivatives with heterocyclic nitrogenous base pair of DNA duplex. Formation of dG-dC interstrand cross-link in DNA double helices is also suggested by the SERS spectral outcomes of CENUs-DNA adduct. Results, demonstrated here, reflect recent progress in the newly developing field of drug-DNA interaction analysis via SERS.

  7. Synthesis, vibrational and quantum chemical investigations of hydrogen bonded complex betaine dihydrogen selenite

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    Arjunan, V.; Marchewka, Mariusz K.; Kalaivani, M.

    2012-10-01

    The molecular complex of betaine with selenious acid namely, betaine dihydrogen selenite (C5H13NO5Se, BDHSe) was synthesised by the reaction of betaine and SeO2 in a 1:1:1 solution of isopropanol, methanol and water. Crystals were grown from this solution by cooling to 253 K for few days. The complex was formed without accompanying proton transfer from selenious acid molecule to betaine. The complete vibrational assignments and analysis of BDHSe have been performed by FTIR, FT-Raman and far-infrared spectral studies. More support on the experimental findings was added from the quantum chemical studies performed with DFT (B3LYP) method using 6-311++G∗∗, 6-31G∗∗, cc-pVDZ and 3-21G basis sets. The structural parameters, energies, thermodynamic parameters and the NBO charges of BDHSe were determined by the DFT method. The 1H and 13C isotropic chemical shifts (δ ppm) of BDHSe with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. SHG experiment was carried out using Kurtz-Perry powder technique. The efficiency of second harmonic generation for BDHSe was estimated relatively to KDP: deff = 0.97 deff (KDP).

  8. Investigation of the interfacial tension of complex coacervates using field-theoretic simulations

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    Riggleman, Robert A.; Kumar, Rajeev; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2012-01-01

    Complex coacervation, a liquid-liquid phase separation that occurs when two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes are mixed in a solution, has the potential to be exploited for many emerging applications including wet adhesives and drug delivery vehicles. The ultra-low interfacial tension of coacervate systems against water is critical for such applications, and it would be advantageous if molecular models could be used to characterize how various system properties (e.g., salt concentration) affect the interfacial tension. In this article we use field-theoretic simulations to characterize the interfacial tension between a complex coacervate and its supernatant. After demonstrating that our model is free of ultraviolet divergences (calculated properties converge as the collocation grid is refined), we develop two methods for calculating the interfacial tension from field-theoretic simulations. One method relies on the mechanical interpretation of the interfacial tension as the interfacial pressure, and the second method estimates the change in free energy as the area between the two phases is changed. These are the first calculations of the interfacial tension from full field-theoretic simulation of which we are aware, and both the magnitude and scaling behaviors of our calculated interfacial tension agree with recent experiments.

  9. Investigation of the interfacial tension of complex coacervates using field-theoretic simulations

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    Kumar, Rajeev [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    Complex coacervation, a liquid-liquid phase separation that occurs when two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes are mixed in a solution, has the potential to be exploited for many emerging applications including wet adhesives and drug delivery vehicles. The ultra-low interfacial tension of coacervate systems against water is critical for such applications, and it would be advantageous if molecular models could be used to characterize how various system properties (e.g., salt concentration) affect the interfacial tension. In this article we use field-theoretic simulations to characterize the interfacial tension between a complex coacervate and its supernatant. After demonstrating that our model is free of ultraviolet divergences (calculated properties converge as the collocation grid is refined), we develop two methods for calculating the interfacial tension from field-theoretic simulations. One method relies on the mechanical interpretation of the interfacial tension as the interfacial pressure, and the second method estimates the change in free energy as the area between the two phases is changed. These are the first calculations of the interfacial tension from full field theoretic simulation of which we are aware, and both the magnitude and scaling behaviors of our calculated interfacial tension agree with recent experiments.

  10. Synthesis, vibrational and quantum chemical investigations of hydrogen bonded complex betaine dihydrogen selenite.

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    Arjunan, V; Marchewka, Mariusz K; Kalaivani, M

    2012-10-01

    The molecular complex of betaine with selenious acid namely, betaine dihydrogen selenite (C(5)H(13)NO(5)Se, BDHSe) was synthesised by the reaction of betaine and SeO(2) in a 1:1:1 solution of isopropanol, methanol and water. Crystals were grown from this solution by cooling to 253 K for few days. The complex was formed without accompanying proton transfer from selenious acid molecule to betaine. The complete vibrational assignments and analysis of BDHSe have been performed by FTIR, FT-Raman and far-infrared spectral studies. More support on the experimental findings was added from the quantum chemical studies performed with DFT (B3LYP) method using 6-311++G(**), 6-31G(**), cc-pVDZ and 3-21G basis sets. The structural parameters, energies, thermodynamic parameters and the NBO charges of BDHSe were determined by the DFT method. The (1)H and (13)C isotropic chemical shifts (δ ppm) of BDHSe with respect to TMS were also calculated using the gauge independent atomic orbital (GIAO) method and compared with the experimental data. SHG experiment was carried out using Kurtz-Perry powder technique. The efficiency of second harmonic generation for BDHSe was estimated relatively to KDP: d(eff)=0.97 d(eff) (KDP).

  11. Structural investigation of oxovanadium(IV) Schiff base complexes: X-ray crystallography, electrochemistry and kinetic of thermal decomposition.

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    Asadi, Mozaffar; Asadi, Zahra; Savaripoor, Nooshin; Dusek, Michal; Eigner, Vaclav; Shorkaei, Mohammad Ranjkesh; Sedaghat, Moslem

    2015-02-05

    A series of new VO(IV) complexes of tetradentate N2O2 Schiff base ligands (L(1)-L(4)), were synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, UV-vis and elemental analysis. The structure of the complex VOL(1)⋅DMF was also investigated by X-ray crystallography which revealed a vanadyl center with distorted octahedral coordination where the 2-aza and 2-oxo coordinating sites of the ligand were perpendicular to the "-yl" oxygen. The electrochemical properties of the vanadyl complexes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry. A good correlation was observed between the oxidation potentials and the electron withdrawing character of the substituents on the Schiff base ligands, showing the following trend: MeO5-H>5-Br>5-Cl. Furthermore, the kinetic parameters of thermal decomposition were calculated by using the Coats-Redfern equation. According to the Coats-Redfern plots the kinetics of thermal decomposition of studied complexes is of the first-order in all stages, the free energy of activation for each following stage is larger than the previous one and the complexes have good thermal stability. The preparation of VOL(1)⋅DMF yielded also another compound, one kind of vanadium oxide [VO]X, with different habitus of crystals, (platelet instead of prisma) and without L(1) ligand, consisting of a V10O28 cage, diaminium moiety and dimethylamonium as a counter ions. Because its crystal structure was also new, we reported it along with the targeted complex. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Integrated Investigation on the Production and Fate of Organo-Cr(III) Complexes from Microbial Reduction of Chromate

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    Xun, Luying

    2005-06-01

    Our objective is to investigate the complexity of chromium biogeocycling. Our results clearly support more complexity. In short, the chromium cycle is not as simple as the conversion between Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in inorganic forms. We have obtained more evidence to prove the formation of soluble organo-Cr(III) complexes from microbial reduction of Cr(VI). The complexes are relatively stable due to the slow ligand exchange of Cr(III). However, some microorganisms can consume the organic ligands and release Cr(III), which then precipitates. Efforts are being made to characterize the organo-Cr(III) complexes and investigate their behavior in soil. Progress and efforts are summarized for each task. Task 1. Production of soluble organo-Cr(III) complexes by selected microorganisms A total of eight organisms were screened for production of soluble organo-Cr(III) complexes by culturing in both growth and non growth media containing 4 mg/L of Cr(VI); three were Gram positive and five were Gram negative. The Gram-positive bacteria were Cellulomonas sp. ES 6, Rhodococcus sp., and Leafsonia sp., while Shewanella oneidensis MR 1, Desulfovibrio desulfuricans G20, D. vulgaris Hildenborough, Pseudomonas putida MK 1 and Ps. aeruginosa PAO 1 were Gram negative. Purifications of the soluble organo-Cr(III) complexes produced by Cellulomonas sp. ES 6, Shewanella. oneidensis MR 1, Rhodococcus sp., and D. vulgaris Hildenborough were carried out. The culture supernatants were lyophilized and extracted first with methanol followed by water. The extracts were then analyzed for soluble Cr. The majority of the Cr(III) was present in the water-soluble fraction for all of the bacteria tested (data not shown), revealing a general phenomenon of soluble Cr(III) production. Cellulomonas sp. ES6 produced the highest amount of soluble Cr(III) (364 ppm) and D. vulgaris Hildenborough produced the least (143 ppm). Seventy eight percent of the soluble Cr(III) produced by Shewanella. oneidensis MR 1 was

  13. Systematic investigation of the catalytic cycle of a single site ruthenium oxygen evolving complex using density functional theory.

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    Hughes, Thomas F; Friesner, Richard A

    2011-07-28

    The mechanism of water oxidation by a single site ruthenium oxygen evolving complex is investigated using fully unrestricted pseudospectral B3LYP with the effective core potential LACV3P in continuum solvent with some quantum mechanical waters. Guess wave functions have been used that allow greater flexibility in sampling different electronic configurations of the complex. Systematic comparison with experiment is improved using these guesses because they provide a complete analysis of the low energy manifold and help to alleviate the formal disconnect between theory and experiment in assigning Lewis structures for transition metal complexes. In agreement with results from the literature, the challenging 4e(-)and 4H(+) oxidation of water is accomplished using a mechanism that features three proton coupled electron transfers, one electron transfer, one atom proton transfer (APT), and one ligand exchange (LE). Calculations on a large database of ruthenium complexes allows us to benchmark the computation of reduction half potentials and free energies of activation and to investigate systematic ligand variations and their effect on the reaction mechanism. Mean unsigned errors of reduction half potentials in comparison to experiment are generally small (100-200 mV). The APT and LE steps are found to be rate limiting with free energy barriers of 19.27 and 19.53 kcal/mol respectively, which is in excellent agreement with the ∼20 kcal/mol barrier obtained from experimental rate constants using classical transition state theory.

  14. NMR Investigation of the complexation of (S-2-isopropyl- 1-(o-nitrophenylsulfonylaziridine with -cyclodextrin

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    Mohamed Z. Sliman

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Aziridines are known to undergo hydrolysis in the presence of cyclodextrins, whereas the latter are largely investigated as potential vectors of biologically active compounds. Despite this easy cyclodextrin-induced cleavage of aziridines in aqueous medium, it was of interest to find out a model aziridine derivative that would be sufficiently water-stable and form a stable complex with b-cyclodextrin in aqueous medium, so that it could be used as a reference in future formulations or vectorization work. Among compounds we have investigated, we found out that only (S-2-isopropyl-1-(o-nitrophenylsulfonylaziridine complied with the above-mentioned solubility and stability requirements. NMR studies of the inclusion complex of this derivative with b-cyclodextrin provided useful parameters related to the stoichiometry of the complex and the association constant Ka. The geometry of the complex was assessed by 2D-ROESY experiments, suggesting a deep insertion of the aziridine into the cavity of b-cyclodextrin.

  15. Magnetotelluric investigation of the Alnö alkaline and carbonatite ring complex, central Sweden

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    Yan, Ping; Andersson, Magnus; Garcia Juanatey, Maria A.; Shan, Chunling; Malehmir, Alireza; Pedersen, Laust B.

    2014-05-01

    Alnö complex, 553-590 Ma, located in central Sweden, is one of the largest of few known alkaline and carbonatite ring intrusions in the world. The complex primarily consists of alkaline silicate rocks (ijolite, nepheline-syenite and pyroxenite) and a wide range of carbonatite dykes with different compositions (e.g., sövite). To better understand the intrusion mechanism(s) and the deeper structure of the intrusion, three high-resolution reflection seismic, gravity and magnetic profiles, crossing the main intrusion, were acquired in winter 2010. Together with these, petrophysical measurements on various rock samples have also been carried out. These data not only successfully showed the lateral extension of the intrusion at depth but also suggested a solidified saucer-shaped magma chamber at about 3 km depth that is associated with caldera-related ring-type fault systems. To further elucidate these interpretations, magnetotelluric (MT) data were acquired in summer 2013. The MT data were measured at 34 stations across the intrusion and designed so that a 3D conductivity model can be obtained. Most of the sites are located along the seismic profiles, while the rest is distributed over the intrusion area, to provide lateral and off-profile information. The time series were recorded with four broadband MT instruments simultaneously. The used sampling rates were 1000 Hz (two hours after midnight) and 20 Hz (a full day). The collected MT data are highly influenced by noise from cultural sources. Luckily, higher frequencies are less influenced providing a good coverage of the interest depth of about 5 km. Therefore, the data processing and analysis focused solely on the high frequency data. To decrease the effect of noise, the best quality site in one day was chosen for remote referencing the other three. Even if the sites were only 500 to 1000 m apart, better results were obtained, indicating very localized noise sources in the area. The strike analysis of the obtained

  16. Investigation on Law and Economics Based on Complex Network and Time Series Analysis.

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    Yang, Jian; Qu, Zhao; Chang, Hui

    2015-01-01

    The research focuses on the cooperative relationship and the strategy tendency among three mutually interactive parties in financing: small enterprises, commercial banks and micro-credit companies. Complex network theory and time series analysis were applied to figure out the quantitative evidence. Moreover, this paper built up a fundamental model describing the particular interaction among them through evolutionary game. Combining the results of data analysis and current situation, it is justifiable to put forward reasonable legislative recommendations for regulations on lending activities among small enterprises, commercial banks and micro-credit companies. The approach in this research provides a framework for constructing mathematical models and applying econometrics and evolutionary game in the issue of corporation financing.

  17. Investigation on Law and Economics Based on Complex Network and Time Series Analysis.

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    Jian Yang

    Full Text Available The research focuses on the cooperative relationship and the strategy tendency among three mutually interactive parties in financing: small enterprises, commercial banks and micro-credit companies. Complex network theory and time series analysis were applied to figure out the quantitative evidence. Moreover, this paper built up a fundamental model describing the particular interaction among them through evolutionary game. Combining the results of data analysis and current situation, it is justifiable to put forward reasonable legislative recommendations for regulations on lending activities among small enterprises, commercial banks and micro-credit companies. The approach in this research provides a framework for constructing mathematical models and applying econometrics and evolutionary game in the issue of corporation financing.

  18. Investigation on law and economics of listed companies’ financing preference based on complex network theory

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    Yang, Jian; Bai, Shuying; Qu, Zhao; Chang, Hui

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, complex network theory is used to make time-series analysis of key indicators of governance structure and financing data. We analyze scientific listed companies’ governance data from 2010 to 2014 and divide them into groups in accordance with the similarity they share. Then we select sample companies to analyze their financing data and explore the influence of governance structure on financing decision and the financing preference they display. This paper reviews relevant laws and regulations of financing from the perspective of law and economics, then proposes reasonable suggestions to consummate the law for the purpose of regulating listed companies’ financing. The research provides a reference for making qualitative analysis on companies’ financing. PMID:28301510

  19. Modeling Complex Marine Ecosystems: An Investigation of Two Teaching Approaches with Fifth Graders

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    Papaevripidou, M.; Constantinou, C. P.; Zacharia, Z. C.

    2007-01-01

    This study investigated acquisition and transfer of the modeling ability of fifth graders in various domains. Teaching interventions concentrated on the topic of marine ecosystems either through a modeling-based approach or a worksheet-based approach. A quasi-experimental (pre-post comparison study) design was used. The control group (n = 17)…

  20. New Approach to Investigating Near-Surface Structures for Complex Seismic Topography

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    JiangWenbo; HeZhanxiang; LiuHong

    2003-01-01

    Addressed in this article is a new approach to investigating the near-surface structures through the use of the electromagnetic sounding. The advantages of the electro-magnetic sounding method and the problems of the nearssurface investigation and their solutions are described. Actual examples from the southwestern Takelamagan, western Qaidam and northern Xinjiang are taken to demonstrate the results and the capability of this approach in solving the nearsurface problems. It is also pointed out that the new approach could become both the basis for designing seismic acquisition parameters and determining the seismic shot locations,as well as supplying near-surface velocity models for seismic data processing so as to improve the quality of seismic sections.

  1. Significance of radiological diagnosis in complex investigation of necroses of femoral head ossification centers. Pt. 2

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    Siegling, C.W.; Endert, G.; Ritter, H.; Schumann, E.

    1984-07-01

    101 scintigraphic investigations and 42 angiograms show that the vascular tamponade is the decisive factor for the beginning of necrosis of the femoral head ossification center. Plain films, scintigraphy and angiography give information of the duration of the disease. Extent and localisation of the circulatory disturbance are important for the prognosis of the disease. From stage classification and prognostic factors the conclusions for therapy can be drawn.

  2. Televisual forensics on the edge of chaos: post-genomic complexity in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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    Bull, Sofia

    2015-01-01

    This essay examines the discourse on scientific knowledge in the forensic crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000–), in ways that complicate the common assumption that its science only offers conservatively straightforward answers and simple solutions. Through close textual readings, and comparative historic genre analysis of The Expert (BBC, 1968–76), Quincy M.E. (NBC, 1976–83) and Silent Witness (BBC, 1996), the essay maps the residual, dominant and emergent scientific discour...

  3. Seismic response control of a complex structure using multiple MR dampers:experimental investigation

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    陈静; 徐幼麟; 瞿伟廉; 吴志伦

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental investigation on semi-active seismic response control of a multistory building with a podium structure using multiple magnetorheological (MR) dampers manipulated by a logic control algorithm. The experiments are performed in three phases on a seismic simulator with a slender 12-story building model representing a multi-story building and a relatively stiff 3-story building model typifying a podium structure. The first phase of the investigation is to assess control performance of using three MR dampers to link the 3-story building to the 12-story building, in which seismic responses of the controlled two buildings are compared with those of the two buildings without any connection and with rigid connection. The second phase is to investigate reliability of the semi-active control system and robustness of the logic control algorithm when 2 out of 3 MR dampers fail and when the electricity supply to MR dampers is completely stopped. The last phase is to examine sensitivity of semi-active control performance of two buildings to change in ground excitation. The experimental results show that multiple MR dampers with the logic control algorithm can achieve a significant reduction in seismic responses of both buildings. The proposed semi-active control system is of high reliability and good robustness.

  4. Solution and Structural Investigations of Ligand Preorganization in Trivalent Lanthanide Complexes of Bicyclic Malonamides

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    Parks, Bevin W.; Gilbertson, Robert D.; Hutchison, J. E.; Rather Healey, Elisabeth; Weakley, Timothy J R; Rapko, Brian M.; Hay, Benjamin P.; Sinkov, Sergei I.; Broker, Grant A.; Rogers, Robin D.

    2006-02-20

    This report describes an investigation into the coordination chemistry of trivalentlanthanides in solution and the solid state with acyclic and preorganized bicyclic malonamide ligands. Two experimental investigations were performed: solution bindingaffinities were determined through single-phase spectrophotometric titrations and the extent of conformational change upon binding was investigated with single-crystal X-raycrystallography. Both experimental methods compare the bicyclic malonamide (BMA), which is designed to be preorganized for binding trivalent lanthanides, to an analogousacyclic malonamide. Results from the spectrophotometric titrations indicate that BMA exhibits a 10-100 times increase in binding affinity to Ln(III) over acyclic malonamide.In addition, BMA forms compounds with high ligand-metal ratios, even when competing with water and nitrate ligands for binding sites. The crystal structures exhibit nosignificant differences in the nature of the binding between Ln(III) and the BMA or acyclic malonamide. These results support the conclusion that rational ligand design canlead to compounds that enhance the binding affinities within a ligand class.

  5. Experimental Investigation of In-Situ Chemical Oxidation of Complex DNAPL Source Zones by Permanganate

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    Heiderscheidt, J. L.; Illangasekare, T. H.; Siegrist, R. L.

    2005-12-01

    Remediation of aquifers contaminated with organic waste chemicals that are in the form of dense non-aqueous phase liquids pose many challenges. The contaminated source zones are naturally heterogeneous and the unstable behavior of DNAPLs results in complex entrapment architecture. Some of the remediation schemes rely on effective delivery of treating agents to the locations where the DNAPLs are entrapped. During remediation, the source zone conditions may change, thus affecting the delivery efficiency of the treating agent. One such technology of DNAPL source zone treatment, in-situ chemical oxidation is designed to speed up remediation of a contaminant source zone by inducing increased mass transfer from DNAPL sources into the aqueous phase for subsequent destruction. Individual sources may be present as pools of high saturation, regions of disconnected ganglia at residual saturation, or some combination. Oxidation using permanganate generates manganese oxide (MnO2 (s)) precipitates. Research has shown that these solids, as with other remedial technologies, can result in permeability reductions in the bulk source zone reducing the ability for oxidant to be transported to individual sources. Solids can also form at the DNAPL-water interface, decreasing contact of the oxidant with the DNAPL source. Consequently, MnO2 (s) formation may alter the mass transfer rate from DNAPL into the aqueous phase, diminishing the magnitude of any mass depletion increase induced by oxidation. A two-dimensional intermediate scale tank experiment was performed, spatially monitoring permeability changes and relating them to MnO2 (s) distribution measured through post-oxidation soil coring. Sampling of aqueous PCE, chloride, and permanganate concentrations was used to relate changes in mass flux from DNAPL residual and pool source zones to MnO2 (s) formation. For the conditions of this experiment, MnO2 (s) formation reduced aqueous permeability in and around DNAPL sources resulting in

  6. An Investigation of the Variety and Complexity of Statistical Methods Used in Current Internal Medicine Literature.

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    Narayanan, Roshni; Nugent, Rebecca; Nugent, Kenneth

    2015-10-01

    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines require internal medicine residents to develop skills in the interpretation of medical literature and to understand the principles of research. A necessary component is the ability to understand the statistical methods used and their results, material that is not an in-depth focus of most medical school curricula and residency programs. Given the breadth and depth of the current medical literature and an increasing emphasis on complex, sophisticated statistical analyses, the statistical foundation and education necessary for residents are uncertain. We reviewed the statistical methods and terms used in 49 articles discussed at the journal club in the Department of Internal Medicine residency program at Texas Tech University between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. We collected information on the study type and on the statistical methods used for summarizing and comparing samples, determining the relations between independent variables and dependent variables, and estimating models. We then identified the typical statistics education level at which each term or method is learned. A total of 14 articles came from the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, 11 from the New England Journal of Medicine, 6 from the Annals of Internal Medicine, 5 from the Journal of the American Medical Association, and 13 from other journals. Twenty reported randomized controlled trials. Summary statistics included mean values (39 articles), category counts (38), and medians (28). Group comparisons were based on t tests (14 articles), χ2 tests (21), and nonparametric ranking tests (10). The relations between dependent and independent variables were analyzed with simple regression (6 articles), multivariate regression (11), and logistic regression (8). Nine studies reported odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals, and seven analyzed test performance using sensitivity and specificity calculations

  7. Investigating target versus impactor influences on Martian crater morphology at the simple-complex transition

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    Herrick, Robert R.; Hynek, Brian M.

    2017-08-01

    Comparing craters of identical diameter on a planet is an empirical method of studying the effects of different target and impactor properties while holding total impact energy nearly constant. We have analyzed the Martian crater population within a narrow diameter range (7 km crater diameter crater transition using three approaches. We looked for correlations of morphology with surface geology using a global crater database and global geologic map. We examined selected regions in detail with high-resolution images to further understand the relationship between crater morphology and bulk target properties. Finally, we examined craters in close proximity to each other in order to hold target properties constant, so that we could isolate impactor effects on crater morphology. We found a strong correlation between target properties and interior crater morphology, and we found little evidence that impactor properties (other than impact angle) affect crater appearance. Central uplift and wall slumping are enhanced for less consolidated targets. Layered targets affected both the excavation and modification stages of complex crater formation; the resulting craters have pseudoterraces, flat floors, and central pits.

  8. Experimental investigation of flow induced dust acoustic shock waves in a complex plasma

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    Jaiswal, S., E-mail: surabhijaiswal73@gmail.com; Bandyopadhyay, P.; Sen, A. [Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382428 (India)

    2016-08-15

    We report on experimental observations of flow induced large amplitude dust-acoustic shock waves in a complex plasma. The experiments have been carried out in a Π shaped direct current glow discharge experimental device using kaolin particles as the dust component in a background of Argon plasma. A strong supersonic flow of the dust fluid is induced by adjusting the pumping speed and neutral gas flow into the device. An isolated copper wire mounted on the cathode acts as a potential barrier to the flow of dust particles. A sudden change in the gas flow rate is used to trigger the onset of high velocity dust acoustic shocks whose dynamics are captured by fast video pictures of the evolving structures. The physical characteristics of these shocks are delineated through a parametric scan of their dynamical properties over a range of flow speeds and potential hill heights. The observed evolution of the shock waves and their propagation characteristics are found to compare well with model numerical results based on a modified Korteweg-de-Vries-Burgers type equation.

  9. Experimental investigation of flow induced dust acoustic shock waves in a complex plasma

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    Jaiswal, S; Sen, A

    2016-01-01

    We report on experimental observations of flow induced large amplitude dust-acoustic shock waves (DASW) in a complex plasma. The experiments have been carried out in a $\\Pi$ shaped DC glow discharge experimental device using kaolin particles as the dust component in a background of Argon plasma. A strong supersonic flow of the dust fluid is induced by adjusting the pumping speed and neutral gas flow into the device. An isolated copper wire mounted on the cathode acts as a potential barrier to the flow of dust particles. A sudden change of gas flow rate is used to trigger the onset of high velocity dust acoustic shocks whose dynamics are captured by fast video pictures of the evolving structures. The physical characteristics of these shocks are delineated through a parametric scan of their dynamical properties over a range of flow speeds and potential hill heights. The observed evolution of the shock waves and their propagation characteristics are found to compare well with model numerical results based on a m...

  10. Structural investigations of complex perovskite oxide films with X-ray diffraction

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    Boldyreva, Ksenia; Rata, Diana; Herklotz, Andreas; Bilani-Zeneli, Orkidia; Huehne, Ruben; Schultz, Ludwig; Doerr, Kathrin [IFW Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of many complex oxides are highly sensitive to external parameters which include mechanical deformation or strain. Thus, X-ray diffraction methods such as reciprocal space mapping are powerful and indispensable for the characterization of thin films, particularly for evaluating the in-plane strain state. The direct influence of strain on the magnetization of epitaxial La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) films has been studied utilizing piezoelectric PMN-PT substrates. On the other hand, La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (LSCO) films also reveal large strain-induced changes of the magnetization and the electrical conductivity. Since the in-plane lattice parameter of the piezoelectric substrate, PMN-PT, of {proportional_to}4.02A is larger than that of most correlated oxides, LaSc{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 3} (LSAO) has been explored as a buffer layer showing a lattice parameter that is tunable by the composition x. The lattice structure of (i) LSAO buffers depending on the composition and (ii) of magnetic films (LSMO, LSCO) grown in various strain states is discussed.

  11. Continuous distribution model for the investigation of complex molecular architectures near interfaces with scattering techniques.

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    Shekhar, Prabhanshu; Nanda, Hirsh; Lösche, Mathias; Heinrich, Frank

    2011-11-15

    Biological membranes are composed of a thermally disordered lipid matrix and therefore require non-crystallographic scattering approaches for structural characterization with x-rays or neutrons. Here we develop a continuous distribution (CD) model to refine neutron or x-ray reflectivity data from complex architectures of organic molecules. The new model is a flexible implementation of the composition-space refinement of interfacial structures to constrain the resulting scattering length density profiles. We show this model increases the precision with which molecular components may be localized within a sample, with a minimal use of free model parameters. We validate the new model by parameterizing all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of bilayers and by evaluating the neutron reflectivity of a phospholipid bilayer physisorbed to a solid support. The determination of the structural arrangement of a sparsely-tethered bilayer lipid membrane (stBLM) comprised of a multi-component phospholipid bilayer anchored to a gold substrate by a thiolated oligo(ethylene oxide) linker is also demonstrated. From the model we extract the bilayer composition and density of tether points, information which was previously inaccessible for stBLM systems. The new modeling strategy has been implemented into the ga_refl reflectivity data evaluation suite, available through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).

  12. New investigations of the guanine trichloro cuprate(II) complex crystal

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    Fabijanić, Ivana; Matković-Čalogović, Dubravka; Pilepić, Viktor; Ivanišević, Irena; Mohaček-Grošev, Vlasta; Sanković, Krešimir

    2017-01-01

    Crystals of the guanine trichloro cuprate(II) complex, (HGua)2[Cu2Cl6]·2H2O (HGua = protonated guanine), were prepared and analysed by spectroscopic (IR, Raman) and computational methods. A new single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis was conducted to obtain data with lower standard uncertainties than those in the previously published structure. Raman and IR spectroscopy and quantum-mechanical analysis gave us new insight into the vibrational states of the (HGua)2[Cu2Cl6]·2H2O crystal. The vibrational spectra of the crystal were assigned by performing a normal coordinate analysis for a free dimer with a centre of inversion as the only symmetry element. The stretching vibration observed at 279 cm-1 in the infrared spectrum corresponds to the N-Cu bond. The noncovalent interaction (NCI) plots and quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analysis of the electron density obtained from periodic DFT calculations elucidated the interactions that exist within the crystal structure. Closed-shell ionic attractions, as well as weak and medium strength hydrogen bonds, prevailed in the crystal packing.

  13. Numerical investigation into effects of complex terrain on spatial and temporal variability of precipitation

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    Stalker, J.R.; Bossert, J.E.; Reisner, J.M.

    1998-12-31

    This study is part of an ongoing research effort at Los Alamos to understand the hydrologic cycle at regional scales by coupling atmospheric, land surface, river channel, and groundwater models. In this study the authors examine how local variation of heights of the two mountain ranges representative of those that surround the Rio Grande Valley affects precipitation. The lack of observational data to adequately assess precipitation variability in complex terrain, and the lack of previous work has prompted this modeling study. Thus, it becomes imperative to understand how the local terrain affects snow accumulations and rainfall during winter and summer seasons respectively so as to manage this valuable resource in this semi-arid region. While terrain is three dimensional, simplifying the problem to two dimensions can provide some valuable insight into topographic effects that may exist at various transects across the Rio Grande Valley. The authors induce these topographic effects by introducing variations in heights of the mountains and the width of the valley using an analytical function for the topography. The Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) is used to examine these effects.

  14. Continuous distribution model for the investigation of complex molecular architectures near interfaces with scattering techniques

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    Shekhar, Prabhanshu [Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 (United States); Nanda, Hirsh; Heinrich, Frank [Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 (United States); National Institute of Standards and Technology, Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-6102 (United States); Loesche, Mathias [Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 (United States); National Institute of Standards and Technology, Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-6102 (United States)

    2011-11-15

    Biological membranes are composed of a thermally disordered lipid matrix and therefore require non-crystallographic scattering approaches for structural characterization with x-rays or neutrons. Here we develop a continuous distribution (CD) model to refine neutron or x-ray reflectivity data from complex architectures of organic molecules. The new model is a flexible implementation of the composition-space refinement of interfacial structures to constrain the resulting scattering length density profiles. We show this model increases the precision with which molecular components may be localized within a sample, with a minimal use of free model parameters. We validate the new model by parameterizing all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of bilayers and by evaluating the neutron reflectivity of a phospholipid bilayer physisorbed to a solid support. The determination of the structural arrangement of a sparsely-tethered bilayer lipid membrane (stBLM) comprised of a multi-component phospholipid bilayer anchored to a gold substrate by a thiolated oligo(ethylene oxide) linker is also demonstrated. From the model we extract the bilayer composition and density of tether points, information which was previously inaccessible for stBLM systems. The new modeling strategy has been implemented into the ga lowbar refl reflectivity data evaluation suite, available through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).

  15. Investigating hypoxia in aquatic environments: diverse approaches to addressing a complex phenomenon

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    J. Friedrich

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we synthesize the new knowledge on oxygen and oxygen-related phenomena in aquatic systems, resulting from the EU-FP7 project HYPOX ("In situ monitoring of oxygen depletion in hypoxic ecosystems of coastal and open seas, and land-locked water bodies", www.hypox.net. In view of the anticipated oxygen loss in aquatic systems due to eutrophication and climate change, HYPOX was set up to improve capacities to monitor hypoxia as well as to understand its causes and consequences. Temporal dynamics and spatial patterns of hypoxia were analysed in field studies in various aquatic environments, including the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, Scottish and Scandinavian fjords, Ionian Sea lagoons and embayments, and in Swiss lakes. Examples of episodic and rapid (hours occurrences of hypoxia as well as seasonal changes in bottom-water oxygenation in stratified systems are discussed. Geologically-driven hypoxia caused by gas seepage is demonstrated. Using novel technologies, temporal and spatial patterns of water-column oxygenation, from basin-scale seasonal patterns to meter-scale submicromolar oxygen distributions were resolved. Existing multi-decadal monitoring data were used to demonstrate the imprint of climate change and eutrophication on long-term oxygen distributions. Organic and inorganic proxies were used to extend investigations on past oxygen conditions to centennial and even longer timescales not resolved by monitoring. The effects of hypoxia on faunal communities and biogeochemical processes were also addressed in the project. An investigation of benthic fauna is presented as an example of hypoxia-devastated benthic communities that slowly recover upon a reduction in eutrophication in a system where natural and anthropogenic hypoxia overlap. Biogeochemical investigations reveal that oxygen intrusions have a strong effect on microbially-mediated redox cycling of elements. Observations and modeling studies of the sediments demonstrate the

  16. EPR and UV/VIS spectroscopic investigations of VO2+ complexes and compounds formed in alkali pyrosulfates

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    Rasmussen, Søren Birk; Eriksen, Kim Michael; Fehrmann, Rasmus

    2002-01-01

    The catalytically important molten salt-gas system M2S2O7-M2SO4-V2O5/SO2(g) (M = Na. K, Rb, Cs) has been investigated by X- and Q-band EPR spectroscopy. In order to obtain information about the V(IV) complex formation in the melts, samples rather dilute in V2O5 were quenched from the molten state...... at 450-460degreesC to 0degreesC. EPR spectra of the quenched samples were recorded on samples with alkali to vanadium (M/V) ratios 40, 80 and 160. The spectra show that two V(IV) complexes dominate in the melt regardless of the type of alkali metal ion. In systems with low activity of sulfate...... a paramagnetic V(IV) complex with g(parallel to) = 1.915, g(perpendicular to) = 1,978 and line widths 5-15 Gauss is observed. In systems saturated with M2SO4 the obtained EPR spectra show a paramagnetic complex with the g-tensors g(parallel to) = 1.930, g(perpendicular to) = 1.980 and line widths 20-60 Gauss...

  17. Microwave spectroscopic and theoretical investigations of the strongly hydrogen bonded hexafluoroisopropanol···water complex.

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    Shahi, A; Arunan, E

    2015-10-14

    This paper reports microwave spectroscopic and theoretical investigations on the interaction of water with hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP). The HFIP monomer can exist in two conformations, antiperiplanar (AP) and synclinical (SC). The former is about 5 kJ mol(-1) more stable than the latter. Theoretical calculations predicted three potential minima for the complex, two having AP and one having SC conformations. Though, the binding energy for the HFIP(SC)···H2O turned out to be larger than that for the other two conformers having HFIP in the AP form, the global minimum for the complex in the potential energy hypersurface had HFIP in the AP form. Experimental rotational constants for four isotopologues measured using a pulsed nozzle Fourier transform microwave spectrometer, correspond to the global minimum in the potential energy hypersurface. The structural parameters and the internal dynamics of the complex could be determined from the rotational spectra of the four isotopologues. The global minimum has the HFIP(AP) as a hydrogen bond donor forming a strong hydrogen bond with H2O. To characterize the strength of the bonding and to probe the other interactions within the complex, atoms in molecules, non-covalent interaction index and natural bond orbital theoretical analyses have been performed.

  18. Polarographic investigation of Cu(II) complexes with N,N,N',N'-tetrakis-(2-hydroxypropyl)-ethylenediamine.

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    Norkus, E; Vaskelis, A; Zakaité, I; Reklaitis, J

    1995-11-01

    During investigation of the formation of Cu(2+) ion complexes with N,N,N',N'-tetrakis-(2-hydroxypropyl)-ethylenediamine (Quadrol-Q) by means of constant current polarography (20 degrees C, ionic strength J = 3 mol l(-1)), the possibility of the formation of two complex compounds; CuQ(2+) and CuQ(2+)(2), was shown within the pH range from 6 to 8. The logarithms of the stability constants for these compounds are 10.6 +/- 0.5 and 14.6 +/- 0.4 respectively. Cu(II) complexation increases sharply when the pH increases from 8 to 10. It was shown that the data at a pH of greater than 10 are in accordance with the existence of the hydroxy complexes CuQ(OH)(2) and CuQ(2)(OH)(2), the logarithms of the stability constants being 26.9 +/- 0.5 and 29.1 +/- 0.3.

  19. Copper Electrodeposition from Non-Cyanide Alkaline Baths Containing Methylene Diphosphonic Acid as a Complexing Agent%亚甲基二膦酸为配位体的无氰碱性镀铜

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    郑精武; 陆国英; 乔梁; 姜力强; 蒋梅燕

    2011-01-01

    A cyanide-free alkaline copper deposition bath was developed using methylene diphosphonic acid (MDPA, H4L) as a complexing agent for Cu2+.The plating bath was investigated using potentiometric titrations, voltammetric curves, and polarization curves.The potentiometric titration gave dissociation constants for MDPA of: pK1=1.86, pK2=2.65, pK3=6.81, pK4=9.04, and the stability constants were: pKML= 10.65, pKML2 = 5.59, pKML3 = 2.50.Three different complex species were present in the bath as the pH increases: Cu(H3L)2, [Cu(H3L)(H2L)]-, and [Cu(H2L)2]2-.MDPA was found to be more likely to form complex species with Cu2+ than 1-hydroxyethylene-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDPA) from pH 7 to pH 10.At pH 9,[Cu(H3L)(H2L)]-and [Cu(H2L)2]2- were reduced to Cu at the cathode.Compared with the HEDPA system at 10 ℃ the peak potential shifted to more negative values and the rate of diffusion was faster.%提出一种以亚甲基二膦酸(MDPA,H4L)为主配位剂的无氰镀铜体系,采用pH电位滴定法分别测定MDPA的四级解离常数和MDPA-Cu(Ⅱ)的稳定常数,并比较MDPA-Cu(Ⅱ)和羟基乙叉二膦酸(HEDPA)-Cu(Ⅱ)的循环伏安曲线和阴极极化曲线.结果表明:MDPA各级解离常数为,pK1=1.86,pK2=2.65,pK3=6.81,pK4=9.04;MDPA与Cu2+形成分级配合物的稳定常数为,pKML=10.65,PKML2=5.59,pKML3=2.50;随着pH升高,形成的配合物依次为,Cu(H3L)2、[Cu(H3L)(H2L)-和[Cu(H2L)2]2-;当pH在7-10时,MDPA较HEDPA更易与Cu2+配位.当pH=9时,MDPA碱性镀铜体系阴极主要发生的是[Cu(H3L)(H2L)]-和[Cu(H2L)2]2-还原生成铜的过程;在10℃,MDPA体系的铜配位化合物还原生成铜的电位比HEDPA体系负移,扩散速度更快.

  20. Microstructural and magnetic investigations of pseudotachylyte and ultracataclasite in the Hoping River, Tananao Complex, Eastern Taiwan

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    Kuo, Ruo-Lin; Chou, Yu-Min; Ferré, Eric. C.; Yeh, En-Chao; Chu, Hao-Tsu; Hu, Jyr-Ching

    2016-04-01

    Here we investigate seismic rupture processes through the microstructural and magnetic study of pseudotachylyte and ultracataclasite from the Hoping River area. Unlike other fault rocks, pseudotachylytes form through friction-related melting during an earthquake. Therefore, these rocks, regarded as earthquake fossils potentially hold valuable information on seismic deformation. Paradoxically, although Taiwan is a seismically active zone, reports of pseudotachylyte outcrops in Taiwan remain rare. Previous studies reported the first pseudotachylyte outcrop in the Hoping River from which the magnitude, direction and sense of seismic slip were subsequently determined. In this study, we apply new microstructural and magnetic approaches to investigate the pseudotachylyte veins. X- ray fluorescence (XRF) geochemical analyses show that the pseudotachylyte melt, formed by incongruent melting, is depleted in SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O and enriched in Fe2O3, K2O compared with the ultracataclasite and host rock. This observation suggests selective melting of biotite. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) supports the melt origin of the pseudotachylyte although melting occurred only in small spots, manifested by a few microcrystalline aggregates, with low melt percentage (≈10%). Small iron-oxide grains are discovered under TXM, which may be formed by the breakdown of biotite in the host rock during melting. The presence of iron oxide grains appears restricted to the pseudotachylyte. Since the iron content of the pseudotachylyte is slightly higher (4 wt. %) than the ultracataclasite and granitic host rock, magnetic hysteresis measurements were performed under high field (up to 1 Tesla) using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) to determine the nature of ferromagnetic minerals. Magnetic hysteresis curves show the pseudotachylyte veins of the Hoping River are dominated by paramagnetic phases, with a very weak saturation isothermal remanent

  1. Structure and Bonding Investigation of Plutonium Peroxocarbonate Complexes Using Cerium Surrogates and Electronic Structure Modeling

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    Sweet, Lucas E.; Corbey, Jordan F.; Gendron, Frédéric; Autschbach, Jochen; McNamara, Bruce K.; Ziegelgruber, Kate L.; Arrigo, Leah M.; Peper, Shane M.; Schwantes, Jon M.

    2016-12-29

    Herein, we report the synthesis and structural characterization of K8[(CO3)3Pu]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•12H2O. This is the second plutonium-containing addition to the previously studied alkali metal peroxo-carbonate series M8[(CO3)3A]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•xH2O (M = alkali metal; A = Ce or Pu; x = 8, 10, 12 or 18), for which only the M = Na analog has been previously reported when A = Pu. The previously reported crystal structure for Na8[(CO3)3Pu]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•12H2O is not isomorphous with its known Ce analogue. However, a new synthetic route to these M8[(CO3)3A]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•12H2O complexes, described below, has produced crystals of Na8[(CO3)3Ce]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•12H2O that are isomorphous with the previously reported Pu analogue. Via this synthetic method, the M = Na, K, Rb, and Cs salts of M8[(CO3)3Ce]2(µ-η2-η2-O2)2•xH2O have also been synthesized for systematic structural comparison with each other and the available Pu analogues using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The cerium salts in particular demonstrate subtle differences in the peroxide bond lengths which correlate to Raman shifts for the peroxide Op–Op stretch (Op = the oxygen atoms of the peroxide bridges) with each of the cations studied: Na+ (1.492(3) Å /847 cm-1), Rb+ (1.471(1) Å /854 cm-1), Cs+ (1.474(1) Å /859 cm-1), and K+ (1.468(6) Å, 870 cm-1). The trends observed in the M–Op and Op–Op bond distances appear to relate to supermolecular interactions between the neighboring cations.

  2. Magnetic Investigations in the J-M Reef Section of the Stillwater Complex, Montana

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    Wnukowski, J. D.; Ferre, E. C.; Butak, K. C.

    2014-12-01

    The Stillwater J-M reef, the only economic platinum deposit in the USA, consists of a 0.5 to 4 m-thick stratiform zone of platinum group element (PGE)-rich sulfides in a layered mafic intrusion. The origin of this reef, purely magmatic or related to late-stage magmatic fluids, remains ambiguous. I propose to test these two genetic hypotheses using rock magnetism. Fractional crystallization trends deduced from petrological models would produce a sharp increase in magnetite and pyrrhotite content near the solidus. In contrast, percolation of sulfur-rich fluids through a crystal mush would produce a gradual increase in magnetite and pyrrhotite up to a fluid permeability barrier. Continuous logging of the magnetic properties of drillcores, combined with petrographic observations, will allow to test these two models. Petrologic similarities between PGE reefs suggest that they share common physico-chemical origins, therefore, understanding the J-M reef genesis would have implications for other deposits such as the Bushveld Complex and the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe. The J-M reef formation has been explained by two alternative models: 1) magmatic model - magma replenishment causes thermal convection at the interface between two magmas, inducing PGE leaching by a sulfur-saturated magma, followed by precipitation of sulfide droplets; 2) fluid fluxing model - a sulfur-rich residual, late magmatic fluid migrates upward through the crystal mush leading to PGE concentration along a magmatic permeability barrier against the hanging wall. Both models account for the majority of geochemical and petrological observations and may not be fundamentally mutually exclusive. However, understanding the origin of PGE reefs would certainly benefit from new approaches. Preliminary data shows systematic inch-scale cycling variations of magnetic susceptibility (Km) in the hanging-wall that supports the magmatic model. The discovery of this magnetic cyclicity matters because this core does not

  3. Photoprotection Mechanism of Light-Harvesting Antenna Complex from Purple Bacteria.

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    Kosumi, Daisuke; Horibe, Tomoko; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Cogdell, Richard J; Hashimoto, Hideki

    2016-02-11

    Photosynthetic light-harvesting apparatus efficiently capture sunlight and transfer the energy to reaction centers, while they safely dissipate excess energy to surrounding environments for a protection of their organisms. In this study, we performed pump-probe spectroscopic measurements with a temporal window ranging from femtosecond to submillisecond on the purple bacterial antenna complex LH2 from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1 to clarify its photoprotection functions. The observed excited state dynamics in the time range from subnanosecond to microsecond exhibits that the triplet-triplet excitation energy transfer from bacteriochlorophyll a to carotenoid takes place with a time constant of 16.7 ns. Furthermore, ultrafast spectroscopic data suggests that a molecular assembly of bacteriochlorophyll a in LH2 efficiently suppresses a generation of triple bacteriochlorophyll a.

  4. Spectroscopic investigations on sorption of uranium onto suspended bentonite. Effects of pH, ionic strength and complexing anions

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    Verma, Parveen Kumar; Pathak, Priyanath; Mohapatra, Manoj; Mohapatra, Prasanta Kumar [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Radiochemistry Div.; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Jha, Sambhunath; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Atomic and Molecular Physics Div.

    2015-06-01

    Batch sorption experiments were carried out under aerobic conditions to understand the sorption behavior of U(VI) onto bentonite clay under varying pH (2-8) and ionic strength (I = 0.01 - 1 M (NaClO{sub 4})) conditions. The influences of different complexing anions (1 x 10{sup -4} M) such as oxalic acid (ox), carbonate (CO{sub 3}{sup 2-}), citric acid (cit), and humic acid (HA, 10 mg/L) on the sorption behavior were also investigated. The sorption of U(VI) increased with increasing pH up to pH 6 beyond which a decrease was attributed to the formation of anionic carbonate species. Marginal influence of the change in the ionic strength of the medium on the sorption profile of uranium suggested inner-sphere complexation onto the bentonite surface. The presence of humic acid showed interesting sorption profile with varying pH. Initially, there was an enhancement in the sorption with increased pH followed by a plateau and finally a decrease thereafter due to the formation of aqueous U(VI)-humate complexes. Spectroscopic studies such as UV spectrophotometry, luminescence and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements were also performed to understand the changes in aqueous speciation of U(VI) ion. The luminescence yields of different aqueous U(VI) species followed the order: U(VI){sub Hydroxy} > U(VI){sub HumicAcid} > U(VI){sub carbonate} > U(VI){sub citrate}. The lower luminescence yield of U(VI)carbonate complex can be attributed to the strong dynamic quenching by carbonate at room temperature. The U(VI) samples shows two distinct life-time suggesting the presence of the different luminescent U(VI) species. Similar trend was observed for U(VI)-bentonite suspension in presence/absence of the complexing ligands. There was luminescence quenching for the sorbed U(VI) due to surface complexation. These observations were further supported by spectrophotometric measurements. EXAFS spectra of U(VI) samples were recorded in luminescence mode at the U L{sub 3

  5. An electronic structure theory investigation of the physical chemistry of the intermolecular complexes of cyclopropenylidene with hydrogen halides.

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    Varadwaj, Pradeep R; Varadwaj, Arpita; Peslherbe, Gilles H

    2012-10-05

    The proton accepting and donating abilities of cyclopropenylidene (c-C(3)H(2)) on its complexation with hydrogen halides H-X (X = F, Cl, Br) are analyzed using density-functional theory with three functionals (PBE0, B3LYP, and B3LYP-D) and benchmarked against second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) theory. Standard signatures including, inter alia, dipole moment enhancement, charge transfer from the carbenic lone pair to the antibonding σ*(H-X) orbital, and H-X bond elongation are examined to ascertain the presence of hydrogen bonding in these complexes. The latter property is found to be accompanied with a pronounced red shift in the bond stretching frequency and with a substantial increase in the infrared intensity of the band on complex formation. The MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ c-C(3)H(2)···H-F complex potential energy surface turns out to be an asymmetric deep single well, while asymmetric double wells are found for the c-C(3)H(2)···H-Cl and c-C(3)H(2)···H-Br complexes, with an energy barrier of 4.1 kcal mol(-1) for proton transfer along the hydrogen bond in the latter complex. Hydrogen-bond energy decomposition, with the reduced variational space self-consistent field approach, indicates that there are large polarization and charge-transfer interactions between the interacting partners in c-C(3)H(2)···H-Br compared to the other two complexes. The C···H bonds are found to be predominantly ionic with partial covalent character, unveiled by the quantum theory of atoms in molecules. The present results reveal that the c-C(3)H(2) carbene divalent carbon can act as a proton acceptor and is responsible for the formation of hydrogen bonds in the complexes investigated. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Distribution of colored carotenoids between light-harvesting complexes in the process of recovering carotenoid biosynthesis in Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila cells.

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    Ashikhmin, Aleksandr; Makhneva, Zoya; Bolshakov, Maksim; Moskalenko, Andrey

    2014-12-01

    The processes of recovering colored-carotenoid (Car) biosynthesis in Car-less cells of the purple sulfur bacterium Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila grown with diphenylamine (DPA-cells) have been studied. It has been found that (1) the rate of recovering colored-Car biosynthesis in the lag-phase is far ahead of the growth rate of the cells themselves; (2) several Cars (ζ-carotene, neurosporene etc.) act as intermediates in Car biosynthesis; (3) because filling the "empty" Car pockets in the LH1-RC complexes is faster than in LH2, available spirilloxanthin is preferentially incorporated into the nascent LH1-RC core particles; (4) as a consequence of the resulting lack of spirilloxanthin availability, the biosynthetic intermediates (anhydrorhodovibrin, rhodopin and lycopene) fill the empty nascent LH2 Car pockets. In the present report, we further discuss the process of colored Car incorporation into LH complexes during the recovery of Car biosynthesis in the DPA-cells of Ect.haloalkaliphila.

  7. Theoretical investigations and density functional theory based quantitative structure-activity relationships model for novel cytotoxic platinum(IV) complexes.

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    Varbanov, Hristo P; Jakupec, Michael A; Roller, Alexander; Jensen, Frank; Galanski, Markus; Keppler, Bernhard K

    2013-01-10

    Octahedral platinum(IV) complexes are promising candidates in the fight against cancer. In order to rationalize the further development of this class of compounds, detailed studies on their mechanisms of action, toxicity, and resistance must be provided and structure-activity relationships must be drawn. Herein, we report on theoretical and QSAR investigations of a series of 53 novel bis-, tris-, and tetrakis(carboxylato)platinum(IV) complexes, synthesized and tested for cytotoxicity in our laboratories. The hybrid DFT functional wb97x was used for optimization of the structure geometry and calculation of the descriptors. Reliable and robust QSAR models with good explanatory and predictive properties were obtained for both the cisplatin sensitive cell line CH1 and the intrinsically cisplatin resistant cell line SW480, with a set of four descriptors.

  8. Theoretical Investigations and Density Functional Theory Based Quantitative Structure–Activity Relationships Model for Novel Cytotoxic Platinum(IV) Complexes

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    2012-01-01

    Octahedral platinum(IV) complexes are promising candidates in the fight against cancer. In order to rationalize the further development of this class of compounds, detailed studies on their mechanisms of action, toxicity, and resistance must be provided and structure–activity relationships must be drawn. Herein, we report on theoretical and QSAR investigations of a series of 53 novel bis-, tris-, and tetrakis(carboxylato)platinum(IV) complexes, synthesized and tested for cytotoxicity in our laboratories. The hybrid DFT functional wb97x was used for optimization of the structure geometry and calculation of the descriptors. Reliable and robust QSAR models with good explanatory and predictive properties were obtained for both the cisplatin sensitive cell line CH1 and the intrinsically cisplatin resistant cell line SW480, with a set of four descriptors. PMID:23214999

  9. INVESTIGATION OF A DYNAMIC POWER LINE RATING CONCEPT FOR IMPROVED WIND ENERGY INTEGRATION OVER COMPLEX TERRAIN

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    Jake P. Gentle; Kurt S Myers; Tyler B Phillips; Inanc Senocak; Phil Anderson

    2014-08-01

    Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) is a smart grid technology that allows the rating of power line to be based on real-time conductor temperature dependent on local weather conditions. In current practice overhead power lines are generally given a conservative rating based on worst case weather conditions. Using historical weather data collected over a test bed area, we demonstrate there is often additional transmission capacity not being utilized with the current static rating practice. We investigate a new dynamic line rating methodology using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to determine wind conditions along transmission lines at dense intervals. Simulated results are used to determine conductor temperature by calculating the transient thermal response of the conductor under variable environmental conditions. In calculating the conductor temperature, we use both a calculation with steady-state assumption and a transient calculation. Under low wind conditions, steady-state assumption predicts higher conductor temperatures that could lead to curtailments, whereas transient calculations produce conductor temperatures that are significantly lower, implying the availability of additional transmission capacity.

  10. Complex investigation of deformation twinning in γ-TiAl by TEM and neutron diffraction

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    Beran, Premysl; Heczko, Milan; Kruml, Tomas; Panzner, Tobias; van Petegem, Steven

    2016-10-01

    A near-γ TiAl based alloy with 2 at% of Nb was investigated by means of collaborative research based on transmission electron microscopy and in-situ neutron diffraction techniques with the aim to study mechanical twinning and its role within the mechanisms governing fatigue response and material properties. In-situ neutron diffraction measurements were performed during low cycle fatigue straining at room temperature. Induced lattice strain related to the formation of deformation twins was detected and used to follow changes in the macroscopic material response caused by the twinning process during cycling. A microscopic insight was realised by using several transmission electron microscopy techniques to reveal in detail an internal deformation microstructure of the material at the beginning as well as at the end of the fatigue life. The study was focused on the first loading cycles where the material shows intense cyclic hardening. The effect of mechanical twinning on the material behaviour at several stages of the fatigue life is discussed for two different total strain amplitudes of 0.2% and 0.4%.

  11. Atomistic modeling of two-dimensional electronic spectra and excited-state dynamics for a Light Harvesting 2 complex.

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    van der Vegte, C P; Prajapati, J D; Kleinekathöfer, U; Knoester, J; Jansen, T L C

    2015-01-29

    The Light Harvesting 2 (LH2) complex is a vital part of the photosystem of purple bacteria. It is responsible for the absorption of light and transport of the resulting excitations to the reaction center in a highly efficient manner. A general description of the chromophores and the interaction with their local environment is crucial to understand this highly efficient energy transport. Here we include this interaction in an atomistic way using mixed quantum-classical (molecular dynamics) simulations of spectra. In particular, we present the first atomistic simulation of nonlinear optical spectra for LH2 and use it to study the energy transport within the complex. We show that the frequency distributions of the pigments strongly depend on their positions with respect to the protein scaffold and dynamics of their local environment. Furthermore, we show that although the pigments are closely packed the transition frequencies of neighboring pigments are essentially uncorrelated. We present the simulated linear absorption spectra for the LH2 complex and provide a detailed explanation of the states responsible for the observed two-band structure. Finally, we discuss the energy transfer within the complex by analyzing population transfer calculations and 2D spectra for different waiting times. We conclude that the energy transfer from the B800 ring to the B850 ring is mediated by intermediate states that are delocalized over both rings, allowing for a stepwise downhill energy transport.

  12. Investigation of non-covalent complexes of glutathione with common amino acids by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

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    Zhao-yun DAI; Yan-qiu CHU; Bo WU; Liang WU; Chuan-fan DING

    2008-01-01

    Aim: To study the non-covalent interaction between glutathione and common amino acids. Methods: A stoichiometry of glutathione and common amino acids were mixed to reach the equilibrium, and then the mixed solution was investigated by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The binding of the com-plexes was further examined by collision-induced dissociation (CID) in a tandem mass spectrometer as well as UV spectroscopy. To avoid distinct ionization effi-ciency discrepancy and signal suppression in the ESI-MS measurements, the interaction between glutathione (GSH) and glutamate (Glu) was quantitatively evaluated. The total concentrations and series of m/z of peak intensities for glu-tathione and amino acids could be achieved, respectively. Due to the existence of some oligomeric species arising from glutathione or amino acids, an improved calculation formula was proposed to calculate the dissociation constants of glu-tathione binding to amino acids. Results: The ESI mass spectra revealed that glutathione could interact easily with Met, Phe, Tyr, Ser, or lie to form non-cova-lent complexes. The binding of the complexes was further confirmed by CID experiments in a tandem mass spectrometer as well as UV spectroscopy. Moreover, an improved calculation formula was successfully applied to determine the disso-ciation constants of glutathione binding to Glu, His, or Gln. Finally, a possible formation mechanism for the complexes of glutathione with amino acids was proposed. Conclusion: The reduced polypeptide y-glutathione can interact with each of 8 common amino acids, including Glu, His, and Gin to form non-covalent complexes with different affinity.

  13. FPGA-based distributed computing microarchitecture for complex physical dynamics investigation.

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    Borgese, Gianluca; Pace, Calogero; Pantano, Pietro; Bilotta, Eleonora

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we present a distributed computing system, called DCMARK, aimed at solving partial differential equations at the basis of many investigation fields, such as solid state physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics. This distributed architecture is based on the cellular neural network paradigm, which allows us to divide the differential equation system solving into many parallel integration operations to be executed by a custom multiprocessor system. We push the number of processors to the limit of one processor for each equation. In order to test the present idea, we choose to implement DCMARK on a single FPGA, designing the single processor in order to minimize its hardware requirements and to obtain a large number of easily interconnected processors. This approach is particularly suited to study the properties of 1-, 2- and 3-D locally interconnected dynamical systems. In order to test the computing platform, we implement a 200 cells, Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation solver and perform a comparison between simulations conducted on a high performance PC and on our system. Since our distributed architecture takes a constant computing time to solve the equation system, independently of the number of dynamical elements (cells) of the CNN array, it allows us to reduce the elaboration time more than other similar systems in the literature. To ensure a high level of reconfigurability, we design a compact system on programmable chip managed by a softcore processor, which controls the fast data/control communication between our system and a PC Host. An intuitively graphical user interface allows us to change the calculation parameters and plot the results.

  14. Preliminary experimental investigation of a complex dual-band high power microwave source

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    Zhang, Xiaoping, E-mail: zhangxiaoping@nudt.edu.cn; Li, Yangmei; Li, Zhiqiang; Zhong, Huihuang; Qian, Baoliang [College of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In order to promote the power conversion efficiency of a magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) and obtain microwaves in dual bands, an axially extracted C-band virtual cathode oscillator (VCO) with multiple resonant cavities is introduced to partially utilize the load current of an S-band MILO. The formed novel dual-band high power microwave source called MILO and VCO is investigated with simulation and experimentally. A dual-band radiation antenna is designed to effectively radiate microwaves generated by the MILO and the VCO, respectively, while avoiding them being influenced by the microwave reflection and diffraction. The preliminary experimental results measured by the dual-band diagnostic system show that both the MILO and the VCO operate normally under repeated shots. A microwave of 2.1 GHz, 1.70 GW is generated from the MILO and a 0.37 GW microwave at frequencies of 4.1 GHz and 3.8 GHz is generated from the VCO under the condition of about 440 kV and 35 kA. Compared with a single MILO (10.6%), a MILO and VCO achieves higher total power and efficiency (13.4%) in both S and C bands, indicating that the load current of the MILO partially couples into the beam-wave interaction in the VCO and then contributes to the output microwaves. However, more works are needed regarding the spectrum purification of the VCO and promotion of the output power of both the MILO and the VCO.

  15. Investigation of obsessive-compulsive disorder and assessment of obsessionality as a personality trait in patients with complex partial seizure

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    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Behavioral changes in patients with epilepsy could cause comorbid psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorders. This study is concerned with investigation of obsessive-compulsive disorders and assessment of obsessionality as a personality trait in patients with complex partial seizure. "n"nMethods: Seventy six patients with complex partial seizure, 74 patients with generalized epilepsy that referred to Shiraz psychiatric professional center during three month (from July to September 2009, and 76 matched healthy controls were randomly selected and evaluated using the Yale-Brown obsessive compulsive scale (Y-BOCS, short form of Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory (MMPI and clinical interview. "n"nResults: Complex partial seizure and obsessive-compulsive disorder (%13.15 are significantly more prevalent than generalized seizure (%2.70 and than control groups (%1.31 (p<0.001, and mean of psychasthenia scale (Pt scale scores in patients with complex partial seizure is more than mean of Pt scores in generalized epilepsy and control groups (p<0.001. There is significant relationship between total score of Yale-Brown scale and Pt scale in MMPI (r=0.79, p<0.01."n"nConclusions: Patients with complex

  16. Investigation on silver complexes of novel 1,2,3-triazole linked crown ethers by NMR analysis

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    Piotr Seliger; Natalia Gutowska; Monika Stefaniak; Jarosław Romański

    2015-10-01

    The novel derivatives of 1,2,3-triazole linked crown ethers were investigated towards silver(I) ion coordination. The NMR measurements in deuterated methanol in different ratios of ligand and silver cation were studied. The experiments were performed in order to examine the way of binding Ag(I) ion by the selected ligands. The results are presented for complexes with the Ag:L stoichiometry 0.5:1, 1:1 and 2:1, respectively. Depending on the type of crown ether moiety incorporated into the macrocyclic skeleton, interesting differences in the mode of stepwise coordination of the ion were noticed.

  17. New insights into the photochemistry of carotenoid spheroidenone in light-harvesting complex 2 from the purple bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides.

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M; Dilbeck, Preston L; Tang, Qun; Martin, Elizabeth C; Bocian, David F; Hunter, C Neil; Holten, Dewey

    2017-03-01

    Light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the semi-aerobically grown purple phototrophic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides was studied using optical (static and time-resolved) and resonance Raman spectroscopies. This antenna complex comprises bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) a and the carotenoid spheroidenone, a ketolated derivative of spheroidene. The results indicate that the spheroidenone-LH2 complex contains two spectral forms of the carotenoid: (1) a minor, "blue" form with an S2 (1(1)B u(+) ) spectral origin band at 522 nm, shifted from the position in organic media simply by the high polarizability of the binding site, and (2) the major, "red" form with the origin band at 562 nm that is associated with a pool of pigments that more strongly interact with protein residues, most likely via hydrogen bonding. Application of targeted modeling of excited-state decay pathways after carotenoid excitation suggests that the high (92%) carotenoid-to-BChl energy transfer efficiency in this LH2 system, relative to LH2 complexes binding carotenoids with comparable double-bond conjugation lengths, derives mainly from resonance energy transfer from spheroidenone S2 (1(1)B u(+) ) state to BChl a via the Qx state of the latter, accounting for 60% of the total transfer. The elevated S2 (1(1)B u(+) ) → Qx transfer efficiency is apparently associated with substantially decreased energy gap (increased spectral overlap) between the virtual S2 (1(1)B u(+) ) → S0 (1(1)A g(-) ) carotenoid emission and Qx absorption of BChl a. This reduced energetic gap is the ultimate consequence of strong carotenoid-protein interactions, including the inferred hydrogen bonding.

  18. 双机并联氢氧火箭发动机尾焰流场特性三维数值仿真研究%Three-dimensional Numerical Simulation of Couple LOX/LH2Engine Plume Characteristics in Parallel-running

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    乔野; 聂万胜; 吴高杨; 冯伟; 丰松江

    2015-01-01

    以氢氧火箭发动机为模型,采用耦合可实现k-ε湍流模型的N-S方程,对发动机在地面发射阶段双机并联工作状态下的尾焰流场进行数值仿真研究,得到尾焰流场的各项参数分布及其变化规律,与理论分析结果对比,证明了算法的有效性和正确性,为开展多台发动机并联工作下尾焰的撞击和辐射特性等研究奠定了基础.%This passage is modeled with LOX/LH2 rocket engine, and uses the N-S equation coupled with realizablek-ε model to conduct numerical simulation research on the rocket plume flow field in the two-generator parallel-running station during the launch. The distribution and change rules of different parameters in the plume field have been gained. With the compare between the simulation data and the theoretical result, the algorithm is proved to be effective and correct. With that, a great foundation will be laid for the study of the plume impact and radiation in multi-generator parallel-running.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Lanthanide(III Nitrate Complexes with Terdentate ONO Donor Hydrazone Derived from 2-Benzimidazolyl Mercaptoaceto Hydrazide and o-Hydroxy Aromatic Aldehyde

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    Vinayak M. Naik

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A few eight coordinated complexes of lanthanide(III nitrate with 2-benzimidazolyl mercaptoaceto hydrazone ligand (LH2 with the general formula [Ln(LH2NO2]H2O (where Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility, molar conductance, UV-Visible, IR and 1H NMR spectral studies. The experimental data sustain stoichiometry of 1:2 (metal/ligand for the complexes. The spectral data shows that the ligand reacts in keto form and behaves as monobasic terdentate in nature. The nitrate appears to coordinate in the bidentate fashion to the metal ion. The thermal stabilities of the complexes have been studied by TGA and their kinetic parameters were calculated using Coats-Redfern and MKN methods. The antimicrobial activity studies have been under taken and results are discussed.

  20. Flow around an individual morphologically complex plant: investigating the role of plant aspect in the numerical prediction of complex river flow

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    Boothroyd, R.; Hardy, R. J.; Warburton, J.; Marjoribanks, T.

    2015-12-01

    Aquatic vegetation has a significant influence on the hydraulic functioning of river systems. Plant morphology has previously been shown to alter the mean and turbulent properties of flow, influenced by the spatial distribution of branches and foliage, and these effects can be further investigated through numerical models. We report on a novel method for the measurement and incorporation of complex plant morphologies into a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The morphological complexity of Prunus laurocerasus is captured under foliated and defoliated states through terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). Point clouds are characterised by a voxelised representation and incorporated into a CFD scheme using a mass flux scaling algorithm, allowing the numerical prediction of flows around individual plants. Here we examine the sensitivity of plant aspect, i.e. the positioning of the plant relative to the primary flow direction, by rotating the voxelised plant representation through 15° increments (24 rotations) about the vertical axis. This enables the impact of plant aspect to be quantified upon the velocity and pressure fields, and in particular how this effects species-specific drag forces and drag coefficients. Plant aspect is shown to considerably influence the flow field response, producing spatially heterogeneous downstream velocity fields with both symmetric and asymmetric wake shapes, and point of reattachments that extend up to seven plant lengths downstream. For the same plant, changes in aspect are shown to account for a maximum variation in drag force of 168%, which equates to a 65% difference in the drag coefficient. An explicit consideration of plant aspect is therefore important in studies concerning flow-vegetation interactions, especially when reducing the uncertainty in parameterising the effect of vegetation in numerical models.

  1. Synthesis Al complex and investigating effect of doped ZnO nanoparticles in the electrical and optical efficiency of OLEDS

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    Shahedi, Zahra; Jafari, Mohammad Reza

    2017-01-01

    In this study, an organometallic complex based on aluminum ions is synthesized. And it is utilized as fluorescent material in the organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The synthesized complex was characterized using XRD, UV-Vis, FT-IR as well as PL spectroscopy analyses. The energy levels of Al complex were determined by cyclic voltammetry measurements. Then, the effects of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate), PEDOT:PSS, on the electrical and optical performance of the organic light-emitting diodes have been investigated. For this purpose, two samples containing ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PVK/Alq3/PBD/Al with two different concentration and two samples containing ITO/PEDOT:PSS:ZnO/PVK/Alq3/PBD/Al with two different concentration were prepared. Then, hole transport, electron transport and emissive layers were deposited by the spin coating method and the cathode layer (Al) was deposited by the thermal evaporation method. The OLED simulation was also done by constructing the model and choosing appropriate parameters. Then, the experimental data were collected and the results interpreted both qualitatively and quantitatively. The results of the simulations were compared with experimental data of the J-V spectra. Comparing experimental data and simulation results showed that the electrical and optical efficiency of the samples with ZnO NPs is appreciably higher than the samples without ZnO NPs.

  2. Computational investigation of enthalpy-entropy compensation in complexation of glycoconjugated bile salts with β-cyclodextrin and analogs.

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    Tidemand, Kasper D; Schönbeck, Christian; Holm, René; Westh, Peter; Peters, Günther H

    2014-09-18

    The inclusion complexes of glycoconjugated bile salts with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrins (HP-β-CD) in aqueous solution were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations to provide a molecular explanation of the experimentally observed destabilizing effect of the HP substituents. Good agreement with experimental data was found with respect to penetration depths of CDs. An increased degree of HP substitution (DS) resulted in an increased probability of blocking the cavity opening, thereby hindering the bile salt from entering CD. Further, the residence time of water molecules in the cavity increased with the DS. Release of water from the cavity resulted in a positive enthalpy change, which correlates qualitatively with the experimentally determined increase in complexation enthalpy and contributes to the enthalpy-entropy compensation. The positive change in complexation entropy with DS was not able to compensate for this unfavorable change in enthalpy induced by the HP substituents, resulting in a destabilizing effect. This was found to originate from fixation of the HP substituents and decreased free rotation of the bile salts within the CD cavities.

  3. Unified analysis of ensemble and single-complex optical spectral data from light-harvesting complex-2 chromoproteins for gaining deeper insight into bacterial photosynthesis

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    Pajusalu, Mihkel; Kunz, Ralf; Rätsep, Margus; Timpmann, Kõu; Köhler, Jürgen; Freiberg, Arvi

    2015-11-01

    Bacterial light-harvesting pigment-protein complexes are very efficient at converting photons into excitons and transferring them to reaction centers, where the energy is stored in a chemical form. Optical properties of the complexes are known to change significantly in time and also vary from one complex to another; therefore, a detailed understanding of the variations on the level of single complexes and how they accumulate into effects that can be seen on the macroscopic scale is required. While experimental and theoretical methods exist to study the spectral properties of light-harvesting complexes on both individual complex and bulk ensemble levels, they have been developed largely independently of each other. To fill this gap, we simultaneously analyze experimental low-temperature single-complex and bulk ensemble optical spectra of the light-harvesting complex-2 (LH2) chromoproteins from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila in order to find a unique theoretical model consistent with both experimental situations. The model, which satisfies most of the observations, combines strong exciton-phonon coupling with significant disorder, characteristic of the proteins. We establish a detailed disorder model that, in addition to containing a C2-symmetrical modulation of the site energies, distinguishes between static intercomplex and slow conformational intracomplex disorders. The model evaluations also verify that, despite best efforts, the single-LH2-complex measurements performed so far may be biased toward complexes with higher Huang-Rhys factors.

  4. Solvation of uranium hexachloro complexes in room-temperature ionic liquids. A molecular dynamics investigation in two liquids.

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    Schurhammer, Rachel; Wipff, Georges

    2007-05-10

    We report a molecular dynamics study of the solvation of UCl(6)(-), UCl(6)(2-), and UCl(6)(3-) complexes in the [BMI][Tf(2)N] and [MeBu(3)N][Tf(2)N] ionic liquid cations based on the same anion (bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Tf(2)N-)) and the butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium+ (BMI+) or methyl-tri-n-butyl-ammonium (MeBu(3)N+) cation, respectively. The comparison of two electrostatic models of the complexes (ionic model with -1 charged halides versus quantum mechanically derived charges) yields similar solvation features of a given solute. In the two liquids, the first solvation shell of the complexes is positively charged and evolves from purely cationic in the case of UCl(6)(3-) to a mixture of cations and anions in the case of UCl(6)(-). UCl(6)(3-) is exclusively "coordinated" to BMI+ or MeBu(3)N+ solvent cations that mainly interact via their CH aromatic protons or their N-Me group, respectively. Around the less charged UCl(6)(-) complex, the cations interact via the less polar moieties (butyl chains of BMI+ or MeBu(3)N+) and the anions display nonspecific interactions. In no case does the uranium atom further coordinate solvent ions. According to an energy components analysis, UCl(6)(3-) interacts more attractively with the [BMI][Tf(2)N] liquid than with [MeBu(3)N][Tf(2)N], while UCl(6)(-) does not show any preference, suggesting a significant solvation effect of the redox properties of uranium, also supported by free energy perturbation simulations. The effect of ionic liquid (IL) humidity is investigated by simulating the three complexes in 1:8 water/IL mixtures. In contrast to the case of "naked" ions (e.g., lanthanide(3+), UO2(2+), alkali, or halides), water has little influence on the solvation of the UCl(6)(n-) complexes in the two simulated ILs, as indicated by structural and energy analysis. This is in full agreement with the experimental observations (Nikitenko, S. I.; et al. Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 9497).

  5. Molecular structure and DFT investigations on new cobalt(II) chloride complex with superbase guanidine type ligand

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    Saied M Soliman; Morsy A M Abu-Youssef; Jörg Albering; Ayman El-Faham

    2015-12-01

    The new [Co(btmgn)Cl2] complex and the 1,8-bis(tetramethylguanidino)naphthalene (btmgn) ligand were synthesized and characterized. The X-ray single crystal investigation showed distorted tetrahedral geometry around the Co(II) ion. The geometry of the btmgn and [Co(btmgn)Cl2] complex was optimized using the B3LYP/6–311G(d,p) method. The calculated geometric parameters at the optimized structure of the [Co(btmgn)Cl2] complex showed good agreement with our reported X-ray structure. The two tetramethylguanidino groups are in a cis-type position to the naphthalene ring plane both in the free and coordinated btmgn. The large red shift of the C=N mode upon coordination indicates the strong ligand–metal interactions. The calculated natural charges using natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis at the two coordinated Cl-atoms are not equivalent. Also the two LP(4)Cl → LP*(3)Co intramolecular charge transfer interaction energies (E(2)) are 29.00 and 39.17 kcal/mol, respectively. The two Co-Cl bonds are not equivalent where the longer Co-Cl bond has more electronegative chlorine atom than the shorter one. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) study of the btmgn ligand showed that the N4 and N7 atoms are the most reactive nucleophilic centers for the coordination with the Co2+ ion. The [Co(btmgn)Cl2] complex has higher polarizability (0), first hyperpolarizability (0) and lower energy gap (E) than the free ligand. The TD-DFT calculations predicted the transition bands at 337.2 nm (f=0.2299, H→L) and 342.6 nm (f=0.1465, H-2/H→L) for the btmgn and [Co(btmgn)Cl2], respectively.

  6. Cyclotriphosphazene appended porphyrins and fulleropyrrolidine complexes as supramolecular multiple photosynthetic reaction centers: steady and excited states photophysical investigation.

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    Nair, Vishnu Sukumaran; Pareek, Yogita; Karunakaran, Venugopal; Ravikanth, Mangalampalli; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2014-06-01

    New multiple photosynthetic reaction centers were constructed from cyclophosphazene decorated multiporphyrin chromophores and a fulleropyrrolidine having a pyridine ligand (FPY). The excited state electron transfer in the self-assembled donor-acceptor assembly was investigated by using steady state absorption and emission, time-resolved emission spectroscopy and nanosecond laser flash photolysis. The effect of metal (Zn(2+)) coordination to porphyrin units in the multiporphyrin arrays on cyclophosphazine scaffold (P3N3Zn) was studied by comparing with metal free porphyrin assembly on a cyclophosphazene scaffold (P3N3). In P3N3Zn, the decrease of absorption and fluorescence intensity and the lowering of the amplitude of longer fluorescence lifetime with increase of FPY concentration reflect the formation of a ground state complex with an association constant of ∼14,910 M(-1). When compared to the metal-free complex P3N3, the metal-coordinated derivative P3N3Zn exhibited shortening of the singlet and triplet state lifetimes and lowering of the singlet and triplet quantum yields. The cause of the decrease of the triplet quantum yields by insertion of zinc metal is discussed along with the possible non-planarity of the porphyrin ring. From the fluorescence lifetime measurements for the P3N3Zn-FPY mixture, it is proposed that self-assembly of the donor-acceptor complex leads to charge separated species with a rate constant of 7.1 × 10(9) s(-1). The decrease of triplet state intensity and lifetime of the P3N3Zn in the P3N3Zn-FPY complex from the nanosecond transient absorption studies support the occurrence of intermolecular electron transfer in the triplet state.

  7. Self-assembly of individually addressable complexes of C60 and phthalocyanines on a metal surface: Structural and electronic investigations

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    Samuely, Tomas [University of Basel (Switzerland); Liu, Shi-Xia; Haas, Marco; Decurtins, Silvio [University of Bern (Switzerland); Jung, Thomas [Paul-Scherrer-Institute (Switzerland); Stoehr, Meike [University of Groningen (Netherlands)

    2011-07-01

    A complex phase behavior was found for a specific phthalocyanine (Pc) derivative adsorbed on either Au(111) or Ag(111). The Pc molecule is symmetrically substituted with eight peripheral di-(tert-butyl)phenoxy (DTPO) groups. The pronounced ability of the DTPO groups to rotate, allows the molecule to adopt different conformations and hence to arrange itself in different ordered patterns. In particular, when all DTPO substituents are arranged above the plane of the Pc core (a bowl-like structure is formed), the interaction of the Pc core with the metal substrate is enabled. Moreover, for such an assembly the hosting properties for the adsorption of C{sub 60} were investigated. The C{sub 60} molecules adsorb at two clearly distinguishable positions on the predeposited Pc layer: they are in contact either with the metal substrate in between two adjacent Pc molecules or with the Pc core. For the latter case, the C{sub 60} is located directly above the pi-conjugated Pc core. Hence, the presented system combines the three following features: (i) the direct electronic interaction between donor and acceptor moieties, (ii) the formation by self-assembly, and (iii) thermal stability. Thereby, the direct investigation of a single donor-acceptor complex is enabled.

  8. The luminescent properties and toxicity controllability investigation of novel ZnO quantum dots with Schiff base complexes modification.

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    Yu, Shi Yong; Jing, Hui; Cao, Zhen; Su, Hai Quan

    2014-05-01

    The Schiff base complexes modified ZnO quantum dots (ZnO-SBC QDs) are successfully synthesized via the reflux and chemical co-precipitation route. For control experiments, we also synthesized the ZnO QDs and amino-modified ZnO QDs (ZnO-NH2 QDs). The structures and morphologies of the samples were characterized via X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), FTIR spectroscopy (IR), Fluorescence Spectrometer (FL) and so on. The XRD pattern shows that the three types of QDs possess hexagonal wurtzite structures. The TEM investigation reveals that the as-prepared products have hexagonal morphologies. The plane fringe with 0.26 nm crystalline plane spacing of three types of quantum dots is assigned to the ZnO {002} planes via HR-TEM, which match with the lattice parameter of the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO and also coincide with the data obtained by XRD. By analyzing the fluorescence emission and excitation spectra of ZnO QDs, ZnO-NH2 QDs, ZnO-SBC QDs and Schiff base complexes, we find that the ZnO-SBC QDs still have a perfect fluorescence emission which makes it interesting candidates for luminescence applications such as biochemical sensors and fluorescent labels to mark the cells and DNA. This novel ZnO-SBC QDs under UV irradiation is capable of generating reactive oxygen species by UV irradiation and may be used for the photodynamic therapy. The surface modification with Schiff base complexes makes it difficult to release Zn2+, therefore the toxicity is much more controllable.

  9. Investigation of transport of genistein, daidzein and their inclusion complexes prepared with different cyclodextrins on Caco-2 cell line.

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    Daruházi, Agnes Emma; Kiss, Tímea; Vecsernyés, Miklós; Szente, Lajos; Szőke, Eva; Lemberkovics, Eva

    2013-10-01

    Isoflavonoids are widespread constituents in medical plants especially in legumes (Fabaceae), but occur in other different plant families as well (Rosaceae, Iridaceae, Amaranthaceae). Their antioxidant, estrogen-like, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects make them promising compounds in therapy of important disorders especially in estrogen related diseases. Poor solubility in aqueous system of genistein and daidzein needs a solubility enhancement for pharmaceutical use. These compounds are suitable guest molecules for inclusion complex formation with cyclodextrins (CDs) considering matching their size and polarity. The molecular encapsulation with beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD), gamma-cyclodextrin (γ-CD), hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) and random methyl-beta cyclodextrin (RAMEB-CD) results in a solid, molecularly dispersed form and in a significantly improved aqueous solubility of genistein and daidzein. Determining enhancement in solubility and bioavailability we investigated the transport of these inclusion complexes across Caco-2 cell line comparing that of the pure compounds and found significant improving effect of the different CD derivatives on membrane permeation of the two isoflavone aglycons.

  10. Investigating the Complex Chemistry of Functional Energy Storage Systems: The Need for an Integrative, Multiscale (Molecular to Mesoscale) Perspective.

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    Abraham, Alyson; Housel, Lisa M; Lininger, Christianna N; Bock, David C; Jou, Jeffrey; Wang, Feng; West, Alan C; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S

    2016-06-22

    Electric energy storage systems such as batteries can significantly impact society in a variety of ways, including facilitating the widespread deployment of portable electronic devices, enabling the use of renewable energy generation for local off grid situations and providing the basis of highly efficient power grids integrated with energy production, large stationary batteries, and the excess capacity from electric vehicles. A critical challenge for electric energy storage is understanding the basic science associated with the gap between the usable output of energy storage systems and their theoretical energy contents. The goal of overcoming this inefficiency is to achieve more useful work (w) and minimize the generation of waste heat (q). Minimization of inefficiency can be approached at the macro level, where bulk parameters are identified and manipulated, with optimization as an ultimate goal. However, such a strategy may not provide insight toward the complexities of electric energy storage, especially the inherent heterogeneity of ion and electron flux contributing to the local resistances at numerous interfaces found at several scale lengths within a battery. Thus, the ability to predict and ultimately tune these complex systems to specific applications, both current and future, demands not just parametrization at the bulk scale but rather specific experimentation and understanding over multiple length scales within the same battery system, from the molecular scale to the mesoscale. Herein, we provide a case study examining the insights and implications from multiscale investigations of a prospective battery material, Fe3O4.

  11. Theoretical investigation of potential energy surface and bound states for the van der Waals complex Ar–BrCl dimer

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    Zheng, Rui [School of Mathematics and Information Science, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou (China); Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, State Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics, Wuhan Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan (China); Li, Song, E-mail: lsong@yangtzeu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Yangtze University, Jingzhou (China); Chen, Shan-Jun; Chen, Yan [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Yangtze University, Jingzhou (China); Zheng, Li-Min [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, State Key Laboratory of Magnetic Resonance and Atomic and Molecular Physics, Wuhan Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan (China)

    2015-09-08

    Highlights: • A two-dimensional potential for Ar–BrCl is constructed at the CCSD(T) level. • The PES is characterized by three minima and two saddle points between them. • Bound state calculations were carried out for the complex. - Abstract: The intermolecular potential energy surface (PES) of the ground electronic state for the Ar–BrCl dimer is constructed at the CCSD(T) level with the aug-cc-pVQZ basis set and mid-bond functions. The PES is characterized by three minima and two saddle points. The global minimum corresponding to a collinear Ar–BrCl configuration, which has been observed experimentally, is located at R = 4.10 Å and θ = 2.5° with a well depth of −285.207 cm{sup −1}. A nearly T-shaped structure and an anti-linear Ar–ClBr geometry is also predicted. The bound state calculations are preformed to study intermolecular vibrational modes, rotational levels and average structures for the complex. Our transition frequencies, spectroscopic constants and average structures for all isotopomers of the collinear isomer agree well with experimental data. We have also provided pure rotational transitional frequencies for both nearly T-shaped and anti-linear isomers. These results are significant for further experimental investigations of the Ar–BrCl dimer.

  12. Investigating the Complex Chemistry of Functional Energy Storage Systems: The Need for an Integrative, Multiscale (Molecular to Mesoscale) Perspective

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    2016-01-01

    Electric energy storage systems such as batteries can significantly impact society in a variety of ways, including facilitating the widespread deployment of portable electronic devices, enabling the use of renewable energy generation for local off grid situations and providing the basis of highly efficient power grids integrated with energy production, large stationary batteries, and the excess capacity from electric vehicles. A critical challenge for electric energy storage is understanding the basic science associated with the gap between the usable output of energy storage systems and their theoretical energy contents. The goal of overcoming this inefficiency is to achieve more useful work (w) and minimize the generation of waste heat (q). Minimization of inefficiency can be approached at the macro level, where bulk parameters are identified and manipulated, with optimization as an ultimate goal. However, such a strategy may not provide insight toward the complexities of electric energy storage, especially the inherent heterogeneity of ion and electron flux contributing to the local resistances at numerous interfaces found at several scale lengths within a battery. Thus, the ability to predict and ultimately tune these complex systems to specific applications, both current and future, demands not just parametrization at the bulk scale but rather specific experimentation and understanding over multiple length scales within the same battery system, from the molecular scale to the mesoscale. Herein, we provide a case study examining the insights and implications from multiscale investigations of a prospective battery material, Fe3O4. PMID:27413781

  13. An exploratory investigation of polar organic compounds in waters from a lead–zinc mine and mill complex

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    Rostad, Colleen E.; Schmitt, Christopher J.; Schumacher, John G.; Leiker, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    Surface water samples were collected in 2006 from a lead mine-mill complex in Missouri to investigate possible organic compounds coming from the milling process. Water samples contained relatively high concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC; greater than 20 mg/l) for surface waters but were colorless, implying a lack of naturally occurring aquatic humic or fulvic acids. Samples were extracted by three different types of solid-phase extraction and analyzed by electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry. Because large amounts of xanthate complexation reagents are used in the milling process, techniques were developed to extract and analyze for sodium isopropyl xanthate and sodium ethyl xanthate. Although these xanthate reagents were not found, trace amounts of the degradates, isopropyl xanthyl thiosulfonate and isopropyl xanthyl sulfonate, were found in most locations sampled, including the tailings pond downstream. Dioctyl sulfosuccinate, a surfactant and process filtering aid, was found at concentrations estimated at 350 μg/l at one mill outlet, but not downstream. Release of these organic compounds downstream from lead-zinc mine and milling areas has not previously been reported. A majority of the DOC remains unidentified.

  14. EPR and UV/VIS spectroscopic investigations of VO2+ complexes and compounds formed in alkali pyrosulfates

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    Rasmussen, Søren Birk; Eriksen, Kim Michael; Fehrmann, Rasmus

    2002-01-01

    fraction of the sample occupied by the cation. This indicates that spin-spin relaxation effects are the major contribution to line broadening. Combining information from UV/VIS and EPR spectra shows that the VO2+ unit in the molten salt solvent exhibits electronic properties close to aqueous solutions of V(IV).......The catalytically important molten salt-gas system M2S2O7-M2SO4-V2O5/SO2(g) (M = Na. K, Rb, Cs) has been investigated by X- and Q-band EPR spectroscopy. In order to obtain information about the V(IV) complex formation in the melts, samples rather dilute in V2O5 were quenched from the molten state...

  15. Utilization of the equipment and program cine- and telerecording complex for the high-frequency steel pipe welding investigation

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    Konovalov, Nikolai A.; Veselovsky, Vladimir B.; Furmanov, Valeri B.; Kovalenko, Vladimir I.; Lakhno, Nikolay I.; Kovika, Nikolai D.; Novikov, Leonid V.; Scherbina, Vadim N.; Zlydennaya, Lyubov M.

    1995-08-01

    With the aim of technological process automatization and control for high-frequency welding of different diameter pipes, the machine-program complex (APC) was designed. APC gives the opportunity to create the cine- and telerecording of process in production conditions at the mill '159-529' of the Novomoskovsky Tube Rolling Mill, Ukraine). With the help of APC in real functioning mill conditions, the character of flashing zone length changing and the angle of convergence depending on pipe welding speed was investigated. Also the zone of jumpers is defined. The comparison of theoretical and experimental data gave an opportunity to define a welding rate which is optimal for the most qualitative values of welded joints in the range of pipe products of mill '159-529'.

  16. Cultural Resource Investigation for the Materials and Fuels Complex Wastewater System Upgrade at the Idaho National Laboratory

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    Brenda R. Pace; Julie B raun Williams; Hollie Gilbert; Dino Lowrey; Julie Brizzee

    2010-05-01

    The Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) located in Bingham County at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in southeastern Idaho is considering several alternatives to upgrade wastewater systems to meet future needs at the facility. In April and May of 2010, the INL Cultural Resource Management Office conducted archival searches, archaeological field surveys, and coordination with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to identify cultural resources that may be adversely affected by the proposed construction and to provide recommendations to protect any resources listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. These investigations showed that one National Register-eligible archaeological site is located on the boundary of the area of potential effects for the wastewater upgrade. This report outlines protective measures to help ensure that this resource is not adversely affected by construction.

  17. Investigation of the receptor-mediated endocytosis of transcobalamin/intrinsic factor-vitamin B12 complexes

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    Beedholm, Rasmus; Grissom, Charles B.; Fedosov, Sergey N.

    receptor structure. This receptor is suggested to be regulated by the vitamin B12 level in the cells, which is interesting in relation to cancer growth. The cellular endocytosis of TC- B12 complex by this unknown receptor is being investigated, using confocal microscopy. Fluorescently labeled B12 molecules...... (Oregon green linked to B12) have been synthesized to determine the B12 uptake level in normal and various tumour-derived cells (e.g. Hela cells from cervix epithelioid carcinoma and BN- cells from rat yolk sac sarcoma). Costaining of the B12 binders has been performed using fluorescently labelled...... secondary antibodies recognising primary antibodies against IF and TC. The data show a cell growth-regulated uptake of free fluorescent B12 but a strong inducement of uptake by TC and IF. After uptake the B12 fluorochrome colocalizes with the B12 binders. ...

  18. VOCABULARY, TEXTUAL COMPLEXITY AND READING COMPREHENSION IN DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: AN INITIAL INVESTIGATION WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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    Maria José Bocorny Finatto

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we describe an initial investigation that intended to qualify the elaboration and usability of didactic resources for Distance Learning (DL in the field of Languages/Portuguese Language and Reading. We present the planning of the resource, the selection of materials and the theoretical notions involved, and the initial design of the activity, which consisted in reading and evaluating the complexity of a set of short texts. The experience was successful only for a small controlled group of students and unsuccessful for the large uncontrolled group. In order to improve the devised resource and implement it didactically, there is the need to perform previous presential learning activities with the involved groups and proceed with the student’s evaluation of the results after the task is accomplished.

  19. Investigating the Effects of Stress Interaction Using a Cellular-automaton Based Model in Fault Networks of Varying Complexity.

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    Hetherington, A. P.; Steacy, S.; McCloskey, J.

    2007-12-01

    Seismicity spatial and temporal patterns are strongly influenced by stress interaction between faults. However the effects of such interaction on earthquake statistics is not yet well understood. Computer models provide accurate, large and complete datasets to investigate this issue and also have the benefit of allowing direct comparison of seismicity behavior in time and space in networks, with and without fault interaction. We investigate the effect of such interaction on modeled real-world fault networks of varying complexity using a cellular-automata based model. Each 3-D fault within the fault network is modeled by a discrete cellular automaton. The cell size is 1 km square which allows for a minimum earthquake size of approximately Mw=4. The cell strength is distributed fractally across each fault and all cells are loaded by a remote tectonic stressing rate. When the stress on a cell exceeds its strength, the cell fails and stress is transferred to its nearest neighbors which may in turn cause them to break allowing the earthquake to grow. These stress transfer rules allow realistic stress concentrations to develop at the boundary of the rupture. If the extent of the rupture exceeds a user defined minimum length, and if interaction between faults is allowed, a boundary element method is used to calculate stress transfer to neighboring faults. Here we present results from four simulated fault networks based on active faults in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, the Northern Anatolian Fault, Turkey, Southern California, and the Marlborough Fault System, South Island, New Zealand. These are chosen for their varying level of fault complexity and we examine both interacting and non-interacting models in terms of their b-value and recurrence intervals for each region. Results will be compared and discussed.

  20. Ultrafast Energy Relaxation in Single Light-Harvesting Complexes

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    Malý, Pavel; Cogdell, Richard J; Mančal, Tomáš; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2015-01-01

    Energy relaxation in light-harvesting complexes has been extensively studied by various ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, the fastest processes being in the sub-100 fs range. At the same time much slower dynamics have been observed in individual complexes by single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy (SMS). In this work we employ a pump-probe type SMS technique to observe the ultrafast energy relaxation in single light-harvesting complexes LH2 of purple bacteria. After excitation at 800 nm, the measured relaxation time distribution of multiple complexes has a peak at 95 fs and is asymmetric, with a tail at slower relaxation times. When tuning the excitation wavelength, the distribution changes in both its shape and position. The observed behaviour agrees with what is to be expected from the LH2 excited states structure. As we show by a Redfield theory calculation of the relaxation times, the distribution shape corresponds to the expected effect of Gaussian disorder of the pigment transition energies. By repe...

  1. Geomorphological and geophysical investigation of a complex rock glacier system - Morenas Coloradas valley (Cordon del Plata, Mendoza, Argentina)

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    Otto, Jan-Christoph; Götz, Joachim; Keuschnig, Markus; Hartmeyer, Ingo; Trombotto, Dario; Schrott, Lothar

    2010-05-01

    In the semi-arid high Andes of Argentina and Chile, rock glaciers are more frequent and often larger than glaciers. Aridity and high solar radiation hamper the development of large glaciers, favour permafrost conditions and the generation of rock glaciers. One of the few rock glaciers that have been studied in more detail since more than 20 years is located in the Cordon del Plata range about 60 km west of Mendoza, Argentina. The Morenas Coloradas rock glacier in the Rio Vallecitos catchment can be described as a multilobe, multiunit, multiroot and multipart rock glacier. It is a complex, transitional landform composed of a high altitude glaciated zone, which transforms into a debris covered glacier with thermokarst phenomena followed by various active rock glacier lobes and subsequently, inactive and relict lobes in the lower sections. Its total length is about 5 km. Complex transitional landforms between debris covered glaciers and rock glaciers are frequently observed in semi-arid mountain environments with high sediment production in periglacial areas like the Andes of Argentina but can be found also in other similar mountain ranges like for example Pamir, or Karakorum. However, the evolution and internal characteristics of such landforms are often unknown. Glacial and periglacial landforms of this size represent important water stores that play an essential role in water management and agriculture in the foreland of the Andes of Mendoza. In February 2008 subsurface conditions were investigated at three different altitudes using geophysical methods (ground penetrating radar, electric resistivity tomography). Complemented by digital geomorphological mapping we analyse the complex rock glacier ensemble, to gain insight into landform evolution, sediment flow structures and internal characteristics (permafrost occurrence, active layer depths, ice content, possible ice origin). Geophysical surveying at Morenas Coloradas clearly indicates the existence of frozen

  2. The analysis of applicability of the refractive-index-matching method for flow investigation by LDA method in models of the fire chambers of complex geometry

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    Rakhmanov, Vitaly V.; Kulikov, Dmitry V.

    2014-08-01

    Possibility of use of a refractive-index-matching method for flow investigation by LDA method in models of the fire chambers of complex geometry is shown. The technique of flows investigation by LDA method is developed. The given technique can be successfully applied in leading branches of a thermal and hydropower engineering, in case of need of flows diagnostics in models of devices with the complex geometry.

  3. Investigation on enhanced chemiluminescence reaction systems with bis(hydrogenperiodato) argentate(III) complex anion for fluoroquinolones synthetic antibiotics.

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    Sun, Hanwen; Chen, Peiyun; Wang, Fei; Wen, Haifang

    2009-07-15

    A novel chemiluminescence (CL) reaction system with bis(hydrogenperiodato) argentate(III) complex anion (Ag(III) complex, [Ag(HIO(6))(2)](5-)), for the first time, is developed for the determination of lomefloxacin (LMFX), enrofloxacin (ENLX) and pefloxacin (PFLX). The possible CL emission mechanism was discussed by comparing the fluorescence emission with CL spectra. The CL conditions of [Ag(HIO(6))(2)](5-)-H(2)SO(4)-LMFX/ENLX/PFLX systems were investigated and optimized. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the CL intensity is proportional to the concentration of the drugs in the range 0.2994-36.80x10(-7)g mL(-1) for LMFX, 4.00-30.0x10(-7)g mL(-1) for ENLX and 1.54-27.64x10(-7)g mL(-1) for PFLX. The limit of detection (s/n=3) was 9.1x10(-9)g mL(-1) for LMFX, 3.1x10(-9)g mL(-1) for ENLX and 4.4x10(-9)g mL(-1) for PFLX. The recovery of LMFX, ENLX and PELX from the spiked pharmaceutical preparations was in the range of 92.3-105% with the RSDs of 0.5-2.7%. For urine, serum and milk samples the recoveries of the three drugs were in the range of 85.1-107% for LMFX with the RSDs of 2.3-3.4%. 80.2-112% for ENLX with the RSDs of 1.4-2.8%, and 87.8-114% for PFLX with the RSDs of 1.6-2.7%. The proposed method was applied successfully to the determination of these compounds in real samples.

  4. Solution structure investigation of Ru(II) complex ion pairs: quantitative NOE measurements and determination of average interionic distances.

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    Zuccaccia, C; Bellachioma, G; Cardaci, G; Macchioni, A

    2001-11-07

    The structure of the Ru(II) ion pairs trans-[Ru(COMe)[(pz(2))CH(2)](CO)(PMe(3))(2)]X (X(-) = BPh(4)(-), 1a; BPh(3)Me(-), 1b; BPh(3)(n-Bu)(-), 1c; BPh(3)(n-Hex)(-), 1d; B(3, 5-(CF(3))(2)(C(6)H(3)))(4)(-), 1e; PF(6)(-), 1f; and BF(4)(-), 1g; pz = pyrazol-1-yl-ring) was investigated in solution from both a qualitative (chloroform-d, methylene chloride-d(2), nithromethane-d(3)) and quantitative (methylene chloride-d(2)) point of view by performing 1D- and 2D-NOE NMR experiments. In particular, the relative anion-cation localization (interionic structure) was qualitatively determined by (1)H-NOESY and (19)F, (1)H-HOESY (heteronuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy) NMR experiments. The counteranion locates close to the peripheral protons of the bispyrazolyl ligand independent of its nature and that of the solvent. In complexes 1c and 1d bearing unsymmetrical counteranions, the aliphatic chain points away from the metal center as indicated by the absence of NOE between the terminal Me group and any cationic protons. An estimation of the average interionic distances in solution was obtained by the quantification of the NOE build-up versus the mixing time under the assumption that the interionic and intramolecular correlation times (tau(c)) are the same. Such an assumption was checked by the experimental measurements of tau(c) from both the dipolar contribution to the carbon-13 longitudinal relaxation time T(DD-1)and the comparison of the intramolecular and interionic cross relaxation rate constant (sigma) dependence on the temperature. Both the methodologies indicate that anion and cation have comparable tau(c) values. The determined correlation time values were compared with those obtained for the neutral trans-[Ru(COMe)[(pz(2))BH(2)](CO)(PMe(3))(2)] complex (2), isosteric with the cation of 1. They were significantly shorter (approximately 3.8 times), indicating that the main contribution to dipolar relaxation processes comes from the overall ion pair rotation. As a

  5. Microwave Assisted Synthesis Spectral and Antibacterial Investigations on Complexes of Mn(II) With Amide Containing Ligands

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    N. Bhojak; D. D. Gudasaria; N. Khiwani; Jain, R.

    2007-01-01

    The present research work describes the synthesis, spectral and antibacterial studies on the complexes of Mn(II) with amide group containing ligands. Synthesis of complexes has been carried out by conventional method as well as by microwave method. The complexes have been characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, infrared, electronic spectra and magnetic susceptibility studies. The diffuse reflectance spectrums of the complexes show bands in the region 20,000 cm-1 to 26,000 cm-1 ass...

  6. Complexes cobalt(II, zinc(II and copper(II with some newly synthesized benzimidazole derivatives and their antibacterial activity

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    S. O. PODUNAVAC-KUZMANOVIC

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available The preparation and properties of some complexes of cobalt(II, zinc(II and copper(II with several newly synthesized benzimidazole derivatives (L are reported. The complexes, of the general formula [MCl2L2] (M=Co(II, Zn(II and [CuCl2L(H2O], have a tetrahedral structure. The complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity, magnetic susceptibility measurements, IR and absorption electronic spectra. The antibacterial activitiy of the benzimidazoles and their complexes was evaluated against Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora and Erwinia amylovora. The complexes were found to be more toxic than the ligands.

  7. Experimental and numerical investigation of shock wave propagation through complex geometry, gas continuous, two-phase media

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    Chien-Chih Liu, James [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1993-01-01

    The work presented here investigates the phenomenon of shock wave propagation in gas continuous, two-phase media. The motivation for this work stems from the need to understand blast venting consequences in the HYLIFE inertial confinement fusion (ICF) reactor. The HYLIFE concept utilizes lasers or heavy ion beams to rapidly heat and compress D-T targets injected into the center of a reactor chamber. A segmented blanket of falling molten lithium or Li2BeF4 (Flibe) jets encircles the reactor`s central cavity, shielding the reactor structure from radiation damage, absorbing the fusion energy, and breeding more tritium fuel. X-rays from the fusion microexplosion will ablate a thin layer of blanket material from the surfaces which face toward the fusion site. This generates a highly energetic vapor, which mostly coalesces in the central cavity. The blast expansion from the central cavity generates a shock which propagates through the segmented blanket - a complex geometry, gas-continuous two-phase medium. The impulse that the blast gives to the liquid as it vents past, the gas shock on the chamber wall, and ultimately the liquid impact on the wall are all important quantities to the HYLIFE structural designers.

  8. Investigating Reports of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: An Analysis of HPV-16/18-Adjuvanted Vaccine Post-Licensure Data.

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    Huygen, Frank; Verschueren, Kristin; McCabe, Candida; Stegmann, Jens-Ulrich; Zima, Julia; Mahaux, Olivia; Van Holle, Lionel; Angelo, Maria-Genalin

    2015-09-01

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain disorder that typically follows trauma or surgery. Suspected CRPS reported after vaccination with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines led to temporary suspension of proactive recommendation of HPV vaccination in Japan. We investigated the potential CRPS signal in relation to HPV-16/18-adjuvanted vaccine (Cervarix®) by database review of CRPS cases with independent expert confirmation; a disproportionality analysis and analyses of temporality; an observed versus expected analysis using published background incidence rates; systematic reviews of aggregate safety data, and a literature review. The analysis included 17 case reports of CRPS: 10 from Japan (0.14/100,000 doses distributed) and seven from the United Kingdom (0.08/100,000). Five cases were considered by independent experts to be confirmed CRPS. Quantitative analyses did not suggest an association between CRPS and HPV-16/18-adjuvanted vaccine. Observed CRPS incidence after HPV-16/18 vaccination was statistically significantly below expected rates. Systematic database reviews using search terms varying in specificity and sensitivity did not identify new cases. No CRPS was reported during clinical development and no unexpected results found in the literature. There is not sufficient evidence to suggest an increased risk of developing CRPS following vaccination with HPV-16/18-adjuvanted vaccine. Post-licensure safety surveillance confirms the acceptable benefit-risk of HPV-16/18 vaccination.

  9. Minds, persons, and space: an fMRI investigation into the relational complexity of higher-order intentionality.

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    Abraham, Anna; Werning, Markus; Rakoczy, Hannes; von Cramon, D Yves; Schubotz, Ricarda I

    2008-06-01

    Mental state reasoning or theory-of-mind has been the subject of a rich body of imaging research. Although such investigations routinely tap a common set of regions, the precise function of each area remains a contentious matter. With the help of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we sought to determine which areas are involved when processing mental state or intentional metarepresentations by focusing on the relational aspect of such representations. Using non-intentional relational representations such as spatial relations between persons and between objects as a contrast, the results ascertained the involvement of the precuneus, the temporal poles, and the medial prefrontal cortex in the processing of intentional representations. In contrast, the anterior superior temporal sulcus and the left temporo-parietal junction were implicated when processing representations that refer to the presence of persons in relational contexts in general. The right temporo-parietal junction, however, was specifically activated for persons entering spatial relations. The level of representational complexity, a previously unexplored factor, was also found to modulate the neural response in some brain regions, such as the medial prefrontal cortex and the right temporo-parietal junction. These findings highlight the need to take into account the critical roles played by an extensive network of neural regions during mental state reasoning.

  10. Investigation of the oxygen affinity of manganese(II, cobalt(II and nickel(II complexes with some tetradentate Schiff bases

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    Adel A.A. Emara

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Oxygen absorption–desorption processes for square planar Mn(II, Co(II and Mn(II complexes of tetradentate Schiff base ligands in DMF and chloroform solvents were investigated. The tetradentate Schiff base ligands were obtained by condensation reaction of ethylenediamine with salcyldehyde, o-hydroxyacetophenone or acetylacetone in the molar ratio 1:2. The square planar complexes were prepared by the reaction of the Schiff base ligands with Mn(II acetate, Co(II nitrate and Ni(II nitrate in dry ethanol under nitrogen atmosphere. The sorption processes were undertaken in the presence and absence of (pyridine axial-base in 1:1 M ratio of (pyridine:metal(II complexes. Complexes in DMF indicate significant oxygen affinity than in chloroform solvent. Cobalt(II complexes showed significant sorption processes compared to Mn(II and Ni(II complexes. The presence of pyridine axial base clearly increases oxygen affinity.

  11. AB INITIO INVESTIGATION OF 12-CROWN-4 AND BENZO-12-CROWN-4 COMPLEXES WITH Li+, Na+, K+, Zn2+, Cd2+, AND Hg2+

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    Yahmin Yahmin

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The structure and binding energies of 12-crown-4 and benzo-12-crown-4 complexes with Li+, Na+, K+, Zn2+, Cd2+, and Hg2+were investigated with ab initio calculations using Hartree-Fock approximation and second-order perturbation theory. The basis set used in this study is lanl2mb. The structure optimization of cation-crown ether complexes was evaluated at HF/lanl2mb level of theory and interaction energy of the corresponding complexes was calculated at MP2/lanl2mb level of theory (MP2/lanl2mb//HF/lanl2mb. Interactions of the crown ethers and the cations were discussed in term of the structure parameter of crown ether. The binding energies of the complexes show that all complex formed from transition metal cations is more stable than the complexes formed from alkali metal cations.   Keywords: 12-crown-4, benzo-12-crown-4, alkali metals, transition metals

  12. Structural determination of Zn and Cd-DTPA complexes: MS, infrared, (13)C NMR and theoretical investigation.

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    Silva, Vanézia L; Carvalho, Ruy; Freitas, Matheus P; Tormena, Cláudio F; Melo, Walclée C

    2007-12-31

    The joint application of MS, infrared and (13)C NMR techniques for the determination of metal-DTPA structures (metal=Zn and Cd; DTPA=diethylenetriaminepentacetic acid) is reported. Mass spectrometry allowed determining the 1:1 stoichiometry of the complexes, while infrared analysis suggested that both nitrogen and carboxyl groups are sites for complexation. The (13)C NMR spectrum for the cadmium-containing complex evidenced the existence of free and complexed carboxyl groups, due to a straight singlet at 179.0 ppm (free carboxylic (13)C) and to two broad singlets or a broad doublet at 178.3 ppm (complexed carboxylic (13)C, (2)J(Cd-C(=O))=45.2 Hz). A similar interpretation might be given for the zinc derivative and, with the aid of DFT calculations, structures for both complexes were then proposed.

  13. Microwave Assisted Synthesis Spectral and Antibacterial Investigations on Complexes of Mn(II With Amide Containing Ligands

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    N. Bhojak

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The present research work describes the synthesis, spectral and antibacterial studies on the complexes of Mn(II with amide group containing ligands. Synthesis of complexes has been carried out by conventional method as well as by microwave method. The complexes have been characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, infrared, electronic spectra and magnetic susceptibility studies. The diffuse reflectance spectrums of the complexes show bands in the region 20,000 cm-1 to 26,000 cm-1 assignable to 6A1g → 4T2g and 6A1g → 4E1g transitions. These are also typical of tetrahedral environment around the manganese. The magnetic moment (5.80 BM of the complex indicates high spin tetrahedral environment. The microwave method of synthesis of complexes have been found easier, convenient and ecofriendly.

  14. Theoretical investigation, biological evaluation and VEGFR2 kinase studies of metal(II) complexes derived from hydrotris(methimazolyl)borate.

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    Jayakumar, S; Mahendiran, D; Srinivasan, T; Mohanraj, G; Kalilur Rahiman, A

    2016-02-01

    The reaction of soft tripodal scorpionate ligand, sodium hydrotris(methimazolyl)borate with M(ClO4)2·6H2O [MMn(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) or Zn(II)] in methanol leads to the cleavage of B-N bond followed by the formation of complexes of the type [M(MeimzH)4](ClO4)2·H2O (1-4), where MeimzH=methimazole. All the complexes were fully characterized by spectro-analytical techniques. The molecular structure of the zinc(II) complex (4) was determined by X-ray crystallography, which supports the observed deboronation reaction in the scorpionate ligand with tetrahedral geometry around zinc(II) ion. The electronic spectra of complexes suggested tetrahedral geometry for manganese(II) and nickel(II) complexes, and square-planar geometry for copper(II) complex. Frontier molecular orbital analysis (HOMO-LUMO) was carried out by B3LYP/6-31G(d) to understand the charge transfer occurring in the molecules. All the complexes exhibit significant antimicrobial activity against Gram (-ve) and Gram (+ve) bacterial as well as fungal strains, which are quite comparable to standard drugs streptomycin and clotrimazole. The copper(II) complex (3) showed excellent free radical scavenging activity against DPPH in all concentration with IC50 value of 30μg/mL, when compared to the other complexes. In the molecular docking studies, all the complexes showed hydrophobic, π-π and hydrogen bonding interactions with BSA. The cytotoxic activity of the complexes against human hepatocellular liver carcinoma (HepG2) cells was assessed by MTT assay, which showed exponential responses toward increasing concentration of complexes.

  15. Physicochemical Investigations of Th(IV and UO2(VI Complexes with New Schiff Bases Along with their Toxic Effects

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    Sonal Agnihotri

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Schiff bases were obtained using p-trimethoxy benzaldehyde, p-hydroxyl benzaldehyde and 2-amino pyridine to prepare new complexes of thorium(IV and dioxouranium(VI metals by various anions. The synthesized ligands and complexes were analytically studied through spectral studies, elemental analysis conductance measurements along with semi empirical and thermogravimetric methods. The complexes were assigned various coordination numbers ranging from 6-10 on the basis of these studies.

  16. Synthesis of Nonionic Oligomeric Manganese(Ⅱ) Complexes and Investigation of Their Toxicity and Τ1-Relaxation Enhancement

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    YU Kai-chao; LI Ying-xia; ZHOU Jin-lan; DING Shang-wu; YE Chao-hui

    2005-01-01

    Six nonionic oligomeric manganese(Ⅱ) complexes with oligomeric phosphate-polyglycol-EDTA ester ligands were synthesized and characterized. The longitudinal relaxivities of these complexes were measured. One of these complexes, which showed the highest relaxivity, was chosen to be used in the acute toxicity test and the Τ1-weighted imaging experiment. It has been found that compared to Gd-DTPA, this nonionic oligomeric Mn(Ⅱ) complex exhibits no acute toxicity, generates highly enhanced MRI signals and increases the intention time in the rat liver tissue.

  17. Binding affinities of Schiff base Fe(II) complex with BSA and calf-thymus DNA: Spectroscopic investigations and molecular docking analysis

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    Rudra, Suparna; Dasmandal, Somnath; Patra, Chiranjit; Kundu, Arjama; Mahapatra, Ambikesh

    2016-09-01

    The binding interaction of a synthesized Schiff base Fe(II) complex with biological macromolecules viz., bovine serum albumin (BSA) and calf thymus(ct)-DNA have been investigated using different spectroscopic techniques coupled with viscosity measurements at physiological pH and 298 K. Regular amendments in emission intensities of BSA upon the action of the complex indicate significant interaction between them, and the binding interaction have been characterized by Stern Volmer plots and thermodynamic binding parameters. On the basis of this quenching technique one binding site with binding constant (Kb = (7.6 ± 0.21) × 105) between complex and protein have been obtained at 298 K. Time-resolved fluorescence studies have also been encountered to understand the mechanism of quenching induced by the complex. Binding affinities of the complex to the fluorophores of BSA namely tryptophan (Trp) and tyrosine (Tyr) have been judged by synchronous fluorescence studies. Secondary structural changes of BSA rooted by the complex has been revealed by CD spectra. On the other hand, hypochromicity of absorption spectra of the complex with the addition of ct-DNA and the gradual reduction in emission intensities of ethidium bromide bound ct-DNA in presence of the complex indicate noticeable interaction between ct-DNA and the complex with the binding constant (4.2 ± 0.11) × 106 M- 1. Life-time measurements have been studied to determine the relative amplitude of binding of the complex to ct-DNA base pairs. Mode of binding interaction of the complex with ct-DNA has been deciphered by viscosity measurements. CD spectra have also been used to understand the changes in ct-DNA structure upon binding with the metal complex. Density functional theory (DFT) and molecular docking analysis have been employed in highlighting the interactive phenomenon and binding location of the complex with the macromolecules.

  18. Binding affinities of Schiff base Fe(II) complex with BSA and calf-thymus DNA: Spectroscopic investigations and molecular docking analysis.

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    Rudra, Suparna; Dasmandal, Somnath; Patra, Chiranjit; Kundu, Arjama; Mahapatra, Ambikesh

    2016-09-05

    The binding interaction of a synthesized Schiff base Fe(II) complex with biological macromolecules viz., bovine serum albumin (BSA) and calf thymus(ct)-DNA have been investigated using different spectroscopic techniques coupled with viscosity measurements at physiological pH and 298K. Regular amendments in emission intensities of BSA upon the action of the complex indicate significant interaction between them, and the binding interaction have been characterized by Stern Volmer plots and thermodynamic binding parameters. On the basis of this quenching technique one binding site with binding constant (Kb=(7.6±0.21)×10(5)) between complex and protein have been obtained at 298K. Time-resolved fluorescence studies have also been encountered to understand the mechanism of quenching induced by the complex. Binding affinities of the complex to the fluorophores of BSA namely tryptophan (Trp) and tyrosine (Tyr) have been judged by synchronous fluorescence studies. Secondary structural changes of BSA rooted by the complex has been revealed by CD spectra. On the other hand, hypochromicity of absorption spectra of the complex with the addition of ct-DNA and the gradual reduction in emission intensities of ethidium bromide bound ct-DNA in presence of the complex indicate noticeable interaction between ct-DNA and the complex with the binding constant (4.2±0.11)×10(6)M(-1). Life-time measurements have been studied to determine the relative amplitude of binding of the complex to ct-DNA base pairs. Mode of binding interaction of the complex with ct-DNA has been deciphered by viscosity measurements. CD spectra have also been used to understand the changes in ct-DNA structure upon binding with the metal complex. Density functional theory (DFT) and molecular docking analysis have been employed in highlighting the interactive phenomenon and binding location of the complex with the macromolecules.

  19. Complexation capacity of aquatic systems in dependence on different ligands and heavy metals - Electroanalytical investigations and statistical evaluation.

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    Einax, J; Kunze, C

    1996-03-01

    Heavy metals exist in natural waters in different species. Mobility and bioavailability of bound metals can be influenced by some complex factors in the aquatic environment. Therefore, it is useful to determine the complexation properties of various ligands influenced by different metals. The copper and zinc complexation capacity was determined for a natural ligand (fulvic acid) and anthropogenic pollutants (e.g. nitrilotriacetic acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid). The interactions between several ligands and metal ions and their effects on the complexation capacity were analyzed in particular. Applying methods of experimental design, such as multifactorial plans, it is possible to determine influence and interaction of various parameters (e.g. concentration of zinc or copper) by a minimum number of experiments. Differential pulse polarography was used for the determination of the complexation capacity. Methods of parametric and robust multiple linear regressions were applied for the interpretation of the measured values.

  20. Quenching Capabilities of Long-Chain Carotenoids in Light-Harvesting-2 Complexes from Rhodobacter sphaeroides with an Engineered Carotenoid Synthesis Pathway.

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    Dilbeck, Preston L; Tang, Qun; Mothersole, David J; Martin, Elizabeth C; Hunter, C Neil; Bocian, David F; Holten, Dewey; Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M

    2016-06-23

    Six light-harvesting-2 complexes (LH2) from genetically modified strains of the purple photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter (Rb.) sphaeroides were studied using static and ultrafast optical methods and resonance Raman spectroscopy. These strains were engineered to incorporate carotenoids for which the number of conjugated groups (N = NC═C + NC═O) varies from 9 to 15. The Rb. sphaeroides strains incorporate their native carotenoids spheroidene (N = 10) and spheroidenone (N = 11), as well as longer-chain analogues including spirilloxanthin (N = 13) and diketospirilloxantion (N = 15) normally found in Rhodospirillum rubrum. Measurements of the properties of the carotenoid first singlet excited state (S1) in antennas from the Rb. sphaeroides set show that carotenoid-bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) interactions are similar to those in LH2 complexes from various other bacterial species and thus are not significantly impacted by differences in polypeptide composition. Instead, variations in carotenoid-to-BChl a energy transfer are primarily regulated by the N-determined energy of the carotenoid S1 excited state, which for long-chain (N ≥ 13) carotenoids is not involved in energy transfer. Furthermore, the role of the long-chain carotenoids switches from a light-harvesting supporter (via energy transfer to BChl a) to a quencher of the BChl a S1 excited state B850*. This quenching is manifested as a substantial (∼2-fold) reduction of the B850* lifetime and the B850* fluorescence quantum yield for LH2 housing the longest carotenoids.

  1. Investigation of the interaction between human serum albumin and antitumor palladium(II) complex containing 1,10-phenanthroline and dithiocarbamate ligands.

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    Saeidifar, Maryam; Mansouri-Torshizi, Hassan

    2015-01-01

    The interaction between [Pd(But-dtc)(phen)]NO3 (where But-dtc = butyldithiocarbamate and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) with HSA (Human Serum Albumin) was investigated by applying fluorescence, UV-Vis and circular dichroism techniques under physiological conditions. The results of fluorescence spectra indicated that the Pd(II) complex could effectively quench the fluorescence intensity of HSA molecules via static mechanism. The number of binding sites and binding constant of HSA-Pd(II) complex were calculated. Analysis of absorption titration data on the interaction between Pd(II) complex and HSA revealed the formation of HSA-Pd(II) complex with high-binding affinity. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that hydrophobic forces play a major role in this interaction. Furthermore, CD measurements were taken to explore changes in HSA secondary structure induced by the Pd(II) complex.

  2. Impact of product development efforts on product introduction and product customization abilities:investigating the effects of product design complexity and product development order winners

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    Chaudhuri, Atanu; Dawar, Saloni

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    This paper investigates the impact of efforts in new product development-manufacturing integration (NPDMI) on new product introduction (NPI) and product customization (PC) abilities and the moderating effects of product design complexity and importance of new product development order winners (NPIOW) on the above relationships. The results from the data on 136 Indian manufacturing plants show that NPDMI, product design complexity and NPIOW all have significant positive impact on NPI and PC ab...

  3. Nonphotochemical Hole-Burning Studies of Energy Transfer Dynamics in Antenna Complexes of Photosynthetic Bacteria

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    Satoshi Matsuzaki

    2002-08-01

    This thesis contains the candidate's original work on excitonic structure and energy transfer dynamics of two bacterial antenna complexes as studied using spectral hole-burning spectroscopy. The general introduction is divided into two chapters (1 and 2). Chapter 1 provides background material on photosynthesis and bacterial antenna complexes with emphasis on the two bacterial antenna systems related to the thesis research. Chapter 2 reviews the underlying principles and mechanism of persistent nonphotochemical hole-burning (NPHB) spectroscopy. Relevant energy transfer theories are also discussed. Chapters 3 and 4 are papers by the candidate that have been published. Chapter 3 describes the application of NPHB spectroscopy to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex from the green sulfur bacterium Prosthecochloris aestuarii; emphasis is on determination of the low energy vibrational structure that is important for understanding the energy transfer process associated within three lowest energy Qy-states of the complex. The results are compared with those obtained earlier on the FMO complex from Chlorobium tepidum. In Chapter 4, the energy transfer dynamics of the B800 molecules of intact LH2 and B800-deficient LH2 complexes of the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila are compared. New insights on the additional decay channel of the B800 ring of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) molecules are provided. General conclusions are given in Chapter 5.

  4. Synthesis of Novel Phosphorylated Daidzein Derivatives and ESI Investigation on Their Non-Covalent Complexes with Lysozyme

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    CHEN, Xiao-Lan; SHI, Xiao-Na; QU, Ling-Bo; YUAN, Jin-Wei; LU, Jian-Sha; ZHAO, Yu-Fen

    2007-01-01

    Daidzein (7,4'-dihydroxyisoflavone) was phosphorylated by a modified Atherton-Todd reaction. The structures of the five target product, were determined by X-ray, IR, NMR and ESI-MS. Electrospray ionization results show that in the gas phase all the phosphorylated daidzein derivatives could form non-covalent complexes with the protein lysozyme, while non-covalent complexes were not detected in the mixed solution of daidzein with lysozyme.Relative affinity of every non-covalent complex was obtained according to its different decomposition orifice voltage.

  5. Improving fundamental abilities of atomic force microscopy for investigating quantitative nanoscale physical properties of complex biological systems

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    Cartagena-Rivera, Alexander X.

    material properties of living cells and viruses in their respective physiological conditions. This advance is based on the harnessing of sub and superharmonic channels of cantilever vibration which are especially strong in liquids environments, which enable the mapping with exquisite detail of nanoscale material properties. Material properties such as storage and loss modulus or the spring and damping constant in live cells and the repulsive electrostatic force gradient, hydration layer viscosity and adhesion on viruses. By the use of this multi-harmonic dynamic AFM technique using a commercial AFM system, the local material properties of live rat fibroblast cells (RFB), red blood cells (RBC), human breast carcinoma cells (MDA-MB-231), and bacteriophage φ29 mature virions have been successfully imaged and extracted in relevant physiological conditions. Also, a novel high-speed dynamic AFM technique is developed to image at higher spatiotemporal resolution whole live cells under physiological conditions. This high-throughput technology enables the study of cellular processes in near real time frames, for example, the cytoskeleton structure dynamics of live fibroblast cells and human breast carcinoma cells. Overall, the contributions described in this thesis demonstrate the robustness and versatility of these novel advanced dynamic AFM techniques to investigate a wide range of complex biological relevant problems.

  6. Nickel(II Complexes of Hydrazone of Isoniazid and Their Magneto-Spectral, Electrochemical, Thermal and Antimicrobial Investigations

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    Surendra Prasad

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of novel nickel(II complexes with new ligand derived from hydrazone of isoniazid has been reported. The complexes have general compositions [Ni(L2X2] or [Ni(L3](ClO42, where L = N-isonicotinamido-furfuraldimine (INH-FFL and X=Cl− or NCS−. The ligand hydrazone behaves as neutral bidentate (N and O donor through the carbonyl oxygen and azomethine nitrogen. On the basis of elemental analysis, molecular weight determinations, magnetic susceptibility/moment, thermogravimetric, electrochemical, and spectroscopic studies, the new complexes have been characterized with octahedral geometry. The antibacterial and antifungal studies of the present complexes show that they are moderate antibacterial and antifungal agents.

  7. Spectroscopic investigations of newly formed betulin-cyclodextrin guest-host type complexes as potential anti skin cancer candidates

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    Falamaş, A.; Pînzaru, S. Cînta; Chiş, V.; Dehelean, C.

    2011-05-01

    Betulin and the related compounds found in the outer bark of the birch tree have attached an increasing interest in the pharmaceutical formulation, due to their anti-cancer activity. Betulin exhibits a very poor solubility; therefore new approaches are required, such as the preparation of the guest-host type complexes using cyclodextrins. The new prepared betulin - hydroxy-propyl-gamma-cyclodextrin (HPGCD) complexes have been obtained and characterized using vibrational spectroscopic techniques in conjunction with quantum chemical calculation.

  8. A Moessbauer investigation of complexes of tin tetrahalides with ambidentate Lewis bases containing nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen

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    Teles, W.M. (Dept. de Quimica, ICEx, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)); Allain, L.R. (Dept. de Quimica, ICEx, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)); Filgueiras, C.A.L. (Dept. de Quimica, ICEx, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)); Abras, A. (Dept. de Fisica, ICEx, Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil))

    1994-02-01

    A series of 1 : 1 complexes was prepared with SnX[sub 4] (X = Cl, Br, I) and the Lewis bases 2-mercaptobenzothiazole, 2-mercapto-1-methylimidazole, 2-aminothiazole, 2-acetylpyridine, and 2,2'-bis(pyridyl)ketone. The latter two ligands yielded bidentate, N, O-bonded hexacoordinate complexes, whereas the other ligands produced monodentate, N-bonded pentacoordinate species, as suggested by Moessbauer parameters, which correlate quite well with the IR spectroscopy data. (orig.)

  9. A Mössbauer investigation of complexes of tin tetrahalides with ambidentate Lewis bases containing nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen

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    Teles, Wagner M.; Allain, Leonardo R.; Filgueiras, Carlos A. L.; Abras, Anuar

    1994-12-01

    A series of 1 : 1 complexes was prepared with SnX4 (X=Cl, Br, I) and the Lewis bases 2-mercaptobenzothiazole, 2-mercapto-1-methylimidazole, 2-aminothiazole, 2-acetylpyridine, and 2,2'-bis(pyridyl)ketone. The latter two ligands yielded bidentate, N, O-bonded hexacoordinate complexes, whereas the other ligands produced monodentate, N-bonded pentaccoordinate species, as suggested by Mössbauer parameters, which correlate quite well with the IR spectroscopy data.

  10. Synthesis and structural investigation of mono- and polynuclear copper complexes of 4-ethyl-1-(pyridin-2-yl) thiosemicarbazide.

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    Hassanien, M M; Gabr, I M; Abdel-Rhman, M H; El-Asmy, A A

    2008-11-01

    The reaction between 2-hydrazinopyridine and ethylisothiocyanate produced 4-ethyl-1-(pyridin-2-yl) thiosemicarbazide (HEPTS). Its reaction with copper fluoride, chloride, bromide, acetate, nitrate, perchlorate, sulfate, carbonate, hydroxide and copper metal produced 15 Cu(II) complexes. The copper metal is easily oxidized in aqueous-ethanol solution of HEPTS giving [Cu2(EPTS)(H2O)3(OH)3]EtOH. Different complexes for the same anion were synthesized by controlling the heating time. Characterization by elemental, thermal, magnetic and spectral (electronic, IR, mass and ESR) studies showed the formation of mono-, di-, tri- and tetra nuclear complexes. The room temperature solid state ESR spectra of the complexes show an axial spectrum with dx2-y2 ground state, suggesting distorted tetragonal geometry around Cu(II) center. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for the different decomposition steps in the complexes were calculated. HEPTS and its Cu(II) complexes showed high activity against gram negative bacteria; [Cu3(EPTS)2(EtOH)2Br4] has more activity.

  11. An investigation of groundwater organics, soil minerals, and activated carbon on the complexation, adsorption, and separation of technetium-99

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    Gu, B. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Environmental Sciences Div.; Dowlen, K.E. [Oak Ridge Associated Universities, TN (United States)

    1996-01-01

    This report summarizes studies on the interactions of technetium-99 (Tc) with different organic compounds and soil minerals under both oxidizing and reducing conditions. The report is divided into four parts and includes (1) effect of natural organic matter (NOM) on the complexation and solubility of Tc, (2) complexation between Tc and trichloroethylene (TCE) in aqueous solutions, (3) adsorption of Tc on soil samples from Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), and (4) adsorption and separation of Tc on activated carbon. Various experimental techniques were applied to characterize and identify Tc complexation with organic compounds and TCE, including liquid-liquid extraction, membrane filtration, size exclusion, and gel chromatography. Results indicate, within the experimental error, Tc (as pertechnetate, TcO{sub 4}) did not appear to form complexes with groundwater or natural organic matter under both atmospheric and reducing conditions. However, Tc can form complexes with certain organic compounds or specific functional groups such as salicylate. Tc did not appear to form complexes with TCE in aqueous solution.Both liquid-liquid extraction and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) gave no indication Tc was complexed with TCE. The correlations between Tc and TCE concentrations in monitoring wells at PGDP may be a coincidence because TCE was commonly used as a decontamination reagent. Once TCE and Tc entered the groundwater, they behaved similarly because both TcO{sub 4}{sup {minus}} and TCE are poorly adsorbed by soils. An effective remediation technique to remove TcO{sub 4}{sup {minus}} from PGDP contaminated groundwater is needed. One possibility is the use of an activated carbon adsorption technique developed in this study.

  12. Spectroscopic investigation into the interaction of a diazacyclam-based macrocyclic copper(ii) complex with bovine serum albumin.

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    Shahabadi, Nahid; Hakimi, Mohammad; Morovati, Teimoor; Hadidi, Saba; Moeini, Keyvan

    2017-02-01

    Cyclam-based ligands and their complexes are known to show antitumor activity. This study was undertaken to examine the interaction of a diazacyclam-based macrocyclic copper(II) complex with bovine serum albumin (BSA) under physiological conditions. The interactions of different metal-based drugs with blood proteins, especially those with serum albumin, may affect the concentration and deactivation of metal drugs, and thereby influence their availability and toxicity during chemotherapy. In this vein, several spectral methods including UV-vis absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy techniques were used. Spectroscopic analysis of the fluorescence quenching confirmed that the Cu(II) complex quenched BSA fluorescence intensity by a dynamic mechanism. In order to further determine the quenching mechanism, an analysis of Stern-Volmer plots at various concentrations of BSA was carried out. It was found that the KSV value increased with the BSA concentration. It was suggested that the fluorescence quenching process was a dynamic quenching rather than a static quenching mechanism. Based on Förster's theory, the average binding distance between the Cu(II) complex and BSA (r) was found to be 4.98 nm; as the binding distance was less than 8 nm, energy transfer from BSA to the Cu(II) complex had a high possibility of occurrence. Thermodynamic parameters (positive ΔH and ΔS values) and measurement of competitive fluorescence with 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulphonic acid (1,8-ANS) indicated that hydrophobic interaction plays a major role in the Cu(II) complex interaction with BSA. A Job's plot of the results confirmed that there was one binding site in BSA for the Cu(II) complex (1:1 stoichiometry). The site marker competitive experiment confirmed that the Cu(II) complex was located in site I (subdomain IIA) of BSA. Finally, CD data indicated that interaction of the Cu(II) complex with BSA caused a small increase in the α-helical content. Copyright

  13. Ab inito study on triplet excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes.

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    You, Zhi-Qiang; Hsu, Chao-Ping

    2011-04-28

    We have studied the triplet energy transfer (TET) for photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes, the bacterial light-harvesting complex II (LH2) of Rhodospirillum molischianum and Rhodopseudomonas acidophila, and the peridinin-chlorophyll a protein (PCP) from Amphidinium carterae. The electronic coupling factor was calculated with the recently developed fragment spin difference scheme (You and Hsu, J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 133, 074105), which is a general computational scheme that yields the overall coupling under the Hamiltonian employed. The TET rates were estimated based on the couplings obtained. For all light-harvesting complexes studied, there exist nanosecond triplet energy transfer from the chlorophylls to the carotenoids. This result supports a direct triplet quenching mechanism for the photoprotection function of carotenoids. The TET rates are similar for a broad range of carotenoid triplet state energy, which implies a general and robust TET quenching role for carotenoids in photosynthesis. This result is also consistent with the weak dependence of TET kinetics on the type or the number of π conjugation lengths in the carotenoids and their analogues reported in the literature. We have also explored the possibility of forming triplet excitons in these complexes. In B850 of LH2 or the peridinin cluster in PCP, it is unlikely to have triplet exciton since the energy differences of any two neighboring molecules are likely to be much larger than their TET couplings. Our results provide theoretical limits to the possible photophysics in the light-harvesting complexes.

  14. Europium, uranyl, and thorium-phenanthroline amide complexes in acetonitrile solution: an ESI-MS and DFT combined investigation.

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    Xiao, Cheng-Liang; Wang, Cong-Zhi; Mei, Lei; Zhang, Xin-Rui; Wall, Nathalie; Zhao, Yu-Liang; Chai, Zhi-Fang; Shi, Wei-Qun

    2015-08-28

    The tetradentate N,N'-diethyl-N,N'-ditolyl-2,9-diamide-1,10-phenanthroline (Et-Tol-DAPhen) ligand with hard-soft donor atoms has been demonstrated to be promising for the group separation of actinides from highly acidic nuclear wastes. To identify the formed complexes of this ligand with actinides and lanthanides, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) combined with density functional theory (DFT) calculations was used to probe the possible complexation processes. The 1 : 2 Eu-L species ([EuL2(NO3)](2+)) can be observed in ESI-MS at low metal-to-ligand ([M]/[L]) ratios, whereas the 1 : 1 Eu-L species ([EuL(NO3)2](+)) can be observed when the [M]/[L] ratio is higher than 1.0. However, ([UO2L(NO3)](+)) is the only detected species for the uranyl complexes. The [ThL2(NO3)2](2+) species can be observed at low [M]/[L] ratios; the 1 : 2 species ([ThL2(NO3)](3+)) and a new 1 : 1 species ([ThL(NO3)3](+)) can be detected at high [M]/[L] ratios. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) results showed that Et-Tol-DAPhen ligands can coordinate strongly with metal ions, and the coordination moieties remain intact under CID conditions. Natural bond orbital (NBO), molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), electron localization function (ELF), atoms in molecules (AIM) and molecular orbital (MO) analyses indicated that the metal-ligand bonds of the actinide complexes exhibited more covalent character than those of the lanthanide complexes. In addition, according to thermodynamic analysis, the stable cationic M-L complexes in acetonitrile are found to be in good agreement with the ESI-MS results.

  15. A Kinetically Mechanistic Investigation of Oxidation of 1,4-Butanediamine by Ag(Ⅲ)Complex in Alkaline Medium

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    SONG,Changying; SHAN,Jinhuan; Shen,Shigang; Sun,Hanwen

    2009-01-01

    Kinetics and mechanism of oxidation of 1,4-butanediamine by a Ag (Ⅲ)complex were studied spectropho-tometrically in alkaline medium at constant ion strength. The reaction shows first order with respect to the Ag(Ⅲ)complex and 1,4.butanediamine respectively. The second order rate constant,k`:increased with the increasing in[OH-],and decreased with the increasing in[IO4-4].A plausible mechanism was proposed from the kinetics study.The rate equations derived from the mechanism Can explain all experimental phenomena. The activation parameters were calculated.

  16. Trinuclear lanthanide complexes of a compartmental ligand N, N'-bis(2-pyridinyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide: A spectroscopic investigation

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    Gudasi, Kalagouda B.; Shenoy, Rashmi V.; Vadavi, Ramesh S.; Patil, Siddappa A.

    2006-11-01

    Trinuclear lanthanide complexes of the formula [Ln 3(PPDA)(NO 3) 6(H 2O) 2]·NO 3·2H 2O where Ln = La(III), Pr(III), Sm(III), Nd(III), Eu(III) Gd(III) Tb(III), Dy(III) and Y(III); H 2PPDA = N, N'-bis(2-pyridinyl)-2,6-pyridinedicarboxamide, have been isolated. The complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, conductivity measurements, magnetic susceptibility measurements and spectral (IR, NMR, UV-vis, fluorescence, FAB and EPR) and thermal studies.

  17. Investigation of the stability of hemiclonal population systems of water frogs hybridogeneous complex by the means of simulation modeling

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    M. O. Kravchenko

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The concept of stability used in ecology and mathematics is analyzed. Stability is interpreted as the ability of the system to remain in a restricted zone of a phase space that corresponds to a certain type of systems. This approach is applied to describe changes in the structure of hemiclonal population systems of hybridogenous complex of water frogs (Pelophylax esculentus complex. Simulation model of these population systems built on a recursive difference equations in MS Excel is used. The dynamics of transitions in the part of phase space of the hemiclonal populationsystems of water frogs is described. Typology of stabile states of biosystems is analyzed.

  18. Computational Investigation of Enthalpy-Entropy Compensation in Complexation of Glycoconjugated Bile Salts with β-Cyclodextrin and Analogs

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    Tidemand, Kasper Damgaard; Schonbeck, Christian; Holm, Rene

    2014-01-01

    of water molecules in the cavity increased with the DS. Release of water from the cavity resulted in a positive enthalpy change, which correlates qualitatively with the experimentally determined increase in complexation enthalpy and contributes to the enthalpy-entropy compensation. The positive change...... in complexation entropy with DS was not able to compensate for this unfavorable change in enthalpy induced by the HP substituents, resulting in a destabilizing effect. This was found to originate from fixation of the HP substituents and decreased free rotation of the bile salts within the CD cavities....

  19. Investigation of antitumor potential of Ni(II) complexes with tridentate PNO acylhydrazones of 2-(diphenylphosphino)benzaldehyde and monodentate pseudohalides.

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    Čobeljić, Božidar; Milenković, Milica; Pevec, Andrej; Turel, Iztok; Vujčić, Miroslava; Janović, Barbara; Gligorijević, Nevenka; Sladić, Dušan; Radulović, Siniša; Jovanović, Katarina; Anđelković, Katarina

    2016-04-01

    Square-planar azido Ni(II) complex with condensation product of 2-(diphenylphosphino)benzaldehyde and Girard's T reagent was synthesized and its crystal structure was determined. Cytotoxic activity of the azido complex and previously synthesized isothiocyanato, cyanato and chlorido Ni(II) complexes with this ligand was examined on six tumor cell lines (HeLa, A549, K562, MDA-MB-453, MDA-MB-361 and LS-174) and two normal cell line (MRC-5 and BEAS-2B). All the investigated nickel(II) complexes were cytotoxic against all tumor cell lines. The newly synthesized azido complex showed selectivity to HeLa and A549 tumor cell lines compared to the normal cells (for A549 IC50 was similar to that of cisplatin). Azido complex interferes with cell cycle phase distribution of A549 and HeLa cells and possesses nuclease activity towards supercoiled DNA. The observed selectivity of the azido complex for some tumor cell lines can be connected with its strong DNA damaging activity.

  20. Identifying families with complex needs after an initial child abuse investigation: A comparison of demographics and needs related to domestic violence, mental health, and substance use.

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    Simon, James David; Brooks, Devon

    2017-03-16

    Families with complex needs related to domestic violence, mental health, and substance use have some of the worst child protective services (CPS) outcomes. Although many of these families are identified during a CPS investigation and subsequently referred to home-based postinvestigation services (HBPS), many are re-reported to CPS, so it is important to understand the postinvestigation experiences of this vulnerable group. Therefore, this study compared families with and without complex needs to understand their uniquedemographics, needs, and postinvestigation outcomes. The sample consisted of 2008 caregivers who received HBPS following an initial CPS investigation. The Family Assessment Form (FAF) was used to measure family functioning in eight domains using a 1-5 scale with higher ratings representing worse functioning. Complex needs were indicated by a mean FAF score of 3 or higher for either domestic violence, mental health, or substance use. Using Pearson chi-square analyses and two-sample t-tests, comparisons were made between families with (n=836) and without (n=1172) complex needs. Half of caregivers with complex needs had a history of abuse, 25% had three to five needs, and nearly half had six to eight needs; 90% of caregivers without complex needs had zero to two needs. Furthermore, caregivers with complex needs had higher mean scores for concrete, educational, and clinical needs. These findings highlight the importance of recognizing variation among families referred to HBPS and accurate screening to ensure that families with complex needs are offered and receive services matched to their unique characteristics and needs.

  1. Investigation of Zr(IV) and 89Zr(IV) complexation with hydroxamates: Progress towards designing a better chelator than desferrioxamine B for immuno-PET imaging

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    Guérard, François; Lee, Yong-Sok; Tripier, Raphaël; Szajek, Lawrence P.; Deschamps, Jeffrey R.; Brechbiel, Martin W.

    2012-01-01

    Single crystal X-ray diffraction show that Zr(IV) forms an octa-coordinated complex with 4 bidentate hydroxamates whose solution structures were investigated utilizing density functional theory at the level of B3LYP/DGDZVP. Stability constants obtained by potentiometry were in accordance with the tendency observed when radiolabeling with 89Zr. PMID:23250287

  2. Using mitogenomic and nuclear ribosomal sequence data to investigate the phylogeny of the Xiphinema americanum species complex

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    Nematodes within the Xiphinema americanum species complex are economically important because they vector nepoviruses which cause considerable damage to a variety of agricultural crops. The taxonomy of X. americanum is controversial, with the number of putative species being the subject of debate. Ac...

  3. Langmuir-Blodgett films of metal complexes of 4-(10,12-pentacosadiynamidomethyl)pyridine : A structural investigation

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    Werkman, PJ; Wieringa, RH; Vorenkamp, EJ; Schouten, AJ

    1998-01-01

    Complex formation between 4-(10,12-pentacosadiynamidomethyl)pyridine and metal ions in the subphase results in stable Langmuir monolayers up to surface pressures of 35 mN m(-1). Electron microscopy pictures show a flat monomer monolayer before polymerization and a polymer monolayer exhibiting a more

  4. Investigation of the genes for RET and its ligand complex, GDNF/GFR alpha-1, in small cell lung carcinoma

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    Mulligan, LM; Timmer, T; Ivanchuk, SM; Campling, BG; Young, LC; Rabbitts, PH; Sundaresan, [No Value; Hofstra, RMW; Eng, C

    1998-01-01

    RET is a receptor tyrosine kinase expressed in neuroendocrine cells and in tumors of these cell types. RET activation may be mediated by a ligand complex comprising glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and GDNF family receptor alpha-1 (GFR alpha-1). Activating RET mutations are found i

  5. IRMPD spectroscopic investigation of gas-phase complexes of deprotonated penicillin G with Ba(2+), Zn(2+) and Cd(2+)

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    Dunbar, R. C.; Oomens, J.; Orlova, G.; Bohme, D. K.

    2011-01-01

    The bare deprotonated penicillin G. and its complexes with the Ba(2+), Zn(2+) and Cd(2+) ions, have been formed by electrospray ionization and studied by IRMPD (infrared multiple photon dissociation) spectroscopy using FT-ICR (Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance) mass spectrometry with the FEL

  6. Synthesis, Characterization and Solvatochromism Investigation of Mixed Ligand Chelate Copper(Ⅱ) Complexes with Acetyleacetonate and Three Diamine Ligands

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    Golchoubian Hamid; Afshar Zahra Mohseni; Moayyedi Golasa; Bruno Giuseppe; Rudbari Hadi Amiri

    2012-01-01

    The syntheses of three mixed ligand chelate copper(II) complexes of the type [Cu(L)(acac)(H2O)]BPh4 where acac=acetyleacetonate; L=N,N-dimethyl,N′-benzylethane-1,2-diamine (L1), N,N-dimethyl, N′-2-methylbenzylethane-1,2-diamine (L2) or N,N-dimethyl,N′-2-chlorobenzylethane-1,2-diamine (L3) are reported and characterized by elemental analyses, spectroscopic and molar conductance measurements. The X-ray structure of complex 1 shows that the central copper atom is placed in a distorted square pyramidal geometry made by acac and diamine chelate in the base and a H2O molecule on the apex. The prepared complexes are fairly soluble in a large number of organic solvents and show positive solvatochromism. Calculations of SMLR (stepwise multiple linear regression) method was utilized to find the best model explaining the observed solvatochromic behavior and showed that among different solvent parameters, donor number (DN) is a dominant factor responsible for the shift in the d-d absorption band of the complexes to the lower wavenumber with increasing its values. The importance of substituent effect in diamine ligand on the spectral and SMLR measurements is also discussed.

  7. A complexity approach to investigating the effectiveness of an intervention for lower grade teachers on teaching science

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    Wetzels, Annemie; Steenbeek, Henderien; van Geert, Paul

    2016-01-01

    This article describes the effectiveness and sustainability of teacher professional development interventions from a complexity view point as well as a more ‘standard’ viewpoint. The first aim of this study is to give a theoretical overview of effective aspects of interventions regarding teachers’

  8. Calculation of the scalar curvature for the four state complex spin model and investigation of its behaviour

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    T. Mardani

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available  In various statistical mechanical models, introduction of a metric into space of prameters gives a new perspective to the phase structure. In this paper, the scalar curvature R of this metric for a one dimensional four-state complex spin model is calculated. It is shown that this parameter has a similar behaviour to the Ising and Potts models.

  9. Using mitogenomic and nuclear ribosomal sequence data to investigate the phylogeny of the Xiphinema americanum species complex.

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    Inga A Zasada

    Full Text Available Nematodes within the Xiphinema americanum species complex are economically important because they vector nepoviruses which cause considerable damage to a variety of agricultural crops. The taxonomy of X. americanum species complex is controversial, with the number of putative species being the subject of debate. Accurate phylogenetic knowledge of this group is highly desirable as it may ultimately reveal genetic differences between species. For this study, nematodes belonging to the X. americanum species complex, including potentially mixed species populations, were collected from 12 geographically disparate locations across the U.S. from different crops and in varying association with nepoviruses. At least four individuals from each population were analyzed. A portion of the 18S nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA gene was sequenced for all individuals while the internal transcribed spacer region 1 (ITS1 of rDNA was cloned and 2 to 6 clones per individual were sequenced. Mitochondrial genomes for numerous individuals were sequenced in parallel using high-throughput DNA sequencing (HTS technology. Phylogenetic analysis of the 18S rDNA revealed virtually identical sequences across all populations. Analysis of ITS1 rDNA sequences revealed several well-supported clades, with some degree of congruence with geographic location and viral transmission, but also numerous presumably paralogous sequences that failed to form clades with other sequences from the same population. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA indicated the presence of three distinct monophyletic clades of X. americanum species complex nematodes. Two clades contained nematodes found in association with nepovirus and the third contained divergent mtDNA sequences from three nematode populations from the western U.S. where nepovirus was absent. The inherent heterogeneity in ITS1 rDNA sequence data and lack of informative sites in 18S rDNA analysis suggests that mtDNA may be more useful in sorting

  10. Using mitogenomic and nuclear ribosomal sequence data to investigate the phylogeny of the Xiphinema americanum species complex.

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    Zasada, Inga A; Peetz, Amy; Howe, Dana K; Wilhelm, Larry J; Cheam, Daravuth; Denver, Dee R; Smythe, Ashleigh B

    2014-01-01

    Nematodes within the Xiphinema americanum species complex are economically important because they vector nepoviruses which cause considerable damage to a variety of agricultural crops. The taxonomy of X. americanum species complex is controversial, with the number of putative species being the subject of debate. Accurate phylogenetic knowledge of this group is highly desirable as it may ultimately reveal genetic differences between species. For this study, nematodes belonging to the X. americanum species complex, including potentially mixed species populations, were collected from 12 geographically disparate locations across the U.S. from different crops and in varying association with nepoviruses. At least four individuals from each population were analyzed. A portion of the 18S nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene was sequenced for all individuals while the internal transcribed spacer region 1 (ITS1) of rDNA was cloned and 2 to 6 clones per individual were sequenced. Mitochondrial genomes for numerous individuals were sequenced in parallel using high-throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) technology. Phylogenetic analysis of the 18S rDNA revealed virtually identical sequences across all populations. Analysis of ITS1 rDNA sequences revealed several well-supported clades, with some degree of congruence with geographic location and viral transmission, but also numerous presumably paralogous sequences that failed to form clades with other sequences from the same population. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) indicated the presence of three distinct monophyletic clades of X. americanum species complex nematodes. Two clades contained nematodes found in association with nepovirus and the third contained divergent mtDNA sequences from three nematode populations from the western U.S. where nepovirus was absent. The inherent heterogeneity in ITS1 rDNA sequence data and lack of informative sites in 18S rDNA analysis suggests that mtDNA may be more useful in sorting out the

  11. Metal complexes of 3-(4-bromophenyl)-1-pyridin-2-ylprop-2-en-1-one thiosemicarbazone: cytotoxic activity and investigation on the mode of action of the gold(III) complex.

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    Sâmia, Luciana B P; Parrilha, Gabrieli L; Da Silva, Jeferson G; Ramos, Jonas P; Souza-Fagundes, Elaine M; Castelli, Silvia; Vutey, Venn; Desideri, Alessandro; Beraldo, Heloisa

    2016-06-01

    Complexes [Au(PyCT4BrPh)Cl]Cl (1), [Pt(PyCT4BrPh)Cl]0.5KCl (2), and [Pd(PyCT4BrPh)Cl]KCl (3) were obtained with 3-(4-bromophenyl)-1-pyridin-2-ylprop-2-en-1-one thiosemicarbazone (HPyCT4BrPh). Although complexes (2) and (3) did not exhibit potent cytotoxic activity, HPyCT4BrPh and its gold(III) complex (1) proved to be highly cytotoxic against HL-60 (human promyelocytic leukemia) and THP-1 (human monocytic leukemia) cells, and against MDA-MB 231 and MCF-7 (human breast adenocarcinoma) solid tumor cells. Except for HL-60 cells, upon coordination to gold(III) a 2- to 3-fold increase in the cytotoxic effect was observed. An investigation on the possible biological targets of the gold(III) complex was carried out. Complex (1) but not the free thiosemicarbazone inhibits the enzymatic activity of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR). The affinity of 1 for TrxR suggests metal binding to a selenol residue in the active site of the enzyme. While HPyCT4BrPh was inactive, 1 was able to inhibit topoisomerase IB (Topo IB) activity. Hence, inhibition of TrxR and Topo IB could contribute to the mechanism of cytotoxic action of complex (1).

  12. Investigation by mass spectrometry of metal complexes of new molecular hosts: cyclic oligomer of sugar amino acid and sugar-aza-crown ethers.

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    Fournier, Françoise; Afonso, Carlos; Ménand, Mickaël; Hamon, Louis; Xie, Juan; Tabet, Jean-Claude

    2008-01-01

    The affinity of cyclic oligomers of sugar amino acid and sugar-aza-crown ether compounds towards various transition metal cations (Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II), Fe(II) and Zn(II)) was investigated with positive-ion electrospray mass spectrometry. The binding between the receptors (M) and the different metals (Met) is evidenced mainly by the presence of the [M + Met(II)Cl](+) ion. The experimental results showed that all studied receptors present specificity to Cu(II). An attempt has been made with CuI but no complexation was obtained. The formation of these complexes can be rationalized by considering the presence of two oxygens and two nitrogens on the receptor rim. The lone electron pair can serve as the electron donor to Cu(II). Theoretical calculations were carried out in order to show the structure of the complex and, in particular, to determine if Cu(2+) is situated either on the outer surface, on the rim of the receptor or inside the cavity. Comparison of complex formation was carried out by mixing the four receptors with various amounts of Cu(II) (one equivalent and five equivalents). It appears that the best complexation was obtained with the sugar-aza-crown ethers (amine linker) for both benzylated and methylated compounds. In addition, the stereochemical effects have been investigated.

  13. Synthesis of Novel Pyrazolines, Their Boron-Fluorine Complexes, and Investigation of Antibacterial, Antioxidant, and Enzyme Inhibition Activities.

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    Kahriman, Nuran; Haşimoğlu, Zeynep; Serdaroğlu, Vildan; Beriş, Fatih Şaban; Barut, Burak; Yaylı, Nurettin

    2017-02-01

    New 3,5-disubstituted-2-pyrazoline derivatives (4-6), their boron-fluorine complexes (boron (3-(2'-aminophenyl),5-(2'-/3'-/4'-pyridyl)pyrazoline, BOAPPY) (7-9) and boron 1,2'-diazaflavone complex (BODAF) (11) were synthesized starting from azachalcones (1-3) to diazaflavone (10), respectively. Biological evaluation of compounds 4-9 and 11 showed remarkable antioxidant, antibacterial, and acetylcholinesterase and tyrosinase enzyme inhibition activities. All newly synthesized compounds 4-9 and 11 showed respectable antibacterial effect with minimum inhibitory concentrations in the range of 4.7-150 μg/mL. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. An investigation of ozone and planetary boundary layer dynamics over the complex topography of Grenoble combining measurements and modeling

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    Couach, O.; Balin, I.; Jiménez, R; P. Ristori(CEILAP); Perego, S.; Kirchner, F.; Simeonov, V.; Calpini, B.; H. Bergh

    2003-01-01

    This paper concerns an evaluation of ozone (O3) and planetary boundary layer (PBL) dynamics over the complex topography of the Grenoble region through a combination of measurements and mesoscale model (METPHOMOD) predictions for three days, during July 1999. The measurements of O3 and PBL structure were obtained with a Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) system, situated 20 km south of Grenoble at Vif (310 m ASL). The combined lidar observations ...

  15. Solid State C-13 and H-2 NMR Investigations of Paramagnetic Ni(II)(acac)(2)L-2 Complexes

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    Lennartson, A.; Christensen, Lene Ulrikke; McKenzie, C. J.

    2014-01-01

    Nine structurally related paramagnetic acetylacetonato nickel(II) complexes: [Ni(acac)(2)] and trans-[Ni(acac)(2)(X)(2)]nH/D2O, X = H2O, D2O, NH3, MeOH, PMePh2, PMe2Ph, or [dppe](1/2), n = 0 or 1, dppe = 1,2-his(diphenylphosphino)ethane, as well as cis-[Ni(F-6-acac)(2)(D2O)(2)], F-6-acac = hexafl...

  16. Development of a full automation solid phase microextraction method for investigating the partition coefficient of organic pollutant in complex sample.

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    Jiang, Ruifen; Lin, Wei; Wen, Sijia; Zhu, Fang; Luan, Tiangang; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2015-08-07

    A fully automated solid phase microextraction (SPME) depletion method was developed to study the partition coefficient of organic compound between complex matrix and water sample. The SPME depletion process was conducted by pre-loading the fiber with a specific amount of organic compounds from a proposed standard gas generation vial, and then desorbing the fiber into the targeted samples. Based on the proposed method, the partition coefficients (Kmatrix) of 4 polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) between humic acid (HA)/hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (β-HPCD) and aqueous sample were determined. The results showed that the logKmatrix of 4 PAHs with HA and β-HPCD ranged from 3.19 to 4.08, and 2.45 to 3.15, respectively. In addition, the logKmatrix values decreased about 0.12-0.27 log units for different PAHs for every 10°C increase in temperature. The effect of temperature on the partition coefficient followed van't Hoff plot, and the partition coefficient at any temperature can be predicted based on the plot. Furthermore, the proposed method was applied for the real biological fluid analysis. The partition coefficients of 6 PAHs between the complex matrices in the fetal bovine serum and water were determined, and compared to ones obtained from SPME extraction method. The result demonstrated that the proposed method can be applied to determine the sorption coefficients of hydrophobic compounds between complex matrix and water in a variety of samples.

  17. Systematic theoretical investigation of the zero-field splitting in Gd(III) complexes: Wave function and density functional approaches

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    Khan, Shehryar, E-mail: sherkhan@fysik.su.se; Odelius, Michael, E-mail: odelius@fysik.su.se [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, AlbaNova University Center, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Kubica-Misztal, Aleksandra [Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, PL-30-059 Krakow (Poland); Kruk, Danuta [Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Sloneczna 54, Olsztyn PL-10710 (Poland); Kowalewski, Jozef [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-01-21

    The zero-field splitting (ZFS) of the electronic ground state in paramagnetic ions is a sensitive probe of the variations in the electronic and molecular structure with an impact on fields ranging from fundamental physical chemistry to medical applications. A detailed analysis of the ZFS in a series of symmetric Gd(III) complexes is presented in order to establish the applicability and accuracy of computational methods using multiconfigurational complete-active-space self-consistent field wave functions and of density functional theory calculations. The various computational schemes are then applied to larger complexes Gd(III)DOTA(H{sub 2}O){sup −}, Gd(III)DTPA(H{sub 2}O){sup 2−}, and Gd(III)(H{sub 2}O){sub 8}{sup 3+} in order to analyze how the theoretical results compare to experimentally derived parameters. In contrast to approximations based on density functional theory, the multiconfigurational methods produce results for the ZFS of Gd(III) complexes on the correct order of magnitude.

  18. Theoretical investigation of the optical and EPR parameters for VO{sup 2+}ion in some complexes

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    Kalfaoglu, Emel [OndokuzMay Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I s University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, 55139 Kurupelit-Samsun (Turkey); Karabulut, Buenyamin, E-mail: bbulut@omu.edu.tr [OndokuzMay Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I s University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, 55139 Kurupelit-Samsun (Turkey)

    2012-04-15

    The molecular orbital coefficients and the EPR parameters of trisodium citrate dihydrate, sodium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate, potassium d-gluconate monohydrate and L-Alanine vanadyl complexes are calculated theoretically. Two d-d transition spectra and EPR parameters for the VO{sup 2+} complex are calculated theoretically by using crystal-field theory. The calculated g and A paramaters have indicated that paramagnetic center is axially symmetric. Having the relations of g{sub Parallel-To } Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket g{sub Up-Tack } Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket g{sub e} and A{sub Parallel-To } Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket A{sub Up-Tack} for VO{sup 2+} ions, it can be concluded that VO{sup 2+} ions are located in distorted octahedral sites (C{sub 4v}) elongated along the z-axis and the ground state of the paramagnetic electron is d{sub xy}. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The EPR parameters and molecular orbital coefficients are calculated theoretically. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The g and A values of all complexes are found to be nearly axially symmetric. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ground state of the paramagnetic electron is d{sub xy.}.

  19. Molecular-level spectroscopic investigations of the complexation and photodegradation of catechol to/by iron(III)

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    Al-Abadleh, Hind; Tofan-Lazar, Julia; Situm, Arthur; Slikboer, Samantha

    2014-05-01

    Surface water plays a crucial role in facilitating or inhibiting surface reactions in atmospheric aerosols. Little is known about the role of surface water in the complexation of organic molecules to transition metals in multicomponent aerosol systems. We will show results from real time diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) experiments for the in situ complexation of catechol to Fe(III) and its photosensitized degradation under dry and humid conditions. Catechol was chosen as a simple model for humic-like substances (HULIS) in aerosols and aged polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). It has also been detected in secondary organic aerosols (SOA) formed from the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with benzene. Given the importance of the iron content in aerosols and its biogeochemistry, our studies were conducted using FeCl3. For comparison, these surface-sensitive studies were complemented with bulk aqueous ATR-FTIR, UV-vis, and HPLC measurements for structural, quantitative and qualitative information about complexes in the bulk, and potential degradation products. The implications of our studies on understanding interfacial and condensed phase chemistry relevant to multicomponent aerosols, water thin islands on buildings, and ocean surfaces containing transition metals will be discussed.

  20. Vibrational investigations of CO2-H2O, CO2-(H2O)2, and (CO2)2-H2O complexes isolated in solid neon

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    Soulard, P.; Tremblay, B.

    2015-12-01

    The van der Waals complex of H2O with CO2 has attracted considerable theoretical interest as a typical example of a weak binding complex with a dissociation energy less than 3 kcal/mol. Up to now, experimental vibrational data are sparse. We have studied by FTIR the complexes involving CO2 and water molecules in solid neon. Many new absorption bands close to the well known monomers fundamentals give evidence for at least three (CO2)n-(H2O)m complexes, noted n:m. Concentration effects combined with a detailed vibrational analysis allow for the identification of sixteen, twelve, and five transitions for the 1:1, 1:2, and 2:1 complexes, respectively. Careful examination of the far infrared spectral region allows the assignment of several 1:1 and 1:2 intermolecular modes, confirmed by the observation of combinations of intra + intermolecular transitions, and anharmonic coupling constants have been derived. Our results demonstrate the high sensibility of the solid neon isolation to investigate the hydrogen-bonded complexes in contrast with the gas phase experiments for which two quanta transitions cannot be easily observed.

  1. Vibrational investigations of CO2-H2O, CO2-(H2O)2, and (CO2)2-H2O complexes isolated in solid neon.

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    Soulard, P; Tremblay, B

    2015-12-14

    The van der Waals complex of H2O with CO2 has attracted considerable theoretical interest as a typical example of a weak binding complex with a dissociation energy less than 3 kcal/mol. Up to now, experimental vibrational data are sparse. We have studied by FTIR the complexes involving CO2 and water molecules in solid neon. Many new absorption bands close to the well known monomers fundamentals give evidence for at least three (CO2)n-(H2O)m complexes, noted n:m. Concentration effects combined with a detailed vibrational analysis allow for the identification of sixteen, twelve, and five transitions for the 1:1, 1:2, and 2:1 complexes, respectively. Careful examination of the far infrared spectral region allows the assignment of several 1:1 and 1:2 intermolecular modes, confirmed by the observation of combinations of intra + intermolecular transitions, and anharmonic coupling constants have been derived. Our results demonstrate the high sensibility of the solid neon isolation to investigate the hydrogen-bonded complexes in contrast with the gas phase experiments for which two quanta transitions cannot be easily observed.

  2. Low light adaptation: energy transfer processes in different types of light harvesting complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris.

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    Moulisová, Vladimíra; Luer, Larry; Hoseinkhani, Sajjad; Brotosudarmo, Tatas H P; Collins, Aaron M; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Blankenship, Robert E; Cogdell, Richard J

    2009-12-01

    Energy transfer processes in photosynthetic light harvesting 2 (LH2) complexes isolated from purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris grown at different light intensities were studied by ground state and transient absorption spectroscopy. The decomposition of ground state absorption spectra shows contributions from B800 and B850 bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) a rings, the latter component splitting into a low energy and a high energy band in samples grown under low light (LL) conditions. A spectral analysis reveals strong inhomogeneity of the B850 excitons in the LL samples that is well reproduced by an exponential-type distribution. Transient spectra show a bleach of both the low energy and high energy bands, together with the respective blue-shifted exciton-to-biexciton transitions. The different spectral evolutions were analyzed by a global fitting procedure. Energy transfer from B800 to B850 occurs in a mono-exponential process and the rate of this process is only slightly reduced in LL compared to high light samples. In LL samples, spectral relaxation of the B850 exciton follows strongly nonexponential kinetics that can be described by a reduction of the bleach of the high energy excitonic component and a red-shift of the low energetic one. We explain these spectral changes by picosecond exciton relaxation caused by a small coupling parameter of the excitonic splitting of the BChl a molecules to the surrounding bath. The splitting of exciton energy into two excitonic bands in LL complex is most probably caused by heterogenous composition of LH2 apoproteins that gives some of the BChls in the B850 ring B820-like site energies, and causes a disorder in LH2 structure.

  3. Low light adaptation: Energy transfer processes in different types of light harvesting complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris

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    Moulisova, Vladimira; Luer, Larry; Hoseinkhani, Sajjad; Brotosudarmo, Tatas H.P.; Collins, Aaron M.; Lanzani, Guglielmo; Blankenship, R. E.; Cogdell, Richard J

    Energy transfer processes in photosynthetic light harvesting 2 (LH2) complexes isolated from purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris grown at different light intensities were studied by ground state and transient absorption spectroscopy. The decomposition of ground state absorption spectra shows contributions from B800 and B850 bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) a rings, the latter component splitting into a low energy and a high energy band in samples grown under low light (LL) conditions. A spectral analysis reveals strong inhomogeneity of the B850 excitons in the LL samples that is well reproduced by an exponential-type distribution. Transient spectra show a bleach of both the low energy and high energy bands, together with the respective blue-shifted exciton-to-biexciton transitions. The different spectral evolutions were analyzed by a global fitting procedure. Energy transfer from B800 to B850 occurs in a mono-exponential process and the rate of this process is only slightly reduced in LL compared to high light samples. In LL samples, spectral relaxation of the B850 exciton follows strongly nonexponential kinetics that can be described by a reduction of the bleach of the high energy excitonic component and a red-shift of the low energetic one. We explain these spectral changes by picosecond exciton relaxation caused by a small coupling parameter of the excitonic splitting of the BChl a molecules to the surrounding bath. The splitting of exciton energy into two excitonic bands in LL complex is most probably caused by heterogenous composition of LH2 apoproteins that gives some of the BChls in the B850 ring B820-like site energies, and causes a disorder in LH2 structure.

  4. Improved Antileishmanial Activity of Dppz through Complexation with Antimony(III and Bismuth(III: Investigation of the Role of the Metal

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    Cynthia Demicheli

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Two novel trivalent antimony(III and bismuth(III complexes with the nitrogen-donor heterocyclic ligand dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz were synthesized and characterized as [Sb(dppzCl3]∙H2O∙CH3OH and [Bi(dppzCl3]. The crystal structure of Sb(III complex was determined by X-ray crystallography. These complexes were evaluated for their activity against the promastigote form of Sb(III-sensitive and –resistant Leishmania infantum chagasi and Leishmania amazonensis strains. Both complexes were more effective than dppz alone in inhibiting the growth of Leishmania promastigotes and were at least 77 and 2,400 times more active than potassium antimonyl tartrate in Sb(III-sensitive and -resistant Leishmania, respectively. The cytotoxicity of dppz and its complexes against mouse peritoneal macrophages occurred at dppz concentrations at least 6-fold greater than those found to be active against Leishmania promastigotes.To investigate the role of the metal in the improved antileishmanial activity of dppz, the activity of the Sb(III complex was compared between the Sb-resistant mutants and their respective parental sensitive strains. The lack of cross-resistance to the Sb(III-dppz complex together with the much lower activity of antimonyl tartrate, SbCl3 and BiCl3 strongly support the model that the metal is not active by itself but improves the activity of dppz through complexation.

  5. Spectroscopic investigation of new water soluble Mn(II)(2) and Mg(II)(2) complexes for the substrate binding models of xylose/glucose isomerases.

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    Patra, Ayan; Bera, Manindranath

    2014-01-30

    In methanol, the reaction of stoichiometric amounts of Mn(OAc)(2)·4H(2)O and the ligand H(3)hpnbpda [H(3)hpnbpda=N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-2-hydroxy-1,3-propanediamine-N,N'-diacetic acid] in the presence of NaOH, afforded a new water soluble dinuclear manganese(II) complex, [Mn2(hpnbpda)(μ-OAc)] (1). Similarly, the reaction of Mg(OAc)(2)·4H(2)O and the ligand H3hpnbpda in the presence of NaOH, in methanol, yielded a new water soluble dinuclear magnesium(II) complex, [Mg2(hpnbpda)(μ-OAc)(H2O)2] (2). DFT calculations have been performed for the structural optimization of complexes 1 and 2. The DFT optimized structure of complex 1 shows that two manganese(II) centers are in a distorted square pyramidal geometry, whereas the DFT optimized structure of complex 2 reveals that two magnesium(II) centers adopt a six-coordinate distorted octahedral geometry. To understand the mode of substrate binding and the mechanistic details of the active site metals in xylose/glucose isomerases (XGI), we have investigated the binding interactions of biologically important monosaccharides d-glucose and d-xylose with complexes 1 and 2, in aqueous alkaline solution by a combined approach of FTIR, UV-vis, fluorescence, and (13)C NMR spectroscopic techniques. Fluorescence spectra show the binding-induced gradual decrease in emission of complexes 1 and 2 accompanied by a significant blue shift upon increasing the concentration of sugar substrates. The binding modes of d-glucose and d-xylose with complex 2 are indicated by their characteristic coordination induced shift (CIS) values in (13)C NMR spectra for C1 and C2 carbon atoms.

  6. Experimental approach to investigate the dynamics of mixing coolant flow in complex geometry using PIV and PLIF techniques

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    Hutli Ezddin; Gottlasz Valer; Tar Dániel; Ezsol Gyorgy; Baranyai Gabor

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate experimentally the increase of mixing phenomenon in a coolant flow in order to improve the heat transfer, the economical operation and the structural integrity of Light Water Reactors-Pressurized Water Reactors (LWRs-PWRs). Thus the parameters related to the heat transfer process in the system will be investigated. Data from a set of experiments, obtained by using high precision measurement techniques, Particle Image V...

  7. Investigation of the complex structure, comparative DNA-binding and DNA cleavage of two water-soluble mono-nuclear lanthanum(III) complexes and cytotoxic activity of chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles as drug delivery for the complexes

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    Asadi, Zahra; Nasrollahi, Neda; Karbalaei-Heidari, Hamidreza; Eigner, Vaclav; Dusek, Michal; Mobaraki, Nabiallah; Pournejati, Roya

    2017-05-01

    Two water-soluble mono-nuclear macrocyclic lanthanum(III) complexes of 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol with 1,3-diamino-2-propanol (C1) or 1,3-propylenediamine (C2) were synthesized and characterized by UV-Vis, FT-IR, 13C and 1H NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. C1 complex was structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which revealed that the complex was mononuclear and ten-coordinated. The coordination sites around lanthanum(III) were occupied with a five-dentate ligand, two bidentate nitrates, and one water molecule. The interaction of complexes with DNA was studied in buffered aqueous solution at pH 7.4. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) and viscometric measurements provided clear evidence of the intercalation mechanism of binding. The obtained intrinsic binding constants (Kb) 9.3 × 103 and 1.2 × 103 M- 1 for C1 and C2, respectively confirmed that C1 is better intercalator than C2. The DNA docking studies suggested that the complexes bind with DNA in a groove binding mode with the binding affinity of C1 > C2. Moreover, agarose gel electrophoresis study of the DNA-complex for both compounds revealed that the C1 intercalation cause ethidium bromide replacement in a competitive manner which confirms the suggested mechanism of binding. Finally, the anticancer experiments for the treated cancerous cell lines with both synthesized compounds show that these hydrophilic molecules need a suitable carrier to pass through the hydrophobic nature of cell membrane efficiently.

  8. Synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of cyanide- and phenolate-bridged [M(III)NiII]2 tetranuclear complexes (M=Fe and Cr).

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    Toma, Liviu; Toma, Luminita Marilena; Lescouëzec, Rodrigue; Armentano, Donatella; De Munno, Giovanni; Andruh, Marius; Cano, Joan; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel

    2005-04-21

    The binuclear complex NiII2L(H2O)2(ClO4)2(1) and the neutral tetranuclear bimetallic compounds [{M(III)(phen)(CN)4}2{NiII2L(H2O)2}].2CH3CN with M=Fe (2) and Cr (3)[H2L=11,23-dimethyl-3,7,15,19-tetraazatricyclo[19.3.1.1(9,13)]hexacosa-2,7,9,11,13(26),14,19,21(25),22,24-decaene-25,26-diol] have been synthesized and the structures of and determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. and are isostructural compounds whose structure is made up of centrosymmetric binuclear cations [Ni2(L)(H2O)2]2+ and two peripheral [M(phen)(CN)4]- anions [M=Fe (2) and Cr (3)] acting as monodentate ligands towards the nickel atoms through one of their four cyanide nitrogen atoms. The environment of the metal atoms in 2 and 3 is six-coordinated: two phen-nitrogen and four cyanide-carbon atoms at the iron and chromium atoms and a water molecule, one cyanide-nitrogen and two phenolate-oxygens and two imine-nitrogens from the binucleating ligand L2- at the nickel atom build distorted octahedral surroundings. The values of the FeNi and CrNi separations through the single cyanide bridge are 5.058(1) and 5.174(2)A respectively, whereas the Ni-Ni distances across the double phenolate bridge are 3.098(2)(2) and 3.101(1) A (3). The magnetic properties of have been investigated in the temperature range 1.9-290 K. The magnetic behaviour of corresponds to that of an antiferromagnetically coupled nickel(II) dimer with J=-61.0(1) cm-1, the Hamiltonian being defined as H=-J S(A).S(B). An overall antiferromagnetic behaviour is observed for and with a low-lying singlet spin state. The values of the intramolecular magnetic couplings are J(Fe-Ni)=+17.4(1) cm-1 and J(Ni-Ni(a))=-44.4(1) cm-1 for and J(Cr-Ni)=+11.8(1) cm-1 and J(Ni-Ni(a))=-44.6(1) cm-1 for [H=-J(M-Ni)(S(M).S(Ni)+S(Ma).S(Nia))-J(Ni-Nia)S(Ni)S(Nia)]. Theoretical calculations using methods based on density functional theory (DFT) have been employed on in order to analyze the efficiency of the exchange pathways involved and also to substantiate

  9. Bio-important antipyrine derived Schiff bases and their transition metal complexes: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, antimicrobial, anthelmintic and DNA cleavage investigation

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    Manjunath, M.; Kulkarni, Ajaykumar D.; Bagihalli, Gangadhar B.; Malladi, Shridhar; Patil, Sangamesh A.

    2017-01-01

    Spectroscopic (IR, NMR, UV-vis, ESR, ESI-mass), magnetic and TGA studies suggests octahedral geometry for all the CoII, NiII and CuII complexes of the Schiff bases, derived from 4-aminoantipyrine and 8-formyl-7-Hydroxy-4-methylcoumarin/5-formyl-6-hydroxycoumarin, coordinated through ONO donor sites. Antibacterial (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonella typhi), antifungal (Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus and Cladosporium) and DNA cleavage properties of the metal complexes are investigated. The results suggested that some of the synthesized compounds are potential antimicrobials. The synthesized compounds tested for their anthelmintic activities and it was found that CoII and NiII complexes exhibited good anthelmintic properties.

  10. Synthesis, X-ray structure and theoretical investigation of 2-(2'-quinolyl)benzimidazole metal complexes

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    FERIEL AOUATEF SAHKI; LYAMINE MESSAADIA; HOCINE MERAZIG; AISSA CHIBANI; ABDELMALEK BOURAIOU; SOFIANE BOUACIDA

    2017-01-01

    Synthesis, characterization and DFT analysis of 2-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)quinoline (BQ) and its cobalt and manganese coordination compounds {Co(DMF)(BQ) Cl₂} and {Mn(DMF)(BQ) Cl₂} have been described. The ligand, 2-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)quinoline (BQ) crystallizes in non-centrosymmetric monoclinic crystal system with cell parameters a = 12.9280(4) Å, b = 7.9429(3) Å, c = 25.8478(9) Å, α =γ = 90◦, β = 103.005(2)◦. {Co(DMF)(BQ)Cl₂} and {Mn(DMF)(BQ)Cl₂} crystallized in triclinic space group P-1. The metal(II) environment exhibits trigonal bipyramidal coordination. These complexes show presence of N–H. . .Cl, C–H...Cl hydrogen bonds and strong intramolecular C–H...O interactions. The structure parameters were calculated and they are in good agreement with those observed experimentally. Theoretically calculated frontier molecular orbitals (HOMO–LUMO) of the complexes and their energies indicate intermolecular chargetransfer and delocalization of electron density within the molecule.

  11. Investigating Arsenic Mobilization Mechanisms as well as Complexation Between Arsenic and Polysulfides Associated With a Bangladeshi Rice Paddy

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    Lin, T.; Kampalath, R.; Jay, J.

    2009-12-01

    The presence of arsenic in the groundwater has led to the largest environmental poisoning in history. Although it is a worldwide issue that affects numerous countries, including Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, China, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and the United States, the issue is of greatest concern in the West Bengal region. In the Ganges Delta, as many as 2 million people are diagnosed with arsenicosis each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 200,000 to 270,000 arsenic-induced cancer-related deaths in Bangladesh alone. More than 100 million people in the country consume groundwater that exceeds the WHO limit as 50% of the 8 million wells contain groundwater with more than 10 μg/L. Despite the tragic public health implications of this problem, we do not yet have a complete answer to the question of why dissolved arsenic concentrations are so high in the groundwater of the Ganges Delta. Since 1999, we have been intensively studying a field site in Munshiganj, Bangladesh with extremely high levels of arsenic in groundwater (up to 1.2 mg/L). Sediment cores were collected from two locations at the field site: 1) the rice paddy and 2) edge of a nearby irrigation pond. Recharge from irrigation ponds have recently been hypothesized to be an important site of arsenic mobilization. Recent work has proposed mineral dissolution under phosphorus-limited conditions as an important mechanism for arsenic mobilization. Using microcosms with paddy and pond sediment, we are comparing arsenic release via this mechanism with that resulting from reduction of iron hydroxides at our site. Concurrently, we are looking at enhanced solubility of As in the presence of polysulfides as the effects of elemental sulfur on As solubility have not been well researched. We hypothesize that the presence of elemental sulfur, and consequent formation of polysulfides, will substantially increase the solubility of orpiment in sulfidic water and that sorption of these complexes will

  12. [The spectral analysis as an instrument for the investigation of the functional-dynamic complexes of oral speech skills for the medical criminalistic identification of the speaker].

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    Kir'yanov, P A; Kaganov, A Sh

    2016-01-01

    The objective of the present work was the search for the theoretical foundations and the approaches to the assessment of the methodological basis for the application of the spectral analysis to the investigation of the functional-dynamic complexes (FDC) of oral speech skills for the medical criminalistic identification of the speaker. The study included the analysis of the relevant literature publications, methodological proposals of the authors of the present article, and the results of their medical criminalistics investigations and laboratory experiments. The results of the study give evidence that the spectral analysis provides an acceptable tool for distinguishing the stable identification signs of a given acoustic group that characterize the functional-dynamic complexes of oral speech skills skills for the medical criminalistic identification of the speaker.

  13. Precise investigation of the axial ligand substitution mechanism on a hydrogenphosphato-bridged lantern-type platinum(III) binuclear complex in acidic aqueous solution.

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    Iwatsuki, Satoshi; Mizushima, Chiho; Morimoto, Naoyuki; Muranaka, Shinji; Ishihara, Koji; Matsumoto, Kazuko

    2005-10-31

    Detailed equilibrium and kinetic studies on axial water ligand substitution reactions of the "lantern-type" platinum(III) binuclear complex, [Pt(2)(mu-HPO(4))(4)(H(2)O)(2)](2)(-), with halide and pseudo-halide ions (X(-) = Cl(-), Br(-), and SCN(-)) were carried out in acidic aqueous solution at 25 degrees C with I = 1.0 M. The diaqua Pt(III) dimer complex is in acid dissociation equilibrium in aqueous solution with -log K(h1) = 2.69 +/- 0.04. The consecutive formation constants of the aquahalo complex () and the dihalo complex () were determined spectrophotometrically to be log = 2.36 +/- 0.01 and log = 1.47 +/- 0.01 for the reaction with Cl(-) and log = 2.90 +/- 0.04 and log = 2.28 +/- 0.01 for the reaction with Br(-), respectively. In the kinetic measurements carried out under the pseudo-first-order conditions with a large excess concentration of halide ion compared to that of Pt(III) dimer (C(X)()- > C(Pt)), all of the reactions proceeded via a one-step first-order reaction, which is a contrast to the consecutive two-step reaction for the amidato-bridged platinum(III) binuclear complexes. The conditional first-order rate constant (k(obs)) depended on C(X)()- as well as the acidity of the solution. From kinetic analyses, the rate-limiting step was determined to be the first substitution process that forms the monohalo species, which is in rapid equilibrium with the dihalo complex. The reaction with 4-penten-1-ol was also kinetically investigated to examine the reactivity of the lantern complex with olefin compounds.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of mixed-ligand diimine-piperonal thiosemicarbazone complexes of ruthenium(II): Biophysical investigations and biological evaluation as anticancer and antibacterial agents.

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    Beckford, Floyd A; Thessing, Jeffrey; Shaloski, Michael; Mbarushimana, P Canisius; Brock, Alyssa; Didion, Jacob; Woods, Jason; Gonzalez-Sarrías, Antonio; Seeram, Navindra P

    2011-04-19

    We have used a novel microwave-assisted method developed in our laboratories to synthesize a series of ruthenium-thiosemicarbazone complexes. The new thiosemicarbazone ligands are derived from benzo[d][1,3]dioxole-5-carbaldehyde (piperonal) and the complexes are formulated as [(diimine)(2)Ru(TSC)](PF(6))(2) (where the TSC is the bidentate thiosemicarbazone ligand). The diimine in the complexes is either 2,2'-bipyridine or 1,10-phenanthroline. The complexes have been characterized by spectroscopic means (NMR, IR and UV-Vis) as well as by elemental analysis. We have studied the biophysical characteristics of the complexes by investigating their anti-oxidant ability as well as their ability to disrupt the function of the human topoisomerase II enzyme. The complexes are moderately strong binders of DNA with binding constants of 10(4) M(-1). They are also strong binders of human serum albumin having binding constants on the order of 10(4) M(-1). The complexes show good in vitro anticancer activity against human colon cancer cells, Caco-2 and HCT-116 and indeed show some cytotoxic selectivity for cancer cells. The IC(50) values range from 7 - 159 μM (after 72 h drug incubation). They also have antibacterial activity against Gram-positive strains of pathogenic bacteria with IC(50) values as low as 10 μM; little activity was seen against Gram-negative strains. It has been established that all the compounds are catalytic inhibitors of human topoisomerase II.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and properties of tetra((1-hydroxyimino-methylnaphthalen-2-yloxy)methyl)ethene and its homo-dinuclear metal complexes: a combined experimental and theoretical investigation.

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    Serbest, Kerim; Karaoğlu, Kaan; Erman, Murat; Er, Mustafa; Değirmencioğlu, Ismail

    2010-10-15

    Tetra((1-hydroxyiminomethylnaphthalen-2-yloxy)methyl)ethene (THIMNYOME), H(4)L, was synthesized by the agents of 2-hydroxy-1-naphtaldehyde, tetra(bromomethyl)ethene and hydroxylamine hydrochloride in two steps. Characterization of THIMNYOME and its dinuclear complexes was made by elemental analyses, IR, (1)H- and (13)C NMR, UV-vis, electrospray ionisation mass spectra, molar conductivities and magnetic susceptibility measurements. In the light of these results, it was suggested that the ligand coordinate to each metal atom by the two ether oxygen, two nitrogen atoms of oxime imine (CN) and an axial oxygen of perchlorate to form pseudo square-pyramidal complexes with Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II). Molar conductivity measurements reveal that all the complexes are non-electrolytes. In addition, the full geometric optimization of the tetraoxime ligand (4) has been made by the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level in order to establish a stable conformation. Additionally, all the complex structures have been studied in the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level. NBO charge distribution and the characteristics of frontier molecular orbitals of these complexes have also been investigated in order to see the electrons movement between ligand and metal atom in the same level.

  16. Theoretical investigation of water oxidation processes on small Mn(x)Ti(2-x)O4 (x = 0-2) complexes.

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    Lee, Choongkeun; Aikens, Christine M

    2014-09-18

    Understanding the water oxidation process on small metal oxide complexes is fundamental for developing photocatalysts for solar fuel production. Titanium oxide and manganese oxide complexes have high potential as components of a cheap, nontoxic, and stable photocatalyst. In this theoretical work, the water oxidation process on Mn(x)Ti(2-x)O4 (x = 0-2) clusters is investigated at the BP86 level of theory using two water molecules and fully saturated systems. In the oxidation cycle using two water molecules, Mn reduces the reaction energy; however, Mn does not reduce the reaction energy on the fully saturated system. When two water molecules are used, the highest reaction energy in the water oxidation cycle is lower than 3 eV, but the highest reaction energy is higher than 3 eV on fully saturated systems except for the pure titanium oxide complex which has a highest reaction energy of 2.56 eV. Dehydrogenation processes in the water oxidation cycle require higher energy than the O-O formation or water adsorption processes. The overall dehydrogenation energy is usually smaller on complexes including at least one Mn atom and it is smallest on the Mn2O4 complex that has two water molecules. Considering the highest reaction energy in the overall water oxidation cycle, water oxidation at the manganese atom of MnTiO4 hydrated with two water molecules is the most favorable in energy.

  17. Preparation, physicochemical analysis and molecular modeling investigation of 2,2‧-Bipyridine: β-Cyclodextrin inclusion complex in solution and solid state

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    Periasamy, R.; Kothainayaki, S.; Sivakumar, K.

    2015-11-01

    Supramolecular interaction between 2,2‧-Bipyridine (BPY) and β-Cyclodextrin (β-CD) has been investigated in solution and solid state. Non-covalent interaction between BPY and β-CD was studied in solution using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Inclusion complex of BPY and β-CD was prepared in solid state by co-precipitation method and it was characterized using Fourier Transform Infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR), Thermal analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Powder X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Binding constant values and 1:1 stoichiometry of the inclusion complex were calculated using Benesi-Hildebrand plots at 303 K. Using continuous variation method the 1:1 stoichiometry has been confirmed for BPY: β-CD complex. Thermodynamic parameter, ΔG of inclusion complex formation was determined and the negative value indicated that the inclusion process was an exergonic and spontaneous process. The most probable model of BPY: β-CD inclusion complex suggested by molecular docking studies was in good agreement with the results obtained by experimental methods.

  18. Iron(III and copper(II complexes bearing 8-quinolinol with amino-acids mixed ligands: Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial investigation

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    Saliu A. Amolegbe

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Four d-orbital metal complexes with mixed ligands derived from 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ and amino acids (AA: l-alanine and methionine have been synthesized through a mild reflux in alkaline solution and characterized by elemental analyses, infrared, electronic transition, and temperature dependant magnetic susceptibility. The IR spectroscopy revealed that iron and copper ions coordinated through carbonyl (CO, hydroxyl group (OH of the amino acids, N-pyridine ring of hydroxyquinoline. The elemental analysis measurement with other obtained data suggested an octahedral geometry for the iron(III complexes and tetrahedral geometry for the copper(II complexes. From the molar magnetic susceptibility measurement, the iron(III system (S = 5/2 d5 (non-degenerate 6A1 with χmT = 0.38 cm3 Kmol−1 showed an antiferromagnetic while Cu2+ ions system (S = ½ (2T2g has χmT = 4.77 cm3 Kmol−1 described as paramagnetic behaviour. In vitro antimicrobial investigations of the metal complexes against standard bacteria species gave significant inhibition with, copper complex showing highest inhibitions against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC27853 of 43 mm at 10 μg/ml signalling its potential as pharmaceutical or chemotherapeutic agents.

  19. Investigations into the synthesis and fluorescence properties of Tb(III) complexes of a novel bis-beta-diketone-type ligand and a novel bispyrazole ligand.

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    Xiao, Lin-Xiang; Luo, Yi-Ming; Chen, Zhe; Li, Jun; Tang, Rui-Ren

    2008-11-15

    A novel bis-beta-diketone organic ligand, 1,1'-(2,6-bispyridyl)bis-3-(p-methoxyphenyl)-1,3-propanedione (L1) and its derivatives, a novel bispyrazole ligand, 2,6-bis(5-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)pyridine (L2) were designed and synthesized and their complexes with Tb(III) ion were successfully prepared. The ligands and the corresponding metal complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, infrared, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and TG-DTA. Analysis of the IR spectra suggested that the lanthanide metal ion Tb(III) coordinated to the ligands via the nitrogen atom of the pyridine ring and the carbonyl oxygen atoms for ligand L1 and the nitrogen atom of the pyrazole ring for ligand L2. The fluorescence properties of the two complexes in solid state were investigated and it was discovered that the Tb(III) ions could be sensitized by both the ligand (L1) and ligand (L2) to some extent. In particular, the complex of ligand (L2) is a better green luminescent material that could be used as a candidate material in organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) since it could be much better sensitized by the ligand (L2), and the fluorescence intensity of Tb(III) complex of L2 are almost as twice strong as L1's.

  20. Investigations into the synthesis and fluorescence properties of Tb(III) complexes of a novel bis-β-diketone-type ligand and a novel bispyrazole ligand

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    Xiao, Lin-Xiang; Luo, Yi-Ming; Chen, Zhe; Li, Jun; Tang, Rui-Ren

    2008-11-01

    A novel bis-β-diketone organic ligand, 1,1'-(2,6-bispyridyl)bis-3-( p-methoxyphenyl)-1,3-propanedione (L 1) and its derivatives, a novel bispyrazole ligand, 2,6-bis(5-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)pyridine (L 2) were designed and synthesized and their complexes with Tb(III) ion were successfully prepared. The ligands and the corresponding metal complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, infrared, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and TG-DTA. Analysis of the IR spectra suggested that the lanthanide metal ion Tb(III) coordinated to the ligands via the nitrogen atom of the pyridine ring and the carbonyl oxygen atoms for ligand L 1 and the nitrogen atom of the pyrazole ring for ligand L 2. The fluorescence properties of the two complexes in solid state were investigated and it was discovered that the Tb(III) ions could be sensitized by both the ligand (L 1) and ligand (L 2) to some extent. In particular, the complex of ligand (L 2) is a better green luminescent material that could be used as a candidate material in organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) since it could be much better sensitized by the ligand (L 2), and the fluorescence intensity of Tb(III) complex of L 2 are almost as twice strong as L 1's.

  1. Protons and Mg2+ cations as probes in investigating the role of GTP in initiation complex formation.

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    Beaudry, P; Begard, E; Douzou, P; Grunberg-Manago, M

    1978-12-01

    fMet-tRNAfMet binding to both 30-S subunits and to 70-S particles is dependent on both pH AND Mg2+ concentration: for fMet-tRNAfMet binding to 70-S particles, variations of pH and Mg2+ concentration are tightly interdependent. This behavior can be interpreted by the polyelectrolyte theory as a direct consequence of the fact that the binding occurs in a polyanionic micro-environment. The pH-dependent binding to 70-S particles clearly shows the involvement of two prototropic groups which appear to be those carrying out GTP hydrolysis, therefore directly linked to initiation complex formation; in the presence of a non-hydrolyzable analogue to GTP, guanosine 5'-[beta, gamma-imido]triphosphate, the binding of fMet-tRNAfMet shows much less interdependence between variation of pH and Mg2+ concentration.

  2. Investigate the complex process in particle-fluid based surface generation technology using reactive molecular dynamics method

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    Han, Xuesong; Li, Haiyan; Zhao, Fu

    2017-07-01

    Particle-fluid based surface generation process has already become one of the most important materials processing technology for many advanced materials such as optical crystal, ceramics and so on. Most of the particle-fluid based surface generation technology involves two key process: chemical reaction which is responsible for surface softening; physical behavior which is responsible for materials removal/deformation. Presently, researchers cannot give a reasonable explanation about the complex process in the particle-fluid based surface generation technology because of the small temporal-spatial scale and the concurrent influence of physical-chemical process. Molecular dynamics (MD) method has already been proved to be a promising approach for constructing effective model of atomic scale phenomenon and can serve as a predicting simulation tool in analyzing the complex surface generation mechanism and is employed in this research to study the essence of surface generation. The deformation and piles of water molecule is induced with the feeding of abrasive particle which justifies the property mutation of water at nanometer scale. There are little silica molecule aggregation or materials removal because the water-layer greatly reduce the strength of mechanical interaction between particle and materials surface and minimize the stress concentration. Furthermore, chemical effect is also observed at the interface: stable chemical bond is generated between water and silica which lead to the formation of silconl and the reaction rate changes with the amount of water molecules in the local environment. Novel ring structure is observed in the silica surface and it is justified to be favored of chemical reaction with water molecule. The siloxane bond formation process quickly strengthened across the interface with the feeding of abrasive particle because of the compressive stress resulted by the impacting behavior.

  3. Investigate the complex process in particle-fluid based surface generation technology using reactive molecular dynamics method

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    Xuesong Han

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Particle-fluid based surface generation process has already become one of the most important materials processing technology for many advanced materials such as optical crystal, ceramics and so on. Most of the particle-fluid based surface generation technology involves two key process: chemical reaction which is responsible for surface softening; physical behavior which is responsible for materials removal/deformation. Presently, researchers cannot give a reasonable explanation about the complex process in the particle-fluid based surface generation technology because of the small temporal-spatial scale and the concurrent influence of physical-chemical process. Molecular dynamics (MD method has already been proved to be a promising approach for constructing effective model of atomic scale phenomenon and can serve as a predicting simulation tool in analyzing the complex surface generation mechanism and is employed in this research to study the essence of surface generation. The deformation and piles of water molecule is induced with the feeding of abrasive particle which justifies the property mutation of water at nanometer scale. There are little silica molecule aggregation or materials removal because the water-layer greatly reduce the strength of mechanical interaction between particle and materials surface and minimize the stress concentration. Furthermore, chemical effect is also observed at the interface: stable chemical bond is generated between water and silica which lead to the formation of silconl and the reaction rate changes with the amount of water molecules in the local environment. Novel ring structure is observed in the silica surface and it is justified to be favored of chemical reaction with water molecule. The siloxane bond formation process quickly strengthened across the interface with the feeding of abrasive particle because of the compressive stress resulted by the impacting behavior.

  4. Systematic investigation of thorium(IV)- and uranium(IV)-ligand bonding in dithiophosphonate, thioselenophosphinate, and diselenophosphonate complexes.

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    Behrle, Andrew C; Barnes, Charles L; Kaltsoyannis, Nikolas; Walensky, Justin R

    2013-09-16

    Homoleptic soft-donor actinide complexes of the general form An[E2PROR']4 were synthesized from salt metathesis between ThCl4(DME)2 or UI4(1,4-dioxane)2 and M[E2PROR'], M = Na, K, to yield 2 (An = Th, E = S, R = 4-MeOC6H4, R' = Me), 3 (An = Th, E = S, R = 4-MeOC6H4, R' = (t)Bu), 4 (An = U, E = S, R = 4-MeOC6H4, R' = Me), 5 (An = Th, E = Se, R = C6H5, R' = Me), and 6 (An = U, E = Se, R = C6H5, R' = Me). In addition thorium and uranium thioselenophosphinate complexes 7 and 8 were produced from the reaction of ThCl4(DME)2 and UI4(1,4-dioxane)2 and Na[SSePPh2], respectively. All compounds were characterized using elemental analysis, (1)H and (31)P NMR, and IR spectroscopy, and the U(IV) compounds were also examined with UV-vis spectroscopy. The (77)Se NMR spectrum of 5 reveals the first reported resonance with a Th-Se bond. The solid-state structures of 2, 5, 7, and 8 were determined by X-ray crystallography. The actinide-ligand bonding was examined using density functional theory calculations in conjunction with quantum theory of atoms-in-molecules analysis and shows slightly increased covalency in actinide-selenium bonds than actinide-sulfur.

  5. Self-Assembly of Individually Addressable Complexes of C-60 and Phthalocyanines on a Metal Surface : Structural and Electronic Investigations

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    Samuely, Tomas; Liu, Shi-Xia; Haas, Marco; Decurtins, Silvio; Jung, Thomas A.; Stoehr, Meike

    2009-01-01

    The hosting properties of a close-packed layer of phenoxy-substituted phthalocyanine derivatives adsorbed on Ag(III) were investigated for the adsorption of C-60 molecules. The C-60 molecules bind to two clearly distinguishable sites, namely, to the underlying metal substrate in between two adjacent

  6. Self-Assembly of Individually Addressable Complexes of C-60 and Phthalocyanines on a Metal Surface : Structural and Electronic Investigations

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    Samuely, Tomas; Liu, Shi-Xia; Haas, Marco; Decurtins, Silvio; Jung, Thomas A.; Stoehr, Meike

    2009-01-01

    The hosting properties of a close-packed layer of phenoxy-substituted phthalocyanine derivatives adsorbed on Ag(III) were investigated for the adsorption of C-60 molecules. The C-60 molecules bind to two clearly distinguishable sites, namely, to the underlying metal substrate in between two adjacent

  7. Topology and energy transport in networks of interacting photosynthetic complexes

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    Allegra, Michele

    2012-01-01

    We take inspiration from light-harvesting networks present in purple bacteria and simulate an incoherent dissipative energy transfer process on more general and abstract networks, considering both regular structures (Cayley trees and hyperbranched fractals) and randomly-generated ones. We focus on the the two primary light harvesting complexes of purple bacteria, i.e. the LH1 and LH2, and we use network-theoretical centrality measures in order to select different LH1 arrangements. We show that different choices cause significant differences in the transport efficiencies, and that for regular networks centrality measures allow to identify arrangements that ensure transport efficiencies which are better than those obtained with a random disposition of the complexes. The optimal arrangements strongly depend on the dissipative nature of the dynamics and on the topological properties of the networks considered, and depending on the latter they are achieved by using global vs. local centrality measures. Finally, we...

  8. Complexant stability investigation. Task 2. Organic complexants

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    Martin, E.C.

    1985-06-01

    The safety of high-level defense waste operations has always been given highest priority at the Hanford site. This document is part of the continued effort to appraise and reevaluate the safety of the waste stored in underground tanks on the Hanford Reservation. Hanford high-level defense waste consists mainly of moist, inorganic salts, NaNO/sub 3/, NaAl(OH)/sub 4/, Na/sub 2/CO/sub 3/, and other sodium salts. However, in addition to these salts, quantities of organic compounds constitute a significant portion of the waste. The potential reaction of the organic compounds with inorganic salts to form explosive substances is examined and found to be nonexistent or negligible. The concept that the waste mixture might react exothermically is found to be untenable under the present storage conditions. The phenomenon of slurry growth in double-shell waste storage tanks is expected to cause no increase in exothermic reaction potential within the waste. The results of this study indicate that the presence of organic material in the high-level defense waste does not constitute undue hazard under the present storage conditions.

  9. Synthesis, Spectral Characterization, SEM, Antimicrobial, Antioxidative Activity Evaluation, DNA Binding and DNA Cleavage Investigation of Transition Metal(II) Complexes Derived from a tetradentate Schiff base bearing thiophene moiety.

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    Abdel Aziz, Ayman A; Seda, Sabry H

    2017-03-01

    A novel series of Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) mononuclear complexes have been synthesized involving a potentially tetradentate Schiff base ligand, which was obtained by condensation of 2-aminophenol with 2,5-thiophene-dicarboxaldehyde. The complexes were synthesized via reflux reaction of methanolic solution of the appropriate Schiff base ligand with one equivalent of corresponding metal acetate salt. Based on different techniques including micro analysis, FT-IR, NMR, UV-Vis, ESR, ESI-mass and conductivity measurements, four-coordinated geometry was assigned for all complexes. Spectroscopic data have shown that, the reported Schiff base coordinated to metal ions as a dibasic tetradentate ligand through the phenolic oxygen and the azomethine nitrogen. The antimicrobial activities of the parent ligand and its complexes were investigated by using the agar disk diffusion method. Antioxidation properties of the novel complexes were investigated and it was found that all the complexes have good radical scavenging properties. The binding of complexes to calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) was investigated by absorption, emission and viscosity measurements. Binding studies have shown that all the complexes interacted with CT-DNA via intercalation mode and the binding affinity varies with relative order as Cu(II) complex > Co(II) complex > Zn(II) complex > Ni(II) complex. Furthermore, DNA cleavage properties of the metal complexes were also investigated. The results suggested the possible utilization of novel complexes for pharmaceutical applications.

  10. UV-visible spectroscopy of macrocyclic alkyl, nitrosyl and halide complexes of cobalt and rhodium. Experiment and calculation.

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    Hull, Emily A; West, Aaron C; Pestovsky, Oleg; Kristian, Kathleen E; Ellern, Arkady; Dunne, James F; Carraher, Jack M; Bakac, Andreja; Windus, Theresa L

    2015-02-28

    Transition metal complexes (NH3)5CoX(2+) (X = CH3, Cl) and L(H2O)MX(2+), where M = Rh or Co, X = CH3, NO, or Cl, and L is a macrocyclic N4 ligand are examined by both experiment and computation to better understand their electronic spectra and associated photochemistry. Specifically, irradiation into weak visible bands of nitrosyl and alkyl complexes (NH3)5CoCH3(2+) and L(H2O)M(III)X(2+) (X = CH3 or NO) leads to photohomolysis that generates the divalent metal complex and ˙CH3 or ˙NO, respectively. On the other hand, when X = halide or NO2, visible light photolysis leads to dissociation of X(-) and/or cis/trans isomerization. Computations show that visible bands for alkyl and nitrosyl complexes involve transitions from M-X bonding orbitals and/or metal d orbitals to M-X antibonding orbitals. In contrast, complexes with X = Cl or NO2 exhibit only d-d bands in the visible, so that homolytic cleavage of the M-X bond requires UV photolysis. UV-Vis spectra are not significantly dependent on the structure of the equatorial ligands, as shown by similar spectral features for (NH3)5CoCH3(2+) and L(1)(H2O)CoCH3(2+).

  11. Investigating sources of ignimbrites in the Altiplano-Puna Volcanic Complex using U-Pb dating of zircons

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    Kern, J. M.; de Silva, S. L.; Schmitt, A. K.

    2011-12-01

    Large silicic volcanic fields (LSVFs) are thought to represent the surface expression of upper crustal batholith emplacement, with the spatiotemporal distribution of the vents and eruptions representing the development of the system. The Altiplano-Puna Volcanic Complex (APVC) in the Central Andes is a LSVF active from 11-1 Ma that erupted over 13,000 km3 of magma from large, multicyclic caldera centers and smaller ignimbrite shields during 3 distinct pulses of volcanism at 8.4, 5.5, and 4.0 Ma. Links to the magmatic system beneath are being pursued through U-Pb zircon dating of APVC ignimbrites. Initial results comprise 61 238U/206Pb zircon ages of mostly marginal crystal domains from five APVC ignimbrites-the 0.98 ± 0.03 Ma Purico, 3.96 ± 0.08 Ma Atana, 4.0 ± 0.9 Ma Toconao, 4.09 ± 0.02 Ma Puripicar, and 8.33 ± 0.06 Ma Sifon ignimbrites-dated by high-resolution secondary ionization mass spectrometry (SIMS). Each zircon analyzed was less than 350 μm in length and cathodoluminescence images reveal zonations within individual zircons, though significant core-rim age differences are rare. The ~1 Ma Purico ignimbrite displays multiple zircon age populations significantly predating the 40Ar/39Ar eruption age, but younger than ages from the nearby large-volume Atana ignimbrite erupted from La Pacana caldera. Some peaks do, however, coincide with later resurgent activity within La Pacana as expressed by the 2.7 Ma Cerro Bola dome. Zircon ages in the Atana ignimbrite are indistinguishable from its eruption, while those from the 4.0 Ma Toconao ignimbrite-the volatile-rich cap of the Atana magma chamber-contains three populations of xenocrystic zircons from the Proterozoic-Ordivician, ~13 Ma, and ~9 Ma. The ~9 Ma zircons correlate with K-Ar ages from an underlying ignimbrite, whereas the 13 Ma xenocrysts likely have a plutonic source. The Purico ignimbrite thus provides direct evidence of zircon inheritance from previous eruption cycles, while the Toconao records a

  12. Molecular genetic investigations of root gravitropism and other complex growth behaviors using Arabidopsis and Brachypodium as models

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    Masson, Patrick; Barker, Richard; Miller, Nathan; Su, Shih-Hao; Su, Shih-Heng

    2016-07-01

    When growing on hard surfaces, Arabidopsis roots tend to grown downward, as dictated by positive gravitropism. At the same time, surface-derived stimuli promote a wavy pattern of growth that is superimposed to a rightward root-skewing trend. This behavior is believed to facilitate obstacle avoidance in soil. To better understand these complex behaviors, we have isolated and characterized mutations that affect them. Some of these mutations were shown to affect gravitropism whereas others did not. Within the latter group, most of the mutations affected mechanisms that control anisotropic cell expansion. We have also characterized mutations that affect early steps of gravity signal transduction within the gravity-sensing columella cells of the root cap. Upon reorientation within the gravity field, starch-filled plastids sediment to the bottom-side of these cells, triggering a pathway that leads to re-localization of auxin efflux facilitators to the bottom membrane. Lateral auxin transport toward the bottom flank ensues, leading to gravitropic curvature. Several of the mutations we characterized affect genes that encode proteins associated with the vesicle trafficking pathway needed for this cell polarization. Other mutations were shown to affect components of the plastid outer envelope protein import complex (TOC). Their functional analysis suggests an active role for plastids in gravity signal transduction, beyond a simple contribution as sedimenting gravity susceptors. Because most cultivated crops are monocots, not dicots like Arabidopsis, we have also initiated studies of root-growth behavior with Brachypodium distachyon. When responding to a gravistimulus, the roots of Brachypodium seedlings develop a strong downward curvature that proceeds until the tip reaches a ~50-degree curvature. At that time, an oscillatory tip movement occurs while the root continues its downward reorientation. These root-tip oscillations also occur if roots are allowed to simply grow

  13. Acquirement and characterization of a carotenoid mutant (GM309) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides 601

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    LIU Yuan; ZHANG Wei; WU Yongqiang; XU Chunhe

    2004-01-01

    A green mutant was obtained among the chemically induced mutants of Rhodobacter sphaeroides 601 (RS601) and named GM309. A blue shift of 20 nm of the carotenoid absorption spectrum was found in the light-harvesting complex II (LH2) of GM309. Different from LH2 of RS601, it was found that the carotenoids in GM309-LH2 changed to be neurosporene by mutation. Neurosporene lacks a conjugate double bond, compared with the spheroidene in RS601-LH2 which has ten conjugate double bonds. As shown by absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopy, the overall structure of GM309-LH2 is little affected by this change. From fluorescence emission spectra, it is found that GM309-LH2 can transfer energy from carotenoids to Bchl-B850 without any change in efficiency. But the efficiency of energy transfer from B800 to B850 in GM309-LH2 is decreased to be 42% of that of the native. This work would provide a novel method to investigate the mechanism of excitation energy transfer in LH2.

  14. An investigation of ozone and planetary boundary layer dynamics over the complex topography of Grenoble combining measurements and modeling

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    O. Couach

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper concerns an evaluation of ozone (O3 and planetary boundary layer (PBL dynamics over the complex topography of the Grenoble region through a combination of measurements and mesoscale model (METPHOMOD predictions for three days, during July 1999. The measurements of O3 and PBL structure were obtained with a Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL system, situated 20 km south of Grenoble at Vif (310 m ASL. The combined lidar observations and model calculations are in good agreement with atmospheric measurements obtained with an instrumented aircraft (METAIR. Ozone fluxes were calculated using lidar measurements of ozone vertical profiles concentrations and the horizontal wind speeds measured with a Radar Doppler wind profiler (DEGREANE. The ozone flux patterns indicate that the diurnal cycle of ozone production is controlled by local thermal winds. The convective PBL maximum height was some 2700 m above the land surface while the nighttime residual ozone layer was generally found between 1200 and 2200 m. Finally we evaluate the magnitude of the ozone processes at different altitudes in order to estimate the photochemical ozone production due to the primary pollutants emissions of Grenoble city and the regional network of automobile traffic.

  15. Combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction and geotechnical investigations for Bukit Bunuh complex crater

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    Azwin, I. N.; Saad, Rosli; Saidin, Mokhtar; Nordiana, M. M.; Anderson Bery, Andy; Hidayah, I. N. E.

    2015-01-01

    Interest in studying impact crater on earth has increased tremendously due to its importance in geologic events, earth inhabitant history as well as economic value. The existences of few shock metamorphism and crater morphology evidences are discovered in Bukit Bunuh, Malaysia thus detailed studies are performed using geophysical and geotechnical methods to verify the type of the crater and characteristics accordingly. This paper presents the combined analysis of 2-D electrical resistivity, seismic refraction, geotechnical SPT N value, moisture content and RQD within the study area. Three stages of data acquisition are made starting with regional study followed by detailed study on West side and East side. Bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity were digitized from 2-D resistivity and seismic sections at specific distance and depth for corresponding boreholes and samples taken. Generally, Bukit Bunuh shows the complex crater characteristics. Standard table of bulk resistivity and p-wave seismic velocity against SPT N value, moisture content and RQD are produce according to geological classifications of impact crater; inside crater, rim/slumped terrace and outside crater.

  16. Thermodynamic, kinetic and mechanistic investigations of Piperazine oxidation by Diperiodatocuprate(III) complex in aqueous alkaline medium

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    Vijay P Pattar; Prashant A Magdum; Deepa G Patil; Sharanappa T Nandibewoor

    2016-03-01

    The kinetics of oxidation of piperazine by the copper complex, diperiodatocuprate(III) in alkaline medium was studied at 298 K, at an ionic strength of 2.0*10-2 mol dm-3. The reaction between piperazine and diperiodatocuprate(III) in aqueous alkaline medium exhibited 1:2 stoichiometry. The oxidation products were identified by UV-Visible, GC-MS and IR spectral studies. In the present study we have obtained different kinetic observations. The reaction exhibited unit order in case of diperiodatocuprate(III), while less than unit order with respect to piperazine. The addition of alkali and periodate retarded the rate of reaction. The effects of added products, ionic strength and dielectric constant on the rate of the reaction were also studied. The active species of diperiodatocuprate(III) in alkaline media is [Cu(OH)2(H3IO6)]-. The activation parameters with respect to the rate determining step and the thermodynamic quantities with respect to the equilibrium steps were evaluated and discussed. The plausible mechanism consistent with the experimental results was proposed and discussed in detail.

  17. Letermovir and inhibitors of the terminase complex: a promising new class of investigational antiviral drugs against human cytomegalovirus

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    Melendez DP

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Dante P Melendez,1,2 Raymund R Razonable1,2 1Division of Infectious Diseases, 2William J von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Abstract: Infection with cytomegalovirus is prevalent in immunosuppressed patients. In solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, cytomegalovirus infection is associated with high morbidity and preventable mortality. Prevention and treatment of cytomegalovirus with currently approved antiviral drugs is often associated with side effects that sometimes preclude their use. Moreover, cytomegalovirus has developed mutations that confer resistance to standard antiviral drugs. During the last decade, there have been calls to develop novel antiviral drugs that could provide better options for prevention and treatment of cytomegalovirus. Letermovir (AIC246 is a highly specific antiviral drug that is currently undergoing clinical development for the management of cytomegalovirus infection. It acts by inhibiting the viral terminase complex. Letermovir is highly potent in vitro and in vivo against cytomegalovirus. Because of a distinct mechanism of action, it does not exhibit cross-resistance with other antiviral drugs. It is predicted to be active against strains that are resistant to ganciclovir, foscarnet, and cidofovir. To date, early-phase clinical trials suggest a very low incidence of adverse effects. Herein, we present a comprehensive review on letermovir, from its postulated novel mechanism of action to the results of most recent clinical studies. Keywords: cytomegalovirus, letermovir, AIC246, terminase, antivirals, transplantation 

  18. C-F activation of fluorinated arenes using NHC-stabilized nickel(0) complexes: selectivity and mechanistic investigations.

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    Schaub, Thomas; Fischer, Peter; Steffen, Andreas; Braun, Thomas; Radius, Udo; Mix, Andreas

    2008-07-23

    The reaction of [Ni2((i)Pr2Im)4(COD)] 1a or [Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(eta(2)-C2H4)] 1b with different fluorinated arenes is reported. These reactions occur with a high chemo- and regioselectivity. In the case of polyfluorinated aromatics of the type C6F5X such as hexafluorobenzene (X = F) octafluorotoluene (X = CF3), trimethyl(pentafluorophenyl)silane (X = SiMe3), or decafluorobiphenyl (X = C6F5) the C-F activation regioselectively takes place at the C-F bond in the para position to the X group to afford the complexes trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(C6F5)]2, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(CF3)C6F4)] 3, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(C6F5)C6F4)] 4, and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-(SiMe3)C6F4)] 5. Complex 5 was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction. The reaction of 1a with partially fluorinated aromatic substrates C6H(x)F(y) leads to the products of a C-F activation trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2-C6FH4)] 7, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(3,5-C6F2H3)] 8, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3-C6F2H3)] 9a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,6-C6F2H3)] 9b, trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,5-C6F2H3)] 10, and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3,5,6-C6F4H)] 11. The reaction of 1a with octafluoronaphthalene yields exclusively trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(1,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6a, the product of an insertion into the C-F bond in the 2-position, whereas for the reaction of 1b with octafluoronaphthalene the two isomers trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(1,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2,3,4,5,6,7,8-C10F7)] 6b are formed in a ratio of 11:1. The reaction of 1a or of 1b with pentafluoropyridine at low temperatures affords trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-C5NF4)] 12a as the sole product, whereas the reaction of 1b performed at room temperature leads to the generation of trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(4-C5NF4)] 12a and trans-[Ni((i)Pr2Im)2(F)(2-C5NF4)] 12b in a ratio of approximately 1:2. The detection of intermediates as well as kinetic studies gives some insight into the mechanistic details for the activation of an aromatic carbon-fluorine bond at

  19. Phylogenetic investigation of the complex evolutionary history of dispersal mode and diversification rates across living and fossil Fagales.

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    Larson-Johnson, Kathryn

    2016-01-01

    As a primary determinant of spatial structure in angiosperm populations, fruit dispersal may impact large-scale ecological and evolutionary processes. Essential to understanding these mechanisms is an accurate reconstruction of dispersal mode over the entire history of an angiosperm lineage. A total-evidence phylogeny is presented for most fossil fruit and all extant genera in Fagales over its c. 95 million yr history. This phylogeny - the largest of its kind to include plant fossils - was used to reconstruct an evolutionary history directly informed by fossil morphologies and to assess relationships among dispersal mode, biogeographic range size, and diversification rate. Reconstructions indicate four transitions to wind dispersal and seven to biotic dispersal, with the phylogenetic integration of fossils crucial to understanding these patterns. Complexity further increased when more specialized behaviors were considered, with fluttering, gliding, autorotating, and scatter-hoarding evolving multiple times across the order. Preliminary biogeographic analyses suggest larger range sizes in biotically dispersed lineages, especially when pollination mode was held constant. Biotically dispersed lineages had significantly higher diversification rates than abiotically dispersed lineages, although transitions in dispersal mode alone cannot explain all detected diversification rate shifts across Fagales.

  20. Hydrogen-bond and solvent dynamics in transition metal complexes: a combined simulation and NMR-investigation.

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    Huang, Jing; Häussinger, Daniel; Gellrich, Urs; Seiche, Wolfgang; Breit, Bernhard; Meuwly, Markus

    2012-12-13

    Self-assembling ligands through complementary hydrogen-bonding in the coordination sphere of a transition metal provides catalysts with unique properties for carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom formation. Their most distinguishing chemical bonding pattern is a double-hydrogen-bonded motif, which determines much of the chemical functionality. Here, we discuss the possibility of double proton transfer (DPT) along this motif using computational and experimental methods. The infrared and NMR spectral signatures for the double-hydrogen-bonded motif are analyzed. Atomistic simulations and experiments suggest that the dynamics of the catalyst is surprisingly complex and displays at least three different dynamical regimes which can be distinguished with NMR spectroscopy and analyzed from computation. The two hydrogen bonds are kept intact and in rapid tautomeric exchange down to 125 K, which provides an estimate of 5 kcal/mol for the barrier for DPT. This is confirmed by the simulations which predict 5.8 kcal/mol for double proton transfer. A mechanistic interpretation is provided and the distribution of the solvent shell surrounding the catalyst is characterized from extensive simulations.

  1. Experimental approach to investigate the dynamics of mixing coolant flow in complex geometry using PIV and PLIF techniques

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    Hutli Ezddin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to investigate experimentally the increase of mixing phenomenon in a coolant flow in order to improve the heat transfer, the economical operation and the structural integrity of Light Water Reactors-Pressurized Water Reactors (LWRs-PWRs. Thus the parameters related to the heat transfer process in the system will be investigated. Data from a set of experiments, obtained by using high precision measurement techniques, Particle Image Velocimetry and Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PIV and PLIF, respectively are to improve the basic understanding of turbulent mixing phenomenon and to provide data for CFD code validation. The coolant mixing phenomenon in the head part of a fuel assembly which includes spacer grids has been investigated (the fuel simulator has half-length of a VVER 440 reactor fuel. The two-dimensional velocity vector and temperature fields in the area of interest are obtained by PIV and PLIF technique, respectively. The measurements of the turbulent flow in the regular tube channel around the thermocouple proved that there is rotation and asymmetry in the coolant flow caused by the mixing grid and the geometrical asymmetry of the fuel bundle. Both PIV and PLIF results showed that at the level of the core exit thermocouple the coolant is homogeneous. The discrepancies that could exist between the outlet average temperature of the coolant and the temperature at in-core thermocouple were clarified. Results of the applied techniques showed that both of them can be used as good provider for data base and to validate CFD results.

  2. Synthesis, photophysical and preliminary investigation of the dye-sensitized solar cells properties of functionalized anthracenyl-based bipyridyl and phenanthrolyl Ru(II) complexes

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    Adewale O Adeloye; Peter A Ajibade; Frances R Cummings; Lukas J Le Roux; Sampson N Mamphweli; Edson L Meyer

    2013-01-01

    Four new amphiphilic ligands: 4-(2,3-dimethylacrylic acid)-2,2'-bipyridine (L1), 4-(9-anthracenyl-10-(2,3-dimethylacrylic acid)-2,2'-bipyridine (L2), 5-(2,3-dimethylacrylic acid)-1,10-phenanthroline (L3) and 5-(9-anthracenyl-10-(2,3-dimethylacrylic acid)-1,10-phenanthroline (L4), with their corresponding homonuclear ruthenium(II) complexes formulated as cis-[Ru-(L1)3(PF6)2] (C1), cis-[Ru-(L2)3(PF6)2] (C2), cis-[Ru-(L3)3(PF6)2] (C3) and cis-[Ru-(L4)3(PF6)2] (C4), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, 1H- and 13C- NMR, FT-IR, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The complexes exhibit broad and intense metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition bands in the visible region (400-700 nm), and red light emitting properties at room temperature. By comparison however, complexes C1 and C2 bipyridine moiety gave lower molar absorptivity coefficient at relatively similar wavelength characteristics (410-520 nm) when compared to C3 and C4 with phenanthroline based molecules. Cyclic voltammograms of the complexes revealed complex C4 with most reduction potential which might be due to increase in the conjugation of the anthracene functionalized units. Preliminary investigation of the solar cell efficiency of the complexes on TiO2 nanocrystalline films gave the best result with efficiency of 0.103% for C1 under illumination at 1000 W/m2 AM 1.5. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique however, revealed the charge transfer resistances (Rct) of the electrons on the TiO2 semiconductor.

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and spectroscopic investigation of new iron(III) and copper(II) complexes of a carboxylate rich ligand and their interaction with carbohydrates in aqueous solution.

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    Stewart, Christopher D; Arman, Hadi; Bawazir, Huda; Musie, Ghezai T

    2014-10-20

    New tetra-iron(III) (K4[1]·25H2O·(CH3)2CO and K3[2]·3H2O·(OH)) and di-copper(II) (Na3[3]·5H2O) complexes as carbohydrate binding models have been synthesized and fully characterized used several techniques including single crystal X-ray crystallography. Whereas K4[1]·25H2O·(CH3)2CO and Na3[3]·5H2O are completely water-soluble, K3[2]·3H2O·(OH) is less soluble in all common solvents including water. The binding of substrates, such as d-mannose, d-glucose, d-xylose, and xylitol with the water-soluble complexes in different reaction conditions were investigated. In aqueous alkaline media, complexes K4[1]·25H2O·(CH3)2CO and Na3[3]·5H2O showed coordination ability toward the applied substrates. Even in the presence of stoichiometric excess of the substrates, the complexes form only 1:1 (complex/substrate) molar ratio species in solution. Apparent binding constants, pKapp, values between the complexes and the substrates were determined and specific mode of substrate binding is proposed. The pKapp values showed that d-mannose coordinates strongest to K4[1]·25H2O·(CH3)2CO and Na3[3]·5H2O. Syntheses, characterizations and detailed substrate binding study using spectroscopic techniques and single crystal X-ray diffraction are reported.

  4. Heteronuclear 2D-correlations in a uniformly [13C, 15N] labeled membrane-protein complex at ultra-high magnetic fields

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    Egorova-Zachernyuk, T.A.; Hollander, J. [Gorlaeus Laboratories (Netherlands); Fraser, N. [University of Glasgow, Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (United Kingdom); Gast, P.; Hoff, A.J. [Leiden University, Huygens Laboratories (Netherlands); Cogdell, R. [University of Glasgow, Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (United Kingdom); Groot, H.J.M. de; Baldus, M. [Gorlaeus Laboratories (Netherlands)

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    One- and two-dimensional solid-state NMR experiments on a uniformly labeled intrinsic membrane-protein complex at ultra-high magnetic fields are presented. Two-dimensional backbone and side-chain correlations for a [U-{sup 13}C,{sup 15}N] labeled version of the LH2 light-harvesting complex indicate significant resolution at low temperatures and under Magic Angle Spinning. Tentative assignments of some of the observed correlations are presented and attributed to the {alpha}-helical segments of the protein, mostly found in the membrane interior.

  5. Synthesis, Spectral and Thermal Properties of Some Penta-Coordinated Complexes of Oxovanadium(IV) Derived from Thiosemicarbazones of 4-Aminoantipyrine

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    Agarwal, Ram K. [رام اجراول; Prasad, Surendra; GAHLOT, Neetu

    2004-01-01

    The paper reports the synthesis of crystalline oxovanadium(IV), VO2+, complexes of thiosemicarbazones, i.e. 4[N-(4'-nitrobenzalidene)amino]antipyrine thiosemicarbazone (4'-NO2BAAPTS) and 4[N-(furan-2'-aldimine)amino]antipyrine thiosemicarbazone (FFAAPTS) with general composition VOX2L (X = Cl, Br, I, NO3 or NCS) and VO(ClO4)2(L)H2O (L = 4'-NO2BAAPTS or FFAAPTS). All the complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, molar mass, molar conductance, magnetic susc...

  6. Bucolic Complexes

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    Brešar, Bostjan; Chepoi, Victor; Gologranc, Tanja; Osajda, Damian

    2012-01-01

    In this article, we introduce and investigate bucolic complexes, a common generalization of systolic complexes and of CAT(0) cubical complexes. This class of complexes is closed under Cartesian products and amalgamations over some convex subcomplexes. We study various approaches to bucolic complexes: from graph-theoretic and topological viewpoints, as well as from the point of view of geometric group theory. Bucolic complexes can be defined as locally-finite simply connected prism complexes satisfying some local combinatorial conditions. We show that bucolic complexes are contractible, and satisfy some nonpositive-curvature-like properties. In particular, we prove a version of the Cartan-Hadamard theorem, the fixed point theorem for finite group actions, and establish some results on groups acting geometrically on such complexes. We also characterize the 1-skeletons (which we call bucolic graphs) and the 2-skeletons of bucolic complexes. In particular, we prove that bucolic graphs are precisely retracts of Ca...

  7. Complexing properties of amide oxime of picolinic acid (APA). 1. Investigation of the APA-/sup 99/Tc reaction and of the biological distribution of /sup 99m/Tc-APA complex

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    Oginski, M.; Zommer-Urbanska, S.; Joachimiak, J.; Koniarek, B. (Akademia Medyczna, Lodz (Poland))

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    As a result of APA labelling with /sup 99m/Tc reduced by SnCl/sub 2/ at pH 1.9 about 90% of the /sup 99m/Tc-APA complex was obtained. Experiments in vivo were carried out on 10 Swiss mice with implanted Ehrlich tumor. After 8 days the /sup 99m/Tc-APA complex was administered i.p. The ADF ratio tumor:blood was 2.5. Renoscintigraphy showed that the decline of renal activity in the stage when excretion prevailed (phase III) was slow and of the cumulative nature. Simple synthesis, labelling and low toxicity of APA are the factors that advocate further experiments in investigating its usefulness for diagnostics.

  8. Synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic investigations and DFT calculations of the copper(II) complex of 4-(Trifluoromethyl)pyridine-2-carboxylic acid

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    Vural, Hatice; Orbay, Metin

    2017-10-01

    A novel polymeric complex of Cu(II) ion, [Cu(tfpc)2]n [tfpc: 4-(Trifluoromethyl)pyridine-2-carboxylate] has been prepared and characterized spectroscopically (by FT-IR) and structurally (by single-crystal XRD). The geometry around the Cu(II) center can be described as square planar made by tfpc ligand having nitrogen and oxygen atoms. Additionally, the Cu(II) complex has a one-dimensional double-bridged polymeric structure in which Cu(II) ions are bridged by two oxygen atoms of adjacent planes. The crystal packing has been stabilized by Csbnd H⋯O intra and intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The molecular structure of the Cu(II) complex has been optimized using the Density Functional Theory (DFT) B3LYP, B3PW91 and PBEPBE levels with 6-311+G(d,p) basis set. The calculated electronic spectra have been explained using the time dependent DFT (TD-DFT) method by applying the polarized continuum model (PCM). The vibrational spectral data have been calculated and compared with experimental ones. The non-linear optical (NLO) properties of the title compound have been investigated using the DFT method with three different levels. Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) property of the Cu(II) complex has been performed by the B3LYP density functional and the 6-311+G(d,p) basis set.

  9. Experimental and theoretical investigations on Pd(II) host-guest compound: Deciphering the structural and electronic features of a potential bioactive complex

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    Sreejith, S. S.; Mohan, Nithya; Prathapachandra Kurup, M. R.

    2017-10-01

    A Pd(II) complex from N,N‧-bis(2-hydroxy-3-ethoxybenzylidene)butane-1,4-diamine salen-type ligand has been synthesized and characterised using single crystal XRD analysis, elemental analysis, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopic methods. Thermal profile of the compound is investigated using TG-DTG-DSC method. The quantification of intermolecular interactions and surface morphology has been done using Hirshfeld surface study mapped using various functions like dnorm, shape index and curvedness. ESP analysis is done to visualize the electrophilic and nucleophilic regions in the complex. Geometry optimization of the structure is done using DFT at B3LYP/def2-TZVP level of theory. Frontier orbital analysis reveals the kinetical stability and chemical inertness of the complex. A detailed charge distribution analysis is done using different analytical methods like Mulliken, Löwdin, NPA and AIM methods. Further bond order analysis and topological analysis are also done. Finally the bioactivity of the titled complex is checked using molecular docking method on both DNA and protein.

  10. Complex surface analytical investigations on hydrogen absorption and desorption processes of a TiMn2-based alloy.

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    Schülke, Mark; Kiss, Gábor; Paulus, Hubert; Lammers, Martin; Ramachandran, Vaidyanath; Sankaran, Kannan; Müller, Karl-Heinz

    2009-04-01

    Metal hydrides are one of the most promising technologies in the field of hydrogen storage due to their high volumetric storage density. Important reaction steps take place at the very surface of the solid during hydrogen absorption. Since these reaction steps are drastically influenced by the properties and potential contamination of the solid, it is very important to understand the characteristics of the surface, and a variety of analytical methods are required to achieve this. In this work, a TiMn(2)-type metal hydride alloy is investigated by means of high-pressure activation measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), secondary neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and thermal desorption mass spectrometry (TDMS). In particular, TDMS is an analytical tool that, in contrast to SIMS or SNMS, allows the hydrogen content in a metal to be quantified. Furthermore, it allows the activation energy for desorption to be determined from TDMS profiles; the method used to achieve this is presented here in detail. In the results section, it is shown that the oxide layer formed during manufacture and long-term storage prevents any hydrogen from being absorbed, and so an activation process is required. XPS measurements show the oxide states of the main alloy elements, and a layer 18 nm thick is determined via SNMS. Furthermore, defined oxide layers are produced and characterized in UHV using XPS. The influence of these thin oxide layers on the hydrogen sorption process is examined using TDMS. Finally, the activation energy of desorption is determined for the investigated alloy using the method presented here, and values of 46 kJ/mol for hydrogen sorbed in UHV and 103 kJ/mol for hydrogen originating from the manufacturing process are obtained.

  11. Investigation of the calcium-binding site of the oxygen evolving complex of photosystem II using 87Sr ESEEM spectroscopy.

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    Kim, Sun Hee; Gregor, Wolfgang; Peloquin, Jeffrey M; Brynda, Marcin; Britt, R David

    2004-06-16

    The proximity of the calcium/strontium binding site of the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) to the paramagnetic Mn cluster is explored with (87)Sr three-pulse electron spin-echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy. CW-EPR spectra of Sr(2+)-substituted Ca(2+)-depleted PSII membranes show the modified g = 2 multiline EPR signal as previously reported. We performed three-pulse ESEEM on this modified multiline signal of the Mn cluster using natural abundance Sr and (87)Sr, respectively. Three-pulse ESEEM of the natural abundance Sr sample exhibits no detectable modulation by the 7% abundance (87)Sr. On the other hand, that of the (87)Sr enriched (93%) sample clearly reveals modulation arising from the I = (9)/(2) (87)Sr nucleus weakly magnetically coupled to the Mn cluster. Using a simple point dipole approximation for the electron spin, analysis of the (87)Sr ESEEM modulation depth via an analytic expression suggests a Mn-Ca (Sr) distance of 4.5 A. Simulation of three-pulse ESEEM with a numerical matrix diagonalization procedure gave good agreement with this analytical result. A more appropriate tetranuclear magnetic/structural model for the Mn cluster converts the 4.5 A point dipole distance to a 3.8-5.0 A range of distances. DFT calculations of (43)Ca and (87)Sr quadrupolar interactions on Ca (and Sr substituted) binding sites in various proteins suggest that the lack of the nuclear quadrupole induced splitting in the ESEEM spectrum of (87)Sr enriched PSII samples is related to a very high degree of symmetry of the ligands surrounding the Sr(2+) ion in the substituted Ca site. Numerical simulations show that moderate (87)Sr quadrupolar couplings decrease the envelope modulation relative to the zero quadrupole case, and therefore we consider that the 3.8-5.0 A range obtained without quadrupolar coupling included in the simulation represents an upper limit to the actual manganese-calcium distance. This (87)Sr pulsed EPR spectroscopy provides

  12. Low-spin hexacoordinate Mn(III): synthesis and spectroscopic investigation of homoleptic tris(pyrazolyl)borate and tris(carbene)borate complexes.

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    Forshaw, Adam P; Smith, Jeremy M; Ozarowski, Andrew; Krzystek, J; Smirnov, Dmitry; Zvyagin, S A; Harris, T David; Karunadasa, Hemamala I; Zadrozny, Joseph M; Schnegg, Alexander; Holldack, Karsten; Jackson, Timothy A; Alamiri, Ahmad; Barnes, Diane M; Telser, Joshua

    2013-01-07

    Three complexes of Mn(III) with "scorpionate" type ligands have been investigated by a variety of physical techniques. The complexes are [Tp(2)Mn]SbF(6) (1), [Tp(2)*Mn]SbF(6) (2), and [{PhB(MeIm)(3)}(2)Mn](CF(3)SO(3)) (3a), where Tp(-) = hydrotris(pyrazolyl)borate anion, Tp*(-) = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl)borate anion, and PhB(MeIm)(3)(-) = phenyltris(3-methylimidazol-2-yl)borate anion. The crystal structure of 3a is reported; the structures of 1 and 2 have been previously reported, but were reconfirmed in this work. The synthesis and characterization of [{PhB(MeIm)(3)}(2)Mn]Cl (3b) are also described. These complexes are of interest in that, in contrast to many hexacoordinate (pseudo-octahedral) complexes of Mn(III), they exhibit a low-spin (triplet) ground state, rather than the high-spin (quintet) ground state. Solid-state electronic absorption spectroscopy, SQUID magnetometry, and high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR) spectroscopy were applied. HFEPR, in particular, was useful in characterizing the S = 1 spin Hamiltonian parameters for complex 1, D = +19.97(1), E = 0.42(2) cm(-1), and for 2, D = +15.89(2), E = 0.04(1) cm(-1). In addition, frequency domain Fourier-transform THz-EPR spectroscopy, using coherent synchrotron radiation, was applied to 1 only and gave results in good agreement with HFEPR. Variable-temperature dc magnetic susceptibility measurements of 1 and 2 were also in good agreement with the HFEPR results. This magnitude of zero-field splitting (zfs) is over 4 times larger than that in comparable hexacoordinate Mn(III) systems with S = 2 ground states. Complexes 3a and 3b (i.e., regardless of counteranion) have a yet much larger magnitude zfs, which may be the result of unquenched orbital angular momentum so that the spin Hamiltonian model is not appropriate. The triplet ground state is rationalized in each complex by ligand-field theory (LFT) and by quantum chemistry theory, both density functional theory and

  13. Synthesis, Characterization and DFT-Based Investigation of a Novel Trinuclear Singly-Chloro-Bridged Copper(II)-1-Vinylimidazole Complex.

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    Yolcu, Zuhal; Demir, Serkan; Andaç, Ömer; Büyükgüngör, Orhan

    2016-01-01

    A novel trinuclear copper(II) complex [Cu3(μ-Cl)2Cl4(1-Vim)6] with monodentate 1-vinylimidazole (1-Vim) and chloro ligands has been prepared and experimentally characterized by elemental analysis, thermogravimetry (TGA, DTG, DTA), X-ray single crystal diffractometry, TOF-MS and FT-IR spectroscopies. The electronic and structural properties of the complex were further investigated by DFT/TD-DFT methods. Density functional hybrid method (B3LYP) was applied throughout the calculations. The calculated UV-Vis results based on TD-DFT approach were simulated and compared with experimental spectrum. Based on the data obtained, DFT calculations have been found in reasonable accordance with experimental data.

  14. Spectroscopic investigation on kinetics, thermodynamics and mechanism for electron transfer reaction of iron(III) complex with sulphur centered radical in stimulated biological system.

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    Deepalakshmi, S; Sivalingam, A; Kannadasan, T; Subramaniam, P; Sivakumar, P; Brahadeesh, S T

    2014-04-24

    Electron transfer reactions of biological organic sulphides with several metal ions to generate sulphide radical cations are a great concern in biochemical process. To understand the mechanism, a stimulated biological system having model compounds, iron(III)-bipyridyl complex with thio-diglycolic acid (TDGA) was investigated. Spectroscopic study reveals the kinetics and thermodynamics of the reaction in aqueous perchloric acid medium. The reaction follows first and fractional order of 0.412 with respect to [Fe(bpy)3](3+) and TDGA, respectively. The oxidation is insensitive to variation in [H(+)] but slightly decreases with increase in ionic strength ([I]). Addition of acrylamide, a radical scavenger has no effect on the rate of the reaction. The high negative value of ΔS(#) (-74.3±1.09 J K(-1) mol(-1)) indicates the complex formed has a definite orientation higher than the reactants. Based on the above results, a suitable reaction mechanism for this reaction is proposed.

  15. Experimental approach and atomistic simulations to investigate the radiation tolerance of complex oxides: Application to the amorphization of pyrochlores

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    Sattonnay, G.; Thomé, L.; Sellami, N.; Monnet, I.; Grygiel, C.; Legros, C.; Tetot, R.

    2014-05-01

    Both experimental approach and atomistic simulations are performed in order to investigate the influence of the composition of pyrochlores on their radiation tolerance. Therefore, Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 were irradiated with 4 MeV Au and 92 MeV Xe ions in order to study the structural changes induced by low and high-energy irradiations. XRD results show that, for both irradiations, the structural modifications are strongly dependent on the sample composition: Gd2Ti2O7 is readily amorphized, whereas Gd2Zr2O7 is transformed into a radiation-resistant anion-deficient fluorite structure. Using atomistic simulations with new interatomic potentials derived from the SMTB-Q model, the lattice properties and the defect formation energies were calculated in Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7. Calculations show that titanates have a more covalent character than zirconates. Moreover, in Gd2Ti2O7 the formation of cation antisite defects leads to strong local distortions around Ti-defects and to a decrease of the Ti coordination number, which are not observed in Gd2Zr2O7. Thus, the radiation resistance is related to the defect stability: the accumulation of structural distortions around Ti-defects could drive the Gd2Ti2O7 amorphization induced by irradiation.

  16. Theoretical investigation of the first-shell mechanism of acetylene hydration catalyzed by a biomimetic tungsten complex.

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    Liu, Yan-Fang; Liao, Rong-Zhen; Ding, Wan-Jian; Yu, Jian-Guo; Liu, Ruo-Zhuang

    2011-06-01

    The reaction mechanism of the hydration of acetylene to acetaldehyde catalyzed by [W(IV)O(mnt)(2)](2-) (where mnt(2-) is 1,2-dicyanoethylenedithiolate) is studied using density functional theory. Both the uncatalyzed and the catalyzed reaction are considered to find out the origin of the catalysis. Three different models are investigated, in which an aquo, a hydroxo, or an oxo coordinates to the tungsten center. A first-shell mechanism is suggested, similarly to recent calculations on tungsten-dependent acetylene hydratase. The acetylene substrate first coordinates to the tungsten center in an η(2) fashion. Then, the tungsten-bound hydroxide activates a water molecule to perform a nucleophilic attack on the acetylene, resulting in the formation of a vinyl anion and a tungsten-bound water molecule. This is followed by proton transfer from the tungsten-bound water molecule to the newly formed vinyl anion intermediate. Tungsten is directly involved in the reaction by binding and activating acetylene and providing electrostatic stabilization to the transition states and intermediates. Three other mechanisms are also considered, but the associated energetic barriers were found to be very high, ruling out those possibilities.

  17. Investigation of climate change impact on water resources for an Alpine basin in northern Italy: implications for evapotranspiration modeling complexity.

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    Ravazzani, Giovanni; Ghilardi, Matteo; Mendlik, Thomas; Gobiet, Andreas; Corbari, Chiara; Mancini, Marco

    2014-01-01

    Assessing the future effects of climate change on water availability requires an understanding of how precipitation and evapotranspiration rates will respond to changes in atmospheric forcing. Use of simplified hydrological models is required because of lack of meteorological forcings with the high space and time resolutions required to model hydrological processes in mountains river basins, and the necessity of reducing the computational costs. The main objective of this study was to quantify the differences between a simplified hydrological model, which uses only precipitation and temperature to compute the hydrological balance when simulating the impact of climate change, and an enhanced version of the model, which solves the energy balance to compute the actual evapotranspiration. For the meteorological forcing of future scenario, at-site bias-corrected time series based on two regional climate models were used. A quantile-based error-correction approach was used to downscale the regional climate model simulations to a point scale and to reduce its error characteristics. The study shows that a simple temperature-based approach for computing the evapotranspiration is sufficiently accurate for performing hydrological impact investigations of climate change for the Alpine river basin which was studied.

  18. Investigation on Inter-Limb Coordination and Motion Stability, Intensity and Complexity of Trunk and Limbs during Hands-Knees Crawling in Human Adults.

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    Ma, Shenglan; Chen, Xiang; Cao, Shuai; Yu, Yi; Zhang, Xu

    2017-03-28

    This study aimed to investigate the inter-limb coordination pattern and the stability, intensity, and complexity of the trunk and limbs motions in human crawling under different speeds. Thirty healthy human adults finished hands-knees crawling trials on a treadmill at six different speeds (from 1 km/h to 2.5 km/h). A home-made multi-channel acquisition system consisting of five 3-axis accelerometers (ACC) and four force sensors was used for the data collection. Ipsilateral phase lag was used to represent inter-limb coordination pattern during crawling and power, harmonic ratio, and sample entropy of acceleration signals were adopted to depict the motion intensity, stability, and complexity of trunk and limbs respectively. Our results revealed some relationships between inter-limb coordination patterns and the stability and complexity of trunk movement. Trot-like crawling pattern was found to be the most stable and regular one at low speed in the view of trunk movement, and no-limb-pairing pattern showed the lowest stability and the greatest complexity at high speed. These relationships could be used to explain why subjects tended to avoid no-limb-pairing pattern when speed was over 2 km/h no matter which coordination type they used at low speeds. This also provided the evidence that the central nervous system (CNS) chose a stable inter-limb coordination pattern to keep the body safe and avoid tumbling. Although considerable progress has been made in the study of four-limb locomotion, much less is known about the reasons for the variety of inter-limb coordination. The research results of the exploration on the inter-limb coordination pattern choice during crawling from the standpoint of the motion stability, intensity, and complexity of trunk and limbs sheds light on the underlying motor control strategy of the human CNS and has important significance in the fields of clinical diagnosis, rehabilitation engineering, and kinematics research.

  19. Investigation of the formation of the [2(iohexol) + Mg](2+) complex and its fragmentation in electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Guo, Mengzhe; Yin, Dengyang; Han, Jie; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Liyan; Du, Yan; Wang, Haibo; Guo, Cheng; Tang, Daoquan

    2017-01-15

    Mass spectrometry has been developed as one of the common tools for the analysis of the organometallic systems in the gas phase over decades. The study of the fragmentation of organics-metal complexes has attracted much attention since the interesting dissociation pathways exhibited by these compounds are usually different from the protonated analogues. In this work, iohexol complexed with different dications such as Mg(2)(+) , Cu(2)(+) and Zn(2)(+) have been investigated by electrospray ionization (ESI) tandem mass spectrometry. Additionally, deuterium-labeling experiments and an analogue of iohexol were utilized to confirm the reaction mechanisms. A computational chemistry method was used to identify the coordination conformation between iohexol and metal ions in the gas phase. UV detection was also used to identify the interaction between iohexol and metal ions in the liquid phase. A special gas-phase open-loop reaction of iohexol induced by Mg(2)(+) , leading to the formation of [iohexol + Mg - H - HI - C3 H4 O](+) , was observed in the collision-induced dissociation of [2(iohexol) + Mg](2+) complexes. Moreover, theoretical calculation shows the proposed coordination configuration of iohexol/Mg(2)(+) complexes. The Mg(2)(+) could have tetrahedral coordination with two iohexol molecules. The percent study is a case for better understanding the formation of a typical organic/metal complex and its gas-phase fragmentation reaction. In addition, it provides useful information for researchers working on analysis or structural elucidation of complicated compounds which contain the iohexol analogues. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Effects of pH on the peripheral light-harvesting antenna complex for Rhodopseudomonas palustris

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    FENG Juan; LI XueFeng; LIU Yan

    2008-01-01

    In this work steady-state absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism spectroscopy and sub-micro-second time-resolved absorption spectroscopy were used to investigate the effect of pH on the struc-tures and functions of LH2 complex for Rhodopseudomonas palustris. The results revealed that: (1) B800 Bchla was gradually transformed to free pigments absorbing around 760 nm on the minutes timescale upon the induction of strong acidic pH, and subsequently there disappeared the CD signal for Qy band of B800 in the absence of B800. In addition, Carotenoids changed with the similar tendency to B850 BChl. (2) The introduction of strong basic pH gave rise to no significant changes for B800 Bchla, while B850 BChla experienced remarkable spectral blue-shift from 852 to 837 nm. Similar phe-nomenon was seen for the CD signal for Qy band of B850. Carotenoids displayed strong and pH-independent CD signals in the visible range. (3) In the case of both physiological and basic pH, broad and asymmetrical positive Tn←T1 transient absorption appeared following the pulsed photo-excitation of Car at 532 nm. By contrast, the featureless and weak positive signal was observed on the sub-microsecond timescale in the acidic pH environment. The aforementioned experimental results indicated that acidic pH-induced removal of B800 Bchla prevented the generation of the caro-tenoid triplet state (3Car*), which is known to be essential for the photo-protection function. Neverthe-less, carotenoids can still perform this important physiological role under the basic pH condition, where the spectral blue shift of B850 exerts little effect on the overall structure of the cyclic aggregate, therefore favoring the formation of carotenoid triplet state.

  1. Evaluation of soil corrosivity and aquifer protective capacity using geoelectrical investigation in Bwari basement complex area, Abuja

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    A E Adeniji; O V Omonona; D N Obiora; J U Chukudebelu

    2014-04-01

    Bwari is one of the six municipal area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja with its attendant growing population and infrastructural developments. Groundwater is the main source of water supply in the area, and urbanization and industrialization are the predominant contributors of contaminants to the hydrological systems. In order to guarantee a continuous supply of potable water, there is a need to investigate the vulnerability of the aquifers to contaminants emanating from domestic and industrial wastes. A total of 20 vertical electrical soundings using Schlumberger electrode array with a maximum half current electrodes separation of 300 m was employed. The results show that the area is characterized by 3–6 geoelectric subsurface layers. The measured overburden thickness ranges from 1.0 to 24.3 m, with a mean value of 7.4 m. The resistivity and longitudinal conductance of the overburden units range from 18 to 11,908 m and 0.047 to 0.875 mhos, respectively. Areas considered as high corrosivity are the central parts with > 180 m. The characteristic longitudinal unit conductance was used to classify the area into zones of good (0.7–4.49 mhos), moderate (0.2–0.69 mhos), weak (0.1–0.19 mhos), and poor (> 0.1) aquifer protective capacity. Zones characterized by materials of moderate to good protective capacity serve as sealing potential for the underlying hydrogeological system in the area. This study is aimed at delineating zones that are very prone to groundwater contamination from surface contaminants and subsurface soils that are corrosive to utility pipes buried underground. Hence the findings of this work will constitute part of the tools for groundwater development and management and structural/infrastructural development planning of the area.

  2. Mixed (phthalocyaninato)(Schiff-base) di-dysprosium sandwich complexes. Effect of magnetic coupling on the SMM behavior.

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    Wang, Hailong; Liu, Chenxi; Liu, Tao; Zeng, Suyuan; Cao, Wei; Ma, Qi; Duan, Chunying; Dou, Jianmin; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2013-11-21

    Reaction between Schiff-base ligand and half-sandwich complex M(Pc)(acac) led to the isolation of new sandwich-type mixed (phthalocyaninato)(Schiff-base) di-lanthanide compounds M2(Pc)2(L)H2O (M = Dy, Gd) (1, 2) [H2Pc = metal free phthalocyanine, Hacac = acetylacetone, H2L = N,N'-bis(3-methyloxysalicylidene)benzene-1,2-diamine] with the triple-decker molecular structure clearly revealed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. For the comparative studies, sandwich triple-decker analogues with pure Schiff-base ligand M2(L)3H2O (M = Dy, Gd) (3, 4) were also prepared. Dynamic magnetic measurement result reveals the single-molecule magnet (SMM) nature of the di-dysprosium derivative 1, while the static magnetic investigation over both pure and the diamagnetic diluted samples of this compound discloses the interionic ferromagnetic coupling between the two dysprosium ions, which in turn effectively suppresses the QTM and enhances the energy barrier of this SMM. Nevertheless, comparative studies over the static magnetic properties of the di-dysprosium triple-decker complexes 1 and 3 indicate the stronger magnetic coupling between the two lanthanide ions in mixed (phthalocyaninato)(Schiff-base) species than in the pure Schiff-base triple-decker analogue, suggesting the special coordination sphere around the dysprosium ions in the former compound over the latter one on the more intense inter-ionic ferromagnetic coupling. As a very small step towards understanding the structure-property relationship, the present result will be surely helpful for the design and synthesis of the multinuclear lanthanide-based SMMs with good properties.

  3. SOME THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF COMPLEX CLINICAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF PATIENTS WITH AUTOIMMUNE LIVER DISEASES IN CIRRHOTIC STAGE BEFORE LIVER TRANSPLANTATION

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    O. A. Gerasimova

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This article presents preliminary results of complex clinical-psychological investigation of patients with autoim- mune liver diseases with cirrhosis waiting for liver transplant. The data discussed defense role of anxiety com- bined with other emotional affective disorders, psychological mechanisms in combination with coping strategies of stress-overcoming behavior in the state of disease and their involvement in formation of the clinical picture of the disease. It considers the need for differential diagnosis of the pathology using modern experimental- psychological methods in connection with further building of psychological aid to patients with autoimmune liver diseases. 

  4. Microwave Spectroscopic Investigations of the C-H\\cdotsπ Containing Complexes CH_2F_2\\cdotsPROPYNE and CH_2ClF\\cdotsPROPYNE

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    Peebles, Rebecca A.; Peebles, Sean A.; Christenholz, Cori L.; Ernst, Anthony A.; Dhahir, Yasser J.

    2013-06-01

    The spectra of the CH_2F_2\\cdotspropyne and CH_2ClF\\cdotspropyne complexes have been studied by chirped-pulse and resonant cavity Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy and by ab initio calculations at the MP2/6-311++G(2d,2p) level. Both complexes contain C-H\\cdotsπ contacts, with the halogen atoms angled towards the methyl group end of the propyne. While CH_2F_2\\cdotspropyne has C_s symmetry, CH_2ClF\\cdotspropyne has C_1 symmetry, with the fluorine and chlorine atoms straddling the propyne. Investigation of four single ^{13}C and the DC≡CCH_3 isotopologues in CH_2F_2\\cdotspropyne has allowed a detailed structural determination, while only the ^{35}Cl and ^{37}Cl isotopologues have so far been assigned for CH_2ClF\\cdotspropyne. Experimental data will be compared with ab initio results and with the analogous acetylene complexes, both of which have C_s symmetry structures, with double C-H\\cdotsπ interactions.

  5. 99Tc NMR as a promising technique for structural investigation of biomolecules: theoretical studies on the solvent and thermal effects of phenylbenzothiazole complex.

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    Mancini, Daiana T; Souza, Eugenio F; Caetano, Melissa S; Ramalho, Teodorico C

    2014-04-01

    The phenylbenzothiazole compounds show antitumor properties and are highly selective. In this paper, the (99)Tc chemical shifts based on the ((99m)Tc)(CO)3 (NNO) complex conjugated to the antitumor agent 2-(4'-aminophenyl)benzothiazole are reported. Thermal and solvent effects were studied computationally by quantum-chemical methods, using the density functional theory (DFT) (DFT level BPW91/aug-cc-pVTZ for the Tc and BPW91/IGLO-II for the other atoms) to compute the NMR parameters for the complex. We have calculated the (99)Tc NMR chemical shifts of the complex in gas phase and solution using different solvation models (polarizable continuum model and explicit solvation). To evaluate the thermal effect, molecular dynamics simulations were carried, using the atom-centered density matrix propagation method at the DFT level (BP86/LanL2dz). The results highlight that the (99)Tc NMR spectroscopy can be a promising technique for structural investigation of biomolecules, at the molecular level, in different environments.

  6. Using multidetector-row CT in neonates with complex congenital heart disease to replace diagnostic cardiac catheterization for anatomical investigation: initial experiences in technical and clinical feasibility

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    Lee, Tain; Tsai, I.C.; Chen, Min-Chi [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, 407 Department of Radiology, Taichung (Taiwan); Medical College of Chung Shan Medical University, Faculty of Medicine, Taichung (Taiwan); National Yang Ming University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Fu, Yun-Ching; Jan, Sheng-Lin [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Taichung (Taiwan); National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Wang, Chung-Chi; Chang, Yen [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taichung (Taiwan)

    2006-12-15

    Echocardiography is the first-line modality for the investigation of neonatal congenital heart disease. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, which has a small but recognized risk, is usually performed if echocardiography fails to provide a confident evaluation of the lesions. To verify the technical and clinical feasibilities of replacing diagnostic cardiac catheterization with multidetector-row CT (MDCT) in neonatal complex congenital heart disease. Over a 1-year period we prospectively enrolled all neonates with complex congenital heart disease referred for diagnostic cardiac catheterization after initial assessment by echocardiography. MDCT was performed using a 40-detector-row CT scanner with dual syringe injection. A multidisciplinary congenital heart disease team evaluated the MDCT images and decided if further diagnostic cardiac catheterization was necessary. The accuracy of MDCT in detecting separate cardiovascular anomalies and bolus geometry of contrast enhancement were calculated. A total of 14 neonates were included in the study. No further diagnostic cardiac catheterization was needed in any neonate. The accuracy of MDCT in diagnosing separate cardiovascular anomalies was 98% (53/54) with only one atrial septal defect missed in a patient with coarctation syndrome. The average cardiovascular enhancement in evaluated chambers was 471 HU. No obvious beam-hardening artefact was observed. The technical and clinical feasibility of MDCT in complex congenital heart disease in neonates is confirmed. After initial assessment with echocardiography, MDCT could probably replace diagnostic cardiac catheterization for further anatomical clarification in neonates. (orig.)

  7. Synthesis, spectroscopy and biological investigations of manganese(III) Schiff base complexes derived from heterocyclic β-diketone with various primary amine and 2,2'-bipyridyl

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    Surati, Kiran R.

    2011-06-01

    The mixed ligand mononuclear complex [Mn(bipy)(HPMFP)(OAc)]ClO 4 was synthesized by reaction of Mn(OAc) 3·2H 2O with HPMFP and 2,2'-bipyridyl. The corresponding Schiff base complexes were prepared by condensation of [Mn(bipy)(HPMFP)(OAc)]ClO 4 with ethylenediamine, ethanolamine and glycine (where HPMFP = 1-phenyl-3methyl-4-formyl-2-pyrazolin-5one, bipy = 2,2'-bipyridyl). All the compounds have been characterized by elemental analysis, magnetic susceptibility, conductometry measurements and 1H and 13C NMR, FT-IR, mass spectrometry. Electronic spectral and magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate square pyramidal geometry around manganese(III) ion. The thermal stabilities, activation energy E*, entropy change Δ S*, enthalpy change Δ H* and heat capacity of thermal degradation for these complexes were determined by TGA and DSC. The in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activity of four coordination compounds and ligand HPMFP were investigated. In vitro activates of Bacillus subtillis (MTCC-619), Staphylococcus aureus (MTCC-96), Escherichia coli (MTCC-722) and Klebsiella pneumonia (MTCC-109) bacteria and the fungus Candida albicans (ATCC-90028) were determined. All the compounds showed good antimicrobial activity. The antimicrobial activities increased as formation of Schiff base.

  8. Non-invasive investigative techniques for the diachronic study of territorial compartments: a case study for the documentation and analysis of architectural complexes.

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    Di Lieto, Marco; Marchetta, Isabella; Ciriello, Rosanna; De Martino, Gregory; Della Mora, Dario

    2014-05-01

    The trend in the study of areas of land in their integrity and as dynamic, anthropic units in diachronic history has initiated long survey campaigns over several decades that have covered large areas mapping the evidence and attempting a reconstruction of the evolution of ancient settlements. The need for further study to disentangle the knots of modes and types of settlement boosted further investigations of targeted excavations, based on the quality and density of the findings from the field. Currently archaeological research can rely on non-invasive integrated methods to better define the areas to be investigated systematically obtaining new typologies of information and better management of time and research costs. In this paper we present a specific case study in which a variety of integrated survey methods have contributed to the documentation and analysis of monumental complexes linked to specific local contexts. The area under investigation lies in Italy, in the province of Potenza and, specifically in the town of Forenza. The survey activities, involving the entire municipality, have been running on and off for about 2 years and have already resulted in the collection of a lot of interesting data that will be useful to essential fieldwork. In particular, we carried out different types of investigation in three different sample sites: 1. monumental complex of Santa Maria de 'Armenis: to complement previous excavations which involved only a portion of the estimated area of interest, we carried out magnetometric and geo-electrical surveys aimed at a more precise definition of the true extent and interpretation of the monument in antiquity; 2. site of Monte Caruso: we carried out remote sensing using a remote-controlled UAV hexakopter drone with stereoscopic photogrammetric survey techniques aimed at the detailed documentation of the monumental evidence of a structure visible in elevation but in a context difficult to approach with traditional surveying

  9. Understanding the complexation of Eu3 + with potential ligands used for preferential separation of lanthanides and actinides in various stages of nuclear fuel cycle: A luminescence investigation

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    Sengupta, Arijit; Kadam, R. M.

    2017-02-01

    A systematic photoluminescence based investigation was carried out to understand the complexation of Eu3 + with different ligands (TBP: tri-n-butyl phosphate, DHOA: di-n-hexyl octanamide, Cyanex 923: tri-n-alkyl phosphine oxide and Cyanex 272: Bis (2,4,4 trimethyl) pentyl phosphinic acid) used for preferential separation of lanthanides and actinides in various stages of nuclear fuel cycle. In case of TBP and DHOA complexes, 3 ligand molecules coordinated in monodentate fashion and 3 nitrate ion in bidentate fashion to Eu3 + to satisfy the 9 coordination of Eu. In case of Cyanex 923 and Cyanex 272 complexes, 3 ligand molecules, 3 nitrate ion and 3 water molecules coordinated to Eu3 + in monodentate fashion. The Eu complexes of TBP and DHOA were found to have D3h local symmetry while that for Cyanex 923 and Cyanex 272 were C3h. Judd-Ofelt analysis of these systems revealed that the covalency of Eusbnd O bond followed the trend DHOA > TBP > Cyanex 272 > Cyanex 923. Different photophysical properties like radiative and non-radiative life time, branching ratio for different transitions, magnetic and electric dipole moment transition probabilities and quantum efficiency were also evaluated and compared for these systems. The magnetic dipole transition probability was found to be almost independent of ligand field perturbation while electric dipole transition probability for 5D0-7F2 transition was found to be hypersensitive with ligand field with a trend DHOA > TBP > Cyanex 272 > Cyanex 923. Supplementary Table 2: Determination of inner sphere water molecules from the different empirical formulae reported in the literature.

  10. A family of new glutarate compounds: synthesis, crystal structures of: Co(H2O)5L(1), Na2[CoL2] (2), Na2[L(H2L)4/2] (3), {[Co3(H2O)6L2](HL)2}.4H2O (4), {[Co3(H2O)6L2](HL)2}.10H2O (5), {[Co3(H2O)6L2]L2/2}.4H2O (6), and Na2{[Co3(H2O)2]L8/2].6H2O (7), and magnetic properties of 1 and 2 with H2L = HOOC-(CH2)3-COOH.

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    Zheng, Yue-Qing; Lin, Jian-Li; Xu, Wei; Xie, Hong-Zhen; Sun, Jie; Wang, Xian-Wen

    2008-11-17

    Seven new glutaric acid complexes, Co(H 2O) 5L 1, Na 2[CoL 2] 2, Na 2[L(H 2L) 4/2] 3, {[Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2](HL) 2}.4H 2O 4, {[Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2](HL) 2}.10H 2O 5, {[Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2]L 2/2}.4H 2O 6, and Na 2{[Co 3(H 2O) 2]L 8/2].6H 2O 7 were obtained and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods along with elemental analyses, IR spectroscopic and magnetic measurements (for 1 and 2). The [Co(H 2O) 5L] complex molecules in 1 are assembled into a three-dimensional supramolecular architecture based on intermolecular hydrogen bonds. Compound 2 consists of the Na (+) cations and the necklace-like glutarato doubly bridged [ C o L 4 / 2 ] 2 - infinity 1 anionic chains, and 3 is composed of the Na (+) cations and the anionic hydrogen bonded ladder-like [ L ( H 2 L ) 4 / 2 ] 2 - infinity 1 anionic chains. The trinuclear {[Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2](HL) 2} complex molecules with edge-shared linear trioctahedral [Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2] (2+) cluster cores in 4 and 5 are hydrogen bonded into two-dimensional (2D) networks. The edge-shared linear trioctahedral [Co 3(H 2O) 6L 2] (2+) cluster cores in 6 are bridged by glutarato ligands to generate one-dimensional (1D) chains, which are then assembled via interchain hydrogen bonds into 2D supramolecular networks. The corner-shared linear [Co 3O 16] trioctahedra in 7 are quaternate bridged by glutarato ligands to form 1D band-like anionic {[Co 3(H 2O) 2]L 8/2} (2+) chains, which are assembled via interchain hydrogen bonds into 2D layers, and between them are sandwiched the Na (+) cations. The magnetic behaviors of 1 and 2 obey the Curie-Weiss law with chi m = C/( T - Theta) with the Curie constant C = 3.012(8) cm (3) x mol (-1) x K and the Weiss constant Theta = -9.4(7) K for 1, as well as C = 2.40(1) cm (3) x mol (-1) x K and Theta = -2.10(5) K for 2, indicating weak antiferromagnetic interactions between the Co(II) ions.

  11. Nonphotochemical Hole-Burning Studies of Energy Transfer Dynamics in Antenna Complexes of Photosynthetic Bacteria

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    Matsuzaki, Satoshi [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2001-01-01

    This thesis contains the candidate's original work on excitonic structure and energy transfer dynamics of two bacterial antenna complexes as studied using spectral hole-burning spectroscopy. The general introduction is divided into two chapters (1 and 2). Chapter 1 provides background material on photosynthesis and bacterial antenna complexes with emphasis on the two bacterial antenna systems related to the thesis research. Chapter 2 reviews the underlying principles and mechanism of persistent nonphotochemical hole-burning (NPHB) spectroscopy. Relevant energy transfer theories are also discussed. Chapters 3 and 4 are papers by the candidate that have been published. Chapter 3 describes the application of NPHB spectroscopy to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex from the green sulfur bacterium Prosthecochloris aestuarii; emphasis is on determination of the low energy vibrational structure that is important for understanding the energy transfer process associated within three lowest energy Qy-states of the complex. The results are compared with those obtained earlier on the FMO complex from Chlorobium tepidum. In Chapter 4, the energy transfer dynamics of the B800 molecules of intact LH2 and B800-deficient LH2 complexes of the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila are compared. New insights on the additional decay channel of the B800 ring of bacteriochlorophylla (BChla) molecules are provided. General conclusions are given in Chapter 5. A version of the hole spectrum simulation program written by the candidate for the FMO complex study (Chapter 3) is included as an appendix. The references for each chapter are given at the end of each chapter.

  12. Nonphotochemical Hole-Burning Studies of Energy Transfer Dynamics in Antenna Complexes of Photosynthetic Bacteria

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    Satoshi Matsuzaki

    2002-06-27

    This thesis contains the candidate's original work on excitonic structure and energy transfer dynamics of two bacterial antenna complexes as studied using spectral hole-burning spectroscopy. The general introduction is divided into two chapters (1 and 2). Chapter 1 provides background material on photosynthesis and bacterial antenna complexes with emphasis on the two bacterial antenna systems related to the thesis research. Chapter 2 reviews the underlying principles and mechanism of persistent nonphotochemical hole-burning (NPHB) spectroscopy. Relevant energy transfer theories are also discussed. Chapters 3 and 4 are papers by the candidate that have been published. Chapter 3 describes the application of NPHB spectroscopy to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex from the green sulfur bacterium Prosthecochloris aestuarii; emphasis is on determination of the low energy vibrational structure that is important for understanding the energy transfer process associated within three lowest energy Q{sub y}-states of the complex. The results are compared with those obtained earlier on the FMO complex from Chlorobium tepidum. In Chapter 4, the energy transfer dynamics of the B800 molecules of intact LH2 and B800-deficient LH2 complexes of the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila are compared. New insights on the additional decay channel of the B800 ring of bacteriochlorophyll{sub a} (BChl{sub a}) molecules are provided. General conclusions are given in Chapter 5. A version of the hole spectrum simulation program written by the candidate for the FMO complex study (Chapter 3) is included as an appendix. The references for each chapter are given at the end of each chapter.

  13. Sulfur donor ligand binding to ferric cytochrome P-450-CAM and myoglobin. Ultraviolet-visible absorption, magnetic circular dichroism, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic investigation of the complexes.

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    Sono, M; Andersson, L A; Dawson, J H

    1982-07-25

    The binding of thiol, thiolate, thioether, and disulfide sulfur donor ligands to ferric cytochrome P-450-CAM and myoglobin has been investigated by UV-visible absorption, magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), and EPR spectroscopy. For ferric P-450, the binding of all sulfur donors is competitive with substrate binding. Addition of thiols to P-450 leads to interconvertible thiol or thiolate-bound species depending on the thiol acidity (pKa) and the solution ph; ligation of thiols lowers their pKa by about 4 units. In contrast, only the thiolate-bound form is seen for myoglobin regardless of thiol acidity or solution pH (5.5-11.0), indicating that the heme iron of myoglobin is less electron-rich than that of P-450. Thiolate ligands show much higher affinity (Kd approximately 10(-6) M) for ferric P-450 than do thiols (Kd approximately 10(-3) M). The affinity of thioethers for P-450 (Kd approximately 10(-3) M) is pH-independent (pH 5.5-9.0). The observed disulfide coordination to P-450 represents the first example of disulfide ligation to heme iron; no significant evidence for thioether or disulfide binding to myoglobin is seen. Except for the thiolate complexes, the UV-visible and MCD spectral properties of the other sulfur donor . P-450 complexes are similar to, although distinguishable from, those of native P-450. The ferric P-450 . thiolate complexes exhibit MCD spectra resembling that of ferrous P-450 . CO; both also exhibit unique hyperporphyrin (split Soret) UV-visible spectra. The EPR spectra of all P-450 complexes examined display very narrow spread g-values such as are characteristic of native P-450, indicating that the endogenous cysteinate axial ligand is retained upon complex formation. The dissimilarities observed between P-450 and myoglobin in their reactivity toward sulfur donor ligands at least partly reflect the variation in heme iron electron density resulting from their different endogenous axial ligands and may, in turn, help to explain their

  14. Statistical considerations on the formation of circular photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes from Rhodopseudomonas palustris.

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    Taniguchi, Masahiko; Henry, Sarah; Cogdell, Richard J; Lindsey, Jonathan S

    2014-07-01

    Depending on growth conditions, some species of purple photosynthetic bacteria contain peripheral light-harvesting (LH2) complexes that are heterogeneous owing to the presence of different protomers (containing different αβ-apoproteins). Recent spectroscopic studies of Rhodopseudomonas palustris grown under low-light conditions suggest the presence of a C 3-symmetric LH2 nonamer comprised of two distinct protomers. The software program Cyclaplex, which enables generation and data-mining of virtual libraries of molecular rings formed upon combinatorial reactions, has been used to delineate the possible number and type of distinct nonamers as a function of numbers of distinct protomers. The yield of the C 3-symmetric nonamer from two protomers (A and B in varying ratios) has been studied under the following conditions: (1) statistical, (2) enriched (preclusion of the B-B sequence), and (3) seeded (pre-formation of an A-B-A block). The yield of C 3-symmetric nonamer is at most 0.98 % under statistical conditions versus 5.6 % under enriched conditions, and can be dominant under conditions of pre-seeding with an A-B-A block. In summary, the formation of any one specific nonamer even from only two protomers is unlikely on statistical grounds but must stem from enhanced free energy of formation or a directed assembly process by as-yet unknown factors.

  15. Investigation and Evaluation of an in Situ Interpolymer Complex of Carbopol with Polyvinylpyrrolidone as a Matrix for Gastroretentive Tablets of Ranitidine Hydrochloride.

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    Yusif, Rehab Mohammad; Abu Hashim, Irhan Ibrahim; Mohamed, Elham Abdelmonem; El Rakhawy, Mohamed Magdy

    2016-01-01

    Carbopol (CP) is a biocompatible bioadhesive polymer used as a matrix for gastroretentive (GR) tablets, however, its rapid hydration shortens its bioadhesion and floating when incorporated in effervescent formulae. The interpolymer complexation of CP with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) significantly reduced the excessive hydration of CP, prolonging floating and maintaining the mucoadhesiveness. In early attempts, a lengthy process was followed to prepare such an interpolymer complex. In this study, an in situ interpolymer complexation between CP and two grades of PVP (K25 and K90) in 0.1 N HCl was investigated and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Hence, directly compressed GR tablets of different combinations of PVP and CP with sodium bicarbonate (SB) as an effervescent agent were examined for prolonged gastroretention and sustained release of ranitidine hydrochloride (RHCl) as a model drug. Tablets were evaluated for in vitro buoyancy, bioadhesiveness, swelling, and drug release in 0.1 N HCl. All GR tablets containing PVP-CP combinations achieved more prolonged floating (>24 h) than CP tablets (5.2 h). Their bioadhesiveness, swelling, and drug release were dependent on the PVP molecular weight and its ratio to CP. Drug release profiles of all formulae followed non-Fickian diffusion. Formula containing the PVP K90-CP combination at a respective ratio of 1 : 3 (P90C13) was a promising system, exhibiting good floating and bioadhesive properties as well as sustained drug release. Abdominal X-ray imaging of P90C13 formula, loaded with barium sulfate, in six healthy volunteers showed a mean gastric retention period of 6.8±0.3 h.

  16. DFT/TDDFT investigation on the electronic structures and photophysical properties of phosphorescent iridium(III) complexes with 2-(pyridin-2-yl)-benzo[d]imidazole ligand

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    Shang, Xiaohong, E-mail: shangxiaohong58@aliyun.com [College of Chemistry and Life Science, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012 (China); Han, Deming [School of Life Science and Technology, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022 (China); Li, Dongfeng [College of Chemistry and Life Science, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012 (China); Zhang, Gang [State Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China)

    2014-03-15

    We have reported a theoretical analysis of a series of heteroleptic iridium(III) complexes (mpmi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [mpmi=1-(4-tolyl)-3-methyl-imidazole, pybi=2-(pyridin-2-yl)-benzo[d]imidazole] (1a), (fpmi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [fpmi=1-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-3-methyl-imidazole] (1b), (tfpmi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [tfpmi=1-methyl-3-(4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-imidazole] (1c), (pypmi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [pypmi=3-(3-methyl-imidazol)-pyrazole] (2a), (phpymi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [phpymi=3-(3-methyl-imidazol)-5-phenyl-pyrazole] (2b), and (inpymi){sub 2}Ir(pybi) [inpymi=3-(3-methyl-imidazol)-indeno[1,2-c]pyrazole] (2c) by using the density functional theory (DFT) method to investigate their electronic structures and photophysical properties and obtain further insights into the phosphorescent efficiency mechanism. By changing cyclometalated ligands, the conjugation length, and substituents of the cyclometalated ligands, one can tune the emission color from green (λ{sub em}=520 nm) to orange (λ{sub em}=592 nm). Complexes 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b have the almost identical emission wavelength about 550 nm, while 592 nm for 1c and 520 nm for 2c are red shifted and blue shifted, respectively, relative to 1a. The calculated results indicate that, for 1b and 1c, the substituents of −F and −CF{sub 3} at the phenyl moiety cause a poor hole-injection ability compared with that of 1a. For all these complexes studied, the hole-transporting performances are better than the electron-transporting ones. The difference between reorganization energies for hole transport (λ{sub ih}) and reorganization energies for electron transport (λ{sub ie}) for complex 1c are relatively smaller, indicating that the hole and electron transfer balance could be achieved more easily in the emitting layer. The alteration of cyclometalated ligands with different conjugation lengths and substituents has an impact on the optoelectronic properties of these complexes. It is believed that the larger metal to ligand charge transfer (MLCT

  17. Investigation of the population structure of Mycobacterium abscessus complex strains using 17-locus variable number tandem repeat typing and the further distinction of Mycobacterium massiliense hsp65 genotypes.

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    Yoshida, Shiomi; Arikawa, Kentaro; Tsuyuguchi, Kazunari; Kurashima, Atsuyuki; Harada, Toshiyuki; Nagai, Hideaki; Suzuki, Katsuhiro; Iwamoto, Tomotada; Hayashi, Seiji

    2015-03-01

    Mycobacterium abscessus complex is a significant pathogen in patients with non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF). Nevertheless, there is little description of the genetic diversity of this species. The aims of this study were to investigate the distribution of M. abscessus complex isolated from respiratory specimens by variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) typing. The results of 104 clinical isolates from 104 non-CF patients were compared using PFGE, hsp65 genotypes and clarithromycin susceptibility. The allelic diversity (Hunter-Gaston Discriminatory Index) of the 17 loci examined by VNTR typing was high (0.977). We determined that C28 sequevar erm(41) genotypes and clarithromycin-acquired resistance isolates were scattered in the minimum spanning tree. Intriguingly, VNTR typing and PFGE were highly congruent and revealed that there were clear examples of grouping of isolates from different individuals amongst both M. abscessus and M. massiliense, and showed five clusters of distinct identical isolates. Within these clusters, M. massiliense hsp65 type I formed three different clusters. Although the distribution of M. massiliense hsp65 type II-1 was low (9.3 %), M. massiliense hsp65 type II-1 isolates separated from clusters contained hsp65 type I isolates. Thus, M. massiliense hsp65 genotypes could be discriminated by analysing VNTRs with sufficient genetic distance for intra-species-level discrimination.

  18. Static and dynamic investigations of poly(aspartic acid) and Pluronic F127 complex prepared by self-assembling in aqueous solution

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    Nita, Loredana E.; Chiriac, Aurica P.; Bercea, Maria; Nistor, Manuela T.

    2015-12-01

    The present investigation is focused on evaluation of self-assembling ability in aqueous solutions of two water soluble polymers: poly(aspartic acid) (PAS) and Pluronic F127 (PL). The intermolecular complexes, realized between polyacid and neutral copolymer surfactant in different ratios, have been studied by combining various characterization techniques as rheology, DLS, spectroscopy, microscopy, chemical imaging, and zeta potential determination, measurements performed in static and/or dynamic conditions. In static conditions, when the equilibrium state between PAS/PL polymeric pair was reached, and depending on the polymers mixture composition, and of experimental rheological conditions, positive or negative deviations from the additive rule are registered. Conformational changes of the macromolecular chains and correspondingly physical interactions are generated between PL and PAS for self-assembly and the formation of interpolymer complex as suprastructure with micellar configuration. The phenomenon was better evidenced in case of 1/1 wt ratio between the two polymers. In dynamic conditions of determination, during "in situ" evaluation of the hydrodynamic diameter, zeta potential and conductivity, when the equilibrium state is not reached and as result either the intermolecular bonds are not achieved, the self-assembling process is not so obvious evidenced.

  19. Spectroscopic investigation on the mechanism of formation of molecular complexes of albendazole and trimethoprim with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone

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    Ganesh, K.; Balraj, C.; Satheshkumar, A.; Elango, K. P.

    2012-06-01

    UV-vis, 1H NMR, FT-IR, mass and fluorescence spectral techniques were employed to investigate the mechanism of interaction of albendazole and trimethoprim with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ) and to characterize the reaction products. The interaction of DDQ with trimethoprim (TMP) and albenadazole (ALB) were found to proceed through the formation of donor-acceptor complex, containing DDQ radical anion and its conversion to the product. Fluorescence quenching studies indicated that the interaction between the donors and the acceptor are spontaneous and the interaction of TMP-DDQ (binding constant = 2.9 × 105) is found to be stronger than that the ALB-DDQ (binding constant = 3 × 103) system. Also, the binding constant increased with an increase in polarity of the medium indicating the involvement of radical anion as intermediate.

  20. Quantum chemical investigation on the structural and electronic properties of α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrin complexes: DFT and QTAIM analysis

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    Dehestani, M.; Pourestarabadi, S.; Zeidabadinejad, L.

    2016-06-01

    To characterize the structural, thermochemical and electronic aspects in complexes of leucine, vanillin and mechlorethamine with α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrins (CDs), a density functional theory (DFT) study has been conducted in combination with quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analysis. The QTAIM method has been utilized to explore the nature of various possible interactions between leucine, vanillin and mechlorethamine with CDs in terms of bond critical points (BCPs). HOMO and LUMO and atomic charges studies show charge transfer occurs between drugs and cyclodextrins. This behavior has been also investigated via QTAIM charge analysis. On the other hand, based on QTAIM electronic energy indicators we have discussed electrostatic character of interactions between vanillin, leucine and mechlorethamine with inner surface CDs in the coordination sphere.

  1. Evaluation of an on-capillary copper complexation methodology for the investigation of in vitro metabolism of dynorphin A 1-17.

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    Kuhnline, Courtney D; Lunte, Susan M

    2010-08-01

    Dynorphin A 1-17 is an endogenous neuropeptide implicated in a variety of neurological disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and neuropathic pain. Metabolites of this peptide can exhibit their own unique effects in vivo, and it is possible that one of these metabolites is responsible for the neurotoxicity. In this article, the use of CE for the separation of dynorphin A 1-17 from four of its metabolites is described. Buffer additives were investigated to eliminate peptide adsorption to the capillary wall and to improve resolution between closely related metabolites. On-capillary copper complexation was employed and was shown to improve separation efficiency as compared with the separation of native peptides. The method was then applied to in vitro dynorphin metabolism in human plasma as well as rat brain and rat spinal cord slices.

  2. 40Ar- 39Ar dating of detrital muscovite in provenance investigations: a case study from the Adelaide Rift Complex, South Australia

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    Haines, Peter W.; Turner, Simon P.; Kelley, Simon P.; Wartho, Jo-Anne; Sherlock, Sarah C.

    2004-11-01

    Detrital zircon ages are commonly used to investigate sediment provenance and supply routes. Here, we explore the advantages of employing multiple, complimentary techniques via a case study of the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian of the Adelaide Rift Complex, South Australia. Detrital muscovite Ar-Ar ages are presented from stratigraphic units, or equivalents, that have previously been the subject of U-Pb detrital zircon dating, and, in some cases, whole-rock Sm-Nd isotope studies. The zircon age ranges and whole-rock Sm-Nd isotope data suggest that early Neoproterozoic sediments from near the base of the Adelaide Rift Complex comprise a mixture of detritus derived from the adjacent Gawler Craton (Palaeoproterozoic to earliest Mesoproterozoic) and overlying Gairdner flood basalts. In contrast, detrital muscovites from this level have a broad scatter of Mesoproterozoic infrared (IR) laser total fusion Ar-Ar ages, while UV laser traverses indicate that the age spread reflects partial resetting by multiple heating events, rather than a mixture of sources. Younger Neoproterozoic sediments document replacement of the Gawler Craton by the more distant Musgrave and/or Albany-Fraser Orogens as the main provenance. The Cambrian Kanmantoo Group marks an abrupt change in depositional style and a new sediment source. The Kanmantoo Group have older Nd model ages than underlying strata, yet are dominated by near to deposition-aged (˜500-650 Ma) detrital zircons and muscovites, suggesting rapid cooling and exhumation of a tectonically active provenance region. Although this source remains uncertain, evidence points towards the distant Pan-African orogenic belts. Deposition in the Adelaide Rift Complex was terminated in the late Early Cambrian by the D