Sample records for mg kg-1 dw

  1. Rapacuronium 2.0 or 2.5 mg kg(-1) for rapid-sequence induction : comparison with succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg(-1)

    Blobner, M; Mirakhur, RK; Wierda, JMKH; Wright, PMC; Olkkola, KT; Debaene, B; Pendeville, P; Engbaek, J; Rietbergen, H; Sparr, HJ


    The purpose of this nine-centre study in 602 patients was to show that the frequency of acceptable intubating conditions after rapacuronium 2.0 or 2.5 mg kg(-1) is not more than 10% lower than the frequency after succinylcholine 1.0 mg kg(-1) during rapid-sequence induction of anaesthesia with fenta

  2. Sugammadex 4.0 mg kg-1 reversal of deep rocuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade

    Yu, Buwei; Wang, Xiangrui; Hansen, Søren Helbo


    Objective: Maintenance of deep Neuro Muscular Blockade (NMB) until the end of surgery may be beneficial in some surgical procedures. The selective relaxant binding agent sugammadex rapidly reverses deep levels of rocuronium-induced NMB. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy...... and safety of sugammadex 4.0 mg kg-1 for reversal of deep rocuronium-induced NMB in Chinese and Caucasian patients. Methods: This was an open-label, multicenter, prospective Phase III efficacy study in adult American Society of Anesthesiologists Class 1-3 patients scheduled for surgery under general...... anesthesia and requiring deep NMB. All patients received intravenous propofol and opioids for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, and a single intubation dose of rocuronium 0.6 mg/kg, with maintenance doses of 0.1-0.2 mg/kg as required. Sugammadex 4.0 mg/kg was administered after the last dose...

  3. Efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of sugammadex 4 mg kg-1 for reversal of deep neuromuscular blockade in patients with severe renal impairment.

    Panhuizen, I F; Gold, S J A; Buerkle, C; Snoeck, M M J; Harper, N J N; Kaspers, M J G H; van den Heuvel, M W; Hollmann, M W


    This study evaluated efficacy and safety of sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) for deep neuromuscular blockade (NMB) reversal in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance [CLCR] Sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) was administered at 1-2 post-tetanic counts for reversal of rocuronium NMB. Primary efficacy variable was time from sugammadex to recovery to train-of-four (T4/T1) ratio 0.9. Equivalence between groups was demonstrated if two-sided 95% CI for difference in recovery times was within -1 to +1 min interval. Pharmacokinetics of rocuronium and overall safety were assessed. The intent-to-treat group comprised 67 patients (renal n=35; control n=32). Median (95% CI) time from sugammadex to recovery to T4/T1 ratio 0.9 was 3.1 (2.4-4.6) and 1.9 (1.6-2.8) min for renal patients vs controls. Estimated median (95% CI) difference between groups was 1.3 (0.6-2.4) min; thus equivalence bounds were not met. One control patient experienced acceleromyography-determined NMB recurrence, possibly as a result of premature sugammadex (4 mg kg(-1)) administration, with no clinical evidence of NMB recurrence observed. Rocuronium, encapsulated by Sugammadex, was detectable in plasma at day 7 in 6 patients. Bioanalytical data for sugammadex were collected but could not be used for pharmacokinetics. Sugammadex 4 mg kg(-1) provided rapid reversal of deep rocuronium-induced NMB in renal and control patients. However, considering the prolonged sugammadex-rocuronium complex exposure in patients with severe renal impairment, current safety experience is insufficient to support recommended use of sugammadex in this population. NCT00702715. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  4. Postoperative impairment of motor function at train-of-four ratio ≥0.9 cannot be improved by sugammadex (1 mg kg-1).

    Baumüller, E; Schaller, S J; Chiquito Lama, Y; Frick, C G; Bauhofer, T; Eikermann, M; Fink, H; Blobner, M


    A train-of-four ratio (TOFR) ≥0.9 measured by quantitative neuromuscular monitoring is accepted as an indication of sufficient neuromuscular recovery for extubation, even though many postsynaptic acetylcholine receptors may still be inhibited. We investigated whether antagonism with sugammadex after spontaneous recovery to TOFR≥0.9 further improves muscle function or subjective well-being. Following recovery to TOFR≥0.9 and emergence from anaesthesia, 300 patients randomly received either sugammadex 1.0 mg kg(-1) or placebo. Fine motor function (Purdue Pegboard Test) and maximal voluntary grip strength were measured before and after surgery (before and after test drug administration). At discharge from the postanaesthesia care unit, well-being was assessed with numerical analogue scales and the Quality-of-Recovery Score 40 (QoR-40). Patients' fine motor function [6 (sd 4) vs 15 (3) pegs (30 s)(-1), Psugammadex or placebo, motor function was significantly improved in both groups but did not reach the preoperative level. There was no difference between groups at any time. Global well-being was unaffected (QoR-40: placebo, 174 vs 185; sugammadex, 175 vs 186, P>0.05). Antagonizing rocuronium at TOF≥0.9 with sugammadex 1.0 mg kg(-) (1) did not improve patients' motor function or well-being when compared with placebo. Our data support the view that TOFR≥0.9 measured by electromyography signifies sufficient recovery of neuromuscular function. The trial is registered at (NCT01101139). © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  5. Children and parental anxiolysis in paediatric ambulatory surgery: a randomized controlled study comparing 0.3 mg kg-1 midazolam to tablet computer based interactive distraction.

    Marechal, C; Berthiller, J; Tosetti, S; Cogniat, B; Desombres, H; Bouvet, L; Kassai, B; Chassard, D; de Queiroz Siqueira, M


    The operating theatre, anaesthesia induction and separation from parents create fear and anxiety in children. Anxiety leads to adverse behavioral changes appearing and sometimes persisting during the postoperative period. Our aim was to compare the effects of midazolam (0.3 mg kg(-)(1): MDZ) for premedication with age-appropriate tablet game apps (TAB) on children anxiety during and after ambulatory surgery. A randomized controlled trial was conducted from May 16th, 2013 to March 25th, 2014 at the Children Hospital of Lyon. The primary outcome of this study was the change in m-YPAS score at the time of anaesthetic mask induction. Anxiety was also assessed in the waiting surgical area, at the time of separation with parents and when back in the ambulatory surgery ward. One hundred and eighteen patients aged four-11 yr were recruited, 60 in the TAB Group and 58 in the MDZ Group. Main endpoint was missing for three patients from the MDZ Group. At the time of mask induction, there was no significant difference between MDZ and TAB Group for the m-YPAS score (40.5 (18.6) vs 41.8 (20.7), P = 0.99). There was no significant correlation between m-YPAS score and its evolution over the four period of time between subjects. We were not able to show whether TAB is superior to MDZ to blunt anxiety in children undergoing ambulatory surgery. TAB is a non-pharmacological tool which has the capacity in reducing perioperative stress without any sedative effect in this population. NCT 02192710. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:


    Siksnys, Laurynas; Thomsen, Christian; Pedersen, Torben Bach


    of flex-offers which define flexibility with respect to time, amount, and/or price. In this paper, we describe MIRABEL DW, a data warehouse (DW) for the management of the large amounts of complex energy data in MIRABEL. We present a unified schema that can manage data both at the level of the entire......In the MIRABEL project, a data management system for a smart grid is developed to enable smarter scheduling of energy consumption such that, e.g., charging of car batteries is done during night when there is an overcapacity of green energy from windmills etc. Energy can then be requested by means...... alternative data modeling strategies and how specialized variants of the generic schema can be used by different node types while we maintain compatibility and consistency between them. Finally, we present typical queries from the energy domain and a performance study....

  7. Antitumor activity of 4-phenyl-1-arylsulfonylimidazolidinone, DW2143.

    Moon, E Y; Seong, S K; Jung, S H; Lee, M; Lee, D K; Rhee, D K; Pyo, S; Yoon, S J


    We examined the ability of sulfonylurea derivative, DW2143 (4-phenyl-1-[1-(4-aminobenzoyl)-indoline-5-sulfonyl]-4,5-dihydro-2-imida zolone hydrochloride), to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in vitro and in vivo. When its anti-proliferative activities were tested on five murine tumor (B 16, Colon26, E1-4, 3LL and P388) and nine human tumor (BxPC-3, HepG2, Lovo, MCF-7, NCI-H69, SW480, WiDR, KB and KBV20C) cells of diverse tissue origins, the in vitro antitumor activities of DW2143 were comparable to those of doxorubicin against all tumor cell lines. In addition, the anti-proliferative activities of DW2143 against KBV20C, a vincristine-resistant cell line, are similar or superior to those of doxorubicin. When the in vivo antitumor activities using three murine tumor cells were tested after oral administration of DW2143, a wide range of tumor growth inhibition was observed. Tumor growth inhibition against 3LL at doses of 50 and 100 mg/kg DW2143 was 84.3% and 47.2%, respectively, which was comparable or superior to those of doxorubicin (5 mg/kg). Tumor growth inhibition of B16 at a dose of 100 mg/kg in the DW2143-treated group was 42% as compared to 54% for doxorubicin (5 mg/kg). When mice implanted with Colon26 were tested, tumor growth inhibition at a dose of 80 mg/kg DW2143 was 36% as compared with 37% for doxorubicin (5 mg/kg). Taken together, these results indicate that the novel sulfonylurea derivative, DW2143, is an attractive candidate for further development as a useful oral anticancer drug.

  8. Functional EIAO DW, R2.2

    Thomsen, Christian; Pedersen, Torben Bach; Frøkjær, Jens

    In this document, the functional specification and architecture for the EIAO DW is presented. EIAO DW is a data warehouse that holds results from the European Internet Accessibility Observatory (EIAO) project. These results are mainly on the accessibility to disabled users of web resources...

  9. Single doses of ivermectin 400 micrograms/kg-1: the most effective dosage in bancroftian filariasis.

    Moulia-Pelat, J P; Glaziou, P; Nguyen, L N; Cartel, J L


    Forty-three Wuchereria bancrofti carriers were given four successive semi-annual single doses of ivermectin 100 (IVER 100). The geometric mean microfilaremia (mf) recurrence percentage as compared to the pre-initial treatment mf level was 35%, 21%, 17% and 17% at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months, respectively. However, the recurrence of mf 6 months after the fourth treatment remained high in several individuals: 15 have been considered as 'bad responders' and 28 as 'good responders' individuals. At month 24 (M 24), they were randomly allocated into 2 groups. A first group was treated with a fifty and a sixth dose of IVER 100, at M24 and M30, respectively; the second one was treated, at the same time, with single doses of IVER 400 (IVER 400). At M 36, the mf recurrence percentage (mf M36/mf M0) was significantly higher in patients treated with IVER 100 than IVER 400 (11% vs 1%, p < 10(-4). From the group IVER 100, 6 out of the 8 'bad responders' remained 'bad responders' whereas there were none of the 7 in the group IVER 400. Moreover, there were only 2 more patients in the group IVER 100 showing sustained complete zero mf, whereas they were 13 in the group IVER 400. Single doses of IVER 400 were effective on 'bad responders'; IVER 400 must be recommended for semi-annual mass treatment in bancroftian filariasis.

  10. Effects of the combination of decitabine and homoharringtonine in SKM-1 and Kg-1a cells.

    Geng, Suxia; Yao, Han; Weng, Jianyu; Tong, Jiaqi; Huang, Xin; Wu, Ping; Deng, Chengxin; Li, Minming; Lu, Zesheng; Du, Xin


    The methylation inhibitor decitabine (DAC) has great therapeutic value for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, DAC monotherapy is associated with relatively low rates of overall response and complete remission. Previous studies have shown promising results for combination treatment regimens including DAC. Homoharringtonine (HHT), an alkaloid from Chinese natural plants and Cephalotaxus, has demonstrated potential for leukemia treatment. Our studies have suggested that the combination of DAC and HHT has synergistic effects for inhibiting the viability of SKM-1 and Kg-1a cells. This combination leads to enhanced inhibition of colony formation and apoptosis induction compared with DAC alone in SKM-1 but not Kg-1a cells. Only high-dose DAC and HHT significantly up-regulate caspase-3 and caspase-9 and inhibit BCL-XL in the SKM-1 cell line. The combined effects of DAC plus HHT on apoptosis may not only depend on regulation of the apoptosis-related genes we examined but others as well. HHT had no demethylation effects, and HHT in combination with DAC had no enhanced effects on hypomethylation and DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B mRNA expression in SKM-1 cells. Overall, these results suggest that DAC used in combination with HHT may have clinical potential for MDS treatment.

  11. 白藜芦醇增强TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用%Resveratrol enhances cytotoxicity of TRAIL to human promyloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells

    胡亮杉; 孙茂本; 曾雅丽; 李玉华; 邓兰; 郭坤元


    目的:观察白藜芦醇作用前后TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用的变化.方法:流式细胞仪检测KG-1a细胞表面CD34 和CD38的表达,二甲氧唑黄(XTT)细胞增殖及细胞毒性检测试剂盒检测白藜芦醇作用前后TRAIL对KG-1a细胞增殖的影响,AnnexinV-FITC/PI染色流式细胞仪检测细胞凋亡变化.流式细胞仪检测白藜芦醇作用前后KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体表达变化.结果:人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞 CD34+CD38-占(58.67±2.87)%,10~1 000 ng/ml 的TRAIL对KG-1a细胞增殖无明显影响,但对白藜芦醇作用后的KG-1a细胞的增殖有明显抑制作用,白藜芦醇能促进TRAIL诱导KG-1a细胞凋亡,并能上调KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体DR5的表达.结论:白藜芦醇能增强TRAIL对人髓系白血病KG-1a细胞的细胞毒作用,其机制可能与白藜芦醇上调KG-1a细胞表面TRAIL死亡受体DR5的表达有关.%Objective :To explore the cytotoxicity of TRAIL to human acute promyeloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells treated with resvera trol .Methods :The expression of CD34 and CD38 on the Surface of KG-1 cells was detected by flow cytometry ;The effects of various concentration TRAIL on proliferation of KG-1a cells treated with or without resveratrol were analyzed by XTT cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assay kit ;The changes of apoptosis in KG-1a cells treated with or without resveratrol induced by TRAIL were detected by flow cytometry through the staining of AnnexinV-FITC /PI ;The effects of resveratrol on the expression of DR4/5 on the surface of KG-1a cells were detected by flow cytometry .Results :The CD34+ CD38- percent age of KG-1a cells was (58 .67±2 .87 )% ;10-1 000 ng/ml of TRAIL had no effects on the proliferation of KG-1a cells ,while could inhibit the proliferation of KG-1a cells treated with resveratrol ;Moreover ,resveratrol could enhance the apoptosis of KG-1a cells induced by TRAIL and up-regulate the expression of TIRAIL death receptors DR5

  12. TGF-β1对白血病KG-1细胞株Gli1表达的影响%Effect of TGF-β1 on Gli1 expression in KG-1 cell line

    李哲; 潘静


    Objective To prove that there was cross talk between Hh signaling pathway and TGF-β signaling pathway in KG-1 cells line. Methods (1) KG-1 cells were treated with 0. 1 ng/mL,l ng/mL,and 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 for 6 h,12 h,and 24 h respectively. Cells were collected after stimulation. Total mRNA was extracted. Glil expression was detected by real-time PCR. (2) KG-1 cells were treated with 5 ng/mL TGFβ1 and 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 +5 μmol SIS3 respectively for 24h. Cells were collected after stimulation. Total mRNA was extracted. Glil expression was detected. Results (1) When 1- 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 acted on the KG-1 cells respectively for 6 h, 12 h and 24 h, significant reduction of Glil mRNA in response to TGF-β1 was observed in KG-1 cells, emerging at 12 h and lasting at least 24 h,lower than that of the control group. (2) When 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 and 5 ng/mL TGF-β1 +5 μmol SIS3 acted on the KG-1 cells respectively for 24 h respectively,Glil expression of mRNA of control group was higher than that of TGF-β1 group, while much lower than that of TGF-β1 +SIS3 group. Conclusion TGF-β1significantly decreased Glil expression in KG-1 cells. Glil induction in KG-1 cells by TGF-β1 was a Smad3-dependent manner. This effect was independent from the Ptch/Smo axis.%目的 证明在白血病KG-1细胞株中存在TGF-β信号通路对Gli的调控作用.方法 (1)用0.1、1、10 ng/mL TGF-β1分别作用于KG-1细胞,时间分别为6、12、24 h.处理结束后收集细胞,提取mRNA,检测Gli1的表达.(2)5 ng/mL TGF-β1、5 ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3分别作用于KG-1细胞24 h.处理结束后收集细胞,提取mRNA,检测Gli1的表达.结果 (1)1~10 ng/mL TGF-β1分别作用于KG-1细胞6、12、24 h,从12 h起并至少持续至24 h,其Gli1的mRNA表达较对照组明显减少;(2)5 ng/mL TGF-β1、5ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3分别作用于KG-1细胞24 h,其Gli1的mRNA表达与对照组比较:5 ng/mL TGF-β1组较对照组降低,而5 ng/mL TGF-β1联合5 μmol SIS3组较

  13. DW3 Classical Music Resources: Managing Mozart on the Web.

    Fineman, Yale


    Discusses the development of DW3 (Duke World Wide Web) Classical Music Resources, a vertical portal that comprises the most comprehensive collection of classical music resources on the Web with links to more than 2800 non-commercial pages/sites in over a dozen languages. Describes the hierarchical organization of subject headings and considers…

  14. DW3 Classical Music Resources: Managing Mozart on the Web.

    Fineman, Yale


    Discusses the development of DW3 (Duke World Wide Web) Classical Music Resources, a vertical portal that comprises the most comprehensive collection of classical music resources on the Web with links to more than 2800 non-commercial pages/sites in over a dozen languages. Describes the hierarchical organization of subject headings and considers…

  15. Magnetic gold nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and its application in the delivery of FITC into KG-1 cells.

    Hao, Yuzhi; Song, Steven; Yang, Xiaoyan; Xing, James; Chen, Jie


    In this article, we report a new method-a sonication method to disperse iron oxide nanoparticles into smaller nanoparticles and make gold ions absorb onto the surface or trapped in the micropores of the iron oxide nanoparticles using sonication action. By using quick reduction of ascorbic acid and post-HCI solution treatment, gold covered magnetic nanoparticles (mGNPs) with spherical morphology and uniform size were synthesized in a water solution. The size of the mGNPs was found to be 20-30 nm. Some ideal mGNPs possessed a core-shell structure. The mGNPs were non-cytotoxic and mGNP-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) can enter KG-1 cells when driven by an external magnetic force, which was confirmed by confocal imaging. The confocal image also showed the FITC inside the KG-1 cells was near the nucleus. The fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) delivery efficiency is about 100% according to the flow cytometry results.

  16. DW4TR: A Data Warehouse for Translational Research.

    Hu, Hai; Correll, Mick; Kvecher, Leonid; Osmond, Michelle; Clark, Jim; Bekhash, Anthony; Schwab, Gwendolyn; Gao, De; Gao, Jun; Kubatin, Vladimir; Shriver, Craig D; Hooke, Jeffrey A; Maxwell, Larry G; Kovatich, Albert J; Sheldon, Jonathan G; Liebman, Michael N; Mural, Richard J


    The linkage between the clinical and laboratory research domains is a key issue in translational research. Integration of clinicopathologic data alone is a major task given the number of data elements involved. For a translational research environment, it is critical to make these data usable at the point-of-need. Individual systems have been developed to meet the needs of particular projects though the need for a generalizable system has been recognized. Increased use of Electronic Medical Record data in translational research will demand generalizing the system for integrating clinical data to support the study of a broad range of human diseases. To ultimately satisfy these needs, we have developed a system to support multiple translational research projects. This system, the Data Warehouse for Translational Research (DW4TR), is based on a light-weight, patient-centric modularly-structured clinical data model and a specimen-centric molecular data model. The temporal relationships of the data are also part of the model. The data are accessed through an interface composed of an Aggregated Biomedical-Information Browser (ABB) and an Individual Subject Information Viewer (ISIV) which target general users. The system was developed to support a breast cancer translational research program and has been extended to support a gynecological disease program. Further extensions of the DW4TR are underway. We believe that the DW4TR will play an important role in translational research across multiple disease types. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The added value of PET/Ce-CT/DW-MRI fusion in assessment of hepatic focal lesions: PET/Ce-CT/DW-MRI fusion in hepatic focal lesion.

    Salem, Shahenda; Houseni, Mohamed; Zidan, Lamiaa; Kandil, Ahmed


    The liver hosts a variety of benign and malignant tumors. Accurate diagnosis can be challenging in certain cases, especially in patients with a history of malignancy or in those with underlying liver pathology, such as cirrhosis. To evaluate the added clinical value of multi-modality liver imaging utilizing PET/Ce-CT/DW-MRI for characterization of hepatic focal lesions (HFL) and compare it with each diagnostic modality when interpreted alone. The study included 35 patients with HFL. They were 7 females & 28 males; their age ranged from 41 to 78years, all patients underwent PET/Ce-CT and DW-MRI scans. Ce-CT, PET and DW-MR images were reviewed independently, and then combined PET/Ce-CT, PET/DW-MRI and PET/Ce-CT/DW-MRI scans were analyzed. The results were correlated with histopathology or clinical/imaging follow-up. The 35 patients had 98 focal lesions. Fifty-three lesions were finally diagnosed as primary hepatocellular carcinoma, 18 lesions were metastases, 7 lesions were lymphoma and 20 lesions were benign. On a patient based analysis; the sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy were 100%, 67%, 94%, 100% and 94% for PET/Ce-CT compared to 97%, 83%, 97%, 83% and 94 % for DW-MRI, respectively. Combined PET/Ce-CT/DW-MR scans raise those parameters up to 100%. On a lesion based analysis; the sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy were 94%, 75%, 94%, 75%, 90% for PET/Ce-CT compared to 94%, 95%, 99%, 97% and 94 % for DW-MRI, respectively. All these parameters were 100 % with PET/Ce-CT/DW-MRI. The addition of DW-MRI to PET/Ce-CT is valuable in the characterization of hepatic focal lesions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Functional specification and architecture of EIAO DW, R2.2

    Pedersen, Torben Bach; Thomsen, Christian

    In this document, the functional specification and architecture for the EIAO DW is presented. EIAO DW is a data warehouse that holds results from the European Internet Accessibility Observatory (EIAO) project. These results are mainly on the accessibility to disabled users of web resources...

  19. Functional specification and architecture of EIAO DW, R2.2

    Pedersen, Torben Bach; Thomsen, Christian

    In this document, the functional specification and architecture for the EIAO DW is presented. EIAO DW is a data warehouse that holds results from the European Internet Accessibility Observatory (EIAO) project. These results are mainly on the accessibility to disabled users of web resources...

  20. Sorghum Dw2 Encodes a Protein Kinase Regulator of Stem Internode Length.

    Hilley, Josie L; Weers, Brock D; Truong, Sandra K; McCormick, Ryan F; Mattison, Ashley J; McKinley, Brian A; Morishige, Daryl T; Mullet, John E


    Sorghum is an important C4 grass crop grown for grain, forage, sugar, and bioenergy production. While tall, late flowering landraces are commonly grown in Africa, short early flowering varieties were selected in US grain sorghum breeding programs to reduce lodging and to facilitate machine harvesting. Four loci have been identified that affect stem length (Dw1-Dw4). Subsequent research showed that Dw3 encodes an ABCB1 auxin transporter and Dw1 encodes a highly conserved protein involved in the regulation of cell proliferation. In this study, Dw2 was identified by fine-mapping and further confirmed by sequencing the Dw2 alleles in Dwarf Yellow Milo and Double Dwarf Yellow Milo, the progenitor genotypes where the recessive allele of dw2 originated. The Dw2 locus was determined to correspond to Sobic.006G067700, a gene that encodes a protein kinase that is homologous to KIPK, a member of the AGCVIII subgroup of the AGC protein kinase family in Arabidopsis.

  1. Salinomycin overcomes ABC transporter-mediated multidrug and apoptosis resistance in human leukemia stem cell-like KG-1a cells

    Fuchs, Dominik [Research Group Molecular Neuro-Oncology, German Cancer Research Center, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Daniel, Volker; Sadeghi, Mahmoud; Opelz, Gerhard [Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Naujokat, Cord, E-mail: [Institute of Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 305, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany)


    Leukemia stem cells are known to exhibit multidrug resistance by expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters which constitute transmembrane proteins capable of exporting a wide variety of chemotherapeutic drugs from the cytosol. We show here that human promyeloblastic leukemia KG-1a cells exposed to the histone deacetylase inhibitor phenylbutyrate resemble many characteristics of leukemia stem cells, including expression of functional ABC transporters such as P-glycoprotein, BCRP and MRP8. Consequently, KG-1a cells display resistance to the induction of apoptosis by various chemotherapeutic drugs. Resistance to apoptosis induction by chemotherapeutic drugs can be reversed by cyclosporine A, which effectively inhibits the activity of P-glycoprotein and BCRP, thus demonstrating ABC transporter-mediated drug resistance in KG-1a cells. However, KG-1a are highly sensitive to apoptosis induction by salinomycin, a polyether ionophore antibiotic that has recently been shown to kill human breast cancer stem cell-like cells and to induce apoptosis in human cancer cells displaying multiple mechanisms of drug and apoptosis resistance. Whereas KG-1a cells can be adapted to proliferate in the presence of apoptosis-inducing concentrations of bortezomib and doxorubicin, salinomycin does not permit long-term adaptation of the cells to apoptosis-inducing concentrations. Thus, salinomycin should be regarded as a novel and effective agent for the elimination of leukemia stem cells and other tumor cells exhibiting ABC transporter-mediated multidrug resistance.

  2. Automated Calculation of Water-equivalent Diameter (DW) Based on AAPM Task Group 220.

    Anam, Choirul; Haryanto, Freddy; Widita, Rena; Arif, Idam; Dougherty, Geoff


    The purpose of this study is to accurately and effectively automate the calculation of the water-equivalent diameter (DW) from 3D CT images for estimating the size-specific dose. DW is the metric that characterizes the patient size and attenuation. In this study, DW was calculated for standard CTDI phantoms and patient images. Two types of phantom were used, one representing the head with a diameter of 16 cm and the other representing the body with a diameter of 32 cm. Images of 63 patients were also taken, 32 who had undergone a CT head examination and 31 who had undergone a CT thorax examination. There are three main parts to our algorithm for automated DW calculation. The first part is to read 3D images and convert the CT data into Hounsfield units (HU). The second part is to find the contour of the phantoms or patients automatically. And the third part is to automate the calculation of DW based on the automated contouring for every slice (DW,all). The results of this study show that the automated calculation of DW and the manual calculation are in good agreement for phantoms and patients. The differences between the automated calculation of DW and the manual calculation are less than 0.5%. The results of this study also show that the estimating of DW,all using DW,n=1 (central slice along longitudinal axis) produces percentage differences of -0.92% ± 3.37% and 6.75%± 1.92%, and estimating DW,all using DW,n=9 produces percentage differences of 0.23% ± 0.16% and 0.87% ± 0.36%, for thorax and head examinations, respectively. From this study, the percentage differences between normalized size-specific dose estimate for every slice (nSSDEall) and nSSDEn=1 are 0.74% ± 2.82% and -4.35% ± 1.18% for thorax and head examinations, respectively; between nSSDEall and nSSDEn=9 are 0.00% ± 0.46% and -0.60% ± 0.24% for thorax and head examinations, respectively.

  3. Functional Specification and Architecture of ROBACC DW, V1.0

    Pedersen, Torben Bach; Thomsen, Christian

    This document covers the functionality and architecture of the data warehouse (named ROBACC DW) developed in the EIAO project. Thus, the document provides descriptions of what can be done with ROBACC DW functionality as well as descriptions of how the system is built. The ROBACC DW is an integral...... part of the prototype demonstrator supporting UWEM produced by the WAB cluster. It should be noted that this is the first version of this document. In this version focus is on release 1 of ROBACC DW although expected functionality of later releases of the data warehouse is also described....... The descriptions for the following releases are, however, less detailed. Later, new revisions of this document describing releases 2 and 3 of the data warehouse will follow....

  4. Regularized Positive-Definite Fourth Order Tensor Field Estimation from DW-MRI★


    In Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Image (DW-MRI) processing, a 2nd order tensor has been commonly used to approximate the diffusivity function at each lattice point of the DW-MRI data. From this tensor approximation, one can compute useful scalar quantities (e.g. anisotropy, mean diffusivity) which have been clinically used for monitoring encephalopathy, sclerosis, ischemia and other brain disorders. It is now well known that this 2nd-order tensor approximation fails to capture complex...

  5. Long-term efficacy of single-dose treatment with 400 of ivermectin in bancroftian filariasis: results at one year.

    Moulia-Pelat, J P; Glaziou, P; Nguyen, L N; Chanteau, S; Martin, P M; Cartel, J L


    In April 1992, a safety trial was performed with a single dose of ivermectin 400 (IVER 400). In 37 bancroftian filariasis carriers, 6 and 12 months after IVER 400 treatment, the microfilaremia recurrences were 3.2% and 13.5%, respectively. As compared to results from other studies with diethylcarbamazine and IVER at different dosages and periodicities, the dosage of IVER 400 seems the most effective; but a yearly intake might not be sufficient.

  6. Antipneumococcal activity of DW-224a, a new quinolone, compared to those of eight other agents.

    Kosowska-Shick, Klaudia; Credito, Kim; Pankuch, Glenn A; Lin, Gengrong; Bozdogan, Bülent; McGhee, Pamela; Dewasse, Bonifacio; Choi, Dong-Rack; Ryu, Jei Man; Appelbaum, Peter C


    DW-224a is a new broad-spectrum quinolone with excellent antipneumococcal activity. Agar dilution MIC was used to test the activity of DW-224a compared to those of penicillin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin, gemifloxacin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, cefuroxime, and azithromycin against 353 quinolone-susceptible pneumococci. The MICs of 29 quinolone-resistant pneumococci with defined quinolone resistance mechanisms against seven quinolones and an efflux mechanism were also tested. DW-224a was the most potent quinolone against quinolone-susceptible pneumococci (MIC(50), 0.016 microg/ml; MIC(90), 0.03 microg/ml), followed by gemifloxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin. beta-Lactam MICs rose with those of penicillin G, and azithromycin resistance was seen mainly in strains with raised penicillin G MICs. Against the 29 quinolone-resistant strains, DW-224a had the lowest MICs (0.06 to 1 microg/ml) compared to those of gemifloxacin, clinafloxacin, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin. DW-224a at 2x MIC was bactericidal after 24 h against eight of nine strains tested. Other quinolones gave similar kill kinetics relative to higher MICs. Serial passages of nine strains in the presence of sub-MIC concentrations of DW-224a, moxifloxacin, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, amoxicillin-clavulanate, cefuroxime, and azithromycin were performed. DW-224a yielded resistant clones similar to moxifloxacin and gemifloxacin but also yielded lower MICs. Azithromycin selected resistant clones in three of the five parents tested. Amoxicillin-clavulanate and cefuroxime did not yield resistant clones after 50 days.

  7. DW-F5: A novel formulation against malignant melanoma from Wrightia tinctoria

    Antony, Jayesh; Saikia, Minakshi; V, Vinod.; Nath, Lekshmi. R.; Katiki, Mohana Rao; Murty, M.S.R.; Paul, Anju; A, Shabna; Chandran, Harsha; Joseph, Sophia Margaret; S, Nishanth Kumar.; Panakkal, Elizabeth Jayex; V, Sriramya I.; V, Sridivya I.; Ran, Sophia; S, Sankar; Rajan, Easwary; Anto, Ruby John


    Wrightia tinctoria is a constituent of several ayurvedic preparations against skin disorders including psoriasis and herpes, though not yet has been explored for anticancer potential. Herein, for the first time, we report the significant anticancer properties of a semi-purified fraction, DW-F5, from the dichloromethane extract of W. tinctoria leaves against malignant melanoma. DW-F5 exhibited anti-melanoma activities, preventing metastasis and angiogenesis in NOD-SCID mice, while being non-toxic in vivo. The major pathways in melanoma signaling mediated through BRAF, WNT/β-catenin and Akt-NF-κB converging in MITF-M, the master regulator of melanomagenesis, were inhibited by DW-F5, leading to complete abolition of MITF-M. Purification of DW-F5 led to the isolation of two cytotoxic components, one being tryptanthrin and the other being an unidentified aliphatic fraction. The overall study predicts Wrightia tinctoria as a candidate plant to be further explored for anticancer properties and DW-F5 as a forthcoming drug formulation to be evaluated as a chemotherapeutic agent against malignant melanoma. PMID:26061820

  8. Integration of DCE-MRI and DW-MRI Quantitative Parameters for Breast Lesion Classification

    Roberta Fusco


    Full Text Available Objective. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of an imaging protocol combining dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI in patients with suspicious breast lesions. Materials and Methods. A total of 31 breast lesions (15 malignant and 16 benign proved by histological examination in 26 female patients were included in this study. For both DCE-MRI and DW-MRI model free and model based parameters were computed pixel by pixel on manually segmented ROIs. Statistical procedures included conventional linear analysis and more advanced techniques for classification of lesions in benign and malignant. Results. Our findings indicated no strong correlation between DCE-MRI and DW-MRI parameters. Results of classification analysis show that combining of DCE parameters or DW-MRI parameter, in comparison of single feature, does not yield a dramatic improvement of sensitivity and specificity of the two techniques alone. The best performance was obtained considering a full combination of all features. Moreover, the classification results combining all features are dominated by DCE-MRI features alone. Conclusion. The combination of DWI and DCE-MRI does not show a potential to dramatically increase the sensitivity and specificity of breast MRI. DCE-MRI alone gave the same performance as in combination with DW-MRI.

  9. 蝎毒多肽对白血病细胞株KG1a干细胞活性的影响%Study on the effects of PESV on the viability of leukemia stem cells line KG1a

    杨向东; 李红玉; 李德冠; 史哲新; 杨文华; 颜田赅; 闫理想; 王兴丽



  10. Resistance of Leukemia KG1 a Cells with Positive N-cadherin in Phase G0Against Killing Activity of VP16%N-cadherin阳性白血病KG1a细胞系在G0期抵抗VP16杀伤的作用

    何侃; 于沛; 邢海燕; 李艳; 田征; 王敏; 唐克晶; 饶青


    抗药性是白血病干细胞的重要特征,为探索N-cadherin阳性的白血病细胞耐受化疗药物VP16杀伤作用的机制,本研究以白血病细胞系KGla为研究模型,利用流式细胞术测定N-cadherin阳性和N-cadherin阴性细胞在G0期比例的差异,利用G-CSF诱导KG1a细胞进入细胞周期,观察G0期细胞比例的变化,并测定诱导后KG1a细胞对VP16的敏感性;再利用EGTA抑制N-cadherin介导的细胞间黏附后,观察KG1a细胞耐药性的变化.结果 显示,N-cadherin阳性的KG1a细胞G0期比例高于N-cadherin阴性的细胞;诱导KG1a细胞进入细胞周期后G0期细胞比例明显下降,KG1a细胞对VP16的敏感性显著升高;利用EGTA处理KG1a细胞24小时抑制N-cadherin的作用后,KG1a细胞在G0期比例降低,KG1a细胞对VP16的药物敏感性显著升高.结论:N-cadherin通过介导白血病细胞之间的黏附作用,使白血病细胞处于G0期的静息状态,从而耐受VP16的杀伤作用.%This study was aimed to investigate the methylation status of WTI gene in leukemia cell lines and its relation with expression of WTI gene. The WTI gene was silenced by DNA methylation or histone deacetylation, and the expression of WTI gene was induced by using HDAC inhibitor and/or demethylation agent of DNA. Some leukemia cell lines (U937, HL-60, K562, KG1) were detected by RT-PCR, MS-PCR, restriction analysis, and DNA sequencing. U937 leukemic cells without WTI mRNA expression were incubated with HDAC inhibitor Trichostatin A (TSA) and/or demethylation agent decitabine. The results showed that the U937 cells did not express WTI gene, but HL-60, K562 and KG1 cells hyghly expressed WTI gene; WTI gene was unmethylated in HL-60 cells, but methylated in K562 and U937 cells. WTI expression could be reactivated by co-incubation with TSA and decitabine, but not was observed by using single drug. It is concluded that WTI promoter is methylated in some leukemia cells, however, the methylation can not affect

  11. Deafness and permanently reduced potassium channel gene expression and function in hypothyroid Pit1dw mutants.

    Mustapha, Mirna; Fang, Qing; Gong, Tzy-Wen; Dolan, David F; Raphael, Yehoash; Camper, Sally A; Duncan, R Keith


    The absence of thyroid hormone (TH) during late gestation and early infancy can cause irreparable deafness in both humans and rodents. A variety of rodent models have been used in an effort to identify the underlying molecular mechanism. Here, we characterize a mouse model of secondary hypothyroidism, pituitary transcription factor 1 (Pit1(dw)), which has profound, congenital deafness that is rescued by oral TH replacement. These mutants have tectorial membrane abnormalities, including a prominent Hensen's stripe, elevated beta-tectorin composition, and disrupted striated-sheet matrix. They lack distortion product otoacoustic emissions and cochlear microphonic responses, and exhibit reduced endocochlear potentials, suggesting defects in outer hair cell function and potassium recycling. Auditory system and hair cell physiology, histology, and anatomy studies reveal novel defects of hormone deficiency related to deafness: (1) permanently impaired expression of KCNJ10 in the stria vascularis of Pit1(dw) mice, which likely contributes to the reduced endocochlear potential, (2) significant outer hair cell loss in the mutants, which may result from cellular stress induced by the lower KCNQ4 expression and current levels in Pit1(dw) mutant outer hair cells, and (3) sensory and strial cell deterioration, which may have implications for thyroid hormone dysregulation in age-related hearing impairment. In summary, we suggest that these defects in outer hair cell and strial cell function are important contributors to the hearing impairment in Pit1(dw) mice.

  12. Study on the Functional Expression of P2X7 Receptor in Human Leukemic Cell Line KG1a%人白血病细胞系KG1a中P2X7受体的表达和功能研究

    张秀军; 孟丽君



  13. Regularized Positive-Definite Fourth Order Tensor Field Estimation from DW-MRI★

    Barmpoutis, Angelos; Vemuri, Baba C.; Howland, Dena; Forder, John R.


    In Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Image (DW-MRI) processing, a 2nd order tensor has been commonly used to approximate the diffusivity function at each lattice point of the DW-MRI data. From this tensor approximation, one can compute useful scalar quantities (e.g. anisotropy, mean diffusivity) which have been clinically used for monitoring encephalopathy, sclerosis, ischemia and other brain disorders. It is now well known that this 2nd-order tensor approximation fails to capture complex local tissue structures, e.g. crossing fibers, and as a result, the scalar quantities derived from these tensors are grossly inaccurate at such locations. In this paper we employ a 4th order symmetric positive-definite (SPD) tensor approximation to represent the diffusivity function and present a novel technique to estimate these tensors from the DW-MRI data guaranteeing the SPD property. Several articles have been reported in literature on higher order tensor approximations of the diffusivity function but none of them guarantee the positivity of the estimates, which is a fundamental constraint since negative values of the diffusivity are not meaningful. In this paper we represent the 4th-order tensors as ternary quartics and then apply Hilbert’s theorem on ternary quartics along with the Iwasawa parametrization to guarantee an SPD 4th-order tensor approximation from the DW-MRI data. The performance of this model is depicted on synthetic data as well as real DW-MRIs from a set of excised control and injured rat spinal cords, showing accurate estimation of scalar quantities such as generalized anisotropy and trace as well as fiber orientations. PMID:19063978

  14. Regularized positive-definite fourth order tensor field estimation from DW-MRI.

    Barmpoutis, Angelos; Hwang, Min Sig; Howland, Dena; Forder, John R; Vemuri, Baba C


    In Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Image (DW-MRI) processing, a 2nd order tensor has been commonly used to approximate the diffusivity function at each lattice point of the DW-MRI data. From this tensor approximation, one can compute useful scalar quantities (e.g. anisotropy, mean diffusivity) which have been clinically used for monitoring encephalopathy, sclerosis, ischemia and other brain disorders. It is now well known that this 2nd-order tensor approximation fails to capture complex local tissue structures, e.g. crossing fibers, and as a result, the scalar quantities derived from these tensors are grossly inaccurate at such locations. In this paper we employ a 4th order symmetric positive-definite (SPD) tensor approximation to represent the diffusivity function and present a novel technique to estimate these tensors from the DW-MRI data guaranteeing the SPD property. Several articles have been reported in literature on higher order tensor approximations of the diffusivity function but none of them guarantee the positivity of the estimates, which is a fundamental constraint since negative values of the diffusivity are not meaningful. In this paper we represent the 4th-order tensors as ternary quartics and then apply Hilbert's theorem on ternary quartics along with the Iwasawa parametrization to guarantee an SPD 4th-order tensor approximation from the DW-MRI data. The performance of this model is depicted on synthetic data as well as real DW-MRIs from a set of excised control and injured rat spinal cords, showing accurate estimation of scalar quantities such as generalized anisotropy and trace as well as fiber orientations.

  15. A close hidden stellar companion to the SX Phe-type variable star DW Psc

    Qian, S.-B.; Li, L.-J.; Wang, S.-M.; He, J.-J.; Zhou, X.; Jiang, L.-Q., E-mail: [Yunnan Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), P.O. Box 110, 650011 Kunming (China)


    DW Psc is a high-amplitude SX Phe-type variable with a period of pulsation of 0.05875 days. Using a few newly determined times of maximum light together with those collected from the literature, the changes in the observed-calculated (O-C) diagram are analyzed. It is discovered that the O-C curve of DW Psc shows a cyclic variation with a period of 6.08 years and a semi-amplitude of 0.0066 days. The periodic variation is analyzed for the light travel time effect, which is due to the presence of a stellar companion (M{sub 2}sini∼0.45(±0.03) M{sub ⊙}). The two-component stars in the binary system are orbiting each other in an eccentric orbit (e ∼ 0.4) at an orbital separation of about 2.7(±0.3) AU. The detection of a close stellar companion to an SX Phe-type star supports the idea that SX Phe-type pulsating stars are blue stragglers that were formed from the merging of close binaries. The stellar companion has played an important role in the merging of the original binary by removing angular momentum from the central binary during early dynamical interaction or/and late dynamical evolution. After the more massive component in DW Psc evolves into a red giant, the cool close companion should help to remove the giant envelope via possible critical Roche-lobe overflow, and the system may be a progenitor of a cataclysmic variable. The detection of a close stellar companion to DW Psc makes it a very interesting system to study in the future.

  16. Deafness and permanently reduced potassium channel gene expression and function in hypothyroid Pit1dw mutants

    Mustapha, Mirna; Fang, Qing; Gong, Tzy-Wen; Dolan, David F.; Raphael, Yehoash; Camper, Sally A.; Duncan, R. Keith


    The absence of thyroid hormone (TH) during late gestation and early infancy can cause irreparable deafness in both humans and rodents. A variety of rodent models have been utilized in an effort to identify the underlying molecular mechanism. Here, we characterize a mouse model of secondary hypothyroidism, pituitary transcription factor 1 (Pit1dw), which has profound, congenital deafness that is rescued by oral TH replacement. These mutants have tectorial membrane abnormalities, including a pr...

  17. Characterizing dw1335-29, a recently discovered dwarf satellite of M83

    Carrillo, Andreia; Bell, Eric F.; Bailin, Jeremy; Monachesi, Antonela; de Jong, Roelof S.; Harmsen, B2enjamin; Slater, Colin T.


    The number, distribution and properties of dwarf satellites are crucial probes of the physics of galaxy formation at low masses and the response of satellite galaxies to the tidal and gas dynamical effects of their more massive parent. To make progress, it is necessary to augment and solidify the census of dwarf satellites of galaxies outside the Local Group. Müller et al. presented 16 dwarf galaxy candidates near M83, but lacking reliable distances, it is unclear which candidates are M83 satellites. Using red-giant-branch stars from the HST/GHOSTS survey in conjunction with ground-based images from VLT/VIMOS, we confirm that one of the candidates, dw1335-29 - with a projected distance of 26 kpc from M83 and a distance modulus of (m-M)_0 = 28.5^{+0.3}_{-0.1} - is a satellite of M83. We estimate an absolute magnitude MV = -10.1 ± 0.4, an ellipticity of 0.40^{+0.14}_{-0.22}, a half-light radius of 656^{+121}_{-170} pc and [Fe/H] = -1.3^{+0.3}_{-0.4}. Owing to dw1335-29's somewhat irregular shape and possible young stars, we classify this galaxy as a dwarf irregular or transition dwarf. This is curious, as with a projected distance of 26 kpc from M83, dw1335-29 is expected to lack recent star formation. Further study of M83's dwarf population will reveal if star formation in its satellites is commonplace (suggesting a lack of a hot gas envelope for M83 that would quench star formation) or rare (suggesting that dw1335-29 has a larger M83-centric distance, and is fortuitously projected to small radii).

  18. Modelling DW-MRI data from primary and metastatic ovarian tumours

    Winfield, Jessica M. [Institute of Cancer Research, CRUK and EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, Surrey (United Kingdom); Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey (United Kingdom); Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, MRI Unit, Surrey (United Kingdom); DeSouza, Nandita M.; Collins, David J. [Institute of Cancer Research, CRUK and EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, Surrey (United Kingdom); Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey (United Kingdom); Priest, Andrew N.; Hodgkin, Charlotte; Freeman, Susan [University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Wakefield, Jennifer C.; Orton, Matthew R. [Institute of Cancer Research, CRUK and EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, Surrey (United Kingdom)


    To assess goodness-of-fit and repeatability of mono-exponential, stretched exponential and bi-exponential models of diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI) data in primary and metastatic ovarian cancer. Thirty-nine primary and metastatic lesions from thirty-one patients with stage III or IV ovarian cancer were examined before and after chemotherapy using DW-MRI with ten diffusion-weightings. The data were fitted with (a) a mono-exponential model to give the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), (b) a stretched exponential model to give the distributed diffusion coefficient (DDC) and stretching parameter (α), and (c) a bi-exponential model to give the diffusion coefficient (D), perfusion fraction (f) and pseudodiffusion coefficient (D*). Coefficients of variation, established from repeated baseline measurements, were: ADC 3.1 %, DDC 4.3 %, α 7.0 %, D 13.2 %, f 44.0 %, D* 165.1 %. The bi-exponential model was unsuitable in these data owing to poor repeatability. After excluding the bi-exponential model, analysis using Akaike Information Criteria showed that the stretched exponential model provided the better fit to the majority of pixels in 64 % of lesions. The stretched exponential model provides the optimal fit to DW-MRI data from ovarian, omental and peritoneal lesions and lymph nodes in pre-treatment and post-treatment measurements with good repeatability. (orig.)

  19. OPTIMAS-DW: A comprehensive transcriptomics, metabolomics, ionomics, proteomics and phenomics data resource for maize

    Colmsee Christian


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Maize is a major crop plant, grown for human and animal nutrition, as well as a renewable resource for bioenergy. When looking at the problems of limited fossil fuels, the growth of the world’s population or the world’s climate change, it is important to find ways to increase the yield and biomass of maize and to study how it reacts to specific abiotic and biotic stress situations. Within the OPTIMAS systems biology project maize plants were grown under a large set of controlled stress conditions, phenotypically characterised and plant material was harvested to analyse the effect of specific environmental conditions or developmental stages. Transcriptomic, metabolomic, ionomic and proteomic parameters were measured from the same plant material allowing the comparison of results across different omics domains. A data warehouse was developed to store experimental data as well as analysis results of the performed experiments. Description The OPTIMAS Data Warehouse (OPTIMAS-DW is a comprehensive data collection for maize and integrates data from different data domains such as transcriptomics, metabolomics, ionomics, proteomics and phenomics. Within the OPTIMAS project, a 44K oligo chip was designed and annotated to describe the functions of the selected unigenes. Several treatment- and plant growth stage experiments were performed and measured data were filled into data templates and imported into the data warehouse by a Java based import tool. A web interface allows users to browse through all stored experiment data in OPTIMAS-DW including all data domains. Furthermore, the user can filter the data to extract information of particular interest. All data can be exported into different file formats for further data analysis and visualisation. The data analysis integrates data from different data domains and enables the user to find answers to different systems biology questions. Finally, maize specific pathway information is

  20. Characterizing dw1335-29, a recently discovered dwarf satellite of M83

    Carrillo, Andreia; Bailin, Jeremy; Monachesi, Antonela; de Jong, Roelof S; Harmsen, Benjamin; Slater, Colin


    The number, distribution, and properties of dwarf satellites are crucial probes of the physics of galaxy formation at low masses and the response of satellite galaxies to the tidal and gas dynamical effects of their more massive parent.To make progress, it is necessary to augment and solidify the census of dwarf satellites of galaxies outside the Local Group. M\\"uller et al. (2015) presented 16 dwarf galaxy candidates near M83, but lacking reliable distances, it is unclear which candidates are M83 satellites. Using red giant branch stars from the HST/GHOSTS survey in conjunction with ground-based images from VLT/VIMOS, we confirm that one of the candidates, dw1335-29-- with a projected distance of 26 kpc from M83 and a distance modulus of $(m - M)_0 = 28.5^{+0.3}_{-0.1}$ -- is a satellite of M83. We estimate an absolute magnitude $M_V = -10.1 \\pm{0.4}$, an ellipticity of $0.40^{+0.14}_{-0.22}$, a half light radius of $656^{+121}_{-170 }$ pc, and [Fe/H] = $-1.3^{+0.3}_{-0.4}$. Owing to dw1335-29's somewhat irr...

  1. Denoising of brain DW-MR data by single and multiple diffusion kernels Denoising of brain DW-MR data by single and multiple diffusion kernels

    Manzar Ashtari


    Full Text Available Las imágenes por resonancia magnética pesadas en difusión son ampliamente utilizadaspara el estudio de las estructuras cerebrales dentro de la materia blanca del cerebro. Sinembargo, recuperar las orientaciones de los axones puede ser susceptible a errores por elruido dentro de la señal. Una regularización espacial puede mejorar la estimación, perodebe ser realizada cuidadosamente dado que puede remover información espacial ó introducirfalsas orientaciones. En este trabajo se investigaron las ventajas de aplicar un filtroanisotrópico basado en simples y múltiples kerneles de orientación de manojos de axones.Para esto, hemos calculado kerneles locales de difusión basados en modelos de tensoresde difusión y multi tensores de difusión. Mostraremos los beneficios de nuestra propuestaen 3 tipos diferentes de imágenes obtenidas por resonancia magnética pesada en difusión:Datos sintéticos, imágenes humanas tomadas en vivo, y datos obtenidos de un fantasmasimulador de difusión.Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging is widely used to study the structure ofthe fiber pathways of white matter in the brain. However, the recovered axon orientationscan be prone to error because of the low signal to noise ratio. Spatial regularization canreduce the error, but it must be done carefully so that real spatial information is not removedand false orientations are not introduced. In this paper we investigate the advantagesof applying an anisotropic filter based on single and multiple axon bundle orientation kernels.To this end, we compute local diffusion kernels based on Diffusion Tensor and multiDiffusion Tensor models. We show the benefits of our approach to three different types ofDW-MRI data: synthetic, in vivo human, and acquired from a diffusion phantom.

  2. A 16-yr photometric campaign on the eclipsing novalike variable DW Ursae Majoris

    Boyd, D. R. S.; de Miguel, E.; Patterson, J.; Wood, M. A.; Barrett, D.; Boardman, J.; Brettman, O.; Cejudo, D.; Collins, D.; Cook, L. M.; Cook, M. J.; Foote, J. L.; Fried, R.; Gomez, T. L.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Jones, J. L.; Kemp, J.; Koff, R.; Koppelman, M.; Krajci, T.; Lemay, D.; Martin, B.; McClusky, J. V.; Menzies, K.; Messier, D.; Roberts, G.; Robertson, J.; Rock, J.; Sabo, R.; Skillman, D.; Ulowetz, J.; Vanmunster, T.


    We present an analysis of photometric observations of the eclipsing novalike variable DW UMa made by the CBA consortium between 1999 and 2015. Analysis of 372 new and 260 previously published eclipse timings reveals a 13.6 yr period or quasi-period in the times of minimum light. The seasonal light curves show a complex spectrum of periodic signals: both positive and negative 'superhumps', likely arising from a prograde apsidal precession and a retrograde nodal precession of the accretion disc. These signals appear most prominently and famously as sidebands of the orbital frequency; but the precession frequencies themselves, at 0.40 and 0.22 cycles per day, are also seen directly in the power spectrum. The superhumps are sometimes seen together, and sometimes separately. The depth, width and skew of eclipses are all modulated in phase with both nodal and apsidal precession of the tilted and eccentric accretion disc. The superhumps, or more correctly the precessional motions that produce them, may be essential to understanding the mysterious 'SW Sextantis' syndrome. Disc wobble and eccentricity can both produce Doppler signatures inconsistent with the true dynamical motions in the binary, and disc wobble might boost the mass-transfer rate by enabling the hot white dwarf to directly irradiate the secondary star.

  3. Problems eliciting cues in SEIQoL-DW : Quality of life areas in small-cell lung cancer patients

    Westerman, M; Hak, T; The, AM; Groen, H; van der Wal, G


    The Schedule of Individual Quality of Life - Direct Weighting (SEIQoL-DW) is an individualized approach in the measurement of quality of life in which patients can choose, value and weight five areas that they consider important for their quality of life. Although a number of studies have reported o

  4. DW-MRI as a biomarker to compare therapeutic outcomes in radiotherapy regimens incorporating temozolomide or gemcitabine in glioblastoma.

    Stefanie Galbán

    Full Text Available The effectiveness of the radiosensitizer gemcitabine (GEM was evaluated in a mouse glioma along with the imaging biomarker diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI for early detection of treatment effects. A genetically engineered murine GBM model [Ink4a-Arf(-/- Pten(loxP/loxP/Ntv-a RCAS/PDGF(+/Cre(+] was treated with gemcitabine (GEM, temozolomide (TMZ +/- ionizing radiation (IR. Therapeutic efficacy was quantified by contrast-enhanced MRI and DW-MRI for growth rate and tumor cellularity, respectively. Mice treated with GEM, TMZ and radiation showed a significant reduction in growth rates as early as three days post-treatment initiation. Both combination treatments (GEM/IR and TMZ/IR resulted in improved survival over single therapies. Tumor diffusion values increased prior to detectable changes in tumor volume growth rates following administration of therapies. Concomitant GEM/IR and TMZ/IR was active and well tolerated in this GBM model and similarly prolonged median survival of tumor bearing mice. DW-MRI provided early changes to radiosensitization treatment warranting evaluation of this imaging biomarker in clinical trials.

  5. Diagnostic Value and Surgical Implications of the 3D DW-SSFP MRI On the Management of Patients with Brachial Plexus Injuries

    Qin, Ben-Gang; Yang, Jian-Tao; Yang, Yi; Wang, Hong-Gang; Fu, Guo; Gu, Li-Qiang; Li, Ping; Zhu, Qing-Tang; Liu, Xiao-Lin; Zhu, Jia-Kai


    Three-dimensional diffusion-weighted steady-state free precession (3D DW-SSFP) of high-resolution magnetic resonance has emerged as a promising method to visualize the peripheral nerves. In this study, the application value of 3D DW-SSFP brachial plexus imaging in the diagnosis of brachial plexus injury (BPI) was investigated. 33 patients with BPI were prospectively examined using 3D DW-SSFP MR neurography (MRN) of brachial plexus. Results of 3D DW-SSFP MRN were compared with intraoperative findings and measurements of electromyogram (EMG) or somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) for each injured nerve root. 3D DW-SSFP MRN of brachial plexus has enabled good visualization of the small components of the brachial plexus. The postganglionic section of the brachial plexus was clearly visible in 26 patients, while the preganglionic section of the brachial plexus was clearly visible in 22 patients. Pseudomeningoceles were commonly observed in 23 patients. Others finding of MRN of brachial plexus included spinal cord offset (in 16 patients) and spinal cord deformation (in 6 patients). As for the 3D DW-SSFP MRN diagnosis of preganglionic BPI, the sensitivity, the specificity and the accuracy were respectively 96.8%, 90.29%, and 94.18%. 3D DW-SSFP MRN of brachial plexus improve visualization of brachial plexus and benefit to determine the extent of injury. PMID:27782162

  6. Absolute dimensions of eclipsing binaries. XXIV. The Be star system DW Carinae, a member of the open cluster Collinder 228

    Southworth, J; Southworth, John


    DW Carinae is a close but detached early B-type eclipsing binary in the young open cluster Cr 228. We have measured accurate physical properties of its components (masses and radii to 1%) and used these to derive the age, metallicity and distance of Cr 228. The rotational velocities of both components of DW Car are high, so we have investigated the performance of double-Gaussian fitting, one- and two-dimensional cross-correlation and spectral disentangling for measuring radial velocities in the presence of strong line blending. Gaussian and cross-correlation analyses require substantial corrections for the effects of line blending, which are only partially successful for cross-correlation. Disentangling is to be preferred because it does not assume anything about the shapes of spectral lines, and is not significantly affected by blending. Complete Stromgren uvby light curves have been obtained and accurate radii have been measured from them using the Wilson-Devinney program, constrained by an accurate spectro...

  7. On The Integral Solutions of Diophantine Equation ax2+by2+cz2=dw2%关于丢番图方程ax2+by2+cz2=dw2的整数解



    当丢番图方程ax2+by2+cz2=dw2有整数解x0,y0,z0,w0(w0≠1),(x0,y0,z0,w0)=1时,给出了它满足(x,y,z,w)=1的全部整数解的公式:x=((an2+bm2+cp2)x0-2n(anx0+bmy0+cpz0))/(t), y=((an2+bm2+cp2)y0-2m(anx0+bmy0+cpz0))/(t),z=((an2+bm2+cp2)z0-2p(anx0+bmy0+cpz0))/(t), w=((an2+bm2+cp2)w0)/(t).

  8. Design and optimization of indoor positioning system based on DW1000%基于DW1000的室内定位系统设计与测距优化方法

    李园园; 李勇


    文章提出了基于DecaWave的单片收发一体射频芯片DW1000的UWB定位方案,设计了系统的软硬件框,讨论了相关定位算法及测距的优化算法。系统中被测节点(tag)与锚节(anchor)点通过双向TDOA算法等到两者之间的距离,tag与多个anchor的距离通过UWB通信被汇总至定位服务器,由定位服务器三角质心定位算法测算出tag的三维空间坐标。经实验研究表明,系统在LOS环境下具有较高的精度,在NLOS环境下也具有良好表现。%This paper presents an UWB positioning scheme based on DecaWave single chip transceiver integrated RF chip DW1000 and designs the software and hardware architecture of the system, depicts its design and type selection, discusses correlation location algorithm and ranging optimization algorithm. The nodes in the system under test (tag) and anchor section (anchor) through the bidirectional TDOA algorithm when the distance between the two, tag and multiple anchor distance by UWB communication are aggregated to the location server, a location server triangle centroid location algorithm is used to calculate the 3D coordinates of tag. Experimental results show that the system has a high precision in the LOS environment, and also has a good performance in the NLOS environment.

  9. Magnetic domain-wall creep driven by field and current in Ta/CoFeB/MgO

    S. DuttaGupta


    Full Text Available Creep motion of magnetic domain wall (DW, thermally activated DW dynamics under subthreshold driving forces, is a paradigm to understand the interaction between driven interfaces and applied external forces. Previous investigation has shown that DW in a metallic system interacts differently with current and magnetic field, manifesting itself as different universality classes for the creep motion. In this article, we first review the experimental determination of the universality classes for current- and field-driven DW creeps in a Ta/CoFeB/MgO wire, and then elucidate the underlying factors governing the obtained results. We show that the nature of torque arising from current in association with DW configuration determines universality class for the current-induced creep in this system. We also discuss the correlation between the field-induced DW creep characteristics and structure observed by a transmission electron microscope. The observed results are expected to provide a deeper understanding for physics of DW motion in various magnetic materials.

  10. status of pesticides and degradation products in soil after clean-up ...


    DDE 30200 mg kg-1 dw and 2,4'-DDE 3000 mg kg-1 dw. ... compounds was very slow and that no significant degradation had occurred to the DDT residues in soil .... D. E. F. G. H. I. J. K. CREW Offices. Former storage area. N. Figure 2:.

  11. Justicia procumbens Extract (DW2008) Selectively Suppresses Th2 Cytokines in Splenocytes and Ameliorates Ovalbumin-Induced Airway Inflammation in a Mouse Model of Asthma.

    Youm, Jihyun; Lee, Hyunyong; Chang, Hwan Bong; Jeon, Jihyun; Yoon, Mi Hee; Woo, Ji Young; Choi, Min-Soo; Hwang, Yunha; Seong, Seungkyoo; Na, Kyuheum; Yoon, Joobyoung


    DW2008 is an anhydrous ethanol extract of Justicia procumbens produced by Dong-Wha Pharmaceutical, Inc., Co. as a candidate anti-asthmatic drug. In this study, DW2008 selectively reduced T helper 2 (Th2) cytokines in mouse splenocytes and ameliorated ovalbumin-induced airway inflammation by downregulating pulmonary infiltration of differential inflammatory cells and Th2 cytokines more than a decoction or ethanol extract of J. procumbens did in a mouse asthma model. DW2008 also significantly inhibited airway hyperresponsiveness and reduced the thickness of the airway epithelium. HPLC analysis showed that the major peaks (justicidin A and B) of DW2008 were higher than those of the other extracts. Justicidin A and B significantly suppressed Th2 cytokine levels in mouse spleen cells and exhibited a protective effect in ovalbumin-induced airway inflammation. Our findings indicate that DW2008 effectively inhibits allergic airway inflammatory reactions and airway hyperresponsiveness in a mouse model of asthma, suggesting its potential as an anti-asthmatic agent.


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  13. Poetics of assembly Albert Kahn and D.W. Griffith in the birth of the Machine Age

    Luis Pancorbo Crespo


    Full Text Available Abstract This research seeks to establish a double parallel between cinema and modern architecture, focusing on a moment of refounding of both  disciplines, the early twentieth century. We will be based on two seminal characters: DW Griffith and Albert Kahn. We will explore a temporal and geographical parallelism in their main evolutionary lines, which run through a similar way in the beginning, from the U.S to the U.S.S.R, to return again to the place of origin. This trip was triggered by the arrival to the USSR of  the first copies of the film "Intolerance" in 1918 and the arrival of Albert  Kahn in 1928 for the realization of numerous industrial projects during the First Five-Year Plan. Furthermore, we will explore a more conceptual  parallelism, studying the use of the notion of assembly in both disciplines  during that period, using again the work of our two main characters as the basis for research, but also leaning on other essential actors for that issue, like are Eisenstein and Miliutin.

  14. Mg Isotope Fractionation Between E. coli and Growth Medium

    Basset, R.; Lemelle, L.; Albalat, E.; Telouk, P.; Albarède, F.


    Magnesium is a major element in both microbial cells and minerals, immune to redox conditions and atmospheric interactions. In organic cells, Mg can be associated with membranes, with cytoplasm (either as an isolated ion or bound to proteins). Its isotope composition can be used to constrain the contribution of organic material to carbonate fluxes and the overall cycle of this element in the exogenous environment [1, 2]. Cells of DH5α E. coli strain were grown in Luria Broth medium and the Mg isotope fractionation between the cells and their growth medium determined after calcination in Pt crucibles, chemical purification by cation exchange chemistry in HCl medium [3] and isotopic analysis on a Nu HR MC-ICPMS. The yield is better than 96%. The Mg contents of 2.19 ± 0.08 mg per g DW in cells and 0.117 ± 0.001 mg per g DW in Luria Broth medium are consistent with literature data [4]. About half of the Mg initially present in the LB medium is taken up by the growing cells. At high cellular concentrations (OD600 = 3.5), cells are enriched in 26Mg by 0.97 ± 0.14 ‰ with respect to the culture medium. Although E. coli may not be a good proxy for oceanic plankton, such a substantial fractionation of Mg isotopes suggests that incorporation of even a few percent organic matter into oceanic oozes depletes oceanic Mg in its heavy isotopes and therefore accounts for the isotopic difference between riverine and marine Mg. [1] Drever, The Sea 5 (1974) 337-357 [2] Tipper et al., EPSL 250 (2006) 241-253 [3] Chang et al., JAAS 18 (2003) 296-301 [4] Outten et al., Science 292 (2001), 2488-2492

  15. Chemical and physical properties of cyclone fly ash from the grate-fired boiler incinerating forest residues at a small municipal district heating plant (6MW).

    Pöykiö, R; Rönkkömäki, H; Nurmesniemi, H; Perämäki, P; Popov, K; Välimäki, I; Tuomi, T


    In Finland, the new limit values for maximal allowable heavy metal concentrations for materials used as an earth construction agent came into force in July 2006. These limit values are applied if ash is utilized, e.g. in roads, cycling paths, pavements, car parks, sport fields, etc. In this study we have determined the most important chemical and physical properties of the cyclone fly ash originating from the grate-fired boiler incinerating forest residues (i.e. wood chips, sawdust and bark) at a small municipal district heating plant (6 MW), Northern Finland. This study clearly shows that elements are enriched in cyclone fly ash, since the total element concentrations in the cyclone fly ash were within 0.2-10 times higher than those in the bottom ash. The total concentrations of Cd (25 mg kg(-1); d.w.), Zn (3630 mg kg(-1); d.w.), Ba (4260 mg kg(-1); d.w.) and Hg (1.7 mg kg(-1); d.w.) exceeded the limit values, and therefore the cyclone fly ash cannot be used as an earth construction agent. According to the leached amounts of Cr (38 mg kg(-1); d.w.), Zn (51 mg kg(-1); d.w.) and sulphate (50,000 mg kg(-1); d.w.), the cyclone fly ash is classified as a hazardous waste, and it has to be deposited in a hazardous waste landfill.

  16. Nickel, Zn and Cd localisation in seeds of metal hyperaccumulators using μ-PIXE spectroscopy

    Kachenko, Anthony G.; Bhatia, Naveen P.; Siegele, Rainer; Walsh, Kerry B.; Singh, Balwant


    Metal hyperaccumulators are a rare group of plant species that accumulate exceptionally high concentrations of metals in above ground tissues without showing symptoms of phytotoxicity. Quantitative localisation of the accumulated metals in seed tissues is of considerable interest to help understand the eco-physiology of these unique plant species. We investigated the spatial localisation of metals within seeds of Ni hyperaccumulating Hybanthus floribundus subsp. adpressus, H. floribundus subsp. floribundus and Pimelea leptospermoides and dual-metal (Cd and Zn) hyperaccumulating Thlaspi caerulescens using quantitative micro-proton induced X-ray emission (μ-PIXE) spectroscopy. Intact seeds were hand-sectioned, sandwiched between Formvar films and irradiated using the 3 MeV high energy heavy ion microprobe at ANSTO. Elemental maps of whole H. floribundus subsp. adpressus seeds showed an average Ni concentration of 5.1 × 10 3 mg kg -1 dry weight (DW) with highest Ni concentration in cotyledonary tissues (7.6 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW), followed by the embryonic axis (4.4 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW). Nickel concentration in whole H. floribundus subsp. floribundus seeds was 3.5 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW without a clear pattern of Ni localisation. The average Ni concentration in whole P. leptospermoides seeds was 2.6 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW, and Ni was preferentially localised in the embryonic axis (4.3 × 10 2 mg kg -1 DW). In T. caerulescens, Cd concentrations were similar in cotyledon (4.5 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW) and embryonic axis (3.3 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW) tissues, whereas Zn was highest in cotyledonary tissues (1.5 × 10 3 mg kg -1 DW). In all species, the presence of the accumulated metal within the cotyledonary and embryonic axis tissues indicates that the accumulated metal was able to move apoplastically within the seed.

  17. 乳腺癌性病变诊断中DW-MRI联合3.0TDCE-MRI的临床研究%Clinical study on the diagnostic significance of breast lesions with DW-MRI combined 3. 0T DCE-MRI



    Objective To analyze the clinical significance of 3. 0T dynamic contrast enhanced MRI(DCE - MRI)combined with mag-netic resonance diffusion weighted imaging(DW - MRI)in diagnosis of breast lesions. Methods Thirty - nine patients with suspected breast tumors were examined by preoperative DCE - MRI combined DW - MRI inspection and pathological diagnosis of desected tissues. The records of joint diagnosis of benign and malignant tumors by DCE - MRI and DW - MRI were compared with phathologic diagnosis;and the coincidence rate of 2 kinds of diagnostic methods with pathologic diagnosis for benign or malignant tumor had been calculated;and the sensitivity,specificity and accuracy of DCE - MRI,DW - MRI and joint inspection had been analyzed. Results The results confirmed that the coicidence rates of benign and malignant tumors by joint examination with DCE - MRI and DW - MRI were 85. 00% and 95. 00% respectively,and it was significantly high-er than single application of either DCE - MRI or DW - MRI( P < 0. 05);and the sensitivity,specificity and accuracy of joint diagnosis were 95. 30% ,84. 56% and 90. 06% respectively,they were higher than those of DCE - MRI,and their specificity and accuracy were higher than those of DW - MRI;and the manifestations of malignant lesions in joint diagnosis were enhancement of lesions,burred edge and time - signal curve as platform - type or outflow type,with high signal lesions under DWI,and ADC was significantly abnormal. Conclusion The diagnosis of breast cancer with 3. 0T dynamic contrast enhanced MRI(DCE - MRI)combined magnetic resonance diffusion weighted imaging(DW - MRI)has high degree of sensitivity,specificity and accuracy,and it can be applied for preoperative noninvasive examination,and it has a guiding role for treat-ment with broad prospects for application.%目的:分析3.0T 磁共振动态增强扫描(DCE - MRI)联合磁共振扩散加权成像(DW - MRI)诊断乳腺癌性病变临床价值。方法

  18. Mapping of A1 conferring resistance to the aphid Amphorophora idaei and dw (dwarfing habit) in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) using AFLP and microsatellite markers

    Sargent, Daniel J; Fernández-Fernández, Felicidad; Rys, Alicja; Knight, Victoria H; Simpson, David W; Tobutt, Kenneth R


    Background Raspberry breeding programmes worldwide aim to produce improved cultivars to satisfy market demands and within these programmes there are many targets, including increased fruit quality, yield and season, and improved pest and disease resistance and plant habit. The large raspberry aphid, Amphorophora idaei, transmits four viruses and vector resistance is an objective in raspberry breeding. The development of molecular tools that discriminate between aphid resistance genes from different sources will allow the pyramiding of such genes and the development of raspberry varieties with superior pest resistance. We have raised a red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) F1 progeny from the cross 'Malling Jewel' × 'Malling Orion' (MJ × MO), which segregates for resistance to biotype 1 of the aphid Amphorophora idaei and for a second phenotypic trait, dwarf habit. These traits are controlled by single genes, denoted (A1) and (dw) respectively. Results The progeny of 94 seedlings was scored for the segregation of 95 AFLP and 22 SSR markers and a linkage map was constructed that covers a total genetic distance of 505 cM over seven linkage groups. The average linkage group length was 72.2 cM and there was an average of 17 markers per linkage group, of which at least two were codominant SSRs, allowing comparisons with previously published maps of raspberry. The two phenotypic traits, A1 and dw, mapped to linkage groups 3 and 6 respectively. Conclusion The mapping of A1 will facilitate the discrimination of resistance genes from different sources and the pyramiding of aphid resistance genes in new raspberry cultivars; the mapping of dw will allow further investigations into the genetics of dwarfing habit in Rubus. PMID:17374159

  19. Mapping of A1 conferring resistance to the aphid Amphorophora idaei and dw (dwarfing habit in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L. using AFLP and microsatellite markers

    Knight Victoria H


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Raspberry breeding programmes worldwide aim to produce improved cultivars to satisfy market demands and within these programmes there are many targets, including increased fruit quality, yield and season, and improved pest and disease resistance and plant habit. The large raspberry aphid, Amphorophora idaei, transmits four viruses and vector resistance is an objective in raspberry breeding. The development of molecular tools that discriminate between aphid resistance genes from different sources will allow the pyramiding of such genes and the development of raspberry varieties with superior pest resistance. We have raised a red raspberry (Rubus idaeus F1 progeny from the cross 'Malling Jewel' × 'Malling Orion' (MJ × MO, which segregates for resistance to biotype 1 of the aphid Amphorophora idaei and for a second phenotypic trait, dwarf habit. These traits are controlled by single genes, denoted (A1 and (dw respectively. Results The progeny of 94 seedlings was scored for the segregation of 95 AFLP and 22 SSR markers and a linkage map was constructed that covers a total genetic distance of 505 cM over seven linkage groups. The average linkage group length was 72.2 cM and there was an average of 17 markers per linkage group, of which at least two were codominant SSRs, allowing comparisons with previously published maps of raspberry. The two phenotypic traits, A1 and dw, mapped to linkage groups 3 and 6 respectively. Conclusion The mapping of A1 will facilitate the discrimination of resistance genes from different sources and the pyramiding of aphid resistance genes in new raspberry cultivars; the mapping of dw will allow further investigations into the genetics of dwarfing habit in Rubus.

  20. Nutrient composition of the leaves and flowers of Colocasia esculenta and the fruits of Solanum melongena.

    Ejoh, A R; Mbiapo, F T; Fokou, E


    The nutrient composition, of Colocasia esculenta flowers (CF) and leaves (CL), and the green fruits of Solanum melongena (SM) were carried out as a means to determine their nutritional potential. Results showed that these food materials had high moisture and fiber levels which ranged between 888 and 906; and 204 and 303 dry weight (dw) for moisture and fiber respectively. The calorific values were between 3889 and 4001 dw, while the total lipids ranged from 53 in CF to 71 dw in SM. The leaves of Colocasia esculenta had the highest crude protein value of 307 dw. The flowers had 149 dw while SM had 138 dw. The amino acid profile in the flowers and leaves of Colocasia esculenta in contrast to SM were balanced comparable to the reference FAO pattern. Ash values were high (ranging from 76 in SM to 98 in CL) with potassium being the principal element. Iron and Zinc levels were also high especially in CF (with 303 and 82 dw respectively). These foods also contained moderate quantities of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium but were poor in manganese and copper.

  1. The high potential of Pelargonium roseum plant for phytoremediation of heavy metals.

    Mahdieh, Majid; Yazdani, Mojtaba; Mahdieh, Shahla


    The major objective of this investigation was to evaluate the potential of scented geraniums, Pelargonium roseum, to uptake and accumulate heavy metals nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), or lead (Pb). For this, plants were grown in an artificial soil system and exposed to a range of metal concentrations over a 14-day treatment period. Then, metals from the entire biomass were extracted. The results showed that scented geranium plants accumulated in excess of 20,055 mg of Ni kg(-1) dry weight (DW) of root and 10,889 mg of Ni kg(-1) DW of shoot, and in excess of 86,566 mg of Pb kg(-1) DW for roots and 4,416 mg of Pb kg(-1) DW for shoots within 14 days. Also, the uptake and accumulation of cadmium in roots of scented geranium plants increased with the exposure at low (250, 500 mg L(-1)) and medium level (750 mg L(-1)) followed by a decline at the highest level (1,000 mg L(-1)). The highest accumulation in roots (31,267 mg kg(-1) DW) was observed in 750 mg L(-1) cadmium treatment. In the shoots of scented geraniums, the highest amount of metal accumulation (1,957 mg kg(-1) DW) was detected at 750 and 1,000 mg L(-1) of cadmium in the culture solution. Finally, since the high concentrations of Ni or Pb accumulated in shoots of scented geranium has far exceeded 0.1 % DW and for Cd has far exceeded 0.01 % DW, P. roseum is a new hyperaccumulator species for these metals and can be used in phytoremediation industry.

  2. Water quality and toxicity of river water downstream of the uranium mining facility at Pocos de Caldas, MG, Brazil

    Lauria, Dejanira C.; Vascocnellos, Luisa M.H.; Simoes, Francisco F. Lamego; Clain, Almir F., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Scassiotti, Walter F.; Antunes, Ivan, E-mail: [Industrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB), Caldas, MG (Brazil); Ferreira, Ana M., E-mail: [Departamento Municipal de Aguas e Esgotos de Pocos de Caldas (DMAE), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil); Nascimento, Marcos R.L., E-mail: [Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Pocos de Caldas Lab.


    The uranium mining site of Pocos de Caldas consists of open mine pit, tailings, waste rock dumps and an acid rock drainage problem, which has the potential to impact upon freshwater of the Ribeirao das Antas catchment. The high level of manganese (value of 1.8 mg/L) contained in the discharge water (DW) is an important factor affecting the water quality of the river (water quality criterion for aquatic life for Mn is 0.1 mg/L). Water quality criteria (WQC) are used for regulatory purpose and intended to define concentrations of chemicals in water that are protective of aquatic life and human health. WQC is a standard, although it is recognized that in some instances these criteria may be overprotective as metal bioavailability and hence toxicity is dependent on water chemistry. The toxicity assessment of WD was performed by bioassays with Daphnia similis and Ceriodaphnia dubia as bioindicators. As DW showed no toxicity to the organisms and the chemical analysis and dose assessments pointed U and Mn as the most important metals for water toxicity, the U and Mn toxicities were evaluated in the DW spiked with U and Mn. Acute uranium toxicity (48 h immobilisation test) for Daphnia similis was determined as a LC50 value (concentration that is toxic to 50% of test organisms) around 0.05-0.06 mg/L, value close to the one found for effects on reproduction, a 7 day LOEC (lowest observed effect concentration) of 0.062 mg/L for Ceriodaphnia dubia. The value of NOEC (no-observed effect concentration) for U was 0.03 mg U/L, which is higher than the concentration corresponded to the authorized dose limit for {sup 238}U (0.004 mg/L) and higher than the uranium WQC (0.02 mg U/L). The manganese concentration in the DW is lower than the found value of LC50 (11.5 mg/L), LOEC (10 mg/L) and NOEC (5 mg Mn/L). (author)

  3. Distribution of persistent organic pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and trace elements in soil and vegetation following a large scale landfill fire in northern Greece.

    Chrysikou, Loukia; Gemenetzis, Panagiotis; Kouras, Athanasios; Manoli, Evangelia; Terzi, Eleni; Samara, Constantini


    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), including hexaclorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and DDTs, as well as trace elements were determined in soil and vegetation samples collected from the surrounding area of the landfill "Tagarades", the biggest in northern Greece, following a large scale fire involving approximately 50,000 tons of municipal waste. High concentrations of total PAHs, PCBs and heavy metals were found inside the landfill (1475 microg kg(-1) dw, 399 microg kg(-1) dw and 29.8 mg kg(-1) dw, respectively), whereas concentrations in the surrounding soils were by far lower ranging between 11.2-28.1 microg kg(-1) dw for PAHs, 4.02-11.2 microg kg(-1) dw for PCBs and 575-1207 mg kg(-1) dw for heavy metals. The distribution of HCHs and DDTs were quite different since certain soils exhibited equal or higher concentrations than the landfill. In vegetation, the concentrations of PAHs, PCBs, HCHs and DDTs ranged from 14.1-34.7, 3.64-25.9, 1.41-32.1 and 0.61-4.03 microg kg(-1) dw, respectively, while those of heavy metals from 81 to 159 mg kg(-1) dw. The results of the study indicated soil and vegetation pollution levels in the surroundings of the landfill comparable to those reported for other Greek locations. The impact from the landfill fire was not evident partially due to the presence of recent and past inputs from other activities (agriculture, vehicular transport, earlier landfill fires).

  4. Domain wall dynamics under electric field in CoFeB-MgO structures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (Conference Presentation)

    Ravelosona, Dafine


    One crucial breakthrough in spin electronics has recently been achieved regarding the possibility to move magnetic domain walls (DWs) in magnetic tracks using the sole action of an electrical current instead of a conventional magnetic field. Here, we will present our recent results of DW dynamics obtained in Ta-CoFeB-MgO nanodevices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which are widely used in STT-RAM applications, and discuss the critical problems to be addressed for implementation into a memory device. Using NV center microscopy to map DW pinning along a magnetic wire, we will first show1 that Ta/CoFeB(1nm)/MgO structures exhibit a very low density of pinning defects with respect to others materials with PMA. Then, we will focus on the possibility to use Electric Field Effect to control domain wall motion with low power dissipation. We will demonstrate gate voltage modulation of DW dynamics using different approaches based on dielectrics, piezoelectrics and ionic liquid layers.

  5. Dietary Supplementation of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Nanoparticles for Better Survival and Growth of the Freshwater Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii Post-larvae.

    Srinivasan, Veeran; Bhavan, Periyakali Saravana; Rajkumar, Gopalan; Satgurunathan, Thangavelu; Muralisankar, Thirunavukkarasu


    This study was performed to assess the growth-promoting potential of dietary magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NPs) in Macrobrachium rosenbergii post-larvae (PL). MgO NPs were supplemented at 0, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 mg kg(-1) with the basal diet (containing 0.95 g Mg kg(-1)); the concentrations of Mg in MgO NP-supplemented diets were increased correspondingly (1.07, 1.15, 1.24, 1.37 and 1.46 g Mg kg(-1) respectively). MgO NP-supplemented diets were fed to M. rosenbergii PL (initial weight 0.11 ± 0.04 g) for a period of 90 days. In the carcasses of experimental prawns, the content of Mg was found to be elevated significantly with respect to the individual diet (102.14, 183.29, 205.46, 221.03, 237.10 and 254.36 μg Mg g(-1) respectively) when compared with that of the control. The contents of Cu, Zn, Fe, Ca, Na and K levels were also found to be elevated in the carcasses of experimental prawns. Significant (P MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL. There were no significant elevations recorded in activities of antioxidant enzymes [superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT)], lipid peroxidation (LPO) and metabolic enzymes [glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT) and glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT)] recorded in any of the MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL when compared with the control. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) showed increases in the staining intensity of polypeptide bands resolved in 500 mg kg(-1) MgO NP-supplemented-feed-fed PL when compared with the control. Based on the gradual improvement in attaining survival, growth, FCR, biochemical constituents and haemocyte population, this study recommends MgO NP supplementation of 500 mg kg(-1) for sustainable maintenance of M. rosenbergii PL. As the studied highest concentration of MgO NPs showed the best performance, it is necessary to study with beyond 500 mg kg(-1) of MgO NPs to optimize the actual concentration.

  6. Chemical composition and non-volatile components of three wild edible mushrooms collected from northwest Tunisia

    ibtissem Kacem Jedidi


    Full Text Available In Tunisia, many people collect wild edible mushrooms as pickers for their own consumption. The present work aims at contributing to the determination of the chemical composition, non volatile components content (soluble sugars, free amino acids and minerals and trace elements of three popular Tunisian wild edible mushrooms species collected from the northwest of Tunisia (Agaricus campestris, Boletus edulis and Cantharellus cibarius.All investigated mushrooms revealed that these species are rich sources of proteins (123.70 – 374.10 g kg-1 dry weight (DW and carbohydrates (403.3 – 722.40 g kg-1 DW, and low content of fat (28.2 – 39.9 g kg-1 DW; the highest energetic contribution was guaranteed by C. cibarius (1542.71 kJ / 100 g. A. compestris (33.14 mg/g DW showed the highest concentration of essential amino acids. The composition in individual sugars was also determined, mannitol and trehalose being the most abundant sugars. C. cibarius revealed the highest concentrations of carbohydrates (722.4 g kg-1 DW and A. compestris the lowest concentration (403.3 g kg-1 DW. Potassium (K and sodium (Na are the most abundant minerals in analyzed samples (A. compestris showed the highest concentrations of K and Na, 49141.44 and 9263.886 µg/g DW respectively.

  7. High-Temperature CO2 Sorption on Hydrotalcite Having a High Mg/Al Molar Ratio.

    Kim, Suji; Jeon, Sang Goo; Lee, Ki Bong


    Hydrotalcites having a Mg/Al molar ratio between 3 and 30 have been synthesized as promising high-temperature CO2 sorbents. The existence of NaNO3 in the hydrotalcite structure, which originates from excess magnesium nitrate in the precursor, markedly increases CO2 sorption uptake by hydrotalcite up to the record high value of 9.27 mol kg(-1) at 240 °C and 1 atm CO2.

  8. Multimodality functional imaging using DW-MRI and (18)F-FDG-PET/CT during radiation therapy for human papillomavirus negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience.

    Aramburu Núñez, David; Lopez Medina, Antonio; Mera Iglesias, Moisés; Salvador Gomez, Francisco; Dave, Abhay; Hatzoglou, Vaios; Paudyal, Ramesh; Calzado, Alfonso; Deasy, Joseph O; Shukla-Dave, Amita; Muñoz, Victor M


    To noninvasively investigate tumor cellularity measured using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and glucose metabolism measured by (18)F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) during radiation therapy (RT) for human papillomavirus negative (HPV-) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In this prospective study, 6 HPV- HNSCC patients underwent a total of 34 multimodality imaging examinations DW-MRI at 1.5 T Philips MRI scanner [(n = 24) pre-, during- (2-3 wk), and post-treatment (Tx), and (18)F-FDG PET/CT pre- and post-Tx (n = 10)]. All patients received RT. Monoexponential modeling of the DW-MRI data yielded the imaging metric apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the mean of standardized uptake value (SUV) was measured from (18)F-FDG PET uptake. All patients had a clinical follow-up as the standard of care and survival status was documented at 1 year. There was a strong negative correlation between the mean of pretreatment ADC (ρ = -0.67, P = 0.01) and the pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET SUV. The percentage (%) change in delta (∆) ADC for primary tumors and neck nodal metastases between pre- and Wk2-3 Tx were as follows: 75.4% and 61.6%, respectively, for the patient with no evidence of disease, 27.5% and 32.7%, respectively, for those patients who were alive with disease, and 26.9% and 7.31%, respectively, for those who were dead with disease. These results are preliminary in nature and are indicative, and not definitive, trends rendered by the imaging metrics due to the small sample size of HPV- HNSCC patients in a Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience.

  9. Prostate cancer: performance characteristics of combined T{sub 2}W and DW-MRI scoring in the setting of template transperineal re-biopsy using MR-TRUS fusion

    Lawrence, Edward M. [University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (United States); Tang, Sarah Y.W.; Doble, Andrew; Kastner, Christof [University of Cambridge, Department of Urology, Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Barrett, Tristan [University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Koo, Brendan [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Goldman, Debra A.; Sala, Evis [Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Warren, Anne Y. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Histopathology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Axell, Richard G. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Anglia Ruskin University, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Chelmsford (United Kingdom); Gallagher, Ferdia A. [University of Cambridge, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); CRUK Cambridge Research Institute, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Gnanapragasam, Vincent J. [University of Cambridge, Department of Urology, Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Cambridge (United Kingdom); University of Cambridge, Translational Prostate Cancer Group, Department of Oncology, Cambridge (United Kingdom)


    To measure the performance characteristics of combined T{sub 2}-weighted (T{sub 2}W) and diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suspicion scoring prior to MR-transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) fusion template transperineal (TTP) re-biopsy. Thirty-nine patients referred for prostate re-biopsy, with prior MRI examinations, were retrospectively included. The MR images, including T{sub 2}W and DW-MRI, had been independently evaluated prospectively by two radiologists using a structured scoring system. An MR-TRUS fusion TTP re-biopsy was used for MR target and non-targeted biopsy cores. Targeting performance and correlation with disease status were evaluated on a per-patient and per-region basis. The cancer yield was 41 % (16/39 patients). MR targeting accurately detected the disease in 12/16 (75 %) cancerous patients and missed the disease in 4/16 (25 %) patients, all with Gleason 3 + 3 disease. There was a significant relationship (P < 0.01) between MR suspicion score and the significance of cancer. Reader 1 had significantly higher sensitivity in the transition zone (TZ; 0.84) compared with the peripheral zone (PZ; 0.32) (P = 0.04). Inter-reader agreement was moderate for the PZ and substantial for the TZ. MRI targeting is beneficial in the setting of TTP MR-TRUS fusion re-biopsy and MR suspicion score relates to prostate cancer clinical significance. A T{sub 2}W and DW-MRI structured scoring system results in good inter-reader agreement in this setting. (orig.)

  10. Multimodality functional imaging using DW-MRI and 18F-FDG-PET/CT during radiation therapy for human papillomavirus negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience

    Aramburu Núñez, David; Lopez Medina, Antonio; Mera Iglesias, Moisés; Salvador Gomez, Francisco; Dave, Abhay; Hatzoglou, Vaios; Paudyal, Ramesh; Calzado, Alfonso; Deasy, Joseph O; Shukla-Dave, Amita; Muñoz, Victor M


    AIM To noninvasively investigate tumor cellularity measured using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and glucose metabolism measured by 18F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT) during radiation therapy (RT) for human papillomavirus negative (HPV-) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODS In this prospective study, 6 HPV- HNSCC patients underwent a total of 34 multimodality imaging examinations DW-MRI at 1.5 T Philips MRI scanner [(n = 24) pre-, during- (2-3 wk), and post-treatment (Tx), and 18F-FDG PET/CT pre- and post-Tx (n = 10)]. All patients received RT. Monoexponential modeling of the DW-MRI data yielded the imaging metric apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the mean of standardized uptake value (SUV) was measured from 18F-FDG PET uptake. All patients had a clinical follow-up as the standard of care and survival status was documented at 1 year. RESULTS There was a strong negative correlation between the mean of pretreatment ADC (ρ = -0.67, P = 0.01) and the pretreatment 18F-FDG PET SUV. The percentage (%) change in delta (∆) ADC for primary tumors and neck nodal metastases between pre- and Wk2-3 Tx were as follows: 75.4% and 61.6%, respectively, for the patient with no evidence of disease, 27.5% and 32.7%, respectively, for those patients who were alive with disease, and 26.9% and 7.31%, respectively, for those who were dead with disease. CONCLUSION These results are preliminary in nature and are indicative, and not definitive, trends rendered by the imaging metrics due to the small sample size of HPV- HNSCC patients in a Meixoeiro Hospital of Vigo Experience. PMID:28144403

  11. Hyperaccumulation of metals by Thlaspi caerulescens as affected by root development and Cd-Zn/Ca-Mg interactions.

    Saison, Carine; Schwartz, Christophe; Morel, Jean-Louis


    The aim of this work was to study, in a rhizobox experiment, the phytoextraction of metals by the hyperaccumulator plant Thlaspi caerulescens in relation to the heterogeneity of metal pollution. Six treatments were designed with soils containing various levels of metals. Homogeneous soils and inclusions of soils in other soil matrices were prepared in order to vary metal concentration and localization. Growth parameters of the plant (rosette diameter and shoot biomass) and localization of roots and shoot uptake of Zn, Cd, Ca, and Mg were determined after 10 weeks of growth. The plants grown on the polluted industrial soils provided a larger biomass and had lower mortality rates than those grown on the agricultural soil. Moreover, these plants accumulated more Zn and Cd (up to 17,516 and 375 mg kg(-1) DM, respectively) than plants grown on the agricultural soil (up to 7300 mg Zn kg(-1) and 83 mg Cd kg(-1) DM). The roots preferentially explored metal-contaminated areas. The exploration of polluted soil inclusions by the roots was associated with a higher extraction of metals. Zinc and Cd in the shoots of Thlaspi caerulescens were negatively correlated with Ca and Mg concentrations; however, the soil supply for these two elements was identical. This suggests that there is competition for the uptake of these elements and that Zn is preferentially accumulated.

  12. Electron impact excitation rates for transitions in Mg V

    Aggarwal, K M


    Energy levels, radiative rates (A-values) and lifetimes, calculated with the GRASP code, are reported for an astrophysically important O-like ion Mg~V. Results are presented for transitions among the lowest 86 levels belonging to the 2s$^2$2p$^4$, 2s2p$^5$, 2p$^6$, and 2s$^2$2p$^3$3$\\ell$ configurations. There is satisfactory agreement with earlier data for most levels/transitions, but scope remains for improvement. Collision strengths are also calculated, with the DARC code, and the results obtained are comparable for most transitions (at energies above thresholds) with earlier work using the DW code. In thresholds region, resonances have been resolved in a fine energy mesh to determine values of effective collision strengths ($\\Upsilon$) as accurately as possible. Results are reported for all transitions at temperatures up to 10$^6$~K, which should be sufficient for most astrophysical applications. However, a comparison with earlier data reveals discrepancies of up to two orders of magnitude for over 60\\% o...

  13. Comparison of rizatriptan 5 mg and 10 mg tablets and sumatriptan 25 mg and 50 mg tablets.

    Kolodny, A; Polis, A; Battisti, W P; Johnson-Pratt, L; Skobieranda, F


    This randomized, double-blind, two-attack, placebo-controlled, crossover study explored the efficacy and tolerability of rizatriptan 10 mg compared with sumatriptan 50 mg as well as rizatriptan 5 mg compared with sumatriptan 25 mg in the acute treatment of migraine. Following randomization to one of six possible treatment sequences, patients (n = 1447) treated two sequential attacks, of moderate or severe intensity, separated by at least 5 days. Patients assessed pain severity, migraine-associated symptoms, and functional disability at 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2 h post treatment. Compared with placebo, all treatments were effective. On the primary endpoint of time to pain relief, rizatriptan 10 mg was not statistically different from sumatriptan 50 mg [odds ratio (OR) 1.10, P = 0.161], and rizatriptan 5 mg was statistically superior to sumatriptan 25 mg (OR 1.22, P = 0.007). In general, rizatriptan 10 mg and 5 mg treatment resulted in improvement compared with the corresponding doses of sumatriptan on measures of pain severity, migraine symptoms, and functional disability and the 5-mg dose reached statistical significance on almost all measures. All treatments were generally well tolerated.

  14. Substitution of Mn for Mg in MgB_2*

    Fitzpatrick, Michael D.; Johnston, David C.; Miller, Lance L.; Hill, Julienne M.


    The study of solid solutions in which the Mg in MgB2 is partially replaced by magnetic 3d or 4f atoms can potentially reveal important information on the superconducting state of MgB_2. As an end-member of the hypothetical Mg_1-xMn_xB2 system, MnB2 is isostructural with MgB2 and is an antiferromagnet below TN = 760 K which becomes canted at 157 K. A previous study by Moritomo et al.[1] examined the structure and properties of multi-phase samples with 0.01J. Phys. Soc. Japan b70, 1889 (2001).; “Effects of transition metal doping in MgB2 superconductor", Y. Moritomo at al. arXiv:cond-mat/0104568.

  15. Characterization of the collagen component of cartilage repair tissue of the talus with quantitative MRI: comparison of T2 relaxation time measurements with a diffusion-weighted double-echo steady-state sequence (dwDESS)

    Kretzschmar, M.; Hainc, N.; Studler, U. [University Hospital Basel, Department of Radiology, Basel (Switzerland); Bieri, O. [University Hospital Basel, Division of Radiological Physics, Basel (Switzerland); Miska, M. [University Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, Heidelberg (Germany); Wiewiorski, M.; Valderrabano, V. [University Hospital Basel, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Basel (Switzerland)


    The purpose of this study was to characterize the collagen component of repair tissue (RT) of the talus after autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis (AMIC) using quantitative T2 and diffusion-weighted imaging. Mean T2 values and diffusion coefficients of AMIC-RT and normal cartilage of the talus of 25 patients with posttraumatic osteochondral lesions and AMIC repair were compared in a cross-sectional design using partially spoiled steady-state free precession (pSSFP) for T2 quantification, and diffusion-weighted double-echo steady-state (dwDESS) for diffusion measurement. RT and cartilage were graded with modified Noyes and MOCART scores on morphological sequences. An association between follow-up interval and quantitative MRI measures was assessed using multivariate regression, after stratifying the cohort according to time interval between surgery and MRI. Mean T2 of the AMIC-RT and cartilage were 43.1 ms and 39.1 ms, respectively (p = 0.26). Mean diffusivity of the RT (1.76 μm{sup 2}/ms) was significantly higher compared to normal cartilage (1.46 μm{sup 2}/ms) (p = 0.0092). No correlation was found between morphological and quantitative parameters. RT diffusivity was lowest in the subgroup with follow-up >28 months (p = 0.027). Compared to T2-mapping, dwDESS demonstrated greater sensitivity in detecting differences in the collagen matrix between AMIC-RT and cartilage. Decreased diffusivity in patients with longer follow-up times may indicate an increased matrix organization of RT. (orig.)

  16. Comparisons of the Efficacy of a Jak1/2 Inhibitor (AZD1480 with a VEGF Signaling Inhibitor (Cediranib and Sham Treatments in Mouse Tumors Using DCE-MRI, DW-MRI, and Histology

    Mary E. Loveless


    Full Text Available Jak1/2 inhibition suppresses STAT3 phosphorylation that is characteristic of many cancers. Activated STAT3 promotes the transcription of factors that enhance tumor growth, survival, and angiogenesis. AZD1480 is a novel small molecule inhibitor of Jak1/2, which is a key mediator of STAT3 activation. This study examined the use of diffusion-weighted (DW and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE magnetic resonance imaging (MRI biomarkers in assessing early tumor response to AZD1480. Cediranib (AZD2171, a vascular endothelial growth factor signaling inhibitor, was used as a comparator. Thirty mice were injected with Calu-6 lung cancer cells and randomized into the three treatment groups: AZD1480, cediranib, and sham. DW-MRI and DCE-MRI protocols were performed at baseline and at days 3 and 5 after treatment. The percent change from baseline measurements for Ktrans, ADC, and ve were calculated and compared with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E, CD31, cParp, and Ki-67 histology data. Decreases in Ktrans of 29% (P < .05 and 53% (P < .05 were observed at days 3 and 5, respectively, for the cediranib group. No significant changes in Ktrans occurred for the AZD1480 group, but a significant increase in ADC was demonstrated at days 3 (63%, P < .05 and 5 (49%, P < .05. CD31 staining indicated diminished vasculature in the cediranib group, whereas significantly increased cParp staining for apoptotic activity and extracellular space by image analysis of H&E were present in the AZD1480 group. These imaging biomarker changes, and corresponding histopathology, support the use of ADC, but not Ktrans, as a pharmacodynamic biomarker of response to AZD1480 at these time points.

  17. Mesoporous carbon stabilized MgO nanoparticles synthesized by pyrolysis of MgCl2 preloaded waste biomass for highly efficient CO2 capture.

    Liu, Wu-Jun; Jiang, Hong; Tian, Ke; Ding, Yan-Wei; Yu, Han-Qing


    Anthropogenic CO2 emission makes significant contribution to global climate change and CO2 capture and storage is a currently a preferred technology to change the trajectory toward irreversible global warming. In this work, we reported a new strategy that the inexhaustible MgCl2 in seawater and the abundantly available biomass waste can be utilized to prepare mesoporous carbon stabilized MgO nanoparticles (mPC-MgO) for CO2 capture. The mPC-MgO showed excellent performance in the CO2 capture process with the maximum capacity of 5.45 mol kg(-1), much higher than many other MgO based CO2 trappers. The CO2 capture capacity of the mPC-MgO material kept almost unchanged in 19-run cyclic reuse, and can be regenerated at low temperature. The mechanism for the CO2 capture by the mPC-MgO was investigated by FTIR and XPS, and the results indicated that the high CO2 capture capacity and the favorable selectivity of the as-prepared materials were mainly attributed to their special structure (i.e., surface area, functional groups, and the MgO NPs). This work would open up a new pathway to slow down global warming as well as resolve the pollution of waste biomass.

  18. Avaliação de contaminação por mercúrio em Descoberto, MG Evaluation of mercury contamination in Descoberto, MG

    Ana Amélia Paulino Tinôco


    Full Text Available O mercúrio, elemento químico considerado não essencial a qualquer processo metabólico, é facilmente acumulado na maioria dos organismos. Ocorre naturalmente em formas orgânicas e inorgânicas, nos estados sólido, dissolvido e gasoso. Seu ciclo biogeoquímico envolve processos que ocorrem no solo, na água e na atmosfera. Em 2002, descobriu-se mercúrio elementar na zona rural do município de Descoberto, Minas Gerais, onde moram cerca de 70 famílias, e sua origem parece estar associada à exploração de ouro, que existiu na região no século 19. Neste trabalho, foram escolhidas três áreas para identificar possível contaminação da água, solo, sedimento e peixes por mercúrio, bem como para estabelecer valores de referência local e contraprova de resultados obtidos anteriormente. Verificaram-se elevadas concentrações no solo (0,26 a 0,55, sedimentos (0,13 a 0,61 e água (Mercury is a chemical element considered unessential to any metabolic process; however, it is easily accumulated in most organisms. It is naturally found in both organic and inorganic forms in solid, liquid and vapor states. Its biogeochemical cycle involves processes occurring in the soil, water and the atmosphere. In 2002, elementary mercury was found in the city of Descoberto, Minas Gerais, Brazil, where 70 families live, and its origin may be related to gold exploration that happened in this region in the 19th century. In this work, three areas were chosen to identify a possible mercury contamination of water, soil, sediment and fish samples and to establish local reference values and counter-evidence of the data previously obtained. Based on the results, high mercury concentrations in soil (0.26 to 0.55, sediments (0.13 to 0.61 and water (< 0.2 to 2,10 µg.L-1 were verified.

  19. Arsenic in Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms from Southwest China.

    Zhang, Ji; Liu, Hong-Gao; Li, Shi-Jun; Li, Jie-Qing; Wang, Yuan-Zhong; Li, Tao


    Many species of wild-grown mushrooms are appreciated as food and also found use in traditional medicine. As arsenic is one of the most hazardous elements due to the carcinogenic risk, the contents of total arsenic in 48 species of wild-grown edible and medicinal mushrooms in China were determined by atomic fluorescence spectrometry. The results showed that the highest content was found in Scleroderma citrinum (1.70 mg kg-1 dry weight, dw), whereas the lowest content was found in Termitomyces eurrhius (0.17 mg kg-1 dw).

  20. P2X7 Receptor Mediated Growth-Inhibitory Effect in KG1 a Cell Line

    Xiujun Zhang; Lijun Meng


    This study was conducted to investigate ATP-induced growth inhibition in human leukemic cells KGla.METHoDS ATP inhibited cell growth was analyzed by MTSassay.Extemalization of phosphatidylserine could be detected byAnnexin-V-FITC apoptosis staining after activation of the P2X7 re-ceptor.P2X7 mediated pore formation was detected in KGla cellsby Yo-Pro-1 uptake assay.RESUlTS ATP inhibited cell growth in a dose-dependent man-ner.The cytotoxic effect could be blocked by P2X7 antagonists,oxidized ATP(OATP)and KN62.Externalization of phosphatidyl-serine could be detected in a time-dependent manner.P2X7 medi-ated pore forigation could be detected in KGla cells.These effectscould not be observed in P2X7 null Ramos cells.CONCLUSIoN The results and our previously reports thatmRNA,protein expression and calcium response of the P2X7receptor in KGla cells,suggested that extracellular ATP effectivelyinduces growth inhibition through apoptosis in KGla cells byactivation of P2X7 receptor,and that may be mediated by extracel-lular Ca2+ineux and pore formation.

  1. Photometry of Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects: 2060 Chiron (1977 UB), 10199 Chariklo (1997 CU26), 38628 Huya (2000 EB173), 28978 Ixion (2001 KX76), and 90482 Orcus (2004 DW)

    Galiazzo, Mattia; Marcos, Raul de la Fuente; Carraro, Giovanni; Maris, Michele; Montalto, Marco


    Both Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) are minor bodies found in the outer Solar System. Centaurs are a transient population that moves between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune, and they probably diffused out of the TNOs. TNOs move mainly beyond Neptune. Some of these objects display episodic cometary behaviour; a few percent of them are known to host binary companions. Here, we study the light-curves of two Centaurs -2060 Chiron (1977 UB) and 10199 Chariklo (1997 CU26)- and three TNOs -38628 Huya (2000 EB173), 28978 Ixion (2001 KX76), and 90482 Orcus (2004 DW)- and the colours of the Centaurs and Huya. Precise, ~1%, R-band absolute CCD photometry of these minor bodies acquired between 2006 and 2011 is presented; the new data are used to investigate the rotation rate of these objects. The colours of the Centaurs and Huya are determined using BVRI photometry. The point spread function of the five minor bodies is analysed, searching for signs of a coma or close companions. Astrometry is also discusse...

  2. Mg spin affects adenosinetriphosphate activity

    Tulub, Alexander A


    The Schlegel-Frisch ab initio molecular dynamics (ADMP) (DFT:B3LYP), T = 310 K, is used to study complexation between adenosinetriphosphate (ATP), ATP subsystem, and magnesium cofactor [Mg(H2O)6]2+, Mg subsystem, in a water pool, modeled with 78 water molecules, in singlet (S) and triplet (T) states. The computations prove that the way of ATP cleavage is governed by the electron spin of Mg. In the S state Mg prefers chelation of \\gamma-\\beta-phosphate oxygens (O1-O2), whereas in the T state it chelates \\beta-\\alpha-phosphate oxygens (O2-O3) or produces a single-bonded intermediate. Unlike the chelates, which initiate ionic reaction paths, the single-bonded intermediate starts off a free-radical path of ATP cleavage, yielding a highly reactive adenosinemonophosphate ion-radical, .AMP-, earlier observed in the CIDNP (Chemically Induced Dynamic Nuclear Polarization) experiment (A.A. Tulub, 2006). The free-radical path is highly sensitive to Mg nuclear spin, which through a hyperfine interaction favors the produc...

  3. CsMgPO4

    Nikolay S. Slobodyanik


    Full Text Available Caesium magnesium orthophosphate is built up from MgO4 and PO4 tetrahedra (both with . m. symmetry linked together by corners, forming a three-dimensional framework. The Cs atoms have .m. site symmetry and are located in hexagonal channels running along the a- and b-axis directions.

  4. Framework Study of the Air Force Communication Equipments Technical Support DSS Based on DW%基于DW的空军通信装备技术保障DSS的框架研究

    黄敬杯; 雷志雄; 李金良


    Aiming at the current situation of the Air Force communication equipments technical support, like lacks of ability and ways of decision support are backward etc, the Air Force communication equipments technical support DSS which based on data warehouse is put forward and the system's framework is built. Meanwhile, the system warehouse is designed, the metadata and ETL (extract, translate, load) module are designed and built as well. In the end, the system's development process is introduced briefly. The system will turn communication equipments technical support data to decision information and enhance the efficiency of the Air Force communication equipments technical support significantly.%针对空军通信装备技术保障存在能力不足、决策支持手段落后等现状,提出了基于数据仓库(data warehouse,DW)的空军通信装备技术保障决策支持系统(decision support system,DSS)并构建了其整体架构,完成了系统DW设计,建构了系统元数据和数据抽取、转换、加载(extract,transform,load,ETL)的ETL模型,最后简述了系统的开发过程。该系统能有效地将通信装备技术保障数据转化为科学的决策信息,提高空军通信装备技术保障的效能。

  5. Photometry of Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects: 2060 Chiron (1977 UB), 10199 Chariklo (1997 CU26), 38628 Huya (2000 EB173), 28978 Ixion (2001 KX76), and 90482 Orcus (2004 DW)

    Galiazzo, M.; de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R.; Carraro, G.; Maris, M.; Montalto, M.


    Both Centaurs and trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) are minor bodies found in the outer Solar System. Centaurs are a transient population that moves between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune, and they probably diffused out of the TNOs. TNOs move mainly beyond Neptune. Some of these objects display episodic cometary behaviour; a few percent of them are known to host binary companions. Here, we study the light-curves of two Centaurs—2060 Chiron (1977 UB) and 10199 Chariklo (1997 CU26)—and three TNOs—38628 Huya (2000 EB173), 28978 Ixion (2001 KX76), and 90482 Orcus (2004 DW)—and the colours of the Centaurs and Huya. Precise, ˜1~%, R-band absolute CCD photometry of these minor bodies acquired between 2006 and 2011 is presented; the new data are used to investigate the rotation rate of these objects. The colours of the Centaurs and Huya are determined using BVRI photometry. The point spread function of the five minor bodies is analysed, searching for signs of a coma or close companions. Astrometry is also discussed. A periodogram analysis of the light-curves of these objects gives the following rotational periods: 5.5±0.4~h for Chiron, 7.0± 0.6~h for Chariklo, 4.45±0.07~h for Huya, 12.4±0.3~h for Ixion, and 11.9±0.5~h for Orcus. The colour indices of Chiron are found to be B-V=0.53±0.05, V-R=0.37±0.08, and R-I=0.36±0.15. The values computed for Chariklo are V-R=0.62±0.07 and R-I=0.61±0.07. For Huya, we find V-R=0.58±0.09 and R-I=0.64±0.20. Our rotation periods are similar to and our colour values are consistent with those already published for these objects. We find very low levels of cometary activity (if any) and no sign of close or wide binary companions for these minor bodies.

  6. Nutritional elements and alu- minium accumulation in Xerocomus badius mushrooms

    Mirosław Mleczek


    Full Text Available Introduction. This paper constitutes a supplementary study of the research conducted to assess accumulation efficiency of selected trace elements by Xerocomus badius fruiting bodies picked in some regions of Poland in selected years. Material  and methods. Atomic absorption/emission spectrometry techniques (FAAS and AES were applied to determine in the fruiting bodies of this mushroom species the total contents of Ca, K, Mg and Na, as well as Al as a metal capable of entering into easy interactions with nutritional elements and inhibiting their proper action in the human organism. Results. The highest concentrations of Al, K and Mg were determined in mushroom fruiting bodies collected in the Lower Silesia Voivodeship, amounting to 28.08 ±5.81 mg·kg-1d.w., 2.39 ±0.21 g·kg-1d.w. and 372.31 ±90.55 mg·kg-1d.w., respectively. On the other  hand, the highest concentrations of Ca (78.08 ±24.64 mg·kg-1 d.w. were recorded in mushrooms from the Łódź Voivodeship, while the highest concentrations of Na (77.03 ±20.46 mg·kg-1d.w. – in those from the Pomeranian Voivodeship were observed. In general, BCF > 1 was found only for K accumulation. Conclusion. Concentrationsof nutritional elements determined in this study revealed that the consumption of X. badius fruiting bodies supplied only small quantities of these constituents in comparison with the amounts consumed in other products. The detected Al concentrations showed that fruiting bodies of this mushroom species consumed in Poland during the past 20 years could not lead to health problems caused by the presence of this metal.

  7. Formation of Mg2Ni with enhanced kinetics: Using MgH2 instead of Mg as a starting material

    Zhao, Bin; Fang, Fang; Sun, Dalin; Zhang, Qingan; Wei, Shiqiang; Cao, Fenglei; Sun, Huai; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Zhu, Min


    At a temperature over the decomposition point (375 °C) of MgH2, the formation of Mg2Ni is greatly enhanced from the 2MgH2+Ni system, as compared to the 2Mg+Ni system. In support of this finding, in-situ observation of X-ray absorption fine structure of the two systems indicates that MgNi bonds form faster in the 2MgH2+Ni system than in the 2Mg+Ni system. Furthermore, theoretical modeling also shows that Mg atoms are readily released from MgH2 using much less energy and thus are more available to react with Ni once the dehydrogenation of MgH2 occurs, as compared to normal Mg.

  8. EDTA and citric acid mediated phytoextraction of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cd through marigold (Tagetes erecta).

    Sinhal, V K; Srivastava, Alok; Singh, V P


    Phytoextraction is an emerging cost-effective solution for remediation of contaminated soils which involves the removal of toxins, especially heavy metals and metalloids, by the roots of the plants with subsequent transport to aerial plant organs. The aim of the present investigation is to study the effects of EDTA and citric acid on accumulation potential of marigold (Tagetes erecta) to Zn, Cu, Pb, and Cd and also to evaluate the impacts of these chelators (EDTA and citric acid) in combination with all the four heavy metals on the growth of marigold. The plants were grown in pots and treated with Zn (7.3 mg l(-1)), Cu (7.5 mg I(-1)), Pb (3.7 mg l(-1)) and Cd (0.2 mg l(-1)) alone and in combination with different doses of EDTA i.e., 10, 20 and 30 mg l(-1). All the three doses of EDTA i.e., 10, 20 and 30 mg l(-1) significantly increased the accumulation of Zn, Cu, Pb and Cd by roots, stems and leaves as compared to control treatments. The 30 mg l(-1) concentration of citric acid showed reduced accumulation of these metals by root, stem and leaves as compared to lower doses i.e., 10 and 20 mg l(-1). Among the four heavy metals, Zn accumulated in the great amount (526.34 mg kg(-1) DW) followed by Cu (443.14 mg kg(-1) DW), Pb (393.16 mg kg(-1) DW) and Cd (333.62 mg kg(-1) DW) in leaves with 30 mg l(-1) EDTA treatment. The highest concentration of EDTA and citric acid (30 mg l(-1)) caused significant reduction in growth of marigold in terms of plant height, fresh weight of plant, total chlorophyll, carbohydrate content and protein content. Thus EDTA and citric acid efficiently increased the phytoextractability of marigold which can be used to remediate the soil contaminated with these metals.

  9. Thermodynamic modeling of the La-Mg-Y system and Mg-based alloys database

    DU Zhenmin; GUO Cuiping; LI Changrong; ZHANG Weijing


    As an example of the La-Mg-Y system, the method how to set up the thermodynamic model of individual phases was introduced in the process of thermodynamic optimization. The solution phases (liquid, body-centered cubic,face-centered cubic, hexagonal close-packed and double hexagonal close-packed) were modeled with the Redlich-Kister equation. The compound energy model has been used to describe the thermodynamic functions of the intermetallic compounds in the La-Mg-Y systems. The compounds Mg2Y, Mg24Y5, Mg12La, Mg17La2, Mg41La5, Mg3La and Mg2La in the La-Mg-Y system were treated as the formulae (Mg, Y)2(La,Mg, Y), Mg24(La,Mg, Y)4Y, Mg12(La, Y), Mg17(La, Y)2,Mg41(La,Y)5, Mg3(La,Mg,Y) and Mg2(La,Y), respectively. A model (La,Mg,Y)0.5(La,Mg,Y)0.5 was applied to describe the compound MgM formed by MgLa and MgY in order to cope with the order-disorder transition between body-centered cubic solution (A2) and MgM with CsCl-type structure (B2) in the La-Mg-Y system. The Gibbs energies of individual phases were optimized in the La-Mg, La-Y and La-Mg-Y systems by CALPHAD technique. The projection of the liquidus surfaces for the La-Mg-Y system was predicted. The Mg-based alloys database including 36 binary and 15 ternary systems formed by Mg, Al, Cu, Ni, Mn, Zn and rare earth elements was set up in SGTE standard.

  10. Chelant-assisted phytoextraction and accumulation of Zn by Zea mays.

    Gheju, M; Stelescu, I


    Zea mays plants were exposed to soils with concentrations of Zn ranging from 64 to 1800 mg kg(-1) dw, and the efficiency of three selected chelating agents (trisodium citrate (CI), disodium oxalate (OX) and disodium dihydrogen ethylene-diamine-tetraacetate (EDTA)) in enhancing metal phytoextraction was compared. Zn concentration in plant tissues increased in conjunction with the metal concentration of the soil. EDTA was found to be the most efficient chelating amendment, increasing concentrations of Zn in shoots from 88 mg kg(-1) dw, at 64 mg kg(-1) dw soil, to 8026 mg kg(-1) dw at 1800 mg kg(-1) dw soil. The overall orders of BCFs and TFs which resulted from this study are: EDTA > H2O > OX > CI, and EDTANa2 > OX > CI > H2O, respectively. The more effective uptake of Zn by plants for the control treatment (distilled water only) than for CI and OX was attributed to the neutral or slightly alkaline pH of the two chelant irrigation solutions. Instead, EDTA had a favorable effect on Zn uptake from soil due to its additive chelating and acidifying properties. Among the three chelants, only EDTA significantly increased the Zn phytoextraction potential of Z. mays, while CI and OX induced a low metal uptake from soil by plants. Although Z. mays has a lower Zn accumulation capacity than the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens, it could be considered as a potential phytoremediator of soils with elevated Zn concentrations, especially when metal pollution extends to depths greater than 20 cm. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Vegetation establishment on a deposit of zinc mine wastes.

    Bergholm, J; Steen, E


    Field trials concerning the establishment of plant cover on a deposit of wastes from the Ammeberg zinc mine in central Sweden were carried out during 1976-1985. Different soil conditioners and manures were applied and plant species cultivars were evaluated with regard to plant biomass, vigour, durability and content of zinc, lead and cadmium. Sewage sludge and topsoil led to better establishment of grasses than did municipal waste, straw and hydraulic seeding. After 2 years, Festuca rubra and Poa pratensis dominated the swards. Other species (Dactylis glomerata, Bromus inermis, Lolium perenne, Phleum nodosum, Festuca pratensis and F. arundinacea) constituted only a minor part of the stand. After 10 years, F. rubra was the most dominant species, while native Agrostis tenuis had invaded 20-50% of the area within the plots. Merlin was the clearly dominant red fescue cultivar. The concentration of zinc in shoots (616 mg kg(-1) dw) was about 10% of that in the soil. Zinc concentration decreased with increasing biomass above ground. It increased with age in Scots pine needles and was very high in birch leaves. Grasses survived longer than legumes in the zinc sand waste. Among the surviving grasses was a group with high (3800 mg kg(-1) dw) and a group with low (320 mg kg(-1) dw) zinc concentrations. The low group included Merlin red fescue and Sobel creeping bent. The cultivar Merlin contained a much lower zinc concentration than the other cultivars of red fescue (375 and 624 mg kg(-1) dw, respectively). A large amount of root biomass was present in plots with dominating Merlin red fescue (1715 g m(-2)), 97% of which was concentrated in the top 10 cm of the soil. The concentration of zinc in the roots was very high (13 000-25 000 mg kg(-1) dw). Nitrate fertilizer, especially ammonium nitrate, and acidic water (pH 4.3) increased zinc leaching.

  12. Arsenic accumulation in native plants of West Bengal, India: prospects for phytoremediation but concerns with the use of medicinal plants.

    Tripathi, Preeti; Dwivedi, Sanjay; Mishra, Aradhana; Kumar, Amit; Dave, Richa; Srivastava, Sudhakar; Shukla, Mridul Kumar; Srivastava, Pankaj Kumar; Chakrabarty, Debasis; Trivedi, Prabodh Kumar; Tripathi, Rudra Deo


    Arsenic (As) is a widespread environmental and food chain contaminant and class I, non-threshold carcinogen. Plants accumulate As due to ionic mimicry that is of importance as a measure of phytoremediation but of concern due to the use of plants in alternative medicine. The present study investigated As accumulation in native plants including some medicinal plants, from three districts [Chinsurah (Hoogly), Porbosthali (Bardhman), and Birnagar (Nadia)] of West Bengal, India, having a history of As pollution. A site-specific response was observed for Specific Arsenic Uptake (SAU; mg kg(-1) dw) in total number of 13 (8 aquatic and 5 terrestrial) collected plants. SAU was higher in aquatic plants (5-60 mg kg(-1) dw) than in terrestrial species (4-19 mg kg(-1) dw). The level of As was lower in medicinal plants (MPs) than in non-medicinal plants, however it was still beyond the WHO permissible limit (1 mg kg(-1) dw). The concentration of other elements (Cu, Zn, Se, and Pb) was found to be within prescribed limits in medicinal plants (MP). Among the aquatic plants, Marsilea showed the highest SAU (avg. 45 mg kg(-1) dw), however, transfer factor (TF) of As was the maximum in Centella asiatica (MP, avg. 1). Among the terrestrial plants, the maximum SAU and TF were demonstrated by Alternanthera ficoidea (avg. 15) and Phyllanthus amarus (MP, avg. 1.27), respectively. In conclusion, the direct use of MP or their by products for humans should not be practiced without proper regulation. In other way, one fern species (Marsilea) and some aquatic plants (Eichhornia crassipes and Cyperus difformis) might be suitable candidates for As phytoremediation of paddy fields.

  13. Lipid peroxidation in the kidney of rats treated with V and/or Mg in drinking water.

    Scibior, Agnieszka; Zaporowska, Halina; Niedźwiecka, Irmina


    LPO induced by in vitro treatment of kidney supernatants with exogenous Fe or V or Mg (600, 800 and 1000 microm) were a consequence of independent action of those metals and they also resulted from the interactions between exogenous Fe (Fe(exog)) and endogenous V (V(end)) and between V(end) and exogenous V (V(exog)). In conclusion, V (as NaVO(3)) consumed by the rats with drinking water at a dose of 12.9 mg V kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h for 12 weeks increased the basal LPO and markedly enhanced TAS in the renal tissue. Its pro-oxidant potential was also found in in vitro conditions. The Mg dose (6 mg Mg kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h) ingested by the rats together with V (12.7 mg V kg(-1) b.w. per 24 h) neither reduced nor intensified the spontaneous LPO, compared with V-only intoxicated animals; however, the stimulating effect of Mg on LPO was revealed in in vitro conditions.

  14. Preparation and Hydrogen Storage Properties of Mg-Rich Mg-Ni Ultrafine Particles

    Jianxin Zou


    Full Text Available In the present work, Mg-rich Mg-Ni ultrafine powders were prepared through an arc plasma method. The phase components, microstructure, and hydrogen storage properties of the powders were carefully investigated. It is found that Mg2Ni and MgNi2 could be obtained directly from the vapor state reactions between Mg and Ni, depending on the local vapor content in the reaction chamber. A nanostructured MgH2 + Mg2NiH4 hydrogen storage composite could be generated after hydrogenation of the Mg-Ni ultrafine powders. After dehydrogenation, MgH2 and Mg2NiH4 decomposed into nanograined Mg and Mg2Ni, respectively. Thermogravimetry/differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC analyses showed that Mg2NiH4 phase may play a catalytic role in the dehydriding process of the hydrogenated Mg ultrafine particles.

  15. Highly (100) oriented MgO growth on thin Mg layer in MTJ structure

    Jimbo, K [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-S3-42 O-okayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Nakagawa, S, E-mail:


    In order to apply Stress Assisted Magnetization Reversal (SAMR) method to perpendicular magnetoresistive random access memory (p-MRAM) with magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) using MgO (001) oriented barrier layer, multilayer of Ta/ Terfenol-D/ Mg/ MgO and Ta/ Terfenol-D/ MgO were prepared. While the MgO layer, deposited directly on the Terfenol-D layer, did not show (100) orientatin, very thin metallic Mg layer, deposited prior to the MgO deposition, was effective to attain MgO (100) orientation. The crystalline orientation was very weak without Mg, however, the multilayer with Mg showed very strong MgO(100) peak and the MgO orientation was shifted depending on the Mg thickness.

  16. Fabrication and superconducting properties of internal Mg diffusion processed MgB2 wires using MgB4 precursors

    Xu, Da; Wang, Dongliang; Yao, Chao; Zhang, Xianping; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo


    Monofilament MgB2/Nb/Monel wires were fabricated using three different MgB4 precursors by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process. The wire geometry and heat-treatment conditions were optimized in order to improve the critical current density (J c) of the MgB2 wire. The influences of the quality of MgB4 powders, such as the particle size and MgO impurity, on the microstructure and superconducting properties of the wires were discussed. Although there were small amounts of voids, unreacted MgB4 particles and MgO impurity existed in the superconducting layers, and the transport layer J c of the wire with the MgB4 precursor reached 3.0 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, which was comparable to that of IMD-processed wires fabricated using boron precursors. Both the non-barrier J c and engineering J c of MgB2 wire made using a MgB4 precursor were enhanced due to the improved grain connectivity and the enlarged fill factor.

  17. Determination of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction rate from Coulomb dissociation of 37Mg

    Shubhchintak; Chatterjee, R.; Shyam, R.


    We use the Coulomb dissociation (CD) method to calculate the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg radiative capture reaction. The CD cross sections of the 37Mg nucleus on a 208Pb target at the beam energy of 244 MeV/nucleon, for which new experimental data have recently become available, were calculated within the framework of a finite-range distorted-wave Born approximation theory that is extended to include the projectile deformation effects. Invoking the principle of detailed balance, these cross sections are used to determine the excitation function and subsequently the rate of the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction. We compare these rates to those of the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si reaction calculated within a Hauser-Feshbach model. We find that for T9 as large as up to 1.0 (in units of 109 K) the 36Mg(n ,γ )37Mg reaction is much faster than the 36Mg(α ,n )39Si one. The inclusion of the effects of 37Mg projectile deformation in the breakup calculations enhances the (n ,γ ) reaction rate even further. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the (n ,γ )β -decay r -process flow will be broken at the 36Mg isotope by the α process.

  18. The coordination of Mg in foraminiferal calcite

    Branson, Oscar; Redfern, Simon A. T.; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Sadekov, Aleksey; Langer, Gerald; Kimoto, Katsunori; Elderfield, Henry


    The Mg/Ca ratio of foraminiferal calcite is a widely accepted and applied empirical proxy for ocean temperature. The analysis of foraminifera preserved in ocean sediments has been instrumental in developing our understanding of global climate, but the mechanisms behind the proxy are largely unknown. Analogies have been drawn to the inorganic precipitation of calcite, where the endothermic substitution of Mg for Ca is favoured at higher temperatures. However, evidence suggests that foraminiferal Mg incorporation may be more complex: foraminiferal magnesium is highly heterogeneous at the sub-micron scale, and high Mg areas coincide with elevated concentrations of organic molecules, Na, S and other trace elements. Fundamentally, the incorporation mode of Mg in foraminifera is unknown. Here we show that Mg is uniformly substituted for Ca within the calcite mineral lattice. The consistency of Mg-specific X-ray spectra gathered from nano-scale regions across the shell (‘test’) reveals that the coordination of Mg is uniform. The similarity of these spectra to that produced by dolomite shows that Mg is present in an octahedral coordination, ideally substituted for Ca in a calcite crystal structure. This demonstrates that Mg is heterogeneous in concentration, but not in structure. The degree of this uniformity implies the action of a continuous Mg incorporation mechanism, and therefore calcification mechanism, across these compositional bands in foraminifera. This constitutes a fundamental step towards a mechanistic understanding of foraminiferal calcification processes and the incorporation of calcite-bound palaeoenvironment proxies, such as Mg.

  19. Modeling and stabilities of Mg/MgH2 interfaces: A first-principles investigation

    Tang, Jia-Jun; Yang, Xiao-Bao; Chen, Li-Juan; Zhao, Yu-Jun


    We have theoretically investigated the modeling and the structural stabilities of various Mg/MgH2 interfaces, i.e. Mg(10bar 10)/MgH2(210), Mg(0001)/MgH2(101) and Mg(10bar 10)/MgH2(101), and provided illuminating insights into Mg/MgH2 interface. Specifically, the main factors, which impact the interfacial energies, are fully considered, including surface energies of two phases, mutual lattice constants of interface model, and relative position of two phases. The surface energies of Mg and MgH2, on the one hand, are found to be greatly impacting the interfacial energies, reflected by the lowest interfacial energy of Mg(0001)/MgH2(101) which is comprised of two lowest energy surfaces. On the other hand, it is demonstrated that the mutual lattice constants and the relative position of two phases lead to variations of interfacial energies, thus influencing the interface stabilities dramatically. Moreover, the Mg-H bonding at interface is found to be the determinant of Mg/MgH2 interface stability. Lastly, interfacial and strain effects on defect formations are also studied, both of which are highly facilitating the defect formations. Our results provide a detailed insight into Mg/MgH2 interface structures and the corresponding stabilities.

  20. Modeling and stabilities of Mg/MgH2 interfaces: A first-principles investigation

    Jia-Jun Tang


    Full Text Available We have theoretically investigated the modeling and the structural stabilities of various Mg/MgH2 interfaces, i.e. Mg(101¯0/MgH2(210, Mg(0001/MgH2(101 and Mg(101¯0/MgH2(101, and provided illuminating insights into Mg/MgH2 interface. Specifically, the main factors, which impact the interfacial energies, are fully considered, including surface energies of two phases, mutual lattice constants of interface model, and relative position of two phases. The surface energies of Mg and MgH2, on the one hand, are found to be greatly impacting the interfacial energies, reflected by the lowest interfacial energy of Mg(0001/MgH2(101 which is comprised of two lowest energy surfaces. On the other hand, it is demonstrated that the mutual lattice constants and the relative position of two phases lead to variations of interfacial energies, thus influencing the interface stabilities dramatically. Moreover, the Mg-H bonding at interface is found to be the determinant of Mg/MgH2 interface stability. Lastly, interfacial and strain effects on defect formations are also studied, both of which are highly facilitating the defect formations. Our results provide a detailed insight into Mg/MgH2 interface structures and the corresponding stabilities.

  1. Analysis of Sulforaphane in Chinese kale(Brassica albograbra L. H. Bailey) by HPLC%芥蓝花薹中莱菔硫烷含量的 HPLC 分析

    李占省; 刘玉梅; 方智远; 杨丽梅; 庄木; 张扬勇; 李凌云; 孙培田


    以23份芥蓝纯合自交系和21份杂交 F1为试材,采用反相高效液相色谱法(RP-HPLC)测定花薹中莱菔硫烷含量,分析芥蓝花薹中莱菔硫烷含量的变化规律。结果表明:44份芥蓝材料花薹中莱菔硫烷含量变异范围为46.89~419.45 mg·kg-1(DW),供试材料间莱菔硫烷含量差异达显著水平。获得了1份莱菔硫烷含量较高的 F1材料 A86,含量为419.45 mg·kg-1(DW);3份莱菔硫烷含量较高的高代纯合自交系材料 A1、A17和 A53,含量分别为298.50、354.19、361.06 mg·kg-1(DW),可用于芥蓝抗癌新品种的选育和利用。%Forty four lines of Chinese kale(Brassica albograbra L.H.Bailey)including 23 high inbred lines and 21 F1 generations were used to detect the sulforaphane contents in flower stalk of Chinese kale by RP-HPLC,and to analyze the changing rule in sulforaphane contents.The results showed that the changing range of sulforaphane contents in 44 Chinese kale was 46.89-419.45 mg·kg-1(DW),and there were significant differences between sulforaphane contents of the testing lines.Four lines were detected with higher sulforaphane contents,among them one line was F1 generation A86 with 419.45 mg·kg-1(DW)sulforaphane content,the other 3 were inbred lines A1,A17 and A53.Their sulforaphane contents were 298.50 mg·kg-1(DW),354.19 mg·kg-1(DW),361.06 mg·kg-1(DW),respectively.They could be used for breeding of Chinese kale in anti-cancer and marketing promotion.

  2. Concentrations of arsenic, copper, cobalt, lead and zinc in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) growing on uncontaminated and contaminated soils of the Zambian Copperbelt

    Kříbek, B.; Majer, V.; Knésl, I.; Nyambe, I.; Mihaljevič, M.; Ettler, V.; Sracek, O.


    The concentrations of arsenic (As), copper (Cu), cobalt (Co), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) in washed leaves and washed and peeled tubers of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz, Euphorbiaceae) growing on uncontaminated and contaminated soils of the Zambian Copperbelt mining district have been analyzed. An enrichment index (EI) was used to distinguish between contaminated and uncontaminated areas. This index is based on the average ratio of the actual and median concentration of the given contaminants (As, Co, Cu, mercury (Hg), Pb and Zn) in topsoil. The concentrations of copper in cassava leaves growing on contaminated soils reach as much as 612 mg kg-1 Cu (total dry weight [dw]). Concentrations of copper in leaves of cassava growing on uncontaminated soils are much lower (up to 252 mg kg-1 Cu dw). The concentrations of Co (up to 78 mg kg-1 dw), As (up to 8 mg kg-1 dw) and Zn (up to 231 mg kg-1 dw) in leaves of cassava growing on contaminated soils are higher compared with uncontaminated areas, while the concentrations of lead do not differ significantly. The concentrations of analyzed chemical elements in the tubers of cassava are much lower than in its leaves with the exception of As. Even in strongly contaminated areas, the concentrations of copper in the leaves and tubers of cassava do not exceed the daily maximum tolerance limit of 0.5 mg kg-1/human body weight (HBW) established by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The highest tolerable weekly ingestion of 0.025 mg kg-1/HBW for lead and the highest tolerable weekly ingestion of 0.015 mg kg-1/HBW for arsenic are exceeded predominantly in the vicinity of smelters. Therefore, the preliminary assessment of dietary exposure to metals through the consumption of uncooked cassava leaves and tubers has been identified as a moderate hazard to human health. Nevertheless, as the surfaces of leaves are strongly contaminated by metalliferous dust in the polluted areas, there is still a potential hazard

  3. Use of synchrotron- and plasma-based spectroscopic techniques to determine the uptake and biotransformation of chromium(III) and chromium(VI) by Parkinsonia aculeata.

    Zhao, Yong; Parsons, Jason G; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Lopez-Moreno, Martha L; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L


    In this study, a combination of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was used to study the uptake and speciation of chromium in Parkinsonia aculeata, commonly known as Mexican Palo Verde. Plants were treated for 14 days in a modified Hoagland solution containing chromium(III) or chromium(VI) at several concentrations. The results showed that plants treated with 70 mg Cr(III) L(-1) and 30 mg Cr(VI) L(-1) had similar Cr concentrations in leaves (∼200 mg kg(-1) dry weight, DW). The results also showed that neither Cr(III) nor Cr(VI) affected the uptake of phosphorus and sulfur. However, the concentration of calcium in the stems of plants treated with Cr(VI) at 40 mg L(-1) (about 6000 mg Ca kg(-1) DW) was significantly higher compared to the Ca concentration (about 3000 mg kg(-1) DW) found in the stems of plants treated with 150 mg Cr(III) L(-1). However, no differences were observed in potassium and magnesium concentrations. The iron concentration (about 1000 mg kg(-1) DW) in roots treated with 40 mg Cr(VI) L(-1) was similar to the iron concentration found in the roots of plants treated with 110 mg Cr(III) L(-1). The XAS data showed that Cr(VI) was reduced to Cr(III) in/on the plant roots and transported as Cr(III) to the stems and leaves. The XAS studies also showed that Cr(III) within plants was present as an octahedral complex.

  4. Análise de crescimento em Heteranthera reniformis, sob diferentes teores de Ca, Mg e S Growth analysis in Heteranthera reniformis under different contents of Ca, Mg and S

    Vanessa David Domingos


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o crescimento, alocação de biomassa e teores de nutrientes em Heteranthera reniformis Ruiz & Pav., sob o efeito de diferentes concentrações de Ca, Mg e S. As plantas foram cultivadas em vasos plásticos preenchidos com pedra rolada, em soluções nutritivas a 80% da concentração original de Sarruge, correspondente à solução-base. O experimento foi desenvolvido em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com quatro teores (0%, 25%, 50% e 75% da solução base de 80% avaliados em Ca, Mg e S, além da testemunha (solução-base, com quatro repetições no período de 35 dias em casa de vegetação. O aumento dos teores de Ca na solução propiciou uma redução significativa na área foliar. As maiores áreas foliares ocorreram em soluções a 25% de Ca e 50% de Mg e S. A maior proporção de biomassa seca está no caule, exceto a 25% de Ca (40 mg L-1 que propiciou maior área foliar e área foliar específica. Entre os teores de Mg na solução, as maiores biomassas foram observadas a 50% de Mg (19,2 mg.L-1 e, para o S, não houve diferenças significativas, exceto a 0%. A solução com 160 mg L-1 de Ca propiciou maior concentração de Ca na folha (56,6 g kg-1. Os teores de Ca, Mg e S em solução corresponderam a um aumento proporcional na planta. Os teores de enxofre nas folhas e nos caules aumentaram com a concentração de S na solução, enquanto o teor nas raízes reduziu nas concentrações entre 12,8 e 38,4 mg.L-1.The objective was to study the growth, biomass allocation and concentration of nutrients in Heteranthera reniformis Ruiz & Pav. under the effect of different concentrations of Ca, Mg and S. The plants were cultivated in plastic pots fulfilled with rolled stone, in nutrient solutions of 80% of the original concentration of Sarruge. The experiment was carried out in a complete randomized design, with 4 contents (0, 25, 50 and 75% of the base solution evaluated in Ca, Mg and

  5. Corrosion behavior of Mg and Mg-Zn alloys in simulated body fluid

    GAO Jia-cheng; WU Sha; QIAO Li-ying; WANG Yong


    The corrosion behavior of Mg and Mg-Zn in simulated body fluid was studied.The mass loss of pure Mg,Mg-Zn-Zr and Mg-Zn-Zr-Y in simulated body fluid was measured using photovoltaic scale meter.Corrosion rate was determined through electrochemical tests.Finally,the corrosion mechanism was tbermodynamically studied.The results show that the corrosion rate decreases with the lapse of time for both pure Mg and Mg alloys.The purer the alloy,the borer the corrosion resistance exhibits.The corrosion behavior of Mg alloy is improved by the addition of trace Y.

  6. Bioaccumulation and physiological effects of excess lead in a roadside pioneer species Sonchus oleraceus L.

    Xiong, Z T


    Seedlings of Sonchus oleraceus L. were transplanted to soil supplied with lead acetate at dosages of 0, 800, 1600 and 3200 mg kg(-1) DW. Measures of chlorophyll content, peroxidase (POD) activity, shoot length, biomass and Pb content in the plant tissues were obtained from the experimental plants. With increasing amounts of Pb in the soil, the chlorophyll content, shoot length and biomass decreased, while POD activity and Pb content in the plant tissues increased. At 3200 mg kg(-1) Pb treatment, Pb content in the plant leaf, stem and root were 65.67, 149.82 and 1113.24 mg kg(-1), respectively. Only at 3200 mg kg(-1) Pb treatment did chlorophyll content, shoot length and biomass significantly increase by 18, 15 and 44%, respectively, while POD decreased by 39% over the control. The potential of applying this species in phytoremediation of Pb contaminated roadside soils and thus restoration of the roadside vegetation are discussed.

  7. DW双塔双循环脱硫工艺低能耗高效率运行原理简析%Brief Discussion on the Low Energy Consumption and High Efficiency Operation Principle of DW Double Absorber and Double Recirculation Desulphurization Process



    随着国内对环保要求的不断提高,单塔单循环已经越来越无法满足低能耗、高效率的脱硫要求, DW双塔双循环脱硫工艺越来越显现出其强大的生命力。DW双塔双循环脱硫塔优良的脱硫性能,是对普通单脱硫塔颠覆性的突破创新,在大机组、高含硫、高效率脱硫工程中具有独特的优势。文章通过对DW双塔双循环工艺原理、工艺特点等进行了分析介绍,同时列举了一些工程实例,通过数据比较,充分说明DW双塔双循环脱硫工艺在低能耗高效率等方面具有明显优势。%With continuous requirements on improving domestic environmental protection, a single tower and single recirculation system has become increasingly insufficient to meet the desulphurization requirements of low power consumption and high efifciency. The DW Double Absorber and Double Recirculation Desulphurization Process increasingly demonstrate its strong vitality. To a common single desulphurization tower system, the excellent desulphurization performance of DW Double Absorber And Double Recirculation Desulphurization Process is a subversive breakthrough and innovation, and it has unique advantages in projects of large boiler units, high sulfur content and high desulphurization efficiency. This article analyzes and introduces the theory and characteristics of DW Double Absorber and Double Recirculation Desulphurization Process, meanwhile through data comparison it also enumerates a number of practical projects to demonstrate the obvious predomination of DW Double Absorber And Double Recirculation Desulphurization Process in the aspects of low power consumption and high efifciency, etc.

  8. Non-resonant microwave absorption studies of superconducting MgB2 and MgB2 + MgO

    Janhavi P Joshi; Subhasis Sarangi; A K Sood; Dilip Pal; S V Bhat


    Non-resonant microwave absorption (NRMA) studies of superconducting MgB2 and a sample containing ∼ 10% by weight of MgO in MgB2 are reported. The NRMA results indicate near absence of intergranular weak links in the pure MgB2 sample. A linear temperature dependence of the lower critical field c1 is observed indicating a non- wave superconductivity. However, the phase reversal of the NRMA signal which could suggest wave symmetry is also not observed. In the MgB2 + MgO sample, much larger low field dependent absorption is observed indicating the presence of intergranular weak links. The hysteretic behavior of NRMA is compared and contrasted in the two samples. In the pure MgB2 sample, a large hysteresis is observed between the forward and the reverse scans of the magnetic field indicating strong pinning of flux lines. This hysteresis saturates a few degrees below c while in the MgB2 + MgO sample, a much slower increase of hysteresis with decreasing temperature is observed, a signature of weaker pinning.

  9. Agriculture intensification decreases soil C content and respiration activity in a Mediterranean Vertisol

    Farina, Roberta; Francaviglia, Rosa; Felici, Barbara; Renzi, Gianluca; Troccoli, Antonio


    Adoption of intensive and non-conservative farming practices in Mediterranean areas, often causes a strong reduction of soil organic C, with major side effects on soil functioning and CO2 emissions to atmosphere. The purpose of our research was to evaluate the effect of durum wheat-(Triticum durum Desf.) (DW) based rotations, common in Southern Italy, on soil organic C content and soil potential respiration, after 19 years of cultivation. The rotation experiment was carried out since 1992 in Foggia (Apulia, Italy) at the experimental farm of the Cereal Research Centre in a clayey vertisol. Here we report results concerning two rotations, among seven: continuous durum wheat (CDW) and bare fallow-durum wheat-durum wheat- (BF-DW-DW) compared with an adjoining soil, covered with permanent grassland undisturbed, since 1972, considered at steady state. Results showed a negative trend of soil C in both rotations. The C reduction respect to the undisturbed soil (14.5 g C kg-1 of soil) were 0.15 and 0.13% for CDW and BF-DW-DW, respectively. Daily soil potential respiration was always higher in the undisturbed soil: it was 13.65, 10.46 and 8.64 mg C-CO2/kg soil day-1, for undisturbed soil, BF-DW-DW and DWC respectively. The cumulative respiration in 28 days for CDW and BF-DW-DW rotations compared with undisturbed soil was lower by 23 and 32%, respectively. Among the two rotations compared, BF-DW-DW showed to be slightly more conservative than the DWC rotation for soil C, even though none of the two rotations was able to keep the soil C level at values comparable to steady state, due both to soil disturbance and to lower C inputs respect to the permanent cover.

  10. The conduction bands of MgO, MgS and HfO2

    Boer, P.K. de; Groot, R.A. de


    Electronic structure calculations for MgO, MgS and HfO2 are reported. It is shown that the conduction bands of MgO and MgS have predominantly anion character, contrary to the common picture of the conduction band being derived from cation states. In transition metal oxides, unoccupied anion states a

  11. TRPM6 forms the Mg2+ influx channel involved in intestinal and renal Mg2+ absorption.

    Voets, T.; Nilius, B.; Hoefs, S.J.G.; Kemp, J.W.C.M. van der; Droogmans, G.; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.


    Mg2+ is an essential ion involved in a multitude of physiological and biochemical processes and a major constituent of bone tissue. Mg2+ homeostasis in mammals depends on the equilibrium between intestinal Mg2+ absorption and renal Mg2+ excretion, but little is known about the molecular nature of

  12. Organ-wise accumulation of fluoride in Prosopis juliflora and its potential for phytoremediation of fluoride contaminated soil.

    Saini, Poonam; Khan, Suphiya; Baunthiyal, Mamta; Sharma, Vinay


    Fluoride (F) contamination is a global environmental problem, as there is no cure of fluorosis available yet. Prosopis juliflora is a leguminous perennial, phreatophyte tree, widely distributed in arid and semi-arid regions of world. It extensively grows in F endemic areas of Rajasthan (India) and has been known as a "green" solution to decontaminate cadmium, chromium and copper contaminated soils. This study aims to check the tolerance potential of P. juliflora to accumulate fluoride. For this work, P. juliflora seedlings were grown for 75 d on soilrite under five different concentrations of F viz., control, 25, 50, 75 and 100 mg NaF kg(-1). Organ-wise accumulation of F, bioaccumulation factor (BF), translocation factor (TF), growth ratio (GR) and F tolerance index (TI) were examined. Plant accumulated high amounts of F in roots. The organ-wise distribution showed an accumulation 4.41 mg kg(-1)dw, 12.97 mg kg(-1)dw and 16.75 mg kg(-1)dw F, in stem, leaves and roots respectively. The results indicated significant translocation of F from root into aerial parts. The bioaccumulation and translocation factor values (>1.0) showed high accumulation efficiency and tolerance of P. juliflora to F. It is concluded that P. juliflora is a suitable candidate for phytoremediation purpose and can be explored further for the decontamination of F polluted soils.

  13. Hydrogen storage systems from waste Mg alloys

    Pistidda, C.; Bergemann, N.; Wurr, J.; Rzeszutek, A.; Møller, K. T.; Hansen, B. R. S.; Garroni, S.; Horstmann, C.; Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Metz, O.; Taube, K.; Jensen, T. R.; Thomas, D.; Liermann, H. P.; Klassen, T.; Dornheim, M.


    The production cost of materials for hydrogen storage is one of the major issues to be addressed in order to consider them suitable for large scale applications. In the last decades several authors reported on the hydrogen sorption properties of Mg and Mg-based systems. In this work magnesium industrial wastes of AZ91 alloy and Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy are used for the production of hydrogen storage materials. The hydrogen sorption properties of the alloys were investigated by means of volumetric technique, in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) and calorimetric methods. The measured reversible hydrogen storage capacity for the alloys AZ91 and Mg-10 wt.% Gd are 4.2 and 5.8 wt.%, respectively. For the Mg-10 wt.% Gd alloy, the hydrogenated product was also successfully used as starting reactant for the synthesis of Mg(NH2)2 and as MgH2 substitute in the Reactive Hydride Composite (RHC) 2LiBH4 + MgH2. The results of this work demonstrate the concrete possibility to use Mg alloy wastes for hydrogen storage purposes.

  14. Coherent interface structures and intergrain Josephson coupling in dense MgO/Mg2Si/MgB2 nanocomposites

    Ueno, Katsuya; Nagashima, Yukihito; Seto, Yusuke; Matsumoto, Megumi; Sakurai, Takahiro; Ohta, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Uchino, Takashi


    Many efforts are under way to control the structure of heterointerfaces in nanostructured composite materials for designing functionality and engineering application. However, the fabrication of high-quality heterointerfaces is challenging because the crystal/crystal interface is usually the most defective part of the nanocomposite materials. In this work, we show that fully dense insulator (MgO)/semiconductor(Mg2Si)/superconductor(MgB2) nanocomposites with atomically smooth and continuous interfaces, including epitaxial-like MgO/Mg2Si interfaces, are obtained by solid phase reaction between metallic magnesium and a borosilicate glass. The resulting nanocomposites exhibit a semiconductor-superconducting transition at 36 K owing to the MgB2 nanograins surrounded by the MgO/Mg2Si matrix. This transition is followed by the intergrain phase-lock transition at ˜24 K due to the construction of Josephson-coupled network, eventually leading to a near-zero resistance state at 17 K. The method not only provides a simple process to fabricate dense nanocomposites with high-quality interfaces, but also enables to investigate the electric and magnetic properties of embedded superconducting nanograins with good intergrain coupling.

  15. The Coordination of Mg in Foraminiferal Calcite

    Branson, O.; Redfern, S. A.; Tyliszczak, T.; Sadekov, A.; Langer, G.; Elderfield, H.


    The Mg/Ca ratio in calcite shells ('tests') of foraminifera is an empirical ocean temperature proxy widely used to interpret palaeoclimates. We explore the distribution and local environment of Mg in foram tests using STXM and NEXAFS spectroscopy to test the fundamental assumptions behind the proxy, and shed light on the mechanisms underpinning this vital oceanographic tool. Throughout the development of the Mg/Ca proxy, it has been assumed that Mg in foraminifera tests substitutes directly into the calcite lattice (1). This assumption is based on XRD analyses of various high-Mg biogenic carbonates, where Mg concentrations are manifest in the shifted position of diffraction peaks (2, 3). The extrapolation of this trend to foraminiferal calcite links the proxy to inorganic precipitation experiments, and provides a theoretical mechanistic framework to understand the link between Mg/Ca and temperature: the substitution of Mg is endothermic, and favoured at higher temperatures. However, the concentration of Mg in most foraminifera (0-10 mmol/mol Mg/Ca) is below the detection limit of XRD methods, and the analogy to inorganic systems has not been explicitly tested. Electron microprobe (4-6), LA-ICP-MS (7) and high-resolution nanoSIMS mapping (Sadekov, unpub.) of foraminifera tests have revealed the presence of high 'trace element' bands running in plane with the test surface, enriched in Mg, Sr, S, organic molecules and other trace elements. This emphasises a key question highlighted by Dodd (1) when the proxy was still in its infancy: how is Mg incorporated into mineral skeletons? By direct substitution into the calcite lattice, interstitially in a separate distinct mineral phase, or associated with organic compounds? We address this fundamental question using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy at ALS beamline 11.0.2 to examine the distribution and local atomic environment of Mg in two contrasting species of foraminifera

  16. Existing form and effect of zirconium in pure Mg, Mg-Yb, and Mg-Zn-Yb alloys

    YU Wenbin; HE Hong; LI Chunmei; LI Qing; LIU Zhiyi; QIN Bing


    The existing form and grain refining effects of small zirconium addition in pure Mg, Mg-Yb and Mg-Zn binary alloys, and Mg-Zn-Yb ternary alloy (ZK60-Yb) were investigated. The results show that Zr element exists mainly in single and cluster particles of pure α-Zr or Zn-Zr compounds inside grains and at grain boundaries. Only the particles located in the interior of grains can act as the nucleus for α-Mg growth and effectively promote the formation of Fine equiaxed grains. The broken and dispersed Zr-rich particles produced during the hot extrusion process can form nebulous banded structure in which these free particles may act as obstacles to dislocation motion in wrought magnesium alloys.

  17. Iodine nutrition and toxicity in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua larvae

    S Penglase


    Full Text Available Copepods as feed promote better growth and development in marine fish larvae than rotifers. However, unlike rotifers, copepods contain several minerals such as iodine (I, at potentially toxic levels. Iodine is an essential trace element and both under and over supply of I can inhibit the production of the I containing thyroid hormones. It is unknown whether marine fish larvae require copepod levels of I or if mechanisms are present that prevent I toxicity. In this study, larval Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua were fed rotifers enriched to intermediate (26 mg I kg-1 dry weight; MI group or copepod (129 mg I kg-1 DW; HI group I levels and compared to cod larvae fed control rotifers (0.6 mg I kg-1 DW. Larval I concentrations were increased by 3 (MI and 7 (HI fold compared to controls during the rotifer feeding period. No differences in growth were observed, but the HI diet increased thyroid follicle colloid to epithelium ratios, and affected the essential element concentrations of larvae compared to the other groups. The thyroid follicle morphology in the HI larvae is typical of colloid goitre, a condition resulting from excessive I intake, even though whole body I levels were below those found previously in copepod fed cod larvae. This is the first observation of dietary induced I toxicity in fish, and suggests I toxicity may be determined to a greater extent by bioavailability and nutrient interactions than by total body I concentrations in fish larvae. Rotifers with 0.6 mg I kg-1 DW appeared sufficient to prevent gross signs of I deficiency in cod larvae reared with continuous water exchange, while modelling of cod larvae versus rotifer I levels suggests that optimum I levels in rotifers for cod larvae is 3.5 mg I kg-1 DW.

  18. Interplay of uniaxial and cubic anisotropy in epitaxial Fe thin films on MgO (001 substrate

    Srijani Mallik


    Full Text Available Epitaxial Fe thin films were grown on annealed MgO(001 substrates at oblique incidence by DC magnetron sputtering. Due to the oblique growth configuration, uniaxial anisotropy was found to be superimposed on the expected four-fold cubic anisotropy. A detailed study of in-plane magnetic hysteresis for Fe on MgO thin films has been performed by Magneto Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE magnetometer. Both single step and double step loops have been observed depending on the angle between the applied field and easy axis i.e. along ⟨100⟩ direction. Domain images during magnetization reversal were captured by Kerr microscope. Domain images clearly evidence two successive and separate 90° domain wall (DW nucleation and motion along cubic easy cum uniaxial easy axis and cubic easy cum uniaxial hard axis, respectively. However, along cubic hard axis two 180° domain wall motion dominate the magnetization reversal process. In spite of having four-fold anisotropy it is essential to explain magnetization reversal mechanism in 0°< ϕ < 90° span as uniaxial anisotropy plays a major role in this system. Also it is shown that substrate rotation can suppress the effect of uniaxial anisotropy superimposed on four-fold anisotropy.

  19. Identification of As accumulation plant species growing on highly contaminated soils.

    Gisbert, Carmina; Almela, Concepción; Vélez, Dinoraz; López-Moya, J Rafael; de Haro, Antonio; Serrano, Ramón; Montoro, Rosa; Navarro-Aviñó, Juan


    Soils from the alluvial flats of the Turia River, Valencia, Spain, which were highly contaminated by decades of industrial activity, were surveyed for native plant species that could be candidates useful in phytoremediation. Concentrations of heavy metals and arsenic (As) in soils reached 25,000 mg Kg(-1) Pb, 12,000 mg Kg(-1) Zn, 70 mg Kg(-1) Cd, and 13500 mg Kg(-1) As. The predominant vegetation was collected and species identified. Soil samples and the corresponding plant shoots were analyzed to determine the amount of As accumulated by the various plant species. Several were able to tolerate more than 1000 mg Kg(-1) As in the soil. Bassia scoparia (Chenopodiaceae) survive in soil with 8375 mg Kg(-1) As. Arsenic accumulation in shoots of the various plant species investigated ranged from 0.1 to 107 mg Kg(-1) dw. Bassia scoparia (Chenopodiaceae), Inula viscosa (Asteraceae), Solanum nigrum (Solanaceae), and Hirschfeldia incana (Brassicaceae) had the highest values for As accumulation.

  20. Melatonin administration in diabetes: regulation of plasma Cr, V, and Mg in young male Zucker diabetic fatty rats.

    Navarro-Alarcon, Miguel; Ruiz-Ojeda, Francisco J; Blanca-Herrera, Rosa M; Kaki, Abdullah; Adem, Abdu; Agil, Ahmad


    The use of melatonin, a neurohormone present in plants, represents an exciting approach for the maintenance of optimum health conditions. Melatonin administration ameliorates glucose homeostasis in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin in diabetes in relation to the levels and regulation of plasma chromium (Cr), vanadium (V), and magnesium (Mg) in Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) and Zucker lean (ZL) rats. At the age of 6 weeks, ZDF (n = 30) and ZL (n = 30) groups were each subdivided into three groups: control (C) (n = 10), vehicle-treated (V') (n = 10) and melatonin-treated (M) (10 mg kg(-1) per day; n = 10) groups for a 6 week period. After treatment, plasma mineral concentrations were measured by flame (Mg) and electrothermal (Cr and V) atomic absorption spectrometry. No significant differences were found between the C and V' groups (p > 0.05). Plasma Mg levels were significantly lower in C-ZDF vs. C-ZL rats, demonstrating the presence of hypomagnesemia in this diabetes mellitus model. Plasma V and Cr levels were significantly higher in M-ZDF vs. C-ZDF rats. Plasma Mg levels in ZDF rats were not affected by melatonin treatment (p > 0.05). Melatonin administration ameliorates the diabetic status of ZDF rats by enhancing plasma Cr and V concentrations. This appears to be the first report of a beneficial effect of melatonin treatment on plasma Cr and V regulation in ZDF rats.

  1. Theoretical simulation of CO2 capture by an \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}_{11}}\\text{Mg}_{3}^{-} cluster

    Jiang, Yuanyuan; Xie, Xuefang; Hamid, Ilyar; Chen, Chu; Duan, Haiming


    In order to have an impact on carbon emissions, new stable materials for carbon capture should be able to adsorb CO2 from a mixture of other gases efficiently. Based on density functional theory calculations, we showed that the \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster has an excellent capture capacity of CO2 and high CO2 selectivity under ambient conditions. \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- has an O2-resist property because this cluster is similar to \\text{Al}13- which contains 40 electrons with a larger energy gap. The \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster prefers to adsorb CO2 compared with CH4, H2 and N2, and the CO2 molecule can be chemically adsorbed on the cluster by overcoming a lower barrier, which originates from the introduction of the Mg atom. When seven CO2 molecules are chemically adsorbed on the cluster, the capture capacity of CO2 can reach up to 18.99 mol kg-1 this means that the \\text{A}{{\\text{l}}11}\\text{Mg}3- cluster can be viewed as a potential candidate material for CO2 capture.

  2. UHV and Ambient Pressure XPS: Potentials for Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 Surface Analysis

    Head, Ashley R.; Schnadt, Joachim


    The surface sensitivity of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has positioned the technique as a routine analysis tool for chemical and electronic structure information. Samples ranging from ideal model systems to industrial materials can be analyzed. Instrumentational developments in the past two decades have popularized ambient pressure XPS, with pressures in the tens of mbar now commonplace. Here, we briefly review the technique, including a discussion of developments that allow data collection at higher pressures. We illustrate the information XPS can provide by using examples from the literature, including MgO studies. We hope to illustrate the possibilities of ambient pressure XPS to Mg, MgO, and Mg(OH)2 systems, both in fundamental and applied studies.

  3. Diffusion of Ca and Mg in Calcite

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


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

  4. Treatment of patients with essential hypertension: amlodipine 5 mg/benazepril 20 mg compared with amlodipine 5 mg, benazepril 20 mg, and placebo.

    Kuschnir, E; Acuña, E; Sevilla, D; Vasquez, J; Bendersky, M; Resk, J; Glazer, R


    This multicenter, double-masked, randomized, parallel-group study compared the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of amlodipine 5 mg/benazepril 20 mg, amlodipine 5 mg, benazepril 20 mg, and placebo in patients with essential hypertension. After a placebo run-in period, 308 patients (all white) were randomized to treatment groups and took medication once daily for 8 weeks. Blood pressure was measured after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment in the 23- to 26-hour period after dosing. Patients wore a noninvasive blood pressure monitor for 24 hours before randomization and before the final visit. Investigators recorded adverse experiences at randomization and at study weeks 4 and 8, and obtained specimens for laboratory testing at randomization and at study week 8. Three hundred seven patients were evaluated for efficacy, and 308 for tolerability and safety. At end point (the last postrandomization measurement for each patient), the reduction in mean sitting diastolic blood pressure with the amlodipine 5 mg/benazepril 20 mg treatment was statistically significantly greater than with any comparative therapy. The results of 24-hour monitoring showed that the amlodipine/benazepril treatment, unlike monotherapy, maintained the hourly mean diastolic blood pressure at amlodipine 5 mg/benazepril 20 mg versus 67.5%, 53.3%, and 15.8% with amlodipine, benazepril, and placebo, respectively. This difference between the amlodipine/benazepril treatment group and each comparative single-agent treatment group was statistically significant. Drug-related adverse events occurred in 15.6% of patients in the amlodipine/benazepril group and in 24.7%, 6.5%, and 11.7% of patients in the amlodipine, benazepril, and placebo groups, respectively. Edema occurred less often in the amlodipine/benazepril group than in the amlodipine group. Overall, once-daily therapy with amlodipine 5 mg/benazepril 20 mg provided an antihypertensive effect that was statistically and clinically superior to amlodipine 5 mg

  5. Solvation of Mg in Helium-4: Are there Meta-stable Mg Dimers ?

    Krotscheck, Eckhard


    Experiments on the formation of magnesium complexes in $^4$He nanodroplets were interpreted as the observation of the formation of weakly bound magnesium complexes. We present results for single Mg and Mg dimer solvation using the hypernetted chain / Euler-Lagrange method as well as path integral Monte Carlo simulations. We find that the phonon-mediated, indirect Mg-Mg interaction adds an oscillatory component to the direct Mg-Mg interaction. We undertake a step-by-step examination of the ingredients of the calculation of the phonon-induced interaction, comparing the results of semi-analytic HNC-EL calculations for bulk and single impurity results with experiments as well as Monte Carlo data. We do not find evidence for a sufficiently strong secondary minimum in the effective Mg-Mg interaction to support a metastable state.

  6. The role of MgO content in ex situ MgB2 wires

    Kovac, P.; Hugek, I.; Meligek, T.;


    An experimental study of the effect of MgO content in the MgB2 powder used for ex situ made composite wires was carried out. Two single-core MgB2/Fe/Cu wires were made using commercial MgB2 powders from Alfa Aesar containing different fraction of MgO. Critical temperature and critical currents...... of as-deformed and heat-treated wires were measured. The differences between the wires are discussed and correlated with the MgO content. It was found that by increasing the amount of MgO, the inter-grain connectivity worsens, but well distributed and low size MgO particles improve flux pinning....

  7. Aging Behavior of Mg-Y-Zr and Mg-Nd-Zr Cast Alloys


    Aging behavior of Mg-3.6Y-0.5Zr and Mg-2.7Nd-0.5Zr alloys was investigated by microhardness measurement and transmission electron microscopy. In the case of Mg-Y-Zr alloy, the presence of β″ phase, a major strengthener, having base centered orthorhombic structure with its lattice constants of aβ″=0.64 nm, bβ″=2.22 nm,and cβ″=0.52 nm was identified. In the case of Mg-Nd-Zr alloy aged at 250℃, the presence ofβ″ and β′phases was identified. The crystal structure ofβ″ phase was found to be DO19 and its orientation relationships with Mg matrix were [0001]β″//[0001]Mg and [01-10]β″//[0110]Mg. The β′ phase had face centered cubicstructure and its orientation relationships with Mg matrix were [011]β′//[0001]Mg and [-11-1]β′//[-2110]Mg.The Mg-2.7Nd-0.5Zr alloy showed higher hardness compared with Mg-3.6Y-0.5Zr alloy.

  8. In vitro and in vivo comparison of binary Mg alloys and pure Mg.

    Myrissa, Anastasia; Agha, Nezha Ahmad; Lu, Yiyi; Martinelli, Elisabeth; Eichler, Johannes; Szakács, Gábor; Kleinhans, Claudia; Willumeit-Römer, Regine; Schäfer, Ute; Weinberg, Annelie-Martina


    Biodegradable materials are under investigation due to their promising properties for biomedical applications as implant material. In the present study, two binary magnesium (Mg) alloys (Mg2Ag and Mg10Gd) and pure Mg (99.99%) were used in order to compare the degradation performance of the materials in in vitro to in vivo conditions. In vitro analysis of cell distribution and viability was performed on discs of pure Mg, Mg2Ag and Mg10Gd. The results verified viable pre-osteoblast cells on all three alloys and no obvious toxic effect within the first two weeks. The degradation rates in in vitro and in vivo conditions (Sprague-Dawley® rats) showed that the degradation rates differ especially in the 1st week of the experiments. While in vitro Mg2Ag displayed the fastest degradation rate, in vivo, Mg10Gd revealed the highest degradation rate. After four weeks of in vitro immersion tests, the degradation rate of Mg2Ag was significantly reduced and approached the values of pure Mg and Mg10Gd. Interestingly, after 4 weeks the estimated in vitro degradation rates approximate in vivo values. Our systematic experiment indicates that a correlation between in vitro and in vivo observations still has some limitations that have to be considered in order to perform representative in vitro experiments that display the in vivo situation.

  9. The Mg impurity in nitride alloys

    Zvanut, M. E.; Willoughby, W. R.; Sunay, U. R. [Department of Physics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham AL (United States); Koleske, D. D.; Allerman, A. A. [Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque NM (United States); Wang, Ke; Araki, Tsutomu [Department of Photonics, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga (Japan); Nanishi, Yasushi [Department of Photonics, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan and WCU Program, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Although several magnetic resonance studies address the Mg acceptor in GaN, there are few reports on Mg doping in the alloys, where hole production depends strongly on the Al or In content. Our electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements of the p-type alloys suggest that the Mg impurity retains the axial symmetry, characteristic of a p-type dopant in both alloys; however, In and Al produce additional, different characteristics of the acceptor. In InGaN, the behavior is consistent with a lowering of the acceptor level and increasing hole density as In concentration increases. For AlGaN, the amount of neutral Mg decreases with increasing Al content, which is attributed to different kinetics of hydrogen diffusion thought to occur in samples with higher Al mole fraction.

  10. Thermodynamic optimization of Mg-Nd system

    MENG Fan-gui; LIU Hua-shan; LIU Li-bin; JIN Zhan-peng


    Based on the reported experimental data, the phase diagram of Mg-Nd binary system was optimized using the CALPHAD approach. Gibbs energies of the disordered BCC_A2 and ordered BCC_B2 phases were modeled with a single expression based on a 2-sublattice model. Liquid and terminal solutions, such as dHCP and HCP, were modeled as substitutional solutions. Intermediate phases Mg2Nd, Mg3Nd and Mg41Nd5 were treated as stoichiometric compounds. The optimization was carried out in the Thermo-Calc package. A set of thermodynamic parameters is obtained. Calculated phase diagram, enthalpies of formation and Gibbs energies of formation are in reasonable agreement with the experimental data.

  11. MgH{sub 2} as dopant for improved activation of commercial Mg ingot

    Jain, P., E-mail: [Hydrogen Research Institute, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351 des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5H7 (Canada); Lang, J. [Hydrogen Research Institute, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351 des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5H7 (Canada); Skryabina, N.Y. [Department of Physics, Perm State University, 15, Bukireva, 614990 Perm (Russian Federation); Fruchart, D. [Institut Néel, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Santos, S.F [CECS, Federal University of ABC, Rua Santa Adélia 166, Santo André, SP 09210-170 (Brazil); Binder, K.; Klassen, T. [Institute of Materials Technology, Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg (Germany); Huot, J., E-mail: [Hydrogen Research Institute, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351 des Forges, Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5H7 (Canada)


    Highlights: •We propose a simple method to reduce production cost of light weight materials for hydrogen storage applications. •Cheaper Mg ingot rather than expensive MgH{sub 2} is used as starting material. •Effect of MgH{sub 2} as catalytic powder for improved activation behavior of Mg is demonstrated. -- Abstract: In this paper, we propose a method to decrease the activation time (first hydrogenation) of commercial Mg. This new alternative processing route uses a combination of cold rolling and short time ball milling to obtain full hydrogen capacity quickly in the first hydrogenation. As ball milling of ductile materials leads to particle agglomeration, brittle Mg plates produced by repetitive cold rolling were used as starting material. These rolled plates were then ball milled for 30 min with and without the addition of 5 wt% Mg or MgH{sub 2} powders. All the synthesized samples were investigated for hydrogen storage, absorption–desorption behavior and microstructure using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and pressure-composition temperature (PCT) methods. Results showed slow activation behavior for cold rolled Mg plates, which was slightly improved after milling. Further improvement was obtained by adding 5 wt% of Mg powder during ball milling. In contrast, when the plates were ball milled with 5 wt% of MgH{sub 2} powder a drastic improvement in activation behavior was observed with hydrogen capacity reaching up to 6.2 wt% in comparison to 2.74 wt% for undoped and 3.57 wt% for Mg doped samples. These results reveal that ball milling with ductile Mg powder deforms only the surface of Mg plates while brittle MgH{sub 2} powders causes fracturing and cracks, increasing the surface area and generating heterogeneous nucleation sites within the bulk material.

  12. The influence of Mg-Zr master alloy microstructure on the corrosion of Mg

    Gandel, D. S.; Easton, M. A.; Gibson, M. A.; Abbott, T.; Birbilis, N.

    In this study, sixteen Mg-Zr alloys were produced to investigate the role of Zr on corrosion of Mg. Alloys were produced using two different commercial Mg-Zr master alloys commonly used for grain refining Mg, but which contain different Zr particle size distributions. It is seen that the master alloy with a smaller Zr particle size leads to an alloy containing more Zr in solid solution. The ratio of Zr in solid solution and in particle form was observed to have a marked effect on the corrosion of Mg.

  13. Features of Mg2Si Layer Growth in Si/Mg2Si Multilayers

    L.E. Konotopskyi


    Full Text Available Features of magnesium siliced layer growth in Si/Mg2Si multilayers in initial state and after thermal annealing were studied by methods of transmission electron microscopy and X-Ray scattering. As-deposited magnesium silicide layers are amorphous with nanocrystal inclusions of metastable h-Mg2Si. Formation of Mg2Si in hexagonal modification occurs under the influence of stress produced by silicon layers. At T = 723 К Mg2Si layers finished crystallizes in hexagonal modification, with some coarsening of grains. That is accompanied with 7.3 % reduction in period of the Si/Mg2Si multilayer.

  14. Influence of Mg Content on Deformability of AlMg Alloys during Extrusion

    Leśniak D.


    Full Text Available In this study the research on deformability of AlMg alloys with high Mg contents in extrusion was carried out. The different shapes from AlMg alloys containing 3.5%, 4.5% and 5.5% of Mg were extruded on 500 T semi-industrial press by using one-hole and multi-hole flat dies. The extrudates surface quality was under investigations in relation with the temperature-speed parameters of the extrusion process. The metal exit speed was estimated depending on the extrudates shape, wall thickness and Mg content. The alloy’s border solidus and liquidus temperatures were also determined.

  15. Elevated temperature properties of Mg- 12Li-Al-MgO composites

    WEI Xiao-wei; HUANG Qing-min


    The compressive creep of Mg-12Li-Al-MgO particulate composites was investigated, which were produced by the reaction of reinforcement materials (B2O3) with Mg-12Li-Al alloy melt in the temperature range of 100-190 ℃ and under different compressive stress in the range of 40-70 MPa with special apparatus. The content of MgO particulates is about 0, 5%, 10%,15%(volume fraction) in Mg-12Li-Al alloy respectively. The results reveal that the creep resistance of the particulate composites is increased with increasing the content of MgO particulates and considerable improvementin creep resistance is observed in Mg-12Li-Al-MgO composites. However, over all range of temperatures and stresses, the creep data for these composites can be correlated using an empirical equation εs =Aσnexp(-Q/RT), where n is 4.93 and Q is about 78.1 kJ/mol for Mg-14Li-Al alloy and n is between 7.48 and 9.47 and Q is 111.2-137.3 kJ/mol for Mg-12Li-Al-MgO composites. The different compressive creep behavior of the composites is associated with the different material constant A. The compressive creep rate is controlled by the lattice diffusion of Li and dislocation climb.

  16. Ultrafast Synthesis and Related Phase Evolution of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn Compounds

    Zhang, Qiang; Lu, Qiangbing; Yan, Yonggao; Su, Xianli; Tang, Xinfeng


    Both Mg2Si and Mg2Sn compounds were synthesized by an ultra-fast self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method. The data regarding SHS were obtained via theoretical calculation combined with experiments, showing that the adiabatic temperature T ad and ignition temperature T ig of Mg2Si are a little higher than those of Mg2Sn. The mechanism of phase evolution and the concomitant microstructure evolution during the synthesis process of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn compounds were investigated by adopting SHS technique coupled with a sudden quenching treatment. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and x-ray powder diffraction (XRD) results indicate that Mg2Si compound can be directly synthesized through the reaction of Mg and Si elements at around 850 K. Correspondingly, the formation of Mg2Sn needs to undergo melting of Sn and the subsequent feeble reaction between Mg and Sn elements before the large scale transformation at 730 K. As the groundwork, this research embodies great significance for future study on the ultrafast SHS process of the ternary Mg2Si1-x Sn x solid solutions.

  17. Formation and Corrosion Resistance of Mg-Al Hydrotalcite Film on Mg-Gd-Zn Alloy

    Ba, Z. X.; Dong, Q. S.; Kong, S. X.; Zhang, X. B.; Xue, Y. J.; Chen, Y. J.


    An environment-friendly technique for depositing a Mg-Al hydrotalcite (HT) (Mg6Al2(OH)16-CO3ṡ4H2O) conversion film was developed to protect the Mg-Gd-Zn alloy from corrosion. The morphology and chemical compositions of the film were analyzed by scanning electronic microscope (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy (RS), respectively. The electrochemical test and hydrogen evolution test were employed to evaluate the biocorrosion behavior of Mg-Gd-Zn alloy coated with the Mg-Al HT film in the simulated body fluid (SBF). It was found that the formation of Mg-Al HT film was a transition from amorphous precursor to a crystalline HT structure. The HT film can effectively improve the corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy. It indicates that the process provides a promising approach to modify Mg-Gd-Zn alloy.

  18. Melting relations in the MgO-MgSiO3 system up to 70 GPa

    Ohnishi, Satoka; Kuwayama, Yasuhiro; Inoue, Toru


    Melting experiments in a binary system MgO-MgSiO3 were performed up to 70 GPa using a CO2 laser heated diamond anvil cell. The quenched samples were polished and analyzed by a dualbeam focused ion beam (FIB) and a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), respectively. The liquidus phase and the eutectic composition were determined on the basis of textual and chemical analyses of sample cross sections. Our experimental results show that the eutectic composition is the Si/Mg molar ratio of 0.76 at 35 GPa and it decreases with increasing pressure. Above 45 GPa, it becomes relatively constant at about 0.64-0.65 Si/Mg molar ratio. Using our experimental data collected at a wide pressure range up to 70 GPa together with previous experimental data, we have constructed a thermodynamic model of the eutectic composition of the MgO-MgSiO3 system. The eutectic composition extrapolated to the pressure and temperature conditions at the base of the mantle is about 0.64 Si/Mg molar ratio. The modeled eutectic composition is quite consistent with a previous prediction from ab initio calculations (de Koker et al. in Earth Planet Sci Lett 361:58-63, 2013), suggesting that the simple assumption of a non-ideal regular solution model can well describe the melting relation of the MgO-MgSiO3 system at high pressure. Our results show that the liquidus phase changes from MgO-periclase to MgSiO3-bridgmanite at 35 GPa for the simplified pyrolite composition ( 0.7 Si/Mg molar ratio), while MgSiO3-bridgmanite is the liquidus phase at the entire lower mantle conditions for the chondritic composition ( 0.84 Si/Mg molar ratio).

  19. Bioaccumulation of Four Kinds of Heavy Metals in Different Varieties of Pleurotus spp. and Safety Limits in Culture Substrate%不同品种平菇对4种重金属的吸收富集与安全限量值研究

    杨小红; 陈慧君; 李俊; 邹亚杰; 胡清秀


    different Pleurotus spp. varieties were grown in the same substrate. The values of Pleurotus spp. P-25’, P-5’and P-8 were respectively 99.56, 74.37 mg·kg-1 DW, and 58.56 mg·kg-1 DW for Pb;0.21, 0.13 mg·kg-1 DW, and 0.21 mg·kg-1 DW for Cd;0.08, 0.07 mg·kg-1 DW, and 0.29 mg·kg-1 DW for Hg;and 1.31, 2.72 mg·kg-1 DW and 1.85 mg·kg-1 DW for As in cottonseed hull substrates. In corn cob, the limit of Pb was 83.64 mg·kg-1 DW for P-8 and that of Cd was 0.08, 0.07 mg·kg-1 DW, and 0.27 mg·kg-1 DW for P-25’, P-5’and P-8 strains.

  20. Hydrodechlorination of Tetrachloromethane over Palladium Catalysts Supported on Mixed MgF₂-MgO Carriers.

    Bonarowska, Magdalena; Wojciechowska, Maria; Zieliński, Maciej; Kiderys, Angelika; Zieliński, Michał; Winiarek, Piotr; Karpiński, Zbigniew


    Pd/MgO, Pd/MgF₂ and Pd/MgO-MgF₂ catalysts were investigated in the reaction of CCl₄ hydrodechlorination. All the catalysts deactivated in time on stream, but the degree of deactivation varied from catalyst to catalyst. The MgF₂-supported palladium with relatively large metal particles appeared the best catalyst, characterized by good activity and selectivity to C₂-C₅ hydrocarbons. Investigation of post-reaction catalyst samples allowed to find several details associated with the working state of hydrodechlorination catalysts. The role of support acidity was quite complex. On the one hand, a definite, although not very high Lewis acidity of MgF₂ is beneficial for shaping high activity of palladium catalysts. The MgO-MgF₂ support characterized by stronger Lewis acidity than MgF₂ contributes to very good catalytic activity for a relatively long reaction period (~5 h) but subsequent neutralization of stronger acid centers (by coking) eliminates them from the catalyst. On the other hand, the role of acidity evolution, which takes place when basic supports (like MgO) are chlorided during HdCl reactions, is difficult to assess because different events associated with distribution of chlorided support species, leading to partial or even full blocking of the surface of palladium, which plays the role of active component in HdCl reactions.

  1. Preparation of Metallic Isotope 26Mg

    WuXiaolei; ZhangFuming; GanZaiguo; GuoJunsheng; QinZhi


    Some special isotope material is usually used in nuclear experiments. It can be served as ion beam or target. When new superheavy nuclide 265Bh (Z=107) is synthesized, a reaction of 243Am target with 26Mg ion beamis selected to produce new isotope 265Bh. The preparation and production of this rare and extremely expensive isotope 26 Mg used for ion beam substance will be a key problem in synthesizing experiment of 265Bh. Theavailable chemical form of isotope 26Mg in commercial product usually is oxide or other compound, which are not required in our experiment. They need to be transformed to metal form as a proper working substance in ion source.

  2. Hydrogenation properties of Mg-Al alloys

    Andreasen, Anders


    In this paper the properties of Mg-Al alloys in relation to hydrogen storage are reviewed. The main topics of this paper are materials preparation, hydrogen capacity, thermodynamics of hydride formation, and the kinetics of hydride formation and decomposition. Hydrogenation of Mg-Al leads...... to disproportionation with the formation of magnesium hydride and metallic aluminum as the final product. Experimental evidence renders this process reversible. It is observed that the enthalpy of hydride formation of magnesium is lowered upon alloying with Al due to a slightly endothermic disproportionation reaction....... Further, it is found that the kinetics of hydrogenation, as well dehydrogenation, may be significantly improved by alloying compared to pure Mg. The expense of these improvements of the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation properties is a lower gravimetric hydrogen density in the hydrogenated product, (C) 2008...

  3. High Spin States in ^24Mg

    Schwartz, J.; Lister, C. J.; Wuosmaa, A.; Betts, R. R.; Blumenthal, D.; Carpenter, M. P.; Davids, C. N.; Fischer, S. M.; Hackman, G.; Janssens, R. V. F.


    The ^12C(^16O,α)^24Mg reaction was used at 51.5MeV to populate high angular momentum states in ^24Mg. Gamma-rays de-exciting high spin states were detected in a 20 detector spectrometer (the AYE-ball) triggered by the ANL Fragment Mass Analyser (FMA). Channel selection, through detection of ^24Mg nuclei with the appropriate time of flight, was excellent. All the known decays from high spin states were seen in a few hours, with the exception of the 5.04 MeV γ-decay of the J^π=9^- state at 16.904 MeV footnote A.E.Smith et al., Phys. Lett. \\underlineB176, (1986)292. which could not be confirmed. The potential of the technique for studying the radiative decay of states with very high spin in light nuclei will be discussed.

  4. Phase equilibrium in Mg-Cu-Y

    Mezbahul-Islam, Mohammad; Medraj, Mamoun


    Magnesium-based bulk metallic glasses (BMG) have potential in applications ranging from biomedical to sports equipment and the Mg-Cu-Y system offers some of the most promising alloys. Phase relations and ternary solubility of the binary and ternary compounds of this system have been experimentally investigated. The Isothermal section of Mg-Cu-Y system at 673 K for the entire composition range has been constructed. Phase relations in the Cu-rich (>66 at.% Cu) region of the Mg-Cu-Y system has been determined for the first time. The homogeneity range of three ternary compounds has been determined. Solidifications behavior of several key alloys have been discussed based on the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments and thermodynamic calculations. Extensive analysis of the DSC curves has been carried out to relate them to the corresponding phase transformation reactions and temperatures. Some of the most promising metallic glass forming regions have been analyzed using thermodynamic calculations.

  5. Superconductivity in MgB2


    In January of 2001 the superconductivity of the compound MgB2 with a critical temperature Tc of up to 39 K was discovered. This Tc is the highest in all intermetallic compound and alloy superconductors. MgB2 has a simple structure and its manufacturing capital cost is lower, therefore it could become a practical superconductor in the future. The recent progress is reviewed here which covers the progress in electronic structure, high Tc mechanism, superconducting parameters (Debye temperature, specific heat coefficient of electron, critical fields, coherent length, penetration depth, energy gap, critical current and relaxation rate of flux). Moreover the issue on power transmission is discussed.

  6. Electron microscopy observations of MgB 2 wire prepared by an internal Mg diffusion method

    Shimada, Y.; Kubota, Y.; Hata, S.; Ikeda, K.; Nakashima, H.; Matsumoto, A.; Togano, K.; Kumakura, H.


    Microstructure in a high-density MgB2 wire fabricated by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process has been investigated by electron microscopy imaging and analysis at different scales. In the IMD process, a pure Mg rod was used as Mg source, and nanosized SiC powders were mixed with amorphous B powders. In the case of a heat treatment at 640 °C for 1 h carried out after rolling and drawing processes, the wire has two microstructural features that degrade critical current density: uncrystallized zones composed mainly of unreacted B and SiC powders, and cracks partly filled with course Mg2Si crystals. Those cracks were formed in the uncrystallized zones as well as in crystallized MgB2 zones. It indicate that the cracks formed by the mechanical milling and drawing remain after the heat treatment.

  7. Vitamin K prophylaxis for premature infants: 1 mg versus 0.5 mg.

    Costakos, Dennis T; Greer, Frank R; Love, Laureen A; Dahlen, Lynn R; Suttie, John W


    We studied babies (22 to 32 weeks gestational age) of mothers wishing to breast-feed. Group 1 received 1 mg of vitamin K and Group 2 received 0.5 mg of vitamin K. The Day 2 plasma levels of vitamin K were 1900 to 2600 times higher on average, and the Day 10 vitamin K levels 550 to 600 times higher on average, relative to normal adult plasma values, whether an initial prophylaxis dose of 0.5 mg or 1 mg was used. We conclude that 0.5 mg as the initial dose of vitamin K intramuscularly or intravenously would likely be more than adequate to prevent hemorrhagic disease of the newborn, and that 0.3 mg/per kg may be used for babies with birth weights below 1000 g. To decrease vitamin K intakes in this population, new preparations of total parenteral nutrition multivitamins are needed.

  8. Efficient hydrogen storage with the combination of lightweight Mg/MgH2 and nanostructures.

    Cheng, Fangyi; Tao, Zhanliang; Liang, Jing; Chen, Jun


    Efficient hydrogen storage plays a key role in realizing the incoming hydrogen economy. However, it still remains a great challenge to develop hydrogen storage media with high capacity, favourable thermodynamics, fast kinetics, controllable reversibility, long cycle life, low cost and high safety. To achieve this goal, the combination of lightweight materials and nanostructures should offer great opportunities. In this article, we review recent advances in the field of chemical hydrogen storage that couples lightweight materials and nanostructures, focusing on Mg/MgH(2)-based systems. Selective theoretical and experimental studies on Mg/MgH(2) nanostructures are overviewed, with the emphasis on illustrating the influences of nanostructures on the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation mechanisms and hydrogen storage properties such as capacity, thermodynamics and kinetics. In particular, theoretical studies have shown that the thermodynamics of Mg/MgH(2) clusters below 2 nm change more prominently as particle size decreases.

  9. Mifepristone 5 mg versus 10 mg for emergency contraception: double-blind randomized clinical trial

    Carbonell JL


    Full Text Available Josep Lluis Carbonell,1 Ramon Garcia,2 Adriana Gonzalez,2 Andres Breto,2 Carlos Sanchez2 1Mediterranea Medica Clinic, Valencia, Spain; 2Eusebio Hernandez Gynecology and Obstetrics Teaching Hospital, Havana, Cuba Purpose: To estimate the efficacy and safety of 5 mg and 10 mg mifepristone for emergency contraception up to 144 hours after unprotected coitus. Methods: This double-blind randomized clinical trial was carried out at Eusebio Hernandez Hospital (Havana, Cuba. A total of 2,418 women who requested emergency contraception after unprotected coitus received either 5 mg or 10 mg mifepristone. The variables for assessing efficacy were the pregnancies that occurred and the fraction of pregnancies that were prevented. Other variables assessed were the side effects of mifepristone, vaginal bleeding, and changes in the date of the following menstruation. Results: There were 15/1,206 (1.2% and 9/1,212 (0.7% pregnancies in the 5 mg and 10 mg group, respectively (P=0.107. There were 88% and 93% prevented pregnancies in the 5 mg and 10 mg group, respectively. The side effect profiles were similar in both groups. Delayed menstruation ≥7 days was experienced by 4.9% and 11.0% of subjects in the 5 mg and 10 mg group, respectively (P=0.001. There was a significant high failure rate for women weighing >75 kg in the 5 mg group. Conclusion: It would be advisable to use the 10 mg dose of mifepristone for emergency contraception as there was a trend suggesting that the failure rate of the larger dose was lower. Keywords: mifepristone, emergency contraception

  10. The reactive Mg-liquid infiltration to obtain long superconducting MgB$_{2}$ cables

    Giunchi, G


    An alternative “in situ” process to the MgB2 wire manufacturing is represented by the Reactive Mg-Liquid Infiltration (Mg-RLI) process [1], in which the precursor wire is constituted by a metallic sheath encasing a central Mg rod, surrounded by the B powders. We demonstrated that this peculiar “internal Mg” assembly is able to produce very dense superconducting material of high critical current density, with an acceptable fill factor, up to 0.28. Furthermore the Mg-RLI allows also to easily dope the MgBB2 material either by carbon or nanoSiC powders. In order to realize long cables with this technique, two different approaches may be applied. The first one relies on the assembly of thin wires, fine enough that the liquid Mg cannot freely percolate along the wire during the reaction, and the second one relies on the assembly of thick hollow wires, reacted with a continuous supply of Mg to avoid deficiency of Mg in some part of the precursor wire. Both techniques have been demonstrated feasible and the ...

  11. The Interplay of Al and Mg Speciation in Advanced Mg Battery Electrolyte Solutions.

    See, Kimberly A; Chapman, Karena W; Zhu, Lingyang; Wiaderek, Kamila M; Borkiewicz, Olaf J; Barile, Christopher J; Chupas, Peter J; Gewirth, Andrew A


    Mg batteries are an attractive alternative to Li-based energy storage due to the possibility of higher volumetric capacities with the added advantage of using sustainable materials. A promising emerging electrolyte for Mg batteries is the magnesium aluminum chloride complex (MACC) which shows high Mg electrodeposition and stripping efficiencies and relatively high anodic stabilities. As prepared, MACC is inactive with respect to Mg deposition; however, efficient Mg electrodeposition can be achieved following an electrolytic conditioning process. Through the use of Raman spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, (27)Al and (35)Cl nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and pair distribution function analysis, we explore the active vs inactive complexes in the MACC electrolyte and demonstrate the codependence of Al and Mg speciation. These techniques report on significant changes occurring in the bulk speciation of the conditioned electrolyte relative to the as-prepared solution. Analysis shows that the active Mg complex in conditioned MACC is very likely the [Mg2(μ-Cl)3·6THF](+) complex that is observed in the solid state structure. Additionally, conditioning creates free Cl(-) in the electrolyte solution, and we suggest the free Cl(-) adsorbs at the electrode surface to enhance Mg electrodeposition.

  12. Effect of Ni on Mg based hydrogen storage alloy Mg3Nd

    TONG Yanqing; OUYANG Liuzhang; ZHU Min


    Magnesium-neodymium based alloys were prepared by induction melting in an alumina crucible under protection of pure argon atmosphere. XRD patterns show that the as-melted Mg-Nd and Mg3NdNi 0.1 diffraction peaks can be excellently indexed with D03 structure (BiF3 type, space group Fm3m ). The lattice constant of Mg3Nd phase is 0.7390 nm, which is determined by XRD analysis using Cohen's extrapolation method. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity reaches 1.95wt.% for Mg3Nd and 2.68wt.% for Mg3NdNi0.1 . The desorption of hydrogen takes place at 291 ℃ for Mg3Nd and at 250 ℃ for Mg3NdNi 0.1 . The alloys could absorb hydrogen at room temperature with rapid hydriding and dehydriding kinetics after only one cycle. The enthalpy (ΔH ) and entropy (ΔS ) of Mg3Nd-H dehydriding reaction were -68.2 kJ·mol-1 H2 and -0.121 kJ·(K·mol)-1 H2 determined by using van't Hoff plot according to the pressure-composition-isotherms (P-C-I) curve measured at different temperatures. Hydrogen absorption kinetic property of Mg3NdNi 0.1 alloy was also measured at room temperature.

  13. Comparing Doping Methodologies in Mg2Si/AgMg System

    Polymeris, G. S.; Theodorakakos, A.; Mars, K.; Godlewska, E.; Lioutas, Ch. B.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.


    Morphological and optical characterizations for the Mg2Si samples doped with Ag are presented. Two different doping methodologies with silver, namely in situ and ex situ doping, were studied for the case of Mg2Si of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis. Electron microscopy measurements in both scanning and transmission configurations verified the presence of AgMg precipitates embedded in the Mg2Si matrix and similar results were also yielded by FTIR spectroscopy. Finally, the dependence of silver content in both forms of dopant and inter-metallic constituent is studied upon doping technology.

  14. Confinement of Mg-MgH2 systems into carbon nanotubes changes hydrogen sorption energetics.

    Liang, Jian-jie; Kung, W-C Paul


    The density functional theory (DFT) method was used to study the effect of nanoconfinement on the energetics of Mg-MgH2 systems. Varying levels of loading of the Mg/MgH2 particles into a (10,10) carbon nanotube were examined, and the corresponding energetics were computed. A clear trend was observed that, as the level of loading increases (increasing confinement), the net energy change in the hydrogen sorption/desorption processes decreases to a significant level when the loading approaches the maximum. The confinement was found not to depend on the tube length of the confining nanotubes.

  15. Effect of long-term zinc pollution on soil microbial community resistance to repeated contamination.

    Klimek, Beata


    The aim of the study was to compare the effects of stress (contamination trials) on the microorganisms in zinc-polluted soil (5,018 mg Zn kg(-1) soil dry weight) and unpolluted soil (141 mg Zn kg(-1) soil dw), measured as soil respiration rate. In the laboratory, soils were subjected to copper contamination (0, 500, 1,500 and 4,500 mg kg(-1) soil dw), and then a bactericide (oxytetracycline) combined with a fungicide (captan) along with glucose (10 mg g(-1) soil dw each) were added. There was a highly significant effect of soil type, copper treatment and oxytetracycline/captan treatment. The initial respiration rate of chronically zinc-polluted soil was higher than that of unpolluted soil, but in the copper treatment it showed a greater decline. Microorganisms in copper-treated soil were more susceptible to oxytetracycline/captan contamination. After the successive soil contamination trials the decline of soil respiration was greater in zinc-polluted soil than in unpolluted soil.

  16. Accumulation of mercury and methylmercury by mushrooms and earthworms from forest soils.

    Rieder, Stephan R; Brunner, Ivano; Horvat, Milena; Jacobs, Anna; Frey, Beat


    Accumulation of total and methyl-Hg by mushrooms and earthworms was studied in thirty-four natural forest soils strongly varying in soil physico-chemical characteristics. Tissue Hg concentrations of both receptors did hardly correlate with Hg concentrations in soil. Both total and methyl-Hg concentrations in tissues were species-specific and dependent on the ecological groups of receptor. Methyl-Hg was low accounting for less than 5 and 8% of total Hg in tissues of mushrooms and earthworms, respectively, but with four times higher concentrations in earthworms than mushrooms. Total Hg concentrations in mushrooms averaged 0.96 mg Hg kg(-1) dw whereas litter decomposing mushrooms showed highest total Hg and methyl-Hg concentrations. Earthworms contained similar Hg concentrations (1.04 mg Hg kg(-1) dw) whereas endogeic earthworms accumulated highest amounts of Hg and methyl-Hg.

  17. Soil decontamination of 2,4,6- trinitrotoluene by alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

    Fallahi, S; Habibi-Rezaei, M; Khayami, M; Heydari, R


    Present study investigate the toxicity effect of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) on a terrestrial plant, alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in artificial soils. In this study, TNT toxicity assessment was performed on spiked silica with this nitroaromatic compound by determination of the percent of emergence and shoots and roots biomasses at the concentration range of 3.2-10000 mg kg(-1) Dry Weight (DW). The emergence was reduced by 22-32% after 5 days of exposure at TNT concentrations up to 100 mg kg(-1) DW; shoot and root biomasses were reduced by 48-50 and 63-74%, respectively after 30 days exposure at TNT concentrations alfalfa cultivation for 30 days, TNT was partially transformed at the extent of 15-27%. This transformation decreased at higher TNT soil concentrations. TNT is taken up and metabolized by plants to its downstream derivatives.

  18. Effect of EDTA on Pb(II) Uptake and Translocation by Tumbleweed (Salsola Kali): Agar and Hydroponics Studies

    de la Rosa, Guadalupe; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L.; Peralta-Videa, Jose R.; Aldrich, Mary


    Environmental accumulation of Pb represents a worldwide health hazard. While conventional cleanup techniques are generally expensive and soil disturbing, phytoremediation represents an inexpensive friendly option for the removal of contaminants from soil and water. In this research, tumbleweed (Salsola kali) plants exposed for 15 days to Pb(NO3)2 at 80 and 125 ppm in hydroponics and agar media, demonstrated a high capacity to uptake lead. The results showed that the plants cultivated in agar accumulated 25563, 5534 and 2185 mg Pb kg-1 DW in roots, stems and leaves, respectively. Moreover, Pb concentrations found in hydroponically grown tumbleweed plants tissues were 30744, 1511 and 1421 mg kg-1 DW in roots, stems and leaves, respectively. It was observed that EDTA enhanced Pb translocation. No Pb phytotoxic effects were observed during the experimental time period. Cellular structural features were also observed using TEM.

  19. Effect of Mg-Nb oxides addition on hydrogen sorption in MgH{sub 2}

    Rahman, M.W.; Castellero, A. [Dipartimento di Chimica IFM, NIS Centre of Excellence, Universita di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino (Italy); Enzo, S. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Sassari, 07100 Sassari (Italy); Livraghi, S.; Giamello, E. [Dipartimento di Chimica IFM, NIS Centre of Excellence, Universita di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino (Italy); Baricco, M., E-mail: [Dipartimento di Chimica IFM, NIS Centre of Excellence, Universita di Torino, Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino (Italy)


    Highlights: > H{sub 2} sorption reactions in MgH{sub 2} with 1 mol% MgNb{sub 2}O{sub 6}, Mg{sub 4}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Mg{sub 3}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 11} have been investigated. > Ball-milled samples showed the presence of a mixture of {beta} and {gamma} allotropes of MgH{sub 2}. > The presence of Mg-Nb oxides significantly accelerates the hydrogen absorption and desorption processes. > Experimental results are discussed on the basis of thermodynamic and kinetic arguments. - Abstract: H{sub 2} absorption and desorption reactions in MgH{sub 2} promoted by ball-milling with 1 mol% MgNb{sub 2}O{sub 6}, Mg{sub 4}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Mg{sub 3}Nb{sub 6}O{sub 11} have been investigated. MgH{sub 2} was milled with the bare oxides for 12 h under a high purity Ar atmosphere. Absorption and desorption reactions in the ball-milled samples were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) in isothermal conditions with Anton Paar XRK 900 reaction chamber. XRD patterns for absorption were recorded at 573 K under hydrogen pressure of 0.9 MPa and for desorption at 623 K in vacuum. Experimental data were analysed according to the Rietveld method. Ball-milled samples showed the presence of a mixture of {beta} and {gamma} allotropes of MgH{sub 2}, with significantly broadened diffraction peaks due to reduced crystallite size and strain, together with bare additives. The presence of Mg-Nb oxides significantly accelerates the hydrogen absorption and desorption processes. The amount of hydrogen absorbed in the presence of Mg-Nb-O phases is lower than the maximum stoichiometric capacity, because of the presence of a non-reactive MgO layer on the surface of the powders or at the grain boundaries. Experimental results are discussed on the basis of thermodynamic and kinetic arguments.

  20. Preparation of an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase by planetary ball milling of Mg with10 wt% MgH2

    Hong, Seong-Hyeon; Song, Myoung Youp


    In order to prepare an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase, 90 wt% Mg+10 wt% MgH2 (named Mg-10MgH2) was milled under hydrogen atmosphere in a planetary ball mill for different durations (2 h, 5 h, and 10 h). The hydrogen absorption and release properties of the prepared samples were investigated and compared with those of purchased pure MgH2 samples. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h had the largest quantity of hydrogen released at 648 K for 100 min of 5.96 wt%. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h released 0.11 wt% H for 10 min, 4.85 wt% H for 30 min, and 5.83 wt% H for 60 min at 648 K at the first cycle. Mg-10MgH2 milled for 5 h absorbed 5.39 wt% H for 5 min and 5.92 wt% H for 60 min at 648 K at the second cycle. Dehydriding curves were also obtained at the first cycle of Mg-10MgH2 samples milled for 5 h using Mg powder with or without sieving (200 mesh). The dehydriding curve at 648 K of a Mg-10MgH2 sample milled for 5 h in the planetary ball mill was compared with that of the sample milled for 24 h in a horizontal ball mill.

  1. Destabilization of Mg Hydride by Self-Organized Nanoclusters in the Immiscible Mg-Ti System

    Asano, Kohta; Westerwaal, Ruud J.; Anastasopol, Anca; Mooij, Lennard P A; Boelsma, Christiaan; Ngene, Peter; Schreuders, Herman; Eijt, Stephan W H; Dam, Bernard


    Mg is an attractive hydrogen storage material not only because of its high gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen capacities but also because of it low material costs. However, the hydride of MgH2 is too stable to release hydrogen under moderate conditions. We demonstrate that the formation of

  2. Energy Bands and Fermi Surface for beta-MgMh and beta-MgTl

    Skriver, Hans Lomholt


    The energy bands of ordered β′-MgHg and β′-MgTl have been calculated by the relativistic linear-muffintin-orbital method. We show how the gross features of the energy bands may be estimated from Wigner-Seitz rules. The densities of states are calculated and the heat capacities derived. The Fermi...

  3. Destabilization of Mg Hydride by Self-Organized Nanoclusters in the Immiscible Mg-Ti System

    Asano, Kohta; Westerwaal, Ruud J.; Anastasopol, Anca; Mooij, Lennard P A; Boelsma, Christiaan; Ngene, Peter; Schreuders, Herman; Eijt, Stephan W H; Dam, Bernard


    Mg is an attractive hydrogen storage material not only because of its high gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen capacities but also because of it low material costs. However, the hydride of MgH2 is too stable to release hydrogen under moderate conditions. We demonstrate that the formation of nanomete

  4. Demonstration of Mg2FeH6 as heat storage material at temperatures up to 550 °C

    Urbanczyk, R.; Meggouh, M.; Moury, R.; Peinecke, K.; Peil, S.; Felderhoff, M.


    The storage of heat at high temperatures, which can be used to generate electricity after sunset in concentrating solar power plants, is one of the most challenging technologies. The use of metal hydride could be one possibility to solve the problem. During the endothermic heat storage process, the metal hydride is decomposed releasing hydrogen, which then can be stored. During the exothermic reaction of the metal with the hydrogen gas, the stored heat is then released. Previous research had shown that Mg and Fe powders can be used at temperatures up to 550 °C for heat storage and shows excellent cycle stability over hundreds of cycles without any degradation. Here, we describe the results of testing of a tube storage tank that contained 211 g of Mg and Fe powders in 2:1 ratio. Twenty-three dehydrogenations (storage) and 23 hydrogenations (heat release) in the temperature range between of 395 and 515 °C and pressure range between 1.5 and 8.6 MPa were done. During the dehydrogenation, 0.41-0.42 kWhth kg-1 of heat based on material 2 Mg/Fe can be stored in the tank. After testing, mainly Mg2FeH6 was observed and small amounts of MgH2 and Fe metal can be detected in the hydride samples. This means that the heat storage capacity of the system could be further increased if only Mg2FeH6 is produced during subsequent cycles.

  5. Modification effect of lanthanum on primary phase Mg2Si in Mg-Si alloys

    WANG Liping; GUO Erjun; MA Baoxia


    The modifying effect of La addition on primary phase Mg2Si in Mg-5Si alloys was investigated. The results showed that a proper amount of La could effectively modify the primary phase Mg2Si. Based on the present experiment, the optimal modification effect was obtained with an addition of about 0.5 wt.% La. The size of the primary phase Mg2Si was considerably reduced to 25 μm or less and the morphology was modified from a coarse dendritic shape to a polyhedral shape. However, when the addition of La increased to 0.8 wt.% or higher, the primary Mg2Si grew into a coarse dendritic morphology again. Moreover, it was found that some LaSi2 compounds were formed during solidification and the amount of the compounds appeared to increase gradually with increasing La content.

  6. Microstructure and hardness of Mg-based composites reinforced with Mg2Si particles

    Mustafa Aydin; Cem Ozgür; Osman San


    Magnesium powders were mechanically alloyed with SiO2 powder particles having different particle sizes using high-energy ball milling techniques under Ar atmosphere for 1 h. The powders were consolidated with cold pressing under 560 Mpa. They were then sintered at 550℃ for 45 min under Ar atmosphere. The composites obtained on the Mg-SiO2 system were investigated using the Archimedes principle, a differential scanning calorimeter, X-ray diffraction, optic microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. For the mechanically alloyed powders, the solid-state reaction of the synthesis of Mg2Si and MgO progressed further during sintering of the materials. The results showed that the strengthening mechanisms were dependent on dispersion hardening of fine Mg2Si and MgO particulates dispersed homogeneously in the matrix.

  7. Growth of MgO on multi-layered graphene and Mg in PVA matrix

    Marka, Sandeep K.; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Prasad, Muvva D.; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.


    An easy and low temperature in-situ growth of MgO micro-rods on multi-layered graphene (MLG) in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix is elucidated. MLG decked with nanosized fragments of MgO and PVA are used as the starting materials to form MgO micro-rods (width = ∼1 μm and length = ∼4 μm) and MLG filled PVA composite film. Simple solution mixing, spin coating and simple drying processes are used to obtain the PVA composite. The growth mechanism of MgO micro-rods and the role of PVA in the growth of MgO micro-rods are explained on the basis of the observed morphological, structural and phase characteristics and a further controlled synthesis experiment, respectively.

  8. Combined toxicity of imidacloprid and three insecticides to the earthworm, Eisenia fetida (Annelida, Oligochaeta).

    Cang, Tao; Dai, Dejiang; Yang, Guiling; Yu, Yijun; Lv, Lu; Cai, Leiming; Wang, Qiang; Wang, Yanhua


    Although the earthworm Eisenia fetida has been used in many ecotoxicological studies in recent years, most of these studies have only focused on assessing the effects of individual insecticides. In the present study, we aimed to compare the individual and combined toxic effects of imidacloprid and three insecticides (phoxim, chlorpyrifos, and lambda-cyhalothrin) on E. fetida. We showed that imidacloprid had the highest intrinsic toxicity to the worms in filter paper contact test, followed by phoxim and lambda-cyhalothrin, while the least toxicity was found from chlorpyrifos. Moreover, 14-day soil toxicity test revealed that the highest toxicity was still detected for imidacloprid with an LC50 value of 2.82 (2.61∼3.17) mg a.i. kg(-1) dry weight (DW), followed by chlorpyrifos with an LC50 value of 384.9 (353.5∼440.3) mg a.i. kg(-1) DW. Meanwhile, a relatively less toxicity was found for lambda-cyhalothrin with an LC50 value of 560.3 (475.9∼718.5) mg a.i. kg(-1) DW, while the lowest toxicity to E. fetida was observed for phoxim with an LC50 value of 901.5 (821.3∼1017) mg a.i. kg(-1) DW. In addition, significant synergistic responses were found from the ternary mixture of imidacloprid-phoxim-lambda-cyhalothrin and quaternary mixture of imidacloprid-phoxim-chlorpyrifos-lambda-cyhalothrin in both bioassay systems. Therefore, our findings highlighted that the simultaneous presence of several insecticides in the soil environment might lead to increased toxicity, resulting in serious damage to the nontarget organisms compared with individual insecticides.

  9. Toxic effect of arsenate and cadmium alone and in combination on giant duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza L.) in response to its accumulation.

    Seth, Chandra Shekhar; Chaturvedi, Pranav Kumar; Misra, Virendra


    To evaluate the biological effects of wastewater samples containing heavy metals, the effects of metal Cd (II) and As (V) were studied on Spirodela polyrrhiza L. The plants were exposed at metal concentrations 0.1, 0.5, 1, 2 microM of Cd (II) and 1, 5, 10, 20 microM of As (V) for a period of 1, 4, 7 d (day) alone and in combination of both. Plants accumulated 1855 mg kg(-1) dw (dry weight) Cd and 1230 mg kg(-1) dw As after 7 d in alone, whereas it was 885 mg kg(-1) dw Cd and 865 mg kg(-1) dw As in combination. The toxicological parameters such as fresh biomass, photosynthetic pigments, and total protein contents increased up to 2 microM of Cd (II) after 1 d and 10 microM of As (V) after 4 d with respect to control (Hormesis effect), followed by gradual decline at higher concentrations and duration. In case of Cd (II) a maximum decrease of 58% in protein content, 62% in fresh biomass, and 78% in total chlorophyll was observed at 2 microM, whereas, with As (V) 38% decrease in protein content, 34% in fresh biomass, and 52% in total chlorophyll was shown at 20 microM after 7 d. The metal tolerance strategy against metal induced reactive oxygen species adopted by the plants was investigated with reference to nonprotein thiols (NP-SH), cysteine, and ascorbic acid. The results of combined treatment revealed reduced toxicity at the level of fresh biomass, protein content, and chlorophyll; however, the amount of nonenzymatic antioxidant did not significantly (P = 0.172) increase as compared to alone treatment. Finally, it was concluded that due to high metal accumulation coupled with defense potential, the plant appears to have a potential for its use as phytoremediator species of aquatic environments.

  10. The uptake of Cs and Sr from soil to radish (Raphanus sativus L.)- potential for phytoextraction and remediation of contaminated soils.

    Wang, Dan; Wen, Fangping; Xu, Changhe; Tang, Yunlai; Luo, Xuegang


    The (133)Cs and (88)Sr uptake by plant Raphanus sativus L. was studied during cultivation in outdoor potted-soil. The distribution, accumulation of (133)Cs, (88)Sr and the antioxidant responses in plants were measured after 30 and 60 days of cultivation. The results showed that the uptake capacity of radish for (88)Sr was far higher than that for (133)Cs when the concentration of (88)Sr was as the same as that of (133)Cs in the soil (The concentration of (88)Sr or (133)Cs in the soil was from 2.5 mg kg(-1) to 40 mg kg(-1)). The highest (88)Sr accumulation was 239.18 μg g(-1) dw, otherwise, the highest (133)Cs accumulation was 151.74 μg g(-1) dw (The concentration of (88)Sr in the soil was 40 mg kg(-1)), and the lowest (88)Sr accumulation was 131.03 μg g(-1) dw, otherwise, the lowest (133)Cs accumulation was 12.85 μg g(-1) dw (The concentration of (88)Sr in the soil is 5 mg kg(-1)). The (88)Sr and (133)Cs TF values were 1.16-1.72 and 0.24-0.60, respectively. There was little influence of high concentration of (88)Sr on the total biomass of plants, so the radish is one of the ideal phytoremediation plant for Sr polluted soils. The important physiological reasons that radish had good tolerance to (88)Sr stress were that the MDA content was higher under the (88)Sr stress than that under the (133)Cs stress, and the activities of POD and CAT were lower under the (88)Sr stress than that under (133)Cs stress.

  11. Mg based alloys obtained by mechanical alloying

    Ordonez, S. [Univ. de Santiago de Chile (Chile). Fac. de Ingenieria; Garcia, G.; Serafini, D.; San Martin, A.


    In the present work, we studied the production of magnesium alloys, of stoichiometry 2Mg + Ni, by mechanical alloying (MA) and the behavior of the alloys under hydrogen in a Sievert`s type apparatus. The elemental powders were milled under argon atmosphere in a Spex 8000 high energy ball mill. The milled materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Only minimum amounts of the Mg{sub 2}Ni intermetallic compound was obtained after 22 h of milling time. Most of the material was sticked to the inner surface of the container as well as to the milling balls. Powders milled only for 12 hours transforms to the intermetallic at around 433 K. Effects of the MA on the hydrogen absorption kinetics were also studied. (orig.) 10 refs.

  12. Bulk amorphous Mg-based alloys

    Pryds, Nini


    The present paper describes the preparation and properties of bulk amorphous quarternary Mg-based alloys and the influence of additional elements on the ability of the alloy to form bulk amorphous. The main goal is to find a Mg-based alloy system which shows both high strength to weight ratio...... and a low glass transition temperature. The alloys were prepared by using a relatively simple technique, i.e. rapid cooling of the melt in a copper wedge mould. The essential structural changes that are achieved by going from the amorphous to the crystalline state through the supercooled liquid state...... are discussed in this paper. On the basis of these measurements phase diagrams of the different systems were constructed. Finally, it is demonstrated that when pressing the bulk amorphous alloy onto a metallic dies at temperatures within the supercooled liquid region, the alloy faithfully replicates the surface...

  13. Novel alginate based coatings on Mg alloys

    Sangeetha, K.; Roy, Abhijit [Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Singh, Satish [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Lee, Boeun [Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Kumta, Prashant N., E-mail: [Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Center for Complex Engineered Multifunctional Materials, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States)


    Coatings on yttrium doped magnesium (Mg4Y) alloy substrates were prepared using alginate hydrogels by dip coating method to improve the surface bioactive properties of the substrate. Furthermore, composite coatings containing nano-sized calcium phosphate corresponding to hydroxyapatite (HA) phase entrapped within alginate hydrogel were also synthesized on the Mg4Y substrates. Surface characteristics of these coated substrates have been investigated using FTIR-ATR, SEM and EDS. The results show that the coatings with alginate alone are not stable in vitro; however, incorporation of NanoCaPs slightly improves the stability of these coatings. In addition, these composite coatings showed cell attachments with fibronectin incorporation. These results indicate that alginate hydrogels have the potential to be used as bioactive coating materials for different biofunctional applications.

  14. Electronic structure of MgB2

    P Modak; R S Rao; B K Godwal; S K Sikka


    Results of ab initio electronic structure calculations on the compound MgB2 using the FPLAPW method employing GGA for the exchange-correlation energy are presented. Total energy minimization enables us to estimate the equilibrium volume, / ratio and the bulk modulus, all of which are in excellent agreement with experiment. We obtain the mass enhancement parameter by using our calculated (F) and the experimental specific heat data. The c is found to be 24.7 K.

  15. Orientation relationships between icosahedral clusters in hexagonal MgZn2 and monoclinic Mg4Zn7 phases in Mg-Zn(-Y) alloys

    Rosalie, Julian M.; Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Singh, Alok; Mukai, Toshiji


    Intermetallic precipitates formed in heat-treated and aged Mg-Zn and Mg-Zn-Y alloys have been investigated via electron microscopy. Coarse spheroidal precipitates formed on deformation twin boundaries contained domains belonging to either the MgZn2 hexagonal Laves phase or the monoclinic Mg4Zn7 phase. Both phases are structurally related to the quasi-crystalline phase formed in Mg-Zn-Y alloys, containing icosahedrally coordinated zinc atoms arranged as a series of broad rhombohedral units. This rhombohedral arrangement was also visible in intragranular precipitates where local regions with the structures of hexagonal MgZn2 and Mg4Zn7 were found. The orientation adopted by the MgZn2 and Mg4Zn7 phases in twin-boundary and intragranular precipitates was such that the icosahedral clusters were aligned similarly. These results highlight the close structural similarities between the precipitates of the Mg-Zn-Y alloy system.

  16. Interstitial Fe in MgO

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


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

  17. Embedded TCP/IP Chip Based on DW8051 Core


    As remote control for electric home appliances thro ug h the Internet becomes more common, many compannies today launched a new corpora te initiative to develop advanced embedded solutions for Internet connectivity t hat can be applied to a boundless number of products such as information applian ces and non-PC devices. The most representative products are CMX-MicroNet which provides true TCP/IP ca pabilities for 8-bit and 16-bit microprocessors and eZ80Internet Engine which provides easy Internet connect...

  18. Comparison of hydrogen storage properties of pure Mg and milled pure Mg

    Myoung Youp Song; Young Jun Kwak; Seong Ho Lee; Hye Ryoung Park


    Hydrogen storage properties of pure Mg were studied at 593 K under 12 bar H2. In order to increase the hydriding and dehydriding rates, pure Mg was ground under hydrogen atmosphere (reactive mechanical grinding, RMG) and its hydrogen storage properties were subsequently investigated. Pure Mg absorbed hydrogen very slowly. At the number of cycles () of 1, pure Mg absorbed 0.05 wt% H for 5 min, 0.08 wt% H for 10 min and 0.29 wt% H for 60 min at 593 K under 12 bar H2. Activation was completed at the fifth cycle. At = 6, pure Mg absorbed 1.76 wt% H for 5 min, 2.17 wt% H for 10 min and 3.40 wt% H for 60 min. The activation of pure Mg after RMG was completed at the sixth cycle. At = 7, pure Mg after RMG absorbed 2.57 wt% H for 5 min, 3.21 wt% H for 10 min and 4.15 wt% H for 60 min.

  19. Midazolam 12 mg is moderately counteracted by 250 mg caffeine in man.

    Mattila, M J; Vainio, P; Nurminen, M L; Vanakoski, J; Seppälä, T


    Caffeine (Caf) counteracts various effects of benzodiazepines (BZDs). Since the effects of zolpidem, a short-acting atypical GABA(A)-BZD agonist, were not antagonized by Caf, we studied an interaction between Caf and midazolam (Mid) in healthy volunteers. In Study 1, 108 healthy students divided to 6 parallel groups were given Mid 12 mg (capsule) and Caf 125 and 250 mg (in decaffeinated coffee), alone and in combinations in the double-blind placebo-controlled manner. Objective and subjective tests were done before and at 45 and 90 min after intake. Ranked delta-values (changes from baseline) were analyzed by one-way contrast ANOVA and Scheffe's tests. In Study 2, six healthy subjects took Mid 15 mg (tablet) with and without Caf 300 mg. The dynamic effects were analyzed as in Study 1 and the plasma concentrations were assayed. In Study 1, learn effects after placebo (ad + 15%) were seen for letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution tests. Midazolam alone significantly (p 0.05). In conclusion, in a parallel group study, sedative effects of Mid 12 mg were only moderately antagonized by Caf 250 mg but not by Caf 125 mg. In a cross-over study, a weak interaction was found subjectively but not in objective measures.

  20. Zolpidem 10 mg given at daytime is not antagonized by 300 mg caffeine in man.

    Mattila, M J; Nurminen, M L; Vainio, P; Vanakoski, J


    Caffeine counteracts various effects of traditional benzodiazepines (BZDs). As zolpidem, a short-acting hypnotic, is an atypical GABAA-BZD agonist, we investigated when caffeine would counteract the effects of zolpidem as well. In daytime study I, zolpidem 10 mg (capsule) and caffeine 150 or 300 mg (in decaffeinated coffee) were given, alone and in combinations, to parallel groups (n = 15-17) of healthy students in double-blind and placebo-controlled manner. Objective and subjective tests were done before and 45 min and 90 min after intake. Ranked delta values (changes from baseline) were analysed by one-way contrast ANOVA and Scheffe's tests. In daytime study II, four healthy subjects took zolpidem 10 mg alone, and together with blinded caffeine 250 mg or (at -45 min) erythromycin 750 mg. Objective and subjective effects were measured and plasma zolpidem concentrations assayed at baseline and 45 min and 90 min after zolpidem intake. In study I, practice effects after placebo (ad + 30%) were seen for letter cancellation and digit symbol substitution but not for flicker fusion tests. Zolpidem alone significantly impaired (P effects of zolpidem and either dose of caffeine matched those measured after zolpidem alone. Zolpidem + caffeine 300 mg was not stronger than zolpidem + caffeine 150 mg in impairing immediate memory and causing subjective sedation. In study II, zolpidem caused objective and subjective sedation; neither caffeine nor erythromycin modulated the effects of zolpidem or plasma zolpidem concentrations. The sedative effects of 10 mg of zolpidem are not antagonized by 150-300 mg of caffeine in pharmacodynamic or pharmacokinetic terms.

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

    Mueller, M.


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

  2. FeII/MgII, [Fe/Mg] Ratios and High-z Quasars

    Korista, K; Corbin, M R; Freudling, W; Korista, Kirk; Kodituwakku, Nalaka; Corbin, Michael; Freudling, Wolfram


    It has been suggested in the literature that the (Fe/alpha) abundance ratio may be used as a chronometer, due to a delay in this ratio reaching its solar value as predicted by galactic chemical evolution models. Using grids of photoionization models along a sequence of the (Fe/Mg) abundance ratio vs.\\ metallicity with time in a giant elliptical starburst scenario, we investigate the relationship between the (Fe/Mg) abundance ratio and the FeII/MgII emission line flux ratio under the assumption that these lines originate in photoionized clouds within the broad emission line regions of quasars.

  3. Cadmium tolerance and bioaccumulation of 18 hemp accessions.

    Shi, Gangrong; Liu, Caifeng; Cui, Meicheng; Ma, Yuhua; Cai, Qingsheng


    Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a fast-growing and high biomass producing plant species, which has been traditionally grown as multiple-use crop and recently considered as an energy crop. In order to screen accessions that can be cultivated in cadmium (Cd)-contaminated soils for biodiesel production, the ability of Cd tolerance and bioaccumulation of 18 hemp cultivars or ecotypes were evaluated in pot experiment under 25 mg Cd kg(-1) (dry weight, DW) soil condition, in terms of plant growth, pigment contents, chlorophyll fluorescence, and Cd accumulation at 45 days after seedling emergence. Results showed that seedlings of all cultivars, except USO-31, Shenyang and Shengmu, could grow quite well under 25 mg Cd kg(-1) (DW) soil condition. Among them, Yunma 1, Yunma 2, Yunma 3, Yunma 4, Qujing, Longxi, Lu'an, Xingtai, and Shuyang showed great biomass (>0.5 g plant(-1)), high tolerance factors (68.6-92.3%), and little reduction of pigment content and chlorophyll fluorescence under 25 mg Cd kg(-1) (DW) soil stress, indicating these cultivars had a strong tolerance to Cd stress and could be cultivated in Cd-contaminated soils. Cultivars Longxi, Lu'an, Xingtai, Yunma 2, Yunma 3, Yunma 4, and Qujing exhibited higher Cd concentrations and total Cd in shoots. These cultivars, therefore, are good candidates for the implementation of the new strategy of cultivating biodiesel crops for phytoremediation of Cd-contaminated soils.

  4. Cr localization and speciation in roots of chromate fed Helianthus annuus L. seedlings using synchrotron techniques.

    de la Rosa, Guadalupe; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Cruz-Jiménez, Gustavo; Bernal-Alvarado, Jesús; Córdova-Fraga, Teodoro; López-Moreno, Laura; Cotte, Marine


    In order to gain knowledge on the potential use of Helianthus annuus L. for the remediation of Cr(VI) polluted waters, hydroponics experiments were set up to determine Cr uptake and tolerance in different Cr(VI)-sulfate conditions, and Cr biotransformations. Results indicated that Cr(VI) promoted seed germination, and plant tolerance was higher at younger plant stages. Cr uptake was dependent on sulfate concentrations. The highest Cr levels in roots and shoots (13,700 and 2,500 mg kg(-1) dry weight (DW), respectively) were obtained in 1 mM sulfate. The lowest Cr uptake in roots (10,600 mg kg(-1) DW) was observed in seedlings treated with no sulfate. In shoots, Cr concentration was of 1,500 mg kg(-1)DW for the 1 mM sulfate treatment, indicating a different level of interaction between chromate and sulfate in both tissues. For the first time, using micro X-ray florescence (muXRF), we demonstrated Cr reaches the root stele and is located in the walls of xylem vessels. Bulk and micro X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (muXANES) results showed that Cr in the roots is mostly in the form of Cr(III) phosphate (80%), with the remainder complexed to organic acids. Our results suggest this plant species may serve for Cr(VI) rhizofiltration purposes.

  5. Lipid peroxidation in the liver of rats treated with V and/or Mg in drinking water.

    Scibior, Agnieszka; Zaporowska, Halina; Niedźwiecka, Irmina


    revealed that the changes in LPO induced by in vitro treatment of liver supernatants with exogenous Fe or V or Mg (600, 800 and 1000 microm) were a consequence of independent action of those metals and they also resulted from the interactions between Fe(exog) and V(end) and between V(end) and V(exog). In conclusion, V consumed by the rats with drinking water at a dose of 12 mg V kg(-1) body weight per 24 h for 12 weeks decreased TAS and enhanced spontaneous LPO in the hepatic tissue, which confirms its pro-oxidant potential, was also found in in vitro conditions with regard to LPO. Mg administered to rats in combination with V, at the concentration used, neither reduced nor intensified the basal LPO, compared with V-only treated animals; however, its stimulating effect on LPO was revealed in in vitro conditions, which requires further study.

  6. A first-principles study of the thermodynamic and electronic properties of Mg and MgH2 nanowires.

    Wu, Xinxing; Zhang, Ruiqi; Yang, Jinlong


    In this article, we studied the thermodynamic and electronic properties of Mg and MgH2 nanowires with different diameters, and elucidated why MgH2 nanowires are good hydrogen storage materials through first-principles calculations. Previous experiments have shown that the orientation relationship between Mg and MgH2 nanowires is the Mg[0001] direction parallel to the MgH2[110] direction. In our calculations, Mg nanowires oriented along the [0001] direction and MgH2 nanowires oriented along the [110] direction were built from bulk Mg and MgH2 crystals, respectively. We found that as the diameters of Mg and MgH2 nanowires decrease, Mg and MgH2 nanowires become more unstable, and the hydrogen desorption energies and temperatures of MgH2 nanowires decrease. That is, the thinner the MgH2 nanowires get, the more dramatically hydrogen desorption temperatures (Td) will decrease. Meanwhile, we also found that when the diameters of MgH2 nanowires are larger than 1.94 nm, the Td almost maintain the same value at about 440 K, only about 40 K lower than that of bulk MgH2 crystal; if the diameters are less than 1.94 nm, the Td reduce very quickly. In particular, compared with bulk MgH2 crystal, the Td of the thinnest MgH2 nanowire with a diameter of 0.63 nm can be reduced by 164 K. In addition, the electronic structure calculations showed that Mg nanowires are metals, while MgH2 nanowires are semiconductors. In particular, our results showed that the electronic structures of MgH2 nanowires are influenced by the surface effect and quantum size effect. That is to say, the band gaps of MgH2 nanowires are controlled by surface electronic states and the size of MgH2 nanowires.

  7. Microstructural evolution of Mg-7Al-2Sn Mg alloy during multi-directional impact forging

    M.G. Jiang


    Full Text Available Multi-directional impact forging (MDIF was applied to a Mg-7Al-2Sn (wt.% Mg alloy to investigate its effect on the microstructural evolution. MDIF process exhibited high grain refinement efficiency. After MDIF 200 passes, the grain size drastically decreased to 20 µm from the initial coarse grains of ~500 µm due to dynamic recrystallization (DRX. Meanwhile, original grain boundaries remained during MDIF and large numbers of fine spherical β-Mg17Al12 particles dynamically precipitated along the original grain boundaries with high Al concentration, acting as effective pinning obstacles for the suppression of DRXed grain growth. Besides, micro-cracks nucleated during MDIF and propagated along the interface between the remained globular or cubic Al-Mn particles and Mg matrix.

  8. Proton resonance elastic scattering of $^{30}$Mg for single particle structure of $^{31}$Mg

    The single particle structure of $^{31}$Mg, which is located in the so-called “island of inversion”, will be studied through measuring Isobaric Analog Resonances (IARs) of bound states of $^{31}$Mg. They are located in the high excitation energy of $^{31}$Al. We are going to determine the spectroscopic factors and angular momenta of the parent states by measuring the excitation function of the proton resonance elastic scattering around 0 degrees in the laboratory frame with around 3 MeV/nucleon $^{30}$Mg beam. The present study will reveal the shell evolution around $^{32}$Mg. In addition, the spectroscopic factor of the (7/2)$^{−}$ state which was not yet determined experimentally, may allow one to study the shape coexistence in this nucleus.

  9. Thermodynamic Property Study of Nanostructured Mg-H, Mg-Ni-H, and Mg-Cu-H Systems by High Pressure DSC Method

    Huaiyu Shao


    Full Text Available Mg, Ni, and Cu nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrogen plasma metal reaction method. Preparation of Mg2Ni and Mg2Cu alloys from these Mg, Ni, and Cu nanoparticles has been successfully achieved in convenient conditions. High pressure differential scanning calorimetry (DSC technique in hydrogen atmosphere was applied to study the synthesis and thermodynamic properties of the hydrogen absorption/desorption processes of nanostructured Mg-H, Mg-Ni-H, and Mg-Cu-H systems. Van’t Hoff equation of Mg-Ni-H system as well as formation enthalpy and entropy of Mg2NiH4 was obtained by high pressure DSC method. The results agree with the ones by pressure-composition isotherm (PCT methods in our previous work and the ones in literature.

  10. Magnesium homeostasis in cardiac myocytes of Mg-deficient rats.

    Michiko Tashiro

    Full Text Available To study possible modulation of Mg(2+ transport in low Mg(2+ conditions, we fed either a Mg-deficient diet or a Mg-containing diet (control to Wistar rats for 1-6 weeks. Total Mg concentrations in serum and cardiac ventricular tissues were measured by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Intracellular free Mg(2+ concentration ([Mg(2+]i of ventricular myocytes was measured with the fluorescent indicator furaptra. Mg(2+ transport rates, rates of Mg(2+ influx and Mg(2+ efflux, were estimated from the rates of change in [Mg(2+]i during Mg loading/depletion and recovery procedures. In Mg-deficient rats, the serum total Mg concentration (0.29±0.026 mM was significantly lower than in control rats (0.86±0.072 mM after 4-6 weeks of Mg deficiency. However, neither total Mg concentration in ventricular tissues nor [Mg(2+]i of ventricular myocytes was significantly different between Mg-deficient rats and control rats. The rates of Mg(2+ influx and efflux were not significantly different in both groups. In addition, quantitative RT-PCR revealed that Mg deficiency did not substantially change mRNA expression levels of known Mg(2+ channels/transporters (TRPM6, TRPM7, MagT1, SLC41A1 and ACDP2 in heart and kidney tissues. These results suggest that [Mg(2+]i as well as the total Mg content of cardiac myocytes, was well maintained even under chronic hypomagnesemia without persistent modulation in function and expression of major Mg(2+ channels/transporters in the heart.

  11. Porous Ceramic Composite ZrO2(MgO)-MgO for Osteoimplantology

    Buyakov, A. S.; Kulkov, S. N.


    Pore and crystalline structure, biocompatibility of ceramic composite ZrO2(MgO)-MgO were studied. The main mechanical characteristics were determined and it has been shown that compression strength directly depends on microstresses obtained from X-ray data. In-vitro studies of mesenchymal stromal stem cells (MMSC), cultivated on material surface are shown that cell proliferation and differentiation of MMSC goes throw osteogenic type.

  12. Flunarizine in migraine prophylaxis: efficacy and tolerability of 5 mg and 10 mg dose levels.

    Centonze, V; Magrone, D; Vino, M; Caporaletti, P; Attolini, E; Campanale, G; Albano, O


    The use of flunarizine, a drug which has proven its efficacy in migraine, is often associated with important side effects. The aim of this paper has been to check their incidence at different dose levels (5 mg vs 10 mg). Our data confirm the occurrence of important side effects (in particular weight gain); on the other hand, they emphasize the dose-dependency of the side effects.

  13. Laser cooling of MgCl and MgBr in theoretical approach

    Wan, Mingjie; Shao, Juxiang; Huang, Duohui; Yang, Junsheng; Cao, Qilong; Jin, Chengguo; Wang, Fanhou, E-mail: [Computational Physics Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Yibin University, Yibin 644007 (China); Gao, Yufeng [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)


    Ab initio calculations for three low-lying electronic states (X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}, A{sup 2}Π, and 2{sup 2}Π) of MgCl and MgBr molecules, including spin-orbit coupling, are performed using multi-reference configuration interaction plus Davidson correction method. The calculations involve all-electronic basis sets and Douglas–Kroll scalar relativistic correction. Spectroscopic parameters well agree with available theoretical and experimental data. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors f{sub 00} for A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2,1/2} (υ′ = 0) → X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}{sub 1/2} (υ″ = 0) are determined for both MgCl and MgBr molecules. Suitable radiative lifetimes τ of A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2,1/2} (υ′ = 0) states for rapid laser cooling are also obtained. The proposed laser drives A{sup 2}Π{sub 3/2} (υ′ = 0) → X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}{sub 1/2} (υ″ = 0) transition by using three wavelengths (main pump laser λ{sub 00}; two repumping lasers λ{sub 10} and λ{sub 21}). These results indicate the probability of laser cooling MgCl and MgBr molecules.

  14. Fabrication of all-MgB Josephson junctions using MgO insulator layer

    Oba, T. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Goto, S. [Lightom, 95-2 Sugo, Takizawa 020-0173 (Japan); Sasaki, S.; Nakanishi, Y.; Fujino, T. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Harada, Y. [JST Satellite Iwate, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 3-35-2 Iiokashinden, Morioka, Iwate 020-0852 (Japan); Nakamura, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Saito, A. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16, Jonan, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-8510 (Japan); Yoshizawa, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan)], E-mail:


    We report on the fabrication and properties of all-MgB{sub 2} tunnel junctions with an MgO barrier. Superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions were fabricated on C-plane sapphire substrates. MgB{sub 2} films were grown in an ultra-high vacuum in the 10{sup -9} Torr range. The MgO insulating layer was evaporated using an electron-beam gun. SIS junctions of 30 {mu}m in diameter were fabricated by standard photolithography and Ar ion milling techniques. The critical temperature (T{sub C}) of the lower MgB{sub 2} layer after the SIS junction fabrication process was 36.7 K, which remained the same as that of the bare MgB{sub 2} film. We observed tunneling behavior in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the present junctions. A superconducting gap was clearly observed at around 2.7 mV (=2{delta})

  15. Preference for rizatriptan 10-mg wafer vs. eletriptan 40-mg tablet for acute treatment of migraine.

    Láinez, M J A; Evers, S; Kinge, E; Allais, G; Allen, C; Rao, N A; Massaad, R; Lis, K


    Preference is a composite, patient-oriented endpoint incorporating efficacy, tolerability, formulation, and convenience of medications. The objective of this study was to compare patient preference for rizatriptan 10-mg wafer vs. eletriptan 40-mg tablet for acute treatment of migraine. In this multicentre, open-label, two-period, crossover study, out-patients were randomly assigned to treat the first of two moderate to severe migraines with rizatriptan or eletriptan and the second with the alternate therapy. Patients completed diary assessments at baseline and up to 24 h after taking study medication. At the last visit, patients completed a psychometrically validated preference questionnaire. A total of 372 patients (mean age 38 years, 85% female) treated two migraine attacks, and 342 patients (92%) expressed a preference for treatment. Significantly more (P rizatriptan 10-mg wafer [61.1%; 95% confidence interval (CI) 55.7, 66.3] to eletriptan 40-mg tablet (38.9%; 95% CI 33.7, 44.3). The most common reason given for preference of either treatment was speed of headache relief. At 2 h, 80% and 69% of patients reported that rizatriptan and eletriptan, respectively, was convenient or very convenient to take (mean convenience score 1.99 vs. 2.31, respectively; P rizatriptan 10-mg wafer to the eletriptan 40-mg tablet for acute treatment of migraine. The single most important reason for preference was speed of relief, consistent with results from previous preference studies.

  16. Laser cooling of MgCl and MgBr in theoretical approach.

    Wan, Mingjie; Shao, Juxiang; Gao, Yufeng; Huang, Duohui; Yang, Junsheng; Cao, Qilong; Jin, Chengguo; Wang, Fanhou


    Ab initio calculations for three low-lying electronic states (X(2)Σ(+), A(2)Π, and 2(2)Π) of MgCl and MgBr molecules, including spin-orbit coupling, are performed using multi-reference configuration interaction plus Davidson correction method. The calculations involve all-electronic basis sets and Douglas-Kroll scalar relativistic correction. Spectroscopic parameters well agree with available theoretical and experimental data. Highly diagonally distributed Franck-Condon factors f00 for A(2)Π3/2,1/2 (υ' = 0) → X(2)Σ(+) 1/2 (υ″ = 0) are determined for both MgCl and MgBr molecules. Suitable radiative lifetimes τ of A(2)Π3/2,1/2 (υ' = 0) states for rapid laser cooling are also obtained. The proposed laser drives A(2)Π3/2 (υ' = 0) → X(2)Σ(+) 1/2 (υ″ = 0) transition by using three wavelengths (main pump laser λ00; two repumping lasers λ10 and λ21). These results indicate the probability of laser cooling MgCl and MgBr molecules.

  17. Raman scattering study of α-MgH2 and γ-MgH2

    Kuzovnikov, M. A.; Efimchenko, V. S.; Filatov, E. V.; Maksimov, A. A.; Tartakovskii, I. I.; Ramirez-Cuesta, A. J.


    Two modifications of MgH2 have been studied by Raman spectroscopy: α-MgH2 with the P42/mnm space group and γ-MgH2 with the Pbcn space group. The latter was prepared from α-MgH2 by exposing it to a pressure of 5.6 GPa at 470 °C for 1.5 h. A comparison of the experimental spectra with ab-initio calculations allowed identification of a few phonon modes. A broad feature in the Raman spectrum of α-MgH2 in the range 1470-1790 cm-1 was identified as the B2g phonon mode. A Raman spectrum of γ-MgH2 consists of five discernible peaks at 186 cm-1, 313 cm-1, 509 cm-1, 660 cm-1, 706 cm-1 and of three broad features in the regions 890-980 cm-1, 1010-1220 cm-1 and 1240-1430 cm-1. The peaks are identified as the 1Ag (186 cm-1), 3B3g (509 cm-1), 2Ag (660 cm-1) and 3B1g (706 cm-1) phonon modes.

  18. Dehydrogenation kinetics of air-exposed MgH2/Mg2Cu and MgH2/MgCu2 studied with in situ X-ray powder diffraction

    Andreasen, A.; Sørensen, M.B.; Burkarl, R.


    The dehydrogenation kinetics of air exposed samples of MgH2/Mg2Cu and MgH2/MgCu2 have been studied with in situ time resolved X-ray powder diffraction. The X-ray setup enabled the recording of full diffraction patterns within 150 s, thereby allowing the study of structural changes combined...... sample was found to be 108 kJ/mol and 160 kJ/mol, respectively. Furthermore, substantially improved dehydrogenation kinetics of MgH2 and resistance towards oxidation of Mg due to the presence of Mg2Cu/MgCu2 are discussed in relation to previous work....

  19. Involvement of an antioxidant defense system in the adaptive response to cadmium in maize seedlings (Zea mays L.).

    Xu, Xianghua; Liu, Cuiying; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Li, Renying; Deng, Wenjing


    Chemical and biological analyses were used to investigate the growth response and antioxidant defense mechanism of maize seedlings (Zea mays L.) grown in soils with 0-100 mg kg(-1) Cd. Results showed that maize seedlings have strong abilities to accumulate and tolerate high concentrations of Cd. For soil with 50 mg kg(-1) Cd, the Cd contents in roots and shoots of maize seedlings are as large as 295.6 and 153.0 mg kg(-1) DW, respectively, without visible symptoms of toxicity. Lower soil Cd concentrations lead to a decrease in reduced glutathione (GSH) content in leaves of maize seedlings, whereas higher soil Cd concentrations resulted in an increase in the activities of superoxide dismutase, guaiacol peroxidase, catalase, and ascorbate peroxidase. Maize seedlings have strong capacities to adapt to low concentrations of Cd by consuming GSH and to develop an antioxidative enzyme system to defend against high-Cd stress.

  20. Two Proton Knockout from ^32Mg

    Fallon, P.; Rodriguez-Vieitez, E.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; Clark, R. M.; Lee, I.-Y.; Wiedeking, M.; Gade, A.; Adrich, P.; Bazin, D.; Bowen, M.; Campbell, C. M.; Cook, J. M.; Dinca, D. C.; Glasmacher, T.; McDaniel, S.; Mueller, W. F.; Ratiewicz, A. F.; Siwek, K.; Terry, J. R.; Wiesshaar, D.; Yoneda, K.; Brown, B. A.; Otsuka, T.; Tostevin, J. A.; Utsuno, Y.


    We present data and calculations on the near-dripline nucleus ^30Ne. Gamma-ray decays from excited states as well as inclusive and exclusive cross-sections were measured in the ^9Be(^32Mg,^30Ne γ)X two-proton knockout reaction at incident beam energies of 99.7 and 86.7 MeV/A. The measured inclusive cross section sigma = 0.22(4)mb is suppressed compared to calculation and is indicative of a reduced overlap of initial and final state wavefunctions. We interpret this reduction as a result of large 4p4h intruder components present in ^30Ne, but not ^32Mg. Large 4p4h amplitudes are predicted to generate increased T=1 paring strengths and to help stabilize the heavier fluorine isotopes against neutron decay. A new gamma-ray transition at 1443 keV is assigned to the decay of the 4^+ state based on the spin dependent sigma for 2 proton knockout from the (d5/2)^4 configuration.

  1. Materials science of Mg-Ni-based new hydrides

    Orimo, S.; Fujii, H. [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences


    One of the advantageous functional properties of Mg alloys (or compounds) is to exhibit the reversible hydriding reaction. In this paper, we present our systematic studies regarding the relationship between nanometer- or atomistic-scale structures and the specific hydriding properties of the Mg-Ni binary system, such as(1) nanostructured (n)-Mg{sub 2}Ni, (2) a mixture of n-Mg{sub 2}Ni and amorphous (a)-MgNi,(3) pure a-MgNi, and(4) n-MgNi{sub 2}. Further studies on(5) an a-MgNi-based system for clarifying the effect of the short-range ordering on the structural and hydriding properties and(6) a MgNi{sub 2}-based system for synthesizing the new Laves phase structure are also presented. The materials science of Mg-Ni-based new hydrides will provide indispensable knowledge for practically developing the Mg alloys as hydrogen-storage materials. (orig.)

  2. Factors Influencing MgO Content of RE-Mg Nodularizing Alloy%REMg球化剂中MgO含量的影响因素

    杨宇鹏; 肖勇


    The effect of Mg in nodularizing alloy was introduced.When the total content of Mg was constant,the formation of MgO reduced the content of the effective Mg that would influence the nodularizing capability of the nodualrizing alloy.The source of MgO in nodularizing alloy was analyzed as follows:the MgO formed during the melting process of the nodularizing alloy and the MgO formed during the analysis sample preparing process.It was pointed out after analyzing two cases:(1) the MgO content of nodularizing alloy is the main factor influencing its nodularzing capability,therefore the MgO content should be reduced by improving its melting process; (2)In order to ensure the veracity of MgO content test it's necessary to use correct sample preparing method.%介绍了Mg在球化剂中的作用.当w(Mg总)一定时,MgO的生成降低了w(Mg有效)的含量,影响到球化剂的球化能力.分析了球化剂中MgO的来源:球化剂熔炼过程中产生MgO、在制取分析样品过程中产生MgO.通过2个案例的分析,指出:(1)球化剂中MgO含量的高低是影响其球化能力的主要因素,应通过改进熔炼工艺来降低w(MgO)量;(2)为确保球化剂中w(MgO)量检测的准确性,应采用正确的样品制备方法.

  3. Effect of Mg and C contents in MgCNi3, and structure and superconductivity of MgCNi3-xCox


    The effect of Mg and C contents on TC in MgCNi3, and structure and superconductivity of MgCNi3-xCox were studied. It is found that the excess of Mg and C in initial material mixture is favorable to improvement in TC and helps to obtain single_phase samples. For preparing MgCNi3 superconductor, the optimum composition of starting materials is MgC1.45Ni3 with excess of Mg (20 wt.%) of the stoichiometric composition. In MgCNi3-xCox system, a continuous solid solution is formed, lattice parameter decreases slightly and TC decreases obviously with increasing x. A suppression of superconductivity is observed due to the substitution of Co (Mn) for Ni. The suppression effect is smaller for the substitution of Co than that of Mn.

  4. Electrochemical formation of Mg-Li-Ca alloys by codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca from LiCl-KCl-MgCl2-CaCl2 melts.

    Yan, Yong De; Zhang, Mi Lin; Xue, Yun; Han, Wei; Cao, Dian Xue; Jing, Xiao Yan; He, Li Yi; Yuan, Yi


    This work presents electrochemical formation of Mg-Li-Ca alloys via codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca on a molybdenum electrode in KCl-LiCl-MgCl(2)-CaCl(2) melts at 943 K. Cyclic voltammograms (CVs) showed that the underpotential deposition (UPD) of calcium on pre-deposited magnesium leads to the formation of a liquid Mg-Ca alloy, and the succeeding underpotential deposition of lithium on pre-deposited Mg-Ca alloy leads to the formation of a liquid Mg-Li-Ca solution. Chronopotentiometric measurements indicated that the codepositon of Mg, Li and Ca occurs at current densities more negative than -0.31 A cm(-2) in LiCl-KCl-MgCl(2) (5 wt%) melts containing 1 wt% CaCl(2). Chronoamperograms demonstrated that the onset potential for the codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca is -2.200 V, and the codeposition of Mg, Li and Ca is formed when the applied potentials are more negative than -2.200 V. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that Mg-Li-Ca alloys with different phases were formed via galvanostatic electrolysis. The microstructures of typical alpha and beta phases of Mg-Li-Ca alloys were characterized by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The analysis of energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) showed that the element Ca mainly distributes along grain boundary in Mg-Li-Ca alloys. The results of inductively coupled plasma analysis determined that the chemical compositions of Mg-Li-Ca alloys correspond with the phase structures of XRD patterns, and the lithium and calcium contents of Mg-Li-Ca alloys depend on the concentrations of MgCl(2) and CaCl(2).

  5. Decay of a narrow and high spin {sup 24}Mg + {sup 24}Mg resonance

    Salsac, M.-D. [IPHC, Universite Louis Pasteur, CNRS-IN2P3, Strasbourg (France)], E-mail:; Haas, F.; Courtin, S. [IPHC, Universite Louis Pasteur, CNRS-IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Algora, A. [INR, Debrecen (Hungary); Beck, C. [IPHC, Universite Louis Pasteur, CNRS-IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Beghini, S. [Universita di Padova and INFN, Padova (Italy); Behera, B.R. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Chapman, R. [University of the West of Scotland, Paisley (United Kingdom); Corradi, L. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Dombradi, Z. [INR, Debrecen (Hungary); Farnea, E. [Universita di Padova and INFN, Padova (Italy); Fioretto, E.; Gadea, A. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Jenkins, D.G. [University of York, York (United Kingdom); Latina, A. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Lebhertz, D. [IPHC, Universite Louis Pasteur, CNRS-IN2P3, Strasbourg (France); Lenzi, S. [Universita di Padova and INFN, Padova (Italy); Liang, X. [University of the West of Scotland, Paisley (United Kingdom); Marginean, N. [INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Montagnoli, G. [Universita di Padova and INFN, Padova (Italy)] (and others)


    The {sup 24}Mg + {sup 24}Mg reaction has been studied at the Legnaro Tandem at a CM bombarding energy of 45.7 MeV where a narrow and high spin resonance has been reported previously. The decay of the resonance into the inelastic and fusion-evaporation channels has been investigated. The ON and OFF resonance decay yields have been measured using, for the inelastic channels, the fragment spectrometer PRISMA and the {gamma} array CLARA, and, for the fusion-evaporation channels, the Si array EUCLIDES and the {gamma} array GASP. Strong resonant effects have been observed in the inelastic channels involving the 2{sub 1}{sup +} and 4{sub 1}{sup +} states of the {sup 24}Mg ground state band. Weaker effects are also seen in certain fusion-evaporation channels. The properties of the studied resonance are in agreement with molecular model predictions. It is also proposed that the narrow and high spin {sup 24}Mg + {sup 24}Mg resonance corresponds to the formation of a fast rotating and highly prolate deformed {sup 48}Cr after a Jacobi shape transition and just before fission.

  6. Mechanical Properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y Solid Solutions

    Kula, Anna; Jia, Xiaohui; Mishra, Raj K.; Niewczas, Marek


    The mechanical properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y solid solutions have been studied under uniaxial tension and compression between 4 K and 298 K (-269 °C and 25 °C). The results reveal that Mg-Gd alloys exhibit higher strength and ductility under tension and compression attributed to the more effective solid solution strengthening and grain-boundary strengthening effects. Profuse twinning has been observed under compression, resulting in a material texture with strong dominance of basal component parallel to compression axis. Under tension, twining is less active and the texture evolution is controlled mostly by slip. The alloys exhibit pronounced yield stress asymmetry and significantly different work-hardening behavior under tension and compression. Increasing of Gd and/or Y concentration leads to the reduction of the tension-compression asymmetry due to the weakening of the recrystallization texture and more balanced twinning and slip activity during plastic deformation. The results suggest that under compression of Mg-Y alloys slip is more active than twinning in comparison to Mg-Gd alloys.

  7. Refinements in an Mg/MgH2/H2O-Based Hydrogen Generator

    Kindler, Andrew; Huang, Yuhong


    Some refinements have been conceived for a proposed apparatus that would generate hydrogen (for use in a fuel cell) by means of chemical reactions among magnesium, magnesium hydride, and steam. The refinements lie in tailoring spatial and temporal distributions of steam and liquid water so as to obtain greater overall energy-storage or energy-generation efficiency than would otherwise be possible. A description of the prior art is prerequisite to a meaningful description of the present refinements. The hydrogen-generating apparatus in question is one of two versions of what was called the "advanced hydrogen generator" in "Fuel-Cell Power Systems Incorporating Mg-Based H2 Generators" (NPO-43554), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 1 (January 2009), page 52. To recapitulate: The apparatus would include a reactor vessel that would be initially charged with magnesium hydride. The apparatus would exploit two reactions: The endothermic decomposition reaction MgH2-->Mg + H2, which occurs at a temperature greater than or equal to 300 C, and The exothermic oxidation reaction MgH2 + H2O MgO + 2H2, which occurs at a temperature greater than or equal to 330 C.

  8. Formation and Stability of Hollow MgO Nanoshells

    Krishnan, G.; Palasantzas, G.; Kooi, B.J.


    High temperature annealing of gas phase synthesized Mg nanoparticles surrounded by an MgO shell leads to formation of hollow MgO nanoshells due to the evaporation assisted Kirkendall effect. Under electron beam exposure in TEM, the (220) MgO facets reduce their high surface energy by forming cube fa

  9. cDNA library Table: mg [KAIKOcDNA[Archive

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  10. The three shapes of 32Mg

    Poves A.


    Full Text Available The N=20 and N=28 “islands of inversion” are described by large scale shell model calculations which mix configurations with different Nħω or equivalently with different number of particles promoted from the sd-shell to the pf -shell. We pay particular attention to the properties of the states at fix Nħω which turn out to be the real protagonists of the physics at N=20. In particular we study the appearance of spherical, deformed and superdeformed structures in 32Mg at fixed 0p-0h, 2p-2h and 4p-4h configurations. Finally we submit that the islands of deformation at N=20 and N=28 merge in the Magnesium isotopes

  11. Simultaneous polymerization of Mg and Zr alkoxides

    Mendez-Vivar, J.; Lara, V.H. [Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Depto. de Quimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Mendoza-Serna, R.; Ayala-Morales, A. [Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, UNAM, Carrera de Ingenieria Quimica, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Bosch, P. [Inst. de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM Circuito Exterior, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)


    The preparation of homogeneous MgO-ZrO{sub 2} ceramics by the sol-gel process is of interest because of its potential technological applications as dielectric materials in thin films and membranes. In this work we used magnesium methoxide and zirconium n-propoxide as precursors. The simultaneous polymerization of the alkoxides was performed via the sol-gel process, using acetylacetone (acacH) and isoeugenol (isoH) separately as the chelating agents, in order to control the hydrolysis and condensation steps. Spectroscopic studies have been performed on the sols, gels, xerogels and oxides, including Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). (orig.)

  12. Mg II Absorbing Galaxies: Morphologies and Kinematics

    Churchill, C; Kacprzak, G G; Churchill, Chris; Steidel, Chuck; Kacprzak, Glenn


    In this contribution, we review our current knowledge of the properties of galaxies, and their extended halos, selected by MgII absorption in the spectra of background quasars. We then describe recent efforts to quantify the morphologies and orientations of galaxies and explore how these relate to the gas kinematics. In a sample of 26 galaxies, we find no clear connection between the orientation of the quasar line of sight through the galaxy and the velocity spread of the gas. However, it appears that the quantity of gas "stirred up" in the halo may be correlated to asymmetry in the galaxy morphology. Since the galaxies have fairly normal morphologies, this connection may suggest that galaxies with extended halos experienced an interaction or merging event a few dynamical times prior to the epoch of observation.

  13. Multiaxial magnetic ordering in NdMg

    Deldem, M; Galera, R M; Morin, P; Schmitt, D; Ouladdiaf, B


    NdMg is a cubic compound (CsCl-type) which orders antiferromagnetically at T sub N =61 K. The magnetization measurements show a second transition at T sub R =35 K. Over the whole order range, the powder neutron diffraction pattern can be indexed on the hypothesis of a collinear structure, the magnetic moments being parallel to the wave vector. The neutron diffraction experiments on a single crystal, under an applied magnetic field, establish that the transition at T sub R corresponds to a change from a collinear structure to a multiaxial one. The magnetic moments successively point along a fourfold axis, in the collinear structure, and along twofold axes in the multiaxial one. This sequence of magnetic structures is consistent with the coexistence of ferroquadrupolar gamma-couplings and antiferroquadrupolar epsilon-couplings. (author)

  14. Preparation of Mg-MgH2 flakes by planetary ball milling with stearic acid and their hydrogen storage properties

    Hong, Seong-Hyeon; Song, Myoung Youp


    Many studies preparing magnesium hydride using catalyst addition were performed, resulting in the preparation of additive-containing magnesium hydride. Preparation of a sample with a MgH2 phase without additives requires high pressure and high temperature and is time-demanding. In order to prepare an additive-free sample with a MgH2 phase, 90 wt% Mg+10 wt% MgH2 (named 90Mg+10MgH2) was milled under a hydrogen atmosphere with 6 wt% stearic acid as a process-controlling agent, which led to a formation of Mg-MgH2 flakes. The hydrogen storing and releasing properties of the prepared flakes were investigated and compared with those of purchased MgH2. A sample with a majority fraction of MgH2 phase was prepared by planetary ball milling of 90 Mg+10 MgH2 with 6 wt% stearic acid. The resultant particles of 90 Mg+10 MgH2 obtained after hydridingdehydriding cycling were much smaller and had significantly more cracks and defects than those of MgH2 after hydriding-dehydriding cycling. 90 Mg+10 MgH2 released 0.12 wt% hydrogen for 4 min, 3.70 wt% for 20 min, and 5.30 wt% for 60 min at 648 K at the first cycle.

  15. Estabilidad de tabletas de Rifampicina 300 mg

    Lisette Martínez Miranda


    Full Text Available Se realizó el estudio de estabilidad de las tabletas de rifampicina 300 mg. Se utilizó para la cuantificación del principio activo un método analítico desarrollado y validado por cromatografía líquida de alta resolución en fase reversa y detección ultravioleta. El estudio de estabilidad de las tabletas se efectuó mediante los métodos de vida útil y acelerado en condiciones isotérmicas; no se obtuvo una variación notable de la concentración en el tiempo de estudio y se demostró así la estabilidad química y térmica del principio activo, por lo que se proponen 2 años como fecha de vencimiento. La humedad relativa de 75, 84 y 92 % tuvo influencia en la estabilidad de la formulación en el período analizado.The stability study of rifampicin 300 mg was conducted. An analytical method developed and validated by high pressure liquid chromatography in reverse phase and ultraviolet detection was used for the quantification of the actives principle. The stability study of the tablets was conducted by the method of useful life and the accelerated method under isothermic conditions. There was no significant variation of the concentration during the time of study and, thus, the chemical and thermal stability of the active principle was proved. A period of 2 years was proposed as expiration date. A relative humidity of 75, 84 and 92% influenced on the stability of the formulation in the analyzed period.

  16. Evidence for beta -delayed neutron emission from /sup 31/Mg and /sup 32/Mg

    Zaidins, C S; De Saint-Simon, M; Détraz, C; Epherre-Rey-Campagnolle, Marcelle; Guillemaud, D; Klapisch, Robert; Langevin, M; Naulin, F; Thibault, C; Touchard, F


    Investigates the time spectrum of beta -delayed neutron emission from /sup 30-34/Na and their descendants using beta -neutron coincidence detection. The authors have been able to assign an upper limit of 0,4% to the probability of beta -delayed neutron emission, p/sub n/, from the /sup 30/Na daugher isotope /sup 30/Mg. In fitting the time spectra of beta -delayed neutrons from /sup 31/Na and /sup 32/Na, we find a definitive component from subsequent daughter decay as well. This provides evidence for beta -delayed neutron emission from /sup 31/Mg and /sup 32/Mg with P/sub n/ values of the order of 2% for each. (7 refs).

  17. Ageing processes in Al-Cu-Mg alloys with different Cu/Mg ratios

    Macchi, C. [IFIMAT, UNCentro and CONICET, Pinto, Tandil (Argentina); Somoza, A. [IFIMAT, UNCentro and CICPBA, Pinto, Tandil (Argentina); Ferragut, R.; Dupasquier, A. [LNESS and CNISM, Politecnico di Milano, Como (Italy); Polmear, I.J. [Emeritus Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Vic. (Australia)


    Three age-hardenable Al-Cu-Mg alloys with different Cu/Mg ratios were studied by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Vickers hardness as a function of the artificial ageing time at 175 C. Complementary information on the decomposition sequence was obtained by means of differential scanning calorimetry. The results are discussed in terms of the different structures that are formed during the precipitation sequence of the supersaturated solid solution. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)



    The objective of the present work is to study the casting characteristics of various Al-Li alloys, which include fluidity and strengths of the alloys and their interaction with cast molds. Materials investigated are Al-Li-Mg and Al-Li-Cu-Mg alloys with Li content of 2.5 wt%. The results show that sand molds with resin binders are good for Al-Li casting. Ceramic coatings can further reduce the metal-mold interactions. However, the permeability is also reduced by coating. The fluidity of Li-bea...

  19. Porous composite materials ZrO{sub 2}(MgO)-MgO for osteoimplantology

    Buyakov, Ales, E-mail: [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Litvinova, Larisa, E-mail:; Shupletsova, Valeria, E-mail: [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Kulbakin, Denis, E-mail: [Tomsk Cancer Research Institute, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Kulkov, Sergey, E-mail: [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation)


    The pore structure and phase composition of ceramic composite material ZrO{sub 2}(Mg)-MgO at different sintering temperatures were studied. The main mechanical characteristics of the material were determined and it was shown that they are close to the characteristics of natural bone tissues. It was shown that material structure has a positive effect on the pre-osteoblast cells proliferation. In-vitro studies of pre-osteoblast cells, cultivation on material surface showed a good cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of MMSC by osteogenic type.

  20. Phase transition and optoelectronic properties of MgH2

    Nayak, Vikas; Verma, U. P.


    In this article, structural and electronic properties of MgH2 have been studied. The aim behind this study was to find out the ground state crystal structure of MgH2. For the purpose, density functional theory (DFT)-based full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) calculations have been performed in three different space groups: P42/mnm (α-MgH2), Pa3 (β-MgH2) and Pbcn (γ-MgH2). It has been found that the ground state structure of MgH2 is α-MgH2. The present study shows that α-MgH2 transforms into γ-MgH2 at a pressure of 0.41 GPa. After further increase in pressure, γ-MgH2 transforms into β-MgH2 at a pressure of 3.67 GPa. The obtained results are in good agreement with previously reported experimental data. In all the studied phases, the behavior of MgH2 is insulating and its optical conductivity is around 6.0 eV. The α-MgH2 and γ-MgH2 are anisotropic materials while β-MgH2 is isotropic in nature.

  1. The Influence of MgH2 on the Assessment of Electrochemical Data to Predict the Degradation Rate of Mg and Mg Alloys

    Wolf-Dieter Mueller


    Full Text Available Mg and Mg alloys are becoming more and more of interest for several applications. In the case of biomaterial applications, a special interest exists due to the fact that a predictable degradation should be given. Various investigations were made to characterize and predict the corrosion behavior in vitro and in vivo. Mostly, the simple oxidation of Mg to Mg2+ ions connected with adequate hydrogen development is assumed, and the negative difference effect (NDE is attributed to various mechanisms and electrochemical results. The aim of this paper is to compare the different views on the corrosion pathway of Mg or Mg alloys and to present a neglected pathway based on thermodynamic data as a guideline for possible reactions combined with experimental observations of a delay of visible hydrogen evolution during cyclic voltammetry. Various reaction pathways are considered and discussed to explain these results, like the stability of the Mg+ intermediate state, the stability of MgH2 and the role of hydrogen overpotential. Finally, the impact of MgH2 formation is shown as an appropriate base for the prediction of the degradation behavior and calculation of the corrosion rate of Mg and Mg alloys.

  2. The influence of MgH2 on the assessment of electrochemical data to predict the degradation rate of Mg and Mg alloys.

    Mueller, Wolf-Dieter; Hornberger, Helga


    Mg and Mg alloys are becoming more and more of interest for several applications. In the case of biomaterial applications, a special interest exists due to the fact that a predictable degradation should be given. Various investigations were made to characterize and predict the corrosion behavior in vitro and in vivo. Mostly, the simple oxidation of Mg to Mg2+ ions connected with adequate hydrogen development is assumed, and the negative difference effect (NDE) is attributed to various mechanisms and electrochemical results. The aim of this paper is to compare the different views on the corrosion pathway of Mg or Mg alloys and to present a neglected pathway based on thermodynamic data as a guideline for possible reactions combined with experimental observations of a delay of visible hydrogen evolution during cyclic voltammetry. Various reaction pathways are considered and discussed to explain these results, like the stability of the Mg+ intermediate state, the stability of MgH2 and the role of hydrogen overpotential. Finally, the impact of MgH2 formation is shown as an appropriate base for the prediction of the degradation behavior and calculation of the corrosion rate of Mg and Mg alloys.

  3. Heavy Metals (Mg, Mn, Ni and Sn contamination in Soil Samples of Ahvaz II Industrial Estate of Iran in 2013

    Soheil l Sobhanardakani


    Full Text Available Background & Aims of the Study: Due to the rapid industrial development in Khuzestan province of Iran during recent years, this study was performed to analyze the variation of metals concentrations (Mg, Mn, Ni, and Sn in soil samples of Ahvaz II Industrial estate during the spring season of 2013. Materials & Methods: In this experimental study, 27 topsoil samples were collected from nine stations. The intensity of the soil contamination was evaluated, using a contamination factor (Cf and geo-accumulation index (I-geo. Results:  The mean soil concentrations (in mg kg-1 (dry weight were in ranged within 870-1144 (Mg, 188-300 (Mn, 93-199 (Ni and 9-15 (Sn. The data indicated that the I-geo value for all metals falls in class ‘1’. Also the Cf value for Mg and Mn falls in class ‘0’, the Cf value for Sn falls in class ‘1’ and the Cf value for Ni falls in the classes of ‘1’ and ‘2’. The result of the Pearson correlation showed that there were significant positive associations between all metals. Conclusions: According to the results which were achieved by a cluster analysis, there were significant positive associations among all metals based on Pearson correlation coefficient, especially between Ni and Sn; also both of them with Mn. Because the Ni originates from oil sources it can be resulted that Mn and Sn originate from oil sources, too. Therefore, industrial activities and exploitation of oil reservoirs are the main cause of pollution in that area. Also, it can be concluded that, with increasing the distance from the source of pollution, the accumulation of contaminants in the soil samples decreased.

  4. Calibration of the DH6500-MG02 and DH6500-MG03 antennas

    Nielsen, Jeppe Majlund; Pivnenko, Sergey

    frequencies. For the DH6500-MG03 horn the measurement comprises on-axis gain, and on-axis polarization at 601 frequencies. For both horns, the input reection coecient was measured at 601 frequencies. The measurement was carried out at the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility in April 2013...

  5. Mechanical and Corrosive Properties of Two Magnesium Wires: Mg4Gd and Mg6Ag

    Maier, Petra; Szakács, Gabor; Wala, Marcin; Hort, Norbert

    The mechanical and corrosive properties of two Magnesium wires are studied in the field of microhardness, tension-, compression-and 3-point-bending tests, corrosion and its influence on the mechanical properties. Due to recrystallization during their complex forming processes (casting, extrusion, wire drawing), both wires show a fine grained microstructure resulting in high strength and ductility. However, the ductility is mostly evaluated by 3-point bending and compression; due to the notch effect in the clamp area, the maximum tensile strength and elongation under tension cannot be measured. Both alloys show a tensile-compressive yield asymmetry. Even RE-elements are known to reduce this asymmetry, the Mg-Gd alloy shows 100 MPa higher strength in tension than compression. The asymmetry of the Mg-Ag wire is similar. Overall the wires show very high strength and hardness, Mg6Ag slightly higher compared to Mg4Gd. Strong pitting corrosion is found and reduces strongly the tensile and bending strength.

  6. Nanometric MgFe2O4: Synthesis, characterization and its application towards supercapacitor and electrochemical uric acid sensor

    Majumder, S.; Kumar, S.; Banerjee, S.


    In this paper, we have synthesized nanocrystalline MgFe2O4 (S1) by auto-combustion assisted sol-gel method. The structure and morphology and elemental study of S1 are examined by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), field emission scanning electron microscopic (FESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic (EDS) techniques. The FESEM images reveal that the morphology of the sample is rough and average particle size is 50 nm. The PXRD study indicates that the samples are well crystalline and single phase in nature. Moreover, we have performed supercapacitor study by electrochemical galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) measurement, which shows pseudo capacitive behavior. S1 contains a high specific capacitance of 428.9 Fg-1 at the current density 0.0625 Ag-1 and can deliver high energy and power density of 18.01 Wh kg-1 and 21468 Wkg-1 respectively. Moreover, uric acid (UA) sensing study has also been performed by cyclic voltmetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement (EIS) of S1. We can use nanocrystalline MgFe2O4 as supercapacitor and UA sensor applications purpose.


    Sikander A . K


    Full Text Available Macular edema is a frequent manifestation of diabetic retinopathy and animportant cause of visual disturbance in diabetic patients. AIM: To compare the efficacy and safety of 1mg and 4mg intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA in the management of diabetic macular edema. SETTING: Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 42 eyes of 42 patients with diabetic macular edema were randomly assigned torecei ve either 1 - mg or 4 - mg dose of Intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide (IVTA. Each patient underwent a complete comprehensive eye examination at baseline andat each visit.Fundus fluorescein angiography and optical coherence angiographywas done at baseline an d at 1, 3 and 6 months.BCVA, lens status, IOP wererecorded at each follow up visit. Each patient’s BCVA was measured in snellen’s lines and converted into logarithm of minimum angle of resolution (log MAR scale for analysis. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED : The data were statistically evaluated using the Wilcoxon signedrank test, Mann - Whitney test and t tests wherever applicable. A p value of lessthan . 05 was considered significant. RESULTS: There was no statistically significant difference in the mean foveal thickness measurement at baseline (p=.723 or at 3 rd month (p=.878 between the sub - groups. BCVA significantly improved from baseline to subsequent visits in both the groups, but there was no statistically significant difference observed in the mean baseli ne BCVA between the two sub - groups (p=.754. There was no statistically significant difference observed in IOP between the two sub - groups at any follow up visit. CONCLUSIONS: The results of our study suggest that 1 - mg dose of IVTA is as effective as 4 - mgdo se of IVTA in improving the functional and anatomical outcome in macularedema associated with diabetic retinopathy.

  8. Comparison of initial loading doses of 5 mg and 10 mg for warfarin therapy

    Sidnei Lastória


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: The question of what is the best loading dosage of warfarin when starting anticoagulant treatment has been under discussion for ten years. We were unable to find any comparative studies of these characteristics conducted here in Brazil. OBJECTIVE: To compare the safety and efficacy of two initial warfarin dosage regimens for anticoagulant treatment. METHODS: One-hundred and ten consecutive patients of both sexes, with indications for anticoagulation because of venous or arterial thromboembolism, were analyzed prospectively. During the first 3 days of treatment, these patients were given adequate heparin to keep aPTT (activated partial thromboplastin time between 1.5 and 2.5, plus 5 mg of warfarin. From the fourth day onwards, their warfarin doses were adjusted using International Normalized Ratios (INR; target range: 2 to 3. This prospective cohort was compared with a historical series of 110 patients had been given 10 mg of warfarin on the first 2 days and 5 mg on the third day with adjustments based on INR thereafter. Outcomes analyzed were as follows: recurrence of thromboembolism, bleeding events and time taken to enter the therapeutic range. RESULTS: Efficacy, safety and length of hospital stay were similar in both samples. The sample that were given 10 mg entered the therapeutic range earlier (means: 4.5 days vs. 5.8 days, were on lower doses at discharge and had better therapeutic indicators at the first return appointment. CONCLUSIONS: The 10 mg dosage regimen took less time to attain the therapeutic range and was associated with lower warfarin doses at discharge and better INR at first out-patients follow-up visit.

  9. Pressure-induced structural transitions in MgH2.

    Vajeeston, P; Ravindran, P; Kjekshus, A; Fjellvåg, H


    The stability of MgH2 has been studied up to 20 GPa using density-functional total-energy calculations. At ambient pressure alpha-MgH2 takes a TiO2-rutile-type structure. alpha-MgH2 is predicted to transform into gamma-MgH2 at 0.39 GPa. The calculated structural data for alpha- and gamma-MgH2 are in very good agreement with experimental values. At equilibrium the energy difference between these modifications is very small, and as a result both phases coexist in a certain volume and pressure field. Above 3.84 GPa gamma-MgH2 transforms into beta-MgH2, consistent with experimental findings. Two further transformations have been identified at still higher pressure: (i) beta- to delta-MgH2 at 6.73 GPa and (ii) delta- to epsilon-MgH2 at 10.26 GPa.

  10. Magnetocaloric phenomena in Mg-ferrite nanoparticles

    Burianova, S; Holec, P; Plocek, J [Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Inorganic chemistry, Prague (Czech Republic); Poltierova-Vejpravova, J, E-mail: burianovasimona@email.c, E-mail: jana@mag.mff.cuni.c


    A comparative study of magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in superparamagnetic (SPM) regime is reported in two different types of magnesium ferrite nanostructures. The samples were prepared either by microemulsion method as MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles encapsulated in amorphous SiO{sub 2}, or as matrix-less nanoparticles using hydrothermal synthesis in supercritical water conditions. The particle diameter in all prepared samples was obtained from XRD measurements and TEM analysis. All samples show a SPM behavior above the blocking temperature, T{sub B}. The entropy change, {Delta}S was finally derived from the measurements of magnetization, M(H,T) curves at defined temperature intervals. We observed, that all samples show a broad peak of {Delta}S in the temperature range that is fairly above the T{sub B}. The values of the {Delta}S also depend on the particle size, and they are of about two orders lower than those reported in the famous giant magnetocaloric materials.

  11. Effect of heavy metals on pH buffering capacity and solubility of Ca, Mg, K, and P in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soils.

    Najafi, Sarvenaz; Jalali, Mohsen


    In many parts of the world, soil acidification and heavy metal contamination has become a serious concern due to the adverse effects on chemical properties of soil and crop yield. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of pH (in the range of 1 to 3 units above and below the native pH of soils) on calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), and phosphorus (P) solubility in non-spiked and heavy metal-spiked soil samples. Spiked samples were prepared by cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn) as chloride salts and incubating soils for 40 days. The pH buffering capacity (pHBC) of each sample was determined by plotting the amount of H(+) or OH(-) added (mmol kg(-1)) versus the related pH value. The pHBC of soils ranged from 47.1 to 1302.5 mmol kg(-1) for non-spiked samples and from 45.0 to 1187.4 mmol kg(-1) for spiked soil samples. The pHBC values were higher in soil 2 (non-spiked and spiked) which had higher calcium carbonate content. The results indicated the presence of heavy metals in soils generally decreased the solution pH and pHBC values in spiked samples. In general, solubility of Ca, Mg, and K decreased with increasing equilibrium pH of non-spiked and spiked soil samples. In the case of P, increasing the pH to about 7, decreased the solubility in all soils but further increase of pH from 7, enhanced P solubility. The solubility trends and values for Ca, Mg, and K did not differed significantly in non-spiked and spiked samples. But in the case of P, a reduction in solubility was observed in heavy metal-spiked soils. The information obtained in this study can be useful to make better estimation of the effects of soil pollutants on anion and cation solubility from agricultural and environmental viewpoints.

  12. Structural relationships among MgZn2 and Mg4Zn7 phases and transition structures in Mg-Zn-Y alloys

    Rosalie, Julian M.; Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Singh, Alok; Mukai, Toshiji


    Isothermal ageing of plastically deformed Mg-Zn-Y alloys resulted in precipitation along ? twin boundaries. The bulky precipitates so formed had structures similar to those recently reported for the rod-like ? precipitates, but afforded a more detailed study by high-resolution TEM due to their larger size. The core of the precipitates often had the structure of the monoclinic Mg4Zn7 phase, and had the orientation ? ; ? with either the matrix or the twin. On this Mg4Zn7 phase, the hexagonal MgZn2 phase grew in two orientations, both with ? . One of these orientations formed a known orientation relationship ? ; ? with the matrix. The part of the precipitate with the MgZn2 structure was usually in direct contact with the twin boundary. Both the Mg4Zn7 and MgZn2 phases have layered structures that can be described with similar building blocks of icosahedrally coordinated atoms. The atomic positions of zinc atoms comprise the vertices of these icosahedra and form 'thick' rhombic tiles. The orientations of these rhombuses remain unchanged across the interfaces between the two phases. Near the interface with MgZn2, transition structures formed in the Mg4Zn7 phase, with the Zn:Mg atom ratio between those of the Mg4Zn7 and MgZn2 phases. In these transition structures, the unit cell of the Mg4Zn7 phase is extended along [100] or [001] by half a unit cell length by continuation of the rhombic tiling. Structures of these extended unit cells are proposed.

  13. Effects of Ca additions on some Mg-alloy hydrides

    Lupu, D.; Biris, A.; Indrea, E.; Bucur, R.V.


    The hydrogenation of the alloy of composition CaMg/sub 1/ /sub 8/Ni/sub 0/ /sub 5/ containing CaMg/sub 2/ and MgNi/sub 2/ shows fast activation kinetics. The Mg/sub 2/Ni phase is observed in the dehydrided samples. The three plateaus on the hydrogen desorption isotherms correspond to the most stable magnesium hydrides observed up to now in Mg-alloy ( H = 20 to 24 kcal/mol H/sub 2/). The effects of Ca additions on the hydrogen storage capacity and desorption rates of some Mg-rich alloys have been studied. 16 references, 3 figures, 1 table.

  14. Pressureless sintering of translucent MgO ceramics

    Chen Dianying [Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States); Jordan, Eric H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)], E-mail:; Gell, Maurice [Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)


    MgO nanocrystalline powders were synthesized via a wet precipitation process. X-ray diffraction analysis of the heat-treated precursor powders shows that a crystalline MgO phase forms at {approx}500 deg. C. Translucent MgO ceramics were prepared by pressureless sintering the nanocrystalline MgO powders at 1400 deg. C for 2 h under ambient atmosphere. The as-sintered MgO ceramics have a relative density of 98.1% with an average hardness of 6.8 GPa. Scanning electron microscope characterization revealed that the translucent MgO ceramics have an average grain size of {approx}6 {mu}m.

  15. Phase equilibria in the Mg-rich corner of the Mg-Zn-La system at 350℃

    LI Hongxiao; REN Yuping; HUANG Mingli; CHEN Qin; HAO Shiming


    The phase equilibria in the Mg-rich corner of the Mg-Zn-La system at 350℃ have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electron probe microanalysis. It has been shown that the linear compound (Mg,Zn)17La2 existed in the Mg-Zn-La system at 350℃. The linear compound (so-called T phase) was with the C-centred orthorhombic crystal structure induced by the solution of significant quantities of the third element. The three-phase region α(Mg) + MgZn(La) + T and the two-phase region composed of the α(Mg) and the linear-compound T phase existed in the Mg-rich corner of the Mg-Zn-La system at 350℃.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doped TiO2 (101) anatase surface

    Sasani, Alireza; Baktash, Ardeshir; Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos; Khoshnevisan, Bahram


    In this paper, by using density functional theory, Mg and Nb-Mg co-doping of TiO2 anatase (101) surfaces are studied. By studying the formation energy of the defects and the bond length distribution of the surface, it is shown that Mg defects tend to stay as far as possible to induce least possible lattice distortion while Nb and Mg defects stay close to each other to cause less stress to the surface. By investigating band structure of the surface and changes stemmed from the defects, potential effects of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doping of TiO2 surface on dye-sensitized solar cells are investigated. In this study, it is shown that the Nb-Mg co-doping could increase JSC of the surface while slightly decreasing VOC compared to Mg doped surface, which might result in an increase in efficiency of the DSSCs compared to Nb or Mg doped surfaces.

  17. Synthesis kinetics of Mg_2Sn in Mg-Sn powder mixture using non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry

    WU Yu-feng; DU Wen-bo; ZUO Tie-yong


    The non-isothermal heating process of Mg-Sn powder mixture was studied by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) technique and the synthesis kinetics of Mg_2Sn was evaluated by the model-free and model-fitting methods. The activation energy and conversion function of Mg_2Sn synthesis reaction are calculated to be 281.7 kJ/mol and g(α)=[-ln(1-α)]~(1/4), respectively. The reaction mechanism of 2Mg+Sn→Mg_2Sn under non-isothermal condition is regarded as "nucleation and growth". During the non-isothermal heating process, the phase transformation occurred in the Mg-Sn powder mixture was analyzed by XRD and the microstructure evolution of Mg_2Sn was observed by optical microscopy, which is in good agreement with the reaction mechanism of 2Mg+Sn→Mg_2Sn deduced from the kinetic evaluation.

  18. Performance of Mg-14Li-1Al-0.1Ce as anode for Mg-air battery

    Ma, Yibin; Li, Deyu [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, West Street No. 92, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Ning [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, West Street No. 92, Harbin 150001 (China); Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhang, Milin; Huang, Xiaomei [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Ministry of Education, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China)


    In this research, a new Mg-air battery based on Mg-14Li-1Al-0.1Ce was prepared and the battery performance was investigated by constant current discharge test. The corrosion behavior of Mg, AZ31 and Mg-Li-Al-Ce were studied by self-corrosion rate measurement and potentiodynamic polarization measurement. The characteristics of Mg-Li-Al-Ce after discharge were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that Mg-Li-Al-Ce is more active than Mg and AZ31. The self-corrosion rate is found to be in the order: Mg-Li-Al-Ce < Mg < AZ31. It has been observed that the Mg-air battery based on Mg-Li-Al-Ce offers higher operating voltage, anodic efficiency and capacity than those with Mg and AZ31. SEM and EIS results show that the discharge product of Mg-Li-Al-Ce is loosely adhered to the alloy surface, and thus Mg-Li-Al-Ce could keep high discharge activity during discharge. (author)

  19. Influence of plant growth on degradation of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate in sludge-amended soil.

    Mortensen, G K; Egsgaard, H; Ambus, P; Jensen, E S; Grøn, C


    Widespread application of sewage sludge to agricultural soils in Denmark has led to concern about the possible accumulation and effects of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) in the soil ecosystem. Therefore, we have studied the uptake and degradation of LAS in greenhouse pot experiments. Sewage sludge was incorporated into a sandy soil to give a range from very low to very high applications (0.4 to 90 Mg dry wt. ha(-1)). In addition, LAS was added as water solutions. The soil was transferred to pots and sown with barley (Hordeum vulgare L. cv. Apex), rape (Brassica napus L. cv. Hyola 401), or carrot (Daucus carota L.). Also, plant-free controls were established. For all additions there was no plant uptake above the detection limit at 0.5 mg LAS kg(-1) d.w, but plant growth stimulated the degradation. With a growth period of 30 d, LAS concentrations in soil from pots with rape had dropped from 27 to 1.4 mg kg(-1) dry wt., but in plant-free pots the concentration decreased only to 2.4 mg kg(-1) dry wt. When LAS was added as a spike, the final concentration in soil from planted pots was 0.7 mg kg(-1) dry wt., but in pots without plants the final concentration was much higher (2.5 mg kg(-1) dry wt.). During degradation, the relative fraction of homologues C10, C11, and C12 decreased, while C13 increased.

  20. Understanding and Enhancing Hydrogen Diffusion in MgH2 and NaMgH3

    Sholl, David; Hao, Shiqiang


    The transport properties of hydrogen in metal hydrides are crucial to the kinetics of H2 storage in these materials. We use first-principles calculations to identify the defects that are relevant for H transport in MgH2 and NaMgH3. In both materials, the physically relevant defects are charged and H diffusion is dominated by mobility of negatively charged interstitial H. Interestingly, the diffusion of these species occurs via concerted mechanisms with low energy barriers. To improve the charged interstitial H diffusivity, a series of transition-metal additives are screened to lower the formation energy of mobile defects. Our results provide a practical way to examine and alter H diffusion in light metal hydrides.

  1. Secondary ageing in an Al-Cu-Mg alloy with high Cu/Mg ratio

    Dupasquier, A.; Folegati, P. [Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Ist. di Fisica della Materia; Ferragut, R. [Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Ist. di Fisica della Materia; IFIMAT, Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires and CICPBA, Tandil (Argentina); Massazza, M.; Riontino, G. [Ist. Nazionale di Fisica della Materia, Dipt. di Chimica I.F.M., Univ. di Torino (Italy); Somoza, A. [IFIMAT, Univ. Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires and CICPBA, Tandil (Argentina)


    The mechanisms governing secondary ageing (structural transformations occurring at low temperature after a heat treatment at higher temperature) were investigated by combined measurements of positron lifetimes, Vickers microhardness measurements and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) on a laboratory alloy (Al-4.5 wt.% Cu-0.56 wt.% Mg). The results show that hardening occurs at a much slower rate than in case of primary ageing at RT. The positron lifetime data suggest that the hardening rate is controlled by slow release of vacancies from Cu-rich clusters formed during the initial high temperature treatment. The hardening stage is concomitant with an increase of the positron lifetime, and has probably the same origin, which is the formation of solute clusters containing vacancies and Mg as essential components. The formation at low temperature of new structures is also demonstrated by DSC. (orig.)

  2. Room-temperature perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of MgO/Fe/MgO ultrathin films

    Kozioł-Rachwał, A.; Ślęzak, T.; Przewoźnik, J. [Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Skowroński, W.; Stobiecki, T. [Department of Electronics, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Wilgocka-Ślęzak, D. [Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Niezapominajek 8, 30-239 Kraków (Poland); Qin, Q. H.; Dijken, S. van [NanoSpin, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University School of Science, P.O. Box 15100, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Korecki, J. [Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków (Poland); Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Niezapominajek 8, 30-239 Kraków (Poland)


    We used the anomalous Hall effect to study the magnetic properties of MgO/Fe(t)/MgO(001) structures in which the Fe thickness t ranged from 4 Å to 14 Å. For the iron deposited at 140 K, we obtained perpendicular magnetization at room temperature below the critical thickness of t{sub c} = (9 ± 1) Å. In the vicinity of t{sub c}, the easy magnetization axis switched from an out-of-plane orientation to an in-plane orientation, and the observed spin-reorientation transition was considered in terms of the competition among different anisotropies. The perpendicular magnetization direction was attributed to magnetoelastic anisotropy. Finally, the temperature-dependent spin-reorientation transition was analyzed for Fe thicknesses close to t{sub c}.

  3. Transition of interface oxide layer from porous Mg(OH)2 to dense MgO induced by polyaniline and corrosion resistance of Mg alloy therefrom

    Luo, Yizhong; Sun, Yang; Lv, Jinlong; Wang, Xianhong; Li, Ji; Wang, Fosong


    The feasibility of polyaniline emeraldine base (EB) for enhancing long-term corrosion resistance of magnesium alloy (AZ91D Mg alloy) was confirmed, since the complex impedance of Mg alloy protected by EB/epoxy resin (ER) composite coating with 10 wt% EB loading maintained around 2 GΩ cm2 even after 80 day exposure in 0.5 M NaCl solution, while that of pure ER coated analogue decreased to 0.17 MΩ cm2 only after 31 days. The improvement in corrosion resistance was attributed to the transition of interface layer from porous Mg(OH)2 dominated one underneath pure ER coating to dense MgO dominated one underneath EB/ER coating, induced by the redox interaction of EB with Mg alloy. When the EB loading in EB/ER coating increased from 0 to 10 wt%, the relative XPS peak area ratio of MgO to Mg(OH)2 increased from 0.78 to 1.18, indicating that EB behaved as effective corrosion inhibitor causing the transformation of oxide layer from porous Mg(OH)2 to dense MgO.

  4. [Fluconazole 1200mg or 800mg for cryptococcal meningitis treatment in Ivory Coast].

    Kouakou, G A; Ello, N F; Kassi, N A; Keita, M; Doumbia, A; Mossou, C; Kassi, F K; Tanon, A; Ehui, E; Eholié, S P


    Assessing the use of high-dose fluconazol monotherapy (1200mg or 800mg) in the treatment and prognosis of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis in Ivory Coast. A retrospective study carried out from August 2008 to August 2011 based on patients charts suffering from CM in the Abidjan Tropicals and Infectious Disease Unit. Mortality rate and associated factors were analyzed. Forty-six cases of cryptococcal meningitis (2.5% of hospitalizations) were included. The sex-ratio was of 1.2. The median age was 40.5 [35-47] years. The symptomatology was subacute (93.5%). The main clinical symptoms were syndrome of pure meningeal irritation (65%), fever (100%); 35% of patients had encephalomeningits. Twenty-one (45.7%) was ART-naïve patients. Fluconazole 1200mg was prescribed to 29 (63%) patients. Therapeutic lumbar punctures were performed in 42 (91.3) patients. The mortality rate was 50%. Significant predictors of mortality were encephalomeningitis and therapeutic lumbar puncture. Cryptococcal meningitis associated mortality remains high despite the use of high-dose fluconazole monotherapy. Therapeutic lumbar punctures help to improving the prognosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. Combinatorial search for hydrogen storage alloys: Mg-Ni and Mg-Ni-Ti

    Oelmez, Rabia; Cakmak, Guelhan; Oeztuerk, Tayfur [Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey)


    A combinatorial study was carried out for hydrogen storage alloys involving processes similar to those normally used in their fabrication. The study utilized a single sample of combined elemental (or compound) powders which were milled and consolidated into a bulk form and subsequently deformed to heavy strains. The mixture was then subjected to a post annealing treatment, which brings about solid state reactions between the powders, yielding equilibrium phases in the respective alloy system. A sample, comprising the equilibrium phases, was then pulverized and screened for hydrogen storage compositions. X-ray diffraction was used as a screening tool, the sample having been examined both in the as processed and the hydrogenated state. The method was successfully applied to Mg-Ni and Mg-Ni-Ti yielding the well known Mg{sub 2}Ni as the storage composition. It is concluded that a partitioning of the alloy system into regions of similar solidus temperature would be required to encompass the full spectrum of equilibrium phases. (author)

  6. Preparation of 24Mg-Fe-Cu Target

    FAN; Qi-wen; DU; Ying-hui; ZHANG; Rong


    <正>The three-layer-sandwich targets of 24Mg-Fe-Cu needed to be prepared in the physics experiment. The middle layers are thin ferromagnetic Fe layers of about 3.2 mg/cm2. The recoil stopper layers are thick crystallized and defect-free Cu layers of about 15 mg/cm2. The thickness of the 24Mg target layers is about 300 μg/cm2, and the uniformity should be better than 90%.

  7. MgB2 tunnel junctions and SQUIDs

    Brinkman, A.; Rowell, J.M.


    Recent advances in the realization and understanding of MgB2 tunnel junctions and SQUIDs are surveyed. High quality MgB2 junctions with suitable tunnel barriers have been realized based on both oriented and epitaxial thin MgB2 films. Multiband transport properties, such as the existence of two energ

  8. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

    Urgnani, J.; Di Chio, M.; Palumbo, M.; Feuerbacher, M.; Fernandez, J. F.; Leardini, F.; Baricco, M.


    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H2 absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H2 with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg38.5Al61.5, Mg69Al31 and Mg72Al28. For Mg72Al28, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg69Al31, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg38.5Al61.5, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H2 absorption, leading to MgH2. After heating up to 430 °C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH2 has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  9. Thermodynamic assessment of the Bi-Mg binary system

    Chunju NIU; Changrong LI; Zhenmin DU; Cuiping GUO; Yongjuan JING


    The Bi-Mg binary system had been assessed by adopting the ionic melt and the modified quasi-chemical models to describe the liquid phase with short range ordering behavior.In general considerations of the development of the thermodynamic database of the multi-component Mg-based alloys and the consistency of the thermodynamic models of the related phases,the Gibbs energy descriptions of all the phases in the Bi-Mg binary system were reasonably re-modeled and critically re-assessed in the present work.Especially for the liquid phase,the associate model was used with the constituent species Bi,Mg and Bi2Mg3.The Mg-rich terminal phase hcp_A3 was modeled as a substitutional solution following Redlich-Kister equation and the Bi-rich terminal phase Rhombohedral_A7 was treated as a pure Bi substance since the extremely small solubility of Mg in Bi. The low and high temperature nonstoichiometric compounds β-Bi2Mg3 and α-Bi2Mg3 were described by the sublattice models (Bi,Va)2Mg3 and (Bi)1 (Bi,Va)aMg6 respectively based on their structure features.A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters of the Bi-Mg system was obtained and the experimental thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data were well reproduced by the optimized thermodynamic data.

  10. Hydrogen absorption and desorption in rapidly solidified Mg- Al alloys

    Urgnani, J; Di Chio, M; Palumbo, M; Baricco, M [Dipartimento di Chimica I.F.M. and NIS, Universita di Torino, via P. Giuria, 10125, Torino (Italy); Feuerbacher, M [Institut fuer Mikrostrukturforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Leo-Brand- Strasse, 52428 Juelich (Germany); Fernandez, J F; Leardini, F, E-mail: jacopo.urgnani@unito.i [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid (Spain)


    The addition of Al to Mg has been indicated as a suitable way to destabilise the hydride phase, in order to bring the absorption and desorption reactions close to reasonable temperatures and pressure values for hydrogen storage. Rapid solidification is known to refine the microstructure of Mg-Al alloys and it might improve the H{sub 2} absorption/desorption kinetics. In this paper, the interaction of H{sub 2} with rapidly solidified Mg-Al alloys have been studied for three different composition: Mg{sub 38.5}Al{sub 61.5}, Mg{sub 69}Al{sub 31} and Mg{sub 72}Al{sub 28}. For Mg{sub 72}Al{sub 28}, no significant changes in the microstructure have been obtained by rapid solidification. In Mg{sub 69}Al{sub 31}, a significant grain refinement has been observed, whereas, for Mg{sub 38.5}Al{sub 61.5}, the formation of a metastable hexagonal phase has been found. In all cases, a disproportionation reaction has been observed after H{sub 2} absorption, leading to MgH{sub 2}. After heating up to 430 deg. C the hydrogenated samples, a main desorption reaction from MgH{sub 2} has been observed, which brings again to the starting phases. Experimental results have been discussed on the basis of a thermodynamic assessment of the Mg-Al-H system.

  11. Cardiovascular effect of dental anesthesia with articaine (40 mg with epinefrine 0,5 mg % and 40 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) versus mepivacaine (30 mg and 20 mg with epinefrine 1 mg%) in medically compromised cardiac patients: a cross-over, randomized, single blinded study.

    Torres-Lagares, Daniel; Serrera-Figallo, María-Ángeles; Machuca-Portillo, Guillermo; Corcuera-Flores, José-Ramón; Machuca-Portillo, Carmen; Castillo-Oyagüe, Raquel; Gutiérrez-Pérez, José-Luis


    The aim of the present study is to compare cardiovascular safety profiles of two dental anesthetics: articaine versus two standard mepivacaine solutions used during etiological periodontal treatment in cardiovascular patients. Using a cross-over study design, ten cardiovascular patients were randomly assigned to dental treatment with 1.8 mL of a local anesthetic injected on each quadrant of the mouth: Articaine (40 mg with Epinephrine 0.5 mg % and 40 mg with Epinephrine 1mg %) or Mepivacaine (30 mg and 20 mg with Epinephrine 1mg %). A computer programme enabled continuous longitudinal data collection: O2 saturation, blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR). No severe clinical side effects were observed. During the treatment period, we observed statistically significant differences as regards HR between injections with and without adrenalin (p< 0.039) and as regards systolic (p< 0.046) and diastolic (p < 0.046) blood pressure during the stabilization period. In both cases, the parameters under study increase. Age, gender, jaw treated, treatment duration and the rest of cardiovascular variables did not affect the results. None of the patients underwent ischemic alterations or any other complication derived from the treatment or the anesthesia. According to the results of our study, dental anesthetics with standard concentrations of Epinephrine seem to alter HR and BP. Although no cardiac ischemic alterations or any other cardiovascular complications have been observed, we must be cautious with the administration of anesthetics containing vasoconstrictors in patients with cardiovascular diseases.

  12. Chemical composition of Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil. under different management conditions in seven localities of Paraná State

    Carlos Bruno Reissmann


    Full Text Available Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil. (erva-mate, the mate tea, is a forest tree whose natural distribution in the Brazilian territory embraces the States of Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Its economical importance is moreover related to tea production. The purpose of this study is to characterize the leaf chemical composition in relation to different plantation and management conditions. Chemical analysis were performed on plants of different ages,in naturally occurring areas, planted stands, and seedbeds. The most remarkable elements observed in the study were P with average values ranging from 0,5 - 3,2 g kg-1 D.W., Mn values from 346 - 3.330 mg kg-1 D.W., and Al values from 167 - 1.235 mg kg-1 D.W.A erva-mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil., no Brasil, distribui-se nos Estados do Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul. Sua importância econômica refere-se basicamente à produção do chá e chimarrão. O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar a composição química foliar de acordo com diferentes sistemas de plantio e manejo. A análise química foi efetuada em plantas de diversas idades e sob condições distintas de manejo, ou seja, ocorrência natural, plantios e viveiros. Os elementos que mais chamaram a atenção, neste estudo, foram o P, cujos teores variaram de 0,5 - 3,2 g kg-1 M.S.; Mn de 346-3330 mg kg-1 M.S. e Al de 167-1235 mg kg-1 M.S.

  13. Corrosion Resistance of the Superhydrophobic Mg(OH)2/Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxide Coatings on Magnesium Alloys

    Zhang, Fen; Zhang, Changlei; Zeng, Rongchang; Song, Liang; Guo, Lian; Huang, Xiaowen


      Coatings of the Mg(OH)2/Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) composite were formed by a combined co-precipitation method and hydrothermal process on the AZ31 alloy substrate in alkaline condition...

  14. Fabrication of Mg-doped ZnO thin films by laser ablation of Zn:Mg target

    Kim, Tae Hyun; Park, Jin Jae; Nam, Sang Hwan; Park, Hye Sun; Cheong, Nu Ri [Department of Chemistry, Kyunghee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jae Kyu [Department of Chemistry, Kyunghee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail:; Park, Seung Min [Department of Chemistry, Kyunghee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail:


    Mg-doped ZnO thin films were fabricated by laser ablation of Zn:Mg targets consisting of Mg metallic strips and Zn disk in oxygen atmosphere with a goal to facilitate convenient control of Mg contents in the films. The characteristics of the deposited films were examined by analyzing their photoluminescence (PL), X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra. Mg contents as analyzed by XPS indicate that the target composition is fairly transferred to the deposited films. The wurtzite structure of ZnO was conserved even for the highly doped ZnO films and there was no Mg- or MgO-related XRD peaks. With increase in the Mg content, the bandgap and PL peak energy shifted to blue and the Stokes shift became larger.

  15. Coherent interface structures and intergrain Josephson coupling in dense MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si/MgB{sub 2} nanocomposites

    Ueno, Katsuya; Takahashi, Kazuyuki; Uchino, Takashi, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Nagashima, Yukihito [Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd., Konoike, Itami 664-8520 (Japan); Seto, Yusuke [Department of Planetology, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Matsumoto, Megumi; Sakurai, Takahiro [Center for Support to Research and Education Activities, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan); Ohta, Hitoshi [Molecular Photoscience Research Center, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)


    Many efforts are under way to control the structure of heterointerfaces in nanostructured composite materials for designing functionality and engineering application. However, the fabrication of high-quality heterointerfaces is challenging because the crystal/crystal interface is usually the most defective part of the nanocomposite materials. In this work, we show that fully dense insulator (MgO)/semiconductor(Mg{sub 2}Si)/superconductor(MgB{sub 2}) nanocomposites with atomically smooth and continuous interfaces, including epitaxial-like MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si interfaces, are obtained by solid phase reaction between metallic magnesium and a borosilicate glass. The resulting nanocomposites exhibit a semiconductor-superconducting transition at 36 K owing to the MgB{sub 2} nanograins surrounded by the MgO/Mg{sub 2}Si matrix. This transition is followed by the intergrain phase-lock transition at ∼24 K due to the construction of Josephson-coupled network, eventually leading to a near-zero resistance state at 17 K. The method not only provides a simple process to fabricate dense nanocomposites with high-quality interfaces, but also enables to investigate the electric and magnetic properties of embedded superconducting nanograins with good intergrain coupling.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doped TiO2 (101) anatase surface

    Sasani, Alireza [Department of Science, Karaj Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Alborz, P.O. Box 31485-313 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Baktash, Ardeshir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirabbaszadeh, Kavoos, E-mail: [Department of Energy Engineering and Physics, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, P. O. Box 15875-4413 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khoshnevisan, Bahram [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Highlights: • Formation energy of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doped TiO{sub 2} anatase surface (101) is studied. • Effect of Mg defect to the TiO{sub 2} anatase (101) surface and bond length distribution of the surface is studied and it is shown that Mg defects tend to stay far from each other. • Effect of Mg and Nb to the bond length distribution of the surface studied and it is shown that these defects tend to stay close to each other. • Effects of Mg and Mg-Nb defects on DSSCs using TiO{sub 2} anatase hosting these defects are studied. - Abstract: In this paper, by using density functional theory, Mg and Nb-Mg co-doping of TiO{sub 2} anatase (101) surfaces are studied. By studying the formation energy of the defects and the bond length distribution of the surface, it is shown that Mg defects tend to stay as far as possible to induce least possible lattice distortion while Nb and Mg defects stay close to each other to cause less stress to the surface. By investigating band structure of the surface and changes stemmed from the defects, potential effects of Mg and Mg-Nb co-doping of TiO{sub 2} surface on dye-sensitized solar cells are investigated. In this study, it is shown that the Nb-Mg co-doping could increase J{sub SC} of the surface while slightly decreasing V{sub OC} compared to Mg doped surface, which might result in an increase in efficiency of the DSSCs compared to Nb or Mg doped surfaces.

  17. NF3 Decomposition over Mn/MgO and Cr/MgO Without Water%NF3在Mn/MgO和Cr/MgO上的分解反应

    殷春晓; 毕翠玉; 张烽林; 徐秀峰


    用Mn (NO3)2和Cr(NO3)3溶液浸渍MgO制备了Mn/MgO和Cr/MgO系列脱氟剂;考察了无水条件下,NF3在Mn/MgO和Cr/MgO上的分解反应,并对反应前后的脱氟剂进行了XRD、N2吸附-脱附和EDX表征,分析了影响脱氟活性的原因.实验结果表明,Mn/MgO的脱氟活性显著高于MgO,但Cr/MgO的脱氟活性比MgO低;在反应气体积组成2%NF3/98%He、流量50 mL/min、脱氟剂用量2 g、400℃的条件下,NF3在10%(Mn原子与MgO的质量比)Mn/MgO上的全转化时间达460 min.依据表征结果和热力学计算数据,认为NF3与Mn/MgO反应生成的表层MnF3可与MgO进行氟/氧交换,促进了MgO的氟化反应,提高了Mn/MgO的脱氟活性;而NF3与Cr/MgO反应生成的表层CrF3不能与MgO进行氟/氧交换反应,且低比表面积、低孔体积的CrF3致密层附着在MgO表面,限制了NF3扩散至MgO孔中进行分解反应,降低了Cr/MgO的脱氟活性.

  18. Mg Alloy Foam Fabrication via Melt Foaming Method

    Donghui YANC; Changhwan SEO; Bo-Young HUR


    For the first time AZ91 (MgAl9Zn1) and AM60 (MgAl6) Mg alloy foams with homogeneous pore structures were prepared successfully via melt foaming method using CaCO3 as blowing agent. It is revealed that the blowing gas to foam the melt is not CO2 but CO, which comes from liquid-solid reaction between Mg melt. The reaction temperature is more than 100℃ lower than CaCO3 decomposition, which makes Mg alloy melts foam into cellular structure much more easily in the temperature range from 690℃ to 750℃.

  19. Study on Organization and Operation Mode of SMT-MG

    LI Chunquan; YU Tao; ZHOU Dejian


    SMT-MG is a typical application of grid in electric product manufacturing. The organization and operation mode are key problems in SMT-MG. In this paper, SMT-MG is taken as research object. Its mesh three-dimensional matrix organization mode is presented. Meanwhile from operation foundation, process, environment and target four aspects, operation principles are explored. Operation mechanisms of SMT-MG such as adaptive evolution, PUSH/PULL driving, cooperation and game, feedback, regulation/control, coordination, impetus mechanism and so on are studied. Finally, the operation flow of SMT-MG is introduced.

  20. The relation between the content of Al in Mg- Al alloy and the burning point of Mg - Al alloy%Mg-Al合金中Al含量对Mg-Al合金燃点影响的实验研究

    王世俊; 王泉; 汪岘


    研究了 Mg-Al合金中Al含量对Mg-Al合金燃点的影响,实验证明了保护熔剂能够有效的防止Mg-Al合金在熔炼中Mg和Al的氧化与燃烧,且在Al含量在10%~90%的Mg-Al合金中,Al含量40%的燃点最高,而在Al含量超过80%以后Mg-Al合金不发生燃烧现象.

  1. Administração inadvertida de 4 mg de morfina por via subaracnóidea: relato de caso Administración inadvertida de 4 mg de morfina por vía subaracnoidea: relato de caso Accidental subarachnoid administration of 4 mg of morphine: case report

    Bruno Salomé de Morais


    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A administração de morfina por via subaracnóidea é técnica bem estabelecida para analgesia pós-operatória devido a sua eficácia, segurança e baixo custo. A administração inadvertida de 4 mg de morfina por via subaracnóidea complicada por fibrilação atrial ap��s administração de naloxona foi o objetivo desse relato. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 45 anos, 75 kg, 1,72 m, estado físico ASA II, hipertenso, a ser submetido à reconstrução do ligamento cruzado anterior do joelho esquerdo. Após a realização da raquianestesia, foi constatada troca da ampola de morfina, com administração de 4 mg (0,4 mL da ampola de 10 mg por via subaracnóidea. A freqüência respiratória oscilou entre 12 e 16 incursões respiratórias por minuto e o paciente manteve-se estável hemodinamicamente sem queixas no intra-operatório. Após 30 minutos da admissão na SRPA, apresentou vômitos e sudorese, tratados com 0,4 mg de naloxona seguidos de infusão contínua de 0,2 mg.h-1 até o desaparecimento dos sintomas. A infusão contínua de naloxona foi mantida na Unidade de Terapia Intensiva (UTI, onde a pressão arterial, freqüência cardíaca, freqüência respiratória, saturação de oxigênio foram monitoradas, assim como a presença de náusea, prurido, vômito, sedação, dor e retenção urinária observadas. Após 2 horas de admissão na UTI, o paciente apresentou fibrilação atrial aguda sem instabilidade hemodinâmica. O ritmo sinusal foi restabelecido após 150 mg de amiodarona e interrupção da infusão de naloxona. Nas 18 horas seguintes apresentou estabilidade hemodinâmica e evoluiu sem outras intercorrências até a alta hospitalar. CONCLUSÕES: O presente relato alerta para o risco de troca de medicamentos durante o ato anestésico e ressalta a importância do encaminhamento dos pacientes em tratamento de sobredose de opióides à UTI em virtude de seus potenciais efeitos adversos

  2. Intrinsic Conductivity in Magnesium-Oxygen Battery Discharge Products: MgO and MgO2

    Smith, Jeffrey G.; Naruse, Junichi; Hiramatsu, Hidehiko


    O, the equilibrium concentration of carriers in MgO2 is low, and moderate-to-poor mobility further limits conductivity. If equilibrium behavior is realized, then we conclude that (i) sluggish charge transport in MgO or MgO2 will limit battery performance when these compounds cover the cathode support and (ii) what...

  3. The structure of ? precipitates in Mg-Zn-Y alloys

    Singh, Alok; Rosalie, Julian M.; Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Mukai, Toshiji


    It is shown here by high-resolution electron microscopy that the structure of rod-like ? precipitates perpendicular to the basal planes of the magnesium matrix in Mg-Zn-Y alloys consist of complex domains at nanoscale. These domains can be recognized to be those of monoclinic Mg4Zn7 phase and hexagonal Laves phase MgZn2 with axial orientations ? . Due to disorder, often complete unit cells of the Mg4Zn7 structure cannot be recognized. Inside a domain of Mg4Zn7, the structure may locally transform to that of MgZn2. The structure of both the phases are composed of similar units of icosahedral coordinations. Maintaining the above axial orientation, the Mg4Zn7 can exhibit two orientation relationships with the matrix, ? or ? . The hexagonal MgZn2 forms in the monoclinic Mg4Zn7 in two different orientations, related to rhombic units (with angle ∼72°) in the Mg4Zn7 unit cell. With the common axial relationship given above, these two orientation relationships can be given as ? or ? . One of these two variants forms a known orientation relationship ? , ? with the matrix. The structure of the MgZn2 was found to be modified by the ordering of zinc layers perpendicular to the hexagonal axis.

  4. Interaction of hydrogen with an Mg-Al alloy (poster)

    Andreasen, A.; Andreasen, J.W.; Burkarl, R.;


    The properties of magnesium as a hydrogen storage medium may be positively altered by the addition of Al: thermodynamic properties, kinetics and heat transfer of the hydride bed can be improved. The interaction of hydrogen with a Mg-Al alloy pre-exposedto air has been studied with in-situ time...... energy for dehydrogenation of the Mg-Al alloy is found to be approx. 160 kJ/mol. This is not significantly higher than for pure and fully activated Mg.Furthermore, it is found that Mg-Al is hydrogenated to MgH2 + Al and upon dehydrogenation a Mg-Al alloy is reformed. Pure Mg is not observed during...

  5. Enhanced post-annealing stability of perpendicular Ta/CoFeB/Mg/MgO multilayers by inhibiting Ta diffusion

    Li, Xu-Jing; Jiang, Shao-Long; Zhang, Jing-Yan; Liu, Qian-Qian; Liu, Yi-Wei; Zhao, Jian-Cheng [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wu, Zheng-Long [Analytical and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Feng, Chun, E-mail: [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Ming-Hua [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Yu, Guang-Hua, E-mail: [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)


    Graphical abstract: To reveal the underlying mechanism of Mg influence on the enhanced post-annealing stability of perpendicular Ta/CoFeB/Mg/MgO multilayers, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis have been performed. It is found that a certain amount of Mg interlayer at the CoFeB/MgO interface could prevent the Ta oxidation to some extent due to the oxygen deficit MgO{sub x} (x < 1), and consequently lower the diffusion motivation of Ta from the bottom layer to the CoFeB/MgO interfaces to some extent during the annealing process. The prevention of Ta diffusion realizes the effective hybridization of Fe and O at the CoFeB/MgO interface and maintains interfacial magnetic anisotropy (K{sub CoFeB/MgO}). As a result, the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at high annealing temperatures was maintained. - Highlights: • High annealing stability of perpendicular Ta/CoFeB/Mg/MgO multilayers was realized. • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis has been performed to explore the reasons. • The prevention of Ta diffusion was realized by introducing Mg at the CoFeB/MgO interface. - Abstracts: To reveal the underlying mechanism of Mg influence on the enhanced post-annealing stability of perpendicular Ta/CoFeB/Mg/MgO multilayers, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis has been performed. It is found that a certain amount of Mg interlayer at the CoFeB/MgO interface could prevent the Ta oxidation, and consequently lower the diffusion motivation of Ta from the bottom layer to the CoFeB/MgO interfaces to some extent in the annealing process. The prevention of Ta diffusion realizes the effective hybridization of Fe and O at the CoFeB/MgO interface and maintains interfacial magnetic anisotropy (KCoFeB/MgO). As a result, the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at high annealing temperatures is maintained.

  6. Thermodynamic description of the Mg-Nd-Zn ternary system

    Qi, H.Y.; Huang, G.X.; Bo, H.; Xu, G.L. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Liu, L.B., E-mail: [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Education Ministry Key Laboratory of Non-ferrous Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Center of Phase Diagram and Materials Design and Manufacture, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Jin, Z.P. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Education Ministry Key Laboratory of Non-ferrous Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Center of Phase Diagram and Materials Design and Manufacture, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)


    A thermodynamic description of the Mg-Nd-Zn system was developed by means of the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. The constituent binary systems Mg-Nd and Nd-Zn were re-optimized based on the experimental phase equilibria and thermodynamic properties available in the literature. Combining with the thermodynamic parameters of the Mg-Zn system cited from the reference, the Mg-Nd-Zn ternary system was evaluated. The Gibbs energies of the solution phases (liquid, BCC{sub A}2, DHCP, HCP{sub A}3 and HCP{sub Z}n) were described by the subregular solution model with the Redlich-Kister polynomial function, and those of the stoichiometric compounds, Nd{sub 2}Zn{sub 17}, NdZn{sub 11H}, NdZn{sub 11L}, Nd{sub 3}Zn{sub 22}, Nd{sub 13}Zn{sub 58}, Nd{sub 3}Zn{sub 11}, NdZn{sub 3}, NdZn{sub 2} and Mg{sub 2}Nd, were described by the sublattice model. The compounds Mg{sub 3}Nd and Mg{sub 41}Nd{sub 5} in the Mg-Nd-Zn system were treated as the formulae (Mg, Zn){sub 3}(Mg, Nd) and (Mg, Nd, Zn){sub 41}(Mg, Nd){sub 5}. The order-disorder transition between BCC{sub B}2 and BCC{sub A}2 phases was treated using a two-sublattice model (Mg, Nd, Zn){sub 0.5}(Mg, Nd, Zn){sub 0.5}. Based on experimental data, four stable ternary compounds {tau}{sub 1}(Mg{sub 7}Nd{sub 1}Zn{sub 12}), {tau}{sub 2}(Mg{sub 7}Nd{sub 2}Zn{sub 11}), {tau}{sub 3}(Mg{sub 6}Nd{sub 1}Zn{sub 3}) and {tau}{sub 4}(Mg{sub 6}Nd{sub 3}Zn{sub 11}) were taken into consideration in this system. A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters of the Mg-Nd-Zn system was obtained. Projection of the liquidus surface, selected vertical and isothermal sections were calculated using the proposed thermodynamic description. Comprehensive comparisons between the calculated and measured phase diagrams show that almost all the accurate experimental information is satisfactorily accounted for by the present thermodynamic description.

  7. Full-potential KKR-calculations for MgO and divalent impurities in MgO

    Baranov, A. N.; Stepanyuk, V. S.; Hergert, W.; Katsnelson, A. A.; Settels, A.; Zeller, R.; Dederichs, P. H.


    We present a detailed investigation of bulk properties of MgO and lattice relaxations around divalent impurities in MgO by means of the full-potential Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method. The local-density approximation and the perturbative generalized gradient corrections are used to calculate the lattice constant and bulk modulus of MgO. We obtain a very good description of the ground properties of MgO. Lattice relaxations around divalent impurities in MgO are determined using an...

  8. Superior MgH2 Kinetics with MgO Addition: A Tribological Effect

    Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou


    Full Text Available The kinetics of hydrogen absorption/desorption in magnesium can be improved without any catalysis assistance and MgO was found to be more effective than the best catalyst reported so far, i.e., Nb2O5. Herein, a quantitative analysis of the hydrogen kinetics in magnesium modified with MgO was performed in order to identify possible rate controlling mechanisms. While hydrogen absorption was found to be diffusion controlled as commonly reported, hydrogen desorption evolved from nucleation and growth to an interface controlled process depending on the desorption temperature. Comparison with the effect of Nb2O5 indicates that similar rate limiting steps occur regardless of the oxide additive. These findings are reconciled by considering the tribological effect of solid oxide additives, as a correlation between oxides electronegativity and improvement in hydrogen kinetics was found. Such a correlation clearly highlights the mechanical effect of solid oxides in facilitating the grinding and stabilisation of small magnesium particles for efficient and fast hydrogen kinetics.

  9. From $^{27}$Mg to ${33}$Mg transition to the "Island of inversion"

    Yordanov, Deyan

    Since introduced in nuclear physics, the concept of shell structure and magic numbers has governed our understanding of nuclear matter in atomic nuclei close to stability. Nuclear species with a magic number of protons and/or neutrons are known to be more stable and close to spherical in shape. Experimental studies of 30Ne, 31Na and 32Mg, systems with a closed neutron sd shell (N=20), provide evidence for a ground-state deformation in these nuclei. The observed phenomenon is understood as an inversion of the normal spherical ground-state configuration, expected according to the traditional shell model, with deformed states governed by particle-hole excitations over the N=20 shell gap. The properties of nuclei in this Island of inversion are of particular importance for the theoretical modeling of the region. The present doctoral dissertation reports on the first determination of the nuclear ground-state spins and magnetic moments of 31,33Mg, obtained by means of laser spectroscopy in combination with nuclear...

  10. Structure of Mg$_n$ and Mg$_n^+$ clusters up to n=30

    Janecek, Stefan


    We present structure calculations of neutral and singly ionized Mg clusters of up to 30 atoms, as well as Na clusters of up to 10 atoms. The calculations have been performed using density functional theory (DFT) within the local (spin-)density approximation, ion cores are described by pseudopotentials. We have utilized a new algorithm for solving the Kohn-Sham equations that is formulated entirely in coordinate space and, thus, permits straightforward control of the spatial resolution. Our numerical method is particularly suitable for modern parallel computer architectures; we have thus been able to combine an unrestricted simulated annealing procedure with electronic structure calculations of high spatial resolution, corresponding to a plane-wave cutoff of 954eV for Mg. We report the geometric structures of the resulting ground-state configurations and a few low-lying isomers. The energetics and HOMO-LUMO gaps of the ground-state configurations are carefully examined and related to their stability properties...

  11. Clustering effects in 48Cr composite nuclei produced via 24Mg + 24Mg reaction

    Cinausero M.


    Full Text Available In the framework of studying clustering effects in N=Z light nuclei, an experiment was carried out to get information on the properties of the 48Cr composite nuclei produced via the 24Mg +24Mg reaction. In particular, the study regards the 48Cr at 60 MeV of excitation energy where a resonance with a narrow width (170 KeV has been found by measuring the elastic and anelastic channels. To determine the deformation of this state, evaporative Light Charged Particles (LCP are measured and compared to the Statistical Model (SM predictions, which are very sensitive to nuclear deformation. The experiment was performed at LNL using the 8ĒLP apparatus to select LCPs and a Parallel Plate Avalanche Counter (PPAC system to detect the Evaporation Residues (ER. Preliminary results on the measurements of ER – LCP and LCP – LCP angular correlations are presented which indicate the presence of a very large deformation.The analysis will proceed with the extraction of the LCP energy spectra and with the angular correlations for high multiplicity channels to determine the deformation.

  12. Thermodynamic re-optimization of the Cu-Mg-Sn system at the Cu-Mg side

    Miettinen J.


    Full Text Available Thermodynamic description of the ternary Cu-Mg-Sn system at its Cu-Mg side is presented. The thermodynamic parameters of the binary sub-systems, Cu-Mg, Cu-Sn and Mg-Sn, are taken from the earlier SGTE-based assessments (modifying the Mg-Sn description slightly and those of the Cu-Mg-Si system are optimized in this study using the experimental thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data. The solution phases of the systems are described with the substitutional solution model and the intermetallic Cu2Mg compound (Laves C15, treated as simple semi-stoichiometric phases of the (A,BpCq type, is described with the twosublattice model. The present ternary description is valid for tin contents up to 45 wt% (xSn≈0.30.

  13. Recycling of AZ31 Mg alloy with high purity Mg deposition layer by hot working (solid recycling)

    Chino, Y.; Mabuchi, M. [Inst. for Structural and Engineering Materials, National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya (Japan); Yamamoto, A.; Iwasaki, H.; Tsubakino, H. [Div. of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Himeji Inst. of Tech., Himeji (Japan)


    Solid recycling of AZ31 Mg alloy with vapor deposition coating layer of high purity Mg was evaluated. In the open die forging experiments, two AZ31 Mg alloy specimens with the pure Mg layer were sufficiently bonded by forging at 673 K. Furthermore, the Al and Zn of the AZ31 substrate diffused up to the center of the pure Mg layer. By the theoretical analysis, it is suggested that the grain boundary diffusion enhanced by grain refinement due to hot forging contributes to the solid state bonding of the specimens. Also, the solid recycled specimen was fabricated from the AZ31 Mg substrate with pure Mg layer by hot extrusion at 673 K. The solid recycled specimen showed almost the same tensile properties as the virgin extruded specimen. This is probably related not only to the grain boundary diffusion but also severe plastic deformation by hot extrusion. (orig.)

  14. Corrosion behavior of Mg/graphene composite in aqueous electrolyte

    Selvam, M. [Centre for Nano Science and Technology, KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, 637215, Tamil Nadu (India); Saminathan, K., E-mail: [Centre for Nano Science and Technology, KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, 637215, Tamil Nadu (India); Siva, P. [Centre for Nano Science and Technology, KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, 637215, Tamil Nadu (India); Saha, P. [Department of Ceramic Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India-769008 (India); Rajendran, V. [Centre for Nano Science and Technology, KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode, 637215, Tamil Nadu (India)


    In the present work, the electrochemical corrosion behavior of magnesium (Mg) and thin layer graphene coated Mg (Mg/graphene) are studied in different salt electrolyte such as NaCl, KCl and Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The phase structure, crystallinity, and surface morphology of the samples are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDAX), and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The electrochemical corrosion behavior of the Mg and graphene coated Mg are also investigated using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis. The tafel plot reveals that the corrosion of Mg drastically drops when coated with thin layer graphene (Mg/graphene) compared to Mg in KCl electrolyte. Moreover, the EIS confirms that Mg/graphene sample shows improve corrosion resistance and lower corrosion rate in KCl solution compare to all other electrolytes studied in the present system. - Highlights: • The corrosion behavior of magnesium alloy (AZ91) was investigated in three different electrolyte solution. • To study the anti-corrosion behavior of graphene coated with magnesium alloy. • To improve the corrosion resistance for magnesium alloy. • Nyquist plots confirms that MgG shows better corrosion resistance and lower corrosion rate in KCl solution.

  15. Interaction of hydrogen with an Mg-Al alloy (poster)

    Andreasen, A.; Andreasen, J.W.; Burkarl, R.


    The properties of magnesium as a hydrogen storage medium may be positively altered by the addition of Al: thermodynamic properties, kinetics and heat transfer of the hydride bed can be improved. The interaction of hydrogen with a Mg-Al alloy pre-exposedto air has been studied with in-situ time...... energy for dehydrogenation of the Mg-Al alloy is found to be approx. 160 kJ/mol. This is not significantly higher than for pure and fully activated Mg.Furthermore, it is found that Mg-Al is hydrogenated to MgH2 + Al and upon dehydrogenation a Mg-Al alloy is reformed. Pure Mg is not observed during...... dehydrogenation, suggesting that the formation of Mg-Al is fast compared to the liberation of hydrogen fromMgH2. From thermodynamical calculations using the semi-empirical Miedema model a slightly lower heat of hydride formation is found. Based on comparison with previous experiments on Mg exposed to air...

  16. Neutron spectroscopy of gamma-MgH2

    Kolesnikov, Alexander; Antonov, Vladimir; Efimchenko, Vadim; Granroth, Garrett; Klyamkin, S. N.; Levchenko, A. V.; Sakharov, Michael; Ren, Yang; Ramirez-Cuesta, Timmy


    Under ambient conditions, magnesium dihydride exists in two forms, alpha-MgH2 (the most stable modification) and gamma-MgH2 (a less stable modification). The alpha-phase partly transforms to gamma-MgH2 in the course of ball-milling and under high pressure and temperature. Due to the high hydrogen content of 7.6 wt.%, MgH2 has been intensively studied as a prospective material for hydrogen storage. By exposing of alpha-MgH2 to a pressure of 5 GPa and temperature 840 K, we prepared a sample, in which about 60% of the alpha-MgH2 was transformed to gamma-MgH2. We have measured inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectra of both the high pressure treated MgH2 and starting alpha-MgH2, and extracted the spectrum for gamma-MgH2. The differences between the INS spectra and their agreement with the first-principles calculations for these compounds will be discussed.

  17. Mg isotope fractionation during microbe-mineral interactions

    Kim, Insu; Ryu, Jong-sik; Lee, Kwang-sik; Lee, Dongho


    Magnesium is involved in various biogeochemical processes important to the global climate change over geological time-scale. Mg isotopes allow us to directly trace the Mg cycle in the Earth's surface but the factors controlling Mg isotopic compositions have not fully understood yet. Here, we conducted a batch experiment using two bacterial species (Shewanella putrefaciens and Burkholderia fungorum) and three major Mg-bearing minerals (biotite, dolomite and hornblende). All elemental concentrations increased by 336 h and then reached to steady-state values, of which Mg concentrations varied depending on minerals and bacterial species. This result indicates that the mineral dissolution is affect by the presence of microbes, which either provide organic acids or attach onto mineral surface. The Mg isotopic compositions of initial minerals biotite, dolomite and hornblende are -0.35o of biotite, -0.99o of dolomite, and -0.24o of hornblende, in δ26Mg. Similarly, δ26Mg values increased by 336 h and reached to steady-state values, which also varied with minerals and microbes. During dissolution of three minerals, the light isotope of Mg is preferentially incorporated into the dissolved phases and then the dissolved δ26Mg values become consistent with those of minerals with the time.

  18. Low-energy radioactive ion beam production of 22Mg

    Duy, N. N.; Kubono, S.; Yamaguchi, H.; Kahl, D.; Wakabayashi, Y.; Teranishi, T.; Iwasa, N.; Kwon, Y. K.; Khiem, L. H.; Kim, Y. H.; Song, J. S.; Hu, J.; Ayyad, Y.


    The 22Mg nucleus plays an important role in nuclear astrophysics, specially in the 22Mg(α,p)25Al and proton capture 22Mg(p,γ)23Al reactions. It is believed that 22Mg is a waiting point in the αp-process of nucleosynthesis in novae. We proposed a direct measurement of the 22Mg+α resonance reaction in inverse kinematics using a radioactive ion (RI) beam. A 22Mg beam of 3.73 MeV/u was produced at CRIB (Center for Nuclear Study (CNS) low-energy RI Beam) facility of the University of Tokyo located at RIKEN (Japan) in 2011. In this paper we present the results about the production of the 22Mg beam used for the direct measurement of the scattering reaction 22Mg(α,α)22Mg, and the stellar reaction 22Mg(α,p)25Al in the energy region concerning an astrophysical temperature of T9=1-3 GK.

  19. Laser multi-layer cladding of Mg-based alloys

    陈长军; 王东生; 王茂才


    By laser multi-layer cladding using a pulsed Nd-YAG irradiation the thickness of the cladding zone Mg-based alloys(ZM2 and ZM5) can reach about 1. 0 mm. The microstructure of the substrate and the cladding zone wasstudied using optical microscope, scanning electron microscopy(SEM), X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and micro hard-ness analysis. It is observed that constituent of ZM5 alloy is δ+Mg17 Al12, that of ZM2 alloy is α+MgZn+Mg9Ce.That of cladding layer ZM2 alloy(L-ZM2) is Mg+ Mg2 Zn11 +MgCe; while that of the cladding layer ZM5 alloy(L-ZM5) is Mg+Mg32 (Al, Zn)49. The hardness of the cladding area can be increased to values above HV127. Veryfine uniform microstructure and the produced new phases of nanometer/sub-micrometer order were obtained. Now,many repaired Mg-based alloy components have been passed by flying test in outside field.

  20. Adsorption of arginine, glycine and aspartic acid on Mg and Mg-based alloy surfaces: A first-principles study

    Fang, Zhe; Wang, Jianfeng; Yang, Xiaofan; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu; Liu, Hairong; Xi, Tingfei; Guan, Shaokang


    Studying the adsorption behaviors of biomolecules on the surface of Mg and Mg-based alloy has a fundamental and important role for related applications in biotechnology. In the present work, we systematically investigate and compare the adsorption properties of three typical amino acids, i.e., Arg (arginine), Gly (glycine) and Asp (aspartic acid), which form RGD tripeptide, on the Mg (0 0 0 1) surface with various doping (Zn, Y, and Nd), and aim to realize proper binding between biomolecules and Mg and Mg-based biomedical materials. Our results show that flat adsorption configurations of the functional groups binding to the surfaces are favored in energy for all the three selected amino acids. In specific, for the amino acids adsorped on clean Mg (0 0 0 1) surface, the adsorption energy (Eads) of Arg is found to be -1.67 eV for the most stable configuration, with amino and guanidyl groups binding with the surface. However, Gly (Asp) is found to binding with the surface through amino and carboxyl groups, with a -1.16 eV (-1.15 eV) binding energy. On the 2% Zn doped Mg (0 0 0 1) alloy surface (Mg-Zn (2%)), the Eads are significantly increased to be -1.91 eV, -1.32 eV and -1.35 eV for Arg, Gly and Asp, respectively. While the Mg-Y (1%) and Mg-Nd (1%) slightly weaken the adsorption of three amino acids. Moreover, we have performed detail discussions of the binding properties between amino acids and surfaces by projected density of states (PDOS) combined with charge transfer analyses. Our studies provide a comprehensive understanding on the interactions between amino acids and Mg and Mg-based alloy surfaces, with respect to facilitate the applications of Mg and Mg-based biomedical alloys in biosensing, drug delivery, biomolecule coating and other fields in biotechnology.

  1. Thermodynamic modeling of the Ba - Mg binary system

    Ren, Xin; Li, Changrong; Du, Zhenmin; Guo, Cuiping; Chen, Sicheng [Univ. of Science and Technology, Beijing (China). School of Materials Science and Engineering


    On the basis of the thermochemical and phase equilibrium experimental data, the phase diagram of the Ba - Mg binary system has been assessed by means of the calculation of phase diagrams technique. The liquid phase is of unlimited solubility and modeled as a solution phase using the Redlich-Kister equation. The intermetallic compounds, Mg{sub 17}Ba{sub 2}, Mg{sub 23}Ba{sub 6} and Mg{sub 2}Ba, with no solubility ranges are treated as strict stoichiometric compounds with the formula Mg{sub m} Ba{sub n}. Two terminal phases, BccBa and HcpMg, are kept as solution phases, since the solubilities of the two phases are of considerable importance. After optimization, a set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters has been obtained. The calculated values agree well with the available experimental data.

  2. Mg-ion indiffusion of lithium niobate single crystal fiber

    阙文修; 姚熹; 霍玉晶


    A core-cladding waveguide structure of lithium niobate single crystal fiber with different refractive index profiles has been obtained by using an Mg-ion indiffusion process. The propagation loss of the dadded crystal fiber is measured to be 14 times as low as that of the undadded crystal fibers. Mechanisms of Mg-ion indiffusion and reasons of lattice distortion are analyzed and discussed. It is found by X-ray diffraction analysis as well as scanning electron microscopy that MgO-rich layer in the magnesium diffused surface exhibits the crystal structure of a new compound from the Li-Mg-Nb-O ternary system. It is proposed, for the first time, that this new compound in MgO-rich layer is the real source of Mg-ion indiffusion lithium niobate.

  3. Aqueous magnesium ion battery based on carbon-coated FeVO4 as anode and Mg-OMS-1 as cathode with high energy density.

    Zhang, Hongyu; Ye, Ke; Zhu, Kai; Cang, Ruibai; Yan, Jun; Cheng, Kui; Wang, Guiling; Cao, Dianxue


    The porous FeVO4 is prepared by hydrothermal method and further modified by coating carbon to obtain the FeVO4/C with hierarchical pore structure, which are used as anodic electrodes in aqueous rechargeable magnesium ion battery. And the FeVO4/C material can not only improve the electrical conductivity by coating a carbon layer but also increase the specific surface area by hierarchical pore structure, which is more beneficial for magnesium ion insertion/deinsertion. Therefore, the aqueous rechargeable magnesium ion full battery is successfully constructed by FeVO4/C as anode, Mg-OMS-1 as cathode and in 1.0 mol L-1 MgSO4 as electrolyte. The discharge capacity of Mg-OMS-1 // FeVO4/C aqueous battery can be obtained 58.9 mAh g-1 at the current density of 100 mA g-1 by calculating the total mass of two electrodes and the capacity retention rate of this device is 97.7% after 100 cycles with the nearly 100% coulombic efficiency, which indicates that the system owns a good electrochemical reversibility. More than that, this system can achieve a high energy density of 70.4 Wh kg-1, which provides a powerful evidence to make the aqueous magnesium ion battery possible. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Importance of optimal dosing ≥30 mg/kg/d during deferasirox treatment: 2.7-yr follow-up from the ESCALATOR study in patients with β-thalassaemia

    Taher, Ali; Elalfy, Mohsen S; Al Zir, Kusai; Daar, Shahina; Al Jefri, Abdullah; Habr, Dany; Kriemler-Krahn, Ulrike; El-Ali, Ali; Roubert, Bernard; El-Beshlawy, Amal


    Following 1-yr deferasirox therapy in the ESCALATOR study, 57% of previously chelated patients with β-thalassaemia achieved treatment success (maintenance of or reduction in liver iron concentration (LIC) vs. baseline LIC). Seventy-eight per cent had dose increases at median of 26 wk, suggesting that 1-yr results may not have reflected full deferasirox efficacy. Extension data are presented here. Deferasirox starting dose was 20 mg/kg/d (increases to 30/40 mg/kg/d permitted in the core/extension, respectively). Efficacy was primarily assessed by absolute change in LIC and serum ferritin. Overall, 231 patients received deferasirox in the extension; 67.4% (P < 0.0001) achieved treatment success. By the end of the extension, 66.2% of patients were receiving doses ≥30 mg/kg/d. By the end of the 1-yr extension, mean LIC had decreased by 6.6 ± 9.4 mg Fe/g dw (baseline 19.6 ± 9.2; P < 0.001) and median serum ferritin by 929 ng/mL (baseline 3356; P < 0.0001). There was a concomitant improvement in liver function markers (P < 0.0001). Fewer drug-related adverse events were reported in extension than core study (23.8% vs. 44.3%). Doses ≥30 mg/kg/d were generally required because of high transfusional iron intake and high baseline serum ferritin levels, highlighting the importance of administering an adequate dose to achieve net negative iron balance. PMID:21668502

  5. Gastroduodenal tolerance of 75 mg clopidogrel versus 325 mg aspirin in healthy volunteers. A gastroscopic study.

    Fork, F T; Lafolie, P; Tóth, E; Lindgärde, F


    Clopidogrel is a new antiplatelet agent that offers increased protection over aspirin in preventing vascular ischaemic events in patients with symptomatic atherosclerosis. In a large, randomized, international study of clopidogrel and aspirin (n = 19,185 patients) clopidogrel was associated with a lower incidence of gastrointestinal adverse events, including gastrointestinal haemorrhage and hospitalizations because of gastrointestinal haemorrhage. The aim of the study was to determine whether macroscopic differences in the gastric mucosa between aspirin- and clopidogrel-treated subjects could be detected by gastroscopy after short-term treatment. Thirty-six healthy volunteers were randomized in a double-blind, double-dummy, parallel design, to 75 mg/day of clopidogrel or 325 mg/day of aspirin for 8 days. Gastroscopy was performed at base line before administration of study drug and directly after treatment completion. Gastroduodenal effects were measured in accordance with a modified Lanza scale. At base line no difference between the groups was detected (median Lanza score, 0.0 in both groups). At the end of treatment the aspirin group showed a median score of 7.5, and the clopidogrel group showed an unchanged median score of 0.0 (P < 0.001). In the aspirin group 13 individuals reported 19 adverse events versus 8 individuals and 13 adverse events for clopidogrel, with approximately half of the adverse events being gastrointestinal in each group. No serious adverse events were reported. In contrast to aspirin, short-term treatment with clopidogrel does not induce macroscopic changes in the gastroduodenal mucosa. The study results show that in patients without gastroduodenal disease clopidogrel, but not aspirin, does not induce any gastroscopically evident erosions during short-term treatment.

  6. The van der Waals potentials of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa

    Wei, L. M.; Li, P.; Tang, K. T.


    Based on the facts that the potential energy curves of the homo-nuclear group 2 dimers (group IIA metal), except Be2, are conformal, and they can be described by the Tang-Toennies potential model, a set of simple combining rules are proposed for the parameters of the reduced potentials of the hetero-nuclear dimers. Together with the well-established combining rules of the range parameters of the exponential repulsion and the known dispersion coefficients, these rules enable us to determine the ground state potential energy curves of MgCa, MgSr, MgBa, CaSr, CaBa, and SrBa from those of Mg2, Ca2, Sr2, and Ba2. The determined potentials are comparable to some ab initio calculations and in excellent agreement with the experiment.

  7. MgO nanoparticles as antibacterial agent: preparation and activity

    Zhen-Xing Tang; Bin-Feng Lv


    Bacterial pollution is a great risk for human health. Nanotechnology offers a way to develop new inorganic antibacterial agents. Nano-inorganic metal oxide has a potential to reduce bacterial contamination. MgO is an important inorganic oxide and has been widely used in many fields. Many studies have shown that MgO nanoparticles have good antibacterial activity. Therefore, in this paper, the main synthesis methods, antibacterial activity and antibacterial mechanisms of MgO nanoparticles are r...

  8. MgO nanoparticles as antibacterial agent: preparation and activity

    Zhen-Xing Tang; Bin-Feng Lv


    Bacterial pollution is a great risk for human health. Nanotechnology offers a way to develop new inorganic antibacterial agents. Nano-inorganic metal oxide has a potential to reduce bacterial contamination. MgO is an important inorganic oxide and has been widely used in many fields. Many studies have shown that MgO nanoparticles have good antibacterial activity. Therefore, in this paper, the main synthesis methods, antibacterial activity and antibacterial mechanisms of MgO nanoparticles are r...

  9. Oxidation of Mg adsorbed on Ru(001): A photoemission study

    Malik, I.J.; Hrbek, J. (Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States)); Shek, M. (National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York 11973 (United States)); Bzowski, A.; Kristof, P.; Sham, T.K. (Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario NA6 5B7 (Canada))


    We studied the interaction of oxygen with Mg overlayers adsorbed on Ru(001). Soft x-ray synchrotron radiation was used to explore photoemission from the valence band, the O 2{ital p}, O 2{ital s}, and Mg 2{ital p} levels, as well as intra- and interatomic Auger processes. The photoemission results are complemented by thermal desorption data. The O/Mg/Ru system shows photoemission features characteristic of molecular orbitals of a dioxygen species.

  10. MgO nanoparticles as antibacterial agent: preparation and activity

    Tang, Zhen-Xing, E-mail: [Department of Food Science, Anqing, Vocational and Technical College, Anqing, Anhui (China); Lv, Bin-Feng [Date Palm Research Center, King Faisal University, (Saudi Arabia)


    Bacterial pollution is a great risk for human health. Nanotechnology offers a way to develop new inorganic antibacterial agents. Nano-inorganic metal oxide has a potential to reduce bacterial contamination. MgO is an important inorganic oxide and has been widely used in many fields. Many studies have shown that MgO nanoparticles have good antibacterial activity. Therefore, in this paper, the main synthesis methods, antibacterial activity and antibacterial mechanisms of MgO nanoparticles are reviewed. (author)

  11. Attempts at doping indium in MgB2

    Grivel, Jean-Claude


    Indium (In) doped MgB2 polycrystalline samples were prepared by solid-liquid phase reaction in Ar. After reaction at 800 °C, less than 1 at.% Mg was replaced by In in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its lattice parameters and only a slight decrease of its superconducting transition...... in both the doped and undoped samples....

  12. Hydrodechlorination of Tetrachloromethane over Palladium Catalysts Supported on Mixed MgF2-MgO Carriers

    Magdalena Bonarowska


    Full Text Available Pd/MgO, Pd/MgF2 and Pd/MgO-MgF2 catalysts were investigated in the reaction of CCl4 hydrodechlorination. All the catalysts deactivated in time on stream, but the degree of deactivation varied from catalyst to catalyst. The MgF2-supported palladium with relatively large metal particles appeared the best catalyst, characterized by good activity and selectivity to C2-C5 hydrocarbons. Investigation of post-reaction catalyst samples allowed to find several details associated with the working state of hydrodechlorination catalysts. The role of support acidity was quite complex. On the one hand, a definite, although not very high Lewis acidity of MgF2 is beneficial for shaping high activity of palladium catalysts. The MgO-MgF2 support characterized by stronger Lewis acidity than MgF2 contributes to very good catalytic activity for a relatively long reaction period (~5 h but subsequent neutralization of stronger acid centers (by coking eliminates them from the catalyst. On the other hand, the role of acidity evolution, which takes place when basic supports (like MgO are chlorided during HdCl reactions, is difficult to assess because different events associated with distribution of chlorided support species, leading to partial or even full blocking of the surface of palladium, which plays the role of active component in HdCl reactions.

  13. Enhanced voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy in magnetic tunnel junctions with an MgO/PZT/MgO tunnel barrier

    Chien, Diana; Li, Xiang; Wong, Kin; Zurbuchen, Mark A.; Robbennolt, Shauna; Yu, Guoqiang; Tolbert, Sarah; Kioussis, Nicholas; Khalili Amiri, Pedram; Wang, Kang L.; Chang, Jane P.


    Compared with current-controlled magnetization switching in a perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), electric field- or voltage-induced magnetization switching reduces the writing energy of the memory cell, which also results in increased memory density. In this work, an ultra-thin PZT film with high dielectric constant was integrated into the tunneling oxide layer to enhance the voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) effect. The growth of MTJ stacks with an MgO/PZT/MgO tunnel barrier was performed using a combination of sputtering and atomic layer deposition techniques. The fabricated MTJs with the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier demonstrate a VCMA coefficient, which is ˜40% higher (19.8 ± 1.3 fJ/V m) than the control sample MTJs with an MgO barrier (14.3 ± 2.7 fJ/V m). The MTJs with the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier also possess a sizeable tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of more than 50% at room temperature, comparable to the control MTJs with an MgO barrier. The TMR and enhanced VCMA effect demonstrated simultaneously in this work make the MgO/PZT/MgO barrier-based MTJs potential candidates for future voltage-controlled, ultralow-power, and high-density magnetic random access memory devices.

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

    Jianjun Song


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

  15. Hydrogen generation via hydrolysis of nanocrystalline MgH2 and MgH2-based composites

    HU Lian-xi; WANG Er-de


    Nanocrystalline MgH2 and MgH2-based composites with 25% (mass fraction) of Al, Ca, or CaH2 as an individual additive respectively were prepared by ball milling. The crystallite size and morphology of the as-milled powders were characterized and their hydrolysis behaviours were investigated in comparison with commercial polycrystalline MgH2. The results show that the crystallite size of both MgH2 and MgH2-based composites is reduced to less than 13 nm after milling for 15 h. Due to its enhanced specific surface area and unique nanocrystalline structure, the as-milled MgH2 shows much better hydrolysis kinetics than the commercial polycrystalline MgH2, with the hydrolysed fraction upon hydrolysing for 70 min enhances from 7.5% to about 25%. As compared with the as-milled MgH2, the MgH2-based composites with either CaH2 or Ca as an additive present further greatly improved hydrolysis kinetics, with the hydrolysed fraction for 80 min achieving about 76% and 62% respectively.However, the addition of Al doesn't show any positive effect on the improvement of the hydrolysis kinetics of MgH2.

  16. Volumetric studies of some amino acids in binary aqueous solutions of MgCl2.6H2O at 288.15, and 308.15 K

    Amalendu Pal; Suresh Kumar


    Densities () of glycine, L-alanine, and L-valine in aqueous solutions of MgCl2.6H2O (0.1-0.8 mol kg-1) have been measured at 288.15, and 308.15 K. Apparent molar volumes (), and limiting partial molar volumes ($V^{0}_{\\phi}$) of each amino acid have been calculated. These data were combined with the earlier reported $V^{0}_{\\phi}$ values of glycine, L-alanine, and L-valine in aqueous MgCl2.6H2O solutions at 298.15 K in order to describe the temperature dependence behaviour of partial molar quantities. Group contributions to partial molar volumes have been determined for the amino acids. The trends of transfer volumes ($\\Delta V^{0}_{\\phi}$) have been interpreted in terms of solute-cosolute interactions on the basis of a cosphere overlap model. Pair and triplet interaction coefficients have also been calculated from transfer parameters.

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

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


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

  18. Polonium-210 and Caesium-137 in lynx (Lynx lynx), wolverine (Gulo gulo) and wolves (Canis lupus).

    Gjelsvik, Runhild; Holm, Elis; Kålås, John Atle; Persson, Bertil; Asbrink, Jessica


    Wolves, lynx and wolverines are on the top of the food-chain in northern Scandinavia and Finland. (210)Po and (137)Cs have been analysed in samples of liver, kidney and muscle from 28 wolves from Sweden. In addition blood samples were taken from 27 wolves. In 9 of the wolves, samples of muscle, liver and blood were analysed for (210)Po. Samples of liver and muscle were collected from 16 lynx and 16 wolverines from Norway. The liver samples were analysed for (210)Po and (137)Cs. Only (137)Cs analyses were carried out for the muscle samples. The wolves were collected during the winter 2010 and 2011, while the samples for lynx and wolverines were all from 2011. The activity concentrations of (210)Po in wolves were higher for liver (range 20-523 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and kidney (range 24-942 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) than muscle (range 1-43 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and blood (range 2-54 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). Activity ratios, (210)Po/(210)Pb, in wolf samples of muscle, liver and blood were in the ranges 2-77, 9-56 and 2-54. Using a wet weight ratio of 3.8 the maximal absorbed dose from (210)Po to wolf liver was estimated to 3500 μGy per year. Compared to wolf, the ranges of (210)Po in liver samples were lower in lynx (range 22-211 Bq kg(-1) d.w.) and wolverine (range16-160 Bq kg(-1) d.w.). Concentration of (137)Cs in wolf samples of muscle, liver, kidney and blood were in the ranges 70-8410 Bq kg(-1) d.w., 36-4050 Bq kg(-1) d.w., 31-3453 Bq kg(-1) d.w. and 4-959 Bq kg(-1) d.w., respectively. (137)Cs in lynx muscle and liver samples were in the ranges 44-13393 Bq kg(-1) d.w. and 125-10260 Bq kg(-1) d.w. The corresponding values for (137)Cs in wolverine were 22-3405 Bq kg(-1) d.w. for liver and 53-4780 Bq kg(-1) d.w. for muscle. The maximal absorbed dose from (137)Cs to lynx was estimated to 3000 μGy per year.

  19. Boron isotope effect in superconducting MgB2.

    Bud'ko, S L; Lapertot, G; Petrovic, C; Cunningham, C E; Anderson, N; Canfield, P C


    We report the preparation method of and boron isotope effect for MgB2, a new binary intermetallic superconductor with a remarkably high superconducting transition temperature T(c)(10B) = 40.2 K. Measurements of both temperature dependent magnetization and specific heat reveal a 1.0 K shift in T(c) between Mg11B2 and Mg10B2. Whereas such a high transition temperature might imply exotic coupling mechanisms, the boron isotope effect in MgB2 is consistent with the material being a phonon-mediated BCS superconductor.

  20. Debye Temperature of the MgCNi3 Superconductor

    魏志锋; 陈小龙; 王福明; 李文超; 贺蒙


    We have determined the Debye temperature of the MgCNi3 superconductor by using the Rietveld refinementmethod based on the powder x-ray diffraction data. MgCNi3 crystallizes in the cubic perovskite structure with space group Pm-3m and lattice constant a = 3.8089 . The temperature factors of the atoms Mg, C and Ni are 0.52, 0.45 and 0.44, respectively. The Debye temperature of MgCNi3 is calculated to be θD = 440K.

  1. Mg K-edge XANES of sepiolite and palygorskite

    Sanchez del Rio, M. [ESRF, BP 220 F-38043 Grenoble Cedex (France)]. E-mail:; Suarez, M. [Dpto. Geologia, Universidad de Salamanca, E-37008 Salamanca (Spain); Garcia Romero, E. [Dpto. Cristalografia y Mineralogia, U. Complutense de Madrid, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Alianelli, L. [INFM, c/o ESRF, BP 220 F-38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Felici, R. [INFM, c/o ESRF, BP 220 F-38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Martinetto, P. [Lab. Cristallographie, CNRS, Grenoble BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Dooryhee, E. [Lab. Cristallographie, CNRS, Grenoble BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Reyes-Valerio, C. [INAH, Mexico DF (Mexico); Borgatti, F. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Doyle, B. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Giglia, A. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Mahne, N. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Pedio, M. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy); Nannarone, S. [TASC-INFM Area Science Park, I-34012 Trieste (Italy)


    We present a study of the Mg K-edge on sepiolite and palygorskite performed at the INFM BEAR beamline at Elettra synchrotron light source (Trieste). These two clays, although having very similar structures, show some different features in their near-edge. Mg is in octahedral coordination with oxygens, hydroxyl groups or water, for both palygorskite and sepiolite. The differences found in the near-edge seem to reflect the fact that, on average, an Mg atom in palygorskite 'sees' less Mg in higher coordination shells than sepiolite.

  2. Mg-Zr-Sr alloys as biodegradable implant materials.

    Li, Yuncang; Wen, Cuie; Mushahary, Dolly; Sravanthi, Ragamouni; Harishankar, Nemani; Pande, Gopal; Hodgson, Peter


    Novel Mg-Zr-Sr alloys have recently been developed for use as biodegradable implant materials. The Mg-Zr-Sr alloys were prepared by diluting Mg-Zr and Mg-Sr master alloys with pure Mg. The impact of Zr and Sr on the mechanical and biological properties has been thoroughly examined. The microstructures and mechanical properties of the alloys were characterized using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and compressive tests. The corrosion resistance was evaluated by electrochemical analysis and hydrogen evolution measurement. The in vitro biocompatibility was assessed using osteoblast-like SaOS2 cells and MTS and haemolysis tests. In vivo bone formation and biodegradability were studied in a rabbit model. The results indicated that both Zr and Sr are excellent candidates for Mg alloying elements in manufacturing biodegradable Mg alloy implants. Zr addition refined the grain size, improved the ductility, smoothed the grain boundaries and enhanced the corrosion resistance of Mg alloys. Sr addition led to an increase in compressive strength, better in vitro biocompatibility, and significantly higher bone formation in vivo. This study demonstrated that Mg-xZr-ySr alloys with x and y ≤5 wt.% would make excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. Copyright © 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Mg2+ coordination in catalytic sites of F1-ATPase.

    Weber, J; Hammond, S T; Wilke-Mounts, S; Senior, A E


    Coordination of the Mg2+ ion in Mg-nucleotide substrates by amino acid residue side chains in the catalytic site of Escherichia coli F1-ATPase was investigated. From the X-ray structure of the mitochondrial enzyme [Abrahams, J. P., Leslie, A. G. W., Lutter, R., and Walker, J. E. (1994) Nature 370, 621-628], it may be inferred that the hydroxyl of betaThr-156 is a direct ligand of Mg2+, whereas the carboxyls of betaGlu-181, betaGlu-185, and betaAsp-242 might contribute via intervening water molecules. Elimination of each respective functional group by site-directed mutagenesis, followed by determination of Mg-nucleotide and uncomplexed nucleotide binding affinities using a tryptophan probe, showed that betaThr-156, betaGlu-185, and betaAsp-242 are all involved in Mg2+ coordination, whereas betaGlu-181 is not. A derived structural model for the octahedral coordination around the Mg2+ ion is presented. The results indicate that the ADP-containing site in the X-ray structure is the catalytic site of highest affinity. Correct Mg2+ coordination is required for catalytic activity at physiological rates. Elimination of any one of the Mg2+-coordinating residues led to complete loss of Mg2+-dependent nucleotide binding cooperativity of the catalytic sites.

  4. Defect structure of ultrafine MgB{sub 2} nanoparticles

    Bateni, Ali; Somer, Mehmet, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Koc University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sariyer, Istanbul (Turkey); Repp, Sergej; Erdem, Emre, E-mail:, E-mail: [Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Freiburg, Albertstr. 21 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Thomann, Ralf [Freiburger Materialforschungzentrum (FMF) für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Freiburg, Stefan-Meier Str. 21 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Acar, Selçuk [Pavezyum Chemicals, Orhanlı Mah. Ulu Sokak, No. 3, 34956 Tuzla, Istanbul (Turkey)


    Defect structure of MgB{sub 2} bulk and ultrafine particles, synthesized by solid state reaction route, have been investigated mainly by the aid of X-band electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer. Two different amorphous Boron (B) precursors were used for the synthesis of MgB{sub 2}, namely, boron 95 (purity 95%–97%, <1.5 μm) and nanoboron (purity >98.5%, <250 nm), which revealed bulk and nanosized MgB{sub 2}, respectively. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrate uniform and ultrafine morphology for nanosized MgB{sub 2} in comparison with bulk MgB{sub 2}. Powder X-ray diffraction data show that the concentration of the by-product MgO is significantly reduced when nanoboron is employed as precursor. It is observed that a significant average particle size reduction for MgB{sub 2} can be achieved only by using B particles of micron or nano size. The origin and the role of defect centers were also investigated and the results proved that at nanoscale MgB{sub 2} material contains Mg vacancies. Such vacancies influence the connectivity and the conductivity properties which are crucial for the superconductivity applications.

  5. Mg(BH4)2和MgH2对RDX热分解特性的影响%Effect of Mg(BH4) 2 and MgH2 on Thermal Decomposition Performance of RDX

    姚淼; 陈利平; 堵平; 彭金华


    在黑索今(RDX)中加入具有高热值的金属氢化物(Mg(BH4)2和MgH2)有望提高RDX的爆炸性能,但同时给RDX的安全使用带来挑战.为了探索RDX与这2种金属氢化物的相容性与安定性,采用差示扫描量热法(DSC)研究Mg(BH4)2和MgH2对RDX热分解性能的影响,并由DSC得到的数据计算动力学参数,参照GJB770B——2005的方法分析这2种金属氢化物与RDX的相容性和安定性.结果表明,加入Mg(BH4)2使RDX的表观活化能从159.22 kJ/mol增加至180.27 kJ/mol,加入MgH2使RDX的表观活化能降低至133.69 kJ/mol; Mg(BH4)2与RDX的相容性为1级,MgH2与RDX的相容性为3级,加入Mg(BH4)2使RDX的安定性有所提高,加入MgH2降低了RDX的安定性.因此,在将MgH2作为RDX的高能添加剂以前,必须首先提高其与RDX的相容性以保证试验和存储过程的安全.%Metal hydrides ( Mg ( BH4) 2 and MgH2 ) with high heat values are expected to improve the explosion properties of RDX. However, they bring safety problems at the same time. In order to explore the consistencies between RDX and these two kinds of metal hydrides, the DSC was used to study the thermal decomposition characteristics of RDX influenced by the addition of Mg( BH4) 2 and MgH2. The consistencies between RDX and two kinds of metal hydrides were calculated and compared though the standard GJB770B - 2005 respectively. In addition, the stabilities of the mixtures were obtained, too. The results show that the addition of Mg(BH4)2 increases the apparent activation energy from 159. 22 kj/mol to 182.27 kj/mol and the addition of MgH2 decreases the apparent activation energy of RDX to 133. 69 kj/mol. The consistency grade of Mg( BH4 )2/RDX is 1 and the consistency grade of MgH2/RDX is 3 besides, the addition of Mg(BH4)2 is benefit to the stability of RDX and the addition of MgH2 lower the stability of RDX. So, how to enhance the consistency between RDX and MgH2 is the principal problem when adding MgH2 to RDX.

  6. Spectroscopic properties of MgH2, MgD2, and MgHD calculated from a new ab initio potential energy surface.

    Li, Hui; Le Roy, Robert J


    A three-dimensional potential energy surface for the ground electronic state of MgH2 has been constructed from 9030 symmetry-unique ab initio points calculated using the icMRCI+Q method with aug-cc-pVnZ basis sets for n=3, 4, and 5, with core-electron correlation calculated at the MR-ACPF level of theory using cc-pCVnZ basis sets, with both calculations being extrapolated to the complete basis set limit. Calculated spectroscopic constants of MgH2 and MgD2 are in excellent agreement with recent experimental results: for four bands of MgH2 and one band of MgD2 the root-mean-square (rms) band origin discrepancies were only 0.44 and 0.06 cm(-1), respectively, and the rms relative discrepancies in the inertial rotational constants (B[v]) were only 0.0196% and 0.0058%, respectively. Spectroscopic constants for MgHD were predicted using the same potential surface.

  7. The effects of Ni and Mg{sub 2}Ni interlayer on hydrogenation properties of Pd sandwiched Mg films

    Jain, Pragya, E-mail: [Centre for Non-Conventional Energy Resources, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302055 (India); Jain, Ankur; Vyas, Devendra; Verma, Reena [Centre for Non-Conventional Energy Resources, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302055 (India); Khan, S.A. [Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi 110 067 (India); Jain, I.P., E-mail: [Centre for Non-Conventional Energy Resources, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302055 (India)


    Research highlights: > Hydrogen storage in solid state media has been centre of attraction due to several merits over other methods i.e. liquid and gaseous storage of hydrogen. > Particular attention has been focused on Mg based materials because high capacity storage can be achieved in these materials. However, problems regarding high thermodynamic stability and slow kinetics must be addressed before these hydrides can be used for transportation applications. > Thin films are a good approach to understand the mechanism of hydrogen sorption processes in Mg based materials, but on the other hand it is very difficult to measure hydrogen content in thin films using conventional Sievert type method due to low amount of available hydrogen in thin films. > ERDA technique has been proven as a useful tool for depth profiling and content measurement of hydrogen in thin films. > The present research is an attempt to measure hydrogen content in Pd sandwiched Mg thin films using ERDA. Additionally the effect of Ni and Mg2Ni layer on these systems has also been observed and discussed. - Abstract: The scope of present study is to investigate and compare the areal hydrogen concentration of Pd/Mg/Ni/Pd and Pd/Mg/Mg{sub 2}Ni/Pd films with the Pd/Mg/Pd base system using Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) technique. Metals were deposited on Si substrate by thermal evaporation and electron gun evaporation technique followed by hydrogenation for 2 h at 150 deg. C and 2 bar hydrogen pressure. ERDA study reveals that Pd/Mg/Ni/Pd and Pd/Mg/Mg{sub 2}Ni/Pd films absorb 7.08 x 10{sup 17} and 1.68 x 10{sup 18} hydrogen atoms/cm{sup 2}, respectively, in comparison to 4 x 10{sup 17} atoms/cm{sup 2} absorbed by base system. The influence of Ni and Mg{sub 2}Ni interlayer on the hydrogen storage properties of base system were investigated by changes in structural and surface topographical properties using XRD and AFM techniques, respectively. These results strongly supports the ERDA findings

  8. Effect of strontium on crystallization of Mg2Si phase in Al-Si-Mg casting alloys

    廖恒成; 丁毅; 孙国雄


    Optical microscope and SEM were used to observe the changes of the microstructure of Al-11.6%Si-0.4%Mg alloys with varying strontium additions and the effect of strontium on the crystallization of Mg2Si phase was discussed. It is found that Mg2Si phase nucleates on the surfaces of the eutectic silicon flakes in the unfully modified alloys, growing as meshwork or bamboo-shoot shape, however, very few and fine Mg2Si particles phase are isolated at the boundaries of the eutectic cells in the fully modified alloys. Strontium has an important influence on the crystallization of Mg2Si phase in Al-Si-Mg casting alloys and it is thought to be related to the increase of the amount of dendritic α phase and the modifying degree of eutectic silicon phase.

  9. Scleractinian Fossil Corals as Archives of Seawater δ26Mg

    Gothmann, A. O.; Higgins, J. A.; Adkins, J. F.; Stolarski, J.; Bender, M. L.


    The recovery of environmental signatures from coral skeletons is often made difficult by 'vital effects', which cause skeletal chemistry to deviate from the expected composition of aragonite in equilibrium with seawater. Recent studies show that Mg isotopes in scleractinian corals are subject to vital effects, which appear as a departure of the δ26Mg coral temperature dependence from that of inorganic aragonite [1]. However, different from the case for Mg/Ca or δ44Ca in coral, the magnitude of the observed Mg-isotope vital effect is small (on the order of 0.1 ‰ or less). In addition, measurements of different species of modern coral show similar fractionations, suggesting that coral δ26Mg is not species dependent [2]. Together, these observations indicate that corals should faithfully record the seawater Mg-isotope composition, and that vital effects will not bias reconstructions. We measured Mg isotopes in a set of extremely well-preserved fossil scleractinian corals, ranging in age from Jurassic through Recent, to reconstruct past seawater δ26Mg. Well-preserved fossil corals of similar age show a range in δ26Mg of ~0.2 ‰, pointing to the presence of vital effects. However, our results show little variability in the δ26Mg of fossil corals across different geologic ages, suggesting that seawater δ26Mg has remained relatively constant throughout the Cenozoic and Mesozoic. This pattern has implications for our understanding of the mechanisms driving secular variations in seawater Mg/Ca. In particular, our data imply that dolomitization rates have not changed enough during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic to account for secular variations in seawater Mg/Ca. Our coral δ26Mg record agrees with a Cenozoic record from bulk foraminifera, further supporting the faithfulness of the coral archive. However, both of these records disagree with a third Cenozoic Mg-isotope record, derived from species-specific planktic forams [3]. [1] Saenger, C. et al. (2014) Chem. Geol

  10. Growth of high Mg content wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial films via pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition

    Alema, Fikadu; Ledyaev, Oleg; Miller, Ross; Beletsky, Valeria; Osinsky, Andrei; Schoenfeld, Winston V.


    We report on the growth of high Mg content, high quality, wurtzite MgxZn1-xO (MgZnO) epitaxial films using a pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (PMOCVD) method. Series of MgZnO films with variable Mg concentration were deposited on bare and AlN coated sapphire substrates. The band gap of the films estimated using UV-visible transmission spectra ranges from 3.24 eV to 4.49 eV, corresponding to fraction of Mg between x=0.0 and x=0.51, as determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence (CL) measurement has shown a blue-shift in the peak position of MgZnO with an increasing Mg content. No multi-absorption edges and CL band splitting were observed, suggesting the absence of phase segregation in the as grown films. The crystal structure and phase purity of the films were also confirmed by XRD analysis. Hall effect measurement in van der Pauw configuration was employed to evaluate the electrical properties of the films. With a rise in Mg incorporation into the ZnO lattice, the films became very resistive, consistent with the widening of the band gap. The AFM measurement on the films has shown a decreasing surface roughness with an Mg content. To the best of our knowledge, the current result shows the highest Mg content (x=0.51), high quality, wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial film ever grown by MOCVD. The high Mg incorporation without phase separation is believed to be due to the non-equilibrium behavior of the PMOCVD in which the kinetic processes dominate the thermodynamic one.

  11. Microstructure, In Vitro Corrosion Behavior and Cytotoxicity of Biodegradable Mg-Ca-Zn and Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi Alloys

    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Tok, H. Y.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Jabbarzare, S.; Medraj, M.


    The effects of bismuth (Bi) addition on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Mg-Ca-Zn-Bi alloys were evaluated using electron microscopy, electrochemical test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Microstructural observations showed that Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn- xBi ( x = 0.5, 1.5, 3 wt.%) are composed of Mg2Ca, Ca2Mg6Zn3 and Mg3Bi2 phases while a new phase Mg2Bi2Ca appeared after the addition of 5 and 12 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy. Furthermore, the additions of 0.5 wt.% Bi to the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy slightly improved the corrosion behavior of the alloy, while further increase in Bi amount from 1.5 to 12 wt.% has a deleterious effect on the corrosion behavior of the ternary Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn alloy which is driven by galvanic coupling effect. Cytotoxicity tests indicate that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn presents higher cell viability compared to Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi alloy. In addition, the cell viability of both alloys increased with increasing incubation time while diluting the extracts to 50% and 10% improved the cell viabilities. The present results suggest that the Mg-1.2Ca-1Zn-0.5Bi can be interesting candidate for the development of degradable biomaterials and it is worthwhile for further investigation in an in vivo environment.

  12. Preparation of hydrogen by methanol decomposition over Fe/MgO, Co/MgO and Ni/MgO catalysts%甲醇在Fe/MgO、Co/MgO和Ni/MgO催化剂上裂解制备氢气

    朱刚; 焦宝娟


    The catalysts of Fe, Co and Ni supported on MgO were prepared by the means of impregnation. Methanol decomposition over Fe/MgO, Co/MgO and Ni/MgO catalysts were systematically investigated at 600℃. The results indicated that the production of H2 by methanol decomposition could be realized over these catalysts and carbon nano-tubes were produced at the same time. Ni/MgO was the best one among the three catalysts.%采用浸渍法制备出3种MgO负载型过渡金属催化剂Fe/MgO、Co/MgO和Ni/MgO,系统研究了甲醇在3种催化剂上于600℃下的裂解产物.结果表明,3种催化剂均能催化甲醇裂解产生富氢气体,同时产生碳纳米管.其中,Ni/MgO具有最佳的催化效果.

  13. High-precision Mg isotopic systematics of bulk chondrites

    Schiller, Martin; Handler, Monica R.; Baker, Joel A.


    Variations of the mass-independent abundance of 26Mg ( δ26Mg*) and stable Mg ( δ25Mg) isotope composition of chondrites are important because they constrain the homogeneity of 26Al and Mg isotopes in the proto-planetary disc and the validity of the short-lived 26Al-to- 26Mg chronometer applied to meteorites. We present high-precision Mg isotope data and Al/Mg ratios of chondrites representing nearly all major chondrite classes, including a step-leaching experiment on the CM2 chondrite Murchison. δ26Mg* variations in leachates of Murchison representing acid soluble material are ≤ 30 times smaller than reported for neutron-rich isotopes of Ti and Cr and do not reveal resolvable deficits in δ26Mg* (-0.002 to + 0.118‰). Very small variations in δ26Mg* anomalies in bulk chondrites (-0.006 to + 0.019‰) correlate with increasing 27Al/ 24Mg ratios and δ50Ti, reflecting the variable presence of calcium-aluminium-rich inclusions (CAIs) in some types of carbonaceous chondrites. Similarly, release of radiogenic 26Mg produced by 26Al decay from CAI material in the step-leaching of Murchison best explains the high δ26Mg* observed in the last, aggressive, leaching steps of this experiment. Overall, the observed variations in δ26Mg* are small and potential differences beyond that which result from the presence of CAI-like material cannot be detected within the analytical uncertainties of this study (± 0.004‰). The results do not allow radical heterogeneity of 26Al (≥±30%) or measurable Mg nucleosynthetic heterogeneity (≥±0.005‰) to have existed on a planetesimal scale in the proto-planetary disc. Combined with published δ26Mg* data for CAIs, the bulk chondrite data yield a precise initial ( 26Al/ 27Al) 0 = (5.21 ± 0.06) × 10 -5 and δ26Mg* = -0.0340 ± 0.0016‰ for the Solar System. However, it is not possible with the currently available data to determine with certainty whether CAIs and the material from which planetesimals accreted including

  14. Comparison of 1 mg and 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression tests for the screening of Cushing's syndrome in obese patients.

    Sahin, Mustafa; Kebapcilar, Levent; Taslipinar, Abdullah; Azal, Omer; Ozgurtas, Taner; Corakci, Ahmet; Akgul, Emin Ozgur; Taslipinar, Mine Yavuz; Yazici, Mahmut; Kutlu, Mustafa


    Obesity is currently a major public health problem and one of the potential underlying causes of obesity in a minority of patients is Cushing's syndrome (CS). Traditionally, the gold standard screening test for CS is 1 mg dexamethasone overnight suppression test. However, it is known that obese subjects have high false positive results with this test. We have therefore compared the 1 mg and 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression tests in obese subjects. Patients whose serum cortisol after ODST was >50 nM underwent and a low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (LDDST); 24-hour urine cortisol was collected for basal urinary free cortisol (UFC). For positive results after overnight 1-mg dexamethasone suppression test we also performed the overnight 2-mg dexamethasone suppression test. We prospectively evaluated 100 patients (22 men and 78 women, ranging in age from 17 to 73 years with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2 who had been referred to our hospital-affiliated endocrine clinic because of simple obesity. Suppression of serum cortisol to rate in 1 mg overnight test and 2% in 2 mg overnight test (p=0.001). There was no correlation between the cortisol levels after ODST and other parameters. Our results indicate that the 2 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test (ODST) is more convenient and accurate than 1-mg ODST as a screening test for excluding CS in subjects with simple obesity.

  15. Perbandingan Efektivitas Pemberian Efedrin Oral Dosis 25 mg dengan 50 mg Preoperatif terhadap Kejadian Hipotensi Pascaanestesi Spinal pada Seksio Sesarea

    Selly Oktarina Rosita


    Full Text Available Oral ephedrine is one alternative to prevent hypotension with less adverse effects. The purpose of this study was to determine the effective dose of oral ephedrine given 30–45 minutes before spinal anesthesia to reduce incidence of hypotension. The research was a single-blind randomized experimental study involving 32 pregnant women, ASA II, who underwent caesarean section with spinal anesthesia at Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital Bandung from March to May 2012. Subjects were divided into two groups, 25 mg ephedrine and 50mg ephedrine groups. Data was analyzed using Mann Whitney and chi-square test, p<0.05 was considered significant. Statistical analysis showed there was a significant difference (p=0.049 in incidence of hypotension between 25 mg group and 50mg group. 25mg group required more intravenous ephedrine after spinal anesthesia (p=0.040. The conclusion of this study was that oral 50mg ephedrine given 30–45 minutes before performing spinal anesthesia will reduce the incidence of hypotension after spinal anesthesia in comparison to oral 25mg ephedrine. In 25mg group, the amount of ephedrine intravenous administered is higher compared with 50mg group.

  16. Melt Protection of Mg-Al Based Alloys

    María J. Balart


    Full Text Available This paper reports the current status of Mg melt protection in view to identify near-future challenges, but also opportunities, for Mg melt protection of Mg-Al based alloys. The goal is to design and manufacture sustainable Mg alloys for resource efficiency, recycling and minimising waste. Among alternative cover gas technologies for Mg melt protection other than SF6: commercially available technologies containing―HFC-134a, fluorinated ketone and dilute SO2―and developed technologies containing solid CO2, BF3 and SO2F2, can potentially produce toxic and/or corrosive by-products. On the other hand, additions of alkaline earth metal oxides to Mg and its alloys have developed a strong comparative advantage in the field of Mg melt protection. The near-future challenges and opportunities for Mg-Al based alloys include optimising and using CO2 gas as feedstock for both melt protection and grain refinement and TiO2 additions for melt protection.

  17. Multiband model for tunneling in MgB2 junctions

    Brinkman, A.; Golubov, A.A.; Rogalla, H.; Dolgov, O.V.; Kortus, J.; Kong, Y.; Jepsen, O.; Andersen, O.K.


    A theoretical model for quasiparticle and Josephson tunneling in multiband superconductors is developed and applied to MgB2-based junctions. The gap functions in different bands in MgB2 are obtained from an extended Eliashberg formalism, using the results of band structure calculations. The temperat

  18. Size effects in MgO cube dissolution.

    Baumann, Stefan O; Schneider, Johannes; Sternig, Andreas; Thomele, Daniel; Stankic, Slavica; Berger, Thomas; Grönbeck, Henrik; Diwald, Oliver


    Stability parameters and dissolution behavior of engineered nanomaterials in aqueous systems are critical to assess their functionality and fate under environmental conditions. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, we investigated the stability of cubic MgO particles in water. MgO dissolution proceeding via water dissociation at the oxide surface, disintegration of Mg(2+)-O(2-) surface elements, and their subsequent solvation ultimately leads to precipitation of Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. At a pH ≥ 10, MgO nanocubes with a size distribution below 10 nm quantitatively dissolve within few minutes and convert into Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. This effect is different from MgO cubes originating from magnesium combustion in air. With a size distribution in the range 10 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm they dissolve with a significantly smaller dissolution rate in water. On these particles water induced etching generates (110) faces which, above a certain face area, dissolve at a rate equal to that of (100) planes.1 The delayed solubility of microcrystalline MgO is attributed to surface hydroxide induced self-inhibition effects occurring at the (100) and (110) microplanes. The present work underlines the importance of morphology evolution and surface faceting of engineered nanomaterials particles during their dissolution.

  19. Antioxidant status in MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats.

    Kiranmai, G; Reddy, A Rama Narsimha


    In this present study, antioxidant status was evaluated in rat serum following exposure to magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles. The lungs of rats were intratracheally instilled with (single dose) phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) + 1% of Tween 80 (solvent control) or MgO or carbonyl iron (negative control) or quartz particles (positive control) at a dose of 1 and 5 mg/kg of body weight. The blood samples were collected at 1, 7, and 30 days of postinstillation of nanoparticles after their exposure, and different parameters were estimated to assess the oxidative stress induced by the instillation of MgO. Exposure of rats to MgO produced a significant (p MgO nanoparticle-exposed rats indicates the reduction in antioxidant defense mechanisms due to the instillation of MgO. These results indicate that exposure to MgO nanoparticles induces oxidative stress by reducing the total antioxidant capacity in rats. The findings suggest possible occupational health hazard in chronic exposures.

  20. Mg-based compounds for hydrogen and energy storage

    Crivello, J.-C.; Denys, R. V.; Dornheim, M.; Felderhoff, M.; Grant, D. M.; Huot, J.; Jensen, T. R.; de Jongh, P.; Latroche, M.; Walker, G. S.; Webb, C. J.; Yartys, V. A.


    Magnesium-based alloys attract significant interest as cost-efficient hydrogen storage materials allowing the combination of high gravimetric storage capacity of hydrogen with fast rates of hydrogen uptake and release and pronounced destabilization of the metal-hydrogen bonding in comparison with binary Mg-H systems. In this review, various groups of magnesium compounds are considered, including (1) RE-Mg-Ni hydrides (RE = La, Pr, Nd); (2) Mg alloys with p-elements (X = Si, Ge, Sn, and Al); and (3) magnesium alloys with d-elements (Ti, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pd). The hydrogenation-disproportionation-desorption-recombination process in the Mg-based alloys (LaMg12, LaMg11Ni) and unusually high-pressure hydrides synthesized at pressures exceeding 100 MPa (MgNi2H3) and stabilized by Ni-H bonding are also discussed. The paper reviews interrelations between the properties of the Mg-based hydrides and p- T conditions of the metal-hydrogen interactions, chemical composition of the initial alloys, their crystal structures, and microstructural state.

  1. Multiwavelength observations of the Type IIb supernova 2009mg

    Oates, S. R.; Bayless, A. J.; Stritzinger, M. D.


    We present Swift Ultra-Violet Optical Telescope and X-Ray Telescope (XRT) observations, and visual wavelength spectroscopy of the Type IIb supernova (SN) 2009mg, discovered in the Sb galaxy ESO 121-G26. The observational properties of SN 2009mg are compared to the prototype Type IIb SNe 1993J...

  2. The luminescence properties of MgUO4

    Jong, K.P. de; Krol, D.M.; Blasse, G.


    The luminescence of MgUO4 has been investigated. Emission and excitation spectra as well as the decay time and the quantum efficiency of the emission were measured at 4.2 K. The temperature dependence of the emission spectrum and the emission intensity was studied. The results show that in MgUO4 the

  3. Mg2+ homeostasis: the balancing act of TRPM6.

    Wijst, J.A.J. van der; Bindels, R.J.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.


    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The tight control of blood magnesium (Mg) levels is of central importance for numerous physiological processes. A persistent low Mg status (hypomagnesemia) is associated with severe health risks and is involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, asthma,

  4. Selective antibacterial effects of mixed ZnMgO nanoparticles

    Vidic, Jasmina, E-mail: [VIM, Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (France); Stankic, Slavica, E-mail:; Haque, Francia [CNRS, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UMR 7588 (France); Ciric, Danica; Le Goffic, Ronan; Vidy, Aurore [VIM, Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (France); Jupille, Jacques [CNRS, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UMR 7588 (France); Delmas, Bernard [VIM, Institut de la Recherche Agronomique (France)


    Antibiotic resistance has impelled the research for new agents that can inhibit bacterial growth without showing cytotoxic effects on humans and other species. We describe the synthesis and physicochemical characterization of nanostructured ZnMgO whose antibacterial activity was compared to its pure nano-ZnO and nano-MgO counterparts. Among the three oxides, ZnO nanocrystals-with the length of tetrapod legs about 100 nm and the diameter about 10 nm-were found to be the most effective antibacterial agents since both Gram-positive (B. subtilis) and Gram-negative (E. coli) bacteria were completely eradicated at concentration of 1 mg/mL. MgO nanocubes (the mean cube size {approx}50 nm) only partially inhibited bacterial growth, whereas ZnMgO nanoparticles (sizes corresponding to pure particles) revealed high specific antibacterial activity to Gram-positive bacteria at this concentration. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that B. subtilis cells were damaged after contact with nano-ZnMgO, causing cell contents to leak out. Our preliminary toxicological study pointed out that nano-ZnO is toxic when applied to human HeLa cells, while nano-MgO and the mixed oxide did not induce any cell damage. Overall, our results suggested that nanostructured ZnMgO, may reconcile efficient antibacterial efficiency while being a safe new therapeutic for bacterial infections.

  5. Electron beam induced oxidation of Al–Mg alloy surfaces

    Palasantzas, G.; Agterveld, D.T.L. van; Hosson, J.Th.M. De


    Electron beam currents of a few nanoamperes, currently used in nanometer scale scanning Auger/electron microscopy, induces severe oxidation of Al–Mg alloy surfaces at room temperature. Auger peak-to-peak oxygen curves for Al–Mg surfaces support the hypothesis that the electron beam creates

  6. Electron beam induced oxidation of Al–Mg alloy surfaces

    Palasantzas, G.; Agterveld, D.T.L. van; Hosson, J.Th.M. De


    Electron beam currents of a few nanoamperes, currently used in nanometer scale scanning Auger/electron microscopy, induces severe oxidation of Al–Mg alloy surfaces at room temperature. Auger peak-to-peak oxygen curves for Al–Mg surfaces support the hypothesis that the electron beam creates additiona

  7. Superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric Mg10Ir19B16

    Klimczuk, T.; Xu, Q.; Morosan, E.; Thompson, J.D.; Zandbergen, H.W.; Cava, R.J.


    Mg10Ir19B16, a previously unreported compound in the Mg-Ir-B chemical system, is found to be superconducting at temperatures near 5 K. The fact that the compound exhibits a range of superconducting temperatures between 4 and 5 K suggests that a range of stoichiometries is allowed, though no structur

  8. Multiwavelength observations of the Type IIb supernova 2009mg

    Oates, S. R.; Bayless, A. J.; Stritzinger, M. D.


    We present Swift Ultra-Violet Optical Telescope and X-Ray Telescope (XRT) observations, and visual wavelength spectroscopy of the Type IIb supernova (SN) 2009mg, discovered in the Sb galaxy ESO 121-G26. The observational properties of SN 2009mg are compared to the prototype Type IIb SNe 1993J...

  9. Flórula ruderal da cidade de Lavras, MG Ruderal plants from Lavras, MG

    Manuel Losada Gavilanes


    Full Text Available Efetuou-se o levantamento e a identificação das plantas ruderais ocorrentes na cidade de Lavras, MG. Foram identificadas 175 espécies, representando 122 gêneros, pertencentes a 41 famílias. As famílias. Compositae, Leguminosae, Graminese, Malvaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cyperaceae, Euphorbiaceae e Amaranthaceae, são as que apresentaram o maior número de espécies. O material foi coletado em áreas ajardinadas, beiras de caminhos, calçadas, muros e cercas, e em terrenos baldios.A survey and identification of ruderal plants occuring in Lavras City, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, was carried out. One hundred and seventy five species, representing 122 genera belonging to 41 families were indentified. Families Compositae, Leguminosae, Gramineae, Malvaceae, Convolvulaceae, Cyperaceae, Euphorbiaceae, and Amaranthaceae presented the greatest numbers of species among all families. All plant materials were collected in garden areas, along roadsides and streets, walls and fences, and wastelands.

  10. Theoretical Limiting Potentials in Mg/O2 Batteries

    Smith, Jeffrey G.; Naruse, Junichi; Hiramatsu, Hidehiko


    A rechargeable battery based on a multivalent Mg/O2 couple is an attractive chemistry due to its high theoretical energy density and potential for low cost. Nevertheless, metal-air batteries based on alkaline earth anodes have received limited attention and generally exhibit modest performance....... In addition, many fundamental aspects of this system remain poorly understood, such as the reaction mechanisms associated with discharge and charging. The present study aims to close this knowledge gap and thereby accelerate the development of Mg/O2 batteries by employing first-principles calculations...... by the presence of large thermodynamic overvoltages. In contrast, MgO2-based cells are predicted to be much more efficient: superoxide-terminated facets on MgO2 crystallites enable low overvoltages and round-trip efficiencies approaching 90%. These data suggest that the performance of Mg/O2 batteries can...

  11. Electron Theory Research in Mg-Y Alloy

    郭旭涛; 何良菊; 李培杰; 曾大本


    Adding yttrium to magnesium can improve the mechanical properties,especially the mechanical behavior at high temperature.The valence electron structures of Mg-Y alloy were analyzed with the empirical electron theory of solids and molecules(EET).Calculation shows that yttrium is on the fifth hybrid level and magnesium is on the third one in pure metal crystals.By comparing with aluminum in Mg-Al alloy,it is shown that the reason why the solution strengthening effect of yttrium is better than that of aluminum in Mg-Al alloy is the enhanced bond energy according to EET.And it is concluded from EET analysis that intermetallics Mg24Y5 can significantly improve the properties of magnesium alloys because yttrium atoms occupy the centers of the octahedron and Mg-Y bonds efficiently strengthen the alloy matrix.

  12. Microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys

    ZHENG Wei-chao


    Full Text Available The effects of different amounts of added Al, ranging from 1 % to 9 %, on the microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys were investigated. The results showed that when the amount of added Al is less than 5%, the grain size of the Mg-Al binary alloys decreases dramatically from 3 097 μm to 151 μm with increasing addition of Al. Further addition of Al up to 9% makes the grain size decrease slowly to 111 μm. The α-Mg dendrite arms are also refined. Increasing the amount of added Al decreases the hot cracking susceptibility of the Mg-Al binary alloys remarkably, and enhances the micro-hardness of the α-Mg matrix.

  13. Microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys

    ZHENG Wei-chao; LI Shuang-shou; TANG Bin; ZENG Da-ben


    The effects of different amounts of added Al, ranging from 1% to 9%, on the microstructure and properties of Mg-Al binary alloys were investigated. The results showed that when the amount of added Al is less than 5%, the grain size of the Mg-Al binary alloys decreases dramatically from 3 097 μm to 151 μm with increasing addition of Al. Further addition of Al up to 9% makes the grain size decrease slowly to 111 μm. The α-Mg dendrite arms are also refined. Increasing the amount of added Al decreases the hot cracking susceptibility of the Mg-Al binary alloys remarkably, and enhances the micro-hardness of the α-Mg matrix.

  14. Chemical synthesis of superconducting MgB{sub 2} nanopowder

    Bansal, Narottam P., E-mail: [Materials and Structures Division, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135 (United States); Goldsby, Jon C.; Rogers, Richard B. [Materials and Structures Division, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135 (United States); Susner, Michael A.; Sumption, Michael D. [Center for Superconducting and Magnetic Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States)


    Highlights: • MgB{sub 2} nanopowder has been synthesized by chemical method. • Powder characterized by XRD and SEM. • Superconducting behavior confirmed by susceptibility and magnetization measurements. • Nanopowder will facilitate the fabrication of small diameter MgB{sub 2} filaments. - Abstract: Superconducting MgB{sub 2} nanopowder has been synthesized through chemical reaction between lithium borohydride and magnesium hydride at relatively low temperatures. From quantitative Rietveld analysis, the average crystallite size of MgB{sub 2} powder was evaluated to be 33 nm. The superconducting transition temperature of the MgB{sub 2} nanopowder was found to be 38.8-38.9 K from magnetization and DC susceptibility measurements. Powder morphology has been evaluated by scanning electron microscopy.

  15. Hydrogen reversibility of LiBH₄-MgH₂-Al composites.

    Hansen, Bjarne R S; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R


    The detailed mechanism of hydrogen release in LiBH4-MgH2-Al composites of molar ratios 4 : 1 : 1 and 4 : 1 : 5 are investigated during multiple cycles of hydrogen release and uptake. This study combines information from several methods, i.e., in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction, (11)B magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR, Sievert's measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and mass spectroscopy. The composites of LiBH4-MgH2-Al are compared with the behavior of the LiBH4-Al and LiBH4-MgH2 systems. The decomposition pathway of the LiBH4-MgH2-Al system is different for the two investigated molar ratios, although it ultimately results in the formation of LiAl, Mg(x)Al(1-x)B2 and Li2B12H12 in both cases. For the 4 : 1 : 1-molar ratio, Mg(0.9)Al(0.1) and Mg17Al12 are observed as intermediates. However, only Mg is observed as an intermediate in the 4 : 1 : 5-sample, which may be due to an earlier formation of Mg(x)Al(1-x)B2, reflecting the complex chemistry of Al-Mg phases. Hydrogen release and uptake reveals a decrease in the hydrogen storage capacity upon cycling. This loss reflects the formation of Li2B12H12 as observed by (11)B NMR and infrared spectroscopy for the cycled samples. Furthermore, it is shown that the Li2B12H12 formation can be limited significantly by applying moderate hydrogen partial pressure during decomposition.

  16. Resetting of Mg isotopes between calcite and dolomite during burial metamorphism: Outlook of Mg isotopes as geothermometer and seawater proxy

    Hu, Zhongya; Hu, Wenxuan; Wang, Xiaomin; Lu, Yizhou; Wang, Lichao; Liao, Zhiwei; Li, Weiqiang


    Magnesium isotopes are an emerging tool to study the geological processes recorded in carbonates. Calcite, due to its ubiquitous occurrence and the large Mg isotope fractionation associated with the mineral, has attracted great interests in applications of Mg isotope geochemistry. However, the fidelity of Mg isotopes in geological records of carbonate minerals (e.g., calcite and dolomite) against burial metamorphism remains poorly constrained. Here we report our investigation on the Mg isotope systematics of a dolomitized Middle Triassic Geshan carbonate section in eastern China. Magnesium isotope analysis was complemented by analyses of Sr-C-O isotopic compositions, major and trace element concentrations, and petrographic and mineralogical features. Multiple lines of evidence consistently indicated that post-depositional diagenesis of carbonate minerals occurred to the carbonate rocks. Magnesium isotope compositions of the carbonate rocks closely follow a mixing trend between a high δ26Mg dolomite end member and a low δ26Mg calcite end member, irrespective of sample positions in the section and calcite/dolomite ratio in the samples. By fitting the measured Mg isotope data using a two-end member mixing model, an inter-mineral Δ26Mgdolomite-calcite fractionation of 0.72‰ was obtained. Based on the experimentally derived Mg isotope fractionation factors for dolomite and calcite, a temperature of 150-190 °C was calculated to correspond to the 0.72‰ Δ26Mgdolomite-calcite fractionation. Such temperature range matches with the burial-thermal history of the local strata, making a successful case of Mg isotope geothermometry. Our results indicate that both calcite and dolomite had been re-equilibrated during burial metamorphism, and based on isotope mass balance of Mg, the system was buffered by dolomite in the section. Therefore, burial metamorphism may reset Mg isotope signature of calcite, and Mg isotope compositions in calcite should be dealt with caution in

  17. Effect of Mg content on microstructure and corrosion behavior of hot dipped Zn–Al–Mg coatings

    Yao, Caizhen; Lv, Haibing [Research Centre of Laser Fusion, CAEP, P.O.Box 919-988-5, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Zhu, Tianping [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, PB 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand); Zheng, Wanguo [Research Centre of Laser Fusion, CAEP, P.O.Box 919-988-5, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Yuan, Xiaodong, E-mail: [Research Centre of Laser Fusion, CAEP, P.O.Box 919-988-5, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Gao, Wei, E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, PB 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand)


    In this article, Zn–Al–Mg coatings were prepared by hot dipping method. The surface morphology, cross–section microstructure, microhardness, composition, corrosion behaviour of ZAM coatings were investigated by using X–ray diffraction (XRD), Optical microscope, Environmental scanning electron microscopy equipped with EDS (FESEM–EDS), Microhardness tester and Electrochemical analysis respectively. Corrosion test was also performed in a standard salt fog spray chamber. Microstructure studies indicates that Zn grain size was refined and eutectic areas at Zn grain boundary areas increased with increasing Mg content. ZA5M1.5 and ZA5M2 coatings have two distinct layers. Mg tends to exist in the outer layer while Al is in the inner layer. The inner layer is composed of Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}Zn{sub 0.4} intermetallic, which may to contribute to the microhardness. The outer layer is Zn grains surrounded by Zn–Mg etutectics, which may improve the corrosion resistance. The microhardness is more than 700 HV{sub 50g} for Al-rich layer and around 151 HV{sub 25g} for Mg-rich layer. The improved corrosion resistance of Zn–5%Al-1.5%Mg coating comes from the corrosion product of flocculent type simonkolleite, which prolongs the micro-path and impedes the movement of O{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O, ultimately retards the overall corrosion process. - Highlights: • Two-layer structured Zn–Al–Mg coatings were prepared by hot dipping method. • Mg exists in the outer layer while Al exists in the inner layer of Zn–Al–Mg coating. • Zn–Al–Mg coating has better protective ability than Zn and Zn–Al coatings. • The Mg-modified simonkolleite is the reason of the enhanced corrosion resistance.

  18. Genotype and year variability of the chemical composition of walnut oil of Moroccan seedlings from the high Atlas Mountains

    Kodad, O.; EstopaNan, G.; Juan, T.; Socias i Company, R.; Sindic, M.


    Protein and oil content, fatty acid composition and tocopherol concentration were determined for two years in the kernel of ten candidate walnut selections from the high Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Considerable variation between genotypes was found for all parameters. The ranges of protein content (11.58–14.5% of kernel dry weight, DW), oil content (54.4–67.48% of kernel DW), oleic (12.47–22.01% of total oil), linoleic (55.03–60.01%), linolenic (9.3–15.87%), palmitic (6.84–9.12%), and stearic (1.7–2.92%) acid percentages, ?-tocopherol (188.1–230.7 mg·kg-1 of oil), d-tocopherol (23.3–43.4 mg·kg-1), and a-tocopherol (8.9–16.57 mg·kg-1) contents agreed with previous results obtained from other commercial walnut cultivars. The effect of year was significant for all the chemical components, except for oil content and palmitic acid percentage. Some genotypes showed high oil contents and consistently high values of ?-tocopherol in both years of study. The introduction of these genotypes as new cultivars by vegetative propagation may result in a an increase in quality of the walnuts from the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and as a seed source for forest walnut propagation in the same region. (Author)

  19. Improved hydrogen sorption kinetics in wet ball milled Mg hydrides

    Meng, Li


    In this work, wet ball milling method is used in order to improve hydrogen sorption behaviour due to its improved microstructure of solid hydrogen materials. Compared to traditional ball milling method, wet ball milling has benefits on improvement of MgH{sub 2} microstructure and further influences on its hydrogen sorption behavior. With the help of solvent tetrahydrofuran (THF), wet ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder has much smaller particle size and its specific surface area is 7 times as large as that of dry ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder. Although after ball milling the grain size is decreased a lot compared to as-received MgH{sub 2} powder, the grain size of wet ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder is larger than that of dry ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder due to the lubricant effect of solvent THF during wet ball milling. The improved particle size and specific surface area of wet ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder is found to be determining its hydrogen sorption kinetics especially at relatively low temperatures. And it also shows good cycling sorption behavior, which decides on its industrial applicability. With three different catalysts MgH{sub 2} powder shows improved hydrogen sorption behavior as well as the cyclic sorption behavior. Among them, the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} catalyst is found to be the most effective one in this work. Compared to the wet ball milled MgH{sub 2} powder, the particle size and specific surface area of the MgH{sub 2} powder with catalysts are similar to the previous ones, while the grain size of the MgH{sub 2} with catalysts is much finer. In this case, two reasons for hydrogen sorption improvement are suggested: one is the reduction of the grain size. The other may be as pointed out in some literatures that formation of new oxidation could enhance the hydrogen sorption kinetics, which is also the reason why its hydrogen capacity is decreased compared to without catalysts. After further ball milling, the specific surface area of wet ball milled Mg

  20. First-principles study on mechanical properties of LaMg3 and LaCuMg2

    王明辉; 潘荣凯; 李鹏博; 卞楠; 唐壁玉; 彭立明; 丁文江


    With the substitution of part Mg in LaMg3by Cu, the elastic constantsC11 andC12 increase whileC44 decreases, implying an enhanced Poisson effect and smaller resistance to (100) shear. Furthermore, the bulk modulusB increases, while the shear modulusG, elastic modulusE and anisotropic ratioA are reduced. The calculated Debye temperature of LaCuMg2 is lower, implying the weaker interaction between atoms in LaCuMg2. Then, the stress-strain curves in entire range and the ideal strength at critical strain are studied. The present results show that the lowest ideal tensile strength for LaMg3 and LaCuMg2is in the direction. The ideal shear strength on the (110) slip system of LaMg3 is greater than LaCuMg2. The density of states and charge density distribution are further studied to understand the inherent mechanism of the mechanical properties.

  1. Improved Hydrogen Storage Properties of Mg(BH4)2-Mg(AlH4)2 Combined Systems

    Xiao, Haoyuan; Leng, Haiyan; Yu, Zhigang; Li, Qian; Chou, Kuo-Chih

    Magnesium borohydride and Magnesium alanate were synthesized by mechanochemical metathesis reaction. The thermal decomposition behaviors of Mg(BH4)2-nMg(AlH4)2(n=0.5,1) systems were investigated as potential hydrogen storage materials. The results showed that the systems started to desorb H2 at 120 °C and desorbed 3.9 wt.% and 4.9 wt.% H2 below 300 °C when n equals 0.5 and 1, respectively, while individual Mg(BH4)2 started to desorb H2 at 250 °C and desorbed only 0.82 wt.% H2. Because of the exist of the Mg(AlH4)2, the isothermal desorption kinetics of Mg(BH4)2 in the Mg(BH4)2-0.5Mg(AlH4)2 systems was 50% faster than that of pristine Mg(BH4)2. In addition, the re-hydrogenation rates also increased 49.4% and 37.9%.

  2. Microstructures and mechanical properties of Al-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg based alloys containing minor scandium and zirconium

    尹志民; 姜锋; 潘青林; 郭飞跃; 朱大鹏; 宋练鹏; 曾渝; 王涛


    A series of Al-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg based alloys with and without Sc, Zr were prepared by ingot metallurgy. The mechanical properties and microstructures of the studied alloys under different treatment conditions were studied. In addition, the existing form and acting mechanism of minor Sc and Zr in Al-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg based alloys were analyzed and discussed. The following conclusions can be drawn. First, adding of minor Sc and Zr to those alloys can increase the strength of Al-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg based alloys by 25%, while the ductility can remain in 15% and 8%, respectively. Second, in Al-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg based alloys, minor Sc and Zr mainly exist in two forms of aluminides containing Sc and Zr, one is Al3(Sc,Zr)I precipitated from the melt during solidification, the other is Al3(Sc,Zr)Ⅱ precipitated during homogenization. The former is the most effective grain refiner for α(Al) solid solution matrix, and the latter is coherent with the matrix and can strongly pin dislocations and subboundaries, which can effectively restrain recrystallization of the alloys during hot deformation, annealing and solid solution. Third, strengthening caused by adding minor Sc and Zr to the studied alloys is mainly due to fine-grain strengthening, precipitation strengthening and substructure strengthening of Al3(Sc, Zr) caused by restraining recrystallization.

  3. The epithelial Mg2+ channel transient receptor potential melastatin 6 is regulated by dietary Mg2+ content and estrogens.

    Groenestege, W.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Knoers, N.V.A.M.; Bindels, R.J.M.


    The kidney is the principal organ responsible for the regulation of the body Mg(2+) balance. Identification of the gene defect in hypomagnesemia with secondary hypocalcemia recently elucidated transient receptor potential melastatin 6 (TRPM6) as the gatekeeper in transepithelial Mg(2+) transport, wh

  4. Phosphatizing of Mg particles to improve the protective performance of Mg-rich primer on A2024 Al alloy

    Wang, Jianguo; Zuo, Yu; Tang, Yuming; Lu, Xiangyu


    Mg-rich primer as a new type protective coating provides cathodic protection for Al alloy. In this paper, a kind of phosphatizing surface treatment on Mg particles was studied in order to improve the protective performance of Mg-rich primer. After treated with phosphoric acid, a protective magnesium phosphate layer was formed on the surface of Mg particles, which had no negative influence on the cathodic protection of the Mg-rich primer for Al alloy. The coating resistance of the treated Mg-rich primer was bigger than that of untreated primer, meanwhile the coating capacitance of the treated Mg-rich primer was smaller than that of untreated primer, suggesting that the barrier effect of the primer was improved and the lifetime was extended. The magnesium phosphate layer could reduce the consumption rate of Mg particles. Meanwhile, the phosphate radicals transported to Al alloy substrate to form a product layer composed of magnesium phosphate and aluminum phosphate on the substrate surface, which decreased the corrosion rate of Al alloy and improved the protective performance of the primer.

  5. Laser cladding of a Mg based Mg-Gd-Y-Zr alloy with Al-Si powders

    Chen, Erlei; Zhang, Kemin; Zou, Jianxin


    In the present work, a Mg based Mg-Gd-Y-Zr alloy was subjected to laser cladding with Al-Si powders at different laser scanning speeds in order to improve its surface properties. It is observed that the laser clad layer mainly contains Mg2Si, Mg17Al12 and Al2(Gd,Y) phases distributed in the Mg matrix. The depth of the laser clad layer increases with decreasing the scanning speed. The clad layer has graded microstructures and compositions. Both the volume fraction and size of Mg2Si, Mg17Al12 and Al2(Gd,Y) phases decreases with the increasing depth. Due to the formation of these hardening phases, the hardness of clad layer reached a maximum value of HV440 when the laser scanning speed is 2 mm/s, more than 5 times of the substrate (HV75). Besides, the corrosion properties of the untreated and laser treated samples were all measured in a NaCl (3.5 wt.%) aqueous solution. The corrosion potential was increased from -1.77 V for the untreated alloy to -1.13 V for the laser clad alloy with scanning rate of 2 mm/s, while the corrosion current density was reduced from 2.10 × 10-5 A cm-2 to 1.64 × 10-6 A cm-2. The results show that laser cladding is an efficient method to improve surface properties of Mg-Rare earth alloys.

  6. Simulating GTP:Mg and GDP:Mg with a simple force field: a structural and thermodynamic analysis.

    Simonson, Thomas; Satpati, Priyadarshi


    Di- and tri-phosphate nucleotides are essential cofactors for many proteins, usually in an Mg(2+) -bound form. Proteins like GTPases often detect the difference between NDP and NTP and respond by changing conformations. To study such complexes, simple, fixed charge force fields have been used, which allow long simulations and precise free energy calculations. The preference for NTP or NDP binding depends on many factors, including ligand structure and Mg(2+) coordination and the changes they undergo upon binding. Here, we use a simple force field to examine two Mg(2+) coordination modes for the unbound GDP and GTP: direct, or "Inner Sphere" (IS) coordination by one or more phosphate oxygens and indirect, "Outer Sphere" (OS) coordination involving one or more bridging waters. We compare GTP: and GDP:Mg binding with OS and IS coordination; combining the results with experimental data then indicates that GTP prefers the latter. We also examine different kinds of IS coordination and their sensitivity to a key force field parameter: the optimal Mg:oxygen van der Waals distance Rmin . Increasing Rmin improves the Mg:oxygen distances, the GTP: and GDP:Mg binding affinities, and the fraction of GTP:Mg with β + γ phosphate coordination, but does not improve or change the GTP/GDP affinity difference, which remains much larger than experiment. It has no effect on the free energy of GDP binding to a GTPase. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Effect of Synthesized MgNi4Y Catalyst on Hydrogen Desorption Properties of Milled MgH2

    ChitsazKhoyi, Leila; Raygan, Shahram; Pourabdoli, Mehdi


    It has been reported that ball milling and adding catalyst can improve hydrogen desorption properties of MgH2. In this study, simultaneous effect of adding catalyst and ball milling on hydrogen desorption properties of MgH2 was studied. Mechanical alloying and heat treatment methods were used to synthesize MgNi4Y intermetallic as a catalyst. In this regard, pure Mg, Ni, and Y elemental powders were ball milled in different conditions and then heat treated at 1073 K (800 °C) for 4 hours. XRD and FESEM methods were used to investigate properties of the samples. It was found that, after 10 hours of ball milling and then heat treating at 1073 K (800 °C), MgNi4Y intermetallic was formed almost completely. The results of Sievert tests showed that as-received MgH2 did not release any significant amount of hydrogen at 623 K (350 °C). But, after ball milling for 10 hours, 0.8 wt pct hydrogen was released from MgH2 at 623 K (350 °C) in 40 minutes. Adding 10 wt pct catalyst via ball milling to MgH2 led to releasing 3.5 wt pct hydrogen in the same conditions. In addition, increasing ball milling time from 10 to 65 hours increased the amount of released hydrogen from 51 to 85 pct of theoretical hydrogen desorption value and improved kinetic of desorption process.

  8. Preparation of MgB2 Superconducting Materials%MgB2超导材料的制备




  9. Effects of Mg content on pore structure and electrochemical corrosion behaviors of porous Al-Mg alloys

    何文远; 肖逸锋; 吴靓; 许艳飞; 钱锦文; 贺跃辉; 郑学军


    Porous Al-Mg alloys with different nominal compositions were successfully fabricated via elemental powder reactive synthesis, and the phase composition, pore structure, and corrosion resistance were characterized with X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope and electrochemical analyzer. The volume expansion ratio, open porosity and corrosion resistance in 3.5% (mass fraction) NaCl aqueous solution of the alloys increase at first and then decrease with the increase of Mg content. The maxima of volume expansion ratio and open porosity are 18.3% and 28.1% for the porous Al-56%Mg (mass fraction) alloy, while there is the best corrosion resistance for the porous Al-37.5% Mg (mass fraction) alloy. The pore formation mechanism can be explained by Kirkendall effect, and the corrosion resistance can be mainly affected by the phase composition for the porous Al-Mg alloys. They would be of the potential application for filtration in the chloride environment.

  10. Fabrication and spectroscopic properties of transparent Nd3+:MgO and Er3+:MgO ceramics

    Sanamyan, T.; Cooper, C.; Gilde, G.; Sutorik, A. C.; Dubinskii, M.


    We present the results of the development and comprehensive characterization of fully densified Er3+:MgO and Nd3+:MgO transparent ceramics fabricated from specially formulated nanopowders. Also presented are the spectroscopic characterization results (absorption, fluorescence and emission lifetimes) of Er3+ and Nd3+ dopant ions in MgO in the temperature range 10 to 300 K. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported successful demonstration of bulk MgO host material doped with rare earth (RE) ions. Spectroscopic results are indicative of a single-site RE ion incorporation with a nearly perfect single crystalline environment within the MgO ceramic grains. The results are presented with major emphasis on potential laser application and the outlook for substantially improved laser power scaling at room temperature based on the unique thermal properties of the host material.

  11. Possibility of a 2D SiC monolayer formation on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) substrates

    Kuzubov, A. A.; Eliseeva, N. S.; Krasnov, P. O.; Tomilin, F. N.; Fedorov, A. S.; Tolstaya, A. V.


    The geometrical characteristics of a 2D SiC monolayer on Mg(0001) and MgO(111) plates regarded as potential materials for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide were studied. The most favorable positions of the atoms of 2D SiC on the substrates were determined. In the 2D SiC/Mg(0001) system, unlike in 2D SiC/MgO(111), the deviation of the carbon atom from the silicon carbide monolayer was insignificant (0.08 Å). Consequently, magnesium can be used as a substrate for growing two-dimensional silicon carbide. The use of MgO(111) is not recommended because of a significant distortion of the 2D SiC surface.

  12. Superconductivity in dense MgB2 wires.

    Canfield, P C; Finnemore, D K; Bud'ko, S L; Ostenson, J E; Lapertot, G; Cunningham, C E; Petrovic, C


    MgB2 becomes superconducting just below 40 K. Whereas porous polycrystalline samples of MgB2 can be synthesized from boron powders, in this Letter we demonstrate that dense wires of MgB2 can be prepared by exposing boron filaments to Mg vapor. The resulting wires have a diameter of 160 microm, are better than 80% dense, and manifest the full chi = -1/4pi shielding in the superconducting state. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements indicate that MgB2 is a highly conducting metal in the normal state with rho(40 K) = 0.38 microOmega cm. By using this value, an electronic mean-free path, l approximately 600 A can be estimated, indicating that MgB2 wires are well within the clean limit. Tc, Hc2(T), and Jc data indicate that MgB2 manifests comparable or better superconducting properties in dense wire form than it manifests as a sintered pellet.


    郭冬丽; 宁佩芳; 袁媛


    Objective: To study the dynamic change and its diagnostic significance of MG7 expression in the process of gastric cancer development. Methods: The expression level of antigen MG7 was determined by immunohistochemistry method in 406 cases of gastric mucosa. The classification of intestinal metaplasia of gastric mucosa was determined by histochemistry method in 82 cases. Results: The positive rate of MG7 expression in normal gastric mucosa, intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia of gastric mucosa and gastric cancer were increased gradually (P<0.01). The positive rate of MG7 expression in superficial gastritis, atrophic gastritis and gastric cancer were increased on sequence (P<0.01). The positive rate of antigen MG7 expression in type Ⅲ intestinal metaplasia of gastric mucosa had significant difference,compared with that in type Ⅰ an Ⅱ intestinal metaplasia (P<0.05). Conclusion: MG7 antigen had close relationship with gastric cancer. Type Ⅲ intestinal metaplasia, atrophic gastritis and dysplasia should be followed up in order to improve the early detection of gastric cancer. MG7 antigen had great clinical value in the dynamic follow-up of gastric precursors.

  14. Oxidation and growth of Mg thin films on Ru(001)

    Huang, H. H.; Jiang, X.; Siew, H. L.; Chin, W. S.; Sim, W. S.; Xu, G. Q.


    The oxidation and growth of ultra-thin Mg films on a Ru(001) substrate have been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) in the temperature range of 300-1500 K. Our results suggest that the growth of Mg thin films follows a layer-by-layer mode. Upon oxygen adsorption at 300 K, two O 1s peaks were detected on the Mg film. The peak at 532.2-532.6 eV could be attributed to either dioxygen or partially reduced species (O δ-, δfilm to 800 K causes the conversion of the dioxygen or partially reduced species to the oxide state. Thermal desorption peaks of MgO were directly detected at 1000-1127 and 1350-1380 K, respectively. However, initial evaporation of Mg atoms onto an oxygen pre-adsorbed surface yields a fully oxidized MgO. Further Mg deposition results in the formation of a partially oxidized film with the observation of an O 1s peak at 532.2 eV.

  15. Combustion and sensitivity characteristics of Mg/TF pyrolants

    Kuwahara, T.; Matsuo, S.; Shinozaki, N. [Aerospace Division, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Saitama (Japan)


    Burning rate and sensitivity characteristics of energetic mixtures composed of metal particles and oxidizers, the so called `pyrolants`, were studied experimentally. The pyrolants tested were made of various particle sizes of magnesium (Mg) and poly-tetrafluoroethylene (TF). Mg/TF pyrolant produces high combustion flame temperature, so it is used as heat sources and igniter pyrolants. The maximum flame temperature (Tf) of Mg/TF pyrolant is 3271 K at 0.1 MPa, and 3483 K at 1 MPa. These values are obtained when Mg concentration is 30 %. When the Mg concentrations are less than 50 %, the pyrolants are not able to burn stably at one atmosphere. The burning rate increases with increasing concentration of Mg and decreases with increasing the mean diameter of Mg particles at constant pressure. Sensitivity characteristics were evaluated with drop hammer test and the weight used was 5 kg. Explosive energy decreased with increasing burning rate, so there is strong relationship between burning rate and explosive energy. (authors) 8 refs.

  16. Characterization of Mg2+ Distributions around RNA in Solution


    Binding of metal ions is an important factor governing the folding and dynamics of RNA. Shielding of charges in the polyanionic backbone allows RNA to adopt a diverse range of folded structures that give rise to their many functions within the cell. Some RNA sequences fold only in the presence of Mg2+, which may be bound via direct interactions or occupy the more diffuse “ion atmosphere” around the RNA. To understand the driving forces for RNA folding, it is important to be able to fully characterize the distribution of metal ions around the RNA. In this work, a combined Grand Canonical Monte Carlo-Molecular Dynamics (GCMC-MD) method is applied to characterize Mg2+ distributions around folded RNA structures. The GCMC-MD approach identifies known inner- and outer-shell Mg2+ coordination, while also predicting new regions occupied by Mg2+ that are not observed in crystal structures but that may be relevant in solution, including the case of the Mg2+ riboswitch, for which alternate Mg2+ binding sites may have implications for its function. This work represents a significant step forward in establishing a structural and thermodynamic description of RNA–Mg2+ interactions and their role in RNA structure and function. PMID:27819065

  17. Electronic Structure of New Superconducting Perovskite MgCNi3

    Li CHEN; Hua LI; Liangmo MEI


    The electronic structures of new superconducting perovskite MgCNis and related compounds MgCNi2T (T=Co, Fe,and Cu) have been studied using MS-Xα method. In MgCNi3, the main peak of density of states is located below the Fermi level and dominated by Ni d. From the results of total energy calculations, it was found that the number of Ni valence electron decreases faster for the Fe-doped case than that for the Co-doped case. The valence state of Ni changes from +1.43 in MgCNi2Co to +3.02 in MgCNi2Fe. It was confirmed that Co and Fe dopants in MgCNi3 behave as a source of d-band holes and the suppression of superconductivity occurs faster for the Fe-doped case than that for the Co-doped case. In order to explain the fact that Co and Fe dopants in MgCNi3 behave as a source of d-band holes rather than magnetic scattering centers that quench superconductivity, we have also investigated the effects of electron (Cu) doping on the superconductivity and found that both electron (Cu) doping and hole (Co, Fe)doping quench superconductivity exist. Comparing with the hole (Co) doping, there was no much difference between Cu and Co doping. This suggests that Co and Fe doping do not actas magnetic impurity.

  18. Synthesis of superconductor MgCNi3 with carbon nanotubes

    Xia Qing-Lin; Yi Jian-Hong; Peng Yuan-Dong; Luo Shu-Dong; Wang Hong-Zhong; Li Li-Ya


    MgCNia, an intermetallic compound superconductor with a cubic perovskite crystal structure, has been synthesized using fine Mg and Ni powders and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as starting materials by the conventional powder metallurgy method. The composition, microstructure and superconductivity are characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. The results indicate that the phases of the synthesized samples are MgCNi3 (major phase) and traces of C and MgO. The MgCNi3 particle sizes range from several hundreds of nanometres to several micrometres.The onset superconducting transition temperature Tc of the MgCNi3 sample is about 7.2 K. The critical current density Jc is about 3.44 × 104 A/cm2 calculated according to the Bean model from the magnetization hysteresis loop of the slab MgCNi3 sample at 5 K and zero applied field.

  19. A Redetermination of the Dissociation Energy of MgO(+)

    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry


    In 1986, we reported a dissociation energy (D(sub 0) of 2.31 eV for the X(sup 2)Pi ground state of MgO(+). This value was determined by computing the dissociation energy to the Mg(2+) + O(-) limit and adjusting the value to the Mg(+) + O limit using the experimental Ionization Potential (IP) of Mg(+) and the Electron Affinity (EA) of O. The success of this method relies on the assumption that there is little covalent contribution to the bonding. The very small (0.04 eV) correlation contribution to the binding energy was taken as corroboration for the validity of this approach. Our earlier theoretical value was estimated to be accurate to at least 0.2 eV. It is in excellent agreement with the subsequent value of 2.30 +/- 0.13 eV determined by Freiser and co-workers from photodissociation experiments. It is also consistent with the upper (less than 3.1 eV) and lower (greater than 1.1 eV) bounds determined by Rowe obtained by studying the reactions of Mg(+) with 03 and NO2. However, it is inconsistent with an upper bound of 1.7 eV reported by Kappes and Staley based on their failure to observe MgO(+) in the reaction of Mg(+) with N2O. The picture became somewhat clouded, however, by the recent guided-ion beam mass spectrometric studies of Dalleska and Armentrout. Their initial analysis of the reaction data for Mg(+) + O2 lead to a bond dissociation energy of 2.92 +/- 0.25 eV, which is considerably larger than the value of 2.47 +/- 0.06 eV deduced from their studies of the Mg(+)+NO2 reaction.

  20. Fabrication of Mg2Si/AZ91D Composites from Mg-SiO2%Mg-SiO2体系制备Mg2Si/AZ91D复合材料的研究

    王军; 陈刚; 赵玉涛; 徐萌; 张道理; 黄康; 彭蕾


    采用原位合成技术制备了Mg2Si/AZ91D复合材料, 并通过光学显微镜(OM)、扫描电镜(SEM)、能谱仪(EDS)和X射线衍射仪(XRD)等对添加碱土、稀土元素的影响进行了研究. 结果表明: AZ91D镁合金中加入SiO2(其中Si占合金质量的3%)后, 出现多边形状或树枝晶状的初生Mg2Si相, 以及汉字状的共晶Mg2Si相, 树枝晶状Mg2Si的平均尺寸约25~50 μm, 汉字状Mg2Si的平均尺寸约12~15 μm;Mg2Si对镁合金中的β-Mg17Al12相有细化作用. 添加Ca, Sr, Y对Mg2Si形貌、尺寸有明显的改善, 当添加0.9%Ca, 0.1%Sr, 0.5%RE(80%Y)变质处理后, Mg2Si形貌全部变为多边形状, 平均尺寸约0.8~5 μm.

  1. Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire

    Cantu, Sherrie


    Hyper Tech Research, Inc., has developed fine-filament magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor wire for motors and generators used in turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems. In Phase I of the project, Hyper Tech demonstrated that MgB2 multifilament wires (MgB2 rotor coil packs for a superconducting generator. The ultimate goal is to enable low-cost, round, lightweight, low-AC-loss superconductors for motor and generator stator coils operating at 25 K in next-generation turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems.

  2. Superconductivity of metallic boron in MgB2.

    Kortus, J; Mazin, I I; Belashchenko, K D; Antropov, V P; Boyer, L L


    Boron in MgB2 forms stacks of honeycomb layers with magnesium as a space filler. Band structure calculations indicate that Mg is substantially ionized, and the bands at the Fermi level derive mainly from B orbitals. Strong bonding with an ionic component and considerable metallic density of states yield a sizable electron-phonon coupling. Together with high phonon frequencies, which we estimate via zone-center frozen phonon calculations to be between 300 and 700 cm(-1), this produces a high critical temperature, consistent with recent experiments. Thus MgB2 can be viewed as an analog of the long sought, but still hypothetical, superconducting metallic hydrogen.

  3. Ultrasonic Properties of the MgB2 Superconductor

    YU Ri-Cheng; JIN Chang-Qing; LI Shao-Chun; WANG Ru-Ju; LI Feng-Ying; LIU Zhen-Xing; ZHU Jia-Lin


    The sound velocities of longitudinal and shear waves are measured on a polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor with Tc of 39 K. The specimen used in the experiments is pressed and heated using the MgB2 powder. The elastic moduli, Debye temperature and specific heat at room temperature are obtained based on sound velocity data. The results indicate that the velocities are much higher than those in the usual materials, while elastic constants remain reasonably soft, which may be due to the high transition temperature of the MgB2 superconductor.


    Jiang, Weilin; Zhu, Zihua; Varga, Tamas; Bowden, Mark E.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Wang, Yongqiang


    As a candidate material for fusion reactor designs, silicon carbide (SiC) under high-energy neutron irradiation undergoes atomic displacement damage and transmutation reactions that create magnesium as one of the major metallic products. The presence of Mg and lattice disorder in SiC is expected to affect structural stability and degrade thermo-mechanical properties that could limit SiC lifetime for service. We have initiated a combined experimental and computational study that uses Mg+ ion implantation and multiscale modeling to investigate the structural and chemical effects in Mg implanted SiC and explore possible property degradation mechanisms.

  5. Molecular dynamics of MgSiO3 perovskite melting

    Liu Zi-Jiang; Cheng Xin-Lu; Yang Xiang-Dong; Zhang Hong; Cai Ling-Cang


    The melting curve of MgSiO3 perovskite is simulated using molecular dynamics simulations method at high pressure. It is shown that the simulated equation of state of MgSiO3 perovskite is very successful in reproducing accurately the experimental data. The pressure dependence of the simulated melting temperature of MgSiO3 perovskite reproduces the stability of the orthorhombic perovskite phase up to high pressure of 13OGPa at ambient temperature, consistent with the theoretical data of the other calculations. It is shown that its transformation to the cubic phase and melting at high pressure and high temperature are in agreement with recent experiments.

  6. Efeitos do manganês sobre a soja cultivada em solo de Cerrado do Triângulo Mineiro Effects of manganese on soybean growth in a cerrado soil of Triângulo Mineiro, MG, Brazil



    Full Text Available A deficiência de Mn em soja [Glycine max (L. Merrill] e em outras culturas pode ser devida aos seus baixos teores no solo, ou à indisponibilidade do elemento induzida pela aplicação de calcário. O objetivo deste trabalho foi verificar a composição mineral da soja em relação à disponibilidade de Mn no solo. Em casa de vegetação foi conduzido um experimento utilizando um solo coletado no município de Patrocínio, MG, onde o café mostra sintomas de deficiência desse elemento. As doses de Mn foram: 0, 10, 50 e 100 mg kg-1 e um tratamento adicional com aplicação foliar de 0,6% de Mn e duas doses de calcário, ou seja: 0 e 2,7 t ha-1. Os teores de Mn na planta aumentaram com a dose de Mn no solo, e diminuíram com a aplicação de calcário. O menor teor de Mn encontrado nas folhas foi de 84 mg kg-1 na dose 0 de Mn com calcário. O Mn provocou um aumento na produção de matéria seca e de vagens, em relação a ambas as doses de calcário. A calagem não induziu o aparecimento de sintomas de deficiência de Mn. A aplicação foliar de Mn foi eficiente em aumentar e manter a produção.Manganese deficiency in soybean [Glycine max (L. Merrill and in other crops could be due to its low levels in the soil, or to its unavailability induced by liming. The objective of this research was to verify the soybean mineral composition in relation to Mn availability. An experiment was carried out in a greenhouse, using soil from Patrocínio, MG, Brazil, where the cultivated coffee shows symptoms of Mn deficiency. Mn was applied at the rates of zero, 10, 50 and 100 mg kg-1 with an additional treatment of 0.6% of foliar applied Mn and two rates of lime, namely: zero and 2.7 t ha-1. Mn concentration in the plant tissue was increased with the rate of lime application; liming, however, caused a Mn reduction. It must be pointed out that the lowest Mn level in the leaves was 84 mg kg-1, at the zero rate of Mn with lime. Mn ratio caused an increase both in

  7. Risk assessment of Cd polluted paddy soils in the industrial and township areas in Hunan, Southern China.

    Wang, Meie; Chen, Weiping; Peng, Chi


    Cadmium (Cd) contamination in rice in Youxian, Hunan, China is a major environmental health concern. In order to reveal the Cd contamination in rice and paddy soils and the health risks to the population consuming the local rice grain, field surveys were conducted in eight towns in Youxian, China. The Cd contents of paddy soils averaged 0.228-1.91 mg kg(-1), 90% exceeding the allowable limit of 0.3 mg kg(-1) stipulated by the China Soil Environmental Quality Standards. Low average pH values (for air dried oxidized soils) ranging from 4.98 to 6.02 in paddy soil were also found. More than seventy percent (39 of 53) of the grain samples exceeded the maximum safe concentration of Cd, 0.2 mg kg(-1) on a dry weight basis. Considering the high consumption of local rice (339 g capita(-1) DW d(-1)) and Cd levels measured, dietary ingestion of 78% of the sampled rice grains would have adverse health risks because the intake exposure of Cd was greater than the JECFA recommended exposures, 0.8 µg Cd BW kg(-1) day(-1) or 25 µg Cd BW kg(-1) month(-1).

  8. Preparation of a sample with a single MgH2 phase by horizontal ball milling and the first hydriding reaction of 90 wt% Mg-10 wt% MgH2

    Hong, Seong-Hyeon; Song, Myoung Youp


    In order to prepare an additive-free sample with a single MgH2 phase, 90 wt% Mg-10 wt% MgH2 (named 90Mg-10MgH2) was milled under a hydrogen atmosphere in a horizontal ball mill, and then hydrided. The hydrogen absorption and desorption properties of the prepared samples were investigated, and compared with those of milled pure Mg and purchased MgH2. X-ray diffraction analysis, measurement of specific BET surface areas, and observation of the prepared samples by scanning electron microscope were performed. The 90Mg-10MgH2 sample after hydriding-dehydriding cycling had small and large particles with fine particles on their surfaces, and had much finer particles and more defects than the milled pure Mg sample after hydridingdehydriding cycling. The specific BET surface areas of the milled Mg and 90Mg-10MgH2 were measured as 7.81 and 99.81 m2/g, respectively. A sample that had almost a single MgH2 phase could be prepared by horizontal ball milling and the first hydriding reaction of 90Mg-10MgH2. 90Mg-10MgH2 released 5.82 wt% H for about 70 min, while unmilled MgH2 (Aldrich) released 6.04 wt% H for about 100 min, at 648 K.

  9. Improved efficacy of intramuscular weekly administration of clodronate 200 mg (100 mg twice weekly) compared with 100 mg (once weekly) for increasing bone mineral density in postmenopausal osteoporosis.

    Frediani, Bruno; Bertoldi, Ilaria; Pierguidi, Serena; Nicosia, Antonella; Picerno, Valentina; Filippou, Georgios; Cantarini, Luca; Galeazzi, Mauro


    Clodronate is a bisphosphonate used for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and all conditions characterized by excess bone resorption. We have previously reported that intramuscular (IM) therapy with clodronate at a dose of 100 mg/week displays significant effects on bone mineral density (BMD) although a plateau effect is observed after 1 year of treatment. Previous reports indicate that the densitometric effects of bisphosphonates directly correlate with the drug dosage and suggest that using IM clodronate at doses higher than 100 mg/week may result in improved efficacy. However, to the best of our knowledge, this has never been proved. The primary endpoint of the study was the effect on BMD of IM clodronate 100 mg once weekly or 100 mg twice weekly in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis. The incidence of non-traumatic vertebral fractures and adverse events was also reported. The present study was a randomized, open-label, parallel-group trial conducted between January 2007 and December 2009 in the Osteoporosis and Osteoarticular Instrumental Diagnosis Centre (University of Siena, Siena, Italy). The study involved 60 women, aged 57-78 years, with a history of postmenopausal osteoporosis for more than 5 years. Patients were randomized to receive IM clodronate 100 mg once weekly (Group A, 30 patients) or 100 mg twice weekly (Group B, 30 patients), for 2 years. Significant increases compared with baseline in BMD were observed for both groups at 1 and 2 years, with significantly higher increases for Group B compared with Group A. Group B displayed a BMD increase (± SD) at the lumbar spine of +4.0 % (± 2.1) and +5.9 % (± 2.0) at 1 and 2 year(s), respectively, compared with +2.8 % (± 1.7) and +3.5 % (± 2.2), respectively, observed for Group A. Similarly, Group B showed better performance compared with Group A for BMD increase at the femoral neck, with an observed increase of +3.5 % (± 1.7) and +5.4 % (± 1.8) at 1 and 2 year(s), respectively

  10. Elastic and inelastic scattering of 0. 8 GeV polarized protons from /sup 24/Mg and /sup 26/Mg

    Blanpied, G.S.; Ritchie, B.G.; Barlett, M.L.; Hoffmann, G.W.; McGill, J.A.; Milner, E.C.; Jones, K.W.; Nanda, S.K.; de Swiniarski, R.


    Data on 800 MeV polarized proton scattering on /sup 24/Mg and /sup 26/Mg are presented. Angular distributions and analyzing power data have been extracted from fits to 26 peaks in the spectra for /sup 24/Mg and 23 peaks in /sup 26/Mg. Although there are a variety of shapes for the angular distributions, the analyzing power data for all states are positive and similar in magnitude and seem to be consistent with a two-body operator for the excitation with a spin structure much like that for the free proton-nucleon system. Evidence for a level in /sup 26/Mg at 8.03 MeV with J>4 is presented. Comparison between the observed angular distribution, coupled channels, and distorted wave Born approximation calculations, and the angular distributions of excited states in neighboring nuclei, support the assignment of J/sup ..pi../ = 5/sup -/ or 6/sup +/. Coupled channels calculations for the 0/sup +/, 2/sup +/, 4/sup +/, and 6/sup +/ members of the ground state rotational bands of /sup 24/Mg and /sup 26/Mg are compared to the data. Deformation parameters from distorted wave Born approximation calculations are determined for most of the angular distributions.

  11. Effect of Mg on microstructures and properties of Al-Mg-Si-Cu aluminium alloys for automotive body sheets

    LIU Hong; SONG Wen-ju; ZHAO Gang; LIU Chun-ming; ZUO Liang


    The effects of variation of Mg content on microstructures,the tensile properties and the formability of Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys for automotive body sheets were investigated by means of scan electron microscopy,optical metallographic analysis,tensile and Ericsson tests.The results show that for Al-Mg-Si-Cu aluminium alloys with excessive Si,with an increment of Mg content,the strength enhances,the specific elongation and Erisson values of alloys decrease,and the number of Mg2 Si constituent increases and that of Al(MnFe)Si type constituents reduces.Al-MgSi-Cu aluminium alloys with excessive Si for automotive body sheets can present obviously the paint bake hardenability during the paint bake cycle (I.e.artificial aging at 170 ℃ for 30 min immediately after the solution treatment and quenching).Suitable Mg content should be controlled in the range of 0.8% and 1.2 % (mass fraction).

  12. As-cast microstructure of Al-Zn-Mg and Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys added erbium

    MAO Jian-wei; JIN Tou-nan; XU Guo-fu; NIE Zuo-ren


    The effects of different contents of rare earth element, and erbium, on the as-cast microstructures of Al-6Zn-2Mg and Al-6Zn-2Mg-1.8Cu alloys were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy and EDS analysis. The results show that the netlike structure of as-cast alloys can be remarkably refined, and the distance of dendritic structure decreases, with Er addition. However, the improvement results on Al-Zn-Mg-Cu are not better than that of Al-Zn-Mg. Er and Al can interact to form Al3Er phase, which is coherent with α(Al) matrix, with trace Er addition to the Al-Zn-Mg alloy. The refinement effect of Al-Zn-Mg alloys is familiar with the formation and precipitation of coherent Al3Er phases. The ternary compound AlCuEr, similar with AlCuSc phase, will form when Er is added to Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy, which suppresses the formation of Al3Er phase and doesn't solve in the following heat treatment.

  13. Basolateral Mg2+ extrusion via CNNM4 mediates transcellular Mg2+ transport across epithelia: a mouse model.

    Daisuke Yamazaki

    Full Text Available Transcellular Mg(2+ transport across epithelia, involving both apical entry and basolateral extrusion, is essential for magnesium homeostasis, but molecules involved in basolateral extrusion have not yet been identified. Here, we show that CNNM4 is the basolaterally located Mg(2+ extrusion molecule. CNNM4 is strongly expressed in intestinal epithelia and localizes to their basolateral membrane. CNNM4-knockout mice showed hypomagnesemia due to the intestinal malabsorption of magnesium, suggesting its role in Mg(2+ extrusion to the inner parts of body. Imaging analyses revealed that CNNM4 can extrude Mg(2+ by exchanging intracellular Mg(2+ with extracellular Na(+. Furthermore, CNNM4 mutations cause Jalili syndrome, characterized by recessive amelogenesis imperfecta with cone-rod dystrophy. CNNM4-knockout mice showed defective amelogenesis, and CNNM4 again localizes to the basolateral membrane of ameloblasts, the enamel-forming epithelial cells. Missense point mutations associated with the disease abolish the Mg(2+ extrusion activity. These results demonstrate the crucial importance of Mg(2+ extrusion by CNNM4 in organismal and topical regulation of magnesium.

  14. Bending strain tolerance of MgB2 superconducting wires

    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Melišek, T.; Kulich, M.; Kopera, L.


    This work describes the strain tolerance of MgB2 superconductors subjected to variable bending stresses. Bending of MgB2 wire was done at room temperature in different modes: (i) direct bending of straight annealed samples to variable diameters and by (ii) indirect bending by straightening of bent and annealed samples. I c-bending strain characteristics of samples made by in situ PIT and by the internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) process were measured at 4.2 K. The results show a good agreement between the direct and indirect bending mode, which allows easier estimation of limits important for the winding process of MgB2 superconductors with brittle filaments. A comparison of MgB2 wires made by in situ PIT and IMD processes showed improved strain tolerance for IMD due to better grain connectivity the low annealing temperature, which does not appear to reduce the mechanical strength of sheath material.


    mine, have a nearly ideal "picrotephroite" composition which is halfway between ... The iron and manganese ores, which are in proximity with each other but well .... From the chemical analysis of the studied Mn-Mg olivines, the numbers of.

  16. $^{31}$Mg $\\beta$-NMR applied in chemistry and biochemistry

    Magnesium ions, Mg$^{2+}$, are essential in biological systems, taking part in practically all phosphate chemistry, in photosynthesis as an integral component of chlorophyll, and they are regulated via transport through selective membrane proteins. Nonetheless, the function of magnesium ions in biochemistry is difficult to characterize, as it is practically invisible to current experimental techniques. With this proposal we aim to advance the use of $^{31}$Mg $\\beta$-NMR to liquid samples, building on the experience from the successful Letter of Intent INTC-I-088 “$\\beta$-NMR as a novel technique for biological applications”. Initially a series of experiments will be conducted aiming to characterize the coordination chemistry of Mg$^{2+}$ in ionic liquids (ILs), demonstrating that it is possible within the lifetime of the radioisotope to achieve binding of Mg$^{2+}$ to a molecule dissolved in the IL. ILs are chosen as they display a very low vapor pressure, and are thus straightforwardly compatible with t...

  17. Interpreting the Mg IIh andk Line Profiles of Mira Variables

    Wood, B. E.; Karovska, M.


    We use radiative transfer calculations to reproduce the basic appearance of Mg II lines observed from Mira variables. These lines have centroids that are blueshifted by at least 30 km s-1 from the stellar rest frame. It is unlikely that flow velocities in the stellar atmospheres are this fast, so radiative transfer effects must be responsible for this behavior. Published hydrodynamic models predict the existence of cool, downflowing material above the shocked material responsible for the Mg II emission, and we demonstrate that scattering in this layer can result in Mg II profiles as highly blueshifted as those that are observed. However, our models also show that scattering within the shock plays an equally strong role in shaping the Mg II profiles, and our calculations illustrate the importance of partial redistribution and the effects of being out of ionization equilibrium.

  18. Attempts at doping indium in MgB2

    Grivel, J.-C.


    Indium (In) doped MgB2 polycrystalline samples were prepared by solid-liquid phase reaction in Ar. After reaction at 800 °C, less than 1 at.% Mg was replaced by In in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its lattice parameters and only a slight decrease of its superconducting transition temperature. For all studied In concentrations in the nominal composition, the formation of InMg was evidenced by X-ray diffraction. The critical current density and accommodation field of the wires are decreased in the samples containing In. The flux pinning mechanism can be described by surface pinning in both the doped and undoped samples.

  19. Facile fabrication of hydrophobic surfaces on mechanically alloyed-Mg/HA/TiO{sub 2}/MgO bionanocomposites

    Khalajabadi, Shahrouz Zamani [Medical Devices and Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq, E-mail: [Medical Devices and Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia); Izman, Sudin; Mohd Yusop, Mohd Zamri [Department of Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Johor (Malaysia)


    Highlights: • Mg/HA/TiO{sub 2}-based nanocomposite was produced using mechanical alloying. • The hydrophobic surface coverage was fabricated on the mechanical alloyed samples by annealing. • The morphological characteristics, phase evolution and wettability of nanocomposites and the hydrophobic surface coverage were investigated. • The activation energies and reaction kinetic of the powder mixture of nanocomposites were calculated. - Abstract: The effect of mechanical alloying and post-annealing on the phase evolution, microstructure, wettability and thermal stability of Mg–HA–TiO{sub 2}–MgO composites was investigated in this study. Phase evolution and microstructure analysis were performed using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, as well as the wettability determined by contact angle measurements with SBF. The 16-h mechanical alloying resulted in the formation of MgTiO{sub 3}, CaTiO{sub 3}, Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Mg(OH){sub 2} phases and a decrease in wettability of the nanocomposites. A hydrophobic film with hierarchical structures comprising nanoflakes of MgTiO{sub 3}, nano-cuboids of CaTiO{sub 3}, microspheres of Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Mg(OH){sub 2} was successfully constructed on the surface of the Mg-based nanocomposites substrates as a result of the post-annealing process. After 1-h annealing at 630 °C, the synthesized hydrophobic surface on the nanocomposite substrates decreased the wettability, as the 8-h-mechanically alloyed samples exhibited a contact angle close to 93°. The formation activation energies and reaction kinetics of the powder mixture were investigated using differential thermal analysis and thermal gravimetric analysis. The released heat, weight loss percentage and reaction kinetics increased, while the formation activation energies of the exothermic reactions decreased following an increase in the milling time.

  20. On Interpreting the Photoelectron Spectra of MgO

    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)


    The (sup 2)Sigma(+) and (sup 2)Pi states of MgO(-) and the (sup 1)Sigma(+), (sup 1)Pi, and (sup 3)Pi states of MgO are studied using the averaged coupled-pair functional (ACPF) approach. The computed spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The computed Franck-Condon factors and photodetachment overlaps are compared with experiment.

  1. Photoionization of excited states of neon-like Mg III

    Narendra Singh; Man Mohan


    The close coupling -matrix method is used to calculate cross-sections for photoionization of Mg III from its first three excited states. Configuration interaction wave functions are used to represent two target states of Mg III retained in the -matrix expansion. The positions and effective quantum numbers for the Rydberg series converging to the excited state 2226 \\ 2 of the residual ion, are predicted.

  2. Preparation and characterization of MgB2 superconductor

    Shashwati Sen; D K Aswal; Ajay Singh; T V Chandrasekhar Rao; K P Muthe; J C Vyas; L C Gupta; S K Gupta; V C Sahni


    The MgB2 superconductor, synthesized using solid-state and liquid-phase sintering methods, have been characterized for various properties. The upper critical field, irreversibility line and critical current density have been determined using magnetization data. The current–voltage characteristics recorded under an applied magnetic field revealed the existence of vortex glass transition. The surface analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that MgB2 is sensitive to atmospheric degradation.

  3. TEM microstructure of mechanically alloyed Ti-12Mg powders

    T. S. KIM; B. T. LEE; J. P. AHN; J. K. PARK; J. C. BAE


    The microstructures of mechanical alloyed(MA) Ti-12%Mg alloy powders were examined using a high resolution TEM (HRTEM). The effect of MA atmospheres such as argon gas and liquid isopropyl alcohol on the resultant microstructure was investigated. Both the MA powders form a homogeneous Ti-Mg solid solution, but the oxidation behavior is distinguished. The phase change was studied as a function of milling conditions and annealing temperatures.

  4. Structures and stabilities of (MgO)n nanoclusters.

    Chen, Mingyang; Felmy, Andrew R; Dixon, David A


    Global minima for (MgO)n structures were optimized using a tree growth-hybrid genetic algorithm in conjunction with MNDO/MNDO/d semiempirical molecular orbital calculations followed by density functional theory geometry optimizations with the B3LYP functional. New lowest energy isomers were found for a number of (MgO)n clusters. The most stable isomers for (MgO)n (n > 3) are 3-dimensional. For n < 20, hexagonal tubular (MgO)n structures are more favored in energy than the cubic structures. The cubic structures and their variations dominate after n = 20. For the cubic isomers, increasing the size of the cluster in any dimension improves the stability. The effectiveness of increasing the size of the cluster in a specific dimension to improve stability diminishes as the size in that dimension increases. For cubic structures of the same size, the most compact cubic structure is expected to be the more stable cubic structure. The average Mg-O bond distance and coordination number both increase as n increases. The calculated average Mg-O bond distance is 2.055 Å at n = 40, slightly smaller than the bulk value of 2.104 Å. The average coordination number is predicted to be 4.6 for the lowest energy (MgO)40 as compared to the bulk value of 6. As n increases, the normalized clustering energy ΔE(n) for the (MgO)n increases and the slope of the ΔE(n) vs n curve decreases. The value of ΔE(40) is predicted to be 150 kcal/mol, as compared to the bulk value ΔE(∞) = 176 kcal/mol. The electronic properties of the clusters are presented and the reactive sites are predicted to be at the corners.

  5. Thermodynamic modelling of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}

    Pinatel, E.R.; Albanese, E.; Civalleri, B.; Baricco, M.


    Highlights: • DFT calculations providing missing thermodynamic data for Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}were performed. • A Calphad assessment of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} was performed, considering all the available data. • Stable and metastable phase diagrams have been calculated for Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}. • Several dehydrogenation paths of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} have been analysed and discussed. - Abstract: Application of the Calphad method to the description of thermodynamic properties in complex borohydride-based systems may allow a faster development of hydrogen storage materials. It is, however, limited by the low number of available thermodynamic description for borohydrides in thermodynamic databases. In the present work, a Calphad assessment of Mg(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} has been performed, considering available thermodynamic data. DFT calculations have been performed in order to provide missing thermodynamic data and to calculate the relative stability of the α, β and γ polymorphs. Experimental results have been compared detecting inconsistencies between them. The database obtained has been used to estimate driving forces for several dehydrogenation reactions. The dehydrogenation reaction leading to the formation of MgB{sub 2} and gaseous hydrogen is the most favoured thermodynamically, even if at low temperatures the formation of MgB{sub 12}H{sub 12} is competitive. On the contrary, positive driving forces have been calculated for the decomposition into B{sub 2}H{sub 6} and Mg(B{sub 3}H{sub 8}){sub 2}.

  6. Preparation and properties of amorphous MgB2/MgO superstructures: A new model disordered superconductor

    Siemons, W.


    In this paper we introduce a novel method for fabricating MgB{sub 2}/MgO multilayers and demonstrate the potential for using them as a new model for disordered superconductors. In this approach we control the annealing of the MgB{sub 2} to yield an interesting new class of disordered (amorphous) superconductors with relatively high transition temperatures. The multilayers appear to exhibit quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity with controlled anisotropy. We discuss the properties of the multilayers as the thickness of the components of the bilayers vary.

  7. Thermodynamic Modeling of Poorly Complexing Metals in Concentrated Electrolyte Solutions: An X-Ray Absorption and UV-Vis Spectroscopic Study of Ni(II) in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O System

    Zhang, Ning; Brugger, Joël; Etschmann, Barbara; Ngothai, Yung; Zeng, Dewen


    Knowledge of the structure and speciation of aqueous Ni(II)-chloride complexes is important for understanding Ni behavior in hydrometallurgical extraction. The effect of concentration on the first-shell structure of Ni(II) in aqueous NiCl2 and NiCl2-MgCl2 solutions was investigated by Ni K edge X-ray absorption (XAS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy at ambient conditions. Both techniques show that no large structural change (e.g., transition from octahedral to tetrahedral-like configuration) occurs. Both methods confirm that the Ni(II) aqua ion (with six coordinated water molecules at RNi-O = 2.07(2) Å) is the dominant species over the whole NiCl2 concentration range. However, XANES, EXAFS and UV-Vis data show subtle changes at high salinity (> 2 mol∙kg-1 NiCl2), which are consistent with the formation of small amounts of the NiCl+ complex (up to 0.44(23) Cl at a Ni-Cl distance of 2.35(2) Å in 5.05 mol∙kg-1 NiCl2) in the pure NiCl2 solutions. At high Cl:Ni ratio in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, small amounts of [NiCl2]0 are also present. We developed a speciation-based mixed-solvent electrolyte (MSE) model to describe activity-composition relationships in NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, and at the same time predict Ni(II) speciation that is consistent with our XAS and UV-Vis data and with existing literature data up to the solubility limit, resolving a long-standing uncertainty about the role of chloride complexing in this system. PMID:25885410

  8. Ground-state properties of neutron-rich Mg isotopes

    Watanabe, Shin; Shimada, Mitsuhiro; Tagami, Shingo; Kimura, Masaaki; Takechi, Maya; Fukuda, Mitsunori; Nishimura, Daiki; Suzuki, Takeshi; Matsumoto, Takuma; Shimizu, Yoshifumi R; Yahiro, Masanobu


    We analyze recently-measured total reaction cross sections for 24-38Mg isotopes incident on 12C targets at 240 MeV/nucleon by using the folding model and antisymmetrized molecular dynamics(AMD). The folding model well reproduces the measured reaction cross sections, when the projectile densities are evaluated by the deformed Woods-Saxon (def-WS) model with AMD deformation. Matter radii of 24-38Mg are then deduced from the measured reaction cross sections by ?ne-tuning the parameters of the def-WS model. The deduced matter radii are largely enhanced by nuclear deformation. Fully-microscopic AMD calculations with no free parameter well reproduce the deduced matter radii for 24-36Mg, but still considerably underestimate them for 37,38Mg. The large matter radii suggest that 37,38Mg are candidates for deformed halo nucleus. AMD also reproduces other existing measured ground-state properties (spin-parity, total binding energy, and one-neutron separation energy) of Mg isotopes. Neutron-number (N) dependence of defor...

  9. Microstructure and crystal growth direction of Al-Mg alloy

    Ti-jun Chen


    Full Text Available The microstructures and crystal growth directions of permanent mould casting and directionally solidified Al-Mg alloys with different Mg contents have been investigated. The results indicate that the effect of Mg content on microstructure is basically same for the alloys prepared by these two methods. The primary grains change from cellular crystals to developed columnar dendrites, and then to equiaxed dendrites as the Mg content is increased. Simultaneously, both the cellular or columnar grain region and the primary trunk spacing decrease. All of these changes are mainly attributed to the constitutional supercooling resulting from Mg element. Comparatively, the cellular or columnar crystals of the directionally solidified alloys are straighter and more parallel than those of the permanent mould casting alloys. These have straight or wavy grain boundaries, one of the most important microstructure characteristics of feathery grains. However, the transverse microstructure and growth direction reveal that they do not belong to feathery grains. The Mg seemingly can affect the crystal growth direction, but does not result in the formation of feathery grains under the conditions employed in the study.

  10. A thermodynamic assessment of the Cd-Mg system

    Ren, Xin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Changrong, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Guo, Cuiping; Du, Zhenmin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, No. 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Cd-Mg binary system is optimized on the basis of the experimental data. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters has been obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculated values agree well with the available experimental data. - Abstract: On the basis of the experimental thermochemical and phase equilibrium data, the computational thermodynamic description of the Cd-Mg binary system is performed using CALPHAD technique. The solution phases, liquid and disordered Hcp{sub A}3, are described as a substitutional model, and the excess Gibbs energies formulated with Redlich-Kister expression. The ordered phases, Cd{sub 3}Mg, CdMg and CdMg{sub 3}, are treated as the AB{sub 3} phase and modeled using four-sublattices. The order-disorder transformation between the AB{sub 3} and the Hcp{sub A}3 phases is considered, so that the substitutional model for the Hcp{sub A}3 disordered phase is extended into the four-sublattice model for the AB{sub 3} ordered phase. The thermochemical properties as well as the phase diagram of the Cd-Mg binary system are predicted. A set of self-consistent thermodynamic parameters has been obtained. The consistency between the calculated results and the reported data of both the phase equilibria and the thermochemical properties has been achieved.

  11. Corrosion mechanism of MgO-C and MgO-C-Al refractories used in stainless steel electric arc furnace; Mecanismo de corrosion a refractarios de MgO-C y MgO-C-Al en horno electrico

    Pena, P.; Aza, A. H. de; Contreras, L.; Garcia-Crrodeguas, R.; Aza, S. de; Almagro, J. F.; Luna, C.; Guerrero Barranco, M.; Ferrer, F. J.


    This article presents the results of a post-mortem study of various MgO-C and MgO-C-Al pieces that are used in the electric furnaces at the Acerinox factory in Cadiz. From the chemical, thermal, mineralogical and microstructural characterization of the materials prior to use and post-mortem it has been established that, in both types of refractories, the corrosion has lead to the formation of reaction layers with different chemical and mineralogical composition, as a function of temperature and oxygen partial pressure, ranging from the hot to the cold face and strongly depending on the zone of the electric furnace where the piece is situated. Changes in graphite content have been observed in both types of materials by X-ray diffraction. These changes have been quantified by Differential Thermal Analysis. In MgO-C-Al refractories it has been observed the formation of small amounts of C{sub 3}Al{sub 4} inside the pieces and MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the refractories hot face. Keeping in mind the obtained results and the phase equilibrium diagram of Mg-C-Al-O it has been established a corrosion mechanism for both types of materials. It cannot be established by the present results that additions of Al ({approx}{approx} 2 % in weight) improve the performance of MgO-C materials. (Author)

  12. Colloidal processing of alumina with MgO additions

    Lyckfeldt, O. [Swedish Ceramic Inst., Goeteborg (Sweden); Ferreira, J.M.F. [Dept. of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)


    Both rheological studies and casting studies were made to evaluate the effects of adding MgO (0.10 wt%) to alumina slips with a solids loading of 45 vol%, stabilised either with a polyacrylic acid (Dispex A40, Allied Colloids Ltd, UK) or with a low M{sub w} sulphonic acid (Tiron, Aldrich Chemie, Germany). Tiron and Dispex are expected to give electrostatic and electrosteric stabilisation, respectively. The addition of MgO gave significant effects displayed by increased viscosity and elasticity of the slips and a considerable decrease in density of slip-cast and filter-pressed bodies. When the casting pressure increased, there was also a general tendency that the density of filter-pressed bodies decreased with well-stabilised slips (without MgO), but increased when the slip was weakly flocculated (with MgO). This was explained by the casting rate dependency under stabilised slip conditions, and the compressibility of the filter-pressed cakes formed using flocculated slips. Furthermore, it was shown that Tiron gave a higher degree of deflocculation both with addition of MgO and without MgO, indicating that the electrostatic stabilising mechanism dominates the particle interactions whereas steric effects are less important at the solids loading used. (orig.) 5 refs.

  13. In Vitro Degradation Behavior of Ternary Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu Alloys as Biomaterials

    Persaud-Sharma, Dharam; Budiansky, Noah


    In this study, the corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Se and Mg-Zn-Cu alloys was investigated to evaluate their corrosion behavior related to use as implantable biomaterials. The corrosion behavior of these alloys and a commercially available Mg-Zn alloy were examined using static solution electrochemical testing, dynamic solution gravimetric testing, ion leaching testing, and microscopic evaluation. Fluctuations in the pH of the Dulbecco’s Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM) used for the gravimetric and ion leaching immersion testing were also recorded over the 30-day duration to assess whether the media conditions induced by the alloy degradation would permit for cellular survival. Weight loss experimentation and electrochemical tests revealed the Mg-Zn-Cu alloy to have the greatest corrosion rate. PMID:24465245

  14. Selection of dopants to enhance hydrogen diffusion rates in MgH2 and NaMgH3

    Hao, Shiqiang; Sholl, David S.


    The transport properties of hydrogen in metal hydrides are crucial to the kinetics of H2 storage in these materials. Previous first-principles calculations and experiments have shown that H transport in MgH2 and NaMgH3 is dominated by charged defects. This creates the possibility of enhancing hydrogen diffusion in these materials by adding dopants that alter the population of the relevant charged defects. We describe a comprehensive set of first-principles calculations examining dopants in MgH2 and NaMgH3 for this purpose. Only a small number of elemental dopants are found to have favorable properties, but these dopants could increase the diffusivity of H by two to three orders of magnitude relative to the undoped materials.

  15. Loss of Endothelial Barrier in Marfan Mice (mgR/mgR Results in Severe Inflammation after Adenoviral Gene Therapy.

    Philipp Christian Seppelt

    Full Text Available Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder of connective tissue. The vascular complications of Marfan syndrome have the biggest impact on life expectancy. The aorta of Marfan patients reveals degradation of elastin layers caused by increased proteolytic activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs. In this study we performed adenoviral gene transfer of human tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (hTIMP-1 in aortic grafts of fibrillin-1 deficient Marfan mice (mgR/mgR in order to reduce elastolysis.We performed heterotopic infrarenal transplantation of the thoracic aorta in female mice (n = 7 per group. Before implantation, mgR/mgR and wild-type aortas (WT, C57BL/6 were transduced ex vivo with an adenoviral vector coding for human TIMP-1 (Ad.hTIMP-1 or β-galactosidase (Ad.β-Gal. As control mgR/mgR and wild-type aortas received no gene therapy. Thirty days after surgery, overexpression of the transgene was assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC and collagen in situ zymography. Histologic staining was performed to investigate inflammation, the neointimal index (NI, and elastin breaks. Endothelial barrier function of native not virus-exposed aortas was evaluated by perfusion of fluorescent albumin and examinations of virus-exposed tissue were performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM.IHC and ISZ revealed sufficient expression of the transgene. Severe cellular inflammation and intima hyperplasia were seen only in adenovirus treated mgR/mgR aortas (Ad.β-Gal, Ad.hTIMP-1 NI: 0.23; 0.43, but not in native and Ad.hTIMP-1 treated WT (NI: 0.01; 0.00. Compared to native mgR/mgR and Ad.hTIMP-1 treated WT aorta, the NI is highly significant greater in Ad.hTIMP-1 transduced mgR/mgR aorta (p = 0.001; p = 0.001. As expected, untreated Marfan grafts showed significant more elastolysis compared to WT (p = 0.001. However, elastolysis in Marfan aortas was not reduced by adenoviral overexpression of hTIMP-1 (compared to untreated

  16. Mechanical Spectroscopy of MgB2 Containing Sic / Spektroskopia Mechaniczna MgB2 Zawierającego Sic

    Silva M.R.


    Full Text Available The compound magnesium diboride (MgB2 has been well-known since the 1950s; however, its superconducting properties were unknown. Intrinsic characteristics of MgB2 make this material a promising candidate for technological applications, although the low value of the irreversibility field and the decrease in critical current density with the increase in the magnetic field considerably reduce its utility. The present work aimed to study the effect of carbon-based doping on anelastic properties of MgB2 as measured by mechanical spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by using the powder-intube method. The samples were made with 5, 7.5, and 10 wt.% of silicon carbide (SiC. The results reveal complex mechanical loss spectra caused by the interaction between point defects and surface defects in the crystalline lattice of MgB2.

  17. Ipilimumab 10 mg/kg versus ipilimumab 3 mg/kg in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma

    Ascierto, Paolo A; Del Vecchio, Michele; Robert, Caroline


    BACKGROUND: A phase 2 trial suggested increased overall survival and increased incidence of treatment-related grade 3-4 adverse events with ipilimumab 10 mg/kg compared with ipilimumab 3 mg/kg in patients with advanced melanoma. We report a phase 3 trial comparing the benefit-risk profile...... of ipilimumab 10 mg/kg versus 3 mg/kg. METHODS: This randomised, double-blind, multicentre, phase 3 trial was done in 87 centres in 21 countries worldwide. Patients with untreated or previously treated unresectable stage III or IV melanoma, without previous treatment with BRAF inhibitors or immune checkpoint...... for metastatic melanoma, and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status. The patients, investigators, and site staff were masked to treatment assignment. The primary endpoint was overall survival in the intention-to-treat population and safety was assessed in all patients who received at least one...

  18. HRTEM study of Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} in Mg-PSZ

    Liu, Z.W.; Spargo, A.E.C. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics; Hannink, R.H.J. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), East Melbourne, VIC (Australia). Minerals Research Labs.


    One of the toughest ceramics may be obtained by subjecting the sintered and control-cooled Mg-PSZ material to a final sub-eutectoid aging treatment at 1100 deg C. As a result, an ordered anion vacancy phase, termed {delta}-phase, with composition Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} is formed. High resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) was used to study the formation and distribution of the {delta}-phase in a 9.4 mol% MgO-ZrO{sub 2} (Mg-PSZ) alloy. It is shown that the {delta} phase, nucleate at sites where two tetragonal precipitates impinged and then grows to consume the cubic matrix. Considerable strain was developed at these sites. 6 refs., 1 tab., 2 figs.

  19. Structures and Stabilities of Doubly-Charged $(MgO)nMg^{2+}$ (n=1-29) Cluster Ions

    López, F; López, J M; Lopez, Francisco; Aguado, Andres; Lopez, Jose M.


    Ab initio perturbed ion plus polarization calculations are reported for doubly-charged nonstoichiometric (MgO)nMg2+ (n=1--29) cluster ions. We consider a large number of isomers with full relaxations of the geometries, and add the correlation correction to the Hartree-Fock energies for all cluster sizes. The polarization contribution is included at a semiempirical level also for all cluster sizes. Comparison is made with theoretical results for neutral (MgO)n clusters and singly-charged alkali-halide cluster ions. Our method is also compared to phenomenological pair potential models in order to asses their reliability for calculations on small ionic systems. Bulk-like rocksalt structures are predominant from n=13 on. The relative stabilities of the cluster ions against evaporation of a MgO molecule shows variations that are in excellent agreement with the experimental abundance spectra.

  20. Effect of organic ligands on Mg partitioning and Mg isotope fractionation during low-temperature precipitation of calcite

    Mavromatis, Vasileios; Immenhauser, Adrian; Buhl, Dieter; Purgstaller, Bettina; Baldermann, Andre; Dietzel, Martin


    Calcite growth experiments have been performed at 25 oC and 1 bar pCO2 in the presence of aqueous Mg and six organic ligands in the concentration range from 10-5 to 10-3 M. These experiments were performed in order to quantify the effect of distinct organic ligands on the Mg partitioning and Mg stable isotope fractionation during its incorporation in calcite at similar growth rates normalized to total surface area. The organic ligands used in this study comprise of (i) acetate acid, (ii) citrate, (iii) glutamate, (iv) salicylate, (v) glycine and (vi) ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), containing carboxyl- and amino-groups. These fuctional groups are required for bacterial activity and growth as well as related to biotic and abiotic mineralization processes occurring in sedimentary and earliest diagenetic aquatic environments (e.g. soil, cave, lacustrine, marine). The results obtained in this study indicate that the presence of organic ligands promotes an increase in the partition coefficient of Mg in calcite (DMg = (Mg/Ca)calcite (Mg/Ca)fluid). This behaviour can be explained by the temporal formation of aqueous Mg-ligand complexes that are subsequently adsorbed on the calcite surfaces and thereby reducing the active growth sites of calcite. The increase of DMg values as a function of the supersaturation degree of calcite in the fluid phase can be described by the linear equation LogDMg =0.3694 (±0.0329)×SIcalcite - 1.9066 (±0.0147); R2=0.92 In contrast, the presence of organic ligands, with exception of citrate, does not significantly affect the Mg isotope fractionation factor between calcite and reactive fluid (Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid = -2.5 ±0.1). Citrate likely exhibits larger fractionation between the Mg-ligand complexes and free aqueous Mg2+, compared to the other organic ligands studied in this work, as evidenced by the smaller Δ26Mgcalcite-fluid values. These results indicate that in Earth's surface calcite precipitating environments that are

  1. Density functional theory (DFT) study on the hydrolysis behavior of degradable Mg/Mg alloys for biomedical applications

    Nezafati, Marjan

    Magnesium-based (Mg and/or Mg alloys) materials possess many advantageous physicochemical/biological characteristics such as good biocompatibility and similarity of the mechanical properties to the human bone tissue, which renders this material a promising candidate for the biomedical and implant applications. One of the most attractive features of Mg-based materials is the degradability in the physiological environment. With the burst of research on the biodegradable materials for the healthcare device applications, Mg and its alloys attracted a strong attention in the bioengineering field in recent years. However, the major limitation of applying Mg-based materials to biomedical applications is the fast degradation/corrosion rate with regards to the healing process time-span. In the present thesis, an atomistic model employing the density-functional theory (DFT) has been developed to study the hydrolysis process by understanding the influences of commonly used alloying elements (zinc (Zn), calcium (Ca), aluminum (Al), and yttrium (Y)) and the crystallographic orientation of the dissolution surfaces (basal (0001), prism (1010), and pyramidal (1011) planes) on the corrosion behavior. These parameters are known to strongly impact the initial hydrolysis phenomena of Mg-based materials. To develop the atomistic computational model, we have implemented the Dmol3 software package in conjunction with PBE (Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof) correlation energy functional in the GGA (generalized gradient approximation) scheme. Throughout the thesis, we performed three sets of calculations, i) surface energy, ii) dissolution potential, and iii) water adsorption computations, to examine the hydrolysis mechanism and the subsequent corrosion/degradation of Mg/Mg alloys. The total energy changes of various Mg-based systems in different conditions for these surface energies, dissolution behavior, and tendency of the system for adsorbing the water molecule were quantified. The results

  2. Characterization and solubilization of nucleotide-specific, Mg/sup 2 +/-ATPase and Mg/sup 2 +/-pyrophosphatase of tonoplast

    Wagner, G.J.; Mulready, P.


    Nucleotide-specific, Mg/sup 2 +/-dependent ATPase and Mg/sup 2 +/-dependent pyrophosphatase were recovered with purified tonoplast obtained from isolated Tulipa petal vacuoles. Relative Mg/sup 2 +/-dependent hydrolysis of ATP, GTP and pyrophosphate, the only substrates hydrolyzed to a substantial degree, was 1.0, 0.3, and 0.6, respectively. Tonoplast ATPase required Mg/sup 2 +/, and essentially no Mg/sup 2 +/-dependent or Mg/sup 2 +/-independent p-nitrophenylphosphatase (which was associated with intact vacuoles) occurred with the membrane. Tonoplast ATPase was stimulated 10 to 30% by KCl, but was little effected by other cations (other than NH/sub 4//sup +/) or anions. No activity was observed with CaATP as substrate. The enzyme was cold stable and was inhibited by DCCD and Dio-9, but not by oligomycin. Its pH optimum was 7.0 and its specific activity was about 50 P/sub i//mg protein per h at 37/sup 0/C. Properties of membrane-bound and Polidocanol (polyoxyethylene ether, 9 lauryl ether) solubilized enzyme were similar. Reduced activity of solubilized enzyme was partially restored with phospholipids. Tonoplast ATPase appears to be an integral membrane component which requires phospholipids for maximal activity. Tonoplast Mg/sup 2 +/-pyrophosphatase had a pH optimum of greater than or equal to 8.5, was stimulated 2.5-fold by 50 mM KCl, and was largely lost upon detergent treatment. Properties of tonoplast ATPase observed are consistent with the characteristics of proton transport exhibited by isolated, intact Tulipa vacuoles. These observations suggest that tonoplast ATPase functions in proton transport. 34 references, 7 figures, 6 tables.

  3. Evaluation of sediment contamination by trace elements and the zooplankton community analysis in area affected by gold exploration in Southeast (SE of the Iron Quadrangle, Alto Rio Doce, (MG Brazil

    Cláudia de Lima e Silva


    Full Text Available AIM: The aim was to verify the geochemical composition of sediments samples (riverbed and bank and the relationship of the following elements: Al, As, Cd. Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn with the zooplankton community. METHODS: Bank and riverbed sediments were collected in four sampling points along the studied area, in June/2010 (dry season and March/2011 (rainy season. Three types of analysis were performed: granulometric, mineralogical (by X-Ray diffractometer and geochemical (by ICPOES, where for the last two types, only a fraction of silt/clay (<0.062 mm was used, and the results were compared with the following reference values: Local Reference Value (Costa et al., 2010, Quality Reference Values (São Paulo, 2005, PEC and TEC values (MacDonald et al., 2000. For identification of the zooplankton community, riverbed and bank samples were collected in polyethylene bottles, suspended with deionized water (bank sample only, stained with Rose Bengal and preserved in formalin at 4%. RESULTS: As concentrations at Col sampled point were 18 times greater than the Local Reference Value (3.84 Cd concentrations were greater than the values established by the QRV (<0.5 and PEC (4.98 in almost all the sampled points, regarding seasonality. The following zooplanktonic species were identified: Arcella costata (Ehrenberg, 1847, Arcella discoides (Ehrenberg, 1843, Arcella vulgaris (Ehrenberg, 1830, Centropyxis aculeata (Ehrenberg, 1838, Centropyxis ecornis (Ehrenberg, 1841, Difflugia sp., Difflugia acuminata (Ehrenberg, 1838, Euglypha laevis (Perty, 1849, Trynema enchelys (Ehrenberg, 1938, Asplanchna priodonta (Gosse, 1850, and Bedelloida, with, approximately 81% belonging to the Protozoa group. CONCLUSIONS: The studied area, with the exception of the Tripuí point, was found to be impacted by historical gold exploration in the region, as well as by the growing urbanization. Within the elements considered to be the most toxic to the biota

  4. Corrosion inhibition of powder metallurgy Mg by fluoride treatments.

    Pereda, M D; Alonso, C; Burgos-Asperilla, L; del Valle, J A; Ruano, O A; Perez, P; Fernández Lorenzo de Mele, M A


    Pure Mg has been proposed as a potential degradable biomaterial to avoid both the disadvantages of non-degradable internal fixation implants and the use of alloying elements that may be toxic. However, it shows excessively high corrosion rate and insufficient yield strength. The effects of reinforcing Mg by a powder metallurgy (PM) route and the application of biocompatible corrosion inhibitors (immersion in 0.1 and 1M KF solution treatments, 0.1M FST and 1M FST, respectively) were analyzed in order to improve Mg mechanical and corrosion resistance, respectively. Open circuit potential measurements, polarization techniques (PT), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were performed to evaluate its corrosion behavior. SECM showed that the local current of attacked areas decreased during the F(-) treatments. The corrosion inhibitory action of 0.1M FST and 1M FST in phosphate buffered solution was assessed by PT and EIS. Under the experimental conditions assayed, 0.1M FST revealed better performance. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and X-ray diffraction analyses of Mg(PM) with 0.1M FST showed the presence of KMgF(3) crystals on the surface while a MgF(2) film was detected for 1M FST. After fluoride inhibition treatments, promising results were observed for Mg(PM) as degradable metallic biomaterial due to its higher yield strength and lower initial corrosion rate than untreated Mg, as well as a progressive loss of the protective characteristics of the F(-)-containing film which ensures the gradual degradation process.

  5. Neutron scattering studies of superconducting MgB2 tapes

    Bellingeri, E.; Malagoli, A.; Modica, M.; Braccini, V.; Siri, A. S.; Grasso, G.


    The capability of manufacturing long superconducting MgB2 wires with already remarkable critical currents makes this material a very promising candidate for future applications. Tapes are prepared by the powder-in-tube technique. After the cold working procedure typically carried out by wire drawing and cold rolling, it has been found that a final sintering step carried out in argon atmosphere is a key process for further improving the superconducting properties of the conductors. To study the effect of the deformation and heat treatment processes, we performed neutron scattering experiment. Due to the high penetration depth of neutron inside matter, it was possible to analyse the MgB2 phase still wrapped in the Ni sheath. Our studies were carried out by a full spectra refinement by the Rietveld method. In the starting superconducting powder a large Mg deficiency was observed. In the tapes we found that the large forces applied during the cold working induced a large MgB2 lattice deformation, and that it is partly relaxed during the final sintering process. An important correlation of the residual stress with the critical temperature and the pinning properties was pointed out. We also observed the appearance of detrimental secondary phases during the sintering process. In particular, the MgB2 phase reacted with the nickel sheath and MgB2Ni2.5 was formed at temperatures higher than 850 °C. These results are of basic importance for a further optimization of the transport properties at moderate fields where applications of MgB2 tapes are already envisageable.


    Ravindra Waykar et al


    Full Text Available Generic drugs are lower-cost versions of patent-expired original brand-name medications. According to guidelines of regulatory agencies of the Canada, US and European Union, a generic drug must be “identical, or bioequivalent to a brand name drug in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use”. Bioequivalence is decreed when the ratio of the generic to the reference compound for the area-under-the-curve and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax fall within a 0.80–1.25 range. The present study was to develop Olanzapine Tablets and compare pharmacokinetic profile of Zyprexa 10 mg film-coated tablets, Zyprexa Velotabs 10 mg orodispersible tablets and Olanzapine 10mg tablets. Multi media dissolution studies in 0.1N HCl, pH 4.5 acetate buffer and pH 6.8 phosphate buffer were carried out for Reference (Zyprexa Velotab 10 mg and Zyprexa 10 mg and test product (i.e. Olanzapine 10 mg. A single centre, open-label, single-dose, randomised, 3-way crossover bioequivalence study, performed under fasting conditions. Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that the test olanzapine (Treatment A is bioequivalent to both references Zyprexa Velotab (Treatment B and Zyprexa (Treatment C following a 10 mg dose under fasting conditions. All formulations were well tolerated, with no major side effects and no relevant differences in safety profiles were observed between the preparations, particularly with respect to the number and pattern of adverse event.

  7. Efficacy and safety of drospirenone 2 mg/17β-estradiol 1 mg hormone therapy in Korean postmenopausal women

    Park, Bo Ra; Park, Hye Na; Jung, Ji Back; Kim, Jeong Sig; Choi, Gyu Yeon; Lee, Jeong Jae; Lee, Im Soon


    This regulatory post-marketing surveillance study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of drospirenone (DRSP) 2 mg/estradiol (E2) 1 mg tablet in Korean postmenopausal women. A total of 4,149 patients were enrolled and the study was conducted at 207 clinical research centers. The patients' source data was collected between November 2006 and November 2012. More than 85% of patients experienced improvement of menopausal symptoms. The most frequently reported adverse events were vaginal bleeding and breast pain; most of the women suffering from these symptoms fully recovered. The incidence of adverse event was higher in patients of younger age (20 to 39 years), in patients with concomitant diseases, previous hormone replacement therapy in medical history, those treated with DRSP 2 mg/E2 1 mg for shorter duration (3 years or less) and in patients using concomitant medication. In conclusion, the results from this large post-marketing surveillance study confirm the efficacy and safety of DRSP 2 mg/E2 1 mg tablet in Korean postmenopausal women.

  8. A randomized comparison of daunorubicin 90 mg/m2 vs 60 mg/m2 in AML induction

    Burnett, A. K.; Russell, N. H.; Hills, R. K.


    remission rate (73% vs 75%; odds ratio, 1.07 [0.83-1.39]; P = .6) or in any recognized subgroup. The 60-day mortality was increased in the 90 mg/m(2) arm (10% vs 5% (hazard ratio [HR] 1.98 [1.30-3.02]; P = .001), which resulted in no difference in overall 2-year survival (59% vs 60%; HR, 1.16 [0.95-1.43]; P...... recommended as a standard of care. However, 60 mg/m(2) is widely used and has never been directly compared with 90 mg/m(2). As part of the UK National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) AML17 trial, 1206 adults with untreated AML or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome, mostly younger than 60 years of age, were...... randomized to a first-induction course of chemotherapy, which delivered either 90 mg/m(2) or 60 mg/m(2) on days 1, 3, and 5 combined with cytosine arabinoside. All patients then received a second course that included daunorubicin 50 mg/m(2) on days 1, 3, and 5. There was no overall difference in complete...

  9. Atomic Layer Deposition of MgO Nanofilms on BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ Blue Phosphors

    Hyug Jong Kim


    Full Text Available This paper reports the growth of MgO nanofilms on BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ blue phosphors by using the atomic layer deposition method. MgO films were prepared at 120°C by using Mg(CpEt2 and H2O as the precursor and reactant gas, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analysis showed that the Mg peak of the coated powders was higher than that of the uncoated powders. This confirmed that the surface of the coated phosphor powder comprised MgO nanoscale film. Through TEM and FE-SEM analysis, it was observed that the growth rate was about 0.33 Å/cycle and that the surface morphology of the coated phosphors was smoother and clearer than that of uncoated phosphor. The photoluminescence (PL intensity for the coated phosphors was 5%–19% higher than that of uncoated phosphor. This means that the reactive surface is uniformly grown with stable magnesium oxide to reduce the dead surface layer without change of bulk properties.

  10. Equiatomic compounds REIrMg (RE = Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) and RERhMg (RE = Y, Sm, Gd-Tm)

    Stein, Sebastian; Heletta, Lukas; Pöttgen, Rainer


    The equiatomic intermetallic compounds REIrMg (RE = Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) and RERhMg (RE = Y, Sm, Gd-Tm) were synthesized from the elements in sealed niobium ampoules in a high-frequency furnace and characterized based on X-ray powder data. LaIrMg and CeIrMg crystallize with the orthorhombic LaNiAl type structure (Pnma), while all other compounds adopt the TiNiSi type. The structures of YRhMg, GdRh1.190(4)Mg0.810(4), DyRh1.126(5)Mg0.874(5), LaIrMg, NdIr1.033(2)Mg0.967(2) and ErIr1.059(3)Mg0.941(3) were refined from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data. The striking structural motifs of these phases are tricapped trigonal prisms around the transition metal atoms formed by RE and Mg. The two structure types differ in the connectivity pattern of the trigonal prisms. The rhodium (iridium) atoms build up three-dimensional [RhMg] and [IrMg] networks in which cavities are filled by the rare earth atoms. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements on X-ray pure samples of NdIrMg, SmRhMg, GdRhMg, TbRhMg and DyRhMg show Curie-Weiss paramagnetism of the trivalent rare earth ions and magnetic ordering at low temperatures: TC = 9.5 K for NdIrMg and Néel temperatures of 10.0, 16.7, 10.6 and 11.3 K for SmRhMg, GdRhMg, TbRhMg and DyRhMg. TbRhMg and DyRhMg exhibit field-induced spin reorientations (metamagnetism).

  11. Seed dressing pesticides on springtails in two ecotoxicological laboratory tests.

    Alves, Paulo Roger L; Cardoso, Elke J B N; Martines, Alexandre M; Sousa, José Paulo; Pasini, Amarildo


    Terrestrial ecotoxicological tests are powerful tools for assessing the ecological risks that pesticides pose to soil invertebrates, but they are rarely used to evaluate seed dressing pesticides. This study investigated the effects of seed dressing pesticides on survival and reproduction of Folsomia candida (Collembola), using standardized ecotoxicological tests (after ISO guidelines with few adaptations for tropical conditions). Commercial formulations of five seed dressing pesticides were tested individually in Tropical Artificial Soil (TAS): the insecticides imidacloprid, fipronil, thiametoxam, and the fungicides captan and carboxin+thiram. Thiametoxam, captan, and carboxin+thiram were only lethal to F. candida at the highest concentration tested (1000mg of active ingredient kg(-1) of dry soil). Imidacloprid and fipronil were lethal at lower concentrations (100 and 10mg a.i. kg(-1) soil d.w, respectively), however, these concentrations were much higher than those predicted (PEC) for soil. Imidacloprid and fipronil were the most toxic pesticides in both tests, reducing significantly collembolan reproduction (EC20=0.02 and soil d.w, respectively). Further studies under more realistic conditions are needed, since imidacloprid and fipronil reduced collembolan reproduction at concentrations below or close to their respective PECs.

  12. Hydrogen Desorption Performance of Ti-Mediated MgH2 and Mg2NiH4%Ti掺杂的MgH2和Mg2NiH4的放氢性能

    周广有; 郑时有; 方方; 张晶; 徐芬; 孙立贤; 陈国荣; 孙大林



  13. Hydrogen absorption in Mg-Ni-Fe alloys

    Lupu, D. (Inst. of Isotopic and Molecular Tech., Cluj-Napoca, Romania); Biris, A.; Indrea, E.; Aldea, N.; Bucur, R.V.; Morariu, M.


    The hydrogenation properties of the alloys of overall formula Mg/sub 2/Ni/sub 1-x/Fe/sub x/ (x less than or equal to 0.37) have been studied. In this range of composition multi-phase alloys were obtained containing Mg/sub 2/Ni, Mg and more or less finely dispersed Fe in different coordination as provided by the EXAFS technique and Moessbauer spectroscopy. There is no significant substitution of Ni by Fe atoms in the Mg/sub 2/Ni lattice. Two or three plateau-pressures are observed on the pressure-composition isotherms of the hydrides with the heats of formation in the range -18.4 to 20.4 kcal/mol H/sub 2/ (-77 to -85.4 kJ/mol H/sub 2/). The hydrides of the Fe-containing alloys show higher desorption rates of hydrogen compared to the pure Mg/sub 2/Ni hydride. 17 references, 5 figures, 1 table.

  14. Multifunctional MgO Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

    Guo, Xudong; Dong, Haopeng; Li, Wenzhe; Li, Nan; Wang, Liduo


    A multifunctional magnesium oxide (MgO) layer was successfully introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to enhance their performance. MgO was coated onto the surface of mesoporous TiO(2) by the decomposition of magnesium acetate and, therefore, could block contact between the perovskite and TiO(2). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy showed that the amount of H(2)O/hydroxyl absorbed on the TiO(2) decreased after MgO modification. The UV/Vis absorption spectra of the perovskite with MgO modification revealed an enhanced photoelectric performance compared with that of unmodified perovskite after UV illumination. In addition to the photocurrent, the photovoltage and fill factor also showed an enhancement after modification, which resulted in an increase in the overall efficiency of the cell from 9.6 to 13.9 %. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed that MgO acts as an insulating layer to reduce charge recombination.

  15. Hydrogen storage of intrinsic and vanadium-decorated Mg nanostructures

    He, Yuping; Zhao, Yiping


    MgH2 is very attractive for future solid state H-storage applications, due to its lightweight, low cost, and high H-storage capacity of 7.6 wt%. However, its practical application is limited by its high thermodynamic stability and sluggish reaction kinetics, which could be improved by making nanostructures with large surface-to-volume ratios to enhance surface reaction activity and by adding an appropriate catalyst to accelerate H-sorption kinetics. In this work, an oblique angle deposition (OAD) or oblique angle co-deposition (OACD) technique has been used to sculpture Mg nanostructures and incorporate a nanocatalyst. For an intrinsic Mg film and Mg nanoblade array by OAD on Ti coated Si, the hydrogenation results show that the nanoblades start to absorb H2 at 523 Khydrogenation behavior. In addition, by OACD, a 2.25 at% V decorated Mg nanoblade array has been fabricated. It can absorb and desorb H2 rapidly at T > 500 K after activation by one hydrogenation cycling, with low H-absorption activation energy of 35.0 ± 1.2 kJ/mol H2 and desorption activation energy of 65.0 ± 0.3 kJ/mol H2. The improved H-sorption kinetics is attributed to both the catalytic effect of the V coating and the unique nanoblade morphology.

  16. Development of Mg-based Hydrogen Storage Alloy


    Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys are considered as a promising candidate for hydrogen system because of its lightweight, high storage capacity, low price and rich mineral resources. In detail,we reviewed the preparation and properties of Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys. All kinds of attempts have been done to improve the hydriding and dehydriding behaviors. It is found that the partial substitution of foreign elements can decrease the hydrogen absorption temperature,especially the substitution of a more electronegative element, such as Al and Mn. Mechanical alloying (MA) and mechanical grinding (MG) are the most effective methods to improve the hydriding/dehydriding kinetics and electrochemical capacity, and decrease the desorption temperature, but the corrosion resistance is so poor that the 80% of maximum capacity is lost within ten cycles. Microencapsulation is a useful measurement for improving the corrosion resistance and electrocatalytic activity. In order to improve the properties of the alloys for practical application, the alloys should have a large number of defects, which give activated sites, subsequently,MA, MG and electroless plating should be used to improve the hydriding/dehydriding kinetics and protect the surface of alloys, respectively. The new composite Mg-based alloys give a new way for the hydrogen storage material to practical application. Furthermore we put forward several problems which will be discussed in future.

  17. Stoichiometric carbon substitution in MgB{sub 2}

    Balaselvi, S Jemima; Gayathri, N; Bharathi, A; Sastry, V S; Hariharan, Y [Materials Science Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)


    Carbon has been substituted into the MgB{sub 2} lattice, forming the series Mg(B{sub 1-x}C{sub x}){sub 2}, by heat treatments in sealed Ta tubes starting with elemental constituents. The superconducting transition temperature, T{sub C}, was measured by diamagnetic susceptibility. The superconducting transitions are sharp and the x-ray diffraction on the samples show only trace amounts of impurity phases. The C fraction that substitutes the B atoms into the MgB{sub 2} lattice, as determined from the now well established correlation between the 'a' lattice parameter and x in Mg(B{sub 1-x}C{sub x}){sub 2} is found to be very close to the targeted values. The temperature dependence of the normalized resistance is similar to that seen in C doped MgB{sub 2} single crystals along the ab plane. R{sub n}/R(300 K), where R{sub n} is the resistance just above T{sub C}, increases with x.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and ageing of MgB[sub 2].

    Serquis, A. (Adriana); Schulze, R. K. (Roland K.); Zhu, Y. T. (Yuntian Theodore); Coulter, J. Y. (James Y.); Peterson, D. E. (Dean E.); Moreno, N. O.; Pagliuso, P. J. (Pascoal J.); Indrakanti, S. S. (Sastry S.); Nesterenko, V. F.; Mueller, F. M. (Fred M.)


    We studied the influence of sample preparation and defects in the superconducting properties samples using atomic ratios of Mg:B=1:1 and Mg:B=1:2. Samples were characterized by SEM, and XRD, and the magnetization properties were examined in a SQUID magnetometer. The presence of Mg vacancies was determined by Rietveld analysis. Most of the samples exhibited sharp superconducting transitions with Tcs between 37- 39 K. We found a strong correlation between the crystal strain and the Tc. This strain was related to the presence of Mg vacancies. In addition, results showed that some samples degraded with time when exposed to ambient conditions. In these samples the Tc did not change with time, but the superconducting transition became broader and the Meissner fraction decreased. This effect was only present in samples with poor connectivity between grains and smaller grain sizes. The degradation was related to a surface decomposition as observed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. No correlation was found between this effect and the presence of Mg vacancies.

  19. Position of Fe ions in MgO crystalline structure

    Szczerba Jacek


    Full Text Available Magnesium oxide (MgO is one of the most important raw materials in many branches of industry. Magnesium oxide is a popular refractory raw material because of its high refractoriness and high resistance to basic slags and environment. In many cases, use of MgO is limited by its properties, especially the presence of secondary phases like iron oxides. The amount and distribution of iron oxides can strongly influence the technological properties of MgO and depend on the manufacturing method, particularly the heat-treatment process. The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of the heat-treatment process on amount and distribution of iron ions in a magnesium oxide lattice. The 57Fe Mössbauer effect measurements of fused and sintered magnesium oxide samples doped by the iron oxide were conducted. Investigation reveals in both cases the presence of Fe2+ as well as Fe3+ ions. Fe2+ ions occupy Mg2+ octahedral sites in the MgO lattice, whereas the Fe3+ ions are located in highly distorted octahedral coordination. The amount of Fe2+ varies from around 66% for fused samples to 30% for sintered samples.

  20. Formation of MgZnO alloy under thermodynamic conditions

    Markevich, I.V.; Stara, T.R., E-mail:; Kuchuk, A.V.; Polishchuk, Yu.O.; Kladko, V.P.


    Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O ceramics with x=0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30 were sintered at T{sub s}=700–1250 °C. Photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation (PLE) spectra as well as X-ray diffraction patterns were measured at 293 K. Bandgap width was evaluated from the position of PLE peak. Non-monotonous dependence of PLE peak position on T{sub s} was observed for all used x. This effect was concluded to be caused by the formation of cubic phase side by side with hexagonal one and the enhancement of this process with increasing T{sub s}, which resulted in the decrease of Mg content in the hexagonal phase at T{sub s}>1000 °C. Temperature range of 1000–1050 °C was found to be the optimum one for the formation of hexagonal MgZnO alloy at used x. It was shown that x=0.20 was the solubility limit of MgO in hexagonal Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O ceramics.

  1. Multilayer Mg-Stainless Steel Sheets, Twinning and Texture Evolution

    Inoue, Junya; Sadeghi, Alireza; Ohmori, Toshinori; Koseki, Toshihiko


    In the present study, different combinations of multilayer sheets were prepared from 1 and 2 mm Mg AZ31 along with 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mm 304 L stainless steel. The texture and microstructure of the elongated samples (20 and 30 pct strain) were studied. It was found that the transversal stress plays an important role in both texture evolution and twinning in these composites. The obtained pole figures revealed an axial texture tilt with increasing steel layer volume fraction ( V f). It was found that this is a direct effect of transverse stress, which becomes more significant upon reducing Mg V f. This extra stress component tilts the basal planes away from the original normal direction in monolithic samples. Moreover, our results indicate that with decreasing Mg V f, twinning activity was increased in the 20 pct deformed samples but reduced in the samples with 30 pct elongation. It is known that at high strains where sufficient transverse stress is generated, the activity of prismatic slip is significantly enhanced, which promotes the motion of dislocations and reduces the necessity of twinning. With decreasing Mg V f, stronger transversal stress is generated and Mg reaches the critical threshold of prismatic activity at lower strains.


    Jiang, Weilin; Jung, Hee Joon; Kovarik, Libor; Wang, Zhaoying; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Zhu, Zihua; Edwards, Danny J.; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Henager, Charles H.; Kurtz, Richard J.; Wang, Yongqiang


    As a candidate material for fusion reactor applications, silicon carbide (SiC) undergoes transmutation reactions under high-energy neutron irradiation with magnesium as the major metallic transmutant; the others include aluminum, beryllium and phosphorus in addition to helium and hydrogen gaseous species. Calculations by Sawan et al. predict that at a dose of ~100 dpa (displacements per atom), there is ~0.5 at.% Mg generated in SiC. The impact of these transmutants on SiC structural stability is currently unknown. This study uses ion implantation to introduce Mg into SiC. Multiaxial ion-channeling analysis of the as-produced damage state indicates a lower dechanneling yield observed along the <100> axis. The microstructure of the annealed sample was examined using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. The results show a high concentration of likely non-faulted tetrahedral voids and possible stacking fault tetrahedra near the damage peak. In addition to lattice distortion, dislocations and intrinsic and extrinsic stacking faults are also observed. Magnesium in 3C–SiC prefers to substitute for Si and it forms precipitates of cubic Mg2Si and tetragonal MgC2. The diffusion coefficient of Mg in 3C–SiC single crystal at 1573 K has been determined to be 3.8 ± 0.4E-19 m2/s.

  3. Ab initio calculations of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cr-doped MgSe and MgTe semiconductors

    Noor, N.A. [Department of Physics, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, 54590 Lahore (Pakistan); Alay-e-Abbas, S.M. [Department of Physics, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100 (Pakistan); Department of Physics, GC University Faisalabad, Allama Iqbal Road, Faisalabad 38000 (Pakistan); Sohaib, M.U. [Lahore Development Authority, 54590 Lahore (Pakistan); Ghulam Abbas, S.M. [Department of Chemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040 (Pakistan); Shaukat, A., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100 (Pakistan)


    The full-potential linear-augmented-plane-waves plus local-orbitals (FP-LAPW+lo) method has been employed for investigation of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cr-doped ordered zinc-blende MgSe and MgTe semiconductors. Calculations of exchange and correlation (XC) effects have been carried out using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and orbital independent modified Becke–Johnson potential coupled with local (spin) density approximation (mBJLDA). The thermodynamic stability of the compounds and their preferred magnetic orders have been analyzed in terms of the heat of formation and minimum total energy difference in ferromagnetic (FM) and anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) ordering, respectively. Calculated electronic properties reveal that the Cr-doping induces ferromagnetism in MgSe and MgTe which gives rise to a half-metallic (HM) gap at Fermi level (E{sub F}). Further, the electronic band structure is discussed in terms of s (p)–d exchange constants that are consistent with typical magneto-optical experiment and the behavior of charge spin densities is presented for understanding the bonding nature. Our results demonstrate that the higher effective potential for the spin-down case is responsible for p–d exchange splitting. Total magnetic moment (mainly due to Cr-d states) of these compounds is 4µ{sub B}. Importantly, the electronic properties and HM gap obtained using mBJLDA show remarkable improvement as compared to the results obtained using standard GGA functional. - Highlights: • Spin effect theoretical study on Cr-doped MgSe and MgTe is performed. • Half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cr{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Se and Cr{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Te is established. • Results of WC-GGA and mBJLDA are compared for performance. • HM gaps for Cr{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Se and Cr{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Te show nonlinear variation with x. • Important values of exchange splitting/constants and moments are reported.

  4. Stark broadening of Mg I and Mg II spectral lines and Debye shielding effect in laser induced plasma

    Cvejić, M.; Gavrilović, M.R.; Jovićević, S. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, 11081 Belgrade, P.O. Box 68 (Serbia); Konjević, N., E-mail: [Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, 11001 Belgrade, P.O. Box 368 (Serbia)


    We report Stark broadening parameters for three Mg I lines and one Mg II line in the electron number density range (0.67–1.09) · 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3} and electron temperature interval (6200–6500) K. The electron density is determined from the half width of hydrogen impurity line, the H{sub α}, while the electron temperature is measured from relative intensities of Mg I or Al II lines using Boltzmann plot technique. The plasma source was induced by Nd:YAG laser radiation at 1.06 μm having pulse width 15 ns and pulse energy 50 mJ. Laser induced plasma is generated in front of a solid state surface. High speed photography is used to determine time of plasma decay with good homogeneity and then applied line self-absorption test and Abel inversion procedure. The details of data acquisition and data processing are described and illustrated with typical examples. The experimental results are compared with two sets of semiclassical calculations and the results of this comparison for Mg I lines are not unambiguous while for Mg II 448.1 nm line, the results of Dimitrijević and Sahal-Bréchot calculations agree well with our and other experimental results in the temperature range (5000–12,000) K and these theoretical results are recommended for plasma diagnostic purposes. The study of line shapes within Mg I 383.53 nm multiplet shows that the use of Debye shielding correction improves the agreement between theoretical and experimental Stark broadening parameters. - Highlights: • Stark broadening parameters for three Mg I and one Mg II line. • Comparison of Stark parameters with other experimental and theoretical results. • Recommendation of Mg II 448.1 nm line for plasma diagnostics. • Influence of Debye shielding effect to line widths of Mg I 383.53 nm multiplet. • Application of laser induced plasma for Stark broadening parameters measurement.

  5. Experimental 25Mg and 13C NMR and Computational Modeling Studies of Amorphous Mg-Ca Carbonates

    Singer, J. W.; Yazaydin, A. O.; Kirkpatrick, R. J.; Saharay, M.; Bowers, G. M.


    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of synthetic Mg-Ca amorphous carbonates (AMC-ACC) provides direct, element specific structural information about these complicated phases. The 13C, 25Mg, and 43Ca resonances are typically broad and span the chemical shift ranges of all the crystalline polymorphs in the Ca-Mg-CO3-H2O system. In a fashion similar to our previous analysis of 43Ca NMR results for ACC,1 here we integrate new experimental 13C and 25Mg spectra obtained at 20T for samples with Mg/(Ca+Mg) ratios from x=0 to x=1 with quantum chemical calculations of the NMR parameters of the crystalline phases using CASTEP calculations, simulations of the spectra using the SIMPSON software, and classical molecular dynamics calculations. XRD and 13C NMR results are in general agreement with the one-phase/two-phase model of ACC-AMC derived from thermochemical work by others.2 13C-NMR spectra of amorphous materials having intermediate compositions can not be completely fit by mechanical mixing of ACC and AMC end members—requiring a degree of Ca/Mg solid solution. Amorphous samples in two-phase region crystallize to assemblages of dolomite-like (x~0.5) and hydromagnesite-like (x~1) defective structures, but we also observe aragonite co-nucleation in the presence of excess water, indicative of a more complex evolution. While 43Ca NMR of X-ray amorphous materials shows featureless, symmetric, Gaussian line shapes, the large quadrupole moment of 25Mg gives rise to superposition of several quadrupolar line shapes representing different local structural environments. Singularities of static Mg spectra are best explained by local environments similar to nequehonite, hydromagnesite, and landsfordite. The spectra can not exclude minor contributions from anhydrous phases dolomite, huntite, and magnesite. Additional sites having very large quadrupolar coupling and/or site asymmetry are not explained by any known reference phases. CITATIONS (1) Singer, J. W.; Yazaydin, A. O

  6. Optical absorption and thermoluminescence in Mg O, Mg O:Ni and Mg O:Li irradiated at room temperature; Absorcion optica y termoluminiscencia en MgO, MgO:Ni y MgO:Li irradiados a temperatura ambiente

    Delgado, L.


    Optical absorption and thermoluminescence (TL) studies in Mg O, Mg O:Ni and Mg O:Li irradiated at room temperature are presented. In pure Mg O the thermal annihilation of Fe3+ by recombination with thermally released electrons at {approx} 90 and 175 degree centigree and the V center annealing by hole release up to 100 degree centigree cause the observed glow peaks at these temperatures. The TL excitation spectrum shows two maxima at 245 nm (electron center) and 288 nm (Fe3+). In Mg O:Ni X irradiation induces Fe{sup 2}+ {yields}- Fe{sup 3}+ and Ni{sup 2}+ {yields} Ni{sup 3}+ oxidations. Two TL emission bands centered at 110 degree centigree (red) and 80 o{sup C} (green) are assigned to electron release and their recombination at Fe{sup 3}+ and Ni{sup 3}+ respectively. In Mg O:Li two TL emission bands, one blue (430 nm) and the other red (730 nm) with excitation maxima at 245 nm (electron center) and 200 nm (hole center) respectively are observed. No V-center formation was detected in both Ni and Li doped samples. (Author) 42 refs.

  7. MgB2 superconducting wires basics and applications


    The compendium gives a complete overview of the properties of MgB2 (Magnesium Diboride), a superconducting compound with a transition temperature of Tc = 39K, from the fundamental properties to the fabrication of multifilamentary wires and to the presentation of various applications. Written by eminent researchers in the field, this indispensable volume not only discusses superconducting properties of MgB2 compounds, but also describes known preparation methods of thin films and of bulk samples obtained under high pressure methods. A unique selling point of the book is the detailed coverage of various applications based on MgB2, starting with MRI magnets and high current cables, cooled by Helium (He) vapor. High current cables cooled by liquid hydrogen are also highlighted as an interesting alternative due to the shrinking He reserves on earth. Other pertinent subjects comprise permanent magnets, ultrafine wires for space applications and wind generator projects.

  8. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Schmauch, J.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Berger, K.; Noudem, J.


    The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

  9. MgII Absorption through Intermediate Redshift Galaxies

    Churchill, C W; Steidel, C C; Churchill, Christopher W.; Kacprzak, Glenn G.; Steidel, Charles C.


    The current status and remaining questions of MgII absorbers are reviewed with an eye toward new results incorporating high quality Hubble Space Telescope images of the absorbing galaxies. In the end, we find that our current picture of extended gaseous regions around galaxies at earlier epochs is in need of some revision; MgII absorbing "halos" appear to be patchier and their geometry less regular than previously inferred. We also find that the so-called "weak" MgII absorbers are associated with normal galaxies over a wide range of impact parameters, suggesting that this class of absorber does not strictly select low surface brightness, dwarf galaxies, or IGM material. We emphasize the need for a complete survey of the galaxies in quasar fields, and the importance of obtaining rotation curves of confirmed absorbing galaxies.

  10. Beta-delayed proton emission from {sup 20}Mg

    Lund, M.V.; Fynbo, H.O.U.; Howard, A.M.; Kirsebom, O.S.; Munch, M.; Riisager, K. [Aarhus University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus C (Denmark); Andreyev, A.; Wadsworth, R. [University of York, Department of Physics, York (United Kingdom); Borge, M.J.G. [CSIC, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid (Spain); CERN, ISOLDE, PH Department, Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Cederkaell, J. [Lund University, Department of Nuclear Physics, Lund (Sweden); Witte, H. de; Huyse, M.; Duppen, P. van [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, KU-Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); Fraile, L.M.; Vedia, V. [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, CEI Moncloa, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Madrid (Spain); Greenlees, P.T.; Konki, J.; Rahkila, P. [University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Physics, Helsinki (Finland); University of Jyvaeskylae, Department of Physics, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Harkness-Brennan, L.J.; Judson, D.S.; Page, R.D. [University of Liverpool, Department of Physics, Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Jonson, B.; Lindberg, S.; Nilsson, T. [Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Physics, Goeteborg (Sweden); Kurcewicz, J.; Madurga, M.; Rapisarda, E. [CERN, ISOLDE, PH Department, Geneva (Switzerland); Lazarus, I.; Pucknell, V. [STFC Daresbury, Daresbury, Warrington (United Kingdom); Lica, R. [CERN, ISOLDE, PH Department, Geneva (Switzerland); ' ' Horia Hulubei' ' National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele (Romania); Marginean, N.; Marginean, R.; Mihai, C.; Negret, A.; Pascu, S.; Rotaru, F.; Stanoiu, M.; Turturica, A. [' ' Horia Hulubei' ' National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele (Romania); Marroquin, I.; Nacher, E.; Perea, A.; Tengblad, O. [CSIC, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid (Spain); Sotty, C. [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, KU-Leuven, Leuven (Belgium); ' ' Horia Hulubei' ' National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele (Romania); Warr, N. [Universitaet Koeln, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Koeln (Germany); Collaboration: IDS Collaboration


    Beta-delayed proton emission from {sup 20} Mg has been measured at ISOLDE, CERN, with the ISOLDE Decay Station (IDS) setup including both charged-particle and gamma-ray detection capabilities. A total of 27 delayed proton branches were measured including seven so far unobserved. An updated decay scheme, including three new resonances above the proton separation energy in {sup 20}Na and more precise resonance energies, is presented. Beta-decay feeding to two resonances above the Isobaric Analogue State (IAS) in {sup 20}Na is observed. This may allow studies of the 4032.9(2.4) keV resonance in {sup 19}Ne through the beta decay of {sup 20}Mg, which is important for the astrophysically relevant reaction {sup 15}O(α, γ){sup 19}Ne. Beta-delayed protons were used to obtain a more precise value for the half-life of {sup 20}Mg, 91.4(1.0) ms. (orig.)

  11. Slag-Resistance of MgAlON Spinel


    The slag-resistance and microstructural changes after the slag tests of MgAlON spinel containing different amount of nitrogen were studied by means of crucible slag-resistant experiment, SEM and EDS in the work. The results show that the slag-resistance of MgAlON is dependent on the nitrogen content, and the optimum amount is 2.88%. The structure is not changed although the grains have been permeated by some silicon, calcium and iron. A glass phase which contained nitrogen formed in the metamorphic layer. The glass can improve the ability of the slag-resistance of MgAlON because of its higher viscosity.

  12. Improved Mg-based alloys for hydrogen storage

    Sapru, K.; Ming, L.; Stetson, N.T.; Evans, J. [Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., Troy, MI (United States)


    The overall objective of this on-going work is to develop low temperature alloys capable of reversibly storing at least 3 wt.% hydrogen, allowing greater than for 2 wt.% at the system level which is required by most applications. Surface modification of Mg can be used to improve its H-sorption kinetics. The authors show here that the same Mg-transition metal-based multi-component alloy when prepared by melt-spinning results in a more homogeneous materials with a higher plateau pressure as compared to preparing the material by mechanical grinding. They have also shown that mechanically alloyed Mg{sub 50}Al{sub 45}Zn{sub 5} results in a sample having a higher plateau pressure.

  13. Vickers hardness measurement of ion implanted MgO

    Aoki, Y. (TRCRE, JAERI, 1233 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki, Gunma 370-12 (Japan)); Rueck, D.M. (Materialforschung, UNILAC, GSI, D-6100, Darmstadt (Germany)); Vogt, D. (Materialforschung, UNILAC, GSI, D-6100, Darmstadt (Germany)); Leible, K. (Materialforschung, UNILAC, GSI, D-6100, Darmstadt (Germany)); Khubeis, I. (University of Jordan, P.O. Box 13097, Amman (Jordan)); Meyer, O. (INFP, KfK, D-7500, Karlsruhe 1 (Germany))


    The Vickers hardness was measured for single crystals of MgO(100) implanted with 130 keV or 1.8 MeV Ar[sup +] ions and with 400 keV Xe[sup 2+] ions by means of the indentation technique with an applied load of 0.4-30 mN. Implantation with 130 keV Ar[sup +] and 400 keV Xe[sup 2+] gave similar results in hardening of MgO surface layers. In addition, the dose dependence of the measured hardness curve showed that a softening mechanism takes place at high doses. High energy implantation (1.8 MeV Ar[sup +]) made a hardened surface layer on MgO. This hardened layer also became softer at high doses. ((orig.))

  14. Adsorption of atomic S and C on Mg(0001) surface

    HU Yu-lin; ZHANG Wei-bing; TANG Bi-yu; DING Wen-jiang; ZENG Xiao-qin


    First-principle calculations based on density functional theory were used to study the adsorption of atomic sulfur and carbon on the Mg(0001) surface in a wide range of coverages from 1/4 ML(monolayer) to 1 ML. It is found that the adsorption of atomic S and C on the high coordinate hollow site is more energetically favorable than that on other adsorption sites. S atom is favorable to be adsorbed at on-surface site and C atom is favorable to be adsorbed at subsurface site. The results suggest that when the coverage increases,the binding energy for S and C atoms will decrease and the interaction between adsorbed atoms tends to be stronger. It indicates that as coverage increases,S-Mg and C-Mg interaction weakens.

  15. The MG-RAST metagenomics database and portal in 2015.

    Wilke, Andreas; Bischof, Jared; Gerlach, Wolfgang; Glass, Elizabeth; Harrison, Travis; Keegan, Kevin P; Paczian, Tobias; Trimble, William L; Bagchi, Saurabh; Grama, Ananth; Chaterji, Somali; Meyer, Folker


    MG-RAST ( is an open-submission data portal for processing, analyzing, sharing and disseminating metagenomic datasets. The system currently hosts over 200,000 datasets and is continuously updated. The volume of submissions has increased 4-fold over the past 24 months, now averaging 4 terabasepairs per month. In addition to several new features, we report changes to the analysis workflow and the technologies used to scale the pipeline up to the required throughput levels. To show possible uses for the data from MG-RAST, we present several examples integrating data and analyses from MG-RAST into popular third-party analysis tools or sequence alignment tools.

  16. Superconducting properties of combustion synthesized MgB{sub 2}

    Takano, Yoshihiko; Oguro, Nobutaka; Kaieda, Yoshinari; Togano, Kazumasa


    We have successfully prepared the MgB{sub 2} superconducting bulk and powdered materials by the method of combustion synthesis. The starting materials used in this study were powders of Mg and B. X-ray powder diffraction pattern was well assigned to the P6/mmm MgB{sub 2} phase. The temperature dependence of magnetization shows sharp superconducting transition around 38 K. The critical current density can be estimated from the hysteresis of the magnetization curvature using the Bean's model. The powdered sample shows a high critical current density of 2 x 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 5 K under the magnetic field of 1 T.

  17. Fabrication of Single Crystal MgO Capsules

    Danielson, Lisa


    A method has been developed for machining MgO crystal blocks into forms for containing metallic and silicate liquids at temperatures up to 2,400 C, and pressures up to at least 320 kilobars. Possible custom shapes include tubes, rods, insulators, capsules, and guides. Key differences in this innovative method include drilling along the crystallographic zone axes, use of a vibration minimizing material to secure the workpiece, and constant flushing of material swarf with a cooling medium/lubricant (water). A single crystal MgO block is cut into a section .5 mm thick, 1 cm on a side, using a low-speed saw with a 0.004 blade. The cut is made parallel to the direction of cleavage. The block may be cut to any thickness to achieve the desired length of the piece. To minimize drilling vibrations, the MgO block is mounted on a piece of adhesive putty in a vise. The putty wad cradles the bottom half of the entire block. Diamond coring tools are used to drill the MgO to the desired custom shape, with water used to wet and wash the surface of swarf. Compressed air may also be used to remove swarf during breaks in drilling. The MgO workpiece must be kept cool at all times with water. After all the swarf is rinsed off, the piece is left to dry overnight. If the workpiece is still attached to the base of the MgO block after drilling, it may be cut off by using a diamond cutoff wheel on a rotary hand tool or by using a low-speed saw.

  18. A DNA enzyme with Mg(2+)-Dependent RNA Phosphoesterase Activity

    Breaker, Ronald R.; Joyce, Gerald F.


    Previously we demonstrated that DNA can act as an enzyme in the Pb(2+)-dependent cleavage of an RNA phosphoester. This is a facile reaction, with an uncatalyzed rate for a typical RNA phosphoester of approx. 10(exp -4)/ min in the presence of 1 mM Pb(OAc)2 at pH 7.0 and 23 C. The Mg(2+) - dependent reaction is more difficult, with an uncatalyzed rate of approx. 10(exp -7)/ min under comparable conditions. Mg(2+) - dependent cleavage has special relevance to biology because it is compatible with intracellular conditions. Using in vitro selection, we sought to develop a family of phosphoester-cleaving DNA enzymes that operate in the presence of various divalent metals, focusing particularly on the Mg(2+) - dependent reaction. Results: We generated a population of greater than 10(exp 13) DNAs containing 40 random nucleotides and carried out repeated rounds of selective amplification, enriching for molecules that cleave a target RNA phosphoester in the presence of 1 mM Mg(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+) or Pb(2+). Examination of individual clones from the Mg(2+) lineage after the sixth round revealed a catalytic motif comprised of a three-stem junction.This motif was partially randomized and subjected to seven additional rounds of selective amplification, yielding catalysts with a rate of 0.01/ min. The optimized DNA catalyst was divided into separate substrate and enzyme domains and shown to have a similar level of activity under multiple turnover conditions. Conclusions: We have generated a Mg(2+) - dependent DNA enzyme that cleaves a target RNA phosphoester with a catalytic rate approx. 10(exp 5) - fold greater than that of the uncatalyzed reaction. This activity is compatible with intracellular conditions, raising the possibility that DNA enzymes might be made to operate in vivo.

  19. The Mg II index for upper atmosphere modelling

    G. Thuillier

    Full Text Available The solar radio flux at 10.7 cm has been used in upper atmosphere density modelling because of its correlation with EUV radiation and its long and complete observational record. A proxy, the Mg II index, for the solar chromospheric activity has been derived by Heath and Schlesinger (1986 from Nimbus-7 data. This index allows one to describe the changes occurring in solar-activity in the UV Sun spectral irradiance. The use of this new proxy in upper atmosphere density modelling will be considered. First, this is supported by the 99.9% correlation between the solar radio flux (F10.7 and the Mg II index over a period of 19 years with, however, large differences on time scales of days to months. Secondly, correlation between EUV emissions and the Mg II index has been shown recently, suggesting that this last index may also be used to describe the EUV variations. Using the same density dataset, a model was first run with the F10.7 index as a solar forcing function and second, with the Mg II index. Comparison of their respective predictions to partial density data showed a 3–8% higher precision when the modelling uses the Mg II index rather than F10.7. An external validation, by means of orbit computation, resulted in a 20–40% smaller RMS of the tracking residuals. A density dataset spanning an entire solar cycle, together with Mg II data, is required to construct an accurate, unbiased as possible density model.

    Key words. Atmospheric composition and structure (middle atmosphere – composition and chemistry; thermosphere – composition and chemistry – History of geophysics (atmospheric sciences

  20. Resveratrol Induces Apoptosis in Human Osteosarcoma MG63 Cells

    Yan Liu; Xin Wang; Yuxin Xie; Jingui Zhang; Qingshan Wang; Xianhui Xu


    OBJECTIVE To investigate apoptosis in human osteosarcoma MG63 cells induced by resveratrol and the molecular mechanism involved.METHODS MG63 cells were treated with different concentrations of resveratrol and transmission electron microscopy was used to observe morphological changes occurring in apoptosis.The MTT method was used to determine the inhibitory rate and flow cytometry was used to assess apoptosis and to analyze the expression of the p21ciP1/WAF1 and survivin proteins;the expression of p21ciP1/WAF1 and survivin mRNAs was analyzed by the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).RESULTS After resveratrol treatment,the growth of the MG63 cells was significantly inhibited in a time- and dose-dependent fashion.By transmission electron microscopy,the cells displayed morphological changes characteristic of apoptosis,including formation of cytoplasmic vacuoles,chromatin condensation and margination.Flow cytometry showed that the growth of the cells was inhibited after resveratrol (10 mg/L and 20 mg/L) treatment.The inhibitory rates were (11.9 ±0.63)% and (19.7 ± 0.88)%respectively.The quantity of treated cells in G0/G1 transition was increased,but the number in the S phase and G2/M transition was decreased.A subdiploid peak was observed.The expression of p21ciP1/WAF1 was up-regulated while survivin was down-regulated.CONCLUSION Resveratrol can inhibit growth and induce apoptosis of MG63 cells.Its molecular mechanism might be related to modulation of survivin and p21ciP1/WAF1 expression.

  1. Superconducting properties of MgB2 from first principles.

    Floris, A; Profeta, G; Lathiotakis, N N; Lüders, M; Marques, M A L; Franchini, C; Gross, E K U; Continenza, A; Massidda, S


    Solid MgB(2) has rather interesting and technologically important properties, such as a very high superconducting transition temperature. Focusing on this compound, we report the first nontrivial application of a novel density-functional-type theory for superconductors, recently proposed by the authors. Without invoking any adjustable parameters, we obtain the transition temperature, the gaps, and the specific heat of MgB(2) in very good agreement with experiment. Moreover, our calculations show how the Coulomb interaction acts differently on sigma and pi states, thereby stabilizing the observed superconducting phase.

  2. Divorced Eutectic Solidification of Mg-Al Alloys

    Monas, Alexander; Shchyglo, Oleg; Kim, Se-Jong; Yim, Chang Dong; Höche, Daniel; Steinbach, Ingo


    We present simulations of the nucleation and equiaxed dendritic growth of the primary hexagonal close-packed -Mg phase followed by the nucleation of the -phase in interdendritic regions. A zoomed-in region of a melt channel under eutectic conditions is investigated and compared with experiments. The presented simulations allow prediction of the final properties of an alloy based on process parameters. The obtained results give insight into the solidification processes governing the microstructure formation of Mg-Al alloys, allowing their targeted design for different applications.

  3. Atazanavir increases the plasma concentrations of 1200 mg raltegravir dose.

    Krishna, Rajesh; East, Lilly; Larson, Patrick; Valiathan, Chandni; Deschamps, Kathleen; Luk, Julie Ann; Bethel-Brown, Crystal; Manthos, Helen; Brejda, John; Gartner, Michael


    Raltegravir is a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor currently marketed at a dose of 400 mg twice-daily (b.i.d.). Raltegravir 1200 mg once-daily (q.d.) (investigational q.d. formulation of 2 × 600 mg tablets; q.d. RAL) was found to be generally well tolerated and non-inferior to the marketed 400 mg b.i.d. dose at 48 weeks in a phase 3 trial. Since raltegravir is eliminated mainly by metabolism via a uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1-mediated glucuronidation pathway, co-administration of UGT1A1 inhibitors may increase the plasma levels of q.d. RAL. To assess this potential, the drug interaction of 1200 mg raltegravir using atazanavir, a known UGT1A1 inhibitor, was studied. An open-label, randomized, 2-period, fixed-sequence phase 1 study was performed in adult healthy male and female (non-childbearing potential) subjects ≥ 19 and ≤ 55 years of age, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 18.5 and ≤ 32.0 kg/m(2) . Subjects (n = 14) received a single oral dose of 1200 mg raltegravir in period 1. After a washout period of at least 7 days, the subjects received oral doses of 400 mg atazanavir q.d. for 9 consecutive days, with a single oral dose of 1200 mg raltegravir co-administered on day 7 of period 2. Serial blood samples were collected for 72 h following raltegravir dosing and analysed using a validated bioanalytical method to quantify raltegravir plasma concentrations. Co-administration with atazanavir yielded GMRs (90% CIs) for raltegravir AUC0-∞ , Cmax and C24 of 1.67 (1.34, 2.10), 1.16 (1.01, 1.33) and 1.26 (1.08, 1.46), respectively. There was no effect of raltegravir on serum total bilirubin. In contrast, atazanavir increased the mean bilirubin by up to 200%, an effect that was preserved in the atazanavir/raltegravir treatment group. Administration of single q.d. RAL alone and co-administered with multiple oral doses of atazanavir were generally well tolerated in healthy subjects. The results show that

  4. Isostructural Transition of MgB2 Under High Pressure

    SUN Li-Ling; WU Qi; ZHAN Zai-Ji; WANG Wen-Kui; WANG Wen-Kui; T.Kikegawa


    The high-pressure behaviour of the superconductor MgB2 with a hexagonal structure has been investigated by the in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction method under pressures up to 42.2 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. An abrupt decrease of about 7% in the unit cell volume of this material occurs in the pressure range of 26.3-30.2 GPa. A split of the Raman spectrum was also observed. The jump of the compression curve and Raman spectrum are ascribed to an isostructural transition in MgB2 at a pressure of 30.2 GPa.

  5. Is Lithium Sulfide a MgB2-like Superconductor?

    Isikaku-Ironkwe, O. P.


    Lithium Sulfide, Li2S, is an anti-fluorite semiconductor with a band-gap of 3.865 eV. It also has exactly the same valence electron count, Ne, and atomic number, Z, as magnesium diboride, MgB2. Both have almost the same formula weight. This qualifies Li2S as a magnesium-diboride like material. Li2S passes the same computational material specific test for superconductivity as MgB2. Using our recently developed symmetry rules for searching for superconductors, we predict that Li2S, with electro...

  6. Beta-delayed proton emission from $^{21}$Mg

    Lund, M V; Briz, J A; Cederkäll, J; Fynbo, H O U; Jensen, J H; Jonson, B; Laursen, K L; Nilsson, T; Perea, A; Pesudo, V; Riisager, K; Tengblad, O


    Beta-delayed proton emission from $^{21}$Mg has been measured at ISOLDE, CERN, with a detection setup including particle identification capabilities. $\\beta$-delayed protons with center of mass energies between 0.39$\\,$MeV and 7.2$\\,$MeV were measured and used to determine the half life of $^{21}$Mg as $118.6\\pm 0.5\\,$ms. From a line shape fit of the $\\beta p$ branches we extract spectroscopic information about the resonances of $^{21}$Na. Finally an improved interpretation of the decay scheme in accordance with the results obtained in reaction studies is presented.

  7. Comparison of characteristics of LiF:Mg,Ti e LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent dosemeters; Comparacao das caracteristicas dos dosimetros termoluminescentes LiF:Mg,Ti e LiF:Mg,Cu,P

    Pereira, M.S.; Filipov, D., E-mail: [Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (UTFPR/DAFIS), Curitiba, PR (Brazil). Departamento Academicao de Fisica; Schelin, H.R. [Instituto de Pesquisa Pele Pequeno Principe (IPPPP), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)


    The aim of the current study was to compare the thermoluminescent dosimeters LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) and LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP) data, which were acquired by the Federal Technological University - Parana. Tests were realized, for this purpose, such as: sensitivity (only one MCP TLD did not present results within the limit range), linearity (whose MCP result was better than the TLD-100 one), energy dependence (TLD-100 presented lower variation than MCP TLD) and reproducibility (whose TLD-100 results were better than the MCP ones). The results from both dosimeters show that these TLDs attend radiodiagnostic dosimetry criteria, however MCP had more satisfactory results. (author)

  8. Exploring the island of inversion with the d({sup 30}Mg,p){sup 31}Mg reaction

    Bildstein, Vinzenz


    In this thesis the results of a d({sup 30}Mg,p){sup 31}Mg experiment at REX-ISOLDE are presented. {sup 31}Mg is located directly on the border of the so-called ''Island of Inversion'', a region of the nuclear chart around {sup 32}Mg where deformed intruder states of the fp shell form the ground states of the nuclei instead of the normal spherical states of the sd shell. A recent experiment has shown the ground state of {sup 31}Mg to be a 1/2{sup +} state and indicates more than 90% intruder configuration. The question whether the low-lying excited states of {sup 31}Mg are deformed intruder states as well or rather spherical states from the sd shell, indicating shape coexistence, is still open. The d({sup 30}Mg,p) {sup 31}Mg reaction is thus a good tool to gain more insight into the nature of the Island of Inversion. In the framework of this thesis the angular distribution of protons was measured for the second excited state at 221 keV in coincidence with de-excitation {gamma}-rays. The angular distribution was compared to DWBA calculations for different transferred orbital momenta, identifying the state for the first time as an l=1 state. The experiment was performed with the new charged particle detector setup T-REX. The setup is optimized for transfer reactions with radioactive beams in inverse kinematics. T-REX was developed, built, installed, and used for this first one neutron transfer experiment in the context of this thesis. The T-REX setup consists of {delta}E-E{sub Rest} telescopes made out of position sensitive silicon detectors that cover almost 4{pi} of the solid angle and can be combined with the MINIBALL {gamma}-ray detector array. It has a large solid angle for the detection and identification of the light recoils from transfer reactions. T-REX allows in combination with the MINIBALL Germanium detector array the tagging of the excited states by their characteristic {gamma}-rays. The combination of T-REX and MINIBALL achieves an

  9. Chemical and microstructural study of the oxygen passivation behaviour of nanocrystalline Mg and MgH{sub 2}

    Friedrichs, O. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-University of Seville), Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas ' Isla de la Cartuja' , Avda. Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Seville (Spain); Sanchez-Lopez, J.C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-University of Seville), Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas ' Isla de la Cartuja' , Avda. Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Seville (Spain); Lopez-Cartes, C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-University of Seville), Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas ' Isla de la Cartuja' , Avda. Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Seville (Spain); Dornheim, M. [Department of Materials Research, Institute for Materials Research, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht GmbH, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Klassen, T. [Department of Materials Research, Institute for Materials Research, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht GmbH, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Bormann, R. [Department of Materials Research, Institute for Materials Research, GKSS Research Centre, Geesthacht GmbH, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Fernandez, A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-University of Seville), Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas ' Isla de la Cartuja' , Avda. Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Seville (Spain)]. E-mail:


    Nanocrystalline Mg and MgH{sub 2} samples have been prepared by high-energy ball milling and gas phase condensation methods. Starting from these materials in their 'as received' state without air exposure, a study of the oxygen and air passivation behaviour was carried out by 'in situ' analysis of the samples by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The binding energy and photoemission Auger parameters have been determined for metallic magnesium as well as for magnesium hydride, oxide and hydroxide species. Values of the MgH{sub 2} material were reported for the first time. The study clearly shows the formation of an oxide passivation layer of ca. 3-4 nm in thickness for all the nanocrystalline magnesium samples handled under controlled inert gas atmospheres. A hydroxide like amorphous layer is formed at the topmost surface layers of the nanocrystalline Mg and MgH{sub 2} samples. The implication of these studies for H{sub 2} storage and transport applications of nanocrystalline magnesium is discussed.

  10. Tenoxicam 20 mg or 40 mg after thoracotomy: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

    Merry, A F; Sidebotham, D A; Middleton, N G; Calder, M V; Webster, C S


    Forty-five adults undergoing thoracotomy were randomized to receive placebo, tenoxicam 20 mg or tenoxicam 40 mg IV during chest wall closure. All patients received intraoperative fentanyl and intercostal blocks followed by morphine by patient-controlled analgesia. Patient numbers 13 to 45 also received thoracic epidural analgesia by continuous infusion of bupivacaine 0.125%, patient numbers 25 to 45 having fentanyl 2 microg/ml added to the epidural infusion. Efficacy parameters and adverse reactions were assessed over the first 24 hours postoperatively. On a 100 mm visual analogue scale, mean (SD) pain at rest (adjusted area under curve for hours 1 to 24) was 25.8 (12.5), 17.4 (14.8) and 16.5 (13.3) mm for groups receiving placebo, 20 mg and 40 mg tenoxicam, respectively (ANOVA: P<0.05). There were no significant differences between study groups postoperatively in pain on coughing, opioid consumption, blood gas measurements, nausea, vomiting, sedation, blood loss, haemoglobin or serum creatinine. One patient in each tenoxicam group reported epigastric pain, rated moderate. These data support the inclusion of tenoxicam 20 mg IV in the management of pain at rest for patients undergoing thoracotomy, but do not show additional benefit for a higher dose.

  11. The Dissolution Kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 Slag

    Wei, Ruirui; Lv, Xuewei; Yue, Zhiwen; Xiang, Shenglin


    Calcium ferrite is the main binding phase for high-basicity sinter. The production and structure of calcium ferrite greatly influence the quality of the sinter. With the change in gangue composition, MgO becomes an important factor in the generation of calcium ferrite. In this study, the rotating cylinder method was used to study the dissolution kinetics of MgO into CaO-MgO-Fe2O3 melt. The experimental variables included the temperature, the initial composition of the melt, the Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio, the rotation time, and the rotation speed. The results indicate that the dissolution rate increases with increasing dissolution time, temperature, and rotation speed but decreases with increasing MgO content and Fe2O3/CaO mass ratio in the initial slag. The dissolution rate was observed to increase and then decrease with the addition of SiO2 in the initial slag. The activation energy and diffusion coefficient for MgO dissolution were found to range from 117.31 to 234.24 kJ mol-1 and from 1.03 × 10-6 to 1.18 × 10-5 cm2 s-1, respectively. The concentration difference between the solid and liquid phases is the main driving force for dissolution, but the viscosity and magnesium ion diffusivity of the melt also affect the process.

  12. Facile synthesis of MgO and Ni-MgO nanostructures with enhanced adsorption of methyl blue dye

    Mohamed, R. M.; Shawky, Ahmed; Mkhalid, I. A.


    Nanostructured Magnesium oxide (MgO) was prepared by a simple method using a non-ionic block copolymer as surfactant. Ni was introduced to MgO to improve surface properties. The effect of Ni loading on the MgO crystalline structure, surface morphology and magnetic properties was observed by powder X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and a vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. Textural properties of produced samples were investigated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The as-prepared samples were employed as an adsorbent for the removal of Methyl blue (MeB) dye. The adsorption isotherms were studied using the Langmuir model. The results show a high adsorptive behavior for relatively high concentrated MeB with a maximum adsorption capacity of 367 mg g-1 indicating the enhanced adsorption performance of our produced structures. A mechanism for adsorption of MeB molecules on the prepared MgO is proposed.

  13. Corrosion mechanism of mechanically alloyed Mg50Ni50 and Mg45Cu5Ni50 alloys

    张耀; 李寿权; 陈立新; 雷永泉; 王启东


    As the loss of active material Mg may affect electrode's discharge capacity and the cycling stability,a more refined mechanism study on cycling capacity degradation should be made.The present investigation is based on the supposition that the capacity degradation of the binary Mg50Ni50 alloy and ternary Mg45Cu5Ni50 alloy electrodes is solely due to the corrosion of Mg,the active hydrogen storage element.That means amount of capacity degradation is determined by the corrosion current time,which is also the time of operation.The corrosion current J corr dependence on cycling time was deduced.A mathematic relation between the cycling capacity retention CN / C 1 (%) and the duration of operation was also deduced.The data calculated from the equations deduced agree well with those of the experiment result.The loss of the active hydrogen-absorbing element Mg is proved to be the main cause for cycling capacity deterioration in the present investigation.

  14. Detailed microscopic calculation of stellar electron and positron capture rates on $^{24}$Mg for O+Ne+Mg core simulations

    Nabi, Jameel-Un


    Few white dwarfs, located in binary systems, may acquire sufficiently high mass accretion rates resulting in the burning of carbon and oxygen under nondegenerate conditions forming a O+Ne+Mg core. These O+Ne+Mg cores are gravitationally less bound than more massive progenitor stars and can release more energy due to the nuclear burning. They are also amongst the probable candidates for low entropy r-process sites. Recent observations of subluminous Type II-P supernovae (e.g., 2005cs, 2003gd, 1999br, 1997D) were able to rekindle the interest in 8 -- 10 M$_{\\odot}$ which develop O+Ne+Mg cores. Microscopic calculations of capture rates on $^{24}$Mg, which may contribute significantly to the collapse of O+Ne+Mg cores, using shell model and proton-neutron quasiparticle random phase approximation (pn-QRPA) theory, were performed earlier and comparisons made. Simulators, however, may require these capture rates on a fine scale. For the first time a detailed microscopic calculation of the electron and positron captur...

  15. Hydrothermal replacement of calcite by Mg-carbonates

    Jonas, Laura; Mueller, Thomas; Dohmen, Ralf


    The transport of heat and mass through the Earth's crust is coupled to mineral reactions and the exchange of isotopes and elements between different phases. Carbonate minerals are a major constituent of the Earth's crust and play an important role in different physical, chemical and even biological processes. In this experimental study, the element exchange reaction between calcite (CaCO3) and a Mg-rich fluid phase is investigated under hydrothermal conditions. Single crystals of calcite (2x2x2 mm) react with 1 ml of a 1 M MgCl2 solution at 200° C in a Teflon-lined steel autoclave for different times between one day and four weeks. The reaction leads to the formation of a porous reaction front and the pseudomorphic replacement of calcite by dolomite [CaMg(CO3)2] and magnesite (MgCO3). Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the reaction rim consists of small Mg-carbonate rhombs closely attached to each other, suggesting that the replacement reaction takes place by a dissolution-precipitation mechanism. Typically, the observed reaction front can be divided into two different domains. The outer part of the reaction rim, i.e. from the mineral surface in contact to the fluid inwards, consists of magnesite, whereas the inner part of the rim surrounding the unreacted calcite core consists of Ca-rich dolomite. The formation of a porous microstructure that varies in different parts of the reaction rim is a direct result of the large molar volume change induced by the replacement of calcite by magnesite and dolomite. The developing porosity therefore creates fluid pathways that promote the progress of the reaction front towards the unreacted core of the single crystal. Compositional profiles measured perpendicular to the mineral surface across the reactions rims using electron microprobe (EMPA) further revealed a compositional gradient within the reaction rim with regard to the structure-forming elements Mg and Ca. Here, the amount of Mg incorporated in both product

  16. Effect of the partial substitution of Mg by Al on the crystal structure and hydrogenation behavior of La2Mg17

    ZHANG Qing'an; WANG Changchun; SI Tingzhi


    The effect of the partial substitution of Mg by Al on the crystal structure of La2Mg17 has been investigated. It was found that the La2Mg17 phase disappears after the partial substitution of Mg by Al. The La2(Mg0.9Al0.1)17 alloy contains La(Mg,Al)12 and La(Mg,Al)2. Further increasing the Al content, the La2(Mg0.8Al0.2)17 alloy consists of La(Mg,Al)12, La(Mg,Al)2, and Mg. The La(Mg0.93Al0.07)12 phase in the La2(Mg0.9Al0.1)17 alloy crystallizes with the ThMn12-type structure in space group I4/mmm (No.139). The lattice parameters were determined to be a = 1.03246(7) nm and c = 0.59410(6) nm. In the ThMn12-type structure, Al atoms occupy 8f site but the Al content is limited. Moreover, the hydrogenation characteristics have also been compared. La2Mg17 decomposes into LaH3 and MgH2 under hydrogen, but the La(Mg0.93Al0.07)12 phase can be hydrogenated into LaH3, MgH2, and La3Al11 at 473 K.

  17. Study of Microbiologically Induced Corrosion Action on Al-6Mg-Zr and Al-6Mg-Zr-Sc


    The corrosion behaviors of Al-6Mg-Zr and Al-6Mg-Zr-Sc in the sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) solution in anaerobic environment were studied using electrochemical, microbiological, and surface analysis methods. It was found that the oxide film was more compact owing to the addition of Sc resulting in the open circuit potential shifting by about 100mV positively. On the other hand, it was seen that the pitting sensitivity of Al-6Mg-Zr-Sc alloy in SRB solution decreased and its microbiologically influenced corrosion resistance was improved. Pitting corrosion occurring on the surface of the two alloys under the comprehensive action of the metabolism of SRB was observed by SEM. It was obtained by EDS that the corrosion degree increased with time and corrosion was furthered by deposition of the product.

  18. Tunneling conductance studies in the ion-beam sputtered CoFe/Mg/MgO/NiFe magnetic tunnel junctions

    Singh, Braj Bhusan; Chaudhary, Sujeet [Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 (India)


    Magnetic tunnel junctions consisting of CoFe(10 nm)/Mg(1 nm)/MgO(3.5 nm)/NiFe(10 nm) are grown at room temperature using dual ion beam sputtering via in-situ shadow masking. The effective barrier thickness and average barrier height are estimated to be 3.5 nm (2.9 nm) and 0.69 eV (1.09 eV) at 290 K (70 K), respectively. The tunnel magnetoresistance value of 0.2 % and 2.3 % was observed at 290 K and 60 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of tunneling conductance revealed the presence of localized states present within the forbidden gap of the MgO barrier leading to finite inelastic spin independent tunneling contributions, which degrade the TMR value.

  19. A comparison of roxatidine acetate 150 mg once daily and 75 mg twice daily in gastric ulcer healing.

    Rösch, W


    In 363 outpatients with endoscopically confirmed gastric ulcers the efficacy and safety of roxatidine acetate 150 mg at night was compared to 75 mg twice daily. After 8 weeks' treatment substantial reductions in gastric ulcer diameter were obtained in addition to healing rates of 83.7 and 86% for the twice daily and night-time dosing, respectively. Daily reductions in day and night-time epigastric pain were obtained with no significant differences between treatment groups for pain scores or antacid tablet consumption. Furthermore, cigarette smoking did not influence the healing rates produced by either treatment schedule. 26 patients reported 32 adverse reactions and 5 patients discontinued treatment because of side effects, although only 1 of these was a severe reaction. The present data suggest that a single night-time dose of roxatidine acetate 150 mg is as safe and effective as the twice daily dose regimen for the management of acute gastric ulceration.

  20. Ru Catalyst-Induced Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO Multilayered Films.

    Liu, Yiwei; Zhang, Jingyan; Wang, Shouguo; Jiang, Shaolong; Liu, Qianqian; Li, Xujing; Wu, Zhenglong; Yu, Guanghua


    The high oxygen storage/release capability of the catalyst Ru is used to manipulate the interfacial electronic structure in spintronic materials to obtain perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Insertion of an ultrathin Ru layer between the CoFeB and Ta layers in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO films effectively induces PMA without annealing. Ru plays a catalytic role in Fe-O-Ta bonding and isolation at the metal-oxide interface to achieve moderate interface oxidation. In contrast, PMA cannot be obtained in the sample with a Mg insertion layer or without an insertion layer because of the lack of a catalyst. Our work would provide a new approach toward catalyst-induced PMA for future CoFeB-based spintronic device applications.

  1. Bioequivalence of ondansetron oral soluble film 8 mg (ZUPLENZ) and ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets 8 mg (ZOFRAN) in healthy adults.

    Dadey, Eric


    Oral formulations of ondansetron are used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. An oral soluble film formulation of ondansetron (OND OSF) was developed using MonoSol Rx's proprietary PharmFilm technology and was formulated to dissolve rapidly on the tongue, without the need for water. This product provides an oral antiemetic treatment option for patients who experience difficulty swallowing. The purpose of this study was to compare the bioequivalence of OND OSF 8 mg (ZUPLENZ, Monosol Rx, Warren, NJ) with ondansetron orally disintegrating tablets (OND ODT) 8 mg (ZOFRAN, GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park). In 3 individual open-label, randomized studies, healthy adult subjects received a single dose of OND OSF 8 mg and a single dose of OND ODT 8 mg, under fasted conditions (study 1, n = 48), fed conditions (study 2, n = 48), and fasted with and without water (study 3, n = 18). Each dosing period was followed by a 3- or 7-day washout period. Ondansetron pharmacokinetics were assessed predose to 24 hours postdose for the single 8-mg doses of OND OSF and OND ODT. All analyses were conducted on natural log-transformed pharmacokinetic parameters for OND OSF and OND ODT. Under both fasted and fed conditions, the 90% confidence interval for the comparisons of OND OSF and OND ODT plasma ondansetron area under the curve from time 0 to the last measured concentration (AUC0-t), area under the concentration vs. time curve from time 0 to infinity (AUC0-∞), and maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) were within the 80%-125% range, indicating bioequivalence between the formulations. With features designed to make it portable and easy to take, OND OSF 8 mg provides an alternative treatment option, particularly for patients with dysphagia and others who find it difficult to take oral tablets.

  2. Rabeprazole 10 mg versus 20 mg in preventing relapse of gastroesophageal reflux disease: a meta-analysis

    ZHU Hai-di; WANG Heng; XIA Xian-ming; XU Shu-man; LAN Yao


    Background Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have compared endoscopic and symptomatic relapses in patients with erosive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).We have summarized current evidence for rabeprazole 10 or 20 mg once daily for GERD maintenance treatment over 1 or 5 years.Methods MEDLINE,EMBASE,and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched,through August 2012,for eligible RCTs of adults with erosive GERD.The efficacies of rabeprazole 10 and 20 mg/d were compared.Results The search identified 288 citations,and five RCTs containing 1480 patients were considered eligible.Heartburn relapse rates did not differ significantly between patients treated with rabeprazole 10 and 20 mg/d for 1 year (relative risk (RR)=1.29; 95% confidence interval (CI):0.97-1.72),but differed in patients treated for 5 years (RR=1.274; 95% CI:1.005-1.615).Endoscopic relapse rates differed significantly between rabeprazole 10 and 20 mg/d for 1 year (RR=1.92;95% CI:1.21-3.06),for 5 years (RR=1.667; 95% CI:1.073-2.589),and in combined 1-and 5-year maintenance trials (RR=1.785; 95% CI:1.298-2.456).Conclusion Rabeprazole 20 mg/d was superior to rabeprazole 10 mg/d in preventing endoscopic relapse of erosive GERD,but that the two dosages were equivalent in symptomatic relief over 1 year.

  3. The Relational Imaginary of MG Vassanji's A Place Within

    Alexander, Vera


    Currently life writing criticism shows a growing interest in relationality. In the context of lives written after empire, relational dimensions are often fragmented, misremembered and semi-imaginary. This essay explores life writing in a diasporic context, focusing on M.G. Vassanji’s travel-self nar

  4. Multiband model for penetration depth in MgB2

    Golubov, A.A.; Brinkman, A.; Dolgov, O.V.; Kortus, J.; Jepsen, O.


    The results of first-principles calculations of the electronic structure and the electron-phonon interaction in MgB2 are used to study theoretically the temperature dependence and anisotropy of the magnetic-field penetration depth. The effects of impurity scattering are essential for a proper descri

  5. Drug-induced alterations in Mg2+ homoeostasis.

    Lameris, A.L.L.; Monnens, L.A.H.; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.


    Magnesium (Mg2+) balance is tightly regulated by the concerted actions of the intestine, bone and kidneys. This balance can be disturbed by a broad variety of drugs. Diuretics, modulators of the EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor), proton pump inhibitors, antimicrobials, calcineurin inhibitors

  6. Simulation of Cu-Mg metallic glass: Thermodynamics and structure

    Bailey, Nicholas; Schiøtz, Jakob; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel


    We have obtained effective medium theory interatomic potential parameters suitable for studying Cu-Mg metallic glasses. We present thermodynamic and structural results from simulations of such glasses over a range of compositions. We have produced low-temperature configurations by cooling from...

  7. The Kinematic Evolution of Strong MgII Absorbers

    Mshar, Andrew C; Lynch, Ryan S; Churchill, Chris; Kim, Tae-Sun


    We consider the evolution of strong (W_r(2796) > 0.3A) MgII absorbers, most of which are closely related to luminous galaxies. Using 20 high resolution quasar spectra from the VLT/UVES public archive, we examine 33 strong MgII absorbers in the redshift range 0.3 < z < 2.5. We compare and supplement this sample with 23 strong MgII absorbers at 0.4 < z < 1.4 observed previously with HIRES/Keck. We find that neither equivalent width nor kinematic spread (the optical depth weighted second moment of velocity) of MgII2796 evolve. However, the kinematic spread is sensitive to the highest velocity component, and therefore not as sensitive to additional weak components at intermediate velocities relative to the profile center. The fraction of absorbing pixels within the full velocity range of the system does show a trend of decreasing with decreasing redshift. Most high redshift systems (14/20) exhibit absorption over the entire system velocity range, which differs from the result for low redshift systems ...

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

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


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

  9. Multilayer Mg: Stainless Steel Sheets, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties

    Inoue, Junya; Sadeghi, Alireza; Kyokuta, Nobuhiko; Ohmori, Toshinori; Koseki, Toshihiko


    Different multilayer Mg AZ31 and SS304L steel sheet combinations were prepared with different volume fractions of Mg. Isolated stress-strain curves of the Mg layers showed significant improvements in the strength and elongation of multilayer samples. Results indicated that in the most extreme situation with the lowest Mg volume fraction (V f = 0.39), the ultimate strength was increased by 25 pct to 370 MPa and the elongation was improved by 70 pct to 0.34. Investigation of the fracture surface showed that failure occurs by the coalescence of cracks close to the interface region. The improved strength of the multilayer samples was due to the combined effect of surface crack prevention by the steel layer and the higher work-hardening rate caused by the possible increased activity of non-basal systems. It is suggested that the stronger work-hardening behavior and the enhanced activity of non-basal systems in the multilayer samples were due to the formation of new stress components in the transverse direction. The larger the volume fraction of steel in the multilayer, the longer the distance remaining unstrained before the UTS.

  10. On the Incidence and Kinematics of Strong Mg II Absorbers

    Prochter, G E; Burles, S; Prochter, Gabriel E.; Prochaska, Jason X.; Burles, Scott


    We present the results of two complementary investigations into the nature and incidence of strong (rest equivalent width, W_r > 1.0 Angstrom) Mg II absorption systems at high redshift. The first line of questioning employs the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 2 set of r' < 20.5 quasar spectra to collect a large set of systems for the purpose of determining the redshift path density (dN/dz) of strong Mg II absorption. A power-law fit to this distribution results in dN/dz = 0.094(1+z)^(1.29) for 0.35 < z < 2.3. We also present the results of a search for strong Mg II absorption in a set of 91 high resolution quasar spectra collected on the ESI and HIRES spectrographs. These data allow us to investigate the kinematics of such systems at 0.8 < z < 2.7. We find that these systems tend to have complicated kinematic profiles. Also, absorption due to more highly ionized species (e.g., Al III, C IV, Si IV) tend to display kinematic profiles similar to those of the associated Mg II absorption. We c...

  11. Permanent magnet with MgB{sub 2} bulk superconductor

    Yamamoto, Akiyasu, E-mail: [The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); JST-PRESTO, 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Ishihara, Atsushi; Tomita, Masaru [Railway Technical Research Institute, 2-8-38 Hikari, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-8540 (Japan); Kishio, Kohji [The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)


    Superconductors with persistent zero-resistance currents serve as permanent magnets for high-field applications requiring a strong and stable magnetic field, such as magnetic resonance imaging. The recent global helium shortage has quickened research into high-temperature superconductors (HTSs)—materials that can be used without conventional liquid-helium cooling to 4.2 K. Herein, we demonstrate that 40-K-class metallic HTS magnesium diboride (MgB{sub 2}) makes an excellent permanent bulk magnet, maintaining 3 T at 20 K for 1 week with an extremely high stability (<0.1 ppm/h). The magnetic field trapped in this magnet is uniformly distributed, as for single-crystalline neodymium-iron-boron. Magnetic hysteresis loop of the MgB{sub 2} permanent bulk magnet was determined. Because MgB{sub 2} is a simple-binary-line compound that does not contain rare-earth metals, polycrystalline bulk material can be industrially fabricated at low cost and with high yield to serve as strong magnets that are compatible with conventional compact cryocoolers, making MgB{sub 2} bulks promising for the next generation of Tesla-class permanent-magnet applications.



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  13. The Low-Lying Electronic States of Mg2(+)

    Ricca, Alessandra; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.


    The low-lying doublet and quartet states of Mg+ have been studied using a multireference configuration interaction approach. The effect of inner-shell correlation has been included using the core-polarization potential method. The computed spectroscopic constants, lifetimes, and oscillator strengths should help resolve the difference between the recent experiments and previous theoretical calculations.

  14. Oxygen-vacancy driven tunnelling spintronics across MgO

    Halisdemir, U.; Schleicher, F.; Kim, D. J.; Taudul, B.; Lacour, D.; Choi, W. S.; Gallart, M.; Boukari, S.; Schmerber, G.; Davesne, V.; Panissod, P.; Halley, D.; Majjad, H.; Henry, Y.; Leconte, B.; Boulard, A.; Spor, D.; Beyer, N.; Kieber, C.; Sternitzky, E.; Cregut, O.; Ziegler, M.; Montaigne, F.; Arabski, J.; Beaurepaire, E.; Jo, W.; Alouani, M.; Gilliot, P.; Hehn, M.; Bowen, M.


    The conservation of an electron's spin and symmetry as it undergoes solid-state tunnelling within magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) is thought to be best understood using MgO-based MTJs1. Yet the very large experimental values of tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR) that justify this perception are often associated with tunnelling barrier heights well below those suggested by the MgO optical band gap. This combination of high TMR and low RA-product, while spawning spin-transfer/spin-orbit torque experiments and considerable industrial interest, cannot be explained by standard theory. Noting the impact of a tunnel barrier's altered stoichiometry on TMR2, we reconcile this 10+year-old contradiction between theory and experiment by considering the impact of the MgO barrier's structural defects3-5. We find that the ground and excited states of oxygen vacancies can promote localized states within the band gap with differing electronic character. By setting symmetry- and temperature-dependent tunnelling barrier heights, they alter symmetry-polarized tunnelling and thus TMR. We will examine how annealing, depending on MgO growth conditions, can alter the nature of these localized states. This oxygen vacancy paradigm of inorganic tunnelling spintronics opens interesting perspectives into endowing the MTJ with additional functionalities, such as optically manipulating the MTJ's spintronic response.

  15. Crystal structure of the CorA Mg2+ transporter.

    Lunin, Vladimir V; Dobrovetsky, Elena; Khutoreskaya, Galina; Zhang, Rongguang; Joachimiak, Andrzej; Doyle, Declan A; Bochkarev, Alexey; Maguire, Michael E; Edwards, Aled M; Koth, Christopher M


    The magnesium ion, Mg2+, is essential for myriad biochemical processes and remains the only major biological ion whose transport mechanisms remain unknown. The CorA family of magnesium transporters is the primary Mg2+ uptake system of most prokaryotes and a functional homologue of the eukaryotic mitochondrial magnesium transporter. Here we determine crystal structures of the full-length Thermotoga maritima CorA in an apparent closed state and its isolated cytoplasmic domain at 3.9 A and 1.85 A resolution, respectively. The transporter is a funnel-shaped homopentamer with two transmembrane helices per monomer. The channel is formed by an inner group of five helices and putatively gated by bulky hydrophobic residues. The large cytoplasmic domain forms a funnel whose wide mouth points into the cell and whose walls are formed by five long helices that are extensions of the transmembrane helices. The cytoplasmic neck of the pore is surrounded, on the outside of the funnel, by a ring of highly conserved positively charged residues. Two negatively charged helices in the cytoplasmic domain extend back towards the membrane on the outside of the funnel and abut the ring of positive charge. An apparent Mg2+ ion was bound between monomers at a conserved site in the cytoplasmic domain, suggesting a mechanism to link gating of the pore to the intracellular concentration of Mg2+.

  16. Nonparametric inference from the M/G/1 workload

    Hansen, Martin Bøgsted; Pitts, Susan M.


    Consider an M/G/1 queue with unknown service-time distribution and unknown traffic intensity ρ. Given systematically sampled observations of the workload, we construct estimators of ρ and of the service-time distribution function, and we study asymptotoic properties of these estimators....

  17. Physiology of epithelial Ca2+ and Mg2+ transport

    Graaf, S.F.J. van de; Bindels, R.J.M.; Hoenderop, J.G.J.


    Ca2+ and Mg2+ are essential ions in a wide variety of cellular processes and form a major constituent of bone. It is, therefore, essential that the balance of these ions is strictly maintained. In the last decade, major breakthrough discoveries have vastly expanded our knowledge of the mechanisms un

  18. EXAFS investigations of Cu-Mg-O compound

    Sidorenko, A F; Babanov, Y A; Naumov, S V; Samokhvalov, A A


    The interest to systems containing copper oxide is connected with the problem of high-temperature superconductivity because of the closeness of its basic physical properties and properties of superconductor mother Cu-compounds. In this work, EXAFS study of the Cu sub 0 sub . sub 2 Mg sub 0 sub . sub 8 O compound is presented. A new iterative algorithm of the solution of ill-posed problem on determining three partial pair correlation functions from one EXAFS-data set near the Cu K-edge is described. The results of X-ray scattering study of a given sample show a presence of a single phase with the MgO structure and a lattice parameter of 4.219 A instead of 4.208 A for pure MgO. From the EXAFS investigations, we find the local distortion of the lattice. We revealed that the short range order differs both from a hypothetical alloy with the MgO structure and from copper oxide.

  19. Superconductivity in MgB2: Clean or Dirty?

    Mazin, I.I.; Andersen, O.K.; Jepsen, O.; Dolgov, O.V.; Kortus, J.; Golubov, A.A.; Kuz'menko, A.B.; Marel, van der D.


    A large number of experimental facts and theoretical arguments favor a two-gap model for superconductivity in MgB2. However, this model predicts strong suppression of the critical temperature by interband impurity scattering and, presumably, a strong correlation between the critical temperature and

  20. Mg2(Si,Sn)-based thermoelectric materials and devices

    Gao, Peng

    Thermoelectric effects are phenomena found in materials that can achieve direct conversion between heat flow and electricity. One important application of thermoelectric effects is thermoelectric generators, which can generate electricity when a temperature gradient is applied. Thermoelectric generators make use of various sources of heat and it is considered a promising solution for waste heat recovery. The conversion efficiency of thermoelectric generators depends on the materials used in the devices. Significant improvement in the performance of thermoelectric materials has been made in the past few decades. However, most of the good thermoelectric materials being investigated have limitations, such as the high materials cost, high materials density and toxicity of the constituent elements. The Mg2(Si,Sn)-based materials studied in this work are promising candidates for thermoelectric generators in the mid-temperature range and have drawn increasing research interest in recent years because these materials are high performance thermoelectrics that are low cost, low-density and non-toxic. In this work, systematic studies were performed on the Mg2(Si,Sn) thermoelectric materials. Thermal phase stability was studied for different compositions of Mg2Si1-xSnx and Mg2Si0.4Sn 0.6 was used as base material for further optimization. Both n-type and p-type samples were obtained by doping the materials with different elements. Peak ZT ˜ 1.5 for the n-type and ZT ˜ 0.7 for the p-type materials were obtained, both of which are among the best reported results so far. Experimental work was also done to study the techniques to develop the Mg2Si 0.4Sn0.6 materials into working devices. Different electrode materials were tested in bonding experiment for this compound, and copper was found to be the best electrode material for Mg2Si 0.4Sn0.6. Preliminary work was done to demonstrate the possibility of fabricating a Mg2Si0.4Sn0.6-based thermoelectric generator and the result is

  1. Fabrication of the p-MgZnO/ZnO/n-MgZnO double-heterojunction by MOCVD

    Dong Xin; Wang Hui; Wang Jin; Zhao Wang; Zhao Long; Shi Zhifeng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Qianjin Street 2699, ChangChun 130012 (China)


    The p-MgZnO/i-ZnO/n-MgZnO double-heterojuntion was fabricated on GaAs (100) substrate by photon-assistant metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. We can found an obvious ultraviolet peak in the electroluminescence spectra and the causation has been discussed. The effects of the thickness of ZnO interlayer on the junctions properties was also analyzed. The conclusion indicated the intensity of the UV peak would increase by decreasing the thickness of ZnO interlayer. The thickness of ZnO layer had important impact on the optical qualities of the double-heterojunction.

  2. PIGE related differential cross-section measurements of the 25Mg(p,p‧γ)25Mg reaction

    Preketes-Sigalas, K.; Lagoyannis, A.; Axiotis, M.; Becker, H. W.; Foteinou, V.; Harissopulos, S.; Kokkoris, M.; Provatas, G.


    The differential cross sections of the 25Mg(p,p‧γ)25Mg reaction, critical for the quantitative determination of magnesium in complex matrices using the PIGE technique, were measured at two (2) angles, 55° and 90°, and at proton energies from 2420 to 4550 keV, by detecting the 390, 585 and 975 keV γ-rays emitted. The experimental setup consisted of two 100% relative efficiency HPGe detectors. The results are compared to those already present in literature and an attempt is made to explain the existing discrepancies. The obtained results from the present work are validated via thick-target measurements.

  3. Forging of Mg-alloys AZ31 and AZ80

    Viehweger, B.; Karabet, A.; Duering, M. [Brandenburg University of Technology, Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Lightweight Materials ' ' Panta Rhei' ' , Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 17, 03046 Cottbus (Germany); Schaeffer, L. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil)


    Mg-wrought alloys recently became an engineer material of constantly increasing interest. The mechanical properties of extruded Mg-feedstock of the alloys AZ80 and AZ31 indicate their suitability for automotive applications in form of high-quality forgings. Therefore a detailed knowledge about the forming behaviour is of particular importance. In order to compare mechanical properties of available Mg-feedstock qualities compression tests at room temperature have been carried out by applying batches of AZ31- and AZ80-feedstock. Cylindrical specimens were made out of received continuously casted as well as extruded AZ31- and AZ80 - rods. A quantitative analysis of Mg-feedstock's microstructure has been carried out. The characterization of the deformability of applied Mg-feedstock under hot working conditions could be performed by means of uniaxial plain strain upsetting tests at temperatures between 300 and 450 C as well as logarithmic strain rates of 10{sup -1}, 1 and 10s{sup -1}. It is shown that the chosen parameter range ensures an enhanced deformability of continuously as well as extruded Mg-feedstock. The subsequently carried out determination of microstructural evolution could be related to obtained flow stress curves of applied batches of Mg-feedstock. Furthermore, FVM/FEM-systems have been employed in order to design a simplified geometry of heated forging dies suitable for forging tests. The tests have been carried out by means of a hydraulic press. During the tests their punch velocity has been varied between 1 and 40 mm/s. Hence numerically simulated results could be confirmed by practical tests. Exemplary forgings of a simplified shape were made out of all applied batches of Mg-feedstock. No remarkable failures have been detected. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Das Interesse an Mg-Knetlegierungen als Konstruktionswerkstoff fuer automobile Anwendung ist in juengster Zeit stark gewachsen. Daher ist eine detaillierte

  4. Low dose Mifepristone (100 mg for medical termination of pregnancy

    Shikha Seth


    Full Text Available Background: Abortion is the most common entity in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. Different methods and modes have been opted for until now to find an effective regimen with the least complications. We have tried the minimal dose (100 mg of Mifepristone (PO instead of the presently recommended 200 mg for medical abortion in early first trimester cases. Objectives: The objective of the study was to determine the efficacy of low dose (100 mg Mifepristone for medical termination of early pregnancy with oral Misoprostol 800 μg, 24 hours later.Design: A prospective analytical study was conducted on a population of 82 early-pregnant patients who have requested medical abortions.Method: Pregnant women of less than 56 days gestation age from their last menstrual period, requesting medical abortion were selected over a period of 14 months from January 2007 to March 2008. They were given 100 mg Mifepristone orally on Day-1, followed by 800 μg Misoprostol orally 24 hours later on Day-2, keeping the patient in the ward for at least 6 hours. Abortion interval, success rate, post-abortion bleeding and side-effects were noted. Success was defined as complete uterine evacuation without the need for surgical intervention.Results: The total success rate of this minimal dose Mifepristone regimen was 96.25%. Pain and nausea were the predominant side-effects noted. In total 72 (90% women had completely aborted within 5 hours of taking Misoprostol. Three (3.75% women only required suction aspiration, hence termed as failed medical abortion. The abortion interval increased with the gestation age. All three failures were of the more-than-42-day gestational age group. The overall mean abortion interval was 4.68 ± 5.32 hours.Conclusion: Mifepristone 100 mg, followed 24 hours later by Misoprostol 800 μg orally, is a safe and effective regimen for medical abortion.

  5. Superconducting MgB{sub 2} films as radiation detectors

    Ishida, Takekazu; Fujiwara, Daisuke; Nishikawa, Masatoshi; Kato, Masaru [Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka (Japan); Miki, Shigehito; Shimakage, Hisashi; Wang, Zhen [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Hyogo (Japan); Satoh, Kazuo; Yotsuya, Tsutomu [Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan); Machida, Masahiko [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokyo (Japan)


    The thermal response of a membrane-structured MgB{sub 2} film can be used to detect various sorts of radiations. High-quality MgB{sub 2} films were prepared by a sputtering technique. The MgB{sub 2} radiation detector consisted of an MgB{sub 2} thin-film meander line on a 0.5-{mu}m-thick SiN membrane. The detector devices were placed in a 4 K refrigerator, and the operating temperature was controlled at a certain temperature below T{sub c}. Light from a 20-ps pulsed laser directly irradiated the MgB{sub 2} device; the end of the optical fiber was fixed in front of the device. An erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and a GP-IB attenuator were used to control the laser power, and the output voltage was observed through a low-noise amplifier by using a digital oscilloscope. The output signals caused by thermal response were clearly observed. Systematic studies of the output signals were conducted, and effects of device design, dc bias conditions, bias temperature, and input laser power were considered. We report the out-of-equilibrium thermodynamics, which was investigated by means of extensive computer simulations based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics. Large-scale calculations were carried out under the realistic conditions of actual devices by using an Earth Simulator (ES). One attractive application is to use the device as a novel neutron detector by employing the {sup 10}B(n,{alpha}){sup 7}Li nuclear reaction with a local energy release of 2.3 MeV.

  6. Bichromatic slowing of MgF molecules in multilevel systems

    Yang, Xiuxiu; Li, Chuanliang; Yin, Yanning; Xu, Supeng; Li, Xingjia; Xia, Yong; Yin, Jianping


    We present a theoretical study of the bichromatic force exerted on magnesium monofluoride (MgF), in which we have considered the complex vibrational and rotational levels and the effects of small internal splittings and degeneracies, including fine and hyperfine structures and the magnetic quantum numbers. We calculate some parameters used in the MgF molecular transitions between X 2Σ+, A 2Π and B 2Σ+ states. It is the first time that the radiative lifetimes of B 2Σ+ → X 2Σ+ and B 2Σ+ → A 2Π have been derived by ab initio calculations. The detailed numerical modeling of bichromatic forces by direct numerical solution for the time-dependent density matrix is presented. Here, we propose a simplified numerical model to study the dynamic process of MgF slowing by neglecting the effect of the high vibrational levels, in which a skewed magnetic field is applied to destabilize the dark state. We deduce the relation between per-bichromatic-component irradiance I and the total Rabi frequency amplitude. We also compare our proposed simplified model with two other theoretical ones (Aldridge et al 2016 Phys. Rev. A 93 013419). Monte Carlo simulations show that a buffer-gas-cooled MgF beam with a forward velocity of 120 m s-1 can be decelerated nearly to several m/s within a distance of ˜0.5 cm. Comparing with the B → X transition, we find that the A → X transition in MgF is more suitable for the bichromatic force cooling and slowing.

  7. Contents and risks of potentially toxic elements in wastewater-fed food production systems in Southeast Asia

    Marcussen, Helle

    Non-treated wastewater is used for irrigation of aquatic food production systems in the peri-urban areas of the major cities in Southeast Asia. Therefore concern is that potentially toxic elements (PTEs) may accumulate in foods produced. Hanoi and Phnom Penh, the capitals of Vietnam and Cambodia...... polluted with As, Ba, Cd, Cu, Ni and Zn. The sediment concentrations of Pb and Sb were also high. Of most concern was the observed Cd concentration in To Lich River which has a maximum of 427 mg kg-1 d.w. The Hanoi river sediment had a high retention capacity for PTEs. Logarithm to the maximum observed...

  8. Amelioration of arsenic toxicity in rice: Comparative effect of inoculation of Chlorella vulgaris and Nannochloropsis sp. on growth, biochemical changes and arsenic uptake.

    Upadhyay, A K; Singh, N K; Singh, R; Rai, U N


    The present study was conducted to assess the responses of rice (Oryza sativa L. var. Triguna) by inoculating alga; Chlorella vulgaris and Nannochlropsis sp. supplemented with As(III) (50µM) under hydroponics condition. Results showed that reduced growth variables and protein content in rice plant caused by As toxicity were restored in the algae inoculated plants after 7d of treatment. The rice plant inoculated with Nannochloropsis sp. exhibited a better response in terms of increased root, shoot length and biomass than C. vulgaris under As(III) treatment. A significant reduction in cellular toxicity (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances) and antioxidant enzyme (SOD, APX and GR) activities were observed in algae inoculated rice plant under As(III) treatment in comparison to uninoculated rice. In addition, rice treated with As(III), accumulated 35.05mgkg(-1)dw arsenic in the root and 29.96mgkg(-1)dw in the shoot. However, lower accumulation was observed in As(III) treated rice inoculated with C. vulgaris (24.09mg kg(-1)dw) and Nannochloropsis sp. (20.66mgkg(-1)dw) in the roots, while in shoot, it was 20.10mgkg(-1)dw and 11.67mgkg(-1)dw, respectively. Results demonstrated that application of these algal inoculum ameliorates toxicity and improved tolerance in rice through reduced As uptake and modulating antioxidant enzymes. Thus, application of algae could provide a low-cost and eco-friendly mitigation approach to reduce accumulation of arsenic in edible part of rice as well as higher yield in the As contaminated agricultural field.

  9. Unique Structural Properties of the Mg-Al Hydrotalcite Solid Base Catalyst : An In Situ Study using Mg and Al K-edge XAFS during Calcination and Rehydration

    Koningsberger, D.C.; Bokhoven, J.A. van; Roelofs, J.C.A.A.; Jong, K.P. de


    The changes in the layered structure of Mg-Al hydrotalcite (Mg/Al=2) during heat treatment have been investigated by using in situ XAFS simultaneously at the Mg and Al K-edges. The development of unique in situ instrumentation allowed the coordination environments at both the Mg and Al centers to be

  10. The role of Mg interface layer in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with CoFe and CoFeB electrodes

    Hyunsoo Yang


    Full Text Available The tunneling spin polarization (TSP is directly measured from reactively sputter deposited crystalline MgO tunnel barriers with various CoFe(B compositions using superconducting tunneling spectroscopy. We find that the Mg interface layer thickness dependence of TSP values for CoFeB/Mg/MgO junctions is substantially different from those for CoFe/Mg/MgO especially in the pre-annealed samples due to the formation of boron oxide at the CoFeB/MgO interface. Annealing depletes boron at the interface thus requiring a finite Mg interface layer to prevent CoFeOx formation at the CoFeB/MgO interface so that the TSP values can be optimized by controlling Mg thickness.

  11. Catalytically Enhanced Hydrogen Sorption in Mg-MgH2 by Coupling Vanadium-Based Catalyst and Carbon Nanotubes

    Kadri, Atikah; Jia, Yi; Chen, Zhigang; Yao, Xiangdong


    Mg (MgH2)-based composites, using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and pre-synthesized vanadium-based complex (VCat) as the catalysts, were prepared by high-energy ball milling technique. The synergistic effect of coupling CNTs and VCat in MgH2 was observed for an ultra-fast absorption rate of 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen per minute and 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen release in 10 min at 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively. The temperature programmed desorption (TPD) results reveal that coupling VCat and CNTs reduces both peak and onset temperatures by more than 60 °C and 114 °C, respectively. In addition, the presence of both VCat and CNTs reduces the enthalpy and entropy of desorption of about 7 kJ/mol H2 and 11 J/mol H2·K, respectively, as compared to those of the commercial MgH2, which ascribe to the decrease of desorption temperature. From the study of the effect of CNTs milling time, it is shown that partially destroyed CNTs (shorter milling time) are better to enhance the hydrogen sorption performance.

  12. Unusually large spin polarization and magnetoresistance in a FeMg8-FeMg8 superatomic dimer

    Zhu, Lin; Qian, Meichun; Khanna, Shiv N.


    Electronic transport across a FeMg8 magnetic superatom and its dimer has been investigated using a density functional theory combined with Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's-function formalism. For a single cluster, our studies for the cluster supported in various orientations on a Au(100) surface show that the transport is sensitive to the contact geometry. Investigations covering the cases where the axes of Mg square antiprism are 45°, perpendicular, and parallel to the transport direction, show that the equilibrium conductance, transferred charge, and current polarizations can all change significantly with orientation. Our studies on the transport across a magnetic superatom dimer FeMg8-FeMg8 focus on the effect of electrode contact distance and the support. The calculated I-V curves show negative differential resistance behavior at larger electrode-cluster contact distances. Further, the equilibrium conductance in ferromagnetic state shows an unusually high spin polarization that is about 81.48% for specific contact distance, and a large magnetoresistance ratio exceeding 500% is also found. The results show that the superatom assemblies can provide unusual transport characteristics, and that the spin polarization and magnetoresistance can be controlled via the contact geometry.

  13. Catalytically Enhanced Hydrogen Sorption in Mg-MgH2 by Coupling Vanadium-Based Catalyst and Carbon Nanotubes

    Atikah Kadri


    Full Text Available Mg (MgH2-based composites, using carbon nanotubes (CNTs and pre-synthesized vanadium-based complex (VCat as the catalysts, were prepared by high-energy ball milling technique. The synergistic effect of coupling CNTs and VCat in MgH2 was observed for an ultra-fast absorption rate of 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen per minute and 6.50 wt. % of hydrogen release in 10 min at 200 °C and 300 °C, respectively. The temperature programmed desorption (TPD results reveal that coupling VCat and CNTs reduces both peak and onset temperatures by more than 60 °C and 114 °C, respectively. In addition, the presence of both VCat and CNTs reduces the enthalpy and entropy of desorption of about 7 kJ/mol H2 and 11 J/mol H2·K, respectively, as compared to those of the commercial MgH2, which ascribe to the decrease of desorption temperature. From the study of the effect of CNTs milling time, it is shown that partially destroyed CNTs (shorter milling time are better to enhance the hydrogen sorption performance.

  14. Miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg versus oral fluconazole 150 mg in treating severe vulvovaginal candidiasis.

    Fan, Shangrong; Liu, Xiaopingliu; Liang, Yiheng


    Miconazole is a synthetic imidazole antifungal that has a broad spectrum of activity against Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida species. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository and oral fluconazole in treating severe vulvovaginal candidiasis (SVVC). In this prospective, randomized case control study, 577 cases of consecutive patients with SVVC were studied at the Gynecological Clinic of Peking University Shenzhen Hospital from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. Patients with SVVC were treated with two doses of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg or two doses of fluconazole 150 mg. The patients were followed up for 7-14 and 30-35 days following the second dose of therapy. The mycological cure rates of the patients on days 7-14 of follow-up were 75.9% (220/290) and 84.0% (241/287) in the miconazole and fluconazole groups, respectively (p 0.05). The study demonstrated that two doses of miconazole nitrate vaginal suppository 1,200 mg were as effective as two doses of an oral fluconazole 150 mg regimen in the treatment of patients with SVVC. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  15. On the luminescence of Ti4+ In Mg5SnB2O10 and Mg3ZrB2O8

    Konijnendijk, W.L.; Blasse, G.


    The following new compounds are reported: Mg5TiB2O10 (ludwigite structure), Mg5SnB2O10 (orthopinakiolite structure) and Mg3ZrB2O8 (warwickite structure). The luminescences of the systems Mg5(Sn,Tl)B2O10 and Mg3(Zr,Ti)B2O8 were measured. The results are discussed in terms of delocalization in cluster


    A method of producing solid solution MgO-NiO and MgO-MnO single-crystals is presented. The com presive yield strength of MgO is shown to in crease...nearly four-fold when small amounts of either NiO or MnO is in solid solution in MgO. The cleavage and slip behavior of these alloy crystals are found to be identical to that of MgO. (Author)

  17. Mg fractionation in crustose coralline algae: Geochemical, biological, and sedimentological implications of secular variation in the Mg/Ca ratio of seawater

    Ries, Justin B.


    The Mg/Ca ratio of seawater has varied significantly throughout the Phanerozoic Eon, primarily as a function of the rate of ocean crust production. Specimens of the crustose coralline alga Neogoniolithon sp. were grown in artificial seawaters encompassing the range of Mg/Ca ratios shown to have existed throughout the Phanerozoic. Significantly, the coralline algae's skeletal Mg/Ca ratio varied in lockstep with the Mg/Ca ratio of the artificial seawater. Specimens grown in seawater treatments formulated with identical Mg/Ca ratios but differing absolute concentrations of Mg and Ca exhibited no significant differences in skeletal Mg/Ca ratios, thereby emphasizing the importance of the ambient Mg/Ca ratio, and not the absolute concentration of Mg, in determining the Mg/Ca ratio of coralline algal calcite. Specimens grown in seawater of the lowest molar Mg/Ca ratio ( mMg/Ca = 1.0) actually changed their skeletal mineralogy from high-Mg (skeletal mMg/Ca > 0.04) to low-Mg calcite (skeletal mMg/Ca algae, which exhibit morphologies and modes of calcification comparable to Neogoniolithon sp., would have produced low-Mg calcite from the middle Cambrian to middle Mississippian and during the middle to Late Cretaceous, when oceanic mMg/Ca approached unity. By influencing the original Mg content of carbonate facies in which these algae have been ubiquitous, this condition has significant implications for the geochemistry and diagenesis of algal limestones throughout most of the Phanerozoic. The crustose coralline algae's precipitation of high-Mg calcite from seawater that favors the abiotic precipitation of aragonite indicates that these algae dictate the precipitation of the calcitic polymorph of CaCO 3. However, the algae's nearly abiotic pattern of Mg fractionation in their skeletal calcite suggests that their biomineralogical control is limited to polymorph specification and is generally ineffectual in the regulation of skeletal Mg incorporation. Therefore, the Mg/Ca ratio

  18. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization.

    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang


    An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from power plants; influencing factors on the SO2 content in calciner gas were comprehensively analyzed; and an advantageous recycling condition of MgO and SO2 from by-products was summarized. Results showed that the SO2 content in the calciner gas was increased by more than 10 times under a lower excess air coefficient, a higher feed rate, a lower crystal water in by-products, and a higher feed port position. For the tests conducted under the excess air coefficient above and below one, the effect of the furnace temperature on the SO2 content in the calciner gas was reversed. Results of activity analysis indicate that particles of MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 900-1,000°C had a high activity. In contrast, due to the slight sintering, MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 1,100°C had a low activity. To recycle SO2 as well as MgO, a temperature range of 900-927°C for TE103 is proposed. These studies will prompt the desulfurization market diversification, reduce the sulfur's dependence on imports for making sulfuric acid, be meaningful to balance the usage of the natural resource in China, and be regarded as a reference for the development of this technology for other similar developing countries.

  19. High-resolution photoemission study of MgB2.

    Takahashi, T; Sato, T; Souma, S; Muranaka, T; Akimitsu, J


    We have performed high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy on MgB2 and observed opening of a superconducting gap with a narrow coherent peak. We found that the superconducting gap is s like with the gap value ( Delta) of 4.5+/-0.3 meV at 15 K. The temperature dependence (15-40 K) of the gap value follows well the BCS form, suggesting that 2Delta/k(B)T(c) at T = 0 is about 3. No pseudogap behavior is observed in the normal state. The present results strongly suggest that MgB2 is categorized into a phonon-mediated BCS superconductor in the weak-coupling regime.

  20. Evidence for two superconducting gaps in MgB2.

    Chen, X K; Konstantinovic, M J; Irwin, J C; Lawrie, D D; Franck, J P


    We have measured the Raman spectra of polycrystalline MgB2 from 25 to 1200 cm(-1). A superconductivity-induced redistribution in the electronic Raman continuum was observed. Two pair-breaking peaks appear in the spectra, suggesting the presence of two superconducting gaps. The measured spectra were analyzed using a quasi-two-dimensional model in which two s-wave superconducting gaps open on two sheets of Fermi surface. For the gap values we have obtained Delta(1) = 22 cm(-1) ( 2.7 meV) and Delta(2) = 50 cm(-1) ( 6.2 meV). Our results suggest that a conventional phonon-mediated pairing mechanism occurs in the planar boron sigma bands and is responsible for the superconductivity of MgB2.