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  1. Deashing of coal liquids by sonically assisted filtration

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    Slomka, B.J.

    1994-10-01

    This project seeks to improve the effectiveness and reduce the cost of coal liquefaction by novel applications of sonic and ultrasonic energy. The specific purpose of this project is to develop and improve means for the economical removal of dispersed solid particles of ash, unreacted coal, and spent catalyst from direct and indirect coal liquefaction resids by using sonic or ultrasonic waves. Product streams containing solids are generated in both direct and indirect coal liquefaction processes. Direct coal liquefaction processes generate liquid products which contain solids including coal-originated mineral matter, unreacted coal, and spent dispersed catalyst. The removal of these solids from a product stream is one of the most difficult problems in direct coal liquefaction processes. On this report, results are discussed for sonically assisted crossflow filtration of V-1067 resid, diluted with No. 2 fuel oil, and sonically assisted batch filtrations of solids concentrates from continuous cross-flow filtration experiments.

  2. Laser-assisted fabrication of highly viscous alginate microsphere

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    Lin, Yafu; Huang, Yong

    2011-04-01

    Encapsulated microspheres have been widely used in various biomedical applications. However, fabrication of encapsulated microspheres from highly viscous materials has always been a manufacturing challenge. The objective of this study is to explore a novel metallic foil-assisted laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT), a laser-assisted fabrication technique, to make encapsulated microspheres using high sodium alginate concentration solutions. The proposed four-layer approach includes a quartz disk, a sacrificial and adhesive layer, a metallic foil, and a transferred suspension layer. It is found that the proposed four-layer modified LIFT approach provides a promising fabrication technology for making of bead-encapsulated microspheres from highly viscous solutions. During the process, the microsphere only can be formed if the direct-writing height is larger than the critical direct-writing height; otherwise, tail structured droplets are formed; and the encapsulated microsphere diameter linearly increases with the laser fluence and decreases with the sodium alginate concentration.

  3. Assisted Sonication vs Conventional Transesterification Numerical Simulation and Sensitivity Study

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    Janajreh, Isam; Noorul Hussain, Mohammed; El Samad, Tala

    2015-10-01

    Transeterification is known as slow reaction that can take over several hours to complete as the two immiscible liquid reactants combine to form biodiesel and the less favorable glycerol. The quest of finding the perfect catalyst, optimal operational conditions, and reactor configuration to accelerate the reaction in mere few minutes that ensures high quality biodiesel, in economically viable way is coming along with sonication. This drastic reduction is a key enabler for the development of a continuous processing that otherwise is fairly costly and low throughput using conventional method. The reaction kinetics of sonication assisted as inferred by several authors is several time faster and this work implements these rates in a high fidelity numerical simulation model. This flow model is based on Navier-Stokes equations coupled with energy equation for non-isothermal flow and the transport equations of the multiple reactive species. The model is initially validated against experimental data from previous work of the authors using an annular reactor configuration. Following the validation, comparison of the reaction rate is shown to gain more insight to the distribution of the reaction and its attained rates. The two models (conventional and sonication) then compared on the basis of their sensitivity to the methane to oil molar ratio as the most pronounced process parameter. Both the exit reactor yield and the distribution of the species are evaluated with favorable yield under sonication process. These results pave the way to build a more robust process intensified reactor having an integrated selective heterogeneous catalyst to steer the reaction. This can avoid the downstream cleaning processes, cutting reaction time, and render economic benefit to the process.

  4. Super-Resolution Real Imaging in Microsphere-Assisted Microscopy

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    Wang, Feifei; Li, Yi; Jia, Boliang; Liu, Lianqing; Li, Wen Jung

    2016-01-01

    Microsphere-assisted microscopy has received a lot of attention recently due to its simplicity and its capability to surpass the diffraction limit. However, to date, sub-diffraction-limit features have only been observed in virtual images formed through the microspheres. We show that it is possible to form real, super-resolution images using high-refractive index microspheres. Also, we report on how changes to a microsphere’s refractive index and size affect image formation and planes. The relationship between the focus position and the additional magnification factor is also investigated using experimental and theoretical methods. We demonstrate that such a real imaging mode, combined with the use of larger microspheres, can enlarge sub-diffraction-limit features up to 10 times that of wide-field microscopy’s magnification with a field-of-view diameter of up to 9 μm. PMID:27768774

  5. Sonication-assisted synthesis of polyelectrolyte-coated curcumin nanoparticles.

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    Zheng, Zhiguo; Zhang, Xingcai; Carbo, Daniel; Clark, Cheryl; Nathan, Cherie-Ann; Lvov, Yuri

    2010-06-01

    A new method of nanoparticle formulation for poorly water-soluble materials was demonstrated for curcumin. The drug was dissolved in organic solvent that is miscible with water (ethanol), and drug nucleation was initiated by gradual worsening of the solution by the addition of an aqueous polyelectrolyte assisted by ultrasonication. Curcumin crystals of 60-100 nm size were obtained depending on the component concentrations, sonication power, and initial solvent. Layer-by-layer shell assembly with biocompatible polyelectrolytes was used to provide a particle coating with a high surface potential and the stabilization of drug nanocolloids. Polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer encapsulation allowed sustained drug release from nanoparticles over the range of 10-20 h.

  6. L-Cysteine-assisted Synthesis of Copper Gallium Sulfide Microspheres

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    LIANG Xiao-juan; ZHONG Jia-song; CAI Qian; HUANG Hai-yu; LIU Hai-tao; XIANG Wei-dong; SUN Jun-cai

    2012-01-01

    An effective L-cysteine-assisted synthetic route has been successfully developed to prepare copper gallium sulfide(CuGaS2) microspheres under solvothermal conditions with CuCI2-2H2O,GaCl3 and L-cysteine as source materials,in which L-cysteine was used as the sulfide source and eomplexing molecule.The experiments revealed that the synthesized sample was of a typical CuGaS2 tetragonal structure.Moreover,the prepared CuGaS2 crystals consisting of microspheres made up of nanoflakes,and the diameter of the nanoflakes was about 20 nm.Raman spectrum of the obtained CuGaS2 exhibits a high-intensity peak of the A1 mode at 306 cm-1.Meanwhile,a possible growth mechanism was proposed based on the investigations.

  7. Photoluminescence of MoS2 Prepared by Effective Grinding-Assisted Sonication Exfoliation

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    Jing-Yuan Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Exfoliation of bulk molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 using sonication in appropriate solvent is a promising route to large-scale preparation of few-layered or monolayered crystals. Grinding-assisted sonication exfoliation was used for preparing monolayered MoS2 nanosheets from natural mineral molybdenite. By controlling the sonication time, larger crystallites could be further exfoliated to smaller as well as thinner nanosheets without damaging their structures. The concentration of 1.6 mg mL−1 of final solution could be achieved. Several microscopic techniques like scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy were employed to evaluate the exfoliation results. Strong photoluminescence with the peak centered at 440 nm was also observed in the resulting dispersion which included several small lateral-sized (~3 nm nanostructures.

  8. Extraction of valuable compounds from mangosteen pericarps by hydrothermal assisted sonication

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    Machmudah, Siti; Lestari, Sarah Duta; Shiddiqi, Qifni Yasa'Ash; Widiyastuti, Winardi, Sugeng; Wahyudiono, Kanda, Hideki; Goto, Motonobu

    2015-12-01

    Valuable compounds, such as xanthone and phenolic compounds, from mangosteen pericarps was extracted by hydrothermal treatment at temperatures of 120-160 °C and pressures of 5 MPa using batch and semi-batch extractor. This method is a simple and environmentally friendly extraction method requiring no chemicals other than water. Under these conditions, there is possibility for the formation of phenolic compounds from mangosteen pericarps from decomposition of bounds between lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose via autohydrolysis. In order to increase the amount of extracted valuable compounds, sonication pre-treament was performed prior to the hydrothermal extraction process. 30 min of sonication pre-treatment could increase significantly the amount of xanthone and phenolic compounds mangosteen pericarps extraction. In batch-system, the xanthone recovery approach to 100 % at 160 °C with 30 min sonication pre-treatment for 150 min extraction time. Under semi-batch process, the total phenolic compounds in the extract was 217 mg/g sample at 160 °C with 30 min sonication pre-treatment for 150 min total extraction time. The results revealed that hydrothermal extraction assisted sonication pre-treatment is applicable method for the isolation of polyphenolic compounds from other types of biomass and may lead to an advanced plant biomass components extraction technology.

  9. Low frequency sonic waves assisted cloud point extraction of polyhydroxyalkanoate from Cupriavidus necator.

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    Murugesan, Sivananth; Iyyaswami, Regupathi

    2017-08-15

    Low frequency sonic waves, less than 10kHz were introduced to assist cloud point extraction of polyhydroxyalkanoate from Cupriavidus necator present within the crude broth. Process parameters including surfactant system variables and sonication parameters were studied for their effect on extraction efficiency. Introduction of low frequency sonic waves assists in the dissolution of microbial cell wall by the surfactant micelles and release of cellular content, polyhydroxyalkanoate granules released were encapsulated by the micelle core which was confirmed by crotonic acid assay. In addition, sonic waves resulted in the separation of homogeneous surfactant and broth mixture into two distinct phases, top aqueous phase and polyhydroxyalkanoate enriched bottom surfactant rich phase. Mixed surfactant systems showed higher extraction efficiency compared to that of individual Triton X-100 concentrations, owing to increase in the hydrophobicity of the micellar core and its interaction with polyhydroxyalkanoate. Addition of salts to the mixed surfactant system induces screening of charged surfactant head groups and reduces inter-micellar repulsion, presence of ammonium ions lead to electrostatic repulsion and weaker cation sodium enhances the formation of micellar network. Addition of polyethylene glycol 8000 resulted in increasing interaction with the surfactant tails of the micelle core there by reducing the purity of polyhydroxyalkanoate. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Microspheres

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    1990-01-01

    Vital information on a person's physical condition can be obtained by identifying and counting the population of T-cells and B-cells, lymphocytes of the same shape and size that help the immune system protect the body from the invasion of disease. The late Dr. Alan Rembaum developed a method for identifying the cells. The method involved tagging the T-cells and B-cells with microspheres of different fluorescent color. Microspheres, which have fluorescent dye embedded in them, are chemically treated so that they can link with antibodies. With the help of a complex antibody/antigen reaction, the microspheres bind themselves to specific 'targets,' in this case the T-cells or B-cells. Each group of cells can then be analyzed by a photoelectronic instrument at different wavelengths emitted by the fluorescent dyes. Same concept was applied to the separation of cancer cells from normal cells. Microspheres were also used to conduct many other research projects. Under a patent license Magsphere, Inc. is producing a wide spectrum of microspheres on a large scale and selling them worldwide for various applications.

  11. Uniform biodegradable hydrogel microspheres fabricated by a surfactant-free electric-field-assisted method.

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    Choy, Young Bin; Choi, Hyungsoo; Kim, Kyekyoon Kevin

    2007-04-10

    Uniform biodegradable hydrogel microspheres (HMS) with precisely controlled size have been fabricated using an electric-field-assisted precision particle fabrication technique. Particle agglomeration was prevented by charging the hydrogel drops and allowing Coulomb repulsion to separate them. As a result, surfactant-free and non-toxic particle fabrication was possible and the resulting microspheres were most suitable for biomedical and food-related applications. Due to the size uniformity, the present HMS may serve as a convenient yet most accurate vehicle for controlled delivery of therapeutic agents and other active ingredients.

  12. Environmental friendly cold-mechanical/sonic enzymatic assisted extraction of genipin from genipap (Genipa americana).

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    Ramos-de-la-Peña, Ana Mayela; Renard, Catherine M G C; Wicker, Louise; Montañez, Julio C; García-Cerda, Luis Alfonso; Contreras-Esquivel, Juan Carlos

    2014-01-01

    An efficient cold-mechanical/sonic-assisted extraction technique was developed for extraction of genipin from genipap (Genipa americana) peel. Ultrasound assisted extraction (285 W, 24 kHz) was performed at 5, 10 and 15 °C for 5, 10 and 15 min. After cold-extraction, genipin was separated from pectin and proteins by aid of fungal pectinesterase. The maximum yield of non-cross-linked genipin was 7.85±0.33 mg/g, at 10 °C for 15 min by means of ultrasound extraction. The protein amount in extracts decreased in all samples. If mechanical process is combined with ultrasound assisted extraction the yield is increased by 8 times after the pectinesterase-assisted polyelectrolyte complex formation between pectic polysaccharides and proteins, avoiding the typical cross-linking of genipin. This novel process is viable to obtain non-cross-linked genipin, to be used as a natural colorant and cross-linker in the food and biotechnological industries. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. SDS-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of porous CdIn2S4 microspheres

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    Bai, X. F.; Li, J. S.; Wu, W.

    2017-02-01

    The porous CdIn2S4 microspheres were synthesized via a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-assisted hydrothermal technology. The as-prepared CdIn2S4 products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy. The results showed that hydrothermal time and the surfactant addition had great effect on the structure, morphology and optical property of CdIn2S4 products.

  14. Synthesis of titanium dioxide by ultrasound assisted sol-gel technique: effect of calcination and sonication time.

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    Pinjari, D V; Prasad, Krishnamurthy; Gogate, P R; Mhaske, S T; Pandit, A B

    2015-03-01

    Nanostructured titanium dioxide has been synthesized using both conventional and ultrasound assisted sol-gel technique with an objective of understanding the role of cavitational effects in the synthesis process. The experiments were conducted at a constant calcination temperature of 750 °C and the calcination time was varied from 30 min to 3 h to study the effect of calcination time on the properties of the synthesized TiO₂. The TiO₂ specimens were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The influence of the sonication time on the phase transformation process from anatase to rutile and also on the crystallite size and percentage crystallinity of the synthesized TiO₂ has also been investigated. It was observed that 100% phase transformation occurred after 3 h of calcination for the ultrasound assisted sol-gel synthesized TiO₂. The study on the phase transformation via variation of sonication time yielded interesting results. It was observed that as the sonication time increased, an initial increase in the rutile content is obtained and beyond optimum sonication time, the rutile content decreased. In general, the ultrasound assisted process results in synthesis of TiO₂ material with higher rutile content as compared to the conventional sol-gel process.

  15. Effect of Heat Assisted Bath Sonication on the Mechanical and Thermal Deformation Behaviours of Graphene Nanoplatelets Filled Epoxy Polymer Composites

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    Jin-Luen Phua

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene nanoplatelets (GNP filled epoxy composites ranged from 0.2 to 5 vol.% were prepared in this study using simple heat assisted bath sonication for better GNP dispersion and exfoliation. The effects of GNP filler loading via heat assisted bath sonication on the mechanical properties and thermal deformation behaviour were investigated. Improvements on flexural strength and fracture toughness up to 0.4 vol.% filler loading were recorded. Further addition of GNP filler loading shows a deteriorating behaviour on the mechanical properties on the composites. The bulk electrical conductivity of the epoxy composites is greatly improved with the addition of GNP filler loading up to 1 vol.%. The thermal expansion of epoxy composites is reduced with the addition of GNP; however poor thermal stability of the composites is observed.

  16. Sonication-assisted Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of Verbascum xanthophoeniceum Griseb. for bioactive metabolite accumulation.

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    Georgiev, Milen I; Ludwig-Müller, Jutta; Alipieva, Kalina; Lippert, Annemarie

    2011-05-01

    An efficient protocol for the establishment of transformed root culture of Verbascum xanthophoeniceum using sonication-assisted Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation is reported. Only 10 days after the inoculation with A. rhizogenes ATCC 15834 and 45 s ultrasound exposure, hairy roots appeared on 75% of the Verbascum leaves. Ten hairy root lines were isolated, although only half of them were free of bacterial contamination and started growing when excised from mother explants. The transgenic nature of the most vigorously growing hairy root clones (VX1 and VX6) was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction. Under submerged cultivation both hairy root clones accumulated high biomass amounts (12.8 and 14.3 g L(-1), respectively) and significant amounts of bioactive phenylethanoid glycoside verbascoside (over 6-times more than in mother plant leaves). LC-APCI-MS analyses confirmed verbascoside accumulation in hairy root clones along with three other phenylethanoid glycosides (forsythoside B, leucosceptoside B and martynoside) and an iridoid glycoside aucubin. This is the first report on the induction of hairy roots of Verbascum plants.

  17. Investigation of ice-assisted sonication on the microstructure and chemical quality of Ganoderma lucidum spores.

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    Zhao, Ding; Chang, Ming-Wei; Li, Jing-Song; Suen, William; Huang, Jie

    2014-11-01

    Ganoderma lucidum spores (GLS) are well known for disease treatment and vitality enhancement, and have been shown to contain a variety of bioactive components, such as polysaccharides and triterpenes. However, the resilient bilayer sporoderm structure of GLS restricts the release of bioactive components and limits its complete pharmacological effects. The current study was aimed to improve the quality of GLS by means of a customized sonication technique, particularly, the effect of sonication processing parameters on GLS-breaking efficiencies was investigated. Significant morphological changes, such as cracked, fractured, and disintegrated GLS were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after sonication treatment. The performance for breaking GLS sporoderm was obtained at ultrasonic power density of 23.7 W/cm(2) , duty cycle 100%, and 90-min processing time. Through the combination of sonication in an ice bath, sporoderm breaking efficiency can be further increased from 45% to almost 75%. FTIR analysis revealed an increase in bioactive components of polysaccharide, protein, and fatty acid from the sonication processed GLS when compared to ground spores available commercially. The current results indicated that the ice bath combined sonication method is more effective in delivering GLS ingredients and could be an economic technique for the production of high-quality broken sporoderm GLS.

  18. A new sonication-assisted ionic liquid-based route to microcrystals of lanthanide fluorides and their photoluminescent properties

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    Li, Yinyan; Xu, Shiqing, E-mail: sxucjlu@hotmail.com

    2014-07-15

    Highlights: • Microcrystals of lanthanide fluorides were prepared by sonication-assisted IL-based route. • It is a fast, simple, green and mild method to get lanthanide fluoride microcrystals. • The microcrystals are uniform, monodisperse, well-shaped and phase-pure. • IL served as reaction medium, fluoride source as well as template. • Sonication helped to accelerate reaction and get monodisperse uniform microcrystals. - Abstract: We introduce an ionic liquid-based method for the synthesis of uniform lanthanide fluoride microcrystals with the assistance of a sonication-accelerated reaction system. It is a fast, simple and mild process to get uniform monodisperse spherical lanthanide fluoride microcrystals in large scale. Homogeneous precipitation in a biphasic system of ethanol solution of lanthanide nitrates and ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate [C{sub 4}mim][PF{sub 6}] led to the uniform LnF{sub 3} microcrystals. The method was applied to the preparation of pure LnF{sub 3} (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd) and Eu{sup 3+}-doped LaF{sub 3}, Tb{sup 3+}-doped CeF{sub 3}. SEM images indicated highly uniform cotton-like spherical microcrystals were obtained. HRTEM image indicated that the microcrystals were aggregated by nanocrystals of 6–10 nm due to agglomeration effect of the ionic liquid. The uniformity and dispersility of LaF{sub 3} decreased with the increasing of the molar ratio of [C{sub 4}mim][PF{sub 6}] to La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O. Diameter of the microcrystal decreased from La to Nd. Photoluminescence properties of Eu{sup 3+}-doped LaF{sub 3} and Tb{sup 3+}-doped CeF{sub 3} were also studied.

  19. Walnut-like In2S3 microspheres: ionic liquid-assisted solvothermal synthesis, characterization and formation mechanism

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    Chai, Bo; Zeng, Peng; Zhang, Xiaohu; Mao, Jin; Zan, Ling; Peng, Tianyou

    2012-03-01

    Walnut-like In2S3 microspheres were synthesized through an ionic liquid-assisted solvothermal method for the first time. The crystal structure and morphology of the as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurement. It was found that the additional amount of ionic liquid, solvothermal temperature and time played crucial roles in controlling the structure and morphology of the In2S3 microspheres. A possible formation mechanism of the walnut-like In2S3 microsphere was proposed on the basis of the experimental results.

  20. Walnut-like In2S3 microspheres: ionic liquid-assisted solvothermal synthesis, characterization and formation mechanism.

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    Chai, Bo; Zeng, Peng; Zhang, Xiaohu; Mao, Jin; Zan, Ling; Peng, Tianyou

    2012-04-07

    Walnut-like In(2)S(3) microspheres were synthesized through an ionic liquid-assisted solvothermal method for the first time. The crystal structure and morphology of the as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurement. It was found that the additional amount of ionic liquid, solvothermal temperature and time played crucial roles in controlling the structure and morphology of the In(2)S(3) microspheres. A possible formation mechanism of the walnut-like In(2)S(3) microsphere was proposed on the basis of the experimental results.

  1. Polystyrene-based Hollow Microsphere Synthesized by [gamma]-ray Irradiation-assisted Polymerization and Self-Assembly and Its Application in Detection of Ionizing Radiation

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    Wenhui Fan; Qing Li; Liang Hu; Siqi Yan; Wanxin Wen; Zhifang Chai; Hanzhou Liu

    2017-01-01

    .... Here, a simple and novel one-pot synthetic strategy to prepare polystyrene (PS) hollow microspheres via irradiation-assisted free-radical polymerizing and self-assembly (IFPS) approach under γ...

  2. Microwave Irradiation Assisted Preparation of Chitosan Composite Microsphere for Dye Adsorption

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    Xiaoyu Chen; Lindun He

    2017-01-01

    Chitosan-activated carbon composite microspheres were prepared by emulsion cross-linking method and its adsorption properties for methyl orange were studied. Chitosan solution was mixed with activated carbon powder and then chitosan was cross-linked by epichlorohydrin under microwave irradiation. SEM photos show that the composite microspheres have diameters of 200–400 μm and activated carbon powder dispersed on the surface of composite microsphere. FTIR spectrum indicates chitosan is success...

  3. Microwave Irradiation Assisted Preparation of Chitosan Composite Microsphere for Dye Adsorption

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    Xiaoyu Chen

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan-activated carbon composite microspheres were prepared by emulsion cross-linking method and its adsorption properties for methyl orange were studied. Chitosan solution was mixed with activated carbon powder and then chitosan was cross-linked by epichlorohydrin under microwave irradiation. SEM photos show that the composite microspheres have diameters of 200–400 μm and activated carbon powder dispersed on the surface of composite microsphere. FTIR spectrum indicates chitosan is successfully cross-linked. Microwave irradiation can effectively shorten the cross-linking time. Composite microspheres have enhanced dye adsorption capacity for methyl orange compared to chitosan microspheres. Kinetic studies showed that the adsorption followed a pseudo-second-order model. Isotherm studies show that the isotherm adsorption equilibrium is better described by Freundlich isotherm. Regeneration results show that adsorption capacity of composite microsphere decreased about 5.51% after being reused for three times. These results indicated that chitosan-activated carbon composite microsphere has potential application in the removal of dye from wastewaters.

  4. Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 microspheres for efficient electro-field-assisted-photocatalytic removal of tributyltin in tannery wastewater.

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    Zhao, Yang; Huang, Zhiding; Chang, Wenkai; Wei, Chao; Feng, Xugen; Ma, Lin; Qi, Xiaoxia; Li, Zenghe

    2017-07-01

    Organotin compounds have been widely used in recent decades, however, the residential tributyltin (TBT) in environment has potential harmful effects on human health due to the disruption of endocrine system even at trace level. Herein, this work reports on an effective electro-field-assisted-photocatalytic technique for removal of TBT by applying an electric field to photocatalysis of as-prepared hierarchical TiO2 microspheres. The synthesis of catalytic materials is based on a self-assembly process induced by microwave-assisted solvothermal reaction. Hierarchical TiO2 microspheres consisting of nanowires can be obtained in short time with this facile method and possess high surface area and superior optical properties. As the catalyst, it was found that the reaction rate constant of electro-field-assisted-photocatalytic removal (0.0488 min(-1)) of TBT exhibited almost a 9 fold improvement as compared to that of photocatalysis (0.0052 min(-1)). The proposed mechanism of electro-field-assisted-photocatalytic removal of TBT was verified by using (117)Sn-enriched TBT spike solution as an isotopic tracer. In addition, varying impacts from some key reaction conditions, such as voltage of potential, pH value and the presence of Cr and formaldehyde were also discussed. The overall satisfactory TBT removal performance of the proposed electro-field-assisted-photocatalysis procedure with hierarchical TiO2 microspheres, which was validated using actual tannery wastewater samples from three different kinds of tanning procedures. These attributes suggest that this electro-field-assisted-photocatalysis may have broad applications for the treatment of tannery wastewater. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Solution assisted growth mechanism and characterization of ZnS microspheres

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    Ghoderao, Karuna P.; Jamble, Shweta N.; Sawant, Jitendra P.; Kale, Rohidas B.

    2017-02-01

    The ZnS microspheres were synthesized via simple, efficient and cost-effective hydrothermal method. The x-ray diffraction study revealed nanocrystalline nature of the synthesized ZnS with the cubic crystal structure. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations revealed the formation of 3D microspheres that consist of numerous ZnS nanocrystals. The grown microspheres are also interconnected with each other by driving force of attachment. The obtained product has excellent elemental stoichiometric proportion as evidenced by the EDS technique. The electron diffraction pattern reveals the polycrystalline nature of obtained ZnS product. The band gap was measured from UV–Vis spectroscopic study and found to be blue shifted from the bulk band gap value. The PL study exhibits negligibly weak band edge emission and dominant, widespread defect-related green emission. The nucleation of a ZnS nanocrystals and subsequent growth into the microspheres is also discussed.

  6. Simple Technique of Exfoliation and Dispersion of Multilayer Graphene from Natural Graphite by Ozone-Assisted Sonication.

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    Lin, Zaw; Karthik, Paneer Selvam; Hada, Masaki; Nishikawa, Takeshi; Hayashi, Yasuhiko

    2017-05-27

    Owing to its unique properties, graphene has attracted tremendous attention in many research fields. There is a great space to develop graphene synthesis techniques by an efficient and environmentally friendly approach. In this paper, we report a facile method to synthesize well-dispersed multilayer graphene (MLG) without using any chemical reagents or organic solvents. This was achieved by the ozone-assisted sonication of the natural graphite in a water medium. The frequency or number of ozone treatments plays an important role for the dispersion in the process. The possible mechanism of graphene exfoliation and the introduction of functional groups have been postulated. The experimental setup is unique for ozone treatment and enables the elimination of ozone off-gas. The heat generated by the dissipation of ultrasonic waves was used as it is, and no additional heat was supplied. The graphene dispersion was stable, and no evidence of aggregation was observed---even after several months. The characterization results show that well-dispersed MLG was successfully synthesized without any significant damage to the overall structure. The graphene obtained by this method has potential applications in composite materials, conductive coatings, energy storage, and electronic devices.

  7. Simple Technique of Exfoliation and Dispersion of Multilayer Graphene from Natural Graphite by Ozone-Assisted Sonication

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    Zaw Lin

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Owing to its unique properties, graphene has attracted tremendous attention in many research fields. There is a great space to develop graphene synthesis techniques by an efficient and environmentally friendly approach. In this paper, we report a facile method to synthesize well-dispersed multilayer graphene (MLG without using any chemical reagents or organic solvents. This was achieved by the ozone-assisted sonication of the natural graphite in a water medium. The frequency or number of ozone treatments plays an important role for the dispersion in the process. The possible mechanism of graphene exfoliation and the introduction of functional groups have been postulated. The experimental setup is unique for ozone treatment and enables the elimination of ozone off-gas. The heat generated by the dissipation of ultrasonic waves was used as it is, and no additional heat was supplied. The graphene dispersion was stable, and no evidence of aggregation was observed---even after several months. The characterization results show that well-dispersed MLG was successfully synthesized without any significant damage to the overall structure. The graphene obtained by this method has potential applications in composite materials, conductive coatings, energy storage, and electronic devices.

  8. Polystyrene-based Hollow Microsphere Synthesized by γ-ray Irradiation-assisted Polymerization and Self-Assembly and Its Application in Detection of Ionizing Radiation

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    Fan, Wenhui; Li, Qing; Hu, Liang; Yan, Siqi; Wen, Wanxin; Chai, Zhifang; Liu, Hanzhou

    2017-01-01

    To simply and multitudinously synthesize hollow microspheres in a pure system is important for relevant research and application. Here, a simple and novel one-pot synthetic strategy to prepare polystyrene (PS) hollow microspheres via irradiation-assisted free-radical polymerizing and self-assembly (IFPS) approach under γ-ray irradiation with no additives introduced into the system is presented. And PS/2,5-Diphenyloxazole (PPO) fluorescent microspheres have been prepared successfully by IFPS reaction, which can be used as scintillators for the detection of ionizing radiation. A linear relationship between emitted luminescence and dose-activity in water is obtained, which suggests that composite microspheres could be used as liquid scintillation in specific environment.

  9. Polymeric microspheres

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    Walt, David R.; Mandal, Tarun K.; Fleming, Michael S.

    2004-04-13

    The invention features core-shell microsphere compositions, hollow polymeric microspheres, and methods for making the microspheres. The microspheres are characterized as having a polymeric shell with consistent shell thickness.

  10. UV-assisted synthesis of surface modified mesoporous TiO2/G microspheres and its electrochemical performances in lithium ion batteries

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    Tong, Xiaoling; Zeng, Min; Li, Jing; Li, Fuyun

    2017-01-01

    Three-dimensional mesoporous TiO2/graphene (TiO2/G) microspheres have been successfully synthesized through a simple UV-assisted method of reduced graphene oxide with hydrazine. The as-made surface modified mesoporous TiO2/G microspheres possess large surface area and exhibit a high initial discharge capacity of 220 mAh g-1 and retain 84% (∼185 mAh g-1) of reversible capacity over 100 cycles at a rate of 0.2C. In addition, TiO2/G microspheres display improved cyclic performance, excellent rate capability and enhanced electrical conductivity, which are superior to the bare TiO2 microspheres. Furthermore, TiO2/G microspheres can achieve a reversible capacity of 141 mAh g-1 upon 100 cycles even at the 1C rate. We believe that the mesoporous TiO2/G microspheres are expected to be a promising high performance anode material for the next generation lithium ion batteries.

  11. Rapid metal extractability tests from polluted mining soils by ultrasound probe sonication and microwave-assisted extraction systems.

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    García-Salgado, Sara; Quijano, M Ángeles

    2016-12-01

    Ultrasonic probe sonication (UPS) and microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) were used for rapid single extraction of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn from soils polluted by former mining activities (Mónica Mine, Bustarviejo, NW Madrid, Spain), using 0.01 mol L(-1) calcium chloride (CaCl2), 0.43 mol L(-1) acetic acid (CH3COOH), and 0.05 mol L(-1) ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at pH 7 as extracting agents. The optimum extraction conditions by UPS consisted of an extraction time of 2 min for both CaCl2 and EDTA extractions and 15 min for CH3COOH extraction, at 30% ultrasound (US) amplitude, whereas in the case of MAE, they consisted of 5 min at 50 °C for both CaCl2 and EDTA extractions and 15 min at 120 °C for CH3COOH extraction. Extractable concentrations were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). The proposed methods were compared with a reduced version of the corresponding single extraction procedures proposed by the Standards, Measurements and Testing Programme (SM&T). The results obtained showed a great variability on extraction percentages, depending on the metal, the total concentration level and the soil sample, reaching high values in some areas. However, the correlation analysis showed that total concentration is the most relevant factor for element extractability in these soil samples. From the results obtained, the application of the accelerated extraction procedures, such as MAE and UPS, could be considered a useful approach to evaluate rapidly the extractability of the metals studied.

  12. EDTA-assisted hydrothermal synthesis and magnetic properties of urchin-like YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres

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    Liu, Yunhao; Wu, Songping, E-mail: chwsp@scut.edu.cn; Ge, Rongyun

    2015-11-15

    Urchin-like YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres have been fabricated by EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid)-assisted hydrothermal method. The results demonstrated that EDTA played key roles in growth of urchin-like YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres. Magnetic measurement indicated that YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} showed a weak ferromagnetic at low temperature due to incomplete spin compensation on the surface. The divagation between field cooling and zero field cooling curves could be reasonably ascribed to the collaboration result of spin-glass behavior and the antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Yb{sup 3+} magnetic moments. Exchange bias (a shift in the hysteresis loop toward negative axis) could be observed in both YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres and nanorods (without EDTA). With the increasing particle size, the exchange bias field and the coercivity increased. - Highlights: • Urchin-like YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres were synthesized with EDTA-assisted hydrothermal method. • Orientated growth of nanorods on the surface of aggregates forms the urchin-like YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} microspheres. • YbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} shows complicated series of magnetic transitions involving the Mn and Yb ions on cooling below Néel temperature.

  13. PREPARATION OF MACROPOROUS TIO2 BY STARCH MICROSPHERES TEMPLATE WITH ASSISTANCE OF SUPERCRITICAL CO2

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    Lin-Qi Tang

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work a green route is reported to prepare a TiO2 macroporous network using corn starch microspheres flake as a bio-template. The starch microspheres prepared by emulsion technology were used as a template into which precursor tetrabutyl titanate (TBOT was permeated using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 as a forceful carrier or infiltration media, resulting in the formation of an organic/inorganic hybrid material; then the coated template was gelled and dried during the scCO2-coating and the depressurization processes, followed by removal of the template by calcination at 700°C; finally, TiO2 inverse-opals-like material reversely replicating the starch microspheres template was obtained. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, nitrogen sorption measurements, and X-ray diffraction (XRD indicated that the products were the inverse replicas from their templates. The obtained TiO2 inverse opals-like material showed a wide dispersion of pore sizes from mesopores to macropores – a few nanometers to several micrometers –with the BET surface area up to 103 m2/g, and a predominantly anatase crystalline phase. In addition, the wall thickness of the macropores varied with tunable pressure for closed cells or open-cell foams. So this facile and environmentally friendly process for the preparation of high-surface area, thermally-stable, metal-oxide catalysts and supports by a starch microsphere templating approach may have widespread potential applications in catalysis, absorbents, photoelectric materials, and so on.

  14. Novel Erythrocyte-like Graphene Microspheres with High Quality and Mass Production Capability via Electrospray Assisted Self-Assembly

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    Tian, Yayang; Wu, Guan; Tian, Xike; Tao, Xiaoming; Chen, Wei

    2013-11-01

    We report for the first time a novel erythrocyte-like graphene microsphere (ELGMs) which can be produced with high quality and mass production capability via electrospray assisted self-assembly. Through simple electrospray treatment of GO suspension into coagulation bath followed by chemical reduction, large quantity of ELGMs with uniform morphology and size can be obtained with production rate of around 2.4 mg/h. Compared with other 3D structures, the ELGMs have a very interesting structural characteristic of perfect exterior doughnut shape and interior porous network. Accordingly, the as-prepared porous ELGMs exhibit excellent capability for fast and recyclable removal of oil and toxic organic solvents from water, reaching up to 216 times of its weight in absorption efficiency, which is tens of times higher than that of conventional sorbent materials. It is strongly believed that the novel hierarchical graphene structures and synergy among different techniques will lead to more future advances in graphene applications.

  15. Simple Synthesis of Molybdenum Disulfide/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite Hollow Microspheres as Supercapacitor Electrode Material

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    Wei Xiao

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available MoS2/RGO composite hollow microspheres were hydrothermally synthesized by using SiO2/GO microspheres as a template, which were obtained via the sonication-assisted interfacial self-assembly of tiny GO sheets on positively charged SiO2 microspheres. The structure, morphology, phase, and chemical composition of MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres were systematically investigated by a series of techniques such as FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA, BET, and Raman characterizations, meanwhile, their electrochemical properties were carefully evaluated by CV, GCD, and EIS measurements. It was found that MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres possessed unique porous hollow architecture with high-level hierarchy and large specific surface area up to 63.7 m2·g−1. When used as supercapacitor electrode material, MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres delivered a maximum specific capacitance of 218.1 F·g−1 at the current density of 1 A·g−1, which was much higher than that of contrastive bare MoS2 microspheres developed in the present work and most of other reported MoS2-based materials. The enhancement of supercapacitive behaviors of MoS2/RGO hollow microspheres was likely due to the improved conductivity together with their distinct structure and morphology, which not only promoted the charge transport but also facilitated the electrolyte diffusion. Moreover, MoS2/RGO hollow microsphere electrode displayed satisfactory long-term stability with 91.8% retention of the initial capacitance after 1000 charge/discharge cycles at the current density of 3 A·g−1, showing excellent application potential.

  16. Raspberrylike SiO2@reduced graphene oxide@AgNP composite microspheres with high aqueous dispersity and excellent catalytic activity.

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    Xiao, Wei; Zhang, Yanhua; Liu, Bitao

    2015-03-25

    The hybridizations of functional microspheres with graphene or graphene oxide (GO) sheets often suffer from severe agglomeration behaviors, leading to poor water dispersity of the resultant composite materials. Here, we first demonstrate that the sonication-assisted self-assembly of tiny GO sheets (whose lateral size less than 200 nm) on microspheric substrates like cationic polyelectrolyte-modified SiO2 microspheres could effectively overcome such a common drawback. On the basis of this facile strategy, we further developed reduced graphene oxide/silver nanoparticle composite film wrapped SiO2 microspheres, which not only possessed unique raspberrylike structure and high aqueous dispersity but also exhibited exceptional catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

  17. Synthesis and evolution of hollow ZnO microspheres assisted by Zn powder precursor

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    Tian, Yu; Lu, Hong-Bing; Liao, Lei; Li, Jin-Chai; Liu, Chang

    2009-03-01

    Hollow ZnO microspheres with nanowires grown on the inner and outer surfaces (HZMSnws) have been successfully synthesized by a simple two-step thermal process approach, where pre-deposited Zn powder particles on Si substrates act as temporary templates to form hollow ZnO sphere shells, while additional Zn powder acts as a Zn source to grow single crystal nanowires on the surfaces of spherical shells. SEM, XRD, TEM and HRTEM were used to characterize the morphology and crystalline structure of the samples. Photoluminescence (PL) measurement shows strong UV emission (380 nm) of HZMSnws samples. Lacking the need for the additional template removal is an important advantage of this approach over others and it therefore can be used to prepare hollow ZnO nano/microsphere shells (HZMSs) and HZMSnws at low cost and at large scale. These kinds of special high surface area hollow spherical structures may find potential applications in photocatalysis, light-weight composite fillers, acoustic insulation, UV nano/micro-optoemission devices and photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells.

  18. Ultrasonic assisted rapid synthesis of high uniform super-paramagnetic microspheres with core-shell structure and robust magneto-chromatic ability

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    Zhang, Wenyan; Chen, Jiahua; Wang, Wei; Lu, GongXuan; Hao, Lingyun; Ni, Yaru; Lu, Chunhua; Xu, Zhongzi

    2017-03-01

    Super-paramagnetic core-shell microspheres were synthesized by ultrasonic assisted routine under low ultrasonic irradiation powers. Compared with conventional routine, ultrasonic effect could not only improve the uniformity of the core-shell structure of Fe3O4@SiO2, but shorten the synthesis time in large scale. Owing to their hydrophilicity and high surface charge, the Fe3O4@SiO2 microspheres could be dispersed well in distilled water to form homogeneous colloidal suspension. The suspensions have favorable magneto-chromatic ability that they sensitively exhibit brilliant colorful ribbons by magnetic attraction. The colorful ribbons, which distributed along the magnetic lines, make morphology of the magnetic fields become "visible" to naked eyed. Those colorful ribbons originate from strong magnetic interaction between the microspheres and magnetic fields. Furthermore, the magneto-chromatic performance is reversible as the colorful ribbons vanished rapidly with the removing of magnetic fields. The silica layer effectively enhanced the acid resistance and surface-oxidation resistance of theFe3O4@SiO2 microspheres, so they could exhibit stable magnetic nature and robust magneto-chromatic property in acid environment.

  19. A protocol for sonication-assisted Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of haploid and diploid sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) explants.

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    Klimek-Chodacka, Magdalena; Baranski, Rafal

    2014-01-01

    Hairy root cultures obtained after Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated genetic transformation can serve as a model system for studying plant metabolism and physiology, or can be utilized for the production of secondary metabolites. So far no efficient protocol of hairy root development in sugar beet has been publically released. In this work, two A. rhizogenes strains (A4T and LBA1334) carrying a binary vector pBIN-m-gfp5-ER or pCAMBIA1301 possessing gfp and uidA reporter genes were used to transform petiole explants of haploid and diploid sugar beet genotypes. Five treatment combinations of sonicated-assisted Agrobacterium-mediated transformation were compared. Hairy roots appeared on 0% to 54% of explants depending on the treatment combination used. The highest frequency was achieved when explants of a diploid genotype were sonicated for 15 s in the inoculum containing A. rhizogenes of OD600=0.5 and then co-cultured for three days. Using the same treatment combinations the explants of haploid genotypes developed hairy roots with the frequency ranging from 10% to 36%. Transformation efficiency was independent on the bacterial strain used. The results indicate that haploid sugar beet explants are amenable to transformation using A. rhizogenes, and that the efficiency of that process can be increased by applying short ultrasound treatment.

  20. Sonic Watermarking

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    Ryuki Tachibana

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Audio watermarking has been used mainly for digital sound. In this paper, we extend the range of its applications to live performances with a new composition method for real-time audio watermarking. Sonic watermarking mixes the sound of the watermark signal and the host sound in the air to detect illegal music recordings recorded from auditoriums. We propose an audio watermarking algorithm for sonic watermarking that increases the magnitudes of the host signal only in segmented areas pseudorandomly chosen in the time-frequency plane. The result of a MUSHRA subjective listening test assesses the acoustic quality of the method in the range of “excellent quality.” The robustness is dependent on the type of music samples. For popular and orchestral music, a watermark can be stably detected from music samples that have been sonic-watermarked and then once compressed in an MPEG 1 layer 3 file.

  1. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation over porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres synthesized via a CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Bai, Xuefeng, E-mail: bxuefeng@163.net [Institute of Petrochemistry, Heilongjiang Academy of Sciences, Harbin 150040 (China); School of Chemistry and Materials, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150070 (China); Li, Jinshu [School of Chemistry and Materials, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150070 (China)

    2011-07-15

    Graphical abstract: ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. It could be seen from the SEM image that the flowerlike microspheres were composed of numerous nanosheets. Many slit-like pores were formed among the curved nanosheets. The porous structure benefited the adsorption of reactants, the diffuseness of products, the charge separation on surface, the transfer of the interfacial charge carriers and the charge carrier trapping. And porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} photocatalyst exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than nonporous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} material. Highlights: {yields} A series of unique flower-like porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres of hexagonal crystal phase as efficient visible-light photocatalysts have been synthesized through CPBr-assisted hydrothermal method. {yields} The CPBr addition would visibly influence the self-assemble growing and the crystal structure including the position and intensity of some peaks. {yields} We also found that the pH value plays a crucial role in the formation of ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres and the influence of the pH on the structure of product has been first reported in our paper. {yields} The results showed that our as-synthesized porous ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} microspheres possessed a specific surface area of 165.4 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} and performed higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than bulk ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} for hydrogen evolution. The maximum H{sub 2} evolution rate of ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} reaches 1544.8 {mu}mol/(h g). -- Abstract: Hexagonal ZnIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} porous microspheres were synthesized via a cetylpyridinium bromide (CPBr)-assisted hydrothermal method. The structure, morphology and optical property of these prepared products were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD), small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), UV-Vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), field emission scanning

  2. Sonication assisted preparation of graphene oxide/graphitic-C₃N₄ nanosheet hybrid with reinforced photocurrent for photocatalyst applications.

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    Dai, Kai; Lu, Luhua; Liu, Qi; Zhu, Guangping; Wei, Xiaoqin; Bai, Jin; Xuan, Lingling; Wang, Heng

    2014-05-01

    Graphitic C3N4 (g-C3N4), as an advanced metal free photocatalyst, is known to be poorly exfoliated and dispersed in water from its powder form which has a layered structure, the intrinsic plane structure is not destroyed, and this has largely limited its application. In this work, we report our progress on successful sonication exfoliation of g-C3N4 nanosheets in graphene oxide (GO) aqueous solution. By making use of the substrate character of GO, g-C3N4 nanosheets of unvaried intrinsic structure were exfoliated and anchored on the GO surface, resulting in a GO/g-C3N4 hybrid. Moreover, the photocurrent of the hybrid was largely reinforced at the optimal weight fraction of GO. As a result, the corresponding photocatalytic performance of the hybrid with optimized photocurrent character was largely improved.

  3. Chemical template-assisted synthesis of monodisperse rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres as drug carrier.

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    Cheng, Lin; Ruan, Weimin; Zou, Bingfang; Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Yongqiang

    2017-08-01

    A chemical template strategy was put forward to synthesize monodisperse rattle-type magnetic carbon (Fe3O4@C) hollow microspheres. During the synthesis procedure, monodisperse Fe2O3 microspheres were used as chemical template, which released Fe(3+) ions in acidic solution and initiated the in-situ polymerization of pyrrole into polypyrrole (PPy) shell. With the continual acidic etching of Fe2O3 microspheres, rattle-type Fe2O3@PPy microspheres were generated with the cavity appearing between the PPy shell and left Fe2O3 core, which were then transformed into Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres through calcination in nitrogen atmosphere. Compared with traditional physical template, the shell and cavity of rattle-type hollow microspheres were generated in one step using the chemical template method, which obviously saved the complex procedures including the coating and removal of middle shells. The experimental results exhibited that the rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres with different parameters could be regulated through controlled synthesis of the intermediate Fe2O3@PPy product. Moreover, when the rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres were investigated as drug carrier, they manifested sustained-release behaviour of doxorubicin, justifying their promising applications as carriers in drug delivery. The aim of the present study was first to synthesize rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres through a simple synthesis method as a drug carrier. Here a chemical template synthesis of rattle-type hollow microspheres was developed, which saved the complex procedures including the coating and removal of middle shells in traditional physical template. Second, all the influence factors in the reaction processes were systematically investigated to obtain rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres with controlled parameters. Third, the rattle-type Fe3O4@C hollow microspheres were studied as drug carriers and the influences of their structural parameters on drug loading and

  4. Rapid microwave-assisted green synthesis of 3D hierarchical flower-shaped NiCo₂O₄ microsphere for high-performance supercapacitor.

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    Lei, Ying; Li, Jing; Wang, Yanyan; Gu, Li; Chang, Yuefan; Yuan, Hongyan; Xiao, Dan

    2014-02-12

    Binary metal oxides with three-dimensional (3D) superstructure have been regarded as desirable electrode materials for the supercapacitor due to the combination of the improved electrical conductivity and effective porous structure. 3D hierarchical flower-shaped nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) microspheres have been fabricated by a rapid and template-free microwave-assisted heating (MAH) reflux approach followed by pyrolysis of the as-prepared precursors. The flower-shaped NiCo2O4 microspheres, composed of ultrathin nanopetals with thickness of about 15 nm, are endowed with large specific surface area (148.5 m(2) g(-1)) and a narrow pore size distribution (5-10 nm). The as-fabricated porous flower-shaped NiCo2O4 microspheres as electrode materials for supercapacitor exhibited high specific capacitance of 1006 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1), enhanced rate capability, and excellent electrochemical stability with 93.2% retention after 1000 continuous charge-discharge (CD) cycles even at a high current density of 8 A g(-1). The desirable integrated performance enables it to be a promising electrode material for the electrochemical supercapacitor (EC).

  5. Porous microspheres of manganese-cerium mixed oxides by a polyvinylpyrrolidone assisted solvothermal method

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    Schmit, F.; Bois, L.; Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Chassagneux, F.; Descorme, C.; Besson, M.; Khrouz, L.

    2017-04-01

    Mixed cerium manganese oxides were synthesized using a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) assisted solvothermal method. Materials obtained after calcination at 400 °C were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopies, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms. The influence of the synthesis parameters on the oxide structure, such as the Mn:Ce ratio or the amount of PVP, was discussed. Micrometric spheres of mixed Mn-Ce oxides, resulting from the aggregation of 100 nm porous snowflakes, were successfully synthesized. These snowflakes were formed from the aggregation of smaller oriented crystallites (size 4 nm). The hydrothermal stability of these materials was also investigated.

  6. Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres and their high efficient photocatalytic degradation for p-nitrophenol

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    Li, Tingting, E-mail: tingtingli1983@hotmail.com [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Department of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis, Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Luo, Shenglian, E-mail: sllou@hnu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Department of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis, Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Yang, Lixia [Department of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Province for Ecological Diagnosis, Remediation and Pollution Control, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres were successfully fabricated by the approach of microwave-assisted solvothermal and in situ photo-assisted reduction. A reactive ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C{sub 16}mim]Br) was employed as Br source in the presence of surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgBr/BiOBr towards the decomposition of p-nitrophenol under visible light irradiation was evaluated. The results indicated that Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed enhanced photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol, comparing with P25, BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. More than 96% of p-nitrophenol was decomposed in 3.5 h under visible-light irradation. The excellent photocatalytic activity of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres can be attributed to the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption, suitable energy band structure and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. The possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on the active species test and band gap structure analysis. - Graphical abstract: The photocatalytic reaction mechanisms of the as-prepared Ag/AgBr/BiOBr. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Successful synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres. • The Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed much higher photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol as compared to BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. • The reasons for the excellent photocatalytic activity are the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. • The O{sub 2}·{sup −}, Br{sup 0} and photogenerated h{sup +} play key roles in the photocatalytic degradation process.

  7. Simultaneous screening and determination eight phthalates in plastic products for food use by sonication-assisted extraction/GC-MS methods.

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    Shen, Hao-Yu

    2005-04-30

    Studies on determination of eight kinds of phthalates, e.g. di-ethyl phthalate (DEP), di-propyl phthalate (DPP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP), di-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), di-cyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP), di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-octyl phthalate (DOP), in 25 kinds of plastic products for food use, including packaging bags, packaging film, containers, boxes for microwave oven use, sucking tubes, spoons, cups, plates, etc. by gas chromatography in combination with mass spectrometry detector (GC-MS) in electronic ionisation mode (EI) with selected-ion monitoring (SIM) acquisition method (GC-MS (EI-SIM)) have been carried out. Methods have been developed for both qualitative and quantitative analysis of phthalates. Extraction, clean-up and analysis procedure have been optimized. Determination of samples were performed after frozen in liquid nitrogen and sonication-assisted extraction with hexane, clean-up with LC-C18 SPE and analyzed by GC-MS methods. The base peak (m/z=149) of all the phthalates was selected for the screening studies. The characteristic ions, 121, 177, 222 for DEP; 191, 209 for DPP; 57, 223 for DIBP; 104 for DBP; 91, 132, 206 for BBP; 55, 167 for DCHP; 113, 167, 279 for DEHP; 279 for DOP were chosen for quantitative studies. These techniques are possible to detect phthalates at the level of 10.0mug/kg. Overall recoveries were 82-106% with R.S.D. values at 3.8-10.2%. Only one of the 25 examined samples was free from phthalates. The rest 24 samples were found to contain at least three or more of these phthalates. The predominant phthalate detected in the studied samples was DEHP.

  8. Analysis of the air flow generated by an air-assisted sprayer equipped with two axial fans using a 3D sonic anemometer.

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    García-Ramos, F Javier; Vidal, Mariano; Boné, Antonio; Malón, Hugo; Aguirre, Javier

    2012-01-01

    The flow of air generated by a new design of air assisted sprayer equipped with two axial fans of reversed rotation was analyzed. For this goal, a 3D sonic anemometer has been used (accuracy: 1.5%; measurement range: 0 to 45 m/s). The study was divided into a static test and a dynamic test. During the static test, the air velocity in the working vicinity of the sprayer was measured considering the following machine configurations: (1) one activated fan regulated at three air flows (machine working as a traditional sprayer); (2) two activated fans regulated at three air flows for each fan. In the static test 72 measurement points were considered. The location of the measurement points was as follow: left and right sides of the sprayer; three sections of measurement (A, B and C); three measurement distances from the shaft of the machine (1.5 m, 2.5 m and 3.5 m); and four measurement heights (1 m, 2 m, 3 m and 4 m). The static test results have shown significant differences in the module and the vertical angle of the air velocity vector in function of the regulations of the sprayer. In the dynamic test, the air velocity was measured at 2.5 m from the axis of the sprayer considering four measurement heights (1 m, 2 m, 3 m and 4 m). In this test, the sprayer regulations were: one or two activated fans; one air flow for each fan; forward speed of 2.8 km/h. The use of one fan (back) or two fans (back and front) produced significant differences on the duration of the presence of wind in the measurement point and on the direction of the air velocity vector. The module of the air velocity vector was not affected by the number of activated fans.

  9. Analysis of the Air Flow Generated by an Air-Assisted Sprayer Equipped with Two Axial Fans Using a 3D Sonic Anemometer

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    Javier Aguirre

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The flow of air generated by a new design of air assisted sprayer equipped with two axial fans of reversed rotation was analyzed. For this goal, a 3D sonic anemometer has been used (accuracy: 1.5%; measurement range: 0 to 45 m/s. The study was divided into a static test and a dynamic test. During the static test, the air velocity in the working vicinity of the sprayer was measured considering the following machine configurations: (1 one activated fan regulated at three air flows (machine working as a traditional sprayer; (2 two activated fans regulated at three air flows for each fan. In the static test 72 measurement points were considered. The location of the measurement points was as follow: left and right sides of the sprayer; three sections of measurement (A, B and C; three measurement distances from the shaft of the machine (1.5 m, 2.5 m and 3.5 m; and four measurement heights (1 m, 2 m, 3 m and 4 m. The static test results have shown significant differences in the module and the vertical angle of the air velocity vector in function of the regulations of the sprayer. In the dynamic test, the air velocity was measured at 2.5 m from the axis of the sprayer considering four measurement heights (1 m, 2 m, 3 m and 4 m. In this test, the sprayer regulations were: one or two activated fans; one air flow for each fan; forward speed of 2.8 km/h. The use of one fan (back or two fans (back and front produced significant differences on the duration of the presence of wind in the measurement point and on the direction of the air velocity vector. The module of the air velocity vector was not affected by the number of activated fans.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of PMMA/clay nanocomposites prepared by in situ polymerization assisted by sonication; Sintese e caracterizacao de nanocompositos de PMMA/MMTO via polimerizacao in situ assistida por ultrassom

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    Prado, Bruna R.; Bartoli, Julio R., E-mail: bartoli@unicamp.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Ito, Edson N. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    In this work is presented the synthesis of nanocomposites of poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, with organically montmorillonite (OMMT) modified clays by in situ polymerization assisted by sonication. A statistically designed experiment was used, central composing design (CCD), to study the effect of synthesis variables on the dispersion of nanoparticles in PMMA matrix. The processing and formulation factors studied were: energy of sonication and Flory-Huggins interaction parameter between PMMA and organoclay. The structural (XRD) and morphological (TEM) characterizations of the PMMA/OMMT nanocomposites are compared with the literature. It was observed significant exfoliation of OMMT modified with hydroxyl groups in the nanocomposites of PMMA, mainly at the low ultrasonic energy level (90 and 105 kJ) studied. (author)

  11. Zeolite imidazolate frameworks 8 as sorbent and its application to sonication-assisted emulsification microextraction combined with vortex-assisted porous membrane-protected micro-solid-phase extraction for fast analysis of acidic drugs in environmental water samples.

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    Ge, Dandan; Lee, Hian Kee

    2012-09-28

    A novel and fast procedure, sonication-assisted emulsification microextraction combined with vortex-assisted porous membrane protected micro-solid-phase extraction (SAEME-VA-μ-SPE), was developed for the gas chromatography-mass spectrometric determination of acidic drugs from environmental water samples. One advantage of the new procedure is that any solvent immiscible with water can be used as extractant solvent of SAEME and any solid sorbent can be used for μ-SPE in the SAEME-VA-μ-SPE process. In the present work, zeolite imidazolate framework 8 (ZIF-8) was employed as extraction sorbent for μ-SPE and 1-octanol as extractant solvent for SAEME. ZIF-8 has very good thermal, chemical and water stability, which make it a suitable material for the extraction of trace analytes from aqueous samples. Under the optimized extraction conditions, the developed method exhibited low limits of detection (0.01-0.04 ng/ml), good linearity (with r² between 0.9965 and 0.9993) from 0.5 to 50 ng/ml and satisfactory repeatability (between 4.1% and 7.6%). In essence SAEME-VA-μ-SPE is a combination of two different and efficient miniaturized techniques. It was demonstrated to be a fast, accurate, and convenient pretreatment procedure for trace analysis of environmental water samples.

  12. Polyacrolein microspheres

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    Microspheres of acrolein homopolymers and copolymer with hydrophillic comonomers such as methacrylic acid and/or hydroxyethylmethacrylate are prepared by cobalt gamma irradiation of dilute aqueous solutions of the monomers in presence of suspending agents, especially alkyl sulfates such as sodium dodecyl sulfate. Amine or hydroxyl modification is achieved by forming adducts with diamines or alkanol amines. Carboxyl modification is effected by oxidation with peroxides. Pharmaceuticals or other aldehyde reactive materials can be coupled to the microspheres. The microspheres directly form antibody adducts without agglomeration.

  13. Computer Modeling Assisted Design of Monodisperse PLGA Microspheres with Controlled Porosity Affords Zero Order Release of an Encapsulated Macromolecule for 3 Months

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    Kazazi-Hyseni, Filis; Landin, Mariana; Lathuile, Audrey; Veldhuis, Gert J.; Rahimian, Sima; Hennink, Wim E.; Kok, Robbert Jan; van Nostrum, Cornelus F.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was the development of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres with controlled porosity, to obtain microspheres that afford continuous release of a macromolecular model compound (blue dextran). Methods PLGA microspheres with a size of around 40 μm and narrow

  14. Fluorescent microspheres

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    Rembaum, A.

    1978-01-01

    Latex particles with attached antibodies have potential biochemical and environmental applications. Human red blood cells and lymphocytes have been labeled with fluorescent microspheres by either direct or indirect immunological technique. Immunolatex spheres can also be used for detecting and localizing specific cell surface receptors. Hormones and toxins may also be bondable.

  15. Synthesis of hybrid hollow sub-microspheres assisted by pre-added colloidal SiO2.

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    Huang, Ting; Wang, Chao; Zhang, Xinping; Wang, Chen; Li, Ailing; Qiu, Dong

    2015-03-01

    A novel method was developed to synthesize organic-inorganic hybrid hollow sub-microspheres (HHSs) through the addition of colloidal SiO2. The hydrolysis rate of 3-(methacryloyloxy)propyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) was accelerated by SiO2 particles; meanwhile, the condensation rate of the hydrolytic species was decelerated. Thus, the hydrolytic monomers and oligomers of MPS were preserved as emulsifiers. These emulsifiers can then emulsify the isopentyl acetate (PEA) to form a steady O/W emulsion. The HHSs were produced by subsequent free radical polymerization and removal of the oil core. The hydrolytic MPS acted as emulsifiers and polymerizable monomers at the emulsification and polymerization stage, respectively. Thus, extra emulsifiers, co-emulsifiers, and organic monomers were omitted, which simplified the synthesis process. The good dispersion of HHSs in water and oil, as well as the EDX results, indicated the organic-inorganic hybrid structure of HHSs. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Sonic Interaction Design

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    created for such contexts as mobile music, sensorimotor learning, rehabilitation, and gaming. The goal is not only to extend the existing research and pedagogical approaches to SID but also to foster domains of practice for sound designers, architects, interaction designers, media artists, product......Sound is an integral part of every user experience but a neglected medium in design disciplines. Design of an artifact’s sonic qualities is often limited to the shaping of functional, representational, and signaling roles of sound. The interdisciplinary field of sonic interaction design (SID...... aspects of sonic experience. Sonic Interaction Design gathers contributions from scholars, artists, and designers working at the intersections of fields ranging from electronic music to cognitive science. They offer both theoretical considerations of key themes and case studies of products and systems...

  17. Hybrid microspheres

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Richard C. K. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    Substrates, particularly inert synthetic organic resin beads (10) or sheet (12) such as polystyrene are coated with a covalently bound layer (24) of polyacrolein by irradiation a solution (14) of acrolein or other aldehyde with high intensity radiation. Individual microspheres (22) are formed which attach to the surface to form the aldehyde containing layer (24). The aldehyde groups can be converted to other functional groups by reaction with materials such as hydroxylamine. Adducts of proteins such as antibodies or enzymes can be formed by direct reaction with the surface aldehyde groups.

  18. Ultrasonic/Sonic Jackhammer

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Herz, Jack

    2005-01-01

    An ultrasonic/sonic jackhammer (USJ) is the latest in a series of related devices. Each of these devices cuts into a brittle material by means of hammering and chiseling actions of a tool bit excited with a combination of ultrasonic and sonic vibrations. A small-scale prototype of the USJ has been demonstrated. A fully developed, full-scale version of the USJ would be used for cutting through concrete, rocks, hard asphalt, and other materials to which conventional pneumatic jackhammers are applied, but the USJ would offer several advantages over conventional pneumatic jackhammers.

  19. Sonic Interaction Design

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    created for such contexts as mobile music, sensorimotor learning, rehabilitation, and gaming. The goal is not only to extend the existing research and pedagogical approaches to SID but also to foster domains of practice for sound designers, architects, interaction designers, media artists, product...... aspects of sonic experience. Sonic Interaction Design gathers contributions from scholars, artists, and designers working at the intersections of fields ranging from electronic music to cognitive science. They offer both theoretical considerations of key themes and case studies of products and systems...

  20. Sonic rhinoplasty: innovative applications.

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    Pribitkin, Edmund; Greywoode, Jewel D

    2013-04-01

    Sonic rhinoplasty involves the use of the Sonopet ultrasonic bone aspirator (Stryker, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI, USA) to precisely sculpt the nasal bones without damage to the surrounding nasal cartilage, soft tissue, and mucosa. By employing ultrasonic waves to emulsify and remove bone under concurrent irrigation and suction, sonic rhinoplasty improves upon the conventional osteotome, drill, rasp, and powered rasp techniques that may be associated with decreased visualization, heat generation, mechanical chatter, and a lack of surgical precision with attendant soft tissue injury. We have applied this technology to bony dorsal hump and nasal spine removal, deepening of the glabellar angle and reshaping of irregular nasal contours, septoplasty, turbinate reduction, and the correction of bony asymmetries.

  1. Synthesis of Reduced Graphene Oxide-Modified LiMn0.75Fe0.25PO4 Microspheres by Salt-Assisted Spray Drying for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Kim, Myeong-Seong; Kim, Hyun-Kyung; Lee, Suk-Woo; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Ruan, Dianbo; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Lee, Sang Hyun; Roh, Kwang Chul; Kim, Kwang-Bum

    2016-05-01

    Microsized, spherical, three-dimensional (3D) graphene-based composites as electrode materials exhibit improved tap density and electrochemical properties. In this study, we report 3D LiMn0.75Fe0.25PO4/reduced graphene oxide microspheres synthesized by one-step salt-assisted spray drying using a mixed solution containing a precursor salt and graphene oxide and a subsequent heat treatment. During this process, it was found that the type of metal salt used has significant effects on the morphology, phase purity, and electrochemical properties of the synthesized samples. Furthermore, the amount of the chelating agent used also affects the phase purity and electrochemical properties of the samples. The composite exhibited a high tap density (1.1 g cm‑3) as well as a gravimetric capacity of 161 mA h g‑1 and volumetric capacity of 281 mA h cm‑3 at 0.05 C-rate. It also exhibited excellent rate capability, delivering a discharge capacity of 90 mA h g‑1 at 60 C-rate. Furthermore, the microspheres exhibited high energy efficiency and good cyclability, showing a capacity retention rate of 93% after 1000 cycles at 10 C-rate.

  2. KH2PO4-Assisted Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Highly Uniform CuBi2O4 Microspheres Hierarchically Self-Assembled by Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Fei; Yang, Hua; Zhang, Yunchuan; Zhang, Haimin

    2017-03-01

    The effect of KH2PO4 on the synthesis of CuBi2O4 microstructures was investigated. The samples were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet (UV)-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. It is demonstrated that the use of KH2PO4 leads to the production of highly uniform CuBi2O4 microspheres hierarchically self-assembled by nanoparticles. With increasing the KH2PO4 concentration from 0.5 M to 1.4 M, the average diameter of the resultant microspheres decreases gradually from 3.3 μm to 1.4 μm. However, further increase in the KH2PO4 concentration up to 1.5 M leads to a sudden increase in the average diameter of the resultant microspheres up to 2.3 μm. In addition, a minor amount of bamboo leaf- or pine needle-like structures are visible in the samples prepared at the KH2PO4 concentrations of 1.0-1.5 M. The bandgap energy of the as-prepared samples is measured to be 1.89 eV by UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The electrochemical performance of the samples was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 2 M KOH electrolyte. Among the hierarchical microspheres, those prepared at the KH2PO4 concentration of 1.4 M deliver a relatively higher specific capacitance due to their smaller size (1284 F g-1 at a current density of 2 A g-1).

  3. KH2PO4-Assisted Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Highly Uniform CuBi2O4 Microspheres Hierarchically Self-Assembled by Nanoparticles

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    Wang, Fei; Yang, Hua; Zhang, Yunchuan; Zhang, Haimin

    2017-08-01

    The effect of KH2PO4 on the synthesis of CuBi2O4 microstructures was investigated. The samples were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet (UV)-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. It is demonstrated that the use of KH2PO4 leads to the production of highly uniform CuBi2O4 microspheres hierarchically self-assembled by nanoparticles. With increasing the KH2PO4 concentration from 0.5 M to 1.4 M, the average diameter of the resultant microspheres decreases gradually from 3.3 μm to 1.4 μm. However, further increase in the KH2PO4 concentration up to 1.5 M leads to a sudden increase in the average diameter of the resultant microspheres up to 2.3 μm. In addition, a minor amount of bamboo leaf- or pine needle-like structures are visible in the samples prepared at the KH2PO4 concentrations of 1.0-1.5 M. The bandgap energy of the as-prepared samples is measured to be 1.89 eV by UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The electrochemical performance of the samples was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 2 M KOH electrolyte. Among the hierarchical microspheres, those prepared at the KH2PO4 concentration of 1.4 M deliver a relatively higher specific capacitance due to their smaller size (1284 F g-1 at a current density of 2 A g-1).

  4. Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Porous NiCo2O4 Microspheres: Application as High Performance Asymmetric and Symmetric Supercapacitors with Large Areal Capacitance

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    Khalid, Syed; Cao, Chuanbao; Wang, Lin; Zhu, Youqi

    2016-03-01

    Large areal capacitance is essentially required to integrate the energy storage devices at the microscale electronic appliances. Energy storage devices based on metal oxides are mostly fabricated with low mass loading per unit area which demonstrated low areal capacitance. It is still a challenge to fabricate supercapacitor devices of porous metal oxides with large areal capacitance. Herein we report microwave method followed by a pyrolysis of the as-prepared precursor is used to synthesize porous nickel cobaltite microspheres. Porous NiCo2O4 microspheres are capable to deliver large areal capacitance due to their high specific surface area and small crystallite size. The facile strategy is successfully demonstrated to fabricate aqueous-based asymmetric & symmetric supercapacitor devices of porous NiCo2O4 microspheres with high mass loading of electroactive materials. The asymmetric & symmetric devices exhibit maximum areal capacitance and energy density of 380 mF cm‑2 & 19.1 Wh Kg‑1 and 194 mF cm‑2 & 4.5 Wh Kg‑1 (based on total mass loading of 6.25 & 6.0 mg) respectively at current density of 1 mA cm‑2. The successful fabrication of symmetric device also indicates that NiCo2O4 can also be used as the negative electrode material for futuristic asymmetric devices.

  5. Paper mechanisms for sonic interaction

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    Delle Monache, Stefano; Rocchesso, Davide; Qi, Ji

    2012-01-01

    Introducing continuous sonic interaction in augmented pop-up books enhances the expressive and performative qualities of movables, making the whole narrative experience more engaging and personal. The SaMPL Spring School on Sounding Popables explored the specific topic of paper-driven sonic...

  6. Paper mechanisms for sonic interaction

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    Delle Monache, Stefano; Rocchesso, Davide; Qi, Ji

    2012-01-01

    Introducing continuous sonic interaction in augmented pop-up books enhances the expressive and performative qualities of movables, making the whole narrative experience more engaging and personal. The SaMPL Spring School on Sounding Popables explored the specific topic of paper-driven sonic narra...... narratives. Working groups produced several sketches of sonic interactions with movables. The most significant sketches of sounding popables are presented and analyzed.......Introducing continuous sonic interaction in augmented pop-up books enhances the expressive and performative qualities of movables, making the whole narrative experience more engaging and personal. The SaMPL Spring School on Sounding Popables explored the specific topic of paper-driven sonic...

  7. Venturi easy ambient sonic-spray ionization.

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    Santos, Vanessa G; Regiani, Thaís; Dias, Fernanda F G; Romão, Wanderson; Jara, Jose Luis Paz; Klitzke, Clécio F; Coelho, Fernando; Eberlin, Marcos N

    2011-02-15

    The development and illustrative applications of an ambient ionization technique termed Venturi easy ambient sonic-spray ionization (V-EASI) is described. Its dual mode of operation with Venturi self-pumping makes V-EASI applicable to the direct mass spectrometric analysis of both liquid (V(L)-EASI) and solid (V(S)-EASI) samples. V-EASI is simple and easy to assemble, operating solely via the assistance of a sonic stream of nitrogen or air. The sonic gas stream causes two beneficial and integrated effects: (a) the self-pumping of solutions via the Venturi effect and (b) sonic-spray ionization (SSI) of analytes either in solution or resting on solid surfaces. In its liquid mode, V(L)-EASI is applicable to analytes in solution, forming negatively and/or positively charged intact molecular species in a soft fashion with little or no fragmentation. In its solid mode, V(S)-EASI relies on Venturi self-pumping of a proper SSI solvent solution in combination with SSI to form a stream of bipolar charged droplets that bombard the sample surface, causing desorption and ionization of the analyte molecules. As for its precursor technique (EASI), V-EASI generates bipolar droplets with considerably lower average charging, which increases selectivity for ionization with high signal-to-noise ratios and clean spectra dominated by single molecular species with minimal solvent ions. V-EASI also operates in a voltage-, heat-, and radiation-free fashion and is therefore free of thermal, electrical, or discharge interferences.

  8. Making Polymeric Microspheres

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    Rhim, Won-Kyu; Hyson, Michael T.; Chung, Sang-Kun; Colvin, Michael S.; Chang, Manchium

    1989-01-01

    Combination of advanced techniques yields uniform particles for biomedical applications. Process combines ink-jet and irradiation/freeze-polymerization techniques to make polymeric microspheres of uniform size in diameters from 100 to 400 micrometer. Microspheres used in chromatography, cell sorting, cell labeling, and manufacture of pharmaceutical materials.

  9. Tollen’s reagent assisted synthesis of hollow polyaniline microsphere/Ag nanocomposite and its applications in sugar sensing and electromagnetic shielding

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    Panigrahi, R.; Srivastava, S.K., E-mail: sunit@chem.iitkgp.ernet.in

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Probable scheme to demonstrate the mechanism of PnHMAg showing enhanced EMI shielding compared to PnHM. - Highlights: • Hollow polyaniline microsphere (PnHM) exhibits superior properties due to its enhanced surface to volume ratio. • PnHMAg has been used in developing efficient sensor for the detection of sugar. • Presence of Ag nanoparticles enhances the electrical conductivity of PnHMAg resulting in the improvement of electromagnetic interference shielding in both X- and S-band regions. • Such properties could be harnessed effectively for development of devices for commercial as well as national purposes. - Abstract: The present study is focused on synthesis of polyaniline hollow microspheres (PnHM) nanocomposites of silver (Ag) i.e., PnHMAg by emulsion polymerization of aniline and Tollen’s reagent as a source for Ag nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of PnHMAg indicated presence of silver nanoparticles dispersed on polyaniline surface. The electrical conductivity of PnHMAg is increased by ∼6 times compared to PnHM. Cyclic voltammogram of PnHM in sugar sensing exhibits characteristics redox peaks at ∼0.09 (sugar) and ∼0.53 V (polyaniline). Interestingly, PnHMAg showed a single peak at ∼−0.18 V with increased intensity (∼5 times) indicating its high sugar sensing ability. PnHMAg also exhibits high shielding efficiency of 19.5 dB (11.2 GHz) due to the presence of highly conducting Ag nanoparticles. TEM studies confirmed that Ag nanoparticles are well distributed on PnHM. As a result, a continuous electronic path is developed due to enhanced interconnectivity of PnHM.

  10. Polymeric Microspheres for Medical Applications

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    Ketie Saralidze

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Synthetic polymeric microspheres find application in a wide range of medical applications. Among other applications, microspheres are being used as bulking agents, embolic- or drug-delivery particles. The exact composition of the spheres varies with the application and therefore a large array of materials has been used to produce microspheres. In this review, the relation between microsphere synthesis and application is discussed for a number of microspheres that are used for different treatment strategies.

  11. Microsphere Insulation Panels

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    Mohling, R.; Allen, M.; Baumgartner, R.

    2006-01-01

    Microsphere insulation panels (MIPs) have been developed as lightweight, longlasting replacements for the foam and vacuum-jacketed systems heretofore used for thermally insulating cryogenic vessels and transfer ducts. The microsphere core material of a typical MIP consists of hollow glass bubbles, which have a combination of advantageous mechanical, chemical, and thermal-insulation properties heretofore available only separately in different materials. In particular, a core filling of glass microspheres has high crush strength and low density, is noncombustible, and performs well in soft vacuum.

  12. Organic aerogel microspheres

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Kong, Fung-Ming; Pekala, Richard W.; Kaschmitter, James L.

    1999-01-01

    Organic aerogel microspheres which can be used in capacitors, batteries, thermal insulation, adsorption/filtration media, and chromatographic packings, having diameters ranging from about 1 micron to about 3 mm. The microspheres can be pyrolyzed to form carbon aerogel microspheres. This method involves stirring the aqueous organic phase in mineral oil at elevated temperature until the dispersed organic phase polymerizes and forms nonsticky gel spheres. The size of the microspheres depends on the collision rate of the liquid droplets and the reaction rate of the monomers from which the aqueous solution is formed. The collision rate is governed by the volume ratio of the aqueous solution to the mineral oil and the shear rate, while the reaction rate is governed by the chemical formulation and the curing temperature.

  13. Organic aerogel microspheres

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    Mayer, S.T.; Kong, F.M.; Pekala, R.W.; Kaschmitter, J.L.

    1999-06-01

    Organic aerogel microspheres are disclosed which can be used in capacitors, batteries, thermal insulation, adsorption/filtration media, and chromatographic packings, having diameters ranging from about 1 micron to about 3 mm. The microspheres can be pyrolyzed to form carbon aerogel microspheres. This method involves stirring the aqueous organic phase in mineral oil at elevated temperature until the dispersed organic phase polymerizes and forms nonstick gel spheres. The size of the microspheres depends on the collision rate of the liquid droplets and the reaction rate of the monomers from which the aqueous solution is formed. The collision rate is governed by the volume ratio of the aqueous solution to the mineral oil and the shear rate, while the reaction rate is governed by the chemical formulation and the curing temperature.

  14. The enhanced photocatalytic and bactericidal activities of carbon microsphere-assisted solvothermally synthesized cocoon-shaped Sn(4+)-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Karunakaran, Chockalingam; SakthiRaadha, SakthiDasan; Gomathisankar, Paramasivan; Vinayagamoorthy, Pazhamalai

    2013-10-14

    Cocoon-shaped Sn(4+)-doped ZnO nanoparticles have been synthesized by a solvothermal method using carbon microspheres as a template. The optimum doping level for photocatalysis is 3% (g. atom). Powder X-ray diffractograms show that the ZnO has a primitive hexagonal crystal structure and that doping ZnO with Sn(4+) increases the unit cell lengths and the Zn-O bond lengths. Larger crystal growth along the c-axis is also observed. The measured size of the cocoon-shaped Sn(4+)-doped ZnO nanoparticles is larger than the mean crystallite size. Solid state impedance spectroscopy studies reveal that Sn(4+)-doping increases the charge transfer resistance. Doping does not significantly modify the optical band gap, but does suppress green emission. A decrease in the number of crystal defects due to oxygen vacancies is likely to be a reason for the enhanced photocatalytic properties of the cocoon-shaped Sn(4+)-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Doping ZnO with Sn(4+) enhances the bactericidal activity as well.

  15. Movable thin films with embedded high-index microspheres for super-resolution microscopy

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    Allen, Kenneth W; Li, Yangcheng; Limberopoulos, Nicholaos I; Walker, Dennis E; Urbas, Augustine M; Liberman, Vladimir; Astratov, Vasily N

    2015-01-01

    Microsphere-assisted imaging emerged as a surprisingly simple way of achieving optical super-resolution imaging. In this work, we use movable PDMS thin films with embedded high-index barium titanate glass microspheres a sample scanning capability was developed, thus removing the main limitation of this technology based on its small field-of-view.

  16. Rapid analysis of the essential oil components of dried Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim by Fe2O3-magnetic-microsphere-assisted microwave distillation and simultaneous headspace single-drop microextraction followed by GC-MS.

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    Ye, Qing

    2013-06-01

    In this work, microwave distillation assisted by Fe2 O3 magnetic microspheres (FMMS) and headspace single-drop microextraction were combined, and developed for determination of essential oil compounds in dried Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim (ZBM). The FMMS were used as microwave absorption solid medium for dry distillation of dried ZBM. Using the proposed method, isolation, extraction, and concentration of essential oil compounds can be carried out in a single step. The experimental parameters including extraction solvent, solvent volume, microwave power, irradiation time, and the amount of added FMMS, were studied. The optimal analytical conditions were: 2.0 μL decane as the extraction solvent, microwave power of 300 W, irradiation time of 2 min, and the addition of 0.1 g FMMS to ZBM. The method precision was from 4 to 10%. A total of 52 compounds were identified by the proposed method. The conventional steam distillation method was also used for the analysis of essential oil in dried ZBM and only 31 compounds were identified by steam distillation method. It was found that the proposed method is a simple, rapid, reliable, and solvent-free technique for the determination of volatile compounds in Chinese herbs. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Surfactant-assisted synthesis and luminescent properties of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} core–shell microspheres

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    Huang, Jing; Song, Yanhua; Wang, Guowei; Sheng, Ye; Zheng, Keyan; Li, Hongbo; Zhang, Hongguang [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Huo, Qisheng [State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Xu, Xuechun [College of Earth Science, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Zou, Haifeng, E-mail: zouhf@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: •Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} core–shell mirospheres were prepared successfully. •PVP play a significant role in the formation progress of core–shell structure. •The obtained core–shell microspheres exhibit excellent red-luminescent properties. -- Abstract: Homogeneous and monodisperse Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} core–shell mirospheres have been successfully synthesized via a solvothermal method with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as surfactant, followed by a subsequent calcination process. The as-prepared products were characterized by various methods, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS), trans-mission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The results show that the obtained Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} mirospheres with a core–shell structure are uniform in size and distribution, and they have diameters of ∼350 nm, the core diameters of ∼150 nm, and the shell thicknesses of ∼45 nm. Under ultraviolet (UV) excitation, the corresponding Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} products exhibit strong red emission corresponding to the {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of the Eu{sup 3+} ions, which might find potential applications in the fields such as light-emitting phosphors, advanced flat panel displays, or biological labeling.

  18. Hydrothermal synthesis and photocatalytic performance of hierarchical Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} microspheres using BiOI microspheres as self-sacrificing templates

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    Xu, Ming; Zhang, Wei-De, E-mail: zhangwd@scut.edu.cn

    2015-07-15

    Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} hierarchical microspheres were successfully prepared through phase transformation from BiOI microspheres with the assistance of sodium citrate under hydrothermal condition. The possible formation mechanism for the conversion of BiOI to Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} is discussed here. After being annealed at 300 °C for 2 h, the obtained Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} microspheres exhibited remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of rhodamine B and phenol. The superior catalytic performance can be attributed to its larger surface area and higher crystallinity. In addition, Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} microspheres are stable during the degradation reaction and can be used repeatedly. - Graphical abstract: Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} hierarchical microspheres were successfully prepared through a facile partial anion exchange strategy using BiOI microspheres as self-sacrificing templates. The Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} microspheres show high visible light photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} microspheres were prepared via self-sacrificing template anion exchange. • Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange for preparation of Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} photocatalyst. • Bi{sub 2}MoO{sub 6} catalysts show high visible light photocatalytic activity.

  19. Real Time Sonic Boom Display

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    Haering, Ed

    2014-01-01

    This presentation will provide general information about sonic boom mitigation technology to the public in order to supply information to potential partners and licensees. The technology is a combination of flight data, atmospheric data and terrain information implemented into a control room real time display for flight planning. This research is currently being performed and as such, any results and conclusions are ongoing.

  20. Doppler cooling a microsphere

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    Barker, P F

    2010-01-01

    Doppler cooling the center-of-mass motion of an optically levitated microsphere via the velocity dependent scattering force from narrow whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonances is described. Light that is red detuned from the WGM resonance can be used to damp the center-of-mass motion in a process analogous to the Doppler cooling of atoms. Leakage of photons out of the microsphere when the incident field is near resonant with the narrow WGM resonance acts to damp the motion of the sphere. The scattering force is not limited by saturation, but can be controlled by the incident power. Cooling times on the order of seconds are calculated for a 20 micron diameter silica microsphere trapped within optical tweezers, with a Doppler temperature limit in the microKelvin regime.

  1. 功能化多壁碳纳米管海绵状微球制备%Preparation of spongy microspheres consisting of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Dhiraj Dutta; Rama Dubey; Jitendra Yadav; T.C.Shami; K.U.Bhasker Rao

    2011-01-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were synthesized by catalytic chemical vapor deposition and functionalized by oxidation with potassium permanganate at room temperature using a phase transfer catalyst, methyl trioctyl ammonium chloride as a dispersion agent. The functionalized nanotubes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetry. Sonication was used to assist their dispersion in dichloromethane and the resulting suspension was added dropwise to a stirred polyvinyl alcohol aqueous solution and spongy microspheres were formed. SEM showed that the microspheres consisted of loosely entangled MWCNTs that had diameters in the range 50-150 μm. The microspheres may be useful for lightweight energy absorbing coatings, catalyst and electronics applications.%通过催化化学气相沉积法合成了多壁碳纳米管(MWCNTs).在相转移催化剂甲基三辛基氯化铵存在下,以高锰酸钾(KMnO4)为氧化剂在室温下对MWCNTs进行功能化处理.采用傅立叶变化红外光谱、热失重分析分析法对功能化MWCNTs进行表征.借助超声波降解法将功能化MWCNTs分散在二氯甲烷中形成悬浮液,然后将其悬浮液逐滴加至搅拌的聚乙烯醇溶液中形成海绵状微球.扫描电子显微镜(SEM)显示:形成的海绵状微球由松散缠结的MWCNTs构成,直径为50μm~150μm.该微球可望应用于轻型吸能涂料,催化剂以及电子学领域.

  2. Melamine-assisted one-pot synthesis of hierarchical nitrogen-doped carbon@MoS2 nanowalled core-shell microspheres and their enhanced Li-storage performances

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    Sun, Fugen; Wei, Yanju; Chen, Jianzhuang; Long, Donghui; Ling, Licheng; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2015-07-01

    A facile and scalable one-pot approach has been developed to synthesize carbon@MoS2 core-shell microspheres by a hydrothermal method, which involves the fast formation of melamine-resorcinol-formaldehyde polymeric microspheres in situ, followed by direct growth of the MoS2 nanowalls on them. The results give unequivocal proof that melamine could be the key to forming the core-shell microspherical morphology, and the contents of MoS2 shells can be easily tuned by initial ratios of the precursors. After a simple heat treatment, the obtained carbon@MoS2 microspheres simultaneously integrate the nitrogen-doped carbon cores and the hierarchical shells which consist of few-layered MoS2 nanowalls with an expanded interlayer spacing. Their unique architectures are favourable for high electronic/ionic conductivity and accommodate volume strain during the electrochemical reaction of the MoS2 anodes in lithium-ion batteries. Thus, a very high reversibility capacity of 771 mA h g-1 at 100 mA g-1 after 100 cycles, and a rate capacity of 598 mA h g-1 at 2000 mA g-1 could be achieved for the carbon@MoS2 core-shell microspheres with the optimal composition. Furthermore, a thin carbon coating on the carbon@MoS2 microspheres could further increase the reversible capacity to 856 mA h g-1 after 100 cycles at 100 mA g-1. These encouraging results suggest that such a facile and efficient protocol can provide a new pathway to produce hierarchical core-shell microspheres which integrate the structural, morphological and compositional design rationales for advanced lithium-ion batteries.A facile and scalable one-pot approach has been developed to synthesize carbon@MoS2 core-shell microspheres by a hydrothermal method, which involves the fast formation of melamine-resorcinol-formaldehyde polymeric microspheres in situ, followed by direct growth of the MoS2 nanowalls on them. The results give unequivocal proof that melamine could be the key to forming the core-shell microspherical morphology

  3. Doped zinc oxide microspheres

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1993-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  4. Polyvinyl pyridine microspheres

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Gupta, Amitava (Inventor); Volksen, Willi (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    Microspheres are produced by cobalt gamma radiation initiated polymerization of a dilute aqueous vinyl pyridine solution. Addition of cross-linking agent provides higher surface area beads. Addition of monomers such as hydroxyethylmethacrylate acrylamide or methacrylamide increases hydrophilic properties and surface area of the beads. High surface area catalytic supports are formed in the presence of controlled pore glass substrate.

  5. Sonic Virtuality, Environment, and Presence

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    Grimshaw, Mark

    2017-01-01

    The article presents a brief introduction to the concept of sonic virtuality, a view of sound as a multi-modal, emergent perception that provides a framework that has since been used to provide an explanation of the formation of environments. Additionally, the article uses such concepts to explai...... on the use of biofeedback in computer games as part of the immersive technology designed to facilitate presence in such worlds....

  6. PLA-PEG-PLA的微波合成及其磁性载药微球的表征、释药性%Microwave-assisted polymerization of PLA-PEG-PLA and characterization, drug release properties for magnetic drug-loaded microspheres

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    李亚瑜; 甄卫军; 汪凌; 刘月娥; 庞桂林

    2011-01-01

    目的 采用微波法合成PLA-PEG-PLA,并以该嵌段共聚物为基质制备ASA/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球和ASA-Fe3O4/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球,考察磁性载药微球和非磁性载药微球的药物缓释性能.方法 通过傅立叶变换红外光谱(FT-IR)、核磁(NMR)对微波法合成的PLA-PEG-PLA的微观结构进行了表征分析.采用乳化-溶剂挥发法制备了ASA/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球,通过正交设计实验优选载药微球的最佳制备条件,在此基础上利用单微乳法制备的Fe3O4纳米粒子制备了ASA-Fe3O4/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球.通过透射电子显微镜(TEM)、X-射线衍射(XRD)对Fe3O4纳米粒子进行微观结构表征和性能分析.采用傅立叶变换红外光谱(FT-IR),扫描电子显微镜(SEM)对制备的载药微球进行了微观结构的表征和分析.结果 微波法合成的PLA-PEG-PLA是一种三嵌段共聚物.载药微球呈规则球形,表面光滑,粒径分布较均匀,平均粒径约为20μm.体外模拟释药试验表明ASA/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球和ASA-Fe3O4/PLA-PEG-PLA载药微球24h释药率分别为69.16%和100%.结论 以微波法合成的PLA-PEG-PLA作为药物载体具有明显的缓释作用.ASA-Fe3O4/PLA-PEG-PLA磁性载药微球比ASA/PLA-PEG-PLA非磁性载药微球具有较快的药物释放速率.%Objective PLA-PEG-PLA was synthesized by microwave-assisted polymerization. Drag-loaded microspheres were prepared by using this copolymer as matrix.The drag release properties of the magnetic drug-loaded microsphere and non-magnetic drag-loaded microsphere were observed. Methods The microstructure of synthesized PLA-PEG-PLA was characterized by FT-IR, 'H-NMR. ASA/PLA-PEG-PLA drag-loaded microspheres were prepared by emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The optimum experimental conditions of drag-loaded microspheres were screened by orthogonal experiment. Magnetic ferroferric oxide(Fe3O4) was prepared by water-in-oil microemulsion processing and characterized by TEM and XRD. The

  7. PLGA Microspheres Incorporated Gelatin Scaffold: Microspheres Modulate Scaffold Properties

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    Indranil Banerjee; Debasish Mishra; Maiti, Tapas K.

    2009-01-01

    Freeze drying is one of the popular methods of fabrication for poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres incorporated polymer scaffolds. However, the consequence of microspheres incorporation on physical and biological properties of scaffold has not been studied yet. In this study, attempt has been made to characterize the effect of PLGA microsphere incorporation on the physical properties of freeze-dried gelatin scaffold and its influence on cytocompatibility. Scaffolds loaded with va...

  8. Preparation of Bauxite Ceramic Microsphere

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    CHENG Xiaosu; LIU Pingan; LI Xiuyan; SHUI Anze; ZENG Lingke

    2007-01-01

    Ceramic microspheres were prepared by using Chinese bauxite as raw materials through the centrifugal spray drying method. The control technology of microsphere size, degree of sphericity was researched. The ceramic microspheres were sintered by a double sintering process. The microstructure and composition of ceramic microsphere were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray energy spectroscopy. The results show that the degree of sphericity of the ceramic microsphere was good and the particle size was 10-100 μm. The XRD analysis reveals that the main crystalline phase of the ceramic microsphere was α- Al2O3 and mullite (3Al2O3·2SiO2). The product can be used as reinforced material for composite material, especially for antiskid and hard wearing aluminum alloy coating.

  9. Preparation of magnetic Ni@graphene nanocomposites and efficient removal organic dye under assistance of ultrasound

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    Zhao, Chuang; Guo, Jianhui; Yang, Qing; Tong, Lei; Zhang, Jingwei; Zhang, Jiwei; Gong, Chunhong; Zhou, Jingfang; Zhang, Zhijun

    2015-12-01

    In this article, we report a facile one-step synthesis of Ni@graphene nanocomposite microspheres (NGs) in hydrazine hydrate solution under ultrasound conditions. During the ultrasonic process, graphene oxide (GO) was reduced effectively under mild conditions and Ni nanoparticles were simultaneously formed and anchored on graphene sheets, which act as spacers to keep the neighboring sheets separated. The target products exhibit excellent performance for fast and efficient removal of dye contaminants, rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution, under assistance of ultrasound. Finally, the nanocomposites can be easily separated from solution by a magnet. Furthermore, higher content of graphene can be produced under sonication, which facilitates faster and more efficient removal of organic contaminates in the solution. The nanocomposites were also characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis.

  10. STRUCTURING OF DIAMOND FILMS USING MICROSPHERE LITHOGRAPHY

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    Mária Domonkos

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the structuring of micro- and nanocrystalline diamond thin films is demonstrated. The structuring of the diamond films is performed using the technique of microsphere lithography followed by reactive ion etching. Specifically, this paper presents a four-step fabrication process: diamond deposition (microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition, mask preparation (by the standard Langmuir-Blodgett method, mask modification and diamond etching. A self-assembled monolayer of monodisperse polystyrene (PS microspheres with close-packed ordering is used as the primary template. Then the PS microspheres and the diamond films are processed in capacitively coupled radiofrequency plasma  using different plasma chemistries. This fabrication method illustrates the preparation of large arrays of periodic and homogeneous hillock-like structures. The surface morphology of processed diamond films is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscope. The potential applications of such diamond structures in various fields of nanotechnology are also briefly discussed.

  11. TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface: Superior adsorption performance for dye removal

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    Wang, Ran; Cai, Xia; Shen, Fenglei

    2014-06-01

    TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface were synthesized by a facile template-assisted solvothermal reaction. The adsorption performance of TiO2 hollow microspheres for removing Methylene Blue from aqueous solution has been investigated. The comparative adsorption study indicated that adsorption capacity of TiO2 hollow microspheres with mesoporous surface is markedly higher than that of solid microsphere. The equilibrium data fitted well with the Langmuir model and the maximum adsorption capacity reached 196.83 mg/g. The kinetics of dye adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order model and the adsorbed dye could be degraded completely by the subsequent photocatalytic process. These TiO2 hollow microspheres can be considered as a low-cost alternative adsorbent for removal of organic pollutants from wastewater.

  12. Functional magnetic microspheres

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    Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Landel, Robert F. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    Functional magnetic particles are formed by dissolving a mucopolysaccharide such as chitosan in acidified aqueous solution containing a mixture of ferrous chloride and ferric chloride. As the pH of the solution is raised magnetite is formed in situ in the solution by raising the pH. The dissolved chitosan is a polyelectrolyte and forms micelles surrounding the granules at pH of 8-9. The chitosan precipitates on the granules to form microspheres containing the magnetic granules. On addition of the microspheres to waste aqueous streams containing dissolved ions, the hydroxyl and amine functionality of the chitosan forms chelates binding heavy metal cations such as lead, copper, and mercury and the chelates in turn bind anions such as nitrate, fluoride, phosphate and borate.

  13. Dual Drug Loaded Biodegradable Nanofibrous Microsphere for Improving Anti-Colon Cancer Activity

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    Fan, Rangrang; Li, Xiaoling; Deng, Jiaojiao; Gao, Xiang; Zhou, Liangxue; Zheng, Yu; Tong, Aiping; Zhang, Xiaoning; You, Chao; Guo, Gang

    2016-06-01

    One of the approaches being explored to increase antitumor activity of chemotherapeutics is to inject drug-loaded microspheres locally to specific anatomic sites, providing for a slow, long term release of a chemotherapeutic while minimizing systemic exposure. However, the used clinically drug carriers available at present have limitations, such as their low stability, renal clearance and residual surfactant. Here, we report docetaxel (DOC) and curcumin (CUR) loaded nanofibrous microspheres (DOC + CUR/nanofibrous microspheres), self-assembled from biodegradable PLA-PEO-PPO-PEO-PLA polymers as an injectable drug carrier without adding surfactant during the emulsification process. The obtained nanofibrous microspheres are composed entirely of nanofibers and have an open hole on the shell without the assistance of a template. It was shown that these DOC + CUR/nanofibrous microspheres could release curcumin and docetaxel slowly in vitro. The slow, sustained release of curcumin and docetaxel in vivo may help maintain local concentrations of active drug. The mechanism by which DOC + CUR/nanofibrous microspheres inhibit colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis might involve increased induction of apoptosis in tumor cells and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis. In vitro and in vivo evaluations demonstrated efficacious synergistic antitumor effects against CT26 of curcumin and docetaxel combined nanofibrous microspheres. In conclusion, the dual drug loaded nanofibrous microspheres were considered potentially useful for treating abdominal metastases of colorectal cancer.

  14. UV light-assisted fabrication of Cu{sub 0.91}In{sub 0.09}S microspheres sensitized TiO{sub 2} nanotube arrays and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Cui, Xinyu; Gu, Hongmei [School of Public Health, Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (China); Yin, Yuanyuan; Guan, Yue [Hongqi Hospital, Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (China); Rong, Shengzhong; Yin, Yongkui; Chen, Yingying [School of Public Health, Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (China); Wu, Qunhong; Hao, Yanhua [Department of Social Medicine, School of Health Management, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province (China); Li, Miaojing, E-mail: limiaojing@aliyun.com [School of Public Health, Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province (China)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 0.91}In{sub 0.09}S microspheres were deposited on TiO{sub 2} NTs by a photodeposition method. • The average diameter of Cu{sub 0.91}In{sub 0.09}S microspheres is 600 nm. • The TiO{sub 2} NTs/CIS shows high photocurrents and visible photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanotube arrays sensitized with Cu{sub 0.91}In{sub 0.09}S microspheres (TiO{sub 2} NTs/CIS) were successfully fabricated by a two-step process of anodization and followed by an in situ photodeposition method. The structural investigation by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy indicated that the Cu{sub 0.91}In{sub 0.09}S microspheres with average diameter of 600 nm grew on the surface of the TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. The TiO{sub 2} NTs/CIS exhibited more excellent photoelectrochemical properties and photocatalytic activities than those of TiO{sub 2} NTs under visible light irradiation, and the corresponding electron transformation was proposed in detail.

  15. Sonic journeys with the dead

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    Sabra, Jakob Borrits

    This audio-paper is a site-specific investigation of relations between a gravesite at Vor Frelser Cemetery (Cemetery of Our Saviour), Copenhagen, Denmark, its cultural history and publicly co-constructed memories. The audio-paper follows a non-representational approach to sonic media and the meta......This audio-paper is a site-specific investigation of relations between a gravesite at Vor Frelser Cemetery (Cemetery of Our Saviour), Copenhagen, Denmark, its cultural history and publicly co-constructed memories. The audio-paper follows a non-representational approach to sonic media...... and the metaphor of travelling, in an attempt to establish an alternative method for meaning-making of urban cemeteries. By using recorded environmental sounds and publicly accessible online digital material an awareness of cemeteries as significant parts of our shared social and cultural history is established....... With offset in the particular gravesite of late Danish actor and cultural personage Jesper Klein, the audio-paper production is a aural narrative journey in which chosen spaces, places and temporal events from Jesper Klein's life are further animated by using relational sound souvenirs, interviews...

  16. Ringing phenomenon in silica microspheres

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    Chunhua Dong; Changling Zou; Jinming Cui; Yong Yang; Zhengfu Han; Guangcan Guo

    2009-01-01

    Whispering gallery modes in silica microspheres are excited by a tunable continuous-wave laser through the fiber taper. Ringing phenomenon can be observed with high frequency sweeping speed. The thermal nonlinearity in the microsphere can enhance this phenomenon. Our measurement results agree very well with the theoretical predictions by the dynamic equation.

  17. Preparation of Functional Polymeric Microspheres

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    Changchun Wang; Yonghui Deng; Wuli Yang; Shoukuang Fu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Because of the wide applications in the area of biomedical and biotechnological fields, a great efforts have been done to fabricate different kinds of microspheres with tailored structural and surface properties over the last decade[1]. Among them, stimuli responsive microspheres are microspheres that show ability to change their physical-chemical properties and colloidal properties in response to environmental stimuli such as changes of temperature, pH, chemicals, light, electrical field, magnetic field or mechanic stress, etc. These microspheres have been under intensive study for their high potential applications in biomedical and biotechnological fields such as controlled drug delivery[2], biosensor[3], chemical isolation[4], cell culture substrates[5], enzyme immobilization[6], bioelectrocatalysis[7], and magnetically controlled electrochemical reaction[8]. However,most of the reported stimuli responsive microspheres only show response to one specific stimulus. Up to now,to the best of our knowledge, only a few works have been directed to the fabrication of microspheres which show response to more than one stimulus[9]. In this paper, a system synthesis method for stimuli responsive microspheres with more useful properties was reported, and the simple application in biomedical area have been mentioned.

  18. Mucoadhesive Microsphere - Review

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    Ratnaparkhi M P

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Several approaches have been immerged to prolong the residence time of the dosage forms at the absorption site and one of them is the development of oral controlled release mucoadhesive system. Mucoadhesive drug delivery systems are used to enhance drug absorption in a site-specific manner. Bioadhesion has been defined as the attachment of synthetic or biological macromolecules to a biological tissue. The biological surface can be epithelial tissue or the mucous coat on the surface of a tissue. If adhesive attachment is to a mucous coat, the phenomenon is referred to as mucoadhesion. Mucus is a thin blanket covering all epithelia that are in contact with the external environment in the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urogenital tracts. This approach involves the use of mucoadhesive polymers, which can adhere to the epithelial surface in the stomach. Carrier technology offers an intelligent approach for drug delivery by coupling the drug to a carrier particle such as microspheres, nanospheres, liposomes, nanoparticles, etc., which modulates the release and absorption of the drug. Microspheres constitute an important part of these particulate drug delivery systems by virtue of their small size and efficient carrier capacity.

  19. Polysaccharide-based aerogel microspheres for oral drug delivery.

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    García-González, C A; Jin, M; Gerth, J; Alvarez-Lorenzo, C; Smirnova, I

    2015-03-06

    Polysaccharide-based aerogels in the form of microspheres were investigated as carriers of poorly water soluble drugs for oral administration. These bio-based carriers may combine the biocompatibility of polysaccharides and the enhanced drug loading capacity of dry aerogels. Aerogel microspheres from starch, pectin and alginate were loaded with ketoprofen (anti-inflammatory drug) and benzoic acid (used in the management of urea cycle disorders) via supercritical CO2-assisted adsorption. Amount of drug loaded depended on the aerogel matrix structure and composition and reached values up to 1.0×10(-3) and 1.7×10(-3) g/m(2) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid in starch microspheres. After impregnation, drugs were in the amorphous state in the aerogel microspheres. Release behavior was evaluated in different pH media (pH 1.2 and 6.8). Controlled drug release from pectin and alginate aerogel microspheres fitted Gallagher-Corrigan release model (R(2)>0.99 in both cases), with different relative contribution of erosion and diffusion mechanisms depending on the matrix composition. Release from starch aerogel microspheres was driven by dissolution, fitting the first-order kinetics due to the rigid starch aerogel structure, and showed different release rate constant (k1) depending on the drug (0.075 and 0.160 min(-1) for ketoprofen and benzoic acid, respectively). Overall, the results point out the possibilities of tuning drug loading and release by carefully choosing the polysaccharide used to prepare the aerogels.

  20. Glass microsphere lubrication

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    Geiger, Michelle; Goode, Henry; Ohanlon, Sean; Pieloch, Stuart; Sorrells, Cindy; Willette, Chris

    1991-01-01

    The harsh lunar environment eliminated the consideration of most lubricants used on earth. Considering that the majority of the surface of the moon consists of sand, the elements that make up this mixture were analyzed. According to previous space missions, a large portion of the moon's surface is made up of fine grained crystalline rock, about 0.02 to 0.05 mm in size. These fine grained particles can be divided into four groups: lunar rock fragments, glasses, agglutinates (rock particles, crystals, or glasses), and fragments of meteorite material (rare). Analysis of the soil obtained from the missions has given chemical compositions of its materials. It is about 53 to 63 percent oxygen, 16 to 22 percent silicon, 10 to 16 percent sulfur, 5 to 9 percent aluminum, and has lesser amounts of magnesium, carbon, and sodium. To be self-supporting, the lubricant must utilize one or more of the above elements. Considering that the element must be easy to extract and readily manipulated, silicon or glass was the most logical choice. Being a ceramic, glass has a high strength and excellent resistance to temperature. The glass would also not contaminate the environment as it comes directly from it. If sand entered a bearing lubricated with grease, the lubricant would eventually fail and the shaft would bind, causing damage to the system. In a bearing lubricated with a solid glass lubricant, sand would be ground up and have little effect on the system. The next issue was what shape to form the glass in. Solid glass spheres was the only logical choice. The strength of the glass and its endurance would be optimal in this form. To behave as an effective lubricant, the diameter of the spheres would have to be very small, on the order of hundreds of microns or less. This would allow smaller clearances between the bearing and the shaft, and less material would be needed. The production of glass microspheres was divided into two parts, production and sorting. Production includes the

  1. Frequency Effects on 2-Chlorobiphenyl Sonication

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    张光明; 常爱敏; 王丽

    2004-01-01

    In order to better understand sonication, this paper studies the effect of sound frequency on the 2-chlorobiphenyl (2-CB) sonication and analyzes two prevailing hypotheses. Four frequencies 205, 358, 618, and 1071 kHz were tested. The 2-CB degradation kinetics, dechlorination, and inhibition by a free radical scavenger were examined. The results show that sonication effectively degrades 2-CB, and the first order rate constants using 0.4 W/cm3 sonication are 0.214, 0.508, 0.454, and 0.248 min?1 at 205, 358, 618, and 1071 kHz, respectively. Good dechlorination was also achieved. 358 kHz frequency provided the most efficient 2-CB degradation, but the worst dechlorination, and was most sensitive to the free radical scavenger. Detailed analyses show that thermolysis is relatively stable at these frequencies while the free radical reaction depends strongly on the sound frequency.

  2. Sonic hedgehog signaling during nervous system development

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    Qin Yang; Peng Xie

    2008-01-01

    The Hedgehog signaling pathway plays a key role in embryonic development and organ formation.Sonic hedgehog signaling participates in nervous system development,regulates proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells,controls growth and targeting of axons,and contributes to specialization of oligodendrocytes.For further studies of the Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway and for the development of new drugs in the treatment of nervous system diseases,it is beneficial to understand these mechanisms.

  3. Alkaline hydrothermal synthesis of homogeneous titania microspheres with urchin-like nanoarchitectures for dye effluent treatments

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    Wu, Jin-Ming, E-mail: msewjm@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Zhejiang University, ZheDa Road 38, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Song, Xiao-Mei [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Zhejiang University, ZheDa Road 38, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Yan, Mi, E-mail: mse_yanmi@zju.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, ZheDa Road 38, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2011-10-30

    Highlights: {yields} Alkali-hydrothermal treatments of a remnant of Ti-H{sub 2}O{sub 2} reaction achieve titania microspheres. {yields} Inhibited heterogeneous nucleation and low supersaturation contribute to the uniform size. {yields} Radially aligned anatase nanowires construct the microspheres. {yields} The microspheres possess a BET surface area of 45.4 m{sup 2}/g. {yields} The microspheres exhibit a high activity to assist photodegradation of rhodamine B in water. - Abstract: The heterogeneous photocatalysis technique to treat dye effluents demands micrometer-sized titania aggregates with one-dimensional nanostructures, which possess high photocatalytic activity and at the same time facilitate the catalyst-recovery from a slurry system. In this study, the solution remained after interactions between metallic Ti and hydrogen peroxide was subjected to an alkaline hydrothermal treatment. Microspheres with extremely uniform sizes of ca. 2 {mu}m in diameter were achieved after a subsequent proton exchange followed by calcination in air. The microspheres were urchin-like aggregates of radially assembled nanowires, which consisted of chain-like anatase single crystallites with an average diameter of 20-25 nm. The homogeneous microspheres calcinated at 600 {sup o}C possessed a surface area of 45.4 m{sup 2}/g and exhibited an excellent activity to assist photodegradation of rhodamine B in water, which is significantly higher than that of P25 titania nanoparticles. Because of the much easier recovery of the photocatalyst, the homogeneous microspheres synthesized herein may find practical applications in efficient photocatalytic treatments of dye effluents.

  4. Physisorption of DNA molecules on chemically modified single-walled carbon nanotubes with and without sonication.

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    Umemura, Kazuo; Ishibashi, Yu; Oura, Shusuke

    2016-09-01

    We investigated the physisorption phenomenon of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules onto two types of commercially available chemically functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and agarose gel electrophoresis. We found that DNA molecules can adsorb on the water-soluble SWNT surfaces without sonication, although sonication treatment has been used for hybridization of DNA and SWNTs in many previous studies. Using our method, damage of DNA molecules by sonication can be avoided. On the other hand, the amount of DNA molecules adsorbed on SWNT surfaces increased when the samples were sonicated. This fact suggests that the sonication is effective not only at debundling of SWNTs, but also at assisting DNA adsorption. Furthermore, DNA adsorption was affected by the types of functionalized SWNTs. In the case of SWNTs functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG-SWNT), physisorption of ssDNA molecules was confirmed only by agarose-gel electrophoresis. In contrast, amino-terminated SWNTs (NH2-SWNTs) showed a change in the height distribution profile based on AFM observations. These results suggest that DNA molecules tended to adsorb to NH2-SWNT surfaces, although DNA molecules can also adsorb on PEG-SWNT surfaces. Our results revealed fundamental information for developing nanobiodevices using hybrids of DNA and SWNTs.

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION REPORT; ULTRASONIC AQUEOUS CLEANING SYSTEMS, SMART SONIC CORPORATION, SMART SONIC

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    This report is a product of the U.S. EPA's Environmental Technoloy Verification (ETV) Program and is focused on the Smart Sonics Ultrasonic Aqueous Cleaning Systems. The verification is based on three main objectives. (1) The Smart Sonic Aqueous Cleaning Systems, Model 2000 and...

  6. Microspheres and their methods of preparation

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    Bose, Anima B; Yang, Junbing

    2015-03-24

    Carbon microspheres are doped with boron to enhance the electrical and physical properties of the microspheres. The boron-doped carbon microspheres are formed by a CVD process in which a catalyst, carbon source and boron source are evaporated, heated and deposited onto an inert substrate.

  7. Floating microspheres: a review

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    Jagtap Yogesh Mukund

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Gastric emptying is a complex process, one that is highly variable and that makes in vivo performance of drug delivery systems uncertain. A controlled drug delivery system with prolonged residence time in the stomach can be of great practical importance for drugs with an absorption window in the upper small intestine. The main limitations are attributed to the inter- and intra-subject variability of gastro-intestinal (GI transit time and to the non-uniformity of drug absorption throughout the alimentary canal. Floating or hydrodynamically controlled drug delivery systems are useful in such applications. Various gastroretentive dosage forms are available, including tablets, capsules, pills, laminated films, floating microspheres, granules and powders. Floating microspheres have been gaining attention due to the uniform distribution of these multiple-unit dosage forms in the stomach, which results in more reproducible drug absorption and reduced risk of local irritation. Such systems have more advantages over the single-unit dosage forms. The present review briefly addresses the physiology of the gastric emptying process with respect to floating drug delivery systems. The purpose of this review is to bring together the recent literature with respect to the method of preparation, and various parameters affecting the performance and characterization of floating microspheres.O esvaziamento gástrico é um processo complexo, com elevada variabilidade e responsável pela incerteza do desempenho dos medicamentos in vivo. Dessa forma, os sistemas de liberação modificada de fármacos, com tempo de residência prolongado no estômago, em especial, considerando aqueles fármacos com janela de absorção na porção superior do intestino delgado, apresentam fundamental importância. As principais limitações relativas à absorção do fármaco são, no geral, atribuídas à variabilidade inter e intra-paciente do tempo de trânsito gastro-intestinal (GI e

  8. Advances in Microsphere Insulation Systems

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    Allen, M. S.; Baumgartner, R. G.; Fesmire, J. E.; Augustynowicz, S. D.

    2004-06-01

    Microsphere insulation, typically consisting of hollow glass bubbles, combines in a single material the desirable properties that other insulations only have individually. The material has high crush strength, low density, is noncombustible, and performs well in soft vacuum. Microspheres provide robust, low-maintenance insulation systems for cryogenic transfer lines and dewars. They also do not suffer from compaction problems typical of perlite that result in the necessity to reinsulate dewars because of degraded thermal performance and potential damage to its support system. Since microspheres are load bearing, autonomous insulation panels enveloped with lightweight vacuum-barrier materials can be created. Comprehensive testing performed at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory located at the NASA Kennedy Space Center demonstrated competitive thermal performance with other bulk materials. Test conditions were representative of actual-use conditions and included cold vacuum pressure ranging from high vacuum to no vacuum and compression loads from 0 to 20 psi. While microspheres have been recognized as a legitimate insulation material for decades, actual implementation has not been pursued. Innovative microsphere insulation system configurations and applications are evaluated.

  9. Optical trapping of coated microspheres.

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    Bormuth, Volker; Jannasch, Anita; Ander, Marcel; van Kats, Carlos M; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Howard, Jonathon; Schäffer, Erik

    2008-09-01

    In an optical trap, micron-sized dielectric particles are held by a tightly focused laser beam. The optical force on the particle is composed of an attractive gradient force and a destabilizing scattering force. We hypothesized that using anti-reflection-coated microspheres would reduce scattering and lead to stronger trapping. We found that homogeneous silica and polystyrene microspheres had a sharp maximum trap stiffness at a diameter of around 800 nm--the trapping laser wavelength in water--and that a silica coating on a polystyrene microsphere was a substantial improvement for larger diameters. In addition, we noticed that homogeneous spheres of a correct size demonstrated anti-reflective properties. Our results quantitatively agreed with Mie scattering calculations and serve as a proof of principle. We used a DNA stretching experiment to confirm the large linear range in detection and force of the coated microspheres and performed a high-force motor protein assay. These measurements show that the surfaces of the coated microspheres are compatible with biophysical assays.

  10. Production Well Performance Enhancement using Sonication Technology

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    Adewumi, Michael A; Ityokumbul, M Thaddeus; Watson, Robert W; Eltohami, Eltohami; Farias, Mario; Heckman, Glenn; Houlihan, Brendan; Karoor, Samata Prakash; Miller, Bruce G; Mohammed, Nazia; Olanrewaju, Johnson; Ozdemir, Mine; Rejepov, Dautmamed; Sadegh, Abdallah A; Quammie, Kevin E; Zaghloul, Jose; Hughes, W Jack; Montgomery, Thomas C

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    The objective of this project was to develop a sonic well performance enhancement technology that focused on near wellbore formation damage. In order to successfully achieve this objective, a three-year project was defined. The entire project was broken into four tasks. The overall objective of all this was to foster a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in sonic energy interactions with fluid flow in porous media and adapt such knowledge for field applications. The fours tasks are: • Laboratory studies • Mathematical modeling • Sonic tool design and development • Field demonstration The project was designed to be completed in three years; however, due to budget cuts, support was only provided for the first year, and hence the full objective of the project could not be accomplished. This report summarizes what was accomplished with the support provided by the US Department of Energy. Experiments performed focused on determining the inception of cavitation, studying thermal dissipation under cavitation conditions, investigating sonic energy interactions with glass beads and oil, and studying the effects of sonication on crude oil properties. Our findings show that the voltage threshold for onset of cavitation is independent of transducer-hydrophone separation distance. In addition, thermal dissipation under cavitation conditions contributed to the mobilization of deposited paraffins and waxes. Our preliminary laboratory experiments suggest that waxes are mobilized when the fluid temperature approaches 40°C. Experiments were conducted that provided insights into the interactions between sonic wave and the fluid contained in the porous media. Most of these studies were carried out in a slim-tube apparatus. A numerical model was developed for simulating the effect of sonication in the nearwellbore region. The numerical model developed was validated using a number of standard testbed problems. However, actual application of the model for scale

  11. Sonication for advanced drinking water treatment

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    ZHANG Guang-ming; WEI Xi-zhu; LI Xiang-kun; ZHANG Jie; DOU Zi-bo

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigated the feasibility of sonication as an advanced treatment method for drinking water production and used comprehensive indexes of water quality to examine its efficiency. Results show that sonication significantly reduces the toxicity of water. Sonication with 5 W/L at 90 kHz lasting for 30 min decreases he water SUVA and the disinfection byproduct formation potential (DBPFP) by 38.7% and 27.2% respective ly. Sonieation also decreases the UV254 by more than 50% through destroying unsaturated chemical bonds.Higher sound intensity and higher frequency benefit the reduction of TOC and UV254, Besides, sonication significantly increases the affinity of organics with granular activated carbon (GAC), and thus the hybrid sonication-GAC method reduces the water TOC, COD, UV254, and DBPFP by 78. 3%, 69.4%, 75.7%, and 70. 0% respectively. Therefore, sonieation and the hybrid sonieation-GAC method are proposed as advanced treatment methods for drinking water.

  12. Realism Assessment of Sonic Boom Simulators

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    Sullivan, Brenda M.; Davies, Patrica; Hodgdon, Kthleen K.; Salamone, Joseph A., III; Pilon, Anthony

    2008-01-01

    Developments in small supersonic aircraft design are predicted to result in low-intensity sonic booms. Booms generated by current aircraft are similar to those that led to the ban on commercial supersonic fli ght over the US, so are unsuitable for parametric studies of psychoac oustic response to low-intensity booms. Therefore, simulators have be en used to study the impact of predicted low-intensity sonic booms. H owever, simulators have been criticized because, when simulating conv entional-level booms, the sounds were observed to be unrealistic by p eople experienced in listening to sonic booms. Thus, two studies were conducted to measure the perceived realism of three sonic boom simul ators. Experienced listeners rated the realism of conventional sonic boom signatures when played in these simulators. The effects on percei ved realism of factors such as duration of post-boom noise, exclusion of very low frequency components, inclusion of ground reflections, a nd type of simulator were examined. Duration of post-boom noise was f ound to have a strong effect on perceived realism, while type of simu lator had a weak effect. It was determined that post-boom noise had t o be at least 1.5 seconds long for the sound to be rated very realist ic. Loudness level did not affect realism for the range of sounds pla yed in the tests (80-93 dB ASEL).

  13. Waveform Freezing of Sonic Booms Revisited

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    Cleveland, Robin O.; Blackstock, David T.

    1996-01-01

    Nonlinear distortion of sonic booms propagating in the atmosphere is strongly affected by stratification and geometrical spreading. For a downward propagating sonic boom in a standard atmosphere, stratification and spreading cause a slowing down of nonlinear distortion. In certain cases a stage is reached where no further distortion takes place. When this happens, the waveform is said to be frozen. In previous work the authors argued that for most HSCT designs and flight conditions being considered, the sonic boom is not frozen when it reaches the ground. The criterion used was the value of the distortion distance x bar is a measure of the nonlinear distortion suffered by the wave (and is closely related to Hayes's E variable). The aircraft must be at an altitude greater than 27 km (80,000 ft) for x bar at the groun be within 95% of its asymptotic value. However, work reported here demonstrates that the ground waveform is much closer to the frozen state than indicated by the previous analysis. In the new analysis, duration of the sonic boom is used as the criterion for judging closeness of approach tz frozen state. In order for the duration of the sonic boom at the ground to be within 95% of its frozen value, the flight altitude of the aircraft needs to be only 15 km (45,000 ft).

  14. Polarization Dependent Whispering Gallery Modes in Microspheres

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    Adamovsky, Grigory (Inventor); Wrbanek, Susan Y. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A tunable resonant system is provided and includes a microsphere that receives an incident portion of a light beam generated via a light source, the light beam having a fundamental mode, a waveguide medium that transmits the light beam from the light source to the microsphere, and a polarizer disposed in a path of the waveguide between the light source and the microsphere. The incident portion of the light beam creates a fundamental resonance inside the microsphere. A change in a normalized frequency of the wavelength creates a secondary mode in the waveguide and the secondary mode creates a secondary resonance inside the microsphere.

  15. Porous microsphere and its applications

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Yunpeng Cai,1,2* Yinghui Chen,3* Xiaoyun Hong,2 Zhenguo Liu,1 Weien Yuan2 1Department of Neurology, Xinhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, 2School of Pharmacy, Shanghai JiaoTong University, 3Department of Neurology Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: Porous microspheres have drawn great attention in the last two decades for their potential applications in many fields, such as carriers for drugs, absorption and desorption of substances, pulmonary drug delivery, and tissue regeneration. The application of porous microspheres has become a feasible way to address existing problems. In this essay, we give a brief introduction of the porous microsphere, its characteristics, preparation methods, applications, and a brief summary of existing problems and research tendencies.Keywords: pore, porosity, porogen, suspension polymerization, seed swelling, pulmonary drug delivery, tissue regeneration

  16. AN EFFICIENT METHOD FOR SONICATION ASSISTED AGROBACTEIUM-MEDIATED TRANSFORMATION OF COAT PROTEIN(CP) CODING GENES INTO PAPAYA (CARICA PAPAYA L.)%超声波辅助农杆菌介导CP基因转化番木瓜(Carioca papaya L.)的有效方法

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    姜玲; MAOKA Tetsuo; KOMORI Sadao; FUKAMACHI Hiroshi; KATO Hidenori; OGAWA Kazunori

    2004-01-01

    An efficient method for the production of transgenic papaya was developed via Sonication Assisted Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation (SAAT) of somatic embryos. The plasmid pGA482G was modified to contain gene Pti-Epj-TL-PLDMV with CP coding sequence of PLDMV Japan strain and chimeric gene Pti-NP-YKT with multiple CP coding sequences from PRSV Taiwan strain, PRSV Hawaii strain and PRSV Thailand strain, respectively. Disarmed A grobacterium tumefaciens strain LBA4404 carrying the binary plasmid pGA482G with the CP genes and nptII gene was used to transform embryo calli of papaya variety Sunset to produce transgenic papaya plants. The experiment was focused on the screening of effective transformation method. The engineered Agrobacterium grown overnight was diluted with an infection media of high osmotic pressure (1/2 MS medium contain 6% sucrose and 1% glucose, pH 5.7) and adjust ed to optical density OD600nm= 0.15 - 0.20, embryonic calli were immerged in it for 30min and treated with 5s, 15s, and 20s sonication respectively during the infection. Results indicated that 15s sonication treatment improved the transformation efficiency dramatically. After 15s sonication treatment on embryo calli loaded in 15ml sterile plastic tubes, 21 putative transgenic lines were produced from 80 pieces embryonic calli (26.3%)transformed by Agrobaterium [pGA482G/CPG] and 8 putative transgenic lines was produced from 48 pieces embryonic calli(16.7%)transferred by Agrobaterium [pGA482G/CPB], while only a single line came out of 64 pieces embryonic calli(1.6%)transformed by Agrobaterium [pGA482G/CPG] and none from 25 pieces embryonic calli transformed by Agrobaterium [pGA482G/CPB] in the non-treatment control. Results also showed that the best concentration of selection antibiotic was 120mg/L kanamycin. A total of 42 resistant shoots were produced from 421 pieces of original embryonic calli in 9 months. The presence of the CP genes in the transgenic plants and their integration into

  17. Primary cilia and graded Sonic Hedgehog signaling.

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    Sasai, Noriaki; Briscoe, James

    2012-01-01

    Cilia are evolutionary-conserved microtubule-containing organelles protruding from the surface of cells. They are classified into two types--primary and motile cilia. Primary cilia are nearly ubiquitous, at least in vertebrate cells, and it has become apparent that they play an essential role in the intracellular transduction of a range of stimuli. Most notable among these is Sonic Hedgehog. In this article we briefly summarize the structure and biogenesis of primary cilia. We discuss the evidence implicating cilia in the transduction of extrinsic signals. We focus on the involvement and molecular mechanism of cilia in signaling by Sonic Hedgehog in embryonic tissues, specifically the neural tube, and we discuss how cilia play an active role in the interpretation of gradients of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling.

  18. Microsphere Super-resolution Imaging

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    Wang, Zengbo

    2015-01-01

    Recently, it was discovered that microsphere can generate super-resolution focusing beyond diffraction limit. This has led to the development of an exciting super-resolution imaging technique -microsphere nanoscopy- that features a record resolution of 50 nm under white lights. Different samples have been directly imaged in high resolution and real time without labelling, including both non-biological (nano devices, structures and materials) and biological (subcellular details, viruses) samples. This chapter reviews the technique, which covers its background, fundamentals, experiments, mechanisms as well as the future outlook.

  19. Preparation of cellulose based microspheres by combining spray coagulating with spray drying.

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    Wang, Qiao; Fu, Aiping; Li, Hongliang; Liu, Jingquan; Guo, Peizhi; Zhao, Xiu Song; Xia, Lin Hua

    2014-10-13

    Porous microspheres of regenerated cellulose with size in range of 1-2 μm and composite microspheres of chitosan coated cellulose with size of 1-3 μm were obtained through a two-step spray-assisted approach. The spray coagulating process must combine with a spray drying step to guarantee the formation of stable microspheres of cellulose. This approach exhibits the following two main virtues. First, the preparation was performed using aqueous solution of cellulose as precursor in the absence of organic solvent and surfactant; Second, neither crosslinking agent nor separated crosslinking process was required for formation of stable microspheres. Moreover, the spray drying step also provided us with the chance to encapsulate guests into the resultant cellulose microspheres. The potential application of the cellulose microspheres acting as drug delivery vector has been studied in two PBS (phosphate-buffered saline) solution with pH values at 4.0 and 7.4 to mimic the environments of stomach and intestine, respectively.

  20. Polymer microspheres with structured surfaces

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    Wagdare, N.A.; Baggerman, J.; Marcelis, A.T.M.; Boom, R.M.; Rijn, van C.J.M.

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    Microspheres from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Eudragit FS 30D (a commercial copolymer of poly(methyl acrylate-co-methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) 7:3:1) were prepared using microsieve emulsification. A mixture of these polymers in dichloromethane (DCM) was dispersed into water, leadin

  1. Development of Risperidone PLGA Microspheres

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to design and evaluate biodegradable PLGA microspheres for sustained delivery of Risperidone, with an eventual goal of avoiding combination therapy for the treatment of schizophrenia. Two PLGA copolymers (50 : 50 and 75 : 25 were used to prepare four microsphere formulations of Risperidone. The microspheres were characterized by several in vitro techniques. In vivo studies in male Sprague-Dawley rats at 20 and 40 mg/kg doses revealed that all formulations exhibited an initial burst followed by sustained release of the active moiety. Additionally, formulations prepared with 50 : 50 PLGA had a shorter duration of action and lower cumulative AUC levels than the 75 : 25 PLGA microspheres. A simulation of multiple dosing at weekly or 15-day regimen revealed pulsatile behavior for all formulations with steady state being achieved by the second dose. Overall, the clinical use of Formulations A, B, C, or D will eliminate the need for combination oral therapy and reduce time to achieve steady state, with a smaller washout period upon cessation of therapy. Results of this study prove the suitability of using PLGA copolymers of varying composition and molecular weight to develop sustained release formulations that can tailor in vivo behavior and enhance pharmacological effectiveness of the drug.

  2. Optical trapping of coated microspheres

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    Bormuth, V.; Jannasch, A.; Ander, M.; van Kats, C.M.; van Blaaderen, A.; Howard, J.; Schäffer, E.

    2008-01-01

    In an optical trap, micron-sized dielectric particles are held by a tightly focused laser beam. The optical force on the particle is composed of an attractive gradient force and a destabilizing scattering force. We hypothesized that using anti-reflection-coated microspheres would reduce scattering a

  3. Sonic tractor beam costs less than 90

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    2017-02-01

    A single-sided sonic tractor beam that can levitate objects without the need for complex phase-shifting electronics has been developed by researchers in the UK, who say that it can be made for less than 90 with readily available components and a 3D printer.

  4. Sonic morphology: Aesthetic dimensional auditory spatial awareness

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    Whitehouse, Martha M.

    The sound and ceramic sculpture installation, " Skirting the Edge: Experiences in Sound & Form," is an integration of art and science demonstrating the concept of sonic morphology. "Sonic morphology" is herein defined as aesthetic three-dimensional auditory spatial awareness. The exhibition explicates my empirical phenomenal observations that sound has a three-dimensional form. Composed of ceramic sculptures that allude to different social and physical situations, coupled with sound compositions that enhance and create a three-dimensional auditory and visual aesthetic experience (see accompanying DVD), the exhibition supports the research question, "What is the relationship between sound and form?" Precisely how people aurally experience three-dimensional space involves an integration of spatial properties, auditory perception, individual history, and cultural mores. People also utilize environmental sound events as a guide in social situations and in remembering their personal history, as well as a guide in moving through space. Aesthetically, sound affects the fascination, meaning, and attention one has within a particular space. Sonic morphology brings art forms such as a movie, video, sound composition, and musical performance into the cognitive scope by generating meaning from the link between the visual and auditory senses. This research examined sonic morphology as an extension of musique concrete, sound as object, originating in Pierre Schaeffer's work in the 1940s. Pointing, as John Cage did, to the corporeal three-dimensional experience of "all sound," I composed works that took their total form only through the perceiver-participant's participation in the exhibition. While contemporary artist Alvin Lucier creates artworks that draw attention to making sound visible, "Skirting the Edge" engages the perceiver-participant visually and aurally, leading to recognition of sonic morphology.

  5. ERYTHROMYCIN POLYLACTIC ACID MICROSPHERES FOR LUNG TARGETING

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    AIM: To prepare polylactic acid microspheres of Erythromycin for Lung targeting.METHEDS: The orthogonal test design was used to optimize the technology,of preparation. Thecharacter of the microspheres, drug release in vitro, stability and tissue distribution were examinedRESULTS: The Erythromycin polylactic acid microspheres was regular in its morphology. Drugwas enveloped in microspheres but not physically mixed with PDLLA. The average particle size was11.65μn with over 94% of the microspheres being in the range of 5~20trn; The drug loading andthe incorporation efciency were 18% and 60% respectively. The microspheres were stable for threemonth at 4 ℃ and room temperature. The in vitro release properties could be expressed by theHiguchi's equation: y = 28.067 + 3.8515t11/2 (r = 0.9834). Comparing with injection, the drug inmicrospheres was more concentrated in lung tissue. CONCLUSION: Erythromycin polylactic acidmicrospheres showed significant sustained release and lung targeting.

  6. Magnetoresponsive Photonic Microspheres with Structural Color Gradient.

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    Lee, Seung Yeol; Choi, Jongkook; Jeong, Jong-Ryul; Shin, Jung H; Kim, Shin-Hyun

    2017-02-06

    Photonic Janus particles are created by alternately sputtering silica and titania on microspheres in order to obtain a structural color gradient. In addition, the microspheres are rendered magnetoresponsive. The Janus microspheres with optical and magnetic anisotropy enable on-demand control over orientation and structural color through manipulation of an external magnetic field, thereby being useful as active color pigments for reflection-mode displays.

  7. Studying the nonlinearity in Sonic IR NDE

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    Yu, Qiuye; Obeidat, Omar; Han, Xiaoyan

    2017-02-01

    Sonic IR Imaging combines pulsed ultrasound excitation and infrared imaging to detect defects in materials. The sound pulse causes rubbing due to non--unison motion between faces of defects, and infrared sensors image the temperature map over the target to identify defects. It works in various materials, including metal/metal alloy, ceramics, and composite materials. Its biggest advantage is that it's a fast, wide area NDE technique. It takes only a fraction of a second or a few seconds, depending on the thermal properties of the target, for one test over a few square feet. However, due to the nonlinearity in the coupling between the ultrasound transducer and the target, the repeatability has been an issue, which affects its application. In this paper, we present our study on this issue in Sonic IR.

  8. Discharge coefficient of small sonic nozzles

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this investigation is to understand flow characteristics in mini/micro sonic nozzles, in order to precisely measure and control miniscule flowrates. Experimental and numerical simulation methods have been used to study critical flow Venturi nozzles. The results show that the nozzle’s size and shape influence gas flow characteristics which leading the boundary layer thickness to change, and then impact on the discharge coefficient. With the diameter of sonic nozzle throat decreasing, the discharge coefficient reduces. The maximum discharge coefficient exits in the condition of the inlet surface radius being double the throat diameter. The longer the diffuser section, the smaller the discharge coefficient becomes. Diffuser angle affects the discharge coefficient slightly.

  9. Comparison of Prevalent Types of Sonic Anemometers

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    Mauder, M.; Foken, Th.

    The objects of our investigations are five types of sonic anemometers that are widly used at present for turbulence measurements. These are the CSAT3 (Campbell Scien- tific), Solent HS (Gill Instruments), the NUW-Probe (NCAR), USA-1 (Metek) and the Model 81000 (R.M. Young). The main focus of this work was on the processing of the EBEX-2000 field intercomparison. In order to complete the characterisation of the instruments, the results of further intercomparison experiments were comparatively analysed and additionally three types of sonic anemometers were examined in a wind tunnel study. The highest measurement quality was found for the CSAT3 and the New UW-Probe. Other types of anemometers show significant deviations from the refer- ence, especially for the determination of fluctuations of the vertical wind component.

  10. Compression molding of aerogel microspheres

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    Pekala, Richard W. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Hrubesh, Lawrence W. (Pleasanton, CA)

    1998-03-24

    An aerogel composite material produced by compression molding of aerogel microspheres (powders) mixed together with a small percentage of polymer binder to form monolithic shapes in a cost-effective manner. The aerogel composites are formed by mixing aerogel microspheres with a polymer binder, placing the mixture in a mold and heating under pressure, which results in a composite with a density of 50-800 kg/m.sup.3 (0.05-0.80 g/cc). The thermal conductivity of the thus formed aerogel composite is below that of air, but higher than the thermal conductivity of monolithic aerogels. The resulting aerogel composites are attractive for applications such as thermal insulation since fabrication thereof does not require large and expensive processing equipment. In addition to thermal insulation, the aerogel composites may be utilized for filtration, ICF target, double layer capacitors, and capacitive deionization.

  11. Compression molding of aerogel microspheres

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    Pekala, R.W.; Hrubesh, L.W.

    1998-03-24

    An aerogel composite material produced by compression molding of aerogel microspheres (powders) mixed together with a small percentage of polymer binder to form monolithic shapes in a cost-effective manner is disclosed. The aerogel composites are formed by mixing aerogel microspheres with a polymer binder, placing the mixture in a mold and heating under pressure, which results in a composite with a density of 50--800 kg/m{sup 3} (0.05--0.80 g/cc). The thermal conductivity of the thus formed aerogel composite is below that of air, but higher than the thermal conductivity of monolithic aerogels. The resulting aerogel composites are attractive for applications such as thermal insulation since fabrication thereof does not require large and expensive processing equipment. In addition to thermal insulation, the aerogel composites may be utilized for filtration, ICF target, double layer capacitors, and capacitive deionization. 4 figs.

  12. Living Melodies - Coevolution Of Sonic Communication

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    Dahlstedt, Palle; Nordahl, Mats G.

    2001-01-01

    The authors have constructed an artificial world of coevolving communicating agents. The behavior of the agents is described in terms of a simple genetic programming framework, which allows the evolution of foraging behavior and movement in order to reproduce, as well as sonic communication. The ....... The sound of the entire world is used as musical raw material for the work. Musically interesting and useful structures are found to emerge....

  13. Microspheres in Plasma Display Panels

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    2006-01-01

    Filling small bubbles of molten glass with gases is just as difficult as it sounds, but the technical staff at NASA is not known to shy away from a difficult task. When Microsphere Systems, Inc. (MSI), of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Imaging Systems Technology, Inc. (IST), of Toledo, Ohio, were trying to push the limits of plasma displays but were having difficulty with the designs, NASA s Glenn Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative (GMCI) assembled key personnel at Glenn Research Center and Ohio State University for a brainstorming session to come up with a solution for the companies. They needed a system that could produce hollow, glass micro-sized spheres (microspheres) that could be filled with a variety of gasses. But the extremely high temperature required to force the micro-sized glass bubbles to form at the tip of a metal nozzle resulted in severe discoloration of the microspheres. After countless experiments on various glass-metal combinations, they had turned to the GMCI for help. NASA experts in advanced metals, ceramics, and glass concluded that a new design approach was necessary. The team determined that what was needed was a phosphate glass composition that would remain transparent, and they went to work on a solution. Six weeks later, using the design tips from the NASA team, Tim Henderson, president of MSI, had designed a new system in which all surfaces in contact with the molten glass would be ceramic instead of metal. Meanwhile, IST was able to complete a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and supply a potential customer with samples of the microspheres for evaluation as filler materials for high-performance insulations.

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Gd2O3 Hollow Microspheres Using a Template-Directed Method

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    Xueliang Jiang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Uniform rare-earth gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3 hollow microspheres, as formed through a urea-assisted homogenous precipitation process using carbon spheres as a template and a subsequent heat treatment, were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transformed infared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Tellet surface area measurement. The results indicate that the final products can be indexed to a cubic Gd2O3 phase with high purity and have a uniform morphology at 500 nm in diameter and 20 nm in shell thickness. The as-synthesized Gd2O3 hollow microspheres exhibited a superior photooxidation activity to that of Gd2O3 powder and an effect similar to P25, significantly broadening the potential of Gd2O3 hollow microspheres for many practical applications.

  15. Differential shrinkage induced formation of yolk-shell carbon microspheres toward enhanced microwave absorption

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    Tian, Chunhua; Du, Yunchen; Xu, Haiyan; Xue, Jianlei; Chu, Wenlei; Qiang, Rong; Han, Xijiang; Xu, Ping

    2017-09-01

    Rational design of the microstructure paves new ways for microwave absorbing materials because it can create more facilities for the attenuation of incident electromagnetic waves. In this study, a simple method is proposed to prepare yolk-shell carbon microspheres through differential shrinkage in the internal cores and external shells of polypyrrole microspheres with the assistance of outermost SiO2 coating. This method simplifies the preparation procedures and avoids strictly controlled conditions. The electromagnetic parameters, such as relative complex permittivity and permeability, of the as-prepared yolk-shell carbon microspheres, are investigated in the frequency range of 2.0-18.0 GHz. Compared with solid carbon microspheres, yolk-shell carbon microspheres exhibit significantly enhanced microwave absorption properties in terms of both the reflection loss intensity and absorption bandwidth. The minimum reflection loss value can reach up to -27.5 dB at 8.32 GHz with an absorber thickness of 2.96 mm. The absorption bandwidth over -10.0 dB is in the range of 11.3-16.2 GHz at the typical thickness of 2.0 mm. The enhanced microwave absorption properties may be attributed to the good attenuation ability and well matched characteristic impedance. This work not only provides a promising candidate for microwave absorption, but also provides an attractive strategy to prepare various yolk-shell composites.

  16. Glass microspheres for medical applications

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    Conzone, Samuel David

    Radioactive dysprosium lithium borate glass microspheres have been developed as biodegradable radiation delivery vehicles for the radiation synovectomy treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Once injected into a diseased joint, the microspheres deliver a potent dose of radiation to the diseased tissue, while a non-uniform chemical reaction converts the glass into an amorphous, porous, hydrated dysprosium phosphate reaction product. The non-radioactive, lithium-borate component is dissolved from the glass (up to 94% weight loss), while the radioactive 165Dy reacts with phosphate anions in the body fluids, and becomes "chemically" trapped in a solid, dysprosium phosphate reaction product that has the same size as the un-reacted glass microsphere. Ethylene diamine tetraacetate (EDTA) chelation therapy can be used to dissolve the dysprosium phosphate reaction product after the radiation delivery has subsided. The dysprosium phosphate reaction product, which formed in vivo in the joint of a Sprague-Dawley rat, was dissolved by EDTA chelation therapy in 100 Gy) of localized beta radiation to a treatment site within the body, followed by complete biodegradability. The non-uniform reaction process is a desirable characteristic for a biodegradable radiation delivery vehicle, but it is also a novel material synthesis technique that can convert a glass to a highly porous materials with widely varying chemical composition by simple, low-temperature, glass/solution reaction. The reaction product formed by nonuniform reaction occupies the same volume as the un-reacted glass, and after drying for 1 h at 300°C, has a specific surface area of ≈200 m2/g, a pore size of ≈30 nm, and a nominal crushing strength of ≈10 MPa. Finally, rhenium glass microspheres, composed of micron-sized, metallic rhenium particles dispersed within a magnesium alumino borate glass matrix were produced by sintering ReO2 powder and glass frit at 1050°C. A 50 mg injection of radioactive rhenium glass

  17. POROUS WALL, HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES

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    Sexton, W.

    2012-06-30

    Hollow Glass Microspheres (HGM) is not a new technology. All one has to do is go to the internet and Google{trademark} HGM. Anyone can buy HGM and they have a wide variety of uses. HGM are usually between 1 to 100 microns in diameter, although their size can range from 100 nanometers to 5 millimeters in diameter. HGM are used as lightweight filler in composite materials such as syntactic foam and lightweight concrete. In 1968 a patent was issued to W. Beck of the 3M{trademark} Company for 'Glass Bubbles Prepared by Reheating Solid Glass Particles'. In 1983 P. Howell was issued a patent for 'Glass Bubbles of Increased Collapse Strength' and in 1988 H. Marshall was issued a patent for 'Glass Microbubbles'. Now Google{trademark}, Porous Wall, Hollow Glass Microspheres (PW-HGMs), the key words here are Porous Wall. Almost every article has its beginning with the research done at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The Savannah River Site (SRS) where SRNL is located has a long and successful history of working with hydrogen and its isotopes for national security, energy, waste management and environmental remediation applications. This includes more than 30 years of experience developing, processing, and implementing special ceramics, including glasses for a variety of Department of Energy (DOE) missions. In the case of glasses, SRS and SRNL have been involved in both the science and engineering of vitreous or glass based systems. As a part of this glass experience and expertise, SRNL has developed a number of niches in the glass arena, one of which is the development of porous glass systems for a variety of applications. These porous glass systems include sol gel glasses, which include both xerogels and aerogels, as well as phase separated glass compositions, that can be subsequently treated to produce another unique type of porosity within the glass forms. The porous glasses can increase the surface area compared to &apos

  18. ERYTHROMYCIN POLYLACTIC ACID MICROSPHERES FOR LUNG TARGETING

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    YANGFan; YANBing; 等

    2002-01-01

    AIM:To prepare polylactiv acid microspheres of Erythromycin for Lung targeting.METHEDS:The orthogonal test design was used to optimize the technology of preparation.The character of the microspheres,drug release in vitro,stabiligy and tissue distribution were examined. RESULTS:The Erythromycin polylatic acid microspheres was regular in its morphology.Drug was enveloped in microspheres but not physically mixed with PDLLA.The average particle size was 11.65μm with over 94% of the microspheres being in the range of 5-20μm;The drug loading and the incorporation efficiency were 18% and 60% respectively.The microspheres were stable for three month at 4℃ and room temperature.The in vitro release properties could be expressed by the Higuchi′s equation:y=28.067+3.8515t1/2(r=0.9834).Comparing with injection,the drug in microspheres was more concentrated in lung tissue.CONLUSION:Erythromycin polylactic acid microspheres showed significant sustained release and lung targeting.

  19. Assembly of ordered magnetic microsphere arrays

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    Xu, Wanling; Ketterson, John

    2008-08-01

    We have developed a straightforward technique to assemble ordered arrays of magnetic microspheres on patterned thin Permalloy (Py) films deposited on the surface of a silicon wafer. Droplets containing micrometer-sized carboxyl paramagnetic microspheres are placed on a horizontally oriented wafer. The field produced by a permanent magnet placed under the wafer is rendered inhomogeneous by the patterned Py features and the resulting field gradients attract and hold the paramagnetic microspheres to these features. While the magnetic microspheres are being attracted to and secured on the pattered Permalloy features, a horizontal flow is created by a pipette, which also removes loose (unsecured) microspheres. By applying this technique to a cocktail of individually functionalized microspheres, a sensor could be realized, which will screen, in parallel, for a large number of targets per unit area. The ability to resolve individual microspheres is close to 100%. A desirable feature is that the substrate is reusable; removing the magnet allows an existing batch of microspheres, which may have lost sensitivity due to environmental exposure, to be flushed from the substrate and replaced with a new batch. The technique complements existing approaches in the field of microarrays widely used in immunoassay, DNA fragment detection, pathogen detection, and other applications in functional genomics and diagnostics.

  20. Microencapsulation and microspheres for food applications

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    Sagis, L.M.C.

    2015-01-01

    This book provides an update on the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in the highly expanding field of microencapsulation and microspheres for food applications, examining the various types of microspheres and microcapsules essential to those who need to develop stable and impermeab

  1. Dextran-based microspheres as controlled delivery systems for proteins

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    Vlugt-Wensink, K.D.F.

    2007-01-01

    Dextran-based microspheres as controlled delivery systems for proteins Dextran based microspheres are investigated as controlled delivery system for proteins. Microspheres were prepared by polymerization of dex-HEMA in an aqueous two-phase system of dex-HEMA and PEG. Protein loaded microspheres are

  2. Comparison of surface wind stress measurements - Airborne radar scatterometer versus sonic anemometer

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    Brucks, J. T.; Leming, T. D.; Jones, W. L.

    1980-01-01

    Sea surface wind stress measurements recorded by a sonic anemometer are correlated with airborne scatterometer measurements of ocean roughness (cross section of radar backscatter) to establish the accuracy of remotely sensed data and assist in the definition of geophysical algorithms for the scatterometer sensor aboard Seasat A. Results of this investigation are as follows: Comparison of scatterometer and sonic anemometer wind stress measurements are good for the majority of cases; however, a tendency exists for scatterometer wind stress to be somewhat high for higher wind conditions experienced in this experiment (6-9 m/s). The scatterometer wind speed algorithm tends to overcompute the higher wind speeds by approximately 0.5 m/s. This is a direct result of the scatterometer overestimate of wind stress from which wind speeds are derived. Algorithmic derivations of wind speed and direction are, in most comparisons, within accuracies defined by Seasat A scatterometer sensor specifications.

  3. Spectrally resolved resonant propulsion of dielectric microspheres

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    Li, Yangcheng; Limberopoulos, Nicholaos I; Urbas, Augustine M; Astratov, Vasily N

    2015-01-01

    Use of resonant light forces opens up a unique approach to high-volume sorting of microspherical resonators with much higher uniformity of resonances compared to that in coupled-cavity structures obtained by the best semiconductor technologies. In this work, the spectral response of the propulsion forces exerted on polystyrene microspheres near tapered microfibers is directly observed. The measurements are based on the control of the detuning between the tunable laser and internal resonances in each sphere with accuracy higher than the width of the resonances. The measured spectral shape of the propulsion forces correlates well with the whispering-gallery mode resonances in the microspheres. The existence of a stable radial trap for the microspheres propelled along the taper is demonstrated. The giant force peaks observed for 20-{\\mu}m spheres are found to be in a good agreement with a model calculation demonstrating an efficient use of the light momentum for propelling the microspheres.

  4. Hydroxyapatite nanocrystal coating on biodegradable microspheres

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    Okada, Masahiro [Department of Bioengineering, Advanced Medical Engineering Center, National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, 5-7-1 Fujishirodai, Suita, Osaka 565-8565 (Japan); Furuzono, Tsutomu, E-mail: furuzono@ri.ncvc.go.jp [Department of Bioengineering, Advanced Medical Engineering Center, National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, 5-7-1 Fujishirodai, Suita, Osaka 565-8565 (Japan)

    2010-10-15

    Nano-sized single crystals of calcined hydroxyapatite (HAp) were uniformly coated on poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) microspheres through the ionic interaction between calcium ions on the HAp nanocrystal and carboxyl groups on the PLLA microsphere. In order to coat the substrate with HAp nanocrystals through ionic interaction, the surfaces of the PLLA microspheres were hydrolyzed in an alkaline aqueous solution at pH 11.0 for 1 h at room temperature. The interaction between the HAp nanocrystals and the carboxyl groups originating from PLLA end groups was estimated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The alkali-treated PLLA microspheres were coated with HAp nanocrystals by immersing the microspheres in an ethanol dispersion of HAp nanocrystals followed by washing in an ultrasonic bath.

  5. The Effect of Sonic Booms on Earthquake Warning Systems

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    Wurman, Gilead; Haering, Edward A, Jr.; Price, Michael J.

    2011-01-01

    Several aerospace companies are designing quiet supersonic business jets for service over the United States. These aircraft have the potential to increase the occurrence of mild sonic booms across the country. This leads to interest among earthquake warning (EQW) developers and the general seismological community in characterizing the effect of sonic booms on seismic sensors in the field, their potential impact on EQW systems, and means of discriminating their signatures from those of earthquakes. The SonicBREWS project (Sonic Boom Resistant Earthquake Warning Systems) is a collaborative effort between Seismic Warning Systems, Inc. (SWS) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. This project aims to evaluate the effects of sonic booms on EQW sensors. The study consists of exposing high-sample-rate (1000 sps) triaxial accelerometers to sonic booms with overpressures ranging from 10 to 600 Pa in the free field and the built environment. The accelerometers record the coupling of the sonic boom to the ground and surrounding structures, while microphones record the acoustic wave above ground near the sensor. Sonic booms are broadband signals with more high-frequency content than earthquakes. Even a 1000 sps accelerometer will produce a significantly aliased record. Thus the observed peak ground velocity is strongly dependent on the sampling rate, and increases as the sampling rate is reduced. At 1000 sps we observe ground velocities that exceed those of P-waves from ML 3 earthquakes at local distances, suggesting that sonic booms are not negligible for EQW applications. We present the results of several experiments conducted under SonicBREWS showing the effects of typical-case low amplitude sonic booms and worst-case high amplitude booms. We show the effects of various sensor placements and sensor array geometries. Finally, we suggest possible avenues for discriminating sonic booms from earthquakes for the purposes of EQW.

  6. Biofunctionalization of silica microspheres for protein separation

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    Li, Binjie [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zou, Xueyan [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhao, Yanbao, E-mail: yanbaozhao@126.com [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Sun, Lei [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Li, Shulian [Institute of Immunology, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2013-07-01

    Mercapto-silica (SiO{sub 2}–SH) microspheres were prepared via direct hydrolysis of 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) in a basic aqueous solution. The content of surface thiol group (-SH) of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres was measured by Ellman's reagent method and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the content of surface thiol group of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres is strongly dependent on the reaction conditions. The thermal stability of SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres was evaluated by thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, which tended to reduce with the increase of content of surface thiol groups. SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres can be easily modified with reduced glutathione (GSH) to generate SiO{sub 2}–GSH microspheres for the affinity separation of Glutathione S-transferase (GST). Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) was performed to examine the validity of the separation procedure. The results showed that SiO{sub 2}–GSH microspheres were efficient in GST affinity separation from mixed proteins. - Graphical abstract: The prepared SiO{sub 2}–SH microsphere binding reduced glutathione (SiO{sub 2}–GSH) as affinity precipitation support can capture selectively Glutathione S-transferase (GST) from mixed protein solution. Highlights: ► SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres were prepared in water using one-pot synthesis. ► The content of surface -SH was investigated by Ellman method and XPS spectra. ► The ratio of -SH to mass strongly depends on the reaction conditions. ► SiO{sub 2}–SH microspheres were biofunctionalized by glutathione. ► SiO{sub 2}–GSH can be used to capture selectively Glutathione S-transferase.

  7. Multidisciplinary design optimization for sonic boom mitigation

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    Ozcer, Isik A.

    Automated, parallelized, time-efficient surface definition and grid generation and flow simulation methods are developed for sharp and accurate sonic boom signal computation in three dimensions in the near and mid-field of an aircraft using Euler/Full-Potential unstructured/structured computational fluid dynamics. The full-potential mid-field sonic boom prediction code is an accurate and efficient solver featuring automated grid generation, grid adaptation and shock fitting, and parallel processing. This program quickly marches the solution using a single nonlinear equation for large distances that cannot be covered with Euler solvers due to large memory and long computational time requirements. The solver takes into account variations in temperature and pressure with altitude. The far-field signal prediction is handled using the classical linear Thomas Waveform Parameter Method where the switching altitude from the nonlinear to linear prediction is determined by convergence of the ground signal pressure impulse value. This altitude is determined as r/L ≈ 10 from the source for a simple lifting wing, and r/L ≈ 40 for a real complex aircraft. Unstructured grid adaptation and shock fitting methodology developed for the near-field analysis employs an Hessian based anisotropic grid adaptation based on error equidistribution. A special field scalar is formulated to be used in the computation of the Hessian based error metric which enhances significantly the adaptation scheme for shocks. The entire cross-flow of a complex aircraft is resolved with high fidelity using only 500,000 grid nodes after only about 10 solution/adaptation cycles. Shock fitting is accomplished using Roe's Flux-Difference Splitting scheme which is an approximate Riemann type solver and by proper alignment of the cell faces with respect to shock surfaces. Simple to complex real aircraft geometries are handled with no user-interference required making the simulation methods suitable tools for

  8. Sonic Hedgehod y comportamiento de precursores neuroepiteliales

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    Santos Gutiérrez, Álvaro; Recio Moreno, Beatriz

    2016-01-01

    En los estadios tempranos del desarrollo embrionario, el cerebro tiene dos componentes fundamentales: fluido cerebroespinal embrionario (E-CSF) y precursores neuroepiteliales. En esta investigación nos centraremos en explicar la influencia de un factor de transcripción, sonic hedgehog (SHH), presente en el E-CSF, sobre el comportamiento de los precursores neuroepiteliares. Empleamos técnicas de Wester-Blot para demostrar la presencia de SHH en el E-CSF y técnicas de cultivo organotípico de...

  9. Sound Absorption of Locally Resonant Sonic Materials

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    ZHAO Hong-Gang; LIU Yao-Zong; WEN Ji-Hong; YU Dian-Long; WANG Gang; WEN Xi-Sen

    2006-01-01

    @@ The acoustic properties of locally resonant sonic materials with viscosity are theoretically investigated by using the multiple-scattering approach. We find that the absorption of a two-layer slab dominates the wave attenuation in the resonant frequency region under the condition of moderate or high viscous level. The fundamental mechanism operating in local resonance for absorption is investigated for the viability by the mode translation in the scattering process of a single scatterer. Finally the absorption performance in a multi-layer system is discussed.

  10. The Social and Sonic Semantics of Reggae

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    Levisen, Carsten

    2017-01-01

    This study breaks new ground into the emerging discipline of sonic semantics and the study of language ideologies in postcolonial contexts. The case in point is the reggae sociality in Port Vila, Vanuatu, where young Pacific Islanders are forming new ways of socializing on the fragments of kastom...... ‘traditional culture’ and with an ambivalent stance towards the value system represented by jioj ‘church’. As a cultural keyword, reke ‘reggae’ offers a rich point for understanding local language-embedded ideologies, and also for understanding the status of Bislama, the national creole....

  11. Preparation of polyvinylpyrrodione microspheres by dispersion polymerization

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    Linfeng ZHAI; Tiejun SHI; Hualin WANG

    2009-01-01

    The preparation of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) microspheres in ethyl acetate by dispersion polymerization with N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) as initial monomer, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (P (NVP-co-VAc)) as dispersant, and 2, 2'-azobisisobutyr-onitrile(AIBN) as initiator is reported. The influences of monomer concentration, dispersant concentration and initiator concentration on the size of PVP microspheres as well as the monomer conversion were studied. The structure and properties of PVP microspheres were analyzed. The results show that the prepared PVP micro-spheres have a mean diameter of 3-4 μm. With an increase in NVP concentration, the size and the molecular weight of the PVP microspheres as well as the monomer conversion all increase. With increasing P(NVP-co-VAc) concentra-tions, the PVP molecular weight and monomer conversion both increase while the size of the microspheres becomes smaller. As the concentration of AIBN increases, the microsphere size and monomer conversion increase whereas the PVP molecular weight decreases. The PVP prepared by dispersion polymerization has a crystal structure, and its molecular weight is lower compared to that prepared by solution polymerization.

  12. Effect of sonication on the particle size of montmorillonite clays.

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    Poli, Alessandra L; Batista, Tatiana; Schmitt, Carla C; Gessner, Fergus; Neumann, Miguel G

    2008-09-15

    This paper reports on the effect of sonication on SAz-1 and SWy-1 montmorillonite suspensions. Changes in the size of the particles of these materials and modifications of their properties have been investigated. The variation of the particle size has been analyzed by DLS (dynamic light scattering). In all cases the clay particles show a bimodal distribution. Sonication resulted in a decrease of the larger modal diameter, as well as a reduction of its volume percentage. Simultaneously, the proportion of the smallest particles increases. After 60 min of sonication, SAz-1 presented a very broad particle size distribution with a modal diameter of 283 nm. On the other hand, the SWy-1 sonicated for 60 min presents a bimodal distribution of particles at 140 and 454 nm. Changes in the properties of the clay suspensions due to sonication were evaluated spectroscopically from dye-clay interactions, using Methylene Blue. The acidic sites present in the interlamellar region, which are responsible for dye protonation, disappeared after sonication of the clay. The changes in the size of the scattering particles and the lack of acidic sites after sonication suggest that sonication induces delamination of the clay particles.

  13. From Ecological Sounding Artifacts Towards Sonic Artifact Ecologies

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    Erkut, Cumhur; Serafin, Stefania

    2016-01-01

    The discipline of sonic interaction design has been focused on the interaction between a single user and an artifact. This strongly limits one of the fundamental aspects of music as a social and interactive experience. In this paper we propose sonic artifact ecologies as a mean to examine...

  14. Characterization of a Polyamine Microsphere and Its Adsorption for Protein

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    Huixian Wei

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel polyamine microsphere, prepared from the water-in-oil emulsion of polyethylenimine, was characterized. The investigation of scanning electron microscopy showed that the polyamine microsphere is a regular ball with a smooth surface. The diameter distribution of the microsphere is 0.37–4.29 μm. The isoelectric point of the microsphere is 10.6. The microsphere can adsorb proteins through the co-effect of electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. Among the proteins tested, the highest value of adsorption of microsphere, 127.8 mg·g−1 microsphere, was obtained with lipase. In comparison with other proteins, the hydrophobic force is more important in promoting the adsorption of lipase. The microsphere can preferentially adsorb lipase from an even mixture of proteins. The optimum temperature and pH for the selective adsorption of lipase by the microsphere was 35 °C and pH 7.0.

  15. Improved Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cowpea via sonication and vacuum infiltration.

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    Bakshi, Souvika; Sadhukhan, Ayan; Mishra, Sagarika; Sahoo, Lingaraj

    2011-12-01

    An improved method of Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of cowpea was developed employing both sonication and vacuum infiltration treatments. 4 day-old cotyledonary nodes were used as explants for co-cultivation with Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA105 harbouring the binary vector pSouv-cry1Ac. Among the different injury treatments, vacuum infiltration and their combination treatments tested, sonication for 20 s followed by vacuum infiltration for 5 min with A. tumefaciens resulted in highest transient GUS expression efficiency (93% explants expressing GUS at regenerating sites). After 3 days of co-cultivation, the explants were cultured in 150 mg/l kanamycin-containing selection medium and putative transformed plants were recovered. The presence, integration and expression of nptII and cry1Ac genes in T0 transgenic plants were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), genomic Southern and qualitative reverse transcription (RT)-PCR analysis. Western blot hybridization and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detected and demonstrated the accumulation of Cry1Ac protein in transgenic plants. The cry1Ac gene transmitted in a Mendelian fashion. The stable transformation efficiency increased by 88.4% using both sonication-assisted Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (SAAT) and vacuum infiltration than simple Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in cowpea.

  16. [The role of sonic hedgehog pathway in skin carcinogenesis].

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    Lesiak, Aleksandra; Sysa-Jedrzejowska, Anna; Narbutt, Joanna

    2010-08-01

    Non melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) involving basal (BCC)--and squamosus cell carcinomas (SCC) and are the most frequent skin cancers in Caucasians. Ultraviolet radiation is the main environmental risk factor for NMSC development. The aim of this paper is to review the latest opinions concerning the role of sonic hedgehog pathway in non-melanoma skin cancers development. Experimental data indicate that sonic hedgehog pathway might be involved in skin carcinogenesis. Under physiological conditions sonic hedgehog pathway is responsible for normal embryogenesis, regeneration of damaged tissues and for regulation of cell proliferation. It was revealed that UVR caused inactivated mutation in PATCHED gene encoding Ptch1 protein. These events lead to deregulation of sonic hedgehog pathway trough activation of Smo protein and Gli transcriptional factors what stimulates cell proliferation and in consequence NMSC development. Literature data indicate that understanding of molecular background of skin cancers might be a reason for introduction of new therapeutic approaches including sonic hedgehog pathway inhibitors.

  17. Flow tilt angles near forest edges - Part 1: Sonic anemometry

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    Dellwik, Ebba; Mann, Jakob; Larsen, Klaus Steenberg

    2010-01-01

    -sets. These features of the investigated sonic anemometers make them unsuitable for measuring vertical velocities over highly turbulent forested terrain. By comparing the sonic anemometer results to that of a conically scanning Doppler lidar (Dellwik et al., 2010b), sonic anemometer accuracy for measuring mean flow...... distortion and vertical alignment, it was only possible to a limited extent to relate sonic anemometer flow tilt angles to upwind forest edges, but the results by the lidar indicated that an internal boundary layer affect flow tilt angles at 21m above the forest. This is in accordance with earlier studies......An analysis of flow tilt angles from a fetch-limited beech forest site with clearings is presented in the context of vertical advection of carbon dioxide. Flow angles and vertical velocities from two sonic anemometers by different manufacturers were analyzed. Instead of using rotations, where zero...

  18. Organic aerogel microspheres and fabrication method therefor

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    Mayer, Steven T.; Kong, Fung-Ming; Pekala, Richard W.; Kaschmitter, James L.

    1996-01-01

    Organic aerogel microspheres which can be used in capacitors, batteries, thermal insulation, adsorption/filtration media, and chromatographic packings, having diameters ranging from about 1 micron to about 3 mm. The microspheres can be pyrolyzed to form carbon aerogel microspheres. This method involves stirring the aqueous organic phase in mineral oil at elevated temperature until the dispersed organic phase polymerizes and forms nonsticky gel spheres. The size of the microspheres depends on the collision rate of the liquid droplets and the reaction rate of the monomers from which the aqueous solution is formed. The collision rate is governed by the volume ratio of the aqueous solution to the mineral oil and the shear rate, while the reaction rate is governed by the chemical formulation and the curing temperature.

  19. A facile synthesis of luminescent YVO4:Eu3+ hollow microspheres in virtue of template function of the SDS-PEG soft clusters

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    Wang, Juan; Yan, Yinglin; Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Ruan, Xiaoguang; Cai, Anjiang; Xu, Yunhua

    2012-08-01

    Hollow europium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (YVO4:Eu3+) microspheres were fabricated via a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-assisted hydrothermal technique. The as-synthesized hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The obtained results showed that the morphology and size of the hollow microspheres have a strong dependence on the hydrothermal reaction time of the YVO4:Eu3+ powders. It is believed that the SDS-PEG clusters perform a function of dual soft-template that results in a unique template-induced secondary assembly in the one-pot synthesis of hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres. The photoluminescence measurement revealed that the YVO4:Eu3+ powders with a spherical hollow shape have better red luminescence compared to the YVO4:Eu3+ solid microspheres. As a result, the controlled synthesis of hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres not only has a great theoretical significance in studying the three-dimensional control and selective synthesis of inorganic materials but also benefits the potential applications based on hollow YVO4:Eu3+ microspheres owing to reducing the usage of expensive rare-earth elements.

  20. Hydrogen transport and storage in engineered microspheres

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    Rambach, G. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Hendricks, C. [W.J. Schafer Associates, Livermore, CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    This project is a collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and W.J. Schafer Associates (WJSA). The authors plan to experimentally verify the performance characteristics of engineered glass microspheres that are relevant to the storage and transport of hydrogen for energy applications. They will identify the specific advantages of hydrogen transport by microspheres, analyze the infrastructure implications and requirements, and experimentally measure their performance characteristics in realistic, bulk storage situations.

  1. Targeting sonic hedgehog signaling in neurological disorders.

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    Patel, Sita Sharan; Tomar, Sunil; Sharma, Diksha; Mahindroo, Neeraj; Udayabanu, Malairaman

    2017-03-01

    Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling influences neurogenesis and neural patterning during the development of central nervous system. Dysregulation of Shh signaling in brain leads to neurological disorders like autism spectrum disorder, depression, dementia, stroke, Parkinson's diseases, Huntington's disease, locomotor deficit, epilepsy, demyelinating disease, neuropathies as well as brain tumors. The synthesis, processing and transport of Shh ligand as well as the localization of its receptors and signal transduction in the central nervous system has been carefully reviewed. Further, we summarize the regulation of small molecule modulators of Shh pathway with potential in neurological disorders. In conclusion, further studies are warranted to demonstrate the potential of positive and negative regulators of the Shh pathway in neurological disorders.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Gd2O3 Hollow Microspheres Using a Template-Directed Method

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    Xueliang Jiang; Lu Yu; Chu Yao; Fuqing Zhang; Jiao Zhang; Chenjian Li

    2016-01-01

    Uniform rare-earth gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) hollow microspheres, as formed through a urea-assisted homogenous precipitation process using carbon spheres as a template and a subsequent heat treatment, were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transformed infared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Tellet surface area measurement. The results indicate that the final prod...

  3. Resonance: The science behind the art of sonic drilling

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    Lucon, Peter Andrew

    The research presented in this dissertation quantifies the system dynamics and the influence of control variables of a sonic drill system. The investigation began with an initial body of work funded by the Department of Energy under a Small Business Innovative Research Phase I Grant, grant number: DE-FG02-06ER84618, to investigate the feasibility of using sonic drills to drill micro well holes to depths of 1500 feet. The Department of Energy funding enabled feasibility testing using a 750 hp sonic drill owned by Jeffery Barrow, owner of Water Development Co. During the initial feasibility testing, data was measured and recorded at the sonic drill head while the sonic drill penetrated to a depth of 120 feet. To demonstrate feasibility, the system had to be well understood to show that testing of a larger sonic drill could simulate the results of drilling a micro well hole of 2.5 inch diameter. A first-order model of the system was developed that produced counter-intuitive findings that enabled the feasibility of using this method to drill deeper and produce micro-well holes to 1500 feet using sonic drills. Although funding was not continued, the project work continued. This continued work expanded on the sonic drill models by understanding the governing differential equation and solving the boundary value problem, finite difference methods, and finite element methods to determine the significance of the control variables that can affect the sonic drill. Using a design of experiment approach and commercially available software, the significance of the variables to the effectiveness of the drill system were determined. From the significant variables, as well as the real world testing, a control system schematic for a sonic drill was derived and is patent pending. The control system includes sensors, actuators, personal logic controllers, as well as a human machine interface. It was determined that the control system should control the resonant mode and the weight on

  4. Coacervate microspheres as carriers of recombinant adenoviruses.

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    Kalyanasundaram, S; Feinstein, S; Nicholson, J P; Leong, K W; Garver, R I

    1999-01-01

    The therapeutic utility of recombinant adenoviruses (rAds) is limited in part by difficulties in directing the viruses to specific sites and by the requirement for bolus administration, both of which limit the efficiency of target tissue infection. As a first step toward overcoming these limitations, rAds were encapsulated in coacervate microspheres comprised of gelatin and alginate followed by stabilization with calcium ions. Ultrastructural evaluation showed that the microspheres formed in this manner were 0.8-10 microM in diameter, with viruses evenly distributed. The microspheres achieved a sustained release of adenovirus with a nominal loss of bioactivity. The pattern of release and the total amount of virus released was modified by changes in microsphere formulation. Administration of the adenovirus-containing microspheres to human tumor nodules engrafted in mice showed that the viral transgene was transferred to the tumor cells. It is concluded that coacervate microspheres can be used to encapsulate bioactive rAd and release it in a time-dependent manner.

  5. Demonstration of Microsphere Insulation in Cryogenic Vessels

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    Baumgartner, R. G.; Myers, E. A.; Fesmire, J. E.; Morris, D. L.; Sokalski, E. R.

    2006-04-01

    While microspheres have been recognized as a legitimate insulation material for decades, actual use in full-scale cryogenic storage tanks has not been demonstrated until now. The performance and life-cycle-cost advantages previously predicted have now been proven. Most bulk cryogenic storage tanks are insulated with either multilayer insulation (MLI) or perlite. Microsphere insulation, consisting of hollow glass bubbles, combines in a single material the desirable properties that other insulations only have individually. The material has high crush strength, low density, is noncombustible, and performs well in soft vacuum. These properties were proven during recent field testing of two 22,700-L (6,000-gallon) liquid nitrogen tanks, one insulated with microsphere insulation and the other with perlite. Normal evaporation rates (NER) for both tanks were monitored with precision test equipment and insulation levels within the tanks were observed through view ports as an indication of insulation compaction. Specific industrial applications were evaluated based on the test results and beneficial properties of microsphere insulation. Over-the-road trailers previously insulated with perlite will benefit not only from the reduced heat leak, but also the reduced mass of microsphere insulation. Economic assessments for microsphere-insulated cryogenic vessels including life-cycle cost are also presented.

  6. Evaluation of glibenclamide microspheres for sustained release

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    Kambham Venkateswarlu

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Context: Sustained release drug delivery systems are more preferred than the conventional drug delivery systems due to its enhanced bioavailability and patient compliance. Earlier studies reported on glibenclamide (GBCM were not clear and hence, the step has been taken to explore the sustained release drug delivery system of GBCM. Aims: To evaluate the sustained release microspheres obtained of GBCM. Methods: Microspheres were prepared by ionic gelation method using the polymers like Eudragit RS 100 and xanthan gum. Polymers can sustain the drug release from microspheres. The prepared microspheres were subjected to micromeritic studies like Carr’s index, Hausner’s ratio and angle of repose. Results: Micromeritic studies confirmed that the microspheres possessing acceptable flow properties. It was observed from the in vitro release studies, formulations F8 and F9 showed sustained drug release for desired time of 12 h and when compared to F9, formulation F8 showed maximum drug release for 12 h. Conclusions: Results confirmed the formulation F8 consist of the polymers such as Eudragit RS 100 about 150 mg and xanthan gum about 100 mg showed desired sustained release of 12 h with 96.07% and kinetic studies confirmed that the release from microspheres followed non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. Due to its sustained release property, it could enhance the bioavailability of drug thereby improves the patient compliance and expect better treatment than conventional dosage forms.

  7. POE/PLGA composite microspheres: formation and in vitro behavior of double walled microspheres.

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    Yang, Yi-Yan; Shi, Meng; Goh, Suat-Hong; Moochhala, Shabbir M; Ng, Steve; Heller, Jorge

    2003-03-07

    The poly(ortho ester) (POE) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) 50:50 (PLGA) composite microspheres were fabricated by a water-in-oil-in-water (w/o/w) double emulsion process. The morphology of the composite microspheres varied depending on POE content. When the POE content was 50, 60 or 70% in weight, the double walled microspheres with a dense core of POE and a porous shell of PLGA were formed. The formation of the double walled POE/PLGA microspheres was analysed. Their in vitro degradation behavior was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, gel permeation chromatography, Fourier-transform infrared microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). It was found that compared to the neat POE or PLGA microspheres, distinct degradation mechanism was achieved in the double walled POE/PLGA microspheres system. The degradation of the POE core was accelerated due to the acidic microenvironment produced by the hydrolysis of the outer PLGA layer. The formation of hollow microspheres became pronounced after the first week in vitro. 1H NMR spectra showed that the POE core was completely degraded after 4 weeks. On the other hand, the outer PLGA layer experienced slightly retarded degradation after the POE core disappeared. PLGA in the double walled microspheres kept more than 32% of its initial molecular weight over a period of 7 weeks.

  8. PLGA/alginate composite microspheres for hydrophilic protein delivery

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    Zhai, Peng [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5E5 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Chen, X.B. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada); Schreyer, David J., E-mail: david.schreyer@usask.ca [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5E5 (Canada); Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, S7N5A9 (Canada)

    2015-11-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres were prepared by a novel double emulsion and solvent evaporation technique and loaded with bovine serum albumin (BSA) or rabbit anti-laminin antibody protein. The addition of alginate and the use of a surfactant during microsphere preparation increased the encapsulation efficiency and reduced the initial burst release of hydrophilic BSA. Confocal laser scanning microcopy (CLSM) of BSA-loaded PLGA/alginate composite microspheres showed that PLGA, alginate, and BSA were distributed throughout the depths of microspheres; no core/shell structure was observed. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that PLGA microspheres erode and degrade more quickly than PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. When loaded with anti-laminin antibody, the function of released antibody was well preserved in both PLGA and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. The biocompatibility of PLGA and PLGA/alginate microspheres were examined using four types of cultured cell lines, representing different tissue types. Cell survival was variably affected by the inclusion of alginate in composite microspheres, possibly due to the sensitivity of different cell types to excess calcium that may be released from the calcium cross-linked alginate. - Highlights: • A double emulsion technique is used to prepare protein-loaded PLGA or PLGA/alginate microspheres. • PLGA, alginate and protein are distributed evenly within microsphere structure. • Addition of alginate improves loading efficiency and slows degradation and protein release. • PLGA/alginate microspheres have favorable biocompatibility.

  9. Performance of sonication and microfluidization for liquid-liquid emulsification.

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    Maa, Y F; Hsu, C C

    1999-05-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate and compare liquid-liquid emulsions (water-in-oil and oil-in-water) prepared using sonication and microfluidization. Liquid-liquid emulsions were characterized on the basis of emulsion droplet size determined using a laser-based particle size analyzer. An ultrasonic-driven benchtop sonicator and an air-driven microfluidizer were used for emulsification. Sonication generated emulsions through ultrasound-driven mechanical vibrations, which caused cavitation. The force associated with implosion of vapor bubbles caused emulsion size reduction and the flow of the bubbles resulted in mixing. An increase in viscosity of the dispersion phase improved the sonicator's emulsification capability, but an increase in the viscosity of the dispersed phase decreased the sonicator's emulsification capability. Although sonication might be comparable to homogenization in terms of emulsification efficiency, homogenization was relatively more effective in emulsifying more viscous solutions. Microfluidization, which used a high pressure to force the fluid into microchannels of a special configuration and initiated emulsification via a combined mechanism of cavitation, shear, and impact, exhibited excellent emulsification efficiency. Of the three methodologies, sonication generated more heat and might be less suitable for emulsion systems involving heat-sensitive materials. Homogenization is in general a more effective liquid-liquid emulsification method. The results derived from this study can serve as a basis for the evaluation of large-scale liquid-liquid emulsification in the microencapsulation process.

  10. Hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres with high photocatalytic performance

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    Pei, Lizhai; Wei, Tian; Lin, Nan; Yu, Haiyun [Anhui University of Technology, Ma' anshan (China). Key Laboratory of Materials Science and Processing of Anhui Province

    2016-05-15

    Hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres have been prepared by a simple hydrothermal process with polyvinyl pyrrolidone. Scanning electron microscopy observations show that the hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres consist of nanosheets with a thickness of about 30 nm. The diameter of the microspheres is about 1 - 3 μm. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the microspheres are comprised of triclinic Bi{sub 23}P{sub 4}O{sub 44.5} phase. The formation of the hierarchical microspheres depends on polyvinyl pyrrolidone concentration, hydrothermal temperature and reaction time. Gentian violet acts as the pollutant model for investigating the photocatalytic activity of the hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres under ultraviolet-visible light irradiation. Irradiation time, dosage of the hierarchical microspheres and initial gentian violet concentration on the photocatalytic efficiency are also discussed. The hierarchical bismuth phosphate microspheres show good photocatalytic performance for gentian violet removal in aqueous solution.

  11. Thermo-Optical Tuning of Whispering Gallery Modes in Er:Yb Doped Glass Microspheres to Arbitrary Probe Wavelengths

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    Watkins, Amy; Chormaic, Síle Nic

    2012-01-01

    We present experimental results on an all-optical, thermally-assisted technique for broad range tuning of microsphere cavity resonance modes to arbitrary probe wavelengths. An Er:Yb co-doped phosphate glass (Schott IOG-2) microsphere is pumped at 978 nm via the supporting stem and the heat generated by absorption of the pump light expands the cavity and changes the refractive index. This is a robust tuning method that decouples the pump from the probe and allows fine tuning of the microsphere's whispering gallery modes. Pump/probe experiments were performed to demonstrate thermo-optical tuning to specific probe wavelengths, including the 5S1/2 F = 3 to 5P3/2 F' = 4 laser cooling transition of 85Rb. This is of particular interest for cavity QED-type experiments, while the broad tuning range achievable is useful for integrated photonic devices, including sensors and modulators.

  12. Thermo-Optical Tuning of Whispering Gallery Modes in Erbium:Ytterbium Doped Glass Microspheres to Arbitrary Probe Wavelengths

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    Watkins, Amy; Ward, Jonathan; Chormaic, Síle Nic

    2012-05-01

    We present experimental results on an all-optical, thermally-assisted technique for broad range tuning of microsphere cavity resonance modes to arbitrary probe wavelengths. An erbium:ytterbium co-doped phosphate glass (Schott IOG-2) microsphere is pumped at 978 nm via the supporting stem and the heat generated by absorption of the pump light expands the cavity and changes the refractive index. This is a robust tuning method that decouples the pump from the probe and allows fine tuning of the microsphere's whispering gallery modes. Pump/probe experiments were performed to demonstrate thermo-optical tuning to specific probe wavelengths, including the 5S1/2 F= 3 to 5P3/2 F'= 4 laser cooling transition of rubidium-85. This is of particular interest for cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED)-type experiments, while the broad tuning range achievable is useful for integrated photonic devices, including sensors and modulators.

  13. Functionalized antibiofilm thin coatings based on PLA–PVA microspheres loaded with usnic acid natural compounds fabricated by MAPLE

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    Grumezescu, Valentina [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Lasers Department, PO Box MG-36, Bucharest-Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Polizu Street no 1-7, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Socol, Gabriel [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Lasers Department, PO Box MG-36, Bucharest-Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai, E-mail: grumezescu@yahoo.com [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Polizu Street no 1-7, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Holban, Alina Maria [Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Microbiology Immunology Department, Aleea Portocalelor 1-3, Sector 5, 77206 Bucharest (Romania); Ficai, Anton [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Science and Engineering of Oxidic Materials and Nanomaterials, Polizu Street no 1-7, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Truşcǎ, Roxana [S.C. Metav-CD S.A., 31Rosetti Str., 020015 Bucharest (Romania); Bleotu, Coralia [Stefan S Nicolau Institute of Virology, Bucharest (Romania); Balaure, Paul Cǎtǎlin [Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Politehnica Universitiy of Bucharest, Polizu Street no 1-7, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Cristescu, Rodica [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Lasers Department, PO Box MG-36, Bucharest-Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen [Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Microbiology Immunology Department, Aleea Portocalelor 1-3, Sector 5, 77206 Bucharest (Romania)

    2014-05-01

    We report the fabrication of thin coatings of PLA–PVA microspheres loaded with usnic acid by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) onto Ti substrate. The obtained coatings have been physico-chemically characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared microscopy (IRM). In vitro biological assays have been performed in order to evaluate the influence of fabricated microsphere thin coatings on the Staphylococcus aureus biofilm development as well as their biocompatibility. SEM micrographs have revealed a uniform morphology of thin coatings, while IRM investigations have proved both the homogeneity and functional groups integrity of prepared thin coatings. The obtained microsphere-based thin coatings have proved to be efficient vehicles for usnic acid natural compound with antibiofilm activity, as demonstrated by the inhibitory activity on S. aureus mature biofilm development, opening new perspectives for the prevention and therapy associated to biofilm related infections.

  14. Functionalized antibiofilm thin coatings based on PLA-PVA microspheres loaded with usnic acid natural compounds fabricated by MAPLE

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    Grumezescu, Valentina; Socol, Gabriel; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Holban, Alina Maria; Ficai, Anton; Truşcǎ, Roxana; Bleotu, Coralia; Balaure, Paul Cǎtǎlin; Cristescu, Rodica; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2014-05-01

    We report the fabrication of thin coatings of PLA-PVA microspheres loaded with usnic acid by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) onto Ti substrate. The obtained coatings have been physico-chemically characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared microscopy (IRM). In vitro biological assays have been performed in order to evaluate the influence of fabricated microsphere thin coatings on the Staphylococcus aureus biofilm development as well as their biocompatibility. SEM micrographs have revealed a uniform morphology of thin coatings, while IRM investigations have proved both the homogeneity and functional groups integrity of prepared thin coatings. The obtained microsphere-based thin coatings have proved to be efficient vehicles for usnic acid natural compound with antibiofilm activity, as demonstrated by the inhibitory activity on S. aureus mature biofilm development, opening new perspectives for the prevention and therapy associated to biofilm related infections.

  15. Release of macromolecules from albumin-heparin microspheres

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    Kwon, Glen S.; Bae, You Han; Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kim, Sung Wan

    1992-01-01

    Hydrophilic microspheres based on albumin-heparin conjugates have been prepared as a macromolecular delivery system. The soluble albumin-heparin conjugate was synthesized and crosslinked in a water-in-oil emulsion with glutaraldehyde to form microspheres in the same manner as for albumin microsphere

  16. Rheological Behavior of an Epoxy Resin with Hollow Glass Microspheres

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    Costa, Cleber C.; Calado, Verônica; Tavares, Frederico W.

    2008-07-01

    An investigation was carried out on the rheological behavior of a TET/DGEBA epoxy formulations with hollow glass microspheres using different types and different volume fractions of microspheres to manufacture composites. It was proposed an equation to describe viscosity as a function of microsphere volume fracion. The fit to the experimental data was excellent.

  17. Preparation of microstructured hydroxyapatite microspheres using oil in water emulsions

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    T S Pradeesh; M C Sunny; H K Varma; P Ramesh

    2005-08-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAP) microspheres with peculiar spheres-in-sphere morphology were prepared by using oil-in-water emulsions and solvent evaporation technique. Ethylene vinyl acetate co-polymer (EVA) was used as the binder material. Preparation of HAP/EVA microspheres was followed by the thermal debinding and sintering at 1150°C for 3 h to obtain HAP microspheres. Each microsphere of 100–1000 m was in turn composed of spherical hydroxyapatite granules of 2–15 m size which were obtained by spray drying the precipitated HAP. The parameters such as percentage of initial HAP loading, type of stabilizer, concentration of stabilizer, stirring speed and temperature of microsphere preparation were varied to study their effect on the particle size and geometry of the microspheres obtained. It was observed that these parameters do have an effect on the size and shape of the microspheres obtained, which in turn will affect the sintered HAP microstructure. Of the three stabilizers used viz. polyoxyethylene(20) sorbitan monopalmitate (Tween-40), sodium laurate and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), only PVA with a concentration not less than 0.1 wt% showed controlled stabilization of HAP granules resulting in spherical microspheres of required size. Morphologically better spherical microspheres were obtained at 20°C. Increasing the stirring speed produced smaller microspheres. Smaller microspheres having size < 50 m were obtained at a stirring speed of 1500 ± 50 rpm. A gradual decrease in pore size was observed in the sintered microspheres with increase in HAP loading.

  18. Sonic hedgehog elevates N-myc gene expression in neural stem cells.

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    Liu, Dongsheng; Wang, Shouyu; Cui, Yan; Shen, Lun; Du, Yanping; Li, Guilin; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Renzhi

    2012-08-05

    Proliferation of neural stem cells is regulated by the secreted signaling molecule sonic hedgehog. In this study, neural stem cells were infected with recombinant adeno-associated virus expressing sonic hedgehog-N-enhanced green fluorescent protein. The results showed that overexpression of sonic hedgehog in neural stem cells induced the increased expression of Gli1 and N-myc, a target gene of sonic hedgehog. These findings suggest that N-myc is a direct downstream target of the sonic hedgehog signal pathway in neural stem cells. Sonic hedgehog and N-myc are important mediators of sonic hedgehog-induced proliferation of neural stem cells.

  19. Mud-filtrate correction of sonic logs by fluid substitution

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    Sørensen, Morten Kanne

    . The pressure in the borehole is kept higher than in the surrounding formation to control fluid production from the borehole. The over pressure in the borehole drives fluid from the borehole into the formation, whereby a sonic log measures velocities at a different saturation than the formation saturation......, which the seismic data probes. For a proper well-tie sonic logs therefore require correction. Gassmann (1951) fluid substitution relates elastic velocities of a porous medium at one saturation to the elastic velocities at another saturation. Fluid substation can then predict a sonic log...... at the undisturbed formation saturation from the invaded saturation. Fluid substitution is exact for a uniform, high-permeable porous medium saturated by a single fluid. Rocks does not necessarily conform to these requirements, and both the formation saturation and invaded saturation involve two fluids. Sonic log...

  20. Cavitation Measurement during Sonic and Ultrasonic Activated Irrigation

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    Macedo, Ricardo; Verhaagen, Bram; Rivas, David Fernandez; Versluis, Michel; Wesselink, Paul; van der Sluis, Luc

    Introduction: The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. Methods: The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was

  1. Confidence Intervals for Laboratory Sonic Boom Annoyance Tests

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    Rathsam, Jonathan; Christian, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Commercial supersonic flight is currently forbidden over land because sonic booms have historically caused unacceptable annoyance levels in overflown communities. NASA is providing data and expertise to noise regulators as they consider relaxing the ban for future quiet supersonic aircraft. One deliverable NASA will provide is a predictive model for indoor annoyance to aid in setting an acceptable quiet sonic boom threshold. A laboratory study was conducted to determine how indoor vibrations caused by sonic booms affect annoyance judgments. The test method required finding the point of subjective equality (PSE) between sonic boom signals that cause vibrations and signals not causing vibrations played at various amplitudes. This presentation focuses on a few statistical techniques for estimating the interval around the PSE. The techniques examined are the Delta Method, Parametric and Nonparametric Bootstrapping, and Bayesian Posterior Estimation.

  2. Separation of solids from coal liquefaction products using sonic waves

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    Slomka, B.J.

    1994-10-01

    Product streams containing solids are generated in both direct and indirect coal liquefaction processes. This project seeks to improve the effectiveness of coal liquefaction by novel application of sonic and ultrasonic energy to separation of solids from coal liquefaction streams.

  3. Studies on the sonic degradation of deoxyribonucleic acid.

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    FREIFELDER, D; DAVISON, P F

    1962-05-01

    T7 DNA was partially degraded by x-rays, DNAase, and sonic irradiation. The molecular weight distributions were calculated from sedimentation velocity studies on the resulting preparations. Comparison with the theoretical curve derived by Montroll and Simha showed that the first two degradative methods act grossly at random, whereas sonication is a non-random process resulting in the preferential halving of the DNA molecules in solution.

  4. Computational dynamics of acoustically driven microsphere systems.

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    Glosser, Connor; Piermarocchi, Carlo; Li, Jie; Dault, Dan; Shanker, B

    2016-01-01

    We propose a computational framework for the self-consistent dynamics of a microsphere system driven by a pulsed acoustic field in an ideal fluid. Our framework combines a molecular dynamics integrator describing the dynamics of the microsphere system with a time-dependent integral equation solver for the acoustic field that makes use of fields represented as surface expansions in spherical harmonic basis functions. The presented approach allows us to describe the interparticle interaction induced by the field as well as the dynamics of trapping in counter-propagating acoustic pulses. The integral equation formulation leads to equations of motion for the microspheres describing the effect of nondissipative drag forces. We show (1) that the field-induced interactions between the microspheres give rise to effective dipolar interactions, with effective dipoles defined by their velocities and (2) that the dominant effect of an ultrasound pulse through a cloud of microspheres gives rise mainly to a translation of the system, though we also observe both expansion and contraction of the cloud determined by the initial system geometry.

  5. Sonic hedgehog elevates N-myc gene expression in neural stem cells★

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    Liu, Dongsheng; Wang, Shouyu; Cui, Yan; Shen, Lun; Du, Yanping; Li, Guilin; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Renzhi

    2012-01-01

    Proliferation of neural stem cells is regulated by the secreted signaling molecule sonic hedgehog. In this study, neural stem cells were infected with recombinant adeno-associated virus expressing sonic hedgehog-N-enhanced green fluorescent protein. The results showed that overexpression of sonic hedgehog in neural stem cells induced the increased expression of Gli1 and N-myc, a target gene of sonic hedgehog. These findings suggest that N-myc is a direct downstream target of the sonic hedgeho...

  6. In situ estimation of roof rock strength using sonic logging

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    Oyler, David C.; Mark, Christopher; Molinda, Gregory M. [NIOSH-Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2010-09-01

    Sonic travel time logging of exploration boreholes is routinely used in Australia to obtain estimates of coal mine roof rock strength. Because sonic velocity logs are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain during exploration, the technique has provided Australian underground coal mines with an abundance of rock strength data for use in all aspects of ground control design. However, the technique depends upon reliable correlations between the uniaxial compressive strength (UCS) and the sonic velocity. This paper describes research recently conducted by NIOSH aimed at developing a correlation for use by the U.S. mining industry. From two coreholes in Illinois, two from Pennsylvania, and one each from Colorado, western Kentucky and southern West Virginia, sonic velocity logs were compared with UCS values derived from Point Load tests for a broad range of coal measure rock types. For the entire data set, the relationship between UCS and sonic travel time is expressed by an exponential equation relating the UCS in psi to the travel time of the P-wave in {mu}s/ft. The coefficient of determination or R-squared for this equation is 0.72, indicating that a relatively high reliability can be achieved with this technique. The strength estimates obtained from the correlation equation may be used to help design roof support systems. The paper also addresses the steps that are necessary to ensure that high-quality sonic logs are obtained for use in estimating UCS. (author)

  7. Biosensing by WGM Microspherical Resonators

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    Giancarlo C. Righini

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Whispering gallery mode (WGM microresonators, thanks to their unique properties, have allowed researchers to achieve important results in both fundamental research and engineering applications. Among the various geometries, microspheres are the simplest 3D WGM resonators; the total optical loss in such resonators can be extremely low, and the resulting extraordinarily high Q values of 108–109 lead to high energy density, narrow resonant-wavelength lines and a lengthy cavity ringdown. They can also be coated in order to better control their properties or to increase their functionality. Their very high sensitivity to changes in the surrounding medium has been exploited for several sensing applications: protein adsorption, trace gas detection, impurity detection in liquids, structural health monitoring of composite materials, detection of electric fields, pressure sensing, and so on. In the present paper, after a general introduction to WGM resonators, attention is focused on spherical microresonators, either in bulk or in bubble format, to their fabrication, characterization and functionalization. The state of the art in the area of biosensing is presented, and the perspectives of further developments are discussed.

  8. Biosensing by WGM Microspherical Resonators

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    Righini, Giancarlo C.; Soria, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Whispering gallery mode (WGM) microresonators, thanks to their unique properties, have allowed researchers to achieve important results in both fundamental research and engineering applications. Among the various geometries, microspheres are the simplest 3D WGM resonators; the total optical loss in such resonators can be extremely low, and the resulting extraordinarily high Q values of 108–109 lead to high energy density, narrow resonant-wavelength lines and a lengthy cavity ringdown. They can also be coated in order to better control their properties or to increase their functionality. Their very high sensitivity to changes in the surrounding medium has been exploited for several sensing applications: protein adsorption, trace gas detection, impurity detection in liquids, structural health monitoring of composite materials, detection of electric fields, pressure sensing, and so on. In the present paper, after a general introduction to WGM resonators, attention is focused on spherical microresonators, either in bulk or in bubble format, to their fabrication, characterization and functionalization. The state of the art in the area of biosensing is presented, and the perspectives of further developments are discussed. PMID:27322282

  9. Acrolein Microspheres Are Bonded To Large-Area Substrates

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    Rembaum, Alan; Yen, Richard C. K.

    1988-01-01

    Reactive cross-linked microspheres produced under influence of ionizing radiation in aqueous solutions of unsaturated aldehydes, such as acrolein, with sodium dodecyl sulfate. Diameters of spheres depend on concentrations of ingredients. If polystyrene, polymethylmethacrylate, or polypropylene object immersed in solution during irradiation, microspheres become attached to surface. Resulting modified surface has grainy coating with reactivity similar to free microspheres. Aldehyde-substituted-functional microspheres react under mild conditions with number of organic reagents and with most proteins. Microsphere-coated macrospheres or films used to immobilize high concentrations of proteins, enzymes, hormones, viruses, cells, and large number of organic compounds. Applications include separation techniques, clinical diagnostic tests, catalytic processes, and battery separators.

  10. Improving photoprotection: 4-methylbenzylidene camphor microspheres.

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    Centini, Marisanna; Miraglia, Giovanna; Quaranta, Valeria; Buonocore, Anna; Anselmi, Cecilia

    2014-05-22

    Abstract We propose a new approach for photoprotection. 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC), one of the most widely used UV filters, was encapsulated in microspheres, with a view to overcoming problems (percutaneous absorption, photodegradation and lack of lasting effect) arising with organic sunscreens, and to achieve safe photoprotection. We focused on this filter in the light of the Cosmetics Europe opinion concerning its possible effects on the thyroid gland. Microspheres were prepared by emulsification-solvent evaporation, using different amounts of 4-MBC and characterized for morphology, encapsulation efficiency and particle size. The particles were then mixed in O/W emulsions. The in vitro sun protection factors, in vitro release and photostability were investigated and compared with emulsions containing the free sunscreen. The new microspheres offer good morphology and loading (up to 40%), and the same photoprotection as the free filter while at the same time protecting it from photodegradation. The systems also give a slower release from the emulsions.

  11. Removal of radioactive contaminants by polymeric microspheres.

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    Osmanlioglu, Ahmet Erdal

    2016-11-01

    Radionuclide removal from radioactive liquid waste by adsorption on polymeric microspheres is the latest application of polymers in waste management. Polymeric microspheres have significant immobilization capacity for ionic substances. A laboratory study was carried out by using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) for encapsulation of radionuclide in the liquid radioactive waste. There are numbers of advantages to use an encapsulation technology in radioactive waste management. Results show that polymerization step of radionuclide increases integrity of solidified waste form. Test results showed that adding the appropriate polymer into the liquid waste at an appropriate pH and temperature level, radionuclide was encapsulated into polymer. This technology may provide barriers between hazardous radioactive ions and the environment. By this method, solidification techniques became easier and safer in nuclear waste management. By using polymer microspheres as dust form, contamination risks were decreased in the nuclear industry and radioactive waste operations.

  12. Quantum Magnetomechanics with Levitating Superconducting Microspheres

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    Romero-Isart, O; Navau, C; Sanchez, A; Cirac, J I

    2011-01-01

    We show that by magnetically trapping a superconducting microsphere close to a quantum circuit, it is experimentally feasible to perform ground state cooling and to prepare quantum superpositions of the center-of-mass motion of the microsphere. Due to the absence of clamping losses and time dependent electromagnetic fields, the mechanical motion of micrometer-sized metallic spheres in the Meissner state is predicted to be extremely well isolated from the environment. Hence, we propose to combine the technology of magnetic mictrotraps and superconducting qubits to bring relatively large objects to the quantum regime.

  13. A microsphere suspension model of metamaterial fluids

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    Qian Duan

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Drawing an analogy to the liquid phase of natural materials, we theoretically propose a microsphere suspension model to realize a metamaterial fluid with artificial electromagnetic indexes. By immersing high-ε, micrometer-sized dielectric spheres in a low-ε insulating oil, the structured fluid exhibits liquid-like properties from dispersing phase as well as the isotropic negative electromagnetic parameters caused by Mie resonances from dispersed microspheres. The work presented here will benefit the development of structured fluids toward metamaterials.

  14. Photocatalytic degradation of gaseous toluene over bcc-In2O3 hollow microspheres

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    Zhang, Qianzhe; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Shi, Yong; Zhang, Fei; Liu, Baojun; Ke, Jun; Wang, Lianzhou

    2015-05-01

    In this work, the body-centered cubic indium oxide (bcc-In2O3) hollow microspheres were prepared via a P123-assisted solvothermal process. The structural properties of samples were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible diffusive reflectance spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic effects of degrading gaseous toluene were evaluated by gas chromatography and in situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra under a irradiation of a 500 W high pressure xenon lamp. The results indicated that the as-prepared bcc-In2O3 hollow microspheres exhibited a high degradation efficiency towards toluene within a short reaction time. Besides, the preliminary mechanism therein was inferred with the aid of in situ FTIR and electron spin-paramagnetic resonance techniques to understand the degradation process.

  15. Sonic Hedgehog regulates thymic epithelial cell differentiation.

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    Saldaña, José Ignacio; Solanki, Anisha; Lau, Ching-In; Sahni, Hemant; Ross, Susan; Furmanski, Anna L; Ono, Masahiro; Holländer, Georg; Crompton, Tessa

    2016-04-01

    Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) is expressed in the thymus, where it regulates T cell development. Here we investigated the influence of Shh on thymic epithelial cell (TEC) development. Components of the Hedgehog (Hh) signalling pathway were expressed by TEC, and use of a Gli Binding Site-green fluorescence protein (GFP) transgenic reporter mouse demonstrated active Hh-dependent transcription in TEC in the foetal and adult thymus. Analysis of Shh-deficient foetal thymus organ cultures (FTOC) showed that Shh is required for normal TEC differentiation. Shh-deficient foetal thymus contained fewer TEC than wild type (WT), the proportion of medullary TEC was reduced relative to cortical TEC, and cell surface expression of MHC Class II molecules was increased on both cortical and medullary TEC populations. In contrast, the Gli3-deficient thymus, which shows increased Hh-dependent transcription in thymic stroma, had increased numbers of TEC, but decreased cell surface expression of MHC Class II molecules on both cortical and medullary TEC. Neutralisation of endogenous Hh proteins in WT FTOC led to a reduction in TEC numbers, and in the proportion of mature Aire-expressing medullary TEC, but an increase in cell surface expression of MHC Class II molecules on medullary TEC. Likewise, conditional deletion of Shh from TEC in the adult thymus resulted in alterations in TEC differentiation and consequent changes in T cell development. TEC numbers, and the proportion of mature Aire-expressing medullary TEC were reduced, and cell surface expression of MHC Class II molecules on medullary TEC was increased. Differentiation of mature CD4 and CD8 single positive thymocytes was increased, demonstrating the regulatory role of Shh production by TEC on T cell development. Treatment of human thymus explants with recombinant Shh or neutralising anti-Shh antibody indicated that the Hedgehog pathway is also involved in regulation of differentiation from DP to mature SP T cells in the human thymus.

  16. Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Limb Development

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    Tickle, Cheryll; Towers, Matthew

    2017-01-01

    The gene encoding the secreted protein Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is expressed in the polarizing region (or zone of polarizing activity), a small group of mesenchyme cells at the posterior margin of the vertebrate limb bud. Detailed analyses have revealed that Shh has the properties of the long sought after polarizing region morphogen that specifies positional values across the antero-posterior axis (e.g., thumb to little finger axis) of the limb. Shh has also been shown to control the width of the limb bud by stimulating mesenchyme cell proliferation and by regulating the antero-posterior length of the apical ectodermal ridge, the signaling region required for limb bud outgrowth and the laying down of structures along the proximo-distal axis (e.g., shoulder to digits axis) of the limb. It has been shown that Shh signaling can specify antero-posterior positional values in limb buds in both a concentration- (paracrine) and time-dependent (autocrine) fashion. Currently there are several models for how Shh specifies positional values over time in the limb buds of chick and mouse embryos and how this is integrated with growth. Extensive work has elucidated downstream transcriptional targets of Shh signaling. Nevertheless, it remains unclear how antero-posterior positional values are encoded and then interpreted to give the particular structure appropriate to that position, for example, the type of digit. A distant cis-regulatory enhancer controls limb-bud-specific expression of Shh and the discovery of increasing numbers of interacting transcription factors indicate complex spatiotemporal regulation. Altered Shh signaling is implicated in clinical conditions with congenital limb defects and in the evolution of the morphological diversity of vertebrate limbs. PMID:28293554

  17. One-pot fabrication of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres via hydrothermal method at low temperature for high capacity supercapacitor

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    Feng, Chao; Zhang, Jinfeng [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Deng, Yida, E-mail: yida.deng@tju.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhong, Cheng [School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Lei [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Hu, Wenbin [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Take full advantage of the easily oxidized feature of cobalt (II) complexes ammonia. • Low temperature method was applied with absence of subsequent calcination process. • The Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres possess extraordinary electrochemical properties. - Abstract: Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres were successfully produced with one-step low temperature hydrothermal method and their electrochemical properties have been investigated. By means of utilizing easily oxidized characteristic of cobalt complexes ammonia, the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres were synthesized for the first time with an extremely low hydrothermal temperature (100 °C). In the absent case of surfactant, these Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres with a diameter of ca. 500 nm and smooth surface were prepared with the assistance of nitrate. Influences concerning about temperature and concentration of nitrate on morphology and size distribution were thoroughly discussed. Electrochemical characterization indicated that the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres exhibited high specific capacitance of 850, 780, 700, 630 F/g at current densities of 1, 2, 4, 8 A/g, respectively. And after 1000 cycles, the devices with Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} microspheres showed high charge/discharge reversibility with an efficiency of 90.8% at a current density of 2 A/g.

  18. High Resolutions Obtained by Microspheres, and Phase Contrast Microscope with a Microsphere

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    Ben-Aryeh, Y

    2015-01-01

    High resolutions obtained in optical systems with microspheres are studied by Helmholtz equation and boundary conditions for the EM fields. The large lateral spatial wave vectors of the evanescent waves, which include information on the fine structures of the object, are converted at the microsphere surface to smaller spatial wave vectors. Due to reduction in the magnitudes of these spatial wave vectors a part of the EM waves propagate in the microsphere without decay, but preserve the fine structures which can be recovered in the image plane. A new method for measuring phase objects, like those of semi-transparent biological tissues, with high resolutions is described by an optical system composed of a combination of the microsphere with an interferometer.

  19. Preparation of Micron-size Functional Fluorescent Microspheres

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    WANG Di-qiang; LIU Bai-ling; LI He; HU Jie

    2004-01-01

    As a kind of special functional microspheres, fluorescent polymer microspheres could be used in cell label and separation, blood flow assay, flow cytometer marking, chemical reaction assay,and in analyst of the transform and diffusion of particles in soil 1. However, one of the most important applications of fluorescent microspheres is in the high-throughput screening of drugs (HTS) 2. Through affinity interaction, radioactive ligands (latent drugs) are bound to fluorescent microspheres covered by receptor, and luminescence is produced by radioactivity, so ligands can be assayed and screened.In this study, we developed a technique for preparing micron-size fluorescent microspheres with different functional groups. The methods included the synthesis of micron-size polystyrene microspheres through the dispersion polymerization of styrene in different media such as ethanol,ethanol-water, and isopropanol; the functional polystyrene microspheres were prepared by introduction of functional monomers into the reaction system of styrene; the functional fluorescent microspheres were obtained by the way of dying functional microspheres in the fluorescent material's ethanol solvent.The average diameter of microspheres was in the range of 1~10 μm, and the distribution was normal distribution. The functional groups included -OH, -CHO, -COOH, -CONH2, and SO3H. The absorbing spectrum and exciting spectrum were tested, the results showed that the maximal absorbance of fluorescent microsphere was near 306.5 nm, and its maximal excitation was near 362 nm. The excitation spectrum of fluorescent material (DPO) and fluorescent microspheres were shown in figure 1, and it indicated that the developed fluorescent microspheres showed the same excitation behavior like DPO, which related to the fluorescent microspheres had stable luminescence property.

  20. Preparation of biodegradable porous poly(butylene succinate microspheres

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    Pepić Dragana

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the optimal conditions for the fabrication of porous microspheres based on poly(butylene succinate, PBS. The biodegradable non-porous PBS microspheres were prepared by the oil-in-water (o/w emulsion solvent evaporation method using poly(vinyl alcohol, PVA, as the surfactant. Fabrication conditions, such as stirring rate, organic/aqueous ratio, PBS concentration and surfactant (PVA concentration, which have an important influence on both the particle size and the morphology of the microspheres, were varied. Scanning electron microscopy, SEM, observations confirmed the size, size distribution and surface morphology of the microspheres. The optimal conditions for the preparation of the non-porous microspheres were found to be: concentration the PBS solution, 10 mass%; PVA concentration, 1 mass%; the organic/ aqueous ratio CHCl3/H2O = 1/20 and stirring rate 800 rpm. Porous PBS microspheres were fabricated under the optimal conditions using various amounts of hexane and poly(ethylene oxide, PEO, as porogens. The influence of the amount of porogen on the pore size and the particle size was investigated using SEM and the apparent density. The microspheres exhibited various porosities and the pore sizes. The average particle size of the microspheres with PEO as the porogen was from 100 to 122μm and that of the microspheres with hexane as the porogen was from 87 to 97μm. The apparent density of the porous microspheres with PEO as the porogen, from 0.16 to 0.23 g/cm3, was much smaller than the non-porous microspheres, 0.40 g/cm3. In the in vitro degradation experiments, the porous microspheres were incubated in phosphate buffer solution (pH 7 at 37°C. After incubating for one month, the microspheres showed significant extent of the hydrolytic degradation of the porous PBS microspheres.

  1. Analysis of Nozzle Jet Plume Effects on Sonic Boom Signature

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    Bui, Trong

    2010-01-01

    An axisymmetric full Navier-Stokes computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study was conducted to examine nozzle exhaust jet plume effects on the sonic boom signature of a supersonic aircraft. A simplified axisymmetric nozzle geometry, representative of the nozzle on the NASA Dryden NF-15B Lift and Nozzle Change Effects on Tail Shock (LaNCETS) research airplane, was considered. The highly underexpanded nozzle flow is found to provide significantly more reduction in the tail shock strength in the sonic boom N-wave pressure signature than perfectly expanded and overexpanded nozzle flows. A tail shock train in the sonic boom signature, similar to what was observed in the LaNCETS flight data, is observed for the highly underexpanded nozzle flow. The CFD results provide a detailed description of the nozzle flow physics involved in the LaNCETS nozzle at different nozzle expansion conditions and help in interpreting LaNCETS flight data as well as in the eventual CFD analysis of a full LaNCETS aircraft. The current study also provided important information on proper modeling of the LaNCETS aircraft nozzle. The primary objective of the current CFD research effort was to support the LaNCETS flight research data analysis effort by studying the detailed nozzle exhaust jet plume s imperfect expansion effects on the sonic boom signature of a supersonic aircraft. Figure 1 illustrates the primary flow physics present in the interaction between the exhaust jet plume shock and the sonic boom coming off of an axisymmetric body in supersonic flight. The steeper tail shock from highly expanded jet plume reduces the dip of the sonic boom N-wave signature. A structured finite-volume compressible full Navier-Stokes CFD code was used in the current study. This approach is not limited by the simplifying assumptions inherent in previous sonic boom analysis efforts. Also, this study was the first known jet plume sonic boom CFD study in which the full viscous nozzle flow field was modeled, without

  2. Optimisation of sludge pretreatment by low frequency sonication under pressure.

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    Le, Ngoc Tuan; Julcour-Lebigue, Carine; Barthe, Laurie; Delmas, Henri

    2016-01-01

    This work aims at optimizing sludge pretreatment by non-isothermal sonication, varying frequency, US power (PUS) and intensity (IUS varied through probe size), as well as hydrostatic pressure and operation mode (continuous vs. sequential - or pulsed - process). Under non isothermal sonication sludge solubilization results from both ultrasound disintegration and thermal hydrolysis which are conversely depending on temperature. As found in isothermal operation: - For a given specific energy input, higher sludge disintegration is still achieved at higher PUS and lower sonication time. - US effects can be highly improved by applying a convenient pressure. - 12 kHz always performs better than 20 kHz. Nevertheless the optimum pressure depends not only on PUS and IUS, but also on temperature evolution during sonication. Under adiabatic mode, a sequential sonication using 5 min US-on at 360 W, 12 kHz, and 3.25 bar and 30 min US-off gives the best sludge disintegration, while maintaining temperature in a convenient range to prevent US damping.

  3. Acoustic metamaterial absorbers based on multilayered sonic crystals

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    Guild, Matthew D.; García-Chocano, Victor M.; Kan, Weiwei; Sánchez-Dehesa, José

    2015-03-01

    Through the use of a layered arrangement, it is shown that lossy sonic crystals can be arranged to create a structure with extreme acoustic properties, namely, an acoustic metamaterial. This artificial structure shows different effective fluids and absorptive properties in different orientations. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental results examining thermoviscous losses in sonic crystals are presented, enabling the fabrication and characterization of an acoustic metamaterial absorber with complex-valued anisotropic inertia. To accurately describe and fabricate such an acoustic metamaterial in a realizable experimental configuration, confining structures are needed which modify the effective properties, due to the thermal and viscous boundary layer effects within the sonic crystal lattice. Theoretical formulations are presented which describe the effects of these confined sonic crystals, both individually and as part of an acoustic metamaterial structure. Experimental demonstrations are also reported using an acoustic impedance tube. The formulations developed can be written with no unknown or empirical coefficients, due to the structured lattice of the sonic crystals and organized layering scheme; and it is shown that higher filling fraction arrangements can be used to provide a large enhancement in the loss factor.

  4. Beat-Frequency/Microsphere Medical Ultrasonic Imaging

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    Yost, William T.; Cantrell, John H.; Pretlow, Robert A., III

    1995-01-01

    Medical ultrasonic imaging system designed to provide quantitative data on various flows of blood in chambers, blood vessels, muscles, and tissues of heart. Sensitive enough to yield readings on flows of blood in heart even when microspheres used as ultrasonic contrast agents injected far from heart and diluted by circulation of blood elsewhere in body.

  5. Bilayer Tablet via Microsphere: A Review

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    Piyushkumar Vinubhai Gundaraniya

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work is to develop bilayer tablets containing sustained release microspheres as one layer and immediate release as another layer. The proposed dosage form is intended to decrease the dosing frequency and the combined administration of an anti-diabetic agent. Several pharmaceutical companies are currently developing bi-layer tablets, for a variety of reasons: patent extension, therapeutic, marketing to name a few. To reduce capital investment, quite often existing but modified tablet presses are used to develop and produce such tablets. One such approach is using microspheres as carriers for drugs also known as micro particles. It is the reliable means to deliver the drug to the target site with specificity, if modified, and to maintain the desired concentration at the site of interest. Microspheres received much attention not only for prolonged release, but also for targeting of anti-diabetic drugs. Bilayer tablet via microsphere is new era for the successful development of controlled release formulation along with various features to provide a way of successful drug delivery system. Especially when in addition high production output is required. An attempt has been made in this review article to introduce the society to the current technological developments in bilayer and floating drug delivery system.

  6. Tumor Vaccination With Cytokine-Loaded Microspheres

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    2005-12-01

    buffer (1% hydroxypropylmethylcellulose [DOW Co., Midlands, MI, USA] and 1% Pluronic F127 [Sigma] in phosphate-buffered saline [PBS], pH 7.2). Control mice...hydration buffer (1% hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (Dow) and 1% Pluronic F-127 (Sigma- Aldrich) in PBS, pH 7.2). Control mice received blank microspheres

  7. Arabinoxylan Microspheres: Structural and Textural Characteristics

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    Yolanda López-Franco

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to study the structural and textural characteristics of maize bran arabinoxylan (MBAX microspheres. The laccase-induced cross-linking process was monitored by storage (G' and loss (G'' moduli changes in a 4% (w/v MBAX solution. The G' and G'' values at the plateau region were 215 and 4 Pa, respectively. After gelation, the content of ferulic acid dimers decreased from 0.135 to 0.03 µg/mg MBAX, suggesting the formation of ferulated structures unreleased by mild alkaline hydrolysis. MBAX microspheres presented an average diameter of 531 µm and a swelling ratio value (q of 18 g water/g MBAX. The structural parameters of MBAX microspheres were calculated from equilibrium swelling experiments, presenting an average mesh size of 52 nm. Microstructure and textural properties of dried MBAX microspheres were studied by scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms, respectively, showing a heterogeneous mesoporous and macroporous structure throughout the network.

  8. Encapsulated PDMS microspheres with reactive handles

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    Gonzalez, Lidia; Ma, Baoguang; Li, Li

    2014-01-01

    Cured poly(dimethyl siloxane) microspheres are prepared by an emulsion polymerization reaction of silicone droplets in a continuous aqueous phase. The commonly used PDMS elastomer, Sylgard 184 from Dow Corning, is used as the dispersed phase. PDMS is polymerized and cross-linked by reacting vinyl...

  9. Sonic Hedgehog与前列腺生长调控%Sonic Hedgehog and Prostate Growth Regulation

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    杨立; 申吉泓; 刘孝东

    2007-01-01

    Sonic hedgehog(Shh)是一类在胚胎发育过程中起关键作用的信号调节因子.研究认为Shh信号在前列腺导管形成分化以及基质-上皮的相互作用等机制中发挥着重要作用,从而调节前列腺发育、生长和细胞增殖;Shh信号作用途径的紊乱可导致肿瘤细胞的生成和增殖.探讨Shh信号机制在前列腺正常生长和疾病状态中的作用将为研究前列腺疾病的发病机制提供重要的思路.

  10. Composition and structure of calcium aluminosilicate microspheres

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    Sharonova, O. M.; Oreshkina, N. A.; Zhizhaev, A. M.

    2017-06-01

    The composition was studied of calcium aluminosilicate microspheres of three morphological types in high-calcium fly ash from combustion of brown coal from the Kansk-Achinsk basin in slag-tap boilers at temperatures from 1400 to 1500°C and sampled in the first field of electrostatic precipitators at the Krasnoyarsk Cogeneration Power Station no. 2 (TETs-2). Gross compositions and the composition of local areas were determined using a scanning electron microscopy technique and an energy-dispersive analysis with full mapping of globules. With a high content of basic oxides O ox (68 to 79 wt %) and a low content of acid oxides K ox (21 to 31 wt %), type 1 microspheres are formed. They consist of heterogeneous areas having a porous structure and crystalline components in which the content of CaO, SiO2, or Al2O3 differs by two to three times and the content of MgO differs by seven times. With a lower content of O ox (55 to 63 wt %) and an elevated content of K ox (37 to 45 wt %), type 2 microspheres are formed. They are more homogeneous in the composition and structure and consist of similar crystalline components. Having a close content of O ox (46 to 53 wt %) and K ox (47 to 54 wt %), type 3 microspheres, which are a dense matter consisting of amorphous substance with submicron- and nanostructure of crystalline components, are formed. The basic precursor in formation of high-calcium aluminosilicate microspheres is calcium from the organomineral matter of coals with various contribution of Mg, Fe, S, or Na from the coal organic matter and Al, Fe, S, or Si in the form of single mineral inclusions in a coal particle. On the basis of the available data, the effect was analyzed of the composition of a CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2-FeO system on the melting and viscous properties of the matter in microspheres and formation of globules of different morphology. The results of this analysis will help to find a correlation with properties of microspheres in their use as functional

  11. Preparation of Hollow Porous HAP Microspheres as Drug Delivery Vehicles

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    WANG Qing; HUANG Wenhai; WANG Deping

    2007-01-01

    Hollow HAP microspheres in sub-millimeter size were prepared and investigated as a drug delivery vehicle. The LCB (lithium-calcium borate) glass microspheres, which were made through flame spray process, were chosen as precursor for hollow HAP microspheres. The LCB glass microspheres reacted with phosphate buffer (K2HPO4) solution for 5 days at 37 ℃. During the reaction the Ca-P-OH compound precipitated on the surface of LCB glass microspheres and formed porous shells. Then the microspheres turned to be hollow ones with the same diameter as the glass microspheres after LCB glass run out in the chemical reaction. After heat-treated at 600 ℃ for 4 h, the Ca-P-OH compound became HAP, thus the hollow HAP microspheres were produced. The mechanism of forming hollow HAP microspheres through the chemical reaction between phosphate buffer and LCB glass was confirmed by the XRD analysis. The microstructure characteristics of the hollow, porous microspheres were observed by SEM.

  12. PLGA/alginate composite microspheres for hydrophilic protein delivery.

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    Zhai, Peng; Chen, X B; Schreyer, David J

    2015-11-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres were prepared by a novel double emulsion and solvent evaporation technique and loaded with bovine serum albumin (BSA) or rabbit anti-laminin antibody protein. The addition of alginate and the use of a surfactant during microsphere preparation increased the encapsulation efficiency and reduced the initial burst release of hydrophilic BSA. Confocal laser scanning microcopy (CLSM) of BSA-loaded PLGA/alginate composite microspheres showed that PLGA, alginate, and BSA were distributed throughout the depths of microspheres; no core/shell structure was observed. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that PLGA microspheres erode and degrade more quickly than PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. When loaded with anti-laminin antibody, the function of released antibody was well preserved in both PLGA and PLGA/alginate composite microspheres. The biocompatibility of PLGA and PLGA/alginate microspheres were examined using four types of cultured cell lines, representing different tissue types. Cell survival was variably affected by the inclusion of alginate in composite microspheres, possibly due to the sensitivity of different cell types to excess calcium that may be released from the calcium cross-linked alginate.

  13. PLGA microspheres encapsulating siRNA.

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    De Rosa, Giuseppe; Salzano, Giuseppina

    2015-01-01

    The therapeutic use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) represents a new and powerful approach to suppress the expression of pathologically genes. However, biopharmaceutical drawbacks, such as short half-life, poor cellular uptake, and unspecific distribution into the body, hamper the development of siRNA-based therapeutics. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide), (PLGA) microspheres can be a useful tool to overcome these issues. siRNA can be encapsulated into the PLGA microspheres, which protects the loaded nucleic acid against the enzymatic degradation. Moreover, PLGA microspheres can be injected directly into the action site, where the siRNA can be released in controlled manner, thus avoiding the need of frequent invasive administrations. The complete biodegradability of PLGA to monomers easily metabolized by the body, and its approval by FDA and EMA for parenteral administration, assure the safety of this copolymer and do not require the removal of the device after the complete drug release. In chapter, a basic protocol for the preparation of PLGA microspheres encapsulating siRNA is described. This protocol is based on a double emulsion/solvent evaporation technique, a well known and easy to reproduce method. This specific protocol has been developed to encapsulate a siRNA anti-TNFα in PLGA microspheres, and it has been designed and optimized to achieve high siRNA encapsulation efficiency and slow siRNA release in vitro. However, it can be extended also to other siRNA as well as other RNA or DNA-based oligonucleotides (miRNA, antisense, decoy, etc.). Depending on the applications, chemical modifications of the backbone and site-specific modification within the siRNA sequences could be required.

  14. Scattering of sonic booms by anisotropic turbulence in the atmosphere

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    Kelly; Raspet; Bass

    2000-06-01

    An earlier paper [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 98, 3412-3417 (1995)] reported on the comparison of rise times and overpressures of sonic booms calculated with a scattering center model of turbulence to measurements of sonic boom propagation through a well-characterized turbulent layer under moderately turbulent conditions. This detailed simulation used spherically symmetric scatterers to calculate the percentage of occurrence histograms of received overpressures and rise times. In this paper the calculation is extended to include distorted ellipsoidal turbules as scatterers and more accurately incorporates the meteorological data into a determination of the number of scatterers per unit volume. The scattering center calculation overpredicts the shifts in rise times for weak turbulence, and still underpredicts the shift under more turbulent conditions. This indicates that a single-scatter center-based model cannot completely describe sonic boom propagation through atmospheric turbulence.

  15. Sonic-boom-induced building structure responses including damage.

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    Clarkson, B. L.; Mayes, W. H.

    1972-01-01

    Concepts of sonic-boom pressure loading of building structures and the associated responses are reviewed, and results of pertinent theoretical and experimental research programs are summarized. The significance of sonic-boom load time histories, including waveshape effects, are illustrated with the aid of simple structural elements such as beams and plates. Also included are discussions of the significance of such other phenomena as three-dimensional loading effects, air cavity coupling, multimodal responses, and structural nonlinearities. Measured deflection, acceleration, and strain data from laboratory models and full-scale building tests are summarized, and these data are compared, where possible, with predicted values. Damage complaint and claim experience due both to controlled and uncontrolled supersonic flights over communities are summarized with particular reference to residential, commercial, and historic buildings. Sonic-boom-induced building responses are compared with those from other impulsive loadings due to natural and cultural events and from laboratory simulation tests.

  16. Cavitation measurement during sonic and ultrasonic activated irrigation.

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    Macedo, Ricardo; Verhaagen, Bram; Rivas, David Fernandez; Versluis, Michel; Wesselink, Paul; van der Sluis, Luc

    2014-04-01

    The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was measured by sonochemiluminescence dosimetry inside 4 root canal models of human dimensions and varying complexity. Furthermore, the spatial distribution of the sonochemiluminescence in the root canal was visualized with long-exposure photography. Instrument oscillation frequency, ultrasonic power, and file taper influenced the occurrence and amount of cavitation. In UAI, cavitation was distributed between the file and the wall extending beyond the file and inside lateral canals/isthmuses. In sonic activated irrigation, no cavitation was detected. Cavitation was shown to occur in UAI at clinically relevant ultrasonic power settings in both straight and curved canals but not around sonically oscillating instruments, driven at their highest frequency. Copyright © 2014 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Shuttle sonic boom - Technology and predictions. [environmental impact

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    Holloway, P. F.; Wilhold, G. A.; Jones, J. H.; Garcia, F., Jr.; Hicks, R. M.

    1973-01-01

    Because the shuttle differs significantly in both geometric and operational characteristics from conventional supersonic aircraft, estimation of sonic boom characteristics required a new technology base. The prediction procedures thus developed are reviewed. Flight measurements obtained for both the ascent and entry phases of the Apollo 15 and 16 and for the ascent phase only of the Apollo 17 missions are presented which verify the techniques established for application to shuttle. Results of extensive analysis of the sonic boom overpressure characteristics completed to date are presented which indicate that this factor of the shuttle's environmental impact is predictable, localized, of short duration and acceptable. Efforts are continuing to define the shuttle sonic boom characteristics to a fine level of detail based on the final system design.

  18. A Parametric Study of Crack Propagation During Sonic IR Inspection

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    Chen, J. C.; Kephart, J.; Riddell, W. T.

    2006-03-01

    We have developed an experiment to study the propagation of synthetic cracks under various controlled conditions during sonic IR inspection. The experiment provides for good repeatability in testing. The parameters of interest include the initial crack length, load history (stress intensity and load ratio) during crack generation, geometry of the crack, material, and also the various conditions involving the ultrasonic source. In general, we find that under typical sonic IR inspection conditions, the initial crack will propagate when subjected to sonic IR testing. The crack growth after each inspection event varies and exhibits a distribution in length of propagation. The results show that the average crack propagation decreases with increasing initial crack length and increasing stress intensity.

  19. Ordinary sonic public space. Sound perception parameters in urban public spaces and sonic representations associated with urban forms

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    Solène MARRY

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The research referred to in the article concerns the factors influencing the perception of ordinary sonic public space and everyday sounds. Sound perception parameters, such as vegetation or sound sources, are analysed in urban public spaces. This research, which is based on my PhD project, tries to understand how urban people perceive their sonic environment and try to contribute to sonic ambiance knowledge. The research is based on a qualitative investigation conducted among 29 people. It is, on the one hand, based on questionnaires and focus groups in situ and, on the other hand, on individual interviews (in-depth interviews, sonic mind maps, and it illustrates different parameters (temporal, spatial, sensitive and individual that influence a person’s assessment of the sound environment. This qualitative investigation is correlated with acoustic measures in two seasons. The results show, among other things, the impact of vegetation and urban fittings on sonic perception, and they underline the influence of city planning and urban fittings on sound perception in public urban spaces.

  20. Sonic Onyx: Case Study of an Interactive Artwork

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    Ahmed, Salah Uddin; Jaccheri, Letizia; M'kadmi, Samir

    Software supported art projects are increasing in numbers in recent years as artists are exploring how computing can be used to create new forms of live art. Interactive sound installation is one kind of art in this genre. In this article we present the development process and functional description of Sonic Onyx, an interactive sound installation. The objective is to show, through the life cycle of Sonic Onyx, how a software dependent interactive artwork involves its users and raises issues related to its interaction and functionalities.

  1. Ultrasound-assisted extraction of ginseng saponins from ginseng roots and cultured ginseng cells.

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    Wu, J; Lin, L; Chau, F T

    2001-10-01

    Ultrasound-assisted extraction was evaluated as a simpler and more effective alternative to conventional extraction methods for the isolation of ginsenosides (saponins) from various types of ginseng. The ginseng samples were extracted with different solvents, under either direct sonication by an ultrasound probe horn or indirect sonication in an ultrasound cleaning bath. The ultrasonic extraction was compared with the conventional method of refluxing boiling solvents in a soxhlet extractor, on the yields of both the total saponin isolated by thin-layer chromatography and the individual ginsenosides by high performance liquid chromatography. It was found that the sonication-assisted extraction of ginseng saponins was about three times faster than the traditional extraction method. The ultrasonic extraction was not only more efficient but also convenient for the recovery and purification of the active ingredients of plant materials. In addition, the sonication-assisted extraction can be carried out at lower temperatures which are favorable for the thermally unstable compounds.

  2. Pluronic F127/chitosan blend microspheres for mucoadhesive drug delivery

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    Gu, W. Z.; Hu, X. F.

    2017-01-01

    Pluronic F127/chitosan blend microspheres were prepared via emulsification and cross-linking process using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linker. Compared with chitosan microspheres fabricated under the same experimental conditions, blend microspheres exhibited better physical stability and higher swelling capacity. Puerarin, a traditional Chinese medicine, was incorporated into microparticlesas the model drug. The in vitro release of puerarin from blend microspheres was reduced because of the improved compatibility of the drug with the matrices. According to the results from in vitro adhesion experiments, mucoadhesive behavior of blend microspheres on a mucosa-like surface was similar to that of chitosan microspheres, despite their good ability of anti-protein absorption in solution.

  3. PLGA and PHBV Microsphere Formulations and Solid-State Characterization

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    Yang, Chiming; Plackett, David; Needham, David

    2009-01-01

    To develop and characterize the solid-state properties of poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) (PHBV) microspheres for the localized and controlled release of fusidic acid (FA). The effects of FA loading and polymer composition on the mean...... diameter, encapsulation efficiency and FA released from the microspheres were determined. The solid-state and phase separation properties of the microspheres were characterized using DSC, XRPD, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, laser confocal and real time recording of single microspheres formation. Above a loading...... of 1% (w/w) FA phase separated from PLGA polymer and formed distinct spherical FA-rich amorphous microdomains throughout the PLGA microsphere. For FA-loaded PLGA microspheres, encapsulation efficiency and cumulative release increased with initial drug loading. Similarly, cumulative release from FA...

  4. Method of detecting luminescent target ions with modified magnetic microspheres

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    Shkrob, Ilya A; Kaminski, Michael D

    2014-05-13

    This invention provides methods of using modified magnetic microspheres to extract target ions from a sample in order to detect their presence in a microfluidic environment. In one or more embodiments, the microspheres are modified with molecules on the surface that allow the target ions in the sample to form complexes with specific ligand molecules on the microsphere surface. In one or more embodiments, the microspheres are modified with molecules that sequester the target ions from the sample, but specific ligand molecules in solution subsequently re-extract the target ions from the microspheres into the solution, where the complexes form independent of the microsphere surface. Once the complexes form, they are exposed to an excitation wavelength light source suitable for exciting the target ion to emit a luminescent signal pattern. Detection of the luminescent signal pattern allows for determination of the presence of the target ions in the sample.

  5. Albumin microspheres labeled with Ga-67 by chelation: concise communication.

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    Hnatowich, D J; Schlegel, P

    1981-07-01

    Albumin microspheres have been synthesized eith EDTA and DTPA chelating groups covalently bound to their surface. The microspheres may be labeled with Ga-67 at high yield (97 +/- 2%) by transcomplexation from a 0.1 M Ga-67 acetate solution. With EDTA microspheres the resulting label dissociates only slightly after no detectable dissociation over this period. By contrast, microspheres without chelating groups lose their label virtually completely under these conditions. Following intravenous administration of sized Ga-67 DTPA microspheres in mice, about (84 +/- 16)% of the activity localizes in the lungs at 5 min, with (60 +/- 7)% remaining after 2 hr. Since labeling is by chelation, the microspheres may also be tagged with other metallic radionuclides

  6. Sonic intelligence as a virtual therapeutic environment.

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    Tarnanas, Ioannis; Adam, Dimitrios

    2003-06-01

    This paper reports on the results of a research project, on comparing one virtual collaborative environment with a first-person visual immersion (first-perspective interaction) and a second one where the user interacts through a sound-kinetic virtual representation of himself (avatar), as a stress-coping environment in real-life situations. Recent developments in coping research are proposing a shift from a trait-oriented approach of coping to a more situation-specific treatment. We defined as real-life situation a target-oriented situation that demands a complex coping skills inventory of high self-efficacy and internal or external "locus of control" strategies. The participants were 90 normal adults with healthy or impaired coping skills, 25-40 years of age, randomly spread across two groups. There was the same number of participants across groups and gender balance within groups. All two groups went through two phases. In Phase I, Solo, one participant was assessed using a three-stage assessment inspired by the transactional stress theory of Lazarus and the stress inoculation theory of Meichenbaum. In Phase I, each participant was given a coping skills measurement within the time course of various hypothetical stressful encounters performed in two different conditions and a control group. In Condition A, the participant was given a virtual stress assessment scenario relative to a first-person perspective (VRFP). In Condition B, the participant was given a virtual stress assessment scenario relative to a behaviorally realistic motion controlled avatar with sonic feedback (VRSA). In Condition C, the No Treatment Condition (NTC), the participant received just an interview. In Phase II, all three groups were mixed and exercised the same tasks but with two participants in pairs. The results showed that the VRSA group performed notably better in terms of cognitive appraisals, emotions and attributions than the other two groups in Phase I (VRSA, 92%; VRFP, 85%; NTC, 34

  7. Superior electrode performance of mesoporous hollow TiO2 microspheres through efficient hierarchical nanostructures

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    Zhang, Feng; Zhang, Yu; Song, Shuyan; Zhang, Hongjie

    2011-10-01

    Mesoporous hollow TiO2 microspheres with controlled size and hierarchical nanostructures are designed from a process employing in suit template-assisted and hydrothermal methods. The results show that the hollow microspheres composed of mesoporous nanospheres possess very stable reversible capacity of 184 mAh g-1 at 0.25C and exhibit extremely high power of 122 mAh g-1 at the high rate of 10C. The superior high-rate and high-capacity performance of the sample is attributed to the efficient hierarchical nanostructures. The hollow structure could shorten the diffusion length for lithium ion in the microspheres. The large mesoporous channels between the mesoporous nanospheres provide an easily-accessed system which facilitates electrolyte transportation and lithium ion diffusion within the electrode materials. The electrolyte, flooding the mesoporous channels, can also lead to a high electrolyte/electrode contact area, facilitating transport of lithium ions across the electrolyte/electrode interface. The small mesopores in the meosporous nanospheres can make the electrolyte and lithium ion further diffuse into the interior of electrode materials and increase electrolyte/electrode contact area. The small nanoparticles can also ensure high reversible capacity.

  8. MULTIMODE THEORY OF WHISPERING GALLERY-MODE MICROSPHERE LASER

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    CHAI JIN-HUA; LU YI-QUN; LEUNG PUI-TANG

    2000-01-01

    A multimode theory of whispering-gallery-mode microsphere laser is developed based on the linear and nonlinear semiclassical theory of the microsphere laser. The average photon-number of each lasing mode and the pumping level requirement for multimode coexistence are derived. The comparison between the theory and experimental results shows that the theory can be used to treat the practical problems on microsphere laser.

  9. Sonic Hedgehog在血管新生中的作用%Functions of Sonic Hedgehog in Angiogenesis

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    罗昭华; 修瑞娟

    2005-01-01

    Sonic Hedgehog介导的信号传导通路是血管生成中一个重要调节环节,可调控血管直径加粗、变长和分叉,影响基质细胞分泌众多的血管新生因子以及动脉血管的发生.Sonic Hedgehog可能通过3种机制(COUP-TFⅡ、SHH/GLI/SMO、PI3K通路)调控血管生成,并有望成为血管新生研究的新靶向因子.

  10. Physical Properties of a New Sonically Placed Composite Resin Restorative Material

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    2013-06-06

    resins . Packable composite resins were first introduced as an alternative to amalgam .10 They are characterized by a high filler load and a filler...clearance: -"_Paper _Article _ Book _ Poster _ Presentation _Other 6. Title: Physical Properties of a New Sonically Placed Composite Resin Restorative...Properties of a New Sonically Placed Composite Resin Restorative Material ABSTRACT A new nanohybrid composite activated by sonic energy (SonicFill

  11. Preparation and characterization of immobilized lipase on magnetic hydrophobic microspheres

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    Guo, Zheng; Bai, Shu; Sun, Yan

    2003-01-01

    A novel magnetic poly(vinyl acetate (VAc)–divinyl benzene (DVB)) material (8–34 μm) was synthesized by copolymerization of vinyl acetate and divinyl benzene using oleic acid-stabilized magnetic colloids as magnetic cores. The magnetic colloids and the copolymer microspheres were characterized...... with transmission and scanning electron microscopes, respectively. Magnetization of the microspheres could be described by the Langevin function. All the observations indicated that the microspheres were superparamagnetic. Magnetic sedimentation of the microspheres was achieved within 3 min, over 300 times faster...

  12. Controlled Delivery of Gentamicin Using Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate Microspheres

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    Ipsita Roy

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate, P(3HB, produced from Bacillus cereus SPV using a simple glucose feeding strategy was used to fabricate P(3HB microspheres using a solid-in-oil-water (s/o/w technique. For this study, several parameters such as polymer concentration, surfactant and stirring rates were varied in order to determine their effect on microsphere characteristics. The average size of the microspheres was in the range of 2 µm to 1.54 µm with specific surface areas varying between 9.60 m2/g and 6.05 m2/g. Low stirring speed of 300 rpm produced slightly larger microspheres when compared to the smaller microspheres produced when the stirring velocity was increased to 800 rpm. The surface morphology of the microspheres after solvent evaporation appeared smooth when observed under SEM. Gentamicin was encapsulated within these P(3HB microspheres and the release kinetics from the microspheres exhibiting the highest encapsulation efficiency, which was 48%, was investigated. The in vitro release of gentamicin was bimodal, an initial burst release was observed followed by a diffusion mediated sustained release. Biodegradable P(3HB microspheres developed in this research has shown high potential to be used in various biomedical applications.

  13. Poly(styrene-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer microspheres

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    Yanling CHENG; Liuqiang MA; Ruohui LI

    2008-01-01

    Magnetic polymer microspheres have been considered as a kind of new biopolymer materials with great advantages in bioseparation engineering and biome-dicine engineering because they have not only polymer functional groups but also magnetic characteristics. Styrene-acrylic acid copolymer (p(S-AA)) magnetic microspheres were synthesized by dispersion polymeriza-tion with Fe3O4 as core and p(S-AA) as shell. The micro-spheres were characterized by SEM, size analysis, molecular weight and solid content measurement. All of them indicate that the microspheres are small in size, nar-row in distribution, stable in chemistry and rich in func-tional groups on their surface.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Albumin Microspheres Encapsulated with Propranolol HCl

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    Sayyed Abolghassem Sajadi Tabassi

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Albumin microspheres (AMS have found many applications in the diagnosis and treatment in recent years and more than 100 diagnostic agents and drugs have been incorporated into AMS. In the present study Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA based microspheres bearing propranolol hydrochloride were prepared by an emulsion-internal phase stabilization technique. The prepared microspheres were studied for particle size distribution, drug loading, release characteristics, bioadhesion and in-vitro controlled diffusion across the rat intestine. The microspheres had mean diameters between 1-25 mm of which more than 50 percent were below 5 mm. The encapsulated drug was found to be about 9% w/w of that initially added to microspheres and the superficial drug was 25% of the total amount of the encapsulated drug. Also AMS were noted to possess good bioadhesion in such a way that about 70% of microspheres remained adherent on the surface mucosa of rat jejunum.The drug release from albumin microspheres was mainly controlled by diffusion and showed a biphasic pattern with a high initial release (burst effect, followed by a more gradual terminal release. The total amount of drug released from microspheres after 12h was 70%. In vitro experiments on the rat intestinal segments revealed that the microspheres could effectively pass their content through intestinal membrane.

  15. Chitosan microspheres in PLG films as devices for cytarabine release.

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    Blanco, M D; Gómez, C; Olmo, R; Muñiz, E; Teijón, J M

    2000-07-20

    Cytarabine was included in chitosan microspheres and several of these microspheres were embedded in a poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLG) film to constitute a comatrix system, to develop a prolonged release form. Chitosan microspheres, in the range of 92+/-65 microm, having good spherical geometry and a smooth surface incorporating cytarabine, were prepared. The cytarabine amount included in chitosan microspheres was 43.7 microg of ara-C per milligram microsphere. The incorporation efficiency of the cytarabine in microspheres was 70.6%. Total cytarabine release from microspheres in vitro was detected at 48 h. Inclusion of cytarabine-loaded microspheres in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) film initiated a slower release of the drug and, in this way, the maximum of cytarabine released (80%) took place in vitro at 94.5 h. Comatrices, with 8.7 mg of cytarabine, signifying a dose of 34.5 microg/kg, were subcutaneously implanted in the back of rats. Maximum plasma cytarabine concentration was 18.5+/-1.5 microg/ml, 48 h after the device implantation and the drug was detected in plasma for 13 days. The histological studies show a slow degradative process. After 6 months of implantation, most of the microspheres of the matrix seemed to be intact, the comatrix appeared surrounded by conjunctive tissue and small blood vessels and nerve packets were detected in the periphery of the implant.

  16. Synthesis of raspberry-like magnetic polystyrene microspheres

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    Xu Zhizhong [Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (Ministry of Education), Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Xia Ao [Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (Ministry of Education), Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Wang Changchun [Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (Ministry of Education), Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)]. E-mail: ccwang@fudan.edu.cn; Yang Wuli [Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (Ministry of Education), Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Fu Shoukuang [Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers (Ministry of Education), Department of Macromolecular Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2007-06-15

    Raspberry-like magnetic polystyrene microspheres were prepared via soap-free emulsion polymerization using 2,2'-azobis(2-methylpropionamidine) dihydrochloride (V50) as initiator. The effect of polymerization parameters, such as initiator type, initiator content and the feeding sequence on the particle size and morphology of magnetic polystyrene microspheres, were examined. The final magnetic polystyrene microspheres were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The experimental results showed that V50 was a suitable initiator for preparation of raspberry-like magnetic polystyrene microspheres.

  17. Template-free solvothermal synthesis of hierarchical boehmite hollow microspheres with strong affinity toward organic pollutants in water

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    Cai, Weiquan, E-mail: caiwq@whut.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 205, Wuhan 430070 (China); Chen, Shuanggui [School of Chemical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 205, Wuhan 430070 (China); Yu, Jiaguo, E-mail: jiaguoyu@yahoo.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 122, Wuhan 430070 (China); Hu, Yuzhen; Dang, Chengxiong [School of Chemical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Luoshi Road 205, Wuhan 430070 (China); Ma, Shuhua [Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Three-dimensional hierarchical boehmite hollow microspheres with a very high yield at low cost were successfully synthesized via a one-pot template-free solvothermal route using aluminum chloride hexahydrate as precursor in a mixed ethanol–water solution with assistance of trisodium citrate. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption/desorption techniques. The results show that Cl{sup −} and addition amount of trisodium citrate have significant effect on the morphologies of the resultant products, and 6–8 mmol of trisodium citrate is optimal for the synthesis of boehmite hollow microspheres assembled from randomly interconnecting and aligned nanorods with solvothermal time no less than 15 h. A synergistic mediation mechanism of citrate ions and Cl{sup −} to form boehmite hollow spheres via self-assembly morphology evolution was proposed based on the experimental results. Interestingly, the typical boehmite hollow microspheres with a surface area of 102 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, pore volume of 0.37 cm3 g{sup −1}, and the average pore size of 14.6 nm show superb adsorption properties for Congo red with maximum capacity of 114.7 mg g{sup −1} which is higher than that of a commercial boehmite. This simple synthetic route is a very promising way for the design and synthesis of new functional hierarchical nanostructured materials with desired adsorptive properties. - Graphical abstract: Boehmite hollow microspheres with strong affinity toward organic pollutants were successfully synthesized via a one-pot template-free solvothermal route using AlCl{sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O as aluminum precursor in a mixed ethanol–water solution with assistance of trisodium citrate, and its adsorption performance toward Congo red is much higher than that of the commercial boehmite powder due to its unique hollow structure. Highlights: ► Boehmite

  18. Hierarchical flower-like nickel(II) oxide microspheres with high adsorption capacity of Congo red in water.

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    Zheng, Yingqiu; Zhu, Bicheng; Chen, Hua; You, Wei; Jiang, Chuanjia; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-10-15

    Monodispersed hierarchical flower-like nickel(II) oxide (NiO) microspheres were fabricated by a facile solvothermal reaction with the assistance of ethanolamine and a subsequent calcination process. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, zeta potential measurement and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Flower-like nickel(II) hydroxide microspheres with uniform diameters of approximate 6.3μm were obtained after the solvothermal reaction. After heat treatment at 350°C, the crystal phase transformed to NiO, but the hierarchical porous structure was maintained. The as-prepared microspheres exhibited outstanding performance for the adsorption of Congo red (CR), an anionic organic dye, from aqueous solution at circumneutral pH. The pseudo-second-order model can make a good description of the adsorption kinetics, while Langmuir model could well express the adsorption isotherms, with calculated maximum CR adsorption capacity of 534.8 and 384.6mgg(-1), respectively, for NiO and Ni(OH)2. The adsorption mechanism of CR onto the as-synthesized samples can be mainly attributed to electrostatic interaction between the positively charged sample surface and the anionic CR molecules. The as-prepared NiO microspheres are a promising adsorbent for CR removal in water treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Photocatalytic degradation of gaseous toluene over bcc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow microspheres

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    Zhang, Qianzhe [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Li, Xinyong, E-mail: xyli@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 4092 (Australia); Zhao, Qidong; Shi, Yong; Zhang, Fei; Liu, Baojun; Ke, Jun [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, Lianzhou [ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 4092 (Australia)

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The bcc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow microspheres were synthesized as photocatalyst. • Structural and photocatalytic properties of samples are tested. • Degradation of gaseous toluene over the bcc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow microspheres. - Abstract: In this work, the body-centered cubic indium oxide (bcc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) hollow microspheres were prepared via a P123-assisted solvothermal process. The structural properties of samples were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV–visible diffusive reflectance spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic effects of degrading gaseous toluene were evaluated by gas chromatography and in situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra under a irradiation of a 500 W high pressure xenon lamp. The results indicated that the as-prepared bcc-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} hollow microspheres exhibited a high degradation efficiency towards toluene within a short reaction time. Besides, the preliminary mechanism therein was inferred with the aid of in situ FTIR and electron spin-paramagnetic resonance techniques to understand the degradation process.

  20. Evaluation of a Sonic Device Designed to Activate Irrigant in the Root Canal

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    Jiang, Lei-Meng; Verhaagen, B.; Versluis, Andreas Michel; van der Sluis, Lucas W.M.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to evaluate the removal of dentin debris from the root canal by sonic or ultrasonic activation of the irrigant and the physical mechanisms of sonic activation by visualizing the oscillations of the sonic tip, both inside and outside the confinement of the

  1. Evaluation of a sonic device designed to activate irrigant in the root canal

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    Jiang, L.M.; Verhaagen, B.; Versluis, M.; van der Sluis, L.W.M.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to evaluate the removal of dentin debris from the root canal by sonic or ultrasonic activation of the irrigant and the physical mechanisms of sonic activation by visualizing the oscillations of the sonic tip, both inside and outside the confinement of the

  2. Evaluation of a Sonic Device Designed to Activate Irrigant in the Root Canal

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    Jiang, Lei-Meng; Verhaagen, Bram; Versluis, Michel; van der Sluis, Lucas W. M.

    Introduction: The aims of this study were to evaluate the removal of dentin debris from the root canal by sonic or ultrasonic activation of the irrigant and the physical mechanisms of sonic activation by visualizing the oscillations of the sonic tip, both inside and outside the confinement of the

  3. Interdisciplinarity in Medialogy with applications to Sonic Interaction Design

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    Nordahl, Rolf; Serafin, Stefania

    2009-01-01

    Medialogy is a novel education developed in Denmark since 2002, whose goal is to combine technology and creativity in the design, contextualization and evaluation of media technology. In this paper we describe the progression of the sonic interaction design curriculum in the Medialogy education......, stressing the importance of a transdisciplinary training for engineers working on interactive sound....

  4. Initial Results from the Variable Intensity Sonic Boom Propagation Database

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    Haering, Edward A., Jr.; Cliatt, Larry J., II; Bunce, Thomas J.; Gabrielson, Thomas B.; Sparrow, Victor W.; Locey, Lance L.

    2008-01-01

    An extensive sonic boom propagation database with low- to normal-intensity booms (overpressures of 0.08 lbf/sq ft to 2.20 lbf/sq ft) was collected for propagation code validation, and initial results and flight research techniques are presented. Several arrays of microphones were used, including a 10 m tall tower to measure shock wave directionality and the effect of height above ground on acoustic level. A sailplane was employed to measure sonic booms above and within the atmospheric turbulent boundary layer, and the sailplane was positioned to intercept the shock waves between the supersonic airplane and the ground sensors. Sailplane and ground-level sonic boom recordings were used to generate atmospheric turbulence filter functions showing excellent agreement with ground measurements. The sonic boom prediction software PCBoom4 was employed as a preflight planning tool using preflight weather data. The measured data of shock wave directionality, arrival time, and overpressure gave excellent agreement with the PCBoom4-calculated results using the measured aircraft and atmospheric data as inputs. C-weighted acoustic levels generally decreased with increasing height above the ground. A-weighted and perceived levels usually were at a minimum for a height where the elevated microphone pressure rise time history was the straightest, which is a result of incident and ground-reflected shock waves interacting.

  5. Cavitation Measurement during Sonic and Ultrasonic Activated Irrigation

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    Macedo, R.G.; Verhaagen, B.; Fernandez Rivas, David; Versluis, Andreas Michel; Wesselink, P.R.; van der Sluis, L.W.M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. Methods The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was measured

  6. Cavitation measurement during sonic and ultrasonic activated irrigation

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    Macedo, R.; Verhaagen, B.; Fernandez Rivas, D.; Versluis, M.; Wesselink, P.; van der Sluis, L.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. Methods The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was measured

  7. Cavitation Measurement during Sonic and Ultrasonic Activated Irrigation

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    Macedo, R.G.; Verhaagen, B.; Fernandez-Rivas, D.; Versluis, M.; Wesselink, P.R.; Sluis, van der L.W.M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. Methods The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was measure

  8. Cavitation measurement during sonic and ultrasonic activated irrigation

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    Macedo, R.; Verhaagen, B.; Fernandez Rivas, D.; Versluis, M.; Wesselink, P.; van der Sluis, L.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction The aims of this study were to quantify and to visualize the possible occurrence of transient cavitation (bubble formation and implosion) during sonic and ultrasonic (UAI) activated irrigation. Methods The amount of cavitation generated around several endodontic instruments was measured

  9. Interdisciplinarity in Medialogy with applications to Sonic Interaction Design

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    Nordahl, Rolf; Serafin, Stefania

    2009-01-01

    Medialogy is a novel education developed in Denmark since 2002, whose goal is to combine technology and creativity in the design, contextualization and evaluation of media technology. In this paper we describe the progression of the sonic interaction design curriculum in the Medialogy education......, stressing the importance of a transdisciplinary training for engineers working on interactive sound....

  10. Field intercomparison of six different three-dimensional sonic anemometers

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    Mauder, Matthias; Zeeman, Matthias

    2017-04-01

    Although sonic anemometers have been used extensively for several decades in micrometeorological and ecological research, there is still some scientific debate about the measurement uncertainty of these instruments. This is due to the fact that an absolute reference for the measurement of turbulent wind fluctuations in the free atmosphere does not exist. In view of this lack we have conducted a field intercomparison experiment of six commonly used sonic anemometers from four major manufacturers. The models included Campbell CSAT3, Gill HS-50 and R3, METEK uSonic-3 Omni, R.M. Young 81000 and 81000RE. The experiment was conducted over a meadow at the TERENO/ICOS site De-Fen in southern Germany over a period of 16 days in June of 2016 in preparation of the ScaleX campaign. The measurement height was 3 m for all sensors, which were separated by 9 m from each other, each on its own tripod, in order to limit contamination of the turbulence measurements by neighbouring structures as much as possible. Moreover, the data were filtered for potentially disturbed wind sectors, and the high-frequency data from all instruments were treated with the same post-processing algorithm. In this presentation, we compare the results for various turbulence statistics from all sensors. These include mean horizontal wind speed, standard deviations of vertical wind velocity and sonic temperature, friction velocity and the covariance between vertical wind velocity and sonic temperature. Quantitative measures of uncertainty were derived from these results. We find that biases and regression intercepts are generally very small for all sensors and all computed variables, except for the temperature measurements of the two Gill sonic anemometers (HS and R3), which are known to suffer from a transducer-temperature dependence of the sonic temperature measurement. The comparability of the instruments is not always as good, which means that there is some scatter but the errors compensate at least

  11. Neutron transmission measurements on hydrogen filled microspheres

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    Dyrnjaja, Eva, E-mail: dyrnjaja@ati.ac.at [Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Stadionallee 2, Vienna (Austria); Hummel, Stefan, E-mail: hummel@fotec.at [FOTEC GmbH, Viktor Kaplan-Straße 2, 2700 Wiener Neustadt (Austria); Keding, Marcus, E-mail: keding@fotec.at [FOTEC GmbH, Viktor Kaplan-Straße 2, 2700 Wiener Neustadt (Austria); Smolle, Marie-Theres, E-mail: marie-theres.smolle@tuwien.ac.at [Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Stadionallee 2, Vienna (Austria); Gerger, Joachim, E-mail: gerger@fotec.at [FOTEC GmbH, Viktor Kaplan-Straße 2, 2700 Wiener Neustadt (Austria); Zawisky, Michael, E-mail: zawisky@ati.ac.at [Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics, Stadionallee 2, Vienna (Austria)

    2014-01-01

    Hollow microspheres are promising candidates for future hydrogen storage technologies. Although the physical process for hydrogen diffusion through glass is well understood, measurements of static quantities (e.q. hydrogen pressure inside the spheres) as well as dynamic properties (e.g. diffusion rate of hydrogen through glass) are still difficult to handle due to the small size of the spheres (d≈15μm). For diffusion rate measurements, the long-term stability of the experiment is also mandatory due to the relatively slow diffusion rate. In this work, we present an accurate and long-term stable measurement technique for static and dynamic properties, using neutron radiography. Furthermore, possible applications for hydrogen filled microspheres within the scope of radiation issues are discussed.

  12. Optical Microspherical Resonators for Biomedical Sensing

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    Giancarlo C. Righini

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical resonators play an ubiquitous role in modern optics. A particular class of optical resonators is constituted by spherical dielectric structures, where optical rays are total internal reflected. Due to minimal reflection losses and to potentially very low material absorption, these guided modes, known as whispering gallery modes, can confer the resonator an exceptionally high quality factor Q, leading to high energy density, narrow resonant-wavelength lines and a lengthy cavity ringdown. These attractive characteristics make these miniaturized optical resonators especially suited as laser cavities and resonant filters, but also as very sensitive sensors. First, a brief analysis is presented of the characteristics of microspherical resonators, of their fabrication methods, and of the light coupling techniques. Then, we attempt to overview some of the recent advances in the development of microspherical biosensors, underlining a number of important applications in the biomedical field.

  13. Aptamer Based Microsphere Biosensor for Thrombin Detection

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    Xudong Fan

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available We have developed an optical microsphere resonator biosensor using aptamer asreceptor for the measurement of the important biomolecule thrombin. The sphere surface ismodified with anti-thrombin aptamer, which has excellent binding affinity and selectivityfor thrombin. Binding of the thrombin at the sphere surface is monitored by the spectralposition of the microsphere’s whispering gallery mode resonances. A detection limit on theorder of 1 NIH Unit/mL is demonstrated. Control experiments with non-aptameroligonucleotide and BSA are also carried out to confirm the specific binding betweenaptamer and thrombin. We expect that this demonstration will lead to the development ofhighly sensitive biomarker sensors based on aptamer with lower cost and higher throughputthan current technology.

  14. Sputter coating of microspherical substrates by levitation

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    Lowe, A.T.; Hosford, C.D.

    Microspheres are substantially uniformly coated with metals or nonmetals by simltaneously levitating them and sputter coating them at total chamber pressures less than 1 torr. A collimated hole structure comprising a parallel array of upwardly projecting individual gas outlets is machined out to form a dimple. Glass microballoons,, which are particularly useful in laser fusion applications, can be substantially uniformly coated using the coating method and apparatus.

  15. Field Intercomparison of Six Sifferent Three-dimensional Sonic Anemometers

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    Zeeman, M. J.; Mauder, M.

    2016-12-01

    Although sonic anemometers have been used extensively for several decades in micrometeorological and ecological research, there is still some scientific debate about the measurement uncertainty of these instruments. This is due to the fact that an absolute reference for the measurement of turbulent wind fluctuations in the free atmosphere does not exist. In view of this lack we have conducted a field intercomparison experiment of six commonly used sonic anemometers from four major manufacturers. The models included Campbell CSAT3, Gill HS-50 and R3, METEK uSonic-3 Omni, R.M. Young 81000 and 81000RE. The experiment was conducted over a meadow at the TERENO/ICOS site De-Fen in southern Germany over a period of 16 days in June of 2016 in preparation of the ScaleX campaign. The measurement height was 3 m for all sensors, which were separated by 9 m from each other, each on its own tripod, in order to limit contamination of the turbulence measurements by neighbouring structures as much as possible. Moreover, the data were filtered for potentially disturbed wind sectors, and the high-frequency data from all instruments were treated with the same post-processing algorithm. In this presentation, we compare the results for various turbulence statistics from all sensors. These include mean horizontal wind speed, standard deviations of vertical wind velocity and sonic temperature, friction velocity and the covariance between vertical wind velocity and sonic temperature. Quantitative measures of uncertainty, such as bias and comparability are derived from these results.

  16. Sonication-induced gelation of silk fibroin for cell encapsulation.

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    Wang, Xiaoqin; Kluge, Jonathan A; Leisk, Gary G; Kaplan, David L

    2008-03-01

    Purified native silk fibroin forms beta-sheet-rich, physically cross-linked, hydrogels from aqueous solution, in a process influenced by environmental parameters. Previously we reported gelation times of days to weeks for aqueous native silk protein solutions, with high ionic strength and temperature and low pH responsible for increasing gelation kinetics. Here we report a novel method to accelerate the process and control silk fibroin gelation through ultrasonication. Depending on the sonication parameters, including power output and time, along with silk fibroin concentration, gelation could be controlled from minutes to hours, allowing the post-sonication addition of cells prior to final gel setting. Mechanistically, ultrasonication initiated the formation of beta-sheets by alteration in hydrophobic hydration, thus accelerating the formation of physical cross-links responsible for gel stabilization. K(+) at physiological concentrations and low pH promoted gelation, which was not observed in the presence of Ca(2+). The hydrogels were assessed for mechanical properties and proteolytic degradation; reported values matched or exceeded other cell-encapsulating gel material systems. Human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) were successfully incorporated into these silk fibroin hydrogels after sonication, followed by rapid gelation and sustained cell function. Sonicated silk fibroin solutions at 4%, 8%, and 12% (w/v), followed by mixing in hMSCs, gelled within 0.5-2 h. The cells grew and proliferated in the 4% gels over 21 days, while survival was lower in the gels with higher protein content. Thus, sonication provides a useful new tool with which to initiate rapid sol-gel transitions, such as for cell encapsulation.

  17. Yttrium-90 microsphere induced gastrointestinal tract ulceration

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    Rikabi Ali A

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Radiomicrosphere therapy (RT utilizing yttrium-90 (90Y microspheres has been shown to be an effective regional treatment for primary and secondary hepatic malignancies. We sought to determine a large academic institution's experience regarding the extent and frequency of gastrointestinal complications. Methods Between 2004 and 2007, 27 patients underwent RT for primary or secondary hepatic malignancies. Charts were subsequently reviewed to determine the incidence and severity of GI ulceration. Results Three patients presented with gastrointestinal bleeding and underwent upper endoscopy. Review of the pretreatment angiograms showed normal vascular anatomy in one patient, sclerosed hepatic vasculature in a patient who had undergone prior chemoembolization in a second, and an aberrant left hepatic artery in a third. None had undergone prophylactic gastroduodenal artery embolization. Endoscopic findings included erythema, mucosal erosions, and large gastric ulcers. Microspheres were visible on endoscopic biopsy. In two patients, gastric ulcers were persistent at the time of repeat endoscopy 1–4 months later despite proton pump inhibitor therapy. One elderly patient who refused surgical intervention died from recurrent hemorrhage. Conclusion Gastrointestinal ulceration is a known yet rarely reported complication of 90Y microsphere embolization with potentially life-threatening consequences. Once diagnosed, refractory ulcers should be considered for aggressive surgical management.

  18. Unstirred Water Layer Effects on Biodegradable Microspheres

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    Susan D’Souza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study explores the mechanistic aspects of in vitro release from biodegradable microspheres with the objective of understanding the effect of the unstirred water layer on polymer degradation and drug release. In vitro drug release experiments on Leuprolide PLGA microspheres were performed under “static” and “continuous” agitation conditions using the “sample and separate” method. At specified time intervals, polymer degradation, mass loss, and drug release were assessed. While molecular weight and molecular number profiles for “static” and “continuous” samples were indistinct, mass loss occurred at a faster rate in “continuous” samples than under “static” conditions. In vitro results describe a fourfold difference in drug release rates between the “continuous” and “static” samples, ascribed to the acceleration of various processes governing release, including elimination of the boundary layer. The findings were confirmed by the fourfold increase in drug release rate when “static” samples were subjected to “continuous” agitation after 11 days. A schema was proposed to describe the complex in vitro release process from biodegradable polymer-drug dosage forms. These experiments highlight the manner in which the unstirred water layer influences drug release from biodegradable microspheres and stress the importance of selecting appropriate conditions for agitation during an in vitro release study.

  19. STUDIES AND EVALUATION OF COMPRESSED MICROSPHERES

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    Idris Mohamed El-Mahdi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available This work was aimed at the use of dissolution testing and similarity factor to assess the level of damage taken by active drug microspheres during compression in tablet dosage form. To achieve that, combinations of suitable excipients were used to protect drug microspheres during compression. The excipients were used in the form of powders, granules or placebo pellets prepared by extrusion-spheronization technology. The excipients were evaluated alone, in combinations and post-compression into compacts.  Preliminary experiments included density, hardness, friability and disintegration on all of the selected excipients. Based on such experiments it was found that the flowability of combination powders was more acceptable than individual excipients. Two combinations of microcrystalline -starch and microcrystalline cellulose -calcium carbonate granules were selected to be compressed with active ketoprofen pellets. In all the combinations used there was a significant amount of damage to drug pellets.  The kinetics of drug release appears to follow the zero-order rate and the rate remained unchanged even when a significant degree of damage to pellets occur. It was found that a high level of excipients is required in order to prepare microspheres as a rapid disintegrating tablet. Citation DOI: 10.21502/limuj.002.01.2016  LIMUJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

  20. Custom-Made Microspheres for Optical Tweezers.

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    Jannasch, Anita; Abdosamadi, Mohammad K; Ramaiya, Avin; De, Suman; Ferro, Valentina; Sonnberger, Aaron; Schäffer, Erik

    2017-01-01

    Due to their high position and force sensitivity and the ability to remotely apply forces and torques, optical tweezers are widely used in diverse fields, such as biology, material science, and physics. Often, small dielectric particles are trapped and used as probes, which for experimental convenience are mostly spherical and composed of silica or polystyrene. The optical properties of these materials together with the microsphere size determine the trapping efficiency, and the position and force resolution. However, using only a single, homogeneous, isotropic, and unstructured material limits the range of trapping properties and thereby the applications of optical tweezers. Here, we show how custom-made microspheres composed of coated high-refractive-index materials-titania and nanodiamonds-and birefringent, liquid crystals extend the range and combination of desired trapping properties. These custom-made microspheres either enable the generation of high forces, a high force or time resolution, or the applications of torques. Custom-made probes expand the range of possible experiments and approaches broadening the scope and applicability of optical tweezers.

  1. Optimization of sustained release aceclofenac microspheres using response surface methodology.

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    Deshmukh, Rameshwar K; Naik, Jitendra B

    2015-03-01

    Polymeric microspheres containing aceclofenac were prepared by single emulsion (oil-in-water) solvent evaporation method using response surface methodology (RSM). Microspheres were prepared by changing formulation variables such as the amount of Eudragit® RS100 and the amount of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) by statistical experimental design in order to enhance the encapsulation efficiency (E.E.) of the microspheres. The resultant microspheres were evaluated for their size, morphology, E.E., and in vitro drug release. The amount of Eudragit® RS100 and the amount of PVA were found to be significant factors respectively for determining the E.E. of the microspheres. A linear mathematical model equation fitted to the data was used to predict the E.E. in the optimal region. Optimized formulation of microspheres was prepared using optimal process variables setting in order to evaluate the optimization capability of the models generated according to IV-optimal design. The microspheres showed high E.E. (74.14±0.015% to 85.34±0.011%) and suitably sustained drug release (minimum; 40% to 60%; maximum) over a period of 12h. The optimized microspheres formulation showed E.E. of 84.87±0.005 with small error value (1.39). The low magnitudes of error and the significant value of R(2) in the present investigation prove the high prognostic ability of the design. The absence of interactions between drug and polymers was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD) revealed the dispersion of drug within microspheres formulation. The microspheres were found to be discrete, spherical with smooth surface. The results demonstrate that these microspheres could be promising delivery system to sustain the drug release and improve the E.E. thus prolong drug action and achieve the highest healing effect with minimal gastrointestinal side effects.

  2. MAGNETIC MICROSPHERES: A LATEST APPROACH IN NOVEL DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

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    Mukherjee S

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic microspheres are at the forefront of the rapidly developing field of pharmaceutical technology with several potential applications in drug delivery, clinical medicine and research as well as in other varied sciences. Due to their unique size-dependent properties, magnetic microspheres offer the possibility to develop new therapeutics. The ability to incorporate drugs into carriers offers a new prototype in drug delivery that could be used for secondary and tertiary levels of drug targeting. Hence, magnetic microspheres hold great promise for reaching the goal of controlled and site specific drug delivery and hence have attracted wide attention of researchers. This review presents a broad treatment of magnetic microspheres discussing their advantages, limitations and their possible remedies. Different production methods which are suitable for large scale production and applications of magnetic microspheres are described. Appropriate analytical techniques for characterization of magnetic microspheres like Photon correlation spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry are highlighted. Aspects of magnetic microspheres route of administration and their biodistribution are also incorporated. If appropriately investigated, magnetic microspheres may open new vistas in therapy of complex diseases.

  3. Microspheres with Ultrahigh Holmium Content for Radioablation of Malignancies

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    Bult, W.; Seevinck, P.R.; Krijger, G.C.; Visser, T.; Kroon-Batenburg, L.M.J.; Bakker, C.J.G.; Hennink, W.E.; Van het Schip, A.D.; Nijsen, J.F.W.

    Purpose The aim of this study was to develop microspheres with an ultra high holmium content which can be neutron activated for radioablation of malignancies. These microspheres are proposed to be delivered selectively through either intratumoral injections into solid tumors or administered via an

  4. Microspheres with ultrahigh holmium content for radioablation of malignancies

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    Bult, W; Seevinck, P R; Krijger, G C; Visser, T; Kroon-Batenburg, L M J; Bakker, C J G; Hennink, W E; van het Schip, A D; Nijsen, J F W

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop microspheres with an ultra high holmium content which can be neutron activated for radioablation of malignancies. These microspheres are proposed to be delivered selectively through either intratumoral injections into solid tumors or administered via an

  5. Preparation and characterization of albumin-heparin microspheres

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    Cremers, H.F.M.; Kwon, G.; Bae, Y.H.; Kim, S.W.; Verrijk, R.; Noteborn, H.P.J.M.; Feijen, J.

    1994-01-01

    Albumin-heparin microspheres were prepared by a two-step process which involved the preparation of a soluble albumin-heparin conjugate, followed by formation of microspheres from this conjugate or by a double cross-linking technique involving both coupling of soluble albumin and heparin and microsph

  6. Pectin/zein microspheres as a sustained drug delivery system

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    A series of microspheres were prepared from pectins and corn proteins from various sources in the presence of the divalent ions calcium or zinc. The results showed that the yield of microsphere and the efficiency of drug incorporation were dependent on the type and ratio of biopolymers, the size of ...

  7. Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres as carriers for biomolecules

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    Li, Shuyi; Dynan, William S; Wicks, George; Serkiz, Steven

    2013-09-17

    The present invention includes compositions of porous-wall hollow glass microspheres and one or more biomolecules, wherein the one or more biomolecules are positioned within a void location within the hollow glass microsphere, and the use of such compositions for the diagnostic and/or therapeutic delivery of biomolecules.

  8. PREPARATION AND ADSORBABILITY OF DEXTRAN MICROSPHERES WITH UNIFORM DIAMETER

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    Ri-sheng Yao; Wen-xia Gao; Jing Sun; Ya-hua You

    2005-01-01

    The method of preparing uniform dextran microspheres with a narrow diameter distribution was introduced and the adsorbability of these microspheres was evaluated. The microspheres were prepared in W/O microemulsion using 0.5% dextran solution as the aqueous phase and n-hexane as the oil phase. Characteristics of the prepared dextran microspheres were examined with laser light blocking technique, optical microscope and ultraviolet spectrometer. The results show that the prepared dextran microspheres have uniform morphology and narrow diameter distribution, nearly 92% of them having a diameter of 56.6 μm. In vitro evaluation of adsorbability, wet dextran microspheres have good adsorption of 98.32 mg/g of model drug methylene blue in 20.86 mg/L methylene blue solution at 25℃. The adsorption of dried dextran microspheres under the same condition is 132.15 mg/g, which is even higher. And the adsorbability of dextran microspheres has significant relationship with the concentration of methylene blue and temperature. The adsorbability is better at lower temperature and higher concentration of methylene blue.

  9. Design and Fabrication of Superparamaganitic Hybrid Microspheres for Protein Immobilization

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    REN Qi; CHU Hong; CHEN Mingqing; NI Zhongbin; CHEN Qiuyun

    2011-01-01

    Superparamagnetic poly(styrene)-co-poly(2-acrylanmido-2-methyl propanesulfonic acid) (PStco-PAMPS) and poly(methylmethacrylate)-co-poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PMMA-co-PGMA) microspheres with mean size of 170 nm were prepared by emulsion polymerization in the presence of oleic acid-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles.The structures,morphologies,diameter and diameter distribution of the as-prepared microspheres were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The saturation magnetizations of PSt-co-PAMPS and PMMA-co-PGMA microspheres are 21.94 and 25.07emu/g,respectively.The as-synthesized magnetic microspheres were used for immobilization of Bovine serum albumin (BSA) by physical interaction and covalent interaction respectively.The equilibrium amount of BSA immobilized onto PMMA-co-PGMA microspheres was 86.48 mg/g microspheres in 90 min,while on PSt-coPAMPS microspheres was 59.62 mg/g microspheres in 120 min.

  10. Antibacterial activity of ciprofloxacin-loaded zein microsphere films

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    Fu Jianxi [Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 354 Fenglin Road, Shanghai 200032 (China); Henan Normal University, 46 East Construction Road, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Wang Huajie [College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai 200030 (China); Zhou Yanqing [Henan Normal University, 46 East Construction Road, Xinxiang, Henan 453007 (China); Wang Jinye, E-mail: jywang@mail.sioc.ac.cn [Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 354 Fenglin Road, Shanghai 200032 (China); College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai 200030 (China)

    2009-05-05

    Our aim was to produce an antibiotic-emitting coating composed of zein microspheres for the prevention of bacterial infection on implanted devices. Ciprofloxacin-loaded zein microspheres were prepared using a phase separation procedure, with particle sizes between 0.5 and 2 {mu}m. Drug encapsulation and drug loading varied with the amount of both zein and ciprofloxacin, and the highest encapsulation efficiency was 8.27% (2 mg/ml ciprofloxacin and 20 mg/ml zein; n = 3). A ciprofloxacin-loaded zein microsphere film (CF-MS film) was generated via solvent evaporation. Continuous drug release from a trypsin-degraded microsphere film was observed for up to 28 days. The liberation of ciprofloxacin from the trypsin-degraded film and the biodegradation of the microsphere film were highly correlated. Proliferation assay of the growth of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) by the MTT method showed that the microsphere film had no toxicity when compared with cells grown on Corning culture plates alone and plates with a zein film alone. Quantification of bacteria adhesion showed that adhesion on the microsphere film is significantly suppressed. In addition, according to the results of bacterial growth tests, ciprofloxacin-loaded microsphere films maintained antibacterial activity for more than 6 days. In contrast, a control medium containing a zein film allowed constant bacterial growth. These results indicate that CF-MS films might be useful as antibacterial films on implanted devices.

  11. Coacervate droplets, proteinoid microspheres, and the genetic apparatus

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    Fox, S. W.

    1974-01-01

    Differences between typical coacervate droplets and typical proteinoid microspheres are examined. It is pointed out that coacervate droplets are produced from polymers obtained from contemporary organisms. The microspheres considered are aggregates of proteinoid formed from monomeric amino acids under geologically relevant conditions. Aspects regarding the primordial sequence are discussed along with the origin of the genetic apparatus and the genetic code.

  12. Surface wrinkling on polydimethylsiloxane microspheres via wet surface chemical oxidation.

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    Yin, Jian; Han, Xue; Cao, Yanping; Lu, Conghua

    2014-07-16

    Here we introduce a simple low-cost yet robust method to realize spontaneously wrinkled morphologies on spherical surfaces. It is based on surface chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase-synthesized polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microspheres in the mixed H2SO4/HNO3/H2O solution. Consequently, curvature and overstress-sensitive wrinkles including dimples and labyrinth patterns are successfully induced on the resulting oxidized PDMS microspheres. A power-law dependence of the wrinkling wavelength on the microsphere radius exists. The effects of experimental parameters on these tunable spherical wrinkles have been systematically investigated, when the microspheres are pre-deposited on a substrate. These parameters include the radius and modulus of microspheres, the mixed acid solution composition, the oxidation duration, and the water washing post-treatment. Meanwhile, the complicated chemical oxidation process has also been well studied by in-situ optical observation via the microsphere system, which represents an intractable issue in a planar system. Furthermore, we realize surface wrinkled topographies on the whole microspheres at a large scale, when microspheres are directly dispersed in the mixed acid solution for surface oxidation. These results indicate that the introduced wet surface chemical oxidation has the great potential to apply to other complicated curved surfaces for large-scale generation of well-defined wrinkling patterns, which endow the solids with desired physical properties.

  13. DEVELOPMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF FLOATING MICROSPHERES OF GLICLAZIDE

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    Shardendu Prakash

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to develop floating microspheres of Gliclazide in order to achieve an extended retention in the upper gastrointestinal tract, which may result in enhanced absorption and thereby improved bioavailability. The present study involves preparation and evaluation of floating microspheres using Gliclazide as a model drug for prolongation of the gastric retention time. As gliclazide is mainly absorbed from stomach, thus using floating microspheres as a mode of drug delivery helps in increasing its residence time and hence increasing the bioavailability of drug. The microspheres were prepared by the Ionic gelation method. The average diameter and surface morphology of the prepared microspheres were characterized by optical microscope and scanning electron microscopic methods respectively. The prepared microspheres were evaluated for particle size, micromeritic study, drug entrapment efficiency, in vitro buoyancy, swelling index and in vitro release. The effect of various formulation variables on the size and drug release was also investigated. All the formulated microspheres were found to possess good flow properties. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed spherical structure of the prepared microspheres. The best formulation F3 drug release kinetics were evaluated using Zero order, First order, Higuchi model, Korsmeyer - Peppas model. After the interpretation of data that was based on the value of a resulting regression coefficient, it was observed that the Korsmeyer- Peppas model has a highest regression coefficient values indicating that the drug release was based on the erosion of polymeric chain matrix.

  14. Controlling silk fibroin microspheres via molecular weight distribution

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    Zeng, Dong-Mei; Pan, Jue-Jing; Wang, Qun; Liu, Xin-Fang; Wang, Hui [National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College for Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Zhang, Ke-Qin, E-mail: kqzhang@suda.edu.cn [National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College for Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Research Center of Cooperative Innovation for Functional Organic/Polymer Material Micro/Nanofabrication, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China)

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    Silk fibroin (SF) microspheres were produced by salting out SF solution via the addition of potassium phosphate buffer solution (K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}–KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}). The morphology, size and polydispersity of SF microspheres were adjusted by changing the molecular weight (MW) distribution and concentration of SF, as well as the ionic strength and pH of the buffer solution. Changing the conditions under which the SF fiber dissolved in the Lithium Boride (LiBr) solution resulted in altering the MW distribution of SF solution. Under optimal salting-out conditions (ionic strength > 0.7 M and pH > 7) and using a smaller and narrower SF MW distribution, SF microspheres with smoother shapes and more uniform sizes were produced. Meanwhile, the size and polydispersity of the microspheres increased when the SF concentration was increased from 0.25 mg/mL to 20 mg/mL. The improved SF microspheres, obtained by altering the distribution of molecular weight, have potential in drug and gene delivery applications. - Highlights: • MW distribution was changed by applying different dissolving methods of SF fiber. • Smaller and narrower MW distribution improves the quality of SF microspheres. • Size and polydispersity of microspheres increase as SF concentration increases. • Improved SF microspheres have potential in drug and gene delivery applications.

  15. Formulation, optimization and evaluation of sustained release microsphere of ketoprofen

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    V Chirag Prajapati

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to formulate ketoprofen loaded microspheres of Acrycoat S100 by an o/w emulsion solvent evaporation method. It potently inhibits the enzyme cyclooxygenase resulting in prostaglandin synthesis inhibition. Ketoprofen causes an irritation in the gastrointestinal mucous membrane and possesses a bitter taste and aftertaste. The half-life in plasma is about 1-2hrs. This makes ketoprofen a very good candidate for the formulation of controlled release dosage forms. Ketoprofen microspheres help to protect the gastric mucous membrane from drug irritation and to mask its taste. The prepared microspheres were evaluated for micromeritic properties, particle size, effect of surfactant concentration, percentage yield, incorporation efficiency, drug polymer compatibility (IR and DSC study, scanning electron microscopy and in vitro drug release. The microspheres produced exhibited good encapsulation efficiencies and micromeritic properties. Encapsulation efficiency of microsphere is around 78%. The mean diameters of microspheres were found in required micrometer range. The results of optimized formulations showed a narrow size distribution and smooth surface. The DSC and the FTIR analysis showed the absence of any potent incompatibility between the drug and the polymer. In-vitro release showed 86.4% drug release after 12 hours. Results of present study suggest that Acrycoat S100 loaded microsphere of ketoprofen can be successfully designed to develop sustained drug delivery system. The solvent evaporation method is a suitable technique for the preparation of Acrycoat S100 microspheres for controlling the release of Ketoprofen for a prolonged duration.

  16. Optimization of sustained release aceclofenac microspheres using response surface methodology

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    Deshmukh, Rameshwar K.; Naik, Jitendra B., E-mail: jitunaik@gmail.com

    2015-03-01

    Polymeric microspheres containing aceclofenac were prepared by single emulsion (oil-in-water) solvent evaporation method using response surface methodology (RSM). Microspheres were prepared by changing formulation variables such as the amount of Eudragit® RS100 and the amount of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) by statistical experimental design in order to enhance the encapsulation efficiency (E.E.) of the microspheres. The resultant microspheres were evaluated for their size, morphology, E.E., and in vitro drug release. The amount of Eudragit® RS100 and the amount of PVA were found to be significant factors respectively for determining the E.E. of the microspheres. A linear mathematical model equation fitted to the data was used to predict the E.E. in the optimal region. Optimized formulation of microspheres was prepared using optimal process variables setting in order to evaluate the optimization capability of the models generated according to IV-optimal design. The microspheres showed high E.E. (74.14 ± 0.015% to 85.34 ± 0.011%) and suitably sustained drug release (minimum; 40% to 60%; maximum) over a period of 12 h. The optimized microspheres formulation showed E.E. of 84.87 ± 0.005 with small error value (1.39). The low magnitudes of error and the significant value of R{sup 2} in the present investigation prove the high prognostic ability of the design. The absence of interactions between drug and polymers was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray powder diffractometry (XRPD) revealed the dispersion of drug within microspheres formulation. The microspheres were found to be discrete, spherical with smooth surface. The results demonstrate that these microspheres could be promising delivery system to sustain the drug release and improve the E.E. thus prolong drug action and achieve the highest healing effect with minimal gastrointestinal side effects. - Highlights: • Aceclofenac microspheres

  17. Computational dynamics of acoustically-driven microsphere systems

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    Glosser, Connor A; Dault, Daniel L; Piermarocchi, Carlo; Shanker, Balasubramaniam

    2015-01-01

    We propose a computational framework for the self-consistent dynamics of a microsphere system driven by a pulsed acoustic field in an ideal fluid. Our framework combines a molecular dynamics integrator describing the dynamics of the microsphere system with a time-dependent integral equation solver for the acoustic field that makes use of fields represented as surface expansions in spherical harmonic basis functions. The presented approach allows us to describe the inter-particle interaction induced by the field as well as the dynamics of trapping in counter-propagating acoustic pulses. The integral equation formulation leads to equations of motion for the microspheres describing the effect of non-dissipative drag forces. We show (1) that the field-induced interactions between the microspheres give rise to effective dipolar interactions, with effective dipoles defined by their velocities, and (2) that the dominant effect of an ultrasound pulse through a cloud of microspheres gives rise mainly to a translation ...

  18. Hollow porous-wall glass microspheres for hydrogen storage

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    Heung, Leung K.; Schumacher, Ray F.; Wicks, George G.

    2010-02-23

    A porous wall hollow glass microsphere is provided having a diameter range of between 1 to 200 microns, a density of between 1.0 to 2.0 gm/cc, a porous-wall structure having wall openings defining an average pore size of between 10 to 1000 angstroms, and which contains therein a hydrogen storage material. The porous-wall structure facilitates the introduction of a hydrogen storage material into the interior of the porous wall hollow glass microsphere. In this manner, the resulting hollow glass microsphere can provide a membrane for the selective transport of hydrogen through the porous walls of the microsphere, the small pore size preventing gaseous or liquid contaminants from entering the interior of the hollow glass microsphere.

  19. Resolution enhancement phase-contrast imaging by microsphere digital holography

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    Wang, Yunxin; Guo, Sha; Wang, Dayong; Lin, Qiaowen; Rong, Lu; Zhao, Jie

    2016-05-01

    Microsphere has shown the superiority of super-resolution imaging in the traditional 2D intensity microscope. Here a microsphere digital holography approach is presented to realize the resolution enhancement phase-contrast imaging. The system is designed by combining the microsphere with the image-plane digital holography. A microsphere very close to the object can increase the resolution by transforming the object wave from the higher frequency to the lower one. The resolution enhancement amplitude and phase images can be retrieved from a single hologram. The experiments are carried on the 1D and 2D gratings, and the results demonstrate that the observed resolution has been improved, meanwhile, the phase-contrast image is obtained. The proposed method can improve the transverse resolution in all directions based on a single exposure. Furthermore, this system has extended the application of the microsphere from the conventional 2D microscopic imaging to 3D phase-contrast microscopic imaging.

  20. Study on the Degradation of Polylactide Microsphere In Vitro

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    HeYing; WeiShuli

    2001-01-01

    This report concentrated on the rules and mechanism of the degradation of polylactide and the microspheres. The rate of degradation was assessed with five methods: observation of microsphere surface morphology by SEM, determination of the weight loss of the microspheres, determination of the molecular mass of the polymers by GPC, determination of pH and determination of the contents of lactic acid by UV spectrophotometry. The degradation of polylactide microspheres showed two-phase characteristics. At the early stage of the degradation, the high molecular mass polymers were cleaved into lower molecular mass fractions and at the late stage, there was a period of erosion and weight loss of the microspheres. The degradation was much slower for polymers with a higher molecular mass. The polylactide degradation showed good regularity.

  1. Labelling of silica microspheres with fluorescent lanthanide-doped LaF{sub 3} nanocrystals

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    Zhang Yong [Division of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore (Singapore); Lu Meihua [Division of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117576, Singapore (Singapore)

    2007-07-11

    Fluorescent microspheres have been demonstrated to be useful in a variety of biological applications. Fluorescent silica or polymer microspheres have been produced by incorporation of chromophores into the microspheres, which usually produces microspheres with nonuniform sizes and reduced fluorescence. Here we present a simple and straightforward method to produce silica microspheres with fluorescent lanthanide-doped LaF{sub 3} nanocrystals grown on the surface. LaF{sub 3} nanocrystals are in situ grown on silica microspheres of different sizes to form a raspberry-like structure. The microspheres exhibit strong fluorescence and the colour could be altered by changing the lanthanide ions doped in LaF{sub 3} nanocrystals.

  2. Microwire formation based on dielectrophoresis of electroless gold plated polystyrene microspheres

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    Jiang Hong-Yuan; Ren Yu-Kun; Tao Ye

    2011-01-01

    Microspheres coated with a perfectly conductive surface have many advantages in the applications of biosensors and micro-electromechanical systems. Polystyrene microspheres with the diameter of 10 μm were coated with a 50 nmthick gold layer using an electroless gold plating approach. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) for bare microspheres and shelled microspheres was theoretically analysed and the real part of the Clausius-Mossotti factor was calculated for the two kinds of microspheres. The experiments on the dielectrophoretic characterisation of the uncoated polystyrene microspheres and gold coated polystyrene microspheres (GCPMs) were carried out. Experimental results showed that the gold coated polystyrene microspheres were only acted by a positive dielectrophoretic force when the frequency was below 40M Hz,while the uncoated polystyrene microspheres were governed by a negative dielectrophoretic force in this frequency range.The gold coated polystyrene microspheres were exploited to form the microwire automatically according to their stable dielectrophoretic and electric characterisations.

  3. A Comparative Analysis of Sonic Defences in Bombycoidea Caterpillars

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    Bura, Veronica L.; Kawahara, Akito Y.; Yack, Jayne E.

    2016-01-01

    Caterpillars have long been used as models for studying animal defence. Their impressive armour, including flamboyant warning colours, poisonous spines, irritating sprays, and mimicry of plant parts, snakes and bird droppings, has been extensively documented. But research has mainly focused on visual and chemical displays. Here we show that some caterpillars also exhibit sonic displays. During simulated attacks, 45% of 38 genera and 33% of 61 species of silk and hawkmoth caterpillars (Bombycoidea) produced sounds. Sonic caterpillars are found in many distantly-related groups of Bombycoidea, and have evolved four distinct sound types- clicks, chirps, whistles and vocalizations. We propose that different sounds convey different messages, with some designed to warn of a chemical defence and others, to startle predators. This research underscores the importance of exploring acoustic communication in juvenile insects, and provides a model system to explore how different signals have evolved to frighten, warn or even trick predators. PMID:27510510

  4. Chalk porosity and sonic velocity versus burial depth

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    Fabricius, Ida Lykke; Gommesen, Lars; Krogsbøll, Anette Susanne

    2008-01-01

    that porosity and sonic velocity follow the most consistent depth trends when fluid pressure and pore-volume compressibility are considered. Quartz content up to 10% has no marked effect, but more than 5% clay causes lower porosity and velocity. The mineralogical effect differs between P-wave and shear velocity...... for fluid pressure because the cementing ions originate from stylolites, which are mechanically similar to fractures. We find that cementation occurs over a relatively short depth interval.......Seventy chalk samples from four formations in the overpressured Danish central North Sea have been analyzed to investigate how correlations of porosity and sonic velocity with burial depth are affected by varying mineralogy, fluid pressure, and early introduction of petroleum. The results show...

  5. Sonic depth sounder for laboratory and field use

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    Richardson, E.V.; Simons, Daryl B.; Posakony, G.J.

    1961-01-01

    The laboratory investigation of roughness in alluvial channels has led to the development of a special electronic device capable of mapping the streambed configuration under dynamic conditions. This electronic device employs an ultrasonic pulse-echo principle, similar to that of a fathometer, that utilizes microsecond techniques to give high accuracy in shallow depths. This instrument is known as the sonic depth sounder and was designed to cover a depth range of 0 to 4 feet with an accuracy of ? 0.5 percent. The sonic depth sounder is capable of operation at frequencies of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 kilocycles. The ultrasonic beam generated at the transducer is designed to give a minimum-diameter interrogating signal over the extended depth range. The information obtained from a sonic depth sounder is recorded on a strip-chart recorder. This permanent record allows an analysis to be made of the streambed configuration under different dynamic conditions. The model 1024 sonic depth sounder was designed principally as a research instrument to meet laboratory needs. As such, it is somewhat limited in its application as a field instrument on large streams and rivers. The principles employed in this instrument, however, have many potentials for field applications such as the indirect measurement of bed load when the bed roughness is ripples and (or) dunes, depth measurement, determination of bed configuration, and determination of depth of scour around bridge piers and abutments. For field application a modification of the present system into a battery-operated lightweight instrument designed to operate at a depth range of 0 to 30 feet is possible and desirable.

  6. Inhibitors of Hedgehog Acyltransferase Block Sonic Hedgehog Signaling

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    Petrova, Elissaveta; Rios-Esteves, Jessica; Ouerfelli, Ouathek; Glickman, J. Fraser; Resh, Marilyn D.

    2013-01-01

    Inhibition of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is of great clinical interest. Here we exploit Hedgehog acyltransferase (Hhat)-mediated Shh palmitoylation, a modification critical for Shh signaling, as a novel target for Shh pathway inhibition. A target-oriented high-throughput screen was used to identify small-molecule inhibitors of Hhat. In cells, these Hhat inhibitors specifically block Shh palmitoylation and inhibit autocrine and paracrine Shh signaling.

  7. Inhibitors of Hedgehog acyltransferase block Sonic Hedgehog signaling.

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    Petrova, Elissaveta; Rios-Esteves, Jessica; Ouerfelli, Ouathek; Glickman, J Fraser; Resh, Marilyn D

    2013-04-01

    Inhibition of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is of great clinical interest. Here we exploit Hedgehog acyltransferase (Hhat)-mediated Shh palmitoylation, a modification critical for Shh signaling, as a new target for Shh pathway inhibition. A target-oriented high-throughput screen was used to identify small-molecule inhibitors of Hhat. In cells, these Hhat inhibitors specifically block Shh palmitoylation and inhibit autocrine and paracrine Shh signaling.

  8. Relativistic sonic geometry for isothermal accretion in the Schwarzschild metric

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    Shaikh, Md Arif; Firdousi, Ivleena; Das, Tapas K

    2016-01-01

    The velocity potential, mass accretion rate and the Bernoulli's Constant corresponding to the general relativistic isothermal accretion in the Schwarzschild metric have been linearly perturbed, both for spherical as well as the axially symmetric flow to demonstrate the emergence of the embedded curved sonic manifold. Except the conformal factors, the relativistic acoustic geometry remains invariant irrespective of the physical quantity getting perturbed. The acoustic surface gravity has been ...

  9. Microwave/Sonic Apparatus Measures Flow and Density in Pipe

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    Arndt, G. D.; Ngo, Phong; Carl, J. R.; Byerly, Kent A.

    2004-01-01

    An apparatus for measuring the rate of flow and the mass density of a liquid or slurry includes a special section of pipe instrumented with microwave and sonic sensors, and a computer that processes digitized readings taken by the sensors. The apparatus was conceived specifically for monitoring a flow of oil-well-drilling mud, but the basic principles of its design and operation are also applicable to monitoring flows of other liquids and slurries.

  10. Mesoporous metal oxide microsphere electrode compositions and their methods of making

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    Parans Paranthaman, Mariappan; Bi, Zhonghe; Bridges, Craig A.; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2017-04-11

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for treated mesoporous metal oxide microspheres electrodes. The compositions include microspheres with an average diameter between about 200 nanometers and about 10 micrometers and mesopores on the surface and interior of the microspheres. The methods of making include forming a mesoporous metal oxide microsphere composition and treating the mesoporous metal oxide microspheres by at least annealing in a reducing atmosphere, doping with an aliovalent element, and coating with a coating composition.

  11. Microwave synthesis and adsorption performance of a novel crosslinked starch microsphere

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    Lin, Qintie, E-mail: qintlin@163.com [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); National Engineering Laboratory for Rice and By-Product Deep Processing, Center South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 41004 (China); Pan, Jianxin [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Lin, Qinlu [National Engineering Laboratory for Rice and By-Product Deep Processing, Center South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 41004 (China); Liu, Qianjun [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • CSM was synthesized in a microwave-assisted inversed emulsion system. • The adsorption of methyl violet on CSM was exothermic and spontaneous. • The adsorption process followed the pseudo-second-order kinetics. • The isothermal data obeyed the Langmuir model. • pH variations did not significantly affect the adsorption of methyl violet onto CSM. -- Abstract: A new crosslinked starch microsphere (CSM) was synthesized in a microwave-assisted inversed emulsion system with soluble starch (ST) as a raw material, MBAA as a crosslinker, and K{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 8}–NaHSO{sub 3} as an initiator. The synthesized starch microsphere was characterized and examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), FTIR spectroscopy and adsorption isotherms of N{sub 2} at 77 K. Adsorption performance was investigated in methyl violet solution. The results showed that the maximum adsorption capacity for MV was 99.3 mg/g at 298 K, and the adsorption fitted pseudo-second-order kinetic model well with correlation coefficients greater than 0.99. The isothermal data obeyed the Langmuir model better compared to Freundlich model and Tempkin model, and the adsorption was exothermic and spontaneous. pH variations (2.0–10.0) did not significantly affect the adsorption of MV onto CSM.

  12. Personality Traits Bias the Perceived Quality of Sonic Environments

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    PerMagnus Lindborg

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available There have been few empirical investigations of how individual differences influence the perception of the sonic environment. The present study included the Big Five traits and noise sensitivity as personality factors in two listening experiments (n = 43, n = 45. Recordings of urban and restaurant soundscapes that had been selected based on their type were rated for Pleasantness and Eventfulness using the Swedish Soundscape Quality Protocol. Multivariate multiple regression analysis showed that ratings depended on the type and loudness of both kinds of sonic environments and that the personality factors made a small yet significant contribution. Univariate models explained 48% (cross-validated adjusted R2 of the variation in Pleasantness ratings of urban soundscapes, and 35% of Eventfulness. For restaurant soundscapes the percentages explained were 22% and 21%, respectively. Emotional stability and noise sensitivity were notable predictors whose contribution to explaining the variation in quality ratings was between one-tenth and nearly half of the soundscape indicators, as measured by squared semipartial correlation. Further analysis revealed that 36% of noise sensitivity could be predicted by broad personality dimensions, replicating previous research. Our study lends empirical support to the hypothesis that personality traits have a significant though comparatively small influence on the perceived quality of sonic environments.

  13. Influence of Chair Vibrations on Indoor Sonic Boom Annoyance

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    Rathsam, Jonathan; Klos, Jacob; Loubeau, Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    One goal of NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project is to identify candidate noise metrics suitable for regulating quiet sonic boom aircraft. A suitable metric must consider the short duration and pronounced low frequency content of sonic booms. For indoor listeners, rattle and creaking sounds and floor and chair vibrations may also be important. The current study examined the effect of such vibrations on the annoyance of test subjects seated indoors. The study involved two chairs exposed to nearly identical acoustic levels: one placed directly on the floor, and the other isolated from floor vibrations by pneumatic elastomeric mounts. All subjects experienced both chairs, sitting in one chair for the first half of the experiment and the other chair for the remaining half. Each half of the experiment consisted of 80 impulsive noises played at the exterior of the sonic boom simulator. When all annoyance ratings were analyzed together there appeared to be no difference in mean annoyance with isolation condition. When the apparent effect of transfer bias was removed, a subtle but measurable effect of vibration on annoyance was identified.

  14. Phase III ResonantSonic{reg_sign} report

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    Newcomer, D.R. [comp.; Last, G.V.; Friley, J.R.; Strope, L.A.; Johnston, B.V.

    1996-09-01

    The ResonantSonic drilling system was tested at the hanford Site in the fiscal year 1991-1992 under the auspices of the Drilling Technology Development Program and the Environmental Restoration Program. The purpose of that program was to develop, test, and demonstrate drilling methods that are environmentally acceptable, safe, efficient, and cost effective when drilling and sampling in hazardous and radioactive waste sites. The cable-tool method has historically been the primary drilling method employed for characterization and remediation projects at the Hanford site. The cable-tool method can be used reliably in a wide variety of geologic conditions and yields continuous, relatively intact core samples. however, the disadvantages of this method are that the penetration rates are slow relative to most other drilling techniques. This report represents the completion of the ResonantSonic drilling program test activities. A brief description of the ResonantSonic drilling program is given. Phases I and II activities are also presented. Phase III activities are outlined. The conclusions drawn from the results and recommendations for further work to improve the drilling technology are discussed.

  15. Sonic eddy model of the turbulent boundary layer

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    Breidenthal, Robert; Dintilhac, Paul; Williams, Owen

    2016-11-01

    A model of the compressible turbulent boundary layer is proposed. It is based on the notion that turbulent transport by an eddy requires that information of nonsteady events propagates across the diameter of that eddy during one rotation period. The finite acoustic signaling speed then controls the turbulent fluxes. As a consequence, the fluxes are limited by the largest eddies that satisfies this requirement. Therefore "sonic eddies" with a rotational Mach number of about unity would determine the skin friction, which is predicted to vary inversely with Mach number. This sonic eddy model contrasts with conventional models that are based on the energy equation and variations in the density. The effect of density variations is known to be weak in free shear flows, and the sonic eddy model assumes the same for the boundary layer. In general, Mach number plays two simultaneous roles in compressible flow, one related to signaling and the other related to the energy equation. The predictions of the model are compared with experimental data and DNS results from the literature.

  16. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF TRAMADOL HYDROCHLORIDE MICROSPHERES

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    Patel Keyur

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Tramadol HCl was microencapsulated with Ethylcellulose using multiple emulsion solvent evaporation method. A 32 factorial design employed to study the effect of drug: polymer ratio and volume of External phase (1% PVA on % yield, % encapsulation efficiency, particle size, % drug release rate. The drug: polymer ratio and volume of continuous phase were significant effect on % yield, % entrapment efficiency, particle size, % drug release rate. % drug release was Biphasic system first initially bursting effect and finally sustained. Higher Percentage yield (77.4% and Higher Percentage Encapsulation Efficiency(31.1% were observed in Batch EC3. All the microspheres were spherical in nature its surface was smooth observed in SEM report.

  17. Measurements of extrinsic fluorescence in Intralipid and polystyrene microspheres

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    Du Le, Vinh Nguyen; Nie, Zhaojun; Hayward, Joseph E.; Farrell, Thomas J.; Fang, Qiyin

    2014-01-01

    The fluorescence of Intralipid and polystyrene microspheres with sphere diameter of 1 µm at a representative lipid and microsphere concentration for simulation of mucosal tissue scattering has not been a subject of extensive experimental study. In order to elucidate the quantitative relationship between lipid and microsphere concentration and the respective fluorescent intensity, the extrinsic fluorescence spectra between 360 nm and 650 nm (step size of 5 nm) were measured at different lipid concentrations (from 0.25% to 5%) and different microsphere concentrations (0.00364, 0.0073, 0.0131 spheres per cubic micrometer) using laser excitation at 355 nm with pulse energy of 2.8 µJ. Current findings indicated that Intralipid has a broadband emission between 360 and 650 nm with a primary peak at 500 nm and a secondary peak at 450 nm while polystyrene microspheres have a single peak at 500 nm. In addition, for similar scattering properties the fluorescence of Intralipid solutions is approximately three-fold stronger than that of the microsphere solutions. Furthermore, Intralipid phantoms with lipid concentrations ~2% (simulating the bottom layer of mucosa) produce up to seven times stronger fluorescent emission than phantoms with lipid concentration ~0.25% (simulating the top layer of mucosa). The fluoresence decays of Intralipid and microsphere solutions were also recorded for estimation of fluorescence lifetime. PMID:25136497

  18. Insulin delivery through nasal route using thiolated microspheres.

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    Nema, Tarang; Jain, Ashish; Jain, Aviral; Shilpi, Satish; Gulbake, Arvind; Hurkat, Pooja; Jain, Sanjay K

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of developed thiolated microspheres for insulin delivery through nasal route. In the present study, cysteine was immobilized on carbopol using EDAC. A total of 269.93 µmol free thiol groups per gram polymer were determined. The prepared nonthiolated and thiolated microspheres were studied for particle shape, size, drug content, swellability, mucoadhesion and in vitro insulin release. The thiolated microspheres exhibited higher mucoadhesion due to formation of covalent bonds via disulfide bridges with the mucus gel layer. Drug permeation through goat nasal mucosa of nonthiolated and thiolated microspheres were found as 52.62 ± 2.4% and 78.85 ± 3.1% in 6 h, respectively. Thiolated microspheres bearing insulin showed better reduction in blood glucose level (BGL) in comparison to nonthiolated microspheres as 31.23 ± 2.12% and 75.25 ± 0.93% blood glucose of initial BGL were observed at 6 h after nasal delivery of thiolated and nonthiolated microspheres in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rabbits.

  19. Bioavailability enhancement of verapamil HCl via intranasal chitosan microspheres.

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    Abdel Mouez, Mamdouh; Zaki, Noha M; Mansour, Samar; Geneidi, Ahmed S

    2014-01-23

    Chitosan microspheres are potential drug carriers for maximizing nasal residence time, circumventing rapid mucociliary clearance and enhancing nasal absorption. The aim of the present study was to develop and characterize chitosan mucoadhesive microspheres of verapamil hydrochloride (VRP) for intranasal delivery as an alternative to oral VRP which suffers low bioavailability (20%) due to extensive first pass effect. The microspheres were produced using a spray-drying and precipitation techniques and characterized for morphology (scanning electron microscopy), particle size (laser diffraction method), drug entrapment efficiency, thermal behavior (differential scanning calorimetry) and crystallinity (X-ray diffractometric studies) as well as in vitro drug release. Bioavailability of nasal VRP microspheres was studied in rabbits and the results were compared to those obtained after nasal, oral and intravenous administration of VRP solution. Results demonstrated that the microspheres were spherical with size 21-53 μm suitable for nasal deposition. The spray-drying technique was superior over precipitation technique in providing higher VRP entrapment efficiency and smaller burst release followed by a more sustained one over 6h. The bioavailability study demonstrated that the nasal microspheres exhibited a significantly higher bioavailability (58.6%) than nasal solution of VRP (47.8%) and oral VRP solution (13%). In conclusion, the chitosan-based nasal VRP microspheres are promising for enhancing VRP bioavailability by increasing the nasal residence time and avoiding the first-pass metabolism of the drug substance. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Removal of chloroform from biodegradable therapeutic microspheres by radiolysis.

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    Zielhuis, S W; Nijsen, J F W; Dorland, L; Krijger, G C; van Het Schip, A D; Hennink, W E

    2006-06-06

    Radioactive holmium-166 loaded poly(l-lactic acid) microspheres are promising systems for the treatment of liver malignancies. These microspheres are loaded with holmium acetylacetonate (HoAcAc) and prepared by a solvent evaporation method using chloroform. After preparation the microspheres (Ho-PLLA-MS) are activated by neutron irradiation in a nuclear reactor. It was observed that relatively large amounts of residual chloroform (1000-6000 ppm) remained in the microspheres before neutron irradiation. Since it is known that chloroform is susceptible for high-energy radiation, we investigated whether neutron and gamma irradiation could result in the removal of residual chloroform in HoAcAc-loaded and placebo PLLA-MS by radiolysis. To investigate this, microspheres with relatively high and low amounts of residual chloroform were subjected to irradiation. The effect of irradiation on the residual chloroform levels as well as other microsphere characteristics (morphology, size, crystallinity, molecular weight of PLLA and degradation products) were evaluated. No chloroform in the microspheres could be detected after neutron irradiation. This was also seen for gamma irradiation at a dose of 200 kGy phosgene, which can be formed as the result of radiolysis of chloroform, was not detected with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). A precipitation titration showed that radiolysis of chloroform resulted in the formation of chloride. Gel permeation chromatography and differential scanning calorimetry showed a decrease in molecular weight of PLLA and crystallinity, respectively. However, no differences were observed between irradiated microsphere samples with high and low initial amounts of chloroform. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that neutron and gamma irradiation results in the removal of residual chloroform in PLLA-microspheres.

  1. Autonomic shutdown of lithium-ion batteries using thermoresponsive microspheres

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    Baginska, Marta; White, Scott R. [306 Talbot Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Blaiszik, Benjamin J.; Sottos, Nancy R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Building, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Merriman, Ryan J. [306 Talbot Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Moore, Jeffrey S. [Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States); Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (United States)

    2012-05-15

    Autonomic, thermally-induced shutdown of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is demonstrated by incorporating thermoresponsive polymer microspheres (ca. 4 {mu}m) onto battery anodes or separators. When the internal battery environment reaches a critical temperature, the microspheres melt and coat the anode/separator with a nonconductive barrier, halting Li-ion transport and shutting down the cell permanently. Three functionalization schemes are shown to perform cell shutdown: 1) poly(ethylene) (PE) microspheres coated on the anode, 2) paraffin wax microspheres coated on the anode, and 3) PE microspheres coated on the separator. Charge and discharge capacity is measured for Li-ion coin cells containing microsphere-coated anodes or separators as a function of capsule coverage. For PE coated on the anode, the initial capacity of the battery is unaffected by the presence of the PE microspheres up to a coverage of 12 mg cm{sup -2} (when cycled at 1C), and full shutdown (>98% loss of initial capacity) is achieved in cells containing greater than 3.5 mg cm{sup -2}. For paraffin microspheres coated on the anode and PE microspheres coated on the separator, shutdown is achieved in cells containing coverages greater than 2.9 and 13.7 mg cm{sup -2}, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy images of electrode surfaces from cells that have undergone autonomic shutdown provides evidence of melting, wetting, and resolidification of PE into the anode and polymer film formation at the anode/separator interface. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Preparation of paclitaxel-loaded microspheres with magnetic nanoparticles

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    CUI Sheng; SHEN Xiaodong; SHI Ruihua; LIN Benlan; CHEN Ping

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this paper was to prepare paclitaxel-loaded microspheres,a kind of target-orientation anticancer drug.The paclitaxel-loaded microspheres were prepared with magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles and taxo1.The morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy(SEM),and the average size and the size distribution were determined by a laser-size distributing instrument.High performance liquid chromatography(HPLC)was used to measure the paclitaxel content.Experimental results indicated that the effective drug loading and the entrapment ratio of paclitaxel-loaded microspheres were 1.83% and 92,62%,respectively.

  3. Locomotion of microspheres for imaging and light focusing applications

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    Krivitsky, Leonid A; Wang, Zengbo; Lukiyanchuk, Boris

    2013-01-01

    Super-resolution imaging using sub-diffraction field localization by micron sized transparent beads (microspheres) was recently demonstrated [1]. Practical applications in microscopy require control over the positioning of the microspheres. We present a simple method of positioning and controllable movement of a microsphere by using a glass micropipette. This allows sub-diffraction imaging at arbitrary points in three dimensions, as well as the ability to track moving objects. The results are relevant to a broad scope of applications, including sample inspection, and bio-imaging.

  4. Confocal epifluorescence detection for microspheres delivered on disposable microfluidic chip

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    Honghua Hu; Xiyun Hou; Guoguang Yang

    2006-01-01

    @@ The laser induced fluorescence (LIF) detection system for 5-μm microspheres delivered on microfluidic chip is presented employing confocal optical scheme. The parameters of the optical system are specifically optimized for single microsphere detection. With the excitation laser spot size of 4.6 μm and optical sectioning power of 27 μm, the lowest concentration detection limit is 0.45 nmol/L, corresponding to only 122 molecules in probe volume. The microsphere detection is carried on successfully with the maximum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 55.7, which provides good detection sensitivity.

  5. Optical properties of metallo-dielectric microspheres in opal structures

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    Jiang, Y; Whitehouse, C; Li, Jensen; Tam, Wing Yim; Chan, C T; Sheng Ping [Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

    2003-09-03

    We report the fabrication of opal structure using metallo-dielectric silica microspheres. Mono-dispersed silica microspheres were coated with silver using an electrode-less wet-plating technique. Thin slabs of opal were obtained by assembling the silver-coated microspheres between two glass plates using a forced-packing method. The optical properties of the resulting opal structure were studied in the infrared range. Good agreement is obtained with the predictions of a multiple scattering approach, provided that the silver layer is modelled as a silver composite.

  6. Packaged chalcogenide microsphere resonator with high Q-factor

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    Wang, Pengfei; Ding, Ming; Lee, Timothy; Senthil Murugan, Ganapathy; Bo, Lin; Semenova, Yuliya; Wu, Qiang; Hewak, Dan; Brambilla, Gilberto; Farrell, Gerald

    2013-04-01

    The fabrication and characterization of a packaged As2S3 microsphere resonator coupled to a tapered fiber using a low refractive index UV-curable polymer are reported. Embedding provides an efficient means to remove the highest order whispering gallery modes in the microsphere resonator, thus cleaning the resonator spectrum. At wavelengths near 1549.5 nm, high-Q modes up to 1.8 × 105 can be efficiently excited in a 110 μm diameter chalcogenide microsphere via evanescent coupling from a 2 μm diameter tapered silica fiber. The device photosensitivity, useful for tuning, is still present and useable after the packaging process.

  7. Cloning and bioinformatical analysis of the N-terminus of the sonic hedgehog gene.

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    Zhang, Yi; Zhao, Shu; Dong, Weiren; He, Suifen; Wang, Haihong; Zhang, Lihua; Tang, Yinjuan; Guo, Jiasong; Guo, Suiqun

    2013-01-25

    The sonic hedgehog protein not only plays a key role in early embryonic development, but also has essential effects on the adult nervous system, including neural stem cell proliferation, differentiation, migration and neuronal axon guidance. The N-terminal fragment of sonic hedgehog is the key functional element in this process. Therefore, this study aimed to clone and analyze the N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog gene. Total RNA was extracted from the notochord of a Sprague-Dawley rat at embryonic day 9 and the N-terminal fragment of sonic hedgehog was amplified by nested reverse transcription-PCR. The N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog gene was successfully cloned. The secondary and tertiary structures of the N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog protein were predicted using Jpred and Phyre online.

  8. Cloning and bioinformatical analysis of the N-terminus of the sonic hedgehog gene

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    Yi Zhang; Shu Zhao; Weiren Dong; Suifen He; Haihong Wang; Lihua Zhang; Yinjuan Tang; Jiasong Guo; Suiqun Guo

    2013-01-01

    The sonic hedgehog protein not only plays a key role in early embryonic development, but also has essential effects on the adult nervous system, including neural stem cell proliferation, differentiation, migration and neuronal axon guidance. The N-terminal fragment of sonic hedgehog is the key functional element in this process. Therefore, this study aimed to clone and analyze the N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog gene. Total RNA was extracted from the notochord of a Sprague-Dawley rat at embryonic day 9 and the N-terminal fragment of sonic hedgehog was amplified by nested reverse transcription-PCR. The N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog gene was successfully cloned. The secondary and tertiary structures of the N-terminal fragment of the sonic hedgehog protein were predicted using Jpred and Phyre online.

  9. Identification of Tower Wake Distortions Using Sonic Anemometer and Lidar Measurements

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    McCaffrey, Katherine; Quelet, Paul; Choukulkar, Aditya; Wilczak, James M.; Wolfe, Daniel E.; Oncley, Steven; Brewer, Alan; Debnath, Mithu; Ashton, Ryan; Iungo, G. Valerio; Lundquist, Julie K.

    2016-01-01

    The eXperimental Planetary boundary layer Instrumentation Assessment (XPIA) field campaign took place in March through May 2015 at the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, utilizing its 300-meter meteorological tower, instrumented with two sonic anemometers mounted on opposite sides of the tower at six heights. This allowed for at least one sonic anemometer at each level to be upstream of the tower at all times, and for identification of the times when a sonic anemometer is in the wake of the tow...

  10. Preparation of Hollow Silica Microspheres via Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Mo-zhen Wang; Yu-chen Chen; Xue-ping Ge; Xue-wu Ge

    2012-01-01

    Core-shell structured SiO2/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (SiO2/PNIPAM) microspheres were successfully fabricated through hydrolysis and condensation reaction of tertraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) on the surface of PNIPAM template at 50 ℃.The PNIPAM template can be easily removed by water at room temperature so that SiO2 hollow microspheres were finally obtained.The transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope observations indicated that SiO2 hollow microspheres with an average diameter of 150 nm can be formed only if there are enough concentration of PNIPAM and TEOS,and the hydrolysis time of TEOS.FTIR analysis showed that part of PNIPAM remained on the wall of SiO2 because of the strong interaction between PNIPAM and silica.This work provides a clean and efficient way to prepare hollow microspheres.

  11. MULTI-SCALE STRUCTURES IN EMULSION AND MICROSPHERE COMPLEX SYSTEMS

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    Guanghui Ma; Fangling Gong; Guohua Hu; Dongxia Hao; Rong Liu; Renwei Wang

    2005-01-01

    Multi-scale structures involved in emulsion and microsphere complex systems are presented and discussed. The stability and spatio-temporal structures of emulsions, as well as nano-structures formed on the surface of microspheres after polymerization, are affected by the molecular emulsifier/stabilizer structures and the adsorbed emulsifier/stabilizer nano-structures on the oil/water interface. The broad size distribution and variation of surface features of droplets are responsible for variations of the adsorbed emulsifier/stabilizer structures and the stability of the emulsions.On the other hand, preparation of a uniformly sized emulsion and employment of a combined emulsifier/stabilizer system can preserve the stability of the emulsions and microspheres. The above phenomena should be modeled by a multiscale method, in order to maintain the stability of individual emulsion systems and realize the desired nano-structures of microspheres by choosing adequate emulsifier/stabilizer and experimental parameters.

  12. XPS analysis of aluminosilicate microspheres bioactivity tested in vitro

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    Todea, M.; Vanea, E. [Faculty of Physics and Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 400084 (Romania); Bran, S. [University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Haţieganu”, Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, 400029 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Berce, P. [Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Machine Building and National Centre of Rapid Prototyping, 400641 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Simon, S., E-mail: simons@phys.ubbcluj.ro [Faculty of Physics and Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Bio-Nano-Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 400084 (Romania)

    2013-04-01

    The study aims to characterize surface properties of aluminosilicate microspheres incorporating yttrium, with potential biomedical applications. Micrometric particles of spherical shape were obtained by spray drying method. The behavior of aluminosilicate microspheres without yttrium and with yttrium was investigated under in vitro conditions, by seven days incubation in simulated body fluid (SBF). The surface elemental composition and the atomic environments on outermost layer of the microspheres, prior to and after incubation in SBF were evaluated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in order to investigate their bioactivity. The results were analyzed to underline the effect of yttrium addition on surface properties of the aluminosilicate microspheres and implicitly on the behavior of the samples in simulated body environments.

  13. BIOCOMPATIBLE FLUORESCENT MICROSPHERES: SAFE PARTICLES FOR MATERIAL PENETRATION STUDIES

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    Farquar, G; Leif, R

    2009-07-15

    Biocompatible polymers with hydrolyzable chemical bonds have been used to produce safe, non-toxic fluorescent microspheres for material penetration studies. The selection of polymeric materials depends on both biocompatibility and processability, with tailored fluorescent properties depending on specific applications. Microspheres are composed of USFDA-approved biodegradable polymers and non-toxic fluorophores and are therefore suitable for tests where human exposure is possible. Micropheres were produced which contain unique fluorophores to enable discrimination from background aerosol particles. Characteristics that affect dispersion and adhesion can be modified depending on use. Several different microsphere preparation methods are possible, including the use of a vibrating orifice aerosol generator (VOAG), a Sono-Tek atomizer, an emulsion technique, and inkjet printhead. Applications for the fluorescent microspheres include challenges for biodefense system testing, calibrants for biofluorescence sensors, and particles for air dispersion model validation studies.

  14. Amorphous and nanostructured silica and aluminosilicate spray-dried microspheres

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    Todea, M.; Turcu, R. V. F.; Frentiu, B.; Tamasan, M.; Mocuta, H.; Ponta, O.; Simon, S.

    2011-08-01

    Amorphous silica and aluminosilicate microspheres with diameters in the 0.1-20 μm range were produced by spray drying method. SEM, TEM and AFM images showed the spherical shape of the obtained particles. Based on thermal analysis data, several heat treatments have been applied on the as-prepared samples in order to check the amorphous state stability of the microspheres and to develop nanosized crystalline phases. As-prepared microspheres remain amorphous up to 1400 °C. By calcination at 1400 °C, cristobalite type nanocrystals are developed on silica sample, while in aluminosilicate sample first are developed mullite type nanocrystals and only after prolonged treatment are developed also cristobalite type nanocrystals. 29Si and 27Al MAS NMR results show that the local order around aluminum and silicon atoms strongly depend on the thermal history of the microspheres.

  15. Resonant microsphere gyroscope based on a double Faraday rotator system.

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    Xie, Chengfeng; Tang, Jun; Cui, Danfeng; Wu, Dajin; Zhang, Chengfei; Li, Chunming; Zhen, Yongqiu; Xue, Chenyang; Liu, Jun

    2016-10-15

    The resonant microsphere gyroscope is proposed based on a double Faraday rotator system for the resonant microsphere gyroscope (RMSG) that is characterized by low insertion losses and does not destroy the reciprocity of the gyroscope system. Use of the echo suppression structure and the orthogonal polarization method can effectively inhibit both the backscattering noise and the polarization error, and reduce them below the system sensitivity limit. The resonance asymmetry rate dropped from 34.2% to 2.9% after optimization of the backscattering noise and the polarization noise, which greatly improved the bias stability and the scale factor linearity of the proposed system. Additionally, based on the optimum parameters for the double Faraday rotator system, a bias stability of 0.04°/s has been established for an integration time of 10 s in 1000 s in a resonator microsphere gyroscope using a microsphere resonator with a diameter of 1 mm and a Q of 7.2×106.

  16. Evanescent waves and deaf bands in sonic crystals

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    V. Romero-García

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The properties of sonic crystals (SC are theoretically investigated in this work by solving the inverse problem k(ω using the extended plane wave expansion (EPWE. The solution of the resulting eigenvalue problem gives the complex band structure which takes into account both the propagating and the evanescent modes. In this work we show the complete mathematical formulation of the EPWE for SC and the supercell approximation for its use in both a complete SC and a SC with defects. As an example we show a novel interpretation of the deaf bands in a complete SC in good agreement with multiple scattering simulations.

  17. Evanescent waves and deaf bands in sonic crystals

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    Romero-García, V.; Garcia-Raffi, L. M.; Sánchez-Pérez, J. V.

    2011-12-01

    The properties of sonic crystals (SC) are theoretically investigated in this work by solving the inverse problem k(ω) using the extended plane wave expansion (EPWE). The solution of the resulting eigenvalue problem gives the complex band structure which takes into account both the propagating and the evanescent modes. In this work we show the complete mathematical formulation of the EPWE for SC and the supercell approximation for its use in both a complete SC and a SC with defects. As an example we show a novel interpretation of the deaf bands in a complete SC in good agreement with multiple scattering simulations.

  18. Foldable Instrumented Bits for Ultrasonic/Sonic Penetrators

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Badescu, Mircea; Iskenderian, Theodore; Sherrit, Stewart; Bao, Xiaoqi; Linderman, Randel

    2010-01-01

    Long tool bits are undergoing development that can be stowed compactly until used as rock- or ground-penetrating probes actuated by ultrasonic/sonic mechanisms. These bits are designed to be folded or rolled into compact form for transport to exploration sites, where they are to be connected to their ultrasonic/ sonic actuation mechanisms and unfolded or unrolled to their full lengths for penetrating ground or rock to relatively large depths. These bits can be designed to acquire rock or soil samples and/or to be equipped with sensors for measuring properties of rock or soil in situ. These bits can also be designed to be withdrawn from the ground, restowed, and transported for reuse at different exploration sites. Apparatuses based on the concept of a probe actuated by an ultrasonic/sonic mechanism have been described in numerous prior NASA Tech Briefs articles, the most recent and relevant being "Ultrasonic/ Sonic Impacting Penetrators" (NPO-41666) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 32, No. 4 (April 2008), page 58. All of those apparatuses are variations on the basic theme of the earliest ones, denoted ultrasonic/sonic drill corers (USDCs). To recapitulate: An apparatus of this type includes a lightweight, low-power, piezoelectrically driven actuator in which ultrasonic and sonic vibrations are generated and coupled to a tool bit. The combination of ultrasonic and sonic vibrations gives rise to a hammering action (and a resulting chiseling action at the tip of the tool bit) that is more effective for drilling than is the microhammering action of ultrasonic vibrations alone. The hammering and chiseling actions are so effective that the size of the axial force needed to make the tool bit advance into soil, rock, or another material of interest is much smaller than in ordinary twist drilling, ordinary hammering, or ordinary steady pushing. Examples of properties that could be measured by use of an instrumented tool bit include electrical conductivity, permittivity, magnetic

  19. Empirical Musicology Review: Serialist Claims versus Sonic Reality

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    William Thomson

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the descriptive mores of Serialism, as found in writings of leading American academics of the past half-century. A serious gap is revealed, especially between claims made for structural conditions rooted in dodecaphonic procedures and the actual kinetics of music as heard. Curious (and debilitating ambiguities and dead ends are noted in terms used to define critical perceptual conditions in such music; some claims of significance for features of 12- tone rows in certain works are revealed as wholly irrelevant to music as sonic event. Most prominent of the writings discussed are those of Milton Babbitt, Allen Forte and David Lewin.

  20. Development and characterization of ethylcellulose based microsphere for sustained release of nifedipine$

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    Patitapabana Parida; Subash Chandra Mishra; Subhashree Sahoo; Ajit Behera; Bibhukalyan Prasad Nayak

    2016-01-01

    This article introduced the work of ethylcellulose based polymeric microsphere loaded with nifedipine for reduction in frequency of administration with low solubility in aqueous medium and high rate of absorption in the stomach. The non-aqueous polymeric suspension was put dropwise into an aqueous medium containing polyvinyl alcohol as a surfactant for the synthesis of microsphere by solvent eva-poration. The microspheres were characterized by different techniques, namely, XRD, SEM, and NMR. The formation of microspheres was confirmed by SEM. XRD analysis revealed the semi-crystallinity nature of microspheres. The NMR study indicated the presence of hetero-aromatic nucleus in the microsphere.

  1. Preparation of biodegradable microspheres and matrix devices containing naltrexone

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    DINARVAND, RASSOUL; Moghadam, Shadi H.; Mohammadyari-Fard, Leyla; Atyabi, Fatemeh

    2003-01-01

    In this study, the use of biodegradable polymers for microencapsulation of naltrexone using solvent evaporation technique is investigated. The use of naltrexone microspheres for the preparation of matrix devices is also studied. For this purpose, poly(L-lactide) (PLA) microspheres containing naltrexone prepared by solvent evaporation technique were compressed at temperatures above the Tg of the polymer. The effect of different process parameters, such as drug/polymer ratio and stirring rate d...

  2. In vitro and in vivo toxicity of magnetic microspheres

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    Häfeli, Urs O.; Pauer, Gayle J.

    1999-04-01

    The interaction of magnetic microspheres with cells was studied using an in vitro 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (=MTT) assay. Viability and metabolic activity were reduced in all examples. The MTT assay is not recommended for this application due to high variability and non-specificity. Poly(lactic acid) microspheres were further tested in vivo. Intrathecal injection in rats produced no obvious side effects over 12 months.

  3. Multiplexed magnetic microsphere immunoassays for detection of pathogens in foods

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    Kim, Jason S.; Chris R Taitt; Ligler, Frances S.; Anderson, George P.

    2010-01-01

    Foodstuffs have traditionally been challenging matrices for conducting immunoassays. Proteins, carbohydrates, and other macromolecules present in food matrices may interfere with both immunoassays and PCR-based tests, and removal of particulate matter may also prove challenging prior to analyses. This has been found true when testing for bacterial contamination of foods using the standard polystyrene microspheres utilized with Luminex flow cytometers. Luminex MagPlex microspheres are encoded ...

  4. CHARACTERIZATION OF CAPTOPRIL-ETHYL CELLULOSE MICROSPHERES BY THERMAL ANALYSIS

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    RakeshGupta

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to study the physical characterization of Captopril-ethyl cellulose microspheres by thermal analysis such as Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, Differential thermal analysis (DTA and Thermo gravimetry (TG. Drug polymer interaction can directly affect the dosage form stability, drug encapsulation into polymers and dissolution patterns. In this study thermal analysis has been carried out for the physical mixtures and microspheres of captopril and ethyl cellulose prepared by solvent evaporation method.

  5. Study of mucoadhesive microsphere of pirfenidone for nasal drug delivery

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    Vrushali Kashikar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present research work involves formulation development and evaluation of nasal mucoadhesive microsphere in view to, improve bioavailability and reduce dosing regimen. Microspheres were prepared by spray drying and cross-linking method using chitosan and HPMC K4M, using 32 central composite design. Microspheres were evaluated for particle size, drug content, swelling ability, and percentage yield. Compatibility was checked by doing Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Differential scanning calorimetry study. The polymorphism and particle shape were studied by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The average particle size of spray-dried and cross-linked formulations were found in the range between 20-50 μm and 30-60 μm with percent mucoadhesion in the range of 80%-90% and 60-70%, respectively. In vitro drug release was found to be proportional to drug to polymer ratio. In vitro drug release for optimized formulation, that is, (F1, for spray-drying method and cross-linking method was found to be 88.73% and 70.93% at the end of 6 h, respectively. Release of drug from microspheres followed non-Fickian diffusion kinetics. Ex vivo studies were performed with sheep nasal mucosa for mucoadhesion, histopathological study, and drug permeation. The histopathological study indicates nonirritant nature of microsphere. The microspheres were found to be stable at accelerated storage conditions for 1 month, as per International Conference of Harmonisation guidelines.

  6. Inherently fluorescent polystyrene microspheres for coating, sensing and cellular imaging.

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    Qu, Jian-Bo; Xu, Yu-Liang; Liu, Yu; Wang, Yanan; Sui, Yuanhong; Liu, Jian-Guo; Wang, Xiaojuan

    2017-04-01

    Commercially available polystyrene (PS) fluorescent microspheres are widely used in biological field for tracing, in vivo imaging and calibration of flow cytometry, among other applications. However, these particles do suffer from some drawbacks such as the leakage and photobleaching of organic dyes within them. In the present study, inherently fluorescent properties of PS based microspheres have been explored for the first time. Here we find that a simple chloromethylation reaction endows the polystyrene particles with inherent fluorescence without any subsequent conjugation of an external fluorophore. A possible mechanism for fluorescence is elucidated by synthesizing and investigating p-ethylbenzyl chloride, a compound with similar structure. Significantly, no photobleaching or leaking issues were observed owing to the stable structure of the microspheres. Chloromethylated PS (CMPS) microspheres can keep their perpetual blue fluorescence even in dry powder state making them attractive as a potential coating material. Furthermore, the chloromethyl groups on CMPS microspheres make them very convenient for further functionalization. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted microspheres showed good biocompatibility and negligible cytotoxicity, and could be used to image intracellular Fe(3+) due to the selective fluorescence quenching effect of aqueous Fe(3+) in cytoplasm.

  7. Mucoadhesive microspheres prepared by interpolymer complexation and solvent diffusion method.

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    Chun, Myung-Kwan; Cho, Chong-Su; Choi, Hoo-Kyun

    2005-01-20

    Mucoadhesive microspheres were prepared to increase gastric residence time using an interpolymer complexation of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) with poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) and a solvent diffusion method. The complexation between poly(acrylic acid) and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) as a result of hydrogen bonding was confirmed by the shift in the carbonyl absorption bands of poly(acrylic acid) using FT-IR. A mixture of ethanol/water was used as the internal phase, corn oil was used as the external phase of emulsion, and span 80 was used as the surfactant. Spherical microspheres were prepared and the inside of the microspheres was completely filled. The optimum solvent ratio of the internal phase (ethanol/water) was 8/2 and 7/3, and the particle size increased as the content of water was increased. The mean particle size increased with the increase in polymer concentration. The adhesive force of microspheres was equivalent to that of Carbopol. The release rate of acetaminophen from the complex microspheres was slower than the PVP microspheres at pH 2.0 and 6.8.

  8. Validity of microsphere depositions for regional myocardial flows

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    Bassingthwaighte, J.B.; Malone, M.A.; Moffett, T.C.; King, R.B.; Little, S.E.; Link, J.M.; Krohn, K.A.

    1987-07-01

    Due to the particulate nature of microspheres, their deposition in small-tissue regions may not be strictly flow dependent. To evaluate the importance of rheological and geometric factors and random error, their deposition densities in small regions of rabbit hearts were examined in comparison with those of a new molecular microsphere, 2-iododesmethylimipramine (IDMI), whose high lipid solubility allows it to be delivered into tissue in proportion to flow, and whose binding in tissue prevents rapid washout. /sup 141/Ce- and /sup 103/Ru-labeled 16.5-..mu..m spheres in one syringe and (/sup 125/I)- and (/sup 131/I)DMI in another syringe were injected simultaneously into the left atrium of open-chest rabbits, while obtaining reference blood samples from the femoral artery. Hearts were removed 1 min after injection, cut into /approximately/ 100 pieces averaging 54 mg, and the regional deposition densities calculated for each tracer from the isotopic counts. Scatter plots of sphere densities vs. IDMI densities showed that differences between microspheres and IDMI had substantial scatter and were not random. Microsphere depositions tended to be lower that IDMI deposition at low flows and higher at high flows. The authors conclude that microspheres are generally adequate for estimating regional flows but suffer systematic error when the regions of interest are supplied via arteries of diameters only a few times those of microspheres.

  9. Microspheres and Nanotechnology for Drug Delivery.

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    Jóhannesson, Gauti; Stefánsson, Einar; Loftsson, Thorsteinn

    2016-01-01

    Ocular drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye can be accomplished by invasive drug injections into different tissues of the eye and noninvasive topical treatment. Invasive treatment involves the risks of surgical trauma and infection, and conventional topical treatments are ineffective in delivering drugs to the posterior segment of the eye. In recent years, nanotechnology has become an ever-increasing part of ocular drug delivery. In the following, we briefly review microspheres and nanotechnology for drug delivery to the eye, including different forms of nanotechnology such as nanoparticles, microparticles, liposomes, microemulsions and micromachines. The permeation barriers and anatomical considerations linked to ocular drug delivery are discussed and a theoretical overview on drug delivery through biological membranes is given. Finally, in vitro, in vivo and human studies of x03B3;-cyclodextrin nanoparticle eyedrop suspensions are discussed as an example of nanotechnology used for drug delivery to the eye.

  10. Nonstationary photonic jet from dielectric microsphere

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    Geints, Yu; Zemlyanov, A

    2014-01-01

    A photonic jet commonly denotes the specific spatially localized region in the near-field forward scattering of a light wave at a dielectric micron-sized particle. We present the detailed calculations of the transient response of an airborne silica microsphere illuminated by a femtosecond laser pulse. The spatial area constituting the photonic jet is theoretically investigated and the temporal dynamics of jet dimensions as well as of jet peak intensity is analyzed. The role of morphology-dependent resonances in jet formation is highlighted. The evolution scenario of a nonstationary photonic jet generally consists of the non-resonant and resonant temporal phases. In every phase, the photonic jet can change its spatial form and intensity.

  11. Thermal analysis of SYNROC gel microspheres

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    Knipschild, K.E.; Lee, D.A.

    1981-11-01

    Thermoanalytical methods were used to characterize SYNROC microspheres at three stages of the internal gelation process: unwashed spheres, washed spheres, and washed-and-dried spheres. Linear-programmed heating experiments were performed using thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, and mass spectrometry for producing the thermograms. The data were used to elucidate thermal reactions occurring between ambient and 800/sup 0/C. The principal reactions were the release of waters from various sources, the decomposition and combustion of gelation additives (hexamethylenetetramine and urea), and the decomposition of carbonates. Data also demonstrated the efficiency of the washing process. Kinetic studies were carried out by differential scanning calorimetry and differential thermal analysis to determine activation energies for certain pyrolysis reactions. 8 figures.

  12. Permeability of Hollow Microspherical Membranes to Helium

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    Zinoviev, V. N.; Kazanin, I. V.; Pak, A. Yu.; Vereshchagin, A. S.; Lebiga, V. A.; Fomin, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to the study of the sorption characteristics of various hollow microspherical membranes to reveal particles most suitable for application in the membrane-sorption technologies of helium extraction from a natural gas. The permeability of the investigated sorbents to helium and their impermeability to air and methane are shown experimentally. The sorption-desorption dependences of the studied sorbents have been obtained, from which the parameters of their specific permeability to helium are calculated. It has been established that the physicochemical modification of the original particles exerts a great influence on the coefficient of the permeability of a sorbent to helium. Specially treated cenospheres have displayed high efficiency as membranes for selective extraction of helium.

  13. Optimizing sonication parameters for dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Yu, Haibo [Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (Fraunhofer ENAS), 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); State Key Laboratory of Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 110016 Shenyang (China); Hermann, Sascha, E-mail: sascha.hermann@zfm.tu-chemnitz.de [Center for Microtechnologies (ZfM), Chemnitz University of Technology, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Schulz, Stefan E.; Gessner, Thomas [Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (Fraunhofer ENAS), 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Center for Microtechnologies (ZfM), Chemnitz University of Technology, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Dong, Zaili [State Key Laboratory of Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 110016 Shenyang (China); Li, Wen J., E-mail: wenjungli@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 110016 Shenyang (China); Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR (China)

    2012-10-26

    Graphical abstract: We study the dispersing behavior of SWCNTs based on the surfactant and the optimization of sonication parameters including the sonication power and running time. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We study the optimization of sonication for the surfactant-based dispersion of SWCNTs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The absorption spectrum of SWCNT solution strongly depend on the sonication conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sonication process has an important influence on the average length and diameters of SWCNTs in solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Centrifugation mainly contributes to the decrease of nonresonant absorption background. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Under the same sonication parameters, the large-diameter tip performs dispersion of SWCNTs better than the small-diameter tip. -- Abstract: Non-covalent functionalization based on surfactants has become one of the most common methods for dispersing of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). Previously, efforts have mainly been focused on experimenting with different surfactant systems, varying their concentrations and solvents. However sonication plays a very important role during the surfactant-based dispersion process for SWCNTs. The sonication treatment enables the surfactant molecules to adsorb onto the surface of SWCNTs by overcoming the interactions induced by the hydrophobic, electrostatic and van der Waals forces. This work describes a systematic study of the influence of the sonication power and time on the dispersion of SWCNTs. UV-vis-NIR absorption spectra is used to analyze and to evaluate the dispersion of SWCNTs in an aqueous solution of 1 w/v% sodium deoxycholate (DOC) showing that the resonant and nonresonant background absorption strongly depends on the sonication conditions. Furthermore, the diameter and length of SWCNTs under different sonication parameters are investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

  14. Con-A conjugated mucoadhesive microspheres for the colonic delivery of diloxanide furoate.

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    Anande, Nalini M; Jain, Sunil K; Jain, Narendra K

    2008-07-01

    The aim of the research work was to develop cyst-targeted novel concanavalin-A (Con-A) conjugated mucoadhesive microspheres of diloxanide furoate (DF) for the effective treatment of amoebiasis. Eudragit microspheres of DF were prepared using emulsification-solvent evaporation method. Formulations were characterized for particle size and size distribution, % drug entrapment, surface morphology and in vitro drug release in simulated gastrointestinal (GI) fluids. Eudragit microspheres of DF were conjugated with Con-A. IR spectroscopy and DSC were used to confirm successful conjugation of Con-A to Eudragit microspheres while Con-A conjugated microspheres were further characterized using the parameters of zeta potential, mucoadhesiveness to colonic mucosa and Con-A conjugation efficiency with microspheres. IR studies confirmed the attachment of Con-A with Eudragit microspheres. All the microsphere formulations showed good % drug entrapment (78+/-5%). Zeta potential of Eudragit microspheres and Con-A conjugated Eudragit microspheres were found to be 3.12+/-0.7mV and 16.12+/-0.5mV, respectively. Attachment of lectin to the Eudragit microspheres significantly increases the mucoadhesiveness and also controls the release of DF in simulated GI fluids. Gamma scintigraphy study suggested that Eudragit S100 coated gelatin capsule retarded the release of Con-A conjugated microspheres at low pH and released microspheres slowly at pH 7.4 in the colon.

  15. Super-Sonic Turbulence in the Perseus Molecular Cloud

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    Padoan, P; Billawala, Y N; Juvela, M; Nordlund, A A; Padoan, Paolo; Bally, John; Billawala, Youssef; Juvela, Mika; Nordlund, AAke

    1999-01-01

    We compare the statistical properties of J=1-0 13CO spectra observed in the Perseus Molecular Cloud with synthetic J=1-0 13CO spectra, computed solving the non-LTE radiative transfer problem for a model cloud obtained as solutions of the three dimensional magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) equations. The model cloud is a randomly forced super-Alfvenic and highly super-sonic turbulent isothermal flow. The purpose of the present work is to test if idealized turbulent flows, without self-gravity, stellar radiation, stellar outflows, or any other effect of star formation, are inconsistent or not with statistical properties of star forming molecular clouds. We present several statistical results that demonstrate remarkable similarity between real data and the synthetic cloud. Statistical properties of molecular clouds like Perseus are appropriately described by random super-sonic and super-Alfvenic MHD flows. Although the description of gravity and stellar radiation are essential to understand the formation of single prot...

  16. Sonic anemometry to measure natural ventilation in greenhouses.

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    López, Alejandro; Valera, Diego Luis; Molina-Aiz, Francisco

    2011-01-01

    The present work has developed a methodology for studying natural ventilation in Mediterranean greenhouses by means of sonic anemometry. In addition, specific calculation programmes have been designed to enable processing and analysis of the data recorded during the experiments. Sonic anemometry allows us to study the direction of the airflow at all the greenhouse vents. Knowing through which vents the air enters and leaves the greenhouse enables us to establish the airflow pattern of the greenhouse under natural ventilation conditions. In the greenhouse analysed in this work for Poniente wind (from the southwest), a roof vent designed to open towards the North (leeward) could allow a positive interaction between the wind and stack effects, improving the ventilation capacity of the greenhouse. The cooling effect produced by the mass of turbulent air oscillating between inside and outside the greenhouse at the side vents was limited to 2% (for high wind speed, u(o) ≥ 4 m s(-1)) reaching 36.3% when wind speed was lower (u(o) = 2 m s(-1)).

  17. Inversion of Supramolecular Chirality by Sonication-Induced Organogelation

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    Maity, Sibaprasad; Das, Priyadip; Reches, Meital

    2015-01-01

    Natural helical structures have inspired the formation of well-ordered peptide-based chiral nanostructures in vitro. These structures have drawn much attention owing to their diverse applications in the area of asymmetric catalysts, chiral photonic materials, and nanoplasmonics. The self-assembly of two enantiomeric fluorinated aromatic dipeptides into ordered chiral fibrillar nanostructures upon sonication is described. These fibrils form organogels. Our results clearly indicate that fluorine-fluorine interactions play an important role in self-assembly. Circular dichroism analysis revealed that both peptides (peptides 1 and 2), containing two fluorines, depicted opposite cotton effects in their monomeric form compared with their aggregated form. This shows that supramolecular chirality inversion took place during the stimuli-responsive self-aggregation process. Conversely, peptide 3, containing one fluorine, did not exhibit chirality inversion in sonication-induced organogelation. Therefore, our results clearly indicate that fluorination plays an important role in the organogelation process of these aromatic dipeptides. Our findings may have broad implications regarding the design of chiral nanostructures for possible applications such as chiroptical switches, asymmetric catalysis, and chiral recognitions. PMID:26553508

  18. USM3D Simulations for Second Sonic Boom Workshop

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    Elmiligui, Alaa; Carter, Melissa B.; Nayani, Sudheer N.; Cliff, Susan; Pearl, Jason M.

    2017-01-01

    The NASA Tetrahedral Unstructured Software System with the USM3D flow solver was used to compute test cases for the Second AIAA Sonic Boom Prediction Workshop. The intent of this report is to document the USM3D results for SBPW2 test cases. The test cases included an axisymmetric equivalent area body, a JAXA wing body, a NASA low boom supersonic configuration modeled with flow through nacelles and engine boundary conditions. All simulations were conducted for a free stream Mach number of 1.6, zero degrees angle of attack, and a Reynolds number of 5.7 million per meter. Simulations were conducted on tetrahedral grids provided by the workshop committee, as well as a family of grids generated by an in-house approach for sonic boom analyses known as BoomGrid using current best practices. The near-field pressure signatures were extracted and propagated to the ground with the atmospheric propagation code, sBOOM. The USM3D near-field pressure signatures, corresponding sBOOM ground signatures, and loudness levels on the ground are compared with mean values from other workshop participants.

  19. Sonication induced silk fibroin cryogels for tissue engineering applications

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    Kadakia, P. U.; Jain, E.; Hixon, K. R.; Eberlin, C. T.; Sell, S. A.

    2016-05-01

    In this study, we report a method to form macroporous silk fibroin (SF) scaffolds through a combination of ultrasonication followed by cryogelation at subzero temperatures. The resultant sonication induced SF cryogels encompassed larger pore sizes (151 ± 56 μm) and higher mechanical stability (127.15 ± 24.71 kPa) than their hydrogel counterparts made at room temperature. Furthermore, the addition of dopants like Manuka honey and bone char in SF cryogels did not affect cryogel synthesis but decreased the pore size in a concentration dependent manner. With no crack propagation at 50% strain and promising stability under cyclic loads, mineralization and cellular infiltration potential were analyzed for bone tissue engineering purposes. Although the scaffolds showed limited mineralization, encouraging cellular infiltration results yield promise for other tissue engineering applications. The use of mild processing conditions, a simplistic procedure, and the lack of organic solvents or chemical cross-linkers renders the combination of sonication and cryogelation as an attractive fabrication technique for 3D SF macroporous scaffolds.

  20. Super-resolution microscopy by movable thin-films with embedded microspheres: Resolution analysis

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    Allen, Kenneth W.; Farahi, Navid; Astratov, Vasily N. [Department of Physics and Optical Science, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 28223-0001 (United States); Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States); Li, Yangcheng [Department of Physics and Optical Science, Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, 28223-0001 (United States); Limberopoulos, Nicholaos I.; Walker, Dennis E. Jr. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States); Urbas, Augustine M. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright Patterson AFB, OH (United States); Liberman, Vladimir [Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 (United States)

    2015-08-15

    Microsphere-assisted imaging has emerged as an extraordinary simple technique of obtaining optical super-resolution. This work addresses two central problems in developing this technology: (i) methodology of the resolution measurements and (ii) limited field-of-view provided by each sphere. It is suggested that a standard method of resolution analysis in far-field microscopy based on convolution with the point-spread function can be extended into the super-resolution area. This allows developing a unified approach to resolution measurements, which can be used for comparing results obtained by different techniques. To develop the surface scanning functionality, the high-index (n ∝ 2) barium titanate glass microspheres were embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) thin-films. It is shown that such films adhere to the surface of nanoplasmonic structures so that the tips of embedded spheres experience the objects' optical near-fields. Based on rigorous criteria, the resolution ∝λ/6-λ/7 (where λ is the illumination wavelength) is demonstrated for arrays of Au dimers and bowties. Such films can be translated along the surface of investigated samples after liquid lubrication. It is shown that just after lubrication the resolution is diffraction limited, however the super-resolution gradually recovers as the lubricant evaporates. (copyright 2015 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Synthesis of high saturation magnetization superparamagnetic Fe3O4 hollow microspheres for swift chromium removal.

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    Liu, Yubiao; Wang, Yongqiang; Zhou, Shaomin; Lou, Shiyun; Yuan, Lin; Gao, Tao; Wu, Xiaoping; Shi, Xiaojing; Wang, Ke

    2012-09-26

    High saturation magnetization monodisperse Fe(3)O(4) hollow microspheres (109.48 emu/g) with superparamagnetic property at room temperature are promptly synthesized by a one-step solvothermal process with the presence of sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate as an additive. The as-synthesized products possess superparamagnetism, large cavity, high water solubility, and saturation magnetization at room temperature. In particular, these hollow microspheres exhibit both of a rather short separation time from industry wastewater and a high adsorption capacity about 180 mg/g at high Cr(VI) concentrations, which is much better than those of reported magnetite solid nanoparticles. In addition, the X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) show that the uptake of Cr(VI) into the spheres was mainly governed by a physicochemical process. The micelle-assisted Ostwald ripening process was proposed to explain the rapid formation of hollow structures by a series of control experiments. The as-manufactured products with the two advantages mentioned above serve as ideal candidates for environmental remediation materials.

  2. Facile growth and composition-dependent photocatalytic activity of flowerlike BiOCl1-xBrx hierarchical microspheres

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    Qin, Qin; Guo, Yingna; Zhou, Dandan; Yang, Yuxin; Guo, Yihang

    2016-12-01

    A group of nanosheet-assembled three-dimensional BiOCl1-xBrx hierarchical microspheres (x = 0, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.7, 0.8 and 1.0) with layered tetragonal crystal phase were prepared by 2-methoxyethanol-assisted solvothermal route and using ionic liquids as both halogen sources and structure-directing agent. By the combination of the results including XRD, XPS and UV-vis/DR spectra, lattice substitution of halogen atoms each other and then formation of BiOCl1-xBrx solid solution was evidenced. Additionally, the BiOCl1-xBrx microspheres exhibited interesting composition-dependent band gaps. The simulated sunlight and visible-light photocatalytic properties including degradation, mineralization and reusability of the BiOCl1-xBrx microspheres were evaluated by selecting p-nitrophenol (PNP) and tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) as the target pollutant compounds, finding that the balance between the suitable band gap and adequate potential of the valence band in BiOCl1-xBrx crystals dominated their photocatalytic activity. Additionally, the BiOCl1-xBrx microspheres with advantages such as enhanced photon utilization efficiency, larger BET surface area and favorable (110) exposed reactive surface gave the positive influence on their photocatalytic activity. Based on the results of photoelectrochemistry experiment and indirect chemical probe testing, direct •O2- and hVB+ photooxidation for the decomposition of PNP or TBBPA was revealed.

  3. Sonic Hedgehog gene delivery to the rodent heart promotes angiogenesis via iNOS/netrin-1/PKC pathway.

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    Rafeeq P H Ahmed

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that genetic modification of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs with Sonic Hedgehog (Shh transgene, a morphogen during embryonic development and embryonic and adult stem cell growth, improved their survival and angiogenic potential in the ischemic heart via iNOS/netrin/PKC pathway. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: MSCs from young Fisher-344 rat bone marrow were purified and transfected with pCMV Shh plasmid ((ShhMSCs. Immunofluorescence, RT-PCR and Western blotting showed higher expression of Shh in (ShhMSCs which also led to increased expression of angiogenic and pro-survival growth factors in (ShhMSCs. Significantly improved migration and tube formation was seen in (ShhMSCs as compared to empty vector transfected MSCs ((EmpMSCs. Significant upregulation of netrin-1 and iNOS was observed in (ShhMSCs in PI3K independent but PKC dependent manner. For in vivo studies, acute myocardial infarction model was developed in Fisher-344 rats. The animals were grouped to receive 70 microl basal DMEM without cells (group-1 or containing 1x10(6 (EmpMSCs (group-2 and (ShhMSCs (group-3. Group-4 received recombinant netrin-1 protein injection into the infarcted heart. FISH and sry-quantification revealed improved survival of (ShhMSCs post engraftment. Histological studies combined with fluorescent microspheres showed increased density of functionally competent blood vessels in group-3 and group-4. Echocardiography showed significantly preserved heart function indices post engraftment with (ShhMSCs in group-3 animals. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Reprogramming of stem cells with Shh maximizes their survival and angiogenic potential in the heart via iNOS/netrin-1/PKC signaling.

  4. Differentiating Intracellular from Extracellular Alkaline Phosphatase Activity in Soil by Sonication

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    Qin, S.P.; Hu, C.S.; Oenema, O.

    2013-01-01

    Differentiating intracellular from extracellular enzyme activity is important in soil enzymology, but not easy. Here, we report on an adjusted sonication method for the separation of intracellular from extracellular phosphatase activity in soil. Under optimal sonication conditions [soil:water ratio

  5. Regulation of Patched by Sonic Hedgehog in the Developing Neural Tube

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    Marigo, Valeria; Tabin, Clifford J.

    1996-09-01

    Ventral cell fates in the central nervous system are induced by Sonic hedgehog, a homolog of hedgehog, a secreted Drosophila protein. In the central nervous system, Sonic hedgehog has been identified as the signal inducing floor plate, motor neurons, and dopaminergic neurons. Sonic hedgehog is also involved in the induction of ventral cell type in the developing somites. ptc is a key gene in the Drosophila hedgehog signaling pathway where it is involved in transducing the hedgehog signal and is also a transcriptional target of the signal. PTC, a vertebrate homolog of this Drosophila gene, is genetically downstream of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) in the limb bud. We analyze PTC expression during chicken neural and somite development and find it expressed in all regions of these tissues known to be responsive to Sonic hedgehog signal. As in the limb bud, ectopic expression of Sonic hedgehog leads to ectopic induction of PTC in the neural tube and paraxial mesoderm. This conservation of regulation allows us to use PTC as a marker for Sonic hedgehog response. The pattern of PTC expression suggests that Sonic hedgehog may play an inductive role in more dorsal regions of the neural tube than have been previously demonstrated. Examination of the pattern of PTC expression also suggests that PTC may act in a negative feedback loop to attenuate hedgehog signaling.

  6. Enhanced primary sludge sonication by heat insulation to reclaim carbon source for biological phosphorous removal.

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    Tian, Qing; Wang, Qi; Zhu, Yanbing; Li, Fang; Zhuang, Lin; Yang, Bo

    2017-01-01

    Ultrasound pretreatment is a potent step to disintegrate primary sludge (PS). The supernatant of sonicated PS is recycled as an alternative carbon source for biological phosphorus removal. In this study, we investigated the role of temperature on PS disintegration during sonication. We found that a temperature of 60°C yielded a dissolution rate of about 2% soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD) as compared to 7% SCOD using sonication at the specific energy (SE) of 7359kJ/kg TS. Using the SE of 6000kJ/kg TS with heat insulation during sonication, the SCOD dissolution rate of PS was similar to the result at the SE of 7051kJ/kg TS without heat insulation. Upon treatment with sonication, the PS released low concentrations of Cu and Zn into the supernatant. The phosphorus-accumulating organisms (PAOs) used the supernatant of sonicated PS as the carbon source. Supplementation with the diluted sonicated PS supernatant (SCOD≈1000mg/L) in anaerobic phase resulted in the release of phosphorus (36mg/L) and the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) (0.36g PHA/g SS). Compared with sodium acetate, higher polyhydroxyvalerate (PHV) faction in the polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) was observed in the biomass when incubated with sonicated PS as the carbon source. This work provides a simple pathway to conserve energy and to enhance efficiencies of ultrasonic pretreatment and the recovery of carbon source from the sludge for improving the phosphorus removal in the ENR system.

  7. Demagnetization treatment of remanent composite microspheres studied by alternating current susceptibility measurements

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    van Berkum, S.; Erné, B.H.

    2013-01-01

    The magnetic remanence of silica microspheres with a low concentration of embedded cobalt ferrite nanoparticles is studied after demagnetization and remagnetization treatments. When the microspheres are dispersed in a liquid, alternating current (AC) magnetic susceptibility spectra reveal a constant

  8. In Vitro Cytotoxicity and Protein Drug Release Properties of Chitosan/Heparin Microspheres

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    2007-01-01

    Chitosan/heparin microspheres were prepared using the water-in-oil emulsification solvent evaporation technique. The microsphere diameters were controlled by selecting the fabrication process parameters. Scanning electron micrographs showed that the chitosan/heparin microspheres were regular and the surface morphology was smooth. Fourier transform infrared showed that the chitosan amino groups reacted with heparin carboxylic groups to form acylamides in the microspheres. Analysis of the microsphere cytotoxicity showed that they had no cytotoxic effect and behaved very similar to the negative control (polystyrene).To analyze the protein drug release profiles of the microspheres, bovine serum albumin was loaded as a model drug into the microspheres and released in vitro. Marked retardation was observed in the BSA release profiles. The results show that chitosan/heparin microspheres may provide a useful controlled release protein drug system for used in pharmaceutics.

  9. Preparation of polysulfone hollow microspheres encapsulating DNA and their functional utilization.

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    Zhao, C; Liu, X D; Nomizu, M; Nishi, N

    2004-05-01

    Polysulfone hollow microspheres encapsulating DNA were prepared using a liquid-liquid phase separation technique. The microspheres were then used to absorb a DNA-binding intercalating material--ethidium bromide. The amount of DNA encapsulated in the microspheres depended on the concentration of the DNA solution used to prepare the microspheres, and the microsphere morphology depended on both the polymer concentration and the preparation conditions. The amount of ethidium bromide in the microspheres depended mainly on the amount of encapsulated DNA, and the microsphere morphology also affected the removal of the ethidium bromide. The new method of DNA encapsulation is proposed, and the microspheres encapsulating the DNA have the potential to be used in environmental applications.

  10. Surfactant coupled sonic pretreatment of waste activated sludge for energetically positive biogas generation.

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    Ushani, U; Rajesh Banu, J; Tamilarasan, K; Kavitha, S; Tae Yeom, Ick

    2017-10-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of dioctyl sodium sulphosuccinate (DOSS, a surfactant) on lysis rate of sludge and specific energy required for sonic pretreatment of waste activated sludge (WAS). Different ultrasonic power levels, WAS concentrations, DOSS dosages, and specific energy levels were used to compare pretreatment efficiencies. At an optimum time of 10min with ultrasonic power level of 160W, DOSS coupled sonic pretreatment resulted in better lysis rate (24.7%) of sludge than sonic pretreatment (17.6%). Biodegradability estimation through non-linear regression modeling revealed that DOSS coupled ultrasound pretreatment of sludge showed better biodegradability with higher hydrolysis constant (about 0.25d(-1)) than sonic pretreatment (0.19d(-1)). Nearly six times less energy was required for DOSS coupled ultrasound pretreatment compared to that required for sonic pretreatment. Therefore, DOSS coupled ultrasound pretreatment makes the pretreatment process energetically positive. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Localization of Sonic hedgehog secreting and receiving cells in the developing and adult rat adrenal cortex.

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    Guasti, Leonardo; Paul, Alex; Laufer, Ed; King, Peter

    2011-04-10

    Sonic hedgehog signaling was recently demonstrated to play an important role in murine adrenal cortex development. The organization of the rat adrenal differs from that of the mouse, with the zona glomerulosa and zona fasciculata separated by an undifferentiated zone in the rat, but not in the mouse. In the present study we aimed to determine the mRNA expression patterns of Sonic hedgehog and the hedgehog signaling pathway components Patched-1 and Gli1 in the developing and adult rat adrenal. Sonic hedgehog expression was detected at the periphery of the cortex in cells lacking CYP11B1 and CYP11B2 expression, while signal-receiving cells were localized in the overlying capsule mesenchyme. Using combined in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry we found that the cells expressing Sonic hedgehog lie between the CYP11B2 and CYP11B1 layers, and thus Sonic hedgehog expression defines one cell population of the undifferentiated zone.

  12. Effect of Legionella pneumophila sonicate on killing of Listeria monocytogenes by human polymorphonuclear neutrophils and monocytes

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    Rechnitzer, C; Bangsborg, Jette Marie; Shand, G H

    1993-01-01

    polymorphonuclear neutrophils and monocytes. Preincubation of neutrophils with L. pneumophila sonicate did not affect phagocytosis of L. monocytogenes, whereas Listeria killing was significantly inhibited at sonicate concentrations of 1 and 2 mg/ml. The phenol phase of a phenol-water extraction, containing most...... of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS), had no inhibitory effect on the listericidal activity of neutrophils. Killing of Listeria by monocytes was inhibited in a similar manner. The inhibitory activity was mainly recovered in the sonicate fraction above 100 kDa, suggesting that components organized in larger molecular complexes...... are most likely to represent the inhibitory factors. The inhibitory activity of L. pneumophila sonic extract appears to be related to inhibition of killing mechanisms since uptake of Listeria was not affected by the sonicate. Our observations indicate that as Legionella infection progresses, bacterial...

  13. Final Technical Report for “A Heliportable Sonic Drilling Platform for Microhole Drilling and Exploration”

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    Lucon, Peter

    2008-05-05

    The Phase I objectives were fully achieved the execution of a program that included the: • Development of a comprehensive model of the sonic drill technology and interaction of the dynamic drilling parameters with the impedance of the earth. • Operation and measurement of the sonic drilling process in the field at full scale. • Comparison of the analytical and experimental results to form an objective and quantified approach to describe the fundamental phenomena and to develop a methodology for automated control of the sonic drilling process. • Conceptual design of a modular sonic drilling system that can be transported to remote sites by helicopter. As a result, the feasibility of a commercially viable sonic drilling technology that can produce microholes up to 1,500 feet in depth, and that is field deployable to remote, environmentally sensitive sites via a helicopter, has been demonstrated.

  14. Easy ambient sonic-spray ionization mass spectrometry combined with thin-layer chromatography.

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    Haddad, Renato; Milagre, Humberto M S; Catharino, Rodrigo Ramos; Eberlin, Marcos N

    2008-04-15

    On-spot detection and analyte characterization on thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plates is performed via ambient desorption/ionization and (tandem) mass spectrometry detection, that is, via easy ambient sonic spray ionization mass spectrometry (EASI-MS). As proof-of-principle cases, mixtures of semipolar nitrogenated compounds as well as pharmaceutical drugs and vegetable oils have been tested. The technique has also been applied to monitor a chemical reaction of synthetic importance. EASI is the simplest and gentlest ambient ionization technique currently available, assisted solely by N2 (or air). It uses no voltages, no electrical discharges; no UV or laser beams, and no high temperature and is most easily implemented in all API mass spectrometers. TLC is also the simplest, fastest, and most easily performed chromatographic technique. TLC plus EASI-MS therefore provide a simple and advantageous combination of chromatographic separation and sensitive detection of the TLC spots as well as on-spot MS or MS/MS characterization. The favorable characteristics of TLC-EASI-MS indicate advantageous applications in several areas such as drug and oil analysis, phytochemistry and synthetic chemistry, forensics via reliable counterfeit detection, and quality control.

  15. Sonic IR crack detection of aircraft turbine engine blades with multi-frequency ultrasound excitations

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    Zhang, Ding; Han, Xiaoyan [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States); Newaz, Golam [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202 (United States)

    2014-02-18

    Effectively and accurately detecting cracks or defects in critical engine components, such as turbine engine blades, is very important for aircraft safety. Sonic Infrared (IR) Imaging is such a technology with great potential for these applications. This technology combines ultrasound excitation and IR imaging to identify cracks and flaws in targets. In general, failure of engine components, such as blades, begins with tiny cracks. Since the attenuation of the ultrasound wave propagation in turbine engine blades is small, the efficiency of crack detection in turbine engine blades can be quite high. The authors at Wayne State University have been developing the technology as a reliable tool for the future field use in aircraft engines and engine parts. One part of the development is to use finite element modeling to assist our understanding of effects of different parameters on crack heating while experimentally hard to achieve. The development has been focused with single frequency ultrasound excitation and some results have been presented in a previous conference. We are currently working on multi-frequency excitation models. The study will provide results and insights of the efficiency of different frequency excitation sources to foster the development of the technology for crack detection in aircraft engine components.

  16. Megasonic sonication for cost-effective and automatable elution of Cryptosporidium from filters and membranes.

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    Kerrouche, Abdelfateh; Desmulliez, Marc P Y; Bridle, Helen

    2015-11-01

    Sample processing is a highly challenging stage in the monitoring of waterborne pathogens. This step is time-consuming, requires highly trained technicians and often results in low recovery rates of pathogens. In the UK but also in other parts of the world, Cryptosporidium is the only pathogen directly tested for in routine operational monitoring. The traditional sampling process involves the filtration of 1000L of water, semi-automated elution of the filters and membranes with recovery rates of about 30-40% typically. This paper explores the use of megasonic sonication in an attempt to increase recovery rates and reduce both the time required for processing and the number of labour-intensive steps. Results demonstrate that megasonic energy assisted elution is equally effective as the traditional manual process in terms of recovery rates. Major advantages are however offered in terms of reduction of the elution volume enabling the current centrifugation stage to be avoided. This saves time, equipment and staff costs and critically removes the step in the process that would be most challenging to automate, paving the way thereby for highly effective automated solutions to pathogens monitoring.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of porous hydroxyapatite microspheres by spray-drying method

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    Rui-xue SUN; Yu-peng LU

    2008-01-01

    In the present paper, porous hydroxyapatite (HA) microspheres were fabricated using gelatin as a pore-forming agent by spray-drying method. The mean particle size of the microspheres is about 7 μm and the surface area is about 53.4 m2/g. The experimental results showed that the porosity of the prepared microspheres is higher and the pores are more interconnected compared with the microspheres obtained without any additives.

  18. Silica Microspheres Are Superior to Polystyrene for Microvesicle Analysis by Flow Cytometry

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    2015-02-16

    Regular Article Silica microspheres are superior to polystyrene for microvesicle analysis by flow cytometry☆ Bijaya Kumar Parida ⁎, Hiram Garrastazu...February 2015 Available online 16 February 2015 Keywords: Microvesicles Cell-derived microparticles Silica microspheres Polystyrene microspheres ...is used to characterize MVs. Polystyrene microspheres are often used in flow cytometry to distinguish MV from cells by setting a 1-μm MV gate in a

  19. Preparation of Dysprosium Ferrite/Polyacrylamide Magnetic Composite Microsphere and Its Characterization

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    Hidehiro Kumazawa; Wang Zhifeng; Zhou Lanxiang; Zhang Hong; Li Yourong; Zhang Ming

    2005-01-01

    Using the technique of microemulsion polymerization with nano-reactor, dysprosium ferrite/polyacrylamide magnetic composite microsphere was prepared by one-step method in a single inverse microemulsion. The structure, average particle size, morphology of composite microsphere were characterized by FTIR, XRD, TEM and TGA. The magnetic responsibility of composite microsphere was also investigated. The results indicate that the magnetic composite microsphere possess high magnetic responsibility and suspension stability.

  20. The synthesis and photocatalytic activity of ZnSe microspheres.

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    Cao, Huaqiang; Xiao, Yujiang; Zhang, Sichun

    2011-01-07

    This paper reports the synthesis of semiconductor ZnSe microspheres composed of nanoparticles via a solvothermal route between the organic molecule selenophene (C(4)H(4) Se) and ZnCl(2) without adding any surfactant. The ZnSe microspheres were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), specific surface area measurement, and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. A strong and broad blue PL emission at 443 nm in wavelength (∼2.79 eV in photon energy) is attributed to the near-band-edge (NBE) emission of ZnSe, while the 530 nm peak is a defect-related (DL) emission. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared ZnSe microspheres was evaluated by photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) dye under ultraviolet (UV) light and visible light irradiation. The degradations of MO reach 94% or 95.1%, close to 100%, in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 7 or 10 h under UV irradiation, respectively. Meanwhile the degradations of MO reach 94.3% or 60.6% in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 12 h, respectively. The degradation rate of ZnSe microspheres is twice that of ZnSe commercial powder under UV light irradiation, and three times under visible light irradiation. The degradation process of MO dye on ZnSe microspheres under UV or visible light is also discussed.

  1. The synthesis and photocatalytic activity of ZnSe microspheres

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    Cao, Huaqiang; Xiao, Yujiang; Zhang, Sichun

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of semiconductor ZnSe microspheres composed of nanoparticles via a solvothermal route between the organic molecule selenophene (C4H4 Se) and ZnCl2 without adding any surfactant. The ZnSe microspheres were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), specific surface area measurement, and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. A strong and broad blue PL emission at 443 nm in wavelength (~2.79 eV in photon energy) is attributed to the near-band-edge (NBE) emission of ZnSe, while the 530 nm peak is a defect-related (DL) emission. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared ZnSe microspheres was evaluated by photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) dye under ultraviolet (UV) light and visible light irradiation. The degradations of MO reach 94% or 95.1%, close to 100%, in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 7 or 10 h under UV irradiation, respectively. Meanwhile the degradations of MO reach 94.3% or 60.6% in the presence of the as-synthesized ZnSe microspheres or commercial ZnSe powder after 12 h, respectively. The degradation rate of ZnSe microspheres is twice that of ZnSe commercial powder under UV light irradiation, and three times under visible light irradiation. The degradation process of MO dye on ZnSe microspheres under UV or visible light is also discussed.

  2. A novel strategy for the preparation of porous microspheres and its application in peptide drug loading.

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    Wei, Yi; Wang, Yuxia; Zhang, Huixia; Zhou, Weiqing; Ma, Guanghui

    2016-09-15

    A new strategy is developed to prepare porous microspheres with narrow size distribution for peptides controlled release, involving a fabrication of porous microspheres without any porogens followed by a pore closing process. Amphiphilic polymers with different hydrophobic segments (poly(monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-co-d,l-lactide) (mPEG-PLA), poly(monomethoxypolyethylene glycol-co-d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (mPEG-PLGA)) are employed as microspheres matrix to prepare porous microspheres based on a double emulsion-premix membrane emulsification technique combined with a solvent evaporation method. Both microspheres possess narrow size distribution and porous surface, which are mainly caused by (a) hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) segments absorbing water molecules followed by a water evaporation process and (b) local explosion of microspheres due to fast evaporation of dichloromethane (MC). Importantly, mPEG-PLGA microspheres have a honeycomb like structure while mPEG-PLA microspheres have a solid structure internally, illustrating that the different hydrophobic segments could modulate the affinity between solvent and matrix polymer and influence the phase separation rate of microspheres matrix. Long term release patterns are demonstrated with pore-closed microspheres, which are prepared from mPEG-PLGA microspheres loading salmon calcitonin (SCT). These results suggest that it is potential to construct porous microspheres for drug sustained release using permanent geometric templates as new porogens.

  3. Real time monitoring of coating status for microsphere target with digital image difference method

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    Baixuan Shi(施柏煊); Xiao Huang(黄晓); Caifeng Li(李彩凤)

    2003-01-01

    Digital image difference method monitorring coating status of microsphere targets automatically is sug-gested. A CCD micro-imaging system is developed for monitoring the status of bouncing and adherencebetween microspheres and the bouncing pan. A new bouncing pan with multiple holes is adopted formicrosphere coating to enhance the microsphere coating efficiency.

  4. A reproducible accelerated in vitro release testing method for PLGA microspheres.

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    Shen, Jie; Lee, Kyulim; Choi, Stephanie; Qu, Wen; Wang, Yan; Burgess, Diane J

    2016-02-10

    The objective of the present study was to develop a discriminatory and reproducible accelerated in vitro release method for long-acting PLGA microspheres with inner structure/porosity differences. Risperidone was chosen as a model drug. Qualitatively and quantitatively equivalent PLGA microspheres with different inner structure/porosity were obtained using different manufacturing processes. Physicochemical properties as well as degradation profiles of the prepared microspheres were investigated. Furthermore, in vitro release testing of the prepared risperidone microspheres was performed using the most common in vitro release methods (i.e., sample-and-separate and flow through) for this type of product. The obtained compositionally equivalent risperidone microspheres had similar drug loading but different inner structure/porosity. When microsphere particle size appeared similar, porous risperidone microspheres showed faster microsphere degradation and drug release compared with less porous microspheres. Both in vitro release methods investigated were able to differentiate risperidone microsphere formulations with differences in porosity under real-time (37 °C) and accelerated (45 °C) testing conditions. Notably, only the accelerated USP apparatus 4 method showed good reproducibility for highly porous risperidone microspheres. These results indicated that the accelerated USP apparatus 4 method is an appropriate fast quality control tool for long-acting PLGA microspheres (even with porous structures).

  5. PLGA microsphere/calcium phosphate cement composites for tissue engineering: in vitro release and degradation characteristics.

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    Habraken, W.J.E.M.; Wolke, J.G.C.; Mikos, A.G.; Jansen, J.A.

    2008-01-01

    Bone cements with biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres have already been proven to provide a macroporous calcium phosphate cement (CPC) during in situ microsphere degradation. Furthermore, in vitro/in vivo release studies with these PLGA microsphere/CPC composites (PLGA/CP

  6. Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes: Mixing, Sonication, Stabilization, and Composite Properties

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    Eugene M. Terentjev

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in functionality and reliability of carbon nanotube (CNT composite materials require careful formulation of processing methods to ultimately realize the desired properties. To date, controlled dispersion of CNTs in a solution or a composite matrix remains a challenge, due to the strong van der Waals binding energies associated with the CNT aggregates. There is also insufficiently defined correlation between the microstructure and the physical properties of the composite. Here, we offer a review of the dispersion processes of pristine (non-covalently functionalized CNTs in a solvent or a polymer solution. We summarize and adapt relevant theoretical analysis to guide the dispersion design and selection, from the processes of mixing/sonication, to the application of surfactants for stabilization, to the final testing of composite properties. The same approaches are expected to be also applicable to the fabrication of other composite materials involving homogeneously dispersed nanoparticles.

  7. Sub-sonic thermal explosions investigated by radiography

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    Smilowitz, Laura B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Henson, Bryan F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Romero, Jerry J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Asay, Blaine W [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    This paper reviews the past 5 years of experiments utilizing radiographic techniques to study defiagration in thermal explosions in HMX based formulations. Details of triggering and timing synchronization are given. Radiographic images collected using both protons and x-rays are presented. Comparisons of experiments with varying size, case confinement, binder, and synchronization are presented. Techniques for quantifying the data in the images are presented and a mechanism for post-ignition burn propagation in a thermal explosion is discussed. From these experiments, we have observed a mechanism for sub-sonic defiagration with both gas phase convective and solid phase conductive burning. The convective front velocity is directly measured from the radiographic images and consumes only a small fraction of the HE. It lights the HE as it passes beginning the slower solid state conductive burn process. This mechanism is used to create a model to simulate the radiographic results and a comparison will be shown.

  8. Acoustic resonances in two dimensional radial sonic crystals shells

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    Torrent, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Radial sonic crystals (RSC) are fluidlike structures infinitely periodic along the radial direction. They have been recently introduced and are only possible thanks to the anisotropy of specially designed acoustic metamaterials [see Phys. Rev. Lett. {\\bf 103} 064301 (2009)]. We present here a comprehensive analysis of two-dimensional RSC shells, which consist of a cavity defect centered at the origin of the crystal and a finite thickness crystal shell surrounded by a fluidlike background. We develop analytic expressions demonstrating that, like for other type of crystals (photonic or phononic) with defects, these shells contain Fabry-Perot like resonances and strongly localized modes. The results are completely general and can be extended to three dimensional acoustic structures and to their photonic counterparts, the radial photonic crystals.

  9. Acoustic resonances in two-dimensional radial sonic crystal shells

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    Torrent, Daniel; Sánchez-Dehesa, José

    2010-07-01

    Radial sonic crystals (RSC) are fluidlike structures infinitely periodic along the radial direction that verify the Bloch theorem and are possible only if certain specially designed acoustic metamaterials with mass density anisotropy can be engineered (see Torrent and Sánchez-Dehesa 2009 Phys. Rev. Lett. 103 064301). A comprehensive analysis of two-dimensional (2D) RSC shells is reported here. A given shell is in fact a circular slab with a central cavity. These finite crystal structures contain Fabry-Perot-like resonances and modes strongly localized at the central cavity. Semi-analytical expressions are developed to obtain the quality factors of the different resonances, their symmetry features and their excitation properties. The results reported here are completely general and can be extended to equivalent 3D spherical shells and to their photonic counterparts.

  10. Merging Metallic Catalysts and Sonication: A Periodic Table Overview

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    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available This account summarizes and discusses recent examples in which the combination of ultrasonic waves and metal-based reagents, including metal nanoparticles, has proven to be a useful choice in synthetic planning. Not only does sonication often enhance the activity of the metal catalyst/reagent, but it also greatly enhances the synthetic transformation that can be conducted under milder conditions relative to conventional protocols. For the sake of clarity, we have adopted a structure according to the periodic-table elements or families, distinguishing between bulk metal reagents and nanoparticles, as well as the supported variations, thus illustrating the characteristics of the method under consideration in target synthesis. The coverage focuses essentially on the last decade, although the discussion also strikes a comparative balance between the more recent advancements and past literature.

  11. High frequency stimulation induces sonic hedgehog release from hippocampal neurons

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    Su, Yujuan; Yuan, Yuan; Feng, Shengjie; Ma, Shaorong; Wang, Yizheng

    2017-01-01

    Sonic hedgehog (SHH) as a secreted protein is important for neuronal development in the central nervous system (CNS). However, the mechanism about SHH release remains largely unknown. Here, we showed that SHH was expressed mainly in the synaptic vesicles of hippocampus in both young postnatal and adult rats. High, but not low, frequency stimulation, induces SHH release from the neurons. Moreover, removal of extracellular Ca2+, application of tetrodotoxin (TTX), an inhibitor of voltage-dependent sodium channels, or downregulation of soluble n-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) proteins, all blocked SHH release from the neurons in response to HFS. Our findings suggest a novel mechanism to control SHH release from the hippocampal neurons. PMID:28262835

  12. Sonic hedgehog expression during early tooth development in Suncus murinus.

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    Miyado, Mami; Ogi, Hidenao; Yamada, Gen; Kitoh, Junzo; Jogahara, Takamichi; Oda, Sen-Ichi; Sato, Iwao; Miyado, Kenji; Sunohara, Masataka

    2007-11-16

    Tooth development is a highly organized process characterized by reciprocal interactions between epithelium and mesenchyme. However, the expression patterns and functions of molecules involved in mouse tooth development are unclear from the viewpoint of explaining human dental malformations and anomalies. Here, we show the expression of sonic hedgehog (Shh), a potent initiator of morphogenesis, during the early stages of tooth development in Suncus murinus. Initially, symmetrical, elongated expression of suncus Shh (sShh) was observed in the thin layer of dental epithelial cells along the mesial-distal axis of both jaws. As the dental epithelium continued to develop, sShh was strictly restricted to the predicted leading parts of the growing, invaginating epithelium corresponding to tooth primordia and enamel knots. We propose that some aspects of Shh function in tooth development are widely conserved in mammalian phylogeny.

  13. Dynamics of micro-bubble sonication inside a phantom vessel

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    Qamar, Adnan

    2013-01-10

    A model for sonicated micro-bubble oscillations inside a phantom vessel is proposed. The model is not a variant of conventional Rayleigh-Plesset equation and is obtained from reduced Navier-Stokes equations. The model relates the micro-bubble oscillation dynamics with geometric and acoustic parameters in a consistent manner. It predicts micro-bubble oscillation dynamics as well as micro-bubble fragmentation when compared to the experimental data. For large micro-bubble radius to vessel diameter ratios, predictions are damped, suggesting breakdown of inherent modeling assumptions for these cases. Micro-bubble response with acoustic parameters is consistent with experiments and provides physical insight to the micro-bubble oscillation dynamics.

  14. Sonic Boom Mitigation Through Aircraft Design and Adjoint Methodology

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    Rallabhandi, Siriam K.; Diskin, Boris; Nielsen, Eric J.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a novel approach to design of the supersonic aircraft outer mold line (OML) by optimizing the A-weighted loudness of sonic boom signature predicted on the ground. The optimization process uses the sensitivity information obtained by coupling the discrete adjoint formulations for the augmented Burgers Equation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) equations. This coupled formulation links the loudness of the ground boom signature to the aircraft geometry thus allowing efficient shape optimization for the purpose of minimizing the impact of loudness. The accuracy of the adjoint-based sensitivities is verified against sensitivities obtained using an independent complex-variable approach. The adjoint based optimization methodology is applied to a configuration previously optimized using alternative state of the art optimization methods and produces additional loudness reduction. The results of the optimizations are reported and discussed.

  15. Active control of shocks and sonic boom ground signal

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    Yagiz, Bedri

    The manipulation of a flow field to obtain a desired change is a much heightened subject. Active flow control has been the subject of the major research areas in fluid mechanics for the past two decades. It offers new solutions for mitigation of shock strength, sonic boom alleviation, drag minimization, reducing blade-vortex interaction noise in helicopters, stall control and the performance maximization of existing designs to meet the increasing requirements of the aircraft industries. Despite the wide variety of the potential applications of active flow control, the majority of studies have been performed at subsonic speeds. The active flow control cases were investigated in transonic speed in this study. Although the active flow control provides significant improvements, the sensibility of aerodynamic performance to design parameters makes it a nontrivial and expensive problem, so the designer has to optimize a number of different parameters. For the purpose of gaining understanding of the active flow control concepts, an automated optimization cycle process was generated. Also, the optimization cycle reduces cost and turnaround time. The mass flow coefficient, location, width and angle were chosen as design parameters to maximize the aerodynamic performance of an aircraft. As the main contribution of this study, a detailed parametric study and optimization process were presented. The second step is to appraise the practicability of weakening the shock wave and thereby reducing the wave drag in transonic flight regime using flow control devices such as two dimensional contour bump, individual jet actuator, and also the hybrid control which includes both control devices together, thereby gaining the desired improvements in aerodynamic performance of the air-vehicle. After this study, to improve the aerodynamic performance, the flow control and shape parameters are optimized separately, combined, and in a serial combination. The remarkable part of all these

  16. Metformin suppresses sonic hedgehog expression in pancreatic cancer cells.

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    Nakamura, Masafumi; Ogo, Ayako; Yamura, Masahiro; Yamaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Nakashima, Hiroshi

    2014-04-01

    Metformin use has previously been associated with decreased cancer risk. The Hedgehog signaling pathway is a well-characterized early and late mediator of pancreatic cancer oncogenesis. The aim of the present study was to clarify the effect of metformin on factors involved in Hedgehog signaling. BxPC3 human pancreatic cancer cells were treated with metformin, and Sonic hedgehog (Shh) mRNA and protein levels were examined by real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting, respectively. The effect of metformin on Shh levels was also examined in three other cancer cell lines. Shh protein and mRNA expression was suppressed by metformin in BxPC3 cells. This phenomenon was further confirmed in three other cancer cell lines. Shh mRNA expression was inhibited by metformin in a concentration-dependent manner in two cancer cell lines. Metformin reduces the expression of Shh in several cancer cell lines including pancreatic cancer cell.

  17. Sonic Hedgehog Signaling and Development of the Dentition

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    Maisa Seppala

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Sonic hedgehog (Shh is an essential signaling peptide required for normal embryonic development. It represents a highly-conserved marker of odontogenesis amongst the toothed vertebrates. Signal transduction is involved in early specification of the tooth-forming epithelium in the oral cavity, and, ultimately, in defining tooth number within the established dentition. Shh also promotes the morphogenetic movement of epithelial cells in the early tooth bud, and influences cell cycle regulation, morphogenesis, and differentiation in the tooth germ. More recently, Shh has been identified as a stem cell regulator in the continuously erupting incisors of mice. Here, we review contemporary data relating to the role of Shh in odontogenesis, focusing on tooth development in mammals and cartilaginous fishes. We also describe the multiple actions of this signaling protein at the cellular level.

  18. Local regularity analysis of strata heterogeneities from sonic logs

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Borehole logs provide geological information about the rocks crossed by the wells. Several properties of rocks can be interpreted in terms of lithology, type and quantity of the fluid filling the pores and fractures.

    Here, the logs are assumed to be nonhomogeneous Brownian motions (nhBms which are generalized fractional Brownian motions (fBms indexed by depth-dependent Hurst parameters H(z. Three techniques, the local wavelet approach (LWA, the average-local wavelet approach (ALWA, and Peltier Algorithm (PA, are suggested to estimate the Hurst functions (or the regularity profiles from the logs.

    First, two synthetic sonic logs with different parameters, shaped by the successive random additions (SRA algorithm, are used to demonstrate the potential of the proposed methods. The obtained Hurst functions are close to the theoretical Hurst functions. Besides, the transitions between the modeled layers are marked by Hurst values discontinuities. It is also shown that PA leads to the best Hurst value estimations.

    Second, we investigate the multifractional property of sonic logs data recorded at two scientific deep boreholes: the pilot hole VB and the ultra deep main hole HB, drilled for the German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB. All the regularity profiles independently obtained for the logs provide a clear correlation with lithology, and from each regularity profile, we derive a similar segmentation in terms of lithological units. The lithological discontinuities (strata' bounds and faults contacts are located at the local extrema of the Hurst functions. Moreover, the regularity profiles are compared with the KTB estimated porosity logs, showing a significant relation between the local extrema of the Hurst functions and the fluid-filled fractures. The Hurst function may then constitute a tool to characterize underground heterogeneities.

  19. YAP regulates neuronal differentiation through Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway

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    Lin, Yi-Ting; Ding, Jing-Ya [Department of Life Sciences and Institute of Genome Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan (China); Li, Ming-Yang [Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 116, Taiwan (China); Yeh, Tien-Shun [Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan (China); Wang, Tsu-Wei, E-mail: twwang@ntnu.edu.tw [Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 116, Taiwan (China); Yu, Jenn-Yah, E-mail: jyyu@ym.edu.tw [Department of Life Sciences and Institute of Genome Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan (China); Brain Research Center, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan (China)

    2012-09-10

    Tight regulation of cell numbers by controlling cell proliferation and apoptosis is important during development. Recently, the Hippo pathway has been shown to regulate tissue growth and organ size in Drosophila. In mammalian cells, it also affects cell proliferation and differentiation in various tissues, including the nervous system. Interplay of several signaling cascades, such as Notch, Wnt, and Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) pathways, control cell proliferation during neuronal differentiation. However, it remains unclear whether the Hippo pathway coordinates with other signaling cascades in regulating neuronal differentiation. Here, we used P19 cells, a mouse embryonic carcinoma cell line, as a model to study roles of YAP, a core component of the Hippo pathway, in neuronal differentiation. P19 cells can be induced to differentiate into neurons by expressing a neural bHLH transcription factor gene Ascl1. Our results showed that YAP promoted cell proliferation and inhibited neuronal differentiation. Expression of Yap activated Shh but not Wnt or Notch signaling activity during neuronal differentiation. Furthermore, expression of Yap increased the expression of Patched homolog 1 (Ptch1), a downstream target of the Shh signaling. Knockdown of Gli2, a transcription factor of the Shh pathway, promoted neuronal differentiation even when Yap was over-expressed. We further demonstrated that over-expression of Yap inhibited neuronal differentiation in primary mouse cortical progenitors and Gli2 knockdown rescued the differentiation defect in Yap over-expressing cells. In conclusion, our study reveals that Shh signaling acts downstream of YAP in regulating neuronal differentiation. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer YAP promotes cell proliferation and inhibits neuronal differentiation in P19 cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer YAP promotes Sonic hedgehog signaling activity during neuronal differentiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Knockdown of Gli2 rescues the Yap

  20. Intraosseous heat generation during sonic, ultrasonic and conventional osteotomy.

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    Rashad, Ashkan; Sadr-Eshkevari, Pooyan; Heiland, Max; Smeets, Ralf; Hanken, Henning; Gröbe, Alexander; Assaf, Alexandre T; Köhnke, Robert H; Mehryar, Pouyan; Riecke, Björn; Wikner, Johannes

    2015-09-01

    To assess heat generation in osteotomies during application of sonic and ultrasonic saws compared to conventional bur. Two glass-fiber isolated nickel-chromium thermocouples, connected to a recording device, were inserted into fresh bovine rib bone blocks and kept in 20 ± 0.5 °C water at determined depths of 1.5 mm (cortical layer) and 7 mm (cancellous layer) and 1.0 mm away from the planned osteotomy site. Handpieces, angulated 24-32°, were mounted in a vertical drill stand, and standardized weights were attached to their tops to exert loads of 5, 8, 15 and 20 N. Irrigation volumes of 20, 50 and 80 ml/min were used for each load. Ten repetitions were conducted using new tips each time for each test condition. The Mann-Whitney-U test was used for statistical analysis (p osteotomies were associated with significantly lower heat generation than conventional osteotomy (p osteotomy showed non-significantly lower heat generation than ultrasonic osteotomy. Generated heat never exceeded the critical limit of 47 °C in any system. Variation of load had no effect on heat generation in both bone layers for all tested systems. An increased irrigation volume resulted in lower temperatures in both cortical and cancellous bone layers during all tested osteotomies. Although none of the systems under the conditions of the present study resulted in critical heat generation, the application of ultrasonic and sonic osteotomy systems was associated with lower heat generation compared to the conventional saw osteotomy. Copious irrigation seems to play a critical role in preventing heat generation in the osteotomy site. Copyright © 2015 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Role of Sonic Hedgehog in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Bolaños, Alfredo Lozano; Milla, Criselda Mendoza; Lira, José Cisneros; Ramírez, Remedios; Checa, Marco; Barrera, Lourdes; García-Alvarez, Jorge; Carbajal, Verónica; Becerril, Carina; Gaxiola, Miguel; Pardo, Annie; Selman, Moisés

    2012-12-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and lethal disease of unknown etiology and uncertain pathogenic mechanisms. Recent studies indicate that the pathogenesis of the disease may involve the abnormal expression of certain developmental pathways. Here we evaluated the expression of Sonic Hedgehog (SHH), Patched-1, Smoothened, and transcription factors glioma-associated oncogene homolog (GLI)1 and GLI2 by RT-PCR, as well as their localization in IPF and normal lungs by immunohistochemistry. The effects of SHH on fibroblast proliferation, migration, collagen and fibronectin production, and apoptosis were analyzed by WST-1, Boyden chamber chemotaxis, RT-PCR, Sircol, and annexin V-propidium iodide binding assays, respectively. Our results showed that all the main components of the Sonic signaling pathway were overexpressed in IPF lungs. With the exception of Smoothened, they were also upregulated in IPF fibroblasts. SHH and GLI2 localized to epithelial cells, whereas Patched-1, Smoothened, and GLI1 were observed mainly in fibroblasts and inflammatory cells. No staining was detected in normal lungs. Recombinant SHH increased fibroblast proliferation (P < 0.05), collagen synthesis, (2.5 ± 0.2 vs. 4.5 ± 1.0 μg of collagen/ml; P < 0.05), fibronectin expression (2-3-fold over control), and migration (190.3 ± 12.4% over control, P < 0.05). No effect was observed on α-smooth muscle actin expression. SHH protected lung fibroblasts from TNF-α/IFN-γ/Fas-induced apoptosis (14.5 ± 3.2% vs. 37.3 ± 7.2%, P < 0.0001). This protection was accompanied by modifications in several apoptosis-related proteins, including increased expression of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis. These findings indicate that the SHH pathway is activated in IPF lungs and that SHH may contribute to IPF pathogenesis by increasing the proliferation, migration, extracellular matrix production, and survival of fibroblasts.

  2. Dendrosomatic Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Hippocampal Neurons Regulates Axon Elongation

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    Petralia, Ronald S.; Ott, Carolyn; Wang, Ya-Xian; Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer; Mattson, Mark P.

    2015-01-01

    The presence of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and its signaling components in the neurons of the hippocampus raises a question about what role the Shh signaling pathway may play in these neurons. We show here that activation of the Shh signaling pathway stimulates axon elongation in rat hippocampal neurons. This Shh-induced effect depends on the pathway transducer Smoothened (Smo) and the transcription factor Gli1. The axon itself does not respond directly to Shh; instead, the Shh signal transduction originates from the somatodendritic region of the neurons and occurs in neurons with and without detectable primary cilia. Upon Shh stimulation, Smo localization to dendrites increases significantly. Shh pathway activation results in increased levels of profilin1 (Pfn1), an actin-binding protein. Mutations in Pfn1's actin-binding sites or reduction of Pfn1 eliminate the Shh-induced axon elongation. These findings indicate that Shh can regulate axon growth, which may be critical for development of hippocampal neurons. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Although numerous signaling mechanisms have been identified that act directly on axons to regulate their outgrowth, it is not known whether signals transduced in dendrites may also affect axon outgrowth. We describe here a transcellular signaling pathway in embryonic hippocampal neurons in which activation of Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) receptors in dendrites stimulates axon growth. The pathway involves the dendritic-membrane-associated Shh signal transducer Smoothened (Smo) and the transcription factor Gli, which induces the expression of the gene encoding the actin-binding protein profilin 1. Our findings suggest scenarios in which stimulation of Shh in dendrites results in accelerated outgrowth of the axon, which therefore reaches its presumptive postsynaptic target cell more quickly. By this mechanism, Shh may play critical roles in the development of hippocampal neuronal circuits. PMID:26658865

  3. Thermal expansion of an epoxy-glass microsphere composite

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    Price, H. L.; Burks, H. D.

    1977-01-01

    The thermal expansion of a composite of epoxy (diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A) and solid glass microspheres was investigated. The microspheres had surfaces which were either untreated or treated with a silicone release agent, an epoxy coupling agent, or a general purpose silane coupling agent. Both room temperature (about 300 K) and elevated temperature (about 475 K) cures were used for the epoxy. Two microsphere size ranges were used, about 50 microns, which is applicable in filled moldings, and about 125 microns, which is applicable as bond line spacers. The thermal expansion of the composites was measured from 300 to 350 K or from 300 to 500 K, depending on the epoxy cure temperature. Measurements were made on composites containing up to .6 volume fraction microspheres. Two predictive models, which required only the values of thermal expansion of the polymer and glass and their specific gravities, were tested against the experimental data. A finite element analysis was made of the thermal strain of a composite cell containing a single microsphere surrounded by a finite-thickness interface.

  4. A review on target drug delivery:magnetic microspheres

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    Amit Chandna; Deepa Batra; Satinder Kakar; Ramandeep Singh

    2013-01-01

    Novel drug delivery system aims to deliver the drug at a rate directed by the needs of the body during the period of treatment, and target the active entity to the site of action.A number of novel drug delivery systems have emerged encompassing various routes of administration, to achieve controlled and targeted drug delivery, magnetic micro carriers being one of them. Magnetic microsphere is newer approach in pharmaceutical field.Magnetic microspheres as an alternative to traditional radiation methods which use highly penetrating radiation that is absorbed throughout the body.Its use is limited by toxicity and side effects.The aim of the specific targeting is to enhance the efficiency of drug delivery & at the same time to reduce the toxicity & side effects.This kind of delivery system is very much important which localises the drug to the disease site.In this larger amount of freely circulating drug can be replaced by smaller amount of magnetically targeted drug.Magnetic carriers receive magnetic responses to a magnetic field from incorporated materials that are used for magnetic microspheres are chitosan, dextran etc. magnetic microspheres can be prepared from a variety of carrier material. One of the most utilized is serum albumin from human or other appropriate species.Drug release from albumin microspheres can be sustained or controlled by various stabilization procedures generally involving heat or chemical cross-linking of the protein carrier matrix.

  5. A review on target drug delivery: magnetic microspheres

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    Amit Chandna

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic microsphere is newer approach in pharmaceutical field. Magnetic microspheres as an alternative to traditional radiation methods which use highly penetrating radiation that is absorbed throughout the body. Its use is limited by toxicity and side effects. The aim of the specific targeting is to enhance the efficiency of drug delivery & at the same time to reduce the toxicity & side effects. This kind of delivery system is very much important which localises the drug to the disease site. In this larger amount of freely circulating drug can be replaced by smaller amount of magnetically targeted drug. Magnetic carriers receive magnetic responses to a magnetic field from incorporated materials that are used for magnetic microspheres are chitosan, dextran etc. magnetic microspheres can be prepared from a variety of carrier material. One of the most utilized is serum albumin from human or other appropriate species. Drug release from albumin microspheres can be sustained or controlled by various stabilization procedures generally involving heat or chemical cross-linking of the protein carrier matrix.

  6. Study of electrodepositing Au on hollow polystyrene microspheres

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    Jin Rong [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O. Box 919-987, Mianyang 621900 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Xihua University, Chengdu 610039 (China); Zhang Yunwang [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O. Box 919-987, Mianyang 621900 (China); Zhang Lin, E-mail: zhlmy@sina.com [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O. Box 919-987, Mianyang 621900 (China); Wei Chengfu, E-mail: wcf@mail.xhu.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, Xihua University, Chengdu 610039 (China); Guo Jianjun [School of Material Science and Engineering, Xihua University, Chengdu 610039 (China)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The gold is electrodeposited on hollow polystyrene microspheres by self-designed setup in this paper. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Au electrodeposit is finer and more uniform on account of the microspheres freely move on the cathode. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The morphology, thickness and roughness of Au electrodeposits were analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Atomic Force Microscope, respectively. - Abstract: The electrodeposited Au film on hollow polystyrene microspheres is successfully prepared by a set of self-designed device. The film is more compact and uniform on account of the microspheres freely moving on the cathode. These experiments mainly focus on the analysis of spherical symmetry, thickness and roughness of electrodeposited Au film. Under conditions of current density 1.5-3 mA cm{sup -2}, the temperature 25 Degree-Sign C, and the stirring rate 150 rpm, the electrodeposited microsphere is coated with a considerably orbicular film. The morphology, thickness and roughness of Au electrodeposits are studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), respectively.

  7. Solvent/Non-Solvent Sintering To Make Microsphere Scaffolds

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    Laurencin, Cato T.; Brown, Justin L.; Nair, Lakshmi

    2011-01-01

    A solvent/non-solvent sintering technique has been devised for joining polymeric microspheres to make porous matrices for use as drug-delivery devices or scaffolds that could be seeded with cells for growing tissues. Unlike traditional sintering at elevated temperature and pressure, this technique is practiced at room temperature and pressure and, therefore, does not cause thermal degradation of any drug, protein, or other biochemical with which the microspheres might be loaded to impart properties desired in a specific application. Also, properties of scaffolds made by this technique are more reproducible than are properties of comparable scaffolds made by traditional sintering. The technique involves the use of two miscible organic liquids: one that is and one that is not a solvent for the affected polymer. The polymeric microspheres are placed in a mold having the size and shape of the desired scaffold, then the solvent/non-solvent mixture is poured into the mold to fill the void volume between the microspheres, then the liquid mixture is allowed to evaporate. Some of the properties of the resulting scaffold can be tailored through choice of the proportions of the liquids and the diameter of the microspheres.

  8. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF MUCOADHESIVE MICROSPHERES OF NIFEDIPINE

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    G.V. Radha

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, an attempt has been made to evaluate mucoadhesive microspheres of nifedipine by orifice ionic gelation method employing sodium alginate and different mucoadhesive polymers (HPMC, carbopol alone and in combination of different proportions. The compatibility study was done between drug and polymer by FTIR which shows no interaction between the drug and polymer. The prepared microspheres were evaluated for particle size ,angle of repose, carrs index, swelling index, microencapsulation efficiency, percent drug content, drug release, kinetics and mechanism of drug release. The microspheres were found discrete, spherical, free flowing and the particle size was found in the range of 765 to 792µ. The encapsulation efficiency was found in the range of 55 to 69 %. Percent drug content was found to be in the range of 96 to 99 %. All the microspheres showed good muco adhesive property in the in vitro wash off test. Drug release from the microspheres was found slow, followed first order kinetics with non fickian release mechanism and release dependent on nature and concentration of polymers.

  9. Quantitating error in blood flow measurements with radioactive microspheres

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    Austin, R.E. Jr.; Hauck, W.W.; Aldea, G.S.; Flynn, A.E.; Coggins, D.L.; Hoffman, J.I.

    1989-07-01

    Accurate determination of the reproducibility of measurements using the microsphere technique is important in assessing differences in blood flow to different organs or regions within organs, as well as changes in perfusion under various experimental conditions. The sources of error of the technique are briefly reviewed. In addition, we derived a method for combining quantifiable sources of error into a single estimate that was evaluated experimentally by simultaneously injecting eight or nine sets of microspheres (each with a different radionuclide label) into four anesthetized dogs. Each nuclide was used to calculate blood flow in 145-190 myocardial regions. We compared each flow determination (using a single nuclide label) with a weighted mean for the piece (based on the remaining nuclides). The difference was defined as ''measured'' error. In all, there were a total of 5,975 flow observations. We compared measured error with theoretical estimates based on the Poisson error of radioactive disintegration and microsphere entrapment, nuclide separation error, and reference flow error. We found that combined estimates based on these sources completely accounted for measured error in the relative distribution of microspheres. In addition, our estimates of the error in measuring absolute flows (which were established using microsphere reference samples) slightly, but significantly, underestimated measured error in absolute flow.

  10. Local blood flow measured by fluorescence excitation of nonradioactive microspheres

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    Morita, Y.; Payne, B.D.; Aldea, G.S.; McWatters, C.; Husseini, W.; Mori, H.; Hoffman, J.I.; Kaufman, L. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (USA))

    1990-05-01

    An X-ray fluorescence system with low Compton background and high counting efficiency was developed to measure regional blood flow with nonradioactive microspheres. The performance of the system was tested in vitro by counting mixed aqueous solutions of either Mo, Ag, and I; Nb, Ag, and Ba; or Zr, Mo, Rh, Ag, Sn, I, and Ba, as well as a mixture of Ag and Ba nonradioactive microspheres. Mixtures containing 2-20 ppm of each element were counted for 10 min by the fluorescence system, and the individual elements in mixtures of three to seven nonradioactive elements were measured with high accuracy. The best counting statistics were obtained for Ag. For 10-min counts, the system measures as few as 120 Ag microspheres with 30% standard deviation but measures 800 Ag microspheres per sample with 3.6% standard deviation. We compared regional myocardial blood flows determined simultaneously by fluorescence and radioactive microsphere methods; the latter samples were counted by a 3-in. NaI (Tl) well detector and pulse-height analyzer. The radioactive and nonradioactive measurements showed good correlations.

  11. High Precision UTDR Measurements by Sonic Velocity Compensation with Reference Transducer

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    Sam Stade

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available An ultrasonic sensor design with sonic velocity compensation is developed to improve the accuracy of distance measurement in membrane modules. High accuracy real-time distance measurements are needed in membrane fouling and compaction studies. The benefits of the sonic velocity compensation with a reference transducer are compared to the sonic velocity calculated with the measured temperature and pressure using the model by Belogol’skii, Sekoyan et al. In the experiments the temperature was changed from 25 to 60 °C at pressures of 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 MPa. The set measurement distance was 17.8 mm. Distance measurements with sonic velocity compensation were over ten times more accurate than the ones calculated based on the model. Using the reference transducer measured sonic velocity, the standard deviations for the distance measurements varied from 0.6 to 2.0 µm, while using the calculated sonic velocity the standard deviations were 21–39 µm. In industrial liquors, not only the temperature and the pressure, which were studied in this paper, but also the properties of the filtered solution, such as solute concentration, density, viscosity, etc., may vary greatly, leading to inaccuracy in the use of the Belogol’skii, Sekoyan et al. model. Therefore, calibration of the sonic velocity with reference transducers is needed for accurate distance measurements.

  12. Comparative study between probe focussed sonication and conventional stirring in the evaluation of cadmium and copper in plants.

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    Pereira, Sara; Fonseca, Luís P; Capelo, José L; Armas, Teresa; Vilhena, Fernanda; Pinto, Ana P; Gonçalves, Maria L S; Mota, A M

    2010-11-01

    Ultrasound (US)-assisted extraction has been widely used for metal ion extraction in plants due to its unique properties of decreased extraction time, minimal contamination, low reagent consumption and low cost. However, very few papers present a sound comparison between probe-focussed sonication and conventional stirring in the evaluation of metal ion extraction in plants. In this study, ultrasonic-assisted digestion has been evaluated and compared to magnetic stirring for total copper and cadmium determination by atomic absorption spectrometry in biological samples (plants, plankton and mussels). The same experimental conditions of sample amount and particle size, extractant solution and extraction time were applied for both ultrasound and magnetic stirring-assisted extraction methods in order to truly compare their effect on metal ion solubilisation. To gain further insight in this issue, dried and fresh plants were tested. The results obtained indicated that osmotic tension in cell walls, produced when dried and powdered samples were immersed in the extractant solution, had an important contribution to metal ion solubilisation, the enhancement due to US for the same purpose being negligible.

  13. Comparative study between probe focussed sonication and conventional stirring in the evaluation of cadmium and copper in plants

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    Pereira, Sara; Fonseca, Luis P. [Technical University of Lisbon, Centro de Engenharia Quimica e Biologica, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon (Portugal); Capelo, Jose L. [University of Vigo at Ourense Campus, Analytical and Food Chemistry Department, Science Faculty, Ourense (Spain); Armas, Teresa; Vilhena, Fernanda; Goncalves, Maria L.S.; Mota, A.M. [Technical University of Lisbon, Centro de Quimica Estrutural, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon (Portugal); Pinto, Ana P. [University of Evora, Herdade Experimental da Mitra, ICAAM-Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias e Ambientais Mediterranicas, Evora (Portugal)

    2010-11-15

    Ultrasound (US)-assisted extraction has been widely used for metal ion extraction in plants due to its unique properties of decreased extraction time, minimal contamination, low reagent consumption and low cost. However, very few papers present a sound comparison between probe-focussed sonication and conventional stirring in the evaluation of metal ion extraction in plants. In this study, ultrasonic-assisted digestion has been evaluated and compared to magnetic stirring for total copper and cadmium determination by atomic absorption spectrometry in biological samples (plants, plankton and mussels). The same experimental conditions of sample amount and particle size, extractant solution and extraction time were applied for both ultrasound and magnetic stirring-assisted extraction methods in order to truly compare their effect on metal ion solubilisation. To gain further insight in this issue, dried and fresh plants were tested. The results obtained indicated that osmotic tension in cell walls, produced when dried and powdered samples were immersed in the extractant solution, had an important contribution to metal ion solubilisation, the enhancement due to US for the same purpose being negligible. (orig.)

  14. Immobilization of trypsin onto multifunctional meso-/macroporous core-shell microspheres: A new platform for rapid enzymatic digestion

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    Cheng, Gong [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun 130022 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen, Ping [Key Laboratory of Marine Bioresources and Ecology, College of Life Science, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Wang, Zhi-Gang; Sui, Xiao-Jing [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun 130022 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhang, Ji-Lin, E-mail: zjl@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun 130022 (China); Ni, Jia-Zuan [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun 130022 (China); Key Laboratory of Marine Bioresources and Ecology, College of Life Science, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China)

    2014-02-17

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •A novel microwave-assisted tryptic digestion system. •Characterization with SEM, TEM, EDX, XRD, and FT-IR. •The meso-/macroporous shell structure withthe high affinity and loading capacity of trypsin. •Decrease of digestion time up to less than 1 min. •MALDI-MS and nanoLC-MS analysis with database identification. -- Abstract: A simple, fast, efficient, and reusable microwave-assisted tryptic digestion system which was constructed by immobilization of trypsin onto porous core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@fTiO{sub 2} microspheres has been developed. The nanostructure with magnetic core and titania shell has multiple pore sizes (2.4 and 15.0 nm), high pore volume (0.25 cm{sup 3} g{sup −1}), and large surface area (50.45 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}). For the proteins, the system can realize fast and efficient microwave-assisted tryptic digestion. Various standard proteins (e.g., cytochrome c (cyt-c), myoglobin (MYO), β-lactoglobulin (β-LG), and bovine serum albumin (BSA)) used can be digested in 45 s under microwave radiation, and they can be confidently identified by mass spectrometry (MS) analysis; even the concentration of substrate is as low as 5 ng μL{sup −1}. Furthermore, the system for the 45 s microwave-assisted tryptic digestion is still effective after the trypsin-immobilized microspheres have been reused for 5 times. Importantly, 1715 unique proteins from 10 μg mouse brain proteins can be identified with high confidence after treatment of 45 s microwave-assisted tryptic digestion.

  15. Temperature influence in crystallinity of polymer microspheres; Influencia da temperatura na cristalinidade de microesferas polimericas

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    Rezende, Cristiane de P.; Novack, Katia M., E-mail: knovack@iceb.ufop.br [Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto - UFOP, ICEB, DEQUI, Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Drug delivery technology is evolving through the creation of new techniques of drug delivery effectively. The new methods used in drugs administration are based in microencapsulation process. Microsphere encapsulation modifies drug delivery bringing benefits and efficiency. In this work has been evaluated the influence of temperature in microspheres preparation. Microspheres were obtained by PMMA-co-PEG (COP) copolymer with indomethacin inserted in polymer matrix. Samples were characterized by SEM, DSC and XRD. SEM micrographs confirmed the formation of different sizes of microspheres and it was verified that higher temperatures make more crystalline microspheres. (author)

  16. Super-resolution optical microscopy based on scannable cantilever-combined microsphere.

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    Wang, Shuying; Zhang, Dongxian; Zhang, Haijun; Han, Xu; Xu, Rui

    2015-12-01

    We report an ingenious method of super-resolution optical microscopy utilizing scannable cantilever-combined microsphere. By scanning the microsphere over the sample surface in a cantilever-combined microsphere-sample contact state, super-resolution images can be acquired at arbitrary sample regions through near-field information collection by the microsphere. In addition, such a state can effectively reduce the possibility of breaking the cantilever and damaging the microsphere or sample surface. This work has developed a new method and technique of sub-diffraction-limit optical microscopy, and can be practically applied in various fields of micro/nanoscopy.

  17. Substrate effect of laser surface sub-micro patterning by means of self-assembly SiO2 microsphere array

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    Wu, Yan; Ji, Lingfei; Lin, Zhenyuan; Li, Qiurui; Jiang, Yijian

    2015-12-01

    Close-packed monolayer silica spheres organized through a self-assembly process have been widely used in micro/nano fabrications. In this study, we present the effects of substrate on the near-field enhancement of microsphere-assisted laser processing. There are significant differences in the surface morphology of sub-micro hole arrays on substrates with different refractive indices, which were fabricated at the same laser fluence by a KrF excimer laser (λ = 248 nm). It is found that the position of the maximum enhancement removes from the exit surface of the silica sphere into the sphere as the refractive index of substrate increased based on the simulation. In addition, the field distribution curve oscillates when there is a substrate under the microsphere, and oscillation spreads deeper into the substrate with a high refractive index. The results contribute toward the optimization of the process conditions of the microsphere-assisted laser micro/nano patterning technique and make the modification profile of the material more controllable.

  18. Dental Assistants

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    ... Z INDEX | OOH SITE MAP | EN ESPAÑOL Healthcare > Dental Assistants PRINTER-FRIENDLY EN ESPAÑOL Summary What They ... of workers and occupations. What They Do -> What Dental Assistants Do About this section Assistants prepare and ...

  19. Surgical Assisting

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    ... Insert and remove Foley urinary bladder catheter Place pneumatic tourniquet Confirm procedure with surgeon Drape patient within ... Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) offers the CertifiedSurgical First Assistant (CSFA) credential, and the National Surgical Assistant ...

  20. Nano pores evolution in hydroxyapatite microsphere during spark plasma sintering

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    Lin C.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Micron-spherical granules of hydroxyapatite (HAp nanoparticles were prepared by powder granulation methods. Through subsequent sintering, porous HAp microspheres with tailored pore and grain framework structures were obtained. Detailed microstructure investigation by SEM and TEM revealed the correlation of the pore structure and the necking strength with the sintering profiles that determine the coalescence features of the nanoparticles. The partially sintered porous HAp microspheres containing more than 50% porosity consisting of pores and grains both in nano-scale are active in inducing the precipitation of HAp in simulated body fluid. The nano-porous HAp microspheres with an extensive surface and interconnecting pores thus demonstrate the potential of stimulating the formation of collagen and bone and the integration with the newly formed bones during physiological bone remodeling.

  1. QUANTUM LANGEVIN THEORY OF WHISPERING-GALLERY-MODE MICROSPHERE LASER

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    CHAI JIN-HUA; LU YI-QUN; LEUNG PUI-TANG

    2000-01-01

    A quantum Langevin theory of whispering-gallery-mode microsphere laser theory is developed. The linear and nonlinear analysis are made for laser operation below and above the threshold. In these analysis, corresponding to the specific property of microsphere, the effect of inversion fluctuation is treated. The coherence functions of laser field are calculated, and the intensity, the amplitude fluctuation and the linewidth of the field are obtained, which are connected with the enhancement factor of whispering-gallery-mode microsphere. It is shown that the strong couple and strong pumping are useful for the amplification of intensity and the decrease of linewidth below the threshold. It is also shown that, for the laser action above threshold, the variances of photon number and the linewidth of internal field are related to the enhancement factor and the square of the enhancement factor, respectively.

  2. Multifrequency transverse Faraday effect in single magneto-dielectric microspheres

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    Maksymov, Ivan S

    2014-01-01

    We propose using a single magneto-dielectric microsphere as a device for enhancing the transverse Faraday effect at multiple wavelengths at the same time. Although the diameter of the sphere can be $<1$ $\\mu$m, the numerically predicted strength of its magneto-optical (MO) response can be an order of magnitude stronger than in MO devices based on thick magnetic plates. The MO response of a microsphere is also comparable with that of subwavelength magneto-dielectric gratings which, however, operate at a single wavelength and occupy a large area. In contrast to gratings and thick plates, the compact size of the microsphere and its capability to support spin-wave excitations make it suitable for applications in nanophotonics, imaging systems, and magnonics.

  3. Coacervate-like microspheres from lysine-rich proteinoid

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    Rohlfing, D. L.

    1975-01-01

    Microspheres form isothermally from lysine-rich proteinoid when the ionic strength of the solution is increased with NaCl or other salts. Studies with different monovalent anions and with polymers of different amino acid composition indicate that charge neutralization and hydrophobic bonding contribute to microsphere formation. The particles also form in sea water, especially if heated or made slightly alkaline. The microspheres differ from those made from acidic proteinoid but resemble coacervate droplets in some ways (isothermal formation, limited stability, stabilization by quinone, uptake of dyes). Because the constituent lysine-rich proteinoid is of simulated prebiotic origin, the study is interpreted to add emphasis to and suggest an evolutionary continuity for coacervation phenomena.

  4. Monocrotophos Molecularly Imprinted Microspheres Prepared by Precipitation Polymerization in Acetonitrile

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    Shoulei Yan; Zhixian Gao; Yanjun Fang; Yiyong Cheng

    2006-01-01

    Molecularly imprinted microspheres (MIP) for monocrotophos have been prepared by precipitation polymerization in acetonitrile (CAN) 60℃, 24 h, using methacrylic acid (MAA), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) and 2,2-azobisiobutyronitrile (AIBN) as functional monomer, cross-linker and initiator, respectively. The recognition mechanism was elucidated by UV-vis spectra and computer modeling. Equilibrium binding experiment was employed to investigate the rebinding properties, Scatchard analysis showed that specific binding sites formed in the imprinted microspheres, and there were two kinds of binding sites, one was high binding sites, the other was low binding sites. This microspheres can be useful affinity absorbent used for organophosphorus pesticides separation and purification in food and environmental analysis.

  5. Protein microspheres as suitable devices for piroxicam release.

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    Silva, Raquel; Ferreira, Helena; Carvalho, Ana C; Gomes, Andreia C; Cavaco-Paulo, Artur

    2012-04-01

    Bovine serum albumin-piroxicam (BSA-piroxicam) and human serum albumin-piroxicam (HSA-piroxicam) microspheres were sonochemically prepared and characterized. The use of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) lead to an improvement of formulation characteristics, including smaller size, lower polydispersity index (PDl), higher entrapment efficiency and higher stability. The release kinetics of these proteinaceous microspheres was determined in presence of protease, indicating an anomalous drug transport mechanism (diffusion and polymer degradation). In presence of higher protease concentration, BSA microspheres exhibit Case II transport, leading to zero order release (protein degradation). These proteinaceous devices did not show cytotoxicity against human skin fibroblasts in vitro, for range concentrations below to 300 mg L(-1), greatly supporting their potential application in the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

  6. Chitosan bio-based organic-inorganic hybrid aerogel microspheres.

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    El Kadib, Abdelkrim; Bousmina, Mosto

    2012-07-02

    Recently, organic-inorganic hybrid materials have attracted tremendous attention thanks to their outstanding properties, their efficiency, versatility and their promising applications in a broad range of areas at the interface of chemistry and biology. This article deals with a new family of surface-reactive organic-inorganic hybrid materials built from chitosan microspheres. The gelation of chitosan (a renewable amino carbohydrate obtained by deacetylation of chitin) by pH inversion affords highly dispersed fibrillar networks shaped as self-standing microspheres. Nanocasting of sol-gel processable monomeric alkoxides inside these natural hydrocolloids and their subsequent CO(2) supercritical drying provide high-surface-area organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Examples including chitosan-SiO(2), chitosan-TiO(2), chitosan-redox-clusters and chitosan-clay-aerogel microspheres are described and discussed on the basis of their textural and structural properties, thermal and chemical stability and their performance in catalysis and adsorption.

  7. Development of activity standard for {sup 90}Y microspheres

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    Mo, L. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia) and Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)]. E-mail: lmx@ansto.gov.au; Avci, B. [SIRTeX Medical Limited, Unit F6 Parkview, 16 Mars Road, Lane Cove, NSW 2066 (Australia); James, D. [SIRTeX Medical Limited, Unit F6 Parkview, 16 Mars Road, Lane Cove, NSW 2066 (Australia); Simpson, B. [CSIR National Metrology Laboratory, 15 Lower Hope Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700 (South Africa); Van Wyngaardt, W.M. [CSIR National Metrology Laboratory, 15 Lower Hope Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 7700 (South Africa); Cessna, J.T. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Baldock, C. [Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2005-08-01

    {sup 90}Y microspheres are important therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of liver cancer through a process known as selective internal radiation therapy. SIR-spheres[reg] is a radiopharmaceutical product that is comprised of {sup 90}Y microspheres suspended in sterile, pyrogen-free water for injection into patients. It is necessary to establish for the SIR-spheres[reg] production the capability of accurately measuring the activity of this product to a traceable national measurement standard. An activity standard for SIR-spheres[reg] was developed from a standard for {sup 90}Y solution, employing a highly quantifiable chemical digestion process. Calibration factors for the manufacturer's ionisation chambers were determined for 1 and 5 ml of the SIR-spheres[reg] product placed in Wheaton vials, for both 34% and 44% of {sup 90}Y microsphere concentration.

  8. The mechanism of protein release from triglyceride microspheres.

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    Zaky, A; Elbakry, A; Ehmer, A; Breunig, M; Goepferich, A

    2010-10-15

    The purpose of this study was to reveal factors that have an impact on the protein release kinetics from triglyceride microspheres prepared by spray congealing. We investigated the effect of protein particle size, morphology and distribution on protein release from microspheres by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM)(.) The microspheres were loaded with three types of model particles made of FITC-labeled bovine serum albumin: freeze dried protein, spherical particles obtained by precipitation in the presence of PEG and micronized material. Investigation by light microscopy and laser light diffraction revealed that the freeze dried material consisted mainly of app. 29 μm elongated shaped particles. The precipitated BSA consisted mainly of 9.0 μm diameter spherically shaped particles while the micronized protein prepared by jet milling consisted of 4.9 μm sized rounded particles of high uniformity. Microspheres were embedded into a cold-curing resin and cut with a microtome. Subsequent investigation by CLSM revealed major differences of distribution of the polydisperse protein particles inside the microsphere sections depending on the type of BSA that was used. Particles of micronized and precipitated protein were distributed almost throughout the microsphere cross section. The protein distribution had a marked impact on the release kinetics in phosphate buffer. Large protein particles led to a considerably faster release than small ones. By staining the release medium we demonstrated that in all three cases there was a strong correlation between protein release and buffer intrusion. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparison Between the Sonic-Sys System and Inlay in II Class

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    Feder, T.; Mierzwinska-Nastalska, E; Adamczyk-Sosinska, E.; Gladkowski, J.; Siedlecki, M.

    2002-01-01

    In everyday dental practice we often face the problem of class II restorations. Large caries create serious problems with regard to obtaining correct contact points, marginal fit (expecially in the gingival area) and good resin polymerisation. In such cases usage of the Sonic-Sys system and inlays seems to be the best solution. The aim of this poster is to present a manual of the Sonic-Sys system, as well as comparison of the Empress II and Sonic-Sys system inlays in class II restorations....

  10. Influence of the Sonication Temperature on the Debundling Kinetics of Carbon Nanotubes in Propan-2-ol

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of sonication temperature on the debundling of carbon nanotube (CNT macro-bundles is reported and demonstrated by analysis with different particle sizing methods. The change of bundle size over time and after several comparatively gentle sonication cycles of suspensions at various temperatures is reported. A novel technique is presented that produces a more homogeneous nanotube dispersion by lowering the temperature during sonication. We produce evidence that temperature influences the suspension stability, and that low temperatures are preferable to obtain better dispersion without increasing damage to the CNT walls.

  11. Reactions of Residents to Long-Term Sonic Boom Noise Environments

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    Fields, James M.

    1997-01-01

    A combined social survey and noise measurement program has been completed in 14 communities in two regions of the western United States that have been regularly exposed to sonic booms for many years. A total of 1,573 interviews were completed. Three aspects of the sonic booms are most disturbing: being startled, noticing rattles or vibrations, and being concerned about the possibility of damage from the booms. Sonic boom annoyance is greater than that in a conventional aircraft environment with the same continuous equivalent noise exposure. The reactions in the two study regions differ in severity.

  12. Preparation of monodisperse, superparamagnetic, luminescent, and multifunctional PGMA microspheres with amino-groups

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    WANG WeiCai; ZHANG Qi; ZHANG BingBo; LI DeNa; DONG XiaoQing; ZHANG Lei; CHANG Jin

    2008-01-01

    Micron-sized, monodisperse, superparamagnetic, luminescent composite poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) microspheres with functional amino-groups were successfully synthesized in this study. The process of preparation was as follows: preparation of monodisperse poly(glycidyl methacrylate) mi-crospheres by dispersion polymerization method; modification of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) micro-spheres with ethylene diamine to form amino-groups; impregnation of iron ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+) inside the microspheres and subsequently precipitating them with ammonium hydroxide to form magnetite (Fe3O,4>) nanoparticles within the polymer microspheres; infusion of CdSe/CdS core-shell quantum dots (QDs) into magnetic polymer microspheres. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to char-acterize surface morphology and size distribution of composite microspheres. The average size of mi-crospheres was 1.42μm with a size variation of 3.8%, The composite microspheres were bright enough and easily observed using a conventional fluorescence microscope, The composite microspheres were easily separated from solution by magnetic decantation using a permanent magnet. The new multi-functional composite microspheres are promising to be used in a variety of bioanalytical assays in-volving luminescence detection and magnetic separation.

  13. Preparation of poly (L-lactic acid) microspheres by droplet-freezing process

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    Mao Yi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China); Dong Yinsheng, E-mail: dongys@seu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China); Lin Pinghua [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Chu Chenglin; Sheng Xiaobo; Guo Chao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2011-01-01

    A recently developed process of microsphere preparation, named droplet-freezing process is introduced in this paper. The PLLA microspheres were fabricated by the droplet-freezing process, the diameter and porosity of the microspheres were measured, and the micro-morphologies of the microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The formation process of microspheres was achieved by two steps: first, after droplets dropped off the delivery tube, they became approximately spherical in the air under the effect of the surface tension; second, droplets dropped into liquid condensate and maintained the spherical shape, and were frozen during the free settling process. Experimental results indicated that the microspheres fabricated by the droplet-freezing process have uniform diameters and the diameter can be controlled properly, along with the increase of the PLLA concentration, the size of microspheres increases, but the porosity of the microspheres decreases. The microspheres with high porosity can be obtained with a low concentration of the PLLA solution. SEM analysis revealed that the surfaces and interiors of the microsphere contain plentiful and interconnected micro pores. The microspheres are hopeful to be applied in bone tissue engineering.

  14. Preparation and surface modification of magnetic poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres

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    YANG Chengli; GUAN Yueping; XING Jianmin; LIU Junguo; AN Zhentao; LIU Huizhou

    2004-01-01

    A novel method for preparation of magnetic polymer microspheres by spraying suspension polymerization (SSP) was developed. Relatively uniform magnetic poly(methyl methacrylate) microspheres were prepared by the spraying suspension polymerization (SSP)using methyl methacrylate (MMA) as monomer, divinylbenzene (DVB) as cross-linking agent,benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as initiator and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as stabilizer in the presence of hydrophobic Fe3O4 magnetic fluid. The microspheres prepared were modified by surface chemical reaction. The magnetic properties and morphology of the microspheres were examined by SEM and VSM respectively. The active functional groups of microspheres were examined by infrared spectra. The results showed that microspheres with saturation magnetization of 16.8emu/g showed distinct superparamagnetic characteristics and the magnetic microspheres with a size of 10 μm were relatively uniform.

  15. Preparation,Characterization,and in vitro Release of Biodegradable Erythromycin-gelatin Microspheres

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    WANG Fei; LIU Pai; JIANG Dan; LIU Cheng-bai; ZHANG Feng-chun; CHEN Xia

    2008-01-01

    Blank and erythromycin-loaded gelatin microspheres were successfully fabricated via emulsion chemical crosslinking technique.The surface morphology of the microspheres was characterized by scanning electron microscope(SEM)and optical microscope.The results show that the microspheres wcre spherical and smooth.The particle average size of erythromycin-loaded microspheres Was found to be 20.6 μm,with a high purity of more than 90%and with a good dispersibility.The microspheres could be obtained in a high yield.Erythromycin released from the microspheres Was monitored in buffer and artificial body fluid at 37℃.Average drug content was 27.2%, and erythromycin-loaded gelatin microspheres showed good release profiles with a nearly constant release during 4-8h in artificial body fluid in vitro degradation studies.These gelatin mierospheres are useful for studying and developing various drug-delivery systems.

  16. Preparation and structure of drug-carrying biodegradable microspheres designed for transarterial chemoembolization therapy.

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    Wang, Yujing; Benzina, Abderazak; Molin, Daniel G M; Akker, Nynke van den; Gagliardi, Mick; Koole, Leo H

    2015-01-01

    Biodegradable poly(D,L-lactic acid) drug-eluting microspheres containing anti-tumor drugs, cisplatin, and sorafenib tosylate have been prepared by the emulsion solvent evaporation method with diameter between 200 and 400 μm. Scanning electron microscopy showed that cisplatin microspheres had smooth surfaces, while sorafenib tosylate microspheres and cisplatin + sorafenib tosylate microspheres were porous at the surface and the pits of the latter were larger than those of the former. Notably, cisplatin + sorafenib tosylate microspheres had a fast drug release rate compared with microspheres containing one drug alone. In vitro cytotoxicity experiments and classical matrigel endothelial tube assay certificated the maintaining bioactivity of cisplatin and sorafenib tosylate released from the microspheres, respectively. This work provides a useful approach for the fabrication of drug-eluting beads used in transarterial chemoembolization.

  17. Modified composite microspheres of hydroxyapatite and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) as an injectable scaffold

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    Hu, Xixue [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Shen, Hong, E-mail: shenhong516@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Yang, Fei [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Liang, Xinjie [CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Shenguo, E-mail: wangsg@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wu, Decheng, E-mail: dcwu@iccas.ac.cn [BNLMS, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-02-15

    The compound of hydroxyapatite-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (HA-PLGA) was prepared by ionic bond between HA and PLGA. HA-PLGA was more stable than the simple physical blend of hydroxyapatite and poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (HA/PLGA). The surface of HA-PLGA microsphere fabricated by an emulsion–solvent evaporation method was rougher than that of HA/PLGA microspheres. Moreover, surface HA content of HA-PLGA microspheres was more than that of HA/PLGA microspheres. In vitro mouse OCT-1 osteoblast-like cell culture results showed that the HA-PLGA microspheres clearly promoted osteoblast attachment, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity. It was considered that surface rich HA component and rough surface of HA-PLGA microsphere enhanced cell growth and differentiation. The good cell affinity of the HA-PLGA microspheres indicated that they could be used as an injectable scaffold for bone tissue engineering.

  18. Biomass Vanillin-Derived Polymeric Microspheres Containing Functional Aldehyde Groups: Preparation, Characterization, and Application as Adsorbent.

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    Zhang, Huanyu; Yong, Xueyong; Zhou, Jinyong; Deng, Jianping; Wu, Youping

    2016-02-03

    The contribution reports the first polymeric microspheres derived from a biomass, vanillin. It reacted with methacryloyl chloride, providing monomer vanillin methacrylate (VMA), which underwent suspension polymerization in aqueous media and yielded microspheres in high yield (>90 wt %). By controlling the N2 bubbling mode and by optimizing the cosolvent for dissolving the solid monomer, the microspheres were endowed with surface pores, demonstrated by SEM images and mercury intrusion porosimetry measurement. Taking advantage of the reactive aldehyde groups, the microspheres further reacted with glycine, thereby leading to a novel type of Schiff-base chelating material. The functionalized microspheres demonstrated remarkable adsorption toward Cu(2+) (maximum, 135 mg/g) which was taken as representative for metal ions. The present study provides an unprecedented class of biobased polymeric microspheres showing large potentials as adsorbents in wastewater treatment. Also importantly, the reactive aldehyde groups may enable the microspheres to be used as novel materials for immobilizing biomacromolecules, e.g. enzymes.

  19. Controlled Synthesis of Hierarchically Assembled Porous ZnO Microspheres with Enhanced Gas-Sensing Properties

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The ZnO microspheres constructed by porous nanosheets were successfully synthesized by calcinating zinc hydroxide carbonate (ZHC microspheres obtained by a sample hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized in detail with scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC. The results indicated that the prepared ZnO microspheres were well crystalline with wurtzite hexagonal phase. The effects of reaction time, temperature, the amount of trisodium citrate, and urea on the morphology of ZnO microspheres were studied. The formation mechanism of porous ZnO microspheres was discussed. Furthermore, the gas-sensing properties for detection of organic gas of the prepared porous ZnO microspheres were investigated. The results indicated that the prepared porous ZnO microspheres exhibited high gas-sensing properties for detection of ethanol gas.

  20. Preparation of PVA/amino multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite microspheres for endotoxin adsorption.

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    Zong, Wenhui; Chen, Jian; Han, Wenyan; Cheng, Guanghui; Chen, Jie; Wang, Yue; Wang, Weichao; Ou, Lailiang; Yu, Yaoting; Shen, Jie

    2017-03-23

    A novel polyvinyl alcohol-amino multi-walled carbon nanotube (PVA-AMWCNT) nanocomposite microsphere was prepared successfully for the first time and used for endotoxin removal. The resulting AMWCNT modified PVA microsphere was characterized by SEM, Raman spectrum and fluorescence image, which indicated AMWCNT was dispersed into the macropores of PVA microsphere uniformly. The PVA-AMWCNT microspheres showed better adsorption capability and faster adsorption equilibrium for endotoxin in aqueous solution when compared to the PVA microsphere with polymyxin B (PMB) as ligand. More noteworthy, the PVA based microspheres had little nonspecific adsorption in simulated serum. Therefore, PVA-AMWCNT nanocomposite microsphere with an excellent haemocompatibility has a great potential application in clinical blood purification.

  1. Search for Millicharged Particles Using Optically Levitated Microspheres

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    Moore, David C; Gratta, Giorgio

    2014-01-01

    We report results from a search for stable particles with charge > $10^{-5}$ e in bulk matter using levitated dielectric microspheres in high vacuum. No evidence for such particles was found in a total sample of 1.4 ng, providing an upper limit on the abundance per nucleon of 2.5 x $10^{-14}$ at the 95% confidence level for the material tested. These results provide the first direct search for single particles with charge < 0.1 e bound in macroscopic quantities of matter and demonstrate the ability to perform sensitive force measurements using optically levitated microspheres in vacuum.

  2. Optical diffraction by ordered 2D arrays of silica microspheres

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    Shcherbakov, A. A.; Shavdina, O.; Tishchenko, A. V.; Veillas, C.; Verrier, I.; Dellea, O.; Jourlin, Y.

    2017-03-01

    The article presents experimental and theoretical studies of angular dependent diffraction properties of 2D monolayer arrays of silica microspheres. High-quality large area defect-free monolayers of 1 μm diameter silica microspheres were deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique under an accurate optical control. Measured angular dependencies of zeroth and one of the first order diffraction efficiencies produced by deposited samples were simulated by the rigorous Generalized Source Method taking into account particle size dispersion and lattice nonideality.

  3. Investigation of Expandable Polymeric Microspheres for Packaging Applications

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    2012-06-06

    REDUCTION RATIONS LIGHTWEIGHT BIODEGRADATION MILITARY RATIONS PACKING MATERIALS SAVINGS POLYOLEFINS WASTE...microspheres is the MRETM menu  bag .      The  investigation  of  polymeric  microspheres  for  food  packaging  applications  will  continue as a CFREP...in military food packaging applications, specifically the FRH pouch and the MRETM menu  bag .     Based on the three trials, the blown multilayer film

  4. Alginate-Casein Microspheres as Bioactive Vehicles for Nutrients

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    何志敏; 张茜青; 齐崴; 黄仁亮; 苏荣欣

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work was to develop an alginate-casein composite microsphere as a bioactive vehicle for oral administration of nutrients by a simple extrusion dripping method. Riboflavin was selected as a model drug, and the microencapsulation efficiency was raised to 97.94%after optimizing the preparation conditions by response surface methodology. In vitro release studies showed that riboflavin was released completely from alginate-casein microspheres in simulated intestinal fluids. Meanwhile, the morphology, structure and interaction between alginate and casein were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra.

  5. Facile and one-pot solution synthesis of several kinds of 3D hierarchical flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres

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    Wang, Yajun; Li, Zexue; Yu, Haiyang; Feng, Changgen

    2016-09-01

    Several kinds of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical constructed flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were prepared successfully via a simple solution precipitation synthesis at 95∘C and ambient atmospheric pressure in 1h. The synthesis process was operated in ethanol-water system as solvent with the assistance of glycerin and oleic acid as capping agents. These flower-like α-Bi2O3 architectures with diameter of several micrometers were 3D self-assembled from nanorods or nanocubes step by step. By adjusting the concentration of the capping agents, various flower-like α-Bi2O3 microspheres were obtained. The formation of the flower-like superstructures was attributed to the modification of nucleation and growth kinetics, and the guidance of self-assembly approach by capping agents. The formation mechanism of these microstructures was discussed briefly.

  6. Facile fabrication of various zinc-nickel citrate microspheres and their transformation to ZnO-NiO hybrid microspheres with excellent lithium storage properties.

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    Xie, Qingshui; Ma, Yating; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Yue, Guanghui; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2015-02-16

    Zinc-nickel citrate microspheres are prepared by a simple aging process of zinc citrate solid microspheres in nickel nitrate solution. As the concentration of nickel nitrate solution increases, the morphology of the produced zinc-nickel citrate evolves from solid, yolk-shell to hollow microspheres. The formation mechanism of different zinc-nickel citrate microspheres is discussed. After annealing treatment of the corresponding zinc-nickel citrate microspheres in air, three different ZnO-NiO hybrid architectures including solid, yolk-shell and hollow microspheres can be successfully fabricated. When applied as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres demonstrate the best electrochemical properties than solid and hollow counterparts. After 200th cycles, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres deliver a high reversible capacity of 1176 mA h g(-1). The unique yolk-shell configuration, the synergetic effect between ZnO and NiO and the catalytic effect of metal Ni generated by the reduction of NiO during discharging process are responsible for the excellent lithium storage properties of ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres.

  7. Facile fabrication of various zinc-nickel citrate microspheres and their transformation to ZnO-NiO hybrid microspheres with excellent lithium storage properties

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    Xie, Qingshui; Ma, Yating; Zeng, Deqian; Wang, Laisen; Yue, Guanghui; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2015-02-01

    Zinc-nickel citrate microspheres are prepared by a simple aging process of zinc citrate solid microspheres in nickel nitrate solution. As the concentration of nickel nitrate solution increases, the morphology of the produced zinc-nickel citrate evolves from solid, yolk-shell to hollow microspheres. The formation mechanism of different zinc-nickel citrate microspheres is discussed. After annealing treatment of the corresponding zinc-nickel citrate microspheres in air, three different ZnO-NiO hybrid architectures including solid, yolk-shell and hollow microspheres can be successfully fabricated. When applied as the anode materials for lithium ion batteries, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres demonstrate the best electrochemical properties than solid and hollow counterparts. After 200th cycles, ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres deliver a high reversible capacity of 1176 mA h g-1. The unique yolk-shell configuration, the synergetic effect between ZnO and NiO and the catalytic effect of metal Ni generated by the reduction of NiO during discharging process are responsible for the excellent lithium storage properties of ZnO-NiO hybrid yolk-shell microspheres.

  8. Surface modification of cyclomatrix polyphosphazene microsphere by thiol-ene chemistry and lectin recognition

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    Chen, Chen; Zhu, Xue-yan; Gao, Qiao-ling; Fang, Fei; Huang, Xiao-jun, E-mail: hxjzxh@zju.edu.cn

    2016-11-30

    Graphical abstract: A new synthetic route leading to polyphosphazene cyclomatrix microsphere with various functional groups has achieved via thiol-ene click modification. Herein, hexacholorocyclophosphazene (HCCP) crosslinked with bisphenol-S and 4,4′-diallyl bisphenol-S to generate broadly dispersed microspheres. Thiol-ene modification under UV irradiation not only presented high efficiency and flexibility for post-functionalization, but also imposed no harm on global morphology and crosslinked skeleton of such microspheres. - Highlights: • Functional polyphosphazene microspheres with high chemical flexibility were synthesized by thiol-ene modification. • Polyphosphazene microspheres possessed high thermal stability. • Glycosylated polyphosphazene microspheres showed affinity to lectin Con-A, which inferred potential application in biomedicine. - Abstract: A new synthetic route leading to functional polyphosphazene cyclomatrix microsphere has been developed via thiol-ene click modification. Hexacholorocyclophosphazene (HCCP) was crosslinked with both bisphenol-S and 4,4′-diallyl bisphenol-S to obtain vinyl polyphosphazene microspheres (VPZM) in order to ensure high crosslinking degree and introduce vinyl moieties. Compared to the microspheres obtained by HCCP and bisphenol-S, the size of VPZM was broadly dispersed from 400 nm to 1.40 μm. Thiol-ene click reactions were carried out to attach functional groups, such as glucosyl, carboxyl, ester and dodecyl groups onto polyphosphazene microspheres, which demonstrated no change in morphology and size after modification. Solid state NMR (SSNMR) and Fourier transform infrared spectoscopy (FT-IR) results showed that the vinyl moieties were introduced in the period of crosslinking and functionalization was also successful via click reactions. Moreover, the microspheres presented a little difference in thermal properties after modification. Concanavalin A (Con-A) fluorescent adsorption was also observed for

  9. Development of Multiobjective Optimization Techniques for Sonic Boom Minimization

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    Chattopadhyay, Aditi; Rajadas, John Narayan; Pagaldipti, Naryanan S.

    1996-01-01

    improve the aerodynamic, the sonic boom and the structural characteristics of the aircraft. The flow solution is obtained using a comprehensive parabolized Navier Stokes solver. Sonic boom analysis is performed using an extrapolation procedure. The aircraft wing load carrying member is modeled as either an isotropic or a composite box beam. The isotropic box beam is analyzed using thin wall theory. The composite box beam is analyzed using a finite element procedure. The developed optimization procedures yield significant improvements in all the performance criteria and provide interesting design trade-offs. The semi-analytical sensitivity analysis techniques offer significant computational savings and allow the use of comprehensive analysis procedures within design optimization studies.

  10. Developing Algorithms to Improve Defect Extraction and Suppressing Undesired Heat Patterns in Sonic IR Images

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    Obeidat, Omar; Yu, Qiuye; Han, Xiaoyan

    2016-12-01

    Sonic IR imaging is an emerging NDE technology. This technology uses short pulses of ultrasonic excitation together with infrared imaging to detect defects in materials and structures. Sonic energy is coupled to the specimen under inspection by means of direct contact between the transducer tip and the specimen at some convenient point. This region which is normally in the field of view of the camera appears as intensity peak in the image which might be misinterpreted as defects or obscure the detection and/or extraction of the defect signals in the proximity of the contact region. Moreover, certain defects may have very small heat signature or being buried in noise. In this paper, we present algorithms to improve defect extraction and suppression of undesired heat patterns in sonic IR images. Two approaches are presented, each fits to a specific category of sonic IR images.

  11. Sonic Boom Vibro-Acoustic Simulations using Multiple Point Sources Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — AVEC proposes an innovative concept for the evaluation of human response studies to sonic booms inside realistic structures. The approach proposed is to simulate the...

  12. A study of the limitations of linear theory methods as applied to sonic boom calculations

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    Darden, Christine M.

    1990-01-01

    Current sonic boom minimization theories have been reviewed to emphasize the capabilities and flexibilities of the methods. Flexibility is important because it is necessary for the designer to meet optimized area constraints while reducing the impact on vehicle aerodynamic performance. Preliminary comparisons of sonic booms predicted for two Mach 3 concepts illustrate the benefits of shaping. Finally, for very simple bodies of revolution, sonic boom predictions were made using two methods - a modified linear theory method and a nonlinear method - for signature shapes which were both farfield N-waves and midfield waves. Preliminary analysis on these simple bodies verified that current modified linear theory prediction methods become inadequate for predicting midfield signatures for Mach numbers above 3. The importance of impulse is sonic boom disturbance and the importance of three-dimensional effects which could not be simulated with the bodies of revolution will determine the validity of current modified linear theory methods in predicting midfield signatures at lower Mach numbers.

  13. AFSC/RACE/SAP/Cummiskey: Red king crab sonic tagging and dive database

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This is data from a long-term monitoring project which utilized sonic tags to follow aggregations of red king crab in Womens Bay near Kodiak Alaska. The database...

  14. Influence of Sonication on the Stability and Thermal Properties of Al2O3 Nanofluids

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    Monir Noroozi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanofluids containing Al2O3 nanoparticles (either 11 or 30 nm in size dispersed in distilled water at low concentrations (0.125–0.5 wt% were prepared using two different ultrasonic devices (a probe and a bath sonicator as the dispersant. The effect of the ultrasonic system on the stability and thermal diffusivity of the nanofluids was investigated. Thermal diffusivity measurements were conducted using a photopyroelectric technique. The dispersion characteristics and morphology of the nanoparticles, as well as the optical absorption properties of the nanofluids, were studied using photon cross correlation spectroscopy with a Nanophox analyzer, transmission electron microscopy, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. At higher particle concentration, there was greater enhancement of the thermal diffusivity of the nanofluids resulting from sonication. Moreover, greater stability and enhancement of thermal diffusivity were obtained by sonicating the nanofluids with the higher power probe sonicator prior to measurement.

  15. A prospective Comparison of Porta-Sonic and Fisoneb Ultrasonic Nebulizers for Administering Aerosol Pentamidine

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    Andrew McIvor

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To report patient acceptability and overall therapeutic effectiveness of two different ultrasonic nebulizers, Fisoneb and Porta-sonic, for the administration of aerosol pentamidine for Pneumocysitis carinii prophylaxis in human immunodeficiency virus (hiv-infected individuals.

  16. Generating Nanostructures with Multiphoton Absorption Polymerization using Optical Trap Assisted Nanopatterning

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    Tsai, Yu-Cheng; Leitz, Karl-Heinz; Fardel, Romain; Schmidt, Michael; Arnold, Craig B.

    The need to generate sub 100 nm features is of interest for a variety of applications including optics, optoelectronics, and plasmonics. To address this requirement, several advanced optical lithography techniques have been developed based on either multiphoton absorption polymerization or near-field effects. In this paper, we combine strengths from multiphoton absorption and near field using optical trap assisted nanopatterning (OTAN). A Gaussian beam is used to position a microsphere in a polymer precursor fluid near a substrate. An ultrafast laser is focused by that microsphere to induce multiphoton polymerization in the near field, leading additive direct-write nanoscale processing.

  17. Sonic boom focusing prediction and delta wing shape optimization for boom mitigation studies

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    Khasdeo, Nitin

    Supersonic travel over land would be a reality if new aircraft are designed such that they produce quieter ground sonic booms, no louder than 0.3 psf according to the FAA requirement. An attempt is made to address the challenging goal of predicting the sonic boom focusing effects and mitigate the sonic boom ground overpressure for delta wing geometry. Sonic boom focusing is fundamentally a nonlinear phenomenon and can be predicted by numerically solving the nonlinear Tricomi equation. The conservative time domain scheme is developed to carry out the sonic boom focusing or super boom studies. The computational scheme is a type differencing scheme and is solved using a time-domain scheme, which is called a conservative type difference solution. The finite volume method is used on a structured grid topology. A number of input signals Concorde wave, symmetric and ax symmetric ramp, flat top and typical N wave type are simulated for sonic boom focusing prediction. A parametric study is launched in order to investigate the effects of several key parameters that affect the magnitude of shock wave amplification and location of surface of amplification or "caustics surface." A parametric studies includes the effects of longitudinal and lateral boundaries, footprint and initial shock strength of incoming wave and type of input signal on sonic boom focusing. Another very important aspect to be looked at is the mitigation strategies of sonic boom ground signature. It has been decided that aerodynamic reshaping and geometrical optimization are the main goals for mitigating the ground signal up to the acceptance level of FAA. Biconvex delta wing geometry with a chord length of 60 ft and maximum thickness ratio of 5% of the chord is used as a base line model to carry out the fundamental research focus. The wing is flying at an altitude 40,000 ft with a Mach number of 2.0. Boom mitigation work is focused on investigating the effects of wing thickness ratio, wing camber ratio, wing

  18. Ultrasound-enhanced penetration through sclera depends on frequency of sonication and size of macromolecules.

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    Chau, Ying; Suen, Wai Leung Langston; Tse, Ho Yan; Wong, Hoi Sang

    2017-03-30

    We previously employed ultrasound as a needleless approach to deliver macromolecules via the transscleral route to the back of the eye in live animals (Suen et al., 2013). Here, we investigated the nature of the ultrasound-enhanced transport through sclera, the outermost barrier in the transscleral route. Thus, the possible role of cavitation from ultrasound was explored; its effect during and after sonication on scleral penetration was measured; and the dependence on the size of macromolecules was determined. We applied ultrasound frequency from 40kHz to 3MHz at ISATA (spatial-average-temporal-average intensity) of 0.05W/cm(2) to fresh rabbit sclera ex vivo. Fluorescent dextran of size 20kDa to 150kDa was used as macromolecular probes. We measured the distance of penetration of the probes through the sclera over 30s during sonication and over 15min after sonication from cryosectioned tissue images. Deeper penetration in the sclera was observed with decreasing frequency. The presence of stable cavitation was further verified by passive acoustic detection. The effect during sonication increased penetration distance up to 20 fold and was limited to macromolecular probes ≤70kDa. The effect post sonication increased penetration distance up to 3 fold and attributed to the improved intrasscleral transport of macromolecules ≥70kDa. Post-sonication enhancement diminished gradually in 3h. As the extent of cavitation increased with decreasing frequency, the trend observed supports the contribution of (stable) cavitation to enhancing transport through sclera. Effect during sonication was attributed to flow associated with acoustic microstreaming. Effect post sonication was attributed to the temporary increase in scleral permeability. Flow-associated effect was more pronounced but only applied to smaller macromolecules. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. The Role of the Sonic Hedgehog Pathway for Prostate Cancer Progression

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    2007-02-01

    HCV replicon , we detected an additional increase in the sonic hedgehog promoter activity, suggesting that HCV somehow activates the sonic hedgehog...are derived from Huh7 cells, containing HCV replicons . The Shh promoter activity in Huh7 and HepG2 cells is consistent with the level of Shh...transcript (see Figure 2E for comparison). In the presence of HCV replicons , we observed an increase in the Shh reporter activity. We concluded from

  20. Effects of Aircraft Noise and Sonic Booms on Domestic Animals and Wildlife: A Literature Synthesis

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    1988-06-01

    Aquatic mammals: Beluga whale Boat traffic (Acoustical Easily displaced Society of America 1980) Pinnepeds Sonic booms (80-89 dBA SPL) Startle...Arctic mammals are limited. Beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) are more easily displaced by boat traffic when feeding, and bowhead whales (Balaena...population of ravens (Corvus corax) to a sonic boom in central Wales Three or four ravens were idling in the upcurrents over a high rock spur between

  1. Sonic Hedgehog signaling pathway in primary liver cancer cells

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    Lian-Yi Guo; Pei Liu; Ying Wen; Wei Cui; Ying Zhou

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To investigate clinical significance ofSonicHedgehog(SHH) signaling pathway molecularShh,Smo andGli2 in primary hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) tissue.Methods:A total of30HCC tissue samples were collected.Protein expression ofSHH signaling pathway moleculesShh,Smo andGli2 inHCC tissues and para - carcinoma tissue were detected by using immunohistochemical method.Cirrhosis and normal liver tissue specimens were observed as control to analyze the expression ofSHH signaling pathway molecularShh,Smo andGli2 mRNA inHCC tissues and corresponding para-carcinoma tissues and its relationship with the onset of HCC.Results:There was no expression ofShh,Smo andGli2 protein in normal liver tissue, while their positive rates were63.3%,76.7% and66.7% inHCC tissues, respectively, with asignificantly higher expression level than that in the para - carcinoma tissue(P0.05);Shh andSmo protein was detected in part of cirrhosis with positive expression, butGli2 protein was not observable in cirrhosis tissues.Conclusions:InHCC tissues, the high expression level ofSHH signaling pathway molecules signal peptide(Shh), membrane protein receiptor(Smo) and nuclear transcription molecular(Gli2) can be indicators of the onset of liver cancer.

  2. Sonic hedgehog signaling in the lung. From development to disease.

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    Kugler, Matthias C; Joyner, Alexandra L; Loomis, Cynthia A; Munger, John S

    2015-01-01

    Over the past two decades, the secreted protein sonic hedgehog (SHH) has emerged as a critical morphogen during embryonic lung development, regulating the interaction between epithelial and mesenchymal cell populations in the airway and alveolar compartments. There is increasing evidence that the SHH pathway is active in adult lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer, which raises two questions: (1) What role does SHH signaling play in these diseases? and (2) Is it a primary driver of the disease or a response (perhaps beneficial) to the primary disturbance? In this review we aim to fill the gap between the well-studied period of embryonic lung development and the adult diseased lung by reviewing the hedgehog (HH) pathway during the postnatal period and in adult uninjured and injured lungs. We elucidate the similarities and differences in the epithelial-mesenchymal interplay during the fibrosis response to injury in lung compared with other organs and present a critical appraisal of tools and agents available to evaluate HH signaling.

  3. Sortilin regulates sorting and secretion of Sonic hedgehog.

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    Campbell, Charles; Beug, Shawn; Nickerson, Philip E B; Peng, Jimmy; Mazerolle, Chantal; Bassett, Erin A; Ringuette, Randy; Jama, Fadumo A; Morales, Carlos; Christ, Annabel; Wallace, Valerie A

    2016-10-15

    Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) is a secreted morphogen that is an essential regulator of patterning and growth. The Shh full-length protein undergoes autocleavage in the endoplasmic reticulum to generate the biologically active N-terminal fragment (ShhN), which is destined for secretion. We identified sortilin (Sort1), a member of the VPS10P-domain receptor family, as a new Shh trafficking receptor. We demonstrate that Sort-Shh interact by performing coimmunoprecipitation and proximity ligation assays in transfected cells and that they colocalize at the Golgi. Sort1 overexpression causes re-distribution of ShhN and, to a lesser extent, of full-length Shh to the Golgi and reduces Shh secretion. We show loss of Sort1 can partially rescue Hedgehog-associated patterning defects in a mouse model that is deficient in Shh processing, and we show that Sort1 levels negatively regulate anterograde Shh transport in axons in vitro and Hedgehog-dependent axon-glial interactions in vivo Taken together, we conclude that Shh and Sort1 can interact at the level of the Golgi and that Sort1 directs Shh away from the pathways that promote its secretion.

  4. Canonical Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Early Lung Development

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    Hugo Fernandes-Silva

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The canonical hedgehog (HH signaling pathway is of major importance during embryonic development. HH is a key regulatory morphogen of numerous cellular processes, namely, cell growth and survival, differentiation, migration, and tissue polarity. Overall, it is able to trigger tissue-specific responses that, ultimately, contribute to the formation of a fully functional organism. Of all three HH proteins, Sonic Hedgehog (SHH plays an essential role during lung development. In fact, abnormal levels of this secreted protein lead to severe foregut defects and lung hypoplasia. Canonical SHH signal transduction relies on the presence of transmembrane receptors, such as Patched1 and Smoothened, accessory proteins, as Hedgehog-interacting protein 1, and intracellular effector proteins, like GLI transcription factors. Altogether, this complex signaling machinery contributes to conveying SHH response. Pulmonary morphogenesis is deeply dependent on SHH and on its molecular interactions with other signaling pathways. In this review, the role of SHH in early stages of lung development, specifically in lung specification, primary bud formation, and branching morphogenesis is thoroughly reviewed.

  5. Ontogenetic expression of Sonic Hedgehog in the chicken subpallium

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    Sylvia M Bardet

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Sonic hedgehog (SHH is a secreted signaling factor that is implicated in the molecular patterning of the central nervous system (CNS, somites and limbs in vertebrates. SHH has a crucial role in the generation of ventral cell types along the entire rostrocaudal axis of the neural tube. It is secreted early in development by the axial mesoderm (prechordal plate and notochord and the overlying ventral neural tube. Recent studies clarified the impact of SHH signaling mechanisms on dorsoventral patterning of the spinal cord, but the corresponding phenomena in the rostral forebrain are slightly different and more complex. This notably involves separate Shh expression in the preoptic part of the forebrain alar plate, as well as in the hypothalamic floor and basal plates. The present work includes a detailed spatio-temporal description of the singular alar Shh expression pattern in the rostral preoptic forebrain of chick embryos, comparing it with FoxG1, Dlx5, Nkx2.1 and Nkx2.2 mRNA expression at diverse stages of development. As a result of this mapping, we report a subdivision of the preoptic region in dorsal and ventral zones; only the dorsal part shows Shh expression. The positive area impinges as well upon a median septocommissural preoptic domain. Our study strongly suggests tangential migration of Shh positive cells from the preoptic region into other subpallial domains, particularly into the pallidal mantle and the intermediate septum.

  6. Role of Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Oligodendrocyte Differentiation.

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    Wang, Li-Chun; Almazan, Guillermina

    2016-12-01

    During development, the secreted molecule Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) is required for lineage specification and proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitors (OLPs), which are the glia cells responsible for the myelination of axons in the central nervous system (CNS). Shh signaling has been implicated in controlling both the generation of oligodendrocytes (OLGs) during embryonic development and their production in adulthood. Although, some evidence points to a role of Shh signaling in OLG development, its involvement in OLG differentiation remains to be fully determined. The objective of this study was to assess whether Shh signaling is involved in OLG differentiation after neural stem cell commitment to the OLG lineage. To address these questions, we manipulated Shh signaling using cyclopamine, a potent inhibitor of Shh signaling activator Smoothened (Smo), alone or combined with the agonist SAG in OLG primary cultures and assessed expression of myelin-specific markers. We found that inactivation of Shh signaling caused a dose-dependent decrease in myelin basic protein (MBP) and myelin associated glycoprotein (MAG) in differentiating OLGs. Co-treatment of the cells with SAG reversed the inhibitory effect of cyclopamine on both myelin-specific protein levels and morphological changes associated with it. Further experiments are required to elucidate the molecular mechanism by which Shh signaling regulates OLG differentiation.

  7. Sonic hedgehog-Gli1 pathway in colorectal adenocarcinomas

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    Yue-Hong Bian; Shu-Hong Huang; Ling Yang; XiaoLi Ma; Jing-Wu Xie; Hong-Wei Zhang

    2007-01-01

    AIM: To determine the role of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway in colorectal adenocarcinomas through analysis of the expression of Shh pathway-related molecules, Shh, Ptchl, hedgehog-interacting protein (Hip), Gli1, Gli3 and PDGFRα.METHODS: Expression of Shh in 25 colorectal adenocarcinomas was detected by RT-PCR, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Expression of Ptchl was observed by in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Expression of Hip, Glil, Gli3 and PDGFRa was analyzed by in situ hybridization.RESULTS: Expression of cytokeratin AE1/AE3 was observed in the cytoplasm of colorectal crypts. Members of the Hh signaling pathway were expressed in colorectal epithelium. Shh was expressed in cytoplasm of dysplastic epithelial cells, while expression of Ptchl, Hip and Glil were mainly detected in the malignant crypts of adenocarcinomas. In contrast, PDGFRa was expressed highly in aberrant crypts and moderately in the stroma. Expression of Gli3 could not be detected in colorectal adenocarcinomas.CONCLUSION: These data suggest that Shh-Ptchl-Gli1 signaling pathway may play a role in the progression of colorectal tumor.

  8. Sonic hedgehog signaling in kidney fibrosis: a master communicator.

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    Zhou, Dong; Tan, Roderick J; Liu, Youhua

    2016-09-01

    The hedgehog signaling cascade is an evolutionarily conserved pathway that regulates multiple aspects of embryonic development and plays a decisive role in tissue homeostasis. As the best studied member of three hedgehog ligands, sonic hedgehog (Shh) is known to be associated with kidney development and tissue repair after various insults. Recent studies uncover an intrinsic link between dysregulated Shh signaling and renal fibrogenesis. In various types of chronic kidney disease (CKD), Shh is upregulated specifically in renal tubular epithelium but targets interstitial fibroblasts, thereby mediating a dynamic epithelial- mesenchymal communication (EMC). Tubule-derived Shh acts as a growth factor for interstitial fibroblasts and controls a hierarchy of fibrosis-related genes, which lead to the excessive deposition of extracellular matrix in renal interstitium. In this review, we recapitulate the principle of Shh signaling, its activation and regulation in a variety of kidney diseases. We also discuss the potential mechanisms by which Shh promotes renal fibrosis and assess the efficacy of blocking this signaling in preclinical settings. Continuing these lines of investigations will provide novel opportunities for designing effective therapies to improve CKD prognosis in patients.

  9. Poemage: Visualizing the Sonic Topology of a Poem.

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    McCurdy, Nina; Lein, Julie; Coles, Katharine; Meyer, Miriah

    2016-01-01

    The digital humanities have experienced tremendous growth within the last decade, mostly in the context of developing computational tools that support what is called distant reading - collecting and analyzing huge amounts of textual data for synoptic evaluation. On the other end of the spectrum is a practice at the heart of the traditional humanities, close reading - the careful, in-depth analysis of a single text in order to extract, engage, and even generate as much productive meaning as possible. The true value of computation to close reading is still very much an open question. During a two-year design study, we explored this question with several poetry scholars, focusing on an investigation of sound and linguistic devices in poetry. The contributions of our design study include a problem characterization and data abstraction of the use of sound in poetry as well as Poemage, a visualization tool for interactively exploring the sonic topology of a poem. The design of Poemage is grounded in the evaluation of a series of technology probes we deployed to our poetry collaborators, and we validate the final design with several case studies that illustrate the disruptive impact technology can have on poetry scholarship. Finally, we also contribute a reflection on the challenges we faced conducting visualization research in literary studies.

  10. Mesencephalic basolateral domain specification is dependent on Sonic Hedgehog

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    Martinez-Lopez, Jesus E.; Moreno-Bravo, Juan A.; Madrigal, M. Pilar; Martinez, Salvador; Puelles, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    In the study of central nervous system morphogenesis, the identification of new molecular markers allows us to identify domains along the antero-posterior and dorso-ventral (DV) axes. In the past years, the alar and basal plates of the midbrain have been divided into different domains. The precise location of the alar-basal boundary is still under discussion. We have identified Barhl1, Nhlh1 and Six3 as appropriate molecular markers to the adjacent domains of this transition. The description of their expression patterns and the contribution to the different mesencephalic populations corroborated their role in the specification of these domains. We studied the influence of Sonic Hedgehog on these markers and therefore on the specification of these territories. The lack of this morphogen produced severe alterations in the expression pattern of Barhl1 and Nhlh1 with consequent misspecification of the basolateral (BL) domain. Six3 expression was apparently unaffected, however its distribution changed leading to altered basal domains. In this study we confirmed the localization of the alar-basal boundary dorsal to the BL domain and demonstrated that the development of the BL domain highly depends on Shh. PMID:25741244

  11. Negative birefraction of acoustic waves in a sonic crystal.

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    Lu, Ming-Hui; Zhang, Chao; Feng, Liang; Zhao, Jun; Chen, Yan-Feng; Mao, Yi-Wei; Zi, Jian; Zhu, Yong-Yuan; Zhu, Shi-Ning; Ming, Nai-Ben

    2007-10-01

    Optical birefringence and dichroism are classical and important effects originating from two independent polarizations of optical waves in anisotropic crystals. Furthermore, the distinct dispersion relations of transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarized electromagnetic waves in photonic crystals can lead to birefringence more easily. However, it is impossible for acoustic waves in the fluid to show such a birefringence because only the longitudinal mode exists. The emergence of an artificial sonic crystal (SC) has significantly broadened the range of acoustic materials in nature that can give rise to acoustic bandgaps and be used to control the propagation of acoustic waves. Recently, negative refraction has attracted a lot of attention and has been demonstrated in both left-handed materials and photonic crystals. Similar to left-handed materials and photonic crystals, negative refractions have also been found in SCs. Here we report, for the first time, the acoustic negative-birefraction phenomenon in a two-dimensional SC, even with the same frequency and the same 'polarization' state. By means of this feature, double focusing images of a point source have been realized. This birefraction concept may be extended to other periodic systems corresponding to other forms of waves, showing great impacts on both fundamental physics and device applications.

  12. The Compressible Flow Past Various Plane Profiles Near Sonic Velocity

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    Goethert, B.; Kawalki, K. H.

    1949-01-01

    In an earlier report UM No.1117 by Gothert,the single-source method was applied to the compressible flow around circles, ellipses, lunes, and around an elongated body of revolution at different Mach numbers and the results compared as far as possible with the calculations by Lamla ad Busemann. Essentially, it was found that with favorable source arrangement the single-source method is in good agreement with the calculations of the same degree of approximation by.Lamla and Busemann. Near sonic velocity the number of steps must be increased considerably in order to sufficiently approximate the adiabatic curve. After exceeding a certain Mach number where local supersonic fields occur already, it was no longer possible, in spite of the substantially increased number of steps, to obtain a systematic solution because the calculation diverged. This result,was interpreted to mean that above this point of divergence the symmetrical type of flow ceases to exist and changes into the unsymmetrical type characterized by compressibility shocks.

  13. Mesencephalic basolateral domain specification is dependent on Sonic Hedgehog

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    Jesus E. Martinez-Lopez

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In the study of central nervous system morphogenesis, the identification of new molecular markers allows us to identify domains along the antero-posterior and dorso-ventral axes. In the past years, the alar and basal plates of the midbrain have been divided into different domains. The precise location of the alar-basal boundary is still under discussion. We have identified Barhl1, Nhlh1 and Six3 as appropriate molecular markers to the adjacent domains of this transition. The description of their expression patterns and the contribution to the different mesencephalic populations corroborated their role in the specification of these domains. We studied the influence of Sonic Hedgehog on these markers and therefore on the specification of these territories. The lack of this morphogen produced severe alterations in the expression pattern of Barhl1 and Nhlh1 with consequent misspecification of the basolateral domain. Six3 expression was apparently unaffected, however its distribution changed leading to altered basal domains. In this study we confirmed the localization of the alar-basal boundary dorsal to the basolateral domain and demonstrated that the development of the basolateral domain highly depends on Shh.

  14. Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill for High Temperature Application

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Scott, James; Sherrit, Stewart; Widholm, Scott; Badescu, Mircea; Shrout, Tom; Jones, Beth

    2010-01-01

    Venus is one of the many significant scientific targets for NASA. New rock sampling tools with the ability to be operated at high temperatures of the order of 460 deg C are required for surface in-situ sampling/analysis missions. Piezoelectric materials such as LiNbO? crystals and Bismuth Titanate are potentially operational at the temperature range found on the surface of Venus. A study of the feasibility of producing piezoelectric drills for a temperature up to 500 deg C was conducted. The study includes investigation of the high temperature properties of piezoelectric crystals and ceramics with different formulas and doping. Several prototypes of Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corers (USDC) driven by transducers using the high temperate piezoelectric ceramics and single LiNbO? crystal were fabricated. The transducers were analyzed by scanning the impedance at room temperature and 500 deg C under both low and high voltages. The drilling performances were tested at temperature up to 500 deg C. Preliminary results were previously reported [Bao et al, 2009]. In this paper, the progress is presented and the future works for performance improvements are discussed.

  15. Sonic hedgehog in oral squamous cell carcinoma: An immunohistochemical study

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    Srinath, Sahana; Iyengar, Asha R; Mysorekar, Vijaya

    2016-01-01

    Background: Recent studies have revealed the involvement of hedgehog (Hh) signaling component in proliferation and invasive behavior of many carcinomas. Aim: This study aims to identify the expression of sonic Hh (SHH) protein of SHH pathway in oral epithelial dysplasia and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) using SHH (H-160) (Santa Cruz, sc-9042) which could have therapeutic implication in future. Materials and Methods: A total of 250 cases comprising 50 normal oral mucosa, 50 cases of oral epithelial dysplasia, 50 well, 50 moderate and 50 poorly differentiated OSCCs were included in the study. Immunohistochemical evaluation of SHH protein expression was conducted using monoclonal antibody. Interpretation of the expression was done by immunoreactive score of Remmele and Stegner (IRS) scoring method. Statistical Analysis: Chi-Square test was used to analyze the results. Results: The study showed that SHH signaling molecules are highly expressed in OSCC, and their expression was mainly in the cytoplasm of epithelial cells. Conclusion: The SHH signaling component is associated with the pathological parameter in OSCC and oral epithelial dysplasia. PMID:27721600

  16. 131-Iodine-Labeled Derivatives of the Sonic Hedgehog Protein

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    Jennifer Sims-Mourtada

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Activation of hedgehog (HH pathway signaling is observed in many tumors. Due to a feedback loop, the HH receptor Patched (PTCH-1 is overexpressed in tumors with activated HH signaling. Therefore, we sought to radiolabel the PTCH-1 ligand sonic (SHH for detection of cancer cells with canonical HH activity. Receptor binding of 131I-SHH was increased in cell lines with high HH pathway activation. Our findings also show that PTCH-1 receptor expression is decreased upon treatment with HH signaling inhibitors, and receptor binding of 131I-SHH is significantly decreased following treatment with cyclopamine. In vivo imaging and biodistribution studies revealed significant accumulation of 131I-SHH within tumor tissue as compared to normal organs. Tumor-to-muscle ratios were approximately 8 : 1 at 5 hours, while tumor to blood and tumor to bone were 2 : 1 and 5 : 1, respectively. Significant uptake was also observed in liver and gastrointestinal tissue. These studies show that 131I-SHH is capable of in vivo detection of breast tumors with high HH signaling. We further demonstrate that the hedgehog receptor PTCH-1 is downregulated upon treatment with hedgehog inhibitors. Our data suggests that radiolabeled SHH derivatives may provide a method to determine response to SHH-targeted therapies.

  17. Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill for High Temperature Application

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    Bao, Xiaoqi; Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Scott, James; Sherrit, Stewart; Widholm, Scott; Badescu, Mircea; Shrout, Tom; Jones, Beth

    2010-01-01

    Venus is one of the many significant scientific targets for NASA. New rock sampling tools with the ability to be operated at high temperatures of the order of 460 deg C are required for surface in-situ sampling/analysis missions. Piezoelectric materials such as LiNbO? crystals and Bismuth Titanate are potentially operational at the temperature range found on the surface of Venus. A study of the feasibility of producing piezoelectric drills for a temperature up to 500 deg C was conducted. The study includes investigation of the high temperature properties of piezoelectric crystals and ceramics with different formulas and doping. Several prototypes of Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corers (USDC) driven by transducers using the high temperate piezoelectric ceramics and single LiNbO? crystal were fabricated. The transducers were analyzed by scanning the impedance at room temperature and 500 deg C under both low and high voltages. The drilling performances were tested at temperature up to 500 deg C. Preliminary results were previously reported [Bao et al, 2009]. In this paper, the progress is presented and the future works for performance improvements are discussed.

  18. A sonic boom propagation model including mean flow atmospheric effects

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    Salamone, Joe; Sparrow, Victor W.

    2012-09-01

    This paper presents a time domain formulation of nonlinear lossy propagation in onedimension that also includes the effects of non-collinear mean flow in the acoustic medium. The model equation utilized is an augmented Burgers equation that includes the effects of nonlinearity, geometric spreading, atmospheric stratification, and also absorption and dispersion due to thermoviscous and molecular relaxation effects. All elements of the propagation are implemented in the time domain and the effects of non-collinear mean flow are accounted for in each term of the model equation. Previous authors have presented methods limited to showing the effects of wind on ray tracing and/or using an effective speed of sound in their model equation. The present work includes the effects of mean flow for all terms included in the augmented Burgers equation with all of the calculations performed in the time-domain. The capability to include the effects of mean flow in the acoustic medium allows one to make predictions more representative of real-world atmospheric conditions. Examples are presented for nonlinear propagation of N-waves and shaped sonic booms. [Work supported by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

  19. SONIC: workbook evaluations from students using web-based resources.

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    Gibbon, Carolyn; Currie, Richard

    2008-01-01

    Problem-based learning (PBL) or enquiry-based learning (EBL) methods are frequently used within UK nursing curricula in order to support students in their learning. At the same time students are increasingly using electronic resources for information to support their learning. Following a successful Fund for the Development of Teaching (FDTL-phase 4) award, the Students Online in Nursing Integrated Curricula (SONIC) project ran from 2002 to 2005. This project developed and evaluated web-based resource-enriched scenarios to support students using PBL or EBL. This collaborative project across four institutions also included another six institutions in the evaluations. To facilitate evaluation a workbook was devised enabling data to be obtained from a total of 241 students from across different branches. Evaluations showed that they welcomed the open access and particular resources such as the animations, the hyperlinks, and the self-assessment quizzes. Whilst the evaluations did not ascertain the impact on students' learning, they nevertheless demonstrate that the students themselves regarded the resources as supplemental to, rather than substituting other approaches to learning. The development of these resources took place in nursing departments and interest has been demonstrated by a number of other professions nationally and internationally.

  20. Sonic booms produced by US Air Force and US Navy aircraft: Measured data

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    Lee, R. A.; Downing, J. M.

    1991-01-01

    A sonic measurement program was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base. Sonic boom signatures, produced by F-4, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-111, SR-71, and T-38 aircraft, were obtained under the flight track and at various lateral sites which were located up to 18 miles off-track. Thirteen monitors developed by Det 1 AL/BBE were used to collect full sonic boom waveforms, and nine modified dosimeters were used to collect supplemental peak overpressures and the C-weighted Sound Exposure Levels (CSEL) for 43 near steady supersonic flights of the above United States Air Force and United States Navy aircraft. This report describes the measured database (BOOMFILE) that contains sonic boom signatures and overpressures, aircraft tracking, and local weather data. These measured data highlight the major influences on sonic boom propagation and generation. The data from this study show that a constant offset of 26 from the peak overpressure expressed in dB gives a good estimate of the CSEL of a sonic boom.

  1. Sonic Hedgehog activation is implicated in diosgenin-induced megakaryocytic differentiation of human erythroleukemia cells.

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    Ghezali, Lamia; Liagre, Bertrand; Limami, Youness; Beneytout, Jean-Louis; Leger, David Yannick

    2014-01-01

    Differentiation therapy is a means to treat cancer and is induced by different agents with low toxicity and more specificity than traditional ones. Diosgenin, a plant steroid, is able to induce megakaryocytic differentiation or apoptosis in human HEL erythroleukemia cells in a dose-dependent manner. However, the exact mechanism by which diosgenin induces megakaryocytic differentiation has not been elucidated. In this study, we studied the involvement of Sonic Hedgehog in megakaryocytic differentiation induced by diosgenin in HEL cells. First, we showed that different elements of the Hedgehog pathway are expressed in our model by qRT-PCR. Then, we focused our interest on key elements in the Sonic Hedgehog pathway: Smoothened receptor, GLI transcription factor and the ligand Sonic Hedgehog. We showed that Smoothened and Sonic Hedgehog were overexpressed in disogenin-treated cells and that GLI transcription factors were activated. Then, we showed that SMO inhibition using siSMO or the GLI antagonist GANT-61, blocked megakaryocytic differentiation induced by diosgenin in HEL cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Sonic Hedgehog pathway inhibition led to inhibition of ERK1/2 activation, a major physiological pathway involved in megakaryocytic differentiation. In conclusion, our study reports, for the first time, a crucial role for the Sonic Hedgehog pathway in diosgenin-induced megakaryocytic differentiation in HEL cells.

  2. Sonication effect on cellular material in sedimentation and gravitational field flow fractionation.

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    Sanz, R; Battu, S; Puignou, L; Galceran, M T; Cardot, Ph J P

    2003-06-20

    Sonication procedures are generally used prior to field flow fractionation (FFF) separation in order to produce suspensions without aggregates. Yeast cells manufactured in active dry wine yeast (ADWY) were placed in an ultrasound water bath in order to disrupt possible clumps and to obtain a single-cell suspension to be used in optimal conditions during fermentation processes. In order to determine whether this sample preparation procedure meets absolute needs, different yeast samples before and after sonication were analysed by two field flow fractionation techniques. It is shown that 2 min of sonication in the sample preparation process is sufficient to obtain an optimal dispersion of the yeast cells, that is, without critical percentage of aggregates. To demonstrate this effect, photographs of the yeast cell suspensions were performed with non-sonicated and sonicated yeast sample dispersion. The resulting data are compared with the elution profiles obtained from the two different FFF techniques. It is demonstrated that fractogram profiles prove the effectiveness of sonication methodologies.

  3. Sonic Hedgehog activation is implicated in diosgenin-induced megakaryocytic differentiation of human erythroleukemia cells.

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    Lamia Ghezali

    Full Text Available Differentiation therapy is a means to treat cancer and is induced by different agents with low toxicity and more specificity than traditional ones. Diosgenin, a plant steroid, is able to induce megakaryocytic differentiation or apoptosis in human HEL erythroleukemia cells in a dose-dependent manner. However, the exact mechanism by which diosgenin induces megakaryocytic differentiation has not been elucidated. In this study, we studied the involvement of Sonic Hedgehog in megakaryocytic differentiation induced by diosgenin in HEL cells. First, we showed that different elements of the Hedgehog pathway are expressed in our model by qRT-PCR. Then, we focused our interest on key elements in the Sonic Hedgehog pathway: Smoothened receptor, GLI transcription factor and the ligand Sonic Hedgehog. We showed that Smoothened and Sonic Hedgehog were overexpressed in disogenin-treated cells and that GLI transcription factors were activated. Then, we showed that SMO inhibition using siSMO or the GLI antagonist GANT-61, blocked megakaryocytic differentiation induced by diosgenin in HEL cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that Sonic Hedgehog pathway inhibition led to inhibition of ERK1/2 activation, a major physiological pathway involved in megakaryocytic differentiation. In conclusion, our study reports, for the first time, a crucial role for the Sonic Hedgehog pathway in diosgenin-induced megakaryocytic differentiation in HEL cells.

  4. Differentiating intracellular from extracellular alkaline phosphatase activity in soil by sonication.

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    Shuping Qin

    Full Text Available Differentiating intracellular from extracellular enzyme activity is important in soil enzymology, but not easy. Here, we report on an adjusted sonication method for the separation of intracellular from extracellular phosphatase activity in soil. Under optimal sonication conditions [soil:water ratio  =  1/8 (w/v and power density  =  15 watt ml(-1], the activity of alkaline phosphomonoesterase (phosphatase in a Haplic Cambisol soil increased with sonication time in two distinct steps. A first plateau of enzyme activity was reached between 60 and 100 s, and a second higher plateau after 300 s. We also found that sonication for 100 s under optimal conditions activated most (about 80% of the alkaline phosphatase that was added to an autoclaved soil, while total bacteria number was not affected. Sonication for 300 s reduced the total bacteria number by three orders of magnitude but had no further effects on enzyme activity. Our results indicate that the first plateau of alkaline phosphatase activity was derived from extracellular enzymes attached to soil particles, and the second plateau to the combination of extracellular and intracellular enzymes after cell lysis. We conclude that our adjusted sonication method may be an alternative to the currently used physiological and chloroform-fumigation methods for differentiating intracellular from extracellular phosphatase activity in soil. Further testing is needed to find out whether this holds for other soil types.

  5. Differentiating intracellular from extracellular alkaline phosphatase activity in soil by sonication.

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    Qin, Shuping; Hu, Chunsheng; Oenema, Oene

    2013-01-01

    Differentiating intracellular from extracellular enzyme activity is important in soil enzymology, but not easy. Here, we report on an adjusted sonication method for the separation of intracellular from extracellular phosphatase activity in soil. Under optimal sonication conditions [soil:water ratio  =  1/8 (w/v) and power density  =  15 watt ml(-1)], the activity of alkaline phosphomonoesterase (phosphatase) in a Haplic Cambisol soil increased with sonication time in two distinct steps. A first plateau of enzyme activity was reached between 60 and 100 s, and a second higher plateau after 300 s. We also found that sonication for 100 s under optimal conditions activated most (about 80%) of the alkaline phosphatase that was added to an autoclaved soil, while total bacteria number was not affected. Sonication for 300 s reduced the total bacteria number by three orders of magnitude but had no further effects on enzyme activity. Our results indicate that the first plateau of alkaline phosphatase activity was derived from extracellular enzymes attached to soil particles, and the second plateau to the combination of extracellular and intracellular enzymes after cell lysis. We conclude that our adjusted sonication method may be an alternative to the currently used physiological and chloroform-fumigation methods for differentiating intracellular from extracellular phosphatase activity in soil. Further testing is needed to find out whether this holds for other soil types.

  6. SCAMP: Rapid Focused Sonic Boom Waypoint Flight Planning Methods, Execution, and Results

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    Haering, Edward A., Jr.; Cliatt, Larry J., II; Delaney, Michael M., Jr.; Plotkin, Kenneth J.; Maglieri, Domenic J.; Brown, Jacob C.

    2012-01-01

    Successful execution of the flight phase of the Superboom Caustic Analysis and Measurement Project (SCAMP) required accurate placement of focused sonic booms on an array of prepositioned ground sensors. While the array was spread over a 10,000-ft-long area, this is a relatively small region when considering the speed of a supersonic aircraft and sonic boom ray path variability due to shifting atmospheric conditions and aircraft trajectories. Another requirement of the project was to determine the proper position for a microphone-equipped motorized glider to intercept the sonic boom caustic, adding critical timing to the constraints. Variability in several inputs to these calculations caused some shifts of the focus away from the optimal location. Reports of the sonic booms heard by persons positioned amongst the array were used to shift the focus closer to the optimal location for subsequent passes. This paper describes the methods and computations used to place the focused sonic boom on the SCAMP array and gives recommendations for their accurate placement by future quiet supersonic aircraft. For the SCAMP flights, 67% of the foci were placed on the ground array with measured positions within a few thousand feet of computed positions. Among those foci with large caustic elevation angles, 96% of foci were placed on the array, and measured positions were within a few hundred feet of computed positions. The motorized glider captured sonic booms on 59% of the passes when the instrumentation was operating properly.

  7. COAGULANT – POLYELECTROLYTE SYSTEM FOR THE CONDITIONING DIGESTED AND SONICATED SEWAGE SLUDGE

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    Beata Bień

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of research on the impact of inorganic coagulants and polyelectrolytes and their common action on sonicated digested sludge. Sonication of sludge samples was carried out under static conditions for 60, 120 and 180 seconds. The ultrasonic wave of f = 20 kHz and two different amplitudes of A = 15.25 μm was used in tests. The coagulant PIX123 and the polyelectrolyte Zetag 8160 were used for conditioning. On the basis of CST test the doses of chemical reagents were chosen for conditioning. The results showed the effect of application of the PIX123 and Zetag 8160 and their combination on non-sonicated and sonicated sludge. The lowest CST was achieved for non-sonicated sludge while polyelectrolyte was applied. For sonicated sludge better results were achieved when PIX123 was used. The combination of coagulant and polyelectrolyte allowed to achieve COD reduction, but the best results were achieved for sludge prepared by PIX123. The application of Zetag8160 in this case was not satisfactory.

  8. Modulated Photon Emission of Eu3+ in Microsphere Cavity

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    YANG Yong; HAN Zheng-Fu; DONG Chun-Hua; XIAO Yun-Feng; GUO Guang-Can

    2006-01-01

    @@ Fused silica microsphere with a few Eu3+ ions on the equator is fabricated. The photon emission sharply modulated by whispering gallery (WG) modes is observed under excitation of 395 nm laser, which is in agreement with the prediction in theory.

  9. Calcium carbonate microspheres as carriers for the anticancer drug camptothecin

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    Qiu, Neng [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Department of Bio-pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu ,610065 (China); Yin, Huabing, E-mail: huabing.yin@glasgow.ac.uk [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); Ji, Bozhi; Klauke, Norbert; Glidle, Andrew [Division of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8LT (United Kingdom); Zhang, Yongkui; Song, Hang [Department of Bio-pharmaceutical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu ,610065 (China); Cai, Lulu; Ma, Liang; Wang, Guangcheng [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Chen, Lijuan, E-mail: lijuan17@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China); Wang, Wenwen [State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041 (China)

    2012-12-01

    Biogenic calcium carbonate has come to the attention of many researchers as a promising drug delivery system due to its safety, pH sensitivity and the large volume of information already in existence on its medical use. In this study, we employed bovine serum albumin (BSA) as an additive to synthesize a series of porous calcium carbonate microspheres (CCMS). These spheres, identified as vaterite, are stable both in aqueous solutions and organic solvents. Camptothecin, an effective anticancer agent, was loaded into the CCMS by simple diffusion and adsorption. The camptothecin loaded CCMS showed sustained cell growth inhibitory activity and a pH dependent release of camptothecin. With a few hours, the release is negligible under physiological conditions (pH = 7.4) but almost complete at pH 4 to 6 (i.e. pHs found in lysosomes and solid tumor tissue respectively). These findings suggest that porous, biogenic calcium carbonate microspheres could be promising carriers for the safe and efficient delivery of anticancer drugs of low aqueous solubility. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BSA-doped calcium carbonate microspheres with porous structure were prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Camptothecin was encapsulated in the spherical microparticles with encapsulation efficiency up to 11%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The release of encapsulated camptothecin is pH dependent Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In vitro studies showed an effective anticancer activity of the camptothecin- microspheres.

  10. Hydrogel microspheres from biodegradable polymers as drug delivery systems

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    A series of hydrogel microspheres were prepared from pectin, a hydrophilic biopolymer, and zein, a hydrophobic biopolymer, at varying weight ratios. The hydrogel formulation was conducted in the presence of calcium or other divalent metal ions at room temperature under mild conditions. Studies of ...

  11. Processing and Characterization of Sol-Gel Cerium Oxide Microspheres

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    McClure, Zachary D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Padilla Cintron, Cristina [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-09-27

    Of interest to space exploration and power generation, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) can provide long-term power to remote electronic systems without the need for refueling or replacement. Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) remains one of the more promising materials for thermoelectric power generation due to its high power density, long half-life, and low gamma emissions. Traditional methods for processing Pu-238 include ball milling irregular precipitated powders before pressing and sintering into a dense pellet. The resulting submicron particulates of Pu-238 quickly accumulate and contaminate glove boxes. An alternative and dust-free method for Pu-238 processing is internal gelation via sol-gel techniques. Sol-gel methodology creates monodisperse and uniform microspheres that can be packed and pressed into a pellet. For this study cerium oxide microspheres were produced as a surrogate to Pu-238. The similar electronic orbitals between cerium and plutonium make cerium an ideal choice for non-radioactive work. Before the microspheres can be sintered and pressed they must be washed to remove the processing oil and any unreacted substituents. An investigation was performed on the washing step to find an appropriate wash solution that reduced waste and flammable risk. Cerium oxide microspheres were processed, washed, and characterized to determine the effectiveness of the new wash solution.

  12. Preparation and characterization of microspheres of albumin-heparin conjugates

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    Kwon, Glen S.; Bae, You Han; Kim, Sung Wan; Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan

    1991-01-01

    Albumin-heparin microspheres have been prepared as a new drug carrier. A soluble albumin-heparin conjugate was synthesized by forming amide bonds between human serum albumin and heparin. After purification the albumin-heparin conjugate was crosslinked in a water-in-oil emulsion to form albumin-hepar

  13. Acrylic microspheres-based optosensor for visual detection of nitrite.

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    Noor, Nur Syarmim Mohamed; Tan, Ling Ling; Heng, Lee Yook; Chong, Kwok Feng; Tajuddin, Saiful Nizam

    2016-09-15

    A new optosensor for visual quantitation of nitrite (NO2(-)) ion has been fabricated by physically immobilizing Safranine O (SO) reagent onto a self-adhesive poly(n-butyl acrylate) [poly(nBA)] microspheres matrix, which was synthesized via facile microemulsion UV lithography technique. Evaluation and optimization of the optical NO2(-) ion sensor was performed with a fiber optic reflectance spectrophotometer. Scanning electron micrograph showed well-shaped and smooth spherical morphology of the poly(nBA) microspheres with a narrow particles size distribution from 0.6 μm up to 1.8 μm. The uniform size distribution of the acrylic microspheres promoted homogeneity of the immobilized SO reagent molecules on the microspheres' surfaces, thereby enhanced the sensing response reproducibility (<5% RSD) with a linear range obtained from 10 to 100 ppm NO2(-) ion. The micro-sized acrylic immobilization matrix demonstrated no significant barrier for diffusion of reactant and product, and served as a good solid state ion transport medium for reflectometric nitrite determination in food samples.

  14. Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers

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    Ferro, Valentina; Sonnberger, Aaron; Abdosamadi, Mohammad K.; McDonald, Craig; Schäffer, Erik; McGloin, David

    2016-09-01

    The success of optical tweezers in cellular biology1 is in part due to the wide range of forces that can be applied, from femto- to hundreds of pico-Newtons; nevertheless extending the range of applicable forces to the nanoNewton regime opens access to a new set of phenomena that currently lie beyond optical manipulation. A successful approach to overcome the conventional limits on trapping forces involves the optimization of the trapped probes. Jannasch et al.2 demonstrated that an anti-reflective shell of nanoporous titanium dioxide (aTiO2, nshell = 1.75) on a core particle made out of titanium dioxide in the anatase phase (cTiO2, ncore = 2.3) results in trappable microspheres capable to reach forces above 1 nN. Here we present how the technique can be further improved by coating the high refractive index microspheres with an additional anti-reflective shell made out of silica (SiO2). This external shell not only improves the trap stability for microspheres of different sizes, but also enables the use of functionalization techniques already established for commercial silica beads in biological experiments. We are also investigating the use of these new microspheres as probes to measure adhesion forces between intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) and lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) in effector T-Cells and will present preliminary results comparing standard and high-index beads.

  15. Statistical design of position-encoded microsphere arrays.

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    Sarder, Pinaki; Nehorai, Arye

    2011-03-01

    We propose a microsphere array device with microspheres having controllable positions for error-free target identification. We conduct a statistical design analysis to select the optimal distance between the microspheres as well as the optimal temperature. Our design simplifies the imaging and ensures a desired statistical performance for a given sensor cost. Specifically, we compute the posterior Cramér-Rao bound on the errors in estimating the unknown target concentrations. We use this performance bound to compute the optimal design variables. We discuss both uniform and sparse concentration levels of targets, and replace the unknown imaging parameters with their maximum likelihood estimates. We illustrate our design concept using numerical examples. The proposed microarray has high sensitivity, efficient packing, and guaranteed imaging performance. It simplifies the imaging analysis significantly by identifying targets based on the known positions of the microspheres. Potential applications include molecular recognition, specificity of targeting molecules, protein-protein dimerization, high throughput screening assays for enzyme inhibitors, drug discovery, and gene sequencing.

  16. Development of activity standard for 90Y microspheres

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    Mo, L

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available 90Y is a therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of liver cancer following implantation via a catheter in the hepatic artery, 90Y microspheres are embolised in the microvasculature of liver cancer where they irradiate the tumour by a...

  17. [Study on preparation process of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres].

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    Pan, Xu-Wang; Wang, Wei; Fang, Hong-Ying; Wang, Fu-Gen; Cai, Zhao-Bin

    2013-12-01

    This study aims to investigate the preparation process and in vitro release behavior of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, in order to prepare an artesunate polylactic acid (PLA) administration method suitable for hepatic arterial embolization. With PLA as the material and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the emulsifier, O/W emulsion/solvent evaporation method was adopted to prepare artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, and optimize the preparation process. With drug loading capacity, encapsulation efficiency and particle size as indexes, a single factor analysis was made on PLA concentration, PVA concentration, drug loading ratio and stirring velocity. Through an orthogonal experiment, the optimal processing conditions were determined as follows: PLA concentration was 9. 0% , PVA concentration was 0. 9% , drug loading ratio was 1:2 and stirring velocity was 1 000 r x min(-1). According to the verification of the optimal process, microsphere size, drug loading and entrapment rate of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres were (101.7 +/- 0.37) microm, (30.8 +/- 0.84)%, (53.6 +/- 0.62)%, respectively. The results showed that the optimal process was so reasonable and stable that it could lay foundation for further studies.

  18. Biotemplate synthesis of monodispersed iron phosphate hollow microspheres.

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    Cao, Feng; Li, Dongxu

    2010-03-01

    Monodispersed iron phosphate hollow microspheres with a high degree of crystallization were prepared through a facile in situ deposition method using rape pollen grains as a biotemplate. The functional group on the surface of the pollen grains could adsorb Fe(3+), which provided the nucleation sites for growth of iron phosphate nanoparticles. After being sintered at 600 degrees C for 10 h, the pollen grains were removed and iron phosphate hollow microspheres were obtained. A scanning electron microscope and x-ray diffraction were applied to characterize the morphology and crystalline structure of the pollen grains, iron phosphate-coated pollen grains and iron phosphate hollow microspheres. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravity analyses were performed to investigate the thermal behavior of the iron phosphate-coated pollen grains during the calcinations. Energy dispersive spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were utilized to investigate the interaction between the pollen grains and iron phosphate. The effect of the pollen wall on the surface morphology of these iron phosphate hollow microspheres was also proven in this work.

  19. Albumin-heparin microspheres as carriers for cytostatic agents

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    Cremers, H.F.M.; Feijen, J.; Kwon, G.; Bae, Y.H.; Kim, S.W.; Noteborn, H.P.J.M.; McVie, J.G.

    1990-01-01

    Much work has been done on adriamycin-loaded albumin microspheres (Alb-MS) for chemoembolization [1–4], the rationale being that site-specific drug delivery may increase the therapeutic efficacy of the drug. Alb-Ms are being investigated because of their biocompatibility and because the degradation

  20. A microfluidic approach to assembling ordered microsphere arrays

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    Xu, W.; Sur, K.; Zeng, H.; Feinerman, A.; Kelso, D.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2008-07-01

    Hydrodynamic flow through an array of channels has been utilized to assemble microspheres on a flat surface. The channels, about 6 µm in lateral size, were etched through a 60 µm thick silicon wafer using deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Droplets containing 6-8 µm fluorescent polystyrene microspheres were placed on the top side of the horizontally-oriented silicon wafer, while the bottom side was connected to a syringe that draws the fluid through the channels. In this way the microspheres are guided and secured at the inlets of the channels, and remain in place when the suction ceases. This technique, which combines favorable features such as high throughput, high resolution rate and reusability, can be a powerful platform for a new generation of protein microarrays. Antigens can be bound to the microspheres as 'targets', which can then be exposed to different fluorescence-tagged antibodies so that their binding can be confirmed. This system can also be used to study the functional roles of gene fragments and their relations to human diseases. The high throughput feature will make it possible to screen a large number of DNA fragments and identify the genetic basis of various diseases effectively.

  1. Mucoadhesive microspheres of propranolol hydrochloride for nasal delivery

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    Dandagi P

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Gelatin A microspheres of propranolol hydrochloride for intranasal systemic delivery were developed with the aim to avoid first pass metabolism, to improve the patient compliance, to use an alternative therapy to conventional dosage form, to achieve controlled blood level profiles, and to improve the therapeutic efficacy of propranolol hydrochloride in the treatment of various cardiovascular disorders and as a prophylactic for migraine. Gelatin A microspheres were prepared by emulsion crosslinking method using glutaradehyde as a crosslinking agent. Gelatin and chitosan were used as polymer and co polymer respectively. All the prepared microspheres were evaluated for physical characteristics, such as particle size, incorporation efficiency, swelling index, in vitro bioadhesion using rat jejunum and in vitro drug release in pH 6.6 phosphate buffer. Average particle size of microspheres was found to be in the size range 1-50 mm. Increase in drug and polymer concentration in the formulation increased incorporation efficiency. All the microsphers showed good bioadhesive properties and swelling indices and good sustained release of drug. The data indicates that propranolol hydrochloride release followed Higuchi′s matrix and Peppa′s model. Stability studies showed stability of formulation at all the conditions to which they were subjected.

  2. Process for fabricating doped zinc oxide microsphere gel

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1991-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  3. Biotemplate synthesis of monodispersed iron phosphate hollow microspheres

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    Cao Feng; Li Dongxu, E-mail: dongxuli@njut.edu.c [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Jiangsu Nanjing 210009 (China)

    2010-03-15

    Monodispersed iron phosphate hollow microspheres with a high degree of crystallization were prepared through a facile in situ deposition method using rape pollen grains as a biotemplate. The functional group on the surface of the pollen grains could adsorb Fe{sup 3+}, which provided the nucleation sites for growth of iron phosphate nanoparticles. After being sintered at 600 deg. C for 10 h, the pollen grains were removed and iron phosphate hollow microspheres were obtained. A scanning electron microscope and x-ray diffraction were applied to characterize the morphology and crystalline structure of the pollen grains, iron phosphate-coated pollen grains and iron phosphate hollow microspheres. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravity analyses were performed to investigate the thermal behavior of the iron phosphate-coated pollen grains during the calcinations. Energy dispersive spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were utilized to investigate the interaction between the pollen grains and iron phosphate. The effect of the pollen wall on the surface morphology of these iron phosphate hollow microspheres was also proven in this work.

  4. Prediction of the effective thermal conductivity of microsphere insulation

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    Jin, Ling Xue; Park, Ji Ho; Lee, Cheon Kyu; Seo, Man Su; Jeong, Sang Kwon [Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    Since glass microsphere has high crush strength, low density and small particle size, it becomes alternative thermal insulation material for cryogenic systems, such as storage and transportation tank for cryogenic fluids. Although many experiments have been performed to verify the effective thermal conductivity of microsphere, prediction by calculation is still inaccurate due to the complicated geometries, including wide range of powder diameter distribution and different pore sizes. The accurate effective thermal conductivity model for microsphere is discussed in this paper. There are four mechanisms which contribute to the heat transfer of the evacuated powder: gaseous conduction (k{sub g}), solid conduction (k{sub s}), radiation (k{sub r}) and thermal contact (k{sub c}). Among these components, k{sub g} and k{sub s} were calculated by Zehner and Schlunder model (1970). Other component values for k{sub c} and k{sub r}, which were obtained from experimental data under high vacuum conditions were added. In this research paper, the geometry of microsphere was simplified as a homogeneous solid sphere. The calculation results were compared with previous experimental data by R. Wawryk (1988), H. S. Kim (2010) and the experiment of this paper to show good agreement within error of 46%, 4.6% and 17 % for each result.

  5. PLGA and PHBV Microsphere Formulations and Solid-State Characterization

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    Yang, Chiming; Plackett, David; Needham, David

    2009-01-01

    To develop and characterize the solid-state properties of poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and poly(3-hydroxybutyric acid-co-3-hydroxyvaleric acid) (PHBV) microspheres for the localized and controlled release of fusidic acid (FA). The effects of FA loading and polymer composition on the mean...

  6. Hollow mesoporous titania microspheres: New technology and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Feng, Zhenliang; Wei, Wenrui; Wang, Litong; Hong, Ruoyu

    2015-12-01

    Hollow titania microspheres (HTS) were fabricated via a sol-gel process by coating the hydrolysis product of titanium tetrabutoxide (TBOT) onto the amino (-NH2) modified porous polystyrene cross-linked divinyl benzene (PS-DVB) microspheres under changing atmospheric pressure, followed by calcination in nitrogen and air atmosphere. Particularly, the atmospheric pressure was continuously and regularly changed during the formation process of PS-DVB@TiO2 microspheres. Then the TiO2 particles were absorbed into the pores and onto the surface of PS-DVB as well. The resultant HTS (around 2 μm in diameter) featured a high specific surface area (84.37 m2/g), anatase crystal and stable hollow microsphere structure, which led to high photocatalysis activity. The photocatalytic degradation of malachite green (MG) organic dye solution was conducted under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, which showed a high photocatalytic ability (81% of MG was degraded after UV irradiation for 88 min). Therefore, it could be potentially applied for the treatment of wastewater contaminated by organic pollutants.

  7. Chitosan-Montmorillonite microspheres: A sustainable fertilizer delivery system.

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    dos Santos, Bruna Rodrigues; Bacalhau, Fabiana Britti; Pereira, Tamires dos Santos; Souza, Claudinei Fonseca; Faez, Roselena

    2015-08-20

    Controlled release fertilizers are efficient tools that increase the sustainability of agricultural practices. However, the biodegradability of the matrices and the determination of the release into soil still require some investigation. This paper describes the preparation of potassium-containing microspheres based on chitosan and montmorillonite clay and the in situ soil release. The chitosan-montmorillonite microspheres were prepared using a coagulation method and different proportions of montmorillonite. The structural, thermal and morphological properties as well the water swelling and fertilizer sorption capacity were evaluated. The best formulations were applied in soil, and the fertilizer release was monitored using time-domain reflectometry (TDR). Montmorillonite clay provides better sorption properties than the chitosan microspheres because of the rough and porous surface. Due to these properties, high levels of fertilizer were sorbed onto the material. ChMMT33-containing potassium shows two specific periods of fertilizer release: the first one lasted approximately three days and was assigned to the external fertilizer on the microspheres. The second was assigned to the internal fertilizer. TDR is an important and fast tool and was used to determine the fertilizer release and the ion movement in the soil.

  8. Albumin-heparin microspheres as carriers for cytostatic agents

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    Cremers, Harry; Feijen, Jan; Kwon, G.; Bae, Y.H.; Kim, S.W.; Noteborn, H.P.J.M.; Mcvie, J.G.

    1990-01-01

    Much work has been done on adriamycin-loaded albumin microspheres (Alb-MS) for chemoembolization [1–4], the rationale being that site-specific drug delivery may increase the therapeutic efficacy of the drug. Alb-Ms are being investigated because of their biocompatibility and because the degradation

  9. Porous metal oxide microspheres from ion exchange resin

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    Picart, S.; Parant, P.; Caisso, M.; Remy, E.; Mokhtari, H.; Jobelin, I.; Bayle, J. P.; Martin, C. L.; Blanchart, P.; Ayral, A.; Delahaye, T.

    2015-07-01

    This study is devoted to the synthesis and the characterization of porous metal oxide microsphere from metal loaded ion exchange resin. Their application concerns the fabrication of uranium-americium oxide pellets using the powder-free process called Calcined Resin Microsphere Pelletization (CRMP). Those mixed oxide ceramics are one of the materials envisaged for americium transmutation in sodium fast neutron reactors. The advantage of such microsphere precursor compared to classical oxide powder is the diminution of the risk of fine dissemination which can be critical for the handling of highly radioactive powders such as americium based oxides and the improvement of flowability for the filling of compaction chamber. Those millimetric oxide microspheres incorporating uranium and americium were synthesized and characterizations showed a very porous microstructure very brittle in nature which occurred to be adapted to shaping by compaction. Studies allowed to determine an optimal heat treatment with calcination temperature comprised between 700-800 °C and temperature rate lower than 2 °C/min. Oxide Precursors were die-pressed into pellets and then sintered under air to form regular ceramic pellets of 95% of theoretical density (TD) and of homogeneous microstructure. This study validated thus the scientific feasibility of the CRMP process to prepare bearing americium target in a powder free manner.

  10. Evaporation of water between two microspheres: how wetting affects drying

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    Cho, Kun; Kim, Yeseul; Lim, Jun; Kim, Joon Heon; Weon, Byung Mook

    2016-11-01

    When a small volume of water is confined between microparticles or nanoparticles, its evaporation behavior can be influenced by wettability of particles. This situation frequently appears in coating or printing of colloidal drops in which colloidal particles are uniformly dispersed into a liquid. To explore water evaporation between particles, here we study on evaporation dynamics of water between two microspheres by utilizing high-resolution X-ray microscopy for side views and optical microscopy for bottom views. We find that evaporating water gets pinned on microsphere surfaces, due to a force balance among air, water, and microspheres. Side and bottom views of evaporating water enable us to evaluate water curvature evolution around microspheres before and after pinning. Interestingly curvature evolution is controlled by cooperation of evaporation and wetting dynamics. This study would be useful in identifying and controlling of coating or printing for colloidal drops. This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2016R1D1A1B01007133).

  11. Polyacrylate microspheres for tunable fluorimetric zinc ions sensor.

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    Woźnica, Emilia; Maksymiuk, Krzysztof; Michalska, Agata

    2014-01-07

    A novel concept of optical fluorimetric sensing using polymeric microspheres is explored on example of zinc ions sensors. The novel approach proposed uses the advantage of concomitant presence in a microsphere of two compounds: a receptor, fluorescently silent complexing ligand and an optical transducer, fluorescent compound. Binding of the analyte by the ligand affects its absorption spectrum, leading to decrease of the free ligand absorption and increase of complex absorption band. The decrease of free ligand absorption exposes emission of the transducer, yielding increase in fluorescence intensity on analyte concentration increase. This approach was verified experimentally using Zn(2+) as a model analyte, the fluorimetric sensor obtained uses 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol (PAN) as analyte sensitive receptor and pyrene as optical transducer. In the absence of zinc ions in the sample emission of pyrene embedded in the spheres was significantly quenched, whereas increase of Zn(2+) ions concentration in the sample resulted in dependence of fluorescence intensity on logarithm of zinc ions concentration in extraordinary wide range, from 10(-7) to 0.1 M. The response mechanism was explained by surface accumulation of zinc ion-PAN complex on the microsphere/sample solution interface. It was also shown that introduction of cation-exchanging sites to the microspheres significantly alters the responses pattern leading to high sensitivity over relatively limited concentration range (3-4 orders of magnitude). In the latter case the observed responses can be tuned to occur in chosen concentration range, simply by adjusting sample pH.

  12. BIOCOMPATIBLE FLUORESCENT MICROSPHERES: SAFE PARTICLES FOR MATERIAL PENETRATION STUDIES

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    farquar, G; Leif, R

    2008-09-12

    Biocompatible polymers with hydrolyzable chemical bonds are being used to produce safe, non-toxic fluorescent microspheres for material penetration studies. The selection of polymeric materials depends on both biocompatibility and processability, with tailored fluorescent properties depending on specific applications. Microspheres are composed of USFDA-approved biodegradable polymers and non-toxic fluorophores and are therefore suitable for tests where human exposure is possible. Micropheres are being produced which contain unique fluorophores to enable discrimination from background aerosol particles. Characteristics that affect dispersion and adhesion can be modified depending on use. Several different microsphere preparation methods are possible, including the use of a vibrating orifice aerosol generator (VOAG), a Sono-Tek atomizer, an emulsion technique, and inkjet printhead. The advantages and disadvantages of each method will be presented and discussed in greater detail along with fluorescent and charge properties of the aerosols. Applications for the fluorescent microspheres include challenges for biodefense system testing, calibrants for biofluorescence sensors, and particles for air dispersion model validation studies.

  13. Transformation of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) via sonication and vacuum infiltration of germinated seeds with Agrobacterium harboring a group 3 LEA gene from B. napus.

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    Park, Byong-Jin; Liu, Zaochang; Kanno, Akira; Kameya, Toshiaki

    2005-10-01

    A protocol for producing transgenic radish (Raphanus sativus) was obtained by using both ultrasonic and vacuum infiltration assisted, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. The Agrobacterium strain LBA4404 contained the binary vector pBI121-LEA (late embyogenesis abundant), which carried a Group 3 LEA gene, from Brassica napus. Among six combinations, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation assisted by a combination of 5-min sonication with 5-min vacuum infiltration resulted in the highest transformation frequency. The existence, integration and expression of transferred LEA gene in transgenic T(1) plants were confirmed by PCR, genomic Southern and Western blot analysis. Transgenic radish demonstrated better growth performance than non-transformed control plants under osmotic and salt stress conditions. Accumulation of Group 3 LEA protein in the vegetative tissue of transgenic radish conferred increased tolerance to water deficit and salt stress.

  14. Synthesis of a new type of echinus-like Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shell-structured microspheres and their applications in selectively enriching phosphopeptides and removing phospholipids.

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    Li, Hua; Shi, Xianzhe; Qiao, Lizhen; Lu, Xin; Xu, Guowang

    2013-02-01

    Some compounds of low abundance in biological samples play important roles in bioprocesses. However, the detection of these compounds at inherently trace concentrations with interference from a complex matrix is difficult. New materials for sample pretreatment are essential for the removal of interferences and for selective enrichment. In this study, echinus-like Fe(3)O(4)@TiO(2) core-shell-structured microspheres (echinus-like microspheres) have been synthesized for the first time. Rutile phase TiO(2) nanorods with a length of approximately 300 nm and width of approximately 60 nm are arranged regularly on the surface of the microspheres. This novel type of material exhibited good selectivity and adsorption capacity toward phosphate-containing compounds. In proteomics research, the echinus-like microspheres were used to selectively enrich phosphopeptides from complex peptide mixtures. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) analysis showed that fourteen phosphopeptides were detected from α-casein tryptic digests after enrichment. Even in peptide mixtures that contained highly abundant nonphosphorylated peptides with interference from bovine serum albumin, these phospopeptides could still be selectively trapped with little nonspecific adsorption. In metabolomics studies, the echinus-like microspheres were further used to selectively remove phosphocholines (PCs) and lysophosphocholines (LPCs), which are the main matrix interferences for the detection of metabolites of low abundance in plasma. Liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry was used to perform the metabolic profiling of plasma. The high concentrations of PCs and LPCs were effectively eliminated, and many endogenous metabolites of low abundance were enhanced or even observed for the first time. All of the results suggest that echinus-like microspheres have potential applications in proteomics and metabolomics to improve the

  15. A doxorubicin delivery system: Samarium/mesoporous bioactive glass/alginate composite microspheres

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    Zhang, Ying, E-mail: yingzhang@suda.edu.cn; Wang, Xiang; Su, Yanli; Chen, Dongya; Zhong, Wenxing

    2016-10-01

    Samarium (Sm) incorporated mesoporous bioactive glasses (MBG) microspheres have been prepared using the method of alginate cross-linking with Ca{sup 2+} ions. The in vitro bioactivities of Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres were studied by immersing in simulated body fluid (SBF) for various periods. The results indicated that the Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres have a faster apatite formation rate on the surface. To investigate their delivery properties further, doxorubicin (DOX) was selected as a model drug. The results showed that the Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres exhibit sustained DOX delivery, and their release mechanism is controlled by Fickian diffusion according the Higuchi model. In addition, the delivery of DOX from Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres can be dominated by changing the doping concentration of Sm and the values of pH microenvironment. These all revealed that this material is a promising candidate for the therapy of bone cancer. - Graphical abstract: The schematic illustration of controlled DOX release from the Sm/MBG alginate microspheres. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres were synthesized by alginate cross-linking with Ca{sup 2+}. • Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres demonstrate apatite formation ability. • Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres possess a sustained release of anti-cancer drug (DOX). • Sm/MBG/alginate microspheres have positive potential for the therapy of bone cancer.

  16. Sustained Release Floating Microspheres Of Acyclovir: Formulation, Optimization, Characterization And In Vitro Evaluation

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    Parmar Kunal Vinodbhai

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to prepare floating microspheres of acyclovir to prolong residence time in stomach and to sustain the release of acyclovir. Acyclovir loaded floating microspheres were prepared by double emulsion solvent evaporation method. The 32 full factorial design was applied to optimize the formulation. The resultant microspheres were evaluated for average particle size, percentage encapsulation efficiency, in vitro drug release and model fitting kinetics. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were used to investigate the physical state of the drug in the microspheres. The particle size of microspheres was in the range of 275-340 µm. Percentage encapsulation efficiency was between 59%-77% w/w. Microspheres remained buoyant for more than about 12 h. The results of FT-IR spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry indicated the stable character of acyclovir in microspheres and also revealed absence of drugpolymer interaction. The in vitro drug release study showed that acyclovir release from the microspheres was slow and sustained for more than about 10 h. Drug release followed Korsemeyer-peppas model. The results of factorial batches revealed that the concentration of ethyl cellulose and stirring speed significantly affected drug encapsulation efficiency and particle size of the microspheres. Thus we can conclude that floating microspheres can successfully be developed to sustain the drug release.

  17. Synthesis and catalytic performance of SiO2@Ni and hollow Ni microspheres

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    Liu, Xin; Liu, Yanhua; Shi, Xueting; Yu, Zhengyang; Feng, Libang

    2016-11-01

    Nickel (Ni) catalyst has been widely used in catalytic reducing reactions such as catalytic hydrogenation of organic compounds and catalytic reduction of organic dyes. However, the catalytic efficiency of pure Ni is low. In order to improve the catalytic performance, Ni nanoparticle-loaded microspheres can be developed. In this study, we have prepared Ni nanoparticle-loaded microspheres (SiO2@Ni) and hollow Ni microspheres using two-step method. SiO2@Ni microspheres with raspberry-like morphology and core-shell structure are synthesized successfully using SiO2 microsphere as a template and Ni2+ ions are adsorbed onto SiO2 surfaces via electrostatic interaction and then reduced and deposited on surfaces of SiO2 microspheres. Next, the SiO2 cores are removed by NaOH etching and the hollow Ni microspheres are prepared. The NaOH etching time does no have much influence on the crystal structure, shape, and surface morphology of SiO2@Ni; however, it can change the phase composition evidently. The hollow Ni microspheres are obtained when the NaOH etching time reaches 10 h and above. The as-synthesized SiO2@Ni microspheres exhibit much higher catalytic performance than the hollow Ni microspheres and pure Ni nanoparticles in the catalytic reduction of methylene blue. Meanwhile, the SiO2@Ni catalyst has high stability and hence it can be recycled for reuse.

  18. Enhanced autonomic shutdown of Li-ion batteries by polydopamine coated polyethylene microspheres

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    Baginska, Marta; Blaiszik, Benjamin J.; Rajh, Tijana; Sottos, Nancy R.; White, Scott R.

    2014-12-01

    Thermally triggered autonomic shutdown of a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is demonstrated using polydopamine (PDA)-coated polyethylene microspheres applied onto a battery anode. The microspheres are dispersed in a buffered 10 mM dopamine salt solution and the pH is raised to initiate the polymerization and coat the microspheres. Coated microspheres are then mixed with an aqueous binder, applied onto a battery anode surface, dried, and incorporated into Li-ion coin cells. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy are used to verify the presence of the polydopamine on the surface of the microspheres. Scanning electron microscopy is used to examine microsphere surface morphology and resulting anode coating quality. Charge and discharge capacity, as well as impedance, are measured for Li-ion coin cells as a function of microsphere content. Autonomous shutdown is achieved by applying 1.7 mg cm-2 of PDA-coated microspheres to the electrode. The PDA coating significantly reduces the mass of microspheres for effective shutdown compared to our prior work with uncoated microspheres.

  19. Evaluation of the Intestinal Colonizing Potential and Immunomodulating Capacity of Lactobacilli Microspheres.

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    Cotta, Karyn I; Addo, Richard T; D'Souza, Martin J

    2016-05-01

    Lactobacilli species get degraded by acidic conditions in the stomach. Thus, the objective of this study was to (1) formulate and characterize gastro-resistant Lactobacilli microspheres and (2) evaluate the ability of Lactobacilli microspheres to colonize the intestine and their capacity to have an immunomodulating effect in vivo. The product yield and the encapsulation efficiency were 45% and 100%, respectively. The average microsphere particle size was 5 μm. Lactobacilli microspheres were most stable at 4°C and showed a better suspendibility in distilled water. Without encapsulation, the viability of bacteria decreased within 30 min. In the case of Lactobacilli microspheres, no Lactobacilli were released in the first 3 h, and highest release was observed at 4 h, thus, suggesting the significance of encapsulation of Lactobacilli. Lactobacilli microspheres maintained intestinal colonization only during the dosing period, and the serum IgG, serum IgA, fecal, intestinal, nasal IgA, and the serum interleukin-1β levels were higher in the Lactobacilli microsphere group compared with the blank microsphere and the lactobacilli solution group, suggesting that the Lactobacilli microspheres were more gastro-resistant and, hence, showed positive effects compared with the Lactobacilli solution. However, the Lactobacilli microspheres did not have a significant effect on the tumor necrosis factor-α levels.

  20. Meal assistance robot with ultrasonic motor

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    Kodani, Yasuhiro; Tanaka, Kanya; Wakasa, Yuji; Akashi, Takuya; Oka, Masato

    2007-12-01

    In this paper, we have constructed a robot that help people with disabilities of upper extremities and advanced stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients to eat with their residual abilities. Especially, many of people suffering from advanced stage ALS of the use a pacemaker. And they need to avoid electromagnetic waves. Therefore we adopt ultra sonic motor that does not generate electromagnetic waves as driving sources. Additionally we approach the problem of the conventional meal assistance robot. Moreover, we introduce the interface with eye movement so that extremities can also use our system. User operates our robot not with hands or foot but with eye movement.