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  1. Tribological performance of nanometer samarium borate

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    2001-01-01

    Nanometer crystal samarium borate with a particle size of 20~40 nm was prepared using replacing solvent drying technique. The wear resistance and load-carrying capacity of 500SN base oil could be improved and the friction coefficient could be decreased by the addition of nanometer samarium borate. But the dosage of samarium borate nanoparticles had to be controlled at a relatively low level, a higher concentration of nanoparticles was not of beneficial to the tribological performance of the oil. The optimal dosage of nanometer samarium borate is 1.0%. Tribochemical reactions took place in the tribological process, which resulted in the formation of deposition products including diboron trioxide and disamarium trioxide. Fe2B and FeB were also found on the wear scar. The improvement of tribological properties of the oil comes from the formation of deposition layer and permeating layer.

  2. Nanometer-scale phase separation in colossal magnetoresistive manganite

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    Roessler, Sahana; Ernst, Stefan; Wirth, Steffen; Steglich, Frank [Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Noethnizer Strasse 40, 01187, Dresden (Germany); Padmanabhan, B.; Elizabeth, Suja; Bhat, H.L. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India)

    2008-07-01

    In strongly correlated electron systems an intrinsic instability of the electronic state and competing long-range interactions may result in the formation of nanometer-sized regions of different phases. We have carried out scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy on single crystals of a colossal magnetoresistive manganite Pr{sub 0.68}Pb{sub 0.32}MnO{sub 3} at different temperatures in order to probe their spatial homogeneity across the metal-insulator transition temperature T{sub M-I}. In this compound, the Curie temperature T{sub C} is lower than T{sub M-I}. Spectroscopic studies revealed inhomogeneous maps of the zero-bias conductance with small patches of metallic clusters on a length scale of 2-3 nm only within a narrow temperature range close to the metal-insulator transition. A detailed analysis of conductance histograms based on these maps gave direct evidence for phase separation into insulating and metallic regions in the paramagnetic metallic state, i.e. for T{sub C} T{sub M-I}.

  3. Dispersion effect and auto-reconditioning performance of nanometer WS2 particles in green lubricant

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    Shi Chen; Mao Daheng; Zhou Ming

    2010-10-01

    This paper reported on dispersion effect and dispersing techniques of nanometer WS2 particles in the green lubricant concocted by us. And it also researched on auto-reconditioning performance of nanometer WS2 particles to the abrasive surfaces of steel ball from four-ball tribology test and piston ring from engine lubrication test. The treated and untreated nanometer WS2 particles were analysed by infrared spectrum. And the elementary component and interior elementary distribution of abrasive surface repaired by nanometer WS2 particles were analysed by multifunction electron spectrometer. The results showed that the combinative method of ultrasonic dispersion, mechanical agitation and surface modification could improve the dispersion uniformity and stability of nanometer WS2 particles in the green lubricant effectively. And the optimal ratio of the mass between surface modifier and nanometer WS2 particles was 1 : 2.5, the optimal treating time was 5 h. And IR analysis indicated that surface modifier could react with hydroxide radicals on surfaces of WS2 particles and modify the surfaces, and the long lipophilic groups on surfaces of nanometer WS2 particles could stretch in oil adequately and form steric hindrance layers between particles which prevented particles from conglomerating and depositing. In addition, tribological tests and surface analysis indicated that there were WS2 adsorption film and reaction film on abrasive surfaces during the tribological tests, which could fill and level up the furrows on abrasive surfaces. As a result, the abrasive surfaces were repaired effectively by nanometer WS2 particles.

  4. Giant Peltier Effect in a Submicron-Sized Cu-Ni/Au Junction with Nanometer-Scale Phase Separation

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    Sugihara, Atsushi; Kodzuka, Masaya; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Yuasa, Shinji; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Ando, Koji; Takanashi, Koki; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Fukushima, Akio

    2010-06-01

    We observed a giant Peltier effect in a submicron Cu-Ni/Au junction. The Peltier coefficient was evaluated to be 480 mV at room temperature from the balance between Joule heating and the Peltier cooling effect in the junction, which is 40 times that expected from the Seebeck coefficients of bulk Au and Cu-Ni alloy. This giant cooling effect lowered the inner temperature of the junction by 160 K. Microstructure analysis with a three-dimensional atom probe suggested that the giant Peltier effect possibly originated from nanometer-scale phase separation in the Cu-Ni layer.

  5. Liquid-liquid phase separation in aerosol particles: imaging at the nanometer scale.

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    O'Brien, Rachel E; Wang, Bingbing; Kelly, Stephen T; Lundt, Nils; You, Yuan; Bertram, Allan K; Leone, Stephen R; Laskin, Alexander; Gilles, Mary K

    2015-04-21

    Atmospheric aerosols can undergo phase transitions including liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) while responding to changes in the ambient relative humidity (RH). Here, we report results of chemical imaging experiments using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) to investigate the LLPS of micrometer-sized particles undergoing a full hydration-dehydration cycle. Internally mixed particles composed of ammonium sulfate (AS) and either: limonene secondary organic carbon (LSOC), α, 4-dihydroxy-3-methoxybenzeneaceticacid (HMMA), or polyethylene glycol (PEG-400) were studied. Events of LLPS were observed for all samples with both techniques. Chemical imaging with STXM showed that both LSOC/AS and HMMA/AS particles were never homogeneously mixed for all measured RH's above the deliquescence point and that the majority of the organic component was located in the outer phase. The outer phase composition was estimated as 65:35 organic: inorganic in LSOC/AS and as 50:50 organic: inorganic for HMMA/AS. PEG-400/AS particles showed fully homogeneous mixtures at high RH and phase separated below 89-92% RH with an estimated 70:30% organic to inorganic mix in the outer phase. These two chemical imaging techniques are well suited for in situ analysis of the hygroscopic behavior, phase separation, and surface composition of collected ambient aerosol particles.

  6. Liquid-liquid phase separation in aerosol particles: Imaging at the Nanometer Scale

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    O' Brien, Rachel; Wang, Bingbing; Kelly, Stephen T.; Lundt, Nils; You, Yuan; Bertram, Allan K.; Leone, Stephen R.; Laskin, Alexander; Gilles, Mary K.

    2015-04-21

    Atmospheric aerosols can undergo phase transitions including liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) while responding to changes in the ambient relative humidity (RH). Here, we report results of chemical imaging experiments using environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) to investigate the LLPS of micron sized particles undergoing a full hydration-dehydration cycle. Internally mixed particles composed of ammonium sulfate (AS) and either: limonene secondary organic carbon (LSOC), a, 4-dihydroxy-3-methoxybenzeneaceticacid (HMMA), or polyethylene glycol (PEG-400) were studied. Events of LLPS with apparent core-shell particle morphology were observed for all samples with both techniques. Chemical imaging with STXM showed that both LSOC/AS and HMMA/AS particles were never homogeneously mixed for all measured RH’s above the deliquescence point and that the majority of the organic component was located in the shell. The shell composition was estimated as 65:35 organic: inorganic in LSOC/AS and as 50:50 organic: inorganic for HMMA/AS. PEG-400/AS particles showed fully homogeneous mixtures at high RH and phase separated below 89-92% RH with an estimated 50:50% organic to inorganic mix in the shell. These two chemical imaging techniques are well suited for in-situ analysis of the hygroscopic behavior, phase separation, and surface composition of collected ambient aerosol particles.

  7. Plasma-Wave Enhanced THz-Performance of a Nanometer Side-Gated Transistor

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    K. Y. Xu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available By using a two-dimensional-three-dimensional (2D-3D combined ensemble Monte Carlo (EMC model, the performance of a nanometer side-gated transistor is studied at terahertz (THz region. The transistor is based on a GaN/AlGaN heterosturcture at whose hetero-interface a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG is formed. And the side-gate of the transistor is intentionally designed as an insulating trench with a 2DEG area in the center. Simulation results reveal that at low working frequency the performances of the transistor are almost frequency independent. However when the working frequency reaches THz region, obvious enhancements of the performances have been observed. The enhancements are accompanied by two peaks respectively at the frequency of about 4 THz and 6 THz. As such, the frequency-dependent performances become frequency nonmonotonic. Further analysis shows that the performance enhancements can be attributed to the excitations of 2D plasma waves in the side-gate which including a 2DEG area in its center.

  8. Study of Microwave Absorbing Performances of Nanometer Fe-Al Solid solution

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    Xiaohui Wang; Xiaoping Liang; Shaobo Xin

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, Fe-Al solid solution was prepared by mechanical alloying technology, and Fe-Al powder was dispersed into unsaturated polyester (UP) with different contents as absorber to form mixture Fe-Al-UP. The results indicate that the alloying process is almost accomplished and most of the particles are nanometer. Meanwhile, the microwave absorbability of Fe-Al-UP samples in frequency from 0.3 MHz to 1.5 GHz was studied. The results indicate that the more the absorber, the better the absorbing property. The absorbing property of Fe-50Al-UP was slightly higher than Fe-28Al-UP.

  9. Complexation induced phase separation: preparation of composite membranes with a nanometer thin dense skin loaded with metal ions

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    Villalobos Vazquez de la Parra, Luis Francisco

    2015-04-21

    We present the development of a facile phase-inversion method for forming asymmetric membranes with a precise high metal ion loading capacity in only the dense layer. The approach combines the use of macromolecule-metal intermolecular complexes to form the dense layer of asymmetric membranes with nonsolvent-induced phase separation to form the porous support. This allows the independent optimization of both the dense layer and porous support while maintaining the simplicity of a phase-inversion process. Moreover, it facilitates control over (i) the thickness of the dense layer throughout several orders of magnitude—from less than 15 nm to more than 6 μm, (ii) the type and amount of metal ions loaded in the dense layer, (iii) the morphology of the membrane surface, and (iv) the porosity and structure of the support. This simple and scalable process provides a new platform for building multifunctional membranes with a high loading of well-dispersed metal ions in the dense layer.

  10. Complexation-induced phase separation: preparation of composite membranes with a nanometer-thin dense skin loaded with metal ions.

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    Villalobos, Luis Francisco; Karunakaran, Madhavan; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2015-05-13

    We present the development of a facile phase-inversion method for forming asymmetric membranes with a precise high metal ion loading capacity in only the dense layer. The approach combines the use of macromolecule-metal intermolecular complexes to form the dense layer of asymmetric membranes with nonsolvent-induced phase separation to form the porous support. This allows the independent optimization of both the dense layer and porous support while maintaining the simplicity of a phase-inversion process. Moreover, it facilitates control over (i) the thickness of the dense layer throughout several orders of magnitude from less than 15 nm to more than 6 μm, (ii) the type and amount of metal ions loaded in the dense layer, (iii) the morphology of the membrane surface, and (iv) the porosity and structure of the support. This simple and scalable process provides a new platform for building multifunctional membranes with a high loading of well-dispersed metal ions in the dense layer.

  11. Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Performance of Nanometer Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solution

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    Hu Yucai; Wang Yinghui; Pan Junyan

    2004-01-01

    Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution was prepared by co-precipitation technique using hydrazine hydrate as precipitator.Various physico-chemical techniques such as XRD, FT-Raman, SEM, TEM, etc.were used to characterize the resultant powder.Meanwhile, its catalytic activity was evaluated in the synthesis of n-butyl acetate by the reaction of acetic acid and n-butyl alcohol.The results show that ceria-zirconia solid solution forms single cubic structure and its particle diameter is less than 100 nm.As a sort of solid acid, it possesses high catalytic activity and can be easily separated from reaction liquid.After it is used for ten times, its activity basically kees unchanging.

  12. Study of Various Design & Performance Aspects of Mosfets at Nanometer Technology

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    Ankita Wagdre*,

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available As per the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS each lower node is 0.7 times the previous technology making chip faster by 17% every year. Scaling down of CMOS technologies to 22nm has significant challenges in design. By reducing the dimensions many challenges like gate leakage, short channel effect (SCE, low voltage operation & delay comes into picture. Thus paper presents the past work done in design of nanoscale MOSFETs. The multi gate MOSFETs structure is considered as important candidates for CMOS scaling to reduce short channel effect. Gate All Around (GAA & Double Gate (DG are another design used to reduce SCE & suitable for low voltage operation. Use of Silicon on Insulator (SOI for the thin short channel, Lower parasitic capacitance, Resistance to Latchup & has 10-20% higher switching speed. This paper shows the various challenges in design of MOSFET & various methods or techniques for increasing the performance of MOSFET at lower node.

  13. [Preparation of Fe(3+) -doped TiO2 nanometer thin film and study on its photocatalytic performances].

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    Zheng, Huai-Li; Zhang, Jun-Hua; Li, Hong; Li, Zhi-Liang

    2005-12-01

    In the present paper, Fe(3+) -doped TiO2 nanometer thin films were prepared on the surface of glass by sol-gel processing. Effects of ferro-dopant, PEG addition levels, and the number of layers on transmittance and photocatalytic degradability were then respectively investigated. Meanwhile some relative mechanisms of the effects were discussed. It was shown that the photocatalytic activity of the films could be promoted by ferro-dopant, and the rate of degradation was 1.38 times that without ferro-dopant. Moreover, the optimal photocatalytic activity and transmittance were obtained by adding 0.1 g (0.13 wt%) PEG to the sol precursor. In addition, the TiO2 nanometer thin films with 2 to 5 layers all had better transmittance, and the best one for practical application had two layers. The glass coated with TiO2 nanometer thin film shows potential and wide application value in construction industry, lamps manufacture, urban lighting engineering, etc. because of its remarkable abilities of self-purification, economy in energy, and environmental protection.

  14. Comparators in nanometer CMOS technology

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    Goll, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    This book covers the complete spectrum of the fundamentals of clocked, regenerative comparators, their state-of-the-art, advanced CMOS technologies, innovative comparators inclusive circuit aspects, their characterization and properties. Starting from the basics of comparators and the transistor characteristics in nanometer CMOS, seven high-performance comparators developed by the authors in 120nm and 65nm CMOS are described extensively. Methods and measurement circuits for the characterization of advanced comparators are introduced. A synthesis of the largely differing aspects of demands on modern comparators and the properties of devices being available in nanometer CMOS, which are posed by the so-called nanometer hell of physics, is accomplished. The book summarizes the state of the art in integrated comparators. Advanced measurement circuits for characterization will be introduced as well as the method of characterization by bit-error analysis usually being used for characterization of optical receivers. ...

  15. When Performance Trumps Gender Bias: Joint Versus Separate Evaluation

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    Bohnet, Iris; Van Geen, Alexandra Vivien; Max H. Bazerman

    2012-01-01

    We examine a new intervention to overcome gender biases in hiring, promotion, and job assignments: an “evaluation nudge,†in which people are evaluated jointly rather than separately regarding their future performance. Evaluators are more likely to focus on individual performance in joint than in separate evaluation and on group stereotypes in separate than in joint evaluation, making joint evaluation the money-maximizing evaluation procedure. Our findings are compatible with a behavioral ...

  16. Rapid chromatographic separation of dissoluble Ag(I) and silver-containing nanoparticles of 1-100 nanometer in antibacterial products and environmental waters.

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    Zhou, Xiao-Xia; Liu, Rui; Liu, Jing-Fu

    2014-12-16

    Sensitive and rapid methods for speciation analysis of nanoparticulate Ag (NAg) and Ag(I) in complex matrices are urgently needed for understanding the environmental effects and biological toxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Herein we report the development of a universal liquid chromatography (LC) method for rapid and high resolution separation of dissoluble Ag(I) from nanoparticles covering the entire range of 1-100 nm in 5 min. By using a 500 Å poresize amino column, and an aqueous mobile phase containing 0.1% (v/v) FL-70 (a surfactant) and 2 mM Na2S2O3 at a flow rate of 0.7 mL/min, all the nanoparticles of various species such as Ag and Ag2S were eluted in one fraction, while dissoluble Ag(I) was eluted as a baseline separated peak. The dissoluble Ag(I) was quantified by the online coupled ICP-MS with a detection limit of 0.019 μg/L. The NAg was quantified by subtracting the dissoluble Ag(I) from the total Ag content, which was determined by ICP-MS after digestion of the sample without LC separation. While the addition of FL-70 and Na2S2O3 into the mobile phase is essential to elute NAg and Ag(I) from the column, the use of 500 Å poresize column is the key to baseline separation of Ag(I) from ∼ 1 nm AgNPs. The feasibility of the proposed method was demonstrated in speciation analysis of dissoluble Ag(I) and NAg in antibacterial products and environmental waters, with very good chromatographic repeatability (relative standard deviations) in both peak area (Ag(I) and 81.3-106.3% for NAg. Our work offers a novel approach to rapid and baseline separation of dissoluble metal ions from their nanoparticulate counterparts covering the whole range of 1-100 nm.

  17. Optoelectronic circuits in nanometer CMOS technology

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    Atef, Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the newest implementations of integrated photodiodes fabricated in nanometer standard CMOS technologies. It also includes the required fundamentals, the state-of-the-art, and the design of high-performance laser drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, equalizers, and limiting amplifiers fabricated in nanometer CMOS technologies. This book shows the newest results for the performance of integrated optical receivers, laser drivers, modulator drivers and optical sensors in nanometer standard CMOS technologies. Nanometer CMOS technologies rapidly advanced, enabling the implementation of integrated optical receivers for high data rates of several Giga-bits per second and of high-pixel count optical imagers and sensors. In particular, low cost silicon CMOS optoelectronic integrated circuits became very attractive because they can be extensively applied to short-distance optical communications, such as local area network, chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnects as well as to imaging and medical...

  18. Separator Characteristics for Increasing Performance of Microbial Fuel Cells

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    Zhang, Xiaoyuan

    2009-11-01

    Two challenges for improving the performance of air cathode, single-chamber microbial fuel cells (MFCs) include increasing Coulombic efficiency (CE) and decreasing internal resistance. Nonbiodegradable glass fiber separators between the two electrodes were shown to increase power and CE, compared to cloth separators (J-cloth) that were degraded over time. MFCtestswereconductedusing glass fibermatswith thicknesses of 1.0mm (GF1) or 0.4 mm (GF0.4), a cation exchange membrane (CEM), and a J-cloth (JC), using reactors with different configurations. Higher power densities were obtained with either GF1 (46 ± 4 W/m3) or JC (46 ± 1 W/m3) in MFCs with a 2 cm electrode spacing, when the separator was placed against the cathode (S-configuration), rather than MFCs with GF0.4 (36 ± 1 W/m3) or CEM (14 ± 1 W/m3). Power was increased to 70 ± 2 W/m3 by placing the electrodes on either side of the GF1 separator (single separator electrode assembly, SSEA) and further to 150 ± 6 W/m3 using two sets of electrodes spaced 2 cm a part (double separator electrode assembly, DSEA). Reducing the DSEA electrode spacing to 0.3 cm increased power to 696 ± 26 W/m3 as a result of a decrease in the ohmic resistance from 5.9 to 2.2 Ω. The main advantages of a GF1 separator compared to JC were an improvement in the CE from 40% to 81% (S-configuration), compared to only 20-40% for JC under similar conditions, and the fact that GF1 was not biodegradable. The high CE for the GF1 separator was attributed to a low oxygen mass transfer coefficient (ko ) 5.0 x 10-5 cm/s). The GF1 andJCmaterials differed in the amount of biomass that accumulated on the separator and its biodegradability, which affected long-term power production and oxygen transport. These results show that materials and mass transfer properties of separators are important factors for improving power densities, CE, and long-term performance of MFCs. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  19. Numerical simulation of the separating performance of hydrocyclones

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    Ba, Z.S.; Wang, H.L. [Institute of Pressure Vessel and Process Equipment, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai (China)

    2006-10-15

    The flow behavior in hydrocyclones is quite complex. The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method was used to simulate the flow fields inside a hydrocyclone in order to improve its separation efficiency. The RSM turbulent model (Reynolds Stress Model), which abandons the isotropic eddy-viscosity hypothesis, was used to analyze the highly swirling flow fields in hydrocyclones. The ASM Model (Algebraic Slip Mixture Model) was used to simulate the separation performance. The volume fraction distribution and grade efficiency curve are given. The separating efficiency for 60 {mu}m water particles is more than 90 %. The majority of 60 {mu}m water particles are carried to the underflow. An increase in particle size will improve the efficiency by increasing the centrifugal force on the particles. Based on the simulation, the effects of the overflow tube dimensions on the separation performance were studied. The overflow tube dimensions of the hydrocyclone were modified, and the results showed that the Reynolds Stress Model successfully predicted the characteristics of the flow, and the simulated performances were in good agreement with those obtained by tests. (Abstract Copyright [2006], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Optimizing the performance of the entropic splitter for particle separation.

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    Motz, T; Schmid, G; Hänggi, P; Reguera, D; Rubí, J M

    2014-08-21

    Recently, it has been shown that entropy can be used to sort Brownian particles according to their size. In particular, a combination of a static and a time-dependent force applied on differently sized particles which are confined in an asymmetric periodic structure can be used to separate them efficiently, by forcing them to move in opposite directions. In this paper, we investigate the optimization of the performance of the "entropic splitter." Specifically, the splitting mechanism and how it depends on the geometry of the channel, and the frequency and strength of the periodic forcing is analyzed. Using numerical simulations, we demonstrate that a very efficient and fast separation with a practically 100% purity can be achieved by a proper optimization of the control variables. The results of this work could be useful for a more efficient separation of dispersed phases such as DNA fragments or colloids dependent on their size.

  1. Separation of microcystins and nodularins by ultra performance liquid chromatography.

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    Spoof, Lisa; Neffling, Milla-Riina; Meriluoto, Jussi

    2009-11-15

    Four ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) columns with different reversed-phase characteristics were tested in the chromatographic separation of 10 microcystins and three nodularins, cyanobacterial peptide toxins. The columns had been designed by the manufacturer to withstand the ultra-high pressure generated by sub-2microm stationary phase particles and the Waters ACQUITY UPLC system in ultra-fast separations. The gradient mobile phase consisted of water and acetonitrile, both acidified with trifluoroacetic acid, with three gradient rise times: 1, 1.5 and 2min. The UV detection of the toxins was performed by a photodiode array detector. The chromatographic performance was evaluated both visually and by calculating chromatographic parameters such as capacity factor, resolution, peak width at half height, selectivity and peak asymmetry. The best chromatographic performance as judged by visual inspection was given by the ACQUITY BEH Shield RP18 and ACQUITY BEH Phenyl columns. The BEH Shield RP18 column showed excellent selectivity and resolution of chosen peak pairs considered as critical. A further advantage of the UPLC system was the high sample throughput with a total analysis time of 3.12min (injection-to-injection) equalling to 461 separations per 24h.

  2. Nanometer Characterization/Manipulation Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — FUNCTION: Characterizes the nanometer scale of biological, chemical, physical, electronic, and mechanical properties of surfaces and thin films using scanning probe...

  3. Analog filters in nanometer CMOS

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    Uhrmann, Heimo; Zimmermann, Horst

    2014-01-01

    Starting from the basics of analog filters and the poor transistor characteristics in nanometer CMOS 10 high-performance analog filters developed by the authors in 120 nm and 65 nm CMOS are described extensively. Among them are gm-C filters, current-mode filters, and active filters for system-on-chip realization for Bluetooth, WCDMA, UWB, DVB-H, and LTE applications. For the active filters several operational amplifier designs are described. The book, furthermore, contains a review of the newest state of research on low-voltage low-power analog filters. To cover the topic of the book comprehensively, linearization issues and measurement methods for the characterization of advanced analog filters are introduced in addition. Numerous elaborate illustrations promote an easy comprehension. This book will be of value to engineers and researchers in industry as well as scientists and Ph.D students at universities. The book is also recommendable to graduate students specializing on nanoelectronics, microelectronics ...

  4. SAPO-34 Membranes for N-2/CH4 separation: Preparation, characterization, separation performance and economic evaluation

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    Li, SG; Zong, ZW; Zhou, SJ; Huang, Y; Song, ZN; Feng, XH; Zhou, RF; Meyer, HS; Yu, M; Carreon, MA

    2015-08-01

    SAPO-34 membranes were synthesized by several routes towards N-2/CH4 separation. Membrane synthesis parameters including water content in the gel, crystallization time, support pore size, and aluminum source were investigated. High performance N-2-selective membranes were obtained on 100-nm-pore alumina tubes by using Al(i-C3H7O)(3) as aluminum source with a crystallization time of 6 h. These membranes separated N-2 from CH, with N-2 permeance as high as 500 GPU with separation selectivity of 8 at 24 degrees C. for a 50/50 N-2/CH4 mixture. Nitrogen and CH, adsorption isotherms were measured on SAPO-34 crystals. The N-2 and CH, heats of adsorption were 11 and 15 kJ/mol, respectively, which lead to a preferential adsorption of CE-H-4 over N-2 in the N-2/CH4 mixture. Despite this, the SAPO-34 membranes were selective for N-2 over CH4 in the mixture because N-2 diffuses much faster than CH4 and differences in diffusivity played a more critical role than the competitive adsorption. Preliminary economic evaluation indicates that the required N-2/CH4 selectivity would be 15 in order to maintain a CH4 loss below 10%. For small nitrogen-contaminated gas wells, our current SAPO-34 membranes have potential to compete with the benchmark technology cryogenic distillation for N-2 rejection. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved,

  5. CO2-Philic polymer membrane with extremely high separation performance

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    Yave, Wilfredo

    2010-01-12

    Polymeric membranes are attractive for CO2 separation and concentration from different gas streams because of their versatility and energy efficiency; they can compete with, and they may even replace, traditional absorption processes. Here we describe a simple and powerful method for developing nanostructured and CO2-philic polymer membranes for CO2 separation. A poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene terephthalate) multiblock copolymer is used as membrane material. Smart additives such as polyethylene glycol dibutyl ether are incorporated as spacers or fillers for producing nanostructured materials. The addition of these specific additives produces CO2-philic membranes and increases the CO2 permeability (750 barrer) up to five-fold without the loss of selectivity. The membranes present outstanding performance for CO2 separation, and the measured CO2 flux is extremely high ( > 2 m3 m -2 h-1 bar-1) with selectivity over H2 and N2 of 10 and 40, respectively, making them attractive for CO 2 capture. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  6. A microfluidic device for performing pressure-driven separations.

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    Dutta, Debashis; Ramsey, J Michael

    2011-09-21

    Microchannels in microfluidic devices are frequently chemically modified to introduce specific functional elements or operational modalities. In this work, we describe a miniaturized hydraulic pump created by coating selective channels in a glass microfluidic manifold with a polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) that alters the surface charge of the substrate. Pressure-driven flow is generated due to a mismatch in the electroosmotic flow (EOF) rates induced upon the application of an electric field to a tee channel junction that has one arm coated with a positively charged PEM and the other arm left uncoated in its native state. In this design, the channels that generate the hydraulic pressure are interconnected via the third arm of the tee to a field-free analysis channel for performing pressure-driven separations. We have also shown that modifications in the cross-sectional area of the channels in the pumping unit can enhance the hydrodynamic flow through the separation section of the manifold. The integrated device has been demonstrated by separating Coumarin dyes in the field-free analysis channel using open-channel liquid chromatography under pressure-driven flow conditions. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

  7. Preparation of nanometer NiO/MgO and its catalytic performance for thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate%纳米NiO/MgO的制备及其对AP热分解催化性能影响

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    谈玲华; 李勤华; 杭祖圣; 潘仁明; 姜炜; 李凤生

    2011-01-01

    采用浸渍法制备出纳米NiO/MgO复合氧化物粒子,运用X射线衍射(XRD)、X射线能谱仪(EDS)等对产物的物相和组成进行了表征,并研究了单一纳米粒子(NiO、MgO)、纳米NiO+MgO混合粒子及纳米NiO/MgO复合氧化物粒子对AP热分解的催化性能.结果表明,所制备的纳米NiO/MgO复合氧化物粒子中NiO粒子高度分散于MgO载体中.纳米NiO/MgO复合氧化物粒子可使AP的高温分解峰温降低92.2℃,高低温分解峰温差减小到10.6℃,表现出较强的催化性能,其催化性能优于单一纳米粒子(NiO、MgO)、纳米NiO+MgO混合粒子.纳米MgO的载体支撑作用,可防止NiO纳米粒子的团聚,增加反应活性中心,从而提高催化效果.%The nanometer NiO/MgO composite particles were prepared via impregnation method. The phase and morphology of NiO/MgO composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy. The catalysis of nanometer particles ( NiO, MgO), NiO + MgO mixture particles and NiO/MgO composite particles the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) was investigated by DSC. The Results show that NiO particles are highly dispersed on the MgO support. Catalytic performance of the obtained nanometer NiO/MgO composite particles is superior to that of corresponding single ingredient and NiO + MgO mixture particles. Nanometer NiO/MgO can make the high-temperature decomposition peak value of AP decrease by 92.2 ℃ and the temperature difference value between the low and high temperature decomposition peak reduce up to 10. 6 ℃, which indicates good catalytic performance. The supporting effect of the nanometer MgO can effectively prevent the aggregation of NiO particles and increase the active sites.

  8. Effect of temporal separation on synchronization in rhythmic performance.

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    Chafe, Chris; Cáceres, Juan-Pablo; Gurevich, Michael

    2010-01-01

    A variety of short time delays inserted between pairs of subjects were found to affect their ability to synchronize a musical task. The subjects performed a clapping rhythm together from separate sound-isolated rooms via headphones and without visual contact. One-way time delays between pairs were manipulated electronically in the range of 3 to 78 ms. We are interested in quantifying the envelope of time delay within which two individuals produce synchronous performances. The results indicate that there are distinct regimes of mutually coupled behavior, and that 'natural time delay'--delay within the narrow range associated with travel times across spatial arrangements of groups and ensembles--supports the most stable performance. Conditions outside of this envelope, with time delays both below and above it, create characteristic interaction dynamics in the mutually coupled actions of the duo. Trials at extremely short delays (corresponding to unnaturally close proximity) had a tendency to accelerate from anticipation. Synchronization lagged at longer delays (larger than usual physical distances) and produced an increasingly severe deceleration and then deterioration of performed rhythms. The study has implications for music collaboration over the Internet and suggests that stable rhythmic performance can be achieved by 'wired ensembles' across distances of thousands of kilometers.

  9. Intrinsically Microporous Polymer Membranes for High Performance Gas Separation

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    Swaidan, Raja

    2014-11-01

    This dissertation addresses the rational design of intrinsically microporous solutionprocessable polyimides and ladder polymers for highly permeable and highly selective gas transport in cornerstone applications of membrane-based gas separation – that is, air enrichment, hydrogen recovery and natural gas sweetening. By virtue of rigid and contorted chains that pack inefficiently in the solid state, polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) have the potential to unite the solution-processability, mechanical flexibility and organic tunability of commercially relevant polymers with the microporosity characteristics of porous crystalline materials. The performance enhancements of PIMs over conventional low-free-volume polymers have been primarily permeability-driven, compromising the selectivity essential to commercial viability. An approach to unite high permeability with high selectivity for performance transcending the state-of-the-art in air and hydrogen separations was demonstrated via a fused-ring integration of a three-dimensional, shape persistent triptycene moiety optimally substituted with short, branched isopropyl chains at the 9,10-bridgeheads into a highly inflexible backbone. The resulting polymers exhibited selectivities (i.e., O2/N2, H2/N2, H2/CH4) similar to or higher than commercial materials matched with permeabilities up to three hundred times higher. However, the intra-chain rigidity central to such conventional PIM-design principles was not a singular solution to suppression of CO2-induced plasticization in CO2/CH4 mixedgas separations. Plasticization diminishes the sieving capacity of the membrane, resulting in costly hydrocarbon losses that have significantly limited the commercialization of new polymers. Unexpectedly, the most permeable and selective PIMs designed for air and hydrogen separations strongly plasticized in 50:50 CO2/CH4 mixtures, enduring up to three-fold increases in mixed-gas CH4 permeability by 30 bar and strong drops in

  10. Separation performance and interfacial properties of nanocomposite reverse osmosis membranes

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    Pendergast, MaryTheresa M.

    2013-01-01

    Four different types of nanocomposite reverse osmosis (RO) membranes were formed by interfacial polymerization of either polyamide (PA) or zeolite A-polyamide nanocomposite (ZA-PA) thin films over either pure polysulfone (PSf) or zeolite A-polysulfone nanocomposite (ZA-PSf) support membranes cast by wet phase inversion. All three nanocomposite membranes exhibited superior separation performance and interfacial properties relative to hand-cast TFC analogs including: (1) smoother, more hydrophilic surfaces (2) higher water permeability and salt rejection, and (3) improved resistance to physical compaction. Less compaction occurred for membranes with nanoparticles embedded in interfacially polymerized coating films, which adds further proof that flux decline associated with physical compaction is influenced by coating film properties in addition to support membrane properties. The new classes of nanocomposite membrane materials continue to offer promise of further improved RO membranes for use in desalination and advanced water purification. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  11. Interferometry at the PTB Nanometer Comparator: design, status and development

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    Flügge, J.; Weichert, Ch.; Hu, H.; Köning, R.; Bosse, H.; Wiegmann, A.; Schulz, M.; Elster, C.; Geckeler, R. D.

    2008-10-01

    To minimize the measurement uncertainty of one dimensional length measurements on line scales, linear encoders and interferometers the PTB in cooperation with the Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH had built up a new length comparator. The Nanometer Comparator [1,2] has already proven its performance during the measurements of incremental encoders and line scales with an expanded measurement uncertainty of below 5 nm [3,4,5]. Due to the introduction of double and multiple exposure in advanced lithography techniques the overlay and registration metrology requirements will drastically increase so that reference metrology tools need to be developed further to be able to follow the resulting decrease of the specifications. Therefore, the PTB further develops the new 1D vacuum comparator to add a measurement possibility for straightness and to reach a measurement accuracy in the sub nanometer range [6]. One key development will be the interferometric measurement of all six degrees of freedom of the measurement slide of the comparator. A new multi axis heterodyne interferometer electronics and optical interferometer designs minimizing nonlinearities by spatially separated beams are under development.

  12. Method for preparing membranes with adjustable separation performance

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    Peterson, E.S.; Orme, C.J.; Stone, M.L.

    1995-01-31

    Methods for adjustable separation of solutes and solvents involve the combination of the use of a maximally swollen membrane and subsequent vacuum depressurization exerted on the permeate side of that membrane. By adjusting the extent of depressurization it is possible to separate solvent from solutes and solutes from each other. Improved control of separation parameters as well as improved flux rates characterize the present invention. 2 figs.

  13. Preparation and Photocatalysis Performance of Nanometer ZnO Film%纳米ZnO薄膜的制备及其光催化性能

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    郑磊; 鲁道荣; 黄长萍; 吴素贞

    2011-01-01

    Nanometer ZnO powders are prepared by sol-gel process. Structures and surface morphology are characterized by using X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscope. The photocatalytic capability of ZnO film is investigated. The results show that the crystal extent and particle size augmented are increased with the increase of the roasting temperature from 450℃ to 650℃. When roasting temperature is 650℃ , the photocatalytic capability of nanometer ZnO is preferable. The optimal condition is as follows: the initial concentration of phenol of 0. 145g/L, H2O2 dosage of 70.0mL/L and ZnO dosage of 0. 070g in the film (4cm×2cm) , the lighting time of 90min at room temperature by fluorescent lamp of two 40W. The degradation rate of phenol is 95% under the optimal condition.%采用溶胶-凝胶法制备纳米ZnO,用X射线衍射仪和透射电镜表征纳米ZnO的结构和形貌,制成薄膜研究其光催化性能.结果表明,在450 - 650℃范围内,随着焙烧温度增加,ZnO的结晶度和晶粒尺寸均增大.纳米ZnO的光催化性能在焙烧温度为650℃时较好.ZnO薄膜(4cm×2cm)光催化氧化降解苯酚溶液的适宜条件为苯酚溶液初始浓度0.145g/L,H2O2( 30%)用量70.0mL/L,膜的纳米ZnO粉体用量为0.070g,室温下用两只40W荧光灯照射90min.最佳条件下苯酚降解率可达95%.

  14. Hydrothermal Synthesis of H3PW12O40/TiO2 Nanometer Photocatalyst and Its Catalytic Performance for Methyl Orange

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    FENG Chang-gen; SHANG Hai-ru

    2012-01-01

    H3PW12O40/TiO2 nanometer photocatalyst was prepared by one step hydrothermal synthesis from H3PW12O40′nH2O and Ti(OBu)4,simultaneously realizing the load and modification of H3PW12O40.The catalyst was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR),powder X-ray diffraction(XRD),nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).The results show that the catalyst is Keggin structure and crystallized in anatase structure,the diameter and specific area of the prepared catalyst are 3.8 nm and 177.9m2/g,respectively,and its dispersity is better.The photocatalytic properties were compared for TiO2,H3PW12O40/TiO2 prepared by impregnation and H3PW12O40/TiO2 prepared by hydrothermal method with methyl orange as a probe.The effects of H3PW12O40 loadings,crystallization method,initial pH and concentration of dye solution on the degradation of methyl orange were investigated.

  15. Peak picking and the assessment of separation performance in two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography

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    Guiochon, Georges A [ORNL; Shalliker, R. Andrew [University of Western Sydney, Australia

    2010-01-01

    An algorithm was developed for 2DHPLC that automated the process of peak recognition, measuring their retention times, and then subsequently plotting the information in a two-dimensional retention plane. Following the recognition of peaks, the software then performed a series of statistical assessments of the separation performance, measuring for example, correlation between dimensions, peak capacity and the percentage of usage of the separation space. Peak recognition was achieved by interpreting the first and second derivatives of each respective one-dimensional chromatogram to determine the 1D retention times of each solute and then compiling these retention times for each respective fraction 'cut'. Due to the nature of comprehensive 2DHPLC adjacent cut fractions may contain peaks common to more than one cut fraction. The algorithm determined which components were common in adjacent cuts and subsequently calculated the peak maximum profile by interpolating the space between adjacent peaks. This algorithm was applied to the analysis of a two-dimensional separation of an apple flesh extract separated in a first dimension comprising a cyano stationary phase and an aqueous/THF mobile phase as the first dimension and a second dimension comprising C18-Hydro with an aqueous/MeOH mobile phase. A total of 187 peaks were detected.

  16. Bendable Zeolite Membranes: Synthesis and Improved Gas Separation Performance.

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    Wang, Bo; Ho, W S Winston; Figueroa, Jose D; Dutta, Prabir K

    2015-06-23

    Separation and sequestration of CO2 emitted from fossil energy fueled electric generating units and industrial facilities will help in reducing anthropogenic CO2, thereby mitigating its adverse climate change effects. Membrane-based gas separation has the potential to meet the technical challenges of CO2 separation if high selectivity and permeance with low costs for large-scale manufacture are realized. Inorganic zeolite membranes in principle can have selectivity and permeance considerably higher than polymers. This paper presents a strategy for zeolite growth within the pores of a polymer support, with crystallization time of an hour. With a thin coating of 200-300 nm polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) on the zeolite-polymer composite, transport data for CO2/N2 separation indicate separation factors of 35-45, with CO2 permeance between 1600 and 2200 GPU (1 GPU = 3.35 × 10(-10) mol/(m(2) s Pa)) using dry synthetic mixtures of CO2 and N2 at 25 °C. The synthesis process results in membranes that are highly reproducible toward transport measurements and exhibit long-term stability (3 days). Most importantly, these membranes because of the zeolite growth within the polymer support, as contrasted to conventional zeolite growth on top of a support, are mechanically flexible.

  17. Preparation of nanometer yttrium oxide

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    HUO; Cheng-zhang; LIU; Zhi-qiang; LIANG; Zhen-feng; LI; Xing-ying

    2005-01-01

    The nanometer yttrium oxides were obtained through precipitation in aqueous solution by reaction with ammonium bicarbonate. The reaction between yttrium chloride and ammonium bicarbonate, the effect of surfactants on particle size and the methods of controlling agglomeration were studied. Compared to other methods, the method of controlling the agglomeration by adding surfactant is one of the best methods for controlling the agglomeration of nanometer particles in wetchemical process. Increasing surfactants in process of precipitation deduced particle size, obtained narrow size distribution of primary particles. As for the concentration range studied, excess surfactants increased the particle size on the contrary. Characteristics of the thermal decomposition of yttrium carbonate were studied. It indicated that the approximate chemical composition of the precipi tate was Y(OH)Clx (CO3)(1-x/2) · 3H2O,the cubic Y2O3 was obtained above 600℃ , the specific surface and the remain chloride of nanometer Y2O3 was decreased with calcinating temperature rising. The spherical nanometer yttrium oxide was gained with primary particles<50 nm,agglomerate distribution D50 < 150 nm, BET> 35 m2/g, agglomerate constant (D50/DBET ) <6.

  18. Influence of phase separator design on the performance of UASB ...

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    2016-04-02

    Apr 2, 2016 ... above the conventional phase separator design of triangular prisms with an open base. .... ing a high-rate settler, a system often used in water treatment plants. ..... waste water in fixed film reactors – A literature review. Water ...

  19. 纳米级金刚石的结构、性能与应用%Structure, Performances and Applications of Nanometer Diamond

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    王光祖; 胡建根; 罗明

    2000-01-01

    Nanometarials are the important part of the nanometer technology and important subject of the international advanced reseach area in the new centrury. We have been researching and experimenting the explosion synthetic technology of nanodiamond, as well as its physic properties, forming mechanism and applications, and achieved primary success. This paper expounds the common properties of nanometerials, as well as the structure, properties, and applications of the nanodiamond. It is developed the reson of nanodiamond possessing double excellent nature of diamond and nanomaterial, and that nanodiamond has super or properties showing in high efficiency running in, compound coating, rubber reinforcing, biological antibody, grinding and polishing. This paper points out that the industrialization of nanodiamond should be accellerated on the base of researching achievements above mentioned.%纳米材料是纳米技术的重要组成部分,是新世纪里国际前沿的重大研究课题。近年来,我国对纳米金刚石的爆轰合成技术及其物性研究,形成机制和应用展开了实验研究,并取得初步成果。本文对纳米材料的通性,以及纳米金刚石的结构、性质与应用进行阐述。通过测试与应用研究,揭示了纳米金刚石具有金刚石和纳米材料的双重优异特性的因由和它在高效磨合、复合镀层、橡胶增强、生物抗体、研磨、抛光等应用时所显现出的优越性。提出,在取得上述研究成果的基础上,应加快其产业化的进程。

  20. Danish Chinese Center for Nanometals

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    Winther, Grethe

    of the Center is located at Risø DTU. The Center investigates metals, including light metals and steels, with internal length scales ranging from a few nanometers to a few micrometers. The structural morphologies studied are highly diverse, including structures composed of grain boundaries, twins......The Danish-Chinese Center for Nanometals is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The Chinese partners in the Center are Institute of Metal Research in Shenyang, Tsinghua University and Chongqing University. The Danish part...... and dislocation boundaries and spatial arrangements spanning from equiaxed to lamellar structures. The scientific focus is to understand and control the mechanisms and parameters determining the mechanical and physical properties of such metals as well as their thermal stability. An overview of the Center...

  1. Analysis of Phase Separation in High Performance PbTe–PbS Thermoelectric Materials

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    Girard, Steven N. [Northwestern University; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus [Ames Laboratory; Chasapis, Thomas C. [Northwestern University; Hatzikraniotis, Euripides [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Njegic, B. [Ames Laboratory; Levin, E. M. [Ames Laboratory; Rawal, A. [Ames Laboratory; Paraskevopoulos, Konstantios M. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. [Northwestern University

    2013-02-11

    Phase immiscibility in PbTe–based thermoelectric materials is an effective means of top-down synthesis of nanostructured composites exhibiting low lattice thermal conductivities. PbTe1-x Sx thermoelectric materials can be synthesized as metastable solid solution alloys through rapid quenching. Subsequent post-annealing induces phase separation at the nanometer scale, producing nanostructures that increase phonon scattering and reduce lattice thermal conductivity. However, there has yet to be any study investigating in detail the local chemical structure of both the solid solution and nanostructured variants of this material system. Herein, quenched and annealed (i.e., solid solution and phase-separated) samples of PbTe–PbS are analyzed by in situ high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, solid-state 125Te nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and infrared (IR) spectroscopy analysis. For high concentrations of PbS in PbTe, e.g., x >16%, NMR and IR analyses reveal that rapidly quenched samples exhibit incipient phase separation that is not detected by state-of-the-art synchrotron X-ray diffraction, providing an example of a PbTe thermoelectric “alloy” that is in fact phase inhomogeneous. Thermally-induced PbS phase separation in PbTe–PbS occurs close to 200 °C for all compositions studied, and the solubility of the PbS phase in PbTe at elevated temperatures >500 °C is reported. The findings of this study suggest that there may be a large number of thermoelectric alloy systems that are phase inhomogeneous or nanostructured despite adherence to Vegard's Law of alloys, highlighting the importance of careful chemical characterization to differentiate between thermoelectric alloys and composites.

  2. A new gravity & flotation separator with double-tailing discharge and its beneficiation performance

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    YANG Hong-li; FAN Min-qiang

    2012-01-01

    Introduced a new gravity and flotation separator with double-tailing discharge for fine coal,and integrated classification and cyclone scavenging with flotation in an original way.The beneficiation performance of it was good.The results show that the gravity and flotation separator with double-tailing discharge can produce high-quality clean coal of 10.46% ash from fine coal of 35.56% ash.It can discharge the fine and coarse railings separately.

  3. Application of High Performance Liquid Chromatography to Separation of Novel Chiral Tetrahedral Heterometal Clusters

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    Xin Yi ZHU; Wei Qiang ZHANG; Yu Hua ZHANG; Li Ren CHEN; Yong Min LI

    2003-01-01

    A series of novel chiral tetrahedral heterometal clusters have firstly been separated oncellulose tris-(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) stationary phase by high performance liquid chrom-atography, using hexane as the mobile phase with various alcohols as modifiers.

  4. INFLUENCE OF SEPARATED HOMES ON TASK PERFORMANCE AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ONDO METROPOLIS

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    Akindele Oluwafemi; Iwayemi Ayodeji; Idoko O Joseph

    2017-01-01

    The study looked into the influence of separated homes on task performance and personality development of school children in Ondo State metropolis with particular focus on the Okitipupa Local Government Area...

  5. Electrochemistry at Nanometer-Scaled Electrodes

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    Watkins, John J.; Bo Zhang; White, Henry S.

    2005-01-01

    Electrochemical studies using nanometer-scaled electrodes are leading to better insights into electrochemical kinetics, interfacial structure, and chemical analysis. Various methods of preparing electrodes of nanometer dimensions are discussed and a few examples of their behavior and applications in relatively simple electrochemical experiments…

  6. Development of optimized mobile phases for protein separation by high performance thin layer chromatography.

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    Biller, Julia; Morschheuser, Lena; Riedner, Maria; Rohn, Sascha

    2015-10-09

    In recent years, protein chemistry tends inexorably toward the analysis of more complex proteins, proteoforms, and posttranslational protein modifications. Although mass spectrometry developed quite fast correspondingly, sample preparation and separation of these analytes is still a major issue and quite challenging. For many years, electrophoresis seemed to be the method of choice; nonetheless its variance is limited to parameters such as size and charge. When taking a look at traditional (thin-layer) chromatography, further parameters such as polarity and different mobile and stationary phases can be utilized. Further, possibilities of detection are manifold compared to electrophoresis. Similarly, two-dimensional separation can be also performed with thin-layer chromatography (TLC). As the revival of TLC developed enormously in the last decade, it seems to be also an alternative to use high performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) for the separation of proteins. The aim of this study was to establish an HPTLC separation system that allows a separation of protein mixtures over a broad polarity range, or if necessary allowing to modify the separation with only few steps to improve the separation for a specific scope. Several layers and solvent systems have been evaluated to reach a fully utilized and optimized separation system. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Fluorescent Labeling of Nanometer Hydroxyapatite

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    Yuan ZHANG; Yuan YUAN; Changsheng LIU

    2008-01-01

    A novel surface treatment method using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AMPTES), was developed to immobilize the fluorescein molecule on nano-HAP (nanometer hydroxyapatite) powders. By pretreating the nano-HAP powders surface with AMPTES, fluorescein, chosen on the basis of the chemical structure of the nano- HAP powders, could be bound to the nano-HAP powders surface. The chemical compositions of nano-HAP before and after being labeled were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphology, phase composition, and the fluorescence characteristics of the nano-HAP powders with and without staining were also investigated. The FTIR and XPS results revealed that fiuorescein had been successfully immobilized on the surface of AMPTES-bound nano-HAP powders via the acylamide bond formation between the -COOH of fluorescein and the -NH2 of AMPTES. The labeled nano-HAP powders possessed strong fluorescent intensity with a little deviation from the maximum emission wavelength of fluorescein. But the morphology and phase composition had no obvious alteration. Under fluorescence microscopy, the labeled nano-HAP powders., even after 24 h cell incubation, exhibited strong fluorescence.

  8. Free-Space Nanometer Wiring via Nanotip Manipulation

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    Kizuka, Tokushi; Ashida, Shin

    2015-08-01

    Relentless efforts in semiconductor technology have driven nanometer-scale miniaturization of transistors, diodes, and interconnections in electronic chips. Free-space writing enables interconnections of stacked modules separated by an arbitrary distance, leading to ultimate integration of electronics. We have developed a free-space method for nanometer-scale wiring on the basis of manipulating a metallic nanotip while applying a bias voltage without radiative heating, lithography, etching, or electrodeposition. The method is capable of fabricating wires with widths as low as 1-6 nm and lengths exceeding 200 nm with a breakdown current density of 8 TA/m2. Structural evolution and conduction during wire formation were analyzed by direct atomistic visualization using in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

  9. Membranes for nanometer-scale mass fast transport

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    Bakajin, Olgica; Holt, Jason; Noy, Aleksandr; Park, Hyung Gyu

    2011-10-18

    Nanoporous membranes comprising single walled, double walled, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes embedded in a matrix material were fabricated for fluid mechanics and mass transfer studies on the nanometer scale and commercial applications. Average pore size can be 2 nm to 20 nm, or seven nm or less, or two nanometers or less. The membrane can be free of large voids spanning the membrane such that transport of material such as gas or liquid occurs exclusively through the tubes. Fast fluid, vapor, and liquid transport are observed. Versatile micromachining methods can be used for membrane fabrication. A single chip can comprise multiple membranes. These membranes are a robust platform for the study of confined molecular transport, with applications in liquid and gas separations and chemical sensing including desalination, dialysis, and fabric formation.

  10. Improvements of the cyclone separator performance by down-comer tubes.

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    Ganegama Bogodage, Sakura; Leung, A Y T

    2016-07-05

    Enhancement of fine particle (PM2.5) separation is important for cyclone separators to reduce any extra purification process required at the outlet. Therefore, the present experimental research was performed to explore the performance of cyclone separators modified with down-comer tubes at solid loading rates from 0 to 8.0 g/m(3) with a 10 m/s inlet velocity. The study proved the effectiveness of down-comer tubes in reducing the particle re-entrainment and increasing the finer separation with acceptable pressure drops, which was pronounced at low solid loading conditions. The experimental results were compared with theories of Smolik and Muschelknautz. Theories were acceptable for certain ranges, and theory breakdown was mainly due to the neglect of particle agglomeration, re-entrainment and the reduction of swirling energy, as well as the increase of wall friction due to presence of particles.

  11. A Performance Assessment of a Tactical Airborne Separation Assistance System using Realistic, Complex Traffic Flows

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    Smith, Jeremy C.; Neitzke, Kurt W.; Bussink, Frank J. L.

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the results from a study that investigates the performance of aspects of an Airborne Separation Assistance System (ASAS) under varying demand levels using realistic traffic patterns. This study only addresses the tactical aspects of an ASAS using aircraft state data (latitude, longitude, altitude, heading and speed) to detect and resolve projected conflicts. The main focus of this paper is to determine the extent to which sole reliance on the proposed tactical ASAS can maintain aircraft separation at demand levels up to three times current traffic. The effect of mixing ASAS equipped aircraft with non-equipped aircraft that do not have the capability to self-separate is also investigated.

  12. Ultra-microporous triptycene-based polyimide membranes for high-performance gas separation

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    Ghanem, Bader

    2014-03-11

    A highly permeable and highly selective polyimide of intrinsic microporosity is prepared using a 9,10-diisopropyl-triptycene contortion center. The three-dimensionality and shape-persistence of triptycene afford exceptional sieving-based gas separation performance transcending the latest permeability/selectivity trade-offs for industrial gas separations involving oxygen and hydrogen. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Impact of Pilot Delay and Non-Responsiveness on the Safety Performance of Airborne Separation

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    Consiglio, Maria; Hoadley, Sherwood; Wing, David; Baxley, Brian; Allen, Bonnie Danette

    2008-01-01

    Assessing the safety effects of prediction errors and uncertainty on automationsupported functions in the Next Generation Air Transportation System concept of operations is of foremost importance, particularly safety critical functions such as separation that involve human decision-making. Both ground-based and airborne, the automation of separation functions must be designed to account for, and mitigate the impact of, information uncertainty and varying human response. This paper describes an experiment that addresses the potential impact of operator delay when interacting with separation support systems. In this study, we evaluated an airborne separation capability operated by a simulated pilot. The experimental runs are part of the Safety Performance of Airborne Separation (SPAS) experiment suite that examines the safety implications of prediction errors and system uncertainties on airborne separation assistance systems. Pilot actions required by the airborne separation automation to resolve traffic conflicts were delayed within a wide range, varying from five to 240 seconds while a percentage of randomly selected pilots were programmed to completely miss the conflict alerts and therefore take no action. Results indicate that the strategicAirborne Separation Assistance System (ASAS) functions exercised in the experiment can sustain pilot response delays of up to 90 seconds and more, depending on the traffic density. However, when pilots or operators fail to respond to conflict alerts the safety effects are substantial, particularly at higher traffic densities.

  14. Generation of Nanometer Wavelength Acoustic Waves

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    O.Yu. Komina

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of acoustic wave generation of nanometer range in plates is shown. The experimental results that show the possible reconfiguring of the generator frequency in YFeO3 with a constant magnetic field are given.

  15. Pharmacological Properties of Nanometals (Silver, Copper, Iron

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    Chekman, I.S.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article summarizes the results of studies on the pharmacological, toxicological and specific properties of nanometals (silver, iron, copper. It is established that nanoparticles of silver, copper, iron exhibit antimicrobial action. Acute toxicity of nanometals depends on their nature, administration route and animal sex. Effects on heart activity and hemodynamic status as well as erythrocyte osmotic fragility have dose-dependent nature.

  16. High-separation performance of chromatographic capillaries coated with MOF-5 by the controlled SBU approach.

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    Münch, Alexander S; Seidel, Jürgen; Obst, Anja; Weber, Edwin; Mertens, Florian O R L

    2011-09-19

    Recently developed MOF surface-coating techniques, the controlled SBU approach (CSA) for the generation of MOF-5, and the use of self-assembled monolayers have been combined to generate a wall-bonded, crosslinked stationary phase for gas chromatographic capillary columns displaying excellent performance in the separation of natural gas components. The chromatographic performance of this new type of column has been compared to the state-of-the-art solution for this separation problem, namely a coated silica column of the porous layer open tubular (PLOT) type. Chromatographic parameters such as separation, resolution, and tailing factors, as well as plate numbers and heights in the case of isothermal operation, have been determined. Kinetic and thermodynamic parameters characterizing the analyte-stationary phase interaction have been determined for various C1-C4 analytes.

  17. Fabricating Nanometer-Thick Simultaneously Oleophobic/Hydrophilic Polymer Coatings via a Photochemical Approach.

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    Wang, Yongjin; Dugan, Michael; Urbaniak, Brian; Li, Lei

    2016-07-05

    The simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings are highly desirable in antifogging, oil-water separation, and detergent-free cleaning. However, such coatings require special chemical structure, i.e., perfluorinated backbone and polar end-groups, and are too expensive for real-life application. Here, we have developed an UV-based photochemical approach to make nanometer-thick perfluoropolyethers without polar end-groups, which are not intrinsically simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic but cost-effective, become simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic. The contact angle, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicated that the UV irradiation results in the covalent bonding between the polymer and the substrate, which renders more ordered packing of polymer chains and thus the appropriately small interchain distance. As a result, the small water molecules penetrate the polymer network while large oil molecules do not. As a result, the oil contact angle is larger than the water contact angle and the coating shows the simultaneous oleophobicity/hydrophilicity. Moreover, we also demonstrated that this nanometer-thick simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coating has improved long-term antifogging performance and detergent-free cleaning capability and is mechanically robust. The photochemical approach established here potentially can be applied on many other polymers and greatly accelerate the development and application of simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings.

  18. Performance of different analytical methods in evaluating grade efficiency of centrifugal separators

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    Ray, MB; Hoffmann, AC; Postma, RS

    2000-01-01

    In this paper results are presented from four different particle size analysis techniques used to characterize the performance of a novel centrifugal gas-solid separator. The Post Cyclone (PoC), is a new secondary collector situated at the top of a conventional reverse flow cyclone which utilizes th

  19. High pressure gas separation performance of mixed-matrix polymer membranes containing mesoporous FE(BTC)

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    Shahid, S.; Nijmeijer, Dorothea C.

    2014-01-01

    Mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs), filled with inorganic particles, provide a means to improve the gas separation performance of polymeric membranes. In this work, MMMs containing the mesoporous metal organic framework (MOF) Fe(BTC) in a Matrimid®-PI matrix were characterized in terms of their carbon di

  20. High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of subcomponents of antimycin A.

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    Abidi, S L

    1988-08-05

    Using a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) technique, a mixture of antimycins A was separated into eight hitherto unreported subcomponents, A1a, A1b, A2a, A2b, A3a, A3b, A4a, and A4b. Although a base-line resolution of the known four major antimycins A1, A2, A3, and A4 was readily achieved with mobile phases containing acetate buffers, the separation of the new antibiotic subcomponents was highly sensitive to variation in mobile phase conditions. The type and composition of organic modifers, the nature of buffer salts, and the concentration of added electrolytes had profound effects on capacity factors, separation factors, and peak resolution values. Of the numerous chromatographic systems examined, a mobile phase consisting of methanol-water (70:30) and 0.005 M tetrabutylammonium phosphate at pH 3.0 yielded the most satisfactory results for the separation of the subcomponents. Reversed-phase gradient HPLC separation of the dansylated or methylated antibiotic compounds produced superior chromatographic characteristics and the presence of added electrolytes was not a critical factor for achieving separation. Differences in the chromatographic outcome between homologous and structural isomers were interpreted based on a differential solvophobic interaction rationale. Preparative reversed-phase HPLC under optimal conditions enabled isolation of pure samples of the methylated antimycin subcomponents for use in structural studies.

  1. High-performance liquid-chromatographic separation of subcomponents of antimycin-A

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    Abidi, S.L.

    1988-01-01

    Using a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) technique, a mixture of antimycins A was separated into eight hitherto unreported subcomponents, Ala, Alb, A2a, A2b, A3a, A3b, A4a, and A4b. Although a base-line resolution of the known four major antimycins Al, A2, A3, and A4 was readily achieved with mobile phases containing acetate buffers, the separation of the new antibiotic subcomponents was highly sensitive to variation in mobile phase conditions. The type and composition of organic modifiers, the nature of buffer salts, and the concentration of added electrolytes had profound effects on capacity factors, separation factors, and peak resolution values. Of the numerous chromatographic systems examined, a mobile phase consisting of methanol-water (70:30) and 0.005 M tetrabutylammonium phosphate at pH 3.0 yielded the most satisfactory results for the separation of the subcomponents. Reversed-phase gradient HPLC separation of the dansylated or methylated antibiotic compounds produced superior chromatographic characteristics and the presence of added electrolytes was not a critical factor for achieving separation. Differences in the chromatographic outcome between homologous and structural isomers were interpretated based on a differential solvophobic interaction rationale. Preparative reversed-phase HPLC under optimal conditions enabled isolation of pure samples of the methylated antimycin subcomponents for use in structural studies.

  2. A trilayer separator with dual function for high performance lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Song, Rensheng; Fang, Ruopian; Wen, Lei; Shi, Ying; Wang, Shaogang; Li, Feng

    2016-01-01

    In this article, we propose a trilayer graphene/polypropylene/Al2O3 (GPA) separator with dual function for high performance lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Graphene is coated on one side of polypropylene (PP) separator, which functions as a conductive layer and an electrolyte reservoir that allows for rapid electron and ion transport. Then Al2O3 particles are coated on the other side to further enhance thermal stability and safety of the graphene coated polypropylene (GCP) separator, which are touched with lithium metal anode in the Li-S battery. The GPA separator shows good thermal stability after heating at 157 °C for 10 min while both GCP and PP separators showing an obvious shrinkage about 10%. The initial discharge specific capacity of Li-S coin cell with a GPA separator could reach 1067.7 mAh g-1 at 0.2C. After 100 discharge/charge cycles, it can still deliver a reversible capacity of as high as 804.4 mAh g-1 with 75% capacity retention. The pouch cells further confirm that the trilayer design has great promise towards practical applications.

  3. Experimental and Numerical Study on the Resistance Performance of an Axial Flow Cyclone Separator

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    Yigang Luan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to study the pressure drop of an axial flow cyclone separator as a function of inlet velocities using experimental and computational fluid dynamics (CFD methods. First, the resistance performance of the separator was acquired under ambient pressure and temperature with little change by wind tunnel experiments. Then, numerical simulations were carried out in CFD code Fluent 6.3 under standard operating conditions. A comparison between the experimental and CFD data demonstrates that the CFD method can predict the pressure drop of the axial cyclone separator excellently. Additionally, the results show that the axial flow cyclone separators have a pressure drop coefficient of approximately 7.5. To study the effect of ambient pressure and temperature on pressure drops, the same CFD method was employed to predict the resistance performance under various operating conditions. Then the numerical results were compared with the data of a normalization process method of pressure drops raised in this paper. Their comparison demonstrated that the normalization method had a high precision in predicting the influence of ambient operating parameters on pressure drops of an axial flow cyclone separator.

  4. Numerical Simulation and Performance Optimization of a Magnetophoretic Bio-separation chip

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    Golozar, Matin; Darabi, Jeff; Molki, Majid

    Separation of micro/nanoparticles is important in biomedicine and biotechnology. This research presents the modeling and optimization of a magnetophoretic bio-separation chip for the isolation of biomaterials, such as circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from the peripheral blood. The chip consists of a continuous flow through microfluidic channels that contains locally engineered magnetic field gradients. The high gradient magnetic field produced by the magnets is spatially non-uniform and gives rise to an attractive force on magnetic particles that move through the flow channel. The computational model takes into account the magnetic and fluidic forces as well as the effect of the volume fraction of particles on the continuous phase. The model is used to investigate the effect of two-way particle-fluid coupling on both the capture efficiency and the flow pattern in the separation chip. The results show that the microfluidic device has the capability of separating CTCs from their native environment. Additionally, a parametric study is performed to investigate the effects of the channel height, substrate thickness, magnetic bead size, bioparticle size, and the number of beads per cell on the cell separation performance.

  5. Characterization and performance of a neutral hydrophilic coating for the capillary electrophoretic separation of biopolymers.

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    Schmalzing, D; Piggee, C A; Foret, F; Carrilho, E; Karger, B L

    1993-10-15

    Polyvinylmethylsiloxanediol (50% vinyl) was synthesized and combined with a cross-linker for static coating onto fused-silica columns. After cross-linking and binding to the surface, linear polyacrylamide was grafted to the double bonds of the siloxanediol; subsequently, this linear polymer matrix was cross-linked with formaldehyde. The grafted neutral polymeric layer provided suppression of electroosmotic flow and minimized adsorption. This combination yielded successful open tube and polymer network separations of proteins, peptides and DNA molecules. Very high efficiencies (ca. 1 x 10(6) plates/m) were achieved for open tube protein separations, and hundreds of consecutive runs were performed with minimal change in migration times.

  6. Modelling and performance evaluation of a soot cyclone separator / by L.D.J. Bieldt

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    Bieldt, Lodewyk Dominico Jacobus

    2009-01-01

    This mini-dissertation reports on the performance of a cyclone separator used to remove excess soot that is typically formed during the production of pebble fuel for High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors. A chemical vapour deposition process is used to manufacture TRISO-coated fuel particles and during this process soot is formed that needs to be removed. This removal process uses cyclone separators as pre-filters and a bag filter as the final means of preventing unwanted particles from bei...

  7. Analysis and testing the performance of a centrifugal two phase flow separator

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    Mirza-Moghadam, A V

    1979-01-01

    Analysis and testing the performance of an 8 in., 1.72 ft high centrifugal cyclone separator for flows up to 4.0 lbs/s and pressures ranging from 10 to 60 psig. Conclusions drawn are based on inlet steam qualities of 23 to 27 percent (x% = m/sub s//m /sub t/) .99% and better steam quality is achieved up to 3 lbs/s under 50 and 60 psig. Breakdown flow rate is found to be a linear function of separator pressure.

  8. Piezochromic phenomena of nanometer voids formed by mono-dispersed nanometer powders compacting process.

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    Lihong Su

    Full Text Available Piezochromism describes a tendency of certain materials changing colors when they are subjected to various pressure levels. It occurs particularly in some polymers or inorganic materials, such as in palladium complexes. However, piezochromism is generally believed to work at high pressure range of 0.1-10 GPa. This research work focused on unique piezochromism responses of the nanometer voids formed by the 5-20 nm inorganic ISOH nanometer powders. It was discovered that microstructures of the nanometer voids could change color at very low pressures of only 0.002-0.01 GPa; its sensitivity to pressure was increased by tens of times. It is believed that the uniform microstructures of nanometer powders contributed to the material's high sensitivity of piezochromic phenomena. One factor which quantum optical change caused by nanometer voids affected the quantum confinement effect; another is surface Plasmon Resonance of great difference dielectric property between conductive ITO powder and insulation hydroxide.

  9. Evaluation of the Performance of Tri-Flo Separators in Tabas (Parvadeh Coal Washing Plant

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    Reza Dehghan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Parvadeh Coal Preparation Plant (CPP was installed in 2008 for the production of the 750000 TPY of clean coal containing 10.5% ash from the raw feed having 44% ash and mainly coming from the long-wall mine. Three units of high capacity centrifugal separators (Tri-Flo are used for the preparation of the coal in the size ranges of -50+6 mm and -6+0.5 mm. Tri-Flo separators are operating in double stages, so they can produce three products. The nominal feed capacities of the 700 mm Tri-Flo and each unit of 500 mm Tri-Floes are 120 and 70 TPH respectively. However, due to some of the operating difficulties in the coal mine, the current feed capacities to the separators are changed to 160 and 30 TPH accordingly. In this research, sink-float experiments on the representative samples of the Tri-Flo separators were used for the evaluation and optimization of their performance. The experiments were performed in six different densities. On the basis of the experimental results, the operating Ep (Ecart Probable value of the 700 mm Tri-Flowas 0.075 which was more than the design figure (0.035. Such a difference was mainly attributed to the changes in the feed characteristics. In the small Tri-Flo separator, Ep values were measured as 0.062 and 0.087 for the size ranges of (-1+0.5 mm and (-6+1 mm respectively and were in good agreement with the design criteria. The optimization of the heavy media separation circuit of the plant is underway using the results presented here.

  10. Enantiomeric Separations of Pyriproxyfen and its Six Chiral Metabolites by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography.

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    Zhang, Chuntao; Liu, Hui; Liu, Donghui; Wang, Liying; Gao, Jing; Zhou, Zhiqiang; Wang, Peng

    2016-03-01

    Pyriproxyfen is a chiral insecticide, and over 10 metabolites have been identified in the environment. In this work the separations of the enantiomers of pyriproxyfen and its six chiral metabolites were studied by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Both normal phase and reverse phase were applied using the chiral columns Chiralpak IA, Chiralpak IB, Chiralpak IC, Chiralcel OD, Chiralcel OD-RH, Chiralpak AY-H, Chiralpak AD-H, Chiracel OJ-H, (R,R)-Whelk-O 1, and Lux Cellulose-3. The effects of the chromatographic parameters such as mobile phase composition and temperature on the separations were investigated and the enantiomers were identified with an optical rotation detector. The enantiomers of these targets could obtain complete separations (resolution factor Rs > 1.5) on Chiralpak IA, Chiralpak IB, Chiralcel OD, Chiralpak AY-H, or Chiracel OJ-H under normal conditions. Chiralcel OJ-H showed the best chiral separation results with n-hexane as mobile phase and isopropanol (IPA) as modifier. The simultaneous enantiomeric separation of pyriproxyfen and four chiral metabolites was achieved on Chiralcel OJ-H under optimized condition: n-hexane/isopropanol = 80/20, 15°C, flow rate of 0.8 ml/min, and UV detection at 230 nm. The enantiomers of pyriproxyfen and the metabolites , , and obtained complete separations on Chiralpak IA, Chiralpak IC, and Lux Cellulose-3 under reverse phase using acetonitrile/water as the mobile phase. The retention factors (k) and selectivity factors (α) decreased with increasing temperature, and the separations were better under low temperature in most cases. The work is of significance for the investigation of the environmental behaviors of pyriproxyfen on an enantiomeric level.

  11. Sequence-dpenedent DNA separation by anion-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Yamakawa, Hisashi; Higashino, Ken-ich; Ohara, Osamu [Kazusa DNA Research Inst., Chiba (Japan)

    1996-09-05

    High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system with a new nonporous anion-exchange resin, DNA-NPR, made it possible to rapidly separate DNA fragments up to 20 kbp with high resolution. In order to further characterize this chromatographic DNA separation system, we prepared a mixtures of double-stranded DNAs of constant length carrying a fully degenerated 50-bp region and analyzed their chromatographic behavior on the DNA-NPR column. The results indicated that the separation of DNA fragments on the anion-exchange HPLC was governed not only by size, but also by nucleotide sequence: even DNA fragments with the same size and the same base content could be separated on this column. Taking advantage of this characteristic feature of the anion-exchange HPLC, we could readily fractionate human cDNAs with practically acceptable recovery and high resolution. Furthermore, the combination of HPLC and gel electrophoresis realized separation of a mixture of DNA fragments in a two-dimensional pattern. 22 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Advances in geochemical research on nanometer materials

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    2006-01-01

    Important advances have been made in the field of geochemistry since nanometer science and technology were introduced into the field of geoscience. The nanometer particulates have been discovered in naturally-occurring ore deposits, volcano-eruptive materials and geo-gases, and a more detailed exploration of the metallogenic mechanism of endogenic metallic ore deposits has been conducted. It is considered that some ore-forming metals may transport in the form of native particulates. Because they have very strong capabilities of adsorption, adsorption is always regarded as an important mechanism of metallogenesis under supergenic and low temperature conditions.Therefore, a new technology of ore exploration has also been developed. This paper attempts to review the new advances in geochemical research on nanometer materials, as well as its perspectivess.

  13. Performance of Entropy Based on Generalized Laplace Function For Blind Signal Separation

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    M.E. ABD El-AZIZ

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Blind signal separation is the problem of estimating a set of source signals from their mixture without prior knowledge about the source signals. Negentropy is an objective function used in the problem of BSS in which negentropy is an information theoretic quantity used as a measure of signal independence in the problem of blind signal separation and it is used as a quality criterion in various signal processing problems such as segmentation and detection. Negentropy is in some sense the optimal estimator of nongaussianity, as far as thestatistical performance is concerned. The problem in using negentropy is that it is computationally very difficult. Estimating negentropy using the definition would require an estimate of the probability density function. Therefore simpler approximations of negentropy are very useful but the performance of this approximation depend on choosing the probability density function so that we introduced in this paper a new non-quadratic function called Generalized Laplace Function . To estimate the parameters of such function we used twomethods first the maximum likelihood function and the second kurtosis. To blindly extract the independent source signals, we resort to FastICA approach. Simulation results show that the proposed approach is capable of separating mixture of signals and also show that the performance of generalized Laplace is best of all otherfunctions that had been proved its performance.

  14. 双波长单光栅纳米测量中激光器性能非理想的影响%Effect of non-ideal performance of lasers in dual-wavelength single-grating nanometer measurement

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    王国超; 颜树华; 周卫红; 牛正一; 谢学东

    2011-01-01

    Principles of the dual-wavelength single grating nanometer displacement measurement system were presented, and its characteristics of long range, high precision and good stability were introduced. As a result of the nano-level high-precision displacement measurement, the errors caused by all sorts of adverse factors must be taken into account. The errors due to non-ideal performance of the dual-frequency laser were mainly discussed and analyzed, including linear errors caused by wavelength instability and non-linear errors caused by elliptic polarization of the laser. On the basis of theoretical modeling, the corresponding error formulas were derived as well. The simulation result shows that the limit value of linear errors caused by wavelength instability is 2 nm, and the limit value of nonlinear-errors caused by elliptic polarization is 1.54 nm on condition that Tx=0.85, Ty=l of the WLS and the size of the nonorthogonal angle is 1.1°. Moreover, the law of the error change was analyzed and researched by choosing different values of Tx and Ty.%阐述了双波长单光栅式大量程纳米级位移测量系统的基本原理,并对系统具有的量程大、精度高、稳定性好等特点进行了介绍.由于系统进行的是高精度纳米级的位移测量,必须考虑各种不利因素造成的误差影响,主要分析讨论了双频激光器性能非理想所造成的误差,包括波长不稳定造成的线性误差及椭圆极化偏振所造成的非线性误差.并在理论建模的基础上,导出了相应的误差表达式.最后通过仿真计算,指出波长不稳定造成的线性误差的极限值为2 nm,在非正交角为1.1°,渥拉斯顿棱镜的透过率Tx、Ty分别为0.85、1时,椭圆极化偏振所造成的非线性误差极值达到1.54nm,并选取不同的非正交角及Tx、Ty对误差变化规律进行了研究分析.

  15. Insights into collaborative separation process of photogenerated charges and superior performance of solar cells

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    Liu, Xiangyang, E-mail: lxy081276@126.com; Wang, Shun; Zheng, Haiwu; Gu, Yuzong [Institute of Microsystems Physics and School of Physics and Electronics, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2016-07-25

    ZnO nanowires/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} (ZnO/CBS) and ZnO nanowires/CBS-graphene nanoplates (ZnO/CBS-GNs), as well as two types of solar cells were prepared. The photovoltaic responses of CBS-GNs and ZnO/CBS-GNs can be improved with incorporation of GNs. The transient surface photovoltage (TPV) can provide detailed information on the separation and transport of photogenerated carriers. The multichannel separation process from the TPVs indicates that the macro-photoelectric signals can be attributed to the photogenerated charges separated at the interface of CBS/GNs, rather than CBS/ZnO. The multi-interfacial recombination is the major carrier loss, and the hole selective p-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} can efficiently accelerate the charge extraction to the external circuit. The ZnO/CBS-GNs cell exhibits the superior performance, and the highest efficiency is 10.9%. With the adequate interfaces of CBS/GNs, GNs conductive network, energy level matching, etc., the excitons can easily diffuse to the interface of CBS/GNs, and the separated electrons and holes can be collected quickly, inducing the high photoelectric properties. Here, a facile strategy for solid state solar cells with superior performance presents a potential application.

  16. Effect of fibrous filter properties on the oil-in-water-emulsion separation and filtration performance.

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    Bansal, Swarna; von Arnim, Volkmar; Stegmaier, Thomas; Planck, Heinrich

    2011-06-15

    Separation of secondary emulsions of dispersed droplet size less than 10 μm, by means of fibrous medium is a very complex but important process. The study investigates the influence of thin fibrous filter properties, i.e. surface energy, pore size and porosity on the separation performance of an isooctane in water emulsion (0.2%, mean drop size 2 μm). Experiments were carried out on five different filter media with a wide variation in their pore size (2-51 μm), surface energy (14-46 mN/m) and porosity (0.46-0.87) at similar process conditions. Filter media with different wettability are obtained by applying various hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings. All the used coatings contain nanoparticles (25 nm) to impart nanoscale surface roughness at the single fiber surface. Besides emulsion properties and operating conditions, the phase separation mechanism and performance highly depends on pore size, surface energy and porosity of the filter media. More complete coalescence takes place at reduced pore size and at a surface preferentially wetted by the dispersed phase. Whereas when the pore size equals to the influent droplet size, then the surface wettability of filter is less effective and the separation mechanism is governed by inflow velocity. The emulsion inflow velocity and pressure drop are significantly affected by the filter media air permeability but do not depend on filter surface energy.

  17. Separation of Aliphatic and Aromatic Carboxylic Acids by Conventional and Ultra High Performance Ion Exclusion Chromatography.

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    Mansour, Fotouh R; Kirkpatrick, Christine L; Danielson, Neil D

    2013-06-01

    An ion exclusion chromatography (IELC) comparison between a conventional ion exchange column and an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) dynamically surfactant modified C18 column for the separation of an aliphatic carboxylic acid and two aromatic carboxylic acids is presented. Professional software is used to optimize the conventional IELC separation conditions for acetylsalicylic acid and the hydrolysis products: salicylic acid and acetic acid. Four different variables are simultaneously optimized including H2SO4 concentration, pH, flow rate, and sample injection volume. Thirty different runs are suggested by the software. The resolutions and the time of each run are calculated and feed back to the software to predict the optimum conditions. Derringer's desirability functions are used to evaluate the test conditions and those with the highest desirability value are utilized to separate acetylsalicylic acid, salicylic acid, and acetic acid. These conditions include using a 0.35 mM H2SO4 (pH 3.93) eluent at a flow rate of 1 mL min(-1) and an injection volume of 72 μL. To decrease the run time and improve the performance, a UHPLC C18 column is used after dynamic modification with sodium dodecyl sulfate. Using pure water as a mobile phase, a shorter analysis time and better resolution are achieved. In addition, the elution order is different from the IELC method which indicates the contribution of the reversed-phase mode to the separation mechanism.

  18. Insights into collaborative separation process of photogenerated charges and superior performance of solar cells

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    Liu, Xiangyang; Wang, Shun; Zheng, Haiwu; Gu, Yuzong

    2016-07-01

    ZnO nanowires/Cu4Bi4S9 (ZnO/CBS) and ZnO nanowires/CBS-graphene nanoplates (ZnO/CBS-GNs), as well as two types of solar cells were prepared. The photovoltaic responses of CBS-GNs and ZnO/CBS-GNs can be improved with incorporation of GNs. The transient surface photovoltage (TPV) can provide detailed information on the separation and transport of photogenerated carriers. The multichannel separation process from the TPVs indicates that the macro-photoelectric signals can be attributed to the photogenerated charges separated at the interface of CBS/GNs, rather than CBS/ZnO. The multi-interfacial recombination is the major carrier loss, and the hole selective p-V2O5 can efficiently accelerate the charge extraction to the external circuit. The ZnO/CBS-GNs cell exhibits the superior performance, and the highest efficiency is 10.9%. With the adequate interfaces of CBS/GNs, GNs conductive network, energy level matching, etc., the excitons can easily diffuse to the interface of CBS/GNs, and the separated electrons and holes can be collected quickly, inducing the high photoelectric properties. Here, a facile strategy for solid state solar cells with superior performance presents a potential application.

  19. RF Circuit Design in Nanometer CMOS

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    Nauta, Bram

    2007-01-01

    With CMOS technology entering the nanometer regime, the design of analog and RF circuits is complicated by low supply voltages, very non-linear (and nonquadratic) devices and large 1/f noise. At the same time, circuits are required to operate over increasingly wide bandwidths to implement modern multi-band communication systems as these systems move toward software-defined radio. These trends in technology and system design call for a re-thinking of analog and RF circuit design in nanometer C...

  20. Synthesis and separation performance of silicalite-1 membranes on silica tubes

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    CHEN HongLiang; LI YanShuo; ZHU GuangQi; YANG WeiShen

    2009-01-01

    High-performance silicalite-1 membranes were synthesized on silica tubes by in-situ hydrothermal synthesis. By using the "solution-filling (SF)" method, the average flux of membranes with the SF method was improved by about 25% compared to that of the membranes without using the SF method; the flux and the separation factor of the membranes prepared with the SF method for an ethanol/water mixture at 60℃ were 0.99 kg/(m2.h) and 73, respectively. It was found that the membranes synthesized on silica tubes exhibited high thermal stability and high reproducibility, and the relatively standard deviations (R.S.D.) of the average flux and separation factor were only 9.6% and 5.6%, respectively, which suggests that the silica support is more suitable than other kinds of supports for preparing high-performance silicalite-1 membranes.

  1. Synthesis and separation performance of silicalite-1 membranes on silica tubes

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    2009-01-01

    High-performance silicalite-1 membranes were synthesized on silica tubes by in-situ hydrothermal synthesis. By using the "solution-filling (SF)" method, the average flux of membranes with the SF method was improved by about 25% compared to that of the membranes without using the SF method; the flux and the separation factor of the membranes prepared with the SF method for an ethanol/water mixture at 60 ℃ were 0.99 kg/(m2·h) and 73, respectively. It was found that the membranes synthesized on silica tubes exhibited high thermal stability and high reproducibility, and the relatively standard deviations (R.S.D.) of the average flux and separation factor were only 9.6% and 5.6%, respectively, which suggests that the silica support is more suitable than other kinds of supports for preparing high-performance silicalite-1 membranes.

  2. Improving the performance of polymer solar cells by adjusting the crystallinity and nanoscale phase separation

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    Chen Wei-Bing; Xu Zong-Xiang; Li Kai; Chui Stephen Sin-Yin; Roy V.A.L.; Lai Pui-To; Che Chi-Ming

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,we report a high-performance P3HT/PCBM bulk-heterojunction solar cell with a power conversion efficiency of 4.85% fabricated by adjusting the polymer crystallinity and nanoscale phase separation using an ultrasonic irradiation mixing approach for the polymer.The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction,UV/Vis spectroscopic,and atomic force microscopic measurement results for the P3HT/PCBM blend films reveal that the P3HT/PCBM film fabricated by ultrasonic irradiation mixing of the P3HT and PCBM solutions for 10 min has a higher degree of cryetallinity,a higher absorption efficiency,and better phase separation,which together account for the higher charge transport properties and photovoltaic cell performance.

  3. Morphology and Performance of PLLA Based Porous Membranes by Phase Separation Control

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    Xing, Qian; Dong, Xia; Li, Rongbo; Han, Charles C.; Wang, Dujin

    2013-03-01

    Poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) porous membranes with different morphologies and properties were prepared through immersion precipitation method. It has been proved that the rate and level of phase separation between PLLA/dioxane solution and coagulation baths were the original drive force for the ultimate structure and corresponding performance of PLLA membranes. The equilibrium thermodynamic phase diagram of PLLA/solvent/nonsolvent and the kinetic diffusion rate between solvent and nonsolvent were systematically investigated. NSFC 50925313 and 51173195

  4. Coupling a Transient Solvent Extraction Module with the Separations and Safeguards Performance Model

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    de Almeida, Valmor F [ORNL; Birdwell Jr, Joseph F [ORNL; DePaoli, David W [ORNL; Gauld, Ian C [ORNL

    2009-10-01

    A past difficulty in safeguards design for reprocessing plants is that no code existed for analysis and evaluation of the design. A number of codes have been developed in the past, but many are dated, and no single code is able to cover all aspects of materials accountancy, process monitoring, and diversion scenario analysis. The purpose of this work was to integrate a transient solvent extraction simulation module developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with the SSPM Separations and Safeguards Performance Model, developed at Sandia National Laboratory, as a first step toward creating a more versatile design and evaluation tool. The SSPM was designed for materials accountancy and process monitoring analyses, but previous versions of the code have included limited detail on the chemical processes, including chemical separations. The transient solvent extraction model is based on the ORNL SEPHIS code approach to consider solute build up in a bank of contactors in the PUREX process. Combined, these capabilities yield a much more robust transient separations and safeguards model for evaluating safeguards system design. This coupling and the initial results are presented. In addition, some observations toward further enhancement of separations and safeguards modeling based on this effort are provided, including: items to be addressed in integrating legacy codes, additional improvements needed for a fully functional solvent extraction module, and recommendations for future integration of other chemical process modules.

  5. Coupling a transient solvent extraction module with the separations and safeguards performance model.

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    DePaoli, David W. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Birdwell, Joseph F. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Gauld, Ian C. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN); Cipiti, Benjamin B.; de Almeida, Valmor F. (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)

    2009-10-01

    A number of codes have been developed in the past for safeguards analysis, but many are dated, and no single code is able to cover all aspects of materials accountancy, process monitoring, and diversion scenario analysis. The purpose of this work was to integrate a transient solvent extraction simulation module developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with the Separations and Safeguards Performance Model (SSPM), developed at Sandia National Laboratory, as a first step toward creating a more versatile design and evaluation tool. The SSPM was designed for materials accountancy and process monitoring analyses, but previous versions of the code have included limited detail on the chemical processes, including chemical separations. The transient solvent extraction model is based on the ORNL SEPHIS code approach to consider solute build up in a bank of contactors in the PUREX process. Combined, these capabilities yield a more robust transient separations and safeguards model for evaluating safeguards system design. This coupling and initial results are presented. In addition, some observations toward further enhancement of separations and safeguards modeling based on this effort are provided, including: items to be addressed in integrating legacy codes, additional improvements needed for a fully functional solvent extraction module, and recommendations for future integration of other chemical process modules.

  6. Providing supplementary milk to suckling dairy calves improves performance at separation and weaning.

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    Johnsen, J F; Beaver, A; Mejdell, C M; Rushen, J; de Passillé, A M; Weary, D M

    2015-07-01

    =23; 4 nursing calves, 9 combined calves, and 10 milk feeder calves) had a higher average daily gain compared with calves that did not (n=7; 6 nursing calves and 1 combined calf; 1.2±0.07 vs. 0.6±0.21kg, respectively). In conclusion, use of the AMF after separation varied, but providing an additional milk source reduced nutritional dependency on the dam, improving calf performance at weaning and separation.

  7. Fluorescence and Thermostability of Nanometer Porphyrin Trimer

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    2006-01-01

    A nanometer porphyrin trimer was firstly synthesized with 1,3-dibromopropane as a bridge-linked agent and the fluorescence property and thermostability were studied. The results show that the fluorescence property and thermostability of the trimer are different from those of monoporphyrin. The effects of the molecule structure on the optical property and the thermostability were also studied in detail.

  8. RF Circuit Design in Nanometer CMOS

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    Nauta, Bram

    2007-01-01

    With CMOS technology entering the nanometer regime, the design of analog and RF circuits is complicated by low supply voltages, very non-linear (and nonquadratic) devices and large 1/f noise. At the same time, circuits are required to operate over increasingly wide bandwidths to implement modern mul

  9. RF Circuit Design in Nanometer CMOS

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    Nauta, Bram

    2007-01-01

    With CMOS technology entering the nanometer regime, the design of analog and RF circuits is complicated by low supply voltages, very non-linear (and nonquadratic) devices and large 1/f noise. At the same time, circuits are required to operate over increasingly wide bandwidths to implement modern

  10. CFD investigations of data centers’ thermal performance for different configurations of CRACs units and aisles separation

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The thermal performance of data centers is numerically studied for different configurations of computer room air conditioning (CRAC units and physical separations of cold and hot aisles. Temperature distribution, air flow characteristics and thermal management of data centers racks array are predicted and evaluated for the different arrangements. Measureable performance indices: supply/return heat index (SHI/RHI, return temperature index (RTI and return cooling index (RCI are used to measure the thermal management effectiveness of data center racks. The results showed that: (i hot air recirculation, cold air bypass and the measurable performance indices of the racks strongly depend on the racks location in the racks array, (ii the CRACs units layout affects the thermal managements of the racks array especially the sides and middle racks in the array, and (iii using cold aisle containments enhances the thermal performance of the data center.

  11. Design and Performance Evaluation of a Corn De-Cobbing and Separating Machine

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    Oriaku E.C

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Agricultural products like maize, soya bean, millet and rice, when processed into quality forms not only prolongs the useful life of these products, but increases the net profit farmers make from mechanization technologies of such products. One of the most important processing operations done to bring out the quality of maize is de-cobbing or threshing of maize. Consequently, a de-cobbing and separation machine was designed, fabricated and its performance evaluated. Corn at moisture content of 15.14% db sourced locally was used in the experiment and the data collected were analyzed. Results showed that for a total 20kg of sample tested, the average feed and threshing time were 2.37 and 2.95 minutes respectively. The average feed and threshing rates were 2.06 and 1.65 kg/min with an average threshing efficiency of 78.93 %. The average separation efficiency was 56.06 %. These results indicate that threshing and separation can be performed out satisfactorily with the designed machine and it can be used to process about 1 tonne of maize per nine-hour shift.

  12. 纳米二氧化钛分离富集-火焰原子吸收光谱法测定水样中痕量铅%Nanometer-size titanium dioxide separation/preconcentration and FAAS determination of trace Pb in Water Samples

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    张艳; 白祖海; 文刚

    2013-01-01

    本文提出了纳米 Ti02分离富集火焰原子吸收光谱法测定水样中痕量铅的新方法。考察了铅在纳米 Ti02上的吸附动力学、最佳酸度和吸附容量。实验结果表明:在最佳实验条件下,纳米 Ti02能定量、快速地吸附水中含有的痕量 Pb2+,其静态吸附容量为17.9 mg/g。吸附在纳米 Ti02上的 Pb2+可用0.1 mol/L HNO3+0.1 mol/LCH3COOH 完全洗脱。本法对 Pb2+的检出限为2.57 ng/mL,相对标准偏差为2.45%(n=11, c=0.1µg/mL ),加标回收率在94.5%~102.5%之间。用于实际水样中铅的测定,结果满意。%A new method for the determination of trace Pb based on nanometer-size TiO2 separation and preconcentration with FAAS was proposed. The optimum conditions for adsorption were studied in detail, and the test included sorption kinetics, effect of pH on adsorption ratio, and adsorption capacity. Under the optimum conditions, Pb2+ could be adsorbed and recovered quantitatively. The static adsorption capacity of Pb2+ on nanoneter-size TiO2 was 17.9mg/g, and 0.1mol/L HNO3 + 0.1 mol/LCH3COOH was sufficient for complete elution. The detection limit of this method for Pb2+ was 2.57ng/mL, and relative standard deviation was 2.45% (n=11, c=0.1µg/mL). The recoveries of Pb2+ ranged from 94.5% to 102.5%. The proposed method has been applied for the determination of trace Pb in water samples with satisfactory results.

  13. Enhancing the separation performance by introducing bioadhesive bonding layer in composite pervaporation membranes for ethanol dehydration

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    Hong Wu; Tiantian Zhou; Xianshi Li; Cuihong Zhao; Zhongyi Jiang

    2015-01-01

    A high performance composite membrane was prepared under the inspiration of bioadhesion principles for pervaporative dehydration of ethanol. Chitosan (CS) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) ultrafiltration membranes were used as the active layer and the support layer, respectively. Guar gum (GG), a natural bioadhesive, was in-troduced as the intermediate bonding layer to improve the separation performance and stability of the fabricated CS/GG/PAN composite membranes. The contact angle of the GG layer was just between those of the CS layer and the PAN layer, minimizing the difference of hydrophilicity between the active layer and the support layer. The peeling strength of the composite membrane was significantly enhanced after the introduction of the GG layer. The effects of preparation conditions and operation conditions including GG concentration, operating tempera-ture and ethanol concentration in feed on the pervaporation performance were investigated. The as-fabricated CS/GG/PAN composite membrane showed the optimum performance with a permeation flux of up to 804 g·m−2·h−1 and a separation factor higher than 1900. Besides, the composite membranes exhibited a desir-able long-term operational stability.

  14. Backfill-simulated moving bed operation for improving the separation performance of simulated moving bed chromatography.

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    Kim, Kyung-Min; Lee, Chang-Ha

    2013-10-11

    The Backfill-SMB (BF-SMB) strategy was designed to improve the separation performance of simulated moving bed (SMB) chromatography. In the BF-SMB operation, a limited amount of products from raffinate and/or extract was re-fed to the SMB circuit as a backfill-feed. Two additional operating variables, backfill ratio (BR) and backfill length (BL), were suggested to determine the amount and injection length of backfill-feed. This strategy was applied to a four-zone SMB with one column (1-1-1-1) and two columns (2-2-2-2) per zone using a binary mixture with a nonlinear isotherm. Various BF-SMB operational methods were designed to supply backfill-feed to the feed node and/or intermediate node. The separation performances of conventional SMB and BF-SMB were compared in terms of purity, recovery, and eluent consumption. The BF-SMB successfully improved the separation performance of the conventional SMB because backfill-feed led to the rich condition of the main component at each product withdrawal node. Due to the 'TMB effect' caused by backfill-feed, the BF-SMB operation was more efficient in the 1-1-1-1 configuration than in the 2-2-2-2 configuration, showing maximum improvement of 5-7% purity and recovery from the performance of conventional SMB. In addition, partial recycling of eluent by backfill-feed resulted in a decrease in eluent consumption up to 10% even with improved purity and recovery in BF-SMB. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. A Performance Assessment of an Airborne Separation Assistance System Using Realistic Complex Traffic Flows

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    Smith, Jeremy C.; Bussink, Frank J. L.

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents the results from a study that investigates the performance of a tactical Airborne Separation Assistance System (ASAS) in en route airspace, under varying demand levels, with realistic traffic flows. The ASAS concept studied here allows flight crews of equipped aircraft to perform separation from other air traffic autonomously. This study addresses the tactical aspects of an ASAS using aircraft state data (i.e. position and velocity) to detect and resolve projected conflicts. In addition, use of a conflict prevention system helps ASAS-equipped aircraft avoid maneuvers that may cause new conflicts. ASAS-capable aircraft are equipped with satellite-based navigation and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) for transmission and receipt of aircraft state data. In addition to tactical conflict detection and resolution (CD&R), a complete, integrated ASAS is likely to incorporate a strategic CD&R component with a longer look-ahead time, using trajectory intent information. A system-wide traffic flow management (TFM) component, located at the FAA command center helps aircraft to avoid regions of excessive traffic density and complexity. A Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), as used today is the system of last resort. This integrated approach avoids sole reliance on the use of the tactical CD&R studied here, but the tactical component remains a critical element of the complete ASAS. The focus of this paper is to determine to what extent the proposed tactical component of ASAS alone can maintain aircraft separation at demand levels up to three times that of current traffic. The study also investigates the effect of mixing ASAS-equipped aircraft with unequipped aircraft (i.e. current day) that do not have the capability to self-separate. Position and velocity data for unequipped aircraft needs to be available to ASASequipped. Most likely, for this future concept, state data would be available from instrument flight rules (IFR

  16. Separation performance of guanidinium-based ionic liquids as stationary phases for gas chromatography.

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    Qiao, Lizhen; Lu, Kai; Qi, Meiling; Fu, Ruonong

    2013-02-08

    Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) as stationary phases for gas chromatography (GC) have made great achievements in both research and applications over the last decades. Until now, all of the RTIL stationary phases reported have involved imidazolium, ammonium, pyrrolidinium, and phosphonium-based RTILs, and however, no publications are available using guanidinium-based ionic liquids (GBILs) as GC stationary phases except two preliminary reports from our group. In the present work, three hexaalkyl GBILs stationary phases, namely N, N,N',N'-tetramethyl-N″, N″-dioctylguanidinum hexafluophosphate (DOTMG-PF(6)), N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-N″, N″-dioctylguanidinium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide (DOTMG-NTf(2)), and N,N,N',N'-tetraoctyl-N″, N″-dimethylguanidinium bis (trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide (TODMG-NTf(2)), were synthesized and used as stationary phases for GC separation after they were statically coated onto the inner walls of fused-silica capillary columns. The evaluation of DOTMG-PF(6) and TODMG-NTf(2) as GC stationary phases is reported here for the first time, whereas additional results on the DOTMG-NTf(2) stationary phase are added here on the basis of our previous report. In this work, McReynolds constants and Abraham solvation system constants are used to evaluate the average polarity and the solvation properties of the GBILs stationary phases for GC separation, respectively. The results show that the GBILs stationary phases exhibit medium polarity with an average polarity of 293-390, and that the major molecular interactions of the GBILs with analytes are dipole/polarizable interactions, H-bond basicity and dispersion forces, etc. After this, the separation performance and thermal stability of the GBILs stationary phases were evaluated, showing that these stationary phases achieve excellent separation for analytes of great variety covering hydrocarbons, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones, amines, amides and aromatics, and exhibit

  17. Tuning the Gas Separation Performance of CuBTC by Ionic Liquid Incorporation.

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    Sezginel, Kutay B; Keskin, Seda; Uzun, Alper

    2016-02-02

    The efficient separation of gases has industrial, economic, and environmental importance. Here, the gas separation performance of a metal organic framework (MOF) is enhanced by ionic liquid (IL) incorporation. One of the most commonly used ILs, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4]), was incorporated into a commercially available MOF, CuBTC. Detailed characterization by combining spectroscopy with diffraction, electron microscopy, and thermal analysis confirmed that the structures were intact after incorporation. Adsorption isotherms of CH4, H2, N2, and CO2 in IL-incorporated CuBTC were experimentally measured and compared with those of pristine CuBTC. Consequently, ideal selectivities for CO2/CH4, CO2/N2, CO2/H2, CH4/N2, CH4/H2, and N2/H2 separations were calculated. The results showed that the CH4 selectivity of CuBTC over CO2, H2, and N2 gases becomes at least 1.5 times higher than that of pristine CuBTC upon the incorporation of IL. For example, the CH4/H2 selectivity of CuBTC increased from 26 to 56 at 0.2 bar when the IL loading was 30 wt %. These results show that the incorporation of ILs into MOFs can lead to unprecedented improvements in the gas separation performance of MOFs. The tunable physicochemical properties of ILs combined with a large number of possible MOF structures open up opportunities for the rational design of novel materials for meeting future energy challenges.

  18. Rate-dependent performance of ion chambers for particle-ID at the GSI fragment separator

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    Hucka, Jan-Paul; Allred, Timothy; Enders, Joachim [Institut fuer Kernphysik, TU Darmstadt (Germany); Gernhaeuser, Roman; Maurus, Steffen [Physik Department, TU Muenchen (Germany); Nociforo, Chiara; Pietri, Stephane; Prochazka, Andrej [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    At the GSI Fragment Separator (FRS), multi-sampling ion chambers (MUSIC) employing a Frisch grid are used for charge identification of secondary ion beams. At the FAIR Super-FRS, higher rates are expected, and an event-by-event determination of the charge of secondary ions will be needed at rates of several 100000 events per second. The comparison of results from test measurements for the MUSIC performance with that of a recently constructed tilted-electrode gas ion chamber (TEGIC), which was designed similar to the one discussed, is presented.

  19. Novel nanocomposite Kevlar fabric membranes: Fabrication characterization, and performance in oil/water separation

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    Karimnezhad, Hanieh; Rajabi, Laleh; Salehi, Ehsan; Derakhshan, Ali Ashraf; Azimi, Sara

    2014-02-01

    Nanocomposite membranes with hydrophilic surface were fabricated for separation of oil (n-hexane) from oil/water emulsion. Three different nanomaterials namely, para-aminobenzoate alumoxane (PAB-A), boehmite-epoxide and polycitrate alumoxane (PC-A) were coated on the Kevlar fabric (support), according to a three-step dip-coating protocol. FTIR, SEM, TEM, UV/vis spectrophotometer, and wettability analyses were used to characterize the composite membranes. The three coating layers interacted chemically with one another and also physically with the Kevlar fabric. Water uptake measurements indicated that the membrane is a hydrophilic one. SEM and TEM analyses showed the smooth surface of the composite membrane and three-dimensional dendrimeric hyper-branched structure of (PC-A), respectively. A dead-end filtration setup was applied to test the membranes performance under natural gravity force. Effect of pH as an important variable affecting separation process was investigated with the neutral pH provided the optimum condition for the separation. Oil rejection and permeate fluxes were also monitored. The optimum flux and rejection obtained, were 7392 (Lm-2 h-1) and 89.06% at pH 7, respectively. Fouling occurred as a gel layer on the membrane surface. The deposited oil droplets on the surface of the membrane were successfully washed away with satisfactory permeate flux recovery (FRR = 88.88% at neutral pH), using hot distilled water and acidic solution as eluents.

  20. Performance of a New Magnetic Chitosan Nanoparticle to Remove Arsenic and Its Separation from Water

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    Cheng Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Removal performance of arsenic in water by a novel magnetic chitosan nanoparticle (MCNP with a diameter of about 10 nm, including adsorption kinetics, adsorption isotherm, main influencing factors, and regeneration effects, was investigated. In addition, the effective separation way for MCNP particles and the new application mode were developed to prompt the application of MCNP. The results showed that MCNP exhibited excellent ability to remove As(V and As(III from water in a wide range of initial concentrations, MCNP removed arsenic rapidly with more than 95% of arsenic adsorbed in initial 15 min, and the whole process fitted well to the pseudo-second-order model. The Langmuir model fits the equilibrium data better than the Freundlich isotherm model and the maximum adsorption capacities of As(V and As(III were 65.5 mg/g and 60.2 mg/g, respectively. The saturated MCNP could be easily regenerated and kept more than 95% of initial adsorption capacity stable after 10 regeneration cycles. A new magnetic material separation method was established to separate MCNP effectively. The continuous-operation instrument developed based on the MCNP could operate stably and guarantee that the concentration of arsenic meets the guideline limit of arsenic in drinking water regulated by the WHO.

  1. Cultured Cortical Neurons Can Perform Blind Source Separation According to the Free-Energy Principle.

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    Takuya Isomura

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Blind source separation is the computation underlying the cocktail party effect--a partygoer can distinguish a particular talker's voice from the ambient noise. Early studies indicated that the brain might use blind source separation as a signal processing strategy for sensory perception and numerous mathematical models have been proposed; however, it remains unclear how the neural networks extract particular sources from a complex mixture of inputs. We discovered that neurons in cultures of dissociated rat cortical cells could learn to represent particular sources while filtering out other signals. Specifically, the distinct classes of neurons in the culture learned to respond to the distinct sources after repeating training stimulation. Moreover, the neural network structures changed to reduce free energy, as predicted by the free-energy principle, a candidate unified theory of learning and memory, and by Jaynes' principle of maximum entropy. This implicit learning can only be explained by some form of Hebbian plasticity. These results are the first in vitro (as opposed to in silico demonstration of neural networks performing blind source separation, and the first formal demonstration of neuronal self-organization under the free energy principle.

  2. Indigenous development and performance evaluation of BARC aerodynamic size separator (BASS)

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    Singh, S; Khan, A; Mayya, Y S; Narayanan, K P; Purwar, R C; Sapra, B K; Sunny, F

    2002-01-01

    Commercially available cascade impactors, commonly used for aerodynamic size separation of aerosol particles, are based on the principle of inertial impaction. As of now, these instruments are imported at a cost of several lakhs of rupees; hence an effort has been made to develop an aerodynamic particle sizer indigenously in BARC. This unit, referred to as BARC Aerodynamic Size Separator (BASS), separates aerosols into seven size classes ranging from 0.53 mu m to 10 mu m and operates at a flow rate of 45 Ipm. Intercomparison studies between the standard Andersen Mark-II (Grasbey Andersen Inc.) impactor and BASS using nebulizer generated aerosols have consistently shown excellent performance by BASS in all respects. In particular, BASS yielded the parameters of polydisperse aerosols quite accurately. Experiments to evaluate the individual stage cut-off diameters show that these are within 8% of their designed value for all stages except the higher two stages which indicate about 30% lower values than the desig...

  3. Inductive Sensor Performance in Partial Discharges and Noise Separation by Means of Spectral Power Ratios

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    Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Partial discharge (PD detection is a standardized technique to qualify electrical insulation in machines and power cables. Several techniques that analyze the waveform of the pulses have been proposed to discriminate noise from PD activity. Among them, spectral power ratio representation shows great flexibility in the separation of the sources of PD. Mapping spectral power ratios in two-dimensional plots leads to clusters of points which group pulses with similar characteristics. The position in the map depends on the nature of the partial discharge, the setup and the frequency response of the sensors. If these clusters are clearly separated, the subsequent task of identifying the source of the discharge is straightforward so the distance between clusters can be a figure of merit to suggest the best option for PD recognition. In this paper, two inductive sensors with different frequency responses to pulsed signals, a high frequency current transformer and an inductive loop sensor, are analyzed to test their performance in detecting and separating the sources of partial discharges.

  4. Nanoparticle-coated separators for lithium-ion batteries with advanced electrochemical performance

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    Fang, Jason

    2011-01-01

    We report a simple, scalable approach to improve the interfacial characteristics and, thereby, the performance of commonly used polyolefin based battery separators. The nanoparticle-coated separators are synthesized by first plasma treating the membrane in oxygen to create surface anchoring groups followed by immersion into a dispersion of positively charged SiO 2 nanoparticles. The process leads to nanoparticles electrostatically adsorbed not only onto the exterior of the surface but also inside the pores of the membrane. The thickness and depth of the coatings can be fine-tuned by controlling the ζ-potential of the nanoparticles. The membranes show improved wetting to common battery electrolytes such as propylene carbonate. Cells based on the nanoparticle-coated membranes are operable even in a simple mixture of EC/PC. In contrast, an identical cell based on the pristine, untreated membrane fails to be charged even after addition of a surfactant to improve electrolyte wetting. When evaluated in a Li-ion cell using an EC/PC/DEC/VC electrolyte mixture, the nanoparticle-coated separator retains 92% of its charge capacity after 100 cycles compared to 80 and 77% for the plasma only treated and pristine membrane, respectively. © the Owner Societies 2011.

  5. A facile approach to make high performance nano-fiber reinforced composite separator for lithium ion batteries

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    Huang, Xiaosong

    2016-08-01

    The separator is a porous membrane located between the negative and the positive electrodes. In this work, a nano-fiber reinforced composite separator was developed. Compared with the commercial polyolefin separator, the composite separator showed superior (a) dimensional stability at elevated temperatures relative to conventional separators and (b) wettability by the liquid electrolyte. After being saturated with a commercial LiPF6-ethylene carbonate-dimethyl carbonate electrolyte, the composite separator enabled a high effective ionic conductivity (σeff) of 1.25 mS/cm. A stable cycle performance and an improved rate capability have been observed in the coin cells with the composite separator. This initial study shows that this type of composite membranes can be a promising alternative separator for lithium ion batteries.

  6. Effects of dope extrusion rate on the morphology and gas separation performance of asymmetric polysulfone hollow fiber membranes for O2/N2 separation

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    Ahmad Fausi Ismail

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of dope extrusion rates on morphology and gas separation performance of asymmetric polysulfone hollow fiber membranes. Asymmetric polysulfone hollow fiber membranes for gas separation were prepared from a solution consisting of 26.0 wt. % of polysulfone, 30.4 wt. % of N, N-dimethylacetamide, 30.4 wt. % of tetrahydrofuran and 13.2 wt. % ethanol. The dry/wet phase separation process was applied to a dry/wet spinning process. Fibers were spun at various dope extrusion rates (DER ranging from 1.5 - 3.0 cm3/min and hence at different levels of shear. The results suggest that as the dope extrusion rate is increased, the selectivity will increase until a critical level of shear is reached, beyond which the membrane performance deteriorates. Pressure-normalized-fluxes and selectivities were evaluated by using pure oxygen and nitrogen as test gases.

  7. Performance impact of dynamic surface coatings on polymeric insulator-based dielectrophoretic particle separators.

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    Davalos, Rafael V; McGraw, Gregory J; Wallow, Thomas I; Morales, Alfredo M; Krafcik, Karen L; Fintschenko, Yolanda; Cummings, Eric B; Simmons, Blake A

    2008-02-01

    Efficient and robust particle separation and enrichment techniques are critical for a diverse range of lab-on-a-chip analytical devices including pathogen detection, sample preparation, high-throughput particle sorting, and biomedical diagnostics. Previously, using insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) in microfluidic glass devices, we demonstrated simultaneous particle separation and concentration of various biological organisms, polymer microbeads, and viruses. As an alternative to glass, we evaluate the performance of similar iDEP structures produced in polymer-based microfluidic devices. There are numerous processing and operational advantages that motivate our transition to polymers such as the availability of numerous innate chemical compositions for tailoring performance, mechanical robustness, economy of scale, and ease of thermoforming and mass manufacturing. The polymer chips we have evaluated are fabricated through an injection molding process of the commercially available cyclic olefin copolymer Zeonor 1060R. This publication is the first to demonstrate insulator-based dielectrophoretic biological particle differentiation in a polymeric device injection molded from a silicon master. The results demonstrate that the polymer devices achieve the same performance metrics as glass devices. We also demonstrate an effective means of enhancing performance of these microsystems in terms of system power demand through the use of a dynamic surface coating. We demonstrate that the commercially available nonionic block copolymer surfactant, Pluronic F127, has a strong interaction with the cyclic olefin copolymer at very low concentrations, positively impacting performance by decreasing the electric field necessary to achieve particle trapping by an order of magnitude. The presence of this dynamic surface coating, therefore, lowers the power required to operate such devices and minimizes Joule heating. The results of this study demonstrate that iDEP polymeric

  8. Nanometer Polymer Latex and Its Application in Waterborne Coating

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    2001-01-01

    @@ The nanometer materials have been attracting an increasing attention due to the wide applications of this kind of materials in the information technology, national defense, biotechnology, etc. The applications of nanotechnology have also injected impetus into the conventional industries such as coatings, plastics, rubber, adhesive, ceramics, cosmetics. As to coating industry, the nanotechnology has been providing the resulting coating with high performances as well as novel characteristics. The progress in this research field is raising the technology content and even promote the prosperity of this sector.

  9. Nanometer Polymer Latex and Its Application in Waterborne Coating

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    PENG; XuXing

    2001-01-01

    The nanometer materials have been attracting an increasing attention due to the wide applications of this kind of materials in the information technology, national defense, biotechnology, etc. The applications of nanotechnology have also injected impetus into the conventional industries such as coatings, plastics, rubber, adhesive, ceramics, cosmetics. As to coating industry, the nanotechnology has been providing the resulting coating with high performances as well as novel characteristics. The progress in this research field is raising the technology content and even promote the prosperity of this sector.  ……

  10. Nanometer CMOS ICs from basics to ASICs

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    J M Veendrick, Harry

    2017-01-01

    This textbook provides a comprehensive, fully-updated introduction to the essentials of nanometer CMOS integrated circuits. It includes aspects of scaling to even beyond 12nm CMOS technologies and designs. It clearly describes the fundamental CMOS operating principles and presents substantial insight into the various aspects of design implementation and application. Coverage includes all associated disciplines of nanometer CMOS ICs, including physics, lithography, technology, design, memories, VLSI, power consumption, variability, reliability and signal integrity, testing, yield, failure analysis, packaging, scaling trends and road blocks. The text is based upon in-house Philips, NXP Semiconductors, Applied Materials, ASML, IMEC, ST-Ericsson, TSMC, etc., courseware, which, to date, has been completed by more than 4500 engineers working in a large variety of related disciplines: architecture, design, test, fabrication process, packaging, failure analysis and software.

  11. Nanometer Vibration Control by Computer Feedback

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    McLeod, Kevin; Schramm, Steven; McKenna, Janis; Mattison, Thomas

    2008-05-01

    The International Linear Collider is a planned electron-positron accelerator at the 500 GeV scale. Colliding nanometer sized beams requires control of vibrations of the final focusing magnets at the nanometer level. We are investigating position measurement with laser interferometry and position control with piezoelectric actuators using state-vector feedback in a near-real-time Linux computing environment. A custom driver for a commercial ADC-DAC card has the interferometer reconstruction and feedback algorithms inside an interrupt handler running at 10 kHz. Linux user applications interact with the driver for interferometer alignment and calibration, measurement of excitation of internal modes by the piezo, and measurement of external vibration spectrum. Other applications analyze the internal and external vibration modes, and calculate state-vector feedback gains. Graphical interface is provided by tcl/tk. Code development is in C with standard GNU tools, using a recursive generic makefile.

  12. Comparative Analysis of the Separation Variation Influence on the Hydrodynamic Performance of a High Speed Trimaran

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    Khaled Hafez; Abdel-Rahman El-Kot

    2011-01-01

    This paper numerically investigates the influence of separation variation of the outriggers on the hydrodynamic performance of a high speed trimaran(HST)aiming at improving its applicability in diverse realistic disciplines.The present investigation was performed within the framework of the 2-D slender body method(SBM)by calculating the resistance of three symmetric trimaran series moving in a calm free surface of deep water.Each trimaran series comprises of 4681 configurations generated by considering 151 staggers (-50%≤α≤+ 100%),and 31 separations(100%≤β≤400%)for 81 Froude numbers(0.20≤Fn≤1.0).In developingthe three trimaran series,Wigley(C)-st,AMECRC(C)-09,and NPL(C)-4a models were used separately for both the main and side hulls of each individual series models.A computer macro named Tri-PL(C)was created using the Visual Basic for Applications(C).Tri-PL(C)sequentially interfaced Maxsurf(C)then Hullspeed(C)to generate the models of the three trimaran series together with their detailed hydrostatic particulars,followed by their resistance components.The numerical results were partially validated against the available published numerical calculations and experimental results,to benchmark the Tri-PL(C)macro and hence to rely on the analysis outcomes.A graph template was created within the framework of SigmaPlot(C)to visualize the significant results of the Tri-PL(C)properly.

  13. Levitation Performance of Two Opposed Permanent Magnet Pole-Pair Separated Conical Bearingless Motors

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    Kascak, Peter; Jansen, Ralph; Dever, Timothy; Nagorny, Aleksandr; Loparo, Kenneth

    2013-01-01

    In standard motor applications, rotor suspension with traditional mechanical bearings represents the most economical solution. However, in certain high performance applications, rotor suspension without contacting bearings is either required or highly beneficial. Examples include applications requiring very high speed or extreme environment operation, or with limited access for maintenance. This paper expands upon a novel bearingless motor concept, in which two motors with opposing conical air-gaps are used to achieve full five-axis levitation and rotation of the rotor. Force in this motor is created by deliberately leaving the motor s pole-pairs unconnected, which allows the creation of different d-axis flux in each pole pair. This flux imbalance is used to create lateral force. This approach is different than previous bearingless motor designs, which require separate windings for levitation and rotation. This paper examines the predicted and achieved suspension performance of a fully levitated prototype bearingless system.

  14. High-performance ferroelectric memory based on phase-separated films of polymer blends

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    Khan, Mohammad A.

    2013-10-29

    High-performance polymer memory is fabricated using blends of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene-fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) and highly insulating poly(p-phenylene oxide) (PPO). The blend films spontaneously phase separate into amorphous PPO nanospheres embedded in a semicrystalline P(VDF-TrFE) matrix. Using low molecular weight PPO with high miscibility in a common solvent, i.e., methyl ethyl ketone, blend films are spin cast with extremely low roughness (Rrms ≈ 4.92 nm) and achieve nanoscale phase seperation (PPO domain size < 200 nm). These blend devices display highly improved ferroelectric and dielectric performance with low dielectric losses (<0.2 up to 1 MHz), enhanced thermal stability (up to ≈353 K), excellent fatigue endurance (80% retention after 106 cycles at 1 KHz) and high dielectric breakdown fields (≈360 MV/m). © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Fabrication and Characterization of Polyimide-CNTs hybrid membrane to enhance high performance CO2 separation

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    Tutuk Djoko Kusworo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the CO2 separation performance of a hybrid membranes flat sheet based on polyimide incorporated with carbon nanotubes (CNTs particles. CNTs was selected and its loading were a 1 wt% in total solid. The hybrid composite membranes were fabricated in order to increase their separation performance for the gaseous mixture of CO2 and CH4. Hybrid Composite  membrane incorporated carbon nanotubes were mannufactured  by the dry-wet phase inversion technique using flat sheet membrane casting machine system,  in which the CNTs were embedded into the polyimide membrane and the resulting membranes were characterized. The results from the FESEM, DSC and FTIR analysis confirmed that chemical modification on carbon nanotubes surface had taken place. Sieve-in-a-cage’ morphology observed shows the poor adhesion between polymer and unmodified CNT. The results revealed that the good multi-wall carbon nanotubes dispersion leads to enhanced gas permeation properties. It is also concluded that addition of carbon nanotubes particles into the matrix of Polyimide polymer has significant effect on the membrane structure and properties.

  16. High-performance liquid chromatography separation of unsaturated organic compounds by a monolithic silica column embedded with silver nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Yang; Morisato, Kei; Hasegawa, George; Moitra, Nirmalya; Kiyomura, Tsutomu; Kurata, Hiroki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Nakanishi, Kazuki

    2015-08-01

    The optimization of a porous structure to ensure good separation performances is always a significant issue in high-performance liquid chromatography column design. Recently we reported the homogeneous embedment of Ag nanoparticles in periodic mesoporous silica monolith and the application of such Ag nanoparticles embedded silica monolith for the high-performance liquid chromatography separation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons. However, the separation performance remains to be improved and the retention mechanism as compared with the Ag ion high-performance liquid chromatography technique still needs to be clarified. In this research, Ag nanoparticles were introduced into a macro/mesoporous silica monolith with optimized pore parameters for high-performance liquid chromatography separations. Baseline separation of benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, and pyrene was achieved with the theoretical plate number for analyte naphthalene as 36,000 m(-1). Its separation function was further extended to cis/trans isomers of aromatic compounds where cis/trans stilbenes were chosen as a benchmark. Good separation of cis/trans-stilbene with separation factor as 7 and theoretical plate number as 76,000 m(-1) for cis-stilbene was obtained. The trans isomer, however, is retained more strongly, which contradicts the long- established retention rule of Ag ion chromatography. Such behavior of Ag nanoparticles embedded in a silica column can be attributed to the differences in the molecular geometric configuration of cis/trans stilbenes.

  17. Performance evaluation of a non-woven lithium ion battery separator prepared through a paper-making process

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    Huang, Xiaosong

    2014-06-01

    Porous separator functions to electrically insulate the negative and positive electrodes yet communicate lithium ions between the two electrodes when infiltrated with a liquid electrolyte. The separator must fulfill numerous requirements (e.g. permeability, wettability, and thermal stability) in order to optimize the abuse tolerance and electrochemical performance of a battery. Non-woven mat separators have advantages such as high porosity and heat resistance. However, their applications in lithium ion batteries are very limited as their inadequate pore structures could cause accelerated battery performance degradation and even internal short. This work features the development of thermally stable non-woven composite separators using a low cost paper-making process. The composite separators offer significantly improved thermal dimensional stability and exhibit superior wettability by the liquid electrolyte compared to a conventional polypropylene separator. The open porous structures of the non-woven composite separators also resulted in high effective ionic conductivities. The electrochemical performance of the composite separators was tested in coin cells. Stable cycle performances and improved rate capabilities have been observed for the coin cells with these composite separators.

  18. Modeling of the separation performance of nanofiltration membranes and its role in the applications of nanofiltration technology in product separation processes

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    SHANG Weijuan; WANG Daxin; WANG Xiaolin

    2007-01-01

    Although there is a voluminous literature on the determination of structural parameters (the pore radius,the ratio of membrane porosity to membrane thickness) of a nanofiltration (NF) membrane and its separation performance (such as the rejection and the permeation flux) by the simplified Teorell-Meyer-Sievers (TMS) model,little of this research comments on other theories and the consequences of linking modeling evaluation to technological application.Theories used to predict the separation performance of an NF membrane usually include:the non-equilibrium thermodynamic model,the pore model,the space charge model,the TMS model,the electrostatic and steric-hindrance model,and the semiempirical model.In the article,we briefly trace the origins or the general ideas of the above-mentioned theories.From there,recent researches on the characterization of membrane structural parameters and electrical properties (such as the surface charge density qw) are reviewed.We then turn to research on the separation performance of an NF membrane for single-component solutions of inorganic electrolytes,neutral organic solutions,and a mixture solution of electrolytes or that of an electrolyte and neutral organic solute.Afterwards,we outline the applications of NF technology in the processes of product separation and conclude with a discussion on the role of models in such applications.

  19. Separation of Nitration By-Products in Commercial-Grade Trinitro-Toluene by High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

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    1982-06-01

    MRL-TN-464 SEPARATION OF NITRATION BY-PRODUCTS IN COMMERCIAL-GRADE TITR-TOLUENE BY HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY Peter J. Sanders ABSTRACT...UNCLASSIFIED TITLE SEPARATION OF NITRATION BY-PRODUCTS IN COMMERCIAL-GRADE TRXNITRO-TOLUENE BY HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY AUTHOR(S...PRODUCTS IN COMMERCIAL-GRADE TRINITRO-TOLUENE BY HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY 16 INTRODUCTION Fbr some time, a need has existed for the

  20. Ceramic separators based on Li+-conducting inorganic electrolyte for high-performance lithium-ion batteries with enhanced safety

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    Jung, Yun-Chae; Kim, Seul-Ki; Kim, Moon-Sung; Lee, Jeong-Hye; Han, Man-Seok; Kim, Duck-Hyun; Shin, Woo-Cheol; Ue, Makoto; Kim, Dong-Won

    2015-10-01

    Flexible ceramic separators based on Li+-conducting lithium lanthanum zirconium oxide are prepared as thin films and directly applied onto negative electrode to produce a separator-electrode assembly with good interfacial adhesion and low interfacial resistances. The ceramic separators show an excellent thermal stability and high ionic conductivity as compared to conventional polypropylene separator. The lithium-ion batteries assembled with graphite negative electrode, Li+-conducting ceramic separator and LiCoO2 positive electrode exhibit good cycling performance in terms of discharge capacity, capacity retention and rate capability. It is also demonstrated that the use of a ceramic separator can greatly improve safety over cells employing a polypropylene separator, which is highly desirable for lithium-ion batteries with enhanced safety.

  1. Gas separation performance of 6FDA-based polyimides with different chemical structures

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    Qiu, Wulin

    2013-10-01

    This work reports the gas separation performance of several 6FDA-based polyimides with different chemical structures, to correlate chemical structure with gas transport properties with a special focus on CO2 and CH 4 transport and plasticization stability of the polyimides membranes relevant to natural gas purification. The consideration of the other gases (He, O2 and N2) provided additional insights regarding effects of backbone structure on detailed penetrant properties. The polyimides studied include 6FDA-DAM, 6FDA-mPDA, 6FDA-DABA, 6FDA-DAM:DABA (3:2), 6FDA-DAM:mPDA (3:2) and 6FDA-mPDA:DABA (3:2). Both pure and binary gas permeation were investigated. The packing density, which is tunable by adjusting monomer type and composition of the various samples, correlated with transport permeability and selectivity. The separation performance of the polyimides for various gas pairs were also plotted for comparison to the upper bound curves, and it was found that this family of materials shows attractive performance. The CO 2 plasticization responses for the un-cross-linked polyimides showed good plasticization resistance to CO2/CH4 mixed gas with 10% CO2; however, only the cross-linked polyimides showed good plasticization resistance under aggressive gas feed conditions (CO 2/CH4 mixed gas with 50% CO2 or pure CO 2). For future work, asymmetric hollow fibers and carbon molecular sieve membranes based on the most attractive members of the family will be considered. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Performance analysis of a microfluidic mixer based on high gradient magnetic separation principles

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    Liu, Mengyu; Han, Xiaotao; Cao, Quanliang; Li, Liang

    2017-09-01

    To achieve a rapid mixing between a water-based ferrofluid and DI water in a microfluidic environment, a magnetically actuated mixing system based on high gradient magnetic separation principles is proposed in this work. The microfluidic system consists of a T-shaped mirochannel and an array of integrated soft-magnetic elements at the sidewall of the channel. With the aid of an external magnetic bias field, these elements are magnetized to produce a magnetic volume force acting on the fluids containing magnetic nanoparticles, and then to induce additional flows for improving the mixing performance. The mixing process is numerically investigated through analyzing the concentration distribution of magnetic nanoparticles using a coupled particle-fluid transport model, and mixing performances under different parametrical conditions are investigated in detail. Numerical results show that a high mixing efficiency around 97.5% can be achieved within 2 s under an inlet flow rate of 1 mm s-1 and a relatively low magnetic bias field of 50 mT. Meanwhile, it has been found that there is an optimum number of magnetic elements used for obtaining the best mixing performance. These results show the potential of the proposed mixing method in lab-on-a-chip system and could be helpful in designing and optimizing system performance.

  3. Analytical Performance of an HPLC and CZE Methods for the Analysis and Separation of Perindopril Erbumine and Indapamide

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    Valentin Ion

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Perindopril, as an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and indapamide, as a thiazide like diuretic, can be administrated together for the treatment of high blood preasure and other cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to develop two simple and reliable separation methods for perindopril and indapamide by high performance liquid chromatography and capillary zone electrophoresis in order to evaluate their behaviour under separation conditions, for simultaneous separation.

  4. Nanometer Variation-Tolerant SRAM Circuits and Statistical Design for Yield

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    Abu-Rahma, Mohamed H

    2013-01-01

    Variability is one of the most challenging obstacles for IC design in the nanometer regime.  In nanometer technologies, SRAM show an increased sensitivity to process variations due to low-voltage operation requirements, which are aggravated by the strong demand for lower power consumption and cost, while achieving higher performance and density.  With the drastic increase in memory densities, lower supply voltages, and higher variations, statistical simulation methodologies become imperative to estimate memory yield and optimize performance and power. This book is an invaluable reference on robust SRAM circuits and statistical design methodologies for researchers and practicing engineers in the field of memory design. It combines state of the art circuit techniques and statistical methodologies to optimize SRAM performance and yield in nanometer technologies.   Provides comprehensive review of state-of-the-art, variation-tolerant SRAM circuit techniques; Discusses Impact of device related process variation...

  5. Separative determination of ascorbic acid analogs contained in mushrooms by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Okamura, M

    1998-02-01

    Analogs (6-deoxyascorbic acid, erythroascorbic acid, and associated glycosides) of L-ascorbic acid (AA) contained in mushrooms were allowed to react with hydrazine to form osazones, and the conditions for separative determination by HPLC using a Zorbax SIL column were examined. Separation was started using solvent system 1 (ethylacetate/n-hexane/acetone/acetic acid, 50:50:1:1, v/v) as the mobile phase, and switching after 15 min to solvent system 2 (ethylacetate/acetone/acetic acid, 100:1:1, v/v). Detection was performed by absorbance at 500 nm. Because these analogs showed different formation rates for osazone, calibration curves were prepared for each substance. The recovery rate in the load test was 93-105%. By this method, AA and the analogs contained in eight species of edible mushrooms have been determined. The results revealed that: (1) the main constituents of all mushrooms are AA analogs rather than AA itself; (2) only one species contained AA in a very small amount (2 mumol/kg); (3) the types of AA analogs present differed according to the species of mushrooms, and (4) the total amount of AA analogs was between ca. 100-500 mumol/kg (2-9 mg per 100 g, converted to AA). In addition, a new AA analog was found in Pleurotus ostreatus and identified as 5-O-(alpha-D-xylopyranosyl)-D-erythroascorbic acid in structural analyses by NMR and other methods.

  6. SWA/TiO2微球的制备及催化α-蒎烯异构化性能%Preparation of nanometer microsphere of titanium dioxide supported silicotungstic acid and catalytic performance for α-pinene isomerization

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    马晓涛; 吴春华; 赵黔榕

    2012-01-01

    采用溶胶-凝胶法和浸溃法,制备了纳米负载型H4SiW12O40 (SWA)催化剂,考察了载体种类、SWA浸溃浓度对催化剂性能的影响.结果表明,用TiO2固载、8% SWA浸渍所得催化剂SWA/TiO2的催化性能较佳.利用XRD、TEM和BET比表面测定技术对其结构进行了表征.结果显示,该催化剂颗粒为圆球形,粒径为40~50 nm,具有较好的分散性.载体TiO2的引入明显增大了SWA的比表面积.将纳米SWA/TiO2用于催化α-蒎烯异构化反应,实验结果表明,该催化剂具有较好的催化活性和选择性,异构化反应的主产物是莰烯.在适宜的实验条件下,α-蒎烯的转化率达98%,莰烯的产率达58%.与其它负载型催化剂比较,SWA/TiO2具有用量少、活性高、反应时间短等特点.%Nanometer microsphere SWA/TiO2,a novel supported catalyst,was prepared by sol-gel method and impregnation. The effects of the kinds of carriers, the impregnating consistence of silicotungstic acid ( SWA) were investigated. The results showed that the catalyst displayed excellent activity when it supported, by TiO2 and impregnated with 8% SWA. The structure of SWA/TiO2 was characterized by XRD.TEM and BET surface area measurement technology. The results indicated that the catalyst had a narrow particle size distribution with an average particle diameter about 40 - 50 nm. The surface area of catalyst was obviously increased supported by TiO2. Nanometer SWA/TiO2 was used as a catalyst in a-pinene isomerization. Experimental results showed that the catalyst had better catalytic activity and selectivity. The main product of isomerizauon reaction was camphene. Under the suitable technology conditions, the conversion of a-pinene reached 98% and the camphene yield reached 58%. Compared with other supported catalysts, the SWA/TiOj can short reaction time,high activity and decrease catalyst quantity.

  7. Improvement of Capacitive Desalination Performance for Carbon Electrode Modified by Nanometer ZnO%纳米ZnO改性活性炭电极电吸附除盐性能的研究

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    郗丽娟; 李婷; 郭佳; 张瑛洁

    2013-01-01

    为了提高电吸附技术中活性炭粉电极(AC电极)电吸附容量,本实验采用sol-gel法制备了纳米ZnO-AC电极,以提高电吸附容量.研究结果表明,AC电极表面负载了一定量的纳米ZnO,其形态为棒状结构;经比表面积测定,AC电极比表面积从785 m2/g增加到1120 m2/g;对KCl的吸附试验表明,当极板有效面积5 cm×5 cm,两极板间距0.5 cm,电压1.6V,流速20 mL/min,原水为KCl溶液,原水电导320 μs/min时,除盐效率达到62.25%;并且经过5个循环,除盐效率基本没有降低,纳米ZnO-AC电极表现出良好的重复使用性能.本实验对活性炭粉在电吸附技术中的实际应用有重要意义.%Activated carbon (AC) electrode modified by nanometer ZnO (ZnO-AC) was fabricated by sol-gel method in order to improve the electro-absorption capacity of AC electrode.The surface and electrochemical properties of ZnO-AC electrode were characterized by SEM analysis,BET test and cyclic voltammetry analysis respectively.The results show that rod-like nanometer ZnO is loaded on the surface of AC electrode.The specific surface area of the ZnO-AC electrode achieves the maxium of 1120 m2/g increasing 335 m2/g compared to that of AC electrode.The adsorption experiments show that the salt removal efficiency of KCl solution achieves the maximum of 62.25% under the conditions of the voltage of 1.6 V,plate area of 5 cm × 5 cm,electrode spacing of 0.5 cm,flow rate of 20 mL/min and raw water conductance of 320 μs/min.The rate of desalination could be maintained after several cycles,indicating that the ZnO-AC electrode shows a good repeatability.This study gives a guide for AC electrode to be applied to capacitive deionization technology

  8. Implementing registration measurements on photomasks at the Nanometer Comparator

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    Köning, Rainer; Weichert, Christoph; Przebierala, Bernd; Flügge, Jens; Haessler-Grohne, Wolfgang; Bosse, Harald

    2012-09-01

    Due to the introduction of double patterning schemes in the production processes of the semiconductor industry and the corresponding stringent specifications of the placement errors of the optical images of mask features (1.2 nm (3σ)) in the lithographic projection process, significant improvements of the registration measurements on photomasks are required. The Nanometer Comparator of the PTB, a one-dimensional vacuum-interference length comparator, has already demonstrated measurement reproducibility at this level on line scales and linear encoders, and therefore this comparator should also be applied for placement metrology on photomasks. Because a photomask is a relatively thin plate which is supported almost at its ends, the bending influence is much larger than for line scales and precautions had to be taken to reduce the influence of the sample support on the measurements results. A new sample mount was built, which exhibits mechanical alignment aids. In addition the position deviations caused by the mask bending were corrected by means of finite element calculations. Measurements performed with the Nanometer Comparator on a high-quality mask showed a maximum deviation of measured feature positions from the common mean of below 0.5 nm and a reproducibility of 0.2 nm. These results suggest that the use of a one-dimensional calibration of mask measuring machines allows us to perform traceable registration measurements with sufficient accuracy.

  9. Separate and combined effects of dehydration and thirst sensation on exercise performance in the heat.

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    Cheung, S S; McGarr, G W; Mallette, M M; Wallace, P J; Watson, C L; Kim, I M; Greenway, M J

    2015-06-01

    Using intravenous infusion, we separated the physiologic consequences of 3% body mass dehydration from the conscious awareness of fluid replacement on time trial (TT) performance in the heat. Eleven trained cyclists performed 90 min of steady-state (50% V ˙ O 2 peak ) cycling followed by a self-paced 20-km TT in a hot-dry (35 °C, 10% relative humidity, wind speed 3.0 m/s) environment while euhydrated-not thirsty (EU-NT), euhydrated-thirsty (EU-T), dehydrated-not thirsty (DH-NT), or dehydrated-thirsty (DH-T). Thirst was manipulated by providing (NT) or withholding (T) ad libitum 35 °C water oral rinse. Distinct hydration states existed, with 0.4 ± 0.5% dehydration following the 20-km TT (EU) compared with 3.2 ± 0.6% in DH (P performance in the heat for a healthy and fit population.

  10. Performance Validation and Scaling of a Capillary Membrane Solid-Liquid Separation System

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    Rogers, S; Cook, J; Juratovac, J; Goodwillie, J; Burke, T

    2011-10-25

    Algaeventure Systems (AVS) has previously demonstrated an innovative technology for dewatering algae slurries that dramatically reduces energy consumption by utilizing surface physics and capillary action. Funded by a $6M ARPA-E award, transforming the original Harvesting, Dewatering and Drying (HDD) prototype machine into a commercially viable technology has required significant attention to material performance, integration of sensors and control systems, and especially addressing scaling issues that would allow processing extreme volumes of algal cultivation media/slurry. Decoupling the harvesting, dewatering and drying processes, and addressing the rate limiting steps for each of the individual steps has allowed for the development individual technologies that may be tailored to the specific needs of various cultivation systems. The primary performance metric used by AVS to assess the economic viability of its Solid-Liquid Separation (SLS) dewatering technology is algae mass production rate as a function of power consumption (cost), cake solids/moisture content, and solids capture efficiency. An associated secondary performance metric is algae mass loading rate which is dependent on hydraulic loading rate, area-specific hydraulic processing capacity (gpm/in2), filter:capillary belt contact area, and influent algae concentration. The system is capable of dewatering 4 g/L (0.4%) algae streams to solids concentrations up to 30% with capture efficiencies of 80+%, however mass production is highly dependent on average cell size (which determines filter mesh size and percent open area). This paper will present data detailing the scaling efforts to date. Characterization and performance data for novel membranes, as well as optimization of off-the-shelf filter materials will be examined. Third party validation from Ohio University on performance and operating cost, as well as design modification suggestions will be discussed. Extrapolation of current productivities

  11. Fundamental science of nanometer-size clusters

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    Wilcoxon, J.P.; Newcomer, P.P.; Samara, G.A.; Venturini, E.L.; Williamson, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    This research has produced a variety of monodisperse, nanometer-size clusters (nanoclusters for short), characterized their size and crystal structure and developed a scientific understanding of the size dependence of their physical properties. Of specific interest were the influence of quantum electronic confinement on the optical properties, magnetic properties, and dielectric properties. These properties were chosen both for their potential practical impact on various applications identified in the National Critical Technologies list (e.g., catalysis, information storage, sensors, environmental remediation, ...) as well as for their importance to the fundamental science of clusters. An Executive Summary provides a description of the major highlights.

  12. Sustainable, heat-resistant and flame-retardant cellulose-based composite separator for high-performance lithium ion battery

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    Zhang, Jianjun; Yue, Liping; Kong, Qingshan; Liu, Zhihong; Zhou, Xinhong; Zhang, Chuanjian; Xu, Quan; Zhang, Bo; Ding, Guoliang; Qin, Bingsheng; Duan, Yulong; Wang, Qingfu; Yao, Jianhua; Cui, Guanglei; Chen, Liquan

    2014-02-01

    A sustainable, heat-resistant and flame-retardant cellulose-based composite nonwoven has been successfully fabricated and explored its potential application for promising separator of high-performance lithium ion battery. It was demonstrated that this flame-retardant cellulose-based composite separator possessed good flame retardancy, superior heat tolerance and proper mechanical strength. As compared to the commercialized polypropylene (PP) separator, such composite separator presented improved electrolyte uptake, better interface stability and enhanced ionic conductivity. In addition, the lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2)/graphite cell using this composite separator exhibited better rate capability and cycling retention than that for PP separator owing to its facile ion transport and excellent interfacial compatibility. Furthermore, the lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4)/lithium cell with such composite separator delivered stable cycling performance and thermal dimensional stability even at an elevated temperature of 120°C. All these fascinating characteristics would boost the application of this composite separator for high-performance lithium ion battery.

  13. Improving startup performance with carbon mesh anodes in separator electrode assembly microbial fuel cells

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    Zhang, Fang

    2013-04-01

    In a separator electrode assembly microbial fuel cell, oxygen crossover from the cathode inhibits current generation by exoelectrogenic bacteria, resulting in poor reactor startup and performance. To determine the best approach for improving startup performance, the effect of acclimation to a low set potential (-0.2V, versus standard hydrogen electrode) was compared to startup at a higher potential (+0.2V) or no set potential, and inoculation with wastewater or pre-acclimated cultures. Anodes acclimated to -0.2V produced the highest power of 1330±60mWm-2 for these different anode conditions, but unacclimated wastewater inocula produced inconsistent results despite the use of this set potential. By inoculating reactors with transferred cell suspensions, however, startup time was reduced and high power was consistently produced. These results show that pre-acclimation at -0.2V consistently improves power production compared to use of a more positive potential or the lack of a set potential. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  14. Gas Separation Membranes Derived from High-Performance Immiscible Polymer Blends Compatibilized with Small Molecules.

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    Panapitiya, Nimanka P; Wijenayake, Sumudu N; Nguyen, Do D; Huang, Yu; Musselman, Inga H; Balkus, Kenneth J; Ferraris, John P

    2015-08-26

    An immiscible polymer blend comprised of high-performance copolyimide 6FDA-DAM:DABA(3:2) (6FDD) and polybenzimidazole (PBI) was compatibilized using 2-methylimidazole (2-MI), a commercially available small molecule. Membranes were fabricated from blends of 6FDD:PBI (50:50) with and without 2-MI for H2/CO2 separations. The membranes demonstrated a matrix-droplet type microstructure as evident with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging where 6FDD is the dispersed phase and PBI is the continuous phase. In addition, membranes with 2-MI demonstrated a uniform microstructure as observed by smaller and more uniformly dispersed 6FDD domains in contrast to 6FDD:PBI (50:50) blend membranes without 2-MI. This compatibilization effect of 2-MI was attributed to interfacial localization of 2-MI that lowers the interfacial energy similar to a surfactant. Upon the incorporation of 2-MI, the H2/CO2 selectivity improved remarkably, compared to the pure blend, and surpassed the Robeson's upper bound. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of a small molecule to compatibilize a high-performance immiscible polymer blend. This approach could afford a novel class of membranes in which immiscible polymer blends can be compatibilized in an economical and convenient fashion.

  15. Charge Separation in TiO2/BDD Heterojunction Thin Film for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Terashima, Chiaki; Hishinuma, Ryota; Roy, Nitish; Sugiyama, Yuki; Latthe, Sanjay S; Nakata, Kazuya; Kondo, Takeshi; Yuasa, Makoto; Fujishima, Akira

    2016-01-27

    Semiconductor photocatalysis driven by electron/hole has begun a new era in the field of solar energy conversion and storage. Here we report the fabrication and optimization of TiO2/BDD p-n heterojunction photoelectrode using p-type boron doped diamond (BDD) and n-type TiO2 which shows enhanced photoelectrochemical activity. A p-type BDD was first deposited on Si substrate by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) method and then n-type TiO2 was sputter coated on top of BDD grains for different durations. The microstructural studies reveal a uniform disposition of anatase TiO2 and its thickness can be tuned by varying the sputtering time. The formation of p-n heterojunction was confirmed through I-V measurement. A remarkable rectification property of 63773 at 5 V with very small leakage current indicates achieving a superior, uniform and precise p-n junction at TiO2 sputtering time of 90 min. This suitably formed p-n heterojunction electrode is found to show 1.6 fold higher photoelectrochemical activity than bare n-type TiO2 electrode at an applied potential of +1.5 V vs SHE. The enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of this TiO2/BDD electrode is ascribed to the injection of hole from p-type BDD to n-type TiO2, which increases carrier separation and thereby enhances the photoelectrochemical performance.

  16. Numerical studies on the separation performance of liquid- liquid Hydrocyclone for higher water-cut wells

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    Osei, H.; Al-Kayiem, H. H.; Hashim, F. M.

    2015-12-01

    Liquid-liquid hydrocyclones have nowadays become very useful in the oil industry because of their numerous applications. They can be installed downhole in the case of a well that produces higher water-oil ratios. The design of a liquid-liquid hydrocyclone for such a task is critical and every geometric part of the hydrocyclone has a part to play as far as separation is concerned. This work, through validated numerical technique, investigated the liquid-liquid hydrocyclone performance for the cases of single-inlet and dual-inlets, with different upper cylindrical lengths, specifically, 30mm and 60mm.It was observed that the hydrocyclones with the 30mm upper cylindrical section perform better than the ones with 60 mm upper cylindrical section. It was again noted that, even though higher number of tangential inlets increases the swirl intensity, they have the tendency to break up the oil droplets within the hydrocyclone because of increasing shear and jet flow interaction.

  17. Porous materials as high performance adsorbents for CO2 capture, gas separation and purification

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    Wang, Jun

    new series of oxygen-doped ACs were synthesized from polyfuran. Different factors that affect the AC formation were investigated, and two kinds of porogens (ZnC12 and KOH) and two active temperatures (600 and 800 °C) were tested. At 298K and 1bar, an excellent selectivity for separating CO2/N2 (41.7) and CO2/CH 4(6.8) gas mixture pairs was obtained on the PF-600 KOH. A breakthrough simulation was also performed to demonstrate the potential of industrial applications. The PF-600 KOH sample showed the best separation result in the simulated adsorption breakthrough as well. In chapter 4, quinone and hydroquinone on the surface of PF-600 ZnC1 2 were integrated. Significantly pore size shrinkage, improved CO 2/N2 and CO2/CH4 IAST selectivity were observed, which is 58.7% and 28.4 % higher than pristine porous carbon at 298K and 1 atm, respectively. In addition, transient breakthrough simulations for CO2/CH4/N2 binary mixtures were conducted in order to demonstrate the good separation performance in fixed bed adsorbers. In chapter 5, a novel nitrogen doped polymer poly(2-phenyl-1,3,6,8tetraazacyclodecane) will be used as the precursor to produce microporous N-doped activated carbons. Three activation temperatures (600, 700, and 800 °C) has been investigated with KOH as the porogen. High nitrogen content has been remained in the resultant carbon materials. Improved CO2 adsorption capacity and selectivites for the separation of CO2/CH4/N2 binary gas mixtures were achieved by the carbon adsorbents due to their N-containing groups, narrow pore size distribution, and large specific surface area. In chapter 6, MOF-derived activated carbons are developed from MIL-100(Al) as hard-template. Direct carbonization of MIL-100, MIL-100(Al)/F-127 composite, and MIL-100(Al)/KOH mixture has been investigated. Pore structure and surface morphology have been demonstrated. CO2/CH4/N2 binary selectivity, adsorption heats, and kinetic selectivity have been calculated. Breakthrough simulation

  18. Effects of Phase Separation Behavior on Morphology and Performance of Polycarbonate Membranes

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    Alamin Idris

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The phase separation behavior of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate (PC, dissolved in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone and dichloromethane solvents in coagulant water, was studied by the cloud point method. The respective cloud point data were determined by titration against water at room temperature and the characteristic binodal curves for the ternary systems were plotted. Further, the physical properties such as viscosity, refractive index, and density of the solution were measured. The critical polymer concentrations were determined from the viscosity measurements. PC/NMP and PC/DCM membranes were fabricated by the dry-wet phase inversion technique and characterized for their morphology, structure, and thermal stability using field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis, respectively. The membranes’ performances were tested for their permeance to CO2, CH4, and N2 gases at 24 ± 0.5 °C with varying feed pressures from 2 to 10 bar. The PC/DCM membranes appeared to be asymmetric dense membrane types with appreciable thermal stability, whereas the PC/NMP membranes were observed to be asymmetric with porous structures exhibiting 4.18% and 9.17% decrease in the initial and maximum degradation temperatures, respectively. The ideal CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities of the PC/NMP membrane decreased with the increase in feed pressures, while for the PC/DCM membrane, the average ideal CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities were found to be 25.1 ± 0.8 and 21.1 ± 0.6, respectively. Therefore, the PC/DCM membranes with dense morphologies are appropriate for gas separation applications.

  19. Analog IC reliability in nanometer CMOS

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    Maricau, Elie

    2013-01-01

    This book focuses on modeling, simulation and analysis of analog circuit aging. First, all important nanometer CMOS physical effects resulting in circuit unreliability are reviewed. Then, transistor aging compact models for circuit simulation are discussed and several methods for efficient circuit reliability simulation are explained and compared. Ultimately, the impact of transistor aging on analog circuits is studied. Aging-resilient and aging-immune circuits are identified and the impact of technology scaling is discussed.   The models and simulation techniques described in the book are intended as an aid for device engineers, circuit designers and the EDA community to understand and to mitigate the impact of aging effects on nanometer CMOS ICs.   ·         Enables readers to understand long-term reliability of an integrated circuit; ·         Reviews CMOS unreliability effects, with focus on those that will emerge in future CMOS nodes; ·         Provides overview of models for...

  20. Thermochemistry: the key to minerals separation from biomass for fuel use in high performance systems

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    Overend, R.P. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Biomass use in high efficiency thermal electricity generation is limited not by the properties of the organic component of biomass, but by the behavior of the associated mineral matter at high temperatures. On a moisture and ash free basis biomass, which has an average formula of CH{sub 1.4}O{sub 0.6}N{sub 0.1}, has a relatively low heating value of 18.6 GJ/t. However, this would not limit its use in high efficiency combustion systems because adequate high temperatures could be reached to achieve high carnot cycle efficiencies. These high temperatures cannot be reached because of the fouling and slagging propensities of the minerals in biomass. The mineral composition is a function of soils and the growth habit of the biomass, however, the most important element is potassium, which either alone or in combinating with silica forms the basis of fouling and slagging behaviors. Growing plants selectively concentrate potassium in their cells, which along with nitrogen and phosphorus are the key macronutrients for plant growth. Annual plants tend to have very high potassium contents, although wood biomass exclusive of the living cambial layer (i.e. minus the bark, small branches, and leaves) has minimal potassium content and other nutrients. Under combustion conditions the potassium is mobilized, especially in the presence of chlorine, at relative low temperatures and fouls heat transfer surfaces and corrodes high performance metals used, for example, in the high temperature sections of burners and gas turbines. Recent work has demonstrated the phenomenology of ash fouling, mainly by the potassium component of biomass, as well as identifying the key species such as KOH, KCl, and sulphates that are involved in potassium transport at temperatures <800 deg C. Techniques that separate the mineral matter from the fuel components (carbon and hydrogen) at low temperatures reduce or limit the alkali metal transport phenomena and result in very high efficiency combustion

  1. Porous cellulose diacetate-SiO2 composite coating on polyethylene separator for high-performance lithium-ion battery.

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    Chen, Wenju; Shi, Liyi; Wang, Zhuyi; Zhu, Jiefang; Yang, Haijun; Mao, Xufeng; Chi, Mingming; Sun, Lining; Yuan, Shuai

    2016-08-20

    The developments of high-performance lithium ion battery are eager to the separators with high ionic conductivity and thermal stability. In this work, a new way to adjust the comprehensive properties of inorganic-organic composite separator was investigated. The cellulose diacetate (CDA)-SiO2 composite coating is beneficial for improving the electrolyte wettability and the thermal stability of separators. Interestingly, the pore structure of composite coating can be regulated by the weight ratio of SiO2 precursor tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the coating solution. The electronic performance of lithium ion batteries assembled with modified separators are improved compared with the pristine PE separator. When weight ratio of TEOS in the coating solution was 9.4%, the composite separator shows the best comprehensive performance. Compared with the pristine PE separator, its meltdown temperature and the break-elongation at elevated temperature increased. More importantly, the discharge capacity and the capacity retention improved significantly. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. The anatomy of bank performance during transition: A separate efficient frontier analysis of Ukrainian banks

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    Ihsan Isik

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available By drawing on Ukrainian experience, this paper analyzes the anatomy of bank efficiency in a transitional economy. Acknowledging the vast disparities in the business technology of different size banks, in this comprehensive study, we innovatively estimate group-specific (distinct frontiers for small, medium, and large size banks. The results from separate frontiers reveal that Ukrainian banks record 38% technical inefficiency, 26% pure technical inefficiency, and 17% scale inefficiency on average. Apparently, banks in transition waste about the two fifths of their factor inputs during the production of financial services. The cardinal source of sub-performance in transitional banks seems to be managerial inefficiencies. We also found that banks operating in areas with more political influence and more developed infrastructure outperform the banks operating in politically and economically weaker regions. The results also indicate that larger banks, enjoying public trust in a risky business climate, dominate smaller banks in all forms of efficiency. However, such bias for size causes large banks to suffer from decreasing returns to scale and small banks from idle capacity. Consequently, the policies promoting consolidation between small and large banks may alleviate the excess (idle capacity for large (small banks in a transitional economy.

  3. Flip-flop design in nanometer CMOS from high speed to low energy

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    Alioto, Massimo; Palumbo, Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    This book provides a unified treatment of Flip-Flop design and selection in nanometer CMOS VLSI systems. The design aspects related to the energy-delay tradeoff in Flip-Flops are discussed, including their energy-optimal selection according to the targeted application, and the detailed circuit design in nanometer CMOS VLSI systems. Design strategies are derived in a coherent framework that includes explicitly nanometer effects, including leakage, layout parasitics and process/voltage/temperature variations, as main advances over the existing body of work in the field. The related design tradeoffs are explored in a wide range of applications and the related energy-performance targets. A wide range of existing and recently proposed Flip-Flop topologies are discussed. Theoretical foundations are provided to set the stage for the derivation of design guidelines, and emphasis is given on practical aspects and consequences of the presented results. Analytical models and derivations are introduced when needed to gai...

  4. [Development of a droplet-interfaced high performance liquid chromatography-capillary electrophoresis two dimensional separation platform].

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    Ye, Linquan; Wu, Qingshi; Dai, Simin; Xiao, Zhiliang; Zhang, Bo

    2011-09-01

    Proteomics demands high resolution multidimensional separation techniques due to its extremely high complexity. Droplet microfluidics provides a series of unique advantages in manipulating micro and nanolitre samples, such as micro-volume operation, limited diffusion and none cross-contaminating, therefore has the potential to be an ideal interface strategy for multidimensional separation. Using the microchips of different structures, functions such as "droplet generation" and "oil depletion" can be realized. Based on these functions, samples can be transferred from continuous flow to segmented flow and then back to continuous flow. In this way, different separation modes can be combined. In this study, droplet technology was utilized as a novel interface strategy in combining high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Using tryptic peptides mixture as a sample, this two dimensional HPLC-CE system provided high resolution separation with a peak capacity over 3000. This proof-of-principle study has demonstrated the usefulness of droplet interface technology in multidimensional separation.

  5. Physical–chemical properties, separation performance, and fouling resistance of mixed-matrix ultrafiltration membranes

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    Hoek, Eric M.V.

    2011-12-01

    Herein we report on the formation and characterization of mixed-matrix ultrafiltration (UF) membranes hand-cast by nonsolvent induced phase inversion. We evaluated nanometer-to-micrometer sized inorganic fillers (silver, copper, silica, zeolite, and silver-zeolite) materials with polysulfone (PSf) as the polymeric dispersing matrix. In general, mixed-matrix membranes were rougher, more hydrophilic, and more mechanically robust. Only sub-micron zeolite-PSf mixed-matrix membranes exhibited simultaneous improvements in water permeability and solute selectivity; all other mixed-matrix membranes were more permeable, but less selective due to defects associated with poor polymer-filler binding. Protein and bacterial fouling resistance of mixed-matrix membranes containing silver, zeolite, and silver-zeolite nanoparticles were compared to a low-fouling, poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) UF membrane. Zeolite and silver containing membranes exhibited better protein fouling resistance (due to higher hydrophilicity), whereas silver and silver-zeolite based membranes produce better bacterial fouling resistance due to antimicrobial properties. Overall, zeolite-PSf and silver exchanged zeolite-PSf membranes offered the best combination of improved permeability, selectivity, and fouling resistance - superior to the commercial PAN membrane. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Nanometer scale high-aspect-ratio trench etching at controllable angles using ballistic reactive ion etching

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    Cybart, Shane; Roediger, Peter; Ulin-Avila, Erick; Wu, Stephen; Wong, Travis; Dynes, Robert

    2012-11-30

    We demonstrate a low pressure reactive ion etching process capable of patterning nanometer scale angled sidewalls and three dimensional structures in photoresist. At low pressure the plasma has a large dark space region where the etchant ions have very large highly-directional mean free paths. Mounting the sample entirely within this dark space allows for etching at angles relative to the cathode with minimal undercutting, resulting in high-aspect ratio nanometer scale angled features. By reversing the initial angle and performing a second etch we create three-dimensional mask profiles.

  7. Nanometer scale carbon structures for charge-transfer systems and photovoltaic applications.

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    Guldi, Dirk M

    2007-03-28

    This article surveys and highlights the integration of nanometer scale carbon structures--in combination with chromophores that exhibit (i) significant absorption cross section throughout the visible part of the solar spectrum and (ii) good electron donating power--into novel electron donor-acceptor conjugates (i.e., covalent) and hybrids (i.e., non-covalent). The focus of this article is predominantly on performance features--charge-transfer and photovoltaic--of the most promising solar energy conversion systems. Besides documenting fundamental advantages as they emerge around nanometer scale carbon structures, critical evaluations of the most recent developments in the fields are provided.

  8. Magnetic entropy and magnetocalonc effects in nanometer superparamagnetic system

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    邵元智; 熊正烨; 张介立; 张进修

    1996-01-01

    Calculation on magnetic entropy in a nanostructured superparamagnetic system has been carried out by means of both classical statistical thermodynamics and quantum theory. It turns out that there exists an optimal particle size for nanometer superparamagnets at which a maximum change of magnetic entropy is achieved, and that nanometer superparamagnets have an advantage of enhanced magnetocaloric effects over the conventional paramagnets within the wide distribution of particle size of nanometer materials. The enhanced magnetocaloric effects of nanometer superparamagnets revealed by the theoretical calculation mentioned above have been proved experimentally in the investigation of nanocomposite solid of Gd-Y alloy.

  9. Kinetic performance limits of constant pressure versus constant flow rate gradient elution separations. Part I: theory.

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    Broeckhoven, K; Verstraeten, M; Choikhet, K; Dittmann, M; Witt, K; Desmet, G

    2011-02-25

    We report on a general theoretical assessment of the potential kinetic advantages of running LC gradient elution separations in the constant-pressure mode instead of in the customarily used constant-flow rate mode. Analytical calculations as well as numerical simulation results are presented. It is shown that, provided both modes are run with the same volume-based gradient program, the constant-pressure mode can potentially offer an identical separation selectivity (except from some small differences induced by the difference in pressure and viscous heating trajectory), but in a significantly shorter time. For a gradient running between 5 and 95% of organic modifier, the decrease in analysis time can be expected to be of the order of some 20% for both water-methanol and water-acetonitrile gradients, and only weakly depending on the value of V(G)/V₀ (or equivalently t(G)/t₀). Obviously, the gain will be smaller when the start and end composition lie closer to the viscosity maximum of the considered water-organic modifier system. The assumptions underlying the obtained results (no effects of pressure and temperature on the viscosity or retention coefficient) are critically reviewed, and can be inferred to only have a small effect on the general conclusions. It is also shown that, under the adopted assumptions, the kinetic plot theory also holds for operations where the flow rate varies with the time, as is the case for constant-pressure operation. Comparing both operation modes in a kinetic plot representing the maximal peak capacity versus time, it is theoretically predicted here that both modes can be expected to perform equally well in the fully C-term dominated regime (where H varies linearly with the flow rate), while the constant pressure mode is advantageous for all lower flow rates. Near the optimal flow rate, and for linear gradients running from 5 to 95% organic modifier, time gains of the order of some 20% can be expected (or 25-30% when accounting for

  10. Individual Differences in Spatial Pattern Separation Performance Associated with Healthy Aging in Humans

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    Stark, Shauna M.; Yassa, Michael A.; Stark, Craig E. L.

    2010-01-01

    Rodent studies have suggested that "pattern separation," the ability to distinguish among similar experiences, is diminished in a subset of aged rats. We extended these findings to the human using a task designed to assess spatial pattern separation behavior (determining at time of test whether pairs of pictures shown during the study were in the…

  11. The Composite Effect of Nanometer MnO2 Mixed with the Electrolytic MnO2

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    2007-01-01

    The nanometer MnO2 has outstanding electrochemical performance theoretically, but it is not suitable for actual utilization, which may result in capacity decrease and resource waste. In this study we have utilized the characterizations of the nanometer material, synthesized a type of nanometer α-MnO2 through KMnO4 and KNO3 with hydrothermal method, and mixed the products into micron electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) to enhance the electrochemical performance of the electrode.The cyclic voltammogram and galvanostatical discharge measurements of the samples were investigated. It is found that the 50% nanometer MnO2 mixed electrode has the best electrochemical performance. The electrochemical performance improvement mechanism of the sample nanometer MnO2 mixed into micron EMD was discussed. With the existence of electrolyte, the nanometer MnO2 particles filled into the interspaces of the micron EMD particles, the mass and charge transfer conditions of the electrode reaction were improved, and the electrode polarization was diminished.

  12. Improving the Performance and Antifouling Properties of Thin-Film Composite Membranes for Water Separation Technologies

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    Tiraferri, Alberto

    Membrane-based water separation processes utilize semi-permeable membranes to retain dissolved solids and contaminants. Deployment of these technologies for desalination and wastewater reuse has the potential to sustainably increase the supply of potable, agricultural, and industrial water. Despite considerable development of semi-permeable membranes in the last decades, several design obstacles hampering their progress have yet to be overcome. Specifically, major membrane improvements are currently sought with respect to their performance and productivity, as well as their resistance to fouling. This dissertation research aims at the advancement of semi-permeable membranes by rational optimization of their design to: (i) understand and improve their transport properties and (ii) reduce fouling by organic molecules and delay biofouling by microorganisms. In particular, thin-film composite polyamide membranes for both reverse osmosis and forward osmosis processes are the main target of the investigation. The structural and physicochemical properties of thin-film composite membranes are both characterized and tailored through implementation of original techniques and novel functionalization protocols. The membrane structure and morphology are rationally modified to enhance the mass transport within the support layer. The influence of fabrication conditions on support layer formation and on its final structure is elucidated. The intricate interrelationship among the performance of the different layers of the composite membrane is highlighted and a new protocol is developed to characterize the transport properties of membranes deployed in forward osmosis processes. Novel approaches to impart targeted properties to the active surface of thin-film composite membranes are also proposed. The functionalization is achieved by exploiting the inherent moieties of the polyamide layer to irreversibly bind nanomaterials with desired properties. An experimental method to determine

  13. Surface Confined Ionic Liquid-A New Stationary Phase for the Separation of Ephedrines in High-performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Shu Juan LIU; Feng ZHOU; Xiao Hua XIAO; Liang ZHAO; Xia LIU; Sheng Xiang JIANG

    2004-01-01

    In this article, a new and effective stationary phase based on ionic liquid modified silica is first reported and used for the separation of ephedrines in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The separation results indicate the high efficiency and reproducibility of the stationary phase. The electrostatic interaction, ion-exchange interaction between the solutes and the stationary phase are considered to attribute the effective separation. Moreover, the free silanols on the surface of the silica are effectively masked by the immobilized ionic liquid, a result of which is to decrease the non-specific absorption.

  14. Superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surface-enhanced separation performance of porous inorganic membranes for biomass-to-biofuel conversion applications

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    Hu, Michael Z.; Engtrakul, Chaiwat; Bischoff, Brian L.; Jang, Gyoung G.; Theiss, Timothy J.; Davis, Mark F.

    2016-11-14

    A new class of porous membranes is introduced to provide unique separation mechanisms by surface interactions and capillary condensation. High-performance architectural surface selective (HiPAS) membranes were designed for high perm-selective flux and high-temperature tolerance for hot vapor processing and liquid processing Due to surface-enhanced selectivity, larger-fluxes were achieved by utilizing larger pore sizes (~8 nm for vapor phase and micron-sized pores for liquid phase separations). This paper describes a membrane-based separation concept for biomass conversion pathways and demonstrates the initial data for selective permeation of toluene-water and toluene-phenol-water relevant to biofuel processing.

  15. Nanometer lapping technology at high speed

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    YANG JianDong; TIAN ChunLin; WANG ChangXing

    2007-01-01

    In floating lapping with solid abrasives, the workpiece is taken as an isolated body. The forces that act on it are analyzed. A differential equation about the forces that act on it is set up, so the forces that act on it and its motion rule are received. Combining it with known lapping tool motion, the relative motion rule between the lapping tool and workpiece is determined too. According to the relative motion, the distribution of abrasives density is designed reasonably, which makes the lapping tool wear uniformly, which, in turn, avoids redressing the lapping tool, saves abrasives, and increases machining accuracy. Combining it with advantages in high speed lapping with solid abrasives, the low cost, high efficiency nanometer lapping at high speed is realized.

  16. Nanometer lapping technology at high speed

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    2007-01-01

    In floating lapping with solid abrasives, the workpiece is taken as an isolated body. The forces that act on it are analyzed. A differential equation about the forces that act on it is set up, so the forces that act on it and its motion rule are received. Combining it with known lapping tool motion, the relative motion rule between the lapping tool and workpiece is determined too. According to the relative motion, the distribution of abrasives density is designed reasonably, which makes the lapping tool wear uniformly, which, in turn, avoids redressing the lapping tool, saves abra-sives, and increases machining accuracy. Combining it with advantages in high speed lapping with solid abrasives, the low cost, high efficiency nanometer lapping at high speed is realized.

  17. From nanometer aggregates to micrometer crystals

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    Schultz, Logan Nicholas; Dideriksen, Knud; Lakshtanov, Leonid;

    2014-01-01

    and crystal shapes. Grain coarsening of calcite, CaCO3, is relevant for biomineralization and commercial products and is an important process in diagenesis of sediments to rock during geological time. We investigated coarsening of pure, synthetic calcite powder of sub-micrometer diameter crystals and aged...... demonstrated steady growth of nanometer crystallites. The results can be described by theory where grains coarsen preferentially by aggregation at early times and high temperatures and by Ostwald ripening at later stages. Crystal form and dimension are influenced by the transition from one growth mechanism......Grain size increases when crystals respond to dynamic equilibrium in a saturated solution. The pathway to coarsening is generally thought to be driven by Ostwald ripening, that is, simultaneous dissolution and reprecipitation, but models to describe Ostwald ripening neglect solid-solid interactions...

  18. Separation of C(5)-hydrocarbons on microporous materials: complementary performance of MOFs and zeolites.

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    Maes, Michael; Alaerts, Luc; Vermoortele, Frederik; Ameloot, Rob; Couck, Sarah; Finsy, Vincent; Denayer, Joeri F M; De Vos, Dirk E

    2010-02-24

    This work studies the liquid-phase separation of the aliphatic C(5)-diolefins, mono-olefins, and paraffins, a typical feed produced by a steam cracker, with a focus on the seldomly studied separation of the C(5)-diolefin isomers isoprene, trans-piperylene, and cis-piperylene. Three adsorbents are compared: the metal-organic framework MIL-96, which is an aluminum 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate, and two zeolites with CHA and LTA topology. All three materials have spacious cages that are accessible via narrow cage windows with a diameter of less than 0.5 nm. The mechanisms determining adsorption selectivities on the various materials are investigated. Within the diolefin fraction, MIL-96 and chabazite preferentially adsorb trans-piperylene from a mixture containing all three C(5)-diolefin isomers with high separation factors and a higher capacity compared to the reference zeolite 5A due to a more efficient packing of the trans isomer in the pores. Additionally, chabazite is able to separate cis-piperylene and isoprene based on size exclusion of the branched isomer. This makes chabazite suitable for separating all three diolefin isomers. Its use in separating linear from branched mono-olefins and paraffins is addressed as well. Furthermore, MIL-96 is the only material capable of separating all three diolefin isomers from C(5)-mono-olefins and paraffins. Finally, the MOF [Cu(3)(BTC)(2)] (BTC = benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) is shown to be able to separate C(5)-olefins from paraffins. On the basis of these observations, a flow scheme can be devised in which the C(5)-fraction can be completely separated using a combination of MOFs and zeolites.

  19. Construction of an optical tweezer for nanometer scale rheology

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    A Raghu; Sharath Ananthamurthy

    2005-10-01

    The optical tweezer is a versatile set-up that can be employed in a wide variety of studies investigating the microscopic properties of materials. In particular, this set-up has in recent times been gainfully employed in probing rheological properties of materials that exhibit viscoelasticity. These measurements can provide data at the micro and nanometer scales, not normally accessible by rheometers that are used for measurements on bulk samples. In this work we describe a single laser beam optical tweezer set-up, which is built around an inverted open microscope. The trapped polystyrene particle bead's deviation from the trap potential minimum is monitored by laser back-scattering technique and the bead position measured by a quadrant photodiode detector. Additionally, a provision is made for video microscopic studies on dispersed beads using a CCD camera. A single particle microrheological experiment that can be performed using the set-up is described with relevant calculations.

  20. Inverse opal-inspired, nanoscaffold battery separators: a new membrane opportunity for high-performance energy storage systems.

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    Kim, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Jeong-Hoon; Choi, Keun-Ho; Yu, Hyung Kyun; Kim, Jong Hun; Lee, Joo Sung; Lee, Sang-Young

    2014-08-13

    The facilitation of ion/electron transport, along with ever-increasing demand for high-energy density, is a key to boosting the development of energy storage systems such as lithium-ion batteries. Among major battery components, separator membranes have not been the center of attention compared to other electrochemically active materials, despite their important roles in allowing ionic flow and preventing electrical contact between electrodes. Here, we present a new class of battery separator based on inverse opal-inspired, seamless nanoscaffold structure ("IO separator"), as an unprecedented membrane opportunity to enable remarkable advances in cell performance far beyond those accessible with conventional battery separators. The IO separator is easily fabricated through one-pot, evaporation-induced self-assembly of colloidal silica nanoparticles in the presence of ultraviolet (UV)-curable triacrylate monomer inside a nonwoven substrate, followed by UV-cross-linking and selective removal of the silica nanoparticle superlattices. The precisely ordered/well-reticulated nanoporous structure of IO separator allows significant improvement in ion transfer toward electrodes. The IO separator-driven facilitation of the ion transport phenomena is expected to play a critical role in the realization of high-performance batteries (in particular, under harsh conditions such as high-mass-loading electrodes, fast charging/discharging, and highly polar liquid electrolyte). Moreover, the IO separator enables the movement of the Ragone plot curves to a more desirable position representing high-energy/high-power density, without tailoring other battery materials and configurations. This study provides a new perspective on battery separators: a paradigm shift from plain porous films to pseudoelectrochemically active nanomembranes that can influence the charge/discharge reaction.

  1. Site-directed spin-labeling of DNA by the azide-alkyne 'click' reaction: nanometer distance measurements on 7-deaza-2'-deoxyadenosine and 2'-deoxyuridine nitroxide conjugates spatially separated or linked to a 'dA-dT' base pair.

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    Ding, Ping; Wunnicke, Dorith; Steinhoff, Heinz-Jürgen; Seela, Frank

    2010-12-27

    Nucleobase-directed spin-labeling by the azide-alkyne 'click' (CuAAC) reaction has been performed for the first time with oligonucleotides. 7-Deaza-7-ethynyl-2'-deoxyadenosine (1) and 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine (2) were chosen to incorporate terminal triple bonds into DNA. Oligonucleotides containing 1 or 2 were synthesized on a solid phase and spin labeling with 4-azido-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl (4-azido-TEMPO, 3) was performed by post-modification in solution. Two spin labels (3) were incorporated with high efficiency into the DNA duplex at spatially separated positions or into a 'dA-dT' base pair. Modification at the 5-position of the pyrimidine base or at the 7-position of the 7-deazapurine residue gave steric freedom to the spin label in the major groove of duplex DNA. By applying cw and pulse EPR spectroscopy, very accurate distances between spin labels, within the range of 1-2 nm, were measured. The spin-spin distance was 1.8±0.2 nm for DNA duplex 17(dA*(7,10))⋅11 containing two spin labels that are separated by two nucleotides within one individual strand. A distance of 1.4±0.2 nm was found for the spin-labeled 'dA-dT' base pair 15(dA*(7))⋅16(dT*(6)). The 'click' approach has the potential to be applied to all four constituents of DNA, which indicates the universal applicability of the method. New insights into the structural changes of canonical or modified DNA are expected to provide additional information on novel DNA structures, protein interaction, DNA architecture, and synthetic biology.

  2. Optimal performance of single-column chromatography and simulated moving bed processes for the separation of optical isomers

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    Medi, Bijan; Kazi, Monzure-Khoda; Amanullah, Mohammad

    2013-06-01

    Chromatography has been established as the method of choice for the separation and purification of optically pure drugs which has a market size of about 250 billion USD. Single column chromatography (SCC) is commonly used in the development and testing phase of drug development while multi-column Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) chromatography is more suitable for large scale production due to its continuous nature. In this study, optimal performance of SCC and SMB processes for the separation of optical isomers under linear and overloaded separation conditions has been investigated. The performance indicators, namely productivity and desorbent requirement have been compared under geometric similarity for the separation of a mixture of guaifenesin, and Tröger's base enantiomers. SCC process has been analyzed under equilibrium assumption i.e., assuming infinite column efficiency, and zero dispersion, and its optimal performance parameters are compared with the optimal prediction of an SMB process by triangle theory. Simulation results obtained using actual experimental data indicate that SCC may compete with SMB in terms of productivity depending on the molecules to be separated. Besides, insights into the process performances in terms of degree of freedom and relationship between the optimal operating point and solubility limit of the optical isomers have been ascertained. This investigation enables appropriate selection of single or multi-column chromatographic processes based on column packing properties and isotherm parameters.

  3. Post-synthetic modification of MIL-101(Cr) with pyridine for high-performance liquid chromatographic separation of tocopherols.

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    Yang, Fang; Yang, Cheng-Xiong; Yan, Xiu-Ping

    2015-05-01

    Effective separation of tocopherols is challenging and significant due to their structural similarity and important biological role. Here we report the post-synthetic modification of metal-organic framework (MOF) MIL-101(Cr) with pyridine for high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) separation of tocopherols. Baseline separation of four tocopherols was achieved on a pyridine-grafted MIL-101(Cr) packed column within 10 min using hexane/isopropanol (96:4, v/v) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.5 mL min(-1). The pyridine-grafted MIL-101(Cr) packed column gave high column efficiency (85,000 plates m(-1) for δ-tocopherol) and good precision (0.2-0.3% for retention time, 1.8-3.4% for peak area, 2.6-2.7% for peak height), and also offered much better performance than unmodified MIL-101(Cr) and commercial amino-bonded silica packed column for HPLC separation of tocopherols. The results not only show the promising application of pyridine-grafted MIL-101(Cr) as a novel stationary phase for HPLC separation of tocopherols, but also reveal a facile post-modification of MOFs to expand the application of MOFs in separation sciences.

  4. Factors influencing the separation of oligonucleotides using reversed-phase/ion-exchange mixed-mode high performance liquid chromatography columns.

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    Biba, Mirlinda; Jiang, Eileen; Mao, Bing; Zewge, Daniel; Foley, Joe P; Welch, Christopher J

    2013-08-23

    New mixed-mode columns consisting of reversed-phase and ion-exchange separation modes were evaluated for the analysis of short RNA oligonucleotides (∼20mers). Conventional analysis for these samples typically involves using two complementary methods: strong anion-exchange liquid chromatography (SAX-LC) for separation based on charge, and ion-pair reversed-phase liquid chromatography (IP-RPLC) for separation based on hydrophobicity. Recently introduced mixed-mode high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) columns combine both reversed-phase and ion-exchange modes, potentially offering a simpler analysis by combining the benefits of both separation modes into a single method. Analysis of a variety of RNA oligonucleotide samples using three different mixed-mode stationary phases showed some distinct benefits for oligonucleotide separation and analysis. When using these mixed-mode columns with typical IP-RPLC mobile phase conditions, such as ammonium acetate or triethylammonium acetate as the primary ion-pair reagent, the separation was mainly based on the IP-RPLC mode. However, when changing the mobile phase conditions to those more typical for SAX-LC, such as salt gradients with NaCl or NaBr, very different separation patterns were observed due to mixed-mode interactions. In addition, the Scherzo SW-C18 and SM-C18 columns with sodium chloride or sodium bromide salt gradients also showed significant improvements in peak shape.

  5. Synthesis,Characterization,and Electrochemical Property of Nanometer Porphyrin Dimer

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    2008-01-01

    A nanometer porphyrin dimer was synthesized with fumaryl chloride as a bridge-linked reagent. The characterization was carried out with elemental analyses, 1H NMR, UV-Vis, and IR spectrometries, and then the electrochemical properties of the porphyrins were studied. The authors found that there was moderate electronic communication between the two porphyrin rings in the nanometer porphyrin dimer.

  6. Separation of chiral primary amino compounds by forming a sandwiched complex in reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhang, Chen; Huang, Wei X; Chen, Zhi; Rustum, Abu M

    2010-07-23

    Separation of chiral primary amino compounds was efficiently achieved under reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) conditions using a mixture of non-chiral crown ether (18-crown-6) and dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin (DM-beta-CD) in the mobile phase. Under these conditions, the amino group of the chiral compound was protonated in a low pH mobile phase, and then interacted with 18-crown-6 and DM-beta-CD to form a sandwiched complex [18-crown-6+amine+CD]. Enantiomers of the compound in the sandwiched complex were separated with good enantioselectivity. Formation of the sandwiched complex among the chiral compound and additives in the mobile phase is a key step of the chiral separation. Four different chiral amino compounds namely, 1-aminoindan (AI), 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-naphthylamine (THNA), tyrosine (Tyr), and phenylalanine (Phe), were selected to demonstrate the separation using the sandwiched complex mechanism in RP-HPLC.

  7. Enantioselective and diastereoselective separation of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides on a novel chiral stationary phase by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Tan, Xulin; Hou, Shicong; Wang, Min

    2007-07-01

    A novel chiral packing material for high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was prepared by connecting (R)-1-phenyl-2-(4-methylphenyl) ethylamine (PTE) amide derivative of (S)-isoleucine to aminopropyl silica gel through 2-amino-3,5-dinitro-1-carboxamido-benzene unit. This chiral stationary phase was applied to the enantioselective and diastereoselective separation of five pyrethroid insecticides by HPLC under normal phase condition. To achieve satisfactory baseline separation an optimization of the variables of mobile phase composition was required. The two enantiomers of fenpropathrin and four stereoisomers of fenvalerate were baseline separated using hexane-1,2-dichloroethane-2-propanol as mobile phase. The results show that the enantioselectivity of CSP is better than Pirkle type 1-A column for these compounds. Only partial separations for the cypermethrin and cyfluthrin stereoisomers were observed. Seven peaks and eight peaks were observed for cypermethrin and cyfluthrin, respectively. The elution orders were assigned by using different stereoisomer-enriched products.

  8. Separation of pigment formulations by high-performance thin-layer chromatography with automated multiple development.

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    Stiefel, Constanze; Dietzel, Sylvia; Endress, Marc; Morlock, Gertrud E

    2016-09-02

    Food packaging is designed to provide sufficient protection for the respective filling, legally binding information for the consumers like nutritional facts or filling information, and an attractive appearance to promote the sale. For quality and safety of the package, a regular quality control of the used printing materials is necessary to get consistently good print results, to avoid migration of undesired ink components into the food and to identify potentially faulty ink batches. Analytical approaches, however, have hardly been considered for quality assurance so far due to the lack of robust, suitable methods for the analysis of rarely soluble pigment formulations. Thus, a simple and generic high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) method for the separation of different colored pigment formulations was developed on HPTLC plates silica gel 60 by automated multiple development. The gradient system provided a sharp resolution for differently soluble pigment constituents like additives and coating materials. The results of multi-detection allowed a first assignment of the differently detectable bands to particular chemical substance classes (e.g., lipophilic components), enabled the comparison of different commercially available pigment batches and revealed substantial variations in the composition of the batches. Hyphenation of HPTLC with high resolution mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy allowed the characterization of single unknown pigment constituents, which may partly be responsible for known quality problems during printing. The newly developed, precise and selective HPTLC method can be used as part of routine quality control for both, incoming pigment batches and monitoring of internal pigment production processes, to secure a consistent pigment composition resulting in consistent ink quality, a faultless print image and safe products. Hyphenation of HPTLC with the A. fischeri bioassay gave first information on the bioactivity or rather

  9. Evaluating the trade-off between mechanical and electrochemical performance of separators for lithium-ion batteries: Methodology and application

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    Plaimer, Martin; Breitfuß, Christoph; Sinz, Wolfgang; Heindl, Simon F.; Ellersdorfer, Christian; Steffan, Hermann; Wilkening, Martin; Hennige, Volker; Tatschl, Reinhard; Geier, Alexander; Schramm, Christian; Freunberger, Stefan A.

    2016-02-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are in widespread use in electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles. Besides features like energy density, cost, lifetime, and recyclability the safety of a battery system is of prime importance. The separator material impacts all these properties and requires therefore an informed selection. The interplay between the mechanical and electrochemical properties as key selection criteria is investigated. Mechanical properties were investigated using tensile and puncture penetration tests at abuse relevant conditions. To investigate the electrochemical performance in terms of effective conductivity a method based on impedance spectroscopy was introduced. This methodology is applied to evaluate ten commercial separators which allows for a trade-off analysis of mechanical versus electrochemical performance. Based on the results, and in combination with other factors, this offers an effective approach to select suitable separators for automotive applications.

  10. Study on the separation performance of the multi-channel reduced graphene oxide membranes

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    Zhao, Yongjiao; Li, Chun; Fan, Xiaoyan; Wang, Jiesheng; Yuan, Guang; Song, Xinxiang; Chen, Jing; Li, Zhangde

    2016-10-01

    The multi-channel reduced graphene oxide membranes with separation function have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reduction method and vacuum filtration. In the as-synthesized membranes, the size, number, and type of the nanochannels can be controlled by the reduced temperature. The flux and retention rate of solution are investigated by filtering different size dye molecules. The interception and adsorption effect in the separation process are discussed. Furthermore, the sizes of the nanochannels in the membranes prepared by the different reduced temperatures are estimated. The results indicate that the multi-channel reduced graphene oxide membranes have potential application in water purification area.

  11. Effect of buffer concentration on gradient chromatofocusing performance separating protiens on a high-performance DEAE column.

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    Shan, L; Anderson, D J

    2001-02-16

    Gradient chromatofocusing is a recently developed chromatographic technique that overcomes the limitations of conventional chromatofocusing. This technique employs a HPLC gradient system and simple low-molecular-mass buffer components to generate linear or other function pH gradients on ion-exchange columns. Results of the present work show a superior separation of beta-lactoglobulin A and B in gradient chromatofocusing compared to salt gradient chromatography using the same DEAE column, with an optimized resolution of 2.3 obtained with gradient chromatofocusing compared to 1.1 obtained with NaCl gradients at constant pH. A significant advantage of the gradient chromatofocusing technique over the conventional chromatofocusing technique is its ability to employ a relatively wide range of buffer concentrations in the mobile phase, the effect of which is studied in the present work. Five proteins (conalbumin, ovalbumin, bovine serum albumin, beta-lactoglobulin A and B) are chromatographed on a DEAE-polymethacrylate HPLC anion-exchange column using the same approximately linear pH gradient profile but different mobile phase buffer concentrations. Results show a significant effect of buffer concentration on peak width, separation factor and resolution. For example, resolution increases from 1.5 to 2.3 in the separation of beta-lactoglobulin A and B when the concentration of each of the components in the 100% elution buffer is increased from 6.25 to 25.0 mM (with the same outlet pH gradient). This separation trend is also seen in the chromatography of ovalbumin from a commercial source, noting a progressive increase in resolution of two peaks in the sample (resolution increased from 0.7 to 2.4) when the concentration of each of the components in the 100% elution buffer is increased from 6.25 to 37.5 mM (same outlet pH gradient). The gains in the resolution are attributed to an increase in the separation factor, since the peak widths are generally noted to also increase

  12. Separate and Combined Effects of Cue-Controlled Relaxation and Cognitive Restructuring in the Treatment of Musical Performance Anxiety.

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    Sweeney, Gladys Acevedo; Horan, John J.

    1982-01-01

    Music students with reactive and adaptive anxieties participated in a musical performance anxiety reduction program. Cue-controlled relaxation (CCR) and cognitive restructuring (CR) were examined separately and in combination in comparison with a standard treatment control condition. The CCR and CR treatments were each effective in reducing state…

  13. Using High Performance Computing to Examine the Processes of Neurogenesis Underlying Pattern Separation/Completion of Episodic Information.

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    Aimone, James Bradley [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Betty, Rita [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Using High Performance Computing to Examine the Processes of Neurogenesis Underlying Pattern Separation/Completion of Episodic Information - Sandia researchers developed novel methods and metrics for studying the computational function of neurogenesis, thus generating substantial impact to the neuroscience and neural computing communities. This work could benefit applications in machine learning and other analysis activities.

  14. Investigation of Cross-Linked and Additive Containing Polymer Materials for Membranes with Improved Performance in Pervaporation and Gas Separation

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    Karl Kleinermanns

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Pervaporation and gas separation performances of polymer membranes can be improved by crosslinking or addition of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs. Crosslinked copolyimide membranes show higher plasticization resistance and no significant loss in selectivity compared to non-crosslinked membranes when exposed to mixtures of CO2/CH4 or toluene/cyclohexane. Covalently crosslinked membranes reveal better separation performances than ionically crosslinked systems. Covalent interlacing with 3-hydroxypropyldimethylmaleimide as photocrosslinker can be investigated in situ in solution as well as in films, using transient UV/Vis and FTIR spectroscopy. The photocrosslinking yield can be determined from the FTIR-spectra. It is restricted by the stiffness of the copolyimide backbone, which inhibits the photoreaction due to spatial separation of the crosslinker side chains. Mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs with MOFs as additives (fillers have increased permeabilities and often also selectivities compared to the pure polymer. Incorporation of MOFs into polysulfone and Matrimid® polymers for MMMs gives defect-free membranes with performances similar to the best polymer membranes for gas mixtures, such as O2/N2 H2/CH4, CO2/CH4, H2/CO2, CH4/N2 and CO2/N2 (preferentially permeating gas is named first. The MOF porosity, its particle size and content in the MMM are factors to influence the permeability and the separation performance of the membranes.

  15. New caffeine bonded phase for separation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and petroleum asphaltenes by high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Felix, G.; Bertrand, C.; Gastel, F. van

    1985-03-01

    The preparation of a new caffeine phase for HPLC is described. The capacity ratios (k') of about ten polyaromatic hydrocarbons have been determined. It has been shown that the aromatics were eluted according the number of rings, only slightly influenced by the substituents. The performance of the stationary phase is demonstrated with separations of petroleum asphalts and residues and aromatic mixtures.

  16. Separate and Combined Effects of Cue-Controlled Relaxation and Cognitive Restructuring in the Treatment of Musical Performance Anxiety.

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    Sweeney, Gladys Acevedo; Horan, John J.

    1982-01-01

    Music students with reactive and adaptive anxieties participated in a musical performance anxiety reduction program. Cue-controlled relaxation (CCR) and cognitive restructuring (CR) were examined separately and in combination in comparison with a standard treatment control condition. The CCR and CR treatments were each effective in reducing state…

  17. tRNA separation by high-performance liquid chromatography using an aggregate of ODS-Hypersil and trioctylmethylammonium chloride

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    Bischoff, Rainer; Graeser, E.; Mclaughlin, L.W.

    1983-01-01

    High-performance liquid chromatography on a reversed-phase support treated with a tetraalkylammonium salt was used to separate tRNAs from baker's yeast. While resolution by this column appears to result from both anion-exchange and reversed-phase chromatography, it is the hydrophobic interactions wh

  18. Optical Properties Of Nanometer-Scale Structures

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    Kudykina, T A

    2016-01-01

    Two approaches (micro- and macro- investigations) are used to determine the dimension dependences of the optical parameters of the nanometer-scale layers of materials. It is shown that both an index of refraction and coefficient of absorption depend strongly on the thickness of the layer. In this region of thicknesses, the dimension resonance occurs, where an index of refraction has a maximum and a coefficient of absorption has a minimum. The numerical calculation of the optical parameters of some materials (Ag, Al, Fe, Ge, Si, Se, Te) have been carried out with the use of the experimental data of reflection and transparency of thin layers, obtained in a series of works, and with our formulas for the wave amplitudes and the laws of refractions. The analogues of the Fresnel formulas and the Snell law have been derived from the Maxwell boundary conditions where the absorption and conductivity of media were taken into account. The use of our formulas for the wave amplitudes leads to the fulfillment of the conser...

  19. Topography Simulation for Nanometer Semiconductor Process

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    Lee, Jun‑Gu; Yoon, Sukin; Won, Taeyoung

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel scheme for simulating the topography of nanometer semiconductor processes. Since the proposed scheme considers only the surface cells moving forward and backward during etching or deposition, the simulator does not suffer from an increased memory requirement due to the complexity of the high aspect-ratio structure built on the wafer. This method consists of steps for calculating the front surface moving forward and backward and converting the cell structure into a tetrahedral mesh structure for subsequent numerical simulation. This method mitigates the excessive memory requirement through a dynamic allocating scheme wherein only topographical data at the surface cell are taken into account. A spillover algorithm is also implemented in the simulator so that any excessive etching or deposition which is more than the rate acceptable at the exposed cell during a single time step is reconsidered in the adjacent cells. Our proposed scheme was verified for structures with complex geometry, such as a thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) structure, a read only memory (ROM) or a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) cell.

  20. Glass ceramic ZERODUR enabling nanometer precision

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    Jedamzik, Ralf; Kunisch, Clemens; Nieder, Johannes; Westerhoff, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    The IC Lithography roadmap foresees manufacturing of devices with critical dimension of glass ceramic ZERODUR® is a well-established material in critical components of microlithography wafer stepper and offered with an extremely low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), the tightest tolerance available on market. SCHOTT is continuously improving manufacturing processes and it's method to measure and characterize the CTE behavior of ZERODUR® to full fill the ever tighter CTE specification for wafer stepper components. In this paper we present the ZERODUR® Lithography Roadmap on the CTE metrology and tolerance. Additionally, simulation calculations based on a physical model are presented predicting the long term CTE behavior of ZERODUR® components to optimize dimensional stability of precision positioning devices. CTE data of several low thermal expansion materials are compared regarding their temperature dependence between - 50°C and + 100°C. ZERODUR® TAILORED 22°C is full filling the tight CTE tolerance of +/- 10 ppb / K within the broadest temperature interval compared to all other materials of this investigation. The data presented in this paper explicitly demonstrates the capability of ZERODUR® to enable the nanometer precision required for future generation of lithography equipment and processes.

  1. Quantitative separation of tetralin hydroperoxide from its decomposition products by high performance liquid chromatography

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    Worstell, J. H.; Daniel, S. R.

    1981-01-01

    A method for the separation and analysis of tetralin hydroperoxide and its decomposition products by high pressure liquid chromatography has been developed. Elution with a single, mixed solvent from a micron-Porasil column was employed. Constant response factors (internal standard method) over large concentration ranges and reproducible retention parameters are reported.

  2. Comparison of the performance of chiral stationary phase for separation of fluoxetine enantiomers

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    ZHOU Jie; YANG Yi-wen; WEI Feng; WU Ping-dong

    2007-01-01

    Separation of fluoxetine enantiomers on five chiral stationary phases (chiralcel OD-H, chiralcel OJ-H, chiralpak AD-H, cyclobond I 2000 DM and kromasil CHI-TBB) was investigated. The optimal mobile phase compositions of fluoxetine separation on each column were hexane/isopropanol/diethyl amine (98/2/0.2, v/v/v), hexane/isopropanol/diethyl amine (99/1/0.1,v/v/v), hexane/isopropanol/diethyl amine (98/2/0.2, v/v/v), methanol/0.2% triethylamine acetic acid (TEAA) (25/75, v/v; pH 3.8)and hexane/isopropanol/diethyl amine (98/2/0.2, v/v/v), respectively. Experimental results demonstrated that baseline separation (RS>1.5) of fluoxetine enantiomers was obtained on chiralcel OD-H, chiralpak AD-H, and cyclobond I 2000 DM while the best separation was obtained on the last one. The eluate orders of fluoxetine enantiomers on the columns were determined. The first eluate by chiralcel OJ-H and kromasil CHI-TBB is the S-enantiomer, while by chiralpak AD-H and cyclobond I 2000 DM is the R-enantiomer.

  3. Fabrication of a novel sandwich-like composite separator with enhanced physical and electrochemical performances for lithium-ion battery

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    Wu, Dazhao; He, Jinlin; Zhang, Mingzu; Ni, Peihong; Li, Xiaofei; Hu, Jiankang

    2015-09-01

    In this work, two kinds of composite separators are prepared and used for lithium-ion batteries, which are a PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP/PMMA blending-type composite separator (CS) and a sandwich-like PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP composite separator with the introduction of PMMA nanoparticles on the surface (nano-CS). The morphology, electrolyte uptake, ionic conductivity and electrochemical properties of the separators are studied by SEM analysis, impedance measurements, charge-discharge cycle and C-rate tests, respectively. The nano-CS and CS(0.2) exhibit similar properties in electrolyte uptake (212% and 202%, respectively) and porosity (77.9% and 75.3%, respectively). Nonetheless, nano-CS shows enhanced thermal stability and higher ionic conductivity compared with CS(0.2) and commercial PP nonwoven/PVdF-HFP separators. Meanwhile, the LiFePO4/Li half-cell assembled with nano-CS displays the best C-rate capacity and cyclability especially at the high discharge current rate, indicating that the nano-CS separator is a kind of promising candidate for the high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  4. Nanoporous Polytetrafluoroethylene/Silica Composite Separator as a High-Performance All-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Membrane

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    Wei, Xiaoliang; Nie, Zimin; Luo, Qingtao; Li, Bin; Chen, Baowei; Simmons, Kevin L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Wang, Wei

    2013-09-02

    Driven by the motivation of searching for low-cost membrane alternatives, a novel nanoporous polytetrafluoroethylene/silica composite separator has been prepared and evaluated for its use in all-vanadium mixed-acid redox flow battery. This separator consisting of silica particles enmeshed in a polytetrafluoroethylene fibril matrix has no ion exchange capacity and is featured with unique nanoporous structures, which function as the ion transport channels in redox flow battery operation, with an average pore size of 38nm and a porosity of 48%. This separator has produced excellent electrochemical performance in the all-vanadium mixed-acid system with energy efficiency delivery comparable to Nafion membrane and superior rate capability and temperature tolerance. The separator also demonstrates an exceptional capacity retention capability over extended cycling, offering additional operational latitude towards conveniently mitigating the capacity decay that is inevitable for Nafion. Because of the inexpensive raw materials and simple preparation protocol, the separator is particularly low-cost, estimated to be at least an order of magnitude more inexpensive than Nafion. Plus the proven chemical stability due to the same backbone material as Nafion, this separator possesses a good combination of critical membrane requirements and shows great potential to promote market penetration of the all-vanadium redox flow battery by enabling significant reduction of capital and cycle costs.

  5. High performance liquid chromatographic separation of eight drugs collected in Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010 on amylose ramification chiral stationary phase

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    Yan Wang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The enantiomers separation of eight pharmaceutical racemates collected in Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010 (Ch.P2010, including nitrendipine, felodipine, omeprazole, praziquantel, sulpiride, clenbuterol hydrochloride, verapamil hydrochloride and chlorphenamine maleate, was performed on chiral stationary phase of amylose ramification by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC on Chiralpak AD-H column and Chiralpak AS-H column with the mobile phase consisted of isopropanol and n-hexane. The detection wavelength and the flow rate were set at 254 nm and 0.7 mL/min, respectively. The effects of proportion of organic additives, alcohol displacer and temperature on the separation were investigated. The results indicated that eight chiral drugs were separated on chiral stationary phase of amylase ramification in normal phase chromatographic system. The chromatographic retention and resolution of enantiomers were adjusted by factors, including the changes of the concentration of alcohol displacer in mobile phase, organic alkaline modifier and column temperature. It was shown that the resolution was improved with reducing concentration of alcohol displacer. When the concentration of organic alkaline modifier was 0.2%, the resolution and the peak shape were fairly good. Most racemates mentioned above had the best resolution at column temperature of 25 °C. The best temperature should be kept unchanged in the process of separation so as to obtain stable separation results.

  6. Applied Study on Magnetic Nanometer Beads in Preparation of Genechip Samples

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    陈慧; 高华方; 谢欣; 马雪梅; 杨渝珍

    2004-01-01

    Summary: A protocol for enrichment and adsorption of karyocyte from whole blood by using magnetic nanometer beads as solid-phase absorbents was presented. The PCR amplification could be accomplished by using the nanobeads with karyocyte as template directly and the PCR products were applied on an oligonucleotide array to do gene typing. The HLA-A PCR amplification system and a small HLA-A oligonucleotide microarray were applied as the platform and an experiment protocol of separating karyocyte from whole blood using the magnetic nanometer beads (Fe2O3) were set up.The experimental conditions were also discussed. It showed that pH level of PBS eluent, Taq enzyme quantity and fragment length of products could influent the amplification results, and the magnetic nano-beads could succeed in sample preparation in microarray to provide a promising way in automatic detection and lab-on-a-chip.

  7. An immobilized cell reactor with simultaneous product separation. II. Experimental reactor performance.

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    Dale, M C; Okos, M R; Wankat, P C

    1985-07-01

    The simultaneous separation of volatile fermentation products from product-inhibited fermentations can greatly increase the productivity of a bioreactor by reducing the product concentration in the bioreactor, as well as concentrating the product in an output stream free of cells, substrate, or other feed impurities. The Immobilized Cell Reactor-Separator (ICRS) consists of two column reactors: a cocurrent gas-liquid "enricher" followed by a countercurrent "stripper" The columns are four-phase tubular reactors consisting of (1) an inert gas phase, (2) the liquid fermentation broth, (3) the solid column internal packing, and (4) the immobilized biological catalyst or cells. The application of the ICRS to the ethanol-from-whey-lactose fermentation system has been investigated. Operation in the liquid continuous or bubble flow regime allows a high liquid holdup in the reactor and consequent long and controllable liquid residence time but results in a high gas phase pressure drop over the length of the reactor and low gas flow rates. Operation in the gas continuous regime gives high gas flow rates and low pressure drop but also results in short liquid residence time and incomplete column wetting at low liquid loading rates using conventional gas-liquid column packings. Using cells absorbed to conventional ceramic column packing (0.25-in. Intalox saddles), it was found that a good reaction could be obtained in the liquid continuous mode, but little separation, while in the gas continuous mode there was little reaction but good separation. Using cells sorbed to an absorbant matrix allowed operation in the gas continuous regime with a liquid holdup of up to 30% of the total reactor volume. Good reaction rates and product separation were obtained using this matrix. High reaction rates were obtained due to high density cell loading in the reactor. A dry cell density of up to 92 g/L reactor was obtained in the enricher. The enricher ethanol productivity ranged from 50 to 160

  8. Surface characterization of commercial oral implants on the nanometer level.

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    Svanborg, Lory Melin; Andersson, Martin; Wennerberg, Ann

    2010-02-01

    Lately, there has been a growing interest in how the presence of nanometer structures on a bone integrated implant surface influences the healing process. Recent in vitro studies have revealed an increased osteoblast response to different nanophase surfaces. Some commercial implant brands claim their implants have nanometer structures. However, at present, there are no studies where the nano topography of today's commercially available oral implants has been investigated. The aim of this study was to characterize commercial oral implants on the nanometer level and to investigate whether or not the nanometer surface roughness was correlated to the more well-known micrometer roughness on the implants. Twelve different commercial screw-shaped oral implants with various surface modifications were examined using scanning electron microscopy and a white light interferometer. The interferometer is suitable for detection of nanoscale roughness in the vertical dimension; however, limitation exists on the horizontal due to the wavelength of the light. A 1 x 1 microm Gaussian filter was found to be useful for identifying nm roughness with respect to height deviation. The results demonstrated that an implant that was smooth on the micrometer level was not necessarily smooth on the nanometer level. Different structures in the nanometer scale was found on some of the implants, indicating that to fully understand the relationship between the properties of an implant surface and its osseointegration behavior, a characterization at the nanometer scale might be relevant.

  9. Separation of Long and Short Chain Fatty Acids as Naphthacyl and Substituted Phenacyl Esters by High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

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    High performance liquid chromatography of various C2 - C24 fatty acids was run on their p-bromophenacyl, p-nitrophenacyl, p-chlorophenacyl, and 2--naphthacyl esters. All the separations were accomplished using reversed phase columns with the eluent consisting of an acetonitrile:water gradient. For all derivatives tested the separations were well defined and analogous although certain esters eluted together as one peak. Quantitative results indicate that the limit of detection in the present study was two picograms of n-caproic acid and 10 picograms of

  10. Study on the performance improvement of the high temperature superconducting coil with several separated coils at the edges

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    Ishiguri, S.; Oka, T.; Fukui, S.; Ogawa, J.; Sato, T.

    2008-09-01

    In designing high temperature superconducting (HTS) coils, it is important to secure large magnetic fields and stored energy using shorter tape length. Thus, it is necessary to improve the transport current performance of the coils. The critical current and n-value of an HTS tape depend on magnetic fields and flux angles under constant temperature. Considering these dependencies, we established a model to analyze coil critical current. This model clarifies that relatively large electric fields are generated at the coil edges. This adversely affects the transport current performance. In this study, the coil edge is separated into several coils, keeping the total tape length constant. This increases the coil critical current, stored energy, central magnetic field, and also the coil volume, which contains vacancies created by the separation. To estimate coil performance, we calculated the stored energy density, whose denominator is the increased coil volume. This stored energy density reaches its maximum value when the number of the separated coils is eight. At this optimum separation, the central magnetic field increases by 13%, and the stored energy improves by 43%, compared to a rectangular coil wound with the same tape length.

  11. Ionic Liquids as Mobile Phase Additives for Separation of Nucleotides in High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    ZHANG,Wen-Zhu(张文珠); HE,Li-Jun(何丽君); LIU,Xia(刘霞); JIANG,Sheng-Xiang(蒋生祥)

    2004-01-01

    Ionic liquids are a type of salts that are liquid at low temperature (< 100 ℃). Because of their some special properties, they have been widely used as new "green solvents" for many chemical reactions and liquid-liquid extraction in the past several years. In this paper, a new method for the separation of nucleotides is developed and the essential feature of the method is that 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium salts are used as mobile phase additives, resulting in a baseline separation of nucleotides without need of gradient elution and need of organic solvent addition as currently used in RP-HPLC. This study shows the potential application of ionic liquids as mobile phase additives in reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

  12. Performance of a Novel Gas Separation Research Column at Sanford Laboratory

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    Alanson Chiller, Angela; Chiller, Christopher; Mei, Dongming

    2014-03-01

    A world-wide rise in demand for ultrapure materials has necessitated innovation in the production of low impurity and isotopically separated materials that either has not been utilized in these new applications or relies on aging or energy intensive methods. These materials are sought after for large physics investigations, nuclear non-proliferation detection industries, medical imaging and new frontiers in electronic applications. Techniques in separating and purifying nuclear magnetic resonance isotopes of carbon, oxygen, xenon, krypton, and nitrogen are being developed at Sanford Laboratory, Lead, SD. A two-meter laboratory scale selective phase change column designed specifically for real-time sampling of the gas space at specific temperature and pressure is operated at gas/liquid and gas/solid equilibrium temperatures and pressures for selected gases. We report initial results and future applications. Research Funded by SD Governors 2010 Center.

  13. Performance assessment of an inline horizontal swirl tube cyclone for gas-liquid separation at high pressure

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    Nurhayati Mellon; Azmi M. Shariff

    2011-01-01

    The application of swirl tube cyclone for gas-liquid separation is attractive due to its small size and weight.However,very scarce information on the performance of the swirl tube cyclone especially at high operating pressure emulating actual field condition was published in journals.Performance assessment was usually done at a low operating pressure using either air-water,air-fine particle mixtures or dense gas such as SF6.This paper fills the existing gaps and reports the initial findings on the performance assessment of a horizontal swirl tube cyclone for gas-liquid separation operating at a flow rate of 5 MMSCFD at 40-60 bar operating pressure.

  14. Neurophysiological Signals of Ignoring and Attending Are Separable and Related to Performance during Sustained Intersensory Attention

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    Lenartowicz, Agatha; Simpson, Gregory V.; Haber, Catherine M.; Cohen, Mark S.

    2017-01-01

    The ability to attend to an input selectively while ignoring distracting sensations is thought to depend on the coordination of two processes: enhancement of target signals and attenuation of distractor signals. This implies that attending and ignoring may be dissociable neural processes and that they make separable contributions to behavioral outcomes of attention. In this study, we tested these hypotheses in the context of sustained attention by measuring neurophysiological responses to attended and ignored stimuli in a noncued, continuous, audiovisual selective attention task. We compared these against responses during a passive control to quantify effects of attending and ignoring separately. In both sensory modalities, responses to ignored stimuli were attenuated relative to a passive control, whereas responses to attended stimuli were enhanced. The scalp topographies and brain activations of these modulatory effects were consistent with the sensory regions that process each modality. They also included parietal and prefrontal activations that suggest these effects arise from interactions between top–down and sensory cortices. Most importantly, we found that both attending and ignoring processes contributed to task accuracy and that these effects were not correlated—suggesting unique neural trajectories. This conclusion was supported by the novel observation that attending and ignoring differed in timing and in active cortical regions. The data provide direct evidence for the separable contributions of attending and ignoring to behavioral outcomes of attention control during sustained intersensory attention. PMID:24666167

  15. Neurophysiological signals of ignoring and attending are separable and related to performance during sustained intersensory attention.

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    Lenartowicz, Agatha; Simpson, Gregory V; Haber, Catherine M; Cohen, Mark S

    2014-09-01

    The ability to attend to an input selectively while ignoring distracting sensations is thought to depend on the coordination of two processes: enhancement of target signals and attenuation of distractor signals. This implies that attending and ignoring may be dissociable neural processes and that they make separable contributions to behavioral outcomes of attention. In this study, we tested these hypotheses in the context of sustained attention by measuring neurophysiological responses to attended and ignored stimuli in a noncued, continuous, audiovisual selective attention task. We compared these against responses during a passive control to quantify effects of attending and ignoring separately. In both sensory modalities, responses to ignored stimuli were attenuated relative to a passive control, whereas responses to attended stimuli were enhanced. The scalp topographies and brain activations of these modulatory effects were consistent with the sensory regions that process each modality. They also included parietal and prefrontal activations that suggest these effects arise from interactions between top-down and sensory cortices. Most importantly, we found that both attending and ignoring processes contributed to task accuracy and that these effects were not correlated--suggesting unique neural trajectories. This conclusion was supported by the novel observation that attending and ignoring differed in timing and in active cortical regions. The data provide direct evidence for the separable contributions of attending and ignoring to behavioral outcomes of attention control during sustained intersensory attention.

  16. Performance enhancement of open loop gas recovery process by centrifugal separation of gases

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    Kalmani, S. D.; Joshi, A. V.; Bhattacharya, S.; Hunagund, P. V.

    2016-11-01

    The proposed INO-ICAL detector [1] is going to be instrumented with 28800 RPCs (Resistive Plate Chamber). These RPCs (2 × 2 m2 size) will consist of two glass electrodes separated by 2 mm and will use a gas mixture of Freon R134a, isobutane and sulphur hexafluoride (in the ratio of 95.3:4.5:0.2). An Open Ended System (OES), in which the gas mixture is vented to the atmosphere after a single passage through the detector, is most commonly used for small detector setups. However, OES cannot be used with the INO-ICAL detector due to reasons of cost and pollution. It is necessary, therefore, to recirculate the gas mixture in a closed loop. In a Closed Loop gas System (CLS) [2] the gas mixture is purified and recirculated after flowing through the RPC. The impurities which get accumulated in the gas mixture due to leaks or formation of radicals are removed by suitable filters. The Open Loop System (OLS) [3] is based on the separation and recovery of major gas components after passage of the gas mixture through the RPCs. and has the advantage that it does not need filters for removal of impurities. However a CLS is found to be more efficient than OLS in the recovery of gases in the mixture. In this paper we discuss centrifugal separation [4] as a technique to extract major gas constituents and use this technique to improve the efficiency of OLS. Results from preliminary trial runs are reported.

  17. Surface patterning of polymeric separation membranes and its influence on the filtration performance

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    Maruf, Sajjad

    Polymeric membrane based separation technologies are crucial for addressing the global issues such as water purification. However, continuous operations of these processes are often hindered by fouling which increases mass transport resistance of the membrane to permeation and thus the energy cost, and eventually replacement of the membrane in the system. In comparison to other anti-fouling strategies, the use of controlled surface topography to mitigate fouling has not been realized mainly due to the lack of methods to create targeted topography on the porous membrane surface. This thesis aims to develop a new methodology to create surface-patterned polymeric separation membrane to improve their anti-fouling characteristics during filtration. First, successful fabrication of sub-micron surface patterns directly on a commercial ultrafiltration (UF) membrane surface using nanoimprint lithographic (NIL) technique was demonstrated. Comprehensive filtration studies revealed that the presence of these sub-micron surface patterns mitigates not only the onset of colloidal particle deposition, but also lowers the rate of growth of cake layer after initial deposition, in comparison with un-patterned membranes. The anti-fouling effects were also observed for model protein solutions. Staged filtration experiments, with backwash cleaning, revealed that the permeate flux of the patterned membrane after protein fouling was considerably higher than that of the pristine or un-patterned membrane. In addition to the surface-patterning of UF membranes, successful fabrication of a surface-patterned thin film composite (TFC) membrane was shown for the first time. A two-step fabrication process was carried out by (1) nanoimprinting a polyethersulfone (PES) support using NIL, and (2) forming a thin dense film atop the PES support via interfacial polymerization (IP). Fouling experiments suggest that the surface patterns alter the hydrodynamics at the membrane-feed interface, which is

  18. Boric acid as a mobile phase additive for high performance liquid chromatography separation of ribose, arabinose and ribulose.

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    De Muynck, Cassandra; Beauprez, Joeri; Soetaert, Wim; Vandamme, Erick J

    2006-01-01

    A new high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method is described for the analysis of ribose, arabinose and ribulose mixtures obtained from (bio)chemical isomerization processes. These processes gain importance since the molecules can be used for the synthesis of antiviral therapeutics. The HPLC method uses boric acid as a mobile phase additive to enhance the separation on an Aminex HPX-87K column. By complexing with boric acid, the carbohydrates become negatively charged, thus elute faster from the column by means of ion exlusion and are separated because the complexation capacity with boric acid differs from one carbohydrate to another. Excellent separation between ribose, ribulose and arabinose was achieved with concentrations between 0.1 and 10 gL(-1) of discrete sugar.

  19. 5 CFR 293.402 - Establishment of separate employee performance record system.

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    ... designated agency office (as specified in the agency's performance appraisal plan) including with supervisors... performance record system. 293.402 Section 293.402 Administrative Personnel OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS PERSONNEL RECORDS Employee Performance File System Records §...

  20. Spiral microfluidic nanoparticle separators

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    Bhagat, Ali Asgar S.; Kuntaegowdanahalli, Sathyakumar S.; Dionysiou, Dionysios D.; Papautsky, Ian

    2008-02-01

    Nanoparticles have potential applications in many areas such as consumer products, health care, electronics, energy and other industries. As the use of nanoparticles in manufacturing increases, we anticipate a growing need to detect and measure particles of nanometer scale dimensions in fluids to control emissions of possible toxic nanoparticles. At present most particle separation techniques are based on membrane assisted filtering schemes. Unfortunately their efficiency is limited by the membrane pore size, making them inefficient for separating a wide range of sizes. In this paper, we propose a passive spiral microfluidic geometry for momentum-based particle separations. The proposed design is versatile and is capable of separating particulate mixtures over a wide dynamic range and we expect it will enable a variety of environmental, medical, or manufacturing applications that involve rapid separation of nanoparticles in real-world samples with a wide range of particle components.

  1. Improved Interfacial Affinity and CO2 Separation Performance of Asymmetric Mixed Matrix Membranes by Incorporating Postmodified MIL-53(Al).

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    Zhu, Haitao; Wang, Lina; Jie, Xingming; Liu, Dandan; Cao, Yiming

    2016-08-31

    Asymmetric mixed matrix membranes(MMMs) with MOFs hold great application potential for energy-efficient gas separations. However, the particle aggregation and nonselective interfacial microvoids restrict the gas separation performance of asymmetric MMMs. Herein, nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF) of MIL-53(Al) was modified with aminosilane after solvothermal synthesis. The postfunctionalization by grafting alkyl chains can form hydrogen bonds with polymer chains to enhance the affinity with polymer matrix and facilitate the preferential adsorption of CO2 by dipole-quadrupole interaction with the functional group. Then the postmodified MIL-53(Al) was incorporated as filler into poly(ether imide) Ultem1000 to fabricate high-quality asymmetric MMMs with well dispersed particles in polymer matrix and good adhesion at the MOFs-polymer interface. The Ultem/S-MIL-53(Al) asymmetric MMMs exhibited remarkable combinations of gas permeance and ideal selectivity for CO2/N2 separation at 10 wt % filler loading. The CO2 permeance achieved 24.1 GPU, an increase of 165% compared with pure Ultem membrane. Meanwhile, the ideal CO2/N2 selectivity also increased from 31.0 up to 41.1. The strategy of post covalent modification for MOFs provides an effective way to improve the interfacial affinity and gas separation performance.

  2. Highly efficient peptide separations in proteomics Part 1. Unidimensional high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Sandra, Koen; Moshir, Mahan; D'hondt, Filip; Verleysen, Katleen; Kas, Koen; Sandra, Pat

    2008-04-15

    Sample complexity and dynamic range constitute enormous challenges in proteome analysis. The back-end technology in typical proteomics platforms, namely mass spectrometry (MS), can only tolerate a certain complexity, has a limited dynamic range per spectrum and is very sensitive towards ion suppression. Therefore, component overlap has to be minimized for successful mass spectrometric analysis and subsequent protein identification and quantification. The present review describes the advances that have been made in liquid-based separation techniques with focus on the recent developments to boost the resolving power. The review is divided in two parts; the first part deals with unidimensional liquid chromatography and the second part with bi- and multidimensional liquid-based separation techniques. Part 1 mainly focuses on reversed-phase HPLC due to the fact that it is and will, in the near future, remain the technique of choice to be hyphenated with MS. The impact of increasing the column length, decreasing the particle diameter, replacing the traditional packed beds by monolithics, amongst others, is described. The review is complemented with data obtained in the laboratories of the authors.

  3. Nanometer sized structures grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    ElZein, Basma

    2015-10-01

    Nanometer sized materials can be produced by exposing a target to a laser source to remove material from the target and deposit the removed material onto a surface of a substrate to grow a thin film in a vacuum chamber

  4. Soft-Error Tolerance Analysis and Optimization of Nanometer Circuits

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    Dhillon, Yuvraj Singh; Chatterjee, Abhijit

    2011-01-01

    Nanometer circuits are becoming increasingly susceptible to soft-errors due to alpha-particle and atmospheric neutron strikes as device scaling reduces node capacitances and supply/threshold voltage scaling reduces noise margins. It is becoming crucial to add soft-error tolerance estimation and optimization to the design flow to handle the increasing susceptibility. The first part of this paper presents a tool for accurate soft-error tolerance analysis of nanometer circuits (ASERTA) that can be used to estimate the soft-error tolerance of nanometer circuits consisting of millions of gates. The tolerance estimates generated by the tool match SPICE generated estimates closely while taking orders of magnitude less computation time. The second part of the paper presents a tool for soft-error tolerance optimization of nanometer circuits (SERTOPT) using the tolerance estimates generated by ASERTA. The tool finds optimal sizes, channel lengths, supply voltages and threshold voltages to be assigned to gates in a comb...

  5. Synthesis of Nanometer-sized Mesoporous Oxide Spheres

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    2001-01-01

    A few hundreds nanometer-sized mesoporous silica and alumina spheres were synthesized in organic solvents. The impacts of ammonia, N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and stirring speed were also investigated.

  6. Comparison of ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography for the separation of spirostanol saponins.

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    Zhu, Ling-Ling; Zhao, Yang; Xu, Yong-Wei; Sun, Qing-Long; Sun, Xin-Guang; Kang, Li-Ping; Yan, Ren-Yi; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Chao; Ma, Bai-Ping

    2016-02-20

    Spirostanol saponins are important active components of some herb medicines, and their isolation and purification are crucial for the research and development of traditional Chinese medicines. We aimed to compare the separation of spirostanol saponins by ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography (UHPSFC) and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC). Four groups of spirostanol saponins were separated respectively by UHPSFC and UHPLC. After optimization, UHPSFC was performed with a HSS C18 SB column or a Diol column and with methanol as the co-solvent. A BEH C18 column and mobile phase containing water (with 0.1% formic acid) and acetonitrile were used in UHPLC. We found that UHPSFC could be performed automatically and quickly. It is effective in separating the spirostanol saponins which share the same aglycone and vary in sugar chains, and is very sensitive to the number and the position of hydroxyl groups in aglycones. However, the resolution of spirostanol saponins with different aglycones and the same sugar moiety by UHPSFC was not ideal and could be resolved by UHPLC instead. UHPLC is good at differentiating the variation in aglycones, and is influenced by double bonds in aglycones. Therefore, UHPLC and UHPSFC are complementary in separating spirostanol saponins. Considering the naturally produced spirostanol saponins in herb medicines are different both in aglycones and in sugar chains, a better separation can be achieved by combination of UHPLC and UHPSFC. UHPSFC is a powerful technique for improving the resolution when UHPLC cannot resolve a mixture of spirostanol saponins and vice versa.

  7. Cell biology of the future: Nanometer-scale cellular cartography.

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    Taraska, Justin W

    2015-10-26

    Understanding cellular structure is key to understanding cellular regulation. New developments in super-resolution fluorescence imaging, electron microscopy, and quantitative image analysis methods are now providing some of the first three-dimensional dynamic maps of biomolecules at the nanometer scale. These new maps--comprehensive nanometer-scale cellular cartographies--will reveal how the molecular organization of cells influences their diverse and changeable activities.

  8. Effect of high pH column regeneration on the separation performances in reversed phase chromatography of peptides.

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    Gétaz, David; Gencoglu, Mumun; Forrer, Nicola; Morbidelli, Massimo

    2010-05-21

    Caustic regeneration procedures are often used in chromatographic purification processes of peptides and proteins to remove irreversibly bound impurities from the stationary phase. Silica-based materials are the most commonly used materials in reversed phase chromatography of peptides. Their limited chemical stability at high pH can be, however, problematic when high pH column regeneration (i.e. cleaning in place) is required. The effect of cleaning in place on the surface chemistry of the stationary phase has been investigated using the Tanaka test. It has been shown that the high pH treatment does not significantly affect the hydrophobicity of the material, but it strongly increases its silanol activity. A representative peptide purification process has been used to investigate the impact of cleaning in place on the separation performance. It has been shown that the caustic regeneration increases the peptide retention at high pH (pH 6.5), due to the interactions between the peptide and the negatively charged silanol groups. These unwanted interactions reduce the separation performances by decreasing the selectivity between the late eluting impurities and the main peptide. However, it has been shown that the effect of the silanol groups on the peptide adsorption and on the separation performance can be minimized by carrying out the purification process at low pH (pH approximately 2). In this case, the silanol groups are protonated and their electrostatic interactions with the positively charged analyte (i.e. peptides) are suppressed. In these conditions, the peptide adsorption and the impurity selectivity is not changing upon high pH column regeneration and the separation performance is not affected.

  9. Water-oil separation performance of technical textiles used for marine pollution disasters.

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    Seddighi, Mahdi; Hejazi, Sayyed Mahdi

    2015-07-15

    Oil is principally one of the most important energy sources in the world. However, as long as oil is explored and transported for being used, there will be the risk of the spillage into the marine environment. The use of technical textiles, i.e. fibrous beds, is a conventional separation technique for oil/water emulsion since it is efficient and easy to design. In this paper, the recovery of oil by technical textiles was mathematically modeled based on the structural parameters of textile and the capillary mechanism. Eleven types of commercial technical textiles with different properties were prepared for the experimental program. The experimental design included fiber type (polypropylene and polyester), fabric type (woven and/or nonwoven), fabric thickness and fabric areal density. Consequently, the absorption capacities of different technical textile samples were derived by the use of theoretical and experimental methods. The results show that there is a well fitness between theoretical outputs and experimental data.

  10. Extraction-Separation Performance and Dynamic Modeling of Orion Test Vehicles with Adams Simulation: 2nd Edition

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    Fraire, Usbaldo, Jr.; Anderson, Keith; Varela, Jose G.; Bernatovich, Michael A.

    2015-01-01

    NASA's Orion Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) project has advanced into the third generation of its parachute test campaign and requires technically comprehensive modeling capabilities to simulate multi-body dynamics (MBD) of test articles released from a C-17. Safely extracting a 30,000 lbm mated test article from a C-17 and performing stable mid-air separation maneuvers requires an understanding of the interaction between elements in the test configuration and how they are influenced by extraction parachute performance, aircraft dynamics, aerodynamics, separation dynamics, and kinetic energy experienced by the system. During the real-time extraction and deployment sequences, these influences can be highly unsteady and difficult to bound. An avionics logic window based on time, pitch, and pitch rate is used to account for these effects and target a favorable separation state in real time. The Adams simulation has been employed to fine-tune this window, as well as predict and reconstruct the coupled dynamics of the Parachute Test Vehicle (PTV) and Cradle Platform Separation System (CPSS) from aircraft extraction through the mid-air separation event. The test-technique for the extraction of CPAS test articles has evolved with increased complexity and requires new modeling concepts to ensure the test article is delivered to a stable test condition for the programmer phase. Prompted by unexpected dynamics and hardware malfunctions in drop tests, these modeling improvements provide a more accurate loads prediction by incorporating a spring-damper line-model derived from the material properties. The qualification phase of CPAS testing is on the horizon and modeling increasingly complex test-techniques with Adams is vital to successfully qualify the Orion parachute system for human spaceflight.

  11. High-Performance LSPR Fiber Sensor Based on Nanometal Rings

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    Yue Jing He

    2014-01-01

    .... It was examined that the current metallic patterns in the fiber sensor can trigger the LSPR by the electric field Er of the core mode HE11, and this is the main reason why this novel fiber sensor can...

  12. An Evaluation of the Performance and Economics of Membranes and Separators in Single Chamber Microbial Fuel Cells Treating Domestic Wastewater.

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    Beate Christgen

    Full Text Available The cost of materials is one of the biggest barriers for wastewater driven microbial fuel cells (MFCs. Many studies use expensive materials with idealistic wastes. Realistically the choice of an ion selective membrane or nonspecific separators must be made in the context of the cost and performance of materials available. Fourteen membranes and separators were characterized for durability, oxygen diffusion and ionic resistance to enable informed membrane selection for reactor tests. Subsequently MFCs were operated in a cost efficient reactor design using Nafion, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE or polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF membranes, a nonspecific separator (Rhinohide, and a no-membrane design with a carbon-paper internal gas diffusion cathode. Peak power densities during polarisation, from MFCs using no-membrane, Nafion and ETFE, reached 67, 61 and 59 mWm(-2, and coulombic efficiencies of 68±11%, 71±12% and 92±6%, respectively. Under 1000 Ω, Nafion and ETFE achieved an average power density of 29 mWm(-2 compared to 24 mWm(-2 for the membrane-less reactors. Over a hypothetical lifetime of 10 years the generated energy (1 to 2.5 kWhm(-2 would not be sufficient to offset the costs of any membrane and separator tested.

  13. High-performance ion chromatography method for separation and quantification of inositol phosphates in diets and digesta

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    Blaabjerg, Karoline; Hansen-Møller, Jens; Poulsen, Hanne Damgaard

    2010-01-01

    A gradient high-performance ion chromatographic method for separation and quantification of inositol phosphates (InsP2-InsP6) in feedstuffs, diets, gastric and ileal digesta from pigs was developed and validated. The InsP2-InsP6 were separated on a Dionex CarboPacTM PA1 column using a gradient...... with 1.5 mol L-1 methanesulfonic acid and water. The exchange of the commonly used HCl with methanesulfonic acid has two advantages: (i) the obtained baseline during the separation is almost horizontal and (ii) it is not necessary to use an inert HPIC equipment as the methanesulfonic acid...... is not as aggressive as HCl. Twenty-three of the 27 separated inositol phosphate isomers were isolated. ICP-MS was used for quantification of phosphorus in the isolated isomers and used for calculation of correction factors for each isomer allowing InsP6 to be used as calibration standard. The detection limits for Ins...

  14. An analysis on equal width quantization and linearly separable subcode encoding-based discretization and its performance resemblances

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Biometric discretization extracts a binary string from a set of real-valued features per user. This representative string can be used as a cryptographic key in many security applications upon error correction. Discretization performance should not degrade from the actual continuous features-based classification performance significantly. However, numerous discretization approaches based on ineffective encoding schemes have been put forward. Therefore, the correlation between such discretization and classification has never been made clear. In this article, we aim to bridge the gap between continuous and Hamming domains, and provide a revelation upon how discretization based on equal-width quantization and linearly separable subcode encoding could affect the classification performance in the Hamming domain. We further illustrate how such discretization can be applied in order to obtain a highly resembled classification performance under the general Lp distance and the inner product metrics. Finally, empirical studies conducted on two benchmark face datasets vindicate our analysis results.

  15. Performance of 6FDA–6FpDA polyimide for propylene/propane separations

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    Das, Mita

    2010-12-01

    This work addresses the challenges faced by previous researchers with 6FDA-6FpDA polyimide for propylene/propane separations due to plasticization. A study of film annealing temperature is reported to optimize plasticization suppression in elevated temperature permeation on properly annealed dense films made with high molecular weight polymer. A detailed analysis of pure and mixed gas results using different permeability models is shown in this work. The annealing effects in terms of plasticization suppression and permeability and selectivity changes are discussed in detail. According to our best knowledge, this is for the first time plasticization suppression for propylene/propane has been reported with any polyimide dense film membrane. Results of pure gas sorption experiments using a pressure decay method with un-annealed and annealed films are discussed and used to analyze the permeation data using the dual-mode model. Mixed gas permeation results also are explained with dual mode and bulk flow transport models. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  16. Ordered macroporous quercetin molecularly imprinted polymers: Preparation, characterization, and separation performance.

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    Feng, Yonggang; Liu, Qin; Ye, Lifang; Wu, Quanzhou; He, Jianfeng

    2017-02-01

    Ordered macroporous molecularly imprinted polymers were prepared by a combination of the colloidal crystal templating method and the molecular imprinting technique by using SiO2 colloidal crystal as the macroporogen, quercetin as the imprinting template, acrylamide as the functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as the cross-linker and tetrahydrofuran as the solvent. Scanning electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements show that the ordered macroporous molecularly imprinted polymers have a more regular macroporous structure, a narrower pore distribution and a greater porosity compared with the traditional bulk molecularly imprinted polymers. The kinetic and isothermal adsorption behaviors of the polymers were investigated. The results indicate that the ordered macroporous molecularly imprinted polymers have a faster intraparticle mass transfer process and a higher adsorption capacity than the traditional bulk molecularly imprinted polymers. The ordered macroporous molecularly imprinted polymers were further employed as a sorbent for a solid-phase extraction. The results show that the ordered macroporous molecularly imprinted polymers can effectively separate quercetin from the Gingko hydrolysate.

  17. The role of polymer nanolayer architecture on the separation performance of anion-exchange membrane adsorbers: part II. DNA and virus separations.

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    Bhut, Bharat V; Weaver, Justin; Carter, Andrew R; Wickramasinghe, S Ranil; Husson, Scott M

    2011-11-01

    The surface-initiated polymerization protocol developed in part I was used to prepare strong anion-exchange membranes with variable polymer chain graft densities and degrees of polymerization for DNA and virus particle separations. A focus of part II was to evaluate the role of polymer nanolayer architecture on DNA and virus binding. Salmon sperm-DNA (SS-DNA) was used as model nucleic acid to measure the dynamic-binding capacities at 10% breakthrough. The dynamic-binding capacity increases linearly with increasing poly ([2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammonium chloride) chain density up to the highest chain density used in this study. The new membranes yielded threefold higher SS-DNA-binding capacity (30 mg/mL) than a leading commercial membrane with the same functional group chemistry. Elution of bound DNA yielded a sharp peak, and resulted in a 13-fold increase relative to the feed concentration. This concentration effect further demonstrates the highly favorable transport properties of the newly designed Q-type membranes. However, unlike findings in part I on protein binding, SS-DNA binding was not fully reversible. Minute virus of mice (MVM) was used as model virus to evaluate the virus clearance performance of newly designed Q-type membranes. Log reduction of virus (LRV) of MVM increased with increasing polymer chain density. Membranes exhibited >4.5 LRV for the given MVM impurity load and may be capable of higher LRV values, as the MVM concentration in the flow-through fraction of these samples was below the limit of detection of the assay. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Use of a Ceramic Membrane to Improve the Performance of Two-Separate-Phase Biocatalytic Membrane Reactor.

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    Ranieri, Giuseppe; Mazzei, Rosalinda; Wu, Zhentao; Li, Kang; Giorno, Lidietta

    2016-03-14

    Biocatalytic membrane reactors (BMR) combining reaction and separation within the same unit have many advantages over conventional reactor designs. Ceramic membranes are an attractive alternative to polymeric membranes in membrane biotechnology due to their high chemical, thermal and mechanical resistance. Another important use is their potential application in a biphasic membrane system, where support solvent resistance is highly needed. In this work, the preparation of asymmetric ceramic hollow fibre membranes and their use in a two-separate-phase biocatalytic membrane reactor will be described. The asymmetric ceramic hollow fibre membranes were prepared using a combined phase inversion and sintering technique. The prepared fibres were then used as support for lipase covalent immobilization in order to develop a two-separate-phase biocatalytic membrane reactor. A functionalization method was proposed in order to increase the density of the reactive hydroxyl groups on the surface of ceramic membranes, which were then amino-activated and treated with a crosslinker. The performance and the stability of the immobilized lipase were investigated as a function of the amount of the immobilized biocatalytst. Results showed that it is possible to immobilize lipase on a ceramic membrane without altering its catalytic performance (initial residual specific activity 93%), which remains constant after 6 reaction cycles.

  19. Temporal variations of cathode performance in air-cathode single-chamber microbial fuel cells with different separators

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    Ma, Jinxing; Wang, Zhiwei; Suor, Denis; Liu, Shumeng; Li, Jiaqi; Wu, Zhichao

    2014-12-01

    An ideal separator is essential for efficient power production from air-cathode single-chamber microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In this study, we use different kinds of membranes as separators, including Nafion 117 proton exchange membrane, polyethersulfone and poly(vinylidene fluoride) microfiltration membranes. Temporal variations of cathode performance are monitored during the experiment. Results show that MFCs with microfiltration membranes present higher power output but deterioration is still observed after about 600-h operation. With the utilization of appropriate separators (e.g., polyethersulfone membrane), biofouling, cation fouling and chemical scale fouling of the cathodes are alleviated while reaction fouling seems inevitable. Moreover, it is found that Coulombic efficiency (CE) and energy efficiency (EE) are also related to the cathode performance. Despite relatively high oxygen diffusivity (1.49 × 10-5 cm2 s-1), CE and EE of the MFC with 0.1 μm pore-size polyethersulfone membrane can reach 92.8% and 13.7%, respectively, when its average power density registers 403.5 mW m-2. This phenomenon might be attributed to the finding that the overall substrate consumption rate due to oxygen reduction and respiration is almost constant in the air-cathode MFCs. Oxygen leakage into the electrolyte can be inhibited due to the efficient oxygen reduction reaction on the surface of the cathode.

  20. Comparison of combined and separated biological aerated filter (BAF) performance for pre-denitrification/nitrification of municipal wastewater.

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    Rother, E; Cornel, P; Ante, A; Kleinert, P; Brambach, R

    2002-01-01

    The performance of two systems of semi-industrial up-flow biological aerated filters (BAF) with pre-denitrification followed by nitrification was studied and compared under various operating and loading conditions. The first system consisted of two separate reactors for the denitrification and the nitrification step, whereas in the second system the aerobic nitrification zone was packed on top of the anoxic denitrification zone in one reactor. The second system potentially offers substantial savings in investment costs and space requirements for a large scale treatment plant. Regarding the elimination of carbonaceous pollution and denitrification the systems did not show significant differences. However, nitrification in the combined system suffered from the mixing of different biocenosis by daily backwashing and was reduced to 50-70% of the separated system's performance. Factors such as oxygen concentration, raw water composition and loading rates affected both systems' nitrification rates in similar ways. Since it is impossible to optimise the nitrification and denitrification processes separately, the combined system should only be considered for large scale applications if space is very scarce and if a stable raw water composition can be expected. If strict limit values for nitrate have to be met in the effluent, a combination of pre- and post-denitrification is advantageous and advisable.

  1. Use of a Ceramic Membrane to Improve the Performance of Two-Separate-Phase Biocatalytic Membrane Reactor

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    Giuseppe Ranieri

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Biocatalytic membrane reactors (BMR combining reaction and separation within the same unit have many advantages over conventional reactor designs. Ceramic membranes are an attractive alternative to polymeric membranes in membrane biotechnology due to their high chemical, thermal and mechanical resistance. Another important use is their potential application in a biphasic membrane system, where support solvent resistance is highly needed. In this work, the preparation of asymmetric ceramic hollow fibre membranes and their use in a two-separate-phase biocatalytic membrane reactor will be described. The asymmetric ceramic hollow fibre membranes were prepared using a combined phase inversion and sintering technique. The prepared fibres were then used as support for lipase covalent immobilization in order to develop a two-separate-phase biocatalytic membrane reactor. A functionalization method was proposed in order to increase the density of the reactive hydroxyl groups on the surface of ceramic membranes, which were then amino-activated and treated with a crosslinker. The performance and the stability of the immobilized lipase were investigated as a function of the amount of the immobilized biocatalytst. Results showed that it is possible to immobilize lipase on a ceramic membrane without altering its catalytic performance (initial residual specific activity 93%, which remains constant after 6 reaction cycles.

  2. ULTRA HIGH SPEED FACTORIAL DESIGN IN SUB-NANOMETER TECHNOLOGY

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    Arindam Banerjee

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This work proposes a high speed and low power factorial design in 22nm technology and also it counts the effect of sub nano-meter constraints on this circuit. A comparative study for this design has been done for 90nm, 45nm and 22nm technology. The rise in circuit complexity and speed is accompanied by the scaling of MOSFET’s. The transistor saturation current Idsat is an important parameter because the transistor current determines the time needed to charge and discharge the capacitive loads on chip, and thus impacts the product speed more than any other transistor parameter. The efficient implementation of a factorial number is carried out by using a decremented and multipliers which has been lucidly discussed in this paper. Normally in a factorial module a number is calculated as the iterative multiplication of the given number to the decremented value of the given number. A Parallel adder based decremented has been proposed for calculating the factorial of any number that also includes 0 and 1. The performances are calculated by using the existing 90-nm CMOS technology and scaling down the existing technology to 45-nm and 22-nm.

  3. Nanometer-Size Effect on Hydrogen Sites in Palladium Lattice.

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    Akiba, Hiroshi; Kofu, Maiko; Kobayashi, Hirokazu; Kitagawa, Hiroshi; Ikeda, Kazutaka; Otomo, Toshiya; Yamamuro, Osamu

    2016-08-17

    Nanometer-sized materials attract much attention because their physical and chemical properties are substantially different from those of bulk materials owing to their size and surface effects. In this work, neutron powder diffraction experiments on the nanoparticles of palladium hydride, which is the most popular metal hydride, have been performed at 300, 150, and 44 K to investigate the positions of the hydrogen atoms in the face-centered cubic (fcc) lattice of palladium. We used high-quality PdD0.363 nanocrystals with a diameter of 8.0 ± 0.9 nm. The Rietveld analysis revealed that 30% of D atoms are located at the tetrahedral (T) sites and 70% at the octahedral (O) sites. In contrast, only the O sites are occupied in bulk palladium hydride and in most fcc metal hydrides. The temperature dependence of the T-site occupancy suggested that the T-sites are occupied only in a limited part, probably in the subsurface region, of the nanoparticles. This is the first study to determine the hydrogen sites in metal nanoparticles.

  4. A few days of social separation affects yearling horses' response to emotional reactivity tests and enhances learning performance.

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    Lansade, Léa; Neveux, Claire; Levy, Frédéric

    2012-09-01

    Learning performance is influenced by emotional reactivity, low reactivity being generally beneficial. Previous experiments show that emotional reactivity can be modified after a period of social isolation. We hypothesized that eleven days of isolation would affect yearlings' emotional reactivity and improve their learning abilities. Twenty-five yearlings were divided into two groups: 12 were continuously isolated for 11 days (isolated) and 13 stayed together (control). During the period of isolation, all yearlings underwent two learning tasks: a habituation procedure in which a novel object was presented for 120 s every day, either when the horse was alone (isolated) or with conspecifics (control); an instrumental learning task in which the yearling had to walk forwards or backwards to obtain a food reward. At the end of the isolation period, animals performed tests to assess aspects of emotional reactivity: reactivity to novelty, to humans, to social separation, to suddenness and to sensory stimuli. Results showed that isolated yearlings habituated more to the novel object than controls and performed better in the instrumental task. Moreover, they were less reactive to novelty, to social separation and to suddenness than controls. Overall, these data suggest that the better performance of isolated yearlings could be explained by a decrease in their emotional reactivity. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: insert SI title.

  5. Performance of a six-port simulated moving-bed pilot plant for vapor-phase adsorption separations

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    Storti, G. (Univ. Degli Studi Di Padova (Italy)); Mazzotti, M.; Furlan, L.T.; Morbidelli, M.; Carra, S. (Politecnico Di Milano, (Italy))

    1992-11-01

    A simulated moving-bed (SMB) pilot plant, characterized by two unique features, the number of ports (6 instead of 24, as in most industrial applications) and the fluid phase (vapor rather than liquid), has been built and operated. Such a plant has proven capable to achieve complete separation for a mixture of m- and p-xylene using isopropylbenzene as desorbent and KY zeolites as adsorbent. The dynamic behavior of the unit has been investigated and compared with model predictions, both in terms of approach to cyclic steady state as well as of responses to typical inputs. The role of the key design parameters on the steady-state separation performance of the unit has been analyzed experimentally, demonstrating the consistency with the predictions of the Equilibrium Theory.

  6. [Separation of zoledronic acid and its related substances by ion-pair reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography].

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    Zhang, Xiaoqing; Jiang, Ye; Xu, Zhiru

    2004-07-01

    A rapid and simple ion-pair reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic method (HPLC) has been established for the routine analysis of zoledronic acid and its related substances. The chromatographic conditions were optimized based on the satisfactory separation of zoledronic acid from imidazol-1-ylacetic acid, their retention times and peak shape. The excellent separation of zoledronic acid from its related substances, including the remaining imidazol-1-ylacetic acid used in the synthesis of zoledronic acid and other impurities of oxidation and decomposition, was achieved within 9 min on a Hypersil C8 column with UV detection at 220 nm. The mobile phase was a mixture of methanol (20%) and 5 mmo/L phosphate buffer (80%) that contains 6 mmol/L tetrabutylammonium bromide. The resolution factor of zoledronic acid from its adjacent peak was more than 2.5. This is a simple and rapid method for the routine assay of zoledronic acid.

  7. A Novel Blind Source Separation Algorithm and Performance Analysis of Weak Signal against Strong Interference in Passive Radar Systems

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    Chengjie Li

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In Passive Radar System, obtaining the mixed weak object signal against the super power signal (jamming is still a challenging task. In this paper, a novel framework based on Passive Radar System is designed for weak object signal separation. Firstly, we propose an Interference Cancellation algorithm (IC-algorithm to extract the mixed weak object signals from the strong jamming. Then, an improved FastICA algorithm with K-means cluster is designed to separate each weak signal from the mixed weak object signals. At last, we discuss the performance of the proposed method and verify the novel method based on several simulations. The experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  8. Development of a non-triangular separation region for improving the performance of a three-zone simulated moving bed chromatography for binary separation with linear isotherms.

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    Mun, Sungyong

    2012-09-21

    For a three-zone simulated moving bed (SMB) chromatography with linear isotherms, the feasible set of operating parameters for complete separation is known to exist within a triangular region of the triangle theory that is formed in the operating parameter plane spanned by the flow-rate-ratios in the separation zones (II and III), which are commonly denoted as m(2) and m(3). Such an operating region for complete separation region, however, has been established only in the first quadrant (m(2), m(3)) plane, where m(2)>0 and m(3)>0, until now. In this study, a new complete-separation region was developed in the third quadrant (m(2), m(3)) plane, where m(2)<0 and m(3)<0, regarding a three-zone SMB process for the first time. The results showed that the new separation region created in the third quadrant (m(2), m(3)) plane took a non-triangular shape. The operating parameters within such a non-triangular separation region were capable of guaranteeing complete separation for an ideal system with no mass-transfer effects. For a non-ideal system with considerable mass-transfer effects, the operating parameters that were selected with a sufficient margin from the boundaries of the non-triangular separation region led to high purities. One of the noteworthy features in the pattern of solute migration for such case was that both low-affinity and high-affinity solutes reached their corresponding product ports after taking a turn around the SMB bed once. Finally, it was confirmed from the results of SMB optimization based on genetic algorithm and detailed model that the operating parameters in the third quadrant (m(2), m(3)) plane, if chosen properly, could ensure higher purities or higher throughput than the optimal operating parameters in the first quadrant (m(2), m(3)) plane. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. CP decomposition approach to blind separation for DS-CDMA system using a new performance index

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    Rouijel, Awatif; Minaoui, Khalid; Comon, Pierre; Aboutajdine, Driss

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we present a canonical polyadic (CP) tensor decomposition isolating the scaling matrix. This has two major implications: (i) the problem conditioning shows up explicitly and could be controlled through a constraint on the so-called coherences and (ii) a performance criterion concerning the factor matrices can be exactly calculated and is more realistic than performance metrics used in the literature. Two new algorithms optimizing the CP decomposition based on gradient descent are proposed. This decomposition is illustrated by an application to direct-sequence code division multiplexing access (DS-CDMA) systems; computer simulations are provided and demonstrate the good behavior of these algorithms, compared to others in the literature.

  10. Effects of Proteoliposome Composition and Draw Solution Types on Separation Performance of Aquaporin-Based Proteoliposomes

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    Zhao, Yang; Vararattanavech, Ardcharaporn; Li, Xuesong

    2013-01-01

    Aquaporins are a large family of water transport proteins in cell membranes. Their high water permeability and solute rejection make them potential building blocks for high-performance biomimetic membranes for desalination. In the current study, proteoliposomes were prepared using AquaporinZ from...... dissolved ions in seawater (e.g., Mg2+ and SO42–) on the stability of proteoliposomes, and design criteria for aquaporin-based biomimetic membranes are proposed in the context of desalination....

  11. Experimental Research and Numerical Simulation on Gas-Liquid Separation Performance at High Gas Void Fraction of Helically Coiled Tube Separator

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    Yongxue Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The industrial removal process of the light hydrocarbon and water from wet natural gas can be simulated in laboratory with the independently designed helically coiled tube gas-liquid separator. Experiment and numerical simulation are combined to analyze the influences of various inlet velocities and gas void fractions on the gas-liquid separation efficiency and pressure-drop between the inlet and outlet of the helically coiled tube. The results show that, at the inlet velocity of 4 m/s to 18 m/s and the gas void fraction of 88% to 97% for the gas-liquid mixture, the gas-liquid separation efficiency increases at the beginning and then decreases with increasing inlet velocity. Afterwards there is another increasing trend again. The gradient of pressure-drop increases slowly and then fast with the increasing inlet velocity. On the other hand, the gas-liquid separation efficiency first increases with the gas void fraction and then shows a decreasing trend while the pressure-drop keeps falling down with the gas void fraction increasing. Above all the optimal operating parameters of the helically coiled tube separator are inlet velocity of 13 m/s and gas void fraction of 93%, and the separation efficiency and pressure-drop are 95.2% and 0.3 MPa, respectively.

  12. Disruption shape effects on the performance of enhanced tubes with the separation and reattachment mechanism

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    Arman, B.; Rabas, T.J.

    1992-01-01

    A non-orthogonal, body-fitted numerical code is used to determine the thermo-hydraulic performance of enhanced tubes with transverse periodic sine-, semicircle-, arc-, and trapezoid-shaped disruptions. The turbulence closure was achieved with a two-layer turbulence model. It is shown that there is a tradeoff of the heat-transfer and pressure-drop performances when the disruption shape becomes more contoured; that is, both the heat transfer and the pressure drop increase. The local heat transfer is strongly dependent on the shape in the vicinity of the disruption but it is less dependent in the downstream recirculation region and in the boundary layer development zone. With increasing pitch, effect of the shape on the heat-transfer performance becomes less important. The pressure drop is more dependent on the disruption shape and it continues to decrease when the disruptions become less contoured because of the reduced form drag which is by far the major contribution to the total pressure drop. 27 refs.

  13. Disruption shape effects on the performance of enhanced tubes with the separation and reattachment mechanism

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    Arman, B.; Rabas, T.J.

    1992-08-01

    A non-orthogonal, body-fitted numerical code is used to determine the thermo-hydraulic performance of enhanced tubes with transverse periodic sine-, semicircle-, arc-, and trapezoid-shaped disruptions. The turbulence closure was achieved with a two-layer turbulence model. It is shown that there is a tradeoff of the heat-transfer and pressure-drop performances when the disruption shape becomes more contoured; that is, both the heat transfer and the pressure drop increase. The local heat transfer is strongly dependent on the shape in the vicinity of the disruption but it is less dependent in the downstream recirculation region and in the boundary layer development zone. With increasing pitch, effect of the shape on the heat-transfer performance becomes less important. The pressure drop is more dependent on the disruption shape and it continues to decrease when the disruptions become less contoured because of the reduced form drag which is by far the major contribution to the total pressure drop. 27 refs.

  14. Separation of polyamines, conjugated to DNA, by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Mateos, J L; Reyes, A; Vicente, C; Legaz, M E

    2000-02-18

    Genomic DNA was isolated from the lichen Evernia prunastri in order to analyze by high-performance liquid chromatography the occurrence of polyamines conjugated to the macromolecule. The acid-insoluble (PH) fraction of this DNA contained mainly conjugated spermidine, although small amounts of free putrescine and spermidine were also present. The PH fraction of DNA also contained conjugated evernic acid, the main phenol produced by this lichen species. Conjugation of polyamines to calf thymus DNA was carried out under in vitro conditions. Conjugation was to spermidine and mainly to spermine and produced DNA compactation. Evernic acid enhanced the action of polyamines in order to produce DNA aggregation.

  15. Hb A1c Separation by High Performance Liquid Chromatography in Hemoglobinopathies

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    Chandrashekar, Vani

    2016-01-01

    Hb A1c measurement is subject to interference by hemoglobin traits and this is dependent on the method used for determination. In this paper we studied the difference between Hb A1c measured by HPLC in hemoglobin traits and normal chromatograms. We also studied the correlation of Hb A1c with age. Hemoglobin analysis was carried out by high performance liquid chromatography. Spearman's rank correlation was used to study correlation between A1c levels and age. Mann-Whitney U test was used to study the difference in Hb A1c between patients with normal hemoglobin and hemoglobin traits. A total of 431 patients were studied. There was positive correlation with age in patients with normal chromatograms only. No correlation was seen in Hb E trait or beta thalassemia trait. No significant difference in Hb A1c of patients with normal chromatograms and patients with hemoglobin traits was seen. There is no interference by abnormal hemoglobin in the detection of A1c by high performance liquid chromatography. This method cannot be used for detection of A1c in compound heterozygous and homozygous disorders. PMID:26989559

  16. Hb A1c Separation by High Performance Liquid Chromatography in Hemoglobinopathies

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    Vani Chandrashekar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hb A1c measurement is subject to interference by hemoglobin traits and this is dependent on the method used for determination. In this paper we studied the difference between Hb A1c measured by HPLC in hemoglobin traits and normal chromatograms. We also studied the correlation of Hb A1c with age. Hemoglobin analysis was carried out by high performance liquid chromatography. Spearman’s rank correlation was used to study correlation between A1c levels and age. Mann-Whitney U test was used to study the difference in Hb A1c between patients with normal hemoglobin and hemoglobin traits. A total of 431 patients were studied. There was positive correlation with age in patients with normal chromatograms only. No correlation was seen in Hb E trait or beta thalassemia trait. No significant difference in Hb A1c of patients with normal chromatograms and patients with hemoglobin traits was seen. There is no interference by abnormal hemoglobin in the detection of A1c by high performance liquid chromatography. This method cannot be used for detection of A1c in compound heterozygous and homozygous disorders.

  17. Preparation of Nanometer ZnTiO_3 Powder and Its Catalytic Performance for Thermal Decomposition of Ammoniam Perchlorate%钛酸锌的制备及其对高氯酸铵热分解的催化性能

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    杨行浩; 张景林; 王作山

    2009-01-01

    @@ 从20世纪60年代开始.钛酸锌(ZnO-TiO_2)体系相图及特性的基础研究工作就开展起来了[1].钙钛矿型氧化物结构的ZnTiO_3及基于ZnTiO_3的一些ABO_3型陶瓷固溶体材料,由于在超导体、催化剂、微波介电陶瓷以及电磁材料等领域有着重要用途,近年来已引起越来越多的关注[2~9].%ZnTiO_3 nanocrystals were prepared by sol-gel method, using Zn(NO_3)_2 and Ti(C_4H_9O)_4 in the topic. The as-prepared ZnTiO_3 nanocrystals were characterized by XRD, FTIR and TEM, and the catalytic performance of ZnTiO_3 nanocrystals of different contents for the ammonium perchlorate (AP)decomposition was investigated by thermal analysis. The results indicate that ZnTiO_3 with pure cube structure can be synthesized at 600 ℃ by this procedure,which was spheroid with particle size of about 60~100 nm. The results expressed that the low temperature decomposition peaks of AP is advanced by 17 ℃ and the high temperature decomposition peaks of AP is advanced by 24 ℃ when adding 5% nanoparticle ZnTiO_3 powder. The catalytic effects of ZnTiO_3 powders on the high temperature decomposition of AP are less than that of nanometer metal powders, but all the micron metal powders decrease the low decomposition temperature of AP.

  18. Fractal structure and fractal dimension determination at nanometer scale

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    张跃; 李启楷; 褚武扬; 王琛; 白春礼

    1999-01-01

    Three-dimensional fractures of different fractal dimensions have been constructed with successive random addition algorithm, the applicability of various dimension determination methods at nanometer scale has been studied. As to the metallic fractures, owing to the limited number of slit islands in a slit plane or limited datum number at nanometer scale, it is difficult to use the area-perimeter method or power spectrum method to determine the fractal dimension. Simulation indicates that box-counting method can be used to determine the fractal dimension at nanometer scale. The dimensions of fractures of valve steel 5Cr21Mn9Ni4N have been determined with STM. Results confirmed that fractal dimension varies with direction at nanometer scale. Our study revealed that, as to theoretical profiles, the dependence of fractal dimension with direction is simply owing to the limited data set number, i.e. the effect of boundaries. However, the dependence of fractal dimension with direction at nanometer scale in rea

  19. Hybrid membrane using polyethersulfone-modification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes with silane agent to enhance high performance oxygen separation

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    Tutuk Djoko Kusworo

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Mixed matrix membrane comprising carbon nanotubes embedded in polymer matrix have become one of the emerging technologies. This study was investigated in order to study the effect of silane agent modification towards carbon nanotubes (CNT surface at different concentration on oxygen enrichment performances of asymmetric mixed matrix membrane. The modified carbon nanotubes were prepared by treating the carbon nanotubes with chemical modification using Dynasylan Ameo (DA silane agent to allow PES chains to be grafted on carbon nanotubes surface. The results from the FESEM, DSC and FTIR analysis confirmed that chemical modification on carbon nanotubes surface had taken place. Sieve-in-a-cage’ morphology observed shows the poor adhesion between polymer and unmodified CNT. The gas separation performance of the asymmetric flat sheet mixed matrix membranes with modified CNT were relatively higher compared to the unmodified CNT. Hence, coated hollow fiber mixed matrix membrane with chemical modification on CNT surface using (3-aminopropyl-triethoxy methyl silane agent can potentially enhance the gas separation performance of O2 and N2.

  20. Microwave-heating Synthesis and Gas Separation Performance of NaA Zeolite Membrane

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    程志林; 刘赞; 万惠霖

    2005-01-01

    The paper presented novel synthesis of NaA zeolite membrane with good performance using microwave heating. The method involved two steps, prior seeding 120 nm of LTA crystals on substrate and then employing a secondary hydrothermal synthesis. Effects of seeding times, synthesis time and synthesis times were investigated in this work. The quality evaluation of membranes respectively used single component gases (HE and N2) and H2/N2 (equivalent volume) mixture. The ideal H2,/N2 selectivity increased from 1.90 of the substrate to 6.37 of the three-stage synthesized membrane, which was distinctly higher than the corresponding Knudsen diffusion selectivity of 3.74. However, the real H2/N2 selectivity of the three-stage synthesis was much lower than the corresponding ideal selectivity and close to the corresponding Knudsen diffusion selectivity of 3.74.

  1. Separation of polyprenyl phosphate oligomerhomologues by reversed-phase ion-pair high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Kozlov, Vyacheslav V; Danilov, Leonid L

    2012-01-01

    A simple and rapid method of reversed-phase ion-pair high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV-detection on a common C(18) column in an isocratic mode with the addition of tetrabutylammonium phosphate for the separation of polyprenyl phosphate oligomerhomologues has been developed. The method was successfully applied to assay the composition of polyprenyl phosphates obtained from polyprenols isolated from mulberry (Morus alba) leaves and fir (Abies sibirica) needles (the active components of veterinary drugs Gamapren and Phosprenyl correspondingly).

  2. Separation performance of cucurbit[8]uril and its coordination complex with cadmium (II) in capillary gas chromatography.

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    Sun, Tao; Ji, Ningning; Qi, Meiling; Tao, Zhu; Fu, Ruonong

    2014-05-23

    Here we report the investigation of using cucurbit[8]uril (CB8) and its coordination complex with cadmium (II) (CB8-Cd) as stationary phases for capillary gas chromatography (GC). The prepared capillary columns of CB8 and CB8-Cd stationary phases achieved column efficiency of 2200plates/m and 1508plates/m, respectively, and showed weak polarity based on the measured McReynolds constants. Their separation performance was investigated by GC separation of mixtures of different types while a commercial column was used for comparison. The CB8 stationary phase achieved high resolution for a wide range of analytes from nonpolar to polar while the CB8-Cd stationary phase exhibited good separation mainly for nonpolar to weak polar analytes. The CB stationary phases differ from the commercial one in terms of retention behaviors and resolving ability due to their different molecular interactions with analytes. Moreover, energy effect on the retention of analytes on CB8 and CB8-Cd stationary phases was examined, showing that retention on CB8 column was determined mainly by enthalpy change for polar analytes and by both enthalpy change and entropy change for weak polar analytes whereas retention on CB8-Cd column was mainly controlled by entropy change. This work demonstrates the great potential of CB8 and CB8-Cd stationary phases as a new type of GC stationary phases in GC analysis.

  3. Two-Step Separation of Nostotrebin 6 from Cultivated Soil Cyanobacterium (Nostoc sp. by High Performance Countercurrent Chromatography

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    José Cheel

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available High performance countercurrent chromatography (HPCCC was successfully applied for the separation of nostotrebin 6 from cultivated soil cyanobacteria in a two-step operation. A two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane–ethyl acetate–methanol–water (4:5:4:5, v/v/v/v was employed for the HPCCC separation. In the first-step operation, its neutral upper phase was used as stationary phase and its basic lower phase (1% NH3 in lower phase was employed as mobile phase at a flow rate of 1 mL/min. In the second operation step, its neutral upper phase was used as stationary phase, whereas both its neutral lower phase and basic lower phase were employed as mobile phase with a linear gradient elution at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min. The revolution speed and temperature of the separation column were 1,000 rpm and 30 °C, respectively. Using HPCCC followed by clean-up on Sephadex LH-20 gel, 4 mg of nostotrebin 6 with a purity of 99% as determined by HPLC/DAD-ESI-HRMS was obtained from 100 mg of crude extract. The chemical identity of the isolated compound was confirmed by comparing its spectroscopic data (UV, ESI-HRMS, ESI-HRMS2 with those of an authentic standard and data available in the literature.

  4. Separation and purification of uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases by chromatofocusing on a high-performance liquid chromatograph.

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    Takanashi, H; Homma, H; Matsui, M

    1989-06-01

    A rapid method for the separation and purification of uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases (GT) was developed with the use of chromatofocusing on a high-performance liquid chromatograph. GT isoenzymes solubilized from hepatic microsomes of Wistar rats were separated on a Mono P column, a pre-packed column for chromatofocusing. Using 4-nitrophenol, testosterone and androsterone as substrates, four fractions with different GT activities were separated in a pH gradient from 9.5 to 7.0. Two isoenzymes, testosterone GT and androsterone GT were purified to apparent homogeneity. They were eluted at pH 8.9 and 8.0 and had subunit molecular weight values of 50000 and 52000, respectively. Approximately 10 mg of solubilized microsomal proteins was applied and the elution was completed within 2 h. Addition of N-nitrodiethylamine, an in vitro activator of GT activity, enhanced the GT activity toward 4-nitrophenol in the three fractions. This chromatographic analysis confirmed the absence of androsterone GT isoenzyme in LA Wistar rats, a mutant strain in terms of androsterone glucuronidation.

  5. Optimisation of the separation of herbicides by linear gradient high performance liquid chromatography utilising artificial neural networks.

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    Tran, Anh T K; Hyne, Ross V; Pablo, Fleur; Day, W Roy; Doble, P

    2007-02-28

    An artificial neural network (ANN) was employed to model the chromatographic response surface for the linear gradient separation of 10 herbicides that are commonly detected in storm run-off water in agricultural catchments. The herbicides (dicamba, simazine, 2,4-D, MCPA, triclopyr, atrazine, diuron, clomazone, bensulfuron-methyl and metolachlor) were separated using reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography and detected with a photodiode array detector. The ANN was trained using the pH of the mobile phase and the slope of the acetonitrile/water gradient as input variables. A total of nine experiments were required to generate sufficient data to train the ANN to accurately describe the retention times of each of the herbicides within a defined experimental space of mobile phase pH range 3.0-4.8 and linear gradient slope 1-4% acetonitrile/min. The modelled chromatographic response surface was then used to determine the optimum separation within the experimental space. This approach allowed the rapid determination of experimental conditions for baseline resolution of all 10 herbicides. Illustrative examples of determination of these components in Milli-Q water, Sydney mains water and natural water samples spiked at 0.5-1mug/L are shown. Recoveries were over 70% for solid-phase extraction using Waters Oasis((R)) HLB 6cm(3) cartridges.

  6. Effect of the Flow Channel Structure on the Nanofiltration Separation Performance

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    Zhi Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of newly designed feed channels, for example, a spiral and a serpentine feed channels, for a bench-scale nanofiltration module were developed to improve the filtration performance. The experiments were carried out with the modules using a commercial flat NF membrane to investigate the effects of Reynolds number (Re and flow channel structures on the flux of permeate and Mg2+ rejection. It was shown from the experimental results that although the effects of Reynolds number on fluxes were not obvious for the two new feed channels compared with a normal flow channel structure, the Mg2+ rejections varied apparently with Re. The Mg2+ rejections were almost the same for the modules with two new feed channels and larger than that for the module with normal feed channel. The numerical simulations of fluid flow in the three kinds of feed channels were completed at Re of 4800 to explain the phenomena. The results demonstrated that there was a secondary flow in both new feed channels, which strongly influences the Mg2+ rejection. The rejection increased with increasing average shear stress at the membrane wall. The spiral feed channel was the best one among the flow channel structures investigated.

  7. Enhancement of capillary electrochromatographic separation performance by conductive polymer in a layer-by-layer fabricated graphene stationary phase.

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    Zhang, Juan; Zhang, Wenpeng; Bao, Tao; Chen, Zilin

    2014-04-25

    In this work, we fabricated a novel graphene-based capillary column for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) by a layer-by-layer strategy. To immobilize graphene onto the inner surface of silica capillary, a bio-inspired method was first used to functionalize the capillary surface with a layer of polydopamine (PDA). Graphene oxide (GO) was then introduced and can covalently react with polydopamine, realizing immobilization of graphene as a result. To enhance the modification efficiency of polydopamine, a conductive polymer, polyaniline (PANI) was introduced to be a sub-layer; polydopamine was then introduced following with GO, to generate a multilayer GO-PDA-PANI@capillary. Interestingly, separation efficiency of the graphene-based capillary was enhanced significantly by using conductive PANI as a sub-layer. The morphology of different layers modified on the capillary column was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electroosmotic flow (EOF) characteristics of capillaries modified with different layers were also investigated by varying the pH value of mobile phase. GO-PDA-PANI@capillary showed good separation efficiency towards alkylbenzenes by OT-CEC mode, with theoretic plate numbers up to 133,918 for benzene. The separation was found to follow a reversed-phase chromatographic retention mechanism. Repeatability of the GO-PDA-PANI@capillary was studied, with relative standard deviations for intra-day and inter-day runs less than 2.89%, and column-to-column runs less than 6.17%. The separation performance of GO-PDA-PANI@capillary was also compared with that of the reported graphene modified capillary.

  8. Advanced Electrochemistry of Individual Metal Clusters Electrodeposited Atom by Atom to Nanometer by Nanometer.

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    Kim, Jiyeon; Dick, Jeffrey E; Bard, Allen J

    2016-11-15

    Metal clusters are very important as building blocks for nanoparticles (NPs) for electrocatalysis and electroanalysis in both fundamental and applied electrochemistry. Attention has been given to understanding of traditional nucleation and growth of metal clusters and to their catalytic activities for various electrochemical applications in energy harvesting as well as analytical sensing. Importantly, understanding the properties of these clusters, primarily the relationship between catalysis and morphology, is required to optimize catalytic function. This has been difficult due to the heterogeneities in the size, shape, and surface properties. Thus, methods that address these issues are necessary to begin understanding the reactivity of individual catalytic centers as opposed to ensemble measurements, where the effect of size and morphology on the catalysis is averaged out in the measurement. This Account introduces our advanced electrochemical approaches to focus on each isolated metal cluster, where we electrochemically fabricated clusters or NPs atom by atom to nanometer by nanometer and explored their electrochemistry for their kinetic and catalytic behavior. Such approaches expand the dimensions of analysis, to include the electrochemistry of (1) a discrete atomic cluster, (2) solely a single NP, or (3) individual NPs in the ensemble sample. Specifically, we studied the electrocatalysis of atomic metal clusters as a nascent electrocatalyst via direct electrodeposition on carbon ultramicroelectrode (C UME) in a femtomolar metal ion precursor. In addition, we developed tunneling ultramicroelectrodes (TUMEs) to study electron transfer (ET) kinetics of a redox probe at a single metal NP electrodeposited on this TUME. Owing to the small dimension of a NP as an active area of a TUME, extremely high mass transfer conditions yielded a remarkably high standard ET rate constant, k(0), of 36 cm/s for outer-sphere ET reaction. Most recently, we advanced nanoscale

  9. Absorption and Photocatalytic Degradation of Machine Oil by Exfoliated Graphite-Supported Nanometer TiO2 Material

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    CAO Hong; MA Enbao; WANG Xuehua; CHEN Jiazang; BIN Xiaobei

    2006-01-01

    By loading nanometer anatase onto exfoliated graphite with the sol-gel method, exfoliated graphite-TiO2 composite (EG-TiO2) can be prepared, which can adsorb oil and can also degrade oil. In a technologic condition for preparing EG-TiO2, the impregnated number of times is the most important factor to influence oil-adsorbing capability, that is, when the impregnated number of times increases,the amount of saturation-adsorbed oil decreases. The study of EG-TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of machine oil based on the weight-loss method and infrared spectrum method indicates that EG-TiO2 has obvious effect of photocatalytic degradation for machine oil. Its performance is superior to pure nanometer TiO2 powder because nanometer TiO2 in EG-TiO2 has three-dimension laminar structure and comparatively high adsorption capability.

  10. Study on the neotype zirconia's implant coated nanometer hydroxyapatite ceramics

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    Zhu, J. W.; Yang, D. W.

    2007-07-01

    In recent years, biologic ceramics is a popular material of implants and bioactive surface modification of dental implant became a research emphasis, which aims to improve bioactivity of implants materials and acquire firmer implants-bone interface. The zirconia ceramic has excellent mechanical properties and nanometer HA ceramics is a bioceramic well known for its bioactivity, therefore, nanometer HA ceramics coating on zirconia, allows combining the excellent mechanical properties of zirconia substrates with its bioactivity. This paper shows a new method for implant shape design and bioactive modification of dental implants surface. Zirconia's implant substrate was prepared by sintered method, central and lateral tunnels were drilled in the zirconia hollow porous cylindrical implants by laser processing. The HA powders and needle-like HA crystals were made by a wet precipitation and calcining method. Its surface was coated with nanometer HA ceramics which was used brush HA slurry and vacuum sintering. Mechanical testing results revealed that the attachment strength of nanometer HA ceramics coated zirconia samples is high. SEM and interface observation after inserted experiment indicated that calcium and phosphor content increased and symmetrically around coated implant-bone tissue interface. A significantly higher affinity index was demonstrated in vivo by histomorphometric evaluation in coated versus uncoated implants. SEM analysis demonstrated better bone adhesion to the material in coated implant at any situation. In addition, the hollow porous cylindrical implant coated with nanometer HA ceramics increase the interaction of bone and implant, the new bone induced into the surface of hollow porous cylindrical implant and through the most tunnels filled into central hole. The branch-like structure makes the implant and bone a body, which increased the contact area and decreased elastic ratio. Therefore, the macroscopical and microcosmic nested structure of

  11. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of Ag2O/BiOF composite photocatalysts originating from efficient interfacial charge separation

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    Yang, Mei; Yang, Qi; Zhong, Junbo; Huang, Shengtian; Li, Jianzhang; Song, Jiabo; Burda, Clemens

    2017-09-01

    Previous studies have well established that the photocatalytic performance of BiOF is greatly inhibited by its inherent drawbacks, which are the wide band gap and high recombination of photo-generated charge carriers. Therefore, it is necessary to promote the photocatalytic activity of BiOF. In this work, a series of novel Ag2O/BiOF composites were prepared by a facile precipitation method and characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy, and electron spin-resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. The photocatalytic characteristics of Rhodamine B (RhB) discoloration under simulated sunlight and visible-light irradiation were studied. The results revealed that the sample with 1.0% molar ratio of Ag/Bi displayed the best photocatalytic performance towards RhB discoloration and all the studied composites in this work displayed a higher photocatalytic activity than the bare BiOF. Based on the results of ;band edge potential; of Ag2O and BiOF, SPV and ESR, charge separation and transportation mechanisms are suggested. Under simulated sunlight illumination, the charge separation and transport mechanism of the photo-induced charge pairs followed a Z-scheme.

  12. Separator electrode assembly (SEA) with 3-dimensional bioanode and removable air-cathode boosts microbial fuel cell performance

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    Oliot, M.; Etcheverry, L.; Mosdale, A.; Basseguy, R.; Délia, M.-L.; Bergel, A.

    2017-07-01

    Separator electrode assemblies (SEAs) were designed by associating a microbial anode with an air-cathode on each side of three different kinds of separator: plastic grid, J-cloth and baking paper. The SEA was designed to allow the air-cathode be removed and replaced without disturbing the bioanode. Power densities up to 6.4 W m-2 were produced by the Grid-SEAs (on average 5.9 ± 0.5 W m-2) while JCloth-SEAs and Paper-SEAs produced 4.8 ± 0.3 and 1.8 ± 0.1 W m-2, respectively. Power densities decreased with time mainly because of fast deterioration of the cathode kinetics. They always increased again when the air-cathodes were replaced by new ones; the Grid-SEAs were thus boosted above 4 W m-2 after 7 weeks of operation. The theoretical analysis of SEA functioning suggested that the high performance of the Grid-SEAs was due to the combination of several virtuous phenomena: the efficient pH balance thanks to free diffusion through the large-mesh grid, the likely mitigation of oxygen crossover thanks to the 3-dimensional structure of the bioanode and the possibility of overcoming cathode fouling by replacing it during MFC operation. Finally, the microbial community of all bioanodes showed stringent selection of Proteiniphilum acetatigenes in proportion with the performance.

  13. Performance of Axial-Flow Supersonic Compressor of XJ55-FF-1 Turbojet Engine. II - Performance of Inlet Guide Vanes as Separate Component

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    Graham, Robert C.; Tysl, Edward R.

    1949-01-01

    The inlet wide vanes for the supersonic compressor of the XJ55-FF-1 engine were studied as a separate component in order to determine the performance prior to installation in the compressor test rig. Turning angles approached design values, and increased approximately to through the inlet Mach number range from 0.30 to choke. A sharp break in turning angle was experienced when the choke condition was reached. The total-pressure loss through the guide vanes was approximately 1 percent for the unchoked conditions and from 5 to 6 percent when choked.

  14. A novel strategy to construct high performance lithium-ion cells using one dimensional electrospun nanofibers, electrodes and separators

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    Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman; Kumar, Palaniswamy Suresh; Shubha, Nageswaran; Ling, Wong Chui; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2013-10-01

    We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at ambient temperature conditions (30 °C). For the first time, a full-cell is fabricated with enitrely electrospun one-dimensional materials by adjusting the mass loading of cathode with respect to anode in the presence of gelled PVdF-HFP membrane as a separator-cum-electrolyte. Full-cell LiMn2O4|gelled PVdF-HFP|TiO2 delivered good capacity characteristics and excellent cyclability with an operating potential of ~2.2 V at a current density of 150 mA g-1. Under harsh conditions (16 C rate), the full-cell showed a very stable capacity behavior with good calendar life. This clearly showed that electrospinning is an efficient technique for producing high performance electro-active materials to fabricate a high performance Li-ion assembly for commercialization without compromising the eco-friendliness and raw material cost.We successfully demonstrated the performance of novel, one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers as cathode, anode and separator-cum-electrolyte in full-cell Li-ion configuration. The cathode, LiMn2O4 delivered excellent cycle life over 800 cycles at current density of 150 mA g-1 with capacity retention of ~93% in half-cell assembly (Li/LiMn2O4). Under the same current rate, the anode, anatase phase TiO2, rendered ~77% initial reversible capacity after 500 cycles in half-cell configuration (Li/TiO2). Gelled electrospun PVdF-HFP exhibits liquid-like conductivity of ~3.2 mS cm-1 at

  15. Combining dissimilar materials at nanometer scale for energy harvesting

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    Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P.

    2010-04-01

    The development of next-generation energy resources that are reliable and economically/environmentally acceptable is a key to harnessing and providing the resources essential for the life of mankind. Our research focuses on the development of novel semiconductor platforms that would significantly benefit energy harvesting, in particular, from light and heat. In these critical applications, traditional semiconductor solid-state devices, such as photovoltaic (PV) and thermoelectric (TE) devices based on a stack of single-crystal semiconductor thin films or single-crystal bulk semiconductor have several drawbacks, for instance; scalability-limits arise when ultra-large-scale implementation is envisioned for PV devices and performance-limits arise for TE devices in which the interplay of both electronic and phonon systems is important. In our research, various types of nanometer-scale semiconductor structures (e.g., nanowires and nanoparticles) coupled to or embedded within a micrometer-scale semiconductor structure (i.e., semiconductor nanomicrometer hybrid platforms) are explored to build a variety of non-conventional PV and TE devices. Two core projects are to develop semiconductor nano-micrometer hybrid platforms based on (1) an ensemble of single-crystal semiconductor nanowires connected to non-single-crystal semiconductor surfaces and (2) semimetallic nanoparticles embedded within a single-crystal semiconductor. The semiconductor nano-micrometer hybrid platforms are studied within the context of their basic electronic, optical, and thermal properties, which will be further assessed and validated by comparison with theoretical approaches to draw comprehensive pictures of physicochemical properties of these semiconductor platforms.

  16. Electrostatic Enhancement of Coalescence of Oil Droplets (in Nanometer Scale) in Water Emulsion

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    HOSSEINI M; SHAHAVI M.H.

    2012-01-01

    Oil droplets in nanometer scale which are dispersed in water cannot be separated easily. An attractive technique is carried out by electrical phenomena to demulsify oil in water emulsion. In this research, non-uniform electric field or dielectrophoresis (DEP) is applied to remove sunflower oil (which is dispersed in the water). Effectsof temperature, time and voltage (using AC-electric field) were considered to get the highest DEP-force (Fdi) and the best results. The oil particles sizes with average of approximately 76 nm have been shown using a ZetaSizer Nano ZS, Model ZEN 1600 (Malvem Instrument Ltd.). The maximum separation efficiency of 85% is obtained at the optimum temperature of 38 ℃ and voltage of 3000 V.

  17. Effect of silica nanoparticles/poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) coated layers on the performance of polypropylene separator for lithium-ion batteries

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    Hongyu Liu; Zehui Dai; Jun Xu; Baohua Guo; Xiangming He

    2014-01-01

    In an effort to reduce thermal shrinkage and improve electrochemical performance of porous polypropylene (PP) separators for lithium-ion batteries, a new composite separator is developed by introducing ceramic coated layers on both sides of PP separator through a dip-coating process. The coated layers are comprised of heat-resistant and hydrophilic silica nanoparticles and polyvinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP) binders. Highly porous honeycomb structure is formed and the thickness of the layer is only about 700 nm. In comparison to the pristine PP separator, the composite separator shows significant reduction in thermal shrinkage and improvement in liquid electrolyte uptake and ionic conduction, which play an important role in improving cell performance such as discharge capacity, C-rate capability, cycle performance and coulombic efficiency.

  18. Accurate Extraction of Nanometer Distances in Multimers by Pulse EPR

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    Valera, Silvia; Ackermann, Katrin; Pliotas, Christos; Huang, Hexian; Naismith, James H.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is gaining increasing importance in structural biology. The PELDOR (pulsed electron–electron double resonance) method allows extracting distance information on the nanometer scale. Here, we demonstrate the efficient extraction of distances from multimeric systems such as membrane‐embedded ion channels where data analysis is commonly hindered by multi‐spin effects. PMID:26865468

  19. Shearing Nanometer-Thick Confined Hydrocarbon Films: Friction and Adhesion

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    Sivebæk, I. M.; Persson, B. N. J.

    2016-01-01

    We present molecular dynamics (MD) friction and adhesion calculations for nanometer-thick confined hydrocarbon films with molecular lengths 20, 100 and 1400 carbon atoms. We study the dependency of the frictional shear stress on the confining pressure and sliding speed. We present results...

  20. Dual-projection 3D-2D registration for surgical guidance: preclinical evaluation of performance and minimum angular separation

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    Uneri, A.; Otake, Y.; Wang, A. S.; Kleinszig, G.; Vogt, S.; Gallia, G. L.; Rigamonti, D.; Wolinsky, J.-P.; Gokaslan, Ziya L.; Khanna, A. J.; Siewerdsen, J. H.

    2014-03-01

    An algorithm for 3D-2D registration of CT and x-ray projections has been developed using dual projection views to provide 3D localization with accuracy exceeding that of conventional tracking systems. The registration framework employs a normalized gradient information (NGI) similarity metric and covariance matrix adaptation evolution strategy (CMAES) to solve for the patient pose in 6 degrees of freedom. Registration performance was evaluated in anthropomorphic head and chest phantoms, as well as a human torso cadaver, using C-arm projection views acquired at angular separations (Δ𝜃) ranging 0-178°. Registration accuracy was assessed in terms target registration error (TRE) and compared to that of an electromagnetic tracker. Studies evaluated the influence of C-arm magnification, x-ray dose, and preoperative CT slice thickness on registration accuracy and the minimum angular separation required to achieve TRE ~2 mm. The results indicate that Δ𝜃 as small as 10-20° is adequate to achieve TRE registration of preoperative CT and planning data to intraoperative fluoroscopy, providing 3D localization free from conventional limitations associated with external fiducial markers, stereotactic frames, trackers, and manual registration. The studies support potential application to percutaneous spine procedures and intracranial neurosurgery.

  1. Graphene supported silver@silver chloride & ferroferric oxide hybrid, a magnetically separable photocatalyst with high performance under visible light irradiation

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    Zhong, Suting; Jiang, Wei, E-mail: superfine_jw@126.com; Han, Mei; Liu, Gongzong; Zhang, Na; Lu, Yue

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The composites were synthesized via a facile and effective process. • Plenty of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Ag@AgCl nanoparticles are deposited on the reduced graphene oxide nanosheets. • The catalyst exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic performance and magnetic property. • The catalyst is stable under the visible light irradiation. - Abstract: A stable magnetic separable plasmonic photocatalyst was successfully fabricated by grafting silver@silver chloride (Ag@AgCl) and ferroferric oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles on graphene sheets. The composite exhibited high activity degrading methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RB) under visible light irradiation: decomposition 97.4% of MB in 100 min and 97.9% of RB in 120 min. The enhanced photocatalytic activities can be attributed to synergistic effect between Ag@AgCl and graphene: the effective charge transfer from Ag@AgCl to graphene thus promotes the separation of electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the excellent magnetic property gives a more convenient way to recycle the photocatalysts.

  2. Influence of acid-induced conformational variability on protein separation in reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Bobály, Balázs; Tóth, Eszter; Drahos, László; Zsila, Ferenc; Visy, Júlia; Fekete, Jenő; Vékey, Károly

    2014-01-17

    Influence of acid concentration in the mobile phase on protein separation was studied in a wide concentration range using trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and formic acid (FA). At low, 0.001-0.01 (v/v%) TFA concentration and appropriate solvent strength proteins elute before the column's dead time. This is explained by the proteins having a structured, but relatively extended conformation in the eluent; and are excluded from the pores of the stationary phase. Above ca. 0.01-0.05 (v/v%) TFA concentration proteins undergo further conformational change, leading to a compact, molten globule-like structure, likely stabilized by ion pairing. Proteins in this conformation enter the pores and are retained on the column. The results suggest a pore exclusion induced separation related to protein conformation. This effect is influenced by the pH and type of acid used, and is likely to involve ion-pair formation. The TFA concentration needed to result in protein folding (and therefore to observe retention on the column) depends on the protein; and therefore can be utilized to improve chromatographic performance. Conformation change was monitored by circular dichroism spectroscopy and mass spectrometry; and it was shown that not only TFA but FA can also induce molten globule formation.

  3. Electrochemical performance of a thermally rearranged polybenzoxazole nanocomposite membrane as a separator for lithium-ion batteries at elevated temperature

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    Lee, Moon Joo; Hwang, Jun-Ki; Kim, Ji Hoon; Lim, Hyung-Seok; Sun, Yang-Kook; Suh, Kyung-Do; Lee, Young Moo

    2016-02-01

    Shape-tunable hydroxyl copolyimide (HPI) nanoparticles are fabricated by a re-precipitation method and are coated onto electrospun HPI membranes, followed by heat treatment to prepare thermally rearranged polybenzoxazole (TR-PBO) composite membranes. The morphology of HPI nanoparticles consisted of sphere and sea-squirt structures, which is controlled by changing the concentration of the stabilizer. The morphological characteristics of TR-PBO nanoparticles convert from HPI nanoparticles by heat treatment and their composite membranes is confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) analysis, and contact angle measurements. TGA and DSC measurements confirm the excellent thermal stability compared to Celgard, a commercial PP separator for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Further, TR-PBO nano-composite membranes used in coin-cell type LIBs as a separator show excellent high power density performance as compared to Celgard. This is due to the fact that sea-squirt structured nanoparticles have better electrochemical properties than sphere structured nanoparticles at high temperature.

  4. Facile and Nonradiation Pretreated Membrane as a High Conductive Separator for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Li, Bao; Li, Yongjun; Dai, Dongmei; Chang, Kun; Tang, Hongwei; Chang, Zhaorong; Wang, Chunru; Yuan, Xiao-Zi; Wang, Haijiang

    2015-09-16

    Polyolefin membranes are widely used as separators in commercialized Li-ion batteries. They have less polarized surfaces compared with polarized molecules of electrolyte, leading to a poor wetting state for separators. Radiation pretreatments are often adopted to solve such a problem. Unfortunately, they can only activate several nanometers deep from the surface, which limits the performance improvement. Here we report a facile and scalable method to polarize polyolefin membranes via a chemical oxidation route. On the surfaces of pretreated membrane, layers of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(acrylic acid) can easily be coated, thus resulting in a high Li-ion conductivity of the membrane. Assembled with this decorated separator in button cells, both high-voltage (Li1.2Mn0.54Co0.13Ni0.13O2) and moderate-voltage (LiFePO4) cathode materials show better electrochemical performances than those assembled with pristine polyolefin separators.

  5. Separation of Immunoglobulin in Conjunction with High Performance Liquid Chromatography Using Poly(vinyl ester resin) Monolith

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    YANG,Guanqun; YANG,Gengliang; LIU,Haiyan; BAI,Ligai; FENG,Xiaojuan; YANG,Xinru

    2009-01-01

    Using vinyl ester resin both as the monomer and the crosslinker,2,2-azobis(2-methylpropionitrile) (AIBN) as initiator,poly(vinyl ester resin) monolithic column was prepared to separate the immunoglobulin G (lgG) and yolk of eggs (lgY) from human plasma and egg yolk by HPLC respectively.The influence of concentration and pH of mobile phase on the chromatographic performance was investigated.Scanning electron microcopy showed that the poly(vinyl ester resin) monolithic stationary phase had a through-pore structure.Dynamic capacity of IgG on the polymeric monolithic column was investigated.The monolithic column had good flow-through properties and high resolution.The maximum adsorptive amount of IgG was 144 μg·g-1.

  6. Cavity Design, Fabrication and Commission Performance of a 750MHz, 4-rod Separator for CEBAF 4-Hall Beam Delivery System

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    Wang, Haipeng [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Cheng, Guangfeng [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Turlington, Larry T. [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA; Wissmann, Mark J. [Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA

    2015-09-01

    A short version of the original CEBAF normal conducting 4-rod separator cavity has been developed into a 750MHz one * since the concept of simultaneous 4-hall operation for CEBAF is introduced **. This work has been advanced further based on the EM design optimization, bench measurement and by conducting RF-thermal coupled simulation using CST and ANSYS to confirm the cavity tuning and thermal performance. The cavity fabrication used matured technology like copper plating and machining. The cavity flanges, couplers, tuners and cooling channels adopted consistent/compatible hardware with the existing 500MHz cavities. The electromagnetic and thermal design simulations have greatly reduced the prototyping and bench tuning time of the first prototype. Four production cavities have reached a typical 1.94MV kick voltage or 3.0kW wall loss on each cavity after a minor multipactoring or no processing, 7.5% overhead power than the design specification.

  7. Comprehensive ultra-performance liquid chromatographic separation and mass spectrometric analysis of eicosanoid metabolites in human samples.

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    Wang, Yan; Armando, Aaron M; Quehenberger, Oswald; Yan, Chao; Dennis, Edward A

    2014-09-12

    Over the past decade, the number of known eicosanoids has expanded immensely and we have now developed an ultra-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization triple quadrupole mass spectrometric (UPLC-QTRAP/MS/MS) method to monitor and quantify numerous eicosanoids. The UPLC-QTRAP/MS/MS approach utilizes scheduled multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) to optimize sensitivity, number of metabolites that can be analyzed and the time requirement of the analysis. A total of 184 eicosanoids including 26 deuterated internal standards can be separated and monitored in a single 5min UPLC run. To demonstrate a practical application, human plasma samples were analyzed following solid-phase extraction (SPE) and the recovery rate and matrix effects were determined for the 26 deuterated internal standards added to the plasma. The method was validated and shown to be sensitive with the limit of quantitation at pg levels for most compounds, accurate with recovery rates of 70-120%, and precise with a CVeicosanoids.

  8. The Research On The Performance Of Oil-gas Cyclone Separators In Oil Injected Compressor Systems With Considering The Collision And Breakup Of Oil Droplets

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    The high-speed swirling flow field in the cyclone oil-gas separator will cause the breakup of oil droplets, thus reducing the separation efficiency. In this paper, the performance of an oil-gas cyclone separator was investigated through both numerical simulations and experiments with considering the breakup of oil droplets in oil-gas cyclone separators. The gas flow field was simulated using the RSM turbulence model and the trajectory of the oil droplets was calculated by the Discrete Phase M...

  9. High-performance chromatofocusing and size-exclusion chromatography: separation of human uterine estrogen-binding proteins.

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    Hutchens, T W; Gibbons, W E; Besch, P K

    1984-08-03

    We have employed high-performance chromatofocusing (HPCF) and high-performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) to separate and identify radiolabelled estrogen binding proteins present in human uterine cytosol. Results obtained using these high-performance methods are compared to results of similar analyses by conventional isoelectric focusing procedures and open-column size exclusion chromatography. By HPCF, descending pH gradients (pH 8-4) allow us to discern four to five estrogen binding proteins with elution pH values typically between pH 4.5 and 7.2. However, when using HPCF, significant quantities of estrogen binding proteins are rarely detected between pH 7.2 and 8.0. This observation has been confirmed by open-column chromatofocusing of these proteins on Polybuffer Exchanger 94. In contrast, preparative isoelectric focusing by electrophoresis in polyampholytes reveals substantial quantities of estrogen binding activity eluted between pH 7.5 and 8.0. Several possible explanations for this disparity are discussed. Apparent differences are also observed when the size heterogeneity of estrogen binding proteins is analyzed simultaneously by size exclusion chromatography in open-column (Sephacryl S-300) and high-performance (TSK-3000SW) modes. HPSEC of these estrogen binding proteins on TSK-3000SW columns demonstrates a predominant 80-85 A species, whereas size exclusion chromatography on conventional Sephacryl S-300 columns reveals two to three distinct regions of estrogen binding proteins with Stokes radii of ca. 85, 60 and 30 A (major species). The larger form of receptor, whether a non-specific aggregate or a multisubunit complex, is stable in unfractionated cytosol and becomes more labile only during size exclusion chromatography.

  10. Ceramic composite separators coated with moisturized ZrO(2) nanoparticles for improving the electrochemical performance and thermal stability of lithium ion batteries.

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    Kim, Ki Jae; Kwon, Hyuk Kwon; Park, Min-Sik; Yim, Taeeun; Yu, Ji-Sang; Kim, Young-Jun

    2014-05-28

    We introduce a ceramic composite separator prepared by coating moisturized ZrO2 nanoparticles with a poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-12wt%HFP) copolymer on a polyethylene separator. The effect of moisturized ZrO2 nanoparticles on the morphology and the microstructure of the polymeric coating layer is investigated. A large number of micropores formed around the embedded ZrO2 nanoparticles in the coating layer as a result of the phase inversion caused by the adsorbed moisture. The formation of micropores highly affects the ionic conductivity and electrolyte uptake of the ceramic composite separator and, by extension, the rate discharge properties of lithium ion batteries. In particular, thermal stability of the ceramic composite separators coated with the highly moisturized ZrO2 nanoparticles (a moisture content of 16 000 ppm) is dramatically improved without any degradation in electrochemical performance compared to the performance of pristine polyethylene separators.

  11. Relationship between Crystallinity Index and Enzymatic Hydrolysis Performance of Celluloses Separated from Aquatic and Terrestrial Plant Materials

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    Li Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Hydrolysis experiments of five cellulose samples (separated from two aquatic plants and three terrestrial plants, respectively were conducted at various cellulase loadings (7 to 200 FPU/g cellulose. No obvious correlation was found between CrI and hydrolysis performance at low enzyme loadings (e.g. 7 and 28 FPU/g cellulose, as the hydrolysis was controlled by enzyme availability and the differences in cellulose structure were unimportant. At a sufficiently high enzyme loading (e.g. 200 FPU/g cellulose, the yield of reducing sugar was linearly proportional to the CrI value. Therefore, to establish such a correlation between cellulose structure and hydrolysis performance, hydrolysis experiments must be conducted under the conditions where enzyme availability is not a limiting factor. It was found that celluloses from sugarcane bagasse and water hyacinth have low CrI, achieve high sugar yields, exhibit fast reactions during enzymatic hydrolysis at low enzyme loadings, and can potentially be good feedstocks for bio-ethanol production.

  12. Fast separation and quantification of three anti-glaucoma drugs by high-performance liquid chromatography UV detection

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    Mohamed Walash

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a simple and accurate high-performance liquid chromatography method was developed and validated for fast separation of three anti-glaucoma drugs: timolol maleate (TM, brimonidine tartrate (BM, and latanoprost (LP. Separation of the three drugs was achieved in < 6 minutes using a BDS Hypersil phenyl column and a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile: 25mM phosphate buffer, pH 4.0 (50: 50, v/v at 1.2 mL/min with UV detection at 210 nm. The method was linear over the concentration ranges of 5.0–200.0 μg/mL, 2.0–80.0 μg/mL and 1.0–25.0 μg/mL with lower detection limits of 0.21 μg/mL, 0.10 μg/mL and 0.11 μg/mL for TM, BM and LP, respectively. The method was applied for the determination of two fixed-dose combination eye drops for the treatment of glaucoma, containing TM together with either BM or LP. Commercial samples of single-ingredient ophthalmic solutions containing the studied drugs were also successfully analyzed. The results obtained by the proposed method were favorably compared with those obtained by the comparison methods using Student's t test and the variance ratio F test.

  13. Electron-Beam Mapping of Vibrational Modes with Nanometer Spatial Resolution

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    Dwyer, C.; Aoki, T.; Rez, P.; Chang, S. L. Y.; Lovejoy, T. C.; Krivanek, O. L.

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate that a focused beam of high-energy electrons can be used to map the vibrational modes of a material with a spatial resolution of the order of one nanometer. Our demonstration is performed on boron nitride, a polar dielectric which gives rise to both localized and delocalized electron-vibrational scattering, either of which can be selected in our off-axial experimental geometry. Our experimental results are well supported by our calculations, and should reconcile current controversy regarding the spatial resolution achievable in vibrational mapping with focused electron beams.

  14. The Performance of a Thermally Cross-Linked Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM-1) for Gas Separation

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    Alghunaimi, Fahad I.

    2013-05-01

    Gas transport properties of PIM-1 (the first ladder polymer with intrinsic microporosity) and TC-PIM-1 (thermally cross-linked PIM-1) at 35°C and different pressures were thoroughly studied. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the performance of the TC-PIM-1 membranes with PIM-1 for natural gas separation. The TC-PIM-1 polymer was prepared by post-modification of PIM-1 at 300°C for a period of two days. Sorption isotherms of seven gases, including N2, O2, CH4, CO2, C2H6, C3H8 and n-C4H10, were determined for PIM-1 and TC-PIM-1 using the dual-volume barometric sorption technique at 35°C at different pressures. The sorption isotherms followed the dual-mode sorption model, which is typical for glassy polymers. Moreover, permeability (P) of eight gases, including He, H2, N2, O2, CH4, CO2, C3H8 and n-C4H10, were determined for PIM-1 and TC-PIM-1 at 35°C and 2.0 atm. Furthermore, average diffusion coefficients (D ̅) were calculated from the permeability and solubility data for all tested gases for both polymers. The sorption (S), permeability (P) and average diffusion coefficients (D ̅) for the TC-PIM-1 membrane exhibited lower values than the PIM-1 membrane. However, the TC-PIM-1 membrane showed exceptional gas separation performance. The TC-PIM-1 membrane had a helium (He) permeability of 1218 barrer with He/CH4 and He/N2 ideal selectivities of 27.1 and 23.9 respectively, and carbon dioxide (CO2) permeability of 1088 barrer with CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 ideal selectivities of 24.2 and 21.3 respectively. Additionally, the TC-PIM-1 membrane showed a hydrogen (H2) permeability of 2452 barrer with an ideal H2/CH4 selectivity of 54.5.

  15. Nanoscience friction and rheology on the nanometer scale

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    Meyer, E; Gyalog, T; Overney, R M

    1998-01-01

    Friction force microscopy is an important analytical tool in the field of tribology on the nanometer-scale. The contact area between the probing tip and the sample is reduced to some square nanometers, corresponding to the ideal of a single asperity contact. Traditional concepts, such as friction coefficients, adhesion and elasticity and stick-slip are re-examined with this novel technique. New concepts based upon classical and quantum mechanics are investigated.Contents: Introduction and Motivation; Instruments; Normal Forces at the Atomic Scale; Understanding of Lateral Forces; Dissipation Mechanisms; Nanorheology and Nanoconfinement; Generation of Ultrasonic Waves in Sliding Friction; Friction Force Microscopy Experiments; Appendix: Instrumental Aspects of Force Microscopy.Readership: Graduate and researchers in physics, chemistry and materials science.

  16. Nanometer TiO2 Modified Polyacrylic Copolymer Sizing Agent

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    2007-01-01

    A series of new-type nanometer TiO2 modified polyacrylic copolymer sizing agent were synthesized from acrylic acid, ethyl acrylate, nanometer TiO2, oleic acid etc.by orthogonal design method. Results of the studies show that the synthetic method used in this paper was a new way and had never been found in the synthesis of acrylate sizing agent, and that the properties of those new-type size-agent were be improved, which had potential for substituting PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) sizing agent. The technology for solving the problem of nano-scale powder agglomeration and dispersion were also studied. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation showed that nano-TiO2 had good dispersion and stability in aqueous solution and in sizing agent solution.

  17. Highly crystallized nanometer-sized zeolite a with large Cs adsorption capability for the decontamination of water.

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    Torad, Nagy L; Naito, Masanobu; Tatami, Junichi; Endo, Akira; Leo, Sin-Yen; Ishihara, Shinsuke; Wu, Kevin C-W; Wakihara, Toru; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2014-03-01

    Nanometer-sized zeolite A with a large cesium (Cs) uptake capability is prepared through a simple post-milling recrystallization method. This method is suitable for producing nanometer-sized zeolite in large scale, as additional organic compounds are not needed to control zeolite nucleation and crystal growth. Herein, we perform a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) study to evaluate the uptake ability of Cs ions by zeolite, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. In comparison to micrometer-sized zeolite A, nanometer-sized zeolite A can rapidly accommodate a larger amount of Cs ions into the zeolite crystal structure, owing to its high external surface area. Nanometer-sized zeolite is a promising candidate for the removal of radioactive Cs ions from polluted water. Our QCM study on Cs adsorption uptake behavior provides the information of adsorption kinetics (e.g., adsorption amounts and rates). This technique is applicable to other zeolites, which will be highly valuable for further consideration of radioactive Cs removal in the future.

  18. Magnetic Properties of Nanometer-sized Crystalline and Amorphous Particles

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    Mørup, Steen; Bødker, Franz; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt;

    1997-01-01

    Amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloy particles can be prepared by chemical preparation techniques. We discuss the preparation of transition metal-boron and iron-carbon particles and their magnetic properties. Nanometer-sized particles of both crystalline and amorphous magnetic materials...... are superparamagnetic at finite temperatures. The temperature dependence of the superparamagnetic relaxation time and the influence of inter-particle interactions is discussed. Finally, some examples of studies of surface magnetization of alpha-Fe particles are presented....

  19. HYDROTHERMAL SYNTHESIS OF NANO-METER MICROPOROUS ZINC FERRITE

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    Xiaoling Hu; Ping Guan; Xin Yan

    2004-01-01

    Nano-meter microporous zinc ferrite was prepared by a hydrothermal method, using triethylamine as a template. Adsorption curves showed that the product had a microporous structure. The effects of precursor pH, reaction temperature and reaction time on the preparation were studied, yielding optimal conditions: pH=11,448 K, 360 min. The morphology of zinc ferrite as observed by TEM, showed that zinc ferrite was well-crystallized and well-dispersed with little conglomeration.

  20. Low-Cost Sensors Deliver Nanometer-Accurate Measurements

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    2015-01-01

    As part of a unique partnership program, Kennedy Space Center collaborated with a nearby business school to allow MBA students to examine and analyze the market potential for a selection of NASA-patented technologies. Following the semester, a group of students decided to form Winter Park, Florida-based Juntura Group Inc. to license and sell a technology they had worked with: a sensor capable of detecting position changes as small as 10 nanometers-approximately the thickness of a cell wall.

  1. Magnetic Properties of Nanometer-sized Crystalline and Amorphous Particles

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    Mørup, Steen; Bødker, Franz; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt

    1997-01-01

    Amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloy particles can be prepared by chemical preparation techniques. We discuss the preparation of transition metal-boron and iron-carbon particles and their magnetic properties. Nanometer-sized particles of both crystalline and amorphous magnetic materials...... are superparamagnetic at finite temperatures. The temperature dependence of the superparamagnetic relaxation time and the influence of inter-particle interactions is discussed. Finally, some examples of studies of surface magnetization of alpha-Fe particles are presented....

  2. Separation and determination of estrogen in the water environment by high performance liquid chromatography-fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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    Zheng, Bei; Li, Wentao; Li, Hongyan; Liu, Lin; Lei, Pei; Ge, Xiaopeng; Yu, Zhiyong; Zhou, Yiqi

    2016-08-01

    The components for connecting high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were investigated to determine estrogen in the water environment, including heating for atomization, solvent removal, sample deposition, drive control, spectrum collection, chip swap, cleaning and drying. Results showed that when the atomization temperature was increased to 388 K, the interference of mobile phase components (methanol, H2O, acetonitrile, and NaH2PO4) were completely removed in the IR measurement of estrogen, with 0.999 of similarity between IR spectra obtained after separation and corresponding to the standard IR spectra. In experiments with varying HPLC injection volumes, high similarity for IR spectra was obtained at 20 ul injection volume at 0.01 mg/L BPA while a useful IR spectrum for 10 ng/L BPA was obtained at 80 ul injection volume. In addition, estrogen concentrations in the natural water samples were calculated semi-quantitatively from the peak intensities of IR spectrum in the mid-infrared region.

  3. Synthesis and Separation Performance of Y-type Zeolite Membranes by Pre-Seeding Using Electrophoresis Deposition Method

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    Cheng Zhilin; Han Shuai

    2015-01-01

    Y-type zeolite membranes were synthesized by a two-step approach in which a particle seed layer was prepared by electrophoresis deposition (EPD) at ifrst, followed by densiifcation through secondary growth. The pre-seeding adopted the directing agent for Y-type zeolite synthesis serving as seeds. The effects of aging time of the directing agent, electro-phoresis voltage and electrophoresis deposition time on seed layers quality as well as the quality of zeolite membranes were investigated. The results indicated that the zeolite seeds derived from the directing agent could be evenly deposited on sub-strate under certain EPD conditions. The XRD patterns of the seeded substrates after the secondary growth showed that the pure as-synthesized Y-type zeolite membranes had successfully grown on the substrates. The SEM images indicated that the substrate was covered by the highly intergrown zeolite crystals when the seeding solution employed the directing agent with an aging time of 2 days. The separation performance of zeolite membrane was evaluated using a CO2/N2 mixture (with a mole ratio of 1:1) at different temperatures. Furthermore, the pervaporation measurements were carried out for the dehydra-tion of isopropanol aqueous solutions with different mass fractions. The as-synthesized Y-type zeolite membranes exhibited a relatively high selectivity of water from isopropanol and sustainable permeation lfux.

  4. Separation and quantification of beer carbohydrates by high-performance liquid chromatography with evaporative light scattering detection.

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    Nogueira, Luciana C; Silva, Filipe; Ferreira, Isabel M P L V O; Trugo, L C

    2005-02-18

    An HPLC method with an evaporative light scattering detector was optimized and validated for quantification of carbohydrates in beer. The chromatographic separation was achieved using a Spherisorb NH2, 5 microm chromatographic column and gradient elution with acetonitrile/water. The determinations were performed in the linear range of 0.05-5.0 g/L for fructose, 0.05-5.0 g/L for glucose, 0.05-15.0 g/L for maltose, 0.05-10.0 g/L for maltotriose, and 0.05-5.0 g/L for maltotetraose. The detection limits were 0.005 g/L for fructose, 0.008 g/L for glucose, and 0.01 g/L for maltose, maltotriose, and maltotetraose. The reliability of the method in terms of precision and accuracy was evaluated in three beer matrices, low alcohol beer, 6% alcohol beer, and beer made with part of adjuncts (4.5% alcohol). Relative standard deviations (RSDs) ranged between 1.59 and 5.95% (n = 10), and recoveries ranged between 94 and 98.4%.

  5. High performance ZIF-8/6FDA-DAM mixed matrix membrane for propylene/propane separations

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    Zhang, Chen

    2012-02-01

    We report significantly enhanced propylene/propane (C 3H 6/C 3H 8) selectivity in mixed matrix membranes fabricated using 6FDA-DAM polyimide and a zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8). Equilibrium isotherms and sorption kinetics of C 3H 6 and C 3H 8 at 35°C were studied on a 200nm commercially available ZIF-8 sample produced by BASF. Mixed matrix dense films were formed with 6FDA-DAM and 200nm BASF ZIF-8 particles. SEM imaging showed generally good adhesion between the ZIF-8 and 6FDA-DAM without the need for surface-treating ZIF-8. Pure gas permeation showed significantly enhanced mixed matrix ZIF-8/6FDA-DAM membrane C 3H 6/C 3H 8 separation performance over the pure 6FDA-DAM membrane performance. A C 3H 6 permeability of 56.2Barrer and C 3H 6/C 3H 8 ideal selectivity of 31.0 was found in ZIF-8/6FDA-DAM mixed matrix membrane with 48.0wt% ZIF-8 loading, which are 258% and 150% higher than the pure 6FDA-DAM membrane, respectively for permeability and selectivity. Permeation properties of C 3H 6 and C 3H 8 in ZIF-8 were back-calculated by the Maxwell model for composite permeability using pure gas permeation data, leading to a C 3H 6 permeability of 277Barrer and C 3H 6/C 3H 8 selectivity of 122. Mixed gas permeation also verified that selectivity enhancements were achievable in mixed gas environment by ZIF-8. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  6. The influence of separation distance during the preconditioning period of the male effect approach on reproductive performance in sheep

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    Eduardo Luiz Cavalcanti Caldas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The study was aimed to test the effect of the separation distance between males and females during the preconditioning period on the reproductive performance of Santa Inês ewes after the male effect. Santa Inês ewes were kept at distances of 3000 m (T1, 3 m (T2, and 300 m (T3 from rams for 60 days before starting 45-day mating seasons during the dry period (DP and rainy periods (RP. Mating events were observed daily at 6:00 h and 16:00 h by trained personnel for one hour intervals. Estrous were scored as synchronized when observed until day 5 after breeding season start. Pregnancy diagnosis was performed by ultrasonography. In the DP, the first estrous averaged at 15.45±10.36 (T1, 9.25±6.41 (T2 and 13.05±10.24 (T3 days and in RP was 8.73±5.84 (T1, 9.30±5.62 (T2 and 6.10±5.66 (T3 days. All females cycled during both DP and RP. Estrous synchronization occurred in 20% of the females during DP (T1: 30%, T2: 15%, and T3: 15%. In the RP, estrous synchronization occurred in 40% of all females (T1: 30%, T2: 35%, and T3: 45%. The pregnancy rates in DP and RP were T1: 85%, T2: 80%, and T3: 75%. The results show that the male effect can be obtained simply by avoiding physical contact between males and females throughout the year under tropical conditions.

  7. Chemically modified polymeric resins for separation of cations, organic acids, and small polar moleculea by high performance liquid chromatography

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    Morris, John B. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1993-07-01

    This thesis is divided into 4 parts: a review, ion chromatography of metal cations on carboxylic resins, separation of hydrophilic organic acids and small polar compounds on macroporous resin columns, and use of eluent modifiers for liquid chromatographic separation of carboxylic acids using conductivity detection.

  8. Investigation on the sonocatalytic degradation of acid red B in the presence of nanometer TiO2 catalysts and comparison of catalytic activities of anatase and rutile TiO2 powders.

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    Wang, Jun; Jiang, Yuefeng; Zhang, Zhaohong; Zhang, Xiangdong; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Guan; Zhao, Gang; Zhang, Peng; Li, Ying

    2007-07-01

    Here, the nanometer anatase and rutile titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) powders were introduced to act as the sonocatalysts during the ultrasonic degradation of azo dye-acid red B which was chosen as model compound. The ultrasound of low power was used as an irradiation source to induce TiO(2) particles performing catalytic activity. It was found that the processes of sonocatalytic degradation were different between nanometer anatase TiO(2) and nanometer rutile TiO(2). For nanometer anatase TiO(2) catalyst, the acid red B was mainly oxidated by the holes on the surface of nanometer anatase TiO(2) particles, so that the decolorization and degradation happened at the same time. For the nanometer rutile TiO(2) catalyst, the acid red B was mainly oxidated by the *OH radicals from the ultrasonic cavitation, so that the decolorization of azo bond takes place primarily, and then the degradation of naphthyl ring does. The intermediates of acid red B in the presence of nanometer anatase and rutile TiO(2) powders have been monitored by UV-vis spectra and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), respectively. All experiments indicated that the degradation effect of acid red B in the presence of nanometer anatase TiO(2) powder was obviously better than that in the presence of nanometer rutile TiO(2) powder. Hence, the method of sonocatalytic degradation for organic pollutants in the presence of nanometer anatase TiO(2) powder is expected to be promising as an advisable choice for the treatment of organic wastewaters in future.

  9. Green laser interferometric metrology system with sub-nanometer periodic nonlinearity.

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    Zhao, Shijie; Wei, Haoyun; Zhu, Minhao; Li, Yan

    2016-04-10

    This paper describes the design and realization of a heterodyne laser interferometer system that is applicable to metrology comparison. In this research, an iodine-stabilized Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm served as the light source. Two spatially separated beams with different offset frequencies are generated by two acousto-optic modulators to prevent any source mixing and polarization leakage. The interferometry components are integrated to a monolithic prism to reduce the difficulty of the light path adjustment and to guarantee the measuring accuracy. The experimental results show there is a sub-nanometer periodic nonlinearity, which mainly results from the ghost reflection. Placed in a vacuum chamber, the interferometer is applicable for measuring comparison using a piezo nanopositioner and a precision translation stage. Finally, a commercial interferometer is calibrated with the interferometer system.

  10. Performance of separation processes for precipitated calcium carbonate produced with an innovative method from steelmaking slag and carbon dioxide

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    Sebastian eTeir

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, experiments were performed to determine the filterability of calcium carbonate produced with an alternative calcium carbonate production concept. The concept uses steelmaking slag as raw material and has potential to fix CO2 emissions and utilize steelmaking slag, simultaneously. As calcium carbonate is precipitated in a solution containing ammonium chloride, calcium chloride and ammonia, the product needs to be washed and hence filtered. In this work different separation processes, including washing, filtering and drying, were tested on two calcium carbonate slurries produced from steel converter slag and CO2 by a laboratory-scale pilot facility, with the aim of obtaining a solid product with a low chloride content using a minimum amount of washing water. The order of maximum filtration rates achievable of the calcium carbonate slurries was determined by experimental work. The tests included pressure filtration and vacuum filtration and the test series contained altogether 21 different filtration cycles with varying combinations of filtering, washing, and drying steps. The filtered cakes were analyzed by their residual moisture content, chloride content and conductivity, and the filtrates by their residual solids content, chloride content and conductivity. Pressure filtration gave a high capacity (400-460 kg/m2h and a low cake residual moisture content (12-14 wt-%. Vacuum filtration gave slightly higher filtration rates (500-610 kg/m2h at the lowest residual chloride contents of the cakes, but the cake residual moisture also stayed higher (25-26 wt-%. As the vacuum filtration tests used a filter cloth with higher permeability than that of the pressure filtration tests, a slightly higher filtration rate was expected. However, both filtration technologies seem suitable for filtering and washing calcium carbonate prepared with the studied method as a residual chloride content as low as 10 ppm of the filtered solids can be achieved

  11. Design and performance of BNR activated sludge systems with flat sheet membranes for solid-liquid separation.

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    du Toit, G J G; Ramphao, M C; Parco, V; Wentzel, M C; Ekama, G A

    2007-01-01

    The use of immersed membranes for solid-liquid separation in biological nutrient removal activated sludge (BNRAS) systems was investigated at lab scale. Two laboratory-scale BNR activated sludge systems were run in parallel, one a MBR system and the other a conventional system with secondary settling tanks. Both systems were in 3 reactor anaerobic, anoxic, aerobic UCT configurations. The systems were set up to have, as far as possible, identical design parameters such as reactor mass fractions, recycles and sludge age. Differences were the influent flow and total reactor volumes, and the higher reactor concentrations in the MBR system. The performances of the two systems were extensively monitored and compared to identify and quantify the influence of the membranes on system response. The MBR UCT system exhibited COD, FSA, TKN, TP and TSS removals that were consistently equivalent or superior to the conventional system. Better P removal in the MBR was attributed to lower observed P uptake in the anoxic zone. High nitrate loads to the anoxic reactor appeared to be the determining factor in stimulating P uptake. The MBR UCT system had a greater sludge production than the conventional system. This was partly attributable to the retention of all solids in the MBR reactor. For steady state design this increase is accommodated by increasing the influent unbiodegradable particulate COD fraction. Additionally an attempt was made to determine the Alpha values in the oxygen transfer rate. This paper briefly summarises and compares the results from both systems, and the conclusions that can be drawn from these results.

  12. An adsorbent performance indicator as a first step evaluation of novel sorbents for gas separations: application to metal-organic frameworks.

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    Wiersum, Andrew D; Chang, Jong-San; Serre, Christian; Llewellyn, Philip L

    2013-03-12

    An adsorbent performance indicator (API) is proposed in an effort to initially highlight porous materials of potential interest for PSA separation processes. This expression takes into account working capacities, selectivities, and adsorption energies and additionally uses weighting factors to reflect the specific requirements of a given process. To demonstrate the applicability of the API, we have performed the adsorption of carbon dioxide and methane at room temperature on a number of metal-organic frameworks, a zeolite and a molecular sieve carbon. The API is calculated for two different CO2/CH4 separation case scenarios: "bulk separation" and "natural gas purification". This comparison highlights how the API can be more versatile than previously proposed comparison factors for an initial indication of potential adsorbent performance.

  13. A Systematic Study of Separators in Air-Breathing Flat-Plate Microbial Fuel Cells—Part 1: Structure, Properties, and Performance Correlations

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Passive air-breathing microbial fuel cells (MFCs are a promising technology for energy recovery from wastewater and their performance is highly dependent on characteristics of the separator that isolates the anaerobic anode from the air-breathing cathode. The goal of the present work is to systematically study the separator characteristics and its effect on the performance of passive air-breathing flat-plate MFCs (FPMFCs. This was performed through characterization of structure, properties, and performance correlations of eight separators in Part 1 of this work. Eight commercial separators were characterized, in non-inoculated and inoculated setups, and were examined in passive air-breathing FPMFCs with different electrode spacing. The results showed a decrease in the peak power density as the oxygen and ethanol mass transfer coefficients in the separators increased, due to the increase of mixed potentials especially at smaller electrode spacing. Increasing the electrode spacing was therefore desirable for the application of diaphragms. The highest peak power density was measured using Nafion®117 with minimal electrode spacing, whereas using Nafion®117 or Celgard® with larger electrode spacing resulted in similar peak powers. Part 2 of this work focuses on numerical modelling of the FPMFCs based on mixed potential theory, implementing the experimental data from Part 1.

  14. The use of high performance liquid chromatography and solid phase extraction for separation of platinum, palladium and rhodium

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    Platinum group metals (PGMs) have received much attention in the fields of industry, geochemistry and medicine. Due to scarcity of PGMs and their high industrial demands, recycling of PGM bearing materials such as industrial wastes, automobile catalytic converters and similar products gained much attention in recent times. Particularly, separation of PGMs as a group from the material bearing the elements followed by their individual separation is crucial. In this study, an attempt was made to...

  15. Inhibiting the shuttle effect of Li-S battery with a graphene oxide coating separator: Performance improvement and mechanism study

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    Jiang, Yong; Chen, Fang; Gao, Yang; Wang, Yanyan; Wang, Shanshan; Gao, Qiang; Jiao, Zheng; Zhao, Bing; Chen, Zhiwen

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, graphene oxide (GO) is integrated on commercial polypropylene separator by tape casting method and sandwiched between a sulfur cathode and the separator as a shuttle inhibitor of the Li-S battery. The issues of lithium polysulfides dissolution and shuttle effect are inhibited distinctly, and significant improvements not only in the active material utilization but also in capacity retention are observed. What's more, the improvement mechanism is studied in detail. The results demonstrate that the sulfur and polysulfide species in separator and electrolyte for the cell with GO-coating separator are much less than that with the pristine separator. The GO membrane still maintains three-dimensional porous and flexible structure with a few lithium polysulfides and Li2S2/Li2S nanoparticles anchored on the surface and inter-layers of GO sheets after long cycles. And the active materials are significantly localized within the cathode structure after GO-coating. In addition, less sulfate species, lithium salts, polysulfides and other insoluble species are identified on the cathode and separator after long-term cycling.

  16. Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymer Nanometer Scale Devices

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    Wenping Hu; Hiroshi Nakashima; Keiichi Torimitsu; Yunqi Liu; Daoben Zhu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Nanometer scale devices, as the next generation devices of electronics, have got a worldwide attention and rapid development recently. Simultaneously, conjugated polymers have been applied in organic electronics successfully because of their outstanding electronic-photonic properties. However, as far as we know few reports have dealt with the fabrication of nanometer scale devices by using conjugated polymers, although the combination of nanometer scale devices and polymers will not only extend conjugated polymers to Nanoelectronics, but also excavate the behaviors of polymer molecules at nano-molecular level, such as the electron transport through polymer molecules. One reason for this case is due to the lack of rigidity for most polymers.It results in the failure to bridge them between electrodes or to stand on substrates, therefore, fails to be characterized by scanning probe microscopy. Another reason is that the non-functionalized end-group of most polymers is impossible to graft on substrates through chemical bonds. Here, we introduce a self-assembled conjugated polymer can be used to fabricate nanodevices by self-assembly. The conjugated polymer is a derivative of poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)s (PPE) with thioacetyl end groups (Fig. 1). In general, it is known that for self-assembling ideal nanojunctions the materials should possess: a) conductivity, b) rigidity (for wiring and bridging between electrodes), and c) connectivity (for covalent attachment to metallic or semiconductor solid surfaces). PPE provides good conductivity owing to its special π-conjugated configuration. It is also believed that in principle PPE molecules possess rigidity because of the presence of the triple bond in their molecules,which prevents the rotation of adjacent phenyl rings with respect to each other.

  17. The Anti-Porcine Parvovirus Activity of Nanometer Propolis Flavone and Propolis Flavone In Vitro and In Vivo

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    Xia Ma; Zhenhuan Guo; Zhiqiang Shen; Yonglu Liu; Jinliang Wang; Yunpeng Fan

    2015-01-01

    Objectives. The present study was conducted to evaluate the activity of nanometer propolis flavone (NPF) on inhibiting porcine parvovirus (PPV) in vitro and in vivo. Methods. In vitro, the effect of NPF on cellular infectivity of PPV was carried out before and after adding drug and simultaneous adding and PPV after being mixed. In vivo, the anti-PPV effect of NPF in guinea pigs was performed. Results. The results showed that NPF could significantly inhibit PPV infecting porcine kidney- (PK-) ...

  18. Incorporation of ionic liquid into porous polymer monoliths to enhance the separation of small molecules in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wang, Jiafei; Bai, Ligai; Wei, Zhen; Qin, Junxiao; Ma, Yamin; Liu, Haiyan

    2015-06-01

    An ionic liquid was incorporated into the porous polymer monoliths to afford stationary phases with enhanced chromatographic performance for small molecules in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The effect of the ionic liquid in the polymerization mixture on the performance of the monoliths was studied in detail. While monoliths without ionic liquid exhibited poor resolution and low efficiency, the addition of ionic liquid to the polymerization mixture provides highly increased resolution and high efficiency. The chromatographic performances of the monoliths were demonstrated by the separations of various small molecules including aromatic hydrocarbons, isomers, and homologues using a binary polar mobile phase. The present column efficiency reached 27 000 plates/m, which showed that the ionic liquid monoliths are alternative stationary phases in the separation of small molecules by high-performance liquid chromatography.

  19. Mixed-mode chromatography integrated with high-performance liquid chromatography for protein analysis and separation: Using bovine serum albumin and lysozyme as the model target.

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    Xia, Hai-Feng; Don, Bin-Bin; Zheng, Meng-Jie

    2016-05-01

    A type of mixed-mode chromatography was integrated with high-performance liquid chromatography for protein analysis and separation. The chromatographic behavior was tested using bovine serum albumin and lysozyme as model proteins. For the mixed-mode column, the silica beads were activated with γ-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)-propytrimethoxysilane and coupled with 4-mercaptopyridine as the functional ligand. The effects of pH, salt, and the organic solvent conditions of the mobile phase on the retention behavior were studied, which provided valuable clues for separation strategy. When eluted with a suitable pH gradient, salt concentration gradient, and acetonitrile content gradient, the separation behavior of bovine serum albumin and lysozyme could be controlled by altering the conditions of the mobile phase. The results indicated this type of chromatography might be a useful method for protein analysis and separation.

  20. Synthesis of a new cyclosporine-based stationary phase and separation behaviors toward aromatic positional isomers by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Liu, Wen-na; Fan, Jun; Lin, Chun; Zheng, Sheng-run; Zhang, Wei-guang

    2015-04-01

    A new cyclosporine-bonded stationary phase has been synthesized through the Staudinger reaction between azido cyclosporine A (CsA) and aminopropyl silica gel and applied in separations of six disubstituted aromatic analytes by high-performance liquid chromatography. For dimethyl phthalate, nitroaniline and chloronitrobenzene, their positional isomers were well-separated on this CsA stationary phase, in which the separation factor for m-/o-dimethyl phthalates was the biggest. For nitrotoluene, dichlorobenzene and benzenediol, the m-/o-isomers were co-eluted. Then, effects of chromatographic conditions (such as types and content of alcoholic modifiers) on separation of nitroaniline positional isomers have been investigated. Retention behaviors of nitroaniline isomers on the column exhibited the strengthening trend along with increasing carbon number of alcohols, from ethanol to 1-propanol, and to 1-butanol. A similar phenomenon was observed by lowering the content of alcohol.

  1. Probing single nanometer-scale pores with polymeric molecular rulers

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    Henrickson, Sarah E.; DiMarzio, Edmund A.; Wang, Qian; Stanford, Vincent M.; Kasianowicz, John J.

    2010-04-01

    We previously demonstrated that individual molecules of single-stranded DNA can be driven electrophoretically through a single Staphylococcus aureus α-hemolysin ion channel. Polynucleotides thread through the channel as extended chains and the polymer-induced ionic current blockades exhibit stable modes during the interactions. We show here that polynucleotides can be used to probe structural features of the α-hemolysin channel itself. Specifically, both the pore length and channel aperture profile can be estimated. The results are consistent with the channel crystal structure and suggest that polymer-based "molecular rulers" may prove useful in deducing the structures of nanometer-scale pores in general.

  2. Sliding wear behaviors of electrodeposited Ni composite coatings containing micrometer and nanometer Cr particles

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    ZHAO Guo-gang; ZHOU Yue-bo; ZHANG Hai-jun

    2009-01-01

    Micrometer and nanometer Cr particles were co-deposited with Ni by electroplating from a nickel sulfate bath containing a certain content of Cr particles. Cr microparticles are in a size range of 1-5 (m and Cr nanoparticles have an average size of 40 nm. The friction and the wear performance of the co-deposited Ni-Cr composite coatings were comparatively evaluated by sliding against Si3N4 ceramic balls under non-lubricated conditions. It is found that the incorporation of Cr particles enhances the microhardness and wear resistance of Ni coatings. The wear resistance of Ni composite coating containing Cr nanoparticles is higher than that of the Ni composite coating containing Cr microparticles with a comparable Cr particle content. The co-deposition of smaller nanometer Cr particles with Ni effectively reduces the size of Ni crystals and significantly increases the hardness of the composite coatings due to grain-refinement strengthening and dispersion-strengthening, resulting in a significant improvement of wear resistance of the Ni-Cr nanocomposite coatings.

  3. Performance and techno-economic assessment of several solid-liquid separation technologies for processing dilute-acid pretreated corn stover.

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    Sievers, David A; Tao, Ling; Schell, Daniel J

    2014-09-01

    Solid-liquid separation of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass slurries is a critical unit operation employed in several different processes for production of fuels and chemicals. An effective separation process achieves good recovery of solute (sugars) and efficient dewatering of the biomass slurry. Dilute acid pretreated corn stover slurries were subjected to pressure and vacuum filtration and basket centrifugation to evaluate the technical and economic merits of these technologies. Experimental performance results were used to perform detailed process simulations and economic analysis using a 2000 tonne/day biorefinery model to determine differences between the various filtration methods and their process settings. The filtration processes were able to successfully separate pretreated slurries into liquor and solid fractions with estimated sugar recoveries of at least 95% using a cake washing process. A continuous vacuum belt filter produced the most favorable process economics.

  4. New Dark Matter Detectors using DNA for Nanometer Tracking

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    Drukier, Andrzej; Spergel, David; Cantor, Charles; Church, George; Sano, Takeshi

    2012-01-01

    Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) may constitute most of the matter in the Universe. While there are intriguing results from DAMA/LIBRA, CoGeNT and CRESST-II, there is not yet a compelling detection of dark matter. The ability to detect the directionality of recoil nuclei will considerably facilitate detection of WIMPs by means of "annual modulation effect" and "diurnal modulation effect". Directional sensitivity requires either extremely large gas (TPC) detectors or detectors with a few nanometer spatial resolution. In this paper we propose a novel type of dark matter detector: detectors made of DNA could provide nanometer resolution for tracking, an energy threshold of 0.5 keV, and can operate at room temperature. When a WIMP from the Galactic Halo elastically scatters off of a nucleus in the detector, the recoiling nucleus then traverses thousands of strings of single stranded DNA (ssDNA) (all with known base sequences) and severs those ssDNA strands it hits. The location of the break can be ide...

  5. First Observation of Mechanochromism at the Nanometer Scale

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    Carpick, R.W.; Sasaki, D.Y.; Burns, A.R.

    1999-07-07

    A mechanically-induced color transition (''mechanochromism'') in polydiacetylene thin films has been generated at the nanometer scale using the tips of two different scanning probe microscopes. A blue-to-red chromatic transition in polydiacetylene molecular trilayer films, polymerized from 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (poly-PCDA), was found to result from shear forces acting between the tip and the poly-PCDA molecules, as independently observed with near-field scanning optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Red domains were identified by a fluorescence emission signature. Transformed regions as small as 30 nm in width were observed with AFM. The irreversibly transformed domains preferentially grow along the polymer backbone direction. Significant rearrangement of poly-PCDA bilayer segments is observed by AFM in transformed regions. The removal of these segments appears to be a characteristic feature of the transition. To our knowledge, this is the first observation of nanometer-scale mechanochromism in any material.

  6. Normal-Phase Open Column versus Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Separation of Chlorophyll a and Chlorophyll b from their Diastereomers.

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    Schaber, Peter M.

    1985-01-01

    Background information, procedures used, and typical results obtained are provided for an experiment involving the separation of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b from their diastereomers. Reasons why the experiment can be easily integrated into most laboratory curricula where high-performance liquid chromatography capabilities exist are given. (JN)

  7. Performance of an in-plane detection cell with integrated waveguides for UV/Vis absorbance measurements on microfluidic separation devices

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    Petersen, Nickolaj Jacob; Mogensen, Klaus Bo; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2002-01-01

    A microfluidic device with integrated waveguides and a long path length detection cell for UV/Vis absorbance detection is presented. The 750 mum U-cell detection geometry was evaluated in terms of its optical performance as well as its influence on efficiency for electrophoretic separations...

  8. Investigation of the interaction between separate calcium feeding and phytase supplementation on growth performance, calcium intake, nutrient digestibility and energy utilisation in broiler starters

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    Abdollahi, M.R.; Duangnumsawang, Y.; Kwakkel, R.P.; Steenfeldt, S.; Bootwalla, S.M.; Ravindran, V.

    2016-01-01

    The interaction between separate calcium (Ca) feeding and phytase supplementation on performance, coefficient of apparent ileal digestibility (CAID) of nitrogen (N), starch, fat and phosphorus (P), total tract retention (TTR) of Ca and P, and apparent metabolisable energy (AME) in broiler starter

  9. Separation of polyethylene glycols and amino-terminated polyethylene glycols by high-performance liquid chromatography under near critical conditions.

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    Wei, Y-Z; Zhuo, R-X; Jiang, X-L

    2016-05-20

    The separation and characterization of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and amino-substituted derivatives on common silica-based reversed-phase packing columns using isocratic elution is described. This separation is achieved by liquid chromatography under the near critical conditions (LCCC), based on the number of amino functional end groups without obvious effect of molar mass for PEGs. The mobile phase is acetonitrile in water with an optimal ammonium acetate buffer. The separation mechanism of PEG and amino-substituted PEG under the near LCCC on silica-based packing columns is confirmed to be ion-exchange interaction. Under the LCCC of PEG backbone, with fine tune of buffer concentration, the retention factor ratios for benzylamine and phenol in buffered mobile phases, α(benzylamine/phenol)-values, were used to assess the ion-exchange capacity on silica-based reversed-phase packing columns. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on separation of amino-functional PEGs independent of the molar mass by isocratic elution using common C18 or phenyl reversed-phase packing columns.

  10. Molecular simulation investigation into the performance of Cu-BTC metal-organic frameworks for carbon dioxide-methane separations

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    Gutiérrez-Sevillano, J.J.; Caro-Pérez, A.; Dubbeldam, D.; Calero, S.

    2011-01-01

    We report a molecular simulation study for Cu-BTC metal-organic frameworks as carbon dioxide-methane separation devices. For this study we have computed adsorption and diffusion of methane and carbon dioxide in the structure, both as pure components and mixtures over the full range of bulk gas compo

  11. Performance of coupled enzymatic hydrolysis and membrane separation bioreactor for antihypertensive peptides production from Porphyra yezoensis protein

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    To explore more efficient production methods of antihypertensive peptides from Porphyra yezoensis protein, three methods of coupling of enzymatic hydrolysis and membrane separation (CEH-MS) were studied and compared with the traditional EH and offline MS method. The results showed that the conversio...

  12. Predictable and linear scale-up of four phenolic alkaloids separation from the roots of Menispermum dauricum using high-performance counter-current chromatography.

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    Luo, Houding; Peng, Ming; Ye, Haoyu; Chen, Lijuan; Peng, Aihua; Tang, Minghai; Zhang, Fan; Shi, Jie

    2010-07-15

    This paper describes how distribution ratios were used for prediction of peak elution in analytical high-performance counter-current chromatography (HPCCC) to explore the method for separation and purification of bioactive compounds from the roots of Menispermum dauricum. Then important parameters related to HPCCC separations including solvent systems, sample concentration, sample loading volume and flow rate were optimized on an analytical Mini-DE HPCCC and finally linearly scaled up to a preparative Midi-DE HPCCC with nearly the same resolutions and separation time. Four phenolic alkaloids were for the first time obtained by HPCCC separation with a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-ethanol-water (1:2:1:2, v/v). This process produced 131.3 mg daurisolin, 197.1 mg dauricine, 32.4 mg daurinoline and 14.7 mg dauricicoline with the purity of 97.6%, 96.4%, 97.2% and 98.3%, respectively from 500 mg crude extract of the roots of M. dauricum in a one-step separation. The purities of compounds were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Their structures were identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometer (ESI-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

  13. Chiral ligand-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography with copper (II)-L-phenylalanine complexes for separation of 3,4-dimethoxy-α-methylphenylalanine racemes.

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    Jia, Dong-Xu; Ai, Zheng-Gui; Xue, Ya-Ping; Zheng, Yu-Guo

    2014-11-01

    L-3, 4-dimethoxy-α-methylphenylalanine (L-DMMD) is an important intermediate for the synthesis of 3-hydroxy-α-methyl-L-tyrosine (L-methyldopa). This paper describes an efficient, accurate, and low-priced method of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) using chiral mobile phase and conventional C18 column to separate L-DMMD from its enantiomers. The effects of ligands, copper salts, organic modifiers, pHs of mobile phase, and temperatures on the retention factors (k') and selectivity (α) were evaluated to achieve optimal separation performance. Then, thermal analysis of the optimal separation conditions was investigated as well. It was confirmed that the optimal mobile phase was composed of 20 % (v/v) methanol, 8 mM L-phenylalanine (L-Phe), and 4 mM cupric sulfate in water of pH 3.2, and the column temperature was set at 20 °C. Baseline separation of two enantiomers could be obtained through the conventional C18 column with a resolution (R) of 3.18 in less than 18 min. Thermodynamic data (∆∆H and ∆∆S) obtained by Van't Hoff plots revealed the chiral separation was an enthalpy-controlled process. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report regarding the enantioseparation of DMMD by chiral ligand-exchange HPLC.

  14. Enantiomeric separation of organophosphorus pesticides by high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and capillary electrophoresis and their applications to environmental fate and toxicity assays.

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    Li, Ling; Zhou, Shanshan; Jin, Lixia; Zhang, Cheng; Liu, Weiping

    2010-05-15

    In recent years, the continuous evolution of the field of stereochemistry has produced a heightened awareness of the applications of pure enantiomers of agrochemicals. This review describes reports of the enantiomeric separation of commercial organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) and the applications of these methods to research on the enantioselectivity of the toxicity and environmental fate of these compounds. Chiral OPs can be analysed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), and capillary electrophoresis (CE). These different separation techniques for OP enantiomers are briefly discussed, and their applications are presented.

  15. The effect of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO4 photoanodes

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    Pattengale, Brian; Huang, Jier [Marquette

    2017-03-07

    Doping with electron-rich elements in BiVO4 photoanodes has been demonstrated as a desirable approach for improving their carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency. However, the effect of doping and dopant concentration on the carrier dynamics and photoelectrochemical performance remains unclear. In this work, we examined the effects of Mo doping on the charge separation dynamics and photocurrent performance in BiVO4 photoanodes. We show that the photocurrent of BiVO4 photoanodes increases with increasing concentration of the Mo dopant, which can be attributed to both the improved carrier mobility resulting from increased electron density and charge separation efficiency due to the diminishing of trap states upon Mo doping. The effect of doping on the electronic structure, carrier dynamics and photocurrent performance of BiVO4 photoanodes resulting from W and Mo dopants was also compared and discussed in this study. The knowledge gained from this work will provide important insights into the optimization of the carrier mobility and charge separation efficiency of BiVO4 photoanodes by controlling the dopants and their concentrations.

  16. Modification of the murakami retention model in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography for micellar chromatographic separations

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    Loginova, L. P.; Boichenko, A. P.; Kulikov, A. Yu.

    2008-09-01

    A retention model for micellar liquid chromatography was tested based on the data of separation of three benzodiazepins and six β-blockers. The model was obtained by analyzing changes in the microenvironment of a sorbate in transferring from the mobile to stationary phase. It can be used to describe the retention of benzodiazepins, which are neutral under the separation conditions, and the positively charged β-blockers. The calculated model coefficients are indicative of an increase in the number of 1-pentanol molecules and sodium dodecyl sulfate monomers in the microenvironment of the sorbates in transferring from the mobile to stationary phase. The solvation of the positive β-blockers by anionic surfactant monomers was higher than that of neutral benzodiazepins.

  17. Performance analysis of linear bandpass filter and pulse inversion in separating subharmonic frequency of signals from ultrasound contrast agent

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Recently, many publications reported the generation of subharmonic frequency (f0/2 and its potential use in imagingfrom ultrasound contrast agent (UCA. Subharmonic imaging (SHI has provided better contrast resolution over the secondharmonic signals due to the lack of subharmonic generation in the tissue region. However, subharmonic separation in SHIutilizes linear bandpass filtering only. In this paper, we compare the subharmonic separation capability of linear band filter(LBF, pulse inversion (PI, and their combination (PILBF based on contrast-to-tissue ratio (CTR. Results show that theCTR values from the LBF, the PI, and the PILBF are 20.30, 40.30, and 52.74 dB, respectively. The optimal stopband attenuation and fractional bandwidth for the PILBF method are 50 dB and 10%, respectively. This high CTR value indicates thefeasibility of the PILBF method in creating high quality ultrasound image from subharmonic frequency.

  18. Separation of seven arsenic species by ion-pair and ion-exchange high performance liquid chromatography

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    Larsen, Erik Huusfeldt; Hansen, Sven Hedegaard

    1992-01-01

    Arsenite, arsenate, monomethylarsonate, dimethylarsinate, arsenobetaine, arsenocholine and the tetramethylarsonium ion were subjected to ion-exchange and ion-pair reversed phase HPLC. The ion exchange method was superior in selectivity and time of analysis for the arsenic anions. The ammonium ions...... used for the ion-pair method only resulted in separation of some of the anionic arsenic compounds. Flame atomic absorption spectrometry was used for on-line arsenic-specific detection....

  19. Cation-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography: Separation of highly basic proteins using volatile acidic solvents

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    Eijnden-van Raaij, A.J.M. van den; Koornneef, I.; Oostwaard, Th.M.J.; Laat, S.W. de; Zoelen, E.J.J. van

    1987-01-01

    The chromatographic behavior of a number of globular proteins was studied on a Bio-Sil TSK CM-2-SW weak cation exchange HPLC column under acidic conditions. A linear gradient of O-I M NH₄Ac in I M HOAc, inducing a convex pH gradient from 2.4-4.8, resulted in an excellent separation of highly basic p

  20. Battery performances and thermal stability of polyacrylonitrile nano-fiber-based nonwoven separators for Li-ion battery

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    Cho, Tae-Hyung; Tanaka, Masanao; Onishi, Hiroshi; Kondo, Yuka; Nakamura, Tatsuo; Yamazaki, Hiroaki; Tanase, Shigeo; Sakai, Tetsuo

    The microporous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nonwoven separators have been developed by using electrospun nano-fibers with homogeneous diameter of 380 and 250 nm. The physical, electrochemical and thermal properties of the PAN nonwovens were characterized. The PAN nonwovens possessed homogeneous pore size distribution with similar pore size to the conventional microporous membrane separator. Moreover, the PAN nonwovens showed higher porosities, lower gurley values and better wettabilities than the conventional polyolefin microporous separator. Cells with the PAN nonwovens showed better cycle lives and higher rate capabilities than that of a cell with conventional one. Any internal short circuit was not observed for the cells with the PAN nonwovens during charge-discharge test. Hot oven tests for the charged cells up to 4.2 V have revealed that the PAN nonwoven was thermally stable at 120 °C, but showed shrinkage of about 26% isotropically after the test at 150 °C for 1 h. The Celgard membrane showed uniaxial shrinkage of about 30% along the machine direction at 150 °C for 1 h.

  1. Battery performances and thermal stability of polyacrylonitrile nano-fiber-based nonwoven separators for Li-ion battery

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    Cho, Tae-Hyung; Tanase, Shigeo; Sakai, Tetsuo [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Kansai, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan); Tanaka, Masanao; Onishi, Hiroshi; Kondo, Yuka; Nakamura, Tatsuo; Yamazaki, Hiroaki [Japan Vilene Co., Ltd., 7 Kita-Tone, Koga, Ibaraki 306-0213 (Japan)

    2008-06-15

    The microporous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nonwoven separators have been developed by using electrospun nano-fibers with homogeneous diameter of 380 and 250 nm. The physical, electrochemical and thermal properties of the PAN nonwovens were characterized. The PAN nonwovens possessed homogeneous pore size distribution with similar pore size to the conventional microporous membrane separator. Moreover, the PAN nonwovens showed higher porosities, lower gurley values and better wettabilities than the conventional polyolefin microporous separator. Cells with the PAN nonwovens showed better cycle lives and higher rate capabilities than that of a cell with conventional one. Any internal short circuit was not observed for the cells with the PAN nonwovens during charge-discharge test. Hot oven tests for the charged cells up to 4.2 V have revealed that the PAN nonwoven was thermally stable at 120 C, but showed shrinkage of about 26% isotropically after the test at 150 C for 1 h. The Celgard membrane showed uniaxial shrinkage of about 30% along the machine direction at 150 C for 1 h. (author)

  2. Ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry for rapid separation and identification of main constituents in Chinese herbal formula Xuan Hu Suo San.

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    Tang, Huaqi; Zhang, Xinyue; Luo, Shilin; Shang, Fei; Chen, Jianping; Wang, Jinghong; Duan, Xiaojie; Gao, Xiaoyan; Sun, Yikun

    2017-02-15

    Xuan Hu Suo San (XHSS) is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been extensively applied in the treatment of osteoarthritis for many years, however, its chemical composition has not yet been elucidated. Thus, a rapid, efficient, and precise method based on ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry was applied in both positive- and negative-ion modes to rapidly separate and identify the main chemical ingredients in XHSS for the first time. Finally, with the optimised separation and detection method, a total of 57 compounds were simultaneously separated within 13 min, among which 14 compounds were confirmed by comparing retention time and MS data with reference standards and others were tentatively identified by comparing with reference literatures. This rapid and sensitive approach is highly useful for the identification and characterisation of chemical constituents, and provides fundamental and extensive information supporting further metabolic and pharmacokinetic studies of XHSS.

  3. Separation of three anthraquinone glycosides including two isomers by preparative high-performance liquid chromatography and high-speed countercurrent chromatography from Rheum tanguticum Maxim. ex Balf.

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    Chen, Tao; Li, Hongmei; Zou, Denglang; Liu, Yongling; Chen, Chen; Zhou, Guoying; Li, Yulin

    2016-08-01

    Anthraquinone glycosides, such as chrysophanol 1-O-β-d-glucoside, chrysophanol 8-O-β-d-glucoside, and physion 8-O-β-d-glucoside, are the accepted important active components of Rheum tanguticum Maxim. ex Balf. due to their pharmacological properties: antifungal, antimicrobial, cytotoxic, and antioxidant activities. However, an effective method for the separation of the above-mentioned anthraquinone glycosides from this herb is not currently available. Especially, greater difficulty existed in the separation of the two isomers chrysophanol 1-O-β-d-glucoside and chrysophanol 8-O-β-d-glucoside. This study demonstrated an efficient strategy based on preparative high-performance liquid chromatography and high-speed countercurrent chromatography for the separation of the above-mentioned anthraquinone glycosides from Rheum tanguticum Maxim.ex Balf.

  4. Strengthening of metallic alloys with nanometer-size oxide dispersions

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    Flinn, J.E.; Kelly, T.F.

    1999-06-01

    Austenitic stainless steels and nickel-base alloys containing, by wt. %, 0.1 to 3.0% V, 0.01 to 0.08% C, 0.01 to 0.5% N, 0.05% max. each of Al and Ti, and 0.005 to 0.10% O, are strengthened and ductility retained by atomization of a metal melt under cover of an inert gas with added oxygen to form approximately 8 nanometer-size hollow oxides within the alloy grains and, when the alloy is aged, strengthened by precipitation of carbides and nitrides nucleated by the hollow oxides. Added strengthening is achieved by nitrogen solid solution strengthening and by the effect of solid oxides precipitated along and pinning grain boundaries to provide temperature-stabilization and refinement of the alloy grains. 20 figs.

  5. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic properties of nanometer zinc ferrite

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    Xiaojun Guo; Youli Qi; Xien Li; Shengyin Li; Wu Yang; Jinzhang Gao

    2004-01-01

    A combustion synthesis method was adapted for the efficient preparation of pure zinc ferrite particles (ZnFe204). It is based on the exothermic reaction of the corresponding metal nitrates with a reducing agent, to produce extremely fine-grained ashes that readily convert into pure ZnFe2O4 with treating thermally. The composition and microstructure of the so-obtained samples were studied by XRD (X-ray powder diffraction), TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) and AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy). These results showed that the range of particle size of ZnFe2O4 is about 15-25 nm. Photocatalytic activities of nanometer ZnFe2O4 were also evaluated by degradation of the curcumin solution.

  6. Nanometer CMOS Sigma-Delta Modulators for Software Defined Radio

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    Morgado, Alonso; Rosa, José M

    2012-01-01

    This book presents innovative solutions for the implementation of Sigma-Delta Modulation (SDM) based Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), required for the next generation of wireless hand-held terminals. These devices will be based on the so-called multistandard transceiver chipsets, integrated in nanometer CMOS technologies. One of the most challenging and critical parts in such transceivers is the analog-digital interface, because of the assorted signal bandwidths and dynamic ranges that can be required to handle the A/D conversion for several operation modes.   This book describes new adaptive and reconfigurable SDM ADC topologies, circuit strategies and synthesis methods, specially suited for multi-standard wireless telecom systems and future Software-defined-radios (SDRs) integrated in nanoscale CMOS. It is a practical book, going from basic concepts to the frontiers of SDM architectures and circuit implementations, which are explained in a didactical and systematic way. It gives a comprehensive overview...

  7. Nanometer scale quantum thermometry in a living cell

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    Kucsko, G; Yao, N Y; Kubo, M; Noh, H J; Lo, P K; Park, H; Lukin, M D

    2013-01-01

    Sensitive probing of temperature variations on nanometer scales represents an outstanding challenge in many areas of modern science and technology. In particular, a thermometer capable of sub-degree temperature resolution as well as integration within a living system could provide a powerful new tool for many areas of biological research, including temperature-induced control of gene expression and cell-selective treatment of disease. Here, we demonstrate a new approach to nanoscale thermometry that utilizes coherent manipulation of the electronic spin associated with nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond. We show the ability to detect temperature variations down to 1.8 mK (sensitivity of 9 mK/sqrt(Hz)) in an ultra-pure bulk diamond sample. Using NV centers in diamond nanocrystals (nanodiamonds), we directly measure the local thermal environment at length scales down to 200 nm. Finally, by introducing both nanodiamonds and gold nanoparticles into a single human embryonic fibroblast, we demonstrate te...

  8. The nanometer cavity structure of a photochromic naphthopyran

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    Tan, Tingfeng; Fu, Yifang; Han, Jie; Pang, Meili; Meng, Jiben

    2005-05-01

    A novel photochromic compound, 3, 3-(2, 4-dimethoxy-phenyl)-3H-naphtho [2, 1-b] pyran (Compound I), was synthesized and the structure was determined by X-ray diffraction and TEM. Introduction of methoxy groups in the 2, 4-position of the phenyl moiety affects the whole arrangement of molecular self-assembly. The structure displays motifs formed by only weak C-H⋯π interactions. The motifs thus generated show cavities, which could serve as hosts for complexation. To our surprise, it was shown that the aperture of the cavity structure is up to nanometer level by TEM, which is rarely seen in organic compound. Moreover, the photochromic properties of the compound I in solid state and polyvinyl butyral film were studied. The results showed compound I exhibited good reversible photochromism.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Materials with Nanometer Scale Microstructures

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    William D. Nix

    2004-10-31

    We have been engaged in research on the mechanical properties of materials with nanometer-scale microstructural dimensions. Our attention has been focused on studying the mechanical properties of thin films and interfaces and very small volumes of material. Because the dimensions of thin film samples are small (typically 1 mm in thickness, or less), specialized mechanical testing techniques based on nanoindentation, microbeam bending and dynamic vibration of micromachined structures have been developed and used. Here we report briefly on some of the results we have obtained over the past three years. We also give a summary of all of the dissertations, talks and publications completed on this grant during the past 15 years.

  10. DNA Origami Mask for Sub-Ten-Nanometer Lithography.

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    Diagne, Cheikh Tidiane; Brun, Christophe; Gasparutto, Didier; Baillin, Xavier; Tiron, Raluca

    2016-07-26

    DNA nanotechnology is currently widely explored and especially shows promises for advanced lithography due to its ability to define nanometer scale features. We demonstrate a 9 × 14 nm(2) hole pattern transfer from DNA origami into an SiO2 layer with a sub-10-nm resolution using anhydrous HF vapor in a semiconductor etching machine. We show that the resulting SiO2 pattern inherits its shape from the DNA structure within a process time ranging from 30 to 60 s at an etching rate of 0.2 nm/s. At 600 s of etching, the SiO2 pattern meets corrosion and the overall etching reaction is blocked. These results, in addition to the entire surface coverage by magnesium occurring on the substrate at a density of 1.1 × 10(15) atom/cm(2), define a process window, fabrication rules, and limits for DNA-based lithography.

  11. PREPARATION OF NANOMETER ZINC OXIDE BY EVAPORATION METHOD

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    A.A.A. Saleh; X.J. Zhai; Y.C. Zhai; Y. Fu

    2002-01-01

    Nanometer ZnO particles were synthesized by evaporating of zinc powders of averageparticle size of 370μm studied by XRD, TEM and electron diffraction. The particleswere formed by the oxidation of evaporated zinc vapor in the air. It was found that theparticles range from 70 to 100nm in average particle size. The effect of experimentalparameters was investigated, the increase of the air flow-rates reduced the averageparticle size, while increasing the evaporation temperature and the amount of metalcharged increased the average particle size. TEM of the particles collected showedthat the crystal habits of particles have a tetrapod-like of wurtzite structure consists offour needle crystals. It was found by electron diffraction that all particles were singlecrystal.

  12. STUDY ON NANOMETER ZINC PARTICLES FABRICATED BY GAS EVAPORATION METHOD

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    A.A.A. Saleh; X.J. Zhai; Y.C. Zhai; Y. Fu; A.L. Zhang

    2003-01-01

    Nanometer Zn particles with mean diameters 12-100nm made by evaporating its powders in argon gas were studied mainly by X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.They are collected at various distances and those factors influencing the mean particle size were studied. The optimal synthetic conditions were obtained, i.e., evaporation temperature is 1200℃; argon flow rate is 0.4m3/h; amount of powder charged is 3g;distance from evaporation source is 10cm. It was found that the size of particles was governed by argon flow rate, evaporation temperature, amount of metal charged and distance from the source. The size increases remarkably with distance in the space where no metal vapor exists. This implies that the crystallites grow by coalescence.Electron micrographs and diffraction patterns are reproduced to show the size, shape and state of oxidations. Nanoparticles with definite crystal habits were sometimes observed among those with irregular ones.

  13. Preparation and characterization of ZnO nanometer powder

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    吴振玉; 方正; 肖利; 徐洪耀

    2004-01-01

    Hard zinc from thermo-plating zinc factory had been treated for preparation of ZnO nano-powder by chemical precipitation. The ion-type and non-ion-type surface-active reagents were added in different steps and ultrasonic agitation was used in preparing process. TG/DTG was applied to determine thermo-decomposition temperature of the precursor as about 450 ℃. The product is light yellow, and had been characterized by XRD, SBET and TEM,through which the good dispersing sphere particles with the average diameter of approximately 50 - 60 nm are observed, and the crystal is pure ZnO with hexahedral structure. The cost of preparing nanometer zinc oxide is low.

  14. Hydrophobic asymmetric ultrafiltration PVDF membranes: an alternative separator for VFB with excellent stability.

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    Wei, Wenping; Zhang, Huamin; Li, Xianfeng; Zhang, Hongzhang; Li, Yun; Vankelecom, Ivo

    2013-02-14

    Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were investigated for the first time in vanadium redox flow battery (VFB) applications. Surprisingly, PVDF ultrafiltration membranes with hydrophobic pore walls and relatively large pore sizes of several tens of nanometers proved able to separate vanadium ions and protons efficiently, thus being suitable as a VFB separator. The ion selectivity of this new type of VFB membrane could be tuned readily by controlling the membrane morphology via changes in the composition of the membrane casting solution, and the casting thickness. The results showed that the PVDF membranes offered good performances and excellent stability in VFB applications, where it could, performance-wise, truly substitute Nafion in VFB applications, but at a much lower cost.

  15. Separation and identification of polyphenols in apple pomace by high-speed counter-current chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

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    Cao, Xueli; Wang, Cong; Pei, Hairun; Sun, Baoguo

    2009-05-01

    Apple pomace, a by-product in the processing of apple juice, was investigated as a potential source of polyphenols. Two methods of separation and purification of polyphenols from apple pomace extract were established by combination of gel chromatography with high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) and solvent extraction with HSCCC, respectively. The optimal separation was performed on a Sephadex LH-20 column using gradient aqueous ethanol as eluting solvent from 0% to 100% in increments of 10%. HPLC analysis indicated that main polyphenols existed in fractions eluted between 40% and 50% aqueous ethanol. The fractions of interest from column were separated by HSCCC with the solvent system hexane-ethyl acetate-1% aqueous acetic acid (0.5:9.5:10, v/v/v). Ethyl acetate fractionation of the apple pomace extract followed by direct HSCCC separation by the same solvent system in the volume ratio of 1:9:10 also produced a good separation of the main polyphenols of interest. Six high-purity polyphenols were achieved tentatively and identified by HPLC/MS: chlorogenic acid (1, m/z 354), quercetin-3-glucoside/quercetin-3-glacaside (2, m/z 464), quercetin-3-xyloside (3, m/z 434), phloridzin (4, m/z 436), quercetin-3-arabinoside (5, m/z 434), and quercetin-3-rhamnoside (6, m/z 448). These results provided a preliminary foundation for further development and exploration of apple pomace.

  16. Photocatalytic performance of magnetically separable Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite nanocomposite

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    Gaikwad, P.N. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Hankare, P.P., E-mail: p_hankarep@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Wandre, T.M.; Garadkar, K.M. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004 (India); Sasikala, R., E-mail: sasikala@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2016-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • FeN-TiO{sub 2}-cobalt ferrite shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. • Increased visible light absorption is observed for the composite catalyst. • Fe, N doped TiO{sub 2} exists as a dispersed phase on cobalt ferrite. • The composite catalyst is stable for prolonged use and magnetically separable. - Abstract: Photocatalytic activity of a magnetically separable cobalt ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CF) coupled with Fe and N co-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite was investigated for the degradation of methyl orange. TiO{sub 2} and Fe, N co-doped TiO{sub 2} existed as anatase phase of TiO{sub 2}. The presence of both anatase TiO{sub 2} and CF was indicated in the XRD pattern. The UV–visible spectra of all samples showed absorption in the visible region. The photocatalytic activity of these samples was examined in both UV and visible light. TiO{sub 2} co-doped with Fe and N exhibited the highest activity. Though the photocatalytic activity of the composite was slightly less than that of doped TiO{sub 2}, it showed improved activity compared to TiO{sub 2}. Besides, the composite has an added advantage that it is magnetically separable from the solution, which is a desired property for industrial applications. The increased photocatalytic activity is attributed to the increased optical absorption property compared to single phase TiO{sub 2}.

  17. Investigating the performance of a Rh metal catalyst in hydrogen–deuterium exchange reactions in methane for application in low-temperature membrane separators

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    Han, Jun; Ren, Xingbi; Hu, Sheng; Yang, Chu-Ting, E-mail: yctmj@mail.ustc.edu.cn

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • We investigated the catalytic efficiency of different noble metal catalysts. • We determined that Rh was the most effective noble metal catalyst. • We characterized the optimal conditions of Rh catalyst for H–D exchange in methane. • The results can be applied to the separation of H isotopes in plasma ash and gases. - Abstract: The development of safe, efficient, and cost effective methods to recover waste components of deuterium–tritium (D–T) plasma reactors, including hydrogen and methane, has attracted much interest in the scientific community. Typically, membrane separators are used for this process, although several problems occur when performing separations at higher temperatures. The application of noble metal catalysts may improve the reaction dynamics and allow the separation process to occur at lower temperatures. In this paper, a series of noble metal catalysts were prepared by a traditional dipping method. Based on an analysis of catalytic performance, the Rh/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst was determined to be the most suitable for the exchange of hydrogen and deuterium in methane. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and temperature programmed reduction analyses. The effects of the metal loading and experimental conditions were also investigated.

  18. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery

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    Fenglin Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO3 (LLTO, 69.4 nm was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core–shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle, high porosity (69.77%, and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake. It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm−1 than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g−1 was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  19. High-performance chromatofocusing using linear and concave pH gradients formed with simple buffer mixtures. II. Separation of proteins.

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    Kang, X; Bates, R C; Frey, D D

    2000-08-18

    The separation of proteins using high-performance chromatofocusing with linear or concave pH gradients formed using simple mixtures of buffering species in the elution buffer is investigated experimentally. The separation achieved is comparable to that using polyampholyte elution buffers with these types of systems. More specifically, protein band widths at one half of the band height in the range between 0.1 and 0.025 pH units were observed, and good resolution was achieved of protein variants differing by a single amino acid residue in separation times of 30 min or less. An especially useful elution buffer is investigated that contains only four buffering species and that produces a linear pH gradient in the range between pH 9.5 and 6.0 when used together with a particular high-performance column packing made specifically for chromatofocusing. This elution buffer and column packing combination is evaluated by using it for the chromatofocusing of equine myoglobin and human hemoglobin variants. Additional applications are described in which a polyethyleneimine derivatized silica column packing and a pH gradient that is concave in shape are used for the separation of proteins in an E. coli cell lysate.

  20. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Huang, Fenglin; Liu, Wenting; Li, Peiying; Ning, Jinxia; Wei, Qufu

    2016-01-26

    A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO₃ (LLTO, 69.4 nm) was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core-shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle), high porosity (69.77%), and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake). It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm(-1)) than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g(-1)) was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

  1. Electrochemical Properties of LLTO/Fluoropolymer-Shell Cellulose-Core Fibrous Membrane for Separator of High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery

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    Huang, Fenglin; Liu, Wenting; Li, Peiying; Ning, Jinxia; Wei, Qufu

    2016-01-01

    A superfine Li0.33La0.557TiO3 (LLTO, 69.4 nm) was successfully synthesized by a facile solvent-thermal method to enhance the electrochemical properties of the lithium-ion battery separator. Co-axial nanofiber of cellulose and Poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) was prepared by a co-axial electrospinning technique, in which the shell material was PVDF-HFP and the core was cellulose. LLTO superfine nanoparticles were incorporated into the shell of the PVDF-HFP. The core–shell composite nanofibrous membrane showed good wettability (16.5°, contact angle), high porosity (69.77%), and super electrolyte compatibility (497%, electrolyte uptake). It had a higher ionic conductivity (13.897 mS·cm−1) than those of pure polymer fibrous membrane and commercial separator. In addition, the rate capability (155.56 mAh·g−1) was also superior to the compared separator. These excellent performances endowed LLTO composite nanofibrous membrane as a promising separator for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. PMID:28787873

  2. Chiral separation of neonicotinoid insecticides by polysaccharide-type stationary phases using high-performance liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Jin, Lixia; Zhou, Shanshan; Zhang, Yifan; Feng, Shuoli; Zhou, Qinyan

    2011-03-01

    The enantiomeric separations of three neonicotinoid insecticides (identified as compounds 1, 2, and 3) were performed on three polysaccharide-type chiral columns, that is, Chiralcel OD-H, Chiralpak AD-H, and Chiralpak IB, by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC). Effects of the modifier percentage and column temperature on chiral recognitions of chiral stationary phases were also studied. Both 1 and 2 could be resolved on all three columns selected, with the highest R(s) values obtained on Chiralpak AD-H and Chiralcel OD-H, respectively. However, satisfactory separation of the four stereoisomers of 3 was only achieved on Chiralcel OD-H. Considering the effects of ethanol on the values of k, α, and R(s), we concluded that hydrogen bonding, π-π, and/or dipole-dipole interactions might be all responsible for the chiral separation. In comparison to HPLC, a shorter run time was achieved for 1 and 2 by SFC. However, 3 could not be stereoselectively resolved using SFC. On the basis of the calculated thermodynamic parameters, we found that the separation processes of enantiomers of 1 and 2 were entropy controlled and enthalpy controlled, respectively.

  3. Nanometer-scale lithography of ultrathin films with atomic force microscope

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    Kim, J C; Shin, Y W; Park, S W

    1998-01-01

    Ultrathin resist films have been prepared by both Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembly (SA) techniques. Nanometer-scale patterning of these thin films has been performed by using the atomic force microscope (AFM) as the exposing tool. The poly (methylphenylmethacrylate) (PMPMA) LB films were prepared and fabricated by AFM lithography. When the exposure was carried out at the bias voltage of -25V, the protruding lines appeared in the exposed regions. The preoptimized LB films at various conditions exhibited 120 nm line resolution. An organosilane monolayer composed of octadecyldimethylsilyl groups was prepared on a Si substrate. It was then patterned through the localized degradation of the monolayer due to anodic reaction induced by an AFM tip. When the bias voltage was -30 V, the protruding lines appeared in the exposed regions.

  4. ASICs in nanometer and 3D technologies for readout of hybrid pixel detectors

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    Maj, Piotr; Grybos, Pawel; Kmon, Piotr; Szczygiel, Robert

    2013-07-01

    Hybrid pixel detectors working in a single photon counting mode are very attractive solutions for material science and medical X-ray imaging applications. Readout electronics of these detectors has to match the geometry of pixel detectors with an area of readout channel of 100 μm × 100 μm (or even less) and very small power consumption (a few tens of μW). New solutions of readout ASICs are going into directions of better spatial resolutions, higher data throughput and more advanced functionality. We report on the design and measurement results of two pixel prototype ASICs in nanometer technology and 3D technology which offer fast signal processing, low noise performance and advanced functionality per single readout pixel cell.

  5. Beam Collimation Using an Anisotropic Metamaterial Slab without Any Nanometer-sized Aperture

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    Zhang, Shou; Cui, Yanxia; Zhang, Feng; He, Sailing; Hao, Yuying; Zhu, Furong

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic beam collimation effect has been thoroughly investigated based on the well-known nanometer-scale bull's eye structure formed by complex and high-cost fabrication processes. In this work, we report our effort for attaining beam collimation using an anisotropic metamaterial (AMM) slab that consists of a stack of alternating metal/dielectric layers and an integrated top metal grating. The results show that AMM slab allows creating the beam collimation effect similar to that of the bull's eye structure, an enabling technology for practical application due to its simple architecture and cost benefits. The excitation of surface plasmons at the AMM/air interface is derived. The structure of the AMM slab and its impact on beaming performance were analyzed using the effective medium theory and Finite Element Method.

  6. Anomalous increase in carbon capacitance at pore sizes less than 1 nanometer.

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    Chmiola, J; Yushin, G; Gogotsi, Y; Portet, C; Simon, P; Taberna, P L

    2006-09-22

    Carbon supercapacitors, which are energy storage devices that use ion adsorption on the surface of highly porous materials to store charge, have numerous advantages over other power-source technologies, but could realize further gains if their electrodes were properly optimized. Studying the effect of the pore size on capacitance could potentially improve performance by maximizing the electrode surface area accessible to electrolyte ions, but until recently, no studies had addressed the lower size limit of accessible pores. Using carbide-derived carbon, we generated pores with average sizes from 0.6 to 2.25 nanometer and studied double-layer capacitance in an organic electrolyte. The results challenge the long-held axiom that pores smaller than the size of solvated electrolyte ions are incapable of contributing to charge storage.

  7. A humic acid stationary phase for the high performance liquid chromatography separation of buckminsterfullerenes: Theoretical and practical aspects

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    Casadei, Nicolas [Equipe des Sciences Separatives et Biopharmaceutiques (2SB)-EA 3924, Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique, Faculte de Medecine Pharmacie, Place Saint Jacques, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France); Thomassin, Mireille [Equipe des Sciences Separatives et Biopharmaceutiques (2SB)-EA 3924, Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique, Faculte de Medecine Pharmacie, Place Saint Jacques, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France); Guillaume, Yves-Claude [Equipe des Sciences Separatives et Biopharmaceutiques (2SB)-EA 3924, Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique, Faculte de Medecine Pharmacie, Place Saint Jacques, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)]. E-mail: yves.guillaume@univ-fcomte.fr; Andre, Claire [Equipe des Sciences Separatives et Biopharmaceutiques (2SB)-EA 3924, Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique, Faculte de Medecine Pharmacie, Place Saint Jacques, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)

    2007-04-11

    The influence of the mobile phase composition and column temperature on the chromatographic separation of five buckminsterfullerenes (C60, C70, C76, C78, C84) on a stationary phase based on silica gel with chemically bonded humic acid (Bonded humic acid column (BHAC)) was studied. The retention behavior of the fullerenes was measured under isocratic conditions with different mobile phase compositions, ranging from 0.05-0.70 (v/v) of toluene in cyclohexane. The column temperature was analysed in the range 35-75 deg. C. The retention factors of the five fullerenes do not depend linearly on the toluene fraction but follow a quadratic relationship. The best chromatographic conditions for baseline separation of the five fullerenes were selected. The retention of the fullerenes on the HA stationary phase was strongly affected by temperature. Positive values of thermodynamic parameters (changes of enthalpy and entropy) were due to the abnormal solubility behaviour of fullerenes in toluene in the temperature range 35-75 deg. C. The information obtained in this work makes this BHAC very simple to prepare and low cost, useful for fullerene research applications.

  8. Extraction-Separation Performance and Dynamic Modeling of Orion Test Vehicles with Adams Simulation: 3rd Edition

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    Varela, Jose G.; Reddy, Satish; Moeller, Enrique; Anderson, Keith

    2017-01-01

    NASA's Orion Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) Project is now in the qualification phase of testing, and the Adams simulation has continued to evolve to model the complex dynamics experienced during the test article extraction and separation phases of flight. The ability to initiate tests near the upper altitude limit of the Orion parachute deployment envelope requires extractions from the aircraft at 35,000 ft-MSL. Engineering development phase testing of the Parachute Test Vehicle (PTV) carried by the Carriage Platform Separation System (CPSS) at altitude resulted in test support equipment hardware failures due to increased energy caused by higher true airspeeds. As a result, hardware modifications became a necessity requiring ground static testing of the textile components to be conducted and a new ground dynamic test of the extraction system to be devised. Force-displacement curves from static tests were incorporated into the Adams simulations, allowing prediction of loads, velocities and margins encountered during both flight and ground dynamic tests. The Adams simulation was then further refined by fine tuning the damping terms to match the peak loads recorded in the ground dynamic tests. The failure observed in flight testing was successfully replicated in ground testing and true safety margins of the textile components were revealed. A multi-loop energy modulator was then incorporated into the system level Adams simulation model and the effect on improving test margins be properly evaluated leading to high confidence ground verification testing of the final design solution.

  9. Reduced graphene oxide wrapped Bi2WO6 hybrid with ultrafast charge separation and improved photoelectrocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Huan; Liang, Yinghua; Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan; Cui, Wenquan

    2017-01-01

    A reduced graphene oxide (rGO) wrapped Bi2WO6 (Bi2WO6@rGO) hybrid as photoelectrode for enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of organic pollutants is reported, which exhibited excellent charge separation and photoconversion efficiency. The core@shell structured Bi2WO6@rGO photoelectrode yielded a pronounced 1.56-fold and 23.8-fold photocurrent density at 1.0 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE), than that of loading structured Bi2WO6-rGO and pure Bi2WO6. The Bi2WO6@rGO hybrid exhibited enhanced photoelectrocatalytic efficiency for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB), which was 43.0% and 65.6% higher than that of photocatalytic (PC) and electrocatalytic (EC) processes, respectively. The enhancement in PEC degradation of RhB benefited from: (1) a strong interaction and a wide range of conjugation were formed in the core@shell system; (2) a 0.26 V of flat band potential was negatively shifted in case of Bi2WO6@rGO composite; (3) the photogenerated electrons and holes could be spatially separated by external electric potentials.

  10. Monitoring resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis in the field by performing bioassays with each Cry toxin separately

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    Guillaume Tetreau

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti is increasingly used worldwide for mosquito control and is the only larvicide used in the French Rhône-Alpes region since decades. The artificial selection of mosquitoes with field-persistent Bti collected in breeding sites from this region led to a moderate level of resistance to Bti, but to relatively high levels of resistance to individual Bti Cry toxins. Based on this observation, we developed a bioassay procedure using each Bti Cry toxin separately to detect cryptic Bti-resistance evolving in field mosquito populations. Although no resistance to Bti was detected in none of the three mosquito species tested (Aedes rusticus, Aedes sticticus and Aedes vexans, an increased tolerance to Cry4Aa (3.5-fold and Cry11Aa toxins (8-fold was found in one Ae. sticticus population compared to other populations of the same species, suggesting that resistance to Bti may be arising in this population. This study confirms previous works showing a lack of Bti resistance in field mosquito populations treated for decades with this bioinsecticide. It also provides a first panorama of their susceptibility status to individual Bti Cry toxins. In combination with bioassays with Bti, bioassays with separate Cry toxins allow a more sensitive monitoring of Bti-resistance in the field.

  11. Monitoring resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis in the field by performing bioassays with each Cry toxin separately.

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    Tetreau, Guillaume; Stalinski, Renaud; David, Jean-Philippe; Després, Laurence

    2013-11-01

    Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) is increasingly used worldwide for mosquito control and is the only larvicide used in the French Rhône-Alpes region since decades. The artificial selection of mosquitoes with field-persistent Bti collected in breeding sites from this region led to a moderate level of resistance to Bti, but to relatively high levels of resistance to individual Bti Cry toxins. Based on this observation, we developed a bioassay procedure using each Bti Cry toxin separately to detect cryptic Bti-resistance evolving in field mosquito populations. Although no resistance to Bti was detected in none of the three mosquito species tested (Aedes rusticus, Aedes sticticus and Aedes vexans), an increased tolerance to Cry4Aa (3.5-fold) and Cry11Aa toxins (8-fold) was found in one Ae. sticticus population compared to other populations of the same species, suggesting that resistance to Bti may be arising in this population. This study confirms previous works showing a lack of Bti resistance in field mosquito populations treated for decades with this bioinsecticide. It also provides a first panorama of their susceptibility status to individual Bti Cry toxins. In combination with bioassays with Bti, bioassays with separate Cry toxins allow a more sensitive monitoring of Bti-resistance in the field.

  12. High-performance carbon molecular sieve membranes for ethylene/ethane separation derived from an intrinsically microporous polyimide

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    Salinas, Octavio

    2015-11-18

    An intrinsically microporous polymer with hydroxyl functionalities, PIM-6FDA-OH, was used as a precursor for various types of carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes for ethylene/ethane separation. The pristine polyimide films were heated under controlled N2 atmosphere at different stages from 500 to 800 °C. All CMS samples carbonized above 600 °C surpassed the polymeric ethylene/ethane upper bound. Pure-gas selectivity reached 17.5 for the CMS carbonized at 800 °C with an ethylene permeability of about 10 Barrer at 2 bar and 35 °C, becoming the most selective CMS for ethylene/ethane separation reported to date. As expected, gravimetric sorption experiments showed that all CMS membranes had ethylene/ethane solubility selectivities close to one. The permselectivity increased with increasing pyrolysis temperature due to densification of the micropores in the CMS membranes, leading to enhanced diffusivity selectivity. Mixed-gas tests with a binary 50:50 v/v ethylene/ethane feed showed a decrease in selectivity from 14 to 8.3 as the total feed pressure was increased from 4 to 20 bar. The selectivity drop under mixed-gas conditions was attributed to non-ideal effects: (i) Competitive sorption that reduced the permeability of ethylene and (ii) dilation of the CMS that resulted in an increase in the ethane permeability.

  13. Effective enhancement of gas separation performance in mixed matrix membranes using core/shell structured multi-walled carbon nanotube/graphene oxide nanoribbons

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    Xue, Qingzhong; Pan, Xinglong; Li, Xiaofang; Zhang, Jianqiang; Guo, Qikai

    2017-02-01

    Novel core/shell structured multi-walled carbon nanotube/graphene oxide nanoribbons (MWCNT@GONRs) nanohybrids were successfully prepared using a modified chemical longitudinal unzipping method. Subsequently, the MWCNT@GONRs nanohybrids were used as fillers to enhance the gas separation performance of polyimide based mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). It is found that MMMs concurrently exhibited higher gas selectivity and higher gas permeability compared to pristine polyimide. The high gas selectivity could be attributed to the GONRs shell, which provided a selective barrier and large gas adsorbed area, while the high gas permeability resulted from the hollow structured MWCNTs core with smooth internal surface, which acted as a rapid transport channel. MWCNT@GONRs could be promising candidates to improve gas separation performance of MMMs due to the unique microstructures, ease of synthesis and low filling loading.

  14. Chiral Separation of Calcium (-)-2(S)-2-Benzyl-4-oxo-4-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinyl)butyrate Enantiomers by High-performance Liquid Chromatography

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    ZHANG Zhefeng; YANG Gengliang; GAO Wenhui; CHEN yia

    2009-01-01

    A chiral high-performance liquid chromatographic method was developed for the enantioseparation of a new insulinotropic drug of the glinide class with rapid onset. The chiral separation was performed on a Sumichiral OA-3300 column (250 mm×4.6 mm, 5μm) with methanol containing 0.05 mol/L ammonium acetate as the opti-mized mobile phase at detection wavelengh 210 nm. Baseline separation of the two enantiomers was obtained in 22 (r=0.9997) for S-enantiomer and y=1.15 ×103x-1.78 (γ=0.9998) for R-enantiomer, respectively. The limits of detection obtained by S/N=3 were 0.15 ng for S-and 0.10 ng for R-enantiomer, respectively. RSD of the method was below 1.0% (n=5).

  15. Nanometer-level axis of rotation metrology for a high-precision macromolecular X-ray diffractometer

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    Knapp, B.; Marsh, E.; Cipriani, F.; Arneson, D.; Oss, D.; Liebers, M.; Keller, E.

    2013-03-01

    The availability of micro-focused beams at 3rd generation synchrotrons makes collecting X-ray data from macromolecular crystals down to a fraction of micron size possible. This requires using goniometers with nanometer-level errors. Crystal positioning is typically realized with a multi-axis goniometer designed to minimize error motion during rotation of the crystal by the data-collection axis. In this paper, five degree-of-freedom error motions of an air bearing diffractometer data-collection axis are evaluated using a multiprobe method. As spindle errors and artifact out-of-roundness approach equal magnitudes, techniques must be used to distinguish and separate each error. A purpose-built fixture orients a single capacitive sensor in three asymmetrical positions to separate artifact form error from spindle error motion. Metrology results of this air bearing Omega spindle demonstrate synchronous errors of 16 nm radial, 4 nm axial and 0.28 μrad tilt.

  16. Electron and proton transfer assemblies and new porous materials from nanometer-scale building blocks

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    Johnson, Stacy Ann

    Elegant examples of molecular engineering are found in nature that make our current small devices seem primitive. By using naturally occurring examples we can better imagine how to construct useful three dimensional nanoscaled devices. Electron and proton transfer composites were prepared using a multilayer film growth technique, in which single anionic sheets derived from inorganic solids are interleaved with cationic polyelectrolytes. This method allows for the growth of concentric monolayers of redox-active polymers on high-surface-area silica supports, and for vectorial electron transfer reactions through the layers of the "onion." Photoinduced charge separation has been observed in composites consisting of an inner polycationic layer of poly(styrene- co-N-vinylbenzyl-N'-methyl-4,4 '-bipyridine), and an outer polycationic layer of poly[Ru(bpy) 2(vbpy)]2+, vbpy = 4-vinyl-4'-methyl- 2,2'-bipyridine, bpy = 2,2' -bipyridine, which are separated by a thin inorganic sheet of Zr(HOPO 3)2·H2O. Following the logic of the proton transport mechanism found in biological membranes, a photosensitive proton pump was constructed using the same electrostatic adsorption technique. This composite was prepared with a polymeric form of a luminescent ruthenium complex, poly[Ru(bpy) 2(bpm)]2+, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine. The pH of a solution in which the composites were suspended changed reversibly when irradiated with visible light. A series of microporous polymer replicas were synthesized using inorganic templates. Zeolites were used as templates to prepare microporous polymer replicas with nanometer sized pore networks. Phenol-formaldehyde polymers were synthesized and cured within the channel networks of zeolites Y, beta, and L. Dissolution of the aluminosilicate framework in aqueous IHF yields an organic replica. The zeolite template exerts important topological effects on the structure and physical properties of the replica. A similar process is described

  17. Surface functionalization by fine ultraviolet-patterning of nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films

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    Lu, Renguo [Department of Complex Systems Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 (Japan); Zhang, Hedong, E-mail: zhang@is.nagoya-u.ac.jp [Department of Complex Systems Science, Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601 (Japan); Komada, Suguru [Department of Micro-Nano System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Mitsuya, Yasunaga [Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute, Noa Yotsuya Building 2F, 1-13, Yotsuya-Douri, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-0819 (Japan); Fukuzawa, Kenji; Itoh, Shintaro [Department of Micro-Nano System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • We present fine UV-patterning of nm-thick liquid films for surface functionalization. • The patterned films exhibit both a morphological pattern and a functional pattern of different surface properties. • The finest pattern linewidth was 0.5 μm. • Fine patterning is crucial for improving surface and tribological properties. - Abstract: For micro/nanoscale devices, surface functionalization is essential to achieve function and performance superior to those that originate from the inherent bulk material properties. As a method of surface functionalization, we dip-coated nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films onto solid surfaces and then patterned the lubricant films with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation through a photomask. Surface topography, adhesion, and friction measurements demonstrated that the patterned films feature a concave–convex thickness distribution with thicker lubricant in the irradiated regions and a functional distribution with lower adhesion and friction in the irradiated convex regions. The pattern linewidth ranged from 100 to as fine as 0.5 μm. The surface functionalization effect of UV-patterning was investigated by measuring the water contact angles, surface energies, friction forces, and depletion of the patterned, as-dipped, and full UV-irradiated lubricant films. The full UV-irradiated lubricant film was hydrophobic with a water contact angle of 102.1°, and had lower surface energy, friction, and depletion than the as-dipped film, which was hydrophilic with a water contact angle of 80.7°. This demonstrates that UV irradiation substantially improves the surface and tribological properties of the nanometer-thick liquid lubricant films. The UV-patterned lubricant films exhibited superior surface and tribological properties than the as-dipped film. The water contact angle increased and the surface energy, friction, and depletion decreased as the pattern linewidth decreased. In particular, the 0.5-μm patterned lubricant

  18. High-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) separation and quantitation of endogenous glucocorticoids after solid-phase extraction from plasma.

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    Dawson, R; Kontur, P; Monjan, A

    1984-01-01

    This study describes a method for the extraction and simultaneous measurement of cortisone, cortisol and corticosterone using dexamethasone as an internal standard. Solid-phase extraction of plasma steroids with C18 columns allows the samples to be extracted, washed and concentrated in a single step with minimal sample handling and without the use of large volumes of organic solvents. HPLC separation of the steroids is accomplished within 10 min and the individual steroid peaks are quantitated by UV detection at 239 nm. This assay was examined for linearity, extraction efficiency, precision and potential interference by commonly used drugs. Plasma values of glucocorticoids are reported for samples obtained from human subjects as well as from rats. HPLC was also compared to RIA for the determination of plasma levels of corticosterone in the rat. Solid-phase extraction and assay by HPLC provides a rapid and specific method for the simultaneous determination of plasma glucocorticoids.

  19. Dual phase high-temperature membranes for CO2 separation - performance assessment in post- and pre-combustion processes.

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    Anantharaman, Rahul; Peters, Thijs; Xing, Wen; Fontaine, Marie-Laure; Bredesen, Rune

    2016-10-20

    Dual phase membranes are highly CO2-selective membranes with an operating temperature above 400 °C. The focus of this work is to quantify the potential of dual phase membranes in pre- and post-combustion CO2 capture processes. The process evaluations show that the dual phase membranes integrated with an NGCC power plant for CO2 capture are not competitive with the MEA process for post-combustion capture. However, dual phase membrane concepts outperform the reference Selexol technology for pre-combustion CO2 capture in an IGCC process. The two processes evaluated in this work, post-combustion NGCC and pre-combustion IGCC, represent extremes in CO2 partial pressure fed to the separation unit. Based on the evaluations it is expected that dual phase membranes could be competitive for post-combustion capture from a pulverized coal fired power plant (PCC) and pre-combustion capture from an Integrated Reforming Cycle (IRCC).

  20. A fast and sensitive method for the separation of carotenoids using ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Jumaah, Firas; Plaza, Merichel; Abrahamsson, Victor; Turner, Charlotta; Sandahl, Margareta

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a rapid and sensitive ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UHPSFC-MS) method has been developed and partially validated for the separation of carotenoids within less than 6 min. Six columns of orthogonal selectivity were examined, and the best separation was obtained by using a 1-aminoanthracene (1-AA) column. The length of polyene chain as well as the number of hydroxyl groups in the structure of the studied carotenoids determines their differences in the physiochemical properties and thus the separation that is achieved on this column. All of the investigated carotenoids were baseline separated with resolution values greater than 1.5. The effects of gradient program, back pressure, and column temperature were studied with respect to chromatographic properties such as retention and selectivity. Electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) were compared in both positive and negative mode, using both direct infusion and hyphenated with UHPSFC. The ESI in positive mode provided the highest response. The coefficient of determination (R (2)) for all calibration curves were greater than 0.998. Limit of detection (LOD) was in the range of 2.6 and 25.2 ng/mL for α-carotene and astaxanthin, respectively, whereas limit of quantification (LOQ) was in the range of 7.8 and 58.0 ng/mL for α-carotene and astaxanthin, respectively. Repeatability and intermediate precision of the developed UHPSFC-MS method were determined and found to be RSD supercritical fluid extracts of microalgae and rosehip. Graphical Abstract Ultra-high performance supercritical fluid chromatography-a rapid separation method for the analysis of carotenoids in rosehip and microalgae samples.

  1. Method and apparatus for controlled manufacturing of nanometer-scale apertures

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    Storm, A.J.; Zandbergen, H.W.

    2004-01-01

    The invention relates to a method for manufacturing nanometer-scale apertures, wherein, in an object, in a conventional manner, at least one aperture is provided with a nanometer-scale surface area, after which, by means of an electron beam, energy is supplied to at least the edge of said at least o

  2. Metal imaging on surface of micro- and nanoelectronic devices by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and possibility to measure at nanometer range.

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    Zoriy, Myroslav V; Mayer, Dirk; Becker, J Sabine

    2009-05-01

    An analytical mass spectrometric method for the elemental analysis of nano-bioelectronic devices involved in bioengineering research was developed and applied for measurements of selected metals (Au, Ti, Pt, Cr, etc.) on interdigitated electrode array chips (IDA-chip). An imaging laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric (LA-ICP-MS) procedure was used to map the elements of interest on the surface of the analyzed sample. The obtained images of metals were in a good agreement and corresponded to the micro- and nanofabricated metal electrode pattern. For the analysis at nanometer resolution scale a NF-LA-ICP-MS (NF-near-field) procedure was applied, which utilize thin Ag needle to enhance laser beam energy and improve spatial resolution of the method. The results show a approximately 100x enhancement of analyte signal, when the needle was positioned in the "near-field region" to the sample surface and the laser shot was performed. In addition, mass spectrometric studies of reproducibly for five separated NF-LA shots in different places of analyzed sample yielded an RSD of the measurement of 16%.

  3. Separation of small molecular peptides with the same amino acid composition but different sequences by high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry

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    2009-01-01

    Peptidomics has emerged as a new discipline in recent years. Mass spectrometry (MS) is the most universal and efficient tool for structure identification of proteins and peptides. However,there is a limitation for the identification of peptides with the same amino acid composition but different se-quences because these peptides have identical mass spectra of molecular ions. This paper presents a high performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-MS) method for the separation of small molecular peptides with the same amino acid composition but dif-ferent sequences. Two tripeptides of Gly-Ser-Phe and Gly-Phe-Ser were used as a model sample. The separation behavior has been investigated and the separation conditions have been optimized. Under the optimum conditions,good repeatability was achieved. The developed method could provide a helpful reference for the separation of other peptides with the same amino acid composition but different sequences in the study of proteomics and peptidomics.

  4. Enhancement of Thermal Stability and Cycling Performance of Lithium-Ion Battery at High Temperature by Nano-ppy/OMMT-Coated Separator

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    Shuo Yang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanopolypyrrole/organic montmorillonite- (nano-ppy/OMMT- coated separator is prepared by coating nano-ppy/OMMT on the surface of polyethylene (PE. Nano-ppy/OMMT-coated separator with three-dimensional and multilayered network structure is beneficial to absorb more organic electrolyte, enhancing the ionic conductivity (reach 4.31 mS·cm-1. Meanwhile, the composite separator exhibits excellent thermal stability and mechanical properties. The strong covalent bonds (Si-F are formed by the nucleophilic substitution reaction between F− from the thermal decomposition and hydrolysis of LiPF6 and the covalent bonds (Si-O of nano-ppy/OMMT. The Si-F can effectively prevent the formation of HF, POF3, and LiF, resulting in the inhibition of the disproportionation of Mn3+ in LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 material as well as reducing the internal resistance of the cell. Therefore, the nano-ppy/OMMT-coated separator exhibits outstanding capacity retention and cycling performance at 80°C.

  5. Preparation and evaluation of packed capillary columns for the separation of nucleic acids by ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Oberacher, H; Krajete, A; Parson, W; Huber, C G

    2000-09-29

    Oligonucleotides and double stranded DNA fragments were separated in 200 microm I.D. capillary columns packed with micropellicular, octadecylated, 2.1 microm poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) particles by ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (IP-RP-HPLC). Both the length and the diameter of the connecting capillaries (150 x 0.020 mm I.D.) as well as the detection volume (3 nl) had to be kept to a minimum in order to maintain the high efficiency of this chromatographic separation system with peak widths at half height in the range of a few seconds. Three different types of frits, namely sintered silica particles, sintered octadecylsilica particles, and monolithic poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) (PS-DVB) frits were evaluated with respect to their influence on chromatographic performance. Best performance for the separation of oligonucleotides and long DNA fragments was observed with the PS-DVB frits, whereas the short DNA fragments were optimally resolved in columns terminated by octadecylsilica frits. The maximum loading capacity of 60 x 0.20 mm I.D. columns ranged from 20 fmol (7.7 ng) for a 587 base pair DNA fragment to 500 fmol (2.4 ng) for a 16-mer oligonucleotide. Lower mass- and concentration detection limits in the low femtomol and low nanomol per liter range, respectively, make capillary IP-RP-HPLC with UV absorbance detection highly attractive for the separation and characterization of minute amounts of synthetic oligonucleotides, DNA restriction fragments, and short tandem repeat sequences amplified by polymerase chain reaction.

  6. Effect of UV-ozone treatment on poly(dimethylsiloxane) membranes: surface characterization and gas separation performance.

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    Fu, Ywu-Jang; Qui, Hsuan-zhi; Liao, Kuo-Sung; Lue, Shingjiang Jessie; Hu, Chien-Chieh; Lee, Kueir-Rarn; Lai, Juin-Yih

    2010-03-16

    A thin SiO(x) selective surface layer was formed on a series of cross-linked poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membranes by exposure to ultraviolet light at room temperature in the presence of ozone. The conversion of the cross-linked polysiloxane to SiO(x) was monitored by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis, contact angle analysis, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The conversion of the cross-linked polysiloxane to SiO(x) increased with UV-ozone exposure time and cross-linking agent content, and the surface possesses highest conversion. The formation of a SiO(x) layer increased surface roughness, but it decreased water contact angle. Gas permeation measurements on the UV-ozone exposure PDMS membranes documented interesting gas separation properties: the O(2) permeability of the cross-linked PDMS membrane before UV-ozone exposure was 777 barrer, and the O(2)/N(2) selectivity was 1.9; after UV-ozone exposure, the permeability decreased to 127 barrer while the selectivity increased to 5.4. The free volume depth profile of the SiO(x) layer was investigated by novel slow positron beam. The results show that free volume size increased with the depth, yet the degree of siloxane conversion to SiO(x) does not affect the amount of free volume.

  7. Grafting effect on the wetting and electrochemical performance of carbon cloth electrode and polypropylene separator in electric double layer capacitor

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    Stepniak, Izabela; Ciszewski, Aleksander

    Activated carbon (AC) fiber cloths and hydrophobic microporous polypropylene (PP) membrane, both modified by plasma-induced graft polymerization of acrylic acid (AAc) under UV irradiation, and filled with saturated lithium hydroxide solution were used as electrodes, a separator and electrolyte in electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). The modification process changed the hydrophobic character of AC and PP materials to hydrophilic, made them wettable and serviceable as components of an electrochemical capacitor. The presence of poly(acrylic acid) on the AC and PP surface was confirmed by SEM and XPS methods. Electrochemical characteristics of EDLCs were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge-discharge cycle tests and also by impedance spectroscopy. At the 1000th cycle of potential cycling (1 A g -1) the specific capacitance of 110 F g -1 was obtained with a specific energy of 11 Wh kg -1 at power density of 1 kW kg -1. The above results provide valuable information which may be used when developing novel compositions of EDLCs.

  8. Solvent exchange using hollow fiber prior to separation and determination of some antioxidants by high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Farajzadeh, Mir Ali; Jönsson, Jan Ake

    2007-06-26

    This study presents a simple and rapid solvent exchange procedure using a hollow fiber. Antioxidants (Irganox 1010, Irganox 1076 and Irgafos 168) and solvents such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), carbon tetrachloride and toluene were selected as model compounds and sample solvents, respectively. After injection of the sample solution into the hollow fiber and solvent evaporation, the precipitated analytes in lumen and pores of the fiber were washed with methanol (the mobile phase for separation and determination by HPLC-diode array detection) and good chromatographic peaks were obtained. The effect of different parameters such as fiber length, volumes of sample and washing solvents were investigated and the optimum conditions were selected. The repeatability of the method was tested and it was found that the relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) was less than 10% for all analytes. Also enrichment factors of 3.03, 2.21 and 1.19 times were obtained for Irganox 1010, Irganox 1076 and Irgafos 168, respectively, when 200 microL sample and 50 microL methanol (washing solvent) were used.

  9. The influence of the Prandtl number on the thermal performance of tubes with the separation and reattachment enhancement mechanism

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    Rabas, T.J.; Arman, B.

    1992-08-01

    This paper demonstrates that the heat-transfer performance of an enhanced tube with transverse, rectangular disruptions can be predicted with a numerical modeling method, an accomplishment not previously achieved. This computer code is then used to determine the influence of the Prandtl number. The numerical simulation demonstrated that six distinct regions exist: the three rib surfaces, the upstream and downstream recirculation regions, and the boundary-layer development zone. Three zones dominate the thermal performance: the rib top and downstream faces and the downstream recirculation zone. The thermal performance at the rib region begins to dominate tile overall performance as the Prandtl number becomes large. The contribution from the downstream recirculation zone becomes more important and dominates for low Prandtl number fluids such as air. The Reynolds number dependence at the rib region and the downstream recirculation zone is similar to that for reattaching flows with exponents in the 0.65 to 0.75 range. The location of the maximum in the recirculation moves closer to the rib with increasing Reynolds and Prandtl numbers and is bounded upstream by the location of the maximum wall shear stress and downstream by the reattachment length. The high turbulence level near the surface in this region is responsible for the heat-transfer enhancement.

  10. The influence of the Prandtl number on the thermal performance of tubes with the separation and reattachment enhancement mechanism

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    Rabas, T.J.; Arman, B.

    1992-01-01

    This paper demonstrates that the heat-transfer performance of an enhanced tube with transverse, rectangular disruptions can be predicted with a numerical modeling method, an accomplishment not previously achieved. This computer code is then used to determine the influence of the Prandtl number. The numerical simulation demonstrated that six distinct regions exist: the three rib surfaces, the upstream and downstream recirculation regions, and the boundary-layer development zone. Three zones dominate the thermal performance: the rib top and downstream faces and the downstream recirculation zone. The thermal performance at the rib region begins to dominate tile overall performance as the Prandtl number becomes large. The contribution from the downstream recirculation zone becomes more important and dominates for low Prandtl number fluids such as air. The Reynolds number dependence at the rib region and the downstream recirculation zone is similar to that for reattaching flows with exponents in the 0.65 to 0.75 range. The location of the maximum in the recirculation moves closer to the rib with increasing Reynolds and Prandtl numbers and is bounded upstream by the location of the maximum wall shear stress and downstream by the reattachment length. The high turbulence level near the surface in this region is responsible for the heat-transfer enhancement.

  11. In situ imaging and height reconstruction of phase separation processes in polymer blends during spin coating.

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    Ebbens, Stephen; Hodgkinson, Richard; Parnell, Andrew J; Dunbar, Alan; Martin, Simon J; Topham, Paul D; Clarke, Nigel; Howse, Jonathan R

    2011-06-28

    Spin coating polymer blend thin films provides a method to produce multiphase functional layers of high uniformity covering large surface areas. Applications for such layers include photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes where performance relies upon the nanoscale phase separation morphology of the spun film. Furthermore, at micrometer scales, phase separation provides a route to produce self-organized structures for templating applications. Understanding the factors that determine the final phase-separated morphology in these systems is consequently an important goal. However, it has to date proved problematic to fully test theoretical models for phase separation during spin coating, due to the high spin speeds, which has limited the spatial resolution of experimental data obtained during the coating process. Without this fundamental understanding, production of optimized micro- and nanoscale structures is hampered. Here, we have employed synchronized stroboscopic illumination together with the high light gathering sensitivity of an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device camera to optically observe structure evolution in such blends during spin coating. Furthermore the use of monochromatic illumination has allowed interference reconstruction of three-dimensional topographies of the spin-coated film as it dries and phase separates with nanometer precision. We have used this new method to directly observe the phase separation process during spinning for a polymer blend (PS-PI) for the first time, providing new insights into the spin-coating process and opening up a route to understand and control phase separation structures.

  12. Irradiation Effects on Phase-Separation Performance Using a Centrifugal Contactor in a Caustic-Side Solvent Extraction Process

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    Birdwell, J.F.

    2001-09-12

    A test program has been conducted to determine the extent to which irradiation of a calixarene-based cesium extractant affects-separation of the organic (solvent) phase from aqueous solutions with which it is contacted in a prototype extraction flowsheet. A caustic-side solvent extraction process, known as CSSX, has been developed for the selective removal of cesium from wastes generated by the processing of irradiated nuclear reactor fuels. This process consists of a cascade of mass transfer stages in which cesium is transferred from an aqueous feed into the CSSX extractant (BOBCalixC6), the extract is scrubbed with 0.05 M nitric acid to remove coextracted elements, and the solvated cesium is stripped (or back-extracted) into 0.001 M HNO{sub 3}. Removal of cesium from stored waste supernatants is desirable as a means of segregating high-activity cesium-137 ({sup 137}Cs) from the solution, thereby reducing the volume of material that must be processed and disposed of as high-level waste. The CSSX process is one of three cesium removal technologies currently being considered for deployment for treatment of wastes that are stored at the U. S. Department of Energy's (USDOE's) Savannah River Site (SRS). The irradiation tests described in this report were designed to simulate the effect of 2 years of continuous solvent irradiation under conditions present in the stripping and extraction sections of the CSSX cascade. Stated simply, the irradiation tests consisted of continuously mixing an aqueous process solution (either simulated SRS waste supernatant or dilute nitric acid) with the CSSX solvent. The aqueous solutions used in testing were spiked with {sup 137}Cs at known activity levels. Test durations were determined based on the activity levels in the experiment and the estimated solvent exposures to radionuclides in a full-scale CSSX facility.

  13. Effective Approach for Increasing the Heteroatom Doping Levels of Porous Carbons for Superior CO2 Capture and Separation Performance.

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    Abdelmoaty, Yomna H; Tessema, Tsemre-Dingel; Norouzi, Nazgol; El-Kadri, Oussama M; Turner, Joseph B McGee; El-Kaderi, Hani M

    2017-10-09

    Development of efficient sorbents for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture from flue gas or its removal from natural gas and landfill gas is very important for environmental protection. A new series of heteroatom-doped porous carbon was synthesized directly from pyrazole/KOH by thermolysis. The resulting pyrazole-derived carbons (PYDCs) are highly doped with nitrogen (14.9-15.5 wt %) as a result of the high nitrogen-to-carbon ratio in pyrazole (43 wt %) and also have a high oxygen content (16.4-18.4 wt %). PYDCs have a high surface area (SABET = 1266-2013 m(2) g(-1)), high CO2 Qst (33.2-37.1 kJ mol(-1)), and a combination of mesoporous and microporous pores. PYDCs exhibit significantly high CO2 uptakes that reach 2.15 and 6.06 mmol g(-1) at 0.15 and 1 bar, respectively, at 298 K. At 273 K, the CO2 uptake improves to 3.7 and 8.59 mmol g(-1) at 0.15 and 1 bar, respectively. The reported porous carbons also show significantly high adsorption selectivity for CO2/N2 (128) and CO2/CH4 (13.4) according to ideal adsorbed solution theory calculations at 298 K. Gas breakthrough studies of CO2/N2 (10:90) at 298 K showed that PYDCs display excellent separation properties. The ability to tailor the physical properties of PYDCs as well as their chemical composition provides an effective strategy for designing efficient CO2 sorbents.

  14. Optically controlled thermal management on the nanometer length scale

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    Garwe, F [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Bauerschaefer, U [GmBU, Erich-Neuss-Weg 5, D-06120 Halle/S (Germany); Csaki, A [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Steinbrueck, A [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Ritter, K [Technical University Ilmenau, D-98693 Ilmenau (Germany); Bochmann, A [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Bergmann, J [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Weise, A [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology, D-07702 Jena (Germany); Akimov, D [Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Physical Chemistry, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Maubach, G [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Koenig, K [Fraunhofer Institut St Ingbert, D-07702 St Ingbert (Germany); Huettmann, G [Medical Laser Center Luebeck, D-23552 Luebeck (Germany); Paa, W [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Popp, J [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany); Fritzsche, W [Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, PO Box 100239, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

    2008-02-06

    The manipulation of polymers and biological molecules or the control of chemical reactions on a nanometer scale by means of laser pulses shows great promise for applications in modern nanotechnology, biotechnology, molecular medicine or chemistry. A controllable, parallel, highly efficient and very local heat conversion of the incident laser light into metal nanoparticles without ablation or fragmentation provides the means for a tool like a 'nanoreactor', a 'nanowelder', a 'nanocrystallizer' or a 'nanodesorber'. In this paper we explain theoretically and show experimentally the interaction of laser radiation with gold nanoparticles on a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) layer (one-photon excitation) by means of different laser pulse lengths, wavelengths and pulse repetition rates. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report showing the possibility of highly local (in a 40 nm range) regulated heat insertion into the nanoparticle and its surroundings without ablation of the gold nanoparticles. In an earlier paper we showed that near-infrared femtosecond irradiation can cut labeled DNA sequences in metaphase chromosomes below the diffraction-limited spot size. Now, we use gold as well as silver-enhanced gold nanoparticles on DNA (also within chromosomes) as energy coupling objects for femtosecond laser irradiation with single-and two-photon excitation. We show the results of highly localized destruction effects on DNA that occur only nearby the nanoparticles.

  15. Depositing nanometer-sized particles of metals onto carbon allotropes

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    Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Fallbach, Michael J. (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G. (Inventor); Delozier, Donavon M. (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A process for depositing nanometer-sized metal particles onto a substrate in the absence of aqueous solvents, organic solvents, and reducing agents, and without any required pre-treatment of the substrate, includes preparing an admixture of a metal compound and a substrate by dry mixing a chosen amount of the metal compound with a chosen amount of the substrate; and supplying energy to the admixture in an amount sufficient to deposit zero valance metal particles onto the substrate. This process gives rise to a number of deposited metallic particle sizes which may be controlled. The compositions prepared by this process are used to produce polymer composites by combining them with readily available commodity and engineering plastics. The polymer composites are used as coatings, or they are used to fabricate articles, such as free-standing films, fibers, fabrics, foams, molded and laminated articles, tubes, adhesives, and fiber reinforced articles. These articles are well-suited for many applications requiring thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, antibacterial activity, catalytic activity, and combinations thereof.

  16. Progress on glass ceramic ZERODUR enabling nanometer precision

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    Jedamzik, Ralf; Kunisch, Clemens; Nieder, Johannes; Weber, Peter; Westerhoff, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    The Semiconductor Industry is making continuous progress in shrinking feature size developing technologies and process to achieve glass ceramic ZERODUR® is a well-established material in critical components of microlithography wafer stepper and offered with an extremely low coefficient of thermal expansion, the tightest tolerance available on market. SCHOTT is continuously improving manufacturing processes and it's method to measure and characterize the CTE behavior of ZERODUR®. This paper is focusing on the "Advanced Dilatometer" for determination of the CTE developed at SCHOTT in the recent years and introduced into production in Q1 2015. The achievement for improving the absolute CTE measurement accuracy and the reproducibility are described in detail. Those achievements are compared to the CTE measurement accuracy reported by the Physikalische Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the National Metrology Institute of Germany. The CTE homogeneity is of highest importance to achieve nanometer precision on larger scales. Additionally, the paper presents data on the short scale CTE homogeneity and its improvement in the last two years. The data presented in this paper will explain the capability of ZERODUR® to enable the extreme precision required for future generation of lithography equipment and processes.

  17. Carbon nanotube transistors scaled to a 40-nanometer footprint

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    Cao, Qing; Tersoff, Jerry; Farmer, Damon B.; Zhu, Yu; Han, Shu-Jen

    2017-06-01

    The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors challenges the device research community to reduce the transistor footprint containing all components to 40 nanometers within the next decade. We report on a p-channel transistor scaled to such an extremely small dimension. Built on one semiconducting carbon nanotube, it occupies less than half the space of leading silicon technologies, while delivering a significantly higher pitch-normalized current density—above 0.9 milliampere per micrometer at a low supply voltage of 0.5 volts with a subthreshold swing of 85 millivolts per decade. Furthermore, we show transistors with the same small footprint built on actual high-density arrays of such nanotubes that deliver higher current than that of the best-competing silicon devices under the same overdrive, without any normalization. We achieve this using low-resistance end-bonded contacts, a high-purity semiconducting carbon nanotube source, and self-assembly to pack nanotubes into full surface-coverage aligned arrays.

  18. Nanometer bismuth oxide produced by resistance heating vapor oxidation

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    HU Han-xiang; QIU Ke-qiang

    2006-01-01

    Bismuth oxide has wide applications in superconductive material, photoelectric material, electronic ceramic, electrolyte, and catalysts. To produce ultrafine bismuth oxide powders, some costly heating sources, such as plasma, high frequency induction, electron beam or laser, have to be used in the conventional vapor oxidation methods. The vapor oxidation method was improved by adding a reducing agent in the reaction system, where heating source was resistance tubular oven, instead of special heat source requirement. Nanometer bismuth oxide was prepared at 1 000-1 140 ℃, and the particle characteristics were investigated by XRD, SEM, DTA, laser sedimentograph. With low oxygen concentration (less than 20%) in the carrier gas, the bismuth oxide particle was near-sphere β-Bi2O3 with uniform and fine particle size (d0.5=65 nm, GSD=1.42); while with higher oxygen content (more than 50%), the powders were mixture of Bi2O2CO3 and β-Bi2O3.

  19. NETWORK ENCAPSULATION OF NANOMETER CaCO3

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    Wen-fang Liu; Jian Yu; Zhao-xia Guo

    2004-01-01

    The encapsulation of stearic acid coated nanometer CaCO3 by a polystyrene (PS) network via emulsion polymerization is described, where γ-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) was used as an efficient crosslinker. The important factors such as the type and amount of surfactant and initiator and the content of CaCO3 are investigated as well as the role of MPS. It has been shown that little PS was extractable with only 0.6 wt% of MPS (relative to styrene). The cationic surfactant cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) proved more effective than the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS). The yield rises, particles become smaller and size distribution broadens with increased amount of CTAB. It is also found that either 2,2′-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) or ammonium persulfate (APS) is suitable for attaining high monomer conversion. With increased amount of CaCO3, the encapsulation ratio can be varied from 17.9 to 3.6, while monomer conversion and yield decrease slightly. FT-IR spectra of the products after extraction indicate tight encapsulation between PS and CaCO3, and TEM photographs of composite particles with well-defined core-shell structure give direct evidence of encapsulation.

  20. Nanometer thickness laser ablation for spatial control of cell attachment

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    Thissen, H.; Hayes, J. P.; Kingshott, P.; Johnson, G.; Harvey, E. C.; Griesser, H. J.

    2002-10-01

    We demonstrate here a new method to control the location of cells on surfaces in two dimensions, which can be applied to a number of biomedical applications including diagnostic tests and tissue engineered medical devices. Two-dimensional control over cell attachment is achieved by generation of a spatially controlled surface chemistry that allows control over protein adsorption, a process which mediates cell attachment. Here, we describe the deposition of thin allylamine plasma polymer coatings on silicon wafer and perfluorinated poly(ethylene-co-propylene) substrates, followed by grafting of a protein resistant layer of poly(ethylene oxide). Spatially controlled patterning of the surface chemistry was achieved in a fast, one-step procedure by nanometer thickness controlled laser ablation using a 248 nm excimer laser. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to confirm the production of surface chemistry patterns with a resolution of approximately 1 µm, which is significantly below the dimensions of a single mammalian cell. Subsequent adsorption of the extracellular matrix proteins collagen I and fibronectin followed by cell culture experiments using bovine corneal epithelial cells confirmed that cell attachment is controlled by the surface chemistry pattern. The method is an effective tool for use in a number of in vitro and in vivo applications.

  1. Structural peculiarities of single crystal diamond needles of nanometer thickness

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    Orekhov, Andrey S.; Tuyakova, Feruza T.; Obraztsova, Ekaterina A.; Loginov, Artem B.; Chuvilin, Andrey L.; Obraztsov, Alexander N.

    2016-11-01

    Diamond is attractive for various applications due to its unique mechanical and optical properties. In particular, single crystal diamond needles with high aspect ratios and sharp apexes of nanometer size are demanded for different types of optical sensors including optically sensing tip probes for scanning microscopy. This paper reports on electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy characterization of the diamond needles having geometrically perfect pyramidal shapes with rectangular atomically flat bases with (001) crystallography orientation, 2-200 nm sharp apexes, and with lengths from about 10-160 μm. The needles were produced by selective oxidation of (001) textured polycrystalline diamond films grown by chemical vapor deposition. Here we study the types and distribution of defects inside and on the surface of the single crystal diamond needles. We show that sp3 type point defects are incorporated into the volume of the diamond crystal during growth, while the surface of the lateral facets is enriched by multiple extended defects. Nitrogen addition to the reaction mixture results in increase of the growth rate on {001} facets correlated with the rise in the concentration of sp3 type defects.

  2. Investigation of the interaction between separate calcium feeding and phytase supplementation on growth performance, calcium intake, nutrient digestibility and energy utilisation in broiler starters

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    Abdollahi, M.R.; Duangnumsawang, Y.; Kwakkel, R.P.

    2016-01-01

    The interaction between separate calcium (Ca) feeding and phytase supplementation on performance, coefficient of apparent ileal digestibility (CAID) of nitrogen (N), starch, fat and phosphorus (P), total tract retention (TTR) of Ca and P, and apparent metabolisable energy (AME) in broiler starters...... assigned to 10 dietary treatments. Birds were also provided with a source of Ca in a separate feed trough. Increasing dietary Ca concentration decreased (P supplemented......, but the total Ca intake in phytase-supplemented diets were similar (P > 0.05). Birds fed 1.3 g Ca/kg diet showed the lowest (P 0.05) to the diets with 4.3 g Ca/kg. No significant (P > 0.05) effect of dietary Ca concentration on the CAID of starch, fat and GE was found...

  3. High-performance liquid chromatographic separations of stereoisomers of chiral basic agrochemicals with polysaccharide-based chiral columns and polar organic mobile phases.

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    Matarashvili, Iza; Shvangiradze, Iamze; Chankvetadze, Lali; Sidamonidze, Shota; Takaishvili, Nino; Farkas, Tivadar; Chankvetadze, Bezhan

    2015-12-01

    The separation of the stereoisomers of 23 chiral basic agrochemicals was studied on six different polysaccharide-based chiral columns in high-performance liquid chromatography with various polar organic mobile phases. Along with the successful separation of analyte stereoisomers, emphasis was placed on the effect of the chiral selector and mobile phase composition on the elution order of stereoisomers. The interesting phenomenon of reversal of enantiomer/stereoisomer elution order function of the polysaccharide backbone (cellulose or amylose), type of derivative (carbamate or benzoate), nature, and position of the substituent(s) in the phenylcarbamate moiety (methyl or chloro) and the nature of the mobile phase was observed. For several of the analytes containing two chiral centers all four stereoisomers were resolved with at least one chiral selector/mobile phase combination.

  4. Improved high performance liquid chromatographic separation of anthocyanin compounds from grapes using a novel mixed-mode ion-exchange reversed-phase column.

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    McCallum, Jason L; Yang, Raymond; Young, J Christopher; Strommer, Judith N; Tsao, Rong

    2007-04-27

    A novel mixed mode HPLC method using a column combining both ion-exchange and reversed-phase separation mechanisms has been developed to facilitate analysis of anthocyanins in grapes. Chromatographic performance and subsequent analysis of anthocyanidin diglucosides and acylated compounds are significantly improved using the new column, compared to those associated with conventional C18 reversed-phase methods. The mixed mode column produces a distinctive eluting pattern for the different anthocyanin subgroups, avoiding overlaps found with C18 columns. The enhanced chromatographic resolution provides nearly complete separation of 37 anthocyanin types, and permits detection of delphinidin 3-O-(6''-O-caffeoyl) beta-D-glucoside for the first time in extracts of skins from Concord grapes.

  5. Isocratic non-aqueous reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic separation of capsanthin and capsorubin in red peppers (Capsicum annuum L.), paprika and oleoresin.

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    Weissenberg, M; Schaeffler, I; Menagem, E; Barzilai, M; Levy, A

    1997-01-01

    A simple, rapid high-performance liquid chromatography method has been devised in order to separate and quantify the xanthophylls capsorubin and capasanthin present in red pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) fruits and preparations made from them (paprika and oleoresin). A reversed-phase isocratic non-aqueous system allows the separation of xanthophylls within a few minutes, with detection at 450 nm, using methyl red as internal standard to locate the various carotenoids and xanthophylls found in plant extracts. The selection of extraction solvents, mild saponification conditions, and chromatographic features is evaluated and discussed. The method is proposed for rapid screening of large plant populations, plant selection, as well as for paprika products and oleoresin, and also for nutrition and quality control studies.

  6. The effect of geometry and operation conditions on the performance of a gas-liquid cylindrical cyclone separator with new structure

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    Han, Qing; Zhang, Chi; Xu, Bo; Chen, Jiangping

    2013-07-01

    The hydrodynamic flow behavior, effects of geometry and working conditions of a gas-liquid cylindrical cyclone separator with a new structure are investigated by computational fluid dynamic and experiment. Gas liquid cylindrical cyclone separator is widely used in oil industry, refrigeration system because of its simple structure, high separating efficiency, little maintenance and no moving parts nor internal devices. In this work, a gas liquid cylindrical cyclone separator with new structure used before evaporator in refrigeration system can remove the vapor from the mixture and make evaporator compact by improving its heat exchange efficiency with the lower inlet quality. It also decreases evaporator pressure drop and reduces compressor work. The two pipes are placed symmetrically which makes each of them can be treated as inlet. It means when the fluids flow reverse, the separator performance will not be influence. Four samples with different geometry parameters are tested by experiment with different inlet quality (0.18-0.33), inlet mass flow rate (65-100kg/h). Compared with the experimental data, CFD simulation results show a good agreement. Eulerian multiphase model and Reynolds Stress Turbulence model are applied in the CFD simulation and obtained the inner flow field such as phase path lines, tangential velocity profiles and pressure and volume of fraction distribution contours. The separator body diameter (24, 36, 48mm) and inlet diameter (3.84, 4.8, 5.76mm) decide the maximum tangential velocity which results in the centrifugal force. The tangential velocity profiles are simulated and compared among different models. The higher tangential velocity makes higher quality of gas outlet but high pressure drop at the same time. Decreasing the inlet diameter increases quality of gas outlet pipe and pressure drop. High gas outlet quality is cost at high pressure drop. Increasing of separator diameter makes gas outlet quality increase first and then decrease but

  7. Semipreparative separation and determination of eleutheroside E in Acanthopanax giraldii Harms by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wang, Zhuwei; Zhang, Lixia; Sun, Yuqing

    2005-01-01

    A method for the isolation, purification, and determination of eleutheroside E in Acanthopanax giraldii Harms, collected in the Sichuan province (China), is established. The water extraction of A. giraldii Harms is pre-isolated using macroporous adsorption resin (D-101) and a C18 solid-phase extraction cartridge, and the enriched extract is purified to give eleutheroside E (syringaresinol-di-O-beta-D-glucoside; liriodendrin) by semipreparative reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. Structure identification is performed by a comparison of IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, and electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric data with the literature. The final purity of the compound is 97%. Quantitative determination of eleutheroside E in A. giraldii Harms is performed on a Zorbax SB C18 (150- x 4.6-mm i.d., 5 microm) column. The linear range of eleutheroside E is 4.85-194 mg/L (r = 0.9998), and the average recovery is 99.6-101%. The developed method is simple, reproducible, and easy to operate. It is useful for the evaluation of Acanthopanax giraldii Harms.

  8. Separation performance of cucurbit[7]uril in ionic liquid-based sol-gel coating as stationary phase for capillary gas chromatography.

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    Wang, Xiaogang; Qi, Meiling; Fu, Ruonong

    2014-12-05

    Here we report the separation performance of a new stationary phase of cucurbit[7]uril (CB7) incorporated into an ionic liquid-based sol-gel coating (CB7-SG) for capillary gas chromatography (GC). The CB7-SG stationary phase showed an average polarity of 455, suggesting its polar nature. Abraham system constants revealed that its major interactions with analytes include H-bond basicity (a), dipole-dipole (s) and dispersive (l) interactions. The CB7-SG stationary phase achieved baseline separation for a wide range of analytes with symmetrical peak shapes and showed advantages over the conventional polar stationary phase that failed to resolve some critical analytes. Also, it exhibited different retention behaviors from the conventional stationary phase in terms of retention times and elution order. Most interestingly, in contrast to the conventional polar phase, the CB7-SG stationary phase exhibited longer retentions for analytes of lower polarity but relatively comparable retentions for polar analytes such as alcohols and phenols. The high resolving ability and unique retention behaviors of the CB7-SG stationary phase may stem from the comprehensive interactions of the aforementioned interactions and shape selectivity. Moreover, the CB7-SG column showed good peak shapes for analytes prone to peak tailing, good thermal stability up to 280°C and separation repeatability with RSD values in the range of 0.01-0.11% for intra-day, 0.04-0.41% for inter-day and 2.5-6.0% for column-to-column, respectively. As demonstrated, the proposed coating method can simultaneously address the solubility problem with CBs for the intended purpose and achieve outstanding GC separation performance.

  9. Decoupling electrochemical reaction and diffusion processes in ionically-conductive solids on the nanometer scale

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    Balke, N.; Jesse, S.; Kim, Y.; Adamczyk, L.; Ivanov, I.; Dudney, N. J.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2010-12-28

    We have developed a scanning probe microscopy approach to explore voltage-controlled ion dynamics in ionically conductive solids and decouple transport and local electrochemical reactivity on the nanometer scale. Electrochemical strain microscopy allows detection of bias-induced ionic motion through the dynamic (0.1-1 MHz) local strain. Spectroscopic modes based on low-frequency (~1 Hz) voltage sweeps allow local ion dynamics to be probed locally. The bias dependence of the hysteretic strain response accessed through first-order reversal curve (FORC) measurements demonstrates that the process is activated at a certain critical voltage and is linear above this voltage everywhere on the surface. This suggests that FORC spectroscopic ESM data separates local electrochemical reaction and transport processes. The relevant parameters such as critical voltage and effective mobility can be extracted for each location and correlated with the microstructure. The evolution of these behaviors with the charging of the amorphous Si anode in a thin-film Li-ion battery is explored. A broad applicability of this method to other ionically conductive systems is predicted.

  10. Separation of alditols of interest in food products by high-performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection.

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    Corradini, C; Canali, G; Cogliandro, E; Nicoletti, I

    1997-12-12

    High-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC)-pulsed amperometric detection (PAD) employing a CarboPac MA 1 column was investigated with respect to mobile phase composition, linear response characteristics, repeatability, reproducibility and sensitivity with different alditols used as sugar substitutes in food and confectionery products. The energy-reduced bulk sweeteners isomalt and maltitol were well resolved in less than 25 min by isocratic elution with 600 mM sodium hydroxide solution. HPAEC-PAD was also successfully applied to the determination of alditols in sugar-free products and a low-calorie sweetener containing sorbitol, mannitol and fructose at different levels.

  11. Determination of oxytetracycline in milk samples by polymer inclusion membrane separation coupled to high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Pérez-Silva, Irma; Rodríguez, José A; Ramírez-Silva, Ma Teresa; Páez-Hernández, Ma Elena

    2012-03-09

    The determination of oxytetracycline in milk samples using a polymer inclusion membrane concept with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was studied. The membranes developed are composed by cellulose acetate as polymer base, Cyanex 923 as carrier and o-nitrophenyl octyl ether as plasticizer. In the optimal conditions, the method exhibits good linearity in the range 0.03-0.20 mg L(-1) with a limit of detection and quantification of 8.2 and 27.3 μg L(-1) respectively. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of milk samples with high selectivity.

  12. Rapid separation of seed gliadins by reversed-phase ultra performance liquid chromatography (RP-UPLC) and its application in wheat cultivar and germplasm identification.

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    Han, Caixia; Lu, Xaiobing; Yu, Zitong; Li, Xiaohui; Ma, Wujun; Yan, Yueming

    2015-01-01

    To separate gliadin from wheat flour, a novel and stability-indicating reversed-phase ultra performance liquid chromatography (RP-UPLC) method is established and optimized. A comparative analysis of routine capillary electrophoresis (CE), reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC), and RP-UPLC was performed and the results showed that the resolution and efficiency of RP-UPLC were significantly higher than those of CE and RP-HPLC. Characteristic RP-UPLC patterns of different bread wheat variety and related species were readily identified. These results demonstrated that our RP-UPLC procedure resulted in significant improvements in sensitivity, speed, and resolution, and thus is highly useful in wheat cultivar and germplasm identification.

  13. Preparation and Characterization of Some Nanometal Oxides Using Microwave Technique and Their Application to Cotton Fabrics

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is the synthesis of some nanometal oxides via microwave irradiation technique and their application to augment multifunctional properties of cotton fabric. Cotton fabrics containing nanometal oxides were prepared via a thiol-modification of cotton fabric samples and then dipped into the metal salt solutions precursors and transferred to the microwave oven. The surface morphology and quantitative analysis of the obtained modified cotton fabrics containing nanometal oxides were studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with high energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX. The shape and distribution of nanometal oxide inside the fabric samples were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy of cross-section fabric samples. The iron oxide nanoparticles had a nanosphere with particle size diameter 15–20 nm, copper oxide nanoparticles had a nanosphere with particle size diameter 25–30 nm, and cobalt oxide nanoparticles had a nanotube-like shape with a length of 100–150 nanometer and a diameter of ~58 nanometer, whereas the manganese oxide nanoparticles had a linear structure forming nanorods with a diameter of 50–55 nanometer and a length of 70–80 nanometers. Antibacterial activity was evaluated quantitatively against gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli, UV-protection activity was analyzed using UV-DRS spectroscopy, and flame retardation of prepared fabric samples was evaluated according to the limiting oxygen index (LOI. Results revealed that the prepared fabric sample containing nanometal oxide possesses improved antibacterial, LOI, and UV-absorbing efficiency. Moreover, the metal oxide nanoparticles did not leach out the fabrics by washing even after 30 laundering washing cycles.

  14. Separation of Native Allophycocyanin and R-Phycocyanin from Marine Red Macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata by the Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis Performed in Novel Buffer Systems

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    Wang, Yu; Gong, Xueqin; Wang, Shumei; Chen, Lixue; Sun, Li

    2014-01-01

    Three buffer systems of Imidazole−Acetic acid, HEPES−Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris−HEPES−MES were designed based on the principle of discontinuous polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) for the native PAGE which could be performed in pH 7.0 and 6.5 in order to analyze and prepare the minor components of allophycocyanin (AP) and R-phycocyanin (R-PC) from marine red macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata. These AP and R-PC phycobiliproteins are easily denatured in alkaline environments. The obtained results demonstrated that the PAGE modes performed in the buffer systems of HEPES−Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris−HEPES−MES gave the satisfactory resolution and separation of AP and R-PC proteins. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the AP and R-PC proteins which were prepared by the established PAGE modes proved that they maintained natural spectroscopic characteristics. The established PAGE modes may also provide useful references and selections for some other proteins that are sensitive to alkaline environments or are not effectively separated by the classical PAGE modes performed normally in alkaline buffer systems. PMID:25166028

  15. Facile synthesis of graphite/PEDOT/MnO2 composites on commercial supercapacitor separator membranes as flexible and high-performance supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Tang, Pengyi; Han, Lijuan; Zhang, Li

    2014-07-09

    A facile and low-cost method is presented to synthesize graphite/PEDOT/MnO2 composites with controlled network structures on commercial supercapacitor separator (CSS) membranes for high-performance supercapacitors, in which pencil lead and a cellulose-based commercial supercapacitor separator membrane were applied as the graphite source and the flexible substrate, respectively. The dependence of PEDOT and MnO2 loading on the structural formation, the electrochemical performance of the hybrid electrode, and the formation mechanism of MnO2 nanowires are systematically investigated. The optimized electrode possesses a high areal capacitance of 316.4 mF/cm(2) at a scan rate of 10 mV/s and specific capacitance of 195.7 F/g at 0.5 A/g. The asymmetric supercapacitor device assembled using optimized CSS/Graphite/PEDOT/MnO2 electrode and activated carbon electrode exhibits a high energy density of 31.4 Wh/kg at a power density of 90 W/kg and maintains 1 Wh/kg at 4500 W/kg. After 2000 cycles, the device retains 81.1% of initial specific capacitance, and can drive a mini DC-motor for ca. 10 s. The enhanced capability of the CSS-based graphite/PEDOT/MnO2 network electrode has high potential for low-cost, high-performance, and flexible supercapacitors.

  16. Separation of native allophycocyanin and R-phycocyanin from marine red macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata by the polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis performed in novel buffer systems.

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    Yu Wang

    Full Text Available Three buffer systems of Imidazole-Acetic acid, HEPES-Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris-HEPES-MES were designed based on the principle of discontinuous polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE for the native PAGE which could be performed in pH 7.0 and 6.5 in order to analyze and prepare the minor components of allophycocyanin (AP and R-phycocyanin (R-PC from marine red macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata. These AP and R-PC phycobiliproteins are easily denatured in alkaline environments. The obtained results demonstrated that the PAGE modes performed in the buffer systems of HEPES-Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris-HEPES-MES gave the satisfactory resolution and separation of AP and R-PC proteins. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the AP and R-PC proteins which were prepared by the established PAGE modes proved that they maintained natural spectroscopic characteristics. The established PAGE modes may also provide useful references and selections for some other proteins that are sensitive to alkaline environments or are not effectively separated by the classical PAGE modes performed normally in alkaline buffer systems.

  17. Separation of native allophycocyanin and R-phycocyanin from marine red macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata by the polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis performed in novel buffer systems.

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    Wang, Yu; Gong, Xueqin; Wang, Shumei; Chen, Lixue; Sun, Li

    2014-01-01

    Three buffer systems of Imidazole-Acetic acid, HEPES-Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris-HEPES-MES were designed based on the principle of discontinuous polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) for the native PAGE which could be performed in pH 7.0 and 6.5 in order to analyze and prepare the minor components of allophycocyanin (AP) and R-phycocyanin (R-PC) from marine red macroalga Polysiphonia urceolata. These AP and R-PC phycobiliproteins are easily denatured in alkaline environments. The obtained results demonstrated that the PAGE modes performed in the buffer systems of HEPES-Imidazole/Bis-tris and Bis-tris-HEPES-MES gave the satisfactory resolution and separation of AP and R-PC proteins. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of the AP and R-PC proteins which were prepared by the established PAGE modes proved that they maintained natural spectroscopic characteristics. The established PAGE modes may also provide useful references and selections for some other proteins that are sensitive to alkaline environments or are not effectively separated by the classical PAGE modes performed normally in alkaline buffer systems.

  18. Effect of Joule heating on efficiency and performance for microchip-based and capillary-based electrophoretic separation systems: a closer look.

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    Petersen, Nickolaj J; Nikolajsen, Rikke P H; Mogensen, Klaus B; Kutter, Jörg P

    2004-01-01

    An attempt is made to revisit the main theoretical considerations concerning temperature effects ("Joule heating") in electro-driven separation systems, in particular lab-on-a-chip systems. Measurements of efficiencies in microfabricated devices under different Joule heating conditions are evaluated and compared to both theoretical models and measurements performed on conventional capillary systems. The widely accepted notion that planar microdevices are less susceptible to Joule heating effects is largely confirmed. The heat dissipation from a nonthermostatically controlled glass microdevice was found to be comparable to that from a liquid-cooled-fused silica capillary. Using typically dimensioned glass and glass/silicon microdevices, the experimental results indicate that 5-10 times higher electric field strengths can be applied than on conventional capillaries, before detrimental effects on the separation efficiency occur. The main influence of Joule heating on efficiency is via the establishment of a radial temperature profile across the lumen of the capillary or channel. An overall temperature increase of the buffer solution has only little influence on the quality of the separation. Still, active temperature control (cooling, thermostatting) can help prevent boiling of the buffer and increase the reproducibility of the results.

  19. Comparison of the Separation Performances of Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Zwitterionic Stationary Phases in the Enantioseparation of β2- and β3-Amino Acids

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    Full Text Available The enantiomers of twelve unusual β2- and β3-homoamino acids containing the same side-chains were separated on chiral stationary phases containing a quinine- or quinidine-based zwitterionic ion-exchanger as chiral selector. The effects of the mobile phase composition, the nature and concentration of the acid and base additives and temperature on the separations were investigated. The changes in standard enthalpy, ∆(∆H°, entropy, ∆(∆S°, and free energy, ∆(∆G°, were calculated from the linear van’t Hoff plots derived from the ln α vs. 1/T curves in the studied temperature range (10–50 °C. The values of the thermodynamic parameters depended on the nature of the selectors, the structures of the analytes, and the positions of the substituents on the analytes. A comparison of the zwitterionic stationary phases revealed that the quinidine-based ZWIX(−™ column exhibited much better selectivity for both β2- and β3-amino acids than the quinine-based ZWIX(+™ column, and the separation performances of both the ZWIX(+™ and ZWIX(−™ columns were better for β2-amino acids. The elution sequence was determined in some cases and was observed to be R < S and S < R on the ZWIX(+™ and ZWIX(−™ columns, respectively.

  20. Rapid and Green Separation of Mono- and Diesters of Monochloropropanediols by Ultrahigh Performance Supercritical Fluid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Using Neat Carbon Dioxide as a Mobile Phase.

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    Jumaah, Firas; Jędrkiewicz, Renata; Gromadzka, Justyna; Namieśnik, Jacek; Essén, Sofia; Turner, Charlotta; Sandahl, Margareta

    2017-09-20

    This study demonstrates the effect of column selectivity and density of supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) on the separation of monochloropropanediol (MCPD) esters, known as food toxicants, using SC-CO2 without addition of cosolvent in ultrahigh performance supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UHPSFC-MS). This study shows that over 20 2-monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD) and 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD) mono- and diesters are separated on a 2-picolylamine column in less than 12 min. The presence and position of a hydroxyl group in the structure, the number of unsaturated bonds, and the acyl chain length play a significant role in the separation of MCPD esters. The flow rate, backpressure, and column oven temperature, which affect the density of the mobile phase, were shown to have a substantial impact on retention, efficiency, and selectivity. The developed method was successfully applied for the determination of MCPD esters in refined oils and showed a close to excellent green analysis score using the Analytical Eco-Scale.

  1. 基于PDMS的NMR中色谱技术的分离性能研究%Evaluation of Separation Performance of Polydimethylsiloxane-Matrixed Chromatography by NMR

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    吴瑞; 柏正武; 杨盈; 黄少华

    2015-01-01

    以聚二甲基硅氧烷(polydimethylsiloxane,PDMS)作为NMR中色谱技术的虚拟“固定相”,利用高分辨液体NMR中的DOSY技术考察其对正戊烷、1-溴戊烷和1,5-二溴戊烷这3种烷烃的分离性能。结果显示,在没有添加PDMS时,上述3种组分的扩散系数较接近,不能被分离;但当检测体系中含有PDMS时,3种组分的扩散系数相差较大,因而能被很好地分离。此外,还研究了样品温度和溶液粘度对分离性能的影响,其影响的趋势为:升高样品温度能改善混合物的分离;而增加溶液粘度则不利于混合物的分离。%Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) has been used as the virtual “stationary phase” (VSP) for chromatographic NMR. Its separation capability towards halogenated compounds was investigated. Diffusion coefficients ofn-pentane, 1-bromopentane and 1,5-dibromopentane contained in a mixture were measured with high-resolution liquid-state diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy (DOSY). In the absence of PDMS, these diffusion coefficients were close, and as a result, the three components could not be separated. In contrast, the diffusion coefficients were markedly different from each other in the presence of PDMS, leading to excellent separation. In addition, the effects of sample temperature and solution viscosity on separation performance were also investigated. It was observed that separation performance improved as sample temperature rose; and reduced as solution viscosity increased.

  2. Performance of compulsive behavior in rats is not a unitary phenomenon - validation of separate functional components in compulsive checking behavior.

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    Tucci, Mark C; Dvorkin-Gheva, Anna; Johnson, Eric; Cheon, Paul; Taji, Leena; Agarwal, Arnav; Foster, Jane; Szechtman, Henry

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    A previous analysis of the quinpirole sensitisation rat model of obsessive-compulsive disorder revealed that the behavioral phenotype of compulsive checking consists of three constitutive components - vigor of checking performance, focus on the task of checking, and satiety following a bout of checking. As confirmation of this analysis, the aim of the present study was to reconstitute, without quinpirole treatment, each of the putative components, with the expectation that these would self-assemble into compulsive checking. To reconstitute vigor and satiety, the employed treatment was a bilateral lesion of the nucleus accumbens core (NAc), as this treatment was shown previously to exaggerate these components. To reconstitute focus, the employed treatment was a low dose of the serotonin-1A receptor agonist 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino) tetralin hydrochloride (DPAT) (0.0625 mg/kg), as high doses of this drug induce compulsive behavior and exacerbate focus. Results showed that injection of DPAT to NAc lesion rats did yield compulsive checking. Neither the drug alone nor the NAc lesion by itself produced compulsive checking. The demonstrated synthesis of compulsive checking by the combined treatment of low-dose DPAT and NAc lesion strengthened the previous fractionation of the model obsessive-compulsive disorder phenotype into three constitutive components, and suggested a role for serotonin-1A receptors outside the NAc in enhanced focus on the task of checking.

  3. Use of multiresponse statistical techniques to optimize the separation of diosmin, hesperidin, diosmetin and hesperitin in different pharmaceutical preparations by high performance liquid chromatography with UV-DAD.

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    Sammani, Mohamad Subhi; Clavijo, Sabrina; Portugal, Lindomar; Suárez, Ruth; Seddik, Hassan; Cerdà, Víctor

    2017-05-15

    A new method for the separation and determination of four flavonoids: hesperidin (HES), diosmin (DIO), hesperitin (HTIN), and diosmetin (DTIN) in pure form and pharmaceutical formulations has been developed by using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV-DAD detection. Multivariate statistics (2(k) full factorial and Box Behnken Designs) has been used for the multiresponse optimization of the chromatographic separation, which was completed in 22min, and carried out on a symmetry® C18 column (250×3mm; 5µm) as stationary phase. Separation was conducted by gradient elution mode using a mixture of methanol, acetonitrile and water pH: 2.5 (CH3COOH), as mobile phase. Analytes were separated setting the column at 22°C, with a flow rate of 0.58mLmin(-1) and detected at 285nm. Under the optimized conditions, the flavonoids showed retention times of: 8.62, 11.53, 18.55 and 19.94min for HES, DIO, HTIN and DTIN, respectively. Limits of detection and quantification were <0.0156µgmL(-1) and <0.100µgmL(-1), respectively. Linearity was achieved with good correlation coefficients values (r(2)=0.999; n=5). Intra-day and inter-day precision were found to be less than 3.44% (n=7). Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to determine the target flavonoids in pharmaceutical preparations with satisfactory recoveries (between 95.2% and 107.9%), demonstrating that should also find application in the quality control, as well as in the pharmacokinetic studies of these drugs.

  4. Performance of PdY Purifier in Separating Hydrogen and Helium%PdY净化器的氢氦分离性能

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    姚春艳; 杨小军; 祝杰

    2016-01-01

    对PdY净化器及传统净化器的透氢速率和氢氦分离性能进行了研究,结果表明:PdY 净化器透氢速率随压差的增大而增大,压差在0.004~0.04 MPa的范围内,其透氢速率约为传统净化器的 3 倍;而采用PdY净化器进行氢氦分离时,可显著缩短氢氦分离时间.经过长时间循环分离后,3 种组分的氢氦混合气均得到了较好的分离,氦气中氢气体积分数均降至0.03%.%The hydrogen permeation rate and separation performance of hydrogen and helium by PdY purifier and traditional purifier were studied.The results show that the hydrogen permeation rate of PdY purifier increases as the differential pressure increases.When the differential pressure is in the range of 0.004-0.04 MPa,the hydrogen permeation rate of PdY purifier is approximately 3 times of traditional purifier.The time of separating hydrogen and helium is significantly shortened using PdY purifier.After long cycle of separation,the three components of hydrogen and helium gas mixture are well separated;the hydrogen content of helium is reduced to 0.03%.

  5. [Influences of ion-suppressors on retention behaviors of nine food additives in reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic separation].

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    Zhao, Yonggang; Chen, Xiaohong; Li, Xiaoping; Yao, Shanshan; Jin, Micong

    2011-10-01

    The influences of ion-suppressors on retention behaviors of nine food additives, i.e., acesulfame, saccharin, caffeine, aspartame, benzoic acid, sorbic acid, stevioside, dehydroacetic acid and neotame in reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) separation were investigated. The organic modification effects of acids, i. e. , trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and buffer salts, i. e. , TFA-ammonium acetate (AmAc) were studied emphatically. The relationships between retention factors of solutes and volume percentages of ion-suppressors in the mobile phase systems of acetonitrile-TFA aqueous solution and acetonitrile-TFA-AmAc aqueous solution were quantitatively established, separately. The separation of nine food additives was completed by a gradient elution with acetonitrile-TFA (0.01%, v/v)-AmAc (2. 5 mmol/L) aqueous solution as the mobile phases. An RP-HPLC method was established for the simultaneous determination of nine food additives in red wine. In the range of 10. 0 - 100. 0 mg/L, nine food additives showed good linearity with the correlation coefficients ( r2 ) larger than 0. 999 1. The limits of detection (LODs) were in the range of 0. 33 - 2. 36 mg/L and the limits of quantification (LOQs) were in the range of 1. 11 - 7. 80 mg/L. The spiked recoveries were between 87. 61% and 108. 4% with the relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 2. 2% -9. 4%. These results are of referential significance for the rapid establishment and accu- rate optimization of RP-HPLC separation for the simultaneous determination of food additives in other foods.

  6. Performance comparison of three types of high-speed counter-current chromatographs for the separation of components of hydrophilic and hydrophobic color additives.

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    Weisz, Adrian; Ito, Yoichiro

    2011-09-09

    The performance of three types of high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) instruments was assessed for their use in separating components in hydrophilic and hydrophobic dye mixtures. The HSCCC instruments compared were: (i) a J-type coil planet centrifuge (CPC) system with a conventional multilayer-coil column, (ii) a J-type CPC system with a spiral-tube assembly-coil column, and (iii) a cross-axis CPC system with a multilayer-coil column. The hydrophilic dye mixture consisted of a sample of FD&C Blue No. 2 that contained mainly two isomeric components, 5,5'- and 5,7'-disulfonated indigo, in the ratio of ∼7:1. The hydrophobic dye mixture consisted of a sample of D&C Red No. 17 (mainly Sudan III) and Sudan II in the ratio of ∼4:1. The two-phase solvent systems used for these separations were 1-butanol/1.3M HCl and hexane/acetonitrile. Each of the three instruments was used in two experiments for the hydrophilic dye mixture and two for the hydrophobic dye mixture, for a total of 12 experiments. In one set of experiments, the lower phase was used as the mobile phase, and in the second set of experiments, the upper phase was used as the mobile phase. The results suggest that: (a) use of a J-type instrument with either a multilayer-coil column or a spiral-tube assembly column, applying the lower phase as the mobile phase, is preferable for separating the hydrophilic components of FD&C Blue No. 2; and (b) use of a J-type instrument with multilayer-coil column, while applying either the upper phase or the lower phase as the mobile phase, is preferable for separating the hydrophobic dye mixture of D&C Red No. 17 and Sudan II.

  7. Simultaneous separation and quantitative determination of monosaccharides, uronic acids, and aldonic acids by high performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with pulsed amperometric detection in corn stover prehydrolysates

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available A method for simultaneous separation and quantitative determination of arabinose, galactose, glucose, xylose, xylonic acid, gluconic acid, galacturonic acid, and glucuronic acid was developed by using high performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with pulsed amperometric detection (HPAEC-PAD. The separation was performed on a CarboPacTM PA-10 column (250 mm × 2 mm with a various gradient elution of NaOH-NaOAc solution as the mobile phase. The calibration curves showed good linearity (R2 ≥ 0.9993 for the monosaccharides, uronic acids, and aldonic acids in the range of 0.1 to 12.5 mg/L. The detection limits (LODs and the quantification limits (LOQs were 4.91 to 18.75 μg/L and 16.36 to 62.50 μg/L, respectively. Relative standard deviations (RSDs of the retention times and peak areas for the seven consecutive determinations of an unknown amount of mixture were 0.15% to 0.44% and 0.22% to 2.31%, respectively. The established method was used to separate and determine four monosaccharides, two uronic acids, and two aldonic acids in the prehydrolysate from dilute acid steam-exploded corn stover within 21 min. The spiked recoveries of monosaccharides, uronic acids, and aldonic acids ranged from 91.25% to 108.81%, with RSDs (n=3 of 0.04% ~ 6.07%. This method was applied to evaluate the quantitative variation of sugar and sugar acid content in biomass prehydrolysates.

  8. Separation Logic

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    Reynolds, John C.

    2002-01-01

    expressions) for accessing and modifying shared structures, and for explicit allocation and deallocation of storage. Assertions are extended by introducing a "separating conjunction" that asserts that its sub-formulas hold for disjoint parts of the heap, and a closely related "separating implication". Coupled......, dynamically allocated arrays, and recursive procedures. We will also discuss promising future directions....

  9. Influence of the scattering phase function on light transport measurements in turbid media performed with small source{endash}detector separations

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    Mourant, J.R.; Boyer, J.; Hielscher, A.H.; Bigio, I.J. [Bioscience and Biotechnology Group CST-4, MS E535, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)

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    Many methods of optical tissue diagnosis require that measurements be performed with small source{endash}detector separations in a backscatter geometry. Monte Carlo simulations are used to demonstrate that for these situations light transport depends on the exact form of the angular scattering probability distribution, {ital P}({theta}). Simulations performed with different forms of {ital P}({theta}) with the same value of {l_angle}cos{theta}{r_angle} result in the collection of significantly different fractions of the incident photons, particularly when small-numerical-aperture delivery and collection fibers are employed. More photons are collected for the distribution that has a higher probability of scattering events with {theta}{approx_gt}125{degree}. For the clinically relevant optical parameters employed here, the differences in light collection are {approx_gt}60{percent}. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  10. Development, optimization and validation of a sub-minute analytical enantioselective high performance liquid chromatographic separation for a folic acid precursor in normal phase mode.

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    Frühauf, Doris; Juza, Markus

    2012-12-21

    A sub-minute enantioselective normal phase high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method for the analysis of a chiral precursor molecule employed frequently in folic acid syntheses was developed, optimized and successfully validated according to ICH-guidelines. It could be shown that ultra-high performance chromatography (UHPLC) can give significant advantages compared to traditional HPLC not only in reversed phase HPLC, but also for enantioselective separations in normal phase mode. Novel 3 μm-particle sizes allow developing analytical chromatographic methods completely resolving two enantiomers in the shortest time possible while preserving high efficiency and low detection limits. By offering increased resolution, sensitivity and speed, enantioselective UHPLC (eUHPLC) improves sample throughput, productivity and provides considerably faster access to information on enantiomeric purity also under non-aqueous conditions.

  11. Separation of iron-free and iron-saturated forms of transferrin and lactoferrin via capillary electrophoresis performed in fused-silica and neutral capillaries.

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    Nowak, Paweł; Śpiewak, Klaudyna; Brindell, Małgorzata; Woźniakiewicz, Michał; Stochel, Grażyna; Kościelniak, Paweł

    2013-12-20

    A capillary electrophoresis-based method for the cost-effective and high efficient separation of iron-free and iron-saturated forms of two members of transferrin family: transferrin and lactoferrin has been developed. The proposed qualitative method relying on the SDS application allowed us to separate iron-free and iron-saturated forms of these proteins, as well as human serum albumin, used as an internal standard. Owing to the distinct migration times under established conditions, the combination of transferrin and lactoferrin assays within a single analytical procedure was feasible. The performance of the method using a fused-silica capillary has been compared with the results obtained using the same method but performed with the use of a neutral capillary of the same dimensions. Neutral capillary has been used as an alternative, since the comparable resolution has been achieved with a concomitant reduction of the electroosmotic flow. Despite of this fact, the migration of analytes occurred with similar velocity but in opposite order, due to the reverse polarity application. A quantitative method employing fused-silica capillary for iron saturation study has been also developed, to evaluate the iron saturation in commercial preparations of lactoferrin.

  12. Study on the Flow Injection Micro-Column Pre-Separation System Coupled With High Performance Liquid Chromatography for the Determination of Ecdysterone in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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    2000-01-01

    A flow injection (FI) micro-column system coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was proposed for the pre-separation and determination of active organic component (ecdysterone) in traditional Chinese medicine, Loulu. The factors influencing separation performance were investigated and optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the contents of ecdysterone in Loulu were determined by HPLC system using MeOH-H20 (40 : 60,V/V) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The calibration curve was linear in the range of 0. 5~100 mg/L of ecdysterone concentrations. The detection limit of the analyte was 0. 11 μmoi/L(3σ) with a precision of 0. 38% RSD (n=7, c=10. 0 mg/L). The average recovery of the method was 98.7%. The proposed method has been applied to determine ecdysterone in practical samples, and the determined values by both external standard method and standard addition method were in good agreement. Compared to the traditional solid extraction method, the system proposed has the advantages of simple procedure, good reproducibility, minimum volume requirement, reduction of matrix interference and iow contamination risk.

  13. Measurement of separation performance and numerical analysis on flow field of different cyclone separators in parallel%差异旋风分离器并联性能测量及流场分析

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    陈建义; 高锐; 刘秀林; 李真发

    2016-01-01

    通过改变旋向和芯管直径,设计了3种差异旋风分离器,并按中心对称方式组成了3种并联方案:相同分离器、旋向差异分离器和芯管差异分离器并联。在冷态实验装置上,测量了单分离器和并联分离器的性能,并利用 FLUENT 软件分析了并联分离器的流场。结果表明,并联分离器的效率均高于单分离器,且效率-气速曲线未出现“驼峰”;与相同分离器并联相比,旋向交替变化时并联总压降较小,分离效率也更低,但各分离器流量分配均匀,未发现“窜流”现象;当芯管有差异时,并联总压降增大,各分离器进口流量分配不均匀,且进、出口流量平均相差6.0%,公共灰斗中存在“窜流”,旋流稳定性变差,效率降低。为了保证并联分离器的性能,应采用相同分离器对称并联的方式。%Three different cyclone separators with diameter of 300 mm, PV-1, PV-2 and PV-3, were designed by changing either the direction of rotation or the diameter of vortex finder. PV-1 differed from PV-2 in the direction of rotation, while PV-3 differed from PV-1 in the diameter of vortex finder. These cyclone separators were assembled center-symmetrically in three paralleled arrangements as assembly of same cyclones (Parallel-Ⅰ), assembly of various rotation (Parallel-Ⅱ) and assembly of various vortex finder (Parallel-Ⅲ). Parallel-Ⅰ was consisted of four PV-1 cell cyclones; Parallel-Ⅱ was consisted of two PV-1 cyclones and two PV-2 cyclones; Parallel-Ⅲ was consisted of two PV-1 cyclones and two PV-3 cyclones. Separation performances of single cyclone and cyclone assemblies were studied in a cold state experimental setup under a condition of solid loading at 5 g·m−3 and inlet velocities ranging from 14—26 m·s−1. The flow fields in these paralleled cyclones were simulated with FLUENT software. The results show that paralleled cyclones had higher efficiency than

  14. Separation of four flavonol glycosides from Solanum rostratum Dunal using aqueous two-phase flotation followed by preparative high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Chang, Lin; Shao, Qian; Xi, Xingjun; Chu, Qiao; Wei, Yun

    2017-02-01

    Aqueous two-phase flotation followed by preparative high-performance liquid chromatography was used to separate four flavonol glycosides from Solanum rostratum Dunal. In the aqueous two-phase flotation section, the effects of sublation solvent, solution pH, (NH4 )2 SO4 concentration in aqueous solution, cosolvent, N2 flow rate, flotation time, and volumes of the polyethylene glycol phase on the recovery were investigated in detail, and the optimal conditions were selected: 50 wt% polyethylene glycol 1000 ethanol solvent as the flotation solvent, pH 4, 350 g/L of (NH4 )2 SO4 concentration in aqueous phase, 40 mL/min of N2 flow rate, 30 min of flotation time, 10.0 mL of flotation solvent volume, and two times. After aqueous two-phase flotation concentration, the flotation products were purified by preparative high-performance liquid chromatography. The purities of the final products A and B were 98.1 and 99.0%. Product B was the mixture of three compounds based on the analysis of high-performance liquid chromatography at the temperature of 10°C, while product A was hyperoside after the identification by nuclear magnetic resonance. Astragalin, 3'-O-methylquercetin 3-O-β-d-galactopyranoside, and 3'-O-methylquercetin 3-O-β-d-glucopyranoside were obtained with the purity of 93.8, 97.1, and 99.2%, respectively, after the further separation of product B using preparative high-performance liquid chromatography.

  15. CFD-aided cell settler design optimization and scale-up: effect of geometric design and operational variables on separation performance.

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    Shen, Yuyi; Yanagimachi, Kurt

    2011-01-01

    The inclined multiplate (lamella) gravity settler has proven to be an effective cell retention device in industrial perfusion cell culture applications. Investigations on the effects of geometric design and operational variables of the cell settler are crucial to understanding how to best improve the settler performance. Maximizing the harvest/perfusion flow rate while minimizing viable cell loss out of the harvest is the primary challenge for optimization of the settler design. This study demonstrated that computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be utilized to accurately model and evaluate the settler separation performance for near-monodisperse suspensions and therefore aid in the design optimization of the settler under these baseline conditions. With the preferred geometric features that were identified from CFD modeling results, we proposed design guidelines for the scale-up of these multiplate settler systems. With these guidelines and performance verification using the CFD model, a new large-scale settler was designed and fabricated for a perfusion cell culture process using a minimally aggregating production cell line. Perfusion cell culture runs with this particular cell line were performed with this settler, and the CFD model was able to predict the initial ramp-up performance, proving it to be a valuable scale-up design tool for this production process.

  16. Effects of Rare Earth Elements on Photocatalytic Antibacterial Properties of Nanometer TiO2 Powders

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    Gao Ning; Liang Jinsheng; Meng Junping; Ou Xiuqin

    2004-01-01

    Nanometer Ce/TiO2 functional materials with photocatalystic antibacterial properties were prepared by dipping TiO2 nanometer powders into RE( NO3 )·nH2O solutions, filtrating, drying and heat treatment, and the enhancement mechanisms of Ce on the nanometer TiO2 were studied by electronic spin resonance(ESR) The results show that TiO2 for photocatalystic antibacterial properties is strengthened evidently by adding Ce, which has a high efficiency of photocatalystic antibacterial properties with the light extent of visible light and ultraviolet radiation. The basic reason for obtaining the strengthened result is that the effective wave length of photocatalystic properties of TiO2 can be expanded to visible light area with the induction of the rare earth elements, whether or not ultraviolet light exists, nanometer TiO2 can produce a great deal of hydroxylic radical(·OH) by treating with rare earth elements.

  17. Research on Laser Cladded Nickel Based Nanometer Tungsten Carbide Composite Coating

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    ZHANG Guang-jun; DAI Jian-qiang; WANG Hui-ping; YAN Min-jie; XI Wen-long; ZOU Chang-gu; GE Da-fang

    2004-01-01

    CO2 laser is adopted on the surface of austenitic stainless steel (1Cr18Ni9) to clad nickel based nanometer WC/Co composite coating. SEM, EDAX, XRD, AFM and Scratch Testers are adopted to conduct analysis and research on the microstructure, composition, phase and bonding strength of the coating. Results indicate that the microstructure of coating is metallurgically bonded with stainless steel base, eliminating porosities and cracks. The coating has a considerable quantity of nanometer particles visible with a granularity ≤ 100nm under a nanoscope atomic microscope. The bonding strength of the laser cladded coating is remarkably improved respectively compared with conventional hot-sprayed coating and spray welding. The nanometer effect of nanometer WC/Co introduced into the coating plays an important role in the laser cladding processes.

  18. Research on Laser Cladded Nickel Based Nanometer Tungsten Carbide Composite Coating

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    ZHANGGuang-jun; DAIJian-qiang; WANGHui-ping; YANMin-jie; XIWen-long; ZOUChang-gu; GEDa-fang

    2004-01-01

    CO2 laser is adopted on the surface of austenitic stainless steel (1Cr18Ni9) to clad nickel based nanometer WC/Co composite coating. SEM, EDAX, XRD, AFM and Scratch Testers are adopted to conduct analysis and research on the microstructure, composition, phase and bonding strength of the coating. Results indicate that the microstructure of coating is metallurgically bonded with stainless steel base, eliminating porosities and cracks. The coating has a considerable quantity of nanometer particles visible with a granularity ≤100nm under a nanoscope atomic microscope. The bonding strength of the laser cladded coating is remarkably improved respectively compared with conventional hot-sprayed coating and spray welding. The nanometer effect of nanometer WC/Co introduced into the coating plays an important role in the laser cladding processes.

  19. Ultraviolet-visible spectral properties of nanometer zinc oxide colloidal solution

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    刘建本; 陈上; 吴竹青; 肖卓炳; 张永康; 黄伯云

    2003-01-01

    Nanometer zinc oxide was prepared by solid phase reaction. And the ultraviolet-visi-ble spectral properties of nanometer zinc oxide colloidal solution dispersed in both water and oilphases were studied. The results show that the absorbance of the colloidal solution to ultravioletlight increases with the decrease of wavelength and reaches about 2.5 at the wavelength of 200nm. When the mass fraction of nanometer zinc oxide becomes lower, the transmittance of the col-loidal solution to visible light gets higher, and it is much higher than that of normal zinc oxide un-der the same conditions, indicating that nanometer zinc oxide dispersed in both water and oil pha-ses has high transmittance to visible light and good shield to ultraviolet light. Therefore it is suit-able for the replacement of organic ultraviolet absorber and titanium dioxide in cosmetics.

  20. The Effects of Dense/Nanometer Hydroxyapatite on Proliferation and Osteogenetic Differentiation of Periodontal Ligament Cells

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    2005-01-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate possible effects of nanometer powder of hydroxyapatite on proliferation of periodontal ligament cells. With sol-gel method, the nanometer hydroxyapatite powder were fabricated. The primary periodontal ligament cells were cultured on dense panicle hydroxyapatite and nanometer particle hydroxyapatite. The effects on proliferation of periodontal ligament cell were examined in vitro with MTT( methyl thiazolil tetracolium) test. The intercellular effects were observed with scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analyzer. In addition, the influence of two materials on osteogenetic differentiation was determined with measurement of ALP ( alkaline phosphatase) activity. It is concluded that nanometer hydroxyapatite can promote proliiferation and osteogenetic differentiation of periodontal ligament cells and it may become absorbable agent in osseous restoration.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of nanometer thin films for low-voltage DEAs

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    Nanometer-thin films are the essential components of a low-voltage dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA). Comprising of two electrodes sandwiching a dielectric elastomeric material DEAs have evoked versatile materials research. Before choosing the materials used to manufacture low-voltage DEAs one should carefully consider the targeted application. This project aims at finding new techniques to realize nanometer-thin films to obtain low-voltage DEAs with possible future application as artificia...

  2. CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATORS

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    Skarstrom, C.

    1959-03-10

    A centrifugal separator is described for separating gaseous mixtures where the temperature gradients both longitudinally and radially of the centrifuge may be controlled effectively to produce a maximum separation of the process gases flowing through. Tbe invention provides for the balancing of increases and decreases in temperature in various zones of the centrifuge chamber as the result of compression and expansions respectively, of process gases and may be employed effectively both to neutralize harmful temperature gradients and to utilize beneficial temperaturc gradients within the centrifuge.

  3. Comparison of performance of Trima and Amicus blood cell separators%Trima与Amicus两种血细胞分离机的性能比较

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    王彦; 陈麟凤; 师红梅; 李卉; 汪德清

    2015-01-01

    Objective To contrastively analyze the performance of two kinds of blood cell separators for apheresis platelets . Methods 80 blood donors were selected from 4 234 healthy apheresis platelet donors and their data before and after apheresis platelets were respectively collected by using two kinds of different blood cell separators Trima and Amicus .The product quality during the collection process ,residual WBC and RBC count ,acquisition time ,collection efficiency ,scrapping situation and safety were performed the comparative analysis between the two kinds of blood cell separator .Results In the case of the difference of the basic parameters before apheresis platelet having no statistical significance ,the two kinds of blood cell separator had no differences in the aspects of product quality ,processing blood amount and the use amount of anticoagulants(P>0 .05);but there were statisti‐cal differences in the aspects of acquisition time ,collection efficiency and pipeline residual blood amount (P<0 .05) .Conclusion Two kinds of blood cell separators have their own advantages and disadvantages during the use process ,so the blood cell separator should be selected according to the physical quality and their own characteristics of blood donors .%目的:对比分析两种血细胞分离机单采血小板的性能。方法从健康机采血小板献血员4234名中,选取80名献血员前后使用两种不同血细胞分离机T rima和Amicus采集数据,比较分析两种不同的血细胞分离机采集过程中的产品质量、残余白细胞和红细胞计数、采集时间、采集效率、报废情况及安全性等方面。结果在两种血细胞分离机的献血员采集前基本参数差异无统计学意义的情况下,两种血细胞分离机采集的产品质量方面、处理血量和抗凝剂使用量方面差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);但是两种血细胞分离机在采集时间、采集效率和管道残余血量方面进行比

  4. Improved electron-hole separation and migration in anatase TiO2 nanorod/reduced graphene oxide composites and their influence on photocatalytic performance.

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    Žerjav, Gregor; Arshad, Muhammad Shahid; Djinović, Petar; Junkar, Ita; Kovač, Janez; Zavašnik, Janez; Pintar, Albin

    2017-03-30

    The as-synthesized TiO2 nanorods a-TNR (amorphous TiO2 layer covering the crystalline anatase TiO2 core) and TNR (fully crystalline anatase TiO2) were decorated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) to synthesize two series of TiO2 + rGO composites with different nominal loadings of GO (from 4 to 20 wt%). The structural, surface and electronic properties of the obtained TiO2 + rGO composites were analyzed and correlated to their performance in the photocatalytic oxidation of aqueous bisphenol A solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses revealed that charge separation in TiO2 + rGO composites is improved due to the perfect matching of TiO2 and rGO valence band maxima (VBM). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) experiments revealed that the peak-to-peak separations (ΔEp) are the lowest and the oxidation current densities are the highest for composites with a nominal 10 wt% GO content, meaning that it is much easier for the charge carriers to percolate through the solid, resulting in improved charge migration. Due to the high charge carrier mobility in rGO and perfect VBM matching between TiO2 and rGO, the electron-hole recombination in composites was suppressed, resulting in more electrons and holes being able to participate in the photocatalytic reaction. rGO amounts above 10 wt% decreased the photocatalytic activity; thus, it is critical to optimize its amount in the TiO2 + rGO composites for achieving the highest photocatalytic activity. BPA degradation rates correlated completely with the results of the CV measurements, which directly evidenced improved charge separation and migration as the crucial parameters governing photocatalysis.

  5. Separation of some mono-, di- and tri-unsaturated fatty acids containing 18 carbon atoms by high-performance liquid chromatography and photodiode array detection.

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    Czauderna, M; Kowalczyk, J

    2001-08-25

    Positional and geometric isomers of mono-, di- and tri-unsaturated fatty acids containing 18 carbon atoms were separated on commercially available reversed-phase columns in gradient systems composed of acetonitrile and water, utilizing photodiode array detection. The biological samples were hydrolyzed with 2 M NaOH for 35-40 min at 85-90 degrees C. After cooling, the hydrolysates were acidified with 4 M HCl and the free fatty acids were extracted with dichloromethane. The organic solvent was removed in a gentle stream of argon. The fatty acids were determined after pre-column derivatization with dibromacetophenone in the presence of triethylamine. The reaction components were mixed and reacted for 2 h at 50 degrees C. Separations of derivatized fatty acids were performed on two C18 columns (Nova Pak C18, 4 microm, 250x4.6 mm, Waters) by binary or ternate gradient programs and UV detection at 254 and 235 nm. The geometric and positional isomers of some unsaturated fatty acids were substantially retained on the C18 columns and were distinct from some saturated fatty acids, endogenous substances in biological samples or background interference. Only slight separation of critical pairs of cis-9 C18:1/cis-11 C18:1 and cis-6 C18:1/trans-11 C18:1 was obtained. A ternate gradient program can be used for complete fractionation of a mixture of conjugated linoleic acid isomers (CLA) from cis-9, cis-12 and trans-9, trans-12 isomers of C18:2. The CLA isomers in the effluent were monitored at 235 nm. The CLA isomers were differentiated from saturated and unsaturated fatty acids using a photodiode array detector. The utility of the method was demonstrated by evaluating the fatty acid composition of duodenal digesta, rapeseed and maize oils.

  6. Effect of Polarity of Column on the Separation Performance of Essential Oil%色谱柱极性对精油分离性能的影响

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    曹艳红; 封顺

    2014-01-01

    采用GC-MS技术系统地研究了三种不同极性的色谱柱对新疆伊犁地区三种商品化薰衣草精油、薄荷精油和迷迭香精油的分离性能。以三种精油特征组分的理论塔板数、出峰总数和鉴定组分数量对不同极性色谱柱的分离性能进行评价。结果表明在使用单一柱型进行分析时,应针对精油成分极性分布的具体情况选择与之相对应极性的色谱柱才能实现对精油较好的分离。此外,采用两种不同极性色谱柱可以达到全面分析的目的。该研究同时也为二维色谱中柱型的选择提供了参考依据。%In this study, the effect of polarity of column on the separation performance of three essential oils was in-vestigated systematically by GC-MS. Compositions of three commercial essential oils of Lavandula angustifolia, Mentha piperita L. and Rosmarinus of cinalis L. from Yili region of Xinjiang, China were analyzed on three capillary columns with different polarities. The theoretical plate number of the characteristic components, the number of total peaks and the amount of identified components were combined to evaluate the separation performance of columns. Results showed the best separation of the oil can just be reached by a column with certain polarity according to the polarity distribution of components by a single run. And more, to reach a comprehensive analysis of oils, it was suggested to perform anal-yses on two columns with different polarities. This work also provides valuable reference for the column selection in two-dimensional gas chromatography.

  7. Separation of silver ions and starch modified silver nanoparticles using high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet and inductively coupled mass spectrometric detection

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    Hanley, Traci A.; Saadawi, Ryan; Zhang, Peng; Caruso, Joseph A., E-mail: joseph.caruso@uc.edu; Landero-Figueroa, Julio

    2014-10-01

    The production of commercially available products marketed to contain silver nanoparticles is rapidly increasing. Species-specific toxicity is a phenomenon associated with many elements, including silver, making it imperative to develop a method to identify and quantify the various forms of silver (namely, silver ions vs. silver nanoparticles) possibly present in these products. In this study a method was developed using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with ultraviolet (UV–VIS) and inductively coupled mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) detection to separate starch stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and silver ions (Ag{sup +}) by cation exchange chromatography with 0.5 M nitric acid mobile phase. The silver nanoparticles and ions were baseline resolved with an ICP-MS response linear over four orders of magnitude, 0.04 mg kg{sup −1} detection limit, and 90% chromatographic recovery for silver solutions containing ions and starch stabilized silver nanoparticles smaller than 100 nm.

  8. Separation of silver ions and starch modified silver nanoparticles using high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet and inductively coupled mass spectrometric detection

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    Hanley, Traci A.; Saadawi, Ryan; Zhang, Peng; Caruso, Joseph A.; Landero-Figueroa, Julio

    2014-10-01

    The production of commercially available products marketed to contain silver nanoparticles is rapidly increasing. Species-specific toxicity is a phenomenon associated with many elements, including silver, making it imperative to develop a method to identify and quantify the various forms of silver (namely, silver ions vs. silver nanoparticles) possibly present in these products. In this study a method was developed using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with ultraviolet (UV-VIS) and inductively coupled mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) detection to separate starch stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and silver ions (Ag+) by cation exchange chromatography with 0.5 M nitric acid mobile phase. The silver nanoparticles and ions were baseline resolved with an ICP-MS response linear over four orders of magnitude, 0.04 mg kg- 1 detection limit, and 90% chromatographic recovery for silver solutions containing ions and starch stabilized silver nanoparticles smaller than 100 nm.

  9. Preparative separation of polyphenols from water-soluble fraction of Chinese propolis using macroporous absorptive resin coupled with preparative high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Li, Aifeng; Xuan, Hongzhuan; Sun, Ailing; Liu, Renmin; Cui, Jichun

    2016-02-15

    In this study, a preparative separation method was developed for isolation of eleven polyphenols from water-soluble fraction of Chinese propolis using macroporous absorptive resin (MAR) coupled with preparative high performance liquid chromatography (PHPLC). Water-soluble fraction of Chinese propolis was first "prefractioned" using MAR, which yielded four subfractions. The four subfractions were then isolated by PHPLC with an isocratic elution of methanol-water. Finally, eleven polyphenols were purified from Chinese propolis including caffeic acid, ferulic acid, isoferulic acid, 3,4-dimethoxy cinnamic acid, pinobanksin, caffeic acid benzyl ester, caffeic acid phenethyl ester, apigenin, pinocembrin, chrysin and galangin. The purities of the compounds were determined by HPLC and the chemical structures were confirmed by UV and NMR analysis. The method developed was simple, effective, rapid, scalable and economical, and it was a promising basis for large-scale preparation of multiple components from natural products.

  10. Supported Ionic Liquid Membranes and Ion-Jelly® Membranes with [BMIM][DCA]: Comparison of Its Performance for CO2 Separation

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    Ricardo Couto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a supported ionic liquid membrane (SILM was prepared by impregnating a PVDF membrane with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide ([BMIM][DCA] ionic liquid. This membrane was tested for its permeability to pure gases (CO2, N2 and O2 and ideal selectivities were calculated. The SILM performance was also compared to that of Ion-Jelly® membranes, a new type of gelled membranes developed recently. It was found that the PVDF membrane presents permeabilities for pure gases similar or lower to those presented by the Ion-Jelly® membranes, but with increased ideal selectivities. This membrane presents also the highest ideal selectivity (73 for the separation of CO2 from N2 when compared with SILMs using the same PVDF support but with different ionic liquids.

  11. Effect of Extractant and Cold-drawing on the Structure and Performance of HDPE Hollow Fiber Membranes Fabricated via Thermally Induced Phase Separation Method

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    WANG Jian-li; RUAN Wen-xiang; SONG Yi-lin; JI Jian-bing; YAO Ke-jian

    2006-01-01

    Microporous polyolefin hollow fiber membranes were prepared from high density polyethylene (HDPE)-paraffin solution via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS)method. Effects of extraction and cold-drawing condition on membrane structure and performance were investigated.Five volatile solvents were used as extractant. Dimension of hollow fiber and gas permeation rate of membrane were measured. Microstructure of membrane was examined by Scanning Electronic Microscope (SEM). The results show that the membrane treated by pentane possesses a higher porosity, nitrogen permeability and lower shrinkage than those of membranes extracted by other three extractants. It is also found that thc membrane stretched 133% shows the highest porosity and gas permeability in this study.

  12. Supported Ionic Liquid Membranes and Ion-Jelly® Membranes with [BMIM][DCA]: Comparison of Its Performance for CO2 Separation.

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    Couto, Ricardo; Neves, Luísa; Simões, Pedro; Coelhoso, Isabel

    2015-01-14

    In this work, a supported ionic liquid membrane (SILM) was prepared by impregnating a PVDF membrane with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide ([BMIM][DCA]) ionic liquid. This membrane was tested for its permeability to pure gases (CO2, N2 and O2) and ideal selectivities were calculated. The SILM performance was also compared to that of Ion-Jelly® membranes, a new type of gelled membranes developed recently. It was found that the PVDF membrane presents permeabilities for pure gases similar or lower to those presented by the Ion-Jelly® membranes, but with increased ideal selectivities. This membrane presents also the highest ideal selectivity (73) for the separation of CO2 from N2 when compared with SILMs using the same PVDF support but with different ionic liquids.

  13. Direct Separation of Pregabalin Enantiomers Using a Zwitterionic Chiral Selector by High Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Mass Spectrometry and Ultraviolet Detection

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    Lakshmi Narayana Chennuru

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The chromatographic resolution of pregabalin enantiomers has been often achieved by derivatization of the molecule, in order to reach enough sensitivity at low concentrations of the minor enantiomer present in the active principle. In the present article, the development and optimization of two liquid chromatographic methods are presented for the direct resolution of pregabalin enantiomers on a chiral stationary phase (CSP containing a zwitterionic selector derived from cinchona alkaloid and sulfonic acid (CHIRALPAK ZWIX. The key parameters for the separation as well as the compatibility of chromatographic conditions with different detection modes (ultraviolet and mass spectrometry were investigated. The resulting methods were found to be selective, of high performance and low limits of detection (2 µg/mL by UV and 1 ng/mL by MS, respectively and quantification (6 µg/mL by UV and 5 ng/mL by MS, respectively for the minor enantiomer which is considered as a chiral impurity.

  14. Nanometer to Centimeter Scale Analysis and Modeling of Pore Structures

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    Wesolowski, D. J.; Anovitz, L.; Vlcek, L.; Rother, G.; Cole, D. R.

    2011-12-01

    The microstructure and evolution of pore space in rocks is a critically important factor controlling fluid flow. The size, distribution and connectivity of these confined geometries dictate how fluids including H2O and CO2, migrate into and through these micro- and nano-environments, wet and react with the solid. (Ultra)small-angle neutron scattering and autocorrelations derived from BSE imaging provide a method of quantifying pore structures in a statistically significant manner from the nanometer to the centimeter scale. Multifractal analysis provides additional constraints. These methods were used to characterize the pore features of a variety of potential CO2 geological storage formations and geothermal systems such as the shallow buried quartz arenites from the St. Peter Sandstone and the deeper Mt. Simon quartz arenite in Ohio as well as the Eau Claire shale and mudrocks from the Cranfield MS CO2 injection test and the normal temperature and high-temperature vapor-dominated parts of the Geysers geothermal system in California. For example, analyses of samples of St. Peter sandstone show total porosity correlates with changes in pores structure including pore size ratios, surface fractal dimensions, and lacunarity. These samples contain significant large-scale porosity, modified by quartz overgrowths, and neutron scattering results show significant sub-micron porosity, which may make up fifty percent or more of the total pore volume. While previous scattering data from sandstones suggest scattering is dominated by surface fractal behavior, our data are both fractal and pseudo-fractal. The scattering curves are composed of steps, modeled as polydispersed assemblages of pores with log-normal distributions. In some samples a surface-fractal overprint is present. There are also significant changes in the mono and multifractal dimensions of the pore structure as the pore fraction decreases. There are strong positive correlations between D(0) and image and total

  15. Preparation of nanometer-sized black iron oxide pigment by recycling of blast furnace flue dust.

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    Shen, Lazhen; Qiao, Yongsheng; Guo, Yong; Tan, Junru

    2010-05-15

    Blast furnace (BF) flue dust is one of pollutants emitted by iron and steel plants. The recycling of BF flue dust can not only reduce pollution but also bring social and environmental benefits. In this study, leaching technique was employed to the treatment of BF flue dust at first. A mixed solution of ferrous and ferric sulfate was obtained and used as raw material to prepare nanometer-sized black iron oxide pigment (Fe(3)O(4), magnetite) with NaOH as precipitant. The optimal technological conditions including total iron ion concentration, Fe(3+)/Fe(2+) mole ratio, precipitant concentration and reaction temperature were studied and discussed carefully. The spectral reflectance and oil absorption were used as major parameters to evaluate performance of pigment. Furthermore, Fe(3)O(4) particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Under optimized conditions obtained pigment has low average spectral reflectance (<4%), good oil absorption ( approximately 23%), high black intensity, and narrow size distribution 60-70 nm.

  16. Nanometer scale mapping of the density of states in an inhomogeneous superconductor

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    Cren, T.; Roditchev, D.; Sacks, W.; Klein, J. [Univ. Paris 7 et Paris 6 (France). Groupe de Physique des Solides

    2001-04-01

    Using high-speed scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), we perform a full mapping of the quasiparticle density of states (DOS) in single crystals of Bi{sub 2-x}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}0{sub 8+{delta}}. The measurements carried out at 5 K showed a complex spatial pattern of important variations of the local DOS on the nanometer scale. Superconducting areas, characterized by a well-pronounced superconducting gap, are coexisting with regions of a peakless gap structure which we attribute to the pseudogap. Within the large superconducting regions, the spectra reveal strong peak/dip/hump signatures, identical to the pristine Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}0{sub 8+{delta}} case. On the contrary, in very small superconducting regions this fine structure is attenuated. Such a behavior of the local DOS suggests that the peak/dip/hump fine structure is not only a consequence of the superconducting state, but is also directly related to the scale of the phase coherence. The role of Bi-Pb substitutional disorder is discussed. (orig.)

  17. Pseudopotential-based electron quantum transport: Theoretical formulation and application to nanometer-scale silicon nanowire transistors

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    Fang, Jingtian, E-mail: jingtian.fang@utdallas.edu; Vandenberghe, William G.; Fu, Bo; Fischetti, Massimo V. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75080 (United States)

    2016-01-21

    We present a formalism to treat quantum electronic transport at the nanometer scale based on empirical pseudopotentials. This formalism offers explicit atomistic wavefunctions and an accurate band structure, enabling a detailed study of the characteristics of devices with a nanometer-scale channel and body. Assuming externally applied potentials that change slowly along the electron-transport direction, we invoke the envelope-wavefunction approximation to apply the open boundary conditions and to develop the transport equations. We construct the full-band open boundary conditions (self-energies of device contacts) from the complex band structure of the contacts. We solve the transport equations and present the expressions required to calculate the device characteristics, such as device current and charge density. We apply this formalism to study ballistic transport in a gate-all-around (GAA) silicon nanowire field-effect transistor with a body-size of 0.39 nm, a gate length of 6.52 nm, and an effective oxide thickness of 0.43 nm. Simulation results show that this device exhibits a subthreshold slope (SS) of ∼66 mV/decade and a drain-induced barrier-lowering of ∼2.5 mV/V. Our theoretical calculations predict that low-dimensionality channels in a 3D GAA architecture are able to meet the performance requirements of future devices in terms of SS swing and electrostatic control.

  18. Pseudopotential-based electron quantum transport: Theoretical formulation and application to nanometer-scale silicon nanowire transistors

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    Fang, Jingtian; Vandenberghe, William G.; Fu, Bo; Fischetti, Massimo V.

    2016-01-01

    We present a formalism to treat quantum electronic transport at the nanometer scale based on empirical pseudopotentials. This formalism offers explicit atomistic wavefunctions and an accurate band structure, enabling a detailed study of the characteristics of devices with a nanometer-scale channel and body. Assuming externally applied potentials that change slowly along the electron-transport direction, we invoke the envelope-wavefunction approximation to apply the open boundary conditions and to develop the transport equations. We construct the full-band open boundary conditions (self-energies of device contacts) from the complex band structure of the contacts. We solve the transport equations and present the expressions required to calculate the device characteristics, such as device current and charge density. We apply this formalism to study ballistic transport in a gate-all-around (GAA) silicon nanowire field-effect transistor with a body-size of 0.39 nm, a gate length of 6.52 nm, and an effective oxide thickness of 0.43 nm. Simulation results show that this device exhibits a subthreshold slope (SS) of ˜66 mV/decade and a drain-induced barrier-lowering of ˜2.5 mV/V. Our theoretical calculations predict that low-dimensionality channels in a 3D GAA architecture are able to meet the performance requirements of future devices in terms of SS swing and electrostatic control.

  19. Adverse Effects of Excess Residual PbI2 on Photovoltaic Performance, Charge Separation, and Trap-State Properties in Mesoporous Structured Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Hao, Ming-Yang; Han, Jun; Yu, Man; Qin, Yujun; Zhang, Pu; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping

    2017-01-24

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have rapidly come to prominence in the photovoltaic field. In this context, CH3 NH3 PbI3 , as the most widely adopted active layer, has been attracting great attention. Generally, in a CH3 NH3 PbI3 layer, unreacted PbI2 inevitably coexists with the perovskite crystals, especially following a two-step fabrication process. There appears to be a consensus that an appropriate amount of unreacted PbI2 is beneficial to the overall photovoltaic performance of a device, the only disadvantageous aspect of excess residual PbI2 being viewed as its insulating nature. However, the further development of such perovskite-based devices requires a deeper understanding of the role of residual PbI2 . In this work, PbI2 -enriched and PbI2 -controlled perovskite films, as two extreme cases, have been prepared by modulating the crystallinity of a pre-deposited PbI2 film. The effects of excess residual PbI2 have been elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic and optoelectronic studies. The initial charge separation, the trap-state density, and the trap-state distribution have all been found to be adversely affected in PbI2 -enriched devices, to the detriment of photovoltaic performance. This leads to a biphasic recombination process and accelerates the charge carrier recombination dynamics.

  20. Effect of combination dope composition and evaporation time on the separation performance of cellulose acetate membrane for demak brackish water treatment

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    Kusworo Tutuk Djoko

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The coastal areas in Indonesia often have a problem of clean water lack, because the water is classified as brackish water. Therefore, this research investigated the fabrication of CA membranes using phase inversion method for brackish water treatment. Investigation was conducted to study the effect of combination dope composition and evaporation time on separation performance and morphology of the memrbane. Membrane was fabricated by dry-wet phase inversion technique with variation of polymer concentration 17, 18 and 20 wt% in the total solid and evaporation time of 5, 10 and 15 seconds, respectively. The asymmetric membranes were characterized by permeability test through rejection and flux measurements using brackish water as feed. The experimental results from SEM images analysis showed that all the membranes have a thin small porous layer and thicker sub-structure of larger porous layer formed asymmetric membrane. Moreover, the greater polymer concentration is resulting smaller pore size and smaller membrane porosity. The longer evaporation time was also resulted in denser membrane active layer. The best membrane performance was observed at the composition of 20 wt% CA polymer, 1 wt % polyethylene glycol with the solvent evaporation time of 15 seconds.

  1. High performance liquid chromatography/ion-trap mass spectrometry for separation and simultaneous determination of ethynylestradiol, gestodene, levonorgestrel, cyproterone acetate and desogestrel.

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    Matejícek, David; Kubán, Vlastimil

    2007-04-11

    A fast and highly sensitive high performance liquid chromatographic/ion-trap mass spectrometric method (LC/MS) has been developed for simultaneous determination of ethynylestradiol (EE2), gestodene (GES), levonorgestrel (LNG), cyproterone acetate (CPA) and desogestrel (DES). Among three types of sorbents tested (C8, C18 and phenyl) from two suppliers, the best separation was achieved on reverse phase Zorbax SB-Phenyl column using aqueous methanol as a mobile phase. A linear gradient profile from 70 up to 100% (v/v) in 7th min, kept constant at 100% up to 10th min and followed by a negative gradient to 70% of methanol up to 12th min was used for elution. Applicability of electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) and influence of the mobile phase composition, its flow rate, capillary/vaporizer temperature of API source and in-source fragmentor voltage ionization are discussed. The on-column limits of quantification (10S/N) were 300 pg of EE2, 14 pg of GES and LNG, 4 pg of CPA and 960 pg of DES per injection (1 microL) using APCI with data collection in selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The analytical performance of the method was evaluated using the determination of EE2, GES, LNG, CPA and DES in contraceptives and river water samples.

  2. SrAl2O4:Eu, Dy Nanometer Phosphors Synthesized by Combustion Method

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    Qiu Guanming; Sun Yanbin; Zhang Shengqu; Zhang Ming; Yan Changhao; Dai Shaojun

    2004-01-01

    SrAl2 O4: Eu, Dy nanometer phosphors were synthesized by combustion method at 500 ~ 900℃, followed by heating the combustion sample at 1150℃ at a weak reductive atmosphere and nanometer phosphor with much better luminescent properties was obtained. The influences of the initiating combustion temperature, H3BO3 quantity, the mass ratio of urea and nitrate on the luminescent intensity of nanometer phosphors were studied. The optimum synthetic conditions were determined. The analysis results by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicate that the particle size of the synthetic product is less than 75 nm. The luminescent materials do not need to be ground. Their coating can be refined. It supplies a new approach to the rapid preparation of the luminescent materials at low temperature. The excitation and emission spectra indicate that the main peaks in the excitation and emission spectrum of nanometer phosphor synthesized by combustion method shifted to the short wavelength compared with the phosphor obtained by the solidstate reaction synthesis method. The reason of blue shift was explained. The afterglow decay results indicate that the decay speed of the afterglow for nanometer phosphor is faster than that obtained by the solid-state reaction method.

  3. Foam droplet separation for nanoparticle synthesis

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    Tyree, Corey A.; Allen, Jonathan O. [Arizona State University, Department of Chemical Engineering (United States)], E-mail: joallen@asu.edu

    2008-03-15

    A novel approach to nanoparticle synthesis was developed whereby foam bubble bursting produced aerosol droplets, an approach patterned after the marine foam aerosol cycle. The droplets were dried to remove solvent, leaving nanometer-sized particles composed of precursor material. Nanoparticles composed of sodium chloride (mean diameter, D-bar{sub p} {approx} 100 nm), phosphotungstic acid (D-bar{sub p} {approx} 55 nm), and bovine insulin (D{sub p} {approx} 5-30 nm) were synthesized. Foam droplet separation can be carried out at ambient temperature and pressure. The 'soft' nature of the process makes it compatible with a wide range of materials.

  4. Performance of Electropun Polyacrylonitrile Nanofibrous Phases, Shown for the Separation of Water-Soluble Food Dyes via UTLC-Vis-ESI-MS

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    Full Text Available Research in the miniaturization of planar chromatography led to various approaches in manufacturing ultrathin-layer chromatography (UTLC layers of reduced thickness (<50 µm along with smaller instrumentation, as targeted in Office Chromatography. This novel concept merges 3D print & media technologies with miniaturized planar chromatography to realize an all-in-one instrument, in which all steps of UTLC are automated and integrated in the same tiny device. In this context, the development of electrospun polyacrylonitrile (PAN nanofiber phases was investigated as well as its performance. A nanofibrous stationary phase with fiber diameters of 150–225 nm and a thickness of ca. 25 µm was manufactured. Mixtures of water-soluble food dyes were printed on it using a modified office printer, and successfully separated to illustrate the capabilities of such UTLC media. The separation took 8 min for 30 mm and was faster (up to a factor of 2 than on particulate layers. The mean hRF values ranging from 25 to 90 for the five food dyes were well spread over the migration distance, with an overall reproducibility of 7% (mean %RSD over 5 different plates for 5 dyes. The individual mean plate numbers over 5 plates ranged between 8286 and 22,885 (mean of 11,722 over all 5 dyes. The single mean resolutions RS were between 1.7 and 6.5 (for the 5 food dyes over 5 plates, with highly satisfying reproducibilities (0.3 as mean deviation of RS. Using videodensitometry, different amounts separated in parallel led to reliable linear calibrations for each dye (sdv of 3.1–9.1% for peak heights and 2.4–9.3% for peak areas. Coupling to mass spectrometry via an elution head-based interface was successfully demonstrated for such ultrathin layers, showing several advantages such as a reduced cleaning process and a minimum zone distance. All these results underline the potential of electrospun nanofibrous phases to succeed as affordable stationary phase for quantitative

  5. Preparation of a new micro-porous poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted polyethylene separator for high performance Li secondary battery

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    Gwon, Sung-Jin [Radiation Research Division for Industry and Environment, Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Materials Engineering, Chnugnam National University, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jae-Hak; Sohn, Joon-Yong [Radiation Research Division for Industry and Environment, Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Ihm, Young-Eon [Department of Materials Engineering, Chnugnam National University, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Nho, Young-Chang [Radiation Research Division for Industry and Environment, Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do 580-185 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: ycnho@kaeri.re.kr

    2009-10-01

    In this study, micro-porous poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted polyethylene separators (PE-g-PMMA) were prepared by a radiation-induced graft polymerization of methyl methacrylate onto a conventional PE separator followed by a phase inversion. After the phase inversion, the micro-pores were generated in the grafted PMMA layer. The prepared micro-porous PE-g-PMMA separators showed an improved electrolyte uptake and ionic conductivity due to their improved affinity with a liquid electrolyte and the presence of pores in the grafted PMMA layer. The PE-g-PMMA separators exhibited a lower thermal shrinkage compared to the original PE separator. The PE-g-PMMA separators showed a better oxidation stability up to 5.0 V when compared to the original PE separator (4.5 V)

  6. Preparation of a new micro-porous poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted polyethylene separator for high performance Li secondary battery

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    Gwon, Sung-Jin; Choi, Jae-Hak; Sohn, Joon-Yong; Ihm, Young-Eon; Nho, Young-Chang

    2009-10-01

    In this study, micro-porous poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted polyethylene separators (PE-g-PMMA) were prepared by a radiation-induced graft polymerization of methyl methacrylate onto a conventional PE separator followed by a phase inversion. After the phase inversion, the micro-pores were generated in the grafted PMMA layer. The prepared micro-porous PE-g-PMMA separators showed an improved electrolyte uptake and ionic conductivity due to their improved affinity with a liquid electrolyte and the presence of pores in the grafted PMMA layer. The PE-g-PMMA separators exhibited a lower thermal shrinkage compared to the original PE separator. The PE-g-PMMA separators showed a better oxidation stability up to 5.0 V when compared to the original PE separator (4.5 V).

  7. Separation of isomeric short-chain acyl-CoAs in plant matrices using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Purves, Randy W; Ambrose, Stephen J; Clark, Shawn M; Stout, Jake M; Page, Jonathan E

    2015-02-01

    Acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) thioesters are important intermediates in cellular metabolism and being able to distinguish among them is critical to fully understanding metabolic pathways in plants. Although significant advances have been made in the identification and quantification of acyl-CoAs using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), separation of isomeric species such as isobutyryl- and n-butyrl-CoA has remained elusive. Here we report an ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)-MS/MS method for quantifying short-chain acyl-CoAs including isomeric species n-butyryl-CoA and isobutyryl-CoA as well as n-valeryl-CoA and isovaleryl-CoA. The method was applied to the analysis of extracts of hop (Humulus lupulus) and provided strong evidence for the existence of an additional structural isomer of valeryl-CoA, 2-methylbutyryl-CoA, as well as an unexpected isomer of hexanoyl-CoA. The results showed differences in the acyl-CoA composition among varieties of Humulus lupulus, both in glandular trichomes and cone tissues. When compared with the analysis of hemp (Cannabis sativa) extracts, the contribution of isobutyryl-CoAs in hop was greater as would be expected based on the downstream polyketide products. Surprisingly, branched chain valeryl-CoAs (isovaleryl-CoA and 2-methylbutyryl-CoA) were the dominant form of valeryl-CoAs in both hop and hemp. The capability to separate these isomeric forms will help to understand biochemical pathways leading to specialized metabolites in plants.

  8. Well-Combined Magnetically Separable Hybrid Cobalt Ferrite/Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as Efficient Catalyst with Superior Performance for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Lu, Lei; Hao, Qingli; Lei, Wu; Xia, Xifeng; Liu, Peng; Sun, Dongping; Wang, Xin; Yang, Xujie

    2015-11-18

    Catalysts with low-cost, high activity and stability toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are extremely desirable, but its development still remains a great challenge. Here, a novel magnetically separable hybrid of multimetal oxide, cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4), anchored on nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (CoFe2O4/NG) is prepared via a facile solvothermal method followed by calcination at 500 °C. The structure of CoFe2O4/NG and the interaction of both components are analyzed by several techniques. The possible formation of Co/Fe-N interaction in the CoFe2O4/NG catalyst is found. As a result, the well-combination of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with NG and its improved crystallinity lead to a synergistic and efficient catalyst with high performance to ORR through a four-electron-transfer process in alkaline medium. The CoFe2O4/NG exhibits particularly comparable catalytic activity as commercial Pt/C catalyst, and superior stability against methanol oxidation and CO poisoning. Meanwhile, it has been proved that both nitrogen doping and the spinel structure of CoFe2O4 can have a significant contribution to the catalytic activity by contrast experiments. Multimetal oxide hybrid demonstrates better catalysis to ORR than a single metal oxide hybrid. All results make the low-cost and magnetically separable CoFe2O4/NG a promising alternative for costly platinum-based ORR catalyst in fuel cells and metal-air batteries. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Plasma treatment of hydrophobic sub-layers to prepare uniform multi-layered films and high-performance gas separation membranes

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    Ren, Xiuxiu; Kanezashi, Masakoto; Nagasawa, Hiroki; Tsuru, Toshinori, E-mail: tsuru@hiroshima-u.ac.jp

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • TEOS and BTESE films were improved by coating sols on plasma-treated Me-SiO{sub 2} films. • BTESO sols were well coated on Me-SiO{sub 2} films with and without plasma treatment. • The gas performance of BTESE/Me-SiO{sub 2} membrane was improved with plasma treatment. - Abstract: Uniform and defect-free silica films were prepared by spin-coating silica sols on plasma-treated hydrophobic sub-layers. Three kinds of silica films were prepared using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane (BTESE) and bis(triethoxysily)octane (BTESO) via sol–gel method. First, hydrophobic sub-layers were pre-coated on silicon wafers with Me-SiO{sub 2} sols prepared from mixtures of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) and TEOS. After firing at 400 °C, the films showed water contact angles of 120°. Then TEOS- and BTESE-derived sols were directly spin-coated on the Me-SiO{sub 2} films, resulting in separated and scattered coatings. A H{sub 2}O/N{sub 2} plasma modification method was used to change the properties of the Me-SiO{sub 2} films from hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity without damaging either the surface morphology or the bulk chemistry. After the treatment, the TEOS- and BTESE-derived sols formed homogenous films. On the other hand, the Me-SiO{sub 2} films were fully coated with BTESO either with or without plasma treatment. This was probably due to both the polar (–OH) and non-polar (long –CH{sub 2}) portions of the BTESO-derived sols. For gas separation applications, the corresponding BTESE membranes showed great improvement in gas selectivity after the plasma treatment of hydrophobic Me-SiO{sub 2} layers.

  10. Multifunctional G-rich and RRM-containing domains of TbRGG2 perform separate yet essential functions in trypanosome RNA editing.

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    Foda, Bardees M; Downey, Kurtis M; Fisk, John C; Read, Laurie K

    2012-09-01

    Efficient editing of Trypanosoma brucei mitochondrial RNAs involves the actions of multiple accessory factors. T. brucei RGG2 (TbRGG2) is an essential protein crucial for initiation and 3'-to-5' progression of editing. TbRGG2 comprises an N-terminal G-rich region containing GWG and RG repeats and a C-terminal RNA recognition motif (RRM)-containing domain. Here, we perform in vitro and in vivo separation-of-function studies to interrogate the mechanism of TbRGG2 action in RNA editing. TbRGG2 preferentially binds preedited mRNA in vitro with high affinity attributable to its G-rich region. RNA-annealing and -melting activities are separable, carried out primarily by the G-rich and RRM domains, respectively. In vivo, the G-rich domain partially complements TbRGG2 knockdown, but the RRM domain is also required. Notably, TbRGG2's RNA-melting activity is dispensable for RNA editing in vivo. Interactions between TbRGG2 and MRB1 complex proteins are mediated by both G-rich and RRM-containing domains, depending on the binding partner. Overall, our results are consistent with a model in which the high-affinity RNA binding and RNA-annealing activities of the G-rich domain are essential for RNA editing in vivo. The RRM domain may have key functions involving interactions with the MRB1 complex and/or regulation of the activities of the G-rich domain.

  11. Performance and specificity of the covalently linked immunomagnetic separation-ATP method for rapid detection and enumeration of enterococci in coastal environments.

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    Zimmer-Faust, Amity G; Thulsiraj, Vanessa; Ferguson, Donna; Jay, Jennifer A

    2014-05-01

    The performance and specificity of the covalently linked immunomagnetic separation-ATP (Cov-IMS/ATP) method for the detection and enumeration of enterococci was evaluated in recreational waters. Cov-IMS/ATP performance was compared with standard methods: defined substrate technology (Enterolert; IDEXX Laboratories), membrane filtration (EPA Method 1600), and an Enterococcus-specific quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay (EPA Method A). We extend previous studies by (i) analyzing the stability of the relationship between the Cov-IMS/ATP method and culture-based methods at different field sites, (ii) evaluating specificity of the assay for seven ATCC Enterococcus species, (iii) identifying cross-reacting organisms binding the antibody-bead complexes with 16S rRNA gene sequencing and evaluating specificity of the assay to five nonenterococcus species, and (iv) conducting preliminary tests of preabsorption as a means of improving the assay. Cov-IMS/ATP was found to perform consistently and with strong agreement rates (based on exceedance/compliance with regulatory limits) of between 83% and 100% compared to the culture-based Enterolert method at a variety of sites with complex inputs. The Cov-IMS/ATP method is specific to five of seven different Enterococcus spp. tested. However, there is potential for nontarget bacteria to bind the antibody, which may be reduced by purification of the IgG serum with preabsorption at problematic sites. The findings of this study help to validate the Cov-IMS/ATP method, suggesting a predictable relationship between the Cov-IMS/ATP method and traditional culture-based methods, which will allow for more widespread application of this rapid and field-portable method for coastal water quality assessment.

  12. Facile conversion of commercial coarse-type LiCoO2 to nanocomposite-separated nanolayer architectures as a way for electrode performance enhancement.

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    Zhao, Yinan; Sha, Yujing; Lin, Qian; Zhong, Yijun; Tade, Moses O; Shao, Zongping

    2015-01-28

    Coarse-type LiCoO2 is the state-of-the-art cathode material in small-scale lithium-ion batteries (LIBs); however, poor rate performance and cycling stability limit its large-scale applications. Here we report the modification of coarse-type LiCoO2 (LCO) with nanosized lithium lanthanum titanate (Li3xLa2/3-xTiO3, LLTO) through a facile sol-gel process, the electrochemical performance of commercial LiCoO2 is improved effectively, in particular at high rates. The crystalline structure of pristine LiCoO2 is not affected by the introduction of the LLTO phase, while nanosized LLTO particles are likely incorporated into the space of the LiCoO2 layers to form a LCO-LLTO nanocomposite, which separate the LCO layers with the increase of layer spacing to ∼100 nm. The LLTO incorporation through the facile post-treatment effectively reduces the charge-transfer resistance and increases the electrode reactions; consequently, the LLTO-incorporated LCO electrode shows higher capacity than LiCoO2 at a higher rate and prolonging cycling stability in both potential ranges of 2.7-4.2 V and 2.7-4.5 V, making it also suitable for high-rate operation. This novel concept is general, which may also be applicable to other electrode materials. It thus introduces a new way for the development of high rate-performance electrodes for LIBs for large scale applications such as electric vehicles and electrochemical energy storage for smart grids.

  13. GPS Separator

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    Footage of the 70 degree ISOLDE GPS separator magnet MAG70 as well as the switchyard for the Central Mass and GLM (GPS Low Mass) and GHM (GPS High Mass) beamlines in the GPS separator zone. In the GPS20 vacuum sector equipment such as the long GPS scanner 482 / 483 unit, faraday cup FC 490, vacuum valves and wiregrid piston WG210 and WG475 and radiation monitors can also be seen. Also the RILIS laser guidance and trajectory can be seen, the GPS main beamgate switch box and the actual GLM, GHM and Central Beamline beamgates in the beamlines as well as the first electrostatic quadrupoles for the GPS lines. Close up of the GHM deflector plates motor and connections and the inspection glass at the GHM side of the switchyard.

  14. HRS Separator

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    Footage of the 90 and 60 degree ISOLDE HRS separator magnets in the HRS separator zone. In the two vacuum sectors HRS20 and HRS30 equipment such as the HRS slits SL240, the HRS faraday cup FC300 and wiregrid WG210 can be spotted. Vacuum valves, turbo pumps, beamlines, quadrupoles, water and compressed air connections, DC and signal cabling can be seen throughout the video. The HRS main and user beamgate in the beamline between MAG90 and MAG60 and its switchboxes as well as all vacuum bellows and flanges are shown. Instrumentation such as the HRS scanner unit 482 / 483, the HRS WG470 wiregrid and slits piston can be seen. The different quadrupoles and supports are shown as well as the RILIS guidance tubes and installation at the magnets and the different radiation monitors.

  15. Properties of composition sinter prepared from fibrous barium titanate and nanometer zirconia

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    2002-01-01

    Fibrous Batium Titanate particles,30-50 μm long,prepared by a hydrothermal reaction,and the monoclinic phase and nanometer Zirconia,11.6 nm long were prepared by citric acid reaction respectively.Then,the two were composite sintered to produce a new functional material by making full use of crystal-axis orientation of fibers and the activity of nanometer powder.The analydid of composition and microstructure of the new material in terms of XRD and SEM.shows that the solid solution was formed between fibers and nanometer powder,and the distance between lattice(d value)of Barium Titanate changed.But the crystal-axis orientations of fibers remain unchanged.

  16. Theoretical study and simulation for a nanometer laser based on Gauss-Hermite source expansion

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    Gu, Xiaowei

    2013-07-01

    Recently there has been worldwide interest in constructing a new generation of continuously tunable nanometer lasers for a wide range of scientific applications, including femtosecond science, biological molecules, nanoscience research fields, etc. The high brightness electron beam required by a short wavelength self-amplified spontaneous emission FEL can be reached only with accurate control of the beam dynamics in the facility. Numerical simulation codes are basic tools for designing new nanometer laser devices. We have developed a MATLAB quasi-one-dimensional code based on a reduced model for the FEL. The model uses an envelope description of the transverse dynamics of the laser beam and full longitudinal particle motion. We have optimized the LCLS facility parameters, then given the characteristics of the nanometer laser.

  17. Parallel nanometer scale fabrication. Final report, September 19, 1989--September 14, 1992

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    Douglas, K.

    1993-09-01

    Our approach to nanotechnology stresses parallel (as opposed to serial) processing and self-assembly techniques and we have demonstrated a basic parallel nanofabrication process that will enable a wide variety of nanometer-scale structures to be made. The process of nanometer molecular lithography employs two-dimensional biomolecular crystals as patterning elements in the parallel fabrication of structures on the 1--10 nm length scale. We have further demonstrated the fabrication of composite biomolecular/solid state heterostructures of nanometer dimension (nanoheterostructures). We are presently pursuing central issues in the development of nanotechnology such as the understanding and control of fluctuations and structural variations as well as applications of our nanofabrication process. An example of the latter is the formation of porous silicon having monodisperse arrays of silicon ``quantum wires`` to elucidate the role of quantum confinement in the phenomenon of luminescent silicon.

  18. Optical anisotropy in packed isotropic spherical particles: indication of nanometer scale anisotropy in packing structure.

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    Yamaguchi, Kohei; Inasawa, Susumu; Yamaguchi, Yukio

    2013-02-28

    We investigated the origin of birefringence in colloidal films of spherical silica particles. Although each particle is optically isotropic in shape, colloidal films formed by drop drying demonstrated birefringence. While periodic particle structures were observed in silica colloidal films, no regular pattern was found in blended films of silica and latex particles. However, since both films showed birefringence, regular film structure patterns were not required to exhibit birefringence. Instead, we propose that nanometer-scale film structure anisotropy causes birefringence. Due to capillary flow from the center to the edge of a cast suspension, particles are more tightly packed in the radial direction. Directional packing results in nanometer-scale anisotropy. The difference in the interparticle distance between radial and circumferential axes was estimated to be 10 nm at most. Nanometer-scale anisotropy in colloidal films and the subsequent optical properties are discussed.

  19. Jet engine applications for materials with nanometer-scale dimensions

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    Appleby, J.W. Jr.

    1995-10-01

    The performance of advanced military and commercial gas turbine engines is often linked to advances in materials technology. High performance gas turbine engines being developed require major material advances in strength, toughness, reduced density and improved temperature capability. The emerging technology of nanostructured materials has enormous potential for producing materials with significant improvements in these properties. Extraordinary properties demonstrated in the laboratory include material strengths approaching theoretical limit, ceramics that demonstrate ductility and toughness, and materials with ultra-high hardness. Nanostructured materials and coatings have the potential for meeting future gas turbine engine requirements for improved performance, reduced weight and lower fuel consumption.

  20. Jet engine applications for materials with nanometer-scale dimensions

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    Appleby, J. W., Jr.

    1995-01-01

    The performance of advanced military and commercial gas turbine engines is often linked to advances in materials technology. High performance gas turbine engines being developed require major material advances in strength, toughness, reduced density and improved temperature capability. The emerging technology of nanostructured materials has enormous potential for producing materials with significant improvements in these properties. Extraordinary properties demonstrated in the laboratory include material strengths approaching theoretical limit, ceramics that demonstrate ductility and toughness, and materials with ultra-high hardness. Nanostructured materials and coatings have the potential for meeting future gas turbine engine requirements for improved performance, reduced weight and lower fuel consumption.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of nanometer-sized gaps in suspended few-layer graphene devices

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    Lumetti, S.; Martini, L.; Candini, A.

    2017-02-01

    Graphene nanodevices, such as ultra-narrow constrictions and nanometer-spaced gaps, are emerging as appealing candidates for various applications, ranging from advanced quantum devices to single-molecule junctions and even DNA sequencing. Here, we present the realization and characterization of nanometer-sized gaps in suspended few-layer graphene devices via feedback-controlled electroburning at room temperature. By analyzing the electrical behavior after the electroburning process, we identify two distinct regimes for the resulting devices, deriving a simple yet effective quantitative criterion to determine the complete opening of the nanogaps.

  2. Study and Considerations of Nanometer and Nano-radian Surface Profiler

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    Qian, S.; Qian, K.

    2010-10-18

    A Nanometer and Nano-radian Surface Profiler (NSP) is under development at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Nanometer and nano-radian accuracy is required for newest state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation optics and highprecision optical measurement. This test accuracy must be maintained in larger angle test range. In order to reach this accuracy we have to remove all error sources as much as possible or to reduce them to nano-radian level. We present the approaches in optimized optical system designing, scanning optical head mode selection, non-tilted reference method, quality control of optical components, and temperature stabilization. Some considerations and preliminary measurements are presented.

  3. Ultraviolet Spectrum of Nanometer Zinc Oxide Prepared by Sol-Gel Process

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    Xiaoping Liang; Xiaohui Wang; Shaobo Xin; Yajin Liu

    2006-01-01

    Zinc oxide nanometer powders were prepared by the sol-gel process. The sol and the powders characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light is detected by the ultraviolet spectrometer. The results indicate the concentration of zinc acetate dihydrate in isopropyl alcohol solution and the final pH value of the aqueous sol have effect on the UV absorption of the sol.The nanometer zinc oxide has strong absorption at 200 nm~360 nm, and over 90% ultraviolet in the range of 200 nm~360 nm wavelength are absorbed. The characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light of zinc oxide increases as the particle size of zinc oxide decreases.

  4. High performance liquid chromatography with photo diode array for separation and analysis of naproxen and esomeprazole in presence of their chiral impurities: Enantiomeric purity determination in tablets.

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    Ragab, Marwa A A; El-Kimary, Eman I

    2017-05-12

    A stereoselective high performance liquid chromatographic method with diode array detection (HPLC-DAD) was introduced for S-naproxen and esomeprazole determination in tablets. The separation was achieved on a Kromasil Cellucoat chiral column using a mobile phase consisting of hexane: isopropanol: trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) (90:9.9:0.1 v/v/v). The proposed system was found to be suitable for the enantioseparation of naproxen and omeprazole biologically active isomers. After optimization of the chromatographic conditions, resolution values of 3.84 and 2.17 could be obtained for naproxen and omeprazole isomers, respectively. The method was fully validated for the determination of S-isomers of each drug in their dosage form. Also, the enentiomeric purity was determined in commercial tablet containing S-naproxen and esomeprazole. The enantiomeric purity was calculated for each drug and the chiral impurities (R-isomers) could be determined at 1% level. The method was validated and good results with respect to linearity, precision, accuracy, selectivity and robustness were obtained. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) were 2.00, 6.50 and 0.10, 0.35μgmL(-1) for S-naproxen and esomeprazole, respectively. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The Influence of Fluorination on Nano-Scale Phase Separation and Photovoltaic Performance of Small Molecular/PC71BM Blends

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    Zhen Lu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the fluorination influence on the photovoltaic performance of small molecular based organic solar cells (OSCs, six small molecules based on 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (BT, and diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP as core and fluorinated phenyl (DFP and triphenyl amine (TPA as different terminal units (DFP-BT-DFP, DFP-BT-TPA, TPA-BT-TPA, DFP-DPP-DFP, DFP-DPP-TPA, and TPA-DPP-TPA were synthesized. With one or two fluorinated phenyl as the end group(s, HOMO level of BT and DPP based small molecular donors were gradually decreased, inducing high open circuit voltage for fluorinated phenyl based OSCs. DFP-BT-TPA and DFP-DPP-TPA based blend films both displayed stronger nano-scale aggregation in comparison to TPA-BT-TPA and TPA-DPP-TPA, respectively, which would also lead to higher hole motilities in devices. Ultimately, improved power conversion efficiency (PCE of 2.17% and 1.22% was acquired for DFP-BT-TPA and DFP-DPP-TPA based devices, respectively. These results demonstrated that the nano-scale aggregation size of small molecules in photovoltaic devices could be significantly enhanced by introducing a fluorine atom at the donor unit of small molecules, which will provide understanding about the relationship of chemical structure and nano-scale phase separation in OSCs.

  6. Effects of Microporosity and Surface Chemistry on Separation Performances of N-Containing Pitch-Based Activated Carbons for CO2/N2 Binary Mixture

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    Lee, Min-Sang; Park, Mira; Kim, Hak Yong; Park, Soo-Jin

    2016-03-01

    In this study, N-containing pitch-based activated carbons (NPCs) were prepared using petroleum pitch with a low softening point and melamine with a high nitrogen content. The major advantage of the preparation method is that it enables variations in chemical structures and textural properties by steam activation at high temperatures. The adequate micropore structures, appropriate chemical modifications, and high adsorption enthalpies of NPCs are favorable for CO2 adsorption onto carbon surfaces. Furthermore, the structure generates a considerable gas/N-containing carbon interfacial area, and provides selective access to CO2 molecules over N2 molecules by offering an increased number of active sites on the carbon surfaces. The highest CO2/N2 selectivity, i.e., 47.5, and CO2 adsorption capacity for a CO2/N2 (0.15:0.85) binary gas mixture, i.e., 5.30 wt%, were attained at 298 K. The NPCs also gave reversible and durable CO2-capturing performances. All the results suggest that NPCs are promising CO2 sorbents, which can meet the challenges of current CO2 capture and separation techniques.

  7. Separation of polyphenols and caffeine from the acetone extract of fermented tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) using high-performance countercurrent chromatography.

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    Choi, Soo Jung; Hong, Yong Deog; Lee, Bumjin; Park, Jun Seong; Jeong, Hyun Woo; Kim, Wan Gi; Shin, Song Seok; Yoon, Kee Dong

    2015-07-21

    Leaves from Camellia sienensis are a popular natural source of various beverage worldwide, and contain caffeine and polyphenols derived from catechin analogues. In the current study, caffeine (CAF, 1) and three tea polyphenols including (-)-epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCg, 2), (-)-gallocatechin 3-O-gallate (GCg, 3), and (-)-epicatechin 3-O-gallate (ECg, 4) were isolated and purified by flow-rate gradient high-performance countercurrent chromatography (HPCCC) using a two-phase solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (1:9:1:9, v/v). Two hundred milligrams of acetone-soluble extract from fermented C. sinensis leaves was separated by HPCCC to give 1 (25.4 mg), 2 (16.3 mg), 3 (11.1 mg) and 4 (4.4 mg) with purities over 98%. The structures of 1-4 were elucidated by QTOF-MS, as well as 1H- and 13C-NMR, and the obtained data were compared to the previously reported values.

  8. Effects of Microporosity and Surface Chemistry on Separation Performances of N-Containing Pitch-Based Activated Carbons for CO2/N2 Binary Mixture

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    Lee, Min-Sang; Park, Mira; Kim, Hak Yong; Park, Soo-Jin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, N-containing pitch-based activated carbons (NPCs) were prepared using petroleum pitch with a low softening point and melamine with a high nitrogen content. The major advantage of the preparation method is that it enables variations in chemical structures and textural properties by steam activation at high temperatures. The adequate micropore structures, appropriate chemical modifications, and high adsorption enthalpies of NPCs are favorable for CO2 adsorption onto carbon surfaces. Furthermore, the structure generates a considerable gas/N-containing carbon interfacial area, and provides selective access to CO2 molecules over N2 molecules by offering an increased number of active sites on the carbon surfaces. The highest CO2/N2 selectivity, i.e., 47.5, and CO2 adsorption capacity for a CO2/N2 (0.15:0.85) binary gas mixture, i.e., 5.30 wt%, were attained at 298 K. The NPCs also gave reversible and durable CO2-capturing performances. All the results suggest that NPCs are promising CO2 sorbents, which can meet the challenges of current CO2 capture and separation techniques. PMID:26987683

  9. Fabrication of Polyimide Membrane Incorporated with Functional Graphene Oxide for CO2 Separation: The Effects of GO Surface Modification on Membrane Performance.

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    Wang, Ting; Cheng, Cheng; Wu, Li-Guang; Shen, Jiang-Nan; Van der Bruggen, Bart; Chen, Qian; Chen, Di; Dong, Chun-Ying

    2017-06-06

    Two kinds of isocyanate were used to modify graphene oxide (GO) samples. Then, polyimide (PI) hybrid membranes containing GO and modified GO were prepared by in situ polymerization. The permeation of CO2 and N2 was studied using these novel membranes. The morphology experiments showed that the isocyanate groups were successfully grafted on the surface of GO by replacement of the oxygen-containing functional groups. After modification, the surface polarity of the GO increased, and more defect structures were introduced into the GO surface. This resulted in a good distribution of more modified GO samples in the PI polymer matrix. Thus, the PI hybrid membranes incorporated by modified GO samples showed a high gas permeability and ideal selectivity of membranes. In addition, enhancement of the selectivity due to the solubility of CO2 played a major role in the increase in the separation performance of the hybrid membranes for CO2, although the diffusion coefficients for CO2 also increased. Both the higher condensability and the strong affinity between CO2 molecules and GO in the polymer matrix caused an enhancement of the solubility selectivity higher than the diffusion selectivity after GO surface modification.

  10. High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of carminic acid, alpha- and beta-bixin, and alpha- and beta-norbixin, and the determination of carminic acid in foods.

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    Lancaster, F E; Lawrence, J F

    1996-05-03

    During a study of natural food colours, a simple and reliable high-performance liquid chromatography system was developed for use with cochineal and annato. An isocratic mobile phase, consisting of methanol and 6% aqueous acetic acid, resolved bixin and norbixin, while a gradient system was used to separate carminic acid and the annato compounds. The carminic acid contents of cochineal extract, carmine and carmine hydrosoluble were determined using an isocratic mobile phase (40:60, v/v). The detection limit for carminic acid in the various products was approximately 100 ng/g. Carminic acid was determined quantitatively in fruit beverages, yogurt and candies. It was demonstrated that, because of decomposition, carminic acid was not suitable for use in candies when manufacturing temperatures above 100 degrees C were required. Most membrane filters are not suitable for use with cochineal solutions, but a cellulose membrane filter did not adsorb carminic acid and was used successfully to remove impurities from water-based cochineal products and food extracts containing carminic acid.

  11. Sonocatalytic degradation of methyl parathion in the presence of nanometer and ordinary anatase titanium dioxide catalysts and comparison of their sonocatalytic abilities.

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    Wang, Jun; Pan, Zhijun; Zhang, Zhaohong; Zhang, Xiangdong; Wen, Fuyu; Ma, Teng; Jiang, Yuefeng; Wang, Lei; Xu, Liang; Kang, Pingli

    2006-09-01

    The degradation of methyl parathion (O,O-dimethyl-O-(4-nitrophenyl)-phosphorothioate) using anatase titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) powder as heterogeneous sonocatalysts is reported. The influences of reaction parameters such as the species of TiO(2) sonocatalysts, methyl parathion concentrations, TiO(2) adding amount, pH, ultrasonic intensity, ultrasonic frequency and temperature have been investigated and the optimal conditions for eliminating methyl parathion have been identified. The efficiencies of sonocatalytic degradation in both nanometer and ordinary anatase systems are compared and the results indicate that the sonocatalytic activity of nanometer anatase TiO(2) powder is better than that of ordinary anatase TiO(2) powder. The primary degradation and the total mineralization of methyl parathion have been monitored by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and UV-vis spectra, respectively. Methyl parathion got destroyed to some extent in both nanometer and ordinary anatase systems under ultrasonic irradiation. The kinetics for the degradation process of methyl parathion follows the first-order reaction. The degradation ratio of methyl parathion surpassed 90% within 50min in the optimal experiment conditions.

  12. Metal-organic framework nanosheets in polymer composite materials for gas separation

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    Seoane, Beatriz; Miro, Hozanna; Corma, Avelino; Kapteijn, Freek; Llabrés i Xamena, Francesc X.; Gascon, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Composites incorporating two-dimensional nanostructures within polymeric matrices hold potential as functional components for several technologies, including gas separation. Prospectively, employing metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) as versatile nanofillers would notably broaden the scope of functionalities. However, synthesizing MOFs in the form of free standing nanosheets has proven challenging. We present a bottom-up synthesis strategy for dispersible copper 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate MOF lamellae of micrometer lateral dimensions and nanometer thickness. Incorporating MOF nanosheets into polymer matrices endows the resultant composites with outstanding CO2 separation performance from CO2/CH4 gas mixtures, together with an unusual and highly desired increment in the separation selectivity with pressure. As revealed by tomographic focused-ion-beam scanning-electron-microscopy, the unique separation behaviour stems from a superior occupation of the membrane cross-section by the MOF nanosheets as compared to isotropic crystals, which improves the efficiency of molecular discrimination and eliminates unselective permeation pathways. This approach opens the door to ultrathin MOF-polymer composites for various applications. PMID:25362353

  13. Separation of the potential G-quadruplex ligands from the butanol extract of Zanthoxylum ailanthoides Sieb. & Zucc. by countercurrent chromatography and preparative high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Han, Tian; Cao, Xueli; Xu, Jing; Pei, Hairun; Zhang, Hong; Tang, Yalin

    2017-07-21

    G-quadruplex DNA structure is considered to be a very attractive target for antitumor drug design due to its unique role in maintaining telomerase activities. Therefore, discovering ligands with high stability of G-quadruplex structure is of great interest. In this paper, pH-zone refining counter current chromatography (CCC) and preparative high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were employed for the separation of potent G-quadruplex ligands from the n-butanol fraction of the crude extract of Zanthoxylum ailanthoides, which is a traditional Chinese medicine recently found to display high inhibitory activity against several human cancer cells. The 75% aqueous ethanol extract of the stem bark of Z. ailanthoides and its fractions with petroleum ether, ethyl acetate and n-butanol displayed almost the same G-quadruplex stabilization ability. Here, pH-zone refining CCC was used for the separation of the alkaloids from the n-butanol fraction by a seldom used solvent system composed of dichloromethane-methanol-water (4:1:2.5) with 10mM TEA in the organic stationary phase as retainer and 10mM HCl in the aqueous mobile phase as eluter. Compounds I, II and III were obtained, with purity greater than 95%, in the quantities of 31.2, 94.0, and 26.4mg respectively from 300mg of lipophilic fraction within 80min, which were identified as three tetrahydroprotoberberines isolated for the first time in this plant. In addition, a phenylpropanoid glycoside compound IV (Syringin), an isoquinoline (Magnoflorine, V), and two lignin isomers (+)-lyoniresiol-3α-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (VI) and (-)-lyoniresinol -3α-O-β-D -glucopyranoside (VII) were isolated by traditional CCC together with preparative HPLC. Compounds IV, V, VI and VII were obtained, with purity greater than 95%, in the quantities of 4.0, 13.2, 6.7, and 6.5mg respectively from 960mg of hydrophilic fraction. Among the seven isolated compounds, tetrahydroprotoberberine I, II and III were found to display remarkable

  14. SEPARATION OF CHOLESTEROL ESTERS BY SILVER ION CHROMATOGRAPHY USING HIGH-PERFORMANCE LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY OR SOLID-PHASE EXTRACTION COLUMNS PACKED WITH A BONDED SULFONIC-ACID PHASE

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    HOVING, EB; MUSKIET, FAJ; CHRISTIE, WW

    1991-01-01

    Two methods for the separation of cholesterol esters, based on the number of double bonds in their fatty acid moieties, are presented. Silver ion chromatography, usually performed on thin-layer chromatographic plates, was made suitable for high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and solid-phas

  15. Nanometer-Scale Electrical Potential Profiling Across Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Xiao, Chuanxiao; Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Ke, Weijun; Wang, Changlei; Gorman, Brian; Yan, Yanfa; Al-Jassim, Mowafak

    2016-11-21

    We used Kelvin probe force microscopy to study the potential distribution on cross-section of perovskite solar cells with different types of electron-transporting layers (ETLs). Our results explain the low open-circuit voltage and fill factor in ETL-free cells, and support the fact that intrinsic SnO2 as an alternative ETL material can make high-performance devices. Furthermore, the potential-profiling results indicate a reduction in junction-interface recombination by the optimized SnO2 layer and adding a fullerene layer, which is consistent with the improved device performance and current-voltage hysteresis.

  16. Nanometer scale assessment of mechanical strain induced in silicon by a periodic line array.

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    Escoubas, S; Gaudeau, G; Ezzaidi, Y; Thomas, O; Morin, P

    2011-10-01

    Measuring stress and strain, induced by nanostructures, at the nanometer scale is still a challenge. In this work, we investigate the strain induced by sub-micrometric periodic line arrays deposited on single crystal (001) Si substrate. We study the influence of the lines width and the spacing between the lines for two sets of samples: a silicon nitride lines array and a poly-silicon line array capped with a Si3N4 stressor layer. The periodic strain field in mono-crystalline silicon is investigated by High Resolution X-ray Diffraction which is very sensitive to local strain (goniometer with a laboratory source. The line arrays induce a periodic strain field in silicon, which gives rise to distinct satellites in reciprocal space. The intensity envelope of these satellites is related to the strain field in one cell. In order to assess this strain field in silicon, mechanical modeling is necessary. Elastic calculations are performed with a Finite Element Modeling (FEM) code in order to extract the displacement field that is used for structure factor calculations within kinematical approximation. The calculated reciprocal space map is compared to the experimental results in order to validate the strain field. We show that for capped poly arrays, the diffracted intensity envelope is influenced by the spacing between the lines. This area is filled with silicon nitride which induces a noticeable change in displacement and strain field. While for bare stressor arrays the nitride line width is responsible of change in displacement field and thus on the RSM intensity envelope.

  17. Exploring soil organic matter-mineral interactions: mechanistic insights at the nanometer and molecular length scales

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    Newcomb, C.; Qafoku, N. P.; Grate, J. W.; Hufschmid, R.; Browning, N.; De Yoreo, J. J.

    2015-12-01

    With elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to anthropogenic emissions and disruption to the carbon cycle, the effects of climate change are being accelerated. Approximately 80% of Earth's terrestrial organic carbon is stored in soil, and the residence time of this carbon can range from hours to millenia. Understanding the dynamics of this carbon pool in the carbon cycle is crucial to both predicting climate and sustaining ecosystem services. Soil organic carbon is known to be strongly associated with high surface area clay minerals. The nature of these interactions is not well understood primarily due to the heterogeneity of soil, as much of the current knowledge relies on experiments that take a top-down approach using bulk experimental measurements. Our work seeks to probe physical, chemical, and molecular-level interactions at the organic-mineral interface using a bottom-up approach that establishes a model system where complexity can be built in systematically. By performing in situ techniques such as dynamic force spectroscopy, a technique where organic molecules can be brought into contact with mineral surfaces in a controlled manner using an atomic force microscope, we demonstrate the ability to mechanistically probe the energy landscape of individual organic molecules with mineral surfaces. We demonstrate the ability to measure the binding energies of soil-inspired organic functional groups (including carboxylic acid, amine, methyl, and phosphate) with clay and mineral surfaces as a function of solution chemistry. This effort can provide researchers with both guiding principles about carbon dynamics at the sub-nanometer length scale and insights into early aggregation events, where organic-mineral interactions play a significant role.

  18. Sub-nanometer dimensions control of core/shell nanoparticles prepared by atomic layer deposition.

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    Weber, M J; Verheijen, M A; Bol, A A; Kessels, W M M

    2015-03-06

    Bimetallic core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) are the subject of intense research due to their unique electronic, optical and catalytic properties. Accurate and independent control over the dimensions of both core and shell would allow for unprecedented catalytic performance. Here, we demonstrate that both core and shell dimensions of Pd/Pt core/shell nanoparticles (NPs) supported on Al2O3 substrates can be controlled at the sub-nanometer level by using a novel strategy based on atomic layer deposition (ALD). From the results it is derived that the main conditions for accurate dimension control of these core/shell NPs are: (i) a difference in surface energy between the deposited core metal and the substrate to obtain island growth; (ii) a process yielding linear growth of the NP cores with ALD cycles to obtain monodispersed NPs with a narrow size distribution; (iii) a selective ALD process for the shell metal yielding a linearly increasing thickness to obtain controllable shell growth exclusively on the cores. For Pd/Pt core/shell NPs it is found that a minimum core diameter of 1 nm exists above which the NP cores are able to catalytically dissociate the precursor molecules for shell growth. In addition, initial studies on the stability of these core/shell NPs have been carried out, and it has been demonstrated that core/shell NPs can be deposited by ALD on high aspect ratio substrates such as nanowire arrays. These achievements show therefore that ALD has significant potential for the preparation of tuneable heterogeneous catalyst systems.

  19. Reprint of: Enantiomeric separation of functionalized ethano-bridged Tröger bases using macrocyclic cyclofructan and cyclodextrin chiral selectors in high-performance liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis with application of principal component analysis.

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    Weatherly, Choyce A; Na, Yun-Cheol; Nanayakkara, Yasith S; Woods, Ross M; Sharma, Ankit; Lacour, Jérôme; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2014-10-01

    The enantiomeric separation of a series of racemic functionalized ethano-bridged Tröger base compounds was examined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Using HPLC and CE the entire set of 14 derivatives was separated by chiral stationary phases (CSPs) and chiral additives composed of cyclodextrin (native and derivatized) and cyclofructan (derivatized). Baseline separations (Rs ≥ 1.5) in HPLC were achieved for 13 of the 14 compounds with resolution values as high as 5.0. CE produced 2 baseline separations. The separations on the cyclodextrin CSPs showed optimum results in the reversed phase mode, and the LARIHC cyclofructan CSPs separations showed optimum results in the normal phase mode. HPLC separation data of the compounds was analyzed using principal component analysis (PCA). The PCA biplot analysis showed that retention is governed by the size of the R1 substituent in the case of derivatized cyclofructan and cyclodextrin CSPs, and enantiomeric resolution closely correlated with the size of the R2 group in the case of non-derivatized γ-cyclodextrin CSP. It is clearly shown that chromatographic retention is necessary but not sufficient for the enantiomeric separations of these compounds.

  20. Enantiomeric separation of functionalized ethano-bridged Tröger bases using macrocyclic cyclofructan and cyclodextrin chiral selectors in high-performance liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis with application of principal component analysis.

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    Weatherly, Choyce A; Na, Yun-Cheol; Nanayakkara, Yasith S; Woods, Ross M; Sharma, Ankit; Lacour, Jérôme; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2014-04-01

    The enantiomeric separation of a series of racemic functionalized ethano-bridged Tröger base compounds was examined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Using HPLC and CE the entire set of 14 derivatives was separated by chiral stationary phases (CSPs) and chiral additives composed of cyclodextrin (native and derivatized) and cyclofructan (derivatized). Baseline separations (Rs≥1.5) in HPLC were achieved for 13 of the 14 compounds with resolution values as high as 5.0. CE produced 2 baseline separations. The separations on the cyclodextrin CSPs showed optimum results in the reversed phase mode, and the LARIHC™ cyclofructan CSPs separations showed optimum results in the normal phase mode. HPLC separation data of the compounds was analyzed using principal component analysis (PCA). The PCA biplot analysis showed that retention is governed by the size of the R1 substituent in the case of derivatized cyclofructan and cyclodextrin CSPs, and enantiomeric resolution closely correlated with the size of the R2 group in the case of non-derivatized γ-cyclodextrin CSP. It is clearly shown that chromatographic retention is necessary but not sufficient for the enantiomeric separations of these compounds.

  1. Method and apparatus for the formation of nanometer-scale electrodes, and such electrodes

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    Zandbergen, H.W.; Tichelaar, F.D.; Alkemade, P.F.A.

    2006-01-01

    A method for the formation of nanometer-scale electrodes, wherein strip of electrically conductive material, in particular metal, is provided with a longitudinal direction, a width direction and a thickness direction and then, with the aid of an electron beam, a groove is provided in a top surface o

  2. Nanometer range closed-loop control of a stepper micro-motor for data storage

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    Patrascu, Mihail; Stramigioli, Stefano; Boer, de Meint; Krijnen, Gijs

    2007-01-01

    We present a nanometer range, closed-loop control study for MEMS stepper actuators. Although generically applicable to other types of stepper motors, the control design presented here was particularly intended for one dimensional shuffle actuators fabricated by surface micromachining technology. The

  3. Micrometer and nanometer-scale parallel patterning of ceramic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials

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    ten Elshof, Johan E.; Khan, Sajid; Göbel, Ole

    2010-01-01

    This review gives an overview of the progress made in recent years in the development of low-cost parallel patterning techniques for ceramic materials, silica, and organic–inorganic silsesquioxane-based hybrids from wet-chemical solutions and suspensions on the micrometer and nanometer-scale. The

  4. High-Speed AFM Reveals the Dynamics of Single Biomolecules at the Nanometer Scale

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    Katan, A.J.; Dekker, C.

    2011-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy allows visualization of biomolecules with nanometer resolution under physiological conditions. Recent advances have improved the time resolution of the technique from minutes to tens of milliseconds, meaning that it is now possible to watch single biomolecules in action in re

  5. High-Speed AFM Reveals the Dynamics of Single Biomolecules at the Nanometer Scale

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    Katan, A.J.; Dekker, C.

    2011-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy allows visualization of biomolecules with nanometer resolution under physiological conditions. Recent advances have improved the time resolution of the technique from minutes to tens of milliseconds, meaning that it is now possible to watch single biomolecules in action in re

  6. Application of maximum-likelihood estimation in optical coherence tomography for nanometer-class thickness estimation

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    Huang, Jinxin; Yuan, Qun; Tankam, Patrice; Clarkson, Eric; Kupinski, Matthew; Hindman, Holly B.; Aquavella, James V.; Rolland, Jannick P.

    2015-03-01

    In biophotonics imaging, one important and quantitative task is layer-thickness estimation. In this study, we investigate the approach of combining optical coherence tomography and a maximum-likelihood (ML) estimator for layer thickness estimation in the context of tear film imaging. The motivation of this study is to extend our understanding of tear film dynamics, which is the prerequisite to advance the management of Dry Eye Disease, through the simultaneous estimation of the thickness of the tear film lipid and aqueous layers. The estimator takes into account the different statistical processes associated with the imaging chain. We theoretically investigated the impact of key system parameters, such as the axial point spread functions (PSF) and various sources of noise on measurement uncertainty. Simulations show that an OCT system with a 1 μm axial PSF (FWHM) allows unbiased estimates down to nanometers with nanometer precision. In implementation, we built a customized Fourier domain OCT system that operates in the 600 to 1000 nm spectral window and achieves 0.93 micron axial PSF in corneal epithelium. We then validated the theoretical framework with physical phantoms made of custom optical coatings, with layer thicknesses from tens of nanometers to microns. Results demonstrate unbiased nanometer-class thickness estimates in three different physical phantoms.

  7. Roughness controlled superhydrophobicity on single nanometer length scale with metal nanoparticles

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    ten Brink, Gert H.; Foley, Nolan; Zwaan, Darin; Kooi, Bart J.; Palasantzas, Georgios

    2015-01-01

    Here we demonstrate high water pinning nanostructures and trapping of water droplets onto surfaces via control of roughness on a single nanometer length-scale generated by deposition of preformed gas phase distinct copper nanoparticles on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces. It was found that the c

  8. Roughness controlled superhydrophobicity on single nanometer length scale with metal nanoparticles

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    ten Brink, Gert H.; Foley, Nolan; Zwaan, Darin; Kooi, Bart J.; Palasantzas, Georgios

    2015-01-01

    Here we demonstrate high water pinning nanostructures and trapping of water droplets onto surfaces via control of roughness on a single nanometer length-scale generated by deposition of preformed gas phase distinct copper nanoparticles on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces. It was found that the

  9. High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of rolipram, bupivacaine and omeprazole using a tartardiamide-based stationary phase influence of flow rate and temperature on the enantioseparation.

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    da Silva Junior, Ivanildo José; Sartor, João Paulo; Rosa, Paulo César Pires; de Veredas, Vinícius; Barreto Júnior, Amaro Gomes; Santana, Cesar Costapinto

    2007-08-24

    Chromatographic separation of the chiral drugs rolipram, bupivacaine and omeprazole on a tartardiamide-based stationary phase commercially named Kromasil CHI-TBB is shown in this work. The effect of temperature on the chromatographic separation of the chiral drugs using the Kromasil CHI-TBB stationary phase was determined quantitatively so as to contribute toward the design for the racemic mixtures of the named compound by using chiral columns. A decrease in the retention and selectivity factors was observed, when the column temperature increased. Van't Hoff plots provided the thermodynamic data. The variation of the thermodynamic parameters enthalpy and entropy are clearly negative meaning that the separation is enthalpy controlled.

  10. From Recombination Dynamics to Device Performance: Quantifying the Efficiency of Exciton Dissociation, Charge Separation, and Extraction in Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Fluorine-Substituted Polymer Donors

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    Gorenflot, Julien

    2017-09-28

    An original set of experimental and modeling tools is used to quantify the yield of each of the physical processes leading to photocurrent generation in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells, enabling evaluation of materials and processing condition beyond the trivial comparison of device performances. Transient absorption spectroscopy, “the” technique to monitor all intermediate states over the entire relevant timescale, is combined with time-delayed collection field experiments, transfer matrix simulations, spectral deconvolution, and parametrization of the charge carrier recombination by a two-pool model, allowing quantification of densities of excitons and charges and extrapolation of their kinetics to device-relevant conditions. Photon absorption, charge transfer, charge separation, and charge extraction are all quantified for two recently developed wide-bandgap donor polymers: poly(4,8-bis((2-ethylhexyl)oxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-3,4-difluorothiophene) (PBDT[2F]T) and its nonfluorinated counterpart poly(4,8-bis((2-ethylhexyl)oxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-3,4-thiophene) (PBDT[2H]T) combined with PC71BM in bulk heterojunctions. The product of these yields is shown to agree well with the devices\\' external quantum efficiency. This methodology elucidates in the specific case studied here the origin of improved photocurrents obtained when using PBDT[2F]T instead of PBDT[2H]T as well as upon using solvent additives. Furthermore, a higher charge transfer (CT)-state energy is shown to lead to significantly lower energy losses (resulting in higher VOC) during charge generation compared to P3HT:PCBM.

  11. Effects of Additives and Coagulant Temperature on Fabrication of High Performance PVDF/Pluronic F127 Blend Hollow Fiber Membranes via Nonsolvent Induced Phase Separation

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    Chun Heng Loh; Rong Wang

    2012-01-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has become one of the most popular materials for membrane preparation via nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) process. In this study, an amphiphilic block copolymer, Pluronic F127, has been used as both a pore-former and a surface-modifier in the fabrication of PVDF hollow fibermembranes to enhance the membrane permeability and hydrophilicity. The effects of 2nd additive and coagulant temperature on the formation of PVDF/Pluronic F 127 membranes have also been investigated. The as-spun hollow fibers were characterized in terms of cross-sectional morphology, pure water permeation (PWP), relative molecular mass cut-off (MWCO), membrane chemistry, and hydrolphilicity. It was obsered that the addition of Pluronic F 127 significantly increased the PWP of as-spun fibers, while the membrane contact angle was reduced. However, the size of macrovoids in the membranes was undesirably large. The addition of a 2nd additive, including lithium chloride (LiC1) and water, or an increase in coagulant temperature was found to effectively suppress the macrovoid for- mation in the Pluronic-containing membranes. In addition, the use of LiC1 as a 2nd additive also further enhanced the PWP and hydrophilicity of the membranes, while the surface pore size became smaller. PVDF hollow fiber with a PWP as high as 2330 L·m-2·h-1·MPa-1, a MWCO of 53000 and'a contact angle of 71 o was successfully fabricated with 3% (by mass) of Pluronic F127 and 3% (by mass) of LiC1 at a coagulant temperature of 25 ℃, which shows better performance as compared with most of PVDF hollow fiber membranes made by NIPS method.

  12. Single-image measurements of monochromatic subdiffraction dimolecular separations

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    DeCenzo, Shawn H; Wang, Y M

    2010-01-01

    Measuring subdiffraction separations between single fluorescent particles is important for biological, nano-, and medical-technology studies. Major challenges include (i) measuring changing molecular separations with high temporal resolution while (ii) using identical fluorescent labels. Here we report a method that measures subdiffraction separations between two identical fluorophores by using a single image of milliseconds exposure time and a standard single-molecule fluorescent imaging setup. The fluorophores do not need to be bleached and the separations can be measured down to 40 nm with nanometer precision. The method is called single-molecule image deconvolution -- SMID, and in this article it measures the standard deviation (SD) of Gaussian-approximated combined fluorescent intensity profiles of the two subdiffraction-separated fluorophores. This study enables measurements of (i) subdiffraction dimolecular separations using a single image, lifting the temporal resolution of seconds to milliseconds, wh...

  13. Catalysis of Nanometer α-Fe2O3 on the Thermal Decomposition of AP

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    YANG Yi; LI Feng-sheng; LIU Hong-ying; JIANG Wei; CUI Ping

    2005-01-01

    Nanometer α-Fe2O3 catalysts were prepared by hydrolyzation in high temperature. Three kinds of precipitators, NaOH, (NH4)2CO3 and urea were used to compare the effect in the process of hydrolyzation. Nanometer sizer, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were employed to test the profiles and diameters of the product particles. The test results indicate that the production is nanometer α-Fe2O3 with narrow particle size distribution (PSD) and good dispersibility. The catalysts are mixed with ammonia perchlorate (AP) in 1.0 wt.%. And the composite particles of catalysts with AP are prepared using a new solvent-nonsolvent method. Differential thermal analyzer (DTA) is employed to analysis the thermal decomposition of the composite particles and pure AP sample. The results imply that the thermal decomposition curve peaks of the samples in which nanometer α-Fe2O3 catalysts are added appear comparatively more ahead than that of pure AP sample. Among these mixtures added nanometer material, the smaller the particle diameter of catalyst is, the more ahead the thermal decomposition curve peaks of AP appear. The high and low temperature thermal decomposition curve peaks of AP mixed with the catalyst deposed by urea are more ahead of 77.8℃ and 9.7℃ than that of pure AP, respectively. The mechanism of the catalyst deposed by urea with smaller diameter and the distinct catalysis of the particles on the thermal decomposition of AP are discussed.

  14. Nanometer accuracy with continuous scans at the ALBA-NOM

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    Nicolas, Josep; Pedreira, Pablo; Å ics, Igors; Ramírez, Claudio; Campos, Juan

    2016-09-01

    We present the continuous scan operation of the ALBA-NOM as a working mode that allows obtaining low noise in short time, as well as high accuracy measurements. In the traditional step-scan operation, the position of the probe beam is kept fixed while many data points of autocollimator are averaged for noise reduction. This operation mode is very safe, as one has a perfect correspondence between mirror position and measured angle, but it is time inefficient, as it disregards all the data values acquired during motion, and basically averages data values taken under identical conditions. On the other hand, continuous scan is less safe in terms of correspondence between mirror position and slope, especially for NOM systems for which the autocollimator does not accept an electronic trigger. Nevertheless, it is possible to perform independent acquisitions of the autocollimator and of the linear stage data during a scan, and synchronize signals a posteriori. This solves the main problem of continuous scan with a NOM. Continuous scan operation for performing measurements is very efficient for noise reduction per unit time, as it allows integrating every single data value taken by the autocollimator. In addition, it opens the possibility of introducing pitch variations of the mirror between scans. This allows obtaining many independent datasets that can be combined using error suppression techniques to reduce not just noise but systematic errors too. In this paper we report the methods and the main results.

  15. Effects of nanometer particles and water decoction of the Chinese medicine mixture of pinellia ternate and scorpion on P53 protein contents and apoptosis in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus of epileptic rats

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    Shuxiang Wang; Lei Liu; Yuming Kang; Shuqiu Wang; Dixiang Sun; Xiaoru Ma; Yanfeng Liang; Fangfang Wang

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Water decoction of the Chinese traditional mcdicine mixture of pinellia ternate and scorpion is an effective treatment for epilepsy.OBJECTIVE:To compare nanometer particles and effects of water decoction of Chinese traditional medicine mixture on P53 protein levels and apoptosis in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus of epileptic rats.DESIGN,TIME AND SETTING:This randomized,controlled molecular biology study was performed at the Key Laboratory of Child Neural Rehabilitation of Jiamusi University from October to December 2007.MATERIALS:Forty healthy male Wistar rats were used in this study.Convulsion rat models were established by intraperitoneal infusion of 35 mg/kg pentylenetetrazol,once a day,for 28 successive days.The Chinese traditional medicine mixture,comprising pinellia ternate,scorpion,centipede,bupleurum,peach pit and glycyrrhiza,was purchased from Beijing Tongrentang,China.The mixture was made into nanometer particles and water decoction.The apoptosis determination kit and P53 immunohistochemistry kit were bought from Boster,China.METHODS:Forty Wistar rats were randomlv divided into four groups of ten rats per group,control,nanometer particle,water decoction and epileptic model groups.Rats in the nanometer particle and water decoction groups were respectively treated with 300 mg/kg Chinese herb nanometer particle suspension and water decoction by gavage,once a day,for 28 days.Rats in the epileptic model group were fed an equal volume of saline by gavage.Rats in the control group were only administered with the same volume of saline by gavage.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Terminal deoxynucleotidyl Transferase Biotin-dUTP Nick End Labeling (TUNEL)and immunohistochemistry were used to respectively detect neuronal apoptosis and P53 protein expression in the rat brain cortex and hippocampus at 28 davs following administration.RESULTS:The number of apoptotic neurons was lower in the nanometer particle and water decoction groups compared with the epileptic

  16. MEASUREMENT OF NANOMETER SCALE CADMIUM SELENIDE NANOCRYSTALS AND CLUSTER MOLECULES

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    Jeffrey Yang

    2003-01-01

    High performance Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) has been used to determine the hydrodynamic diameters of CdSe nanocrystals as well as CdSe cluster molecules in a size range of 1 to 10 nm (Eichh(o)fer et al., 2001).The method enables the determination of their particle size, including their ligand shells, in solution. The results are consistent with the blue shift of the absorption bands, as well as Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) experiments.The sizes of the cluster molecules were estimated from space filling models constructed from the results of a single crystal X-ray structure determination. DLS gave comparable results for the size of both types of compound, indicating that it is potentially an important additional measurement technique to TEM, which uses harsh measurement conditions,and to powder X-ray diffraction, which is difficult to interpret below 5 nm.

  17. Measurement of the photon electroproduction cross section at JLAB with the goal of performing a Rosenbluth separation of the DVCS contribution

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    Jimenez-Arguello, Alejandro Marti [Univ. of Paris, Orsay (France). Inst. of Nuclear Physics

    2014-07-11

    experiment is the isolation of the contribution from the term coming form the DVCS from the interference term, resulting from the BH contribution. This isolation is known as "Rosenbluth Separation". The work presented in this thesis focuses on the analysis of the data stored by the electromagnetic calorimeter, employed for the detection of real photons. There is also a a theoretical introduction to the study of the nucleon structure, reviewing the concepts of form factors and parton distributions through elastic and inelastic processes. The computation of the photon leptoproduction cross section is described in detail, as well as the goals of experiment E07-007. This thesis also describes the analysis of the data stored by the electromagnetic calorimeter, with the purpose of obtaining the kinematic variables of the real photons resulting from DVCS reactions. Finally, it describes the selection of events from stored data, the applied cuts to kinematical variables and the background subtraction. Also, the process of extraction of the necessary observables for computing the photon leptoproduction cross section is described, along with the main steps followed to perform the Monte Carlo simulation used in this computation. The resulting cross sections are shown at the end of this thesis.

  18. Accurate in-line CD metrology for nanometer semiconductor manufacturing

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    Perng, Baw-Ching; Shieh, Jyu-Horng; Jang, S.-M.; Liang, M.-S.; Huang, Renee; Chen, Li-Chien; Hwang, Ruey-Lian; Hsu, Joe; Fong, David

    2006-03-01

    The need for absolute accuracy is increasing as semiconductor-manufacturing technologies advance to sub-65nm nodes, since device sizes are reducing to sub-50nm but offsets ranging from 5nm to 20nm are often encountered. While TEM is well-recognized as the most accurate CD metrology, direct comparison between the TEM data and in-line CD data might be misleading sometimes due to different statistical sampling and interferences from sidewall roughness. In this work we explore the capability of CD-AFM as an accurate in-line CD reference metrology. Being a member of scanning profiling metrology, CD-AFM has the advantages of avoiding e-beam damage and minimum sample damage induced CD changes, in addition to the capability of more statistical sampling than typical cross section metrologies. While AFM has already gained its reputation on the accuracy of depth measurement, not much data was reported on the accuracy of CD-AFM for CD measurement. Our main focus here is to prove the accuracy of CD-AFM and show its measuring capability for semiconductor related materials and patterns. In addition to the typical precision check, we spent an intensive effort on examining the bias performance of this CD metrology, which is defined as the difference between CD-AFM data and the best-known CD value of the prepared samples. We first examine line edge roughness (LER) behavior for line patterns of various materials, including polysilicon, photoresist, and a porous low k material. Based on the LER characteristics of each patterning, a method is proposed to reduce its influence on CD measurement. Application of our method to a VLSI nanoCD standard is then performed, and agreement of less than 1nm bias is achieved between the CD-AFM data and the standard's value. With very careful sample preparations and TEM tool calibration, we also obtained excellent correlation between CD-AFM and TEM for poly-CDs ranging from 70nm to 400nm. CD measurements of poly ADI and low k trenches are also

  19. Analysis of trace mercury in water by solid phase extraction using dithizone modified nanometer titanium dioxide and cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry

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    2007-01-01

    A new method for analysis of trace mercury in water samples was developed, based on the combination of preconcentration/separation using dithizone-modified nanometer titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a solid phase extractant and determination by cold vapor atomic adsorption spectrometry (CVAAS). Dithizone was dissolved with alcohol and loaded on the surface of nano-sized TiO2 powders by stirring. The static adsorption behavior of Hg2+ on the dithizone-modified nanoparticles was investigated in detail. It was found that excellent adsorption ratio for Hg2+ could be obtained in the pH range of 7-8 with an oscillation time of 15 min, and a 5 mL of 3.5 mol·L-1 HCl solution could quantitatively elute Hg2+ from nanometer TiO2 powder. Common coexisting ions caused no obvious influence on the determination of mercury. The mechanisms for the adsorption and desorption were discussed. The detection limit (3σ) for Hg2+ was calculated to be 5 ng·L-1. The proposed method was applied to the determination of Hg2+ in a mineral water sample and a Zhujiang River water sample. By the standard addition method, the average recoveries were found to be 94.4%-108.3% with RSD (n = 5) of 2.9%-3.5%.

  20. Rapid separation of cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside from crude mulberry extract using high-performance countercurrent chromatography and establishment of a volumetric scale-up process.

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    Choi, Soo-Jung; Choi, Janggyoo; Lee, Chang Uk; Yoon, Shin Hee; Bae, Soo Kyung; Chin, Young-Won; Kim, Jinwoong; Yoon, Kee Dong

    2015-06-01

    This study describes the rapid separation of mulberry anthocyanins; namely, cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside, using high-performance countercurrent chromatography, and the establishment of a volumetric scale-up process from semi-preparative to preparative-scale. To optimize the separation parameters, biphasic solvent systems composed of tert-butyl methyl ether/n-butanol/acetonitrile/0.01% trifluoroacetic acid, flow rate, sample amount and rotational speed were evaluated for the semi-preparative-scale high-performance countercurrent chromatography. The optimized semi-preparative-scale high-performance countercurrent chromatography parameters (tert-butyl methyl ether/n-butanol/acetonitrile/0.01% trifluoroacetic acid, 1:3:1:5, v/v; flow rate, 4.0 mL/min; sample amount, 200-1000 mg; rotational speed, 1600 rpm) were transferred directly to a preparative-scale (tert-butyl methyl ether/n-butanol/acetonitrile/0.01% trifluoroacetic acid, 1:3:1:5, v/v; flow rate, 28 mL/min; sample amount, 5.0-10.0 g; rotational speed, 1400 rpm) to achieve separation results identical to cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside. The separation of mulberry anthocyanins using semi-preparative high-performance countercurrent chromatography and its volumetric scale-up to preparative-scale was addressed for the first time in this report. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.