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  1. Detection of protozoa in water samples by formalin/ether concentration method. (United States)

    Lora-Suarez, Fabiana; Rivera, Raul; Triviño-Valencia, Jessica; Gomez-Marin, Jorge E


    Methods to detect protozoa in water samples are expensive and laborious. We evaluated the formalin/ether concentration method to detect Giardia sp., Cryptosporidium sp. and Toxoplasma in water. In order to test the properties of the method, we spiked water samples with different amounts of each protozoa (0, 10 and 50 cysts or oocysts) in a volume of 10 L of water. Immunofluorescence assay was used for detection of Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Toxoplasma oocysts were identified by morphology. The mean percent of recovery in 10 repetitions of the entire method, in 10 samples spiked with ten parasites and read by three different observers, were for Cryptosporidium 71.3 ± 12, for Giardia 63 ± 10 and for Toxoplasma 91.6 ± 9 and the relative standard deviation of the method was of 17.5, 17.2 and 9.8, respectively. Intraobserver variation as measured by intraclass correlation coefficient, was fair for Toxoplasma, moderate for Cryptosporidium and almost perfect for Giardia. The method was then applied in 77 samples of raw and drinkable water in three different plant of water treatment. Cryptosporidium was found in 28 of 77 samples (36%) and Giardia in 31 of 77 samples (40%). Theses results identified significant differences in treatment process to reduce the presence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium. In conclusion, the formalin ether method to concentrate protozoa in water is a new alternative for low resources countries, where is urgently need to monitor and follow the presence of theses protozoa in drinkable water. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Comparison of the Flotac-400 dual technique and the formalin-ether concentration technique for diagnosis of human intestinal protozoon infection. (United States)

    Becker, Sören L; Lohourignon, Laurent K; Speich, Benjamin; Rinaldi, Laura; Knopp, Stefanie; N'goran, Eliézer K; Cringoli, Giuseppe; Utzinger, Jürg


    There is a need for accurate diagnosis of intestinal parasite infections in humans, but currently available copromicroscopic techniques have shortcomings, such as low sensitivity. We compared the diagnostic accuracy of a further modified version of the recently developed Flotac technique with that of the widely used formalin-ether concentration technique (FECT) for the detection of intestinal protozoa in human stool samples. Formaldehyde-preserved stool samples from 108 individuals in Côte d'Ivoire were subjected to the Flotac-400 dual technique, using two different flotation solutions (FS), and to the FECT. Stool samples were examined according to computer-generated random lists by an experienced laboratory technician blinded for the results of each method. Both methods detected the same eight intestinal protozoon species. While the Flotac-400 dual technique (results from both FS combined) found higher prevalences of Entamoeba coli (77.8% versus 71.3%, P technique can be utilized for the diagnosis of intestinal protozoon infections in humans. Since Flotac is a sensitive technique for the detection of soil-transmitted helminths and Schistosoma mansoni, it might become a viable copromicroscopic technique for the concurrent diagnosis of helminths and intestinal protozoon infections.

  3. Tween as a Substitute for Diethyl Ether in the Formalin-Ether Sedimentation Technique

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    NA Ahmadi


    Full Text Available Background: Tween as a substitute for diethyl ether in the formalin-ether sedimentation technique was evaluated for para­site detection.Methods: Fresh fecal material free of parasites with 10% formalin to prepare standardized specimen was thoroughly pooled. This specimen was divided into 5 equal portions; one was without infection, and each of the others was individually seeded with Entamoeba coli, and Giardia lamblia cysts, ova of Ascaris lumbericoides, and Hymenolepis nana. Six hundred and eighty four slides including 228 stool samples for each of formalin-tween, formalin-ether and direct wet mount proce­dures were examined.Results: The sensitivity of above mentioned procedures were computed 72.1%, 55% and 30 %; their negative predictive value were 69.3%, 58.3% and 47.3%; and their false negative error rate were 27.9%, 45% and 70%, respectively. There were no false-positive results among the 264 specimens previously identified as negative for the presence of intestinal para­sites. Therefore, specificity for each technique was 100%.Conclusion: In the range of our study, formalin-tween method proved to be equivalent to or better than formalin-ether tech­nique in concentrating parasite eggs, and cysts, as well as in maintaining characteristic morphology. Tween is more stable, safer, cheaper, and less flammable than that of ether; and promises to be a useful alternative to ether.

  4. Comparison of formol-acetone concentration method with that of the ...

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    Bernt Lindtjorn

    Background: Formol-ether concentration technique is taken as a gold standard method to detect ... preparation and formol- ether concentration methods in detecting intestinal parasites. ..... Diethyl Ether in the Formalin-Ether Sedimentation.

  5. XMLA Comparison of Direct Technique and Formalin-Ether Method in Determining Parasitic Infection among Health-Card Applicants in Shahroud City

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    Amiri, A. (PhD


    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Parasitic infection is one of the major health problems in the world. This study aimed at comparing the accuracy of two methods of direct examination and Formalin-Ether to detect the presence of parasitic infection among health-card applicants in Shahroud city, 2011. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 801 patients seeking health-card. From each patient, three consecutive stool samples were taken and investigated, using direct examination and formalin-ether method. Results: The use of formalin-ether method in recognizing the parasitic infection specially giardia lamblia and entamobea coli is more than the direct method. Conclusion: The formalin-ether method is a more sensitive method than the direct method. But in circumstances that is urgency to respond or aims to see the shape of trophozoite, the use of direct method is recommended. Keywords: Parasitic Infections; Health Card; Direct Method; Formalin-EtherKeywords: Parasitic Infections; Health Card; Direct Method; Formalin-Ether,

  6. Re-evaluation of the formalin-ether sedimentation method for the improvement of parasite egg recovery efficiency. (United States)

    Sato, C; Rai, S K; Uga, S


    The formalin-ether sedimentation (FES) method is considered as reliable method of fecal examination for the detection of parasites. In this study, we re-evaluated several aspects of FES such as (i) pretreatment of feces; (ii) filtration of fecal suspensions; (iii) test-tube material and (iv) substitution of ether by other organic solvents as to see an improvement in parasite egg recovery. The egg count was represented by the number of ova detected per 100 μg of sediment. Pre-treatment of feces with formalin (pH 7) increased egg detection rate remarkably compared with original FES method. Use of three layers of gauze dramatically reduced the sediment in the final product, and led to an increase in the number of ova detected. Use of polypropylene test tubes instead of glass test tubes also increased the number of egg detection. None of the organic solvents used to replace the ether produced better results. Based on these findings, we proposed a modified FES procedure. Further, we also compared the parasite positive rate and the number of ova recovered by using original FES and the modified FES procedures by examining 112 fecal samples collected from school children of parasite endemic area in Nepal. Feces collected from Nepal had many parasite ova, and these fecal samples barely displayed false-negative results even by method with low sensitivity. When the mean number of Hemenolepis nana, hookworm, T. trichiura, and A. lumbricoides ova recovered by original FES and the modified FES methods was compared, the values obtained by modified FES were superior (higher). This result suggested that the modified FES is effective and better for the recovery of parasite ova in areas of low-intensity parasitic infection.

  7. Preparation of counterion stabilized concentrated silver sols. (United States)

    LaPlante, Sylas; Halaciuga, Ionel; Goia, Dan V


    A strategy for obtaining stable concentrated silver dispersions without dedicated stabilizing agents is presented. This approach consists of rapidly mixing aqueous solutions of silver salicylate and ascorbic acid. By using salicylate as Ag(+) counterion, it is possible to prepare stable sols with metal concentrations up to two orders of magnitude higher than with silver nitrate. The stabilizing effect of the counterion is the result of a decreased ionic strength due to salicylate protonation and its adsorption on the surface of silver. Both effects increase the range of the electrostatic repulsive forces by expanding the electrical double layer. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Concentration uniformity of extemporaneously prepared ranitidine suspension. (United States)

    Karnes, H T; Harris, S R; Garnett, W R; March, C


    The concentration uniformity of an extemporaneously prepared ranitidine suspension was studied. To prepare the ranitidine suspension, 36 150-mg tablets were pulverized and suspended in 180 mL of distilled water. This mixture was diluted with simple syrup to a total volume of 360 mL, resulting in a final ranitidine concentration of 150 mg/10 mL. Samples from each of three bottles that had been filled with 60 mL of the suspension were assayed for ranitidine content by high-performance liquid chromatography. The sedimentation of suspended ranitidine tablet particles was studied by visual observation of the setting process in 10-mL samples from the same batch. The overall mean concentrations (in milligrams per milliliter) of ranitidine were 14.53, 15.25, 13.92, 12.67, and 12.72 at 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 days, respectively. Compared with baseline, the difference in the ranitidine concentration was not significant over days 0-7. The ranitidine concentration was significantly reduced during the following time intervals: days 0-14, days 0-21, and days 7-21. In the settling experiments, the mean time (+/- S.D.) for sediment to first appear on the test tube bottom was 14.67 +/- 5.35 seconds. Approximately 40-50% (mean level = 3.2 mm) of the total sedimentation level (mean level = 7.3 mm) was observed one minute after shaking. The uniformity of ranitidine suspensions compounded according to procedures described in this report possibly could be improved with sonication. The ranitidine suspension should be well shaken, the dosage should be measured immediately after shaking, and the suspension should be used within seven days of compounding.

  9. Preparation of selective molybdenum concentrate from collective coppermolybdenum concentrate

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    N. Tusupbaev


    Full Text Available The paper considers possibilities of selective separation of the concentrate of copper and molybdenum from a collective copper-molybdenum concentrate of Aktogay deposit using regrinding and conventional flotation reagents. In the case of conventional flotoreagents, the content of molybdenum in a molybdenum concentrate was 8.0% at extraction effectiveness 83.12%. At 27.96% extraction degree of copper, it’s content in the concentrate equaled to 21.3%. After regrinding, molybdenum content in the concentrate was 24.0% at the extraction effectiveness 59.63%, and copper content in the concentrate was 21.9% at the recovery of 61.23%. Thus, the regrinding of a collective copper-molybdenum concentrate resulted in an increase in the content of molybdenum in molybdenum concentrate by 16%, and the copper concentration increased by 0.6%.

  10. Analysis of fluoride concentration in solutions prepared at dispensing pharmacies

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    Eduardo Pizzatto


    Full Text Available Introduction: Fluoride plays an important role in oral health promotion and is considered important in dental caries prevention both in children and adults. Fluoride is widely used at high-risk conditions of caries, when the use of fluoride-containing mouthwashes is recommended, considering that fluoride itself reduces the risk of dental caries. Objective: To evaluate the fluoride concentration in solutions prepared at different dispensing pharmacies in the city of Curitiba – PR, Brazil. Material and methods: The analysis of fluoride concentration was preformed through Ion Chromatography method (DIONEX. Results: The results obtained through this analysis showed that all solutions presented fluoride concentration above that required in the dentist’s prescription, varying between 5.48% and 24.02% more fluoride, at absolute concentration. Conclusion: This finding highlights the increasing risk of fluoride acute intoxication in cases of accidental ingestion of the solution.

  11. Strategies for the preparation and concentration of mushroom aromatic products. (United States)

    Villares, Ana; Guillamon, Eva; Mateo-Vivaracho, Laura; D'Arrigo, Matilde; Garcia-Lafuente, Ana


    Fungal aroma comprises at least seven chemical groups of volatile organic compounds, which are plain hydrocarbons, heterocycles, alcohols, phenols, acids and derivatives, carbonyls (aldehydes and ketones), and sulfur containing molecules. This aromatic blend provides the excellent sensory properties to produce and several strategies have been employed to create aromatic products having the aroma and taste of mushrooms and truffles. Nowadays, there are several procedures to obtain aroma concentrates. Among them, the simulation of mushroom aroma by the combination of the main substances responsible for the flavour could be an efficient strategy. Nevertheless, natural procedures are gaining more importance since the concentrate is not a synthetic product and the processes commonly involve the use of mushroom waste. In this field, the maceration with precursor molecules, such as linoleic acid, or different types of enzymes is commonly used in food industry. This article provides a wide view of the most common strategies to produce fungal aroma taking into account the main advantages and disadvantages they present. The article presents some promising patents on strategies for the preparation and concentration of mushroom aromatic products.

  12. Preparation of a concentrated organophyllosilicate and nanocomposite composition (United States)

    Chaiko, David J.; Niyogi, Suhas G.


    The present invention provide methods for producing a low moisture organophyllosilicate composition using monomers, oligomers, or polymers to displace water associated with the organophyllosilicates in an aqueous organophyllosilicate slurry or filter cake. The invention additionally provides methods for producing organophyllosilicate nanocomposites from the concentrated organophyllosilicate compositions by dispersing the compositions in a polymer matrix.

  13. Optimising functional properties during preparation of cowpea protein concentrate. (United States)

    Mune Mune, Martin Alain; Minka, Samuel René; Mbome, Israël Lape


    Response surface methodology (RSM) was used for modelisation and optimisation of protein extraction parameters in order to obtain a protein concentrate with high functional properties. A central composite rotatable design of experiments was used to investigate the effects of two factors, namely pH and NaCl concentration, on six responses: water solubility index (WSI), water absorption capacity (WAC), oil holding capacity (OHC), emulsifying activity (EA), emulsifying stability (ES) and foam ability (FA). The results of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and correlation showed that the second-order polynomial model was appropriate to fit experimental data. The optimum condition was: pH 8.43 and NaCl concentration 0.25M, and under this condition WSI was ⩾17.20%, WAC⩾383.62%, OHC⩾1.75g/g, EA⩾0.15, ES⩾19.76min and FA⩾66.30%. The suitability of the model employed was confirmed by the agreement between the experimental and predicted values for functional properties.

  14. Preparation of concentrated stable fenofibrate suspensions via liquid antisolvent precipitation. (United States)

    Azad, Mohammad A; Knieke, Catharina; To, Daniel; Davé, Rajesh


    A major challenge in achieving size stability for relatively high concentration of fine particles from poorly water-soluble drug fenofibrate (FNB) is addressed through T-mixing based liquid antisolvent precipitation in the presence of ultrasonication and judicious use of stabilizers. Multiple stabilizers were screened in a batch mode prior to their continuous formation via T-mixing. In both cases, the stable suspensions maintained their size after 2 days of storage at room temperature, with the smallest particle size of d50: ∼1.2 µm was achieved through a combination of HPMC with SDS or PF-68. The influence of processing parameters, such as sonication energy, sonication probe insert depth and solvent/antisolvent flow rate, on the particle size distribution (PSD) in T-mixing were investigated, to identify optimum processing conditions. Optimal operating and formulation conditions also allowed increase in the drug loading from 0.32% to 4% (w/v), while keeping the median size 2.5 µm. Interestingly, the primary particles observed in the SEM were spherical and under 100 nm in diameter, indicating agglomeration. It was shown that the stabilized particles could be centrifuged and did not show size growth upon resuspension, allowing for increase in the drug loading up to 27% (w/v), which is a significant novel outcome.


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    Full Text Available Bird flu vaccine from H5N1 strain of avian influenza virus was prepared with two concentrations of adjuvant (Montanide ISA 70MVG. Two vaccines (I and II were prepared containing 50 and 60% Montanide, respectively. Immune response of both the vaccines as single, as well as booster, dose was evaluated in layer birds through haemagglutination inhibition test. Single dose of both vaccines showed poor immune response, while booster dose gave better response with both the vaccines. However, the vaccine prepared with 60% Montanide provided better immune response compared with the vaccine containing 50% montanide.

  16. Probabilistic Preparation of N-particle Cat States via Entanglement Swapping and Entanglement Concentration

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    姚春梅; 李敏; 叶柳; 郭光灿


    We discuss two different schemes for the probabilistic preparation of N-particle cat states using pure multiparticle entangled states via entanglement swapping and entanglement concentration. At the centre of distribution A,Alice performs all of the operations required to achieve our goal.

  17. Studies on Thorium Adsorption Characteristics upon Activated Titanium Hydroxide Prepared from Rosetta Ilmenite Concentrate

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    Gado, M, E-mail:; Zaki, S [Nuclear Materials Authority, P. O. Box 530 El Maadi, Cairo (Egypt)


    The titanium hydroxide prepared from Rosetta ilmenite concentrate has been applied for Th (IV) adsorption from its acid aqueous solutions. The prepared hydroxide is first characterized by both Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum and thermogravimetric analysis. The relevant factors affecting the adsorption process have been studied. The obtained equilibrium data fits well with the Langmuir isotherm rather than Freundlich isotherm, while the adsorption kinetic data follow the pseudo-second order model. The different thermodynamic parameters have also been calculated and indicate that the adsorption process is spontaneous.

  18. Rheological profiling of organogels prepared at critical gelling concentrations of natural waxes in a triacylglycerol solvent


    Patel, Ashok; Babaahmadifooladi, Mehrnoosh; Lesaffer, Ans; Dewettinck, Koen


    The aim of this study was to use a detailed rheological characterization to gain new insights into the gelation behavior of natural waxes. To make a comprehensive case, six natural waxes (differing in the relative proportion of chemical components: hydrocarbons, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, and wax esters) were selected as organogelators to gel high-oleic sunflower oil. Flow and dynamic rheological properties of organogels prepared at critical gelling concentrations (Cg) of waxes were studied...

  19. Concentration And Bioavailability Of Fluoride In Mouthrinses Prepared In Dispensing Pharmacies.


    Cínthia Pereira Machado Tabchoury; Carla Noujain Pierobon; Jaime Aparecido Cury


    Considering the importance of medication quality control and that mouthrinses for dental caries prevention have commonly been prepared in dispensing pharmacies, this study assessed formulations containing 0.05% NaF acquired from 6 dispensing pharmacies in the city of Piracicaba, S.P. The mouthrinse formulations were purchased in 3 separate periods and coded from A to F. Fluoride ion (F-) concentration was determined in all formulations in the 3 periods, and in those acquired in the 3rd period...

  20. Preparation of Soybean Protein Concentrate with Mixed Solvents of Hexane-Aqueous Alcohol

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    ZhangWeinong; LiuDachuan


    Preparation of soybean protein concentrate with the mixed solvents of hexane-aqueous alcohol was studied in this paper.The optimum technology parameters were obtained by orthogonal tests.The results of experiments showed that the qualities of the product were good not only on taste of the product were good not only on tasted and color,but also on high solubility-NSI value was 48.80%.

  1. Quality assessment of platelet concentrates prepared by platelet rich plasma-platelet concentrate, buffy coat poor-platelet concentrate (BC-PC and apheresis-PC methods

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    Singh Ravindra


    Full Text Available Background: Platelet rich plasma-platelet concentrate (PRP-PC, buffy coat poor-platelet concentrate (BC-PC, and apheresis-PC were prepared and their quality parameters were assessed. Study Design: In this study, the following platelet products were prepared: from random donor platelets (i platelet rich plasma - platelet concentrate (PRP-PC, and (ii buffy coat poor- platelet concentrate (BC-PC and (iii single donor platelets (apheresis-PC by different methods. Their quality was assessed using the following parameters: swirling, volume of the platelet concentrate, platelet count, WBC count and pH. Results: A total of 146 platelet concentrates (64 of PRP-PC, 62 of BC-PC and 20 of apheresis-PC were enrolled in this study. The mean volume of PRP-PC, BC-PC and apheresis-PC was 62.30±22.68 ml, 68.81±22.95 ml and 214.05±9.91 ml and ranged from 22-135 ml, 32-133 ml and 200-251 ml respectively. The mean platelet count of PRP-PC, BC-PC and apheresis-PC was 7.6±2.97 x 1010/unit, 7.3±2.98 x 1010/unit and 4.13±1.32 x 1011/unit and ranged from 3.2-16.2 x 1010/unit, 0.6-16.4 x 1010/unit and 1.22-8.9 x 1011/unit respectively. The mean WBC count in PRP-PC (n = 10, BC-PC (n = 10 and apheresis-PC (n = 6 units was 4.05±0.48 x 107/unit, 2.08±0.39 x 107/unit and 4.8±0.8 x 106/unit and ranged from 3.4 -4.77 x 107/unit, 1.6-2.7 x 107/unit and 3.2 - 5.2 x 106/unit respectively. A total of 26 units were analyzed for pH changes. Out of these units, 10 each were PRP-PC and BC-PC and 6 units were apheresis-PC. Their mean pH was 6.7±0.26 (mean±SD and ranged from 6.5 - 7.0 and no difference was observed among all three types of platelet concentrate. Conclusion: PRP-PC and BC-PC units were comparable in terms of swirling, platelet count per unit and pH. As expected, we found WBC contamination to be less in BC-PC than PRP-PC units. Variation in volume was more in BC-PC than PRP-PC units and this suggests that further standardization is required for preparation of BC

  2. Preparation of iron bound succinylated milk protein concentrate and evaluation of its stability. (United States)

    Shilpashree, B G; Arora, Sumit; Sharma, Vivek; Bajaj, Rajesh Kumar; Tomar, S K


    Major problems associated with the fortification of soluble iron salts include chemical reactivity and incompatibility with other components. Milk protein concentrate (MPC) are able to bind significant amount of iron due to the presence of both casein and whey protein. MPC in its native state possess very poor solubility, therefore, succinylated derivatives of MPC (succ. MPC) were also used for the preparation of protein-iron complex. Preparation of the complex involved centrifugation (to remove insoluble iron), ultrafiltration (to remove unbound iron) and lyophilisation (to attain in dry form). Iron binding ability of MPC enhanced significantly (Piron from both varieties of complexes was monitored under different conditions encountered during processing. Higher stability (Piron was observed in succ. MPC-iron complex than native protein complex. This method could be adopted for the production of stable iron enriched protein, an organic iron source.

  3. Characterization of naturally occurring airborne diacetyl concentrations associated with the preparation and consumption of unflavored coffee

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    Jennifer S. Pierce


    Full Text Available Diacetyl, a suspected cause of respiratory disorders in some food and flavorings manufacturing workers, is also a natural component of roasted coffee. We characterized diacetyl exposures that would plausibly occur in a small coffee shop during the preparation and consumption of unflavored coffee. Personal (long- and short-term and area (long-term samples were collected while a barista ground whole coffee beans, and brewed and poured coffee into cups. Simultaneously, long-term personal samples were collected as two participants, the customers, drank one cup of coffee each per h. Air sampling and analyses were conducted in accordance with OSHA Method 1012. Diacetyl was detected in all long-term samples. The long-term concentrations for the barista and area samples were similar, and ranged from 0.013–0.016 ppm; long-term concentrations for the customers were slightly lower and ranged from 0.010–0.014 ppm. Short-term concentrations ranged from below the limit of detection (<0.0047 ppm–0.016 ppm. Mean estimated 8 h time-weighted average (8 h TWA exposures for the barista ranged from 0.007–0.013 ppm; these values exceed recommended 8 h TWA occupational exposure limits (OELs for diacetyl and are comparable to long-term personal measurements collected in various food and beverage production facilities. The concentrations measured based on area sampling were comparable to those measured in the breathing zone of the barista, thus exceedances of the recommended OELs may also occur for coffee shop workers who do not personally prepare coffee (e.g., cashier, sanitation/maintenance. These findings suggest that the practicality and scientific basis of the recommended OELs for diacetyl merit further consideration.

  4. A modified coaxial electrospinning for preparing fibers from a high concentration polymer solution

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    Full Text Available A new process technology modified from conventional coaxial electrospinning process has been developed to prepare polymer fibers from a high concentration solution. This process involves a pure solvent concentrically surrounding polymer fluid in the spinneret. The concentric spinneret was constructed simply by inserting a metal needle through a high elastic silica gel tube. Two syringe pumps were used to drive the core polymer solution and the sheath solvent. Using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP as the polymer model, which normally has an electrospinnable concentration of 10% w/v in ethanol, it was possible to electrospin 35% w/v of PVP in the same solvent, when pure N, N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc was used as sheath fluid. The resultant fibers have a smooth surface morphology and good structural uniformity. The diameter of the fibers was 2.0±0.25 µm when the DMAc-to-polymer-solution flow rate ratio was set as 0.1. The process technology reported here opens a new window to tune the polymer fibers obtained by the electrospinning, and is useful for improving productivity of the electrospinning process.

  5. Preparation of monodisperse aqueous microspheres containing high concentration of l-ascorbic acid by microchannel emulsification. (United States)

    Khalid, Nauman; Kobayashi, Isao; Neves, Marcos A; Uemura, Kunihiko; Nakajima, Mitsutoshi; Nabetani, Hiroshi


    Monodisperse aqueous microspheres containing high concentrations of l-ascorbic acid with different concentrations of sodium alginate (Na-ALG) and magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) were prepared by using microchannel emulsification (MCE). The continuous phase was water-saturated decane containing a 5% (w/w) hydrophobic emulsifier. The flow rate of the continuous phase was maintained at 10 mL h(-1), whereas the pressure applied to the disperse phase was varied between 3 and 25 kPa. The disperse phase optimized for successfully generating aqueous microspheres included 2% (w/w) Na-ALG and 1% (w/w) MgSO4. At a higher MgSO4 concentration, the generated microspheres resulted in coalescence and subsequent bursting. At a lower MgSO4 concentration, unstable and polydisperse microspheres were obtained. The aqueous microspheres generated from the MCs under optimized conditions had a mean particle diameter (dav) of 14-16 µm and a coefficient of variation (CV) of less than 8% at the disperse phase pressures of 5-15 kPa.

  6. The role of sample preparation in interpretation of trace element concentration variability in moss bioindication studies (United States)

    Migaszewski, Z.M.; Lamothe, P.J.; Crock, J.G.; Galuszka, A.; Dolegowska, S.


    Trace element concentrations in plant bioindicators are often determined to assess the quality of the environment. Instrumental methods used for trace element determination require digestion of samples. There are different methods of sample preparation for trace element analysis, and the selection of the best method should be fitted for the purpose of a study. Our hypothesis is that the method of sample preparation is important for interpretation of the results. Here we compare the results of 36 element determinations performed by ICP-MS on ashed and on acid-digested (HNO3, H2O2) samples of two moss species (Hylocomium splendens and Pleurozium schreberi) collected in Alaska and in south-central Poland. We found that dry ashing of the moss samples prior to analysis resulted in considerably lower detection limits of all the elements examined. We also show that this sample preparation technique facilitated the determination of interregional and interspecies differences in the chemistry of trace elements. Compared to the Polish mosses, the Alaskan mosses displayed more positive correlations of the major rock-forming elements with ash content, reflecting those elements' geogenic origin. Of the two moss species, P. schreberi from both Alaska and Poland was also highlighted by a larger number of positive element pair correlations. The cluster analysis suggests that the more uniform element distribution pattern of the Polish mosses primarily reflects regional air pollution sources. Our study has shown that the method of sample preparation is an important factor in statistical interpretation of the results of trace element determinations. ?? 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Plasma concentrations resulting from florfenicol preparations given to pigs in their drinking water. (United States)

    Gutiérrez, L; Vargas, D; Ocampo, L; Sumano, H; Martinez, R; Tapia, G


    Florfenicol administered through the drinking water has been recommended as a metaphylactic antibacterial drug to control outbreaks of respiratory diseases in pigs caused by strains of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida, yet it is difficult to pinpoint in practice when the drug is given metaphylactically or therapeutically. Further, pigs are likely to reject florfenicol-medicated water, and plasma concentrations of the drug are likely to be marginal for diseases caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus. The reported minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for these organisms show a breakpoint of 2 to 3 μg/mL. An experiment was conducted during September and October 2009. One hundred twenty healthy crossbred pigs (Landrace-Yorkshire), weighing 23 ± 6.2 kg, were used in this trial. They were randomly assigned to 5 groups, with 3 replicates of 8 animals/group. Two commercial preparations of florfenicol were administered through the drinking water at 2 concentrations (0.01 and 0.015%). Water intake was measured before and after medication, and plasma concentrations of florfenicol were determined by HPLC. Considerable rejection of florfenicol-medicated water was observed. However, plasma florfenicol concentrations were of a range sufficient for a methaphylaxis approach to preventing disease by bacteria, with MIC breakpoints of ≤ 0.25 μg/mL. Decreased efficacy as a metaphylactic medication should be expected for bacteria with MIC >0.25 μg/mL, considering the reported existence of bacteria resistant to florfenicol and the natural resistance of Streptococcus suis or E. coli to this drug.

  8. Generation of high-titer viral preparations by concentration using successive rounds of ultracentrifugation

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    Ichim Christine V


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Viral vectors provide a method of stably introducing exogenous DNA into cells that are not easily transfectable allowing for the ectopic expression or silencing of genes for therapeutic or experimental purposes. However, some cell types, in particular bone marrow cells, dendritic cells and neurons are difficult to transduce with viral vectors. Successful transduction of such cells requires preparation of highly concentrated viral stocks, which permit a high virus concentration and multiplicity of infection (MOI during transduction. Pseudotyping with the vesicular stomatitis virus G (VSV-G envelope protein is common practice for both lentiviral and retroviral vectors. The VSV-G glycoprotein adds physical stability to retroviral particles, allowing concentration of virus by high-speed ultracentrifugation. Here we describe a method report for concentration of virus from large volumes of culture supernatant by means of successive rounds of ultracentrifugation into the same ultracentrifuge tube. Method Stable retrovirus producer cell lines were generated and large volumes of virus-containing supernatant were produced. We then tested the transduction ability of virus following varying rounds of concentration by ultra-centrifugation. In a second series of experiments lentivirus-containing supernatant was produced by transient transfection of 297T/17 cells and again we tested the transduction ability of virus following multiple rounds of ultra-centrifugation. Results We report being able to centrifuge VSV-G coated retrovirus for as many as four rounds of ultracentrifugation while observing an additive increase in viral titer. Even after four rounds of ultracentrifugation we did not reach a plateau in viral titer relative to viral supernatant concentrated to indicate that we had reached the maximum tolerated centrifugation time, implying that it may be possible to centrifuge VSV-G coated retrovirus even further should it be necessary

  9. Preparation of metal oxide doped ACNFs and their adsorption performance for low concentration SO2

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    Hong-quan Yu; Yan-bo Wu; Tie-ben Song; Yue Li; Yu Shen


    Metal oxide (TiO2 or Co3O4) doped activated carbon nanofibers (ACNFs) were prepared by electrospinning. These nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diff raction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunner-Emmett-Teller method (BET). The results show that the average diameters of ACNFs were within the range of 200-500 nm, and the lengths were several tens of micrometers. The specific surface areas were 1146.7 m2/g for TiO2-doped ACNFs and 1238.5 m2/g for Co3O4-doped ACNFs, respectively. The electrospun nanofibers were used for adsorption of low concentration sulfur dioxide (SO2). The results showed that the adsorption rates of these ACNFs increased with an increase in SO2concentration. When the SO2 concentration was 1.0 µg/mL, the adsorption rates of TiO2-doped ACNFs and Co3O4-doped ACNFs were 66.2%and 67.1%, respectively. The adsorption rate also increased as the adsorption time increased. When the adsorption time was 40 min, the adsorption rates were 67.6%and 69.0%for TiO2-doped ACNFs and Co3O4-doped ACNFs, respectively. The adsorption rate decreased as the adsorption temperature increased below 60˚C, while it increased as the adsorption temperature increased to more than 60◦C.

  10. Impact of water fluoride concentration on the fluoride content of infant foods and drinks requiring preparation with liquids before feeding. (United States)

    Zohoori, Fatemeh V; Moynihan, Paula J; Omid, Narges; Abuhaloob, Lamis; Maguire, Anne


    To measure the fluoride (F) content of infant foods and drinks requiring reconstitution with liquids prior to consumption and to determine the impact of water F concentration on their F content, as consumed, by measuring F content before and after preparation. In total, 58 infant powdered formula milks, dry foods and concentrated drinks were prepared with deionized water (pasta and rice', 'breakfast cereals', 'savoury meals' and 'powdered infant formula milks' were 0.38, 0.26, 0.18, 0.16 and 0.15 μg/g, respectively. The corresponding mean F concentrations were 0.97, 1.21, 0.86, 0.74 and 0.91 μg/g, respectively, when the same samples were prepared with fluoridated water. Although some nonreconstituted infant foods/drinks showed a high F concentration in their dry or concentrated forms, the concentration of F in prepared foods/drinks primarily reflected the F concentration of liquid used for their preparation. Some infant foods/drinks, when reconstituted with fluoridated water, may result in a F intake in infants above the suggested optimum range (0.05-0.07 mg F/kg body weight) and therefore may put infants at risk of developing dental fluorosis. Further research is necessary to determine the actual F intake of infants living in fluoridated and nonfluoridated communities using reconstituted infant foods and drinks. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  11. [Toxicity, tolerance and blood concentrations of iron and tylosin with the use of preparation FV-82]. (United States)

    Dilov, P; Minkov, E; Bogdanova, S; Dilova, V


    A pharmacologic evaluation was made of a technologic model of a liquid drug form (code name phi B-82), having the following composition: tylosine tartrate 3500000 UI, cyanocobalamine 0.008 g, pyridoxin hydrochloride 0.500 g, tartaric acid 0.100 g, and feridextran (dextrofer-100) up to 100 cm3; pH from 5.5 to 6.5, and Fe3+ 100 mg/cm3. It was found that phi B-82 at i/m application to rabbits, subcutaneous injection to albino mice, and intra-abdominal introduction to albino rats and mice at rates that were equal to ED100 and 3 to 5 times higher than those used with pigs did not lead to local and total lack of tolerance. The acute toxicity (LD50) of phi B-82 at intra-abdominal application to 18-20 g albino mice was 29.2 cm3/kg. The single muscular application to guinea pigs at 2 cm3 per kg of body mass showed good absorption of the preparation - it did not differ essentially from those of dextrofer-100 and aquaous solution of tylosine tartrate used in equivalent amounts. The bacteriostatic concentrations of tylosine were maintained for 24 hours. It was shown that the optimal effect would be produced by a combined preparation having the qualities of the feridextrane complexes with a rapid absorption and those of the erythropoietic vitamins of the B12 group and B6 along with the participation of tylosine as an antibiotic.


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    S.S. Madaeni; A. Rahimpour


    Polyethersulfone membranes were prepared from quaternary systems containing N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) as solvent, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as constant additive and acetic acid, acetone and water as variable additives. Phase inversion via immersion precipitation was employed for manufacturing of membranes. The prepared films were immersed in the mixture of pure water and 2-propanol (30/70 vol%) as the non-solvent. Acetic acid caused an increment in the flux at high polymer concentration (16wt%) and a decline in the flux at low polymer concentrations (10 wt% and 13 wt%). Acetone and water as the solvent in the casting solution declined the flux at any polymer concentration tested. The morphology and performance of the prepared membranes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and separation experiments using milk as the feed.

  13. Rheological profiling of organogels prepared at critical gelling concentrations of natural waxes in a triacylglycerol solvent. (United States)

    Patel, Ashok R; Babaahmadi, Mehrnoosh; Lesaffer, Ans; Dewettinck, Koen


    The aim of this study was to use a detailed rheological characterization to gain new insights into the gelation behavior of natural waxes. To make a comprehensive case, six natural waxes (differing in the relative proportion of chemical components: hydrocarbons, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, and wax esters) were selected as organogelators to gel high-oleic sunflower oil. Flow and dynamic rheological properties of organogels prepared at critical gelling concentrations (Cg) of waxes were studied and compared using drag (stress ramp and steady flow) and oscillatory shear (stress and frequency sweeps) tests. Although, none of the organogels satisfied the rheological definition of a "strong gel" (G″/G' (ω) ≤ 0.1), on comparing the samples, the strongest gel (highest critical stress and dynamic, apparent, and static yield stresses) was obtained not with wax containing the highest proportion of wax esters alone (sunflower wax, SFW) but with wax containing wax esters along with a higher proportion of fatty alcohols (carnauba wax, CRW) although at a comparatively higher Cg (4%wt for latter compared to 0.5%wt for former). As expected, gel formation by waxes containing a high proportion of lower melting fatty acids (berry, BW, and fruit wax, FW) required a comparatively higher Cg (6 and 7%wt, respectively), and in addition, these gels showed the lowest values for plateau elastic modulus (G'LVR) and a prominent crossover point at higher frequency. The gelation temperatures (TG'=G″) for all the studied gels were lower than room temperature, except for SFW and CRW. The yielding-type behavior of gels was evident, with most gels showing strong shear sensitivity and a weak thixotropic recovery. The rheological behavior was combined with the results of thermal analysis and microstructure studies (optical, polarized, and cryo-scanning electron microscopy) to explain the gelation properties of these waxes.

  14. Absorption kinetics and steady-state plasma concentrations of theophylline following therapeutic doses of two sustained-release preparations

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    Andersen, O; Nielsen, M K; Eriksen, P B;


    Ten healthy volunteers received two sustained-release preparations as a single and multiple dose regimen in an open crossover study. Plasma theophylline concentrations were measured by an enzyme immunoassay. The limited fluctuation of the theophylline levels at steady state, with twice daily...... formulation, whereas this was not the case for the other (r = 0.27 and 0.49). The daily dose necessary to keep the plasma concentration within the therapeutic range of 55-110 mumole/liter varied from 7.9 to 22.9 mg/kg. Only mild side effects were recorded, but they were not correlated to the plasma...... theophylline concentration....

  15. Microbial Transglutaminase Used in Bread Preparation at Standard Bakery Concentrations Does Not Increase Immunodetectable Amounts of Deamidated Gliadin. (United States)

    Heil, Andreas; Ohsam, Jürgen; van Genugten, Bernard; Diez, Oscar; Yokoyama, Keiichi; Kumazawa, Yoshiyuki; Pasternack, Ralf; Hils, Martin


    The effect of standard bakery concentrations of microbial transglutaminase (MTG) in wheat bread preparation on the immunoreactivity of sera of celiac disease (CD) patients was investigated. Immunoblotting using monoclonal antibodies specific to unmodified and/or deamidated gliadin showed no differences between control bread and MTG bread. Deamidation of gliadin could not be detected at standard MTG concentrations. Sera of CD patients were characterized using anti-gliadin and anti-deamidated gliadin peptide (DGP) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and grouped into DGP high- and low-titer pools. The recognition pattern obtained after using both CD sera pools for immunoblotting did not reveal differences between control and MTG-treated bread protein extracts. Our results indicate that MTG treatment of wheat bread prepared with typical MTG concentrations used in standard bakery processes does not lead to immunodetectable amounts of CD immunotoxic deamidated gliadins.

  16. Preparation and characteristics of beta-glucan concentrate from brewer's yeast as the additive substance in foods

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false SK X-NONE X-NONE The brewer¢s yeast was used for preparation of concentrate with content of β-glucan. Hot water extraction (100°C, 5 hours and subsequently an alkaline extraction of sediment using 1 M NaOH at 90°C for 1 hour were used. β-glucan concentrate containing 59,15 % of β-glucan had good functional properties (water binding capacity 13,34 g water/1 g concentrate, fat binding capacity 6,86 g fat/1 g concentrate and indicated biological action too.  At concentration of 2 mg/ml DMSO (dimethylsulfoxid was viability of murine L1210 leukemic cells reduced to 76.15 %. When observing the antioxidant activity it was identified, that the lipid peroxidation in linoleic acid samples was decreased during the presence of β-glucan concentrate. These results and good sensory properties like a bright colour and the pleasant taste and smell indicate, that prepared β-glucan concentrate has a potential to be used to improve the health – beneficial substances in the foods.doi:10.5219/258

  17. Preparation of BF Burden from Titanomagnetite Concentrate by Composite Agglomeration Process (CAP)

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    Jiang, Tao; Yu, Zhengwei; Peng, Zhiwei; Rao, Mingjun; Zhang, Yuanbo; Li, Guanghui


    Titanomagnetite concentrate with high-TiO2 content, is endowed with poor sintering property due to the coarse granularity and poor hydrophilicity compared to the conventional TiO2-free iron concentrates...

  18. Effect of sample preparation methods on photometric determination of the tellurium and cobalt content in the samples of copper concentrates

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    Viktoriya Butenko


    Full Text Available Methods of determination of cobalt and nickel in copper concentrates currently used in factory laboratories are very labor intensive and time consuming. The limiting stage of the analysis is preliminary chemical sample preparation. Carrying out the decomposition process of industrial samples with concentrated mineral acids in open systems does not allow to improve the metrological characteristics of the methods, for this reason improvement the methods of sample preparation is quite relevant and has a practical interest. The work was dedicated to the determination of the optimal conditions of preliminary chemical preparation of copper concentrate samples for the subsequent determination of cobalt and tellurium in the obtained solution using tellurium-spectrophotometric method. Decomposition of the samples was carried out by acid dissolving in individual mineral acids and their mixtures by heating in an open system as well as by using ultrasonification and microwave radiation in a closed system. In order to select the optimal conditions for the decomposition of the samples in a closed system the phase contact time and ultrasonic generator’s power were varied. Intensification of the processes of decomposition of copper concentrates with nitric acid (1:1, ultrasound and microwave radiation allowed to transfer quantitatively cobalt and tellurium into solution spending 20 and 30 min respectively. This reduced the amount of reactants used and improved the accuracy of determination by running the process in strictly identical conditions.

  19. Highly luminescent nanostructures of CdS and ZnS prepared by microwaves heating: effect of sulphide concentration

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    Ortiz, Samuel; Gomez, Idalia; Elizondo, Perla [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Universidad s/n, C.P. 66450 San Nicolas de los Garza (Mexico); Cavazos, Jose [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Universidad s/n, C.P. 66450 San Nicolas de los Garza (Mexico)


    Nearly monodisperse and highly luminescent ZnS and CdS NPs were obtained by microwave irradiation. The ZnS and CdS NPs solutions were prepared by adding freshly prepared ZnSO{sub 4} or CdSO{sub 4} solution to a thioacetamide solution at pH 8 in the presence of sodium citrate in solution used as stabilizer. The precursors concentration were such that the sulphide ion concentrations were 3 x 10{sup -2} M, 6 x 10{sup -2} M and 8 x 10{sup -2} M, for each of these [S] concentrations the [Zn] or [Cd] content were fixed at 3 x 10{sup -2} M. NPs were prepared under microwave irradiation for 1 min at 905 W of power. The NPs samples were taken when the temperature descended to ambient temperature for further analysis. Effect of concentration of Cd and Zn ions were studied in the luminescence property. RXD, AFM, TEM and UV-Vis were used too as analytical equipment for characterization. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Mathematical relationships between spore concentrations, delta-endotoxin levels, and entomotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis preparations produced in different fermentation media. (United States)

    Vu, Khanh Dang; Tyagi, R D; Surampalli, R Y; Valéro, J R


    Mathematic relationships between spore concentrations, delta-endotoxin concentrations and entomotoxicity (Tx) of Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki HD-1 (Btk HD-1) preparations produced in six different media were analysed. The relationship between delta-endotoxin and spore concentration and SpTx-spore (specific Tx per 1000 spore) and spore concentration produced in the different media (starch industry wastewater (SIW) with total solids (TS) concentration of 15g/L, SIW with TS of 30g/L, SIW supplemented with 0.2% (w/v) colloidal chitin, SIW supplemented with 1.25% (w/v) cornstarch and 0.2% (v/v) Tween 80, secondary sludge, and semi-synthetic medium) strictly followed the Power law. Tx and delta endotoxin concentration followed the exponential relation whereas a definite relation between Tx and spore concentration could not be established. Spore and delta-endotoxin produced at the early time (12h) during fermentation might be more toxic than those produced during latter period of fermentation irrespective of media used. Tx and delta-endotoxin concentration exhibited a semi-log linear relationship. Based on these findings, delta-endotoxin concentration can be determined rapidly to monitor the progress of the biopesticide production process.

  1. Preparation

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    Full Text Available Some hexanamide-mono and di-linoleniate esters were prepared by the reaction of linolenic acid and hexanamide (derived from the reaction of hexanoic acid and diethanolamine. The chemical structure for the newly prepared hexanamide-mono and di-linoleniate esters were elucidated using elemental analysis, (FTIR, H 1NMR and chemical ionization mass spectra (CI/Ms spectroscopic techniques. The results of the spectroscopic analysis indicated that they were prepared through the right method and they have high purity. The new prepared esters have high biodegradability and lower toxicity (environmentally friendly so they were evaluated as a synthetic-based mud (ester-based mud for oil-well drilling fluids. The evaluation included study of the rheological properties, filtration and thermal properties of the ester based-muds formulated with the newly prepared esters compared to the reference commercial synthetic-based mud.

  2. Influence of Monomer Concentration on the Morphologies and Electrochemical Properties of PEDOT, PANI, and PPy Prepared from Aqueous Solution

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    Shalini Kulandaivalu


    Full Text Available Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxyhiophene (PEDOT, polyaniline (PANI, and polypyrrole (PPy were prepared on indium tin oxide (ITO substrate via potentiostatic from aqueous solutions containing monomer and lithium perchlorate. The concentration of monomers was varied between 1 and 10 mM. The effects of monomer concentration on the polymers formation were investigated and compared by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, cyclic voltammetry (CV, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS measurements. FTIR and Raman spectra showed no changes in the peaks upon the increment of the concentration. Based on the SEM images, the increment in monomer concentration gives significant effect on morphologies and eventually affects the electrochemical properties. PEDOT electrodeposited from 10 mM solution showed excellent electrochemical properties with the highest specific capacitance value of 12.8 mF/cm2.

  3. Preparation of Soybean Protein Concentrate with Mixed Solvents of Hexane-Aqueous Alcohol

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    Zhang Weinong; Liu Dachuan


    Preparation of soybean proteinconcentrate with the mixed solvents of hexane-aqueous alcohol was studied in this paper Theoptimum technology parameters were obtainedby orthogonal tests. The results of experimentsshowed that the qualities of the product weregood not only on taste and color, but also onhigh solubility-NSI value was 48.80%.

  4. An On-Target Desalting and Concentration Sample Preparation Protocol for MALDI-MS and MS/MS Analysis

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    Zhang, Xumin; Wang, Quanhui; Lou, Xiaomin;


    2DE coupled with MALDI-MS is one of the most widely used and powerful analytic technologies in proteomics study. The MALDI sample preparation method has been developed and optimized towards the combination of simplicity, sample-cleaning, and sample concentration since its introduction. Here we...... present a protocol of the so-called Sample loading, Matrix loading, and on-target Wash (SMW) method which fulfills the three criteria by taking advantage of the AnchorChip™ targets. Our method is extremely simple and no pre-desalting or concentration is needed when dealing with samples prepared from 2DE....... The protocol is amendable for automation and would pave the road for high-throughput MALDI-MS or MS/MS-based proteomics studies with guaranteed sensitivity and high identification rate. The method has been successfully applied to mouse liver proteome study and so far has been employed in other proteome studies...

  5. Defining an appropriate leucoreduction strategy by serial assessment of cytokine levels in platelet concentrates prepared by different methods

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    Daljit Kaur


    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Different methods of platelet concentrate preparations leave behind certain number of residual leukocytes, accounting for most of the febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reactions, especially in multitransfused patients. Various inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interleukin-1β (IL-1β, and IL-6 are generated during storage and have been implicated for these adverse effects. We have studied the levels of these cytokines and their correlation with leucocyte contents in platelet concentrates prepared by three different methods. Study Design and Methods: Five pools of platelet rich plasma platelet concentrates (PRP-PC and buffy-coat platelet concentrates (BC-PC each were prepared and divided into two halves. One half of the pool was leucofiltered (LF, whereas the other half was stored as such. Ten apheresis units were also included in the study. All the platelet concentrates were assessed for leucocyte load and cytokine content (IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α on different days of storage (0, 3, and 5 using Nageotte chamber and commercially available immunoassays respectively. Results: There was a statistically significant rise in cytokine levels (IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α in nonleucofiltered (NLF random donor platelet concentrates (RDPs (PRP-PC and BC-PC during storage (day 3 and 5 whereas LF RDP concentrates (PRP-PC and BC-PC and apheresis platelet concentrates (AP-PC did not show any significant rise in cytokine levels (on day 3 and 5 over the baseline values at day 0. Conclusion: This data suggests that although AP-PCs are superior to PRP-PC (NLF and BC-PC (NLF in terms of in vitro quality control parameters and cytokine generation during storage, BC-PC mode of platelet preparation followed by leucofiltration is the best method to store platelets and minimise the cytokine accumulation. This strategy is best suited for transfusion in multitransfused hematooncologic patients, who cannot afford

  6. The crystal structure and morphology of NiO-YSZ composite that prepared from local zircon concentrate of Bangka Island

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    Rahmawati, F., E-mail:; Apriyani, K.; Heraldy, E. [Research Group of Solid State Chemistry & Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, Sebelas Maret University, Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A Kentingan Surakarta (Indonesia); Soepriyanto, S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha 10 Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)


    In order to increase the economic value of local zircon concentrate from Bangka Island, NiO-YSZ was synthesized from Zirconia, ZrO{sub 2} that was prepared from local zircon concentrate. The NiO-YSZ composite was synthesized by solid state reaction method. XRD analysis equipped with Le Bail refinement was carried out to analyze the crystal structure and cell parameters of the prepared materials. The result showed that zirconia was crystallized in tetragonal structure with a space group of P42/NMC. Yttria-Stabilized-Zirconia (YSZ) was prepared by doping 8% mol yttrium oxide into zirconia and then sintered at 1250°C for 3 hours. Doping of 8% mol Yttria allowed phase transformation of zirconia from tetragonal into the cubic structure. Meanwhile, the composite of NiO-YSZ consists of two crystalline phases, i.e. the NiO with cubic structure and the YSZ with cubic structure. SEM analysis of the prepared materials shows that the addition of NiO into YSZ allows the morphology to become more roughness with larger grain size.

  7. Sludge batch 9 (SB9) acceptance evaluation. Radionuclide concentrations in tank 51 SB9 qualification sample prepared at SRNL

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    Bannochie, C. J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States); Diprete, D. P. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States); Pareizs, J. M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)


    Presented in this report are radionuclide concentrations required as part of the program of qualifying Sludge Batch 9 (SB9) for processing in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). The SB9 material is currently in Tank 51 and has been washed and prepared for transfer to Tank 40. The acceptance evaluation needs to be completed prior to the transfer of the material in Tank 51 to Tank 40. The sludge slurry in Tank 40 has already been qualified for DWPF processing and is currently being processed as Sludge Batch 8 (SB8). The radionuclide concentrations were measured or estimated in the Tank 51 SB9 Washed Qualification Sample prepared at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). This sample was prepared from a three liter sample of Tank 51 sludge slurry (HTF-51-15-81) taken on July 23, 2015. The sample was delivered to SRNL where it was initially characterized in the Shielded Cells. Under the direction of Savannah River Remediation (SRR) it was then adjusted per the Tank Farm washing strategy as of October 20, 2015. This final slurry now has a composition expected to be similar to that of the slurry in Tank 51 after final preparations have been made for transfer of that slurry to Tank 40.

  8. Sludge batch 9 (SB9) accepance evaluation: Radionuclide concentrations in tank 51 SB9 qualification sample prepared at SRNL

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    Bannochie, C. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Diprete, D. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Pareizs, J. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    Presented in this report are radionuclide concentrations required as part of the program of qualifying Sludge Batch 9 (SB9) for processing in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF). The SB9 material is currently in Tank 51 and has been washed and prepared for transfer to Tank 40. The acceptance evaluation needs to be completed prior to the transfer of the material in Tank 51 to Tank 40. The sludge slurry in Tank 40 has already been qualified for DWPF processing and is currently being processed as Sludge Batch 8 (SB8). The radionuclide concentrations were measured or estimated in the Tank 51 SB9 Washed Qualification Sample prepared at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). This sample was prepared from a three liter sample of Tank 51 sludge slurry (HTF-51-15-81) taken on July 23, 2015. The sample was delivered to SRNL where it was initially characterized in the Shielded Cells. Under the direction of Savannah River Remediation (SRR) it was then adjusted per the Tank Farm washing strategy as of October 20, 2015. This final slurry now has a compositioniv expected to be similar to that of the slurry in Tank 51 after final preparations have been made for transfer of that slurry to Tank 40.

  9. Subcutaneous absorption kinetics of two highly concentrated preparations of recombinant human growth hormone

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    Laursen, Torben; Jørgensen, Jens Otto Lunde; Susgaard, Søren;


    Abstract OBJECTIVE: The relative bioavailability of two highly concentrated (12 IU/ml) formulations of biosynthetic human growth hormone (GH) administered subcutaneously was compared. DESIGN: A randomized, crossover study. Conventional GH therapy was withdrawn 72 hours before each study period. T....... CONCLUSIONS: There is no significant difference between the absorption kinetics and short-term metabolic effects of these two highly concentrated formulations of biosynthetic GH. The two formulations are bioequivalent....

  10. Preparation of adhesive for bamboo plywood using concentrated papermaking black liquor directly

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    Adhesive for bamboo plywood prepared directly using lignin existing in the black liquor as a kind of material replacing phenol was proposed on the basis of the same structural properties of lignin and phenol. The results indicate that the reaction time of black liquor methylating is 30 min, when the ratio of alkali to formaldehyde is controlled at approximately 0.20, decomposition rate of formaldehyde is the lowest and the effect of black liquor methylating is the best, the optimal molar ratio of phenol: formaldehyde to NaOH to H2O of preparing phenolic resin is liquor to phenolic resin, all terms of performance of black liquor phenolic resin are excellent and satisfy the requirement. All terms of performance of bamboo plywood prepared using this technique are better than that of excellent bamboo plywood of national criteria. Using this technique, the cost is depressed by 28.69% without altering the traditional adhesive producing technique flow, and without using additional equipment.

  11. Feasibility of antibody-poly(glutamic acid) complexes: preparation of high-concentration antibody formulations and their pharmaceutical properties. (United States)

    Izaki, Shunsuke; Kurinomaru, Takaaki; Maruyama, Takuya; Uchida, Takayuki; Handa, Kenji; Kimoto, Tomoaki; Shiraki, Kentaro


    Development of high-concentration antibody formulations for subcutaneous administration remains challenging. Recently, a precipitation-redissolution method was proposed to prepare suspensions or precipitates of salt-dissociable protein-poly(amino acid) complexes. To elucidate the utility of this method for protein therapy, we investigated the feasibility of a precipitation-redissolution method using poly(amino acid) for high-concentration antibody formulation. Omalizumab and adalimumab formulations of 150 mg/mL could be prepared using poly-l-glutamic acid (polyE) from low-concentration stock solutions. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, circular dichroism, and size-exclusion chromatography revealed that the formation of antibody-polyE complex and precipitation-redissolution process did not significantly affect the immunoreactivity or secondary structure of the antibodies. The precipitation-redissolution method was less time-consuming and more effective than lyophilization-redissolution, evaporation-redissolution, and ultrafiltration from the viewpoint of final yield. Scalability was confirmed from 400 μL to 1.0 L. The general toxicity and pharmacokinetic profiles of the antibody-polyE complex formulations were similar to those of conventional antibody formulations. These results suggested that the precipitation-redissolution method using poly(amino acid) has great potential as a concentration method for antibody formulation and medicinal use.

  12. Optimisation of sample preparation and analysis conditions for atom probe tomography characterisation of low concentration surface species (United States)

    Douglas, J. O.; Bagot, P. A. J.; Johnson, B. C.; Jamieson, D. N.; Moody, M. P.


    The practicalities for atom probe tomography (APT) analysis of near-surface chemistry, particularly the distribution of low concentration elements, are presented in detail. Specifically, the challenges of surface analysis using APT are described through the characterisation of near-surface implantation profiles of low concentration phosphorus into single crystal silicon. This material system was chosen to illustrate this surface specific approach as low concentration phosphorus has significant mass spectra overlaps with silicon species and the near surface location requires particular attention to focused ion beam specimen preparation and deposition of various capping layers. Required changes to standard sample preparation procedure are described and the effects of changes in APT analysis parameters are discussed with regards to this specific material system. Implantation profiles of 14 kV phosphorus ions with a predicted peak concentration of 0.2 at .% were successfully analysed using APT using pulsed laser assisted evaporation. It is demonstrated that the most important factor in obtaining the most accurate implantation profile was to ensure all phosphorus mass peaks were as free of background noise as possible, with thermal tails from the Si2+ ions obscuring the P2+ ions being the major overlap in the mass spectrum. The false positive contribution to the phosphorus profiles from hydride species appears minimal at the capping layer/substrate interface. The initial capping layer selection of nickel was successful in allowing the analysis of the majority of the phosphorus profile but nickel and phosphorus mass spectra overlaps prevent optimum quantification of phosphorus at the surface.

  13. Structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis: Effect of precursor concentration

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    F Zahedi; R S Dariani; S M Rozati


    ZnO thin films have been prepared using zinc acetate precursor by spray pyrolytic decomposition of zinc acetate on glass substrates at 450 °C. Effect of precursor concentration on structural and optical properties has been investigated. ZnO films are polycrystalline with (002) plane as preferential orientation. The optical transmission spectrum shows that transmission increases with decrease in the concentration and the maximum transmission in visible region is about 95% for ZnO films prepared with 0.1 M. The direct band-gap value decreases from 3.37 to 3.19 eV, when the precursor concentration increases from 0.1 to 0.4 M. Photoluminescence spectra at room temperature show an ultraviolet (UV) emission at 3.26 eV and two visible emissions at 2.82 and 2.38 eV. Lowest resistivity is obtained at 2.09 cm for 0.3 M. The current–voltage characteristic of the ZnO thin films were measured in dark and under UV illumination. The values of photocurrent and photoresponsivity at 5 V are increased with increase in precursor concentration and reaches to maximum value of 1148 A and 0.287 A/W, respectively which is correlated to structural properties of ZnO thin films.

  14. The preparation and ethanol fermentation of high-concentration sugars from steam-explosion corn stover. (United States)

    Xie, Hui; Wang, Fengqin; Yin, Shuangyao; Ren, Tianbao; Song, Andong


    In the field of biofuel ethanol, high-concentration- reducing sugars made from cellulosic materials lay the foundation for high-concentration ethanol fermentation. In this study, corn stover was pre-treated in a process combining chemical methods and steam explosion; the cellulosic hydrolyzed sugars obtained by fed-batch saccharification were then used as the carbon source for high-concentration ethanol fermentation. Saccharomyces cerevisiae 1308, Angel yeast, and Issatchenkia orientalis were shake-cultured with Pachysolen tannophilus P-01 for fermentation. Results implied that the ethanol yields from the three types of mixed strains were 4.85 g/100 mL, 4.57 g/100 mL, and 5.02 g/100 mL (separately) at yield rates of 91.6, 89.3, and 92.2%, respectively. Therefore, it was inferred that shock-fermentation using mixed strains achieved a higher ethanol yield at a greater rate in a shorter fermentation period. This study provided a theoretical basis and technical guidance for the fermentation of industrial high-concentrated cellulosic ethanol.

  15. Molecularly imprinted microspheres prepared by precipitation polymerization at high monomer concentrations

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    Renkecz Tibor


    Full Text Available Highly crosslinked polymer microparticles have been prepared by precipitation polymerization using high monomer loadings (≥25 v/v % which generally would lead to bulk monoliths. The microparticle format was achieved by the use of non-solvating diluents either alone or in combination with co-solvents. Two distinct morphologies were observed. Monodisperse smooth microspheres were obtained using a thermodynamically good co-solvent whereas segmented irregular particles were formed with poorer co-solvents. It has been found that during polymerization the forming polymer particles were enriched in the co-solvent and this effect was more pronounced when good co-solvents were used. The type of functional monomer, crosslinker and co-solvent, and the non-solvent/co-solvent ratio were identified as influential parameters on the microparticle morphology. With the proposed methodology molecularly imprinted microparticles have been prepared successfully for three different templates, naproxen, diclofenac and toltrazuril using various functional monomers, crosslinkers and polymerization solvent mixtures.

  16. Adsorption of Crystal Violet on Activated Carbon Prepared from Coal Flotation Concentrate (United States)

    Aydogmus, Ramazan; Depci, Tolga; Sarikaya, Musa; Riza Kul, Ali; Onal, Yunus


    The objective of this study is firstly to investigate the floatability properties of Zilan- Van coal after microwave irradiation and secondly to produce activated carbon from flotation concentrate in order to remove Crystal Violet (CV) from waste water. The flotation experiments showed that microwave heating at 0.9 kW power level for 60 sec exposure time enhanced the hydrophobicity and increased the flotation yield. The activated carbon with remarkable surface area (696 m2/g) was produced from the flotation concentrate and used to adsorb CV from aqueous solution in a batch reactor at different temperature. The adsorption properties of CV onto the activated carbon are discussed in terms of the adsorption isotherms (Langmuir and Freundlich) and found that the experimental results best fitted by the Langmuir model.

  17. Subcutaneous absorption kinetics of two highly concentrated preparations of recombinant human growth hormone

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    Laursen, Torben; Jørgensen, Jens Otto Lunde; Susgaard, Søren


    of signs of endogenous GH secretion. INTERVENTIONS: At the start of each study period, GH 3 IU/m2 was injected subcutaneously. The two formulations, PenFill and PenSet, differ in the buffers used and in the relative content of mannitol and glycine. Serum profiles of GH were monitored frequently for 24......Abstract OBJECTIVE: The relative bioavailability of two highly concentrated (12 IU/ml) formulations of biosynthetic human growth hormone (GH) administered subcutaneously was compared. DESIGN: A randomized, crossover study. Conventional GH therapy was withdrawn 72 hours before each study period...... not significantly differ from 1 (p = 0.13). Neither Cmax (p = 0.74) nor Tmax (p = 0.58) of the two formulations was significantly different. Injection of the two formulations induced similar increments in serum IFG-I (p = 0.48). Serum insulin and blood glucose concentrations were not significantly different...

  18. Iodine concentration in canteen meals prepared with or without iodized salt. (United States)

    Linseisen, J; Metges, C C; Schwarz, S; Wolfram, G


    In each of two university canteens differing in the use (canteen A) or non-use (canteen B) of iodized salt for food preparation, 15 mostly equal lunch meals were collected for iodide and NaCl analysis. With similar NaCl content, the meals of canteen A contained on average 6.1 micrograms I/100 g ww (8.5 micrograms I/g NaCl) more I than the meals of canteen B. Total I intake by consumption of an average meal of canteen A was estimated as 56.5 +/- 24.1 micrograms (canteen B: 17.0 +/- 9.9 micrograms). Consequently, the use of iodized salt in central catering seems to play a more important role in a sufficient I intake than assumed so far.

  19. Preparation of eutectic substrate mixtures for enzymatic conversion of ATC to L-cysteine at high concentration levels. (United States)

    Youn, Sung Hun; Park, Hae Woong; Choe, Deokyeong; Shin, Chul Soo


    High concentration eutectic substrate solutions for the enzymatic production of L-cysteine were prepared. Eutectic melting of binary mixtures consisting of D,L-2-amino-Δ(2)-thiazoline-4-carboxylic acid (ATC) as a substrate and malonic acid occurred at 39 °C with an ATC mole fraction of 0.5. Formation of eutectic mixtures was confirmed using SEM, SEM-EDS, and XPS surface analyses. Sorbitol, MnSO4, and NaOH were used as supplements for the enzymatic reactions. Strategies for sequential addition of five compounds, including a binary ATC mixture and supplements, during preparation of eutectic substrate solutions were established. Eutectic substrate solutions were stable for 24 h. After 6 h of enzymatic reactions, a 550 mM L-cysteine yield was obtained from a 670 mM eutectic ATC solution.

  20. Fermentation and microflora of plaa-som, a Thai fermented fish product prepared with different salt concentrations

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    Paludan-Müller, Christine; Madsen, M.; Sophanodora, P.


    Plaa-som is a Thai fermented fish product prepared from snakehead fish, salt, palm syrup and sometimes roasted rice. We studied the effects of different salt concentrations on decrease in pH and on microflora composition during fermentation. Two low-salt batches were prepared, containing 6% and 7......% salt (w/w) as well as two high-salt batches, containing 9% and 11% salt. pH decreased rapidly from 6 to 4.5 in low-salt batches, whereas in high-salt batches, a slow or no decrease in pH was found. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeasts were isolated as the dominant microorganisms during fermentation...

  1. Effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} prepared by solvothermal method

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    Rabbani, Ahmad Yasin; Fakhri, Hafizh A.; Arifin, Muhammad; Aimon, Akfiny Hasdi [Physics of Electronic Materials Research Division Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia); Iskandar, Ferry, E-mail: [Physics of Electronic Materials Research Division Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia); Research Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology sInstitut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 Indonesia (Indonesia)


    Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO{sub 4}) is frequently used for Li-ion battery cathode. LiFePO{sub 4} has the high specific capacity at 170 mAhg{sup −1}, stable voltage at 3.45 V, stable structure, cheap, and low toxicity. The objective of this research is investigating the effect of precursor concentration on the electrical properties of LiFePO{sub 4} prepared by solvothermal method. LiOH, FeSO{sub 4}, H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, and citric acid were used as the precursors. The LiOH concentration was varied from 0.3 M to 1.8 M. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) measurement identified the Fe-O, O-P-O, and P-O bonds which corresponding to LiFePO{sub 4}. The result of 4-point probe measurement shows that, among the prepared samples, the sample from the precursor concentration of 1.8 M has the highest electrical conductivity.

  2. The Development of Small Solar Concentrating Systems with Heat Storage for Rural Food Preparation (United States)

    van den Heetkamp, R. R. J.

    A system, consisting of a parabolic reflector mounted on a polar axis tracker, has been designed and built. Air at atmospheric pressure is heated by the concentrated solar radiation to temperatures of up to 400°C as it is sucked through the receiver and into the pebble-bed heat storage unit, by means of a fan at the bottom of the storage. The stored heat is recovered by the reversal of the fan and the resulting hot air can be used in a convection oven and other appliances. This report discusses practical aspects, as well as preliminary test results, of such a system.

  3. A Novel Platelet Concentrate: Titanium-Prepared Platelet-Rich Fibrin

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    Mustafa Tunalı


    Full Text Available We developed a new product called titanium-prepared platelet-rich fibrin (T-PRF. The T-PRF method is based on the hypothesis that titanium may be more effective in activating platelets than the silica activators used with glass tubes in Chouckroun’s leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF method. In this study, we aimed to define the structural characteristics of T-PRF and compare it with L-PRF. Blood samples were collected from 10 healthy male volunteers. The blood samples were drawn using a syringe. Nine milliliters was transferred to a dry glass tube, and 9 mL was transferred to a titanium tube. Half of each clot (i.e., the blood that was clotted using T-PRF or L-PRF was processed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM. The other half of each clot was processed for fluorescence microscopy analysis and light microscopy analysis. The T-PRF samples seemed to have a highly organized network with continuous integrity compared to the other L-PRF samples. Histomorphometric analysis showed that T-PRF fibrin network covers larger area than L-PRF fibrin network; also fibrin seemed thicker in the T-PRF samples. This is the first human study to define T-PRF as an autogenous leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin product. The platelet activation by titanium seems to offer some high characteristics to T-PRF.

  4. A novel platelet concentrate: titanium-prepared platelet-rich fibrin. (United States)

    Tunalı, Mustafa; Özdemir, Hakan; Küçükodacı, Zafer; Akman, Serhan; Yaprak, Emre; Toker, Hülya; Fıratlı, Erhan


    We developed a new product called titanium-prepared platelet-rich fibrin (T-PRF). The T-PRF method is based on the hypothesis that titanium may be more effective in activating platelets than the silica activators used with glass tubes in Chouckroun's leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) method. In this study, we aimed to define the structural characteristics of T-PRF and compare it with L-PRF. Blood samples were collected from 10 healthy male volunteers. The blood samples were drawn using a syringe. Nine milliliters was transferred to a dry glass tube, and 9 mL was transferred to a titanium tube. Half of each clot (i.e., the blood that was clotted using T-PRF or L-PRF) was processed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The other half of each clot was processed for fluorescence microscopy analysis and light microscopy analysis. The T-PRF samples seemed to have a highly organized network with continuous integrity compared to the other L-PRF samples. Histomorphometric analysis showed that T-PRF fibrin network covers larger area than L-PRF fibrin network; also fibrin seemed thicker in the T-PRF samples. This is the first human study to define T-PRF as an autogenous leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin product. The platelet activation by titanium seems to offer some high characteristics to T-PRF.

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Nanocomposites from Whey Protein Concentrate Activated with Lycopene. (United States)

    Pereira, Rafaela Corrêa; de Deus Souza Carneiro, João; Borges, Soraia Vilela; Assis, Odílio Benedito Garrido; Alvarenga, Gabriela Lara


    The production and characterization of nanocomposites based on whey protein concentrate (WPC) and montmorilonite (MMT) incorporated with lycopene as a functional substance is presented and discussed as an alternative biomaterial for potential uses in foodstuff applications. A full factorial design with varying levels of MMT (0% and 2% in w/w) and lycopene (0%, 6%, and 12% in w/w) was used. Color, light transmission, film transparency, moisture, density, solubility, water vapor permeability, and antioxidant activity of the resulting materials were evaluated. Results indicated that lycopene and MMT nanoparticles were successfully included in WPC films using the casting/evaporation method. Inclusion of 2% w/w of MMT in the polymeric matrix significantly improved barrier property against water vapor. Lycopene, besides its good red coloring ability, provided to the films antioxidant activity and UV-vis light protection. These findings open a new perspective for the use of materials for bioactive packaging applications.

  6. Preparation of small volume, leuko and erythrocyte very poor platelet concentrates. (United States)

    Valbonesi, M; Angelini, G; Malfanti, L; Lercari, G; Fella, M; Calderisi, S; Anselmo, A; Balistreri, M


    Recently developed automated discontinuous flow centrifuge (DFC) separators can produce leuko- and erythrocyte-poor platelet concentrates (PC). According to general experience with these machines it is difficult to obtain more than 4 X 10(11) platelets, though a second program set up by Coffe et al. appears to produce PC containing approximately 5 X 10(11) platelets suspended in a plasma volume of 390 ml. At our center we employed a new Dideco cell separator equipped with the surge pump and a technique developed for the production of small volume, RBC and WBC-very poor PC. In 60 routine procedures we obtained the following results: mean processing time 87 +/- 11 minutes; final volume of PC 136 +/- 19 ml, with a mean platelet yield of 5.21 X 10(11) platelets. WBC contamination was 1.8 X 10(8) (93% lymphocytes) and RBC were 3.1 X 10(8). Plasma volume as well as WBC and RBC contamination were reduced by recirculating PC after the 6th pass. The demand for single donor platelet concentrates (PC) is increasing progressively. Recently developed automated cell separators can produce leukocyte (WBC) and erythrocyte (RBC) poor PC. With these machines it may be difficult to obtain PC containing at least 4 X 10(11) platelets and less than 1 X 10(9) leukocytes (1, 2, 3) since donor variables such as hematocrit, precounts, buffy coat formation and initial plasma light transmission are of paramount importance for the efficiency of the program. At our center a prototype discontinuous flow centrifuge (DFC) cell separator equipped with the surge pump was studied.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  7. Physicochemical properties and in vitro cytocompatibility of modified titanium surfaces prepared via micro-arc oxidation with different calcium concentrations

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    Wu, Sui-Dan; Zhang, Hui [Guanghua School of Stomatology, Hospital of Stomatology, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510055 (China); Dong, Xu-Dong [Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 (Canada); Ning, Cheng-Yun [College of Material Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641 (China); Fok, Alex S.L. [Minnesota Dental Research Center of Biomaterials and Biomechanics, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (United States); Wang, Yan, E-mail: [Guanghua School of Stomatology, Hospital of Stomatology, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510055 (China)


    Highlights: • MAO coating improves the surface characteristics and cytocompatibility of titanium. • Composition of MAO coating varies with the electrolyte concentration. • MAO coating properties can be optimized by adjusting the electrolyte concentration. • Higher CA concentration contributes to more favorable MAO coating cytocompatibility. - Abstract: Objective: To explore the effect of calcium concentration in the electrolyte solution on the physicochemical properties and biocompatibility of coatings formed by micro-arc oxidation (MAO) on titanium surfaces. Methods: The surfaces of pure titanium plates were modified by MAO in an electrolytic solution containing calcium acetate (CA; C{sub 4}H{sub 6}CaO{sub 4}) at concentrations of 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, or 0.3 M and β-glycerophosphate disodium salt pentahydrate (β-GP; C{sub 3}H{sub 7}Na{sub 2}O{sub 6}P·5H{sub 2}O) at a fixed concentration of 0.02 M. Surface topography, elemental characteristics, phase composition, and roughness were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction, and a surface roughness tester, respectively. To assess the cytocompatibility and osteoinductivity of the surfaces, MC3T3-E1 preosteoblasts were cultured on the surfaces in vitro, and cell morphology, adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation were observed. Results: The porous MAO coating was composed primarily of TiO{sub 2} rutile and anatase. The amount of TiO{sub 2} rutile, the Ca/P ratio, and the surface roughness of the MAO coating increased with increasing CA concentration in the electrolyte solution. Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, CaCO{sub 3}, and CaTiO{sub 3} were formed on MAO-treated surfaces prepared with CA concentrations of 0.2 and 0.3 M. Cell proliferation and differentiation increased with increasing CA concentration, with MC3T3-E1 cells exhibiting favorable morphologies for bone–implant integration. Conclusions: MAO coating improves the surface characteristics and

  8. Influence of concentration and volume of precursor on the electrochemical properties of vanadium oxide thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Ingole, R. S.; Fugare, B. Y.; Lokhande, B. J., E-mail: [School of Physical Sciences, Solapur University, Solapur 413 255, M.S. (India)


    Vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) thin films have been prepared by spray pyrolysis using different concentrations and volumes of precursor solution via aqueous route at 673K deposition temperature. The influences of concentration and volume on the structural, morphological and electrochemical properties of the deposited samples are studied well. X - ray diffraction study shows orthorhombic crystal structure with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase, confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy shows granular, homogeneous and dense surface morphology. Cyclic voltammetery of all samples carried at all scan rates. Samples prepared using 0.05M, 40 ml of precursor solution shows highest specific capacitance 428.25 F/gm at 5 mV/s, Charge discharge behavior exhibits specific energy 18.73 Wh/kg, specific power 36.00 kW/kg, columbic efficiency 87.50 %. Impedance spectroscopy study was carried in the frequency range 1mHz – 1MHz, reveals pseudocapacitive behavior of the electrode exhibiting internal resistance 1.34 ohm.

  9. Chemical composition of protein concentrate prepared from Yellowfin tuna Thunnus albacares roe by cook-dried process

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    Hyun Ji Lee


    Full Text Available Abstract Roe is the term used to describe fish eggs (oocytes gathered in skeins and is one of the most valuable food products from fishery sources. Thus, means of processing are required to convert the underutilized yellowfin tuna roes (YTR into more marketable and acceptable forms as protein concentrate. Roe protein concentrates (RPCs were prepared by cooking condition (boil-dried concentrate, BDC and steam-dried concentrate, SDC, respectively and un-cooking condition (freeze-dried concentrate, FDC from yellowfin tuna roe. The yield of RPCs was in the range from 22.2 to 25.3 g/100 g of roe. RPCs contained protein (72.3–77.3 %, moisture (4.3–5.6 %, lipid (10.6–11.3 % and ash (4.3–5.7 % as the major constituents. The prominent amino acids of RPCs were aspartic acid, 8.7–9.2, glutamic acid, 13.1–13.2, and leucine, 8.5–8.6 g/100 g of protein. Major differences were not observed in each of the amino acid. K, S, Na, and P as minerals were the major elements in RPCs. No difference noted in sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis protein band (15–100 K possibly representing partial hydrolysis of myosin. Therefore, RPCs from YTR could be use potential protein ingredient for human food and animal feeds.

  10. Effect of surfactant concentration on characteristics of mesoporous bioactive glass prepared by evaporation induced self-assembly process (United States)

    Shih, Chi-Chung; Chien, Chi-Sheng; Kung, Jung-Chang; Chen, Jian-Chih; Chang, Shy-Shin; Lu, Pei-Shan; Shih, Chi-Jen


    Mesoporous bioactive glasses were prepared by the evaporation-induced self-assembly method. The main objective of the present study is to determine the effect of surfactant concentration on the synthesis of SiO2-CaO-P2O5 mesoporous bioactive glasses; the characterization techniques used include X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms. The results show that the specific surface area initially increased with increasing surfactant concentrations in the range of 2.1-9.1 wt% and significantly decreased from 328.7 to 204.0 m2/g in the concentration range of 9.1-12.5 wt%. For texture evaluation, the selected area electron diffraction patterns of the mesoporous bioactive glass precursor gels (9.1 wt% F127) calcined at different temperatures were analyzed; these patterns support the notion that some glassy structures in bioactive glasses become crystalline following heat treatment. The scanning electron microscopy images and X-ray diffraction patterns obtained agree with the inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission spectroscopy results as the mesoporous bioactive glasses can induce the formation of an apatite-like layer on their surface in SBF, even after short soaking periods.

  11. Preparation of Concentrated Chitosan/DNA Nanoparticle Formulations by Lyophilization for Gene Delivery at Clinically Relevant Dosages. (United States)

    Veilleux, Daniel; Nelea, Monica; Biniecki, Kristof; Lavertu, Marc; Buschmann, Michael D


    Chitosan/DNA polyplexes have been optimized for efficient and safe in vitro and in vivo gene delivery. Clinical application of this technology requires the development of formulations with higher concentrations to reach therapeutic dosages. Polyplexes were prepared using chitosan and EGFPLuc plasmids. Freeze-thawing and freeze-drying studies were performed to identify and optimize lyoprotectant and buffer contents in formulations. Freeze-dried samples were rehydrated in reduced volumes to increase their final DNA dose. Nanoparticle physicochemical properties were analyzed, and their transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity were measured in human embryonic kidney 293 cells. Data showed that 3.5 mM histidine buffer (pH 6.5) combined with one of 0.5% wt/vol sucrose, dextran 5 kDa, or trehalose was required to prevent polyplex aggregation during freeze-drying. Optimal formulations could be concentrated 20-fold, to a clinically desired ∼1 mg of DNA/mL, while maintaining near physiological pH and tonicity. Polyplexes were predominantly spherical, with diameters below 200 nm, polydispersity indexes below 0.32, and zeta potentials above +19 mV. Rehydrated formulations had transfection efficiencies no less than 65% of fresh polyplexes without excipients and had no effect on viability and metabolic activity of human embryonic kidney 293 cells. These concentrated formulations represent an important step toward clinical use of chitosan-based gene delivery systems.

  12. Characterization of naproxen-loaded solid SMEDDSs prepared by spray drying: the effect of the polysaccharide carrier and naproxen concentration. (United States)

    Čerpnjak, Katja; Zvonar, Alenka; Vrečer, Franc; Gašperlin, Mirjana


    The purpose of this study was to prepare solid SMEDDS (sSMEDDS) particles produced by spray-drying using maltodextrin (MD), hypromellose (HPMC), and a combination of the two as a solid carrier. Naproxen (NPX) as the model drug was dissolved (at 6% concentration) or partially suspended (at 18% concentration) in a liquid SMEDDS composed of Miglyol(®) 812, Peceol™, Gelucire(®) 44/14, and Solutol(®) HS 15. Among the sSMEDDSs tested, the MD-based sSMEDDSs (with a granular, smooth-surfaced, microspherical appearance) preserved the self-microemulsifying properties of liquid SMEDDSs and exhibited dissolution profiles similar to those of liquid SMEDDSs, irrespective of the concentration of NPX. In contrast, HPMC-based sSMEDDSs (irregular-shaped microparticles) exhibited slightly prolonged release times due to the polymeric nature of the carrier. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), and Raman mapping analysis confirmed molecularly dissolved NPX (at 6% of drug loading), whereas at 18% NPX loading drug is partially molecularly dissolved and partially in the crystalline state.

  13. Different Clinical Outcomes of Entamoeba histolytica in Malaysia: Does Genetic Diversity Exist?

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    Tengku Shahrul Anuar; Hesham M. Al-Mekhlafi; Mohamed Kamel Abdul Ghani; Siti Nor Azreen; Fatmah Md Salleh; Nuraffini Ghazali; Mekadina Bernadus; Norhayati Moktar


    ...) communities in Malaysia. Examination was performed on 500 stool samples obtained from Orang Asli communities in 3 different states using formalin-ether concentration, trichrome staining, and single-round PCR techniques...

  14. An X-ray microtomography study on the mineral concentration of carious dentine removed during cavity preparation in deciduous molars. (United States)

    Willmott, N S; Wong, F S L; Davis, G R


    Dentists use a number of criteria in order to assess when a cavity is caries free, amongst which hardness is probably the most widely used. However, the judgement is subjective. X-ray microtomography (XMT) is a non-destructive microscopic technique that allows in vitro specimens to be scanned, manipulated and then rescanned. In this study, a high-definition XMT scanner was used to determine the mineral distribution of carious dentine in 10 deciduous molars, and the extent of dentine removed by an experienced clinician was investigated. For each tooth, after an initial XMT scan, caries was removed using a steel bur in a slow hand-piece. The tooth was then repositioned and rescanned. Mineral concentrations were calculated from the linear attenuation coefficients assuming the mineral phase to be hydroxyapatite and the organic phase to be collagen. The volume of dentine tissues removed was calculated by subtracting data of the second scan from the first. The results showed that the mean modal mineral concentration for the 10 teeth was 1.42 g x cm(-3) for sound dentine. Because of uncertainty about collagen concentration in carious dentine, the mean modal mineral concentration for the carious dentine had a range of 0.37-0.5 g x cm(-3). It was found that the subjective criteria used by the operator could lead to inconsistency of cavity preparation. The cavities could be overprepared by 8.5-44.3% in volume. However, the overpreparation was not uniform throughout the cavity: residual demineralised dentine could still be detected in the postoperative scan in isolated regions.

  15. Effect of Safflower Oil on Concentration of Conjugated Linoleic Acid of Kefir Prepared by Low-fat Milk. (United States)

    Farsad-Naeimi, Alireza; Imani, Saeid; Arefhosseini, Seyed R; Alizadeh, Mohammad


    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a special fatty acid in dairy products with unique antioxidant and anti-cancerous effects. Kefir, a milk product, comprises normalized homogenized cow's milk, the fructose and lactulose syrup as well as a symbiotic starter which has improved probiotic characteristics. The study was aimed to discuss patents and to examine the effect of different safflower oil concentrations on CLA content of the kefir drink prepared by low-fat milk. Safflower oil was added at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5% (V/V) to low-fat cow's milk and six formulations of kefir samples were prepared. The CLA content of the kefir products was measured at pH=6.0 and pH=6.8 by gas chromatography. Acid and bile tolerance of bacterial microenvironment in the products were also determined. Substitution of natural fat content of milk with safflower oil resulted in proportional increase in the CLA contents of kefir in a dose dependent manner. The highest concentration of CLA was found under 0.5% (V/V) of safflower oil at pH 6.0 and temperature of 37 °C. Adding the Safflower oil into milk used for kefir production, increased CLA content from 0.123 (g/100 g) in pure safflower free samples to 0.322 (g/100 g) in samples with 0.5% (V/V) of safflower oil. The current study revealed that substitution of safflower oil with natural fat of cow's milk may help the production of kefir samples with remarkable increase in CLA content of final product.

  16. Influence of Bovine Whey Protein Concentrate and Hydrolysate Preparation Methods on Motility in the Isolated Rat Distal Colon (United States)

    Dalziel, Julie E.; Anderson, Rachel C.; Bassett, Shalome A.; Lloyd-West, Catherine M.; Haggarty, Neill W.; Roy, Nicole C.


    Whey protein concentrate (WPC) and hydrolysate (WPH) are protein ingredients used in sports, medical and pediatric formulations. Concentration and hydrolysis methods vary for whey sourced from cheese and casein co-products. The purpose of this research was to investigate the influence of whey processing methods on in vitro gastrointestinal (GI) health indicators for colonic motility, epithelial barrier integrity and immune modulation. WPCs from casein or cheese processing and WPH (11% or 19% degree of hydrolysis, DH) were compared for their effects on motility in a 1 cm section of isolated rat distal colon in an oxygenated tissue bath. Results showed that WPC decreased motility irrespective of whether it was a by-product of lactic acid or mineral acid casein production, or from cheese production. This indicated that regardless of the preparation methodology, the whey protein contained components that modulate aspects of motility within the distal colon. WPH (11% DH) increased contractile frequency by 27% in a delayed manner and WPH (19% DH) had an immediate effect on contractile properties, increasing tension by 65% and frequency by 131%. Increased motility was associated with increased hydrolysis that may be attributed to the abundance of bioactive peptides. Increased frequency of contractions by WPH (19% DH) was inhibited (by 44%) by naloxone, implicating a potential involvement of opioid receptors in modulation of motility. Trans-epithelial electrical resistance and cytokine expression assays revealed that the WPC proteins studied did not alter intestinal barrier integrity or elicit any discernible immune response. PMID:27983629

  17. Fermentation and microflora of plaa-som, a thai fermented fish product prepared with different salt concentrations. (United States)

    Paludan-Müller, Christine; Madsen, Mette; Sophanodora, Pairat; Gram, Lone; Møller, Peter Lange


    Plaa-som is a Thai fermented fish product prepared from snakehead fish, salt, palm syrup and sometimes roasted rice. We studied the effects of different salt concentrations on decrease in pH and on microflora composition during fermentation. Two low-salt batches were prepared, containing 6% and 7% salt (w/w) as well as two high-salt batches, containing 9% and 11% salt. pH decreased rapidly from 6 to 4.5 in low-salt batches, whereas in high-salt batches, a slow or no decrease in pH was found. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeasts were isolated as the dominant microorganisms during fermentation. LAB counts increased to 10(8)-10(9) cfu g(-1) and yeast counts to 10(7)-5 x 10(7) cfu g(-1) in all batches, except in the 11% salt batch, where counts were 1-2 log lower. Phenotypic tests, ITS-PCR, carbohydrate fermentations and 16S rRNA gene sequencing identified LAB isolates as Pediococcus pentosaceus, Lactobacillus alimentarius/farciminis, Weisella confusa, L. plantarum and Lactococcus garviae. The latter species was only isolated from high-salt batches. Phenotypic characteristics, ITS-PCR and carbohydrate assimilation identified 95% of the yeasts as Zygosaccharomyces rouxii. It is concluded that the fermentation of plaa-som is delayed by a salt-level of 9% due to an inhibition of LAB growth. The growth of Z. rouxii has no influence on the fermentation rate, but may contribute positively to the flavour development of the product.

  18. Preparing to understand and use science in the real world: interdisciplinary study concentrations at the Technical University of Darmstadt. (United States)

    Liebert, Wolfgang J


    In order to raise awareness of the ambiguous nature of scientific-technological progress, and of the challenging problems it raises, problems which are not easily addressed by courses in a single discipline and cannot be projected onto disciplinary curricula, Technical University of Darmstadt has established three interdisciplinary study concentrations: "Technology and International Development", "Environmental Sciences", and "Sustainable Shaping of Technology and Science". These three programmes seek to overcome the limitations of strictly disciplinary research and teaching by developing an integrated, problem-oriented approach. For example, one course considers fundamental nuclear dilemmas and uses role-playing techniques to address a controversy in the area of nuclear security. At the same time, incorporating interdisciplinary teaching into a university that is organized around mono- or multi-disciplinary faculties also poses a number of challenges. Recognition in disciplinary curricula, and appropriate organizational support and funding are examples of those challenges. It is expected that science and engineering students, empowered by such interdisciplinary study programmes, will be better prepared to act responsibly with regard to scientific and technological challenges.

  19. Influence of clay concentration on the morphology and properties of clay-epoxy nanocomposites prepared by in-situ polymerization under ultrasonication

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    Jinwei Wang; Xianghua Kong; Lei Cheng; Yedong He


    To investigate the effect of clay concentration on the structures and properties of bispbenol-A epoxy/nanoclay composites,three composites with organoclay concentrations of 2.5wt%, 5wt%, and 7.5wt% of the epoxy resin were prepared by in-sire polym-erization under mechanical stirring followed by ultrasonic treatment. The clay aggregates on micro-scale indicate the absence of fully exfoliated nanocomposites. The layer space decreases with the increase of clay concentration, which suggests that the exfoliation would be constrained if more clay is added as the ultrasonic force is exerted. The thermal decomposition temperature remains almost unchanged with the increase of clay concentration. The glass transition temperature of the composites decreases slightly with the in-crease of clay concentration, whereas the storage modulus increases with the increase of clay concentration.

  20. Production Conditions Affect the In Vitro Anti-Tumoral Effects of a High Concentration Multi-Strain Probiotic Preparation (United States)

    Cinque, Benedetta; La Torre, Cristina; Lombardi, Francesca; Palumbo, Paola; Van der Rest, Michel


    A careful selection of the probiotic agent, standardization of the dose and detailed characterization of the beneficial effects are essential when considering use of a probiotic for the dietary management of serious diseases. However, changes in the manufacturing processes, equipment or facilities can result in differences in the product itself due to the live nature of probiotics. The need to reconfirm safety and/or efficacy for any probiotic product made at a different factory is therefore mandatory. Recently, under the brand VSL#3®, a formulation produced by a manufacturer different from the previous one, has been commercialized in some European countries (the UK and Holland). VSL#3 is a high concentration multi-strain preparation which has been recognized by the main Gastroenterology Associations for the dietary management of pouchitis as well as ulcerative colitis. We have compared the “original” VSL#3 produced in USA with the “newfound” VSL#3 produced in Italy. According to our results, the “newfound” VSL#3 has 130–150% more “dead bacteria” compared to the “original” product, raising concerns for the well-known association between dead microbes with adverse effects. The abilities of bacterial lysates from the two formulations to influence in vitro viability and proliferation of different tumor cell lines also resulted different. The repair of previously scratched monolayers of various adherent tumor cell lines (i.e. HT1080, and Caco-2 cells) was inhibited more significantly by the “original” VSL#3 when compared to the “newfound” VSL#3. Tumor cell cycle profile, in particular cell cycle arrest and apoptotic death of the cancer cells, further confirms that the “original” VSL#3 has a better functional profile than the “newfound” VSL#3, at least in in vitro. Our data stress the importance of the production conditions for the “newfound” VSL#3 considering that this product is intended to be used for the dietary management

  1. [Iron concentration and acceptation of yoghurt prepared in casting iron pots (iron migration and acceptation of yogurt)]. (United States)

    Quintaes, Késia Diego; Almeyda Haj-Isa, Niurka M; Morgano, Marcelo Antônio


    Food fortification is an interesting strategy to treat and prevent iron anemia. This study aims to quantify the iron in yoghurt, with gelatin and sugar and without, prepared in iron and glass containers. Sensorial test was use to evaluate the acceptance and preference of the both products. The yoghurt was prepared in containers of iron and glass with UHT milk, powder milk and natural industrialized yoghurt. After fermentation, half of the product received addition of sugar and strawberry flavor gelatin. The collected samples get the total iron quantified by ICP OES. Sensorial analysis involving 105 consumers was use to determine the acceptance and preference of the products. 0,018 and 0,882mg of iron per 100g added in the natural yoghurt prepared in the glass and in the iron pots, respectively. The yoghurt with gelatin presented 0,037 and 1,302mg of iron per 100g when prepared in the glass and in the iron pots, respectively. The preference was low for the yoghurt prepared in the iron pot (29,5%), but when added strawberry gelatin it was about 51,5%. The yoghurt prepared in iron pots, is easily home made and adds important amount of iron. Add gelatin and sugar can favored its consumption.

  2. Anodic performance in lithium-ion batteries of graphite-like materials prepared from anthracites and unburned carbon concentrates from coal combustion fly ashes

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    I. Cameán


    Full Text Available The electrochemical performance as anodes for lithium-ion batteries of graphite-like materials that were prepared from anthracites and unburned carbon concentrates from coal combustion fly ashes by high temperature treatment was investigated by galvanostatic cycling of lithium test cells. Some of the materials prepared have provided reversible capacities up to ~ 310 mA h g-1 after 50 discharge/ charge cycles. These values are similar to those of oil-derived graphite (petroleum coke being the main precursor which is currently used as anodic material in commercial lithium-ion batteries.

  3. Investigating how fundamental parameters of XRF sample preparation and analysis affect the observed elemental concentration: an experiment using fluvial sediment from Sabah, Borneo. (United States)

    Higton, Sam; Walsh, Rory


    X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) is an important technique for measuring the concentrations of geochemical elements and inorganic contaminants adsorbed to sediments as an input to sediment tracing methods used to evaluate sediment transport dynamics in river catchments. In addition to traditional laboratory-based XRF instruments, the advent of increasingly advanced portable handheld XRF devices now mean that samples of fluvial sediment can be analysed in the field or in the laboratory following appropriate sample preparation procedures. There are limitations and sources of error associated with XRF sample preparation and analysis, however. It is therefore important to understand how fundamental parameters involved in sample preparation and analysis, such as sample compression and measurement exposure duration, affect observed variability in measurement results. Such considerations become important if the resulting measurement variability is high relative to the natural variability in element concentrations at a sample site. This paper deployed a simple experimental design to assess the impacts of varying a number of sample preparation and XRF analysis parameters on recorded measurements of elemental concentrations of the fine fraction (weight and sample quantity was sufficient to satisfy the assumption of 'infinite thickness' of sample. Standard plastic sample cups were used for both the Rigaku laboratory machine and the Niton portable XRF machine. A computer-controlled desktop laboratory stand was used in conjunction with the Niton handheld XRF analyser to ensure consistent repeated measurements. Parameters investigated related to sample preparation included consistent mechanical compression of samples within the sample cup and film thickness. Parameters investigated related to XRF analysis included the XRF machine selected and measurement exposure duration. As XRF is a non-destructive technique, wherever possible the same sample material was used to test different

  4. In-line filtration of SAG-M red cell concentrates prepared in top/bottom or conventional bag systems. (United States)

    Müller, N


    SAG-M RCCs were prepared in triple conventional or quadruple top/bottom bag systems and filtered at +4 degrees C using the in-line filter system Leucoflex LCR 4 Macopharma after 16-24-30 h of storage. Postfiltration WBC content was determined by Nageotte hemocytometer counting. The mean WBC content of the units prepared in conventional bag systems and filtered was higher than that of the units prepared in T/B bag systems. The best results could be obtained in T/B RCCs stored for 24 h; potassium and hemolysis levels were also improved. The Leucoflex LCR 4 in-line filter T/B system can be recommended for application in the clinical routine by virtue of the effective leukocyte elimination.

  5. Effect of different drying methods on concentrations of several phytochemicals in herbal preparation of 8 medicinal plants leaves. (United States)

    Mahanom, H; Azizah, A; Dzulkifly, M


    The effect of oven drying at 50ᵒC ± 1ᵒC for 9 hour, 70ᵒC ± 1ᵒC for 5 hour and freeze drying on retention of chlorophyll, riboflavin, niacin, ascorbic acid and carotenoids in herbal preparation consisting of 8 medicinal plants was evaluated. The medicinal plants selected were leaves of Apium graveolens (saderi), Averrhoa bilimbi (belimbing buluh), Centella asiatica (pegaga), Mentha arvensis (pudina), Psidium guajava (jambu batu), Sauropus androgynous (cekor manis), Solanum nigrum (terung meranti) and Polygonum minus (kesum ). Results revealed that both type and conditions of the drying treatments affected retention of all phytochemicals analysed. Herbal preparation developed using oven drying was found to have inferior phytochemicals content compared to that obtained by freeze dryer. Nevertheless, the herbal preparation developed using all treatments still retain appreciable amount of phytochemicals studied, especially carotenoids, ascorbic acid, niacin and riboflavin and thus have potential for commercial purposes.

  6. Absorption kinetics of two highly concentrated preparations of growth hormone: 12 IU/ml compared to 56 IU/ml

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    Laursen, Torben; Susgaard, Søren; Jensen, Flemming Steen;


    in the interval 0.8-1.25, implying that the two preparations are bioequivalent. Neither AUC (P = 0.90), Cmax (p = 0.47) or Tmax (P = 0.86) for the two formulations of growth hormone were significantly different. Similar levels of serum IGF-I, IGFBP-3, insulin and blood glucose were obtained.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED...

  7. Evaluation of the correlation between pH and MPV platelet concentrates prepared in Tirana Blood Transfusion Center.

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    Full Text Available The quality of platelet concentrates is an important option in transfusion therapy. pH and platelet indices have been found to be valuable parameters for monitoring the in vitro quality of platelet concentrates. Platelet activation which leads to loss of its functionality has been demonstrated by changes in those two parameters. The aim of the study was to evaluate the correlation between pH and mean platelet volume (MPV in platelet concentrates in order to examine the quality of platelet concentrate. 150 units of platelet concentrates were produced by platelet reach plasma (PRP, and stored for 5 days. Then MPV and pH were analyzed by automated hematological cell counter and Ph meter respectively. Regression analysis showed that there was a significant influence of pH changes on the changes in MPV. On the other hand, increase in pH lead to decrease in MPV. Storing platelet concentrates up to 5 days may stimulate platelet activity, enhancing its size and resulted in its destruction, so the remaining platelet are those with significantly lower MPV. Also platelet activation was those with an increase in pH. As a result measurements of MPV and pH have a great potential as quality markers of platelet concentrates.

  8. Preparation of stimuli-responsive functionalized latex nanoparticles: the effect of spiropyran concentration on size and photochromic properties. (United States)

    Abdollahi, Amin; Mahdavian, Ali Reza; Salehi-Mobarakeh, Hamid


    Incorporation of photochromic compounds to polymer matrix through chemical bonding results in an enhancement of photoactivity and stabilization of optical properties. Here, spiropyran ethyl acrylate monomer (SPEA) was synthesized, and then photochromic particles bearing epoxy functional groups were prepared through semicontinuous emulsion copolymerization. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results depicted an increase in particle size and particle size distribution with the increase in SPEA monomer-surfactants ratio. Studies on photochromic properties by UV-vis analysis demonstrated a decrease in the absorption intensity despite the increase in SPEA content due to the enhancement in particle size. The prepared acrylic copolymer particles showed reasonable photostability, photoreversibility, and fast photoresponsivness according to the convenient test methods under UV/vis irradiation. DSC and DMTA analyses indicate an increase in Tg of the obtained copolymers with the increase in SPEA content. Finally, stimuli-responsive cellulosic papers were prepared by impregnation, and their photochromic behavior was investigated in dry and wet forms in various media under UV radiation. Morphology studies, due to stabilization of the photochromic copolymer on cellulose fibers, were conducted by SEM micrographs and showed good adhesion and compatibility between the two phases.

  9. Evaluation of the formalin-Tween concentration technique for parasitic detection


    Methanitikorn Rungkanta; Sukontason Kom; Sukontason Kabkaew L; Piangjai Somsak


    The formalin-Tween sedimentation method was compared with the formalin-ether sedimentation for parasitic detection. Of a total 297 fecal specimens examined, 72.1% were positive. The formalin-tween technique was effective for ascertaining helminths, particularly Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and hookworm eggs; however it has less capability for protozoa detection. This method is simple, inexpensive, less time consuming and highly sensitive when detecting the parasitic infection, pa...

  10. Effect of Precursor Concentration on Structural Optical and Electrical Properties of NiO Thin Films Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis

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    Rafia Barir


    Full Text Available Undoped nickel oxide (NiO thin films were deposited on 500°C heated glass substrates using spray pyrolysis method at (0.015–0.1 M range of precursor. The latter was obtained by decomposition of nickel nitrate hexahydrate in double distilled water. Effect of precursor concentration on structural, optical, and electrical properties of NiO thin films was investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD shows the formation of NiO under cubic structure with single diffraction peak along (111 plane at 2θ=37.24°. When precursor concentration reaches 0.1 M, an increment in NiO crystallite size over 37.04 nm was obtained indicating the product nano structure. SEM images reveal that beyond 0.04 M as precursor concentration the substrate becomes completely covered with NiO and thin films exhibit formation of nano agglomerations at the top of the sample surface. Ni-O bonds vibrations modes in the product of films were confirmed by FT-IR analysis. Transparency of the films ranged from 57 to 88% and band gap energy of the films decreases from 3.68 to 3.60 eV with increasing precursor concentration. Electrical properties of the elaborated NiO thin films were correlated to the precursor concentration.

  11. Evaluation of cannabinoids concentration and stability in standardized preparations of cannabis tea and cannabis oil by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Pacifici, Roberta; Marchei, Emilia; Salvatore, Francesco; Guandalini, Luca; Busardò, Francesco Paolo; Pichini, Simona


    Cannabis has been used since ancient times to relieve neuropathic pain, to lower intraocular pressure, to increase appetite and finally to decrease nausea and vomiting. The combination of the psychoactive cannabis alkaloid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with the non-psychotropic alkaloids cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) demonstrated a higher activity than THC alone. The Italian National Institute of Health sought to establish conditions and indications on how to correctly use nationally produced cannabis to guarantee therapeutic continuity in individuals treated with medical cannabis. The evaluation of cannabinoids concentration and stability in standardized preparations of cannabis tea and cannabis oil was conducted using an easy and fast ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) assay. Extraction efficiency of oil was significantly higher than that of water with respect to the different cannabinoids. This was especially observed in the case of the pharmacologically active THC, CBD and their acidic precursors. Fifteen minutes boiling was sufficient to achieve the highest concentrations of cannabinoids in the cannabis tea solutions. At ambient temperature, a significant THC and CBD decrease to 50% or less of the initial concentration was observed over 3 and 7 days, respectively. When refrigerated at 4 °C, similar decreasing profiles were observed for the two compounds. The cannabinoids profile in cannabis oil obtained after pre-heating the flowering tops at 145 °C for 30 min in a static oven resulted in a complete decarboxylation of cannabinoid acids CBDA and THCA-A. Nevertheless, it was apparent that heat not only decarboxylated acidic compounds, but also significantly increased the final concentrations of cannabinoids in oil. The stability of cannabinoids in oil samples was higher than that in tea samples since the maximum decrease (72% of initial concentration) was observed in THC coming from unheated flowering

  12. Preparation of polystyrene/SiO2 microsphere via Pickering emulsion polymerization: Synergistic effect of SiO2 concentrations and initiator sorts (United States)

    Zhou, Haiou; Shi, Tiejun; Zhou, Xun


    In this paper, polystyrene (PS)/SiO2 microspheres were successfully prepared via Pickering emulsion polymerization stabilized solely by ethacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) modified SiO2 nanoparticles. The formation mechanisms of PS/SiO2 microspheres with different morphology were investigated under various Pickering emulsion polymerization conditions. The results showed that SiO2 concentrations and initiator sorts would synergistically impact on the morphology of products corresponding to distinct formation mechanisms. When SiO2 concentrations was low and water-solute initiator potassium persulfate (KPS) was used, aqueous nucleation was dominant, which was deduced to the formation of dispersive microspheres sparsely anchored by SiO2 particles. When SiO2 concentrations was increased and oil-solute initiator azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) was applied, nucleation in oil phase prevailed which lead to the formation of microspheres densely packed by SiO2 particles.

  13. Automated flow-injection method for cadmium determination with pre-concentration and reagent preparation on-line

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    María S. Di Nezio


    Full Text Available The spectrophotometric determination of Cd(II using a flow injection system provided with a solid-phase reactor for cadmium preconcentration and on-line reagent preparation, is described. It is based on the formation of a dithizone-Cd complex in basic medium. The calibration curve is linear between 6 and 300 µg L-1 Cd(II, with a detection limit of 5.4 µg L-1, an RSD of 3.7% (10 replicates in duplicate and a sample frequency of 11.4 h-1. The proposed method was satisfactorily applied to the determination of Cd(II in surface, well and drinking waters.

  14. Food preservative potential of gassericin A-containing concentrate prepared from a cheese whey culture supernatant from Lactobacillus gasseri LA39. (United States)

    Nakamura, Kiyoshi; Arakawa, Kensuke; Kawai, Yasushi; Yasuta, Narimi; Chujo, Takahiro; Watanabe, Masamichi; Iioka, Hiroyuki; Tanioka, Masashi; Nishimura, Junko; Kitazawa, Haruki; Tsurumi, Koichi; Saito, Tadao


    Gassericin A (GA) is a circular bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus gasseri LA39. In this study, GA-containing concentrate was prepared using a cross-flow membrane filtration device (30 kDa cut-off) from the culture supernatant of Lb. gasseri LA39 cultivated in a cheese whey-based food-grade medium. The bacteriocin activity titer in the concentrate was 16 times as high as that of the culture supernatant and was completely maintained through each incubation at 4°C for 3 months, 37°C for 2 months, 60°C for 5 h, and 100°C for 30 min. The GA-containing concentrate was used with glycine powder to make custard creams, and then four representative strains of custard cream spoilage bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, Achromobacter denitrificans and Pseudomonas fluorescens) were individually inoculated at c. 10(3) colony forming units/g in the custard creams. Throughout 30 days of incubation at 30°C, all of the inoculated bacteria were completely inhibited by the combination of 5% (w/w) of the GA-containing concentrate and 0.5% (w/w) glycine. This is the first highly practical application of GA to foods as a biopreservative, and the concentration method and the bacteriocin concentrate would contribute to biopreservation of several foods.

  15. Coagulation Factor IX concentrate: method of preparation and assessment of potential in vivo thrombogenicity in animal models. (United States)

    Menache, D; Behre, H E; Orthner, C L; Nunez, H; Anderson, H D; Triantaphyllopoulos, D C; Kosow, D P


    Thrombosis and/or disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) are complications specifically associated with the use of factor IX complex in some patients. Assuming that these complications might result from zymogen overload, we have produced, using diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-Sephadex (Pharmacia, Piscataway, NJ) and sulfated dextran chromatography, a factor IX concentrate (coagulation factor IX) that is essentially free of prothrombin, factor VII, and factor X. Factor IX specific activity is at least 5 U/mg protein, a 250-fold purification compared to plasma. Amounts of factors II, VII, and X are less than 5 units each per 100 units of factor IX. The concentrate is essentially free of activated clotting factors and contains no added heparin. In the rabbit stasis model, a dose of 200 factor IX U/kg was less thrombogenic than 100 factor IX U/kg of the DEAE-Sephadex eluate from which the concentrate was derived. Infusion of 200 factor IX U/kg did not induce DIC in the nonstasis rabbit model, whereas 100 factor IX U/kg of the DEAE-Sephadex eluate resulted in DIC in this model. Several factor IX lots were found to have shortened nonactivated partial thromboplastin times (PTTs), but were nonthrombogenic in both animal models. These data indicate that coagulation factor IX concentrate is less thrombogenic than factor IX complex.

  16. Possible causes of variation in acrylamide concentration in French fries prepared in food service establishments: an observational study

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    Sanny, M.A.I.; Jinap, S.; Bakker, E.J.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.; Luning, P.A.


    Acrylamide is a probable human carcinogen, and its presence in a range of fried and oven-cooked foods has raised considerable health concern world-wide. Dietary intake studies observed significant variations in acrylamide concentrations, which complicate risk assessment and the establishment of

  17. Treatment of natto, a fermented soybean preparation, to prevent excessive plasma vitamin K concentrations in patients taking warfarin. (United States)

    Homma, Kazuhiro; Wakana, Noriaki; Suzuki, Yoshimi; Nukui, Mai; Daimatsu, Takaki; Tanaka, Etsuro; Tanaka, Kazuo; Koga, Yasuhiro; Nakajima, Yukiko; Nakazawa, Hiroe


    The purpose of this study is to find a method of cooking natto that prevents the appearance of high-plasma vitamin K concentrations after the consumption of natto, so that patients taking warfarin can benefit from eating natto. Five cooking methods were examined to determine which could most effectively decrease the count of the living Bacillus subtilis in natto. Volunteers ate natto or treated natto, and their plasma vitamin K level was measured at 5, 8, 24 and 48 h thereafter. One gram of natto contained 9.7+/-0.1 Log cfu/mL of Bacillus subtilis. Boiling significantly reduced the Bacillus subtilis count to 5.1+/-0.3 Log cfu/mL, and concomitantly reduced the content of menaquinone-7 (MK-7), which is a form of vitamin K synthesized by Bacillus subtilis, from 660.40+/-65.32 ng/mL to 78.50+/- 11.12 ng/mL. Untreated natto increased the MK-7 concentration in blood from 1.86+/-1.51 ng/mL to 14.54+/-4.12 ng/mL at 5 h after intake, and the MK-7 concentration remained elevated at 8, 24 and 48 h (7.29+/-2.20, 6.97+/-2.60, and 5.37+/-1.94 ng/mL, respectively). In contrast, boiled natto increased plasma MK-7 only mildly (from 1.61+/-1.11 to 4.02+/-0.82 ng/ mL at 5 h) and the concentration remained relatively stable up to 48 h (3.46+/-0.83, 4.22+/-1.51 and 2.77+/-0.75 ng/mL at 8, 24 and 48 h, respectively). In conclusion, boiled natto did not cause a marked increase in the plasma concentration of vitamin K in subjects who consumed it. Thus, patients on warfarin may be able to eat boiled natto without ill effects.

  18. High hole mobility p-type GaN with low residual hydrogen concentration prepared by pulsed sputtering (United States)

    Arakawa, Yasuaki; Ueno, Kohei; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi


    We have grown Mg-doped GaN films with low residual hydrogen concentration using a low-temperature pulsed sputtering deposition (PSD) process. The growth system is inherently hydrogen-free, allowing us to obtain high-purity Mg-doped GaN films with residual hydrogen concentrations below 5 × 1016 cm-3, which is the detection limit of secondary ion mass spectroscopy. In the Mg profile, no memory effect or serious dopant diffusion was detected. The as-deposited Mg-doped GaN films showed clear p-type conductivity at room temperature (RT) without thermal activation. The GaN film doped with a low concentration of Mg (7.9 × 1017 cm-3) deposited by PSD showed hole mobilities of 34 and 62 cm2 V-1 s-1 at RT and 175 K, respectively, which are as high as those of films grown by a state-of-the-art metal-organic chemical vapor deposition apparatus. These results indicate that PSD is a powerful tool for the fabrication of GaN-based vertical power devices.

  19. Survival of Campylobacter spp. in poultry meat preparations subjected to freezing, refrigeration, minor salt concentration, and heat treatment. (United States)

    Sampers, Imca; Habib, Ihab; De Zutter, Lieven; Dumoulin, Ann; Uyttendaele, Mieke


    The survival of Campylobacter spp. under defined conditions of freezing (-22 degrees C) was studied in naturally contaminated chicken skin and minced chicken meat. A decline of approximately one log(10) cfu/g was observed after 1 day of freezing. No further significant reduction was achieved by prolonged storage in the freezer, although a tendency for further gradual reduction of the numbers of Campylobacter spp. present was noted. Campylobacter spp. could still be detected qualitatively (per 0.1g) after 84 days. In a second part of this study, the survival of Campylobacter spp. in a typical minced meat preparation (minced meat supplemented with 1.5% salt (NaCl)) stored at refrigeration (4 degrees C) or frozen (-22 degrees C) was studied. No significant reduction of the pathogen was observed if the minced chicken meat was kept at 4 degrees C for 14 days, opposite to approximately one log(10) cfu/g reduction after 1 day when the minced meat preparation was stored in the freezer (-22 degrees C) for 14 days. The latter reduction is imputed to the effect of freezing as mentioned above and not due to the supplementation of NaCl to minced meat or the combination of NaCl and freezing, because similar reductions of Campylobacter spp. were noticed when minced meat (without addition of NaCl) was frozen. Finally, in a third part of the study, the survival of Campylobacter spp. subjected to a heat treatment, conform to consumer-based pan-frying, in inoculated (4.5+/-0.2 cfu/g) as well as naturally contaminated chicken burgers (2.1+/-0.1 cfu/g) was studied. The Campylobacter spp. numbers declined after 2 min (internal temperature reached circa 38 degrees C), where after 4 min (internal temperature reached circa 57.5 degrees C) they dropped below detectable levels (<10 cfu/g).

  20. An Evaluation of the Accuracy of the Subtraction Method Used for Determining Platelet Counts in Advanced Platelet-Rich Fibrin and Concentrated Growth Factor Preparations

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    Taisuke Watanabe


    Full Text Available Platelet concentrates should be quality-assured of purity and identity prior to clinical use. Unlike for the liquid form of platelet-rich plasma, platelet counts cannot be directly determined in solid fibrin clots and are instead calculated by subtracting the counts in other liquid or semi-clotted fractions from those in whole blood samples. Having long suspected the validity of this method, we herein examined the possible loss of platelets in the preparation process. Blood samples collected from healthy male donors were immediately centrifuged for advanced platelet-rich fibrin (A-PRF and concentrated growth factors (CGF according to recommended centrifugal protocols. Blood cells in liquid and semi-clotted fractions were directly counted. Platelets aggregated on clot surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy. A higher centrifugal force increased the numbers of platelets and platelet aggregates in the liquid red blood cell fraction and the semi-clotted red thrombus in the presence and absence of the anticoagulant, respectively. Nevertheless, the calculated platelet counts in A-PRF/CGF preparations were much higher than expected, rendering the currently accepted subtraction method inaccurate for determining platelet counts in fibrin clots. To ensure the quality of solid types of platelet concentrates chairside in a timely manner, a simple and accurate platelet-counting method should be developed immediately.

  1. Process steps for the preparation of purified fractions of alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin from whey protein concentrates. (United States)

    Gésan-Guiziou, G; Daufin, G; Timmer, M; Allersma, D; van der Horst, C


    Fractions enriched with alpha-lactalbumin (alpha-la) and beta-lactoglobulin (beta-lg) were produced by a process comprising the following successive steps: clarification-defatting of whey protein concentrate, precipitation of alpha-lactalbumin, separation of soluble beta-lactoglobulin, washing the precipitate, solubilization of the precipitate, concentration and purification of alpha-la. The present study evaluated the performance of the process, firstly on a laboratory scale with acid whey and then on a pilot scale with Gouda cheese whey. In both cases soluble beta-lg was separated from the precipitate using diafiltration or microfiltration and the purities of alpha-la and beta-lg were in the range 52-83 and 85-94% respectively. The purity of the beta-lg fraction was higher using acid whey, which does not contain caseinomacropeptide, than using sweet whey. With the pilot scale plant, the recoveries (6% for alpha-la; 51% for beta-lg) were disappointing, but ways of improving each step in the process are discussed.

  2. In vivo evaluation of titanium-prepared platelet-rich fibrin (T-PRF): a new platelet concentrate. (United States)

    Tunalı, Mustafa; Özdemir, Hakan; Küçükodacı, Zafer; Akman, Serhan; Fıratlı, Erhan


    We have developed a new, titanium-prepared, platelet-rich fibrin (T-PRF) together with the protocol for forming it, which is based on the hypothesis that titanium tubes may be more effective at activating platelets than the glass tubes used by Chouckroun in his platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) method. The aim of this study was to find a suitable animal model in which to evaluate the method and to investigate the efficacy of T-PRF for wound healing. Blood samples from 6 rabbits were used to confirm the protocol for formation of T-PRF. We evaluated T-PRF or T-PRF-like clots morphologically using scanning electron microscopy (EM). Blood samples from 5 rabbits were used to develop an experiment in which to evaluate the effects of T-PRF on wound healing. The mucoperiosteal flaps were filled with autologous T-PRF membranes from the vestibule in the anterior mandibular regions. Samples collected from the surgical sites were stained with haematoxylin and eosin. We found a mature fibrin network in T-PRF clots that had been centrifuged for 15 min at 3500 rpm and, 15 days after placement of the membrane, we found newly-forming connective tissue and islets of bony tissue in the T-PRF membrane. These results show that T-PRF could induce the formation of new bone with new connective tissue in a rabbit model of wound healing within 30 days of treatment. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Comparison of the electron work function, hole concentration and exciton diffusion length for P3HT and PT prepared by thermal or acid cleavage

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    Tousek, J.; Touskova, J.; Ludvík, J.


    The electron work function, hole concentration and diffusion length were compared for poly(3-hexylthiophene) polymer (P3HT) that is commonly used for construction of solar cells, and two types of native polythiophene (PT) samples which are prospective candidates for this purpose. The polythiophene...... samples were prepared from 2 different precursors by thermal or chemical treatment at room temperature. Cyclic voltammetry and work function measurements were used for estimating the concentration of holes. The measured data were evaluated assuming the validity of band theory based on the tight...... of conjugated polymer materials in solar cells, was measured by a modified surface photovoltage method. The approach allowed us to identify the differences in the material properties related to the processing method. Morphology of the samples determined by AFM was another tool showing these differences...

  4. Quality analysis of new buffy coat method preparation platelet concentrate%新白膜法制备浓缩血小板的质量分析

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    朱仕清; 危燕芬


    Objective:To improve the quality of the platelets concentrate and ensure the clinic therapy by exploring the best way to prepare platelets concentrate as well as analyzing the factors on affecting its quality. Methods:Select 50 bags of whole blood with 400 ml within 6h at random which are respectively used to prepare the platelets concentrate by PRP and new BC. The platelets concentrate prepared by PRP comes from the control as Group A. The Buffy coat prepared and centrifuged by new BC for the first time are respectively placed and kept in the Platelet concussion instrument for 2h as Group B, 6h as Group C, 12h as Group D, and 26h as Group E. After that, they are centrifuged for the second time to prepare the platelets concentrate which came from experimental group. Testing the PLT, count the Residual Volume of white blood cells and red blood cells, pH and bacterial culture, observing different preparation or observing the effect of different periods of keeping Buffy coat to platelets concentrate.Results:The amount of platelets concentrate by new BC(except Group B) is more than the PRP, including Group D with the most platelets concentrate, Group C and Group E more than Group A. The difference is statistically significant. No bacteria grow up on every bacterial culture. Conclusions:The platelets concentrate prepared by new BC is superior to the one by PRP. In addition, the platelets concentrate by new BC can be done over 6-8h, even can reach certain quality over 24h.%目的:探讨浓缩血小板的最佳制备方法,同时,对影响浓缩血小板质量的因素进行分析,以提高浓缩血小板的质量,确保临床应用疗效。方法:随机抽取6h内采集的400ml全血200袋,分别采用富浆法(PRP)及新白膜法(BC)制备浓缩血小板,以PRP制备的浓缩血小板为对照组(A组),用新BC法第一次离心后制备的白膜层,分别放置在血小板震荡仪中保存2h(B组)、6h(C组)、12h(D组)、26h

  5. Concentrating Radioactivity (United States)

    Herrmann, Richard A.


    By concentrating radioactivity contained on luminous dials, a teacher can make a high reading source for classroom experiments on radiation. The preparation of the source and its uses are described. (DT)

  6. Theoretical Analyses and Experimental Investigations of Selective Carbothermal Reactions of Vanadium-Bearing Titanomagnetite Concentrates for Preparation of Iron-Based Wear-Resistant Material (United States)

    Zhang, Guangming; Feng, Keqin; Yue, Huifang


    Based on FACTSage® software, this paper focuses on the thermodynamic calculations of selective carbothermal reactions of vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite concentrates for preparing iron-based wear-resistant material directly from vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite concentrates. The calculations show that it was most likely to generate metallic iron, titanium carbide and vanadium carbide among all possible carbothermal reactions of vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite concentrates in a vacuum of 10 Pa. The equilibrium composition calculations indicate that Fe3O4 can be reduced to metallic iron by carbon above 400°C, FeTiO3 can be converted into TiC by carbon above 800°C and V2O5 can be converted into VC by carbon above 600°C in a vacuum of 10 Pa. The investigations demonstrated that the percentage of ferrous oxides reduced to metallic iron was about 96%, the conversion percentage of FeTiO3 into TiC was about 75% and the conversion percentage of V2O5 into VC was about 94% after the selective carbothermal reactions of vanadium-bearing titanomagnetite concentrates at 1300°C for 3 h in a vacuum of 10 Pa.

  7. Effect of precursor concentration on the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Lestari, Amie [Pusat Teknologi Material BPPT, Gd. 224 Kawasan PUSPIPTEK Serpong, Tangerang Selatan 15310 (Indonesia); Departemen Fisika, FMIPA, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok (Indonesia); Iwan, S. [Jurusan Fisika, Fakultas MIPA, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Jl. Pemuda No. 10 Rawamangun, Jakarta 13220 (Indonesia); Departemen Fisika, FMIPA, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok (Indonesia); Djuhana, Dede; Imawan, Cuk; Harmoko, Adhi; Fauzia, Vivi, E-mail: [Departemen Fisika, FMIPA, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok (Indonesia)


    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods has attractive properties for nanoscale optoelectronic applications, such as optical sensors, ultraviolet laser diodes, and photodetectors. ZnO nanorods, can be fabricated by simple and low cost chemical approach, such as hydrothermal method. In this method, the morphology, microstructure, optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanorods are highly determined by process parameters such as solvent, deposition time, deposition temperature as well as annealing condition. In this paper we report the fabrication of ZnO nanorods that were grown on transparent conducting indium tin oxide coated glass substrates. Initially, ZnO seed layers were deposited on heated substrates with temperature of 450 °C using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method with frequency of 1.7 MHz and then grown by hydrothermal method with three different precursor concentrations, namely 0.02 M, 0.06 M, and 0.1 M. The surface morphology and structure were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), while the optical properties were observed by photoluminescence (PL) and and UV VIS reflectance spectroscopy.

  8. Changes in the physical properties, solubility, and heat stability of milk protein concentrates prepared from partially acidified milk. (United States)

    Eshpari, H; Tong, P S; Corredig, M


    A limiting factor in using milk protein concentrates (MPC) as a high-quality protein source for different food applications is their poor reconstitutability. Solubilization of colloidal calcium phosphate (CCP) from casein micelles during membrane filtration (e.g., through acidification) may affect the structural organization of these protein particles and consequently the rehydration and functional properties of the resulting MPC powder. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of acidification of milk by glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) before ultrafiltration (UF) on the composition, physical properties, solubility, and thermal stability (after reconstitution) of MPC powders. The MPC samples were manufactured in duplicate, either by UF (65% protein, MPC65) or by UF followed by diafiltration (80% protein, MPC80), using pasteurized skim milk, at either the native milk pH (~pH 6.6) or at pH 6.0 after addition of GDL, followed by spray drying. Samples of different treatments were reconstituted at 5% (wt/wt) protein to compare their solubility and thermal stability. Powders were tested in duplicate for basic composition, calcium content, reconstitutability, particle size, particle density, and microstructure. Acidification of milk did not have any significant effect on the proximate composition, particle size, particle density, or surface morphology of the MPC powders; however, the total calcium content of MPC80 decreased significantly with acidification (from 1.84 ± 0.03 to 1.59 ± 0.03 g/100 g of powder). Calcium-depleted MPC80 powders were also more soluble than the control powders. Diafiltered dispersions were significantly less heat stable (at 120°C) than UF samples when dissolved at 5% solids. The present work contributes to a better understanding of the differences in MPC commonly observed during processing.

  9. Electrochemical detection of nanomolar dopamine in the presence of neurophysiological concentration of ascorbic acid and uric acid using charge-coated carbon nanotubes via facile and green preparation. (United States)

    Oh, Jeong-Wook; Yoon, Yeo Woon; Heo, Jihye; Yu, Joonhee; Kim, Hasuck; Kim, Tae Hyun


    Negatively charged multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were prepared using simple sonication technique with non-toxic citric acid (CA) for the electrochemical detection of dopamine (DA). CA/MWCNTs were placed on glassy carbon (GC) electrodes by drop-casting method and then electrochemical determinations of DA were performed in the presence of highly concentrated ascorbic acid (AA). For the comparison of the charge effect on MWCNTs surface, positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI)/MWCNT/GC electrode and pristine MWCNT/GC electrode were also prepared. Contrary to conventional GC electrode, all three types of MWCNT modified electrodes (CA/MWCNT/GC, PEI/MWCNT/GC, and pristine MWCNT/GC) can discriminate ~μM of DA from 1mM AA using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) due to the inherent electrocatalytic effect of MWCNTs. Compared to positively charged PEI/MWCNT/GC and pristine MWCNT/GC electrodes, negatively charged CA/MWCNT/GC electrode remarkably enhanced the electrochemical sensitivity and selectivity of DA, showing the linear relationship between DPV signal and DA concentration in the range of 10-1000nM even in the presence of ~10(5) times concentrated AA, which is attributed to the synergistic effect of the electrostatic interaction between cationic DA molecules and negatively charged MWCNTs and the inherent electrocatalytic property of MWCNT. As a result, the limit of detection (LOD) of DA for CA/MWCNT/GC electrode was 4.2nM, which is 5.2 and 16.5 times better than those for MWCNT/GC electrode and PEI/MWCNT/GC electrode even in the presence of 1mM AA. This LOD value for DA at CA/MWCNT/GC electrode is one of the lowest values compared to the previous reports and is low enough for the early diagnosis of neurological disorder in the presence of physiological AA concentration (~0.5mM). In addition, the high selectivity and sensitivity of DA at CA/MWCNT/GC electrode were well kept even in the presence of both 1mM AA and 10μM uric acid

  10. Preparation and characterisation of controlled release co-spray dried drug-polymer microparticles for inhalation 1: influence of polymer concentration on physical and in vitro characteristics. (United States)

    Salama, Rania; Hoe, Susan; Chan, Hak-Kim; Traini, Daniela; Young, Paul M


    A series of co-spray dried microparticles containing di-sodium cromoglycate (DSCG) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA - 0%, 30%, 50%, 70% and 90% w/w, respectively), were prepared as potential controlled release (CR) viscous/gelling vehicles for drug delivery to the respiratory tract. The microparticles were characterised in terms of particle size, crystal structure, density, surface morphology, moisture sorption, surface energy and in vitro aerosolisation efficiency. The co-spray dried particles were amorphous in nature and had spherical geometry. High-resolution atomic force microscopy analysis of the surfaces of the DSCG/PVA suggested no significant differences in roughness between microparticles containing 30-90% w/w PVA (ANOVA, p<0.05), while no specific trend in either size or density was observed with respect to PVA concentration. In comparison, a linear decrease in the relative moisture sorption (R2=0.997) and concurrent increase in total surface free energy (R2=0.870) were observed as PVA concentration was increased. Furthermore a linear increase in the aerosolisation efficiency, measured by inertial impaction, was observed as PVA concentration was increased (R2=0.993). In addition, the increase in aerosolisation efficiency showed good correlation with equilibrium moisture content (R2=0.974) and surface energy measurement (R2=0.905). These relationships can be attributed to the complex interplay of particle forces at the contiguous interfaces in this particulate system.

  11. 白膜法制备手工血小板方法的探讨%Exploration on Preparation Method of Buffy Coat-platelet Concentrates

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    刘广亚; 单桂秋; 张雅妮; 耿文艳; 谭美芳; 丘勇新


    目的 通过研究采集与制备时间对手工血小板质量的影响,探讨白膜法制备手工血小板的方法.方法 采集28例健康献血者400ml全血,采用(两步法)白膜法分离制备手工血小板,按照采集与制备时间的不同均分为4组,每组7例.对照组:新鲜全血采集6h之内立即进行手工血小板的分离制备(对照组);B组:新鲜全血采集6h之内进行第一步分离,白膜放置6h进行第二步分离;C组:新鲜全血采集6h之内进行第一步分离,白膜放置24 h进行第二步分离;D组:新鲜全血采集6~8 h之后进行手工血小板的分离制备.检测血小板计数(platelet count,PLT)、血小板平均体积(mean platelet volum,MPV)、白细胞残余率、pH值、低渗休克反应(hypotonic shock response,HSR)、血小板聚集率以及血小板膜P-选择素(CD62p)的变化.结果 白膜放置6h之后(B组),制备手工血小板其血小板计数(779.9±83.8)×109/L和HSR(62.61±5.24)%高于其他3组;MPV(6.44±0.17)fl和CD62p(47.67±7.40)%低于其他3组.B、C、D3组血小板计数、pH值、HSR和血小板聚集的比较均优于对照组,且差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),4组CD62p流式细胞术检测结果无统计学差异.结论 手工制备血小板可以打破传统6~8 h之内必须制备的概念,尤以新鲜全血立即制备第一步,白膜放置6h之后制备手工血小板为最优.%Objective To study the effect of collection time and preparation time on the quality of buffy coat-platelet concentrates (BC-PC) and explore the preparation method of BC-PC. Methods 400 ml of whole blood were collected from 28 healthy donors, and then were separated and prepared to obtain the platelet though two-step buffy coat method. The samples were divided into four groups (7 samples in each group) according to the collection time and preparation time. In group A (control), platelet concentrates (PCs) were prepared from fresh whole blood within 6 hours on the day of collection

  12. Preparation of soluble apolipoproteins A-I, B, and C-II by a chromatofocusing column method, and evaluation of their concentrations in serum in pulmonary disease. (United States)

    Jauhiainen, M; Laitinen, M; Marniemi, J; Liippo, K; Penttilä, I; Hietanen, E


    A chromatofocusing column method for isolating ApoB is described. LDL is first isolated by sequential ultracentrifugation and delipidated with n-butanol/diisopropyl ether. Chromatofocusing of ApoLDL yielded a large ApoB peak at pI 5.0-5.3. ApoA-I and ApoC-II were prepared analogously, with HDL and VLDL as the source of apoprotein. Antisera were raised in rabbits, and electroimmunoassay techniques were used for determination. ApoB was water-soluble after chromatofocusing. Intra-assay precision (CV) was 4.7% for ApoA-I, 7.8% for ApoB in the "rocket" electrophoresis. Interassay precision (CV) was 6% for ApoA-I and 8% for ApoB. Apolipoprotein concentrations were measured in subjects who had undergone lung resection and patients with obstructive pulmonary disease. After lung resection, the concentration of ApoA-I in serum was significantly decreased (p less than 0.001) and that of ApoB significantly increased (p less than 0.001) as compared with controls. The ApoA-I/ApoB ratio was significantly lower in the lung-resection group. ApoA-I and ApoB concentrations were unchanged in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. ApoC-II concentrations in each group were similar to those for control subjects. Of the lipids, values for total cholesterol were above normal after lung resection (p less than 0.002), as were those for triglycerides (p less than 0.02).

  13. Black tea volatiles fingerprinting by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography - Mass spectrometry combined with high concentration capacity sample preparation techniques: Toward a fully automated sensomic assessment. (United States)

    Magagna, Federico; Cordero, Chiara; Cagliero, Cecilia; Liberto, Erica; Rubiolo, Patrizia; Sgorbini, Barbara; Bicchi, Carlo


    Tea prepared by infusion of dried leaves of Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze, is the second world's most popular beverage, after water. Its consumption is associated with its chemical composition: it influences its sensory and nutritional quality addressing consumer preferences, and potential health benefits. This study aims to obtain an informative chemical signature of the volatile fraction of black tea samples from Ceylon by applying the principles of sensomics. In particular, several high concentration capacity (HCC) sample preparation techniques were tested in combination with GC×GC-MS to investigate chemical signatures of black tea volatiles. This platform, using headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) with multicomponent fiber as sampling technique, recovers 95% of the key-odorants in a fully automated work-flow. A group 123 components, including key-odorants, technological and botanical tracers, were mapped. The resulting 2D fingerprints were interpreted by pattern recognition tools (i.e. template matching fingerprinting and scripting) providing highly informative chemical signatures for quality assessment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Preparation of cottonseed protein concentrate by enzymolysis and alcohol extraction%酶解醇洗法制备棉籽浓缩蛋白

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    潘晶; 陈思思; 张晖; 郭晓娜


    The pre-pressed cottonseed meal as material was firstly hydrolyzed by pentosan compound enzyme and glucoamylase, and then washed by ethanol to preparate protein concentrate. The result illustrated as that:Under the condition of adding glucoamylase 1 600 U/g, pentosan enzyme 0. 60 fbg/g, solvent/solid ratio of 1:10, temperature 50℃, the cottonseed meal was hydrolyzed for 140 min, and then washed by 70% (v/v) ethanol at 60℃ dipped for 2 times(once for 45 min), with solvent/solid ratio of 1 :7. The protein content of cottonseed protein concentrate prepared was 64 %, and the yield of protein was 78 %.%以预榨浸提棉籽粕为原料,先选用戊聚糖复合酶、糖化酶等植物水解酶对棉籽粕进行作用,再进一步用乙醇溶液浸洗制备棉籽浓缩蛋白.结果表明:在添加糖化酶1600 U/g、戊聚糖复合酶0.60 fbg/g、料液比1 ∶ 10和温度50℃条件下酶作用140 min后,再以料液比1∶7、体积分数70%乙醇溶液和温度60℃条件下醇洗2次,每次45 min,得到产品浓缩蛋白的蛋白质质量分数为64%,蛋白质收率为78%.

  15. The progress on preparation of human prothrombin complex concentrates%人凝血酶原复合物制备工艺研究现状

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    包正琦(综述); 何彦林(审校)


    Prothrombin complex concentrates are haemostatic blood products containing four vitamin K -dependent clotting factors (II, VII, IX and X).It is produced by ion-exchange chromatography on DEAE Sephadex A-50 resin from large pool plasma.Preparation technology,the choose of materials,quality control and optimization of critical parameters play a critical role in quality control of PCC .This paper mainly summarizes the preparation of PCC technology conditions , materi-als, critical parameters and the control strategy of coagulation factor activation .%人凝血酶原复合物( Prothrombin complex concentrates ,PCC)是一种含有凝血因子II、VII、IX、X四种维生素K依赖性凝血因子,能够促进血液凝固的血浆蛋白制剂。目前,多数生产厂家采用DEAE Sephadex A-50凝胶从混合血浆中制备PCC。 PCC制备工艺的选择、制备原料的挑选及质量控制、关键工艺参数的优化及控制等方面对PCC制品的质量至关重要。因此,主要对PCC的制备工艺、制备原料、关键工艺参数的优化及生产过程中凝血因子活化的控制策略进行了综述。

  16. A New Technique for Preparation of High-Grade Titanium Slag from Titanomagnetite Concentrate by Reduction-Melting-Magnetic Separation Processing (United States)

    Lv, Chao; Yang, Kun; Wen, Shu-ming; Bai, Shao-jun; Feng, Qi-cheng


    This paper proposes a new technique for preparation of high-grade titanium slag from Panzhihua vanadium titanomagnetite concentrate by reduction-melting-magnetic separation processing. Chemical analysis, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy in conjunction with energy-dispersive spectroscopy were used to characterize the samples. The effective separation of iron and titanium slag could be realized by melting metallized pellets at 1550°C for 60 min with the addition of 1% CaO (basicity of 1.1) and 2% graphite powder. The small iron particles embedded in the slag could be removed by fine grinding and magnetic separation process. The grade of TiO2 in the obtained high-grade titanium slag reached 60.68% and the total recovery of TiO2 was 91.25%, which could be directly applied for producing titanium white by the sulfuric acid process. This technique provides an alternative method to use vanadium titanomagnetite concentrate of the Panzhihua area in China.

  17. The influence of concentration on the morphology of TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis for electrochemical study (United States)

    Fugare, B. Y.; Lokhande, B. J.


    In the nanoscale architecture, expected morphology plays an important role in the fabrication of supercapacitive devices due to their highly porous properties. Herein, a well-defined rutile TiO2 architecture was successfully prepared by spray pyrolysis technique (SPT), by changing the concentration of the spraying solution from 0.01 to 0.1 M at 723 K deposition temperature onto stainless steel substrates. The thermal decomposition behavior of the precursor is analyzed using thermogravimetric analyzer. As-deposited thin film electrodes exhibits rutile tetragonal crystalline structure confirmed using XRD. FT-IR study indicate the presence of Ti=O stretching vibration in the range 400-1000 cm-1. The obtained nanostructures merely changes by changing the concentration of spraying solution and process parameters as strongly evidenced using SEM. TEM image and SAED pattern confirms the formation of nanorods and rutile tetragonal structure of TiO2. EDAX confirms formation of pristine TiO2. Wettability of samples shows angle of contact changes by changing the sample thickness and surface roughness of the samples. Optimized electrode shows maximum specific capacitance 273.84 F/g at 2 mV/s in 1 M KOH. Maximum values of specific energy (SE), specific power (SP) and efficiency as observed using galvanostatic charge-discharge are 04.32 Wh/Kg, 70.27 KW/Kg and 90.37%, respectively.

  18. Effect of variation of precursor concentration on structural, microstructural, optical and gas sensing properties of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis techniques

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    Lalchand A Patil; Dinesh N Suryawanshi; Idris G Pathan; Dhanashri G Patil


    The objective of the present paper is to investigate the effect of variation of precursor concentration (0.01, 0.02 and 0.03 M) on the structural, microstructural, optical and gas sensing properties of TiO2 thin films. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were prepared from aqueous solution of titanium chloride (TiCl3.6H2O, 99.9%pure, Merckmade, Germany) onto the glass substrates heated at a temperature of 350 °C by the spray pyrolysis technique. Bandgap energy of the films vary from 3.28 to 3.29 eV. X-ray diffraction shows that films to be nanocrystalline with anatase phase having tetragonal crystal structure. The values calculated from electron diffraction patterns (TEM) were observed to be matching with values calculated from XRD. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveled that grain sizes were observed to increase (10–29 nm) with an increase in the concentration of precursor solution. The gas sensing performance of the films was tested.

  19. Preparative treatment with NaOH to selectively concentrate iron oxides of a Chilean volcanic soil material to produce effective heterogeneous Fenton catalyst

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    Manzo, Valentina; Pizarro, Carmen, E-mail:; Rubio, Maria Angelica [USACH, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia (Chile); Cavalcante, Luis Carlos Duarte [UFMG, Departamento de Quimica-ICEx (Brazil); Garg, Vijayendra Kumar [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica (Brazil); Fabris, Jose Domingos [UFMG, Departamento de Quimica-ICEx (Brazil)


    A Chilean volcanic Ultisol material was first size-fractionated so as to obtain the fraction with mean particle sizes {phi} < 53 {mu}m. This sample was then sequentially treated three or five times with 5 mol L{sup - 1} NaOH, in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of the selective chemical dissolution to concentrate iron oxides, as a preparation procedure before using the materials as heterogeneous Fenton catalysts. The effects of those treatments on the iron oxides mineralogy were monitored with Moessbauer spectroscopy. The NaOH-treated samples were tested as catalysts towards the H{sub 2}O{sub 2} decomposition. Three or five sequential NaOH treatments were found to be comparably effective, by concentrating nearly the same proportion of iron oxides in the remaining solid phase (25.1 {+-} 0.4 and 23.3 {+-} 0.2 mass%, respectively). 298 K-Moessbauer patterns were similar for both samples, with a central (super)paramagnetic Fe{sup 3 + } doublet and a broad sextet, assignable to several closely coexisting magnetically ordered forms of iron oxides. Despite of this nearly similar effect of the two treatments, the Ultisol material treated three times with NaOH presents higher heterogeneous catalytic efficiency and is more suitable to decompose H{sub 2}O{sub 2} than that with five treatments.

  20. Preparation and characterization of sub-20 nm Cu{sub X}@Ag{sub 1} core-shell nanoparticles by changing concentration of silver precursor

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    Chee, Sang-Soo; Lee, Jong-Hyun, E-mail:


    Ultrafine Ag-coated Cu (Cu@Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) less than 20 nm in diameter were prepared. After synthesizing ultrafine Cu NPs using a solvothermal method to serve as the core particles, Cu@Ag NPs were fabricated with different initial Ag precursor concentrations, resulting in different thicknesses, densities, and uniformities of Ag shells. The average thickness and density of the Ag shell increased with increasing initial Ag precursor concentration in a Cu:Ag atomic ratio from 6:1 to 1:1. However, excessive Ag precursor concentrations induced homogeneous nucleation and growth of surplus fine pure NPs. Ag dewetting behavior and Cu oxidation in the Cu{sub 4}@Ag{sub 1} NPs were observed, they occurred during heating at 200 and 250 °C, respectively. The electrical resistivities of sintered Cu{sub 4}@Ag{sub 1} films decreased with increasing temperature from 200 to 240 °C. The resistivity after washing the OA and sintering for 60 min at 240 °C in air was measured to be 4.96 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm. The film was sintered in nitrogen using the ink containing non-washed Cu{sub 4}@Ag{sub 1} NPs indicated the lower resistivity of 2.70 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm owing to the non-oxidation atmosphere, although the chemically capped oleylamine in the core-shell NPs hindered the sintering behavior. - Highlights: • Ultrafine Ag-coated Cu nanoparticles less than 20 nm in diameter were fabricated. • Different Ag precursor concentrations influenced thickness and density of Ag shell. • Excessive Ag precursor concentrations induced formation of surplus fine pure NPs. • Ag dewetting behavior and Cu oxidation in Cu{sub 4}@Ag{sub 1} nanoparticles were observed. • Electrical resistivities of sintered Cu{sub 4}@Ag{sub 1} films were 2.70–4.96 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm.

  1. 浓缩芒果浑汁制备中的酶解工艺研究%Study on Enzymatic Hydrolysis in Preparing Concentrated Cloudy Mango Juice

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    朱巧力; 许学勤


    Mango puree enzymes treatment was investigated for juice yield,suspension stability and the economics of juice concentration. The results showed that the optimum enzymolysis conditions were as follows; at 40 ℃ and pH 3.5-4.0,combinational enxyme treating with 0.02% (w/w) cellulase,0. 08% (w/w) glucoamylase and 0.0015% (w/w) pectinase enzyme for 30min,followed by 0.01% (w/w) acid protease treatment for 30min. The juice yield attained 95.24% compared with the control and the juice yield increased by 15% -20%. Under the a-bove described conditions,the cloudy juice could be concentrated to 65° Brix,increased 10 - 15°Brix compared with the control. Optimum ratio of mango puree to water of the enzymolysis system was 1:2 for concentrated mango juice preparation.%围绕芒果出汁率、悬浮稳定性和浓缩芒果汁的经济性,研究了芒果浆的酶解工艺.结果表明,利用纤维素酶、葡萄糖淀粉酶、果胶酶及酸性蛋白酶分2步对芒果原浆进行酶解的最适工艺条件为:40℃和pH3.5-4.0条件下,先利用0.02%纤维素酶、0.08%葡萄糖淀粉酶和0.001 5%果胶酶3种酶共同酶解30 min;灭酶后再用0.01%酸性蛋白酶酶解30 min.在此酶解条件下,芒果浆出汁率与对照样相比提高了20%,可达95.24%.酶解得到的果汁液最终可真空浓缩到65.Brix,比对照样提高了10-15°Brix.用于芒果果汁浓缩的酶解液最佳加水量为m(果肉)∶1(水)=1∶2.

  2. Effect of Se Vapor Concentration on CIGS Film Preparation%硒蒸气浓度对制备CIGS薄膜的影响

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    廖成; 韩俊峰; 江涛; 谢华木; 焦飞; 赵夔


    We applied the “selenization of stack element layers” method to the preparation of CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS) films.The selenium vapor concentration was precisely controlled to optimize the annealing process using a homemade bilayer tubular selenization facility, and its effect on the photoelectric characteristics of the films was studied.Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to analyze the composition distribution in the cross-section and to obtain phase information, respectively.The output performance of the CIGS device was also measured under AM1.5 1000 W·m-2 illumination.The results indicated that the molybdenum back contact layer was seriously degraded by the saturated selenium vapor during annealing.Annealing with a low concentration of selenium vapor led to bad performance because of segregation and defects in the film.The CIGS film was homogeneous after annealing in a selenium-free inert atmosphere and a conversion efficiency of 8.5% was obtained.%采用"预制层硒化法"制备Culn1-xGaxSe2(CIGS)薄膜,基于自主设计的"双层管式硒化装置",通过控制硒蒸气浓度优化退火工艺,研究硒蒸气浓度对薄膜光电性能的影响,利用俄歇电子能谱(AES)和X射线衍射分析(XRD)等手段对不同硒浓度氛围下生成的CIGS薄膜的成分和物相进行表征,并在AM1.5、1000 W·m-2的标准光照条件下比较相应CIGS电池器件的输出性能,实验结果表明:饱和硒蒸气下退火得到的样品,基底钼膜遭到严重腐蚀破坏,失去背电极功能;在低浓度硒气氛下退火不能有效消除CIGS薄膜的偏析和缺陷,以致光电转换效率低;而在无硒惰性氛围下退火的样品,生成了物相均一化的CIGS薄膜,由此制备的CIGS电池取得了8.5%的转换效率.

  3. Preparation of borax from boron concentrate by sodium-roasting and leaching%硼精矿钠化焙烧-水浸制取硼砂

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    姜涛; 殷璐; 朱蕾; 薛向欣


    Based on TG-DTA analysis, a sodium-roasting and water-leaching process were employed for the preparation of borax from boron concentrate, using Na2CO3 as sodium treatment reagent. The effects of Na2CO3 content, roasting temperature and holding time on leaching rate of B2O3 were investigated. Phase compositions and morphologies of roasted products and borax were analyzed by XRD and SEM. The results indicate that the optimal processing parameters are fivefold theoretical amount of Na2CO3, molding pressure of 5 MPa, roasting temperature of 850℃and holding time of 3 h. Under these conditions, activation and alkaline hydrolysis of boron mineral are completed synchronously, which make transformation of MgBO2(OH) into soluble Na3BO3 and Na2B4O7. The leaching rate of B2O3 in roasted products reaches 91.05%. Well-crystallized borax is obtained from leached filtrate after treatments of removing impurity, evaporation and concentration.%以硼精矿为原料、Na2CO3为钠化剂,在TG-DTA热分析基础上,研究了硼精矿钠化焙烧-水浸制取硼砂过程中Na2CO3用量、焙烧温度、焙烧时间、成型压力对B2O3浸出率的影响,采用X射线衍射和扫描电镜对硼精矿钠化焙烧产物和硼砂制品的相组成和显微形貌进行了表征分析。结果表明:在5倍 Na2CO3理论用量、样品成型压力5 MPa、温度850℃、保温3 h最优条件下,硼精矿中主要含硼矿物硼镁石[MgBO2(OH)]转变为可溶性硼酸钠盐Na3BO3和Na2B4O7,实现了硼矿物活化和碱解过程同步完成。焙烧产物经常压水浸,B2O3浸出率达91.05%。水浸滤液经除杂、蒸发、浓缩后获得了结晶良好的硼砂制品。

  4. Comparison of heat and pressure treatments of skim milk, fortified with whey protein concentrate, for set yogurt preparation: effects on milk proteins and gel structure. (United States)

    Needs, E C; Capellas, M; Bland, A P; Manoj, P; MacDougal, D; Paul, G


    Heat (85 degrees C for 20 min) and pressure (600 MPa for 15 min) treatments were applied to skim milk fortified by addition of whey protein concentrate. Both treatments caused > 90 % denaturation of beta-lactoglobulin. During heat treatment this denaturation took place in the presence of intact casein micelles; during pressure treatment it occurred while the micelles were in a highly dissociated state. As a result micelle structure and the distribution of beta-lactoglobulin were different in the two milks. Electron microscopy and immunolabelling techniques were used to examine the milks after processing and during their transition to yogurt gels. The disruption of micelles by high pressure caused a significant change in the appearance of the milk which was quantified by measurement of the colour values L*, a* and b*. Heat treatment also affected these characteristics. Casein micelles are dynamic structures, influenced by changes to their environment. This was clearly demonstrated by the transition from the clusters of small irregularly shaped micelle fragments present in cold pressure-treated milk to round, separate and compact micelles formed on warming the milk to 43 degrees C. The effect of this transition was observed as significant changes in the colour indicators. During yogurt gel formation, further changes in micelle structure, occurring in both pressure and heat-treated samples, resulted in a convergence of colour values. However, the microstructure of the gels and their rheological properties were very different. Pressure-treated milk yogurt had a much higher storage modulus but yielded more readily to large deformation than the heated milk yogurt. These changes in micelle structure during processing and yogurt preparation are discussed in terms of a recently published micelle model.

  5. An assessment of geochemical preparation methods prior to organic carbon concentration and carbon isotope ratio analyses of fine-grained sedimentary rocks (United States)

    KöNitzer, Sven F.; Leng, Melanie J.; Davies, Sarah J.; Stephenson, Michael H.


    This study summarizes organic carbon isotope (δ13C) and total organic carbon (TOC) data from a series of tests undertaken to provide an appropriate methodology for pre-analysis treatment of mudstones from an Upper Carboniferous sedimentary succession, in order to develop a consistent preparation procedure. The main treatments involved removing both inorganic carbonate and hydrocarbons (which might be extraneous) before δ13C and TOC analysis. The results show that decarbonating using hydrochloric acid causes significant reduction in δ13C and total carbon (TC) of the bulk material due to the removal of inorganic carbonate. These changes are most pronounced where soluble calcium carbonate (rather than Ca-Mg-Fe carbonate) is present. Deoiled samples show only slightly higher mean δ13C where visible bitumen was extracted from the bulk sample. Moreover, the isotopic signatures of the extracts are closely correlated to those of their respective bulk samples, suggesting that small yields of hydrocarbons were generated in situ with no isotopic fractionation. In addition, further δ13C and TC analyses were performed on samples where mixing of oil-based drilling mud with brecciated core material had been undertaken. Brecciated mudstone material did not display distinct isotopic signals compared to the surrounding fine-grained material. Overall we show that the most accurate assessment of bulk organic carbon isotopes and concentration in these samples can be achieved through decarbonating the material prior to measurement via the `rinse method'. However, our results support recent findings that pre-analysis acid treatments can cause variable and unpredictable errors in δ13C and TOC values. We believe that, despite these uncertainties, the findings presented here can be applied to paleoenvironmental studies on organic matter contained within sedimentary rocks over a range of geological ages and compositions.

  6. Preparation of Fe3O4 Magnetic Surface Imprinted Microspheres and the Ethyl Acetate Extract Flavonoids Raspberry Concentration of Active Ingredient Applied

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    Xie YiHui


    Full Text Available the study is used by the co-precipitation method to make some uniform particle size and have good Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles and their surface modified with oleic acid ; oleic acid as the carrier of Fe3O4, quercetin as template molecule, prepared by the microwave assisted molecular imprinted polymer magnetic nanospheres; In raspberry ethyl acetate extract fingerprints for the assessment index, with orthogonal design best preparation; Characterization of equilibrium adsorption constant Kd and maximum adsorption capacity Qmax by Scatchard model.The results show that: This study explores the preparation of MIPs polymerization time by ten times, prepared by the Fe3O4 nanometer level, greatly increase the MIPs of the specific surface area, thereby increase the amount of adsorption (Kd = 0.7322mg / L, Qmax = 18.92μmol / g. Successfully extract raspberry flavonoids active ingredients from ethyl acetate which can be used for rapid and large parts of ethyl acetate enrichment raspberry flavonoids.

  7. Problems in Preparation and Calibration of Concentration of EDTA Standard Solution%配制和标定EDTA标准溶液浓度时要注意的问题

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    本文主要从配制和标定EDTA标准溶液浓度入手,分析其过程中应该注意的几个问题,从而标定出EDTA标准溶液的准确浓度.%This article begins with the preparation and calibration of the concentration of EDTA standard solution, analyzes the problems in the process which should pay attention to in order to calibrate the accurate concentration of EDTA standard solution.

  8. Evaluation of HWVP feed preparation chemistry for an NCAW simulant -- Fiscal year 1993: Effect of noble metals concentration on offgas generation and ammonia formation

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    Patello, G.K.; Wiemers, K.D.; Bell, R.D.; Smith, H.D.; Williford, R.E.; Clemmer, R.G.


    The High-Level Waste Vitrification Program is developing technology for the Department of Energy to immobilize high-level and transuranic wastes as glass for permanent disposal. Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is conducting laboratory-scale melter feed preparation studies using a HWVP simulated waste slurry, Neutralized Current Acid Waste (NCAW). A FY 1993 laboratory-scale study focused on the effects of noble metals (Pd, Rh, and Ru) on feed preparation offgas generation and NH{sub 3} production. The noble metals catalyze H{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} production, which leads to safety concerns. The information gained from this study is intended to be used for technology development in pilot scale testing and design of the Hanford High-Level Waste Vitrification Facility. Six laboratory-scale feed preparation tests were performed as part of the FY 1993 testing activities using nonradioactive NCAW simulant. Tests were performed with 10%, 25%, 50% of nominal noble metals content. Also tested were 25% of the nominal Rh and a repeat of 25% nominal noble metals. The results of the test activities are described. 6 refs., 28 figs., 12 tabs.

  9. Physiologic effects of bowel preparation

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    Holte, Kathrine; Nielsen, Kristine Grubbe; Madsen, Jan Lysgård;


    as increased phosphate and urea concentrations, whereas calcium and potassium concentrations decreased significantly after bowel preparation. No differences in plasma or extracellular volumes were seen. Orthostatic tolerance and balance function did not change after bowel preparation. CONCLUSIONS: Bowel...

  10. Preparation of concentrated hazelnut protein by ethanol extraction%醇提法制备榛仁浓缩蛋白的工艺

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    矫春娜; 芦明春; 张星


    以榛仁粕为原料,用乙醇浸出法生产榛仁浓缩蛋白.研究了乙醇体积分数、浸提温度、浸提时间、固液比、浸提次数等因素对榛仁浓缩蛋白中蛋白质量分数的影响.通过正交试验,确定了醇法制备榛仁浓缩蛋白的最佳工艺条件为:乙醇体积分数65%、固液比1:9、浸提温度55℃、浸提4次(30 min/次).由该条件制备的榛仁浓缩蛋白中粗蛋白质量分数为81.73%,其色浅味淡,无溶剂残留.%Concentrated hazelnut protein was extracted from hazelnut meal by ethanol. The effects of ethanol concentration, temperature, extraction time, solid-to-liquid ratio and extraction times on the content of concentrated hazelnut protein were studied by orthogonal experimental design. The optimized processing conditions were found to be ethanol concentration of 65%, extraction temperature of 55 ℃ , extraction time of 30 min, liquid-to-solid ratio of 1 : 9 and extracted 4 times, then the concentrated hazelnut protein acquired 81. 73%.

  11. Concentrations of tilmicosin in mammary gland secretions of dairy cows following subcutaneous administration of one or two doses of an experimental preparation of tilmicosin and its efficacy against intramammary infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus. (United States)

    Mendoza, Jesus; Martínez-Cortés, Ismael; López-Ordaz, Reyes; Gutiérrez, Lilia; Sumano, Hector


    OBJECTIVE To determine the concentration of tilmicosin in mammary gland secretions of dairy cows following administration of an experimental preparation once or twice during the dry period (45-day period immediately prior to calving during which cows are not milked) and to evaluate its efficacy for the treatment of cows with intramammary infections (IMIs) caused by Staphylococcus aureus at dry off (cessation of milking; first day of dry period), compared with that of an intramammary infusion of ceftiofur. ANIMALS 172 cows. PROCEDURES Milk samples were collected for microbiological culture 5 days before dry off and at calving and 15 and 30 days after calving. Cows with Staphylococcus IMIs were randomly assigned to receive an experimental preparation of tilmicosin (20 mg/kg, SC) once at dry off (n = 58) or at dry off and again 20 days later (56) or receive a long-acting intramammary preparation of ceftiofur (500 mg/mammary gland; 56) at dry off. Mammary gland secretions were collected from 5 cows in the tilmicosin-treated groups every 5 days after dry off until calving for determination of tilmicosin concentration. RESULTS Mean maximum concentration of tilmicosin in mammary gland secretions ranged from 14.4 to 20.9 μg/mL after the first dose and was 17.1 μg/mL after the second dose. The bacteriologic cure rate was 100% for all 3 treatments. Tilmicosin was detectable for 0 and 18 days after calving in the milk of cows treated with 1 and 2 doses of tilmicosin, respectively. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Administration of an experimental preparation of tilmicosin (20 mg/kg, SC) once to dairy cows at dry off might be useful for the treatment of S aureus IMIs.

  12. Reduction of Sn-Bearing Iron Concentrate with Mixed H2/CO Gas for Preparation of Sn-Enriched Direct Reduced Iron (United States)

    You, Zhixiong; Li, Guanghui; Wen, Peidan; Peng, Zhiwei; Zhang, Yuanbo; Jiang, Tao


    The development of manufacturing technology of Sn-bearing stainless steel inspires a novel concept for using Sn-bearing complex iron ore via reduction with mixed H2/CO gas to prepare Sn-enriched direct reduced iron (DRI). The thermodynamic analysis of the reduction process confirms the easy reduction of stannic oxide to metallic tin and the rigorous conditions for volatilizing SnO. Although the removal of tin is feasible by reduction of the pellet at 1223 K (950 °C) with mixed gas of 5 vol pct H2, 28.5 vol pct CO, and 66.5 vol pct CO2 (CO/(CO + CO2) = 30 pct), it is necessary that the pellet be further reduced for preparing DRI. In contrast, maintaining Sn in the metallic pellet is demonstrated to be a promising way to effectively use the ore. It is indicated that only 5.5 pct of Sn is volatilized when the pellet is reduced at 1223 K (950 °C) for 30 minutes with the mixed gas of 50 vol pct H2, 50 vol pct CO (CO/(CO + CO2) = 100 pct). A metallic pellet (Sn-bearing DRI) with Sn content of 0.293 pct, Fe metallization of 93.5 pct, and total iron content of 88.2 pct is prepared as a raw material for producing Sn-bearing stainless steel. The reduced tin in the Sn-bearing DRI either combines with metallic iron to form Sn-Fe alloy or it remains intact.

  13. Reduction of Sn-Bearing Iron Concentrate with Mixed H2/CO Gas for Preparation of Sn-Enriched Direct Reduced Iron (United States)

    You, Zhixiong; Li, Guanghui; Wen, Peidan; Peng, Zhiwei; Zhang, Yuanbo; Jiang, Tao


    The development of manufacturing technology of Sn-bearing stainless steel inspires a novel concept for using Sn-bearing complex iron ore via reduction with mixed H2/CO gas to prepare Sn-enriched direct reduced iron (DRI). The thermodynamic analysis of the reduction process confirms the easy reduction of stannic oxide to metallic tin and the rigorous conditions for volatilizing SnO. Although the removal of tin is feasible by reduction of the pellet at 1223 K (950 °C) with mixed gas of 5 vol pct H2, 28.5 vol pct CO, and 66.5 vol pct CO2 (CO/(CO + CO2) = 30 pct), it is necessary that the pellet be further reduced for preparing DRI. In contrast, maintaining Sn in the metallic pellet is demonstrated to be a promising way to effectively use the ore. It is indicated that only 5.5 pct of Sn is volatilized when the pellet is reduced at 1223 K (950 °C) for 30 minutes with the mixed gas of 50 vol pct H2, 50 vol pct CO (CO/(CO + CO2) = 100 pct). A metallic pellet (Sn-bearing DRI) with Sn content of 0.293 pct, Fe metallization of 93.5 pct, and total iron content of 88.2 pct is prepared as a raw material for producing Sn-bearing stainless steel. The reduced tin in the Sn-bearing DRI either combines with metallic iron to form Sn-Fe alloy or it remains intact.

  14. Preparing Coal-water Slurry by Using Concentrated Waste Water%高浓度废水配制水煤浆

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    钱志英; 李明; 孙慈忠


    This paper describes five kinds of waste water in my company replacing industrial water,and they are used to prepare coal water slurry for TEXACO gasifier,in order to reduce the drain of waste water and the environmental burden.%叙述了利用我公司内的五股废水取代工业用水配制水煤浆,供德士古燃烧,从而减少污水的排放,减轻对环保的负担。

  15. Preparation and electrochemical characterization of polyvinylchloride/ FeTiO{sub 3}-co-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles mixed matrix ion exchange membranes: Investigation of concentration and pH effects

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    Hosseini, Sayedmohsen; Hamidi, Alireza; Moghadassi, Abdolreza; Parvizian, Fahime [Faculty of Engineering, Arak University, Arak (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Madaeni, Sayed Siavash [Faculty of Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Polyvinyl chloride based/FeTiO{sub 3}-co-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles mixed matrix heterogeneous cation exchange membranes were prepared by solution casting technique. The effect of using filler additives in casting solution and also electrolyte concentration and pH on electrochemical properties of membrane was studied. Membrane potential, transport number and selectivity were improved by using FeTiO{sub 3}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in membrane matrix. Utilizing FeTiO{sub 3}/ Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in membrane matrix also led to improvement of membrane ionic flux from 2.95*10{sup -5} to 4.15*10{sup -5} (mol/m{sup 2}·s) obviously. Similar trend was also found for membrane electrical conductivity. Moreover, the transport number, selectivity and membrane electrical conductivity were enhanced by increase of electrolyte concentration. Prepared membranes exhibited higher transport number/selectivity at pH 7 compared to other pH values. Obtained results showed that the membrane electrical resistance decreased initially by increase of electrolyte pH sharply and then began to increase. Membranes exhibited lower selectivity for bivalent ions compared to monovalent type. Modified membranes containing FeTiO{sub 3}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles showed more appropriate electrochemical properties compared to other prepared membranes.

  16. Preparation of chitosan from the shrimp shells and its application for pre-concentration of uranium after cross-linking with epichlorohydrin

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    Ahmed M. Motawie


    Full Text Available Chitosan (CTS was first prepared by proper treatment of shrimp shells and the cross-linked chitosan (CCTS was then synthesized by its reaction with epichlorohydrin (ECH under alkaline conditions. Adsorption of uranium from aqueous nitrate solution onto CCTS was investigated batch wise. The adsorption isotherm and the adsorption kinetic as well as thermodynamic studies of this adsorption are carried out. The influence factors on uranium (VI adsorption were optimized and were found to include an initial pH of 3 and a contact time of 120 min. The Langmuir adsorption model was then applied for the mathematical description of the obtained adsorption equilibrium and where its data greatly agree with that model and where the maximum adsorption capacity was estimated to be 903 mg/g. Adsorption kinetics data were also tested using pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order models and where the studied adsorption followed the latter. In addition, determination of the thermodynamic parameters (ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS° using van’t Hoff equation has indicated that the prepared CCTS can conveniently be used for uranium adsorption from its aqueous solution.

  17. Insight into selective removal of copper from high-concentration nickel solutions with XPS and DFT: New technique to prepare 5N-nickel with chelating resin. (United States)

    Tao, Xuewen; Liu, Fuqiang; Bai, Zhiping; Wei, Dongyang; Zhang, Xiaopeng; Wang, Junfei; Gao, Jie; Sun, Xiaowen; Li, Baohua; Li, Chenghui; Li, Aimin


    An efficient and profitable separation process was proposed to prepare 5N (the purity of the metal solution reaches 99.999%) high-purity nickel from 3N nickel-solutions using Purolite S984. The adsorption performance of this superior resin, especially its selectivity for metal ions, was explored quantitatively. The maximum adsorption capacity for copper was 2.286mmol/g calculated by the Langmuir model, which was twice as large as that for nickel. In the binary systems, the adsorption capacity for nickel was decreased by 45%, indicating direct competition for the active sites. The infinite separation factor for copper versus nickel exceeded 300, revealing the feasibility of preparing 5N-level high-purity nickel solutions, which was further verified using the 800BV (bed volume) effluent in the column dynamic process. According to the cost-benefit analysis, purification contributed to a profit of approximately 60,000USD per cycle, and the investment return period was less than 1/3years. Density functional theory analysis confirmed that four nitrogen atoms would be involved in the coordination complex and thus a structure involving two five-membered rings could be achieved. The X-ray photoelectron spectra confirmed the involvement of nitrogen atoms, implying a coordination ratio of approximately 1:1.

  18. Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoflakes prepared by one step microwave irradiation technique: Effect of Cu concentration

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    Kandare, S. P.; Dhole, S. D.; Bhoraskar, V. N.; Dahiwale, S. S., E-mail: [Department of Physic, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, 411007 (India)


    Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) nanoflakes were synthesized in one step by microwave irradiation method. Controlling the secondary phases in Copper Zinc Tin Sulfide (CZTS) material is critical, but it is necessary to control secondary phases in order to achieve the high efficiency solar cells made from CZTS. In the recent years, CZTS has shown its growing importance in thin film photovoltaic application because of its favorable optical and electrical properties. In this work, a systematic study has been carried out by properly controlling the copper concentration to get the pure phase of CZTS. X-ray diffraction shows the CZTS kesterite structure. Optical band gap estimated from UV-Visible spectroscopy was around 1.37eV. Systematic Raman study reveals the suppression of Cu{sub 2}S peak with variation in copper concentration which otherwise was not clear from XRD and UV-visible data.

  19. Effect of electrolytes nature and concentration on the morphology and structure of MoS{sub 2} nanomaterials prepared using one-pot solvothermal method

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    Akram, H., E-mail: [Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC, C/Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Laboratoire de Génie Chimique et Valorisation des Ressources, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger, Université Abdelmalek Essâadi, B.P. 416 Tangier (Morocco); Mateos-Pedrero, C., E-mail: [Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Rua Roberto Frias, s/n4200-465, Porto (Portugal); Gallegos-Suárez, E.; Guerrero-Ruíz, A. [Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC, C/Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Grupo de Diseño y Aplicación de Catalizadores Heterogéneos, Unidad Asociada UNED—ICP (CSIC), Madrid (Spain); Chafik, T. [Laboratoire de Génie Chimique et Valorisation des Ressources, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger, Université Abdelmalek Essâadi, B.P. 416 Tangier (Morocco); Rodríguez-Ramos, I. [Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC, C/Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Grupo de Diseño y Aplicación de Catalizadores Heterogéneos, Unidad Asociada UNED—ICP (CSIC), Madrid (Spain)


    Different MoS{sub 2} nanostructures have been obtained following an innovative one-step solvothermal method by changing the concentration and type of the electrolyte while avoiding the use of surfactant. It was found that the chemical nature of the studied electrolyte ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}CO{sub 3} or KCl) do not significantly affect the morphology and structure of the obtained MoS{sub 2} nanomaterials. Nevertheless, increasing the electrolyte concentration yields to a remarkable modification of the morphology of the resulting MoS{sub 2} from nanospheres to worm-shaped then finally to nanotubes. All the obtained nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM, HRTEM), Fourier transformation infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  20. A new device for monitoring concentrations of intracellular Ca2+ in CNS preparations and its application to the frog's spinal cord. (United States)

    Kudo, Y; Takeda, K; Hicks, T P; Ogura, A; Kawasaki, Y


    For monitoring the changes in intracellular concentrations of Ca2+ in vertebrate CNS neurones in situ, we devised an assembly of two quartz-made optic fibres enclosed in a glass capillary. Esterified fluorescent Ca2+ indicator (quin2/AM) was injected into the motoneuronal pool of the frog's spinal cord, and about 60 min later, the assembly was inserted directly into the same region. Ultraviolet light for exciting the indicator was transmitted through one optic fibre, while the fluorescence emitted from the cells was guided to a photoelectric converter through the other fibre. Administration of Ringer's solution containing some stimulant (KCl, excitatory amino acids) through arterial perfusion, evoked both an increase of fluorescence intensity under excitation light of 340 nm wavelength and a decrease under 380 nm light. Electrical stimulation delivered to a dorsal root provoked equivalent responses in fluorescence; this response is known to be an indicator of an elevation in intracellular concentrations of Ca2+.

  1. Ar/O{sub 2} gas pressure dependence of atomic concentration of zirconia prepared by zirconium pulse arc PBII and D

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    Yukimura, Ken [Department of Electrical Engineering, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tatara-Miyakodani, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Yoshinaga, Hiroaki [Department of Electrical Engineering, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tatara-Miyakodani, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan); Ohtsu, Yasunori [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Saga University, Honjo-machi1, Saga 840-8502 (Japan); Fujita, Hiroharu [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Saga University, Honjo-machi1, Saga 840-8502 (Japan); Nakamura, Keiji [Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Ma Xinxin [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)


    Zirconium oxide films were prepared by plasma-based ion implantation and deposition (PBII and D), where a zirconium pulse arc discharge was generated in O{sub 2}/Ar gas mixture. The plasma was maintained for approximately 3 ms, and the ion current at the substrate was detected in a time range from 1 to 10 ms after the arc initiation. At O{sub 2}/Ar pressures of 2.6-3.0 Pa, a stoichiometric film was obtained, while at a pressure lower than 2.2 Pa, the film also contained ZrO {sub x} (x < 2) phase as well as ZrO{sub 2} phase. In the absence of argon gas, the plasma became unstable, which resulted in shortage of zirconium ions in the plasma, and hence, a stoichiometric condition was not found.

  2. Optimizing Cr3+ concentration and evaluating energy transfer from Cr3+ to Nd3+ in Cr,Nd:GGG nanocrystals prepared by sol-gel method

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    Yassin Alshikh Mohamad∗; Yomen Atassi; Zafer Moussa


    Nanopowder of Cr:GGG and nanopowder of Cr,Nd:GGG with different concentrations of Cr3+ ranging from 0.1 at.% to 1.5 at.% were synthesized by the sol-gel method using acetic acid and ethylene glycol. Thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the powder. The crystallite size was about 58 nm when treated at 1000 ºC for 2 h. Cr3+ photoluminescence spectrum in GGG showed a broad band emission around 730 nm. The intensity of this band decreased when co-doped with Nd, indicating an efficient energy transfer from Cr3+ to Nd3+. Photoluminescence intensity of Nd in Cr,Nd:GGG at 1.06μm showed that the optimum concentration of Cr3+ was about 1 at.% (more or less) for 1 at.% Nd3+. This result was also confirmed by chromium fluorescence decay rate analysis. Energy transfer efficiency was found to be about 84% for 1 at.% concentration of each chromium and neodymium.

  3. Effect of hydrofluoric acid concentration on the evolution of photoluminescence characteristics in porous silicon nanowires prepared by Ag-assisted electroless etching method

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    Najar, Adel


    We report on the structural and optical properties of porous silicon nanowires (PSiNWs) fabricated using silver (Ag) ions assisted electroless etching method. Silicon nanocrystallites with sizes <5 nm embedded in amorphous silica have been observed from PSiNW samples etched using the optimum hydrofluoric acid (HF) concentration. The strongest photoluminescence (PL) signal has been measured from samples etched with 4.8 M of HF, beyond which a significant decreasing in PL emission intensity has been observed. A qualitative model is proposed for the formation of PSiNWs in the presence of Ag catalyst. This model affirms our observations in PL enhancement for samples etched using HF <4.8 M and the eventual PL reduction for samples etched beyond 4.8 M of HF concentration. The enhancement in PL signals has been associated to the formation of PSiNWs and the quantum confinement effect in the Si nanocrystallites. Compared to PSiNWs without Si-O x, the HF treated samples exhibited significant blue PL peak shift of 100 nm. This effect has been correlated to the formation of defect states in the surface oxide. PSiNWs fabricated using the electroless etching method can find useful applications in optical sensors and as anti-reflection layer in silicon-based solar cells. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Preparation of polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrates from the liver oil of dogfish (Squalus acanthias from the Black Sea.

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    Stefanova, K.


    Full Text Available The fatty acid composition of the liver oil from the Black Sea dogfish Squalus acanthias, as well as its seasonal variations were determined. A scheme for concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids from the dogfish liver oil by urea complexation was proposed. From 360g of free fatty acids a 48g concentrate was obtained, containing 7,8% C20:4, 16,4% C20:5. 9,2% C22:5 and 49,7% C22:6.

    Se ha determinado la composición en ácidos grasos del aceite de hígado de cazón (Squalus acanthias del Mar Negro, así como sus variaciones estacionales. Se propone un esquema para la concentración de ácidos grasos poliinsaturados de aceite de hígado de cazón mediante complexión de urea. A partir de 360g de ácidos grasos libres se obtuvo un concentrado de 48g, que contenía 7,8% C20:4, 16,4% C20:5, 9,2% C22:5 y 49,7% C22:6.

  5. Sexual maturity and performance of pullets fed different preparations and concentrations of brown marine algae (Sargassum dentifebium in pre-laying and early laying periods

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    Mohammed A. Al-Harthi


    Full Text Available The effect of brown marine algae (BMA; Sargassum dentifebium as alternative feed source for pullets was studied in three processed and at three concentrations in the pullets from 14-42 weeks. The processing forms were sundried brown marine algae (SBMA, sundried and boiled brown marine algae (BBMA and sundried and autoclaved brown marine algae (ABMA. The concentrations of BMA were 2%, 4% and 6% that composed 10 treatments along with control. Each treatment was replicated 6 times using 30 pullets per treatment. Different criteria on pullets and eggs, including feed intake, body weight, feed conversion efficiency, laying rate and egg mass and quality were studied. Results indicated that BMA could be used up to 6% in the pullets diets from 14 to 42 weeks without adverse effects (P≥0.05 on sexual maturity (139-142 days, laying rate (80.7-87.9%, egg mass (44.99-51.86 g/hen/day, feed conversion ratio (2.468-2.868 kg feed/kg egg and Haugh unit (82.9-90.6 and shell percentage (8.61-9.87%. Furthermore, egg yolk color and calcium content in eggshell were improved (P≤0.05 by 12.31% and 9.1%, respectively.

  6. 利用罗非鱼骨架制备浓缩鱼汁的研究%Study on preparation of concentrated soup by using Tilapia skeleton

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    颜儿作; 吴建中; 王沂东; 金君; 赖燕娜


    In order to explore the feasibility of producing concentrated soup with waste Tilapia skeleton,the efficiency of protein and amino nitrogen's separation from Tilapia skeleton and dissolution into water was taken as the indicator to measure and determine the high-pressure cooking process,the viscosity and gel strength was taken as the indicator to determine the concentration degree to achieve a satisfying product attributes,and the product nutritional analysis was conducted to prove the feasibility.Experiments results showed the optimal process should be controlled as follows:ratio of Tilapia to water:1:6g/mL,cooking time:90min,cooking times:2 times,then the concentration be controlled at 80%.In the concentrated soup,the amount of unsaturated fatty acids was up to 60%,which was typically abundant with oleic acid,linoleic acid,palmitic acid,the content of Ca,Se,Mg,Zn was satisfying,the content of total amino acid in the soup was 14.5g/100g,the essential amino acids was mostly consisted of lysine and methionine,which could be used as nutritional supplements to the cereals and beans dietary crowds,these confirmed that the utilization of waste Tilapia skeleton to produce concentrated soup was promising and applicable.%目的:探讨利用罗非鱼下脚料鱼骨架制备浓缩鱼汁的可行性。方法:采用蛋白质和氨基态氮溶出效率为指标衡量并确定高压蒸煮工艺,采用浓缩鱼汁的黏度和凝胶强度衡量不同浓缩度鱼汁的产品属性并确定鱼汁浓缩程度,以产物营养价值分析论证该浓缩鱼汁制备方案的可行性。结果:在料液比为1:6g/mL,蒸煮时间为90min,蒸煮次数为2次时,蛋白质和游离氨基酸溶出效率较高,80%浓缩度的鱼汁产品具有令人满意的产品属性,浓缩鱼汁中鱼油主要脂肪酸为油酸、亚油酸、棕榈酸,不饱和脂肪酸含量高达60%,并含有丰富的Ca、Se、Mg、Zn等矿物质元素,氨基酸含量达14.5g/100g

  7. 铜钼精矿制取钼酸铵试验研究%Experimental Study on Preparation of Ammonium Molybdate from Copper Molybdenum Concentrate

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    李冠军; 鲁兴武


    Copper molybdenum ammonia solution was obtain by roasting under oxidation and two stage ammonia leaching of copper molybdenum concentrate .The influences of purifying agent consumption,reaction time,reaction temperature to the purification process were studied in the paper.Purified ammonium molybdate solution obtained by acid precipitation meet the requirements of national standard for thhe second grade product.%铜钼精矿氧化焙烧-二段氨浸得到铜钼氨溶液,通过考察净化剂用量、时间、温度对净化过程的影响,净化得到的钼酸铵溶液酸沉得到的四钼酸铵符合国标二级品的标准要求。

  8. 常用稳定同位素制剂的浓集及应用%Concentration and Application of Common Stable Isotopes Preparation

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    李公亮; 周涛; 才月新; 米亚静; 杜雪媛; 吴灵美


    China Institute of Atomic Energy(CIAE) has accomplished state science and technology support plan topic《 research and development of high purity organic reagent corn unit using for research and commonness key technology》. 54Fe、65Cu、64 Zn、67 Zn、207 Pb and 85Rb、87Rb were separated using electromagnetic method. And the abundances of them archived: 90% , 99. 6% , 96% , 81 % , 90% , 99% and 98%. The level of these isotopes preparation has reached overseas product standard. Some of them have been used in the production of science research and rubidium clock production for satellite navigation. It established technology base for material domestic production of special stable isotopes in China.%中国原子能科学研究院(简称原子能院)利用电磁法完成了国家科技支撑计划课题《科研用高纯有机试剂核心单元物质及共性关键技术的研制与开发》,利用电磁法有效分离了54Fe、65Cu、64Zn、67Zn、207Pb以及85Rb、87Rb同位素制剂,其丰度分别达到:90%、99.6%、96%、81%、90%、99%、98%.其中部分同位素试剂达到国外产品标准,部分已经应用在我国科研生产及全球卫星导航定位系统中.

  9. Preparation of 2.5 % chlorpyrifos microspheres suspension concentrate%2.5%毒死蜱微球悬浮剂的制备

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    杨石有; 郭瑞峰; 刘德坤; 张翠; 张少飞; 李正杨; 吴刚


    采用流点法对毒死蜱微球悬浮剂的润湿分散剂种类进行了筛选,在所筛选的10种分散剂中,SOPA和N-甲基脂肪酰基牛磺酸盐的流点值较小,分别为0.5032和0.4656.进一步筛选了增稠剂、防冻剂,较优配方:11.2%毒死蜱聚乳酸微球、2.5% SOPA、2.5%N-甲基脂肪酰基牛磺酸盐、3.5%硅酸镁铝、5%乙二醇、0.15%有机硅消泡剂、0.1%苯甲酸钠、水75.05%,制剂的各项质量技术指标基本合格.生测结果表明,2.5%毒死蜱微球悬浮剂对小菜蛾幼虫的毒力略低于48%毒死蜱乳油.%The different wetting dispersants were screened by using pour point method.Among the 10 wetting dispersants,the pour points of SOPA and N-methyl fatty acyltaurine were lower (0.5032 and 0.4656,respectively).Based on the screening of wetting dispersants,thickening agents and anti-freeze agents were obtained.The formulation included 11.2% chlorpyrifos polylactic acid microspheres,2.5% SOPA,2.5% N-methyl fatty acyltaurine,3.5% magnesium aluminum silicate,5% ethylene glycol,0.15% silicone antifoaming agent,0.1% sodium benzoate and 75.05% H2O.The formulation conformed to the requirements for a suspension concentrate in all respects.The LC50 values of 2.5 % chlorpyrifos microspheres suspension concentrate against Plutella xylostella at 48 h was slightly higher than that of 48% chlorpyrifos EC.

  10. [Method for concentrating marrow stem cells using the IBM 2991 washer. Necessary preparation before in vitro treatment of bone marrow by pharmacologic or immunologic means]. (United States)

    Hervé, P; Coffe, C; Peters, A


    The technique using the IBM 2991 blood cell processor is an effective technique for the concentration of mononuclear cells from large volumes of bone marrow. The marrow cells are layered on to Ficoll Metrizoate using the IBM processing set. The mononuclear cells and CFU-GM recoveries are in close relationship with the hematocrit of the cell suspension processed. Twenty two bone marrows have been collected and purified according to this protocol. The mononuclear cell recovery is an average of 78,3% (range: 44-92%) and the CFU-GM recovery is in average of 67,5% (range: 40-89%). At the end of the procedure the cell viability is satisfying (97,1% +/- 1,7 are trypan blue negatives). When it is necessary to remove from the bone marrow collected either malignant cells prior autologous bone marrow graft or T lymphocytes in an attempt to prevent GVHD in allogeneic BMT, the purity of marrow cell suspension become a fundamental parameter.

  11. Understanding the risks associated with the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS): high variability of active ingredients concentration, mislabelled preparations, multiple psychoactive substances in single products. (United States)

    Zamengo, Luca; Frison, Giampietro; Bettin, Chiara; Sciarrone, Rocco


    New psychoactive substances (NPS), are now a large group of substances of abuse not yet completely controlled by international drug conventions, which may pose a public health threat. Anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, hyperthermia and cardiotoxicity are some of the common adverse effects associated with these compounds. In this paper, three case reports taken from the archive of processed cases of the authors' laboratory are presented and discussed to stress the risks of possible adverse consequences for NPS users: in particular, (i) the risk deriving from the difficulty of predicting the actual consumed dose, due to variability of active ingredients concentration in consumed products, (ii) the risk deriving from the difficulty of predicting the actual active ingredients present in consumed products, as opposed to those claimed by the manufacturer, and (iii) the risk deriving from the difficulty of predicting the actual pharmacological and toxicological effects related to the simultaneous consumption of different psychoactive ingredients contained in single products, whose interactions are mostly unknown. Each of them individually provide a source of concern for possible serious health related consequences. However, they should be considered in conjunction with each others, with the worldwide availability of NPS through the web and also with the incessantly growing business derived from the manipulation and synthesis of new substances. The resulting scenario is that of a cultural challenge which demands a global approach from different fields of knowledge.

  12. Effect of N Concentration on Microstructure Evolution of the Nanostructured (Al, Ti, SiN Coatings Prepared by d.c. Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

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    L. Jakab-Farkas


    Full Text Available Nanostructured (Al, Ti, SiN thin film coatings were synthesized by d.c. reactive magnetron sputtering, performed in an Ar/N2 gas mixture from a planar rectangular Al:Ti:Si=50:25:25 alloyed target. The mass flow of N2 reactive gas was strictly controlled in sputtering process. Conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM technique was used for microstructure investigation of the as deposited films. Cross-sectional cuts performed through the deposited films revealed distinct microstructure evolution for different samples. It was found that the variation of the reactive gas amount induced changes in film microstructure. The metallic AlTiSi film exhibited strong columnar growth with a crystalline structure. The addition of a small amount of nitrogen to the process gas leads to a crystallite refinement. Further increase of N concentration resulted in evolution of fine lamellae growth morphology consisting of hainlike pearls in a dendrite, clusters of very fine grains in close crystallographic orientation.

  13. Effects of concentration of reduced graphene oxide on properties of sol–gel prepared Al-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Chou, Ching-Tian; Wang, Fang-Hsing, E-mail:; Chen, Wei-Chun


    Reduced-graphene-oxide-incorporated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO:rGO) composite thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by using the sol–gel method. The effect of the rGO concentration (0–3 wt%) on structural, electrical, and optical properties of the composite film was investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Hall-effect measurement, and ultraviolet–visible spectrometry. All of the composite films showed a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the films incorporated with 1 wt% rGO showed the highest (0 0 2) peak intensity. The sheet resistance of the films was effectively reduced by a factor of more than two as the rGO ratio increased from 0 to 1 wt%. However, the sheet resistance increased with a further increase in the rGO ratio. The optical transmittance of the composite film monotonically decreased with increasing the rGO ratio from 0 to 3 wt%. The average optical transmittance (400–700 nm) of the AZO:rGO thin film within 1 wt% rGO was above 81%. - Highlights: • Reduced-graphene-oxide-doped ZnO:Al composite films are synthesized by sol–gel. • All AZO:rGO thin films show a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure. • Sheet resistance of AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film decreases by a factor of more than two. • The average visible transmittance of the AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film was 81%.

  14. Preparation and characterization of poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-grafted magnetic nanoparticles: Effects of the precursor concentration on polyol synthesis of Fe3O4 and [PMDETA]0/[CuBr2]0 ratios on SI-AGET ATRP (United States)

    Jiang, Liping; Zhou, Xuyang; Wei, Guyun; Lu, Xiaoduo; Wei, Weiping; Qiu, Jianhua


    Polymer brushes based on poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) have been successfully grafted from the surface of silica coated iron oxide (Fe3O4@SiO2) nanoparticles via surface-initiated activators generated by electron transfer atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-AGET ATRP). The size of the nanoparticles could be adjusted from 7.3 to 9.6 nm by varying the precursor concentration of iron(III) acetylacetonate. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles possessed a highly crystalline structure, and the saturation magnetization of the as-prepared magnetite was strongly related to the particle size. Furthermore, the grafted PGMA content on the magnetic nanoparticles could be controlled by varying the ligand to transition metal ratio in a N,N,N‧,N″,N″-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine (PMDETA)/CuBr2 catalyst system. The maximum grafted content was 23.1% at a ratio of [PMDETA]0/[CuBr2]0 = 2:1.

  15. 白膜法少白细胞浓缩血小板的制备及质量分析%Preparation and Quality Analysis of Leucoreduced Platelet Concentrates by Buffy Coats Method

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    党娥; 陈晨; 张蕾; 刘晶; 贾登; 穆士杰; 张献清


    目的 改进手工制备浓缩血小板方法,提高血小板制备质量.方法 ①全血经特定程序进行离心,利用全自动血液成分分离机分离白膜,白膜解聚后进行二次轻离心.②经白细胞滤器滤除血小板中的白细胞,然后进行细胞计数.结果 10份按该法制备的浓缩血小板(10U/袋),其血小板计数、残余红细胞数、白细胞数分别为(3.8±0.3)×1011/袋,(4.0±0.4)×108/袋,(0.5±0.3)×106/袋,容量250 ml~350 ml.结论 该法制备的手工浓缩血小板含量高,残余红细胞、白细胞数量低.质量指标达到国家质量要求,适宜血站推广应用.%Objective To improve the hand-made method of platelet concentrates and enhance the quality of platelet. Methods ①The whole blood were centrifuged according to definite programme,then the butty coat were separated with automatic blood cell separator. After the disaggregation of butty coats,the second mild centrifugation was done. ②The white cell in the platelet conccentrates were filtrated by white cell filter,then the cellcounts were tested. Results In 10 platelet concentrates prepared according to this methods ,the platelets count,residual red blood cell count and white cell were (3. 8 ± 0. 3) × 1011/bag, (4. 0± 0. 4) × 108/bag, (0. 5±0. 3) × 106/bag, respectively. The volume of platelet concentrates were about 250~350 ml. Conclusion The platelet concentrates prepared by this methods had high content platelet and low residual red blood cells, as well as white blood cells. The quality indexes could meet the national quality reguirement and could be used widely.

  16. 改良白膜法制备浓缩血小板及回收率的影响因素%Improved preparation of buffy-coat-derived platelet concentrates and factors affecting platelet recovery

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    单泓; 王姣杰; 别立莉; 刘敏; 戚正; 段艳丽


    背景:白膜法和富含血浆法制备的浓缩血小板有无效输注发生率高和不良反应发生率高的缺点。  目的:观察改良白膜法制备浓缩血小板的实验研究,分析制备浓缩血小板回收率的影响因素。  方法:随机抽取126例站内采集后4-6 h的400 mL血液,随机分成改良白膜法组、白膜法组和富含血浆法组。改良白膜法采用3步离心,第1次采用次重离心,离心转速2300 r/min,离心时间12 min,降速5,离心温度(22±2)℃;第2次采用轻离心,离心转速910 r/min,离心时间10 min,离心温度(22±2)℃;第3次离心转速2800 r/min,离心时间12 min,离心温度(22±2)℃,离心后,挤去上层含血小板较少的血浆,袋中留30 mL血浆悬浮血小板,即为浓缩血小板。通过数据库文献检索的方法分析制备浓缩血小板回收率的影响因素。  结果与结论:改良白膜法、白膜法以及富含血浆法制备的手工浓缩血小板中,制备前各组血小板总数差别无统计学意义(P >0.05);富含血浆法组和改良白膜法组较白膜法组血小板回收率高,差异有显著性意义(P 0.05);白膜法组和改良白膜法组较富含血浆法组残留红细胞和残留白细胞的量少,差异有显著性意义(P0.05)。制备浓缩血小板的回收率受到全血量、离心转速、离心时间、离心方法等因素的影响。改良白膜法制备浓缩血小板减少红细胞和白细胞的残留量,提高了血小板的回收率,可在血液中心或中心血站推广应用。%BACKGROUND:Buffy-coat-derived platelet concentrates and plasma-rich platelet concentrates have a high incidence of invalid infusion and adverse reactions. OBJECTIVE:To observe the improved preparation of buffy-coat-derived platelet concentrates and to analyze the influential factors relevant to platelet recovery. METHODS:400 mL of blood sample extracted from 126 cases were randomly

  17. Effect of different dietary concentrations of brown marine algae (Sargassum dentifebium prepared by different methods on plasma and yolk lipid profiles, yolk total carotene and lutein plus zeaxanthin of laying hens

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    Ahmed A. El-Deek


    Full Text Available The effect of different concentrations (0%, 3% and 6% of brown marine algae (BMA, Sargassum dentifebium prepared according to different methods (sun-dried, SBMA; boiled, BBMA; autoclaved, ABMA on plasma and yolk lipid profiles, carotene, and lutein plus zeaxanthin in egg yolks was studied in hens aged from 23 to 42 weeks (30 hens per treatment. We determined the fatty acid profiles in BMA and in the egg yolk of hens fed different levels of BMA prepared according to different methods. In addition, plasma and yolk lipid profiles, yolk total carotene, and lutein plus zeaxanthin were determined at week 42 of age. Plasma and yolk cholesterol were significantly lower in groups fed diets containing either 3% or 6% BMA than in the control group, but high-density lipoprotein (HDL significantly decreased as BMA concentration increased. There was a significant similar decline in yolk triglycerides with inclusion of either 3% or 6% BMA in the laying hen diet. Palmitic acid was the main saturated fatty acid (SFA found in BMA and oleic acid (omega-9 and linoleic acid (omega-6 were the main unsaturated fatty acids (UFA, while there was a significant increase in palmitic acid in egg yolk when BMA was included at 6%. There was a significant increase in oleic acid (omega-9 when feed containing 3% BMA was given compared to the control group, but this decreased with a further increase in BMA. Linoleic acid (omega-6 also significantly decreased with inclusion of either 3% or 6% BMA. There was a significant increase in total carotene and lutein plus zeaxanthin in the laying hen eggs as a result of feeding diets containing 3% and 6% BMA.


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    包启富; 董伟霞; 顾幸勇; 林榕伟; 张瑞浩


    利用溶胶-凝胶浸渍提拉法在导电玻璃(ITO)基板上制备了氧化锌(ZnO)薄膜。利用X射线衍射仪(XRD)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、电化学阻抗谱(EIS)等对ZnO薄膜的结构、形貌、以及光电性能进行了分析。结果表明,随着醋酸锌浓度的增加,薄膜由短柱状最终转化为无规则定位生长的聚集球形颗粒结构。随着醋酸锌浓度的升高,薄膜的结晶强度不断增加,薄膜的光电转化效率进一步增加。当醋酸锌浓度为0.9mol/L时,薄膜的光电转化效率为4.5%。%zinc oxide(ZnO) films were prepared by the sol-dipping coating method in conductive glass(ITO) substrates.The effect of the zinc acetate concentration on the structure,morphology,electrical properties of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction(XRD),field emission scanning electron microscope(SEM),Electrochemical impedance spectra(EIS).The results showed that the films transformed stout prismatic into aggregated spherical particle by irregular oriented growth.With increasing deposition temperature,the crystallinity improved,the proportion of zinc acetate concentration increased and Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency(IPCE) decreased.When zinc acetate concentration is 0.9mol/L,solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency(□) is 4.5%.

  19. Effect of holding buffy coats before platelet preparation on the quality of platelet concentrates%白膜放置时间对制备手工浓缩血小板质量的影响

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    刘凤君; 蒋秋容; 王泽蓉; 王世春; 张红; 陈敏; 贾睿平; 赵树铭


    Objective To evaluate the quality of platelet concentrates (PCs) prepared from buffy coats held for different time periods. Methods Buffy coats (BCs) ( n = 80) were prepared from 400 mL whole blood ( WB) units within 6 h of collection. Every 5 BCs were pooled and then each pool were divided into three equal bags. One bag was taken to prepare PCs immediately (0 h group) ,and the other two bags of BCs were agitated in platelet incubator, and agitated for 4 h (4 h group) ,and 16 h (16 h group) at 22℃ before PC preparation. The in vitro quality of platelets was investigated. Results Platelet, RBC counts showed little difference between these groups. In comparison to 0 h and 4 h groups, the decrease of WBC counts in the 16 h group was significant. Free hemoglobin increased as the agitation time extended. Conclusion The agitation time of BCs may affect the quality of platelet concentrates.%目的 评价金血当天分离的白膜(BC)在不同时间分离制备的浓缩血小板(PC)的质量,为手工制备PC 提供参考.方法 将80袋400 mL全血于采集6h内分离出BC,将5袋同血型BC由无菌接驳机对接合并成1袋(1个治疗量)后,再均分在3个血小板保存袋内,1袋即刻(Oh组)轻离心分离制备PC,另2袋在22℃血小板保存箱分别振摇4 h(4 h组)和16 h(16 h组)后再分离PC.对所有标本留样进行血小板质量检测,包括Plt、血小板回收率、CD62P、聚集率、RBC混入量、WBC混入量、FHb含量.结果 3组PC制剂RBC混入量、Plt、血小板回收率、CD62P、聚集率差异无统计学意义;WBC混入量:0 h(6.76±1.29)和4h组变化不明显,16 h(3.78±0.45)组降低明显(P <0.05);FHb含量:随BC处理时间延长有增高趋势,16 h(65.62土11.11)与0 h(33.45±6.95)比差异具统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 随BC放置时间延长对制备PC制剂的质量有一定影响.

  20. Preparation of highly crystalline blue emitting MVO{sub 4}:Tm{sup 3+} (M=Gd, Y) spherical nanoparticles: Effects of activator concentration and annealing temperature on luminescence, lifetime and quantum yield

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    Shanta Singh, N. [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003, Manipur (India); Ningthoujam, R.S., E-mail: [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Dorendrajit Singh, S., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003, Manipur (India); Viswanadh, B. [Material Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Manoj, N. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Vatsa, R.K., E-mail: [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India)


    Highly crystalline spherical nanoparticles of MVO{sub 4}:Tm{sup 3+} (M=Gd, Y) having a size of 20-45 nm were prepared using ethylene glycol as both capping agent and reaction medium. X-ray diffraction study shows linear decrease in the unit cell volume with an increase in Tm{sup 3+} concentrations in MVO{sub 4} (M=Gd, Y; Tm{sup 3+}=0, 2, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 at%), indicative of quantitative substitution of Gd{sup 3+}/Y{sup 3+} lattice sites by Tm{sup 3+} ions in MVO{sub 4}. Blue light emission at 475 nm is observed after excitation at 310 nm due to energy transfer from VO{sub 4}{sup 3-} absorption band to Tm{sup 3+}. Emission intensity and average decay lifetime increase with an increase in heat treatment from 500 to 900 {sup o}C. This has been attributed to an extent of reduction in non-radiative process arising from surface. The emission intensity of Tm{sup 3+} in GdVO{sub 4} host is higher than that in YVO{sub 4} and thus the former host is better. Quantum yield increases with increase in heat-treatment temperature. This material will be the alternative blue light emitter.

  1. Concentration and bioavailability of fluoride in mouthrinses prepared in dispensing pharmacies Concentração e biodisponibilidade do fluoreto de enxagüatórios bucais preparados em farmácias de manipulação

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    Cínthia Pereira Machado Tabchoury


    Full Text Available Considering the importance of medication quality control and that mouthrinses for dental caries prevention have commonly been prepared in dispensing pharmacies, this study assessed formulations containing 0.05% NaF acquired from 6 dispensing pharmacies in the city of Piracicaba, S.P. The mouthrinse formulations were purchased in 3 separate periods and coded from A to F. Fluoride ion (F- concentration was determined in all formulations in the 3 periods, and in those acquired in the 3rd period, the bioavailability of fluoride with dental enamel with caries-like lesions and the pH of products were evaluated. A solution of 0.05% NaF and distilled deionized water were used, respectively, as positive and negative controls. In the bioavailability analysis, fluoride present in dental enamel was determined removing, by acid etching, two layers of enamel; fluoride in the acid extract was determined with a specific electrode. The mouthrinses prepared in 5 pharmacies presented a F- concentration close to the expected value, except for the product prepared in one of them, in which a mean of 0.01% NaF was found. All products were more efficient than the negative control (pConsiderando a importância do controle de qualidade de medicamentos e que os enxagüatórios bucais para prevenção da cárie dental tem sido comumente preparados em farmácias de manipulação, este estudo avaliou enxagüatórios contendo NaF 0,05% adquiridos em 6 farmácias de manipulação na cidade de Piracicaba, SP. Os enxagüatórios foram adquiridos em 3 períodos distintos e codificados de A a F. A concentração de fluoreto (F- foi determinada em todas as soluções nos 3 períodos, e naquelas adquiridas no 3º período, a biodisponibilidade do fluoreto com o esmalte dental com lesão de cárie artificial e o pH dos produtos foram avaliados. Uma solução de NaF 0,05% e água destilada deionizada atuaram, respectivamente, como controle positivo e negativo. Na análise de

  2. Influences of glycerol concentration on properties of natural pure cellulose membrane prepared by NMMO technology%甘油含量对NMMO工艺天然纯纤维素膜性能的影响

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    李冬娜; 马晓军; 王晓敏; 乔华


    以棉纤维素为原料,以NMMO(N-甲基吗啉-N-氧化物)为溶剂,以甘油为增塑剂制取天然纯纤维素包装膜,研究了不同甘油含量对纤维素膜性能的影响。结果表明,随着甘油含量的增加,纤维素膜的断裂伸长率随之增加,拉伸强度随之降低,二者变化幅度都很大;当甘油含量从2%增加到5%,纤维素膜的透油系数增加了13.4%,氧气透过率增加了3.0%,透湿系数增加了16.7%,透光率增加了22.4%,横向热收缩率增加了58.8%,纵向热收缩率增加了54.7%。可见,甘油含量对膜的透氧性影响较为微弱,但对力学性能、透油性、透湿性、透明度、热收缩率影响均较为显著。%Natural pure cellulose packaging films were prepared by means of the dissolution of cotton cellulose in NMMO and glycerol was used as plasticizer,the effects of different glycerol concentration on properties were studied,the results showed that elongation at break increase,but the tensile strength decrease with the increasing of glycerol concentration,and both change significantly;when the content increased from 2% to 5%,the oil transmission,oxygen permeation flux,water vapor permeability,the light transmittance,the transverse and longitudinal direction hot shrinkage rate increased by 13.4%,3.0%,16.7%,22.4%,58.8%,54.7%,respectively.It's clear that glycerol concentration had weak influence on oxygen permeation,but the mechanical properties,the oil permeability,the water vapor permeability,the transparency and hot shrinkage rate changed significantly.

  3. Concentration device

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    A concentration device (2) for filter filtration concentration of particles (4) from a volume of a fluid (6). The concentration device (2) comprises a filter (8) configured to filter particles (4) of a predefined size in the volume of the fluid (6). The concentration device (2) comprises...

  4. Concentrated Ownership

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    Rose, Caspar


    , especially minority shareholders. Concentrated ownership is associated with benefits and costs. Concentrated ownership may reduce agency costs by increased monitoring of top management. However, concentrated ownership may also provide dominating owners with private benefits of control.......This entry summarizes the main theoretical contributions and empirical findings in relation to concentrated ownership from a law and economics perspective. The various forms of concentrated ownership are described as well as analyzed from the perspective of the legal protection of investors...

  5. 利用反渗透浓排水代替深井水制取液体氯化钡的实验研究%Experimental study of using of reverse osmosis concentrated drainage insteading of deep well water preparing liquid barium chloride

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    王春红; 王会昌


    介绍了用反渗透浓排水代替深井水制备氯化钡的实验情况。实验结果表明,用反渗透浓排水制备氯化钡是可行的。%The experimental condition of using reverse osmosis concentrated drainage insteading of deep well water preparing barium chloride was introduced.The results show that using reverse osmosis concentrated drainage preparing barium chloride was feasible.

  6. Concentration risk

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    Full Text Available Concentration risk has been gaining a special dimension in the contemporary financial and economic environment. Financial institutions are exposed to this risk mainly in the field of lending, mostly through their credit activities and concentration of credit portfolios. This refers to the concentration of different exposures within a single risk category (credit risk, market risk, operational risk, liquidity risk.

  7. Renovated treating method for the high-concentrated saline sewage from preparing hydrazine hydrate by means of ketazine process%酮连氮法制肼废水处理研究

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    李柏春; 黄会; 张文林; 许沉娜


    In this paper, we would like to introduce a renovated method for treating the high-concentrated saline sewage from preparing hydrazine hydrate by means of ketazine process, that is to say, a combined method that can integrate the chemical precipitation method and the sodium hypochlorite oxidation process into one to treat the sewage from preparing hydrazine hydrate in processing ketazine. The reason is that, on the part of sewage treatment, it can help to shift the treating process from the traditional removal to the recovery. As is known, the traditional biochemical method has been limited in use because the sewage to be treated is at low concentration of Chemical Oxygen Demand (CODCr)and high-salinity. Neither the chemical precipitation method can satisfy the need, for there come two chemicals containing Mg2+ and PO34- ions to be put into the sewage to generate the magnesium ammonium phosphate ( MAP) precipitation. Therefore, we prefer to choose MAP chemical precipitation technique for the MAP decomposition residues to be heated under the alkali condition can be reused in a recycling manner as magnesium and phosphate chemicals. Besides, the MAP chemical precipitation method enjoys a lot of advantages, such as simple in technology, fast in reaction speed, free from temperature limit, and high in the heavy-metal-ions-removing efficiency. To improve the removing efficiency, we have installed a special device for producing chlorine gas and sodium hypochlorite, which can be used as an oxidant in preparing azine. Since we have sufficient sodium hypochlorite, which is safe and convenient in use, it would be possible for us to use sodium hypochlorite to remove the sewage. Therefore, we have chosen the chemical precipitation method and the sodium hypochlorite oxidation process to treat the sewage under question in our research. The experimental results demonstrate that the ammonia removal efficiency could be achieved to 96.8% , when pH is regulated to 9.0, and the compo

  8. 海水淡化浓盐水石灰法制备氢氧化镁的研究%Research on Preparation of Magnesium Hydrate Through Lime Method with Concentrated Saltwater Obtained from Seawater Desalination

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    陈侠; 马俊涛; 周秀云; 于博


    The experiment study on the process conditions of preparation of magnesium hydrate through lime method, using the concentrated slatwater obtained from Seawater Desalination as raw material. According to the single factor and orthogonal tests, the effects of reaction aging time, molar ratio of calcium hydroxide and magnesium ions, the flow rate of calcium hydroxide and agitation rate on the purity of magnesium hydrate and calcium content in the production are investigated to optimize the reaction conditions. The results show that the order of the factors is molar ratio of calcium hydroxide and magnesium ions, the flow rate of calcium hydroxide and the reaction aging time follow. The optimal react conditions are: molar ratio of calcium hydroxide and magnesium ions is 0.9, the flow rate of calcium hydroxide is 10 x 10 "3 mol/min, and the reaction aging time is 120 min.%以海水淡化获得的浓盐水为原料,进行石灰法制备氢氧化镁的实验研究.通过单因素实验和正交实验,考察了反应陈化时间、Ca(OH)2与Mg2摩尔比、Ca(OH)2加料速率和反应器搅拌速率对氢氧化镁纯度及钙含量的影响,优化了反应条件.实验结果表明,影响氢氧化镁纯度及钙含量的各因素大小依次为:Ca(OH)2与Mg2摩尔比、Ca(OH)2加料速率、反应陈化时间.并确定了氢氧化镁制备的优化条件为:Ca( OH)2与Mg2+摩尔比0.9、Ca(OH)2的加料速率10 mmol/min,反应陈化时间120 min.

  9. Preparation of battery-grade cobalt oxide from low concentration cathode leachate of LIB%从低浓度含钴浸出液中制取电池级氧化钴

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    朱莹; 梅光军; 李莹雪


    The battery-grade cobalt oxide was prepared from the leach solution with low concentration of cobalt.The pH of the hydrochloric acid leaching solution was adjusted to 5 by ammonium bicarbonate solution to remove Al3,and Ha2S was added to remove Cu2+、Co2+ was extracted using organic phase composition of P507 + sulfonaled kerosene after clearing,and the recovery of cobalt sulfate was stripping with sulfuric add.Co was precipitated by saturated (NH4)2C2O4 solution in the condition of 60℃,pH=2,cobalt solution : (NH4)2C2O4 solutions : 1,with 20% polyethylene glycol as dispersing agent.The filter residue was dried under the vacuum condition at the temperature of 55 ℃,then the filter residue was roasted at the temperature of 400℃ for 2.5 h,and finally the particles of CoA could be obtained.According to the analysis of SEM and ICP-AES,the purity of Co3O4 was 95.30%,and the recovery rate of Co was 71.2%.%研究了从低浓度含钴浸出液中制取电池级氧化钴的工艺.采用碳酸氧铵调节盐酸浸出液的pH值至5,加入Na2S溶液除杂.用P507+磷化煤油体系萃取净化液中的Co2+,硫酸反萃回收硫酸钴.当溶液pH=2,60℃时,(NH4)2C2O4按1∶1的比例加入反萃液中,同时加入20%的聚乙二醇作为分散剂沉钴.滤渣在55℃条件下真空干燥、在400℃下焙烧,制备得到粒度分布均匀的Co3O4粉末.根据SEM及ICP-AES对产物进行定性定量分析可知,Co3O4的纯度为95.30%,Co的回收率为71.2%.

  10. Effect of Rubbing Time and Sodium Chloride Concentrations on the Quality of Prepared Chicken%滚揉时间和食盐水浓度对鸡肉调理制品食用品质的影响

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    苑瑞生; 张佳; 王秀江; 李飞燕; 冯晓慧; 罗欣


    In order to investigate the effect of vacuum tumbling on chicken eating quality, values of pH, color, cooking rate , expressible moisture, textural properties and protein extraction by salt of chicken breast were evaluated. The results indicated that under the condition of 0 - 4℃ , increasing the salt concentration ( 0.0% -9.8% ) could significantly increase hydration of protein, content of protein extraction by salt improve the cohesion and springiness of prepared chicken products and reduce hardness, while no significant effect on cohesiveness and gumminess. When extending the tumbling time 0h -14h at 0 -4℃, the content of protein by salt ,the cohesiveness, springiness, chewiness and gumminess of chicken were increased significantly, while there was no significant effect on the hydration of protein and the hardness of chicken. Tumbling raised the pH value of chicken recuperation products, improved chicken recuperation products color and eating quality.%以鸡胸肉为实验材料,以pH值、肉色、蒸煮出品率、压榨损失、盐溶性蛋白质溶出量和质构特征为评定指标,探讨了滚揉时间和食盐水浓度对鸡肉调理制品食用品质的影响。结果表明:在0~4℃环境中,增加食盐水浓度(0.0%~9.8%),可极显著增加盐溶性蛋白的溶出量,极显著降低了蒸煮损失率和压榨损失率,显著提高鸡肉调理制品的弹性、咀嚼性和降低肉的硬度,对凝聚性和胶着性影响不显著;延长滚揉时间(0.0h~14.0h)可显著增加盐溶性蛋白的溶出量,极显著降低了压榨损失率,显著提高鸡肉调理制品的凝聚性、弹性、咀嚼性和胶着性,而对蒸煮损失率和硬度影响不显著。滚揉处理提高了鸡肉调理制品的pH值、改善了肉色和食用品质。

  11. Solution preparation

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    Reviewed in this statement are methods of preparing solutions to be used in laboratory experiments to examine technical issues related to the safe disposal of nuclear waste from power generation. Each approach currently used to prepare solutions has advantages and any one approach may be preferred over the others in particular situations, depending upon the goals of the experimental program. These advantages are highlighted herein for three approaches to solution preparation that are currently used most in studies of nuclear waste disposal. Discussion of the disadvantages of each approach is presented to help a user select a preparation method for his particular studies. Also presented in this statement are general observations regarding solution preparation. These observations are used as examples of the types of concerns that need to be addressed regarding solution preparation. As shown by these examples, prior to experimentation or chemical analyses, laboratory techniques based on scientific knowledge of solutions can be applied to solutions, often resulting in great improvement in the usefulness of results.

  12. Repeated topical treatment, in contrast to single oral doses, with Vitamin A-containing preparations does not affect plasma concentrations of retinol, retinyl esters or retinoic acids in female subjects of child-bearing age

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    Nohynek, G.J.; Meuling, W.J.A.; Vaes, W.H.J.; Lawrence, R.S.; Shapiro, S.; Schulte, S.; Steiling, W.; Bausch, J.; Gerber, E.; Sasa, H.; Nau, H.


    Background: Vitamin A is widely used in cosmetic preparations. Given that oral Vitamin A and its metabolites present a potential reproductive risk, the present study investigated the effect of topical Vitamin A on human endogenous plasma levels of Vitamin A and its metabolites. Methods: Two groups o

  13. The Effects of Cd2+ Concentration on the Structure, Optical and Luminescence Properties of MgAl2O4: x% Cd2+ (0 < x ≤ 1.75) Nanophosphor Prepared by Sol-Gel Method (United States)

    Motloung, S. V.; Dejene, F. B.; Sithole, M. E.; Koao, L. F.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Swart, H. C.; Motaung, T. E.


    Cadmium-doped magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4: x% Cd2+) powders with different cadmium concentrations (0 Cd). The x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the powders crystallized into the cubic spinel structure. Cd2+ doping influenced crystallinity of the powder samples. The crystallite size and particle morphology were not affected by variation in the Cd2+ concentration. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) measurements revealed that the band gap of the MgAl2O4 was influenced by Cd2+ doping. Un-doped and Cd2+-doped MgAl2O4 nanophosphors exhibited violet emission at 392 nm. There was no evidence of the emission peak shift, which suggested that all emissions originated from the defects within the host material. Increasing the Cd2+ concentration up-to 0.88 mol.% lead to luminescence intensity enhancement, while further increase of Cd2+ concentration lead to concentration quenching. The critical energy transfer distance ( R c) between the neighbouring donors and acceptors was found to be 5.21 Å, suggesting that the multipole-multipole interaction (M-MI) is the major cause of concentration quenching. Commission Internationale de l'Elcairage (CIE) colour coordinates confirmed non-tuneable violet emission with intensity dependent on the Cd2+ concentration.

  14. A multiresidue method for the determination of 109 pesticides in rice using the Quick Easy Cheap Effective Rugged and Safe (QuEChERS) sample preparation method and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with temperature control and vacuum concentration. (United States)

    Nguyen, Thanh Dong; Lee, Byung Soo; Lee, Bo Reum; Lee, Dae Myung; Lee, Gae-Ho


    A rapid, specific and sensitive multiresidue method based on the Quick Easy Cheap Effective Rugged and Safe (QuEChERS) sample preparation method and gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection by selected ion monitoring (GC/MS-SIM) has been developed for the routine analysis of 109 pesticides in rice. The method uses one quantification ion and two identification ions. Temperature control during sample preparation helps improve the recovery of thermally labile pesticides such as captan. The method was validated by the analysis of samples spiked at 0.025-0.150 mg/kg in rice matrix. The recoveries of all pesticides were between 80% and 115% with a relative standard deviation of less than 15%. The limit of quantitation (LOQ) for most compounds met the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides in rice in Korea.

  15. Preparation of mullite fiber

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    Chen, L.; Wang, B.; Liu, S.; Yan, Y. [Xiamen Univ. (China). Dept. of Chemistry


    Transparent mullite fibers have been prepared using aluminum carboxylates (ACs) and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as starting materials. The ACs are derived from the catalyzed dissolution of elemental aluminum in a mixture of formic acid and acetic acid. The solubility of aluminum in the acids is influenced by the concentrations of the acids, water, and additives and the preparation temperature. A 1:4:3:24 molar ratio of aluminum, formic acid, acetic acid, and water dissolves the aluminum completely to give a colorless, clear solution suitable for fiber synthesis. The mixture of the ACs and TEOS, in the presence of ethyl alcohol as a mutual solvent at 50--60 C, is concentrated to give a spinnable dope, from which mullite precursor fibers can be drawn. Heat treatment of the precursor at 1,250 C yields crystallized and transparent mullite fibers.

  16. Preparation of chitosan gel

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    Full Text Available Aerogel conditioning of the chitosan makes it possible to prepare porous solids of significant specific surface. The increase in the chitosan concentration or the degree of acetylation decreases the specific surface of the synthesized chitosan gel. Whereas drying with supercritical CO2 more effectively makes it possible to preserve the volume of the spheres of gel and to have a more significant specific surface in comparison with evaporative drying.

  17. Difluoromethane preparation

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    Wiersma, A.; Sandt, E.J.A.; Van Bekkum, H.; Makkee, M.; Moulijn, J.A.


    Abstract of NL 9401574 (A) The invention relates to a method for preparing difluoromethane, wherein dichlorodifluoromethane or monochlorodifluoromethane is brought into contact with hydrogen in the presence of palladium on activated carbon, wherein the loading of the palladium on the activated c


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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The study was conducted to know the prevalence of s oil-transmitted helminths (STH in children aged 1-14 years attending outpati ents and inpatients from both urban and rural background. Out of the 550 stool samples exami ned, 450 were from the study group and 100 from the control group. All the 450 children of the study group presented one or more of the classical symptoms like abdominal pain, low grade fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, constipation and pica. Hundred children from the control group did not have any classical symptoms. Thirty five per cent from the study group and 21 per cent fro m the control group were found positive for one or more of the helminthic infection. The prevalence of Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris tr ichiura, Ancylostoma duodenale & Necator americanus (hookworm, Hymenolepis nana and Enterobius vermicularis were 27%, 15%, 0.4%, 2% and 0.22%, respectively in the study g roup and 15%, 10%, 4%, 2%, and 2%, respectively in the control group. Strongyloides ster coralis was not found either in the study or control groups. Helminthic infections were more comm on in 7-9 years of age group, urban children with low socio-economic strata, and with m ale preponderance. Majority of children who harboured STH were suffering from abdominal pain and low grade fever. Total 450 clinical samples (control group examined b y direct wet mount, saturated salt floatation, and formalin-ether sedimentation; and o nly 391 samples examined by Kato-Katz semiquantitative techniques. Twenty six per cent posi tive by direct wet mount, 35% by both saturated salt floatation and formalin-ether sedime ntation whereas 38% of the samples were found positive by Kato-Katz semiquantitative techniq ue. In conclusion, concentration techniques like saturated salt floatation and forma lin-ether sedimentation are the best diagnostic tools to get authentic and reliable resu lts and to rule out fallacious inference caused by relying only on direct wet mount

  19. Influência da coleta, da produção e da estocagem na qualidade dos concentrados de plaquetas Influence of collection, preparation and storage on the quality of platelet concentrates

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    Maria Aparecida V. Tostes


    Full Text Available Como o controle de qualidade dos concentrados de plaquetas (CP, feito na data de seu vencimento, não possibilita distinguir o momento e o procedimento que determina a eventual redução de sua qualidade, decidimos investigar, separadamente, a influência da coleta, da produção e da estocagem sobre a qualidade deste hemocomponente. Foram avaliados, em 33 CP randômicos, diariamente, durante cinco dias, os seguintes parâmetros: a agregação, o número de plaquetas e leucócitos, a pO2 e pCO2, o pH, sódio e potássio, a presença de swirling, grumos, hemácias e lipemia e cultura para bactérias. Observamos maior queda da agregação plaquetária com pares de agonistas durante a produção dos CP (de 99,4% para 59,8%, pAs quality control of platelet concentrates obtained at the expiration date does not distinguish between the different stages that may cause reductions in quality, such as collection and storage, we decided to separately investigate the influence of collection, processing and storage on the quality of these blood components. This study evaluated 33 random platelet concentrates daily for five days for the following parameters: aggregation, number of platelets and leukocytes, PO2 and PCO2, pH, sodium and potassium, the presence of swirling, platelet clots, red blood cells and lipemia, and bacteria culture. We observed a greater decrease in platelet aggregation with pairs of agonists during the production of platelet concentrates (from 99.4% to 59.8%, p<0.05, followed by a gradual drop during storage reaching 40.4% on day five. During storage the following were also observed: 1. a gradual drop of platelet concentration (p<0.05 although the values always remained higher than 5x1010/70 mL; 2. a decrease in leukocyte concentration (p<0.05; 3. increases in pO2 and decreases in pCO2 (p<0.05; 4. increase in the pH (p<0.05 from day 4 and in concentrations of sodium and potassium (in general p<0.05; 5. swirling in all platelet

  20. Explicit training in human values and social attitudes of future engineers in Spain : commentary on "preparing to understand and use science in the real world: interdisciplinary study concentrations at the technical University of Darmstadt". (United States)

    Fabregat, Jaime


    In Spain before the 1990s there was no clear and explicit comprehensive training for future engineers with regard to social responsibility and social commitment. Following the Spanish university curricular reform, which began in the early 1990s, a number of optional subjects became available to students, concerning science, technology and society (STS), international cooperation, the environment and sustainability. The latest redefinition of the Spanish curriculum in line with the Bologna agreements has reduced the number of non-obligatory subjects, but could lead to improving preparation for social responsibility due to the requirement that the design of curricula and the assessment of students should be based on competencies, some of which include human values and attitudes.

  1. How Prepared is Prepared Enough? (United States)

    Porter-Levy; Macleod; Rickert


    A 17-year-old female was in the final stage in treatment of right unilateral cleft lip and palate. She had undergone a number of previous surgeries. Hearing and speech were good on evaluation, and her social and family situation were deemed excellent. After preparatory orthodontics she underwent a Lefort I maxillary advancement. Surgery was successful and she was admitted into postoperative recovery. However, the lack of adequate preoperative preparation caused traumatic reaction from the patient and her parents: anxiety over appearance, crying, refusal of oral fluids and oral care, refusal of analgesia, and refusal to mobilize. The patience and persistence of hospital staff slowly overcame all adversities and the patient moved on to full and successful recovery, but this case prompted changes in preoperative procedures and involvement of patients and their families in postoperative meal selection, planing, and preparation.

  2. Cleaner concentrates

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    Boudechiche, S.; Hall, S. [University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom)


    The desire for higher quality coal products in froth flotation has led to the introduction of a number of novel flotation techniques, including flotation columns, but the benefits of each in relation to the source of the slurry must be evaluated before plant is installed. It was to assess on a laboratory scale the quality of coal flotation concentrates from column flotation of fine coal (-500{mu}m) as an alternative to the traditional conventional agitated cell that this work was carried out. The column developed specifically for this purpose allowed the establishment of an approach to the examination of the flotation response of samples of UK coals (originating from Bolsover, Derbyshies; Rawdon, Leicestershire; and Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire). The work indicates the importance of the origin of the feed slurry, since each type of coal exhibits a different flotation response. The observations from the results described in this paper enable an assessment to be made of the merits of column flotation in fine coal treatment. 11 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. The effect of dopant concentration on properties of transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films for efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 thin-film solar cells prepared by electrodeposition method (United States)

    Mkawi, E. M.; Ibrahim, K.; Ali, M. K. M.; Farrukh, M. A.; Mohamed, A. S.


    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were potentiostatically deposited on indium tin oxide substrates. The influence of the doping level of the ZnO:Al films was investigated. The results of the X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the structural properties of the AZO films were found polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure along the (002) plane. The grain size of the AZO films was observed as approximately 3 μm in the film doping with 4 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The thin films also exhibited an optical transmittance as high as 90 % in the wavelength range of 100-1,000 nm. The optical band gap increased from 3.33 to 3.45 eV. Based on the Hall studies, the lowest resistivity (4.78 × 10-3 Ω cm) was observed in the film doping with 3 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The sheet resistant, carrier concentration and Hall mobility values were found as 10.78 Ω/ square, 9.03 × 1018 cm-3 and 22.01 cm2/v s, respectively, which showed improvements in the properties of AZO thin films. The ZnO:Al thin films were used as a buffer layer in thin-film solar cells with the structure of soda-lime glass/Mo/Cu2ZnSnS4/ZnS/ZnO/Al grid. The best solar cell efficiency was 2.3 % with V OC of 0.430 V, J SC of 8.24 mA cm-2 and FF of 68.1 %.

  4. Intestinal parasites infection among immunocompromised patients in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (United States)

    Al-Megrin, Wafa A I


    This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites among immunocompromised patients in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fecal samples were collected from 136 immunocompromised patients (52 females and 84 males), aged 2 to 69 years. Specimens were fixed with 10% formalin for 30 min (2-3 g fecal(-1)) and then concentrated by a formalin-ether sedimentation technique. Samples were examined as wet saline mounts and in iodine preparation for detection of protozoan oocysts, cysts, helminthic eggs and larvae. Permanent stained smears were performed for intestinal coccidian parasites by the modified Ziehl-Neelsen technique and the modified trichrome stain. Intestinal parasites were detected in 54 (39.7%) most of them (25.7%) were with diarrhea. More specifically the following parasites were detected Cryptosporidium parvum 11(8.1%), Giardia lamblia 9 (6.6%), Cyclospora cayetanensis 8 (5.9%), Blastocystis hominis 7 (5.2%), Entamoeba histolytica 7 (5.2%), Entamoeba coli 5 (3.7%), Strongyloides stercoralis 3 (2.2%), Ascaris lumbricoides 1 (0.7%), Hymenolepis nana 1 (0.7%), Dicrocoelium dendriticum 1 (0.7%) and Hook worm 1 (0.7%). The most common parasite associated with diarrhea in patients, was C. parvum (p < 0.001), followed by G. lamblia, C. cayetanensis and E. histolytica. However, differences between different age groups were statistically non-significant. Similarly, no significant difference in the infection rate were found between male and female patients.

  5. Preparation of Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber

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    @@ Hydrogenated nitrile rubber is an oil and solvent resistant rubber and particularly give more resistant to heat, ozone, light. It is generally prepared from nitrile rubber by selective hydrogenation using a suitable catalyst system. In the present work a prepared method was adapted for the hydrogenation reaction of nitrile rubber using homogeneous tris(tri-phenlphosphine)chlorhodium(I) catalyst (RhCl(PPh3)) system. The hydrogenation reaction was carriedout at different temperature, pressure, time and catalyst concentration, the concentration, the conditions of hydrogenation are stated in table 1.

  6. Preparation of Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber

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    LIU; ZhiCai


    Hydrogenated nitrile rubber is an oil and solvent resistant rubber and particularly give more resistant to heat, ozone, light. It is generally prepared from nitrile rubber by selective hydrogenation using a suitable catalyst system. In the present work a prepared method was adapted for the hydrogenation reaction of nitrile rubber using homogeneous tris(tri-phenlphosphine)chlorhodium(I) catalyst (RhCl(PPh3)) system.  The hydrogenation reaction was carriedout at different temperature, pressure, time and catalyst concentration, the concentration, the conditions of hydrogenation are stated in table 1.  ……

  7. Preparation of tungsten oxide (United States)

    Bulian, Christopher J.; Dye, Robert C.; Son, Steven F.; Jorgensen, Betty S.; Perry, W. Lee


    Tungsten trioxide hydrate (WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O) was prepared from a precursor solution of ammonium paratungstate in concentrated aqueous hydrochloric acid. The precursor solution was rapidly added to water, resulting in the crash precipitation of a yellow white powder identified as WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O nanosized platelets by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Annealing of the powder at C. provided cubic phase WO.sub.3 nanopowder, and at C. provided WO.sub.3 nanopowder as a mixture of monoclinic and orthorhombic phases.

  8. Carbon Concentration of Austenite

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    Z. Ławrynowicz


    Full Text Available The investigation was carried out to examine the influence of temperature and times of austempering process on the maximum extend towhich the bainite reaction can proceed and the carbon content in retained austenite. It should be noted that a small percentage change in theaustenite carbon content can have a significant effect on the subsequent austempering reaction changing the volume fraction of the phasespresent and hence, the resulting mechanical properties. Specimens were prepared from an unalloyed ductile cast iron, austenitised at 950oCfor 60 minutes and austempered by the conventional single-step austempering process at four temperatures between BS and MS, eg., 250,300, 350 and 400oC. The samples were austempered at these temperatures for 15, 30, 60, 120 and 240 minutes and finally quenched toambient temperature. Volume fractions of retained austenite and carbon concentration in the residual austenite have been observed byusing X-ray diffraction. Additionally, carbon concentration in the residual austenite was calculated using volume fraction data of austeniteand a model developed by Bhadeshia based on the McLellan and Dunn quasi-chemical thermodynamic model. The comparison ofexperimental data with the T0, T0' and Ae3' phase boundaries suggests the likely mechanism of bainite reaction in cast iron is displacive rather than diffusional. The carbon concentration in retained austenite demonstrates that at the end of bainite reaction the microstructure must consist of not only ausferrite but additionally precipitated carbides.

  9. Probiotic Yoghurts From Ultrafiltered Concentrated Milk


    Kozludzhova Siyka; Goranov Bogdan; Boyanova Petya; Yanakieva Velichka; Dushkova Mariya; Dinkov Kolyo


    In this paper, yoghurts from ultrafiltered concentrated whole milk with a volume reduction ratio 0, 2 and 3 with three different probiotic yoghurt starters were obtained. Their physiological, microbiological and rheological properties were examined. The concentrated probiotic yoghurts had high concentration of viable cells of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus (over 1010cfu/cm3). For the preparation of concentrated probiotic yoghurts the most appropriate volume red...

  10. [Research on the preparative method of Arctigenin]. (United States)

    Zhang, Li-Ying; Yang, Yi-Shun; Zhang, Tong; Ding, Yue; Cai, Zhen-Zhen; Tao, Jian-Sheng


    To research on the preparation of Arctigenin in vitro. Took enzyme concentration, time course and substrate concentration as investigation factors, used Box-Behnken design-response surface methodology to optimize the enzyme hydrolysis path of Arctigenin. The best operational path for Arctigenin was as follows: the temperature was 50 degrees C, pH was 4.8, enzyme concentration was 0.44 U/mL, time course was 46.81 min, substrate concentration was 0.29 mg/mL, the conversion rate was 90.94%. This research can be regarded as a referencein preparing Arctigenin in vitro.

  11. Quality evaluation of red blood cell suspension and platelet concentrate separated and prepared from whole blood stored at 22℃ for 24 hours%全血于22℃保存24h分离制备悬浮红细胞及浓缩血小板的质量评价

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    黄彦; 符雪丽; 李诗敏; 梁若鹄; 高艳; 陈龙菊


    细胞混入量、储存期末pH值均符合《全血及成分血质量要求》(GB18469-2012)的相关规定;两组浓缩血小板的血小板含量、红细胞混入量、FHb水平、血小板黏附率、血小板聚集率,储存期末pH值,以及K+、Na+、Cl-浓度比较,差异均无统计学意义(t=0.17、0.16、0.56、2.43、0.36、2.50、1.85、1.75、0.32,P>0.05).结论 22℃保存24 h制备的悬浮红细胞、浓缩血小板的质量符合国家标准,全血22℃保存过夜分离制备悬浮红细胞、浓缩血小板的方法可行.%Objective To evaluate the quality of red blood cell suspension and platelet concentrate separated and prepared from whole blood stored at 22℃ for 24 h.Methods From May 2014 to February 2015,a total of 60 voluntary blood donors who were recruited by Maoming Central Blood Station of Guangdong Province were included into this study,using simple random sampling method.The inclusion criterion for subjects was that the physical examination and related hematology tests results of all blood donors before blood donation met the relevant regulations in the Whole Blood and Blood Component Donor Selection Requirements (GB18467-2011).All the 60 donors were randomly divided into study group (n =30) and control group (n=30).A total of 60 bags of whole blood (400 mL) were collected from the blood donors in the two groups,using quintuple blood collection bags.In the study group,the whole blood was stored and transported at 22 ℃,and prepared into red blood cell suspension and platelet concentrate 24 h after blood collection.In the control group,the whole blood was also stored and transported at 22 ℃,and prepared into red blood cell suspension and platelet concentrate within 8 h after blood collection.The preparation of red blood cell suspension and platelet concentrate in both groups was conducted by the buffy coat method.Red blood cell suspension was stored at 4 ℃ until the end of the storage period (35 d after preparation),and its

  12. Preparation and characterization of low concentrated suspensions of industrial nanoparticles


    Карепина, Е.; Хадиуи Маджид; Годымчук, Анна Юрьевна


    В настоящее время одним из наиболее первпективных и развивающихся методов исследования размеров наночастиц является масс-спектрометрия с индуктивно связанной плазмой по методу единичных частиц (SP ICP-MS), позволяющая исседовать частицы в очень низких эколонически-эквивалентных концентарциях. В настоящей работе рассмотрены различные метдики приготовления суспензий промышленных наночастиц для исследования с помощью SP ICP-MS, выбраны оптимальные условия и представлены первые результаты....

  13. Preparing for Surgery (United States)

    ... Events Advocacy For Patients About ACOG Preparing for Surgery Home For Patients Search FAQs Preparing for Surgery ... Surgery FAQ080, August 2011 PDF Format Preparing for Surgery Gynecologic Problems What is the difference between outpatient ...

  14. Preparing for Surgery (United States)

    ... Events Advocacy For Patients About ACOG Preparing for Surgery Home For Patients Search FAQs Preparing for Surgery ... Surgery FAQ080, August 2011 PDF Format Preparing for Surgery Gynecologic Problems What is the difference between outpatient ...

  15. 21 CFR 146.145 - Orange juice from concentrate. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Orange juice from concentrate. 146.145 Section 146... Juices and Beverages § 146.145 Orange juice from concentrate. (a) Orange juice from concentrate is the food prepared by mixing water with frozen concentrated orange juice as defined in § 146.146 or...

  16. Preparation of nano CaCO3 from calcium carbide residue by CO2 precipitation with high Ca2+ concentration%高Ca2+浓度CO2沉淀法由电石渣制备纳米CaCO3

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    王百年; 葛礼响; 曹萌; 杨保俊


    Nano CaCO3 was prepared from calcium carbide residue using NH4Cl solution as leaching agent,CO2 as carbonation agent,sodium tripolyphosphate(STP) as additive agent. The experimental results show that:When Ca2+ concentration of calcium carbide residue leaching solution is1.0 mol/L and STP dosage is 3.00%,the nano CaCO3 with 30-60 nm of particle size is prepared;STP has good effect on control of particle size and morphology of nano CaCO3;Under the optimum technological conditions,the yield of nano CaCO3 from calcium carbide residue is 80%,and the economic benefits of calcium carbide residue treatment is 2 670 yuan per ton.%以NH4Cl溶液为浸取剂、CO2为碳化剂、多聚磷酸钠(STP)为添加剂,由电石渣制备纳米CaCO3。实验结果表明:电石渣浸取液Ca2+浓度为1.0 mol/L、STP加入量为3.00%时,可制备出粒径为30~60 nm的纳米CaCO3;STP可有效控制纳米CaCO3的粒度和形貌;在最佳工艺条件下,由电石渣制备纳米CaCO3的产率为80%,处理1 t电石渣产生的经济效益约为2670元。

  17. Effect of ammonia concentration on the catalytic activity of Pd-Cu supported on attapulgite clay prepared by ammonia evaporation in CO oxidation at room temperature%氨浓度对氨蒸发法制备Pd-Cu/凹凸棒土催化剂常温CO氧化性能的影响

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    王永钊; 范莉渊; 武瑞芳; 石晶; 李潇; 赵永祥


    With attapulgite clay ( APT ) as support, the Pd-Cu/APT catalysts were prepared by an ammonia evaporation method and characterized by N2-physisorption, XRD, FT-IR, TEM and H2-TPR. The effect of ammonia concentration on the catalytic performance of Pd-Cu/APT in CO oxidation at room temperature was investigated in a fixed-bed continuous flow microreactor. The results showed that CuO appears as the main Cu species in the Pd-Cu/APT catalysts prepared with over low or over high ammonia concentration, whereas the quantity of Cu2(OH)3Cl phase is much less. However, a proper concentration of ammonia is of benefits to forming stable Cu2( OH) 3 Cl species in Pd-Cu/APT;owing to its high dispersion, nano-platelet morphology and strong interaction with Pd species, the presence of stable Cu2 ( OH ) 3 Cl can significantly promote the catalytic performance of Pd-Cu/APT in CO oxidation. Under a gas hourly space velocity ( GHSV) of 6 000 h-1 for a feed stream containing 1. 5% CO and 3. 3% water, the Pd-Cu/APT catalyst exhibits excellent activity and stability in CO oxidation even at room temperature.%以凹凸棒土( APT)作载体,采用氨蒸发法制备了Pd-Cu/APT催化剂,以CO氧化为探针反应,在连续流动微反应装置上,考察了初始氨浓度对催化剂CO常温催化氧化性能的影响。通过N2-physisorption、XRD、FT-IR、TEM和H2-TPR等手段对催化剂的结构和性质进行了表征。结果表明,在较低或过高氨浓度条件下,制备的Pd-Cu/APT中Cu物种均主要以CuO为主,仅有少量Cu2(OH)3Cl;适宜的氨浓度有利于稳定Cu2(OH)3Cl物相的形成,其薄片状的形貌特征、良好的分散状态以及与Pd物种间较强的相互作用,显著提高了CO催化氧化性能。在空速6000 h-1、CO体积分数1.5%、水蒸气体积分数3.3%的反应条件下,Pd-Cu/APT催化剂表现出优异的CO室温催化氧化活性和稳定性。

  18. Preparing for Multiple Births (United States)

    ... Video Games, and the Internet Preparing for Multiple Births KidsHealth > For Parents > Preparing for Multiple Births Print ... a combination of both. The Risks of Multiple Births The most common risk involved with multiple births ...

  19. Preparation of polyvinylpyrrodione microspheres by dispersion polymerization

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    Linfeng ZHAI; Tiejun SHI; Hualin WANG


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

  20. Preparation and evaluation of veterinary 20% injectable solution of tylosin



    A veterinary injectable aqueous solution of the antibiotic tylosin at a concentration of 20% was prepared under aseptic conditions in dark glass bottles each containing 100 ml. The preparation was intended for animal use only. It contained 200 g tylosin tartrate, 500 ml propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol 40 ml as a preservative and water for injection up to 1000 ml. The preparation was clear yellow viscous aqueous solution free from undesired particles. The preparation complied with the require...

  1. Thesis Preparation Manual



    "This Thesis Preparation Manual has been written to provide you with format and procedure guidance for preparing and processing your thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School. It covers both unclassified and classified theses. All theses and thesis technical reports must be prepared in accordance with these guidelines. Please note that this manual is not written in the thesis format." form the Foreword

  2. Arsenic Release from Foodstuffs upon Food Preparation. (United States)

    Cheyns, Karlien; Waegeneers, Nadia; Van de Wiele, Tom; Ruttens, Ann


    In this study the concentration of total arsenic (As) and arsenic species (inorganic As, arsenobetaine, dimethylarsinate, and methylarsonate) was monitored in different foodstuffs (rice, vegetables, algae, fish, crustacean, molluscs) before and after preparation using common kitchen practices. By measuring the water content of the foodstuff and by reporting arsenic concentrations on a dry weight base, we were able to distinguish between As release effects due to food preparation and As decrease due to changes in moisture content upon food preparation. Arsenic species were released to the broth during boiling, steaming, frying, or soaking of the food. Concentrations declined with maxima of 57% for total arsenic, 65% for inorganic As, and 32% for arsenobetaine. On the basis of a combination of our own results and literature data, we conclude that the extent of this release of arsenic species is species specific, with inorganic arsenic species being released most easily, followed by the small organic As species and the large organic As species.

  3. Concentrating Solar Power Commercial Application Study

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    This report has been prepared in response to section 603(b) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, (Pub. L. No. 110-140), which states that “…the Secretary of Energy shall transmit to Congress a report on the results of a study on methods to reduce the amount of water consumed by concentrating solar power systems.”

  4. International perspectives on coal preparation

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    The report consists of the vugraphs from the presentations which covered the following topics: Summaries of the US Department of Energy`s coal preparation research programs; Preparation trends in Russia; South African coal preparation developments; Trends in hard coal preparation in Germany; Application of coal preparation technology to oil sands extraction; Developments in coal preparation in China; and Coal preparation in Australia.

  5. National Geochemical Database: Concentrate (United States)

    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Geochemistry of concentrates from the National Geochemical Database. Primarily inorganic elemental concentrations, most samples are from the continental US and...

  6. Urine concentration test (United States)

    ... page: // Urine concentration test To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. A urine concentration test measures the ability of the kidneys to ...

  7. When is Concentration Beneficial?


    Liron-Espana, Carmen; Lopez, Rigoberto A.


    This paper separates market power and efficiency effects of concentration in a sample of 255 U.S. manufacturing industries and computes welfare changes from rises in concentration. The empirical findings reveal that in nearly two-third of the cases, consumers lose as efficiency gains are generally pocketed by the industries. From an aggregate welfare standpoint, concentration is found to be beneficial in nearly 70% of the cases, mostly for low and moderate levels of concentration being partic...

  8. Photovoltaics. III - Concentrators (United States)

    Backus, C. E.


    Photovoltaic concentration systems that redirect sunlight falling on a surface to a smaller solar-cell surface concentrating the intensity of sunlight many times are examined. It is noted that solar cells for concentrating systems must be designed for low internal resistance as well as for high sunlight intensities. Two designs of silicon cells are presented that perform well at high concentrations; these are interdigitated back-contact cells and vertical multijunction cells. Attention is given to heat tapping of reemitted light.

  9. Rheology of concentrated biomass (United States)

    J.R. Samaniuk; J. Wang; T.W. Root; C.T. Scott; D.J. Klingenberg


    Economic processing of lignocellulosic biomass requires handling the biomass at high solids concentration. This creates challenges because concentrated biomass behaves as a Bingham-like material with large yield stresses. Here we employ torque rheometry to measure the rheological properties of concentrated lignocellulosic biomass (corn stover). Yield stresses obtained...

  10. Malaria helminth co-infections and their contribution for aneamia in febrile patients attending Azzezo health center, Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia:a cross sectional study

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    Abebe Alemu; Yitayal Shiferaw; Aklilu Ambachew; Halima Hamid


    Objective:To assess the prevalence of malaria helminth co-infections and their contribution for aneamia in febrile patients attending Azzezo health center, Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: A cross section study was conducted among febrile patients attending Azezo health center from February-March 30, 2011. Convenient sampling technique was used to select 384 individuals. Both capillary blood and stool were collected. Giemsa stained thick and thin blood film were prepared for identification of Plasmodium species and stool sample was examined by direct wet mount and formalin-ether concentration technique for detection of intestinal helminthes parasites. Haemoglobin concentration was determined using a portable haemoglobin spectrophotometer, Hemocue Hb 201 analyzer. Results:Out of 384 febrile patients examined for malaria parasites, 44 (11.5%) individuals were positive for malaria parasites, of which Plasmodium vivax accounted for 75.0%(33), Plasmodium falciparum for 20.5%(9) infectious, whereas two person (4.5%) had mixed species infection. Prevalence of malaria was higher in males (28) when compared with prevalence in females (16). More than half (207, 53.9%) of study participants had one or more infection. Prevalence was slightly higher in females (109, 52.7%) than in males (98, 47.3%). About helminths, Ascaris lumbricoides was the predominant isolate (62.1%) followed by hookworms (18.4%). Only 22 participants were co-infected with malaria parasite and helminths and co-infection with Ascaris lumbricoides was predominant (45.0%). The prevalence of anemia was 10.9%and co-infection with Plasmodium and helminth parasites was significantly associated with (P< 0.000 1) higher aneamia prevalence compared to individuals without any infection. Conclusions:Prevalence of malaria and soil transmitted helminths is high and the disease is still major health problem in the study area. Hence, simultaneous combat against the two parasitic infections is very crucial to improve

  11. [Aesthetic surgery, psychic preparation]. (United States)

    Feiss, R


    The aesthetic surgery impacts the psychological picture of the body. The candidate must be prepared to this change in appearance. If not, the surgeon must suggest the psychological preparation, evaluating the risk of dissatisfaction, in order to allow the surgical and narcissistic success of his operation. The author, a psychiatric, beneficiary in a strong experience of a surgical assistance, develops the interest of such a preparation upon a period of about 15 years (1988-2002).

  12. Materials Preparation Center (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — MPC is recognized throughout the worldwide research community for its unique capabilities in purification, preparation, and characterization of: rare earth metals,...

  13. Materials Preparation Center (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — MPC is recognized throughout the worldwide research community for its unique capabilities in purification, preparation, and characterization of: rare earth metals,...

  14. Rationale for designing cavity preparations. (United States)

    Laswell, H R; Welk, D A


    Increased resistance to caries, increased dental awareness, superior diagnostic capabilities, better illumination, optical aids that significantly enhance vision, improved and standardized materials for restoration, and a deeper understanding of the caries process enable a far more conservative approach to tooth preparation. The dentist can concentrate on preserving as much sound tooth structure as possible with less attention being devoted to resistance and retention form that previously demanded in bulk restorations and massive channels and locks that are no longer appropriate. Although caries inhibitory effects have been shown with materials such as silicate cement, glass ionomers, and resins that leach fluoride, in general, dentists should not rely on restorative materials to inhibit the development of future decay. Characteristics of the carious lesion are unique for each tooth according to many factors centering around the plaque pattern for that tooth and not according to zones of natural susceptibility or immunity strictly dictated by morphology. Therefore, no single cavity preparation duplicated from a textbook is likely to be satisfactory for an individual tooth. Furthermore, novices learning the subject of cavity preparation often leave decalcified enamel when they attempt to replicate under clinical conditions that which they have learned in technique courses. This is the major invitation to future caries reappearing adjacent to restorations. Also, failure to duplicate the exact morphology of the tooth surface that has been replaced is likely to alter the pattern of plaque accumulation and create other caries prone areas.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  15. Automated sample preparation for CE-SDS. (United States)

    Le, M Eleanor; Vizel, Alona; Hutterer, Katariina M


    Traditionally, CE with SDS (CE-SDS) places many restrictions on sample composition. Requirements include low salt content, known initial sample concentration, and a narrow window of final sample concentration. As these restrictions require buffer exchange for many sample types, sample preparation is often tedious and yields poor sample recoveries. To improve capacity and streamline sample preparation, an automated robotic platform was developed using the PhyNexus Micro-Extractor Automated Instrument (MEA) for both the reduced and nonreduced CE-SDS assays. This automated sample preparation normalizes sample concentration, removes salts and other contaminants, and adds the required CE-SDS reagents, essentially eliminating manual steps during sample preparation. Fc-fusion proteins and monoclonal antibodies were used in this work to demonstrate benefits of this approach when compared to the manual method. With optimized conditions, this application has demonstrated decreased analyst "hands on" time and reduced total assay time. Sample recovery greater than 90% can be achieved, regardless of initial composition and concentration of analyte.

  16. How to select BCAA preparations. (United States)

    Kato, Akinobu; Suzuki, Kazuyuki


    In Japan, oral branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) preparations are used in nutritional therapy for correcting disorders of protein and amino acid metabolism in patients with liver cirrhosis. There are two forms of oral BCAA preparations: enteral nutrition products for liver failure (or elemental nutrition products for liver cirrhosis) and oral BCAA granular products. Granular products are indicated for patients with uncompensated liver cirrhosis who have no dietary restriction and hypoproteinemia. Enteral nutrition products are indicated for patients who have a history of hepatic encephalopathy and exhibit protein intolerance. In clinical practice, the existence of protein intolerance in patients with uncompensated liver cirrhosis should be determined based on a history of hepatic encephalopathy and blood ammonia concentration. When patients exhibit protein intolerance, they are given a low protein diet (approximately 0.5-1.0g/kg/day) with enteral nutrition products for liver failure. However, when patients consume adequate amounts of a well-balanced diet and ammonia concentration does not increase, it is possible to control their condition with granular products. However, when patients cannot achieve an adequate dietary intake, it is recommended that enteral nutrition products should be used in order to improve nutritional status, even if these patients do not have a history of encephalopathy.

  17. Preparation of polyclonal antibodies against pneumococcal serotype 1 capsular polysaccharide and development a sandwich ELISA in determination of concentration for type 1 capsular polysaccharide%肺炎球菌1型荚膜多糖多克隆抗体制备与夹心ELISA 法建立及其在多糖浓度测定中的应用

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    刘威; 廖红梅; 谢谦; 黄放; 邹莎莎; 马诚; 江山; 崔长法


    Objective To prepare polyclonal antibodies against capsular polysaccharide of pneumococcal serotype 1, and use the antibodies to develop a sandwich ELISA in determination of concentration for pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide of serotype 1 in the process of fermentation and purification .Methods High titer serum of anti-capsular polysaccharide se-rotype 1 was obtained after immunizing rabbits by using of inactivated streptococcus pneumoniae cells of serotype 1 for 6 weeks.IgG was purified through affinity chromatography and used as a coating antibody .Polysaccharide samples , alone with in house polysaccharide standard , were then added followed by using biotinylated antibody as a signal antibody .The optimal linear range of the standard curve , specificity, accuracy and precision of the developed method were validated accordingly.Results The antibody titer of rabbit immune serum reached to 1 ∶32, the standard PS1 linear detection range was 1.56 ng/mL to 50 ng/mL, detection limit was 3.13 ng/mL.Standard polysaccharide was mixed with polysaccha-rides from different serotypes or culture media before asssay , the recovery ratio was 102%and 108%respectively .Intra-as-say precision and inter precision of the method were 6.08%and 7.01%.Conclusion High titer rabbit anti-serum against type 1 capsular polysaccharide of streptococcal pneumoniae was prepared .The developed sandwich ELISA method showed high specificity , good accuracy and precision .This method can be used in specific detection of concentration for pneumo-coccal polysaccharide serotype1 .%目的:利用肺炎球菌1型全菌体制备多克隆抗体,并且利用该抗体建立肺炎1型荚膜多糖夹心酶联免疫吸附分析法( Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ,ELISA),用于检测发酵和纯化过程中的多糖浓度。方法用灭活的1型肺炎链球菌免疫家兔6周,获得高滴度的抗多糖血清,经过亲和层析纯化,获得高纯度的兔抗肺炎1型多糖

  18. A Multicenter study on preparation of Leukodepleted Platelet Concentrates from Pooled whole blood-derived platelets%全血制备浓缩血小板的汇集及滤除白细胞的多中心研究

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    王红; 吴瑕; 钟锐; 贺曾; 曹晔; 何语良; 陈洁; 刘嘉馨


    Objective To cooperate with a number of blood centers and evaluate the quality of pooled platelet and leukocyte depletion, which aims to supply basis for establishing operating procedures and quality standard of pooled platelet and leukocyte depletion. Methods PCs was prepared from 400 ml fresh whole blood by platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or buffy-coat (BC) method. 10 to 16 units of ABO-matched PCs were pooled, and then filtered with two types of domestic filters (namely group A and B) randomly. The conventional and functional indicators of platelet were evaluated before and after filtering, and the total samples were 202. Results The total of cases that number of platelet was more than 2. 4 × 1011 was 147, including 77 cases in group A and 70 cases in group B. In group A the number of platelet and leukocyte before and after filtering were (2. 90 ±0.45) xlO" 75(2.60±0.43) × 1011 ,(176.45 ±135.67) × 106 VS( 1.00 ±2.29) ×106 respectively ,and in group B the number of platelet and leukocyte before and after filtering were(2. 80 ±0. 36) × 1011 VS(2. 40 ± 0.37) × 1011, (175. 76 ±147. 84) × 106 VS(0. 30 ±0. 72) × 106 respectively. While the total of cases that number of platelet was less than 2. 4 × 1011 was 55, including 29 cases in group A and 26 cases in group B. In group A the number of platelet and leukocyte before and after filtering were (1. 71 ±0.39)×1011 VS( 1.43 ±0.42) × 1011 ,(65. 85 ±110. 97) ×106 VS (3. 7 ±3. 98) × 106 respectively,and in group B the number of platelet and leukocyte before and after filtering were(l. 79 ±0.48) ×1011 VS(1.42±0.46) × 1011 ,(70. 63 ±145. 55) × 106 VS(1. 45 ±2. 66) × 106 respectively. There were no significant difference(P>0. 05) of these indicators such as pH value,hypotonic shock response (HSR) ,CD62p expression ( % ) and platelet aggregation after filtering in group A and B. Conclusion Pooling and filtering platelet concentrates prepared by PRP and BC method can remove leukocyte effectively and

  19. Strategies to Support Concentration (United States)

    Haines, Annette


    Annette Haines provides a comprehensive overview of concentration across the planes. She first lays the foundation for thinking about student engagement: It must be understood that concentration is found through the interest of the child, which is guided by the sensitive periods. When we understand the child's development in this way, we can offer…

  20. Association between Blastocystis hominis and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS

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    Azadeh Darabian


    Full Text Available This study was designed to examine the association between Blastocystis hominis and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS. In this case-control study that conducted in Mashhad, Iran in 2014-2015, one hundred IBS cases and one hundred matched (age and sex healthy people were participated. Direct stool examination, formalin-ether concentration technique and trichrome staining were done. The data were analyzed by SPSS20 with Fisher's exact test and T-test. One hundred IBS patients (31 males and 69 females had a mean age of 29.5 (±7.4 years. B. hominis were positive in 26% of IBS participants, and 9% in control group (P-value=0.002,Risk Estimate=3.5. Giardia lamblia were positive in 6% of IBS participants, and in none of control participants (P-value=0.01. Trichrome staining for detection of B. hominis was more sensitive than direct examination and formalin-ether concentration technique (P-value <0/001. B. hominis was more frequent in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. For detection of B. hominis, trichrome staining was more sensitive than other methods. Authors suggest that in patients with IBS, stool should be examined with different methods for three times to obtain a more reliable diagnosis.

  1. Prevalence of Parasitic Infections in Iranian Stable Hemodialysis Patients

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    Full Text Available Background: Hemodialysis (HD patients are prone to infections as a result of impaired immune system. Early detection of disease helps to prevent complications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of intestinal parasite infections in HD patients and compare it with control groups. Methods: In a cross sectional study, the stool sample of 155 HD patients, and 294 controls were examined for parasitic contaminations. Control groups included: 130 patients’ family, 16 staffs of three HD wards and 148 normal populations. 3 stool samples were taken from each participant. After perceiving the appearance of the samples and preceding the stages of concentration with Formaline-ether method, direct smear were prepared and inspected by trichrome staining. Then, groups were compared with SPSS version12 by chi-square and T-test methods. Results: 43.9% of 155 HD patients were infected by intestinal parasites. There was 40% parasite infection in non diabetic and 45% in diabetic case groups with no significant difference between the 2 groups (P>0.05. There was no relation between parasite infection with sex, HD duration and use of immunosuppressive drugs. 43.1% of control group was also infected. No significant difference was seen between the 2 groups (P>0.05.The most common parasite was Blastocystis hominis in the 2 groups. Conclusion: This study could not show increased parasite infection in HD patients compared to control groups. The high prevalence of intestinal parasites in HD patients and control groups, may indicate that population hygiene status is not well controlled, and emphasizes more health care providers’ attention.

  2. High shear treatment of concentrates and drying conditions influence the solubility of milk protein concentrate powders. (United States)

    Augustin, Mary Ann; Sanguansri, Peerasak; Williams, Roderick; Andrews, Helen


    The solubility of milk protein concentrate (MPC) powders was influenced by the method used for preparing the concentrate, drying conditions, and the type of dryer used. Increasing total solids of the ultrafiltered concentrates (23% total solids, TS) by diafiltration to 25% TS or evaporation to 31% TS decreased the solubility of MPC powders (80-83% protein, w/w dry basis), with ultrafiltration followed by evaporation to higher total solids having the greater detrimental effect on solubility. High shear treatment (homogenisation at 350/100 bar, microfluidisation at 800 bar or ultrasonication at 24 kHz, 600 watts) of ultrafiltered and diafiltered milk protein concentrates prior to spray drying increased the nitrogen solubility of MPC powders (82% protein, w/w dry basis). Of the treatments applied, microfluidisation was the most effective for increasing nitrogen solubility of MPC powders after manufacture and during storage. Manufacture of MPC powders (91% protein, w/w dry basis) prepared on two different pilot-scale dryers (single stage or two stage) from milk protein concentrates (20% TS) resulted in powders with different nitrogen solubility and an altered response to the effects of microfluidisation. Microfluidisation (400, 800 and 1200 bar) of the concentrate prior to drying resulted in increased long term solubility of MPC powders that were prepared on a single stage dryer but not those produced on a two stage spray dryer. This work demonstrates that microfluidisation can be used as a physical intervention for improving MPC powder solubility. Interactions between the method of preparation and treatment of concentrate prior to drying, the drying conditions and dryer type all influence MPC solubility characteristics.

  3. Preparation of the radioactive source core of iodine-125 seed

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    HE Jiaheng; JIANG Lin; LI Xingliang; ZHONG Wenbin; WANG Jing; MA Zongping; JIAN Yuan


    ption, so as to optimize the process for preparing 125I core of the seed. The parameters investigated include kind and concentration of halogenation reagent, halogenation time, adsorption time, pH and carrier iodine quantity.

  4. 'Null method' determination of drug biophase concentration. (United States)

    Tallarida, Ronald J; Lamarre, Neil; Raffa, Robert B


    PK/PD modeling is enhanced by improvements in the accuracy of its metrics. For PK/PD modeling of drugs and biologics that interact with enzymes or receptors, the equilibrium constant of the interaction can provide critical insight. Methodologies such as radioliogand binding and isolated tissue preparations can provide estimates of the equilibrium constants (as the dissociation constant, K value) for drugs and endogenous ligands that interact with specific enzymes and receptors. However, an impediment to further precision for PK/PD modeling is that it remains a problem to convert the concentration of drug in bulk solution (A) into an estimate of receptor occupation, since A is not necessarily the concentration (C) of drug in the biophase that yields fractional binding from the law of mass action, viz., C/(C + K). In most experimental studies A is much larger than K, so the use of administered instead of biophase concentration gives fractional occupancies very close to unity. We here provide a simple way to obtain an estimate of the factor that converts the total drug concentration into the biophase concentration in isolated tissue preparation. Our approach is an extension of the now classic 'null method' introduced and applied by Furchgott to determination of drug-receptor dissociation constants.

  5. Preparing for climate change. (United States)

    Holdgate, M


    There is a distinct probability that humankind is changing the climate and at the same time raising the sea level of the world. The most plausible projections we have now suggest a rise in mean world temperature of between 1 degree Celsius and 2 degrees Celsius by 2030--just 40 years hence. This is a bigger change in a smaller period than we know of in the experience of the earth's ecosystems and human societies. It implies that by 2030 the earth will be warmer than at any time in the past 120,000 years. In the same period, we are likely to see a rise of 15-30 centimeters in sea level, partly due to the melting of mountain glaciers and partly to the expansion of the warmer seas. This may not seem much--but it comes on top of the 12-centimeter rise in the past century and we should recall that over 1/2 the world's population lives in zones on or near coasts. A quarter meter rise in sea level could have drastic consequences for countries like the Maldives or the Netherlands, where much of the land lies below the 2-meter contour. The cause of climate change is known as the 'greenhouse effect'. Greenhouse glass has the property that it is transparent to radiation coming in from the sun, but holds back radiation to space from the warmed surfaces inside the greenhouse. Certain gases affect the atmosphere in the same way. There are 5 'greenhouse gases' and we have been roofing ourselves with them all: carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have increased 25% above preindustrial levels and are likely to double within a century, due to tropical forest clearance and especially to the burning of increasing quantities of coal and other fossil fuels; methane concentrations are now twice their preindustrial levels as a result of releases from agriculture; nitrous oxide has increased due to land clearance for agriculture, use of fertilizers, and fossil fuel combustion; ozone levels near the earth's surface have increased due mainly to pollution from motor vehicles; and

  6. Concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide (United States)

    Parrish, Clyde F. (Inventor)


    Methods for concentrating hydrogen peroxide solutions have been described. The methods utilize a polymeric membrane separating a hydrogen peroxide solution from a sweep gas or permeate. The membrane is selective to the permeability of water over the permeability of hydrogen peroxide, thereby facilitating the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide solution through the transport of water through the membrane to the permeate. By utilizing methods in accordance with the invention, hydrogen peroxide solutions of up to 85% by volume or higher may be generated at a point of use without storing substantial quantities of the highly concentrated solutions and without requiring temperatures that would produce explosive mixtures of hydrogen peroxide vapors.

  7. Concentrating photovoltaic solar panel (United States)

    Cashion, Steven A; Bowser, Michael R; Farrelly, Mark B; Hines, Braden E; Holmes, Howard C; Johnson, Jr., Richard L; Russell, Richard J; Turk, Michael F


    The present invention relates to photovoltaic power systems, photovoltaic concentrator modules, and related methods. In particular, the present invention features concentrator modules having interior points of attachment for an articulating mechanism and/or an articulating mechanism that has a unique arrangement of chassis members so as to isolate bending, etc. from being transferred among the chassis members. The present invention also features adjustable solar panel mounting features and/or mounting features with two or more degrees of freedom. The present invention also features a mechanical fastener for secondary optics in a concentrator module.

  8. Multilayer reflective coating for solar energy concentrators

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    Hernandez, Perla; Almanza, Rafael [Inst. de Ingenieria, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico (Mexico); Cruz-Manjarrez, Hector [Inst. de Fisica, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico (Mexico)


    The central objective of this work is determine the optimal parameters for the preparation of compound mirrors of first surface of high reflectance by the magnetron sputtering method that will have a direct application in parabolic trough solar concentrators to use in a hybrid solar-geothermal Geothermal Plant at Cerro Prieto, located to the South-eastern of Mexicali City at the Northwest of Mexico. (orig.)

  9. Thyroid preparation overdose (United States)

    Thyroid preparations are medicines used to treat thyroid gland disorders. Overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or ...

  10. Caracterização tecnológica de sobremesas lácteas achocolatadas cremosas elaboradas com concentrado protéico de soro e misturas de gomas carragena e guar Technological characterization of creamy chocolate dairy desserts prepared with whey protein concentrate and a mixture of carrageenan and guar gum

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    Patrícia Hideko Lemos Nikaedo


    Full Text Available O consumo de sobremesas lácteas tem apresentado importante crescimento nesta última década, justificado pelo progresso tecnológico em ingredientes e processos. Neste trabalho efetuou-se a caracterização físico-química e sensorial de sobremesas lácteas achocolatadas cremosas, nas quais o concentrado protéico de soro - CPS (3,0; 2,0 e 1,0% foi usado com o leite em pó integral (5,0; 6,0 e 7,0%, carragena (0,05; 0,15 e 0,25%, goma guar (0,25; 0,15 e 0,05%, chocolate em pó (2,8%, açúcar (11,5% e sorbato de potássio (0,08%. Os resultados mostram que é viável utilizar o CPS em substituição ao leite em pó, oferecendo um produto com menores teores de gordura e de sólidos totais, e maior teor de proteínas. O produto apresentou melhor qualidade nutricional, além da redução calórica, favorecendo seu consumo por pessoas preocupadas com a saúde. A sobremesa elaborada com 1,00% de CPS, 7,00% de leite em pó, 0,05% de carragena e 0,25% de goma guar foi considerada a melhor pelos provadores, com aceitabilidade acima do valor 4 (bom.The consumption of dairy desserts has boomed in the last few decades, due to the technological progress in the development of ingredients and processes. In this study the physicochemical and sensory characterization of creamy chocolate dairy desserts were carried out. Whey powder concentrate - WPC (3.0; 2.0 and 1.0% was used with whole milk powder (5.0; 6.0 and 7.0%, carrageenan (0.05; 0.15 and 0.25%, guar gum (0.25; 0.15 and 0.05%, cocoa powder (2.8%, sugar (11.5% and potassium sorbate (0.08%, according to the trial. The results showed that it is possible to use WPC, replacing whole milk powder, and therefore creating a product with low fat and total solids, and high protein content. The final product presented better nutritional quality, besides reduced caloric value, which favors the consumption by people concerned with health. The experimental dairy dessert prepared with 1.00% WPC, 7.00% whole milk

  11. Concentrated Differential Privacy


    Dwork, Cynthia; Rothblum, Guy N.


    We introduce Concentrated Differential Privacy, a relaxation of Differential Privacy enjoying better accuracy than both pure differential privacy and its popular "(epsilon,delta)" relaxation without compromising on cumulative privacy loss over multiple computations.

  12. Modeling of Solar Concentrators (United States)

    Rockey, D. E.


    Algorithm developed for predicting power output, uniformity of intensity and operating temperature of concentrator-enhanced photovoltaic solar cell arrays. Optimum values for parameters such as reflector geometry found prior to constructing scale models for testing.

  13. Glass for Solar Concentrators (United States)

    Bouquet, F. L.


    Report identifies four commercially available glasses as promising reflectors for solar concentrators. Have properties of high reflectance (80 to 96 percent), lower cost than first-surface silver metalization, and resistance to environmental forces.


    Spevack, J.S.


    An isotope concentration process is described which consists of exchanging, at two or more different temperature stages, two isotopes of an element between substances that are physically separate from each other and each of which is capable of containing either of the isotopes, and withdrawing from a point between at least two of the temperatare stages one of the substances containing an increased concentration of the desired isotope.

  15. Interpreting serum risperidone concentrations. (United States)

    Boerth, Joel M; Caley, Charles F; Goethe, John W


    Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic commonly used for treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Although therapeutic drug monitoring is not routine for any of the atypical antipsychotics, serum antipsychotic concentrations are measured routinely to assess treatment nonadherence. In humans, risperidone is metabolized by cytochrome P450 2D6 to 9-hydroxyrisperidone; together these constitute the active moiety. Dose-proportional increases in serum concentrations have not been reported for the parent drug, but have been reported for 9-hydroxyrisperidone and the active moiety (i.e., the combined concentrations of risperidone and 9-hydroxyrisperidone). We describe a 34-year-old Caucasian man of Sicilian descent with a history of schizophrenia, disorganized type. He was suspected to be noncompliant with his risperidone therapy. Initially, active moiety risperidone concentrations increased linearly with prescribed dosage increases. However, with continued increases, active moiety concentrations adjusted downward and remained 17-36% below anticipated levels. We propose a method for estimating target active moiety concentrations of risperidone based on dosage-a method that may be used to guide clinicians in assessing nonadherence to risperidone treatment.


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    Platelet concentrates were pretreated with a stable synthetic prostacyclin analogue (Iloprost) at two different concentrations before the second centrifugation step (pelleting step) of preparation. This resulted in loss. of platelet sensitivity to aggregating agents. To mimic the situation after

  17. Is lowering reducing sugars concentration in French fries an effective measure to reduce acrylamide concentration in food service establishments?

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    Sanny, M.A.I.; Jinap, S.; Bakker, E.J.; Boekel, van M.A.J.S.; Luning, P.A.


    The objective of this study was to obtain insight into the actual effectiveness of lowering reducing sugars concentration in par-fried potato strips on the concentration and variation of acrylamide in French fries prepared in real-life situations in food service establishments. Acrylamide, frying ti

  18. Stability of nizatidine in extemporaneous oral liquid preparations. (United States)

    Lantz, M D; Wozniak, T J


    The stability of nizatidine in extemporaneous oral liquid preparations stored at room and refrigerated temperatures was studied. Preparations containing nizatidine in a final concentration of approximately 2.5 mg/mL were made by mixing the contents of a 300-mg nizatidine capsule with commercial juices (Gatorade, Stokely-Van Camp; Cran-Grape, Ocean Spray; apple juice, Sundor Brands; and V8 vegetable juice, Campbell Soup) and with aluminum hydroxide-magnesium hydroxide suspension (Maalox, Rorer). A control solution was prepared in water. Samples of each preparation were stored at 15-30 degrees C and at 5 degrees C. Initially and after 4, 8, 24, and 48 hours of storage, the samples were visually inspected, tested for pH, and analyzed in triplicate by high-performance liquid chromatography for nizatidine content. No appreciable changes in appearance or pH occurred. The only extemporaneous preparations with greater than 10% loss of nizatidine potency at 48 hours were the Cran-Grape and V8 preparations at room temperature. There was no correlation between pH of the preparations and changes in drug concentration. In the Maalox and V8 preparations, the drug powder did not dissolve uniformly. In all the preparations tested, nizatidine was stable for at least eight hours at refrigerated and room temperatures. In all except the Cran-Grape and V8 preparations, the drug was stable for 48 hours under both storage conditions.

  19. Characterization of alkali-modified soy protein concentrate

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    Barać Miroljub B.


    Full Text Available To study the influence of the preparation mode, including mild alkali modification, of soy protein concentrate on soluble protein content and composition, some of its nutritive and functional properties were investigated. Soy protein concentrate prepared by aqueous alcohol leaching was modified in mild alkaline solutions (pH 8.0 at 40, 50 and 60° C for 60 minutes and compared with two principal types of commercial soy protein concentrate. Soluble protein content, composition and properties of soy protein concentrate, as well as their potential use are essentially determined by the preparation mode. Limited mild alkali hydrolysis increased protein solubility by 40-71%, while emulsion stability was increased by 18-56%. Major storage soybean proteins exhibited different stability to alcohol denaturation and mild alkali modification. The most susceptible were acidic -A3 - and -A5- subunits of glycinin.

  20. Shaking and Blending Effect on Microalgae Concentrates Size

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    Full Text Available Microalgae concentrates (paste can be used as an alternative feed to replace live microalgae for aquaculture due to its nutritional value and convenience. However, the clumping of cells and negative buoyancy of algae concentrate can affect bivalve culture as bivalves only capture particles in suspension and ingest a certain size range of particles. This study investigated the effect of shaking and blending treatments on the preparation of food suspensions prepared from algae concentrates (Isochrysis and Pavlova. The results indicated that the higher the shaking time (5, 10, and 15 times or blending time (10, 30, and 60 seconds, the smaller was the diameter of the resulting algae particles. Moreover, the greater the volume of algae concentrate used in preparation, the larger the diameter of algae particles produced. Shaking may be the best option because it is cheaper and simpler. However, all the treatments provided a suitable particle size range for ingestion by bivalves.

  1. Thermal cloak-concentrator (United States)

    Shen, Xiangying; Li, Ying; Jiang, Chaoran; Ni, Yushan; Huang, Jiping


    For macroscopically manipulating heat flow at will, thermal metamaterials have opened a practical way, which possesses a single function, such as either cloaking or concentrating the flow of heat even though environmental temperature varies. By developing a theory of transformation heat transfer for multiple functions, here we introduce the concept of intelligent thermal metamaterials with a dual function, which is in contrast to the existing thermal metamaterials with single functions. By assembling homogeneous isotropic materials and shape-memory alloys, we experimentally fabricate a kind of intelligent thermal metamaterials, which can automatically change from a cloak (or concentrator) to a concentrator (or cloak) when the environmental temperature changes. This work paves an efficient way for a controllable gradient of heat, and also provides guidance both for arbitrarily manipulating the flow of heat and for efficiently designing similar intelligent metamaterials in other fields.

  2. Photovoltaic solar concentrator

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    Nielson, Gregory N.; Gupta, Vipin P.; Okandan, Murat; Watts, Michael R.


    A photovoltaic solar concentrator is disclosed with one or more transverse-junction solar cells (also termed point contact solar cells) and a lens located above each solar cell to concentrate sunlight onto the solar cell to generate electricity. Piezoelectric actuators tilt or translate each lens to track the sun using a feedback-control circuit which senses the electricity generated by one or more of the solar cells. The piezoelectric actuators can be coupled through a displacement-multiplier linkage to provide an increased range of movement of each lens. Each lens in the solar concentrator can be supported on a frame (also termed a tilt plate) having three legs, with the movement of the legs being controlled by the piezoelectric actuators.

  3. Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrator (United States)

    Parrish, Clyde F.


    A relatively simple and economical process and apparatus for concentrating hydrogen peroxide from aqueous solution at the point of use have been invented. The heart of the apparatus is a vessel comprising an outer shell containing tubular membranes made of a polymer that is significantly more permeable by water than by hydrogen peroxide. The aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide to be concentrated is fed through the interstitial spaces between the tubular membranes. An initially dry sweep gas is pumped through the interiors of the tubular membranes. Water diffuses through the membranes and is carried away as water vapor mixed into the sweep gas. Because of the removal of water, the hydrogen peroxide solution flowing from the vessel at the outlet end is more concentrated than that fed into the vessel at the inlet end. The sweep gas can be air, nitrogen, or any other gas that can be conveniently supplied in dry form and does not react chemically with hydrogen peroxide.

  4. Photovoltaic solar concentrator

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    Nielson, Gregory N.; Okandan, Murat; Resnick, Paul J.; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis


    A photovoltaic solar concentrator is disclosed with one or more transverse-junction solar cells (also termed point contact solar cells) and a lens located above each solar cell to concentrate sunlight onto the solar cell to generate electricity. Piezoelectric actuators tilt or translate each lens to track the sun using a feedback-control circuit which senses the electricity generated by one or more of the solar cells. The piezoelectric actuators can be coupled through a displacement-multiplier linkage to provide an increased range of movement of each lens. Each lens in the solar concentrator can be supported on a frame (also termed a tilt plate) having three legs, with the movement of the legs being controlled by the piezoelectric actuators.

  5. Photovoltaic solar concentrator (United States)

    Nielson, Gregory N.; Okandan, Murat; Resnick, Paul J.; Cruz-Campa, Jose Luis


    A photovoltaic solar concentrator is disclosed with one or more transverse-junction solar cells (also termed point contact solar cells) and a lens located above each solar cell to concentrate sunlight onto the solar cell to generate electricity. Piezoelectric actuators tilt or translate each lens to track the sun using a feedback-control circuit which senses the electricity generated by one or more of the solar cells. The piezoelectric actuators can be coupled through a displacement-multiplier linkage to provide an increased range of movement of each lens. Each lens in the solar concentrator can be supported on a frame (also termed a tilt plate) having three legs, with the movement of the legs being controlled by the piezoelectric actuators.

  6. Concentrated loads on concrete

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    Lorenzen, Karen Grøndahl; Nielsen, Mogens Peter


    This report deals with concentrated loads on concrete.A new upper bound solution in the axisymmetrical case of a point load in the center of the end face of a cylinder is developed.Based on previous work dealing with failure mechanisms and upper bound solutions, new approximate formulas are devel......This report deals with concentrated loads on concrete.A new upper bound solution in the axisymmetrical case of a point load in the center of the end face of a cylinder is developed.Based on previous work dealing with failure mechanisms and upper bound solutions, new approximate formulas...

  7. Concentrated loads on concrete

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    Lorenzen, Karen Grøndahl; Nielsen, Mogens Peter


    This report deals with concentrated loads on concrete.A new upper bound solution in the axisymmetrical case of a point load in the center of the end face of a cylinder is developed.Based on previous work dealing with failure mechanisms and upper bound solutions, new approximate formulas are devel......This report deals with concentrated loads on concrete.A new upper bound solution in the axisymmetrical case of a point load in the center of the end face of a cylinder is developed.Based on previous work dealing with failure mechanisms and upper bound solutions, new approximate formulas...

  8. Vacancy Concentration in Ice

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard


    Based on the diffusion constant for self-diffusion in ice, which is believed to take place by a vacancy mechanism, we estimate the relative vacancy concentration near the melting point to be at least ∼ 10−6, i.e. much higher than previous estimates of about 10−10.......Based on the diffusion constant for self-diffusion in ice, which is believed to take place by a vacancy mechanism, we estimate the relative vacancy concentration near the melting point to be at least ∼ 10−6, i.e. much higher than previous estimates of about 10−10....

  9. Access cavity preparation. (United States)

    Adams, N; Tomson, P L


    Each stage of root canal treatment should be carried out to the highest possible standard. The access cavity is arguably the most important technical stage, as subsequent preparation of the root canal(s) can be severely comprised if this is not well executed. Inadequate access can lead to canals being left untreated, poorly disinfected, difficult to shape and obturate, and may ultimately lead to the failure of the treatment. This paper highlights common features in root canal anatomy and outlines basic principles for locating root canals and producing a good access cavity. It also explores each phase of the preparation in detail and offers suggestions of instruments that have been specifically designed to overcome potential difficulties in the process. Good access design and preparation will result in an operative environment which will facilitate cleaning, shaping and obturation of the root canal system in order to maximise success.

  10. Stability of epinephrine at standard concentrations. (United States)

    Carr, Roxane R; Decarie, Diane; Ensom, Mary H H


    To minimize medication errors, standard concentrations are recommended for medications intended for continuous infusion in pediatric patients. Premixing of epinephrine (commonly used to manage septic shock in children) would improve timeliness, safety, and cost-effectiveness. However, information about the stability of epinephrine at standard concentrations is limited. To evaluate the stability of epinephrine in 5% dextrose in water at standard concentrations and to extend its expiration date after storage in infusion bags at 4°C and 25°C for up to 30 days. A total of 6 infusion bags were prepared with 200 mL of epinephrine solution, 2 bags for each of 3 standard concentrations (25, 50, and 100 μg/mL). Three bags (one for each concentration) were stored under refrigeration (4°C), and the remaining 3 bags were stored at room temperature (25°C). Physical characteristics (including pH, colour, and presence of precipitate) were evaluated daily for the first 14 days and every 1 to 5 days thereafter until day 30. Three 1.5-mL samples were collected from each bag immediately after preparation (time 0), every 24 h (at 24 h, 48 h, 72 h, 96 h, etc.) for the first 14 days, and every 1 to 5 days thereafter until day 30. Each sample was analyzed by stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography. A solution was considered stable if it maintained at least 90% of its initial concentration. No notable changes in pH, colour, or precipitation were observed in any of the solutions after storage at 4°C or 25°C for up to 30 days. All formulations maintained more than 95% of the initial epinephrine concentration on day 30. In addition, the calculated lower limit of the 95% confidence interval indicated that 93% or more of the initial concentration remained on day 30. Preparations of epinephrine were stable for up to 30 days, with or without refrigeration. Because stability alone does not guarantee bioavailability or efficacy of a drug, future clinical studies are

  11. Preparation of hydrophobic coatings (United States)

    Branson, Eric D.; Shah, Pratik B.; Singh, Seema; Brinker, C. Jeffrey


    A method for preparing a hydrophobic coating by preparing a precursor sol comprising a metal alkoxide, a solvent, a basic catalyst, a fluoroalkyl compound and water, depositing the precursor sol as a film onto a surface, such as a substrate or a pipe, heating, the film and exposing the film to a hydrophobic silane compound to form a hydrophobic coating with a contact angle greater than approximately The contact angle of the film can be controlled by exposure to ultraviolet radiation to reduce the contact angle and subsequent exposure to a hydrophobic silane compound to increase the contact angle.

  12. Drowning in concentrated syrup. (United States)

    Talwar, Vandana; Sood, Nishant; Verma, P K


    Drowning is one of the two leading causes of accidental death in children. Most of the cases can be attributed to fresh or salt water drowning. We report an unusual case of acute respiratory distress syndrome in a one year old child following drowning in concentrated sugar syrup, in whom timely intervention and early supportive therapy resulted in a favorable outcome.

  13. Thermodynamics and concentration

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    Maurer, Andreas


    We show that the thermal subadditivity of entropy provides a common basis to derive a strong form of the bounded difference inequality and related results as well as more recent inequalities applicable to convex Lipschitz functions, random symmetric matrices, shortest travelling salesmen paths and weakly self-bounding functions. We also give two new concentration inequalities.

  14. Solar concentrator/absorber (United States)

    Von Tiesenhausen, G. F.


    Collector/energy converter, consisting of dual-slope optical concentrator and counterflow thermal energy absorber, is attached to multiaxis support structure. Efficient over wide range of illumination levels, device may be used to generate high temperature steam, serve as solar powered dryer, or power absorption cycle cooler.

  15. Theory of Concentrated Vortices

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    Alekseenko, Sergey; Kuibin, Pavel; Okulov, Valery

    This book presents comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the wide field of concentrated vortices observed in nature and technique. The methods for research of their kinematics and dynamics are considered. Special attention is paid to the flows with helical symmetry. The authors have describ...

  16. Platelet-rich fibrin: Evolution of a second-generation platelet concentrate

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    Sunitha Raja V


    Full Text Available Platelet-rich plasma (PRP is a platelet concentrate that has been used widely to accelerate soft-tissue and hard-tissue healing. The preparation of PRP has been described by several authors. Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF was first described by Choukroun et al. in France. It has been referred to as a second-generation platelet concentrate, which has been shown to have several advantages over traditionally prepared PRP. Its chief advantages include ease of preparation and lack of biochemical handling of blood, which makes this preparation strictly autologous. This article describes the evolution of this novel platelet concentrate, referred to as PRF.

  17. Effect of concentration on the rheology and serum separation of tomato suspensions

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    Ouden, den F.W.C.; Vliet, van T.


    The °Brix value of the tomato concentrate, from which tomato suspensions were prepared, was shown to have a large effect on the resulting apparent viscosity and storage modulus. The apparent viscosity of a tomato suspension prepared from a 30 °Brix tomato concentrate was only 35␘f that of a suspensi

  18. Sperm preparation for fertilization

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    Gadella, B.M.


    Description This book contains 19 chapters that discuss theoretical and applied andrology for domestic, zoo and wild animals. Topics include semen and its constituents; sperm production and harvest; determinants of sperm morphology; sperm preparation for fertilization; practical aspects of semen cry

  19. Scattering Solar Thermal Concentrators

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    Giebink, Noel C. [Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, PA (United States)


    This program set out to explore a scattering-based approach to concentrate sunlight with the aim of improving collector field reliability and of eliminating wind loading and gross mechanical movement through the use of a stationary collection optic. The approach is based on scattering sunlight from the focal point of a fixed collection optic into the confined modes of a sliding planar waveguide, where it is transported to stationary tubular heat transfer elements located at the edges. Optical design for the first stage of solar concentration, which entails focusing sunlight within a plane over a wide range of incidence angles (>120 degree full field of view) at fixed tilt, led to the development of a new, folded-path collection optic that dramatically out-performs the current state-of-the-art in scattering concentration. Rigorous optical simulation and experimental testing of this collection optic have validated its performance. In the course of this work, we also identified an opportunity for concentrating photovoltaics involving the use of high efficiency microcells made in collaboration with partners at the University of Illinois. This opportunity exploited the same collection optic design as used for the scattering solar thermal concentrator and was therefore pursued in parallel. This system was experimentally demonstrated to achieve >200x optical concentration with >70% optical efficiency over a full day by tracking with <1 cm of lateral movement at fixed latitude tilt. The entire scattering concentrator waveguide optical system has been simulated, tested, and assembled at small scale to verify ray tracing models. These models were subsequently used to predict the full system optical performance at larger, deployment scale ranging up to >1 meter aperture width. Simulations at an aperture widths less than approximately 0.5 m with geometric gains ~100x predict an overall optical efficiency in the range 60-70% for angles up to 50 degrees from normal. However, the


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    Mengjiao Yu,


    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC has many potential applications because of its special properties. In this paper, NCC was prepared from bamboo pulp. Bamboo pulp was first pretreated with sodium hydroxide, followed by hydrolysis with sulfuric acid. The concentration of sulfuric acid and the hydrolysis time on the yield of NCC were studied. The results showed that sulfuric acid concentration had larger influence than the hydrolysis time on the yield of NCC. When the temperature was 50oC, the concentration of sulfuric acid was 48wt% and the reaction time was 30 minutes, a high quality of nanocrystalline cellulose was obtained; under these conditions, the length of the nanocrystalline cellulose ranged from 200 nm to 500 nm, the diameter was less than 20 nm, the yield was 15.67wt%, and the crystallinity was 71.98%, which is not only higher than those of cellulose nanocrystals prepared from some non-wood materials, but also higher than bamboo cellulose nanocrystals prepared by other methods.

  1. Assessment of thrombogenicity of activated and non-activated prothrombin concentrates in a rat model.


    Silberman, S.; Fareed, J; Walenga, J.


    In vitro clotting activity of rats injected with different preparations of prothrombin concentrates was measured. Animals rendered deficient in vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors by early coumadin (warfarin) pretreatment, followed by injections of concentrate preparations were also evaluated. Findings indicate a dose-related response in abnormal coagulation changes demonstrable with each preparation and lack of protection of intravascular coagulation by coumadin anticoagulation. Furtherm...

  2. Concentric Split Flow Filter (United States)

    Stapleton, Thomas J. (Inventor)


    A concentric split flow filter may be configured to remove odor and/or bacteria from pumped air used to collect urine and fecal waste products. For instance, filter may be designed to effectively fill the volume that was previously considered wasted surrounding the transport tube of a waste management system. The concentric split flow filter may be configured to split the air flow, with substantially half of the air flow to be treated traveling through a first bed of filter media and substantially the other half of the air flow to be treated traveling through the second bed of filter media. This split flow design reduces the air velocity by 50%. In this way, the pressure drop of filter may be reduced by as much as a factor of 4 as compare to the conventional design.

  3. Electrolyte Concentrates Treat Dehydration (United States)


    Wellness Brands Inc. of Boulder, Colorado, exclusively licensed a unique electrolyte concentrate formula developed by Ames Research Center to treat and prevent dehydration in astronauts returning to Earth. Marketed as The Right Stuff, the company's NASA-derived formula is an ideal measure for athletes looking to combat dehydration and boost performance. Wellness Brands also plans to expand with products that make use of the formula's effective hydration properties to help treat conditions including heat stroke, altitude sickness, jet lag, and disease.

  4. The Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Iron Preparations

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    Susanna Burckhardt


    Full Text Available Standard approaches are not appropriate when assessing pharmacokinetics of iron supplements due to the ubiquity of endogenous iron, its compartmentalized sites of action, and the complexity of the iron metabolism. The primary site of action of iron is the erythrocyte, and, in contrast to conventional drugs, no drug-receptor interaction takes place. Notably, the process of erythropoiesis, i.e., formation of new erythrocytes, takes 3−4 weeks. Accordingly, serum iron concentration and area under the curve (AUC are clinically irrelevant for assessing iron utilization. Iron can be administered intravenously in the form of polynuclear iron(III-hydroxide complexes with carbohydrate ligands or orally as iron(II (ferrous salts or iron(III (ferric complexes. Several approaches have been employed to study the pharmacodynamics of iron after oral administration. Quantification of iron uptake from radiolabeled preparations by the whole body or the erythrocytes is optimal, but alternatively total iron transfer can be calculated based on known elimination rates and the intrinsic reactivity of individual preparations. Degradation kinetics, and thus the safety, of parenteral iron preparations are directly related to the molecular weight and the stability of the complex. High oral iron doses or rapid release of iron from intravenous iron preparations can saturate the iron transport system, resulting in oxidative stress with adverse clinical and subclinical consequences. Appropriate pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics analyses will greatly assist our understanding of the likely contribution of novel preparations to the management of anemia.

  5. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of iron preparations. (United States)

    Geisser, Peter; Burckhardt, Susanna


    Standard approaches are not appropriate when assessing pharmacokinetics of iron supplements due to the ubiquity of endogenous iron, its compartmentalized sites of action, and the complexity of the iron metabolism. The primary site of action of iron is the erythrocyte, and, in contrast to conventional drugs, no drug-receptor interaction takes place. Notably, the process of erythropoiesis, i.e., formation of new erythrocytes, takes 3-4 weeks. Accordingly, serum iron concentration and area under the curve (AUC) are clinically irrelevant for assessing iron utilization. Iron can be administered intravenously in the form of polynuclear iron(III)-hydroxide complexes with carbohydrate ligands or orally as iron(II) (ferrous) salts or iron(III) (ferric) complexes. Several approaches have been employed to study the pharmacodynamics of iron after oral administration. Quantification of iron uptake from radiolabeled preparations by the whole body or the erythrocytes is optimal, but alternatively total iron transfer can be calculated based on known elimination rates and the intrinsic reactivity of individual preparations. Degradation kinetics, and thus the safety, of parenteral iron preparations are directly related to the molecular weight and the stability of the complex. High oral iron doses or rapid release of iron from intravenous iron preparations can saturate the iron transport system, resulting in oxidative stress with adverse clinical and subclinical consequences. Appropriate pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics analyses will greatly assist our understanding of the likely contribution of novel preparations to the management of anemia.

  6. Concentração de sódio e glicose em soro de reidratação oral preparado por Agentes Comunitários de Saúde Sodium and glucose concentration in therapeutical solution for oral rehydration prepared by Community Health Agents

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    Liliane Fernandes do Carmo


    Full Text Available A diarreia infantil é importante causa de morbimortalidade, sendo indicativo para terapia de reidratação oral (TRO. Este estudo objetivou avaliar o teor de sódio e glicose em soro de reidratação oral preparado por Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS que atuam em Unidades Básicas de Saúde (UBS, caracterizando o perfil e o conhecimento destes sobre a TRO. Após responderem questionário com informações profissionais e sobre a TRO, os ACS a prepararam por três métodos. O teor de glicose e de sódio das TRO foi determinado e comparado ao proposto pela OMS. Na análise estatística foram utilizados ANOVA, Tukey e odds ratio. Participaram do estudo 52 ACS, majoritariamente mulheres e com ensino médio completo (90,4%. A adequação da TRO foi de 3,9; 9,8 e 28,9% para a colher caseira, colher medida e punhado pitada, respectivamente. O preparo da TRO com a colher caseira resultou em 88,0% das amostras com teor de sódio perigoso à saúde (>101 mmol/L. Entre os ACS, 38,5% tinham menos de 2 anos de trabalho, com risco 4,8 vezes maior de preparar TRO inadequada em sódio. Os ACS referiram indicar a TRO no tratamento da diarreia infantil, desconhecendo efeitos colaterais do preparo inadequado. A composição da TRO produzida pelos ACS foi inadequada em todos os métodos. É recomendável treinamento dos ACS no preparo da TRO.Infant Diarrhea is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children and oral rehydration therapy (ORT is required. This study evaluates the composition of ORT prepared by Community Health Agents (CHAs working in Basic Health Units, assessing their profile and knowledge about ORT. After the CHAs answer specific questions, they are invited to prepare ORT using three methods. Glucose and sodium levels were then quantified and compared with WHO recommendations. ANOVA, Tukey and odds ratio were used for statistical analysis. 52 CHAs participated, mainly females, and 90.4% with full high school education. The adequacy of

  7. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members below 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the main auditorium, you are requested to register in advance via ...

  8. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place in the afternoons of 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members below 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register in advance via Ind...

  9. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members below 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register in advance ...

  10. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register ...

  11. Preparations, models, and simulations. (United States)

    Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg


    This paper proposes an outline for a typology of the different forms that scientific objects can take in the life sciences. The first section discusses preparations (or specimens)--a form of scientific object that accompanied the development of modern biology in different guises from the seventeenth century to the present: as anatomical-morphological specimens, as microscopic cuts, and as biochemical preparations. In the second section, the characteristics of models in biology are discussed. They became prominent from the end of the nineteenth century onwards. Some remarks on the role of simulations--characterising the life sciences of the turn from the twentieth to the twenty-first century--conclude the paper.

  12. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register ...

  13. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 11, 13, 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members below 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register in advance ...

  14. Preparation for Physics Redux (United States)

    Adelson, Edward


    The textbook for our preparation for physics course has been rewritten ab initio. Like its predecessor, it adapts a spiral approach to dealing with preconceptions, but this version encourages work at higher levels in Bloom's taxonomy and makes students sensitive to how p-prims affect their understanding. As its title: "All in Proportion: Preparation for Physics" indicates, it emphasizes how far proportional reasoning will take the student. Classwork is mainly group work, and various techniques are used to encourage students to complete the learning cycle on material that has not been mastered. Both the FCI and the Lawson "Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning" have been given to gauge student progress. Preliminary results will be reported and sample materials will be shown.

  15. [Microflora of spiruline preparations]. (United States)

    Jacquet, J


    A study, by direct microscopic examination and cultures, shows that the microflore which accompanies the spirulines preparations, varies as the origin and the technologie treatment quality. The main species are bacillacees; then, come faecal streptococcus which are the best contaminations indicators; enterobacteries, yeasts, moulds spores, are exceptional. Dry products as getting old, entail a great decrease of all the species, the anaerobies being more resistant.

  16. The Preparation of Graphene

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    Chen Yanyan


    Graphene has unique structure and possesses excellent physical and chemical properties, and it has received a great deal of attention in related research fields. The quality, quantity and application of graphene are related to its preparation methods. At present the bottleneck of graphene research is that both high-quality and large quantity of graphene could not be obtained simultaneously and the reason is that the basic mechanism of graphene formation has mot been wel understood.

  17. Concentrated Solar Thermoelectric Power

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    Chen, Gang [MIT; Ren, Zhifeng [University of Houston


    The goal of this project is to demonstrate in the lab that solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) can exceed 10% solar-to-electricity efficiency, and STEGs can be integrated with phase-change materials (PCM) for thermal storage, providing operation beyond daylight hours. This project achieved significant progress in many tasks necessary to achieving the overall project goals. An accurate Themoelectric Generator (TEG) model was developed, which included realistic treatment of contact materials, contact resistances and radiative losses. In terms of fabricating physical TEGs, high performance contact materials for skutterudite TE segments were developed, along with brazing and soldering methods to assemble segmented TEGs. Accurate measurement systems for determining device performance (in addition to just TE material performance) were built for this project and used to characterize our TEGs. From the optical components’ side, a spectrally selective cermet surface was developed with high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance, with thermal stability at high temperature. A measurement technique was also developed to determine absorptance and total hemispherical emittance at high temperature, and was used to characterize the fabricated spectrally selective surfaces. In addition, a novel reflective cavity was designed to reduce radiative absorber losses and achieve high receiver efficiency at low concentration ratios. A prototype cavity demonstrated that large reductions in radiative losses were possible through this technique. For the overall concentrating STEG system, a number of devices were fabricated and tested in a custom built test platform to characterize their efficiency performance. Additionally, testing was performed with integration of PCM thermal storage, and the storage time of the lab scale system was evaluated. Our latest testing results showed a STEG efficiency of 9.6%, indicating promising potential for high performance concentrated STEGs.

  18. Vapor concentration monitor (United States)

    Bayly, John G.; Booth, Ronald J.


    An apparatus for monitoring the concentration of a vapor, such as heavy water, having at least one narrow bandwidth in its absorption spectrum, in a sample gas such as air. The air is drawn into a chamber in which the vapor content is measured by means of its radiation absorption spectrum. High sensitivity is obtained by modulating the wavelength at a relatively high frequency without changing its optical path, while high stability against zero drift is obtained by the low frequency interchange of the sample gas to be monitored and of a reference sample. The variable HDO background due to natural humidity is automatically corrected.

  19. Membrane distillation for milk concentration

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    Moejes, S.N.; Romero Guzman, Maria; Hanemaaijer, J.H.; Barrera, K.H.; Feenstra, L.; Boxtel, van A.J.B.


    Membrane distillation is an emerging technology to concentrate liquid products while producing high quality water as permeate. Application for desalination has been studied extensively the past years, but membrane distillation has also potential to produce concentrated food products like concentrate

  20. Benchmarking concentrating photovoltaic systems (United States)

    Duerr, Fabian; Muthirayan, Buvaneshwari; Meuret, Youri; Thienpont, Hugo


    Integral to photovoltaics is the need to provide improved economic viability. To achieve this goal, photovoltaic technology has to be able to harness more light at less cost. A large variety of concentrating photovoltaic concepts has provided cause for pursuit. To obtain a detailed profitability analysis, a flexible evaluation is crucial for benchmarking the cost-performance of this variety of concentrating photovoltaic concepts. To save time and capital, a way to estimate the cost-performance of a complete solar energy system is to use computer aided modeling. In this work a benchmark tool is introduced based on a modular programming concept. The overall implementation is done in MATLAB whereas Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASAP) is used for ray tracing calculations. This allows for a flexible and extendable structuring of all important modules, namely an advanced source modeling including time and local dependence, and an advanced optical system analysis of various optical designs to obtain an evaluation of the figure of merit. An important figure of merit: the energy yield for a given photovoltaic system at a geographical position over a specific period, can be calculated.


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    ZHOUZhi-Fang; ZHOUMing-Xing; SHENZheng-Rong; SHENWen-Zhao


    Biodegradable poly d, l-lactide 90-co-glycolide 10 was used to prepare microspheres containing 20% NET by solvent evaporation method. The drug content and morphology of the prepared microspheres were affected by the initial PLGA concentration in

  2. Preparation and characterization of a sandwiched target of enriched neodymium oxide

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    Mandal, S.; Kabiraj, D.; Avasthi, D.K. [Nucl. Sci. Centre, New Delhi (India)


    The preparation of enriched neodymium oxide targets sandwiched between two carbon foils is discussed. The concentration of oxygen in a prepared target was measured using low-angle Rutherford scattering and elastic recoil detection analysis ERDA technique. The analysis indicated that the prepared target had 31 at.% of oxygen as compared to the expected concentration of 60 at.% relative to neodymium. It shows that neodymium oxide loses oxygen during evaporation. (orig.). 4 refs.

  3. Concentrating Solar Power

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    Weinstein, Lee A.; Loomis, James; Bhatia, Bikram; Bierman, David M.; Wang, Evelyn N.; Chen, Gang


    Solar energy is a bountiful renewable energy resource: the energy in the sunlight that reaches Earth in an hour exceeds the energy consumed by all of humanity in a year.(1) While the phrase “solar energy conversion” probably brings photovoltaic (PV) cells to mind first, PV is not the only option for generating electricity from sunlight. Another promising technology for solar energy conversion is solar–thermal conversion, commonly referred to as concentrating solar power (CSP).(2) The first utility-scale CSP plants were constructed in the 1980s, but in the two decades that followed, CSP saw little expansion.(3, 4) More recent years, however, have seen a CSP renaissance due to unprecedented growth in the adoption of CSP.(3, 5) Photographs of two operating CSP plants, a parabolic trough collector plant and a central receiver (or “power tower”), are shown here.

  4. Stress concentration at notches

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    Savruk, Mykhaylo P


    This book compiles solutions of linear theory of elasticity problems for isotropic and anisotropic bodies with sharp and rounded notches. It contains an overview of established and recent achievements, and presents the authors’ original solutions in the field considered with extensive discussion. The volume demonstrates through numerous, useful examples the effectiveness of singular integral equations for obtaining exact solutions of boundary problems of the theory of elasticity for bodies with cracks and notches. Incorporating analytical and numerical solutions of the problems of stress concentrations in solid bodies with crack-like defects, this volume is ideal for scientists and PhD students dealing with the problems of theory of elasticity and fracture mechanics. Stands as a modern and extensive compendium of solutions to the problems of linear theory of elasticity of isotropic and anisotropic bodies with sharp and rounded notches; Adopts a highly reader-friendly layout of tables, charts, approximation ...

  5. Antioxidant potential of selected Spirulina platensis preparations. (United States)

    Dartsch, Peter C


    Recent studies suggest that Spirulina, a unicellular blue-green alga, may have a variety of health benefits and therapeutic properties and is also capable of acting as an antioxidant and antiinflammatory agent. In this study, a cell-free and a cell-based test assay were used to examine the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties of four selected Spirulina platensis preparations: (1) Biospirulina, (2) SpiruComplex, a preparation with naturally bound selenium, chromium and zinc, (3) SpiruZink, a preparation with naturally bound zinc, (4) Zinkspirulina + Acerola, a preparation with naturally bound zinc and acerola powder. The cell-free test assay used potassium superoxide as a donor for superoxide radicals, whereas the cell-based test assay used the formation of intracellular superoxide radicals of functional neutrophils upon stimulation by phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate as a model to investigate the potential of Spirulina preparations to inactivate superoxide radicals. In accordance with the recommended daily dosage, test concentrations ranging from 50 to 1000 microg/mL were chosen. The results showed a dose-dependent inactivation of free superoxide radicals (antioxidant effect) as well as an antiinflammatory effect characterized by a dose-dependent reduction of the metabolic activity of functional neutrophils and a dose-dependent inactivation of superoxide radicals generated during an oxidative burst. The results demonstrate that the tested Spirulina preparations have a high antioxidant and antiinflammatory potential. Especially SpiruZink and Zinkspirulina + Acerola might be useful as a supportive therapeutic approach for reducing oxidative stress and/or the generation of oxygen radicals in the course of inflammatory processes.

  6. Concentrating solar thermal power. (United States)

    Müller-Steinhagen, Hans


    In addition to wind and photovoltaic power, concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) will make a major contribution to electricity provision from renewable energies. Drawing on almost 30 years of operational experience in the multi-megawatt range, CSP is now a proven technology with a reliable cost and performance record. In conjunction with thermal energy storage, electricity can be provided according to demand. To date, solar thermal power plants with a total capacity of 1.3 GW are in operation worldwide, with an additional 2.3 GW under construction and 31.7 GW in advanced planning stage. Depending on the concentration factors, temperatures up to 1000°C can be reached to produce saturated or superheated steam for steam turbine cycles or compressed hot gas for gas turbine cycles. The heat rejected from these thermodynamic cycles can be used for sea water desalination, process heat and centralized provision of chilled water. While electricity generation from CSP plants is still more expensive than from wind turbines or photovoltaic panels, its independence from fluctuations and daily variation of wind speed and solar radiation provides it with a higher value. To become competitive with mid-load electricity from conventional power plants within the next 10-15 years, mass production of components, increased plant size and planning/operating experience will be accompanied by technological innovations. On 30 October 2009, a number of major industrial companies joined forces to establish the so-called DESERTEC Industry Initiative, which aims at providing by 2050 15 per cent of European electricity from renewable energy sources in North Africa, while at the same time securing energy, water, income and employment for this region. Solar thermal power plants are in the heart of this concept.

  7. Influence of black tea concentrate on kombucha fermentation

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    Malbaša Radomir V.


    Full Text Available Kombucha is cultivated on substrates prepared with different concentrations of black tea and substrate obtained by diluting a substrate with highest concentration of black tea with cold tap water. Qualify of produced beverages is compared with the beverage obtained in traditional fermentation of 1.5 g/L of black tea, sweetened with 70 g/L of sucrose. Inoculation was performed with 10% (v/v of fermentation liquid from previous process, and the fermentation was carried out at 28°C under aerobic conditions, for ten days. Process of fermentation was monitored by following pH, total acids. D-gluconic acid and caffeine content. Beverages obtained in fermentation with diluted black tea concentrate had similar amounts of investigated metabolites compared with traditional one. Use of diluted black tea concentrate as a substrate needs the shorter time for the substrate preparation, which significantly saves energy.

  8. Pushing concentration of stationary solar concentrators to the limit. (United States)

    Winston, Roland; Zhang, Weiya


    We give the theoretical limit of concentration allowed by nonimaging optics for stationary solar concentrators after reviewing sun- earth geometry in direction cosine space. We then discuss the design principles that we follow to approach the maximum concentration along with examples including a hollow CPC trough, a dielectric CPC trough, and a 3D dielectric stationary solar concentrator which concentrates sun light four times (4x), eight hours per day year around.

  9. Preparing for Emergency Situations (United States)

    Asproth, Viveca; Amcoff Nyström, Christina


    Disaster relief can be seen as a dynamic multi actor process with actors both joining and leaving the relief work during the help and rescue phase after the disaster has occurred. Actors may be governmental agencies, non profit voluntary organisations or spontaneous helpers comprised of individual citizens or temporal groups of citizens. Hence, they will vary widely in agility, competence, resources, and endurance. To prepare for for disasters a net based Agora with simulation of emergency situations for mutual preparation, training, and organisational learning is suggested. Such an Agora will ensure future security by: -Rising awareness and preparedness of potential disaster responders by help of the components and resources in the netAgora environment; -Improving cooperation and coordination between responders; -Improving competence and performance of organisations involved in security issues; -Bridging cultural differences between responders from different organizations and different backgrounds. The developed models are intended to reflect intelligent anticipatory systems for human operator anticipation of future consequences. As a way to catch what should be included in this netbased Agora and to join the split pictures that is present, Team Syntegrity could be a helpful tool. The purpose of Team Syntegrity is to stimulate collaboration and incite cross fertilization and creativity. The difference between syntegration and other group work is that the participants are evenly and uniquely distributed and will collectively have the means, the knowledge, the experience, the perspectives, and the expertise, to deal with the topic. In this paper the possibilities with using Team Syntegrity in preparation for the development of a netbased Agora is discussed. We have identified that Team Syntegrity could be useful in the steps User Integration, Designing the netAgora environment, developing Test Scenarios, and assessment of netAgora environment.

  10. [The bioequivalence of two oral propafenone preparations]. (United States)

    Koytchev, R; Alken, R G; Mayer, O; Böhm, R; Ellrich, A; Waldner-Kölblin, R G


    The bioequivalence of two oral racemic propafenone (CAS 54063-53-5) preparations was tested in an open, randomised, crossover trial with administration of single doses of 300 mg on two different occasions with a washout period of 7 days. 24 healthy, male volunteers, all proved to be rapid hydroxylators of debrisoquine, were enrolled in the trial. The concentrations of R(+)-, S(-)-propafenone and 5-hydroxypropafenone (5-OH-propafenone) were measured up to 12 h after administration by means of a sensitive and specific HPLC method that allowed the simultaneous quantification of all three substances in plasma. The results of 23 volunteers were evaluated pharmacokinetically. Main target parameters were AUC0-infinity and Cmax of both enantiomers of propafenone. Secondary target parameters were AUC0-infinity and Cmax of 5-OH-propafenone as well as tmax for R(+)- and S(-)-propafenone. The 90% confidence intervals for AUC0-infinity for R(+)-, S(-)-, and 5-OH-propafenone were 0.85-1.07, 0.83-1.10 and 0.84-1.05, respectively. The confidence intervals for Cmax were 0.81-1.12, 0.82-1.17 and 0.87-1.09 for R-, S-, and 5-OH-propafenone, respectively. The concentration maxima of both enantiomers were registered on average 15 min earlier after administration of the test preparation. This difference is of no clinical relevance. Both preparations are bioequivalent according to the criteria of the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products (CPMP).

  11. End-preparation assessments and tests for compounded sterile preparations. (United States)

    McElhiney, Linda F


    Outsourcing has become a necessity to obtain sterile products that are currently on backorder. Because of the expense of outsourcing sterile compounding, pharmacy leadership in health systems are now considering the option of insourcing and batch preparing compounded sterile preparations, which can be a viable option for a health system. It can significantly decrease drug-spending costs, and the pharmacy has a complete record of the compounding process. The key to preparing high-quality, safe, sterile preparations and meeting United States Pharmacopeia standards is end-preparation assessments and tests.

  12. Proceedings of the solar thermal concentrating collector technology symposium

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    Gupta, B.P.; Kreith, F. (eds.)


    The purpose of the symposium was to review the current status of the concentrating collector technology, to disseminate the information gained from experience in operating solar systems, and to highlight the significant areas of technology development that must be vigorously pursued to foster early commercialization of concentrating solar collectors. Separate abstracts were prepared for thirteen invited papers and working group summaries. Two papers were previously abstracted for EDB.

  13. Preparation and biological efficacy of haddock bone calcium tablets

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    霍健聪; 邓尚贵; 谢超; 童国忠


    To investigate the possible use of waste products obtained after processing haddock, the present study prepared haddock bone calcium powder by NaOH and ethanol soaking (alkalinealcohol method) and prepared haddock bone calcium tablets using the powder in combination with appropriate excipients. The biological efficacy of the haddock bone calcium tablets was investigated using Wistar rats as an experiment model. Results show that the optimal parameters for the alkalinealcohol method are: NaOH concentration 1...

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Yb - doped YAG Ceramics



    Rare-earth doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) ceramics are among the most widely produced transparent ceramics for laser applications. Yb:YAG ceramics are an interesting IR laser material [1], which allows significantly higher doping compared to the generally more used Nd:YAG [2,3]. This work presents the preparation of polycrystalline Yb:YAG ceramics with dopant concentration from 0 up to 20 at.% via solid state reactive sintering. Samples were prepared via cold isostatic pressing of spray ...

  15. Prepare Healthy Foods with Toddlers (United States)

    Izumi-Taylor, Satomi; Rike, Cheryl


    Toddlers--from about 16 to 36 months--can learn a variety of skills as they prepare food and follow recipes in developmentally appropriate ways. Early childhood teachers are encouraged to support young children's healthy eating habits by offering simple food preparation experiences. When toddlers--and preschoolers--safely prepare healthy snacks,…

  16. Why Specialized Preparation is Critical. (United States)

    McEwin, C. Kenneth; Dickinson, Thomas S.; Smith, Tracy W.


    Asserts that mandating specific teacher preparation programs may be necessary to ensure that teachers are adequately prepared for the unique challenges and rewards of teaching young adolescents, discussing: the desirability of teacher young adolescents, important elements of teacher preparation, the need for tighter licensure requirements, and the…

  17. Aircrew Combat Preparation Training (United States)


    hypnosis, positive thinking, meditation , and biofeedback . This mental conditioning enhances concentration or relaxation and reduces nervousness and...and not to dwell on the possibility of losing. Regular sessions of self-hypnosis, meditation , and biofeedback prior to competition lessen the possibil

  18. Dynamized Preparations in Cell Culture

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    Ellanzhiyil Surendran Sunila


    Full Text Available Although reports on the efficacy of homeopathic medicines in animal models are limited, there are even fewer reports on the in vitro action of these dynamized preparations. We have evaluated the cytotoxic activity of 30C and 200C potencies of ten dynamized medicines against Dalton's Lymphoma Ascites, Ehrlich's Ascites Carcinoma, lung fibroblast (L929 and Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO cell lines and compared activity with their mother tinctures during short-term and long-term cell culture. The effect of dynamized medicines to induce apoptosis was also evaluated and we studied how dynamized medicines affected genes expressed during apoptosis. Mother tinctures as well as some dynamized medicines showed significant cytotoxicity to cells during short and long-term incubation. Potentiated alcohol control did not produce any cytotoxicity at concentrations studied. The dynamized medicines were found to inhibit CHO cell colony formation and thymidine uptake in L929 cells and those of Thuja, Hydrastis and Carcinosinum were found to induce apoptosis in DLA cells. Moreover, dynamized Carcinosinum was found to induce the expression of p53 while dynamized Thuja produced characteristic laddering pattern in agarose gel electrophoresis of DNA. These results indicate that dynamized medicines possess cytotoxic as well as apoptosis-inducing properties.

  19. Wound bed preparation from a clinical perspective

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    A S Halim


    Full Text Available Wound bed preparation has been performed for over two decades, and the concept is well accepted. The ′TIME′ acronym, consisting of tissue debridement, i nfection or inflammation, moisture balance and edge effect, has assisted clinicians systematically in wound assessment and management. While the focus has usually been concentrated around the wound, the evolving concept of wound bed preparation promotes the treatment of the patient as a whole. This article discusses wound bed preparation and its clinical management components along with the principles of advanced wound care management at the present time. Management of tissue necrosis can be tailored according to the wound and local expertise. It ranges from simple to modern techniques like wet to dry dressing, enzymatic, biological and surgical debridement. Restoration of the bacterial balance is also an important element in managing chronic wounds that are critically colonized. Achieving a balance moist wound will hasten healing and correct biochemical imbalance by removing the excessive enzymes and growth factors. This can be achieved will multitude of dressing materials. The negative pressure wound therapy being one of the great breakthroughs. The progress and understanding on scientific basis of the wound bed preparation over the last two decades are discussed further in this article in the clinical perspectives.

  20. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Department of Human Resources is organising a preparation for retirement seminar which will take place on the four successive afternoons of 2 to 5 October 2007. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of one’s working life and the start of a new period of life. This period of transition and change is experienced differently from one individual to another. In any case, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above as well as those who have retired during the year have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members below 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of th...

  1. Preparation for retirement seminar

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      The Human Resources Department is organizing a preparation for retirement seminar, which will take place on the afternoons of the 25 and 27 November 2009. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned and the limited capacity of the Main Auditorium, you are requested to register in advance via Indico. &a...

  2. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a Preparation for Retirement Seminar, which will take place on 18 and 21 October 2011 in the afternoon in the Main Auditorium and on 19 October and 15 and 16 November 2011 in the afternoon in the Council Chamber. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned, you are ...

  3. Preparation for Retirement Seminar

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    The Human Resources Department is organizing a Preparation for Retirement Seminar, which will take place on 18 and 21 October 2011 in the afternoon in the Main Auditorium and on 19 October and 15 and 16 November 2011 in the afternoon in the Council Chamber. Similar seminars in the past have always proved highly successful. Retirement marks the end of a person’s working life and the start of a new chapter. This period of transition is experienced differently from one individual to another. In all cases, being well-informed and prepared greatly facilitates the change in lifestyle. We would like to draw your attention to the following information: Staff concerned: All staff members aged 58 and above have been sent a personal invitation to attend. Spouses are welcome. Staff members under the age of 58 who are interested in attending the seminar may also apply. Their applications will be accepted subject to availability of places. Registration: In view of the number of people concerned, you are r...


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    27 March 2001 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 28 March 2001 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 29 March 2001 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 30 March 2001 from 2.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. Auditorium (Main Building) After the success of the preparation seminars held in recent years, it has been decided that the programme should continue. The forthcoming seminar has been prepared in close collaboration with the CERN Pensioners' Association. The programme will be organised over several half-day sessions. Once again this year, a special session will be devoted to the 10th revision of the Swiss state pension scheme, the 'AVS' (Assurance-Vieillesse et Survivants), and the consequences for international civil servants. A talk will be given by Mrs Danièle Siebold, Director of the Caisse Cantonale Genevoise de Compensation, aimed mainly at those residing in or intending to move to Switzerland, or who worked in Switzerland before joining CERN. To enable Mrs Siebold to respond to your concerns as effectively as possible, please ...

  5. Data Breach Preparation

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    Belangia, David Warren [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    The Home Depot Data Breach is the second largest data breach on record. It has or will affect up to 56 million debit or credit cards. A trusted vendor account, coupled with the use of a previously unknown variant of malware that allowed the establishment of a foothold, was the entry point into the Home Depot network. Once inside the perimeter, privilege escalation provided an avenue to obtain the desired information. Home Depot did, however, learn some lessons from Target. Home Depot certainly communicated better than Target, procured insurance, and instituted as secure an environment as possible. There are specific measures an institution should undertake to prepare for a data breach, and everyone can learn from this breach. Publicly available information about the Home Depot Data Breach provides insight into the attack, an old malware variant with a new twist.While the malware was modified as to be unrecognizable with tools, it probably should have been detected. There are also concerns with Home Depot’s insurance and the insurance provider’s apparent lack of fully reimbursing Home Depot for their losses. The effect on shareholders and Home Depot’s stock price was short lived. This story is still evolving but provides interesting lessons learned concerning how an organization should prepare for it inevitable breach.

  6. Impact of season on the Quality Guava concentrate

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    Naveed Akhbar


    Full Text Available Among fruits, guava (Psidium guajava L., belonging to the Myrtaceae family, grows well in tropical and subtropical regions. It is an important export fruit but it is perishable, so it must be processed into some kind of products like jam, jellies and concentrates. Nutritional and shelf life of fruit based product depend upon number of storage factors as well as pre-harvest factors like soil type, nutrient availability, rainfall, neighbor plants, climate and season. Season is an important pre-harvest factor, affecting the quality attributes of guava products. In present study guava juice concentrate was prepared from fruit harvested in spring as well as in autumn seasons. The results showed that guava concentrate made from autumn fruit had 1.13 times brix content, have higher pH and 3.9 % more vitamin C as compared to concentrate made from spring season guava. The results indicated that the concentrate prepared from guava harvested in autumn season was nutritionally better than the concentrate prepared from guava harvested in spring season.


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    V. V. Kolpakova


    Full Text Available Traditionally rice and products of its processing are used to cook porridge, pilaf, lettuce, confectionery, fish, dairy and meat products. At the same time new ways of its processing with releasing of protein products for more effective using, including the use of a glutenfree diet, are developing. The task of this study was a comparative research of nutrition and biological value and functional properties of protein and protein-calcium concentrates produced from rice flour milled from white and brown rice. The traditional and special methods were used. Concentrates were isolated with enzyme preparations of xylanase and amylolytic activity with the next dissolution of protein in diluted hydrochloric acid. Concentrates differed in the content of mineral substances (calcium, zinc, iron and other elements, amino acids and functional properties. The values of the functional properties and indicators of the nutritional value of concentrates from white rice show the advisability of their using in food products, including gluten-free products prepared on the basis of the emulsion and foam systems, and concentrates from brown rice in food products prepared on the basis of using of the emulsion systems. Protein concentrates of brown rice have a low foaming capacity and there is no foam stability at all.

  8. Preparation and evaluation of veterinary 20% injectable solution of tylosin

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    Fouad K. Mohammad


    Full Text Available A veterinary injectable aqueous solution of the antibiotic tylosin at a concentration of 20% was prepared under aseptic conditions in dark glass bottles each containing 100 ml. The preparation was intended for animal use only. It contained 200 g tylosin tartrate, 500 ml propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol 40 ml as a preservative and water for injection up to 1000 ml. The preparation was clear yellow viscous aqueous solution free from undesired particles. The preparation complied with the requirements for injectable solutions. It was active in vitro against E. coli (JM83. The preparation of 20% tylosin solution was safe under field conditions in treating sheep and cattle suffering from pneumonia at the dose rate of 1 ml/20 kg body weight, intramuscularly/ day for 3 successive days. In conclusion, we presented the know-how of a veterinary formulation of injectable solution of 20% tylosin for clinical use in ruminants. [Vet. World 2010; 3(1.000: 5-7

  9. Endoparasites of Wild Rodents in Southeastern Iran

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    Mehdi Nateghpour


    Full Text Available Background: This study was aimed to collect wild rodents for endoparasites determination in some parts of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, southeastern Iran nearby Pakistan and Afghanistan countries.Methods: A total of 100 wild rodents were captured alive with cage traps. Various samples were collected from blood and feces, also impression smear prepared from different organs. The samples were prepared by formalin-ether or stained with Giemsa, after that were examined under microscope.Results: All the caught rodents (47 Tatera indica, 44 Meriones hurriana, 5 Gerbilus nanus and 4 Meriones libycus were studied for endoparasites emphasizing to their zoonotic aspects. Endoparasites including Spirurida,Hymenolepis diminuta, Hymenolepis nana feraterna, Trichuris trichiura, Skerjabino taenia, Trichostrongylus spp, Entamoeba muris, Chilomastix mesnili and Leishmania spp were parasitologically identified.Conclusion: Among 9 genera or species of the identified parasites at least 5 of them have zoonotic and public health importance.

  10. Studies on Electrolytic preparation of Iron Copper Powders

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    S. V. Athvale


    Full Text Available Factors affecting the physical characteristics and chemical composition of iron-cooper powder deposits obtained by electrolysis, have been investigated. Effect of process variables such as current density, pH, temperature, time, concentration of electrolyte and agitation, has been studied over a wide range, for theoretical interest and to obtain powder deposits of a definite composition. Metallographic examination of iron-copper powder thus prepared after compacting and sintering, has revealed uniform and homogeneous dispersion of the two metals. The technique of preparation presented in this paper is a better substitute to the conventional practice of preparing binary metal powders by mixing and tumbling.

  11. Study of Nitrogen Concentration in Silicon Carbide (United States)

    Wang, Hui; Yan, Cheng-Feng; Kong, Hai-Kuan; Chen, Jian-Jun; Xin, Jun; Shi, Er-Wei; Yang, Jian-Hua


    This work focused on studying the nitrogen concentration ( C N) in SiC. The variations of C N in the synthesis of SiC powder as well as the transport during SiC crystal growth have been investigated for broad ranges of temperature and Ar pressure. Before SiC crystal growth, SiC powders were synthesized from high-purity silicon and carbon powders. The concentrations of nitrogen, free C, and free Si in the as-prepared powders were all measured. C N in the SiC source powder decreased with increasing temperature and decreasing Ar pressure, whereas it did not show a remarkable trend with the molar ratio of free Si to free C. SiC crystal was then grown by the physical vapor transport (PVT) technique using the as-prepared powder. The distribution of C N in the remaining material indirectly indicated the temperature field of crystal growth. In addition, compared with introducing N2 during SiC crystal growth, doping with nitrogen during synthesis of the SiC source powder might be a better method to control C N in SiC crystals.

  12. Preparation of Hydrochlorothiazide Nanoparticles for Solubility Enhancement

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    Eliska Vaculikova


    Full Text Available Nanoparticles can be considered as a useful tool for improving properties of poorly soluble active ingredients. Hydrochlorothiazide (Class IV of the Biopharmaceutical Classification System was chosen as a model compound. Antisolvent precipitation-solvent evaporation and emulsion solvent evaporation methods were used for preparation of 18 samples containing hydrochlorothiazide nanoparticles. Water solutions of surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate, Tween 80 and carboxymethyl dextran were used in mass concentrations of 1%, 3% and 5%. Acetone and dichloromethane were used as solvents of the model compound. The particle size of the prepared samples was measured by dynamic light scattering. The selected sample of hydrochlorothiazide nanoparticles stabilized with carboxymethyl dextran sodium salt with particle size 2.6 nm was characterized additionally by Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that the solubility of this sample was 6.5-fold higher than that of bulk hydrochlorothiazide.

  13. Concentration dependence of dynamic moduli of heat-induced soy protein gels

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    Renkema, J.M.S.; Vliet, van T.


    The concentration dependence of dynamic moduli of soy protein gels was studied for different protein preparations (soy protein isolate), purified glycinin and a -conglycinin rich fraction) at various pHs and salt concentrations. The concentration dependence of the storage modulus of glycinin and

  14. 21 CFR 146.120 - Frozen concentrate for lemonade. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Frozen concentrate for lemonade. 146.120 Section 146.120 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... lemonade is the frozen food prepared from one or both of the lemon juice ingredients specified in...

  15. Preparing Students for Globalization

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    Friesel, Anna


    : USA, China, Korea, Mexico, Chile and others. We describe our experiences of working on industrial projects with international teams and analyse the development and trends in student mobility. The growing popularity of these programmes and the increasing number of the students joining our international......A. Friesel. Preparing Students for Globalization Working with International Teams with Projects // Electronics and Electrical Engineering. - Kaunas: Technologija, 2019. - No. 6(102). - P. 111-114. This paper summarizes the activities, contents and overall outcomes of our experiences...... with international students studying at the Copenhagen University College of Engineering (in short - IHK); in particular students coming for one semester exchange program under Erasmus-programme. IHK's participation in EU-supported programmes like EIE-Surveyor and ELLEIEC, both ERASMUS thematic networks, have...

  16. Preparing for faster filling

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    Following the programmed technical stop last week, operators focussed on preparing the machine for faster filling, which includes multibunch injection and a faster pre-cycle phase.   The LHC1 screen shot during the first multibunch injection operation. The LHC operational schedule incorporates a technical stop for preventive maintenance roughly every six weeks of stable operation, during which several interventions on the various machines are carried out. Last week these included the replacement of a faulty magnet in the SPS pre-accelerator, which required the subsequent re-setting of the system of particle extraction and transfer to the LHC. At the end of last week, all the machines were handed back for operation and work could start on accommodating all the changes made into the complex systems in order for normal operation to be resumed. These ‘recovery’ operations continued through the weekend and into this week. At the beginning of this week, operators succeeded in pro...

  17. Method to prepare Semtex

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    Alcaraz, A; Dougan, A


    This procedure requires the binder and uncoated RDX be prepared in separate steps, see Figure 1: (1) The binder and dye are mixed by agitation with a water-insoluble organic solvent (e.g., toluene), I; (2) The RDX/PETN is agitated thoroughly with water, II; (3) The binder solution I is added to the RDX/water mixture at II with thorough mixing to form a slurry III; (4) In the next step the solvent is distilled off at IV leaving resulting granules; (5) The next step is followed by filtration at V, which may be done by vacuum; (6) The composition is then dried at VI to a dough-like consistency.

  18. A Simple and Rapid Method for Standard Preparation of Gas Phase Extract of Cigarette Smoke (United States)

    Higashi, Tsunehito; Mai, Yosuke; Noya, Yoichi; Horinouchi, Takahiro; Terada, Koji; Hoshi, Akimasa; Nepal, Prabha; Harada, Takuya; Horiguchi, Mika; Hatate, Chizuru; Kuge, Yuji; Miwa, Soichi


    Cigarette smoke consists of tar and gas phase: the latter is toxicologically important because it can pass through lung alveolar epithelium to enter the circulation. Here we attempt to establish a standard method for preparation of gas phase extract of cigarette smoke (CSE). CSE was prepared by continuously sucking cigarette smoke through a Cambridge filter to remove tar, followed by bubbling it into phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). An increase in dry weight of the filter was defined as tar weight. Characteristically, concentrations of CSEs were represented as virtual tar concentrations, assuming that tar on the filter was dissolved in PBS. CSEs prepared from smaller numbers of cigarettes (original tar concentrations ≤15 mg/ml) showed similar concentration-response curves for cytotoxicity versus virtual tar concentrations, but with CSEs from larger numbers (tar ≥20 mg/ml), the curves were shifted rightward. Accordingly, the cytotoxic activity was detected in PBS of the second reservoir downstream of the first one with larger numbers of cigarettes. CSEs prepared from various cigarette brands showed comparable concentration-response curves for cytotoxicity. Two types of CSEs prepared by continuous and puff smoking protocols were similar regarding concentration-response curves for cytotoxicity, pharmacology of their cytotoxicity, and concentrations of cytotoxic compounds. These data show that concentrations of CSEs expressed by virtual tar concentrations can be a reference value to normalize their cytotoxicity, irrespective of numbers of combusted cigarettes, cigarette brands and smoking protocols, if original tar concentrations are ≤15 mg/ml. PMID:25229830

  19. 发酵蒸馏酒基液呈味物质的分析及在饮料调配中应用研究%Analysis of Flavouring Material of Concentrated Foundation Liquid of Fermenting and Distilling Wine and Seasoning Technology in Preparation Processing of the Beverage

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    赵金; 李新华


    以威士忌液体发酵蒸馏酒基液浓缩液为原料,采用CHCl2萃取浓缩液中的呈味物质,对其呈味物质进行GC-MS分析。结果表明:呈味物质包括69种化合物,其中主要呈味物质为2,3-丁二醇、乙醇、苯乙醇、2,5-己二醇、癸酸乙酯、月桂酸乙酯、3-甲基丁酸和糠醛等36种。在饮料配方中加入该浓缩液,通过调整糖酸比,制作的饮料酸甜可口、风味独特。单因素及正交试验结果表明:在甜味剂添加量为6%,酸味剂添加量为0.03%,香兰素添加量为0.01%的基础上,浓缩液的添加量为0.5%,此时感官风味最好。经GC-MS分析此风味饮料中呈味物质共包括30种化合物,主要成分为香草醛、2,3-丁二醇、乙醇、苯乙醇、乙酸乙酯、癸酸乙酯、糠醛、苯甲醛,此风味饮料保留了19种原浓缩液的风味物质。%Concentrated foundation liquid of fermenting and distilling wine of whisky as the research object. Flavouring materials were extracted by solvent extraction. According to the analysis of GC/MS, 69 components were identified. The main components were Ethyl alcohol,2,3-Butanediol,Phenylethyl Alcohol,2,5-Hexanediol,Decanoic acid,ethyl ester,Dodecanoic acid,ethyl ester,3-methylbutanoic acid,Furfural.etc. a total of 36. adding the concentrate in the beverage, and adjusting the sugar and acid ratio make the sweet and delicious beverage. The single factor and orthogonal experiment results indicated: In sweeteners, adding amount was 6%,citric acid content was 0.03%, vanillin content of 0.01%, on the basis of concentrate adding amount of 0.5%, the sensory flavor is the best. According to the analysis of GC/MS, 30 components were identified in the flavor drink. The main componets were Vanillin,2,3 -Butanediol,Ethyl alcohol,Phenylethyl Alcohol,Ethyl Acetate,Decanoic acid,ethyl ester,Furfural, Benzaldehyde. The specialty drinks retain a concentrate of 19 species of the original flavor.

  20. Preparation of Spherical Microfinc Silicon Powder

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    SHENG Yong; Zou Jun; LI Bing; TU Mingjing


    Under certain conditions of proper temperature and pH value,sodium silicate was hydrolyzed in liquid ammonia chloride,and spherical microfine SiO2 powder in micrometer-size was prepared.In this experiment,the relationship between needed time and proper pH value,temperature,density ofthe solution.and its current capacity were found.The optimum conditions are pH 8.5,70℃,and the concentration of sodium silicate is O.6 mol/L for the density ofthe solution.The structure of spherical microfine silicon was charactetized by SEM andXRD.

  1. Preparation of Impact and Weather Resistant Copolymer

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    LIANG Tao


    @@ Synthesis method of the resin is that crosslinked polybutyl acrylate latex is used as base latex. Styrene (St) and acrylonitrile (AN) are grafted onto polybutyl acrylate latex particle and turn into core-shell copolymer. The resin is a good resin's impact modifier. There are study of influence regularity about additive emulsifier, initiator, monomer concentration, the ratio of St to AN, chain transfer to graft polymerization. A kind of core-shell resin used as impact modifier is obtained. (A) Preparation of Crosslinked Butyl Acrylate Rubber Latex

  2. Preparation of Impact and Weather Resistant Copolymer

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    LIANG; Tao


    Synthesis method of the resin is that crosslinked polybutyl acrylate latex is used as base latex. Styrene (St) and acrylonitrile (AN) are grafted onto polybutyl acrylate latex particle and turn into core-shell copolymer. The resin is a good resin's impact modifier. There are study of influence regularity about additive emulsifier, initiator, monomer concentration, the ratio of St to AN, chain transfer to graft polymerization. A kind of core-shell resin used as impact modifier is obtained. (A) Preparation of Crosslinked Butyl Acrylate Rubber Latex  ……

  3. Design of photovoltaic central power station concentrator array

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    A design for a photovoltaic central power station using tracking concentrators has been developed. The 100 MW plant is assumed to be located adjacent to the Saguaro Power Station of Arizona Public Service. The design assumes an advanced Martin Marietta two-axis tracking fresnel lens concentrator. The concentrators are arrayed in 5 MW subfields, each with its own power conditioning unit. The photovoltaic plant output is connected to the existing 115 kV switchyard. The site specific design allows detailed cost estimates for engineering, site preparation, and installation. Collector and power conditioning costs have been treated parametrically.

  4. Conical electromagnetic radiation flux concentrator (United States)

    Miller, E. R.


    Concentrator provides method of concentrating a beam of electromagnetic radiation into a smaller beam, presenting a higher flux density. Smaller beam may be made larger by sending radiation through the device in the reverse direction.

  5. Microsheet Glass In Solar Concentrators (United States)

    Richter, Scott W.


    Microsheet glass used as highly protective covering material for developmental concentrating reflectors for solar power systems. Together with other materials, possible to fabricate lightweight, highly reflective, accurate, and long-lived concentrators. Desirable properties include durability and smoothness. Glass not affected by ultraviolet radiation, and not degraded by atomic oxygen, found in low orbits around Earth. Though concentrators intended for use in outer space, noteworthy that terrestrial concentrator fabricated with glass sheet 0.7 mm thick.

  6. Premedication, preparation, and surveillance. (United States)

    Bell, G D


    peppermint oil, as well as the value of variable-stiffness colonoscopes, in reducing the need for intravenous sedation is discussed. Case reports of hyponatraemic encephalopathy and hypocalcaemic tetany as complications of oral bowel preparation are presented, as is the challenge associated with adequate bowel preparation in diabetic patients.

  7. Concentration of Swiss Elite Orienteers. (United States)

    Seiler, Roland; Wetzel, Jorg


    A visual discrimination task was used to measure concentration among 43 members of Swiss national orienteering teams. Subjects were above average in the number of target objects dealt with and in duration of continuous concentration. For females only, ranking in orienteering performance was related to quality of concentration (ratio of correct to…

  8. Preparation and characterization of gelatin scaffold containing microorganism fermented cellulose

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    Lim, Youn Mook; Gwon, Hui Jeong; Park, Jong Seok; Nho, Young Chang; Lee, Byeong Heon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Mi Yeong; Lee, Jong Dae; Song, Sung Gi [Quegenbiotech, Co., Incheon (Korea, Republic of)


    Cellulose, chitin, chitosan and hyaluronic acid are well known as polysaccharides. These polysaccharides have many effects on cell growth and differentiation. Cell activation increases with increasing the polysaccharides concentration. In this study, gelatin scaffold containing microorganism fermented cellulose, citrus gel were prepared by using irradiation technique. Physical properties of the scaffolds were investigated as a function of the concentrations of gelatin and citrus gel and the cell attachment, cell morphology and inflammation of the scaffolds also were characterized for regeneration of skin tissue.

  9. Study of bagasse/tapioca starch film preparation and characterization (United States)

    Chen, Yanyang; Wei, Xiaoyi; Chang, Gang; Fu, Tiaokun; Cui, Lihong; Li, Jihua


    Bagasse/tapioca starch films (BT) were prepared with various contents of bagasse (10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 wt% based on tapioca starch), and the effect of bagasse concentration was studied by the performance of the BT films. Then, the BT films characteristics were analyzed using the instruments about ultraviolet spectrophotometer (US), SEM, TGA and XRD. The dispersion of the bagasse became better with bagasse concentration increasing, the intermolecular hydrogen bonding became stronger while the transparency values of the films decreased.

  10. Variability of mammalian liver nuclear-envelope preparations. (United States)

    Agutter, P S; Gleed, C D


    The composition, density and enzymic activities of sheep liver nuclear-envelope preparations were found to vary markedly according to the concentrations of nuclei during the lysis stage. The effect of nuclear concentration on the properties of the purified envelopes could not be attributed to bound Mg2+ or to other ions, and appeared to result from some component of the nucleus which was not eluted during lysis. The implications of these findings for studies on the nuclear envelope are discussed.

  11. Preparation of nickel nanoparticles in emulsion

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    ZHANG You-xian; FU Wen-jie; AN Xue-qin


    The nickel nanoparticles with different sizes and spherical shape were prepared by the reduction of nickel sulfate with sodium borohydride in the water-in-oil emulsions of water/SDBS(sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate)/n-pentanol/n-heptane. The effects of aging time, molar ratio of water to SDBS(R) and the concentration of nickel sulfate on the size of particles were studied. The samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy(TEM) and inductively coupled plasma spectrometry(ICP). The results show that the average particle size changes from 20 to 40 nm by adjusting aging time (15-30 min) and R (9-11.5). The concentration of nickel sulfate of 1.0 mol/L is the favorite condition.

  12. Preparation of Soy Peptides by Liquid Fermentation

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    Li Li; Yang Xiaoqun; Zhao Mouming; Liang Shizhong


    Many kinds of microorganism canproduce a mount of protease which subsequentlyhydrolysis the protein of the medium into peptideswhen they grow in protein containing liquidmedium. In the present investigation, theconditions of preparing soybean peptides byliquid fermentation were studied following resultswere obtained: (1) SPI is a nice nitrogen sourceand meanwhile an inducible factor of proteaseproduction; its concentration can be as high as3%-4%. (2) Sucrose is the best carbon source;its concentration is 1%-4%. (3) Under theconditions of 28℃, initial pH 60, inoculum size4%, cell age 36hr and fermentation time 24hr-30hr, we can obtain soybean peptides orfermentation liquor with good flavor, its Dhreaches 25%-30% and the yield rate can be ashigh as 75%. (4) Mass spectrograph indicate theMW of the fermentation liquid or the soybeanpeptides mainly distribute at a Dal, theseimply a promising prospect of industrialapplication of submerged fermentation inproducing soybean peptides.

  13. Psychological preparation in sport shooting


    Ledecká, Kateřina


    Title: Psychological preparation in sport shooting Objectives: The objective of this thesis is usage of psychological preparation by sport shooting representation team in Czech Republic. How they are informed about psychological preparation. What it means to them. Which types of regulation they use and how they behave before and after a competition. Methods: A Questionnaire was used as a method for data obtaining. The questionnaire was compiled for the purposes of this Thesis. The researched ...

  14. Preoperative preparation of children

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    Priya Reshma Aranha


    Full Text Available Surgery is a stressful and anxiety provoking experience for children. Millions of children undergo surgery every year. The majority of children experience significant preoperative anxiety which intern can affect their recovery. Preoperative anxiety may bring about physical and physiological changes in children, which can be particularly evident in terms of increased heart rate and blood pressure. To identify various strategies used to minimize the preoperative anxiety of children and update their clinical effectiveness among children undergoing surgery, the authors searched PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Cochrane Library for identifying the relevant studies and retrieved available literature. It is concluded that utilization of the strategies available to reduce the preoperative anxiety of children will be a promising intervention to reduce anxiety, to promote relaxation, satisfaction, and speedy recovery. Many of these techniques are simple, cost-effective and can be easily carried out by nurses. It is essential to use the age appropriate and individualized methods in preparing children for surgery. Further research is required to strengthen the evidence.

  15. Preparation for retirement seminar

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    (Health insurance and wealth and succession planning) During the preparation for retirement seminar in November 2009, the sessions on health insurance in Switzerland and in France unfortunately had to be postponed. Participants in the seminar also expressed interest in an information session on “How to manage your wealth and organize your succession”. The sessions on health insurance will be held on 16 March 2010 and those on managing wealth and succession on 18 March 2010. Programme for Tuesday 16 March 2010 (TH Theory Conference Room, Building 4/3-006): 09:00 Health insurance in Switzerland by Mr. Sandro Breitenstein, Service de l'Assurance Maladie du Canton de Genève 10:00 Coffee break 10:20 Health insurance in France by Mr. Dominique Curtiaud, Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie de l'Ain Programme for Thursday 18 March 2010 (TH Theory Conference Room, Building 4/3-006): 09:00 How to manage your wealth and organize your succession in Switzerland by Mr. Jean-Marc W...

  16. Preparing for the future

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    Panos Charitos


    The second annual meeting of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) design study took place from 11 to 15 April in Rome.   The participants in the second annual meeting of the FCC design study. (Photo: Vinicio Tullio/INFN) More than 450 scientists, researchers and leaders of high-tech industry gathered in Rome to review the progress of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) design study. The study was kicked off in 2014 as a response to a statement in the European Strategy for Particle Physics, and today embraces 74 institutes from 26 countries. With the LHC programme well under way, particle physicists are at an exciting juncture. New results from the 13 TeV run could show that we are on the threshold of an eye-opening era that presents new challenges and calls for developments. “To prepare for its future, CERN should continue to develop a vibrant R&D programme that should take advantage of its strengths and uniqueness, pursue design studies for...

  17. Prepared for internship?

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    Abuhusain, H


    Preparedness of medical school graduates for the intern year is one of the emphasised objectives of undergraduate medical training. We have evaluated the perceived preparedness of graduates undertaking the intern year in the Republic of Ireland. A 9-page questionnaire was mailed to all 497 interns in Ireland following commencement of the intern year in July 2005. Data obtained included demographics, perceived preparedness and assessment of perceived clinical skills (four sub-domains: core competencies, communication, emergencies, and educational environment). Information on intern induction was also collected. 99 questionnaires were returned (19.9%). Most of the cohort were Irish and worked in large medical school teaching hospitals. The majority of interns felt \\'unprepared\\' for the intern year. Interns perceived themselves \\'poor\\' in all areas of clinical skills assessed. Intern induction was attended by the majority and most stated it was too short. Medical schools are actively seeking innovative methods, through early patient contact and sub-internships, to better prepare undergraduates for the intern year. The deficiencies identified in this study are significant and emphasise the need for continued reform in the undergraduate curriculum.

  18. Deterministic joint remote state preparation

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    An, Nguyen Ba, E-mail: [Center for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, 10 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Bich, Cao Thi [Center for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, 10 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Physics Department, University of Education No. 1, 136 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Don, Nung Van [Center for Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, 10 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Physics Department, Hanoi National University, 334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi (Viet Nam)


    We put forward a new nontrivial three-step strategy to execute joint remote state preparation via Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen pairs deterministically. At variance with all existing protocols, in ours the receiver contributes actively in both preparation and reconstruction steps, although he knows nothing about the quantum state to be prepared. -- Highlights: → Deterministic joint remote state preparation via EPR pairs is proposed. → Both general single- and two-qubit states are studied. → Differently from all existing protocols, in ours the receiver participates actively. → This is for the first time such a strategy is adopted.

  19. High-efficiency solar concentrator (United States)

    Lansing, F. L.; Dorman, J.


    A new type of solar concentrator is presented using liquid lenses and simple translational tracking mechanism. The concentrator achieves a 100:1 nominal concentration ratio and is compared in performance with a flat-plate collector having two sheets of glazing and non-selective coating. The results of the thermal analysis show that higher temperatures can be obtained with the concentrator than is possible with the non-concentrator flat-plate type. Furthermore, the thermal efficiency far exceeds that of the comparative flat-plate type for all operating conditions.


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    Aurelia Ionescu


    Full Text Available Chickpea proteins are used as ingredients in comminuted sausage products and many oriental textured foods. Rheological behaviour of chickpea protein concentrate was studied using a controlled stress rheometer. The protein dispersion prepared with phosphate buffer at pH 7.0 presented non-Newtonian shear thinning behaviour and rheological data well fitted to the Sisko, Carreau and Cross models. The viscoelastic properties of the chickpea protein suspensions were estimated by measuring the storage and loss moduli in oscillatory frequency conditions (0.1-10 Hz at 20°C. Moreover, thermally induced gelation of the chickpea proteins (16, 24 and 36% was studied at pH 7.0 and 4.5 in the temperature range 50 to 100oC and salt concentration ranging from 0 to 1 M. Gelling behaviour was quantified by means of dynamic rheological measurements. Gels formation was preceded by the decrease of storage modulus and loss moduli, coupled with the increase of the phase angle (delta. The beginning of thermal gelation was influenced by protein concentration, pH and salt level. In all studied cases, storage modulus increased rapidly in the temperature range 70-90°C. All rheological parameters measured at 90°C were significantly higher at pH 4.5 compared to pH 7.0.

  1. Cavity preparation machine for the standardization of in vitro preparations

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    Carlos José Soares


    Full Text Available Several in vitro studies employ the confection of cavity preparations that are difficult to standardize by means of manual high speed handpieces. This study presents the development of a cavity preparation machine designed to standardize in vitro cavity preparations. A metal base of 25 mm x 25 mm x 4 mm (length x width x height was coupled to a small mobile table which was designed to be able to move by means of two precision micrometers (0.01-mm accuracy in the horizontal directions (right-left, and back-front. A high speed handpiece was coupled to a metallic connecting rod which had an accurate dial indicator enabling control of the vertical movement. The high speed handpiece is also able to move 180° around its longitudinal axis and 360° around its transversal axis. The suggested cavity preparation machine precisely helps in the standardization of cavity preparations for in vitro studies.

  2. Cavity preparation machine for the standardization of in vitro preparations. (United States)

    Soares, Carlos José; Fonseca, Rodrigo Borges; Gomide, Henner Alberto; Correr-Sobrinho, Lourenço


    Several in vitro studies employ the confection of cavity preparations that are difficult to standardize by means of manual high speed handpieces. This study presents the development of a cavity preparation machine designed to standardize in vitro cavity preparations. A metal base of 25 mm x 25 mm x 4 mm (length x width x height) was coupled to a small mobile table which was designed to be able to move by means of two precision micrometers (0.01-mm accuracy) in the horizontal directions (right-left, and back-front). A high speed handpiece was coupled to a metallic connecting rod which had an accurate dial indicator enabling control of the vertical movement. The high speed handpiece is also able to move 180 degrees around its longitudinal axis and 360 degrees around its transversal axis. The suggested cavity preparation machine precisely helps in the standardization of cavity preparations for in vitro studies.

  3. The Flow Behavior of Poly(m-Phenyleneisophthalamide) Concentrated Solution

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    By means of HAAKE RS105L cone and plate rheometer theflow behavior of poly (m-phenyleneisophthalamide ) (PMIA)concentrated solution, including viscous flow activation energy, non-Newtonian index, structural viscosity index and relaxation time of the PMIA solution were studied. The effect of concentration and temperature of the solution and molecular weight of the polymer on its non-Newtonian behavior was investigated. The results showed that PMIA concentrated solutien prepared via low temperature condensation was of non-Newtonian fluid. With the decrease of trmperature,increase of solution concentration and PMIA molecular weight, the deviation of the solution from Newtonian behavior decreased. The molecular weight of the polymer and the concentration of the solution affected the nonNewtonian behavior more intensively.

  4. An edible gintonin preparation from ginseng. (United States)

    Choi, Sun-Hye; Shin, Tae-Joon; Lee, Byung-Hwan; Hwang, Sung Hee; Kang, Jiyeon; Kim, Hyun-Joong; Park, Chan-Woo; Nah, Seung-Yeol


    Ginseng, the root of Panax ginseng, is one of the oldest herbal medicines. It has a variety of physiological and pharmacological effects. Recently, we isolated a subset of glycolipoproteins that we designated gintonin, and demonstrated that it induced transient change in intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in cells via G-protein-coupled receptor signaling pathway(s). The previous method for gintonin isolation included multiple steps using methanol, butanol, and other organic solvents. In the present study, we developed a much simple method for the preparation of gintonin from ginseng root using 80% ethanol extraction. The extracted fraction was designated edible gintonin. This method produced a high yield of gintonin (0.20%). The chemical characteristics of gintonin such as molecular weight and the composition of the extract product were almost identical as the gintonin prepared using the previous extraction regimen involving various organic solvents. We also examined the physiological effects of edible gintonin on endogenous Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channel activity of Xenopus oocytes. The 50% effective dose was 1.03±0.3 μg/mL. Finally, since gintonin preparation through ethanol extraction is easily reproducible, gintonin could be commercially applied for ginseng-derived functional health food and/or drug following the confirmations of in vitro and in vivo physiological and pharmacological effects of gintonin.

  5. [Study on preparation process of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres]. (United States)

    Pan, Xu-Wang; Wang, Wei; Fang, Hong-Ying; Wang, Fu-Gen; Cai, Zhao-Bin


    This study aims to investigate the preparation process and in vitro release behavior of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, in order to prepare an artesunate polylactic acid (PLA) administration method suitable for hepatic arterial embolization. With PLA as the material and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the emulsifier, O/W emulsion/solvent evaporation method was adopted to prepare artesunate polylactic acid microspheres, and optimize the preparation process. With drug loading capacity, encapsulation efficiency and particle size as indexes, a single factor analysis was made on PLA concentration, PVA concentration, drug loading ratio and stirring velocity. Through an orthogonal experiment, the optimal processing conditions were determined as follows: PLA concentration was 9. 0% , PVA concentration was 0. 9% , drug loading ratio was 1:2 and stirring velocity was 1 000 r x min(-1). According to the verification of the optimal process, microsphere size, drug loading and entrapment rate of artesunate polylactic acid microspheres were (101.7 +/- 0.37) microm, (30.8 +/- 0.84)%, (53.6 +/- 0.62)%, respectively. The results showed that the optimal process was so reasonable and stable that it could lay foundation for further studies.

  6. The preparation of steatite suspension for spray drying (United States)

    Jirousek, L.; Spicak, K.


    Liquifying agents were investigated for preparation of highly concentrated steatite suspensions which are to be spray-dried. Organic additives for improving the molding properties and strength of green compacts are described. Demands on properties of the spray-dried granules are defined with regard to shrinkage of the molded compacts.

  7. Preparation and characterization of low-defect surfaces

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    Robinson, T.O.


    Silver crystal surfaces with low defect densities were prepared electrochemically from aqueous solutions using capillary-growth techniques. These surfaces had low rates for the nucleation of new silver layers. The impedance of these inert silver/aqueous silver nitrate interfaces was used to determine silver adatom concentration and water dipole reorientation energetics.

  8. Preparation of reminiscent aroma mixture of Japanese soy sauce. (United States)

    Bonkohara, Kaori; Fuji, Maiko; Nakao, Akito; Igura, Noriyuki; Shimoda, Mitsuya


    To prepare an aroma mixture of Japanese soy sauce by fewest components, the aroma concentrate of good sensory attributes was prepared by polyethylene membrane extraction, which could extract only the volatiles with diethyl ether. GC-MS-Olfactometry was done with the aroma concentrate, and 28 odor-active compounds were detected. Application of aroma extract dilution analysis to the separated fraction revealed high flavor dilution factors with respect to acetic acid, 4-hydroxy-2(or5)-ethyl-5(or2)-methyl-3(2H)-furanone (HEMF), 3-methyl-1-butanol (isoamyl alcohol), and 3-(methylsulfanyl)propanal (methional). A model aroma mixture containing above four odorants showed a good similarity with the aroma of the soy sauce itself. Consequently, the reminiscent aroma mixture of soy sauce was prepared in water. The ratio of acetic acid, HEMF, isoamyl alcohol, and methional was 2500:300:100:1.

  9. Stability of extemporaneously prepared rufinamide oral suspensions. (United States)

    Hutchinson, David J; Liou, Yayin; Best, Robert; Zhao, Fang


    Rufinamide is an oral antiepileptic drug indicated for adjunctive therapy in treating generalized seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Currently, rufinamide is available as 200-mg and 400-mg tablets. A liquid dosage form does not exist at the present time. Lack of a suspension formulation may present an administration problem for many children and adults who are unable to swallow tablets. The availability of a liquid dosage form will provide an easy and accurate way to measure and administer the medication. To determine the stability of both sugar-containing and sugar-free rufinamide suspensions over a 90-day period. A suspension of rufinamide 40 mg/mL was prepared by grinding twelve 400-mg tablets of rufinamide tablets in a glass mortar. Sixty milliliters of Ora-Plus and 60 mL of either Ora-Sweet or Ora-Sweet SF (sugar free) were mixed and added to the powder to make a final volume of 120 mL. Three identical samples of each formulation were prepared and placed in 60-mL amber plastic bottles and were stored at room temperature. A 1-mL sample was withdrawn from each of the 6 bottles with a micropipette immediately after preparation and at 7, 14, 28, 56, and 90 days. After further dilution to an expected concentration of 0.4 mg/mL, the samples were assayed using high-performance liquid chromatography. Stability was defined as the retention of at least 90% of the initial concentration. At least 90% of the initial rufinamide concentration remained throughout the 90-day study period in both preparations. There were no detectable changes in color, odor, taste, and pH and no visible microbial growth. Extemporaneously compounded suspensions of rufinamide 40 mg/mL in a 1:1 mixture of Ora-Plus and Ora-Sweet or Ora-Sweet SF were stable for at least 90 days when stored in 59-mL amber polypropylene plastic bottles at room temperature.

  10. Preparation and Self-assembly of Zirconia Nanoparticles via Hydrothermal Method

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    LI Guang-Hui; HONG Zhang-Lian; YANG Hui


    Zirconia nanoparticles were synthesized via hydrothermal method without any additives. This work focuses on the effect of preparation conditions such as the precursor preparation condition and crystallization time of nanocrystallite in autoclave on the properties of as-prepared products. The results indicated that the amount of tetragonal zirconia varied with the preparation conditions. It increased with the increase of the concentration of KOH solution in precursor producing process and reduced with the prolongation of crystallization time. At the same time, the particle size and morphology were also affected by the preparation conditions. In addition,the self-assembled spindle- like aggregates were observed in present works.

  11. The Research on Analytical Method of Diquat Dibromide in Diquat Technical Concentrates

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    Gu Bing


    Full Text Available The technical concentrates (TK is prepared by technical material (TC, the content is lower than TC, it can be used for the preparation of pesticide formulations. Diquat TK is generally brown or dark brown liquid. In recent years, it develops rapidly as herbicides. This paper mainly introduces the research on analyses of the effective components in diquat TK.

  12. Low concentrator PV optics optimization (United States)

    Sharp, Leonard; Chang, Ben


    Purpose: Cost reduction is a major focus of the solar industry. Thin film technologies and concentration systems are viable ways to reducing cost, with unique strengths and weakness for both. Most of the concentrating PV work focuses on high concentration systems for reducing energy cost. Meanwhile, many believe that low concentrators provide significant cost reduction potential while addressing the mainstream PV market with a product that acts as a flat panel replacement. This paper analyzes the relative benefit of asymmetric vs. symmetric optics for low-concentrators in light of specific PV applications. Approach: Symmetric and asymmetric concentrating PV module performance is evaluated using computer simulation to determine potential value across various geographic locations and applications. The selected optic design is modeled against standard cSi flat panels and thin film to determine application fit, system level energy density and economic value. Results: While symmetric designs may seem ideal, asymmetric designs have an advantage in energy density. Both designs are assessed for aperture, optimum concentration ratio, and ideal system array configuration. Analysis of performance across climate specific effects (diffuse, direct and circumsolar) and location specific effects (sunpath) are also presented. The energy density and energy production of low concentrators provide a compelling value proposition. More significantly, the choice of optics for a low concentrating design can affect real world performance. With the goal of maximizing energy density and return on investment, this paper presents the advantages of asymmetric optic concentration and illustrates the value of this design within specific PV applications.


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    N. G. Kul’neva


    Full Text Available Summary. Producing high quality intermediate products in the boiling-crystallization station is an actual problem of sugar production. In the production of white sugar brown sugar syrup is not further purified that decreases the quality of the end product. Studies have been conducted using cellulose as an adsorbent for the purification of concentrated sugar solutions, having affinity to dyes and other impurities. Research have been carried out with the intermediate products of the Lebedyan sugar plant. Test results have shown cellulose ability to adsorb the dyes in sugar production. The influence of the adsorbent concentration and the mass fraction of solids in the syrup on the decolorization effect has been studied; rational process parameters have been obtained. It has been found that proceeding an additional adsorption purification of brown sugars syrup allows to reduce the solution color, increase the amount and quality of the end product. Adsorbing means, received from production wastes on the basis of organic resources, have many advantages: economical, environmentally friendly for disposal, safe to use, reliable and efficient in use. Conducted research on using cellulose as adsorbent for treatment of concentrated sugar solutions, having an affinity for colouring matter and other impurities. The experiments were carried out on the intermediates Lebedyanskiy sugar factory. The test results showed the ability of cellulose to adsorb coloring matter of sugar production. To evaluate the effect of bleaching depending on the mass fraction of dry substances prepared yellow juice filtration of sugar concentration of 55, 60, 65 % with subsequent adsorption purification of cellulose. The results of the experiment built adsorption isotherm of dyestuffs. The influence of the concentration of the adsorbent and a mass fraction of solids of juice filtration on the efficiency of decolorization obtained by rational parameters of the process. It is

  14. Coal preparation. Energy program report

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    Anastas, M.Y.


    This is one of several special reports prepared in conjunction with a broad state-of-the-art study on underground coal mining. This report is essentially a review of the current technology of coal preparation and future research needs in this field. (GRA)

  15. Preparing Students for Romantic Relationships (United States)

    Weissbourd, Richard; Peterson, Amelia; Weinstein, Emily


    One of the most important aspects in our lives is learning how to have mutual, caring romantic relationships. Yet while schools and many other industries in this country devote tremendous attention and resources to preparing the young for work, they do remarkably little to prepare them for generous, self-respecting sex and love. Educators and…

  16. Recent advances in preparative electrophoresis (United States)

    Mosher, Richard A.; Thormann, Wolfgang; Egen, Ned B.; Couasnon, Pascal; Sammons, David W.


    Various approaches for preparative electrophoresis, and three new instruments for preparative electrophoresis are discussed. Consideration is given to isoelectric focusing, isotachophoresis, and zone electrophoresis, three gel-based electrophoresis methods. The design, functions, and performance of the Elphor VaP 21 device of Hannig (1982), the shear-stabilized BIOSTREAM separator of Thompson (1983), and the recycling isoelectric focusing device are described.

  17. Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement (United States)

    Boyd, Donald J.; Grossman, Pamela L.; Lankford, Hamilton; Loeb, Susanna; Wyckoff, James


    There are fierce debates over the best way to prepare teachers. Some argue that easing entry into teaching is necessary to attract strong candidates, whereas others argue that investing in high quality teacher preparation is the most promising approach. Most agree, however, that we lack a strong research basis for understanding how to prepare…

  18. A Simple Preparation of Hexadeuteriocholesterol

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    Holm, Torkil; Crossland, Ingolf


    26,26,26,27,27,27 Hxadeuterio cholesterol has been prepared in 9 stages from pregnenolone and hexadeuterio acetone with an overall yield of 7 %.......26,26,26,27,27,27 Hxadeuterio cholesterol has been prepared in 9 stages from pregnenolone and hexadeuterio acetone with an overall yield of 7 %....

  19. Winston Solar Concentrators and Evaluation Support. Phase 2: Non-imaging Concentrators for Space Applications (United States)

    Winston, R.; Ogallagher, J.; Greenman, P.


    A 4.67X, plus or minus 5 deg. compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) for a large photovoltaic array in space was analyzed. The design was demonstrated to be effective in achieving a net power gain which can be varied from more than a factor of 3 down to approximately unity. A method for reducing nonuniformities in illumination to a given desired level was found. The effectiveness of this method, which involves the introduction of a degree of non-specularity in the reflector surface, was confirmed by direct measurements with prepared foil reflectors in a CPC in terrestrial sunshine as well as by computer ray tracing. Further ray tracing confirms that the CPC design is extremely tolerant to pointing and alignment errors, minor distortions, etc. A two stage non-imaging design was shown, by preliminary measurements and analysis, to provide both the desired angular tolerance and the required degree of intensity uniformity if higher concentrations (4X-10X) are necessary.

  20. Spectrofluorimetric determination of fluoroquinolones in pharmaceutical preparations (United States)

    Ulu, Sevgi Tatar


    Simple, rapid and highly sensitive spectrofluorimetric method is presented for the determination of four fluoroquinolone (FQ) drugs, ciprofloxacin, enoxacin, norfloxacin and moxifloxacin in pharmaceutical preparations. Proposed method is based on the derivatization of FQ with 4-chloro-7-nitrobenzofurazan (NBD-Cl) in borate buffer of pH 9.0 to yield a yellow product. The optimum experimental conditions have been studied carefully. Beer's law is obeyed over the concentration range of 23.5-500 ng mL -1 for ciprofloxacin, 28.5-700 ng mL -1 for enoxacin, 29.5-800 ng mL -1 for norfloxacin and 33.5-1000 ng mL -1 for moxifloxacin using NBD-Cl reagent, respectively. The detection limits were found to be 7.0 ng mL -1 for ciprofloxacin, 8.5 ng mL -1 for enoxacin, 9.2 ng mL -1 for norfloxacin and 9.98 ng mL -1 for moxifloxacin, respectively. Intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviation and relative mean error values at three different concentrations were determined. The low relative standard deviation values indicate good precision and high recovery values indicate accuracy of the proposed methods. The method is highly sensitive and specific. The results obtained are in good agreement with those obtained by the official and reference method. The results presented in this report show that the applied spectrofluorimetric method is acceptable for the determination of the four FQ in the pharmaceutical preparations. Common excipients used as additives in pharmaceutical preparations do not interfere with the proposed method.

  1. Preparing Process of Cerium Acetate and Rare Earth Acetate

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    Qiao Jun; Ma Ying; Xu Yanhui; Zhang Jun; Chang Shu; Hao Xianku


    Preparing process was presented and the influences of concentration of acetic acid, reaction temperature, the ratio of cerium carbonate and acetic acid, heat preservation time to the yield of cerium acetate were discussed.The crystalline cerium acetate and rare earth acetate such as ( La, Ce, Pr, Nd) (Ac) 3, ( Ce, Pr, Nd) (Ac) 3, ( Pr, Nd, Er,Y) (Ac) 3 and yttrium acetate were prepared under this condition.The shape, structure and composition of the crystals were determined by the methods of SEM, TG-DTA, X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis.The optimum prepared conditions of cerium acetate were described.This prepared process has characteristics such as simple process route, low cost, high yield, good quality, no pollution to environment, etc.

  2. Mechanically stacked concentrator tandem solar cells (United States)

    Andreev, V. M.; Rumyantsev, V. D.; Karlina, L. B.; Kazantsev, A. B.; Khvostikov, V. P.; Shvarts, M. Z.; Sorokina, S. V.


    Four-terminal mechanically stacked solar cells were developed for advanced space arrays with line-focus reflective concentrators. The top cells are based on AlGaAs/GaAs multilayer heterostructures prepared by low temperature liquid phase epitaxy. The bottom cells are based on heteroepitaxial InP/InGaAs liquid phase epitaxy or on homo-junction GaSb, Zn-diffused structures. The sum of the highest reached efficiencies of the top and bottom cells is 29.4 percent. The best four-terminal tandems have an efficiency of 27 to 28 percent. Solar cells were irradiated with 1 MeV electrons and their performances were determined as a function of fluence up to 10(exp 16) cm(exp-2). It was shown that the radiation resistance of developed tandem cells is similar to the most radiative stable AlGaAs/GaAs cells with a thin p-GaAs photoactive layer.


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    Sophia Nikolaevna Lyubyaschenko


    Full Text Available In this paper, we describe the trend of market concentration, the formation of strategic groups in Russian industry, principles of integration of firms in strategic groups, and the reasons for increase of market concentration. Purpose - to propose the methods of measuring industry concentration in terms of coordination.   Methodology: methods of system analysis, economic analysis, the methodological approaches of the theory of industrial organization, regression analysis.Results: Authors provide the methods of measuring industry concentration in terms of coordination. Authors established laws of formation of strategic groups (coalitions. The relationship between the concentration rate and business cycle sensitivity of firms in Russian industry was described.Practical implications: The methods of measuring industry concentration is of interest to economists, business strategists, and government agencies.DOI:

  4. Preparation of iron oxides and oxihydroxides

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    Iveta Štyriaková


    Full Text Available Iron oxides are common minerals that occur in the environment, either naturally or as a result of human activities.The most common Fe(III-hydroxides and -oxides include ferrihydrite (Fe5HO8 .4H2O that transforms to hematite (a-Fe2O3 and/or goethite (a-FeOOH.That depends on the solution composition, temperature and pH. Depending on the composition of the solid and solution, oxidation can transform the green rust (a product formed by a metal corrosion to lepidocrocite (γ -FeOOH or magnetite (Fe(IIFe(III 2O4 . Weathering can degrade magnetite to maghemite (γ –Fe2O3 and all of the Fe-oxides are subject to an attack and dissolution by organic acids and ligands that are formed during the breakdown of biological material. Iron oxides can be prepared by hydrolysis of acidic Fe3+ solutions or by controlled oxidation of Fe2+ solutions. Goethite, lepidocrocite and magnetite were prepared by oxidation of Fe2+ solutions under slightly different values of pH, Fe concentrations and rates of oxidation. Maghemite was prepared by a thermal transformation from synthetic lepidocrocite heated in a furnace at 250 °C for 2h. Hematite was prepared by forced hydrolysis of Fe3+ solution from a chlorine system (FeCl3 at the temperature close to 100 °C under strongly acidic conditions (pH 1-2. Main mineral phases were confirmed by the RTG diffraction and IR spectroscopy method. Iron oxides are excellent, renewable adsorbents, and often control free metals through adsorption reaction.

  5. A primer on concentrated insulins: what an internist should know. (United States)

    Barnosky, Adrienne; Shah, Lisa; Meah, Farah; Emanuele, Nicholas; Emanuele, Mary Ann; Mazhari, Alaleh


    The common insulin concentration in most preparations of insulin is 100 units per mL or U-100. Human regular U-500 insulin was the first concentrated insulin introduced and it has been available in the United States since the 1950s. Humulin R is the only human regular U-500 available on the market. Human regular U-500 is five times more concentrated than U-100 and because of its pharmacodynamic properties, works as both a basal and a bolus insulin. Human regular U500 allows for delivery of a larger insulin dose with a smaller volume leading to better absorption compared to U-100 and has traditionally been used in patients with moderate to severe insulin resistance. More recently other forms of concentrated insulin have become available and the newer concentrated insulin preparations can be used in diabetic patients with or without insulin resistance. Our intent is to provide primary care physicians with a review of the pharmacology and current literature on concentrated insulins as well as recommendations for patient selection, dose initiation, and dose adjustment.

  6. Market concentration and economic performance


    Sophia Nikolaevna Lyubyaschenko; Valery Ivanovich Mamonov


    In this paper, we describe the trend of market concentration, the formation of strategic groups in Russian industry, principles of integration of firms in strategic groups, and the reasons for increase of market concentration. Purpose - to propose the methods of measuring industry concentration in terms of coordination.   Methodology: methods of system analysis, economic analysis, the methodological approaches of the theory of industrial organization, regression analysis.Results: Authors prov...

  7. How reliable are crystalline silica dust concentration measurements? (United States)

    Cox, L A; Van Orden, D R; Lee, R J; Arlauckas, S M; Kautz, R A; Warzel, A L; Bailey, K F; Ranpuria, A K


    To determine how reliably commercial laboratories measure crystalline silica concentrations corresponding to OSHA's proposed limits, 105 filters were prepared with known masses of 20, 40, and 80 μg of respirable quartz corresponding to airborne silica concentrations of 25, 50, and 100 μg/m(3) and were submitted, in a blind test, to qualified commercial laboratories over a nine month period. Under these test conditions, the reported results indicated a lack of accuracy and precision needed to reliably inform regulatory compliance decisions. This was true even for filters containing only silica, without an interfering matrix. For 36 filters loaded with 20 or more micrograms of silica, the laboratories reported non-detected levels of silica. Inter-laboratory variability in this performance test program was so high that the reported results could not be used to reliably discriminate among filters prepared to reflect 8-h exposures to respirable quartz concentrations of 25, 50 and 100 μg/m(3). Moreover, even in intra-laboratory performance, there was so much variability in the reported results that 2-fold variations in exposure concentrations could not be reliably distinguished. Part of the variability and underreporting may result from the sample preparation process. The results of this study suggest that current laboratory methods and practices cannot necessarily be depended on, with high confidence, to support proposed regulatory standards with reliable data.

  8. Ideal 3D asymmetric concentrator

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    Garcia-Botella, Angel [Departamento Fisica Aplicada a los Recursos Naturales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E.T.S.I. de Montes, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Fernandez-Balbuena, Antonio Alvarez; Vazquez, Daniel; Bernabeu, Eusebio [Departamento de Optica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fac. CC. Fisicas, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain)


    Nonimaging optics is a field devoted to the design of optical components for applications such as solar concentration or illumination. In this field, many different techniques have been used for producing reflective and refractive optical devices, including reverse engineering techniques. In this paper we apply photometric field theory and elliptic ray bundles method to study 3D asymmetric - without rotational or translational symmetry - concentrators, which can be useful components for nontracking solar applications. We study the one-sheet hyperbolic concentrator and we demonstrate its behaviour as ideal 3D asymmetric concentrator. (author)

  9. Preparation of Parium Titanates With Different Particle Size Distribution Using Modified Pechini Method

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    Ahmed Jaafer Abed AL-Jabar


    Full Text Available Barium titanates is one of the most important ceramics that are widely used in the electronic industry because of its high dielectric constant, its ferroelectricity, and its piezoelectric properties. In the current study, five different batches of barium titanate powders were prepared by modifiedpechini method using the barium chloride and the titanium chloride as a starting materials in order to obtain different particle size distributions.SEM, TGA, DTA, XRD, FTIR, and other techniques have been used to characterize the prepared samples.XRD results suggested that the synthesized BaTiO3has a tetragonal phase.SEM images of the prepared samples reveala polyhedron shapes, on average, also it show that there are markedinfluence of the reactant concentration on the average size of the grains,where the samples prepared from higher solution concentration tend to possess larger grain size compared to that prepared from low concentration.

  10. Preparation and elements analysis of porous fluorescent glasses

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    ZHU Dong-mei; LUO Fa; ZHOU Wan-cheng; D. E. DAY; C. S. RAY


    A large variety of porous fluorescent glasses were prepared and the concentration of different elements in these glasses was analyzed. The start porous glasses were soaked in a solution containing soluble salts and then heated at 650 ℃ for 3 h to decompose the salts in the pores into oxides. Fluorescent agents,such as UO3,Eu2O3,were impregnated into the porous glasses to prepare the fluorescent glasses. The results show that soaking is a feasible method to prepare the glass sphere with compositions distinguishable from each other and easy to be located in a complicated background. Six or more components can be impregnated together into one glass sample and the concentration of them can be analyzed accurately. UO3 and Eu2O3 can be impregnated into porous glass to make the glass strongly fluorescent. Higher concentration of Eu2O3 produces stronger fluorescence while higher concentration of UO3 reduces the fluorescence intensity because of the concentration quenching effect.

  11. concentration

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    Seth F. Oppenheimer


    Full Text Available We consider a model for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD in a semi-infinite river where the BOD is prescribed by a time varying function at the left endpoint. That is, we study the problem with a time varying boundary loading. We obtain the well-posedness for the model when the boundary loading is smooth in time. We also obtain various qualitative results such as ordering, positivity, and boundedness. Of greatest interest, we show that a periodic loading function admits a unique asymptotically attracting periodic solution. For non-smooth loading functions, we obtain weak solutions. Finally, for certain special cases, we show how to obtain explicit solutions in the form of infinite series.

  12. School concentration and school travel

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    De Boer, E.


    The purpose of the research as described in this Doctor’s thesis is twofold. Firstly it is to define in how far Dutch facilities for primary and secondary education were subjected to spatial concentration during recent decades. Secondly it is intended to assess what this concentration implied for th

  13. School concentration and school travel

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    De Boer, E.


    The purpose of the research as described in this Doctor’s thesis is twofold. Firstly it is to define in how far Dutch facilities for primary and secondary education were subjected to spatial concentration during recent decades. Secondly it is intended to assess what this concentration implied for

  14. Least cost cusp concentrator design

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    Nanda, S.K.; Mullick, S.C.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.


    Cusp concentrators require larger reflector areas, but can be designed for larger acceptance angles, allowing large mirror tolerances. Design procedures are outlined to compute the optimum combination of acceptance angle and maximum mirror slope for any required concentration ratio, taking into account the material as well as fabrication costs. The cusps are compared with the parabola.

  15. Program for Paraboloidal Solar Concentrators (United States)

    Wen, Liang-Chi; O'Brien, Philip


    Solar-Concentrator Code for Paraboloidal Dishes (SOLCOL) aids in design and analysis of solar collectors in space station. Calculates quality of solar image and flux distribution on specified target surface. Receiver target is focal plane cylinder, hemisphere, or any arbitrary surface, normals to which supplied. Used to assess optical performance of concentrator. Written in FORTRAN 77.

  16. Rational Normalization of Concentration Measures. (United States)

    Bonckaert, P.; Egghe, L.


    Discusses normalization features of good concentration measures and extends the range of values of concentration measures that are population-size-independent. Rational normalization is described, and mathematical formulas for the coefficient of variation, Pratt's measure, the Gini index, Theil's measure, and Atkinson's indices are explained. (14…

  17. Beer as colon lavage preparation

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    Kinnunen, J.; Linden, H.; Pietilae, J.; Juutilainen, T.


    Six patients received beer preparation prior to double contrast barium enema. The beer group scored slightly better (though not statistically significantly) both in the cleanliness and in the mucosal coating of the bowel than the control group with standard preparation. The fluid balance was unaltered. The patients in the beer group felt surprisingly well, likely due to the good fluid and energy balance provided by the beer. The beer preparation could be used in cases, when the patients are ready to intake beer and want to maintain a good nutritional status.

  18. An Efficient Covalent Coating on Glass Slides for Preparation of Optical Oligonucleotide Microarrays

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    Atefeh Pourjahed


    The agarose-PLL microarrays had the highest signal (2546 and lowest background signal (205 in hybridization, suggesting that the prepared slides are suitable in analyzing wide concentration range of analytes.

  19. Stability of urea in solution and pharmaceutical preparations. (United States)

    Panyachariwat, Nattakan; Steckel, Hartwig


    The stability of urea in solution and pharmaceutical preparations was analyzed as a function of temperature (25°-60°C), pH (3.11-9.67), and initial urea concentration (2.5%-20%). This study was undertaken to (i) obtain more extensive, quantitative information relative to the degradation of urea in both aqueous and non-aqueous solutions and in pharmaceutical preparations, and (ii) test the effects of initial urea concentration, pH, buffer, and temperature values on urea degradation. The stability analysis shows that urea is more stable at the pH range of 4-8 and the stability of urea decreases by increase in temperature for all pH values. Within the experimental range of temperature and initial urea concentration values, the lowest urea degradation was found with lactate buffer pH 6.0. The urea decomposition rate in solution and pharmaceutical preparations shows the dependence of the initial urea concentrations. At higher initial urea concentrations, the rate of degradation is a decreasing function with time. This suggests that the reverse reaction is a factor in the degradation of concentrated urea solution. For non-aqueous solvents, isopropanol showed the best effort in retarding the decomposition of urea. Since the losses in urea is directly influenced by its stability at a given temperature and pH, the stability analysis of urea by the proposed model can be used to prevent the loss and optimize the operating condition for urea-containing pharmaceutical preparations.

  20. Flame Propagation Through Concentration Gradient

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    JunyaIINO; MitsuakiTANABE; 等


    The experiment was carried out in homogeneous propane-air mixture and in several concentration gradient of mixture.Igniter is put on the upper side of the combustion chamber,In concentration gradient experiment.ixture was ignited from lean side.An experimental study was conducted in a combustion chamber.The combustion chamber has glass windows for optical measurements at any side.For the measurement of distribution of fuel concentration,infraed absorption method using 3.39μm He-Ne laser was used,and for the observation of proagating flams,Schlieren method was employed.As a measurment result of flame propagation velocity and flammable limit,for a mixture of an identical local equivalence ratio.flame propagation velocity in concentration gradient is faster than that in homogeneous mixture,and rich flammable limit in concentration gradient shows a tendency to be higher than that in homogeneous mixture.

  1. Rhipicephalus annulatus (Acari: Ixodidae Control by Nigella sativa, Thyme and Spinosad Preparations

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    Shawky Mohamed Aboelhadid


    Full Text Available Background: Several compounds obtained from plants have potential insecticidal, growth deterrent or repellent characteristics. The control of hard ticks by non-chemical substances was targeted in this study.Methods: The effect of 36 materials on in-vitro ticks was studied, including 2 absolute controls (water only or ab­solute ethyl alcohol only, 6 conventionally used spinosad preparations (aqueous solutions, 12 Nigella sativa (N. sativa preparations (aqueous and alcoholic solutions, and 12 Thyme preparations (aqueous and alcoholic solutions. The engorged ticks were tested in-vitro for mortality and oviposition ability using the studied materials.Results: The final mortality after 48 hours of application in N. sativa aqueous preparations began from 10.0% con­centration, 1.0% to 100% by concentration preparations ≥10%. In addition, N. sativa alcoholic preparations began from 50.0% concentration, 2 % to 100% by concentration ≥5%. Meanwhile, Thyme aqueous and alcoholic prepa­rations began from 70.0% concentration, 5% to 90% by concentration 10–20%. Additionally, spinosad aqueous preparations and both of control preparations (Water and Alcohol resulted in no mortality. All differences were sta­tistically significant. The oviposition was stopped in N. sativa (aqueous ≥10% and alcoholic ≥5% and in spinosad (aqueous≥25%. The aqoues dilution of the used matters killed B. annulatus larvae beginning from the concentration 5%.Conclusion: Nigella sativa alcohol 20% was the best of studied preparations being the lowest concentration (20% that could achieve the highest lethal (100% effect in shortest time (12 hours. Moreover, Thyme oil and spinosad could not kill 100% of adult but did on larvae.

  2. Effect of Mo-doping concentration on the physical behaviour of sprayed ZnO layers (United States)

    Reddy, T. Sreenivasulu; Reddy, M. Vasudeva; Reddy, K. T. Ramakrishna


    Mo-doped zinc oxide layers (MZO) have been prepared on cleaned glass substrates by chemical spray pyrolysis technique by varying Mo-doping concentration in the range, 0 - 5 at. %. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that all the as prepared layers were polycrystalline in nature and exhibited wurtzite structure. The layers prepared with lower Mo-doping concentration (2 at. %), the films showed the (002) plane as the dominant peak. The optical analysis indicated that all the layers had an average optical transmittance of 80% in the visible region and the evaluated band gap varied in the range, 3.28 - 3.50 eV.

  3. Standard practices for sampling uranium-Ore concentrate

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    1.1 These practices are intended to provide the nuclear industry with procedures for obtaining representative bulk samples from uranium-ore concentrates (UOC) (see Specification C967). 1.2 These practices also provide for obtaining a series of representative secondary samples from the original bulk sample for the determination of moisture and other test purposes, and for the preparation of pulverized analytical samples (see Test Methods C1022). 1.3 These practices consist of a number of alternative procedures for sampling and sample preparation which have been shown to be satisfactory through long experience in the nuclear industry. These procedures are described in the following order. Stage Procedure Section Primary Sampling One-stage falling stream 4 Two-stage falling stream 5 Auger 6 Secondary Sampling Straight-path (reciprocating) 7 Rotating (Vezin) 8, 9 Sample Preparation 10 Concurrent-drying 11-13 Natural moisture 14-16 Calcination 17, 18 Sample Packaging 19 Wax s...

  4. School for Schooling's Sake. The Current Role of the Secondary School in Occupational Preparation. (United States)

    Evans, Rupert N.

    For a large portion of its student body, the school makes no conscious effort to prepare for the transition from school to employment. Instead, the school concentrates on preparing students for more school. About 20 percent of high school students receive some form of vocational education, but under pressure from the Congress, schools are…

  5. Dependency of water concentration on ethanolysis of trioleoylglycerol by lipases

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    Piyatheerawong, W.; Iwasaki, Y; Xu, Xuebing


    The effects of water concentration on ethanolysis of trioleoylglycerol catalyzed by four different lipases were studied. The target product of the ethanolysis was 2-monooleoylglycerol (2-MO). Novozym 435 (a commercially available preparation of immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B, CALB......) exhibited both the highest product yield and the reaction rate at very low (less than 1 wt.%) free water concentration. Its catalytic activity did not drop even in dry state, i.e. in the system of dry CALB in dry ethanol (water concentration was ca. 0.1 wt.%). In contrast, other three immobilized lipases...... tested (Rhizomucor miehei lipase, Burkholderia cepacia lipase and Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase) required larger amounts of free water (ca. 7-9 wt.%) for their best performance and exhibited no ethanolysis reaction at low free water concentrations. The CALB's anomalous behavior was also observed...

  6. Adolescent test or procedure preparation (United States)

    ... imagery Trying other distractions, such as listening to music through headphones, if allowed When possible, let your ... MA, Chorney JM, Mayes L. Web-based tailored intervention for preparation of parents and children for outpatient ...

  7. Preparation of large monodisperse vesicles.

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    Ting F Zhu

    Full Text Available Preparation of monodisperse vesicles is important both for research purposes and for practical applications. While the extrusion of vesicles through small pores (approximately 100 nm in diameter results in relatively uniform populations of vesicles, extrusion to larger sizes results in very heterogeneous populations of vesicles. Here we report a simple method for preparing large monodisperse multilamellar vesicles through a combination of extrusion and large-pore dialysis. For example, extrusion of polydisperse vesicles through 5-microm-diameter pores eliminates vesicles larger than 5 microm in diameter. Dialysis of extruded vesicles against 3-microm-pore-size polycarbonate membranes eliminates vesicles smaller than 3 microm in diameter, leaving behind a population of monodisperse vesicles with a mean diameter of approximately 4 microm. The simplicity of this method makes it an effective tool for laboratory vesicle preparation with potential applications in preparing large monodisperse liposomes for drug delivery.

  8. Preparing for Assisted Reproductive Technology (United States)

    ... CDC Cancel Submit Search The CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Note: Javascript is disabled or is not ... visit this page: About . Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) What Is ART Patient Resources Preparing for ...

  9. Preparing for Breast Reconstruction Surgery (United States)

    ... Cancer Breast Reconstruction Surgery Preparing for Breast Reconstruction Surgery Your surgeon can help you know what to ... The plan for follow-up Costs Understanding your surgery costs Health insurance policies often cover most or ...

  10. Facile Preparation of Optically Tailored Hybrid Nanocomposite

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    Susana Fernández de Ávila


    Full Text Available Lead sulfide nanoparticles (PbS NPs have been synthesized directly in poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV semiconducting polymer by a simple low temperature method. Hybrid solutions with different concentrations of PbS with respect to the polymer have been prepared and characterized first in solution and then as thin film nanocomposites deposited on quartz substrates by spin coating. Quenching of photoluminescence emission is observed both in solutions and thin films when the ratio of PbS NPs increases with respect to the polymer, suggesting the occurrence of Dexter energy transfer from the polymer to the PbS NPs. Optical absorption is markedly increased for hybrid solutions compared to pure polymer. In thin nanocomposite films an enhancement of absorbance is observed with increasing PbS NPs concentration, which is more pronounced below 400 nm. The reported results could lead to the development of a method for tailoring the optical response of devices based on PbS NP-polymer nanocomposite by controlling the PbS NP concentration inside the polymer matrix.

  11. Solar Concentrator Advanced Development Program (United States)

    Knasel, Don; Ehresman, Derik


    The Solar Concentrator Advanced Development Project has successfully designed, fabricated, and tested a full scale prototypical solar dynamic concentrator for space station applications. A Truss Hexagonal Panel reflector was selected as a viable solar concentrator concept to be used for space station applications. This concentrator utilizes a modular design approach and is flexible in attainable flux profiles and assembly techniques. The detailed design of the concentrator, which included structural, thermal and optical analysis, identified the feasibility of the design and specific technologies that were required to fabricate it. The needed surface accuracy of the reflectors surface was found to be very tight, within 5 mrad RMS slope error, and results in very close tolerances for fabrication. To meet the design requirements, a modular structure composed of hexagonal panels was used. The panels, made up of graphite epoxy box beams provided the strength, stiffness and dimensional stability needed. All initial project requirements were met or exceeded by hardware demonstration. Initial testing of structural repeatability of a seven panel portion of the concentrator was followed by assembly and testing of the full nineteen panel structure. The testing, which consisted of theodolite and optical measurements over an assembly-disassembly-reassembly cycle, demonstrated that the concentrator maintained the as-built contour and optical characteristics. The facet development effort within the project, which included developing the vapor deposited reflective facet, produced a viable design with demonstrated optical characteristics that are within the project goals.

  12. Altering prolactin concentrations in sows. (United States)

    Farmer, C


    Prolactin has a multiplicity of actions, but it is of particular importance in gestating and lactating animals. In sows, it is involved in the control of mammary development and also holds essential roles in the lactogenic and galactopoietic processes. Furthermore, low circulating concentrations of prolactin are associated with the agalactia syndrome. The crucial role of prolactin makes it important to understand the various factors that can alter its secretion. Regulation of prolactin secretion is largely under the negative control of dopamine, and dopamine agonists consistently decrease prolactin concentrations in sows. On the other hand, injections of dopamine antagonists can enhance circulating prolactin concentrations. Besides pharmacologic agents, many other factors can also alter prolactin concentrations in sows. The use of Chinese-derived breeds, for instance, leads to increased prolactin concentrations in lactating sows compared with standard European white breeds. Numerous husbandry and feeding practices also have a potential impact on prolactin concentrations in sows. Factors, such as provision of nest-building material prepartum, housing at farrowing, high ambient temperature, stress, transient weaning, exogenous thyrotropin-releasing factor, exogenous growth hormone-releasing factor, nursing frequency, prolonged photoperiod, fasting, increased protein and/or energy intake, altered energy sources, feeding high-fiber diets, sorghum ergot or plant extracts, were all studied with respect to their prolactinemic properties. Although some of these practices do indeed affect circulating prolactin concentrations, none leads to changes as drastic as those brought about by dopamine agonists or antagonists. It appears that the numerous factors regulating prolactin concentrations in sows are still not fully elucidated, and that studies to develop novel applicable ways of increasing prolactin concentrations in sows are warranted. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published

  13. ‘Null Method’ Determination of Drug Biophase Concentration (United States)

    Tallarida, Ronald J.; Lamarre, Neil


    PK/PD modeling is enhanced by improvements in the accuracy of its metrics. For PK/PD modeling of drugs and biologics that interact with enzymes or receptors, the equilibrium constant of the interaction can provide critical insight. Methodologies such as radioliogand binding and isolated tissue preparations can provide estimates of the equilibrium constants (as the dissociation constant, K value) for drugs and endogenous ligands that interact with specific enzymes and receptors. However, an impediment to further precision for PK/PD modeling is that it remains a problem to convert the concentration of drug in bulk solution (A) into an estimate of receptor occupation, since A is not necessarily the concentration (C) of drug in the biophase that yields fractional binding from the law of mass action, viz., C/(C + K). In most experimental studies A is much larger than K, so the use of administered instead of biophase concentration gives fractional occupancies very close to unity. We here provide a simple way to obtain an estimate of the factor that converts the total drug concentration into the biophase concentration in isolated tissue preparation. Our approach is an extension of the now classic ‘null method’ introduced and applied by Furchgott to determination of drug-receptor dissociation constants. PMID:22037914

  14. Local impermeant anions establish the neuronal chloride concentration

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    Glykys, J; Dzhala, V; Egawa, K


    , but accumulating evidence suggests factors other than the bulk concentrations of transported ions determine [Cl(-)](i). Measurement of [Cl(-)](i) in murine brain slice preparations expressing the transgenic fluorophore Clomeleon demonstrated that cytoplasmic impermeant anions ([A](i)) and polyanionic extracellular...... anions determine the homeostatic set point for [Cl(-)], and hence, neuronal volume and the polarity of local GABA(A)R signaling....

  15. Estimation of contaminant subslab concentration in vapor intrusion


    Yao, Yijun; Pennell, Kelly G.; Suuberg, Eric M.


    This study is concerned with developing a method to estimate subslab perimeter crack contaminant concentration for structures built atop a vapor source. A simple alternative to the widely-used but restrictive one-dimensional (1-D) screening models is presented and justified by comparing to predictions from a three-dimensional (3-D) CFD model. A series of simulations were prepared for steady-state transport of a non-biodegradable contaminant in homogenous soil for different structure construct...

  16. Isolation and Preparative Purification for Ginkgolides A and B

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    韩金玉; 王华; 常贺英; 褚巧伟


    In this paper a simple preparative method for isolation and purification of ginkgolides A and B was developed,As starting material,a commercially available standardized ginkgo extract (EGb761,containing 24% flavonoid and 6% terpene trilactones) was used,After a pretreatment step,optimized by the uniform design method ,the concentrated intermediate extract with high content of GA and gb(+90%) was separated into the individual terpenes by preparative liquid chromatography eluted with petroleum ether-ethylacetate,Analysis of products was carried out by means of HPLC-ELSD(evaporative light -scattering detector),The results show that ginkgolides A and B are obtained in higher yield and better purity.

  17. A novel method for preparation of Eudragit RL microcapsules. (United States)

    Satturwar, P M; Mandaogade, P M; Dorle, A K


    A novel technique for the preparation of Eudragit RL microcapsules is described. The technique is based on the principle of solvent evaporation. Diclofenac sodium is used as a model drug for encapsulation. A solution of drug and Eudragit RL dissolved in acetone-isopropyl alcohol (1:1) is sprayed in liquid paraffin. The microcapsules obtained were uniform and free flowing particles. The release rate was more sustained by increasing the polymer concentration. The experimental procedure promises a rapid and convenient method for the preparation of Eudragit RL-microcapsules.

  18. The effect of sodium hydroxide treatment on biomass binder preparation

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    Zhang, X.; Xu, D.; Xu, Z.; Chen, Q. [China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (China). Beijing Campus


    The possibility of rice straw which has been treated with sodium hydroxide for use as coal briquette binder was studied. The main factor which influenced the binder preparation was the concentration of sodium hydroxide. It was found that the binding ability of the solid component was higher than the liquid part. The prepared rice straw binder was mixed with inorganic material, bentonite, or high molecular synthetic organic materials to manufacture a compound coal briquette binder. This compound binder is waterproofing and can further enhance the strength of the briquette. 5 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. Preparation and purification of 7-Iodoclonazepam for use in radioimmunoassay

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    Goddard, C.P.; Law, B.; Mason, P.A.; Stead, A.H.


    A method is described for the preparation and purification of 7-(/sup 125/I)-Iodoclonazepam (5-(o-Chlorophenyl)-2,3-Dihydro-7-(/sup 125/I)-Iodo-1H-1,4-Benzodiazepin-2-one). The structure was confirmed by mass spectrometry using 7-(/sup 127/I)iodoclonazepam prepared by the same method. 7-(/sup 125/I)-Iodoclonazepam binds well to a benzodiazepine antiserum. Although readily displaced by all the benzodiazepines commercially available in the UK, it is not displaced by structurally related nonbenzodiazepines except at very high concentrations. 7-(/sup 125/I) Iodoclonazepam should therefore be useful for the development of a screening radioimmunoassay (RIA) for benzodiazepines.

  20. Study on Raman spectral imaging method for simultaneous estimation of ingredients concentration in food powder (United States)

    This study investigated the potential of point scan Raman spectral imaging method for estimation of different ingredients and chemical contaminant concentration in food powder. Food powder sample was prepared by mixing sugar, vanillin, melamine and non-dairy cream at 5 different concentrations in a ...

  1. Determination of ichthiomycin concentration by biological test with Cyprinus carpio L. (United States)

    Gameyska, Y; Popov, K; Ognianov, I; Tishinova, R; Rachev, R


    We have found out that one-year-old carps are extremely sensitive to ichthiomycin in concentrations between 25-125 micrograms/dm3. This fact permitted the use of biological methods for determination of ichthiomycin concentrations in cultural medium of Streptomyces levoris 1107 or crude preparations of the antibiotic.

  2. Reducing the stiffness of concentrated whey protein isolate (WPI) gels by using WPI microparticles

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    Purwanti, N.; Moerkens, A.; Goot, van der A.J.; Boom, R.M.


    Concentrated protein gels were prepared using native whey protein isolate (WPI) and WPI based microparticles. WPI microparticles were produced by making gel pieces from a concentrated WPI suspension (40% w/w), which were dried and milled. The protein within the microparticles was denatured and the

  3. Thermodynamic efficiency of solar concentrators. (United States)

    Shatz, Narkis; Bortz, John; Winston, Roland


    The optical thermodynamic efficiency is a comprehensive metric that takes into account all loss mechanisms associated with transferring flux from the source to the target phase space, which may include losses due to inadequate design, non-ideal materials, fabrication errors, and less than maximal concentration. We discuss consequences of Fermat's principle of geometrical optics and review étendue dilution and optical loss mechanisms associated with nonimaging concentrators. We develop an expression for the optical thermodynamic efficiency which combines the first and second laws of thermodynamics. As such, this metric is a gold standard for evaluating the performance of nonimaging concentrators. We provide examples illustrating the use of this new metric for concentrating photovoltaic systems for solar power applications, and in particular show how skewness mismatch limits the attainable optical thermodynamic efficiency.

  4. Mitragynine concentrations in two fatalities. (United States)

    Domingo, Olwen; Roider, Gabriele; Stöver, Andreas; Graw, Matthias; Musshoff, Frank; Sachs, Hans; Bicker, Wolfgang


    Two cases of fatalities are reported of which the recreational use of Mitragyna speciosa ("kratom") could be confirmed. One of these cases presents with one of the highest postmortem mitragynine concentrations published to date. Our results show that even extremely high mitragynine blood concentrations following the consumption of kratom do not necessarily have to be the direct cause of death in such fatalities as a result of an acute overdose. The two cases are compared with regard to the differences in mitragynine concentrations detected and the role of mitragynine in the death of the subjects. Irrespective of the big differences in mitragynine concentrations in the postmortem blood samples, mitragynine was not the primary cause of death in either of the two cases reported here. Additionally, by rough estimation, a significant difference in ratio of mitragynine to its diastereomers in the blood and urine samples between the two cases could be seen.

  5. 10-kilowatt Photovoltaic Concentrator Array

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    Donovan, R.L.; Broadbent, S.


    Martin Marietta has designed a Photovoltaic Concentrator Array (PCA) for Sandia Laboratories, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. The PCA is based on the use of an acrylic Fresnel lens to concentrate sunlight on high intensity solar cells. The objective of the development was to obtain economical photovoltaic power generation by replacing relatively high priced solar cells with low cost lenses. Consequently, a major task of the program was to optimize the design for minimum cost per unit power output. Major design aspects considered for optimization were the concentration ratio, size and shape of the Fresnel lens, array size and shape, structure minimization, tracking and control and the practical aspects of operation and maintenance. In addition to design of the complete array, several porototype photovoltaic concentrator module subassemblies were fabricated and delivered to Sandia for evaluation. These prototypes exceed the 9.0% efficiency requirement established for this program.

  6. Fibrinogen concentrate in bleeding patients

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    Wikkelsø, Anne; Lunde, Jens; Johansen, Mathias


    Hypofibrinogenaemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, but the optimal treatment level, the use of preemptive treatment and the preferred source of fibrinogen remain disputed. Fibrinogen concentrate is increasingly used and recommended for bleeding with acquired haemostatic...

  7. Generalized Entropy Concentration for Counts

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    Oikonomou, Kostas N


    We consider the phenomenon of entropy concentration under linear constraints in a discrete setting, using the "balls and bins" paradigm, but without the assumption that the number of balls allocated to the bins is known. Therefore instead of \\ frequency vectors and ordinary entropy, we have count vectors with unknown sum, and a certain generalized entropy. We show that if the constraints bound the allowable sums, this suffices for concentration to occur even in this setting. The concentration can be either in terms of deviation from the maximum generalized entropy value, or in terms of the norm of the difference from the maximum generalized entropy vector. Without any asymptotic considerations, we quantify the concentration in terms of various parameters, notably a tolerance on the constraints which ensures that they are always satisfied by an integral vector. Generalized entropy maximization is not only compatible with ordinary MaxEnt, but can also be considered an extension of it, as it allows us to address...

  8. Prevalence of Echinococcus spp. Infection Using Coproantigen ELISA among Canids of Moghan Plain, Iran

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    M Zare-Bidaki


    Full Text Available "nBackground: Echinococcosis is one of the most important helminthic zoonotic diseases in Iran. Intestinal Scraping Tech­nique (IST, the traditional method for diagnosis of the infection in definitive hosts, has many disadvantages including low sus­ceptibil­ity and being expensive, hazardous and laborious. Detection of coproantigens in fecal samples by enzyme-linked immu­nosorbent assay (CA-ELISA is known as a useful tool for intravital mass-screening of definitive host populations. This study was performed to determine the prevalence of Echinococcus spp. infection among canids in Moghan plain, the only area in Iran known to be endemic for E. multilocularis."nMethods: One hundred thirty eight fecal samples were collected from red foxes and domestic dogs in three counties of Moghan plain namely Pars Abad, Bileh Savar and Germi. The samples were examined using an ELISA, designed for the detec­tion of Echinococcus-specific coproantigen and the formalin-ether concentration method as well."nResults: Totally, out of 138 fecal samples, 27 (21.6% turned positive for Echinococcus. Coproantigen was de­tected in 16.7% and 27.1% of red foxes and domestic dogs, respectively. Formalin-ether concentration method revealed that 43 (31.2% of samples harbored at least one parasitic helminth, but Taenia eggs were detected only in 3 fecal samples. Since coproan­tigen presence reflects current intestinal infection with adult worms, CA-ELISA can be regarded as one of the most use­ful immunological tools for diagnosis of Echinococcus infection. Besides, the high susceptibility, low cost and rapid­ity

  9. [Risk Assessment of Single-Donor (Apheresis) Platelet Concentrates and Pooled Whole-Blood-Derived Platelet Concentrates]. (United States)

    Hitzler, Walter; Hutschenreuter, Gabriele; Wartensleben, Herbert


    According to the risk estimates of the Robert-Koch-Institute (RKI) and the Paul Ehrlich-Institute (PEI) an equivalence cannot be assumed to exist between the two different platelet preparations. Differences between single-donor (apheresis) platelet concentrates (ATK) and pooled whole-blood-derived platelet concentrates (PTK) result from donor populations, donation intervals, and preparation techniques. There are no prospective randomized studies with regard to the clinical efficacy, which would unambiguously demonstrate equivalence of the therapeutic efficacy of PTK (buffy coat method) in comparison to ATK. The German Association of Blood Transfusion Services (StKB) points out that, due to the non-equivalence of PTK and ATK, it is incumbent on the transfusion physician to select the platelet concentrate, make the appropriate disclosures, and assume treatment responsibility. Proper compensation for ATK and PTK must be ensured by the health insurance companies, whereby a special indication for the selection of either PTK or ATK is not given. Exceptions are patients with known HLA antibodies in which only selected platelet concentrates may be administered. Otherwise, no indication exists in the selection of the different platelet concentrates (Article is in German).

  10. Study on fluorouracil–chitosan nanoparticle preparation and its antitumor effect

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    Gaimin Chen


    Full Text Available To successfully prepare fluorouracil–chitosan nanoparticles, and further analyze its anti-tumor activity mechanism, this paper makes a comprehensive study of existing preparation prescription and makes a detailed analysis of fluorouracil–chitosan in vitro release and pharmacodynamic behavior of animals. Two-step synthesis method is adopted to prepare 5-FU–CS–mPEG prodrugs, and infrared, 1H NMR and differential thermal analysis are adopted to analyze characterization synthetic products of prepared drugs. To ensure clinical efficacy of prepared drugs, UV spectrophotometry is adopted for determination of drug loading capacity of prepared drugs, transmission electron microscopy is adopted to observe the appearance, dynamic dialysis method is used to observe in vitro drug release of prepared drugs and fitting of various release models is done. Anti-tumor effect is studied via level of animal pharmacodynamics. After the end of the experiment, tumor inhibition rate, spleen index and thymus index of drugs are calculated. Experimental results show that the prepared drugs are qualified in terms of regular shape, dispersion, drug content, etc. Animal pharmacodynamics experiments have shown that concentration level of drug loading capacity of prepared drugs has a direct impact on anti-tumor rate. The higher the concentration, the higher the anti-tumor rate. Results of pathological tissue sections of mice show that the prepared drugs cause varying degrees of damage to receptor cells, resulting in cell necrosis or apoptosis problem. It can thus be concluded that ion gel method is an effective method to prepare drug-loading nanoparticles, with prepared nanoparticles evenly distributed in regular shape which demonstrate good slow-release characteristics in receptor vitro and vivo. At the same time, after completion of drug preparation, relatively strong anti-tumor activity can be generated for the receptor, so this mode of preparation enjoys broad

  11. A comparison of blood alcohol concentration using non-alcohol- and alcohol-containing skin antiseptics. (United States)

    Goldfinger, T M; Schaber, D


    We simultaneously obtained blood samples in emergency patients for ethanol content from both antecubital fossae using an alcohol prep pad on one arm and a non-alcohol-containing germicidal solution on the other. Fifty patients with ethanol concentrations greater than zero were statistically analyzed. Twenty patients surveyed had no measurable alcohol level by either technique. There was no significant difference in the blood alcohol concentration obtained by either method of skin preparation in both groups (P less than .01). Blood alcohol concentration incidentally obtained in the emergency department by routine isopropyl alcohol skin preparation is an accurate laboratory parameter.

  12. Preparation and characterization of calcium phosphate biomaterials. (United States)

    Calafiori, A R; Di Marco, G; Martino, G; Marotta, M


    Calcium phosphate cement (CPC) samples have been prepared with a mixture of monocalciumphosphate monohydrate (MCPM) and calcium carbonate (CC) powders, in stechiometric moles ratio 1:2.5 to obtain a Ca/P ratio of about 1.67 typical of hydroxyapatite (HAp), with or without addition of HAp. All specimens are incubated at 30 degrees C in a steam saturated air environment for 3, 6 and 15 days respectively, afterwards dried and stored under nitrogen. The calcium phosphate samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Vickers hardness test (HV), diametral compression (d.c.), strength compression, and porosity evaluation. MCPM/CC mixture has a 30% HAp final concentration and is characterized by higher porosity (amount 78%) and mechanical properties useful as filler in bone segments without high mechanical stress.

  13. Technological Optimization of the Preparation of Imidacloprid

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    闻建平; 王长林


    In order to reduce the production cost of imidacloprid, the preparation technology for the direct combination of 2-chloro-5-chloromethylpyridine and 2-nitryliminoglyoxaline has been optimized in a 10L stirred tank reactor with a new solvent, butanone, and a new catalyst, benzyl triethyl-ammonium chloride (BTEAC), which was proved to be more profitable for the production of imidacloprid. Three main affecting factors (the reaction temperature, the molar ratio of BTEAC to 2-nitryliminoglyoxaline and the concentration of 2-nitryliminoglyoxaline) for the production of imidacloprid were investigated and the optimum operating conditions were found. Based on the above technological optimization, an industrial process for imidacloprid with a production capacity of 50 tons per year was put in operation using a 2500 L stirred tank reactor under the same operating conditions. Good yield and purity of imidacloprid was also obtained ia the industrial production.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles (United States)

    Hassim, Aqilah; Rachmawati, Heni


    Taking calcium supplements can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, but they are not readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Nanotechnology is expected to resolve this problem. In this study, we prepared and characterized calcium carbonate nanoparticle to improve the solubility by using bottom-up method. The experiment was done by titrating calcium chloride with sodium carbonate with the addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as stabilizer, using ultra-turrax. Various concentrations of calcium chloride and sodium carbonate as well as various speed of stirring were used to prepare the calcium carbonate nanoparticles. Evaluations studied were including particle size, polydispersity index (PI) and zeta potential with particle analyzer, surface morphology with scanning electron microscope, and saturated solubility. In addition, to test the ability of PVP to prevent particles growth, short stability study was performed by storing nano CaCO3 suspension at room temperature for 2 weeks. Results show that using 8000 rpm speed of stirring, the particle size tends to be bigger with the range of 500-600 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4) whereas with stirring speed of 4000 rpm, the particle size tends to be smaller with 300-400 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4). Stirring speed of 6000 rpm produced particle size within the range of 400-500 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4). SEM photograph shows that particles are monodisperse confirming that particles were physically stable without any agglomeration within 2 weeks storage. Taken together, nano CaCO3 is successfully prepared by bottom-up method and PVP is a good stabilizer to prevent the particle growth.

  15. Chitin nanofibers: preparations, modifications, and applications (United States)

    Ifuku, Shinsuke; Saimoto, Hiroyuki


    Chitin nanofibers are prepared from the exoskeletons of crabs and prawns by a simple mechanical treatment after the removal of proteins and minerals. The obtained nanofibers have fine nanofiber networks with a uniform width of approximately 10-20 nm and a high aspect ratio. The method used for chitin-nanofiber isolation is also successfully applied to the cell walls of mushrooms. They form a complex with glucans on the fiber surface. A grinder, a Star Burst atomization system, and a high speed blender are all used in the mechanical treatment to convert chitin to nanofibers. Mechanical treatment under acidic conditions is the key to facilitate fibrillation. At pH 3-4, the cationization of amino groups on the fiber surface assists nano-fibrillation by electrostatic repulsive force. By applying this finding, we also prepared chitin nanofibers from dry chitin powder. Chitin nanofibers are acetylated to modify their surfaces. The acetyl DS can be controlled from 1 to 3 by changing the reaction time. An acetyl group is introduced heterogeneously from the surface to the core. Nanofiber morphology is maintained even in the case of high acetyl DS. Optically transparent chitin nanofiber composites are prepared with 11 different types of acrylic resins. Due to the nano-sized structure, all of the composites are highly transparent. Chitin nanofibers significantly increase the Young's moduli and the tensile strengths and decrease the thermal expansion of all acrylic resins due to the reinforcement effect of chitin nanofibers. Chitin nanofibers show chiral separation ability. The chitin nanofiber membrane transports the d-isomer of glutamic acid, phenylalanine, and lysine from the corresponding racemic amino acid mixtures faster than the corresponding l-isomer. The chitin nanofibers improve clinical symptoms and suppress ulcerative colitis in a DSS-induced mouse model of acute ulcerative colitis. Moreover, chitin nanofibers suppress myeloperoxidase activation in the colon and

  16. Design and development of a high-concentration photovoltaic concentrator

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    Hodge, R C


    The design and development of a high concentration photovoltaic concentrator module is discussed. The design concept described herein incorporates a curved groove domed Fresnel lens, a high concentration etched multiple vertical junction (EMVJ) solar cell and a passively cooled direct-bonded copper cell mount all packaged in a plastic module. Two seven inch diameter 1200x domed Fresnel lenses were fabricated using single point diamond turning technology. Testing at both GE and Sandia confirmed optical transmission efficiencies of over 83%. Samples of the latest available EMVJ cells were mounted and installed, with a domed Fresnel lens, into a prototype module. Subsequent testing demonstrated net lens-cell efficiencies of 10 to 13%. As a result of this program, salient conclusions have been formulated as to this technology.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Polypropylene / MWCNT Dispersions (United States)

    Pujari, Saswati; Burghardt, Wesley; Ramanathan, Thillaiyan; Brinson, L. Catherine; Kasimatis, Kosmas; Torkelson, John


    Dispersions of multiwall carbon nanotubes in polypropylene are prepared via melt batch mixing and solid-state shear pulverization, and characterized via linear viscoelastic measurements, SEM, polypropylene crystallization kinetics, electrical conductivity and dynamic mechanical analysis. Increasing the intensity or duration of the melt mixing leads to higher dispersion, evidenced by increases in a low-frequency elastic plateau and accelerated PP crystallization kinetics attributed to more effective heterogeneous nucleation. The sample prepared by pulverization exhibits faster crystallization kinetics than any of the melt blended samples, but in contrast shows no measurable low frequency elastic plateau. Electrical conductivity measurements similarly show higher conductivity in melt blended samples. This may be attributable to scission of the nanotubes during pulverization, such that even well dispersed tubes cannot form an entangled network at a given concentration. At the same time, pulverized composites show marked increase in stiffness at low loadings, indicating that tube scission due to pulverization is not catastrophic. Conversely, long mixing times required in melt blending cause substantial thermal degradation of the polymer matrix with a corresponding loss of mechanical properties.

  18. Bioequivalence of three florfenicol preparations in broilers

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    Husamettin Ekici


    Full Text Available This study was aimed to determine the bioequivalence of three different preparations of florfenicol using non-drugged broiler chickens. A total of 28 broiler chickens aging 30-day were divided into four equal groups; these were Group I, II, III, and IV. The birds of Group I (for effective substance were given intravenous (i.v. administration of florfenicol dosed at 40 mg/kg body weight (b.wt.. The birds of Group II (for reference drug, Group III (for test-1 drug, and Group IV (for test-2 drug received florfenicol preparations with water (dosed at 40 mg/kg b.wt. through intracrop administration. Blood samples were collected periodically from the birds of all four groups, and blood plasma was separated. Levels of florfenicol and its metabolite (florfenicol amine in the plasma were measured by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC. In this study, the limit of detection (LOD for florfenicol and florfenicol amine were recorded as 0.017 and 0.78 µg/mL, respectively. On the other hand, the recovery of florfenicol and florfenicol amine were 83.4-84.6 and 82.2-83.8%, respectively. Based on the values of area under the curve (AUC, maximum concentration (Cmax, and time to maximum concentration (Tmax, test-1 drug was found to be acceptable, whereas test-2 drug was remained below the acceptable limits (80-125% of AUC and Cmax. Thus, it was concluded that test-1 drug was bioequivalent as compared to the reference drug.

  19. Rapid Concentration of Nanoparticles with DC Dielectrophoresis in Focused Electric Fields

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    Chen Dafeng


    Full Text Available Abstract We report a microfluidic device for rapid and efficient concentration of micro/nanoparticles with direct current dielectrophoresis (DC DEP. The concentrator is composed of a series of microchannels constructed with PDMS-insulating microstructures for efficiently focusing the electric field in the flow direction to provide high field strength and gradient. The location of the trapped and concentrated particles depends on the strength of the electric field applied. Both ‘streaming DEP’ and ‘trapping DEP’ simultaneously take place within the concentrator at different regions. The former occurs upstream and is responsible for continuous transport of the particles, whereas the latter occurs downstream and rapidly traps the particles delivered from upstream. The performance of the device is demonstrated by successfully concentrating fluorescent nanoparticles. The described microfluidic concentrator can be implemented in applications where rapid concentration of targets is needed such as concentrating cells for sample preparation and concentrating molecular biomarkers for detection.

  20. Preparation and Gas Permeability of ZIF-7 Membranes Prepared via Two-step Crystallization Technique

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    Li, Fang; Li, Qiming; Bao, Xinxia; Gui, Jianzhou; Yu, Xiaofei [Liaoning Shihua University, Fushun (China)


    Continuous and dense ZIF-7 membranes were successfully synthesized on α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} porous substrate via two-step crystallization technique. ZIF-7 seeding layer was first deposited on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate by in-situ low temperature crystallization, and then ZIF-7 membrane layer can be grown through the secondary high-temperature crystallization. Two synthesis solutions with different concentration were used to prepare ZIF-7 seeding layer and membrane layer on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate, respectively. As a result, a continuous and defect-free ZIF-7 membrane layer can be prepared on porous α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate, as confirmed by scanning electron microscope. XRD characterization shows that the resulting membrane layer is composed of pure ZIF-7 phase without any impurity. A single gas permeation test of H{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, CH{sub 4} or CO{sub 2} was conducted based on our prepared ZIF-7 membrane. The ZIF-7 membrane exhibited excellent H{sub 2} molecular sieving properties due to its suitable pore aperture and defect-free membrane layer.

  1. Zero-reabsorption doped-nanocrystal luminescent solar concentrators. (United States)

    Erickson, Christian S; Bradshaw, Liam R; McDowall, Stephen; Gilbertson, John D; Gamelin, Daniel R; Patrick, David L


    Optical concentration can lower the cost of solar energy conversion by reducing photovoltaic cell area and increasing photovoltaic efficiency. Luminescent solar concentrators offer an attractive approach to combined spectral and spatial concentration of both specular and diffuse light without tracking, but they have been plagued by luminophore self-absorption losses when employed on practical size scales. Here, we introduce doped semiconductor nanocrystals as a new class of phosphors for use in luminescent solar concentrators. In proof-of-concept experiments, visibly transparent, ultraviolet-selective luminescent solar concentrators have been prepared using colloidal Mn(2+)-doped ZnSe nanocrystals that show no luminescence reabsorption. Optical quantum efficiencies of 37% are measured, yielding a maximum projected energy concentration of ∼6× and flux gain for a-Si photovoltaics of 15.6 in the large-area limit, for the first time bounded not by luminophore self-absorption but by the transparency of the waveguide itself. Future directions in the use of colloidal doped nanocrystals as robust, processable spectrum-shifting phosphors for luminescent solar concentration on the large scales required for practical application of this technology are discussed.

  2. The influence of environmental variables on platelet concentration in horse platelet-rich plasma


    Rinnovati, Riccardo; Romagnoli, Noemi; Gentilini, Fabio; Lambertini, Carlotta; Spadari, Alessandro


    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) commonly refers to blood products which contain a higher platelet (PLT) concentration as compared to normal plasma. Autologous PRP has been shown to be safe and effective in promoting the natural processes of soft tissue healing or reconstruction in humans and horses. Variability in PLT concentration has been observed in practice between PRP preparations from different patients or from the same individual under different conditions. A change in PLT concentration cou...

  3. Concentrator design to minimize LCOE (United States)

    McDonald, Mark; Horne, Steve; Conley, Gary


    The Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) takes into account more than just the cost of power output. It encompasses product longevity, performance degradation and the costs associated with delivering energy to the grid tie point. Concentrator optical design is one of the key components to minimizing the LCOE, by affecting conversion efficiency, acceptance angle and the amount of energy concentrated on the receiver. Optical systems for concentrators, even those at high concentrations ( >350X) can be designed by straightforward techniques, and will operate under most circumstances. Adding requirements for generous acceptance angles, non-destructive off-axis operation, safety and high efficiency however, complicate the design. Furthermore, the demands of high volume manufacturing, efficient logistics, minimal field commissioning time and low cost lead to quite complicated, system level design trade-offs. The technology which we will discuss features an array of reflective optics, scaled to be fabricated by techniques used in the automotive industry. The design couples a two-element imaging system to a non-imaging total internal reflection tertiary in a very compact design, with generous tolerance margins. Several optical units are mounted in a housing, which protects the optics and assists with dissipating waste heat. This paper outlines the key elements in the design of SolFocus concentrator optics, and discusses tradeoffs and experience with various design approaches.

  4. Remote preparation of quantum states

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    Bennett, C H; Leung, D W; Shor, P W; Winter, A; Bennett, Charles H; Hayden, Patrick; Leung, Debbie W.; Shor, Peter W.; Winter, Andreas


    Remote state preparation is the variant of quantum state teleportation in which the sender knows the quantum state to be communicated. The original paper introducing teleportation established minimal requirements for classical communication and entanglement but the corresponding limits for remote state preparation have remained unknown until now: previous work has shown, however, that it not only requires less classical communication but also gives rise to a trade-off between these two resources in the appropriate setting. We discuss this problem from first principles, including the various choices one may follow in the definitions of the actual resources. Our main result is a general method of remote state preparation for arbitrary states of many qubits, at a cost of 1 bit of classical communication and 1 bit of entanglement per qubit sent. In this "universal" formulation, these ebit and cbit requirements are shown to be simultaneously optimal by exhibiting a dichotomy. This then yields the exact trade-off c...

  5. Preparing for retirement - new seminars

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    We would like to take the opportunity to inform you about a new programme related to retirement, organised by the Human Resources Department. Retirement marks the end of a career and the start of a new chapter in life.  In all cases, being well-informed and prepared is necessary to cope successfully with this transition. The programme has been developed for staff members and consists of two seminars: Leaving CERN (half day seminar): short presentations by internal speakers, focusing on what options CERN offers at the end of your career: organised once per year, next session scheduled on 24 November 2015, in the afternoon, enrolment and more information on Indico.   Preparation for retirement (2-day seminar): interactive workshop (in small groups) delivered by external experts, focusing on how to prepare psychologically as well as practically to cope with all the changes retirement brings: organised regularly in 2016, in English or ...

  6. Preparation of semisynthetic (+)-tubocurarine chloride. (United States)

    Naghaway, J; Soine, T O


    Semisynthetic (+)-tubocurarine chloride (II) was prepared by monoquaternization of (+)-tubocurine. The method involved treating (+)-tubocurine with a 0.5 M equivalent of hydrochloric acid prior to quaternization with methyl iodide, followed by neutralization and iodide-chloride ion-exchange. Column chromatography and crystallization procedures were utilized for pure semisynthetic II preparation. The neuromuscular junction blocking activities of the semisynthetic and commercial II were determined by the in vivo cat hypoglossal nerve-tongue muscle preparation. No delectable differences among physical constants, spectral data, and neuromuscular junction blocking activities were noted between the commercial product and the semisynthetic II. This result substantiates the chemical and biological data for the well-accepted new formula for II. The unexplained M + n14 mass spectral peaks shown by the curare-type bases are characteristic of the molecular species rather than a result of contaminants.

  7. concentrate ratio and rumen ammonia concentration on in situ ...

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    and the amount of starch that can be added without impairing fibre digestion. ... are, in turn, influenced by factors such as rumen pH, ammonia concentration, type ...... of glucose cn arnmonia accumulation in the rumen of sheep. Anst. J. Agric.

  8. Combined processing of lead concentrates (United States)

    Kubasov, V. L.; Paretskii, V. M.; Sidorin, G. N.; Travkin, V. F.


    A combined scheme of processing of lead concentrates with the production of pure metallic lead and the important components containing in these concentrates is considered. This scheme includes sulfating roasting of the lead concentrates and two-stage leaching of the formed cinder with the formation of a sulfate solution and lead sulfate. When transformed into a carbonate form, lead sulfate is used for the production of pure metallic lead. Silver, indium, copper, cadmium, nickel, cobalt, and other important components are separately extracted from a solution. At the last stage, zinc is extracted by either extraction followed by electrolytic extraction of a metal or the return of the forming solution of sulfuric acid to cinder leaching.

  9. Preparation of Risedronate Nanoparticles by Solvent Evaporation Technique

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    Eliska Vaculikova


    Full Text Available One approach for the enhancement of oral drug bioavailability is the technique of nanoparticle preparation. Risedronate sodium (Biopharmaceutical Classification System Class III was chosen as a model compound with high water solubility and low intestinal permeability. Eighteen samples of risedronate sodium were prepared by the solvent evaporation technique with sodium dodecyl sulfate, polysorbate, macrogol, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and sodium carboxymethyl dextran as nanoparticle stabilizers applied in three concentrations. The prepared samples were characterized by dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy was used for verification of the composition of the samples. The particle size of sixteen samples was less than 200 nm. Polysorbate, sodium carboxymethyl dextran and macrogol were determined as the most favourable excipients; the particle size of the samples of risedronate with these excipients ranged from 2.8 to 10.5 nm.

  10. Weierstrass preparation and algebraic invariants

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    Harbater, David; Krashen, Daniel


    We prove a form of the Weierstrass Preparation Theorem for normal algebraic curves over complete discrete valuation rings. While the more traditional algebraic form of Weierstrass Preparation applies just to the projective line over a base, our version allows more general curves. This result is then used to obtain applications concerning the values of u-invariants, and on the period-index problem for division algebras, over fraction fields of complete two-dimensional rings. Our approach uses patching methods and matrix factorization results that can be viewed as analogs of Cartan's Lemma.


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    Elisabet Martínez Mondéjar


    The aim of this article is to present methodological procedure that facilitates the executives  work with teachers that are preparing themselves to by promoting post from their  workplace from  a manual directed towards counseling executives  on how to develop the focalization, the selection and the evaluation and promotion of its teachers that are preparing themselves to by promoting post  from the work system itself  of the different levels of management from the University of Pedagogical Sciences " Felix Varela Morales " of Villa Clara.

  12. Preparation and Characterization of Graphene

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    Xu Man


    Full Text Available The homogeneous-dispersed graphene oxide was prepared by the improved Hummers method, which would be reduced to graphene with the reducing agent called hydrazine hydrate. The X-ray diffraction, Infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectra and Transmission electron microscopy were used to analysis the phase, morphology and structure of the graphene and graphene oxide. The results show that the graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide prepared via this method, whose degree of oxidation and reduction are high; Also obtained a higher well-disperses and less structural imperfection of the graphene that was manufactured in the reducing system that added ammonia reduction

  13. Water-in-diesel fuel nanoemulsions: Preparation, stability and physical properties

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    M.R. Noor El-Din


    Full Text Available In this work, water-in-diesel fuel nanoemulsions were prepared with mixed nonionic surfactants. Several mixtures of sorbitan monooleate and polyoxyethylene (20 sorbitan monooleate, with different Hydrophilic–Lipophilic Balance (HLB values (9.6, 9.8, 10, 10.2 and 10.4 were prepared to achieve the optimal HLB value. Three mixed surfactant concentrations were prepared at 6%, 8% and 10% to identify the optimum concentration. Five emulsions with different water contents: 5%, 6%, 7%, 8% and 9% (wt./wt. were prepared using high energy method at the optimum conditions (HLB = 10 and mixed surfactant concentration = 10%. The effect of HLB value, mixed surfactant concentration and water content on the droplet size has been studied. The interfacial tension and thermodynamic properties of the individual and the blended emulsifiers were investigated. Droplet size of the prepared nanoemulsions was determined by dynamic light scattering and the nanoemulsion stability was assessed by measuring the variation of the droplet size as a function of time. From the obtained results, it was found that the mean droplet sizes were formed between 49.55 and 104.4 nm depending on HLB value, surfactant concentration and water content of the blended emulsifiers. The physical properties, kinematic viscosity and density, of the prepared nanoemulsions and the effect of different temperatures on these properties were measured.

  14. Kaolin-based geopolymers with various NaOH concentrations (United States)

    Heah, C. Y.; Kamarudin, H.; Mustafa Al Bakri, A. M.; Bnhussain, M.; Luqman, M.; Khairul Nizar, I.; Ruzaidi, C. M.; Liew, Y. M.


    Kaolin geopolymers were produced by the alkali-activation of kaolin with an activator solution (a mixture of NaOH and sodium silicate solutions). The NaOH solution was prepared at a concentration of 6-14 mol/L and was mixed with the sodium silicate solution at a Na2SiO3/NaOH mass ratio of 0.24 to prepare an activator solution. The kaolin-to-activator solution mass ratio used was 0.80. This paper aimed to analyze the effect of NaOH concentration on the compressive strength of kaolin geopolymers at 80°C for 1, 2, and 3 d. Kaolin geopolymers were stable in water, and strength results showed that the kaolin binder had adequate compressive strength with 12 mol/L of NaOH concentration. When the NaOH concentration increased, the SiO2/Na2O decreased. The increased Na2O content enhanced the dissolution of kaolin as shown in X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses. However, excess in this content was not beneficial for the strength development of kaolin geopolymers. In addition, there was the formation of more geopolymeric gel in 12 mol/L samples. The XRD pattern of the samples showed a higher amorphous content and a more geopolymer bonding existed as proved by FTIR analysis.

  15. Preparation and Electrical Property of Polypyrrole-Polyethylene Composite (United States)

    Yoshino, Katsumi; Yin, Xiao Hong; Morita, Shigenori; Nakanishi, Yutaka; Nakagawa, Shinichi; Yamamoto, Hideo; Watanuki, Toshiro; Isa, Isao


    Polypyrrole-polyethylene composites have been prepared by pressing the mixture of polypyrrole coated and non-coated polyethylene spheres. Electrical conductivity is enhanced by more than 16 orders of magnitude and its activation energy decreases remarkably at concentration of polypyrrole coated polyethylene above around 10-20%, which corresponds to effective polypyrrole concentration of 0.1-0.2%. These characteristics can be explained by a percolation model. That is, at this concentration electrodes are bridged by conducting channel of doped polypyrrole. Thermoelectric power increases in proportion to absolute temperature and is independent on concentration of polypyrrole coated polyethylene sphere above 30%, which support the percolation model. The electrical property of this polypyrrole-polyethylene composite is found to be stable up to 160°C. The application of this composite to the semiconducting layer of a cable has been proposed.

  16. Intestinal parasitic infections in suburban government schools, Lak Hok subdistrict, Muang Pathum Thani, Thailand

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    Sirima Kitvatanachai; Pochong Rhongbutsri


    Objective:To provide baseline information of parasitic infections in 3 suburban government schools, Lakhok subdistrict of Muang Pathum Thani, Thailand. Methods: This study was conducted between May-June 2010 using simple direct smear and modified formalin ether and from a population of 1 253 in 3 suburban government schools. Results: Total samples of 202 registered and participated. The average of prevalence of infection from 3 schools was 13.9%, there were 13.7%, 14.3%and 13.9%in N, S and R school, respectively with no significant difference between schools (P>0.05). The infection rates did not show significant difference between genders (P>0.05). The highest rate of infection was 20.4%in Pathom 2 (8 years) students and the lowest was 4%in Pathom 1 (7 years) with statistically difference between age groups (P<0.05). The highest prevalence of pathogenic protozoa was Giardia lamblia (G. lamblia) which was found in 50%of infected cases, followed by 25%of Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica) and Blastocystis hominis (B. hominis). The highest prevalence of non-pathogenic protozoa was Endolimax nana (E. nana) which was found in 88.9%, followed by 11.1%of Entamoeba coli (E. coli). Mixed infections between Blastocystis hominis (B. hominis) and Endolimax nana (E. nana) were reported at 7.1%. The only helminthic infection found in this study area was hookworm, found in 1 student (3.8%). The formalin ether concentration technique showed a higher efficacy of detection (78%-100%) than the simple direct smear method (0%-50%). Conclusions: Surveillance of Protozoan infections may need to be focused on suburban areas.

  17. Preparation of Modified Films with Protein from Grouper Fish

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    M. A. Valdivia-López


    Full Text Available A protein concentrate (PC was obtained from Grouper fish skin and it was used to prepare films with different amounts of sorbitol and glycerol as plasticizers. The best performing films regarding resistance were then modified with various concentrations of CaCl2, CaSO4 (calcium salts, and glucono-δ-lactone (GDL with the purpose of improving their mechanical and barrier properties. These films were characterized by determining their mechanical properties and permeability to water vapor and oxygen. Formulations with 5% (w/v protein and 75% sorbitol and 4% (w/v protein with a mixture of 15% glycerol and 15% sorbitol produced adequate films. Calcium salts and GDL increased the tensile fracture stress but reduced the fracture strain and decreased water vapor permeability compared with control films. The films prepared represent an attractive alternative for being used as food packaging materials.

  18. Preparation of Modified Films with Protein from Grouper Fish (United States)

    Tecante, A.; Granados-Navarrete, S.; Martínez-García, C.


    A protein concentrate (PC) was obtained from Grouper fish skin and it was used to prepare films with different amounts of sorbitol and glycerol as plasticizers. The best performing films regarding resistance were then modified with various concentrations of CaCl2, CaSO4 (calcium salts), and glucono-δ-lactone (GDL) with the purpose of improving their mechanical and barrier properties. These films were characterized by determining their mechanical properties and permeability to water vapor and oxygen. Formulations with 5% (w/v) protein and 75% sorbitol and 4% (w/v) protein with a mixture of 15% glycerol and 15% sorbitol produced adequate films. Calcium salts and GDL increased the tensile fracture stress but reduced the fracture strain and decreased water vapor permeability compared with control films. The films prepared represent an attractive alternative for being used as food packaging materials. PMID:27597950

  19. Preparation of aqueous core/silica shell microcapsules. (United States)

    Bean, Keith; Black, Camilla F; Govan, Norman; Reynolds, Paul; Sambrook, Mark R


    Water core/silica shell microcapsules are prepared via the hydrolysis and subsequent polycondensation of tetraethoxysilane in a surfactant stabilised water-in-oil emulsion. The relationship between preparative conditions, including pH and silane concentration, has been related to final particle structure. Furthermore, the nature of the catalyst has been found to affect the mechanism by which the shells are formed, with an interfacial polymerisation proposed for ammonium hydroxide catalysed synthesis in agreement with previous reports and a new colloidosome assembly process for sodium hydroxide catalysis. In both cases shell aging processes are observed to continue beyond initial shell formation suggesting that trans-shell diffusion of reactants may be feasible, or that rapid hydrolysis is required in order to load high concentrations of the reactants into the internal phase before significant shell formation.

  20. Preparation of liquid fuels from chark chemical tar

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    Zhaksyntay Kairbekov


    Full Text Available In the course of study the optimal conditions of conduction of the process hydrogenization are found. Optimal temperature for preparation of motor oils from chark chemical tar is 4000С. On the increase of temperature from 3500С to 4000С the yield of liquid products on Mo-containing catalyst increases from 47.1 mass. % to 65.2 mass. % compared to the yield of liquid products obtained without the catalyst. The yield of gasoil fraction constitutes 15 mass. %. Optimal quantity of catalyst for preparation of liquid products from the tar is 0.05 mass. %. According to the results of study the catalytic effect of synthesized from emulsion catalyst appears at low concentration of molybdenum (0.05 mass.%. But the double increase of concentration of molybdenum weakly effects the improvement of indicators of the process.

  1. Preparation, characterization, and dye removal study of activated carbon prepared from palm kernel shell. (United States)

    García, Juan Rafael; Sedran, Ulises; Zaini, Muhammad Abbas Ahmad; Zakaria, Zainul Akmar


    Palm oil mill wastes (palm kernel shell (PKS)) were used to prepare activated carbons, which were tested in the removal of colorants from water. The adsorbents were prepared by 1-h impregnation of PKS with ZnCl2 as the activating agent (PKS:ZnCl2 mass ratios of 1:1 and 2:1), followed by carbonization in autogenous atmosphere at 500 and 550 °C during 1 h. The characterization of the activated carbons included textural properties (porosity), surface chemistry (functional groups), and surface morphology. The dye removal performance of the different activated carbons was investigated by means of the uptake of methylene blue (MB) in solutions with various initial concentrations (25-400 mg/L of MB) at 30 °C, using a 0.05-g carbon/50-mL solution relationship. The sample prepared with 1:1 PKS:ZnCl2 and carbonized at 550 °C showed the highest MB adsorption capacity (maximum uptake at the equilibrium, q max = 225.3 mg MB / g adsorbent), resulting from its elevated specific surface area (BET, 1058 m(2)/g) and microporosity (micropore surface area, 721 m(2)/g). The kinetic experiments showed that removals over 90% of the equilibrium adsorptions were achieved after 4-h contact time in all the cases. The study showed that palm oil mill waste biomass could be used in the preparation of adsorbents efficient in the removal of colorants in wastewaters.

  2. Preparation of thiophilic paramagnetic adsorbent for separation of antibodies

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    The micron-sized mierospheres with superparamagnetic property were synthesized with vinyl acetate and divinylbenzene by microsuspension polymerization. After the complete alcoholysis, these hydroxyl-functionalized microspheres were activated by divinylfone and modified with mercaptoethanol to prepare the thiophilic magnetic adsorbent, which was used to specifically isolate immunoglobulin G (IgG) from human serum. This thiophilic magnetic adsorbent performed an evident salt-dependent adsorption behavior for IgG. Due to their salt-promoted adsorption towards IgG under high salt concentration, the absorbed antibodies could be extracted in low salt concentration with high purity.

  3. State and history of heart tissue preparation for proton microprobe elemental analysis at the Eindhoven Cyclotron Laboratory

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    Quaedackers, J.A.; Mutsaers, P.H.A.; Goeij, J.J.M. de; Voigt, M.J.A. de; Vusse, G.J. van der


    Proton microprobe techniques are useful in investigating ischemia-reperfusion induced ion shifts between cardiac muscle cells and interstitial fluid. Preliminary results have shown that proper analysis of ion concentrations in various cardiac compartments is hampered by dislocation of elements during sample preparation. In this study the different stages of the preparation were evaluated as possible sources of artifacts. After improvements of the sample preparation procedure, sharp ion concentration gradients within heart tissue preparations were obtained, indicating no noticeable ion dislocation at the scale of the measurements.

  4. A quicker preparation method for autologous fibrin glue. (United States)

    Yoshida, H; Kamiya, A


    To establish a quicker preparation procedure for cryoprecipitate (Cryo) from a patient's autologous plasma, to be used as fibrin glue, we examined the effects of various conditions on the concentrations and yields of coagulation factors in Cryo. Human plasma from healthy volunteers was divided and treated under various freezing, shaking and defrosting conditions. The concentrations of fibrinogen, plasminogen, fibronectin, and factor XIII in Cryo were then measured. Results were as follows: (1) concentrations and yields of plasma components in Cryo obtained from plasma stored at -20 degrees C were significantly higher than those in Cryo from plasma stored at -80 degrees C; (2) shaking at 70 cycles/min during the freezing process had a favorable effect on the concentrations and yields of coagulation factors in the Cryo; (3) a shaking thaw process in a cold water bath was a rapid method for obtaining adequate yields of coagulation factors; (4) shaking in the defrosting process did not affect the yields of coagulation factors. These results indicated that Cryo containing high concentrations of coagulation factors could be prepared easily and rapidly from a patient's autologous plasma (within 4-5 h).

  5. Enhanced skin deposition and delivery of voriconazole using ethosomal preparations. (United States)

    Faisal, Waleed; Soliman, Ghareb M; Hamdan, Ahmed M


    Despite its broad-spectrum antifungal properties, voriconazole has many side effects when administered systemically. The aim of this work was to develop an ethosomal topical delivery system for voriconazole and test its potential to enhance the antifungal properties and skin delivery of the drug. Voriconazole was encapsulated into various ethosomal preparations and the effect of phospholipid and ethanol concentrations on the ethosomes properties were evaluated. The ethosomes were evaluated for drug encapsulation efficiency, particle size and morphology and antifungal efficacy. Drug permeability and deposition were tested in rat abdominal skin. Drug encapsulation efficiency of up to 46% was obtained and it increased with increasing the phospholipid concentration, whereas the opposite effect was observed for the ethanol concentration. The ethosomes had a size of 420-600 nm and negative zeta potential. The particle size of the ethosomes increased by increasing their ethanol content. The ethosomes achieved similar inhibition zones against Aspergillus flavus at a 2-fold lower drug concentration compared with drug solution in dimethyl sulfoxide. The ex vivo drug permeability through rat abdominal skin was ∼6-fold higher for the ethosomes compared with the drug hydroalcoholic solution. Similarly, the amount of drug deposited in the skin was higher for the ethosomes and was dependent on the ethanol concentration of the ethosomes. These results confirm that voriconazole ethosomal preparations are promising topical delivery systems that can enhance the drug antifungal efficacy and improve its skin delivery.

  6. Preparation of Soy Peptides by Liquid Fermentation

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    LiLi; YangXiaoqun; ZhaoMouming; LiangShizhong


    Many kinds of microorganism can produce a mount of protease which subsequently hydrolysis the protein of the medium into peptides when they grow in protein containing liquid medium.In the present investigation,the conditions of preparing soybean peptides by liquid fermentation were studied,following results were obtained:(1)SPI is a nice nitrogen source and meanwhile an inducible factor of protease production;its concentration can be as high as 3%-4%.(2)Sucrose is the best carbon source;its concentration is 1%-4%.(3)Under the conditions of 28℃,initial pH6.0,inoculum size 4%,cell age 36hr and fermentation time 24hr-30hr,we can obtain soybean peptides or fermentation liquor with good flavor,its DH reaches 25%-30% and the yield rate can be as high as 75%.(4)Mass spectrograph indicate the MW of the fermentation liquid or the soybean peptides mainly distribute at about 4000Dal,these imply a promising prospect of industrial application of submerged fermentation in producing soybean peptides.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of Manganese Ferrite Aluminates

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    R. L. Dhiman


    Full Text Available Aluminum doped manganese ferrites MnAlxFe2−xO4 with 0.0≤x≤1.0 have been prepared by the double ceramic route. The formation of mixed spinel phase has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The unit cell parameter `aO' is found to decrease linearly with aluminum concentration due to smaller ionic radius of aluminum. The cation distributions were estimated from X-ray diffraction intensities of various planes. The theoretical lattice parameter, X-ray density, oxygen positional parameter, ionic radii, jump length, and bonds and edges lengths of the tetrahedral (A and octahedral (B sites were determined. 57Fe Mössbauer spectra recorded at room temperature were fitted with two sextets corresponding to Fe3+ ions at A- and B-sites. In the present ferrite system, the area ratio of Fe3+ ions at the A- and B-sites determined from the spectral analysis of Mössbauer spectra gives evidence that Al3+ ions replace iron ions at B-sites. This change in the site preference reflects an abrupt change in magnetic hyperfine fields at A- and B-sites as aluminum concentration increases, which has been explained on the basis of supertransferred hyperfine field. On the basis of estimated cation distribution, it is concluded that aluminum doped manganese ferrites exhibit a 55% normal spinel structure.


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


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

  9. Preparation of polymeric aluminium ferric chloride from bauxite tailings

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    Ma D.


    Full Text Available Bauxite tailings are the main solid wastes in the ore dressing process. The Al2O3 and Fe2O3 contents in bauxite tailings can reach 50% and 13% respectively. The present study proposed a feasible method to use bauxite tailings to prepare polymeric aluminium ferric chloride (PAFC, a new composite inorganic polymer for water purification. Bauxite tailings roasted reacting with hydrochloric acid under air, pickle liquor which mainly contains Fe3+, Al3+ was generated, then calcium aluminate was used to adjust pH value and the basicity of the pickle liquor, the PAFC was subsequently prepared after the polymerization process. The optimal synthesizing parameters for the preparation of PAFC obtained were as follows: the concentration of hydrochloric acid of 24 wt%, ratio of hydrochloric acid to bauxite tailings of 6:1, temperature of 90ºC, leaching time of 2.5 hours, ration of pickle liquor to calcium aluminate of 12:1, polymerization temperature of 90ºC and polymerization time of about 3 hours. The basicity of PAFC was higher than 68%, the sum concentration of Al2O3 and Fe2O3 was beyond 12.5%. The results of flocculation tests indicate that the PAFC has a better performance of removing the turbidity of wastewater compared to PAC, and PAFC prepared by bauxite tailings is a kind of high quality flocculants.

  10. Extraction of indium from indium-zinc concentrates

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    LI Shi-qing; TANG Mo-tang; HE Jing; YANG Sheng-hai; TANG Chao-bo; CHEN Yong-ming


    A new process for extracting indium from indium-zinc concentrates was proposed. The process can directly extract indium from removed copper solution by D2EHPA, and cancel the stage of removing iron in the traditional process because of using iron and part of zinc in the In-Zn concentrates for direct preparing high quality Mn-Zn soft magnetic ferrites. The technologies in the processes, such as leaching the neutral leached residues with high concentrated acid at high temperature, reduction ferric and removing copper, and extracting indium, were investigated. The results show that total recovery ratio of indium is increased from less than 70% in the traditional process to more than 95%. This process has the advantages of largely simplifying the procedure of indium extraction, zero draining off of iron residue and zero emitting of SO2. So this is a clean production process.

  11. [Concentration and determination of strychnine alkaloid in biological fluids]. (United States)

    Zhang, Jing; He, Lang-chong; Fu, Qiang


    To establish a new method for determination of strychnine alkaloid in biological fluids based on molecularly imprinted polymers. A strychnine molecularly imprinted monolithic column was prepared by in-situ molecularly imprinted technique. The polymer was filled to a 1cm column, and a method was developed to concentrate and determine strychnine alkaloids in biological fluids. the limit of detection of the method was 4.9 ng, and the recoveries were more than 92%. The relative standard deviations were smaller than 6.59%. The linear correlation coefficients of standard curves were 0.999 1 and 0.9966 respectively. This method was applied to concentrate and determine strychnine in plasma and urine of poisoned rabbit. The new method could concentrate and simultaneously determine strychnine alkaloids in biological fluids, and it was applied to forensic toxicological analysis.

  12. Preparation of Plutonium Counting Source Using Solid Phase Extraction Disk

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    SUN; Hong-qing; YANG; Su-liang; DING; You-qian; YANG; Jin-ling; MAO; Guo-shu


    For the determination of trace amount of plutonium,Pu(Ⅳ)may be extracted from dilute nitric acid by TTA-xylene,and stripped by concentrated nitric acid.But the small volume of strip solution used in traditional counting source preparation by direct evaporation could lead to a rather high detection limit.Plutonium in strip solution may all be absorbed on the surface of an anion exchange resin disk.And

  13. Efficient Preparation of Metal Organosols by Phase Transfer

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    ZHAO Ji-Kuan; CHEN Xiao; YANG Chun-Jie; SUI Zhen-Ming; ZHANG Guo-Dong; CHAI Yong-Cun; LIU Jie


    Organosols of silver and gold nanoparticles stabilized by sodium oleate were prepared with high efficiency by simple phase transfer of their hydrosols to isooctane. Concentrations of sodium oleate and magnesium chloride have crucial effects on the phase transfer efficiency. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy have been used to characterize the nanoparticles. A possible phase transfer mechanism was proposed based on the anchoring positions of oleate deduced by molecular modeling calculations.

  14. Gravimetric determination of phospholipid concentration. (United States)

    Tejera-Garcia, Roberto; Connell, Lisa; Shaw, Walter A; Kinnunen, Paavo K J


    Accurate determination of lipid concentrations is an obligatory routine in a research laboratory engaged in studies using this class of biomaterials. For phospholipids, this is frequently accomplished using the phosphate assay (Bartlett, G.R. Phosphorus Assay in Column Chromatography. J. Biol. Chem. 234, 466-468, 1959). Given the purity of the currently commercially available synthetic and isolated natural lipids, we have observed that determination of the dry weight of lipid stock solutions provides the fastest, most accurate, and generic method to assay their concentrations. The protocol described here takes advantage of the high resolution and accuracy obtained by modern weighing technology. We assayed by this technique the concentrations of a number of phosphatidylcholine samples, with different degrees of acyl chain saturation and length, and in different organic solvents. The results were compared with those from Bartlett assay, (31)P NMR, and Langmuir compression isotherms. The data obtained show that the gravimetric assay yields lipid concentrations with a resolution similar or better than obtained by the other techniques.

  15. Biodegradation kinetics at low concentrations (

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    Toräng, Lars; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Nyholm, Niels


    Aerobic biodegradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) was studied in groundwater added sediment fines. At concentrations at or below 1 mu g/L of 2,4-D degradation kinetic was of true first order without significant growth of specific degraders and with half-life for mineralization...

  16. Benign concentric annular macular dystrophy

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    Luísa Salles de Moura Mendonça


    Full Text Available The purpose of the authors is to show clinical findings of a patient with benign concentric annular macular dystrophy, which is an unusual condition, and part of the "bull’s eye" maculopathy differential diagnosis. An ophthalmologic examination with color perception, fluorescein angiography, and ocular electrophysiology was performed.

  17. Segmented holographic spectrum splitting concentrator (United States)

    Ayala, Silvana P.; Vorndran, Shelby; Wu, Yuechen; Chrysler, Benjamin; Kostuk, Raymond K.


    This paper presents a segmented parabolic concentrator employing holographic spectral filters that provide focusing and spectral bandwidth separation capability to the system. Strips of low band gap silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells are formed into a parabolic surface as shown by Holman et. al. [1]. The surface of the PV segments is covered with holographic elements formed in dichromated gelatin. The holographic elements are designed to transmit longer wavelengths to silicon cells, and to reflect short wavelength light towards a secondary collector where high-bandgap PV cells are mounted. The system can be optimized for different combinations of diffuse and direct solar illumination conditions for particular geographical locations by controlling the concentration ratio and filtering properties of the holographic elements. In addition, the reflectivity of the back contact of the silicon cells is used to increase the optical path length and light trapping. This potentially allows the use of thin film silicon for the low bandgap PV cell material. The optical design combines the focusing properties of the parabolic concentrator and the holographic element to control the concentration ratio and uniformity of the spectral distribution at the high bandgap cell location. The presentation concludes with a comparison of different spectrum splitting holographic filter materials for this application.

  18. Compact Concentrators for Solar Cells (United States)

    Whang, V. S.


    Each cell in array has own concentrator. A Cassegrain Reflector combination of paraboloidal and hyperboloidar mirrors-used with conical reflector at each element of array. Three components direct light to small solar cell. No cooling fins, fans, pumps, or heat pipes needed, not even in vacuum.

  19. City scale pollen concentration variability (United States)

    van der Molen, Michiel; van Vliet, Arnold; Krol, Maarten


    Pollen are emitted in the atmosphere both in the country-side and in cities. Yet the majority of the population is exposed to pollen in cities. Allergic reactions may be induced by short-term exposure to pollen. This raises the question how variable pollen concentration in cities are in temporally and spatially, and how much of the pollen in cities are actually produced in the urban region itself. We built a high resolution (1 × 1 km) pollen dispersion model based on WRF-Chem to study a city's pollen budget and the spatial and temporal variability in concentration. It shows that the concentrations are highly variable, as a result of source distribution, wind direction and boundary layer mixing, as well as the release rate as a function of temperature, turbulence intensity and humidity. Hay Fever Forecasts based on such high resolution emission and physical dispersion modelling surpass traditional hay fever warning methods based on temperature sum methods. The model gives new insights in concentration variability, personal and community level exposure and prevention. The model will be developped into a new forecast tool to serve allergic people to minimize their exposure and reduce nuisance, coast of medication and sick leave. This is an innovative approach in hay fever warning systems.

  20. Preparing Your Child for Surgery (United States)

    ... Child What Kids Say About: Handling Stress Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias Community Service: A Family's Guide to Getting Involved Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media Preparing Your Child for Surgery ... Questions Explain the Problem Handle Fears Relieve Guilt Explaining What Will Happen Pre-Operative ...

  1. Professional Preparation in Health Promotion. (United States)

    Hill, Charles E.; Fisher, Shirley P.


    Colleges and universities must develop curricula to prepare health promotion specialists to work with persons of all ages. Program core should include self-care, consumer awareness, nutrition, weight control, stress management, and substance abuse. Health and physical educators should learn to facilitate change of negative health behaviors into…

  2. Preparing Foster Children for School (United States)

    Antoine, Karla; Fisher, Philip A.


    Preparing foster children for school entry by focusing on the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten calls for early intervention. However, existing programs to enhance school readiness have not been tailored to meet the educational, emotional, and psychological needs of foster children. This is the rationale behind development of the…

  3. Transforming Principal Preparation. ERIC Digest. (United States)

    Lashway, Larry

    In the current climate of accountability, the responsibilities of principals have increased. The new role of principals requires new forms of training, and standards-based reform is generating major changes in principal-preparation programs. This digest examines some of those changes. First, it looks at the effectiveness of principal-preparation…

  4. Preparing Teachers for Parent Involvement. (United States)

    Safran, Daniel

    This paper examines the potential impact of parent involvement in the formal education of their children and suggests ways that teacher education can be restructured to prepare teachers to work with parents. This paper attempts to answer five questions: (1) Why should parents be involved in the formal education of their children? (2) Why should…

  5. Attracting and Preparing Worthy Teachers. (United States)

    Shiina, Mankichi; Chonan, Mitsuo


    Attracting worthy teachers to the compulsory education system in Japan requires attention to three issues: teacher salaries, strengthening initial teacher preparation, and expansion and systemization of teacher training. The one-year beginning teachers' inservice training program began in 1989 in response to the third issue. (IAH)

  6. Standards for Art Teacher Preparation. (United States)

    Henry, Carole; Banks, Sam; Day, Michael; Dunn, Phil; Fergus, Victoria; Foster, Mary Sue; Galbraith, Lynn; Hatfield, Thomas A.; Hansen, Mark; Young, Bernard

    Colleges and universities engaged in the preparation of art teachers address a broad range of issues. Questions concerning specific education requirements leading to certification, approaches to curriculum development and assessment, opportunities for clinical experiences, and exposure to teaching methodologies and classroom management strategies…

  7. Preparation from Co-cities

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    @@ At the latest conference press held in mid of April, it is released by Chinese government officials that preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games in co-host cities are progressing well and most of the facilities are already in place.

  8. Standards for Art Teacher Preparation (United States)

    National Art Education Association, 2009


    The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is committed to ensuring student access to a highly qualified, certified visual arts educator in every K-12 public school across the United States, recognizing that effective arts instruction is a core component to a 21st-century education. "Standards for Art Teacher Preparation" represents the…

  9. Preparing Student Mobility through Telecollaboration (United States)

    Giralt, Marta; Jeanneau, Catherine


    In recent years, going to a foreign country has become all the more significant for Higher Education (HE) students, as concepts such as internationalisation and intercultural competencies have gained a more prominent role in HE. For students to fully benefit from this experience, it is paramount to prepare them for their stay in a foreign country…

  10. Preparing Engineers for Social Responsibility (United States)

    Zandvoort, H.


    In this paper I introduce the contributions to a special section of the journal: one devoted to the question of how engineering curricula can or should contribute to the preparation of graduates for socially responsible decision making and conduct. The special section is motivated by the circumstance that, although there is broad agreement that…

  11. Preparing Students for Studying Abroad (United States)

    Goldoni, Federica


    This study is situated in the fields of language education, study abroad (SA) and intercultural communication. The interest in SA is increasing on the part of students, administrators, educators, and business companies for the learning opportunities that it offers. However, SA students are not always prepared to maximize their learning…

  12. Preparing Slide Presentations on Computers. (United States)

    Elberfeld, John K.


    Suggest use of well-organized slide presentation as effective way to introduce computers to large audiences and discusses how to get started--state objective, analyze audience, outline presentation, prepare slides--and equipment needed to obtain slides from television screens, miniature components, and book illustrations. References and sources…

  13. Preparation of a tritiated ginkgolide

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    Strømgaard, Kristian; Suehiro, Makiko; Nakanishi, Koji


    Ginkgolide B, a constituent of the tree Ginkgo biloba, was radiolabeled with the beta-emitter tritium ([(3)H]) in two steps from ginkgolide C. First, a triflate precursor was prepared utilizing the selective reactivity of 7-OH in ginkgolide C; the triflate was then reduced with sodium borotritide...

  14. Preparation methods of alginate nanoparticles

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    Paques, J.P.; Linden, van der E.; Rijn, van C.J.M.; Sagis, L.M.C.


    This article reviews available methods for the formation of alginate nano-aggregates, nanocapsules and nanospheres. Primarily, alginate nanoparticles are being prepared by two methods. In the “complexation method”, complex formation on the interface of an oil droplet is used to form alginate

  15. Preparation methods of alginate nanoparticles

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    Paques, J.P.; Linden, van der E.; Rijn, van C.J.M.; Sagis, L.M.C.


    This article reviews available methods for the formation of alginate nano-aggregates, nanocapsules and nanospheres. Primarily, alginate nanoparticles are being prepared by two methods. In the “complexation method”, complex formation on the interface of an oil droplet is used to form alginate nanocap

  16. Handbook for Preparing Job Classifications. (United States)

    Thomas, John C.

    To assist local governments in their responsibility for eliminating and preventing discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin as specified by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, the handbook provides guidelines for analyzing jobs and preparing job classifications (defining; listing duties…

  17. Preparing Engineers for Social Responsibility (United States)

    Zandvoort, H.


    In this paper I introduce the contributions to a special section of the journal: one devoted to the question of how engineering curricula can or should contribute to the preparation of graduates for socially responsible decision making and conduct. The special section is motivated by the circumstance that, although there is broad agreement that…

  18. Practicing Improvisation: Preparing Multicultural Educators (United States)

    Hull, Karla


    Preparing competent multicultural educators involves a dynamic process requiring constant self-reflection and assisting pre-service teachers to sharpen their cultural vision as they learn to be responsive educators. Reflections on lessons learned as a teacher educator are shared through personal experiences that are identified as keys to prepare…

  19. Integrated Work Management: Preparer, Course 31883

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    Simpson, Lewis Edward [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    The preparer (also called the “planner”) plays a key role in the integrated work management (IWM) process at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This course, Integrated Work Management: Preparer (COURSE 31883), describes the IWM roles and responsibilities of the preparer. This course also discusses IWM requirements that must be met by the preparer.

  20. 21 CFR 864.4400 - Enzyme preparations. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Enzyme preparations. 864.4400 Section 864.4400...) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Specimen Preparation Reagents § 864.4400 Enzyme preparations. (a) Identification. Enzyme preparations are products that are used in the...

  1. Radioiodine concentrated in a wetland. (United States)

    Kaplan, Daniel I; Zhang, Saijin; Roberts, Kimberly A; Schwehr, Kathy; Xu, Chen; Creeley, Danielle; Ho, Yi-Fang; Li, Hsiu-Ping; Yeager, Chris M; Santschi, Peter H


    Most subsurface environmental radioactivity contamination is expected to eventually resurface in riparian zones, or wetlands. There are a number of extremely sharp biogeochemical interfaces in wetlands that could alter radionuclide speciation and promote accumulation. The objective of this study was to determine if a wetland concentrated (129)I emanating from a former waste disposal basin located on the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, USA. Additionally, studies were conducted to evaluate the role of sediment organic matter in immobilizing the radioiodine. Groundwater samples were collected along a 0.7-km transect away from the seepage basin and in the downstream wetlands. The samples were analyzed for (129)I speciation (iodide (I(-)), iodate (IO3(-)), and organo-I). Groundwater (129)I concentrations in many locations in the wetlands (as high as 59.9 Bq L(-1)(129)I) were greatly elevated with respect to the source term (5.9 Bq L(-1)(129)I). (129)I concentration profiles in sediment cores were closely correlated to organic matter concentrations (r(2) = 0.992; n = 5). While the sediment organic matter promoted the uptake of (129)I to the wetland sediment, it also promoted the formation of a soluble organic fraction: 74% of the wetland groundwater (129)I could pass through a 1 kDa (wetlands may be highly effective at immobilizing aqueous (129)I, they may also promote the formation of a low-molecular-weight organic species that does not partition to sediments. This study provides a rare example of radioactivity concentrations increasing rather than decreasing as it migrates from a point source and brings into question assumptions in risk models regarding continuous dilution of released contaminants.

  2. A Standardized Method for the Preparation of a Gas Phase Extract of Cigarette Smoke. (United States)

    Higashi, Tsunehito; Mai, Yosuke; Mazaki, Yuichi; Horinouchi, Takahiro; Miwa, Soichi


    The gas phase of cigarette smoke is important from the viewpoint of human health, because it can pass through alveolar epithelium and enter the circulation. There is no standard method for the preparation of a gas phase extract of cigarette smoke (CSE), although CSE is widely used for research instead of whole cigarette smoke. We have established a standard method for the preparation of CSE. One cigarette per trial is continuously combusted under a reduced pressure generated by an aspiration pump with a velocity of 1.050 L/min: the main stream of the smoke is passed through a Cambridge filter to remove tar, and subsequently, bubbled through a glass ball filter (pore size, 20-30 µm) into 15 mL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). To express the concentration of CSE, a virtual tar concentration is introduced, which is calculated assuming that tar trapped on the Cambridge filter is dissolved in the PBS. CSEs prepared from smaller numbers of cigarettes (original virtual tar concentration≤15 mg/mL) show similar concentration-response curves for cytotoxicity versus virtual tar concentrations. CSEs prepared from various brands of cigarettes and by different smoking regimes (continuous and puff smoking) show similar cytotoxic potency if the virtual tar concentrations are the same. In conclusion, using the standardized method for CSE preparation in combination with the virtual tar concentration, it becomes possible to simply and rapidly prepare standard CSEs with defined concentrations from any brand of cigarettes, which are toxicologically equivalent to CSE prepared by puff smoking.

  3. [Preparation and utility of glibenclamide suppository for hospital use]. (United States)

    Takahashi, Y; Iwata, M; Shirotake, S; Takayama, K; Machida, Y; Nagai, T


    Glibenclamide (GC) is widely used as an oral hypoglycemic drug in the treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Since GC is usually taken for a long period, side effects and noncompliance are among the problems. In order to solve those problems, we prepared GC suppositories and examined their usefulness. Suppositories containing 4, 20, and 40 mg of GC were prepared and examined for drug release, drug absorption and blood glucose levels after the rectal administration of suppositories in rabbits. In the release test, GC suppositories released the drug continuously for 6 hours. The areas under the drug release time curve (ADT) of 20 and 40 mg GC suppositories were 3.5 and 6.2 times of 4 mg GC suppositories respectively. The plasma concentrations after administration of 4 and 20 mg GC suppositories showed about the same profiles for 6 hours. After administration of 40 mg GC suppositories, the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) was observed at 2 hours. All the GC suppositories showed lower blood glucose levels compared with the control. The remainder of the area under the blood glucose concentration time curve between the control (RAUC) in the case of 40 mg GC suppository was 1.3 times larger than that of the 4 mg GC suppository. The GC suppositories sufficiently lowered the blood glucose levels. These results suggest that the GC suppositories should be useful in the hospital preparation for the treatment of NIDDM patients.

  4. Dye concentration study in PVK based light emitting diodes (United States)

    Gautier-Thianche, E.; Sentein, C.; Nunzi, J.-M.; Lorin, A.; Denis, C.; Raimond, P.


    Light emitting diodes made of a single spin-coated layer of poly(9-vinylcarbazole) doped with coumarin-515 dye have been prepared. The influence of dye concentration on emission and electrical characteristics is evidenced. Two different regimes are identified. At low concentrations, hole injection barrier raises, holes are trapped and mobility decreases. External quantum efficiency increases with concentration. At concentrations larger than 10 per electron. Coumarin in a single-layer diode improves electron-hole injection and recombination balance more than an additional hole-blocking layer. Nous avons étudié des DEL constituées d'une monocouche de poly(9-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) dopée avec un colorant laser : la coumarine 515. Le taux de dopage en colorant influe sur les caractéristiques courant - tension et sur le rendement quantique d'électroluminescence. Aux faibles taux de dopage, la hauteur de la barrière d'injection des trous augmente, les trous sont piégés dans la matrice et leur mobilité décroît. Le rendement quantique externe augmente avec la concentration de dopant. Aux concentrations supérieures à 10 photoluminescence chute mais le rendement quantique externe augmente jusqu'à 0.1 recombinaison électron-trou bien mieux qu'une couche supplémentaire bloquant l'injection des trous.

  5. Effects of the grinding process on the preparation and qualities of CWS

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    Yuliang Zhang; Guoguang Wu; Xianliang Meng; Zengjie Yun; Frank Shi; Yaqun He; Xiaoqiang Luo


    Two different grinding processes were examined to determine the effect grinding has on the quality of a CWS.A series of slurries was prepared from Australian (Au) and Chinese (YZ) coals.Both types of coal were ground by a Chinese (CUMT) and an Australian (JK) grinding process.The performance tests of the prepared CWS showed that fluidity of all slurries was acceptable.The concentration of the CWS from YZ coal ground by the CUMT grinding process was higher than when the JK grinding process was used.The highest concentration was 70.14% in this case.The concentration of the CWS prepared from Au coal by the JK grinding process was higher than when the CUMT grinding process was used.The highest concentration in this case was 70.97%.These differences are caused by the particle size distribution developed during the different grinding processes.

  6. Optimizing Human Bile Preparation for Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis

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    Hao-Tsai Cheng


    Full Text Available Aims. Bile is an important body fluid which assists in the digestion of fat and excretion of endogenous and exogenous compounds. In the present study, an improved sample preparation for human bile was established. Methods and Material. The method involved acetone precipitation followed by protein extraction using commercially available 2D Clean-Up kit. The effectiveness was evaluated by 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE profiling quality, including number of protein spots and spot distribution. Results. The total protein of bile fluid in benign biliary disorders was 0.797 ± 0.465 μg/μL. The sample preparation method using acetone precipitation first followed by 2D Clean-Up kit protein extraction resulted in better quality of 2DE gel images in terms of resolution as compared with other sample preparation methods. Using this protocol, we obtained approximately 558 protein spots on the gel images and with better protein spots presentation of haptoglobin, serum albumin, serotransferrin, and transthyretin. Conclusions. Protein samples of bile prepared using acetone precipitation followed by 2D Clean-Up kit exhibited high protein resolution and significant protein profile. This optimized protein preparation protocol can effectively concentrate bile proteins, remove abundant proteins and debris, and yield clear presentation of nonabundant proteins and its isoforms on 2-dimensional electrophoresis gel images.

  7. Development of concentrator solar cells

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    A limited pilot production run on PESC silicon solar cells for use at high concentrations (200 to 400 suns) is summarized. The front contact design of the cells was modified for operation without prismatic covers. The original objective of the contract was to systematically complete a process consolidation phase, in which all the, process improvements developed during the contract would be combined in a pilot production run. This pilot run was going to provide, a basis for estimating cell costs when produced at high throughput. Because of DOE funding limitations, the Photovoltaic Concentrator Initiative is on hold, and Applied Solar`s contract was operated at a low level of effort for most of 1993. The results obtained from the reduced scope pilot run showed the effects of discontinuous process optimization and characterization. However, the run provided valuable insight into the technical areas that can be optimized to achieve the original goals of the contract.

  8. Vertical distribution of sediment concentration

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    Sai-hua HUANG; Zhi-lin SUN; Dan XU; Shan-shan XIA


    A simple formula is proposed to predict the vertical distribution of a suspended load concentration in a 2D steady turbulent flow.The proposed formula significantly improves the well-known Rouse formula where sediment concentration has an infinitely large value at the channel bottom and a zero value at the water surface.Based on this formula and the logarithmic ve-locity profile,a theoretical elementary function for the transport rate of a suspended load is developed.This equation improves the Einstein equation in which the unit-width suspended sediment discharge must be solved by numerical integration and a contra-diction between the lower limit of the integral and that of velocity distribution exists.

  9. Sandia concentrator array testing experiences (United States)

    Gerwin, H. J.; Rogers, C. B.; Beavis, L. C.

    An assortment of PV concentrator modules and arrays have been tested and evaluated at the Sandia outdoor test facility. These test items include actively-cooled parabolic reflector and linear Fresnel lens concentrators, and actively- and passively-cooled point focus collectors. Maximum power efficiencies were measured over a range of sunlight intensities and cell temperatures, then a linear equation relating efficiency to cell temperature and insolation was developed for each module and array by using a multiple linear regression analysis technique on the data. An evaluation of the suitability of Polyvinyl-Butyral (PVB) as a material used to laminate solar cells to glass is presented. Some general observations are made on the accuracy of tracking systems, and the maintenance of these systems.

  10. Nanocrystals for luminescent solar concentrators. (United States)

    Bradshaw, Liam R; Knowles, Kathryn E; McDowall, Stephen; Gamelin, Daniel R


    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) harvest sunlight over large areas and concentrate this energy onto photovoltaics or for other uses by transporting photons through macroscopic waveguides. Although attractive for lowering solar energy costs, LSCs remain severely limited by luminophore reabsorption losses. Here, we report a quantitative comparison of four types of nanocrystal (NC) phosphors recently proposed to minimize reabsorption in large-scale LSCs: two nanocrystal heterostructures and two doped nanocrystals. Experimental and numerical analyses both show that even the small core absorption of the leading NC heterostructures causes major reabsorption losses at relatively short transport lengths. Doped NCs outperform the heterostructures substantially in this critical property. A new LSC phosphor is introduced, nanocrystalline Cd(1-x)Cu(x)Se, that outperforms all other leading NCs by a significant margin in both small- and large-scale LSCs under full-spectrum conditions.

  11. Concentrating Solar Power Fact Sheet

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    This fact sheet is an overview of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) subprogram at the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. CSP is a dispatchable, renewable energy option that uses mirrors to focus and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver, from which a heat transfer fluid carries the intense thermal energy to a power block to generate electricity. CSP systems can store solar energy to be used when the sun is not shining. It will help meet the nation’s goal of making solar energy fully cost-competitive with other energy sources by the end of the decade. Worldwide, CSP activity is rapidly scaling, with approximately 10 gigawatts (GW) in various stages of operation or development. In the United States alone, nearly 2 GW of CSP are in operation.

  12. Tactical Responses to Concentrated Artillery (United States)


    aerial artillery at General Heinz Guderian’s crossing of the Meuse in May 1940 is indicative of the operational effect of tactical concentration at the...of maneuver they wished to fight. Another former tsarist artilleryman, General Golovin , argued in a 1925 article that artillery was even more...important in maneuver warfare. According to Golovin , it is necessary in order to preserve one’s freedom to maneuver and to deny it to the enemy: "The initial



    Abdulrahim A.T; Diso I.S; EL-Jummah A. M


    The use of concentrators in the forms of solar energy collectors in order to concentrate sunrays for better usage is on the increase worldwide. To this effect, different types of solar concentrators have being developed over the years for various applications. The present study reviewed the various solar concentrators developed in Nigeria such as the parabolic fresnel concentrator, paraboloid solar cooker, parabolic trough collector, conical concentrator, compound parabolic solar concentrator...

  14. Photovoltaic concentrator module improvements study

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    Levy, S.L.; Kerschen, K.A. (Black and Veatch, Kansas City, MO (United States)); Hutchison, G. (Solar Kinetics, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States)); Nowlan, M.J. (Spire Corp., Bedford, MA (United States))


    This report presents results of a project to design and fabricate an improved photovoltaic concentrator module. Using previous work as a baseline, this study conducted analyses and testing to select major module components and design features. The lens parquet and concentrator solar cell were selected from the highest performing, available components. A single 185X point-focus module was fabricated by the project team and tested at Sandia. Major module characteristics include a 6 by 4 compression-molded acrylic lens parquet (0.737 m{sup 2} area), twenty-four 0.2 ohms-cm, FZ, p-Si solar cells (1.56 cm{sup 2} area) soldered to ceramic substrates and copper heat spreaders, and an aluminized steel housing with corrugated bottom. This project marked the first attempt to use prismatic covers on solar cells in a high-concentration, point-focus application. Cells with 15 percent metallization were obtained, but problems with the fabrication and placement of prismatic covers on these cells lead to the decision not to use covers in the prototype module. Cell assembly fabrication, module fabrication, and module optical design activities are presented here. Test results are also presented for bare cells, cell assemblies, and module. At operating conditions of 981 watts/m{sup 2} DNI and an estimated cell temperature of 65{degrees}C, the module demonstrated an efficiency of 13.9 percent prior to stressed environmental exposure. 12 refs., 56 figs., 7 tabs.

  15. Processing of rare earth concentrates

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    Pamela Alex; R. C. Hubli; A.K. Suri


    The paper describes process details for extraction of rare earths from an intermediate grade concentrate of Madhya Pradesh region in India and a South African slag. The xenotime concentrate obtained from the former place was an intermediate grade (47%) rare earth phosphate containing both monazite and xenotime. The South African slag was a low-grade waste product typically containing only 4% of rare earths. The rare earth resource concentrates have been treated individually by different methods such as alkali fusion and alkali leaching to convert them into their mixed oxides. Both types of materials have been processed and greater than 98% solubilization of metal values has been achieved in the intermediate grade xenotime and 80% from the South African slag. The residue of xenotime hydroxide has been washed thoroughly to collect the sodium phosphate, as by-product and the slurry pH have been adjusted to separate rare earths from thorium effectively. Other impurities such as uranium and iron have been removed by precipitation of rare earths by oxalic acid. It has been possible to recover >95% yttrium along with other rare earth oxides.

  16. Coupling leaching of sphalerite concentrate

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    彭鹏; 谢惠琴; 卢立柱


    Coupling process of sphalerite concentrate leaching in H2 SO4-HNO3 and tetrachloroethylene extracting of sulfur was investigated. Effects of leaching temperature, leaching time, mass ratio of liquid to solid and tetrachloroethylene addition on zinc leaching processes were examined separately. SEM images of sphalerite concentrate and residues were performed by using JEM-6700F field emission scanning electron microscope. The relationship between the number of recycling and extraction ratio of zinc was studied. The results indicate that 99.6 % zinc is obtained after leaching for 3 h at 85 ℃ and pressure of 0.1 MPa O2, with 20 g sphalerite concentrate in 200 mL leaching solution containing 2.0 mol/L H2SO4 and 0.2 mol/L HNO3, in the presence of 10 mL C2Cl4. The leaching time of zinc is 50% shorter than that in the common leaching. The coupling effect is distinct. The recycled C2Cl4 exerts little influence on extraction ratio of zinc.

  17. Purification and concentration of alphavirus. (United States)

    Lundstrom, Kenneth


    The alphaviruses Semliki Forest virus and Sindbis virus have been used frequently as expression vectors in vitro and in vivo. Usually, these systems consist of replication-deficient vectors that require a helper vector for packaging of recombinant particles. Replication-proficient vectors have also been engineered. Alphaviral vectors can be used as nucleic-acid-based vectors (DNA and RNA) or infectious particles. High-titer viral production is achieved in alphaviruses facilitates studies in mammalian and nonmammalian cell lines, primary cells in culture, and in vivo. The strong preference for expression in neuronal cells has made alphaviruses particularly useful in neurobiological studies. Unfortunately, their strong cytotoxic effect on host cells, relatively short-term transient expression patterns, and the reasonably high cost of viral production remain drawbacks. However, novel mutant alphaviruses have showed reduced cytotoxicity and prolonged expression. Membrane proteins (which are generally difficult to express at high levels in recombinant systems) have generated high yields and facilitate applications in structural biology. Alphaviruses have also been applied in vaccine development and gene therapy. Generally, purification or concentration of alphaviruses is not necessary. However, for instance, the medium derived from baby hamster kidney cells is toxic to primary neurons in culture. Including a purification step substantially improves the survival of the transduced neurons. Viral concentration and purification may also be advantageous for in vivo studies in animal models and are mandatory for clinical applications. This protocol describes three methods for purification and concentration of alphavirus.

  18. Rebuilding sources of linear tracers after atmospheric concentration concentration

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    J.-P. Issartel


    Full Text Available The identification of widespread sources of passive tracers out of atmospheric concentration measurements has become an important challenge of modern meteorology. The paper proposes some mathematical tracks to address this reconstruction of the complex space-time geometry of the sources. The methods are based upon the use of retroplumes. The inverse problem is addressed in a deterministic non statistical frame. The information obtained by local measurements is spread by introducing the concept of illumination. The constraint that the source to be rebuilt is non negative is also addressed. The experimental source ETEX1 is rebuilt in order to evaluate an impulse response of the algorithms.

  19. Macrocyclic olefin metathesis at high concentrations by using a phase-separation strategy. (United States)

    Raymond, Michaël; Holtz-Mulholland, Michael; Collins, Shawn K


    Macrocyclic olefin metathesis has seen advances in the areas of stereochemistry, chemoselectivity, and catalyst stability, but strategies aimed at controlling dilution effects in macrocyclizations are rare. Herein, a protocol to promote macrocyclic olefin metathesis, one of the most common synthetic tools used to prepare macrocycles, at relatively high concentrations (up to 60 mM) is described by exploitation of a phase-separation strategy. A variety of macrocyclic skeletons could be prepared having either different alkyl, aryl, or amino acids spacers.

  20. Optimal preparation of graph states

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    Cabello, Adan; Lopez-Tarrida, Antonio J; Portillo, Jose R


    We show how to prepare any graph state of up to 12 qubits with: (a) the minimum number of controlled-Z gates, and (b) the minimum preparation depth. We assume only one-qubit and controlled-Z gates. The method exploits the fact that any graph state belongs to an equivalence class under local Clifford operations. We extend up to 12 qubits the classification of graph states according to their entanglement properties, and identify each class using only a reduced set of invariants. For any state, we provide a circuit with both properties (a) and (b), if it does exist, or, if it does not, one circuit with property (a) and one with property (b), including the explicit one-qubit gates needed.