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  1. S-C Mylonites

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    Lister, G.S.; Snoke, A.W.

    1984-01-01

    Two types of foliations are commonly developed in mylonites and mylonitic rocks: (a) S-surfaces related to the accumulation of finite strain and (b) C-surfaces related to displacement discontinuities or zones of relatively high shear strain. There are two types of S-C mylonites. Type I S-C

  2. Species Composition (SC)

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    John F. Caratti

    2006-01-01

    The FIREMON Species Composition (SC) method is used to provide ocular estimates of cover and height measurements for plant species on a macroplot. The SC method provides plant species composition and coverage estimates to describe a stand or plant community and can be used to document changes over time. It is suited for a wide variety of vegetation types and is...

  3. SC tuning fork

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    The tuning fork used to modulate the radiofrequency system of the synchro cyclotron (SC) from 1957 to 1973. This piece is an unused spare part. The SC was the 1st accelerator built at CERN. It operated from August 1957 until it was closed down at the end of 1990. In the SC the magnetic field did not change with time, and the particles were accelerated in successive pulses by a radiofrequency voltage of some 20kV which varied in frequency as they spiraled outwards towards the extraction radius. The frequency varied from 30MHz to about 17Mz in each pulse. The tuning fork vibrated at 55MHz in vacuum in an enclosure which formed a variable capacitor in the tuning circuit of the RF system, allowing the RF to vary over the appropriate range to accelerate protons from the centre of the macine up to 600Mev at extraction radius. In operation the tips of the tuning fork blade had an amplitude of movement of over 1 cm. The SC accelerator underwent extensive improvements from 1973 to 1975, including the installation of a...

  4. DiSC

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    Pedersen, Rasmus; Sloth, Christoffer; Bruun Andresen, Gorm

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the MATLAB simulation framework, DiSC, for verifying voltage control approaches in power distribution systems. It consists of real consumption data, stochastic models of renewable resources, flexible assets, electrical grid, and models of the underlying communication channels....... The simulation framework makes it possible to validate control approaches, and thus advance realistic and robust control algorithms for distribution system voltage control. Two examples demonstrate the potential voltage issues from penetration of renewables in the distribution grid, along with simple control...

  5. Monitor of SC beam profiles

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    1977-01-01

    A high-resolution secondary emission grid for the measurement of SC beam profiles. Modern techniques of metal-ceramic bonding, developed for micro-electronics, have been used in its construction. (See Annual Report 1977 p. 105 Fig. 12.)

  6. First coil for the SC

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    1955-01-01

    The coils for the SC magnet were stored in the large hangar of the Cointrin Airport (to make sure that they would be available before snow and ice would block the roads and canals from Belgium, where they were built).

  7. Sc-45 nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of precipitation in dilute Al-Sc alloys

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    Celotto, S; Bastow, TJ

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with Sc-45 is used to determine the solid solubility of scandium in aluminium and to follow the precipitation of Al3Sc during the ageing of an Al-0.06 at.% Sc alloy via the two fully resolved peaks, corresponding to Sc in the solid solution Al matrix and to Sc in the

  8. Rotary condenser for SC2

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    1975-01-01

    During 1975 the SC2 performance was improved among other things by redesigning some of the elements of the ROTCO (Annual Report 1975, p. 55). The photo shows an interior wiew of the housing of the rotary condenser and of the sixteen sets of shaped stator blades.

  9. and Deltamethrin 1% SC (Pali)

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    control. During the experimental period (10 to 29 January 2011), the three groups of cattle were attended separately to avoid contacts. A high degree of efficacy of. Deltamethrin 1% pour-on (Smash) and Deltamethrin 1% SC (Pali) against single- and multi-host ticks was achieved by a single application of each product.

  10. 2010 ARRA Lidar: Bamberg County (SC)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Provide high density LiDAR elevation data map of Bamberg County, SC. Provide Bare Earth DEM (vegetation removal) of Bamberg County, SC.

  11. Academic Training - Pulsed SC Magnets

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    Françoise Benz

    2006-01-01

    2005-2006 ACADEMIC TRAINING PROGRAMME LECTURE SERIES 2, 3, June 29, 30, 31 May, 1, 2 June 11:00-12:00 - Auditorium, bldg 500 Pulsed SC Magnets by M. Wilson Lecture 1. Introduction to Superconducting Materials Type 1,2 and high temperature superconductors; their critical temperature, field & current density. Persistent screening currents and the critical state model. Lecture 2. Magnetization and AC Loss How screening currents cause irreversible magnetization and hysteresis loops. Field errors caused by screening currents. Flux jumping. The general formulation of ac loss in terms of magnetization. AC losses caused by screening currents. Lecture 3. Twisted Wires and Cables Filamentary composite wires and the losses caused by coupling currents between filaments, the need for twisting. Why we need cables and how the coupling currents in cables contribute more ac loss. Field errors caused by coupling currents. Lecture 4. AC Losses in Magnets, Cooling and Measurement Summary of all loss mech...

  12. 46 CFR 7.70 - Folly Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Folly Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC. 7.70 Section... BOUNDARY LINES Atlantic Coast § 7.70 Folly Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC. (a) A line drawn from the southernmost extremity of Folly Island to latitude 32°35′ N. longitude 79°58.2′ W. (Stono Inlet Lighted Whistle...

  13. Electromagnetic switches, NEO SC Series; Denji kaiheiki NEO SC series

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    NONE

    2000-01-10

    The medium to large size electromagnetic switches, NEO SC Series were developed under the following five concepts: 'internationality,' 'safety,' 'practical applicability,' 'compactness' and 'environmentality'. Under the circumstances that safety and environmentality are given greater importance, internationalization of the JIS standard is in progress. These switches are the global products that are based on the newly established JIS standard and the international standard, and have acquired certification for the overseas standards in the standard products. Assurance of quick supply of the products including maintenance parts contribute to convenience of the customers. Enhancement was made on the performance to prevent consequential accident in the event of short circuit accident, as well as on the arc space free structure and safety as a result of making a full product line, including terminal covers and intra-phase barriers. Practical applicability was enhanced by expanding models attached with rails, and increasing the operating ambient temperature to 55 degrees C, and the coverage of additional auxiliary contacts. (translated by NEDO)

  14. Radiation Protection Section (SC/SL/RP)

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    2006-01-01

    We should like to inform you that the Radiation Protection Section (SC/SL/RP) located on the Prévessin site has moved from Building 865 (ground floor) to new premises in Wing A of Building 892 (second floor). Telephone numbers remain the same. SC/SL/RP section

  15. rotor of the SC rotating condenser

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    1974-01-01

    The rotor of the rotating condenser was installed instead of the tuning fork as the modulating element of the radiofrequency system, when the SC accelerator underwent extensive improvements between 1973 to 1975 (see object AC-025). The SC was the first accelerator built at CERN. It operated from August 1957 until it was closed down at the end of 1990.

  16. z206sc_video_observations

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents video observations from cruise Z206SC for the Santa Barbara Channel region and beyond in southern California. The vector data file is...

  17. Bandwidth challenge teams at SC2003 conference

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    2003-01-01

    Results from the fourth annual High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge, held in conjunction with SC2003, the international conference on high-performance computing and networking which occurred last week in Phoenix, AZ (1 page).

  18. Sc3N and Sc2C2 encapsulated B40: Smarter than its carbon analogue

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    Shah, Esha V.; Roy, Debesh R.

    2016-10-01

    A detailed comparative investigation on the recently synthesised B40 and C40 along with their metal nitride (Sc3N)and carbide (Sc2C2) encapsulated endohedral fullerenes, is performed under density functional theory for the first time. The structures, electronic, thermodynamic and magnetic properties of all the considered compounds are explored in detail. The present study identifies borospherene (B40) and its encapsulated nitride (Sc3N@B40) and carbide (Sc2C2@B40) endohedral borofullerenes as the better candidates for future novel nano-applications compared to their carbon bucky ball analogues.

  19. ScPd2Al3 - New polymorphic phase in Al-Pd-Sc system

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    Pospíšil, Jiří; Haga, Yoshinori; Nakajima, Kunihisa; Ishikawa, Norito; Císařová, Ivana; Tateiwa, Naoyuki; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Yamamura, Tomoo

    2017-12-01

    We have discovered a new compound of the composition ScPd2Al3 crystallizing in unknown structure type. Moreover, ScPd2Al3 reveals polymorphism. We have found an orthorhombic crystal structure at room temperature and a high temperature cubic phase. The polymorphic phases are separated by a reversible first order transition at 1053 °C with a hysteresis of 19 °C. ScPd2Al3 exists as a very stable intermetallic phase just in the vicinity of the icosahedral quasicrystal Tsai-type i-phase Al54Pd30Sc16.

  20. 33 CFR 80.707 - Cape Romain, SC to Sullivans Island, SC.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Island, SC. 80.707 Section 80.707 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND... to Sullivans Island, SC. (a) A line drawn from the western extremity of Cape Romain 292° true to... southernmost extremity of Bull Island to the easternmost extremity of Capers Island. (d) A line formed by the...

  1. 33 CFR 80.712 - Morris Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Morris Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC. 80.712 Section 80.712 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERNATIONAL NAVIGATION RULES COLREGS DEMARCATION LINES Seventh District § 80.712 Morris Island...

  2. Magnet measuring equipment of SC2

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    1974-01-01

    Checking the positioning of the magnet measuring equipment installed between the poles of SC2. The steel structure in front of the magnet is designed to house the rotary condenser and to shield it from the stray magnetic field of the accelerator. On the left, Marinus van Gulik. (See Photo Archive 7402005 and Annual Report 1974, p. 44.)

  3. Final Scientific Report: DE-SC0008580

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    Seidler, Gerald T. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2017-03-16

    We report scientific, technical, and organizational accomplishments under DE-SC0008580. This includes 10 publications, 5 patent or provisional patent applications, beamtime with important results at both LCLS and APS, and new progress in understanding target design for x-ray heating experiments at x-ray heating facilities.

  4. The Synchrocyclotron (SC) in building 300

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    Maximilien Brice

    2012-01-01

    The red magnet of CERN's first accelerator, the Synchrocyclotron (SC), has occupied a large part of Hall 300 since it was installed in the late 1950s. The remaining part of the 300-square-metre building has been used as a storage room since the accelerator was shut down in 1990. Now a public exhibition will breathe new life into the hall.

  5. Magnet measuring equipment of SC2

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    CERN PhotoLab

    1974-01-01

    Checking the positioning of the magnet measuring equipment installed between the poles of SC2. The steel structure in front of the magnet is designed to house the rotary condenser and to shield it from the stray magnetic field of the accelerator.

  6. Knowledge insufficient: the management of haemoglobin SC disease.

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    Pecker, Lydia H; Schaefer, Beverly A; Luchtman-Jones, Lori

    2017-02-01

    Although haemoglobin SC (HbSC) accounts for 30% of sickle cell disease (SCD) in the United States and United Kingdom, evidence-based guidelines for genotype specific management are lacking. The unique pathology of HbSC disease is complex, characterized by erythrocyte dehydration, intracellular sickling and increased blood viscosity. The evaluation and treatment of patients with HbSC is largely inferred from studies of SCD consisting mostly of haemoglobin SS (HbSS) patients. These studies are underpowered to allow definitive conclusions about HbSC. We review the pathophysiology of HbSC disease, including known and potential differences between HbSS and HbSC, and highlight knowledge gaps in HbSC disease management. Clinical and translational research is needed to develop targeted treatments and to validate management recommendations for efficacy, safety and impact on quality of life for people with HbSC. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Crystal structure and phase stability of AlSc in the near-equiatomic Al–Sc alloy

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    Li, Juan; Huang, Li; Liang, Yongfeng [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Ye, Feng, E-mail: yefeng@skl.ustb.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Lin, Junpin [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 30 Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100083 (China); Shang, Shunli; Liu, Zikui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • Two lattice structures of equiatomic Al–Sc compounds are confirmed. • Al–Sc phase at Sc 50 at.% has a space group of Pbam. • Al–Sc phase at Sc 55 at.% has a space group of B2. • B2 AlSc is a metastable phase with Sc 50 at.%. • Lattice transition between two compounds is proposed under local thermal stress. - Abstract: Intermetallic compound AlSc is found in the equiatomic Al–Sc binary alloy. The present work indicates that the orthorhombic AlSc with the Au{sub 2}CuZn-type structure can be formed at 50 at.% Sc, while the CsCl-type (B2) AlSc will be formed at 55 at.% Sc. After annealing at 1100 °C, some orthorhombic AlSc grains transit to the B2 structure, and the annealing at lower temperatures leads to the disappearance of B2 phase, indicating that the B2 AlSc is also a metastable phase in the alloy at lower Sc content (<50 at.%). First-principle calculations at 0 K reveal that the orthorhombic AlSc is more stable than the B2 AlSc with the energy difference between them being 5.4 meV/atom. The fast transition between these two phases, which cannot be interpreted by the mechanism of atomic diffusion, was tentatively analyzed by the volume change based on the calculated atomic positions of these two phases.

  8. Hemoglobin C, S-C, and E Diseases

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    ... more quickly than others, resulting in chronic anemia. Hemoglobin C disease Hemoglobin C disease occurs mostly in ... are a common complication of hemoglobin C disease. Hemoglobin S-C disease Hemoglobin S-C disease occurs in people ...

  9. LHCb Data Replication During SC3

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    Smith, A

    2006-01-01

    LHCb's participation in LCG's Service Challenge 3 involves testing the bulk data transfer infrastructure developed to allow high bandwidth distribution of data across the grid in accordance with the computing model. To enable reliable bulk replication of data, LHCb's DIRAC system has been integrated with gLite's File Transfer Service middleware component to make use of dedicated network links between LHCb computing centres. DIRAC's Data Management tools previously allowed the replication, registration and deletion of files on the grid. For SC3 supplementary functionality has been added to allow bulk replication of data (using FTS) and efficient mass registration to the LFC replica catalog.Provisional performance results have shown that the system developed can meet the expected data replication rate required by the computing model in 2007. This paper details the experience and results of integration and utilisation of DIRAC with the SC3 transfer machinery.

  10. Single chain Fab (scFab fragment

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    Brenneis Mariam

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The connection of the variable part of the heavy chain (VH and and the variable part of the light chain (VL by a peptide linker to form a consecutive polypeptide chain (single chain antibody, scFv was a breakthrough for the functional production of antibody fragments in Escherichia coli. Being double the size of fragment variable (Fv fragments and requiring assembly of two independent polypeptide chains, functional Fab fragments are usually produced with significantly lower yields in E. coli. An antibody design combining stability and assay compatibility of the fragment antigen binding (Fab with high level bacterial expression of single chain Fv fragments would be desirable. The desired antibody fragment should be both suitable for expression as soluble antibody in E. coli and antibody phage display. Results Here, we demonstrate that the introduction of a polypeptide linker between the fragment difficult (Fd and the light chain (LC, resulting in the formation of a single chain Fab fragment (scFab, can lead to improved production of functional molecules. We tested the impact of various linker designs and modifications of the constant regions on both phage display efficiency and the yield of soluble antibody fragments. A scFab variant without cysteins (scFabΔC connecting the constant part 1 of the heavy chain (CH1 and the constant part of the light chain (CL were best suited for phage display and production of soluble antibody fragments. Beside the expression system E. coli, the new antibody format was also expressed in Pichia pastoris. Monovalent and divalent fragments (DiFabodies as well as multimers were characterised. Conclusion A new antibody design offers the generation of bivalent Fab derivates for antibody phage display and production of soluble antibody fragments. This antibody format is of particular value for high throughput proteome binder generation projects, due to the avidity effect and the possible use of

  11. The SC gets ready for visitors

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    Antonella Del Rosso

    2012-01-01

    Hall 300, which houses the Synchrocyclotron (SC), CERN’s first accelerator, is getting ready to host a brand-new exhibition. The site will be one of the stops on the new visit itineraries that will be inaugurated for the 2013 CERN Open Day.   The Synchrocyclotron through the years. Just as it did in the late 1950s, when the accelerator was first installed, the gigantic red structure of the Synchrocyclotron's magnet occupies a large part of the 300-square-metre hall. “We have completed the first phase of the project that will give the SC a new lease of life,” says Marco Silari, the project leader and a member of CERN’s Radiation Protection Group. “We have removed all the equipment that was not an integral part of the accelerator. The hall is now ready for the civil-engineering work that will precede the installation of the exhibition.” The SC was witness to a big part of the history of CERN. The accelerator produced ...

  12. Synthesis and characterization of reduced scandium halide containing one- and two-dimensional metal bonded arrays. [Sc--ScCl3; Cs3Sc2Cl9; CsScCl3

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    Poeppelmeier, K.R.

    1978-08-01

    The stabilization effect of metal-metal bond formation on reduced scandium compounds was studied. The binary compounds Sc/sub 7/Cl/sub 12/, Sc/sub 5/Cl/sub 8/, Sc/sub 7/Cl/sub 10/ and ScCl were prepared by high temperature techniques and were characterized by single crystal x-ray diffraction. The respective metal arrays in these compounds can be viewed as fragments of scandium metal ranging from discrete six atom metal cluster species (Sc(Sc/sub 6/Cl/sub 12/)), through intermediate single and double infinite chain configurations ((ScCl/sub 2/)(Sc/sub 4/Cl/sub 6/)) and ((ScCl/sub 2/)(Sc/sub 6/Cl/sub 8/)) to double metal close-packed sheets (ScCl). The halogen atoms effectively isolate the clusters, chains and sheets by bonding face, edge or exo positions on the metal arrays. The common occurrence of isolated scandium (III) ions emphasizes that a minimum number of bonding electrons is required to stabilize what are formally anionic metal arrays. The distribution of the reduction electrons in these anisotropic materials was studied by magnetic susceptibility, EPR and uv-X photoelectron spectroscopy. The ternary compounds studied were Cs/sub 3/Sc/sub 2/Cl/sub 9/ and CsScCl/sub 3/. The anion-bridged metal chain of the hexagonal perovskite structure was found to stabilize scandium (II). CsScCl/sub 3/ was found to be grossly nonstoichiometric on the transition metal site and the effects of the mixed valence character were studied between the single valence extremes Cs/sub 3/Sc/sub 2 + x/Cl/sub 9/; 0< x < 1.0.

  13. TAGE-SC-L Branch Predictors Again

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    Seznec, André

    2016-01-01

    International audience; Outline In this study, we explore the performance limits of these TAGE-SC-L predictors for respectively 8Kbytes and 64Kbytes of storage budget. For a 8KB storage budget, our submitted predictor used most of its storage budget on the TAGE predictor, features a very small loop predictor LP and a neural statistical cor-rector exploiting global history path and very limited local history. The submitted 8Kbytes predictor achieves 4.991 MPKI on the CBP-5 train traces. With a...

  14. BOOK REVIEW: Assessing Sc1 for GCSE

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    Reynolds, H.

    2000-01-01

    It is well known that investigations that `fit' the National Curriculum or examination board criteria are few in number. The fair testing emphasis means that pupils all over the country are finding out what affects the rate of a chemical reaction, the rate of photosynthesis or, in the case of Physics, the resistance of a wire. This book focuses on nine of the most common Sc1 investigations and how to prepare for them, manage and assess them. The author, a GCSE examiner, has turned his expertise into a handbook for improving Sc1 performance in the classroom. He has produced a book that would be extremely useful to both newly qualified teachers and experienced teachers. The first aim of the book, however, is to explain the requirements of Sc1. This is done comprehensively with examples of what the jargon means in practice. By breaking down the elements of planning, obtaining evidence, analysing evidence and evaluating, it is easy to see the subtleties of the mark descriptors. At first glance there seems to be little difference between the type of scientific knowledge needed for planning at level 6 and level 8. However, the level 8 statement specifies `detailed' scientific knowledge and understanding, which would mean a student should use equations from physics or symbolic chemical equations to support their arguments. One of the most useful sections in the book details the marking problems that can arise with some investigations. For example, in an investigation into electromagnets it is difficult for students to provide sufficient relevant scientific theory to satisfy the requirements of planning at level 6. One of the problems with Sc1 is that certain requirements, such as graph plotting, are difficult for many students. This book provides exercises that can be given to students to improve those skills. Each of the nine investigations is covered in great detail. Each investigation begins with an introduction detailing the rationale for choosing it, whether students

  15. Stark broadening parameter tables for Sc X, Sc XI, Ti XI and Ti XII

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    Dimitrijević M.S.

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available By using the semiclassical-perturbation formalism, we have calculated electron-, proton-, and He III-impact line widths and shifts for 4 Sc X, 10 Sc XI, 4 Ti XI and 27 Ti XII multiplets, significant for investigation and modeling of different plasmas in astrophysics and physics. For Sc X calculations have been performed within the temperature range from 200,000 K to 5,000,000 K, and for perturber densities 1019cm−3 - 1022cm−3. Stark broadening data for Sc XI are tabulated for temperatures from 500,000 K to 5,000,000 K, and perturber densities 1018cm−3 - 1022cm−3. For Ti XI calculations were performed within the temperature range from 500,000 K to 5,000,000 K, and perturber densities 1018cm−3 - 1022cm−3, while for Ti XII results are given for temperatures from 500,000 K to 6,000,000 K, and perturber densities 1018cm−3 - 1023cm−3.

  16. Cyclotron Produced 44gSc from Natural Calcium

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    Severin, G.W.; Engle, J.W.; Valdovinos, H.F.; Barnhart, T.E.; Nickles, R.J.

    2012-01-01

    44gSc was produced by 16 MeV proton irradiation of unenriched calcium metal with radionuclidic purity greater than 95%. The thick target yield at saturation for 44gSc was 213 MBq/μA, dwarfing the yields of contaminants 43Sc,44mSc, 47Sc and 48Sc for practical bombardment times of 1–2 h. Scandium was isolated from the dissolved calcium target by filtration, and reconstituted in small volumes of dilute HCl. Reactions with the chelate 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) indicated a reactivity of 54±14 Gbq/μmol at end-of-bombardment. PMID:22728844

  17. Exploring branch predictability limits with the MTAGE+SC predictor *

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    Seznec, André

    2016-01-01

    International audience; In the previous championship CBP-4, the winner of the unlimited storage track [5], poTAGE-SC was combining several TAGE based predictors using different forms of histories (local, global, and frequency), a COLT inspired [3] prediction combiner and a statistical corrector (SC) predictor [8, 10] fed with various forms of branch histories. With MTAGE-SC, we improve this predictor in two ways. First through incorporating new forms of branch histories, adding a new TAGE com...

  18. SC2: Secure Communication over Smart Cards

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    Dragoni, Nicola; Lostal, Eduardo; Papini, Davide

    2012-01-01

    The Security-by-Contract (S×C) framework has recently been proposed to support software evolution in open multi-application smart cards. The key idea lies in the notion of contract, a specification of the security behavior of an application that must be compliant with the security policy...... of the card hosting the application. In this paper we address a key issue to realize the S×C idea, namely the outsourcing of the contractpolicy matching service to a Trusted Third Party (TTP). In particular, we present the design and implementation of (SC)2 (Secure Communication over Smart Cards), a system...... securing the communication between a smart card and the TTP which provides the S×C matching service....

  19. Final Scientific Report: DE-SC0002194

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    Seidler, Gerald [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2017-04-07

    We provide the final scientific report for DE-SC0002194. During the term of this grant, 28 publications spanning a variety of topics were addressed under the rubric of advanced x-ray methods and their application to extreme conditions of time-resolution or x-ray intensities. Notable accomplishments include a new observation of XANES features associated with f-shell reconfiguration in lanthanides, size-dependent x-ray heating effects under XFEL illumination conditions, theoretical development of improved treatments of inelastic x-ray scattering for 'warm dense matter' conditions, and several new instrument develop efforts for atomic, molecular, and condensed phase studies in the lab and at major facility lightsources.

  20. The SC State NSF PAARE Program

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    Walter, Donald; Ajello, Marco; Brittain, Sean; Cash, Jennifer; Fogle, Bryan; Hartmann, Dieter; Ho, Shirley; Howell, Steve; King, Jeremy; Leising, Mark; Smith, Daniel

    2018-01-01

    We report on the activities of our NSF PAARE program during Year 3 of the project. Our partnership under this award includes South Carolina State University (a Historically Black College/University), Clemson University (a Ph.D. granting institution) and individual investigators at NASA Ames and elsewhere. Our partnership with the Citizen CATE Experiment and involvement in the total solar eclipse which passed through our campus on August 21, 2017, will be discussed. The PAARE project continues to strengthen our partnership with Clemson. We are close to completing a memorandum of agreement between the two institutions that will allow for the seamless transfer of an undergraduate from SC State to Clemson’s graduate program in physics and astronomy. Additionally, we have worked together under the Citizen CATE project and through other research activities. SC State is a member of the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) and participates through its faculty and undergraduates, one of whom (Wesley Red) is reporting on his summer internship at this conference. We also served as the state coordinator for South Carolina for the Citizen CATE Experiment. The August 21st path of totality crossed through our campus and the campus of our partner Clemson University. Additional colleges, universities and citizen scientist groups partnered with us to provide 7 sites of coverage across South Carolina from the foothills of the Appalachian mountains to the Atlantic Ocean near the site of departure of the shadow from the continental U.S. Support for this work includes our NSF PAARE award AST-1358913 as well as resources and support provided by Clemson University and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. CATE work has been supported by NASA SMD award NNX16AB92A to the National Solar Observatory. Additional details can be found at: http://physics.scsu.edu

  1. Hydride vapor phase epitaxy growth of GaN, InGaN, ScN, and ScAIN

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    Bohnen, T.

    2010-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition (CVD); hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE); gallium nitride (GaN); indium gallium nitride (InGaN); scandium nitride (ScN); scandium aluminum nitride (ScAlN); semiconductors; thin films; nanowires; III nitrides; crystal growth - We studied the HVPE growth of different III

  2. Electronic and thermoelectric properties of nonmagnetic inverse Heusler semiconductors Sc2FeSi and Sc2FeGe

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    Li, Jie; Yang, Guang; Yang, Yanmin; Ma, Hongran; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Zhidong; Fang, Wei; Yin, Fuxing; Li, Jia

    2017-11-01

    The electronic and thermoelectric properties of two nonmagnetic Hg2CuTi-type or called inverse Heusler semiconductors Sc2FeSi and Sc2FeGe are predicted by using first principles calculations and Boltzmann transport theory. The band gaps of Sc2FeSi and Sc2FeGe are 0.54 eV and 0.60 eV, respectively. Their zero total magneticmoments both satisfy the Mt = Zt-18 while not the Mt = Zt-24 rule. The good thermoelectric properties are achieved under the condition of electron doping. At the room temperature 300 K, the peak value of Seebeck coefficient is -592.02 μVK-1 for Sc2FeSi, and -609.38 μVK-1 for Sc2FeGe by electron doping. The maximum power factor is 48.77(1014 μW cm-1 K-2 s-1) for Sc2FeSi and 47.11(1014 μW cm-1 K-2 s-1) for Sc2FeGe with electron doping concentration -2.29 × 1026 m-3 and -2.42 × 1026 m-3, respectively, which are close to the power factor of well-known thermoelectric material Bi2Te3, indicating their potential applying values for thermoelectric devices.

  3. Fermi surface study of ScAu{sub 2}(Al, In) and ScPd{sub 2}(Sn, Pb) compounds

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    Reddy, P. V. Sreenivasa; Kanchana, V., E-mail: kanchana@iith.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Ordnance Factory Estate, Yeddumailaram-502205, Telangana (India); Vaitheeswaran, G. [Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials (ACRHEM), University of Hyderabad, Prof. C. R. Rao Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad-500046 (India)

    2015-06-24

    A detailed study on the electronic structure and Fermi surface (FS) of superconducting Heusler compounds ScAu{sub 2}(Al, In) and ScPd{sub 2}(Sn, Pb) has been carried out using first principles electronic structure calculations. The spin orbit coupling is found to play a major role in understanding the band structure and FS. Analysis of the data shows the importance of spin orbit coupling effect in the above compounds. The bands which cross Fermi level (EF) are found to be dominated by the Sc d{sub t2g}-states. The calculated total density of states are in good agreement with the experimentally reported value for ScPd{sub 2}Sn. Under compression we find a change in the Fermi surface topology of ScPd{sub 2}Sn at V/V{sub 0} = 0.95 (pressure of≈15 GPa), which is explained using the band structure calculations.

  4. The high-temperature modification of ScRuSi - Structure, 29Si and 45Sc solid state NMR spectroscopy

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    Hoffmann, Rolf-Dieter; Rodewald, Ute Ch.; Haverkamp, Sandra; Benndorf, Christopher; Eckert, Hellmut; Heying, Birgit; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2017-10-01

    A polycrystalline sample of the TiNiSi type low-temperature (LT) modification of ScRuSi was synthesized by arc-melting. Longer annealing in a sealed silica tube (6 weeks at 1270 K) followed by quenching led to the high-temperature (HT) phase. HT-ScRuSi adopts the ZrNiAl structure type: P 6 bar 2 m , a = 688.27(9), c = 336.72(5) pm, wR2 = 0.0861, 260 F2 values, 14 variables. The striking structural building units are regular, tricapped trigonal prisms Si1@Ru3Sc6 and Si2@Ru6Sc3. Both polymorphs have been characterized by 29Si and 45Sc MAS-NMR spectroscopy. The local scandium environments in the two polymorphs are easily distinguished by their electric field gradient tensor values, in agreement with theoretically calculated values.

  5. Cyclotron production of {sup 43}Sc for PET imaging

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    Walczak, Rafał [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Dorodna 16, 03-195 Warsaw (Poland); Krajewski, Seweryn [Synektik S.A., Research and Development Center, Warsaw (Poland); Szkliniarz, Katarzyna [Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland); Sitarz, Mateusz [Heavy Ion Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland); Abbas, Kamel [Nuclear Security Unit, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, European Commission, Ispra (Italy); Choiński, Jarosław; Jakubowski, Andrzej; Jastrzębski, Jerzy [Heavy Ion Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland); Majkowska, Agnieszka [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Dorodna 16, 03-195 Warsaw (Poland); Simonelli, Federica [Nuclear Decommissioning Unit, Joint Research Centre, Ispra Site Management Directorate, European Commission, Ispra (Italy); Stolarz, Anna; Trzcińska, Agnieszka [Heavy Ion Laboratory, University of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland); Zipper, Wiktor [Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland); Bilewicz, Aleksander [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Dorodna 16, 03-195 Warsaw (Poland)

    2015-12-04

    Recently, significant interest in {sup 44}Sc as a tracer for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has been observed. Unfortunately, the co-emission by {sup 44}Sc of high-energy γ rays (E{sub γ} = 1157, 1499 keV) causes a dangerous increase of the radiation dose to the patients and clinical staff. However, it is possible to produce another radionuclide of scandium—{sup 43}Sc—having properties similar to {sup 44}Sc but is characterized by much lower energy of the concurrent gamma emissions. This work presents the production route of {sup 43}Sc by α irradiation of natural calcium, its separation and purification processes, and the labeling of [DOTA,Tyr3] octreotate (DOTATATE) bioconjugate. Natural CaCO{sub 3} and enriched [{sup 40}Ca]CaCO{sub 3} were irradiated with alpha particles for 1 h in an energy range of 14.8–30 MeV at a beam current of 0.5 or 0.25 μA. In order to find the optimum method for the separation of {sup 43}Sc from irradiated calcium targets, three processes previously developed for {sup 44}Sc were tested. Radiolabeling experiments were performed with DOTATATE radiobioconjugate, and the stability of the obtained {sup 43}Sc-DOTATATE was tested in human serum. Studies of {sup nat}CaCO{sub 3} target irradiation by alpha particles show that the optimum alpha particle energies are in the range of 24–27 MeV, giving 102 MBq/μA/h of {sup 43}Sc radioactivity which creates the opportunity to produce several GBq of {sup 43}Sc. The separation experiments performed indicate that, as with {sup 44}Sc, due to the simplicity of the operations and because of the chemical purity of the {sup 43}Sc obtained, the best separation process is when UTEVA resin is used. The DOTATATE conjugate was labeled by the obtained {sup 43}Sc with a yield >98 % at elevated temperature. Tens of GBq activities of {sup 43}Sc of high radionuclidic purity can be obtainable for clinical applications by irradiation of natural calcium with an alpha beam.

  6. Pascal-SC a computer language for scientific computation

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    Bohlender, Gerd; von Gudenberg, Jürgen Wolff; Rheinboldt, Werner; Siewiorek, Daniel

    1987-01-01

    Perspectives in Computing, Vol. 17: Pascal-SC: A Computer Language for Scientific Computation focuses on the application of Pascal-SC, a programming language developed as an extension of standard Pascal, in scientific computation. The publication first elaborates on the introduction to Pascal-SC, a review of standard Pascal, and real floating-point arithmetic. Discussions focus on optimal scalar product, standard functions, real expressions, program structure, simple extensions, real floating-point arithmetic, vector and matrix arithmetic, and dynamic arrays. The text then examines functions a

  7. SC-System of convergence theory and foundations

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    Sergio G. De los Cobos Silva

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a novel system of convergence (SC is presented as well as its fundamentals and computing experience. An implementation using a novel mono-objetive particle swarm optimization (PSO algorithm with three phases (PSO-3P: stabilization, generation with broad-ranging exploration and generation with in-depth exploration, is presented and tested in a diverse benchmark problems. Evidence shows that the three-phase PSO algoritm along with the SC criterion (SC-PSO-3Pcan converge to the global optimum in several difficult test functions for multiobjective optimization problems, constrained optimization problems and unconstrained optimization problems with 2 until 120,000 variables.

  8. Excitation functions for the radionuclide46Sc produced in the irradiation of 45Sc with deuterons and 6He

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    Skobelev, N. K.; Kulko, A. A.; Kroha, V.; Burjan, V.; Hons, Z.; Daniel, A. V.; Demekhina, N. A.; Kalpakchieva, R.; Kugler, A.; Mrázek, J.; Penionzhkevich, Yu E.; Piskoř, Š.; Šimečková, E.; Voskoboynik, E. I.

    2011-03-01

    Results of the measurements of the excitation function in the deuteron-induced reaction 45Sc(d, p)46Sc have been obtained at the energy of incident deuterons up to 11.7 MeV. In addition, data for the 45Sc(d, t)44Sc reaction were obtained. The experiments were performed using the variable energy cyclotron U-120M (NPI, Řež) and the Electrostatic Generator EG-5 (FLNP, JINR). The cross sections of the induced activities were measured using the stacked-foil technique. The measured excitation functions were similar to those observed for the 45Sc(6He, 5He*)46Sc reaction, studied at the accelerator complex for radioactive beams DRIBs (FLNR, JINR). The maximum probability of producing 46Sc was also found close to the Coulomb barriers of these reactions. The compilation of available experimental data, obtained at deuteron and 6He-energies near the Coulomb barrier, showed that the values of the cross sections at the maxima of the excitation functions obtained in (d, p) reactions and the reactions for one-neutron pickup from the 6He projectiles have a different Z-dependence.

  9. Precipitation in cold-rolled Al-Sc-Zr and Al-Mn-Sc-Zr alloys prepared by powder metallurgy

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    Vlach, Martin

    2013-12-01

    The effects of cold-rolling on thermal, mechanical and electrical properties, microstructure and recrystallization behaviour of the AlScZr and AlMnScZr alloys prepared by powder metallurgy were studied. The powder was produced by atomising in argon with 1% oxygen and then consolidated by hot extrusion at 350 C. The electrical resistometry and microhardness together with differential scanning calorimetry measurements were compared with microstructure development observed by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction. Fine (sub)grain structure developed and fine coherent Al3Sc and/or Al3(Sc,Zr) particles precipitated during extrusion at 350 C in the alloys studied. Additional precipitation of the Al3Sc and/or Al3(Sc,Zr) particles and/or their coarsening was slightly facilitated by the previous cold rolling. The presence of Sc,Zr-containing particles has a significant antirecrystallization effect that prevents recrystallization at temperatures minimally up to 420 C. The precipitation of the Al6Mn- and/or Al 6(Mn,Fe) particles of a size ~ 1.0 μm at subgrain boundaries has also an essential antirecrystallization effect and totally suppresses recrystallization during 32 h long annealing at 550 C. The texture development of the alloys seems to be affected by high solid solution strengthening by Mn. The precipitation of the Mn-containing alloy is highly enhanced by a cold rolling. The apparent activation energy of the Al3Sc particles formation and/or coarsening and that of the Al6Mn and/or Al 6(Mn,Fe) particle precipitation in the powder and in the compacted alloys were determined. The cold deformation has no effect on the apparent activation energy values of the Al3Sc-phase and the Al 6Mn-phase precipitation. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

  10. Design of SC walls and slabs for impulsive loading

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    Varma, Amit H. [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)

    2015-11-11

    Reinforced concrete (RC) structures have historically been the preferred choice for blast resistant structures because of their mass and the ductility provided by steel reinforcement. Steel-plate composite (SC) walls are a viable alternative to RC for protecting the infrastructure against explosive threats. SC structures consist of two steel faceplates with a plain concrete core between them. The steel faceplates are anchored to the concrete using stud anchors and connected to each other using tie bars. SC structures provide mass from the concrete infill and ductility from the continuous external steel faceplates. This dissertation presents findings and recommendations from experimental and analytical investigations of the performance of SC walls subjected to far-field blast loads.

  11. Heteronuclear transition metal diatomics - The bonding and electronic structure of ScNi, YNi, ScPd, and YPd

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    Faegri, Knut, Jr.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    High quality ab initio calculations show that ScNi, YNi, ScPd, and YPd all have 2Sigma(+) ground states in agreement with electron spin resonance experiments. For ScNi and YNi, this is expected based on the lowest atomic asymptote. For ScPd and YPd, the lowest atomic asymptote would give the order of stability 2Delta greater than 2Pi equal to about 2Sigma(+), but the calculations show that mixing in of the excited asymptotes preferentially lowers the 2Sigma(+) state. The calculations show that the quartet states are about 20-30 kcal/mol above the ground state, and therefore probably do not contribute significantly to the unexpected g(vertical) values found in experiment. Calculations of excited states for YPd reveal some strong transitions that should be amenable to spectroscopic studies.

  12. Theoretical studies of the low-lying states of ScO, ScS, VO, and VS

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1986-01-01

    Bonding in the low-lying states of ScO, ScS, VO, and VS is theoretically studied. Excellent agreement is obtained with experimental spectroscopic constants for the low-lying states of ScO and VO. The results for VS and ScS show that the bonding in the oxides and sulfides is similar, but that the smaller electronegativity in S leads to a smaller ionic component in the bonding. The computed D0 of the sulfides are about 86 percent of the corresponding oxides, and the low-lying excited states are lower in the sulfides than in the corresponding oxides. The CPF method is shown to be an accurate and cost-effective method for obtaining reliable spectroscopic constants for these systems.

  13. Compensation of native donor doping in ScN: Carrier concentration control and p-type ScN

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    Saha, Bivas; Garbrecht, Magnus; Perez-Taborda, Jaime A.; Fawey, Mohammed H.; Koh, Yee Rui; Shakouri, Ali; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol; Hultman, Lars; Sands, Timothy D.

    2017-06-01

    Scandium nitride (ScN) is an emerging indirect bandgap rocksalt semiconductor that has attracted significant attention in recent years for its potential applications in thermoelectric energy conversion devices, as a semiconducting component in epitaxial metal/semiconductor superlattices and as a substrate material for high quality GaN growth. Due to the presence of oxygen impurities and native defects such as nitrogen vacancies, sputter-deposited ScN thin-films are highly degenerate n-type semiconductors with carrier concentrations in the (1-6) × 1020 cm-3 range. In this letter, we show that magnesium nitride (MgxNy) acts as an efficient hole dopant in ScN and reduces the n-type carrier concentration, turning ScN into a p-type semiconductor at high doping levels. Employing a combination of high-resolution X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and room temperature optical and temperature dependent electrical measurements, we demonstrate that p-type Sc1-xMgxN thin-film alloys (a) are substitutional solid solutions without MgxNy precipitation, phase segregation, or secondary phase formation within the studied compositional region, (b) exhibit a maximum hole-concentration of 2.2 × 1020 cm-3 and a hole mobility of 21 cm2/Vs, (c) do not show any defect states inside the direct gap of ScN, thus retaining their basic electronic structure, and (d) exhibit alloy scattering dominating hole conduction at high temperatures. These results demonstrate MgxNy doped p-type ScN and compare well with our previous reports on p-type ScN with manganese nitride (MnxNy) doping.

  14. Final Technical Report for Award SC0008613

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    Knopf, Daniel A. [Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)

    2017-04-05

    Discovering how aerosol particles, present in the atmosphere in sizes of a few nanometers to hundred micrometers, initiate ice crystal formation represents a great challenge. Atmospheric ice nucleation is important because ice crystals alter the radiative properties of clouds and thus climate, and impact precipitation and thus the hydrological cycle. The difficulty in predicting atmospheric ice formation is attributable at least in part, to the diversity of ice nucleation pathways, the physical and chemical complexity of the ice nucleating particles (INPs), and the relatively small numbers of INPs (compared with all other aerosol particles), sometimes less than one in 100000. These factors in turn makes constraining ice nucleation parameterizations for modeling applications challenging. The majority of airborne particles are known to be organic in nature or contain organic biogenic material. The presence of organic material adds to the complexity of the particles and therefore the predictability of ice nucleation events since the organic species can display different phase states, e.g. liquid or solid, in response to temperature and humidity. The award DE-SC0008613 to PI Prof. Daniel Knopf at Stony Brook University, “Relating the Chemical and Physical Properties of Aerosols to the Water Uptake and Ice Nucleation Potential of Particles Collected During the Carbonaceous Aerosols and Radiative Effects Study (CARES)”, allowed examination of laboratory generated aerosol particles and field-collected particles for their propensity to nucleate ice under typical tropospheric conditions and relate ice nucleation to the physicochemical properties of the particles including their morphology and chemical composition. This in turn allowed for development of ice nucleation parameterizations for implementation in cloud models. The award resulted in 10 peer-reviewed publications and more than 20 seminar and conference presentations. We demonstrated that the rate of immersion

  15. Piezoelectric coefficients and spontaneous polarization of ScAlN.

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    Caro, Miguel A; Zhang, Siyuan; Riekkinen, Tommi; Ylilammi, Markku; Moram, Michelle A; Lopez-Acevedo, Olga; Molarius, Jyrki; Laurila, Tomi

    2015-06-24

    We present a computational study of spontaneous polarization and piezoelectricity in Sc(x)Al(1-x)N alloys in the compositional range from x = 0 to x = 0.5, obtained in the context of density functional theory and the Berry-phase theory of electric polarization using large periodic supercells. We report composition-dependent values of piezoelectric coefficients e(ij), piezoelectric moduli d(ij) and elastic constants C(ij). The theoretical findings are complemented with experimental measurement of e33 for a series of sputtered ScAlN films carried out with a piezoelectric resonator. The rapid increase with Sc content of the piezoelectric response reported in previous studies is confirmed for the available data. A detailed description of the full methodology required to calculate the piezoelectric properties of ScAlN, with application to other complex alloys, is presented. In particular, we find that the large amount of internal strain present in ScAlN and its intricate relation with electric polarization make configurational sampling and the use of large supercells at different compositions necessary in order to accurately derive the piezoelectric response of the material.

  16. Transport of one SC coil through the village of Meyrin

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    1956-01-01

    In 1952, before CERN was officially founded, two accelerator projects were launched: one for an innovative accelerator to operate at an energy level unequalled at the time, the other for a more standard machine, a Synchro-Cyclotron (SC) to operate at 600 MeV. Design work on the SC was started in 1952 and carried out by teams scattered throughout Europe. Once construction began in 1954, CERN had to arrange road transport for the first of what has since been a long series of spectacular component deliveries, such as those of the machine's two magnetic coils each weighing 60 tonnes and measuring 7.2 metres in diameter. Above, one of them is seen passing through the village of Meyrin. The SC was commissioned in 1957 and was operational for 34 years!

  17. Experience with OpenMP for MADX-SC

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    D' Imperio, Nicholas [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Collider-Accelerator Dept.; Montag, Christophe [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Collider-Accelerator Dept.; Yu, Kwangmin [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Collider-Accelerator Dept.; Kapin, Valery [Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); McIntosh, Eric [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Renshall, Harry [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Schmidt, Frank [European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland)

    2014-07-01

    MADX-SC allows the treatment of frozen space charge using beam-beam elements in a thin lattice, i.e. one can take advantage of the standard set-up of MAD-X lattices without the need for specialized codes for the space-charge (SC) evaluation. The idea is to simulate over many turns without the problem of noise as in the PIC SC codes. For the examples under study, like the PS and RHIC, it would be desirable to simulate up to 1 million turns or more. To this end one had to make an effort to optimize the scalar speed and, most importantly, get a speed-up of approximately a factor of 5 using OpenMP.

  18. Experience with OpenMP 1 for MADX-SC

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    D’Imperio, N; Yu, K; Kapin, V; McIntosh, E; Renshall, H; Schmidt, F

    2014-01-01

    MADX-SC [1–3] allows the treatment of frozen space charge using beam-beam elements in a thin lattice, i.e. one can take advantage of the standard set-up of MAD-X [4] lattices without the need for specialized codes for the space-charge (SC) evaluation. The idea is to simulate over many turns without the problem of noise as in the PIC 1 SC codes. For the examples under study, like the PS and RHIC, it would be desirable to simulate up to 1 million turns or more. To this end one had to make an effort to optimize the scalar speed and, most importantly, get a speed-up of approximately a factor of 5 using OpenMP [5].

  19. Paracyclophane functionalized with Sc and Li for hydrogen storage

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    Sathe, Rohit Y.; Dhilip Kumar, T. J.

    2018-01-01

    Li and Sc metals functionalized on the delocalized π -electrons of benzene rings in [2,2]paracyclophane structure are studied for hydrogen storage efficiency by using the M06 DFT functional with 6-311G(d,p) basis set. It is found that Sc and Li functionalized [2,2]paracyclophane complexes can hold up to 10 H2 molecules and 8 H2 molecules by Kubas-Niu-Jena interaction and charge polarization mechanism with hydrogen weight percentage of 11.4 and 13.5, respectively. Molecular dynamics simulation at various temperatures showed appreciable thermal stability while the chemical potential calculation at room temperature reveals that Sc functionalized [2,2]paracyclophane system will be a promising hydrogen storage material.

  20. Low-{beta} SC linacs : past, present, and future.

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    Bollinger, L. M.

    1998-11-18

    This paper is a general review of superconducting low-{beta} technology and applications from its beginning in 1969 into the near-term future. The emphasis is on studies of accelerating resonators and on SC linacs that boost the energy of heavy-ion beams from tandem electrostatic accelerators used for nuclear-physics research. Other topics are positive-ion SC injectors to replace tandems and the need for accelerating structures with {beta} outside of the present proven range, 0.008 < {beta} < 0.2.

  1. Thermoelectric performance of functionalized Sc2C MXenes

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    Kumar, S.

    2016-07-05

    Functionalization of the MXene Sc2C, which has the rare property to realize semiconducting states for various functionalizations including O, F, and OH, is studied with respect to the electronic and thermal behavior. The lowest lattice thermal conductivity is obtained for OH functionalization and an additional 30% decrease can be achieved by confining the phonon mean free path to 100 nm. Despite a relatively low Seebeck coefficient, Sc2C(OH)2 is a candidate for intermediate-temperature thermoelectric applications due to compensation by a high electrical conductivity and very low lattice thermal conductivity.

  2. QEC value of the superallowed β emitter 42Sc

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    Eronen, T.; Hardy, J. C.; Canete, L.; Jokinen, A.; Hakala, J.; Kankainen, A.; Kolhinen, V. S.; Koponen, J.; Moore, I. D.; Murray, I. M.; Penttilä, H.; Pohjalainen, I.; Poleshchuk, O.; Reinikainen, J.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Soukouti, N.; Voss, A.; ńystö, J.

    2017-02-01

    The QEC value of the superallowed β+ emitter 42Sc has been measured with the JYFLTRAP Penning-trap mass spectrometer at the University of Jyväskylä to be 6426.350(53) keV. This result is at least a factor of four more precise than all previous measurements, which were also inconsistent with one another. As a byproduct we determine the excitation energy of the 7+ isomeric state in 42Sc to be 616.762(46) keV, which deviates by 8 σ from the previous measurement.

  3. Experimental Progress of DC-SC Photoinjector at Peking University

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    Wang, G M; Ding, Y T; Hao, J; Huang, S L; Lin, L; Lu, X Y; Quan, S W; Wang, L F; Xiang, R; Zhang, B C; Zhao, K; Jiao, F; Xie, D; Yang, L; Zhu, F; Liu, C; Wang, F; Xu, W; Liu, Z

    2005-01-01

    Beam loading experiments on DC-SC photoinjector test facility have been finished at 4.4 K. Upon the present experiments, the gradient of 6 MV/m is achieved. The maximum energy gain is 1.1 MeV at 4.4 K. With average beam current of 270 mA, the measured rms emittance is about 5 mm-mrad at the beam energy of 500 keV. Experiments on the test facility has validated that the DC-SC photoinjector is a good choice to provide moderate average current electron beams with low bunch charge and very high repetition rate.

  4. Radiation protection Group (SC/RP) desperately seeking...

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    A. Hervé, Y. Donjoux / SC

    2006-01-01

    We are trying to trace two transit permits (passavants), which constitute the customs clearance documentation for two 'AD6'portable radiation detectors. The two permits (No. 1308 and No. 1309) were sent in the same internal mail envelope towards the middle of March 2006 but never reached their final destination. After weeks of searching in vain, we are now appealing for your help. If you have these two permits in your possession, please get in touch with us. Many thanks in advance. A.HERVE - SC/RP- ( 163168 / 70927) Y.DONJOUX - SC/RP - (160105 / 73171)

  5. Bayesian narrowband interference mitigation in SC-FDMA

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    Ali, Anum

    2015-08-12

    This paper presents a novel narrowband interference (NBI) mitigation scheme for SC-FDMA systems. The proposed scheme exploits the frequency domain sparsity of the unknown NBI signal and adopts a low complexity Bayesian sparse recovery procedure. In practice, however, the sparsity of the NBI is destroyed by a grid mismatch between NBI sources and SC-FDMA system. Towards this end, an accurate grid mismatch model is presented and a sparsifying transform is utilized to restore the sparsity of the unknown signal. Numerical results are presented that depict the suitability of the proposed scheme for NBI mitigation.

  6. Ab-initio studies of the Sc adsorption and the ScN thin film formation on the GaN(000-1)-(2 × 2) surface

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    Guerrero-Sánchez, J., E-mail: guerrero@ifuap.buap.mx [Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Instituto de Física “Ing Luis Rivera Terrazas”, Apartado Postal J-48, Puebla 72570 (Mexico); Sánchez-Ochoa, F.; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H.; Rivas-Silva, J.F. [Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Instituto de Física “Ing Luis Rivera Terrazas”, Apartado Postal J-48, Puebla 72570 (Mexico); Takeuchi, Noboru [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencia y Nanotecnología, Apartado Postal 2681, Ensenada, Baja California 22800 (Mexico)

    2013-12-02

    First principles total energy calculations have been performed to investigate the initial stages of the Sc adsorption and ScN thin film formation on the GaN(000-1)-(2 × 2) surface. Studies are done within the periodic density functional theory as implemented in the PWscf code of the Quantum ESPRESSO package. The Sc adsorption at high symmetry sites results in the bridge site as the most stable structure. When a Sc monolayer is deposited above the surface the T4 site results as the most stable geometry. The Sc migration into the first Ga monolayer induces the Ga displaced ad-atom to be adsorbed at the T4-2 site. A ScN bilayer may be obtained under the Ga monolayer. Finally a ScN bilayer may be formed in the wurtzite phase above the surface. The formation energy plots show that in the moderate Ga-rich conditions we obtain the formation of a ScN bilayer under the gallium monolayer. However at N-rich conditions the formation of ScN bilayer above the surface is the most favorable structure. We report the density of states to explain the electronic structure of the most favorable geometries. - Highlights: • Studies of the initial stages in the formation of Sc and ScN structures on GaN • In the adsorption of Sc on the GaN the Br site is the most favorable geometry. • When a Sc replaces a Ga of the first monolayer the displaced Ga occupies a T4-2 site. • For Ga-rich conditions there is formation of ScN under the Ga monolayer. • In N-rich conditions there is formation of ScN in the wurtzite phase.

  7. Magnetic and Structural Studies of Sc Containing Ruthenate Double Perovskites A2ScRuO6 (A = Ba, Sr).

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    Kayser, Paula; Injac, Sean; Ranjbar, Ben; Kennedy, Brendan J; Avdeev, Maxim; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2017-08-07

    Ruthenium-containing double perovskites A2ScRuO6 have been synthesized as polycrystalline powders and structurally characterized using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction methods. When A = Ba, a hexagonal 6L perovskite structure is obtained if the synthesis is conducted at ambient pressure and a rock-salt ordered cubic structure is obtained if the sample is quenched from high pressures. The Sr oxide Sr2ScRuO6 is obtained with a rock-salt ordered corner sharing topology. Heat capacity and bulk magnetic susceptibility measurements show that the three oxides are antiferromagnets. Cubic Ba2ScRuO6 undergoes a metal-insulator transition near 270 K and hexagonal Ba2ScRuO6 is a semiconductor with an activation energy of 0.207 eV. The magnetic structures of the two rock-salt ordered double perovskites were established using powder neutron diffraction and are described by k = (0,0,1) and k = (0,0,0) for the Ba and Sr oxides, respectively, corresponding to type I antiferromagnetic structures, with ferromagnetic layers stacked antiferromagnetically. The ambient-pressure hexagonal polymorph of Ba2ScRuO6 has partial Sc-Ru ordering at both the face-sharing B2O9 dimer and corner-sharing BO6 sites. The magnetic structure is described by k = (1/2,0,0) with the basis vector belonging to the irreducible representation Γ3.

  8. The antitumor activity of hydrophobin SC3, a fungal protein

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    Akanbi, Marijke Haas Jimoh; Post, Eduard; van Putten, Sander M; de Vries, Louwe; Smisterova, Jarmila; Meter-Arkema, Anita H; Wösten, Han A B; Rink, Rick; Scholtmeijer, Karin

    2013-01-01

    The use of mushroom extracts has been common practice in traditional medicine for centuries, including the treatment of cancer. Proteins called hydrophobins are very abundant in mushrooms. Here, it was examined whether they have antitumor activity. Hydrophobin SC3 of Schizophyllum commune was

  9. Electrochemical Characterization of Ni/(Sc)YSZ Electrodes

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    Ramos, Tania; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2010-01-01

    Investigations of Ni/(Sc)YSZ cermets for solid oxide cells (SOCs) were performed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), under varying experimental conditions and upon redox cycling, using three different designs of symmetric cells. The deconvolution and fitting of the obtained impedance...

  10. Construct Validation of the Sc Scale of the MMPI.

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    Keane, Susan Phillips; Gibbs, Margaret

    1980-01-01

    Tested the hypothesis that subjects with elevated MMPI profiles would exhibit qualitatively different word associations from those with normal MMPI profiles. Results are interpreted as demonstrating the construct validity of the Sc scale in that the more pathological the profile, the greater degree of cognitive disturbance exhibited. (Author)

  11. Cytogenetic diagnosis of Roberts SC phocomelia syndrome: First ...

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    Tahir M. Malla

    2015-07-14

    Jul 14, 2015 ... of diagnoses in dysmorphology by approximately 15%. However, metaphase anomalies like PCS/HR and PSCS can- not be detected by techniques like array studies and therefore milder forms of syndromes like those of Roberts SC pho- comelia may remain undetected. We therefore conclude from.

  12. M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    The catalogue contain a list of project ideas proposed by the scientific staff at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, and a number of companies. Most of the project ideas in this catalogue may form the basis for long and short candidate projects as well as regular 3rd semester...... projects at the M.Sc. programme in Civil and Structural Engineering....

  13. Calibration of the DLP-SC-3300-02 probe

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Breinbjerg, Olav

    This report douments the calibration measurement of the DLP-SC-3300-02 dual-linearly polarized near-field probe. The measurement comprises radiation pattern, diretivity, gain, spetra of spherial wave coefients, polarization charateristis, and complex channel balance at 41 frequencies, as well...

  14. 44gSc from metal calcium targets for PET

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    Severin, Gregory; Gagnon, K.; Engle, J. W.

    2012-01-01

    A low-cost and efficient method for producing pre-clinical scale quantities of 44gSc is presented. Production involves proton irradiation of natural unenriched calcium metal followed by rapid separation of radioscandium from the target using hydroxmate functionalized resin.© 2012 American Institu...

  15. M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    The following pages contain a list of project ideas proposed by the scientific staff at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, and a number of companies. Most of the project ideas in this catalogue may form the basis for long and short master projects as well as regular 3rd...... semester projects at the M.Sc. programme in Civil and Structural Engineering....

  16. M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Clausen, Johan

    The report contain a list of project ideas proposed by the scientific staff at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, and a number of companies. Most of the project ideas in this catalogue may form the basis for long and short candidate projects as well as regular 3rd semester...... projects at the M.Sc. programme in Civil and Structural Engineering....

  17. M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    This catalogue contains a list of project ideas proposed by the scientific staff at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, and a number of companies. Most of the project ideas in this catalogue may form the basis for long and short candidate projects as well as regular 3rd...... semester projects at the M.Sc. programme in Civil and Structural Engineering....

  18. Cytogenetic diagnosis of Roberts SC phocomelia syndrome: First ...

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    Tahir M. Malla

    2015-07-14

    Jul 14, 2015 ... comelia [2]. These two syndromes had varying phenotypic expression and were later concluded as the same entity because of resemblance of thalidomide embryopathy with Robert's syndrome and were therefore termed as Roberts SC pho- comelia syndrome [3]. The gene responsible for the syndrome.

  19. 78 FR 20369 - South Carolina Disaster #SC-00021

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION South Carolina Disaster SC-00021 AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice... dated 03/29/2013. Incident: Windsor Green Condo Complex Fire. Incident Period: 03/16/2013. Effective...

  20. South Carolina's SC LENDS: Optimizing Libraries, Transforming Lending

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    Hamby, Rogan; McBride, Ray; Lundberg, Maria

    2011-01-01

    Since SC LENDS started operating in June 2009, more public libraries have come on board. All of this on the back end connects to a Mozilla-based staff client that has distributions for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, using SSL encryption to keep communications secure and private between remote libraries and the servers hosted at a high-end…

  1. Annual evapotranspiration of a forested wetland watershed, SC

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    Devendra M. Amatya; Carl Trettin

    2007-01-01

    In this study, hydro-meteorological data collected from 1 964 to 1 9 76 on an approximately 5, 000 ha predominantly forested coastal watershed (Turkey Creek) at the Francis Marion National Forest near Charleston, SC were analyzed to estimate annual evapotranspiration (E T) using four different empirical methods. The first one, reported by Zhang et a/. (2001), that...

  2. Toelating Herbasan SC welkom voor dahlia, A. coronaria en narcis

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    Leeuwen, van P.J.; Koster, A.T.J.; Trompert, J.P.T.

    2005-01-01

    Onlangs is Herbasan SC voor de onkruidbestrijding in onder meer dahlia, narcis en Anemone coronaria toegelaten. PPO ging na hoe het middel het beste is in te zetten. In dit artikel zijn de resultaten van het onderzoek vermeld en een advies voor toepassing

  3. Update on the NSF PAARE Program at SC State

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    Walter, Donald K.; Ajello, Marco; Brittain, Sean D.; Cash, Jennifer; Hartmann, Dieter; Ho, Shirley; Howell, Steve B.; King, Jeremy R.; Leising, Mark D.; Smith, Daniel M.

    2017-01-01

    We report on results from our NSF PAARE program during Year 2 of the project. Our partnership under this PAARE award includes South Carolina State University (a Historically Black College/University), Clemson University (a Ph.D. granting institution) as well as individual investigators at NASA Ames and Carnegie Mellon University. Our recent work on variable and peculiar stars, work with the Kepler Observatory and our educational products in cosmology for non-STEM majors will be presented. We have successfully piloted sharing our teaching resources by offering an upper-level astrophysics course taught at Clemson via video conferencing , allowing a graduating senior from SC State to take a course not available through his home institution. Additionally, we are working on a memorandum of agreement between the two institutions that will allow for the seamless transfer of an undergraduate from SC State to Clemson’s graduate program in physics and astronomy. Our curriculum work includes new web-based cosmology activities and laboratory experiments. SC State undergraduates are reporting at this conference on their work with the light curves of semiregular variables using Kepler data. Additionally, we are heavily involved in the Citizen CATE Experiment. A PAARE scholarship student from SC State and the PAARE PI traveled to Indonesia for the March 2016 solar eclipse. Their results are also being presented elsewhere at this conference (see Myles McKay’s poster). Support for this work includes our NSF PAARE award AST-1358913 as well as resources and support provided by Clemson University and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Additional support has been provided by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and from NASA to SC State under awards NNX11AB82G and NNX13AC24G. CATE work has been supported by NASA SMD award NNX16AB92A to the National Solar Observatory. Additional details can be found at: http://physics.scsu.edu

  4. Computational approaches for interpreting scRNA-seq data.

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    Rostom, Raghd; Svensson, Valentine; Teichmann, Sarah A; Kar, Gozde

    2017-08-01

    The recent developments in high-throughput single-cell RNA sequencing technology (scRNA-seq) have enabled the generation of vast amounts of transcriptomic data at cellular resolution. With these advances come new modes of data analysis, building on high-dimensional data mining techniques. Here, we consider biological questions for which scRNA-seq data is used, both at a cell and gene level, and describe tools available for these types of analyses. This is an exciting and rapidly evolving field, where clustering, pseudotime inference, branching inference and gene-level analyses are particularly informative areas of computational analysis. © 2017 The Authors. FEBS Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

  5. Comparative analysis of equalization methods for SC-FDMA

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    Dogadaev, Anton Konstantinovich; Kozlov, Alexander; Ukhanova, Ann

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we introduce comparative analysis for different types of equalization schemes, based on the minimum mean square error (MMSE) optimization. The following types of equalizers were compared: linear equalization, decision feedback equalization (DFE) and turbo equalization. Performance...... and complexity of these schemes were tested for Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA) system with Single Input Single Output (SISO) antenna configuration. SC-FDMA is a common technique, which is used in the UTRA LTE Uplink, so the results of complexity and performance analysis could...... be applied to find the appropriate equalization algorithm to be used in the Uplink channel of the LTE – the famous standard in 4G telecommunications. Simulation results in the end in this paper show bit error ratio (BER) and modulation error ratio (MER) for compared schemes....

  6. Collective high spin states in {sup 45}Sc

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    Bednarczyk, P. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland)]|[INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Styczen, J. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland); Broda, R. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland); Lach, M. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland); Meczynski, W. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow (Poland); Bazzacco, D. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Brandolini, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); De Angelis, G. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Lunardi, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Mueller, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Medina, N. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Petrache, C. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Legnaro (Italy); Rossi-Alvarez, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Scarlassara, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Segato, G.F. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Signorini, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Padova (Italy); Soramel, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica dell`Universita and INFN, Udine (Italy)

    1995-02-06

    The high-spin states in {sup 45}Sc were studied with the GASP multidetector array. The nuclei were excited by the {sup 30}Si({sup 18}O,p2n){sup 45}Sc reaction at E{sub LAB}=60 MeV and separated with the Recoil Mass Spectrometer. Several new high-spin levels extending the known single-particle and collective structures were observed. Energies of the negative-parity states agree with the shell model predictions whereas the positive-parity-intruder rotational band extends up to very high rotational frequencies and continues beyond the maximum angular momentum available from the single-particle f{sub 7/2} configuration. ((orig.)).

  7. The PHENIX PbSc calorimeter and its performance

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    David, G.; Goto, Y.; Kistenev, E. [and others

    1997-11-01

    The authors have recently completed the production of the 15552 channel PbSc Electromagnetic calorimeter for the PHENIX experiment at RHIC. The design features a single 4 tower module which is repeated throughout and which was produced with a number of QC steps designed to achieve consistent, large light yield in all channels. They present results on uniformity of the calorimeter, accuracy of a cosmic muon based precalibration scheme and test beam performance.

  8. Structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of Ti2SC

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    Furthermore, at 316 ± 2 GPa, its Young's modulus is the highest one among M2AX .... Young's modulus E (GPa), Poisson's ratio σ, thermal expansion α (10–5 K–1), Grüneisen parameter γ and elastic constants Cij (GPa) of Ti2SC compared with ..... where E(V) is the total energy per unit cell, PV corre- sponds to the constant ...

  9. Luminescence Properties of ScPO{sub 4} Single Crystals

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    Boatner, L.A.; Trukhin, A.N.

    1999-08-16

    Flux-grown ScPO{sub 4} single crystals exhibit a number of luminescence bands in their x-ray-excited luminescence spectra - including sharp lines arising from rare-earth elements plus a number of broad bands at 5.6 cV, 4.4 eV, and 3 eV. The band at 5.6 eV was attributed to a self-trapped exciton (STE) [l], and it could be excited at 7 eV and higher energies. This luminescence is strongly polarized (P = 70 %) along the optical axes of the crystal and exhibits a kinetic decay time constant that varies from several ns at room temperature to {approximately}10 {micro}s at 60 K and up to {approximately}1 ms at 10 K. It is assumed that the STE is localized on the SC ions. The band at 3 eV can be excited in the range of the ScPO{sub 4} crystal transparency (decay time = 3 to 4 {micro}s.) This band is attributed to a lead impurity that creates different luminescence centers. At high temperatures, the band at 4.4 eV is dominant in the x-ray-excited TSL and afterglow spectra. Its intensity increases with irradiation time beginning at zero at the initial irradiation time. The 4.4 eV band does not appear in a fast process under a pulsed electron beam, showing that accumulation is necessary for its observation. A sample of ScPO{sub 4} doped with vanadium exhibited a prevalent band at 4.4 eV at T = 480 K.

  10. QUALITY MANAGEMENT OF BAKERY PRODUCTS: A CASE STUDY IN SC

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    Nicoleta- Luminiţa STRÂMBEANU RISTEA

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper aimed to present the benefits of implementing HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points to company S.C. "DOBRE AND SONS" S.R.L. Constanta, Romania. The data have been provided by the above mentioned manufacturer. The objectives of S.C. "DOBRE AND SONS" S.R.L. are protecting the health of the consumers of the products and their satisfaction regarding the consumption of products that are nutritional, tasty, fresh, free from microbiological, chemical and physical hazard, as well as possessing stable properties during the validity for consumption. In this respect, there has been implemented and maintained an integrated management system of food quality and safety according to SR EN ISO 9001:2008, SR EN ISO 22000:2005 and according to IFS standard, version 5/2007, which consists of determining the potential biological, chemical and physical hazards that might affect the safety of bread and bakery products, or the health of the consumer. HACCP team is analyzing hazard using one of the recommended techniques: brainstorming or the cause - effect diagram. In conclusion, the company S.C. "DOBRE AND SONS" S.R.L. Constanta, Romania provides awareness and employee involvement at all levels in achieving the appointed objectives.

  11. Reduction of the thermal conductivity of the thermoelectric material ScN by Nb alloying

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    Tureson, Nina; Van Nong, Ngo; Fournier, Daniele

    2017-01-01

    samples exhibit a high carrier density of the order of 1021 cm−3. Inclusion of heavy transition metals into ScN enables the reduction in thermal conductivity by an increase in phonon scattering. The Nb inserted ScN thin films exhibited a thermal conductivity lower than the value of the ScN reference (10...

  12. 45Sc Solid State NMR studies of the silicides Sc TSi ( T=Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt)

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    Harmening, Thomas; Eckert, Hellmut; Fehse, Constanze M.; Sebastian, C. Peter; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2011-12-01

    The silicides Sc TSi ( T=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt) were synthesized by arc-melting and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. The structures of ScCoSi, ScRuSi, ScPdSi, and ScIrSi were refined from single crystal diffractometer data. These silicides crystallize with the TiNiSi type, space group Pnma. No systematic influences of the 45Sc isotropic magnetic shift and nuclear electric quadrupolar coupling parameters on various structural distortion parameters calculated from the crystal structure data can be detected. 45Sc MAS-NMR data suggest systematic trends in the local electronic structure probed by the scandium atoms: both the electric field gradients and the isotropic magnetic shifts relative to a 0.2 M aqueous Sc(NO 3) 3 solution decrease with increasing valence electron concentration and within each T group the isotropic magnetic shift decreases monotonically with increasing atomic number. The 45Sc nuclear electric quadrupolar coupling constants are generally well reproduced by quantum mechanical electric field gradient calculations using the WIEN2k code.

  13. ScRu2B3 and Sc2RuB6: Borides Featuring a 2D Infinite Boron Clustering.

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    Salamakha, Leonid P; Sologub, Oksana; Stöger, Berthold; Rogl, Peter Franz; Waas, Monika; Kapustianyk, Volodymyr B; Bauer, Ernst

    2017-09-05

    Two borides, ScRu2B3 and Sc2RuB6, were obtained by argon-arc melting of the elements followed by annealing at 800 °C. ScRu2B3 exhibits a new structure type with the space group Cmcm (a = 3.0195(2) Å, b = 15.4056(8) Å, c = 5.4492(3) Å; single crystal X-ray data; RF(2) = 0.0105). Sc2RuB6 adopts the Y2ReB6-type structure (space group Pbam; a = 8.8545(2) Å, b = 11.1620(3) Å, c = 3.4760(1) Å; single crystal X-ray data; RF(2) = 0.0185). ScRu2B3 displays an unusual intergrowth of CeCo3B2- and AlB2-related slabs; a striking feature is a boat configuration of puckered boron hexagons within infinite graphite like boron layers (6(3) nets). Sc2RuB6 presents two-dimensional planar nets of condensed boron pentagons, hexagons, and heptagons sandwiched between metal layers. In Sc/Y substituted Y2ReB6-type, Y atoms are distributed exclusively inside the boron heptagons. Exploration of the Sc-Ru-B system at 800 °C including binary boundaries employing EPMA and powder X-ray diffraction technique furthermore rules out the existence of previously reported "ScRuB4" but confirms the formation and crystal structure of Sc2Ru5B4. ScRu4B4 forms in cast alloys (LuRu4B4-type structure; space group I41/acd (No. 142), a = 7.3543(2) Å, c = 14.92137(8) Å). Cell parameters and atomic coordinates have been refined for ScRu2B3, Sc2RuB6, and ScRu4B4 in the scope of the generalized gradient approximation. Ab initio electronic structure calculations indicate a moderate electronic density of states at the Fermi level situated near the upper edge of essentially filled d-bands. Electrical resistivity measurements characterize ScRu2B3 and Sc2RuB6 as metals in concord with electronic band structure calculations.

  14. "Dancing inside the ball": the structures and nonlinear optical properties of three Sc2S@C3v(8)-C82 isomers.

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    Gao, Feng-Wei; Gao, Ying; Wang, Li-Jie; Xu, Hong-Liang; Sun, Shi-Ling; Su, Zhong-Min

    2015-10-01

    Recently, the crystal structures and electrochemical properties of the isomers (Sc2S "trapped" in C82) have been reported, in which the Sc2S is located inside the different positions of the C82 cage. In the present work, three isomers of endohedral metallofullerenes Sc2S@C3v(8)-C82 (A, B, and C) have been designed to explore the effect of the position of Sc2S on their interaction energies and nonlinear optical properties. Among three isomers, the Sc2S is located in different positions of the C82 cage: the angles of Sc-S-Sc in A, B, and C are 104.9, 114.8, and 115.7°, respectively. Furthermore, the analysis of natural bond orbital (NBO) charge indicates that the electron-transfer is from the Sc2S to the adjacent carbon atoms of the C82 cage. The interaction energy of B is the smallest among three isomers which is -226.2 kcal mol(-1). It was worth mentioning that their first hyperpolarizabilities (β tot) were studied, we found that their β tot values were related to the positions of Sc2S: C (2100) > B (1191) > A (947 au). We hope that the present work can provide a new strategy to promote the nonlinear optical properties of endohedral metallofullerenes by changing the positions of the encapsulated molecular. Graphical abstract Three isomers of endohedral metallofullerenes Sc2S@C3v(8)-C82 (A, B, and C) have been designed to explore the position effect of Sc2S on the interaction energies and nonlinear optical properties. Among three isomers, the Sc2S in B has the most stable position. Significantly, the first hyperpolarizability is related to the position of Sc2S inside the C82 cage, which provides a novel strategy to enhance the first hyperpolarizability by the Sc2S revolving inside the C82 cage.

  15. Theoretical study of stability and superconductivity of ScHn (n =4 -8 ) at high pressure

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    Qian, Shifeng; Sheng, Xiaowei; Yan, Xiaozhen; Chen, Yangmei; Song, Bo

    2017-09-01

    The synthesis of hydrogen sulfides, with the potential of high-temperature superconductivity, was recently proposed at high Tc = 203 K. It motivated us to employ an ab initio approach for the predictions of crystal structures to find the stable scandium hydrides. In addition to the earlier predicted three stoichiometries of ScH, ScH2, and ScH3, we identify three other metallic stoichiometries of ScH4, ScH6, and ScH8, which show superconductivity at significantly higher temperatures. The phases of ScH4 and ScH6, whose stability does not require extremely high pressures (containing exotic quasimolecular H2 arrangements. The present electron-phonon calculations revealed the superconductive potential of ScH4 and ScH6 with estimated Tc of 98 K and 129 K at 200 GPa and 130 GPa, respectively. The superconductivity of ScHn stems from the large electron-phonon coupling associated with the wagging, bending, and intermediate-frequency modes attributed mainly to the hydrogen atoms.

  16. LOCAL COLLISION SIMULATION OF AN SC WALL USING ENERGY ABSORBING STEEL

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    CHUL-HUN CHUNG

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluates the local damage of a turbine in an auxiliary building of a nuclear power plant due to an external impact by using the LS-DYNA finite element program. The wall of the auxiliary building is SC structure and the material of the SC wall plate is high manganese steel, which has superior ductility and energy absorbance compared to the ordinary steel used for other SC wall plates. The effects of the material of the wall, collision speed, and angle on the magnitude of the local damage were evaluated by local collision analysis. The analysis revealed that the SC wall made of manganese steel had significantly less damage than the SC wall made of ordinary steel. In conclusion, an SC wall made of manganese steel can have higher effective resistance than an SC wall made of ordinary steel against the local collision of an airplane engine or against a turbine impact.

  17. Preparation and characterization of Sc doped MgB2 wires

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    Grivel, Jean-Claude; Burdusel, M.

    2016-01-01

    The in-situ technique was used to manufacture scandium (Sc) doped MgB2 wires in a composite Cu–Nb sheath. After reaction at 700 °C, at most 1 at.% Mg was replaced by Sc in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its superconducting transition temperature. For higher Sc concentrations in ...... of the precursor powders revealed by DTA measurements than to actual doping. The best performance was obtained in a wire with Mg:Sc = 0.995_0.005 atomic ratio.......The in-situ technique was used to manufacture scandium (Sc) doped MgB2 wires in a composite Cu–Nb sheath. After reaction at 700 °C, at most 1 at.% Mg was replaced by Sc in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its superconducting transition temperature. For higher Sc concentrations...

  18. Influence of Sc on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of High Zn-Containing Mg Alloy

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    Lidong Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Microstructures and mechanical properties of Mg-11Zn and Mg-11Zn-1Sc (wt% alloys were investigated. The main secondary phase of Mg-11Zn and Mg-11Zn-1Sc alloys is MgZn2 phase. Rare earth Sc element is an effective grain refiner and the grain size of Mg-11Zn-1Sc alloy is greatly refined. The mechanical properties of the Mg-11Zn alloy were greatly improved with incorporation of 1 wt% Sc, especially for the elevated temperature strength. Such mechanical property enhancement is ascribed to the refinement and pinning mechanism of high heat-resistant Sc and Sc-containing intermetallic particles in Mg alloy.

  19. Performance Analysis of OFDM 60GHz System and SC-FDE 60GHz System

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    Han Xueyan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the performance of 60GHz wireless communication system with SC and OFDM is studied, the models of OFDM 60GHz system and SC 60GHz frequency domain equalization (SC-FDE system are established, and the bit error rate (BER performance of OFDM 60GHz system and SC-FDE 60GHz system in 802.15.3c channels is compared. The simulation results show that SC-FDE 60GHz system has a slight advantage over OFDM system in line-of-sight (LOS channels, while OFDM 60GHz system has a slight advantage over SC-FDE system in non-line-of-sight (NLOS channels. For 60GHz system, OFDM 60GHz system has a slight advantage over SC-FDE system in overcoming multipath fading, but the performance of both is close whether in the LOS or NLOS case.

  20. Conceptual design of the TPF-O SC buses

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    Purves, Lloyd R.

    2007-09-01

    The Terrestrial Planet Finder - Occulter (TPF-O) mission has two Spacecraft (SC) buses, one for a formation-flying occulter and the other for a space telescope. These buses supply the utilities (support structures, propulsion, attitude control, power, communications, etc) required by the payloads: a deployable shade for the occulter and a telescope with instruments for the space telescope. Significant requirements for the occulter SC bus are to provide the large delta V required for the slewing maneuvers of the occulter and communications for formation flying. The TPF-O telescope SC bus shares some key features of the one for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in that both support space telescopes designed to observe in the visible to near infrared range of wavelengths with comparable primary mirror apertures (2.4 m for HST, 2.4 - 4.0 m for TPF-O). Significant differences from HST are that 1) the TPF-O telescope is expected to have a Wide Field Camera (WFC) that will have a Field of View (FOV) large enough to provide fine guidance, 2) TPF-O is designed to operate in an orbit around the Sun-Earth Lagrange 2 (SEL2) point which requires TPF-O (unlike HST) to have a propulsion system, and 3) the velocity required for reaching SEL2 and the limited capabilities of affordable launch vehicles require both TPF-O elements to have compact, low-mass designs. Additionally, it is possible that TPF-O may utilize a modular design derived from that of HST to allow robotic servicing in the SEL2 orbit.

  1. Molecular and cellular pathogenesis of hemoglobin SC disease.

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    Bunn, H F; Noguchi, C.T.; Hofrichter, J; Schechter, G P; Schechter, A N; Eaton, W A

    1982-01-01

    Solution and cell studies were performed to ascertain why individuals with hemoglobin (Hb) SC have disease whereas those with Hb AS do not. The polymerization of deoxygenated mixtures containing sickle cell Hb (Hb S; alpha 2 beta 2(6)Glu leads to Val) and Hb C (alpha 2 beta 2(6)Glu leads to Lys) was investigated by measurements of delay times and solubilities. In mixtures containing more than 40% Hb S, polymerization takes place by the same mechanism as in solutions of Hb S alone, with no evi...

  2. On 3d bonding in the transition metal trimers - The electronic structure of equilateral triangle Ca3, Sc3, Sc3(+), and Ti3(+)

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    Walch, S. P.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    It is pointed out that transition metals and transition metal (TM) compounds are currently of considerable interest because of their relevance to catalysis and to materials science problems such as hydrogen embrittlement and crack propagation in metals. The present paper is concerned with complete active space Self-Consistent Field (SCF) externally contracted configuration interaction (CASSCF/CCI) calculations for the low-lying states of Sc3 and Sc3(+). A comparison is conducted regarding the bonding in the Ca3, Sc3, and Cu3 molecules. This comparison makes it possible to predict general trends for the TM trimers. Attention is given to the qualitative features of the bonding in the TM trimers, the basis sets and other technical details of the calculations, the calculated results for Sc3 and Sc3(+), and conclusions from this work.

  3. Structural transformations in Sc/Si multilayers irradiated by EUVlasers

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    Voronov, D.L.; Zubarev, E.N.; Pershyn, Y.P.; Sevryukova, V.A.; Kondratenko, V.V.; Vinogradov, A.V.; Artioukov, I.A.; Uspenskiy, Y.A.; Grisham, M.; Vaschenko, G.; Menoni, C.S.; Rocca, J.J.

    2007-08-21

    Multilayer mirrors for the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) are keyelements for numerous applications of coherent EUV sources such as newtabletop lasers and free-electron lasers. However the field ofapplications is limited by the radiation and thermal stability of themultilayers. Taking into account the growing power of EUV sources thestability of the optics becomes crucial. To overcome this problem it isnecessary to study the degradation of multilayers and try to increasetheir temporal and thermal stability. In this paper we report the resultsof detailed study of structural changes in Sc/Simultilayers when exposedto intense EUV laser pulses. Various types of surface damage such asmelting, boiling, shockwave creation and ablation were observed asirradiation fluencies increase. Cross-sectional TEM study revealed thatthe layer structure was completely destroyed in the upper part ofmultilayer, but still survived below. The layers adjacent tothe substrateremained intact even through the multilayer surface melted down, thoughthe structure of the layers beneath the molten zone was noticeablychanged. The layer structure in this thermally affected zone is similarto that of isothermally annealed samples. All stages of scandium silicideformation such as interdiffusion, solid-state amorphization, silicidecrystallization, etc., are present in the thermally affected zone. Itindicates a thermal nature of the damage mechanism. The tungstendiffusion barriers were applied to the scandium/silicon interfaces. Itwas shown that the barriers inhibited interdiffusion and increased thethermal stability of Sc/Si mirrors.

  4. Summary of the Space Charge Workshop 2013 (SC-13)

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    Franchetti, G

    2013-01-01

    This report summarizes the disucssions and conclusions from the "Space Charge 2013" (SC-13) workshop at CERN, 16-19 April 2013. SC-13 was jointly organized by EUCARD, ACCNET, ICFA, HIC4FAIR and LIU. Strong activities on space-charge related topics are ongoing at CERN (LIU), GSI (FAIR), and RAL (ISIS upgrade). Several studies include experimental work. The issue of code benchmarking is important with regard to long-term tracking. In particular, the noise created by PIC codes evoked intense discussions. Interesting from a theoretical stand point has been a discussion about equating PIC noise with intrabeam-scattering. A decision has been taken to use the GSI test suite for benchmarking of frozen space charge models also for the benchmarking of PIC codes. Firm plans have been made to benchmark Synergia and Orbit, plus perhaps also IMPACT and WARP. Other discussion focused on the role of GPU for high intensity beam dynamics. Corresponding efforts were reported from GSI, RAL, and FNAL. The final consensus is that ...

  5. Microstructure evolution of the 1469 Al–Cu–Li–Sc alloy during homogenization

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    Jia, Min, E-mail: jm_lushan@163.com; Zheng, Ziqiao, E-mail: csu1469@163.com; Gong, Zhu, E-mail: start123gz@163.com

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • The formation of the W phase (AlCuSc) was found in the 1469 Al-Cu–Li–Sc alloy. • The W phase formed during the homogenization process. • We model the formation process of the W phase. • The formation of the W phase consumes lots of Cu and Sc atoms. - Abstract: The present work aims to clarify the formation of the W phase (AlCuSc) and its formation time in the high Cu content alloy with Sc addition. The microstructure evolution during the two-step homogenization annealing process was investigated in the 1469 Al–Cu–Li–Sc alloy. No evidences of the Al{sub 3}Sc phase and the W phase were found in the solidification structure. The arrays of the W phases were found to form after homogenization. The AlCu phases with traces of Sc that formed during solidification suppose to be the precursor of the W phases, and then transform into the W phases by consuming the Sc atoms that fixed in the supersaturate solid solution. The formation of the W phase inhibits the precipitation of the Al{sub 3}Sc phase. A corresponding model of the W phase formation mechanism is proposed.

  6. Improved Soluble ScFv ELISA Screening Approach for Antibody Discovery Using Phage Display Technology.

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    Tohidkia, Mohammad R; Sepehri, Maryam; Khajeh, Shirin; Barar, Jaleh; Omidi, Yadollah

    2017-09-01

    Phage display technology (PDT) is a powerful tool for the isolation of recombinant antibody (Ab) fragments. Using PDT, target molecule-specific phage-Ab clones are enriched through the "biopanning" process. The individual specific binders are screened by the monoclonal scFv enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may associate with inevitable false-negative results. Thus, in this study, three strategies were investigated for optimization of the scFvs screening using Tomlinson I and J libraries, including (1) optimizing the expression of functional scFvs, (2) improving the sensitivity of ELISA, and (3) preparing different samples containing scFvs. The expression of all scFv Abs was significantly enhanced when scFv clones were cultivated in the terrific broth (TB) medium at the optimum temperature of 30 °C. The protein A-conjugated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was found to be a well-suited reagent for the detection of Ag-bound scFvs in comparison with either anti-c-myc Ab or the mixing procedure. Based on our findings, it seems there is no universal media supplement for an improved expression of all scFvs derived from both Tomlinson I and J libraries. We thus propose that expression of scFv fragments in a microplate scale is largely dependent on a variety of parameters, in particular the scFv clones and relevant sequences.

  7. Effect of Severe Plastic Deformation on Structure and Properties of Al-Sc-Ta and Al-Sc-Ti Alloys.

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    Berezina, Alla; Monastyrska, Tetiana; Davydenko, Olexandr; Molebny, Oleh; Polishchuk, Sergey

    2017-12-01

    The comparative analysis of the effect of monotonous and non-monotonous severe plastic deformations (SPD) on the structure and properties of aluminum alloys has been carried out. Conventional hydrostatic extrusion (HE) with a constant deformation direction and equal-channel angular hydroextrusion (ECAH) with an abrupt change in the deformation direction were chosen for the cases of monotonous and non-monotonous SPD, respectively. Model cast hypoeutectic Al-0.3%Sc alloys and hypereutectic Al-0.6%Sc alloys with Ta and Ti additives were chosen for studying. It was demonstrated that SPD of the alloys resulted in the segregation of the material into active and inactive zones which formed a banded structure. The active zones were shown to be bands of localized plastic deformation. The distance between zones was found to be independent of the accumulated strain degree and was in the range of 0.6-1 μm. Dynamic recrystallization in the active zones was observed using TEM. The dynamic recrystallization was accompanied by the formation of disclinations, deformation bands, low-angle, and high-angle boundaries, i.e., rotational deformation modes developed. The dynamic recrystallization was more intense during the non-monotonous deformation as compared with the monotonous one, which was confirmed by the reduction of texture degree in the materials after ECAH.

  8. Scalable Implementation of Finite Elements by NASA _ Implicit (ScIFEi)

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    Warner, James E.; Bomarito, Geoffrey F.; Heber, Gerd; Hochhalter, Jacob D.

    2016-01-01

    Scalable Implementation of Finite Elements by NASA (ScIFEN) is a parallel finite element analysis code written in C++. ScIFEN is designed to provide scalable solutions to computational mechanics problems. It supports a variety of finite element types, nonlinear material models, and boundary conditions. This report provides an overview of ScIFEi (\\Sci-Fi"), the implicit solid mechanics driver within ScIFEN. A description of ScIFEi's capabilities is provided, including an overview of the tools and features that accompany the software as well as a description of the input and output le formats. Results from several problems are included, demonstrating the efficiency and scalability of ScIFEi by comparing to finite element analysis using a commercial code.

  9. Wind power characterization in the Lages city - SC, Brazil

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    Olívio José Soccol

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this work was to determinate the nominal wind and the wind power, based on mathematical adjustments in the Lages city, SC-Brazil. The study used data comprising the period between 1976 and 2006. The wind average velocity was osted by Lages Meteorological Station located at 27º49'S, 50º12' W, and 937 meters of altitude. For the estimated wind temporal distribution, a methodology based on wind velocity curves was used. The nominal velocity that made wind power maximum in Lages was 10.33 km h-1 77 days long. This velocity provides an average wind power 16.6 W m-2 annually. The results showed that wind power cow be characterized as a simple alternative to be used in agriculture.Nos últimos anos, aumentaram os estudos sobre energias renováveis como uma alternativa às fontes convencionais. O objetivo do trabalho foi determinar, a partir de ajustes matemáticos, a velocidade nominal do vento e o potencial eólico para o município de Lages-SC baseado em dados de velocidade média diária entre os anos de 1976 a 2006. Os dados de velocidade média do vento foram coletados a 10 m de altura, na Estação Meteorológica de Lages, SC, situada a 27º 49' de latitude Sul e a 50º 12' de longitude Oeste, a 937 metros de altitude. Para a estimativa da distribuição temporal do vento, utilizou-se metodologia baseada em curvas de velocidade do vento. A velocidade nominal que torna máximo o potencial eólico em Lages é de 10,33 km h-1 com duração de 77 dias fornecendo uma potência média anual de 16,6 W m-2, viabilizando seu uso na agricultura, caracterizando uma alternativa simples.

  10. Growth and characterization of Sc-doped EuO thin films

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    Altendorf, S. G.; Reisner, A.; Chang, C. F.; Hollmann, N.; Rata, A. D.; Tjeng, L. H.

    2014-02-01

    The preparation of 3d-transition metal-doped EuO thin films by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated using the example of Sc doping. The Sc-doped EuO samples display a good crystalline structure, despite the relatively small ionic radius of the dopant. The Sc doping leads to an enhancement of the Curie temperature to up to 125 K, remarkably similar to previous observations on lanthanide-doped EuO.

  11. Toward low-cost affinity reagents: lyophilized yeast-scFv probes specific for pathogen antigens.

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    Sean A Gray

    Full Text Available The generation of affinity reagents, usually monoclonal antibodies, remains a critical bottleneck in biomedical research and diagnostic test development. Recombinant antibody-like proteins such as scFv have yet to replace traditional monoclonal antibodies in antigen detection applications, in large part because of poor performance of scFv in solution. To address this limitation, we have developed assays that use whole yeast cells expressing scFv on their surfaces (yeast-scFv in place of soluble purified scFv or traditional monoclonal antibodies. In this study, a nonimmune library of human scFv displayed on the surfaces of yeast cells was screened for clones that bind to recombinant cyst proteins of Entamoeba histolytica, an enteric pathogen of humans. Selected yeast-scFv clones were stabilized by lyophilization and used in detection assay formats in which the yeast-scFv served as solid support-bound monoclonal antibodies. Specific binding of antigen to the yeast-scFv was detected by staining with rabbit polyclonal antibodies. In flow cytometry-based assays, lyophilized yeast-scFv reagents retained full binding activity and specificity for their cognate antigens after 4 weeks of storage at room temperature in the absence of desiccants or stabilizers. Because flow cytometry is not available to all potential assay users, an immunofluorescence assay was also developed that detects antigen with similar sensitivity and specificity. Antigen-specific whole-cell yeast-scFv reagents can be selected from nonimmune libraries in 2-3 weeks, produced in vast quantities, and packaged in lyophilized form for extended shelf life. Lyophilized yeast-scFv show promise as low cost, renewable alternatives to monoclonal antibodies for diagnosis and research.

  12. High-spin yrast structure of {sup 43}Sc

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    Morikawa, T [Department of Physics, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Nakamura, M [Department of Physics, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Sugimitsu, T [Department of Physics, Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Kusakari, H [Faculty of Education, Chiba University, Chiba 263-8522 (Japan); Oshima, M [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Toh, Y [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Koizumi, M [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Kimura, A [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Goto, J [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Hatsukawa, Y [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Sugawara, M [Chiba Institute of Technology, Narashino, Chiba 275-0023 (Japan)

    2005-01-01

    High-spin yrast states in {sup 43}Sc were investigated by using in-beam {gamma}-ray technique with the {sup 27}Al({sup 19}F,p2n) reaction at 50 MeV. The positive-parity rotational band built on the 152-keV J{sup {pi}} = 3/2{sup +} state has been extended up to the terminating J{sup {pi}} = (27/2{sup +}) state. Several fast transitions feeding to the oblate-deformed J{sup {pi}} = 19/2{sup -} isomer have been also identified. the character of the observed levels and transition rates were discussed in comparison with the shell-model calculations.

  13. M.Sc. in Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Clausen, Johan Christian

    The following pages contain a list of project ideas proposed by the scientific staff at the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, and a number of companies. Most of the project ideas in this catalogue may form the basis for long and short master projects as well as regular 3rd...... semester projects at the M.Sc. programme in Civil and Structural Engineering. Each project description provides a brief overview of the purpose as well as the main activities. Further, a weighting between theoretical analysis, experimental work and computer modelling has been proposed. Usually...... page. Furthermore, other ideas for projects may be discussed with a potential supervisor. Many private engineering companies have a homepage on which they state that they would like to collaborate with students on a master project....

  14. Mean pion multiplicities in Ar+Sc collisions

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    Naskręt, Michał

    2016-01-01

    Preliminary results for mean negatively charged pion multiplicities $\\langle \\pi^- \\rangle$ using the $h^-$ method are presented for central Ar+Sc collisions at 13, 19, 30, 40, 75 and 150\\textit{A} GeV/c beam momentum. The data were recorded by the NA61/SHINE detector at the CERN SPS. Starting with rapidity distributions ${dn}/{dy}$ the procedure of obtaining total multiplicities is presented. The mean number of wounded nucleons $\\langle W\\rangle$ extracted from the Glissando MC model is used to calculate the ratio $\\langle \\pi^- \\rangle/\\langle W\\rangle.$ The results are compared to those from other experiments and their dependence on colliding systems and collision energy is discussed.

  15. Oxygen-intercalated CuScO_2

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    Draeseke, A. D.; Yanagi, H.; Tucker, D.; Easley, D.; McIntyre, D. H.; Tate, J.; Li, J.; Sleight, A. W.

    2002-03-01

    Oxygen intercalation is a means of introducing p-type carriers into wide bandgap delafossites, CuMO_2, provided the M cation is not too small. We present measurements on a series of thin films of CuScO2 whose oxygen content ranges from 2.0 to 2.5. The conductivity increases from less than 0.001 S/cm to about 20 S/cm as the oxygen introduces carriers into the material, while the average transparency in the visible region decreases from over 70present optical, transport, and structural data for this series of films. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under DMR0071727 and by the Research Corporation.

  16. DC-SC Photoinjector with Low Emittance at Peking University

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    Xiang Rong; Hao, J; Huang, Senlin; Lu Xiang Yang; Quan, Shengwen; Zhang, Baocheng; Zhao, Kui

    2005-01-01

    High average power Free Electron Lasers require the high quality electron beams with the low emittance and the sub-picosecond bunches. The design of DC-SC photoinjector, directly combining a DC photoinjector with an SRF cavity, can produce high average current beam with moderate bunch charge and high duty factor. Because of the DC gun, the emittance increases quickly at the beginning, so a carefully design is needed to control that. In this paper, the simulation of an upgraded design has been done to lower the normalized emittance below 1.5mm·mrad. The photoinjector consists of a DC gap and a 2+1/2-cell SRF cavity, and it is designed to produce 4.2 MeV electron beams at 100pC bunch charge and 81.25MHz repetition rate (8 mA average current).

  17. Final Report for DOE Grant Number DE-SC0001481

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    Liang, Edison [Rice University

    2013-12-02

    This report covers research activities, major results and publications supported by DE-SC-000-1481. This project was funded by the DOE OFES-NNSA HEDLP program. It was a joint research program between Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. The physics of relativistic plasmas was investigated in the context of ultra-intense laser irradiation of high-Z solid targets. Laser experiments using the Texas Petawatt Laser were performed in the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Numerical simulations of laser-plasma interactions were performed using Monte Carlo and Particle-in-Cell codes to design and support these experiments. Astrophysical applications of these results were also investigated.

  18. Model of Dees and Rotco for the 600 MeV SC

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    1978-01-01

    The accelerating frequency of the 600 MeV Synchro-Cyclotron (SC) was modulated by the varying capacity of a rotating condenser ("Rotco", the most delicate component of the SC). A 1/5-scale model, dating from the design-period of the SC, was used to study improvements to the SC RF-system, and also the acceleration of ions, first Helium and, at the time of this picture, Carbon. In the middle of the picture is the case containing the Dees. To the left, at the wide end of the cone, a rotco. Reinhold Hohbach is busy with measurements. See also 7805235 (Annual Report 1978, p.110).

  19. Ferromagnetism carried by highly delocalized hybrid states in Sc-doped ZnO thin films

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    Benali Kanoun, Mohammed

    2012-05-29

    We present first-principles results for Sc-doped ZnOthin films. Neighboring Sc atoms in the surface and/or subsurface layers are found to be coupled ferromagnetically, where only two of the possible configurations induce spin polarization. In the first configuration, the polarization is carried by the Sc d states as expected for transition metaldoping. However, there is a second configuration which is energetically favorable. It is governed by polarized hybrid states of the Zns, O p, and Sc d orbitals. Such highly delocalized states can be an important ingredient for understanding the magnetism of dopedZnOthin films.

  20. Pushing the branch predictability limits with the multi-poTAGE+SC predictor

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    Michaud, Pierre; Seznec, André

    2014-01-01

    International audience; This paper describes the conditional branch predictor that the authors submitted to the unlimited-size track of the 4th Championship Branch Prediction. The multi-poTAGE+SC predictor which we submit combines the multi-poTAGE and TAGE-SC predictors that were submitted separately to CBP-4 by the first and second authors respectively. Both multi-poTAGE and TAGE-SC are based on the TAGE predictor. We combine them by replacing the TAGE component in TAGE-SC with the multi-poT...

  1. Piezoelectrically forced vibrations of rectangular SC-cut quartz plates

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    Lee, P. C. Y.; Lin, W. S.

    1998-06-01

    A system of two-dimensional first-order equations for piezoelectric crystal plates with general symmetry and with electroded faces was recently deduced from the three-dimensional equations of linear piezoelectricity. Solutions of these equations for AT-cut plates of quartz were shown to give accurate dispersion curves without corrections, and the resonances predicted agree closely with the experimental data of Koga and Fukuyo [I. Koga and H. Fukuyo, J. Inst. Electr. Commun. Eng. Jpn. 36, 59 (1953)] and that of Nakazawa, Horiuchi, and Ito (M. Nakazawa, K. Horiuchi, and H. Ito, Proceedings of the 1990 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, pp. 547-555). In this article, these equations are employed to study the free as well as the forced vibrations of doubly rotated quartz plates. Solutions of straight-crested vibrational modes varying in the x1 and x3 directions of SC-cut quartz plates of infinite extent are obtained and from which dispersion curves are computed. Comparison of those dispersion curves with those from the three-dimensional equations shows that the agreement is very close without any corrections. Resonance frequencies for free vibrations and capacitance ratios for piezoelectrically forced vibrations are computed and examined for various length-to-thickness or width-to-thickness ratios of rectangular SC-cut quartz plates. The capacitance ratio as a function of forcing frequency is computed for a rectangular AT-cut quartz and compared with the experimental data of Seikimoto, Watanabe, and Nakazawa (H. Sekimoto, Y. Watanabe, and M. Nakazawa, Proceedings of the 1992 IEEE Frequency Control Symposium, pp. 532-536) and is in close agreement.

  2. Baculovirus display of single chain antibody (scFv using a novel signal peptide

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    Gonzalez Gaëlle

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cells permissive to virus can become refractory to viral replication upon intracellular expression of single chain fragment variable (scFv antibodies directed towards viral structural or regulatory proteins, or virus-coded enzymes. For example, an intrabody derived from MH-SVM33, a monoclonal antibody against a conserved C-terminal epitope of the HIV-1 matrix protein (MAp17, was found to exert an inhibitory effect on HIV-1 replication. Results Two versions of MH-SVM33-derived scFv were constructed in recombinant baculoviruses (BVs and expressed in BV-infected Sf9 cells, N-myristoylation-competent scFvG2/p17 and N-myristoylation-incompetent scFvE2/p17 protein, both carrying a C-terminal HA tag. ScFvG2/p17 expression resulted in an insoluble, membrane-associated protein, whereas scFvE2/p17 was recovered in both soluble and membrane-incorporated forms. When coexpressed with the HIV-1 Pr55Gag precursor, scFvG2/p17 and scFvE2/p17 did not show any detectable negative effect on virus-like particle (VLP assembly and egress, and both failed to be encapsidated in VLP. However, soluble scFvE2/p17 isolated from Sf9 cell lysates was capable of binding to its specific antigen, in the form of a synthetic p17 peptide or as Gag polyprotein-embedded epitope. Significant amounts of scFvE2/p17 were released in the extracellular medium of BV-infected cells in high-molecular weight, pelletable form. This particulate form corresponded to BV particles displaying scFvE2/p17 molecules, inserted into the BV envelope via the scFv N-terminal region. The BV-displayed scFvE2/p17 molecules were found to be immunologically functional, as they reacted with the C-terminal epitope of MAp17. Fusion of the N-terminal 18 amino acid residues from the scFvE2/p17 sequence (N18E2 to another scFv recognizing CD147 (scFv-M6-1B9 conferred the property of BV-display to the resulting chimeric scFv-N18E2/M6. Conclusion Expression of scFvE2/p17 in insect cells using a BV

  3. DIMM-SC: a Dirichlet mixture model for clustering droplet-based single cell transcriptomic data.

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    Sun, Zhe; Wang, Ting; Deng, Ke; Wang, Xiao-Feng; Lafyatis, Robert; Ding, Ying; Hu, Ming; Chen, Wei

    2018-01-01

    Single cell transcriptome sequencing (scRNA-Seq) has become a revolutionary tool to study cellular and molecular processes at single cell resolution. Among existing technologies, the recently developed droplet-based platform enables efficient parallel processing of thousands of single cells with direct counting of transcript copies using Unique Molecular Identifier (UMI). Despite the technology advances, statistical methods and computational tools are still lacking for analyzing droplet-based scRNA-Seq data. Particularly, model-based approaches for clustering large-scale single cell transcriptomic data are still under-explored. We developed DIMM-SC, a Dirichlet Mixture Model for clustering droplet-based Single Cell transcriptomic data. This approach explicitly models UMI count data from scRNA-Seq experiments and characterizes variations across different cell clusters via a Dirichlet mixture prior. We performed comprehensive simulations to evaluate DIMM-SC and compared it with existing clustering methods such as K-means, CellTree and Seurat. In addition, we analyzed public scRNA-Seq datasets with known cluster labels and in-house scRNA-Seq datasets from a study of systemic sclerosis with prior biological knowledge to benchmark and validate DIMM-SC. Both simulation studies and real data applications demonstrated that overall, DIMM-SC achieves substantially improved clustering accuracy and much lower clustering variability compared to other existing clustering methods. More importantly, as a model-based approach, DIMM-SC is able to quantify the clustering uncertainty for each single cell, facilitating rigorous statistical inference and biological interpretations, which are typically unavailable from existing clustering methods. DIMM-SC has been implemented in a user-friendly R package with a detailed tutorial available on www.pitt.edu/∼wec47/singlecell.html. wei.chen@chp.edu or hum@ccf.org. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  4. Development and identification of fully human scFv-Fcs against Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Nian, Siji; Wu, Tong; Ye, Yingchun; Wang, Xu; Xu, Wenfeng; Yuan, Qing

    2016-04-29

    Staphylococcus aureus, a gram-positive pathogen, causes many human infections. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is the most common drug-resistance bacteria. Nearly all MRSA bacteria are resistant to several drugs. Specific antibodies are the main components of the host's humoral immunity, and play a significant role in the process of the host's resistance to bacterial infection. A single-chain variable fragment (scFv) library was constructed using mRNA from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of S. aureus infected volunteers. After the scFv library DNA was transformed into Escherichia coli TG1, ~1.7 × 10(7) independent clones with full-length scFv inserts. The scFv library was screened by phage display for three rounds using S. aureus as an antigen. The single clones were chosen at random and the scFvs were expressed for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) assessment. Approximately 50 % of the clones were positive with good binding activity to S. aureus. To improve the stability of scFvs, scFv-fragment crystallizable regions (-Fcs) were constructed and expressed in E. coli DH5α. The expressed scFv-Fcs were purified and identified by western blot. These antibodies were further characterized and analyzed for bioactivity. The results showed that the expression level and folding of scFv-Fcs induced at 25 °C without isopropyl β-D-1-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) were higher than that induced at 32 °C with 1.0 mmol/L IPTG. scFv-Fcs had good bioactivity and could specifically bind with S. aureus. scFv-Fcs against S. aureus were successfully constructed and are good candidates for the development of future adjunctive therapy for severe S. aureus infections.

  5. One-Step Partially Purified Lipases (ScLipA and ScLipB from Schizophyllum commune UTARA1 Obtained via Solid State Fermentation and Their Applications

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    Yew Chee Kam

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Lipases with unique characteristics are of value in industrial applications, especially those targeting cost-effectiveness and less downstream processes. The aims of this research were to: (i optimize the fermentation parameters via solid state fermentation (SSF; and (ii study the performance in hydrolysis and esterification processes of the one-step partially purified Schizophyllum commune UTARA1 lipases. Lipase was produced by cultivating S. commune UTARA1 on sugarcane bagasse (SB with used cooking oil (UCO via SSF and its production was optimized using Design-Expert® 7.0.0. Fractions 30% (ScLipA and 70% (ScLipB which contained high lipase activity were obtained by stepwise (NH42SO4 precipitation. Crude fish oil, coconut oil and butter were used to investigate the lipase hydrolysis capabilities by a free glycerol assay. Results showed that ScLipA has affinities for long, medium and short chain triglycerides, as all the oils investigated were degraded, whereas ScLipB has affinities for long chain triglycerides as it only degrades crude fish oil. During esterification, ScLipA was able to synthesize trilaurin and triacetin. Conversely, ScLipB was specific towards the formation of 2-mono-olein and triacetin. From the results obtained, it was determined that ScLipA and ScLipB are sn-2 regioselective lipases. Hence, the one-step partial purification strategy proved to be feasible for partial purification of S. commune UTARA1 lipases that has potential use in industrial applications.

  6. Implementation of LTE SC-FDMA on the USRP2 Software Defined Radio Platform

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    Jørgensen, Peter Bjørn; Hansen, Thomas Lundgaard; Sørensen, Troels Bundgaard

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the implementation of a Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA) transceiver running over the Universal Software Radio Peripheral 2 (USRP2). SC-FDMA is the air interface which has been selected for the uplink in the latest Long Term Evolution (LTE...

  7. Selection of scFvs specific for the HepG2 cell line using ribosome ...

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    The aim of this study was to construct a ribosome display library of single chain variable fragments (scFvs) associated with hepatocarcinoma and screen such a library for hepatocarcinoma-binding scFvs. mRNA was isolated from the spleens of mice immunized with hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2. Heavy and k ...

  8. 77 FR 74472 - Application to Export Electric Energy; Energia Renovable S.C., LLC

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    2012-12-14

    ... Application to Export Electric Energy; Energia Renovable S.C., LLC AGENCY: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of application. SUMMARY: Energia Renovable S.C., LLC (Energia... application from Energia Renovable for authority to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico...

  9. Improving scFv antibody expression levels in the plant cytosol.

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    Schouten, A.; Roosien, J.; Boer, de J.M.; Wilmink, A.; rosso, M.N.; Bosch, D.; Stiekema, W.J.; gommers, F.J.; Bakker, J.; Schots, A.

    1997-01-01

    Expression of single-chain antibody fragments (scFvs) in the plant cytosol is often cumbersome. It was unexpectedly shown that addition at the C-terminus of the ER retention signal KDEL resulted in significantly improved expression levels. In this report the cytosolic location of the scFv-CK was

  10. Use of antifungal Saponin SC-2 of Solanum chrysotrichum for the ...

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    Saponin SC-2 from Solanum chrysotrichum showed antifungal activity, demonstrated in vitro, which inhibited the growth of dermatophytes, and in vivo, to be effective in the treatment against tinea pedis and pityriasis capitis. Fungistatic and fungicidal activity of saponin SC-2 on Candida albicans and other Candida species, ...

  11. EngenuitySC Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Training Project

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    Hughes, Meghan; Hutton, Katherine R

    2012-12-31

    A team led by EngenuitySC has performed education and outreach on development of advanced energy markets that will enable wider use of clean energy technologies. This report details the efforts that have made significant advances to improve the market place through education, outreach, and increased communications between industry members. The project resulted in two self-funded industry clusters known as the Fuel Cell Collaborative and NuHub. This project has focused on building and strengthening the leading clean energy clusters in South Carolina: nuclear energy and fuel cell technologies. For the nuclear industry, a new cluster was developed that is now known as NuHub. This cluster has already engaged over 25 nuclear industry leaders or suppliers, four public sector partners, six community economic development foundations, and nearly ten academic partners in a 175 mile radius between Augusta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Our outreach has touched over 2,000 stakeholders through the website alone, not including the public audiences and members of the business community reached through news stories and releases that were distributed to over 620 print and online publications. NuHub has established a formal leadership structure, developed subcommittees to focus on industry issues, instituted educational programs for the workforce, and created an industry funding structure that will sustain the industry cluster and mission. NuHub has participated in a wide-variety of community building and outreach activities since its formation under this grant. In the two years since its creation in 2010, we have initiated efforts focused in four main areas that correlate with the four NuHub subcommittees including: innovation, workforce development, industry engagement, and marketing and communications. NuHub successfully raised over $160,000 in both public and private funding, which has supported work to grow the cluster and engage partners including NuScale, Fluor, and

  12. 4SC-202 activates ASK1-dependent mitochondrial apoptosis pathway to inhibit hepatocellular carcinoma cells

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    Fu, Meili, E-mail: fumeilidrlinyi@tom.com [Department of Infectious Disease, Linyi People' s Hospital, Linyi 276000 (China); Wan, Fuqiang [Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Linyi Tumor Hospital, Linyi 276000 (China); Li, Zhengling [Department of Nursing, Tengzhou Central People' s Hospital, Tengzhou 277500 (China); Zhang, Fenghua [Department of Operating Room, Linyi People' s Hospital, Linyi 276000 (China)

    2016-03-04

    The aim of the present study is to investigate the potential anti-hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell activity by 4SC-202, a novel class I HDAC inhibitor (HDACi). The associated signaling mechanisms were also analyzed. We showed that 4SC-202 treatment induced potent cytotoxic and proliferation–inhibitory activities against established HCC cell lines (HepG2, HepB3, SMMC-7721) and patient-derived primary HCC cells. Further, adding 4SC-202 in HCC cells activated mitochondrial apoptosis pathway, which was evidenced by mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening, cytochrome C cytosol release and caspase-3/-9 activation. Inhibition of this apoptosis pathway, by caspase-3/-9 inhibitors, mPTP blockers, or by shRNA-mediated knockdown of cyclophilin-D (Cyp-D, a key component of mPTP), significantly attenuated 4SC-202-induced HCC cell death and apoptosis. Reversely, over-expression of Cyp-D enhanced 4SC-202's sensitivity in HCC cells. Further studies showed that 4SC-202 induced apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) activation, causing it translocation to mitochondria and physical association with Cyp-D. This mitochondrial ASK1-Cyp-D complexation appeared required for mediating 4SC-202-induced apoptosis activation. ASK1 stable knockdown by targeted-shRNAs largely inhibited 4SC-202-induced mPTP opening, cytochrome C release, and following HCC cell apoptotic death. Together, we suggest that 4SC-202 activates ASK1-dependent mitochondrial apoptosis pathway to potently inhibit human HCC cells. - Highlights: • 4SC-202 exerts potent anti-proliferative and cytotoxic activity against established/primary HCC cells. • SC-202-induced anti-HCC cell activity relies on caspase-dependent apoptosis activation. • 4SC-202 activates Cyp-D-dependent mitochondrial apoptosis pathway in HCC cells. • 4SC-202 activates ASK1 in HCC cells, causing it translocation to mitochondria. • Mitochondrial ASK1-Cyp-D complexation mediates 4SC-202's activity in HCC cells.

  13. An algorithm J-SC of detecting communities in complex networks

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    Hu, Fang; Wang, Mingzhu; Wang, Yanran; Hong, Zhehao; Zhu, Yanhui

    2017-11-01

    Currently, community detection in complex networks has become a hot-button topic. In this paper, based on the Spectral Clustering (SC) algorithm, we introduce the idea of Jacobi iteration, and then propose a novel algorithm J-SC for community detection in complex networks. Furthermore, the accuracy and efficiency of this algorithm are tested by some representative real-world networks and several computer-generated networks. The experimental results indicate that the J-SC algorithm can accurately and effectively detect the community structure in these networks. Meanwhile, compared with the state-of-the-art community detecting algorithms SC, SOM, K-means, Walktrap and Fastgreedy, the J-SC algorithm has better performance, reflecting that this new algorithm can acquire higher values of modularity and NMI. Moreover, this new algorithm has faster running time than SOM and Walktrap algorithms.

  14. Synthesis of 3R-Cu MO 2+ δ ( M=Ga, Sc, In)

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    Park, Sangmoon; Keszler, Douglas A.

    2003-07-01

    Improvements have been made in the single-phase synthesis of 3R CuScO 2 and CuInO 2 by the metathesis reaction between CuCl and AMO 2 ( A=Li, Na; M=Sc, In). A new flux-assisted procedure has also been devised for the preparation of single-phase CuGaO 2 at temperatures near 600°C. Oxygen insertion into CuScO 2 and CuInO 2 has been examined by heating samples in air to a temperature of 450°C. A single phase of composition CuInO 2.67 can be produced by this method, while oxygen uptake for CuScO 2 under similar conditions results in the production of CuO and Sc 2O 3.

  15. Sc237 hamster PrPSc and Sc237-derived mouse PrPSc generated by interspecies in vitro amplification exhibit distinct pathological and biochemical properties in tga20 transgenic mice.

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    Yoshioka, Miyako; Imamura, Morikazu; Okada, Hiroyuki; Shimozaki, Noriko; Murayama, Yuichi; Yokoyama, Takashi; Mohri, Shirou

    2011-05-01

    Prions are the infectious agents responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, and are primarily composed of the pathogenic form (PrP(Sc)) of the host-encoded prion protein (PrP(C)). Recent studies have revealed that protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA), a highly sensitive method for PrP(Sc) detection, can overcome the species barrier in several xenogeneic combinations of PrP(Sc) seed and PrP(C) substrate. Although these findings provide valuable insight into the origin and diversity of prions, the differences between PrP(Sc) generated by interspecies PMCA and by in vivo cross-species transmission have not been described. This study investigated the histopathological and biochemical properties of PrP(Sc) in the brains of tga20 transgenic mice inoculated with Sc237 hamster scrapie prion and PrP(Sc) from mice inoculated with Sc237-derived mouse PrP(Sc), which had been generated by interspecies PMCA using Sc237 as seed and normal mouse brain homogenate as substrate. Tga20 mice overexpressing mouse PrP(C) were susceptible to Sc237 after primary transmission. PrP(Sc) in the brains of mice inoculated with Sc237-derived mouse PrP(Sc) and in the brains of mice inoculated with Sc237 differed in their lesion profiles and accumulation patterns, Western blot profiles, and denaturant resistance. In addition, these PrP(Sc) exhibited distinctive virulence profiles upon secondary passage. These results suggest that different in vivo and in vitro environments result in propagation of PrP(Sc) with different biological properties. © 2011 The Societies and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  16. Final Technical Report for DE-SC0012297

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    Dell' Antonio, Ian [Brown Univ., Providence, RI (United States)

    2017-08-01

    This is the final report on the work performed in award DE-SC0012297, Cosmic Frontier work in support of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration's work to develop algorithms, simulations, and statistical tests to ensure optimal extraction of the dark energy properties from galaxy clusters observed with LSST. This work focused on effects that could produce a systematic error on the measurement of cluster masses (that will be used to probe the effects of dark energy on the growth of structure). These effects stem from the deviations from pure ellipticity of the gravitational lensing signal and from the blending of light of neighboring galaxies. Both these effects are expected to be more significant for LSST than for the stage III experiments such as the Dark Energy Survey. We calculate the magnitude of the mass error (or bias) for the first time and demonstrate that it can be treated as a multiplicative correction and calibrated out, allowing mass measurements of clusters from gravitational lensing to meet the requirements of LSST's dark energy investigation.

  17. Identification of the mob genes of plasmid pSC101 and characterization of a hybrid pSC101-R1162 system for conjugal mobilization.

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    Meyer, R

    2000-09-01

    Similarities in DNA base sequence indicate that pSC101 and R1162 encode related systems for conjugal mobilization, although these plasmids are otherwise very different. The mob region of pSC101 was cloned, and two genes that are required for transfer were identified. One gene, mobA, encodes a protein similar in amino acid sequence to the DNA processing domain of the R1162 MobA protein. The other gene, mobX, is within the same transcriptional unit as the pSC101 mobA and is located just downstream, at the same position occupied by mobB in R1162. Despite this, the MobB and MobX proteins do not appear to be closely related based on a comparison of their amino acid sequences. Complementation analysis indicated that neither of the pSC101 Mob proteins could substitute for, or be replaced by, their R1162 counterparts, nor were they active together at the R1162 origin of transfer (oriT). However, the full set of R1162 Mob proteins did recognize the pSC101 oriT. A hybrid system for mobilization, active at the R1162 oriT site, was constructed. This system consists of MobX and a chimeric protein made up of the DNA cleaving-ligating domain of the R1162 MobA protein joined to a fragment of pSC101 MobA. Previous results suggested that MobB and a region of MobA distinct from the DNA processing domain together formed a functional unit in transfer. The present results support this model because the chimeric MobA, although active on R1162 oriT, requires the pSC101 protein MobX for efficient plasmid mobilization.

  18. First-principle calculation on mechanical and thermal properties of B2-NiSc with point defects

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    Yuan, Zhipeng; Cui, Hongbao; Guo, Xuefeng

    2017-01-01

    Using the first-principles plane-wave pseudo-potential method based on density functional theory, the effect of vacancy and anti-position defect on the mechanical and thermal properties of B2-NiSc intermetallics were discussed in detail. Several parameters, such as the shear modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of elasticity, C 11-C 11, the Debye temperature and Poisson's ratio, have been calculated to evaluate the effect of vacancy and anti-position defect on the hardness, ductility and thermal properties of B2-NiSc intermetallics. The results show that VNi, ScNi, VSc and NiSc the four point defects all make the crystal hardness decrease and improve plasticity of B2-NiSc intermetallics. The entropy, enthalpy and free energy of VNi, ScNi, VSc and NiSc are monotonously changed as temperature changes. From the perspective of free energy, NiSc is the most stable, while ScNi is the most unstable. Debye temperature of NiSc intermetallics with four different point defects shows VNi, ScNi, VSc and NiSc the four point defects all reduce the stability of B2-NiSc intermetallics. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51301063, 51571086) and the Talent Introduction Foundation of Henan Polytechnic University (No. Y-2009).

  19. Radiolabeling of DOTATOC with the long-lived positron emitter {sup 44}Sc

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    Pruszynski, Marek; Majkowska-Pilip, Agnieszka [Centre of Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Dorodna 16, 03-195 Warszawa (Poland); Loktionova, Natalia S.; Eppard, Elisabeth [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Fritz-Strassmann-Weg 2, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Roesch, Frank, E-mail: frank.roesch@uni-mainz.de [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Fritz-Strassmann-Weg 2, D-55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2012-06-15

    The positron-emitting radionuclide {sup 44}Sc with a half-life of 3.97 h and a {beta}{sup +} branching of 94.3% is of potential interest for clinical PET. As so far it is available from a {sup 44}Ti/{sup 44}Sc generator in Mainz, where long-lived {sup 44}Ti decays to no-carrier-added (nca) {sup 44}Sc. The {sup 44}Sc is a trivalent metal cation and should be suitable for complexation with many well established bifunctional chelators conjugated to peptides or other molecular targeting vectors. Thus, the aim of this work was to investigate the potential of {sup 44}Sc for labeling of DOTA-conjugated peptides. DOTA-D-Phe{sup 1}-Tyr{sup 3}-octreotide (DOTATOC) was used as a model molecule to study and optimize labeling procedure. Reaction parameters such as buffer conditions, concentration of peptide, pH range, reaction temperature and time were optimized. Addition of 21 nmol of DOTATOC to {sup 44}Sc in ammonium acetate buffer pH 4.0 provided labeling yields >98% within 25 min of heating in an oil-bath at 95 Degree-Sign C. This time can be reduced to 3 min only by applying microwave supported heating. {sup 44}Sc-DOTATOC was found to be stable in 0.9% NaCl, PBS pH 7.4, fetal calf and human serums, and also in the presence of competing metal cations (Fe{sup 3+}, Ca{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Mg{sup 2+}), as well as other ligand competitors, like EDTA and DTPA, even after almost 25 h incubation at 37 Degree-Sign C. Present study shows that nca {sup 44}Sc forms stable complexes with the macrocyclic ligand DOTA and that {sup 44}Sc-DOTATOC and analog targeting vectors may be synthesized for further preclinical and clinical investigations. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Labeling of somatostatin analouges with positron emitter {sup 44}Sc was tested. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DOTATOC was labeled with {sup 44}Sc isotope. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optimal conditions for {sup 44}Sc-DOTATOC synthesis were found. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stability of {sup 44}Sc

  20. Preparation and characterization of Sc doped MgB{sub 2} wires

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    Grivel, J.-C., E-mail: jean@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, 4000-Roskilde (Denmark); Burdusel, M. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Polytechnical University of Bucharest, 060042-Bucharest (Romania)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • MgB{sub 2} wires doped with Sc (scandium) were prepared by the in-situ route. • The solubility of Sc in the MgB{sub 2} lattice under the present conditions is negligible. • J{sub c} and B{sup *} are slightly improved for low doping levels. - Abstract: The in-situ technique was used to manufacture scandium (Sc) doped MgB{sub 2} wires in a composite Cu–Nb sheath. After reaction at 700 °C, at most 1 at.% Mg was replaced by Sc in the MgB{sub 2} phase, without significant influence on its superconducting transition temperature. For higher Sc concentrations in the nominal composition, the formation of Sc–rich impurity phases was evidenced by SEM/EDS observations. The critical current density and accommodation field of the wires are weakly dependant on the Sc content. It is believed that these effects are related more to modifications of the thermal behaviour of the precursor powders revealed by DTA measurements than to actual doping. The best performance was obtained in a wire with Mg:Sc = 0.995-0.005 atomic ratio.

  1. sc-PDB: a database for identifying variations and multiplicity of 'druggable' binding sites in proteins.

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    Meslamani, Jamel; Rognan, Didier; Kellenberger, Esther

    2011-05-01

    The sc-PDB database is an annotated archive of druggable binding sites extracted from the Protein Data Bank. It contains all-atoms coordinates for 8166 protein-ligand complexes, chosen for their geometrical and physico-chemical properties. The sc-PDB provides a functional annotation for proteins, a chemical description for ligands and the detailed intermolecular interactions for complexes. The sc-PDB now includes a hierarchical classification of all the binding sites within a functional class. The sc-PDB entries were first clustered according to the protein name indifferent of the species. For each cluster, we identified dissimilar sites (e.g. catalytic and allosteric sites of an enzyme). SCOPE AND APPLICATIONS: The classification of sc-PDB targets by binding site diversity was intended to facilitate chemogenomics approaches to drug design. In ligand-based approaches, it avoids comparing ligands that do not share the same binding site. In structure-based approaches, it permits to quantitatively evaluate the diversity of the binding site definition (variations in size, sequence and/or structure). The sc-PDB database is freely available at: http://bioinfo-pharma.u-strasbg.fr/scPDB.

  2. Structural behavior of SC panel subjected to impact loading using finite element analysis

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    Lee, Hyuk-Kee; Kim, Seung-Eock, E-mail: sekim@sejong.ac.kr

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Structural behavior of SC panel subjected to impact loading is evaluated using numerical analysis. • Sensitivity studies according to fracture energy and erosion value are performed. • Analysis results are compared with impact test for SC panel. - Abstract: After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center using aircraft in New York City in 2001, safety assessments of nuclear power plant (NPP) structures subjected to impact loading have been actively performed. Since impact tests are possible for small-scale structures but not for full-scale structures, finite element (FE) analysis is necessary for a safety assessment of NPP structure. Analysis factors such as the material model of concrete and steel, strain rate effect, concrete fracture energy, and erosion value influence the analysis results. In this paper, the effect of the concrete fracture energy and the erosion in the material model of a steel-plate concrete (SC) panel subjected to the impact loading is evaluated using the commercial software LS-DYNA. The analysis results are compared with the impact test for an SC panel conducted in other research. A quarter model of an SC panel is adopted for impact analysis. The impact force–time history is applied on the SC panel. Sensitivity studies according to the fracture energy and the erosion value are performed in order to evaluate the structural behavior of SC panels.

  3. Technical Training: CERN Technical Training 2004 - New Short Courses (SC) on Microsoft Outlook

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    Monique Duval

    2004-01-01

    The CERN Technical Training programme is now proposing a new format for courses on Microsoft Outlook. Three two-hours Short Courses (SC) will cover basic and advanced functionalities of the recommended mail client for email at CERN. Each module can be followed independently. The next scheduled sessions will take place as follows: Outlook (SC I): E-mail. Next session: 31.8.2004 (9h00-11h00) Outlook (SC II): Calendar, Tasks and Notes. Next session: 31.8.2004 (14h00-16h00) Outlook (SC III): Meetings and Delegation. Next session: 7.9.2004 (14h00-16h00) In particular, SC I will cover how to open, create and send email, work with attachments, use stationery, organise mail, and work with the address book, SC II will show how to work with the calendar, tasks and notes, and SC III will cover how to organise and manage meetings, work with meeting requests, share tasks, and use email and calendar delegation. The number of participants to each session is limited to 8. The instructor is English-French bilingual, and s...

  4. CERN Technical Training 2004: New Short Courses (SC) on Microsoft Outlook

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    Monique Duval

    2004-01-01

    The CERN Technical Training programme is now proposing a new format for courses on Microsoft Outlook. Three two-hours Short Courses (SC) will cover basic and advanced functionalities of the recommended mail client for email at CERN. Each module can be followed independently. The next scheduled sessions will take place as follows: Outlook (SC I): E-mail. Next session: 22.10.2004 (9h00-11h00) Outlook (SC II): Calendar, Tasks and Notes. Next session: 22.10.2004 (14h00-16h00) Outlook (SC III): Meetings and Delegation. Next session: 9.11.2004 (14h00-16h00) In particular, SC I will cover how to open, create and send email, work with attachments, use stationery, organise mail, and work with the address book, SC II will show how to work with the calendar, tasks and notes, and SC III will cover how to organise and manage meetings, work with meeting requests, share tasks, and use email and calendar delegation. The number of participants to each session is limited to 8. The instructor is English-French bilingual, and...

  5. CERN Technical Training 2004: New Short Courses (SC) on Microsoft Outlook

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    Monique Duval

    2004-01-01

    The CERN Technical Training programme is now proposing a new format for courses on Microsoft Outlook. Three two-hours Short Courses (SC) will cover basic and advanced functionalities of the recommended mail client for email at CERN. Each module can be followed independently. The next scheduled sessions will take place as follows: Outlook (SC I): E-mail. Next session: 31.8.2004 (9h00-11h00) Outlook (SC II): Calendar, Tasks and Notes. Next session: 31.8.2004 (14h00-16h00) Outlook (SC III): Meetings and Delegation. Next session: 7.9.2004 (14h00-16h00) In particular, SC I will cover how to open, create and send email, work with attachments, use stationery, organise mail, and work with the address book, SC II will show how to work with the calendar, tasks and notes, and SC III will cover how to organise and manage meetings, work with meeting requests, share tasks, and use email and calendar delegation. The number of participants to each session is limited to 8. The instructor is English-French bilingual, and she...

  6. Preparation of Al-Sc Master Alloy by Aluminothermic Reaction with Special Molten Salt

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    Xu, Cong; Liu, Xinxin; Ma, Fengmei; Wang, Zhiwei; Wang, Wenhong; Ma, Chaoli

    Al-Sc master alloy is prepared by aluminothermic reaction with a kind of special molten salt under the normal atmospheric condition. To achieve larger Sc recovery rate, the composition and pretreatment of the molten salt are studied. The optimum molten salt is obtained by melting together Sc2O3, NaF, KCl, NaCl, ScF3 and Na3AlF6 mixture under a mass ratio of 3:5:10:10:2:30, followed by solidifying and crushing. The pretreated salt is added to the Aluminum melt with a mass ratio of 60:100 to prepare Al-Sc master alloy. When the residue of molten salt is reused for three times, the Sc recovery rate can reach 91%. The structure and composition of the residue are examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyzer and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyzer. Based on the analysis of the residue, mechanism of the aluminothermic reaction to achieve larger Sc recovery rate with this special molten salt is discussed.

  7. Authenticated, private, and secured smart cards (APS-SC)

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    Szu, Harold; Mehmood, Amir

    2006-04-01

    From historical perspective, the recent advancements in better antenna designs, low power circuitry integrations and inexpensive fabrication materials have made possible a miniature counter-measure against Radar, a clutter behaving like a fake target return called Digital Reflection Frequency Modulation (DRFM). Such a military counter-measure have found its way in the commerce as a near field communication known as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), a passive or active item tag T attached to every readable-writable Smart Card (SC): Passports ID, medical patient ID, biometric ID, driver licenses, book ID, library ID, etc. These avalanche phenomena may be due to the 3 rd Gen phones seeking much more versatile & inexpensive interfaces, than the line-of-sight bar-code optical scan. Despite of the popularity of RFID, the lacking of Authenticity, Privacy and Security (APS) protection restricted somewhat the wide spread commercial, financial, medical, legal, and militarily applications. Conventional APS approach can obfuscate a private passkey K of SC with the tag number T or the reader number R, or both, i.e. only T*K or R*K or both will appear on them, where * denotes an invertible operation, e.g. EXOR, but not limited to it. Then, only the authentic owner, knowing all, can inverse the operation, e.g. EXOR*EXOR= I to find K. However, such an encryption could be easily compromised by a hacker seeking exhaustively by comparison based on those frequently used words. Nevertheless, knowing biological wetware lesson for power of pairs sensors and Radar hardware counter-measure history, we can counter the counter-measure DRFM, instead using one RFID tag per SD, we follow the Nature adopting two ears/tags, e.g. each one holding portions of the ID or simply two different ID's readable only by different modes of the interrogating reader, followed by brain central processor in terms of nonlinear invertible shufflers mixing two ID bits. We prefer to adopt such a hardware

  8. State of the art of multicell SC cavities and perspectives

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    Peter Kneisel

    2002-08-01

    Superconducting cavity technology has made major progresses in the last decade with the introduction of high purity niobium on an industrial scale and, at the same time, by an improved understanding of the limiting processes in cavity performance, such as multipacting, field emission loading and thermal break-down. Multicell niobium cavities for beta = 1 particle acceleration, e.g. for the TESLA project, are routinely exceeding gradients of Eacc = 20 MV/m after the application of surface preparation techniques such as buffered chemical polishing or electropolishing, high pressure ultrapure water rinsing, UHV heat treatment and clean room assembly. The successes of the technology for beta = 1 accelerators has triggered a whole set of possible future applications for beta < 1 particle acceleration such as spallation neutron sources (SNS, ESS), transmutation of nuclear waste (TRASCO, ASH) or rare isotopes (RIA). The most advanced of these projects is SNS now under construction at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This paper will review the technical solutions adopted to advance SRF technology and their impact on cavity performance, based on the SNS prototyping efforts. 2K at these high gradients are no longer out of reach. For the accelerator builder the challenge remains to come up with a good and reasonable design, which takes into account the status of the technology and does not over-estimate the achievable cavity performances in a large assembly such as, e.g., a multi-cavity cryo-module. In the following the criteria for multi-cell sc cavity design are reviewed and it is attempted to give a snapshot of the present status of multi-cell cavity performances.

  9. One-neutron knockout from {sup 51-55}Sc

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    Schwertel, S.; Maierbeck, P.; Gernhaeuser, R.; Bildstein, V.; Boehmer, M.; Eppinger, K.; Faestermann, T.; Friese, J.; Fabbietti, L.; Maier, L.; Winkler, S. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E12, Garching (Germany); Kruecken, R. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E12, Garching (Germany); TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vancouver (Canada); Kroell, T. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E12, Garching (Germany); Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Darmstadt (Germany); Alvarez-Pol, H.; Benjamim, E.A.; Benlliure, J.; Caamano, M.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Gascon, M.; Kurtukian, T.; Perez, D.; Rodriguez-Tajes, C. [Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Departamento de Fisica de Particulas, Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Aksouh, F.; Aumann, T.; Behr, K.; Boretzky, K.; Bruenle, A.; Chatillon, A.; Chulkov, L.V.; Geissel, H.; Gerl, J.; Gorska, M.; Kojouharov, I.; Klimkiewicz, A.; Kurz, N.; Nociforo, C.; Schaffner, H.; Simon, H.; Stanoiu, M.; Suemmerer, K.; Weick, H. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Borge, M.J.G.; Pascual-Izarra, C.; Perea, A.; Tengblad, O. [CSIC, Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid (Spain); Buerger, A. [University of Oslo, SAFE/OCL, Oslo (Norway); CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Casarejos, E.; Brown, B.A. [University of Vigo, Vigo (Spain); Enders, J.; Schrieder, G. [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Darmstadt (Germany); Hansen, P.G. [Michigan State University, NSCL, East Lansing, Michigan (United States); Jonson, B.; Nyman, G. [Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola och Goeteborgs Universitet, Experimentell Fysik, Goeteborg (Sweden); Kanungo, R. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Saint Mary' s University, Halifax (Canada); Kiselev, O. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Mainz (Germany); Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland); Larsson, K. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola och Goeteborgs Universitet, Experimentell Fysik, Goeteborg (Sweden); Le Bleis, T. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); IN2P3-CNRS/Universite Louis Pasteur, Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Mahata, K. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland); Nilsson, T. [Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Darmstadt (Germany); Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola och Goeteborgs Universitet, Experimentell Fysik, Goeteborg (Sweden); Prochazka, A. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt (Germany); Comenius University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Bratislava (Slovakia); Rossi, D. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Mainz (Germany); Sitar, B. [Comenius University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Bratislava (Slovakia); Otsuka, T. [University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Department of Physics, Tokyo (Japan); Tostevin, J.A. [University of Surrey, Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Guildford (United Kingdom); Rae, W.D.M. [Garsington, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom)

    2012-12-15

    Results are presented from a one-neutron knockout experiment at relativistic energies of {approx} 420 A MeV on {sup 51-55}Sc using the GSI Fragment Separator as a two-stage magnetic spectrometer and the MINIBALL array for gamma-ray detection. Inclusive longitudinal momentum distributions and cross-sections were measured enabling the determination of the contributions corresponding to knockout from the {nu}p{sub 1/2}, {nu}p{sub 3/2}, (L = 1) and {nu}f{sub 7/2}, {nu}f{sub 5/2} (L = 3) neutron orbitals. The observed L = 1 and L = 3 contributions are compared with theoretical cross-sections using eikonal knockout theory and spectroscopic factors from shell model calculations using the GXPF1A interaction. The measured inclusive knockout cross-sections generally follow the trends expected theoretically and given by the spectroscopic strength predicted from the shell model calculations. However, the deduced L = 1 cross-sections are generally 30-40% higher while the L = 3 contributions are about a factor of two smaller than predicted. This points to a promotion of neutrons from the {nu}f{sub 7/2} to the {nu}p{sub 3/2} orbital indicating a weakening of the N = 28 shell gap in these nuclei. While this is not predicted for the phenomenological GXPF1A interaction such a weakening is predicted by recent calculations using realistic low-momentum interactions V{sub low} {sub k} obtained by evolving a chiral N3LO nucleon-nucleon potential. (orig.)

  10. Novel PSCA targeting scFv-fusion proteins for diagnosis and immunotherapy of prostate cancer.

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    Kessler, Claudia; Pardo, Alessa; Tur, Mehmet K; Gattenlöhner, Stefan; Fischer, Rainer; Kolberg, Katharina; Barth, Stefan

    2017-10-01

    Despite great progress in the diagnosis and treatment of localized prostate cancer (PCa), there remains a need for new diagnostic markers that can accurately distinguish indolent and aggressive variants. One promising approach is the antibody-based targeting of prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA), which is frequently overexpressed in PCa. Here, we show the construction of a molecular imaging probe comprising a humanized scFv fragment recognizing PSCA genetically fused to an engineered version of the human DNA repair enzyme O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT), the SNAP-tag, enabling specific covalent coupling to various fluorophores for diagnosis of PCa. Furthermore, the recombinant immunotoxin (IT) PSCA(scFv)-ETA' comprising the PSCA(scFv) and a truncated version of Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE, ETA') was generated. We analyzed the specific binding and internalization behavior of the molecular imaging probe PSCA(scFv)-SNAP in vitro by flow cytometry and live cell imaging, compared to the corresponding IT PSCA(scFv)-ETA'. The cytotoxic activity of PSCA(scFv)-ETA' was tested using cell viability assays. Specific binding was confirmed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue specimen of early and advanced PCa. Alexa Fluor® 647 labeling of PSCA(scFv)-SNAP confirmed selective binding to PSCA, leading to rapid internalization into the target cells. The recombinant IT PSCA(scFv)-ETA' showed selective binding leading to internalization and efficient elimination of target cells. Our data demonstrate, for the first time, the specific binding, internalization, and cytotoxicity of a scFv-based fusion protein targeting PSCA. Immunohistochemical staining confirmed the specific ex vivo binding to primary PCa material.

  11. Flow cytometry-based methods for assessing soluble scFv activities and detecting pathogen antigens in solution

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    Gray, Sean; Weigel, Kris M.; Miller, Keith D.; Ndung' u, Joseph; Buscher, Philippe; Tran, Thao N.; Baird, Cheryl L.; Cangelosi, Gerard A.

    2010-04-01

    Novel methods are reported for evaluating and utilizing single chain fragment variable (scFv) antibodies derived from yeast-display libraries. Yeast-display was used to select scFv specific to invariant surface glycoproteins (ISG) of Trypanosoma brucei. A limiting step in the isolation of scFv from nonimmune libraries is the conversion of highly active yeast-displayed scFv into soluble antibodies that can be used in standard immunoassays. Challenges include limited solubility or activity following secretion and purification of scFv. For this reason, few scFv derived from yeast-display platforms have moved into development and implementation as diagnostic reagents. To address this problem, assays were developed that employ both yeastdisplayed and secreted scFv as analytical reagents. The first is a competitive inhibition flow cytometry (CIFC) assay that detects secreted scFv by virtue of its ability to competitively inhibit the binding of biotinylated antigen to yeast-displayed scFv. The second is an epitope binning assay that uses secreted scFv toidentify additional yeast-displayed scFv that bind nonoverlapping or noncompeting epitopes on an antigen. The epitope binning assay was used not only to identify sandwich assay pairs with yeast-displayed scFv, but also to identify active soluble scFv present in low concentration in a crude expression extract. Finally, a CIFC assay was developed that bypasses entirely the need for soluble scFv expression, by using yeast displayed scFv to detect unlabeled antigen in samples. These methods will facilitate the continued development and practical implementation of scFv derived from yeast-display libraries.

  12. Ionic conductivity of co-doped Sc2O3-ZrO2 ceramics

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    Omar, Shobit; bin Najib, Waqas; Chen, Weiwu

    2012-01-01

    The oxide ionic conductivity of Sc0.18Zr0.82O1.91 doped with 0.5 mol.% of both Yb2O3 and In2O3 is evaluated at various temperatures in air. Among various co-doped compositions, In0.02Sc0.18Zr0.80O1.90 exhibits the highest grain ionic conductivity followed by Yb0.02Sc0.18Zr0.80O1.90 at 500°C. Howe...

  13. Display and selection of scFv antibodies on HEK-293T cells

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    Ho, Mitchell; Pastan, Ira

    2009-01-01

    We describe a human cell display strategy to isolate high affinity single chain antibody fragments (scFvs) specific for CD22 for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. Our strategy uses flow cytometry and human embryonic kidney 293T (HEK-293T) cells that are widely used for transient protein expression. Flow cytometry enhances the screen's sensitivity thereby allowing us to isolate high affinity scFvs. Using human cell display one could isolate and engineer scFvs, single domains, Fabs or whole...

  14. Cloning and expression of murine SC1, a gene product homologous to SPARC.

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    Soderling, J A; Reed, M J; Corsa, A; Sage, E H

    1997-06-01

    A number of cDNAs (SC1, QR1, and hevin) have been shown to be similar to SPARC (secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine), a matricellular protein that regulates cell adhesion, cell cycle, and matrix assembly and remodeling. These proteins are 61-65% identical in the final 200 residues of their C-termini; their N-terminal sequences are related but more divergent. All have an overall acidic pl, with a follistatin-like region that is rich in cysteine, and a Ca+2 binding consensus sequence at the C-terminus. Using degenerate primers representing the most highly conserved region in SPARC, SC1, and QR1, we identified a 300-BP SC1 clone in a primary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screen of a mouse brain cDNA library. This cDNA was used to obtain a full-length clone, which hybridized to a 2.8-KB RNA abundant in brain. Mouse SC1 displays a similarity of 70% to mouse SPARC at the amino acid level. Northern blot and RNAse protection assays revealed a 2.8-KB mRNA expressed at moderate levels (relative to brain) in mouse heart, adrenal gland, epididymis, and lung, and at low levels in kidney, eye, liver, spleen, submandibular gland, and testis. In contrast to SPARC, in situ hybridization showed expression of SC1 mRNA in the tunica media and/or adventitia of medium and large vessels; transcripts were not detected in capillaries, venules, or large lymphatics. The distribution of transcripts for SC1 was also different from that of SPARC in several organs, including adrenal gland, lung, heart, liver, and spleen. Moreover, SC1 mRNA was not evident in endothelium cultured from rat heart, bovine fetal and adult aorta, mouse aorta, human omentum, and bovine retina. Cultured smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts also failed to express SC1 mRNA. The absence of SC1 transcript in cultured cells indicates that the SC1 gene is potentially sensitive to regulatory factors in serum or to a three-dimensional architecture conferred by the extracellular matrix that is lacking in vitro. In

  15. AAZTA: an ideal chelating agent for the development of {sup 44}Sc PET imaging agents

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    Nagy, Gabor; Szikra, Dezso; Trencsenyi, Gyoergy [Scanomed Ltd., Debrecen (Hungary); University of Debrecen, Medical Imaging Clinic (Hungary); Fekete, Aniko [University of Debrecen, Medical Imaging Clinic (Hungary); Garai, Ildiko [Scanomed Ltd., Debrecen (Hungary); Giani, Arianna M.; Negri, Roberto [Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Novara (Italy); Masciocchi, Norberto [Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia e To.Sca.Lab, Universita degli Studi dell' Insubria, Como (Italy); Maiocchi, Alessandro; Uggeri, Fulvio [Bracco Imaging spa, Bracco Research Centre, Colleretto Giacosa (Italy); Toth, Imre [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Debrecen (Hungary); Aime, Silvio [Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Molecolari e Scienze della Salute, Centro di Imaging Molecolare e Preclinico, Universita degli Studi di Torino (Italy); Giovenzana, Giovanni B. [Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Novara (Italy); CAGE Chemicals srl, Novara (Italy); Baranyai, Zsolt [Bracco Imaging spa, Bracco Research Centre, Colleretto Giacosa (Italy); Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Debrecen (Hungary)

    2017-02-13

    Unprecedented fast and efficient complexation of Sc{sup III} was demonstrated with the chelating agent AAZTA (AAZTA=1,4-bis(carboxymethyl)-6-[bis(carboxymethyl)] amino-6-methylperhydro-1,4-d iazepine) under mild experimental conditions. The robustness of the {sup 44}Sc(AAZTA){sup -} chelate and conjugated biomolecules thereof is further shown by in vivo PET imaging in healthy and tumor mice models. The new results pave the way towards development of efficient Sc-based radiopharmaceuticals using the AAZTA chelator. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Assembly of a supercrystal (SC) of the CMS endcap electromagnetic calorimeter

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    J. Williams et al., RAL

    2004-01-01

    The first three pictures show the insertion of the first three rows of crystals into the supercrystal SC03 on Jan. 2004 and the completion of the SC endstops. Fig. 4 shows a complete supercrystal and Fig. 5 its components (alveolar, interface plate, housing, optical fibre, insert, crystal and VPT, endstop). A set of 25 inserts is shown in Fig. 6, while Fig. 7 shows housing, interface plates and inserts. Finally, a SC rear view showing the Vacum Phototriode (VPT) wires through the inserts can be seen in Fig. 8. Fig. 9 and 10 show two supercrystals under test on Dee F and R, respectively.

  17. Sc-Si normal incidence mirrors for a VUV interval of 35-50 nm

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    Uspenskii, Y A; Vinogradov, A V; Fedorenko, A I; Kondratenko, V V; Pershin, Y P; Zubarev, E N; Mrowka, S; Schäfers, F

    2000-01-01

    The Sc/Si multilayers are suggested as high-reflectivity coatings for a VUV interval of 35-50 nm. Fabricated mirrors show the normal incidence reflectivity of 30-50% which is high enough to effectively manipulate the beams of synchrotron radiation and compact discharge and laser-driven X-ray lasers. The obtained values are not, however, limiting for the Sc/Si coatings. Theoretical estimations as well as electron microscopy studies of Sc-Si interfaces indicate a large potential for further raising the reflectivity.

  18. Assessment of strain-specific PrP(Sc elongation rates revealed a transformation of PrP(Sc properties during protein misfolding cyclic amplification.

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    Nuria Gonzalez-Montalban

    Full Text Available Prion replication is believed to consist of two components, a growth or elongation of infectious isoform of the prion protein (PrP(Sc particles and their fragmentation, a process that provides new replication centers. The current study introduced an experimental approach that employs Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification with beads (PMCAb and relies on a series of kinetic experiments for assessing elongation rates of PrP(Sc particles. Four prion strains including two strains with short incubation times to disease (263K and Hyper and two strains with very long incubation times (SSLOW and LOTSS were tested. The elongation rate of brain-derived PrP(Sc was found to be strain-specific. Strains with short incubation times had higher rates than strains with long incubation times. Surprisingly, the strain-specific elongation rates increased substantially for all four strains after they were subjected to six rounds of serial PMCAb. In parallel to an increase in elongation rates, the percentages of diglycosylated PrP glycoforms increased in PMCAb-derived PrP(Sc comparing to those of brain-derived PrP(Sc. These results suggest that PMCAb selects the same molecular features regardless of strain initial characteristics and that convergent evolution of PrP(Sc properties occurred during in vitro amplification. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that each prion strain is comprised of a variety of conformers or 'quasi-species' and that change in the prion replication environment gives selective advantage to those conformers that replicate most effectively under specific environment.

  19. PEMODELAN KONDUKTIVITAS ION DALAM STRUKTUR Li2Sc3(PO43 (Modeling Ionic Conductivity in Li2Sc3(PO43 Structure

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    Akram La Kilo

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRAK Fasa Li2Sc3(PO43 merupakan material konduktor superionik yang dapat diaplikasikan sebagai baterai yang dapat diisi ulang (rechargeable. Ion Li+ dalam struktur Li2Sc3(PO4 dapat mengalami migrasi dari posisi terisi ke posisi kosong. Penelitian ini telah memodelkan migrasi ion Li+ dalam struktur Li2Sc3(PO4 dengan menggunakan metode bond valence sum (BVS. Metode ini dapat memprediksi bilangan oksidasi suatu atom berdasarkan jarak dengan atom-atom tetangga. Source code berbasis BVS yang digunakan adalah JUMPITER yang mensimulasi efek gaya listrik eksternal yang bertindak pada ion litium sehingga nilai BVS litium dapat dipetakan terhadap jarak. Hasil simulasi menunjukkan bahwa konduksi ion Li+ dapat terjadi pada arah [010], [101], dan [120]. Namun, lintasan konduksi ion Li+ lebih mudah terjadi pada arah [120] atau bidang ab dengan nilai maksimum BVS adalah 0,982. ABSTRACT g-phase of Li2Sc3(PO43 is a lithium super ionic conductor which can be applied as a rechargeable lithium battery. Lithium ions of g-Li2Sc3(PO43 can migrate from occupied site to vacant site. In this research, simulation of Li+ ions migration in the structure of g-Li2Sc3(PO43 carried out using bond valence sum (BVS to predict the oxidation state of Li+ion based on the distance of the ion to neighboring atoms. BVS-based code used JUMPITER to simulate the effect of external electrical force acting on the lithium ions to produce the lithium BVS value which can be mapped to the distance. The simulation results shows that Li+ ion conduction can be occurred on [010], [101], and [120] directions. However, the Li ion conduction pathway occur more easily in the direction of [120] or ab plane with the BVS maximum value is 0.982.

  20. Cyclotron production of high purity (44m,44)Sc with deuterons from (44)CaCO3 targets.

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    Alliot, C; Kerdjoudj, R; Michel, N; Haddad, F; Huclier-Markai, S

    2015-06-01

    Due to its longer half-life, (44)Sc (T1/2 = 3.97 h) as a positron emitter can be an interesting alternative to (68)Ga (T1/2 = 67.71 min). It has been already proposed as a PET radionuclide for scouting bone disease and is already available as a (44)Ti/(44)Sc generator. (44)Sc has an isomeric state, (44 m)Sc (T1/2 = 58.6 h), which can be co-produced with (44)Sc and that has been proved to be considered as an in-vivo PET generator (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc. This work presents the production route of (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc generator from (44)Ca(d,2n), its extraction/purification process and the evaluation of its performances. Irradiation was performed in a low activity target station using a deuteron beam of 16 MeV, which favors the number of (44 m)Sc atoms produced simultaneously to (44)Sc. Typical irradiation conditions were 60 min at 0.2 μA producing 44 MBq of (44)Sc with a (44)Sc/(44 m)Sc activity ratio of 50 at end of irradiation. Separations of the radionuclides were performed by means of cation exchange chromatography using a DGA® resin (Triskem). Then, the developed process was applied with bigger targets, and could be used for preclinical studies. The extraction/purification process leads to a radionucleidic purity higher than 99.99% ((43)Sc, (46)Sc, (48)Sc < DL). (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc labeling towards DOTA moiety was performed in order to get an evaluation of the specific activities that could be reached with regard to all metallic impurities from the resulting source. Reaction parameters of radiolabeling were optimized, reaching yields over 95%, and leading to a specific activity of about 10-20 MBq/nmol for DOTA. A recycling process for the enriched (44)Ca target was developed and optimized. The quality of the final batch with regard to radionucleidic purity, specific activity and metal impurities allowed a right away use for further radiopharmaceutical evaluation. This radionucleidic pair of (44 m)Sc/(44)Sc offers a quite interesting PET radionuclide for being further

  1. DiSC aitab käitumist parandada / Ain Kivesti

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    Kivesti, Ain

    2008-01-01

    DiSC testi abil on võimalik saada ülevaade personaalsetest käitumishoiakutest ning vastavalt olukorrale on võimalik harjumuspärast reageerimisstiili radikaalselt muuta. Kommenteerivad Jorma Sarv ja Paavo Pilv

  2. Production of scFv-conjugated affinity silk powder by transgenic silkworm technology.

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    Mitsuru Sato

    Full Text Available Bombyx mori (silkworm silk proteins are being utilized as unique biomaterials for medical applications. Chemical modification or post-conjugation of bioactive ligands expand the applicability of silk proteins; however, the processes are elaborate and costly. In this study, we used transgenic silkworm technology to develop single-chain variable fragment (scFv-conjugated silk fibroin. The cocoons of the transgenic silkworm contain fibroin L-chain linked with scFv as a fusion protein. After dissolving the cocoons in lithium bromide, the silk solution was dialyzed, concentrated, freeze-dried, and crushed into powder. Immunoprecipitation analyses demonstrate that the scFv domain retains its specific binding activity to the target molecule after multiple processing steps. These results strongly suggest the promise of scFv-conjugated silk fibroin as an alternative affinity reagent, which can be manufactured using transgenic silkworm technology at lower cost than traditional affinity carriers.

  3. Sc-Decorated Porous Graphene for High-Capacity Hydrogen Storage: First-Principles Calculations

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    Yuhong Chen; Jing Wang; Lihua Yuan; Meiling Zhang; Cairong Zhang

    2017-01-01

    The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) function based on density functional theory is adopted to investigate the optimized geometrical structure, electron structure and hydrogen storage performance of Sc modified porous graphene (PG...

  4. Radioiodination and biodistribution of the monoclonal antibody TU-20 and its scFv fragment

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    Kubaštová, H.; Kleinova, V.; Seifert, D.; Fišer, M.; Kranda, K.

    2006-01-01

    The ability of the monoclonal antibody TU-20 and its scFv fragment to specifically bind to the C-end of the class III beta-tubulin makes these preparations useful as potential diagnostics for in vivo determination of neurodegenerative diseases that entail degradation of neuronal cytoskeleton. To examine this hypothesis, TU-20 and its scFv were labelled with 125I and their properties were extensively investigated. TU-20 and its scFv were labelled via chloramine-T with the yield 90 95% and 64 78%, respectively. Their quality control, performed by an ELISA and gel electrophoresis, determined adequate properties for further studies. The in vitro experiment, involving autoradiography and immunohistochemistry of mice’ brain slices, enabled confirmation of preserved immunospecificity of the radiolabelled substances. Finally, the in vivo biodistribution proved differences in elimination of either TU-20, scFv TU-20, or iodide from the mice.

  5. CMS ECAL Endcap (EE) Dee Assembly - SC mounting on Dee 1

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    Cockerill, D

    2007-01-01

    Protection panels on back of Dee 1, Completion of SC mounting, 03/10/2007: Completion of SC mounting (aart from the inner 3-2-1)on the first quadrant of Dee 1 and subsequent survey. 22-28/08/2007: The first supercrystals on Dee1, Dee1 in 867 with the first column of SCs ready for mounting, Dee1 with its protection panels over the laser monitoring fibre system

  6. Selection of scFvs specific for the HepG2 cell line using ribosome ...

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    Such a library would prove useful for direct intact cell panning using ribosome display technology. The selected scFv had a potential value for hepatocarcinoma treatment. [Zhou L, Mao W-P, Fen J, Liu H-Y, Wei C-J, Li W-X and Zhou F-Y 2009 Selection of scFvs specific for the HepG2 cell line using ribosome display;.

  7. Early Stages of Precipitation Process in Al-(Mn-)Sc-Zr Alloy Characterized by Positron Annihilation

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    Vlach, Martin

    2015-01-29

    Thermal effects on the precipitation stages in as-cast Al-0.70 at. pct Mn-0.15 at. pct Sc-0.05 at. pct Zr alloy were studied. The role of lattice defects was elucidated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening) enabling investigation of solutes clustering at the atomic scale. This technique has never been used in the Al-Sc- and/or Al-Zr-based alloys so far. Studies by positron annihilation were combined with resistometry, hardness measurements, and microstructure observations. Positrons trapped at defects are preferentially annihilated by Sc electrons. Lifetime of trapped positrons indicates that Sc atoms segregate at dislocations. Maximum fraction of positrons annihilated by Sc electrons occurring at 453 K (180 °C) suggests that clustering of Sc bound with vacancies takes place. It is followed by peak of this fraction at 573 K (300 °C). A rise of the contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Zr electrons starting at 513 K (240 °C) and attaining maximum also at 573 K (300 °C) confirms that Zr participates in precipitation of the Al3Sc particles already at these temperatures. The pronounced hardening at 573 K (300 °C) has its nature in the precipitation of the Al3Sc particles with a Zr-rich shell. The contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Mn electrons was found to be negligible. © 2015, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International.

  8. 46 CFR 7.60 - Cape Fear, NC to Sullivans Island, SC.

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    ... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Cape Fear, NC to Sullivans Island, SC. 7.60 Section 7.60... Atlantic Coast § 7.60 Cape Fear, NC to Sullivans Island, SC. (a) A line drawn from the southernmost... Buoy “2CF”); thence to Oak Island Light. (b) A line drawn from the southernmost extremity of Bird...

  9. Magnetic dipole moment of the doubly closed-shell plus one proton nucleus $^{49}$Sc

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    Gaulard, C V; Walters, W; Nishimura, K; Muto, S; Bingham, C R

    It is proposed to measure the magnetic moment of $^{49}$Sc by the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance on Oriented Nuclei (NMR-ON) method using the NICOLE on-line nuclear orientation facility. $^{49}$Sc is the neutron rich, doubly closed-shell, nucleus $^{48}$Ca plus one proton. Results will be used to deduce the effective g-factors in the $^{48}$Ca region with reference to nuclear structure and meson exchange current effects.

  10. Site distribution in heavily Sc3+-, Zr4+-, and Hf4+- substituted yttrium iron garnet

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    Balestrino, G.; Geller, S.

    1983-05-01

    Mössbauer spectra of yttrium iron garnet containing large amounts of Sc3+, Zr4+, and Hf4+ substituted for Fe3+ ions (the last two with electrostatic compensation by Ca2+ ions) confirm the conclusions deduced from 0-K spontaneous magnetization that the Zr4+ and Hf4+ ions prefer octahedral sites exclusively. Very small amounts of Sc3+ ions enter tetrahedral sites: For a total of one Sc3+ ion per formula unit, 0.03 is tetrahedral; for a total of 1.5 Sc3+ ions per formula unit, 0.09 is tetrahedral. These results imply that in the region of the ferrimagnetic ground state, i.e., to 0.72 Sc3+ ion per formula unit, at most 0.02 is tetrahedral, but it could be that there is none because of the coincidence of the 0-K dependence of the spontaneous magnetization on the composition of the Zr4+- and Sc3+-substituted yttrium iron garnets in that region. Thus the model given by Geller et al. for the magnetic behavior of substituted iron garnets is corroborated by these results.

  11. Refolded scFv Antibody Fragment against Myoglobin Shows Rapid Reaction Kinetics

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    Hyung-Nam Song

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Myoglobin is one of the early biomarkers for acute myocardial infarction. Recently, we have screened an antibody with unique rapid reaction kinetics toward human myoglobin antigen. Antibodies with rapid reaction kinetics are thought to be an early IgG form produced during early stage of in vivo immunization. We produced a recombinant scFv fragment for the premature antibody from Escherichia coli using refolding technology. The scFv gene was constructed by connection of the VH–VL sequence with a (Gly4Ser3 linker. The scFv fragment without the pelB leader sequence was expressed at a high level, but the solubility was extremely low. A high concentration of 8 M urea was used for denaturation. The dilution refolding process in the presence of arginine and the redox reagents GSH and GSSH successfully produced a soluble scFv protein. The resultant refolded scFv protein showed association and dissociation values of 9.32 × 10−4 M−1·s−1 and 6.29 × 10−3 s−1, respectively, with an affinity value exceeding 107 M−1 (kon/koff, maintaining the original rapid reaction kinetics of the premature antibody. The refolded scFv could provide a platform for protein engineering for the clinical application for diagnosis of heart disease and the development of a continuous biosensor.

  12. Performance Analysis of a Modified SC-FDMA-DSCDMA Technique for 4G Wireless Communication

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    Deepak Kedia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Single-carrier FDMA (SC-FDMA is becoming more and more popular in multiuser communication because of its lower PAPR value. Apart from this, many other hybrid access techniques have also been explored in the literature for application to 4G wireless mobile communication. Still there is a need to explore newer techniques which could further reduce the PAPR value without any degradation in system BER. Keeping this in view, a modified hybrid technique SC-FDMA-DSCDMA has been proposed in this paper and it is found to provide significantly lower PAPR than SC-FDMA system with no degradation in BER performance. This paper extensively compares the BER and PAPR performance of various other multicarrier techniques for 4G wireless communications such as OFDMA, MC-DS-CDMA, and SC-FDMA with proposed SC-FDMA-DSCDMA scheme. Simulation results show that SC-FDMA-DSCDMA technique performs better than any other OFDM-CDMA based system for wireless communication.

  13. Sc-Decorated Porous Graphene for High-Capacity Hydrogen Storage: First-Principles Calculations.

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    Chen, Yuhong; Wang, Jing; Yuan, Lihua; Zhang, Meiling; Zhang, Cairong

    2017-08-02

    The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) function based on density functional theory is adopted to investigate the optimized geometrical structure, electron structure and hydrogen storage performance of Sc modified porous graphene (PG). It is found that the carbon ring center is the most stable adsorbed position for a single Sc atom on PG, and the maximum number of adsorbed H₂ molecules is four with the average adsorption energy of -0.429 eV/H₂. By adding a second Sc atom on the other side of the system, the hydrogen storage capacity of the system can be improved effectively. Two Sc atoms located on opposite sides of the PG carbon ring center hole is the most suitable hydrogen storage structure, and the hydrogen storage capacity reach a maximum 9.09 wt % at the average adsorption energy of -0.296 eV/H₂. The adsorption of H₂ molecules in the PG system is mainly attributed to orbital hybridization among H, Sc, and C atoms, and Coulomb attraction between negatively charged H₂ molecules and positively charged Sc atoms.

  14. Sc-Decorated Porous Graphene for High-Capacity Hydrogen Storage: First-Principles Calculations

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    Yuhong Chen

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The generalized gradient approximation (GGA function based on density functional theory is adopted to investigate the optimized geometrical structure, electron structure and hydrogen storage performance of Sc modified porous graphene (PG. It is found that the carbon ring center is the most stable adsorbed position for a single Sc atom on PG, and the maximum number of adsorbed H2 molecules is four with the average adsorption energy of −0.429 eV/H2. By adding a second Sc atom on the other side of the system, the hydrogen storage capacity of the system can be improved effectively. Two Sc atoms located on opposite sides of the PG carbon ring center hole is the most suitable hydrogen storage structure, and the hydrogen storage capacity reach a maximum 9.09 wt % at the average adsorption energy of −0.296 eV/H2. The adsorption of H2 molecules in the PG system is mainly attributed to orbital hybridization among H, Sc, and C atoms, and Coulomb attraction between negatively charged H2 molecules and positively charged Sc atoms.

  15. Correlative characterization of primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase in an Al–Zn–Mg based alloy

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    Li, J.H., E-mail: jie-hua.li@hotmail.com [Institute of Casting Research, Montanuniversität Leoben, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Wiessner, M. [Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Albu, M. [Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy (Austria); Wurster, S. [Department of Materials Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Sartory, B. [Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Hofer, F. [Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy (Austria); Schumacher, P. [Institute of Casting Research, Montanuniversität Leoben, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Austrian Foundry Research Institute, A-8700 Leoben (Austria)

    2015-04-15

    Three-dimensional electron backscatter diffraction, focused ion beam, transmission electron microscopy and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy were employed to investigate the structural information of primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase, i.e. size, shape, element distribution and orientation relationship with the α-Al matrix. It was found that (i) most primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases have a cubic three-dimensional morphology, with a size of about 6–10 μm, (ii) most primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases are located within the α-Al matrix, and exhibit a cube to cube orientation relationship with the α-Al matrix, and (iii) a layer by layer growth was observed within primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. Al, Cu, Si and Fe are enriched in the α-Al matrix between the layers of cellular eutectic Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase, while Sc, Ti and Zr are enriched in small Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. A peritectic reaction and subsequent eutectic reaction between Al{sub 3}Sc and Al was proposed to interpret the observed layer by layer growth. This paper demonstrates that the presence of impurities (Fe, Si, Cu, Ti) in the diffusion field surrounding the growing Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) particle enhances the heterogeneous nucleation of Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. - Highlights: • Most fine cubic primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases were observed within the α-Al matrix. • A layer by layer growth within primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase was observed. • A peritectic and subsequent eutectic reaction between Al{sub 3}Sc and Al was proposed. • Impurities in diffusion fields enhance heterogeneous nucleation of Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr)

  16. SC-228 Inclusion of DAA Warning Alert for TCAS Interoperability

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    Fern, Lisa

    2016-01-01

    This white paper summarizes NASA research results that have informed Special Committee 228 (SC-228) discussions and decisions regarding the inclusion of a warning-level alert within the detect and avoid (DAA) alerting structure for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). For UAS, the removal of the pilot from onboard the aircraft has eliminated the ability of the ground-based pilot in command (PIC) to use out-the-window visual information to make judgments about a potential threat of a loss of well clear with another aircraft. As a result, the DAA traffic display will be the primary source of information that the PIC can use to execute the three primary well clear functions: 1) detect a potential loss of well clear, 2) determine a resolution maneuver, and 3) upload that maneuver to the aircraft via the ground control station (GCS). In addition, pilots are required to coordinate with air traffic control (ATC) prior to maneuvering off of their approved flight plan. In determining an appropriate resolution maneuver to avoid a loss of well clear, the PIC must decide both when and how to maneuver, and both the timeliness and the accuracy (i.e., correctness) of the maneuver are critical to reducing the likelihood and/or severity of a loss of well clear. Alerting information is one of three critical components of the DAA display, along with traffic information elements (e.g., relative heading, speed and altitude) and maneuver guidance. Alerting information and maneuver guidance, in particular, have been found to have a significant impact, both statistically and practically, on pilots' ability to avoid and minimize the severity of losses of well clear While all three display components are key to pilots performing the traffic avoidance task of remaining well clear, in general, alerting information provides crucial information about when a resolution maneuver is required while maneuver guidance assists the pilot in determining how best to maneuver. A fundamental task of the DAA

  17. Effect of lectin (ScLL on fibroblasts stimulated with LPS - an in vitro study

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    Manuella Verdinelli de Paula REIS

    Full Text Available Abstract: The lectin (ScLL extracted from the Synadenium carinatum plant has been evaluated as an immunomodulator in diseases such as asthma, neosporosis and leishmaniasis. However, it has not yet been evaluated in the oral cavity. This study evaluated the effect of ScLL on viability, proliferation and release of IL-10 in human gingival fibroblasts (HGF stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS. HGF were stimulated with LPS 1 µg/ml and treated with ScLL in concentrations of 10, 5 and 2 µg/ml for 1 and 5 h, and evaluated by flow cytometry for viability, apoptosis (initial/advanced and necrosis. The supernatant was collected to detect release of IL-10 by ELISA. The proliferation was assessed with the BrdU assay. Positive control consisted of cells maintained in Dulbecco's Modified Eagles Medium (DMEM, and the negative control, of those kept in tap water. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and Dunnett's test (α = 0.05. No significant difference was found for ScLL concentrations regarding viability or initial and advanced apoptosis (p=0.455. All the groups, including the positive control, had a significantly lower necrosis parameter than negative control at 5 h (p < 0.001. No difference was found for proliferation among the experimental groups (p = 0.832. ScLL at 5 and 2 µg/ml resulted in a lower release of IL-10 than positive and negative controls at 5 h (p = 0.047. The results indicated that ScLL concentrations tested were not cytotoxic, and had no effect on proliferation and release of IL-10 parameters. A thorough understanding of ScLL, regarding its immunomodulatory potential, may open the door to new perspectives for dentistry.

  18. TSE strain differentiation in mice by immunohistochemical PrP(Sc) profiles and triplex Western blot.

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    van Keulen, Lucien J M; Langeveld, Jan P M; Dolstra, Corry H; Jacobs, Jorg; Bossers, Alex; van Zijderveld, Fred G

    2015-10-01

    TSE strains are routinely identified by their incubation period and vacuolation profile in the brain after intracerebral inoculation and serial passaging in inbred mouse lines. There are some major drawbacks to this method that are related to the variation in vacuolation that exists in the brains of mice infected with the same TSE strain and to variation between observers and laboratories in scoring vacuolation and determining the final incubation period. We investigated the potential of PrP(Sc) immunohistochemistry and triplex Western blotting as possible alternative methods to differentiate between TSE strains. TSE reference strains ME7, 87A/87V, 22A/22C, 79A/79V and 301C/301V were intracerebrally inoculated in RIII or VM inbred mice that differ in their PrP genotype. Immunohistochemical PrP(Sc) profiles were drawn up by scanning light microscopy both on coronal and sagittal sections. On the basis of the localization of PrP(Sc) in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellar cortex and the overall type of PrP(Sc) staining, all TSE strains could be well differentiated from each other through their typical strain dependent characteristics. In addition, Western blot showed that the combination of glycosylation profile and 12B2 epitope content of PrP(Sc) allowed to distinguish between all reference strains except for ME7 and 22A in VM mice. TSE strains in mice can be identified on the basis of their PrP(Sc) profile alone. The potential to identify TSE strains in ruminants with these PrP(Sc) profiles after a single primary passage in mice will be the topic of future studies. © 2014 British Neuropathological Society.

  19. Timescale differences between SC-PDSI and SPEI for drought monitoring in China

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    Zhao, Haiyan; Gao, Ge; An, Wei; Zou, Xukai; Li, Haitao; Hou, Meiting

    2017-12-01

    The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) has been widely used to monitor drought. Its characteristics are more suitable for measuring droughts of longer timescales, and this fact has not received much attention. The Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) can better reflect the climatic water balance, owing to its combination of precipitation and potential evapotranspiration. In this study, we selected monthly average air temperature and precipitation data from 589 meteorological stations of China's National Meteorological Information Center, to compare the effects of applying a self-calibrating PDSI (SC-PDSI) and SPEI to monitor drought events in the station regions, with a special focus on differences of event timescale. The results show the following. 1) Comparative analysis using SC-PDSI and SPEI for drought years and characters of three dry periods from 1961 to 2011 in the Beijing region showed that durations of SC-PDSI-based dry spells were longer than those of 3-month and 6-month SPEIs, but equal to those of 12-month or longer timescale SPEIs. 2) For monitoring evolution of the fall 2009 to spring 2010 Southwest China drought and spring 2000 Huang-Huai drought, 3-month SPEI could better monitor the initiation, aggravation, alleviation and relief of drought in the two regions, whereas the SC-PDSI was insensitive to drought recovery because of its long-term memory of previous climate conditions. 3) Analysis of the relationship between SC-PDSI for different regions and SPEI for different timescales showed that correlation of the two indexes changed with region, and SC-PDSI was maximally correlated with SPEI of 9-19 months in China. Therefore, SC-PDSI is only suitable for monitoring mid- and long-term droughts, owing to the strong lagged autocorrelation such as 0.4786 for 12-month lagged ones in Beijing, whereas SPEI is suitable for both short- and long-term drought-monitoring and should have greater application prospects in China.

  20. Mg-doped and oxygen-intercalated CuScO2 delafossites

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    Kykyneshi, R.; Nielsen, B. C.; Tate, J.; Li, J.; Sleight, A. W.

    2004-05-01

    The effect of Mg doping and O-intercalation on the structural and transport properties of CuSc_1-xMg_xO_2+y, a p-type transparent conducting oxide (TCO), were studied in the sintered powder and thin film forms. Mg^2+ substitution on the Sc^3+ site resulted in a maximum conductivity of 0.015 S/cm at x ª 0.06 in CuSc_1-xMg_xO2 sintered pellets, with similar values for polycrystalline thin films of the same composition. Oxygen intercalation allowed substantially more carriers to be introduced, and therefore had a larger impact on the properties of CuSc_1-xMg_xO_2+y. The highest conductivity measured was 0.5 S/cm in a CuSc_0.95Mg_0.05O_2.33 pellet and 25 S/cm in a heavily intercalated thin film. The amount of oxygen entering the lattice varied with Mg doping in powders. Substitutional doping of films at the level of a few percent of Mg introduced no significant change in optical absorption, while the O-intercalation darkened both films and powders. We observed, via x-ray diffraction of powders and films, the formation of two phases during oxygen intercalation with compositions close to CuSc_1-xMg_xO2 and CuSc_1-xMg_xO_2.5, and a systematic increase of the average a-axis lattice parameter. This work is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

  1. Re-assessment of PrP(Sc distribution in sporadic and variant CJD.

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    Richard Rubenstein

    Full Text Available Human prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders associated with an accumulation of PrP(Sc in the central nervous system (CNS. Of the human prion diseases, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD, which has no known origin, is the most common form while variant CJD (vCJD is an acquired human prion disease reported to differ from other human prion diseases in its neurological, neuropathological, and biochemical phenotype. Peripheral tissue involvement in prion disease, as judged by PrP(Sc accumulation in the tonsil, spleen, and lymph node has been reported in vCJD as well as several animal models of prion diseases. However, this distribution of PrP(Sc has not been consistently reported for sCJD. We reexamined CNS and non-CNS tissue distribution and levels of PrP(Sc in both sCJD and vCJD. Using a sensitive immunoassay, termed SOFIA, we also assessed PrP(Sc levels in human body fluids from sCJD as well as in vCJD-infected humanized transgenic mice (Tg666. Unexpectedly, the levels of PrP(Sc in non-CNS human tissues (spleens, lymph nodes, tonsils from both sCJD and vCJD did not differ significantly and, as expected, were several logs lower than in the brain. Using protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA followed by SOFIA, PrP(Sc was detected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, but not in urine or blood, in sCJD patients. In addition, using PMCA and SOFIA, we demonstrated that blood from vCJD-infected Tg666 mice showing clinical disease contained prion disease-associated seeding activity although the data was not statistically significant likely due to the limited number of samples examined. These studies provide a comparison of PrP(Sc in sCJD vs. vCJD as well as analysis of body fluids. Further, these studies also provide circumstantial evidence that in human prion diseases, as in the animal prion diseases, a direct comparison and intraspecies correlation cannot be made between the levels of PrP(Sc and infectivity.

  2. Oxygen intercalation of two polymorphs of CuScO 2

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    Li, Jun; Yokochi, Alexandre F. T.; Sleight, Arthur W.

    2004-08-01

    Both the 2H and 3R forms of CuScO 2 have been intercalated with oxygen to yield CuScO 2+ x, phases where x has been observed to range from 0.0 to 0.12 and 0.44 to 0.5. The position of the interstitial oxygen in the CuScO 2.5 phases was determined from powder neutron diffraction data. In both cases the interstitial oxygen resides in triangular sites in the Cu layer. However, in the 3R form the oxygen is displaced 0.3 Å toward a Sc atom above or below the Cu plane. When heating the 2H form of CuScO 2 under oxygen, the oxygen initially absorbed is released at about 440 °C. The 3R form does not lose oxygen under these conditions but it does lose oxygen around 580 °C when heated in air. These are exceptionally low temperatures for the thermal reduction of Cu 2+ to Cu 1+ in an oxide system, but it is consistent with the low calculated bond valence sum of 1.7 for interstitial oxygen compared to 2.0 calculated for the network oxygen. The weak bond formed between the interstitial oxygen and Sc in 3R CuScO 2 is presumably the reason why this oxygen is more strongly held in the 3R form relative to the 2H form. On oxygen intercalation there is a 1.46% increase of the hexagonal a cell edge the 2H form and a 1.61% increase for the 3R form. The c cell edge expands by 0.23% on oxidation of the 2H form, but contracts by 0.30% on oxidation of the 3R form. This contraction of c and greater expansion for a for the 3R form can be attributed to the weak bond formed between Sc and the interstitial oxygen. Most synthesis routes to CuScO 2 give a mixture of the 2H and 3R forms, and this mixing can extend to the atomic level in the form of stacking faults.

  3. Fast conversion of scFv to Fab antibodies using type IIs restriction enzymes.

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    Sanmark, Hanna; Huovinen, Tuomas; Matikka, Tero; Pettersson, Tiina; Lahti, Maria; Lamminmäki, Urpo

    2015-11-01

    Single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody libraries are widely used for developing novel bioaffinity reagents, although Fab or IgG molecules are the preferred antibody formats in many final applications. Therefore, rapid conversion methods for combining multiple DNA fragments are needed to attach constant domains to the scFv derived variable domains. In this study we describe a fast and easy cloning method for the conversion of single framework scFv fragments to Fab fragments using type IIS restriction enzymes. All cloning steps excluding plating of the Fab transformants can be done in 96 well plates and the procedure can be completed in one working day. The concept was tested by converting 69 scFv clones into Fab format on 96 well plates, which resulted in 93% success rate. The method is particularly useful as a high-throughput tool for the conversion of the chosen scFv clones into Fab molecules in order to analyze them as early as possible, as the conversion can significantly affect the binding properties of the chosen clones. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. In situ delivery and production system of trastuzumab scFv with Bifidobacterium.

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    Kikuchi, Takeshi; Shimizu, Hitomi; Akiyama, Yasuto; Taniguchi, Shun'ichiro

    2017-11-04

    A monoclonal antibody targeting human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), trastuzumab has become a standard treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer. Recent advancements in antibody engineering have enabled the efficient generation of the trastuzumab single-chain variable fragment (scFv). In this study, we genetically engineered Bifidobacterium, a bacterial strain shown to accumulate safely and selectively in hypoxic tumor sites by intravenous (iv) injection, to express and secrete the trastuzumab scFv. The recombinant scFv bound to cell surface HER2 and inhibited in vitro growth of HER2-positive human cancer cells. Moreover, iv-injected recombinant bacteria specifically localized and secreted trastuzumab scFv in xenografted human HER2-positive tumors and consequently inhibited tumor growth. The development and results of this novel in situ delivery and production system for trastuzumab scFv with Bifidobacterium represents a promising avenue for future application in cancer treatment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Microstructure dependent fatigue crack growth in Al–Mg–Sc alloy

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    Li, Mengjia [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Pan, Qinglin, E-mail: csupql@163.com [The Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Shi, Yunjia; Wang, Ying [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2014-08-12

    The fatigue crack growth behavior of Al–Mg–Sc alloy was investigated by tensile testing and fatigue testing. Different annealing treatments were applied to the alloy. Microstructure characterization of the alloy was carried out by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical microscopy (OM). The size of Al{sub 3}(Sc{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}) particle was calculated by software. The fatigue crack growth (FCG) rate (da/dN) was discussed with stress intensity factor range (ΔK) in Paris's region. The Paris exponent m and constants C were used to calculate the fatigue life. The fatigue process and crack closure effects were discussed with the yield strength and tensile strength of Al–Mg–Sc alloy. Results show that the microstructure, tensile strength and fatigue crack growth rate were greatly dependent on the annealing temperature, and the high resistance of Al–Mg–Sc alloy was mainly due to the combination microstructures of sub-grains, dislocations and these Al{sub 3}(Sc{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}) precipitates.

  6. Conductivity ageing studies on 1M10ScSZ (M4+=Ce, Hf)

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    Omar, Shobit; Bin Najib, Waqas; Bonanos, Nikolaos

    2011-01-01

    The long-term conductivity stability is tested on zirconia based electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cell applications. The ageing studies have been performed on the samples of ZrO2 co-doped with 10mol% of Sc2O3 and 1mol% MO2, where M = Ce or Hf (denoted respectively 1Ce10ScSZ and 1Hf10Sc......SZ) in oxidising and reducing atmospheres, at 600°C for 3000h. At 600°C, these compositions show initial conductivity of around 9–12mS∙cm−1 in air. After 3000h of ageing, no phase transitions are observed in any of the samples. For the first 1000h, the degradation rate is higher than in the subsequent 2000h......; thereafter, conductivity degrades linearly with time for all samples. In air, the loss in the conductivity is lower than in reducing conditions. The 1Ce10ScSZ shows the highest degradation rate of 3.8%/1000h in wet H2/N2 after the first 1000h of ageing. A colour change of the 1Ce10ScSZ sample from white...

  7. Isotropic Zero Thermal Expansion and Local Vibrational Dynamics in (Sc,Fe)F3.

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    Qin, Feiyu; Chen, Jun; Aydemir, Umut; Sanson, Andrea; Wang, Lu; Pan, Zhao; Xu, Jiale; Sun, Chengjun; Ren, Yang; Deng, Jinxia; Yu, Ranbo; Hu, Lei; Snyder, G Jeffrey; Xing, Xianran

    2017-09-18

    Scandium fluoride (ScF3) exhibits a pronounced negative thermal expansion (NTE), which can be suppressed and ultimately transformed into an isotropic zero thermal expansion (ZTE) by partially substituting Sc with Fe in (Sc0.8Fe0.2)F3 (Fe20). The latter displays a rather small coefficient of thermal expansion of -0.17 × 10(-6)/K from 300 to 700 K. Synchrotron X-ray and neutron pair distribution functions confirm that the Sc/Fe-F bond has positive thermal expansion (PTE). Local vibrational dynamics based on extended X-ray absorption fine structure indicates a decreased anisotropy of relative vibration in the Sc/Fe-F bond. Combined analysis proposes a delicate balance between the counteracting effects of the chemical bond PTE and NTE from transverse vibration. The present study extends the scope of isotropic ZTE compounds and, more significantly, provides a complete local vibrational dynamics to shed light on the ZTE mechanism in chemically tailored NTE compounds.

  8. Semiclassical (SC) Description of Electronically Non-AdiabaticDynamics via the Initial Value Representation (IVR)

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    Ananth, V.; Venkataraman, C.; Miller, W.H.

    2007-06-22

    The initial value representation (IVR) of semiclassical (SC) theory is used in conjunction with the Meyer-Miller/Stock-Thoss description of electronic degrees of freedom in order to treat electronically non-adiabatic processes. It is emphasized that the classical equations of motion for the nuclear and electronic degrees of freedom that emerge in this description are precisely the Ehrenfest equations of motion (the force on the nuclei is the force averaged over the electronic wavefunction), but that the trajectories given by these equations of motion do not have the usual shortcomings of the traditional Ehrenfest model when they are used within the SC-IVR framework. For example, in the traditional Ehrenfest model (a mixed quantum-classical approach) the nuclear motion emerges from a non-adiabatic encounter on an average potential energy surface (a weighted average according to the population in the various electronic states), while the SC-IVR describes the correct correlation between electronic and nuclear dynamics, i.e., the nuclear motion is on one potential energy surface or the other depending on the electronic state. Calculations using forward-backward versions of SC-IVR theory (FB-IVR) are presented to illustrate this behavior. An even more approximate version of the SC-IVR, the linearized approximation (LSC-IVR), is slightly better than the traditional Ehrenfest model, but since it cannot describe quantum coherence effects, the LSC-IVR is also not able to describe the correct correlation between nuclear and electronic dynamics.

  9. Semisolid slurry of 7A04 aluminum alloy prepared by electromagnetic stirring and Sc, Zr additions

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    Jun-wen Zhao

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Slurry preparation is one of the most critical steps for semisolid casting, and its primary goal is to prepare slurry with uniformly distributed fine globules. In this work, electromagnetic stirring (EMS and the addition of Sc and Zr elements were used to prepare semisolid slurry of 7A04 aluminum alloy in a large diameter slurry maker. The effects of different treatments on the microstructure, composition and their radial homogeneity were investigated. The results show that, compared to the slurry without any treatment, large volume slurry with finer and more uniform microstructure can be obtained when treated by EMS, Sc, or Zr additions individually. EMS is more competent in the microstructural and chemical homogenization of the slurry while Sc and Zr additions are more excellent in its microstructural refinement. The combined treatment of EMS, Sc and Zr produces premium 7A04 aluminum alloy slurry with uniformly distributed fine α-Al globules and composition. The interaction mechanism between EMS and Sc and Zr additions was also discussed.

  10. Integrating scFv into xMAP Assays for the Detection of Marine Toxins

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    Lisa C. Shriver-Lake

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Marine toxins, such as saxitoxin and domoic acid are associated with algae blooms and can bioaccumulate in shell fish which present both health and economic concerns. The ability to detect the presence of toxin is paramount for the administration of the correct supportive care in case of intoxication; environmental monitoring to detect the presence of toxin is also important for prevention of intoxication. Immunoassays are one tool that has successfully been applied to the detection of marine toxins. Herein, we had the variable regions of two saxitoxin binding monoclonal antibodies sequenced and used the information to produce recombinant constructs that consist of linked heavy and light variable domains that make up the binding domains of the antibodies (scFv. Recombinantly produced binding elements such as scFv provide an alternative to traditional antibodies and serve to “preserve” monoclonal antibodies as they can be easily recreated from their sequence data. In this paper, we combined the anti-saxitoxin scFv developed here with a previously developed anti-domoic acid scFv and demonstrated their utility in a microsphere-based competitive immunoassay format. In addition to detection in buffer, we demonstrated equivalent sensitivity in oyster and scallop matrices. The potential for multiplexed detection using scFvs in this immunoassay format is demonstrated.

  11. Influence of Sc on microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-Si-Mg-Cu-Zr alloy

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    Li, Yukun; Du, Xiaodong; Zhang, Ya; Zhang, Zhen; Fu, Junwei; Zhou, Shi'ang; Wu, Yucheng

    2018-02-01

    In the present study, the effects of Mg, Cu, Sc and Zr combined additions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloy were systematically investigated. Characterization techniques such as optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Brinell hardness tester and universal testing machine were employed to analyze the microstructure and mechanical properties. The results showed that Sc served as modifier on the microstructure of Al-3Si-0.45Mg-0.45Cu-0.2Zr alloys, including modification of eutectic Si and grains. Extraordinarily, grain refinement was found to be related to the primary particles, which exhibited a close orientation to matrix. After T6 heat treatment, the grain structures were composed of nano-scaled secondary Al3(Sc, Zr) precipitates and spherical eutectic Si. Combined with T6 heat treatment, the highest hardness, yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and elongation were achieved in 0.56 wt.% Sc-modified alloy. Interestingly, the strength and ductility had a similar tendency. This paper demonstrated that combined additions of Mg, Cu, Sc and Zr could significantly improve the microstructure and performance of the hypoeutectic Al-Si cast alloy.

  12. Gallic acid grafting modulates the oxidative potential of ferrimagnetic bioactive glass-ceramic SC-45.

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    Corazzari, Ingrid; Tomatis, Maura; Turci, Francesco; Ferraris, Sara; Bertone, Elisa; Prenesti, Enrico; Vernè, Enrica

    2016-12-01

    Magnetite-containing glass-ceramics are promising bio-materials for replacing bone tissue after tumour resection. Thanks to their ferrimagnetic properties, they generate heat when subjected to an alternated magnetic field. In virtue of this they can be employed for the hyperthermic treatment of cancer. Moreover, grafting anti-cancer drugs onto their surface produces specific anti-neoplastic activity in these biomaterials. Gallic acid (GA) exhibits antiproliferative activity which renders it a promising candidate for anticancer applications. In the present paper, the reactivity of ferrimagnetic glass-ceramic SC-45 grafted with GA (SC-45+GA) was studied in terms of ROS release, rupture of the C-H bond of the formate molecule and Fenton reactivity by EPR/spin trapping in acellular systems. The ability of these materials to cause lipid peroxidation was assessed by UV-vis/TBA assay employing linoleic acid as a model of membrane lipid. The results, compared to those obtained with SC-45, showed that GA grafting (i) significantly enhanced the Fenton reactivity and (ii) restored the former reactivity of SC-45 towards both the C-H bond and linoleic acid which had been completely suppressed by prolonged contact with water. Fe 2+ centres at the surface are probably implicated. GA, acting as a pro-oxidant, reduces Fe 3+ to Fe 2+ by maintaining a supply of Fe 2+ at the surface of SC-45+GA. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. ScVO4 under non-hydrostatic compression: a new metastable polymorph.

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    Garg, Alka B; Errandonea, D; Rodríguez-Hernández, P; Muñoz, A

    2017-02-08

    The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of scandium vanadate (ScVO4) is investigated under non-hydrostatic compression. The compound is studied by means of synchrotron-based powder x-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption techniques. The occurrence of a non-reversible phase transition is detected. The transition is from the zircon structure to the fergusonite-type structure and takes place around 6 GPa with nearly 10% volume discontinuity. XRD measurements on the pressure cycled sample confirm for the first time that the fergusonite-type ScVO4 can be recovered as the metastable phase at ambient conditions. Raman spectroscopic measurements verify the metastable phase to be of a fergusonite-type phase. Theoretical calculations also corroborate the experimental findings. The fergusonite phase is found to be stiffer than the ambient-pressure zircon phase, as indicated by the observed experimental and theoretical bulk moduli. The optical properties and lattice-dynamics calculation of the fergusonite ScVO4 are discussed. At ambient pressure the band gap of the zircon (fergusonite)-type ScVO4 is 2.75 eV (2.3 eV). This fact suggests that the novel metastable polymorph of ScVO4 can have applications in green technologies; for instance, it can be used as photocatalytic material for hydrogen production by water splitting.

  14. Pt Skin Versus Pt Skeleton Structures of Pt3Sc as Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction

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    Johansson, Tobias Peter; Ulrikkeholm, Elisabeth Therese; Hernandez-Fernandez, Patricia

    2014-01-01

    In order for low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to become economically viable Pt catalyst loading must be significantly reduced. The cathode of the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, where oxygen reduction takes place, is responsible for the main activity loss. The devel......In order for low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to become economically viable Pt catalyst loading must be significantly reduced. The cathode of the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, where oxygen reduction takes place, is responsible for the main activity loss...... on the polycrystalline Pt3Sc. The reactivity of the overlayer is probed by temperature programmed desorption of CO. The onset of CO desorption is around 130 K lower on UHV annealed Pt3Sc than on Pt(111) and the temperature of the desorption peak maximum at saturation was similar to 50 K lower on UHV annealed Pt3Sc......, relative to Pt(111), consistent with the CO adsorption energies calculated using density functional theory calculations. Exposing the annealed Pt3Sc sample to 200 mbar O2 at room temperature results in similar to 14 % Sc oxide as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Electrochemical testing...

  15. Enhanced hardness in epitaxial TiAlScN alloy thin films and rocksalt TiN/(Al,Sc)N superlattices

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    Saha, Bivas [School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Lawrence, Samantha K.; Bahr, David F. [School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Schroeder, Jeremy L.; Birch, Jens [Thin Film Physics Division, Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Sands, Timothy D. [School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)

    2014-10-13

    High hardness TiAlN alloys for wear-resistant coatings exhibit limited lifetimes at elevated temperatures due to a cubic-AlN to hexagonal-AlN phase transformation that leads to decreasing hardness. We enhance the hardness (up to 46 GPa) and maximum operating temperature (up to 1050 °C) of TiAlN-based coatings by alloying with scandium nitride to form both an epitaxial TiAlScN alloy film and epitaxial rocksalt TiN/(Al,Sc)N superlattices on MgO substrates. The superlattice hardness increases with decreasing period thickness, which is understood by the Orowan bowing mechanism of the confined layer slip model. These results make them worthy of additional research for industrial coating applications.

  16. A comprehensive framework for optimising the effects of inverse logistics practices in SC sustainability

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    Cristina López Vargas

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available With growing sustainability concern in mind, firms seek to implement reverse logistic systems in their operations. However, if these practices were not properly implemented, they would be costly and even ineffective. In order to guide company efforts, the present study provide a comprehensive framework based on two dimensions. On one hand, it suits a reverse logistic management model stage-by-stage. On the other hand, the framework brings together concrete measures to optimize SC sustainability from three perspectives: operative, economical and environmental. The proposed framework thus allow to balance reverse logistic practices and SC sustainability. Furthermore, we validated it by analysing six real case in different industries. Findings highlight how reverse logistic activities may improve each SC sustainability dimension.

  17. Magnetic anisotropy in the incommensurate ScFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8} system

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    Rećko, K., E-mail: k.recko@uwb.edu.pl [Faculty of Physics, University of Białystok, K. Ciołkowskiego 1L, 15-245 Białystok (Poland); Dobrzyński, L. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, A. Soltan 7, 05-400 Otwock-Świerk (Poland); Waliszewski, J.; Szymański, K. [Faculty of Physics, University of Białystok, K. Ciołkowskiego 1L, 15-245 Białystok (Poland)

    2015-08-15

    Neutron scattering and magnetization data are used for estimation of the spin ordering in ScFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8}. Results of experimental measurements are compared with the ground state configurations obtained by simulated annealing algorithms. The origins of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the scandium intermetallic alloy and the conditions of the coexistence of two different magnetic modulations as a function of the exchange integrals are discussed. The influence of the dipolar interactions for the noncollinearity and incommensurability in ScFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8} was determined. - Highlights: • We found dipolar and DM interactions as the anisotropy origins of 3d–3d–3p alloy. • We covered the explanation of incommensurability and noncollinearity of ScFe{sub 4}Al{sub 8}. • We discussed the magnetism resulting from competitiveness of exchange effects.

  18. Bandgap in Al{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}N

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    Deng, Ruopeng; Evans, Sarah R.; Gall, Daniel [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180 (United States)

    2013-03-18

    Aluminum scandium nitride (Al{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}N) layers deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering on sapphire 0001 substrates at 850 Degree-Sign C are epitaxial single-crystals for x {<=} 0.20. Their in-plane lattice constant increases linearly (3.111 + 0.744x A) while the out-of-plane constant remains at 4.989 {+-} 0.005 A. Optical absorption indicates a band gap of 6.15-9.32x eV and a linearly increasing density of defect states within the gap. The average bond angle decreases linearly with x, suggesting a trend towards the metastable hexagonal-ScN structure. However, an anomalous decrease at x = 0.20 indicates a structural instability which ultimately leads to phase separated rock-salt ScN grains for x > 0.4.

  19. Synthesis and crystal structure of the first Sc-Nb-O-N phases

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    Orthmann, Steven; Lerch, Martin [Institut fuer Chemie, Technische Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2017-11-17

    Synthesis of phase-pure materials in the system Sc-Nb-O-N is challenging. In this contribution we report on the preparation of the first scandium niobium oxide nitrides via reaction of water-saturated gaseous ammonia or an ammonia-oxygen mixture with amorphous scandium niobium oxides. Two new phases were obtained: rutile-type ScNb{sub 4}O{sub 7}N{sub 3}, which crystallizes in space group P4{sub 2}/mnm, and an anion-deficient fluorite-type Sc{sub 2}Nb(O,N,⬜){sub 6} phase crystallizing in space group Fm anti 3m. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Cytogenetic diagnosis of Roberts SC phocomelia syndrome: First report from Kashmir

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    Tahir M. Malla

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available There are several syndromes in which specific mitotic chromosomal abnormalities can be seen, like premature centromere separation, premature (sister chromatid separation, and somatic aneuploidies. Identifications of such specific cytogenetic findings can be the key factor that leads towards the diagnosis of syndromes like Roberts SC phocomelia. The case presented here as Roberts SC phocomelia syndrome was identified as a child with multiple congenital anomalies and dysmorphic features. Conventional cytogenetic analysis of the case revealed premature sister chromatid separation. The premature centromeric separation was also confirmed by C banding analysis of the child. It is the first and the only case of Roberts SC phocomelia diagnosed from this part of the world. The present case report emphasizes the importance of conventional cytogenetics in the diagnosis of such syndromes.

  1. Scintillation properties of Sc-, Pr-, and Ce-doped LuAG epitaxial garnet films

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    Prusa, P.; Kucera, M.; Mares, J. A.; Nikl, M.; Nitsch, K.; Hanus, M.; Onderisinova, Z.; Cechak, T.

    2011-03-01

    Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) films were grown from the BaO-B2O3-BaF2 flux on LuAG and YAG substrates using the liquid phase epitaxy method (LPE). They were doped with Pr3+, Sc3+, and eventually still with Ce3+ ions. Photoelectron yield, its time dependence, and energy resolution were measured under α-particle excitation. A sample of the Czochralski-grown bulk LuAG:Pr single crystal was measured as a reference. The best performing epitaxial films had low Sc3+ concentration and appeared comparable or superior to the Czochralski-grown crystal in terms of photoelectron yield and relative intensity of the fast component of scintillation response. High concentration of Sc3+ ions results in slowdown of response and lower photoelectron yield. Some samples with lower photoelectron yield than that of the Czochralski-grown crystal did exhibit better energy resolution.

  2. Density functional study of AgScO_2: Electronic and optical properties

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    Bhamu, K. C.; Sahariya, Jagrati; Vyas, Rishi; Priolkar, K. R.

    2017-07-01

    This paper focusses on the electronic and optical properties of scandium-based silver delafossite (AgScO_2) semiconductor. The density functional theory (DFT) in the framework of full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) scheme has been used for the present calculations with local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Electronic properties deal with energy bands and density of states (DOSs), while optical properties describe refractive index and absorption coefficient. The energy bands are interpreted in terms of DOSs. The computed value of band gap is in agreement with that reported in the literature. Our results predict AgScO_2 as indirect band-gap semiconductor. Our calculated value of the refractive index in zero frequency limits is 2.42. The absorption coefficient predicts the applicability of AgScO_2 in solar cells and flat panel liquid crystal display as a transparent top window layer.

  3. Synthesis and Isolation of the Titanium-Scandium Endohedral Fullerenes-Sc2 TiC@Ih -C80 , Sc2 TiC@D5h -C80 and Sc2 TiC2 @Ih -C80 : Metal Size Tuning of the Ti(IV) /Ti(III) Redox Potentials.

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    Junghans, Katrin; Ghiassi, Kamran B; Samoylova, Nataliya A; Deng, Qingming; Rosenkranz, Marco; Olmstead, Marilyn M; Balch, Alan L; Popov, Alexey A

    2016-09-05

    The formation of endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) in an electric arc is reported for the mixed-metal Sc-Ti system utilizing methane as a reactive gas. Comparison of these results with those from the Sc/CH4 and Ti/CH4 systems as well as syntheses without methane revealed a strong mutual influence of all key components on the product distribution. Whereas a methane atmosphere alone suppresses the formation of empty cage fullerenes, the Ti/CH4 system forms mainly empty cage fullerenes. In contrast, the main fullerene products in the Sc/CH4 system are Sc4 C2 @C80 (the most abundant EMF from this synthesis), Sc3 C2 @C80 , isomers of Sc2 C2 @C82 , and the family Sc2 C2 n (2 n=74, 76, 82, 86, 90, etc.), as well as Sc3 CH@C80 . The Sc-Ti/CH4 system produces the mixed-metal Sc2 TiC@C2 n (2 n=68, 78, 80) and Sc2 TiC2 @C2 n (2 n=80) clusterfullerene families. The molecular structures of the new, transition-metal-containing endohedral fullerenes, Sc2 TiC@Ih -C80 , Sc2 TiC@D5h -C80 , and Sc2 TiC2 @Ih -C80 , were characterized by NMR spectroscopy. The structure of Sc2 TiC@Ih -C80 was also determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which demonstrated the presence of a short Ti=C double bond. Both Sc2 TiC- and Sc2 TiC2 -containing clusterfullerenes have Ti-localized LUMOs. Encapsulation of the redox-active Ti ion inside the fullerene cage enables analysis of the cluster-cage strain in the endohedral fullerenes through electrochemical measurements. © 2016 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  4. Laboratory and Genetic Biomarkers Associated with Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity in Hemoglobin SC Disease

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    Rayra Pereira Santiago

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Reference values for cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV in hemoglobin SC disease (HbSC have not been established. We aimed to investigate associations between laboratory and genetic biomarkers associated with CBFV in HbSC children. Sixty-eight HbSC children were included; CBFV was analyzed by transcranial Doppler, and the time-averaged maximum mean velocity (TAMMV was estimated. Hematological, biochemical, immunological, and genetic analyses were performed. TAMMV was negatively correlated with red blood cell count (RBC count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and direct bilirubin (DB, yet positively correlated with monocytes and ferritin. We found that children with TAMMV ≥ 128 cm/s had decreased red blood cell distribution width (RDW and nitric oxide metabolite (NOx concentration. Children with TAMMV ≥ 143.50 cm/s had decreased hemoglobin and hematocrit, as well as increased ferritin levels. Decreased hemoglobin, hematocrit, RDW, and NOx and increased ferritin were detected in children with TAMMV ≥ 125.75 cm/s. The CAR haplotype was associated with higher TAMMV. In association analyses, RBC, hemoglobin, hematocrit, RDW, monocyte, DB, NOx, and ferritin, as well as the CAR haplotype, were found to be associated with higher TAMMV in HbSC children. Multivariate analysis suggested that high TAMMV was independently associated with hematocrit, RDW, and NOx. Additional studies are warranted to validate the establishment of a cutoff value of 125.75 cm/s associated with elevated TAMMV in HbSC children.

  5. Isolation and characterization of anti c-met single chain fragment variable (scFv) antibodies.

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    Qamsari, Elmira Safaie; Sharifzadeh, Zahra; Bagheri, Salman; Riazi-Rad, Farhad; Younesi, Vahid; Abolhassani, Mohsen; Ghaderi, Sepideh Safaei; Baradaran, Behzad; Somi, Mohammad Hossein; Yousefi, Mehdi

    2017-12-01

    The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) Met is the cell surface receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) involved in invasive growth programs during embryogenesis and tumorgenesis. There is compelling evidence suggesting important roles for c-Met in colorectal cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and survival. Hence, a molecular inhibitor of an extracellular domain of c-Met receptor that blocks c-Met-cell surface interactions could be of great thera-peutic importance. In an attempt to develop molecular inhibitors of c-Met, single chain variable fragment (scFv) phage display libraries Tomlinson I + J against a specific synthetic oligopeptide from the extracellular domain of c-Met receptor were screened; selected scFv were then characterized using various immune techniques. Three c-Met specific scFv (ES1, ES2, and ES3) were selected following five rounds of panning procedures. The scFv showed specific binding to c-Met receptor, and significantly inhibited proliferation responses of a human colorectal carcinoma cell line (HCT-116). Moreover, anti- apoptotic effects of selected scFv antibodies on the HCT-116 cell line were also evaluated using Annexin V/PI assays. The results demonstrated rates of apoptotic cell death of 46.0, 25.5, and 37.8% among these cells were induced by use of ES1, ES2, and ES3, respectively. The results demonstrated ability to successfully isolate/char-acterize specific c-Met scFv that could ultimately have a great therapeutic potential in immuno-therapies against (colorectal) cancers.

  6. Thermal neutron capture and resonance integral cross sections of {sup 45}Sc

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    Van Do, Nguyen; Duc Khue, Pham; Tien Thanh, Kim [Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 10 Dao Tan, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Thi Hien, Nguyen [Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 10 Dao Tan, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Department of Physics and Center for High Energy Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Guinyun, E-mail: gnkim@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Center for High Energy Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kwangsoo [Department of Physics and Center for High Energy Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Sung-Gyun; Cho, Moo-Hyun [Department of Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Manwoo [Research Center, Dongnam Institute of Radiological and Medical Science, Busan 619-953 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-11-01

    The thermal neutron cross section (σ{sub 0}) and resonance integral (I{sub 0}) of the {sup 45}Sc(n,γ){sup 46}Sc reaction have been measured relative to that of the {sup 197}Au(n,γ){sup 198}Au reaction by means of the activation method. High-purity natural scandium and gold foils without and with a cadmium cover of 0.5 mm thickness were irradiated with moderated pulsed neutrons produced from the Pohang Neutron Facility (PNF). The induced activities in the activated foils were measured with a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. In order to improve the accuracy of the experimental results the counting losses caused by the thermal (G{sub th}) and resonance (G{sub epi}) neutron self-shielding, the γ-ray attenuation (F{sub g}) and the true γ-ray coincidence summing effects were made. In addition, the effect of non-ideal epithermal spectrum was also taken into account by determining the neutron spectrum shape factor (α). The thermal neutron cross-section and resonance integral of the {sup 45}Sc(n,γ){sup 46}Sc reaction have been determined relative to the reference values of the {sup 197}Au(n,γ){sup 198}Au reaction, with σ{sub o,Au} = 98.65 ± 0.09 barn and I{sub o,Au} = 1550 ± 28 barn. The present thermal neutron cross section has been determined to be σ{sub o,Sc} = 27.5 ± 0.8 barn. According to the definition of cadmium cut-off energy at 0.55 eV, the present resonance integral cross section has been determined to be I{sub o,Sc} = 12.4 ± 0.7 barn. The present results are compared with literature values and discussed.

  7. Thermal neutron capture and resonance integral cross sections of 45Sc

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    Van Do, Nguyen; Duc Khue, Pham; Tien Thanh, Kim; Thi Hien, Nguyen; Kim, Guinyun; Kim, Kwangsoo; Shin, Sung-Gyun; Cho, Moo-Hyun; Lee, Manwoo

    2015-11-01

    The thermal neutron cross section (σ0) and resonance integral (I0) of the 45Sc(n,γ)46Sc reaction have been measured relative to that of the 197Au(n,γ)198Au reaction by means of the activation method. High-purity natural scandium and gold foils without and with a cadmium cover of 0.5 mm thickness were irradiated with moderated pulsed neutrons produced from the Pohang Neutron Facility (PNF). The induced activities in the activated foils were measured with a high purity germanium (HPGe) detector. In order to improve the accuracy of the experimental results the counting losses caused by the thermal (Gth) and resonance (Gepi) neutron self-shielding, the γ-ray attenuation (Fg) and the true γ-ray coincidence summing effects were made. In addition, the effect of non-ideal epithermal spectrum was also taken into account by determining the neutron spectrum shape factor (α). The thermal neutron cross-section and resonance integral of the 45Sc(n,γ)46Sc reaction have been determined relative to the reference values of the 197Au(n,γ)198Au reaction, with σo,Au = 98.65 ± 0.09 barn and Io,Au = 1550 ± 28 barn. The present thermal neutron cross section has been determined to be σo,Sc = 27.5 ± 0.8 barn. According to the definition of cadmium cut-off energy at 0.55 eV, the present resonance integral cross section has been determined to be Io,Sc = 12.4 ± 0.7 barn. The present results are compared with literature values and discussed.

  8. Spontaneous self-assembly of SC3 hydrophobins into nanorods in aqueous solution.

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    Zykwinska, Agata; Guillemette, Thomas; Bouchara, Jean-Philippe; Cuenot, Stéphane

    2014-07-01

    Hydrophobins are small surface active proteins secreted by filamentous fungi. Because of their ability to self-assemble at hydrophilic-hydrophobic interfaces, hydrophobins play a key role in fungal growth and development. In the present work, the organization in aqueous solution of SC3 hydrophobins from the fungus Schizophyllum commune was assessed using Dynamic Light Scattering, Atomic Force Microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. These complementary approaches have demonstrated that SC3 hydrophobins are able not only to spontaneously self-assemble at the air-water interface but also in pure water. AFM experiments evidenced that hydrophobins self-assemble in solution into nanorods. Fluorescence assays with thioflavin T allowed establishing that the mechanism governing SC3 hydrophobin self-assembly into nanorods involves β-sheet stacking. SC3 assembly was shown to be strongly influenced by ionic strength and solution pH. The presence of a very low ionic strength significantly favoured the protein self-assembly but a further increase of ions in solution disrupted the protein assembly. It was assessed that solution pH had a significant effect on the SC3 hydrophobins organization. In peculiar, the self-assembly process was considerably reduced at acidic pH. Our findings demonstrate that the self-assembly of SC3 hydrophobins into nanorods of well-defined length can be directly controlled in solution. Such control allows opening the way for the development of new smart self-assembled structures for targeted applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Synergistic Antivascular and Antitumor Efficacy with Combined Cediranib and SC6889 in Intracranial Mouse Glioma.

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    Merryl R Lobo

    Full Text Available Prognosis remains extremely poor for malignant glioma. Targeted therapeutic approaches, including single agent anti-angiogenic and proteasome inhibition strategies, have not resulted in sustained anti-glioma clinical efficacy. We tested the anti-glioma efficacy of the anti-angiogenic receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor cediranib and the novel proteasome inhibitor SC68896, in combination and as single agents. To assess anti-angiogenic effects and evaluate efficacy we employed 4C8 intracranial mouse glioma and a dual-bolus perfusion MRI approach to measure Ktrans, relative cerebral blood flow and volume (rCBF, rCBV, and relative mean transit time (rMTT in combination with anatomical MRI measurements of tumor growth. While single agent cediranib or SC68896 treatment did not alter tumor growth or survival, combined cediranib/SC68896 significantly delayed tumor growth and increased median survival by 2-fold, compared to untreated. This was accompanied by substantially increased tumor necrosis in the cediranib/SC68896 group (p<0.01, not observed with single agent treatments. Mean vessel density was significantly lower, and mean vessel lumen area was significantly higher, for the combined cediranib/SC68896 group versus untreated. Consistent with our previous findings, cediranib alone did not significantly alter mean tumor rCBF, rCBV, rMTT, or Ktrans. In contrast, SC68896 reduced rCBF in comparison to untreated, but without concomitant reductions in rCBV, rMTT, or Ktrans. Importantly, combined cediranib/SC68896 substantially reduced rCBF, rCBV. rMTT, and Ktrans. A novel analysis of Ktrans/rCBV suggests that changes in Ktrans with time and/or treatment are related to altered total vascular surface area. The data suggest that combined cediranib/SC68896 induced potent anti-angiogenic effects, resulting in increased vascular efficiency and reduced extravasation, consistent with a process of vascular normalization. The study represents the first demonstration

  10. Renormalized molecular levels in a Sc3N@C-80 molecular electronic device

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    Larade, Brian; Taylor, Jeremy Philip; Zheng, Q. R.

    2001-01-01

    We address several general questions about quantum transport through molecular systems by an ab initio analysis of a scandium-nitrogen doped C-80 metallofullerene device. Charge transfer from the Sc3N is found to drastically change the current-voltage characteristics: the current through the Sc3N...... @ C-80 device is double that through a bare C-80 device. We provide strong evidence that transport in such molecular devices is mediated by molecular electronic states which have been renormalized by the device environment, such as the electrodes and external bias V-b. The renormalized molecular...

  11. Drive Beam Generation For CLIC Based On 200 MHz SC Structures

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    Thorndahl, L

    1998-01-01

    The present note describes an RF power generation scheme for multibunch operation at 1 TeV CM and luminosity 10^34 cm^-2s^-1. - The scheme is upgraded to use acceleration with 200 MHz SC cavities (instead of 352 or 250 MHz ones, but still with 6MV/m) in order to reduce the active SC linac length, for the required stored electromagnetic energy (180 KJ/linac), and hence also reduce the capital cost of drive beam generation. Further value (7.8 10^9), due to the lowered frequency, increases the overall efficiency.

  12. Axial compression behavior and partial composite action of SC walls in safety-related nuclear facilities

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    Zhang, Kai

    Steel-plate reinforced concrete (SC) composite walls typically consist of thick concrete walls with two exterior steel faceplates. The concrete core is sandwiched between the two steel faceplates, and the faceplates are attached to the concrete core using shear connectors, for example, ASTM A108 steel headed shear studs. The shear connectors and the concrete infill enhance the stability of the steel faceplates, and the faceplates serve as permanent formwork for concrete placement. SC composite walls were first introduced in the 1980's in Japan for nuclear power plant (NPP) structures. They are used in the new generation of nuclear power plants (GIII+) and being considered for small modular reactors (SMR) due to their structural efficiency, economy, safety, and construction speed. Steel faceplates can potentially undergo local buckling at certain locations of NPP structures where compressive forces are significant. The steel faceplates are usually thin (0.25 to 1.50 inches in Customary units, or 6.5 to 38 mm in SI units) to maintain economical and constructional efficiency, the geometric imperfections and locked-in stresses induced during construction make them more vulnerable to local buckling. Accidental thermal loading may also reduce the compressive strength and exacerbate the local buckling potential of SC composite walls. This dissertation presents the results from experimental and numerical investigations of the compressive behavior of SC composite walls at ambient and elevated temperatures. The results are used to establish a slenderness limit to prevent local buckling before yielding of the steel faceplates and to develop a design approach for calculating the compressive strength of SC composite walls with non-slender and slender steel faceplates at ambient and elevated temperatures. Composite action in SC walls is achieved by the embedment of shear connectors into the concrete core. The strength and stiffness of shear connectors govern the level of

  13. Dieu et l'Homme dans le Microcosme de Maurice Scève

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    Antkowiak, Krystyna

    1990-01-01

    Poemat M. Scève'a nawiązuje poprzez swój tytuł do filozoficznej koncepcji człowieka jako mikrokosmosu, poprzez aluzje w tekście - do tradycji godności człowieka, poprzez opis stworzenia świata - do literatury heksameralnej, a poprzez wątek dramatyczny (historia człowieka od upadku po odkupienie) - do teatru religijnego (Jeu d'Adam). Ten ostatni element wydaje się najistotniejszy w poemacie Scève'a: moment, w którym Bóg mimo grzechu Adama czyni go kontynuatorem dzieła stworze...

  14. Gallium-containing Heusler phases ScRh{sub 2}Ga, ScPd{sub 2}Ga, TmRh{sub 2}Ga and LuRh{sub 2}Ga. Magnetic and solid state NMR-spectroscopic characterization

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    Heletta, Lukas; Seidel, Stefan; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Benndorf, Christopher [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Mineralogie, Kristallographie und Materialwissenschaften; Eckert, Hellmut [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie; Sao Paulo Univ., Sao Carlos (Brazil). Inst. of Physics

    2017-10-01

    The gallium-containing Heusler phases ScRh{sub 2}Ga, ScPd{sub 2}Ga, TmRh{sub 2}Ga and LuRh{sub 2}Ga have been synthesized by arc-melting of the elements followed by different annealing sequences to improve phase purity. The samples have been studied by powder X-ray diffraction. The structures of Lu{sub 0.97}Rh{sub 2}Ga{sub 1.03} (Fm3m, a=632.94(5) pm, wR2=0.0590, 46 F{sup 2} values, seven variables) and Sc{sub 0.88}Rh{sub 2}Ga{sub 1.12} (a=618.91(4) pm, wR2=0.0284, 44 F{sup 2} values, six variables) have been refined from single crystal X-ray diffractometer data. Both gallides show structural disorder through Lu/Ga and Sc/Ga mixing. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements showed Pauli paramagnetism for ScRh{sub 2}Ga, ScPd{sub 2}Ga, and LuRh{sub 2}Ga and Curie-Weiss paramagnetism for TmRh{sub 2}Ga. {sup 45}Sc and {sup 71}Ga solid state MAS NMR spectroscopic investigations of the Sc containing compounds confirmed the site mixing effects typically observed for Heusler phases. The data indicate that the effect of mixed Sc/Ga occupancy is significantly stronger in ScRh{sub 2}Ga than in ScPd{sub 2}Ga.

  15. An ab initio study on the investigation of structural, electronic, mechanical and lattice dynamical properties of the M 2 AX type MAX phases Sc2AlB0.5C0.5, Sc2AlB0.5N0.5 and Sc2AlC0.5N0.5 compounds

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    Surucu, Gokhan; Erkisi, Aytac

    2017-10-01

    The hypothetical Sc2AlB0.5C0.5, Sc2AlB0.5N0.5 and Sc2AlC0.5N0.5 compounds are M 2 AX type MAX phases referred to as #211 and have hexagonal crystal structure which conforms to P63/mmc space group. These compounds have been investigated by using generalized gradient approximation in the Density Functional Theory and plane-wave pseudopotential method. After the optimization process of the compounds, their structural, electronic, mechanical, and lattice dynamical properties have been examined in detail. The calculated electronic band structure and the total electronic density of states indicated that all of our compounds have metallic behavior. The estimated elastic constants show that they are stable and have anisotropic character mechanically. Moreover, Sc2AlB0.5C0.5 and Sc2AlB0.5N0.5 are ductile, while Sc2AlC0.5N0.5 is brittle. Also, the obtained phonon dispersion curves indicate that Sc2AlC0.5N0.5 is stable, whereas Sc2AlB0.5C0.5 and Sc2AlB0.5N0.5 compounds are dynamically unstable with imaginary vibrational modes.

  16. Electronic Bands of ScC in the Region 620 - 720 NM

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    Chen, Chiao-Wei; Merer, Anthony; Hsu, Yen-Chu

    2016-06-01

    ScC molecules have been observed by laser-induced fluorescence, following the reaction of laser-ablated scandium metal with acetylene under supersonic jet-cooled conditions. Rotational analyses have been carried out for about 40 bands of Sc{}12C and Sc{}13C in the region 14000 - 16000 cm-1. Two lower states are found, with Ω = 3/2 and 5/2, indicating that the ground state is ^4Π_i or ^2Δ. As yet we cannot distinguish between these alternatives, but note that the ground state of the isoelectronic YC molecule is ^4Π_i. The ground state bond length in ScC is 1.95{}_5 Å, and the vibrational frequency is 712 cm-1. At least eight electronic transitions occur in the region studied, the majority obeying the selection rule ΔΩ = +1. Rotational perturbations are widespread, consistent with a high density of excited electronic states. B. Simard, P.A. Hackett and W.J. Balfour, Chem. Phys. Lett., 230, 103 (1994).

  17. DOE Award # DE-SC0008085 Close-Out Report for UIUC Portion of Grant

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    Teixeira, Kristina Anderson; DeLucia, Evan H

    2014-11-20

    This is the final technical report for the University of Illinois (UIUC) portion of grant # SC0008085 (CARBON DYNAMICS OF FOREST RECOVERY UNDER A CHANGING CLIMATE: FORCINGS, FEEDBACKS, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR EARTH SYSTEM MODELING), which closed June 14, 2014. The grant remains active at the Smithsonian.

  18. DiSC-OPAL: A Simulation Framework For Real-time Assessment of Distribution Grids

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    Kemal, Mohammed Seifu; Pedersen, Rasmus; Iov, Florin

    2017-01-01

    of such systems. The simulation tool should be able to model Electrical Grid and flexible assets with different time scales and resolution levels fulfilling specific functionalities. In this paper DiSC-OPAL, an OPAL-RT compatible toolbox library for modelling of assets is presented. The library is suitable...

  19. Lateral heterogeneity imaged by small-aperture ScS retrieval from the ambient seismic field

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    Spica, Zack; Perton, Mathieu; Beroza, Gregory C.

    2017-08-01

    Interpreting core-related body wave traveltimes is challenging for seismologists because Earth's heterogeneities are averaged over thousands of kilometers and the sparsity of earthquake measurements makes these heterogeneities difficult to localize. We show how the ambient seismic wave field can be used to overcome these limitations. We present a regional-scale analysis of core-mantle boundary reflections (ScS) under Mexico. We show that body wave arrivals (i.e., P and ScS) are retrieved from higher-order cross correlations (C3), a technique that provides a more uniform and controlled source distribution using the scattered waves of the coda of classical ambient field cross correlations (C1). Then, we extract ScS traveltimes along a dense linear array in Mexico and find that lithospheric lateral heterogeneity, such as the subducting Cocos slab beneath Mexico, may have a strong impact on ScS traveltimes. In parallel, we show that lateral heterogeneity such as a possible ultralow velocity zone (ULVZ) near the core-mantle boundary might also affect, although to a lesser extent, the traveltime anomalies. Our results and interpretation are supported through numerical simulations that account for slab and ULVZ properties.

  20. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1A4SC-2BHPA [Confc[Archive

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    Full Text Available 1A4SC-2BHPA 1A4S 2BHP C A -----------------------AQLVDSMPSASTGSVVVTDDL-NYWGGRRIKSK...2BHP A 2BHPA LNPSAPSEVVG ...2BHP A 2BHPA FLPGVGEEVGA ...2BHP A 2BHPA LYFNRKITGAL ...2BHP A 2BHPA TGALVGVQPFG

  1. Prevention of Cyberbullying and Cyber Victimization: Evaluation of the ViSC Social Competence Program

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    Gradinger, Petra; Yanagida, Takuya; Strohmeier, Dagmar; Spiel, Christiane

    2015-01-01

    It is well-documented that cyberbullying and victimization co-occur with traditional forms indicating that they share similar mechanisms. Therefore, it was hypothesized that the general antibullying program ViSC might also be effective in tackling these new forms of bullying. A longitudinal randomized control group design has been applied to…

  2. Last 3 years of the SC-ISOLDE and move to PS-Booster

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    Thus in the years 1989 and 1990 a special effort was made to supply beam to as many research projects as possible, resulting in a record number of beam shifts from the ISOLDE separators. The collaboration even had to partially support the last year of SC running before the final shutdown in December 1990.

  3. Effect of heat treatment on gravity die-cast Sc-A356 aluminium alloy

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    Lim Ying Pio

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of scandium addition (0.00 wt.%, 0.2 wt.%, 0.4 wt.% and 0.6 wt.% and T6 heat treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 aluminium alloy have been investigated in the research reported in this paper. The Sc inoculated specimens were prepared by gravity die-casting, according to ASTM B557-06 standard. The cast samples were then subjected to heat treatment at solutionizing temperature of 540 °C for 8 h followed by water quenching and artificial aging at 160 °C for 6 h. The microstructure, microhardness and tensile strength of the heat-treated samples were examined with use of scanning electron microscope (SEM, optical microscope, Vicker’s hardness tester, and Instron static machine respectively. Heat treatment was found to be able to effectively reduce grain size down to 16 μm (0.6 wt.% Sc, from 40 μm (original A356. The tensile strength was significantly improved, up to 338 MPa for heat treated 0.6 wt.% Sc-A356 having been achieved. The microhardness of 118 HV has been obtained for heat treated 0.6 wt.%Sc-A356.

  4. Spatial Frequency Scheduling for Uplink SC-FDMA based Linearly Precoded LTE Multiuser MIMO Systems

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    Lin, Zihuai; Xiao, Pei; Sørensen, Troels Bundgaard

    2010-01-01

    This paper investigates the performance of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) uplink Single Carrier (SC) Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) based linearly precoded multiuserMultiple InputMultiple Output (MIMO) systems with frequency domain packet scheduling. A mathematical expression...

  5. Improving SC-FDMA performance by Turbo Equalization in UTRA LTE Uplink

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    Berardinelli, Gilberto; Priyanto, Basuki Endah; Sørensen, Troels Bundgaard

    2008-01-01

    of UTRA Long Term Evolution (LTE) Uplink. The performance is evaluated for 1x2 Single Input Multiple Output (SIMO) antenna configuration in a 6 paths Typical Urban (TU-06) channel profile. For assessment purpose, the results are compared with SC-FDMA MMSE and OFDMA schemes. Simulation results show...

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  7. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1A4SC-2ONNF [Confc[Archive

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  8. Design and Initial Characterization of the SC-200 Proteomics Standard Mixture

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    Bauman, Andrew; Higdon, Roger; Rapson, Sean; Loiue, Brenton; Hogan, Jason; Stacy, Robin; Napuli, Alberto; Guo, Wenjin; van Voorhis, Wesley; Roach, Jared; Lu, Vincent; Landorf, Elizabeth; Stewart, Elizabeth; Kolker, Natali; Collart, Frank; Myler, Peter; van Belle, Gerald

    2011-01-01

    Abstract High-throughput (HTP) proteomics studies generate large amounts of data. Interpretation of these data requires effective approaches to distinguish noise from biological signal, particularly as instrument and computational capacity increase and studies become more complex. Resolving this issue requires validated and reproducible methods and models, which in turn requires complex experimental and computational standards. The absence of appropriate standards and data sets for validating experimental and computational workflows hinders the development of HTP proteomics methods. Most protein standards are simple mixtures of proteins or peptides, or undercharacterized reference standards in which the identity and concentration of the constituent proteins is unknown. The Seattle Children's 200 (SC-200) proposed proteomics standard mixture is the next step toward developing realistic, fully characterized HTP proteomics standards. The SC-200 exhibits a unique modular design to extend its functionality, and consists of 200 proteins of known identities and molar concentrations from 6 microbial genomes, distributed into 10 molar concentration tiers spanning a 1,000-fold range. We describe the SC-200's design, potential uses, and initial characterization. We identified 84% of SC-200 proteins with an LTQ-Orbitrap and 65% with an LTQ-Velos (false discovery rate = 1% for both). There were obvious trends in success rate, sequence coverage, and spectral counts with protein concentration; however, protein identification, sequence coverage, and spectral counts vary greatly within concentration levels. PMID:21250827

  9. Response of S.C.704 maize hybrid seed production to planting pattern

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    In order to determine the best planting pattern for producing the S.C.704 hybrid seed of maize, a field experiment was conducted in 2007 at Safiabad Dezful Research Center via a complete block design with four treatments and replicates each. The treatments were: D1 (one row each of paternal and maternal lines), D2 (two ...

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  11. Oligomerization of hydrophobin SC3 in solution : From soluble state to self-assembly

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    Wang, Xiaoqin; Graveland-Bikker, Johanna F.; Kruif, Cornelis G. de; Robillard, George T.

    2004-01-01

    Hydrophobin SC3 is a protein with special self-association properties that differ depending on whether it is in solution, on an air/water interface or on a solid surface. Its self-association on an air/water interface and solid surface have been extensively characterized. The current study focuses

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  13. Structural phase transition, electronic and superconducting properties of ScBi and YBi

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    Acharya, Nikita; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2017-10-01

    The structural, electronic, lattice dynamic and superconducting properties of ScBi and YBi compounds are investigated using density functional theory. The calculated values of structural phase transition pressure from NaCl-type (B1) to CsCl-type (B2) phase and ground state properties such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B') are compared with the available theoretical data. The electronic and bonding properties are discussed in terms of band structure, density of states and charge density difference plots. The phonon dispersion curves and phonon density of states are also discussed for both the compounds and calculated for the first time for ScBi compound. The phonon frequencies are positive at ambient and high pressure throughout the Brillouin zone in rock-salt structure revealing the stability in that phase. Eliashberg spectral function, electron-phonon coupling constant and superconducting transition temperature of ScBi and YBi are discussed in detail. The values of Tc are 0.97 K for ScBi and 1.29 K for YBi at ambient pressure.

  14. Pressure-induced structural transformations in the molybdate Sc-2(MoO4)(3)

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    Paraguassu, W.; Maczka, M.; Filho, A. G. Sonza

    2004-01-01

    High pressure Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction studies of the molybdate Sc-2(MoO4)(3) are presented. A sequence of changing symmetry effects is observed through two structural phase transitions ending up with an amorphous state. The observed two structural phase transformations are reversible...

  15. Thermography of semi-transparent materials by a FLIR ThermaCAM SC3000 infrared camera

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    Van der Tempel, L.

    2011-01-01

    An acceptance test for thermography of semi-transparent materials by a FLIR ThermaCAM SC3000 infrared camera with 8.0 µm low-wavelength-pass filter has been developed and performed on polycarbonate, PEN, quartz, Corning 1737 glass, G427 cone glas, G443 screen glass, Schott Zerodur, silicon and a

  16. PGRP-SC2 promotes gut immune homeostasis to limit commensal dysbiosis and extend lifespan

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    Guo, Linlin; Karpac, Jason; Tran, Susan L.; Jasper, Heinrich

    2014-01-01

    Summary Interactions between commensals and the host impact the metabolic and immune status of metazoans. Their deregulation is associated with age-related pathologies like chronic inflammation and cancer, especially in barrier epithelia. Maintaining a healthy commensal population by preserving innate immune homeostasis in such epithelia thus promises to promote health and longevity. Here we show that in the aging intestine of Drosophila, chronic activation of the transcription factor Foxo reduces expression of Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein SC2 (PGRP-SC2), a negative regulator of IMD/Relish innate immune signaling, and homologue of the anti-inflammatory molecules PGLYRP1-4. This repression causes deregulation of Rel/NFkB activity, resulting in commensal dysbiosis, stem cell hyperproliferation, and epithelial dysplasia. Restoring PGRP-SC2 expression in enterocytes of the intestinal epithelium, in turn, prevents dysbiosis, promotes tissue homeostasis and extends lifespan. Our results highlight the importance of commensal control for lifespan of metazoans, and identify SC-class PGRPs as longevity-promoting factors. PMID:24439372

  17. UAS Integration in the NAS Project Overview: RTCA SC-228 Plenary DAA Working Group 5

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    Randall, Debra K.

    2014-01-01

    The presentation is intended to allow the public to know and understand NASA's plans for integrated test to allow them the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. The integrated testing will support verification and validation of the RTCA SC-228 UAS minimum operation performance standard requirements.

  18. Study of the influence of Tb-Sc-Al garnet crystal composition on Verdet constant

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Karimov, D. N.; Snetkov, I. L.; Palashov, O. V.; Kochurikhin, V. V.; Masalov, A. V.; Fedorov, V. A.; Ksenofontov, D. A.; Kabalov, Y. K.

    2017-04-01

    The influence of the composition of Tb-Sc-Al garnet crystals (TSAG) on the value of Verdet constant was investigated at the wavelengths of 400-1060 nm. It was found that this value increased both, with the decrease of Sc3+ ions content and with the decrease of lattice parameter. The value of Verdet constant of TSAG crystals depend on lattice parameter value and increased from 0.168 to 0.198 min/(Oe cm) (at λ = 1064 nm) with the decrease of Sc3+ ions content from 1.76 to 1.3 f.u. The value of Verdet constant for TSAG crystals with Sc3+ ions content of 1.3 f.u. can be described using one- and two-oscillator models with the same accuracy. The absorption at the wavelengths of 226 and 272 nm for the sample with a thickness of 13 μm was observed and wavelengths were used for calculations of Verdet constant in accordance with the two-oscillator model.

  19. Structure, thermal stability and properties of Li 3Sc(BO 3) 2

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    Cai, G. M.; Tao, X. M.; Su, L. M.; Zheng, F.; Yi, D. Q.; Chen, X. L.; Jin, Z. P.

    2011-01-01

    Polycrystalline Li 3Sc(BO 3) 2 was synthesized through the solid-state reaction, which is air-, water- and thermal-stable below about 929 °C. Its crystal structure was resolved and refined on the basis of powder X-ray diffraction data. The metal-borate framework is built up from ScO 6 octahedra connected to each other by sharing common edges, corners and faces of BO 3 units and LiO 4 groups. Coordination surrounding of B-O in this structure, [BO 3] 3- group, was confirmed by an infrared absorption spectrum of an Li 3Sc(BO 3) 2. According to the electronic structure calculated by first-principles calculations, an Li 3Sc(BO 3) 2 is an insulator with a wide indirect energy band gap of about 4.4 eV. Considering the facile synthesis, large band gap, and thermal stability and excellent Tb 3+-doped photoluminescence characteristics of this compound in general, it may be a good candidate as host of phosphors deposited on chip of the light-emitting diodes for white-color conversion.

  20. Effect of source and seed size on yield component of corn S.C704 in ...

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    Seed source of corn production (hybrid SC704), desirable seed size and the relationship between seed vigor and seed size on the grain yield of field corn conducted at the Agricultural Research center, Safiabad Dezful in 2008 with 3 replicates was evaluated. In this study, seed source (Khoozestan, Moghan and Khorasan) ...

  1. SC-FDE for MMF short reach optical interconnects using directly modulated 850 nm VCSELs

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    Teichmann, Victor S. C.; Barreto, Andre N.; Pham, Tien Thang

    2012-01-01

    We propose the use of single-carrier frequency-domain equalization (SC-FDE) for the compensation of modal dispersion in short distance optical links using multimode fibers and 850 nm VCSELs. By post-processing of experimental data, we demonstrate, at 7.9% overhead, the error-free transmission (over...

  2. Production of Recombinant Human scFv Against Tetanus Toxin Heavy Chain by Phage Display Technology.

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    Khalili, Ehsan; Lakzaei, Mostafa; Rasaee, Mohhamad Javad; Aminian, Mahdi

    2015-10-01

    Tetanus, as a major cause of death in developing countries, is caused by tetanus neurotoxin. Recombinant antibodies against tetanus neurotoxin can be useful in tetanus management. Phage display of antibody fragments from immune human antibody libraries with single chain constructs combining the variable fragments (scFv) has been one of the most prominent technologies in antibody engineering. The aim of this study was the generation of a single chain fragment of variable region (scFv) library and selection of specific antibodies with high affinity against tetanus toxin. Immune human single chain fragment variable (HuscFv) antibody phagemid library was displayed on pIII of filamentous bacteriophage. Selection of scFv clones was performed against tetanus toxin antigens after three rounds of panning. The selected scFv clones were analyzed for inhibition of tetanus toxin binding to ganglioside GT1b. After the third round of panning, over 35 HuscFv phages specific for tetanus toxin were isolated from this library of which 15 clones were found to bind specifically to tetanus toxin. The selected HuscFv phages expressed as a soluble HuscFv peptide and some clones showed positive signals against tetanus toxin. We found that six HuscFv clones inhibit toxin binding to ganglioside GT1b. These selected antibodies can be used in the management of tetanus.

  3. Kinetics and microstructure evolution of Ti{sub 2}SC during in situ synthesis process

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    Zhu, Wen Bin, E-mail: siwuya1984@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); Song, Jing Hong [Center for Materials Research and Analysis, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); Mei, Bing Chu [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2013-07-25

    Highlights: •We first fabricate bulk Ti{sub 2}SC by using in situ/hot press method. •The reaction path of Ti{sub 2}SC formation is investigated. •The densification process of bulk sample is observed. -- Abstract: Using in situ reaction method, we have studied the sinter process of the layered ternary Ti{sub 2}SC with Ti, TiS{sub 2} and C powders as initial materials. By XRD and thermodynamic calculations we know that Ti{sub 2}SC is the final result of the reaction between TiS and TiC. TiS is an important intermediate which is more possible the result of TiS{sub 2} and Ti rather than the decomposition of TiS{sub 2}. DSC curves are used to investigate the reaction kinetics of the whole sintering process. By Kissinger and Ozawa method the activation energy are separately calculated to be 125.4 kJ/mol and 134.9 kJ/mol. We also have observed the grain growth and densification process of bulk sample by SEM.

  4. CERN Technical Training 2004: New Short Course III (SC III) on Microsoft Outlook - Meetings and Delegation

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    Monique Duval

    2004-01-01

    The CERN Technical Training programme is now proposing a new format for courses on Microsoft Outlook. Three two-hours Short Courses (SC) cover basic and advanced functionalities of the recommended mail client for email at CERN. Each module can be followed independently. The next scheduled session of the 3rd module will take place as follows: Outlook (SC III): Meetings and Delegation. Next session: 9.11.2004 (14:00-16:00) SC III will cover how to organise and manage meetings, work with meeting requests, share tasks, and use email and calendar delegation. The number of participants to each session is limited to 8. The instructor is English-French bilingual, and she will be available some time after each session to answer specific questions, or provide further explanations following demand. The cost of attending any SC module on Outlook is 70.- CHF. The above session will be confirmed if there are enough participants, and the attendance costs will be lower in case of a full class. If you are interested in...

  5. Ionic conductivity of co-doped Sc2O3-ZrO2 ceramics

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    Omar, Shobit; Najib, Waqas bin; Chen, Weiwu; Bonanos, Nikolaos

    2012-07-01

    The oxide ionic conductivity of Sc0.18Zr0.82O1.91 doped with 0.5 mol.% of both Yb2O3 and In2O3 is evaluated at various temperatures in air. Among various co-doped compositions, In0.02Sc0.18Zr0.80O1.90 exhibits the highest grain ionic conductivity followed by Yb0.02Sc0.18Zr0.80O1.90 at 500°C. However, it also possesses phase transformation from c- to β-phase at 475°C on cooling. In the present work, an attempt is made to completely stabilize the cphase in In0.02Sc0.18Zr0.80O1.90 by substituting 0.5 mol.% of In2O3 with Yb2O3, which can enhance the ionic conductivity in co-doped compositions.

  6. 75 FR 54620 - Greenwood County, SC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment

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    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Greenwood County, SC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment September 1, 2010. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy... Projects has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for an application filed by Greenwood County, South...

  7. 78 FR 21258 - Special Local Regulations; Patriot Challenge Kayak Race, Ashley River; Charleston, SC

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    ... SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 RIN 1625-AA08 Special Local Regulations; Patriot Challenge Kayak Race... Guard is establishing a special local regulation for the Patriot Challenge Kayak Race in Charleston, SC... 13, 2013, the Patriot Challenge Kayak Race is scheduled to take place on the waters of the Ashley...

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  9. A Computational Model of the SC Multisensory Neurons: Integrative Capabilities, Maturation, and Plasticity

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    Cristiano Cuppini

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Different cortical and subcortical structures present neurons able to integrate stimuli of different sensory modalities. Among the others, one of the most investigated integrative regions is the Superior Colliculus (SC, a midbrain structure whose aim is to guide attentive behaviour and motor responses toward external events. Despite the large amount of experimental data in the literature, the neural mechanisms underlying the SC response are not completely understood. Moreover, recent data indicate that multisensory integration ability is the result of maturation after birth, depending on sensory experience. Mathematical models and computer simulations can be of value to investigate and clarify these phenomena. In the last few years, several models have been implemented to shed light on these mechanisms and to gain a deeper comprehension of the SC capabilities. Here, a neural network model (Cuppini et al., 2010 is extensively discussed. The model considers visual-auditory interaction, and is able to reproduce and explain the main physiological features of multisensory integration in SC neurons, and their acquisition during postnatal life. To reproduce a neonatal condition, the model assumes that during early life: 1 cortical-SC synapses are present but not active; 2 in this phase, responses are driven by non-cortical inputs with very large receptive fields (RFs and little spatial tuning; 3 a slight spatial preference for the visual inputs is present. Sensory experience is modeled by a “training phase” in which the network is repeatedly exposed to modality-specific and cross-modal stimuli at different locations. As results, Cortical-SC synapses are crafted during this period thanks to the Hebbian rules of potentiation and depression, RFs are reduced in size, and neurons exhibit integrative capabilities to cross-modal stimuli, such as multisensory enhancement, inverse effectiveness, and multisensory depression. The utility of the modelling

  10. Ultra-efficient PrP(Sc amplification highlights potentialities and pitfalls of PMCA technology.

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    Gian Mario Cosseddu

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the potential of voles to reproduce in vitro the efficiency of prion replication previously observed in vivo, we seeded protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA reactions with either rodent-adapted Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE strains or natural TSE isolates. Vole brain homogenates were shown to be a powerful substrate for both homologous or heterologous PMCA, sustaining the efficient amplification of prions from all the prion sources tested. However, after a few serial automated PMCA (saPMCA rounds, we also observed the appearance of PK-resistant PrP(Sc in samples containing exclusively unseeded substrate (negative controls, suggesting the possible spontaneous generation of infectious prions during PMCA reactions. As we could not definitively rule out cross-contamination through a posteriori biochemical and biological analyses of de novo generated prions, we decided to replicate the experiments in a different laboratory. Under rigorous prion-free conditions, we did not observe de novo appearance of PrP(Sc in unseeded samples of M109M and I109I vole substrates, even after many consecutive rounds of saPMCA and working in different PMCA settings. Furthermore, when positive and negative samples were processed together, the appearance of spurious PrP(Sc in unseeded negative controls suggested that the most likely explanation for the appearance of de novo PrP(Sc was the occurrence of cross-contamination during saPMCA. Careful analysis of the PMCA process allowed us to identify critical points which are potentially responsible for contamination events. Appropriate technical improvements made it possible to overcome PMCA pitfalls, allowing PrP(Sc to be reliably amplified up to extremely low dilutions of infected brain homogenate without any false positive results even after many consecutive rounds. Our findings underline the potential drawback of ultrasensitive in vitro prion replication and warn on cautious

  11. (44g)Sc production using a water target on a 13MeV cyclotron.

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    Hoehr, Cornelia; Oehlke, Elisabeth; Benard, Francois; Lee, Chris Jaeil; Hou, Xinchi; Badesso, Brian; Ferguson, Simon; Miao, Qing; Yang, Hua; Buckley, Ken; Hanemaayer, Victoire; Zeisler, Stefan; Ruth, Thomas; Celler, Anna; Schaffer, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Access to promising radiometals as isotopes for novel molecular imaging agents requires that they are routinely available and inexpensive to obtain. Proximity to a cyclotron center outfitted with solid target hardware, or to an isotope generator for the metal of interest is necessary, both of which can introduce significant hurdles in development of less common isotopes. Herein, we describe the production of ⁴⁴Sc (t1/2=3.97 h, Eavg,β⁺=1.47MeV, branching ratio=94.27%) in a solution target and an automated loading system which allows a quick turn-around between different radiometallic isotopes and therefore greatly improves their availability for tracer development. Experimental yields are compared to theoretical calculations. Solutions containing a high concentration (1.44-1.55g/mL) of natural-abundance calcium nitrate tetrahydrate (Ca(NO₃)2·4 H₂O) were irradiated on a 13MeV proton-beam cyclotron using a standard liquid target. (44g)Sc was produced via the ⁴⁴Ca(p,n)(44g)Sc reaction. (44g)Sc was produced for the first time in a solution target with yields sufficient for early radiochemical studies. Saturation yields of up to 4.6 ± 0.3 MBq/μA were achieved using 7.6 ± 0.3 μA proton beams for 60.0 ± 0.2 minutes (number of runs n=3). Experimental data and calculation results are in fair agreement. Scandium was isolated from the target mixture via solid-phase extraction with 88 ± 6% (n=5) efficiency and successfully used for radiolabelling experiments. The demonstration of the production of ⁴⁴Sc in a liquid target greatly improves its availability for tracer development. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Recombinant norovirus-specific scFv inhibit virus-like particle binding to cellular ligands

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    Hardy Michele E

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Noroviruses cause epidemic outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in all age-groups. The rapid onset and ease of person-to-person transmission suggest that inhibitors of the initial steps of virus binding to susceptible cells have value in limiting spread and outbreak persistence. We previously generated a monoclonal antibody (mAb 54.6 that blocks binding of recombinant norovirus-like particles (VLP to Caco-2 intestinal cells and inhibits VLP-mediated hemagglutination. In this study, we engineered the antigen binding domains of mAb 54.6 into a single chain variable fragment (scFv and tested whether these scFv could function as cell binding inhibitors, similar to the parent mAb. Results The scFv54.6 construct was engineered to encode the light (VL and heavy (VH variable domains of mAb 54.6 separated by a flexible peptide linker, and this recombinant protein was expressed in Pichia pastoris. Purified scFv54.6 recognized native VLPs by immunoblot, inhibited VLP-mediated hemagglutination, and blocked VLP binding to H carbohydrate antigen expressed on the surface of a CHO cell line stably transfected to express α 1,2-fucosyltransferase. Conclusion scFv54.6 retained the functional properties of the parent mAb with respect to inhibiting norovirus particle interactions with cells. With further engineering into a form deliverable to the gut mucosa, norovirus neutralizing antibodies represent a prophylactic strategy that would be valuable in outbreak settings.

  13. Laboratory oscillator strengths of Sc i in the near-infrared region for astrophysical applications

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    Pehlivan, A.; Nilsson, H.; Hartman, H.

    2015-10-01

    Context. Atomic data is crucial for astrophysical investigations. To understand the formation and evolution of stars, we need to analyse their observed spectra. Analysing a spectrum of a star requires information about the properties of atomic lines, such as wavelengths and oscillator strengths. However, atomic data of some elements are scarce, particularly in the infrared region, and this paper is part of an effort to improve the situation on near-IR atomic data. Aims: This paper investigates the spectrum of neutral scandium, Sc I, from laboratory measurements and improves the atomic data of Sc I lines in the infrared region covering lines in R, I, J, and K bands. Especially, we focus on measuring oscillator strengths for Sc I lines connecting the levels with 4p and 4s configurations. Methods: We combined experimental branching fractions with radiative lifetimes from the literature to derive oscillator strengths (f-values). Intensity-calibrated spectra with high spectral resolution were recorded with Fourier transform spectrometer from a hollow cathode discharge lamp. The spectra were used to derive accurate oscillator strengths and wavelengths for Sc I lines, with emphasis on the infrared region. Results: This project provides the first set of experimental Sc I lines in the near-infrared region for accurate spectral analysis of astronomical objects. We derived 63 log(gf) values for the lines between 5300 Å and 24 300 Å. The uncertainties in the f-values vary from 5% to 20%. The small uncertainties in our values allow for an increased accuracy in astrophysical abundance determinations.

  14. Observation of coexistence of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases in Sc substituted BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Durga Rao, T.; Asthana, Saket, E-mail: asthanas@iith.ac.in; Niranjan, Manish K.

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • Coexisting ferro- and antiferroelectric phases in Sc substituted compounds. • Structural studies (XRD and Raman) supports the incorporation of Sc at B-site. • Presence of non-centrosymmetric monoclinic phase correlates with AFE ordering. • Grain resistance and activation energies increase with the Sc-content. • Electrical relaxations are originated due to oxygen vacancy movements. - Abstract: Polycrystalline BiFe{sub 1−x}Sc{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) compounds were prepared using solid state reaction route. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed that Sc substitution stabilized the crystal structure in rhombohedral structure with R3c space group along with nominal percentage of monoclinic structure with Cm space group. Raman and FTIR measurements revealed that the substituent replaced Fe-ions and caused structural distortions. Co-existence of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases were observed in Sc substituted BiFeO{sub 3} and antiferroelectric phase is found to be evolved at the expense of ferroelectric phase with the Sc content. The electric field driven effects indicated that antiferroelectric phase was suppressed and ferroelectric phase was enriched. Frequency dependence of dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) at different temperatures were investigated. Further, grain resistances and grain boundary resistances were increased with the Sc content. Activation energies estimated from dielectric, impedance and modulus data indicated that these relaxations originated presumably due to the oxygen vacancy movements.

  15. Medialogi (Dansk informations brochure om Medialogi-uddannelsen, 1. til 10. semester (B.Sc. & Cand.Scient))

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    Nordahl, Rolf; Andersen, Hans Jørgen

    2006-01-01

    Informationsbrochure, 28 sider, om Medialogi uddannelsen (Cand. Scient.), der udbydes af Aalborg Universitet i Aalborg, Esbjerg og København. Brochuren beskriver 1. til 10. semester af uddannelsen (B.Sc. og M.Sc.). Informationen er primært rettet mod potentielle ansøgere til Medialogi uddannelsen...

  16. Naked (C5Me5)(2)M cations (M = Sc, Ti, and V) and their fluoroarene complexes

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    Bouwkamp, MW; Budzelaar, PHM; Gercama, J; Morales, ID; de Wolf, J; Meetsma, A; Troyanov, SI; Teuben, JH; Hessen, B; Budzelaar, Peter H.M.; Hierro Morales, Isabel Del; Troyanov, Sergei I.

    2005-01-01

    The ionic metallocene complexes [Cp*M-2][BPh4] (CP* = C5Me5) of the trivalent 3d metals Sc, Ti, and V were synthesized and structurally characterized. For M Sc, the anion interacts weakly with the metal center through one of the phenyl groups, but for M = Ti and V, the cations are naked. They each

  17. Engineering production of functional scFv antibody in E. coli by co-expressing the molecule chaperone Skp

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    Wang, Rongzhi; Xiang, Shuangshuang; Feng, Youjun; Srinivas, Swaminath; Zhang, Yonghui; Lin, Mingshen; Wang, Shihua

    2013-01-01

    Single-chain variable fragment (scFv) is a class of engineered antibodies generated by the fusion of the heavy (VH) and light chains (VL) of immunoglobulins through a short polypeptide linker. ScFv play a critical role in therapy and diagnosis of human diseases, and may in fact also be developed into a potential diagnostic and/or therapeutic agent. However, the fact that current scFv antibodies have poor stability, low solubility, and affinity, seriously limits their diagnostic and clinical implication. Here we have developed four different expression vectors, and evaluated their abilities to express a soluble scFv protein. The solubility and binding activity of the purified proteins were determined using both SDS-PAGE and ELISA. Amongst the four purified proteins, the Skp co-expressed scFv showed the highest solubility, and the binding activity to antigen TLH was 3-4 fold higher than the other three purified scFv. In fact, this scFv is specific for TLH and does not cross-react with other TLH-associated proteins and could be used to detect TLH directly in real samples. These results suggest that the pACYC-Duet-skp co-expression vector might be a useful tool for the production of soluble and functional scFv antibody. PMID:24224158

  18. Engineering production of functional scFv antibody in E. coli by co-expressing the molecule chaperone Skp

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    Rongzhi eWang

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Single-chain variable fragment (scFv is a class of engineered antibodies generated by the fusion of the heavy (VH and light chains (VL of immunoglobulins through a short polypeptide linker. ScFv play a critical role in therapy and diagnosis of human diseases, and may in fact also be developed into a potential diagnostic and/or therapeutic agent. However, the fact that current scFv antibodies have poor stability, low solubility and affinity, seriously limits their diagnostic and clinical implication. Here we have developed four different expression vectors, and evaluated their abilities to express a soluble scFv protein. The solubility and binding activity of the purified proteins were determined using both SDS-PAGE and ELISA. Amongst the four purified proteins, the Skp co-expressed scFv showed the highest solubility, and the binding activity to antigen TLH was 3-4 fold higher than the other three purified scFv. In fact, this scFv is specific for TLH and does not cross-react with other TLH-associated proteins and could be used to detect TLH directly in real samples. These results suggest that the pACYC-Duet-skp co-expression vector might be a useful tool for the production of soluble and functional scFv antibody.

  19. SC1, an immunoglobulin-superfamily cell adhesion molecule, is involved in the brain metastatic activity of lung cancer cells.

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    Kubota, Yuka; Kirimura, Naoki; Shiba, Hatsuki; Adachi, Kazuhide; Tsukamoto, Yasuhiro

    2015-10-01

    SC1 is a cell adhesion molecule that belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily; this molecule was initially purified from the chick embryonic nervous system and was reported to exhibit homophilic adhesion activity. SC1 is transiently expressed in various organs during development and has been identified in numerous neoplastic tissues, including lung cancer and colorectal carcinomas. The present study focused on the encephalic metastasis of lung cancer cells with respect to the potential function of SC1, as this molecule is known to be consistently expressed in the central nervous system as well as lung cancers. SC1 complementary DNA was introduced into A549 cells, a human lung cancer-derived cell line. The stable overexpression of the SC1 protein in A549 cells was demonstrated to enhance the self-aggregation of the cells. In addition, the SC1 transfectants enhanced the metastatic and invasive potential to the encephalic parenchyma following implantation into nude mice. In conclusion, the results of the present study demonstrated that cell adhesion due interactions between SC1 on brain tissue and SC1 on lung cancer cells was involved in the malignant aspects of lung cancer, including invasion and metastasis to the brain.

  20. Reliability of Direct Behavior Ratings--Social Competence (DBR-SC) Data: How Many Ratings Are Necessary?

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    Kilgus, Stephen P.; Riley-Tillman, T. Chris; Stichter, Janine P.; Schoemann, Alexander M.; Bellesheim, Katie

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the reliability of Direct Behavior Ratings--Social Competence (DBR-SC) ratings. Participants included 60 students identified as possessing deficits in social competence, as well as their 23 classroom teachers. Teachers used DBR-SC to complete ratings of 5 student behaviors within the general…

  1. Curriculum (Study Programme) for the 3rd to 6th semester of the B.Sc., Medialogy, at Aalborg University

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    Nordahl, Rolf; Serafin, Stefania; Lavatino, Salvatore

    2004-01-01

    Major revision of the original curriculum of the B.Sc., Medialogy. Significant changes (extensive restructuring) in comparison with the first version of the curriculum.......Major revision of the original curriculum of the B.Sc., Medialogy. Significant changes (extensive restructuring) in comparison with the first version of the curriculum....

  2. Precipitation Evolution in Al-0.1Sc, Al-0.1Zr and Al-0.1Sc-0.1Zr (at.%) Alloys During Isochronal Aging

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    2010-05-27

    distribu- tion was measured in as-cast specimens by quantitative electron-probe microanalysis ( EPMA ) using a Cameca SX50 EPMA operating at 15 kV and 20...basis, as measured by EPMA . 3.2. As-cast solute microsegregation The as-cast microsegregation of Sc and Zr atoms was determined by linear composition...profiles measured by EPMA , Fig. 2, in two regions of the ternary alloy Al– 0.1Sc–0.1Zr(a). Each 40 lm long analyzed traverse spans multiple dendritic

  3. The platinum-rich scandium silicide Sc{sub 2}Pt{sub 9}Si{sub 3}

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    Vosswinkel, Daniel; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie

    2017-10-01

    Single crystals of Sc{sub 2}Pt{sub 9}Si{sub 3} have been obtained from an arc-melted and inductively annealed sample of the starting composition Sc:4Pt:2Si. The Sc{sub 2}Pt{sub 9}Si{sub 3} structure (Tb{sub 2}Pt{sub 9}Ge{sub 3} type, space group C2/c) was refined from single crystal X-ray diffractometer data: a=1303.4(1), b=749.9(1), c=973.5(1), β=116.44(1) {sup circle}, wR2=0.0731, 1643 F{sup 2} values and 67 variables. The structure contains three basic coordination polyhedra Sc rate at Pt{sub 11}, Si1 rate at Pt{sub 8} and Si2 rate at Pt{sub 8} which show a simple condensation pattern avoiding direct Sc-Si and Si-Si bonding.

  4. Internal and external factors in the structural organization in cocrystals of the mixed-metal endohedrals (GdSc2N@Ih-C80, Gd2ScN@Ih-C80, and TbSc2N@Ih-C80) and nickel(II) octaethylporphyrin.

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    Stevenson, Steven; Chancellor, Christopher J; Lee, Hon Man; Olmstead, Marilyn M; Balch, Alan L

    2008-03-03

    Structural characterizations of three new mixed-metal endohedrals, GdSc 2N@ I h -C80, Gd 2ScN@ I h -C80, and TbSc 2@ I h -C80, have been obtained by single-crystal X-ray diffraction on GdSc 2N@ I h -C80 x Ni (II)(OEP) x 2C 6H 6, Gd 2ScN@ I h -C 80 x Ni(II)(OEP) x 2C6H6, and TbSc 2N@ I h -C80 x Ni (II)(OEP) x 2C6H6. All three have I h -C 80 cages and planar MM' 2N units. The central nitride ion is positioned further from the larger Gd3+ or Tb3+ ions and closer to the smaller Sc3+ ions. The MM' 2N units show a remarkable degree of orientational order in these and related compounds in which the endohedral fullerene is cocrystallized with a metalloporphyrin. The MM' 2N units are oriented perpendicularly to the porphyrin plane and aligned along one of the N-Ni-N axes of the porphyrin. The smaller Sc3+ ions show a marked preference to lie near the porphyrin plane. The larger Gd3+ or Tb3+ ions assume positions further from the plane of the porphyrin. The roles of dipole forces and electrostatic forces in ordering these cocrystals of endohedral fullerenes and metalloporphyrins are considered.

  5. Parameters of superfine interactions in Laves ScFe sub 2 alloy with hexagonal MnZn sub 2 structure

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    Pokatilov, V S

    2001-01-01

    The superfine fields, amplification coefficients and quadrupole splitting on the sup 4 sup 5 Sc nuclei in the ScFe sub 2 , Sc sub 0 sub . sub 9 sub 5 Fe sub 2 sub . sub 0 sub 5 and ScFe sub 1 sub . sub 9 sub 7 Al sub 0 sub . sub 0 sub 3 alloys are measured at the room temperature and 77 K through the method of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The NMR spectra peculiarities are studied and the superfine field shifts on the sup 4 sup 5 Sc nuclei in the considered alloys by appearance of the Fe atoms at the Sc atoms places and the Al atoms at the Fe atoms places in the Sc atoms nearest coordination sphere are determined. It is established that the electron quadrupole splitting in the considered alloys does not depend on the technology of obtaining the samples, on insignificant deviations from the alloy stoichiometric composition or on the minor additions of the Al atoms

  6. Influence of Mabs on PrP(Sc formation using in vitro and cell-free systems.

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    Binggong Chang

    Full Text Available PrP(Sc is believed to serve as a template for the conversion of PrP(C to the abnormal isoform. This process requires contact between the two proteins and implies that there may be critical contact sites that are important for conversion. We hypothesized that antibodies binding to either PrP(cor PrP(Sc would hinder or prevent the formation of the PrP(C-PrP(Sc complex and thus slow down or prevent the conversion process. Two systems were used to analyze the effect of different antibodies on PrP(Sc formation: (i neuroblastoma cells persistently infected with the 22L mouse-adapted scrapie stain, and (ii protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA, which uses PrP(Sc as a template or seed, and a series of incubations and sonications, to convert PrP(C to PrP(Sc. The two systems yielded similar results, in most cases, and demonstrate that PrP-specific monoclonal antibodies (Mabs vary in their ability to inhibit the PrP(C-PrP(Sc conversion process. Based on the numerous and varied Mabs analyzed, the inhibitory effect does not appear to be epitope specific, related to PrP(C conformation, or to cell membrane localization, but is influenced by the targeted PrP region (amino vs carboxy.

  7. High performance AlScN thin film based surface acoustic wave devices with large electromechanical coupling coefficient

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    Wang, Wenbo; He, Xingli; Ye, Zhi, E-mail: yezhi@zju.edu.cn, E-mail: jl2@bolton.ac.uk; Wang, Xiaozhi [Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University and Cyrus Tang Centre for Sensor Materials and Applications, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Mayrhofer, Patrick M.; Gillinger, Manuel; Bittner, Achim; Schmid, Ulrich [Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Vienna University of Technology, Floragasse, 7/2/366-MST, A-1040 Vienna (Austria); Luo, J. K., E-mail: yezhi@zju.edu.cn, E-mail: jl2@bolton.ac.uk [Institute of Renewable Energy Environmental Technology, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB (United Kingdom); Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University and Cyrus Tang Centre for Sensor Materials and Applications, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2014-09-29

    AlN and AlScN thin films with 27% scandium (Sc) were synthesized by DC magnetron sputtering deposition and used to fabricate surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. Compared with AlN-based devices, the AlScN SAW devices exhibit much better transmission properties. Scandium doping results in electromechanical coupling coefficient, K{sup 2}, in the range of 2.0% ∼ 2.2% for a wide normalized thickness range, more than a 300% increase compared to that of AlN-based SAW devices, thus demonstrating the potential applications of AlScN in high frequency resonators, sensors, and high efficiency energy harvesting devices. The coupling coefficients of the present AlScN based SAW devices are much higher than that of the theoretical calculation based on some assumptions for AlScN piezoelectric material properties, implying there is a need for in-depth investigations on the material properties of AlScN.

  8. Effects of SC-560 in Combination with Cisplatin or Taxol on Angiogenesis in Human Ovarian Cancer Xenografts

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    Wei Li

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to evaluate the effect of cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1 inhibitor, SC-560, combined with cisplatin or taxol, on angiogenesis in human ovarian cancer xenografts. Mice were treated with intraperitoneal (i.p. injections of SC-560 6 mg/kg/day, i.p. injections of cisplatin 3 mg/kg every other day and i.p. injections of taxol 20 mg/kg once a week for 21 days. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF mRNA levels were detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR; microvessel density (MVD was determined by immunohistochemistry; and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 levels were determined using ELISA. Expression levels of VEGF mRNA and MVD in treatment groups were inhibited significantly when compared with the control group (p < 0.05 for all, and SC-560 combined with cisplatin displayed a greater reduction in the expression of VEGF and MVD than SC-560 or cisplatin alone (p < 0.05. SC-560 combined with taxol showed a greater inhibition on VEGF mRNA expression than SC-560 or taxol alone (p < 0.05. The level of PGE2 in treatment groups was significantly reduced when compared with the control group (p < 0.01 for all. These findings may indicate that cisplatin or taxol supplemented by SC-560 in human ovarian cancer xenografts enhances the inhibition effect of cisplatin or taxol alone on angiogenesis.

  9. SC79 protects retinal pigment epithelium cells from UV radiation via activating Akt-Nrf2 signaling.

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    Gong, Yi-Qing; Huang, Wei; Li, Ke-Ran; Liu, Yuan-Yuan; Cao, Guo-Fan; Cao, Cong; Jiang, Qin

    2016-09-13

    Excessive Ultra-violet (UV) radiation causes oxidative damages and apoptosis in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Here we tested the potential activity of SC79, a novel small molecule activator of Akt, against the process. We showed that SC79 activated Akt in primary and established (ARPE-19 line) RPE cells. It protected RPE cells from UV damages possibly via inhibiting cell apoptosis. Akt inhibition, via an Akt specific inhibitor (MK-2206) or Akt1 shRNA silence, almost abolished SC79-induced RPE cytoprotection. Further studies showed that SC79 activated Akt-dependent NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling and inhibited UV-induced oxidative stress in RPE cells. Reversely, Nrf2 shRNA knockdown or S40T mutation attenuated SC79-induced anti-UV activity. For the in vivo studies, we showed that intravitreal injection of SC79 significantly protected mouse retina from light damages. Based on these results, we suggest that SC79 protects RPE cells from UV damages possibly via activating Akt-Nrf2 signaling axis.

  10. In situ TEM investigation of microstructural behavior of superplastic Al–Mg–Sc alloy

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    Dám, Karel, E-mail: damk@vscht.cz [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Lejček, Pavel, E-mail: lejcekp@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Michalcová, Alena [Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2013-02-15

    Dynamic changes in microstructure of the superplastic ultrafine-grained Al–3Mg–0.2Sc (wt.%) alloy refined by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP). were observed by in situ transmission electron microscopy at temperatures up to 300 °C (annealing and tensile deformation) in order to simulate the initial stages of superplastic testing. It was found that the microstructure changes significantly during the preheating before the superplastic deformation, which was accompanied by decreased microhardness. During the deformation at 300 °C, high dislocation activity as well as motion of low-angle grain boundaries was observed while high-angle grain boundaries did not move due to the presence of scandium in the alloy. - Highlights: ► We performed in situ TEM annealing and straining on superplastic Al–Mg–Sc alloy. ► We simulated the conditions of early stages of superplastic testing. ► Significant changes in microstructure occur during preheating before deformation.

  11. Structural characterization and ytterbium spectroscopy in Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals

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    Galceran, M. [Fisica i Cristal.lografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades, c/ Marcel. li Domingo, s/n, E-43007 Tarragona (Spain); Pujol, M.C., E-mail: mariacinta.pujol@urv.ca [Fisica i Cristal.lografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades, c/ Marcel. li Domingo, s/n, E-43007 Tarragona (Spain); Carvajal, J.J.; Mateos, X. [Fisica i Cristal.lografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades, c/ Marcel. li Domingo, s/n, E-43007 Tarragona (Spain); Zaldo, C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), c/ Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Aguilo, M.; Diaz, F. [Fisica i Cristal.lografia de Materials i Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Campus Sescelades, c/ Marcel. li Domingo, s/n, E-43007 Tarragona (Spain)

    2010-08-15

    Ytterbium-doped scandium oxide nanocrystals measuring less than 25 nm with compositions of Sc{sub 2-x}Yb{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.001-1) were prepared using the modified Pechini method. The Yb:Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals were obtained by calcination at low temperature such as 1073 K for 2 h. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) were used to perform the structural characterization of nanocrystals; these studies indicated that the nanocrystals have high crystalline quality with cubic structure and Ia3-bar space group. The morphology and particle size were studied using electron microscopy. A detailed study of the effect of the nanodimension and the ytterbium concentration on the spectroscopic characteristics of Yb{sup 3+} as an active ion was carried out in terms of optical absorption, optical emission and fluorescence decay time at room and low temperature.

  12. Fabrication and Properties of sc-PLA/SiO2 Composites

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    Ge, Huan; Zhu, Zhiguo; Yin, Huihui; Zhang, Xiuqin; Wang, Rui

    2014-08-01

    Stereocomplex poly(lactic acid) /SiO2 (sc-PLA/SiO2) composites were prepared through solution mixing followed by vacuum drying. In the composites, good dispersion of SiO2 particles could be obtained when the loading was less than 3wt%. Crystallization properties of sc -PLA were improved due to the addition of SiO2. The maximum of both melt crystallization temperature (Tmc) and crystallinity (Xc) simultaneously occurred when the loading of SiO2 was 1wt%. Furthermore, thermal stability of the composites was not affected greatly by agglomeration in a certain range. The initial decomposition temperature increased by 75 °C (5wt% loading of SiO2) compared with the crude.

  13. Supercritical CO2 direct cycle Gas Fast Reactor (SC-GFR) concept.

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    Wright, Steven Alan; Parma, Edward J., Jr.; Suo-Anttila, Ahti Jorma (Computational Engineering Analysis, Albuquerque, NM); Al Rashdan, Ahmad (Texas A& M University, College Station, TX); Tsvetkov, Pavel Valeryevich (Texas A& M University, College Station, TX); Vernon, Milton E.; Fleming, Darryn D.; Rochau, Gary Eugene

    2011-05-01

    This report describes the supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO{sub 2}) direct cycle gas fast reactor (SC-GFR) concept. The SC-GFR reactor concept was developed to determine the feasibility of a right size reactor (RSR) type concept using S-CO{sub 2} as the working fluid in a direct cycle fast reactor. Scoping analyses were performed for a 200 to 400 MWth reactor and an S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle. Although a significant amount of work is still required, this type of reactor concept maintains some potentially significant advantages over ideal gas-cooled systems and liquid metal-cooled systems. The analyses presented in this report show that a relatively small long-life reactor core could be developed that maintains decay heat removal by natural circulation. The concept is based largely on the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) commercial power plants operated in the United Kingdom and other GFR concepts.

  14. Atomic physics modeling of transmission spectra of Sc-doped aerogel foams to support OMEGA experiments

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    Johns, H. M., E-mail: hjohns@lanl.gov; Lanier, N. E.; Kline, J. L.; Fontes, C. J.; Perry, T. S.; Fryer, C. L.; Sherrill, M. E. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States); Brown, C. R. D.; Morton, J. W. [AWE Aldermaston, Berkshire, Reading RG7 4PR (United Kingdom); Hager, J. D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States); Lockheed-Martin, 497 Electronics Parkway, Syracuse, New York 13221 (United States)

    2016-11-15

    We present synthetic transmission spectra generated with PrismSPECT utilizing both the ATBASE model and the Los Alamos opacity library (OPLIB) to evaluate whether an alternative choice in atomic data will impact modeling of experimental data from radiation transport experiments using Sc-doped aerogel foams (ScSi{sub 6}O{sub 12} at 75 mg/cm{sup 3} density). We have determined that in the 50-200 eV T{sub e} range there is a significant difference in the 1s-3p spectra, especially below 100 eV, and for T{sub e} = 200 eV above 5000 eV in photon energy. Examining synthetic spectra generated using OPLIB with 300 resolving power reveals spectral sensitivity to T{sub e} changes of ∼3 eV.

  15. Anomalously high thermoelectric power factor in epitaxial ScN thin films

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    Kerdsongpanya, Sit; Van Nong, Ngo; Pryds, Nini

    2011-01-01

    found that the ScN thin-film exhibits a rather low electrical resistivity of ∼2.94 μΩm, while its Seebeck coefficient is approximately ∼−86 μV/K at 800 K, yielding a power factor of ∼2.5 × 10−3 W/mK2. This value is anomalously high for common transition-metal nitrides. © 2011 American Institute......Thermoelectric properties of ScN thin films grown by reactive magnetron sputtering on Al2O3(0001) wafers are reported. X-ray diffraction and elastic recoil detection analyses show that the composition of the films is close to stoichiometry with trace amounts (∼1 at. % in total) of C, O, and F. We...

  16. Undercooling of Rapidly Solidified Droplets and Spray Formed Strips of Al-Cu (Sc)

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    Bogno, A.; Natzke, P.; Yin, S.; Henein, H.

    Impulse Atomization (IA) (a single fluid atomization technique) was used to rapidly solidify Al-4.5wt%Cu and Al-4.5wt%Cu-0.4wt%Sc under argon atmosphere. In addition to the IA-generated droplets, the same technique was used to produce strips by Spray Deposition (SD) of the same alloys on a copper substrate with and without oil coating. The rapid solidification microstructures were analyzed using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). From the SEM images, the amount of eutectic and the secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) were measured. These SDAS results lead to the estimation of cooling rate. The eutectic fraction coupled with the metastable extension of the solidus and liquidus lines of Al-Cu (Sc) phase diagram lead to the estimation of primary and eutectic undercoolings. A comparison of the solidification path of the droplets and the strips was done as well as the analysis of the effects of scandium.

  17. THE ELASTIC AND THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF Lu DOPED ScVO3

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    Parveen, Atahar; Gaur, N. K.

    2012-12-01

    We have investigated the elastic, cohesive and thermal properties of (Lu, Sc) VO3 and Sc1-xLuxVO3(0.6 ≤ x ≤ 0.9) perovskites by means of a modified rigid ion model (MRIM). The variation of specific heat is determined following the temperature driven structural phase transitions. Also, the effect of lattice distortions on the elastic and thermal properties of the present pure and doped vanadates has been studied by an atomistic approach. The calculated bulk modulus (BT), reststrahlen frequency (ν0), cohesive energy (ϕ), Debye temperature (θD) and Gruneisen parameter (γ) reproduce well with the corresponding experimental data. The specific heat results can further be improved by including the magnetic ordering contributions to the specific heat.

  18. Beam Loading Tests on DC-SC Photoinjector at Peking University

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    Huang, Senlin; Chu, Xiangqiang; Ding, Yuantao; Hao, Jiankui; Jiao, Fei; Lin, Lin; Lu Xiang Yang; Quan, Shengwen; Wang, Guimei; Wang, Lifang; Xiang Rong; Xiao, Binping; Xie, Datao; Yang Li Min; Zhang, Baocheng; Zhao, Kui; Zhu, Feng

    2004-01-01

    Since the beginning of commissioning in February 2003, lots of tests on the DC-SC photoinjector test facility have been performed. At present, Q0 of the 1+1/2-cell cavity has reached ~1E8 (at 4.2K) and the average gradient was about 4MeV/m. The DC photogun can provide stable electron beams. When the power of output laser went up to 100mW (266nm), the average beam current reached 400μA. Beam loading tests have been carried out, and SC acceleration was achieved. Average current of electron beams is about 100μA after acceleration.Further investigations are in progress to improve diagnostics system and to measure the emittance, energy spread and pulse length of electron beams.

  19. Mechanical Testing of 3D Fabric Composites and Their Matrix Material SC-15

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    2012-11-01

    Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) 14. ABSTRACT The U.S. Army is actively investigating advanced light-weight structural materials...performance due to the creation of matrix pockets. Measurements can be made using shearography (12), Moiré interferometry fringe patterns (13) or...composite systems . Included in this study is an evaluation of the matrix material, SC-15. The matrix material properties have been widely reported in a

  20. Insertion element IS102 resides in plasmid pSC101.

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    Ohtsubo, H; Zenilman, M; Ohtsubo, E

    1980-01-01

    In vivo recombination was found to occur between plasmid pHS1, a temperature-sensitive replication mutant of pSC101 carrying tetracycline resistance, and plasmid ColE1 after selection for tetracycline resistance at the restrictive temperature, 42 degrees C. Extensive analysis of the physical structures of three of these recombinant plasmids, using restriction endonucleases and the electron microscope heteroduplex method, revealed that the plasmid pHS1 was integrated into different sites on Co...

  1. Precipitate Evolution and Strengthening in Supersaturated Rapidly Solidified Al-Sc-Zr Alloys

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    Deane, Kyle; Kampe, S. L.; Swenson, Douglas; Sanders, P. G.

    2017-04-01

    Because of the low diffusivities of scandium and zirconium in aluminum, trialuminide precipitates containing these elements have been reported to possess excellent thermal stability at temperatures of 573 K (300 °C) and higher. However, the relatively low equilibrium solubilities of these elements in aluminum limit the achievable phase fraction and, in turn, strengthening contributions from these precipitates. One method of circumventing this limitation involves the use of rapid solidification techniques to suppress the initial formation of precipitates in alloys containing higher solute compositions. This work specifically discusses the fabrication of supersaturated Al-Sc, Al-Zr, and Al-Sc-Zr alloys via melt spinning, in which supersaturations of at least 0.55 at. pct Zr and 0.8 at. pct Sc are shown to be attainable through XRD analysis. The resulting ribbons were subjected to a multistep aging heat treatment in order to encourage a core-shell precipitate morphology, the precipitate evolution behavior was monitored with XRD and TEM, and the aging behavior was observed. While aging in these alloys is shown to follow similar trends to conventionally processed materials reported in literature, with phase fraction increasing until higher aging temperatures causing a competing dissolution effect, the onset of precipitation begins at lower temperatures than previously observed and the peak hardnesses occurred at higher temperature steps due to an increased aging time associated with increased solute concentration. Peaking in strength at a higher temperature doesn't necessarily mean an increase in thermal stability, but rather emphasizes the need for intelligently designed heat treatments to take full advantage of the potential strengthening of supersaturated Al-Sc-Zr alloys.

  2. Capacitance ratio-reduced and unity gain buffer-based SC integrator using three phase clocks

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    黒木, 伸一; 松本, 寛樹

    2011-01-01

    In this study, a capacitance ratio-reduced and unity gain buffer-based switched-capacitor integrator using three phase clocks is presented. Principle of operation is described and is also confirmed on SIMetrix. The purpose of this proposal circuit is to decrease the capacitor ratio of the SC integrator, and to improve the maximum frequency that can operate. Very large capacitance ratio is derived.

  3. Apparent vanishing of ferroelectricity in nanostructured BiScO3PbTiO3

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    2010-01-01

    Abstract Nanostructured ceramics of high-temperature piezoelectric 0.375BiScO 3 -0.625PbTiO 3 were prepared by spark plasma sintering of nanocrystalline powders obtained by mechanosynthesis. The macroscopic electrical properties were characterized on dense ceramics with decreasing average grain size down to 28 nm. Results indicate that the electric field is screened by the electrically insulating grain boundaries at the nanoscale, which needs to be considered when discussing size effects i...

  4. A comprehensive framework for optimising the effects of inverse logistics practices in SC sustainability

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    Cristina López Vargas

    2017-01-01

    With growing sustainability concern in mind, firms seek to implement reverse logistic systems in their operations. However, if these practices were not properly implemented, they would be costly and even ineffective. In order to guide company efforts, the present study provide a comprehensive framework based on two dimensions. On one hand, it suits a reverse logistic management model stage-by-stage. On the other hand, the framework brings together concrete measures to optimize SC sustainabili...

  5. A comprehensive framework for optimising the effects of inverse logistics practices in SC sustainability

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    López Vargas, Cristina; Pérez Rubio, María Dolores

    2017-01-01

    [EN] With growing sustainability concern in mind, firms seek to implement reverse logistic systems in their operations. However, if these practices were not properly implemented, they would be costly and even ineffective. In order to guide company efforts, the present study provide a comprehensive framework based on two dimensions. On one hand, it suits a reverse logistic management model stage-by-stage. On the other hand, the framework brings together concrete measures to optimize SC sustain...

  6. Artemisinin content of sc-C0₂ derived extracts from Artemisia annua / Surisha Padayatchi.

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    Padayatchi, Surisha

    2004-01-01

    One of the principal research themes of the supercritical fluid research group within the Centre of Separation Science and Technology (SST) at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) is botanical extraction. The group produces botanical extracts from locally cultivated plants which contain substances (essential oils, natural waxes) relevant to the food, flavour, pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic industries while utilising the advantages of sc-C& extraction over traditi...

  7. Crystal, magnetic, calorimetric and electronic structure investigation of GdScGe1–x Sb x compounds

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    Guillou, F.; Pathak, A. K.; Hackett, T. A.; Paudyal, D.; Mudryk, Y.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2017-12-01

    Experimental investigations of crystal structure, magnetism and heat capacity of compounds in the pseudoternary GdScGe-GdScSb system combined with density functional theory projections have been employed to clarify the interplay between the crystal structure and magnetism in this series of RTX materials (R  =  rare-earth, T   =  transition metal and X  =  p-block element). We demonstrate that the CeScSi-type structure adopted by GdScGe and CeFeSi-type structure adopted by GdScSb coexist over a limited range of compositions 0.65 ≤slant x ≤slant 0.9 . Antimony for Ge substitutions in GdScGe result in an anisotropic expansion of the unit cell of the parent that is most pronounced along the c axis. We believe that such expansion acts as the driving force for the instability of the double layer CeScSi-type structure of the parent germanide. Extensive, yet limited Sb substitutions 0 ≤slant x magnetization. With a further increase in Sb content, the first compositions showing the presence of the CeFeSi-type structure of the antimonide, x ≈ 0.7 , coincide with the appearance of an antiferromagnetic phase. The application of a finite magnetic field reveals a jump in magnetization toward a fully saturated ferromagnetic state. This antiferro–ferromagnetic transformation is not associated with a sizeable latent heat, as confirmed by heat capacity measurements. The electronic structure calculations for x = 0.75 indicate that the key factor in the conversion from the ferromagnetic CeScSi-type to the antiferromagnetic CeFeSi-type structure is the disappearance of the induced magnetic moments on Sc. For the parent antimonide, heat capacity measurements indicate an additional transition below the main antiferromagnetic transition.

  8. {sup 27}Al and {sup 45}Sc NMR spectroscopy on ScT{sub 2}Al and Sc(T{sub 0.5}T{sup '}{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al (T = T{sup '} = Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au) Heusler phases and superconductivity in Sc(Pd{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al

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    Benndorf, Christopher [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Niehaus, Oliver; Janka, Oliver [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Eckert, Hellmut [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany)

    2015-02-15

    The intermetallic Heusler compounds with ScT{sub 2}Al and Sc(T{sub 0.5}T{sup '}{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al composition with T = T{sup '} = Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au were synthesized from the elements by arc melting. They crystallize in the cubic MnCu{sub 2}Al type structure, space group Fm anti 3m. The unit cell parameters were determined by powder X-ray diffraction and the structure of Sc(Pd{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al was refined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. While the majority of the compounds show Pauli-paramagnetism, ScAu{sub 2}Al and the newly synthesized solid solution Sc(Pd{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al exhibit superconductivity with transition temperatures of T{sub C} = 4.4 K and T{sub C} = 3.0(1) K, respectively. The superconducting state of Sc(Pd{sub 0.5}Au{sub 0.5}){sub 2}Al was also investigated by electrical resistivity measurements. All the synthesized compounds were furthermore studied by {sup 27}Al and {sup 45}Sc MAS-NMR spectroscopy. The resonance shifts of the synthesized compounds were determined and in Sc(Pd{sub 1-x}Au{sub x}){sub 2}Al a linear relationship between the resonance shifts and the composition was found. Line broadening effects and enhanced quadrupolar interaction strengths observed in the mixed samples can be attributed to the effect of Pd/Au mixing on the 8c Wyckoff site. The NMR spectroscopic data give no clear evidence for or against Sc/Al site disordering. (Copyright copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Inoculation with Metal-Mobilizing Plant-Growth-Promoting Rhizobacterium Bacillus sp. SC2b and Its Role in Rhizoremediation.

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    Ma, Ying; Oliveira, Rui S; Wu, Longhua; Luo, Yongming; Rajkumar, Mani; Rocha, Inês; Freitas, Helena

    2015-01-01

    A plant growth-promoting bacterial (PGPB) strain SC2b was isolated from the rhizosphere of Sedum plumbizincicola grown in lead (Pb)/zinc (Zn) mine soils and characterized as Bacillus sp. based on (1) morphological and biochemical characteristics and (2) partial 16S ribosomal DNA sequencing analysis. Strain SC2b exhibited high levels of resistance to cadmium (Cd) (300 mg/L), Zn (730 mg/L), and Pb (1400 mg/L). This strain also showed various plant growth-promoting (PGP) features such as utilization of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate, solubilization of phosphate, and production of indole-3-acetic acid and siderophore. The strain mobilized high concentration of heavy metals from soils and exhibited different biosorption capacity toward the tested metal ions. Strain SC2b was further assessed for PGP activity by phytagar assay with a model plant Brassica napus. Inoculation of SC2b increased the biomass and vigor index of B. napus. Considering such potential, a pot experiment was conducted to assess the effects of inoculating the metal-resistant PGPB SC2b on growth and uptake of Cd, Zn and Pb by S. plumbizincicola in metal-contaminated agricultural soils. Inoculation with SC2b elevated the shoot and root biomass and leaf chlorophyll content of S. plumbizincicola. Similarly, plants inoculated with SC2b demonstrated markedly higher Cd and Zn accumulation in the root and shoot system, indicating that SC2b enhanced Cd and Zn uptake by S. plumbizincicola through metal mobilization or plant-microbial mediated changes in chemical or biological soil properties. Data demonstrated that the PGPB Bacillus sp. SC2b might serve as a future biofertilizer and an effective metal mobilizing bioinoculant for rhizoremediation of metal polluted soils.

  10. EMP Attachment 3 DOE-SC PNNL Site Dose Assessment Guidance

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    Snyder, Sandra F.

    2011-12-21

    This Dose Assessment Guidance (DAG) describes methods to use to determine the Maximally-Exposed Individual (MEI) location and to estimate dose impact to that individual under the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Site Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP). This guidance applies to public dose from radioactive material releases to the air from PNNL Site operations. This document is an attachment to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP) and describes dose assessment guidance for radiological air emissions. The impact of radiological air emissions from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) PNNL Site is indicated by dose estimates to a maximally exposed member of the public, referred to as the maximally exposed individual (MEI). Reporting requirements associated with dose to members of the public from radiological air emissions are in 40 CFR Part 61.94, WAC 246-247-080, and DOE Order 458.1. The DOE Order and state standards for dose from radioactive air emissions are consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dose standards in 40 CFR 61.92 (i.e., 10 mrem/yr to a MEI). Despite the fact that the current Contract Requirements Document (CRD) for the DOE-SC PNNL Site operations does not include the requirement to meet DOE CRD 458.1, paragraph 2.b, public dose limits, the DOE dose limits would be met when EPA limits are met.

  11. Quantum Dot- Conjugated Anti-GRP78 scFv Inhibits Cancer Growth in Mice

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    David Hornby

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor quantum dots (Qdots have recently been shown to offer significant advantages over conventional fluorescent probes to image and study biological processes. The stability and low toxicity of QDs are well suited for biological applications. Despite this, the potential of Qdots remains limited owing to the inefficiency of existing delivery methods. By conjugating Qdots with small antibody fragments targeting membrane-bound proteins, such as GRP78, we demonstrate here that the Quantum dot- Anti-GRP78 scFv (Qdot-GRP78 retains its immunospecificity and its distribution can be monitored by visualization of multi-color fluorescence imaging both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover we demonstrate here for the first time that Qdot-GRP78 scFv bioconjugates can be efficiently internalized by cancer cells, thus upregulate phophosphate-AKT-ser473 and possess biological anti-tumour activity as shown by inhibition of breast cancer growth in a xenograft model. This suggests that nanocarrier-conjugated scFvs can be used as a therapeutic antibody for cancer treatment.

  12. Selective cyclooxygenase inhibition by SC-560 improves hepatopulmonary syndrome in cirrhotic rats.

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    Ching-Chih Chang

    Full Text Available Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS is characterized by hypoxia in patients with chronic liver disease. The mechanism of HPS includes pulmonary vasodilatation, inflammation, and angiogenesis. Prostaglandins synthesized by cyclooxygenases (COX participate in vascular responsiveness, inflammation and angiogenesis, which can be modulated by COX inhibitors. We therefore evaluated the impact of COX inhibition in rats with common bile duct ligation (CBDL-induced liver cirrhosis and HPS.Cirrhotic rats were randomly allocated to receive non-selective COX inhibitor (indomethacin, selective COX-1 inhibitor (SC-560, or COX-2 inhibitor (celecoxib for 14 days. After that, hemodynamic parameters, severity of hypoxia and intrapulmonary shunts, liver and renal biochemistry parameters, histological finding and protein expressions were evaluated.Non-selective COX inhibition by indomethacin improved hepatic fibrosis and pulmonary inflammation in cirrhotic rats with HPS. It also decreased mean arterial blood pressure, portal pressure, and alleviated hypoxia and intrapulmonary shunts. However, indomethacin increased mortality rate. In contrast, selective COX inhibitors neither affected hemodynamics nor increased mortality rate. Hypoxia was improved by SC-560 and celecoxib. In addition, SC-560 decreased intrapulmonary shunts, attenuated pulmonary inflammation and angiogenesis through down-regulating COX-, NFκB- and VEGF-mediated pathways.Selective COX-1 inhibitor ameliorated HPS by mitigating hypoxia and intrapulmonary shunts, which are related to anti-inflammation and anti-angiogenesis.

  13. Acute Sickle Hepatic Crisis after Liver Transplantation in a Patient with Hb SC Disease

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    J. H. Gillis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute sickle hepatic crisis (ASHC has been observed in approximately 10% of patients with sickle cell disease. It occurs predominantly in patients with homozygous (Hb SS sickle cell anemia and to a lesser degree in patients with Hb SC disease, sickle cell trait, and Hb S beta thalassemia. Patients commonly present with jaundice, right upper quadrant pain, nausea, low-grade fever, tender hepatomegaly, and mild to moderate elevations in serum AST, ALT, and bilirubin. We describe the case of a patient with a history of hemoglobin SC disease and cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C presenting approximately 1 year after liver transplantation with an ASHC. The diagnosis was confirmed by liver biopsy. Our patient was treated with RBC exchange transfusions, IV hydration, and analgesia and made a complete recovery. Only a limited number of patients with sickle cell disease have received liver transplants, and, to our knowledge, this is the first case of ASHC after transplantation in a patient with Hb SC disease.

  14. Widely linear MMSE precoding and equalization techniques for SC-FDE systems

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    Chang, Bruno S.; da Rocha, Carlos AF; Ruyet, Didier Le; Roviras, Daniel

    2014-12-01

    Single-carrier systems using frequency-domain equalization (SC-FDE) systems were proposed to overcome the low robustness to carrier frequency offset (CFO) and high peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) inherent to regular orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. Usually, linear minimum mean square error (MMSE) equalization is used to compensate the channel effect, since maximum likelihood (ML) detection is computationally impractical. However, if the transmitted signal comes from an improper constellation, widely linear processing can be used to take advantage of all the available second-order statistics from this transmitted signal, obtaining this way a performance gain when compared to the strictly linear case. In this paper, a SC-FDE system employing widely linear MMSE equalization is proposed in its regular and decision-feedback (DFE) versions. A SC-FDE system employing widely linear MMSE Tomlinson-Harashima precoding (THP) and equalization is also proposed. With Tomlinson-Harashima precoding, the error propagation problem observed in systems using a decision-feedback equalizer vanishes, because the feedback processing is done at the transmitter. Simulation results show that together with the error performance gain, these systems have lower sensibility to the feedback filter length in systems using decision-feedback equalizers. In Tomlinson-Harashima precoded systems, the performance gain is observed even with channel estimation/channel state information errors.

  15. Non-collinear magnetic order in a Sc-substituted barium hexaferrite

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    Somogyvari, Z. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary); Svab, E. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary); Krezhov, K. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulg. Acad. Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee, BG - 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Kiss, L.F. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary)]. E-mail: kissl@szfki.hu; Kaptas, D. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary); Vincze, I. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary); Beregi, E. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, P.O.Box 49 (Hungary); Bouree, F. [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (CEA-CNRS), CEA/Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2006-09-15

    A combined magnetic, neutron diffraction and field-dependent {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer study of Sc-substituted Ba-hexaferrite in powder form is reported, and the findings are compared with the data for BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}. The five cation sublattice with collinear ferrimagnetic structure of uniaxial (Gorter) type for BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}, persists also for BaFe{sub 10.4}Sc{sub 1.6}O{sub 19} at room temperature and below down to 130-190 K, depending on the applied field. Below room temperature, BaFe{sub 10.4}Sc{sub 1.6}O{sub 19} undergoes a magnetic transition as indicated by the magnetization and Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements. The neutron diffraction results are compatible with a gradual transformation below 190 K into a complex canted structure with spins pointing out of the axial direction. The complex magnetic order at 10 K can be described in terms of an incommensurate complex block-type conical structure.

  16. Fatigue behavior and microstructure of an Al-Mg-Sc alloy at an elevated temperature

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    Watanabe, C.; Monzen, R.

    2010-07-01

    Al-Mg-Sc alloy polycrystals bearing Al3Sc particles with different sizes, i.e. 4, 6 and 11 nm in diameter, have been cyclically deformed at 423 K under constant plastic-strain amplitudes, and the microstructural evolution has been investigated in relation to the stress-strain response. Cyclic softening after initial hardening is found in specimens with small particles of 4 and 6 nm, but no cyclic softening takes place in specimens with larger particles of 11 nm. These features of cyclic deformation behavior are similar to the results previously obtained at room temperature. Transmission electron microscopy observations reveal that dislocations are uniformly distributed under all applied strain amplitudes in the specimens containing large particles of 11 nm, whereas slip bands are formed in the cyclically softened specimens bearing smaller particles. The cyclic softening is explained by a loss of particle strength through particle shearing within strongly strained slip bands. The 6 and 11 nm Al3Sc particles have a stronger retardation effect on the formation of fatigue-induced stable dislocation structure than 4 nm particles at 423 K.

  17. Martensitic Transformation in a β-Type Mg-Sc Alloy

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    Ogawa, Yukiko; Ando, Daisuke; Sutou, Yuji; Somekawa, Hidetoshi; Koike, Junichi

    2017-12-01

    Recently, we found that a Mg-Sc alloy with a bcc (β) phase exhibits superelasticity and a shape memory effect at low temperature. In this work, we examined the stress-induced and thermally induced martensitic transformation of the β-type Mg-Sc alloy and investigated the crystal structure of the thermally induced martensite phase based on in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The lattice constants of the martensite phase were calculated to be a = 0.3285 nm, b = 0.5544 nm, and c = 0.5223 nm when we assumed that the martensite phase has an orthorhombic structure (Cmcm). Based on the lattice correspondence between a bcc and an orthorhombic structures such as that in the case of β-Ti shape memory alloys, we estimated the transformation strain of the β Mg-Sc alloy. As a result, the transformation strains along the 001, 011, and 111 directions in the β phase were calculated to be + 5.7, + 8.8, and + 3.3%, respectively.

  18. FPA Tuned Fuzzy Logic Controlled Synchronous Buck Converter for a Wave/SC Energy System

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    SAHIN, E.

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a flower pollination algorithm (FPA tuned fuzzy logic controlled (FLC synchronous buck converter (SBC for an integrated wave/ supercapacitor (SC hybrid energy system. In order to compensate the irregular wave effects on electrical side of the wave energy converter (WEC, a SC unit charged by solar panels is connected in parallel to the WEC system and a SBC is controlled to provide more reliable and stable voltage to the DC load. In order to test the performance of the designed FLC, a classical proportional-integral-derivative (PID controller is also employed. Both of the controllers are optimized by FPA which is a pretty new optimization algorithm and a well-known optimization algorithm of which particle swarm optimization (PSO to minimize the integral of time weighted absolute error (ITAE performance index. Also, the other error-based objective functions are considered. The entire energy system and controllers are developed in Matlab/Simulink and realized experimentally. Real time applications are done through DS1104 Controller Board. The simulation and experimental results show that FPA tuned fuzzy logic controller provides lower value performance indices than conventional PID controller by reducing output voltage sags and swells of the wave/SC energy system.

  19. Gene therapy for hemophilia B mice with scAAV8-LP1-hFIX.

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    Lu, Wei; Zhou, Qingzhang; Yang, Hao; Wang, Hao; Gu, Yexing; Shen, Qi; Xue, Jinglun; Dong, Xiaoyan; Chen, Jinzhong

    2016-06-01

    Hemophilia B is a hemorrhagic disease caused by the deficiency of clotting factor IX (FIX). Gene therapy might be the ultimate strategy for the disease. However, two main problems that should be solved in gene therapy for hemophilia B are immunity and safety. Self-complementary adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (scAAV8), a non-human primate AAV featuring low immunogenicity and high transfection efficiency in liver cells, might be a potential vector for hemophilia B gene therapy. A strong liver-specific promoter-1 (LP1) was inserted and mutant human FIX Arg338Ala was introduced into plasmid scAAV8-LP1 to develop an optimized AAV8 vector that expresses human clotting factor FIX (hFIX). The efficiency of scAAV8-LP1-hFIX administered through normal systemic injection or hydrodynamic injection was compared. A high expression was achieved using hydrodynamic injection, and the peak hFIX expression levels in the 5 × 10(11) and 1 × 10(11) virus genome (vg) cohorts were 31.94% and 25.02% of normal level, respectively, at 60 days post-injection. From the perspective of long-term (200 days) expression, both injection methods presented promising results with the concentration value maintained above 4% of normal plasma. The results were further verified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and activated partial thromboplastin time. Our study provides a potential gene therapy method for hemophilia B.

  20. [Georg Dragendorff and his students--the M. Sc. dissertations in pharmacy at Tartu University (1864-1894)].

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    Tankler, H; Hinrikus, T; Raal, A

    2002-11-01

    The present paper deals with the M.Sc. dissertations on pharmacy at the University of Tartu/Dorpat (nowadays in Estonia) in 1864-1894. While Professor G. Dragendorff worked in Tartu, 89 persons defended their M.Sc. degrees in pharmacy and 88 persons their M. D. theses in the same field, a total of 177 dissertations for the Institute of Pharmacy, which comprises one third of the M.Sc. degrees in Pharmacy in the whole of Russia. This was the most fruitful era in the activity of Dragendorff and the most successful period in the history of pharmacy in Tartu University.

  1. b172sc.m77t - MGD77 data file for Geophysical data from field activity B-1-72-SC in Central California from 11/11/1972 to 11/15/1972

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry, gravity, and magnetics data along with transit satellite navigation data was collected as part of field activity B-1-72-SC in Central...

  2. Morphologies and growth mechanisms of the eutectic particles in as-cast Al-Mg-Sc alloy; Morphologien und Wachstumsmechanismen eutektischer Partikel in Al-Mg-Sc-Legierung im Gusszustand

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    Pan, Dejiang; Zhou, Shi' ang; Li, Heng [Hefei Univ. of Technology (China); Zhang, Zhen; Wu, Yucheng [Laboratories of Nonferrous Metal Material and Processing Engineering of Anhui Province, Hefei (China); Li, Ming [Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd, Hefei (China)

    2017-04-15

    Primary particles with faceted cubic morphology were produced in as-cast Al-Mg alloy due to the addition of Sc. The cross-section of the particles revealed some eutectic structure composed of multilayer of 'Al{sub 3}Sc + α-Al + Al{sub 3}Sc..'. At the cooling rate of 200 - 300 K/s, Al{sub 3}Sc primary phase nucleated initially on oxides within the melt and developed to a cubic structure with a 'cellular-dendritic' mode of growth. The formation of α-Al structural shells was attributed as a reason for the segregation of Mg-rich lamellar dendrites at later stages. A growth mechanism for multilayer structure was proposed using the results presented.

  3. Schottky effect in the i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant

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    Jazbec, S.; Kashimoto, S.; Koželj, P.; Vrtnik, S.; Jagodič, M.; Jagličić, Z.; Dolinšek, J.

    2016-02-01

    The analysis of low-temperature specific heat of rare-earth (RE)-containing quasicrystals and periodic approximants and consequent interpretation of their electronic properties in the T →0 limit is frequently hampered by the Schottky effect, where crystalline electric fields lift the degeneracy of the RE-ion Hund's rule ground state and introduce additional contribution to the specific heat. In this paper we study the low-temperature specific heat of a thulium-containing i -Zn-Ag-Sc-Tm icosahedral quasicrystal and its 1/1 Zn-Sc-Tm approximant, both being classified as "Schottky" systems. We have derived the crystal-field Hamiltonian for pentagonal symmetry of the crystalline electric field, pertinent to the class of Tsai-type icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants, where the RE ions are located on fivefold axes of the icosahedral atomic cluster. Using the leading term of this Hamiltonian, we have calculated analytically the Schottky specific heat in the presence of an external magnetic field and made comparison to the experimental specific heat of the investigated quasicrystal and approximant. When the low-temperature specific heat C is analyzed in a C /T versus T2 scale (as it is customarily done for metallic specimens), the Schottky specific heat yields an upturn in the T →0 limit that cannot be easily distinguished from a similar upturn produced by the electron-electron interactions in exchange-enhanced systems and strongly correlated systems. Our results show that extraction of the electronic properties of RE-containing quasicrystals from their low-temperature specific heat may be uncertain in the presence of the Schottky effect.

  4. (SC3H4N2–O–N2C3H4S) dianion chelated in [Pd{κ3 –S, O, S–(SC

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    in the presence of tri- ethylamine involved activation of N–H bonds and formed an unusual oxo-bridged dianion, (SC3H4N2–O–. N2C3H4S)2− coordinated to PdII in Pd{κ3–S, O, S–(SC3H4N2–O–N2C3H4S)}(PPh3)]·CH3CN 1, which has.

  5. Effects of substituting ytterbium for scandium on the microstructure and age-hardening behaviour of Al–Sc alloy

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    Tuan, N.Q., E-mail: quoctuan1884@gmail.com [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Pinto, A.M.P.; Puga, H. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Rocha, L.A. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Faculdade de Ciências de Bauru, SP 17033-360 (Brazil); Barbosa, J. [CT2M – Centre for Mechanical and Materials Technologies, University of Minho, Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal)

    2014-04-01

    In order to reduce the cost of Al–Sc alloys and maintain their mechanical properties, the microstructure and mechanical properties of Al–0.24 wt% Sc–0.07 wt% Yb in comparison with Al–0.28 wt% Sc alloys were studied. The aging behaviour, precipitate morphologies, precipitate coarsening and precipitation hardening of both alloys were investigated. The average diameter and the size distribution of nanoscale Al{sub 3}Sc and Al{sub 3}(Sc,Yb) precipitates at various aging conditions were measured. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM were used to deeply understand the precipitate evolution. A maximum hardness around 73 (HV{sub 30}) was obtained with a precipitate diameter from 4.3 to 5.6 nm for both alloys.

  6. First-principle study of extrinsic defects in CuScO 2 and CuYO 2

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    Fang, Zhi-Jie; Shi, Li-Jie

    2008-05-01

    Using first-principles methods, we studied the extrinsic defects doping in transparent conducting oxides CuMO 2 (M dbnd Sc, Y). We chose Be, Mg, Ca, Si, Ge, Sn as extrinsic defects to substitute for M and Cu atoms. By systematically calculating the impurity formation energy and transition energy level, we find that Be is the most prominent extrinsic donor and Ca is the prominent extrinsic acceptor. In addition, we find that Mg atom substituting for Sc is the most prominent extrinsic acceptor in CuScO 2. Our calculation results are expected to be a guide for preparing n-type and p-type materials through extrinsic doping in CuMO 2 (M dbnd Sc,Y).

  7. "Common" lead isotopic measurements in silicate glasses and minerals by laser ablation double-focusing SC-ICPMS (2017)

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    Department of the Interior — This dataset is related to a 2017 journal article by A. J. Pietruszka and L. A. Neymark titled "Evaluation of laser ablation double-focusing SC-ICPMS for “common”...

  8. Promises of cyclotron-produced 44Sc as a diagnostic match for trivalent β--emitters: in vitro and in vivo study of a 44Sc-DOTA-folate conjugate.

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    Müller, Cristina; Bunka, Maruta; Reber, Josefine; Fischer, Cindy; Zhernosekov, Konstantin; Türler, Andreas; Schibli, Roger

    2013-12-01

    In recent years, implementation of (68)Ga-radiometalated peptides for PET imaging of cancer has attracted the attention of clinicians. Herein, we propose the use of (44)Sc (half-life = 3.97 h, average β(+) energy [Eβ(+)av] = 632 keV) as a valuable alternative to (68)Ga (half-life = 68 min, Eβ(+)av = 830 keV) for imaging and dosimetry before (177)Lu-based radionuclide therapy. The aim of the study was the preclinical evaluation of a folate conjugate labeled with cyclotron-produced (44)Sc and its in vitro and in vivo comparison with the (177)Lu-labeled pendant. (44)Sc was produced via the (44)Ca(p,n)(44)Sc nuclear reaction at a cyclotron (17.6 ± 1.8 MeV, 50 μA, 30 min) using an enriched (44)Ca target (10 mg (44)CaCO3, 97.00%). Separation from the target material was performed by a semiautomated process using extraction chromatography and cation exchange chromatography. Radiolabeling of a DOTA-folate conjugate (cm09) was performed at 95°C within 10 min. The stability of (44)Sc-cm09 was tested in human plasma. (44)Sc-cm09 was investigated in vitro using folate receptor-positive KB tumor cells and in vivo by PET/CT imaging of tumor-bearing mice Under the given irradiation conditions, (44)Sc was obtained in a maximum yield of 350 MBq at high radionuclide purity (>99%). Semiautomated isolation of (44)Sc from (44)Ca targets allowed formulation of up to 300 MBq of (44)Sc in a volume of 200-400 μL of ammonium acetate/HCl solution (1 M, pH 3.5-4.0) within 10 min. Radiolabeling of cm09 was achieved with a radiochemical yield of greater than 96% at a specific activity of 5.2 MBq/nmol. In vitro, (44)Sc-cm09 was stable in human plasma over the whole time of investigation and showed folate receptor-specific binding to KB tumor cells. PET/CT images of mice injected with (44)Sc-cm09 allowed excellent visualization of tumor xenografts. Comparison of cm09 labeled with (44)Sc and (177)Lu revealed almost identical pharmacokinetics. This study presents a high-yield production and

  9. The denitrification characteristics of Pseudomonas stutzeri SC221-M and its application to water quality control in grass carp aquaculture.

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    Full Text Available To reduce ammonium and nitrite in aquaculture water, an isolate of the denitrifying bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri, SC221-M, was obtained. The effects of various nitrogen and carbon sources, the ratio of carbon to nitrogen and temperature on bacterial growth, denitrification rates and the expression levels of nirS and nosZ in SC221-M were studied. The following conditions were determined to be optimal for growth and denitrification in SC221-M: NaNO2 as the nitrogen source, sodium citrate as the carbon source, a carbon to nitrogen ratio range of 4-8, and a temperature range of 20-35°C. Subsequently, SC221-M and the Bacillus cereus BSC24 strain were selected to generate microbial preparations. The results showed that addition of the microbial preparations decreased various hydrochemical parameters, including total dissolved solids, ammonium, nitrite, total nitrogen and the chemical oxygen demand. Nitrogen removal rates were highest on day 9; the removal rates of BSC24, SC221-M, a mixed preparation and a 3× mixed preparation were 24.5%, 26.6%, 53.9% and 53.4%, respectively. The mixed preparation (SC221-M+BSC24 was more effective at removing nitrogen than either the SC221-M or BSC24 preparation. Roche 454 pyrosequencing and subsequent analysis indicated that the control and other groups formed separate clusters, and the microbial community structure in the water changed significantly after the addition of microbial preparations. These results indicate that the addition of microbial preparations can improve both the water quality and microbial community structure in an experimental aquaculture system. P. stutzeri strain SC221-M and its related microbial preparations are potential candidates for the regulation of water quality in commercial aquaculture systems.

  10. Genome Sequence of Canine Parvovirus Strain SC02/2011, Isolated from a Puppy with Severe Diarrhea in South China

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    Cheng, Yi; Ji, Yikuan; Wang, Yu; Sun, Leilei; Huang, Jiaxin

    2012-01-01

    A widespread hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in young dogs occurred in South China. A virulent field canine parvovirus (CPV) strain, SC02/2011, was isolated from a puppy showing enteric signs in Guangdong, China. The genome of CPV strain SC02/2011 was sequenced and analyzed, which will promote a better understanding of the molecular epidemiology and genetic diversity of CPV field isolates in South China. PMID:23166228

  11. Immunosuppression with 4SC-101, a novel inhibitor of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, in a rat model of renal transplantation.

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    Rusai, Krisztina; Schmaderer, Christoph; Baumann, Marcus; Chmielewski, Stefan; Prókai, Agnes; Kis, Eva; Szabó, Attila J; Leban, Johann; Doblhofer, Robert; Ammendola, Aldo; Lutz, Jens; Heemann, Uwe

    2012-06-15

    4SC-101 is a novel dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitor and a blocker of interleukin (IL)-17 secretion with beneficial effects in experimental lupus and inflammatory bowel disease. Its immunomodulatory effect on acute kidney rejection is not known; therefore, in this study, the impact of 4SC-101 was examined in a rat model of acute kidney rejection. The kidneys of Brown-Norway rats were orthotopically transplanted into bilaterally nephrectomized Lewis recipients. Allograft recipients were administered with 4SC-101 at dosages of 4, 20, or 60 mg/kg per day, and survival was assessed. In the second setting, the animals were harvested 3 or 5 days after transplantation (Tx), and graft histologic diagnosis was determined. The effects of 4SC-101 on impaired renal function were examined in a model of 5/6 nephrectomy in Lewis rats. The recipients treated with 20-mg/kg 4SC-101 showed prolonged survival compared with placebo-treated animals (mean±SEM, 24±9.3 vs. 5.4±3 days), paralleled by less severe histologic features of acute kidney rejection such as interstitial/perivascular infiltration and tubulitis 3 and 5 days after Tx, and a lower level of IL-17 messenger RNA 5 days after Tx compared with the placebo-treated animals. In the 5/6 nephrectomy model, 20-mg/kg 4SC-101 reduced proteinuria, glomerulosclerosis, and fibrosis with decreased IL-17 messenger RNA expression. 4SC-101 prolongs survival after Tx, paralleled by amelioration of histologic signs of acute rejection. Furthermore, it showed no worsening effects on kidney function in a remnant kidney model and even slowed the progression of proteinuria and kidney fibrosis. Therefore, 4SC-101 might be a promising pharmaceutical agent in Tx medicine for further investigations.

  12. Thermoelastic properties of ScB2, TiB2, YB4 and HoB4

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    Waskowska, A.; Gerward, L.; Staun Olsen, J.

    2011-01-01

    High-pressure X-ray diffraction in ScB2, TiB2, YB4 and HoB4 powders and single crystals has been studied using synchrotron radiation as well as conventional X-rays. The experimental results are supported by calculations using density functional theory. ScB2, YB4 and HoB4 are hard materials (bulk...

  13. Bullying prevention in schools by targeting cognitions, emotions, and behavior: Evaluating the effectiveness of the REBE-ViSC program.

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    Trip, Simona; Bora, Carmen; Sipos-Gug, Sebastian; Tocai, Ioana; Gradinger, Petra; Yanagida, Takuya; Strohmeier, Dagmar

    2015-10-01

    The effectiveness of a class-based antibullying prevention program on cognitions, emotions, and behaviors was investigated. The program consists of a cognitive-behavioral (Rational Emotive Behavioral Education; REBE) and a behavioral (Viennese Social Competence; ViSC) component. The REBE program is based on rational emotive behavioral theory and contains 9 student lessons. The ViSC program is based on social learning theory and comprises 10 student lessons. The order of the programs was experimentally manipulated. The REBE-ViSC program was implemented in 5 schools (14 classes), the ViSC-REBE program was implemented in 3 schools (9 classes), and 3 schools (11 classes) served as an untreated control group. Data were collected during 1 school year at pretest, midpoint, and posttest. Emotions (overt and internalizing anger), cognitions (learning and entitlement), and behaviors (bullying perpetration and bullying victimization) were measured with self-assessments. To examine the effectiveness of the REBE-ViSC/ViSC-REBE program, multilevel growth models were applied (time points at Level 1, individuals at Level 2, and classes at Level 3). The analyses revealed that the program effects differed depending on the order of the programs. The REBE-ViSC condition was more effective in changing negative emotions than the ViSC-REBE condition; both experimental conditions were effective in reducing dysfunctional cognitions, whereas no behavioral change was found in the 2 experimental groups when compared with the control group. To improve program effectiveness regarding behavioral changes, a multilevel whole-school approach including a teacher component is recommended. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).

  14. Simultaneous reduction and adsorption for immobilization of uranium from aqueous solution by nano-flake Fe-SC

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    Kong, Lingjun, E-mail: kongl_jun@163.com [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of radioactive contamination control and resources, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Zhu, Yuting; Wang, Min; Li, Zhixuan; Tan, Zhicong; Xu, Ruibin; Tang, Hongmei; Chang, Xiangyang [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of radioactive contamination control and resources, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Xiong, Ya [Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Chen, Diyun, E-mail: cdy@gzhu.edu.cn [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of radioactive contamination control and resources, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510275 (China)

    2016-12-15

    Uranium containing radioactive wastewater is seriously hazardous to the natural environment if it is being discharged directly. Herein, nano-flake like Fe loaded sludge carbon (Fe-SC) is synthesized by carbothermal process from Fe-rich sludge waste and applied in the immobilization of uranium in aqueous. Batch isotherm and kinetic adsorption experiments are adopted to investigate the adsorption behavior of Fe-SC to uranium in aqueous. XPS analyses were conducted to evaluate the immobilized mechanism. It was found that the carbonized temperature played significant role in the characteristics and immobilization ability of the resulted Fe-SC. The Fe-SC-800 carbonized at 800 °C takes more advantageous ability in immobilization of uranium from aqueous than the commercial available AC and powder zero valent iron. The adsorption behavior could be fitted well with the Langmuir isotherm adsorption model and pseudo-second order model. The equilibrium adsorption amount and rate for Fe-SC-800 is high to 148.99 mg g{sup -1} and 0.015 g mg{sup -1} min{sup -1}, respectively. Both reductive precipitation and physical adsorption are the main mechanisms of immobilization of uranium from aqueous by Fe-SC-800.

  15. Simultaneous reduction and adsorption for immobilization of uranium from aqueous solution by nano-flake Fe-SC.

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    Kong, Lingjun; Zhu, Yuting; Wang, Min; Li, Zhixuan; Tan, Zhicong; Xu, Ruibin; Tang, Hongmei; Chang, Xiangyang; Xiong, Ya; Chen, Diyun

    2016-12-15

    Uranium containing radioactive wastewater is seriously hazardous to the natural environment if it is being discharged directly. Herein, nano-flake like Fe loaded sludge carbon (Fe-SC) is synthesized by carbothermal process from Fe-rich sludge waste and applied in the immobilization of uranium in aqueous. Batch isotherm and kinetic adsorption experiments are adopted to investigate the adsorption behavior of Fe-SC to uranium in aqueous. XPS analyses were conducted to evaluate the immobilized mechanism. It was found that the carbonized temperature played significant role in the characteristics and immobilization ability of the resulted Fe-SC. The Fe-SC-800 carbonized at 800°C takes more advantageous ability in immobilization of uranium from aqueous than the commercial available AC and powder zero valent iron. The adsorption behavior could be fitted well with the Langmuir isotherm adsorption model and pseudo-second order model. The equilibrium adsorption amount and rate for Fe-SC-800 is high to 148.99mgg(-1) and 0.015gmg(-1)min(-1), respectively. Both reductive precipitation and physical adsorption are the main mechanisms of immobilization of uranium from aqueous by Fe-SC-800. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N: First principles study

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    Berkok, Houria [Laboratoire d’analyse et d’application des rayonnements, Department of Physics, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Mohamed Boudiaf PB 1505 El Mnaouer Oran Algeria (Algeria); Tebboune, Abdelghani, E-mail: tebbouneabdelghani@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire d’analyse et d’application des rayonnements, Department of Physics, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Mohamed Boudiaf PB 1505 El Mnaouer Oran Algeria (Algeria); Saim, Asmaa; Belbachir, Ahmed H [Laboratoire d’analyse et d’application des rayonnements, Department of Physics, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Mohamed Boudiaf PB 1505 El Mnaouer Oran Algeria (Algeria)

    2013-02-15

    The structural and electronic properties of Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N ternary semiconductor alloys are investigated in the rocksalt, zinc blend and wurtzite structures using the full potential linear muffin tin orbitals (FP-LMTO) method. The local density approximation (LDA) was used for the exchange and correlation energy density functional. In particular, the lattice constant, bulk modulus and band gap energies of ScN and AlN compounds and their ternary alloys Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N are calculated in rocksalt, zinc blend and wurtzite structures and discussed. A linear relationship has obtained for equilibrium lattice constants versus Sc concentration for rocksalt and zinc blend structures. The band gap is decreased with the increasing of Sc concentration in the rocksalt phase. For ZB-Sc{sub x}Al{sub 1−x}N, the band gap is the largest one at x=0.25 and changes from indirect to direct when x is more than 0.25.

  17. Imaging quality of (44)Sc in comparison with five other PET radionuclides using Derenzo phantoms and preclinical PET.

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    Bunka, Maruta; Müller, Cristina; Vermeulen, Christiaan; Haller, Stephanie; Türler, Andreas; Schibli, Roger; van der Meulen, Nicholas P

    2016-04-01

    PET is the favored nuclear imaging technique because of the high sensitivity and resolution it provides, as well as the possibility for quantification of accumulated radioactivity. (44)Sc (T1/2=3.97h, Eβ(+)=632keV) was recently proposed as a potentially interesting radionuclide for PET. The aim of this study was to investigate the image quality, which can be obtained with (44)Sc, and compare it with five other, frequently employed PET nuclides using Derenzo phantoms and a small-animal PET scanner. The radionuclides were produced at the medical cyclotron at CRS, ETH Zurich ((11)C, (18)F), at the Injector II research cyclotron at CRS, PSI ((64)Cu, (89)Zr, (44)Sc), as well as via a generator system ((68)Ga). Derenzo phantoms, containing solutions of each of these radionuclides, were scanned using a GE Healthcare eXplore VISTA small-animal PET scanner. The image resolution was determined for each nuclide by analysis of the intensity signal using the reconstructed PET data of a hole diameter of 1.3mm. The image quality of (44)Sc was compared to five frequently-used PET radionuclides. In agreement with the positron range, an increasing relative resolution was determined in the sequence of (68)Ga<(44)Sc<(89)Zr<(11)C<(64)Cu<(18)F. The performance of (44)Sc was in agreement with the theoretical expectations based on the energy of the emitted positrons. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Vascular immunotargeting to endothelial determinant ICAM-1 enables optimal partnering of recombinant scFv-thrombomodulin fusion with endogenous cofactor.

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    Full Text Available The use of targeted therapeutics to replenish pathologically deficient proteins on the luminal endothelial membrane has the potential to revolutionize emergency and cardiovascular medicine. Untargeted recombinant proteins, like activated protein C (APC and thrombomodulin (TM, have demonstrated beneficial effects in acute vascular disorders, but have failed to have a major impact on clinical care. We recently reported that TM fused with an scFv antibody fragment to platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1 exerts therapeutic effects superior to untargeted TM. PECAM-1 is localized to cell-cell junctions, however, whereas the endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR, the key co-factor of TM/APC, is exposed in the apical membrane. Here we tested whether anchoring TM to the intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1 favors scFv/TM collaboration with EPCR. Indeed: i endothelial targeting scFv/TM to ICAM-1 provides ~15-fold greater activation of protein C than its PECAM-targeted counterpart; ii blocking EPCR reduces protein C activation by scFv/TM anchored to endothelial ICAM-1, but not PECAM-1; and iii anti-ICAM scFv/TM fusion provides more profound anti-inflammatory effects than anti-PECAM scFv/TM in a mouse model of acute lung injury. These findings, obtained using new translational constructs, emphasize the importance of targeting protein therapeutics to the proper surface determinant, in order to optimize their microenvironment and beneficial effects.

  19. Microstructure and Strengthening Mechanisms in an Ultrafine Grained Al-Mg-Sc Alloy Produced by Powder Metallurgy

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    Tammy J. Harrell; Troy D. Topping; Haiming Wen; Tao Hu; JULIE M. SCHOENUNG; ENRIQUE J. LAVERNIA

    2014-12-01

    Additions of Sc to an Al-Mg matrix were investigated, paying particular attention to the influence of Al3Sc precipitates and other dispersoids, as well as grain size, on mechanical behavior. Prior studies have shown that Sc significantly increases the strength of coarse-grained Al-Mg alloys. Prompted by these findings, we hypothesized that it would be of fundamental and technological interest to study the behavior of Sc additions to an ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructure (e.g., 100’s nm). Accordingly, we investigated the microstructural evolution and mechanical behavior of a cryomilled ultrafine grained Al-5Mg-0.4Sc (wt pct) and compared the results to those of an equivalent fine-grained material (FG) produced by powder metallurgy. Experimental materials were consolidated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP’ing) followed by extrusion or dual mode dynamic forging. Under identical processing conditions, UFG materials generate large Al3Sc precipitates with an average diameter of 154 nm and spaced approximately 1 to 3 µm apart, while precipitates in the FG materials have a diameter of 24 nm and are spaced 50 to 200 nm apart. The strengthening mechanisms are calculated for all materials and it is determined that the greatest strengthening contributions for the UFG and FG materials are Mg-O/N dispersion strengthening and precipitate strengthening, respectively.

  20. 4SC-101, a novel small molecule dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitor, suppresses systemic lupus erythematosus in MRL-(Fas)lpr mice.

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    Kulkarni, Onkar P; Sayyed, Sufyan G; Kantner, Claudia; Ryu, Mi; Schnurr, Max; Sárdy, Miklós; Leban, Johann; Jankowsky, Ruediger; Ammendola, Aldo; Doblhofer, Robert; Anders, Hans-Joachim

    2010-06-01

    Immunosuppressive treatments of systemic lupus (SLE) remain associated with significant toxicities; hence, compounds with better toxicity profiles are needed. Dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) inhibition with leflunomide has proven to be effective in autoimmune diseases including SLE, but leflunomide can cause a variety of side effects. We hypothesized that 4SC-101, a novel DHODH inhibitor with a more favorable toxicity profile, would be as effective as high-dose cyclophosphamide (CYC) in controlling experimental SLE of female MRL(Fas)lpr mice. Daily oral gavage of 30, 100, and 300 mg/kg 4SC-101 from 12 to 22 weeks of age was compared with either vehicle or CYC treatment (30 mg/kg/week, i.p.) in terms of efficacy and toxicity. Three hundred milligrams per kilogram 4SC-101 was as effective as CYC in depleting spleen autoreactive T cells, B cells, and plasma cells as well as the respective DNA and RNA serum autoantibodies. This was associated with a comparable amelioration of the renal, dermal, and pulmonary SLE manifestations of MRL(Fas)lpr mice. However, even the highest dose of 4SC-101 had no effect on bone marrow neutrophil counts, which were significantly reduced in CYC-treated mice. Together, the novel DHODH inhibitor 4SC-101 is as effective as high dose CYC in controlling SLE without causing myelosuppression. Hence, DHODH inhibition with 4SC-101 might be suitable to treat active SLE with fewer side effects than CYC.

  1. Lanthanide-doped Na xScF 3+ x nanocrystals: Crystal structure evolution and multicolor tuning

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    Teng, Xue

    2012-05-23

    Rare-earth-based nanomaterials have recently drawn considerable attention because of their unique energy upconversion (UC) capabilities. However, studies of Sc 3+-based nanomaterials are still absent. Herein we report the synthesis and fine control of Na xScF 3+x nanocrystals by tuning of the ratio of oleic acid (OA, polar surfactant) to 1-octadecene (OD, nonpolar solvent). When the OA:OD ratio was increased from low (3:17) to high (3:7), the nanocrystals changed from pure monoclinic phase (Na 3ScF 6) to pure hexagonal phase (NaScF 4) via a transition stage at an intermediate OA:OD ratio (3:9) where a mixture of nanocrystals in monoclinic and hexagonal phases was obtained and the coexistence of the two phases inside individual nanocrystals was also observed. More significantly, because of the small radius of Sc 3+, Na xScF 3+x:Yb/Er nanocrystals show different UC emission from that of NaYF 4:Yb/Er nanocrystals, which broadens the applications of rare-earth-based nanomaterials ranging from optical communications to disease diagnosis. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  2. Testing the SI × SC rule: Pollen-pistil interactions in interspecific crosses between members of the tomato clade (Solanum section Lycopersicon, Solanaceae).

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    Baek, You Soon; Covey, Paul A; Petersen, Jennifer J; Chetelat, Roger T; McClure, Bruce; Bedinger, Patricia A

    2015-02-01

    Interspecific reproductive barriers (IRBs) act to ensure species integrity by preventing hybridization. Previous studies on interspecific crosses in the tomato clade have focused on the success of fruit and seed set. The SI × SC rule (SI species × SC species crosses are incompatible, but the reciprocal crosses are compatible) often applies to interspecific crosses. Because SI systems in the Solanaceae affect pollen tube growth, we focused on this process in a comprehensive study of interspecific crosses in the tomato clade to test whether the SI × SC rule was always followed. Pollen tube growth was assessed in reciprocal crosses between all 13 species of the tomato clade using fluorescence microscopy. In crosses between SC and SI species, pollen tube growth follows the SI × SC rule: interspecific pollen tube rejection occurs when SI species are pollinated by SC species, but in the reciprocal crosses (SC × SI), pollen tubes reach ovaries. However, pollen tube rejection occurred in some crosses between pairs of SC species, demonstrating that a fully functional SI system is not necessary for pollen tube rejection in interspecific crosses. Further, gradations in the strength of both pistil and pollen IRBs were revealed in interspecific crosses using SC populations of generally SI species. The SI × SC rule explains many of the compatibility relations in the tomato clade, but exceptions occur with more recently evolved SC species and accessions, revealing differences in strength of both pistil and pollen IRBs. © 2015 Botanical Society of America, Inc.

  3. ScVEGF-PEG-HBED-CC and scVEGF-PEG-NOTA conjugates: comparison of easy-to-label recombinant proteins for [{sup 68}Ga]PET imaging of VEGF receptors in angiogenic vasculature

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    Eder, Matthias [German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), 69120 Heidelberg (Germany)], E-mail: m.eder@dkfz.de; Krivoshein, Arcadius V.; Backer, Marina; Backer, Joseph M. [SibTech, Inc., Brookfield, CT 06804 (United States); Haberkorn, Uwe [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Eisenhut, Michael [German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), 69120 Heidelberg (Germany)

    2010-05-15

    Introduction: VEGF receptors play a key role in angiogenesis and are important targets for several approved and many experimental drugs. Imaging of VEGF receptor expression in malignant tumors would provide important information, which can influence patient management. The aim of this study was the development of an easy-to-label positron-emitting tracer for imaging VEGF receptors. The tracer is based on engineered single-chain VEGF (scVEGF), expressed with cysteine-containing fusion tag (Cys-tag) for site-specific conjugation of PEGylated bifunctional chelating agents, HBED-CC or NOTA, suitable for labeling with {sup 68}Ga at ambient temperature. Methods: scVEGF-PEG-HBED-CC was synthesized by activating a single carboxyl group of the [Fe(HBED-CC)]{sup -} complex with N-hydroxysuccinimide. Reaction of the activated complex with NH{sub 2}-PEG-maleimide was followed by site-specific conjugation of PEGylated chelator to a thiol group in Cys-tag of scVEGF. The scVEGF-PEG-NOTA conjugate was synthesized using NHS-PEG-maleimide and p-NH{sub 2}-Bn-NOTA. {sup 68}Ga complexation was performed in HEPES buffer (pH 4.2) at room temperature. The functional activity after labeling was tested by radioligand cell binding assays. Biodistribution and PET studies in tumor-bearing mice were performed after 1, 2, 3 and 4 h postinjection. Results: The radiolabeling of scVEGF-PEG-HBED-CC proved more efficient than scVEGF-PEG-NOTA allowing to stop the reaction after 4 min (>97% radiochemical yield). Radioligand cell binding assays performed on HEK-293 cells overexpressing VEGFR-2 revealed no change in the binding properties of {sup 68}Ga-radiolabeled scVEGF relative to other scVEGF-based tracers. Both tracers showed comparable results in biodistribution, such as tumor accumulation and low liver uptake. The tracers were stable in 50% human serum for at least 72 h. Conclusions: The conjugates scVEGF-PEG-HBED-CC and scVEGF-PEG-NOTA revealed comparable in vivo characteristics and allowed easy

  4. Internal And External Factors in the Structural Organization in Cocrystals of the Mixed-Metal Endohedrals (GdSc2N@I(H)-C(80), Gd(2)ScN@I(H)-C(80), And TbSc(2)N@I(H)C(80) ) And Nickel(II) Octaethylporphyrin

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    Stevenson, S.; Chancellor, C.J.; Lee, H.M.; Olmstead, M.M.; Balch, A.L.

    2009-05-26

    Structural characterizations of three new mixed-metal endohedrals, GdSc{sub 2}N@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}, Gd{sub 2}ScN@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}, and TbSc{sub 2}@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}, have been obtained by single-crystal X-ray diffraction on GdSc{sub 2}N@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}{center_dot}Ni{sup II}(OEP){center_dot}2C{sub 6}H{sub 6}, Gd{sub 2}ScN@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}{center_dot}Ni{sup II}(OEP){center_dot}2C{sub 6}H{sub 6}, and TbSc{sub 2}N@I{sub h}-C{sub 80}{center_dot}Ni{sup II}(OEP){center_dot}2C{sub 6}H{sub 6}. All three have I{sub h}-C{sub 80} cages and planar MM'{sub 2}N units. The central nitride ion is positioned further from the larger Gd{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} ions and closer to the smaller Sc{sup 3+} ions. The MM'{sub 2}N units show a remarkable degree of orientational order in these and related compounds in which the endohedral fullerene is cocrystallized with a metalloporphyrin. The MM'{sub 2}N units are oriented perpendicularly to the porphyrin plane and aligned along one of the N-Ni-N axes of the porphyrin. The smaller Sc{sup 3+} ions show a marked preference to lie near the porphyrin plane. The larger Gd{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} ions assume positions further from the plane of the porphyrin. The roles of dipole forces and electrostatic forces in ordering these cocrystals of endohedral fullerenes and metalloporphyrins are considered.

  5. Comparison of renal allograft (AG) biopsy diagnosis and temporal quantitation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (SC) in clinically suspected AG rejection

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    George, E.A.; Brown, W.N.; Carney, K.; Naidu, R.G.; Palmer, D.C.

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of temporal quantitation of SC compared to tissue diagnosis of AG needle biopsy (Bx). The principal clinical criteria for patient selection were sequential or persistent reduction (at least 40-50%) of AG function as determined by serial serum creatinine levels. Thirty-four AG recipients were examined with SC and subsequent AG Bx in 37 instances. %SC AG accumulation and bone marrow extraction were interpreted in view of the significant sequential of persistent reduction of Ag function. Each AG Bx was collected from multiple needle aspirates and processed for light microscopy and immunoflorescent staining. Bx and SC exam were evaluated for acute rejection (AR), chronic rejection (CR) or other, non-rejection pathology. Acute tissue changes superimposed on chronic were regarded as AR. Acute tissue changes and % SC AG accumulation in the rejection range were graded as mild, moderate and marked. In AR there was 28/28 agreement of Bx and SC diagnosis; of which 7/28 were superimposed on CR. In Cr Bx and SC agreed in 3/7 instances, in 3/7 SC Dx was AR and in 1/7 SC exam was normal. Sensitivity and specificity of the SC diagnosis in this series was 100% and 63% for AR, 43% and 100% for CR and 97% and 100% in all instances of rejection. Bx and SC grading of AR agreed in 64%. In conclusion, temporal quantitation of SC demonstrated overall good correlation with AG Bx diagnosis in this series. The poor sensitivity of 43% of SC in Cr and only 64% correlation in grading AR may be due to inherent Bx sampling and SC data analysis error.

  6. Maurice Scève - Délie, object de plus haulte vertu. Approche

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    Crina Zărnescu

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Parler de Maurice Scève dans la lignée des symbolistes et de Mallarmé n’est pas chose surprenante mais édifiante parce que censée opérer des perspectives valorisantes sur les processus sémiotiques qui réactivent à chaque nouvelle lecture des directions inédites qui font le passage d’un parcours linéaire du poème à un parcours volumique. Cette approche poïétique, centrée sur le livre fondamental de Maurice Scève, Délie, object de plus haulte vertu, poursuit à travers certaines techniques formelles la configuration d’un dispositif sémiotique supposé créer des rapports intra- et intertextuels des plus évocateurs. Le symbolisme numéral relevant en égale mesure de Pythagore et de la Cabale, le chiasme qui établit une série de parallélismes sur la verticale et l’horizontale du texte poétique, le jeu d’équivoques ou les écarts délibérés de la norme grammaticale contribuant eux-aussi à la sensation d’hermétisme représentent autant de niveaux d’analyse que de procédés poétiques qui rattachent Maurice Scève aux poètes modernes des XIXe et XXe siècles.

  7. Technology in S&C: Assessing Bodyweight Squat Technique with Wearable Sensors.

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    O'Reilly, Martin A; Whelan, Darragh F; Ward, Tomas E; Delahunt, Eamonn; Caulfield, Brian M

    2017-04-15

    Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches offer expert guidance to help those they work with achieve their personal fitness goals. However it is not always practical to operate under the direct supervision of an S&C coach and consequently individuals are often left training without expert oversight. Recent developments in inertial measurement units (IMUs) and mobile computing platforms have allowed for the possibility of unobtrusive motion tracking systems and the provision of real-time individualised feedback regarding exercise performance. These systems could enable S&C coaches to remotely monitor sessions and help individuals record their workout performance. One aspect of such technologies is the ability to assess exercise technique and detect common deviations from acceptable exercise form. In this study we investigate this ability in the context of a bodyweight (BW) squat exercise. IMUs were positioned on the lumbar spine, thighs and shanks of 77 healthy participants. Participants completed repetitions of BW squats with acceptable form and five common deviations from acceptable BW squatting technique. Descriptive features were extracted from the IMU signals for each BW squat repetition and these were used to train a technique classifier. Acceptable or aberrant BW squat technique can be detected with 98% accuracy, 96% sensitivity and 99% specificity when using features derived from all 5 IMUs. A single IMU system can also distinguish between acceptable and aberrant BW squat biomechanics with excellent accuracy, sensitivity and specificity. Detecting exact deviations from acceptable BW squatting technique can be achieved with 80% accuracy using a 5 IMU system and 72% accuracy when using a single IMU positioned on the right shank. These results suggest IMU based systems can distinguish between acceptable and aberrant BW squat technique with excellent accuracy with a single IMU system. Identification of exact deviations is also possible but multi-IMU systems

  8. Antifungal efficacy of F10SC veterinary disinfectant against Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

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    de Jong, M S; van Dyk, R; Weldon, C

    2017-03-24

    The Infectious disease chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has been identified as one of the most important drivers of amphibian declines and extinction. In vitro B. dendrobatidis is susceptible to a range of disinfectants, but not all have been tested on animals and some that have been proven effective have harmful side effects on the surrounding environment or the animals being treated. We tested the efficacy of F10SC veterinary disinfectant to treat B. dendrobatidis in experimentally infected tadpole and juvenile Sclerophrys gutturalis and tadpoles of Sclerophrys poweri and Amietia hymenopus. The minimum inhibitory concentration for F10SC on in vitro B. dendrobatidis ranged between 1:7000 for 5-min contact time and 1:10000 for 10-min contact time. Based on the survival data of test animals the no observed effect concentration for 15-min contact time was estimated to be 1:2000 dilution for juveniles, and 1:10000 for tadpoles. In S. gutturalis juveniles an 86% infection clearance rate was achieved after five 15-min doses of 1:3000 dilution. A 100% clearance was achieved in A. hymenopus tadpoles after seven 15-min doses of 1:10000 dilution, and after nine doses of the same treatment in S. poweri tadpoles. F10SC has the benefit of being a concentrated compound that provides a treatment protocol which is nontoxic to tadpoles and post-metamorphic individuals, has a short half-life and is effective against B. dendrobatidis during short contact times, but further testing on different species of amphibians is advised. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Preparation of a Chicken scFv to Analyze Gentamicin Residue in Animal Derived Food Products.

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    Li, Cui; He, Jinxin; Ren, Hao; Zhang, Xiaoying; Du, Enqi; Li, Xinping

    2016-04-05

    Chicken is an ideal model for simplified recombinant antibody library generation. It has been rarely been reported to apply chicken single-chain variable fragments (scFvs) in immunoassays for the detection of antibiotic and chemical contaminants in animal food products. In this study, the scFvs (S-1 and S-5) were isolated from a phage display library derived from a hyperimmunized chicken. The checker board titration revealed that the optimum concentrations of S-1 and S-5 were 0.78 μg/mL and 0.44 μg/mL respectively, to obtain OD450 around 1.0 at 5 μg/mL of Gent-OVA coating concentration. Both S-1 and S-5 exhibited negligible cross reactivity with kanamycin and amikacin. The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of S-1 and S-5 were 12.418 ng/mL and 14.674 ng/mL respectively. In the indirect competitive ELISA (ic-ELISA), the limits of detection for S-1 and S-5 were 0.147 ng/mL and 0.219 ng/mL respectively. The mean recovery for Gent ranged from 60.91% to 118.09% with no more than 10.35% relative standard deviation (RSD) between the intra-assay and the inter-assay. These results indicate the chicken scFv based ic-ELISA method is suitable for the detection of Gent residue in animal derived edible tissues and milk.

  10. The level of stress and coping mechanism adopted by I Year B.Sc. nursing students

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    C Viji Prasad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Stress is a fact of life that every human deals with on a daily basis. In the transitional nature of student life in professional courses like nursing, initial period of course is stressful and it adversely affects the emotional, physical, social, and academic functions. Even though the perception and response to stress and way of coping differs individually, it may produce questionable behavioral patterns in student nurses during the course of their study like feeling of loneliness, nervousness, sleeplessness, and worrying. Thus, the student nurse faces a lot of challenges and problems at the time of I Year. Objectives: The present study aimed to determine the level of stress and coping mechanisms adopted by I Year B.Sc. nursing students. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 I Year B.Sc. nursing students were selected by using non-probability convenient sampling technique. The tools used for data collection were perceived stress scale, structured coping scale, and socio- demographic proforma. Results: The studies revealed that majority of students (95.1% were in the age group of 17-19 years. The results showed that only one student (1.7% has severe stress, 46.7% has moderate stress, and remaining 51.6% has mild stress, and majority of the students (100 had average coping. There was no significant correlation (-1.167 between stress and coping mechanism of I Year B.Sc. nursing students. Conclusion: Majority of students had mild stress and average coping. The nurse administrator should plan and organize educational program for nursing students, in order to prepare them to cope up with any stressful situations. Hence, the researcher emphasizes the need for more research to improve the knowledge and by applying the research finding for future.

  11. Stress and strain effects on the electronic structure and optical properties of ScN monolayer

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    Tamleh, Shirin; Rezaei, Ghasem; Jalilian, Jaafar

    2018-02-01

    Based on the density functional theory, electronic and optical properties of a monolayer scandium nitride structure have been studied under different strain conditions. Our results indicate that both biaxial compressive and tensile strain effects lead to change the band gap of this structure with different rates. Also, optical absorption spectrum peaks experience an obvious red and blue shifts with the exerting of tensile and compressive strains, respectively. Our results express that ScN monolayer can be the promising candidate for the future nano-base electrical and optical devices.

  12. A humanized anti-M2 scFv shows protective in vitro activity against influenza

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    Bradbury, Andrew M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Velappan, Nileena [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schmidt, Jurgen G [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    M2 is one of the most conserved influenza proteins, and has been widely prospected as a potential universal vaccine target, with protection predominantly mediated by antibodies. In this paper we describe the creation of a humanized single chain Fv from 14C2, a potent monoclonal antibody against M2. We show that the humanized scFv demonstrates similar activity to the parental mAb: it is able to recognize M2 in its native context on cell surfaces and is able to show protective in vitro activity against influenza, and so represents a potential lead antibody candidate for universal prophylactic or therapeutic intervention in influenza.

  13. Proton and oxide ion conductivity of doped LaScO3

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    Lybye, D.; Bonanos, N.

    1999-01-01

    The conductivity of La0.9Sr0.1Sc0.9Mg0.1O3 has been studied by impedance spectroscopy in controlled atmospheres. The material was found to be a mixed conductor with p-type conduction at high oxygen partial pressures and a combined proton and oxide ion conductor at low oxygen partial pressures....... At temperatures below 800 degrees C and low partial pressure of oxygen, proton conduction was dominant. Above this temperature, the ionic conductivity is dominated by oxide ion transport. The protonic transport number was estimated from the conductivities measured in dry and in water-moisturised gas. An isotope...

  14. Switched-capacitor elements for VIS-SC-filters with reduced influences of parasitic capacitances

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    Pandel, J.

    1981-03-01

    A number of switched-capacitor elements for SC-filters based on voltage inverter switches will be described. All of them are insensitive to the main parasitics occurring in MOS integrated circuits, i.e. the parasitic capacitances between the bottom plates of the implemented capacitors and substrate. The reduction of parasitic effects does not lead to an increasing of the very low attenuation sensitivity with respect to element variations when simulating lossless ladder circuits between resistive terminations. Experimental results of a seventh order low-pass filter built with discrete components are in good agreement with theory.

  15. Evaluation of Sc-Bearing Aluminum Alloy C557 for Aerospace Applications

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    Domack, Marcia S.; Dicus, Dennis L.

    2002-01-01

    The performance of the Al-Mg-Sc alloy C557 was evaluated to assess its potential for a broad range of aerospace applications, including airframe and launch vehicle structures. Of specific interest were mechanical properties at anticipated service temperatures and thermal stability of the alloy. Performance was compared with conventional airframe aluminum alloys and with other emerging aluminum alloys developed for specific service environments. Mechanical properties and metallurgical structure were evaluated for commercially rolled sheet in the as-received H116 condition and after thermal exposures at 107 C. Metallurgical analyses were performed to de.ne grain morphology and texture, strengthening precipitates, and to assess the effect of thermal exposure.

  16. Small subsidence of the 660-km discontinuity beneath Japan probed by ScS reverberations

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    Kato, Mamoru; Misawa, Mika; Kawakatsu, Hitoshi

    We investigate layering structure in the mantle beneath Japan using ScS reverberation waveforms of two recent large deep events in the northwest Pacific. We estimate regional variation of the elastic and anelastic structure of the mantle as well as properties of the major velocity discontinuities by modeling broadband seismograms recorded at two dense networks, J-Array and FREESIA. The 660-km discontinuity is the deepest in the region where the stagnant subducting slab in the transition zone is tomographically imaged, but the subsidence is of ∼10 km, much smaller than previous estimates with SS precursors. No significant elevation is detected for the 410-km discontinuity.

  17. Conversion of the dual training aircraft (DC into single control advanced training aircraft (SC. Part I

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    Ioan ŞTEFĂNESCU

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Converting the DC school jet aircraft into SC advanced training aircraft - and use them forthe combat training of military pilots from the operational units, has become a necessity due to thebudget cuts for Air Force, with direct implications on reducing the number of hours of flight assignedto operating personnel for preparing and training.The purpose of adopting such a program is to reduce the number of flight hours allocated annuallyfor preparing and training in advanced stages of instruction, for every pilot, by more intensive use ofthis type of aircraft, which has the advantage of lower flight hour costs as compared to a supersoniccombat plane.

  18. Ultrafast dynamics of excitons in delafossite CuScO2 thin films

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    Liu, Fucai; Makino, T.; Hiraga, H.; Fukumura, T.; Kong, Yongfa; Kawasaki, M.

    2010-05-01

    Ultrafast carrier dynamics were investigated in a delafossite CuScO2, a material with a remarkably large binding energy of exciton (˜0.4 eV), using femtosecond transient transmission spectroscopy. Differential transmission spectra showed dispersive structures in the excitonic resonance energies. We have observed a delayed rise-up on a time scale of 10 ps, suggesting slow carrier cooling. It is followed by a slower decay, time constant of which corresponds to the lifetime of exciton (approximately 0.75 ns). These results were analyzed in terms of the generalized many-body Elliott model, accounting for a screening effect of excitons.

  19. Transparent p-type conducting CuScO2+x films

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    Duan, N.; Sleight, A. W.; Jayaraj, M. K.; Tate, J.

    2000-08-01

    Transparent films of CuScO2+x have been prepared which show p-type electrical conductivity. The temperature dependence of the conductivity indicates semiconducting behavior with an apparent room temperature activation energy of 0.11 eV. The highest room temperature conductivity observed was 30 S cm-1. Films 110 nm thick show 40% transparency in most of the visible spectrum and become much more transparent in the infrared spectrum. The p-type behavior was confirmed by the Seebeck effect.

  20. Quantum critical point in the Sc-doped itinerant antiferromagnet TiAu

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    Svanidze, E.; Besara, T.; Wang, J. K.; Geiger, D.; Prochaska, L.; Santiago, J. M.; Lynn, J. W.; Paschen, S.; Siegrist, T.; Morosan, E.

    2017-06-01

    We present an experimental realization of a quantum critical point in an itinerant antiferromagnet composed of nonmagnetic constituents, TiAu. By partially substituting Ti with Sc in Ti1 -xScxAu , a doping amount of xc=0.13 ±0.01 induces a quantum critical point with minimal disorder effects. The accompanying non-Fermi liquid behavior is observed in both the resistivity ρ ∝T and specific heat Cp/T ∝-ln T , characteristic of a two-dimensional antiferromagnet. The quantum critical point is accompanied by an enhancement of the spin fluctuations, as indicated by the diverging Sommerfeld coefficient γ at x =xc .

  1. Biogas Upgrading Using SOEC with a Ni-ScYSZ Electrode

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    Ebbesen, Sune Dalgaard; Bøgild Hansen, John; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2013-01-01

    Biogas consists mainly of CH4, CO2 and small amounts of H2S. The value of biogas will increase significantly if it is upgraded to pipeline quality by converting CO2 and H2O in the biogas to CO and H2 using a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) followed by methanation. The Ni-ScYSZ-cermet electrode...... is, however, active for steam reforming of CH4, but sulphur traces in the biogas reduce the steam reforming activity. It is proven that sulphur stops steam reforming activity whereas the electrochemistry is only affected to a limited degree, showing that up-grading of biogas using SOEC with Ni...

  2. Production Potential of 47Sc Using Spallation Neutron Flux at the Los Alamos Isotope Production Facility

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    2014-03-27

    bins will be listed [20]. This tally, in combination with the eighth entry on MCNPs LCA physics model card entry, NOACT, is very useful in extracting...19 and 23 (K, Ca, Sc, Ti, and V) resulting from direct neutron reactions. The 8th LCA entry of NOACT=-2 forces the model to assume all particles react...the LCA line. The LCA line is altered to indicate which physics model to use, and was modified for an investigation of Bertini, Isabel, INCL4 and

  3. Enrichment of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} from bauxite ore residues

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    Deng, Bona; Li, Guanghui, E-mail: liguangh@csu.edu.cn; Luo, Jun; Ye, Qing; Liu, Mingxia; Peng, Zhiwei; Jiang, Tao

    2017-06-05

    Highlights: • Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} from bauxite ore residue were successfully enriched. • H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and NaOH were efficient for enriching Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} by removing SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and partial Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CaO. • Enriching mechanism of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} was explicitly explained. - Abstract: As a major byproduct generated in the alumina industry, bauxite ore residue is an important reserve of scandium and titanium. In this study, the feasibility and mechanism of enriching Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} from a non-magnetic material, which was obtained from carbothermal reductive roasting and magnetic separation of bauxite ore residue, were investigated based on a two-step (acidic and alkali) leaching process. It was revealed that approximately 78% SiO{sub 2} and 30–40% of CaO, FeO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were removed from a non-magnetic material with 0.0134 wt.% Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 7.64 wt.% TiO{sub 2} by phosphoric acidic leaching, while about 95% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and P{sub 2}O{sub 5} were further leached by subsequent sodium hydroxide leaching of the upper-stream leach residue. A Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3}-, TiO{sub 2}- rich material containing 0.044 wt.% Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 25.5 wt.% TiO{sub 2} was obtained, the recovery and the enrichment factor of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} were about 85% and 5, respectively. The enrichment of Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} was attributed to higher pH (>3.3) of phosphoric acid solution than its dissolution pH{sup 0}, and the enrichment of TiO{sub 2} was mainly associated with the insoluble perovskite (CaTiO{sub 3}) in the acidic solution at ambient temperature. As Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} cannot be dissolved in the alkali solution, they were further enriched in the leach residue.

  4. The Development of a Recombinant scFv Monoclonal Antibody Targeting Canine CD20 for Use in Comparative Medicine.

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    Saurabh Jain

    Full Text Available Monoclonal antibodies are leading agents for therapeutic treatment of human diseases, but are limited in use by the paucity of clinically relevant models for validation. Sporadic canine tumours mimic the features of some human equivalents. Developing canine immunotherapeutics can be an approach for modeling human disease responses. Rituximab is a pioneering agent used to treat human hematological malignancies. Biologic mimics that target canine CD20 are just being developed by the biotechnology industry. Towards a comparative canine-human model system, we have developed a novel anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (NCD1.2 that binds both human and canine CD20. NCD1.2 has a sub-nanomolar Kd as defined by an octet red binding assay. Using FACS, NCD1.2 binds to clinically derived canine cells including B-cells in peripheral blood and in different histotypes of B-cell lymphoma. Immunohistochemical staining of canine tissues indicates that the NCD1.2 binds to membrane localized cells in Diffuse Large B-cell lymphoma, Marginal Zone Lymphoma, and other canine B-cell lymphomas. We cloned the heavy and light chains of NCD1.2 from hybridomas to determine whether active scaffolds can be acquired as future biologics tools. The VH and VL genes from the hybridomas were cloned using degenerate primers and packaged as single chains (scFv into a phage-display library. Surprisingly, we identified two scFv (scFv-3 and scFv-7 isolated from the hybridoma with bioactivity towards CD20. The two scFv had identical VH genes but different VL genes and identical CDR3s, indicating that at least two light chain mRNAs are encoded by NCD1.2 hybridoma cells. Both scFv-3 and scFv-7 were cloned into mammalian vectors for secretion in CHO cells and the antibodies were bioactive towards recombinant CD20 protein or peptide. The scFv-3 and scFv-7 were cloned into an ADEPT-CPG2 bioconjugate vector where bioactivity was retained when expressed in bacterial systems. These data identify a

  5. Issues associated with the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of ScGaN and YGaN alloys.

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    Koleske, Daniel David; Knapp, James Arthur; Lee, Stephen Roger; Crawford, Mary Hagerott; Creighton, James Randall; Cross, Karen Charlene; Thaler, Gerald

    2009-07-01

    The most energy efficient solid state white light source will likely be a combination of individually efficient red, green, and blue LED. For any multi-color approach to be successful the efficiency of deep green LEDs must be significantly improved. While traditional approaches to improve InGaN materials have yielded incremental success, we proposed a novel approach using group IIIA and IIIB nitride semiconductors to produce efficient green and high wavelength LEDs. To obtain longer wavelength LEDs in the nitrides, we attempted to combine scandium (Sc) and yttrium (Y) with gallium (Ga) to produce ScGaN and YGaN for the quantum well (QW) active regions. Based on linear extrapolation of the proposed bandgaps of ScN (2.15 eV), YN (0.8 eV) and GaN (3.4 eV), we expected that LEDs could be fabricated from the UV (410 nm) to the IR (1600 nm), and therefore cover all visible wavelengths. The growth of these novel alloys potentially provided several advantages over the more traditional InGaN QW regions including: higher growth temperatures more compatible with GaN growth, closer lattice matching to GaN, and reduced phase separation than is commonly observed in InGaN growth. One drawback to using ScGaN and YGaN films as the active regions in LEDs is that little research has been conducted on their growth, specifically, are there metalorganic precursors that are suitable for growth, are the bandgaps direct or indirect, can the materials be grown directly on GaN with a minimal defect formation, as well as other issues related to growth. The major impediment to the growth of ScGaN and YGaN alloys was the low volatility of metalorganic precursors. Despite this impediment some progress was made in incorporation of Sc and Y into GaN which is detailed in this report. Primarily, we were able to incorporate up to 5 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} Y atoms into a GaN film, which are far below the alloy concentrations needed to evaluate the YGaN optical properties. After a no-cost extension was

  6. Effects of trace Be and Sc addition on the thermal stability of Al–7Si–0.6Mg alloys

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    Tzeng, Yu-Chih [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Wu, Chih-Ting [Department of Vehicle Engineering, Army Academy R.O.C., Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Yang, Cheng-Hsien [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China); Lee, Sheng-Long, E-mail: shenglon@cc.ncu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taiwan (China)

    2014-09-22

    In the present study, the effects of trace amounts of beryllium (Be, 0.05 wt%) and scandium (Sc, 0.04 wt%) addition on the microstructures and thermal stability of Al–7Si–0.6Mg alloys were investigated. The results show that traces of Be and Sc significantly reduce the amount of the iron-bearing phase and the interdendritic shrinkage. Be transformed the acicular iron-bearing phases into the nodular Al–Fe–Si iron-bearing phase, which is less harmful to ductility. Moreover, the addition of Be increased the Mg content of the solid solution within the matrix, prompting greater precipitation of the metastable Mg{sub 2}Si phase after T6 heat treatment and effectively enhancing the mechanical properties of the alloy. However, during the following thermal exposure at 250 °C for 100 h, the metastable Mg{sub 2}Si phase grew into the coarse β-Mg{sub 2}Si equilibrium phase, resulting in a decrease in the mechanical strength of the alloy. Meanwhile, the addition of Sc had insignificant effect on the amount of metastable Mg{sub 2}Si phase that precipitated. However, here, the iron-bearing phase was a nodular Al{sub 12}Si{sub 6}Fe{sub 2}(Mg,Sc){sub 5} phase, which significantly enhanced the density of the castings. After the same thermal exposure procedure, it was remarkably found that the precipitation of fine Al{sub 3}Sc particles effectively inhibited grain growth and hindered the movement of dislocations. These factors led to the Sc-containing alloy having better mechanical properties (strength and ductility) than the alloys without Sc or with Be during the following thermal exposure at 250 °C.

  7. scEpath: Energy landscape-based inference of transition probabilities and cellular trajectories from single-cell transcriptomic data.

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    Jin, Suoqin; MacLean, Adam L; Peng, Tao; Nie, Qing

    2018-02-05

    Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) offers unprecedented resolution for studying cellular decision-making processes. Robust inference of cell state transition paths and probabilities is an important yet challenging step in the analysis of these data. Here we present scEpath, an algorithm that calculates energy landscapes and probabilistic directed graphs in order to reconstruct developmental trajectories. We quantify the energy landscape using "single-cell energy" and distance-based measures, and find that the combination of these enables robust inference of the transition probabilities and lineage relationships between cell states. We also identify marker genes and gene expression patterns associated with cell state transitions. Our approach produces pseudotemporal orderings that are - in combination - more robust and accurate than current methods, and offers higher resolution dynamics of the cell state transitions, leading to new insight into key transition events during differentiation and development. Moreover, scEpath is robust to variation in the size of the input gene set, and is broadly unsupervised, requiring few parameters to be set by the user. Applications of scEpath led to the identification of a cell-cell communication network implicated in early human embryo development, and novel transcription factors important for myoblast differentiation. scEpath allows us to identify common and specific temporal dynamics and transcriptional factor programs along branched lineages, as well as the transition probabilities that control cell fates. A MATLAB package of scEpath is available at https://github.com/sqjin/scEpath. qnie@uci.edu. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  8. Targeting cytokines: production and characterization of anti-TNF-α scFvs by phage display technology.

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    Abdolalizadeh, Jalal; Nouri, Mohammad; Zolbanin, Jafar Majidi; Barzegari, Abolfazl; Baradaran, Behzad; Barar, Jaleh; Coukos, George; Omidi, Yadollah

    2013-01-01

    The antibody display technology (ADT) such as phage display (PD) has substantially improved the production of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and Ab fragments through bypassing several limitations associated with the traditional approach of hybridoma technology. In the current study, we capitalized on the PD technology to produce high affinity single chain variable fragment (scFv) against tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF- α), which is a potent pro-inflammatory cytokine and plays important role in various inflammatory diseases and malignancies. To pursue production of scFv antibody fragments against human TNF- α, we performed five rounds of biopanning using stepwise decreased amount of TNF-α (1 to 0.1 μ g), a semi-synthetic phage antibody library (Tomlinson I + J) and TG1 cells. Antibody clones were isolated and selected through enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) screening. The selected scFv antibody fragments were further characterized by means of ELISA, PCR, restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and Western blot analyses as well as fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry. Based upon binding affinity to TNF-α , 15 clones were selected out of 50 positive clones enriched from PD in vitro selection. The selected scFvs displayed high specificity and binding affinity with Kd values at nm range to human TNF-α . The immunofluorescence analysis revealed significant binding of the selected scFv antibody fragments to the Raji B lymphoblasts. The effectiveness of the selected scFv fragments was further validated by flow cytometry analysis in the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treated mouse fibroblast L929 cells. Based upon these findings, we propose the selected fully human anti-TNF-α scFv antibody fragments as potential immunotherapy agents that may be translated into preclinical/clinical applications.

  9. Epitaxial growth of CuScO2 thin films on sapphire a-plane substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kakehi, Yoshiharu; Satoh, Kazuo; Yotsuya, Tsutom; Nakao, Satoru; Yoshimura, Takeshi; Ashida, Atsushi; Fujimura, Norifumi

    2005-04-01

    An epitaxial film of CuScO2, a transparent oxide semiconductor with a delafossite structure, was grown on an α -Al2O3(112¯0) substrate by a pulsed laser deposition method using a single-phase Cu2Sc2Oδ target. A two-dimensional x-ray reciprocal space mapping measurement revealed that the film was single phase with a rhombohedral crystal structure. The film showed six-fold rotational symmetry in the basal plane, indicating that the film had a twinned domain structure. The epitaxial growth of CuScO2[3R](0001) thin films on α -Al2O3(112¯0) substrates is caused by the uniaxial locked epitaxy mechanism along the ⟨1¯21¯0⟩ direction of the film, and the orientation relationships of the film with respect to the substrate were CuScO2[3R](0001)//α-Al2O3(112¯0) and CuScO2[3R][1¯21¯0]//α-Al2O3[88¯01]. The optical transmittance of the film was larger than 65% in the visible/near-infrared regions, while the energy gap for direct allowed transition was estimated as 3.7 eV. The resistivity of the film, 9.3×106Ωcm at room temperature, significantly decreased to 4.0 Ωcm after both substituting Mg2+ ions for Sc3+ and intercalating excess oxygen. The Mg-doped CuScO2+X(0001) thin film showed optical transmittance of larger than 65% in the visible region, and the Seebeck coefficient was positive, indicating a p-type conductivity.

  10. V-ATPase, ScNhx1p and yeast vacuole fusion.

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    Qiu, Quan-Sheng

    2012-04-20

    Membrane fusion is the last step in trafficking pathways during which membrane vesicles fuse with target organelles to deliver cargos. It is a central cellular reaction that plays important roles in signal transduction, protein sorting and subcellular compartmentation. Recent progress in understanding the roles of ion transporters in vacuole fusion in yeast is summarized in this article. It is becoming increasingly evident that the vacuolar proton pump V-ATPase and vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter ScNhx1p are key components of the vacuole fusion machinery in yeast. Yeast ScNhx1p regulates vacuole fusion by controlling the luminal pH. V-ATPases serve a dual role in vacuolar integrity in which they regulate both vacuole fusion and fission reactions in yeast. Fission defects are epistatic to fusion defects. Vacuole fission depends on the proton translocation activity of the V-ATPase; by contrast, the fusion reaction does not need the transport activity but requires the physical presence of the proton pump. V0, the membrane-integral sector of the V-ATPase, forms trans-complexes between the opposing vacuoles in the terminal phase of vacuole fusion where the V0trans-complexes build a continuous proteolipid channel at the fusion site to mediate the bilayer fusion. Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Professional satisfaction among B.Sc. nursing graduates of an institute.

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    Mehta, R S; Yadav, R

    2012-01-01

    Professional Satisfaction is a measure of valuation judgment of whether the expectations are met from the profession or not. This study was conducted to find out the professional satisfaction among pass-out B.Sc. Nursing graduates from an institute from batches 1996 to 2004. Descriptive cross-sectional study design was adopted using convenient and snowball sampling technique. Out of 104 graduates, 50 were included in the study. A pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire was used by self administration method to collect the information. Highest satisfaction was with status 36 (75%) and lowest with working condition 27 (54%). The areas with decreasing value of satisfaction were growth and development 36 (72%), achievement and recognition 35 (70%), autonomy and challenging work 35 (69%). The majority of the respondents 27 (54%) stated that there is job security in the profession and the opportunity 26 (52%) to help others was the reason for their satisfaction but 28% said that there is no updating of knowledge and autonomy 15 (30%) in nursing profession. There is no difference in professional satisfaction of the respondents living in Nepal and abroad. It is seen that though there are many problems and many areas of dissatisfaction in nursing profession the respondents were satisfied to some extent with it and the reason for brain drain among B.Sc. Nursing graduates were their personal interest.

  12. Characterization of semi-solid processing of aluminium alloy 7075 with Sc and Zr additions

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    Rogal, Ł., E-mail: l.rogal@imim.pl [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Dutkiewicz, J. [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Atkinson, H.V. [The University of Leicester, Department of Engineering University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Lityńska-Dobrzyńska, L.; Czeppe, T. [Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 25 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Modigell, M. [RWTH Aachen—Department of Mechanical Process Engineering, 55 Templergraben St., Aachen (Germany)

    2013-09-15

    For thixoforming (semi-solid processing) it is necessary to have a fine globular microstructure in a semi-solid range. Here this has been obtained for 7075 aluminium alloy by addition of modifying agents: 0.5 weight % of scandium and zirconium. The thixoforming process was carried out at 632 °C which gave about 23 volume % of liquid phase. The microstructure of the thixo-formed part (a rotor) consisted of globular grains surrounded by precipitates of secondary phase. The average hardness of thixo-formed parts was 105 HV{sub 5} and the tensile strength 300 MPa. T6 heat treatments were performed with solutionisation at 450 °C for 30 min and 10 h. In both cases the ageing time was set as 18 h at 120 °C. The heat treatments led to an increase in average tensile strength up to 495 MPa. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis enabled the identification of precipitates of the metastable dispersoids of L1{sub 2}–Al{sub 3} (Zr, Sc) and η′ (MgZn{sub 2}) phases in the alloy after the thixoforming and T6 treatment. The measurements of rheological properties of 7075Al alloy with Sc and Zr additions in the semi-solid range indicated an increase of particle size and spheroidization leading to an observable decrease of viscosity during isothermal shearing. A shear rate jump experiment showed that with increasing shear rate the viscosity rapidly falls.

  13. The pure rotational spectrum of the ScO (X2Σ+) radical

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    Halfen, D. T.; Min, J.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2017-01-01

    The rotational spectrum of ScO (X2Σ+) has been measured in the gas phase in the frequency range 30-493 GHz using a combination of Fourier transform microwave/millimeter-wave (FTM/mmW) and submillimeter direct absorption methods. This work is the first pure rotational study of this radical. Both the ground vibrational and v = 1 states were observed. ScO was created from the reaction of metal vapor, produced either by a laser ablation source or a Broida-type oven, and N2O, in the former case heavily diluted in argon. Extensive hyperfine structure was observed in the FTM/mmW data, although the spin-rotation splitting was found to be small (∼3 MHz). In the mm-wave spectra, however, the fine and hyperfine structure was blended together, resulting in broad, single lines for a given transition N + 1 ← N. The data were analyzed in a combined fit using the very accurate hyperfine measurements of Childs and Steimle (1988), employing a Hund's case b Hamiltonian, and an improved set of rotational and centrifugal distortion constants were determined. These measurements improve the accuracy of predicted frequencies for astronomical searches by 14-18 MHz, or 16-20 km/s, in the 1 mm region - a difference of half to a full linewidth for certain interstellar sources. This work also demonstrates the capabilities of the FTM/mmW spectrometer at 61 GHz.

  14. First-principles investigation of phase stability in the Mg-Sc binary alloy

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    Natarajan, Anirudh Raju; Van der Ven, Anton

    2017-06-01

    The recent discovery of shape memory behavior in Mg-Sc alloys has opened the door to the possibility of lightweight shape memory alloys. Very little is known, however, about martensitic phase transformations or about equilibrium phase stability in this alloy system. Here we report on a first-principles statistical mechanics study of zero Kelvin and finite temperature phase stability of hcp, bcc, and fcc based phases in the Mg-Sc binary. Our calculations reveal a rich array of phase transitions among the different low-temperature ordered and high-temperature disordered phases. Ground state orderings on hcp, bcc, and fcc belong to families of hierarchical structures containing rods of scandium atoms assembled in layers that repeat periodically. Both fcc and bcc are found to undergo a series of second-order phase transformations with increasing temperature until they completely disorder. A high degree of degeneracy is predicted at low and high temperatures among hcp, bcc, and fcc, a property that is likely to play an important role in the shape memory effects observed in this alloy.

  15. Consumption of SC45647 and sucralose by rats selectively bred for high and low saccharin intake.

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    Dess, Nancy K; Chapman, Clinton D; Monroe, Derek

    2009-03-01

    Mammals' affinity for sweet tastes exists alongside dramatic variation among species and individuals in responses to sweeteners. The present paper focused on consumption by Occidental High- (HiS) and Low-Saccharin (LoS)-consuming rats in 23-h 2-bottle tests of 2 sweeteners for which few data from rats are available: SC45647 and sucralose. Every HiS and LoS rat preferred SC45647 to water at every concentration, with HiS rats consuming it more avidly. Most HiS rats preferred sucralose to water at one or more concentrations; some HiS rats and most LoS rats avoided sucralose at every concentration. However, both HiS and LoS rats preferred a sucralose-maltodextrin mixture (Splenda) to water; thus, Splenda's "bulking" ingredient maltodextrin transforms highly variable responses to sucralose into a relatively homogeneous preference for the product. Implications for the study of variation in sweet taste are discussed.

  16. Biotypes and ScM types of isolates of Streptococcus canis from diseased and healthy cats.

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    Timoney, J F; Velineni, S; Ulrich, B; Blanchard, P

    2017-04-08

    Lancefield group G Streptococcus canis is a component of the normal urogenital and pharyngeal flora of the cat. It is also frequently implicated in epizootics of severe disease in closed cat colonies and animal shelters. Given the importance of S canis as a feline pathogen and relative lack of published information on characteristics potentially associated with virulence, the authors have compared isolates from healthy and diseased cats in New York and California using fermentation profiles (biotype) and ScM sequences. With few exceptions, isolates associated with disease were biotype 1. Four alleles of scm were identified of which type 1 dominated in diseased cats. Type 4 allelic variants were found only in healthy cats and all but one were biotype 2. Type 2 and 3 alleles showed extensive N-terminal variation suggesting a plasminogen-binding site as found on the type 1 allele was absent. Cat antisera to ScM were opsonobactericidal, and these potentially protective antibodies increased during convalescence. British Veterinary Association.

  17. Virtual microscopy in medical research: Open European Nephrology Science Center (OpEN.SC)

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    Schrader, Thomas; Beil, Michael; Schmidt, Danilo; Dietel, Manfred; Lindemann, Gabriela

    2007-03-01

    The amount and heterogeneity of data in biomedical research, notably in transnational research, requires new methods for the collection, presentation and analysis of information. Important data from laboratory experiments as well as patient trials are available as images. Thus, the integration and processing of image data represent a crucial component of information systems in biomedical research. The Charité Medical School in Berlin has established a new information service center for kidney diseases and transplantation (Open European Nephrology Science Centre - OpEN.SC) together with the German Research Agency (DFG). The aims of this project are (i) to improve the availability of raw data, (ii) to establish an infrastructure for clinical trials, (iii) to monitor the occurrence of rare disease patterns and (iv) to establish a quality assurance system. Major diagnostic procedures in medicine are based on the processing and analysis of image data. In diagnostic pathology, the availability of automated slide scanners provide the opportunity to digitize entire microscopic slides. The processing, presentation and analysis of these image data are called virtual microscopy. The integration of this new technology into the OpEN.SC system and the link to other heterogeneous data of individual patients represent a major technological challenge. Thus, new ways in communication between clinical and scientific partners have to be established and will be promoted by the project. The technological basis of the repository are web services for a scalable and adaptable system. HL7 and DICOM are considered the main medical standards of communication.

  18. Soft-x-ray-induced ionization and fragmentation dynamics of Sc3N @C80 investigated using an ion-ion-coincidence momentum-imaging technique

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    Xiong, Hui; Obaid, Razib; Fang, Li; Bomme, Cédric; Kling, Nora G.; Ablikim, Utuq; Petrovic, Vladimir; Liekhus-Schmaltz, Chelsea E.; Li, Heng; Bilodeau, Rene C.; Wolf, Thomas; Osipov, Timur; Rolles, Daniel; Berrah, Nora

    2017-09-01

    The fragmentation dynamics of an endohedral fullerene, S c3N @C80 , after absorption of a soft-x-ray photon, has been studied with an ion-ion-coincidence momentum-imaging technique. Molecular inner-shell ionization at 406.5 eV, targeting the Sc (2 p ) shell of the encapsulated S c3N moiety and the C (1 s ) shell of the C80 cage, leads to the cage fragmentation through evaporation of C2, emission of small molecular carbon ions (Cn+ , n ≤24 ), and release of Sc and Sc-containing ions associated with the carbon cage opening or fragmentation. The predominant charge states of Sc and Sc-containing ionic fragments are +1 despite an effective Sc valence of 2.4, indicating that charge transfer or redistribution plays an important role in the fragmentation of the encaged S c3N . Sequential emission of two out of the three Sc atoms of the encaged moiety, via Coulomb explosion in the form of S c+ or Sc-containing ions, is significant. We also find that the resonant excitation of the Sc (2 p ) shell electrons significantly increased the yield of the parent S c3N @C80 and its fragment ions, partially attributed to the collision of the energetic Auger electrons from the Sc site with the carbon cage.

  19. Forsterite Carbonation in Wet-scCO2: Dependence on Adsorbed Water Concentration

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    Loring, J.; Benezeth, P.; Qafoku, O.; Thompson, C.; Schaef, T.; Bonneville, A.; McGrail, P.; Felmy, A.; Rosso, K.

    2013-12-01

    Capturing and storing CO2 in basaltic formations is one of the most promising options for mitigating atmospheric CO2 emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. These geologic reservoirs have high reactive potential for CO2-mineral trapping due to an abundance of divalent-cation containing silicates, such as forsterite (Mg2SiO4). Recent studies have shown that carbonation of these silicates under wet scCO2 conditions, e. g. encountered near a CO2 injection well, proceeds along a different pathway and is more effective than in CO2-saturated aqueous fluids. The presence of an adsorbed water film on the forsterite surface seems to be key to reactivity towards carbonation. In this study, we employed in situ high pressure IR spectroscopy to investigate the dependence of adsorbed water film thickness on forsterite carbonation chemistry. Post reaction ex situ SEM, TEM, TGA, XRD, and NMR measurements will also be discussed. Several IR titrations were performed of forsterite with water at 50 °C and 90 bar scCO2. Aliquots of water were titrated at 4-hour reaction-time increments. Once a desired total water concentration was reached, data were collected for about another 30 hours. One titration involved 10 additions, which corresponds to 6.8 monolayers of adsorbed water. Clearly, a carbonate was precipitating, and its spectral signature matched magnesite. Another titration involved 8 aliquots, or up to 4.4 monolayers of water. The integrated absorbance under the CO stretching bands of carbonate as a function of time after reaching 4.4 monolayers showed an increase and then a plateau. We are currently unsure of the identity of the carbonate that precipitated, but it could be an amorphous anhydrous phase or magnesite crystals with dimensions of only several nanometers. A third titration only involved 3 additions, or up to 1.6 monolayers of water. The integrated absorbance under the CO stretching bands of carbonate as a function of time after reaching 1.6 monolayers

  20. Experimental, numerical, and analytical studies on the seismic response of steel-plate concrete (SC) composite shear walls

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    Epackachi, Siamak

    The seismic performance of rectangular steel-plate concrete (SC) composite shear walls is assessed for application to buildings and mission-critical infrastructure. The SC walls considered in this study were composed of two steel faceplates and infill concrete. The steel faceplates were connected together and to the infill concrete using tie rods and headed studs, respectively. The research focused on the in-plane behavior of flexure- and flexure-shear-critical SC walls. An experimental program was executed in the NEES laboratory at the University at Buffalo and was followed by numerical and analytical studies. In the experimental program, four large-size specimens were tested under displacement-controlled cyclic loading. The design variables considered in the testing program included wall thickness, reinforcement ratio, and slenderness ratio. The aspect ratio (height-to-length) of the four walls was 1.0. Each SC wall was installed on top of a re-usable foundation block. A bolted baseplate to RC foundation connection was used for all four walls. The walls were identified to be flexure- and flexure-shear critical. The progression of damage in the four walls was identical, namely, cracking and crushing of the infill concrete at the toes of the walls, outward buckling and yielding of the steel faceplates near the base of the wall, and tearing of the faceplates at their junctions with the baseplate. A robust finite element model was developed in LS-DYNA for nonlinear cyclic analysis of the flexure- and flexure-shear-critical SC walls. The DYNA model was validated using the results of the cyclic tests of the four SC walls. The validated and benchmarked models were then used to conduct a parametric study, which investigated the effects of wall aspect ratio, reinforcement ratio, wall thickness, and uniaxial concrete compressive strength on the in-plane response of SC walls. Simplified analytical models, suitable for preliminary analysis and design of SC walls, were

  1. Enhancement of Dielectric Breakdown Strength and Energy Conversion Efficiency of Niobate Glass-Ceramics by Sc2O3 Doping

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    Xiao, Shi; Xiu, Shaomei; Yang, Ke; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2017-10-01

    Niobate glass-ceramics K2O-SrO-Nb2O5-B2O3-Al2O3-SiO2 (KSN-BAS) doped with different amounts of Sc2O3 have been prepared through a melt quenching/controlled crystallization method, and the influence of the Sc2O3 content on their phase composition, microstructure, dielectric performance, and charge-discharge properties investigated. X-ray powder diffraction results showed that the peak positions of the KSr2Nb5O15 phase shifted to higher angle and the glass-ceramic microstructures were significantly improved by Sc2O3 addition. Based on these results, 0.5 mol.% Sc2O3 doping was found to achieve remarkable enhancement in energy storage density, which reached 9.63 ± 0.39 J/cm3 at dielectric breakdown strength of 1450.38 ± 29.01 kV/cm with high conversion efficiency of ˜ 92.1%. For pulsed power applications, discharge speed of 17 ns and power density of 0.48 MW/cm3 were obtained in the glass-ceramic with 0.5 mol.% Sc2O3. These results could provide a new design strategy for high-performance dielectric capacitors.

  2. Construction and sequencing analysis of scFv antibody fragment derived from monoclonal antibody against norfloxacin (Nor155

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    J. Mala

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Norfloxacin belongs to the group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics which has been approved for treatment in animals. However, its residues in animal products can pose adverse side effects to consumer. Therefore, detection of the residue in different food matrices must be concerned. In this study, a single chain variable fragment (scFv that recognizes norfloxacin antibiotic was constructed. The cDNA was synthesized from total RNA of hybridoma cells against norfloxacin. Genes encoding VH and VL regions of monoclonal antibody against norfloxacin (Nor155 were amplified and size of VH and VL fragments was 402 bp and 363 bp, respectively. The scFv of Nor155 was constructed by an addition of (Gly4Ser3 as a linker between VH and VL regions and subcloned into pPICZαA, an expression vector of Pichia pastoris. The sequence of scFv Nor155 (GenBank No. AJG06891.1 was confirmed by sequencing analysis. The complementarity determining regions (CDR I, II, and III of VH and VL were specified by Kabat method. The obtained recombinant plasmid will be useful for production of scFv antibody against norfloxacin in P. pastoris and further engineer scFv antibody against fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

  3. Influence of the powder preparation on the sintering of Yb-doped Sc 2O 3 transparent ceramics

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    Bravo, A. C.; Longuet, L.; Autissier, D.; Baumard, J. F.; Vissie, P.; Longuet, J. L.

    2009-03-01

    We report the preparation and the sintering of high quality Yb:Sc 2O 3 powders with the ultimate intent to make transparent Yb:Sc 2O 3 ceramics for laser applications. The aim of the study is to compare two routes of powder preparation and observe the influence of the powder processing on the sintering of Yb-doped Sc 2O 3 ceramics. The powders were prepared (i) either from commercial oxides by a classical ceramic way (solid state reaction process) (ii) or by a wet chemical route. In that case, a carbonate precursor was synthesized by a coprecipitation method from a mixed solution of scandium and ytterbium nitrates using aqueous ammonium hydrogen carbonate as a precipitating agent. The Yb:Sc 2O 3 powder was obtained after heat treatment of the carbonate precursor at 700 °C. The powders prepared by these two methods were characterized by BET measurements, XRD and SEM and their sintering behaviour was investigated by dilatometry. The effects of a grinding step and of the addition of a sintering aid addition (TEOS) were investigated. The microstructures of the vacuum sintered materials were observed by scanning electron microscopy. Electron probe microanalysis allowed to characterize the repartition of the dopant Yb 3+ in the Sc 2O 3 matrix. Translucent ceramics with densities close to 99% were obtained in the best conditions.

  4. Microstructure and Properties of TIG/FSW Welded Joints of a New Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloy

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    Lei, Xuefeng; Deng, Ying; Peng, Yongyi; Yin, Zhimin; Xu, Guofu

    2013-09-01

    A new Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy with low Sc content was welded by tungsten inert gas (TIG) and friction stir welding (FSW) techniques. The microstructure and properties of those two welded joints were investigated by property tests and microstructural observations. The results show that the new Al-Zn-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy has desirable welding property. The ultimate tensile strength and welding coefficient of the TIG joint reach 405 MPa and 76.7%, respectively, and in FSW joint those property values reach 490 MPa and 92.6%, respectively. The studied base metal has a deformed fibrous subgrains structure, many nano-scaled Al3(Sc,Zr) particles, and very fine aging precipitates. In the TIG joint, the fusion zone consists of coarsened dendritic grains and the heat-affected zone (HAZ) has fibrous micro-scaled subgrains. The FSW welded joint is characterized by a weld nugget zone, thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ), and HAZ. Due to plastic deformation around the rotating pin and anti-recrystallized effectiveness of Al3(Sc,Zr) particles, the weld nugget zone has a very fine subgrain structure. The TMAZ experiences some dissolution of aging precipitates. Coarsening of aging precipitates was observed in the HAZ. The better mechanical properties of the FSW joint are derived from a fine subgrain structure and homogeneous chemical compositions.

  5. Fabrication of Yb:Sc2O3 laser ceramics by vacuum sintering co-precipitated nano-powders

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    Liu, Qiang; Dai, Zhengfa; Hreniak, Dariusz; Li, Shanshan; Liu, Wenbin; Wang, Wei; Luo, Wei; Li, Chaoyu; Dai, Jiawei; Chen, Haohong; Kou, Huamin; Shi, Yun; Pan, Yubai; Li, Jiang

    2017-10-01

    Ytterbium doped scandium oxide (Yb:Sc2O3) nano-powders were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. Ammonium hydrogen carbonate (NH4HCO3) and ammonia sulfate ((NH4)2SO4) were used in the precipitation process as the precipitant and dispersing agent, respectively. Structural properties and morphology of the precursor and nano-powders were investigated by BET, XRD, and SEM measurements. Ultra-fine and low agglomerated 5 at%Yb:Sc2O3 powders with the average particle size of 86 nm were obtained after calcination of the precipitate at 1100 °C for 5 h, that was found to be the optimal temperature for preparation of 5 at%Sc2O3 powders for further sintering. 5 at%Yb:Sc2O3 transparent ceramics with in-line transmittance of 73.9% at 1100 nm and average grain size of 182 μm were fabricated by vacuum sintering of the optimal powder at 1850 °C for 10 h. The microstructure, the spectroscopic properties and the gain characteristics of obtained 5 at%Yb:Sc2O3 ceramics were also studied and discussed.

  6. Development of a Novel Human scFv Against EGFR L2 Domain by Phage Display Technology.

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    Rahbarnia, Leila; Farajnia, Safar; Babaei, Hossein; Majidi, Jafar; Veisi, Kamal; Khosroshahi, Shiva Ahdi; Tanomand, Asghar

    2017-01-01

    Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) as a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor frequently overexpresses in tumors with epithelial origin. The L2 domain from extracellular part of EGFR is involved in ligand binding and the blockage of this domain prevents activation of related signaling pathways. This study was aimed to develop a novel human scFv against EGFR L2 domain as a promising target for cancer therapy. The L2 recombinant protein was purified and used for panning a human scFv phage library (Tomlinson I). In this study, a novel screening strategy was applied to select clones with high binding and enrichment of rare specific phage clones of the L2 protein. After five biopanning rounds several specific clones were isolated which among them one phage clone with high binding was purified for further analysis. The specific interaction of selected clone against target antigen was confirmed by ELISA and western blotting. Immunofluorescence staining showed that purified scFv binds to A431 cells surface, displaying EGFR surface receptor. In the present study, we isolated for the first time a novel human scFv against EGFR L2 domain. This study can be the groundwork for developing more effective diagnostic and therapeutic agents against EGFR overexpressing cancers using this novel human anti-L2 ScFv. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  7. Invert biopanning: A novel method for efficient and rapid isolation of scFvs by phage display technology.

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    Rahbarnia, Leila; Farajnia, Safar; Babaei, Hossein; Majidi, Jafar; Veisi, Kamal; Tanomand, Asghar; Akbari, Bahman

    2016-11-01

    Phage display is a prominent screening technique for development of novel high affinity antibodies against almost any antigen. However, removing false positive clones in screening process remains a challenge. The aim of this study was to develop an efficient and rapid method for isolation of high affinity scFvs by removing NSBs without losing rare specific clones. Therefore, a novel two rounds strategy called invert biopanning was developed for isolating high affinity scFvs against EGFRvIII antigen from human scFv library. The efficiency of invert biopanning method (procedure III) was analyzed by comparing with results of conventional biopanning methods (procedures I and II). According to the results of polyclonal ELISA, the second round of procedure III displayed highest binding affinity against EGFRvIII peptide accompanied by lowest NSB comparing to other two procedures. Several positive clones were identified among output phages of procedure III by monoclonal phage ELISA which displayed high affinity to EGFRvIII antigen. In conclusion, results of our study indicate that invert biopanning is an efficient method for avoiding NSBs and conservation of rare specific clones during screening of a scFv phage library. Novel anti EGFRvIII scFv isolated could be a promising candidate for potential use in treatment of EGFRvIII expressing cancers. Copyright © 2016 International Alliance for Biological Standardization. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Positive effect of Sc and Zr on globular microstructure formation in AA7075 thixoforming feedstock

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    Rogal, Ł.; Dutkiewicz, J.; Lityńska-Dobrzańska, L.; Olszowska-Sobieraj, B.; Modigell, M.

    2011-05-01

    One of methods of obtaining a fine globular microstructure in a semi-solid range, necessary for thixoforming process, is modifiers additions. For this purpose 0.5 weight percent of modifying elements-scandium and zirconium-was added to 7075 alloy. The microstructure of such alloy consisted of homogeneously distributed globular grains of solid solution with the following chemical composition: Mg - 1.9%, Al - 91.6%, Cu - 1.0%, Zn - 5.5% (all in wt.%). Quantitative metallographic analysis showed that the average grain size was 23.5 μm, much smaller than in the alloy without additions and 3.08% volume fraction of precipitates in the form of a layer between spherical α(Al) grains. X-ray phase analysis of the 7075 alloy with Sc and Zr additions confirmed the dominant presence of aluminum solid solution and the intermetallic hexagonal phase MgZn2. Electron diffraction pattern confirmed location of η MgZn2 phase at the grain boundaries. EDS chemical analysis of the η MgZn2 phase showed following content of elements: Mg - 17.2%, Al - 20.4%, Cu - 27.8%, Zn - 34.6%. The larger amount of Cu and Al indicated non-stoichiometry of the η phase, which can be presented with a formula [Mg(Zn,Al,Cu)2]. Additionally, inside the aluminum solution, small, square-shaped precipitations enriched with Sc and Zr were observed. Electron diffraction pattern allowed identification of the precipitates as cubic Al3(Sc,Zr) phase. The average hardness of feedstock was 105 HV5. DSC analysis during heating of the alloy enabled the estimation of a solidus line, at temperature of 548° C and a liquidus line at temperature: 656° C. For cooling, the temperatures for solidus and liquidus were 545° C and 636° C respectively. Additionally, the relation of liquid phase as a function of temperature was determined. Measurements of rheological properties in the semi-solid range, using the Searl system indicated that an increase of a particle size leads to an observable decrease of viscosity during

  9. Optical phonon modes in Al{sub 1−x}Sc{sub x}N

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    Deng, Ruopeng; Gall, Daniel [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180 (United States); Jiang, Kai [Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China)

    2014-01-07

    Optical phonons are measured to probe the origins of the reported anomalously high piezoelectric response in aluminum scandium nitride (Al{sub 1−x}Sc{sub x}N). Epitaxial layers with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.16 deposited on sapphire(0001) exhibit a refractive index below the band gap, which increases from 2.03 for x = 0 to 2.16 for x = 0.16, corresponding to a dielectric constant ε{sub ∞} = 4.15 + 3.2x. Raman scattering shows that zone-center E{sub 2}(H) and A{sub 1}(TO) phonon modes shift to lower frequencies with increasing x, following linear relationships: ω(E{sub 2}(H)) = 658–233x (cm{sup −1}) and ω(A{sub 1}(TO)) = 612–159x (cm{sup −1}). Similarly, zone-center E{sub 1}(TO) and A{sub 1}(LO) phonon mode frequencies obtained from specular polarized infrared reflectance measurements red-shift to ω(E{sub 1}(TO)) = 681–209x (cm{sup −1}) and ω(A{sub 1}(LO)) = 868–306x (cm{sup −1}). The measured bond angle decreases linearly from 108.2° to 106.0°, while the length of the two metal-nitrogen bonds increase by 3.2% and 2.6%, as x increases from 0 to 0.16. This is associated with a 3%–8% increase in the Born effective charge and a simultaneous 6% decrease in the covalent metal-N bond strength, as determined from the measured vibrational frequencies described with a Valence-Coulomb-Force-Field model. The overall results indicate that bonding in Al-rich Al{sub 1−x}Sc{sub x}N qualitatively follows the trends expected from mixing wurtzite AlN with metastable hexagonal ScN. However, extrapolation suggests non-linear composition dependencies in bond angle, length, and character for x ≥ 0.2, leading to a structural instability that may be responsible for the reported steep increase in the piezoelectric response.

  10. ALERTES-SC3 Early Warning System prototype for South Iberian Peninsula: on-site approach.

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    Pazos, Antonio; Lopez de Mesa, Mireya; Gallego Carrasco, Javier; Martín Davila, José; Rioja del Rio, Carlos; Morgado, Arturo; Vera, Angel; Ciberia, Angel; Cabieces, Roberto; Strollo, Angelo; Hanka, Winfried; Carranza, Marta

    2016-04-01

    In recent years several Earthquake Early Warning Systems (EEWS) have been developed for different parts of the world. The area between SW Cape St. Vicente and the Strait of Gibraltar is one of the most seismically active zones in the Ibero-Maghrebian region, with predominantly moderate and superficial seismicity, but also big events with associated tsunamis are well documented in the area, like the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In the frame of the ALERT-ES (2011-2013) and ALERTES-RIM (2014-2016) Spanish projects, the ALERTES-SC3 EEWS, regional approach, prototype has been developed at the Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) and is being tested in near real time for south Iberia. This prototype, based on the SeisComP3 software package, is largely based on algorithms derived from the analysis of the first seconds of the P wave records. Calculation of several parameters are carried out, mainly the characteristic period (τc) and the displacement peak (Pd), but also the velocity peak (Pv), the maximum period (τPmáx), among others. In order to warm the areas closest to the hypocentre, places located inside the "blind zone", a on-site EEWS has also been developed by ROA and integrated in the ALERTES-SC3 prototype. From the on-site approach, a warm level is declared from one station as a function of the estimated characteristic period (τc) and the displacement Peak (Pd), although the earthquake location and therefore the lead time available remains unknown. This on-site EEWS is being tested in several Western Mediterranean net (WM) stations as ARNO (Arenosillo, Huelva,Spain) or CHAS (Chafarinas island, North Africa, Spain). Also an on-site low cost station is being developed based in low cost accelerometers. In this work the current state of the on-site EEWS developed, its integration in the ALERTES-SC3 EEWS system and the low cost seismic stations are shown.

  11. Intermixing and charge neutrality at DyScO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces

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    Luysberg, Martina, E-mail: M.Luysberg@fz-juelich.de [Institute of Solid State Research and Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Heidelmann, Markus; Houben, Lothar; Boese, Markus [Institute of Solid State Research and Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Heeg, Tassilo [Institute of Bio and Nanosystems, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Schubert, Juergen; Roeckerath, Martin [Institute of Bio and Nanosystems, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)] [JARA, Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (Germany)

    2009-06-15

    Recently, interfaces between complex insulating oxides have attracted much attention due to their broad spectrum of electronic properties. Joining two materials of different polarity can provide highly conducting layers. The polar discontinuity delivers the driving force for a charge accumulation in the interfacial region which has been demonstrated for lanthanum-based perovskite interfaces with SrTiO{sub 3}. Here it is shown that the polar discontinuity can be accommodated by variations in composition of cation lattice planes at the polar oxide interface between DyScO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}, where DyScO{sub 3} holds the same polarity as the lanthanum-based perovskites. An intermixing extending over two monolayers at the interfaces for both the Dy-Sr sublattice and the Sc-Ti sublattice is quantified. As a result, charge neutrality is established by electrical compensation between neighbouring atomic planes.

  12. Detection and localisation of PrP(Sc in the liver of sheep infected with scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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    Full Text Available Prions are largely contained within the nervous and lymphoid tissue of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE infected animals. However, following advances in diagnostic sensitivity, PrP(Sc, a marker for prion disease, can now be located in a wide range of viscera and body fluids including muscle, saliva, blood, urine and milk, raising concerns that exposure to these materials could contribute to the spread of disease in humans and animals. Previously we demonstrated low levels of infectivity in the liver of sheep experimentally challenged with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. In this study we show that PrP(Sc accumulated in the liver of 89% of sheep naturally infected with scrapie and 100% of sheep challenged with BSE, at both clinical and preclinical stages of the disease. PrP(Sc was demonstrated in the absence of obvious inflammatory foci and was restricted to isolated resident cells, most likely Kupffer cells.

  13. High strength aluminum cast alloy: A Sc modification of a standard Al–Si–Mg cast alloy

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    Muhammad, Arfan, E-mail: engr.arfan@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Advanced Materials and Performance of Ministry of Education, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Xu, Cong; Xuejiao, Wang [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Advanced Materials and Performance of Ministry of Education, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Hanada, Shuji [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Yamagata, Hiroshi [Center for Advanced Die Engineering and Technology, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu City, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Hao, LiRong [Hebei Sitong New Metal Material Co., Ltd., Baoding 071105 (China); Chaoli, Ma [Key Laboratory of Aerospace Advanced Materials and Performance of Ministry of Education, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2014-05-01

    A standard Aluminum–Silicon–Magnesium cast alloy (A357 foundry alloy without Beryllium) modified with different weight percentages of Scandium (Sc), has been studied to evaluate the effects of Sc contents on microstructure and strength. Study has been conducted under optimized parameters of melting, casting and heat treatment. Characterization techniques like optical microscopy, SEM, TEM and tensile testing were employed to analyze the microstructure and mechanical properties. Results obtained in this research indicate that with the increase of Sc contents up to 0.4 wt%, grain size is decreased by 80% while ultimate tensile strength and hardness are increased by 28% and 19% respectively. Moreover along with the increase in strength, elongation to failure is also increased up to 165%. This is quite interesting behavior because usually strength and ductility have inverse relationship.

  14. Magnetism in Sc-doped ZnO with zinc vacancies: A hybrid density functional and GGA + U approaches

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    Kanoun, Mohammed

    2012-04-01

    We investigate the zinc vacancy effects on the electronic structures and magnetic properties of Sc-doped ZnO, by performing first-principles calculations within both GGA + U and Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional methods. We find that Sc impurities stabilize considerably Zn vacancies. The electronic and magnetic analysis shows a half metallic ferromagnetic character with a total magnetic moment of 2.01 μ B. The magnetism mainly stems from the O 2p states around the Zn vacancies. Calculations with the hybrid density functional agree with the GGA + U results but give an accurate description of the electronic structure for pure ZnO and Sc-doped ZnO with Zn vacancies. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. First-in-Human PET/CT Imaging of Metastatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms with Cyclotron-Produced 44Sc-DOTATOC: A Proof-of-Concept Study.

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    Singh, Aviral; van der Meulen, Nicholas P; Müller, Cristina; Klette, Ingo; Kulkarni, Harshad R; Türler, Andreas; Schibli, Roger; Baum, Richard P

    2017-05-01

    44Sc is a promising positron emission tomography (PET) radionuclide (T1/2 = 4.04 hours, Eβ+average = 632 keV) and can be made available, using a cyclotron production route, in substantial quantities as a highly pure product. Herein, the authors report on a first-in-human PET/CT study using 44Sc-DOTATOC prepared with cyclotron-produced 44Sc. The production of 44Sc was carried out through the 44Ca(p,n)44Sc nuclear reaction at Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland. After separation, 44Sc was shipped to Zentralklinik Bad Berka, Germany, where radiolabeling was performed, yielding radiochemically pure 44Sc-DOTATOC. Two patients, currently followed up after peptide receptor radionuclide therapy of metastatic neuroendocrine neoplasms, participated in this proof-of-concept study. Blood sampling was performed before and after application of 44Sc-DOTATOC. PET/CT acquisitions, performed at different time points after injection of 44Sc-DOTATOC, allowed detection of even very small lesions on delayed scans. No clinical adverse effects were observed and the laboratory hematological, renal, and hepatic profiles remained unchanged. In this study, cyclotron-produced 44Sc was used in the clinic for the first time. It is attractive for theranostic application with 177Lu, 90Y, or 47Sc as therapeutic counterparts. 44Sc-based radiopharmaceuticals will be of particular value for PET facilities without radiopharmacy, to which they can be shipped from a centralized production site.

  16. Development of Field-Controlled Smart Optic Materials (ScN, AlN) with Rare Earth Dopants

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    Kim, Hyun-Jung; Park, Yeonjoon; King, Glen C.; Choi, Sang H.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation is to develop the fundamental materials and fabrication technology for field-controlled spectrally active optics that are essential for industry, NASA, and DOD applications such as: membrane optics, filters for LIDARs, windows for sensors, telescopes, spectroscopes, cameras, flat-panel displays, etc. ScN and AlN thin films were fabricated on c-axis Sapphire (0001) or quartz substrate with the RF and DC magnetron sputtering. The crystal structure of AlN in fcc (rocksalt) and hcp (wurtzite) were controlled. Advanced electrical characterizations were performed, including I-V and Hall Effect Measurement. ScN film has a free carrier density of 5.8 x 10(exp 20)/per cubic centimeter and a conductivity of 1.1 x 10(exp 3) per centimeter. The background ntype conductivity of as-grown ScN has enough free electrons that can readily interact with the photons. The high density of free electrons and relatively low mobility indicate that these films contain a high level of shallow donors as well as deep levels. Also, the UV-Vis spectrum of ScN and AlN thin films with rare earth elements (Er or Ho) were measured at room temperature. Their optical band gaps were estimated to be about 2.33eV and 2.24eV, respectively, which are obviously smaller than that of undoped thin film ScN (2.4eV). The red-shifted absorption onset gives direct evidence for the decrease of band gap (Eg) and the energy broadening of valence band states are attributable to the doping. As the doped elements enter the ScN crystal lattices, the localized band edge states form at the doped sites with a reduction of Eg. Using a variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer, the decrease in refractive index with applied field is observed with a smaller shift in absorption coefficient.

  17. The smooth and bumpy road of trastuzumab administration: from intravenous (IV) in a hospital to subcutaneous (SC) at home.

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    Tjalma, Waa; Huizing, M T; Papadimitriou, K

    2017-03-01

    Trastuzumab has become standard of care in the treatment of early and metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Initially trastuzumab could only be administered intravenously (IV), however since a few years there is also a subcutaneous (SC) formulation. The efficacy and the safety profile of both formulations is the comparable. The administration logistics however have an impact on the patients, the health care professionals (HCPs), the hospital and the government. The preference for the patients (89%) and the HCPs (77%) is in favour of the SC formulation. The patient chair time per cycle, as defined by the time between entry and exit of infusion chair, is between 53 and 122 minutes shorter for SC administration. Also, the time actively dedicated by the HCP on preparation and administration SC, is between 17 and 50 minutes shorter per cycle. These time savings may increase the capacity of an oncological day clinic and reduce waiting lists. An additional benefit is that the use of SC formulation reduces the consumables and the waste. When the SC form was given at home instead of in the hospital the safety profile remained the same, but the satisfaction rate improved further for both the patients and the HCPs. The next and final step will be potentially to invest in teaching the patients to self-administer the medication. The home administration and the education of the patients and the HCPs will have a cost price and it will be interesting to see how the hospital financial authorities and the government will deal with this situation in the time of budgetary restrictions.

  18. Final Scientific/Technical Report from Hofstra University on DE-SC0001985

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    Farmer, E. Christa [Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY (United States)

    2016-12-20

    The U.S. Department of Energy award DE-SC0001985 funded the Hofstra University Center for Climate Study (HUCCS) from 29 September 2009 through 1 October 2016. This support enabled several activities over the period of the grant, including 1) the pursuit of several research projects, including sediment coring of coastal marshes, analysis of habitat impact due to climate change, and effects of raindrops of CO2 transfer; 2) support for multiple graduate and undergraduate students, and sponsorship of research projects that involved high school students; 3) fostering mentoring relationships and networking; 4) the design, creation, and installation of an exhibit on climate change at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY as an effort of public outreach. A total of 11 presentations at conferences, one book, and one peer-reviewed journal article resulted from these activities.

  19. Les dimensions politiques d'un projet scientifique: le scénario sismique de Quito

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    Full Text Available Le scénario sismique de Quito a été élaboré dans des circonstances particulières qui ont généré un certain nombre de contradictions celles-ci ne sont pas sans conséquence sur le déroulement et les suites du projet. L’analyse de la façon dont a été conçu et organisé ce scénario, la manière dont s’est déroulée la recherche, et sa diffusion, fait apparaître très clairement que le projet s’inscrit en même temps dans trois contradictions : un antagonisme Nord-Sud, une opposition scientifique-politique, et une dissension entre science orthodoxe et science impliquée. Ces éléments constitutifs du scénario sismique de Quito peuvent expliquer le contraste entre, d’une part, sa réussite scientifique objective, matérialisée par la production d’un scénario sismique qui apporte une nouvelle connaissance sur la ville et sa vulnérabilité en cas de tremblement de terre et, d’autre part, la lenteur et la difficulté de la mise en oeuvre d’une politique de prévention des risques basée sur ses résultats. LAS DIMENSIONES POLÍTICAS DE UN PROYECTO CIENTÍFICO: EL MANEJO SÍSMICO DE QUITO. El proyecto de l manejo sísmico de Quito se elaboró en circunstancias particulares que generaron ciertas contradicciones éstas no dejan de repercutir en el desarrollo y las aplicaciones del proyecto. El análisis de la forma en que se concibió y organizó este proyecto, de la manera en que se desarrolló la investigación y se realizó su difusión, revela claramente que el proyecto se inscribe paralelamente dentro de tres contradicciones: un antagonismo Norte-Sur, una oposición ciencia-política y una disensión entre ciencia ortodoxa y ciencia implicada. Estos elementos constitutivos del proyecto sísmico de Quito pueden explicar el contraste entre, por una parte, su éxito científico objetivo, concretado en la elaboración de un proyecto del manejo sísmico que aporta un nuevo conocimiento sobre la ciudad y su vulnerabilidad en

  20. Identified kaon production in Ar+Sc collisions at SPS energies arXiv

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    NA61/SHINE is a fixed target experiment at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron. The main goals of the experiment are to discover the critical point of strongly interacting matter and to study the properties of the onset of deconfinement. In order to reach these goals, a study of hadron production properties is performed in nucleus-nucleus, proton-proton and proton-nucleus interactions as a function of collision energy and size of the colliding nuclei. In this talk, the newest preliminary results on kaon spectra produced in Ar+Sc collisions at three beam momenta (30A, 40A and 75A) will be shown. The distributions of transverse mass and rapidity will be compared with results of NA61/SHINE (p+p, Be+Be) and NA49 (Pb+Pb, C+C, Si+Si), as well as with available world data.

  1. Effect of Grain Refinement on Jerky Flow in an Al-Mg-Sc Alloy

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    Mogucheva, Anna; Yuzbekova, Diana; Kaibyshev, Rustam; Lebedkina, Tatiana; Lebyodkin, Mikhail

    2016-05-01

    The influence of microstructure on the manifestations of the Portevin-Le Chatelier (PLC) effect was studied in an Al-Mg-Sc alloy with unrecrystallized, partially recrystallized, and fully recrystallized grain structures. It was found that the extensive grain refinement promotes plastic instability: the temperature-strain rate domain of the PLC effect becomes wider and the critical strain for the onset of serrations decreases. Besides, the amplitude of regular stress serrations observed at room temperature and an intermediate strain rate increases several times, indicating a strong increase of the contribution of solute solution hardening to the overall strength. Moreover, the grain refinement affects the usual sequence of the characteristic types of stress serrations, which characterize the dynamical mechanisms governing a highly heterogeneous unstable plastic flow. Finally, it reduces the strain localization and surface roughness and diminishes the difference between the surface markings detected in the necked area and in the region of uniform elongation.

  2. Optical and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2ScSbO6

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, A. K.; Lahiri, J.; Kumar, Uday; Sen, Pintu; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    The ordered double perovskite Ba2ScSbO6 (BSS) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1400 C for 72 Hrs. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis. The crystal structure is cubic, with space group Fm-3m (No. 225) and lattice parameter, a = 8.20 Ǻ. Optical band-gap has been calculated using UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk (KM) function, yielding 4.23 eV. A detailed Ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) study of the electronic properties has been carried out using the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) as implemented in WIEN2k. BSS is found to be a large band-gap insulator with potential technological applications.

  3. Spectroscopy of 50Sc and ab initio calculations of B (M 3 ) strengths

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    Garnsworthy, A. B.; Bowry, M.; Olaizola, B.; Holt, J. D.; Stroberg, S. R.; Cruz, S.; Georges, S.; Hackman, G.; MacLean, A. D.; Measures, J.; Patel, H. P.; Pearson, C. J.; Svensson, C. E.

    2017-10-01

    The GRIFFIN spectrometer at TRIUMF-ISAC has been used to study excited states and transitions in 50Sc following the β decay of 50Ca. Branching ratios were determined from the measured γ -ray intensities, and angular correlations of γ rays have been used to firmly assign the spins of excited states. The presence of an isomeric state that decays by an M 3 transition with a B (M 3 ) strength of 13.6(7) W.u. has been confirmed. We compare the first ab initio calculations of B (M 3 ) strengths in light- and medium-mass nuclei from the valence-space in-medium similarity renormalization group approach, using consistently derived effective Hamiltonians and effective M 3 operator. The experimental data are well reproduced for isoscalar M 3 transitions when using bare g factors, but the strength of isovector M 3 transitions are found to be underestimated by an order of magnitude.

  4. Redesigning Introductory Science Courses to Teach Sustainability: Introducing the L(SC)2 Paradigm

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    Myers, J. D.; Campbell-Stone, E.; Massey, G.

    2008-12-01

    Modern societies consume vast quantities of Earth resources at unsustainable levels; at the same time, resource extraction, processing, production, use and disposal have resulted in environmental damage severe enough to threaten the life-support systems of our planet. These threats are produced by multiple, integrative and cumulative environmental stresses, i.e. syndromes, which result from human physical, ecological and social interactions with the environment in specific geographic places. In recent decades, recognition of this growing threat has lead to the concept of sustainability. The science needed to provide the knowledge and know-how for a successful sustainability transition differs markedly from the science that built our modern world. Sustainability science must balanced basic and applied research, promote integrative research focused on specific problems and devise a means of merging fundamental, general scientific principles with understanding of specific places. At the same time, it must use a variety of knowledge areas, i.e. biological systems, Earth systems, technological systems and social systems, to devise solutions to the many complex and difficult problems humankind faces. Clearly, sustainability science is far removed from the discipline-based science taught in most U.S. colleges. Many introductory science courses focus on content, lack context and do not integrate scientific disciplines. To prepare the citizens who will confront future sustainability issues as well as the scientists needed to devise future sustainability strategies, educators and scientists must redesign the typical college science course. A new course paradigm, Literacies and Scientific Content in Social Context (L(SC)2), is ideally suited to teach sustainability science. It offers an alternative approach to liberal science education by redefining and expanding the concept of the interdisciplinary course and merging it with the integrated science course. In addition to

  5. Ergonomics analyses of five joineries located in Florianópolis-SC, using the LEST Method.

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    Vergara, Lizandra Lupi Garcia; Garcia, Carolina Schwinden; Miranda, Felipe Vergara

    2012-01-01

    Considering the goal of Ergonomic Work Analysis to establish, from the point of view of workers, safe, healthy, comfortable and efficient environments, this study propose to analyze the work situation of machine operators at five joineries from Florianópolis-SC. For this, it was applied the LEST Method to evaluate the task made by the operators, considering the physical, cognitive and organizational work environment. As results, it was identified the main ergonomics problems of these workstations, presenting an ergonomic diagnosis and their implications on health and safety of workers. As result, it was concluded that the main ergonomics problems at joineries are related with noise, with constant load of weight and with the postures taken. Besides these problems, others were diagnosed, for example, the pressure for workers to comply strictly the task stipulated and also the poor training and capacity of workers.

  6. Paramagnetic atom number and paramagnetic critical pressure of the sc, bcc and fcc Ising nanolattices

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    Şarlı, Numan, E-mail: numansarli82@gmail.com

    2015-01-15

    The effects of the magnetic atom number in the unit volume on the magnetic properties are investigated by using sc (n=8), bcc (n=9) and fcc (n=14) Ising NLs within the effective field theory with correlations. We find that the magnetic properties expand as the magnetic atom number increases in the unit volume and this expanding constitutes an elliptical path at T{sub C}. The effect of the magnetic atom number (n) in the unit volume on the magnetic properties (mp) appear as n{sub sc}sc}sc, bcc and fcc Ising

  7. Electrochemical Characterization of Ni/ScYSZ Electrodes as SOFC Anodes

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    Ramos, Tania; Søgaard, Martin; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2014-01-01

    -linear least squares fitting (CNLS). Depending on the cell design, one or two low frequency gas transport related processes have been identified, and fitted with generalized finite Warburg (GFW) elements. One was related to gas diffusion in a stagnant layer above the anode (ESC+ASC), and the other to gas......Investigations of Ni/ScYSZ cermets were performed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) using different symmetric designs: electrolyte supported (ESC) and anode supported (ASC) cells. The obtained spectra were analyzed using distribution of relaxation times (DRT), and complex non...... diffusion in the anode support layer (ASC). A higher frequency process has also been identified, and correlated to the charge transfer (CT) combined with ionic conduction in the ceramic matrix. This has been fitted using a transmission line model (TML), which correlates the exhibited responses...

  8. Sum rates of asynchronous GFDMA and SC-FDMA for 5G uplink

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    Woojin Park

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The fifth generation (5G of mobile communication envisions ultralow latency less than 1 ms for radio interface. To this end, frameless asynchronous multiple access may be needed to allow users to transmit instantly without waiting for the next frame start. In this paper, generalized frequency division multiple-access (GFDMA, one of the promising multiple-access candidates for 5G mobile, is compared with the conventional single-carrier FDMA (SC-FDMA in terms of the uplink sum rate when both techniques are adapted for the asynchronous scenario. In particular, a waveform windowing technique is applied to both schemes to mitigate the inter-user interference due to non-zero out-of-band emission.

  9. Excitonic characteristics in direct wide-band-gap CuScO2 epitaxial thin films

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    Hiraga, H.; Makino, T.; Fukumura, T.; Ohtomo, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2009-11-01

    Thin films of a delafossite compound CuScO2 were grown on spinel MgAl2O4 (111) substrates, yielding in highly crystalline and (0001)-oriented epitaxial structures. Absorption spectra at 20 K revealed a sharp exciton resonance at 3.97 eV, which persisted up to 300 K. Its direct transition band gap at 20 K and exciton binding energies were determined to be about 4.35 and 380 meV, both of which are considerably larger than those of ZnO. In view of its capability of naturally layered structure and p-type doping, this compound will be interesting for exciton physics as well as implementation of heterostructured devices.

  10. Transport and optical properties of oxygen-intercalated CuScO_2

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    Tate, J.; Price, M.; Kykyneshi, R.; Draeseke, A. D.; Easley, D. L.; McIntyre, D. H.; Tucker, D.; Kilcher, L.

    2002-05-01

    The p-type conductivity of wide bandgap delafossite films CuMO2 can be improved by intercalating oxygen, provided the M cation is not too small. We present measurements on a series of thin films of CuScO_2+x whose oxygen content ranges from 2.0 to 2.5. The conductivity increases from less than 0.001 S/cm to about 20 S/cm as the oxygen introduces carriers into the material, while the average transparency in the visible region decreases from over 70for films about 250 nm thick. The Seebeck coefficient changes abruptly from values more typical of metals to values more typical of semiconductors as the oxygen content increases. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under DMR0071727 and by the Research Corporation.

  11. Human Rights Legalization of Health and Institutional Dialogue : The Experience of Lages -SC , Brazil

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    Felipe Asensi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The judicialization of health tends to be thought through the prism of the lawsuits, but there are lots of consensual strategies that can be developed within the Judiciary Bran- ch. The purpose of this article is to analyze the interaction between the Judiciary Branch, health professionals and the representatives in ensuring the right to health. To this end, a research in partnership with the National Council of Justice was held in 2013 and 2014 in the municipality of Lages-SC, Brazil, which investigated the developed local strategies. The Lages experience was about the Conciliation Center for Medicines and its interaction with the Intermunicipal Consortium and the political and legal actors, which became an institutional dialogue tool. These arrangements allowed a predominantly extrajudicial action and fostered the dialogue between the various local actors. The result was the liti- gation reduction and the expansion of dialogical institutional arrangements.

  12. The spatial specificities of SC and ST population in Kolkata city: approaches, techniques and analysis

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    Mishra, Swasti Vardhan

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper aims at achieving two objectives, firstly, to acquaint the researchers in the field of spatial demography with the techniques of residential segregation; pattern of population distribution based on the concept of spatial statistics and secondly, the practical evaluation of the techniques through real life data. The study queries about any residential segregation and pattern of location of the scheduled caste (SC and the scheduled tribe (ST population in Kolkata city by concentrating on the measures of Entropy Index (EI, Atkinson’s Index, Absolute Centralization Index (ACE and the Global and Local Spatial Autocorrelation (SA measures of Moran’s I and LISA. The outcome of the study clarifies the fact that caste and race based segregation is being diluted in the wake of Indian urbanization and the spatial clustering tendency of the Concerned Social Group (CSG is as mild.

  13. Three-phase-boundary dynamics at the Ni/ScYSZ interface

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    Schmidt, Michael Stenbæk; Hansen, Karin Vels; Norrman, Kion

    2009-01-01

    patterns in the measured current signal. The current oscillations indicated that a dynamic electrode process was taking place. Decreasing the water content in the measurement atmosphere as well as lowering the applied anodic overpotential had the effect of lowering the frequency and the amplitude......Chronoamperometry using a three-electrode cell configuration was undertaken with a nickel point-electrode acting as the working electrode on a polished ScYSZ electrolyte in a hydrogen atmosphere at 750–850 °C. High anodic overpotentials resulted in the occurrence of distinct sawtooth oscillation...... of the current oscillations. A mechanism accounting for the observed phenomena and possible implications for solid oxide fuel cell operation are presented...

  14. Defects in epitaxial ScGaN: Dislocations, stacking faults, and cubic inclusions

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    Knoll, S. M.; Rhode, S. K.; Zhang, S.; Joyce, T. B.; Moram, M. A.

    2014-03-01

    The characteristic defect microstructure of epitaxial wurtzite ScxGa1-xN films on GaN was investigated. Threading dislocations in ScxGa1-xN are inclined with respect to [0001] to relieve in-plane compressive strains. However, increased densities of I1-type basal plane stacking faults and nanoscale lamellar zinc-blende inclusions in the (0001) plane occur with increasing x, in contrast to ScxAl1-xN. This behaviour occurs because the formation energy of the zinc-blende phase is close to that of the wurtzite phase for low Sc-content ScxGa1-xN but not for ScxAl1-xN.

  15. Experimental and simulation analysis of the W-band SC-FDMA hybrid optical-wireless transmission

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    Dogadaev, Anton Konstantinovich; Pang, Xiaodan; Deng, Lei

    2014-01-01

    We report on the experimental demonstration of the W-band hybrid optical-wireless SC-FDMA with 1.49 Gbit/s transmission over up to 2.3 m of air propagation. Provided simulation performance analysis proves a potential to reach 12.1 Gbit/s.......We report on the experimental demonstration of the W-band hybrid optical-wireless SC-FDMA with 1.49 Gbit/s transmission over up to 2.3 m of air propagation. Provided simulation performance analysis proves a potential to reach 12.1 Gbit/s....

  16. Crystallographic information of intermediate phases in binary Mg–X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag) alloys

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    Liu, Dongyan; Dai, Xuefeng; Wen, Xiaohong; Qin, Gaowu; Meng, Xiangying

    2015-01-01

    The compositions and structures of thermodynamically stable or metastable precipitations in binary Mg-X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag) alloys are predicted using ab-initio evolutionary algorithm. The geometry optimizations of the predicted intermetallic compounds are carried out in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) [1]. A complete list of the optimized crystallographic information (in cif format) of the predicted intermetallic phases is presented here. The data is related to “Predictions on the compositions, structures, and mechanical properties of intermediate phases in binary Mg–X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag ) alloys” by Liu et al. [2]. PMID:26217787

  17. Crystallographic information of intermediate phases in binary Mg-X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag) alloys.

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    Liu, Dongyan; Dai, Xuefeng; Wen, Xiaohong; Qin, Gaowu; Meng, Xiangying

    2015-09-01

    The compositions and structures of thermodynamically stable or metastable precipitations in binary Mg-X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag) alloys are predicted using ab-initio evolutionary algorithm. The geometry optimizations of the predicted intermetallic compounds are carried out in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) [1]. A complete list of the optimized crystallographic information (in cif format) of the predicted intermetallic phases is presented here. The data is related to "Predictions on the compositions, structures, and mechanical properties of intermediate phases in binary Mg-X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag ) alloys" by Liu et al. [2].

  18. Crystallographic information of intermediate phases in binary Mg–X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag alloys

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    Dongyan Liu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The compositions and structures of thermodynamically stable or metastable precipitations in binary Mg-X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag alloys are predicted using ab-initio evolutionary algorithm. The geometry optimizations of the predicted intermetallic compounds are carried out in the framework of density functional theory (DFT [1]. A complete list of the optimized crystallographic information (in cif format of the predicted intermetallic phases is presented here. The data is related to “Predictions on the compositions, structures, and mechanical properties of intermediate phases in binary Mg–X (X=Sn, Y, Sc, Ag alloys” by Liu et al. [2].

  19. The Low-Lying Electronic States of Scandium Monocarbide, ScC

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    Chen, Chiao-Wei; Merer, Anthony; Hsu, Yen-Chu

    2017-06-01

    Extensive wavelength-resolved fluorescence studies have been carried out for the electronic bands of ScC and Sc{}^{13}C lying in the range 14000 - 16000 cm^{-1}. Taken together with detailed rotational analyses of these bands, these studies have clarified the natures of the low-lying electronic states. The ground state is an Ω = 3/2 state, with a vibrational frequency of 648 cm^{-1}, and the first excited electronic state is an Ω = 5/2 state, with a frequency of 712 cm^{-1}, lying 155.54 cm^{-1} higher. These states are assigned as the lowest spin-orbit components of X^2Π_i and a^4Π_i, respectively. The quartet nature of the a state is confirmed by the observation of the ^4Π_{3/2} component, 18.71 cm^{-1} above the ^4Π_{5/2} component. The strongest bands in the region studied are two ^4Δ_{7/2} - ^4Π_{5/2} transitions, where the upper states lie 14355 and 15445 cm^{-1} above X^2Π_{3/2}. Extensive doublet-quartet mixing occurs, which results in some complicated emission patterns. The energy order, a^4Π above X^2Π, is consistent with the ab initio calculations of Kalemos et al., but differs from that found by Simard et al in the isoelectronic YC molecule. A. Kalemos, A. Mavridis and J.F. Harrison, J. Phys. Chem. A155, 755 (2001). B. Simard, P.A. Hackett and W.J. Balfour, Chem. Phys. Lett., 230, 103 (1994).

  20. A screen for nuclear transcripts identifies two linked noncoding RNAs associated with SC35 splicing domains

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    Lynch Christopher R

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Noncoding RNA species play a diverse set of roles in the eukaryotic cell. While much recent attention has focused on smaller RNA species, larger noncoding transcripts are also thought to be highly abundant in mammalian cells. To search for large noncoding RNAs that might control gene expression or mRNA metabolism, we used Affymetrix expression arrays to identify polyadenylated RNA transcripts displaying nuclear enrichment. Results This screen identified no more than three transcripts; XIST, and two unique noncoding nuclear enriched abundant transcripts (NEAT RNAs strikingly located less than 70 kb apart on human chromosome 11: NEAT1, a noncoding RNA from the locus encoding for TncRNA, and NEAT2 (also known as MALAT-1. While the two NEAT transcripts share no significant homology with each other, each is conserved within the mammalian lineage, suggesting significant function for these noncoding RNAs. NEAT2 is extraordinarily well conserved for a noncoding RNA, more so than even XIST. Bioinformatic analyses of publicly available mouse transcriptome data support our findings from human cells as they confirm that the murine homologs of these noncoding RNAs are also nuclear enriched. RNA FISH analyses suggest that these noncoding RNAs function in mRNA metabolism as they demonstrate an intimate association of these RNA species with SC35 nuclear speckles in both human and mouse cells. These studies show that one of these transcripts, NEAT1 localizes to the periphery of such domains, whereas the neighboring transcript, NEAT2, is part of the long-sought polyadenylated component of nuclear speckles. Conclusion Our genome-wide screens in two mammalian species reveal no more than three abundant large non-coding polyadenylated RNAs in the nucleus; the canonical large noncoding RNA XIST and NEAT1 and NEAT2. The function of these noncoding RNAs in mRNA metabolism is suggested by their high levels of conservation and their intimate

  1. A screen for nuclear transcripts identifies two linked noncoding RNAs associated with SC35 splicing domains.

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    Hutchinson, John N; Ensminger, Alexander W; Clemson, Christine M; Lynch, Christopher R; Lawrence, Jeanne B; Chess, Andrew

    2007-02-01

    Noncoding RNA species play a diverse set of roles in the eukaryotic cell. While much recent attention has focused on smaller RNA species, larger noncoding transcripts are also thought to be highly abundant in mammalian cells. To search for large noncoding RNAs that might control gene expression or mRNA metabolism, we used Affymetrix expression arrays to identify polyadenylated RNA transcripts displaying nuclear enrichment. This screen identified no more than three transcripts; XIST, and two unique noncoding nuclear enriched abundant transcripts (NEAT) RNAs strikingly located less than 70 kb apart on human chromosome 11: NEAT1, a noncoding RNA from the locus encoding for TncRNA, and NEAT2 (also known as MALAT-1). While the two NEAT transcripts share no significant homology with each other, each is conserved within the mammalian lineage, suggesting significant function for these noncoding RNAs. NEAT2 is extraordinarily well conserved for a noncoding RNA, more so than even XIST. Bioinformatic analyses of publicly available mouse transcriptome data support our findings from human cells as they confirm that the murine homologs of these noncoding RNAs are also nuclear enriched. RNA FISH analyses suggest that these noncoding RNAs function in mRNA metabolism as they demonstrate an intimate association of these RNA species with SC35 nuclear speckles in both human and mouse cells. These studies show that one of these transcripts, NEAT1 localizes to the periphery of such domains, whereas the neighboring transcript, NEAT2, is part of the long-sought polyadenylated component of nuclear speckles. Our genome-wide screens in two mammalian species reveal no more than three abundant large non-coding polyadenylated RNAs in the nucleus; the canonical large noncoding RNA XIST and NEAT1 and NEAT2. The function of these noncoding RNAs in mRNA metabolism is suggested by their high levels of conservation and their intimate association with SC35 splicing domains in multiple mammalian

  2. Chevaliers de la scène à l’écran

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    Sandra Gorgievski

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Le metteur en scène et acteur français Denis Llorca a dirigé le Centre dramatique national de Franche-Comté (1982-1991, avec lequel il a monté d’audacieux spectacles au texte dense, à la durée inhabituelle pour le spectateur moderne : Kings (1978 d’après Shakespeare [dix heures] ; Eux, les possédés (1982 d’après Dostoïevski [huit heures], ou encore Quatre Saisons pour les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde (1989 d’après la légende arthurienne [12 heures]. Avec sa propre compagnie, il a ensuite porté à la scène un projet de sept spectacles s’inspirant des mystères médiévaux, avec des textes empruntés à la Torah, aux Évangiles et au Coran, où le sublime se mêle au grotesque. Dans cet entretien, le réalisateur revient sur ses multiples visions du Moyen Âge dans sa recréation du mythe arthurien au théâtre, mais aussi à l’écran, dans le film qu’il a tiré de la pièce: Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde (1990 avec Maria Casarès, Alain Cuny et Michel Vitold.

  3. Electronic structure of the [MNH2]+ (M = Sc-Cu) complexes.

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    Hendrickx, Marc F A; Clima, Sergiu

    2006-11-23

    B3LYP geometry optimizations for the [MNH2]+ complexes of the first-row transition metal cations (Sc+-Cu+) were performed. Without any exception the ground states of these unsaturated amide complexes were calculated to possess planar geometries. CASPT2 binding energies that were corrected for zero-point energies and including relativistic effects show a qualitative trend across the series that closely resembles the experimental observations. The electronic structures for the complexes of the early and middle transition metal cations (Sc+-Co+) differ from the electronic structures derived for the complexes of the late transition metal cations (Ni+ and Cu+). For the former complexes the relative higher position of the 3d orbitals above the singly occupied 2p(pi) HOMO of the uncoordinated NH2 induces an electron transfer from the 3d shell to 2p(pi). The stabilization of the 3d orbitals from the left to the right along the first-row transition metal series causes these orbitals to become situated below the HOMO of the NH2 ligand for Ni+ and Cu+, preventing a transfer from occurring in the [MNH2]+ complexes of these metal cations. Analysis of the low-lying states of the amide complexes revealed a rather unique characteristic of their electronic structures that was found across the entire series. Rather exceptionally for the whole of chemistry, pi-type interactions were calculated to be stronger than the corresponding sigma-type interactions. The origin of this extraordinary behavior can be ascribed to the low-lying sp2 lone pair orbital of the NH2 ligand with respect to the 3d level.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of a new high density Sc/Si multilayer sliced grating

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    Advanced Light Source; Voronov, Dmitriy L.; Cambie, Rossana; Gullikson, Eric; Yashchuk, Valeriy; Padmore, Howard; Pershin, Yuri; Ponomarenko, Alexander; Kondratenko, Valeriy

    2008-07-21

    State of the art soft x-ray spectroscopy techniques like Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) require diffraction gratings which can provide extremely high spectral resolution of 105-106. This problem may be addressed with a sliced multilayer grating with an ultra-high groove density (up to 50,000 mm-1) proposed in the recent publication [Voronov, D. L., Cambie, R., Feshchenko, R. M., Gullikson, E., Padmore, H. A., Vinogradov, A. V., Yashchuk, V. V., Proc. SPIE 6705, 67050E (2007)]. It has been suggested to fabricate such a grating by deposition of a soft x-ray multilayer on a substrate which is a blazed saw-tooth grating (echellette) with low groove density. Subsequent polishing applied to the coated grating removes part of the coating and forms an oblique-cut multiline structure that is a sliced multilayer grating. The resulting grating has a short-scale periodicity of lines (bilayers), which is defined by the multilayer period and the oblique-cut angle. We fabricated and tested a Sc/Si multilayer sliced grating suitable for EUV applications, which is a first prototype based on the suggested technique. In order to fabricate an echellette substrate, we used anisotropic KOH etching of a Si wafer. The etching regime was optimized to obtain smooth and flat echellette facets. A Sc/Si multilayer was deposited by dc-magnetron sputtering, and after that it was mechanically polished using a number of diamond pastes. The resulting sliced grating prototype with ~;;270 nm line period has demonstrated a dispersive ability in the 41-49 nm photon wavelength range with a diffraction efficiency of ~;;7percent for the optimized 38th order assigned to the echellette grating of 10 mu m period.

  5. Isolation of a human-like antibody fragment (scFv that neutralizes ricin biological activity

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    Thullier Philippe

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ricin is a lethal toxin that inhibits protein synthesis. It is easily extracted from a ubiquitously grown plant, Ricinus communis, and thus readily available for use as a bioweapon (BW. Anti-ricin antibodies provide the only known therapeutic against ricin intoxication. Results In this study, after immunizing a non-human primate (Macaca fascicularis with the ricin chain A (RTA, a phage-displayed immune library was built (2 × 108 clones, that included the λ light chain fragment. The library was screened against ricin, and specific binders were sequenced and further analyzed. The best clone, 43RCA, was isolated using a new, stringent neutralization test. 43RCA had a high, picomolar affinity (41 pM and neutralized ricin efficiently (IC50 = 23 ± 3 ng/ml, corresponding to a [scFv]/[ricin] molar ratio of 4. The neutralization capacity of 43RCA compared favourably with that of polyclonal anti-deglycosylated A chain (anti-dgRCA IgGs, obtained from hyperimmune mouse serum, which were more efficient than any monoclonal at our disposal. The 43RCA sequence is very similar to that for human IgG germline genes, with 162 of 180 identical amino acids for the VH and VL (90% sequence identity. Conclusion Results of the characterization studies, and the high degree of identity with human germline genes, altogether make this anti-ricin scFv, or an IgG derived from it, a likely candidate for use in humans to minimize effects caused by ricin intoxication.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of a new high density Sc/Si multilayer sliced grating

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    Voronov, Dmitriy L.; Cambie, Rossana; Gullikson, Eric M.; Yashchuk, Valeriy V.; Padmore, Howard A.; Pershin, Yuri P.; Ponomarenko, Alexander G.; Kondratenko, Valeriy V.

    2008-08-01

    State of the art soft x-ray spectroscopy techniques like Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) require diffraction gratings which can provide extremely high spectral resolution of 105-106. This problem may be addressed with a sliced multilayer grating with an ultra-high groove density (up to 50,000 mm-1) proposed in the recent publication [Voronov, D. L., et al., Proc. SPIE 6705, 67050E (2007)]. It has been suggested to fabricate such a grating by deposition of a soft x-ray multilayer on a substrate which is a blazed saw-tooth grating (echellette) with low groove density. Subsequent polishing applied to the coated grating removes part of the coating and forms an oblique-cut multiline structure that is a sliced multilayer grating. The resulting grating has a short-scale periodicity of lines (bilayers), which is defined by the multilayer period and the oblique-cut angle. We fabricated and tested a Sc/Si multilayer sliced grating suitable for EUV applications, which is a first prototype based on the suggested technique. In order to fabricate an echellette substrate, we used anisotropic KOH etching of a Si wafer. The etching regime was optimized to obtain smooth and flat echellette facets. A Sc/Si multilayer was deposited by dc-magnetron sputtering, and after that it was mechanically polished using a number of diamond pastes. The resulting sliced grating prototype with ~270 nm line period has demonstrated a dispersive ability in the 41-49 nm photon wavelength range with a diffraction efficiency of ~7% for the optimized 38th order assigned to the echellette grating of 10 μm period.

  7. l2b78sc.m77t - MGD77 data file for Geophysical data from field activity L-2B-78-SC in Southern California from 05/25/1978 to 05/29/1978

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry and magnetics data along with DGPS navigation data was collected as part of field activity L-2B-78-SC in Southern California from 05/25/1978...

  8. f184sc.m77t - MGD77 data file for Geophysical data from field activity F-1-84-SC in Southern California from 04/26/1984 to 05/21/1984

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry and magnetic data along with DGPS navigation data was collected as part of field activity F-1-84-SC in Southern California from 04/26/1984 to...

  9. Theoretical study of isoelectronic SinM clusters (M=Sc-,Ti,V+; n=14-18)

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    Torres, M. B.; Fernandez Sanchez, Eva; Balbás, L. C.

    2007-01-01

    We study, from first-principles quantum mechanical calculations, the structural and electronic properties of several low-lying energy equilibrium structures of isoelectronic SinM clusters (M=Sc-,Ti,V+) for n=14-18. The main result is that those clusters with n=16 are more stable than its neighbor...

  10. Impairment in predictive processes during auditory mismatch negativity in ScZ : Evidence from event-related fields

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    Sauer, Andreas; Zeev-Wolf, Maor; Grent-'t-Jong, Tineke; Recasens, Marc; Wacongne, C.; Wibral, Michael; Helbling, Saskia; Peled, Abraham; Grinshpoon, Alexander; Singer, Wolf; Goldstein, Abraham; Uhlhaas, Peter J

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    Patients with schizophrenia (ScZ) show pronounced dysfunctions in auditory perception but the underlying mechanisms as well as the localization of the deficit remain unclear. To examine these questions, the current study examined whether alterations in the neuromagnetic mismatch negativity (MMNm) in

  11. Piezoelectric non-linearity in PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 thin films

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    Chopra, A.; Kim, Y.; Alexe, M.; Hesse, D.

    2014-01-01

    Epitaxial (001)-oriented PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 (PST) thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Local piezoelectric investigations performed by piezoelectric force microscopy show a dual slope for the piezoelectric coefficient. A piezoelectric coefficient of 3 pm/V was observed at voltages up to

  12. Pharmacophore-based strategy for the development of general and specific scFv biosensors for abused antibiotics.

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    Cha, Mi Young; Lee, Hyang Yeon; Ko, Yeonjin; Shim, Hyunbo; Park, Seung Bum

    2011-01-19

    We developed fluorescent biosensor systems that are either general or selective to fluoroquinolone antibiotics by using a single-chain variable-fragment (scFv) as a recognition element. The selectivity of these biosensors to fluoroquinolone antibiotics was rationally tuned through the structural modification on the pharmacophore of fluoroquinolone antibiotics and the subsequent selection of scFv receptor modules against these antibiotics-based antigens using phage display. The resulting A2 and F9 scFv's bound to their representative antigen with a moderate affinity (K(D) in micromolar range as determined by surface plasmon resonance). A2 is a specific binder for enrofloxacin and did not cross-react with other fluoroquinolone antibiotics including structurally similar ciprofloxacin, while F9 is a general fluoroquinolone binder that likely bound to the antigen at the common pyridone-carboxylic acid pharmacophore. These scFv-based receptors were successfully applied to the development of one-step fluorescent biosensor which can detect fluoroquinolone antibiotics at concentrations below the level suggested in animal drug application guidelines. The strategy described in this report can be applied to developing convenient field biosensors that can qualitatively detect overused/misused antibiotics in the livestock drinking water.

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    ... Center, 28 Global Drive, Greenville; Site 2 (799 acres total)--International Transport Center, Victor Hill Rd., Greer, and Gateway International Business Center, Brookshire Rd. and SC Hwy. 101, Greer; Site...'' in the context of the Board's standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a general-purpose zone project...

  14. Structural evolution and stability of Sc2(WO4)3 after discharge in a sodium-based electrochemical cell

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    Andersen, Henrik L; Al Bahri, Othman K; Tsarev, Sergey

    2018-01-01

    Sc2(WO4)3, prepared by solid state synthesis and constructed as an electrode, is discharged to different states in half-cell batteries, versus a Na negative electrode. The structural evolution of the Na-containing electrodes is studied with synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) revealing...

  15. Structural and functional characterization of a novel scFv anti-HSP60 of Strongyloides sp.

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    Levenhagen, Marcelo Arantes; de Almeida Araújo Santos, Fabiana; Fujimura, Patrícia Tiemi; Carneiro, Ana Paula; Caneiro, Ana Paula; Costa-Cruz, Julia Maria; Goulart, Luiz Ricardo

    2015-05-21

    Phage display is a powerful technology that selects specific proteins or peptides to a target. We have used Phage Display to select scFv (single-chain variable fragment) clones from a combinatorial library against total proteins of Strongyloides venezuelensis. After scFv characterization, further analysis demonstrated that this recombinant fragment of antibody was able to bind to an S. venezuelensis antigenic fraction of ~65 kDa, present in the body periphery and digestive system of infective larvae (L3), as demonstrated by immunofluorescence. Mass spectrometry results followed by bioinformatics analysis showed that this antigenic fraction was a heat shock protein 60 (HSP60) of Strongyloides sp. The selected scFv was applied in serodiagnosis by immune complexes detection in serum samples from individuals with strongyloidiasis using a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), showing sensitivity of 97.5% (86.84-99.94), specificity of 98.81 (93.54-99.97), positive likelihood ratio of 81.60 and an area under the curve of 0.9993 (0.9973-1.000). Our study provided a novel monoclonal scFv antibody fragment which specifically bound to HSP60 of Strongyloides sp. and was applied in the development of an innovative serodiagnosis method for the human strongyloidiasis.

  16. Production of anti-amoxicillin ScFv antibody and simulation studying its molecular recognition mechanism for penicillins.

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    Liu, Jing; Zhang, Hui C; Duan, Chang F; Dong, Jun; Zhao, Guo X; Wang, Jian P; Li, Nan; Liu, Jin Z; Li, Yu W

    2016-11-01

    The molecular recognition mechanism of an antibody for its hapten is very interesting. The objective of this research was to study the intermolecular interactions of an anti-amoxicillin antibody with penicillin drugs. The single chain variable fragment (ScFv) antibody was generated from a hybridoma cell strain excreting the monoclonal antibody for amoxicillin. The recombinant ScFv antibody showed similar recognition ability for penicillins to its parental monoclonal antibody: simultaneous recognizing 11 penicillins with cross-reactivities of 18-107%. The three-dimensional structure of the ScFv antibody was simulated by using homology modeling, and its intermolecular interactions with 11 penicillins were studied by using molecular docking. Results showed that three CDRs are involved in antibody recognition; CDR L3 Arg 100, CDR H3 Tyr226, and CDR H3 Arg 228 were the key contact amino acid residues; hydrogen bonding was the main antibody-drug intermolecular force; and the core structure of penicillin drugs was the main antibody binding position. These results could explain the recognition mechanism of anti-amoxicillin antibody for amoxicillin and its analogs. This is the first study reporting the production of ScFv antibody for penicillins and stimulation studying its recognition mechanism.

  17. Rapid establishment of the European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC - the Hot Start experience

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    eTOC: The report focuses on the EBiSC experience of rapidly establishing an operational capacity to procure, bank and distribute a foundational collection of established hiPSC lines. It validates the feasibility and defines the challenges of harnessing and integrating the capability and productivity of centres across Europe using commonly available resources currently in the field.

  18. AAV-mediated expression of anti-tau scFvs decreases tau accumulation in a mouse model of tauopathy.

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    Ising, Christina; Gallardo, Gilbert; Leyns, Cheryl E G; Wong, Connie H; Stewart, Floy; Koscal, Lauren J; Roh, Joseph; Robinson, Grace O; Remolina Serrano, Javier; Holtzman, David M

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    Tauopathies are characterized by the progressive accumulation of hyperphosphorylated, aggregated forms of tau. Our laboratory has previously demonstrated that passive immunization with an anti-tau antibody, HJ8.5, decreased accumulation of pathological tau in a human P301S tau-expressing transgenic (P301S-tg) mouse model of frontotemporal dementia/tauopathy. To investigate whether the Fc domain of HJ8.5 is required for the therapeutic effect, we engineered single-chain variable fragments (scFvs) derived from HJ8.5 with variable linker lengths, all specific to human tau. Based on different binding properties, we selected two anti-tau scFvs and tested their efficacy in vivo by adeno-associated virus-mediated gene transfer to the brain of P301S-tg mice. The scFvs significantly reduced levels of hyperphosphorylated, aggregated tau in brain tissue of P301S-tg mice, associated with a decrease in detergent-soluble tau species. Interestingly, these mice showed substantial levels of scFvs in the cerebrospinal fluid without significant effects on total extracellular tau levels. Therefore, our study provides a novel strategy for anti-tau immunotherapeutics that potentially limits a detrimental proinflammatory response. © 2017 Ising et al.

  19. Evaluation of Alternative Peel Ply Surface Preparation Methods of SC-15 Epoxy / Fiberglass Composite Surfaces for Secondary Bonding

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    The peel ply is removed prior to surface preparation methods for secondary bonding, which include mechanical abrasion , chemical treatments...Evaluation of Alternative Peel Ply Surface Preparation Methods of SC-15 Epoxy / Fiberglass Composite Surfaces for Secondary Bonding by Jared...originator. Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5069 ARL-TR-6781 January 2014 Evaluation of Alternative Peel Ply

  20. Isolation and characterization of novel mutations in the pSC101 origin that increase copy number

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    Thompson, Mitchell G.; Sedaghatian, Nima; Barajas, Jesus F.

    2018-01-01

    /cell) based plasmids, respectively. The mutant copy number variants retained compatibility with p15a, pBBR, and ColE1 origins of replication. These pSC101 variants may be useful in future metabolic engineering efforts that require medium or high-copy vectors compatible with p15a- and ColE1-based plasmids....

  1. Production of recombinant scFv against p24 of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 by phage display technology.

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    Mohammadzadeh, Sara; Rajabibazl, Masoumeh; Fourozandeh, Mehdi; Rasaee, Mohammad Javad; Rahbarizadeh, Fatemeh; Mohammadi, Mohammad

    2014-02-01

    Phage display has a fundamental role in protein isolation and engineering. Isolated proteins produced with this method can be modified for specific binding and affinity. P24 is the most produced protein during human immune deficiency virus (HIV) replication; especially in the early steps of HIV-1 infection, its evaluation may have diagnostic values. To test the HIV-1 infection, p24 antigen assay appears to be a very promising alternative to RNA assays. In this study, we have generated a recombinant mouse single chain antibody fragment against p24 of the HIV-1 with the use of phage display technology. After isolation of antibody variable-region (V) gene of B cells extracted from the spleen of an immunized mouse, a library of single chain Fv fragments (scFv) was constructed. The library was used in a series of bio-panning processes against recombinant p24 protein expressed from Escherichia coli. The isolated scFv antibody specifically recognizes the HIV-1 capsid protein p24. The affinity constant of the isolated scFv antibody (MF85) was found to be 2×10(-9) M. Our studies showed that the MF85 scFV antibody has similar properties as that of monoclonal antibodies produced by the hybridoma technology.

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  3. Rapid establishment of the European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) - the Hot Start experience

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    De Sousa, Paul A.; Steeg, Rachel; Wachter, Elisabeth; Bruce, Kevin; King, Jason; Hoeve, Marieke; Khadun, Shalinee; McConnachie, George; Holder, Julie; Kurtz, Andreas; Seltmann, Stefanie; Dewender, Johannes; Reimann, Sascha; Stacey, Glyn; O'Shea, Orla; Chapman, Charlotte; Healy, Lyn; Zimmermann, Heiko; Bolton, Bryan; Rawat, Trisha; Atkin, Isobel; Veiga, Anna; Kuebler, Bernd; Serano, Blanca Miranda; Saric, Tomo; Hescheler, Jürgen; Brüstle, Oliver; Peitz, Michael; Thiele, Cornelia; Geijsen, Niels; Holst, Bjørn; Clausen, Christian; Lako, Majlinda; Armstrong, Lyle; Gupta, Shailesh K.; Kvist, Alexander J.; Hicks, Ryan; Jonebring, Anna; Brolén, Gabriella; Ebneth, Andreas; Cabrera-Socorro, Alfredo; Foerch, Patrik; Geraerts, Martine; Stummann, Tina C.; Harmon, Shawn; George, Carol; Streeter, Ian; Clarke, Laura; Parkinson, Helen; Harrison, Peter W.; Faulconbridge, Adam; Cherubin, Luca; Burdett, Tony; Trigueros, Cesar; Patel, Minal J.; Lucas, Christa; Hardy, Barry; Predan, Rok; Dokler, Joh; Brajnik, Maja; Keminer, Oliver; Pless, Ole; Gribbon, Philip; Claussen, Carsten; Ringwald, Annette; Kreisel, Beate; Courtney, Aidan; Allsopp, Timothy E.

    2017-01-01

    A fast track “Hot Start” process was implemented to launch the European Bank for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) to provide early release of a range of established control and disease linked human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines. Established practice amongst consortium members was

  4. Construction and Periplasmic Expression of the Anti-EGFRvIII ScFv Antibody Gene in Escherichia coli.

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    Dewi, Kartika Sari; Retnoningrum, Debbie Sofie; Riani, Catur; Fuad, Asrul Muhamad

    2016-01-01

    In the previous study, we constructed an expression vector carrying the anti-EGFRvIII scFv antibody gene with VH-linker-VL orientation. The proteins were successfully produced in the periplasmic space of Escherichia coli. In this study, we substituted the inserted DNA with VL-linker-VH orientation of the anti-EGFRvIII scFv gene and analyzed its expression in E. coli. The DNA fragment was amplified from its cloning vector (pTz-rscFv), subsequently cloned into a previous expression vector containing the pelB signal sequence and his-tag, and then transformed into E. coli TOP10. The recombinant plasmids were characterized by restriction, PCR, and DNA sequencing analyses. The new anti-EGFRvIII scFv antibody proteins have been successfully expressed in the periplasmic compartment of E. coli Nico21(DE3) using 0.1 mM final concentration of IPTG induction. Total proteins, soluble periplasmic and cytoplasmic proteins, solubilized inclusion bodies, and extracellular proteins were analyzed by SDS-PAGE and Western Blot analyses. The results showed that soluble scFv proteins were found in all fractions except from the cytoplasmic space.

  5. ALERTES-SC3: an EEWS prototype for south Iberia peninsula.

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    Pazos, Antonio; Lopez de Mesa, Mireya; Martín Davila, José; Gallego Carrasco, Javier; Rioja del Rio, Carlos; Morgado, Arturo; Hanka, Winfried; Strollo, Angelo; Cibeira, Angel; Cabieces, Roberto; Carranza, Marta

    2016-04-01

    Since several decades Earthquake Early Warning Systems (EEWS) have been developed for different parts of the world based on the hypothesis of the earthquake characteristics can be derived from the analysis of the low energy P-wave prior to the arrival of more energetic S-waves and later phases. Thereby a time ("lead time") is available to evaluate a warning and perform automatic or semi -automatic actions on certain systems and deliver and alert to the authorities involved in emergency. The South Iberia peninsula area, between SW San Vicente Cape to the East of the Alboran sea, is one of the most seismically active zones in the Ibero-Maghrebian region, with predominantly moderate and superficial seismicity, but also big events with associated tsunamis are well documented in the area, like the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The main goal of the ALERT-ES (2011-2013) and ALERTES-RIM (2014-2016) Spanish projects has been to develop an EEWS for South Iberia region (ALERTES-SC3 EEWS) from a regional and also an on-site approach, and the study of the scaling laws for this area to estimate the moment magnitude (Mw) and predict the expected PGV (peak ground velocity) and Pd (peak displacement) among other parameters. The ALERTES-SC3 EEWS, regional approach, prototype has been developed at the Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) and is being tested in near real time for South Iberia area. This prototype, based on the SeisComP3 software package, is largely based on algorithms derived from the analysis of the first seconds of the P wave records. Calculation of several parameters are carried out, mainly the characteristic period (τc), Peak displacement and velocity (Pd, Pv) and maximum period (τPmáx), among others, from which correlations with corresponding earthquake magnitude, peak ground velocities , etc. are derived. Decision tables have been developed in order to deliver warnings (Buforn et al, 2012). The algorithms have been implemented by ROA in the seismic data system Seis

  6. Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies: scFv patents as a marker of a new class of potential biopharmaceuticals

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Monoclonal antibodies represent the fastest growing class of biopharmaceutical products and have a host of applications in medical research, diagnosis, therapy, and basic science. The production of recombinant monoclonal antibodies has revolutionized the generation of immunoglobulins, and their use represents a strategic breakthrough, affecting the global pharmaceutical market for therapeutic proteins. In the present work, a review of scFv, and the number of related patents, has been carried out. The results show that several countries have scFv patents, most notably the United States, China and United Kingdom. The target of these scFv antibodies was also assessed and the results demonstrate that most are directed toward cancer therapy.Anticorpos monoclonais representam a classe de maior crescimento em produtos de biofármacos e possuem várias aplicações em pesquisa médica, diagnóstico, terapias e ciência básica. A produção de anticorpos monoclonais recombinantes revolucionou a geração de imunoglobulinas e sua utilização implica em avanço estratégico, afetando o mercado farmacêutico global de proteínas terapêuticas. No presente trabalho, uma revisão sobre scFv e a relação do seu número de patentes foi analisada. Os resultados mostram que vários países apresentam patentes de scFv com destaque para os Estados Unidos, China e Reino Unido. Os alvos desses anticorpos também foram avaliados e as análises revelaram que a maioria é destinado a terapias contra o câncer.

  7. 41 CFR 102-38.365 - Is a holding agency required to report property in “scrap” condition to its selected SC?

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    ... Sales Program § 102-38.365 Is a holding agency required to report property in “scrap” condition to its selected SC? No. Property which has no value except for its basic material content (scrap material) may be... agency should consult the SC(s) selected by the holding agency as to the feasibility of selling the scrap...

  8. Effectiveness of a Treatment for Impairments in Social Cognition and Emotion Regulation (T-ScEmo) after traumatic brain injury : A randomized controlled trial

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    Westerhof-Evers, Herma J.; Visser-Keizer, Annemarie C.; Fasotti, Luciano; Schönherr, Marleen C.; Vink, Martie; van der Naalt, Joukje; Spikman, Jacoba M.

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a multifaceted Treatment for Social cognition and Emotion regulation (T-ScEmo) in patients with a traumatic brain injury. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-one patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury randomly assigned to an experimental T-ScEmo intervention or

  9. THE FUNGAL HYDROPHOBIN SC3P SELF-ASSEMBLES AT THE SURFACE OF AERIAL HYPHAE AS A PROTEIN MEMBRANE CONSTITUTING THE HYDROPHOBIC RODLET LAYER

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    WOSTEN, HAB; ASGEIRSDOTTIR, SA; KROOK, JH; DRENTH, JHH; WESSELS, JGH

    The Schizophyllum commune hydrophobin Sc3p is a small, hydrophobic, cysteine-rich protein involved in the formation of aerial hyphae. Using an antibody against purified Sc3p we found that the hydrophobin is secreted into the medium at the spices of growing submerged hyphae but in emerging aerial

  10. Fabrication of Sc2O3-magneli phase titanium composite electrode and its application in efficient electrocatalytic degradation of methyl orange

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    Bai, Hongmei; He, Ping; Chen, Jingchao; Liu, Kaili; Lei, Hong; Dong, Faqin; Zhang, Xingquan; Li, Hong

    2017-04-01

    Sc2O3-magneli phase titanium (Sc2O3-MPT) composite electrode was successfully fabricated via a simple pressing-sintering method and used for electrocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO). It was shown that Sc2O3 was successfully composited with MPT. Compared with MPT electrode, Sc2O3-MPT composite electrode had less spherical particles and more pores. Linear scanning voltammetry indicated that Sc2O3-MPT composite electrode presented higher oxygen evolution overpotential than MPT electrode, suggesting that Sc2O3-MPT electrode was much more suitable for the degradation of MO. The electrocatalytic degradation of MO was evaluated under different parameters including current density, temperature, initial pH and electrolysis time. Under the optimal parameters (current density 10 mA cm-2, temperature 25 °C, initial pH 3 and electrolysis time 120 min), the degradation efficiency of MO on Sc2O3-MPT composite electrode reached up to 90.16%. All these results demonstrated that Sc2O3-MPT composite electrode was effective for electrocatalytic degradation of MO and had a great potential application in the treatment of dyes wastewater.

  11. Application of phage display in selecting Tomato spotted wilt virus - specific single-chain antibodies (scFvs) for sensitive diagnosis in ELISA

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    Griep, R.A.; Prins, M.; Twisk, van C.; Keller, H.J.H.G.; Kerschbaumer, R.J.; Kormelink, R.; Goldbach, R.W.; Schots, A.

    2000-01-01

    A panel of recombinant single-chain antibodies (scFvs) against structural proteins of Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) was retrieved from a human combinatorial scFv antibody library using the novel phage display technique. After subcloning the encoding DNA sequences in the expression vector pSKAP/S,

  12. f392sc.m77t and f392sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header files for single-beam bathymetry data for field activity F-3-92-SC in in Southern California from 04/22/1992 to 05/15/1992

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with GPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise F-3-92-SC. The cruise was conducted in Southern...

  13. a298sc.m77t and a298sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header file for single-beam bathymetry for field activity A-2-98-SC in Santa Monica Bay from 08/23/1998 to 08/31/1998

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with GPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise A-2-98-SC. The cruise was conducted in Santa...

  14. f690sc.m77t and f690sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header files for single-beam bathymetry data for field activity F-6-90-SC in Southern California, Monterey Canyon from 06/19/1990 to 07/12/1990

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with Loran-C RHO-RHO and GPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise F-6-90-SC. The cruise was...

  15. p192sc.m77t and p192sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header files for single-beam bathymetry data for field activity P-1-92-SC in Santa Monica Basin, Southern California from 01/30/1992 to 02/04/1992

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with Loran-C and GPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise P-1-92-SC. The cruise was conducted...

  16. o199sc.m77t and o199sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header file for single-beam bathymetry for field activity O-1-99-SC in Southern California from 06/05/1999 to 06/17/1999

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with DGPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise O-1-99-SC. The cruise was conducted in...

  17. a100sc.m77t and a100sc.h77t: MGD77T data and header files for single-beam bathymetry data for field activity A-1-00-SC in Southern California from Port Hueneme to Mexican Border from 06/05/2000 to 06/29/2000

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Single-beam bathymetry data along with DGPS navigation data was collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey cruise A-1-00-SC. The cruise was conducted from Port...

  18. Wavelengths, energy levels and hyperfine structure of Mn II and Sc II.

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    Nave, Gillian; Pickering, Juliet C.; Townley-Smith, Keeley I. M.; Hala, .

    2015-08-01

    For many decades, the Atomic Spectroscopy Groups at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Imperial College London (ICL) have measured atomic data of astronomical interest. Our spectrometers include Fourier transform (FT) spectrometers at NIST and ICL covering the region 1350 Å to 5.5 μm and a 10.7-m grating spectrometer at NIST covering wavelengths from 300 - 5000 Å. Sources for these spectra include high-current continuous and pulsed hollow cathode (HCL) lamps, Penning discharges, and sliding spark discharges. Recent work has focused on the measurement and analysis of wavelengths, energy levels, and hyperfine structure (HFS) constants for iron-group elements. The analysis of FT spectra of Cr I, Mn I, and Mn II is being led by ICL and is described in a companion poster [1]. Current work being led by NIST includes the analysis of HFS in Mn II, analysis of Mn II in the vacuum ultraviolet, and a comprehensive analysis of Sc II.Comprehensive HFS constants for Mn II are needed for the interpretation of stellar spectra and incorrect abundances may be obtained when HFS is omitted. Holt et al. [2] have measured HFS constants for 59 levels of Mn II using laser spectroscopy. We used FT spectra of Mn/Ni and Mn/Cu HCLs covering wavelength ranges from 1350 Å to 5.4 μm to confirm 26 of the A constants of Holt et al. and obtain values for roughly 40 additional levels. We aim to obtain HFS constants for the majority of lines showing significant HFS that are observed in chemically-peculiar stars.Spectra of Sc HCLs have been recorded from 1800 - 6700 Å using a vacuum ultraviolet FT spectrometer at NIST. Additional measurements to cover wavelengths above 6700 Å and below 1800 Å are in progress. The spectra are being analyzed by NIST and Alighar Muslim University, India in order to derive improved wavelengths, energy levels, and hyperfine structure parameters.This work was partially supported by NASA, the STFC and PPARC (UK), the Royal Society of the UK

  19. Residue decline and risk assessment of fluopyram + tebuconazole (400SC) in/on onion (Allium cepa).

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    Patel, Badal V; Chawla, Suchi; Gor, Hetal; Upadhyay, Payal; Parmar, Kaushik D; Patel, Anil R; Shah, Paresh G

    2016-10-01

    A method was validated for estimating fluopyram and tebuconazole in onion on LC-MS/MS using dispersive QuEChERS. Three sprays of a combination fungicide fluopyram + tebuconazole (Luna experience, 400 SC) were applied @ 75 + 75 and 150 + 150 g a.i. ha-1 at an interval of 10 days on onion using Knapsack sprayer. First spray was made at bulb setting stage. Spring onion samples were drawn at 0 (1 h), 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, and 20 days and matured onion bulb at harvest (52 days) after the last spray. Soil samples were also drawn at harvest. Foliar application of the combination product resulted in 1.14 and 2.86 mg kg-1 fluopyram residues on spring onion at standard and double dose, respectively, one hour after the last application. The levels of fluopyram residues gradually declined and recorded 0.25 and 0.58 mg kg-1 on 20th day of application with half-lives of 8.8 and 9.1 days at standard and double dose, respectively. For tebuconazole, the corresponding residues observed after 1 h (0 day) of application were 0.92 and 2.29 mg kg-1. The levels declined gradually to 0.12 and 0.33 mg kg-1 on 20th days with half-life of 6.7 to 7.7 days at standard and double dose, respectively. Here, we are proposing a pre-harvest interval of 7 day for fluopyram and tebuconazole in spring onion when applied at 75 + 75 g a.i. ha-1 (400 SC). Risk assessment was done by calculating hazard quotient and by comparing theoretical maximum residue intake (TMRI) with maximum permissible intake (MPI). In all the cases, results of the study showed that HQ (Hazard Quotient) ≤1 and TMDI < MPI. Hence, the use of this combination product can be recommended with pre harvest interval of 7 days. The data can be used in establishing MRLs (maximum residue limits) for spring onion after considering multilocation trials.

  20. Prevalência de hiperidrose em uma amostra populacional de Blumenau - SC, Brasil Prevalence of hyperhidrosis in the adult population of Blumenau-SC, Brazil

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    Romero Felini

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: A hiperidrose é um distúrbio pouco conhecido, caracterizado pela produção excessiva de suor. Manifesta-se sob várias formas, afetando áreas como axilas, mãos, pés e face. Seus sintomas trazem prejuízos para o paciente, desde limitações no trabalho até constrangimento social e transtornos psicológicos. OBJETIVOS: O objetivo deste trabalho é estimar a prevalência de hiperidrose na cidade de Blumenau. MÉTODOS: A pesquisa foi realizada entre 21 de agosto e 1o de setembro de 2006, nos terminais urbanos de Blumenau: SC, entrevistando-se 500 pessoas abordadas de forma aleatória. RESULTADOS: Dentre os entrevistados, 45 deles, que correspondem a 9% do total, preencheram os requisitos mínimos para serem classificados como portadores de hiperidrose. A faixa etária mais acometida foi entre 18 e 30 anos (11,8%. O número de portadores de hiperidrose do sexo masculino foi maior em números tanto absolutos quanto relativos. A característica mais prevalente foi frequência de hiperidrose ao menos uma vez por semana, encontrada em 91,11% dos afetados; a menos prevalente foi cessação de suor durante o sono, presente em 37,77%. CONCLUSÕES: Observa-se que a prevalência de hiperidrose em Blumenau é maior que a encontrada em outras pesquisas semelhantes, não evidenciando raridade na presente amostra.BACKGROUND: Hyperhidrosis is a little known disorder, characterized by excessive production of sweat. Hyperhidrosis may occur under several circumstances and appears in body parts like armpits, hands, feet, and face, consequently causing problems to the patient like job limitation, social embarrassment, and psychological damage. OBJECTIVES: Using these theoretical views as a starting point, the study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of hyperhidrosis in Blumenau. METHODOLOGY: Utilizing interviews, the research was conducted with 500 subjects randomly approached, in the period ranging from August 21 to September 1st, 2006. RESULTS: 45

  1. Construction of bifunctional molecules specific to antigen and antibody’s Fc-fragment by fusion of scFv-antibodies with staphylococcal protein A

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    Kolibo D. V.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To develop approach for detection of scFv and their complexes with antigens. Methods. The fusion proteins, which include sequences of scFv and staphylococcal protein A, were constructed and the obtained bifunctional molecules were immunochemically analysed. Results. It was shown, that scFv fused with protein A and their complexes with antigens are effectively recognized by labelled immunoglobulins with unrestricted antigenic specificity. Conclusions. The fusion of scFv with protein A fragment is a perspective approach to increase the efficiency of application in ELISA. The obtained scFv, fused with protein A, could be used for development of test-systems for the detection of diphtheria toxin.

  2. ScChi, Encoding an Acidic Class III Chitinase of Sugarcane, Confers Positive Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Sugarcane

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    Yachun Su

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Chitinases (EC 3.2.2.14, expressed during the plant-pathogen interaction, are associated with plant defense against pathogens. In the present study, a positive correlation between chitinase activity and sugarcane smut resistance was found. ScChi (GenBank accession no. KF664180, a Class III chitinase gene, encoded a 31.37 kDa polypeptide, was cloned and identified. Subcellular localization revealed ScChi targeting to the nucleus, cytoplasm and the plasma membrane. Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR results showed that ScChi was highly expressed in leaf and stem epidermal tissues. The ScChi transcript was both higher and maintained longer in the resistance cultivar during challenge with Sporisorium scitamineum. The ScChi also showed an obvious induction of transcription after treatment with SA (salicylic acid, H2O2, MeJA (methyl jasmonate, ABA (abscisic acid, NaCl, CuCl2, PEG (polyethylene glycol and low temperature (4 °C. The expression levels of ScChi and six immunity associated marker genes were upregulated by the transient overexpression of ScChi. Besides, histochemical assay of Nicotiana benthamiana leaves overexpressing pCAMBIA 1301-ScChi exhibited deep DAB (3,3'-diaminobenzidinesolution staining color and high conductivity, indicating the high level of H2O2 accumulation. These results suggest a close relationship between the expression of ScChi and plant immunity. In conclusion, the positive responses of ScChi to the biotic and abiotic stimuli reveal that this gene is a stress-related gene of sugarcane.

  3. A Novel L-ascorbate Peroxidase 6 Gene, ScAPX6, Plays an Important Role in the Regulation of Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Sugarcane

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    Feng Liu

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The L-ascorbate peroxidase 6 gene (APX6 is one of the most important genes for scavenging H2O2 and plays a vital role in plant resistance to environmental stresses. In this study, a novel ScAPX6 gene (GenBank Accession No. KT907352 was obtained from a sugarcane variety (ROC22. Bioinformatics analysis showed that ScAPX6 has a cDNA length of 1,086 bp and encoded 333 amino acid residues. Subcellular localization confirmed that ScAPX6 was located in the chloroplast. Enhanced growth of Escherichia coli BL21 cells that expressed ScAPX6 showed high tolerance under copper (Cu stress. Real-time quantitative PCR analysis revealed that ScAPX6 was constitutively expressed wherein with the highest expression levels in sugarcane pith and leaf and the lowest in the root. ScAPX6 was down-regulated by salicylic acid (SA, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2, polyethylene glycol (PEG and sodium chloride (NaCl stimuli. Interestingly, it was significantly up-regulated under the stresses of abscisic acid (ABA and methyl jasmonate (MeJA wherein with the highest inducible expression levels at 6 h at 6.0- and 70.0-times higher, respectively than that of control. Overexpression of ScAPX6 in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves enhanced the resistance to the infection of tobacco pathogens Pseudomonas solanacearum and Fusarium solani var. coeruleum. These results implied that ScAPX6 might positively respond to ABA, MeJA, and Cu, but might negatively respond to the stresses of SA, H2O2, PEG, and NaCl. Keeping in view the current investigation, ScAPX6 could be associated with the hypersensitive response (HR or immunity of sugarcane, which will provide a baseline for the function identification of sugarcane ScAPX6.

  4. ScChi, encoding an acidic class III chitinase of sugarcane, confers positive responses to biotic and abiotic stresses in sugarcane.

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    Su, Yachun; Xu, Liping; Fu, Zhiwei; Yang, Yuting; Guo, Jinlong; Wang, Shanshan; Que, Youxiong

    2014-02-18

    Chitinases (EC 3.2.2.14), expressed during the plant-pathogen interaction, are associated with plant defense against pathogens. In the present study, a positive correlation between chitinase activity and sugarcane smut resistance was found. ScChi (GenBank accession no. KF664180), a Class III chitinase gene, encoded a 31.37 kDa polypeptide, was cloned and identified. Subcellular localization revealed ScChi targeting to the nucleus, cytoplasm and the plasma membrane. Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) results showed that ScChi was highly expressed in leaf and stem epidermal tissues. The ScChi transcript was both higher and maintained longer in the resistance cultivar during challenge with Sporisorium scitamineum. The ScChi also showed an obvious induction of transcription after treatment with SA (salicylic acid), H2O2, MeJA (methyl jasmonate), ABA (abscisic acid), NaCl, CuCl2, PEG (polyethylene glycol) and low temperature (4 °C). The expression levels of ScChi and six immunity associated marker genes were upregulated by the transient overexpression of ScChi. Besides, histochemical assay of Nicotiana benthamiana leaves overexpressing pCAMBIA 1301-ScChi exhibited deep DAB (3,3'-diaminobenzidinesolution) staining color and high conductivity, indicating the high level of H2O2 accumulation. These results suggest a close relationship between the expression of ScChi and plant immunity. In conclusion, the positive responses of ScChi to the biotic and abiotic stimuli reveal that this gene is a stress-related gene of sugarcane.

  5. Solution synthesis, structure, and CO{sub 2} reduction reactivity of a Scandium(II) complex, {Sc[N(SiMe_3)_2]_3}{sup -}

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    Woen, David H.; Chen, Guo P.; Ziller, Joseph W.; Furche, Filipp; Evans, William J. [Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Boyle, Timothy J. [Sandia National Laboratories, Advanced Materials Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM (United States)

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    The first crystallographically characterizable complex of Sc{sup 2+}, [Sc(NR{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sup -} (R=SiMe{sub 3}), has been obtained by LnA{sub 3}/M reactions (Ln=rare earth metal; A=anionic ligand; M=alkali metal) involving reduction of Sc(NR{sub 2}){sub 3} with K in the presence of 2.2.2-cryptand (crypt) and 18-crown-6 (18-c-6) and with Cs in the presence of crypt. Dark maroon [K(crypt)]{sup +}, [K(18-c-6)]{sup +}, and [Cs(crypt)]{sup +} salts of the [Sc(NR{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sup -} anion are formed, respectively. The formation of this oxidation state of Sc is also indicated by the eight-line EPR spectra arising from the I=7/2 {sup 45}Sc nucleus. The Sc(NR{sub 2}){sub 3} reduction differs from Ln(NR{sub 2}){sub 3} reactions (Ln=Y and lanthanides) in that it occurs under N{sub 2} without formation of isolable reduced dinitrogen species. [K(18-c-6)][Sc(NR{sub 2}){sub 3}] reacts with CO{sub 2} to produce an oxalate complex, {K_2(18-c-6)_3}{[(R_2N)_3Sc]_2(μ-C_2O_4-κ"1O:κ"1O'')}, and a CO{sub 2}{sup -} radical anion complex, [(R{sub 2}N){sub 3}Sc(μ-OCO-κ{sup 1}O:κ{sup 1}O')K(18-c-6)]{sub n}. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. ScChi, Encoding an Acidic Class III Chitinase of Sugarcane, Confers Positive Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Sugarcane

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    Su, Yachun; Xu, Liping; Fu, Zhiwei; Yang, Yuting; Guo, Jinlong; Wang, Shanshan; Que, Youxiong

    2014-01-01

    Chitinases (EC 3.2.2.14), expressed during the plant-pathogen interaction, are associated with plant defense against pathogens. In the present study, a positive correlation between chitinase activity and sugarcane smut resistance was found. ScChi (GenBank accession no. KF664180), a Class III chitinase gene, encoded a 31.37 kDa polypeptide, was cloned and identified. Subcellular localization revealed ScChi targeting to the nucleus, cytoplasm and the plasma membrane. Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) results showed that ScChi was highly expressed in leaf and stem epidermal tissues. The ScChi transcript was both higher and maintained longer in the resistance cultivar during challenge with Sporisorium scitamineum. The ScChi also showed an obvious induction of transcription after treatment with SA (salicylic acid), H2O2, MeJA (methyl jasmonate), ABA (abscisic acid), NaCl, CuCl2, PEG (polyethylene glycol) and low temperature (4 °C). The expression levels of ScChi and six immunity associated marker genes were upregulated by the transient overexpression of ScChi. Besides, histochemical assay of Nicotiana benthamiana leaves overexpressing pCAMBIA 1301-ScChi exhibited deep DAB (3,3′-diaminobenzidinesolution) staining color and high conductivity, indicating the high level of H2O2 accumulation. These results suggest a close relationship between the expression of ScChi and plant immunity. In conclusion, the positive responses of ScChi to the biotic and abiotic stimuli reveal that this gene is a stress-related gene of sugarcane. PMID:24552874

  7. Purification and refolding of anti-T-antigen single chain antibodies (scFvs) expressed in Escherichia coli as inclusion bodies.

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    Yuasa, Noriyuki; Koyama, Tsubasa; Fujita-Yamaguchi, Yoko

    2014-02-01

    T-antigen (Galβ1-3GalNAcα-1-Ser/Thr) is an oncofetal antigen that is commonly expressed as a carbohydrate determinant in many adenocarcinomas. Since it is associated with tumor progression and metastasis, production of recombinant antibodies specific for T-antigen could lead to the development of cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Previously, we isolated and characterized 11 anti-T-antigen phage clones from a phage library displaying human single-chain antibodies (scFvs) and purified one scFv protein, 1G11. More recently, we purified and characterized 1E8 scFv protein using a Drosophila S2 expression system. In the current study, four anti-T-antigen scFv genes belonging to Groups 1-4 were purified from inclusion bodies expressed in Escherichia coli cells. Inclusion bodies isolated from E. coli cells were denatured in 3.5 M Gdn-HCl. Solubilized His-tagged scFv proteins were purified using Ni(2+)-Sepharose column chromatography in the presence of 3.5 M Gdn-HCl. Purified scFv proteins were refolded according to a previously published method of step-wise dialysis. Two anti-T-antigen scFv proteins, 1E6 and 1E8 that belong to Groups 1 and 2, respectively, were produced in sufficient amounts, thus allowing further characterization of their binding activity with T-antigen. Specificity and affinity constants determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR), respectively, provided evidence that both 1E8 and 1E6 scFv proteins are T-antigen specific and suggested that 1E8 scFv protein has a higher affinity for T-antigen than 1E6 scFv protein.

  8. Tellurite suspended nanowire surrounded with large holes for single-mode SC and THG generations

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    Liao, Meisong; Qin, Guanshi; Yan, Xin; Chaudhari, Chitrarekha; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2011-05-01

    For a suspended nanowire, the holes surrounding the core are expected to be as large as possible to propagate the light at wavelengths as long as possible. However, the fabrication of nanowire surrounded with large holes is still a challenge so far. In this paper, a method which involves pumping positive pressure of nitrogen gas in both the cane fabrication and fiber-drawing processes, is proposed. A suspended nanowire, with a core diameter of 480 nm and an unprecedented large diameter ratio of holey region to core (DRHC) of at least 62, is fabricated in the length of several hundred meters. Owing to the large holes, the confinement loss of the suspended nanowire is insignificant when the wavelength of light propagated in it is 1700 nm. Additionally, the tube-shaped glass cladding of the suspended nanowire shifts the singlemode cutoff wavelength to 810 nm, which is much shorter than the cutoff wavelength, 1070 nm, of a naked nanowire with the same diameter. A single-mode supercontinuum (SC) generation covering a wavelength range of 900-1600 nm is obtained under 1064 nm pump pulse with the peak power as low as 24 W. A single-mode third harmonic generation (THG) is observed by this nanowire under the pump of a 1557 nm femtosecond fiber laser. This work indicates that the suspended nanowire with large holes can provide high nonlinearity together with single-mode propagation, which leads to interesting applications in compact nonlinear devices.

  9. Mantle layering from ScS reverberations: 3. The upper mantle

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    Revenaugh, Justin; Jordan, Thomas H.

    1991-11-01

    This is the third paper in a four-part sequence that examines the nature of mantle layering using the multiple-ScS phases and internal reflections observed within the reverberative interval of SH-polarized seismograms. In this paper, migration techniques are applied to ScS reverberations to image discontinuities in shear impedance beneath a tectonically diverse study area that includes the western Pacific, Japan, the Philippine Sea, and Australasia. Between the M and 410-km discontinuities (Bullen's region B), the analysis reveals four reflectors, designated H, G, L, and X. The H (Hales) reflector is a positive impedance increase occurring at an average depth of about 60 km with a mean reflection coefficient of about 3.5%. It can be seen on all profiles except those where its signature is overwhelmed by the G discontinuity and is best explained as the seismic expression of the spinel → garnet facies boundary. The G (Gutenberg) reflector, marking the lid-to-low-velocity zone (LVZ) interface, is the only negative impedance contrast identified from ScS reverberations anywhere in the mantle. It is observed along most of the oceanic paths sampled in our study, where its depth generally correlates with QScS but it is not found on any of the profiles from predominantly continental corridors, consistent with the notion that the LVZ is absent or only weakly expressed beneath the cratons. G occurs at a depth of ˜60 km beneath the western Pacific, shallower than most estimates of thermal boundary layer (plate) thickness; the data are consistent with a sharp drop in shear velocity owing to the breakdown of hydrous phases such as amphibole along a steeply rising portion of the geotherm within the thermal boundary layer. The G contrasts with the largest magnitude (up to 10%) occur on profiles for back arc regions, where upper mantle melting may be accentuated by volatiles fluxing from subducted oceanic lithosphere. None of the eight profiles having a G discontinuity show an L

  10. LEADERSHIP IN NURSING: AN EXPERIENCE OF HOSPITAL NURSES IN THE SOUTH OF SANTA CATARINA/SC

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    Dalila Felipe Bitencourt

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Qualitative research using the case study, it’s order to understand the vision of nurses in a hospital in the southern of Santa Catarina/SC about their experience as leaders of nursing team. Participants were ten nurses working in this role. Data collection was performed in the hospital, between the months of May and June 2012, using the technique of semi-structured interview, based on the guiding question of the study. The analysis of data was performed qualitative and comprised the organization, classification and final analysis. The results show that most nurses do not feel prepared to exercise a leading role, which derives, in most cases, the lack of academic preparation, institutional issues and the reasons inherent in early stage, especially insecurity. The professionals working in other categories of nursing at the same institution need to learn to position themselves against the new post, especially in dealing with colleagues who are now under his leadership. While most have expressed difficulties in the process of transition between academia and professional life were identified that professionals are clear about the roles, skills and abilities necessary for leadership. It is also noted that nurses feel that in some situations they cannot exercise their leadership in the way they consider most appropriate.

  11. Leadership in nursing: An experience of hospital nurses in the south of Santa Catarina/SC.

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    Dalila Felipe Bitencourt

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Qualitative research using the case study, it’s order to understand the vision of nurses in a hospital in the southern of Santa Catarina/SC about their experience as leaders of nursing team. Participants were ten nurses working in this role. Data collection was performed in the hospital, between the months of May and June 2012, using the technique of semi-structured interview, based on the guiding question of the study. The analysis of data was performed qualitative and comprised the organization, classification and final analysis. The results show that most nurses do not feel prepared to exercise a leading role, which derives, in most cases, the lack of academic preparation, institutional issues and the reasons inherent in early stage, especially insecurity. The professionals working in other categories of nursing at the same institution need to learn to position themselves against the new post, especially in dealing with colleagues who are now under his leadership. While most have expressed difficulties in the process of transition between academia and professional life were identified that professionals are clear about the roles, skills and abilities necessary for leadership. It is also noted that nurses feel that in some situations they cannot exercise their leadership in the way they consider most appropriate.

  12. Supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) extraction of essential oil from Swietenia mahagoni seeds

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    Norodin, N. S. M.; Salleh, L. M.; Hartati; Mustafa, N. M.

    2016-11-01

    Swietenia mahagoni (Mahogany) is a traditional plant that is rich with bioactive compounds. In this study, process parameters such as particle size, extraction time, solvent flowrate, temperature and pressure were studied on the extraction of essential oil from Swietenia mahagoni seeds by using supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) extraction. Swietenia mahagoni seeds was extracted at a pressure of 20-30 MPa and a temperature of 40-60°C. The effect of particle size on overall extraction of essential oil was done at 30 MPa and 50°C while the extraction time of essential oil at various temperatures and at a constant pressure of 30 MPa was studied. Meanwhile, the effect of flowrate CO2 was determined at the flowrate of 2, 3 and 4 ml/min. From the experimental data, the extraction time of 120 minutes, particle size of 0.5 mm, the flowrate of CO2 of 4 ml/min, at a pressure of 30 MPa and the temperature of 60°C were the best conditions to obtain the highest yield of essential oil.

  13. Beta-decay studies of neutron-rich Sc-Cr nuclei

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    Gaudefroy, L.; Sorlin, O.; Donzaud, C.; Azaiez, F.; Bourgeois, C.; Chiste, V.; Guillemaud-Mueller, D.; Ibrahim, F.; Pougheon, F.; Stanoiu, M. [IN2P3-CNRS, Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Orsay Cedex (France); Angelique, J.C.; Grevy, S. [LPC, ISMRA, Caen Cedex (France); Dlouhy, Z.; Mrasek, J. [AS CR, Nuclear Physics Institute, Rez (Czech Republic); Kratz, K.-L.; Pfeiffer, B. [Universitaet Mainz, Institut fuer Kernchemie, Mainz (Germany); Lewitowicz, M.; Matea, I.; De Oliveira Santos, F.; Saint-Laurent, M.G. [GANIL, B.P. 5027, Caen Cedex (France); Lukyanov, S.M. [FLNR, JINR, Dubna, Moscow region (Russian Federation); Nowacki, F.; Penionzhkevich, Yu.-E. [Universite Louis Pasteur, IReS, IN2P3-CNRS, BP 28, Strasbourg Cedex (France)

    2005-01-01

    The neutron-rich nuclei{sup 57,58}{sub 21}Sc,{sup 58-60}{sub 22}Ti,{sup 60-63}{sub 23}V,{sup 62-66}{sub 24}Cr have been produced at Ganil via interactions of a 61.8A MeV {sup 76}Ge beam with a {sup 58}Ni target. Beta-decay studies have been performed using combined {beta}- and {gamma}-ray spectroscopy. Half-lives have been determined and {beta}-decay schemes are proposed for {sup 58}Ti, {sup 61}V and {sup 62}Cr. From these studies, new hints for the existence of {beta}-decaying isomers in {sup 60}V and in {sup 62}Mn are provided. These results are compared to shell model calculations. The role of the {pi}f{sub 7/2}- {nu}f{sub 5/2} proton-neutron interaction is examined through its influence on the lifetime values. (orig.)

  14. EMP Attachment 1 DOE-SC PNNL Site Sampling and Analysis Plan

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    Meier, Kirsten M.

    2011-11-10

    This Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) is written for the radiological environmental air surveillance program for the DOE-SC PNNL Site, Richland Washington. It provides the requirements for planning sampling events, and the requirements imposed on the analytical laboratory analyzing the air samples. The actual air sampling process is in procedure EPRP-AIR-029. The rationale for analyte selection, media, and sampling site location has been vetted through the data quality objectives (DQO) process (Barnett et al. 2010). The results from the DQO process have been reviewed and approved by the Washington State Department of Health. The DQO process (Barnett et al. 2010) identified seven specific radionuclides for analysis along with the need for gross alpha and gross beta radiological analyses. The analytes are {sup 241}Am, {sup 243}Am, {sup 244}Cm, {sup 60}Co, {sup 238}Pu, {sup 239}Pu, and {sup 233}U. The report also determined that air samples for particulates are the only sample matrix required for the monitoring program. These samples are collected on 47-mm glass-fiber filters.

  15. Pesquisa de clima organizacional em empresas de desenvolvimento de software de Blumenau – SC

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    Simone Cristina Aléssio

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é estudar a influência das variáveis que compõem o Clima Organizacional em ambientes de desenvolvimento de software do município de Blumenau, SC, com o propósito de analisar as relações existentes nestes ambientes de trabalho. Parte-se do pressuposto de que as pessoas são as figuras mais importantes em uma organização, e o modo como se sente é fundamental para o equilíbrio de todos. Por isso, enfoca-se bastante a questão da cultura organizacional, que influencia diretamente o comportamento individual e coletivo dos colaboradores, sendo determinante no Clima Organizacional. Para isso, foi realizada uma pesquisa, levando-se em consideração fatores internos e externos que podem ter influência sobre o Clima Organizacional. Utilizou-se um questionário com 55 perguntas, retiradas do modelo de Carlos Alberto Ferreira Bispo (2006, aplicado em 12 empresas, das 20 selecionadas.

  16. Magnetic ground state of the Ising-like antiferromagnet DyScO3

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    Wu, L. S.; Nikitin, S. E.; Frontzek, M.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Ehlers, G.; Lumsden, M. D.; Shaykhutdinov, K. A.; Guo, E.-J.; Savici, A. T.; Gai, Z.; Sefat, A. S.; Podlesnyak, A.

    2017-10-01

    We report on the low-temperature magnetic properties of the DyScO3 perovskite, which were characterized by means of single crystal and powder neutron scattering, and by magnetization measurements. Below TN=3.15 K, Dy3 + moments form an antiferromagnetic structure with an easy axis of magnetization lying in the a b plane. The magnetic moments are inclined at an angle of ˜±28∘ to the b axis. We show that the ground-state Kramers doublet of Dy3 + is made up of primarily |±15 /2 〉 eigenvectors and well separated by a crystal field from the first excited state at E1=24.9 meV. This leads to an extreme Ising single-ion anisotropy, M⊥/M∥˜0.05 . The transverse magnetic fluctuations, which are proportional to M⊥2/M∥2 , are suppressed, and only moment fluctuations along the local Ising direction are allowed. We also found that the Dy-Dy dipolar interactions along the crystallographic c axis are two to four times larger than in-plane interactions.

  17. A contribuição da ABEn/SC nos 75 anos da ABEn

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    Nelcy Terezinha Coutinho Mendes

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Trata o presente trabalho da trajetória da ABEn-SC, desde sua criação em 13 de março de 1962 até a presente data. Faz referência a precária situação da Enfermagem na década de 60 e a insuficiência de profissionais existentes no Estado, à época, razão principal da criação da Seção. Comenta as atividades desenvolvidas, procurando decodificar a natureza e as atitudes assumidas pela Associação, diante dos impactos sociais, e a postura política junto aos órgãos públicos. Fala sobre os meios utilizados para a divulgação da profissão e atualização profissional Cita os eventos que a Seção vem promovendo ou colaborando, os parceiros de quem tem recebido apoio e como vem divulgando suas atividades.

  18. Solid Waste in Drainage Network of Rio do Meio Watershed, Florianópolis/SC

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    Taiana Gava

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The urban drainage network is among the main pollution transport load factors. Researches on the identification of solid waste transported in the drainage network have been considered the allow evaluation of its impact. In this paper we analyze the main characteristics that influences the presence of solid wastes in the drainage network of the Rio do Meio basin, Florianópolis/SC. A metal net was installed in selected river section and monitored after each rain event. The results showed about 0.27 kg/ha.year of waste are carried in the drainage network. The majority being composed of plastics and building materials. Through the analysis of the data, it was possible to verify the presence of waste in the drainage network is due to poor packaging and to the lack of sweeping in some parts of the basin. It was also found that the total precipitation is directly proportional to the appearance of solid waste. It was concluded that the lack of an integrated management between the components of sanitary system leave unnoticed simple structural measures that ultimately decrease the amount of solid waste in the drainage basin, and that could eliminate this source of pollution.

  19. ASPECTOS SOCIOAMBIENTAIS NA COMUNIDADE DO MORRO DA MARIQUINHA EM FLORIANÓPOLIS/SC

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    Claudia Xavier MACHADO

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo são apresentados e discutidos os problemas socioambientais do Morro da Mariquinha – comunidade inserida no maciço central de Florianópolis. Foram realizadas entrevistas e levantamento de notícias em jornal e do histórico da ocupação, posteriormente, foi feita uma análise do modo como a mídia retrata o morro e foi elaborado um perfil da comunidade dentro dos aspectos analisados. Socio-environmental aspects in the Mariquinha’s Mount at Florianópolis/SC Abstract This article analyzes the socio-environmental problems in the Mariquinha´s Mount; inserted community in the central bulk of Florianópolis. Interviews had been carried through and survey of news in newspapers survey of job history, later, was made an analysis concerning the way as the press shows the mount and a profile of the situation in the community was elaborated.

  20. CERN Technical Training 2005: New Short Course (SC) Sessions on Office Software - July 2005

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    2005-01-01

    The following new course sessions are currently scheduled in the framework of the CERN Technical Training Programme 2005, within the Office Software curriculum: OUTLOOK 2003 (Short Course I) - E-mail : 6.7.2005 (morning) OUTLOOK 2003 (Short Course II) - Calendar, Tasks and Notes : 7.7.2005 (morning) OUTLOOK 2003 (Short Course III) - Meetings and Delegation : 8.7.2005 (morning) WORD 2003 (Short Course I) - HowTo... Work with repetitive tasks: 4.7.2005 (afternoon) WORD 2003 (Short Course II) - HowTo... Mail merge : 5.7.2005 (afternoon) WORD 2003 (Short Course III) - HowTo... Work with long documents : 6.7.2005 (afternoon) EXCEL 2003 (Short Course I) - HowTo... Work with formulae : 7.7.2005 (afternoon) EXCEL 2003 (Short Course II) - HowTo... Format your worksheet for printing : 8.7.2005 (afternoon) All the above sessions are organised in the new format of Short Courses (SC): 3 hour sessions (9h30-12h30 or 14h30-17h30), at a nominal cost of 75.- CHF per person per course. Any course can be followed independe...

  1. No-Core Shell Model for 48-Ca, 48-Sc and 48-Ti

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    Popescu, S; Stoica, S; Vary, J P; Navratil, P

    2004-10-26

    The authors report the first no-core shell model results for {sup 48}Ca, {sup 48}Sc and {sup 48}Ti with derived and modified two-body Hamiltonians. We use an oscillator basis with a limited {bar h}{Omega} range around 40/A{sup 1/3} = 11 MeV and a limited model space up to 1 {bar h}{Omega}. No single-particle energies are used. They find that the charge dependence of the bulk binding energy of eight A = 48 nuclei is reasonably described with an effective Hamiltonian derived from the CD-Bonn interaction while there is an overall underbinding by about 0.4 MeV/nucleon. However, resulting spectra exhibit deficiencies that are anticipated due to: (1) basis space limitations and/or the absence of effective many-body interactions; and, (2) the absence of genuine three-nucleon interactions. They introduce phenomenological modifications to obtain fits to total binding and low-lying spectra. The resulting no-core shell model opens a path for applications to experiments such as the double-beta ({beta}{beta}) decay process.

  2. Structural, electronic, optical and thermodynamic properties of cubic REGa{sub 3} (RE = Sc or Lu) compounds: Ab initio study

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    Murtaza, G., E-mail: murtaza@icp.edu.pk [Materials Modeling Laboratory, Department of Physics, Islamia College Peshawar (Pakistan); Gupta, S.K. [Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 (United States); Seddik, T. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique, Université de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Khenata, R., E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique, Université de Mascara, 29000 Mascara (Algeria); Alahmed, Z.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Ahmed, R. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor (Malaysia); Khachai, H. [Physics Department, Djillali Liabes University of Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Jha, P.K. [Department of Physics, Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar 364001 (India); Bin Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • REGa{sub 3} (RE = Sc or Lu) compounds are mechanical stabile. • Both ScGa{sub 3} and LuGa{sub 3} exhibit metallic behavior just like other REGa{sub 3} compounds. • Melting temperature T{sub m} (K) for ScGa{sub 3} and LuGa{sub 3} are 1244.2 and 1143.8. • High absorption observed in the visible energy region. • The present study would be helpful for future experimental/theoretical explorations. - Abstract: Structural, elastic, optoelectronic and thermodynamic properties of REGa{sub 3} (RE = Sc and Lu) compounds have been studied self consistently by employing state of the art full potential (FP) linearized (L) approach of augmented plane wave (APW) plus local orbitals method. Calculations were executed at the level of Perdew–Burke and Ernzerhof (PBE) parameterized generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange correlation functional in addition to modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) potential. Our obtained results of lattice parameters show reasonable agreement to the previously reported experimental and other theoretical studies. Analysis of the calculated band structure of ScGa{sub 3} and LuGa{sub 3} compounds demonstrates their metallic character. Moreover, a positive value of calculated Cauchy pressure, in addition to reflecting their ductile nature, endorses their metallic character as well. To understand optical behavior calculations related to the important optical parameters; real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function, reflectivity R(ω), refractive index n(ω) and electron energy-loss function L(ω) have also been performed. In the present work, thermodynamically properties are also investigated by employing lattice vibrations integrated in quasi harmonic Debye model. Obtained results of volume, heat capacity and Debye temperature as a function of temperature for both compounds, at different values of pressure, are found to be consistent. The calculated value of melting temperature for both compounds (ScGa{sub 3} and Lu

  3. Recombinant production of the antibody fragment D1.3 scFv with different Bacillus strains.

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    Lakowitz, Antonia; Krull, Rainer; Biedendieck, Rebekka

    2017-01-23

    Different strains of the genus Bacillus are versatile candidates for the industrial production and secretion of heterologous proteins. They can be cultivated quite easily, show high growth rates and are usually non-pathogenic and free of endo- and exotoxins. They have the ability to secrete proteins with high efficiency into the growth medium, which allows cost-effective downstream purification processing. Some of the most interesting and challenging heterologous proteins are recombinant antibodies and antibody fragments. They are important and suitable tools in medical research for analytics, diagnostics and therapy. The smallest conventional antibody fragment with high-affinity binding to an antigen is the single-chain fragment variable (scFv). Here, different strains of the genus Bacillus were investigated using diverse cultivation systems for their suitability to produce and secret a recombinant scFv. Extracellular production of lysozyme-specific scFv D1.3 was realized by constructing a plasmid with a xylose-inducible promoter optimized for Bacillus megaterium and the D1.3scFv gene fused to the coding sequence of the LipA signal peptide from B. megaterium. Functional scFv was successfully secreted with B. megaterium MS941, Bacillus licheniformis MW3 and the three Bacillus subtilis strains 168, DB431 and WB800N differing in the number of produced proteases. Starting with shake flasks (150 mL), the bioprocess was scaled down to microtiter plates (1250 µL) as well as scaled up to laboratory-scale bioreactors (2 L). The highest extracellular concentration of D1.3 scFv (130 mg L(-1)) and highest space-time-yield (8 mg L(-1) h(-1)) were accomplished with B. subtilis WB800N, a strain deficient in eight proteases. These results were reproduced by the production and secretion of a recombinant penicillin G acylase (Pac). The genus Bacillus provides high potential microbial host systems for the secretion of challenging heterologous proteins like antibody

  4. Cloning approach and functional analysis of anti-intimin single-chain variable fragment (scFv

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    Elias Waldir P

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intimin is an important virulence factor involved in the pathogenesis of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC. Both pathogens are still important causes of diarrhea in children and adults in many developing and industrialized countries. Considering the fact that antibodies are important tools in the detection of various pathogens, an anti-intimin IgG2b monoclonal antibody was previously raised in immunized mice with the conserved sequence of the intimin molecule (int388-667. In immunoblotting assays, this monoclonal antibody showed excellent specificity. Despite good performance, the monoclonal antibody failed to detect some EPEC and EHEC isolates harboring variant amino acids within the 338-667 regions of intimin molecules. Consequently, motivated by its use for diagnosis purposes, in this study we aimed to the cloning and expression of the single-chain variable fragment from this monoclonal antibody (scFv. Findings Anti-intimin hybridoma mRNA was extracted and reversely transcripted to cDNA, and the light and heavy chains of the variable fragment of the antibody were amplified using commercial primers. The amplified chains were cloned into pGEM-T Easy vector. Specific primers were designed and used in an amplification and chain linkage strategy, obtaining the scFv, which in turn was cloned into pAE vector. E. coli BL21(DE3pLys strain was transformed with pAE scFv-intimin plasmid and subjected to induction of protein expression. Anti-intimin scFv, expressed as inclusion bodies (insoluble fraction, was denatured, purified and submitted to refolding. The protein yield was 1 mg protein per 100 mL of bacterial culture. To test the functionality of the scFv, ELISA and immunofluorescence assays were performed, showing that 275 ng of scFv reacted with 2 mg of purified intimin, resulting in an absorbance of 0.75 at 492 nm. The immunofluorescence assay showed a strong reactivity with

  5. Adjuvant and immunostimulatory effects of a D-galactose-binding lectin from Synadenium carinatum latex (ScLL in the mouse model of vaccination against neosporosis

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    Cardoso Mariana R D

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Vaccination is an important control measure for neosporosis that is caused by a coccidian parasite, Neospora caninum, leading to abortion and reproductive disorders in cattle and serious economic impacts worldwide. A D-galactose-binding lectin from Synadenium carinatum latex (ScLL was recently described by our group with potential immunostimulatory and adjuvant effects in the leishmaniasis model. In this study, we evaluated the adjuvant effect of ScLL in immunization of mice against neosporosis. First, we investigated in vitro cytokine production by dendritic cells stimulated with Neospora lysate antigen (NLA, ScLL or both. Each treatment induced TNF-α, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-12 production in a dose-dependent manner, with synergistic effect of NLA plus ScLL. Next, four groups of C57BL/6 mice were immunized with NLA + ScLL, NLA, ScLL or PBS. The kinetics of antibody response showed a predominance of IgG and IgG1 for NLA + ScLL group, whereas IgG2a response was similar between NLA + ScLL and NLA groups. Ex vivo cytokine production by mouse spleen cells showed the highest IFN-γ/IL-10 ratio in the presence of NLA stimulation for mice immunized with NLA + ScLL and the lowest for those immunized with ScLL alone. After parasite challenge, mice immunized with NLA + ScLL or ScLL alone presented higher survival rates (70-80% and lower brain parasite burden as compared to PBS group, but with no significant changes in morbidity and inflammation scores. In conclusion, ScLL combined with NLA was able to change the cytokine profile induced by the antigen or lectin alone for a Th1-biased immune response, resulting in high protection of mice challenged with the parasite, but with low degree of inflammation. Both features may be important to prevent congenital neosporosis, since protection and low inflammatory response are necessary events to guide towards a successful pregnancy.

  6. Adjuvant and immunostimulatory effects of a D-galactose-binding lectin from Synadenium carinatum latex (ScLL) in the mouse model of vaccination against neosporosis.

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    Cardoso, Mariana R D; Mota, Caroline M; Ribeiro, Dâmaso P; Noleto, Pablo G; Andrade, William B F; Souza, Maria A; Silva, Neide M; Mineo, Tiago W P; Mineo, José R; Silva, Deise A O

    2012-10-29

    Vaccination is an important control measure for neosporosis that is caused by a coccidian parasite, Neospora caninum, leading to abortion and reproductive disorders in cattle and serious economic impacts worldwide. A D-galactose-binding lectin from Synadenium carinatum latex (ScLL) was recently described by our group with potential immunostimulatory and adjuvant effects in the leishmaniasis model. In this study, we evaluated the adjuvant effect of ScLL in immunization of mice against neosporosis. First, we investigated in vitro cytokine production by dendritic cells stimulated with Neospora lysate antigen (NLA), ScLL or both. Each treatment induced TNF-α, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-12 production in a dose-dependent manner, with synergistic effect of NLA plus ScLL. Next, four groups of C57BL/6 mice were immunized with NLA + ScLL, NLA, ScLL or PBS. The kinetics of antibody response showed a predominance of IgG and IgG1 for NLA + ScLL group, whereas IgG2a response was similar between NLA + ScLL and NLA groups. Ex vivo cytokine production by mouse spleen cells showed the highest IFN-γ/IL-10 ratio in the presence of NLA stimulation for mice immunized with NLA + ScLL and the lowest for those immunized with ScLL alone. After parasite challenge, mice immunized with NLA + ScLL or ScLL alone presented higher survival rates (70-80%) and lower brain parasite burden as compared to PBS group, but with no significant changes in morbidity and inflammation scores. In conclusion, ScLL combined with NLA was able to change the cytokine profile induced by the antigen or lectin alone for a Th1-biased immune response, resulting in high protection of mice challenged with the parasite, but with low degree of inflammation. Both features may be important to prevent congenital neosporosis, since protection and low inflammatory response are necessary events to guide towards a successful pregnancy.

  7. Phase separation in Al-Zr-Sc alloys: from atomic jumps to ordered precipitates growth; Separation de phase dans les alliages Al-Zr-Sc: du saut des atomes a la croissance de precipites ordonnes

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    Clouet, E

    2004-07-01

    Zirconium and scandium addition to aluminium alloys leads to the formation of ordered precipitates. This study aims to a better understanding of precipitation kinetics thanks to an approach combining atomic and mesoscopic models. An experimental work has been undertaken too so as to characterize by transmission electron microscopy Al{sub 3}Zr kinetics of precipitation. We mainly focus on the nucleation stage and, in this purpose, an atomic model lying on a rigid lattice has been built for Al-Zr-Sc system allowing us to study precipitation with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. While keeping the vacancy exchange mechanism for diffusion, we introduce multi-site interactions going thus beyond a simple pair interaction model, and test the influence of these interactions on kinetics of precipitation. The comparison between Monte Carlo simulations and classical nucleation theory shows that mesoscopic models can lead to a good description of the nucleation stage of Al{sub 3}Zr and Al{sub 3}Sc as long as the order tendency of the system has been taken into account to calculate input parameters of these models. For the ternary Al-Zr-Sc system, atomic simulations allow a better understanding of the precipitation kinetic path. It is then possible to extend the field of classical nucleation theory so as to model nucleation in a ternary alloy where the stoichiometry of the precipitates is unknown. (author)

  8. Effects of scFOS on the composition of fecal microbiota and anxiety in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study.

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    Azpiroz, F; Dubray, C; Bernalier-Donadille, A; Cardot, J-M; Accarino, A; Serra, J; Wagner, A; Respondek, F; Dapoigny, M

    2017-02-01

    Short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) have beneficial effects in subjects with minor digestive complaints, but the potential mechanisms involved have not been elucidated. The aim of the study was to evaluate changes in rectal sensitivity related to the clinical effects of scFOS in a selected group of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and rectal hypersensitivity. In 79 IBS patients (defined by Rome III criteria) with rectal hypersensitivity (defined as discomfort threshold ≤44 g) a parallel, placebo-controlled, randomized, and double-blind study was performed to assess the effects of dietary supplementation (5 g d -1 ) with scFOS vs placebo for 4 weeks on rectal sensitivity (primary outcome: tolerance to increasing wall tension applied by a tensostat), clinical outcomes (IBS, anxiety/depression and quality of life scores) and composition of fecal microbiota. Rectal discomfort threshold, and IBS and quality of life scores, significantly improved during treatment, but in a similar manner in both scFOS and placebo groups; a post-hoc analysis showed that the effect of scFOS on rectal sensitivity was more pronounced in constipation-predominant-IBS patients (P=.051 vs placebo). Contrary with placebo, scFOS significantly reduced anxiety scores and increased fecal Bifidobacteria (Pmicrobiota; demonstration of effects of scFOS on rectal sensitivity may require higher doses and may depend on the IBS subgroup. © 2016 The Authors. Neurogastroenterology & Motility Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Effect of Sc/Zr ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of new type of Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys

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    Li, Gen [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhao, Naiqin, E-mail: nqzhao@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Tao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Jiajun; He, Chunnian; Shi, Chunsheng; Liu, Enzuo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Sha, Junwei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2014-11-03

    The rare earth scandium (Sc) as a microalloying element has attracted an increasing interest in aluminum alloys for achieving excellent mechanical properties. Combining with zirconium, high strength and low price Al–Sc alloys are expected. The effects of Sc and Zr on the grain refinement, recrystallization resistance and precipitation hardening were investigated in new type of Al–Zn–Mg–Sc–Zr alloys by rolling, annealing and aging processes. Scandium addition into the Al–Zn–Mg alloys can efficiently refine the grain size and increase recrystallization resistance, especially together with zirconium addition. The maximum value of the yield-to-tensile strength (627 MPa/667 MPa) was obtained with 0.2Sc/0.4Zr ratio of the alloy after solution-aging treatment. The additional strengthening of the alloys is attributed to the grain refinement and the precipitation-strengthening effect of Al{sub 3}Sc, Al{sub 3}Zr or Al{sub 3}(Sc, Zr) in the proper ratio of Sc/Zr during aging.

  10. Cationic doping effect on the structural, magnetic and spectroscopic properties of delafossite oxides CuCr{sub 1-x}(Sc,Mg){sub x}O{sub 2}

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    Amami, M., E-mail: mongi.amami@ipein.rnu.tn [Laboratoire des Sciences de Materiaux et d' environnement, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, BP 763,3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Institut Neel, CNRS et Universite Joseph Fourier, B.P. 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Smari, S.; Tayeb, K. [Laboratoire des Sciences de Materiaux et d' environnement, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, BP 763,3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Strobel, P. [Institut Neel, CNRS et Universite Joseph Fourier, B.P. 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Salah, A. Ben [Laboratoire des Sciences de Materiaux et d' environnement, Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, BP 763,3038 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2011-07-15

    Highlights: {yields} (Sc,Mg) non-magnetic replacement of the Cr in the magnetic frustrated CuCrO{sub 2}. {yields} Delafossite solid solution is maintained in this system. {yields} Strain generated by (Sc,Mg) substitution is strongly anisotropic. {yields} Thermal stability in oxygen is affected. {yields} High temperature paramagnetic behavior and weak ferromagnetism at low temperature. - Abstract: This article reports the effect of Sc and (Sc + Mg) substitution on the structural and physical properties of delafossite-type CuCrO{sub 2} oxide. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy show that the structure is maintained for 10% Sc and (10% Sc + 4% Mg) substitutions for chromium. The incorporation of these elements generates very anisotropic microstrains in the structure. Strain also increases with oxygen intercalation, probably because a non-uniform distribution of intercaled oxygen. Thermal stability in oxygen was found to decrease with increasing the M{sup 3+} cation size. The evolution of relative intensities of Raman bands points towards an increase in lattice distortion with substitution, in agreement with ionic radii considerations. Comparing the substitution effect of Mg{sup 2+} to those of the nonmagnetic Sc{sup 3+}, magnetization around the AF transition does not seem to correlate with randomness and lattice parameter but with itinerancy of the doped hole.

  11. THE PRODUCTION PERFORMANCES AT S.C. NORALY AGROSERV S.R.L FARM FROM CLUJ COUNTY

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    S. BOCA

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The researches conducted for the present paper are integrated into the PhD activitywith the title: “Researches regarding the morpho-productive characters of cattle inthe context of some constructive solutions from Transylvanian farms”, that followsthe dairy cow’s morpho-productive performance in S.C Noraly Agroserv S.R.L farmfrom Viisoara village. At S.C Noraly Agroserv S.R.L farm with 76 Romanian Spotteddairy cow breed infused with Red Holstein and the young stock, we followed: thebiological material component, keeping the breeding technologies, material andforage basis and the production obtained. As a result of the analyses that were madewe came to the conclusion that reaching the productive performances of E.U. normsimposes: mechanical waste disposal inside the existing shelter, ventilation problemto be resolved, all these followed by the economical efficiency increase.

  12. Phase transitions in double perovskite Sr2ScSbO6: An Ab-initio study

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, Ajay K.; Brajesh, Kumar; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-01

    First Principles study of the electronic properties of recently synthesized double perovskite Sr2ScSbO6 have been performed using density functional theory. With increasing temperature, the Sr compound undergoes three structural phase transitions at 400K, 550K and 650K approximately, leading to the following sequence of phases: P21/n → I2/m → I4/m → Fm-3m. Starting from the monoclinic phase P21/n at room temperature, resulting from the Sc/Sb ordering, the electronic structure for the tetragonal I4/m at 613K and cubic Fm-3m for T≥660K has been studied in terms of the density of states and band-structure. Presence of large band gap, both direct and indirect, has been reported and analyzed.

  13. Phase transitions in double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScSbO{sub 6}: An Ab-initio study

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan, E-mail: rajyavardhanray@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur-208016, India and Nanostructured and Advanced Material Laboratory, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Saltlake, Kolkata-700064 (India); Himanshu, Ajay K.; Bandyopadhyay, S. K. [Nanostructured and Advanced Material Laboratory, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Saltlake, Kolkata-700064 (India); Brajesh, Kumar [Department of Physics, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara-802301, Bihar (India); Kumar, Uday [Department of Physical Sciences, IISER, Mohanpur Campus, Mohanpur-741252, West Bengal (India); Sinha, T. P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, Kolkata-700042 (India)

    2014-04-24

    First Principles study of the electronic properties of recently synthesized double perovskite Sr{sub 2}ScSbO{sub 6} have been performed using density functional theory. With increasing temperature, the Sr compound undergoes three structural phase transitions at 400K, 550K and 650K approximately, leading to the following sequence of phases: P21/n → I2/m → I4/m → Fm-3m. Starting from the monoclinic phase P21/n at room temperature, resulting from the Sc/Sb ordering, the electronic structure for the tetragonal I4/m at 613K and cubic Fm-3m for T≥660K has been studied in terms of the density of states and band-structure. Presence of large band gap, both direct and indirect, has been reported and analyzed.

  14. SC2ATmd: a tool for integration of the figure of merit with cluster analysis for gene expression data

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    Olex, Amy L.; Fetrow, Jacquelyn S.

    2011-01-01

    Summary: Standard and Consensus Clustering Analysis Tool for Microarray Data (SC2ATmd) is a MATLAB-implemented application specifically designed for the exploration of microarray gene expression data via clustering. Implementation of two versions of the clustering validation method figure of merit allows for performance comparisons between different clustering algorithms, and tailors the cluster analysis process to the varying characteristics of each dataset. Along with standard clustering algorithms this application also offers a consensus clustering method that can generate reproducible clusters across replicate experiments or different clustering algorithms. This application was designed specifically for the analysis of gene expression data, but may be used with any numerical data as long as it is in the right format. Availability: SC2ATmd may be freely downloaded from http://www.compbiosci.wfu.edu/tools.htm. Contact: olexal@wfu.edu Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. PMID:21372084

  15. High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon-Sulfur Chains: II. C_5S and SC_5S

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    Thorwirth, Sven; Salomon, Thomas; Dudek, John B.

    2016-06-01

    Unbiased high-resolution infrared survey scans of the ablation products from carbon-sulfur targets in the 2100 to 2150 cm-1 regime reveal two bands previously not observed in the gas phase. On the basis of comparison against laboratory matrix-isolation work and new high-level quantum-chemical calculations these bands are attributed to the linear C_5S and SC_5S clusters. While polar C_5S was studied earlier using Fourier-transform microwave techniques, the present work marks the first gas-phase spectroscopic detection of SC_5S. H. Wang, J. Szczepanski, P. Brucat, and M. Vala 2005, Int. J. Quant. Chem. 102, 795 Y. Kasai, K. Obi, Y. Ohshima, Y. Hirahara, Y. Endo, K. Kawaguchi, and A. Murakami 1993, ApJ 410, L45 V. D. Gordon, M. C. McCarthy, A. J. Apponi, and P. Thaddeus 2001, ApJS 134, 311

  16. Effects of dopants and trace elements at the Ni / ScYSZ interface

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    Stenbaek Schmidt, M.

    2008-08-15

    The interfaces between the various materials and phases in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) play a fundamental role, when optimizing SOFC performance. The industrial grade materials commonly used in SOFCs contain numerous impurities. At the catalyst / electrolyte interfaces in SOFC cermet anodes, these impurities are believed to be responsible for losses in electrochemical performance. Impurities such as silica have been shown to segregate to the three phase boundary (TPB) in SOFC cermet anodes. A three-electrode configuration, with a high purity (99.999 %) nickel pointelectrode acting as the working electrode, was used as a simplified model of the SOFC cermet anode. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to characterise the electrode polarisation resistances on selected electrolyte materials at 850 deg. C in humidified hydrogen atmospheres. Electrode reactions were characterized on two types of scandia and yttria co-doped zirconia electrolytes (ScYSZ) with different purity levels, a ScYSZ electrolyte doped with alumina and an yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte. A point electrode setup provided a well defined electrode / electrolyte interface (EEI) and TPB during electrochemical characterisation, which, after lifting the electrode off the electrolyte, could be studied by surface analysis techniques. Surface analysis was performed using low acceleration voltage scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and xray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For all electrolyte materials the electrode polarization resistances dropped rapidly during the first 50 hours of measurements at 850 deg. C before stabilising. From ToFSIMS and SEM analysis, rim zones with relatively low impurity concentrations were identified at the outer perimeter of the EEI on the electrolyte surfaces. It was suggested that the rim zones were formed, as the nickel electrode expanded, due to metallic creep

  17. Spectroscopic study of the elusive globular cluster ESO452-SC11 and its surroundings

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    Koch, Andreas; Hansen, Camilla Juul; Kunder, Andrea

    2017-08-01

    Globular clusters (GCs) have long been recognized as being amongst the oldest objects in the Galaxy. As such, they have the potential of playing a pivotal role in deciphering the Milky Way's early history. Here we present the first spectroscopic study of the low-mass system ESO452-SC11 using the AAOmega multifibre spectrograph at medium resolution. Given the stellar sparsity of this object and the high degree of foreground contamination due to its location toward the Galactic bulge, very few details are known for this cluster - there is no consensus, for instance, about its age, metallicity, or its association with the disk or bulge. We identify five member candidates based on common radial velocity, calcium-triplet metallicity, and position within the GC. Using spectral synthesis, the measurement of accurate Fe-abundances from Fe-lines, and abundances of several α-, Fe-peak, and neutron-capture elements (Si, Ca, Ti,Cr, Co, Ni, Sr, and Eu) is carried out, albeit with large uncertainties. We find that two of the five cluster candidates are likely non-members, as they have deviating iron abundances and [α/Fe] ratios. The cluster mean heliocentric velocity is 19 ± 2 km s-1 with a velocity dispersion of 2.8 ± 3.4 km s-1, a low value in line with its sparse nature and low mass. The mean Fe-abundance from spectral fitting is -0.88 ± 0.03 dex, where the spread is driven by observational errors. Furthermore, the α-elements of the GC candidates are marginally lower than expected for the bulge at similar metallicities. As spectra of hundreds of stars were collected in a 2-degree field centered on ESO452-SC11, a detailed abundance study of the surrounding field was also enabled. The majority of the non-members have slightly higher [α/Fe] ratios, in line with the typical nearby bulge population. A subset of the spectra with measured Fe-peak abundance ratios shows a large scatter around solar values, albeit with large uncertainties. Furthermore, our study provides the

  18. Metabolic Syndrome and Importance of Associated Variables in Children and Adolescents in Guabiruba - SC, Brazil

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    Nilton Rosini

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Background:The risk factors that characterize metabolic syndrome (MetS may be present in childhood and adolescence, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood.Objective:Evaluate the prevalence of MetS and the importance of its associated variables, including insulin resistance (IR, in children and adolescents in the city of Guabiruba-SC, Brazil.Methods:Cross-sectional study with 1011 students (6–14 years, 52.4% girls, 58.5% children. Blood samples were collected for measurement of biochemical parameters by routine laboratory methods. IR was estimated by the HOMA-IR index, and weight, height, waist circumference and blood pressure were determined. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to examine the associations between risk variables and MetS.Results:The prevalence of MetS, IR, overweight and obesity in the cohort were 14%, 8.5%, 21% and 13%, respectively. Among students with MetS, 27% had IR, 33% were overweight, 45.5% were obese and 22% were eutrophic. IR was more common in overweight (48% and obese (41% students when compared with eutrophic individuals (11%; p = 0.034. The variables with greatest influence on the development of MetS were obesity (OR = 32.7, overweight (OR = 6.1, IR (OR = 4.4; p ≤ 0.0001 for all and age (OR = 1.15; p = 0.014.Conclusion:There was a high prevalence of MetS in children and adolescents evaluated in this study. Students who were obese, overweight or insulin resistant had higher chances of developing the syndrome.

  19. The tellurite highly nonlinear microstructured fibers for THG and SC generations

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    Liao, Meisong; Chaudhari, Chitrarekha; Qin, Guanshi; Yan, Xin; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2010-04-01

    Tellurite highly nonlinear microstructured fibers were fabricated by pumping a positive pressure of nitrogen gas into the holes of cane in the fiber drawing process. By adjusting the pump pressure to inflate the holes of the fiber, the microstructures were reshaped, and the chromatic dispersions were tailored. Two kinds of fiber were fabricated. One is an air-clad fiber with a 1 μm hexagonal core, which is the smallest core in this shape for the air-clad fiber. By changing the inflation pressure, the diameter ratio of holey region to core (DRHC) was changed in the range of 1-20. Fibers with DRHC of 3.5, 10, 20 were demonstrated. By increasing the DRHC, the zero dispersion wavelengths were shifted to the short wavelength and the confinement loss were decreased. Another is a complex microstructure fiber with a 1.8 μm core surrounded by four ring holes. The shape of the microstructure was reshaped so heavily by the inflation pressure that it is obviously different from the original shape in the cane. The correlations among pump pressure, hole size, surface tension and temperature gradient were investigated. The temperature gradient at the bottom of the preform's neck region was evaluated quantitatively. The chromatic dispersion of this fiber was compared with that of a step-index air-clad fiber. It was found that this fiber had a much more flattened chromatic dispersion. Supercontinuum generations were investigated by the pump of a 1557 nm femtosecond fiber laser. Intense third harmonic generations were obtained from the 1μm haxgonal core fiber. Broad and flattened spectrum was obtained from the complex microstructure fiber. This investigations show that, by using a positive pressure to reshape the microstructure and by controlling the fabrication conditions exactly, highly nonlinear soft glass fibers with desirable chromatic dispersion can be fabricated, and such fibers have interesting applications in highly nonlinear field such as THG and SC generation.

  20. A Five Year Summary of the NSF PAARE Project at SC State

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    Walter, Donald K.; Brittain, S. D.; Cash, J.; Hartmann, D.; Howell, S. B.; King, J. R.; Leising, M. D.; Mighell, K. J.; Smith, D. M.

    2013-01-01

    We summarize the progress made over five years of “A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy (POCA)”. This NSF-funded project is part of the “Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)" program. Our partnership includes South Carolina State University (a Historically Black College/University), Clemson University (a Ph.D. granting institution) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Graduate fellowships provided by POCA as well as recruitment efforts on the national level have resulted in enrolling a total of four underrepresented minorities into the Ph.D. program in astronomy at Clemson. One of these has completed her M.S. in astronomy, while the others continue on toward the doctorate. We summarize the success and challenges of recruiting students into the undergraduate physics major with astronomy option at SC State and the support POCA has provided for nearly two dozen of them. Our summer REU program under POCA includes underrepresented students from across the country conducting research at each of our three institutions. Their work can be found elsewhere at this conference (Hernandez et al., Kurgatt et al. and Pugh et al.) Examples are given of our inquiry-based, laboratory exercises and web- based activities related to cosmology that have been developed with PAARE funding. We discuss our ground-based photometric and spectroscopic study of RV Tauri and Semiregular variables as well as our successful Kepler Cycle 2 and Cycle 4 study of a dozen of these objects . Support for the POCA project is provided by the NSF PAARE program to South Carolina State University under award AST-0750814 as well as resources and support provided by Clemson University and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Support for the Kepler observations is provided by NASA to South Carolina State University under award NNX11AB82G. Additional details can be found at: http://physics.scsu.edu/paare/

  1. Year 4 Of The NSF-funded PAARE Project At SC State

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    Walter, Donald K.; Brittain, S. D.; Cash, J. L.; Hartmann, D. H.; Howell, S. B.; King, J. R.; Leising, M. D.; Mayo, E. A.; Mighell, K. J.; Smith, D. M.

    2012-01-01

    We summarize the progress made through Year 4 of "A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy (POCA)". This NSF-funded project is part of the "Partnerships in Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)" program. Our partnership includes South Carolina State University (a Historically Black College/University), Clemson University (a Ph.D. granting institution) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Fellowships provided by POCA as well as recruitment efforts on the national level have resulted in enrolling a total of four underrepresented minorities into the Ph.D. program in astronomy at Clemson. We report on the success and challenges to recruiting students into the undergraduate physics major with astronomy option at SC State. Our summer REU program under POCA includes underrepresented students from across the country conducting research at each of our three institutions. Examples are given of our inquiry-based, laboratory exercises and web- based activities related to cosmology that have been developed with PAARE funding. We discuss our ground-based photometric and spectroscopic study of RV Tauri and Semi-Regular variables which has been expanded to include successful Cycle 2 Kepler observations of a dozen of these objects reported elsewhere at this conference (see D.K. Walter, et.al.). Support for the POCA project is provided by the NSF PAARE program to South Carolina State University under award AST-0750814 as well as resources and support provided by Clemson University and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Support for the Kepler observations is provided by NASA to South Carolina State University under award NNX11AB82G.

  2. Stephen Abrahamson, PhD, ScD, educationist: a stranger in a kind of paradise.

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    Simpson, D E; Bland, C J

    2002-01-01

    This profile of Stephen Abrahamson, Ph.D., Sc.D., is the first of six profiles to appear as part of the Exemplar project focused of six retired medical educators who transformed the field of medical education. The exemplars, all graduate degree recipients in education were interviewed by six senior present-day medical educators using a common protocol designed to elicit career chronology and the significant contributions of educationists to medical education of Dr. Abrahamson's profile was based on an in-depth two-day interview, examination of a comprehensive list of his publications, the history of the Society of the Directors of Research in Medical Education, and unsolicited conversations with several of his colleagues. Dr. Abrahamson began his career teaching high school, later receiving a masters and doctorate degrees, in preparation for a career as a teacher-educator. Through collaboration with Dr. George Miller, Dr. Abrahamson began his career as an educationist in medicine - one who studies the education process and prepares others to become teachers - by teaching medical school faculty about the science of education. Dr. Abrahamson's career was devoted to applying his evidence-based education approach to the newly emerging profession of medical education. An examination of his career shows that he made four vital contributions to medical education - defining the educationist role, serving as a teaching/mentor/network builder/friend to medical educators, curriculum change agent and innovator at USC, and demonstrating and articulating the value of offices of medical education and research in medical education. More broadly, Dr. Abrahamson identified three major contributions made by educationists to the field of medical education: the application of education principles to instructional/assessment innovations (e.g., programmed patients), an evidence-based approach to assessing education, and faculty development/teacher training. Based on his half-century of

  3. Development of single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibodies against Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca by phage display.

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    Yuan, Qing; Jordan, Ramon; Brlansky, Ronald H; Istomina, Olga; Hartung, John

    2015-10-01

    Xylella fastidiosa is a member of the gamma proteobacteria. It is fastidious, insect-vectored and xylem-limited and causes a variety of diseases, some severe, on a wide range of economically important perennial crops, including grape and citrus. Antibody based detection assays are commercially available for X. fastidiosa, and are effective at the species, but not at the subspecies level. We have made a library of scFv antibody fragments directed against X. fastidiosa subsp. pauca strain 9a5c (citrus) by using phage display technology. Antibody gene repertoires were PCR-amplified using 23 primers for the heavy chain variable region (V(H)) and 21 primers for the light chain variable region (V(L)). The V(H) and V(L) were joined by overlap extension PCR, and then the genes of the scFv library were ligated into the phage vector pKM19. The library contained 1.2×10(7) independent clones with full-length scFv inserts. In each of 3cycles of affinity-selection with 9a5c, about 1.0×10(12) phage were used for panning with 4.1×10(6), 7.1×10(6), 2.1×10(7) phage recovered after the first, second and third cycles, respectively. Sixty-six percent of clones from the final library bound X. fastidiosa 9a5c in an ELISA. Some of these scFv antibodies recognized strain 9a5c and did not recognize X. fastidiosa strains that cause Pierce's disease of grapevine. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  4. Characterization of gingerol analogues in supercritical carbon dioxide (SC CO2) extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale, R.,).

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    Swapna Sonale, R; Kadimi, Udaya Sankar

    2014-11-01

    Organically grown ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) SC CO2 extract obtained at 280 bar and 40 °C and its column chromatographic fractions are characterised for its composition. The components in the extract and fractions are identified by HPLC and LC based MS and are used as standard for the estimation of gingerol analogues in the extract. HPLC and mass analysis of the extracts confirmed the various forms of gingerol constituents [4]-, [6]-, [10]-gingerols and [6]-, [8]-, [10]-shogaols in ginger extracts. SC CO2 extract of organic ginger was found to show 6-gingerol around 25.97 % of total extract. The estimation of [6]-gingerol, [6]-shogaols, [4]gingerol, [10]-gingerol and 6-gingediol content of the SC CO2 purified ginger extract was found to be 75.92 ± 1.14, 1.25 ± 0.04, 4.54 ± 0.04, 13.15 ± 0.30 and 0.37 ± 0.00 % respectively. Antioxidant activity was measured by 2, 2-diphenyl-1-pycryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) and the assay have shown 652 ± 0.37 mg TE/g and 3.68 ± 0.18 mg TE/100 g respectively, are significantly higher results with SC CO2 organic ginger extract. Paradol analogues are not detected in this study. Small quantities of [4]-, [10]gingediol and [6]-gingediacetate are also found in ginger extract.

  5. Carsim : un système pour convertir des textes en scènes tridimensionnelles animées

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    Nugues, P.; Dupuy, S.; Egges, A.

    2004-01-01

    Cet article décrit un système de conversion de textes en scènes tridimensionnelles animées. Les textes sont des constats d’accidents de voitures rédigés par un des conducteurs. Le processus de conversion comporte de deux étapes. Un premier module d’extraction d’informations crée une description

  6. Room-temperature polar ferromagnet ScFeO3 transformed from a high-pressure orthorhombic perovskite phase.

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    Kawamoto, Takahiro; Fujita, Koji; Yamada, Ikuya; Matoba, Tomohiko; Kim, Sung Joo; Gao, Peng; Pan, Xiaoqing; Findlay, Scott D; Tassel, Cédric; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Studer, Andrew J; Hester, James; Irifune, Tetsuo; Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2014-10-29

    Multiferroic materials have been the subject of intense study, but it remains a great challenge to synthesize those presenting both magnetic and ferroelectric polarizations at room temperature. In this work, we have successfully obtained LiNbO3-type ScFeO3, a metastable phase converted from the orthorhombic perovskite formed under 15 GPa at elevated temperatures. A combined structure analysis by synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction and high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging reveals that this compound adopts the polar R3c symmetry with a fully ordered arrangement of trivalent Sc and Fe ions, forming highly distorted ScO6 and FeO6 octahedra. The calculated spontaneous polarization along the hexagonal c-axis is as large as 100 μC/cm(2). The magnetic studies show that LiNbO3-type ScFeO3 is a weak ferromagnet with TN = 545 K due to a canted G-type antiferromagnetic ordering of Fe(3+) spins, representing the first example of LiNbO3-type oxides with magnetic ordering far above room temperature. A comparison of the present compound and rare-earth orthorhombic perovskites RFeO3 (R = La-Lu and Y), all of which possess the corner-shared FeO6 octahedral network, allows us to find a correlation between TN and the Fe-O-Fe bond angle, indicating that the A-site cation-size-dependent octahedral tilting dominates the magnetic transition through the Fe-O-Fe superexchange interaction. This work provides a general and versatile strategy to create materials in which ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist at high temperatures.

  7. Epitaxial growth of Sc-doped ZnO films on Si by sol-gel route

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    Sharma, Ruchika; Sehrawat, Kiran; Wakahara, Akihiro; Mehra, R. M.

    2009-03-01

    The epitaxial growth of doped ZnO films is of great technological importance. Present paper reports a detailed investigation of Sc-doped ZnO films grown on (1 0 0) silicon p-type substrates. The films were deposited by sol-gel technique using zinc acetate dihydrate as precursor, 2-methoxyethanol as solvent and monoethanolamine (MEA) as a stabilizer. Scandium was introduced as dopant in the solution by taking 0.5 wt% of scandium nitrate hexahydrate. The effect of annealing on structural and photoluminescence properties of nano-textured Sc-doped films was investigated in the temperature range of 300-550 °C. Structural investigations were carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. X-ray diffraction study revealed that highly c-axis oriented films with full-width half maximum of 0.21° are obtained at an annealing temperature of 400 °C. The SEM images of ZnO:Sc films have revealed that coalescence of ZnO grains occurs due to annealing. Ostwald ripening was found to be the dominant mass transport mechanism in the coalescence process. A surface roughness of 4.7 nm and packing density of 0.93 were observed for the films annealed at 400 °C. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of ZnO:Sc films annealed at 400 °C showed ultraviolet peak at about (382 nm) with FWHM of 141 meV, which are comparable to those found in high-quality ZnO films. The films annealed below or above 400 °C exhibited green emission as well. The presence of green emission has been correlated with the structural changes due to annealing. Reflection high energy electron diffraction pattern confirmed the nearly epitaxial growth of the films. Ruchika Sharma, P. K. Shishodia, A. Wakahara and R. M. Mehra, Materials Science-Poland 27 (2009) Ist issue.

  8. Toward a generative theory of language transfer: Experiment and modeling of sC prothesis in L2 Spanish

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    Daland Robert; Norrmann-Vigil Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    When native Spanish speakers produce English words with initial [s]-consonant clusters (sC), they sometimes produce a prothetic vowel, e.g. stigma > estigma. This paper reports a production experiment on this phenomena, as well as computational modelling of the experimental results. Carlisle (1991a) proposed the ‘resyllabification account’ in which prothesis is a language transfer effect, whose essential motivation is to satisfy L1/Spanish syllable phonotactics. Replicating all pr...

  9. Generation and characterization of a human single-chain fragment variable (scFv antibody against cytosine deaminase from Yeast

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    Tombesi Marina

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The ability of cytosine deaminase (CD to convert the antifungal agent 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC into one of the most potent and largely used anticancer compound such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU raised considerable interest in this enzyme to model gene or antibody – directed enzyme-prodrug therapy (GDEPT/ADEPT aiming to improve the therapeutic ratio (benefit versus toxic side-effects of cancer chemotherapy. The selection and characterization of a human monoclonal antibody in single chain fragment (scFv format represents a powerful reagent to allow in in vitro and in vivo detection of CD expression in GDEPT/ADEPT studies. Results An enzymatic active recombinant CD from yeast (yCD was expressed in E. coli system and used as antigen for biopanning approach of the large semi-synthetic ETH-2 antibody phage library. Several scFvs were isolated and specificity towards yCD was confirmed by Western blot and ELISA. Further, biochemical and functional investigations demonstrated that the binding of specific scFv with yCD did not interfere with the activity of the enzyme in converting 5-FC into 5-FU. Conclusion The construction of libraries of recombinant antibody fragments that are displayed on the surface of filamentous phage, and the selection of phage antibodies against target antigens, have become an important biotechnological tool in generating new monoclonal antibodies for research and clinical applications. The scFvH5 generated by this method is the first human antibody which is able to detect yCD in routinary laboratory techniques without interfering with its enzymatic function.

  10. Superplastic behavior and microstructure evolution of a new Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy subjected to a simple thermomechanical processing

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    Duan, Y.L.; Tang, L. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Deng, Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Cao, X.W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Xu, G.F., E-mail: csuxgf660302@csu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Yin, Z.M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Materials Science and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2016-07-04

    A new Al-Mg-0.15% Sc-0.10% Zr (wt%) alloy sheet with an average (sub)grain size of ~2.25 µm was processed by a simple thermomechanical processing. Excellent superplastic (elongations of ≥800%) can be achieved at a temperature range of 450–500 °C and a high strain rate range of 1×10{sup −2}–1×10{sup −1} s{sup −1}. A maximum elongation of ~1579% was obtained at 475 °C and a high strain rate of 5×10{sup −2} s{sup −1}. Electron back scatter diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy results showed that superior superplastic ductility of the Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy can be ascribed to the complete transformation of low angle grain boundaries to high angle grain boundaries due to the occurrence of continuous dynamic recrystallization and the presence of stable coherent Al{sub 3}Sc{sub x}Zr{sub 1−x} particles that effectively impede the growth of the grains during superplastic deformation. Besides, strong β-fiber rolling textures gradually weakened, and random textures were predominant in the superplastic deformed alloy. Analyses on the superplastic data revealed that the average strain rate sensitivity parameter and the average activation energy of the Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloy were ~0.48 and ~84.4 kJ/mol{sup –1}, respectively. All results indicated that the main superplastic deformation mechanism was grain boundary sliding.

  11. Chemical and biological evaluation of {sup 153}Sm and {sup 46/47}Sc complexes of indazolebisphosphonates for targeted radiotherapy

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    Neves, Maria, E-mail: mneves@itn.p [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Sacavem (Portugal); Teixeira, Fatima C.; Antunes, Ines [INETI-Departamento de Tecnologia de Industrias Quimicas, Lisboa (Portugal); Majkowska, Agnieszka [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Gano, Lurdes [Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Sacavem (Portugal); Santos, Ana Cristina [IBB-Instituto de Biofisica e Biomatematica, Coimbra (Portugal)

    2011-01-15

    Introduction: Novel 1-hydroxy-1,1-bisphosphonates derived from indazole and substituted at the C-3 position were labeled with the radionuclides {sup 46}Sc and {sup 153}Sm. Several parameters such as molar ligand concentration, pH, reaction time and temperature were studied. The radiolabelling yield, reaction kinetics and stability were assessed and radiocomplexes were evaluated by in vitro and in vivo experiments. Methods: The radionuclides {sup 46}Sc and {sup 153}Sm were obtained by neutron irradiation of natural Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and enriched {sup 152}Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} (98.4%) targets at the neutron flux of 3x10{sup 14} n cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}. The radiolabelling yield, reaction kinetics and stability were accomplished by ascending instant thin layer chromatography. The radiocomplexes were submitted to in vitro experiments (hydroxyapatite binding and lipophilicity) and biodistribution studies in animal models. Results: The radionuclides {sup 46}Sc and {sup 153}Sm were produced with specific activities of 100 and 430 MBq mg{sup -1}, respectively. High radiochemical yields were achieved and the hydrophilic radiocomplexes have shown high degree of binding to hydroxyapatite. Biodistribution studies at 1, 3 and 24 h of the 4 radiocomplexes under study, have showed a similar biodistribution profile with a relatively high bone uptake, slow clearance from blood and a very slow rate of total radioactivity excretion from the whole animal body. Conclusion: We have developed a new class of indazolebisphosphonates complexes with radioisotopes of samarium and scandium. All complexes have shown high degree of binding to hydroxyapatite, which could be attributed to the ionized phosphonate groups. The bone uptake and the bone-to-muscle ratios were relatively low.

  12. Transcriptome analysis of CNS immediately before and after the detection of PrP(Sc) in SSBP/1 sheep scrapie.

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    Gossner, Anton G; Hopkins, John

    2014-10-10

    Sheep scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), progressive and fatal neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) linked to the accumulation of misfolded prion protein, PrP(Sc). New Zealand Cheviot sheep, homozygous for the VRQ genotype of the PRNP gene are most susceptible with an incubation period of 193 days with SSBP/1 scrapie. However, the earliest time point that PrP(Sc) can be detected in the CNS is 125 days (D125). The aim of this study was to quantify changes to the transcriptome of the thalamus and obex (medulla) at times immediately before (D75) and after (D125) PrP(Sc) was detected. Affymetrix gene arrays were used to quantify gene expression in the thalamus and Illumina DGE-tag profiling for obex. Ingenuity Pathway Analysis was used to help describe the biological processes of scrapie pathology. Neurological disease and Cancer were common Bio Functions in each tissue at D75; inflammation and cell death were major processes at D125. Several neurological receptors were significantly increased at D75 (e.g. CHRNA6, GRM1, HCN2), which might be clues to the molecular basis of psychiatric changes associated with TSEs. No genes were significantly differentially expressed at both D75 and D125 and there was no progression of events from earlier to later time points. This implies that there is no simple linear progression of pathological or molecular events. There seems to be a step-change between D75 and D125, correlating with the detection of PrP(Sc), resulting in the involvement of different pathological processes in later TSE disease. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Sorafenib analogue SC-60 induces apoptosis through the SHP-1/STAT3 pathway and enhances docetaxel cytotoxicity in triple-negative breast cancer cells.

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    Liu, Chun-Yu; Su, Jung-Chen; Huang, Tzu-Ting; Chu, Pei-Yi; Huang, Chun-Teng; Wang, Wan-Lun; Lee, Chia-Han; Lau, Ka-Yi; Tsai, Wen-Chun; Yang, Hsiu-Ping; Shiau, Chung-Wai; Tseng, Ling-Ming; Chen, Kuen-Feng

    2017-03-01

    Recurrent triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) needs new therapeutic targets. Src homology region 2 domain-containing phosphatase-1 (SHP-1) can act as a tumor suppressor by dephosphorylating oncogenic kinases. One major target of SHP-1 is STAT3, which is highly activated in TNBC. In this study, we tested a sorafenib analogue SC-60, which lacks angiokinase inhibition activity, but acts as a SHP-1 agonist, in TNBC cells. SC-60 inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis by dephosphorylating STAT3 in both a dose- and time-dependent manner in TNBC cells (MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-468, and HCC1937). By contrast, ectopic expression of STAT3 rescued the anticancer effect induced by SC-60. SC-60 also increased the SHP-1 activity, but this effect was inhibited when the N-SH2 domain (DN1) was deleted or with SHP-1 point mutation (D61A), implying that SHP-1 is the major target of SC-60 in TNBC. The use of SC-60 in combination with docetaxel synergized the anticancer effect induced by SC-60 through the SHP-1/STAT3 pathway in TNBC cells. Importantly, SC-60 also displayed a significant antitumor effect in an MDA-MB-468 xenograft model by modulating the SHP-1/STAT3 axis, indicating the anticancer potential of SC-60 in TNBC treatment. Targeting SHP-1/p-STAT3 and the potential combination of SHP-1 agonist with chemotherapeutic docetaxel is a feasible therapeutic strategy for TNBC. © 2017 The Authors. Published by FEBS Press and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. A new expression vector facilitating production and functional analysis of scFv antibody fragments selected from Tomlinson I+J phagemid libraries.

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    Ossysek, Karolina; Uchański, Tomasz; Kulesza, Małgorzata; Bzowska, Monika; Klaus, Tomasz; Woś, Klaudia; Madej, Mariusz; Bereta, Joanna

    2015-10-01

    Tomlinson I+J are synthetic phagemid human scFv libraries widely employed to obtain specific antibody fragments via a phage display method. The pIT2/HB2151 expression system proposed by the designers of the libraries has certain drawbacks which result in the lack of expression or low expression levels of numerous soluble scFvs. At the stage of scFv screening, this may lead to losing some excellent antibodies, which can be avoided but requires laborious and expensive work. Here we present a new, pET-30-based vector, which is compatible with Tomlinson libraries, retains all virtues of pIT2 used as a plasmid and eliminates all its flaws. We demonstrate that pET-scFv-T is frequently superior to pIT2 in terms of efficient scFv expression. Moreover, an amber suppressor bacterial strain, RosettaBlue(DE3)pLysS, transformed with the new vector, pET-scFv-T, coding for a number of scFvs, produces substantial amounts of functional, easy to purify recombinant antibody fragments, regardless of whether their coding sequences contain amber codons. Thus, pET-scFv-T/RosettaBlue(DE3)pLysS expression system seems to be a perfect tool for screening for the finest soluble scFvs selected from Tomlinson I+J, as well as from many other phagemid libraries. Copyright © 2015 European Federation of Immunological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. The "innocent" role of Sc3+ on a non-heme Fe catalyst in an O2 environment

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    Poater, Albert

    2014-01-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been used to investigate the reaction mechanism proposed for the formation of an oxoiron(iv) complex [Fe IV(TMC)O]2+ (P) (TMC = 1,4,8,11-tetramethylcyclam) starting from a non-heme reactant complex [FeII(TMC)]2+ (R) and O2 in the presence of acid H+ and reductant BPh4 -. We also addressed the possible role of redox-inactive Sc3+ as a replacement for H+ acid in this reaction to trigger the formation of P. Our computational results substantially confirm the proposed mechanism and, more importantly, support that Sc 3+ could trigger the O2 activation, mainly dictated by the availability of two electrons from BPh4 -, by forming a thermodynamically stable Sc3+-peroxo-Fe3+ core that facilitates O-O bond cleavage to generate P by reducing the energy barrier. These insights may pave the way to improve the catalytic reactivity of metal-oxo complexes in O2 activation at non-heme centers. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  16. Passively Q-switched ytterbium-doped ScBO3 laser with black phosphorus saturable absorber

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    Lu, Dazhi; Pan, Zhongben; Zhang, Rui; Xu, Tianxiang; Yang, Ruilong; Yang, Bingchao; Liu, Zhongyuan; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate a passively Q-switched Yb3+-doped ScBO3 bulk laser using a black phosphorous (BP) saturable absorber, a two-dimensional semiconductor. The response spectra of BP show that it is suitable as a universal switcher in the spectral range from the visible to midinfrared band. Considering the saturable absorption properties of BP and emission properties of Yb3+-doped crystals, the passively Q-switched bulk laser pulses were realized with the Yb3+:ScBO3 crystal as a gain material and a fabricated BP sample as a Q-switcher. Because of the large energy storage capacity of Yb3+:ScBO3, the maximum output energy is obtained to be 1.4 μJ, which is comparable with the previous reported maximum energy of graphene Q-switched lasers. The obtained results identify the potential capability of BP as a pulse modulator in bulk lasers, and BP plays an increasingly important role in a wide range of its applications, including photonics and optoelectronics.

  17. Selective O 2 Sorption at Ambient Temperatures via Node Distortions in Sc-MIL-100

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    Sava Gallis, Dorina F.; Chapman, Karena W.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Greathouse, Jeffery A.; Parkes, Marie V.; Nenoff, Tina M.

    2016-05-24

    An open pored metal–organic framework (MOF) with oxygen selectivity at exceptionally high temperatures is confirmed by synthesis, sorption, and synchrotron structural analyses. The large-pore MIL-100 framework with access to the metal center (e.g., Sc and Fe) resulted in preferential O2 over N2 gas uptake at temperatures ranging from 77 K to ambient temperatures (258, 298, and 313 K). Most notably, Sc-MIL-100 shows exceptional O2 sorption; pair distribution function analyses indicate that this is due to distortions in the framework owing to the size of Sc atoms, in particular in the trimer metal cluster. Experimental studies also correlate very well with GCMC simulations, confirming more favorable O2-framework interactions at pressures up to 1 bar, due to the close proximity of O2 to the high density of metal centers in the small tetrahedral cages. Both materials maintain their crystallinity upon gas adsorption cycling, are regenerable, and show exceptional promise for use in energy efficient oxygen purification processes, such as Pressure Swing Adsorption.

  18. ^63Cu NQR relaxation in the p-type transparent conductor CuScO_2:Mg

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    Rossi, Vincent; Tate, Janet; Warren, William; Li, Jun; Sleight, Arthur

    2003-05-01

    Transparent conducting oxides with p-type conductivity are of interest as electronic complements to the more familiar n-type transparent conductors. This paper reports the first results of a study of carrier spin dynamics in p-type CuScO_2:Mg using ^63Cu nuclear spin-lattice relaxation measurements. Relaxation rates 1/T1 have been measured by nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) over the range 280 K to 400 K. The ^63Cu NQR frequency is found to be 28,135 ± 5 kHz at 300 K and to decrease linearly with temperature over the experimental range. The value of 1/T1 at 300 K is 130 ± 10 s-1. The rate is weakly dependent on temperature and increases by only about 15 % up to 400 K. This behavior contrasts sharply with results obtained previously(1. A. Rajabzadeh, J. Tate and W. Warren, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 48, 1009 (2003).) for the related material CuYO_2:Ca. In that material, relaxation rates for ^63Cu and ^65Cu were strongly temperature dependent, being approximately thermally-activated with activation energy 152 ± 10 meV. The nuclear relaxation properties of CuScO_2:Mg are suggestive of more conventional metallic transport in CuScO_2:Mg compared with CuYO_2:Ca.

  19. A 12b-control ultra-low-power low-noise SC-VGA for medical ultrasound probes

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This Letter presents a 12b-control ultra-low-power low-noise two-stage single-ended to differential switched-capacitor variable gain amplifier (SC-VGA for 2–6-MHz second harmonic cardiac imaging ultrasound probes in 0.18 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor. The proposed SC-VGA consists of inverters and capacitor (CAP arrays. By adopting inverters instead of operational trans-conductance amplifiers (OTAs in traditional SC-amplifiers, both the power and noise are significantly improved. Each stage has a 6b binary-weighted CAP array, and in total the 12b CAP arrays achieve the dB-in-linear gain range from − 21 to 21 dB. The CAP array is divided between the upper 3b and lower 3b by a CAP to decrease the capacitance spread. The total power consumption is 150 μA at 1 V supply voltage, and the input referred noise is 6.5 nV/√HZ at 4 MHz. The second harmonic distortion (HD2 has the mean value − 77 dB at the 460 mV peak-to-peak output swing for 50 samples of Monte Carlo mismatch simulation with a 30 MHz sampling frequency.

  20. Band gaps of wurtzite Sc{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N alloys

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    Tsui, H. C. L.; Moram, M. A. [Department of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Goff, L. E. [Department of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Rhode, S. K. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom); Pereira, S. [CICECO and Dept. Physics, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Beere, H. E.; Farrer, I.; Nicoll, C. A.; Ritchie, D. A. [Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)

    2015-03-30

    Optical transmittance measurements on epitaxial, phase-pure, wurtzite-structure Sc{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N films with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.26 showed that their direct optical band gaps increased from 3.33 eV to 3.89 eV with increasing x, in agreement with theory. These films contained I{sub 1}- and I{sub 2}-type stacking faults. However, the direct optical band gaps decreased from 3.37 eV to 3.26 eV for Sc{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N films, which additionally contained nanoscale lamellar inclusions of the zinc-blende phase, as revealed by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. Therefore, we conclude that the apparent reduction in Sc{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N band gaps with increasing x is an artefact resulting from the presence of nanoscale zinc-blende inclusions.