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  1. Solid-matrix luminescence analysis

    Hurtubise, R.J.


    Several interactions with lumiphors adsorbed on filter paper were elucidated from experiments with moisture, modulus and heavy-atom salts. The data were interpreted using static and dynamic quenching models, heavy-atom theory, and a theory related to the modulus of paper. With cyclodextrin-salt matrices, it was shown that 10% [alpha]-cyclodextrin/NaCl was very effective for obtaining strong room-temperature fluorescence and moderate room-temperature phosphorescence from adsorbed stereoisomeric tetrols. Extensive photophysical information was obtained for the four tetrols on 10% [alpha]-cyclodextrin/NaCl. The photophysical information acquired was used to develop a method for characterizing two of the tetrols. Work with model compounds adsorbed on deuterated sodium acetate showed that C-H vibrations in the undeuterated sodium acetate were not responsible for the deactivation of the excited triplet state in the model phosphors investigated. A considerable amount of solution luminescence and solid-matrix luminescence data were compared. The most important finding was that in several cases the room-temperature solid-matrix luminescence quantum yields were greater than the solution low-temperature quantum yield values.

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  3. Organic solid solution composed of two structurally similar porphyrins for organic solar cells.

    Zhen, Yonggang; Tanaka, Hideyuki; Harano, Koji; Okada, Satoshi; Matsuo, Yutaka; Nakamura, Eiichi


    A solid solution of a 75:25 mixture of tetrabenzoporphyrin (BP) and dichloroacenaphtho[q]tribenzo[b,g,l]porphyrin (CABP) forms when they are generated in a matrix of (dimethyl(o-anisyl)silylmethyl)(dimethylphenylsilylmethyl)[60]fullerene. This solid solution provides structural and optoelectronic properties entirely different from those of either pristine compounds or a mixture at other blending ratios. The use of this BP:CABP solid solution for organic solar cell (OSC) devices resulted in a power conversion efficiency (PCE) value higher by 16 and 300% than the PCE values obtained for the devices using the single donor BP and CABP, respectively, in a planar heterojunction architecture. This increase originates largely from the increase in short circuit current density, and hence by enhanced charge carrier separation at the donor/acceptor interface, which was probably caused by suitable energy level for the solid solution state, where electronic coupling between the two porphyrins occurred. The results suggest that physical and chemical modulation in solid solution is beneficial as an operationally simple method to enhance OSC performance.

  4. In vitro aceclofenac release from IPN matrix tablets composed of chitosan-tamarind seed polysaccharide.

    Jana, Sougata; Sen, Kalyan Kumar; Basu, Sanat Kumar


    This communication describes the formulation and in vitro evaluation of IPN matrix tablets of aceclofenac. IPN microparticles using chitosan and tamarind seed polysaccharide blend was prepared using glutaraldehyde as cross-linker. The drug entrapment efficiency and average particle size of these microparticles was found to be 91.97±1.30% and 498.12±38.67 μm, respectively. These IPN microparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and powder X-ray diffraction (P-XRD) study. These microparticles were compressed with tablet excipients through direct compression technique. These matrix tablets showed sustained aceclofenac release over 8 h. These matrix tablets might be helpful to minimize dosing frequency and reduction of various side effects during prolong period of treatment.

  5. Ternary nanoparticles composed of cationic solid lipid nanoparticles, protamine, and DNA for gene delivery

    He SN


    Full Text Available Sai-Nan He,1 Yun-Long Li,1,2 Jing-Jing Yan,2 Wei Zhang,2 Yong-Zhong Du,2 He-Yong Yu,1 Fu-Qiang Hu,2 Hong Yuan21Women’s Hospital, 2College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of ChinaBackground: The objective of this research was to design an effective gene delivery system composed of cationic solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs, protamine, and Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA.Methods: Cationic SLNs were prepared using an aqueous solvent diffusion method with octadecylamine as the cationic lipid material. First, protamine was combined with DNA to form binary protamine/DNA nanoparticles, and the ternary nanoparticle gene delivery system was then obtained by combining binary protamine/DNA nanoparticles with cationic SLNs. The size, zeta potential, and ability of the binary and ternary nanoparticles to compact and protect DNA were characterized. The effect of octadecylamine content in SLNs and the SLNS/DNA ratios on transfection efficiency, cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of the ternary nanoparticles were also assessed using HEK293 cells.Results: When the weight ratio of protamine to DNA reached 1.5:1, the plasmid DNA could be effectively compacted and protected. The average hydrodynamic diameter of the ternary nanoparticles when combined with protamine increased from 188.50 ± 0.26 nm to 259.33 ± 3.44 nm, and the zeta potential increased from 25.50 ± 3.30 mV to 33.40 ± 2.80 mV when the weight ratio of SLNs to DNA increased from 16/3 to 80/3. The ternary nanoparticles showed high gene transfection efficiency compared with LipofectamineTM 2000/DNA nanoparticles. Several factors that might affect gene transfection efficiency, such as content and composition of SLNs, post-transfection time, and serum were examined. The ternary nanoparticles composed of SLNs with 15 wt% octadecylamine (50/3 weight ratio of SLNs to DNA showed the best transfection efficiency (26.13% ± 5.22% in the presence of

  6. Optimal portfolio strategy with cross-correlation matrix composed by DCCA coefficients: Evidence from the Chinese stock market

    Sun, Xuelian; Liu, Zixian


    In this paper, a new estimator of correlation matrix is proposed, which is composed of the detrended cross-correlation coefficients (DCCA coefficients), to improve portfolio optimization. In contrast to Pearson's correlation coefficients (PCC), DCCA coefficients acquired by the detrended cross-correlation analysis (DCCA) method can describe the nonlinear correlation between assets, and can be decomposed in different time scales. These properties of DCCA make it possible to improve the investment effect and more valuable to investigate the scale behaviors of portfolios. The minimum variance portfolio (MVP) model and the Mean-Variance (MV) model are used to evaluate the effectiveness of this improvement. Stability analysis shows the effect of two kinds of correlation matrices on the estimation error of portfolio weights. The observed scale behaviors are significant to risk management and could be used to optimize the portfolio selection.

  7. Optimization of Structure and Material Properties for Solids Composed of Softening Material

    Bendsøe, Martin P.; Guedes, J.M.; J.M., Plaxton;


    Recent results on the design of material properties in the context of global structural optimization provide, in analytical form, a prediction of the optimal material tensor distributions for two or three dimensional continuum structures. The model developed for that purpose is extended here...... to cover the design of a structure and associated material properties for a system composed of a generic form of nonlinear softening material. As was established in the earlier study on design with linear materials, the formulation for combined 'material and structure' design with softening materials can...

  8. Possible Way To Describe Breit's Interaction in Solids Composed From Heavy Elements

    Kutepov, A L


    The report describes a theoretical procedure which could help evaluate the effect of quantum electrodynamic corrections on the electronic structure of crystals consisting of heavy elements. The procedure uses the effective Breit interaction as correction to traditional Coulomb interaction between electrons in non-relativistic theory. A number of other simplifying assumptions were made since even such a simplified consideration of quantum electrodynamic effects in crystals is a great challenge. These are as follows: (1) Exchange and correlation effects from the nonrelativistic interaction (the Coulomb term) between electrons are described within Density Functional Theory (DFT). (2) The Breit correction is on at the phase which involves the calculation of matrix elements between basis functions which define the single-electron spectrum of a crystal. In order to calculate the contribution from the Breit correction, the total wave function of electrons in the crystal is approximated by one Slater determinant consisting of the single-electron DFT-orbitals. (3) Only local matrix elements (i.e., the part of the two-electron integral for which both coordinate arguments belong to one and the same muffin-tin sphere) are considered.

  9. Solid Phase Biosensors for Arsenic or Cadmium Composed of A trans Factor and cis Element Complex

    Mohammad Shohel Rana Siddiki


    Full Text Available The presence of toxic metals in drinking water has hazardous effects on human health. This study was conducted to develop GFP-based-metal-binding biosensors for on-site assay of toxic metal ions. GFP-tagged ArsR and CadC proteins bound to a cis element, and lost the capability of binding to it in their As- and Cd-binding conformational states, respectively. Water samples containing toxic metals were incubated on a complex of GFP-tagged ArsR or CadC and cis element which was immobilized on a solid surface. Metal concentrations were quantified with fluorescence intensity of the metal-binding states released from the cis element. Fluorescence intensity obtained with the assay significantly increased with increasing concentrations of toxic metals. Detection limits of 1 μg/L for Cd(II and 5 μg/L for As(III in purified water and 10 µg/L for Cd(II and As(III in tap water and bottled mineral water were achieved by measurement with a battery-powered portable fluorometer after 15-min and 30-min incubation, respectively. A complex of freeze dried GFP-tagged ArsR or CadC binding to cis element was stable at 4 °C and responded to 5 μg/L As(III or Cd(II. The solid phase biosensors are sensitive, less time-consuming, portable, and could offer a protocol for on-site evaluation of the toxic metals in drinking water.

  10. Cefdinir Solid Dispersion Composed of Hydrophilic Polymers with Enhanced Solubility, Dissolution, and Bioavailability in Rats

    Hyun-Jong Cho


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to develop cefdinir solid dispersions (CSDs prepared using hydrophilic polymers with enhanced dissolution/solubility and in vivo oral bioavailability. CSDs were prepared with hydrophilic polymers such as hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose (HPMC; CSD1, carboxymethylcellulose-Na (CMC-Na; CSD2, polyvinyl pyrrolidone K30 (PVP K30; CSD3 at the weight ratio of 1:1 (drug:polymer using a spray-drying method. The prepared CSDs were characterized by aqueous solubility, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, powder X-ray diffraction (p-XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, aqueous viscosity, and dissolution test in various media. The oral bioavailability of CSDs was also evaluated in rats and compared with cefdinir powder suspension. The cefdinir in CSDs was amorphous form, as confirmed in the DSC and p-XRD measurements. The developed CSDs commonly resulted in about 9.0-fold higher solubility of cefdinir and a significantly improved dissolution profile in water and at pH 1.2, compared with cefdinir crystalline powder. Importantly, the in vivo oral absorption (represented as AUCinf was markedly increased by 4.30-, 6.77- and 3.01-fold for CSD1, CSD2, and CSD3, respectively, compared with cefdinir suspension in rats. The CSD2 prepared with CMC-Na would provide a promising vehicle to enhance dissolution and bioavailability of cefdinir in vivo.

  11. Dichromatic laser photolysis of eosin in solid gelatinous matrix

    Sizykh, A. G.; Slyusareva, E. A.


    The laser irradiation of the thin films of solid solution of eosin in gelatinous matrix in the first and some upper dyes absorption bands leads to decrease of films optical density due to reaction of photoreduction. In the paper the kinetic of photoreduction of the dye eosin K in polymeric matrix in three cases of irradiation was experimentally investigated: a) irradiation by N2 laser (λ=337nm, second band of absorption, π=2 nsec, repetition rate-100 Hz, average power-2,2 mW), b) irradiation by Ar-laser (λ=488 nm, first band of absorption, 6,5-12 mW), c) under a simultaneous action of both Ar and N2-lasers. It was demonstrated that the most effective reaction of photoreduction took place in case of direct populating of upper singlet states with probable following nonradiative transition into equienergetic triplet states (energy ranges 35000-45000 sm-1).

  12. Thermal transport investigation in a CNTs/solid matrix composite

    Boulerouah, Aoumeur; Longuemart, Stéphane; Hus, Philippe; Sahraoui, Abdelhak Hadj


    The evolution of the thermal parameters of solid-solid composites based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) (single-walled (SWNT) and multi-walled (MWNT)) were studied. A granular potassium bromide (KBr) material was chosen as a matrix. The evolutions of the dynamic thermal parameters (diffusivity, effusivity and conductivity) of the composites as a function of the weight fraction of the CNTs inclusions were obtained using the photoacoustic technique. The experimental evolution of the thermal conductivity of the composites with the CNTs loading showed two distinct behaviours, an increase up to around 2% of CNTs loading followed by a decrease. A heat transport model has been proposed to account for these two different observed trends providing a consistent explanation of the experimental data.

  13. Solid lipid excipients - matrix agents for sustained drug delivery.

    Rosiaux, Yvonne; Jannin, Vincent; Hughes, Sophie; Marchaud, Delphine


    Lipid excipients are attracting interest from drug developers due to their performance, ease of use, versatility and their potential to generate intellectual property through innovation in drug delivery particularly in the case of modifying drug release systems. Many articles have described the use of lipid excipients to develop matrix modified release dosage forms in a range of processing techniques, therefore a comprehensive review is timely to collect together and analyze key information. This review article focuses on the utility of lipid excipients in solid sustained drug delivery systems with emphasis on the efficiency and robustness of these systems with respect to: (i) the choice of the manufacturing process and impact on drug release, (ii) the fundamental drug release mechanisms, (iii) resistance of the drug formulation under physiological conditions and (iv) long-term stability. Understanding the functionality of these versatile excipients in formulation is elementary for the development of highly robust lipid-based sustained release medicines.


    E. Getsovich


    Full Text Available The problem of selecting the type of vehicle functions in the problem of calculating the gravitational transit flows is considered. The use of computational procedure of Shatsky–Sheleyhovsky to clarify the relationship of gravity distance between transport areas by comparing the matrix correspondence before and after balancing is proposed.

  15. Proteomic Analysis after Sequential Extraction of Matrix Proteins in Urinary Stones Composed of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate and Calcium Oxalate Dihydrate.

    Kaneko, Kiyoko; Nishii, Shin-ichiro; Izumi, Yoko; Yasuda, Makoto; Yamanobe, Tomoyo; Fukuuchi, Tomoko; Yamaoka, Noriko; Horie, Shigeo


    In this study, we performed proteomic analysis following sequential protein extraction on calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) and calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD) urinary stones to determine the specific matrix proteins according to the crystal components of the stones. After X-ray and IR analysis of 13 urinary stones, matrix proteins were sequentially extracted with KCl, formic acid, guanidine-HCl, and EDTA, before SDS-electrophoresis followed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The electrophoretic patterns of the extracted proteins differed from that of COM and COD stones. LC-MS/MS identified 65 proteins, of which many were cellular plasma proteins, and were frequently detected regardless of the crystal components. However, 6 proteins (protein Z, protein S, prothrombin, osteopontin, fatty acid binding protein 5, and ubiquitin) were detected in the final EDTA fractions of COM stones. These proteins are involved in the coagulation process or osteometabolism, and thus the roles they play are of particular interest.

  16. Properties of films composed of cellulose nanowhiskers and a cellulose matrix regenerated from alkali/urea solution.

    Qi, Haisong; Cai, Jie; Zhang, Lina; Kuga, Shigenori


    All-cellulose composite films were prepared, for the first time, from native cellulose nanowhiskers and cellulose matrix regenerated from aqueous NaOH-urea solvent system on the basis of their temperature-dependent solubility. The cellulose whiskers retained their needlelike morphology with mean length and diameter of 300 and 21 nm as well as native crystallinity when added to the latter solution at ambient temperature. The structure and physical properties of the nanocomposite films were characterized by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and tensile tests. The composite films were isotropic and transparent to visible light and showed good mechanical properties as a result of the reinforcement by the whiskers. By varying the ratio of the cellulose whiskers to regenerated cellulose matrix (cellulose II), the tensile strength and elastic modulus of the nanocomposite films could be tuned to reach 124 MPa and 5 GPa, respectively. The tensile strength of the nanocomposite films could reach 157 MPa through a simple drawing process, with the calculated Hermans' orientation parameter of 0.30. This work provided a novel pathway for the preparation of biodegradable all-cellulose nanocomposites, which are expected to be useful as biomaterials and food ingredients.

  17. Evaluation of a molecularly imprinted polymer for determination of steroids in goat milk by matrix solid phase dispersion.

    Gañán, Judith; Morante-Zarcero, Sonia; Gallego-Picó, Alejandrina; Garcinuño, Rosa María; Fernández-Hernando, Pilar; Sierra, Isabel


    A molecularly imprinted polymer-matrix solid-phase dispersion methodology for simultaneous determination of five steroids in goat milk samples was proposed. Factors affecting the extraction recovery such as sample/dispersant ratio and washing and elution solvents were investigated. The molecularly imprinted polymer used as dispersant in the matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure showed high affinity to steroids, and the obtained extracts were sufficiently cleaned to be directly analyzed. Analytical separation was performed by micellar electrokinetic chromatography using a capillary electrophoresis system equipped with a diode array detector. A background electrolyte composed of borate buffer (25mM, pH 9.3), sodium dodecyl sulfate (10mM) and acetonitrile (20%) was used. The developed MIP-MSPD methodology was applied for direct determination of testosterone (T), estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (17β-E2), 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) and progesterone (P) in different goat milk samples. Mean recoveries obtained ranged from 81% to 110%, with relative standard deviations (RSD)≤12%. The molecularly imprinted polymer-matrix solid-phase dispersion method is fast, selective, cost-effective and environment-friendly compared with other pretreatment methods used for extraction of steroids in milk.

  18. Solid-matrix luminescence analysis. Progress report, 15 June 1992--31 October 1994

    Hurtubise, R.J.


    Interaction models were developed for moisture effects on room-temperature fluorescence (RTF) and room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) of compounds adsorbed on filter paper. The models described both dynamic and matrix quenching and also related the Young modulus of filter paper to quenching of phosphor on moist filter paper. Photophysical parameters for lumiphors in solution and on solid matrices were compared. Results showed that for some compounds, solid-matrix luminescence has greater analytical potential than solution luminescence. Also, the solid-matrix systems into one of two categories depending on how the intersystem crossing rate constants change with temperature. The first study was carried out on effects of heavy atom on solid-matrix luminescence. With some heavy atoms, maximum solid-matrix phosphorescence quantum yield was obtained at room temperature, and there was no need to use low temperature to obtain a strong phosphorescence signal. By studying solid-matrix luminescence properties of phosphors adsorbed on sodium acetate and deuterated sodium acetate, an interaction model was developed for p-aminobenzoic acid anion adsorbed on sodium acetate. It was shown that the energy-gap law was applicable to solid-matrix luminescence. Also, deuterated phenanthrene and undeuterated phenanthrene were used to study nonradiative transition of excited triplet state of adsorbed phosphors. Heat capacities of several solid matrices were obtained vs temperature and related to vibrational coupling of solid matrix with phosphor. Photophysical study was performed on the hydrolysis products of benzo(a)pyrene-DNA adducts. Also, an analytical method was developed for tetrols in human lung fractions. Work was initiated on the formation of room temperature glasses with glucose and trehalose. Also, work has begun for the development of an oxygen sensor by measuring the RTP quenching of triphenylene on filter paper.

  19. Steam pressure induced in crack-like cavities in moisture saturated polymer matrix composities during rapid heating

    Chung Yuen Hui; Muralidhharan, V. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; Thompson, M.O. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Dept. of Material Science and Engineering


    The time history of steam pressure inside an isolated ''crack-like'' micro-cavity in a polymer matrix composite is studied by assuming that the chemical potential of water is continuous across the cavity/polymer interface. Steam pressure inside the cavity is due to rapid heating of moisture-saturated composites from its initial temperature to a final temperature T{sub f}. Exact closed form solutions are obtained for a ''crack-like'' cavity inside an infinite and a finite plate. For the case of an infinite plate, the exact solution shows that the steam pressure approaches the saturated steam pressure p{sub sat}(T{sub f}) at a characteristic time t{sub c}{approx_equal}25h{sup 2}/D{sub f}(M{sub w}p{sub sat}(T{sub f})/RT{sub f}{psi}{sub 0}){sup 2}, where h is the cavity height, D{sub f} is the diffusivity of water at T{sub f}, M{sub w} is the molecular weight of water, {psi}{sub 0} is the initial moisture concentration of the composite and R is the universal gas constant. When moisture is allowed to escape from the composite, such as in the case of a finite plate, the maximum steam pressure depends on a single dimensionless parameter {alpha}=LRT{sub f}{psi}{sub 0}/hM{sub w}p{sub sat}(T{sub f}), where L is the thickness of the composite plate. For large {alpha}, the maximum steam pressure approaches p{sub sat}(T{sub f}). However, the maximum steam pressure can be significantly less than p{sub sat}(T{sub f}) when {alpha} {<=} 4. The present model can also be used to study the 'popcorning' observed in electronic packages. (author)

  20. Nickel matrix composite electro coatings containing high concentration of incorporated Sic; Rivestimenti lettrolitici compositi a matrice di nichel, a elevata concentrazione di particelli incorporate di SiC

    Psarrou, S.; Spyrellis, N. [National Technical University of Athens (Greece)


    This paper gives the results of the study on the preparation of nickel matrix composite electro coatings, containing incorporate silicon carbide (SiC) microparticles under either direct current (D.C.) or pulse current (P.C.) conditions. It is proved that the applicability of pulse plating techniques modifies significantly the control of metal electro crystallization procedure. Under specific preparation conditions, the application of pulse current results to Ni/SiC composite coatings with better surface morphology, higher incorporation percentages and more uniform distribution of the insert SiC microparticles in the metallic matrix than the direct current technique. Pulse electrolysis is thus a powerful mean of perturbing the absorption-desorption phenomena occurring at the nickel/electrolyte interface and hence influences the incorporation procedure to a significant grade. [Italian] Questo articolo fornisce i risultati di uno studio condotto sulla preparazione di elettrodepositi compositi a matrice di nichel per incorporazione di microparticelle di carburo di silicio (SiC), ottenuti sia in condizione di corrente diretta (C.D.) sia di corrente a impulsi (C.P.). E' ormai appurato che l'applicazione della tecnica ad impulsi modifica in modo rilevante il controllo della fase di elettrocristallizazione del metallo. La corrente ad impulsi, in particolare e specifiche condizioni operative, porta all'ottenimento di rivestimenti compositi Ni/SiC con migliorata morfologia superficiale, inoltre la percentuale di particelle incorporate e' piu' elevata e la distribuzione di micro particelle inerti di SiC nella matrice metallica e' piu' uniforme rispetto ai codepositi ottenuti con la tecnica a corrente diretta. L'elettrolisi a impulsi e' quindi uno strumento efficace per perturbare i fenomeni di absorbimento-desorbimento che avvengono all'interfaccia nichel/elettrolita e influenza significativamente il meccanismo di

  1. Solid-state structures of peapod bearings composed of finite single-wall carbon nanotube and fullerene molecules.

    Sato, Sota; Yamasaki, Takashi; Isobe, Hiroyuki


    A supramolecular combination of carbon nanotube and fullerene, so-called a peapod, has attracted much interest, not solely because of its physical properties but also for its unique assembled structures of carbonaceous entities. However, the detailed structural information available was not sufficient for in-depth understanding of its structural chemistry or for exploratory research inspired by novel physical phenomena, mainly because of the severely inhomogeneous nature of currently available carbon nanotubes. We herein report solid-state structures of a molecular peapod. This structure, solved with a belt-persistent finite carbon nanotube molecule at the atomic level by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, revealed the presence of a smooth, inflection-free Hirshfeld surface inside the tube, and the smoothness permitted dynamic motion of the C60 guest molecule even in the solid state. This precise structural information may inspire the molecular design of carbonaceous machines assembled purely through van der Waals contacts between two neutral molecules.

  2. Recorder Composer

    Stephenson, Kimberly


    The best moments happen when students begin to realize how much power they have and use that power to create. Composing as they master different instrumental stages helps students make composition and performance a natural step in learning. A step-by-step process (rhythm notation, add pitches, copy to a five-line staff, check work, and play) keeps…

  3. Thixoforming of SiC ceramic matrix composites in pseudo-semi-solid state

    CHENG Yuan-sheng; LUO Shou-jing; DU Zhi-ming


    A new forming process, ceramic matrix composites thixoforming in pseudo-semi-solid state, was proposed based on powder metallurgy technology combined with the semi-solid metal forming process. The satellite angle-frames were prepared by this technology with Alp and SiCp materials mixed with different volume fractions. It is proved that it is feasible for the forming of the ceramic matrix composites by this technology through metallographic analyses and tensile tests. The results also show that the microstructures of samples are homogeneous and they have high hardness and certain plasticity.

  4. Preparation of bioconjugates by solid-phase conjugation to ion exchange matrix-adsorbed carrier proteins

    Houen, G.; Olsen, D.T.; Hansen, P.R.;


    A solid-phase conjugation method utilizing carrier protein bound to an ion exchange matrix was developed. Ovalbumin was adsorbed to an anion exchange matrix using a batch procedure, and the immobilized protein was then derivatized with iodoacetic acid N-hydroxysuccinimid ester. The activated......, and immunization experiments with the eluted conjugates showed that the more substituted conjugates gave rise to the highest titers of glutathione antibodies. Direct immunization with the conjugates adsorbed to the ion exchange matrix was possible and gave rise to high titers of glutathione antibodies. Conjugates...... of ovalbumin and various peptides were prepared in a similar manner and used for production of peptide antisera by direct immunization with the conjugates bound to the ion exchanger. Advantages of the method are its solid-phase nature, allowing fast and efficient reactions and intermediate washings...

  5. Solid-matrix luminescence interactions and analytical aspects of phenylphenol isomers on filter paper

    Purdy, B.B.


    The solid-matrix luminescence limits of detection, percent relative standard deviation, and linear concentration ranges were obtained for model compounds adsorbed on four different solid-matrices. Filter paper showed the best analytical merit. Several solid-matrix luminescence properties of phenylphenol isomers adsorbed on Whatman filter paper were investigated. In the presence of sodium halide salts, the luminescence intensity, lifetime, quantum yield and modulus data were obtained to study heavy-atom effects, quenching effects by salts and moisture, and photophysical processes and molecular interactions in the solid-matrix. For 4-phenylphenol, 3-phenylphenol, and 2-phenylphenol, heavy-atom effects were observed for the room-temperature luminescence intensities. The room-temperature phosphorescence was sensitive to the structural differences among the isomers. The quenching of room-temperature fluorescence by halides was best described by a modified Perrin quenching model which considered a quenching sphere volume and residual fluorescence. At room temperature, the phosphorescence intensities were quenched by moisture while the phosphorescence lifetimes and fluorescence intensities were slightly affected by moisture for 4-phenylphenol and 2-phenylphenol with sodium halides. It was concluded that the adsorption of moisture on the filter paper matrix decreased the matrix rigidity, and thus the phosphorescence intensities of adsorbed phosphors were diminished. The phosphors were well-protected in the matrix, and water molecules could not diffuse effectively to the phosphor molecules. The photophysical data showed how the absorbed energy was channeled into the various radiative and nonradiative processes. Modulus experiments showed there were no differences in the Young's modulus values of filter paper containing NaCl, NaBr, or NaI. A correlation was found between Young's modulus and phosphorescence intensity as a function of the water content adsorbed on

  6. Spectroscopy of lithium atoms sublimated from isolation matrix of solid Ne

    Sacramento, R. L.; Scudeller, L. A.; Lambo, R.; Crivelli, P.; Cesar, C. L.


    We have studied, via laser absorption spectroscopy, the velocity distribution of 7Li atoms released from a solid neon matrix at cryogenic temperatures. The Li atoms are implanted into the Ne matrix by laser ablation of a solid Li precursor. A heat pulse is then applied to the sapphire substrate sublimating the matrix together with the isolated atoms at around 12 K. We find interesting differences in the velocity distribution of the released Li atoms from the model developed for our previous experiment with Cr [R. Lambo, C. C. Rodegheri, D. M. Silveira, and C. L. Cesar, Phys. Rev. A 76, 061401-R (2007)], 10.1103/PhysRevA.76.061401. This may be due to the sublimation regime, which is at much lower flux for the Li experiment than for the Cr experiment, as well as to the different collisional cross sections between those species to the Ne gas. We find a drift velocity compatible with Li being thermally sublimated at 11-13 K, while the velocity dispersion around this drift velocity is low, around 5-7 K. With a slow sublimation of the matrix we can determine the penetration depth of the laser ablated Li atoms into the Ne matrix, an important information that is not usually available in most matrix isolation spectroscopy setups. The present results with Li, together with the previous results with Cr suggest this to be a general technique for obtaining cryogenic atoms, for spectroscopic studies, as well as for trap loading. The release of the isolated atoms is also a useful tool to study and confirm details of the matrix isolated atoms which are masked or poorly understood in the solid.

  7. Spectroscopy of lithium atoms sublimated from isolation matrix of solid Ne.

    Sacramento, R L; Scudeller, L A; Lambo, R; Crivelli, P; Cesar, C L


    We have studied, via laser absorption spectroscopy, the velocity distribution of (7)Li atoms released from a solid neon matrix at cryogenic temperatures. The Li atoms are implanted into the Ne matrix by laser ablation of a solid Li precursor. A heat pulse is then applied to the sapphire substrate sublimating the matrix together with the isolated atoms at around 12 K. We find interesting differences in the velocity distribution of the released Li atoms from the model developed for our previous experiment with Cr [R. Lambo, C. C. Rodegheri, D. M. Silveira, and C. L. Cesar, Phys. Rev. A 76, 061401(R) (2007)]. This may be due to the sublimation regime, which is at much lower flux for the Li experiment than for the Cr experiment, as well as to the different collisional cross sections between those species to the Ne gas. We find a drift velocity compatible with Li being thermally sublimated at 11-13 K, while the velocity dispersion around this drift velocity is low, around 5-7 K. With a slow sublimation of the matrix we can determine the penetration depth of the laser ablated Li atoms into the Ne matrix, an important information that is not usually available in most matrix isolation spectroscopy setups. The present results with Li, together with the previous results with Cr suggest this to be a general technique for obtaining cryogenic atoms, for spectroscopic studies, as well as for trap loading. The release of the isolated atoms is also a useful tool to study and confirm details of the matrix isolated atoms which are masked or poorly understood in the solid. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  8. An artificial photosynthesis anode electrode composed of a nanoparticulate photocatalyst film in a visible light responsive GaN-ZnO solid solution system

    Imanaka, Yoshihiko; Anazawa, Toshihisa; Manabe, Toshio; Amada, Hideyuki; Ido, Sachio; Kumasaka, Fumiaki; Awaji, Naoki; Sánchez-Santolino, Gabriel; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ikuhara, Yuichi


    The artificial photosynthesis technology known as the Honda-Fujishima effect, which produces oxygen and hydrogen or organic energy from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, is an effective energy and environmental technology. The key component for the higher efficiency of this reaction system is the anode electrode, generally composed of a photocatalyst formed on a glass substrate from electrically conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). To obtain a highly efficient electrode, a dense film composed of a nanoparticulate visible light responsive photocatalyst that usually has a complicated multi-element composition needs to be deposited and adhered onto the FTO. In this study, we discovered a method for controlling the electronic structure of a film by controlling the aerosol-type nanoparticle deposition (NPD) condition and thereby forming films of materials with a band gap smaller than that of the prepared raw material powder, and we succeeded in extracting a higher current from the anode electrode. As a result, we confirmed that a current approximately 100 times larger than those produced by conventional processes could be obtained using the same material. This effect can be expected not only from the materials discussed (GaN-ZnO) in this paper but also from any photocatalyst, particularly materials of solid solution compositions. PMID:27759108

  9. An artificial photosynthesis anode electrode composed of a nanoparticulate photocatalyst film in a visible light responsive GaN-ZnO solid solution system

    Imanaka, Yoshihiko; Anazawa, Toshihisa; Manabe, Toshio; Amada, Hideyuki; Ido, Sachio; Kumasaka, Fumiaki; Awaji, Naoki; Sánchez-Santolino, Gabriel; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ikuhara, Yuichi


    The artificial photosynthesis technology known as the Honda-Fujishima effect, which produces oxygen and hydrogen or organic energy from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, is an effective energy and environmental technology. The key component for the higher efficiency of this reaction system is the anode electrode, generally composed of a photocatalyst formed on a glass substrate from electrically conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). To obtain a highly efficient electrode, a dense film composed of a nanoparticulate visible light responsive photocatalyst that usually has a complicated multi-element composition needs to be deposited and adhered onto the FTO. In this study, we discovered a method for controlling the electronic structure of a film by controlling the aerosol-type nanoparticle deposition (NPD) condition and thereby forming films of materials with a band gap smaller than that of the prepared raw material powder, and we succeeded in extracting a higher current from the anode electrode. As a result, we confirmed that a current approximately 100 times larger than those produced by conventional processes could be obtained using the same material. This effect can be expected not only from the materials discussed (GaN-ZnO) in this paper but also from any photocatalyst, particularly materials of solid solution compositions.

  10. Recent advances in lipid nanoparticle formulations with solid matrix for oral drug delivery.

    Das, Surajit; Chaudhury, Anumita


    Lipid nanoparticles based on solid matrix have emerged as potential drug carriers to improve gastrointestinal (GI) absorption and oral bioavailability of several drugs, especially lipophilic compounds. These formulations may also be used for sustained drug release. Solid lipid nanoparticle (SLN) and the newer generation lipid nanoparticle, nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC), have been studied for their capability as oral drug carriers. Biodegradable, biocompatible, and physiological lipids are generally used to prepare these nanoparticles. Hence, toxicity problems related with the polymeric nanoparticles can be minimized. Furthermore, stability of the formulations might increase than other liquid nano-carriers due to the solid matrix of these lipid nanoparticles. These nanoparticles can be produced by different formulation techniques. Scaling up of the production process from lab scale to industrial scale can be easily achieved. Reasonably high drug encapsulation efficiency of the nanoparticles was documented. Oral absorption and bioavailability of several drugs were improved after oral administration of the drug-loaded SLNs or NLCs. In this review, pros and cons, different formulation and characterization techniques, drug incorporation models, GI absorption and oral bioavailability enhancement mechanisms, stability and storage condition of the formulations, and recent advances in oral delivery of the lipid nanoparticles based on solid matrix will be discussed. © 2010 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

  11. Soxhlet-assisted matrix solid phase dispersion to extract flavonoids from rape (Brassica campestris) bee pollen.

    Ma, Shuangqin; Tu, Xijuan; Dong, Jiangtao; Long, Peng; Yang, Wenchao; Miao, Xiaoqing; Chen, Wenbin; Wu, Zhenhong


    Soxhlet-assisted matrix solid phase dispersion (SA-MSPD) method was developed to extract flavonoids from rape (Brassica campestris) bee pollen. Extraction parameters including the extraction solvent, the extraction time, and the solid support conditions were investigated and optimized. The best extraction yields were obtained using ethanol as the extraction solvent, silica gel as the solid support with 1:2 samples to solid support ratio, and the extraction time of one hour. Comparing with the conventional solvent extraction and Soxhlet method, our results show that SA-MSPD method is a more effective technique with clean-up ability. In the test of six different samples of rape bee pollen, the extracted content of flavonoids was close to 10mg/g. The present work provided a simple and effective method for extracting flavonoids from rape bee pollen, and it could be applied in the studies of other kinds of bee pollen.

  12. Ultra-thin Solid-State Li-Ion Electrolyte Membrane Facilitated by a Self-Healing Polymer Matrix.

    Whiteley, Justin M; Taynton, Philip; Zhang, Wei; Lee, Se-Hee


    Thin solid membranes are formed by a new strategy, whereby an in situ derived self-healing polymer matrix that penetrates the void space of an inorganic solid is created. The concept is applied as a separator in an all-solid-state battery with an FeS2 -based cathode and achieves tremendous performance for over 200 cycles. Processing in dry conditions represents a paradigm shift for incorporating high active-material mass loadings into mixed-matrix membranes.

  13. Composite Coatings with Ceramic Matrix Including Nanomaterials as Solid Lubricants for Oil-Less Automotive Applications

    Posmyk A.


    Full Text Available The paper presents the theoretical basis of manufacturing and chosen applications of composite coatings with ceramic matrix containing nanomaterials as a solid lubricant (AHC+NL. From a theoretical point of view, in order to reduce the friction coefficient of sliding contacts, two materials are required, i.e. one with a high hardness and the other with low shear strength. In case of composite coatings AHC+NL the matrix is a very hard and wear resistant anodic oxide coating (AHC whereas the solid lubricant used is the nanomaterial (NL featuring a low shear strength such as glassy carbon nanotubes (GC. Friction coefficient of cast iron GJL-350 sliding against the coating itself is much higher (0.18-0.22 than when it slides against a composite coating (0.08-0.14. It is possible to reduce the friction due to the presence of carbon nanotubes, or metal nanowires.

  14. CH{sub 3} spin probe in solid Kr: Matrix structure and guest–host interaction

    Dmitriev, Yu.A., E-mail: [Ioffe Institute, 26 Politekhnicheskaya ul., 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Melnikov, V.D. [Ioffe Institute, 26 Politekhnicheskaya ul., 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Styrov, K.G. [Institute of Computing and Control, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29 Politekhnicheskaya ul., 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Benetis, N.P. [Department of Pollution Control, Technological Education Institution, TEI, West Macedonia, Kozani 501 00 (Greece)


    Experimental EPR data obtained for the methyl, CH{sub 3}, radical trapped in quench condensed solid Kr are analyzed rendering the radical a probe for determination of regional disorder in Kr and similar solid matrices. Formation of regions of a highly disordered local matrix structure is proved. An attempt is presented of assessing a disorder parameter, based on the line broadening. The new structure is shown to be very effective in accumulating the radicals which are transiently mobile at the Kr 4.2 K surface. We discuss a model of the trapped radical rotation, which includes somewhat different mechanism than the hindrance of the rotation about the C{sub 3} axis and the rotation about the in-plane C{sub 2} axes. The level of the thermal contact of the radical spin-rotation motion with the lattice degrees of freedom in regions of varying order in the Kr solid matrix was assessed by progressive saturation curve-fitting parameters related to the spin-lattice relaxation time T{sub 1} of the radical.

  15. Composing decoherence functionals

    Boes, Paul


    Quantum Measure Theory (QMT) is a generalization of quantum theory where physical predictions are computed from a matrix known as decoherence functional (DF). Previous works have noted that, in its original formulation, QMT exhibits a problem with composability, since the composition of two decoherence functionals is, in general, not a valid decoherence functional. This does not occur when the DFs in question happen to be positive semidefinite (a condition known as strong positivity). In this paper, we study the concept of composability of DFs and its consequences for QMT. First, using the notion of composability, we settle an old problem in QMT regarding the definition of decoherent histories. Then we show that the problem of composability is much deeper than originally envisaged, since, for any $n$, there exists a DF that can co-exist with $n-1$ copies of itself, but not with $n$. Finally, we prove that the set of strongly positive DFs cannot be enlarged while remaining closed under composition. Furthermore...


    Mariana A. Melaj


    Full Text Available The main purpose of this work was to optimize the preparation conditions of solid polymeric matrix based on Chitosan and Xanthan, to be used in the controlled release of fertilizers. KNO3 was chosen as model agrochemical to be released. Both individual polymers and the Xanthan:Chitosan complex are biocompatible, leaving a residue on the soil which is non-toxic. The influence of different variables on the release pattern was studied: the type of polymer, the pressed conditions of the tablets and the presence of a drug-free polymeric coating. The polymer that presented a more promising release profile was Xanthan. The compression pressure applied to prepare the tablets was a more relevant variable than the compression time, in its effect on the kinetics of release. It was determined that the coating of the polymer matrix with crosslinked chitosan-glutaraldehyde allows getting a larger release time.

  17. Mechanism of the radiation-induced transformations of fluoroform in solid noble gas matrixes

    Sosulin, Ilya S.; Shiryaeva, Ekaterina S.; Feldman, Vladimir I.


    The X-ray induced transformations in the CHF3/Ng systems (Ng=Ne, Ar, Kr or Xe) at 6 K were studied by FTIR spectroscopy. The radiation-induced decomposition of CHF3 was found to be rather inefficient in solid xenon with low ionization energy, which suggests primary significance of the positive hole transfer from matrix to the fluoroform molecule. CF3•, :CF2, CHF2• and CF4 were identified as the products of low-temperature radiolysis in all the noble gas matrixes. In addition, the anionic complex HF ⋯ CF2- was detected in Ne and Ar matrixes. The radiolysis also resulted in formation of noble gas compounds (HArF in argon, HKrF in krypton, and XeF2 in xenon). While XeF2 and HArF were essentially formed directly after irradiation (presumably due to reactions of 'hot' fluorine atoms), HKrF mainly resulted from annealing of irradiated samples below 20 K due to thermally induced mobility of trapped fluorine atoms. In both krypton and xenon matrixes, the thermally induced reactions of F atoms occur at lower temperatures than those of H atoms, while the opposite situation is observed in argon. The mechanisms of the radiation-induced processes and their implications are discussed.

  18. Solid-matrix luminescence analysis. Final technical report, June 15, 1986--June 14, 1995

    Hurtubise, R.J.


    In this report, the major results and conclusions of the research over the last two years and five months will be considered. The report discusses the physicochemical interactions discovered that are important for solid-matrix luminescence (SML), and the development of new interaction models which are very useful for the understanding the phenomena that are relevant for SML. The SML of 4-phenylphenol and 2-phenyl phenol adsorbed on filter paper is described. In addition, some new analytical methodology and applications are discussed.

  19. A transverse isotropic model for microporous solids: Application to coal matrix adsorption and swelling

    Espinoza, D. N.; Vandamme, M.; Dangla, P.; Pereira, J.-M.; Vidal-Gilbert, S.


    Understanding the adsorption-induced swelling in coal is critical for predictable and enhanced coal bed methane production. The coal matrix is a natural anisotropic disordered microporous solid. We develop an elastic transverse isotropic poromechanical model for microporous solids which couples adsorption and strain through adsorption stress functions and expresses the adsorption isotherm as a multivariate function depending on fluid pressure and solid strains. Experimental data from the literature help invert the anisotropic adsorptive-mechanical properties of Brzeszcze coal samples exposed to CO2. The main findings include the following: (1) adsorption-induced swelling can be modeled by including fluid-specific and pressure-dependent adsorption stress functions into equilibrium equations, (2) modeling results suggest that swelling anisotropy is mostly caused by anisotropy of the solid mechanical properties, and (3) the total amount of adsorbed gas measured by immersing coal in the adsorbate overestimates adsorption amount compared to in situ conditions up to ˜20%. The developed fully coupled model can be upscaled to determine the coal seam permeability through permeability-stress relationships.

  20. Solid-matrix luminescence analysis. Progress report, 1 November 1991--15 January 1993

    Hurtubise, R.J.


    Several interactions with lumiphors adsorbed on filter paper were elucidated from experiments with moisture, modulus and heavy-atom salts. The data were interpreted using static and dynamic quenching models, heavy-atom theory, and a theory related to the modulus of paper. With cyclodextrin-salt matrices, it was shown that 10% {alpha}-cyclodextrin/NaCl was very effective for obtaining strong room-temperature fluorescence and moderate room-temperature phosphorescence from adsorbed stereoisomeric tetrols. Extensive photophysical information was obtained for the four tetrols on 10% {alpha}-cyclodextrin/NaCl. The photophysical information acquired was used to develop a method for characterizing two of the tetrols. Work with model compounds adsorbed on deuterated sodium acetate showed that C-H vibrations in the undeuterated sodium acetate were not responsible for the deactivation of the excited triplet state in the model phosphors investigated. A considerable amount of solution luminescence and solid-matrix luminescence data were compared. The most important finding was that in several cases the room-temperature solid-matrix luminescence quantum yields were greater than the solution low-temperature quantum yield values.

  1. [Determination of aflatoxins in hot chilli products by matrix solid-phase dispersion and liquid chromatography].

    Zheng, Ping; Sheng, Xuan; Yu, Xiaofeng; Hu, Yanyun


    A new method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction with neutral alumina and co-column purification with graphitized carbon black has been developed to determine aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 in hot chilli products. The method includes liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection with on-line post-column derivatization with bromine. Optimization of different parameters, such as the type of solid supports for matrix dispersion and co-column clean-up was carried out. The recoveries of aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2 were 95.4%, 87.3%, 91.5% and 92.6%, respectively, with relative standard deviations ranging from 3.3% to 6.1%. The limits of detection were in the range of 0.10 ng/g (B2, G2) to 0.25 ng/g (B1, G1). In addition, the comparison of the extraction and purification effect of MSPD with immunity affinity column showed that, MSPD is a valid method to analyze aflatoxins in hot chilli products.

  2. Determination of aflatoxins in rice samples by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion.

    Manoochehri, Mahboobeh; Asgharinezhad, Ali Akbar; Safaei, Mahdi


    This work describes the application of ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion as an extraction and sample preparation approach for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and subsequent determination of them by high-performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence detection. A Box-Behnken design in combination with response surface methodology was used to determine the affecting parameters on the extraction procedure. The influence of different variables including type of dispersing phase, sample-to-dispersing phase ratio, type and quantity of clean-up phase, ultrasonication time, ultrasonication temperature, nature and volume of the elution solvent was investigated in the optimization study. C18, primary-secondary amine (PSA) and acetonitrile were selected as dispersing phase, clean-up phase and elution solvent, respectively. The obtained optimized values were sample-to-dispersing phase ratio of 1 : 1, 60 mg of PSA, 11 min ultrasonication time, 30°C ultrasonication temperature and 4 mL acetonitrile. Under the optimal conditions, the limits of detection were ranged from 0.09 to 0.14 ng g(-1) and the precisions [relative standard deviation (RSD%)] were <8.6%. The recoveries of the matrix solid-phase dispersion process ranged from 78 to 83% with RSD <10% in all cases. Finally, this method was successfully applied to the extraction of trace amounts of aflatoxins in rice samples. © The Author [2014]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  3. Model Predictive Control of A Matrix-Converter Based Solid State Transformer for Utility Grid Interaction

    Xue, Yaosuo [ORNL


    The matrix converter solid state transformer (MC-SST), formed from the back-to-back connection of two three-to-single-phase matrix converters, is studied for use in the interconnection of two ac grids. The matrix converter topology provides a light weight and low volume single-stage bidirectional ac-ac power conversion without the need for a dc link. Thus, the lifetime limitations of dc-bus storage capacitors are avoided. However, space vector modulation of this type of MC-SST requires to compute vectors for each of the two MCs, which must be carefully coordinated to avoid commutation failure. An additional controller is also required to control power exchange between the two ac grids. In this paper, model predictive control (MPC) is proposed for an MC-SST connecting two different ac power grids. The proposed MPC predicts the circuit variables based on the discrete model of MC-SST system and the cost function is formulated so that the optimal switch vector for the next sample period is selected, thereby generating the required grid currents for the SST. Simulation and experimental studies are carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness and simplicity of the proposed MPC for such MC-SST-based grid interfacing systems.

  4. Solid waste bin level detection using gray level co-occurrence matrix feature extraction approach.

    Arebey, Maher; Hannan, M A; Begum, R A; Basri, Hassan


    This paper presents solid waste bin level detection and classification using gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) feature extraction methods. GLCM parameters, such as displacement, d, quantization, G, and the number of textural features, are investigated to determine the best parameter values of the bin images. The parameter values and number of texture features are used to form the GLCM database. The most appropriate features collected from the GLCM are then used as inputs to the multi-layer perceptron (MLP) and the K-nearest neighbor (KNN) classifiers for bin image classification and grading. The classification and grading performance for DB1, DB2 and DB3 features were selected with both MLP and KNN classifiers. The results demonstrated that the KNN classifier, at KNN = 3, d = 1 and maximum G values, performs better than using the MLP classifier with the same database. Based on the results, this method has the potential to be used in solid waste bin level classification and grading to provide a robust solution for solid waste bin level detection, monitoring and management.

  5. Composing and Arranging Careers

    Schwartz, Elliott; And Others


    With the inspiration, the originality, the skill and craftsmanship, the business acumen, the patience, and the luck, it's possible to become a classical composer, pop/rock/country composer, jingle composer, or educational composer. Describes these careers. (Editor/RK)

  6. Continuum modeling of a porous solid with pressure-sensitive dilatant matrix

    Guo, T. F.; Faleskog, J.; Shih, C. F.

    The pressure-sensitive plastic response of a material has been studied in terms of the intrinsic sensitivity of its yield stress to pressure and the presence and growth of cavities. This work focuses on the interplay between these two distinctly different mechanisms and the attendant material behavior. To this end, a constitutive model is proposed taking both mechanisms into account. Using Gurson's homogenization, an upper bound model is developed for a voided solid with a plastically dilatant matrix material. This model is built around a three-parameter axisymmetric velocity field for a unit sphere containing a spherical void. The void is also subjected to internal pressure; this can be relevant for polymeric adhesives permeated by moisture that vaporizes at elevated temperatures. The plastic response of the matrix material is described by Drucker-Prager's yield criterion and an associated flow rule. The resulting yield surface and porosity evolution law of the homogenized constitutive model are presented in parametric form. Using the solutions to special cases as building blocks, approximate models with explicit forms are proposed. The parametric form and an approximate explicit form are compared against full-field solutions obtained from finite element analysis. They are also studied for loading under generalized tension conditions. These computational simulations shed light on the interplay between the two mechanisms and its enhanced effect on yield strength and plastic flow. Among other things, the tensile yield strength of the porous solid is greatly reduced by the internal void pressure, particularly when a liquid/vapor phase is the source of the internal pressure.

  7. Application of matrix solid-phase dispersion and high-performance liquid chromatography for determination of sulfonamides in honey.

    Zou, Qiong-Hui; Wang, Jin; Wang, Xiang-Feng; Liu, Yuan; Han, Jie; Hou, Feier; Xie, Meng-Xia


    A novel method for simultaneous determination of 8 sulfonamide residues (sulfathiazole, sulfapyridine, sulfadiazine, sulfamerazine, sulfamonome-thoxine, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfamethoxazole, and sulfadimethoxine) in honey samples by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been developed on the basis of precolumn derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl-chloroformate (FMOC-Cl). Sulfonamide residues in honey samples were extracted and purified by matrix solid-phase dispersion with C18 as the solid support. The residues were derivatized by FMOC-CI, and the FMOC-sulfonamide derivatives were further purified by solid-phase extraction with silica gel as the solid support prior to HPLC analysis. The average recoveries for most sulfonamide compounds at different spiking levels (from 10 to 250 microg/kg) were > 70% with relative standard deviations < 16%, and their limits of detection were 4.0 microg/kg. The established analytical method has high sensitivity and repeatability and can be applicable for determining the sulfonamide residues in various honey matrixes.

  8. Study of complex matrix effect on solid phase microextraction for biological sample analysis.

    Jiang, Ruifen; Xu, Jianqiao; Zhu, Fang; Luan, Tiangang; Zeng, Feng; Shen, Yong; Ouyang, Gangfeng


    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) has become a useful tool for in vivo monitoring the behavior of environmental organic pollutants in biological species due to its simplicity, relatively non-invasive, and cost-effective manner. However, the complex matrices in biological samples could significantly influence the extraction kinetic, and bias the quantification result. In this study, we investigated the effect of complex matrix on the extraction kinetic of SPME for biological sample analysis. Two sample matrices, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and agarose gel with BSA were used to simulate the biological fluid and tissue. Results showed that the addition of BSA significantly enhanced the mass transfer of organic compounds onto SPME fiber in both PBS buffer and gel sample. Enhancement factors ranging from 1.3 to 27, and 2.0 to 80 were found for all selected polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PBS buffer and agarose gel with BSA concentration of 0.1-5%, respectively. Then, an improved theoretical model was applied to quantify the observed enhancement effect, and the result showed that the predicted sampling time constant agreed well with the experimental one in complex matrix. Furthermore, a simplified equation was proposed for the real biological sample analysis.

  9. Evaluation of Solid Modeling Software for Finite Element Analysis of Woven Ceramic Matrix Composites

    Nemeth, Noel N.; Mital, Subodh; Lang, Jerry


    Three computer programs, used for the purpose of generating 3-D finite element models of the Repeating Unit Cell (RUC) of a textile, were examined for suitability to model woven Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs). The programs evaluated were the open-source available TexGen, the commercially available WiseTex, and the proprietary Composite Material Evaluator (COMATE). A five-harness-satin (5HS) weave for a melt-infiltrated (MI) silicon carbide matrix and silicon carbide fiber was selected as an example problem and the programs were tested for their ability to generate a finite element model of the RUC. The programs were also evaluated for ease-of-use and capability, particularly for the capability to introduce various defect types such as porosity, ply shifting, and nesting of a laminate. Overall, it was found that TexGen and WiseTex were useful for generating solid models of the tow geometry; however, there was a lack of consistency in generating well-conditioned finite element meshes of the tows and matrix. TexGen and WiseTex were both capable of allowing collective and individual shifting of tows within a ply and WiseTex also had a ply nesting capability. TexGen and WiseTex were sufficiently userfriendly and both included a Graphical User Interface (GUI). COMATE was satisfactory in generating a 5HS finite element mesh of an idealized weave geometry but COMATE lacked a GUI and was limited to only 5HS and 8HS weaves compared to the larger amount of weave selections available with TexGen and WiseTex.

  10. Matrix compatible solid phase microextraction coating, a greener approach to sample preparation in vegetable matrices.

    Naccarato, Attilio; Pawliszyn, Janusz


    This work proposes the novel PDMS/DVB/PDMS fiber as a greener strategy for analysis by direct immersion solid phase microextraction (SPME) in vegetables. SPME is an established sample preparation approach that has not yet been adequately explored for food analysis in direct immersion mode due to the limitations of the available commercial coatings. The robustness and endurance of this new coating were investigated by direct immersion extractions in raw blended vegetables without any further sample preparation steps. The PDMS/DVB/PDMS coating exhibited superior features related to the capability of the external PDMS layer to protect the commercial coating, and showed improvements in terms of extraction capability and in the cleanability of the coating surface. In addition to having contributed to the recognition of the superior features of this new fiber concept before commercialization, the outcomes of this work serve to confirm advancements in the matrix compatibility of the PDMS-modified fiber, and open new prospects for the development of greener high-throughput analytical methods in food analysis using solid phase microextraction in the near future.

  11. Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with cyanoacrylate as electrolyte matrix

    Lu, Shengli [Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenbergerstr. 69, A-4040 Linz (Austria); Institute for Organic Solar Energy Opto-Electronic Materials, College of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou 310012 (China); Koeppe, Robert; Guenes, Serap; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar [Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenbergerstr. 69, A-4040 Linz (Austria)


    A quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) employing a commercial glue (''SuperGlue {sup registered} '') as electrolyte matrix was fabricated. The cyano groups of the cyanoacrylate can form a supramolecular complex with tetrapropylammonium cations. This immobilizes the cations and therefore might lead to a favored anionic charge transport necessary for a good performance of the iodide/triiodide electrolytic conductor. Obtaining energy conversion efficiencies of more than 4% under 100 mW/cm{sup 2} of simulated A.M. 1.5 illumination, the cyanoacrylate quasi-solid-state electrolyte is an ordinary and low-cost compound which has fast drying property and offers significant advantages in the fabrication of solar cells and modules as it is in itself is a very good laminating agent. The influences of different porous layer thicknesses of titanium oxide and various kinds of cations on DSSC performance and long-term stability are presented. (author)

  12. Fabrication of metal matrix composite by semi-solid powder processing

    Wu, Yufeng [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Various metal matrix composites (MMCs) are widely used in the automotive, aerospace and electrical industries due to their capability and flexibility in improving the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of a component. However, current manufacturing technologies may suffer from insufficient process stability and reliability and inadequate economic efficiency and may not be able to satisfy the increasing demands placed on MMCs. Semi-solid powder processing (SPP), a technology that combines traditional powder metallurgy and semi-solid forming methods, has potential to produce MMCs with low cost and high efficiency. In this work, the analytical study and experimental investigation of SPP on the fabrication of MMCs were explored. An analytical model was developed to understand the deformation mechanism of the powder compact in the semi-solid state. The densification behavior of the Al6061 and SiC powder mixtures was investigated with different liquid fractions and SiC volume fractions. The limits of SPP were analyzed in terms of reinforcement phase loading and its impact on the composite microstructure. To explore adoption of new materials, carbon nanotube (CNT) was investigated as a reinforcing material in aluminum matrix using SPP. The process was successfully modeled for the mono-phase powder (Al6061) compaction and the density and density distribution were predicted. The deformation mechanism at low and high liquid fractions was discussed. In addition, the compaction behavior of the ceramic-metal powder mixture was understood, and the SiC loading limit was identified by parametric study. For the fabrication of CNT reinforced Al6061 composite, the mechanical alloying of Al6061-CNT powders was first investigated. A mathematical model was developed to predict the CNT length change during the mechanical alloying process. The effects of mechanical alloying time and processing temperature during SPP were studied on the mechanical, microstructural and

  13. Reduction of protein adsorption to a solid surface by a coating composed of polymeric micelles with a glass-like core

    Hofs, B.; Brzozowska, A.; de Keizer, A.; Norde, W.; Stuart, Martien A. Cohen


    Adsorption studies by optical reflectometry show that complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) composed of poly([4-(2-amino-ethylthio)-butylene]hydrochloride)(49)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)(212) and poly([4-(2carboxy-ethylthio)-butylene] sodium salt)(47)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)(212) adsorb in equa

  14. Solid H2 versus solid noble-gas environment: Influence on photoinduced hydrogen-atom transfer in matrix-isolated 4(3H)-pyrimidinone

    Lapinski, Leszek; Nowak, Maciej J.; Rostkowska, Hanna


    UV-induced transformations have been studied for 4(3H)-pyrimidinone monomers isolated in low-temperature Ar, Ne, n-D2, and n-H2 matrices. The observed photochemical behavior of the compound drastically depended on the solid matrix environment. For 4(3H)-pyrimidinone isolated in solid Ar, the UV-induced phototautomeric transformation was clearly the dominating process, leading to a nearly quantitative conversion of the oxo reactant into the hydroxy product. For solid Ne environment, the oxo → hydroxy transformation was still the major photoprocess, but yielding less of the hydroxy product (ca. 64% of the yield in solid Ar). For 4(3H)-pyrimidinone isolated in solid n-H2, the oxo → hydroxy phototautomeric conversion did not occur (or occurred at a very tiny scale). Also for deuterated 4(3D)-pyrimidinone isolated in solid hydrogen, the analogous oxo → deuteroxy phototransformation was not observed. Finally, for the compound trapped in solid n-D2, the oxo → hydroxy phototautomerism clearly occurred, but the yield of the hydroxy tautomer was small (ca. 18% of the yield in solid Ar). Apart from hydrogen-atom-transfer processes, two other phototransformations: generation of open-ring conjugated ketene and valence Dewar isomer were observed for the compound isolated in Ar, Ne, n-D2, and n-H2 matrices.

  15. Bottom-up and top-down solid-state NMR approaches for bacterial biofilm matrix composition

    Cegelski, Lynette


    The genomics and proteomics revolutions have been enormously successful in providing crucial "parts lists" for biological systems. Yet, formidable challenges exist in generating complete descriptions of how the parts function and assemble into macromolecular complexes and whole-cell assemblies. Bacterial biofilms are complex multicellular bacterial communities protected by a slime-like extracellular matrix that confers protection to environmental stress and enhances resistance to antibiotics and host defenses. As a non-crystalline, insoluble, heterogeneous assembly, the biofilm extracellular matrix poses a challenge to compositional analysis by conventional methods. In this perspective, bottom-up and top-down solid-state NMR approaches are described for defining chemical composition in complex macrosystems. The "sum-of-the-parts" bottom-up approach was introduced to examine the amyloid-integrated biofilms formed by Escherichia coli and permitted the first determination of the composition of the intact extracellular matrix from a bacterial biofilm. An alternative top-down approach was developed to define composition in Vibrio cholerae biofilms and relied on an extensive panel of NMR measurements to tease out specific carbon pools from a single sample of the intact extracellular matrix. These two approaches are widely applicable to other heterogeneous assemblies. For bacterial biofilms, quantitative parameters of matrix composition are needed to understand how biofilms are assembled, to improve the development of biofilm inhibitors, and to dissect inhibitor modes of action. Solid-state NMR approaches will also be invaluable in obtaining parameters of matrix architecture.

  16. Polymer-nanocomposite brush-like architectures as an all-solid electrolyte matrix.

    Gowneni, Soujanya; Ramanjaneyulu, Kota; Basak, Pratyay


    Herein, we report on polymer-nanocomposites with brush-like architectures and evaluate their feasibility as an all-solid electrolyte matrix supporting Li(+)-ion conduction. Showcased as a first example in the domain of electrolyte research, the study probes several key factors, such as (i) core morphology, (ii) surface modifiers/functionality, (iii) grafting length, and (iv) density of the brushes, and determines their role on the overall electrochemical properties of these nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrids. Nanostructured titania was synthesized via wet-chemical approaches using either controlled hydrolysis or hydrothermal methods. Exercising suitable control on reaction parameters led to well-defined morphologies/phases, such as nanoparticles, nanospindles, nanourchins, nanorods or nanotubes, in either anatase, rutile or mixed forms. Covalent anchoring on titania nanostructures was achieved using dopamine, gallic acid and glycerol as small organic moieties. A one-pot process of priming the available surface functional groups postmodification with isocyanate chemistry was followed by grafting polyethylene glycol monomethyl ethers of desired chain lengths. Finally, complexation with lithium salt yielded electrolyte compositions where the ethylene oxide (EO) fractions aid in ion-solvation with ease. The synthesized materials were characterized in detail employing XRD, TEM, DRS-UV, FTIR, micro-Raman, TG-DTA and DSC at each stage to confirm the products and ascertain the physicochemical properties. Comprehensive evaluation using temperature-step electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of these brush-like nanocomposites provided crucial leads toward establishing a plausible physical model for the system and understanding the mechanism of ion transport in these all-solid matrices. The preliminary results on ionic conductivity (σ) obtained for some of the compositions are estimated to be within the range of ∼10(-4) to 10(-5) S cm(-1) in the temperature

  17. Mechanisms of ionic conduction related to the structure of the gel electrolytes composed of cross-linked PEO matrix; Kakyo PEO wo matrix kokkaku to suru gel denkaishitsu no kozo to ion ido kiko

    Aihara, Y.; Arai, S. [Yuasa Corp., Osaka (Japan); Hayamizu, K. [National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba (Japan); Price, W.


    The ionic conduction mechanism of a non-aqueous polymer gel electrolyte based on the matrix of a chemically cross-linked polyethylene oxide is reported. Subjected to experiment in this report is a polyethylene oxide (PEO)/{gamma}-butyrolactone (GBL) base electrolyte . In this electrolyte, GBL is the solvent and LiBF4 is the solute, and cross-linked polyethylene glycol diacrylate serves as the matrix polymer. Concerning this gel electrolyte, ionic conductivity is determined by the AC impedance method, and diffusion coefficients are determined respectively for the polymer, GBL, Li{sup +}, and BF4{sup -} by measuring nuclear magnetic resonance using the field gradient method. In addition , the outcome of measurement by DSC (differential scanning calorimeter) is mentioned. One of the conclusions arrived at after evaluating the above-said results is described below. It is opined that the diffusion of BF4{sup -} and GBL proceeds at a relatively high rate while Li{sup +} moves on interacting with the matrix polymer and subjected to solvent exchange in the adjacent region. 19 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. Semi solid matrix formulations of meloxicam and tenoxicam: an in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

    Alladi, Saritha; Shastri, Nalini R


    The objective of this study was to improve the dissolution and subsequently the therapeutic efficacy of poorly water soluble BCS class-II drugs meloxicam and tenoxicam, by lipid semi solid matrix (SSM) systems filled in hard gelatin capsules by liquid fill technology. The present research involved preparation of SSM formulations using Gelucire 44/14 as a carrier due to its self emulsifying, wetting and hydrophilic properties. The SSM capsules were characterized by assay, in vitro dissolution studies, moisture uptake, FTIR and DSC. The optimized formulations were also evaluated for their in vivo anti inflammatory activity in rat model. Six to ten fold enhancement in vitro drug release, in both acidic and basic media, was obtained with formulations containing drug to carrier in 1:6 ratio. The absence of drug peak in DSC scans indicated complete dissolution of the drug in carrier, while IR revealed no chemical interaction of pure drug and Gelucire 44/14. The optimized SSM formulations of meloxicam and tenoxicam showed a rapid decrease in paw edema with a significant increase in anti-inflammatory activity. The SSM formulations were successful in providing rapid release of drugs with improved dissolution and in vivo anti-inflammatory activity by liquid fill technology in hard gelatin capsules.

  19. Stabilization of pH in solid-matrix hydroponic systems

    Frick, J.; Mitchell, C. A.


    2-[N-morpholino]ethanesulfonic acid (MES) buffer or Amberlite DP-1 (cation-exchange resin beads) were used to stabilize substrate pH of passive-wicking, solid-matrix hydroponic systems in which small canopies of Brassica napus L. (CrGC 5-2, genome : ACaacc) were grown to maturity. Two concentrations of MES (5 or 10 mM) were included in Hoagland 1 nutrient solution. Alternatively, resin beads were incorporated into the 2 vermiculite : 1 perlite (v/v) growth medium at 6% or 12% of total substrate volume. Both strategies stabilized pH without toxic side effects on plants. Average seed yield rates for all four pH stabilization treatments (13.3 to 16.9 g m-2 day-1) were about double that of the control (8.2 g m-2 day-1), for which there was no attempt to buffer substrate pH. Both the highest canopy seed yield rate (16.9 g m-2 day-1) and the highest shoot harvest index (19.5%) occurred with the 6% resin bead treatment, even though the 10 mM MES and 12% bead treatments maintained pH within the narrowest limits. The pH stabilization methods tested did not significantly affect seed oil and protein contents.

  20. Application Of Density Matrix Methods To Quadrupolar Spins In Solid State Nmr And Nqr

    Ageev, S Z


    Spin dynamics in solid state NMR and NQR are studied using spin density matrix theory. First, the response of spin 7/2 subject to the first order quadrupolar interaction, excited by one and two pulse sequences is examined. Specific pulse sequences with appropriate phase cycling designed for detection of MQ coherences developed during the first pulse are calculated analytically. The results are applied to the determination of quadrupolar parameters and true chemical shifts utilizing a 1D nutation experiment. Solomon echoes under soft pulse excitation are also considered for spin 7/2. Second, analytical solutions of off-resonance nutation line intensities for spin 3/2 are presented. The first order quadrupolar interaction is retained during the pulse. The third case puts forward a new theory of composite pulses in NQR. Shaped pulses are also considered. The calculation is valid for a non-zero asymmetry parameter and arbitrary orientation of the rf field. The results are generalized for half integer spins of mag...

  1. A single sorbent for tetracycline enrichment and subsequent solid-matrix time-resolved luminescence

    Liu Linshu [Eastern Regional Research Center, Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, 600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038 (United States)]. E-mail:; Chen Guoying [Eastern Regional Research Center, Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, 600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038 (United States); Fishman, Marshall L. [Eastern Regional Research Center, Agriculture Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, 600 East Mermaid Lane, Wyndmoor, PA 19038 (United States)


    The aim of this study was to search for a sorbent that could act as an extraction phase and as a support for solid-matrix time-resolved luminescence (SMTRL). Four potential sorbents were investigated for this purpose using tetracycline (TC) as a model analyte. Sorbents prepared from C18 silica gel or calcium cross-linked pectin gel were able to extract TC from dilute solutions. Europium(III)-TC complex adsorbed on the surface of C18 generated the most intense TRL signal when measured at {lambda}{sub ex} = 388 nm and {lambda}{sub em} = 615 nm. This method achieved a 1 ng/ml limit of detection (LOD) with a 100 {mu}l sample solution in a repeated spotting mode. Hyphenation of sorbent extraction and SMTRL was demonstrated using C18. This method is suitable for screening of TC in foods or aqueous solutions and can be extended to other luminescent lanthanide-chelating analytes in physiological or environmental samples.

  2. Evaluation of Antibacterial Enrofloxacin in Eggs by Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion-Flow Injection Chemiluminescence

    Xiaocui Duan


    Full Text Available The study based on the chemiluminescence (CL reaction of potassium ferricyanide and luminol in sodium hydroxide medium, enrofloxacin (ENRO could dramatically enhance CL intensities and incorporated with matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD technique (Florisil used as dispersant, dichloromethane eluted the target compounds. A simple flow injection chemiluminescence (FL-CL method with MSPD technique for determination of ENRO in eggs was described. Under optimal conditions, the CL intensities were linearly related to ENRO concentration ranging from 4.0×10-8 g.L−1 to 5.0×10-5 g.L−1, with a correlation coefficient of 0.9989 and detection limit of 5.0×10-9 g.L−1. The relative standard deviation was 3.6% at an ENRO concentration of 2.0×10-6 g.L−1. Our testing technique can help ensure food safety, and thus, protect public health.

  3. Miscibility/stability considerations in binary solid dispersion systems composed of functional excipients towards the design of multi-component amorphous systems.

    Yoo, Seung-uk; Krill, Steven L; Wang, Zeren; Telang, Chitra


    The correlations between amorphous miscibility/physical stability of binary solid dispersions (a highly crystalline additive-an amorphous polymer) and the physicochemical properties of the components were investigated. Crystalline functional excipients including surfactants, organic acids, and organic bases were prepared in binary solid dispersions in amorphous polymers by solvent evaporation method. Amorphous miscibility and physical stability of the systems were characterized using polarized light microscope, differential scanning calorimeter, and powder X-ray diffraction. Physicochemical parameters (solubility parameter (delta), hydrogen bond energy, Log P, pK(a) value as an indicator of acid-base ionic interaction, and T(g) of the dispersion as a surrogate of system's mobility) were selected as thermodynamic and kinetic factors to examine their influences on the systems' amorphous miscibility and physical stability. All systems possessing acid-base ionic interaction formed amorphous state. In the absence of the ionic interaction, solubility parameter and partition coefficient were shown to have major roles on amorphous formation. Upon storage condition at 25 degrees C/60% RH for 50 days, systems having ionic interaction and high T(g) remained in the amorphous state. This binary system study provides an insight and a basis for formation of the amorphous state of multi-component solid dispersions utilizing their physicochemical properties.

  4. Analytical criterion for porous solids containing cylindrical voids in an incompressible matrix exhibiting tension-compression asymmetry

    Cazacu, Oana; Stewart, Joel B.


    A new analytic plastic potential is developed using a rigorous limit analysis approach. Conditions of homogeneous boundary strain rate are imposed on every cylinder concentric with the cavity. It is shown that, due to the tension-compression asymmetry of the incompressible matrix, the third invariant of the stress deviator has a strong influence on the yielding of the porous solid. New and intriguing results are obtained; namely, for axisymmetric loadings and plane strain conditions, the stress state at yielding is not hydrostatic. In the case when the matrix has the same yield in tension as in compression, the new criterion reduces to Gurson's criterion for cylindrical voids.

  5. In-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer composed of microtaper and long-period grating in all-solid photonic bandgap fiber

    Wu Zhifang [Key Laboratory of Optical Information and Technology, Ministry of Education and Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); OPTIMUS, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); Liu Yange; Wang Zhi; Han Tingting; Li Shuo [Key Laboratory of Optical Information and Technology, Ministry of Education and Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Jiang Meng; Ping Shum, Perry [OPTIMUS, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); CINTRA CNRS/NTU/THALES, UMI 3288, Research Techno Plaza, 50 Nanyang Drive, Border X Block, Level 6, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); Quyen Dinh, Xuan [CINTRA CNRS/NTU/THALES, UMI 3288, Research Techno Plaza, 50 Nanyang Drive, Border X Block, Level 6, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd, R and T Department, 28 Changi North Rise, Singapore 498755 (Singapore)


    We report a compact in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer combining a microtaper with a long-period grating (LPG) in a section of all-solid photonic bandgap fiber. Theoretical and experimental investigations reveal that the interferometer works from the interference between the fundamental core mode and the LP{sub 01} cladding supermodes. The mechanism underlying the mode coupling caused by the microtaper can be attributed to a bandgap-shifting as the fiber diameter is abruptly scaled down. In addition, the interferometer designed to strengthen the coupling ratio of the long-period grating has a promising practical application in the simultaneous measurement of curvature and temperature.

  6. Wear of semi-solid rheocast SiCp/Al metal matrix composites

    Curle, UA


    Full Text Available casting of SiC metal matrix composites. The metal matrix consisting of nearly spherical proeutectic a(Al) globules was produced. Spheroidization of fibrous eutectic silicon took place upon heat treatment of the as-cast metal matrix composites (MMCs...

  7. Matrix supported tailored polymer for solid phase extraction of fluoride from variety of aqueous streams

    Thakur, Neha; Kumar, Sanjukta A.; Wagh, D.N. [Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Das, Sadananda; Pandey, Ashok K. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Sangita D., E-mail: [Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Reddy, A.V.R. [Analytical Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Th complexed with poly (bis[2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]phosphate) as tailored polymer membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Membranes offered high capacity and selectivity for fluoride in aqueous media. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantitative uptake (80 {+-} 5%) of fluoride. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fast sorption kinetics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reusability of polymer membranes. - Abstract: Fluoride related health hazards (fluorosis) are a major environmental problem in many regions of the world. It affects teeth; skeleton and its accumulation over a long period can lead to changes in the DNA structure. It is thus absolutely essential to bring down the fluoride levels to acceptable limits. Here, we present a new inorganic-organic hybrid polymer sorbent having tailored fixed-sites for fluoride sorption. The matrix supported poly (bis[2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]phosphate) was prepared by photo-initiator induced graft-polymerization in fibrous and microporous (sheet) host poly(propylene) substrates. These substrates were conditioned for selective fluoride sorption by forming thorium complex with phosphate groups on bis[2-methacryloyloxy)-ethyl] phosphate (MEP). These tailored sorbents were studied for their selectivity towards fluoride in aqueous media having different chemical conditions. The fibrous sorbent was found to take up fluoride with a faster rate (15 min for Almost-Equal-To 76% sorption) than the sheet sorbent. But, the fluoride loading capacity of sheet sorbent (4320 mg kg{sup -1}), was higher than fibrous and any other sorbent reported in the literature so far. The sorbent developed in the present work was found to be reusable after desorption of fluoride using NaOH solution. It was tested for solid phase extraction of fluoride from natural water samples.

  8. Determination of Sudan Residues in Sausage by Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersion and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography.

    Zhai, Yujuan; Cheng, Jianhua


    A method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion and high-performance liquid chromatography was applied to the determination of four Sudan red residues in sausage. The proposed method required only 0.5 g sample. The neutral alumina was used as the dispersant sorbent while n-hexane containing 10% (v/v) acetone was used as the eluting solvent. The recoveries in samples ranged from 76.4 to 111.0% and relative standard deviations were sausage.

  9. A new solid polymer electrolyte incorporating Li10GeP2S12 into a polyethylene oxide matrix for all-solid-state lithium batteries

    Zhao, Yanran; Wu, Chuan; Peng, Gang; Chen, Xiaotian; Yao, Xiayin; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Chen, Shaojie; Xu, Xiaoxiong


    Li10GeP2S12 (LGPS) is incorporated into polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix to fabricate composite solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) membranes. The lithium ion conductivities of as-prepared composite membranes are evaluated, and the optimal composite membrane exhibits a maximum ionic conductivity of 1.21 × 10-3 S cm-1 at 80 °C and an electrochemical window of 0-5.7 V. The phase transition behaviors for electrolytes are characterized by DSC, and the possible reasons for their enhanced ionic conductivities are discussed. The LGPS microparticles, acting as active fillers incorporation into the PEO matrix, have a positive effect on the ionic conductivity, lithium ion transference number and electrochemical stabilities. In addition, two kinds of all-solid-state lithium batteries (LiFeO4/SPE/Li and LiCoO2/SPE/Li) are fabricated to demonstrate the good compatibility between this new SPE membrane and different electrodes. And the LiFePO4/Li battery exhibits fascinating electrochemical performance with high capacity retention (92.5% after 50 cycles at 60 °C) and attractive capacities of 158, 148, 138 and 99 mAh g-1 at current rates of 0.1 C, 0.2 C, 0.5 C and 1 C at 60 °C, respectively. It is demonstrated that this new composite SPE should be a promising electrolyte applied in solid state batteries based on lithium metal electrode.

  10. Surfactant-Free Solid Dispersions of Hydrophobic Drugs in an Amorphous Sugar Matrix Dried from an Organic Solvent.

    Takeda, Koji; Gotoda, Yuto; Hirota, Daichi; Hidaka, Fumihiro; Sato, Tomo; Matsuura, Tsutashi; Imanaka, Hiroyuki; Ishida, Naoyuki; Imamura, Koreyoshi


    The technique for homogeneously dispersing hydrophobic drugs in a water-soluble solid matrix (solid dispersion) is a subject that has been extensively investigated in the pharmaceutical industry. Herein, a novel technique for dispersing a solid, without the need to use a surfactant, is reported. A freeze-dried amorphous sugar sample was dissolved in an organic solvent, which contained a soluble model hydrophobic component. The suspension of the sugar and the model hydrophobic component was vacuum foam dried to give a solid powder. Four types of sugars and methanol were used as representative sugars and the organic medium. Four model drugs (indomethacin, ibuprofen, gliclazide, and nifedipine) were employed. Differential scanning calorimetry analyses indicated that the sugar and model drug (100:1) did not undergo segregation during the drying process. The dissolution of the hydrophobic drugs in water from the solid dispersion was then evaluated, and the results indicated that the Cmax and AUC0-60 min of the hydrophobic drug in water were increased when the surfactant-free solid dispersion was used. Palatinose and/or α-maltose were superior to the other tested carbohydrates in increasing Cmax and AUC0-60 min for all tested model drugs, and the model drug with a lower water solubility tended to exhibit a greater extent of over-dissolution.

  11. Determination of phenolic compounds in wines by novel matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.

    Minuti, Lucio; Pellegrino, Roberto


    A novel matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) extraction method was developed to extract simultaneously 23 phenolic compounds from wine samples prior to determination by gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection in the selected ion monitoring mode. Different parameters of the MSPD technique such as dispersant solid-phase, eluting solvent, and sample ionic strength and pH were optimized. The optimized MSPD procedure requires a small volume of wine (1 mL), commercial silica gel (1.5 g) as dispersant solid-phase and a small volume of ethyl acetate (5 mL) as eluting solvent. Under these conditions, the extraction of the studied compounds was almost complete (mean values of recoveries between 87 and 109%) in a short time (15 min). Moreover, satisfactory standard deviations of repeatability (RSD0.993) and detection limits (wines. Application was illustrated by analysis of different wine samples.


    AbstractFour tetrols of benzo[a]pyrene-DNA adducts were separated using reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography. Chromatographic fractions containing a given tetrol were readily characterized with solid-matrix room temperature luminescence techniques. So...

  13. Evaluation of Iranian Leopold Matrix application in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA of solid waste management options in Birjand city

    S Valizadeh


    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Significant increase in population and as a result, the production of excessive waste has recently made attention to municipal solid waste management a necessary issue. The objective of this study was to use matrix-based EIA process in order to determine best waste management option in Birjand City and to suggest appropriate solutions to managers and planners of this city. Materials and Methods: Assessing the environmental impacts of waste management options was done using Iranian Leopold Matrix. Through this method, the environmental impacts of waste management options were determined in the Birjand City. The options were Open dumping, Recycling, Composting, and Sanitary damping. Results: The results indicated that Open dumping with a final score of -3.06 had the highest environmental impact and was introduced as the fourth preference. In addition, composting with final score of -2.34 has the lowest environmental impact compared with other options. Conclusion: About 76.95% of the composition of municipal solid waste of Birjand City is household waste; therefore, putrescible organic materials are the predominant waste. Thus, according to the results of the Iranian Leopold matrix method, composting option was introduced as the first priority and the most logical option for waste management in the Birjand City.

  14. A menthol-based solid dispersion technique for enhanced solubility and dissolution of sulfamethoxazole from an oral tablet matrix.

    Choonara, Bibi F; Choonara, Yahya E; Kumar, Pradeep; du Toit, Lisa C; Tomar, Lomas K; Tyagi, Charu; Pillay, Viness


    A menthol-based solid dispersion was designed to improve the intrinsic solubility of the poorly soluble sulfamethoxazole- a class II drug molecule of Biopharmaceutics Classification System (BCS) displaying widespread antibacterial activity. Solid dispersions of menthol and sulfamethoxazole were compressed with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) into suitable sulfamethoxazole-loaded matrix tablets for oral drug delivery. The sulfamethoxazole-loaded solid dispersions and compressed tablets were characterized for their physicochemical and physicomechanical properties such as changes in crystallinity, melting point, molecular transitions, and textural analysis for critical analysis of their effects on the solubility and dissolution of sulfamethoxazole. The formulations were further evaluated for swelling, degradation, solubility, and in vitro drug release behavior. In vitro drug release from the sulfamethoxazole-loaded matrix tablets displayed a minimum and maximum fractional release of 0.714 and 0.970, respectively. The tablets further displayed different release rate profiles over the study periods of 12, 16, 48, and 56 h which were attributed to the varying concentrations of menthol within each formulation. Menthol was determined as a suitable hydrophilic carrier for sulfamethoxazole since it functioned as a solubilizing and release-retarding agent for improving the solubility and dissolution of sulfamethoxazole as well as controlling the rate at which it was released.

  15. Enhancing in vitro dissolution and in vivo bioavailability of fenofibrate by solid self-emulsifying matrix combined with SBA-15 mesoporous silica.

    Quan, Guilan; Wu, Qiaoli; Zhang, Xiaoxu; Zhan, Zhengwen; Zhou, Chan; Chen, Bao; Zhang, Zhengzan; Li, Ge; Pan, Xin; Wu, Chuanbin


    Mesoporous silica Santa Barbara amorphous-15 (SBA-15), derived from supermolecular assemblies of surfactant Pluronic(®) P123 with well-ordered 2-D hexagonal pores, was investigated as a reservoir to construct a novel solid self-emulsifying matrix for enhancing the oral bioavailability of fenofibrate (FNB). The emulsification rate and droplet size of a liquid self-emulsifying delivery system (SEDDS) were analyzed for optimization. SBA-15 was then added to the ethanol solution containing liquid SEDDS, and the obtained suspension changed into solid SEDDS matrix via solvent evaporation. The characterizations by SEM and XRD revealed that the solid matrix consisted of particles with smooth surface and FNB was completely transformed into molecular or amorphous state in the formulation. When introduced to aqueous media under gentle agitation, the solid matrix exhibited excellent self-emulsification properties and formed a uniform microemulsion with mean diameter of 117.35 ± 2.33 nm. The solid SEDDS matrix showed faster in vitro release rate than the raw powder and commercial capsule. The absorption of FNB delivered by solid SEDDS matrix was significantly improved in beagle dogs, and its Cmax and AUC values were about 8- and 4-fold greater than those of commercial products, respectively. In conclusion, SBA-15 emerged as a promising reservoir for SEDDS to enhance the bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs, which may provide a new strategy for advanced therapies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. A novel approach for the fabrication of all-inorganic nanocrystal solids: Semiconductor matrix encapsulated nanocrystal arrays

    Moroz, Pavel

    Growing fossil fuels consumption compels researchers to find new alternative pathways to produce energy. Along with new materials for the conversion of different types of energy into electricity innovative methods for efficient processing of energy sources are also introduced. The main criteria for the success of such materials and methods are the low cost and compelling performance. Among different types of materials semiconductor nanocrystals are considered as promising candidates for the role of the efficient and cheap absorbers for solar energy applications. In addition to the anticipated cost reduction, the integration of nanocrystals (NC) into device architectures is inspired by the possibility of tuning the energy of electrical charges in NCs via nanoparticle size. However, the stability of nanocrystals in photovoltaic devices is limited by the stability of organic ligands which passivate the surface of semiconductors to preserve quantum confinement. The present work introduces a new strategy for low-temperature processing of colloidal nanocrystals into all-inorganic films: semiconductor matrix encapsulated nanocrystal arrays (SMENA). This methodology goes beyond the traditional ligand-interlinking scheme and relies on the encapsulation of morphologically-defined nanocrystal arrays into a matrix of a wide-band gap semiconductor, which preserves optoelectronic properties of individual nanoparticles. Fabricated solids exhibit excellent thermal stability, which is attributed to the heteroepitaxial structure of nanocrystal-matrix interfaces. The main characteristics and properties of these solids were investigated and compared with ones of traditionally fabricated nanocrystal films using standard spectroscopic, optoelectronic and electronic techniques. As a proof of concept, we. We also characterized electron transport phenomena in different types of nanocrystal films using all-optical approach. By measuring excited carrier lifetimes in either ligand-linked or

  17. Rovibrational matrix elements of the multipole moments and of the polarizability of the H2 molecule in the solid phase: Effect of intermolecular potential

    Adya Prasad Mishra; T K Balasubramanian


    Rovibrational matrix elements of the multipole moments ℓ up to rank 10 and of the linear polarizability of the H2 molecule in the condensed phase have been computed taking into account the effect of the intermolecular potential. Comparison with gas phase matrix elements shows that the effect of solid state interactions is marginal.

  18. Modeling of transverse welds formation during liquid–solid extrusion directly following vacuum infiltration of magnesium matrix composite

    Jian Liu


    Full Text Available Liquid–solid extrusion directly following vacuum infiltration (LSEVI is an infiltration–extrusion integrated forming technique, and transverse weld between upper residual magnesium alloy and magnesium matrix composites is a common internal defect, which can severely reduce the yield of composite products. To improve current understanding on the mechanism of transverse welding phenomenon, a thermo-mechanical numerical model of LSEVI for magnesium matrix composites was developed. The formation of transverse weld during extrusion was visualized using finite element simulation method, and the formation mechanism was discussed from the aspect of velocity field using a point tracking technique. The simulation results were verified by the experimental results in term of weld shape.

  19. Polarizable continuum model study on the solvent effect of polymer matrix in poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid electrolyte.

    Eilmes, Andrzej; Kubisiak, Piotr


    The Polarizable Continuum Model has been used to study the effect of polymer matrix on Li (+) and Mg (2+) complexation in poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid electrolyte. Structures of complexes, stabilization energies, and vibrational frequencies are compared with corresponding vacuum values. The solvent effect of the polymer decreases with increasing cation coordination number. Optimized complex geometries do not differ significantly compared to vacuum calculations. Calculated shifts in vibrational frequencies depend on the complex structure; for hexacoordinated ion most frequencies are slightly red-shifted. The most important effect is the decrease of differences between relative stabilities of different structures in the solvent.

  20. Surfactant-free solid dispersion of fat-soluble flavour in an amorphous sugar matrix.

    Satoh, Tomo; Hidaka, Fumihiro; Miyake, Kento; Yoshiyama, Natsuki; Takeda, Koji; Matsuura, Tsutashi; Imanaka, Hiroyuki; Ishida, Naoyuki; Imamura, Koreyoshi


    A solid dispersion technique to homogeneously disperse hydrophobic ingredients in a water-soluble solid without using surfactant was examined as follows: first, freeze-dried amorphous sugar was dissolved in an organic medium that contained a soluble model hydrophobic component. Second, the mixed solution of sugar and the model hydrophobic component was vacuum dried into a solid (solid dispersion). Methanol and six fat-soluble flavours, including cinnamaldehyde, were used as organic media and model hydrophobic components. The retention of flavours in the solid dispersion during drying and storage under vacuum was evaluated. The amorphised disaccharides dissolved in methanol up to 100mg/mL, even temporarily (20s to 10 days) and could be solidified without any evidence of crystallisation and segregation from flavour. The solid dispersion, prepared using α-maltose usually showed 65-95% flavour retention during drying (and storage for cinnamaldehyde), whereas ⩾ 50% of the flavour was lost when the flavour was O/W emulsified with a surfactant and then freeze-dried with sugar.

  1. Very fast dissolving acid carboxymethylcellulose-rifampicin matrix: Development and solid-state characterization.

    Luciani-Giacobbe, Laura C; Ramírez-Rigo, María V; Garro-Linck, Yamila; Monti, Gustavo A; Manzo, Ruben H; Olivera, María E


    One of the main obstacles to the successful treatment of tuberculosis is the poor and variable oral bioavailability of rifampicin (RIF), which is mainly due to its low hydrophilicity and dissolution rate. The aim of this work was to obtain a hydrophilic new material that allows a very fast dissolution rate of RIF and therefore is potentially useful in the development of oral solid dosage forms. The acid form of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) was co-processed with RIF by solvent impregnation to obtain CMC-RIF powder, which was characterized by polarized optical microscopy, powder x-ray diffraction, DSC-TGA, hot stage microscopy, (13)C and (15)N solid-state NMR and FT-IR spectroscopy. In addition, the CMC-RIF matrices were subjected to water uptake and dissolution studies to assess hydrophilicity and release kinetics. CMC-RIF is a crystalline solid dispersion. Solid-state characterization indicated that no ionic interaction occurred between the components, but RIF crystallized as a zwitterion over the surface of CMC, which drastically increased the hydrophilicity of the solid. The CMC-RIF matrices significantly improved the water uptake of RIF and disintegrated in a very short period immediately releasing RIF. As CMC improves the hydrophilicity and delivery properties of RIF, CMC-RIF is very useful in the design of oral solid dosage forms with very fast dissolution of RIF, either alone or in combination with other antitubercular drugs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Solid dispersion matrix tablet comprising indomethacin-PEG-HPMC fabricated with fusion and mold technique

    Mesnukul A


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to fabricate the polyethylene glycol matrix tablet by mold technique. Indomethacin and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose were used as model drug and polymer, respectively, in PEG matrix system. The physical and drug release characteristics of developed matrix tablet were studied. This inert carrier system comprising 7:3 polyethylene glycol 4000: polyethylene glycol 400 could effectively enhance the solubility of indomethacin and an addition of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose could sustain the drug release. Scanning electron microscope photomicrograph indicated the drug diffusion outward through the porous network of this developed matrix tablet into the dissolution fluid. Least square fitting the experimental dissolution data to the mathematical expressions (power law, first-order, Higuchi′s and zero-order indicated the drug release kinetics primarily as Fickian diffusion. Both the enhancement of drug dissolution and the prolongation of the drug release could be achieved for aqueous insoluble drug such as, indomethacin, by using polyethylene glycol-hydroxypropylmethylcellulose matrix system prepared with melting and mold technique.

  3. Psychoses in composers

    Breitenfeld, Tomislav; Vodanović, Marijo; Ilić, Boris; Breitenfeld, Darko; Buljan, Danijel; Vuksanović, Marina; Orešković, Anto; Glavina, Trpimir


    In this article, we have described the pathographies of fifty composers who were suffering from psychotic disorders. A few of them committed suicide in younger age because of schizophrenia. Others suffered from paranoid personality disorder, or were likely to have a bipolar affective disorder. The vast majority of composers who attempted to commit suicide suffered from severe depressive episodes. Progressive paralysis-neurosyphilis, as well as alcoholic psycho...

  4. Biofilms produced by Burkholderia cenocepacia: influence of media and solid supports on composition of matrix exopolysaccharides.

    Pellizzoni, Elena; Ravalico, Fabio; Scaini, Denis; Delneri, Ambra; Rizzo, Roberto; Cescutti, Paola


    Bacteria usually grow forming biofilms, which are communities of cells embedded in a self-produced dynamic polymeric matrix, characterized by a complex three-dimensional structure. The matrix holds cells together and above a surface, and eventually releases them, resulting in colonization of other surfaces. Although exopolysaccharides (EPOLs) are important components of the matrix, determination of their structure is usually performed on samples produced in non-biofilm conditions, or indirectly through genetic studies. Among the Burkholderia cepacia complex species, Burkholderia cenocepacia is an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and is generally more aggressive than other species. In the present investigation, B. cenocepacia strain BTS2, a CF isolate, was grown in biofilm mode on glass slides and cellulose membranes, using five growth media, one of which mimics the nutritional content of CF sputum. The structure of the matrix EPOLs was determined by 1H-NMR spectroscopy, while visualization of the biofilms on glass slides was obtained by means of confocal laser microscopy, phase-contrast microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The results confirmed that the type of EPOLs biosynthesized depends both on the medium used and on the type of support, and showed that mucoid conditions do not always lead to significant biofilm production, while bacteria in a non-mucoid state can still form biofilm containing EPOLs.

  5. Solid-phase synthesis of succinylhydroxamate peptides : Functionalized matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors

    Leeuwenburgh, MA; Geurink, PP; Klein, T; Kauffman, HF; van der Marel, GA; Bischoff, R; Overkleeft, HS


    A novel solid-phase synthesis strategy toward succinylhydroxamate peptides, using an appropriately protected hydroxamate building block, is described. Rapid and efficient access is gained to amine-functionalized peptides, which can be decorated with, for instance, a fluorescent label. In addition, w

  6. Evaluation of alternative environmentally friendly matrix solid phase dispersion solid supports for the simultaneous extraction of 15 pesticides of different chemical classes from drinking water treatment sludge.

    Soares, Karina Lotz; Cerqueira, Maristela Barnes Rodrigues; Caldas, Sergiane Souza; Primel, Ednei Gilberto


    This study describes the development, optimization and validation of a method for the extraction of 15 pesticides of different chemical classes in drinking water treatment sludge (DWTS) by vortex-assisted Matrix Solid Phase Dispersion (MSPD) with determination by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. It focused on the application of alternative and different solid supports to the extraction step of the MSPD. The main parameters that influenced the extraction were studied in order to obtain better recovery responses. Recoveries ranged from 70 to 120% with RSD below 20% for all analytes. Limits of quantification (LOQ) of the method ranged from 5 to 500 μg kg(-1) whereas the analytical curves showed correlation coefficients above 0.997. The method under investigation used low volume of solvent (5 mL), low sample mass (1.5 g) and low mass of chitin (0.5 g), an environmentally friendly support. It has advantages, such as speed, simplicity and low cost material, over other methods. When the method was applied, 4 out of 15 pesticides were detected in the DWTS samples in concentrations below the LOQ. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Formation of Splats from Suspension Particles with Solid Inclusions Finely Dispersed in a Melted Metal Matrix

    Solonenko, O. P.


    A theoretical model has been developed to describe the splats formation from composite particles of several tens of micrometers in size whose liquid metal binder contains a high volume concentration of ultra-fine refractory solid inclusions uniformly distributed in the binder. A theoretical solution was derived, enabling evaluation of splat thickness and diameter, and also the contact temperature at the particle-substrate interface, under complete control of key physical parameters (KPPs) of the spray process (impact velocity, temperature, and size of the particle, and substrate temperature) versus the concentration of solid inclusions suspended in the metal-binder melt. Using the solution obtained, the calculations performed demonstrate the possibility of formulating adequate requirements on the KPPs of particle-substrate interaction providing a deposition of ceramic-metal coatings with predictable splat thickness and degree of particle flattening on the substrate, and also with desired contact temperature during the formation of the first coating monolayer.

  8. Adaptation response of Pseudomonas fragi on refrigerated solid matrix to a moderate electric field

    Chen, Wenbo; HU, HONGHAI; Zhang, Chunjiang; HUANG, Feng; Zhang, Dequan; Zhang, Hong


    Background Moderate electric field (MEF) technology is a promising food preservation strategy since it relies on physical properties—rather than chemical additives—to preserve solid cellular foods during storage. However, the effectiveness of long-term MEF exposure on the psychrotrophic microorganisms responsible for the food spoilage at cool temperatures remains unclear. Results The spoilage-associated psychrotroph Pseudomonas fragi MC16 was obtained from pork samples stored at 7 °C. Continu...

  9. Composing morphological filters

    H.J.A.M. Heijmans (Henk)


    textabstractA morphological filter is an operator on a complete lattice which is increasing and idempotent. Two well-known classes of morphological filters are openings and closings. Furthermore, an interesting class of filters, the alternating sequential filters, is obtained if one composes openin

  10. Composing constraint solvers

    Zoeteweij, P.


    Composing constraint solvers based on tree search and constraint propagation through generic iteration leads to efficient and flexible constraint solvers. This was demonstrated using OpenSolver, an abstract branch-and-propagate tree search engine that supports a wide range of relevant solver configu

  11. Composers on stage

    Groth, Sanne Krogh

    A trend on the scene of contemporary music is composers going on stage, performing their pieces themselves. Within a discourse of popular music, this is more the rule than exception, but when it comes to the context of contemporary scored music, the historical and aesthetic context differs, and s...

  12. Composing morphological filters

    Heijmans, H.J.A.M.


    A morphological filter is an operator on a complete lattice which is increasing and idempotent. Two well-known classes of morphological filters are openings and closings. Furthermore, an interesting class of filters, the alternating sequential filters, is obtained if one composes openings and closi

  13. Solid Matrix Transformation and Tracer Addition using Molten Ammonium Bifluoride Salt as a Sample Preparation Method for Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

    Grate, Jay W.; Gonzalez, Jhanis J.; O' Hara, Matthew J.; Kellogg, Cynthia M.; Morrison, Samuel S.; Koppenaal, David W.; Chan, George C.; Mao, Xianglei; Zorba, Vassilia; Russo, Richard


    Laser ablation (LA) is a means of sample introduction to inductively coupled plasma (ICP) mass spectrometry (MS) that avoids acid dissolution and chemical separation steps conventionally associated with solid sample analysis. At the same time, certain features of LA-ICP-MS are often mentioned in critical reviews including solid matrix variability and its influence on the ablation process, matrix dependent elemental fractionation, lack of matrix matched standards for external calibration, and limitations to internal calibration because it is challenging to add and distribute spikes into solid samples. In this paper we introduce the concept of a synergistic minimal sample preparation method that is used in combination with LA-ICP-MS as a means to overcome these limitations. The aim of this minimal sample preparation procedure is to reactively transform the original matrix to a more consistent matrix for LA-based analysis, thus reducing the effects of matrix variability, while enabling the addition of tracers. In conjunction with ICP-MS, we call this MTR-LA-ICP-MS, where MTR is derived from matrix transformation including the option to add tracers

  14. Experimental and computational study of crystalline formic acid composed of the higher-energy conformer.

    Hakala, Mikko; Marushkevich, Kseniya; Khriachtchev, Leonid; Hämäläinen, Keijo; Räsänen, Markku


    Crystalline formic acid (FA) is studied experimentally and by first-principles simulations in order to identify a bulk solid structure composed of the higher-energy (cis) conformer. In the experiments, deuterated FA (HCOOD) was deposited in a Ne matrix and transformed to the cis conformer by vibrational excitation of the ground state (trans) form. Evaporation of the Ne host above 13 K prepared FA in a bulk solid state mainly composed of cis-FA. Infrared absorption spectroscopy at 4.3 K shows that the obtained solid differs from that composed of trans-FA molecules and that the state persists up to the annealing temperature of at least 110 K. The first-principles simulations reveal various energetically stable periodic chain structures containing cis-FA conformers. These chain structures contain either purely cis or both cis and trans forms. The vibrational frequencies of the calculated structures were compared to the experiment and a tentative assignment is given for a novel solid composed of cis-FA.

  15. Matrix solid-phase dispersion as a tool for phytochemical and bioactivities characterisation: Crataegus oxyacantha L._A case study.

    Benabderrahmane, Wassila; Lores, Marta; Lamas, Juan Pablo; Benayache, Samir


    The use of a matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) process to extract polyphenols from hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha L.) a deciduous shrub with an expected rich phytochemical profile, has been evaluated. MSPD extracts of fruits and leaves have an outstanding content of polyphenols, although the particular phenolic profile is solvent dependent. The extracts were analysed by HPLC-DAD for the accurate identification of the major bioactive polyphenols, some of which have never been described for this species. MSPD has proven to be a good alternative to the classic methods of obtaining natural extracts, fast and with low consumption of organic solvents, therefore, environmentally friendly. The bioactivities can be considered also very remarkable, revealing extracts with high levels of antioxidant activity.

  16. Composers on stage

    Groth, Sanne Krogh

    A trend on the scene of contemporary music is composers going on stage, performing their pieces themselves. Within a discourse of popular music, this is more the rule than exception, but when it comes to the context of contemporary scored music, the historical and aesthetic context differs......, and something quite different is undergoing. This paper intends to discuss three examples of performances in which the composer’s appearance on stage was an important part of the piece, - both when it came to the role as a performer and as an individual person – as representer and presenter. The paper intends...... 2011 and Fischer-Lichte 2008) Hereby, the role of the composer appearing on stage is discussed from an aesthetic point of view; meanwhile social and political aspects of the phenomenon are also addressed. The three artistic works discussed are Simon Steen-Andersen’s Run Time Error (2009-), Niels...

  17. Lipid nanoparticles with a solid matrix (SLN, NLC, LDC) for oral drug delivery.

    Muchow, Marc; Maincent, Philippe; Muller, Rainer H


    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC), and lipid-drug conjugates (LDC), commonly produced by high-pressure homogenization, are interesting vectors for oral delivery of lipophilic and, to a certain extent, hydrophilic substances. Their production can be done without the use of organic solvents. Techniques to make them a physically stable delivery system have been developed. Scaling up of the production process from lab-size to large-scale dimensions using high-pressure homogenization can be easily achieved by using a different type of homogenizer. The machines used for large-scale production often yield an even better product quality than the lab-scale types. This review article covers the methods of production, characterization, mechanisms of oral bioavailability enhancement, scale-up, final oral dosage forms, and regulatory aspects of lipid nanoparticles for oral drug delivery. It focuses mainly on high-pressure homogenization production methods.

  18. Optical limiting effect in a two-photon absorption dye doped solid matrix

    He, Guang S.; Bhawalkar, Jayant D.; Zhao, Chan F.; Prasad, Paras N.


    We recently reported a new lasing dye, trans-4-[p-(N-ethyl-N-hydroxylethylamino)styryl]-N-methylpyridinium tetraphenylborate (ASPT), which has also been shown to possess a strong two-photon absorption (TPA) and subsequent frequency upconversion fluorescence behavior when excited with near infrared laser radiation. Based on the TPA mechanism, a highly efficient optical limiting performance has been demonstrated in a 2 cm long ASPT-doped epoxy rod pumped with 1.06 μm Q-switched laser pulses at 50-250 MW/cm2 intensity levels. The measured nonlinear absorption coefficient reached 6 cm/GW for the tested sample of dopant concentration d0=4×10-3 M/L. The molecular TPA cross section of ASPT in the epoxy matrix is estimated as σ2=2.5×10-18 cm4/GW or σ2'=4.7×10-46 cm4/photon/s, respectively. Two-photon pumped cavity lasing is also observed in an ASPT-doped polymer rod.

  19. Matrix solid-phase dispersion and solid-phase microextraction applied to study the distribution of fenbutatin oxide in grapes and white wine.

    Montes, R; Canosa, P; Lamas, J Pablo; Piñeiro, A; Orriols, I; Cela, R; Rodríguez, I


    The fate of the acaricide fenbutatin oxide (FBTO) during the elaboration of white wine is evaluated. Matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and solid-phase microextraction (SPME) were used as sample preparation techniques applied to the semi-solid and the liquid matrices involved in this research, respectively. Selective determination of FBTO was achieved by gas chromatography with atomic emission detection (GC-AED). GC coupled to mass spectrometry was also used to establish the identity of FBTO by-products detected in must and wine samples. MSPD extractions were accomplished using C18 as dispersant and co-sorbent. Sugars and other polar interferences were first removed with water and water/acetone mixtures, then FBTO was recovered with 8 mL of acetone. When used in combination with GC-AED, the MSPD method provided limits of quantification (LOQs) in the low nanogram per gram range, recoveries around 90% and relative standard deviations below 13% for extractions performed in different days. Performance of SPME for must and wine was mainly controlled by the extraction temperature, time and fibre coating. Under final conditions, FBTO was extracted in the headspace mode for 45 min at 100 degrees C, using a 100 microm poly(dimethylsiloxane)-coated fibre. The achieved LOQs remained around or below 0.1 ng mL(-1), depending on the type of sample, and the inter-day precision ranged from 10% to 13%. FBTO residues in grapes stayed mostly on the skin of the fruit. Although FBTO was not removed during must and white wine elaboration, it remained associated with suspended particles existing in must and lees, settled after must fermentation, with a negligible risk of being transferred to commercialised wine. On the other hand, two by-products of FBTO (bis and mono (2-methyl-2-phenylpropyl) tin) were identified, for first time, in must and final white wines obtained from FBTO treated grapes. Found values for the first species ranged from 0.03 to 0.9 ng mL(-1).

  20. Adaptation response of Pseudomonas fragi on refrigerated solid matrix to a moderate electric field.

    Chen, Wenbo; Hu, Honghai; Zhang, Chunjiang; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Dequan; Zhang, Hong


    Moderate electric field (MEF) technology is a promising food preservation strategy since it relies on physical properties-rather than chemical additives-to preserve solid cellular foods during storage. However, the effectiveness of long-term MEF exposure on the psychrotrophic microorganisms responsible for the food spoilage at cool temperatures remains unclear. The spoilage-associated psychrotroph Pseudomonas fragi MC16 was obtained from pork samples stored at 7 °C. Continuous MEF treatment attenuated growth and resulted in subsequent adaptation of M16 cultured on nutrient agar plates at 7 °C, compared to the control cultures, as determined by biomass analysis and plating procedures. Moreover, intracellular dehydrogenase activity and ATP levels also indicated an initial effect of MEF treatment followed by cellular recovery, and extracellular β-galactosidase activity assays indicated no obvious changes in cell membrane permeability. Furthermore, microscopic observations using scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed that MEF induced sublethal cellular injury during early treatment stages, but no notable changes in morphology or cytology on subsequent days. Our study provides direct evidence that psychrotrophic P. fragi MC16 cultured on nutrient agar plates at 7 °C are capable of adapting to MEF treatment.

  1. Solid Matrix Based Lipidic Nanoparticles in Oral Cancer Chemotherapy: Applications and Pharmacokinetics.

    Ahmad, Javed; Amin, Saima; Rahman, Mahfoozur; Rub, Rehan Abdur; Singhal, Madhur; Ahmad, Mohammad Zaki; Rahman, Ziyaur; Addo, Richard T; Ahmad, Farhan Jalees; Mushtaq, Gohar; Kamal, Mohammad Amjad; Akhter, Sohail


    Chemotherapeutic delivery by oral route in cancer patients has the potential to create "hospitalization free chemotherapy" which is a vision of oncologists, formulation scientists and patients. Such a therapeutic approach will improve patients' compliance, ease the burden of the patients' caregivers and significantly reduce the cost of treatment. In current clinical practice, chemotherapy carried out by intravenous injection or infusion leads to undesired side-effects such as plasma concentrations crossing the maximum safe concentration, rapid body clearance and lower bioavailability. Despite the presence of challenges such as poor aqueous solubility and stability of drugs and the presence of biological barriers like multidrug efflux transporter in the GI tract, oral cancer chemotherapy has the potential to surmount those obstacles. Lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) such as solid lipid nanoparticle, nanostructured lipid carriers, nano lipid-drug conjugates, mixed micelles, liposomes and nanoemulsions have shown some promising results for use in oral anticancer drug delivery through nanotechnological approach. LNPs demonstrate enhanced oral bioavailability owing to their ability to inhibit first pass metabolism via lymphatic absorption by chylomicron-linked and/or M-cell uptake. LNPs reduce the inter- and intrasubject pharmacokinetics variability of administrated drugs. Moreover, certain classes of phospholipids and surfactants used in the formulations of LNPs can suppress the P-glycoprotein efflux system. Here, we shall be discussing the biopharmaceutical challenges in oral cancer chemotherapy and how the LNPs may provide solutions to such challenges. The effect of GI tract environment on LNPs and pharmacokinetics shall also be discussed.

  2. Towards Composable Concurrency Abstractions

    Janwillem Swalens


    Full Text Available In the past decades, many different programming models for managing concurrency in applications have been proposed, such as the actor model, Communicating Sequential Processes, and Software Transactional Memory. The ubiquity of multi-core processors has made harnessing concurrency even more important. We observe that modern languages, such as Scala, Clojure, or F#, provide not one, but multiple concurrency models that help developers manage concurrency. Large end-user applications are rarely built using just a single concurrency model. Programmers need to manage a responsive UI, deal with file or network I/O, asynchronous workflows, and shared resources. Different concurrency models facilitate different requirements. This raises the issue of how these concurrency models interact, and whether they are composable. After all, combining different concurrency models may lead to subtle bugs or inconsistencies. In this paper, we perform an in-depth study of the concurrency abstractions provided by the Clojure language. We study all pairwise combinations of the abstractions, noting which ones compose without issues, and which do not. We make an attempt to abstract from the specifics of Clojure, identifying the general properties of concurrency models that facilitate or hinder composition.

  3. Simultaneous determination of phenolic compounds in Equisetum palustre L. by ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry combined with matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction.

    Wei, Zuofu; Pan, Youzhi; Li, Lu; Huang, Yuyang; Qi, Xiaolin; Luo, Meng; Zu, Yuangang; Fu, Yujie


    A method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction followed by ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry is presented for the extraction and determination of phenolic compounds in Equisetum palustre. This method combines the high efficiency of matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and the rapidity, sensitivity, and accuracy of ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The influential parameters of the matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction were investigated and optimized. The optimized conditions were as follows: silica gel was selected as dispersing sorbent, the ratio of silica gel to sample was selected to be 2:1 (400/200 mg), and 8 mL of 80% methanol was used as elution solvent. Furthermore, a fast and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for the determination of nine phenolic compounds in E. palustre. This method was carried out within <6 min, and exhibited satisfactory linearity, precision, and recovery. Compared with ultrasound-assisted extraction, the proposed matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure possessed higher extraction efficiency, and was more convenient and time saving with reduced requirements on sample and solvent amounts. All these results suggest that the developed method represents an excellent alternative for the extraction and determination of active components in plant matrices.

  4. Process of timbral composing

    Withrow, Sam

    In this paper, I discuss the techniques and processes of timbral organization I developed while writing my chamber work, Afterimage. I compare my techniques with illustrative examples by other composers to place my work in historical context. I examine three elements of my composition process. The first is the process of indexing and cataloging basic sonic materials. The second consists of the techniques and mechanics of manipulating and assembling these collections into larger scale phrases, textures, and overall form in a musical work. The third element is the more elusive, and often extra-musical, source of inspiration and motivation. The evocative power of tone color is both immediately evident yet difficult to explain. What is timbre? This question cannot be answered solely in scientific terms; subjective factors affect our perception of it.

  5. Utilization of chemically treated municipal solid waste (spent coffee bean powder) as reinforcement in cellulose matrix for packaging applications.

    Thiagamani, Senthil Muthu Kumar; Nagarajan, Rajini; Jawaid, Mohammad; Anumakonda, Varadarajulu; Siengchin, Suchart


    As the annual production of the solid waste generable in the form of spent coffee bean powder (SCBP) is over 6 million tons, its utilization in the generation of green energy, waste water treatment and as a filler in biocomposites is desirable. The objective of this article is to analyze the possibilities to valorize coffee bean powder as a filler in cellulose matrix. Cellulose matrix was dissolved in the relatively safer aqueous solution mixture (8% LiOH and 15% Urea) precooled to -12.5°C. To the cellulose solution (SCBP) was added in 5-25wt% and the composite films were prepared by regeneration method using ethyl alcohol as a coagulant. Some SCBP was treated with aq. 5% NaOH and the composite films were also prepared using alkali treated SCBP as a filler. The films of composites were uniform with brown in color. The cellulose/SCBP films without and with alkali treated SCBP were characterized by FTIR, XRD, optical and polarized optical microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and tensile tests. The maximum tensile strength of the composite films with alkali treated SCBP varied between (106-149MPa) and increased with SCBP content when compared to the composites with untreated SCBP. The thermal stability of the composite was higher at elevated temperatures when alkali treated SCBP was used. Based on the improved tensile properties and photo resistivity, the cellulose/SCBP composite films with alkali treated SCBP may be considered for packaging and wrapping of flowers and vegetables. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Development of a poly(dimethylacrylamide) based matrix material for solid phase high density peptide array synthesis employing a laser based material transfer

    Ridder, Barbara; Foertsch, Tobias C.; Welle, Alexander; Mattes, Daniela S.; von Bojnicic-Kninski, Clemens M.; Loeffler, Felix F.; Nesterov-Mueller, Alexander; Meier, Michael A. R.; Breitling, Frank


    Poly(dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) based matrix materials were developed for laser-based in situ solid phase peptide synthesis to produce high density arrays. In this specific array synthesis approach, amino acid derivatives are embedded into a matrix material, serving as a "solid" solvent material at room temperature. Then, a laser pulse transfers this mixture to the target position on a synthesis slide, where the peptide array is synthesized. Upon heating above the glass transition temperature of the matrix material, it softens, allowing diffusion of the amino acid derivatives to the synthesis surface and serving as a solvent for peptide bond formation. Here, we synthesized PDMA six-arm star polymers, offering the desired matrix material properties, using atom transfer radical polymerization. With the synthesized polymers as matrix material, we structured and synthesized arrays with combinatorial laser transfer. With densities of up to 20,000 peptide spots per cm2, the resolution could be increased compared to the commercially available standard matrix material. Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry experiments revealed the penetration behavior of an amino acid derivative into the prepared acceptor synthesis surface and the effectiveness of the washing protocols.

  7. Matrix molecularly imprinted mesoporous sol-gel sorbent for efficient solid-phase extraction of chloramphenicol from milk.

    Samanidou, Victoria; Kehagia, Maria; Kabir, Abuzar; Furton, Kenneth G


    Highly selective and efficient chloramphenicol imprinted sol-gel silica based inorganic polymeric sorbent (sol-gel MIP) was synthesized via matrix imprinting approach for the extraction of chloramphenicol in milk. Chloramphenicol was used as the template molecule, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) and triethoxyphenylsilane (TEPS) as the functional precursors, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the cross-linker, isopropanol as the solvent/porogen, and HCl as the sol-gel catalyst. Non-imprinted sol-gel polymer (sol-gel NIP) was synthesized under identical conditions in absence of template molecules for comparison purpose. Both synthesized materials were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, which unambiguously confirmed their significant structural and morphological differences. The synthesized MIP and NIP materials were evaluated as sorbents for molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) of chloramphenicol in milk. The effect of critical extraction parameters (flow rate, elution solvent, sample and eluent volume, selectivity coefficient, retention capacity) was studied in terms of retention and desorption of chloramphenicol. Competition and cross reactivity tests have proved that sol-gel MIP sorbent possesses significantly higher specific retention and enrichment capacity for chloramphenicol compared to its non-imprinted analogue. The maximum imprinting factor (IF) was found as 9.7, whereas the highest adsorption capacity of chloramphenicol by sol-gel MIP was 23 mg/g. The sol-gel MIP was found to be adequately selective towards chloramphenicol to provide the necessary minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0.3 μg/kg set forth by European Commission after analysis by LC-MS even without requiring time consuming solvent evaporation and sample reconstitution step, often considered as an integral part in solid phase extraction work-flow. Intra and

  8. Matrix solid phase dispersion assisted enzymatic hydrolysis as a novel approach for cocaine and opiates isolation from human hair.

    Míguez-Framil, Martha; Cabarcos, Pamela; Tabernero, María Jesús; Bermejo, Ana María; Bermejo-Barrera, Pilar; Moreda-Piñeiro, Antonio


    The possibility of assisting enzymatic hydrolysis (EH) procedures by sample disruption mechanisms inherent to matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) has been explored in the current study. EH of hair specimens from poly-drug abusers was assisted by dispersing/blending the sample (0.05 g) with alumina (2.25 g) before loading the dissolved enzyme (6 mL of 1 mg mL(-1) Pronase E in 1.4 M/1.4 M Tris/HCl, pH 7.3) through the hair-alumina solid phase packaged inside a disposable MSPD syringe. The MSPD-EH method was developed, and it proved to offer quantitative results when isolating cocaine, benzoylecgonine (BZE), codeine, morphine and 6-monoacethylmorphine (6-MAM) from human hair samples. The procedure allows an on column clean-up/pre-concentration procedure of the isolated targets by attaching a previously conditioned Oasis HLB cartridge to the end of the MSPD syringe. The EH procedure of human hair with Pronase E can therefore be shortened to approximately 30 min. Within this time, sample blending/dispersion, MSPD syringe package, elution (EH when dissolved Pronase E is passing through the sample-dispersant bed), and extract clean-up and target pre-concentration stages are achieved. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used for determining each target after elution from the Oasis HLB cartridges with 2 mL of 2% (v/v) acetic acid in methanol, concentration by N2 stream evaporation, and dried extract derivatization with N-methyl-tert-butylsilyltrifluoroacetamide (BSTFA) and chlorotrimethylsilane (TMCS). The method was validated according to the guidance for bioanalytical method validation of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration. The simplicity of the proposed approach makes it a useful procedure for screening/quantifying drugs of abuse in hair specimens from poly-drug abusers.

  9. Evaluation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in asphalt binder using matrix solid-phase dispersion and gas chromatography.

    Fernandes, Paulo R N; Soares, Sandra de A; Nascimento, Ronaldo F; Soares, Jorge B; Cavalcante, Rivelino M


    A method developed for the extraction and analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the asphalt binder using a matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and gas chromatography is presented. The MSPD method was proposed as a rapid and easy approach to determining PAHs present in the maltenic phase of asphalt binder extracted through a mechanical shaking and sonication of the material. The recovery rates ranged from 62.77-89.92% (shaking) and from 56.54-93.6% (sonication) with relative standard deviations lower than 8.8%. The study shows that the recovery rates using shaking and sonication extractions are not significantly different at the p asphalt binder from Brazil. The main PAHs found were BbF, BaP, Per, IncdP, DahA, and BghiP, with average concentrations of 10.2-20.7 mg/kg, but the PAHs Ace and Acy were not detected. However, Nap, Fl, Phen, Ant, Flr, Pyr, Chry, BaA, and BkF were present in average concentrations amounting to less than 10 mg/kg. The results showed that the MSPD method is potentially a valuable tool for the determination of PAHs in the asphalt binder.

  10. Analysis of four toxic metals in a single rice seed by matrix solid phase dispersion -inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

    He, Xiufen; Chen, Lixia; Chen, Xin; Yu, Huamei; Peng, Lixu; Han, Bingjun


    Toxic metals in rice pose great risks to human health. Metal bioaccumulation in rice grains is a criterion of breeding. Rice breeding requires a sensitive method to determine metal content in single rice grains to assist the variety selection. In the present study, four toxic metals of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr) and lead (Pb) in a single rice grain were determined by a simple and rapid method. The developed method is based on matrix solid phase dispersion using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as dispersing agent and analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The experimental parameters were systematically investigated. The limits of detection (LOD) were 5.0, 0.6, 10 and 2.1 ng g‑1 for As, Cd, Cr, and Pb, respectively, with relative standard deviations (n = 6) of microwave digestion. The amount of sample required was reduced approximately 100 fold in comparison with the microwave digestion. The method has a high application potential for other sample matrices and elements with high sensitivity and sample throughput.

  11. Graphene nanoplatelets based matrix solid-phase dispersion microextraction for phenolic acids by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection.

    Peng, Li-Qing; Yi, Ling; Yang, Qiu-Cheng; Cao, Jun; Du, Li-Jing; Zhang, Qi-Dong


    A simple, rapid and eco-friendly approach based on matrix solid-phase dispersion microextraction (MSPDM) followed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrochemical detection (UHPLC-ECD) was presented for the microextraction and determination of six phenolic acids in a plant preparation (Danshen tablets). The parameters that influenced the extraction performance of phenolic acids were investigated and optimized. The optimal MSPDM conditions were determined as follows: sorbent, using graphene nanoplatelets with sample/sorbent ratio of 1:1, grinding time set at 60 s, and 0.2 mL of water as elution solvent. Under the optimum conditions, the validation experiments indicated that the proposed method exhibited good linearity (r(2) ≥ 0.9991), excellent precision (RSD ≤ 4.57%), and satisfactory recoveries (82.34-98.34%). The limits of detection were from 1.19 to 4.62 ng/mL for six phenolic acids. Compared with other reported methods, this proposal required less sample, solvent and extraction time. Consequently, the proposed method was successfully used to the extraction and determination of phenolic acids in Danshen tablets.

  12. Novel dummy molecularly imprinted polymers for matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction of eight fluoroquinolones from fish samples.

    Sun, Xiaoli; Wang, Jincheng; Li, Yun; Yang, Jiajia; Jin, Jing; Shah, Syed Mazhar; Chen, Jiping


    A series of novel dummy molecularly imprinted polymers (DMIPs) were prepared as highly class-selective sorbents for fluoroquinolones. A non-poisonous dummy template, daidzein, was used for the first time to create specific molecular recognition sites for fluoroquinolones in the synthesized polymers. The influence of porogen polarity on dummy molecular imprinting effect was studied. The DMIP prepared using dimethylsulfoxide-acetonitrile (1:1.8, v/v) as porogen achieved the highest imprinting factors (IF) for fluoroquinolones over a range of IF 13.4-84.0. This DMIP was then used for selective extraction of eight fluoroquinolones (fleroxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin, pefloxacin, ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, enrofloxacin and gatifloxacin) from fish samples based on dummy molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion (DMI-MSPD). The extracted fluoroquinolones were subsequently analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipped with a fluorescence detector (FLD). The developed method had acceptable recoveries (64.4-102.7%) and precision (RSDs: 1.7-8.5%, n=5) for determination of fluoroquinolones in fish samples fortified at levels of 10 and 100ngg(-1). The limits of detection (LODs) for identification of eight fluoroquinolones ranged between 0.06 and 0.22ngg(-1). The results demonstrated great potential of the optimized method for sample preparation in routine analysis of trace fluoroquinolones in fish samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. High-flexibility combinatorial peptide synthesis with laser-based transfer of monomers in solid matrix material.

    Loeffler, Felix F; Foertsch, Tobias C; Popov, Roman; Mattes, Daniela S; Schlageter, Martin; Sedlmayr, Martyna; Ridder, Barbara; Dang, Florian-Xuan; von Bojničić-Kninski, Clemens; Weber, Laura K; Fischer, Andrea; Greifenstein, Juliane; Bykovskaya, Valentina; Buliev, Ivan; Bischoff, F Ralf; Hahn, Lothar; Meier, Michael A R; Bräse, Stefan; Powell, Annie K; Balaban, Teodor Silviu; Breitling, Frank; Nesterov-Mueller, Alexander


    Laser writing is used to structure surfaces in many different ways in materials and life sciences. However, combinatorial patterning applications are still limited. Here we present a method for cost-efficient combinatorial synthesis of very-high-density peptide arrays with natural and synthetic monomers. A laser automatically transfers nanometre-thin solid material spots from different donor slides to an acceptor. Each donor bears a thin polymer film, embedding one type of monomer. Coupling occurs in a separate heating step, where the matrix becomes viscous and building blocks diffuse and couple to the acceptor surface. Furthermore, we can consecutively deposit two material layers of activation reagents and amino acids. Subsequent heat-induced mixing facilitates an in situ activation and coupling of the monomers. This allows us to incorporate building blocks with click chemistry compatibility or a large variety of commercially available non-activated, for example, posttranslationally modified building blocks into the array's peptides with >17,000 spots per cm(2).

  14. Metal-organic framework mixed-matrix disks: Versatile supports for automated solid-phase extraction prior to chromatographic separation.

    Ghani, Milad; Font Picó, Maria Francesca; Salehinia, Shima; Palomino Cabello, Carlos; Maya, Fernando; Berlier, Gloria; Saraji, Mohammad; Cerdà, Víctor; Turnes Palomino, Gemma


    We present for the first time the application of metal-organic framework (MOF) mixed-matrix disks (MMD) for the automated flow-through solid-phase extraction (SPE) of environmental pollutants. Zirconium terephthalate UiO-66 and UiO-66-NH2 MOFs with different size (90, 200 and 300nm) have been incorporated into mechanically stable polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) disks. The performance of the MOF-MMDs for automated SPE of seven substituted phenols prior to HPLC analysis has been evaluated using the sequential injection analysis technique. MOF-MMDs enabled the simultaneous extraction of phenols with the concomitant size exclusion of molecules of larger size. The best extraction performance was obtained using a MOF-MMD containing 90nm UiO-66-NH2 crystals. Using the selected MOF-MMD, detection limits ranging from 0.1 to 0.2μgL(-1) were obtained. Relative standard deviations ranged from 3.9 to 5.3% intra-day, and 4.7-5.7% inter-day. Membrane batch-to-batch reproducibility was from 5.2 to 6.4%. Three different groundwater samples were analyzed with the proposed method using MOF-MMDs, obtaining recoveries ranging from 90 to 98% for all tested analytes.

  15. High-flexibility combinatorial peptide synthesis with laser-based transfer of monomers in solid matrix material

    Loeffler, Felix F.; Foertsch, Tobias C.; Popov, Roman; Mattes, Daniela S.; Schlageter, Martin; Sedlmayr, Martyna; Ridder, Barbara; Dang, Florian-Xuan; von Bojničić-Kninski, Clemens; Weber, Laura K.; Fischer, Andrea; Greifenstein, Juliane; Bykovskaya, Valentina; Buliev, Ivan; Bischoff, F. Ralf; Hahn, Lothar; Meier, Michael A. R.; Bräse, Stefan; Powell, Annie K.; Balaban, Teodor Silviu; Breitling, Frank; Nesterov-Mueller, Alexander


    Laser writing is used to structure surfaces in many different ways in materials and life sciences. However, combinatorial patterning applications are still limited. Here we present a method for cost-efficient combinatorial synthesis of very-high-density peptide arrays with natural and synthetic monomers. A laser automatically transfers nanometre-thin solid material spots from different donor slides to an acceptor. Each donor bears a thin polymer film, embedding one type of monomer. Coupling occurs in a separate heating step, where the matrix becomes viscous and building blocks diffuse and couple to the acceptor surface. Furthermore, we can consecutively deposit two material layers of activation reagents and amino acids. Subsequent heat-induced mixing facilitates an in situ activation and coupling of the monomers. This allows us to incorporate building blocks with click chemistry compatibility or a large variety of commercially available non-activated, for example, posttranslationally modified building blocks into the array's peptides with >17,000 spots per cm2.

  16. Application of ionic liquids for elution of bioactive flavonoid glycosides from lime fruit by miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion.

    Xu, Jing-Jing; Yang, Rui; Ye, Li-Hong; Cao, Jun; Cao, Wan; Hu, Shuai-Shuai; Peng, Li-Qing


    In this work, two flavonoid glycosides (neohesperidin and naringin) in lime fruit were effectively extracted by miniaturized matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD), followed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection. The best results were obtained using Florisil (150mg) as the sorbent and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (0.4mL, 250mM) as the elution solvent. This work represents the first attempt of using ionic liquids as a green eluent for extraction of the investigated compounds in miniaturized MSPD. Compared with the conventional methods, the proposed method is advantageous due to improved enrichment factor and reduced reagent consumption. A good linearity was observed with r(2) values (>0.998). Meanwhile, the method gave acceptable recoveries (90.16-96.47%) for the determination of flavonoids in plant samples. The limits of detection of the two analytes ranged between 4.08 and 5.04μg/g. The results showed that the optimized method has a great potential for sample preparation in routine analysis of complex plant samples.

  17. Matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction for the determination of sulfonamides in animal tissues using high-performance liquid chromatography.

    Wang, Zhibing; He, Mengyu; Jiang, Chunzhu; Zhang, Fengqing; Du, Shanshan; Feng, Wennan; Zhang, Hanqi


    Matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction was developed and applied to the extraction of some sulfonamides, including sulfamerazine, sulfamethazine, sulfathiazole, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfadoxine, sulfisoxazole, and sulfaphenazole, in animal tissues. High-performance liquid chromatography was applied to the separation and determination of the target analytes. The solid sample was directly treated by matrix solid-phase dispersion and the eluate obtained was treated by homogeneous ionic liquid microextraction. The ionic liquid was used as the extraction solvent in this method, which may result in the improvement of the recoveries of the target analytes. To avoid using organic solvent and reduce environmental pollution, water was used as the elution solvent of matrix solid-phase dispersion. The effects of the experimental parameters on recoveries, including the type and volume of ionic liquid, type of dispersant, ratio of sample to dispersant, pH value of elution solvent, volume of elution solvent, amount of salt in eluate, amount of ion-pairing agent (NH4 PF6 ), and centrifuging time, were evaluated. When the present method was applied to the analysis of animal tissues, the recoveries of the analytes ranged from 85.4 to 118.0%, and the relative standard deviations were lower than 9.30%. The detection limits for the analytes were 4.3-13.4 μg/kg.

  18. Teaching Composing with an Identity as a Teacher-Composer

    Francis, Jennie


    I enjoy composing and feel able to write songs that I like and which feel significant to me. This has not always been the case and the change had nothing to do with my school education or my degree. Composing at secondary school did not move beyond Bach and Handel pastiche. I did not take any composing courses during my degree. What did influence…

  19. Teaching Composing with an Identity as a Teacher-Composer

    Francis, Jennie


    I enjoy composing and feel able to write songs that I like and which feel significant to me. This has not always been the case and the change had nothing to do with my school education or my degree. Composing at secondary school did not move beyond Bach and Handel pastiche. I did not take any composing courses during my degree. What did influence…

  20. Matrix molecularly imprinted mesoporous sol–gel sorbent for efficient solid-phase extraction of chloramphenicol from milk

    Samanidou, Victoria, E-mail: [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Kehagia, Maria [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Kabir, Abuzar, E-mail: [International Forensic Research Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL (United States); Furton, Kenneth G. [International Forensic Research Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL (United States)


    Highly selective and efficient chloramphenicol imprinted sol–gel silica based inorganic polymeric sorbent (sol–gel MIP) was synthesized via matrix imprinting approach for the extraction of chloramphenicol in milk. Chloramphenicol was used as the template molecule, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) and triethoxyphenylsilane (TEPS) as the functional precursors, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the cross-linker, isopropanol as the solvent/porogen, and HCl as the sol–gel catalyst. Non-imprinted sol–gel polymer (sol–gel NIP) was synthesized under identical conditions in absence of template molecules for comparison purpose. Both synthesized materials were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, which unambiguously confirmed their significant structural and morphological differences. The synthesized MIP and NIP materials were evaluated as sorbents for molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) of chloramphenicol in milk. The effect of critical extraction parameters (flow rate, elution solvent, sample and eluent volume, selectivity coefficient, retention capacity) was studied in terms of retention and desorption of chloramphenicol. Competition and cross reactivity tests have proved that sol–gel MIP sorbent possesses significantly higher specific retention and enrichment capacity for chloramphenicol compared to its non-imprinted analogue. The maximum imprinting factor (IF) was found as 9.7, whereas the highest adsorption capacity of chloramphenicol by sol–gel MIP was 23 mg/g. The sol–gel MIP was found to be adequately selective towards chloramphenicol to provide the necessary minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0.3 μg/kg set forth by European Commission after analysis by LC-MS even without requiring time consuming solvent evaporation and sample reconstitution step, often considered as an integral part in solid phase extraction work

  1. Determination of perfluorinated compounds in mollusks by matrix solid-phase dispersion and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

    Villaverde-de-Sáa, Eugenia; Quintana, José Benito; Rodil, Rosario; Ferrero-Refojos, Raúl; Rubí, Elisa; Cela, Rafael


    Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) have been used for over 40 years in different commercial and industrial applications mainly as surfactants and surface protectors and have become an important class of marine emerging pollutants. This study presents the development and validation of a new analytical method to determine the simultaneous presence of eight PFCs in different kinds of mollusks using matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Simplicity of the analytical procedure, low volume of solvent and quantity of sample required, low global price, and integration of extraction and clean-up into a single step, are the most important advantages of the developed methodology. Solvent, solid support (dispersing agent), clean-up sorbent, and their amounts were optimized by means of an experimental design. In the final method, 0.5 g of sample are dispersed with 0.2 g of diatomaceous earth and transferred into a polypropylene syringe containing 4 g of silica as clean-up sorbent. Then, analytes are eluted with 20 mL of acetonitrile. The extract is finally concentrated to a final volume of 0.5 mL in methanol, avoiding extract dryness in order to prevent evaporation losses and injected in the LC-MS/MS. The combination of this MSPD protocol with LC-MS/MS afforded detection limits from 0.05 to 0.3 ng g(-1). Also, a good linearity was established for the eight PFCs in the range from limit of quantification (LOQ) to 500 ng mL(-1) with R(2) > 0.9917. The recovery of the method was studied with three types of spiked mollusk and was in the 64-126% range. Moreover, a mussel sample was spiked and aged for more than 1 month and analyzed by the developed method and a reference method, ion-pair extraction, for comparison, producing both methods statistically equal concentration values. The method was finally applied to the determination of PFCs in different kinds of mollusks revealing concentrations up to 8.3 ng g(-1) for

  2. Vortex-homogenized matrix solid-phase dispersion for the extraction of short chain chlorinated paraffins from indoor dust samples.

    Chen, Yu-Hsuan; Chang, Chia-Yu; Ding, Wang-Hsien


    A simple and effective method for determining short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in indoor dust is presented. The method employed a modified vortex-homogenized matrix solid-phase dispersion (VH-MSPD) prior to its detection by gas chromatography - electron-capture negative-ion mass spectrometry (GC-ECNI-MS) operating in the selected-ion-monitoring (SIM) mode. Under the best extraction conditions, 0.1-g of dust sample was dispersed with 0.1-g of silica gel by using vortex (2min) instead of using a mortar and pestle (3min). After that step, the blend was transferred to a glass column containing 3-g acidic silica gel, 2-g basic silica gel, and 2-g of deactivated silica gel, used as clean-up co-sorbents. Then, target analytes were eluted with 5mL of n-hexane/dichloromethane (2:1, v/v) mixture. The extract was evaporated to dryness under a gentle stream of nitrogen. The residue was then re-dissolved in n-hexane (10μL), and subjected to GC-ECNI-MS analysis. The limits of quantitation (LOQs) ranged from 0.06 to 0.25μg/g for each SCCP congener. Precision was less than 7% for both intra- and inter-day analysis. Trueness was above 89%, which was calculated by mean extraction recovery. The VH-MSPD combined with GC-ECNI-MS was successfully applied to quantitatively detect SCCPs from various indoor dust samples, and the concentrations ranged from 1.2 to 31.2μg/g. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Graphene-encapsulated silica as matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction sorbents for the analysis of poly-methoxylated flavonoids in the leaves of Murraya panaculata (L.) Jack.

    Sun, Ting; Li, Xuwen; Yang, Jie; Li, Lanjie; Jin, Yongri; Shi, Xiaolei


    In this study, graphene-encapsulated silica was synthesized by a hydrothermal reduction strategy. The presence of silica in graphene was identified by Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The graphene-encapsulated silica subsequently was used as adsorbent for matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction of poly-methoxylated flavonoids from the dried leaves of Murraya panaculata (L.) Jack. Compared with the other adsorbents (graphene, silica gel, C18 silica, neutral alumina, diatomaceous earth) and without any adsorbents, better results were obtained. Then a method for analysis of poly-methoxylated flavonoids was established by coupling matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction with ultra high performance liquid chromatography and UV detection. Compared with reflux extraction and ultrasonic extraction, the proposed method is quicker, more efficient and more environmental protection. Less than 10 min is needed from extraction to detection.

  4. Behaviors of Oxide Layer at Interface between Semi-solid Filler Metal and Aluminum Matrix Composites during Vibration

    Lei Shi; Jiuchun Yan; Yanfei Han; Bo Peng


    The joint interface between semi-solid Zn-Al filler metal and SiCp/Al composites with applying vibration for different time was examined. With increasing vibrating time, the oxide layer was disrupted prior at the centre to the periphery of the interface. And the solid grains near the centre of interface in semi-solid filler metal aggregated into two solid regions and compressed the composites during vibration; the solid grains near the periphery of interface moved toward the edge and scraped the composites during vibration. The models of disrupting oxide layer under the vibration condition were developed. At the centre of interface, the oxide layer was tore and stripped during the solid grains in the semi-solid filler metal depressing the composites with a very high compressive stress. At the periphery of interface, the oxide layer was cut and stripped into the filler metal during the solid grains scraping the interface.

  5. Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersion Coupled with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Diode Array Detection for Simultaneous Determination of Four Lipophilic Constituents from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge.

    Wang, Zhibing; Ma, Siyu; Zhang, Qian; He, Shuang; Li, Qing; Hu, Jianxue; Zhang, Hanqi


    A simple, rapid and efficient method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography was developed for determination of lipophilic constituents, including dihydrotanshinone, tanshinone I, cryptotanshinone and tanshinone II A in Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge Box-Behnken design was employed for optimization of the extraction conditions of matrix solid-phase dispersion, including mass ratio of dispersant to sample, volume of elution solvent, and amount of cleanup reagent. The optimal experimental results were obtained using 0.27 g of acid alumina as dispersant, 13 mL of acetonitrile as elution solvent and 0.36 g of acid alumina as cleanup reagent. The target analytes was determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The recoveries of tanshinones obtained by analyzing the spiked samples were from 83.81% to 93.74% and relative standard deviations from 2.87% to 6.83%. Matrix solid-phase dispersion integrated the extraction and cleanup into a single step, which provides the advantages of being simple, fast and convenient. Compared with other conventional methods, the present method consumed less time and less organic solvent. The results demonstrate that this method has potential for the determination of active constituents and the quality control of traditional Chinese medicine.

  6. Spectroscopy of low-energy atoms released from a solid noble-gas matrix: Proposal for a trap-loading technique

    Lambo, R.; Rodegheri, C. C.; Silveira, D. M.; Cesar, C. L.


    We have studied the velocity distribution of chromium atoms released from a solid neon matrix at cryogenic temperatures via Doppler spectroscopy. The Ne matrix is grown by directing a small flux of gas onto a cold substrate, while Cr atoms are simultaneously implanted by laser ablation, with the resultant plume directed toward the growing matrix. The atoms are then released by a heat pulse. We have observed neutral Cr atoms at temperatures around 13K with densities close to 1012cm-3 . The released atoms have a large initial drift velocity, explained by simple kinetic theory arguments, due to the light species’ drag force. The scheme could be adapted to produce cryogenic beams of atoms, molecules, and possibly ions, for collisional studies and spectroscopy. However, our main motivation was the construction of a hydrogen trap, and here we discuss the prospects and problems of using this technique for this purpose.

  7. Investigation of the Matrix Effect on the Accuracy of Quantitative Analysis of Trace Metals in Liquids Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy with Solid Substrates.

    Xiu, Junshan; Dong, Lili; Qin, Hua; Liu, Yunyan; Yu, Jin


    The detection limit of trace metals in liquids has been improved greatly by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) using solid substrate. A paper substrate and a metallic substrate were used as a solid substrate for the detection of trace metals in aqueous solutions and viscous liquids (lubricating oils) respectively. The matrix effect on quantitative analysis of trace metals in two types of liquids was investigated. For trace metals in aqueous solutions using paper substrate, the calibration curves established for pure solutions and mixed solutions samples presented large variation on both the slope and the intercept for the Cu, Cd, and Cr. The matrix effects among the different elements in mixed solutions were observed. However, good agreement was obtained between the measured and known values in real wastewater. For trace metals in lubricating oils, the matrix effect between the different oils is relatively small and reasonably negligible under the conditions of our experiment. A universal calibration curve can be established for trace metals in different types of oils. The two approaches are verified that it is possible to develop a feasible and sensitive method with accuracy results for rapid detection of trace metals in industrial wastewater and viscous liquids by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. © The Author(s) 2016.

  8. Thiourea-succinonitrile based polymer matrix for efficient and stable quasi solid state dye sensitized solar cells

    Grover, Rakhi; Jauhari, Himanshi; Saxena, Kanchan


    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are considered to be emerging alternatives to the low cost indoor photovoltaic technologies. However, to make the application of these cells economically feasible, the stability of the cells need to be enhanced. This can be achieved by employing solid or quasi solid state electrolytes to reduce the leakage and sealing problems in DSSCs. In the present work, a gel state electrolyte composition was successfully prepared using thiourea and solid state ionic conductor succinonitrile along with other components. The composition has been used for the fabrication of quasi solid state DSSCs using Eosin B as the sensitizer material. The cells fabricated exhibited consistent photovoltaic properties even after 24 hours of storage under ambient conditions without sealing. The present work therefore, demonstrates a rapid and simple preparation of electrolyte medium for quasi solid state DSSCs.

  9. LC/MS method using cloud point extraction for the determination of permitted and illegal food colors in liquid, semiliquid, and solid food matrixes: single-laboratory validation.

    Ates, Ebru; Mittendorf, Klaus; Senyuva, Hamide


    A cloud point extraction method is reported using LC/MS for the determination of regulated water-soluble food colors (Allura Red, Sunset Yellow, erythrosine, and tartrazine) and banned fat-soluble synthetic azo dyes (Sudan I, II, III, and IV; Red B; 7B; Black B; Red G; Metanil Yellow; and Rhodamine B). The extraction of all 14 colors was carried out with cloud point extraction using the nonionic surfactant Triton X 114. Optimized conditions for cloud point extraction were 3% Triton X 114 (w/v), 0.1 M ammonium acetate, and heating at 50 degrees C for 30 min. This approach proved effective in giving quantitative recoveries from a diverse range of food matrixes, and optimized LC gave baseline chromatographic separation for all colors including Sudan IV and Red B. Single-laboratory validation was performed with spiking into liquid matrixes (wine and homemade wine), semiliquid matrixes (sauce and homemade paprika paste), and solid matrixes (spice and homemade chili powder) using the respective blank matrixes for matrix-matched calibration. The LOQ values for water-soluble colors were in the range of 15-150 mg/kg, and for the fat-soluble colors, 0.1-1.5 mg/kg. The mean recovery values were in the range of 69.6-116.0% (except Allura Red and Sunset Yellow in wine, for which recoveries were lower). The mean RSDs for colors were in the range of 4.0-14.8%. A small survey was conducted of samples of confectionery products, dried fruits, wines, bitter sodas, juices, sauces, pastes, and spices, which demonstrated the applicability of the method to a diverse selection of real food samples. Allura Red was detected in strawberry jelly and Sunset Yellow in artificial saffron.

  10. Reproducibility of serum protein profiling by systematic assessment using solid-phase extraction and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

    Callesen, Anne K; Christensen, René Depont; Madsen, Jonna S


    for serum protein profiling we investigated a range of sample preparation techniques and developed a statistical method based on repeated analyses for evaluation of protein-profiling performance of MALDI MS. Two different solid-phase extraction (SPE) methods were investigated, namely custom......Protein profiling of human serum by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) is potentially a new diagnostic tool for early detection of human diseases, including cancer. Sample preparation is a key issue in MALDI MS and the analysis of complex samples such as serum......-made microcolumns and commercially available magnetic beads. Using these two methods, nineteen different sample preparation methods for serum profiling by MALDI MS were systematically tested with regard to matrix selection, stationary phase, selectivity, and reproducibility. Microcolumns were tested with regard...

  11. A new and efficient Solid Phase Microextraction approach for analysis of high fat content food samples using a matrix-compatible coating.

    De Grazia, Selenia; Gionfriddo, Emanuela; Pawliszyn, Janusz


    The current work presents the optimization of a protocol enabling direct extraction of avocado samples by a new Solid Phase Microextraction matrix compatible coating. In order to further extend the coating life time, pre-desorption and post-desorption washing steps were optimized for solvent type, time, and degree of agitation employed. Using optimized conditions, lifetime profiles of the coating related to extraction of a group of analytes bearing different physical-chemical properties were obtained. Over 80 successive extractions were carried out to establish coating efficiency using PDMS/DVB 65µm commercial coating in comparison with the PDMS/DVB/PDMS. The PDMS/DVB coating was more prone to irreversible matrix attachment on its surface, with consequent reduction of its extractive performance after 80 consecutive extractions. Conversely, the PDMS/DVB/PDMS coating showed enhanced inertness towards matrix fouling due to its outer smooth PDMS layer. This work represents the first step towards the development of robust SPME methods for quantification of contaminants in avocado as well as other fatty-based matrices, with minimal sample pre-treatment prior to extraction. In addition, an evaluation of matrix components attachment on the coating surface and related artifacts created by desorption of the coating at high temperatures in the GC-injector port, has been performed by GCxGC-ToF/MS.

  12. Simultaneous determination of multiclass emerging contaminants in aquatic plants by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion and GC-MS.

    Aznar, Ramón; Albero, Beatriz; Sánchez-Brunete, Consuelo; Miguel, Esther; Martín-Girela, Isabel; Tadeo, José L


    A multiresidue method was developed for the simultaneous determination of 31 emerging contaminants (pharmaceutical compounds, hormones, personal care products, biocides, and flame retardants) in aquatic plants. Analytes were extracted by ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (UA-MSPD) and determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry after sylilation, The method was validated for different aquatic plants (Typha angustifolia, Arundo donax, and Lemna minor) and a semiaquatic cultivated plant (Oryza sativa) with good recoveries at concentrations of 100 and 25 ng g(-1) wet weight, ranging from 70 to 120 %, and low method detection limits (0.3 to 2.2 ng g(-1) wet weight). A significant difference of the chromatographic response was observed for some compounds in neat solvent versus matrix extracts, and therefore, quantification was carried out using matrix-matched standards in order to overcome this matrix effect. Aquatic plants taken from rivers located at three Spanish regions were analyzed, and the compounds detected were parabens, bisphenol A, benzophenone-3, cyfluthrin, and cypermethrin. The levels found ranged from 6 to 25 ng g(-1) wet weight except for cypermethrin that was detected at 235 ng g(-1) wet weight in O. sativa samples.

  13. Recovery evaluation of organophosphorus pesticides from bee pollen by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction using sorbents based on silica and titania

    Torres-Perea, C.; Muñoz-Rodríguez, D.; Medina-Peralta, S.; Carrera-Figueiras, C.; Moguel-Ordóñez, Y. B.


    This work focused on the evaluation of the recovery of organophosphorus pesticides from bee pollen after matrix solid phase-dispersion extraction (MSPD). Materials based on silica, titania and titania modified with polivylnylimidazole or polyestirene were used as adsorbents for the extraction of pesticides. Small amounts of fortified pollen (0.1 g, at 1 micro-g/g of pesticides), adsorbent (0.4 g) and solvent elution (1 mL de acetonitrile - ACN) were used in the extractions. For recovery evaluation, pollen extracts were analyzed by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

  14. Simulation and Experimental on the Solvation Interaction between the GAP Matrix and Insensitive Energetic Plasticizers in Solid Propellants.

    Zhao, Yu; Zhang, Xiaohong; Zhang, Wei; Xu, Hongjun; Xie, Wuxi; Du, Jiaojiao; Liu, Yingzhe


    Multimethods of simulation and experiment have been performed to investigate the interaction between glycidyl azide polymer (GAP) matrix and insensitive energetic plasticizers N-butyl-N-(2-nitroxy-ethyl)nitramine (Bu-NENA) and bis(2,2-dinitropropyl)formal/acetal (BDNPF/A). To start with, the blending energy distribution and Huggins parameters have been calculated, indicating fine miscibility between the GAP matrix and both plasticizers. The solubility parameter and binding energies show better compatibility between Bu-NENA and the GAP matrix than BDNPF/A, owing to stronger interactions. The interaction mechanism includes both hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces. The low field NMR physical cross-link density and dynamic rheological behaviors imply larger disentanglement effect of Bu-NENA in the GAP matrix. The dynamic mechanical performance of elastomers show lower glass transition temperature of GAP/Bu-NENA blends, as supportive proof of stronger interactions between the GAP matrix and Bu-NENA in comparison with BDNPF/A.

  15. 不同沙培育苗基质配方对烟苗生长·成苗期农艺性状·效益的影响%Effects of Different Matrix Formula Composed Mainly by Sand on Tobacco seedlings' Growth, Agronomic Traits at Seedling Stage and Income



    [ Objective ] The purpose was to discuss the best matrix formula composed mainly by sand for breeding tobacco seedlings. [ Method] The matrix formula test was conducted by using the local resources, rice hull and sand, as raw materials. [Result] The results showed that the seedling emergence and seedling vigor of treatment 5( peat from Yuexi: sand: bran: perlite: calcium magnesium phosphate fertilizer = 40%: 40% : 0: 20% : 20 g/pot) and treatment 7 ( peat from Yuexi: sand: bran: perlite: calcium magnesium phosphate fertilizer = 40% : 15% : 20% : 25% : 20 g/pot) were better than that of other treatments. But there was more moss in the matrix tray of treatment 5 , which should be controlled in the further experiment. The matrix costs of the seventh treatment saved 22. 10 CNY per ha, compared with the Dejiang matrix in 2010(CK). [Conclusion] Treatment 7 can be used as the matrix formula of breeding tobacco seedlings in Dejiang, Guizhou in 2011.%[目的]探究烟苗最佳沙培育苗基质配方.[方法]以贵州德江当地资源稻谷壳和河沙为原料进行基质配方试验.[结果]处理5[草炭(越西)∶河沙∶糠壳∶珍珠岩∶钙镁磷肥=40%∶40%∶0∶20%∶20g/盘]、处理7[草炭(越西)∶河沙∶糠壳∶珍珠岩∶钙镁磷肥=40%∶15%∶20%∶25%∶20g/盘]在出苗率及苗期长势上表现优越,烟苗素质达壮苗要求,但处理5在封盘前盘面菁苔较重,需作进一步的微调观察试验;处理7原料成本较2010年德江基质下降22.10元/hm2.[结论]处理7可作为2011年贵州德江烟苗基质生产配方.

  16. In-line micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction for simultaneous separation and extraction of Sudan dyes in different spices.

    Rajabi, Maryam; Sabzalian, Sedigheh; Barfi, Behruz; Arghavani-Beydokhti, Somayeh; Asghari, Alireza


    A novel, simple, fast, and miniaturized method, termed in-line micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion (in-line MMSPD), coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was developed for the simultaneous extraction and determination of Sudan dyes (i.e. Sudan I-IV, Sudan orange G, Sudan black B, and Sudan red G) with the aid of an experimental design strategy. In this method, a matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) column including a suitable mixture of polar sorbents was inserted in the mobile phase pathway, and while the interfering compounds were retained, the analytes were eluted and entered into the analytical column. In this way, the extraction, elution, and separation of the analytes were performed sequentially. Under the optimal experimental conditions (including the amount of sample, 0.0426g; amount of dispersant phase, 0.0216g of florisil, 0.0227g of silica, 0.0141g of alumina; and blending time, 112s), the limits of detection (LODs), limits of quantification, linear dynamic ranges, and recoveries were obtained to be 0.3-15.3μgkg(-1), 1-50μgkg(-1), 50-28,000μgkg(-1), and 94.5-99.1%, respectively. The results obtained showed that determination of the selected Sudan dyes in food samples using an enough sensitive and a simple analytically validated method like in-line MMSPD may offer a suitable screening method, which could be useful for food analysis and adulteration.

  17. Research on Friction Property of WS2 Matrix Solid Lubricating Coatings%WS2基固体润滑涂层摩擦性能研究

    侯锁霞; 高辉; 贾晓鸣


    The tribological properties of WS2 matrix solid lubricating coating were investigated by friction and wear tests.The results show that,under normal temperature,the tribological coefficient of WS2 matrix solid lubricating coatings are close to that of MoS2 matrix solid lubricating coating,however,the coating quality of WS2 metal matrix is inferior to that of MoS2 ; under high temperature,WS2 matrix coatings have stable friction coefficient,the tribological properties of WS2 coatings are superior to MoS2 matrix solid lubricating coatings.The composite coatings including MoS2,WS2 and Sb2 O3 can play a better role in friction reducing and lubrication,and the friction coefficient can reach to 0.045 under high temperature of 400℃.For the composite coatings including MoS2,WS2 and Sb2 O3,Sb2 O3 reacts preferentially with the oxygen in the air under high temperature,which slows down the oxidation rate of MoS2 and WS2,and elevates the temperature that MoS2 and WS2 can withstand.In the condition of boundary lubrication,the mixed films of FeS and MoS2 are generated by the electrochemical catalysis and heat friction chemical reaction of MoS2,which improves the boundary lubrication.%通过摩擦磨损试验,研究WS2固体润滑剂的摩擦性能.结果表明:常温工况下,WS2固体润滑剂的摩擦因数与MoS2的相近,但WS2涂层在金属基上成膜状态不如MoS2涂层;高温工况下,WS2基涂层摩擦因数稳定,摩擦性能优于MoS2基固体润滑涂层;在400℃的温度条件下,WS2、MoS2、Sb2 O3复合涂层摩擦因数可达0.045,减摩润滑作用显著提高.在高温工况下,WS2、MoS2、Sb2O3复合涂层中Sb2O3优先与空气中的氧发生反应从而减缓MoS2、WS2的氧化速度,提高MoS2、WS2所能承受的温度;在边界润滑条件下,MoS2发生电化学催化和热摩擦化学反应,生成FeS和MoS2混合膜,改善了边界润滑.

  18. Molecularly designed lipid microdomains for solid dispersions using a polymer/inorganic carrier matrix produced by hot-melt extrusion.

    Adler, Camille; Schönenberger, Monica; Teleki, Alexandra; Kuentz, Martin


    Amorphous solid dispersions have for many years been a focus in oral formulations, especially in combination with a hot-melt extrusion process. The present work targets a novel approach with a system based on a fatty acid, a polymer and an inorganic carrier. It was intended to adsorb the acidic lipid by specific molecular interactions onto the solid carrier to design disorder in the alkyl chains of the lipid. Such designed lipid microdomains (DLM) were created as a new microstructure to accommodate a compound in a solid dispersion. Vibrational spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, atomic force microscopy as well as electron microscopic imaging were employed to study a system of stearic acid, hydroxypropylcellulose and aluminum magnesium silicate. β-carotene was used as a poorly water-soluble model substance that is difficult to formulate with conventional solid dispersion formulations. The results indicated that the targeted molecular excipient interactions indeed led to DLMs for specific compositions. The different methods provided complementary aspects and important insights into the created microstructure. The novel delivery system appeared to be especially promising for the formulation of oral compounds that exhibit both high crystal energy and lipophilicity.

  19. The formation and physical stability of two-phase solid dispersion systems of indomethacin in supercooled molten mixtures with different matrix formers.

    Semjonov, Kristian; Kogermann, Karin; Laidmäe, Ivo; Antikainen, Osmo; Strachan, Clare J; Ehlers, Henrik; Yliruusi, Jouko; Heinämäki, Jyrki


    Amorphous solid dispersions (SDs) are a promising approach to improve the dissolution rate of and oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. In some cases multi-phase, instead of single-phase, SD systems with amorphous drug are obtained. While it is widely assumed that one-phase amorphous systems are desirable, two-phase systems may still potentially exhibit enhanced stability and dissolution advantages over undispersed systems. The objective of the present study was to understand the solid-state properties of two-phase SDs with amorphous drug and their relation to physical stability. Two different types of excipients for SD formation were used, one being a polymer and the other a small molecule excipient. The supercooled molten SDs of a poorly water-soluble indomethacin (IND) with a graft copolymer, Soluplus® (SOL) and sugar alcohol, xylitol (XYL) were prepared. Supercooled molten SDs of IND with SOL were two-phase glassy suspension in which the amorphous drug was dispersed in an amorphous polymer matrix. A short-term aging of the SDs led to the formation of glassy suspensions where the crystalline drug was dispersed in an amorphous polymer matrix. These were physically stable at room temperature for the time period studied (RT, 23±2°C), but aging at high-humidity conditions (75% RH) recrystallization to metastable α-IND occurred. Interestingly, the SDs with XYL were two-phase amorphous precipitation systems in which the drug was in an amorphous form in the crystalline sugar alcohol matrix. The SDs of IND and XYL exhibited fast drug recrystallization. In conclusion, the preparation method of two-phase systems via co-melting in association with the rapid quench cooling is a feasible method for the formulation of poorly water-soluble drugs. The physical stability of these two-phase systems, however, is dependent on the carrier material and storage conditions.

  20. Vortex-assisted matrix solid-liquid dispersive microextraction for the analysis of triazole fungicides in cotton seed and honeysuckle by gas chromatography.

    Xue, Jiaying; Li, Huichen; Liu, Fengmao; Jiang, Wenqing; Hou, Fan


    A one-step analytical method termed vortex-assisted matrix solid-liquid dispersive microextraction (VA-MSLDME) was developed for the determination of seven triazole fungicides from cotton seed and honeysuckle prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detection. The VA-MSLDME was performed by mixing the matrix, primary secondary amine, acetonitrile, toluene, and water in one single system. The target fungicides in the sample were extracted, cleaned up and preconcentrated simultaneously in the matrix/acetonitrile/water/toluene system. Meanwhile, the interferences were adsorbed by the cleanup adsorbent. The extraction recoveries of the fungicides from the samples varied from 82.9% to 97.8% with relative standard deviations of 4.4-8.5%. The enrichment factors of the analytes ranged from 22 to 47, and the limits of detection were in the range of 0.05-20 μg/kg. The results demonstrated the significant predominance of VA-MSLDME in the analysis of pesticide residues in cotton seed and honeysuckle samples.

  1. Micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion coupled with MEEKC for quantitative analysis of lignans in Schisandrae Chinensis Fructus using molecular sieve TS-1 as a sorbent.

    Chu, Chu; Wei, Mengmeng; Wang, Shan; Zheng, Liqiong; He, Zheng; Cao, Jun; Yan, Jizhong


    A simple and effective method was developed for determining lignans in Schisandrae Chinensis Fructus by using a micro-matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) technique coupled with microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC). Molecular sieve, TS-1, was applied as a solid supporting material in micro MSPD extraction for the first time. Parameters that affect extraction efficiency, such as type of dispersant, mass ratio of the sample to the dispersant, grinding time, elution solvent and volume were optimized. The optimal extraction conditions involve dispersing 25mg of powdered Schisandrae samples with 50mg of TS-1 by a mortar and pestle. A grinding time of 150s was adopted. The blend was then transferred to a solid-phase extraction cartridge and the target analytes were eluted with 500μL of methanol. Moreover, several parameters affecting MEEKC separation were studied, including the type of oil, SDS concentration, type and concentration of cosurfactant, and concentration of organic modifier. A satisfactory linearity (R>0.9998) was obtained, and the calculated limits of quantitation were less than 2.77μg/mL. Finally, the micro MSPD-MEEKC method was successfully applied to the analysis of lignans in complex Schisandrae fructus samples. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. C-Cl activation by group IV metal oxides in solid argon matrixes: matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and theoretical investigations of the reactions of MOx (M = Ti, Zr; x = 1, 2) with CH3Cl.

    Zhao, Yanying


    Reactions of the ground-state titanium and zirconium monoxide and dioxide molecules with monochloromethane in excess argon matrixes have been investigated in solid argon by infrared absorption spectroscopy and density functional theoretical calculations. The results show that the ground-state MOx (M = Ti, Zr; x = 1, 2) molecules react with CH3Cl to first form the weakly bound MO(CH3Cl) and MO2(CH3Cl) complexes. The MO(CH3Cl) complexes can rearrange to the CH3M(O)Cl isomers with the Cl atom of CH3Cl coordination to the metal center of MO upon UV light irradiation (λ MOx mechanism was interpreted by the calculated potential energy profiles.

  3. Extended Goals for Composing Services

    Kaldeli, Eirini; Lazovik, Alexander; Aiello, Marco


    The ability to automatically compose Web Services is critical for realising more complex functionalities. Several proposals to use automated planning to deal with the problem of service composition have been recently made. We present an approach, based on modelling the problem as a CSP (Constraint S

  4. Matrix effect on the performance of headspace solid phase microextraction method for the analysis of target volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in environmental samples.

    Higashikawa, Fábio S; Cayuela, Maria Luz; Roig, Asunción; Silva, Carlos A; Sánchez-Monedero, Miguel A


    Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is a fast, cheap and solvent free methodology widely used for environmental analysis. A SPME methodology has been optimized for the analysis of VOCs in a range of matrices covering different soils of varying textures, organic matrices from manures and composts from different origins, and biochars. The performance of the technique was compared for the different matrices spiked with a multicomponent VOC mixture, selected to cover different VOC groups of environmental relevance (ketone, terpene, alcohol, aliphatic hydrocarbons and alkylbenzenes). VOC recovery was dependent on the nature itself of the VOC and the matrix characteristics. The SPME analysis of non-polar compounds, such as alkylbenzenes, terpenes and aliphatic hydrocarbons, was markedly affected by the type of matrix as a consequence of the competition for the adsorption sites in the SPME fiber. These non-polar compounds were strongly retained in the biochar surfaces limiting the use of SPME for this type of matrices. However, this adsorption capacity was not evident when biochar had undergone a weathering/aging process through composting. Polar compounds (alcohol and ketone) showed a similar behavior in all matrices, as a consequence of the hydrophilic characteristics, affected by water content in the matrix. SPME showed a good performance for soils and organic matrices especially for non-polar compounds, achieving a limit of detection (LD) and limit of quantification (LQ) of 0.02 and 0.03 ng g(-1) for non-polar compounds and poor extraction for more hydrophilic and polar compounds (LD and LQ higher 310 and 490 ng g(-1)). The characteristics of the matrix, especially pH and organic matter, had a marked impact on SPME, due to the competition of the analytes for active sites in the fiber, but VOC biodegradation should not be discarded in matrices with active microbial biomass.

  5. Current state of knowledge when it comes to consumer exposure to nanomaterial embedded in a solid matrix

    Mackevica, Aiga; Hansen, Steffen Foss


    Little is known about consumer exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) stemming from NM-containing consumer products. Here, we focus especially on studies that have investigated the release of ENMs from consumer products, investigating to what extent the information in the open literature can......, we summarized the studies by identifying nanomaterial(s), product name, product type, Product or Article Category according to REACH; experimental setup, total content in product, information on release, techniques used for characterization of nanomaterials both in product matrix and in the released...

  6. Electron spin-lattice relaxation in solid ethanol: the effect of nitroxyl radical hydrogen bonding and matrix disorder

    Kveder, Marina; Jokić, Milan; Makarević, Janja; Rakvin, Boris


    The electron spin-lattice relaxation of TEMPO and TEMPONE was measured at temperatures between 5 and 80 K in crystalline and glassy ethanol using X-band electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The experimental data at the lowest temperatures studied were explained in terms of electron-nuclear dipolar interaction between the paramagnetic center and the localized excitations, whereas at higher temperatures low-frequency vibrational modes from the host matrix and Raman processes should be considered. The strong impact of hydrogen bonding between the dopant molecule and ethanol host on the spin relaxation was observed in ethanol glass whereas in crystalline ethanol both paramagnetic guest molecules behaved similarly.

  7. Strong work-hardening behavior induced by the solid solution strengthening of dendrites in TiZr-based bulk metallic glass matrix composites

    Ma, D.Q. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Jiao, W.T. [College of Education, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, Y.F. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Hebei Vocational and Technical College of Building Materials, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, B.A.; Li, J.; Zhang, X.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Ma, M.Z., E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Liu, R.P. [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)


    Highlights: • Hardness of dendrite of TiZr-based BMGMCs increases. • Strong work-hardening behavior is obtained after solid solution strengthening. • Lattice distortions of dendrite suffering from rapid cooling are detected. - Abstract: A series of TiZr-based bulk metallic glass matrix composites (BMGMCs) with distinguished mechanical properties are successfully fabricated by adding different volume fractions of Ta (Ti{sub 38.8}Zr{sub 28.8}Cu{sub 6.2}Be{sub 16.2}Nb{sub 10} as the basic composition, denoted as Ta{sub 0.0}–Ta{sub 8.0}). Along with the growth of precipitated phase, typical dendritic morphology is fully developed in the TiZr-based BMGMCs of Ta{sub 8.0}. Energy-dispersive spectrometry analysis of the dendrites and glass matrix indicates that the metallic elements of Nb and Ta should preferentially form solid solution into dendrites. The chaotic structure of high-temperature precipitate phase is trapped down by the rapid cooling of the copper-mould. The detected lattice distortions in the dendrites are attributed to the strong solid solution strengthening of the metallic elements of Ti, Zr, Nb, and Ta. These lattice distortions increase the resistance of the dislocation motion and pin the dislocations, thus the strength and hardness of dendrite increase. Dendrites create a strong barrier for the shear band propagation and generate multiple shear bands after solid solution strengthening, thereby providing the TiZr-based BMGMCs with greatly improved capacity to sustain plastic deformation and resistance to brittle fracture. Thus, the TiZr-based BMGMCs possess distinguished work-hardening capability. Among these TiZr-based BMGMCs, the sample Ta{sub 0.5} possesses the largest plastic strain (ε{sub p}) at 20.3% and ultimate strength (σ{sub max}) of 2613 MPa during compressive loading. In addition, the sample of Ta{sub 0.5} exhibits work-hardening up to an ultrahigh tensile strength of 1680 MPa during the tensile process, and then progressively

  8. Serum protein profiling by miniaturized solid-phase extraction and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

    Callesen, Anne K; Mohammed, Shabaz; Bunkenborg, Jakob;


    for translation of MALDI-MS based diagnostic methods to clinical applications. We have investigated a number of MALDI matrices and several miniaturized solid-phase extraction (SPE) methods for serum protein concentration and desalting with the aim of generating reproducible, high-quality protein profiles by MALDI...... mass spectra (m/z 1000-12,000) to be obtained from serum. In a proof-of-principle application, SPE with chelating material and MALDI-MS identified protein peaks in serum that had been previously reported for distinguishing a person diagnosed with breast cancer from a control. These preliminary results...

  9. Electrical field assisted matrix solid phase dispersion as a powerful tool to improve the extraction efficiency and clean-up of fluoroquinolones in bovine milk.

    da Silva, Mariana Cristina; Orlando, Ricardo Mathias; Faria, Adriana Ferreira


    This work presents a new method by electrical matrix solid phase dispersion for the extraction and clean-up of marbofloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, enrofloxacin, difloxacin and sarafloxacin in bovine milk. Composition and pH of the eluent, applied electrical potential and polarity were optimized by experimental designs. The combination of the chromatographic and electrophoretic mechanisms allowed the extraction and clean-up in one step with low organic solvent consumption, high extraction throughput and elution automation. Linearity, precision, trueness and limit of quantification were evaluated and provided values in accordance with other methods recently developed for the analysis of fluoroquinolones in milk. This technique proved to be promising for the extraction and clean-up of ionizable analytes in different milk matrices. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Tracer aroma compound transfer from a solid and complex-flavored food matrix packed in treated papers or plastic packaging film.

    Dury-Brun, Cécile; Lequin, Sonia; Chalier, Pascale; Desobry, Stéphane; Voilley, Andrée


    The objective of this work was to study the transfer of four aroma compounds (ethyl butyrate, ethyl hexanoate, cis-3-hexenol, and benzaldehyde) from a solid and complex-flavored food matrix (sponge cake) toward and through packaging films placed in indirect contact during storage in accelerated aging conditions (38 degrees C and 86% relative humidity gradient). The efficiency of treated papers relative to that of standard paper and plastic as barrier was tested. Before storage, aroma compound volatility in the sponge cake was measured, and similar values were found between aroma compounds, due to the fat content of the sponge cake. Whatever the aroma compound, permeability values during storage were similar for the same packaging film. The plastic film was the highest barrier, whereas calendering and coating treatments applied to treated papers decreased effectively their permeability. An opposite trend was observed for aroma compound sorption into packaging films during storage.

  11. Rotational States of Methyl Radical Monitored by EPR Line Shape of Matrix-Isolated CH3 in CO2 and N2O Solids

    Dmitriev, Yu. A.; Melnikov, V. D.; Zelenetckii, I. A.; Benetis, N. P.


    Methyl radicals, CH3, were trapped in matrices of solid CO2 and N2O by condensing the methyl along with the matrix constituents from the gas phase. The obtained EPR spectra were analyzed using EasySpin and/ or SimFonia simulation software and ab-initio computed quantum-chemistry parameters. We focus on two distinguished features of the spectra: the temperature-dependent linewidth anisotropy and the origin of the weak satellite doublets. The low-temperature spectral analysis of the satellites was based on the coupled representation of the three proton spins of CH3 and a recently obtained parameterization of the spin Hamiltonian based on one nuclear quartet and two doublets within the D3 group. These features were closely correlated to the state of rotation of the trapped radical.

  12. Application of matrix solid-phase dispersion followed by GC-MS/MS to the analysis of emerging contaminants in vegetables.

    Albero, Beatriz; Sánchez-Brunete, Consuelo; Miguel, Esther; Tadeo, José L


    A multiresidue method for the determination of 17 emerging contaminants in vegetables was developed based on ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD). The analysis was performed using isotope dilution gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. In the development of the MSPD procedure, different parameters such as sonication and the type of sorbent or extraction solvent were assayed. Manual and in situ derivatization was assayed and the chromatographic response was higher when the reaction takes place in the injection port. The limits of detection obtained for the studied compounds were in the range of 0.1-0.4ngg(-1) for the different vegetables analyzed. The developed method was applied to vegetables obtained from several local markets. At least one of the organophosphates was detected in the analyzed samples at levels ranging from 0.6 to 4.6ngg(-1) and bisphenol A was detected in all the samples at concentration up to 16ngg(-1).

  13. Determination of the major constituents in fruit of Arctium lappa L. by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction coupled with HPLC separation and fluorescence detection.

    Liu, He; Zhang, Yupu; Sun, Yantao; Wang, Xue; Zhai, Yujuan; Sun, Ye; Sun, Shuo; Yu, Aimin; Zhang, Hanqi; Wang, Yinghua


    The arctiin and arctigenin in the fruit of Arctium lappa L. were extracted by matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection. The experimental conditions for the MSPD were optimized. Silica gel was selected as dispersion adsorbent and methanol as elution solvent. The calibration curve showed good relationship (r>0.9998) in the concentration range of 0.010-5.0μgmL(-1) for arctiin and 0.025-7.5μgmL(-1) for arctigenin. The recoveries were between 74.4% and 100%. The proposed method consumed less sample, time and solvent compared with conventional methods, including ultrasonic and Soxhlet extraction.

  14. New method based on combining ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion and homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction for the determination of some organochlorinated pesticides in fish

    Rezaei, Farahnaz [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, Mohammad-Reza Milani, E-mail: [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Electroanalytical Chemistry Research Center, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Highlights: {yields} Ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with HLLE was developed as a new method for the extraction of OCPs in fish. {yields} The goal of this combination was to enhance the selectivity of HLLE procedure and to extend its application in biological samples. {yields} This method proposed the advantages of good detection limits, lower consumption of reagents, and does not need any special instrumentation. - Abstract: In this study, ultrasonic assisted miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion (US-MMSPD) combined with homogeneous liquid-liquid extraction (HLLE) has been developed as a new method for the extraction of organochlorinated pesticides (OCPs) in fish prior to gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC-ECD). In the proposed method, OCPs (heptachlor, aldrin, DDE, DDD, lindane and endrin) were first extracted from fish sample into acetonitrile by US-MMSPD procedure, and the extract was then used as consolute solvent in HLLE process. Optimal condition for US-MMSPD step was as follows: volume of acetonitrile, 1.5 mL; temperature of ultrasound, 40 deg. C; time of ultrasound, 10 min. For HLLE step, optimal results were obtained at the following conditions: volume of chloroform, 35 {mu}L; volume of aqueous phase, 1.5 mL; volume of double distilled water, 0.5 mL; time of centrifuge, 10 min. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors for the studied compounds were obtained in the range of 185-240, and the overall recoveries were ranged from 39.1% to 81.5%. The limits of detection were 0.4-1.2 ng g{sup -1} and the relative standard deviations for 20 ng g{sup -1} of the OCPs, varied from 3.2% to 8% (n = 4). Finally, the proposed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of the OCPs in real fish sample, and satisfactory results were obtained.

  15. A Solid Binding Matrix/Mimic Receptor-Based Sensor System for Trace Level Determination of Iron Using Potential Measurements

    Ayman H. Kamel


    Full Text Available Iron(II-(1,10-phenanthroline complex imprinted membrane was prepared by ionic imprinting technology. In the first step, Fe(II established a coordination linkage with 1,10-phenanthroline and functional monomer 2-vinylpyridine (2-VP. Next, the complex was copolymerized with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA as a crosslinker in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (BPO as an initiator. Potentiometric chemical sensors were designed by dispersing the iron(II-imprinted polymer particles in 2-nitrophenyloctyl ether (o-NPOE plasticizer and then embedded in poly vinyl chloride (PVC matrix. The sensors showed a Nernstian response for [Fe(phen3]2+ with limit of detection 3.15 ng mL−1 and a Nernstian slope of 35.7 mV per decade.

  16. Density matrix treatment of combined instantaneous and delayed dissipation for an electronically excited adsorbate on a solid surface

    Leathers, Andrew S.; Micha, David A.; Kilin, Dmitri S.


    The interaction of an excited adsorbate with a medium undergoing electronic and vibrational transitions leads to fast dissipation due to electronic energy relaxation and slow (or delayed) dissipation from vibrational energy relaxation. A theoretical and computational treatment of these phenomena has been done in terms of a reduced density matrix satisfying a generalized Liouville-von Neumann equation, with instantaneous dissipation constructed from state-to-state transition rates, and delayed dissipation given by a memory term derived from the time-correlation function (TCF) of atomic displacements in the medium. Two representative applications are presented here, where electronic excitation may enhance vibrational relaxation of an adsorbate. They involve femtosecond excitation of (a) a CO molecule adsorbed on the Cu(001) metal surface and (b) a metal cluster on a semiconductor surface, Ag3Si(111):H, both electronically excited by visible light and undergoing electron transfer and dissipative dynamics by electronic and vibrational relaxations. Models have been parametrized in both cases from electronic structure calculations and known TCFs for the medium, which are slowly decaying in case (a) and fast decaying in case (b). This requires different numerical procedures in the solution of the integrodifferential equations for the reduced density matrix, which have been solved with an extension of the Runge-Kutta algorithm. Results for the populations of vibronic states versus time show that they oscillate due to vibrational coupling through dissipative interaction with the substrate and show quantum coherence. The total population of electronic states is, however, little affected by vibrational motions. Vibrational relaxation is important only at very long times to establish thermal equilibrium.

  17. Development of surface imprinted core-shell nanoparticles and their application in a solid-phase dispersion extraction matrix for methyl parathion.

    Tan, Lei; Li, Weiming; Li, He; Tang, Youwen


    Applying molecular imprinting techniques to the surface of functionalized SiO2 allows the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with accessible, high affinity and surface exposed binding sites. This paper demonstrates a new strategy for producing such hybrid organic-inorganic surface imprinted silica nanoparticles for specific recognition of methyl parathion. The technique provides surface grafting imprinting in chloroform using amino modified silica nanoparticles as supports, acrylamide as the functional monomer, γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxy silane as the grafting agent, and methyl parathion as a template. The amino propyl functional monomer layer directs the selective occurrence of imprinting polymerization at the silica surface through copolymerization of grafting agents with functional monomers, but also acts as an assistive monomer to drive the template into the formed polymer shells to create effective recognition sites. The resulting MIPs-SiO2 nanoparticles display three-dimensional core-shell architectures and large surface areas. The molecularly imprinted shell provides recognition sites for methyl parathion, with the materials exhibiting excellent performance for selecting the template. Using MIPs-SiO2 nanoparticles as a matrix of solid-phase dispersion extraction sorbents, trace amounts of methyl parathion are selectivity extracted from pear and green vegetable samples while simultaneously eliminating matrix interferences, attaining recoveries of 84.7-94.4% for the samples.

  18. Matrix effect on leaching of Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) from epoxy resin based inner lacquer of aluminium tubes into semi-solid dosage forms.

    Lipke, Uwe; Haverkamp, Jan Boris; Zapf, Thomas; Lipperheide, Cornelia


    To study the impact of different semi-solid dosage form components on the leaching of Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE) from the epoxy resin-based inner lacquer of aluminium tubes, the tubes were filled with different matrix preparations and stored at an elevated temperature. Despite compliance with the European Standards EN 15348 and EN 15766 on porosity and polymerisation of internal coatings of aluminium tubes, the commercially available tubes used in the study contained an increased amount of polymerisation residues, such as unbound BPA, BADGE and BADGE derivatives in the lacquer, as determined by acetonitrile extraction. Storage of Macrogol ointments in these tubes resulted in an almost quantitative migration of the unbound polymerisation residues from the coating into the ointment. In addition, due to alterations observed in the RP-HPLC chromatograms of the matrix spiked with BADGE and BADGE derivatives it is supposed that the leachates can react with formulation components. The contamination of the medicinal product by BPA, BADGE and BADGE derivatives can be precluded by using aluminium tubes with an internal lacquer with a low degree of unbound polymerisation residues. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Synbeads porous-rigid methacrylic support: application to solid phase peptide synthesis and characterization of the polymeric matrix by FTIR microspectroscopy and high resolution magic angle spinning NMR.

    Sinigoi, Loris; Bravin, Paola; Ebert, Cynthia; D'Amelio, Nicola; Vaccari, Lisa; Ciccarelli, Laura; Cantone, Sara; Basso, Alessandra; Gardossi, Lucia


    Porous and rigid methacrylic Synbeads were optimized and applied efficiently to the solid phase peptide synthesis with the objective of improving significantly volumetric yields (0.33 mol/L calculated on the basis of maximum chemical accessibility, i.e. the maximum number of functional groups that can be acylated by FmocCl) as compared to swelling commercial polymers (from 0.06 to 0.12 mol/L). The effects of the density of functional groups and spacer length were investigated obtaining a chemical accessibility of the functional groups up to 1 mmol/g(dry). High resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) was exploited to evidence the presence of "solution-like" flexible linkers anchored on the rigid methacrylic backbone of Synbeads and to study the degree of functionalization by the Wang linker. To demonstrate the efficiency of the optimized Synbeads, the peptides Somatostatin and Terlipressin were synthesized. In the case of Somatostatin, final synthetic yields of 45 and 60% were achieved by following the HCTU/DIPEA and DIC/HOBt routes respectively, with the HPLC purity always higher than 83%. In the case of Terlipressin, the synthesis was carried out in parallel on Synbeads and also on TentaGel, ChemMatrix, and PS-DVB for comparison (DIC/HOBt route). The profiles describing the synthetic efficiency demonstrated that Synbeads leads to synthetic efficiency (86%) comparable to PS-DVB (96%) or ChemMatrix (84%). In order to gain a more precise picture of chemical and morphological features of Synbeads, their matrix was also characterized by exploiting innovative approaches based on FTIR microspectroscopy with a conventional source and with synchrotron radiation. A uniform distribution of the functional groups was evidenced through a detailed chemical mapping.

  20. Determination of N,N-dimethyltryptamine in Mimosa tenuiflora inner barks by matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure and GC-MS.

    Gaujac, Alain; Aquino, Adriano; Navickiene, Sandro; de Andrade, Jailson Bittencourt


    N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a potent hallucinogen found in beverages consumed in religion rituals and neo-shamanic practices over the world. Two of these religions, Santo Daime and União do Vegetal (UDV), are represented in countries including Australia, the United States and several European nations. In some of this countries there have been legal disputes concerning the legalization of ayahuasca consumption during religious rituals, a beverage rich in DMT. In Brazil, even children and pregnant women are legally authorized to consume ayahuasca in a religious context. A simple and low-cost method based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (GC-MS) has been optimized for the determination of N,N-dimethyltryptamine in Mimosa tenuiflora inner bark. The experimental variables that affect the MSPD method, such as the amounts of solid-phase and herbal sample, solvent nature, eluate volume and NaOH concentration were optimized using an experimental design. The method showed good linearity (r = 0.9962) and repeatability (RSD < 7.4%) for DMT compound, with detection limit of 0.12 mg/g. The proposed method was used to analyze 24 samples obtained locally. The results showed that concentrations of the target compound in M. tenuiflora barks, ranged from 1.26 to 9.35 mg/g for these samples. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. EPR spectrum of the Y@C82 metallofullerene isolated in solid argon matrix: hyperfine structure from EPR spectroscopy and relativistic DFT calculations.

    Misochko, Eugenii Ya; Akimov, Alexander V; Belov, Vasilii A; Tyurin, Daniil A; Bubnov, Vyacheslav P; Kareev, Ivan E; Yagubskii, Eduard B


    The EPR spectrum of the Y@C(82) molecules isolated in solid argon matrix was recorded for the first time at a temperature of 5 K. The isotropic hyperfine coupling constant (hfcc) A(iso) = 0.12 +/- 0.02 mT on the nucleus (89)Y as derived from the EPR spectrum is found in more than two times greater than that obtained in previous EPR measurements in liquid solutions. Comparison of the measured hfcc on a metal atom with that predicted by density-functional theory calculations (PBE/L22) indicate that relativistic method provides good agreement between experiment in solid argon and theory. Analysis of the DFT calculated dipole-dipole hf-interaction tensor and electron spin distribution in the endometallofullerenes with encaged group 3 metal atoms Sc, Y and La has been performed. It shows that spin density on the scandium atom represents the Sc d(yz) orbital lying in the symmetry plane of the C(2v) fullerene isomer and interacting with two carbon atoms located in the para-position on the fullerene hexagon. In contrast, the configuration of electron spin density on the heavier atoms, Y and La, is associated with the hybridized orbital formed by interaction of the metal d(yz) and p(y) electronic orbitals.

  2. Miniaturized matrix solid-phase dispersion combined with ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction for the determination of three pyrethroids in soil.

    Wang, Hui; Yan, Hongyuan; Qiao, Jindong


    A simple and miniaturized pretreatment procedure combining matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) with ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UA-DLLME) technique was proposed in first time for simultaneous determination of three pyrethroids (fenpropathrin, cyhalothrin and fenvalerate) in soils. The solid samples were directly extracted using MSPD procedure, and the eluent of MSPD was used as the dispersive solvent of the followed DLLME procedure for further purification and enrichment of the analytes before GC-ECD analysis. Good linear relationships were obtained for all the analytes in a range of 5.0-500.0 ng/g with LOQs (S/N=10) ranged from 1.51 to 3.77 ng/g. Average recoveries at three spiked levels were in a range of 83.6-98.5% with RSD≤7.3%. The present method combined the advantages of MSPD and DLLME, and was successfully applied for the determination of three pyrethroids in soil samples.

  3. [Determination of gibberellins in Arabidopsis thaliana by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction and high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry].

    Wang, Lu; Wu, Qian; Duan, Chunfeng; Wu, Dapeng; Guan, Yafeng


    A method for the analysis of gibberellin A1 (GA1), gibberellin A3 (GA3) and gibberellin A4 (GA4) in Arabidopsis thaliana by matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction (MSPD) and high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) was developed. The solid sample of Arabidopsis thaliana was gently blended with C18 to obtain a homogeneous mixture. This mixture was transferred to an SPE cartridge filled with 0.5 g C18 to form a MSPD column. GA1, GA3 and GA4 were eluted with cold 80% methanol aqueous solution. The target compounds were separated on a C18 column with a gradient elution of 0.05% formic acid aqueous solution and acetonitrile as the mobile phase. The identification and quantification were carried out by using electrospray ionization in negative ion mode (ESI-) with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM). The linear ranges for GA1, GA3 and GA4 were all from 10 to 300 ng/g with correlation coefficients greater than 0.98. The limits of detection were in the range of 1.1-4.1 ng/g. The average recoveries and relative standard deviations were 54.7%-102.6% and 3.2%-12.8% respectively in the spiked range of 10-50 ng/g. The method is simple, sensitive, efficient and accurate. It is suitable for the confirmation and quantitative determination of GA1, GA3 and GA4 in Arabidopsis thaliana.

  4. Optimization of matrix solid-phase dispersion for the rapid determination of salicylate and benzophenone-type UV absorbing substances in marketed fish.

    Tsai, Dung-Ying; Chen, Chien-Liang; Ding, Wang-Hsien


    A simple and effective method for the rapid determination of five salicylate and benzophenone-type UV absorbing substances in marketed fish is described. The method involves the use of matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) prior to their determination by on-line silylation gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS). The parameters that affect the extraction efficiency were optimized using a Box-Behnken design method. The optimal extraction conditions involved dispersing 0.5g of freeze-dried powdered fish with 1.0g of Florisil using a mortar and pestle. This blend was then transferred to a solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridge containing 1.0g of octadecyl bonded silica (C18), as the clean-up co-sorbent. The target analytes were then eluted with 7mL of acetonitrile. The extract was derivatized on-line in the GC injection-port by reaction with a trimethylsilylating (TMS) reagent. The TMS-derivatives were then identified and quantitated by GC-MS/MS. The limits of quantitation (LOQs) were less than 0.1ng/g. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Solid matrix priming with chitosan enhances seed germination and seedling invigoration in mung bean under salinity stress

    Sujoy SEN


    Full Text Available The objective of present study was to evaluate the response of the mung bean seeds of ‘Sonali B1’ variety primed with chitosan in four different concentrations (0, 0.1%, 0.2% and 0.5% under salinity stress of five different concentrations (i.e., 0, 4, 6, 8 and 12 dS*mm-1 and halotolerance pattern by applying Celite as matrix at three different moisture levels (5%, 10% and 20%. Improved germination percentage, germination index, mean germination time, coefficient of velocity of germination along with root and shoot length was observed comparing with control. Germination stress tolerance index (GSI, plant height stress tolerance index (PHSI and root length stress tolerance index (RLSI were used to evaluate the tolerance of the mung bean seeds against salinity stress induced by chitosan. Results of GSI, PHSI, RLSI showing noteworthy inhibitory effect of salinity stress in control set was significantly less pronounced in chitosan treated seedlings. Chitosan can remarkably alleviate the detrimental effect of salinity up to the level of 6 dS*m-1, beyond which no improvement was noticed. In conclusion present investigation revealed that chitosan is an ideal elicitor for enhancing the speed of germination and seedling invigoration that synchronize with emergence of radicle and salinity stress tolerance.

  6. Calibration of the complex matrix effects on the sampling of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in milk samples using solid phase microextraction.

    Lin, Wei; Wei, Songbo; Jiang, Ruifen; Zhu, Fang; Ouyang, Gangfeng


    Solid phase microextraction (SPME), a simple, fast and promising sampling technique, has been widely used for complex sample analysis. However, complex matrices could modify the absorption property of coatings as well as the uptake kinetics of analytes, eventually biasing the quantification results. In the current study, we demonstrated the feasibility of a developed calibration method for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in complex milk samples. Effects of the complex matrices on the SPME sampling process and the sampling conditions were investigated. Results showed that short exposure time (pre-equilibrium SPME, PE-SPME) could increase the lifetime of coatings, and the complex matrices in milk samples could significantly influence the sampling kinetics of SPME. In addition, the optimized sampling time, temperature and dilution factor for PAHs were 10 min, 85 °C and 20, respectively. The obtained LODs and LOQs of all the PAHs were 0.1-0.8 ng/mL and 1.4-4.7 ng/mL, respectively. Furthermore, the accuracy of the proposed PE-SPME method for milk sampling was validated by the recoveries of the studied compounds in two concentration levels, which ranged from 75% to 110% for all the compounds. Finally, the proposed method was applied to the screening of PAHs in milk samples.

  7. Composing Music with Complex Networks

    Liu, Xiaofan; Tse, Chi K.; Small, Michael

    In this paper we study the network structure in music and attempt to compose music artificially. Networks are constructed with nodes and edges corresponding to musical notes and their co-occurrences. We analyze sample compositions from Bach, Mozart, Chopin, as well as other types of music including Chinese pop music. We observe remarkably similar properties in all networks constructed from the selected compositions. Power-law exponents of degree distributions, mean degrees, clustering coefficients, mean geodesic distances, etc. are reported. With the network constructed, music can be created by using a biased random walk algorithm, which begins with a randomly chosen note and selects the subsequent notes according to a simple set of rules that compares the weights of the edges, weights of the nodes, and/or the degrees of nodes. The newly created music from complex networks will be played in the presentation.

  8. Organists and organ music composers.

    Foerch, Christian; Hennerici, Michael G


    Clinical case reports of patients with exceptional musical talent and education provide clues as to how the brain processes musical ability and aptitude. In this chapter, selected examples from famous and unknown organ players/composers are presented to demonstrate the complexity of modified musical performances as well as the capacities of the brain to preserve artistic abilities: both authors are active organists and academic neurologists with strong clinical experience, practice, and knowledge about the challenges to play such an outstanding instrument and share their interest to explore potentially instrument-related phenomena of brain modulation in specific transient or permanent impairments. We concentrate on the sites of lesions, suggested pathophysiology, separate positive (e.g., seizures, visual or auditory hallucinations, or synesthesia [an involuntary perception produced by stimulation of another sense]) and negative phenomena (e.g., amusia, aphasia, neglect, or sensory-motor deficits) and particularly address aspects of recent concepts of temporary and permanent network disorders.

  9. Composing and decomposing data types

    Bahr, Patrick


    Wouter Swierstra's data types à la carte is a technique to modularise data type definitions in Haskell. We give an alternative implementation of data types à la carte that offers more flexibility in composing and decomposing data types. To achieve this, we refine the subtyping constraint, which...... is at the centre of data types à la carte. On the one hand this refinement is more general, allowing subtypings that intuitively should hold but were not derivable beforehand. This aspect of our implementation removes previous restrictions on how data types can be combined. On the other hand our refinement is more...... data types and to define extensible functions on data types in an ad hoc manner. The implementation makes essential use of closed type families in Haskell. The use of closed type families instead of type classes comes with a set of trade-offs, which we review in detail. Finally, we show that our...

  10. Determination of nucleoside analog mono-, di-, and tri-phosphates in cellular matrix by solid phase extraction and ultra-sensitive LC-MS/MS detection.

    Bushman, Lane R; Kiser, Jennifer J; Rower, Joseph E; Klein, Brandon; Zheng, Jia-Hua; Ray, Michelle L; Anderson, Peter L


    An ultra-sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay was developed and validated to facilitate the assessment of clinical pharmacokinetics of nucleotide analogs from lysed intracellular matrix. The method utilized a strong anion exchange isolation of mono-(MP), di-(DP), and tri-phosphates (TP) from intracellular matrix. Each fraction was then dephosphorylated to the parent moiety yielding a molar equivalent to the original nucleotide analog intracellular concentration. The analytical portion of the methodology was optimized in specific nucleoside analog centric modes (i.e. tenofovir (TFV) centric, zidovudine (ZDV) centric), which included desalting/concentration by solid phase extraction and detection by LC-MS/MS. Nucleotide analog MP-, DP-, and TP-determined on the TFV centric mode of analysis include TFV, lamivudine (3TC), and emtricitibine (FTC). The quantifiable linear range for TFV was 2.5-2000 fmol/sample, and that for 3TC/FTC was 0.1 200 pmol/sample. Nucleoside analog MP-, DP-, and TP-determined on the ZDV centric mode of analysis included 3TC and ZDV. The quantifiable linear range for 3TC was 0.1 100 pmol/sample, and 5-2000 fmol/sample for ZDV. Stable labeled isotopic internal standards facilitated accuracy and precision in alternative cell matrices, which supported the intended use of the method for MP, DP, and TP determinations in various cell types. The method was successfully applied to clinical research samples generating novel intracellular information for TFV, FTC, ZDV, and 3TC nucleotides. This document outlines method development, validation, and application to clinical research.

  11. Simplified matrix solid phase dispersion procedure for the determination of parabens and benzophenone-ultraviolet filters in human placental tissue samples.

    Vela-Soria, F; Rodríguez, I; Ballesteros, O; Zafra-Gómez, A; Ballesteros, L; Cela, R; Navalón, A


    In recent decades, the industrial development has resulted in the appearance of a large amount of new chemicals that are able to produce disorders in the human endocrine system. These substances, so-called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), include many families of compounds, such as parabens and benzophenone-UV filters. Taking into account the demonstrated biological activity of these compounds, it is necessary to develop new analytical procedures to assess the exposure in order to establish, in an accurate way, relationships between EDCs and harmful health effects in population. In the present work, a new method based on a simplified sample treatment by matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) followed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis, is validated for the determination of four parabens (methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butylparaben) and six benzophenone-UV filters (benzophenone-1, benzophenone-2, benzophenone-3, benzophenone-6, benzophenone-8 and 4-hydroxybenzophenone) in human placental tissue samples. The extraction parameters were accurately optimized using multivariate optimization strategies. Ethylparaben ring-13C6 and benzophenone-d10 were used as surrogates. The found limits of quantification ranged from 0.2 to 0.4 ng g(-1) and inter-day variability (evaluated as relative standard deviation) ranged from 5.4% to 12.8%. The method was validated using matrix-matched standard calibration followed by a recovery assay with spiked samples. Recovery rates ranged from 96% to 104%. The method was satisfactorily applied for the determination of compounds in human placental tissue samples collected at the moment of delivery from 10 randomly selected women. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Simultaneous analysis of 45 pharmaceuticals and personal care products in sludge by matrix solid-phase dispersion and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

    Li, Mingyue; Sun, Qian; Li, Yan; Lv, Min; Lin, Lifeng; Wu, Yang; Ashfaq, Muhammad; Yu, Chang-Ping


    Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are a class of emerging contaminants widely distributed in the wastewater treatment system. The simultaneous analysis of multiple PPCPs in the sludge, which is a complex matrix, is still not fully studied. In this study, a procedure based on matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) for the extraction of PPCPs from the sludge with determination by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was investigated. Forty-five PPCPs, including antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, β-blockers, antidepressants, antimicrobial agents, preservatives, UV filters, and so on, were studied. MSPD parameters, including the sorbent materials, the ratio of sample to sorbent, the eluent composition, and the elution volumes, were sequentially optimized. Best results were achieved by 0.1 g of sludge homogenized with 0.4 g of C18-bonded silica sorbent and elution by 6 mL methanol and 10 mL acetonitrile/5 % oxalic acid (8/2, v/v). The method quantification limits for the 45 PPCPs ranged 0.117-5.55 μg/kg. The PPCP recoveries ranged from 50.3 to 107 % with relative standard deviation lower than 15 %. The proposed method was applied to analyze PPCPs in the sludge collected from a domestic wastewater treatment plant over 1 year. Thirteen PPCPs were detected, with the concentrations of ofloxacin and triclocarban more than 1000 μg/kg. Temporal variations of the PPCP levels were observed. Thus, MSPD-LC-MS/MS method could achieve good sensitivity and recovery for the target PPCP analysis in the sludge samples, while MSPD provided one-step sample preparation which was easier and faster to perform compared to the commonly used methods. Graphical abstract Workflow of MSPD and LC-MS/MS chromatograms for PPCP analysis.

  13. Matrix solid-phase dispersion combined to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the determination of paraben preservatives in mollusks.

    Villaverde-de-Sáa, Eugenia; Rodil, Rosario; Quintana, José Benito; Cela, Rafael


    A method for the extraction and determination of seven parabens, esters of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, widely used as preservatives in personal care products, pharmaceuticals, etc., and two chlorinated derivatives (mono- and di-chloro methyl paraben) from mollusk samples was developed by combining matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. MSPD parameters, such as solvent, solid support and clean-up sorbent, were optimized. Besides, since blank problems were observed for some parabens, these were investigated and blanks were tackled by precleaning all sorbents prior to use. Under final conditions, 0.5g of freeze-dried mollusk were dispersed with 1.2g of silica and packed into a cartridge containing 3g of C18, as on-line clean-up sorbent. This cartridge was eluted with 10mL of acetonitrile, evaporated and reconstituted in methanol for analysis. In the validation stage, successful linearity (R(2)>0.999), recoveries (between 71 and 117% for most analytes), precision (RSD lower than 21%) and limits of detection and quantification (LOD and LOQ, lower than 0.4 and 1.4ngg(-1) dry weight respectively) levels were achieved. Finally, the new methodology was applied to mussel, clam and cockle samples. Methyl paraben was above the LOQ in five of the six samples (not found in one clam sample) at concentrations up to 7ngg(-1) dry weight. Ethyl paraben was found above the LOQ in mussel and cockle samples at a concentration level around 0.3ngg(-1). n-Propyl paraben was only above the LOQ in one mussel sample.

  14. Universal chemiluminescence flow-through device based on directed self-assembly of solid-state organic chromophores on layered double hydroxide matrix.

    Wang, Zhihua; Teng, Xu; Lu, Chao


    In this work, a universal chemiluminescence (CL) flow-through device suitable for various CL resonance energy transfer (CRET) systems has been successfully fabricated. Highly efficient CRET in solid-state photoactive organic molecules can be achieved by assembling them on the surface of layered double hydroxides (LDHs). We attribute these observations to the suppression of the intermolecular π-π stacking interactions among aromatic rings and the improvement of molecular orientation and planarity in the LDH matrix, enabling a remarkable increase in fluorescence lifetime and quantum yield of organic molecules. Under optimal conditions, using peroxynitrous acid-fluorescein dianion (FLUD) as a model CRET system, trace FLUD (10 μM) was assembled on the surface of LDHs. Peroxynitrous acid/nitrite could be assayed in the range of 1.0-500 μM, and the detection limit for peroxynitrous acid/nitrite (S/N = 3) was 0.6 μM. This CL flow-through device exhibited operational stability, high reproducibility, and long lifetime. While LDHs were immobilized in a flow-through device in the absence of FLUD, the detection limit for peroxynitrous acid/nitrite was 100 μM. On the other hand, FLUD at the same concentration can not enhance the CL intensity of peroxynitrous acid system. This fabricated CL flow-through column has been successfully applied to determine nitrite in sausage samples with recoveries of 98-102%. These satisfactory results demonstrated that our studies pave a novel way toward flow-through column-based CRET using solid-state organic molecules as acceptors for signal amplification.

  15. Flow acoustics in solid-fluid structures

    Willatzen, Morten; Mads, Mikhail Vladimirovich Deryabin


    along the x direction. In the first part of the paper, the governing set of differential equations are derived as well as the imposed boundary conditions. Solutions are provided using Hamilton's equations for the wavenumber vs. frequency as a function of the number and thickness of solid layers....... A wavenumber condition for an arbitrary set of consecutive solid and fluid layers, involving four propagating waves in each solid region, is obtained again using the monodromy matrix method. Case examples are finally discussed.......The governing two-dimensional equations of a heterogeneous material composed of a fluid (allowed to flow in the absence of acoustic excitations) and a crystalline piezoelectric cubic solid stacked one-dimensionally (along the z direction) are derived and special emphasis is given to the discussion...

  16. Determination of paraben preservatives in seafood using matrix solid-phase dispersion and on-line acetylation gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

    Djatmika, Rosalina; Hsieh, Chih-Chung; Chen, Jhih-Ming; Ding, Wang-Hsien


    An effective method for determining four commonly detected paraben preservatives (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben) in marketed seafood is presented. This method employs matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) before identification and quantification of the paraben preservatives via on-line acetylation gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Parameters affecting the extraction efficiency of MSPD were optimized through a Box-Behnken design method. Under optimal condition, 0.5-g of freeze-dried seafood was mixed with 0.5-g of anhydrous sodium sulfate, and dispersed with 1.0-g of Florisil using vortex. After that, the blend was transferred to a glass column containing 1.5-g of silica gel+C18 (w/w, 9:1), which acted as clean-up co-sorbents. Then, target analytes were eluted with 12mL of acetonitrile. The extract was then derivatized on-line in the GC injection-port through reaction with acetic anhydride, and the identity and quantity of the target analytes were determined by the GC-MS system. The limits of quantitation (LOQs) were 0.2 to 1.0ng/g (dry weight). Preliminary results showed that the total concentrations of four selected parabens ranged from 16.7 to 44.7ng/g (dry weight).

  17. Optimization of a method based on micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion (micro-MSPD for the determination of PCBs in mussel samples

    Nieves Carro


    Full Text Available This paper reports the development and optimization of micro-matrix solid-phase dispersion (micro-MSPD of nine polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs in mussel samples (Mytilus galloprovincialis by using a two-level factorial design. Four variables (amount of sample, anhydrous sodium sulphate, Florisil and solvent volume were considered as factors in the optimization process. The results suggested that only the interaction between the amount of anhydrous sodium sulphate and the solvent volume was statistically significant for the overall recovery of a trichlorinated compound, CB 28. Generally most of the considered species exhibited a similar behaviour, the sample and Florisil amounts had a positive effect on PCBs extractions and solvent volume and sulphate amount had a negative effect. The analytical determination and confirmation of PCBs were carried out by using GC-ECD and GC-MS/MS, respectively. The method was validated having satisfactory precision and accuracy with RSD values below 6% and recoveries between 81 and 116% for all congeners. The optimized method was applied to the extraction of real mussel samples from two Galician Rías.

  18. Molecularly Imprinted Nanomicrospheres as Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersant Combined with Gas Chromatography for Determination of Four Phosphorothioate Pesticides in Carrot and Yacon

    Mengchun Zhou


    Full Text Available An efficient, rapid, and selective method for sample pretreatment, namely, molecularly imprinted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MI-MSPD coupled with gas chromatography (GC, was developed for the rapid isolation of four phosphorothioate organophosphorus pesticides (tolclofos-methyl, phoxim, chlorpyrifos, and parathion-methyl from carrot and yacon samples. New molecularly imprinted polymer nanomicrospheres were synthesized by using typical structural analogue tolclofos-methyl as a dummy template via surface grafting polymerization on nanosilica. Then, these four pesticides in carrot and yacon were extracted and adsorbed using the imprinted nanomicrospheres and further determined by gas chromatography. Under the optimized conditions, a good linearity of four pesticides was obtained in a range of 0.05–17.0 ng·g−1 with R varying from 0.9971 to 0.9996, and the detection limit of the method was 0.012~0.026 ng·g−1 in carrot and yacon samples. The recovery rates at two spiked levels were in the range of 85.4–105.6% with RSD ≤9.6%. The presented MI-MSPD method combined the advantages of MSPD for allowing the extraction, dispersion, and homogenization in two steps and the advantages of MIPs for high affinity and selectivity towards four phosphorothioate pesticides, which could be applied to the determination of pesticide residues in complicated vegetal samples.

  19. Simultaneous determination of fumonisins B1 and B2 in different types of maize by matrix solid phase dispersion and HPLC-MS/MS.

    de Oliveira, Gabriel Barros; de Castro Gomes Vieira, Carolyne Menezes; Orlando, Ricardo Mathias; Faria, Adriana Ferreira


    This work involved the optimization and validation of a method, according to Directive 2002/657/EC and the Analytical Quality Assurance Manual of Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Brazil, for simultaneous extraction and determination of fumonisins B1 and B2 in maize. The extraction procedure was based on a matrix solid phase dispersion approach, the optimization of which employed a sequence of different factorial designs. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed for determining these analytes using the selected reaction monitoring mode. The optimized method employed only 1g of silica gel for dispersion and elution with 70% ammonium formate aqueous buffer (50mmolL(-1), pH 9), representing a simple, cheap and chemically friendly sample preparation method. Trueness (recoveries: 86-106%), precision (RSD ≤19%), decision limits, detection capabilities and measurement uncertainties were calculated for the validated method. The method scope was expanded to popcorn kernels, white maize kernels and yellow maize grits. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. In-Vial Micro-Matrix-Solid Phase Dispersion for the Analysis of Fragrance Allergens, Preservatives, Plasticizers, and Musks in Cosmetics

    Maria Celeiro


    Full Text Available Fragrance allergens, preservatives, plasticizers, and synthetic musks are usually present in cosmetic and personal care products formulations and many of them are subjected to use restrictions or labeling requirements. Matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD is a very suitable analytical technique for the extraction of these compounds providing a simple, low cost sample preparation, and the possibility of performing both extraction and clean-up in one step, reducing possible contamination and analyte losses. This extraction technique has been successfully applied to many cosmetics ingredients allowing obtaining quantitative recoveries. A new very simple micro-MSPD procedure performing the disruption step in a vial is proposed for the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS analysis of 66 chemicals usually present in cosmetics and personal care products. The method was validated showing general recoveries between 80% and 110%, relative standard deviation (RSD values lower than 15%, and limits of detection (LODs below 30 ng·g−1. The validated method was applied to a broad range of cosmetics and personal care products, including several products intended for baby care.

  1. Single "click" synthesis of a mixed-mode silica sorbent and application in matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction of β-agonists from porcine liver.

    Zhu, Yuling; Yang, Siwen; Chen, Gang; Xing, Jun


    A single "click" strategy is proposed for the preparation of a reversed-phase/weak cation-exchange mixed-mode silica-based sorbent (silica-WCX). Upon this strategy, both 1-dodecyne and 5-hexynoic acid were simultaneously immobilized onto azide-silica in varied ratio via Cu (I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition click reaction. The chemical compositions of silica-WCXs were characterized by elemental analysis, acid-base titration and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the actual mole ratio of n-dodecyl to carboxylic group on the sorbent is almost the same as the reactant ratio of 1-dodecyne to 5-hexynoic acid, and the repeatability of synthesis method is good. After that, two β-agonists, clenbuterol and ractopamine, were selected as model drug residues to evaluate the applicability of silica-WCX in matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction for the determination of basic drug residues in porcine liver by HPLC/UV. In comparison with some commercial sorbents, silica-WCX exhibited higher recoveries and better purification capability. Under the optimized conditions, linearity ranges were between 0.04 and 8.0μg/g for both analytes with coefficients of determination (R(2)) higher than 0.9997. The average recoveries at three spiked levels ranged from 92.5% to 105.0% with RSDs less than 6.6%.

  2. Application of matrix solid-phase dispersion to the propham and maleic hydrazide determination in potatoes by differential pulse voltammetry and HPLC.

    Arribas, Alberto Sánchez; Bermejo, Esperanza; Chicharro, Manuel; Zapardiel, Antonio


    The application of the matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) process as sample treatment in connection with the electrochemical detection is studied for the first time. For this purpose, a novel methodology is introduced for the extraction of propham and maleic hydrazide herbicides from potatoes samples based in the MSPD process prior to their electrochemical detection. Potato samples disruption was done by blending them with C(8) bonded-phase and selective herbicide extraction was achieved by successive treatment of the blended with 50mM phosphate buffer pH 7.4 (for maleic hydrazide) and methanol (for propham). The extraction procedure efficiency was estimated using differential pulse voltammetry in potato samples spiked with the herbicides yielding recovery values of 98% and 68% for propham and maleic hydrazide, respectively. No significant adverse effect of the MSPD process was observed on the herbicides electrochemical signals. For comparison, recovery studies using HPLC with UV detection were carried out and a good correlation in the results obtained by using both techniques was observed.

  3. Complex Coacervation composed of Polyelectrolytes Alginate and Chitosan



    Alginate sodium (ALG) and chitosan (CHI) can form fiber, films, microspheres, hydrogels and all with a wide range of biomedical applications.Few works have been done as a result of the easily flocculation of chitosan in negatively charged matrix.Complex coacervation composed of polyelectrolytes alginate and chitosan were successfully fabricated.The results showed that the lower molecular weights of the chitosan is better for the fabricated of the complex coacervation.

  4. Using the Typewriter for Learning: Composing

    Bennett, James C.


    Discusses the rationale for teaching composing, and the need for starting such instruction early and giving it the proper emphasis. Several activities for teaching composing at the typewriter are described. (SH)

  5. Research on BOM based composable modeling method

    Zhang, M.; He, Q.; Gong, J.


    Composable modeling method has been a research hotpot in the area of Modeling and Simulation for a long time. In order to increase the reuse and interoperability of BOM based model, this paper put forward a composable modeling method based on BOM, studied on the basic theory of composable modeling m

  6. Rapid Detection and Identification of Candidemia by Direct Blood Culturing on Solid Medium by Use of Lysis-Centrifugation Method Combined with Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS).

    Idelevich, Evgeny A; Grünastel, Barbara; Becker, Karsten


    Candida sepsis is a life-threatening condition with increasing prevalence. In this study, direct blood culturing on solid medium using a lysis-centrifugation procedure enabled successful Candida species identification by matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time of flight mass spectrometry on average 3.8 h (Sabouraud agar) or 7.4 h (chocolate agar) before the positivity signal for control samples in Bactec mycosis-IC/F or Bactec Plus aerobic/F bottles, respectively. Direct culturing on solid medium accelerated candidemia diagnostics compared to that with automated broth-based systems. Copyright © 2016 American Society for Microbiology.

  7. Analysis of multi-class preservatives in leave-on and rinse-off cosmetics by matrix solid-phase dispersion.

    Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Alvarez-Rivera, Gerardo; Lamas, J Pablo; Lores, Marta; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Llompart, Maria


    Matrix solid-phase extraction has been successfully applied for the determination of multi-class preservatives in a wide variety of cosmetic samples including rinse-off and leave-on products. After extraction, derivatization with acetic anhydride, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis were performed. Optimization studies were done on real non-spiked and spiked leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic samples. The selection of the most suitable extraction conditions was made using statistical tools such as ANOVA, as well as factorial experimental designs. The final optimized conditions were common for both groups of cosmetics and included the dispersion of the sample with Florisil (1:4), and the elution of the MSPD column with 5 mL of hexane/acetone (1:1). After derivatization, the extract was analyzed without any further clean-up or concentration step. Accuracy, precision, linearity and detection limits were evaluated to assess the performance of the proposed method. The recovery studies on leave-on and rinse-off cosmetics gave satisfactory values (>78% for all analytes in all the samples) with an average relative standard deviation value of 4.2%. The quantification limits were well below those set by the international cosmetic regulations, making this multi-component analytical method suitable for routine control. The analysis of a broad range of cosmetics including body milk, moisturizing creams, anti-stretch marks creams, hand creams, deodorant, shampoos, liquid soaps, makeup, sun milk, hand soaps, among others, demonstrated the high use of most of the target preservatives, especially butylated hydroxytoluene, methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.

  8. Determination of isothiazolinone preservatives in cosmetics and household products by matrix solid-phase dispersion followed by high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

    Alvarez-Rivera, Gerardo; Dagnac, Thierry; Lores, Marta; Garcia-Jares, Carmen; Sanchez-Prado, Lucia; Lamas, J Pablo; Llompart, Maria


    In this work, the development of a new efficient methodology applying, for the first time, matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the determination of sensitizer isothiazolinone biocides in cosmetics and household products - 2-methyl-3-isothiazolinone (MI), 5-chloro-2-methyl-3-isothiazolinone (CMI), 1,2-benzisothiazolinone (BzI) and 2-octyl-3-isothiazolinone (OI) - is described. The main factors affecting the MSPD extraction procedure, the dispersive phase and the elution solvent, are assessed and optimized through a multicategorical experimental design, using a real cosmetic sample. The most suitable extraction conditions comprise the use of 2g of florisil as dispersive phase and 5 mL of methanol as elution solvent. Subsequently, the extract is readily analyzed by HPLC-MS/MS without any further clean-up or concentration steps. Method performance was evaluated demonstrating to have a broad linear range (R(2)>0.9980) and limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) at the low nanogram per gram level, which are well below the required limits for UE regulation compliance. Satisfactory recoveries above 80%, except for MI (mean values close to 60%), were obtained. In all cases, the method precision (% RSD) was lower than 7%, making this low cost extraction method reliable for routine control. The validated methodology was finally applied to the analysis of a wide variety of cosmetics and household products. Most of the real samples analyzed have been shown to comply with the current European Cosmetic Regulation, although the results obtained for some rinse-off cosmetics (e.g. baby care products) revealed high isothiazolinone content.

  9. Multivariate optimisation of an ultrasound assisted-matrix solid-phase dispersion method combined with LC-fluorescence detection for simultaneous extraction and determination of aflatoxins in pistachio nut samples.

    Manoochehri, Mahboobeh; Asgharinezhad, Ali Akbar; Safaei, Mahdi


    This paper describes the application of ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion as an extraction and clean-up procedure for aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) and subsequent determination by LC-fluorescence detection. A Box-Behnken design was used to determine the parameters influencing the extraction procedure through response surface methodology and experimental design. The influence of different variables including type of dispersing phase, sample-to-dispersing phase ratio, type and quantity of clean-up phase, ultrasonication time, ultrasonication temperature, nature and volume of the elution solvent were investigated in the optimisation study. C18, graphitic carbon black and acetonitrile were selected as dispersing phase, clean-up phase and elution solvent, respectively. The optimised values were sample-to-dispersing phase ratio of 1:1, 50 mg of graphitic carbon black, 11 min ultrasonication time, 30°C ultrasonication temperature and 3 ml acetonitrile. Under the optimal conditions the limits of detection (LODs) were ranged from 0.04-0.11 µg kg(-1) and the relative standard deviations (RSDs) of the extraction method were less than 8.6%. The recoveries of the matrix solid-phase dispersion process ranged from 74% to 78% with relative standard deviation lower than 9% in all cases. Finally, the matrix solid-phase dispersion was successfully applied to extraction of trace amounts of aflatoxins in pistachio samples.

  10. Studies on the Extraction of Phenol, o-Chlorophenol, o-Nitrophenol in Water by Using Liquid-Solid Extraction System Composed of Tween 80/Sodium Citrate%吐温80/柠檬酸钠液固体系萃取水中苯酚、邻氯酚、邻硝基酚的研究

    张剑; 李步海; 孙小梅


      研究了吐温80/柠檬酸钠液-固萃取体系对苯酚、邻氯酚和邻硝基酚的适宜萃取条件:吐温80浓度为10.5(vol)%,柠檬酸钠2.6000g• L-1,萃取酸度pH5.95.用该法对水中苯酚、邻氯苯酚、邻硝基苯酚进行萃取,一次回收率分别为96.8%、93.0%、86.2%.当柠檬酸钠是成相盐时,酸度能改变盐的型体,也影响酚的萃取率.讨论其萃取机理,认为酚类物是与吐温80形成氢键而被萃入固相的.%  The proper extraction conditions of phenol, o-chlorophenol and o-nitrophenol were studied by using the liquid-solid extraction system composed of tween80/sodium citrate. They were: 10.5(vol)%Tween80, 2.6000g• L-1 sodium citrate, pH5.95. Under the above-mentioned circumstances, the once recoveries of phenol, o-chlorophenol and o-nitrophenol in analogous water samples are 96.8%, 93.0%, 86.2% respectively. When sodium citrate is as salt separate phase, the acidity of the solution not only can change the shape of sodium citrate, but has the effect on extraction yield (E%) of the phenol substances as well. Through the discussion of the extraction mechanism for Tween80 solid phase, it is stated that the extraction in this system has been achieved by the formation of the hydrogen bond between the phenol compounds and tween80.

  11. Dave Brubeck on Music Education and Composing.

    Ponick, F. S.


    Presents an interview with Dave Brubeck, a composer and performer in contemporary jazz. Covers topics such as how Brubeck introduced his sons to music, whether he differentiates between "popular" and "serious" music, suggestions for helping music teachers develop relationships with composers, and the role music education should have in schools.…

  12. Composed ensembles of random unitary ensembles

    Pozniak, M; Kus, M; Pozniak, Marcin; Zyczkowski, Karol; Kus, Marek


    Composed ensembles of random unitary matrices are defined via products of matrices, each pertaining to a given canonical circular ensemble of Dyson. We investigate statistical properties of spectra of some composed ensembles and demonstrate their physical relevance. We discuss also the methods of generating random matrices distributed according to invariant Haar measure on the orthogonal and unitary group.

  13. Water-equivalent solid sources prepared by means of two distinct methods

    Koskinas, Marina F.; Yamazaki, Ione M.; Potiens Junior, Ademar, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The Nuclear Metrology Laboratory at IPEN is involved in developing radioactive water-equivalent solid sources prepared from an aqueous solution of acrylamide using two distinct methods for polymerization. One of them is the polymerization by high dose of {sup 60}Co irradiation; in the other method the solid matrix-polyacrylamide is obtained from an aqueous solution composed by acrylamide, catalyzers and an aliquot of a radionuclide. The sources have been prepared in cylindrical geometry. In this paper, the study of the distribution of radioactive material in the solid sources prepared by both methods is presented. (author)

  14. Films Composed Of Diamond And Diamondlike Carbon

    Shing, Yuh-Han


    Proposed films composed of diamond and diamondlike carbon useful as wear-resistant and self-lubricating protective and tribological coats at extreme temperatures and in corrosive and oxidizing environments. Films have wide variety of industrial applications.

  15. Systems and Methods for Composable Analytics


    runtime, and use the automation server’s application programming interfaces ( APIs ) for creating workspaces, executing commands, and retrieving and setting...with Facebook and Twitter . Users can link their Facebook and Twitter accounts to Composable Analytics using the Oauth protocols, and give Composable...Analytics permission to post on their behalf. We have Facebook and Twitter modules that allow people to automatically publish either text or images

  16. Matriz de indicadores de sustentabilidade para a gestão de resíduos sólidos urbanos Matrix of sustainability indicatorsfor the urban solid waste management

    Leila Santos Santiago


    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta uma matriz de indicadores de sustentabilidade para a gestão de resíduos sólidos urbanos e a forma de sua construção. A construção foi realizada baseando-se em informações adquiridas em referências nacionais e internacionais. Os indicadores foram organizados em uma matriz preliminar, a qual passou por um processo de validação externa, com especialistas, por meio do método Delphi. Para a realização deste método foram necessárias duas rodadas. A matriz final possui 6 dimensões de sustentabilidade: política, tecnológica, econômica/financeira, ambiental/ecológica, conhecimento e inclusão social, contemplando 42 indicadores e 126 descritores. A matriz elaborada poderá ser utilizada como instrumento de avaliação e planejamento da gestão dos resíduos sólidos em municípios.This paper presents a matrix of Sustainability Indicators for the Urban Solid Waste Management and the way of its construction. The construction was performed based on information acquired in national and international references. The indicators were organized into a primary matrix, which has gone an external validation process, with experts through the Delphi method. To perform this method two rounds were necessary. The final matrix has 6 dimensions of sustainability: politics, technology, economic/financial, environmental/ecological, knowledge and social inclusion, comprising 42 indicators, 126 descriptors. The matrix produced can be used as a tool for evaluation and planning of the solid waste management in municipalities.

  17. Universally Composable Proactive Threshold RSA Signature

    HONG Xuan; CHEN Ke-fei; LONG Yu


    Recently some efforts were made towards capturing the security requirements within the composable security framework.This modeling has some significant advantages in designing and analyzing complex systems.The threshold signature was discussed and a definition was given based on the universal composability framework,which is proved to be equivalent to the standard security definition.Furthermore,a simple,efficient and proactive threshold RSA signature protocol was presented.It is proved to be correct,consistent and unforgeable relative to the environment that at most t-1 parties are corrupted in each proactive stage.It is also secure under the universal composability framework.It is a UC based security and is proved to be equivalent to the standard security.

  18. An Area Efficient Composed CORDIC Architecture



    Full Text Available This article presents a composed architecture for the CORDIC algorithm. CORDIC is a widely used technique to calculate basic trigonometric functions using only additions and shifts. This composed architecture combines an initial coarse stage to approximate sine and cosine functions, and a second stage to finely tune those values while CORDIC operates on rotation mode. Both stages contribute to shorten the algorithmic steps required to fully execute the CORDIC algorithm. For comparison purposes, the Xilinx CORDIC logiCORE IP and previously reported research are used. The proposed architecture aims at reducing hardware resources usage as its key objective.

  19. Alcohol dose dumping: The influence of ethanol on hot-melt extruded pellets comprising solid lipids.

    Jedinger, N; Schrank, S; Mohr, S; Feichtinger, A; Khinast, J; Roblegg, E


    The objective of the present study was to investigate interactions between alcohol and hot-melt extruded pellets and the resulting drug release behavior. The pellets were composed of vegetable calcium stearate as matrix carrier and paracetamol or codeine phosphate as model drugs. Two solid lipids (Compritol® and Precirol®) were incorporated into the matrix to form robust/compact pellets. The drug release characteristics were a strong function of the API solubility, the addition of solid lipids, the dissolution media composition (i.e., alcohol concentration) and correspondingly, the pellet wettability. Pellets comprising paracetamol, which is highly soluble in ethanol, showed alcohol dose dumping regardless of the matrix composition. The wettability increased with increasing ethanol concentrations due to higher paracetamol solubilities yielding increased dissolution rates. For pellets containing codeine phosphate, which has a lower solubility in ethanol than in acidic media, the wettability was a function of the matrix composition. Dose dumping occurred for formulations comprising solid lipids as they showed increased wettabilities with increasing ethanol concentrations. In contrast, pellets comprising calcium stearate as single matrix component showed robustness in alcoholic media due to wettabilities that were not affected by the addition of ethanol. The results clearly indicate that the physico-chemical properties of the drug and the matrix systems are crucial for the design of ethanol-resistant dosage forms. Moreover, hydrophobic calcium stearate can be considered a suitable matrix system that minimizes the risk of ethanol-induced dose dumping for certain API's.

  20. A heterostructure composed of conjugated polymer and copper sulfide nanoparticles.

    Narizzano, Riccardo; Erokhin, Victor; Nicolini, Claudio


    A heterostructure formed by a conjugated polymer and semiconducting nanoparticles was produced. The conjugated polymer was synthesized by oxidative copolymerization of 3-thiopheneacetic acid and 3-hexylthiophene, thus obtaining an amphiphilic polythiophene that allows the formation of a stable polymer layer at the air-water interface. Different numbers of monolayers were deposited on solid substrates. CuS nanoparticles were grown directly in the polymeric matrix using the carboxylic groups as nucleation centers. The reactions were monitored by quartz crystal microbalance, Brewster angle, and fluorescence microscopy. The heterostructure showed increased conductivity as compared to the pristine polymer.

  1. Solid state phenomena

    Lawrance, R


    Solid State Phenomena explores the fundamentals of the structure and their influence on the properties of solids. This book is composed of five chapters that focus on the electrical and thermal conductivities of crystalline solids. Chapter 1 describes the nature of solids, particularly metals and crystalline materials. This chapter also presents a model to evaluate crystal structure, the forces between atom pairs, and the mechanism of plastic and elastic deformation. Chapter 2 demonstrates random vibrations of atoms in a solid using a one-dimensional array, while Chapter 3 examines the resista

  2. Studies in Composing Hydrogen Atom Wavefunctions

    Putnam, Lance Jonathan; Kuchera-Morin, JoAnn; Peliti, Luca


    We present our studies in composing elementary wavefunctions of a hydrogen-like atom and identify several relationships between physical phenomena and musical composition that helped guide the process. The hydrogen-like atom accurately describes some of the fundamental quantum mechanical phenomen...

  3. Novel Ultrathin Membranes Composed of Organic Ions

    Chaban, Vitaly V.; Verspeek, Bram; Khandelia, Himanshu


    of artificial bilayers composed of long-chained organic ions, such as dodecyltrimethylammonium (DMA(+)) and perfluorooctaonate (PFO-). Various ratios of DMA/PFO surfactants result in bilayers of different stability, thickness, area per molecule, and density profiles. In our quest for water filtration, we...

  4. Composing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense.

    Holmes, Stewart W.


    Suggests that composing "haiku" requires a discipline in a person's thinking and emoting patterns similar to that of a general semantics system for training people to make sense. Describes how such haiku are written and gives some guidelines to help individuals create their own. (PA)

  5. Multispin correlations and pseudo-thermalization of the transient density matrix in solid-state NMR: free induction decay and magic echo

    Morgan, Steven W.; Oganesyan, Vadim; Boutis, Gregory S.


    Quantum unitary evolution typically leads to thermalization of generic interacting many-body systems. There are very few known general methods for reversing this process, and we focus on the magic echo, a radio-frequency pulse sequence known to approximately “rewind” the time evolution of dipolar coupled homonuclear spin systems in a large magnetic field. By combining analytic, numerical, and experimental results we systematically investigate factors leading to the degradation of magic echoes, as observed in reduced revival of mean transverse magnetization. Going beyond the conventional analysis based on mean magnetization we use a phase encoding technique to measure the growth of spin correlations in the density matrix at different points in time following magic echoes of varied durations and compare the results to those obtained during a free induction decay (FID). While considerable differences are documented at short times, the long-time behavior of the density matrix appears to be remarkably universal among the types of initial states considered – simple low order multispin correlations are observed to decay exponentially at the same rate, seeding the onset of increasingly complex high order correlations. This manifestly athermal process is constrained by conservation of the second moment of the spectrum of the density matrix and proceeds indefinitely, assuming unitary dynamics. PMID:23710125

  6. IR spectrum of CH3CN-BF3 in solid neon: matrix effects on the structure of a Lewis acid-base complex.

    Eigner, Audrey A; Rohde, John A; Knutson, Christopher C; Phillips, James A


    We have observed several IR bands of CH3CN-BF3 in neon and nitrogen matrices. For the 11B isotopomer in neon matrices, we observed the BF3 symmetric deformation band (nu7) as a doublet at 600 and 603 cm(-1), the BF3 symmetric stretching band (nu6) as a doublet at 833 and 838 cm(-1), the BF3 asymmetric stretching mode (nu13) at 1281 cm(-1) (partially obscured), and the C-N stretching mode (nu2) as a doublet at 2352 and 2356 cm(-1). The nitrogen matrix data are largely consistent with those reported recently, though we do propose a refinement of one band assignment. Comparisons of the frequencies of a few key, structurally sensitive vibrational modes either observed in various condensed-phase environments or calculated for two minimum-energy gas-phase structures indicate that inert matrix media significantly alter the structural properties of CH3CN-BF3. Specifically, the B-N dative bond compresses relative to the gas phase and other concomitant changes occur as well. Furthermore, the frequency shifts depict structural changes that occur across the various matrix hosts in a manner that largely parallels the degree of stabilization offered by these inert media.

  7. Compose Real-world Service With Context

    Guoping Zhang


    Full Text Available Advances in the areas of smart embedded devices, computing and networking are leading to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT composed of millions of heterogeneous devices. These devices will be interconnected, providing and consuming information available on the network and cooperate. As the improvement of the performance of industrial processes, the service-oriented approach can be adopted for smart embedded devices. Each device can offer its functionality as services. In such infrastructures, traditional web service compositions can not adapt to the dynamic environment for the Internet of Things. In this paper, we propose an approach to compose services with context. It can not only adapt to dynamic environment for the Internet of Things, but also satisfy the user’s preferences. We first build context ontology to describe the scenario for user. According to context information, the service composition process is presented.

  8. Composed Scattering Model for Direct Volume Rendering

    蔡文立; 石教英


    Based on the equation of transfer in transport theory of optical physics,a new volume rendering model,called composed scattering model(CSM),is presented.In calculating the scattering term of the equation,it is decomposed into volume scattering intensity and surface scattering intensity,and they are composed with the boundary detection operator as the weight function.This proposed model differs from the most current volume rendering models in the aspect that in CSM segmentation and illumination intensity calculation are taken as two coherent parts while in existing models they are regarded as two separate ones.This model has been applied to the direct volume rendering of 3D data sets obtained by CT and MRI.The resultant images show not only rich details but also clear boundary surfaces.CSM is demonstrated to be an accurate volume rendering model suitable for CT and MRI data sets.

  9. MELEC: Meta-Level Evolutionary Composer

    Andres Calvo


    Full Text Available Genetic algorithms (GA’s are global search mechanisms that have been applied to many disciplines including music composition. Computer system MELEC composes music using evolutionary computation on two levels: the object and the meta. At the object-level, MELEC employs GAs to compose melodic motifs and iteratively refine them through evolving generations. At the meta-level, MELEC forms the overall musical structure by concatenating the generated motifs in an order that depends on the evolutionary process. In other words, the structure of the music is determined by a geneological traversal of the algorithm’s execution sequence. In this implementation, we introduce a new data structure that tracks the execution of the GA, the Genetic Algorithm Traversal Tree, and uses its traversal to define the musical structure. Moreover, we employ a Fibonacci-based fitness function to shape the melodic evolution.

  10. Composing Experimental Environment of PRIDE Argon cell

    Noh, Seonho; Jang, Yongkuk; Cho, Il Je [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    In PRIDE depleted Uranium feed material and a depleted Uranium mixed with some surrogate material are used for performing engineering scale Pyroprocessing. PRIDE has to maintain inert atmosphere because of the characteristic of Electrolytic Reduction technology, Electro refining technology, Electrowinning technology. The impurity concentration of the Argon cell has to be under 50 ppm(Oxygen, moisture). Atmospheric pressure changes and temperature changes can affect the Argon cell's impurity concentration. In this paper, how to compose the Argon cell impurity concentration under 50 ppm to make the exact optimal experimental environment(Oxygen, moisture) will be introduced. Composing the exact optimal experimental environment by supplying Argon gas have been introduced in this paper. Continuously supplying Argon gas which is heavier than the Oxygen through the bottom of the Argon cell the oxygen eventually discharged through the high vent fan and lower the impurity concentration of Oxygen.

  11. Methodical evaluation and improvement of matrix compatible PDMS-overcoated coating for direct immersion solid phase microextraction gas chromatography (DI-SPME-GC)-based applications.

    Souza-Silva, Érica A; Gionfriddo, Emanuela; Shirey, Robert; Sidisky, Len; Pawliszyn, Janusz


    The main quest for the implementation of direct SPME to complex matrices has been the development of matrix compatible coatings that provide sufficient sensitivity towards the target analytes. In this context, we present here a thorough evaluation of PDMS-overcoated fibers suitable for simultaneous extraction of different polarities analytes, while maintaining adequate matrix compatibility. For this, eleven analytes were selected, from various application classes (pesticides, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals) and with a wide range of log P values (ranging from 1.43 to 6). The model matrix chosen was commercial Concord grape juice, which is rich in pigments such as anthocyanins, and contains approximately 20% of sugar (w/w). Two types of PDMS, as well as other intrinsic factors associated with the PDMS-overcoated fiber fabrication are studied. The evaluation showed that the PDMS-overcoated fibers considerably slowed down the coating fouling process during direct immersion in complex matrices of high sugar content. Longevity differences could be seen between the two types of PDMS tested, with a proprietary Sylgard(®) giving superior performance because of lesser amount of reactive groups and enhanced hydrophobicity. Conversely, the thickness of the outer layer did not seem to have a significant effect on the fiber lifetime. We also demonstrate that the uniformity of the overcoated PDMS layer is paramount to the achievement of reliable data and extended fiber lifetime. Employing the optimum overcoated fiber, limits of detection (LOD) in the range of 0.2-1.3 ng/g could be achieved. Additional improvement is attainable by introducing washing of the coatings after desorption, so that any carbon build-up (fouling) left on the coating surface after thermal desorption can be removed.

  12. Universally composable anonymous Hash certification model

    ZHANG Fan; MA JianFeng; SangJae MOON


    Ideal function is the fundamental component in the universally composable security model. However, the certification ideal function defined in the universally composable security model realizes the identity authentication by binding identity to messages and the signature, which fails to characterize the special security requirements of anonymous authentication with other kind of certificate. Therefore,inspired by the work of Marten, an anonymous hash certification ideal function and a more universal certificate CA model are proposed in this paper. We define the security requirements and security notions for this model in the framework of universal composable security and prove in the plain model (not in the random-oracle model) that these security notions can be achieved using combinations of a secure digital signature scheme, a symmetrical encryption mechanism, a family of pseudorandom functions, and a family of one-way collision-free hash functions. Considering the limitation of wireless environment and computation ability of wireless devices, this anonymous Hash certification ideal function is realized by using symmetry primitives.

  13. A Systematic Approach to Composing Heterogeneous Components

    HUANGGang; MEIHong; WANGQianxiang; YANGFuqing


    As the Component-based software development (CBSD) becomes the prevalent approach to building large-scale distributed systems, the infrastructure of CBSD - middleware - is proliferating. Not only is the existing middleware evolving, but also new middleware has emerged. At the same time, the proliferation of middleware brings a new challenge to CBSD, i.e., how to compose heterogeneous components deployed in different middleware. This issue has received increasing attention from the academia and industry, but the existing solutions lack a systematic view of the CBSD processes and do not provide an open way to extend new mechanisms for interacting with new types of heterogeneous components. In this paper, a systematic approach to composing heterogeneous components is presented. The composition can occur at different lifecycle phases and is automated via a set of CASE (Computer aided software engineering) tools and runtime mechanisms. The feasibility and applicability of the systematic approach are shown by the implementation and case study of composing EJBs (Enterprise JavaBeans) with other heterogeneous components.

  14. Extracellular matrix structure.

    Theocharis, Achilleas D; Skandalis, Spyros S; Gialeli, Chrysostomi; Karamanos, Nikos K


    Extracellular matrix (ECM) is a non-cellular three-dimensional macromolecular network composed of collagens, proteoglycans/glycosaminoglycans, elastin, fibronectin, laminins, and several other glycoproteins. Matrix components bind each other as well as cell adhesion receptors forming a complex network into which cells reside in all tissues and organs. Cell surface receptors transduce signals into cells from ECM, which regulate diverse cellular functions, such as survival, growth, migration, and differentiation, and are vital for maintaining normal homeostasis. ECM is a highly dynamic structural network that continuously undergoes remodeling mediated by several matrix-degrading enzymes during normal and pathological conditions. Deregulation of ECM composition and structure is associated with the development and progression of several pathologic conditions. This article emphasizes in the complex ECM structure as to provide a better understanding of its dynamic structural and functional multipotency. Where relevant, the implication of the various families of ECM macromolecules in health and disease is also presented.

  15. Ecological interaction and phylogeny, studying functionality on composed networks

    Cruz, Claudia P. T.; Fonseca, Carlos Roberto; Corso, Gilberto


    We study a class of composed networks that are formed by two tree networks, TP and TA, whose end points touch each other through a bipartite network BPA. We explore this network using a functional approach. We are interested in how much the topology, or the structure, of TX (X=A or P) determines the links of BPA. This composed structure is a useful model in evolutionary biology, where TP and TA are the phylogenetic trees of plants and animals that interact in an ecological community. We make use of ecological networks of dispersion of fruits, which are formed by frugivorous animals and plants with fruits; the animals, usually birds, eat fruits and disperse their seeds. We analyse how the phylogeny of TX determines or is correlated with BPA using a Monte Carlo approach. We use the phylogenetic distance among elements that interact with a given species to construct an index κ that quantifies the influence of TX over BPA. The algorithm is based on the assumption that interaction matrices that follows a phylogeny of TX have a total phylogenetic distance smaller than the average distance of an ensemble of Monte Carlo realisations. We find that the effect of phylogeny of animal species is more pronounced in the ecological matrix than plant phylogeny.

  16. Matrix theory

    Franklin, Joel N


    Mathematically rigorous introduction covers vector and matrix norms, the condition-number of a matrix, positive and irreducible matrices, much more. Only elementary algebra and calculus required. Includes problem-solving exercises. 1968 edition.

  17. Can matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) be more simplified? Application of solventless MSPD sample preparation method for GC-MS and GC-FID analysis of plant essential oil components.

    Wianowska, Dorota; Dawidowicz, Andrzej L


    This paper proposes and shows the analytical capabilities of a new variant of matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) with the solventless blending step in the chromatographic analysis of plant volatiles. The obtained results prove that the use of a solvent is redundant as the sorption ability of the octadecyl brush is sufficient for quantitative retention of volatiles from 9 plants differing in their essential oil composition. The extraction efficiency of the proposed simplified MSPD method is equivalent to the efficiency of the commonly applied variant of MSPD with the organic dispersing liquid and pressurized liquid extraction, which is a much more complex, technically advanced and highly efficient technique of plant extraction. The equivalency of these methods is confirmed by the variance analysis. The proposed solventless MSPD method is precise, accurate, and reproducible. The recovery of essential oil components estimated by the MSPD method exceeds 98%, which is satisfactory for analytical purposes.

  18. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric analysis of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells: comparison of in situ photoelectrochemical polymerization in aqueous micellar and organic media.

    Zhang, Jinbao; Ellis, Hanna; Yang, Lei; Johansson, Erik M J; Boschloo, Gerrit; Vlachopoulos, Nick; Hagfeldt, Anders; Bergquist, Jonas; Shevchenko, Denys


    Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (sDSCs) are devoid of such issues as electrolyte evaporation or leakage and electrode corrosion, which are typical for traditional liquid electrolyte-based DSCs. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is one of the most popular and efficient p-type conducting polymers that are used in sDSCs as a solid-state hole-transporting material. The most convenient way to deposit this insoluble polymer into the dye-sensitized mesoporous working electrode is in situ photoelectrochemical polymerization. Apparently, the structure and the physicochemical properties of the generated conducting polymer, which determine the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding solar cell, can be significantly affected by the preparation conditions. Therefore, a simple and fast analytical method that can reveal information on polymer chain length, possible chemical modifications, and impurities is strongly required for the rapid development of efficient solar energy-converting devices. In this contribution, we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS) for the analysis of PEDOT directly on sDSCs. It was found that the PEDOT generated in aqueous micellar medium possesses relatively shorter polymeric chains than the PEDOT deposited from an organic medium. Furthermore, the micellar electrolyte promotes a transformation of one of the thiophene terminal units to thiophenone. The introduction of a carbonyl group into the PEDOT molecule impedes the growth of the polymer chain and reduces the conductivity of the final polymer film. Both the simplicity of sample preparation (only application of the organic matrix onto the solar cell is needed) and the rapidity of analysis hold the promise of making MALDI MS an essential tool for the physicochemical characterization of conducting polymer-based sDSCs.

  19. The stability of non-ionic surfactants and linear alkylbenzene sulfonates in a water matrix and on solid-phase extraction cartridges.

    Petrović, M; Barceló, D


    The stability of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEO), alcohol ethoxylates (AEO), coconut diethanol amides (CDEA) and linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) in a water matrix and preconcentrated on SPE cartridges was studied. A stability study was carried out in a water matrix (spiked ground water and real-world waste water) comparing different pretreatment procedures (addition of sulfuric acid to pH = 3, preservation with 1% and 3% of formaldehyde). When stored in a water matrix serious qualitative and quantitative changes occurred in waste water during the period of time studied (30 days). The losses of C12-C14 alcohol ethoxylates ranged from 72% to 88% when the sample was preserved with acid and from 17% to 86% when the sample was preserved with formaldehyde (3%). Simultaneously, an enrichment of the shorter alkyl chain homologues (C7EO and C10EO) was observed. The losses of NPEO were from 45% (sample preserved by acidification or by addition of 3% of formaldehyde) to 85% (sample preserved with 1% of formaldehyde). Additionally, an increase in concentration of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and formation of different acidic forms, such as monocarboxylated (MCPEGs) and dicarboxylated polyethylene glycols (DCPEGs) were observed. The stability of surfactants preconcentrated on SPE cartridges was studied as a function of storage time and storage conditions (room temperature, 4 degrees C and -20 degrees C). The results indicate that disposable SPE cartridges can be recommended for the stabilization of non-ionic surfactants and LAS. Storage at -20 degrees C is feasible for long periods (up to 3 months for ground water and up to 2 months for waste water), while storage at 4 C can be recommended for a maximum of 1 month. When cartridges were kept at -20 degrees C the losses of AEOs (n = 12, 13 and 14), preconcentrated from waste water, ranged from 17 to 29% (after 60 days) and other compounds suffered small losses (maximum of 14% for C13LAS). At room temperature, after 7 days, the

  20. Improvisation: Performer as Co-composer

    Kyle Schick


    Full Text Available Elements of musical improvisation have been present throughout the medieval, renaissance, and baroque eras, however, improvisation had the most profound recorded presence in the baroque era. Improvisation is inherently a living practice and leaves little documentation behind for historians to study, but however elusive, it is still important to trace where instances of this improvised art appear throughout the eras listed above. It is also interesting to trace what role improvisation would later have in realizing the Baroque ideals of emotional expression, virtuosity, and individuality. This paper seeks to focus on a few of the best documented mediums of improvisation within each era. During the medieval period, improvisation took on the form of improvised counterpoint against a plainsong. In the renaissance, improvised harmony of faburden and the contenance angloise is this paper’s selected example. In the Baroque, this study seeks to describe several areas where improvisation appears such as the art of improvised accompaniment from figured bass symbols, the practice of expressive ornamentation on a written melody, and improvised vocal embellishments and cadenzas of the da capo aria. A final aim of this research is to provide examples to clarify the definition of improvisation as the degree to which the composer of a musical work has given control of its realization to the performer. Treatises and ear witness accounts of improvised musical forms provided primary sources. Other sources used in this research included writings on performance practices of different historical eras and writings on the changing relationship between the composer and the performer. This paper also consults writings on how improvised music was perceived historically as opposed to composed music.

  1. William Byrd: Political and Recusant Composer

    Ariel Foshay Bacon


    Full Text Available Amidst the pendulum of political and religious upheaval that pervaded England throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth century, William Byrd stands as one of the best loved and lauded composers. Byrd succeeded in the secular and sacred realms, contributing great works to the Anglican Church, popularizing the English madrigal and producing prolific amounts of sacred music. However, in a time where one’s religious beliefs were often linked with political loyalty, Byrd defied his monarch’s established and enforced Protestant religion, composing politically charged music for recusant use in clandestine Catholic Church services. His themes were aligned with the Jesuit mission and his texts were often drawn from the lips of martyred Catholics at the gallows; their last words forever immortalized by Byrd for the furthering of the Jesuit cause and the Counter-Reformation. The examination of sources by prominent Byrd scholars, an analyses of Byrd’s ‘political’ compositions and a study of the social and historical background are used to place Byrd within the appropriate context, prove his recusant and political leanings, and analyze his precarious relationship with the English monarch, Elizabeth I. It is shown that Byrd could not have proceeded with his recusant practices, personally or musically, had it not been for his status as a composer, as well as Byrd’s shrewdness in procuring diplomatic relationships with high persons at court and with Queen Elizabeth I through the Chapel Royal. Finally, Byrd’s success at writing for the Anglican Church service and popular secular music showcased his ability to take a moderate stance in situations that benefitted his status with the crown

  2. Multiresidue LC-MS/MS analysis of cephalosporins and quinolones in milk following ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersive extraction combined with the quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe methodology.

    Karageorgou, Eftichia; Myridakis, Antonis; Stephanou, Euripides G; Samanidou, Victoria


    A sensitive and selective confirmatory method for milk-residue analysis of ten quinolones and eight cephalosporins by LC-MS/MS has been developed herein. For the chromatographic separation of target analytes, a Perfectsil ODS-2 (250 × 4 mm, 5 μm) analytical column was used and gradient elution was applied, using a mobile phase of 0.1% w/w TFA in water and 0.1% w/w TFA in ACN. Ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion procedure was applied for the extraction and clean-up procedure of antimicrobials agents from milk matrix using a mixture of Bond Elut Plexa sorbent and QuEChERS. The method was validated meeting the European Legislation determining selectivity, linearity response, trueness, precision (repeatability and between-day reproducibility), decision limit, detection capability, and ruggedness following the Youden approach. Recoveries of all antibiotics ranged from 81.7 to 117.9%, while RSD values were lower than 13.7%. Limits of quantification for all examined compounds ranged from 2.4 to 15.0 μg/kg, substantially lower than the maximum residue limits established by the European Union (30-100 μg/kg).

  3. Determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in fish tissues by matrix solid-phase dispersion and gas chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole mass spectrometry: case study on European eel (Anguilla anguilla) from Mediterranean coastal lagoons.

    Labadie, Pierre; Alliot, Fabrice; Bourges, Catherine; Desportes, Annie; Chevreuil, Marc


    This paper describes the development and validation of an analytical methodology to determine 28 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in European eel (Anguilla anguilla) tissues using matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD) and gas chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-QQQ-MS/MS). A total of 28 PBDEs were targeted, including tri- to deca-brominated congeners. The robustness and effectiveness of the proposed sample preparation procedure was demonstrated in lipid-rich eel tissues. The use of batch MSPD with activated silica gel and H(2)SO(4)-impregnated silica gel, followed by H(2)SO(4) digestion and multilayer cartridge clean-up allowed for complete lipid removal and eliminated matrix effects during GC-QQQ-MS/MS analysis. The average PBDE recoveries from eel muscle samples spiked with PBDEs at two levels were in the range 56.2-119.0%. Precision was satisfactory since relative standard deviations were lower than 19.6%, regardless of spike level, and method quantification limits ranged between 1 and 170 pg g(-1) (wet weight). The method demonstrated its successful application for the analysis of eel samples from two coastal lagoons located on the western French Mediterranean coast. All samples tested positive, but for tri- to hexa-brominated congeners only and total PBDE levels observed in this study were in the range 0.08-1.80 ng g(-1) wet weight.

  4. Clasp Together: Composing for Mind and Machine

    J. Harry Whalley


    Full Text Available This paper will explore questions of agency, control and interaction and the embodied nature of musical performance in relation to the use of human-computer interaction (HCI, through the experimental work Clasp Together (beta 2 for small ensemble and live electronics by J. Harry Whalley. This practice-led research is situated at the intersection of music neurotechnology for sound synthesis and brain-computer interfaces (BCI, and explores the use of neural patterns from Electroencephalography (EEG as a control instrument. The composition departed from the traditional composer/performer paradigm by including both non-instrumental physical gestures and cognitive or emotive instructions integrated into the score.

  5. Q&A: The AI composer

    Spinney, Laura


    Computer scientist Luc Steels uses artificial intelligence to explore the origins and evolution of language. He is best known for his 1999-2001 Talking Heads Experiment, in which robots had to construct a language from scratch to communicate with each other. Now Steels, who works at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), has composed an opera based on the legend of Faust, with a twenty-first-century twist. He talks about Mozart as a nascent computer programmer, how music maps onto language, and the blurred boundaries of a digitized world.

  6. A combination of solid-phase extraction and dispersive solid-phase extraction effectively reduces the matrix interference in liquid chromatography-ultraviolet detection during pyraclostrobin analysis in perilla leaves.

    Farha, Waziha; Rahman, Md Musfiqur; Abd El-Aty, A M; Jung, Da-I; Kabir, Md Humayun; Choi, Jeong-Heui; Kim, Sung-Woo; Im, So Jeong; Lee, Young-Jun; Shin, Ho-Chul; Kwon, Chan-Hyeok; Son, Young-Wook; Lee, Kang-Bong; Shim, Jae-Han


    Perilla leaves contain many interfering substances; thus, it is difficult to protect the analytes during identification and integration. Furthermore, increasing the amount of sample to lower the detection limit worsens the situation. To overcome this problem, we established a new method using a combination of solid-phase extraction and dispersive solid-phase extraction to analyze pyraclostrobin in perilla leaves by liquid chromatography with ultraviolet absorbance detection. The target compound was quantitated by external calibration with a good determination coefficient (R(2) = 0.997). The method was validated (in triplicate) with three fortification levels, and 79.06- 89.10% of the target compound was recovered with a relative standard deviation <4. The limits of detection and quantification were 0.0033 and 0.01 mg/kg, respectively. The method was successfully applied to field samples collected from two different areas at Gwangju and Muan. The decline in the resiudue concentrations was best ascribed to a first-order kinetic model with half-lives of 5.7 and 4.6 days. The variation between the patterns was attributed to humidity.

  7. Novel molecularly imprinted polymers with carbon nanotube as matrix for selective solid-phase extraction of emodin from kiwi fruit root.

    Yang, Xiao; Zhang, Zhaohui; Li, Jiaxing; Chen, Xing; Zhang, Minlei; Luo, Lijuan; Yao, Shouzhuo


    In this paper, we present a novel surface imprinting technique for the preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MIPs/MWNTs) for extraction of emodin from kiwi fruit root. The MIPs/MWNTs were characterised by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The properties involving adsorption dynamics, static adsorption, and selective recognition capacity were evaluated. The MIPs/MWNTs exhibited good site accessibility in which it only took 60 min to achieve adsorption equilibrium and highly selective recognition for the template emodin. Furthermore, the performance of the MIPs/MWNTs as solid phase extraction (SPE) material was investigated in detail. The proposed MIPs/MWNTs-SPE procedure for emodin exhibited satisfactory recoveries ranging from 89.2% to 93.8% for real samples. It was used for the purification and enrichment of emodin from kiwi fruit root successfully.

  8. Simplified miniaturized ultrasound-assisted matrix solid phase dispersion extraction and high performance liquid chromatographic determination of seven flavonoids in citrus fruit juice and human fluid samples: hesperetin and naringenin as biomarkers.

    Barfi, Behruz; Asghari, Alireza; Rajabi, Maryam; Barfi, Azadeh; Saeidi, Iman


    In the present study, for the first time, a simplified miniaturized ultrasound-assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (SM-USA-MSPD) method with a different application for liquid matrices was developed to extract different flavonoids (hesperidin, diosmin, eriocitrin, narirutin, naringin, hesperetin and naringenin) from citrus fruit juice and human fluid samples prior to their determination using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Different effective parameters were studied and under the optimum conditions (including sample volume: 150μL; solid phase: silica-based C18, 200mg; eluting solvent: methanol, 500μL; pH: 4; and sonication: 6min; at room temperature), limits of detection and limits of quantification were ranged from 23.3 to 46.8ngmL(-1) and 74.8 to 141.5ngmL(-1), respectively. Once optimized, analytical performance of the method was studied in terms of linearity (0.074-198.5μgmL(-1), r(2)>0.991), accuracy (recovery=84.6-101.5%), and precision (repeatability: intra-day precisionjuices- and the obtained results confirmed that these compounds could be used as good biomarkers of citrus fruit juice intake.

  9. Microcrystalline cellulose based matrix solid phase dispersion microextration for isomeric triterpenoid acids in loquat leaves by ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography and quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

    Cao, Jun; Peng, Li-Qing; Xu, Jing-Jing


    An analytical procedure based on matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) microextration and ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry was developed for the determination of isomeric triterpenoid acids (maslinic acid, corosolic acid, oleanolic acid and ursolic acid) in loquat leaves. Microcrystalline cellulose was used for the first time as a solid sorbent in MSPD microextration. Compared with the traditional extraction methods, the proposed method possessed the advantages of shorter extraction time, and lower consumption of sample, sorbent and organic solvent. The MSPD parameters that influenced the extraction efficiency of isomeric analytes were investigated and optimized in detail. Under the optimized conditions, good linearity was obtained with correlation coefficients higher than 0.9990. The limits of detection and quantification were 19.6-51.6μg/kg and 65.3-171.8μg/kg, respectively. Meanwhile, the recoveries obtained for all the analytes were ranging from 90.1% to 107.5%. Finally, the optimized method was successfully applied for analyzing these isomeric acids in loquat leaves samples obtained from different cultivated areas.

  10. Rheocasting Al Matrix Composites

    Girot, F. A.; Albingre, L.; Quenisset, J. M.; Naslain, R.


    Aluminum alloy matrix composites reinforced by SiC short fibers (or whiskers) can be prepared by rheocasting, a process which consists of the incorporation and homogeneous distribution of the reinforcement by stirring within a semi-solid alloy. Using this technique, composites containing fiber volume fractions in the range of 8-15%, have been obtained for various fibers lengths (i.e., 1 mm, 3 mm and 6 mm for SiC fibers). This paper attempts to delineate the best compocasting conditions for aluminum matrix composites reinforced by short SiC (e.g Nicalon) or SiC whiskers (e.g., Tokamax) and characterize the resulting microstructures.

  11. Novel Transparent Phosphor Conversion Matrix with High Thermal Conductivity for Next Generation Phosphor-Converted LED-based Solid State Lighting

    Bockstaller, Michael [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)


    The low thermal conductivity of state-of-the-art polymer encapsulants (k ~ 0.15 Wm-1K-1) limits the efficiency and power density of current phosphor conversion light emitting diodes (pc-LEDs). The technical objective of this project was to demonstrate synthesis and processing schemes for the fabrication of polymer hybrid encapsulants with a thermal conductivity exceeding k = 0.4 Wm-1K-1 for LED applications. The ‘hybrid polymer’ approach encompasses the dispersion of high thermal conductivity particle fillers (zinc oxide, ZnO as well as the alpha-polymorph of alumina, Al2O3) within a polysiloxane matrix (poly(dimethylsiloxane), PDMS as well as poly(phenyl methyl siloxane), PPMS) to increase the thermal conductivity while maintaining optical transparency and photothermal stability at levels consistent with LED applications. To accomplish this goal, a novel synthesis method for the fabrication of nanosized ZnO particles was developed and a novel surface chemistry was established to modify the surface of zinc oxide particle fillers and thus to enable their dispersion in poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) matrix polymers. Molecular dynamics and Mie simulations were used to optimize ligand structure and to enable the concurrent mixing of particles in PDMS/PPMS embedding media while also minimizing the thermal boundary resistance as well as optical scattering of particle fillers. Using this approach the synthesis of PDMS/ZnO hybrid encapsulants exhibiting a thermal conductivity of 0.64 Wm-1K-1 and optical transparency > 0.7 mm-1 was demonstrated. A forming process based on micromolding was developed to demonstrate the forming of particle filled PDMS into film and lens shapes. Photothermal stability testing revealed stability of the materials for approximately 4000 min when exposed to blue light LED (450 nm, 30 W/cm2). One postgraduate and seven graduate students were supported by the project. The research performed within this project led to fifteen publications in peer

  12. [Mental disease in two classical music composers].

    Rempelakos, L; Poulakou-Rebelakou, E; Ploumpidis, D


    A study οn two neglected classical music composers suffering a not syphilitic mental disease, is attempted here, syphilis of the central nervous system being frequent in that time. A brief overview on the psychiatric ailments of many great composers reveals suicide attempts and more or less severe depression following external events. The issue of a possible relationship between mental disease and (musical) creativity can be discussed, as mood swings and a certain tendency to melancholia are frequent features of a talented brain (a fact that can also be detected in their works). The first case presented here is Hans Rott from Austria, the beloved student of Anton Bruckner, who was considered to be at least equal to his famous classmate Gustav Mahler. The great expectations of his teacher and his friends suddenly came to an end, when he suffered a crisis of schizophrenia and was hospitalized in an insane asylum in Lower Austria. The tragic psychiatric adventure of the young musician lasted almost four years. He was diagnosed as a case of "hallucinatory insanity" and "persecution mania" by the medical staff, before dying of tuberculosis, aged only 26, and having completed only one symphony and several smaller works. His name came again on surface only a century after his death, when in 1989 his Symphony in E Major was discovered and premiered with great success, permitting to its creator a posthumous recognition, among Bruckner and Mahler. The second case of mental illness is that of the Armenian Komitas Vardapet. He was an orphan who grew up in theological schools and became a monk and later a priest, though he spent some years in Berlin in order to develop his musical skills. He is considered to be an authority of Armenian ecclesiastic music, introducing polyphony in the Armenian Church's music and collecting numerous traditional songs from all parts of Armenia. In 1915, during the Armenian genocide he was deported, tortured but finally saved, due to interventions

  13. Multi-residue analysis of pharmaceuticals in aqueous environmental samples by online solid-phase extraction-ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: optimisation and matrix effects reduction by quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe extraction.

    Bourdat-Deschamps, Marjolaine; Leang, Sokha; Bernet, Nathalie; Daudin, Jean-Jacques; Nélieu, Sylvie


    The aim of this study was to develop and optimise an analytical method for the quantification of a bactericide and 13 pharmaceutical products, including 8 antibiotics (fluoroquinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides, macrolide), in various aqueous environmental samples: soil water and aqueous fractions of pig slurry, digested pig slurry and sewage sludge. The analysis was performed by online solid-phase extraction coupled to ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (online SPE-UHPLC-MS-MS). The main challenge was to minimize the matrix effects observed in mass spectrometry, mostly due to ion suppression. They depended on the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) content and its origin, and ranged between -22% and +20% and between -38% and -93% of the signal obtained without matrix, in soil water and slurry supernatant, respectively. The very variable levels of these matrix effects suggested DOC content cut-offs above which sample purification was required. These cut-offs depended on compounds, with concentrations ranging from 30 to 290mgC/L for antibiotics (except tylosine) up to 600-6400mgC/L for the most apolar compounds. A modified Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe (QuEChERS) extraction procedure was therefore optimised using an experimental design methodology, in order to purify samples with high DOC contents. Its performance led to a compromise, allowing fluoroquinolone and tetracycline analysis. The QuEChERS extraction salts consisted therefore of sodium acetate, sodium sulfate instead of magnesium sulfate, and sodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) as a ligand of divalent cations. The modified QuEChERS procedure employed for the extraction of pharmaceuticals in slurry and digested slurry liquid phases reduced the matrix effects for almost all the compounds, with extraction recoveries generally above 75%. The performance characteristics of the method were evaluated in terms of linearity, intra-day and inter

  14. Art Music by Caribbean Composers: Guadeloupe

    Gangelhoff, Christine


    Full Text Available Guadeloupe retains more than its colonial and cultural roots from France. It has been an Overseas Department of that country since 1946. Many of the art-musical styles of Guadeloupe are derived from the ballroom and couple-dance traditions of old, reinvented in a creole tradition: quadrilles, waltzes, biguines and mazurkas (Gerstin, 2007-2011. Two of the most influential and consumed popular music genres are gwoka and compas. The Festival Internationale Saint-Georges, held annually since 2010, was created to celebrate the music of Saint-Georges, to promote artists of colour and to perform classical music written by composers of African descent, though the main focus of the festival is classical music.



    Composing web services is gained daily attention in Service Oriented Computing.It includes the dynamic discovery,interaction and coordination of agent-based semantic web services.The authors first follow Function Ontology and Automated Mechanism Design for service agents aggregating.Then the problem is formulated but it is ineffective to solve it from the traditional global view.Because the complexity is NP-complete and it is difficult or even impossible to get some personal information.This paper provides a multi-agent negotiation idea in which each participant negotiates under the condition of its reservation payoff being satisfied.Numerical experiment is given and well evaluates the negotiation.

  16. Determination of solid solubility level of Ho nanoparticles in Y-123 superconducting matrix and strong Cu{sub 1} site preference of nanoparticles

    Sarıtekin, N.K. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Zalaoglu, Y., E-mail: [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Department of Physics, Osmaniye 80000 (Turkey); Yildirim, G. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Doğruer, M.; Terzioglu, C.; Varilci, A.; Gorur, O. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey)


    Graphical abstract: The excess Ho particles inserted in the Y-123 superconducting matrix not only damage the crystal plane alignments and crystallinity of poly-crystallized Y-123 bulk samples but also lead to the phase transition from optimally doped state to the underdoped position in the crystal structure. - Highlights: • Identification of Y-123 ceramics by ρ–T, J{sub c}, XRD, SEM, EDX, H{sub V} and density measurements. • Optimum dopant level of x = 0.100 for Ho concentration in the Y-123 crystal structure. • Phase transition from optimally doped to the underdoped position with excess Ho impurities (x > 0.100). • Improvement of mechanical behavior with increase in strength of interaction between grains. • Superiority of IIC model to HK approach for the description of the real microhardness values. - Abstract: This comprehensive study reports the effect of the Ho inclusions on the microstructural, electrical, mechanical and superconducting characteristics of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} ceramic superconductors with the aid of standard characterization methods including the bulk density, dc resistivity (ρ–T), transport critical current density (J{sub c}), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron dispersive X-ray (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Vickers microhardness (H{sub V}) investigations. The experimental results such as the degree of granularity, hole (filling) localization effect, room temperature resistivity, onset–offset critical transition temperature, degree of the broadening, thermodynamic fluctuations (spin-gap opening temperature), crystallinity, crystal plane alignments (texturing), crystal structure, grain size, phase purity and lattice parameters, appearance of flux pinning centers, grain boundary weak-links (interaction between the superconducting grains), surface morphologies (grain size distribution), real (load independent) microhardness values, elemental compositions and distributions belonging to the pure and Y

  17. In matrix derivatization of trichloroethylene metabolites in human plasma with methyl chloroformate and their determination by solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-electron capture detector.

    Mudiam, Mohana Krishna Reddy; Jain, Rajeev; Varshney, Meenu; Ch, Ratnasekhar; Chauhan, Abhishek; Goyal, Sudhir Kumar; Khan, Haider A; Murthy, R C


    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a common industrial chemical that has been widely used as metal degreaser and for many industrial purposes. In humans, TCE is metabolized into dichloroacetic acid (DCA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and trichloroethanol (TCOH). A simple and rapid method has been developed for the quantitative determination of TCE metabolites. The procedure involves the in situ derivatization of TCE metabolites with methyl chloroformate (MCF) directly in diluted plasma samples followed by extraction and analysis with solid-phase microextraction (SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-electron capture detector (GC-ECD). Factors which can influence the efficiency of derivatization such as amount of MCF and pyridine (PYR), ratio of water/methanol were optimized. The factors which can affect the extraction efficiencies of SPME were screened using 2(7-4) Placket-Burman Design (PBD). A central composite design (CCD) was then applied to further optimize the most significant factors for optimum SPME extraction. The optimum factors for the SPME extraction were found to be 562.5mg of NaCl, pH at 1 and an extraction time of 22 min. Recoveries and detection limits of all three analytes in plasma were found to be in the range of 92.69-97.55% and 0.036-0.068 μg mL(-1) of plasma, respectively. The correlation coefficients were found to be in the range of 0.990-0.995. The intra- and inter-day precisions for TCE metabolites were found to be in the range of 2.37-4.81% and 5.13-7.61%, respectively. The major advantage of this method is that MCF derivatization allows conversion of TCE metabolites into their methyl esters in very short time (≤30 s) at room temperature directly in the plasma samples, thus makes it a solventless analysis. The method developed was successfully applied to the plasma samples of humans exposed to TCE.

  18. Matrix Factorization and Matrix Concentration

    Mackey, Lester


    Motivated by the constrained factorization problems of sparse principal components analysis (PCA) for gene expression modeling, low-rank matrix completion for recommender systems, and robust matrix factorization for video surveillance, this dissertation explores the modeling, methodology, and theory of matrix factorization.We begin by exposing the theoretical and empirical shortcomings of standard deflation techniques for sparse PCA and developing alternative methodology more suitable for def...

  19. Preparation of magnetic graphene/mesoporous silica composites with phenyl-functionalized pore-walls as the restricted access matrix solid phase extraction adsorbent for the rapid extraction of parabens from water-based skin toners.

    Feng, Jianan; He, Xinying; Liu, Xiaodan; Sun, Xueni; Li, Yan


    In this work, phenyl-functionalized magnetic graphene/mesoporous silica composites (MG-mSiO2-Ph) were prepared and applied as restricted access matrix solid phase extraction (RAM-SPE) adsorbents to determine the parabens in commercially available retail cosmetics. MG-mSiO2-Ph composites were synthesized by a surfactant-mediated co-condensation reaction in which mesoporous silica with phenyl-functionalized pore-walls was coated on a magnetic graphene sheet. The obtained nano-composites were proven to be of sufficient quality for an ideal RAM-SPE adsorbent with a large specific surface area of 369m(2)g(-1), uniform mesopores of 2.8nm, and special phenyl-functionalized pore-walls. Parabens, such as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and propyl paraben, were extracted from water-based skin toners using one step of the RAM-SPE and were then analysed by a HPLC-DAD system. The SPE conditions were optimized by studying the parameters, such as the adsorbent amount, elution solvent type, adsorption time and desorption time, that influence the extraction efficiency. For each analyte, there were good linearities of approximately 0.10-120μgmL(-1) with determination coefficients (R(2))>0.995. The sensitivity was as low as 0.01-0.025μgmL(-1) for the LOD, and the percent recoveries were 98.37-105.84%. The intra-day and inter-day RSDs were 1.44-6.11% (n=6) and 3.12-11.70% (n=6), respectively. The results indicated that this method with novel RAM-SPE adsorbents is sensitive and convenient. The results also offered an attractive alternative for the extraction and determination of paraben preservatives in a complex matrix, such as cosmetics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Railway Station Role in Composing Urban Conflicts

    Elisa Conticelli


    Full Text Available Despite railway infrastructure was the structural framework on which modern European States were developed, contributing to unify territories and to the establishment of Nations, right from the beginning, the relationship between railway and city has been characterized by physical, functional and social conflicts, mainly because of a lack of integration between infrastructural and urban policies, which have been produced strong conflicts during decades. These critical situations have concentrated on the railway stations surrounding areas, which have started symbolizing the main conflicts that are taking place inside the cities.Similarly to what happened in the XIX century, today railway is a strategic infrastructure for the European territory development, thanks to the introduction of high speed transport systems and the promotion of rail transport as a more sustainable transportation system, which can quickly connect metropolitan central areas, more and more impenetrable by private vehicles, and key functions centres for the contemporary urban systems.In this framework, railway stations are becoming public places representing a complex society which is more and more dedicated to motion; thus they offer an unmissable chance not only to carry out urban development and spatial cohesion policies, but also to compose old tensions caused by the sharing of physical space, which is more and more scarce and valuable, and by ghettoization phenomena which have been produced at local scale, between rail infrastructure and the surrounding urban context. Today, such conflicts are growing and they are involving many actors who express a lot of different interests, needs and expectations, relating to the station areas’ destiny.Starting from the analysis of some conflicting situations between rail stations and the surrounding areas which have took place until today, this paper investigates some recent renewal interventions on Italian and European main railway

  1. Collision Tumor Composed of Meningioma and Cavernoma

    Weigel, Jens; Neher, Markus; Schrey, Michael; Wünsch, Peter H.; Steiner, Hans-Herbert


    A true collision tumor is a rare entity composed of two histologically distinct neoplasms coinciding in the same organ. This paper reports a unique case of cerebral collision tumor consisting of two benign components. On the first hand, meningioma which is usually a benign lesion arising from the meningothelial cell in the arachnoidal membrane. On the other, cerebral cavernoma which is a well-circumscribed, benign vascular hamartoma within the brain. To our knowledge, there is no previously documented case of cerebral collision tumor consisting of two benign components. A 56-year-old Caucasian male suffered in 2002 from an atypical meningioma WHO II° located in the left lateral ventricle. Three years after the tumor extirpation, the patient suffered from a hematoma in the fourth ventricle due to a recurrently haemorrhaged cavernoma. In 2008, a recurrence of the tumor in the left lateral ventricle was discovered. Additionally, another tumor located in the quadrigeminal lamina was detected. After surgical resection of the tumor in the left lateral ventricle, the pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of a collision tumor consisting of components of a meningioma WHO II° and a cavernoma. Postoperatively, no adjuvant treatment was needed and no tumor recurrence is discovered up to the present. A possible explanation for the collision of those two different tumors may be migration of tumor cells mediated by the cerebrospinal fluid. After 5-years of follow-up, there is no sign of any tumor recurrence; therefore, surgical tumor removal without adjuvant therapy seems to be the treatment of choice. PMID:28061500

  2. Matrix calculus

    Bodewig, E


    Matrix Calculus, Second Revised and Enlarged Edition focuses on systematic calculation with the building blocks of a matrix and rows and columns, shunning the use of individual elements. The publication first offers information on vectors, matrices, further applications, measures of the magnitude of a matrix, and forms. The text then examines eigenvalues and exact solutions, including the characteristic equation, eigenrows, extremum properties of the eigenvalues, bounds for the eigenvalues, elementary divisors, and bounds for the determinant. The text ponders on approximate solutions, as well

  3. Graphene/TiO2 nanocomposite based solid-phase extraction and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for lipidomic profiling of avocado (Persea americana Mill.).

    Shen, Qing; Yang, Mei; Li, Linqiu; Cheung, Hon-Yeung


    Phospholipids possess important physiological, structural and nutritional functions in biological systems. This study described a solid-phase extraction (SPE) method, employing graphene and titanium dioxide (G/TiO2) nanocomposite as sorbent, for the selective isolation and enrichment of phospholipids from avocado (Persea americana Mill.). Based on the principal that the phosphoryl group in the phospholipid can interact with TiO2 via a bridging bidentate mode, an optimum condition was established for SPE, and was successfully applied to prepare avocado samples. The extracts were monitored by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight/tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) in both positive-ion and negative-ion modes. Results showed that phospholipids could be efficiently extracted in a clean manner by G/TiO2 based SPE. In addition, the signals of phospholipids were enhanced while the noise was reduced. Some minor peaks became more obvious. In conclusion, the nanocomposite material of G/TiO2 was proved to be a promising sorbent for selective separation of phospholipids from crude lipid extract.

  4. Importance of the coupling between the sign of the mean stress and the third invariant on the rate of void growth and collapse in porous solids with a von Mises matrix

    Alves, J. L.; Revil-Baudard, Benoit; Cazacu, Oana


    Recently, Cazacu et al (2013a J. Appl. Mech. 80 64501) demonstrated that the plastic potential of porous solids with a von Mises matrix containing randomly distributed spherical cavities should involve a very specific coupling between the mean stress and J_{3}^{\\Sigma} , the third invariant of the stress deviator. In this paper, the effects of this coupling on void evolution are investigated. It is shown that the new analytical model predicts that for axisymmetric stress states, void growth is faster for loading histories corresponding to J_{3}^{\\Sigma} \\ge 0 than for those corresponding to J_{3}^{\\Sigma} \\le 0 . However, void collapse occurs faster for loadings where J_{3}^{\\Sigma} \\le 0 than for those characterized by J_{3}^{\\Sigma} \\ge 0 . Finite-element (FE) results also confirm these trends. Furthermore, comparisons between FE results and corresponding predictions of yielding and void evolution show the improvements provided by the new model with respect to Gurson's. Irrespective of the loading history, the predicted rate of void growth is much faster than that according to Gurson's criterion.

  5. Direct analysis of 18 flavonol glycosides, aglycones and terpene trilactones in Ginkgo biloba tablets by matrix solid phase dispersion coupled with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometry.

    Liu, Xin-Guang; Yang, Hua; Cheng, Xiao-Lan; Liu, Lei; Qin, Yong; Wang, Qi; Qi, Lian-Wen; Li, Ping


    Analysis and quality control of Ginkgo biloba have been comprehensively studied. However, little attention has been devoted to the simultaneous extraction and analysis of flavonols and terpene trilactones, especially for direct quantification of flavonol glycosides. This work described a rapid strategy for one-step extraction and quantification of the components. A matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) method was designed for the extraction of ginkgo ingredients and compared with the heat-reflux and ultrasonic extraction methods. An ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC)-tandem-triple-quadrupole-mass spectrometry (QQQ-MS) method was developed for detection of the 18 components, including 10 original flavonol glycosides, 3 aglycones, and 5 lactones. Subsequently, the proposed strategy was used for the analysis of 12 G. biloba tablets. Results showed that MSPD produced comparable extraction efficiency but consumed less time and required lower solvent volumes compared with conventional methods. Without hydrolysis, the concentration detected was much closer to the original in the sample. The total flavonol glycoside contents in ginkgo tablets ranged from 3.59 to 125.21μgmg(-1), and the terpene trilactone varied from 3.45 to 57.8μgmg(-1) among different manufacturers. In conclusion, the proposed MSPD and UHPLC-QQQ-MS is rapid and sensitive in providing comprehensive profile of chemical constituents especially the genuine flavonol glycosides for improved quality control of ginkgo products.

  6. Coaxial nanocable composed by imogolite and carbon nanotubes

    Ramírez, M.; González, R. I.; Munoz, F.; Valdivia, J. A.; Rogan, J.; Kiwi, M. [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago, 7800024 (Chile); Centro para el Desarrollo de la Nanociencia y la Nanotecnología, CEDENNA, Avda. Ecuador 3493, Santiago, 9170124 (Chile)


    The discovery and development of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) at the beginning of the 1990s has driven a major part of solid state research. The electronic properties of the CNTs have generated a large number of ideas, as building coaxial nanocables. In this work we propose a possible type of such nanocables, which is formed by three nanostructures: two conducting CNTs, where one of them is covered by an insulator (an inorganic oxide nanotube: the imogolite aluminosilicate). The theoretical calculations were carried out using the density functional tight-binding formalism, by means of the DFTB+ code. This formalism allows to calculate the band structure, which compares favorably with DFT calculations, but with a significantly lower computational cost. As a first step, we reproduce the calculations of already published results, where the formation of a nanocable composed by one CNT and the imogolite as an insulator. Afterwards, we simulate the band structure for the proposed structure to study the feasibility of the coaxial nanocable. Finally, using classical MD simulations, we study the possible mechanisms of formation of these nanocables.

  7. Violent deaths among composers (accidents, drownings and murders)

    Breitenfeld, Darko; Vodanović, Marijo; Akrap, Ankica; Juran, Dominik; Kranjčec, Darko; Vuksanović, Marina


    In this study, we described different accidents, drowning and murders as the main cause of death among 145 composers. We included accidents (48 composers), drowning (26 composers) and murders (71 composers) which were mainly fatal, and premature. Accidents are the third leading cause of deaths today. Murders were often during the wars and revolutions (World War I, II, French, Russian revolution). We mentioned all of the etiologies of these accidents, drowning and murders according to the c...

  8. Universally composable protocols with relaxed set-up assumptions

    Barak, Boaz; Canetti, Ran; Nielsen, Jesper Buus


    A desirable goal for cryptographic protocols is to guarantee security when the protocol is composed with other protocol instances. Universally composable (UC) protocols provide this guarantee in a strong sense: A protocol remains secure even when composed concurrently with an unbounded number of ...

  9. Sequoias, Mavericks, Open Doors...Composing Joan Tower

    Allsup, Randall Everett


    This essay interview with Joan Tower is a meditation on the importance of composing, understood as a process larger than the making of new sound combinations or musical scores, suggesting that the compositional act is self-educative and self-forming. Tower's musical life, one of teaching and learning, one of composing and self-composing, is an…

  10. 16 CFR 301.20 - Fur products composed of pieces.


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Fur products composed of pieces. 301.20... RULES AND REGULATIONS UNDER FUR PRODUCTS LABELING ACT Regulations § 301.20 Fur products composed of pieces. (a) Where fur products, or fur mats and plates, are composed in whole or in substantial part...


    任九生; 程昌钧; 朱正佑


    The cavitated bifurcation problem in a solid sphere composed of two compressible hyper-elastic materials under a uniform boundary radial stretch was examined.The solutions, including the trivial solution and the cavitated solutions, were obtained.The bifurcation curves and the stress contributions subsequent to cavitation were discussed.The phenomena of the right and the left bifurcations as well as the catastrophe and concentration of stresses are observed. The stability of solutions is discussed through the energy comparison.

  12. 多菌种固态发酵对豆粕、棉籽粕和花生粕组成的混合蛋白原料的影响%Effect of multi-strain solid state fermentation on mixed protein feed composed of soybean meal, cottonseed meal and peanut meal

    李旺军; 方华; 夏佳吉; 王玲; 季春源


    The active bacteria number and nutrient substances were analyzed during mixed culture solid state fermentation by Bacillus subitilis and Lactobacillus bulgaricus ,? With soybean meal, cottonseed meal and peanut meal as mixed solid protein feed. The Results showed that the colony formation unit (cfu) of Bacillus subitilis and Lactobacillus bulgaricus were 3. 1×108 and 4. 45×108 in fermented products, respectively. The content of lactate was 1. 98% {Meanwhile, the large molecular weight of proteins was nearly degraded after fermentation. Compared to the unfermented protein feed,the content of crude protein increased by 7. 89%,and the contents of oligo-peptide increased by 129. 36%. The anti-nutritional factors (stachyose and raffi-nose) almost completely degraded, as well as producing a certain amount of reducing sugar.%以枯草芽孢杆菌和保加利亚乳杆菌为试验菌株,对豆粕、棉籽粕和花生粕组成的混合蛋白原料样品进行多菌种发酵处理,检测发酵过程中的活菌数和营养物质的变化.结果表明:发酵结束后混合蛋白原料样品中枯草芽孢杆菌活菌数为3.1×108 cfu/g,保加利亚乳杆菌活菌数为4.45×108 cfu/g,乳酸含量为1.98%,大分子蛋白几乎完全分解成小分子蛋白,粗蛋白质含量比发酵前提高了7.89%,寡肽含量比发酵前提高了129.36%,抗营养因子(水苏糖和棉籽糖)几乎完全降解,同时产生了一定量的还原糖.

  13. Matrix Thermalization

    Craps, Ben; Nguyen, Kévin


    Matrix quantum mechanics offers an attractive environment for discussing gravitational holography, in which both sides of the holographic duality are well-defined. Similarly to higher-dimensional implementations of holography, collapsing shell solutions in the gravitational bulk correspond in this setting to thermalization processes in the dual quantum mechanical theory. We construct an explicit, fully nonlinear supergravity solution describing a generic collapsing dilaton shell, specify the holographic renormalization prescriptions necessary for computing the relevant boundary observables, and apply them to evaluating thermalizing two-point correlation functions in the dual matrix theory.

  14. Single-Drop Solution Electrode Discharge-Induced Cold Vapor Generation Coupling to Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersion: A Robust Approach for Sensitive Quantification of Total Mercury Distribution in Fish.

    Chen, Qian; Lin, Yao; Tian, Yunfei; Wu, Li; Yang, Lu; Hou, Xiandeng; Zheng, Chengbin


    Sensitive quantification of mercury distribution in fish is challenging because of insufficient sensitivities of conventional analytical methods, the limited mass of organs (tens of micrograms to several milligrams), and dilution of analyte concentration from sample digestion. In this work, a simple and robust approach coupling multiwall carbon nanotubes assisted matrix solid-phase dispersion (MWCNTs-MSPD) to single-drop solution electrode glow discharge-induced cold vapor generation (SD-SEGD-CVG) was developed for the sensitive determination of mercury in limited amount of sample. Mercury species contained in a limited amount of sample can be efficiently extracted into a 100 μL of eluent by MWCNTs-MSPD, which are conveniently converted to Hg(0) by SD-SEGD-CVG and further transported to atomic fluorescence spectrometry for their determination. Therefore, analyte dilution resulted from sample preparation is avoided and sensitivity is significantly improved. On the basis of consumption of 1 mg of sample, a limit of detection of 0.01 μg L(-1) (0.2 pg) was obtained with relative standard deviations (RSDs) of 5.2% and 4.6% for 2 and 20 μg L(-1), respectively. The accuracy of the proposed method was validated by analysis of three Certified Reference Materials with satisfying results. To confirm that SD-SEGD-CVG-AFS coupling to MWCNTs-MSPD is a promising method to quantify mercury distribution in fish, this method was successfully applied for the sensitive determination of mercury in seven organs of common carps (muscle, gill, intestine, liver, gallbladder, brain, and eye) after dietary of mercury species. The proposed method provides advantages of minimum sample dilution, low blank, high sample introduction efficiency, high sensitivity, and minimum toxic chemicals and sample consumption.

  15. Solid lipid nanoparticles with and without hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin: a comparative study of nanoparticles designed for colonic drug delivery

    Spada, Gianpiera; Gavini, Elisabetta; Cossu, Massimo; Rassu, Giovanna; Giunchedi, Paolo


    New solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), composed of Compritol ATO888 (C) and hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP), were developed in order to study a new colon-specific formulation for diclofenac sodium (D) delivery. The prepared batches differ from each other by the molecular ratio between HP and D and by the composition of the matrix. Nanoparticles composed of an exclusively lipid matrix and nanoparticles with an oligomeric and lipid matrix were compared in order to establish the effect of both components on the drug delivery tests performed. The SLN preparation method was based on the oil/water hot homogenization process. Emulsions produced were cooled at room temperature and lyophilized in order to obtain dried nanoparticles; possible damage to nanoparticle shape and size was avoided by the addition of cryoprotectants to the aqueous dispersion of nanoparticles before exsiccation. An in vitro toxicity study was performed using CaCo2 cells to establish the safety of the prepared SLN. Data obtained showed that production method studied guarantees emulsions composed of nanosized drops which can be dried by lyophilization into SLN with a size range of 300-600 nm. In vitro and ex vivo tests demonstrated that dried SLN can be considered as colon delivery systems; however, the matrix composition as well as the presence of cryoprotectant on their surface influences the release and permeation rate of D. The in vitro toxicity studies indicated that the SLN are well tolerated.

  16. Thermodynamic Study on the Azeotropic Mixture Composed of Ethanol and Toluene

    南照东; 谭志诚; 邢军


    The molar heat capacity of the azeotropic mixture composed of ethanol and toluene was measured by a high precision adiabatic calorimeter from 80 to 320 K. The glass transition and phase transitions of the azeotropic mixture were determined based on the heat capacity measurements. A glass transition at 103.350 K was found. A solid-solid phase transition at 127.282 K, two solid-liquid phase transitions at 153.612 and 160.584 K were observed, which correspond to the transition of metastable crystal to stable crystal of ethanol and the melting of ethanol and toluene, respectively. The thermodynamic functions and the excess ones of the mixture relative to the standard temperature 298.15 K were derived based on the relationships of the thermodynamic functions and the function of the measured heat capacity with respect to temperature.

  17. A Bivariate Analogue to the Composed Product of Polynomials

    Donald Mills; Kent M. Neuerburg


    The concept of a composed product for univariate polynomials has been explored extensively by Brawley, Brown, Carlitz, Gao,Mills, et al. Starting with these fundamental ideas andutilizing fractional power series representation(in particular, the Puiseux expansion) of bivariate polynomials, we generalize the univariate results. We define a bivariate composed sum,composed multiplication,and composed product (based on function composition). Further, we investigate the algebraic structure of certain classes of bivariate polynomials under these operations. We also generalize a result of Brawley and Carlitz concerningthe decomposition of polynomials into irreducibles.

  18. Birth Location, Migration and Clustering of Important Composers: Historical Patterns

    Borowiecki, Karol; O’Hagan, John


    This article examines the 522 most important composers in the last 800 years, as identified by Charles Murray (2003), in terms of their birth location and migration. It also examines detailed patterns of migration and tendencies to cluster in certain cities for those composers born between 1750...... and 1899. This information is compiled from the large, Grove Music Online (2009) encyclopedia. There is also some discussion of the biases evident in choosing “significant” composers. The data show a marked level ofmigration of important composers going back many centuries suggesting that the phenomenon...

  19. Matrix inequalities

    Zhan, Xingzhi


    The main purpose of this monograph is to report on recent developments in the field of matrix inequalities, with emphasis on useful techniques and ingenious ideas. Among other results this book contains the affirmative solutions of eight conjectures. Many theorems unify or sharpen previous inequalities. The author's aim is to streamline the ideas in the literature. The book can be read by research workers, graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

  20. Crosslinked collagen/chitosan matrix for artificial livers

    Wang, X.H.; Li, D.P.; Wang, W.J.; Feng, Q.L.; Cui, F.Z.; Xu, Y.X.; Song, X.H.; van der Werf, Mark


    Matrices composed of collagen and chitosan may create an appropriate environment for the regeneration of livers. In this study, we have prepared, characterized and evaluated a new collagen/chitosan matrix (CCM). The CCM was made by using crosslinking agent

  1. Synthesis and application of Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 for photocatalytic decomposition of organic matrix simultaneously with magnetic solid phase extraction of heavy metals prior to ICP-MS analysis.

    Habila, Mohamed A; ALOthman, Zeid A; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Labis, Joselito Puzon; Soylak, Mustafa


    Interference of organic compounds in the matrix of heavy metal solution could suppress their pre-concentration and detection processes. Therefore, this work aimed to develop simple and facile methods for separation of heavy metals before ICP-MS analysis. Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 core-double shell magnetic adsorbent was prepared and characterized by TEM, SEM, FTIR, XRD and surface area, and tested for Magnetic Solid Phase Extraction (MSPE) of Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II). TEM micrograph of Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 reveals the uniform coating of TiO2 layer of about 20nm onto the Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles and indicates that all nanoparticles are monodispersed and uniform. The saturation magnetization from the room-temperature hysteresis loops of Fe3O4 and Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 was found to be 72 and 40emug(-1), respectively, suggesting good separability of the nanoparticles. The Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 showed maximum adsorption capacity of 125, 137, 148 and 160mgg(-1) for Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II) respectively, and the process was found to fit with the second order kinetic model and Langmuir isotherm. Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 showed efficient photocatalytic decomposition for tartrazine and sunset yellow (consider as Interfering organic compounds) in aqueous solution under the irradiation of UV light. The maximum recovery% was achieved at pH 5, by elution with 10mL of 2M nitric acid solution. The LODs were found to be 0.066, 0.049, 0.041 and 0.082µgL(-1) for Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II), respectively while the LOQs were found to be 0.20, 0.15, 0.12 and 0.25µgL(-1) for Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II), respectively. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Alexia Without Agraphia in a Composer. Technical Report No. 15.

    Judd, Tedd; And Others

    The case study of a 78-year-old music composer who had had a stroke revealed that he had a severe reading disturbance, a well-preserved writing ability, and no appreciable aphasia. He continued to read music and to compose. His text and music reading performance under different conditions suggested that this unusual dissociation (alexia without…

  3. Grammar for College Writing: A Sentence-Composing Approach

    Killgallon, Don; Killgallon, Jenny


    Across America, in thousands of classrooms, from elementary school to high school, the time-tested sentence-composing approach has given students tools to become better writers. Now the authors present a much anticipated sentence-composing grammar worktext for college writing. This book presents a new and easier way to understand grammar: (1) Noun…

  4. The cellulose resource matrix.

    Keijsers, Edwin R P; Yılmaz, Gülden; van Dam, Jan E G


    The emerging biobased economy is causing shifts from mineral fossil oil based resources towards renewable resources. Because of market mechanisms, current and new industries utilising renewable commodities, will attempt to secure their supply of resources. Cellulose is among these commodities, where large scale competition can be expected and already is observed for the traditional industries such as the paper industry. Cellulose and lignocellulosic raw materials (like wood and non-wood fibre crops) are being utilised in many industrial sectors. Due to the initiated transition towards biobased economy, these raw materials are intensively investigated also for new applications such as 2nd generation biofuels and 'green' chemicals and materials production (Clark, 2007; Lange, 2007; Petrus & Noordermeer, 2006; Ragauskas et al., 2006; Regalbuto, 2009). As lignocellulosic raw materials are available in variable quantities and qualities, unnecessary competition can be avoided via the choice of suitable raw materials for a target application. For example, utilisation of cellulose as carbohydrate source for ethanol production (Kabir Kazi et al., 2010) avoids the discussed competition with easier digestible carbohydrates (sugars, starch) deprived from the food supply chain. Also for cellulose use as a biopolymer several different competing markets can be distinguished. It is clear that these applications and markets will be influenced by large volume shifts. The world will have to reckon with the increase of competition and feedstock shortage (land use/biodiversity) (van Dam, de Klerk-Engels, Struik, & Rabbinge, 2005). It is of interest - in the context of sustainable development of the bioeconomy - to categorize the already available and emerging lignocellulosic resources in a matrix structure. When composing such "cellulose resource matrix" attention should be given to the quality aspects as well as to the available quantities and practical possibilities of processing the

  5. Solid lipid nanoparticles for topical administration of Kaempferia parviflora extracts.

    Sutthanut, Khaetthareeya; Lu, Xiuling; Jay, Michael; Sripanidkulchai, Bungorn


    Extracts of Kaempferia parviflora (KP) were formulated in solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) in order to enhance their transdermal permeability. The KP extracts were entrapped within SLNs by adding them to a melted mixture of oils, surfactants and PEGylating agents and subsequently forming an oil-in-water microemulsion at an elevated temperature. Cooling of this microemulsion resulted in the formation of SLNs. The formulation with the optimum properties was composed of stearyl alcohol as the nanoparticle matrix and Tocopheryl Polyethylene Glycol Succinate (TPGS) as the surfactant. Particle sizes of 82-108 nm were obtained with entrapment efficiencies as high as 87%. The release of the flavonoids from the SLN matrix was measured after suspending them in a Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS)/Tween 80 solution and demonstrated biphasic patterns. Permeability studies using a skin model composed of human-derived epidermal keratinocytes were conducted in which a topically applied KP extract-loaded SLN was compared to a KP-hydroxypropyl methylcellulose/Tween 80 gel formulation containing KP extract. The amount of total KP flavonoids in the SLNs and gel that had permeated through the skin after 25 hours (95.57 +/- 9.08 and 81.04 +/- 5.82 g, respectively) were found to be significantly different (P < 0.05). In addition, the flux values of three of the flavonoids were greater when incorporated in SLNs.

  6. Matrix analysis

    Bhatia, Rajendra


    A good part of matrix theory is functional analytic in spirit. This statement can be turned around. There are many problems in operator theory, where most of the complexities and subtleties are present in the finite-dimensional case. My purpose in writing this book is to present a systematic treatment of methods that are useful in the study of such problems. This book is intended for use as a text for upper division and gradu­ ate courses. Courses based on parts of the material have been given by me at the Indian Statistical Institute and at the University of Toronto (in collaboration with Chandler Davis). The book should also be useful as a reference for research workers in linear algebra, operator theory, mathe­ matical physics and numerical analysis. A possible subtitle of this book could be Matrix Inequalities. A reader who works through the book should expect to become proficient in the art of deriving such inequalities. Other authors have compared this art to that of cutting diamonds. One first has to...

  7. Current and field distributions of a superconducting power transmission cable composed of helical tape conductors

    Tominaka, Toshiharu


    The current distributions within a power transmission cable composed of helically wound long tape superconductors have been studied by solving the circuit equation with the inductance matrix among divided segments within a tape conductor under the Bean model. The self- and mutual inductances of helical thin tape conductors are calculated from the analytical expressions in the form of an infinite series. In addition, it is shown that the distinction between the right-handed and left-handed helixes is generally necessary in the mutual inductance between two long coaxial helical conductors.

  8. Current and field distributions of a superconducting power transmission cable composed of helical tape conductors

    Tominaka, Toshiharu, E-mail: tominaka@mext.go.j, E-mail: tominaka@riken.j [Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8959 (Japan); RIKEN - Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan)


    The current distributions within a power transmission cable composed of helically wound long tape superconductors have been studied by solving the circuit equation with the inductance matrix among divided segments within a tape conductor under the Bean model. The self- and mutual inductances of helical thin tape conductors are calculated from the analytical expressions in the form of an infinite series. In addition, it is shown that the distinction between the right-handed and left-handed helixes is generally necessary in the mutual inductance between two long coaxial helical conductors.

  9. An Approach for Composing Services Based on Environment Ontology

    Guangjun Cai


    Full Text Available Service-oriented computing is revolutionizing the modern computing paradigms with its aim to boost software reuse and enable business agility. Under this paradigm, new services are fabricated by composing available services. The problem arises as how to effectively and efficiently compose heterogeneous services facing the high complexity of service composition. Based on environment ontology, this paper introduces a requirement-driven service composition approach. We propose the algorithms to decompose the requirement, the rules to deduct the relation between services, and the algorithm for composing service. The empirical results and the comparison with other services’ composition methodologies show that this approach is feasible and efficient.

  10. Composed planar Hall effect sensors with dual-mode operation

    Vladislav Mor; Debangsu Roy; Moty Schultz; Lior Klein


    We present a composed planar Hall effect sensor with two modes of operation: (a) an ON mode where the composed sensor responds to magnetic field excitations similarly to the response of a regular planar Hall effect sensor, and (b) an OFF mode where the response is negligible. The composed planar Hall effect sensor switches from the OFF mode to the ON mode when it is exposed to a magnetic field which exceeds a certain threshold determined by the sensor design. The features of this sensor make ...

  11. A Universal Composability Framework for Analysis of Proxy Threshold Signature

    HONG Xuan; LI Xiang-xue; GONG Zheng; CHEN Ke-fei


    The universal composability framework is a new approach for designing and analyzing the security of cryptographic protocols. In this framework, the security of protocols is maintained under a general protocol composition operation. In the paper, we propose the universal composability framework for the analysis of proxy threshold signature and present a universally composable secure proxy threshold signature scheme which is the first one in this area. The proposed scheme is suitable for the mobile agents, which should migrate across different environment through network. Furthermore, we give the concrete analysis of the reduction to prove the security of the proposed scheme.

  12. Composes inter-halogenes sous pression: etude des transformations structurales dans le monobromure d'iode sous forme dense

    Bouchard, Alexandre

    La famille des composes halogenes et inter-halogenes representent des solides moleculaires adoptant des phases denses communes avec des solides moleculaires diatomiques comme l'azote et l'hydrogene. Parmi les transformations structurales et electroniques induites sous haute pression et observees dans ces solides, on note, entre autres, la dissociation moleculaire et la metallisation. De plus, l'etude des phases denses de l'iode a permis recemment l'observation d'une structure cristalline possedant une modulation dite incommensurable, c'est-a-dire une modulation possedant une periodicite differente de celle de la structure cristalline, jetant ainsi une lumiere nouvelle sur le processus de dissociation moleculaire dans les solides halogenes. Dans ce memoire, on propose d'etudier les changements structuraux dans monobromure d'iode (IBr), un compose inter-halogene possedant des proprietes structurales semblables a celles de deux composes halogenes, soit l'iode (I 2) et le brome (Br2) sous leur forme solide. Des experiences de diffraction des rayons X de poudres en utilisant un rayonnement synchrotron ont ete realisees a temperature ambiante sur l'IBr en variant la pression jusqu'aux environs de 60 GPa. La nature chimique particuliere du compose IBr a necessite la mise au point de techniques de chargement d'echantillon destinees a preserver l'integrite chimique de la substance utilisee. On rapporte egalement l'observation d'une phase de l'IBr presentant une modulation incommensurable. Les phases observees dans l'IBr permettent d'etablir des paralleles avec les phases denses rapportees dans I2 et Br2 par le biais d'un modele phenomenologique decrivant la sequence structurale des solides halogenes sous forme condensee.

  13. Matrix pentagons

    Belitsky, A V


    The Operator Product Expansion for null polygonal Wilson loop in planar maximally supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory runs systematically in terms of multiparticle pentagon transitions which encode the physics of excitations propagating on the color flux tube ending on the sides of the four-dimensional contour. Their dynamics was unravelled in the past several years and culminated in a complete description of pentagons as an exact function of the 't Hooft coupling. In this paper we provide a solution for the last building block in this program, the SU(4) matrix structure arising from internal symmetry indices of scalars and fermions. This is achieved by a recursive solution of the Mirror and Watson equations obeyed by the so-called singlet pentagons and fixing the form of the twisted component in their tensor decomposition. The non-singlet, or charged, pentagons are deduced from these by a limiting procedure.

  14. Efficient inorganic solid solar cells composed of perovskite and PbS quantum dots

    Li, Yi; Zhu, Jun; Huang, Yang; Wei, Junfeng; Liu, Feng; Shao, Zhipeng; Hu, Linhua; Chen, Shuanghong; Yang, Shangfeng; Tang, Junwang; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan


    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have attracted great interest due to their high efficiency and simple fabrication process. However, the high efficiency heavily relies on expensive organic hole-transporting materials (OHTMs) such as 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD), it is preferable to replace these expensive OHTMs by inorganic and low cost materials. Here, we report colloidal PbS quantum dots synthesized by a facile method and used as the inorganic hole-transporting material in a hybrid perovskite solar cell. By controlling the crystalline morphology of the perovskite capping layer, the recombination process is significantly retarded. Furthermore, a pure inorganic solar cell prepared by a two-step process demonstrated a nearly 8% power conversion efficiency due to efficient charge separation by a cascade of junctions and retarding charge recombination by a void-free capping layer. The stability of the inorganic solar cell was also tested with a little decay observed within ca. 100 h.Lead halide perovskite solar cells have attracted great interest due to their high efficiency and simple fabrication process. However, the high efficiency heavily relies on expensive organic hole-transporting materials (OHTMs) such as 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD), it is preferable to replace these expensive OHTMs by inorganic and low cost materials. Here, we report colloidal PbS quantum dots synthesized by a facile method and used as the inorganic hole-transporting material in a hybrid perovskite solar cell. By controlling the crystalline morphology of the perovskite capping layer, the recombination process is significantly retarded. Furthermore, a pure inorganic solar cell prepared by a two-step process demonstrated a nearly 8% power conversion efficiency due to efficient charge separation by a cascade of junctions and retarding charge recombination by a void-free capping layer. The stability of the inorganic solar cell was also tested with a little decay observed within ca. 100 h. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: The UV-visible absorption spectrum of the perovskite based on a one-step method before and after spinning PbS QDs. Photovoltaic characteristics of perovskite solar cells as a function of spin-coating number for PbS QDs. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00420a

  15. Stroke, music, and creative output: Alfred Schnittke and other composers.

    Zagvazdin, Yuri


    Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), a celebrated Russian composer of the twentieth century, suffered from several strokes which affected his left cerebral hemisphere. The disease, however, did not diminish his musical talent. Moreover, he stated that his illness in a way facilitated his work. The composer showed amazingly high productivity after his first and second injuries of the central nervous system. The main topic of this chapter is the effect of strokes on Schnittke's output, creativity, and style of music. A brief biography of the composer with the chronology of his brain hemorrhages is included. In addition, the influence of cerebrovascular lesions on creative potential of other prominent composers such as Benjamin Britten, Jean Langlais, Vissarion Shebalin, Igor Stravinsky, and Ira Randall Thompson is discussed.

  16. Mechanics and properties of composed materials and structures

    Öchsner, Andreas; Altenbach, Holm


    This volume details the latest trends in characterization and developments of composed materials and structures, including textile composites, sandwich plates, hollow sphere structures, reinforced concrete as well as classical fibre reinforced materials.

  17. TI推出增强型Code Composer Studio IDE


    德州仪器(TI)推出Code Composer Studio集成型开发环境(IDE)升级版Code Composer Studio IDE v5。Code Composer StudioIDE基于Eclipse开源软件框架,升级版Code Composer Studio IDE v5可进一步简化嵌入式软件开发工作,其用户界面有了重大改进,安装包缩小达5倍,既能简化开发,也可加速设置,可在Windows和Linux操作环境中运行。

  18. Solid Mathematical Marbling.

    Lu, Shufang; Jin, Xiaogang; Jaffer, Aubrey; Gao, Fei; Mao, Xiaoyang


    Years of research have been devoted to computer-generated two-dimensional marbling. However, three-dimensional marbling has yet to be explored. In this paper, we present mathematical marbling of three-dimensional solids which supports a compact random-access vector representation. Our solid marbling textures are created by composing closed-form 3D pattern tool functions. These tool functions are an injection function and five deformation functions. The injection function is used to generate basic patterns, and the deformation functions are responsible for transforming the basic pattern into complex marbling effects. The resulting representation is feature preserving and resolution-independent. Our approach can render high-quality images preserving both the sharp features and the smooth color variations of a solid texture. When implemented on the GPU, our representation enables efficient color evaluation during the real-time solid marbling texture mapping. The color of a point in the volume space is computed by the 3D pattern tool functions from its coordinates. Our method consumes very little memory because only the mathematical functions and their corresponding parameters are stored. In addition, we develop an intuitive user interface and a genetic algorithm to facilitate the solid marbling texture authoring process. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach through various solid marbling textures and 3D objects carved from them.

  19. Flexible electronic-paper active-matrix displays

    Huitema, H.E.A.; Gelinck, G.H.; Lieshout, P.J.G.; Veenendaal, E. van; Touwslager, F.J.


    A 100-um-thick 320 x 240-pixel active-matrix display integrated into a functional-device prototype is presented. The active matrix is composed of alternating layers of organic materials and gold. A six-mask photolithographic process is used. An electrophoretic electronic imaging film is laminated on

  20. Matrix Factorization for Evolution Data

    Xiao-Yu Huang


    Full Text Available We study a matrix factorization problem, that is, to find two factor matrices U and V such that R≈UT×V, where R is a matrix composed of the values of the objects O1,O2,…,On at consecutive time points T1,T2,…,Tt. We first present MAFED, a constrained optimization model for this problem, which straightforwardly performs factorization on R. Then based on the interplay of the data in U, V, and R, a probabilistic graphical model using the same optimization objects is constructed, in which structural dependencies of the data in these matrices are revealed. Finally, we present a fitting algorithm to solve the proposed MAFED model, which produces the desired factorization. Empirical studies on real-world datasets demonstrate that our approach outperforms the state-of-the-art comparison algorithms.

  1. Composed planar Hall effect sensors with dual-mode operation

    Mor, Vladislav; Roy, Debangsu; Schultz, Moty; Klein, Lior


    We present a composed planar Hall effect sensor with two modes of operation: (a) an ON mode where the composed sensor responds to magnetic field excitations similarly to the response of a regular planar Hall effect sensor, and (b) an OFF mode where the response is negligible. The composed planar Hall effect sensor switches from the OFF mode to the ON mode when it is exposed to a magnetic field which exceeds a certain threshold determined by the sensor design. The features of this sensor make it useful as a switch triggered by magnetic field and as a sensing device with memory, as its mode of operation indicates exposure to a magnetic field larger than a certain threshold without the need to be activated during the exposure itself.


    Mehmet Nuri PARMAKSIZ


    Full Text Available Classical Turkish poetry and classical Turkish music have been inseparable art branches for centuries. The best examples of music and poems created in the same periods have been the most prominent proof of this. One of these periods without doubt have been 17th century. It has been observed that composers demand divan poetry of 17thand 18thcentury greatly. Mystical poems constitute most of the poems composed in these centuries. Almost all of the poems in the divans of some mystic divan poets have been composed. In this study, the poets in the mentioned century have been determined and then the poems in the new and previous repertoires of these poets have been tried to reveal with screening and comparasion methods .

  3. Composed planar Hall effect sensors with dual-mode operation

    Vladislav Mor


    Full Text Available We present a composed planar Hall effect sensor with two modes of operation: (a an ON mode where the composed sensor responds to magnetic field excitations similarly to the response of a regular planar Hall effect sensor, and (b an OFF mode where the response is negligible. The composed planar Hall effect sensor switches from the OFF mode to the ON mode when it is exposed to a magnetic field which exceeds a certain threshold determined by the sensor design. The features of this sensor make it useful as a switch triggered by magnetic field and as a sensing device with memory, as its mode of operation indicates exposure to a magnetic field larger than a certain threshold without the need to be activated during the exposure itself.

  4. Riemann Zeta Matrix Function

    Kargın, Levent; Kurt, Veli


    In this study, obtaining the matrix analog of the Euler's reflection formula for the classical gamma function we expand the domain of the gamma matrix function and give a infinite product expansion of sinπxP.  Furthermore we define Riemann zeta matrix function and evaluate some other matrix integrals. We prove a functional equation for Riemann zeta matrix function.

  5. Composers on Stage: Ambiguous Authorship in Contemporary Music Performance

    Groth, Sanne Krogh


    but involving themselves in other ways. The article explores the ambivalent authorship at stake in these performances, arguing that they appear to be projects that reveal the processes of musical performance in ways that undermine the Romantic idea of the composer while concurrently celebrating that very same......In recent years, workflows within the field of contemporary classical music have changed drastically. Increasingly, composers are active in the process of creating and co-creating performances, not only the auditory dimensions but also the visual design and theatrical staging. The practice has...



    The musician and composer write his/her music on ... ourselves there should be a constructive criticism that will help us to assess our activities so ... things in a more serious and profound manner for the betterment and well being of society. .... The person who is able to put sounds together in an artistic and scientific way to ...

  7. A Time-Composable Operating System for the Patmos Processor

    Ziccardi, Marco; Schoeberl, Martin; Vardanega, Tullio


    . The Patmos time-predictable microprocessor used in the T-CREST project employs performance-enhancing hardware while keeping the system analyzable. Time composability, at both hardware and software level, is a considerable aid to reducing the integration costs of complex applications. A time...

  8. "Convince Me!" Valuing Multimodal Literacies and Composing Public Service Announcements

    Selfe, Richard J.; Selfe, Cynthia L.


    For some teachers, the increasing attention to digital and multimodal composing in English and Language Arts classrooms has brought into sharp relief the profession's investment in print as the primary means of expression. Although new forms of communication that combine words, still and moving images, and animation have begun to dominate digital…

  9. Domain-Specific Languages for Composable Editor Plugins

    Kats, L.C.L.; Kalleberg, K.T.; Visser, E.


    This paper is a pre-print of: Lennart C. L. Kats, Karl T. Kalleberg, Eelco Visser. Domain-Specific Languages for Composable Editor Plugins. In T. Ekman and J. Vinju, editors, Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA’09), Electronic Notes in Theoretica

  10. Composing Songs for Teaching Science to College Students

    Yee Pinn Tsin, Isabel


    Recent studies have shown that songs may enhance learning as they function as mnemonic devices to increase memorability. In this research, songs based on the more difficult subtopics in Chemistry were composed, encompassing many formulas, equations and facts to be remembered. This technique of song composition can be used in any subject, any point…

  11. Composing the Career Portfolio and the Classed Subject

    Collin, Ross


    In this article, I consider how subjectivities are composed and assessed within the boundaries of a career-focused portfolio program. First, by examining how portfolio composition is taught in senior English courses, I identify the qualities of the subject position students are called to occupy. Next, I present discourse analyses of portfolio…

  12. Composing with New Technology: Teacher Reflections on Learning Digital Video

    Bruce, David L.; Chiu, Ming Ming


    This study explores teachers' reflections on their learning to compose with new technologies in the context of teacher education and/or teacher professional development. English language arts (ELA) teachers (n = 240) in 15 courses learned to use digital video (DV), completed at least one DV group project, and responded to open-ended survey…

  13. Teaching Effective Communication Skills with ACE: Analyzing, Composing, & Evaluating

    Snyder, Lisa Gueldenzoph; Shwom, Barbara


    Most business communication classes teach students to use a writing process to compose effective documents. Students practice the process by applying it to various types of writing with various purposes-reports, presentations, bad news letters, persuasive memos, etc. However, unless students practice that process in other contexts outside of the…

  14. Sound Computational Interpretation of Formal Encryption with Composed Keys

    Laud, P.; Corin, R.J.; Corin, R.J.

    The formal and computational views of cryptography have been related by the seminal work of Abadi and Rogaway. In their work, a formal treatment of encryption that uses atomic keys is justified in the computational world. However, many proposed formal approaches allow the use of composed keys, where

  15. A Composer Teams with Student Lyricists to Make History Live.

    Lichtmann, Curtis; Lewis, Barbara


    The ballad is a primary medium for the reliving of historic events. Described is a joint music and social studies project in which junior high school students research historic events and write song lyrics. A composer gives a lesson on lyric writing, verse forms, and rhyme schemes. (RM)

  16. Conversations with American Composers: Ev Grimes Interviews Otto Luening.

    Grimes, Ev


    Otto Luening, one of the pioneers in the development of tape composition, talks about a variety of topics, including the education of musicians, the relationship between composer and teacher, his class for non-music majors, the musical training a teacher should have, and changes needed in music education. (RM)

  17. Slow fusion of liposomes composed of membrane-spanning lipids

    Elferink, MGL; vanBreemen, J; Konings, WN; Driessen, AJM; Wilschut, J; Elferink, Marieke G.L.


    The fusion characteristics of large unilamellar liposomes composed of bipolar tetraether lipids extracted from the thermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, was investigated. These lipids span the entire membrane and form single monolayer liposomes in aqueous media [Elferink, M.G.L., de Wit,

  18. Sound Computational Interpretation of Formal Encryption with Composed Keys

    Laud, P.; Corin, R.J.


    The formal and computational views of cryptography have been related by the seminal work of Abadi and Rogaway. In their work, a formal treatment of encryption that uses atomic keys is justified in the computational world. However, many proposed formal approaches allow the use of composed keys, where



    For domains composed by balls in Cn, this paper studies the boundary behaviour of Cauchy type integrals with discrete holomorphic kernels and the corresponding linear singular integral equation on each piece of smooth lower dimensional edges on the boundary of the domain.

  20. Noise composed of multiplication of two dichotomous noises

    Li Jing-Hui


    In this paper, we introduce a noise which is composed of multiplication of two dichotomous noises, and derive the probability density and the statistical properties of this noise. The obtained results can help study the resonant activation phenomenon, the phenomenon of stochastic resonance, the transport of particles, and the nonequilibrium (phase) transition for the systems driven by this noise.

  1. Teaching Effective Communication Skills with ACE: Analyzing, Composing, & Evaluating

    Snyder, Lisa Gueldenzoph; Shwom, Barbara


    Most business communication classes teach students to use a writing process to compose effective documents. Students practice the process by applying it to various types of writing with various purposes-reports, presentations, bad news letters, persuasive memos, etc. However, unless students practice that process in other contexts outside of the…

  2. Ignitable solids having an arrayed structure and methods thereof

    Adams, David P.; Reeves, Robert V.; Grubbs, Robert K.; Henry, Michael David


    The present invention relates to the design and manufacture of an ignitable solid, where the solid is composed of an array of ignitable regions. In some examples, the array provides a three-dimensional periodic arrangement of such ignitable regions. The ignitable region can have any useful geometry and geometric arrangement within the solid, and methods of making such regions are also described herein.

  3. Solid propellants.

    Marsh, H. E., Jr.; Hutchison, J. J.


    The basic principles underlying propulsion by rocket motor are examined together with the configuration of a solid propellant motor. Solid propellants and their preparation are discussed, giving attention to homogeneous propellants, composite propellants, energetic considerations in choosing a solid propellant, the processing of composite propellants, and some examples of new developments. The performance of solid propellants is investigated, taking into account characteristics velocity, the specific impulse, and performance calculations. Aspects of propellant development considered include nonperformance requirements for solid propellants, the approach to development, propellant mechanical properties, and future trends.

  4. Study of the effects of heat-treatment of hydroxyapatite synthesized in gelatin matrix

    Zaits, A. V.; Golovanova, O. A.; Kuimova, M. V.


    In the study, the isothermal thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of hydroxyapatite synthesized in gelatin matrix (HAG) has been performed. 3 wt.% HAG samples were synthesized from the solution simulating the human extracellular fluid (SBF). X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy were used to determine the composition. During the experiment, increase in the calcination temperature up to 200°C–800°C was found to cause weight loss. The study of phase composition revealed that heat treatment does not affect the phase composition of the solid phase, which is composed of hydroxylapatite (HA). The prepared HAG (3 wt.% gelatin) samples are shown to have low thermal stability; the degradation of the samples occurs at 400°C.

  5. Volatile Transport inside Super-Earths by Entrapment in the Water Ice Matrix

    Levi, Amit; Podolak, Morris


    Whether volatiles can be entrapped in a background matrix composing planetary envelopes and be dragged via convection to the surface is a key question in understanding atmospheric fluxes, cycles and composition. In this paper we consider super-Earths with an extensive water mantle (i.e. water planets), and the possibility of entrapment of methane in their extensive water ice envelopes. We adopt the theory developed by van der Waals & Platteeuw (1959) for modelling solid solutions, often used for modelling clathrate hydrates, and modify it in order to estimate the thermodynamic stability field of a new phase, called methane filled ice Ih. We find that in comparison to water ice VII the filled ice Ih structure may be stable not only at the high pressures but also at the high temperatures expected at the core-water mantle transition boundary of water planets.

  6. Advanced instrumental methods for analyzing organics in solid waste: The use of gas chromatography/matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy (GC/MIIR) and supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) for waste characterization

    Raphaelian, L.A.; Boparai, A.S.; Schneider, J.F.


    Objectives of this research project were: (1) to enhance the capabilities of analyzing the complex mixtures found in coal wastes by using gas chromatography/matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy (GC/MIIR); (2) to separate, by supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), the complex mixtures found in coal wastes into a few, less-complex mixtures so that analysis by gas chromatography (GC/MS) and GC/MIIR would be simplified. Preliminary results are presented for the mass spectra and infrared spectra of xylene isomers, gas chromatogram of 12 C/sub 2/-Napthalenes, averaged IR spectrum and a comparison of matrix isolation with light-pipe infrared spectra. A SFC chromatogram of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons is also presented. 2 refs., 5 figs.

  7. Characterization and decolorization applicability of xerogel matrix immobilized manganese peroxidase produced from Trametes versicolor IBL-04.

    Iqbal, Hafiz Muhammad Nasir; Asgher, Muhammad


    A novel manganese peroxidase (MnP) isolated from solid state culture of Trametes versicolor IBL-04 was immobilized using xerogel matrix composed of trimethoxysilane (TMOS) and propyltetramethoxysilane (PTMS). FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the successful entrapment of MnP into the xerogel matrix. An immobilization efficiency of 92.2% was achieved with a purified active fraction containing 2 mg/mL MnP. After 24 h incubation at varying pH and temperatures, the immobilized MnP retained 82 and 75% activity at pH 4 and 80°C, respectively. Xerogel matrix immobilization enhanced the catalytic efficiency of entrapped MnP. Metal ions including Cu2+, Mn2+ and Fe2+ stimulated enzyme activity while cysteine, EDTA and Ag+ inhibited the activity. MnP preserved 82% of its initial activity during oxidation of MnSO4 in 10 consecutive cycles, demonstrating the reusability of xerogel entrapped MnP. The immobilized MnP could be stored for up to 75 days at 4°C without significant activity loss. To explore the industrial applicability of MnP, the immobilized MnP was tested for decolorization of textile industry effluent in a Packed Bed Reactor System (PBRS). After five consecutive cycles, 98.8% decolorization of effluent was achieved within 5 h. The kinetic properties, storage stability and reusability of entrapped MnP from T. versicolor IBL-04 reflect its prospects as biocatalyst for bioremediation and other industrial applications.

  8. Chaos in the BMN matrix model

    Asano, Yuhma; Kawai, Daisuke; Yoshida, Kentaroh [Department of Physics, Kyoto University,Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)


    We study classical chaotic motions in the Berenstein-Maldacena-Nastase (BMN) matrix model. For this purpose, it is convenient to focus upon a reduced system composed of two-coupled anharmonic oscillators by supposing an ansatz. We examine three ansätze: 1) two pulsating fuzzy spheres, 2) a single Coulomb-type potential, and 3) integrable fuzzy spheres. For the first two cases, we show the existence of chaos by computing Poincaré sections and a Lyapunov spectrum. The third case leads to an integrable system. As a result, the BMN matrix model is not integrable in the sense of Liouville, though there may be some integrable subsectors.

  9. Chaos in the BMN matrix model

    Asano, Yuhma; Kawai, Daisuke; Yoshida, Kentaroh


    We study classical chaotic motions in the Berenstein-Maldacena-Nastase (BMN) matrix model. For this purpose, it is convenient to focus upon a reduced system composed of two-coupled anharmonic oscillators by supposing an ansatz. We examine three ansätze: 1) two pulsating fuzzy spheres, 2) a single Coulomb-type potential, and 3) integrable fuzzy spheres. For the first two cases, we show the existence of chaos by computing Poincaré sections and a Lyapunov spectrum. The third case leads to an integrable system. As a result, the BMN matrix model is not integrable in the sense of Liouville, though there may be some integrable subsectors.

  10. Chaos in the BMN matrix model

    Asano, Yuhma; Yoshida, Kentaroh


    We study classical chaotic motions in the Berenstein-Maldacena-Nastase (BMN) matrix model. For this purpose, it is convenient to focus upon a reduced system composed of two-coupled anharmonic oscillators by supposing an ansatz. We examine three ans\\"atze: 1) two pulsating fuzzy spheres, 2) a single Coulomb-type potential, and 3) integrable fuzzy spheres. For the first two cases, we show the existence of chaos by computing Poincar\\'e sections and a Lyapunov spectrum. The third case leads to an integrable system. As a result, the BMN matrix model is not integrable in the sense of Liouville, though there may be some integrable subsectors.

  11. Affective evolutionary music composition with MetaCompose

    Scirea, Marco; Togelius, Julian; Eklund, Peter


    This paper describes the MetaCompose music generator, a compositional, extensible framework for affective music composition. In this context ‘affective’ refers to the music generator’s ability to express emotional information. The main purpose of MetaCompose is to create music in real-time that can...... express different mood-states, which we achieve through a unique combination of a graph traversal-based chord sequence generator, a search-based melody generator, a pattern-based accompaniment generator, and a theory for mood expression. Melody generation uses a novel evolutionary technique combining FI-2...... technique, and the other that explores valence expression, via the introduction of dissonances. The results of these studies demonstrate (i) that each part of the generation system improves the perceived quality of the music produced, and (ii) how valence expression via dissonance produces the perceived...

  12. A Novel Method to Test Dependable Composed Service Components

    Khaled Farj


    Full Text Available Assessing Web service systems performance and their dependability are crucial for the development of today’s applications. Testing the performance and Fault Tolerance Mechanisms (FTMs of composed service components is hard to be measured at design time due to service instability is often caused by the nature of the network conditions. Using a real internet environment for testing systems is difficult to set up and control. We have introduced a fault injection toolkit that emulates a WAN within a LAN environment between composed service components and offers full control over the emulated environment in addition to the capability to inject network-related faults and application specific faults. The toolkit also generates background workloads on the system under test so as to produce more realistic results. We describe an experiment that has been performed to examine the impact of fault tolerance protocols deployed at a service client by using our toolkit system.

  13. Media Composer Adrenaline HD非编系统


    Avid最新推出Media Composer AdrenalineTM HD 2.0系统,在Media Composer Adrenaline系统中,增加了强大的高清编辑支持。还可通过加装最新的Avid DNxcelTM HD板卡,获得丰富的高清处理支持,包括各种输入/输出接口及流行高清设备与摄像机格式及分辨率支持。Avid DNxcel板卡选件安装在Avid Adrenaline硬件的扩展槽中,支持Avid的母版质量、

  14. A Framework For Efficient Homomorphic Universally Composable Commitments

    David, Bernardo Machado


    Commitment schemes are a fundamental primitive in modern cryptography, serving as a building block for a myriad of complex protocols and applications. Universally composable commitment schemes are of particular interest, since they can be seamlessly combined with other universally composable prim...... related to a statistical security parameter as a setup. The rest of our constructions leverage secret sharing and coding theory techniques, including a novel method for verifying that a large number of strings are codewords of a given linear code with linear complexity....... primitives and protocols while retaining security guarantees. Moreover, commitments with homomorphic properties enable significantly more efficient constructions of protocols for applications such as zero knowledge proofs, two-party computation through garbled circuits and multiparty computation. However...

  15. The Principle of Navigation Constellation Composed of SIGSO Communication Satellites

    Ji, Hai-Fu; Ai, Guo-Xiang; Shi, Hu-Li


    The Chinese Area Positioning System (CAPS), a navigation system based on GEO communication satellites, was developed in 2002 by astronomers at Chinese Academy of Sciences. Extensive positioning experiments of CAPS have been performed since 2005. On the basis of CAPS, this paper studies the principle of navigation constellation composed of Slightly Inclined Geostationary Orbit (SIGSO) communication satellites. SIGSO satellites are derived from end-of-life Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites under inclined orbit operation. Considering the abundant frequency resources of SIGSO satellites, multi-frequency observations could be conducted to enhance the precision of pseudorange measurements and ameliorate the positioning performence. The constellation composed of two GEO satellites and four SIGSO satellites with inclination of 5 degrees can provide the most territory of China with 24-hour maximum PDOP less than 42. With synthetic utilization of the truncated precise (TP) code and physical augmentation factor in fo...

  16. A Design for Composing and Extending Vehicle Models

    Madden, Michael M.; Neuhaus, Jason R.


    The Systems Development Branch (SDB) at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) creates simulation software products for research. Each product consists of an aircraft model with experiment extensions. SDB treats its aircraft models as reusable components, upon which experiments can be built. SDB has evolved aircraft model design with the following goals: 1. Avoid polluting the aircraft model with experiment code. 2. Discourage the copy and tailor method of reuse. The current evolution of that architecture accomplishes these goals by reducing experiment creation to extend and compose. The architecture mechanizes the operational concerns of the model's subsystems and encapsulates them in an interface inherited by all subsystems. Generic operational code exercises the subsystems through the shared interface. An experiment is thus defined by the collection of subsystems that it creates ("compose"). Teams can modify the aircraft subsystems for the experiment using inheritance and polymorphism to create variants ("extend").

  17. Entanglement of two hybrid optomechanical cavities composed of BEC atoms under Bell detection

    Eghbali-Arani, M.; Ameri, V.


    In this paper, firstly, we consider bipartite entanglement between each part of an optomechanical cavity composed of one-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). We investigate atomic collision on the behaviour of the BEC in the week photon-atom coupling constant and use Bogoliubov approximation for the BEC. Secondly under above condition, we propose a scheme for entanglement swapping protocol which involves tripartite systems. In our investigation, we consider a scenario where BECs, moving mirrors, and optical cavity modes are given in a Gaussian state with a covariance matrix. By applying the Bell measurement to the output optical field modes, we show how the remote entanglement between two BECs, two moving mirrors, and BEC-mirror modes in different optomechanical cavity can be generated.

  18. A Neuro-memetic System for Music Composing

    Mańdziuk, Jacek; Woźniczko, Aleksandra; Goss, Marcin


    Part 4: Hybrid - Changing Environments; International audience; For thousands of years music has accompanied human existence and development. Over the time it turned into a form of art capable of expressing beauty, ideals and emotions. Our previous work has investigated the possibility of automatic generation of music that would be (to some extent) alike to the music created by human composers. Our focus was on romantic era music, in particular a “Chopin-style” compositions. We have proposed ...

  19. Calculating Masses of Pentaquarks Composed of Baryons and Mesons

    M. Monemzadeh


    Full Text Available We consider an exotic baryon (pentaquark as a bound state of two-body systems composed of a baryon (nucleon and a meson. We used a baryon-meson picture to reduce a complicated five-body problem to simple two-body problems. The homogeneous Lippmann-Schwinger integral equation is solved in configuration space by using one-pion exchange potential. We calculate the masses of pentaquarks θc(uuddc¯ and θb(uuddb¯.

  20. The methodology of composing the exercises system with fit balls.

    Voronov N.P.


    Full Text Available The original methodology of composing the exercises system with fit balls was considered. More than 10 publications were analysed. On the lesson with fit balls the problem was revealed. In the experiment took part 30 students at the age from 18 till 21. All the famous exercises were systematized. As a result, a big attractiveness and assimilability of the proposed complex was revealed. The effectiveness of the complex of physical exercises with fit balls for students was proved.

  1. Universally Composable Efficient Multiparty Computation from Threshold Homomorphic Encryption

    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Nielsen, Jesper Buus


    We present a new general multiparty computation protocol for the cryptographic scenario which is universally composable — in particular, it is secure against an active and adaptive adversary, corrupting any minority of the parties. The protocol is as efficient as the best known statically secure ...... protocol does not use non-committing encryption, instead it is based on homomorphic threshold encryption, in particular the Paillier cryptosystem....

  2. The Creative Studio Practice of Contemporary Dance Music Sampling Composers

    Justin Morey


    Full Text Available This paper seeks to investigate some of the considerations that inform and help to determine the creative studio practice of contemporary sampling composers. Collaborative writing and production, specifically the co-opted collaboration implicit in using samples, will be assessed to consider those aspects of the production process which the participants consider to be authorial. These considerations include acts of listening, selecting and editing. In examining these matters this paper places emphasis on how sampling composers actively constrain their options in order to promote a creative relationship with their musical material. Techniques such as, firstly, traditional sample manipulation, secondly, the use of a sample as an initial building block for a composition from which the sample is then removed and, finally, live performance in the studio which is subsequently cut up and treated as a sample, will be discussed. Case studies, in the form of semi-structured interviews with sampling composers, will be drawn upon to assess approaches to and views about these forms of studio composition.

  3. Nanoscale biomemory composed of recombinant azurin on a nanogap electrode.

    Chung, Yong-Ho; Lee, Taek; Park, Hyung Ju; Yun, Wan Soo; Min, Junhong; Choi, Jeong-Woo


    We fabricate a nanoscale biomemory device composed of recombinant azurin on nanogap electrodes. For this, size-controllable nanogap electrodes are fabricated by photolithography, electron beam lithography, and surface catalyzed chemical deposition. Moreover, we investigate the effect of gap distance to optimize the size of electrodes for a biomemory device and explore the mechanism of electron transfer from immobilized protein to a nanogap counter-electrode. As the distance of the nanogap electrode is decreased in the nanoscale, the absolute current intensity decreases according to the distance decrement between the electrodes due to direct electron transfer, in contrast with the diffusion phenomenon of a micro-electrode. The biomemory function is achieved on the optimized nanogap electrode. These results demonstrate that the fabricated nanodevice composed of a nanogap electrode and biomaterials provides various advantages such as quantitative control of signals and exclusion of environmental effects such as noise. The proposed bioelectronics device, which could be mass-produced easily, could be applied to construct a nanoscale bioelectronics system composed of a single biomolecule.

  4. Solid lubricants

    Sliney, Harold E.


    The state of knowledge of solid lubricants is reviewed. The results of research on solid lubricants from the 1940's to the present are presented from a historical perspective. Emphasis is placed largely, but not exclusively, on work performed at NASA Lewis Research Center with a natural focus on aerospace applications. However, because of the generic nature of the research, the information presented in this review is applicable to most areas where solid lubricant technology is useful.

  5. The role of cancer-associated fibroblasts, solid stress and other microenvironmental factors in tumor progression and therapy resistance.

    Kharaishvili, Gvantsa; Simkova, Dana; Bouchalova, Katerina; Gachechiladze, Mariam; Narsia, Nato; Bouchal, Jan


    Tumors are not merely masses of neoplastic cells but complex tissues composed of cellular and noncellular elements. This review provides recent data on the main components of a dynamic system, such as carcinoma associated fibroblasts that change the extracellular matrix (ECM) topology, induce stemness and promote metastasis-initiating cells. Altered production and characteristics of collagen, hyaluronan and other ECM proteins induce increased matrix stiffness. Stiffness along with tumor growth-induced solid stress and increased interstitial fluid pressure contribute to tumor progression and therapy resistance. Second, the role of immune cells, cytokines and chemokines is outlined. We discuss other noncellular characteristics of the tumor microenvironment such as hypoxia and extracellular pH in relation to neoangiogenesis. Overall, full understanding of the events driving the interactions between tumor cells and their environment is of crucial importance in overcoming treatment resistance and improving patient outcome.

  6. Solid Matter

    Angelo, Joseph A


    Supported by a generous quantity of full-color illustrations and interesting sidebars, Solid Matter introduces the basic characteristics and properties of solid matter. It briefly describes the cosmic connection of the elements, leading readers through several key events in human pre-history that resulted in more advanced uses of matter in the solid state. Chapters include:. -Solid Matter: An Initial Perspective. -Physical Behavior of Matter. -The Gravity of Matter. -Fundamentals of Materials Science. -Rocks and Minerals. -Metals. -Building Materials. -Carbon Earth's Most Versatile Element. -S

  7. Thermodynamic Investigation of the Azeotropic Mixture Composed of Water and Benzene

    NAN,Zhao-Dong(南照东); TAN,Zhi-Cheng(谭志诚)


    The molar heat capacity of the azeotropic mixture composed of water and benzene was measured by an adiabatic calorimeter in the temperature range from 80 to 320 K. The phase transitions took place in the temperature range from 265.409 to 275.165 K and 275.165 to 279.399 K. The phase transition temperatures were determined to be 272.945 and 278.339 K, which were corresponding to the solid-liquid phase transitions of water and benzene, respectively. The thermodynamic functions and the excess thermodynamic functions of the mixture relative to standard temperature 298.15 K were derived from the relationships of the thermodynamic functions and the function of the measured heat capacity with respect to temperature.

  8. Hybrid electrodes composed of electroactive polymer and metal hexacyanoferrates in aprotic electrolytes

    Wilamowska, Monika; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna [Gdansk University of Technology, Chemical Faculty, Department of Chemical Technology, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-952 Gdansk (Poland)


    In this work hybrid materials composed of electroactive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (pEDOT) and metal hexacyanoferrates (Mehcf) (Me = Fe, Co, Ni) were tested in ethylene carbonate (EC):propylene carbonate (PC) electrolytes containing 0.5 M KPF{sub 6} or 0.5 M LiPF{sub 6} salts. The hybrid materials pEDOT/Mehcf were examined by using: cyclic voltammetry (CVA), potentiometry and impedance spectroscopy (IS). The materials pEDOT/Mehcf exhibit electrode activity, good stability and high electrical capacity in tested nonaqueous electrolytes and they are considered to be suitable active materials for supercapacitors or for positive electrode of secondary cell with lithium and potassium salts. Contrary to the solid Prussian Blue ''PB'' analogues, hybrid pEDOT/Cohcf electrodes work with good efficiency in contact with nonaqueous electrolyte containing lithium salts. (author)

  9. Liquid-liquid extraction followed by solid-phase extraction for the determination of lipophilic pesticides in beeswax by gas chromatography-electron-capture detection and matrix-matched calibration.

    Jiménez, J J; Bernal, J L; del Nozal, Ma J; Alonso, C


    Analytical methods for the simultaneous analysis of lindane, chlorpyriphos, z-chlorfenvinphos, endosulfan A and B, 4,4'-DDE, 4,4'-TDE, acrinathrine, bromopropylate, tetradifon, coumaphos and fluvalinate in pure beeswax samples are studied. For the analysis of bleached beeswaxes, a liquid-liquid extraction with acetonitrile followed by a clean-up on polymeric cartridges is the best option in terms of recovery and precision. However, some interferences that hinder the identification and quantification of important varroacides are found when non-bleached beeswaxes are analyzed. The analysis of all compounds in the latter samples require a clean-up by coupling an ODS cartridge before the polymeric cartridge. Considerations about the influence of the matrix in the quantitative analysis by a classical external standard calibration are also made and the use of a matrix-matched calibration is advised. Recoveries resulted to be about 100% with coefficients of variation between 10% and 20% (n = 5) for concentrations of 0.5 and 5 mg/kg.

  10. Numerical matrix method for quantum periodic potentials

    Le Vot, Felipe; Meléndez, Juan J.; Yuste, Santos B.


    A numerical matrix methodology is applied to quantum problems with periodic potentials. The procedure consists essentially in replacing the true potential by an alternative one, restricted by an infinite square well, and in expressing the wave functions as finite superpositions of eigenfunctions of the infinite well. A matrix eigenvalue equation then yields the energy levels of the periodic potential within an acceptable accuracy. The methodology has been successfully used to deal with problems based on the well-known Kronig-Penney (KP) model. Besides the original model, these problems are a dimerized KP solid, a KP solid containing a surface, and a KP solid under an external field. A short list of additional problems that can be solved with this procedure is presented.

  11. A new nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase for phenol determination

    Hu, Ping; Zhou, Xinlin; Wu, Qingsheng


    A new nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase was developed for phenol determination. The laminated samarium borate was synthesized by a mild solid-state-hydrothermal (S-S-H) method without any surfactant or Template. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the samples. The morphology of the as-prepared materials was characterized by SEM, which shows that laminated samarium borate are uniform nanosheets with a layer-by-layer self-assembled single-crystal structure. These laminated samarium borate have typical diameters of 3 ~ 5 μm and the thickness of each layer is in the range of 10 ~ 80 nm. And then, these SmBO3 multilayers were used to immobilize the laccase. The proposed nanosensor composed of laminated samarium borate and immobilized laccase was successfully developed for phenol determination. Cyclic voltammetry were used to study the nanosensor. The proposed nanosensor displayed high sensitivity toward phenolic compounds. The linearity of the nanosensor for the detection of hydroquinone was obtained from 1 to 50 μM with a detection limit of 3 × 10-7 M (based on the S/N = 3).

  12. Bent π-conjugated systems composed of three-dimensional benzoannulenes.

    Nishiuchi, Tomohiko; Iyoda, Masahiko


    This article describes bent π-conjugated systems composed of alternating o-phenylene and Z-vinylene units. all-Z-[n]Benzo[4n]annulenes are higher homologues of dibenzocyclooctatetraene (DBCOT) with a concave π system, and attempts were made to convert [20]- and [24]annulenes having partial belt structures of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes into [10]- and [12]phenacenes. A bent π-conjugated system composed of two DBCOT units showed dynamic syn-anti equilibrium in solution and behaved as dynamic molecular tweezers (DMTs). The syn isomers of the DMTs formed blue charge-transfer complexes with DDQ in solution, and this complexation and color change were applied to thermochromism. Furthermore, DMTs having two CN groups on each COT ring exhibited crystalline-state emission in the presence of solvent molecules, although almost no emission was observed in solution or the solid state. Based on this crystalline-state emission, a vapochromic system was established. The multifunctional properties of DMTs caused by the flexibility of the nonplanar π system are summarized.

  13. Thermal conductivity of microPCMs-filled epoxy matrix composites

    Su, J.F.; Wang, X.Y; Huang, Z.; Zhao, Y.H.; Yuan, X.Y.


    Microencapsulated phase change materials (microPCMs) have been widely applied in solid matrix as thermal-storage or temperature-controlling functional composites. The thermal conductivity of these microPCMs/matrix composites is an important property need to be considered. In this study, a series of

  14. An oral controlled release matrix pellet formulation containing nanocrystalline ketoprofen.

    Vergote, G J; Vervaet, C; Van Driessche, I; Hoste, S; De Smedt, S; Demeester, J; Jain, R A; Ruddy, S; Remon, J P


    A controlled release pellet formulation using a NanoCrystal colloidal dispersion of ketoprofen was developed. In order to be able to process the aqueous NanoCrystal colloidal dispersion into a hydrophobic solid dosage form a spray drying procedure was used. The in vitro dissolution profiles of wax based pellets loaded with nanocrystalline ketoprofen are compared with the profiles of wax based pellets loaded with microcrystalline ketoprofen and of a commercial sustained release ketoprofen formulation. Pellets were produced using a melt pelletisation technique. All pellet formulations were composed of a mixture of microcrystalline wax and starch derivatives. The starch derivatives used were waxy maltodextrin and drum dried corn starch. Varying the concentration of drum dried corn starch increased the release rate of ketoprofen but the ketoprofen recovery remained problematic. To increase the dissolution yield surfactants were utilised. The surfactants were either added during the production process of the NanoCrystal colloidal dispersion (sodium laurylsulphate) or during the pellet manufacturing process (Cremophor RH 40). Both methods resulted in a sustained but complete release of nanocrystalline ketoprofen from the matrix pellet formulations.

  15. Stability evaluation of CNBr-Sepharose 4 B for using as solid matrix in immunoradiometric assay antibodies coupling; Avaliacao da estabilidade da CNBr-sepharose 4B para emprego como matriz solida no acoplamento de anticorpos especificos de ensaios imunorradiometricos

    Haber, Esther Piltcher; Silva, Sandra Rosa da; Borghi, Vania Caira [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Wajchenberg, Bernardo Leo [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina


    The present work verifies the stability of a CNBr-Sepharose 4 B product (Pharmacia) stored at our laboratory one year after its expire date in view of its application as solid phase antibodies in the development of an immunoradiometric assay for measurement of serum human proinsulin. From rabbit IgG antiserum previously purified and concentrated by ultrafiltration (Publication IPEN 294, 1990) the antibodies were isolated by affinity chromatography. Sheep antiserum anti-rabbit IgG were coupled to cyanogen bromide activated Sepharose 4 B and the rabbit IgG which were bound to the immunosorbent could be obtained by elution with stepwise pH gradient from pH 7.0 to pH 2.5. The complying efficiency of the sheep antiserum to this solid phase material was 97%. The elution profile obtained shows identify of the sample related to the antiserum anti-rabbit IgG by affinity chromatography. These results suggest that this CNBr-Sepharose 4 B lot can be used satisfactorily to attach antibodies for use in the two-site immunoradiometric assay. (author). 7 refs., 1 fig.

  16. Structural relaxation in dense liquids composed of anisotropic particles.

    Shen, Tianqi; Schreck, Carl; Chakraborty, Bulbul; Freed, Denise E; O'Hern, Corey S


    We perform extensive molecular dynamics simulations of dense liquids composed of bidisperse dimer- and ellipse-shaped particles in two dimensions that interact via purely repulsive contact forces. We measure the structural relaxation times obtained from the long-time α decay of the self part of the intermediate scattering function for the translational and rotational degrees of freedom (DOF) as a function of packing fraction φ, temperature T, and aspect ratio α. We are able to collapse the packing-fraction and temperature-dependent structural relaxation times for disks, and dimers and ellipses over a wide range of α, onto a universal scaling function F(±)(|φ-φ(0)|,T,α), which is similar to that employed in previous studies of dense liquids composed of purely repulsive spherical particles in three dimensions. F(±) for both the translational and rotational DOF are characterized by the α-dependent scaling exponents μ and δ and packing fraction φ(0)(α) that signals the crossover in the scaling form F(±) from hard-particle dynamics to super-Arrhenius behavior for each aspect ratio. We find that the fragility of structural relaxation at φ(0), m(φ(0)), decreases monotonically with increasing aspect ratio for both ellipses and dimers. For α>α(p), where α(p) is the location of the peak in the packing fraction φ(J) at jamming onset, the rotational DOF are strongly coupled to the translational DOF, and the dynamic scaling exponents and φ(0) are similar for the rotational and translational DOF. For 1composed of dimer- and ellipse-shaped particles are qualitatively the same, despite the fact that zero-temperature static packings of dimers are isostatic, while static packings of ellipses are hypostatic. Thus, zero-temperature contact counting arguments do not apply to structural relaxation of dense liquids of anisotropic particles near the glass transition.

  17. Synchronized oscillation in a modular neural network composed of columns

    LI; Su; QI; Xianglin; HU; Hong; WANG; Yunjiu


    The columnar organization is a ubiquitous feature in the cerebral cortex. In this study, a neural network model simulating the cortical columns has been constructed. When fed with random pulse input with constant rate, a column generates synchronized oscillations, with a frequency varying from 3 to 43 Hz depending on parameter values. The behavior of the model under periodic stimulation was studied and the input-output relationship was non-linear. When identical columns were sparsely interconnected, the column oscillator could be locked in synchrony. In a network composed of heterogeneous columns, the columns were organized by intrinsic properties and formed partially synchronized assemblies.

  18. Hybridized Nano-Structure Composed of Metal and Polydiacetylene

    H. Oikawa; A. Masuhara; T. Onodera; H. Kasai; H. Nakanishi


    @@ 1Introduction Polydiacetylene (PDA) is one of the promising candidates for organic third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) material, due to fast optical responsibility and easy processability in comparison with semiconductors etc. The magnitude of NLO property, however, is not still sufficient for the devices applications. Neeves, et al[1] theoretically predicted the enhancement of NLO property for core-shell type hybridized nanocrystal (NC) composed of PDA and metal. In the present study, we have prepared the two kinds of core-shell type hybridized nano-structure, and investigated their optical properties.

  19. Universally Composable Efficient Multiparty Computation from Threshold Homomorphic Encryption

    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Nielsen, Jesper Buus


    We present a new general multiparty computation protocol for the cryptographic scenario which is universally composable — in particular, it is secure against an active and adaptive adversary, corrupting any minority of the parties. The protocol is as efficient as the best known statically secure...... solutions, in particular the number of bits broadcast (which dominates the complexity) is Ω (nk |C|), where n is the number of parties, k is a security parameter, and |C| is the size of a circuit doing the desired computation. Unlike previous adaptively secure protocols for the cryptographic model, our...

  20. Enhancement of ionic conductivity of composite membranes for all-solid-state lithium rechargeable batteries incorporating tetragonal Li7La3Zr2O12 into a polyethylene oxide matrix

    Choi, Jeong-Hee; Lee, Chul-Ho; Yu, Ji-Hyun; Doh, Chil-Hoon; Lee, Sang-Min


    The lithium ion conductivities of as-prepared composite membranes consisting of a polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix with various contents of tetragonal Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) were evaluated, and the optimum composition (52.5% LLZO) was determined by performing AC impedance measurements. The ionic conductivities of the composite membranes pass through a maximum as the LLZO content varies. Therefore, the hybridization of the organic and inorganic components of these membranes results in synergetic effects on their lithium ionic conductivity. In addition, tests of Li/composite membrane/LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 half-cells found that their charge/discharge properties are better than those of a PEO-only membrane and a membrane containing 52.5% Al2O3 instead of LLZO.

  1. Amyloid fibrils composed of hexameric peptides attenuate neuroinflammation.

    Kurnellas, Michael P; Adams, Chris M; Sobel, Raymond A; Steinman, Lawrence; Rothbard, Jonathan B


    The amyloid-forming proteins tau, αB crystallin, and amyloid P protein are all found in lesions of multiple sclerosis (MS). Our previous work established that amyloidogenic peptides from the small heat shock protein αB crystallin (HspB5) and from amyloid β fibrils, characteristic of Alzheimer's disease, were therapeutic in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), reflecting aspects of the pathology of MS. To understand the molecular basis for the therapeutic effect, we showed a set of amyloidogenic peptides composed of six amino acids, including those from tau, amyloid β A4, major prion protein (PrP), HspB5, amylin, serum amyloid P, and insulin B chain, to be anti-inflammatory and capable of reducing serological levels of interleukin-6 and attenuating paralysis in EAE. The chaperone function of the fibrils correlates with the therapeutic outcome. Fibrils composed of tau 623-628 precipitated 49 plasma proteins, including apolipoprotein B-100, clusterin, transthyretin, and complement C3, supporting the hypothesis that the fibrils are active biological agents. Amyloid fibrils thus may provide benefit in MS and other neuroinflammatory disorders.


    Ilyin Dmitriy Yuryevich


    Full Text Available The article deals with the linguistic issues of composing a reference book of regional toponyms – a genre that requires special consideration in national lexicography. The assortment of these issues gave the possibility to carry out complex description of regional toponyms on the basis of semantic, functional, and orpthologuos criteria that let unify the names of Volgograd region settlements that are registered in various documents. The significance of the composed reference book is determined by several factors – the presence of local subsystems of geographical names in Russian toponymy; the inconsistency of current orthography norms on using capital letter in compound proprius names and fused-with-hyphen spelling of toponyms and off-toponym derivations; the lack of linguistically justified explanation of peculiarities of grammatical norms in the field of proper names use. The reference book of regional toponyms is based on the object description (toponymic vocabulary, principles of lexical units selection (description of spelling and grammatical properties of toponyms, encyclopedic information, the glossary (full list of toponyms of Volgograd region, typical article. The articles in the reference book are arranged in lexicographical zones with grammatical and semantic markers, lexicographical illustrations, other lexicographical labels, word etymology including. The reference book on Volgograd region toponymy is addressed to executive and administration authorities, journalists, regional ethnographers.

  3. Blending materials composed of boron, nitrogen and carbon to transform approaches to liquid hydrogen stores

    Whittemore, Sean M.; Bowden, Mark; Karkamkar, Abhijeet; Parab, Kshitij; Neiner, Doinita; Autrey, Tom; Ishibashi, Jacob S. A.; Chen, Gang; Liu, Shih-Yuan; Dixon, David A.


    Energy storage remains a key challenge for the advancement of fuel cell applications. Because of this, hydrogen has garnered much research attention for its potential as an energy carrier. This can be attributed to its abundance from non-petroleum sources, and its energy conversion efficiency. Our group, among others, has been studying the use of ammonia borane as a chemical hydrogen storage material for the past several years. Ammonia borane (AB, NH3BH3), a solid state complex composed of the light weight main group elements of nitrogen and boron, is isoelectronic with ethane and as such is an attractive hydrogen storage material with a high gravimetric capacity of H2 (19.6 wt%). However, the widespread use of AB as a chemical hydrogen storage material has been stalled by some undesirable properties and reactivity. Most notably, AB is a solid and this presents compatibility issues with the existing liquid fuel infrastructure. The thermal release of H2 from AB also results in the formation of volatile impurities (borazine and ammonia) that are detrimental to operation of the fuel cell. Additionally, the major products in the spent fuel are polyborazylene and amine borane oligomers that present challenges in regenerating AB. This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.

  4. Genetic Relationships Between Chondrules, Rims and Matrix

    Huss, G. R.; Alexander, C. M. OD.; Palme, H.; Bland, P. A.; Wasson, J. T.


    The most primitive chondrites are composed of chondrules and chondrule fragments, various types of inclusions, discrete mineral grains, metal, sulfides, and fine-grained materials that occur as interchondrule matrix and as chondrule/inclusion rims. Understanding how these components are related is essential for understanding how chondrites and their constituents formed and were processed in the solar nebula. For example, were the first generations of chondrules formed by melting of matrix or matrix precursors? Did chondrule formation result in appreciable transfer of chondrule material into the matrix? Here, we consider three types of data: 1) compositional data for bulk chondrites and matrix, 2) mineralogical and textural information, and 3) the abundances and characteristics of presolar materials that reside in the matrix and rims. We use these data to evaluate the roles of evaporation and condensation, chondrule formation, mixing of different nebular components, and secondary processing both in the nebula and on the parent bodies. Our goal is to identify the things that are reasonably well established and to point out the areas that need additional work.

  5. The Matrix Cookbook

    Petersen, Kaare Brandt; Pedersen, Michael Syskind

    Matrix identities, relations and approximations. A desktop reference for quick overview of mathematics of matrices.......Matrix identities, relations and approximations. A desktop reference for quick overview of mathematics of matrices....

  6. Solid consistency

    Bordin, Lorenzo; Creminelli, Paolo; Mirbabayi, Mehrdad; Noreña, Jorge


    We argue that isotropic scalar fluctuations in solid inflation are adiabatic in the super-horizon limit. During the solid phase this adiabatic mode has peculiar features: constant energy-density slices and comoving slices do not coincide, and their curvatures, parameterized respectively by ζ and Script R, both evolve in time. The existence of this adiabatic mode implies that Maldacena's squeezed limit consistency relation holds after angular average over the long mode. The correlation functions of a long-wavelength spherical scalar mode with several short scalar or tensor modes is fixed by the scaling behavior of the correlators of short modes, independently of the solid inflation action or dynamics of reheating.

  7. Percolation phenomena in diffusion-controlled polymer matrix systems

    徐铜文; 何炳林


    The controlled release of two kinds of drugs,5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and hydrocortisonum (Hydro.) loaded in poly(ethylene-vinylalcohol) (EVAL) was dealt with,of which 5-FU/EVAL and Hydro /EVAL matrix systems are composed.The results were analyzed using the pseudo-steady-diffusion models coupled with the fundamental concepts of percolation theory.The percolation thresholds for the two systems were calculated,which could indicate the contributions of pore diffusion and matrix diffusion.

  8. Music and the Nature: Input of the Czech Composers

    Nemec, Vaclav; Nemcova, Lidmila


    Extraordinary occasions for art of any kind - music, creative graphic and plastic arts, literature (classic, modern incl. science fiction), theatre, cinema, etc. - exist to harmonise individual personal interests with those of the humanity well-being and of the Nature and also to cultivate individual spirituality and the appropriate values. Arts can be applied as irreplaceable means for making any human being better, for improving his sense for solidarity and for increasing his ethical sensibility. An interest for the art should be cultivated already since the childhood. - How much of inspiration for numerous composers all over the world has been given by the Nature, how much of inspiration for people who by listening to such a music are increasing nobility of their behaviour as well as their friendly approach to the Nature. - Many classical music works have been written with a strong inspiration by the Nature itself from the past until today. The actual Year of the Czech Music gives the possibility to present the most famous Czech composers inspired by the Nature (selected examples only): Bedřich Smetana (1824 - 1884): At the sea shore - a concert etude for piano inspired by his stay in Göteborg (Sweden); Vltava (Moldau) - a symphonic poem from the cycle "My country" inspired by the river crossing Bohemia from the South to Prague; From the Bohemian woods and meadows - another symphonic poem from the same cycle. Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904): V přírodě (In the Nature) - a work for orchestra Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928): Příhody li\\vsky Bystrou\\vsky (The Cunning Little Vixen) - an opera situated mostly in a forest. Josef Bohuslav Foerster (1859-1951): Velké širé rodné lány (Big large native fields) - a choir for men singers inspired by the nature in the region where the composer as a boy from Prague was visiting his grand-father. Vítězslav Novák (1870 - 1949): In Tatra mountains - a symphonic poem expressing the author's passion for the famous

  9. Computational Screening of MOF-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for CO2/N2 Separations

    Zeynep Sumer; Seda Keskin


    ...-) based mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) in this study. Gas permeability and selectivity of 700 new MMMs composed of 70 different MOFs and 10 different polymers were calculated for CO2/N2 separation...

  10. Matrix with Prescribed Eigenvectors

    Ahmad, Faiz


    It is a routine matter for undergraduates to find eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a given matrix. But the converse problem of finding a matrix with prescribed eigenvalues and eigenvectors is rarely discussed in elementary texts on linear algebra. This problem is related to the "spectral" decomposition of a matrix and has important technical…

  11. [The naphtha composing characteristics of geoherbs of Atractylodes lancea].

    Guo, Lan-ping; Liu, Jun-ying; Ji, Li; Huang, Lu-qi


    To find the chemical diversity and characteristics of A. lancea on two levels--individuals and populations, and to discover the chemical essentials for forming geoherbs. 47 rhizomes of A. lancea were collected in 7 populations, and 6 naphtha components (1. elemol, 2. hinesol, 3. beta-eudesmol, 4. atractylone, 5. atractylodin, 6. atractylenolid I) in the rhizomes were determined by GC-MS combination. Principal Component Analysis and Cluster Analysis were carried out by SPSS. Cluster Analysis of the 6 main components indicated that the chemical components of geoherbs were different from those of the non-geonerbs of A. lancea. Other analysis showed as follows: 1. The general oil of geoberbs were lower than that of non-geoherbs(P naphtha composing characteristics of geoherbs was the special proportionment sale, viz. atractylone: hinesol: beta-eudesmol: atractylodin being(0.70~2.00):(0.04~0.35):(0.09~0.40):1.

  12. Avid推出Media Composer Adrenaline HD


    2004年12月9日,Avid技术有限公司宣布计划在本月末,全球同步推出Media Composer Adrenaline HD 20系统,行业领先的Media Cpmposer Adrenaline系统的最新版本。此次重大产品升级首次在Media Comppser Adrenaline系统中,增加了强大的高清编辑支持。另外,用户还可以通过加装最新的Avid DNxcel HD板卡,进一步扩展系统的功能,

  13. COMPOSE-HPC: A Transformational Approach to Exascale

    Bernholdt, David E [ORNL; Allan, Benjamin A. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Armstrong, Robert C. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Chavarria-Miranda, Daniel [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Dahlgren, Tamara L. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Elwasif, Wael R [ORNL; Epperly, Tom [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Foley, Samantha S [ORNL; Hulette, Geoffrey C. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL); Krishnamoorthy, Sriram [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); Prantl, Adrian [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Panyala, Ajay [Louisiana State University; Sottile, Matthew [Galois, Inc.


    The goal of the COMPOSE-HPC project is to 'democratize' tools for automatic transformation of program source code so that it becomes tractable for the developers of scientific applications to create and use their own transformations reliably and safely. This paper describes our approach to this challenge, the creation of the KNOT tool chain, which includes tools for the creation of annotation languages to control the transformations (PAUL), to perform the transformations (ROTE), and optimization and code generation (BRAID), which can be used individually and in combination. We also provide examples of current and future uses of the KNOT tools, which include transforming code to use different programming models and environments, providing tests that can be used to detect errors in software or its execution, as well as composition of software written in different programming languages, or with different threading patterns.

  14. Enhancement in dose sensitivity of polymer gel dosimeters composed of radiation-crosslinked gel matrix and less toxic monomers

    Hiroki, A.; Yamashita, S.; Taguchi, M.


    Polymer gel dosimeters based on radiation-crosslinked hydroxypropyl cellulose gel were prepared, which comprised 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and polyethylene glycol #400 dimethacrylate (9G) as less toxic monomers and tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride (THPC) as an antioxidant. The dosimeters exposed to 60Co γ-rays became cloudy at only 1 Gy. The irradiated dosimeters were optically analyzed by using a UV- vis spectrophotometer to evaluate dose response. Absorbance of the dosimeters linearly increased in the dose range from 0 to 10 Gy, in which dose sensitivity increased with increasing 9G concentration. The dose sensitivity of the dosimeters with 2 wt% HEMA and 3 wt% 9G was also enhanced by increment in THPC.

  15. Gas transport behavior of mixed-matrix membranes composed of silica nanoparticles in a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1)

    Ahn, Juhyeon


    Recently, high-free volume, glassy ladder-type polymers, referred to as polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIM), have been developed and their reported gas transport performance exceeded the Robeson upper bound trade-off for O2/N2 and CO2/CH4. The present work reports the gas transport behavior of PIM-1/silica nanocomposite membranes. The changes in free volume, as well as the presence and volume of the void cavities, were investigated by analyzing the density, thermal stability, and nano-structural morphology. The enhancement in gas permeability (e.g., He, H2, O2, N2, and CO2) with increasing filler content shows that the trend is related to the true silica volume and void volume fraction. Crown Copyright © 2009.

  16. Stereo Matching of Planar Curves Composed of Time Stamped Points

    Wang Shuwen; Zhang Tianxu


    Matching features such as curve segments in stereo images play a very important role in scene reconstruction. In this paper, a stereo matching algorithm for the trajectories composed of time stamped points is proposed. Based on time stamped points, planar curve match measurements are given first, such as time constraint, cross-ratio invariant constraint and epipolar geometry constraint;then, a trajectory matching method is proposed based on epipolar geometry constraint and cross-ratio invariant constraint. In order to match the planar curve segments projected by perspective projection system, the curve start time and end time are selected first to prepare match candidates. Then, the epipolar equation is used to discard the unmatched curve segment candidates. At last, a cross ratio invariant constraint is used to find the most matched curve segments. If their match measurement is higher than the specialized threshold, a candidate with the least cross ratio difference is then selected as the match result; otherwise, no match is found. Unlike the conventional planar curve segments matching algorithm, this paper presents a weakly calibrated binocular stereo vision system which is based on wide baseline. The stamped points are obtained by targets detecting method of flying objects from image sequences.Due to wide baseline, there must exist the projection not in epipolar monotonic order or the curve segments located in very short distance and keeping the epipolar monotonic order. By using the method mentioned above, experiments are made to match planar curve segments not only in epipolar monotonic order but also not in epipolar monotonic order. The results show that the performance of our curve matching algorithm is effective for matching the arc-like planar trajectories composed of time stamped points.

  17. Matrix-compatible sorbent coatings based on structurally-tuned polymeric ionic liquids for the determination of acrylamide in brewed coffee and coffee powder using solid-phase microextraction.

    Cagliero, Cecilia; Nan, He; Bicchi, Carlo; Anderson, Jared L


    Nine crosslinked polymeric ionic liquid (PIL)-based SPME sorbent coatings were designed and screened in this study for the trace level determination of acrylamide in brewed coffee and coffee powder using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The structure of the ionic liquid (IL) monomer was tailored by introducing different functional groups to the cation and the nature of the IL crosslinker was designed by altering both the structure of the cation as well as counteranions. The extraction efficiency of the new PIL coatings towards acrylamide was investigated and compared to a previously reported PIL sorbent coating. All PIL fibers exhibited excellent analytical precision and linearity. The PIL fiber coating consisting of 50% 1,12-di(3-vinylbenzylbenzimidazolium)dodecane dibis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide as IL crosslinker in 1-vinyl-3-(10-hydroxydecyl)imidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide IL monomer resulted in a limit of quantitation of 0.5μgL(-1) with in-solution SPME sampling. The hydroxyl moiety appended to the IL cation was observed to significantly increase the sensitivity of the PIL coating toward acrylamide. The quantitation of acrylamide in brewed coffee and coffee powder was performed using the different PIL-based fibers by the method of standard addition after a quenching reaction using ninhydrin to inhibit the formation of interfering acrylamide in the GC inlet, mainly by asparagine thermal degradation. Excellent repeatability with relative standard deviations below 10% were obtained on the real coffee samples and the structure of the coatings appeared intact by scanning electron microscopy after coffee sampling proving the matrix-compatibility of the PIL sorbent coatings.

  18. Phase Segregation in Individually Dried Particles Composed of Biopolymers.

    Nuzzo, Marine; Sloth, Jakob; Bergenstahl, Björn; Millqvist-Fureby, Anna


    Mixing of two biopolymers can results in phase separation due to their thermodynamically incompatibility under certain conditions. This phenomenon was first reported when the solution was allowed to equilibrate, but it has later been observed also as a consequence of drying. The challenges of this study were to observe phase segregation by confocal Raman microscopy and LV-SEM on dried film, individually dried particles, and spray dried particles. The influence of the solid content and the phase ratio (composition) of a HPMC/maltodextrin mixture on the localization of the ingredients in the individually dried particles was investigated. We observed that phase segregation of HPMC and maltodextrin is induced by solvent evaporation in film drying, single particle drying, as well as spray drying. The phase ratio is an important parameter that influences the localization of the HPMC-enriched phase and maltodextrin-enriched phase, i.e., to the particle surface, to the core, or in a more or less bicontinuous pattern. The drying time, affected by the solids content, was found to control the level of advancement of the phase segregation.

  19. Tribological Properties of Fe-Ni Matrix Solid Self-lubricant Composite at High Temperature%Fe-Ni基高温自润滑复合材料摩擦磨损特性研究

    郭志成; 李长生; 唐华; 阎逢元; 孙建荣; 刘金银子


    本文中采用滑动磨损试验方法研究了以PbO和WS2为润滑组元的复合材料与440C不锈钢配副在25~600℃温度范围内的摩擦磨损特性.通过X射线衍射仪分析发现复合材料中含有铬的硫化物等高温润滑物质生成.使用扫描电镜和金相显微镜进一步分析了材料摩擦表面形貌.结果表明:在500 ~ 600℃范围内,PbWO4、CrxSx+1等各种金属化合物在摩擦表面形成了较完整的润滑膜,产生了自润滑能力,具有优良的减摩耐磨性能.润滑膜材料可向摩擦对偶表面转移,在一定程度上阻止了复合材料与440C不锈钢对摩材料的直接接触,显著降低了材料摩擦系数和磨损率,实现了高温自润滑性能.本文进一步探索了单一润滑组元润滑膜和两种润滑组元润滑膜的承载能力,发现两种固体润滑组元产生的协同润滑效应显著改善了润滑膜的润滑性能.%Property has generated immense attention.The tribological behaviors of self-lubricating composite containing PbO and WS2 in sliding against 440C stainless steel were evaluated at temperatures ranging from 25 to 600 ℃.Chromium sulfides were found in the composite at elevated temperature bv XRD.The worn surface of the composite was examined by using scanning electron microscope and metallographic microscope.The results reveal that an intact lubricant film composing of PbWO4 and CrxSx+1-type eutectic compound formed on the friction surface at 500 ~600 ℃.Wear type of tested composite material/440C stainless steel was the transfer of the lubricant film to the surface of 440C stainless steel,making the friction coefficient of material sharply lower.This paper further explore the difference of the bearing capacity of the lubricant films generated by the single lubricating element and two lubricating elements.It is found that synergetic lubricating effect of two lubricating elements significantly improved the tribological property.

  20. Matrix proteoglycans as effector molecules for epithelial cell function

    C. W. Frevert


    Full Text Available Matrix proteoglycans are complex molecules composed of a core protein and glycosaminoglycan side chains. Once thought to be the molecular glue providing structural support and imparting biomechanical properties to lung tissue, it is now apparent that proteoglycans are important biological modifiers which regulate processes such as lung development, homeostasis, inflammation and wound healing. The diverse roles of proteoglycans in the extracellular matrix suggest that these molecules play a critical role in normal and diseased lungs. This short article will discuss the role extracellular matrix proteoglycans play in regulating epithelial cell function in the lungs.

  1. Crosslinked collagen/chitosan matrix for artificial livers

    Wang, X.H.; Li, D.P.; Wang, W.J.; Feng, Q.L.; Cui, F.Z.; Xu, Y.X.; Song, X.H.; Werf, van der Mark


    Matrices composed of collagen and chitosan may create an appropriate environment for the regeneration of livers. In this study, we have prepared, characterized and evaluated a new collagen/chitosan matrix (CCM). The CCM was made by using crosslinking agent 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiim

  2. The participation ratios of cement matrix and latex network in latex cement co-matrix strength

    Ahmed M. Diab


    Full Text Available This investigation aims to determine the participation ratio of cement matrix and latex network in latex cement co-matrix strength. The first stage of this study was carried out to investigate the effect of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR on cement matrix participation ratio by measuring degree of hydration and compressive strength. The second stage in this study shows an attempt to evaluate the latex participation ratio in mortar and concrete strength with different latex chemical bases. Effect of latex particle size on latex network strength was studied. The test results indicated that the latex participation ratio in co-matrix strength is influenced by type of cement matrix, type of curing, latex type, latex solid/water ratio, strength type and age. For modified concrete, when the SBR solid/water ratio increases the latex participation ratio in flexural and pull out bond strength increases. The latex participation ratio in co-matrix strength decreases as latex particle size increases.

  3. Evolution of rheological properties of the nanofluids composed of laponite particles and Mg–Fe layered double hydroxide nanosheets

    Hur, Tae-Bong [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States); Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Phuoc, Tran X. [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States); Chyu, Minking K. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Romanov, Vyacheslav [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, (United States)


    The thixotropic clay suspensions composed of laponite particles and Mg-Fe layered double hydroxide nanosheets were examined. By adding a very small amount of the layered double hydroxide nanosheets overall theological properties of the host laponite suspension have been changed. Though the particle concentration of the mixture suspension is only about 1 wt%, the mixture quickly becomes a gel in a day by the electrostatic attraction between nano-materials. When a constant shear rate is applied to the mixture gel suspension, at short time, stress increases linearly with elastic deformation of the mixture. Beyond the maximum of stress, while the solid-like gel structure is being broken down with time of shearing, the stress increases again by reflecting shear enhanced association of solid phase. This is likely that the mixture suspension shows partially the behavior of memory effect.

  4. Composing Cardinal Direction Relations Basing on Interval Algebra

    Chen, Juan; Jia, Haiyang; Liu, Dayou; Zhang, Changhai

    Direction relations between extended spatial objects are important commonsense knowledge. Skiadopoulos proposed a formal model for representing direction relations between compound regions (the finite union of simple regions), known as SK-model. It perhaps is currently one of most cognitive plausible models for qualitative direction information, and has attracted interests from artificial intelligence and geographic information system. Originating from Allen first using composition table to process time interval constraints; composing has become the key technique in qualitative spatial reasoning to check the consistency. Due to the massive number of basic directions in SK-model, its composition becomes extraordinary complex. This paper proposed a novel algorithm for the composition. Basing the concepts of smallest rectangular directions and its original directions, it transforms the composition of basic cardinal direction relations into the composition of interval relations corresponding to Allen's interval algebra. Comparing with existing methods, this algorithm has quite good dimensional extendibility, that is, it can be easily transferred to the tridimensional space with a few modifications.

  5. Fruit for dessert. How people compose healthier meals.

    Bucher, T; van der Horst, K; Siegrist, M


    The present study assessed whether factual nutritional information on portion sizes helps consumers to select healthier meals. 124 people were invited to serve themselves lunch from a 'fake food buffet' containing 55 replica food items. Participants in the control group were instructed to serve themselves a meal, as they would normally eat from the given selections (control). Participants in the second condition were asked to select a healthy, balanced meal (instruction). People in the third group were also instructed to select a healthy meal, but in addition, they received nutrition information (instruction+information). The results suggest that participants in the instruction and instruction+information condition chose fewer sweets and desserts (F((2,121))=6.91, Pfruits (F((2,121))=5.16, P<.05). This led to overall healthier meals than in the control group. All other food categories, including vegetables, were not altered. No difference was found between the two experimental groups. The results indicate that factual nutrition information does not help consumers compose healthier meals. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Possible Deuteron-like Molecular States Composed of Heavy Baryons

    Lee, Ning; Chen, Xiao-Lin; Zhu, Shi-Lin


    We perform a systematic study of the possible loosely bound states composed of two charmed baryons or a charmed baryon and an anti-charmed baryon within the framework of the one boson exchange (OBE) model. We consider not only the $\\pi$ exchange but also the $\\eta$, $\\rho$, $\\omega$, $\\phi$ and $\\sigma$ exchanges. The $S-D$ mixing effects for the spin-triplets are also taken into account. With the derived effective potentials, we calculate the binding energies and root-mean-square (RMS) radii for the systems $\\Lambda_c\\Lambda_c(\\bar{\\Lambda}_c)$, $\\Xi_c\\Xi_c(\\bar{\\Xi}_c)$, $\\Sigma_c\\Sigma_c(\\bar{\\Sigma}_c)$, $\\Xi_c^\\prime\\Xi_c^\\prime(\\bar{\\Xi}_c^\\prime)$ and $\\Omega_c\\Omega_c(\\bar{\\Omega}_c)$. Our numerical results indicate that: (1) the H-dibaryon-like state $\\Lambda_c\\Lambda_c$ does not exist; (2) there may exist four loosely bound deuteron-like states $\\Xi_c\\Xi_c$ and $\\Xi_c^\\prime\\Xi_c^\\prime$ with small binding energies and large RMS radii.

  7. Mesoscopic Models of Plants Composed of Metallic Nanowires

    Galina K.Strukova; Gennady V.Strukov; Evgeniya Yu.Postnova; Alexander Yu.Rusanov; Ivan S.Veshchunov


    Various metallic structures of complex shape resembling living plant organisms (biomimetics) are produced as a result of self-assembly of nanowires growing on porous membranes in the course of pulse current electrodeposition.These structures occur if the electroplating is continued after the nanowires appear on the membrane surface.By varying the membrane geometry,pulse current electroplating parameters,and alternating electrodeposition from two baths composed of a variety of electrolytes,diverse models were fabricated,including a hollow container with a wall thickness of 10 nm-20 nm.This biomimetic method suggests an analogy between the shape-forming processes of plants and their metallic models.Nanostructured mesostructures of various metals (Ag,Pd,Ni),alloys (PdNi,PbIn) and hybrid structures.(PdNi/Pb,PdNi/PbIn) were obtained.They can be of interest for fundamental research (self-assembly,morphogenesis) as well as for applications in nanotechnology (catalysis,nanoplasmonics,medicine,superhydrophobic surfaces).

  8. Erythritol alters microstructure and metabolomic profiles of biofilm composed of Streptococcus gordonii and Porphyromonas gingivalis.

    Hashino, E; Kuboniwa, M; Alghamdi, S A; Yamaguchi, M; Yamamoto, R; Cho, H; Amano, A


    The effects of sugar alcohols such as erythritol, xylitol, and sorbitol on periodontopathic biofilm are poorly understood, though they have often been reported to be non-cariogenic sweeteners. In the present study, we evaluated the efficacy of sugar alcohols for inhibiting periodontopathic biofilm formation using a heterotypic biofilm model composed of an oral inhabitant Streptococcus gordonii and a periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis. Confocal microscopic observations showed that the most effective reagent to reduce P. gingivalis accumulation onto an S. gordonii substratum was erythritol, as compared with xylitol and sorbitol. In addition, erythritol moderately suppressed S. gordonii monotypic biofilm formation. To examine the inhibitory effects of erythritol, we analyzed the metabolomic profiles of erythritol-treated P. gingivalis and S. gordonii cells. Metabolome analyses using capillary electrophoresis time-of-flight mass spectrometry revealed that a number of nucleic intermediates and constituents of the extracellular matrix, such as nucleotide sugars, were decreased by erythritol in a dose-dependent manner. Next, comparative analyses of metabolites of erythritol- and sorbitol-treated cells were performed using both organisms to determine the erythritol-specific effects. In P. gingivalis, all detected dipeptides, including Glu-Glu, Ser-Glu, Tyr-Glu, Ala-Ala and Thr-Asp, were significantly decreased by erythritol, whereas they tended to be increased by sorbitol. Meanwhile, sorbitol promoted trehalose 6-phosphate accumulation in S. gordonii cells. These results suggest that erythritol has inhibitory effects on dual species biofilm development via several pathways, including suppression of growth resulting from DNA and RNA depletion, attenuated extracellular matrix production, and alterations of dipeptide acquisition and amino acid metabolism.

  9. Matrix Solid-phase Dispersion and Gas Chromatographic Analysis and Matrix Effect in Determination of 6 Fungicides Residues in Fruits and Vegetables%果蔬中6种杀真菌剂残留的固相分散气相色谱检测及基质效应



    A rapid method based on matrix solid—phase dispersion was developed for the determination of pen-tachloronitrobenzene (PCNB), pentachloraniline (PCA), methyl-pentachlorophenyl sulfide (MPCS), procymidone(PRO), captan(CAP) and Iprodione(IPR) in fruits and vegetables. After the optimisation of different parameters such as the type of adsorbent, the extraction solvent, and the extraction assistance by sonication. The analysis of samples was accomplished using gas chromatography with electron-capture detector(GC-ECD). Spiked blank samples were used as standards to counteract the matrix effect observed in the chromatographie determination. The results showed the recoveries of the method were in the range 78.4%~109.7%, and with relative standard deviations lower than 10%. The limits of detections ranged from 0.1-0.4 μg/kg. The proposed methods were applied to the analysis of these compounds in fruits and vegetables samples.%采用基质固相分散样品前处理技术,气相色谱-电子捕获检测器测定果蔬中残留的常用杀真菌剂--五氯硝基苯(PCNB)、五氯苯胺(PCA)、甲基五氯苯基硫醚(MPCS)、腐霉利(PRO)、克茵丹(CAP)和异茵脲(IPR).对影响提取效果的参数,如吸附剂类型、提取溶剂、超声波辅助提取等工艺条件进行优化.利用空白基质配制标准样品溶液来补偿和消除色谱分析中存在的基质效应,结果表明,该方法的回收率在78.4%~109.7%,相对标准偏差低于10%,检测限0.1~0.4 ug/kg.该方法可用于水果、蔬菜中杀真菌剂残留量的测定.

  10. Parallelism in matrix computations

    Gallopoulos, Efstratios; Sameh, Ahmed H


    This book is primarily intended as a research monograph that could also be used in graduate courses for the design of parallel algorithms in matrix computations. It assumes general but not extensive knowledge of numerical linear algebra, parallel architectures, and parallel programming paradigms. The book consists of four parts: (I) Basics; (II) Dense and Special Matrix Computations; (III) Sparse Matrix Computations; and (IV) Matrix functions and characteristics. Part I deals with parallel programming paradigms and fundamental kernels, including reordering schemes for sparse matrices. Part II is devoted to dense matrix computations such as parallel algorithms for solving linear systems, linear least squares, the symmetric algebraic eigenvalue problem, and the singular-value decomposition. It also deals with the development of parallel algorithms for special linear systems such as banded ,Vandermonde ,Toeplitz ,and block Toeplitz systems. Part III addresses sparse matrix computations: (a) the development of pa...

  11. The dynamics and energetics of matrix assembly and mineralization.

    De Yoreo, James J; Chung, Sungwook; Nielsen, Michael H


    Formation of biominerals commonly occurs within the context of an organic matrix composed of proteins, polysaccharides, and other macromolecules. Much has been learned about the structure of matrices and the spatial and molecular relationships between matrix and mineral. Only recently has quantitative study of matrix organization and subsequent mineralization been pursued. Here, we review findings from physical studies of matrix assembly in the system of microbial S-layer proteins and of calcium carbonate nucleation on organic templates composed of organothiol self-assembled monolayers on noble metals. Studies on S-layers reveal the importance of multistage assembly pathways and kinetic traps associated with the conformational transformations required to build the basic oligomeric building blocks of the matrix. Experimental investigations of calcium carbonate nucleation on carboxyl-terminated self-assembled monolayers combined with theoretical analyses demonstrate the applicability of classical concepts of nucleation, even when cluster-aggregation pathways are considered, and reveal the underlying energetic and structural source of matrix control over the process. Taken together, these studies highlight the ways in which matrix assembly and mineralization deviate from our classical concepts of crystallization but clearly demonstrate that the concepts of physical chemistry that date back to the days of Gibbs and Ostwald still serve us well in understanding the nucleation and growth of organic matrices and mineral phases.

  12. 基质固相分散-气相色谱热能检测法测定电子烟烟油中的TSNAs%Determination of TSNAs in electronic cigarette liquids by GC-TEA with matrix solid phase dispersion

    张凤梅; 杨光宇; 刘志华; 朱瑞芝; 司晓喜; 刘春波; 申钦鹏; 何沛; 王昆淼


    利用基质固相分散-气相色谱热能检测法测定电子烟烟油中的烟草特有亚硝胺(TSNAs).电子烟烟油用碱性氧化铝分散处理,然后用带柱层析净化功能的索氏提取器净化.经净化后的样品用气相色谱热能进行检测分析.在选定条件下,NNK、NNN、NAB、NAT的4种烟草特有亚硝胺检出限分别为7.6、12.8、13.2、4.0 ng/mL,方法的回收率为89.6%~ 94.7%;对样品进行7次测定,日内相对标准偏差为3.2% ~4.0%;日间相对标准偏差为4.2% ~4.6%,结果令人满意.%A matrix solid phase dispersion and gas chromatography method are used to determine N-nitrosamines (TSNAs) in electronic cigarette liquids in combination with matrix solid phase dispersion.The electronic cigarette liquids samples are firstly dispersed with basic alumina and purified by basic alumina column chromatography combined with cable extraction.The purified samples are analyzed by gas chromatouraphy equipped with thermal energy analyser (TEA).The detection limits for four TSNAs (NNK、NNN、NAB、NAT) are 7.6,12.8,13.2,and 4.0 ng/mL,respectively.The developed method provides spiked recoveries of 89.6%-94.7% for TSNAs.The intra-day relative standard deviations are 3.2%-4.0% and the inter-day relative standard deviations are 4.2%-4.6%.This method is applied for the determination of TSNAs in electronic cigarette liquids with good results.

  13. Phosphine in various matrixes


    Matrix-bound phosphine was determined in the Jiaozhou Bay coastal sediment, in prawn-pond bottom soil, in the eutrophic lake Wulongtan, in the sewage sludge and in paddy soil as well. Results showed that matrix-bound phosphine levels in freshwater and coastal sediment, as well as in sewage sludge, are significantly higher than that in paddy soil. The correlation between matrix bound phosphine concentrations and organic phosphorus contents in sediment samples is discussed.

  14. Nanophosphor composite scintillators comprising a polymer matrix

    Muenchausen, Ross Edward; Mckigney, Edward Allen; Gilbertson, Robert David


    An improved nanophosphor composite comprises surface modified nanophosphor particles in a solid matrix. The nanophosphor particle surface is modified with an organic ligand, or by covalently bonding a polymeric or polymeric precursor material. The surface modified nanophosphor particle is essentially charge neutral, thereby preventing agglomeration of the nanophosphor particles during formation of the composite material. The improved nanophosphor composite may be used in any conventional scintillator application, including in a radiation detector.

  15. Langmuir monolayers composed of single and double tail sulfobetaine lipids.

    Hazell, Gavin; Gee, Anthony P; Arnold, Thomas; Edler, Karen J; Lewis, Simon E


    Owing to structural similarities between sulfobetaine lipids and phospholipids it should be possible to form stable Langmuir monolayers from long tail sulfobetaines. By modification of the density of lipid tail group (number of carbon chains) it should also be possible to modulate the two-dimensional phase behaviour of these lipids and thereby compare with that of equivalent phospholipids. Potentially this could enable the use of such lipids for the wide array of applications that currently use phospholipids. The benefit of using sulfobetaine lipids is that they can be synthesised by a one-step reaction from cheap and readily available starting materials and will degrade via different pathways than natural lipids. The molecular architecture of the lipid can be easily modified allowing the design of lipids for specific purposes. In addition the reversal of the charge within the sulfobetaine head group relative to the charge orientation in phospholipids may modify behaviour and thereby allow for novel uses of these surfactants. Stable Langmuir monolayers were formed composed of single and double tailed sulfobetaine lipids. Surface pressure-area isotherm, Brewster Angle Microscopy and X-ray and neutron reflectometry measurements were conducted to measure the two-dimensional phase behaviour and out-of-plane structure of the monolayers as a function of molecular area. Sulfobetaine lipids are able to form stable Langmuir monolayers with two dimensional phase behaviour analogous to that seen for the well-studied phospholipids. Changing the number of carbon tail groups on the lipid from one to two promotes the existence of a liquid condensed phase due to increased Van der Waals interactions between the tail groups. Thus the structure of the monolayers appears to be defined by the relative sizes of the head and tail groups in a predictable way. However, the presence of sub-phase ions has little effect on the monolayer structure, behaviour that is surprisingly different to

  16. Permutation Centralizer Algebras and Multi-Matrix Invariants

    Mattioli, Paolo


    We introduce a class of permutation centralizer algebras which underly the combinatorics of multi-matrix gauge invariant observables. One family of such non-commutative algebras is parametrised by two integers. Its Wedderburn-Artin decomposition explains the counting of restricted Schur operators, which were introduced in the physics literature to describe open strings attached to giant gravitons and were subsequently used to diagonalize the Gaussian inner product for gauge invariants of 2-matrix models. The structure of the algebra, notably its dimension, its centre and its maximally commuting sub-algebra, is related to Littlewood-Richardson numbers for composing Young diagrams. It gives a precise characterization of the minimal set of charges needed to distinguish arbitrary matrix gauge invariants, which are related to enhanced symmetries in gauge theory. The algebra also gives a star product for matrix invariants. The centre of the algebra allows efficient computation of a sector of multi-matrix correlator...

  17. An algorithm for the exact Fisher information matrix of vector ARMAX time series processes

    Klein, A.; Melard, G.


    In this paper an algorithm is developed for the exact Fisher information matrix of a vector ARMAX Gaussian process, VARMAX. The algorithm developed in this paper is composed by recursion equations at a vector-matrix level and some of these recursions consist of derivatives. For that purpose appropri


    Alexander V. Vikulin


    Full Text Available The geomedium block concept envisages that stresses in the medium composed of rotating blocks have torque and thus predetermine the medium's energy capacity (in terms of [Ponomarev, 2008]. The present paper describes the wave nature of the global geodynamic process taking place in the medium characterized by the existence of slow and fast rotation strain waves that are classified as a new type of waves. Movements may also occur as rheid, superplastic and/or superfluid motions and facilitate the formation of vortex geological structures in the geomedium.Our analysis of data on almost 800 strong volcanic eruptions shows that the magma chamber’s thickness is generally small, about 0.5 km, and this value is constant, independent of the volcanic process and predetermined by properties of the crust. A new magma chamber model is based on the idea of 'thermal explosion’/‘self-acceleration' manifested by intensive plastic movements along boundaries between the blocks in conditions of the low thermal conductivity of the geomedium. It is shown that if the solid rock in the magma chamber is overheated above its melting point, high stresses may occur in the surrounding area, and their elastic energy may amount to 1015 joules per 1 km3 of the overheated solid rock. In view of such stresses, it is possible to consider the interaction between volcano’s magma chambers as the migration of volcanic activity along the volcanic arc and provide an explanation of the interaction between volcanic activity and seismicity within the adjacent parallel arcs.The thin overheated interlayer/magma chamber concept may be valid for the entire Earth's crust. In our hypothesis, properties of the Moho are determined by the phase transition from the block structure of the crust to the nonblock structure of the upper mantle.

  19. Large landslides, composed of megabreccia, interbedded in Miocene basin deposits, southeastern Arizona

    Krieger, Medora Louise Hooper


    The landslides in the Kearny and El Capitan Mountain quadrangles, Pinal and Gila Counties, Ariz., are tabular or lens like masses of megabreccia enclosed in Miocene basin deposits. The megabreccias within individual slide blocks are composed of pervasively brecciated Precambrian and younger formations that remain in normal stratigraphic sequence, indicating that each landslide moved as a fairly coherent mass. The megabreccias consist of fresh, mostly angular rock fragments in a comminuted matrix of the same composition as the fragments. The matrix ranges in amount from sparse to abundant. Where the matrix is sparse, the fragments fit tightly with little or no rotation. Locally fragments are rotated but not moved far; most units within a slide block are lithologically homogeneous. The Kearny landslides are conformably interbedded in steeply east-dipping playa and alluvial deposits. They form map units from a few tens of meters to nearly 4 km long and from less than 1 to 270 m wide. Narrow ridges expose sections through the landslides at about right angles to the direction of movement. The upper (proximal) ends have been eroded; the lower (distal) ends are buried. The El Capitan landslide dips very gently southward. Although partly dissected during erosion of the enclosing alluvial and lakebed deposits, its approximate original outline is still preserved. It forms a thin sheet, 5-15 m thick and at least 3.8 km long; the maximum outcrop width, near its distal end, is about 1.5 km. The Kearny landslides show little evidence of having exerted differential pressure on the underlying soft playa and alluvial deposits, and the contacts with the underlying sediments have little relief. The distal end of the El Capitan landslide, on the other hand, has considerable relief. As the landslide came to an abrupt stop, the end plowed into the underlying sediments, compressing them into fol9.s and forming sandstone dikes. The source of the El Capitan landslide is a well

  20. Engineered glass seals for solid-oxide fuel cells

    Surdoval, Wayne; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Stevenson, Jeffry; Muth, Joseph Thomas; Armstrong, Beth L.; Shyam, Amit; Trejo, Rosa M.; Wang, Yanli; Chou, Yeong Shyung; Shultz, Travis Ray


    A seal for a solid oxide fuel cell includes a glass matrix having glass percolation therethrough and having a glass transition temperature below C. A deformable second phase material is dispersed in the glass matrix. The second phase material can be a compliant material. The second phase material can be a crushable material. A solid oxide fuel cell, a precursor for forming a seal for a solid oxide fuel cell, and a method of making a seal for a solid oxide fuel cell are also disclosed.

  1. Engineered glass seals for solid-oxide fuel cells

    Surdoval, Wayne; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Stevenson, Jeffry; Muth, Joseph Thomas; Armstrong, Beth L.; Shyam, Amit; Trejo, Rosa M.; Wang, Yanli; Chou, Yeong Shyung; Shultz, Travis Ray


    A seal for a solid oxide fuel cell includes a glass matrix having glass percolation therethrough and having a glass transition temperature below C. A deformable second phase material is dispersed in the glass matrix. The second phase material can be a compliant material. The second phase material can be a crushable material. A solid oxide fuel cell, a precursor for forming a seal for a solid oxide fuel cell, and a method of making a seal for a solid oxide fuel cell are also disclosed.

  2. Scandia doped tungsten matrix for impregnated cathode

    WANG Jinshu; WANG Yanchun; LIU Wei; LI Hongyi; ZHOU Meiling


    As a matrix for Sc-type impregnated cathode,scandia doped tungsten with a uniform ldistribution of SC2O3 was obtained by powder metallurgy combined with the liquid-solid doping method.The microstructure and composition of the powder and the anti-ion bombardment behavior of scandium in the matrix were studied by means of SEM,EDS,XRD,and in-situ AES methods.Tungsten powder covered with scandium oxide,an ideal scandium oxide-doped tungsten powder for the preparation of Sc-type impregnated cathode,was obtained using the liquid-solid doping method.Compared with the matrix prepared with the mechanically mixed powder of tungsten and scandium oxide,SC2O3-W matrix prepared with this kind of powder had smaller grain size and uniform distribution of scandium.Sc on the surface of Sc2O3 doped tungsten mauix had good high temperature stability and good anti-ion bombardment capability.

  3. Accelerated stability testing of a transdermal patch composed of eserine and pralidoxime chloride for prophylaxis against (±)-anatoxin A poisoning

    Subham Banerjee; Pronobesh Chattopadhyay; Animesh Ghosh; Shiv Sankar Bhattacharya; Amit Kundu; Vijay Veer


    The current study evaluated the stability potential of a transdermal patch composed of eserine and pralidoxime chloride for prophylaxis against (±)-anatoxin A poisoning. The drug combinations were fabricated in an adhesive matrix system supported by a backing membrane and attached to a temporary release liner. Stability testing of the optimized formulation was established for 6 months under accelerated study conditions as per International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines. Results obtai...

  4. NERIES: Seismic Data Gateways and User Composed Datasets Metadata Management

    Spinuso, Alessandro; Trani, Luca; Kamb, Linus; Frobert, Laurent


    One of the NERIES EC project main objectives is to establish and improve the networking of seismic waveform data exchange and access among four main data centers in Europe: INGV, GFZ, ORFEUS and IPGP. Besides the implementation of the data backbone, several investigations and developments have been conducted in order to offer to the users the data available from this network, either programmatically or interactively. One of the challenges is to understand how to enable users` activities such as discovering, aggregating, describing and sharing datasets to obtain a decrease in the replication of similar data queries towards the network, exempting the data centers to guess and create useful pre-packed products. We`ve started to transfer this task more and more towards the users community, where the users` composed data products could be extensively re-used. The main link to the data is represented by a centralized webservice (SeismoLink) acting like a single access point to the whole data network. Users can download either waveform data or seismic station inventories directly from their own software routines by connecting to this webservice, which routes the request to the data centers. The provenance of the data is maintained and transferred to the users in the form of URIs, that identify the dataset and implicitly refer to the data provider. SeismoLink, combined with other webservices (eg EMSC-QuakeML earthquakes catalog service), is used from a community gateway such as the NERIES web portal ( Here the user interacts with a map based portlet which allows the dynamic composition of a data product, binding seismic event`s parameters with a set of seismic stations. The requested data is collected by the back-end processes of the portal, preserved and offered to the user in a personal data cart, where metadata can be generated interactively on-demand. The metadata, expressed in RDF, can also be remotely ingested. They offer rating

  5. Patience of matrix games

    Hansen, Kristoffer Arnsfelt; Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus; Podolskii, Vladimir V.;


    For matrix games we study how small nonzero probability must be used in optimal strategies. We show that for image win–lose–draw games (i.e. image matrix games) nonzero probabilities smaller than image are never needed. We also construct an explicit image win–lose game such that the unique optimal...

  6. Patience of matrix games

    Hansen, Kristoffer Arnsfelt; Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus; Podolskii, Vladimir V.


    For matrix games we study how small nonzero probability must be used in optimal strategies. We show that for image win–lose–draw games (i.e. image matrix games) nonzero probabilities smaller than image are never needed. We also construct an explicit image win–lose game such that the unique optimal...

  7. Transfer function matrix

    Seraji, H.


    Given a multivariable system, it is proved that the numerator matrix N(s) of the transfer function evaluated at any system pole either has unity rank or is a null matrix. It is also shown that N(s) evaluated at any transmission zero of the system has rank deficiency. Examples are given for illustration.

  8. Phase coexistence in films composed of DLPC and DPPC: a comparison between different model membrane systems.

    Mangiarotti, Agustín; Caruso, Benjamín; Wilke, Natalia


    For the biophysical study of membranes, a variety of model systems have been used to measure the different parameters and to extract general principles concerning processes that may occur in cellular membranes. However, there are very few reports in which the results obtained with the different models have been compared. In this investigation, we quantitatively compared the phase coexistence in Langmuir monolayers, freestanding bilayers and supported films composed of a lipid mixture of DLPC and DPPC. Two-phase segregation was observed in most of the systems for a wide range of lipid proportions using fluorescence microscopy. The lipid composition of the coexisting phases was determined and the distribution coefficient of the fluorescent probe in each phase was quantified, in order to explore their thermodynamic properties. The comparison between systems was carried out at 30mN/m, since it is accepted that at this or higher lateral pressures, the mean molecular area in bilayers is equivalent to that observed in monolayers. Our study showed that while Langmuir monolayers and giant unilamellar vesicles had a similar phase behavior, supported films showed a different composition of the phases with the distribution coefficient of the fluorescent probe being close to unity. Our results suggest that, in supported membranes, the presence of the rigid substrate may have led to a stiffening of the liquid-expanded phase due to a loss in the degrees of freedom of the lipids as a consequence of the proximity of the solid material.

  9. 16 CFR 303.24 - Pile fabrics and products composed thereof.


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Pile fabrics and products composed thereof... CONGRESS RULES AND REGULATIONS UNDER THE TEXTILE FIBER PRODUCTS IDENTIFICATION ACT § 303.24 Pile fabrics and products composed thereof. The fiber content of pile fabrics or products composed thereof may...

  10. Writing in an Electronic Age: A Case Study of L2 Composing Processes

    Stapleton, Paul


    Studies on second language (L2) learners writing in English have found that composing is a recursive process requiring planning, formulating and revising. Of particular note among the many studies that have explored the composing processes of L2 writers are two characteristics: 1) They examine the composing processes of writers in real-time while…

  11. Trends, Vibes, and Energies: Building on Students' Strengths in Visual Composing

    Kurtyka, Faith


    This article examines the composing practices of two members of a social sorority who use visual images on the media of Tumblr and YouTube to teach potential new members about the kind of sorority experience they will have. From interviews with these composers and analyses of the artifacts they create, I distill three composing principles used to…

  12. Review on Fabrication Methods of in situ Metal Matrix Composites


    This paper deals with a series of novel processing techniques based on the in situ production of metal matrix composites (MMCs). In situ techniques involve a chemical reaction resulting in the formation of a very fine and thermodynamically stable reinforcing ceramic phase within a metal matrix. As a result, this provides thermodynamic compatibility at the matrix-reinforcement interface. The reinforcement surfaces are also likely to be free of contamination and, therefore, a stronger matrix-dispersion bond can be achieved. Some of these technologies including DIMOXTM, XD, PRIMEXTM, reactive gas infiltration, high-temperature self-propagating synthesis (SHS), and liquid-solid, or solid-gas-liquid reactions as well as plasma in situ MMCs are expressed in this paper.

  13. Atmospheric pressure laser desorption/ionization using a 6-7 µm-band mid-infrared tunable laser and liquid water matrix.

    Hiraguchi, Ryuji; Hazama, Hisanao; Masuda, Katsuyoshi; Awazu, Kunio


    Due to the characteristic absorption peaks in the IR region, various molecules can be used as a matrix for infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (IR-MALDI). Especially in the 6-7 µm-band IR region, solvents used as the mobile phase for liquid chromatography have absorption peaks that correspond to their functional groups, such as O-H, C=O, and CH3. Additionally, atmospheric pressure (AP) IR-MALDI, which is applicable to liquid-state samples, is a promising technique to directly analyze untreated samples. Herein we perform AP-IR-MALDI mass spectrometry of a peptide, angiotensin II, using a mid-IR tunable laser with a tunable wavelength range of 5.50-10.00 µm and several different matrices. The wavelength dependences of the ion signal intensity of [M + H](+) of the peptide are measured using a conventional solid matrix, α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA) and a liquid matrix composed of CHCA and 3-aminoquinoline. Other than the O-H stretching and bending vibration modes, the characteristic absorption peaks are useful for AP-IR-MALDI. Peptide ions are also observed from an aqueous solution of the peptide without an additional matrix, and the highest peak intensity of [M + H](+) is at 6.00 µm, which is somewhat shorter than the absorption peak wavelength of liquid water corresponding to the O-H bending vibration mode. Moreover, long-lasting and stable ion signals are obtained from the aqueous solution. AP-IR-MALDI using a 6-7 µm-band IR tunable laser and solvents as the matrix may provide a novel on-line interface between liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.

  14. Improved Matrix Uncertainty Selector

    Rosenbaum, Mathieu


    We consider the regression model with observation error in the design: y=X\\theta* + e, Z=X+N. Here the random vector y in R^n and the random n*p matrix Z are observed, the n*p matrix X is unknown, N is an n*p random noise matrix, e in R^n is a random noise vector, and \\theta* is a vector of unknown parameters to be estimated. We consider the setting where the dimension p can be much larger than the sample size n and \\theta* is sparse. Because of the presence of the noise matrix N, the commonly used Lasso and Dantzig selector are unstable. An alternative procedure called the Matrix Uncertainty (MU) selector has been proposed in Rosenbaum and Tsybakov (2010) in order to account for the noise. The properties of the MU selector have been studied in Rosenbaum and Tsybakov (2010) for sparse \\theta* under the assumption that the noise matrix N is deterministic and its values are small. In this paper, we propose a modification of the MU selector when N is a random matrix with zero-mean entries having the variances th...

  15. Novel functionalized polymeric fabric and fiber material as solid support for solid-phase synthesis and biomedical applications

    Xiang, Bei

    The aim of the research is to develop novel polymer solid support by modifying or fabricating polymeric fibrous materials for peptide synthesis and biomedical applications. Originally chemical inert isotactic polypropylene (iPP) fabric was utilized and modified to serve as a functional flexible planar solid support for solid phase peptide synthesis. The modification was achieved through thermal initiated radical grafting polymerization using acrylic acid, poly (ethylene glycol) diacrylate as monomers, and benzoyl peroxide as radical initiator. The iPP fabric was successfully functionalized and possessing as high as 0.7mmol/g carboxylic acid groups. Peptide ligand LHPQF was successfully synthesized on the new functional planar support. Specific enzyme immobilization was fulfilled on the functional iPP fabric support. A commercially available ethylene-acrylic acid copolymer was made into ultrafine copolymer fiber bundles which are composed of nanofibers with diameters ranging from 200nm to 800nm. Various mixing ratios of copolymer/matrix materials were utilized to explore the effect on the final nanofiber physical properties including morphology and stability in solvents. The surface carboxylic acid groups were further converted to amino groups before the functional nanofibers can be applied in solid phase peptide synthesis. Two peptide ligands, LHPQF and HWRGWV, were also successfully synthesized on the nanofiber bundles. Streptavidin and human immunoglobulin G specific binding with the corresponding ligand which was anchored on the nanofibers was conducted successfully to illustrate the potential applications of the nanofiber materials in biomedical field. Further study on the dispersion of the ethylene-acrylic acid nanofiber bundles was pursued to take advantage of the super high active surface area of functional nanofibers. To manipulate the polymer nanofibers during synthesis and bio-assays, a technique was developed to controllably assemble and disperse the

  16. Elementary matrix theory

    Eves, Howard


    The usefulness of matrix theory as a tool in disciplines ranging from quantum mechanics to psychometrics is widely recognized, and courses in matrix theory are increasingly a standard part of the undergraduate curriculum.This outstanding text offers an unusual introduction to matrix theory at the undergraduate level. Unlike most texts dealing with the topic, which tend to remain on an abstract level, Dr. Eves' book employs a concrete elementary approach, avoiding abstraction until the final chapter. This practical method renders the text especially accessible to students of physics, engineeri

  17. Rheocasting Al matrix composites

    Girot, F.A.; Albingre, L.; Quenisset, J.M.; Naslain, R.


    A development status account is given for the rheocasting method of Al-alloy matrix/SiC-whisker composites, which involves the incorporation and homogeneous distribution of 8-15 vol pct of whiskers through the stirring of the semisolid matrix melt while retaining sufficient fluidity for casting. Both 1-, 3-, and 6-mm fibers of Nicalon SiC and and SiC whisker reinforcements have been experimentally investigated, with attention to the characterization of the resulting microstructures and the effects of fiber-matrix interactions. A thin silica layer is found at the whisker surface. 7 references.

  18. Mueller matrix differential decomposition.

    Ortega-Quijano, Noé; Arce-Diego, José Luis


    We present a Mueller matrix decomposition based on the differential formulation of the Mueller calculus. The differential Mueller matrix is obtained from the macroscopic matrix through an eigenanalysis. It is subsequently resolved into the complete set of 16 differential matrices that correspond to the basic types of optical behavior for depolarizing anisotropic media. The method is successfully applied to the polarimetric analysis of several samples. The differential parameters enable one to perform an exhaustive characterization of anisotropy and depolarization. This decomposition is particularly appropriate for studying media in which several polarization effects take place simultaneously. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  19. Peroxisomal assembly : membrane proliferation precedes the induction of the abundant matrix proteins in the methylotrophic yeast Candida boidinii

    Veenhuis, Marten; Goodman, Joel M.


    Peroxisomes are massively induced when methylotrophic yeasts are cultured in medium containing methanol. These organelles contain enzymes that catalyze the initial steps of methanol assimilation. In Candida boidinii, a methylotrophic yeast, the peroxisomal matrix (internal compartment) is composed a

  20. Pesticide-Exposure Matrix

    The "Pesticide-exposure Matrix" was developed to help epidemiologists and other researchers identify the active ingredients to which people were likely exposed when their homes and gardens were treated for pests in past years.

  1. Matrix theory of gravitation

    Koehler, Wolfgang


    A new classical theory of gravitation within the framework of general relativity is presented. It is based on a matrix formulation of four-dimensional Riemann-spaces and uses no artificial fields or adjustable parameters. The geometrical stress-energy tensor is derived from a matrix-trace Lagrangian, which is not equivalent to the curvature scalar R. To enable a direct comparison with the Einstein-theory a tetrad formalism is utilized, which shows similarities to teleparallel gravitation theories, but uses complex tetrads. Matrix theory might solve a 27-year-old, fundamental problem of those theories (sec. 4.1). For the standard test cases (PPN scheme, Schwarzschild-solution) no differences to the Einstein-theory are found. However, the matrix theory exhibits novel, interesting vacuum solutions.

  2. Matrix comparison, Part 2

    Schneider, Jesper Wiborg; Borlund, Pia


    The present two-part article introduces matrix comparison as a formal means for evaluation purposes in informetric studies such as cocitation analysis. In the first part, the motivation behind introducing matrix comparison to informetric studies, as well as two important issues influencing...... such comparisons, matrix generation, and the composition of proximity measures, are introduced and discussed. In this second part, the authors introduce and thoroughly demonstrate two related matrix comparison techniques the Mantel test and Procrustes analysis, respectively. These techniques can compare...... important. Alternatively, or as a supplement, Procrustes analysis compares the actual ordination results without investigating the underlying proximity measures, by matching two configurations of the same objects in a multidimensional space. An advantage of the Procrustes analysis though, is the graphical...

  3. The Matrix Organization Revisited

    Gattiker, Urs E.; Ulhøi, John Parm


    This paper gives a short overview of matrix structure and technology management. It outlines some of the characteristics and also points out that many organizations may actualy be hybrids (i.e. mix several ways of organizing to allocate resorces effectively).......This paper gives a short overview of matrix structure and technology management. It outlines some of the characteristics and also points out that many organizations may actualy be hybrids (i.e. mix several ways of organizing to allocate resorces effectively)....

  4. Optical Coherency Matrix Tomography


    optics has been studied theoretically11, but has not been demonstrated experimentally heretofore. Even in the simplest case of two binary DoFs6 (e.g...coherency matrix G spanning these DoFs. This optical coherency matrix has not been measured in its entirety to date—even in the simplest case of two...dense coding, etc. CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando , Florida 32816, USA. Correspondence and requests

  5. Matrix fractional systems

    Tenreiro Machado, J. A.


    This paper addresses the matrix representation of dynamical systems in the perspective of fractional calculus. Fractional elements and fractional systems are interpreted under the light of the classical Cole-Cole, Davidson-Cole, and Havriliak-Negami heuristic models. Numerical simulations for an electrical circuit enlighten the results for matrix based models and high fractional orders. The conclusions clarify the distinction between fractional elements and fractional systems.

  6. Hacking the Matrix.

    Czerwinski, Michael; Spence, Jason R


    Recently in Nature, Gjorevski et al. (2016) describe a fully defined synthetic hydrogel that mimics the extracellular matrix to support in vitro growth of intestinal stem cells and organoids. The hydrogel allows exquisite control over the chemical and physical in vitro niche and enables identification of regulatory properties of the matrix. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. The Matrix Organization Revisited

    Gattiker, Urs E.; Ulhøi, John Parm


    This paper gives a short overview of matrix structure and technology management. It outlines some of the characteristics and also points out that many organizations may actualy be hybrids (i.e. mix several ways of organizing to allocate resorces effectively).......This paper gives a short overview of matrix structure and technology management. It outlines some of the characteristics and also points out that many organizations may actualy be hybrids (i.e. mix several ways of organizing to allocate resorces effectively)....

  8. Ion spectrometer composed of time-of-flight and Thomson parabola spectrometers for simultaneous characterization of laser-driven ions.

    Choi, I W; Kim, C M; Sung, J H; Yu, T J; Lee, S K; Kim, I J; Jin, Y-Y; Jeong, T M; Hafz, N; Pae, K H; Noh, Y-C; Ko, D-K; Yogo, A; Pirozhkov, A S; Ogura, K; Orimo, S; Sagisaka, A; Nishiuchi, M; Daito, I; Oishi, Y; Iwashita, Y; Nakamura, S; Nemoto, K; Noda, A; Daido, H; Lee, J


    An ion spectrometer, composed of a time-of-flight spectrometer (TOFS) and a Thomson parabola spectrometer (TPS), has been developed to measure energy spectra and to analyze species of laser-driven ions. Two spectrometers can be operated simultaneously, thereby facilitate to compare the independently measured data and to combine advantages of each spectrometer. Real-time and shot-to-shot characterizations have been possible with the TOFS, and species of ions can be analyzed with the TPS. The two spectrometers show very good agreement of maximum proton energy even for a single laser shot. The composite ion spectrometer can provide two complementary spectra measured by TOFS with a large solid angle and TPS with a small one for the same ion source, which are useful to estimate precise total ion number and to investigate fine structure of energy spectrum at high energy depending on the detection position and solid angle. Advantage and comparison to other online measurement system, such as the TPS equipped with microchannel plate, are discussed in terms of overlay of ion species, high-repetition rate operation, detection solid angle, and detector characteristics of imaging plate.

  9. Cell-material interactions on biphasic polyurethane matrix.

    Dicesare, Patrick; Fox, Wade M; Hill, Michael J; Krishnan, G Rajesh; Yang, Shuying; Sarkar, Debanjan


    Cell-matrix interaction is a key regulator for controlling stem cell fate in regenerative tissue engineering. These interactions are induced and controlled by the nanoscale features of extracellular matrix and are mimicked on synthetic matrices to control cell structure and functions. Recent studies have shown that nanostructured matrices can modulate stem cell behavior and exert specific role in tissue regeneration. In this study, we have demonstrated that nanostructured phase morphology of synthetic matrix can control adhesion, proliferation, organization and migration of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Nanostructured biodegradable polyurethanes (PU) with segmental composition exhibit biphasic morphology at nanoscale dimensions and can control cellular features of MSCs. Biodegradable PU with polyester soft segment and hard segment composed of aliphatic diisocyanates and dipeptide chain extender were designed to examine the effect polyurethane phase morphology. By altering the polyurethane composition, morphological architecture of PU was modulated and its effect was examined on MSC. Results show that MSCs can sense the nanoscale morphology of biphasic polyurethane matrix to exhibit distinct cellular features and, thus, signifies the relevance of matrix phase morphology. The role of nanostructured phases of a synthetic matrix in controlling cell-matrix interaction provides important insights for regulation of cell behavior on synthetic matrix and, therefore, is an important tool for engineering tissue regeneration. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Cell–material interactions on biphasic polyurethane matrix

    Dicesare, Patrick; Fox, Wade M.; Hill, Michael J.; Krishnan, G. Rajesh; Yang, Shuying; Sarkar, Debanjan


    Cell–matrix interaction is a key regulator for controlling stem cell fate in regenerative tissue engineering. These interactions are induced and controlled by the nanoscale features of extracellular matrix and are mimicked on synthetic matrices to control cell structure and functions. Recent studies have shown that nanostructured matrices can modulate stem cell behavior and exert specific role in tissue regeneration. In this study, we have demonstrated that nanostructured phase morphology of synthetic matrix can control adhesion, proliferation, organization and migration of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Nanostructured biodegradable polyurethanes (PU) with segmental composition exhibit biphasic morphology at nanoscale dimensions and can control cellular features of MSCs. Biodegradable PU with polyester soft segment and hard segment composed of aliphatic diisocyanates and dipeptide chain extender were designed to examine the effect polyurethane phase morphology. By altering the polyurethane composition, morphological architecture of PU was modulated and its effect was examined on MSC. Results show that MSCs can sense the nanoscale morphology of biphasic polyurethane matrix to exhibit distinct cellular features and, thus, signifies the relevance of matrix phase morphology. The role of nanostructured phases of a synthetic matrix in controlling cell–matrix interaction provides important insights for regulation of cell behavior on synthetic matrix and, therefore, is an important tool for engineering tissue regeneration. PMID:23255285

  11. Determination of ochratoxin A in cereal by high performance liquid chromatography with matrix solid-phase dispersion cleaning%基质分散固相萃取净化液相色谱检测谷物中赭曲霉毒素A

    李尧; 张雪梅; 党献民; 任正东; 刘旭; 龚珊; 呼鑫


    To establish a method of extraction with matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD), high performance liquid chromatography ( HPLC) coupled with fluorescence detection for determination of ochratoxin A (OTA) in cereal. C18 solid-phase and samples powder placed in the mortar gently and fully mixed by pestle. And then put in glass syringes with sieve plate,rinsed by 10 ml methanohand collect the eluent through 0. 45 μm membrane filter. The filtrate analysis by high performance liquid chromatography coupled with fluorescence detection. The results showed that ochratoxin A in cereal can be an effective separation in selected conditions,recovery rate is between 80. 0% to 93. 65% .the limit of detection is 0. 5 μg/kg. These indicated that this method could detect the additive contents of ochratoxin A in cereal,accurately and simultaneously.%建立了经基质分散固相萃取(MSPD)净化,使用液相色谱仪配荧光检测器分析谷物中赭曲霉毒素A含量的方法.C18固定相与粉碎后的样品置于研钵中,使用研棒轻柔的充分混合,将研磨后的混合物置于带有筛板的玻璃注射器管中,用10 ml甲醇淋洗、定容,收集淋洗液经过0.45 μm滤膜过滤.滤液直接使用配有荧光检测器(FLD)液相色谱仪分析.结果显示,在选定色谱条件下,方法对谷物中含有的赭曲霉毒素A可以有效分离.回收率为80.0%~93.65%,最低检测限为0.5μg/kg.表明该方法能够快速、准确地检测谷物中赭曲霉毒素A的含量.

  12. Characteristics of wasteform composing of phosphate and silicate to immobilize radioactive waste salts.

    Park, Hwan-Seo; Cho, In-Hak; Eun, Hee Chul; Kim, In-Tae; Cho, Yong Zun; Lee, Han-Soo


    In the radioactive waste management, metal chloride wastes from a pyrochemical process is one of problematic wastes not directly applicable to a conventional solidification process. Different from a use of minerals or a specific phosphate glass for immobilizing radioactive waste salts, our research group applied an inorganic composite, SAP (SiO(2)-Al(2)O(3)-P(2)O(5)), to stabilize them by dechlorination. From this method, a unique wasteform composing of phosphate and silicate could be fabricated. This study described the characteristic of the wasteform on the morphology, chemical durability, and some physical properties. The wasteform has a unique "domain-matrix" structure which would be attributed to the incompatibility between silicate and phosphate glass. At higher amounts of chemical binder, "P-rich phase encapsulated by Si-rich phase" was a dominant morphology, but it was changed to be Si-rich phase encapsulated by P-rich phase at a lower amount of binder. The domain and subdomain size in the wasteform was about 0.5-2 μm and hundreds of nm, respectively. The chemical durability of wasteform was confirmed by various leaching test methods (PCT-A, ISO dynamic leaching test, and MCC-1). From the leaching tests, it was found that the P-rich phase had ten times lower leach-resistance than the Si-rich phase. The leach rates of Cs and Sr in the wasteform were about 10(-3)g/m(2)· day, and the leached fractions of them were about 0.04% and 0.06% at 357 days, respectively. Using this method, we could stabilize and solidify the waste salt to form a monolithic wasteform with good leach-resistance. Also, the decrease of waste volume by the dechlorination approach would be beneficial in the final disposal cost, compared with the present immobilization methods for waste salt.

  13. Screw-matrix method in dynamics of multibody systems

    Yanzhu, Liu


    In the present paper the concept of screw in classical mechanics is expressed in matrix form, in order to formulate the dynamical equations of the multibody systems. The mentioned method can retain the advantages of the screw theory and avoid the shortcomings of the dual number notation. Combining the screw-matrix method with the tool of graph theory in Roberson/Wittenberg formalism. We can expand the application of the screw theory to the general case of multibody systems. For a tree system, the dynamical equations for each j-th subsystem, composed of all the outboard bodies connected by j-th joint can be formulated without the constraint reaction forces in the joints. For a nontree system, the dynamical equations of subsystems and the kinematical consistency conditions of the joints can be derived using the loop matrix. The whole process of calculation is unified in matrix form. A three-segment manipulator is discussed as an example.

  14. Fiscal 1998 international research cooperation project. Research report on development of ultra-solid lubricant with cluster diamond; 1998 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoroku jigyo seika hokokusho. Kurasuta diamond wo riyoshita kotai junkatsu fukugo zairyo no kaihatsu



    Study was made on cluster diamond-dispersed composite materials to develop advanced ultra-solid lubricant. As for processing technology of such composite materials, study was made on the uniform mixing condition of cluster diamond and Cu or Cu-Sn alloy by mechanical milling. The fabricated composite powder was caked by vacuum hot compressive formation technique. The production process of composite materials composed of cluster diamond and TiO{sub 2} was also developed by using sol-gel technique. As for formation of a functional layer and development of micro- formation technology, the prototype forming equipment using radial extrusion process and the mould were designed and prepared. In the preliminary experiment only for matrix, study was made on working limit, material flow, fine recrystallization and working condition during working. The friction test result showed the antifrictional property of the cluster diamond-dispersed composite materials using Cu, Cu-Sn, Al, Al-Si as matrix. (NEDO)

  15. Solid aneurysmal bone cyst in the humerus

    Yamamoto, Tetsuji; Marui, Takashi; Akisue, Toshihiro; Mizuno, Kosaku [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University School of Medicine, Chuo-Ku (Japan)


    We report on a 69-year-old woman with a solid variant of aneurysmal bone cyst (solid ABC) in the left humerus with a pathological fracture. Radiographically, the lesion exhibited a relatively well-defined osteolytic lesion in the diaphysis of the left humerus. On magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, the medullary lesion exhibited a homogeneous signal intensity isointense with surrounding normal muscles on the T1-weighted images and a mixture of low and high signal intensity on the T2-weighted images. Contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images revealed diffuse enhancement of the entire lesion. The pathological study showed a proliferation of fibroblasts, histiocytes, chronic inflammatory cells and numerous multinucleated giant cells in a collagenous matrix. Abundant osteoid formation in the matrix was observed, but the cells were devoid of nuclear atypia. Aneurysmal cystic cavities were absent. A review of the English literature found 22 cases of solid ABC of the long bones. (orig.)

  16. Matrix Information Geometry

    Bhatia, Rajendra


    This book is an outcome of the Indo-French Workshop on Matrix Information Geometries (MIG): Applications in Sensor and Cognitive Systems Engineering, which was held in Ecole Polytechnique and Thales Research and Technology Center, Palaiseau, France, in February 23-25, 2011. The workshop was generously funded by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR).  During the event, 22 renowned invited french or indian speakers gave lectures on their areas of expertise within the field of matrix analysis or processing. From these talks, a total of 17 original contribution or state-of-the-art chapters have been assembled in this volume. All articles were thoroughly peer-reviewed and improved, according to the suggestions of the international referees. The 17 contributions presented  are organized in three parts: (1) State-of-the-art surveys & original matrix theory work, (2) Advanced matrix theory for radar processing, and (3) Matrix-based signal processing applications.  

  17. Realization of Matrix Electric Power Conversion with Practicality

    杨喜军; 雷淮刚; 等


    A realization of three phase to three phase matrix electric power converter(33MC) with practicality is depicted,which is characteristic of modular configuration,simple and safe and semi-natural semi-forced two-step commutation strategy,general over-current protection circuit,flexible generalized switching functions,combined bilateral power swotches,and so on.A new approach to manufacturing-oriented 33MC comes forth,which is composed of 3 modular three phase to sigle phase non-square matrix electric power converters(31MC).

  18. The Brain Functional State of Music Creation: an fMRI Study of Composers.

    Lu, Jing; Yang, Hua; Zhang, Xingxing; He, Hui; Luo, Cheng; Yao, Dezhong


    In this study, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore the functional networks in professional composers during the creation of music. We compared the composing state and resting state imagery of 17 composers and found that the functional connectivity of primary networks in the bilateral occipital lobe and bilateral postcentral cortex decreased during the composing period. However, significantly stronger functional connectivity appeared between the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), the right angular gyrus and the bilateral superior frontal gyrus during composition. These findings indicate that a specific brain state of musical creation is formed when professional composers are composing, in which the integration of the primary visual and motor areas is not necessary. Instead, the neurons of these areas are recruited to enhance the functional connectivity between the ACC and the default mode network (DMN) to plan the integration of musical notes with emotion.

  19. Ceramic Matrix Composites .

    J. Mukerji


    Full Text Available The present state of the knowledge of ceramic-matrix composites have been reviewed. The fracture toughness of present structural ceramics are not enough to permit design of high performance machines with ceramic parts. They also fail by catastrophic brittle fracture. It is generally believed that further improvement of fracture toughness is only possible by making composites of ceramics with ceramic fibre, particulate or platelets. Only ceramic-matrix composites capable of working above 1000 degree centigrade has been dealt with keeping reinforced plastics and metal-reinforced ceramics outside the purview. The author has discussed the basic mechanisms of toughening and fabrication of composites and the difficulties involved. Properties of available fibres and whiskers have been given. The best results obtained so far have been indicated. The limitations of improvement in properties of ceramic-matrix composites have been discussed.

  20. Matrix interdiction problem

    Pan, Feng [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kasiviswanathan, Shiva [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    In the matrix interdiction problem, a real-valued matrix and an integer k is given. The objective is to remove k columns such that the sum over all rows of the maximum entry in each row is minimized. This combinatorial problem is closely related to bipartite network interdiction problem which can be applied to prioritize the border checkpoints in order to minimize the probability that an adversary can successfully cross the border. After introducing the matrix interdiction problem, we will prove the problem is NP-hard, and even NP-hard to approximate with an additive n{gamma} factor for a fixed constant {gamma}. We also present an algorithm for this problem that achieves a factor of (n-k) mUltiplicative approximation ratio.

  1. Finite Temperature Matrix Theory

    Meana, M L; Peñalba, J P; Meana, Marco Laucelli; Peñalba, Jesús Puente


    We present the way the Lorentz invariant canonical partition function for Matrix Theory as a light-cone formulation of M-theory can be computed. We explicitly show how when the eleventh dimension is decompactified, the N=1 eleven dimensional SUGRA partition function appears. From this particular analysis we also clarify the question about the discernibility problem when making statistics with supergravitons (the N! problem) in Matrix black hole configurations. We also provide a high temperature expansion which captures some structure of the canonical partition function when interactions amongst D-particles are on. The connection with the semi-classical computations thermalizing the open superstrings attached to a D-particle is also clarified through a Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Some ideas about how Matrix Theory would describe the complementary degrees of freedom of the massless content of eleven dimensional SUGRA are also discussed.

  2. Geographic Clustering and Productivity: An Instrumental Variable Approach for Classical Composers

    Borowiecki, Karol


    It is difficult to estimate the impact of geographic clustering on productivity because of endogeneity issues. I use birthplace-cluster distance as an instrumental variable for the incidence of clustering of prominent classical composers born between 1750 and 1899. I find that geographic clustering...... strongly impacts the productivity of the clustering individuals: composers were approx. 33 percentage points more productive while they remained in a geographic cluster. Top composers and composers who migrated to the cluster are the greatest beneficiaries of clustering. The benefit depends...

  3. Are Composers Different? Historical Evidence on Conflict-induced Migration (1816-1997)

    Borowiecki, Karol


    In this paper we explore whether, and to what extent, the incidence of war affects the migration intensity of 164 prominent classical composers born after 1800. We model the aggregate stock of composers in a country and find that periods of war correspond negatively with the number of artists. We...... also find that conflict-induced migration intensity is considerably higher for composers than for the overall population and demonstrate that the share of composers in the overall population drops due to the incidence of war. We further find that the observed outmigration substantially diminishes...

  4. Principles of moment distribution applied to stability of structures composed of bars or plates

    Lundquist, Eugene E; Stowell, Elbridge Z; Schuette, Evan H


    The principles of the cross method of moment distribution, which have previously been applied to the stability of structures composed of bars under axial load, are applied to the stability of structures composed of long plates under longitudinal load. A brief theoretical treatment of the subject, as applied to structures composed of either bars or plates, is included, together with an illustrative example for each of these two types of structure. An appendix presents the derivation of the formulas for the various stiffnesses and carry-over factors used in solving problems in the stability of structures composed of long plates.

  5. Geographic Clustering and Productivity: An Instrumental Variable Approach for Classical Composers

    Borowiecki, Karol


    It is difficult to estimate the impact of geographic clustering on productivity because of endogeneity issues. I use birthplace-cluster distance as an instrumental variable for the incidence of clustering of prominent classical composers born between 1750 and 1899. I find that geographic clustering...... strongly impacts the productivity of the clustering individuals: composers were approx. 33 percentage points more productive while they remained in a geographic cluster. Top composers and composers who migrated to the cluster are the greatest beneficiaries of clustering. The benefit depends...

  6. Matrixed business support comparison study.

    Parsons, Josh D.


    The Matrixed Business Support Comparison Study reviewed the current matrixed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) division staff models at Sandia National Laboratories. There were two primary drivers of this analysis: (1) the increasing number of financial staff matrixed to mission customers and (2) the desire to further understand the matrix process and the opportunities and challenges it creates.

  7. Reliability analysis of ceramic matrix composite laminates

    Thomas, David J.; Wetherhold, Robert C.


    At a macroscopic level, a composite lamina may be considered as a homogeneous orthotropic solid whose directional strengths are random variables. Incorporation of these random variable strengths into failure models, either interactive or non-interactive, allows for the evaluation of the lamina reliability under a given stress state. Using a non-interactive criterion for demonstration purposes, laminate reliabilities are calculated assuming previously established load sharing rules for the redistribution of load as the failure of laminae occur. The matrix cracking predicted by ACK theory is modeled to allow a loss of stiffness in the fiber direction. The subsequent failure in the fiber direction is controlled by a modified bundle theory. Results using this modified bundle model are compared with previous models which did not permit separate consideration of matrix cracking, as well as to results obtained from experimental data.

  8. IIB Matrix Model

    Aoki, H; Kawai, H; Kitazawa, Y; Tada, T; Tsuchiya, A


    We review our proposal for a constructive definition of superstring, type IIB matrix model. The IIB matrix model is a manifestly covariant model for space-time and matter which possesses N=2 supersymmetry in ten dimensions. We refine our arguments to reproduce string perturbation theory based on the loop equations. We emphasize that the space-time is dynamically determined from the eigenvalue distributions of the matrices. We also explain how matter, gauge fields and gravitation appear as fluctuations around dynamically determined space-time.

  9. Little IIB Matrix Model

    Kitazawa, Y; Saito, O; Kitazawa, Yoshihisa; Mizoguchi, Shun'ya; Saito, Osamu


    We study the zero-dimensional reduced model of D=6 pure super Yang-Mills theory and argue that the large N limit describes the (2,0) Little String Theory. The one-loop effective action shows that the force exerted between two diagonal blocks of matrices behaves as 1/r^4, implying a six-dimensional spacetime. We also observe that it is due to non-gravitational interactions. We construct wave functions and vertex operators which realize the D=6, (2,0) tensor representation. We also comment on other "little" analogues of the IIB matrix model and Matrix Theory with less supercharges.

  10. Elementary matrix algebra

    Hohn, Franz E


    This complete and coherent exposition, complemented by numerous illustrative examples, offers readers a text that can teach by itself. Fully rigorous in its treatment, it offers a mathematically sound sequencing of topics. The work starts with the most basic laws of matrix algebra and progresses to the sweep-out process for obtaining the complete solution of any given system of linear equations - homogeneous or nonhomogeneous - and the role of matrix algebra in the presentation of useful geometric ideas, techniques, and terminology.Other subjects include the complete treatment of the structur

  11. Reduced Google matrix

    Frahm, K M


    Using parallels with the quantum scattering theory, developed for processes in nuclear and mesoscopic physics and quantum chaos, we construct a reduced Google matrix $G_R$ which describes the properties and interactions of a certain subset of selected nodes belonging to a much larger directed network. The matrix $G_R$ takes into account effective interactions between subset nodes by all their indirect links via the whole network. We argue that this approach gives new possibilities to analyze effective interactions in a group of nodes embedded in a large directed networks. Possible efficient numerical methods for the practical computation of $G_R$ are also described.

  12. Density matrix perturbation theory.

    Niklasson, Anders M N; Challacombe, Matt


    An orbital-free quantum perturbation theory is proposed. It gives the response of the density matrix upon variation of the Hamiltonian by quadratically convergent recursions based on perturbed projections. The technique allows treatment of embedded quantum subsystems with a computational cost scaling linearly with the size of the perturbed region, O(N(pert.)), and as O(1) with the total system size. The method allows efficient high order perturbation expansions, as demonstrated with an example involving a 10th order expansion. Density matrix analogs of Wigner's 2n+1 rule are also presented.

  13. Complex matrix model duality

    Brown, T.W.


    The same complex matrix model calculates both tachyon scattering for the c=1 non-critical string at the self-dual radius and certain correlation functions of half-BPS operators in N=4 super- Yang-Mills. It is dual to another complex matrix model where the couplings of the first model are encoded in the Kontsevich-like variables of the second. The duality between the theories is mirrored by the duality of their Feynman diagrams. Analogously to the Hermitian Kontsevich- Penner model, the correlation functions of the second model can be written as sums over discrete points in subspaces of the moduli space of punctured Riemann surfaces. (orig.)

  14. Dynamic Matrix Rank

    Frandsen, Gudmund Skovbjerg; Frandsen, Peter Frands


    We consider maintaining information about the rank of a matrix under changes of the entries. For n×n matrices, we show an upper bound of O(n1.575) arithmetic operations and a lower bound of Ω(n) arithmetic operations per element change. The upper bound is valid when changing up to O(n0.575) entri...... closed fields. The upper bound for element updates uses fast rectangular matrix multiplication, and the lower bound involves further development of an earlier technique for proving lower bounds for dynamic computation of rational functions.......We consider maintaining information about the rank of a matrix under changes of the entries. For n×n matrices, we show an upper bound of O(n1.575) arithmetic operations and a lower bound of Ω(n) arithmetic operations per element change. The upper bound is valid when changing up to O(n0.575) entries...... in a single column of the matrix. We also give an algorithm that maintains the rank using O(n2) arithmetic operations per rank one update. These bounds appear to be the first nontrivial bounds for the problem. The upper bounds are valid for arbitrary fields, whereas the lower bound is valid for algebraically...

  15. Empirical codon substitution matrix

    Gonnet Gaston H


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Codon substitution probabilities are used in many types of molecular evolution studies such as determining Ka/Ks ratios, creating ancestral DNA sequences or aligning coding DNA. Until the recent dramatic increase in genomic data enabled construction of empirical matrices, researchers relied on parameterized models of codon evolution. Here we present the first empirical codon substitution matrix entirely built from alignments of coding sequences from vertebrate DNA and thus provide an alternative to parameterized models of codon evolution. Results A set of 17,502 alignments of orthologous sequences from five vertebrate genomes yielded 8.3 million aligned codons from which the number of substitutions between codons were counted. From this data, both a probability matrix and a matrix of similarity scores were computed. They are 64 × 64 matrices describing the substitutions between all codons. Substitutions from sense codons to stop codons are not considered, resulting in block diagonal matrices consisting of 61 × 61 entries for the sense codons and 3 × 3 entries for the stop codons. Conclusion The amount of genomic data currently available allowed for the construction of an empirical codon substitution matrix. However, more sequence data is still needed to construct matrices from different subsets of DNA, specific to kingdoms, evolutionary distance or different amount of synonymous change. Codon mutation matrices have advantages for alignments up to medium evolutionary distances and for usages that require DNA such as ancestral reconstruction of DNA sequences and the calculation of Ka/Ks ratios.

  16. Matrix Embedded Organic Synthesis

    Kamakolanu, U. G.; Freund, F. T.


    In the matrix of minerals such as olivine, a redox reaction of the low-z elements occurs. Oxygen is oxidized to the peroxy state while the low-Z-elements become chemically reduced. We assign them a formula [CxHyOzNiSj]n- and call them proto-organics.

  17. Application of Response Surface Methodology for the Technological Improvement of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles.

    Dal Pizzol, Carine; O'Reilly, Andre; Winter, Evelyn; Sonaglio, Diva; de Campos, Angela Machado; Creczynski-Pasa, Tânia Beatriz


    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) are colloidal particles consisting of a matrix composed of solid (at room and body temperatures) lipids dispersed in aqueous emulsifier solution. During manufacture, their physicochemical properties may be affected by several formulation parameters, such as type and concentration of lipid, proportion of emulsifiers and amount of solvent. Thus, the aim of this work was to study the influence of these variables on the preparation of SLN. A D-optimal Response Surface Methodology design was used to establish a mathematical model for the optimization of SLN. A total of 30 SLN formulations were prepared using the ultrasound method, and then characterized on the basis of their physicochemical properties, including particle size, polydispersity index (PI) and Zeta Potential (s). Particle sizes ranged between 107 and 240 nm. All SLN formulations showed negative sigma and PI values below 0.28. Prediction of the optimal conditions was performed using the desirability function targeting the reduction of all responses. The optimized SLN formulation showed similar theoretical and experimental values, confirming the sturdiness and predictive ability of the mathematical model for SLN optimization.

  18. Molecular Control of Vascular Tube Morphogenesis and Stabilization: Regulation by Extracellular Matrix, Matrix Metalloproteinases, and Endothelial Cell-Pericyte Interactions

    Davis, George E.; Stratman, Amber N.; Sacharidou, Anastasia

    Recent studies have revealed a critical role for both extracellular matrices and matrix metalloproteinases in the molecular control of vascular morphogenesis and stabilization in three-dimensional (3D) tissue environments. Key interactions involve endothelial cells (ECs) and pericytes, which coassemble to affect vessel formation, remodeling, and stabilization events during development and postnatal life. EC-pericyte interactions control extracellular matrix remodeling events including vascular basement membrane matrix assembly, a necessary step for endothelial tube maturation and stabilization. ECs form tube networks in 3D extracellular matrices in a manner dependent on integrins, membrane-type metalloproteinases, and the Rho GTPases, Cdc42 and Rac1. Recent work has defined an EC lumen signaling complex of proteins composed of these proteins that controls 3D matrix-specific signaling events required for these processes. The EC tube formation process results in the creation of a network of proteolytically generated vascular guidance tunnels. These tunnels are physical matrix spaces that regulate vascular tube remodeling and represent matrix conduits into which pericytes are recruited to allow dynamic cell-cell interactions with ECs. These dynamic EC-pericyte interactions induce vascular basement membrane matrix deposition, leading to vessel maturation and stabilization.

  19. Rethinking Composing in a Digital Age: Authoring Literate Identities through Multimodal Storytelling

    Vasudevan, Lalitha; Schultz, Katherine; Bateman, Jennifer


    In this article, the authors engage the theoretical lens of multimodality in rethinking the practices and processes of composing in classrooms. Specifically, they focus on how learning new composing practices led some fifth-grade students to author new literate identities--what they call authorial stances--in their classroom community. Their…

  20. 16 CFR 300.26 - Pile fabrics and products composed thereof.


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Pile fabrics and products composed thereof... CONGRESS RULES AND REGULATIONS UNDER THE WOOL PRODUCTS LABELING ACT OF 1939 Labeling § 300.26 Pile fabrics and products composed thereof. The fiber content of pile fabrics or products made thereof may...

  1. Impact of War on Individual Life-cycle Creativity: Tentative Evidence in Relation to Composers

    Borowiecki, Karol Jan; O'Hagan, John


    The relationship between conflict and individual artistic output is ambiguous, both a priori and in terms of the evidence. To address this question in relation to composers, we employ a sample of 115 prominent classical composers born after 1800 and attempt to link their annual productivity with ...

  2. 16 CFR 300.29 - Garments or products composed of or containing miscellaneous cloth scraps.


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Garments or products composed of or containing miscellaneous cloth scraps. 300.29 Section 300.29 Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION... Labeling § 300.29 Garments or products composed of or containing miscellaneous cloth scraps. (a) For...

  3. Multi-Draft Composing: An Iterative Model for Academic Argument Writing

    Eckstein, Grant; Chariton, Jessica; McCollum, Robb Mark


    Post-secondary writing teachers in composition and English as a second language (ESL) writing programs are likely familiar with multi-draft composing. Both composition and ESL writing programs share nearly identical multi-draft models despite the very unique and different cultures of each group. We argue that multi-draft composing as it is…

  4. Statics of deformable solids

    Bisplinghoff, Raymond L; Pian, Theodore HH


    Profusely illustrated exposition of fundamentals of solid mechanics and principles of mechanics, statics, and simple statically indeterminate systems. Covers strain and stress in three-dimensional solids, elementary elasticity, energy principles in solid continuum, and more. 1965 edition.

  5. 新一代TI集成开发环境Code Composer Studio%The New Generation Integrated Development Environment Code Composer Studio

    阳华; 刘海涛


    介绍了TI公司的DSP软件开发工具Code Composer Studio(CCS)的功能及特性。 主要介绍了CCS实时基础软件DSP/BIOS、实时数据交换技术RTDX和与实时性能及数据可视化相关的结构和功能。%This paper provides an overview of Code Composer Studio(CCS)designed for the Texas Instruments digital signal processor. The run time foundation software DSP/BIOS, real time data exchange (RTDX),real time capability and data visualization capability are introduced in detail。

  6. Measuring the pollutant transport capacity of dissolved organic matter in complex matrixes

    Persson, L.; Alsberg, T.; Odham, G.


    were used and evaluated, head-space solid-phase micro-extraction (HS-SPME), enhanced solubility (ES) and fluorescence quenching (FQ). It was concluded that for samples with complex matrixes it was possible to measure the net effect of the DOM binding capacity and the salting out effect of the matrix...

  7. Cell-extracellular matrix and cell-cell adhesion are linked by syndecan-4

    Pakideeri Karat, Sandeep Gopal; Multhaupt, Hinke A B; Pocock, Roger


    Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) and cell-cell junctions that employ microfilaments are sites of tension. They are important for tissue repair, morphogenetic movements and can be emblematic of matrix contraction in fibrotic disease and the stroma of solid tumors. One cell surface receptor, syndeca...

  8. Ultrasonic Scattering by an Elastic Sphere in Matrix with Imperfect Interface

    WU Rui-Xin; WANG Yao-Jun


    The general solution of ultrasonic wave scattering by an elastic sphere embedded in solid matrix with an interface layer is developed. A transfer matrix connecting the displacement and stress components on the opposite surfaces of the layer is derived. Asymptotically expanding the transfer matrix gives the equivalent boundary conditions at an interface. A spring model for describing physically a spherical imperfect interface is thus established and its validity is evaluated. Ultrasonic scatterings respectively from rigid and slip interface are numerically compared.

  9. Accelerated stability testing of a transdermal patch composed of eserine and pralidoxime chloride for prophylaxis against (±-anatoxin A poisoning

    Subham Banerjee


    Full Text Available The current study evaluated the stability potential of a transdermal patch composed of eserine and pralidoxime chloride for prophylaxis against (±-anatoxin A poisoning. The drug combinations were fabricated in an adhesive matrix system supported by a backing membrane and attached to a temporary release liner. Stability testing of the optimized formulation was established for 6 months under accelerated study conditions as per International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines. Results obtained after 6 months showed that the optimized patch formulation was stable with respect to drugs content, pH, diffusion, visual inspection, and other analytical parameters.

  10. Solid-surface luminescence analysis

    Hurtubise, R.J.


    We have characterized several interactions that are very important in solid-matrix luminescence. With silica gel chromatoplates and filter paper, simple equations were derived for calculating the individual contributions to the percent decrease in luminescence due to either moisture or to a quenching gas. For sodium acetate as a solid matrix and p-aminobenzoate as a model compound, it was concluded that p-aminobenzoate was incorporated into the crystal structure of sodium acetate, and the triplet energy was lost be skeletal vibrations in sodium acetate. Also, with the same system is was shown that p-aminobenzoate did not undergo rotational relaxation, and thus rotational processes did not contribute to the deactivation of the triplet state. Several results were obtained from model compounds adsorbed on filter paper under different temperature and humidity conditions and with a variety of heavy atoms present. Fundamental photophysical equations were used in calculating several basic parameters that revealed information on rate processes and how the absorbed energy was distributed in an adsorbed lumiphor. The most important advancement with filter paper was the development of equations that relate phosphorescence parameters of adsorbed phosphors to the Young's modulus of filter paper. These equations are based on a fundamental theory that relates the hydrogen-bonding network of paper to the modulus of paper.

  11. Matrix string theory

    Dijkgraaf, Robbert; Verlinde, Erik; Verlinde, Herman


    Via compactification on a circle, the matrix mode] of M-theory proposed by Banks et a]. suggests a concrete identification between the large N limit of two-dimensional N = 8 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory and type IIA string theory. In this paper we collect evidence that supports this identification. We explicitly identify the perturbative string states and their interactions, and describe the appearance of D-particle and D-membrane states.

  12. Matrix string theory

    Dijkgraaf, R. [Amsterdam Univ. (Netherlands). Dept. of Mathematics; Verlinde, E. [TH-Division, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland)]|[Institute for Theoretical Physics, Universtity of Utrecht, 3508 TA Utrecht (Netherlands); Verlinde, H. [Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam, 1018 XE Amsterdam (Netherlands)


    Via compactification on a circle, the matrix model of M-theory proposed by Banks et al. suggests a concrete identification between the large N limit of two-dimensional N=8 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory and type IIA string theory. In this paper we collect evidence that supports this identification. We explicitly identify the perturbative string states and their interactions, and describe the appearance of D-particle and D-membrane states. (orig.).

  13. Matrix String Theory

    Dijkgraaf, R; Verlinde, Herman L


    Via compactification on a circle, the matrix model of M-theory proposed by Banks et al suggests a concrete identification between the large N limit of two-dimensional N=8 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory and type IIA string theory. In this paper we collect evidence that supports this identification. We explicitly identify the perturbative string states and their interactions, and describe the appearance of D-particle and D-membrane states.

  14. Holomorphic matrix integrals

    Felder, G; Felder, Giovanni; Riser, Roman


    We study a class of holomorphic matrix models. The integrals are taken over middle dimensional cycles in the space of complex square matrices. As the size of the matrices tends to infinity, the distribution of eigenvalues is given by a measure with support on a collection of arcs in the complex planes. We show that the arcs are level sets of the imaginary part of a hyperelliptic integral connecting branch points.

  15. Matrix groups for undergraduates

    Tapp, Kristopher


    Matrix groups touch an enormous spectrum of the mathematical arena. This textbook brings them into the undergraduate curriculum. It makes an excellent one-semester course for students familiar with linear and abstract algebra and prepares them for a graduate course on Lie groups. Matrix Groups for Undergraduates is concrete and example-driven, with geometric motivation and rigorous proofs. The story begins and ends with the rotations of a globe. In between, the author combines rigor and intuition to describe the basic objects of Lie theory: Lie algebras, matrix exponentiation, Lie brackets, maximal tori, homogeneous spaces, and roots. This second edition includes two new chapters that allow for an easier transition to the general theory of Lie groups. From reviews of the First Edition: This book could be used as an excellent textbook for a one semester course at university and it will prepare students for a graduate course on Lie groups, Lie algebras, etc. … The book combines an intuitive style of writing w...

  16. Metal matrix Composites

    Pradeep K. Rohatgi


    Full Text Available This paper reviews the world wide upsurge in metal matrix composite research and development activities with particular emphasis on cast metal-matrix particulate composites. Extensive applications of cast aluminium alloy MMCs in day-to-day use in transportation as well as durable good industries are expected to advance rapidly in the next decade. The potential for extensive application of cast composites is very large in India, especially in the areas of transportation, energy and electromechanical machinery; the extensive use of composites can lead to large savings in materials and energy, and in several instances, reduce environmental pollution. It is important that engineering education and short-term courses be organized to bring MMCs to the attention of students and engineering industry leaders. India already has excellent infrastructure for development of composites, and has a long track record of world class research in cast metal matrix particulate composites. It is now necessary to catalyze prototype and regular production of selected composite components, and get them used in different sectors, especially railways, cars, trucks, buses, scooters and other electromechanical machinery. This will require suitable policies backed up by funding to bring together the first rate talent in cast composites which already exists in India, to form viable development groups followed by setting up of production plants involving the process engineering capability already available within the country. On the longer term, cast composites should be developed for use in energy generation equipment, electronic packaging aerospace systems, and smart structures.

  17. High-pressure synthesis and superconductivity of the Laves phase compound Ca(Al,Si)2 composed of truncated tetrahedral cages Ca@(Al,Si))12.

    Tanaka, Masashi; Zhang, Shuai; Inumaru, Kei; Yamanaka, Shoji


    The Zintl compound CaAl2Si2 peritectically decomposes to a new ternary cubic Laves phase Ca(Al,Si)2 and an Al-Si eutectic at temperatures above 750 °C under a pressure of 13 GPa. The ternary Laves phase compound can also be prepared as solid solutions Ca(Al(1-x)Si(x))2 (0.35 ≤ x ≤ 0.75) directly from the ternary mixtures under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. The cubic Laves phase structure can be regarded as a type of clathrate compound composed of face-sharing truncated tetrahedral cages with Ca atoms at the center, Ca@(Al,Si)12. The compound with a stoichiometric composition CaAlSi exhibits superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.6 K. This is the first superconducting Laves phase compound composed solely of commonly found elements.

  18. Cavitation instabilities between fibres in a metal matrix composite

    Tvergaard, Viggo


    Short fibre reinforced metal matrix composites (MMC) are studied here to investigate the possibility that a cavitation instability can develop in the metal matrix. The high stress levels needed for a cavitation instability may occur in metal–ceramic systems due to the constraint on plastic flow...... of transversely staggered fibres is here modelled by using an axisymmetric cell model analysis. First the critical stress level is determined for a cavitation instability in an infinite solid made of the Al matrix material. By studying composites with different distributions and aspect ratios of the fibres...... induced by bonding to the ceramics that only show elastic deformation. In an MMC the stress state in the metal matrix is highly non-uniform, varying between regions where shear stresses are dominant and regions where hydrostatic tension is strong. An Al–SiC whisker composite with a periodic pattern...

  19. Bioskin as an affinity matrix for the separation of glycoproteins.

    Vicente, C; Sebastián, B; Fontaniella, B; Márquez, A; Xavier Filho, L; Legaz, M E


    Bioskin is a natural product produced by a mixed culture of Acetobacter xylinum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and S. pombe cultured on media containing sucrose. It is of fibrillar nature able to retain some proteins, such as cytochrome c, by adsorption, and mainly composed of glucosamine and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. This makes it possible that, at an adequate pH value, proteins charged as polyanionic molecules, such as catalase, can be retained by ionic adsorption using the positively charged amino groups of the matrix. In addition, bioskin can also be used as an affinity matrix to retain glycoproteins able to perform specific affinity reactions with the amino sugars of the matrix, such as invertase, fetuin or ovalbumin. Its possible use as a chromatographic support is discussed.

  20. PLZT block data composers operated in differential phase mode. [lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic device for digital holographic memory

    Drake, M. D.; Klingler, D. E.


    The use of PLZT ceramics with the 7/65/35 composition in block data composer (BDC) input devices for holographic memory systems has previously been described for operation in the strain biased, scattering, and edge effect modes. A new and promising mode of BDC operation is the differential phase mode in which each element of a matrix array BDC acts as a phase modulator. The phase modulation results from a phase difference in the optical path length between the electrically poled and depoled states of the PLZT. It is shown that a PLZT BDC can be used as a matrix-type phase modulator to record and process digital data by the differential phase mode in a holographic recording/processing system with readout contrast ratios of between 10:1 and 15:1. The differential phase mode has the advantages that strain bias is not required and that the thickness and strain variations in the PLZT are cancelled out.

  1. Biogas production from solid pineapple waste

    Tanticharoen, M.; Bhumiratana, S.; Tientanacom, S.; Pengsobha, L.


    Solid pineapple waste composed of shell and core was used as substrate in anaerobic fermentation producing CH4. The experiments were carried out using four 30-L vessels and no mixing, a 200-L plug-flow reactor, and a 5-cubic m stirred tank. Because of high acidity of the substrate, the loading rate is as low as 2.5 g dry solid added/L-day. The average gas yield is 0.3-0.5 L/g dry substrate. A pretreatment of wet solid with sludge effluent prior loading to the digester resulted in better stability of the biodigester than without pretreatment. These studies showed that loading rate can be much higher than those previously used. The 2-stage process was tested to determine a conversion efficiency of high loading and at much shorter reactor retention times. The results of the entire program indicated that biogas production from cannery pineapple waste is technically feasible.

  2. Matrix Theory of Small Oscillations

    Chavda, L. K.


    A complete matrix formulation of the theory of small oscillations is presented. Simple analytic solutions involving matrix functions are found which clearly exhibit the transients, the damping factors, the Breit-Wigner form for resonances, etc. (BB)

  3. The extracellular matrix of the lung and its role in edema formation

    Paolo Pelosi; Rocco, Patricia R. M.; Daniela Negrini; Alberto Passi


    The extracellular matrix is composed of a three-dimensional fiber mesh filled with different macromolecules such as: collagen (mainly type I and III), elastin, glycosaminoglycans, and proteoglycans. In the lung, the extracellular matrix has several functions which provide: 1) mechanical tensile and compressive strength and elasticity, 2) low mechanical tissue compliance contributing to the maintenance of normal interstitial fluid dynamics, 3) low resistive pathway for an effective gas exchang...

  4. Matrix Completions and Chordal Graphs

    Kenneth John HARRISON


    In a matrix-completion problem the aim is to specifiy the missing entries of a matrix inorder to produce a matrix with particular properties. In this paper we survey results concerning matrix-completion problems where we look for completions of various types for partial matrices supported ona given pattern. We see that thc existence of completions of the required type often depends on thechordal properties of graphs associated with the pattern.


    the Least Square Best Estimate of the Generalized Polarization matrix from a set of measurements is then developed. It is shown that the Faraday...matrix data. It is then shown that the Least Square Best Estimate of the orientation angle of a symmetric target is also determinable from Faraday rotation contaminated short pulse monostatic polarization matrix data.

  6. Solid lubricants and surfaces

    Braithwaite, E R


    Solid Lubricants and Surfaces deals with the theory and use of solid lubricants, particularly in colloidal form. Portions of this book are devoted to graphite and molybdenum disulfides, which are widely used solid lubricants in colloidal form. An extensive literature on the laboratory examination of hundreds of solids as potential lubricants is also provided in this text. Other topics discussed include the metals and solid lubricants; techniques for examining surfaces; other solid lubricants; metal shaping; and industrial uses of solid-lubricant dispersions. This publication is beneficial to e

  7. EXAFS study of Co - SiO{sub 2} granular solid

    Cezar, Julio C.; Tolentino, Helio C.N. [National Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Denardin, Juliano; Knobel, Marcelo [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (IFGW/UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica Gleb Wataghin. Lab. de Materiais e Baixas Temperaturas


    Full text: Here we show preliminary results obtained from Exafs measurements on granular solids composed by cobalt dispersed in a silica matrix. This system is very interesting from the magnetic point of view, once that it displays the Giant Magnetoresistance (G MR) property. Furthermore, the electronic transport in this system is basically determined by the tunneling of electrons between metallic clusters dispersed in the non-conducting matrix. This kind of system has been studied as a promising material for magneto electronics applications. The samples have the composition Co{sub x}(SiO{sub 2}){sub (1-x)}, with x = 0.36, 0.41, 0.44, 0.50 , and were deposited over kapton by sputtering. The absorption measurements were taken in transmission mode at the XAS beamline of LNLS. Simple inspection in the Fourier transform of the EXAFS spectra shows a distortion in the coordination shell of Cobalt. This is an indication of oxidation of cobalt, revealing an interaction between the matrix and the particle. This interaction could give raise to different magnetic anisotropy for the particle surface. On the other hand, we hope that the quantitative analysis of the EXAFS data allows us to estimate the cluster size. This procedure already had been used in similar systems [1]. This information could then be compared with the diameters obtained from TEM measurements and one could relate the structural properties of the magnetic clusters with the magnetic properties of these samples [2]. (author) [1] Arcon, I., et al. EXAFS determination of the size of Co clusters on silica, J. Synchr. Rad. (2001), 8, 575-577. [2] Denardin, J. C., et al., Ordinary and extraordinary giant Hall effects in Co-SiO2 granular films, J. Mag. Mag. Mater., 226-230 (2001) 680-682. ; Denardin, J. C., et al., Thermo remanence and ZFC-FC susceptibility study of Co-SiO2 granular films, to be published

  8. Toeplitz block circulant matrix optimized with particle swarm optimization for compressive imaging

    Tao, Huifeng; Yin, Songfeng; Tang, Cong


    Compressive imaging is an imaging way based on the compressive sensing theory, which could achieve to capture the high resolution image through a small set of measurements. As the core of the compressive imaging, the design of the measurement matrix is sufficient to ensure that the image can be recovered from the measurements. Due to the fast computing capacity and the characteristic of easy hardware implementation, The Toeplitz block circulant matrix is proposed to realize the encoded samples. The measurement matrix is usually optimized for improving the image reconstruction quality. However, the existing optimization methods can destroy the matrix structure easily when applied to the Toeplitz block circulant matrix optimization process, and the deterministic iterative processes of them are inflexible, because of requiring the task optimized to need to satisfy some certain mathematical property. To overcome this problem, a novel method of optimizing the Toeplitz block circulant matrix based on the particle swarm optimization intelligent algorithm is proposed in this paper. The objective function is established by the way of approaching the target matrix that is the Gram matrix truncated by the Welch threshold. The optimized object is the vector composed by the free entries instead of the Gram matrix. The experimental results indicate that the Toeplitz block circulant measurement matrix can be optimized while preserving the matrix structure by our method, and result in the reconstruction quality improvement.

  9. Bibliography on plutonium and its compounds; Bibliographie sur le plutonium et ses composes

    Dirian, J.; Choquet, J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires


    Collection of bibliographical references on plutonium and its principal compounds from 1942 to end of 1957. (author) [French] Compilation de references bibliographiques sur le plutonium et ses principaux composes de 1942 a fin 1957. (auteur)

  10. Methods to Compose Sodium Fire Extinguishing Equipment on Sodium Test Facility

    Kim, B. H.; Kim, J. M.; Jeong, J. Y.; Choi, B. H


    Sodium fire is graded 'D' and it is difficult to extinguish sodium fire. In this report, the characteristics of sodium fire and the methods composing the suitable fire extinguishing systems to suppress fire effectively were described.

  11. Composable Mission Framework for Rapid End-to-End Mission Design and Simulation Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The innovation proposed here is the Composable Mission Framework (CMF)?a model-based software framework that shall enable seamless continuity of mission design and...

  12. Evaluation of the Legibility for Characters Composed of Multiple Point Sources in Fog

    Tsukada, Yuki; Toyofuku, Yoshinori; Aoki, Yoshiro

    The luminance conditions were investigated, at that the characters composed of multiple point sources were as legible as a character having a uniformly luminous surface in fog, in order to make the use of variable-message signs practical at airports. As the results, it was found that the thicker the fog or the higher the illuminance, the better the legibility of the point source characters become compared with the uniformly luminous surface characters. It is supposed that the ease of extracting each individual point source makes the characters composed of multiple point sources more legible even if their luminance is low. So the results show that if the conventional luminance standard is applied to the average luminance of a character composed of multiple point sources, a character composed of multiple point sources could be recognized without any degradation in legibility.

  13. Experimental realization of suspended atomic chains composed of different atomic species

    Bettini, Jefferson; Ugarte, Daniel [Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron (LNLS), Campinas, SP (Brazil); Sato, Fernando; Galvao, Douglas Soares [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica Gleb Wataghin; Coura, Pablo Zimmerman; Dantas, Socrates de Oliveira [Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Fisica


    We report high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and molecular dynamics results of the first experimental test of suspended atomic chains composed of different atomic species formed from spontaneous stretching of metallic nanowires. (author)

  14. Mesoscale Modeling of Impact Compaction of Primitive Solar System Solids

    Davison, Thomas M; Bland, Philip A


    We have developed a method for simulating the mesoscale compaction of early solar system solids in low velocity impact events, using the iSALE shock physics code. Chondrules are represented by nonporous disks, placed within a porous matrix. By simulating impacts into bimodal mixtures over a wide range of parameter space (including the chondrule-to-matrix ratio, the matrix porosity and composition and the impact velocity), we have shown how each of these parameters influences the shock processing of heterogeneous materials. The temperature after shock processing shows a strong dichotomy: matrix temperatures are elevated much higher than the chondrules, which remain largely cold. Chondrules can protect some matrix from shock compaction, with shadow regions in the lee side of chondrules exhibiting higher porosity that elsewhere in the matrix. Using the results from this mesoscale modelling, we show how the $\\varepsilon-\\alpha$ porous compaction model parameters depend on initial bulk porosity. We also show that ...

  15. Solid dispersions in the form of electrospun core-sheath nanofibers

    Yu DG


    Full Text Available Deng-GuangYu1, Li-Min Zhu2, Christopher J Branford-White3, Jun-He Yang1, Xia Wang1, Ying Li1, Wei Qian11School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; 2College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China; 3Faculty of Life Sciences, London Metropolitan University, London, United KingdomBackground: The objective of this investigation was to develop a new type of solid dispersion in the form of core-sheath nanofibers using coaxial electrospinning for poorly water-soluble drugs. Different functional ingredients can be placed in various parts of core-sheath nanofibers to improve synergistically the dissolution and permeation properties of encapsulated drugs and to enable drugs to exert their actions.Methods: Using acyclovir as a model drug, polyvinylpyrrolidone as the hydrophilic filament-forming polymer matrix, sodium dodecyl sulfate as a transmembrane enhancer, and sucralose as a sweetener, core-sheath nanofibers were successfully prepared, with the sheath part consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone, sodium dodecyl sulfate, and sucralose, and the core part composed of polyvinylpyrrolidone and acyclovir.Results: The core-sheath nanofibers had an average diameter of 410 ± 94 nm with a uniform structure and smooth surface. Differential scanning calorimetry and x-ray diffraction results demonstrated that acyclovir, sodium dodecyl sulfate, and sucralose were well distributed in the polyvinylpyrrolidone matrix in an amorphous state due to favoring of second-order interactions. In vitro dissolution and permeation studies showed that the core-sheath nanofiber solid dispersions could rapidly release acyclovir within one minute, with an over six-fold increased permeation rate across the sublingual mucosa compared with that of crude acyclovir particles.Conclusion: The study reported here provides an example of the systematic design, preparation

  16. Polyethylene imine-metal salt solid electrolyte

    Davis, G. T.; Chiang, C. K.; Takahashi, T.


    This research pertains to the development of new solid battery electrolytes. An object of this invention is to provide polymeric electrolytes using a wider variety of metal salts. These and other objects of this invention are accomplished by providing: (1) a solid polymer electrolyte comprising: a matrix of linear poly(ethylene amine) having the formula (-CH2CH2NH-)n; and (2) a metal salt which is LiI, LiClO4, NaI, NaBr, KI, CsSCN, AgNO3, CuCl1, CoCl2, or Mg(ClO4)2, wherein the salt is dissolved in and distributed throughout the poly(ethylene amine) matrix and from more than zero to 0.10 moles of salt are used per mole of monomer repeat unit, (-CH2CH2NH-).

  17. Onset of superradiant instabilities in the composed Kerr-black-hole–mirror bomb

    Shahar Hod


    It was first pointed out by Press and Teukolsky that a system composed of a spinning Kerr black hole surrounded by a reflecting mirror may develop instabilities. The physical mechanism responsible for the development of these exponentially growing instabilities is the superradiant amplification of bosonic fields confined between the black hole and the mirror. A remarkable feature of this composed black-hole-mirror-field system is the existence of a critical mirror radius, $r^{\\text{stat}}_{\\t...

  18. Mission Composeable C2 in DIL Information Environments Using Widgets and App Stores


    18th ICCRTS “Mission Composeable C2 in DIL Information Environments using Widgets and App Stores ” Topics: Topic 3: Data, Information, and...operational concept, or force.” 43 (emphasis in original) A Technology to Enable Agile C2: Widget & App Stores One recent innovation, both in the...the warfighter. Mission Composeable C2 in DIL Information Environments using Widgets and App Stores 18th ICCRTS Presenter: Ms. Amanda

  19. Syphilis in composers and musicians--Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Schubert, Schumann, Smetana.

    Franzen, C


    In the pre-antibiotics era, syphilis was an extremely common disease. The first well-recorded European outbreak of what is now known as syphilis occurred in 1494, when it appeared among French troops besieging Naples. Thereafter, the disease spread all over Europe and, in the 18th and 19th centuries, many artists became victims of syphilis, among them poets, painters, philosophers, and musicians and composers. This review presents biographies of several musicians and composers that probably suffered from syphilis.

  20. Use of Solid State Modules in a Control Circuit for Rough Pumping System


    At present solid state modules are more and more substituting for some circuit units which were originally composed of separated electronic devices as they have many advantages,such as convenient fbr using,high reliability and efficiency, low power requirement and saving space.There is a control circuit in which some solid

  1. Matrix string partition function

    Kostov, Ivan K; Kostov, Ivan K.; Vanhove, Pierre


    We evaluate quasiclassically the Ramond partition function of Euclidean D=10 U(N) super Yang-Mills theory reduced to a two-dimensional torus. The result can be interpreted in terms of free strings wrapping the space-time torus, as expected from the point of view of Matrix string theory. We demonstrate that, when extrapolated to the ultraviolet limit (small area of the torus), the quasiclassical expressions reproduce exactly the recently obtained expression for the partition of the completely reduced SYM theory, including the overall numerical factor. This is an evidence that our quasiclassical calculation might be exact.

  2. Matrix vector analysis

    Eisenman, Richard L


    This outstanding text and reference applies matrix ideas to vector methods, using physical ideas to illustrate and motivate mathematical concepts but employing a mathematical continuity of development rather than a physical approach. The author, who taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, dispenses with the artificial barrier between vectors and matrices--and more generally, between pure and applied mathematics.Motivated examples introduce each idea, with interpretations of physical, algebraic, and geometric contexts, in addition to generalizations to theorems that reflect the essential structur

  3. Random matrix theory

    Deift, Percy


    This book features a unified derivation of the mathematical theory of the three classical types of invariant random matrix ensembles-orthogonal, unitary, and symplectic. The authors follow the approach of Tracy and Widom, but the exposition here contains a substantial amount of additional material, in particular, facts from functional analysis and the theory of Pfaffians. The main result in the book is a proof of universality for orthogonal and symplectic ensembles corresponding to generalized Gaussian type weights following the authors' prior work. New, quantitative error estimates are derive

  4. Supported Molecular Matrix Electrophoresis.

    Matsuno, Yu-Ki; Kameyama, Akihiko


    Mucins are difficult to separate using conventional gel electrophoresis methods such as SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis, owing to their large size and heterogeneity. On the other hand, cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis can separate these molecules, but is not compatible with glycan analysis. Here, we describe a novel membrane electrophoresis technique, termed "supported molecular matrix electrophoresis" (SMME), in which a porous polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane filter is used to achieve separation. This description includes the separation, visualization, and glycan analysis of mucins with the SMME technique.

  5. Matrix algebra for linear models

    Gruber, Marvin H J


    Matrix methods have evolved from a tool for expressing statistical problems to an indispensable part of the development, understanding, and use of various types of complex statistical analyses. This evolution has made matrix methods a vital part of statistical education. Traditionally, matrix methods are taught in courses on everything from regression analysis to stochastic processes, thus creating a fractured view of the topic. Matrix Algebra for Linear Models offers readers a unique, unified view of matrix analysis theory (where and when necessary), methods, and their applications. Written f

  6. In fatal pursuit of immortal fame: Peer competition and early mortality of music composers.

    Borowiecki, Karol Jan; Kavetsos, Georgios


    We investigate the impact of peer competition on longevity using a unique historical data set of 144 prominent music composers born in the 19th century. We approximate for peer competition measuring (a) the number or (b) the share of composers located in the same area and time, (c) the time spent in one of the main cities for classical music, and (d) the quality of fellow composers. These measures suggest that composers' longevity is reduced, if they located in agglomerations with a larger group of peers or of a higher quality. The point estimates imply that, all else equal, a one percent increase in the number of composers reduces composer longevity by ∼ 7.2 weeks. Our analysis showed that the utilized concentration measures are stronger than the personal factors in determining longevity, indicating that individuals' backgrounds have minimal impact on mitigating the effect of experienced peer pressure. The negative externality of peer competition is experienced in all cities, fairly independent of their population size. Our results are reaffirmed using an instrumental variable approach and are consistent throughout a range of robustness tests. In addition to the widely known economic benefits associated with competition, these findings suggest that significant negative welfare externalities exist as well.

  7. 3D-Membrane Stacks on Supported Membranes Composed of Diatom Lipids Induced by Long-Chain Polyamines.

    Gräb, Oliver; Abacilar, Maryna; Daus, Fabian; Geyer, Armin; Steinem, Claudia


    Long-chain polyamines (LCPAs) are intimately involved in the biomineralization process of diatoms taking place in silica deposition vesicles being acidic compartments surrounded by a lipid bilayer. Here, we addressed the question whether and how LCPAs interact with lipid membranes composed of glycerophospholipids and glyceroglycolipids mimicking the membranes of diatoms and higher plants. Solid supported lipid bilayers and monolayers containing the three major components that are unique in diatoms and higher plants, i.e., monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG), digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG), and sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol (SQDG), were prepared by spreading small unilamellar vesicles. The integrity of the membranes was investigated by fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy showing continuous flat bilayers and monolayers with small protrusions on top of the membrane. The addition of a synthetic polyamine composed of 13 amine groups separated by a propyl spacer (C3N13) results in flat but three-dimensional membrane stacks within minutes. The membrane stacks are connected with the underlying membrane as verified by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching experiments. Membrane stack formation was found to be independent of the lipid composition; i.e., neither glyceroglycolipids nor negatively charged lipids were required. However, the formation process was strongly dependent on the chain length of the polyamine. Whereas short polyamines such as the naturally occurring spermidine, spermine, and the synthetic polyamines C3N4 and C3N5 do not induce stack formation, those containing seven and more amine groups (C3N7, C3N13, and C3N18) do form membrane stacks. The observed stack formation might have implications for the stability and expansion of the silica deposition vesicle during valve and girdle band formation in diatoms.

  8. Extracellular Matrix Proteins

    Linda Christian Carrijo-Carvalho


    Full Text Available Lipocalin family members have been implicated in development, regeneration, and pathological processes, but their roles are unclear. Interestingly, these proteins are found abundant in the venom of the Lonomia obliqua caterpillar. Lipocalins are β-barrel proteins, which have three conserved motifs in their amino acid sequence. One of these motifs was shown to be a sequence signature involved in cell modulation. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of a synthetic peptide comprising the lipocalin sequence motif in fibroblasts. This peptide suppressed caspase 3 activity and upregulated Bcl-2 and Ki-67, but did not interfere with GPCR calcium mobilization. Fibroblast responses also involved increased expression of proinflammatory mediators. Increase of extracellular matrix proteins, such as collagen, fibronectin, and tenascin, was observed. Increase in collagen content was also observed in vivo. Results indicate that modulation effects displayed by lipocalins through this sequence motif involve cell survival, extracellular matrix remodeling, and cytokine signaling. Such effects can be related to the lipocalin roles in disease, development, and tissue repair.

  9. Flexible thin-film battery based on graphene-oxide embedded in solid polymer electrolyte

    Kammoun, M.; Berg, S.; Ardebili, H.


    Enhanced safety of flexible batteries is an imperative objective due to the intimate interaction of such devices with human organs such as flexible batteries that are integrated with touch-screens or embedded in clothing or space suits. In this study, the fabrication and testing of a high performance thin-film Li-ion battery (LIB) is reported that is both flexible and relatively safer compared to the conventional electrolyte based batteries. The concept is facilitated by the use of solid polymer nanocomposite electrolyte, specifically, composed of polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix and 1 wt% graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The flexible LIB exhibits a high maximum operating voltage of 4.9 V, high capacity of 0.13 mA h cm-2 and an energy density of 4.8 mW h cm-3. The battery is encapsulated using a simple lamination method that is economical and scalable. The laminated battery shows robust mechanical flexibility over 6000 bending cycles and excellent electrochemical performance in both flat and bent configurations. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the LIB provides critical insights into the evolution of mechanical stresses during lamination and bending.Enhanced safety of flexible batteries is an imperative objective due to the intimate interaction of such devices with human organs such as flexible batteries that are integrated with touch-screens or embedded in clothing or space suits. In this study, the fabrication and testing of a high performance thin-film Li-ion battery (LIB) is reported that is both flexible and relatively safer compared to the conventional electrolyte based batteries. The concept is facilitated by the use of solid polymer nanocomposite electrolyte, specifically, composed of polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix and 1 wt% graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The flexible LIB exhibits a high maximum operating voltage of 4.9 V, high capacity of 0.13 mA h cm-2 and an energy density of 4.8 mW h cm-3. The battery is encapsulated using a simple lamination method

  10. Reducing Actinide Production Using Inert Matrix Fuels

    Deinert, Mark [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)


    The environmental and geopolitical problems that surround nuclear power stem largely from the longlived transuranic isotopes of Am, Cm, Np and Pu that are contained in spent nuclear fuel. New methods for transmuting these elements into more benign forms are needed. Current research efforts focus largely on the development of fast burner reactors, because it has been shown that they could dramatically reduce the accumulation of transuranics. However, despite five decades of effort, fast reactors have yet to achieve industrial viability. A critical limitation to this, and other such strategies, is that they require a type of spent fuel reprocessing that can efficiently separate all of the transuranics from the fission products with which they are mixed. Unfortunately, the technology for doing this on an industrial scale is still in development. In this project, we explore a strategy for transmutation that can be deployed using existing, current generation reactors and reprocessing systems. We show that use of an inert matrix fuel to recycle transuranics in a conventional pressurized water reactor could reduce overall production of these materials by an amount that is similar to what is achievable using proposed fast reactor cycles. Furthermore, we show that these transuranic reductions can be achieved even if the fission products are carried into the inert matrix fuel along with the transuranics, bypassing the critical separations hurdle described above. The implications of these findings are significant, because they imply that inert matrix fuel could be made directly from the material streams produced by the commercially available PUREX process. Zirconium dioxide would be an ideal choice of inert matrix in this context because it is known to form a stable solid solution with both fission products and transuranics.

  11. 双重介质非饱和两相流岩体热流固损伤模型研究%Study on Thermal Deterioration Model of Liquid and Solid in Double Porous Medium Rock Matrix with Unsaturated Two-phase Flow

    魏长霖; 齐悦


    以孔隙-裂缝双重孔隙介质为研究对象,建立孔隙度与岩体应变数学模型和温度场诱导应力模型.基于Terzaghi有效应力原理,建立注水开采过程温度-流体-岩石骨架的应力分布模型.考虑注水压力和注水温度场应力导致的岩体孔隙-裂隙的变形、成核和增长,采用应变孔隙度定义损伤变量,建立了以Gurson-Tvergaard-Needleman圆柱体胞模型为塑性屈服函数的双重孔隙介质饱和热流固损伤本构模型.以某1口生产井为研究对象,通过有限元软件数值模拟得到:温度场诱导应力、注水压力诱导应力和岩石应力分布规律;应力与损伤变量、应变孔隙度演化规律.新模型对油田注水开采过程中储层孔隙和裂缝的变化提供了新的研究方法和理论依据.%The double porous medium that is a medium between pore and fracture is selected as an object of study. The inductive stress model of thermal field is built, as well as the mathematical model of porosity and rock matrix strain. Based on the Terzaghi effective stress principle, the stress distribution model is built which is the relationship of temperature, liquid and rock skeleton during period of waterflood exploitation. The processes are considered , which are deformation, nucleation and growing of pore and fracture that are induced by stress of injection pressure and injection temperature field stress. The damage variable is defined by strain porosity. The constitutional equation of double pore medium saturated liquid-solid is set up where the Gurson Tvergaard Needleman cylindric representative volume element ( RVE) is taken as plastic yielding function. Take some well in one oil field, the result is concluded form numerical simulation of finite element software, which are induced stresses of thermal field and waterflood pressure and rock stress distribution rule, together with evolving regulations of stress and damage variable and strain porosity. The new model

  12. Solid state physics

    Burns, Gerald


    Solid State Physics, International Edition covers the fundamentals and the advanced concepts of solid state physics. The book is comprised of 18 chapters that tackle a specific aspect of solid state physics. Chapters 1 to 3 discuss the symmetry aspects of crystalline solids, while Chapter 4 covers the application of X-rays in solid state science. Chapter 5 deals with the anisotropic character of crystals. Chapters 6 to 8 talk about the five common types of bonding in solids, while Chapters 9 and 10 cover the free electron theory and band theory. Chapters 11 and 12 discuss the effects of moveme

  13. Theoretical solid state physics

    Haug, Albert


    Theoretical Solid State Physics, Volume 1 focuses on the study of solid state physics. The volume first takes a look at the basic concepts and structures of solid state physics, including potential energies of solids, concept and classification of solids, and crystal structure. The book then explains single-electron approximation wherein the methods for calculating energy bands; electron in the field of crystal atoms; laws of motion of the electrons in solids; and electron statistics are discussed. The text describes general forms of solutions and relationships, including collective electron i

  14. Sensing dissolved sediment porewater concentrations of persistent and bioaccumulative poolutants using disposable solid-phase microextraction fibers

    Mayer, P.; Vaes, W.H.J.; Wijnker, F.; Legierse, K.C.H.M.; Kraaij, R.H.; Tolls, J.; Hermens, J.L.M.


    Polymer coated glass fibers were applied as disposable samplers to measure dissolved concentrations of persistent and bioaccumulative pollutants (PBPs) in sediment porewater. The method is called matrix solid-phase microextraction (matrix-SPME), because it utilizes the entire sediment matrix as a re

  15. Extension of the mixed dual finite element method to the solution of the SPN transport equation in 2D unstructured geometries composed by arbitrary quadrilaterals

    Lautard, J.J.; Flumiani, T. [CEA Saclay, Direction de l' Energie Nucleaire (DEN/SERMA), Service d' Etude des Reacteurs et de Modelisations Avancees, 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France)


    The mixed dual finite element method is usually used for the resolution of the SPN transport equations (simplified PN equations) in 3D homogenized geometries (composed by homogenized rectangles or hexagons). This method produces fast results with little memory requirements. We have extended the previous method to the treatment of unstructured geometries composed by quadrilaterals (for the moment limited to 2D), allowing us to treat geometries where fuel pins are exactly represented. The iterative resolution of the resulting matrix system is a generalization of the one already developed for the cartesian and the hexagonal geometries. In order to illustrate and to show the efficiency of this method, results on the NEA-C5G7-MOX benchmark are given. The previous benchmark has been extended for the hexagonal geometry and we provide here some results. This method is a first step towards the treatment of pin by pin core calculations without homogenization. The present solver is a prototype. It shows the efficiency of the method and it has to be extended to 3D calculations as well as to exact transport calculations. We also intend to extend the method to the treatment of unstructured geometries composed by quadrilaterals with curved edges (sectors of a circle).The iterative algorithm has yet to be accelerated using multigrid techniques through a coupling with the present homogenized solver (MINOS). In the future, it will be included in the next generation neutronic toolbox DESCARTES currently under development.

  16. The extracellular matrix - the under-recognized element in lung disease?

    Burgess, Janette K.; Mauad, Thais; Tjin, Gavin; Karlsson, Jenny C.; Westergren-Thorsson, Gunilla


    The lung is composed of airways and lung parenchyma, and the extracellular matrix (ECM) contains the main building blocks of both components. The ECM provides physical support and stability to the lung, and as such it has in the past been regarded as an inert structure. More recent research has

  17. Modulated release of a volatile compound from starch matrixes via enzymatically controlled degradation

    Yilmaz, G.; Ongen, G.; Jongboom, R.O.J.; Feil, H.; Dijk, van C.; Hennink, W.E.


    The release of a model volatile (diacetyl) from a system based on a starch matrix, in which the volatile is dispersed, was studied. Kneading was used to obtain a homogeneous mixture (melt) composed of starch, glycerol alpha-amylase, and diacetyl. Samples were then ground to powders. When the starch

  18. Protein production by Arthrospira (Spirulina) platensis in solid state cultivation using sugarcane bagasse as support


    The genus Arthrospira comprises a group of filamentous multicellular cyanobacteria and can be used for animal feed and human food. Solid state fermentation or cultivation (SSF) involves the use of a culture medium composed of solid material with given moisture content. No studies have been published about the cultivation of microalgae or cyanobacteria on solid medium. Furthermore, although sugar-cane bagasse is used as source of energy in alcohol distilleries in Brazil, the excess could be a ...

  19. Modeling supercritical fluid extraction process involving solute-solid interaction

    Goto, M.; Roy, B. Kodama, A.; Hirose, T. [Kumamoto Univ., Kumamoto (Japan)


    Extraction or leaching of solute from natural solid material is a mass transfer process involving dissolution or release of solutes from a solid matrix. Interaction between the solute and solid matrix often influences the supercritical fluid extraction process. A model accounting for the solute-solid interaction as well as mass transfer is developed. The BET equation is used to incorporate the interaction and the solubility of solutes into the local equilibrium in the model. Experimental data for the supercritical extraction of essential oil and cuticular wax from peppermint leaves are successfully analyzed by the model. The effects of parameters on the extraction behavior are demonstrated to illustrate the concept of the model. 18 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Characteristics of localized surface plasmons excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles.

    Tanaka, Daisuke; Imazu, Keisuke; Sung, Jinwoo; Park, Cheolmin; Okamoto, Koichi; Tamada, Kaoru


    The fundamental characteristics of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles (AgNPs and AuNPs, respectively) were investigated. Mixed monolayered films were fabricated at the air-water interface at different mixing ratios. The films retained their phase-segregated morphologies in which AuNPs formed several 10 to 100 nm island domains in a homogeneous AgNP matrix phase. The LSPR bands originating from the self-assembled domains shifted to longer wavelengths as the domain size increased, as predicted by a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. The FDTD simulation also revealed that even an alternating-lattice-structured two-dimensional (2D) AgNP/AuNP film retained two isolated LSPR bands, revealing that the plasmon resonances excited on each particle did not couple even in a continuous 2D sheet, unlike in the homologous NP system. The fluorescence quenching test of Cy3 and Cy5 dyes confirmed that the independent functions of AuNPs and AgNPs remained in the mixed films, whereas the AuNPs exhibited significantly higher quenching efficiency for the Cy3 dye compared with AgNPs due to the overlap of the excitation/emission bands of the dyes with the AuNP LSPR band. Various applications can be considered using this nanoheterostructured plasmonic assembly to excite spatially designed, high-density LSPR on macroscopic surfaces.