Sample records for studies oftwo-dimensional platinum

  1. A study of platinum-supported catalysts through hyperfine interactions (United States)

    Saitovitch, H.; Silva, P. R. J.; Rodriguez, A. M.; Weberszpil, J.; Passos, F. B.; Schmal, M.


    The effect of indium addition on alumina-supported platinum catalysts was investigated by measurements of hyperfine interactions. Via lime differential perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy (TDPAC) on111Cd, Pt/Al2O3 catalysts were studied in the flow of a heptane/H2 gas stream. The results indicate that some amount of indium sticks to platinum which is then dispersed on the support surface. The amount of In that is free from platinum is mobile under reaction conditions, being capable of diluting platinum particles and draining off coke precursors from the platinum surface.

  2. A study of platinum-supported catalysts through hyperfine interactions

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    Saitovitch, H. (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF/CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)); Silva, P.R.J. (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF/CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)); Rodriguez, A.M. (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF/CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)); Weberszpil, J. (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF/CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)); Passos, F.B. (Dept. Eng. Quimica, Univ. Fed. Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil)); Schmal, M. (COPPE/EQ, Univ. Fed. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil))


    The effect of indium addition on alumina-supported platinum catalysts was investigated by measurements of hyperfine interactions. Via time differential perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy (TDPAC) on [sup 111]Cd, Pt/Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] catalysts were studied in the flow of a heptane/H[sub 2] gas stream. The results indicate that some amount of indium sticks to platinum which is then dispersed on the support surface. The amount of In that is free from platinum is mobile under reaction conditions, being capable of diluting platinum particles and draining off coke precursors from the platinum surface. (orig.)

  3. Phosphoric acid fuel cell platinum use study (United States)

    Lundblad, H. L.


    The U.S. Department of Energy is promoting the private development of phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) power plants for terrestrial applications. Current PAFC technology utilizes platinum as catalysts in the power electrodes. The possible repercussions that the platinum demand of PAFC power plant commercialization will have on the worldwide supply and price of platinum from the outset of commercialization to the year 2000 are investigated. The platinum demand of PAFC commercialization is estimated by developing forecasts of platinum use per unit of generating capacity and penetration of PAFC power plants into the electric generation market. The ability of the platinum supply market to meet future demands is gauged by assessing the size of platinum reserves and the capability of platinum producers to extract, refine and market sufficient quantities of these reserves. The size and timing of platinum price shifts induced by the added demand of PAFC commercialization are investigated by several analytical methods. Estimates of these price shifts are then used to calculate the subsequent effects on PAFC power plant capital costs.

  4. Extending the platinum-free interval with a non-platinum therapy in platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. Results from the SOCRATES Retrospective Study. (United States)

    Pignata, Sandro; Ferrandina, Gabriella; Scarfone, Giovanna; Scollo, Paolo; Odicino, Franco; Selvaggi, Luigi; Katsaros, Dionyssios; Frigerio, Luigi; Mereu, Liliana; Ghezzi, Fabio; Manzione, Luigi; Lauria, Rossella; Breda, Enrico; Marforio, Giovanna; Ballardini, Michela; Lombardi, Alessandra Vernaglia; Sorio, Roberto; Tumolo, Salvatore; Costa, Bruno; Magni, Giovanna; Perrone, Francesco; Favalli, Giuseppe


    It has been proposed that extending the platinum-free interval with intervening non-platinum therapy increases the efficacy of a later re-treatment with platinum in platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. This hypothesis is based on data from small series and although it has not been validated prospectively, this strategy has entered general practice in Italy in the last years. The SOCRATES study retrospectively assessed the pattern of care of a cohort of patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer observed in the years 2000-2002 in 37 Italian centres. Data were collected between April and September 2005. Patients with recurrent ovarian cancer with a platinum-free interval >6 months were eligible. 493 patient files were collected and 428 were eligible and analyzed. The interval from the end of the 1st line to relapse was 6-12 months in 164 patients (39.5%) and >12 months in 251 cases (60.5%). Patients received a 2nd (100%), 3rd (80.1%), 4th (50.2%), 5th (28.3%), and 6th (11.9%) line of chemotherapy. At 2nd line 282 (65.9%) received platinum (group A), while 146 (34.1%) received non-platinum chemotherapy (group B). In the latter group, 67 patients received platinum at later progression (group B1), while 79 never received platinum (group B2). Median time to platinum re-treatment was 20 and 23.1 months in patients of groups A and B1, respectively. The response rate to the first platinum received was 74.4 and 57.4% in groups A and B1, respectively (p = 0.02). Group B2 was characterized by the worst response rate and survival. At multivariate analysis time of first platinum re-treatment (2nd line vs. later; p = 0.0132; OR = 2.34) and age (p = 0.0029; OR = 2.41) was independently associated with a higher possibility of response to platinum. With the limits of a retrospective study, our data question the hypothesis that extending the platinum-free interval with an intervening non-platinum therapy in patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian

  5. Synthesis and structural study of platinum group metal complexes ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 126; Issue 4. Synthesis and structural study of platinum group metal complexes containing pyrimidine bridged pyrazolyl-pyridine ligand and 5 and 6 - cyclic hydrocarbons. Thirumala Prasad Kota Mohan Rao Kollipara. Volume 126 Issue 4 July 2014 pp 1143-1151 ...

  6. Corrosion Studies of Platinum Nano-Particles for Fuel Cells

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    Shim, Signe Sarah

    The main focus of the present thesis is on corrosion and prevention of corrosion of platinum particles supported on carbon. This is important for instance in connection with start up and shutdown of fuel cells. The degradation mechanism of platinum particles supported on carbon has been...... of the corrosion was a decrease in the particle size, some particles disappeared and other particles sintered. The TEM observations of the platinum particles provide evidence that dissolution of platinum particles is one of the main causes of degradation of platinum particles supported on carbon under ORR...... conditions. In the present work the corrosion stability of three commercial catalysts have been investigated. Even though they have similar specifications they have different corrosion stabilities. From an industrial point of view it is interesting that the catalyst supplied by company 2 is much more...

  7. TEM and EELS studies of microwave-irradiation synthesis of bimetallic platinum nanocatalysts

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    Mathe, NR


    Full Text Available to conventional methods. In this work, microwave-irradiation was used to produce platinum-cobalt (Pt-Co) and platinum-nickel (Pt-Ni) nanoparticles for use as electrocatalysts in the methanol oxidation reaction. High resolution TEM imaging and EELS studies revealed...

  8. TP53 status and taxane-platinum versus platinum-based therapy in ovarian cancer patients: A non-randomized retrospective study

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    Markowska Janina


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Taxane-platinum therapy (TP has replaced platinum-based therapy (PC or PAC, DNA damaging chemotherapy in the postoperative treatment of ovarian cancer patients; however, it is not always effective. TP53 protein plays a differential role in response to DNA-damaging agents and taxanes. We sought to define profiles of patients who benefit the most from TP and also of those who can be treated with PC. Methods We compared the effectiveness of PC/PAC (n = 253 and TP (n = 199 with respect to tumor TP53 accumulation in ovarian cancer patients with FIGO stage IIB-IV disease; this was a non-randomized retrospective study. Immunohistochemical analysis was performed on 452 archival tumors; univariate and multivariate analysis by the Cox's and logistic regression models was performed in all patients and in subgroups with [TP53(+] and without TP53 accumulation [TP53(-]. Results The advantage of taxane-platinum therapy over platinum-based therapy was seen in the TP53(+, and not in the TP53(- group. In the TP53(+ group taxane-platinum therapy enhanced the probability of complete remission (p = .018, platinum sensitivity (p = .014, platinum highly sensitive response (p = .038 and longer survival (OS, p = .008. Poor tumor differentiation diminished the advantage from taxane-platinum therapy in the TP53(+ group. In the TP53(- group PC/PAC was at least equally efficient as taxane-platinum therapy and it enhanced the chance of platinum highly sensitive response (p = .010. However, in the TP53(- group taxane-platinum therapy possibly diminished the risk of death in patients over 53 yrs (p = .077. Among factors that positively interacted with taxane-platinum therapy in some analyses were endometrioid and clear cell type, FIGO III stage, bulky residual tumor, more advanced age of patient and moderate tumor differentiation. Conclusion Our results suggest that taxane-platinum therapy is particularly justified in patients with TP53(+ tumors or older

  9. Sum Frequency Generation Studies of Hydrogenation Reactions on Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Krier, James M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy is used to characterize intermediate species of hydrogenation reactions on the surface of platinum nanoparticle catalysts. In contrast to other spectroscopy techniques which operate in ultra-high vacuum or probe surface species after reaction, SFG collects information under normal conditions as the reaction is taking place. Several systems have been studied previously using SFG on single crystals, notably alkene hydrogenation on Pt(111). In this thesis, many aspects of SFG experiments on colloidal nanoparticles are explored for the first time. To address spectral interference by the capping agent (PVP), three procedures are proposed: UV cleaning, H2 induced disordering and calcination (core-shell nanoparticles). UV cleaning and calcination physically destroy organic capping while disordering reduces SFG signal through a reversible structural change by PVP.

  10. Evaluation of cell lysis methods for platinum metallomic studies of human malignant cells. (United States)

    Tran, Mai Quynh Thanh; Nygren, Yvonne; Lundin, Christina; Naredi, Peter; Björn, Erik


    Three cell lysis methods-freeze-thaw, osmosis, and a chemical detergent-based method-were evaluated as sample treatment procedures for platinum metallomic studies of in vitro grown human malignant cells exposed to cisplatin. The lysis methods are relatively mild, resemble those commonly used in proteomic studies, and were selected because of the proven reactivity of platinum drug metabolites and indications that platinum in exposed cells and plasma is mainly associated with proteins. The chemical method gave an absolute lysis efficiency of greater than 80%, whereas the freeze-thaw and osmosis methods gave approximately 30% lower efficiency. The within- and between-batch lysis reproducibilities were, for all methods, better than 20 and 24% relative standard deviations, respectively. Total platinum concentration normalized to lysate protein content was statistically the same for all lysis methods. Reagents in the chemical lysis buffer did, however, react with platinum analyte compounds, making this method unsuitable for analysis of reactive compounds or for metallome profiling encompassing analytes with unknown reactivity. Of the lysis methods evaluated here, osmosis gave the highest cisplatin recovery, likely because this protocol is chemically inert and can be carried out at a constant low temperature. Therefore, it is the recommended cell lysis method for the determination of reactive and unknown intracellular platinum compounds.

  11. Cellular accumulation and DNA interaction studies of cytotoxic trans-platinum anticancer compounds. (United States)

    Bartel, Caroline; Bytzek, Anna K; Scaffidi-Domianello, Yulia Yu; Grabmann, Gerlinde; Jakupec, Michael A; Hartinger, Christian G; Galanski, Markus; Keppler, Bernhard K


    Forty years after the discovery of the anticancer effects of cisplatin, scientists are still pursuing the development of platinum complexes with improved properties regarding side effects and resistance, which are two main problems in cisplatin treatment. Among these compounds, trans-configured platinum complexes with oxime ligands emerged as a new class with features distinct from those of established anticancer agents, including different DNA binding behavior, increased cellular accumulation, and a different pattern of protein interaction. We report herein on the reactivity with biomolecules of three novel pairs of cis- and trans-configured acetone oxime platinum(II) complexes and one pair of 3-pentanone oxime platinum(II) complexes. Cellular accumulation experiments and in vitro DNA platination studies were performed and platinum contents were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The trans-configured complexes were accumulated in SW480 cells in up to 100 times higher amounts than cisplatin and up to 50 times higher amounts than their cis-configured counterparts; r (b) values (number of platinum atoms per nucleotide) were more than tenfold increased in cells treated with trans complexes compared with cells treated with cisplatin. The interaction of the complexes with DNA was studied in cell-free experiments with plasmid DNA (pUC19), in capillary zone electrophoresis with the DNA model 2-deoxyguanosine 5'-monophosphate, and in in vitro experiments showing the degree of DNA damage in the comet assay. Whereas incubation with cis compounds did not induce degradation of DNA, the trans complexes led to pronounced strand cleavage.

  12. Coulometric study of ethanol adsorption at a polycrystalline platinum electrode (United States)

    Gilman, Sol


    For the first time, use of a novel pre-conditioning sequence and measurements of hydrogen blockage during fast cathodic scans has enabled the determination of rates of accumulation of ethanolic species on the surface of a platinum electrode under well-controlled conditions of surface cleanliness/activity and mass transport. For dilute solutions of ethanol in 1 N perchloric acid (HClO4), oxidative adsorption rates maximize at 0.3 V, drop off at more cathodic potentials due to competition with adsorbed hydrogen and drop off at more anodic potentials due to oxidative processes that produce products released to the electrolyte. The time and concentration dependence of adsorption follows relationships that are common for adsorption on a heterogeneous surface. Some evidence are presented supporting a mechanism for production of soluble products that does not involve the adsorbed species that are detected through the measurement of blockage of hydrogen adsorption sites.

  13. A sensitivity study of the oxidation of compressed natural gas on platinum

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    Badra, Jihad


    This paper presents a sensitivity study for the oxidation of methane (CH4) over platinum (Pt). Some dominant reactions in the CH 4-Pt surface chemistry were identified and the rates of these reactions were subsequently modified to enhance the calculations. Initially, a range of CH4-Pt surface mechanisms available in the literature are used, along with the relevant detailed gaseous chemistry to compute the structure of premixed compressed natural gas (CNG)/air flames co-flowing around a flat, vertical, unconfined, rectangular, and platinum plate. Comparison with existing measurements of surface temperature and species concentrations revealed significant discrepancies for all mechanisms. Sensitivity analysis has identified nine key reactions which dominate the heterogeneous chemistry of methane over platinum. The rates of these reactions were modified over a reasonable range and in different combinations leading to an "optimal" mechanism for methane/air surface chemistry on platinum. The new mechanism is then used with the same flow geometry for different cases varying the temperature of the incoming mixture (Tjet), its equivalence ratio (Φ) and the Reynolds number (Re). Results from the modified surface mechanism demonstrate reasonably good agreement with the experimental data for a wide range of operating conditions. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Study on Platinum Coating Depth in Focused Ion Beam Diamond Cutting Tool Milling and Methods for Removing Platinum Layer

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    Woong Kirl Choi


    Full Text Available In recent years, nanomachining has attracted increasing attention in advanced manufacturing science and technologies as a value-added processes to control material structures, components, devices, and nanoscale systems. To make sub-micro patterns on these products, micro/nanoscale single-crystal diamond cutting tools are essential. Popular non-contact methods for the macro/micro processing of diamond composites are pulsed laser ablation (PLA and electric discharge machining (EDM. However, for manufacturing nanoscale diamond tools, these machining methods are not appropriate. Despite diamond’s extreme physical properties, diamond can be micro/nano machined relatively easily using a focused ion beam (FIB technique. In the FIB milling process, the surface properties of the diamond cutting tool is affected by the amorphous damage layer caused by the FIB gallium ion collision and implantation and these influence the diamond cutting tool edge sharpness and increase the processing procedures. To protect the diamond substrate, a protection layer—platinum (Pt coating is essential in diamond FIB milling. In this study, the depth of Pt coating layer which could decrease process-induced damage during FIB fabrication is investigated, along with methods for removing the Pt coating layer on diamond tools. The optimum Pt coating depth has been confirmed, which is very important for maintaining cutting tool edge sharpness and decreasing processing procedures. The ultra-precision grinding method and etching with aqua regia method have been investigated for removing the Pt coating layer. Experimental results show that when the diamond cutting tool width is bigger than 500 nm, ultra-precision grinding method is appropriate for removing Pt coating layer on diamond tool. However, the ultra-precision grinding method is not recommended for removing the Pt coating layer when the cutting tool width is smaller than 500 nm, because the possibility that the diamond

  15. Study on Platinum Coating Depth in Focused Ion Beam Diamond Cutting Tool Milling and Methods for Removing Platinum Layer. (United States)

    Choi, Woong Kirl; Baek, Seung Yub


    In recent years, nanomachining has attracted increasing attention in advanced manufacturing science and technologies as a value-added processes to control material structures, components, devices, and nanoscale systems. To make sub-micro patterns on these products, micro/nanoscale single-crystal diamond cutting tools are essential. Popular non-contact methods for the macro/micro processing of diamond composites are pulsed laser ablation (PLA) and electric discharge machining (EDM). However, for manufacturing nanoscale diamond tools, these machining methods are not appropriate. Despite diamond's extreme physical properties, diamond can be micro/nano machined relatively easily using a focused ion beam (FIB) technique. In the FIB milling process, the surface properties of the diamond cutting tool is affected by the amorphous damage layer caused by the FIB gallium ion collision and implantation and these influence the diamond cutting tool edge sharpness and increase the processing procedures. To protect the diamond substrate, a protection layer-platinum (Pt) coating is essential in diamond FIB milling. In this study, the depth of Pt coating layer which could decrease process-induced damage during FIB fabrication is investigated, along with methods for removing the Pt coating layer on diamond tools. The optimum Pt coating depth has been confirmed, which is very important for maintaining cutting tool edge sharpness and decreasing processing procedures. The ultra-precision grinding method and etching with aqua regia method have been investigated for removing the Pt coating layer. Experimental results show that when the diamond cutting tool width is bigger than 500 nm, ultra-precision grinding method is appropriate for removing Pt coating layer on diamond tool. However, the ultra-precision grinding method is not recommended for removing the Pt coating layer when the cutting tool width is smaller than 500 nm, because the possibility that the diamond cutting tool is damaged

  16. Comparison of PIXE and SXRF for kinetic studies in cell pharmacology of platinum and gold compounds

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    Sommer, F. (Faculte de Medecine de Creteil (France). Lab. de Biophysique Laboratoire d' Analyse par Activation Pierre-Sue - Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Chevallier, P. (Paris-6 Univ., 75 (France)); Tapiero, H. (Hopital Paul-Brousse, 94 - Villejuif (France)); Massiot, P.; Piccot, D. (Laboratoire d' Analyse par Activation Pierre-Sue - Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)); Galle, P. (Faculte de Medecine de Creteil (France). Lab. de Biophysique); Silvestro, L. (Turin Univ. (Italy). Facolta di Medicina); Arizti, P. (Universidad Pais Vasco, Leioa (Spain). Facultad de Medicina)


    The analytical conditions in PIXE and SXRF are studied in order to optimize the detection of platinum and gold compounds in the cell and in their subcellular fractions. Calibration curves, reproducibility and detection limits were obtained with both techniques and compared. The best detection limit was achieved with SXRF. Preliminary data on the cellular pharmacokinetics of cisplatinum and gold selective distribution in nuclei were obtained by the above techniques. (author).

  17. Platinum supported catalysts for carbon monoxide preferential oxidation: Study of support influence

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    Padilla, R.; Rodriguez, L.; Serrano-Lotina, A.; Daza, L. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Benito, M. [Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)


    The aim of this work is to study the influence of the addition of different oxides to an alumina support, on surface acidity and platinum reducibility in platinum-based catalysts, as well as their effect on the activity and selectivity in CO preferential oxidation, in presence of hydrogen. A correlation between surface acidity and acid strength of surface sites and metal reducibility was obtained, being Pt-support interaction a function of the acid sites concentration under a particular temperature range. In platinum supported on alumina catalysts, CO oxidation follows a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, where O{sub 2} and CO compete in the adsorption on the same type of active sites. It is noteworthy that the addition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} modifies the reaction mechanism. In this case, CO is not only adsorbed on the Pt active sites but also on La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, forming bridge bonded carbonates which leads to high reactivity at low temperatures. An increase on temperature produces CO desorption from Pt surface sites and favours oxygen adsorption producing CO{sub 2}. CO oxidation with surface hydroxyl groups was activated producing simultaneously CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}. (author)

  18. Platinum dissolution and deposition in the polymer electrolyte membrane of a PEM fuel cell as studied by potential cycling. (United States)

    Yasuda, Kazuaki; Taniguchi, Akira; Akita, Tomoki; Ioroi, Tsutomu; Siroma, Zyun


    The behavior of platinum dissolution and deposition in the polymer electrolyte membrane of a membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA) for a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) was studied using potential cycling experiment and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The electrochemically active surface area decreased depending on the cycle number and the upper potential limit. Platinum deposition was observed in the polymer electrolyte membrane near a cathode catalyst layer. Platinum deposition was accelerated by the presence of hydrogen transported through the membrane from an anode compartment. Platinum was transported across the membrane and deposited on the anode layer in the absence of hydrogen in the anode compartment. This deposition was also affected by the presence of oxygen in the cathode compartment.

  19. Platinum metals in the environment

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    Zereini, Fathi [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Environmental Analytical Chemistry; Wiseman, Clare L.S. (ed.) [Toronto Univ. (Canada). School of the Environment


    Platinum/Aluminum Oxide Model Substance; Solid State Platinum Speciation from X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic Studies of Fresh and Road Aged Three Way and Diesel Vehicle Emission Control Catalysts. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOAVAILABILITY AND BIOMONITORING OF PGE: Bioavailability of Platinum Group Elements to Plants-A Review; Monitoring of Platinum Group Element Deposition by Bryophytes; Field Studies on PGE in Aquatic Ecosystems; Laboratory Studies on the Uptake and Bioaccumulation of PGE by Aquatic Plants and Animals; Biological Effects of PGE on Aquatic Organisms; Mechanisms of Uptake and Interaction of Platinum Based Drugs in Eukaryotic Cells. 5. HUMAN HEALTH EXPOSURES TO PGE AND POSSIBLE RISKS: Biomonitoring of Platinum Group Elements (PGEs) in Occupational Medicine; Platinum Metals in Airborne Particulate Matter and Their Bioaccessibility; Occupational Health Aspects of Platinum.

  20. Platinum Deactivation: In Situ EXAFS Study During Aqueous Alcohol Oxidation Reaction


    Koningsberger, D.C.; Ruitenbeek, M.; Kuster, B.F.M.; Marin, G.B.


    With a new setup for in situ EXAFS spectroscopy the state of a carbonsupported platinum catalyst during aqueous alcohol oxidation has been observed. The catalyst deactivation during platinumcatalysed cyclohexanol oxidation is caused by platinum surface oxide formation. The detected Pt–O coordination at 2.10 Å during exposure to nitrogensaturated cyclohexanol solution is different from what is observed for the pure oxidised platinum surface (2.06 Å). platinum - EXAFS - catalysis - catalyst dea...

  1. Platinum and palladium on carbon nanotubes : Experimental and theoretical studies

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    Adjizian, J. J.; De Marco, P.; Suarez-Martinez, I.; El Mel, A. A.; Snyders, R.; Gengler, R. Y. N.; Rudolf, P.; Ke, X.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Bittencourt, C.; Ewels, C. P.


    Pristine and oxygen plasma functionalised carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were studied after the evaporation of Pt and Pd atoms. High resolution transmission electron microscopy shows the formation of metal nanoparticles at the CNT surface. Oxygen functional groups grafted by the plasma functionalization

  2. Substrate induced reconstruction and activation of platinum clusters: A systematic DFT study (United States)

    Nigam, Sandeep; Majumder, Chiranjib


    The fundamental understanding of the electronic and geometric structures of small platinum clusters on metal oxide support is important to design the futuristic Pt-based novel materials for heterogeneous catalysis. Here we report a systematic theoretical study on the trend in the structural and electronic properties of alumina supported Ptn (n = 1-7 and 10) clusters with a focus to highlight the effect on the substrate. All calculations were carried out using the plane wave based pseudo-potential approach. The model for the support has been designed by using Al-terminated α-Al2O3 (0001) surface which is the most stable surface termination under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The results show that the binding of Pt atom with the Al2O3 surface releases 1.84 eV energy which is significantly higher than atomic adsorption energy of other noble metal atoms (Ag, Au, and Pd). As a consequence, the equilibrium geometries of free Ptn clusters (n = 3-7) are significantly altered on the alumina surface. Whilst Pt10 cluster favors tetracapped prism structure in the gas phase, on alumina support it prefers a layered structure. The geometrical changes of Pt clusters on the alumina surface have been attributed to the energy balance between the Pt-Pt and Pt-substrate interactions. The nature of interaction between the Ptn clusters and surface has been verified using the electronic density of states analysis. Surface induced electronic charge on the deposited cluster results in red shift in its energy levels, indicating electron rich activation of platinum clusters. The inclusion of spin-orbit coupling(SOC) significantly changes the electronic structure of gas phase platinum cluster; however, the extent of SOC influence reduces due to interfacial bonding with alumina support.

  3. Impact of platinum group metals on the environment: a toxicological, genotoxic and analytical chemistry study. (United States)

    Gagnon, Zofia E; Newkirk, Catherine; Hicks, Steven


    Recent studies show particles of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs); primarily platinum, palladium and rhodium; released from automobile catalytic converters are being deposited alongside roadways. This deposition is leading to increasing concentrations of PGMs in the environment, raising concerns about the environmental impact and toxicity of these elements in living organisms. The objective of this study was to determine how PGMs alter the patterns of growth, development, and physiology by studying the toxicological and genotoxic effects of these metals. Two vastly different species were used as models: plant-a wild wetland common Sphagnum moss, and animal-6-week old rats Sprague-Dawley. Both species were exposed, in controlled environments, to different concentrations of the PGMs. Toxicological and genotoxic effects were determined by assessment of plant growth, animal survival and pathology, and influence on DNA in both models. Our results on the uptake of PGMs by Sphagnum showed significant decreases in plant length and biomass as PGM concentration increased. Histological and pathological analysis of the animal model revealed vacuolization, eosinophil inclusion bodies in adrenal glands, shrinkage of glomeruli in the kidney, and enlargement of white pulp in the spleen. In both models, DNA damage was detected. Chemical analysis using ICP-AES atomic absorption demonstrated accumulation of PGMs in plant tissues at all PGM levels, proportional to concentration.

  4. Stability of Porous Platinum Nanoparticles: Combined In Situ TEM and Theoretical Study

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    Chang, Shery L. Y.; Barnard, Amanda S.; Dwyer, Christian


    Porous platinum nanoparticles provide a route for the development of catalysts that use less platinum without sacrificing catalytic performance. Here, we examine porous platinum nanoparticles using a combination of in situ transmission electron microscopy and calculations based on a first-princip...... voids with increasing temperature, as predicted by the theoretical calculations, shows excellent agreement with the experimental findings. The results indicate that hollow-structured nanoparticles with an appropriate void-to-total-volume ratio can be stable at high temperatures....

  5. Experimental and theoretical studies on electropolymerization of polar amino acids on platinum electrode

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    Alhedabi, Taleb [Nanomedicine Lab EA4662, Bat. E, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, UFR Sciences & Techniques, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France); Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Thi-qar, Thi-qar (Iraq); Cattey, Hélène [Institut ICMUB - CNRS 6302, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, UFR Sciences et Techniques Mirande, 9 Avenue Alain Savary, 21000 Dijon (France); Roussel, Christophe [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Section of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Station 6, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Blondeau-Patissier, Virginie [Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR CNRS 6174, Department Time-Frequency, 26, Chemin de l' épitaphe, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France); Gharbi, Tijani [Nanomedicine Lab EA4662, Bat. E, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, UFR Sciences & Techniques, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France); Herlem, Guillaume, E-mail: [Nanomedicine Lab EA4662, Bat. E, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, UFR Sciences & Techniques, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France)


    The anodic oxidation of polar amino acids (L-serine, L-threonine, L-asparagine, and L-glutamine) in aqueous electrolyte on smooth platinum electrode was carried out by cyclic voltammetry coupled to electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). pH (zwitterion, acidic and alkaline) effects on their electrochemical behavior were examined. The maximum current values are measured for zwitterion species. In addition, the current increases with increasing of concentration and scan rate, and decreases with increasing pH. The resulting passivation was studied by spectroscopic analysis such as attenuated total reflection FT infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and mass spectroscopy (MALDI-TOF). From thin film coatings observed on the electrode surface, peptide bonds are found, and are in favor of electropolymerization of these polar amino acids into poly-L-amino acids in an irreversible way. Scanning electronic microscopy was also used to study the morphology of these electrodeposited L-amino acids. The electrodeposited poly-L-amino acids on Pt electrode were tested as bioinspired transducer for pH sensing purposes. - Highlights: • Anodic oxidation of polar amino acids with uncharged R group on platinum electrode. • Polypeptide bonds revealed by ATR-IR and XPS spectroscopies. • The film growth depends on the chemistry of the polar amino acid.

  6. Platinum Deactivation: In Situ EXAFS Study During Aqueous Alcohol Oxidation Reaction

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    Koningsberger, D.C.; Ruitenbeek, M.; Kuster, B.F.M.; Marin, G.B.


    With a new setup for in situ EXAFS spectroscopy the state of a carbonsupported platinum catalyst during aqueous alcohol oxidation has been observed. The catalyst deactivation during platinumcatalysed cyclohexanol oxidation is caused by platinum surface oxide formation. The detected Pt–O coordination

  7. Physical studies on the binding of cis-dichlorodiamine platinum(II) to DNA and homopolynucleotides. [UV radiation, /sup 195/Pt tracer techniques

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    Munchausen, L.L.; Rahn, R.O.


    The amount of cis-dichlorodiamine platinum(II) bound to DNAs of varying (dA + dT) content was assayed by both ultraviolet absorbance spectrophotometry and the use of the radioisotope /sup 195/Pt. Radioisotope labeling indicates twice as much bound platinum as do optical measurements. The molar ratio of bound platinum r at saturation is approximately half the sum of the nearest-neighbor frequencies of all base-pairs that do not contain thymine. We therefore conclude that platinum does not bind to thymine in DNA. Chomatographic studies with (/sup 14/C) purine-labeled DNA indicate preferential binding of platinum to guanine, followed by binding to adenine. The luminescence properties of DNA and of homopolynucleotides are strongly affected by bound platinum as a result of a heavy-atom effect. A plot of the fluorescence-to-phosphorescence ratio as a function of r gives a saturation bind curve similar to that obtained using /sup 195/Pt. Ultraviolet irradiation of DNA treated with the platinum compound results in a 30 percent increase in the rate of formation of thymine homocyclobutadipyrimidine. When acetophenone sensitization is employed, platinum binding enhances cytosine homocyclobutadipyrimidine formation 10-fold, presumably because the triplet level of cytosine complexed with platinum is lowered below that of acetophenone. The viscosity of DNA decreases sharply upon binding platinum, with half the change occurring when less than 6 percent of the bases are complexed. From the rate of reaction with formaldehyde, we conclude that binding of the platinum compound to DNA induced small denatured regions that unwind in the presence of formaldehyde with a rate about 40 times slower than that of a single-strand chain break.

  8. Structural sensitivity studies of ethylene hydrogenation on platinum and rhodium surfaces

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    Quinlan, M.A. [California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)


    The catalytic hydrogenation of ethylene and hydrogen on the well characterized surfaces of the noble metals platinum and rhodium has been studied for the purposes of determining the relative activity of these two substrates as well as the degree of structure sensitivity. The Pt(111) and the Rh(755) single crystal surfaces,as well as Pt and Rh foils, were employed as substrates to study the effect of surface step structure on reactivity. In addition, vibrational spectroscopy studies were performed for ethylene adsorption on the stepped Rh(755) surface. The catalytic reaction were obtained using a combined ultrahigh vacuum chamber coupled with an atmospheric pressure reaction chamber that functioned as a batch reactor. Samples could be prepared using standard surface science techniques and characterized for surface composition and geometry using Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction. A comparison of the reactivity of Rh(111) with the results from this study on Rh(755) allows a direct determination of the effect of step structure on ethylene hydrogenation activity. Structure sensitivity is expected to exhibit orders of magnitude differences in rate as surface orientation is varied. In this case, no significant differences were found, confirming the structure insensitivity of this reaction over this metal. The turnover frequency of the Rh(111) surface, 5 {times} 10{sup 1} s{sup {minus}1}, is in relatively good agreement with the turnover frequency of 9 {times} 10{sup 1} s{sup {minus}1} measured for the Rh(755) surface. Rate measurements made on the Pt(111) surface and the Pt foil are in excellent agreement, both measuring 3 {times} 10{sup 2} s{sup minus}1. Likewise, it is concluded that no strong structure sensitivity for the platinum surfaces exists. High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy studies of adsorbed ethylene on the Rh(755) surface compare favorably with the ethylidyne spectra obtained on the Rh(111) and Rh(100) surfaces.

  9. Reaction mechanism studies for platinum nanoparticle growth by atomic layer deposition

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    Liang Xinhua; Zhou Yun; Li Jianhua; Weimer, Alan W., E-mail: [University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (United States)


    Mass spectrometry is used to study the reaction mechanism of platinum (Pt) atomic layer deposition (ALD) on large quantities of high surface area silica gel particles in a fluidized bed reactor. (Methylcyclopentadienyl)trimethylplatinum [(MeCp)PtMe{sub 3}] and oxygen are used as precursors. Studies are conducted at a substrate temperature of 320 Degree-Sign C. The self-limiting behavior of ALD appears to be disrupted with overexposure of Pt precursor. The amount of the deposited Pt and the size of the Pt nanoparticles increase with an increasing overdose time of Pt precursor. This can be explained by the thermal decomposition of Pt precursor at the reaction temperature of 320 Degree-Sign C and the in situ sintering of Pt nanoparticles forming larger particles. This finding is significant and its understanding is essential for better control of Pt deposition to achieve desirable morphological and structural properties for different application requirements.

  10. Platinum Group Thiophenoxyimine Complexes: Syntheses,Crystallographic and Computational Studies of Structural Properties

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    Krinsky, Jamin L.; Arnold, John; Bergman, Robert G.


    Monomeric thiosalicylaldiminate complexes of rhodium(I) and iridium(I) were prepared by ligand transfer from the homoleptic zinc(II) species. In the presence of strongly donating ligands, the iridium complexes undergo insertion of the metal into the imine carbon-hydrogen bond. Thiophenoxyketimines were prepared by non-templated reaction of o-mercaptoacetophenone with anilines, and were complexed with rhodium(I), iridium(I), nickel(II) and platinum(II). X-ray crystallographic studies showed that while the thiosalicylaldiminate complexes display planar ligand conformations, those of the thiophenoxyketiminates are strongly distorted. Results of a computational study were consistent with a steric-strain interpretation of the difference in preferred ligand geometries.

  11. Study of Interaction Platinum Salts (Ii and Palladium (Ii on the Biologically Active Ligand

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    Asmat Nizami Kyzy Azizova


    Full Text Available Studied complexing ability of platinum (II and palladium (II with a time of personal gray-oxygen and sulfur-containing ligands donor nitrogens in different taniyah. A combination of functional groups. It is found that the complexation unimportant role nature of the starting metal salts, the pH of the medium, the nature of the solvent and the ratio of reactants. Determine the actual denticity tiodiuksusnoy, tiodipro propionic acid, mercaptoethanol, and bis -- hydroxyethyl sulfide. Discovered that a molecule entering the reaction of cysteamine origin walks splitting S–S communication and the resulting deproto-bined mercamine enter into complexation. In non-aqueous medium splitting S–S communication occurs.

  12. LESR Study of Photoinduced Defects in Quasi-One-Dimensional Halogen-Bridged Platinum Complexes (United States)

    Wei, Xing; Donohoe, Robert


    The nature of photoinduced defects in quasi-one-dimensional, chlorine-bridged platinum complexes, [Pt(en)_2][Pt(en)_2Cl_2](ClO_4)4 (where en=ethylenediamine, (CH_2NH_2)_2), was studied by light-induced electron spin resonance (LESR). To minimize and clarify the complication of the hyperfine-interaction effect, complexes with different purified nuclear isotopes, for example, with Pt^194 (I=0), N^15 (I=1/2), D (I=1), Cl^35 (I=3/2), and Cl^37 (I=3/2), etc., were systhesized. Preliminary experimental and computer-fitting results shed new light into the problem, in which whether the photoinduced defectss can be decribed by the soliton or polaron model has been subject to intense debates. Instead, we propose triplet exciton as the principal photoexcitatations, implying that the electron correlations are important and can not be neglected as in the current theoretical treatments.

  13. Poor outcome of elderly patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer: results from the SOCRATES retrospective study. (United States)

    Pignata, Sandro; Ferrandina, Gabriella; Scarfone, Giovanna; Scollo, Paolo; Odicino, Franco; Cormio, Gennaro; Katsaros, Dionyssios; Frigerio, Luigi; Mereu, Liliana; Ghezzi, Fabio; Manzione, Luigi; Lauria, Rossella; Breda, Enrico; Alletti, Desiderio Gueli; Ballardini, Michela; Vernaglia, Alessandra; Sorio, Roberto; Tumolo, Salvatore; Musso, Pietro; Magni, Giovanna; Pisano, Carmela; Morabito, Alessandro


    Elderly patients with ovarian carcinoma have a poorer prognosis compared with their younger counterpart, and this depends in most cases on undertreatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate, retrospectively, the pattern of care and the prognosis of elderly patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer. The SOCRATES study retrospectively assessed the pattern of care of a cohort of patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer observed in the years 2000-2002 in 37 Italian centres. Data were collected between April and September 2005. Patients with recurrent ovarian cancer with >6 months of platinum free interval were considered eligible. Four-hundred-ninety-three patient files were collected and 425 were considered eligible and analyzed. Ninety-four patients with age >or=70 years and 331 patients with age 1 vs. 1), performance status at recurrence (2-3 vs. 0-1), RFI (6-12 months vs. >12 months), age at recurrence, were independently associated with survival. Elderly patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer receive less surgery and chemotherapy. Response to chemotherapy is better in younger patients. Age is an unfavourable factor independently associated to a worst prognosis.

  14. Platinum adsorption onto graphene and oxidized graphene: A quantum mechanics study

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    Jafari, S.A.; Jahanshahi, M. [Nanotechnology Research Institute, School of Chemical Engineering, Babol University of Technology, Babol (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahangari, M. Ghorbanzadeh, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Density functional theory based on first-principle calculations was used to examine platinum-supported oxidized graphene as a beneficial nanomaterial in terms of its catalytic activity and utility for contaminant removal and disinfecting polluted solutions in both domestic and industrial applications. The first step was to select the most appropriate available computing package to apply the supercell technique, which would provide a better representation of a large and real graphene slab. Using OpenMX was less time-consuming after we enforced a basis set for valence electrons to avoid an all-electron calculation, and this had very slight and negligible effect on the accuracy of the calculations. The OpenMX software was selected to perform forward steps of investigating changes in the properties such as adsorption energy and ground state structure of the complexes made by the adsorption of a platinum atom on the surface of pristine graphene (Pt/PG) and oxidized graphene (Pt/OG), which had the lowest adsorption energy of −5.28 eV. Moreover, we examined the effect of Pt atom adsorption on the surface and between two layers of graphene. Our results show that, there was no specific change observed in mentioned properties of Pt atom adsorption on bilayer graphene in comparison with single layer. - Highlights: • Pt adsorption on graphene and oxidized graphene was examined. • We have also considered the effect of the layered graphene on the Pt adsorption. • We first compared two different DFT calculation codes, SIESTA and OpenMX. • We then used ORCA to validate and select a suitable computation package for this study.

  15. Reaction selectivity studies on nanolithographically-fabricated platinum model catalyst arrays

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    Grunes, Jeffrey Benjamin [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    In an effort to understand the molecular ingredients of catalytic activity and selectivity toward the end of tuning a catalyst for 100% selectivity, advanced nanolithography techniques were developed and utilized to fabricate well-ordered two-dimensional model catalyst arrays of metal nanostructures on an oxide support for the investigation of reaction selectivity. In-situ and ex-situ surface science techniques were coupled with catalytic reaction data to characterize the molecular structure of the catalyst systems and gain insight into hydrocarbon conversion in heterogeneous catalysis. Through systematic variation of catalyst parameters (size, spacing, structure, and oxide support) and catalytic reaction conditions (hydrocarbon chain length, temperature, pressures, and gas composition), the data presented in this dissertation demonstrate the ability to direct a reaction by rationally adjusting, through precise control, the design of the catalyst system. Electron beam lithography (EBL) was employed to create platinum nanoparticles on an alumina (Al2O3) support. The Pt nanoparticle spacing (100-150-nm interparticle distance) was varied in these samples, and they were characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM), both before and after reactions. The TEM studies showed the 28-nm Pt nanoparticles with 100 and 150-nm interparticle spacing on alumina to be polycrystalline in nature, with crystalline sizes of 3-5 nm. The nanoparticle crystallites increased significantly after heat treatment. The nanoparticles were still mostly polycrystalline in nature, with 2-3 domains. The 28-nm Pt nanoparticles deposited on alumina were removed by the AFM tip in contact mode with a normal force of approximately 30 nN. After heat treatment at 500 C in vacuum for 3 hours, the AFM tip, even at 4000 nN, could not remove the platinum

  16. Bimetallic Catalysts and Platinum Surfaces Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

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    Roenning, Magnus


    Bimetallic catalyst systems used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (Co-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and in the naphtha reforming process (Pt-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been studied in situ using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS). Additionally, the adsorption of ethene on platinum single crystal surfaces has been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy. In situ EXAFS at the cobalt K absorption edge have been carried out at 450{sup o}C on the hydrogen reduction of a rhenium-promoted Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. Reductions carried out using 100% hydrogen and 5% hydrogen in helium gave different results. Whereas the reduction using dilute hydrogen leads to bulk-like metallic cobalt particles (hcp or fcc), reaction with pure hydrogen yields a more dispersed system with smaller cobalt metal particles (< 40 A). The results are rationalised in terms of different degrees of reoxidation of cobalt by the higher and lower concentrations of water generated during the reduction of cobalt oxide by 100% and 5% hydrogen, respectively. Additionally, in both reduction protocols a small fraction (3 -4 wt%) of the cobalt content is randomly dispersed over the tetrahedral vacancies of the alumina support. This dispersion occurs during reduction and not calcination. The cobalt in these sites cannot be reduced at 450 {sup o}C. The local environments about the rhenium atoms in Co-Re/{gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst after different reduction periods have been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A bimetallic catalyst containing 4.6 wt% cobalt and 2 wt% rhenium has been compared with a corresponding monometallic sample with 2 wt% rhenium on the same support. The rhenium L{sub III} EXAFS analysis shows that bimetallic particles are formed after reduction at 450{sup o}C with the average particle size being 10-15 A. Rhenium is shown to be reduced at a later stage than cobalt. The fraction of cobalt atoms entering the support obstructs the access to the support for the

  17. Studies on allergic reactions after exposure to platinum compounds; Untersuchungen ueber allergische Reaktionen bei Exposition gegen Platinverbindungen (VPT 07A)

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    Merget, R.; Schultze-Werninghaus, G. [Berufsgenossenschaftliche Kliniken, Bergmannsheil - Universitaetsklinik, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Abt. fuer Pneumologie, Allergologie und Schlafmedizin, Bochum (Germany)


    The aim of the present study was to assess the allergic hazard potential of Pt-containing substances emitted from automotive catalytic converters for the population. This was done by determining exposure-effect relationships in subjects occupationally exposed to platinum compounds in a catalytic converter manufacturing company. The company had been deemed suitable because it could be assumed that the extensive technical industrial safety measures implemented there would make for a considerably reduced exposure to platinum compounds compared to, for example, a platinum separating plant. Exposure-effect relationships were determined on the basis of platinum measurements in a catalytic-converter-manufacturing plant and of a record of new sickness cases. [Deutsch] Ziel der Untersuchung war eine Risikoabschaetzung des Allergie-Gefaehrdungspotentials Pt-haltiger Automobilkatalysatoremittate fuer die Bevoelkerung durch Ermittlung der Expositions-Wirkungsbeziehung bei beruflich gegenueber Platinverbindungen Exponierten in einem Katalysatorfertigungsbertrieb. Der gewaehlte Katalysatorbetrieb war deshalb als geeignet betrachtet worden, weil durch weitgehende technische Arbeitsschutzmassnahmen eine wesentlich geringere Exposition gegenueber Platinverbindungen anzunehmen war als zum Beispiel in Platinscheidereien. Die Expositions-Wirkungsbeziehung sollte durch Platinmessungen in einem Katalysator-Betrieb und Erfassung der Haeufigkeit von Neuerkrankungen im Laengsschnitt definiert werden. (orig.)

  18. Novel 3-(aminomethyl)naphthoquinone mannich base-platinum(IV) complexes: synthesis, characterization, electrochemical and cytotoxic studies

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    Silva, Gustavo B. da; Neves, Amanda P.; Vargas, Maria D., E-mail: [Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica; Alves, Wagner A. [Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Seropedica, RJ (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica; Marinho-Filho, Jose D.B.; Pessoa, Claudia; Moraes, Manoel O.; Costa-Lotufo, Leticia V. [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFCE), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias da Saude. Departamento de Fisiologia e Farmacologia


    Three novel platinum(IV) complexes cis,cis,trans-[Pt(HL1-3)Cl{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}] 1b-3b(HL = 2-hydroxy-3-[(R{sup 1} -amino)(pyridin-2-yl)methyl]-1,4-naphthoquinone, R{sup 1} = n-butyl, HL1; n-heptyl, HL2 and n-decyl, HL3) have been obtained from the oxidation of the respective precursors cis-[Pt(HL1-3)Cl{sub 2}] 1a-3a. Cyclic voltammetry studies of 1b-3b in MeCN showed the quasi reversible naphthoquinonate (NQO{sup -}, i.e., L{sup -}) redox process and irreversible process attributed to the reduction of the Pt{sup 4+}/Pt{sup 2+} pair, at potentials about 400 mV less negative than for the cisplatin precursor cis,cis,trans-[Pt(NH{sub 3}){sub 2}Cl{sub 2}(OH){sub 2}]. Hydrogen bond interaction between the naphthoquinone 2-hydroxyl group and an axially coordinated hydroxide ligand in 1b-3b has been proposed to favor the Pt{sup 4+}/Pt{sup 2+} reduction. The cytotoxicity studies against four human cancer cell lines have shown that in general the platinum(IV) and platinum(II)derivatives exhibit the same cytotoxic profile and are all more active than cisplatin. The lowest in vitro IC{sub 50} values have been observed for 2b-3b, which bear ligands with the largest R{sup 1} groups (HL2-HL3) being the most lipophilic. Furthermore similar IC{sub 50} values for platinum(II) and platinum(IV) complexes of the same ligands have been associated with rapid in vitro reduction of the latter complexes to afford 1a-3a. (author)

  19. HIPEC ROC I: a phase I study of cisplatin administered as hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemoperfusion followed by postoperative intravenous platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Zivanovic, Oliver; Abramian, Alina; Kullmann, Maximilian; Fuhrmann, Christine; Coch, Christoph; Hoeller, Tobias; Ruehs, Hauke; Keyver-Paik, Mignon Denise; Rudlowski, Christian; Weber, Stefan; Kiefer, Nicholas; Poelcher, Martin L; Thiesler, Thore; Rostamzadeh, Babak; Mallmann, Michael; Schaefer, Nico; Permantier, Maryse; Latten, Sandra; Kalff, Joerg; Thomale, Juergen; Jaehde, Ulrich; Kuhn, Walther C


    This phase I study tested the safety, feasibility, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cisplatin administered as hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC) in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) undergoing secondary cytoreductive surgery followed by postoperative platinum-based intravenous chemotherapy. Twelve patients with operable, recurrent platinum-sensitive EOC (recurrence ≥6 months after first-line therapy) were included according to the classical 3+3 dose-escalation design at three dose levels-60, 80 and 100 mg/m(2). After surgical cytoreduction, a single dose of cisplatin was administered via HIPEC for 90 min at 41-43°C. Postoperatively, all patients were treated with standard intravenous platinum-based combination chemotherapy. One of six patients experienced a dose-limiting toxicity (grade 3 renal toxicity) at a dose of 100 mg/m(2). The remaining five patients treated with 100 mg/m(2) tolerated their treatment well. The recommended phase II dose was established at 100 mg/m(2). The mean peritoneal-to-plasma AUC ratio was 19·5 at the highest dose level. Cisplatin-induced DNA adducts were confirmed in tumor samples. Common postoperative grade 1-3 toxicities included fatigue, postoperative pain, nausea, and surgical site infection. The ability to administer standard intravenous platinum-based chemotherapy after HIPEC was uncompromised. Cisplatin administered as HIPEC at a dose of 100 mg/m(2) has an acceptable safety profile in selected patients undergoing secondary cytoreductive surgery for platinum-sensitive recurrent EOC. Favorable pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of HIPEC with cisplatin were confirmed at all dose levels, especially at 100 mg/m(2). The results are encouraging to determine the efficacy of HIPEC as a complementary treatment in patients with EOC. © 2014 UICC.

  20. Glycolate adsorption at gold and platinum electrodes: A theoretical and in situ spectroelectrochemical study

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    Delgado, Jose Manuel; Blanco, Raquel; Orts, Jose Manuel; Perez, Juan Manuel [Departamento de Quimica Fisica e Instituto Universitario de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Rodes, Antonio, E-mail: Antonio.Rodes@ua.e [Departamento de Quimica Fisica e Instituto Universitario de Electroquimica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)


    The adsorption of glycolate anions at sputtered gold thin-film electrodes was studied in perchloric acid solutions by cyclic voltammetry experiments combined with in situ Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and Surface Enhanced Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy under attenuated total reflection conditions (ATR-SEIRAS). Theoretical harmonic vibrational frequencies and band intensities obtained from B3LYP/LANL2DZ,6-31+G(d) calculations for glycolate species adsorbed on Au clusters with (1 1 1) orientation were used to interpret the experimental spectra. Vibrational data confirm the bidentate bonding of glycolate anions through the oxygen atoms of the carboxylate group, in a bridge configuration with the OCO plane perpendicular to the metal surface. The DFT calculations show no significant effect of the total charge of the metal cluster-adsorbate adduct on the vibrational frequencies of adsorbed glycolate species. The infrared experimental study is extended to platinum films electrochemically deposited onto sputtered gold thin-film electrodes showing the potential-dependent formation of adsorbed CO upon dissociative adsorption of glycolate anions. As in the case of gold, the reversible adsorption of glycolate anions takes place in a bidentate configuration as predicted by DFT calculations for glycolate adsorbed on Pt(1 1 1) clusters. At low glycolic acid concentration, the in situ ATR-SEIRA spectra evidence the formation of adsorbed oxalate as reaction intermediate.

  1. Platinum polyoxoniobates. (United States)

    Abramov, P A; Vicent, C; Kompankov, N B; Gushchin, A L; Sokolov, M N


    Reaction of [Nb6O19](8-) with [Pt(OH)4(H2O)2] upon heating yielded first characterized platinum polyniobates. A dimeric complex [Nb6O19{Pt(OH)2}]2(12-) (1) is produced in a 1 : 1 molar ratio. Increasing the Pt/Nb6 molar ratio to 1 : 2 yields a mixture of 1 and a sandwich-type complex [Pt(Nb6O19)2](12-) (2).

  2. Theoretical studies on membranes and non-platinum catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Ushiyama, Hiroshi [Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan (Japan)


    Mechanism of proton transfer among high-density acid groups in the interface between organic and inorganic materials for polymer electrolyte fuel cells has been theoretically examined. It has been clearly shown that the interactions between the phosphate groups at the surface of the inorganic material, zirconium phosphate (ZrP), and the adsorbed water molecules are relatively large and a strong hydrogen-bond network is generated locally. Because of the strong interactions, water molecules can be attached to ZrP and the O–O distance becomes shorter than that in bulk water systems. Because of the short O–O distances and the delocalized charge of each atom, the activation energy of proton transfer at the ZrP surface decreases and causes high proton conductivity even under conditions of high temperature and low humidity. Based on the above studies, the origin of the high proton conductivity of hybrid electrolytes is also discussed. We will also discuss the mechanism of oxygen reduction reaction on non-platinum catalysts such as Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}.

  3. Nanolithographic Fabrication and Heterogeneous Reaction Studies ofTwo-Dimensional Platinum Model Catalyst Systems

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    Contreras, Anthony Marshall [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    In order to better understand the fundamental components that govern catalytic activity, two-dimensional model platinum nanocatalyst arrays have been designed and fabricated. These catalysts arrays are meant to model the interplay of the metal and support important to industrial heterogeneous catalytic reactions. Photolithography and sub-lithographic techniques such as electron beam lithography, size reduction lithography and nanoimprint lithography have been employed to create these platinum nanoarrays. Both in-situ and ex-situ surface science techniques and catalytic reaction measurements were used to correlate the structural parameters of the system to catalytic activity.

  4. Kinetic study and growth behavior of template-based electrodeposited platinum nanotubes controlled by overpotential

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    Yousefi, E. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., P.O.Box 11155-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dolati, A., E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., P.O.Box 11155-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Imanieh, I. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., P.O.Box 11155-9466, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yashiro, H.; Kure-Chu, S.-Z. [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka, Iwate, 020-8551 (Japan)


    Platinum nanotubes (PtNTs) are fabricated by potentiostatic electrodeposition at various overpotentials (−200 up to −400 mV versus SCE) in polycarbonate templates (PCTs) with pore diameter of 200 nm in a solution containing 5 mM H{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6} and 0.1 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. The synthesized PtNTs are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The electrochemical growth mechanism within nanoscopic pores and the relationship between morphological variations and kinetic parameters are investigated for the first time. It is shown that more porous structure of nanotubes forms at high overpotentials possibly due to preferably nucleation. The kinetics of electrodeposition process is studied by electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The linear diffusion coefficient at the early stage of the deposition and the radial diffusion coefficients at steady state regime are calculated as D = 8.39 × 10{sup −5} and 2.33–13.26 × 10{sup −8} cm{sup 2}/s, respectively. The synthesized PtNT electrode is tested as electrocatalyst for hydrogen peroxide oxidation in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) and shows a sensitivity as high as 2.89 mA per 1 μM that is an indication to its enlarged electrochemical surface area. - Highlights: • PtNT is electrodeposited in a 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane-modified PCT. • The electrochemical growth mechanism within nanoscopic pores is discussed. • The kinetics of PtNT electrodeposition is studied based on models for UME arrays. • Relationship between morphological variations vs. kinetic parameters is studied.

  5. Computational study of platinum nanoparticle deposition on the surfaces of crevices

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    Gu, H.F., E-mail: [Laboratory for Thermal-Hydraulics, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Harbin Engineering University, 150001 Harbin (China); Niceno, B. [Laboratory for Thermal-Hydraulics, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Grundler, P.V. [Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Sharabi, M. [Laboratory for Thermal-Hydraulics, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Mechanical Power Engineering Department, Mansoura University, 35516 Mansoura (Egypt); Veleva, L. [Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Hot Laboratory Division, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Ritter, S. [Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)


    Highlights: • Nano-particle deposition on the surface of crevices is studied using RANS simulation. • Model results are validated by comparing with experimental data. • Behaviours and mechanisms of particle deposition in different crevices are analyzed. • RANS models with Lagrangian particle tracking method are evaluated and discussed. - Abstract: A well-known issue in boiling water reactors (BWR), which can threaten their structural integrity, is stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of reactor internals and recirculation pipes due to the accumulation of oxidizing radiolysis products of water. Currently, many operators of BWRs use combined platinum particle and hydrogen injection into the reactor water to mitigate SCC by lowering the electrochemical corrosion potential. It is essential for efficient mitigation that Pt particles reach all water-wetted surfaces, including crevices and cracks, which are also reached by the oxidizing species. In this study, a set of crevices with different widths and orientations with respect to the fluid flow are investigated using numerical simulation tools and compared against experimental findings. The Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes models are used to compute the mean turbulent flow quantities in three-dimensional crevices, and the discrete random walk model is used to evaluate the effect of velocity fluctuations on particle movement. The Lagrangian particle tracking analysis is performed and the average concentration of deposited particles on the surface of crevices is evaluated and compared with experimental results. The results show that Reynolds stress model combined with enhanced wall treatment provides a more accurate prediction of particle concentration and distribution on the surface of crevices than SST k–ω turbulence model, which was expected, owing to the anisotropic nature of the Reynolds stress model. Furthermore, analyses on the particle deposition shows that three different mechanisms play important roles in

  6. Improved Surface Patterned Platinum Microelectrodes for the Study of Exocytotic Events


    Berberian, Khajak; Kisler, Kassandra; Fang, Qinghua; Lindau, Manfred


    Surface patterned platinum microelectrodes (PtEs) insulated with 300 nm thick fused silica were fabricated using contact photolithography. These electrodes exhibit low noise and were used for monitoring single vesicle exocytosis from chromaffin cells by constant potential amperometry as well as fast scan cyclic voltammetry. Amperometric spike parameters were consistent with those obtained with conventional carbon fiber electrodes (CFEs). Catecholamine voltammograms acquired with PtEs exhibite...

  7. Fabrication and reliability study of a double spiral platinum-based MEMS hotplate (United States)

    Prasad, Mahanth; Arya, Dhairya Singh; Khanna, Vinod Kumar


    A MEMS hotplate consisting of a double spiral platinum-based element was designed and simulated using MEMS-CAD tool COVENTORWARE. A platinum resistor of 115 Ω was fabricated on a 0.6 μm-thick SiO2 membrane of size 120 μm×120 μm. The hotplate consumes 54 mW when heated up to 756°C. The temperature coefficient of resistance of platinum was measured and found to be 2.19×10-3/°C. The fabrication and reliability testing of the hotplate are described. The test results show that the hotplate can continuously operate at 580°C for 5.5 h and it can sustain at least 60 cycles of pulse-mode operation at 530°C with very low temperature and resistance drifts. The maximum current capability of the hotplate was found to be 13.4 mA without any damage to the structure.

  8. A pilot study using [sup 99m]Tc to measure lead and platinum in the human kidney

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    Todd, A.C.; Chettle, D.R.; Scott, M.C.; Somervaille, L.J. (Birmimgham Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Physics and Space Research); Braithwaite, R.A. (Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham (United Kingdom)); Beaney, R.P.; Buxton, E.J. (Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (United Kingdom))


    A pilot study has been conducted to investigate the hypothesis that the chemotherapeutic drug, cisplatinum, can mobilize skeletal lead. In vivo measurements of lead and platinum in the kidney of chemotherapy patients were performed with the technique of X-ray fluorescence, using [sup 99m]Tc in a backscatter geometry. The results of the pilot study were inconclusive; the majority of patients exhibited no evidence of kidney lead at the level of system sensitivity, and negligible blood and urine lead levels. (Author).

  9. A phase 1b study of trebananib in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin or topotecan in women with recurrent platinum-resistant or partially platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Vergote, Ignace; Schilder, Russell J; Pippitt, Charles H; Wong, Shirley; Gordon, Alan N; Scudder, Sidney; Kridelka, Frederic; Dirix, Luc; Leach, Joseph W; Ananda, Sumitra; Nanayakkara, Nuwan; Melara, Rebeca; Bass, Michael B; Litten, Jason; Adewoye, Henry; Wenham, Robert M


    To examine the tolerability and antitumor activity of trebananib plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) or topotecan in recurrent platinum-resistant or partially platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. In this open-label phase 1b study, patients received trebananib 10 mg/kg or 15 mg/kg IV QW plus PLD 50 mg/m(2) (cohorts A1 and A3, respectively) or topotecan 4 mg/m(2) (cohorts B1 and B3, respectively). Endpoints were dose-limiting toxicity (DLT; primary); treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs), overall response rate, anti-trebananib antibodies, and pharmacokinetics (secondary). 103 patients were enrolled. One patient in A1 and B1 had DLTs. Across all cohorts, the most common AEs were nausea, fatigue, and peripheral edema. Across both trebananib plus PLD cohorts (A1/A3), grade 4 AEs were pulmonary embolism, disease progression, and anemia. Two patients had grade 5 intestinal perforation (n=1) and sudden death (n=1). Across both trebananib plus topotecan cohorts (B1/B3), grade 4 AEs were neutropenia, hypokalemia, decreased granulocyte count, chest pain, dyspnea, decreased neutrophil count, and pulmonary embolism. Two patients had grade 5 disease progression. One patient had grade 5 pleural effusion associated with progressive disease. Confirmed objective response rates were 36.0% (A1), 34.8% (A3), 16.7% (B1), and 0.0% (B3). Median progression-free survival duration (months) was 7.4 (A1), 7.1 (A3), 3.5 (B1), and 3.1 (B3), respectively. No drug-drug interactions were apparent. Trebananib 10mg/kg and 15 mg/kg IV QW plus PLD or topotecan appear to have acceptable toxicity profiles in recurrent platinum-resistant or partially platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. Antitumor activity was evident across all cohorts. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Phase 1/2 Study of Atrasentan Combined with Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin in Platinum-Resistant Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

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    Petronella O. Witteveen


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer overexpresses ET-1, and in vitro studies have shown that ET-1 confers resistance to anthracycline-containing chemotherapy. Atrasentan has been developed as an oral selective endothelin-A receptor antagonist. The objective of the study was to investigate the feasibility and toxicity of adding increasing doses of atrasentan (to a maximum of 10 mg/d and liposomal doxorubicin in patients with progressive ovarian cancer, refractory for platinum and paclitaxel. METHODS:Patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer were treated with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD 50 mg/m2 on day 1 (and repeated every 4 weeks in combination with escalating doses of atrasentan once daily. The starting dose was 2.5 mg and escalated in cohorts of three patients from 5 to 10 mg. RESULTS:Twenty-six patients (mean age = 60 years, range = 42–74 years were treated at the three dose levels. Atrasentan could be safely administered in combination at a dose of 10 mg. All patients were evaluable for toxicity, and 19 patients, included in the phase 2 period, were evaluable for response. Adverse events included nausea, vomiting, mucositis, skin toxicity, and rhinitis. Clinical cardiac toxicity, intensively monitored, was not observed, although two patients had a decrease in cardiac ejection fraction. Three objective responses were observed and another six patients had stable disease with a median time to progression of 14 weeks and an overall survival of 13.1 months. CONCLUSIONS:The addition of atrasentan to standard dose PLD in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer is feasible with some suggestion of prolonged survival.

  11. Physisorption of an organometallic platinum complex on silica. An ab initio study


    Shen, Juan; Muthukumar, Kaliappan; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valenti, Roser


    The interaction of trimethyl methylcyclopentadienyl platinum (MeCpPtMe3) with a fully hydroxylated SiO2 surface has been explored by means of ab initio calculations. A large slab model cut out from the hydroxylated beta-cristobalite SiO2 (111) surface was chosen to simulate a silica surface. Density functional theory calculations were performed to evaluate the energies of MeCpPtMe3 adsorption to the SiO2 surface. Our results show that the physisorption of the molecule is dependent on both (i)...

  12. Symmetry Breaking in Platinum Acetylide Chromophores Studied by Femtosecond Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy (United States)


    phenyl- ethynyl) platinum(II) PE1′, representing the Pt-core chromo- phore, are also shown. We note that PE1′ has a glass -transition temperature Tg =−91...μJ for λSHS and 5−10 μJ for λSHI. A linear polarizer along with a stack of color glass filters blocked residual wavelengths in the OPA output beam. A...PH1 and PH2, pinholes to guide the excitation beam; L1, focusing lens; M1, spherical mirror to collect the fluorescence. (c) NLT experiment: L2

  13. Phase II study of the combination of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin and topotecan in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Verhaar-Langereis, M; Karakus, A; van Eijkeren, M; Voest, E; Witteveen, E


    The combination of liposomal doxorubicin and topotecan was evaluated in a phase II study in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Twenty-seven patients received liposomal doxorubicin (30 mg/m(2)) infused at day 1, followed by topotecan (1 mg/m(2)) infusion daily for 5 days. Cycles were repeated every 21 days. This combination regimen showed an overall response rate of 28%. Median time to progression was 30 weeks, with a median overall survival of 40 weeks. Grade 3/4 neutropenia was shown in 70% of patients and grade 3/4 thrombopenia in 41% of patients. Neutropenic fever was reported in 11% of patients. After reviewing the first 12 patients, the internal review board decided to administer topotecan at a dose of 0.75 mg/m(2) and liposomal doxorubicin at 40 mg/m(2) for the remainder of the study. However, this adjustment did not lead to reduction in bone marrow toxicity nor to an improvement in dose intensity. Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia and mucositis were more reported in the second cohort but usually mild. The combination of liposomal doxorubicin and topotecan demonstrates favorable response data in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. However, substantial bone marrow toxicity limits further clinical use.

  14. Phosphorus adlayers on Platinum (110) (United States)

    Heikkinen, Olli; Riihimäki, Ari; Sainio, Jani; Lahtinen, Jouko


    Platinum is a metal utilized in many applications. Its catalytic activity can be decreased due to chemical poisoning caused e.g. by phosphorus. To gain more understanding of its poisoning, we present a study of phosphorus adsorption on a platinum (110) single crystal surface. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we have found that the adsorbate coverage saturates at around 3 monolayers. Annealing the phosphorus-covered platinum surface at 750 °C gives rise to three different ordered adlayer structures, with symmetries of 2 × 3, 11 × 4 and √{ 2} × 1 , from the lowest to the highest coverage, detected with low-energy electron diffraction. We have studied the sample topography with scanning tunnelling microscopy. We also present a tentative model for the observed structures and their evolution.

  15. Chemometric study on the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid using platinum and boron-doped diamond anode. (United States)

    Zhang, Chunyong; He, Zhenzhu; Wu, Jingyu; Fu, Degang


    This study investigated the electrochemical incineration of nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) at boron-doped diamond (BDD) and platinum (Pt) anodes. Trials were performed in the presence of sulfate electrolyte media under recirculation mode. The parameters that influence the degradation efficiency were investigated, including applied current density, flow rate, supporting electrolyte concentration and reaction time. To reduce the number of experiments, the system had been managed under chemometric technique named Doehlert matrix. As a consequence, the mineralization of NTA demonstrated similar behavior upon operating parameters on these two anodes. Further kinetic study indicated that the degradations followed pseudo-first-order reactions for both BDD and Pt anodes, and the reaction rate constant of the former was found to be higher than that of the latter. Such difference could be interpreted by results from fractal analysis. In addition, a reaction sequence for NTA mineralization considering all the detected intermediates was also proposed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Comparative study of hematological responses to platinum group metals, antimony and silver nanoparticles in animal models. (United States)

    Newkirk, Catherine E; Gagnon, Zofia E; Pavel Sizemore, Ioana E


    Research was conducted to examine the hematological effects of heavy metals (platinum (Pt ((IV))), palladium (Pd ((II))), rhodium (Rh ((III))), antimony (Sb ((III)) and Sb ((V))), and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)) on white blood cells in mammalian (rat) and avian (chick embryo) models. These metals are used in many everyday products and are accumulating in our environment. Six-week old Sprague-Dawley female rats were treated daily by gavage and six-day old, fertile, specific pathogen-free white leghorn strain chick embryos' eggs were injected on days 7 and 14 of incubation with 0.0, 1.0, 5.0 or 10.0 ppm concentrations of Pt ((IV)) and a platinum group metal (PGM) mix of Pt ((IV)), Pd ((II)) and Rh ((III)). Chick embryos were also tested with 1.0 or 5.0 ppm of antimony compounds (Sb ((III)) and Sb ((V))) and 0.0, 15.0, 30.0, 60.0, or 100.0 ppm of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). After 8 weeks of treatment, blood was obtained from the rats by jugular cut down and from chick embryos on day 20 of incubation by heart puncture. Blood smears were made and stained and a differential white cell count was performed on each. Examination of the smears revealed unconventional dose responses, stimulation of the immune response, and decreases in leukocyte production with various metals and concentrations. Chick embryos responded differently than rats to Pt and the PGM mix; suggesting that species differences and/or stage of development are important components of response to heavy metals. Route of administration of the metals might also influence the response. All of the heavy metals tested affected the immune responses of the tested animals as demonstrated by changes in the types and numbers of leukocytes. Our findings warrant further research to determine the mechanism of these effects and to understand and prevent toxicological effects in humans and other living organisms.

  17. Phase II study of bevacizumab with liposomal doxorubicin for patients with platinum- and taxane-resistant ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Verschraegen, C F; Czok, S; Muller, C Y; Boyd, L; Lee, S J; Rutledge, T; Blank, S; Pothuri, B; Eberhardt, S; Muggia, F


    Suppression of neoangiogenesis and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) each contribute to the management of platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancer. The aim of this study is to test the combination of bevacizumab and PLD in women with resistant or refractory ovarian cancer. Eligibility criteria were no more than two prior treatments with platinum-containing regimens and one additional regimen, without anthracyclines. Treatment was administered every 3 weeks (bevacizumab 15 mg/kg beginning on cycle 2 and PLD 30 mg/m(2)). The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) at 6 months; the secondary end points included side-effects, overall response rates (ORR) and survival (OS). Forty-six patients were enrolled. The average number of courses administered was 7. The median PFS was 6.6 months (range 1-24.6 months) according to Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup Committee (GCIC) criteria and 7.8 months (range 2-13.3 months) according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). The median OS was 33.2 months (range 3-37.5+ months). The ORR was 30.2% [95% confidence interval (CI) 17.2-46.1] and the clinical benefit rate (CBR) was 86.1% (95% CI 72.1-94.7). Adverse events included mucosal and dermal erosions (30% grade 3) and asymptomatic cardiac dysfunction. Additional toxic effects included hypertension, headache, renal dysfunction and proteinuria, wound healing delay, and one episode each of central nervous system (CNS) ischemia and hemolytic uremic syndrome. PLD with bevacizumab has improved activity in recurrent ovarian cancer with increased toxicity.

  18. Circular dichroism spectroscopy study of crystalline-to-amorphous transformation in chiral platinum(II) complexes. (United States)

    Zhang, Xiao-Peng; Wu, Tao; Liu, Jian; Zhao, Jin-Cheng; Li, Cheng-Hui; You, Xiao-Zeng


    Two couples of enantiomeric platinum(II) complexes: Pt(L1a )Cl (1a), Pt(L1b )Cl (1b) and Pt(L1a )(C ≡ C - Ph) (2a), Pt(L1b )(C ≡ C - Ph) (2b) (L1a  = (+)-1,3-di-(2-(4,5-pinene)pyridyl)benzene, L1b  = (-)-1,3-di-(2-(4,5-pinene)pyridyl)benzene) were synthesized and characterized. Their absolute configurations were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction and further verified by circular dichroism (CD) spectra (including electronic circular dichroism [ECD] and vibrational circular dichroism [VCD]). These complexes show interesting mechanoluminescence and/or vapoluminescence due to crystalline-to-amorphous transformation. The crystalline solids, grinding-induced amorphous powders, and vapor-induced amorphous powders of complexes 2a and 2b were comparatively investigated by solid-state ECD and VCD spectra. The transformation from crystalline solids to amorphous powders was accompanied by significant variances of the spectral feature in both ECD and VCD spectra. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Improved Surface Patterned Platinum Microelectrodes for the Study of Exocytotic Events (United States)

    Berberian, Khajak; Kisler, Kassandra; Fang, Qinghua; Lindau, Manfred


    Surface patterned platinum microelectrodes (PtEs) insulated with 300 nm thick fused silica were fabricated using contact photolithography. These electrodes exhibit low noise and were used for monitoring single vesicle exocytosis from chromaffin cells by constant potential amperometry as well as fast scan cyclic voltammetry. Amperometric spike parameters were consistent with those obtained with conventional carbon fiber electrodes (CFEs). Catecholamine voltammograms acquired with PtEs exhibited redox peaks with full width at half maximum of ~45 mV, much sharper than those of CFE recordings. The time course of voltammetrically measured release events was similar for PtEs and CFEs. The fused silica insulated PtEs allowed incorporation of micrometer precision surface patterned poly-D-lysine (PDL). PDL-functionalized devices were applied to stimulate mast cells and record single release events without serotonin pre-loading. Microfabricated PtEs are thus able to record single exocytotic events with high resolution and should be suitable for highly parallel electrode arrays allowing simultaneous measurements of single events from multiple cells. PMID:19780579

  20. An open-label phase 2 study of twice-weekly bortezomib and intermittent pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in patients with ovarian cancer failing platinum-containing regimens. (United States)

    Parma, Gabriella; Mancari, Rosanna; Del Conte, Gianluca; Scambia, Giovanni; Gadducci, Angiolo; Hess, Dagmar; Katsaros, Dionyssios; Sessa, Cristiana; Rinaldi, Andrea; Bertoni, Francesco; Vitali, Andrea; Catapano, Carlo Vittorio; Marsoni, Silvia; van de Velde, Helgi; Colombo, Nicoletta


    Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) is an established treatment for relapsed ovarian cancer. Preclinical and clinical evidences in other tumor types suggest that the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib can act synergistically with PLD. Patients with relapsed ovarian cancer (N = 58), previously treated with platinum (100%) and taxane (95%), received bortezomib, 1.3 mg/m intravenous (days 1, 4, 8, and 11), and PLD, 30 mg/m intravenous (day 1), every 3 weeks. Tumor responses were assessed using Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors and Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup criteria. An optimal 2-stage design was implemented. Gene expression profiling in peripheral blood was characterized before and during treatment in 10 platinum-sensitive patients enrolled in stage 2 of the study. Median number of bortezomib-PLD cycles was 3.5. Of 38 patients in the platinum-sensitive group, 9 responses were observed (median duration, 4.8 months). The platinum-resistant group was closed at stage 1 owing to lack of response. Toxicity was moderate and mainly consisted of hematologic, gastrointestinal, and mucositis events. Of the total 58 patients, peripheral neuropathy was reported in 9 patients (none were grade 3). Transcription profiling identified the prevalence of genes associated with ribonucleoprotein complexes, RNA processing, and protein translation. The gene expression changes were more robust in patients who responded or had stable disease compared with patients who had progressive disease. The combination of bortezomib and PLD was well tolerated, but the antitumor activity is insufficient to warrant further investigation in ovarian cancer.

  1. A randomized phase II study of carboplatin plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin versus carboplatin plus paclitaxel in platinum sensitive ovarian cancer patients: a Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group study

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    Briasoulis Evangelos


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Platinum-based combinations are the standard second-line treatment for platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (OC. This randomized phase II study was undertaken in order to compare the combination of carboplatin and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (LD with carboplatin and paclitaxel (CP in this setting. Methods Patients with histologically confirmed recurrent OC, at the time of or more than 6 months after platinum-based chemotherapy, were randomized to six cycles of CP (carboplatin AUC5 + paclitaxel 175 mg/m2, d1q21 or CLD (carboplatin AUC5 + pegylated LD 45 mg/m2, d1q28. Results A total of 189 eligible patients (CP 96, CLD 93, with a median age of 63 years, median Performance Status (PS 0 and a median platinum free interval (PFI of 16.5 months, entered the study. Discontinuation due to toxicity was higher in the CP patients (13.5% versus 3%, P = 0.016. The overall response rate was similar: CP 58% versus CLD 51%, P = 0.309 (Complete Response; CR 34% versus 23% and there was no statistical difference in time-to-progression (TTP or overall survival (OS; TTP 10.8 months CP versus 11.8 CLD, P = 0.904; OS 29.4 months CP versus 24.7 CLD, P = 0.454. No toxic deaths were recorded. Neutropenia was the most commonly seen severe toxicity (CP 30% versus CLD 35%. More frequent in CLD were severe thrombocytopenia (11% versus 2%, P = 0.016, skin toxicity and Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (PPE grade 1-2 (38% versus 9%, PP = 0.029, 20% versus 5%, P = 0.003. PS and PFI were independent prognostic factors for TTP and OS. Conclusions The combination of pegylated LD with carboplatin is effective, showing less neurotoxicity and alopecia than paclitaxel-carboplatin. It thus warrants a further phase III evaluation as an alternative treatment option for platinum-sensitive OC patients. Trial Registration Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12609000436279

  2. Characterization of electrochemically modified polycrystalline platinum surfaces

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    Krebs, Leonard C. [State Univ. of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, NY (United States); Ishida, Takanobu [State Univ. of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, NY (United States)


    The characterization of electrochemically modified polycrystalline platinum surfaces has been accomplished through the use of four major electrochemical techniques. These were chronoamperometry, chronopotentiommetry, cyclic voltammetry, and linear sweep voltammetry. A systematic study on the under-potential deposition of several transition metals has been performed. The most interesting of these were: Ag, Cu, Cd, and Pb. It was determined, by subjecting the platinum electrode surface to a single potential scan between -0.24 and +1.25 VSCE while stirring the solution, that the electrocatalytic activity would be regenerated. As a consequence of this study, a much simpler method for producing ultra high purity water from acidic permanganate has been developed. This method results in water that surpasses the water produced by pyrocatalytic distillation. It has also been seen that the wettability of polycrystalline platinum surfaces is greatly dependent on the quantity of oxide present. Oxide-free platinum is hydrophobic and gives a contact angle in the range of 55 to 62 degrees. We have also modified polycrystalline platinum surface with the electrically conducting polymer poly-ρ-phenylene. This polymer is very stable in dilute sulfuric acid solutions, even under applied oxidative potentials. It is also highly resistant to electrochemical hydrogenation. The wettability of the polymer modified platinum surface is severely dependent on the choice of supporting electrolyte chosen for the electrochemical polymerization. Tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate produces a film that is as hydrophobic as Teflon, whereas tetraethylammonium perchlorate produces a film that is more hydrophilic than oxide-free platinum.

  3. Characterization of electrochemically modified polycrystalline platinum surfaces

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    Krebs, L.C.; Ishida, Takanobu.


    The characterization of electrochemically modified polycrystalline platinum surfaces has been accomplished through the use of four major electrochemical techniques. These were chronoamperometry, chronopotentiommetry, cyclic voltammetry, and linear sweep voltammetry. A systematic study on the under-potential deposition of several transition metals has been performed. The most interesting of these were: Ag, Cu, Cd, and Pb. It was determined, by subjecting the platinum electrode surface to a single potential scan between {minus}0.24 and +1.25 V{sub SCE} while stirring the solution, that the electrocatalytic activity would be regenerated. As a consequence of this study, a much simpler method for producing ultra high purity water from acidic permanganate has been developed. This method results in water that surpasses the water produced by pyrocatalytic distillation. It has also been seen that the wettability of polycrystalline platinum surfaces is greatly dependent on the quantity of oxide present. Oxide-free platinum is hydrophobic and gives a contact angle in the range of 55 to 62 degrees. We have also modified polycrystalline platinum surface with the electrically conducting polymer poly-{rho}-phenylene. This polymer is very stable in dilute sulfuric acid solutions, even under applied oxidative potentials. It is also highly resistant to electrochemical hydrogenation. The wettability of the polymer modified platinum surface is severely dependent on the choice of supporting electrolyte chosen for the electrochemical polymerization. Tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate produces a film that is as hydrophobic as Teflon, whereas tetraethylammonium perchlorate produces a film that is more hydrophilic than oxide-free platinum.

  4. Dissolution of Platinum in Hydrochloric Acid Under Industrial-Scale Alternating Current Polarization (United States)

    Myrzabekov, B. E.; Bayeshov, A. B.; Makhanbetov, A. B.; Mishra, B.; Baigenzhenov, O. S.


    The electrochemical behavior of platinum in a hydrochloric acid solution under polarization by an industrial-scale alternating current has been investigated. For the electrical dissolution of platinum, titanium is used as an auxiliary electrode, which increases the yield of platinum dissolution by 12.5 pct. The influence of the concentration of hydrochloric acid, the current densities of the platinum and titanium electrodes, and the temperature of the electrolyte on the efficiency of the process of dissolving platinum have all been studied.

  5. Elaboration, physical and electrochemical characterizations of CO tolerant PEMFC anode materials. Study of platinum-molybdenum and platinum-tungsten alloys and composites; Elaborations et caracterisations electrochimiques et physiques de materiaux d'anode de PEMFC peu sensibles a l'empoisonnement par CO: etude d'alliages et de composites a base de platine-molybdene et de platine-tungstene

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    Peyrelade, E.


    PEMFC development is hindered by the CO poisoning ability of the anode platinum catalyst. It has been previously shown that the oxidation potential of carbon monoxide adsorbed on the platinum atoms can be lowered using specific Pt based catalysts, either metallic alloys or composites. The objective is then to realize a catalyst for which the CO oxidation is compatible with the working potential of a PEMFC anode. In our approach, to enhance the CO tolerance of platinum based catalyst supported on carbon, we studied platinum-tungsten and platinum-molybdenum alloys and platinum-metal oxide materials (Pt-WO{sub x} and Pt-MoO{sub x}). The platinum based alloys demonstrate a small effect of the second metal towards the oxidation of carbon monoxide. The platinum composites show a better tolerance to carbon monoxide. Electrochemical studies on both Pt-MoO{sub x} and Pt-WO{sub x} demonstrate the ability of the metal-oxides to promote the ability of Pt to oxidize CO at low potentials. However, chrono-amperometric tests reveal a bigger influence of the tungsten oxide. Complex chemistry reactions on the molybdenum oxide surface make it more difficult to observe. (author)

  6. Structural, spectroscopic and quantum chemical studies of acetyl hydrazone oxime and its palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes (United States)

    Kaya, Yunus; Icsel, Ceyda; Yilmaz, Veysel T.; Buyukgungor, Orhan


    Acetyl hydrazone oxime, [(1E,2E)-2-(hydroxyimino)-1-phenylethylidene]acetohydrazone (hipeahH2) and its palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes, [M(hipeahH)2] (M = PdII and PtII), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, UV-vis IR, NMR and LC-MS techniques. X-ray diffraction analysis of [Pd(hipeahH)2] shows that the two hipeahH2 ligands are not equal; one of the ligands loses the hydrazone proton, while the other one loses the oxime proton, resulting in a different coordination behavior to form five- and six-membered chelate rings. The molecular geometries from X-ray experiments in the ground state were compared using the density functional theory (DFT) with the B3LYP method combined with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set for the ligand and the LanL2DZ basis set for the complexes. Comprehensive theoretical and experimental structural studies on the molecule have been carried out by FT-IR, NMR and UV-vis spectrometry. In addition, the isomer studies of ligand and its complexes were made by DFT.

  7. Phase 1b safety study of farletuzumab, carboplatin and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in patients with platinum-sensitive epithelial ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Kim, Kenneth H; Jelovac, Danijela; Armstrong, Deborah K; Schwartz, Benjamin; Weil, Susan C; Schweizer, Charles; Alvarez, Ronald D


    Farletuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to folate receptor alpha, over-expressed in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) but largely absent in normal tissue. Previously, carboplatin plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin showed superior progression-free survival and an improved therapeutic index compared with carboplatin/paclitaxel in relapsed platinum-sensitive EOC. This study assessed safety of farletuzumab/carboplatin/pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in women with platinum-sensitive recurrent EOC. This multicenter, single-arm study enrolled patients with platinum-sensitive EOC in first or second relapse for treatment with weekly farletuzumab 2.5mg/kg plus carboplatin AUC5-6 and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin 30mg/m(2) every 4weeks for 6cycles. Subsequently, maintenance with single-agent farletuzumab 2.5mg/kg once weekly or farletuzumab 7.5mg/kg once every three weeks continued until progression. The primary objective was to assess the safety of farletuzumab/carboplatin/pegylated liposomal doxorubicin. Fifteen patients received a median of 12.0cycles (range, 3-26) of farletuzumab as combination therapy or maintenance, for a median of 45.0weeks (range 9-95). Farletuzumab/carboplatin/pegylated liposomal doxorubicin was generally well tolerated, with no farletuzumab-related grades 3-4 adverse events. The most commonly reported adverse events were associated with combination chemotherapy: fatigue (73.3%), nausea (46.7%), and neutropenia (40%). Ten patients had grade ≥3 adverse events, most frequently neutropenia and fatigue. No cardiac toxicity was seen. Best overall responses (RECIST) were a complete response for one patient, partial responses for 10 patients, and stable disease for four patients. Farletuzumab plus carboplatin/pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in women with platinum-sensitive EOC demonstrated a safety profile consistent with that of carboplatin plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc

  8. Study of the stability mechanism within shallow mining operations that will impact on the sustainability of platinum mines

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    Watson, BP


    Full Text Available Support in shallow platinum mining operations is typically provided by in-stope pillars with width-to-height ratios of 3:1. A significant percentage of ore reserves is locked up in these pillars, which reduces the life of mine. In the mid 1990s, a...

  9. Reactivity studies of pincer bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium under basic conditions

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    David C. Marelius


    Full Text Available Bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium (4 yield dimeric structures 6 when treated with sodium tert-butoxide in CH2Cl2. The use of a more polar solvent (THF and a strong base (LiN(iPr2 gave the lithium chloride adducts monobasic complex 7 or analogous dibasic complex 8.

  10. Real-world hospital costs for nonchemotherapy drugs and nondrug care associated with platinum-based doublets in the first-line setting for advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer in Chinese patients: a retrospective cohort study

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    Chen JH


    Full Text Available Jianhua Chen,1 Shengqi Wu,2 Chenping Hu,3 Yicheng Yang,4 Narayan Rajan,5 Yun Chen,4 Canjuan Yang,6 Jianfeng Li,6 Wendong Chen7 1Department of Medical Oncology, 2Department of Research and Education, Hunan Province Tumor Hospital, 3Department of Respiratory, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, 4Lilly Suzhou Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch, Shanghai, People's Republic of China; 5Global Health Outcomes Research, Eli Lilly and Co, Indianapolis, IN, USA; 6Division of Health Outcome Research, Normin Health Changsha Representative Office, Changsha, Hunan, People's Republic of China; 7Normin Health, Toronto, ON, Canada Objective: The objective of this study was to compare hospital costs per treatment cycle (HCTC for nonchemotherapy drugs and nondrug care associated with platinum-based doublets in the first-line setting for advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (AdvNS-NSCLC in Chinese patients. Methods: Patients receiving platinum-based doublets in the first-line setting for AdvNS-NSCLC from 2010 to 2012 in two Chinese tertiary hospitals were identified to create the retrospective study cohort. Propensity score methods were used to create matched treatment groups for head-to-head comparisons on HCTC between pemetrexed–platinum and other platinum-based doublets. Multiple linear regression analyses were performed to rank studied platinum-based doublets for their associations with the log10 scale of HCTC for nonchemotherapy drugs and nondrug care. Results: Propensity score methods created matched treatment groups for pemetrexed–platinum versus docetaxel–platinum (61 pairs, paclitaxel–platinum (39 pairs, gemcitabine–platinum (93 pairs, and vinorelbine–platinum (73 pairs, respectively. Even though the log10 scale of HCTC for nonchemotherapy drugs and nondrug care associated with pemetrexed–platinum was ranked lowest in all patients (coefficient –0.174, P=0.015, which included patients experiencing

  11. Remarkable NO oxidation on single supported platinum atoms (United States)

    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Allard, Lawrence F.; Stocks, G. M.; Moses-DeBusk, Melanie


    Our first-principles density functional theoretical modeling suggests that NO oxidation is feasible on fully oxidized single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms via a modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood pathway. This is in contrast to the known decrease in NO oxidation activity of supported platinum with decreasing Pt particle size believed to be due to increased platinum oxidation. In order to validate our theoretical study, we evaluated single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms and found them to exhibit remarkable NO oxidation activity. A comparison of turnover frequencies (TOF) of single supported Pt atoms with those of platinum particles for NO oxidation shows that single supported Pt atoms are as active as fully formed platinum particles. Thus, the overall picture of NO oxidation on supported Pt is that NO oxidation activity decreases with decreasing Pt particle size but accelerates when Pt is present only as single atoms. PMID:25429995

  12. Remarkable NO oxidation on single supported platinum atoms. (United States)

    Narula, Chaitanya K; Allard, Lawrence F; Stocks, G M; Moses-DeBusk, Melanie


    Our first-principles density functional theoretical modeling suggests that NO oxidation is feasible on fully oxidized single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms via a modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood pathway. This is in contrast to the known decrease in NO oxidation activity of supported platinum with decreasing Pt particle size believed to be due to increased platinum oxidation. In order to validate our theoretical study, we evaluated single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms and found them to exhibit remarkable NO oxidation activity. A comparison of turnover frequencies (TOF) of single supported Pt atoms with those of platinum particles for NO oxidation shows that single supported Pt atoms are as active as fully formed platinum particles. Thus, the overall picture of NO oxidation on supported Pt is that NO oxidation activity decreases with decreasing Pt particle size but accelerates when Pt is present only as single atoms.

  13. Study of the re-dispersion of platinum containing bimetallic phases supported on chlorinated or neutralized alumina; Etude de la redispersion de phases bimetalliques a base de platine supportees sur alumine chloree ou neutralisee

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    Cholley, T.


    The re-dispersion by oxy-chlorination of platinum-tin catalysts supported on alumina constitute the matter of this work. Influence of parameters like the nature of the platinum-tin phases and particles size has been examined. The use of organometallic precursors has allowed an optimum control of the preparation and of the particles growth of the catalysts. Characterization by programmed temperature reduction (TPR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Moessbauer spectroscopy, near-edge absorption spectra (XANES) and X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) has led to a better understanding of the phenomena ruling the tin reducibility. Sintering has been studied, showing that only platinum-tin alloy can sinter, while tin oxides are strongly stabilized by the support. It is shown similarly that oxy-chlorination of these catalysts causes the re-dispersion of the platinum and the platinum-tin alloy only. A re-dispersion mechanism through platinum-tin oxychloride species has been proposed. Furthermore, the main parameters influencing the re-dispersion have been highlighted. (author) 175 refs.

  14. Remarkable NO oxidation on single supported platinum atoms


    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Allard, Lawrence F.; Stocks, G. M.; Melanie Moses-DeBusk


    Our first-principles density functional theoretical modeling suggests that NO oxidation is feasible on fully oxidized single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms via a modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood pathway. This is in contrast to the known decrease in NO oxidation activity of supported platinum with decreasing Pt particle size believed to be due to increased platinum oxidation. In order to validate our theoretical study, we evaluated single θ-Al2O3 supported platinum atoms and found them to exhib...

  15. Metals in environmental media: A study of trace and platinum group ...

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    A detailed study has been conducted to determine the contamination of Thohoyandou roadside soils, vegetation, sewage and river waters by Zn, Cu, Cr, Pb, Cd, Fe, Pt and Pd. The study further investigated the correlation between these trace metals in roadside soils and vegetation in order to infer the potential impacts of ...

  16. Oxygen Reduction on Platinum

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    Nesselberger, Markus

    This thesis investigates the electro reduction of oxygen on platinum nanoparticles, which serve as catalyst in low temperature fuel cells. Kinetic studies on model catalysts as well as commercially used systems are presented in order to investigate the particle size effect, the particle proximity...... adsorption on Pt does not block the ORR directly. Instead, the onset of oxide formation with the concomitant conversion of the anion adsorbate layer is the decisive blocking mechanism....... effect and anion adsorption on the performance of Pt based electrocatalysts. The anion adsorption is additionally studied by in situ electrochemical infrared spectroscopy during the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). For this purpose an in situ FTIR setup in attenuated total refection (ATR) configuration....... The influence of the ion adsorption strength, which is observed in the “particle size studies” on the oxygen reduction rate on Pt/C catalysts, is further investigated under similar reaction conditions by infrared spectroscopy. The designed in situ electrochemical ATR-FTIR setup features a high level...

  17. A phase II study of irinotecan and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer (Tohoku Gynecologic Cancer Unit 104 study). (United States)

    Shoji, Tadahiro; Takatori, Eriko; Omi, Hideo; Kagabu, Masahiro; Honda, Tatsuya; Futagami, Masayuki; Yokoyama, Yoshihito; Kaiho, Michiko; Tokunaga, Hideki; Otsuki, Takeo; Takano, Tadao; Yaegashi, Nobuo; Kojimahara, Takanobu; Ohta, Tsuyoshi; Nagase, Satoru; Soeda, Shu; Watanebe, Takafumi; Nishiyama, Hiroshi; Sugiyama, Toru


    We report a phase II clinical study of the combination of irinotecan (CPT-11) and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in platinum- and taxane-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer, based on the recommended doses determined in a phase I trial. PLD was administered intravenously at a dose of 30 mg/m(2) on day 3. CPT-11 was administered intravenously at a dose of 80 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 15, according to the recommendations of the phase I study. A single course of chemotherapy lasted 28 days, and patients underwent at least 2 courses until disease progression. The primary endpoint was antitumor efficacy, and the secondary endpoints were adverse events, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). The response rate was 32.3% and the disease control rate was 64.5%. Grade 3 and 4 neutropenia, anemia, and a decrease in platelet count were observed in 17 (54.9%), 3 (9.7%), and 1 patient (3.2%), respectively. In terms of grade 3 or higher non-hematologic toxicities, grade 3 nausea occurred in 1 patient (3.2%), vomiting in 3 patients (9.7%), and grade 3 diarrhea and fatigue in 1 patient (3.2%). The median PFS and OS rates were 2 months and not reached, respectively. Of the 11 patients with a treatment-free interval (TFI) of ≥3 months, the response rate was 63.3%, and the median PFS was 7 months. The treatment outcomes for the 31 patients enrolled in this study were unsatisfactory. However, sub-analysis suggested that patients with a TFI of ≥3 months had a good response rate and PFS. This suggests that CPT-11/PLD combination therapy may be a chemotherapy option for platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer.

  18. The Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Reaction Studies of Monodisperse Platinum Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Oxide Materials

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    Rioux, Robert M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    A catalyst design program was implemented in which Pt nanoparticles, either of monodisperse size and/or shape were synthesized, characterized and studied in a number of hydrocarbon conversion reactions. The novel preparation of these materials enables exquisite control over their physical and chemical properties that could be controlled (and therefore rationally tuned) during synthesis. The ability to synthesize rather than prepare catalysts followed by thorough characterization enable accurate structure-function relationships to be elucidated. This thesis emphasizes all three aspects of catalyst design: synthesis, characterization and reactivity studies. The precise control of metal nanoparticle size, surface structure and composition may enable the development of highly active and selective heterogeneous catalysts.

  19. Phase 2 study of canfosfamide in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum and paclitaxel refractory or resistant epithelial ovarian cancer

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    Moore Carla L


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Canfosfamide is a novel glutathione analog activated by glutathione S-transferase P1-1. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of canfosfamide in combination with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD in patients with platinum resistant ovarian cancer. Patients with platinum resistant ovarian carcinoma and measurable disease received canfosfamide at 960 mg/m2 in combination with PLD at 50 mg/m2, intravenously day 1 in every 28 day cycles until tumor progression or unacceptable toxicities. The primary endpoints were objective response rate (ORR and progression-free survival (PFS. Results Canfosfamide plus PLD combination therapy was administered at 960/50 mg/m2, respectively. Thirty-nine patients received a median number of 4 cycles (range 1.0-18.0. The ORR was 27.8% (95% CI, 14.2-45.2 with a disease stabilization rate of 80.6% (95% CI, 64.0-91.8 in the evaluable population. The CA-125 marker responses correlated with the radiological findings of complete response or partial response. The median PFS was 6.0 months (95% CI, 4.2-7.9 and median survival was 17.8 months. The combination was well tolerated. Myelosuppression was managed with dose reductions and growth factor support. Grade 3 febrile neutropenia was observed in 2 patients (5.1%. Non-hematologic adverse events occurred at the expected frequency and grade for each drug alone, with no unexpected or cumulative toxicities. Conclusions Canfosfamide in combination with PLD is well tolerated and active in platinum and paclitaxel refractory or resistant ovarian cancer. A randomized phase 3 study was conducted based on this supportive phase 2 study. Trial Registration This study was registered at NCT00052065.

  20. Platinum adsorption on ceria: A comparative theoretical study of different surfaces

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    Ma, Dongwei, E-mail: [School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China); Li, Tingxian; Wang, Qinggao; Yang, Gui [School of Physics, Anyang Normal University, Anyang 455000 (China); He, Chaozheng, E-mail: [Physics and Electronic Engineering College, Nanyang Normal University, Nanyang 473061 (China); He, Bingling [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Xinxiang University, Xinxiang 453003 (China); Lu, Zhansheng; Yang, Zongxian [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007 (China)


    Graphical abstract: A comparative theoretical study on the Pt atom adsorption has been performed on the CeO{sub 2}(111), (110), and (100) surfaces. - Highlights: • A comparative theoretical study on the Pt atom adsorption on the different CeO{sub 2} surfaces has been performed. • The interaction strength of the Pt atom with the different CeO{sub 2} surfaces follows the stability order of these surfaces. • The aggregation trend of the Pt atom on the different CeO{sub 2} surfaces is discussed. • The formal oxidation state of the adsorbed Pt atom is closely related with its coordination number with respect to the O atoms. - Abstract: A comparative study, based on the density functional theory, on the adsorption of single Pt atoms on the CeO{sub 2}(111), (110), and (100) surfaces has been performed. According to the calculated adsorption energies, it is suggested that the deposited Pt atoms on the CeO{sub 2}(111) surface are easy to aggregate and form nanoparticles compared with those on the CeO{sub 2}(110) and (100) surfaces. Further, the interaction strength between Pt and the three CeO{sub 2} surfaces follows the order of (100) > (110) > (111). It is also found that there is a correlation between the formal oxidation state of the adsorbed Pt and its coordination number with respect to O. The Pt atom coordinated by one O atom on the CeO{sub 2} surfaces is only slightly charged and almost neutral, and that coordinately by four O atoms exclusively has the formal oxidation state of Pt{sup 2+}. The possible reasons for these findings have been discussed. And the present theoretical results have been compared with the available experimental reports. It is expected that our studies will give useful insights into the shape-dependent interaction between Pt with CeO{sub 2} nanocrystals and the shape-dependent oxidation state of the deposited Pt.

  1. Experience with trabectedin + pegylated liposomal doxorubicin for recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer unsuited to platinum rechallenge. (United States)

    Colombo, Nicoletta; Hardy-Bessard, Anne-Claire; Ferrandina, Gabriella; Marth, Christian; Romero, Ignacio


    As most patients with ovarian cancer experience multiple remissions and relapses, oncologists must prepare ahead for long-term treatment. While platinum-based regimens are standard of care for platinum-sensitive recurrence, there are circumstances in which platinum rechallenge is not the best approach. These situations include patients with limited sensitivity to platinum; patients with residual toxicity from previous platinum therapy; and patients at risk of developing hypersensitivity reactions. An alternative regimen for these patients is the non-platinum combination of trabectedin + pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD). Areas covered: In this review, case studies are presented to illustrate how careful strategic planning, in terms of therapeutic choices and optimal sequencing, can achieve good outcomes in difficult-to-treat patients. Expert commentary: Advantages with use of trabectedin + PLD in selected patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer include additional time to recover from platinum-related toxicities, avoidance of hypersensitivity reactions, and the 'sequence effect' by which trabectedin may enhance response to next platinum and prolong survival.

  2. Electronic structure and self-assembling processes in platinum metalloporphyrins: photoemission and AFM studies (United States)

    Belogorokhov, A. I.; Bozhko, S. I.; Chaika, A. N.; Ionov, A. M.; Trophimov, S. A.; Rumiantseva, V. D.; Vyalikh, D.


    The main goal of this paper is to investigate the electronic structure of valence band and core levels as well as surface topography of pristine tetraphenylporphyrin and Pt-based compounds Pt-TPP(p-COOH3)4, Pt-TPP(m-OCH3)4, PtCl2-TPP(m-OCH3)4 thin films. The electronic structure of various Pt-based metalloporphyrins which were investigated in dependence on their chemical structure and spectra were measured by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of valence band and Pt4f, Pt4d, C1s, O1s, N1s core levels. Results of atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of topography and self-assembling processes in thin films of porphyrines are presented and discussed.

  3. Structure and Dynamics of Individual Diastereomeric Complexes on Platinum: Surface Studies Related to Heterogeneous Enantioselective Catalysis. (United States)

    Dong, Yi; Goubert, Guillaume; Groves, Michael N; Lemay, Jean-Christian; Hammer, Bjørk; McBreen, Peter H


    The modification of heterogeneous catalysts through the chemisorption of chiral molecules is a method to create catalytic sites for enantioselective surface reactions. The chiral molecule is called a chiral modifier by analogy to the terms chiral auxiliary or chiral ligand used in homogeneous asymmetric catalysis. While there has been progress in understanding how chirality transfer occurs, the intrinsic difficulties in determining enantioselective reaction mechanisms are compounded by the multisite nature of heterogeneous catalysts and by the challenges facing stereospecific surface analysis. However, molecular descriptions have now emerged that are sufficiently detailed to herald rapid advances in the area. The driving force for the development of heterogeneous enantioselective catalysts stems, at the minimum, from the practical advantages they might offer over their homogeneous counterparts in terms of process scalability and catalyst reusability. The broader rewards from their study lie in the insights gained on factors controlling selectivity in heterogeneous catalysis. Reactions on surfaces to produce a desired enantiomer in high excess are particularly challenging since at room temperature, barrier differences as low as ∼2 kcal/mol between pathways to R and S products are sufficient to yield an enantiomeric ratio (er) of 90:10. Such small energy differences are comparable to weak interadsorbate interaction energies and are much smaller than chemisorption or even most physisorption energies. In this Account, we describe combined experimental and theoretical surface studies of individual diastereomeric complexes formed between chiral modifiers and prochiral reactants on the Pt(111) surface. Our work is inspired by the catalysis literature on the enantioselective hydrogenation of activated ketones on cinchona-modified Pt catalysts. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we probe the structures

  4. TDDFT study on recognition mechanism for the oxygen sensing of the cyclometalated platinum (II) complex (United States)

    Tong, Huan; Zhao, Zhengyan; Li, Guanglan; Gao, Liguo; Zhao, Ningjiu; Li, Peng; Jia, Yan; Zhou, Chenyang; Zhang, Mingzhen; Wang, Yong; Hao, Ce; Tang, Xiaoying


    The influence of oxygen molecule on the luminescent properties of a cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1, was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods. Analysis of frontier molecular orbitals and electronic configuration indicated that the highest-occupied molecular orbital of the Lxp1 has a significant mixture of metal Pt (d) as well as 2-phenylpyridine and acetyl acetone(π). The lowest-unoccupied orbital of the Lxp1 primarily locates on π* of 2-phenylpyridineligands. The emission mechanism of the cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1 is assigned to the mixing of ligand-to-metal charge transfer and ligand-to-ligand charge transfer. The emission mechanism of the Lxp1-O2 complex can be attributed to the charge transfer from the oxygen molecule to the luminescent material Lxp1. Our study showed that intermolecular hydrogen bonding between the Lxp1 and oxygen molecule was strengthened by the calculation of electronic excitation, leading to a luminescence-decreasing phenomenon. The calculation of the radiative and non-radiative decay rate constants of the Lxp1 and the Lxp1-O2 complex demonstrates that the phosphorescence from T1-S0 of the Lxp1 would alter to the internal conversion from T1-T0 of the Lxp1-O2 complex. This alteration further explains the luminescence quenching phenomenon of the cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1 after interacting with oxygen molecule.

  5. TDDFT study on recognition mechanism for the oxygen sensing of the cyclometalated platinum (II) complex. (United States)

    Tong, Huan; Zhao, Zhengyan; Li, Guanglan; Gao, Liguo; Zhao, Ningjiu; Li, Peng; Jia, Yan; Zhou, Chenyang; Zhang, Mingzhen; Wang, Yong; Hao, Ce; Tang, Xiaoying


    The influence of oxygen molecule on the luminescent properties of a cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1, was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods. Analysis of frontier molecular orbitals and electronic configuration indicated that the highest-occupied molecular orbital of the Lxp1 has a significant mixture of metal Pt (d) as well as 2-phenylpyridine and acetyl acetone(π). The lowest-unoccupied orbital of the Lxp1 primarily locates on π* of 2-phenylpyridineligands. The emission mechanism of the cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1 is assigned to the mixing of ligand-to-metal charge transfer and ligand-to-ligand charge transfer. The emission mechanism of the Lxp1-O2 complex can be attributed to the charge transfer from the oxygen molecule to the luminescent material Lxp1. Our study showed that intermolecular hydrogen bonding between the Lxp1 and oxygen molecule was strengthened by the calculation of electronic excitation, leading to a luminescence-decreasing phenomenon. The calculation of the radiative and non-radiative decay rate constants of the Lxp1 and the Lxp1-O2 complex demonstrates that the phosphorescence from T1-S0 of the Lxp1 would alter to the internal conversion from T1-T0 of the Lxp1-O2 complex. This alteration further explains the luminescence quenching phenomenon of the cyclometalated Pt(II) complex Lxp1 after interacting with oxygen molecule. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. The efficacy and safety of Oxaliplatin-Vinorelbine as a second-line chemotherapy combination in patients with platinum-resistant pretreated epithelial ovarian cancer: A retrospective study

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    Fidia Mumtahana


    Full Text Available Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to analyze the effects and tolerability of Oxaliplatin-Vinorelbine combination on Platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC patients.Methods: A single centered retrospective study comprising of 34 patients was conducted, and all 34 patients were treated with Vinorelbine 30 mg/m2 on day 1 and 8 along with Oxaliplatin 100 mg/m2 on day 1 of 3 weeks treatment cycle following progressive platinum-resistant EOC. Results: The combination showed an overall response rate (ORR of 18% (95% CI, 4.4 - 31.6 where 2 (6% patients had complete response and 4 (12% patients had partial response. Stable disease was observed in 9 (26% patients and progressive disease in 19 (56% patients. Median diseases free survival, median relapse free survival and median time to progression was 17.05 months, 4.4 months, and 1.25 months, respectively. Hematological toxicities were mild; only 1 (2.9% patient had G3 anemia and major non-hematological toxicities include nausea-vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, hepatotoxicity, fatigueness and alopecia, which are mainly limited to G1-G2 and reversible. Conclusion: The effect of this combination is moderate as a second line treatment of platinum resistant EOC; however, in comparison with other regimens of Vinorelbine and Oxaliplatin, the activity is substandard but the toxicity profile is well tolerable. Further multicenter evaluation is needed for the better understanding of the therapeutic efficacy of the combination.

  7. Biomineralization of platinum by microorganisms (United States)

    Pavlova, L. M.; Radomskaya, V. I.; Shumilova, L. P.; Ionov, A. M.; Sorokin, P.


    The mechanism of platinum biomineralization by microscopic fungi is displayed based on data of electron microscopy, infrared and X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy. It was suggested the platinum sorption process by microscopic fungi has some stages. The initial interaction is carried out by the mechanisms of physical and chemical sorption. Hereafter the reduction process of adsorbed platinum ions up to zero state is performed, probably, for account of organic compounds, which are produced by fungi biomass as metabolism result, and the process terminates by nulvalent particles aggregating up to nanosize forms. Obtained data on the platinum biomineralization extends the concept concerning the character of forming platinum nanoparticles in carbonous paleobasin.

  8. Computational studies on the excited states of luminescent platinum(II) alkynyl systems of tridentate pincer ligands in radiative and nonradiative processes. (United States)

    Lam, Wai Han; Lam, Elizabeth Suk-Hang; Yam, Vivian Wing-Wah


    Platinum(II) alkynyl complexes of various tridentate pincer ligands, [Pt(trpy)(C≡CR)](+) (trpy = 2,2':6',2″-terpyridine), [Pt(R'-bzimpy)(C≡CR)](+) (R'-bzimpy = 2,6-bis(N-alkylbenzimidazol-2'-yl)pyridine and R' = alkyl), [Pt(R'-bzimb)(C≡CR)] (R'-bzimb = 1,3-bis(N-alkylbenzimidazol-2'-yl)benzene and R' = C4H9), have been found to possess rich photophysical properties. The emission in dilute solutions of [Pt(trpy)(C≡CR)](+) originated from a triplet alkynyl-to-tridentate pincer ligand-to-ligand charge transfer (LLCT) excited state, with mixing of a platinum-to-tridentate pincer ligand metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited state, while that of [Pt(R'-bzimb)(C≡CR)] originated from a triplet excited state of intraligand (IL) character of the tridentate ligand mixed with a platinum-to-tridentate ligand MLCT character. Interestingly, both emissions were observed in [Pt(R'-bzimpy)(C≡CR)](+) in some cases. In addition, [Pt(R'-bzimb)(C≡CR)] displayed a photoluminescence quantum yield higher than that of [Pt(R'-bzimpy)(C≡CR)](+). Computational studies have been performed on the representative complexes [Pt(trpy)(C≡CPh)](+) (1), [Pt(R'-bzimpy)(C≡CPh)](+) (2), and [Pt(R'-bzimb)(C≡CPh)] (3), where R' = CH3 and Ph = C6H5, to provide an in-depth understanding of the nature of their emissive origin as well as the radiative and nonradiative processes. In particular, the factors governing the ordering of the triplet excited states and radiative decay rate constants of the emissive state ((3)ES) have been examined. The potential energy profiles for the deactivation process from the (3)ES via triplet metal-centered ((3)MC) states have also been explored. This work reveals for the first time the potential energy profiles for the thermal deactivation pathway of square planar platinum(II) complexes.

  9. Novel oximato-bridged platinum(II) di- and trimer(s): synthetic, structural, and in vitro anticancer activity studies. (United States)

    Scaffidi-Domianello, Yulia Yu; Legin, Anton A; Jakupec, Michael A; Roller, Alexander; Kukushkin, Vadim Yu; Galanski, Markus; Keppler, Bernhard K


    Novel platinum complexes of trans geometry [PtCl(2){(Z)-R(H)C═NOH}(2)] [R = Me (1), Et (3)] and [PtCl(2){(E)-R(H)C═NOH}{(Z)-R(H)C═NOH}] [R = Me (2), Et (4)] as well as the classic trans-[PtCl(2)(R(2)C═NOH)(2)] [R = Me, Et] were reacted with an equivalent amount of silver acetate in acetone solution at ambient temperature, resulting in formation of unprecedented head-to-tail-oriented oximato-bridged dimers [PtCl{μ-(Z)-R(H)C═NO}{(Z)-R(H)C═NOH}](2) [R = Me (5), Et (7)], [PtCl{μ-(Z)-R(H)C═NO}{(E)-R(H)C═NOH}](2) [R = Me (6), Et (8)], and [PtCl(μ-R(2)C═NO)(R(2)C═NOH)](2) [R = Me (9), Et (10)], correspondingly. The dimeric species feature a unique six-membered diplatinacycle and represent the first example of oxime ligands coordinated to platinum via the oxygen atom. All complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, IR and multinuclear ((1)H, (13)C, and (195)Pt) NMR spectroscopy, as well as X-ray diffraction in the cases of dimers 6 and 9. Furthermore, the crystal and molecular structures of a trimeric oximato-bridged complex 11 comprising three platinum units connected in a chain way were established. The cytotoxicity of both dimers and the respective monomers was comparatively evaluated in three human cancer cell lines: cisplatin-sensitive CH1 cells as well as cisplatin-resistant SW480 and A549 cells, whereupon structure-activity relationships were drawn. Thus, it was found that dimerization results in a substantial (up to 7-fold) improvement of IC(50) values of (aldoxime)Pt(II) compounds, whereas for the analogous complexes featuring ketoxime ligands the reverse trend was observed. Remarkably, the novel dimers yielded no cross-resistance with cisplatin in SW480 cells, exhibiting up to 2-fold enhanced cytotoxicity in comparison with the CH1 cell line and thereby possessing a promising potential to overcome resistance toward platinum anticancer drugs. The latter point was also confirmed by

  10. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical studies of nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} as platinum support for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Farsi, Hossein [Department of Chemistry, University of Birjand, 97175-615 Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Solar Energy Research Department, University of Birjand, Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Barzgari, Zahra, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, University of Birjand, 97175-615 Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Highlights: • Nanostructured CaWO{sub 4} was fabricated by co-precipitation method. • Platinum was electrodeposited onto the surface prepared nanostructured CaWO{sub 4}. • Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite demonstrate good oxygen reduction reaction activity. - Abstract: In the present work, we employed nanostructured calcium tungstate as a supporting material for platinum, a well-known electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction. The co-precipitation method has been utilized to synthesize nanostructured calcium tungstate from aqueous solution. The structure and morphology of the obtained CaWO{sub 4} were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Preparation of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite catalyst was carried out by electrodeposition of Pt onto the surface of CaWO{sub 4}/graphite electrode. The physical properties of the catalyst were determined by scanning electron microscopy analysis and energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX). The electrochemical activity of the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was investigated in acid solution by cyclic voltammetry measurements, linear sweep voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the Pt/CaWO{sub 4}-graphite has higher electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction in comparison with Pt/graphite catalyst.

  11. Hydrogen as a Modifier of the Structure and Electronic Properties of Platinum in Acidic Zeolite. LTL: A Combined Infrared and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study.

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    Koningsberger, D.C.; Vaarkamp, M.; Mojet, B.L.; Kappers, M.J.; Miller, J.T.


    The structure and electronic properties of platinum in WH-LTL after reduction at 300 'C and heating in helium to 500 or 690 'C were determined using X-ray absorption and infrared spectroscopy. After reduction at 300 'C, the platinum particles were metallic, consisted of 4 or 5 atoms, and were

  12. Selenium adducts of germa- and stanna-closo-dodecaborate: coordination at platinum, structural studies and NMR spectroscopy. (United States)

    Dimmer, Jörg-Alexander; Hornung, Martin; Eichele, Klaus; Wesemann, Lars


    The selenium adducts of germa- and stanna-closo-dodecaborate can coordinate at platinum via the selenium atom and result in the products [Pt(dppp)(Se-TB(11)H(11))(2)](2-) (T = Ge, Sn) (dppp = 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane). The monomeric tin compound [Pt(dppp)(Se-SnB(11)H(11))(2)](2-) is converted to a dimeric complex [Pt(2)(dppp)(2)(μ(2),μ'(2)-η(2)-Se(2)SnB(11)H(11))]. The new compounds were characterized by NMR spectroscopy in solution ((1)H, (11)B, (13)C, (31)P, (77)Se, (119)Sn, (195)Pt), elemental analysis and single crystal X-ray diffraction.

  13. Platinum, palladium, gold and ruthenium complexes as anticancer agents: Current clinical uses, cytotoxicity studies and future perspectives. (United States)

    Lazarević, Tatjana; Rilak, Ana; Bugarčić, Živadin D


    Metallodrugs offer potential for unique mechanism of drug action based on the choice of the metal, its oxidation state, the types and number of coordinated ligands and the coordination geometry. This review illustrates notable recent progress in the field of medicinal bioinorganic chemistry as many new approaches to the design of innovative metal-based anticancer drugs are emerging. Current research addressing the problems associated with platinum drugs has focused on other metal-based therapeutics that have different modes of action and on prodrug and targeting strategies in an effort to diminish the side-effects of cisplatin chemotherapy. Examples of metal compounds and chelating agents currently in clinical use, clinical trials or preclinical development are highlighted. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Platinum-group elements (United States)

    Zientek, Michael L.; Loferski, Patricia J.; Parks, Heather L.; Schulte, Ruth F.; Seal, Robert R.; Schulz, Klaus J.; DeYoung, John H.; Seal, Robert R.; Bradley, Dwight C.


    The platinum-group elements (PGEs)—platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium, and osmium—are metals that have similar physical and chemical properties and tend to occur together in nature. PGEs are indispensable to many industrial applications but are mined in only a few places. The availability and accessibility of PGEs could be disrupted by economic, environmental, political, and social events. The United States net import reliance as a percentage of apparent consumption is about 90 percent.PGEs have many industrial applications. They are used in catalytic converters to reduce carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, and nitrous oxide emissions in automobile exhaust. The chemical industry requires platinum or platinum-rhodium alloys to manufacture nitric oxide, which is the raw material used to manufacture explosives, fertilizers, and nitric acid. In the petrochemical industry, platinum-supported catalysts are needed to refine crude oil and to produce aromatic compounds and high-octane gasoline. Alloys of PGEs are exceptionally hard and durable, making them the best known coating for industrial crucibles used in the manufacture of chemicals and synthetic materials. PGEs are used by the glass manufacturing industry in the production of fiberglass and flat-panel and liquid crystal displays. In the electronics industry, PGEs are used in computer hard disks, hybridized integrated circuits, and multilayer ceramic capacitors.Aside from their industrial applications, PGEs are used in such other fields as health, consumer goods, and finance. Platinum, for example, is used in medical implants, such as pacemakers, and PGEs are used in cancer-fighting drugs. Platinum alloys are an ideal choice for jewelry because of their white color, strength, and resistance to tarnish. Platinum, palladium, and rhodium in the form of coins and bars are also used as investment commodities, and various financial instruments based on the value of these PGEs are traded on major exchanges

  15. Palladium and platinum organochalcogenolates and their ...

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    Platinum group metal chalcogenides find extensive applications in catalysis and in the electronic industry. To develop an efficient low temperature clean preparation of these materials, ... The thermal behaviour of these complexes has been studied by TGA. The pyrolysis of allylpalladium complexes in refluxing xylene yields ...

  16. Targeting Platinum Compounds : synthesis and biological activity

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    Zutphen, Steven van


    Inspired by cisplatin, the inorganic drug discovered by Barnett Rosenberg in 1965, the research described in this thesis uses targeting ligands, or ligands varied in a combinatorial fashion, to find platinum complexes with more specific modes of action. These studies have lead to the development of

  17. Study of the interaction between two newly synthesized cyclometallated platinum (II) complexes and human serum albumin: Spectroscopic characterization and docking simulation

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    Yousefi, Reza, E-mail: [Protein Chemistry Laboratory (PCL), Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadi, Roghayeh [Protein Chemistry Laboratory (PCL), Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Taheri-Kafrani, Asghar [Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Advanced Sciences and Technologies, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bagher Shahsavani, Mohammad [Protein Chemistry Laboratory (PCL), Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dadkhah Aseman, Marzieh; Masoud Nabavizadeh, S.; Rashidi, Mehdi [Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Poursasan, Najmeh; Moosavi-Movahedi, Ali-Akbar [Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), the University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    This study describes HSA binding properties of two cyclometalated platinum (II) complexes with non-leaving lipophilic ligands; deprotonated 2-phenylpyridine (ppy): C{sub 1} and deprotonated benzo [h]quinolone (bhq): C{sub 2}, using UV–vis, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The absorption spectra of HSA decreased in the presence of increasing concentration of these complexes, reflecting HSA structural alteration after drug's binding. Also the thermodynamic parameters (ΔG, ΔH and ΔS) that obtained from Trp fluorescence study revealed that the interaction between these complexes and HSA were spontaneous. In addition, C{sub 1} with flexible chemical structure indicated significantly higher fluorescence quenching and binding affinity to HSA than C{sub 2} which possesses a higher structural rigidity. The ANS fluorescence results also indicated that two Pt (II) complexes were competing for binding to the hydrophobic regions of HSA. Moreover, CD results demonstrated that C{sub 2} complex induced alteration of HSA conformation to more significant extent compared to C{sub 1}. The molecular docking results revealed the involvement of π–π stacking and hydrophobic interaction between these complexes and the protein. Overall, this study may highlight the significance of structural flexibility in designing of future anticancer Pt (II) complexes with improved binding affinity for HSA. - Highlights: • HSA is a general transport carrier for a wide variety of ligands such as metabolites and pharmaceutical drugs. • The HSA binding properties of two structurally related cyclometallated platinum (II) complexes (C{sub 1} and C{sub 2}) were studied. • The complexes can bind to HSA and induce structural alteration in this protein. • The thermodynamic parameters revealed that the interactions were spontaneous and mainly hydrophobic driven. • C{sub 1} with flexible chemical structure indicated a higher binding affinity for HSA than C{sub 2}.

  18. Reducing Uncertainty: Predictors of Stopping Chemotherapy Early and Shortened Survival Time in Platinum Resistant/Refractory Ovarian Cancer-The GCIG Symptom Benefit Study. (United States)

    Roncolato, Felicia T; Joly, Florence; O'Connell, Rachel; Lanceley, Anne; Hilpert, Felix; Buizen, Luke; Okamoto, Aikou; Aotani, Eriko; Pignata, Sandro; Donnellan, Paul; Oza, Amit; Avall-Lundqvist, Elisabeth; Berek, Jonathan S; Heitz, Florian; Feeney, Amanda; Berton-Rigaud, Dominique; Stockler, Martin R; King, Madeleine; Friedlander, Michael


    Clinicians and patients often overestimate the benefits of chemotherapy, and overall survival (OS), in platinum resistant/refractory ovarian cancer (PRROC). This study sought to determine aspects of health-related quality of life and clinicopathological characteristics before starting chemotherapy that were associated with stopping chemotherapy early, shortened survival, and death within 30 days of chemotherapy. This study enrolled women with PRROC before starting palliative chemotherapy. Health-related quality of life was measured with EORTC QLQ-C30/QLQ-OV28. Chemotherapy stopped within 8 weeks of starting was defined as stopping early. Logistic regression was used to assess univariable and multivariable associations with stopping chemotherapy early and death within 30 days of chemotherapy; Cox proportional hazards regression was used to assess associations with progression-free and OS. Low baseline global health status (GHS), role function (RF), physical function (PF), and high abdominal/gastrointestinal symptom (AGIS) were associated with stopping chemotherapy early (all p Women with low GHS, RF, or PF before starting chemotherapy were more likely to stop chemotherapy early, with short OS. Self-ratings of GHS, RF, and PF could improve patient-clinician communication regarding prognosis and help decision-making in women considering chemotherapy for PRROC. Measuring aspects of health-related quality of life when considering further chemotherapy in platinum resistant/refractory ovarian cancer (PRROC) could help identify women with a particularly poor prognosis who are unlikely to benefit from chemotherapy and could therefore be spared unnecessary treatment and toxicity in their last months of life. Self-ratings of global health status, role function, and physical function could improve patient-clinician communication regarding prognosis and help decision-making in women considering chemotherapy for PRROC. © AlphaMed Press 2017.

  19. The cost of antiemetic therapy for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients receiving platinum-containing regimens in daily practice in Japan: a retrospective study. (United States)

    Hamada, Shota; Hinotsu, Shiro; Hori, Katsuhito; Furuse, Hiroshi; Oikawa, Takehiro; Kawakami, Junichi; Ozono, Seiichiro; Akaza, Hideyuki; Kawakami, Koji


    The objective of this study was to estimate the cost of antiemetic therapy for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in daily practice in Japan. This was a retrospective observational study using medical records. Eligible patients were those with bladder or testicular cancer receiving platinum-containing highly emetogenic chemotherapy. The incidence of CINV on days 1-5 in single-day chemotherapy and on days 1-9 in multiple-day chemotherapy, and the costs of antiemetic therapy directly associated with the administration of antiemetics were estimated. The analysis of costs was performed from a hospital perspective. A total of 54 patients or 169 chemotherapy courses were included. In all chemotherapy courses 5-HT(3) receptor antagonists were used on the day(s) that platinum-containing agents were administered and frequently used on subsequent days. In contrast, the use of corticosteroids was infrequent. Acute CINV in single-day chemotherapy was well controlled, but the incidences of delayed CINV in single-day chemotherapy and CINV in multiple-day chemotherapy were relatively high. The costs for antiemetic therapy were $484.65 in courses with CINV and $318.56 in courses without CINV, and the difference was approximately $170 per chemotherapy course, which was considered to be mainly imputable to the prevalence of CINV. The cost of antiemetic therapy for CINV is substantial in Japan as well as in other countries, and it is suggested that the onset of CINV is a possible cost driver. The improvements in antiemetic therapy may contribute not only to improved patient well-being but also to a reduction of economic burden.

  20. Platinum acetate blue: synthesis and characterization. (United States)

    Cherkashina, Natalia V; Kochubey, Dmitry I; Kanazhevskiy, Vladislav V; Zaikovskii, Vladimir I; Ivanov, Vladimir K; Markov, Alexander A; Klyagina, Alla P; Dobrokhotova, Zhanna V; Kozitsyna, Natalia Yu; Baranovsky, Igor B; Ellert, Olga G; Efimov, Nikolai N; Nefedov, Sergei E; Novotortsev, Vladimir M; Vargaftik, Michael N; Moiseev, Ilya I


    Platinum acetate blue (PAB) of the empirical formula Pt(OOCMe)2.5±0.25, a byproduct in the synthesis of crystalline platinum(II) acetate Pt4(OOCMe)8, is an X-ray amorphous substance containing platinum in the oxidation state between (II) and (III). Typical PAB samples were studied with X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric, extended X-ray absorption fine structure, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, magnetochemistry, and combined quantum chemical density functional theory-molecular mechanics modeling to reveal the main structural features of the PAB molecular building blocks. The applicability of PAB to the synthesis of platinum complexes was demonstrated by the preparation of the new homo- and heteronuclear complexes Pt(II)(dipy)(OOCMe)2 (1), Pt(II)(μ-OOCMe)4Co(II)(OH2) (2), and Pt(III)2(OOCMe)4(O3SPhMe)2 (3) with the use of PAB as starting material.

  1. Panitumumab and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian cancer with KRAS wild-type: the PaLiDo study, a phase II nonrandomized multicenter study. (United States)

    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Waldstrøm, Marianne; Pallisgård, Niels; Lund, Bente; Bergfeldt, Kjell; Wihl, Jessica; Keldsen, Nina; Marth, Christian; Vergote, Ignace; Jakobsen, Anders


    The increasing number of negative trials for ovarian cancer treatment has prompted an evaluation of new biologic agents, which in combination with chemotherapy may improve survival. The aim of this study was to investigate the response rate in platinum-resistant, KRAS wild-type ovarian cancer patients treated with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) supplemented with panitumumab. Major eligibility criteria were relapsed ovarian/fallopian/peritoneal cancer patients with platinum-resistant disease, measurable disease by GCIG CA125 criteria and KRAS wild-type. Patients were treated with panitumumab 6 mg/kg day 1 and day 15 and with PLD 40 mg/m2 day 1, every 4 weeks. Forty-six patients were enrolled by 6 study sites in this multi-institutional phase II trial. The response rate in the intention-to-treat population (n = 43) was 18.6%. Progression-free and overall survival in the intention-to-treat population was 2.7 months (2.5-3.2 months, 95% confidence interval) and 8.1 months (5.6-11.7 months, 95% confidence interval), respectively. The most common treatment-related grade 3 toxicities included skin toxicity (42%), fatigue (19%), and vomiting (12%). The combination of PLD and panitumumab demonstrates efficacy in platinum refractory/resistant patients but the skin toxicity was considerable.

  2. Distribution of platinum-group elements in the Platreef at Overysel, northern Bushveld Complex: a combined PGM and LA-ICP-MS study (United States)

    Holwell, D. A.; McDonald, I.


    Detailed mineralogical and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry studies have revealed the physical manifestation of the platinum-group elements (PGE) within the Platreef at Overysel, northern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. The PGE in the Platreef were originally concentrated in an immiscible sulfide liquid along with semi-metals such as Bi and Te. As the sulfide liquid began to crystallize, virtually all the Os, Ir, Ru and Rh partitioned into monosulfide solid solution (mss), which on further cooling, exsolved to form pyrrhotite and pentlandite with Os, Ir and Ru remaining in solid solution in both phases with Rh prefentially partitioning into pentlandite. Platinum, some Pd and Au were concentrated in the residual sulfide liquid after mss crystallization, and were then concentrated in an immiscible late stage melt along with semi metals, which was expelled to the grain boundaries during crystallization of intermediate solid solution (iss) to form Pt and Pd tellurides and electrum around the margins of the sulfide grains. Tiny droplets of this melt trapped in the crystallizing mss and iss cooled to form Pt-Bi-Te microinclusions in all sulfide phases, whilst the excess Pd was accommodated in solid solution in pentlandite. Minor redistribution and recrystallization by hydrothermal fluids occurred around xenoliths and at the very base of the mineralized zone within the footwall, however, the overall lack of secondary alteration coupled with the volatile-poor nature of the gneissic footwall have allowed the preservation of what may be the most ‘primary’ style of Platreef mineralization. The lack of PGM inclusions within early liquidus phases suggests very early sulfur saturation in the Platreef, lending support to theories involving S saturation occurring prior to intrusion of the Platreef, possibly within a staging chamber.

  3. Bare platinum coils vs. HydroCoil in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms—A single center randomized controlled study

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    Poncyljusz, Wojciech, E-mail: [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Zarzycki, Artur, E-mail: [Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pomeranian Medical University, Unii Lubelskiej 1, 71-242 Szczecin Poland (Poland); Zwarzany, Łukasz, E-mail: [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Burke, Thomas H., E-mail: [Microvention–Terumo, Tustin, CA (United States)


    Highlights: • The use of HydroCoil tends to improve immediate angiographic outcome. • Less total number of coils is needed when using HydroCoil. • HydroCoil is equivocal to bare platinum coil. - Abstract: Purpose: The HydroCoil Embolic System (HES) was developed to improve aneurysm filling to provide superior occlusion efficacy, reduce retreatment rates and enhance long-term durability. We performed a randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bare platinum coils (BPC) vs. HES for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Methods: Ninety-six patients underwent endovascular coiling of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The aneurysms were randomized equally to receive BPC or HES. Immediate angiographic results, number of coils used and complications were evaluated and all cases had 12-month follow-up angiography. Results: Immediate angiographic results demonstrated that 84.0% of aneurysms treated with HES were completely occluded compared to 76.1% of aneurysms treated with BPC (p = 0.3310). The mean number of coils utilized to fill the aneurysm was significantly lower in the HES arm (5.04 vs. 6.93). Additional adjunctive techniques were performed in 51.1% of all cases. There were seven patients (7.3%) with postoperative complications during the study period. The coil type used during the treatment did not demonstrate any significant differences on the overall recurrence rate (HES – 18.0%, BPC – 17.4%, p = 0.9712). There was a statistically significant difference in the aneurysm size and the neck width between completely occluded aneurysms and aneurysms with residual flow in both immediate angiographic and mid-term follow-up. Conclusions: Overall, aneurysm size and neck width are the main risk factors associated with aneurysm recurrence. HES compared to BPC required less total number of coils to provide a denser aneurysm filling. However, there were equivocal results with both devices, at the mid-term angiographic follow-up.

  4. Sub-10 nm Platinum Nanocrystals with Size and Shape Control: Catalytic Study for Ethylene and Pyrrole Hydrogenation

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    Tsung, Chia-Kuang; Kuhn, John N.; Huang, Wenyu; Aliaga, Cesar; Hung, Ling-I; Somorjai, Gabor A.; Yang, Peidong


    Platinum nanocubes and nanopolyhedra with tunable size from 5 to 9 nm were synthesized by controlling the reducing rate of metal precursor ions in a one-pot polyol synthesis. A two-stage process is proposed for the simultaneous control of size and shape. In the first stage, the oxidation state of the metal ion precursors determined the nucleation rate and consequently the number of nuclei. The reaction temperature controlled the shape in the second stage by regulation of the growth kinetics. These well-defined nanocrystals were loaded into MCF-17 mesoporous silica for examination of catalytic properties. Pt loadings and dispersions of the supported catalysts were determined by elemental analysis (ICP-MS) and H2 chemisorption isotherms, respectively. Ethylene hydrogenation rates over the Pt nanocrystals were independent of both size and shape and comparable to Pt single crystals. For pyrrole hydrogenation, the nanocubes enhanced ring-opening ability and thus showed a higher selectivity to n-butylamine as compared to nanopolyhedra.

  5. Hollow nitrogen-containing core/shell fibrous carbon nanomaterials as support to platinum nanocatalysts and their TEM tomography study (United States)

    Zhou, Cuifeng; Liu, Zongwen; Du, Xusheng; Mitchell, David Richard Graham; Mai, Yiu-Wing; Yan, Yushan; Ringer, Simon


    Core/shell nanostructured carbon materials with carbon nanofiber (CNF) as the core and a nitrogen (N)-doped graphitic layer as the shell were synthesized by pyrolysis of CNF/polyaniline (CNF/PANI) composites prepared by in situ polymerization of aniline on CNFs. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared and Raman analyses indicated that the PANI shell was carbonized at 900°C. Platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were reduced by formic acid with catalyst supports. Compared to the untreated CNF/PANI composites, the carbonized composites were proven to be better supporting materials for the Pt nanocatalysts and showed superior performance as catalyst supports for methanol electrochemical oxidation. The current density of methanol oxidation on the catalyst with the core/shell nanostructured carbon materials is approximately seven times of that on the catalyst with CNF/PANI support. TEM tomography revealed that some Pt nanoparticles were embedded in the PANI shells of the CNF/PANI composites, which might decrease the electrocatalyst activity. TEM-energy dispersive spectroscopy mapping confirmed that the Pt nanoparticles in the inner tube of N-doped hollow CNFs could be accessed by the Nafion ionomer electrolyte, contributing to the catalytic oxidation of methanol.

  6. Highly trifluoromethylated platinum compounds. (United States)

    Martínez-Salvador, Sonia; Forniés, Juan; Martín, Antonio; Menjón, Babil


    The homoleptic, square-planar organoplatinum(II) compound [NBu(4)](2) [Pt(CF(3))(4)] (1) undergoes oxidative addition of CF(3) I under mild conditions to give rise to the octahedral organoplatinum(IV) complex [NBu(4)](2) [Pt(CF(3))(5)I] (2). This highly trifluoromethylated species reacts with Ag(+) salts of weakly coordinating anions in Me(2)CO under a wet-air stream to afford the aquo derivative [NBu(4)][Pt(CF(3))(5) (OH(2))] (4) in around 75% yield. When the reaction of 2 with the same Ag(+) salts is carried out in MeCN, the solvento compound [NBu(4) ][Pt(CF(3))(5)(NCMe)] (5) is obtained in around 80% yield. The aquo ligand in 4 as well as the MeCN ligand in 5 are labile and can be cleanly replaced by neutral and anionic ligands to furnish a series of pentakis(trifluoromethyl)platinate(IV) compounds with formulae [NBu(4)][Pt(CF(3))(5) (L)] (L=CO (6), pyridine (py; 7), tetrahydrothiophene (tht; 8)) and [NBu(4)](2) [Pt(CF(3))(5)X] (X=Cl (9), Br (10)). The unusual carbonyl-platinum(IV) derivative [NBu(4)][Pt(CF(3))(5) (CO)] (6) is thermally stable and has a ν(CO) of 2194 cm(-1). The crystal structures of 2⋅CH(2)Cl(2), 5, [PPh(4) ][Pt(CF(3))(5)(CO)] (6'), and 7 have been established by X-ray diffraction methods. Compound 2 has shown itself to be a convenient entry to the chemistry of highly trifluoromethylated platinum compounds. To the best of our knowledge, compounds 2 and 4-10 are the organoelement compounds with the highest CF(3) content to have been isolated and adequately characterized to date. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. A study of the structure-property relationship of azole-azine based homoleptic platinum(II) complexes and tunability of the photo-physical properties (United States)

    Ranga Prabhath, Malaviarachchige Rabel

    reveal that the solid state emission is associated with 1MMLCT transitions. Lifetime measurements revealed the existence of two decay processes: one being fluorescence and the other process, either phosphorescence or delayed fluorescence. Further a linear-relationship between the Hammett parameters of the substituents and emission wavelengths was established. This allows a reliable emission predictability for any given substituent of 5-substituted pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole platinum complexes. In conclusion, we show a new approach in achieving coarse emission tunability in pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole based platinum complexes via subtle changes in the molecular structure and the importance of metallophilic interactions in the process. During the second phase of the study, the scope was broadened to examine the effects of heterocyclic nitrogens in the ligand skeleton. Fifteen different combinations of azole-azine linked ligand systems were synthesized, by systematically increasing the number of nitrogens and changing the ring position of the nitrogens in the skeleton. Later, the homoleptic platinum complexes of the respective ligands were synthesised, and the photo-physical characteristics were studied. The above mentioned changes in the ligand structure resulted in a 264 nm emission tunability, in the thin films of the complexes. Theoretical studies on the complexes revealed that based on the structure of the ligand, different metallophilic stacking behaviours and different origins of emission (fluorescence and phosphorescence) can result, which in turn give rise to tunable emission wavelengths.

  8. Platinum single crystal electrodes for the electrocatalysis of methane oxidation

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    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is to characterize the voltammetric profiles of platinum single crystals of low Miller indexes Pt(100 and Pt(110 and study their catalytic activities on the oxidation of methane. In this way, it was developed a metallic surface modified by presence of other metal oxide, which presents catalytic activity for this reaction. It is well known that the electrooxidation of methane (CH4 leads mainly to the formation of CO2 and H2O, however, the oxidation can also lead to the formation of CO, a reaction intermediate that has strong interaction with metal surfaces, such as platinum. This molecule tends to accumulate on the platinum surface and to passive it, due to the self-poisoning, decreasing its catalytic activity. Therefore, the main aim of this work was the development of a platinum electrode modified by deposition of titanium oxide, which presented electrocatalytic properties for the oxidation of methane.

  9. Primary endpoint results of the OMEGA Study: One-year clinical outcomes after implantation of a novel platinum chromium bare metal stent

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    Wang, John C., E-mail: [MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore MD (United States); Carrié, Didier, E-mail: [Centre Hôpital Universitaire Rangueil, Toulouse (France); Masotti, Monica, E-mail: [Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona (Spain); Erglis, Andrejs, E-mail: [Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Mego, David, E-mail: [Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, AR (United States); Watkins, Matthew W., E-mail: [University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington VT (United States); Underwood, Paul, E-mail: [Boston Scientific, Marlborough MA USA (United States); Allocco, Dominic J., E-mail: [Boston Scientific, Marlborough MA USA (United States); Hamm, Christian W., E-mail: [Kerckhoff Heart and Thoraxcenter, Bad Nauheim (Germany)


    Background/purpose: Bare metal stents (BMS) have similar rates of death and myocardial infarction (MI) compared to drug-eluting stents (DES). DES lower repeat revascularization rates compared to BMS, but may have higher rates of late stent thrombosis (ST) potentially due to impaired endothelialization requiring longer dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT). OMEGA evaluated a novel BMS designed to have improved deliverability and radiopacity, in comparison to currently available platforms. Methods/materials: OMEGA was a prospective, multicenter, single-arm study enrolling 328 patients at 37 sites (US and Europe). Patients received the OMEGA stent (bare platinum chromium element stent) for the treatment of de novo native coronary artery lesions (≤ 28 mm long; diameter ≥ 2.25 mm to ≤ 4.50 mm). The primary endpoint was 9-month target lesion failure (TLF: cardiac death, target vessel-related MI, target lesion revascularization [TLR]) compared to a prespecified performance goal (PG) based on prior generation BMS. All major cardiac events were independently adjudicated. DAPT was required for a minimum of 1 month post procedure. Results: In the OMEGA study, the mean age was 65; 17% had diabetes mellitus. The primary endpoint was met; 9 month TLF rate was 11.5%, and the upper 1-sided 95% confidence bound of 14.79% was less than the prespecified PG of 21.2% (p < 0.0001). One-year event rates were low including a TLF rate of 12.8% and an ST rate of 0.6% at 12 months. Conclusions: One-year outcomes of OMEGA show low rates of TLF, revascularization and ST. This supports safety and efficacy of the OMEGA BMS for the treatment of coronary artery disease. - Highlights: • The OMEGA study evaluated a novel platinum chromium bare metal stent. • OMEGA enrolled 328 patients at 37 sites (US and Europe). • The primary endpoint of 9 month target lesion failure was 11.5%. • One-year event rates were low including an ST rate of 0.6% at 12 months.

  10. Combination cediranib and olaparib versus olaparib alone for women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer: a randomised phase 2 study. (United States)

    Liu, Joyce F; Barry, William T; Birrer, Michael; Lee, Jung-Min; Buckanovich, Ronald J; Fleming, Gini F; Rimel, Bj; Buss, Mary K; Nattam, Sreenivasa; Hurteau, Jean; Luo, Weixiu; Quy, Philippa; Whalen, Christin; Obermayer, Lisa; Lee, Hang; Winer, Eric P; Kohn, Elise C; Ivy, S Percy; Matulonis, Ursula A


    Olaparib is a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor and cediranib is an anti-angiogenic agent with activity against VEGF receptor (VEGFR) 1, VEGFR2, and VEGFR3. Both oral agents have antitumour activity in women with recurrent ovarian cancer, and their combination was active and had manageable toxicities in a phase 1 trial. We investigated whether this combination could improve progression-free survival (PFS) compared with olaparib monotherapy in women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. In our randomised, open-label, phase 2 study, we recruited women (aged ≥18 years) who had measurable platinum-sensitive, relapsed, high-grade serous or endometrioid ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, or those with deleterious germline BRCA1/2 mutations from nine participating US academic medical centres. We randomly allocated participants (1:1) according to permuted blocks, stratified by germline BRCA status and previous anti-angiogenic therapy, to receive olaparib capsules 400 mg twice daily or the combination at the recommended phase 2 dose of cediranib 30 mg daily and olaparib capsules 200 mg twice daily. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival analysed in the intention-to-treat population. The phase 2 trial is no longer accruing patients. An interim analysis was conducted in November, 2013, after 50% of expected events had occurred and efficacy results were unmasked. The primary analysis was performed on March 31, 2014, after 47 events (66% of those expected). The trial is registered with, number NCT01116648. Between Oct 26, 2011, and June 3, 2013, we randomly allocated 46 women to receive olaparib alone and 44 to receive the combination of olaparib and cediranib. Median PFS was 17·7 months (95% CI 14·7-not reached) for the women treated with cediranib plus olaparib compared with 9·0 months (95% CI 5·7-16·5) for those treated with olaparib monotherapy (hazard ratio 0·42, 95% CI 0·23-0·76; p=0·005). Grade

  11. A randomized phase 2 study of combination cediranib and olaparib versus olaparib alone as recurrence therapy in platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (United States)

    Liu, Joyce F.; Barry, William T.; Birrer, Michael; Lee, Jung-Min; Buckanovich, Ronald J.; Fleming, Gini F.; Rimel, BJ; Buss, Mary K.; Nattam, Sreenivasa; Hurteau, Jean; Luo, Weixiu; Quy, Philippa; Whalen, Christin; Obermayer, Lisa; Lee, Hang; Winer, Eric P.; Kohn, Elise C.; Ivy, S. Percy; Matulonis, Ursula A.


    Background Olaparib is an oral poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor and cediranib is an oral anti-angiogenic with activity against VEGFR-1, 2, and 3. Both agents have antitumor activity in women with recurrent ovarian cancer, and the combination of these agents was active and had manageable toxicities in a Phase 1 trial. We asked whether the combination of cediranib and olaparib could improve progression-free survival compared to olaparib monotherapy in women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. Methods We conducted a randomized, open-label, phase 2 study to evaluate the activity of olaparib monotherapy compared with combination cediranib and olaparib in women with ovarian cancer with measurable platinum-sensitive, relapsed, high-grade serous or endometrioid disease or those with deleterious germline BRCA1/2 mutations (gBRCAm). Patients were randomized using permuted blocks within stratum defined by gBRCA status and prior anti-angiogenic therapy to receive olaparib capsules 400mg twice daily or the combination at the recommended phase 2 dose of cediranib 30mg daily and olaparib capsules 200mg twice daily. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) analyzed under intention to treat. The trial is registered with, NCT01116648. The Phase 2 portion of the trial reported here is no longer accruing patients. Findings Forty-six of 90 randomized patients received olaparib alone, and 44 received cediranib/olaparib. Median PFS was significantly longer with cediranib/olaparib (17.7 vs. 9.0 mos, HR 0.42; p = 0.005). Grade 3 and 4 adverse events were more common with cediranib/olaparib, including fatigue (12 vs. 5), diarrhea (10 vs. 0), and hypertension (18 vs. 0). Subset analysis within stratum defined by BRCA1/2 status demonstrated activity of cediranib/olaparib in both gBRCAm and gBRCAwt/u (wild-type/unknown) patients. Significant improvement in PFS occurred in gBRCAwt/u women receiving cediranib/olaparib (16.5 vs. 5.7 mos, p = 0

  12. GPX3 promoter methylation predicts platinum sensitivity in colorectal cancer. (United States)

    Pelosof, Lorraine; Yerram, Sashidhar; Armstrong, Todd; Chu, Nina; Danilova, Ludmila; Yanagisawa, Breann; Hidalgo, Manuel; Azad, Nilofer; Herman, James G


    Epigenetic control of gene expression is a major determinant of tumor phenotype and has been found to influence sensitivity to individual chemotherapeutic agents. Glutathione peroxidase 3 (GPX3, plasma glutathione peroxidase) is a key component of cellular antioxidant regulation and its gene has been reported to be methylated in specific tumor types. GPX3 role in oxidative damage has been associated with sensitivity to platinums in other tumors but its importance in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been determined. We examined the role of GPX3 methylation in colorectal carcinoma in determining sensitivity to platinum drugs using primary tumor specimens, cell lines, knockdown cell lines, and tumor cell line xenografts. We find GPX3 promoter region methylation in approximately one third of CRC samples and GPX3 methylation leads to reduced GPX3 expression and increased oxaliplatin and cisplatin sensitivity. In contrast, in cell lines with high baseline levels of GPX3 expression or with the ability to increase GPX3 expression, platinum resistance is increased. The cisplatin IC50 in GPX3-methylated cell lines is approximately 6-fold lower than that in GPX3-unmethylated lines. Additionally, knockdown cell lines with essentially no GPX3 expression require N-acetylcysteine to survive in culture underscoring the importance of GPX3 in redox biology. In vivo, GPX3 methylation predicts tumor xenograft sensitivity to platinum with regression of GPX3 knockdown xenografts with platinum treatment but continued growth of GPX3 wild type xenografts in the presence of platinum. These studies demonstrate the importance of GPX3 for CRC cells resistance to platinums and the potential utility of GPX3 methylation status as a predictive biomarker for platinum sensitivity in CRC.

  13. Platinum availability for future automotive technologies. (United States)

    Alonso, Elisa; Field, Frank R; Kirchain, Randolph E


    Platinum is an excellent catalyst, can be used at high temperatures, and is stable in many aggressive chemical environments. Consequently, platinum is used in many current industrial applications, notably automotive catalytic converters, and prospective vehicle fuel cells are expected to rely upon it. Between 2005 and 2010, the automotive industry used approximately 40% of mined platinum. Future automotive industry growth and automotive sales shifts toward new technologies could significantly alter platinum demand. The potential risks for decreased platinum availability are evaluated, using an analysis of platinum market characteristics that describes platinum's geophysical constraints, institutional efficiency, and dynamic responsiveness. Results show that platinum demand for an automotive fleet that meets 450 ppm greenhouse gas stabilization goals would require within 10% of historical growth rates of platinum supply before 2025. However, such a fleet, due largely to sales growth in fuel cell vehicles, will more strongly constrain platinum supply in the 2050 time period. While current platinum reserves are sufficient to satisfy this increased demand, decreasing platinum ore grade and continued concentration of platinum supply in a single geographic area are availability risk factors to platinum end-users.

  14. Studies of Heterogeneously Catalyzed Liquid-Phase Alcohol Oxidation on Platinum bySum-frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy and Reaction Rate Measurements

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    Thompson, Christopher [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Compared to many branches of chemistry, the molecular level study of catalytically active surfaces is young. Only with the invention of ultrahigh vacuum technology in the past half century has it been possible to carry out experiments that yield useful molecular information about the reactive occurrences at a surface. The reason is two-fold: low pressure is necessary to keep a surface clean for an amount of time long enough to perform an experiment, and most atomic scale techniques that are surface speci c (x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, etc.) cannot be used at ambient pressures, because electrons, which act as chemical probes in these techniques, are easily scattered by molecules. Sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy is one technique that can provide molecular level information from the surface without the necessity for high vacuum. Since the advent of SFG as a surface spectroscopic tool it has proved its worth in the studies of surface catalyzed reactions in the gas phase, with numerous reactions in the gas phase having been investigated on a multitude of surfaces. However, in situ SFG characterization of catalysis at the solid-liquid interface has yet to be thoroughly pursued despite the broad interest in the use of heterogeneous catalysts in the liquid phase as replacements for homogeneous counterparts. This work describes an attempt to move in that direction, applying SFG to study the solid-liquid interface under conditions of catalytic alcohol oxidation on platinum.

  15. High-Pressure Catalytic Reactions of C6 Hydrocarbons on PlatinumSingle-Crystals and nanoparticles: A Sum Frequency Generation VibrationalSpectroscopic and Kinetic Study

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    Bratlie, Kaitlin [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    (100). Based on spectroscopic signatures, mechanisms for catalytic isomerization and dehydrocyclization of n-hexane were identified. The structure sensitivity of benzene hydrogenation on shape controlled platinum nanoparticles was also studied. The nanoparticles showed similar selectivities to those found for Pt(111) and Pt(100) single-crystals. Additionally, the nanoparticles have lower activation energies than their single-crystal counterparts.

  16. Exosomes as mediators of platinum resistance in ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Crow, Jennifer; Atay, Safinur; Banskota, Samagya; Artale, Brittany; Schmitt, Sarah; Godwin, Andrew K


    Exosomes have been implicated in the cell-cell transfer of oncogenic proteins and genetic material. We speculated this may be one mechanism by which an intrinsically platinum-resistant population of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells imparts its influence on surrounding tumor cells. To explore this possibility we utilized a platinum-sensitive cell line, A2780 and exosomes derived from its resistant subclones, and an unselected, platinum-resistant EOC line, OVCAR10. A2780 cells demonstrate a ~2-fold increase in viability upon treatment with carboplatin when pre-exposed to exosomes from platinum-resistant cells as compared to controls. This coincided with increased epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). DNA sequencing of EOC cell lines revealed previously unreported somatic mutations in the Mothers Against Decapentaplegic Homolog 4 (SMAD4) within platinum-resistant cells. A2780 cells engineered to exogenously express these SMAD4 mutations demonstrate up-regulation of EMT markers following carboplatin treatment, are more resistant to carboplatin, and release exosomes which impart a ~1.7-fold increase in resistance in naive A2780 recipient cells as compared to controls. These studies provide the first evidence that acquired SMAD4 mutations enhance the chemo-resistance profile of EOC and present a novel mechanism in which exchange of tumor-derived exosomes perpetuates an EMT phenotype, leading to the development of subpopulations of platinum-refractory cells.

  17. Bioavailability of very finely distributed metallic platinum in the lungs and first orienting studies on effects. Part 2; Bioverfuegbarkeit von feinstverteiltem metallischem Platin in der Lunge und erste orientierende Wirkungsuntersuchungen (VPT 09; 2. Teil)

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    Emmendoerffer, A. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung, Hannover (Germany)


    Platinum is emitted from automotive catalytic converters in particulate form. The first organ to be exposed to it after its uptake by the organism is the lung. Lung macrophages therefore constitute the first barrier of the immune system which can to react to platinum. In this study the production of nitrogen oxides and cytokines was studied. These parameters play an important role in the initiation of inflammation and in the maintenance of chronic inflammatory processes that can lead to fibrosis of the lung. [Deutsch] Platin wird partikulaer aus Automobilabgaskatalysatoren emittiert. Das erste Zielorgan fuer eine Aufnahme im Organismus ist deshalb die Lunge. Die Lungenmakrophagen stellen also die erste Barriere des Immunsystems dar, das auf Platin reagieren kann. In vitro wurde die Produktion von Stickoxiden und Zytokinen untersucht. Diese Parameter spielen eine Rolle bei der Initiation von Entzuendungen und auch bei der Aufrechterhaltung chronisch entzuendlicher Prozesse, die in der Lunge zu einer Fibrose fuehren koennen. (orig.)

  18. A systematic review of platinum and taxane resistance from bench to clinic: an inverse relationship


    Stordal, Britta K.; Pavlakis, Nick; Davey, Ross


    We undertook a systematic review of the pre-clinical and clinical literature for studies investigating the relationship between platinum and taxane resistance. Medline was searched for (1) cell models of acquired drug resistance reporting platinum and taxane sensitivities and (2) clinical trials of platinum or taxane salvage therapy in ovarian cancer. One hundred and thirty-seven models of acquired drug resistance were identified. 68.1% of cisplatin-resistant cells were sensitive to paclitaxe...

  19. In Vitro and In Vivo Studies of Non-Platinum-Based Halogenated Compounds as Potent Antitumor Agents for Natural Targeted Chemotherapy of Cancers. (United States)

    Lu, Qing-Bin; Zhang, Qin-Rong; Ou, Ning; Wang, Chun-Rong; Warrington, Jenny


    Based on a molecular-mechanism-based anticancer drug discovery program enabled by an innovative femtomedicine approach, we have found a previously unknown class of non-platinum-based halogenated molecules (called FMD compounds) as potent antitumor agents for effective treatment of cancers. Here, we present in vitro and in vivo studies of the compounds for targeted chemotherapy of cervical, breast, ovarian, and lung cancers. Our results show that these FMD agents led to DNA damage, cell cycle arrest in the S phase, and apoptosis in cancer cells. We also observed that such a FMD compound caused an increase of reduced glutathione (GSH, an endogenous antioxidant) levels in human normal cells, while it largely depleted GSH in cancer cells. We correspondingly found that these FMD agents exhibited no or little toxicity toward normal cells/tissues, while causing significant cytotoxicity against cancer cells, as well as suppression and delay in tumor growth in mouse xenograft models of cervical, ovarian, breast and lung cancers. These compounds are therefore a previously undiscovered class of potent antitumor agents that can be translated into clinical trials for natural targeted chemotherapy of multiple cancers.


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    The chemical stability of the new anticancer platinum analogue 1,2-diaminomethyl-cyclobutane-platinum(II)-lactate (D19466) in infusion media was studied in an accelerated stability testing experiment with a selective HPLC-UV method. Variables were time, temperature, light, concentration, and

  1. XPG genetic polymorphisms and clinical outcome of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer under platinum-based treatment: a meta-analysis of 12 studies. (United States)

    Xiang, Tianxin; Kang, Xiuhua; Gong, Zhenghua; Bai, Wei; Chen, Chuanhui; Zhang, Wei


    A number of studies on the relationship between xeroderma pigmentosum group G (XPG) polymorphisms and clinical outcomes in non-small cell cancer (NSCLC) have led to inconclusive results. This meta-analysis evaluates the predictive value of XPG polymorphisms on the treatment response rate and overall survival of patients with NSCLC. To measure the correlative strength of the relationship between XPG polymorphisms and outcomes of patients with NSCLC, we searched electronic databases, including PubMed and China National Knowledge Infrastructure, to retrieve studies up to August 2016. We also employed pooled odds ratios (ORs) and hazard ratios (HRs) corresponding to 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs). Twelve studies involving 2877 patients with NSCLC were included: 8 studies involving 1473 patients examined the correlation between XPG polymorphisms and tumor response rate and 7 studies involving 2329 patients reported on the correlation of XPG polymorphisms with overall survival. None of the XPG His1104Asp(C>G)/His46His(C>T) polymorphisms exhibited a correlation with treatment response rate or overall survival. However, in a further stratified analysis by ethnicity, carriers of the 1104G allele were associated with good response among Asians in the homozygote model (GG vs. CC: OR = 1.57, 95% CI: 1.05-2.34, P = 0.027). Meanwhile, further stratified by ethnicity, His46His polymorphism was not associated with RR and OS in any genetic models. No strong evidence was found to support the use of XPG polymorphisms as tumor response and prognostic factors of patients with NSCLC receiving a platinum-based treatment regimen, which is attributed to marginal association. Studies with large-scale and multiple ethnicities need to be conducted to verify the conclusion.

  2. Synthesis of a novel volatile platinum complex for use in CVD and a study of the mechanism of its thermal decomposition in solution

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    Tagge, C.D.; Simpson, R.D.; Bergman, R.G. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Hostetler, M.S.; Girolami, G.S.; Nuzzo, R.G. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)


    The synthesis, characterization, chemical vapor deposition, and mechanistic investigation of the thermal decomposition in aromatic solvents of cis-bis({eta}{sup 2},{eta}{sup 1}-pent-4-en-1-yl)platinum (1) are described. Complex 1 has a unique chelated structure, giving rise to enhanced volatility, and has proved useful for the chemical vapor deposition of thin platinum films under mild conditions. Films deposited on a glass slide in a hot walled glass tube at 175{degree}C have an elemental composition of 82% Pt and 18% C. Kinetic, deuterium labeling and chemical trapping experiments indicate that the decomposition of 1 in aromatic solvents proceeds by reversible {beta}-hydride elimination followed by reversible dissociation of 1,4-pentadiene to give a 3-coordinate platinum hydride intermediate (9). Reductive elimination of 1-pentene from 9 deposits metallic platinum. The rate of decomposition exhibits a significant {beta}-deuterium isotope effect of k{sub H}/k{sub D}=3.8{+-}0.3. Added olefins are rapidly isomerized during the decomposition of 1; trapping experiments with diphenylacetylene indicate that intermediate 9 is the highly active catalyst that is responsible for the alkene isomerization. 47 refs., 5 figs.

  3. Quantitative analysis and thickness dependence study of Langmuir-Blodgett films of functionalized platinum nanoparticles by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Raynal, Frederic; Etcheberry, Arnaud; Reynaud, Cecile; Perez, Henri


    This paper reports the analysis of 4-mercaptoaniline (p-HSC{sub 6}H{sub 4}NH{sub 2}) functionalized platinum nanoparticles by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The spectra are recorded on mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films containing fatty acid and platinum particles in proportion 50/50. The LB films are deposited on gold layer made by thermal evaporation on glass substrate. The quite good stability of the nanomaterial under X-ray exposure is reported from one minute to two hours thirty. A line profile is conducted on seventeen points of a LB film to check the good homogeneity of the deposition. The elemental composition of the nanoparticule core-shell structure is reported for platinum sulfur and nitrogen. Then, the evolution of the Pt 4f core level intensity compared to the Au 4f signal coming from the buried gold electrode is established as a function of film thickness. From this analysis the effective electron attenuation length of Pt 4f photoelectrons and the effective value of platinum atom density are determined. Further exploitation of these data leads to an averaged interparticle distance in the nanocomposite. Comparison of these results with those recorded from X-rays reveals a quite good agreement and validates the XPS intensities treatment.

  4. Quantitative analysis and thickness dependence study of Langmuir-Blodgett films of functionalized platinum nanoparticles by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (United States)

    Raynal, Frédéric; Etcheberry, Arnaud; Reynaud, Cécile; Perez, Henri


    This paper reports the analysis of 4-mercaptoaniline ( p-HSC 6H 4NH 2) functionalized platinum nanoparticles by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The spectra are recorded on mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films containing fatty acid and platinum particles in proportion 50/50. The LB films are deposited on gold layer made by thermal evaporation on glass substrate. The quite good stability of the nanomaterial under X-ray exposure is reported from one minute to two hours thirty. A line profile is conducted on seventeen points of a LB film to check the good homogeneity of the deposition. The elemental composition of the nanoparticule core-shell structure is reported for platinum sulfur and nitrogen. Then, the evolution of the Pt 4f core level intensity compared to the Au 4f signal coming from the burried gold electrode is established as a function of film thickness. From this analysis the effective electron attenuation length of Pt 4f photoelectrons and the effective value of platinum atom density are determined. Further exploitation of these data leads to an averaged interparticle distance in the nanocomposite. Comparison of these results with those recorded from X-rays reveals a quite good aggreement and validates the XPS intensities treatment.

  5. Phosphorescence parameters for platinum (II) organometallic chromophores: A study at the non-collinear four-component Kohn–Sham level of theory

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    Norman, Patrick; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aagaard


    A theoretical characterization of the phosphorescence decay traces of a prototypical platinum (II) organic chromophore has been conducted. The phosphorescence wavelength and radiative lifetime are predicted to equal 544 nm and 160 μs, respectively. The third triplet state is assigned as participa...

  6. One-Year Outcomes in "Real-World" Patients Treated With a Thin-Strut, Platinum-Chromium, Everolimus-Eluting Stent (from the PROMUS Element Plus US Post-Approval Study [PE-Plus PAS]). (United States)

    Kandzari, David E; Amjadi, Nima; Caputo, Christopher; Rowe, Steven K; Williams, Jerome; Tamboli, Hoshedar P; Christen, Thomas; Allocco, Dominic J; Dawkins, Keith D


    The PROMUS Element Plus US Post-Approval Study (PE-Plus PAS) was a prospective, open-label, multicenter, observational study designed to examine outcomes in everyday clinical practice in patients treated with everolimus-eluting, platinum-chromium PROMUS Element Plus stents at 52 centers in the United States. This is the first report of results from this large study. The primary end point of the PE-Plus PAS was 12-month cardiac death or myocardial infarction in the more restricted population of "PLATINUM-like" patients pooled from the PE-Plus PAS, PE-PROVE (PROMUS Element European post-approval study), and PLATINUM Workhorse/Small Vessel trials. Additional clinical end points were tested in the overall PE-Plus PAS patient population. Of the 2,683 patients enrolled in PE-Plus PAS, 70% were men, mean age was 64 years, 33% had diabetes, and 29% were "PLATINUM-like." Among the PLATINUM-like patients, 12-month cardiac death or myocardial infarction was 1.8% (33 of 1,855) with an upper 1-sided 95% confidence interval of 2.3%, which was significantly less than the prespecified performance goal of 3.2% (pnoninferiority <0.001). In the overall PE-Plus population, 12-month target vessel failure (defined as death, MI, or revascularization related to the target vessel) was 6.7% (170 of 2,554), cardiac death was 1.4% (37 of 2,554), MI was 1.1% (28 of 2,554), and ARC-definite/probable stent thrombosis was 0.7% (19 of 2,554). A prespecified secondary end point of 12-month target vessel failure in diabetic patients demonstrated a rate of 4.2% (14 of 332) with an upper 1-sided 95% confidence interval of 6.03%, which was significantly less than the performance goal of 12.6% (pnoninferiority <0.001). In conclusion, in this large registry of unselected patients, coronary artery revascularization with the PROMUS Element Plus everolimus-eluting stent demonstrates favorable results with low 1-year clinical event rates. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Coating Carbon Fibers With Platinum (United States)

    Effinger, Michael R.; Duncan, Peter; Coupland, Duncan; Rigali, Mark J.


    A process for coating carbon fibers with platinum has been developed. The process may also be adaptable to coating carbon fibers with other noble and refractory metals, including rhenium and iridium. The coated carbon fibers would be used as ingredients of matrix/fiber composite materials that would resist oxidation at high temperatures. The metal coats would contribute to oxidation resistance by keeping atmospheric oxygen away from fibers when cracks form in the matrices. Other processes that have been used to coat carbon fibers with metals have significant disadvantages: Metal-vapor deposition processes yield coats that are nonuniform along both the lengths and the circumferences of the fibers. The electrical resistivities of carbon fibers are too high to be compatible with electrolytic processes. Metal/organic vapor deposition entails the use of expensive starting materials, it may be necessary to use a furnace, and the starting materials and/or materials generated in the process may be hazardous. The present process does not have these disadvantages. It yields uniform, nonporous coats and is relatively inexpensive. The process can be summarized as one of pretreatment followed by electroless deposition. The process consists of the following steps: The surfaces of the fiber are activated by deposition of palladium crystallites from a solution. The surface-activated fibers are immersed in a solution that contains platinum. A reducing agent is used to supply electrons to effect a chemical reduction in situ. The chemical reduction displaces the platinum from the solution. The displaced platinum becomes deposited on the fibers. Each platinum atom that has been deposited acts as a catalytic site for the deposition of another platinum atom. Hence, the deposition process can also be characterized as autocatalytic. The thickness of the deposited metal can be tailored via the duration of immersion and the chemical activity of the solution.

  8. Low platinum catalyst and method of preparation

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    Liu, Di-Jia; Chong, Lina


    A low platinum catalyst and method for making same. The catalyst comprises platinum-transition metal bimetallic alloy microcrystallites over a transition metal-nitrogen-carbon composite. A method of making a catalyst comprises preparation of transition metal organic frameworks, infusion of platinum, thermal treatment, and reduction to form the microcrystallites and composite.

  9. Novel non-platinum metal catalyst material

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    The present invention relates to a novel non-platinum metal catalyst material for use in low temperature fuel cells and electrolysers and to fuel cells and electrolysers comprising the novel non-platinum metal catalyst material. The present invention also relates to a novel method for synthesizing...... the novel non-platinum metal catalyst material....

  10. Room temperature synthesis of colloidal platinum nanoparticles

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    Efficient preparation of stable dispersions of platinum nanoparticles from platinous chloride (K2PtCl4) was achieved by simultaneous addition of capping polymer material. The size of platinum nanoparticles was controlled by changing the ratio of concentration of capping polymer material to the concentration of platinum ...

  11. The determination of platinum in tissue of different human organs by means of neutron activation analysis

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    Rietz, Bernd; Heydorn, Kaj; Krarup-Hansen, Anders


    . It was demonstrated that radiochemical neutron activation analysis can be used for these studies because of its sensitivity and precision and a low detection limit for platinum (similar to1 ng). Tissues of the following organs were analyzed for platinum: liver, kidney, testis, lung, pancreas and muscle. This study...

  12. Phase 1 and 2 study of carboplatin and pralatrexate in patients with recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. (United States)

    Del Carmen, Marcela G; Supko, Jeff G; Horick, Nora K; Rauh-Hain, J Alejandro; Clark, Rachel M; Campos, Susana M; Krasner, Carolyn N; Atkinson, Tina; Birrer, Michael J


    The objective of this phase 1 and 2 trial was to identify the appropriate dose of combined carboplatin and pralatrexate for patients with recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer. In phase 1, patients received carboplatin (at an area under the curve of 5) and increasing doses of pralatrexate until the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) of pralatrexate was achieved. The primary endpoint was the response rate. Additional endpoints were safety, response duration, progression-free survival, overall survival, and pharmacokinetics. Thirty patients were enrolled in phase 1, and 20 were enrolled in phase 2. Of all 50 patients, 49 completed the study. The mean patient age was 59 years, and patients completed a median of 6 cycles. The MTD for pralatrexate was 105 mg/m(2) . The clinical benefit rate (complete responses plus partial responses plus stable disease) was 86%. Of 26 patients who received the MTD, 12 had a partial response, 11 had stable disease, and 2 had disease progression. The progression-free survival rate at 3 and 6 months was 87% and 79%, respectively; and the overall survival rate was 98% at 6 and 12 months and 66% at 24 months. Of 30 patients, 18 (60%) in phase 1 experienced an adverse event of any grade; and, of those, 4 patients (13%) had a grade 3 or greater adverse event. In phase 2, 12 patients (60%) had an adverse event of any grade, and 4 (20%) had grade 3 or greater toxicity. There was a significant reduction in the total body clearance of pralatrexate when it was received concurrently with carboplatin. Most patients responded to carboplatin-pralatrexate combination. This regimen is well tolerated and effective in this patient population. Cancer 2016;122:3297-3306. © 2016 American Cancer Society. © 2016 American Cancer Society.

  13. Bare platinum coils vs. HydroCoil in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms-A single center randomized controlled study. (United States)

    Poncyljusz, Wojciech; Zarzycki, Artur; Zwarzany, Łukasz; Burke, Thomas H


    The HydroCoil Embolic System (HES) was developed to improve aneurysm filling to provide superior occlusion efficacy, reduce retreatment rates and enhance long-term durability. We performed a randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bare platinum coils (BPC) vs. HES for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Ninety-six patients underwent endovascular coiling of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The aneurysms were randomized equally to receive BPC or HES. Immediate angiographic results, number of coils used and complications were evaluated and all cases had 12-month follow-up angiography. Immediate angiographic results demonstrated that 84.0% of aneurysms treated with HES were completely occluded compared to 76.1% of aneurysms treated with BPC (p=0.3310). The mean number of coils utilized to fill the aneurysm was significantly lower in the HES arm (5.04 vs. 6.93). Additional adjunctive techniques were performed in 51.1% of all cases. There were seven patients (7.3%) with postoperative complications during the study period. The coil type used during the treatment did not demonstrate any significant differences on the overall recurrence rate (HES - 18.0%, BPC - 17.4%, p=0.9712). There was a statistically significant difference in the aneurysm size and the neck width between completely occluded aneurysms and aneurysms with residual flow in both immediate angiographic and mid-term follow-up. Overall, aneurysm size and neck width are the main risk factors associated with aneurysm recurrence. HES compared to BPC required less total number of coils to provide a denser aneurysm filling. However, there were equivocal results with both devices, at the mid-term angiographic follow-up. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Electrochemical investigation of electrodeposited platinum ...

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    Hajar Mokarami Ghartavol


    Aug 8, 2017 ... nanoparticles on multi walled carbon nanotubes for methanol electro-oxidation. HAJAR MOKARAMI ... The electrodeposition of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on multiwall carbon nanotubes. (MWCNTs)/fluorine-doped tin oxide ... production of the fabrication of coatings or films of. MWCNTs on conductive ...

  15. The relationship between debt levels and total shareholder return of JSE-listed platinum companies

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    Sandra Jooste


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to investigate empirically whether there is a positive correlation between debt levels and total shareholder return (TSR of platinum JSE-listed companies. The study field comprised annual analyses for 12 companies listed under the Platinum and Precious Metals sector on the JSE Ltd for the 14-year period 2000 to 2013. The results of the study were inconclusive as a statistically significant positive correlation between changes in debt levels and changes in TSR could only be found in two of these years. The core audience of the study will be the management of South African platinum companies considering changes in their capital structure, and investors considering investment in a listed platinum company. The contribution of the study is therefore to add to the body of literature on capital structure decisions from a South African platinum mine context

  16. Neurotoxicity Caused by the Treatment with Platinum Analogues

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    Sousana Amptoulach


    Full Text Available Platinum agents (cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin are a class of chemotherapy agents that have a broad spectrum of activity against several solid tumors. Toxicity to the peripheral nervous system is the major dose-limiting toxicity of at least some of the platinum drugs of clinical interest. Among the platinum compounds in clinical use, cisplatin is the most neurotoxic, inducing mainly sensory neuropathy of the upper and lower extremities. Carboplatin is generally considered to be less neurotoxic than cisplatin, but it is associated with a higher risk of neurological dysfunction if administered at high dose or in combination with agents considered to be neurotoxic. Oxaliplatin induces two types of peripheral neuropathy, acute and chronic. The incidence of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy is related to various risk factors such as treatment schedule, cumulative dose, and time of infusion. To date, several neuroprotective agents including thiol compounds, vitamin E, various anticonvulsants, calcium-magnesium infusions, and other nonpharmacological strategies have been tested for their ability to prevent platinum-induced neurotoxicity with controversial results. Further studies on the prevention and treatment of neurotoxicity of platinum analogues are warranted.


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    The administration of platinum-based chemotherapy induces serotonin release from the enterochromaffin cells, causing nausea and vomiting. This study was conducted to evaluate parameters of serotonin metabolism following platinum-based chemotherapy given in combination with the serotonin type-3

  18. Elution of platinum from carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate beads in vitro. (United States)

    Tulipan, Rachel J; Phillips, Heidi; Garrett, Laura D; Dirikolu, Levent; Mitchell, Mark A


    OBJECTIVE To characterize the elution of platinum from carboplatin-impregnated calcium sulfate hemihydrate (CSH) beads in vitro. SAMPLE 60 carboplatin-impregnated CSH beads and 9 CSH beads without added carboplatin (controls). PROCEDURES Carboplatin-impregnated CSH beads (each containing 4.6 mg of carboplatin [2.4 mg of platinum]) were placed into separate 10-mL plastic tubes containing 5 mL of PBSS in groups of 1, 3, 6, or 10; 3 control beads were placed into a single tube of PBSS at the same volume. Experiments were conducted in triplicate at 37°C and a pH of 7.4 with constant agitation. Eluent samples were collected at 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 72 hours. Samples were analyzed for platinum content by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. RESULTS The mean concentration of platinum released per carboplatin-impregnated bead over 72 hours was 445.3 mg/L. Cumulative concentrations of platinum eluted increased as the number of beads per tube increased. There was a significant difference in platinum concentrations over time, with values increasing over the first 12 hours and then declining for all tubes. There was also a significant difference in percentage of total incorporated platinum released into tubes with different numbers of beads: the percentage of eluted platinum was higher in tubes containing 1 or 3 beads than in those containing 6 or 10 beads. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Carboplatin-impregnated CSH beads eluted platinum over 72 hours. Further studies are needed to determine whether implantation of carboplatin-impregnated CSH beads results in detectable levels of platinum systemically and whether the platinum concentrations eluted locally are toxic to tumor cells.

  19. The Influence of Particle Shape and Size on the Activity of Platinum Nanoparticles for Oxygen Reduction Reaction: A Density Functional Theory Study

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Cerri, Isotta; Bligaard, Thomas


    We present first principle investigation of the influence of platinum nanoparticle shape and size on the oxygen reduction reaction activity. We compare the activities of nanoparticles with specific shapes (tetrahedron, octahedron, cube and truncated octahedron) with that of equilibrium particle...... shape at 0.9 V. Furthermore, the influence of support is assessed by looking at the particles with and without support interactions. The equilibrium shape is determined by calculating the changes in surface energies with potential for low-index platinum facets; (111), (100) and (110). This has been done...... by explicitly taking the coverage of oxygenated species into account. A kinetic model derived from counting the number of sites shows that the theoretical activity obtained for equilibrium particle fits well with experimental data. Particles with similar to 3 nm diameter are found to possess the highest...

  20. Comparative study of the direct-lift and platinum foil techniques in the marginal discrepancy of collarless metal ceramic restorations. (United States)

    Matsumoto, W; Baez, R J; Panzeri, H


    This study was carried out to evaluate the marginal discrepancy of collarless metal ceramic restorations, using a combination of three different techniques to manufacture the porcelain butt margin with two brands of body porcelain. Statistical analysis showed no significant difference between the techniques or brands of body porcelain used in this study.

  1. Addition of platinum and silver nanoparticles to toughen dental porcelain. (United States)

    Fujieda, Tokushi; Uno, Mitsunori; Ishigami, Hajime; Kurachi, Masakazu; Wakamatsu, Nobukazu; Doi, Yutaka


    Several studies have investigated toughening porcelain that is layered over a frame or a core. The introduction of residual compressive stress to the surface of porcelain has been shown to be effective to strengthen it. In the present study, nanoparticles of precious metals of silver and platinum (rather than non-precious metals) were used to evaluate if they could increase the fracture resistance of porcelain. The addition of silver and platinum nanoparticles was found to improve the mechanical properties of porcelain since it increased both the Young's modulus and the fracture toughness of commercial porcelain.

  2. Platinum particles deposited on synthetic boron-doped diamond surfaces. Application to methanol oxidation

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    Montilla, F.; Morallon, E.; Duo, I.; Comninellis, Ch.; Vazquez, J.L


    Two methods have been used for the deposition of Pt particles on synthetic boron-doped diamond (BDD) surfaces: chemical deposition and electrodeposition under potentiostatic conditions. However, electrodeposition leads much higher platinum dispersion than chemical deposition. The mechanism of nucleation and growing of the electrodeposited platinum was investigated by means of chronoamperometric studies in acid medium. The electrodeposition on diamond surfaces shows a mechanism of progressive nucleation as deduced from the chronoamperometric studies in acid medium. The stability of the deposited platinum is very low and the platinum particle are dissolved/detached by cycling. The modified BDD electrodes by deposition of platinum have been tested for the oxidation of methanol, showing that multi-step deposition results in higher values of surface and mass activities for methanol oxidation than one-step deposition process.

  3. On the mobility of carbon-supported platinum nanoparticles towards unveiling cathode degradation in water electrolysis (United States)

    Paciok, Paul; Schalenbach, Maximilian; Carmo, Marcelo; Stolten, Detlef


    This study investigates the influence of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) overpotential on the mobility of carbon-supported platinum particles. The migration of the platinum over the carbon support was analyzed by means of identical location transmission electron microscopy (IL-TEM). While at potentials of 0.1 and 0 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), no changes to the Pt/C material were observed. With a decrease of the overpotential to -0.1 V vs. RHE, an increase in the quantity of migrating platinum particles took place. At -0.2 V vs. RHE, a further rise in the particle migration was observed. The effect of the overpotential on the migration was explained by a higher hydrogen generation rate, the formation of a hydrogen monolayer on the platinum and the resulting changes of the platinum support distance. The mechanisms revealed in this study could describe a relevant source of degradation of PEM water electrolyzers.

  4. Photoresponsive peptide azobenzene conjugates that specifically interact with platinum surfaces (United States)

    Dinçer, S.; Tamerler, C.; Sarıkaya, M.; Pişkin, E.


    The aim of this study is to prepare photoresponsive peptide-azobenzene compounds which interacts with platinum surfaces specifically, in order to create smart surfaces for further novel applications in design of smart biosensors and array platforms. Here, a water-soluble azobenzene molecule, 4-hydroxyazo benzene,4-sulfonic acid was synthesized by diazo coupling reaction. A platinum-specific peptide, originally selected by a phage display technique was chemically synthesized/purchased, and conjugated with the azobenzene compound activated with carbonyldiimidazole. Both azobenzene and its conjugate were characterized (including photoresponsive properties) by FTIR, NMR, and UV-spectrophotometer. The yield of conjugation reaction estimated by ninhydrin assay was about 65%. Peptide incorporation did not restrict the light-sensitivity of azobenzene. Adsorption of both the peptide and its azobenzene conjugate was followed by Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) system. The kinetic evaluations exhibited that both molecules interact platinum surfaces, quite rapidly and strongly.

  5. Platinum and vanadate Bioactive Complexes of Glycoside Naringin and Phenolates

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    Full Text Available Platinum(II and vanadium(V solid binary and ternary complexes involving naringin, a flavanone glycoside in found in grapefruit, and some phenolic acids were synthesized and fully characterized using detailed structural and spectroscopic analysis techniques such as IR, NMR, and SEM techniques. The magnetic susceptibility results as well line drawings of the platinum and vanadium complexes showed four-coordinate square-planar and remarkable low-spin diamagnetic species; which is in agreement with the structures proposed. The cytotoxic activities of the binary and ternary vanadium and platinum metal complexes of phenolic acids and naringin were tested and evaluated against HepG2 (human hepatocellular carcinoma, MCF-7 (human breast adenocarcinoma, and HCT116 (human colorectal carcinoma tumor cell lines. Also, their antioxidant activities were examined by free radical scavenging assay. The relationship between the chemical structure of the synthesized complexes and their biological influence was studied and evaluated.

  6. DFT study of β-D-glucose adsorption on single-walled carbon nanotubes decorated with platinum. A bonding analysis (United States)

    González Fá, Alejandro J.; Orazi, Valeria; González, Estela A.; Juan, Alfredo; López-Corral, Ignacio


    Adsorption of β-D-glucose onto Pt decorated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was studied using density functional theory (DFT) methods including van der Waals (vdW) forces. Several adsorption geometries were analyzed evaluating the aptitude of different atoms fromβ-D-glucose molecule to be bonded with a Pt atom previously supported. The influence of vdW interactions in structure stabilization was also studied using overlap population (OP) and bonding order (BO) analysis. The results show strong short-range bonds between the O atoms from β-D-glucose and Pt decoration. The long-range interactions, mainly from O and H atoms from the adsorbate, demonstrate a significant contribution for stabilization of some geometric configurations. In effect, adsorption geometries where glucose interacts though the O atom of the ring or sbnd OH groups are favored by vdW forces, becoming the most stable systems. On the other hand, the geometry with the strongest Osbnd Pt bond but a very small contribution from vdW interactions results less stable. DOS analysis shows the stabilization of β-D-glucose after adsorption and a strong chemical interaction with Pt/CNT.

  7. Methanol electro-oxidation on platinum modified tungsten carbides in direct methanol fuel cells: a DFT study. (United States)

    Sheng, Tian; Lin, Xiao; Chen, Zhao-Yang; Hu, P; Sun, Shi-Gang; Chu, You-Qun; Ma, Chun-An; Lin, Wen-Feng


    In exploration of low-cost electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), Pt modified tungsten carbide (WC) materials are found to be great potential candidates for decreasing Pt usage whilst exhibiting satisfactory reactivity. In this work, the mechanisms, onset potentials and activity for electrooxidation of methanol were studied on a series of Pt-modified WC catalysts where the bare W-terminated WC(0001) substrate was employed. In the surface energy calculations of a series of Pt-modified WC models, we found that the feasible structures are mono- and bi-layer Pt-modified WCs. The tri-layer Pt-modified WC model is not thermodynamically stable where the top layer Pt atoms tend to accumulate and form particles or clusters rather than being dispersed as a layer. We further calculated the mechanisms of methanol oxidation on the feasible models via methanol dehydrogenation to CO involving C-H and O-H bonds dissociating subsequently, and further CO oxidation with the C-O bond association. The onset potentials for the oxidation reactions over the Pt-modified WC catalysts were determined thermodynamically by water dissociation to surface OH* species. The activities of these Pt-modified WC catalysts were estimated from the calculated kinetic data. It has been found that the bi-layer Pt-modified WC catalysts may provide a good reactivity and an onset oxidation potential comparable to pure Pt and serve as promising electrocatalysts for DMFCs with a significant decrease in Pt usage.

  8. Randomized, open-label, phase III study comparing patupilone (EPO906) with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum-refractory or -resistant patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, primary fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. (United States)

    Colombo, Nicoletta; Kutarska, Elzbieta; Dimopoulos, Meletios; Bae, Duk-Soo; Rzepka-Gorska, Izabella; Bidzinski, Mariusz; Scambia, Giovanni; Engelholm, Svend Aage; Joly, Florence; Weber, Dirk; El-Hashimy, Mona; Li, Jingjin; Souami, Farida; Wing, Patricia; Engelholm, Silke; Bamias, Aristotelis; Schwartz, Peter


    This study compared the efficacy and safety of patupilone with those of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with platinum-refractory or -resistant epithelial ovarian, primary fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. Patients with three or fewer prior regimens were eligible if they had received first-line taxane/platinum-based combination chemotherapy and were platinum refractory or resistant. Patients were randomly assigned to receive patupilone (10 mg/m(2) intravenously every 3 weeks) or PLD (50 mg/m(2) intravenously every 4 weeks). A total of 829 patients were randomly assigned (patupilone, n = 412; PLD, n = 417). There was no statistically significant difference in overall survival (OS), the primary end point, between the patupilone and PLD arms (P = .195; hazard ratio, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.79 to 1.09), with median OS rates of 13.2 and 12.7 months, respectively. Median progression-free survival was 3.7 months for both arms. The overall response rate (all partial responses) was higher in the patupilone arm than in the PLD arm (15.5% v 7.9%; odds ratio, 2.11; 95% CI, 1.36 to 3.29), although disease control rates were similar (59.5% v 56.3%, respectively). Frequently observed adverse events (AEs) of any grade included diarrhea (85.3%) and peripheral neuropathy (39.3%) in the patupilone arm and mucositis/stomatitis (43%) and hand-foot syndrome (41.8%) in the PLD arm. Patupilone did not demonstrate significant improvement in OS compared with the active control, PLD. No new or unexpected serious AEs were identified.

  9. Randomized phase II trial of carboplatin versus paclitaxel and carboplatin in platinum-sensitive recurrent advanced ovarian carcinoma: a GEICO (Grupo Espanol de Investigacion en Cancer de Ovario) study. (United States)

    González-Martín, A J; Calvo, E; Bover, I; Rubio, M J; Arcusa, A; Casado, A; Ojeda, B; Balañá, C; Martínez, E; Herrero, A; Pardo, B; Adrover, E; Rifá, J; Godes, M J; Moyano, A; Cervantes, A


    The aim of this study was to determine whether the response rate for the paclitaxel-carboplatin combination is superior to carboplatin alone in the treatment of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian carcinoma. Patients with recurrent ovarian carcinoma, 6 months after treatment with a platinum-based regimen and with no more than two previous chemotherapy lines, were randomized to receive carboplatin area under the curve (AUC) 5 (arm A) or paclitaxel 175 mg/m(2) + carboplatin AUC 5 (arm B). The primary end point was objective response, following a 'pick up the winner' design. Secondary end points included time to progression (TTP), overall survival, tolerability and quality of life (QoL). Eighty-one patients were randomized and included in the intention-to-treat analysis. The response rate in arm B was 75.6% [26.8% complete response (CR) + 48.8% partial response (PR)] [95% confidence interval (CI) 59.7% to 87.6%] and 50% in arm A (20% CR + 30% PR) (95% CI 33.8% to 66.2%). No significant differences were observed in grade 3-4 hematological toxicity. Conversely, mucositis, myalgia/arthralgia and peripheral neurophaty were more frequent in arm B. Median TTP was 49.1 weeks in arm B (95% CI 36.9-61.3) and 33.7 weeks in arm A (95% CI 25.8-41.5). No significant differences were found in the QoL analysis. Paclitaxel-carboplatin combination is a tolerable regimen with a higher response rate than carboplatin monotherapy in platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian carcinoma.

  10. Electrodeposition of platinum-iridium coatings and nanowires for neurostimulating applications: Fabrication, characterization and in-vivo retinal stimulation/recording. EIS studies of hexavalent and trivalent chromium based military coating systems (United States)

    Petrossians, Artin

    The studies presented in this thesis are composed of two different projects demonstrated in two different parts. The first part of this thesis represents an electrochemical approach to possible improvements of the interface between an implantable device and biological tissue. The second part of this thesis represents electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies on the corrosion resistance behavior of different types of polymer coated Al2024 alloys. In the first part of this thesis, a broad range of investigations on the development of an efficient and reproducible electrochemical deposition method for fabrication of thin-film platinum-iridium alloys were performed. The developed method for production of dense films was then modified to produce very high surface area coatings with ultra-low electrochemical impedance characteristics. The high-surface area platinum-iridium coating was applied on microelectrode arrays for chronic in-vitro stimulation. Using the same method of producing dense films, platinum-iridium nanowires were fabricated using Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) templates for hermetic packaging applications to be used in implantable microelectronics. The implantable microelectronics will be used to perform data reception and transmission management, power recovery, digital processing and analog output of stimulus current. Finally, in-vivo electrical stimulation tests were performed on an animal retina using high surface-area platinum-iridium coated single microelectrodes to verify the charge transfer characteristics of the coatings. In the second part of this thesis, three different sets of samples with different combinations of pretreatments, primers with the same type of topcoat were tested in 0.5 N NaCl for period of 30 days. The surface changes measured by EIS as a function of time were then analyzed. The analysis of the fit parameters of the impedance spectra showed that the different primers had the most effect on the corrosion protection

  11. Variation of adverse drug reaction profile of platinum-based chemotherapy with body mass index in patients with solid tumors: an observational study. (United States)

    Chatterjee, Dattatreyo; Roy, Somnath; Hazra, Avijit; Dasgupta, Partha; Ganguly, Subir; Das, Anup Kumar


    Toxicity of cancer chemotherapy may be affected by nutritional status of patients which is reflected in the body mass index (BMI). We sought to assess whether the adverse drug reaction (ADR) profile of platinum-based chemotherapy varies with BMI status. Adult patients of either sex, suffering from a solid tumor (lung, head and neck, ovary, gall bladder, stomach, colon) and started on platinum-based chemotherapy as initial treatment were included. BMI at chemotherapy commencement was obtained from medical records. Events were recorded and graded as per Eastern Co-operative Oncology Group Common Toxicity Criteria-patients' complaints; clinically evident signs and laboratory reports were considered. Frequencies of individual adverse events were compared between low BMI (<18.5 kg/m(2)) and satisfactory BMI groups. Similar comparisons were done for events with grades 2 or 3 severities. A total of 50 patients were observed over a 3-month period of whom 17 (34%) belonged to the low BMI group. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomatitis, anemia, alopecia, tinnitus and paresthesia were the commonly observed ADRs. The frequencies of anemia (P = 0.152) and vomiting (P = 0.140) and severity of grades of nausea (P = 0.066), anemia (P = 0.120) and paresthesia (P = 0.128) showed a higher trend in the low BMI group though differences were not statistically significant. The frequencies of tinnitus (P = 0.021) and paresthesia overall (P = 0.036) were significantly higher in the low BMI group. ADR profile of primary platinum-based chemotherapy appears to be partly influenced by BMI. This suggests the importance of maintaining adequate nutrition in patients and the need for greater vigilance in those with low BMI.

  12. A chemical preformulation study of a host-guest complex of cucurbit[7]uril and a multinuclear platinum agent for enhanced anticancer drug delivery. (United States)

    Kennedy, Alan R; Florence, Alastair J; McInnes, Fiona J; Wheate, Nial J


    Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction have been used to examine the host-guest complex of cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) and the model dinuclear platinum anticancer complex trans-[{PtCl(NH(3))(2)}(2)mu-dpzm](2+) (di-Pt, dpzm= 4,4'-dipyrazolylmethane). The single crystal structure shows that the host-guest complex forms with the di-Pt dpzm ligand within the CB[7] cavity and with the platinum groups just beyond the macrocycle portals. Binding is stabilised through hydrophobic interactions and six hydrogen bonds between the platinum ammine ligands and the dpzm pyrazole amine to the CB[7] carbonyls. Each host-guest complex crystallises with two chloride counterions and 5.5 water molecules. The unit cell comprises four asymmetric units, each of which contains three crystallographically independent CB[7]-di-Pt moieties. X-Ray powder diffraction demonstrated structural consistency of the bulk crystals with a single polycrystalline phase that is identical with the single crystal structure. Finally, the effect of CB[7] encapsulation of the thermal stability of di-Pt was examined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). From the TGA experiments it was found that free CB[7] and the CB[7]-di-Pt complex lose 11 and 3.5% of their mass respectively, through the loss of water molecules, upon heating to 160 degrees C. The DSC results showed that the free dpzm ligand melts between 186 and 199 degrees C, with a standard enthalpy of fusion of 27.92 kJ mol(-1). As a 2+ inorganic salt the metal complex does not melt but undergoes several decomposition events between 140 and 290 degrees C. Encapsulation by CB[7] completely stabilises di-Pt with no decomposition of either the macrocycle or metal complex at temperatures up to 290 degrees C.

  13. Concentrations of Platinum Group Elements (Pt, Pd, Rh in Airborne Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 Collected at Selected Canadian Urban Sites: a Case Study

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    Celo V.


    Full Text Available Increasing environmental concentrations of platinum group elements (PGEs, in particular platinum (Pt, palladium (Pd and rhodium (Rh, from catalytic converters has been reported worldwide. Initially it was believed that the emitted PGEs remain in the roadside environment, but recent studies have shown that fine PGE-containing particles can be transported and distributed at regional and long-range levels. Therefore, the monitoring of PGEs in airborne particulate matter (PM is important for the estimation of potential risks to human health and to the ecosystem. The aim of this study is to present the first results from an analysis on the concentration and distribution of Pt, Pd and Rh in PM collected on Teflon filters at two selected urban sites (Toronto, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta collected within the Canadian National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS network. In this work, a quadruple inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, combined with microwave assisted acid digestion using aqua regia was used. A cation exchange separation was used to alleviate the matrix-induced spectral and nonspectral interferences prior to ICP-MS analysis. To obtain sufficient material needed for PGEs analysis, fine PM (particles with aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 mm; PM2.5 and coarse PM (with aerodynamic diameter between 2.5 and 10 mm; PM10-2.5 samples were combined into composite samples on a seasonal basis. The obtained results will be discussed and compared with literature data.

  14. Formic Acid Oxidation at Platinum-Bismuth Clusters

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    Lovic, J. D.; Stevanovic, S. I.; Tripkovic, D. V.


    Formic acid oxidation was studied on platinum-bismuth deposits on glassy carbon (GC) substrate. The catalysts of equimolar ratio were prepared by potentiostatic deposition using chronocoulometry. Bimetallic structures obtained by two-step process, comprising deposition of Bi followed by deposition...

  15. Capacitance and microstructure of platinum/yttria-stabilised zirconia composites

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    Hendriks, M.G.H.M.; van Zyl, W.E.; ten Elshof, Johan E.; Verweij, H.


    The influence of microstructure on the capacitive behavior in the dual-phase composite system platinum/cubic-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was studied at ambient temperature. Three different synthesis methods were employed. The volume fraction of Pt metal in the composite was varied between 0 and

  16. Enhanced catalytic activity of nanoscale platinum islands loaded ...

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    In the present study, different catalysts (∼ 10 nm thick) including metals, noble metals and metal oxides, were loaded in dotted island form over SnO2 thin film for LPG gas detection. A comparison of various catalysts indicated that the presence of platinum dotted islands over SnO2 thin film deposited by r.f. sputtering ...

  17. A Multimethod Approach for Investigating Algal Toxicity of Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Sørensen, Sara Nørgaard; Engelbrekt, Christian; Lützhøft, Hans-Christian Holten


    The ecotoxicity of platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) widely used in for example automotive catalytic converters, is largely unknown. This study employs various characterization techniques and toxicity end points to investigate PtNP toxicity toward the green microalgae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata...

  18. A preliminary studies for the determination of platinum group elements, PGEs, in road dust from Sao Paulo city using a Quadrupole-Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

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    Hortellani, Marcos A.; Sarkis, Jorge E.S., E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    This paper describes the main parameters involved in the platinum group elements (PGEs) determination by ICP-MS, interfering elements separation by the cation-exchange procedure after two digestion procedures. The eluent volume and choice of isotopes for ICP-MS determination was evaluated by elution curve of the cation-exchange technique using Dowex 50WX8, 200-400 mesh resin and a certified reference materials, BCR-723 (road dust). Analytical results and instrumental methods for analysis of platinum group elements were evaluated by ultrasound assisted extraction and microwave-assisted digestion. Two certified reference materials for the determination of PGEs in used auto catalysts (SRM 2556 and SRM 2557), were used for this evaluation. The main advantage of microwave-assisted digestion over ultrasound-assisted extraction was better recoveries for Rh (92% and 66%, respectively). Pt and Pd had almost the same recoveries (105% and 104%, for Pt, respectively and 89% and 83% for Pd). Therefore, the microwave-assisted digestion was chosen for this purpose. (author)

  19. Profile of bevacizumab in the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer: current perspectives

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    Full Text Available E Clair McClung, Robert M WenhamDepartment of Gynecologic Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, USAAbstract: Patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer have progression of disease within 6 months of completing platinum-based chemotherapy. While several chemotherapeutic options exist for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, the overall response to any of these therapies is ~10%, with a median progression-free survival of 3–4 months and a median overall survival of 9–12 months. Bevacizumab (Avastin, a humanized, monoclonal antivascular endothelial growth factor antibody, has demonstrated antitumor activity in the platinum-resistant setting and was recently approved by US Food and Drug Administration for combination therapy with weekly paclitaxel, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, or topotecan. This review summarizes key clinical trials investigating bevacizumab for recurrent, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer and provides an overview of efficacy, safety, and quality of life data relevant in this setting. While bevacizumab is currently the most studied and clinically available antiangiogenic therapy, we summarize recent studies highlighting novel alternatives, including vascular endothelial growth factor-trap, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and angiopoietin inhibitor trebananib, and discuss their application for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.Keywords: bevacizumab, angiogenesis, ovarian cancer, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, recurrent ovarian cancer

  20. Room temperature synthesis of colloidal platinum nanoparticles

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    Abstract. Efficient preparation of stable dispersions of platinum nanoparticles from platinous chloride. (K2PtCl4) was achieved by simultaneous addition of capping polymer material. The size of platinum nanoparti- cles was controlled by changing the ratio of concentration of capping polymer material to the concentration of.

  1. Acute and chronic nephrotoxicity of platinum nanoparticles in mice (United States)

    Yamagishi, Yoshiaki; Watari, Akihiro; Hayata, Yuya; Li, Xiangru; Kondoh, Masuo; Yoshioka, Yasuo; Tsutsumi, Yasuo; Yagi, Kiyohito


    Platinum nanoparticles are being utilized in various industrial applications, including in catalysis, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Although reducing the size of the nanoparticles improves the physicochemical properties and provides useful performance characteristics, the safety of the material remains a major concern. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the biological effects of platinum particles less than 1 nm in size (snPt1). In mice administered with a single intravenous dose of snPt1, histological analysis revealed necrosis of tubular epithelial cells and urinary casts in the kidney, without obvious toxic effects in the lung, spleen, and heart. These mice exhibited dose-dependent elevation of blood urea nitrogen, an indicator of kidney damage. Direct application of snPt1 to in vitro cultures of renal cells induced significant cytotoxicity. In mice administered for 4 weeks with twice-weekly intraperitoneal snPt1, histological analysis of the kidney revealed urinary casts, tubular atrophy, and inflammatory cell accumulation. Notably, these toxic effects were not observed in mice injected with 8-nm platinum particles, either by single- or multiple-dose administration. Our findings suggest that exposure to platinum particles of less than 1 nm in size may induce nephrotoxicity and disrupt some kidney functions. However, this toxicity may be reduced by increasing the nanoparticle size.

  2. Treatment schedule-dependent effect of 5-fluorouracil and platinum derivatives in colorectal cancer cells. (United States)

    Takara, Kohji; Fujita, Megumi; Minegaki, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Takahashi, Minoru; Yokoyama, Teruyoshi; Okumura, Katsuhiko


    Combination chemotherapy for treating cancer often is superior in clinical efficacy to monotherapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the schedule-dependent effect of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and platinum derivatives (cisplatin or oxaliplatin) in colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines, and to explore factors affecting it. Two human CRC-derived cell lines, DLD-1 and HCT116, were used. Three treatment schedules were tested, and growth inhibitory effects were evaluated with a WST-1 assay. Combined effects were assessed with isobolograms and a combination index. Cellular accumulation and DNA-binding of platinum were measured with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Exposure to 5-FU followed by cisplatin produced synergistic effects in DLD-1 cells, and the amount of platinum bound to DNA was substantially increased as compared with that for other schedules. 5-FU and oxaliplatin also tended to be synergistic when 5-FU was given first, but no significant change in the cellular kinetics of platinum was observed. On the other hand, in HCT116 cells, the combined effects of 5-FU and platinum derivatives were comparable among the three schedules. Exposure to 5-FU followed by cisplatin had a synergistic effect in DLD-1 cells, suggesting that the amount of platinum bound to DNA contributes to this result. Also, the effect was dependent on the type of platinum derivative and cell. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. IgE antibody responses to platinum group metals: a large scale refinery survey.


    Murdoch, R D; Pepys, J; Hughes, E G


    All 306 South African platinum refinery workers (116 white, 190 coloured) accepted for employment on grounds of absence of evidence of atopy were investigated using the skin prick test and RAST to detect sensitivity to platinum, palladium, and rhodium salts. RAST studies were made for these, together with HSA and DNP-HSA RAST. Of the 306 workers, 38 had a positive skin prick test to the platinum halide salts; of these, one gave a positive reaction to the palladium salt and six to the rhodium ...

  4. Salvage chemotherapy with taxane and platinum for women with recurrent uterine carcinosarcoma. (United States)

    Matsuo, Koji; Ross, Malcolm S; Yunokawa, Mayu; Johnson, Marian S; Machida, Hiroko; Omatsu, Kohei; Klobocista, Merieme M; Im, Dwight D; Satoh, Shinya; Baba, Tsukasa; Ikeda, Yuji; Bush, Stephen H; Hasegawa, Kosei; Blake, Erin A; Takekuma, Munetaka; Shida, Masako; Nishimura, Masato; Adachi, Sosuke; Pejovic, Tanja; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Yokoyama, Takuhei; Ueda, Yutaka; Iwasaki, Keita; Miyake, Takahito M; Yanai, Shiori; Nagano, Tadayoshi; Takano, Tadao; Shahzad, Mian M K; Ueland, Frederick R; Kelley, Joseph L; Roman, Lynda D


    To examine survival after recurrence (SAR) among women with recurrent uterine carcinosarcoma who received a taxane/platinum doublet as the first-line salvage chemotherapy. We retrospectively examined 148 women with recurrent uterine carcinosarcoma who received salvage chemotherapy within a cohort of 906 uterine carcinosarcomas. An independent association of salvage chemotherapy type and SAR was examined with multivariate analysis. There were 71 (48.0%) women who received a taxane/platinum regimen. On univariate analysis, women who received a taxane/platinum doublet had a higher 2-year SAR rate compared to women who received non-taxane/platinum regimens (55.5% versus 34.8%, Pimproved SAR compared to the non-taxane/platinum regimens (adjusted-hazard ratio [HR] 0.56, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.35 to 0.91, P=0.02). When stratified by disease-free interval, women with a disease-free interval ≥6months who received a taxane/platinum doublet had a higher 2-year SAR rate compared to those who received non-taxane/platinum regimens (61.9% versus 40.0%, HR 0.46, 95% CI 0.28 to 0.75, P=0.002); conversely, in women with a disease-free interval chemotherapy, re-treatment with taxane/platinum doublet as salvage chemotherapy remained beneficial (2-year SAR rate, 62.1% versus 39.7%, HR 0.40, 95% CI 0.18 to 0.86, P=0.019). Our study suggests that taxane/platinum doublet may be a more effective chemotherapy regimen compared to other regimens among women with recurrent uterine carcinosarcoma, especially for those who had a disease-free interval of ≥6months. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Rheotaxis of elongated platinum-gold nanoswimmers (United States)

    Brosseau, Quentin; Wu, Yang; Ristroph, Leif; Zhang, Jun; Ward, Michael; Shelley, Michael


    Directed motion of self-propelled colloids has attracted much attention as a possible means to transport microscopic cargo to desired locations. However, active colloids, such as our gold-platinum (Au-Pt) bi-metallic motors ( 2 micrometers) that are powered by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), are subjected to Brownian motion and move diffusively. These swimmers can be directed via interactions with structured substrates, e.g. within an array of asymmetric pillars. Our current study focuses on realizing the directed motion in an imposed open flow, of these active nanorods. This dynamic response, often referred to as ``rheotaxis'', is found in many marine organisms. The effect of flow geometry and flow characteristics will be discussed in more details.

  6. Determination of platinum surface contamination in veterinary and human oncology centres using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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    Janssens, T.; Brouwers, E. E M; de Vos, J. P.; de Vries, N.; Schellens, J. H M; Beijnen, J. H.


    The objective of this study was to determine the surface contamination with platinum-containing antineoplastic drugs in veterinary and human oncology centres. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to measure platinum levels in surface samples. In veterinary and human oncology

  7. Impact of beta blocker medication in patients with platinum sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer-a combined analysis of 2 prospective multicenter trials by the AGO Study Group, NCIC-CTG and EORTC-GCG. (United States)

    Heitz, Florian; du Bois, Andreas; Harter, Philipp; Lubbe, Dirk; Kurzeder, Christian; Vergote, Ignace; Plante, Marie; Pfisterer, Jacobus


    Retrospective analyses suggest that the treatment with beta blocker improves survival in patients with breast cancer and melanoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of medication with beta blocker in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer. Included patients received treatment within two prospective clinical trials: AGO-OVAR 2.4 phase I trial (carboplatin/gemcitabine; N=25, protocol AGO-OVAR 2.4) and AGO led intergroup phase III trial (carboplatin vs carboplatin/gemcitabine; N=356, protocol AGO-OVAR 2.5, EORTC-GCG, NCIC CTG). Concurrent medication was documented after every cycle and thorough monitoring was conducted. During the studies 38 patients (9.97%) received a beta blocker as co-medication. Patients treated with beta blockers were significantly older than patients not treated with beta blockers. Response rates to chemotherapy were not different between patients treated with beta blockers and those who were not. After a median follow-up of 17 months, 349 (91.6%) patients had progressive disease and 267 (70.1%) patients had died. No difference in median progression-free survival (7.79 vs 7.62 months (p=0.95)) and overall survival (21.2 vs 17.3 months (p=0.18)) was recorded for patients treated with and without beta blocker. In multivariate analyses including age, platinum free-interval, study treatment and ECOG performance status beta blocker treatment was not associated with a significant impact on progression-free survival (HR: 0.92; 95% CI: 0.65-1.31; p=0.65) and overall survival (HR:0.74; 95%CI: 0.49-1.11; p=0.15). In this series of recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer patients it could not be confirmed whether beta blocker treatment was associated with better or worse outcome. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Mechanism of Platinum Derivatives Induced Kidney Injury

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    Feifei YAN


    Full Text Available Platinum derivatives are the most widely used chemotherapeutic agents to treat solid tumors including ovarian, head and neck, and testicular germ cell tumors, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer. Two major problems exist, however, in the clinic use of platinum derivatives. One is the development of tumor resistance to the drug during therapy, leading to treatment failure. The other is the drug’s toxicity such as the cisplatin’s nephrotoxicity, which limits the dose that can be administered. This paper describes the mechanism of platinum derivatives induced kidney injury.

  9. Impact of treatment with bevacizumab beyond disease progression: a randomized phase II study of docetaxel with or without bevacizumab after platinum-based chemotherapy plus bevacizumab in patients with advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (WJOG 5910L

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    Takeda Masayuki


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bevacizumab, a humanized antibody to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, shows clinical activity against human cancer, with its addition to standard chemotherapy having been found to improve outcome in patients with advanced nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC. However, there have been no evidence-based studies to support the continued use of bevacizumab beyond disease progression in such patients treated with the drug in first-line therapy. We have now designed a randomized phase II trial to examine the clinical benefit and safety of continued bevacizumab treatment in patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC whose disease has progressed after first-line treatment with bevacizumab plus a platinum-based doublet. Methods/Design WJOG 5910L was designed as a multicenter, open-label, randomized, phase II trial by the West Japan Oncology Group of docetaxel (arm A versus docetaxel plus bevacizumab (arm B in patients with recurrent or metatstatic nonsquamous NSCLC whose disease has progressed after first-line treatment with bevacizumab plus a platinum-based doublet. Patients in arm A will receive docetaxel at 60 mg/m2 and those in arm B will receive docetaxel at 60 mg/m2 plus bevacizumab at 15 mg/kg, with each drug administered on day 1 every 21 days until progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary endpoint of the study is progression-free survival, with secondary endpoints including response rate, overall survival, and safety, for patients treated in either arm. Trial registration UMIN (University Hospital Medical Information Network in Japan 000004715

  10. Characterization and bacterial anti-adherent effect on modified PMMA denture acrylic resin containing platinum nanoparticles


    Nam, Ki-Young


    PURPOSE This study characterized the synthesis of a modified PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) denture acrylic loading platinum nanoparticles (PtN) and assessed its bacterial inhibitory efficacy to produce novel antimicrobial denture base material. MATERIALS AND METHODS Polymerized PMMA denture acrylic disc (20 mm × 2 mm) specimens containing 0 (control), 10, 50, 100 and 200 mg/L of PtN were fabricated respectively. The obtained platinum-PMMA nanocomposite (PtNC) was characterized by TEM (transm...

  11. Electronic properties of a molecular system with Platinum (United States)

    Ojeda, J. H.; Medina, F. G.; Becerra-Alonso, David


    The electronic properties are studied using a finite homogeneous molecule called Trans-platinum-linked oligo(tetraethenylethenes). This system is composed of individual molecules such as benzene rings, platinum, Phosphore and Sulfur. The mechanism for the study of the electron transport through this system is based on placing the molecule between metal contacts to control the current through the molecular system. We study this molecule based on the tight-binding approach for the calculation of the transport properties using the Landauer-Büttiker formalism and the Fischer-Lee relationship, based on a semi-analytic Green's function method within a real-space renormalization approach. Our results show a significant agreement with experimental measurements.

  12. Platinum-Resistor Differential Temperature Sensor (United States)

    Kolbly, R. B.; Britcliffe, M. J.


    Platinum resistance elements used in bridge circuit for measuring temperature difference between two flowing liquids. Temperature errors with circuit are less than 0.01 degrees C over range of 100 degrees C.

  13. Determination of platinum surface contamination in veterinary and human oncology centres using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Janssens, T; Brouwers, E E M; de Vos, J P; de Vries, N; Schellens, J H M; Beijnen, J H


    The objective of this study was to determine the surface contamination with platinum-containing antineoplastic drugs in veterinary and human oncology centres. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to measure platinum levels in surface samples. In veterinary and human oncology centres, 46.3 and 68.9% of the sampled surfaces demonstrated platinum contamination, respectively. Highest platinum levels were found in the preparation rooms (44.6 pg cm(-2)) in veterinary centres, while maximal levels in human centres were found in oncology patient-only toilets (725 pg cm(-2)). Transference of platinum by workers outside areas where antineoplastic drugs were handled was observed in veterinary and human oncology centres. In conclusion, only low levels of platinum contamination attributable to carboplatin were found in the sampled veterinary oncology centres. However, dispersion of platinum outside areas where antineoplastic drugs were handled was detected in veterinary and human oncology centres. Consequently, not only personnel, but also others may be exposed to platinum. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  14. Stabilizing platinum in phosphoric acid fuel cells (United States)

    Remick, R. J.


    Platinum sintering on phosphoric acid fuel cell cathodes is discussed. The cathode of the phosphoric acid fuel cell uses a high surface area platinum catalyst dispersed on a conductive carbon support to minimize both cathode polarization and fabrication costs. During operation, however, the active surface area of these electrodes decreases, which in turn leads to decreased cell performance. This loss of active surface area is a major factor in the degradation of fuel cell performance over time.

  15. Aberrant DNA damage response pathways may predict the outcome of platinum chemotherapy in ovarian cancer.

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    Dimitra T Stefanou

    Full Text Available Ovarian carcinoma (OC is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Despite the advances in the treatment of OC with combinatorial regimens, including surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy, patients generally exhibit poor prognosis due to high chemotherapy resistance. Herein, we tested the hypothesis that DNA damage response (DDR pathways are involved in resistance of OC patients to platinum chemotherapy. Selected DDR signals were evaluated in two human ovarian carcinoma cell lines, one sensitive (A2780 and one resistant (A2780/C30 to platinum treatment as well as in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs from OC patients, sensitive (n = 7 or resistant (n = 4 to subsequent chemotherapy. PBMCs from healthy volunteers (n = 9 were studied in parallel. DNA damage was evaluated by immunofluorescence γH2AX staining and comet assay. Higher levels of intrinsic DNA damage were found in A2780 than in A2780/C30 cells. Moreover, the intrinsic DNA damage levels were significantly higher in OC patients relative to healthy volunteers, as well as in platinum-sensitive patients relative to platinum-resistant ones (all P<0.05. Following carboplatin treatment, A2780 cells showed lower DNA repair efficiency than A2780/C30 cells. Also, following carboplatin treatment of PBMCs ex vivo, the DNA repair efficiency was significantly higher in healthy volunteers than in platinum-resistant patients and lowest in platinum-sensitive ones (t1/2 for loss of γH2AX foci: 2.7±0.5h, 8.8±1.9h and 15.4±3.2h, respectively; using comet assay, t1/2 of platinum-induced damage repair: 4.8±1.4h, 12.9±1.9h and 21.4±2.6h, respectively; all P<0.03. Additionally, the carboplatin-induced apoptosis rate was higher in A2780 than in A2780/C30 cells. In PBMCs, apoptosis rates were inversely correlated with DNA repair efficiencies of these cells, being significantly higher in platinum-sensitive than in platinum-resistant patients and lowest in healthy volunteers (all P<0.05. We conclude

  16. Quality of life and treatment response among women with platinum-resistant versus platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer treated for progression: a prospective analysis. (United States)

    Beesley, Vanessa L; Green, Adele C; Wyld, David K; O'Rourke, Peter; Wockner, Leesa F; deFazio, Anna; Butow, Phyllis N; Price, Melanie A; Horwood, Keith R; Clavarino, Alexandra M; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study-Quality Of Life Study Investigators; Webb, Penelope M


    Most women with ovarian cancer relapse and undergo further chemotherapy however evidence regarding the benefits of this for women with platinum-resistant disease is limited. Our objective was to determine whether there was a quality of life improvement or treatment response among women treated for platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. We combined data from 2 studies where women treated with chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer (n=172) completed a quality of life questionnaire every 3 months. Cancers were classified as platinum-resistant if they progressed within 6 months of completing first-line chemotherapy. Mixed effects models were used to analyze change in quality of life during the first 6 months after second-line chemotherapy. One-quarter of women (n=44) were classified as having platinum-resistant disease. Overall, their quality of life did not significantly increase or decrease, following commencement of second-line chemotherapy (least square mean scores=107, 105, 103 at chemotherapy start, 3 and 6 months later, respectively), although 26% of these women reported a meaningful increase and 31% reported a meaningful decline. One-third of the platinum-resistant group responded (11% complete and 21% partial response) to second-line chemotherapy, and this figure increased to 54% among the subset (36%) re-treated with platinum-based agents with or without other agents. Preliminary analyses suggest that quality of life may be higher at chemotherapy initiation in women whose disease responded (median score 121 vs 110). Overall, quality of life appears to be maintained in women with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer who receive further chemotherapy and some women respond to re-treatment. © 2013.

  17. Effect of Platinum Group Metal Doping in Magnesium Diboride Wires

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    Grivel, Jean-Claude; Alexiou, Aikaterini; Namazkar, Shahla


    The effect of some platinum group metals(PGM = Rh, Pd, and Pt) on the microstructure and critical current density of Cu/Nb-sheathed MgB2 wires has been studied using Mg1-x PGMxB2 powders with low doping levels. It was found that Pt and Pd do not enter the MgB2 lattice and have only limited influe...

  18. Transmembrane protein 88 (TMEM88) promoter hypomethylation is associated with platinum resistance in ovarian cancer. (United States)

    de Leon, Maria; Cardenas, Horacio; Vieth, Edyta; Emerson, Robert; Segar, Matthew; Liu, Yunlong; Nephew, Kenneth; Matei, Daniela


    Epigenetic alterations have been implicated in the development of platinum resistance in ovarian cancer (OC). In this study, we aimed to identify DNA methylation changes in platinum resistant tumors and their functional implications. To identify DNA methylation alterations we used the Illumina 450k DNA methylation array and profiled platinum sensitive and resistant OC xenografts. Validation analyses employed RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry (IHC). Genome-wide DNA methylation analysis of OC xenografts identified 6 genes (SSH3, SLC12A4, TMEM88, PCDHGC3, DAXX, MEST) whose promoters were significantly hypomethylated in resistant compared to sensitive (control) xenografts (pIHC in all histological types of ovarian tumors and its knock-down by using siRNA promoted OC cell proliferation and colony formation and re-sensitized cells to platinum. Furthermore, TMEM88 knock down induced upregulation of cyclin D1 and c-Myc, known Wnt target genes, supporting that TMEM88 inhibits Wnt signaling. Overall, our results support that OC platinum resistance was correlated with TMEM88 overexpression regulated through decreased promoter methylation. Our data suggest that TMEM88 functions as an inhibitor of Wnt signaling, contributing to the development of platinum resistance. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Photophysics of organometallic platinum(II) derivatives of the diketopyrrolopyrrole chromophore

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    Goswami, Subhadip


    A pair of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) chromophores that are end-functionalized with platinum containing "auxochromes" were subjected to electrochemical and photophysical study. The chromophores contain either platinum acetylide or ortho-metalated 2-thienylpyridinyl(platinum) end-groups (DPP-Pt(CC) and DPP-Pt(acac), respectively). The ground state redox potentials of the chromophores were determined by solution electrochemistry, and the HOMO and LUMO levels were estimated. The chromophores\\' photophysical properties were characterized by absorption, photoluminescence, and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy on time scales from sub-picoseconds to microseconds. Density functional theory (DFT) computations were performed to understand the molecular orbitals involved in both the singlet and triplet excited state photophysics. The results reveal that in both platinum DPP derivatives the organometallic auxochromes have a significant effect on the chromophores\\' photophysics. The most profound effect is a reduction in the fluorescence yields accompanied by enhanced triplet yields due to spin-orbit coupling induced by the metal centers. The effects are most pronounced in DPP-Pt(acac), indicating that the orthometalated platinum auxochrome is able to induce spin-orbital coupling to a greater extent compared to the platinum acetylide units. (Figure Presented).

  20. Selective speciation improves efficacy and lowers toxicity of platinum anticancer and vanadium antidiabetic drugs. (United States)

    Doucette, Kaitlin A; Hassell, Kelly N; Crans, Debbie C


    Improving efficacy and lowering resistance to metal-based drugs can be addressed by consideration of the coordination complex speciation and key reactions important to vanadium antidiabetic drugs or platinum anticancer drugs under biological conditions. The methods of analyses vary depending on the specific metal ion chemistry. The vanadium compounds interconvert readily, whereas the reactions of the platinum compounds are much slower and thus much easier to study. However, the vanadium species are readily differentiated due to vanadium complexes differing in color. For both vanadium and platinum systems, understanding the processes as the compounds, Lipoplatin and Satraplatin, enter cells is needed to better combat the disease; there are many cellular metabolites, which may affect processing and thus the efficacy of the drugs. Examples of two formulations of platinum compounds illustrate how changing the chemistry of the platinum will result in less toxic and better tolerated drugs. The consequence of the much lower toxicity of the drug, can be readily realized because cisplatin administration requires hospital stay whereas Lipoplatin can be done in an outpatient manner. Similarly, the properties of Satraplatin allow for development of an oral drug. These forms of platinum demonstrate that the direct consequence of more selective speciation is lower side effects and cheaper administration of the anticancer agent. Therefore we urge that as the community goes forward in development of new drugs, control of speciation chemistry will be considered as one of the key strategies in the future development of anticancer drugs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Platinum redispersion on metal oxides in low temperature fuel cells

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Cerri, Isotta; Nagami, Tetsuo


    We have analyzed the aptitude of several metal oxide supports (TiO2, SnO2, NbO2, ZrO2, SiO2, Ta2O5 and Nb2O5) to redisperse platinum under electrochemical conditions pertinent to the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) cathode. The redispersion on oxide supports in air has been studied...... in detail; however, due to different operating conditions it is not straightforward to link the chemical and the electrochemical environment. The largest differences reflect in (1) the oxidation state of the surface (the oxygen species coverage), (2) temperature and (3) the possibility of platinum...... dissolution at high potentials and the interference of redispersion with normal working potential of the PEMFC cathode. We have calculated the PtOx (x = 0, 1, 2) adsorption energies on different metal oxides' surface terminations as well as inside the metal oxides' bulk, and we have concluded that NbO2 might...

  2. Platinum(II) complexes as spectroscopic probes for biomolecules

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    Ratilla, E.


    The use of platinum(II) complexes as tags and probes for biomolecules is indeed advantageous for their reactivities can be selective for certain purposes through an interplay of mild reaction conditions and of the ligands bound to the platinum. The use of {sup 195}Pt NMR as a method of detecting platinum and its interactions with biomolecules was carried out with the simplest model of platinum(II) tagging to proteins. Variable-temperature {sup 195}Pt NMR spectroscopy proved useful in studying the stereodynamics of complex thioethers like methionine. The complex, Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +}, with its chromophore has a greater potential for probing proteins. It is a noninvasive and selective tag for histidine and cysteine residues on the surface of cytochrome c at pH 5. The protein derivatives obtained are separable, and the tags are easily quantitated and differentiated through the metal-to-ligand charge transfer bands which are sensitive to the environment of the tag. Increasing the pH to 7.0 led to the modification by Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +}of Arg 91 in cytochrome c. Further studies with guanidine-containing ligands as models for arginine modification by Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +} showed that guanidine can act as a terminal ligand and as a bridging ligand. Owing to the potential utility of Pt(trpy)L{sup n+} as electron dense probes of nucleic acid structure, interactions of this bis-Pt(trpy){sup 2+} complex with nucleic acids was evaluated. Indeed, the complex interacts non-covalently with nucleic acids. Its interactions with DNA are not exactly the same as those of its precedents. Most striking is its ability to form highly immobile bands of DNA upon gel electrophoresis. 232 refs.

  3. Biologically Inspired Phosphino Platinum Complexes

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    Jain, Avijita; Helm, Monte L.; Linehan, John C.; DuBois, Daniel L.; Shaw, Wendy J.


    Platinum complexes containing phosphino amino acid and amino acid ester ligands, built upon the PPhNR’2 platform, have been synthesized and characterized (PPhNR’2= [1,3-diaza]-5-phenyl phosphacyclohexane, R’=glycine or glycine ester). These complexes were characterized by 31P, 13C, 1H, 195Pt NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The X-ray crystal structure of one of the complexes, [PtCl2(PPhNGlyester 2)2], is also reported. These biologically inspired ligands have potential use in homogeneous catalysis, with special applications in chiral chemistry and water soluble chemistry. These complexes also provide a foundation upon which larger peptides can be attached, to allow the introduction of enzyme-like features onto small molecule catalysts. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  4. Combinations of platinums and selected phytochemicals as a means of overcoming resistance in ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Huq, Fazlul; Yu, Jun Q; Beale, Philip; Chan, Charles; Arzuman, Lalia; Nessa, Meher U; Mazumder, Mohammed E H


    Cancer sufferers are often found to use herbal products along with targeted therapy although not much information (whether beneficial or harmful) is available about the effects of such combinations. In this study, we investigated synergism from the combination of platinum drugs and a number of tumour-active phytochemicals including curcumin, epigallocatechin-3-gallate, thymoquinone, genistein, resveratrol, betulinic acid and ursolic acid in three human ovarian cancer cell lines A2780, A2780(cisR) and A2780(ZD0473R), as a function of concentration and the sequence of administration. Both the dose-effect curves and combination indices show that the binary combinations of platinum drugs with the phytochemicals exert concentration- and sequence-dependent synergism in the cell lines. Generally the degree of synergism is found to be greater in sequenced administration such as 0/2 h, 2/0 h, 0/4 h and 4/0 h than the bolus. The variation in the nature of the combined drug action from being highly synergistic to antagonistic with the change in sequence of administration clearly indicates that the action of one drug modulates that of the other (towards the induction or inhibition of apoptosis). We have also used sequenced combinations of platinum drugs and bortezomib (a proteasome inhibitor that prevents cisplatin-induced proteasomal degration of copper transporter CTR1) to enhance cellular platinum accumulation and the level of platinum-DNA binding especially in the resistant human ovarian tumour models. Proteomic studies to identify the key proteins associated with platinum resistance are ongoing. We have identified 59 proteins associated with platinum resistance in ovarian tumor models.

  5. Redeposition of electrochemically dissolved platinum as nanoparticles on carbon

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    Norgaard, C. F.; Stamatin, S. N.; Skou, E. M.


    Electrochemical dissolution of platinum has been proposed by several research groups as an environmentally friendly way to recover platinum from catalytic structures such as fuel cell electrodes. For the case of electrochemical dissolution of platinum in hydrochloric acid electrolyte, the present...

  6. In vitro effects of platinum compounds on renal cellular respiration in mice. (United States)

    Almarzooqi, Saeeda-S; Alfazari, Ali-S; Abdul-Kader, Hidaya-M; Saraswathiamma, Dhanya; Albawardi, Alia-S; Souid, Abdul-Kader


    Cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are structurally-related compounds, which are commonly used in cancer therapy. Cisplatin (Platinol(®)) has Boxed Warning stating: "Cumulative renal toxicity associated with PLATINOL is severe", while carboplatin and oxaliplatin are less nephrotoxic. These drugs form platinum adducts with cellular DNA. Their bindings to cellular thiols (e.g., glutathione and metallothionein) are known to contribute to drug resistance while thiol depletion augments platinum toxicity. Using phosphorescence oxygen analyzer, this study investigated the effects of platinum drugs on renal cellular respiration (mitochondrial O2 consumption) in the presence and absence of the thiol blocking agent N-ethylmaleimide (used here as a model for thiol depletion). Renal cellular ATP was also determined. Kidney fragments from C57BL/6 mice were incubated at 37 °C in Krebs-Henseleit buffer (gassed with 95% O2:5% CO2) with and without 100 μM platinum drug in the presence and absence of 100 μM N-ethylmaleimide for ≤ 6 h. Platinum drugs alone had no effects on cellular respiration (P ≥ 0.143) or ATP (P ≥ 0.161). N-ethylmaleimide lowered cellular respiration (P ≤ 0.114) and ATP (P = 0.008). The combination of platinum drug and N-ethylmaleimide significantly lowered both cellular respiration (P ≤ 0.006) and ATP (P ≤ 0.003). Incubations with N-ethylmaleimide alone were associated with moderate-to-severe tubular necrosis. Incubations with cisplatin+N-ethylmaleimide vs. cisplatin alone produced similar severities of tubular necrosis. Tubular derangements were more prominent in carboplatin+N-ethylmaleimide vs. carboplatin alone and in oxaliplatin+N-ethylmaleimide vs. oxaliplatin alone. These results demonstrate the adverse events of thiol depletion on platinum-induced nephrotoxicities. The results suggest cellular bioenergetics is a useful surrogate biomarker for assessing drug-induced nephrotoxicities.

  7. Research Update: Platinum-elastomer mesocomposite as neural electrode coating

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    Ivan R. Minev


    Full Text Available Platinum is electrochemically stable and biocompatible, and remains the preferred material for the fabrication of implantable neural electrodes. In a foil or film format, platinum is mechanically stiff compared to interfaced biological tissue. We report a soft, highly stable platinum-elastomer composite that offers both mechanical compliance and the electrochemical properties of platinum. We demonstrate the high-performance of the novel mesocomposite printed on stretchable microelectrodes both in vitro and in vivo. The platinum-elastomer composite is a new promising coating for chronic neural interfaces.


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    V. V. Primachenko


    Full Text Available As the result of the studies at PJSC « UKRNIIO them. A.S.Berezhnogo» the technology and commercial production of crucibles from stabilized zirconia for the smelting of platinum group metals are develop

  9. Assess the dominant circumstances and factors giving rise to accidents in the gold and platinum mining industries

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    Ashworth, SGE


    Full Text Available This report summarises both the statistical analysis of accident data and detailed accident case studies in attempt to make a complete conclusions of what causes the accidents in gold and platinum mines. And also discusses the recommendations...

  10. Bevacizumab and paclitaxel–carboplatin chemotherapy and secondary cytoreduction in recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group study GOG-0213): a multicentre, open-label, randomised, phase 3 trial (United States)

    Coleman, Robert L; Brady, Mark F; Herzog, Thomas J; Sabbatini, Paul; Armstrong, Deborah K; Walker, Joan L; Kim, Byoung-Gie; Fujiwara, Keiichi; Tewari, Krishnansu S; O'Malley, David M; Davidson, Susan A; Rubin, Stephen C; DiSilvestro, Paul; Basen-Engquist, Karen; Huang, Helen; Chan, John K; Spirtos, Nick M; Ashfaq, Raheela; Mannel, Robert S


    Summary Background Platinum-based chemotherapy doublets are a standard of care for women with ovarian cancer recurring 6 months after completion of initial therapy. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles of secondary surgical cytoreduction and bevacizumab in this population, and report the results of the bevacizumab component here. Methods The multicentre, open-label, randomised phase 3 GOG-0213 trial was done in 67 predominantly academic centres in the USA (65 centres), Japan (one centre), and South Korea (one centre). Eligible patients were adult women (aged ≥18 years) with recurrent measurable or evaluable epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer, and a clinical complete response to primary platinum-based chemotherapy, who had been disease-free for at least 6 months following last infused cycle of platinum. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) to standard chemotherapy (six 3-weekly cycles of paclitaxel [175 mg/m2 of body surface area] and carboplatin [area under the curve 5]) or the same chemotherapy regimen plus bevacizumab (15 mg/kg of bodyweight) every 3 weeks and continued as maintenance every 3 weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Individuals who participated in both the bevacizumab objective and surgical objective (which is ongoing) were randomly assigned (1:1:1:1) to receive either of these two chemotherapy regimens with or without prior secondary cytoreductive surgery. Randomisation for the bevacizumab objective was stratified by treatment-free interval and participation in the surgical objective. The primary endpoint was overall survival, analysed by intention to treat. This study is registered with, number NCT00565851. Findings Between Dec 10, 2007, and Aug 26, 2011, 674 women were enrolled and randomly assigned to standard chemotherapy (n=337) or chemotherapy plus bevacizumab (n=377). Median follow-up at the end of the trial on Nov 5, 2014, was 49·6 months in each treatment

  11. Extraction chromatographic separation of platinum (IV) from real samples and associated elements. (United States)

    Kokate, Sudarshan Jagdish; Kuchekar, Shashikant Raghunath


    The extraction behavior of platinum (IV) was studied with N-n-octylaniline as a function of different parameters, such as pH, concentrations of weak acids, mineral acids, reagents and elution time. A selective method was developed for the extraction chromatographic studies of platinum (IV) and its separation from several metal ions with N-n-octylaniline (liquid anion exchanger) as a stationary phase on silica gel. The quantitative extraction of platinum (IV) was observed with 0.067 mol/L N-n-octylaniline and 0.015 mol/L ascorbic acid at pH 1.0. Metal ion was stripped from the column with water and determined spectrophotometrically with stannous chloride method. The proposed method is free from the interference of a large number of cations and anions. Platinum (IV) was separated from pharmaceutical preparations, alloys and synthetic mixtures. Mutual separation scheme was developed for platinum (IV), palladium (II) and gold (III). The log-log plot of N-n-octylaniline concentration versus the distribution ratio indicates that the probable extracted species is [RR'NH2+] x Pt (C6H7O6)3-.

  12. A systematic review of platinum and taxane resistance from bench to clinic: an inverse relationship. (United States)

    Stordal, Britta; Pavlakis, Nick; Davey, Ross


    We undertook a systematic review of the pre-clinical and clinical literature for studies investigating the relationship between platinum and taxane resistance. Medline was searched for (1) cell models of acquired drug resistance reporting platinum and taxane sensitivities and (2) clinical trials of platinum or taxane salvage therapy in ovarian cancer. One hundred and thirty-seven models of acquired drug resistance were identified. 68.1% of cisplatin-resistant cells were sensitive to paclitaxel and 66.7% of paclitaxel-resistant cells were sensitive to cisplatin. A similar inverse pattern was observed for cisplatin vs. docetaxel, carboplatin vs. paclitaxel and carboplatin vs. docetaxel. These associations were independent of cancer type, agents used to develop resistance and reported mechanisms of resistance. Sixty-five eligible clinical trials of paclitaxel-based salvage after platinum therapy were identified. Studies of single agent paclitaxel in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer where patients had previously recieved paclitaxel had a pooled response rate of 35.3%, n=232, compared to 22% in paclitaxel naïve patients n=1918 (presistance seen in cell models is mirrored in the clinical response to these agents in ovarian cancer. An understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible would be valuable in predicting response to salvage chemotherapy and may identify new therapeutic targets.

  13. Platinum compounds with anti-tumour activity

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    Plooy, A.C.M.; Lohman, P.H.M.


    Ten platinum (Pt) coordination complexes with different ligands, comprising both Pt(II) and Pt(IV) complexes of which the cis-compounds all possessed at least some anti-tumour activity and the trans-compounds were inactive, were tested as to their effect on cell survival and the induction and repair

  14. Computer Modeling of Platinum Reforming Reactors | Momoh ...

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    Usually, the reformate that is leaving any stage of the platinum reforming reactors in terms of hydrocarbon composition is assessed by laboratory analysis. The ideal composition can only be tested through theoretical means, which in most cases is avoided because of long computation time involved. This paper, instead of ...

  15. Reducibility of platinum supported on nanostructured carbons

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    Plomp, A.J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304837598; Schubert, T.; Storr, U.; de Jong, K.P.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/06885580X; Bitter, J.H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/160581435


    The nanostructure of graphite like carbon, i.e. carbon nanofibers (CNF), carbon nanotubes (CNT) and carbon nanoplatelets (CNP), displayed a significant influence on the reducibility of platinum deposited on these carbons. The onset temperature for reduction increased from 461 K for Pt/CNF to 466 K

  16. Rockburst damage mechanism at Impala Platinum Mine

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    Ledwaba, LS


    Full Text Available Impala Platinum Mine (Impala), situated north of the town of Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa, has experienced an increase in seismicity from ~841 seismic events in the year 2005 to ~1588 seismic events in 2008...

  17. Platinum-containing compound platinum pyrithione is stronger and safer than cisplatin in cancer therapy (United States)

    Zang, Dan; Lan, Xiaoying; Liao, Siyan; Yang, Changshan; Zhang, Peiquan; Wu, Jinjie; Li, Xiaofen; Liu, Ningning; Liao, Yuning; Huang, Hongbiao; Shi, Xianping; Jiang, Lili; Liu, Xiuhua; He, Zhimin; Wang, Xuejun; Liu, Jinbao


    DNA is the well-known molecular target of current platinum-based anticancer drugs; consequently, their clinical use is severely restricted by their systemic toxicities and drug resistance originating from non-selective DNA damage. Various strategies have been developed to circumvent the shortcomings of platinum-based chemotherapy but the inherent problem remains unsolved. Here we report that platinum pyrithione (PtPT), a chemically well-characterized synthetic complex of platinum, inhibits proteasome function and thereby exhibits greater and more selective cytotoxicity to multiple cancer cells than cisplatin, without showing discernible DNA damage both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, unlike the classical proteasome inhibitor bortezomib/Velcade which inhibits the proteasome via blocking the peptidase activity of 20S proteasomes, PtPT primarily deactivates 26S proteasome-associated deubiquitinases USP14 and UCHL5. Furthermore, PtPT can selectively induce cytotoxicity and proteasome inhibition in cancer cells from leukemia patients but not peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy humans. In nude mice, PtPT also remarkably inhibited tumor xenograft growth, without showing the adverse effects that were induced by cisplatin. Hence, we have discovered a new platinum-based anti-tumor agent PtPT which targets 26S proteasome-associated deubiquitinases rather than DNA in the cell and thereby exerts safer and more potent anti-tumor effects, identifying a highly translatable new platinum-based anti-cancer strategy. PMID:27381943

  18. Platinum-based drugs: past, present and future. (United States)

    Dilruba, Shahana; Kalayda, Ganna V


    Platinum-based drugs cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are widely used in the therapy of human neoplasms. Their clinical success is, however, limited due to severe side effects and intrinsic or acquired resistance to the treatment. Much effort has been put into the development of new platinum anticancer complexes, but none of them has reached worldwide clinical application so far. Nedaplatin, lobaplatin and heptaplatin received only regional approval. Some new platinum complexes and platinum drug formulations are undergoing clinical trials. Here, we review the main classes of new platinum drug candidates, such as sterically hindered complexes, monofunctional platinum drugs, complexes with biologically active ligands, trans-configured and polynuclear platinum complexes, platinum(IV) prodrugs and platinum-based drug delivery systems. For each class of compounds, a detailed overview of the mechanism of action is given, the cytotoxicity is compared to that of the clinically used platinum drugs, and the clinical perspectives are discussed. A critical analysis of lessons to be learned is presented. Finally, a general outlook regarding future directions in the field of new platinum drugs is given.

  19. Prophage induction and mutagenicity of a series of anti-tumour platinum(II) and platinum(IV) co-ordination complexes

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    Mattern, I.E.; Cocchiarella, L.; Kralingen, C.G. van; Lohman, P.H.M.


    Eleven platinum compounds with nitrogen donor ligands, previously tested for anti-tumour activity were studied for induction of prophage lambda and for mutagenicity in the Ames assay, with various strains of Salmonella. The compounds included cis and trans isomers of Pt(II) and Pt(IV) complexes and

  20. Veliparib Monotherapy to Patients With BRCA Germ Line Mutation and Platinum-Resistant or Partially Platinum-Sensitive Relapse of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

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    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Adimi, Parvin; Jakobsen, Anders


    defects in the BRCA genes are particularly sensitive to treatment with poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of veliparib in patients with known BRCA1/2 mutations and with a platinum-resistant or intermediate sensitive relapse of OC. METHODS...

  1. Determination of platinum by radiochemical neutron activation analysis in neural tissues from rats, monkeys and patients treated with cisplatin

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    Rietz, B.; Krarup-Hansen, A.; Rorth, M.


    of the animals mentioned and in the neural tissues of human patients. For the determination of platinum in the tissues radiochemical neutron activation analysis has been used. The detection limit is 1 ng Pt g(-1). The platinum results indicate that platinum becomes accumulated in the dorsal root ganglia......Cisplatin is one of the most used antineoplastic drugs, essential for the treatment of germ cell tumours. Its use in medical treatment of cancer patients often causes chronic peripheral neuropathy in these patients. The distribution of cisplatin in neural tissues is, therefore, of great interest....... Rats and monkeys were used as animal models for the study of sensory changes in different neural tissues, like spinal cord (ventral and dorsal part), dorsal root ganglia and sural nerve. The study was combined with quantitative measurements of the content of platinum in the neural tissues...

  2. ENGOT-ov-6/TRINOVA-2: Randomised, double-blind, phase 3 study of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin plus trebananib or placebo in women with recurrent partially platinum-sensitive or resistant ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Marth, Christian; Vergote, Ignace; Scambia, Giovanni; Oberaigner, Willi; Clamp, Andrew; Berger, Regina; Kurzeder, Christian; Colombo, Nicoletta; Vuylsteke, Peter; Lorusso, Domenica; Hall, Marcia; Renard, Vincent; Pignata, Sandro; Kristeleit, Rebecca; Altintas, Sevilay; Rustin, Gordon; Wenham, Robert M; Mirza, Mansoor Raza; Fong, Peter C; Oza, Amit; Monk, Bradley J; Ma, Haijun; Vogl, Florian D; Bach, Bruce A


    Trebananib, a peptide-Fc fusion protein, inhibits angiogenesis by inhibiting binding of angiopoietin-1/2 to the receptor tyrosine kinase Tie2. This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study evaluated whether trebananib plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) improved progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. Women with recurrent ovarian cancer (platinum-free interval ≤12 months) were randomised to intravenous PLD 50 mg/m(2) once every 4 weeks plus weekly intravenous trebananib 15 mg/kg or placebo. PFS was the primary end-point; key secondary end-points were objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DOR). Owing to PLD shortages, enrolment was paused for 13 months; the study was subsequently truncated. Two hundred twenty-three patients were enrolled. Median PFS was 7.6 months (95% CI, 7.2-9.0) in the trebananib arm and 7.2 months (95% CI, 4.8-8.2) in the placebo arm, with a hazard ratio of 0.92 (95% CI, 0.68-1.24). However, because the proportional hazards assumption was not fulfilled, the standard Cox model did not provide a reliable estimate of the hazard ratio. ORR in the trebananib arm was 46% versus 21% in the placebo arm (odds ratio, 3.43; 95% CI, 1.78-6.64). Median DOR was improved (trebananib, 7.4 months [95% CI, 5.7-7.6]; placebo, 3.9 months [95% CI, 2.3-6.5]). Adverse events with a greater incidence in the trebananib arm included localised oedema (61% versus 32%), ascites (29% versus 9%) and vomiting (45% versus 33%). Trebananib demonstrated anticancer activity in this phase 3 study, indicated by improved ORR and DOR. Median PFS was not improved. No new safety signals were identified., NCT01281254. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Electrokinetic effects in catalytic platinum-insulator Janus swimmers (United States)

    Ebbens, S.; Gregory, D. A.; Dunderdale, G.; Howse, J. R.; Ibrahim, Y.; Liverpool, T. B.; Golestanian, R.


    The effect of added salt on the propulsion of Janus platinum-polystyrene colloids in hydrogen peroxide solution is studied experimentally. It is found that micromolar quantities of potassium and silver nitrate salts reduce the swimming velocity by similar amounts, while leading to significantly different effects on the overall rate of catalytic breakdown of hydrogen peroxide. It is argued that the seemingly paradoxical experimental observations could be theoretically explained by using a generalised reaction scheme that involves charged intermediates and has the topology of two nested loops.

  4. Using a microwave-induced method to regenerate platinum catalyst

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    Chih-Ju G. Jou


    Full Text Available When the catalyst is put under the conditions of microwave energy with oxygen, it absorbs microwave energy and turns the energy into heat to support the combustion process. The oxygen is spread into the catalyst through surface pores which allows coke combustion. The laboratory results show that when air flow rate is at 2 L min−1 and microwave energy is at 450 W with an exposure time of 8 h, the coke removal efficiency was 70% as compared to 15% in the control system (without air. This study provides an innovative technique of using microwave energy to regenerate spent platinum catalysts containing coke.

  5. Controllable deposition of platinum nanoparticles on single-wall carbon nanohorns as catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells. (United States)

    Niu, Ben; Xu, Wei; Guo, Zhengduo; Zhou, Nengzhi; Liu, Yang; Shi, Zujin; Lian, Yongfu


    Uniform and well dispersed platinum nanoparticles were successfully deposited on single-walled carbon nanohorns with the assistance of 4,4-dipydine and ion liquids, respectively. In particular, the size of platinum nanoparticles could be controlled in a very narrow range (2.2 to 2.5 nm) when ion liquids were applied. The crystalline nature of these platinum nanoparticles was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy observation and X-ray power diffraction analysis, and two species of platinum Pt(0) and Pt(II) were detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Electrochemical studies revealed that thus obtained nanocomposites had much better electrocatalytic activity for the methanol oxidation than those prepared with carbon nanotubes as supporter.

  6. Electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction at poly (4-amino-3-hydroxynaphthalene sulfonic acid) and platinum loaded polymer modified glassy carbon electrodes (United States)

    Zewde, Berhanu W.; Admassie, Shimelis


    The electrochemical polymerization of p-(4-amino-3-hydroxynaphtalene sulfonic acid) is investigated by using cyclic voltammetry. Low amount of platinum is loaded (17-303 μg) on the polymer modified glassy carbon electrode. The electrocatalytic activity of the modified electrodes towards oxygen reduction reaction is investigated. The polymer modified glassy carbon electrode shows a two electron reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide and the platinum loaded polymer modified glassy carbon electrode shows a direct four electron reduction of oxygen to water. The chronocoulometric study of the oxygen reduction reaction shows similar results to those obtained with other techniques. Koutecky-Levich plot analysis is used to predict the mechanism and evaluate the kinetic parameters. Temkin adsorption isotherm is observed for lower platinum loading and Langmuirian for high platinum loading.

  7. The Impacts of Platinum Diffusion to the Reverse Recovery Lifetime of a High Power Diode Devices

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    Cheh C.M.


    Full Text Available The reverse recovery lifetime of a diode is one the key parameter in power electronics market. To make a diode with fast switching speed, diodes are often doped with impurities such as gold and platinum to improve its lifetime. In this works, we present the reverse recovery lifetime improvement of a power rectifier diode through platinum diffusion in the intrinsic region in between P-N junction using Design of Experiment (DOE approach. A commercial available power rectifier is used in this study. We factored in the temperature and thermal diffusion time during the platinum diffusion process in our DOE. From results, DOE 2 (with shorter thermal duration and high temperature for diffusion is selected based on meeting requirement for forward voltage and reverse recovery specifications i.e. forward voltage at 1.8V and reverse recovery time at 27ns.

  8. Bevacizumab in combination with chemotherapy in platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer

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    Full Text Available Chiara Della Pepa, Susana Banerjee Gynecology Unit, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK Abstract: Targeting angiogenesis is proving to be a successful approach in the management of ovarian cancer. The vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor, bevacizumab, is the first angiogenesis inhibitor to have shown a significant progression-free survival advantage in the Phase III setting. There is now evidence supporting the use of bevacizumab in combination with chemotherapy for first-line and relapsed (platinum-sensitive and resistant ovarian cancer. In this review, we summarize the positive Phase III trial (OCEANS [Ovarian Cancer Study Comparing Efficacy and Safety of Chemotherapy and Anti-Angiogenic Therapy in Platinum-Sensitive Recurrent Disease] that led to European Medicines Agency approval of bevacizumab in platinum-sensitive first relapse and discuss the best use of the drug in this disease. Keywords: antiangiogenic, recurrent, ovarian

  9. Role of ion transport in actuation of ionic polymeric-platinum composite (IPMC) artificial muscles (United States)

    Salehpoor, Karim; Shahinpoor, Mohsen; Razani, Arsalan


    The role of cation transportation under the effect of an electric field on the actuation of the ionic polymeric- platinum composite artificial muscles is studied. Nafion-117 was platinized by different methods including in situ chemical reduction, physical vapor deposition and electroplating. The strips of membranes platinized by different methods were tested under the effect on an electric field either in the air or water. The extent of the strip bending was correlated with the history of the membrane platinization. Three different mechanisms that could explain the bending of ionic polymeric-platinum composite artificial muscles were reviewed. The history of the membrane platinization together with the extent of bending observed when an electric field was applied identified the electrostatic between the membrane and the platinum particles as the main contributor to the actuation capability in the platinized membrane under the effect of an electric field.

  10. Study of fragmentation pattern and adsorption of 9-O-(triphenylsilyl)-10,11-dihydrocinchonidine on platinum by hydrogen/deuterium exchange using electrospray ionization ion-trap tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Szöllosi, György; Bucsi, Imre; Cserényi, Szabolcs; Bartók, Mihály


    We have studied the adsorption on a platinum (Pt) catalyst of two compounds utilizable as a chiral basic catalyst and a chiral modifier, dihydrocinchonidine (DHCD), and a new cinchona alkaloid derivative containing a bulky group, the Ph3SiO-DHCD molecule. The method of choice was the detection by electrospray ionization (ESI) ion-trap tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) of hydrogen/deuterium (H/D) exchange at room temperature, in tetrahydrofuran, at a D2 pressure of 1 bar. Based on the ESI-MS/MS spectrum of the new compound, we propose a mechanism for the formation of the silatropylium cation containing a Si-O bond. From the fragmentation pattern of Ph3SiO-DHCD it was confirmed that ESI-ion-trap MS/MS can be used to study the adsorption processes of complicated carbon compounds by investigating their H/D exchange reactions. In the case of Ph3SiO-DHCD, the results demonstrate that H/D exchange takes place mainly on the quinoline skeleton. However, the strong pi-bonded adsorption of the quinoline skeleton parallel with the imaginary plane of Pt is not preferred because the bulky Ph3Si group inhibits the multiple pi-bonded adsorption of the Ph3SiO-DHCD. Because of this hindrance the molecule was adsorbed tilted via the nonbonding electron pair of the N atom and C2' atom of the quinoline skeleton; consequently, mainly alkaloid-d1 and alkaloid-d2 are formed. 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Comparison of different sample preparation methods for platinum determination in cultured cells by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Man Xiao


    Full Text Available Background Platinum-based agents are widely used in chemotherapy against solid tumors and insufficient intracellular drug accumulation is one of the leading causes of platinum resistance which is associated with poor survival of tumor patients. Thus, the detection of intracellular platinum is pivotal for studies aiming to overcome platinum resistance. In the present study, we aimed to establish a reliable graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS-based assay to quantify the intracellular platinum content for cultured cells. Methods Several most commonly applied cell preparation methods, including 0.2% HNO3, 0.2% Triton X-100, concentrated nitric acid, RIPA combined with concentrated nitric acid and hydroxide, followed by GFAAS for platinum detection were compared in ovarian, cervical and liver cancer cell lines to obtain the optimal one, and parameters regarding linearity, accuracy, precision and sensitivity were evaluated. Influence of other metals on platinum detection and the storage conditions of samples were also determined. Results The treatment of cells with 0.2% HNO3 was superior to other approaches with fewer platinum loss and better repeatability. The recovery rate and precision of this method were 97.3%–103.0% and 1.4%–3.8%, respectively. The average recoveries in the presence of other metals were 95.1%–103.1%. The detection limit was 13.23 ug/L. The recovery rate of platinum remained acceptable even in cell samples stored in −20 °C or −80 °C for two months. Discussion After comparison, we found that 0.2% HNO3 was optimal for intracellular platinum quantification based on GFAAS, which presented values compatible with that of inductively-coupled plasma mass-spectrometry (ICP-MS, and this is partially attributed to the simplicity of this method. Moreover, the assay was proved to be accurate, sensitive, cost-effective and suitable for the research of platinum-based antitumor therapy.

  12. Tritiated platinum antitumor agents containing the trans-(d,1)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane carrier ligand

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    Wyrick, S.D.; Chaney, S.G.


    Cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (II) (cisplatin) is one of the most widely used anticancer drugs today. However, platinum compounds possessing the 1,2-diaminocyclohexane (DACH) carrier ligand offer advantages over cisplatin with regard to bioavailability, activity and decreased renal toxicity. The trans- (d, 1)-1,2- diaminocyclohexane derivatives are the isomeric forms recently chosen by the NCI for large animal studies and phase I/II clinical trials. Here we report the synthesis of four trans-(d,1)-1,2-diaminocyclo-hexane platinum derivatives labeled with tritium in the cyclohexane ring by catalytic reduction of a cyclohexene precursor with carrier-free tritium gas over 10% Pd/C.

  13. Platinum catalysts recovery of the proton exchange membrane fuel cell; Recuperacao de catalisadores de platina da celula a combustibel de membrana polimerica trocadora de protons

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    Fukurozaki, S.H.; Seo, E.S.M. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Materiais. Lab. de Processamento de Residuos


    Currently, platinum is the most feasible catalyst for the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells - PEMFC. Along with platinum's significant importance in this energy system are the high cost of this noble metal and its detrimental effects on the environment. Therefore, recycling this material seems as an alternative to decrease its impacts on the environment and, at the same time, to provide a reduction of the system's costs. A search was conducted for literature and studies about platinum recycling methods. However, only two techniques of platinum recovery, which are still in development, were found. In face of this situation, a recovery method of platinum from deactivated Membrane Electrode Assembly - MEA's was developed, with attention to aspects related to the environment and the necessary requirements for its primary recycling. The results found showed a high recovery ratio and a possibility to reintroduce this metal into the production cycle. (author)

  14. Optimising the treatment of the partially platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer patient

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    Nicoletta Colombo


    Full Text Available The choice of second-line chemotherapy in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC is complex, with several factors to be considered, the most important of which is the length of the platinum-free treatment interval (PFI. Recently ROC patients have been further stratified into platinum sensitive (PS, partially platinum sensitive (PPS and platinum resistant (PR subgroups depending on the length of the PFI. Response to second-line therapy, progression-free survival (PFS and overall survival (OS are linked to the PFI, all of them improving as the PFI increases. Consequently, there is increasing interest in PFI extension strategies with platinum-free therapeutic options. Such strategies are currently being studied in patients with partially platinum-sensitive disease (PFI 6-12 months, as the treatment of these patients remains clinically challenging. A non-platinum option, trabectedin + pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD combination, has been evaluated in ROC patients in the pivotal phase III OVA-301 study. The OVA-301 study differed from previous trials in the same setting as it included only patients who were not expected to benefit from or who were ineligible for or who were unwilling to receive re-treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy, including those with PPS and PR disease. Subset analysis of patients with PPS disease in OVA-301 showed that the trabectedin + PLD combination significantly improved PFS compared with PLD alone; median PFS 7.4 versus 5.5 months, p=0.0152. Final survival data from the same subset of patients, showed that trabectedin + PLD also achieved a significant 36% decrease in the risk of death compared with PLD alone (HR=0.64; 95% CI, 0.47–0.88; p=0.0027. Median overall survival (OS was 22.4 months in the trabectedin + PLD arm versus 16.4 months in the PLD arm. This represents a statistically significant 6-month improvement in median OS in patients treated with trabectedin + PLD compared to those treated with PLD

  15. Catalytic converters as a source of platinum

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    A. Fornalczyk


    Full Text Available The increase of Platinum Group Metals demand in automotive industry is connected with growing amount of cars equipped with the catalytic converters. The paper presents the review of available technologies during recycling process. The possibility of removing platinum from the used catalytic converters applying pyrometallurgical and hyrdometallurgical methods were also investigated. Metals such as Cu, Pb, Ca, Mg, Cd were used in the pyrometallurgical research (catalytic converter was melted with Cu, Pb and Ca or Mg and Cd vapours were blown through the whole carrier. In hydrometallurgical research catalytic converters was dissolved in aqua regia. Analysis of Pt contents in the carrier before and after the process was performed by means of atomic absorption spectroscopy. Obtained result were discussed.

  16. A Change to the Platinum Publications | Poster (United States)

    Please be advised that the Poster will no longer publish the “Platinum Publications” series listing recent NCI at Frederick publications. All published research represents a valuable addition to the fight against cancer, AIDS, and infectious diseases—thus, the “Platinum Publications” did not adequately commend all of the important work done by NCI at Frederick researchers. Going forward, we will highlight a broad cross section of research with more tightly focused stories that should interest the entire NCI at Frederick community. In addition, we encourage readers to visit the Scientific Library's NCI at Frederick Scientific Publications database to see recently published research as well as a list of past NCI at Frederick publications. Thank you.

  17. Effects of platinum in biological systems - toxicology and pharmaceutical applications; Wirkungen von Platin in biologischen Systemen - Toxikologie und pharmazeutische Anwendung

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    Nachtigall, D. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung, Hannover (Germany)


    The title of this lecture has intentionally been worded rather vaguely with ``biological systems`` to do justice to the fact that there are meanwhile extensive data available on diverse levels of the toxicology and structure-effect relationships of some platinum compounds. These range from epidemiological descriptions over toxicity studies to molecular biological reaction mechanisms. Any discussion on the toxicity of a substance implies that the substance poses a direct or indirect hazard to humans. In the case of platinum and its compounds there are three main categories of exposure: platinum production including workplaces in the platinum processing industries; clinical treatment with antineoplastic platinum-containing agents; and, finally, the environment, where platinum levels are known to be rising since some years. The association between these exposures becomes clear when one considers the platinum pollution caused by automobile catalytic converters, hospital effluents, and by platinum-containing industrial products in the widest sense. [Deutsch] Der Titel des Vortrages ist mit `biologischen Systemen` sehr allgemein gehalten, da ueber die Toxikologie und die Struktur-Wirkungsbeziehungen einiger Platinverbindungen auf den verschiedensten Ebenen umfangreiche Daten vorliegen. Diese reichen von epidemiologischen Beschreibungen ueber Toxizitaetsstudien bis hin zu molekularbiologischen Reaktionsmechanismen. Die Diskussion um die Toxizitaet von Substanzen impliziert immer die direkte oder indirekte Gefaehrdung des Menschen. Im Falle des Platins und seiner Verbindungen existieren drei wesentliche Expositionsbereiche: Die Platingewinnung sowie die Arbeitsplaetze in der Platin verarbeitenden Industrie, die klinische Behandlung mit antineoplastischen Platinwirkstoffen und schliesslich die Umwelt, in der seit einigen Jahren ansteigende Platinkonzentrationen verzeichnet werden. Die Verbindung zwischen diesen Bereichen wird deutlich, wenn man die Platinimmissionen durch

  18. The relationship of platinum resistance and ERCC1 protein expression in epithelial ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Waldstrøm, Marianne; Jakobsen, Anders


    Although platinum-based chemotherapy remains the cornerstone for treatment of ovarian cancer, some patients are resistant to the treatment and will therefore not benefit from the standard platinum-based chemotherapy. Preclinical and clinical data have suggested a potential use of excision repair cross-complementation group 1 enzyme (ERCC1) as a molecular predictor of clinical resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy. Excision repair cross-complementation group 1 enzyme is a key enzyme in the nucleotide excision repair pathway which is involved in the DNA repair mechanisms in tumor cells damaged by treatment with platinum agents. The primary aim of the present study was to investigate if immunohistochemical expression of ERCC1 protein was associated with resistance to standard combination carboplatin and paclitaxel chemotherapy in newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 101 patients with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer were used for immunohistochemical staining for the ERCC1 protein. All patients received carboplatin-paclitaxel combination chemotherapy. Excision repair cross-complementation group 1 enzyme protein overexpression was found in 13.9% of the tumors. Platinum resistance was found in 75% of the tumors with positive ERCC1 protein expression compared with 27% among the patients with negative tumor staining for ERCC1 (P = 0.0013). These findings translated into a significant difference in progression-free survival in both univariate (P = 0.0012) and in multivariate analysis (P = 0.006). The data presented suggest a positive association between positive ERCC1 protein expression and clinical resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy.

  19. Electronic structure of platinum-containing polyynes

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    Lhost, O. (Service de Chimie des Materiaux Nouveaux et Dept. des Materiaux et Procedes, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut, Mons (Belgium)); Toussaint, J.M. (Service de Chimie des Materiaux Nouveaux et Dept. des Materiaux et Procedes, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut, Mons (Belgium)); Bredas, J.L. (Service de Chimie des Materiaux Nouveaux et Dept. des Materiaux et Procedes, Univ. de Mons-Hainaut, Mons (Belgium)); Wittmann, H.F. (Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)); Fuhrmann, K. (Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)); Friend, R.H. (Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)); Khan, M.S. (University Chemical Lab., Cambridge (United Kingdom)); Lewis, J. (University Chemical Lab., Cambridge (United Kingdom))


    Using an Extended Hueckel approach, we investigate the electronic structure of a class of metal-containing polyynes (oligomers and polymers). These systems contain square-planar coordinated platinum sites linked by conjugated sequences of acetylenic units. We mainly focus on the evolution of the first optical transition as a function of the molecule size when going from short oligomers to the polymer. Our primary interest is in establishing the contribution of the metal atoms in the conjugation path. (orig.)

  20. Pt/SiO2 catalyst preparation: high platinum dispersions by using low temperature treatments.

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    Radivojevic, D.; Seshan, Kulathuiyer; Lefferts, Leonardus


    A method to prepare platinum on silica catalyst using temperatures as low as possible is a goal of this study. Therefore, thermal stability in both oxidizing and reducing atmosphere of 8 different precursors was studied with thermogravimetric analyses (TGA). Based on these data, the precursors were

  1. Platinum-Vanadium Oxide Nanotube Hybrids (United States)

    Mello, Filipe L. S.; Costa, Lídia O. O.; Hernández, Eduardo Padrón; de Farias, Andréa M. Duarte; Fraga, Marco A.


    The present contribution reports on the features of platinum-based systems supported on vanadium oxide nanotubes. The synthesis of nanotubes was carried out using a commercial vanadium pentoxide via hydrothermal route. The nanostructured hybrid materials were prepared by wet impregnation using two different platinum precursors. The formation of platinum nanoparticles was evaluated by applying distinct reduction procedures. All nanostructured samples were essentially analysed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. After reduction, transmission electron microscopy also made it possible to estimate particle size distribution and mean diameter calculations. It could be seen that all reduction procedures did not affect the nanostructure of the supports and that the formation of metallic nanoparticles is quite efficient with an indistinct distribution along the nanotubes. Nevertheless, the reduction procedure determined the diameter, dispersion and shape of the metallic particles. It could be concluded that the use of H2PtCl6 is more suitable and that the use of hydrogen as reducing agent leads to a nanomaterial with unagglomerated round-shaped metallic particles with mean size of 6-7 nm.

  2. Survival benefit of taxane plus platinum in recurrent ovarian cancer with non-clear cell, non-mucinous histology. (United States)

    Kajiyama, Hiroaki; Shibata, Kiyosumi; Mizuno, Mika; Umezu, Tomokazu; Suzuki, Shiro; Sekiya, Ryuichiro; Niimi, Kaoru; Mitsui, Hiroko; Yamamoto, Eiko; Kawai, Michiyasu; Nagasaka, Tetsuro; Kikkawa, Fumitaka


    This study was conducted to examine the effects of front-line chemotherapy on overall survival (OS) and postrecurrence survival (PRS) of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, when stratifying the histologic type. Five hundred and seventy-four patients with recurrent ovarian cancer with sufficient clinical information, including front-line chemotherapy, were analyzed. The pathologic slides were evaluated by central pathologic review. The patients were divided into two groups: group A (n=261), who underwent taxane plus platinum, and group B (n=313), who underwent conventional platinum-based chemotherapy without taxanes. The median age was 54 years (range, 14 to 89 years). Group A had significantly better median OS (45.0 months vs. 30.3 months, phistology. In contrast, among patients with non-clear cell, non-mucinous histologies, the OS and PRS of group A were significantly better than those of group B (OS, phistologies, chemotherapy including taxane and platinum was an independent predictor of favorable survival outcomes. Conversely, in patients with clear cell or mucinous histology, taxane-including platinum-based combination chemotherapy did not improve the OS and PRS compared to a conventional platinum-based regimen which did not include taxanes. Since the emergence of taxane plus platinum, the prognosis of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer has improved. However, we here demonstrate that this improvement is limited to patients with non-clear cell, non-mucinous histologies.

  3. Prognostic nomogram to predict progression-free survival in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer (United States)

    Lee, C K; Simes, R J; Brown, C; Lord, S; Wagner, U; Plante, M; Vergote, I; Pisano, C; Parma, G; Burges, A; Bourgeois, H; Högberg, T; Bentley, J; Angleitner-Boubenizek, L; Ferrero, A; Richter, B; Hirte, H; Gebski, V; Pfisterer, J; Pujade-Lauraine, E; Friedlander, M


    Background: Patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer are a heterogeneous group, and it is not possible to accurately predict the progression-free survival (PFS) in these patients. We developed and validated a nomogram to help improve prediction of PFS in patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. Methods: The nomogram was developed in a training cohort (n=955) from the CALYPSO trial and validated in the AGO-OVAR 2.5 Study (n=340). The proportional-hazards model (nomogram) was based on pre-treatment characteristics. Results: The nomogram had a concordance index (C-index) of 0.645. Significant predictors were tumour size platinum-chemotherapy-free interval, CA-125, number of organ metastatic sites and white blood count. When the nomogram was applied without CA-125 (CA-125 was not available in validation cohort), the C-indices were 0.624 (training) and 0.594 (validation). When classification was based only on the platinum-chemotherapy-free interval, the indices were 0.571 (training) and 0.560 (validation). The calibration plot in the validation cohort based on four predictors (without CA-125) suggested good agreement between actual and nomogram-predicted 12-month PFS probabilities. Conclusion: This nomogram, using five pre-treatment characteristics, improves prediction of PFS in patients with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer having platinum-based chemotherapy. It will be useful for the design and stratification of patients in clinical trials and also for counselling patients. PMID:21915127

  4. A contribution to the ecology and enology of platinum

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    Alt, F. [Institut fuer Spektrochemie und Angewandte Spektroskopie (ISAS), Dortmund (Germany); Eschnauer, H.R. [Inst. fuer Oenologie, Ober-Ingelheim (Germany); Mergler, B. [Institut fuer Spektrochemie und Angewandte Spektroskopie (ISAS), Dortmund (Germany); Messerschmidt, J. [Institut fuer Spektrochemie und Angewandte Spektroskopie (ISAS), Dortmund (Germany); Toelg, G. [Institut fuer Spektrochemie und Angewandte Spektroskopie (ISAS), Dortmund (Germany)


    Since the introduction of the catalytic cleaning of vehicle exhaust gases, platinum is discussed as environmentally relevant element. Results of such investigations are compared with ``natural`` platinum background concentrations, which were determined in selected environmental and biological samples. Wine serves as an example for the following the path of platinum, beginning with the uptake during the plant growth, continuing with the fermentation process of grape juice and resulting in the final product. (orig.). With 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  5. Possibilities of platinum recovery from metal supported spent auto catalysts

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    A. Fornalczyk


    Full Text Available The used auto catalytic converter is a valuable source of platinum group metals, so it is important to have it recycled in order to recover precious metals. World literature describes a number of pyro- or hydrometallurgical methods used for recovery of platinum from used automobile catalytic converters. However, all the methods, available in the literature, are used to recover platinum from ceramic carrier. Among automotive catalysts withdrawn from use, these with metallic carrier constitute quite a big group.

  6. Sulfur tolerant zeolite supported platinum catalysts for aromatics hydrogenation

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    Bergem, Haakon


    The increased demand for transportation fuels at the expence of heavier fuel oil has forced the refinery industry to expand their conversion capacity with hydrotreating as one of the key processes. A shift towards more diesel powered vehicles along with tightening fuel regulations demanding cleaner fuels has lead to increasing interest in catalytic processes for the manufacturing of such environmentally acceptable fuels. This provides the motivation for this thesis. Its main objective was to study possible catalysts active for desulfurization, hydrogenation, and ring-opening of aromatics all in the presence of sulfur. A close examination of the physical properties and kinetical behaviour of the chosen catalysts has been performed. A high pressure reactor setup was designed and built for activity measurements. Zeolite supported platinum catalysts were prepared and both the metal and acid functions were characterized utilizing various experimental techniques. Hydrogenation of toluene was used as a model reaction and the effect of sulfur adsorption on the activity and kinetic behaviour of the catalysts was investigated. The catalyst samples showed hydrogenation activities comparable to a commercial Pt/Al2O3 catalyst. There were no clear differences in the effect of the various sulfur compounds studied. Platinum supported on zeolite Y gave considerably more sulfur tolerant catalysts compared to Al2O3 as support. 155 refs., 58 figs., 36 tabs.

  7. A multicenter, non-randomized, phase II study of docetaxel and carboplatin administered every 3 weeks as second line chemotherapy in patients with first relapse of platinum sensitive epithelial ovarian, peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer

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    Wang, Yun; Herrstedt, Jørn; Havsteen, Hanne


    of 398 cycles were given. Grade 3/4 neutropenia was seen in 80% (59 of 74) patients with an incidence of febrile neutropenia of 16%. Grade 2/3 sensory peripheral neuropathy occurred in 7% of patients, but no grade 4 sensory peripheral neuropathy was observed. Sixty patients were evaluable for response...... of platinum-sensitive ovarian, peritoneal and Fallopian tube cancer. The major toxicity was neutropenia, while the frequency of peripheral neuropathy was low....

  8. Concentrations of platinum-group elements (PGE), Re and Au in arsenian pyrite and millerite from Mo–Ni–PGE-Au black shales (Zunyi region, Guizhou Province, China): results from LA-ICPMS study

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    Pašava, J.; Ackerman, Lukáš; Halodová, P.; Pour, O.; Ďurišová, Jana; Zaccarini, F.; Aiglsperger, T.; Vymazalová, A.


    Roč. 29, č. 4 (2017), s. 623-633 ISSN 0935-1221 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-15390S Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Mo–Ni–PGE-Au black shale * south China * hydroseparation * arsenian pyrite * millerite * LA-ICPMS analysis * platinum-group elements * PGE * Re * Au and As concentrations Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 1.362, year: 2016

  9. Strategies for the fabrication of porous platinum electrodes

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    Kloke, Arne; Stetten, Felix von; Kerzenmacher, Sven [Laboratory for MEMS Applications, Department of Microsystems Engineering-IMTEK, University of Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany); Zengerle, Roland [Laboratory for MEMS Applications, Department of Microsystems Engineering-IMTEK, University of Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany); BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (Germany)


    Porous platinum is of high technological importance due to its various applications in fuel cells, sensors, stimulation electrodes, mechanical actuators and catalysis in general. Based on a discussion of the general principles behind the reduction of platinum salts and corresponding deposition processes this article discusses techniques available for platinum electrode fabrication. The numerous, different strategies available to fabricate platinum electrodes are reviewed and discussed in the context of their tuning parameters, strengths and weaknesses. These strategies comprise bottom-up approaches as well as top-down approaches. In bottom-up approaches nanoparticles are synthesized in a first step by chemical, photochemical or sonochemical means followed by an electrode formation step by e.g. thin film technology or network formation to create a contiguous and conducting solid electrode structure. In top-down approaches fabrication starts with an already conductive electrode substrate. Corresponding strategies enable the fabrication of substrate-based electrodes by e.g. electrodeposition or the fabrication of self-supporting electrodes by dealloying. As a further top-down strategy, this review describes methods to decorate porous metals other than platinum with a surface layer of platinum. This way, fabrication methods not performable with platinum can be applied to the fabrication of platinum electrodes with the special benefit of low platinum consumption. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Bioavailability of very finely distributed metallic platinum in the lungs and first orienting studies on effects. Part 1; Bioverfuegbarkeit von feinstverteiltem metallischem Platin in der Lunge und erste orientierende Wirkungsuntersuchungen (VPT 09; 1. Teil)

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    Artelt, S. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung, Hannover (Germany)


    Projects 07 VPT 08 and 07 VPT 08A revealed that platinum from automotive catalytic converters are largely emitted in metallic form as bound to the support material (aluminium oxide). Platinum emissions from this source are on the order of ng per km. The aim of the still ongoing project 07 VPT 09 is to estimate any health hazards that might grow from the deposition in the human lung by inhalation of very fine platinum particles. To answer this question it is necessary to have sufficient quantities of abraded material at one`s disposal. [Deutsch] Im Rahmen des Projektes 07 VPT 08 und 07 VPT 08A wurde festgestellt, dass Platin aus Automobilabgaskatalysatoren zum ueberwiegenden Teil in metallischer Form, gebunden an Traegermaterial (Aluminiumoxid), emittiert wird. Dabei liegt die Platinemission in der Groessenordnung von ng Platin/km. Im noch laufenden Vorhaben 07 VPT 09 soll ein eventuell auftretendes gesundheitliches Risiko, das durch die inhalative Aufnahme von sehr feinen Platinpartikeln in die Lunge des Menschen entstehen koennte, abgeschaetzt werden. Versuche zur Beantwortung dieser Frage setzen voraus, dass eine genuegend grosse Menge an Abriebmaterial zur Verfuegung steht. (orig.)

  11. Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for Anodic Oxidation of Alcohols. (United States)

    Li, Meng; Liu, Ping; Adzic, Radoslav R


    The slow, incomplete oxidation of methanol and ethanol on platinum-based anodes as well as the high price and limited reserves of Pt has hampered the practical application of direct alcohol fuel cells. We describe the electrocatalysts consisting of one Pt monolayer (one atom thick layer) placed on extended or nanoparticle surfaces having the activity and selectivity for the oxidation of alcohol molecules that can be controlled with platinum-support interaction. The suitably expanded Pt monolayer (i.e., Pt/Au(111)) exhibits a factor of 7 activity increase in catalyzing methanol electrooxidation relative to Pt(111). Sizable enhancement is also observed for ethanol electrooxidation. Furthermore, a correlation between substrate-induced lateral strain in a Pt monolayer and its activity/selectivity is established and rationalized by experimental and theoretical studies. The knowledge we gained with single-crystal model catalysts was successfully applied in designing real nanocatalysts. These findings for alcohols are likely to be applicable for the oxidation of other classes of organic molecules.

  12. Electrochemical Characterization of Platinum Nanotubules Made via Template Wetting Nanofabrication

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    Eric Broaddus


    Full Text Available Standard oxidation-reduction reactions such as those of ferrocyanide and ferrocene have long been employed in evaluating and comparing new electrode structures with more traditional configurations. A variety of nanostructured carbon electrodes developed in recent years have been reported to exhibit faster electron transfer kinetics than more traditional carbon structures when studied with these redox reactions. This type of comparison has not been widely explored for nanostructured platinum electrodes that have become increasingly common. In this work, a platinum nanotubule array electrode was fabricated via a simple template-based process and evaluated using the standard ferrocyanide redox reaction. The nanotubule array electrodes were observed to more closely approach ideal reversible behavior than a typical Pt black/Nafion fuel cell electrode or a standard polished Pt disc electrode. The apparent heterogeneous electron transfer coefficient was determined using the Nicholson method and found to be one to two orders of magnitude greater for the nanotubule array electrodes, depending on the diameter of the nanotubules, in comparison with these same two more traditional electrode structures.

  13. Developing Central Nervous System and Vulnerability to Platinum Compounds

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    G. Bernocchi


    Full Text Available Comparative studies on the effects of the platinum complexes in use or in clinical trials are carried out in order to discover differences in the neurotoxic potential and the reversibility of neurotoxicity. In this paper, we summarized the current literature on neurotoxicity and chemoresistance of cisplatin (cisPt and discussed our recent efforts on the interference of cisPt and a new platinum compound [Pt(O,O′-acac(γ-acac(DMS] (PtAcacDMS, with high specific reactivity with sulphur ligands instead of nucleobases as cisPt, on some crucial events of rat postnatal cerebellum development. The acute effects of drug treatments on cell proliferation and death in the external granular layer and granule cell migration and the late effects on the dendrite growth of Purkinje cells were evaluated. Together with the demonstrated antineoplastic effectiveness in vitro, compared with cisPt, data suggest a lower neurotoxicity of PtAcacDMS, in spite of its presence in the brain that involves considerations on the blood brain barrier permeability.

  14. The effect of size on the oxygen electroreduction activity of mass-selected platinum nanoparticles

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    Pérez Alonso, Francisco; McCarthy, David N; Nierhoff, Anders


    A matter of size: The particle size effect on the activity of the oxygen reduction reaction of size-selected platinum clusters was studied. The ORR activity decreased with decreasing Pt nanoparticle size, corresponding to a decrease in the fraction of terraces on the surfaces of the Pt nanopartic...

  15. The Effect of Size on the Oxygen Electroreduction Activity of Mass‐Selected Platinum Nanoparticles

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    Pérez Alonso, Francisco; McCarthy, David Norman; Nierhoff, Anders Ulrik Fregerslev


    A matter of size: The particle size effect on the activity of the oxygen reduction reaction of size-selected platinum clusters was studied. The ORR activity decreased with decreasing Pt nanoparticle size, corresponding to a decrease in the fraction of terraces on the surfaces of the Pt nanopartic...

  16. The effect of ammonia upon the electrocatalysis of hydrogen oxidation and oxygen reduction on polycrystalline platinum

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    Verdaguer Casadevall, Arnau; Hernandez-Fernandez, Patricia; Stephens, Ifan E.L.


    The influence of ammonium ions on the catalysis of hydrogen oxidation and oxygen reduction is studied by means of rotating ring-disk electrode experiments on polycrystalline platinum in perchloric acid. While ammonium does not affect the hydrogen oxidation reaction, the oxygen reduction reaction...

  17. η5 and η6 - cyclic π-perimeter hydrocarbon platinum group metal ...

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    411–419. c Indian Academy of Sciences. η5 and η6. - cyclic π-perimeter hydrocarbon platinum group metal complexes of 3-(2-pyridyl)pyrazole derived ligands with a pendant nitrile group: Syntheses, spectral and structural studies. GLORIA SAIREMa, VENKATESWARA RAO ANNAa, PENG WANGb, BABULAL DASc and.

  18. High frequency audiometry in prospective clinical research of ototoxicity due to platinum derivatives

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    van der Hulst, R. J.; Dreschler, W. A.; Urbanus, N. A.


    The results of clinical use of routine high frequency audiometry in monitoring the ototoxic side effects of platinum and its derivatives are described in this prospective study. After demonstrating the reproducibility of the technique, we discuss the first results of an analysis of ototoxic side

  19. Resistance to first line platinum paclitaxel chemotherapy in serous epithelial ovarian cancer

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    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Smoter, Marta; Waldstrøm, Marianne


    of sensitivity to platinum/paclitaxel treatment. The primary aim of the study was to investigate whether ERCC1 and Tau protein expression correlates with patient outcome in newly diagnosed epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 227 newly diagnosed EOC...

  20. Double layer of platinum electrodes: Non-monotonic surface charging phenomena and negative double layer capacitance. (United States)

    Huang, Jun; Zhou, Tao; Zhang, Jianbo; Eikerling, Michael


    In this study, a refined double layer model of platinum electrodes accounting for chemisorbed oxygen species, oriented interfacial water molecules, and ion size effects in solution is presented. It results in a non-monotonic surface charging relation and a peculiar capacitance vs. potential curve with a maximum and possibly negative values in the potential regime of oxide-formation.

  1. The role of support and promoter on the oxidation of sulfur dioxide using platinum based catalysts

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    Koutsopoulos, Sotiris; Rasmussen, Søren Birk; Eriksen, Kim Michael


    The catalytic oxidation of SO2 to SO3 was studied over platinum based catalysts in the absence and the presence of dopants. The active metal was supported on silica gel or titania (anatase) by impregnation. The activities of the silica supported catalysts were found to follow the order PtRh/SiO2 ...

  2. The growth of epitaxial iron oxides on platinum (111) as studied by X-ray photoelectron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and low energy electron diffraction

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    Kim, Yong -Joo [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Three complementary surface structure probes, x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) have been combined in a single instrument. This experimental system has been utilized to study the structure and growth mechanisms of iron oxide films on Pt(111); these films were formed by first depositing a single overlayer of Fe with a certain coverage in monolayers (ML`s), and then thermally oxidizing it in an oxygen atmosphere. For films up to ~1 ML in thickness, a bilayer of Fe and O similar to those in FeO(111) is found to form. In agreement with prior studies, STM and LEED show this to be an incommensurate oxide film forming a lateral superlattice with short- and long-range periodicities of ~3.1 Å and ~26.0 Å. XPD in addition shows a topmost oxygen layer to be relaxed inward by -0.6 Å compared to bulk FeO(111), and these are new structural conclusions. The oxygen stacking in the FeO(111) bilayer is dominated by one of two possible binding sites. For thicker iron oxide films from 1.25 ML to 3.0 ML, the growth mode is essentially Stranski-Krastanov: iron oxide islands form on top of the FeO(111) bilayer mentioned above. For iron oxide films of 3.0 ML thickness, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) yields an Fe 2p3/2 binding energy and an Fe:O stoichiometry consistent with the presence of Fe3O4. Our XPD data further prove this overlayer to be Fe3O4(111)-magnetite in two almost equally populated domains with a 180° rotation between them. The structural parameters for this Fe3O4 overlayer generally agree with those of a previous LEED study, except that we find a significant difference in the first Fe-O interplanar spacing. This work demonstrates the considerable benefits to be derived by using this set of complementary surface structure probes in such epitaxial growth studies.

  3. Synthesis and X-ray Crystal Structure of a Stable cis-1,2-bis(diphenylphosphinoethene Monodentate Thiolate Platinum Complex and TGA Studies of its Precursors

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    Vaz Rodrigo H.


    Full Text Available The stable Pt(II complex [Pt(SPh2(dppen (4, (dppen, Ph2PCH=CHPPh2 was obtained from [PtCl(SPh2(SnPh3cod] (1 (cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene by reductive elimination reaction of SnClPh3 and substitution of the cod ligand by the diphosphine, albeit in low yields. Yields of 80% were obtained when [Pt(SPh2cod] (3 was used as the starting material instead. The viability of these reactions was suggested by a TG study, performed on the starting materials. Complex 4 was characterized by multinuclear NMR (195Pt, 31P, ¹H and 13C and IR spectroscopies and elemental analysis. The molecular structure, solved by an X-ray diffraction study, exhibted a slightly distorted square-planar geometry and short C=C and Pt-P bond distances which were interpreted in terms of a p interaction between the double bond and the metal-ligand bond, as observed for other diphosphine compounds described previously.

  4. Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy and Kinetic Study of 2-Methylfuran and 2,5-Dimethylfuran Hydrogenation over 7 nm Platinum Cubic Nanoparticles

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    Aliaga, Cesar


    Sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy and kinetic measurements obtained from gas chromatography were used to study the adsorption and hydrogenation of 2-methylfuran (MF) and 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) over cubic Pt nanoparticles of 7 nm average size, synthesized by colloidal methods and cleaned by ultraviolet light and ozone treatment. Reactions carried out at atmospheric pressure in the temperature range of 20-120 °C produced dihydro and tetrahydro species, as well as ring-opening products (alcohols) and ring-cracking products, showing high selectivity toward ring opening throughout the entire temperature range. The aromatic rings (MF and DMF) adsorbed parallel to the nanoparticle surface. Results yield insight into various surface reaction intermediates and the reason for the significantly lower selectivity for ring cracking in DMF hydrogenation compared to MF hydrogenation. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  5. Structural and luminescence studies on pi...pi and Pt...Pt interactions in mixed chloro-isocyanide cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes. (United States)

    Díez, Alvaro; Forniés, Juan; Larraz, Carmen; Lalinde, Elena; López, José A; Martín, Antonio; Moreno, M Teresa; Sicilia, Violeta


    [Pt(bzq)Cl(CNR)] [bzq = benzoquinolinate; R = tert-butyl ((t)Bu 1), 2-6-dimethylphenyl (Xyl 2), 2-naphthyl (2-Np 3)] complexes have been synthesized and structurally and photophysically characterized. 1 was found to co-crystallize in two distinct pseudopolymorphs: a red form, which exhibits an infinite 1D-chain ([1](infinity)) and a yellow form, which contains discrete dimers ([1](2)), both stabilized by interplanar pi...pi (bzq) and short Pt...Pt bonding interactions. Complex 3, generated through the unexpected garnet-red double salt isomer [Pt(bzq)(CN-2-Np)(2)][Pt(bzq)Cl(2)] 4, crystallizes as yellow Pt...Pt dimers ([3](2)), while 2 only forms pi...pi (bzq) contacting dimers. Their electronic absorption and luminescence behaviors have been investigated. According to Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) calculations, the lowest-lying absorption (CH(2)Cl(2)) has been attributed to combined (1)ILCT and (1)MLCT/(1)ML'CT (L = bzq, L' = CNR) transitions, the latter increasing from 1 to 3. In solid state, while the yellow form [1](2) exhibits a green (3)MLCT unstructured emission only at 77 K, the 1-D form [1](infinity) displays a characteristic low-energy red emission (672 nm, 298 K; 744 nm, 77 K) attributed to a mixed (3)MMCT [d(sigma*)-->p(sigma)]/(3)MMLCT [dsigma*(M(2))-->sigma(pi*)(bzq)] excited state. However, upon exposure to standard atmospheric conditions, [1](infinity) shows an irreversible change to an orange-ochre solid, whose emissive properties are similar to those of the crude 1. Complexes 2 and 3 (77 K) exhibit a structured emission from discrete fragments ((3)LC/(3)MLCT), whereas the luminescence of the garnet-red salt 4 is dominated by a low energy emission (680 nm, 298 K; 730 nm, 77 K) arising from a (3)MMLCT excited state. Solvent (CH(2)Cl(2), toluene, 2-MeTHF and CH(3)CN) and concentration-dependent emission studies at 298 K and at 77 K are also reported for 1-3. In CH(2)Cl(2) solution, the low phosphorescent emission band is ascribed

  6. WE-C-217BCD-07: Best in Physics (Joint Eyiaging-Therapy) - Direct Imaging of the Uptake of Platinum Anticancer Agents Using X-Ray Stimulated Fluorescence: A Proof-Of-Concept Study. (United States)

    Kuang, Y; Pratx, G; Qian, J; Meng, B; Bazalova, M; Xing, L


    Platinum-based (Pt) chemotherapy has greatly improved the initial response rate of different cancers. However, relapse of a drug-resistant tumor occurs with a high frequency, resulting in poor long term survival. The most common phenotype of Pt chemoresistance is decreased Pt drug accumulation in the tumor region due to either decreased influx or increased efflux, which is invisible for current imaging modalities. The inability of imaging methods to directly image the Pt drug uptake has resulted in a very unfavorable scenario for early assessment of chemotherapeutic efficacy as well as for personalized treatment planning. In this study, we investigated the feasibility of imaging the uptake and retention of Pt drugs using x-ray stimulated fluorescence CT (XSF-CT). Pt is a high atomic number element, and it emits XSF photons when excited by ionizing photons. Therefore, the alteration of spatial distribution and concentration of Pt drugs in the cancer region could be monitored with XSF-CT. In this study, a polychromatic X-ray source was used to stimulate emission of XSF photons from the Pt drugs. XSF-CT used a first-generation CT geometry. The data were collected using a cadmium telluride detector to sort out a set of spectra. The spectra were then used to generate sinogram. The bio distribution and concentration of each element were reconstructed with the ML-EM algorithm. The reconstructed images clearly identified the distributions of cisplatin. A good linearity between XSF intensities and the concentrations of cisplatin was also observed, suggesting that XSF-CT is capable of quantitative imaging. The X-ray dose for stimulating the XSF photon was 0.25 cGy per projection. XSF-CT has the potential to be a promising modality for monitoring the intervention processes within X-ray scanners. It would afford a powerful way to reliably modify an ineffective treatment regimen in nearly real time. This work was supported by NIH/NCI grants (CA133474, CA153587), an NSF grant

  7. Phase I study of safety and pharmacokinetics of the anti-MUC16 antibody-drug conjugate DMUC5754A in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer or unresectable pancreatic cancer. (United States)

    Liu, J F; Moore, K N; Birrer, M J; Berlin, S; Matulonis, U A; Infante, J R; Wolpin, B; Poon, K A; Firestein, R; Xu, J; Kahn, R; Wang, Y; Wood, K; Darbonne, W C; Lackner, M R; Kelley, S K; Lu, X; Choi, Y J; Maslyar, D; Humke, E W; Burris, H A


    MUC16 is a tumor-specific antigen overexpressed in ovarian (OC) and pancreatic (PC) cancers. The antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), DMUC5754A, contains the humanized anti-MUC16 monoclonal antibody conjugated to the microtubule-disrupting agent, monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE). This phase I study evaluated safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics of DMUC5754A given every 3 weeks (Q3W, 0.3-3.2 mg/kg) or weekly (Q1W, 0.8-1.6 mg/kg) to patients with advanced recurrent platinum-resistant OC or unresectable PC. Biomarker studies were also undertaken. Patients (66 OC, 11 PC) were treated with DMUC5754A (54 Q3W, 23 Q1W). Common related adverse events (AEs) in >20% of patients (all grades) over all dose levels were fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, alopecia, and pyrexia in Q3W patents, and nausea, vomiting, anemia, fatigue, neutropenia, alopecia, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and hypomagnesemia in Q1W patients. Grade ≥3-related AE in ≥5% of patients included neutropenia (9%) and fatigue (7%) in Q3W patients, and neutropenia (17%), diarrhea (9%), and hyponatremia (9%) in Q1W patients. Plasma antibody-conjugated MMAE (acMMAE) and serum total antibody exhibited non-linear PK across tested doses. Minimal accumulation of acMMAE, total antibody, or unconjugated MMAE was observed. Confirmed responses (1 CR, 6 PRs) occurred in OC patients whose tumors were MUC16-positive by IHC (2+ or 3+). Two OC patients had unconfirmed PRs; six OC patients had stable disease lasting >6 months. For CA125, a cut-off of ≥70% reduction was more suitable for monitoring treatment response due to the binding and clearance of serum CA125 by MUC16 ADC. We identified circulating HE4 as a potential novel surrogate biomarker for monitoring treatment response of MUC16 ADC and other anti-MUC16 therapies in OC. DMUC5754A has an acceptable safety profile and evidence of anti-tumor activity in patients with MUC16-expressing tumors. Objective responses were

  8. Studies of the surface structures of molecular crystals and of adsorbed molecular monolayers on the (111) crystal faces of platinum and silver by low-energy electron diffraction

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    Firment, L.E.


    The structures of molecular crystal surfaces were investigated for the first time by the use of low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). The experimental results from a variety of molecular crystals were examined and compared as a first step towards understanding the properties of these surfaces on a microscopic level. The method of sample preparation employed, vapor deposition onto metal single-crystal substrates at low temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum, allowed concurrent study of the structures of adsorbed monolayers on metal surfaces and of the growth processes of molecular films on metal substrates. The systems investigated were ice, ammonia, naphthalene, benzene, the n-paraffins (C/sub 3/ to C/sub 8/), cyclohexane, trioxane, acetic acid, propionic acid, methanol, and methylamine adsorbed and condensed on both Pt(111) and Ag(111) surfaces. Electron-beam-induced damage of the molecular surfaces was observed after electron exposures of 10/sup -4/ A sec cm/sup -2/ at 20 eV. Aromatic molecular crystal samples were more resistant to damage than samples of saturated molecules. The quality and orientation of the grown molecular crystal films were influenced by substrate preparation and growth conditions. Forty ordered monolayer structures were observed. 110 figures, 22 tables, 162 references.

  9. Combined treatment with pemetrexed and vinflunine in patients with metastatic urothelial cell carcinoma after prior platinum-containing chemotherapy - results of an exploratory phase I study

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    Pappot, H; von der Maase, H; Ullén, A


    patients, a phase I trial (VINTREX) was undertaken to assess the safety of vinflunine and pemetrexed in metastatic UCC patients. A dose escalation design was planned to determine the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of a vinflunine/pemetrexed combination. Pemetrexed was added...... had progressive disease. Based on these observations and due to protocol design, the study was interrupted at dose level 1 for safety reasons. The combined therapy of vinflunine (Javlor®, Pierre Fabre Pharma) and pemetrexed (Alimta®, Eli Lilly) is poorly tolerated in metastatic UCC patients...... to vinflunine dosed at 280 mg/m2 on day 1 of a 21-day cycle. Three levels of pemetrexed were planned starting at 400 mg/m2. Four patients were enrolled with a mean age of 66 years and with a mean number of prior GC-cycles of 6,8. Two DLT's were observed at the lowest dose-level in cohort 1. One patient...

  10. Study of the biosensor based on platinum nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes and sugar-lectin biospecific interactions for the determination of glucose

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    Li Wenjuan [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Yuan Ruo, E-mail: [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Chai Yaqin; Zhong Huaan; Wang Yan [Education Ministry Key Laboratory on Luminescence and Real-Time Analysis, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China)


    Research highlights: This work described the synthesis of Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes. The Pt{sub nano}-CNTs were used to construct biosensor for the determination of glucose. GOD can be assembled into multilayer thin films via sugar-lectin affinity. The protocol can avoid the chemical denaturation of the enzyme. It improve the stability and sensitivity of the enzyme biosensor. - Abstract: Highly sensitive electrochemical platform based on Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon nanotubes (Pt{sub nano}-CNTs) and sugar-lectin biospecific interactions is developed for the direct electrochemistry of glucose oxidase (GOD). Firstly, Pt{sub nano}-CNTs nanocomposites were prepared in the presence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and then the mixture was cast on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) using chitosan as a binder. Thereafter, concanavalin A (Con A) was adsorbed onto the precursor film by the electrostatic force between positively charged chitosan and the negatively charged Con A. Finally, the multilayers of Con A/GOD films were prepared based on biospecific affinity of Con A and GOD via layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique. The electrochemical behavior of the sensor was studied using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The electrochemical parameters of GOD in the film were calculated with the results of the electron transfer coefficient ({alpha}) and the apparent heterogeneous electron transfer rate constant (k{sub s}) as 0.5 and 5.093 s{sup -1}, respectively. Experimental results show that the biosensor responded linearly to glucose in the range from 1.2 x 10{sup -6} to 2.0 x 10{sup -3} M, with a detection limit of 4.0 x 10{sup -7} M under optimized conditions.

  11. Gastrointestinal permeability in ovarian cancer and breast cancer patients treated with paclitaxel and platinum

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    Tichá Alena


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Combination of platinum derivatives with paclitaxel is currently the standard front line regimen for patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma, and represents also an active regimen in patients with metastatic breast or unknown primary carcinomas. Measurement of intestinal permeability represents one of the potential methods of noninvasive laboratory assessment of gastrointestinal mucositis induced by chemotherapy, but little is known about intestinal permeability in patients treated with paclitaxel or platinum. Methods Intestinal permeability was assessed in 36 breast and ovarian cancer patients treated with paclitaxel/platinum combination by measuring, using capillary gas chromatography, urinary sucrose, lactulose, xylose and mannitol after oral challenge. The significance of differences during the therapy compared to pre-treatment values was studied by Wilcoxon paired test. The differences between groups of patient were studied by Mann-Whitney U test. Fisher exact test was used to compare the frequency in different subgroups. Results After administration of the first dose, a significant (p Conclusion A transient significant increase in lactulose/monosaccharide and sucrose/monosaccharide ratios was observed in ovarian and breast cancer patients treated with paclitaxel and platinum. Increased lactulose absorption, lactulose/mannitol, sucrose/mannitol and lactulose/xylose ratios were evident in patients with grade 3 or 4 toxicity, and increased baseline lactulose/mannitol ratio predicted serious toxicity.

  12. The levels of disclosure relating to mine closure obligations by platinum mining companies

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    Joline Sturdy


    Aim: The aim of this study is to establish the extent to which platinum mines listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE comply with a recommended disclosure framework. Setting: South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. The study covers all platinum mines listed on the JSE. Methods: Using a framework, a census of the annual financial statements, integrated annual reports and sustainability reports or websites was conducted to determine the level of compliance of disclosure relating to mine closure obligations to the recommended disclosure framework. Results: The results show disclosure relating to mine closure obligations of platinum mines listed on the JSE is inconsistent and not sufficient for stakeholders to understand the scope, key assumptions, parameters or reliability of the assessment and calculation of mine closure obligations. Conclusion: The assumptions used to determine mine closure obligations are specialised and multi-disciplinary. The accuracy and reliability of mine closure obligations will improve dramatically through greater transparency and access to information. It is recommended that the JSE listings for mining companies should require a competent person’s report to provide disclosure on assumptions, key values and processes applied to determine the mine closure obligations. Furthermore, it is recommended that the Department of Mineral Resources implements a mechanism of independent assessment of mine closure obligations by experts on an ongoing basis.

  13. Do Scarce Precious Metals Equate to Safe Harbor Investments? The Case of Platinum and Palladium

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    John Francis T. Diaz


    Full Text Available This research establishes the predictability and safe harbor properties of two scarce precious metals, namely, platinum and palladium. Utilizing their spot prices, the study concludes intermediate memory in the return structures of both precious metals, which implies the instability of platinum and palladium returns’ persistency in the long run. However, both the ARFIMA-FIGARCH and the ARFIMA-FIAPARCH models confirm long-memory properties in the volatility of the two spot prices. The leverage effects phenomenon is not also present based on the ARFIMA-APARCH and ARFIMA-FIAPARCH models, which may possibly conclude the resilience of both precious metals against increased volatility. However, further tests proved that only platinum has a symmetric volatility response to shocks with the presence of negative gamma parameter, which proves that only platinum can be considered a safe harbor investment, because negative and positive shocks have equal effects on their returns and volatilities. Comparing the four models utilized in this study, the combined ARFIMA-FIAPARCH models are the best fitting model to characterize both precious metals’ spot prices.

  14. Bioaccumulation of platinum group metals in dolphins, Stenella sp ...

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    Platinum group metals (PGMs) concentrations were measured in the tissues= of dolphins (Stenella sp.) caught along the Ghanaian coastline. Tissues from specimens caught by fishermen from Dixcove, western Ghana, were analysed in 2006 for palladium (Pd), platinum (Pt) and rhodium (Rh) using the Neutron Activation ...

  15. Recent developments in the field of anticancer platinum complexes. (United States)

    Galanski, Markus


    Cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin continue to be among the most efficient anticancer drugs in world-wide clinical use so far. In particular, cisplatin has shown a remarkable therapeutic efficacy in a broad spectrum of solid tumors and outstanding activity against metastatic testicular germ-cell cancer with cure rates of about 90% of cases. Nevertheless, the dose-limiting severe toxic side-effects of platinum-based chemotherapy, the problem of inherent or therapy-induced resistance, the limited activity in a range of tumors, and the meager tumor selectivity are the motivation for tremendous efforts and inventions in the development of novel anticancer platinum drugs. This article reviews the most recent patents in this field of research, covering the following strategies in the design of promising anticancer platinum complexes: (i) synthesis of new anticancer platinum complexes, using combinatorial chemistry and high throughput synthesis and screening, (ii) activation of platinum complexes in the tumor tissue, (iii) accumulation of platinum complexes at the tumor site, (iv) novel platinum complexes, displaying activity against cisplatin resistant cells and as inhibitors of specific biological functions, and (v) direct derivatives of classical anticancer platinum drugs in clinical use.

  16. Exhaust system having a gold-platinum group metal catalyst

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    Ragle, Christie Susan [Havana, IL; Silver, Ronald G [Peoria, IL; Zemskova, Svetlana Mikhailovna [Edelstein, IL; Eckstein, Colleen J [Metamora, IL


    A method of providing an exhaust treatment device is disclosed. The method includes applying a catalyst including gold and a platinum group metal to a particulate filter. The concentration of the gold and the platinum group metal is sufficient to enable oxidation of carbon monoxide and nitric oxide.

  17. Platinum recovery from used auto catalytic converters in electrorefining process

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    A. Fornalczyk


    Full Text Available This paper presents possibility of removing platinum from the used catalytic converters applying copper as a metal collector in pyrometallurgical methods. The catalytic converter carrier was grinded and melted with copper. During the research obtained Cu-Pt alloy was casted as an anode. Such anode was electrically refined in order to recover platinum. Obtained results were discussed.

  18. Investigation of platinum nanoparticle properties against U87 glioblastoma multiforme

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    Kutwin, Marta; Sawosz, Ewa; Jaworski, Slawomir


    of platinum nanoparticles and cisplatin and their anticancer properties in examination with a U87 glioma cell line and tumor. Material and methods: Nanoparticles of platinum (NP-Pt) and cisplatin were incubated with U87 glioma cells or injected directly into tumor tissue. The biological properties of NP...

  19. Preparation and Analysis of Platinum Thin Films for High Temperature Sensor Applications (United States)

    Wrbanek, John D.; Laster, Kimala L. H.


    A study has been made of platinum thin films for application as high temperature resistive sensors. To support NASA Glenn Research Center s high temperature thin film sensor effort, a magnetron sputtering system was installed recently in the GRC Microsystems Fabrication Clean Room Facility. Several samples of platinum films were prepared using various system parameters to establish run conditions. These films were characterized with the intended application of being used as resistive sensing elements, either for temperature or strain measurement. The resistances of several patterned sensors were monitored to document the effect of changes in parameters of deposition and annealing. The parameters were optimized for uniformity and intrinsic strain. The evaporation of platinum via oxidation during annealing over 900 C was documented, and a model for the process developed. The film adhesion was explored on films annealed to 1000 C with various bondcoats on fused quartz and alumina. From this compiled data, a list of optimal parameters and characteristics determined for patterned platinum thin films is given.

  20. Direct measurement of interaction forces between a platinum dichloride complex and DNA molecules. (United States)

    Muramatsu, Hiroshi; Shimada, Shogo; Okada, Tomoko


    The interaction forces between a platinum dichloride complex and DNA molecules have been studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The platinum dichloride complex, di-dimethylsulfoxide-dichloroplatinum (II) (Pt(DMSO) 2 Cl 2 ), was immobilized on an AFM probe by coordinating the platinum to two amino groups to form a complex similar to Pt(en)Cl 2 , which is structurally similar to cisplatin. The retraction forces were measured between the platinum complex and DNA molecules immobilized on mica plates using force curve measurements. The histogram of the retraction force for λ-DNA showed several peaks; the unit retraction force was estimated to be 130 pN for a pulling rate of 60 nm/s. The retraction forces were also measured separately for four single-base DNA oligomers (adenine, guanine, thymine, and cytosine). Retraction forces were frequently observed in the force curves for the DNA oligomers of guanine and adenine. For the guanine DNA oligomer, the most frequent retraction force was slightly lower than but very similar to the retraction force for λ-DNA. A higher retraction force was obtained for the adenine DNA oligomer than for the guanine oligomer. This result is consistent with a higher retraction activation energy of adenine with the Pt complex being than that of guanine because the kinetic rate constant for retraction correlates to exp(FΔx - ΔE) where ΔE is an activation energy, F is an applied force, and Δx is a displacement of distance.

  1. Preparation of platinum modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles with the use of laser ablation in water. (United States)

    Siuzdak, K; Sawczak, M; Klein, M; Nowaczyk, G; Jurga, S; Cenian, A


    We report on the preparation method of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide modified with platinum by using nanosecond laser ablation in liquid (LAL). Titania in the form of anatase crystals has been prepared in a two-stage process. Initially, irradiation by laser beam of a titanium metal plate fixed in a glass container filled with deionized water was conducted. After that, the ablation process was continued, with the use of a platinum target placed in a freshly obtained titania colloid. In this work, characterization of the obtained nanoparticles, based on spectroscopic techniques--Raman, X-ray photoelectron and UV-vis reflectance spectroscopy--is given. High resolution transmission electron microscopy was used to describe particle morphology. On the basis of photocatalytic studies we observed the rate of degradation process of methylene blue (MB) (a model organic pollution) in the presence of Pt modified titania in comparison to pure TiO2--as a reference case. Physical and chemical mechanisms of the formation of platinum modified titania are also discussed here. Stable colloidal suspensions containing Pt modified titanium dioxide crystalline anatase particles show an almost perfect spherical shape with diameters ranging from 5 to 30 nm. The TiO2 nanoparticles decorated with platinum exhibit much higher (up to 30%) photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of MB under UV illumination than pure titania.

  2. Improved survival trends in platinum-resistant patients with advanced ovarian, fallopian or peritoneal cancer treated with first-line paclitaxel/platinum chemotherapy: the impact of novel agents. (United States)

    Bamias, Aristotle; Bamia, Christine; Zagouri, Flora; Kostouros, Efthimios; Kakoyianni, Konstantina; Rodolakis, Alexandros; Vlahos, George; Haidopoulos, Dimitrios; Thomakos, Nikolaos; Antsaklis, Aris; Dimopoulos, Meletios-Athanasios


    The prognosis for patients with platinum-resistant advanced ovarian cancer remains poor. The impact of approved agents on survival has not been clarified during the last decade. We studied survival trends during the last 15 years in platinum-resistant patients treated with cytoreductive surgery followed by paclitaxel/platinum chemotherapy. Patients with epithelial ovarian, fallopian or peritoneal cancer, stages III/IV and platinum-resistant disease after first-line chemotherapy with paclitaxel/platinum were included. They were grouped according to the period of chemotherapy: group A 31/3/1995-31/12/2001 (n = 56) and Group B 1/1/2002-24/12/2008 (n = 57). In order to compensate for the difference in follow-up between the 2 groups, we performed minimum follow-up (MFU) analyses by considering as cases only women who had an event within 3 years of follow-up. Patients with no events for up to 3 years were censored at that time. MFU analyses showed that median overall survival (OS) was significantly longer in group B: 12.3 vs. 17.5 months (p = 0.012). This was due to a doubling of the median OS after relapse: 5.7 vs. 10.9 months (p = 0.0180). Multivariate Cox regression indicated group and histology as factors statistically significantly associated with OS. Following relapse, patients in group B were predominantly treated with liposomal doxorubicin and gemcitabine, and patients in group A were treated with platinum compounds, docetaxel and oral etoposide (p improved the prognosis of platinum-resistant patients. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Platinum adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles, method for preparing, and uses thereof (United States)

    Tong, YuYe; Du, Bingchen


    A superior, industrially scalable one-pot ethylene glycol-based wet chemistry method to prepare platinum-adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles has been developed that offers an exquisite control of the platinum packing density of the adlayers and effectively prevents sintering of the nanoparticles during the deposition process. The wet chemistry based method for the controlled deposition of submonolayer platinum is advantageous in terms of processing and maximizing the use of platinum and can, in principle, be scaled up straightforwardly to an industrial level. The reactivity of the Pt(31)-Ru sample was about 150% higher than that of the industrial benchmark PtRu (1:1) alloy sample but with 3.5 times less platinum loading. Using the Pt(31)-Ru nanoparticles would lower the electrode material cost compared to using the industrial benchmark alloy nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cell applications.

  4. A phase I trial of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), carboplatin, bevacizumab and veliparib in recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian, primary peritoneal, and fallopian tube cancer: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group study. (United States)

    Landrum, Lisa M; Brady, William E; Armstrong, Deborah K; Moore, Kathleen N; DiSilvestro, Paul A; O'Malley, David M; Tenney, Meaghan E; Rose, Peter G; Fracasso, Paula M


    To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) of veliparib combined with PLD and carboplatin (CD) in patients with recurrent, platinum-sensitive epithelial ovarian cancer. To determine the tolerability at the MTD combined with bevacizumab. Patients received PLD (30mg/m(2), IV) and carboplatin (AUC 5, IV) on day 1 with veliparib on days 1-7 (intermittent) or days 1-28 (continuous). Standard 3+3 design was used in the dose escalation phase with DLTs based on the first cycle. Once the MTDs were determined, cohorts of 6 patients were enrolled to each regimen with bevacizumab (10mg/kg on days 1 and 15) to assess feasibility. DLTs were based on the first 4cycles of treatment in the bevacizumab cohorts. In the dose-escalation phase, 27 patients were treated at 3 dose levels with DLTs noted in 6 patients including grade 4 thrombocytopenia (n=4), and prolonged neutropenia >7days (n=3). At the MTD of veliparib (80mg p.o. b.i.d. for both dosing arms), myelosuppression was the DLT. At MTD, 12 additional patients were treated with bevacizumab with 9 patients experiencing DLTs including grade 4 thrombocytopenia (n=4), prolonged neutropenia >7days (n=1), grade 3 hypertension (n=5), and grade 5 sepsis (n=1). The MTD of veliparib combined with CD is 80mg p.o. b.i.d. in women with recurrent, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. With bevacizumab, DLTs were noted in 9 out of 12 patients. Lower doses of veliparib will need to be considered when given in combination with platinum-based therapies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Synthesis of platinum and platinum-copper branched nanoparticles for electrooxidation of methanol (United States)

    Taylor, Eric

    Platinum and Pt alloys are among the most important heterogeneous catalysts for many organic reactions and electrochemical reactions associated with the fuel cell technologies. How to reduce Pt usage while maintaining the performance of the catalysts becomes a subject for intensive research in materials chemistry. For heterogeneous catalysis, the catalytic reactivity and selectivity are strongly correlated with different crystallographic facets exposed on the surface. The facets with high-index planes whose Miller indices with at one is larger than unity are generally more active than those with low-index planes (e.g., {100}, {111}, and {110}). Tuning the morphology of the nanoparticles to expose more high-index planes on the surface can improve the catalytic activity of the nanoparticles. As compared to isotropic nanoparticles, the branched nanostructures are the promising morphology that can improve both the activity and stability of the catalysts. In this work, a two-step polyol synthesis has been developed to synthesize the branched nanostructures of Pt at high-yield. This two-step process involves a slow reduction using ethylene glycol in the presence of oxidative etchants, following by a fast reduction using ascorbic acid. The slow reduction kinetics facilitates the formation of cubooctahedral single-crystal seeds while the fast reduction kinetics allows for the overgrowth of nanocrystals along the {111} facets in a short period of time, resulting in the branched nanostructures. By co-reducing Pt and Cu precursors, this approach has been demonstrated to synthesize the Pt-Cu dendritic nanostructures for the first time. The catalytic activity of these Pt and Pt-Cu nanostructures has been studied for MOR. It was found that Pt branched nanostructures reduced the CO-poisoning as compared to the Pt/C and the dendritic Pt-Cu nanostructures showed both enhanced resistance of CO-poisoning and improved efficiency of ethanol oxidation.

  6. Restoring platinum sensitivity in recurrent ovarian cancer by extending the platinum-free interval: Myth or reality? (United States)

    Tomao, Federica; D'Incalci, Maurizio; Biagioli, Elena; Peccatori, Fedro A; Colombo, Nicoletta


    The platinum-free interval is the most important predictive factor of a response to subsequent lines of chemotherapy and the most important prognostic factor for progression-free and overall survival in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. A nonplatinum regimen is generally considered the most appropriate approach when the disease recurs very early after the end of chemotherapy, whereas platinum-based chemotherapy is usually adopted when the platinum-free interval exceeds 12 months. However, the therapeutic management of patients with intermediate sensitivity (ie, when the relapse occurs between 6 and 12 months) remains debatable. Preclinical and clinical data suggest that the extension of platinum-free interval (using a nonplatinum-based regimen) might restore platinum sensitivity, thus allowing survival improvement. The objective of this review was to critically analyze preclinical and clinical evidences supporting this hypothesis. Cancer 2017;123:3450-9. © 2017 American Cancer Society. © 2017 American Cancer Society.

  7. Evaluation of the antitumor activity of platinum nanoparticles in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced in rats. (United States)

    Medhat, Amina; Mansour, Somaya; El-Sonbaty, Sawsan; Kandil, Eman; Mahmoud, Mustafa


    This study aimed to evaluate the antitumor activity of platinum nanoparticles compared with cis-platin both in vitro and in vivo in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced in rats. The treatment efficacy of platinum nanoparticles was evaluated by measuring antioxidant activities against oxidative stress caused by diethylnitrosamine in liver tissue. The measurements included reduced glutathione content and superoxide dismutase activity, as well as malondialdehyde level. Liver function tests were also determined, in addition to the evaluation of serum alpha-fetoprotein, caspase-3, and cytochrome c in liver tissue. Total RNA extraction from liver tissue samples was also done for the relative quantification of B-cell lymphoma 2, matrix metallopeptidase 9, and tumor protein p53 genes. Histopathological examination was also performed for liver tissue. Results showed that platinum nanoparticles are more potent than cis-platin in treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma induced by diethylnitrosamine in rats as it ameliorated the investigated parameters toward normal control animals. These findings were well appreciated with histopathological studies of diethylnitrosamine group treated with platinum nanoparticles, suggesting that platinum nanoparticles can serve as a good therapeutic agent for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma which should attract further studies.

  8. Investigate the rock mechanics aspects of potholes in the platinum mines, their contribution to poor ground conditions, and if proactive identification is possible

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    Urcan, H


    Full Text Available better background understanding of the effect of potholes a literature survey and interviews with platinum mining personnel were carried out. The literature survey revealed that there have been very few studies of the geotechnical aspects of potholes...

  9. Dynamic environmental transmission electron microscopy observation of platinum electrode catalyst deactivation in a proton-exchange-membrane fuel cell. (United States)

    Yoshida, Kenta; Xudong, Zhang; Bright, Alexander N; Saitoh, Koh; Tanaka, Nobuo


    Spherical-aberration-corrected environmental transmission electron microscopy (AC-ETEM) was applied to study the catalytic activity of platinum/amorphous carbon electrode catalysts in proton-exchange-membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). These electrode catalysts were characterized in different atmospheres, such as hydrogen and air, and a conventional high vacuum of 10(-5) Pa. A high-speed charge coupled device camera was used to capture real-time movies to dynamically study the diffusion and reconstruction of nanoparticles with an information transfer down to 0.1 nm, a time resolution below 0.2 s and an acceleration voltage of 300 kV. With such high spatial and time resolution, AC-ETEM permits the visualization of surface-atom behaviour that dominates the coalescence and surface-reconstruction processes of the nanoparticles. To contribute to the development of robust PEMFC platinum/amorphous carbon electrode catalysts, the change in the specific surface area of platinum particles was evaluated in hydrogen and air atmospheres. The deactivation of such catalysts during cycle operation is a serious problem that must be resolved for the practical use of PEMFCs in real vehicles. In this paper, the mechanism for the deactivation of platinum/amorphous carbon electrode catalysts is discussed using the decay rate of the specific surface area of platinum particles, measured first in a vacuum and then in hydrogen and air atmospheres for comparison.

  10. Photocatalytically active colloidal platinum-decorated cadmium sulphide nanorods for hydrogen production; Photokatalytisch Aktive Kolloidale Platindekorierte Cadmiumsulfidnanostaebchen zur Wasserstoffproduktion

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    Berr, Maximilian Josef


    This is the first study to have been successful in producing hydrogen by means of photocatalytically active colloidal semiconductor particles. Specifically, colloidal platinum-decorated cadmium sulphide nanorods were used to reduce water to hydrogen. Oxidation of water to oxygen was substituted by addition of a reducing agent (hole collector), e.g. sulphite, which itself is oxidised to sulphate by the photohole. During photochemical platinum decoration it was discovered that in addition to the expected platinum nanoparticles there had also formed platinum clusters in the subnanometer range. In spite of the small quantity of platinum deposited on the nanorods these clusters showed the same quantum efficiency as the intended product. [German] In dieser Arbeit wurde erstmals mit kolloidalen Halbleiternanopartikeln photokatalytische Wasserstoffproduktion erzielt. Im Detail wurde Wasser mit kolloidalen, platindekorierten Cadmiumsulfidnanostaebchen zu Wasserstoff reduziert. Die Oxidation des Wasser zu Sauerstoff wurde durch Zugabe eines Reduktionsmittels (Lochfaenger) substituiert, z.B. Sulfit, das durch das Photoloch zu Sulfat reduziert wird. Bei der photochemischen Platindekoration wurden neben den erwarteten Platinnanopartikeln mit 4 - 5 nm Durchmesser auch Subnanometer grosse Platincluster entdeckt, die trotz der geringeren Menge an deponierten Platin auf den Nanostaebchen die gleiche Quanteneffizienz demonstrieren.

  11. The RSC Faraday prize lecture of 1989 on platinum. (United States)

    Thomas, John Meurig


    In 1861, Michael Faraday gave one of his last Friday Evening Discourses at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, on platinum, which he described as "this beautiful, magnificent and valuable metal". More than a hundred and twenty years later (in 1989), the author re-enacted, at the Royal Institution, many of the demonstrations that Faraday carried out in his memorable Discourse. This article outlines many of Faraday's views on, and experiments with, platinum. It also describes the continuing importance and utilization of platinum, both as perceived in 1989 and from present perspectives.

  12. Bio-inspired routes for synthesizing efficient nanoscale platinum electrocatalysts

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    Cha, Jennifer N. [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Wang, Joseph [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)


    The overall objective of the proposed research is to use fundamental advances in bionanotechnology to design powerful platinum nanocrystal electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications. The new economically-viable, environmentally-friendly, bottom-up biochemical synthetic strategy will produce platinum nanocrystals with tailored size, shape and crystal orientation, hence leading to a maximum electrochemical reactivity. There are five specific aims to the proposed bio-inspired strategy for synthesizing efficient electrocatalytic platinum nanocrystals: (1) isolate peptides that both selectively bind particular crystal faces of platinum and promote the nucleation and growth of particular nanocrystal morphologies, (2) pattern nanoscale 2-dimensional arrays of platinum nucleating peptides from DNA scaffolds, (3) investigate the combined use of substrate patterned peptides and soluble peptides on nanocrystal morphology and growth (4) synthesize platinum crystals on planar and large-area carbon electrode supports, and (5) perform detailed characterization of the electrocatalytic behavior as a function of catalyst size, shape and morphology. Project Description and Impact: This bio-inspired collaborative research effort will address key challenges in designing powerful electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications by employing nucleic acid scaffolds in combination with peptides to perform specific, environmentally-friendly, simultaneous bottom-up biochemical synthesis and patterned assembly of highly uniform and efficient platinum nanocrystal catalysts. Bulk synthesis of nanoparticles usually produces a range of sizes, accessible catalytic sites, crystal morphologies, and orientations, all of which lead to inconsistent catalytic activities. In contrast, biological systems routinely demonstrate exquisite control over inorganic syntheses at neutral pH and ambient temperature and pressures. Because the orientation and arrangement of the templating biomolecules can be precisely

  13. Electrochemical surface reshaping of polycrystalline platinum: Morphology and crystallography

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    Wei, X.; Reiner, A. [Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Mueller, E. [Electron Microscopy ETH-Zuerich, CH-8093, Zuerich (Switzerland); Wokaun, A. [Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Scherer, G.G. [Electrochemistry Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)], E-mail:; Zhang, L.; Shou, K.-Y.; Nelson, B.J. [Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH-Zuerich, CH-8092 Zuerich (Switzerland)


    A novel process of morphological evolution was observed on a polycrystalline platinum electrode surface during intensive potential perturbation in sulfuric acid electrolyte. The process was started from a smooth polycrystalline platinum surface, and ended up with a roughened overlayer which is composed of numerous morphological units. According to its appearance, the unit is named 'feather-like morphology (FLM)' which contains finer structures at nanometer scale. The active surface area of platinum at different stages during the morphological evolution was estimated by cyclic voltammetry. Electron microscopic measurements provided both morphological details and crystallographic information.

  14. Engineering Platinum Alloy Electrocatalysts in Nanoscale for PEMFC Application

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    He, Ting [Idaho National Laboratory


    Fuel cells are expected to be a key next-generation energy source used for vehicles and homes, offering high energy conversion efficiency and minimal pollutant emissions. However, due to large overpotentials on anode and cathode, the efficiency is still much lower than theoretically predicted. During the past decades, considerable efforts have been made to investigate synergy effect of platinum alloyed with base metals. But, engineering the alloy particles in nanoscale has been a challenge. Most important challenges in developing nanostructured materials are the abilities to control size, monodispersity, microcomposition, and even morphology or self-assembly capability, so called Nanomaterials-by-Design, which requires interdisciplinary collaborations among computational modeling, chemical synthesis, nanoscale characterization as well as manufacturing processing. Electrocatalysts, particularly fuel cell catalysts, are dramatically different from heterogeneous catalysts because the surface area in micropores cannot be electrochemically controlled on the same time scale as more transport accessible surfaces. Therefore, electrocatalytic architectures need minimal microporous surface area while maximizing surfaces accessible through mesopores or macropores, and to "pin" the most active, highest performance physicochemical state of the materials even when exposed to thermodynamic forces, which would otherwise drive restructuring, crystallization, or densification of the nanoscale materials. In this presentation, results of engineering nanoscale platinum alloy particles down to 2 ~ 4 nm will be discussed. Based on nature of alloyed base metals, various synthesis technologies have been studied and developed to achieve capabilities of controlling particle size and particle microcomposition, namely, core-shell synthesis, microemulsion technique, thermal decomposition process, surface organometallic chemical method, etc. The results show that by careful engineering the

  15. Platinum Metals in Magmatic Sulfide Ores (United States)

    Naldrett, A. J.; Duke, J. M.


    Platinum-group elements (PGE) are mined predominantly from deposits that have formed by the segregation of molten iron-nickel-copper sulfides from silicate magmas. The absolute concentrations of PGE in sulfides from different deposits vary over a range of five orders of magnitude, whereas those of other chalcophile elements vary by factors of only 2 to 100. However, the relative proportions of the different PGE in a given deposit are systematically related to the nature of the parent magma. The absolute and relative concentrations of PGE in magmatic sulfides are explained in terms of the degree of partial melting of mantle peridotite required to produce the parent magma and the processes of batch equilibration and fractional segregation of sulfides. The Republic of South Africa and the U.S.S.R. together possess more than 97 percent of the world PGE reserves, but significant undeveloped resources occur in North America. The Stillwater complex in Montana is perhaps the most important example.

  16. Voltage controlled interfacial magnetism through platinum orbits. (United States)

    Miwa, Shinji; Suzuki, Motohiro; Tsujikawa, Masahito; Matsuda, Kensho; Nozaki, Takayuki; Tanaka, Kazuhito; Tsukahara, Takuya; Nawaoka, Kohei; Goto, Minori; Kotani, Yoshinori; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Bonell, Frédéric; Tamura, Eiiti; Hono, Kazuhiro; Nakamura, Tetsuya; Shirai, Masafumi; Yuasa, Shinji; Suzuki, Yoshishige


    Electric fields at interfaces exhibit useful phenomena, such as switching functions in transistors, through electron accumulations and/or electric dipole inductions. We find one potentially unique situation in a metal-dielectric interface in which the electric field is atomically inhomogeneous because of the strong electrostatic screening effect in metals. Such electric fields enable us to access electric quadrupoles of the electron shell. Here we show, by synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy, electric field induction of magnetic dipole moments in a platinum monatomic layer placed on ferromagnetic iron. Our theoretical analysis indicates that electric quadrupole induction produces magnetic dipole moments and provides a large magnetic anisotropy change. In contrast with the inability of current designs to offer ultrahigh-density memory devices using electric-field-induced spin control, our findings enable a material design showing more than ten times larger anisotropy energy change for such a use and highlight a path in electric-field control of condensed matter.

  17. Platinum group nuggets in deep sea sediments (United States)

    Brownlee, D. E.; Bates, B. A.; Wheelock, M. M.


    The existence of iron meteor oblation spheres in deep sea sediments was known for over a century. These spheres generally were believed to be composed of either pure magnetite and wustite or an oxide shell surrounding a NiFe metal core. A large number of 300 micron to 600 micron spheres found were pure oxide spheres, usually containing a solitary 10 micron platinum group nugget (pgn) composed almost entirely of group VIII metals. Twelve PGN's were analyzed and most had chondritic abundances with some depletions that correlate with element volatility. PGN formation by oxidation of a molten metal sphere entering the atmosphere cannot occur if the oxygen abundance in the atmosphere is less than half of its present value. The first appearance of PGN's in the geological record should mark when, in the Earth's history, oxygen rose to this level.

  18. Review: ototoxic characteristics of platinum antitumor drugs. (United States)

    Ding, Dalian; Allman, Brian L; Salvi, Richard


    Cisplatin, carboplatin, nedaplatin, and oxaliplatin are widely used in contemporary oncology; however, their ototoxic and neurotoxic side effects are quite different as discussed in this review. Cisplatin is considered the most ototoxic, but despite its reputation, the magnitude of hair cell loss that occurs with a single, large drug bolus is limited and confined to the base of the cochlea. For all of these platinum compounds, a major factor limiting damage is drug uptake from stria vascularis into the cochlear fluids. Disrupting the blood-labyrinth barrier with diuretics or noise exposure enhances drug uptake and significantly increases the amount of damage. Combined treatment with ethacrynic acid (a loop diuretic) and cisplatin results in rapid apoptotic hair cell death characterized by upregulation of initiator caspase-8 and membrane death receptor, TRADD, followed by downstream executioners, caspase-3 and caspase-6. Unlike cisplatin, nedaplatin and oxaliplatin are highly neurotoxic when applied to cochlear cultures preferentially damaging auditory nerve fibers at low concentrations and hair cells at high concentrations. Carboplatin, considered far less ototoxic than cisplatin, is paradoxically highly toxic to chinchilla inner hair cells and type I spiral ganglion neurons; however, at high doses it also damages outer hair cells. Hair cell death from cisplatin and carboplatin is characterized in its early stages by upregulation of p53; blocking p53 expression with pifithrin-α prevents hair cell death. Major differences in the toxicity of these four platinum compounds may arise from several different metal transporters that selectively regulate the influx, efflux, and sequestration of these drugs. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. In vitro Cytotoxic Activities of the Oral Platinum(IV) Prodrug Oxoplatin and HSP90 Inhibitor Ganetespib against a Panel of Gastric Cancer Cell Lines


    Klameth, Lukas; Rath, Barbara; Hamilton, Gerhard


    Gastric cancer exhibits a poor prognosis and is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide. Chemotherapy of metastatic gastric cancer is based on combinations of platinum drugs and fluoropyrimidines, with added agents. Oxoplatin is a stable oral platinum(IV) prodrug which is converted to a highly active tetrachlorido(IV) complex under acidic conditions. In the present work, we studied the cytotoxic effects of oxoplatin against a panel of four gastric cancer cell lines in vitro. Fur...

  20. Undoped and boron doped diamond nanoparticles as platinum and platinum-ruthenium catalyst support for direct methanol fuel cell application (United States)

    La Torre Riveros, Lyda

    Nanoparticular diamond is a promising material that can be used as a robust and chemically stable catalytic support. It has been studied and characterized physically and electrochemically, in its powder and thin film forms. This thesis work intends to demonstrate that undoped diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) and boron-doped diamond nanoparticles (BDDNPs) can be used as an electrode and a catalytic support material for platinum and ruthenium catalysts. The electrochemical properties of diamond nanoparticle electrodes, fabricated using the ink paste method, were investigated. As an initial step, we carried out chemical purification of commercially available undoped DNPs by refluxing in aqueous HNO3 as well as of BDDNPs which were doped through a collaborative work with the University of Missouri. The purified material was characterized by spectroscopic and surface science techniques. The reversibility of reactions such as ferricyanide/ferrocyanide (Fe(CN) 63-/Fe(CN)64-) and hexaamineruthenium (III) chloride complexes as redox probes were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry at the undoped DNPs and BDDNPs surface. These redox probes showed limited peak currents and presented linear relationships between current (i) and the square root of the potential scan rate (v1/2). However, compared to conventional electrodes, the peak currents were smaller. BDDNPs show an improvement in charge transfer currents when compared to undoped DNPs. Platinum and ruthenium nanoparticles were chemically deposited on undoped DNPs and BDDNPs through the use of the excess of a mild reducing agent such NaBH4. In order to improve the nanoparticle dispersion sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), a surfactant agent, was used. Percentages of platinum and ruthenium metals were varied as well as the stoichiometric amount of the reducing agent to determine adequate parameters for optimum performance in methanol oxidation. Both before and after the reducing process the samples were characterized by scanning

  1. Platinum-Catalyzed Selective Tin-Carbon Bond Formation

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    Thoonen, Sander Hendrikus Lambertus


    In conclusion, two improved methods for the selective synthesis of monoorganotin trihalides were developed. The platinum-catalyzed Kocheshkov redistribution reaction of dialkyltin dichlorides with tin tetrachloride is the most interesting. Contrary to the other two methods described (the direct

  2. One-dimensional Magnus-type platinum double salts


    Hendon, Christopher H.; Walsh, Aron; Akiyama, Norinobu; Konno, Yosuke; Kajiwara, Takashi; Ito, Tasuku; KITAGAWA, Hiroshi; Sakai, Ken


    Interest in platinum-chain complexes arose from their unusual oxidation states and physical properties. Despite their compositional diversity, isolation of crystalline chains has remained challenging. Here we report a simple crystallization technique that yields a series of dimer-based 1D platinum chains. The colour of the Pt[superscript 2+] compounds can be switched between yellow, orange and blue. Spontaneous oxidation in air is used to form black P[superscript 2.33+] needles. The loss of o...

  3. Platinum-Bismuth Bimetallic Catalysts: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications


    Saucedo, Jose A, Jr; Xiao, Yang; Varma, Arvind


    Bimetallic catalysts have been explored and shown to exhibit unique characteristics which are not present in monometallic catalysts. Platinum is well known as an effective catalyst for oxidation and reduction reactions, and it can be made more effective when bismuth is introduced as a promotor. Thus, the effectiveness of the Pt-Bi catalyst was demonstrated in prior work. What is not clear, however, is the mechanism behind the catalyst function; why addition of bismuth to platinum decreases de...

  4. computer modeling ter modeling ter modeling of platinum reforming

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    n. (CH4+C2H6+C3H8+C4H10. + C5H12). (13) l. Hydrocracking of paraffinic hydrocarbons. CnH2n+2 + ... Examples of such catalysts include platinum, platinum-rhenium, molybdenium oxide (MoO3) supported on ..... Catalytic Cracking and Reforming; 4th Edition,. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, USA. pp. 810-818.

  5. Panitumumab and Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin in Platinum-Resistant Epithelial Ovarian Cancer With KRAS Wild-Type

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    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Waldstrøm, Marianne; Pallisgård, Niels


    cancer patients treated with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) supplemented with panitumumab. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Major eligibility criteria were relapsed ovarian/fallopian/peritoneal cancer patients with platinum-resistant disease, measurable disease by GCIG CA125 criteria and KRAS wild......OBJECTIVE: The increasing number of negative trials for ovarian cancer treatment has prompted an evaluation of new biologic agents, which in combination with chemotherapy may improve survival. The aim of this study was to investigate the response rate in platinum-resistant, KRAS wild-type ovarian...

  6. High performance platinum single atom electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (United States)

    Liu, Jing; Jiao, Menggai; Lu, Lanlu; Barkholtz, Heather M.; Li, Yuping; Wang, Ying; Jiang, Luhua; Wu, Zhijian; Liu, Di-Jia; Zhuang, Lin; Ma, Chao; Zeng, Jie; Zhang, Bingsen; Su, Dangsheng; Song, Ping; Xing, Wei; Xu, Weilin; Wang, Ying; Jiang, Zheng; Sun, Gongquan


    For the large-scale sustainable implementation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in vehicles, high-performance electrocatalysts with low platinum consumption are desirable for use as cathode material during the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Here we report a carbon black-supported cost-effective, efficient and durable platinum single-atom electrocatalyst with carbon monoxide/methanol tolerance for the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. The acidic single-cell with such a catalyst as cathode delivers high performance, with power density up to 680 mW cm-2 at 80 °C with a low platinum loading of 0.09 mgPt cm-2, corresponding to a platinum utilization of 0.13 gPt kW-1 in the fuel cell. Good fuel cell durability is also observed. Theoretical calculations reveal that the main effective sites on such platinum single-atom electrocatalysts are single-pyridinic-nitrogen-atom-anchored single-platinum-atom centres, which are tolerant to carbon monoxide/methanol, but highly active for the oxygen reduction reaction.

  7. High performance platinum single atom electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (United States)

    Liu, Jing; Jiao, Menggai; Lu, Lanlu; Barkholtz, Heather M.; Li, Yuping; Wang, Ying; Jiang, Luhua; Wu, Zhijian; Liu, Di-jia; Zhuang, Lin; Ma, Chao; Zeng, Jie; Zhang, Bingsen; Su, Dangsheng; Song, Ping; Xing, Wei; Xu, Weilin; Wang, Ying; Jiang, Zheng; Sun, Gongquan


    For the large-scale sustainable implementation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in vehicles, high-performance electrocatalysts with low platinum consumption are desirable for use as cathode material during the oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells. Here we report a carbon black-supported cost-effective, efficient and durable platinum single-atom electrocatalyst with carbon monoxide/methanol tolerance for the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction. The acidic single-cell with such a catalyst as cathode delivers high performance, with power density up to 680 mW cm−2 at 80 °C with a low platinum loading of 0.09 mgPt cm−2, corresponding to a platinum utilization of 0.13 gPt kW−1 in the fuel cell. Good fuel cell durability is also observed. Theoretical calculations reveal that the main effective sites on such platinum single-atom electrocatalysts are single-pyridinic-nitrogen-atom-anchored single-platinum-atom centres, which are tolerant to carbon monoxide/methanol, but highly active for the oxygen reduction reaction. PMID:28737170

  8. Templated synthesis, characterization, and sensing application of macroscopic platinum nanowire network electrodes

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    Wang, D. H.; Kou, R.; Gil, M. P.


    Abstract: Novel platinum nanowire network electrodes have been fabricated through electrodeposition using mesoporous silica thin films as templates. These electrodes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, and scanning electron microscope. The electrochemical...... properties of the electrodes, such as electrochemical active area and methanol oxidation, have also been studied. Compared with conventional polycrystalline Pt electrodes, these novel nanowire network electrodes possess high electrochemical active areas and demonstrate higher current densities and a lower...

  9. Different infusion durations for preventing platinum-induced hearing loss in children with cancer. (United States)

    van As, Jorrit W; van den Berg, Henk; van Dalen, Elvira C


    Platinum-based therapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin or oxaliplatin, or a combination of these, is used to treat a variety of paediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, one of the most important adverse effects is the occurrence of hearing loss or ototoxicity. In an effort to prevent this ototoxicity, different platinum infusion durations have been studied. This review is an update of a previously published Cochrane review. To assess the effects of different durations of platinum infusion to prevent hearing loss or tinnitus, or both, in children with cancer. Secondary objectives were to assess possible effects of these infusion durations on: a) anti-tumour efficacy of platinum-based therapy, b) adverse effects other than hearing loss or tinnitus, and c) quality of life. We searched the electronic databases Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; The Cochrane Library 2016, Issue 4), MEDLINE (PubMed) (1945 to 18 May 2016) and EMBASE (Ovid) (1980 to 18 May 2016). In addition, we handsearched reference lists of relevant articles and we assessed the conference proceedings of the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (2009 up to and including 2015) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (2014 and 2015). We scanned and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP; for ongoing trials (searched on 20 May 2016 and 24 May 2016 respectively). Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or controlled clinical trials (CCTs) comparing different platinum infusion durations in children with cancer. Only the platinum infusion duration could differ between the treatment groups. Two review authors independently performed the study selection, risk of bias assessment and GRADE assessment of included studies, and data extraction including adverse effects. Analyses were performed according to the guidelines of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of

  10. Efficacy and safety of platinum combination chemotherapy re-challenge for relapsed patients with non-small-cell lung cancer after postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy of cisplatin plus vinorelbine. (United States)

    Imai, Hisao; Shukuya, Takehito; Yoshino, Reiko; Muraki, Keiko; Mori, Keita; Ono, Akira; Akamatsu, Hiroaki; Taira, Tetsuhiko; Kenmotsu, Hirotsugu; Naito, Tateaki; Murakami, Haruyasu; Tomizawa, Yoshio; Takahashi, Toshiaki; Takahashi, Kazuhisa; Saito, Ryusei; Yamamoto, Nobuyuki


    There is no standard therapy for relapsed patients who have received postoperative platinum-based adjuvant chemotherapy for resected non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated the efficacy and safety of platinum combination chemotherapy re-challenge for such patients. Medical records from 3 institutes from April 2005 to July 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients who underwent complete surgical resection were eligible if they received postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin plus vinorelbine once and then re-challenge with platinum combination chemotherapy. Sixteen patients were enrolled in this study. After re-challenge with platinum combination chemotherapy, we observed an overall response rate of 31.2% (5/16) and a disease control rate of 81.2% (13/16). Median progression-free survival and overall survival from the start of the re-administration of platinum combination chemotherapy were 6.5 and 28.0 months, respectively. Frequently observed severe adverse events (≥grade 3) included neutropenia (31.2%), thrombocytopenia (31.2%), leukopenia (12.5%) and hyponatremia (12.5%). Frequently observed non-hematological toxicities (≥grade 2) were anorexia (37.5%) and nausea (37.5%). Re-challenge with platinum combination chemotherapy was effective and safe; therefore, this therapy should be considered as a treatment option for relapsed patients after postoperative cisplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy for resected NSCLC. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. Platinum/carbon multilayer reflectors for soft-x-ray optics. (United States)

    Lodha, G S; Yamashita, K; Suzuki, T; Hatsukade, I; Tamura, K; Ishigami, T; Takahama, S; Namba, Y


    We have fabricated platinum/carbon (Pt/C) multilayer reflectors with 2d spacaings between 50 and 200 Å, using an electron-beam evaporator. We investigated the effects of 2d values, the number of layer pairs, substrate temperature, coatings, and the long-term stability on the reflectivity performance by using characteristic x rays and monochromatized synchrotron radiation in the 0.8-8-keV region. In this study we show that Pt/C multilayers with 10-20 layer pairs exhibit high and stable soft-x-ray reflectivity. The interfacial roughness was measured in the range of 5 Å and becomes lower for structures deposited at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. Coating these reflectors with a 100-Å-thick platinum layer increased the grazing angle reflectivity without significantly lowering the Bragg peak reflectivity.

  12. Methanol oxidation at platinum electrodes in acid solution: comparison between model and real catalysts

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    Full Text Available Methanol oxidation in acid solution was studied at platinum single crystals, Pt(hkl, as the model catalyst, and at nanostructural platinum supported on high surface area carbon, Pt/C, as the real catalyst. The linear extrapolation method was used to determine the beginning of hydroxyl anion adsorption. Structural sensitivity of the adsorption was proved and a correlation with the onset of the methanol oxidation current was established at all catalysts. Bisulfate and chloride anions were found to decrease the methanol oxidation rate, but probably did not influence the reaction parth. The specific activity for the reaction increased in the sequence Pt(110 < Pt/C < Pt(111, suggesting that the activity of the supported Pt catalyst can be correlated with the activities of the dominating crystal planes on its surface.

  13. Graphene–platinum nanocomposite as a sensitive and selective voltammetric sensor for trace level arsenic quantification

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    R. Kempegowda


    Full Text Available A simple protocol for the chemical modification of graphene with platinum nanoparticles and its subsequent electroanalytical application toward sensitive and selective determination of arsenic has been described. Chemical modification was carried out by the simultaneous and sequential chemical reduction of graphene oxide and hexachloroplatinic acid in the presence of ethylene glycol as a mild reducing agent. The synthesized graphene–platinum nanocomposite (Gr–nPt has been characterized through infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction study, field emission scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV techniques. CV and square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry have been used to quantify arsenic. The proposed nanostructure showed linearity in the concentration range 10–100 nM with a detection limit of 1.1 nM. The proposed sensor has been successfully applied to measure trace levels of arsenic present in natural sample matrices like borewell water, polluted lake water, agricultural soil, tomato and spinach leaves.

  14. Synthesis and Pharmacological Evaluation of Modified Adenosines Joined to Mono-Functional Platinum Moieties

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    Stefano D'Errico


    Full Text Available The synthesis of four novel platinum complexes, bearing N6-(6-amino-hexyladenosine or a 1,6-di(adenosin-N6-yl-hexane respectively, as ligands of mono-functional cisplatin or monochloro(ethylendiamineplatinum(II, is reported. The chemistry exploits the high affinity of the charged platinum centres towards the N7 position of the adenosine base system and a primary amine of an alkyl chain installed on the C6 position of the purine. The cytotoxic behaviour of the synthesized complexes has been studied in A549 adenocarcinomic human alveolar basal epithelial and MCF7 human breast adenocarcinomic cancer cell lines, in order to investigate their effects on cell viability and proliferation.

  15. Microwave Assisted Synthesis, Modification With Platinum And Photocatalytical Properties of TiO2 Nanofibers

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    Reinis DRUNKA


    Full Text Available In the present work formation of active TiO2 nanoparticles in microwave synthesis and their modification with platinum were studied. Anatase nanopowder and 10 M KOH solution were used as raw materials. Microwave assisted synthesis method permited to obtain TiO2 nanofibres and nanowires with a diameter of 10 nm and a specific surface area in the range of 70 – 150 m2/g. In order to modify TiO2 nanofibers with platinum it was stirred in H2PtCl6 solution under UV irradiation. Photocatalytic activity was determined by degradation of the methylene blue (MB solution under UV and visible light irradiation. The obtained samples showed higher photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO2 nanofibers. The doped TiO2 nanofibers were appropriate for degradation of harmful organic compounds as well as for hydrogen production by water splitting.

  16. Green synthesis and characterisation of platinum nanoparticles using quail egg yolk. (United States)

    Nadaroglu, Hayrunnisa; Gungor, Azize Alayli; Ince, Selvi; Babagil, Aynur


    Nanotechnology is extensively used in all parts today. Therefore, nano synthesis is also significant in all explored areas. The results of studies conducted have revealed that nanoparticle synthesis is performed by using both chemical and physical methods. It is well known that these syntheses are carried out at high charge, pressure and temperature in harsh environments. Therefore, this study investigated green synthesis method that sustains more mild conditions. In this study, quail egg yolk having high vitamin and protein content was prepared for green synthesis reaction and used for the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles in the reaction medium. Reaction situations were optimised as a function of pH, temperature, time and concentration by using quail egg yolk. The results showed that the highest platinum nanoparticles were synthesised at 20°C and pH6.0 for 4h. Also, optimal concentration of metal ions was established as 0.5mM. The synthesised platinum nanoparticles were characterised by using UV spectrum, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Biocompatibility and durability of Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires implanted in the vitreous cavity. (United States)

    Nishida, Kentaro; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Xie, Ping; Terasawa, Yasuo; Ozawa, Motoki; Kamei, Motohiro; Nishida, Kohji


    Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wires are placed in the vitreous as electrodes in artificial vision systems. The purpose of this study was to determine whether these wires have toxicity in the vitreous cavity, and to examine the durability of their coating when grasped by forceps. Rabbits were implanted with platinum-iridium wires that were 50 μm in diameter and coated with Teflon to a total diameter of 68 or 100 μm. To examine the biocompatibility, electroretinograms (ERGs) and fluorescein angiography (FA) were performed before and 1 week, 1, 3, and 6 months after the implantation of the electrode. After 6 months, the eyes were histologically examined with light microscopy. To check the durability, the surface of a coated wire was examined with scanning electron microscopy after grasping with different types of forceps. At all times after the implantation the amplitudes and implicit times of the ERGs recorded were not significantly different from those recorded before the implantation (P > 0.05). FA showed no notable change during the follow-up periods. Histological studies showed that the retinas were intact after 6 months of implantation. There was no damage to the Teflon-coated wire after grasping the wire with forceps with silicon-coated tips, while surface damage of the Teflon that did not extend to the platinum-iridium wire was found when grasped by vitreoretinal forceps. We conclude that Teflon-coated platinum-iridium wire is highly biocompatible in the vitreous for at least 6 months. Wires should be handled with vitreoretinal forceps with silicone-coated tips in order to avoid causing damage during wire manipulation.

  18. Biological Recovery of Platinum Complexes from Diluted Aqueous Streams by Axenic Cultures (United States)

    Maes, Synthia; Props, Ruben; Fitts, Jeffrey P.; De Smet, Rebecca; Vanhaecke, Frank; Boon, Nico; Hennebel, Tom


    The widespread use of platinum in high-tech and catalytic applications has led to the production of diverse Pt loaded wastewaters. Effective recovery strategies are needed for the treatment of low concentrated waste streams to prevent pollution and to stimulate recovery of this precious resource. The biological recovery of five common environmental Pt-complexes was studied under acidic conditions; the chloro-complexes PtCl42- and PtCl62-, the amine-complex Pt(NH3)4Cl2 and the pharmaceutical complexes cisplatin and carboplatin. Five bacterial species were screened on their platinum recovery potential; the Gram-negative species Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34, Geobacter metallireducens, and Pseudomonas stutzeri, and the Gram-positive species Bacillus toyonensis. Overall, PtCl42- and PtCl62- were completely recovered by all bacterial species while only S. oneidensis and C. metallidurans were able to recover cisplatin quantitatively (99%), all in the presence of H2 as electron donor at pH 2. Carboplatin was only partly recovered (max. 25% at pH 7), whereas no recovery was observed in the case of the Pt-tetraamine complex. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the presence of both intra- and extracellular platinum particles. Flow cytometry based microbial viability assessment demonstrated the decrease in number of intact bacterial cells during platinum reduction and indicated C. metallidurans to be the most resistant species. This study showed the effective and complete biological recovery of three common Pt-complexes, and estimated the fate and transport of the Pt-complexes in wastewater treatment plants and the natural environment. PMID:28046131


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    Full Text Available Pt colloid was synthesized by the reduction of hexachloroplatinic acid with formaldehyde in the presence of a stabilizer (a cation-exchanged polymer – perfluorosulfonate ionomer (PFSI or Teflon or without any stabilizers. The average size of platinum particles with a stabilizer, characterized by a transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, is in a nanometer range in comparison with the particle agglomeration without any stabilizers. Highly dispersive 40 wt. % Pt/C catalyst obtained from the PFSI-stabilized Pt colloid shows much better performance than its counterpart with Teflon as a stabilizer or without any stabilizer according to the cyclic voltammetric (CV characterization and the single direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC performance testing. It is strongly suggested that the proton-conducting ionomer could smooth the reaction pathway by facilitating the proton transport, while Teflon inhibit the active sites, though both of them can inhibit the particle growth. The improved fuel cell performance is attributed to the small particles and the unhindered transport of protons/electrons ascribed to the intimate contact of Pt and proton-conducting ionomer.

  20. Development of radioactive platinum group metal catalysts

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    Chung, H.S.; Kim, Y.S.; Kim, Y.E. [and others


    The fission product nuclides generated during the irradiation of reactor fuel include many useful elements, among them platinum group metals such as ruthenium, rhodium and palladium which are of great industrial importance, occur rarely in nature and are highly valuable. In this research, the authors reviewed various PGM recovery methods. Recovery of palladium from seven-component simulated waste solutions was conducted by selective precipitation method. The recovery yield was more than 99.5% and the purity of the product was more than 99%. Wet-proof catalyst was prepared with the recovered palladium. The specific surface area of the catalyst support was more than 400m{sup 2}/g.The content of palladium impregnated on the support was 1 to 10 wt. %. Hydrogen isotope exchange efficiency of more than 93% to equilibrium with small amount of the catalyst was obtained. It was turned out possible to consider using such palladium or other very low active PGM materials in applications where its activity is unimportant as in nuclear industries. (author). 86 refs., 44 tabs., 88 figs.

  1. Platinum Nanoparticles Strongly Bonded to Freestanding Graphene (United States)

    Thibado, Paul; Schoelz, J. K.; Ghosh, P. K.; Thompson, J.; Dong, L.; Neek-Amal, M.; Peeters, F. M.


    Freestanding graphene membranes were successfully functionalized with platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs). The membranes were imaged using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, revealing a homogeneous distribution of uniformly sized, single-crystal Pt NPs that exhibit a preferred orientation and nearest-neighbor distance. The Pt NPs were also found to be partially elevated by the graphene substrate, as deduced from atomic-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images. Furthermore, the electrostatic force between the STM tip and sample was utilized to estimate the binding energy of the Pt NPs to the suspended graphene. Local strain accumulation due to strong sp3 bond formation is thought to be the origin of the Pt NP self-organization. Such detailed insight into the atomic nature of this functionalized system was only possible through the cooperation of dual microscopic techniques combined with molecular dynamics simulations. The findings are expected to shape future approaches to develop high-performance electronics based on nanoparticle-functionalized graphene as well as fuel cells using Pt NP catalysts. Financial support provided by the Office of Naval Research under Grant No. N00014-10-1-0181 and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-0855358.

  2. Superlattices of platinum and palladium nanoparticles

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    The authors have used a nonionic inverse micelle synthesis technique to form nanoclusters of platinum and palladium. These nanoclusters can be rendered hydrophobic or hydrophilic by the appropriate choice of capping ligand. Unlike Au nanoclusters, Pt nanoclusters show great stability with thiol ligands in aqueous media. Alkane thiols, with alkane chains ranging from C{sub 6} to C{sub 18} were used as hydrophobic ligands, and with some of these they were able to form 2-D and/or 3-D superlattices of Pt nanoclusters as small as 2.7 nm in diameter. Image processing techniques were developed to reliably extract from transmission electron micrographs (TEMs) the particle size distribution, and information about the superlattice domains and their boundaries. The latter permits one to compute the intradomain vector pair correlation function of the particle centers, from which they can accurately determine the lattice spacing and the coherent domain size. From these data the gap between the particles in the coherent domains can be determined as a function of the thiol chain length. It is found that as the thiol chain length increases, the gaps between particles within superlattice domains increases, but more slowly than one might expect, possibly indicating thiol chain interdigitation.

  3. Photodeposition of platinum nanoparticles on well-defined Tungsten oxide: controlling oxidation state, particle size and geometrical distribution

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    Wenderich, Kasper


    In this thesis, structure-directed photodeposition of the cocatalyst platinum (Pt) on monoclinic tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoplates is described, both considering fundamental aspects, as well as usefulness for applications in photocatalytic propane oxidation. Before such studies are described, the

  4. Inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometric determination of platinum in excretion products of client-owned pet dogs

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    Janssens, T.; Brouwers, E. E M; de Vos, J.P.; de Vries, N.; Schellens, J. H M; Beijnen, J. H.


    Residues of antineoplastic drugs in canine excretion products may represent exposure risks to veterinary personnel, owners of pet dogs and other animal care-takers. The aim of this study was to measure the extent and duration of platinum (Pt) excretion in pet dogs treated with carboplatin. Samples


    Desborough, George A.; Criddle, Alan J.


    Bowieite (Rh,Ir,Pt)//2S//3, a new mineral species, is found in three nuggets of platinum from Goodnews Bay, Alaska. In linearly polarized reflected light, and compared to the host, higher reflecting white platinum-iridium alloy, bowieite is pale gray to pale gray-brown; neither bireflectance nor reflectance pleochroism is apparent. With polars crossed, its anisotropic rotation tints vary from gray to dark brown. Luminance values (relative to the CIE illuminant C) for R//1 and R//2, computed from full spectral data for the most bireflectant grain, are 45. 8% and 48. 2% in air, and 30. 5% and 33. 0% in oil, respectively. VHN//1//0//0 1288 (858 to 1635). Bowieite is orthorhombic, space group Pnca, with a 8. 454(7) -8. 473(8), b 5. 995(1)-6. 002(7), c 6. 143(1)-6. 121(8) A, Z equals 4. Some grains that are 2. 6 to 3. 8 atomic % metal-deficient occur as an optically coherent rim on bowieite; the rim and the bowieite grain are not optically continuous.

  6. Anode process on platinum in CaCl2-CaO-based melt

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    K. V. Tatarenko


    Full Text Available Methods potentiostatic polarization and cyclic voltammetry obtained new data on the mechanism and kinetics of anodic processes on platinum in the molten CaCl2-KCl-CaO when 725–775 °C. Given thermodynamic values of potential difference probable total reactions in the range of the studied temperature. Using potentiostatic polarization and cyclic voltammetry obtained new data on the mechanism and kinetics of anodic process on platinum in the molten CaCl2-KCl-CaO when 725–775 °C thermodynamic assessment of the probability of occurrence total reactions during electrolysis melt on the basis of CaCl2-CaO using non-carbon anode. It is shown that at high current densities anodic process takes place mainly in the conditions of slow diffusion of electrically active particles to the anode, and at low densities (up to 10 mA/cm2 to their discharge to the atomic and lecular oxygen is preceded by a stage, which can be associated with adsorption of atoms of oxygen or with the formation of an oxide film on the surface of platinum. To detect the nature of this stage, further research is needed.

  7. Comparison of intestinal toxic effects of platinum complexes: cisplatin (CDDP), carboplatin (CBDCA), and iproplatin (CHIP). (United States)

    Kralovánszky, J; Prajda, N; Kerpel-Fronius, S; Gál, F; Kiss, F


    The biochemical background of the intestinal side effects of cis-diammine-1,1-cyclobutane dicarboxylate platinum (II) (CBDCA) and cis-diisopropylamine-trans-dihydroxy-dichloro platinum (IV) (CHIP) was compared with those of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (II) (CDDP). Biochemical investigations were carried out on mucosal cells isolated by a combined chemical-mechanical method from the total length of the small intestine. After treatment with single, equitoxic doses of Pt analogues, the activities of thymidine kinase (TK) EC, sucrase (SUC) EC, maltase (MAL) EC, and protein content showed dose-dependent decreases, whereas the activity of alkaline phosphatase (AP) EC increased slightly. The nadir of enzyme activity changes occurred 24-48 h after treatment. For the regeneration of the mucosa more than 96 h was necessary. Of the platinum analogues studied, CHIP proved to be the most toxic to the small intestine. While the highest doses of CDDP and CBDCA (0.66 x LD50) caused significant but less than 50% decreases in TK, SUC, MAL, and protein content (PROT), the CHIP doses needed for 50% reduction were between 0.44-0.66 x LD50.

  8. Elucidating the oxide growth mechanism on platinum at the cathode in PEM fuel cells. (United States)

    Redmond, Erin L; Setzler, Brian P; Alamgir, Faisal M; Fuller, Thomas F


    Simulations of platinum oxidation in literature have yet to fully replicate an experimental cyclic voltammogram. In this manuscript a mechanism for platinum oxidation is proposed based upon the results of in operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy, where it was found that PtO2 is present at longer hold times. A new method to quantify extended X-ray absorption fine structure data is presented, and the extent of oxidation is directly compared to electrochemical data. This comparison indicated that PtO2 was formed at the expense of an initial oxide species. From previous literature studies it can be concluded that the rate of platinum oxidation is not a function of only potential and coverage. To that end, the concept of a heterogeneous oxide layer was introduced into the model, whereby place-exchanged PtO2 structures of varying energy states are formed through a single transition state. This treatment allowed, for the first time, the simulation of the correct current-potential behavior at varying scan rates and upper potential limits.

  9. Accumulation of platinum group elements by the marine gastropod Littorina littorea

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    Mulholland, Rachel [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom); Turner, Andrew, E-mail: [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom)


    The accumulation and trophic transfer of the platinum group elements (PGE): Rh, Pd and Pt; have been studied in short-term (5 day) exposures conducted in aquaria containing the marine macroalga, Ulva lactuca, and/or the grazing mollusc, Littorina littorea. Metals added to sea water (to concentrations of 20 {mu}g L{sup -1}) were taken up by U. lactuca in the order Rh, Pt > Pd and by L. littorea in the order Pd {>=} Pt {>=} Rh, with greatest metal accumulation in the latter generally occurring in the visceral complex and kidney. When fed contaminated alga, accumulation of Rh and Pd by L. littorea, relative to total available metal, increased by an order of magnitude, while accumulation of Pt was not readily detected. We conclude that the diet is the most important vector for accumulation of Rh and Pd, while accumulation of Pt appears to proceed mainly from the aqueous phase. - Research highlights: > Platinum group elements are accumulated by, Littorina littorea. > The aqueous phase and diet are important vehicles for Rh and Pd accumulation by the snail. > Grazing molluscs may serve as biomonitors of coastal PGE contamination. - Platinum group elements are accumulated by the marine snail, Littorina littorea, from both the aqueous phase and the diet.

  10. Long-term in vivo behavior of a platinum endoauricular-magnesium hybrid battery. (United States)

    Fontenier, G; Mourot, M; Freshard, R


    A hybrid bioelectric battery designed for pacemaker feeding was developed and implanted in 15 dogs for a period of 18 or more months. The smooth platinum cathode, set on an intra-cavitary pacing lead, is located in the bloodstream of the right auricle. The anode of pure (99.9 percent) Domal magnesium is placed in the subcutaneous tissue, which is then consumed by a uniform corrosion process. The theoretical consumption for a current output of 200 muA was evaluated according to Faraday's law at 7 g in 9 years; however, the real consumption, taking into account the corrosion phenomenon, is estimated at 14 g in 9 years. This histological tolerance to the magnesium is excellent. The fundamental characteristic of this platinum-magnesium battery is the great reproducibility of the output parameters (voltage, power) and the excellent stability with time, for any chosen platinum surface or load resistance. For an output current of 200 muA, the battery provides an available output power of 100 muW at a reproducible and stable voltage of 0.5 v. This stability is demonstrated in a long-term study on 15 beagles.

  11. Dissolved Platinum Concentrations in Coastal Seawater: Boso to Sanriku Areas, Japan. (United States)

    Mashio, Asami Suzuki; Obata, Hajime; Gamo, Toshitaka


    Platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earth's crust, is now widely used in a range of products, such as catalytic converters in automobiles and anticancer drugs. Increasing use and dispersal of platinum has the potential to affect aquatic environments. Platinum concentrations in open ocean seawater have been found to be very low (approximately 0.2 pmol/L); however, Pt distributions and biogeochemical cycles in coastal areas are unknown. In this study, we investigated Pt concentrations in coastal waters between the Boso and Sanriku areas, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami. We determined sub-picomolar levels of dissolved Pt using isotope-dilution Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after column preconcentration with an anion exchange resin. Dissolved Pt concentrations were found to be in the range 0.20-1.5 pmol/L, with the highest concentration in bottom water of the Boso coastal area, and at stations close to Tokyo Bay. Assuming thermodynamical equilibrium, Pt was determined to be present in the form PtCl 5 (OH) 2- , even in low-oxygen coastal waters. Vertical profiles indicated Pt levels increased toward seafloors near coastal stations and were similar to those of the open ocean at trench stations. High concentrations of dissolved Pt are thought to be derived from coastal sediments.

  12. Monodisperse Platinum and Rhodium Nanoparticles as Model Heterogeneous Catalysts

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    Grass, Michael Edward [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    Model heterogeneous catalysts have been synthesized and studied to better understand how the surface structure of noble metal nanoparticles affects catalytic performance. In this project, monodisperse rhodium and platinum nanoparticles of controlled size and shape have been synthesized by solution phase polyol reduction, stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Model catalysts have been developed using these nanoparticles by two methods: synthesis of mesoporous silica (SBA-15) in the presence of nanoparticles (nanoparticle encapsulation, NE) to form a composite of metal nanoparticles supported on SBA-15 and by deposition of the particles onto a silicon wafer using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer deposition. The particle shapes were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution TEM (HRTEM) and the sizes were determined by TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and in the case of NE samples, room temperature H2 and CO adsorption isotherms. Catalytic studies were carried out in homebuilt gas-phase reactors. For the nanoparticles supported on SBA-15, the catalysts are in powder form and were studied using the homebuilt systems as plug-flow reactors. In the case of nanoparticles deposited on silicon wafers, the same systems were operated as batch reactors. This dissertation has focused on the synthesis, characterization, and reaction studies of model noble metal heterogeneous catalysts. Careful control of particle size and shape has been accomplished though solution phase synthesis of Pt and Rh nanoparticles in order to elucidate further structure-reactivity relationships in noble metal catalysis.

  13. Palladium-platinum core-shell icosahedra with substantially enhanced activity and durability towards oxygen reduction

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    Wang, Xue; Choi, Sang-Il; Roling, Luke T; Luo, Ming; Ma, Cheng; Zhang, Lei; Chi, Miaofang; Liu, Jingyue; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Herron, Jeffrey A; Mavrikakis, Manos; Xia, Younan


    .... For the core-shell nanocrystals with an average of 2.7 platinum overlayers, their specific and platinum mass activities towards oxygen reduction are enhanced by eight- and sevenfold, respectively, relative to a commercial catalyst...

  14. Deposition of platinum nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes by supercritical fluid method. (United States)

    Yen, Clive H; Cui, Xiaoli; Pan, Horng-Bin; Wang, Shaofen; Lin, Yuehe; Wai, Chien M


    Carbon nanotube-supported platinum nanoparticles with a 5-15 nm diameter size range can be synthesized by hydrogen reduction of platinum(ll) acetylacetonate in methanol modified supercritical carbon dioxide. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction spectra indicate that the carbon nanotubes contain zero-valent platinum metal and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images show that the visible lattice fringes of platinum nanoparticles are crystallites. Carbon nanotubes synthesized with 25% by weight of platinum nanoparticles exhibit a higher activity for hydrogenation of benzene compared with a commercial carbon black platinum catalyst. The carbon nanotube-supported platinum nanocatalyst can be reused at least six times for the hydrogenation reaction without losing activity. The carbon nanotube-supported platinum nanoparticles are also highly active for electrochemical oxidation of methanol and for reduction of oxygen suggesting their potential use as a new electrocatalyst for proton exchange membrane fuel cell applications.

  15. Association between the ERCC1 polymorphism and platinum-based chemotherapy effectiveness in ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis. (United States)

    Tang, Ning; Lyu, Dan; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Haiping


    Ovarian cancer is a prominent public health problem which affects people all around the world. Platinum-based chemotherapy is a common treatment for ovarian cancer, however, the effectiveness of chemotherapy varies from patient to patient. The excision repair cross complementation group 1 (ERCC1) protein may mediate chemotherapy resistance. A meta-analysis was conducted to explore whether platinum-based chemotherapy effectiveness could be attributed to the ERCC1 C19007T polymorphisms. Seven major databases (EMBASE, Web of Science, Pubmed, Springer Link, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), EBSCO and Science Direct databases) were searched for eligible studies. Crude odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to evaluate the results. In this meta-analysis, 1169 subjects (425 non-responders and 744 responders) from 8 studies were included. The overall OR (C vs. T alleles) using random model was 1.07 (95% CI 0.75-1.52, P = 0.7), which was not statistically significant. Moreover, there was no significant difference in the analysis by race. There is no association between the ERCC1 C19007T polymorphism and platinum-based chemotherapy effectiveness in ovarian cancer. The polymorphism did not have a significant impact on platinum-based chemotherapy in non-responders and responders.

  16. Platinum isotopes in iron meteorites: Galactic cosmic ray effects and nucleosynthetic homogeneity in the p-process isotope 190Pt and the other platinum isotopes (United States)

    Hunt, Alison C.; Ek, Mattias; Schönbächler, Maria


    Platinum isotopes are sensitive to the effects of galactic cosmic rays (GCR), which can alter isotope ratios and mask nucleosynthetic isotope variations. Platinum also features one p-process isotope, 190Pt, which is very low abundance and therefore challenging to analyse. Platinum-190 is relevant for early solar-system chronology because of its decay to 186Os. Here, we present new Pt isotope data for five iron meteorite groups (IAB, IIAB, IID, IIIAB and IVA), including high-precision measurements of 190Pt for the IAB, IIAB and IIIAB irons, determined by multi-collector ICPMS. New data are in good agreement with previous studies and display correlations between different Pt isotopes. The slopes of these correlations are well-reproduced by the available GCR models. We report Pt isotope ratios for the IID meteorite Carbo that are consistently higher than the predicted effects from the GCR model. This suggests that the model predictions do not fully account for all the GCR effects on Pt isotopes, but also that the pre-atmospheric radii and exposure times calculated for Carbo may be incorrect. Despite this, the good agreement of relative effects in Pt isotopes with the predicted GCR trends confirms that Pt isotopes are a useful in-situ neutron dosimeter. Once GCR effects are accounted for, our new dataset reveals s- and r-process homogeneity between the iron meteorite groups studied here and the Earth. New 190Pt data for the IAB, IIAB and IIIAB iron meteorites indicate the absence of GCR effects and homogeneity in the p-process isotope between these groups and the Earth. This corresponds well with results from other heavy p-process isotopes and suggests their homogenous distribution in the inner solar system, although it does not exclude that potential p-process isotope variations are too diluted to be currently detectable.

  17. Platinum nanoparticles: an exquisite tool to overcome radioresistance. (United States)

    Li, Sha; Porcel, Erika; Remita, Hynd; Marco, Sergio; Réfrégiers, Matthieu; Dutertre, Murielle; Confalonieri, Fabrice; Lacombe, Sandrine


    Small metallic nanoparticles are proposed as potential nanodrugs to optimize the performances of radiotherapy. This strategy, based on the enrichment of tumours with nanoparticles to amplify radiation effects in the tumour, aims at increasing the cytopathic effect in tumours while healthy tissue is preserved, an important challenge in radiotherapy. Another major cause of radiotherapy failure is the radioresistance of certain cancers. Surprisingly, the use of nanoparticles to overcome radioresistance has not, to the best of our knowledge, been extensively investigated. The mechanisms of radioresistance have been extensively studied using Deinococcus radiodurans, the most radioresistant organism ever reported, as a model. In this work, we investigated the impact of ultra-small platinum nanoparticles (1.7 nm) on this organism, including uptake, toxicity, and effects on radiation responses. We showed that the nanoparticles penetrate D. radiodurans cells, despite the 150 nm cell wall thickness with a minimal inhibition concentration on the order of 4.8 mg L(-1). We also found that the nanoparticles amplify gamma ray radiation effects by >40%. Finally, this study demonstrates the capacity of metallic nanoparticles to amplify radiation in radioresistant organisms, thus opening the perspective to use nanoparticles not only to improve tumour targeting but also to overcome radioresistance.

  18. Flow Injection Analysis with Electrochemical Detection for Rapid Identification of Platinum-Based Cytostatics and Platinum Chlorides in Water

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    Marketa Kominkova


    Full Text Available Platinum-based cytostatics, such as cisplatin, carboplatin or oxaliplatin are widely used agents in the treatment of various types of tumors. Large amounts of these drugs are excreted through the urine of patients into wastewaters in unmetabolised forms. This phenomenon leads to increased amounts of platinum ions in the water environment. The impacts of these pollutants on the water ecosystem are not sufficiently investigated as well as their content in water sources. In order to facilitate the detection of various types of platinum, we have developed a new, rapid, screening flow injection analysis method with electrochemical detection (FIA-ED. Our method, based on monitoring of the changes in electrochemical behavior of analytes, maintained by various pH buffers (Britton-Robinson and phosphate buffer and potential changes (1,000, 1,100 and 1,200 mV offers rapid and cheap selective determination of platinum-based cytostatics and platinum chlorides, which can also be present as contaminants in water environments.

  19. One-dimensional Magnus-type platinum double salts (United States)

    Hendon, Christopher H.; Walsh, Aron; Akiyama, Norinobu; Konno, Yosuke; Kajiwara, Takashi; Ito, Tasuku; Kitagawa, Hiroshi; Sakai, Ken


    Interest in platinum-chain complexes arose from their unusual oxidation states and physical properties. Despite their compositional diversity, isolation of crystalline chains has remained challenging. Here we report a simple crystallization technique that yields a series of dimer-based 1D platinum chains. The colour of the Pt2+ compounds can be switched between yellow, orange and blue. Spontaneous oxidation in air is used to form black Pt2.33+ needles. The loss of one electron per double salt results in a metallic state, as supported by quantum chemical calculations, and displays conductivity of 11 S cm−1 at room temperature. This behaviour may open up a new avenue for controllable platinum chemistry. PMID:27320502

  20. Dissolution of Platinum in the Operational Range of Fuel Cells (United States)

    Keeley, Gareth P.; Geiger, Simon; Zeradjanin, Aleksandar R.; Hodnik, Nejc; Kulyk, Nadiia


    Abstract One of the most important practical issues in low‐temperature fuel‐cell catalyst degradation is platinum dissolution. According to the literature, it initiates at 0.6–0.9 VRHE, whereas previous time‐ and potential‐resolved inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP–MS) experiments, however, revealed dissolution onset at only 1.05 VRHE. In this manuscript, the apparent discrepancy is addressed by investigating bulk and nanoparticulated catalysts. It is shown that, given enough time for accumulation, traces of platinum can be detected at potentials as low as 0.85 VRHE. At these low potentials, anodic dissolution is the dominant process, whereas, at more positive potentials, more platinum dissolves during the oxide reduction after accumulation. Interestingly, the potential and time dissolution dependence is similar for both types of electrode. Dissolution processes are discussed with relevance to fuel‐cell operation and plausible dissolution mechanisms are considered. PMID:27525206

  1. The photovoltaic effect in a platinum poly-yne

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    Koehler, A. (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 OHE (United Kingdom)); Wittmann, H.F. (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 OHE (United Kingdom)); Friend, R.H. (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 OHE (United Kingdom)); Khan, M.S. (University Chemical Laboratory, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 IEW (United Kingdom)); Lewis, J. (University Chemical Laboratory, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 IEW (United Kingdom))


    We have carried out measurements of the photovoltaic effect in a platinum-containing poly-yne. A photocell was fabricated with the platinum poly-yne sandwiched between indium-tin oxide (ITO) and aluminium electrodes. A strong photoresponse was seen at the threshold of the singlet exciton absorption near 3.2 eV, with a quantum yield for carrier generation of up to 0.6%. This is comparable to that found in similar devices made with poly(phenylenevinylene) (PPV). It is known that the presence of the platinum atom gives very efficient crossover from singlet to triplet exciton, and we discuss here the effect of triplet excitons on the photogeneration of charge carriers. We also analyse the spectral response of the photocurrent in terms of charge carrier ranges. ((orig.))

  2. Dissolution of Platinum in the Operational Range of Fuel Cells. (United States)

    Cherevko, Serhiy; Keeley, Gareth P; Geiger, Simon; Zeradjanin, Aleksandar R; Hodnik, Nejc; Kulyk, Nadiia; Mayrhofer, Karl J J


    One of the most important practical issues in low-temperature fuel-cell catalyst degradation is platinum dissolution. According to the literature, it initiates at 0.6-0.9 VRHE, whereas previous time- and potential-resolved inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) experiments, however, revealed dissolution onset at only 1.05 VRHE. In this manuscript, the apparent discrepancy is addressed by investigating bulk and nanoparticulated catalysts. It is shown that, given enough time for accumulation, traces of platinum can be detected at potentials as low as 0.85 VRHE. At these low potentials, anodic dissolution is the dominant process, whereas, at more positive potentials, more platinum dissolves during the oxide reduction after accumulation. Interestingly, the potential and time dissolution dependence is similar for both types of electrode. Dissolution processes are discussed with relevance to fuel-cell operation and plausible dissolution mechanisms are considered.

  3. Oscillatory instabilities in the electrooxidation of borohydride on platinum

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    Machado, Eduardo G.; Varela, Hamilton, E-mail: [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica


    The borohydride ion has been pointed as a promising alternative fuel. Most of the investigation on its electrochemistry is devoted to the electrocatalytic aspects of its electrooxidation on platinum and gold surfaces. Besides the known kinetic limitations and intricate mechanism, our Group has recently found the occurrence of two regions of bi-stability and autocatalysis in the electrode potential during the open circuit interaction of borohydride and oxidized platinum surfaces. Following this previous contribution, the occurrence of more complicated phenomena is here presented: namely the presence of electrochemical oscillations during the electrooxidation of borohydride on platinum in alkaline media. Current oscillations were found to be associated to two distinct instability windows and characterized in the resistance-potential parameter plane. The dynamic features of such oscillations suggest the existence of distinct mechanisms according to the potential region. Previously published results obtained under non-oscillatory regime were used to give some hints on the surface chemistry behind the observed dynamics. (author)

  4. Profile of vintafolide (EC145 and its use in the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer

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    Full Text Available Mathieu Luyckx,1,2 Raffaella Votino,1 Jean-Luc Squifflet,1,2 Jean-François Baurain2,31Gynecology and Andrology Unit, 2Centre du cancer, Gynecologic Oncology Group, 3Medical Oncology Unit, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, BelgiumObjective: Our aim was to review the profile of vintafolide (EC145 and its rationale for use in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. First we investigated the folate receptors (FRs, folate's pathway into cells, and its expression in normal and cancerous cells, before detailing the mechanism of action of vintafolide, its clinical applications, and the results of different study phases.Materials and methods: A literature search was conducted through Pubmed/Medline, Google, and websites of pharmaceutical companies. Only articles in English were selected. All articles investigating folate receptor expression in ovarian cancer were selected first, than articles reviewing platinum resistance. Papers about vintafolide were collected, while those talking about synthesis and biochemistry concerns were excluded. The different Phase I and II studies were read, and an update on the website of pharmaceuticals companies were added.Results: FR is a bundle-membrane receptor that is expressed normally in some normal tissues on the apical surface of cells, but highly expressed in ovarian cancer cells (>80%. It collects folate through endocytosis. Chemotherapy does not modify its expression in ovarian cancer cells, and its expression appears to be mostly associated with a poor prognosis and platinum resistance. Vintafolide is a folate-desacetylvinblastine monohydrazide conjugate, allowing a liberation of the drug into the cytoplasm of cancerous cells via the FR-α (FR α and endocytosis, with high specificity. Phase I studies showed a 2.5 mg bolus dose to be nontoxic, with moderately adverse events. Phase II clinical trials for the first time demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in disease

  5. [Safety and efficacy of pegylated liposomal Doxorubicin and Carboplatin on platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer]. (United States)

    Nishio, Shin; Ushijima, Kimio; Shimizu, Takahiro; Tachibana, Takashi; Nasu, Hiroki; Aiko, Kei; Kawano, Ryosuke; Kurokawa, Yusuke; Sumino, Yuka; Yokomine, Masato; Takemoto, Shuji; Kamura, Toshiharu


    We evaluated the safety and efficacy of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin(PLD)and carboplatin(CBDCA)(CD) for platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. From December 2010 to June 2011, 9 eligible patients with histologically confirmed, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, which was deemed platinum-sensitive, were enrolled onto the study. PLD(30mg/m2)and CBDCA(area under the curve[AUC]5)were administered intravenously on day 1 of the cycle. The chemotherapy regimen was repeated every 4 weeks, until disease progression or completion of 6 cycles. A total of 49 treatment cycles of CD were administered to 9 patients. The median platinum-free interval was 18.3 months. Patients with Grade 3/4 hematological toxicities were observed to have leucopenia(11.1%), neutropenia(44.4%), anemia (22.2%), and thrombocytopenia (22.2%). No Grade 3/4 non-hematological toxicities were observed, and no treatment related death occurred. Seven patients(77.7%)responded to CD(4 complete responses and 3 partial responses). The median progression-free survival and overall survival times were 15.1 and 23.7 months. CD treatment seems to be a safe and effective chemotherapy regimen for platinum-sensitive recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer.

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Atactic Poly(vinyl alcohol)/Platinum Nanocomposites by Electrospinning (United States)

    Seok Lyoo, Won; Jae Lee, Young; Wook Cha, Jin; Jae Kim, Min; Woo Joo, Sang; Soon Gal, Yeong; Hwan Oh, Tae; Soo Han, Sung


    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/platinum composite nanofibers were successfully prepared by the electrospinning method. Water-based colloidal platinum in a PVA solution was directly mixed without any chemical or structural modifications into PVA polymer fibers to form organic-inorganic composite nanofibers. The PVA/platinum composite nanofibers were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  7. Characterization of Platinum Nanoparticles Deposited on Functionalized Graphene Sheets

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    Yu-Chun Chiang


    Full Text Available Due to its special electronic and ballistic transport properties, graphene has attracted much interest from researchers. In this study, platinum (Pt nanoparticles were deposited on oxidized graphene sheets (cG. The graphene sheets were applied to overcome the corrosion problems of carbon black at operating conditions of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. To enhance the interfacial interactions between the graphene sheets and the Pt nanoparticles, the oxygen-containing functional groups were introduced onto the surface of graphene sheets. The results showed the Pt nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed on the surface of graphene sheets with a mean Pt particle size of 2.08 nm. The Pt nanoparticles deposited on graphene sheets exhibited better crystallinity and higher oxygen resistance. The metal Pt was the predominant Pt chemical state on Pt/cG (60.4%. The results from the cyclic voltammetry analysis showed the value of the electrochemical surface area (ECSA was 88 m2/g (Pt/cG, much higher than that of Pt/C (46 m2/g. The long-term test illustrated the degradation in ECSA exhibited the order of Pt/C (33% > Pt/cG (7%. The values of the utilization efficiency were calculated to be 64% for Pt/cG and 32% for Pt/C.

  8. Kinetics of Platinum-Catalyzed Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide (United States)

    Vetter, Tiffany A.; Colombo, D. Philip, Jr.


    CIBA Vision Corporation markets a contact lens cleaning system that consists of an AOSEPT disinfectant solution and an AOSEPT lens cup. The disinfectant is a buffered 3.0% m/v hydrogen peroxide solution and the cup includes a platinum-coated AOSEPT disc. The hydrogen peroxide disinfects by killing bacteria, fungi, and viruses found on the contact lenses. Because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide needed to disinfect is irritating to eyes, the hydrogen peroxide needs to be neutralized, or decomposed, before the contact lenses can be used again. A general chemistry experiment is described where the kinetics of the catalyzed decomposition of the hydrogen peroxide are studied by measuring the amount of oxygen generated as a function of time. The order of the reaction with respect to the hydrogen peroxide, the rate constant, and the energy of activation are determined. The integrated rate law is used to determine the time required to decompose the hydrogen peroxide to a concentration that is safe for eyes.

  9. Platinum Nanoparticles: Efficient and Stable Catechol Oxidase Mimetics. (United States)

    Liu, Yi; Wu, Haohao; Chong, Yu; Wamer, Wayne G; Xia, Qingsu; Cai, Lining; Nie, Zhihong; Fu, Peter P; Yin, Jun-Jie


    Although enzyme-like nanomaterials have been extensively investigated over the past decade, most research has focused on the peroxidase-like, catalase-like, or SOD-like activity of these nanomaterials. Identifying nanomaterials having oxidase-like activities has received less attention. In this study, we demonstrate that platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) exhibit catechol oxidase-like activity, oxidizing polyphenols into the corresponding o-quinones. Four unique approaches are employed to demonstrate the catechol oxidase-like activity exerted by Pt NPs. First, UV-vis spectroscopy is used to monitor the oxidation of polyphenols catalyzed by Pt NPs. Second, the oxidized products of polyphenols are identified by ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) separation followed by high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) identification. Third, electron spin resonance (ESR) oximetry techniques are used to confirm the O2 consumption during the oxidation reaction. Fourth, the intermediate products of semiquinone radicals formed during the oxidation of polyphenols are determined by ESR using spin stabilization. These results indicate Pt NPs possess catechol oxidase-like activity. Because polyphenols and related bioactive substances have been explored as potent antioxidants that could be useful for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and Pt NPs have been widely used in the chemical industry and medical science, it is essential to understand the potential effects of Pt NPs for altering or influencing the antioxidant activity of polyphenols.

  10. Triangular platinum(II) metallacycles: syntheses, photophysics, and nonlinear optics. (United States)

    Fan, Yuanpeng; Zhao, Dahui


    Three triangular platinum(II) diimine metallacycles incorporating large cyclic oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) (OPE) bisacetylide ligands are synthesized, and their photophysical properties are studied. Two types of triplet excited states with ligand/metal-to-ligand charge-transfer and acetylide-ligand-centered characteristics respectively, are exhibited by these complexes depending on the size (conjugation length) and electronic features of the cyclic OPE ligands. When the energy levels of the two excited states are close to each other, the lowest triplet state is found to switch between the two in varied solvents, resulting from their relative energy inversion induced by solvent polarity change. Density functional theory and time-dependent density functional theory calculations provide corroborative evidence for such experimental conclusions. More importantly, the designed metallacycles show impressive two-photon absorption (2PA) and two-photon excitation phosphorescing abilities, and the 2PA cross section reaches 1020 GM at 680 nm and 670 GM at 1040 nm by two different metallacycles. Additionally, pronounced reverse saturable absorptions are observed with these metallacycles by virtue of their strong transient triplet-state absorptions.

  11. Gold and Platinum in Silicon - Isolated Impurities Complexes

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    %IS357 :\\\\ \\\\ Gold and platinum impurities in silicon are exploited for the control of minority carrier lifetimes, and this important feature has resulted in sustained research interest over several decades. Although the properties of isolated substitutional Au~atoms are well understood, this is not the case for Pt. Considerable uncertainty exists regarding the nature of several Pt related defects observed in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance~(EPR) and Photo~Luminescence~(PL). One of the objectives of this experiment is to exploit the transformation of radioactive Au isotopes as a means of producing specific Pt centres, and to use our thorough knowledge of Au in silicon to guide in the interpretation of data obtained for the centres when they transform to Pt.\\\\ \\\\ In addition to isolated impurities, the experiment also addresses the question of pairs of atoms formed by Au and Pt. Studies of these impurity pairs have been reported, but the benefits of a direct comparison of the defects in both the Au and Pt form...

  12. Characterization of Platinum Electrodes and In-situ Cell Confluency Measurement Based on Current Changes of Cell-Electrodes

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    Chin Fhong SOON


    Full Text Available This study aimed at the development of a biosensor to examine the growth confluency of human derived keratinocytes (HaCaT cell lines in-situ. The biosensor consists of a sputter- coated glass substrate with platinum patterns. Cells were grown on the conductive substrates and the confluency of the cells were monitored in-situ based on the conductivity changes of the substrates. Characterization of the cell proliferation and confluency were interrogated using electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS techniques and current change of cells using a pico-ammeter. The investigation was followed by the electrical characterization of the platinum electrode (PE using a two probe I-V measurement system. The surface morphology of platinum electrodes were studied using an atomic force microscopy (AFM and the HaCaT cell morphology was studied using Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM. The microscopy results showed that the cells coupled and proliferated on the platinum electrodes. For monitoring the conductivity and impedance changes of the cell-electrode in-situ, the cover of a Petri dish was inserted with pogo pins to be in contact with the platinum electrodes. The impedance was sampled using the ECIS technique at a twenty-four hour interval. In our findings, the cell proliferation rate can be measured by observing the changes in capacitance or impedance measured at low ac frequencies ranged from 10 - 1 kHz. In good agreement, the current measured at micro-ampere range by the biosensor decreased as the cell coverage area increased over the time. Thus, the percent of cell confluence was shown inversely proportional to the current changes.

  13. Synthesis of platinum nanoparticle electrocatalysts by atomic layer deposition (United States)

    Lubers, Alia Marie

    Demand for energy continues to increase, and without alternatives to fossil fuel combustion the effects on our environment will become increasingly severe. Fuel cells offer a promising improvement on current methods of energy generation; they are able to convert hydrogen fuel into electricity with a theoretical efficiency of up to 83% and interface smoothly with renewable hydrogen production. Fuel cells can replace internal combustion engines in vehicles and are used in stationary applications to power homes and businesses. The efficiency of a fuel cell is maximized by its catalyst, which is often composed of platinum nanoparticles supported on carbon. Economical production of fuel cell catalysts will promote adoption of this technology. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a possible method for producing catalysts at a large scale when employed in a fluidized bed. ALD relies on sequential dosing of gas-phase precursors to grow a material layer by layer. We have synthesized platinum nanoparticles on a carbon particle support (Pt/C) by ALD for use in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and electrochemical hydrogen pumps. Platinum nanoparticles with different characteristics were deposited by changing two chemistries: the carbon substrate through functionalization; and the deposition process by use of either oxygen or hydrogen as ligand removing reactants. The metal depositing reactant was trimethyl(methylcyclopentadienyl)platinum(IV). Functionalizing the carbon substrate increased nucleation during deposition resulting in smaller and more dispersed nanoparticles. Use of hydrogen produced smaller nanoparticles than oxygen, due to a gentler hydrogenation reaction compared to using oxygen's destructive combustion reaction. Synthesized Pt/C materials were used as catalysts in an electrochemical hydrogen pump, a device used to separate hydrogen fuel from contaminants. Catalysts deposited by ALD on functionalized carbon using a hydrogen chemistry were the most

  14. Borehole radar system for South African gold and platinum mines

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    Vogt, D


    Full Text Available for South African gold and platinum mines Declan Vogt CSIR, PO Box 91230, Auckland Park, 2006 e-mail: © 2006 December Geological Society of South Africa ABSTRACT Borehole radar is an electromagnetic tool that can be applied to assist... with marker horizons. For example, the Carbon Leader is overlain by the Green Bar Shale (Schweitzer and Johnson, 1997). SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY, 2006, VOLUME 109 PAGB 521-528 522 A BOREHOLE RADAR SYSTEM EOR SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD AND PLATINUM MINES a...

  15. Preparation of MgO supported platinum nanoparticle catalyst using toluene dispersed platinum sol (United States)

    Seth, Jhumur; Nepak, Devadutta; Chaudhari, Vijay R.; Prasad, Bhagavatula L. V.


    An effective way of anchoring Pt nanoparticles on MgO using toluene dispersed platinum nanoparticles (Pt-NPs) as one of the ingredient is demonstrated. The usage of particles dispersed in toluene allows the retention of size and size distribution of preformed Pt-NPs even after deposition on MgO support with high active surface area, which is crucial for heterogeneous catalysis. The catalyst thus prepared, displayed selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde to cinnamyl alcohol with high turn on frequency (TOF - 105 h-1) with respect to the total Pt content. We attribute this efficient catalytic performance to the uniform distribution and deposition of Pt on the active MgO support and its better accessible surface as evidenced by the cyclic-voltammetry results.

  16. Coatings of Different Carbon Nanotubes on Platinum Electrodes for Neuronal Devices: Preparation, Cytocompatibility and Interaction with Spiral Ganglion Cells.

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    Niklas Burblies

    Full Text Available Cochlear and deep brain implants are prominent examples for neuronal prostheses with clinical relevance. Current research focuses on the improvement of the long-term functionality and the size reduction of neural interface electrodes. A promising approach is the application of carbon nanotubes (CNTs, either as pure electrodes but especially as coating material for electrodes. The interaction of CNTs with neuronal cells has shown promising results in various studies, but these appear to depend on the specific type of neurons as well as on the kind of nanotubes. To evaluate a potential application of carbon nanotube coatings for cochlear electrodes, it is necessary to investigate the cytocompatibility of carbon nanotube coatings on platinum for the specific type of neuron in the inner ear, namely spiral ganglion neurons. In this study we have combined the chemical processing of as-delivered CNTs, the fabrication of coatings on platinum, and the characterization of the electrical properties of the coatings as well as a general cytocompatibility testing and the first cell culture investigations of CNTs with spiral ganglion neurons. By applying a modification process to three different as-received CNTs via a reflux treatment with nitric acid, long-term stable aqueous CNT dispersions free of dispersing agents were obtained. These were used to coat platinum substrates by an automated spray-coating process. These coatings enhance the electrical properties of platinum electrodes, decreasing the impedance values and raising the capacitances. Cell culture investigations of the different CNT coatings on platinum with NIH3T3 fibroblasts attest an overall good cytocompatibility of these coatings. For spiral ganglion neurons, this can also be observed but a desired positive effect of the CNTs on the neurons is absent. Furthermore, we found that the well-established DAPI staining assay does not function on the coatings prepared from single-wall nanotubes.

  17. Soluble MUC1 and serum MUC1-specific antibodies are potential prognostic biomarkers for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. (United States)

    Budiu, Raluca A; Mantia-Smaldone, Gina; Elishaev, Esther; Chu, Tianjiao; Thaller, Julia; McCabe, Kathryn; Lenzner, Diana; Edwards, Robert P; Vlad, Anda M


    MUC1 (CA15-3) and MUC16 (CA125) tumor-associated antigens are upregulated in ovarian cancer and can be detected in patients' sera by standardized tests. We postulated that increased MUC1 and MUC16 antigens augment antibody responses in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer patients and that the frequency and intensity of these responses can be used as immune biomarkers of treatment response and disease outcome. We measured MUC1 and MUC16 tumor expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC), assessed serum antigenic levels and quantitated circulating antibodies by ELISA in a cohort of 28 ovarian cancer patients with platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory ovarian cancer, and treated with intraperitoneal (IP) interleukin-2 (IL-2). MUC1 and MUC16 were overexpressed in tumor samples and showed differential distribution profiles. Serum MUC1 (CA15-3) measurements were elevated in all patients and significantly correlated with increased risk of death (P = 0.003). MUC1-specific IgM and IgG anitbodies were found in 92 and 50% of cases, respectively. Patients with progressive disease had higher mean anti-MUC1 IgG than responders at both early (P = 0.025) and late (P = 0.022) time points during IP IL-2 treatment. Anti-MUC1 IgM antibodies inversely correlated with overall survival at both early (P = 0.052) and late (P = 0.009) time points. In contrast to MUC1, neither soluble MUC16 nor MUC16-specific antibodies were significantly associated with clinical response or overall survival in this study. Increased serum MUC1 and high anti-MUC1 antibody levels are prognostic for poor clinical response and reduced overall survival in platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory ovarian cancer.

  18. Metal Oxide-Supported Platinum Overlayers as Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Cathodes

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    Tripkovic, Vladimir; Abild-Pedersen, Frank; Studt, Felix


    We investigated the activity and stability of n=(1, 2, 3) platinum layers supported on a number of rutile metal oxides (MO2; M=Ti, Sn, Ta, Nb, Hf and Zr). A suitable oxide support can alleviate the problem of carbon corrosion and platinum dissolution in Pt/C catalysts. Moreover, it can increase...... the activity of platinum if the interaction between the support and the metal is optimal. We found that both the activity and the stability depend on the number of platinum layers and, as expected, both converge toward platinum bulk values if the number of layers is increased. With use of a simple volcano...

  19. Platinum-Based Nanowires as Active Catalysts toward Oxygen Reduction Reaction: In Situ Observation of Surface-Diffusion-Assisted, Solid-State Oriented Attachment. (United States)

    Ma, Yanling; Gao, Wenpei; Shan, Hao; Chen, Wenlong; Shang, Wen; Tao, Peng; Song, Chengyi; Addiego, Chris; Deng, Tao; Pan, Xiaoqing; Wu, Jianbo


    Facile fabrication of advanced catalysts toward oxygen reduction reaction with improving activity and stability is significant for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. Based on a generic solid-state reaction, this study reports a modified hydrogen-assisted, gas-phase synthesis for facile, scalable production of surfactant-free, thin, platinum-based nanowire-network electrocatalysts. The free-standing platinum and platinum-nickel alloy nanowires show improvements of up to 5.1 times and 10.9 times for mass activity with a minimum 2.6% loss after an accelerated durability test for 10k cycles; 8.5 times and 13.8 times for specific activity, respectively, compared to commercial Pt/C catalyst. In addition, combined with a wet impregnation method, different substrate-materials-supported platinum-based nanowires are obtained, which paves the way to practical application as a next-generation supported catalyst to replace Pt/C. The growth stages and formation mechanism are investigated by an in situ transmission electron microscopy study. It reveals that the free-standing platinum nanowires form in the solid state via metal-surface-diffusion-assisted oriented attachment of individual nanoparticles, and the interaction with gas molecules plays a critical role, which may represent a gas-molecular-adsorbate-modified growth in catalyst preparation. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Platinum group elements and gold in ferromanganese crusts from ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Earth System Science; Volume 116; Issue 1. Platinum group elements and gold in ferromanganese crusts from Afanasiy–Nikitin seamount, equatorial Indian Ocean: Sources and fractionation. V K Banakar J R Hein R P Rajani A R Chodankar. Volume 116 Issue 1 February 2007 pp 3-13 ...

  1. Platinum-carbon black-titanium dioxide nanocomposite ...

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    lytically active platinum clusters uniformly distributed throughout the nanocomposite structure resulting in .... industry protocol. 8. The catalyst ink was prepared by dispersing appropriate amount of catalyst (to satisfy a loading of 0⋅4 mg/cm. 2. ) in 1 mL Nafion (5% w/w) by 15 min sonication to create a uniform dispersion.

  2. Electroless deposition of Gold-Platinum Core@ Shell Nanoparticles ...

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    platinum nanoparticlesz (Au@PtNPs) with core@shell structure fabricated on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by electroless depositionmethod. Initially, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were deposited on GCE by reducing HAuCl4 in the presence of ...

  3. Novel Nanocomposite of Chitosan-protected Platinum Nanoparticles ...

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    trochemical sensors.10,11 Recently, many nanomaterials have been reported and applied to the non-enzymatic electrochemical glucose sensors. Noble metal nanopar- ticles (NPs), e.g., platinum and gold, as the electro- catalyst have been widely used for electrochemical detection of glucose because of their unique physi-.

  4. Quantification of water usage at a South African platinum processing ...

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    Quantification of water usage at a South African platinum processing plant. EL Haggard1, CM Sheridan1 and KG Harding1*. 1Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit (IMWaRU), School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand,. Johannesburg, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South Africa.

  5. Platinum metal chemistry of bisphosphines derived from N,N ...

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    Platinum metal chemistry of bisphosphines derived from. N,N¢-substituted ethylenediamine derivatives. RITA M ABHYANKAR and M S BALAKRISHNA. Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai,. Mumbai 400 076, India. The role of chelate complexes containing bisphosphine ligands in ...

  6. Novel Nanocomposite of Chitosan-protected Platinum Nanoparticles ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 128; Issue 9. Novel Nanocomposite of Chitosan-protected Platinum Nanoparticles Immobilized on Nickel Hydroxide: Facile Synthesis and Application as Glucose Electrochemical Sensor. DEJIANG RAO QINGLIN SHENG JIANBIN ZHENG. Regular Article Volume 128 ...

  7. Enhancement of Platinum Cathode Catalysis by Addition of Transition Metals (United States)

    Duong, Hung Tuan


    The sluggish kinetics of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) contributes significantly to the loss of cathode overpotential in fuel cells, thus requiring high loadings of platinum (Pt), which is an expensive metal with limited supply. However, Pt and Pt-based alloys are still the best available electrocatalysts for ORR thus far. The research presented…

  8. First platinum moderated positron beam based on neutron capture (United States)

    Hugenschmidt, C.; Kögel, G.; Repper, R.; Schreckenbach, K.; Sperr, P.; Triftshäuser, W.


    A positron beam based on absorption of high energy prompt γ-rays from thermal neutron capture in 113Cd was installed at a neutron guide of the high flux reactor at the ILL in Grenoble. Measurements were performed for various source geometries, dependent on converter mass, moderator surface and extraction voltages. The results lead to an optimised design of the in-pile positron source which will be implemented at the Munich research reactor FRM-II. The positron source consists of platinum foils acting as γ-e +e --converter and positron moderator. Due to the negative positron work function moderation in heated platinum leads to emission of monoenergetic positrons. The positron work function of polycrystalline platinum was determined to 1.95(5) eV. After acceleration to several keV by four electrical lenses the beam was magnetically guided in a solenoid field of 7.5 mT leading to a NaI-detector in order to detect the 511 keV γ-radiation of the annihilating positrons. The positron beam with a diameter of less than 20 mm yielded an intensity of 3.1×10 4 moderated positrons per second. The total moderation efficiency of the positron source was about ɛ=1.06(16)×10 -4. Within the first 20 h of operation a degradation of the moderation efficiency of 30% was observed. An annealing procedure at 873 K in air recovers the platinum moderator.

  9. STATing the importance of immune modulation by platinum chemotherapeutics.

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    Hato, S.V.; Vries, I.J.M. de; Lesterhuis, W.J.


    Platinum-based anticancer drugs enhance the immunostimulatory potential of DCs and decrease the immunosuppressive capacity of tumor cells. This immunomodulatory ability is based on the inhibition of STAT6-mediated expression of co-inhibitory molecule PD-L2 and opens up the possibility of using these

  10. Electrode kinetics at a platinum anode in chloroacetic acid solutions

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    Lotvin, B.M.; Vasil' ev, Yu.B.


    It was shown by direct comparison of kinetic and adsorption data that at platinum in solutions of mono- and trichloroacetic acid, the anodic processes are entirely analogous in character to the processes occurring in acetate solutions. The lack of Kolbe electrosynthesis products in the electrolysis of chloroacetic acids is to the special reaction features of the secondary chloroalkyl radicals.

  11. Platinum on Carbon Nanofibers as Catalyst for Cinnamaldehyde Hydrogenation

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    Plomp, A.J.


    The aim of the work described in this thesis was to investigate the role and nature of nanostructured carbon materials, oxygen surface groups and promoters on platinum-based catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde. The selective hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde to cinnamyl alcohol

  12. Platinum-induced hearing loss after treatment for childhood cancer

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    van As, Jorrit W.; van den Berg, Henk; van Dalen, Elvira C.


    Background Platinum-based therapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin or a combination of these, is used to treat a variety of paediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, one of the most important adverse effects is the occurrence of hearing loss or ototoxicity. There is a wide variation in

  13. Phase transfer of platinum nanoparticles from aqueous to organic ...

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    During shaking of the biphasic mixture, the aqueous platinum nanoparticles complex via either coordination bond formation or weak covalent interaction with the ODA molecules present in the organic phase. This process renders the nanoparticles sufficiently hydrophobic and dispersible in the organic phase.

  14. Quantification of water usage at a South African platinum processing ...

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    The direct water footprint for 2 concentrators, a smelter and a tailings dam of a platinum processing plant were calculated using the Water Footprint Network assessment method. This includes the sum of the blue-, green- and grey-water footprints. Water footprints of chemicals used during flotation were excluded from the ...

  15. Biological role in the transformation of platinum-group mineral grains (United States)

    Reith, Frank; Zammit, Carla M.; Shar, Sahar S.; Etschmann, Barbara; Bottrill, Ralph; Southam, Gordon; Ta, Christine; Kilburn, Matthew; Oberthür, Thomas; Ball, Andrew S.; Brugger, Joël


    Platinum-group elements are strategically important metals. Finding new deposits is becoming increasingly difficult owing to our limited understanding of the processes that affect their mobility in surface environments. Microorganisms have been shown to promote the mobility of metals around ore deposits. Here we show that microorganisms influence the mobility of platinum-group elements in mineral grains collected from Brazil, Australia and Colombia. Scanning electron microscopy showed biofilms covering the platinum-group mineral grains. The biofilms contained abundant platinum-group element nanoparticles and microcrystalline aggregates, and were dominated by Proteobacteria, many of which were closely related to known metal-resistant species. Some platinum-group mineral grains contained carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, selenium and iodine, suggesting the grains may be biogenic in origin. Molecular analyses show that Brazilian platinum-palladium grains hosted specific bacterial communities, which were different in composition from communities associated with gold grains, or communities in surrounding soils and sediments. Nano-phase metallic platinum accumulated when a metallophillic bacterium was incubated with a percolating platinum-containing medium, suggesting that biofilms can cause the precipitation of mobile platinum complexes. We conclude that biofilms are capable of forming or transforming platinum-group mineral grains, and may play an important role for platinum-group element dispersion and re-concentration in surface environments.

  16. Contributions of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor to Acquisition of Platinum Resistance in Ovarian Cancer Cells. (United States)

    Granados, Michaela L; Hudson, Laurie G; Samudio-Ruiz, Sabrina L


    Acquisition of platinum resistance following first line platinum/taxane therapy is commonly observed in ovarian cancer patients and prevents clinical effectiveness. There are few options to prevent platinum resistance; however, demethylating agents have been shown to resensitize patients to platinum therapy thereby demonstrating that DNA methylation is a critical contributor to the development of platinum resistance. We previously reported the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is a novel regulator of DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) activity and DNA methylation. Others have shown that EGFR activation is linked to cisplatin treatment and platinum resistance. We hypothesized that cisplatin induced activation of the EGFR mediates changes in DNA methylation associated with the development of platinum resistance. To investigate this, we evaluated EGFR signaling and DNMT activity after acute cisplatin exposure. We also developed an in vitro model of platinum resistance to examine the effects of EGFR inhibition on acquisition of cisplatin resistance. Acute cisplatin treatment activates the EGFR and downstream signaling pathways, and induces an EGFR mediated increase in DNMT activity. Cisplatin resistant cells also showed increased DNMT activity and global methylation. EGFR inhibition during repeated cisplatin treatments generated cells that were more sensitive to cisplatin and did not develop increases in DNA methylation or DNMT activity compared to controls. These findings suggest that activation of EGFR during platinum treatment contributes to the development of platinum resistance. Furthermore, EGFR inhibition may be an effective strategy at attenuating the development of platinum resistance thereby enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic treatment in ovarian cancer.

  17. Single-Atom Catalyst of Platinum Supported on Titanium Nitride for Selective Electrochemical Reactions. (United States)

    Yang, Sungeun; Kim, Jiwhan; Tak, Young Joo; Soon, Aloysius; Lee, Hyunjoo


    As a catalyst, single-atom platinum may provide an ideal structure for platinum minimization. Herein, a single-atom catalyst of platinum supported on titanium nitride nanoparticles were successfully prepared with the aid of chlorine ligands. Unlike platinum nanoparticles, the single-atom active sites predominantly produced hydrogen peroxide in the electrochemical oxygen reduction with the highest mass activity reported so far. The electrocatalytic oxidation of small organic molecules, such as formic acid and methanol, also exhibited unique selectivity on the single-atom platinum catalyst. A lack of platinum ensemble sites changed the reaction pathway for the oxygen-reduction reaction toward a two-electron pathway and formic acid oxidation toward direct dehydrogenation, and also induced no activity for the methanol oxidation. This work demonstrates that single-atom platinum can be an efficient electrocatalyst with high mass activity and unique selectivity. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Nomograms Predicting Platinum Sensitivity, Progression-Free Survival, and Overall Survival Using Pretreatment Complete Blood Cell Counts in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer. (United States)

    Paik, E Sun; Sohn, Insuk; Baek, Sun-Young; Shim, Minhee; Choi, Hyun Jin; Kim, Tae-Joong; Choi, Chel Hun; Lee, Jeong-Won; Kim, Byoung-Gie; Lee, Yoo-Young; Bae, Duk-Soo


    This study was conducted to evaluate the prognostic significance of pre-treatment complete blood cell count (CBC), including white blood cell (WBC) differential, in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients with primary debulking surgery (PDS) and to develop nomograms for platinum sensitivity, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). We retrospectively reviewed the records of 757 patients with EOC whose primary treatment consisted of surgical debulking and chemotherapy at Samsung Medical Center from 2002 to 2012. We subsequently created nomograms for platinum sensitivity, 3-year PFS, and 5-year OS as prediction models for prognostic variables including age, stage, grade, cancer antigen 125 level, residual disease after PDS, and pre-treatment WBC differential counts. The models were then validated by 10-fold cross-validation (CV). In addition to stage and residual disease after PDS, which are known predictors, lymphocyte and monocyte count were found to be significant prognostic factors for platinum-sensitivity, platelet count for PFS, and neutrophil count for OS on multivariate analysis. The area under the curves of platinum sensitivity, 3-year PFS, and 5-year OS calculated by the 10-fold CV procedure were 0.7405, 0.8159, and 0.815, respectively. Prognostic factors including pre-treatment CBC were used to develop nomograms for platinum sensitivity, 3-year PFS, and 5-year OS of patients with EOC. These nomograms can be used to better estimate individual outcomes.

  19. A retrospective evaluation of activity of gemcitabine/platinum regimens in the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer

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    Tran N. Le


    Full Text Available Abstract Background While many of these agents have been compared in prospective clinical trials, the gemcitabine/platinumbased regimens have not been compared in a prospective, randomized clinical trial. While bothgemcitabine/carboplatin and gemcitabine/cisplatin have a similar ORR in separate clinical trials, the tworegimens have never been directly been compared. With overlapping dose-limiting toxicity of thrombocytopenia, the gemcitabine/carboplatin regimen has been challenging to employ in the clinical setting in previously treated ovarian cancer patients and is often associated with treatment delays and/or dose reductions. Gemcitabine/cisplatin can also be a challenge due to its dose limiting neuropathy and renal toxicity, especially in previously treated patients. In the absence of any prospective, head to head comparison this retrospective study was embarked upon to compare the response rate and toxicity profiles of gemcitabine/cisplatin verses gemcitabine/carboplatin for the treatment of platinum-sensitive verses platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. Methods This was a retrospective chart review study that identified patients that had received either gemcitabine/cisplatin or gemcitabine/carboplatin for treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer and compared documented hematological and non-hematological toxicity and response based on RECIST (v1.1. Data was evaluated based upon platinum sensitivity/resistance as well. Results A total of 93 patients were identified that had received a gemcitabine/platinum regimen with 48 with recurrent ovarian cancer that were included in the study. There were 21 patients in the gemcitabine/cisplatin arm and 27 patients identified in the gemcitabine/carboplatin arm. Objective response rate (ORR was greater in platinum-sensitive patients that received gemcitabine/carboplatin compared to gemcitabine/cisplatin (8 (67% vs 2 (25%, p < 0.05. Conversely, ORR was greater in platinum-resistant patients treated

  20. 1.7 nm Platinum Nanoparticles: Synthesis with Glucose Starch, Characterization and Catalysis

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    Engelbrekt, Christian; Sørensen, Karsten Holm; Lubcke, T.


    Monodisperse platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) were synthesized by a green recipe. Glucose serves as a reducing agent and starch as a stabilization agent to protect the freshly formed PtNP cores in buffered aqueous solutions. Among the ten buffers studied, 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid (MES......), ammonium acetate and phosphate are the best media for PtNP size control and fast chemical preparation. The uniform sizes of the metal cores were determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and found to be 1.8 +/- 0.5, 1.7 +/- 0.2 and 1.6 +/- 0.5 nm in phosphate, MES and ammonium acetate buffer...

  1. The relationship of platinum resistance and ERCC1 protein expression in epithelial ovarian cancer

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    Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Waldstrøm, Marianne; Jakobsen, Anders


    cells damaged by treatment with platinum agents. The primary aim of the present study was to investigate if immunohistochemical expression of ERCC1 protein was associated with resistance to standard combination carboplatin and paclitaxel chemotherapy in newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients. METHODS......: Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 101 patients with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer were used for immunohistochemical staining for the ERCC1 protein. All patients received carboplatin-paclitaxel combination chemotherapy. RESULTS: Excision repair cross-complementation group 1 enzyme...

  2. Biosynthesis of silver and platinum nanoparticles using orange peel extract: characterisation and applications. (United States)

    Castro, Laura; Blázquez, María Luisa; González, Felisa; Muñoz, Jesús Ángel; Ballester, Antonio


    This study focuses on the green synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles (silver (Ag) and platinum (Pt)) and how the size and shape of the nanoparticles produced can be controlled through changes in the initial pH value of the precursor solution. The nanoparticles were characterised by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. This simple and environmentally friendly method allows the synthesis of diverse nanostructures in the absence of a surfactant or polymer to direct nanoparticle growth, and without externally adding seed crystallites. The antibacterial effects of Ag nanoparticles and catalytic properties of Pt nanoparticles were explored for future promising biotechnological approaches in different fields.

  3. Platinum Interference with siRNA Non-seed Regions Fine-Tunes Silencing Capacity

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    Hedman, Hanna K; Kirpekar, Finn; Elmroth, Sofi K C


    RNA processing and function, understanding its influence on mRNA targeting and the silencing ability of individual miRNAs, e.g., under pathological conditions, remains a scientific challenge. In the present study, a model system is presented where the influence of the two clinically used anticancer drugs......, cisplatin and oxaliplatin, on siRNA's silencing capacity has been evaluated. More specifically, siRNAs targeting the 3' UTR region of Wnt-5a mRNA (NM_003352) were constructed, and the biologically active antisense RNA strand was pre-platinated. Platinum adducts were detected and characterized...

  4. Computational investigations of trans-platinum(II) oxime complexes used as anticancer drug (United States)

    Sayin, Koray; Karakaş, Duran


    Some platinum oxime complexes are optimized at HF/CEP-31G level which has been reported as the best level for these type complexes in the gas phase. IR spectrum is calculated and the new scale factor is derived. NMR spectrum is calculated at the same level of theory and examined in detail. Quantum chemical parameters which have been mainly used are investigated and their formulas are given in detail. Additionally, selected quantum chemical parameters of studied complexes are calculated. New theoretical IC50% formulas are derived and biological activity rankings of mentioned complexes are investigated.

  5. Atomistic simulation studies of iron sulphide, platinum antimonide and platinum arsenide

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    Ngoepe, PE


    Full Text Available The authors present the results of atomistic simulations using derived interatomic potentials for the pyrite-structured metal chalcogenides FeS2, PtSb2 and PtAs2. Structural and elastic constants were calculated and compared with experimental...

  6. Cyclometallated iridium and platinum complexes with noninnocent ligands. (United States)

    Hirani, Bhavna; Li, Jian; Djurovich, Peter I; Yousufuddin, Muhammed; Oxgaard, Jonas; Persson, Petter; Wilson, Scott R; Bau, Robert; Goddard, William A; Thompson, Mark E


    The electronic properties of the cyclometalated (CwedgeN) complexes of iridium and platinum metals with a catechol ligand have been studied experimentally and computationally. The synthesis and characterization of (p-tolylpyridine)Ir(3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol) (abbreviated Ir-sq) and (2,4-diflorophenylpyridine)Pt(3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol) (abbreviated Pt-sq) are reported along with their structural, spectral, and electrochemical properties. Reaction of the 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol (DTBCat) ligand with the prepared cyclometalated metal complex was carried out in air in the presence of a base. The resulting complexes are air stable and are paramagnetic with the unpaired electron residing mainly on the catechol ligand. The bond lengths obtained from X-ray structure analysis and the theoretical results suggest the semiquinone form of the catechol ligand. Low-energy, intense (approximately 10(3) M-1 cm-1) transitions are observed in the visible to near-infrared region (600-700 nm) of the absorption spectra of the metal complexes. Electrochemically, the complexes exhibit a reversible reduction of the semiquinone form to the catechol form of the ligand and an irreversible oxidation to the unstable quinone form of the ligand. The noninnocent catechol ligand plays a significant role in the electronic properties of the metal complexes. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations on the two open-shell molecules provide the ground-state and excited-state energies of the molecular orbitals involved in the observed low-energy transitions. The spin density in the two complexes resides mainly on the catechol ligand. The intense transition arises from excitation of the beta electron from a HOMO-n (n = 1 or 2 here) to the LUMO, rather than from the excitation of the unpaired alpha electron.

  7. Modeling of current distribution on smooth and columnar platinum structures. (United States)

    Zinola, Carlos F


    Studying the growth and stability of anisotropic or isotropic disordered surfaces in electrodeposition is of importance in catalytic electrochemistry. In some cases, the metallic nature of the electrode defines the topography and roughness, which are also controlled by the experimental time and applied external potential. Because of the experimental restrictions in conventional electrochemical techniques and ex situ electron microscopies, a theoretical model of the surface geometry could aid in understanding the electrodeposition process and current distributions. In spite of applying a complex theory such as dynamic scaling method or perturbation theories, the resolution of mixed mass-/charge-transfer equations (tertiary distribution) for the electrodeposition process would give reliable information. One of the main problems with this type of distribution is the mathematics when solving the spatial n-dimensional differential equations. Use of a primary current distribution is proposed here to simplify the differential equations; however it limits wide application of the first assumption. Distributions of concentration profile, current density, and electrode potential are presented here as a function of the distance normal to the surface for the cases of smooth and rough platinum growth. In the particular case of columnar surfaces, cycloid curves are used to model the electrode, from which the concentration profile is presented in a parameterized form after solving a first-type curvilinear integral. The concentration contour results in a combination of a trigonometric inverse function and a linear distribution leading to a negative concavity curve. The calculation of the current density and electrode potential contours also show trigonometric shapes exhibiting forbidden imaginary values only at the minimal values of the trochoid curve. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Platinum mineralization in the Kapalagulu Intrusion, western Tanzania (United States)

    Wilhelmij, Harry R.; Cabri, Louis J.


    . Impersistent, stratiform PGE mineralized horizons occur within the MCSS harzburgite from which drill core samples were taken for platinum-group mineral (PGM) characterization from two drill holes. Where the PGE reefs reach the surface there is residual PGE mineralization within the laterite regolith from which drill core samples were taken from various laterite lithological units for PGM characterization. As the harzburgite PGE reefs contain significant concentrations of both sulfide and chromite (including chromitite seams) they resemble the PGE-rich chromitite seams of the Bushveld Complex rather than the PGE-bearing Main Sulfide Zone of the Great Dyke and Main Sulfide Layer of the Munni Munni Complex. The dominant Pd PGM in three PGE reef samples varies, ranging ( n = 164, relative wt%) from bismuthides (63 %), bismuthtellurides (19 %), and tellurides (6 %), to tellurides (39 %), bismuthtellurides (24 %), stannides (14 %), and alloys (13 %), and to antimon-arsenides (33 %), stannides (21 %), bismuthides (17 %), tellurides (13 %), and alloys (10 %). From 13.5 % to 21.0 % of the total Pd occurs as a solid solution in pentlandite. The three samples have similar Pt PGM modal distributions ( n = 172, relative wt%); the dominant Pt mineral is sperrylite (79, 58, and 47 %) followed by tellurides (15, 17, 21 %), alloys (2, 1, 1 %), and sulfides (2, 1, 0 %). Comparison of Pd/Pt ratios from assays to those calculated from minerals show that the data for the Pt and Pd PGM are very robust, confirming the concentration methodology and characterization. Study of samples from a shallow drill hole penetrating the laterite regolith shows that the primary Pd mineralization has not survived oxidation, is mainly dispersed, but some was reconstituted to form secondary minerals: cabriite, unnamed tellurides, a selenide, a Pd-Te-Hg mineral, alloys and Pd-bearing secondary sulfides (millerite and heazlewoodite). The primary Pt minerals are more resistant to oxidation and dissolution, especially

  9. Synthesis, characterization and analysis of platinum-based multiphase catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells (United States)

    Mann, Jonathan R.

    Platinum-based particles are synthesized via the polyol process in an effort to include various metal oxides in a multi-phase catalyst for the direct ethanol fuel cell anode. Among Eu, In, La and Nb, no single metal oxide with platinum yields open circuit potentials or maximum current densities as high as tin oxide with platinum. For this reason, particles with platinum, tin oxide and the oxide of a third metal were developed. Platinum tin/indium oxide slightly outperforms platinum tin oxide. The particles are characterized by TEM, EDX, XRD and ICP. The metal oxides and the platinum are located together in one particle, uniformly 5.3 nm in diameter. ICP analysis indicates that the catalysts are 20% platinum on carbon and the metals of the oxides are on the order of 1-2% by mass. The catalytic abilities of the particles were evaluated in a single cell direct ethanol fuel cell where polarization curves were taken up to 130°C, and oxidation products were analyzed by gas chromatography. Open circuit voltages of as high as 0.82 V were obtained for platinum tin/indium oxide catalysts and current densities as high as 0.4 A cm-2 were seen. The cells produced large amounts of acetaldehyde and acetic acid, as well as small amounts of methanol and carbon dioxide. A spillover mechanism is proposed for the oxidation of ethanol to CO2 on these platinum/metal oxide catalysts.

  10. Rapid biological synthesis of platinum nanoparticles using Ocimum sanctum for water electrolysis applications. (United States)

    Soundarrajan, C; Sankari, A; Dhandapani, P; Maruthamuthu, S; Ravichandran, S; Sozhan, G; Palaniswamy, N


    The leaf extract of Ocimum sanctum was used as a reducing agent for the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles from an aqueous chloroplatinic acid (H(2)PtCl(6)·6H(2)O). A greater conversion of platinum ions to nanoparticles was achieved by employing a tulsi leaf broth with a reaction temperature of 100 °C. Energy-dispersive absorption X-ray spectroscopy confirmed the platinum particles as major constituent in the reduction process. It is evident from scanning electron microscopy that the reduced platinum particles were found as aggregates with irregular shape. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy revealed that the compounds such as ascorbic acid, gallic acid, terpenoids, certain proteins and amino acids act as reducing agents for platinum ions reduction. X-ray diffraction spectroscopy suggested the associated forms of platinum with other molecules and the average particle size of platinum nanoparticle was 23 nm, calculated using Scherer equation. The reduced platinum showed similar hydrogen evolution potential and catalytic activity like pure platinum using linear scan voltammetry. This environmentally friendly method of biological platinum nanoparticles production increases the rates of synthesis faster which can potentially be used in water electrolysis applications.

  11. Permeation of platinum and rhodium nanoparticles through intact and damaged human skin

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    Mauro, Marcella [University of Trieste, Clinical Unit of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences (Italy); Crosera, Matteo; Bianco, Carlotta; Adami, Gianpiero; Montini, Tiziano; Fornasiero, Paolo [University of Trieste, Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Italy); Jaganjac, Morana [Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Laboratory for Oxidative Stress, Department of Molecular Medicine (Croatia); Bovenzi, Massimo; Filon, Francesca Larese, E-mail: [University of Trieste, Clinical Unit of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences (Italy)


    The aim of the study was to evaluate percutaneous penetration of platinum and rhodium nanoparticles (PtNPs: 5.8 ± 0.9 nm, RhNPs: 5.3 ± 1.9 nm) through human skin. Salts compounds of these metals are sensitizers and some also carcinogenic agents. In vitro permeation experiments were performed using Franz diffusion cells with intact and damaged skin. PtNPs and RhNPs, stabilized with polyvinylpyrrolidone, were synthesized by reduction of Na{sub 2}PtC{sub l6} and RhCl{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O respectively. Suspensions with a concentration of 2.0 g/L of PtNPs and RhNPs were dispersed separately in synthetic sweat at pH 4.5 and applied as donor phases to the outer surface of the skin for 24 h. Measurements of the content of the metals in the receiving solution and in the skin were performed subsequently. Rhodium skin permeation was demonstrated through damaged skin, with a permeation flux of 0.04 ± 0.04 μg cm{sup −2} h{sup −1} and a lag time of 7.9 ± 1.1 h, while no traces of platinum were found in receiving solutions. Platinum and rhodium skin-analysis showed significantly higher concentrations of the metals in damaged skin. Rh and Pt applied as NPs can penetrate the skin barrier and Rh can be found in receiving solutions. These experiments pointed out the need for skin contamination prevention, since even a minor injury to the skin barrier can significantly increase penetration.

  12. Determining the platinum loading and distribution of industrial scale polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell electrodes using low energy X-ray imaging (United States)

    Holst, T.; Vassiliev, A.; Kerr, R.; Li, Q.; Steenberg, T.; Terkelsen, C.; Hjuler, H. A.


    Low energy X-ray imaging (E gas diffusion electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. A linear correlation was found in order for the average image grayscale intensity to be calibrated to the platinum loading, while the platinum distribution was mapped across the electrode geometric area. The resolution was found to be sufficient in identifying flaws and inhomogeneities in the catalyst layer of electrodes fabricated using an industrial spraying process. This technique proves to be an attractive option for the electrode performance study, the process optimization and quality control of electrode fabrication on an industrial scale.

  13. Nanostructured gold and platinum electrodes on silicon structures for biosensing

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    Ogurtsov, V I; Sheehan, M M [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland)


    Gold and platinum metal electrodes on Si/SiO{sub 2} having undergone anisotropic potassium hydroxide (KOH) etch treatment are considered. This treatment etches at different rates and directions in the material resulting in creation of numerous pyramid shaped holes in the silicon substrate. This surface is used to make metal electrodes with increased electrode efficiency. The electrodes can serve as the sensors or as the sensor substrates (for surface polymer modification) and because both gold and platinum are inert they have applications for food safety biosensing. Wine, an economically significant food product, was chosen as a matrix, and impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was selected as a method of investigation of electrode behaviour. Based on results of EIS, different complexity equivalent circuits were determined by applying fitting mean square root optimisation of sensor complex impedance measurements.

  14. Platinum resistance in breast and ovarian cancer cell lines

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    Eckstein Niels


    Full Text Available Abstract Breast and ovarian cancers are among the 10 leading cancer types in females with mortalities of 15% and 6%, respectively. Despite tremendous efforts to conquer malignant diseases, the war on cancer declared by Richard Nixon four decades ago seems to be lost. Approximately 21,800 women in the US will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Therefore, its incidence is relatively low compared to breast cancer with 207.090 prognosed cases in 2011. However, overall survival unmasks ovarian cancer as the most deadly gynecological neoplasia. Platinum-based chemotherapy is emerging as an upcoming treatment modality especially in triple negative breast cancer. However, in ovarian cancer Platinum-complexes for a long time are established as first line treatment. Emergence of a resistant phenotype is a major hurdle in curative cancer therapy approaches and many scientists around the world are focussing on this issue. This review covers new findings in this field during the past decade.

  15. Platinum resistance in breast and ovarian cancer cell lines. (United States)

    Eckstein, Niels


    Breast and ovarian cancers are among the 10 leading cancer types in females with mortalities of 15% and 6%, respectively. Despite tremendous efforts to conquer malignant diseases, the war on cancer declared by Richard Nixon four decades ago seems to be lost. Approximately 21,800 women in the US will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Therefore, its incidence is relatively low compared to breast cancer with 207.090 prognosed cases in 2011. However, overall survival unmasks ovarian cancer as the most deadly gynecological neoplasia. Platinum-based chemotherapy is emerging as an upcoming treatment modality especially in triple negative breast cancer. However, in ovarian cancer Platinum-complexes for a long time are established as first line treatment. Emergence of a resistant phenotype is a major hurdle in curative cancer therapy approaches and many scientists around the world are focussing on this issue. This review covers new findings in this field during the past decade.

  16. Hollow platinum alloy tailored counter electrodes for photovoltaic applications (United States)

    Li, Pinjiang; Zhang, Yange; Fa, Wenjun; Yang, Xiaogang; Wang, Liang


    Without sacrifice of photovoltaic performances, low-platinum alloy counter electrodes (CEs) are promising in bringing down the fabrication cost of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We present here the realization of ZnO nanostructure assisted hollow platinum-nickel (PtNi) alloy microstructure CEs with a simple hydrothermal methods and maximization of electrocatalytic behaviors by tuning Zn precursors. The maximal power conversion efficiency is up to 8.74% for the liquid-junction dye-sensitized solar cells with alloyed PtNi0.41 electrode, yielding a 37.6% cell efficiency enhancement in comparison with pristine solar cell from planar Pt electrode. Moreover, the dissolution-resistant and charge-transfer abilities toward I-/I3- redox electrolyte have also been markedly enhanced due to competitive dissolution reactions and alloying effects.

  17. Preparation of platinum/iridium scanning probe microscopy tips

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    Sørensen, Alexis Hammer; Hvid, U.; Mortensen, M.W.


    material being etched is platinum/iridium (10%) the influence of the stop phase of the ac current terminating each pulse in the second etching is found to be negligible, while in the case of second etching of tungsten wires it is important to break the pulse in a certain phase to avoid formation of a thick...... of platinum from the wire surface and hereby give rise to "etching" of the wire. In the second etching blunt tips become sharp while tips which are already sharp apparently stay sharp. Therefore, the second etching scheme with pulses separated by pauses is found to be a very important factor...... for the production of sharp tips. After being etched the tips are ready for use in scanning tunneling microscopes, or they may be bent to form integrated tip/cantilever systems in ordinary commercial atomic force microscopes, being applicable as tapping mode tips and as electrostatic force microscopy tips. ©1999...

  18. Efficacy analysis of two drugs consisting platinum combined with first-line chemotherapeutics regimens on 117 elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma

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    Li-li ZHANG


    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the therapeutic effects of Gemcitabine(GEM, Vinorelbine(NVB,Paclitaxel(TAX and other first-line chemotherapeutics plus platinum containing drugs on the elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC who had undergone surgery, and analyze the clinicopathological factors influencing the prognosis. Methods One hundred and seventeen advanced NSCLC patients aged 60 or over were treated with GP(GEM+platinum, or NP(NVB+platinum, or TP(TAX+platinum, or other first-line chemotherapeutics plus platinum(OCP after surgery, and their clinical data were then retrospectively studied to look for the relationship of patients' prognosis to clinicopathological factors(gender, operation methods, pathologicaltypes, differentiation, clinical stages.The survival curve was plotted with Kaplan-Meier method, hypothesis test was performed by log-rank, and the independent prognostic factors were screened with Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results Theone-, three- and five-year survival rates of the 117 patients were 47.23%,17.52% and 8.05%, respectively. The progression free survival(PFS of GP, NP, TP and OCP groups were 6.0, 5.2, 6.1 and5.5 months(P>0.05, respectively. The median progression free survival was 5.7 months. Univariate and multivariate analysis showed that the differentiated degrees and clinical stages of elderly NSCLC patients were the independent prognostic factors. Conclusions Clinicopathological factors(differentiated degree andclinical stages are closely related to one-, three- and five-year survival rates of advanced NSCLC in elderly patients who received treatment of first-line chemotherapeutics plus platinum. However, the efficacy ofGP, NP, TP or OCP shows no significant difference.

  19. Convection-enhancement delivery of platinum-based drugs and Lipoplatin(TM) to optimize the concomitant effect with radiotherapy in F98 glioma rat model. (United States)

    Shi, Minghan; Fortin, David; Sanche, Léon; Paquette, Benoit


    The prognosis for patients with glioblastoma remains poor with current treatments. Although platinum-based drugs are sometimes offered at relapse, their efficacy in this setting is still disputed. In this study, we use convection-enhanced delivery (CED) to deliver the platinum-based drugs (cisplatin, carboplatin, and Lipoplatin(TM) - liposomal formulation of cisplatin) directly into the tumor of F98 glioma-bearing rats that were subsequently treated with γ radiation (15 Gy). CED increased by factors varying between 17 and 111, the concentration of these platinum-based drugs in the brain tumor compared to intra-venous (i.v.) administration, and by 9- to 34-fold, when compared to intra-arterial (i.a.) administration. Furthermore, CED resulted in a better systemic tolerance to platinum drugs compared to their i.a. injection. Among the drugs tested, carboplatin showed the highest maximum tolerated dose (MTD). Treatment with carboplatin resulted in the best median survival time (MeST) (38.5 days), which was further increased by the addition of radiotherapy (54.0 days). Although the DNA-bound platinum adduct were higher at 4 h after CED than 24 h for carboplatin group, combination with radiotherapy led to similar improvement of median survival time. However, less toxicity was observed in animals irradiated 24 h after CED-based chemotherapy. In conclusion, CED increased the accumulation of platinum drugs in tumor, reduced the toxicity, and resulted in a higher median survival time. The best treatment was obtained in animals treated with carboplatin and irradiated 24 h later.

  20. Competitive platinum-group-metal (PGM) supply from the Eastern Limb, Bushveld Complex: Geological, mining and mineral economic aspects

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    McGill, JE


    Full Text Available -GROUP-METAL (PGM) SUPPLY FROM THE EASTERN LIMB, BUSHVELD COMPLEX: GEOLOGICAL, MINING, AND MINERAL ECONOMIC ASPECTS Dr. Jeannette E. McGill & Prof. Murray W. Hitzman ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ? COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR) ? Centre for Mining... Innovation ? Office of Graduate Studies, Fogarty Endowment ? Mr. VISHNU PILLAY (EXECUTIVE HEAD: JV?S ? Anglo Platinum) ? ACADEMIC ADVISORS Prof. Murray Hitzman (Economic Geology); Dr. Hugh Miller (Mining Engineering); Prof. Rodderick Eggert (Mineral...

  1. Kinetic aspect of the promoting action of rhenium in hydrogenation of benzene on alumina-platinum catalysts

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    Zharkov, B.B.; Grishchenko, A.V.; Evgrashin, V.M.; Klyuchnikova, Z.S.; Polyakov, A.A.; Rubinov, A.Z.; Fedorov, V.S.


    Rhenium is one of the most effective promoters used for the modification of industrial reforming catalysts and has been found to raise the hydrogenating activity of platinum/aluminium dioxide catalysts considerably in the conversion of benzene to cyclohexane. The purpose of this paper is to study this effect from the kinetic standpoint. Test procedures are described. The contribution of rhenium to the reaction kinetics was measured by the desorption rate of hydrogen from the catalysts.

  2. Human Blood Cell Sensing with Platinum Black Electroplated Impedance Sensor


    Zheng, Siyang; Nandra, Mandheerej S.; Tai, Yu-Chong


    AC impedance sensing is an important method for biological cell analysis in flow cytometry. For micro impedance cell sensors, downsizing electrodes increases the double layer impedance of the metal-electrolyte interface, thus leaves no sensing zone in frequency domain and reduces the sensitivity significantly. We proposed using platinum black electroplated electrodes to solve the problem. In this paper, using this technique we demonstrated human blood cell sensing with high signal to noise ra...

  3. Resolving the Structure of Active Sites on Platinum Catalytic Nanoparticles

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    Chang, Lan Yun; Barnard, Amanda S.; Gontard, Lionel Cervera


    Accurate understanding of the structure of active sites is fundamentally important in predicting catalytic properties of heterogeneous nanocatalysts. We present an accurate determination of both experimental and theoretical atomic structures of surface monatomic steps on industrial platinum...... nanoparticles. This comparison reveals that the edges of nanoparticles can significantly alter the atomic positions of monatomic steps in their proximity, which can lead to substantial deviations in the catalytic properties compared with the extended surfaces....

  4. Stabilization of 200-atom platinum nanoparticles by organosilane fragments

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    Pelzer, Katrin


    Three\\'s a charm: Platinum nanoparticles of 2 nm diameter and containing approximately 200 atoms covered with n-octylsilyl groups (see picture, right; Pt blue, Si red, C gray, H turquoise) form when [Pt(dba)2] (dba=dibenzylideneacetone) decomposes in the presence of n-octylsilane. The particles adopt a cuboctahedral structure with an edge length of three atoms. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Molecularly Rigid Microporous Polyamine Captures and Stabilizes Conducting Platinum Nanoparticle Networks. (United States)

    He, Daping; He, Dong Sheng; Yang, Jinlong; Low, Ze-Xian; Malpass-Evans, Richard; Carta, Mariolino; McKeown, Neil B; Marken, Frank


    A molecularly rigid polyamine based on a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-EA-TB) is shown to capture and stabilize platinum nanoparticles during colloid synthesis in the rigid framework. Stabilization here refers to avoiding aggregation without loss of surface reactivity. In the resulting rigid framework with embedded platinum nanoparticles, the volume ratio of platinum to PIM-EA-TB in starting materials is varied systematically from approximately 1.0 to 0.1 with the resulting platinum nanoparticle diameter varying from approximately 4.2 to 3.1 nm, respectively. Elemental analysis suggests that only a fraction of the polymer is "captured" to give nanocomposites rich in platinum. A transition occurs from electrically conducting and electrochemically active (with shorter average interparticle distance) to nonconducting and only partially electrochemically active (with longer average interparticle distance) polymer-platinum composites. The conducting nanoparticle network in the porous rigid macromolecular framework could be beneficial in electrocatalysis and in sensing applications.

  6. First platinum moderated positron beam based on neutron capture

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    Hugenschmidt, C; Repper, R; Schreckenbach, K; Sperr, P; Triftshaeuser, W


    A positron beam based on absorption of high energy prompt gamma-rays from thermal neutron capture in sup 1 sup 1 sup 3 Cd was installed at a neutron guide of the high flux reactor at the ILL in Grenoble. Measurements were performed for various source geometries, dependent on converter mass, moderator surface and extraction voltages. The results lead to an optimised design of the in-pile positron source which will be implemented at the Munich research reactor FRM-II. The positron source consists of platinum foils acting as gamma-e sup + e sup - -converter and positron moderator. Due to the negative positron work function moderation in heated platinum leads to emission of monoenergetic positrons. The positron work function of polycrystalline platinum was determined to 1.95(5) eV. After acceleration to several keV by four electrical lenses the beam was magnetically guided in a solenoid field of 7.5 mT leading to a NaI-detector in order to detect the 511 keV gamma-radiation of the annihilating positrons. The posi...

  7. Platinum (IV) coiled coil nanotubes selectively kill human glioblastoma cells. (United States)

    Thanasupawat, Thatchawan; Bergen, Hugo; Hombach-Klonisch, Sabine; Krcek, Jerry; Ghavami, Saeid; Del Bigio, Marc R; Krawitz, Sherry; Stelmack, Gerald; Halayko, Andrew; McDougall, Matthew; Meier, Markus; Stetefeld, Jörg; Klonisch, Thomas


    Malignant glioma are often fatal and pose a significant therapeutic challenge. Here we have employed α-helical right handed coiled coils (RHCC) which self-assemble into tetrameric nanotubes that stably associate with platinum (Pt) (IV) compound. This Pt(IV)-RHCC complex showed superior in vitro and in vivo toxicity in human malignant glioma cells at up to 5 fold lower platinum concentrations when compared to free Pt(IV). Pt(IV)-RHCC nanotubes activated multiple cell death pathways in GB cells without affecting astrocytes in vitro or causing damage to normal mouse brain. This Pt(IV)-RHCC nanotubes may serve as a promising new therapeutic tool for low dose Pt(IV) prodrug application for highly efficient and selective treatment of human brain tumors. The prognosis of malignant glioma remains poor despite medical advances. Platinum, one of the chemotherapeutic agents used, has significant systemic side effects. In this article, the authors employed α-helical right handed coiled coil (RHCC) protein nanotubes as a carrier for cisplatin. It was shown that the new compound achieved higher tumor kill rate but lower toxicity to normal cells and thus may hold promise to be a highly efficient treatment for the future. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. The differential induction of collateral resistance to 62. 5 MeV (p[yields]Be[sup +]) neutrons and 4 MeV photons by exposure to CIS-platinum

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    Britten, R.A.; Warenius, H.M. (Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)); Masters, J.R.W. (St. Paul' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)); Peacock, J.H. (Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton (United Kingdom))


    The purpose of this study was to determine the relative sensitivity to cis-platinum, 4 MeV photons and 62.5 MeV (p[yields]Be[sup +]) neutrons in five human tumor cell lines, and their cis-platinum resistant variants. The degree of cross-resistance of five human in-vitro cell lines to photons or fast neutrons was analyzed for both cisplatinum-sensitive and resistant variants. The development of acquired cis-platinum resistance conferred collateral resistance to 62.5 MeV (p-Be[sup +]) neutrons in all five cell lines, but did not consistently decrease the photon sensitivity of these same cells. The reduction in photon and neutron sensitivity following the development of acquired cis-platinum resistance may possibly be regulated by different mechanisms. The reduction in neutron sensitivity was primarily due to a 1.3-1.7 fold reduction in the magnitude of the initial slope ([alpha]), which was independent of the degree of platinum resistance induced, suggesting a non-stochiometric relationship between the mechanisms responsible for acquired cis-platinum, and 62.5 MeV (p[yields]Be[sup +]) neutron resistance. 18 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Optimum Platinum Loading In Pt/SnO2 CO-Oxidizing Catalysts (United States)

    Schryer, David R.; Upchurch, Billy T.; Davis, Patricia P.; Brown, Kenneth G.; Schryer, Jacqueline


    Platinum on tin oxide (Pt/SnO2) good catalyst for oxidation of carbon monoxide at or near room temperature. Catalytic activity peaks at about 17 weight percent Pt. Catalysts with platinum loadings as high as 46 percent fabricated by technique developed at Langley Research Center. Work conducted to determine optimum platinum loading for this type of catalyst. Major application is removal of unwanted CO and O2 in CO2 lasers.

  10. Electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction with reduced platinum oxidation and dissolution rates (United States)

    Adzic, Radoslav; Zhang, Junliang; Vukmirovic, Miomir


    The invention relates to platinum-metal oxide composite particles and their use as electrocatalysts in oxygen-reducing cathodes and fuel cells. The invention particularly relates to methods for preventing the oxidation of the platinum electrocatalyst in the cathodes of fuel cells by use of these platinum-metal oxide composite particles. The invention additionally relates to methods for producing electrical energy by supplying such a fuel cell with an oxidant, such as oxygen, and a fuel source, such as hydrogen.

  11. High-Surface-Area Porous Platinum Electrodes for Enhanced Charge Transfer


    Hu Yelin; Yella Aswani; Guldin Stefan; Schreier Marcel; Stellacci Francesco; Grätzel Michael; Stefik Morgan


    Cobalt based electrolytes are highly tunable and have pushed the limits of dye sensitized solar cells enabling higher open circuit voltages and new record effi ciencies. However the performance of these electrolytes and a range of other electrolytes suffer from slow electron transfer at platinum counter electrodes. High surface area platinum would enhance catalysis but pure platinum structures are too expensive in practice. Here a material effi cient host guest architecture is developed that ...

  12. In vitro and in vivo anti-tumor effects of selected platinum(IV) and dinuclear platinum(II) complexes against lung cancer cells. (United States)

    Arsenijevic, Milos; Milovanovic, Marija; Jovanovic, Snezana; Arsenijevic, Natalija; Markovic, Bojana Simovic; Gazdic, Marina; Volarevic, Vladislav


    In the present study, cytotoxic effects of cisplatin, the most usually used chemotherapeutic agent, were compared with new designed platinum(IV) ([PtCl4(en)] (en = ethylenediamine) and [PtCl4(dach)]) (dach = (±)-trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane) and platinum(II) complexes ([{trans-Pt(NH3)2Cl}2(μ-pyrazine)](ClO4)2 (Pt1), [{trans-Pt(NH3)2Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipyridyl)](ClO4)2DMF(Pt2),[{trans-Pt(NH3)2Cl}2(μ-1,2-bis(4pyridyl)ethane)](ClO4)2 (Pt3)), in vitro and in vivo against human and murine lung cancer cells, to determine anti-tumor potential of newly synthesized platinum-based drugs in the therapy of lung cancer. Results obtained by MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide], Lactate dehydrogenase and Annexin V/Propidium Iodide assays showed that, among all tested complexes, [PtCl4(en)] had the highest cytotoxicity against human and murine lung carcinoma cells in vitro. [PtCl4(en)] showed significantly higher cytotoxicity then cisplatin in all tested concentrations, mainly by inducing apoptosis in lung cancer cells. [PtCl4(en)] was well tolerated in vivo. Clinical signs of [PtCl4(en)]-induced toxicity, such as changes in food, water consumption or body weight, nephrotoxicity or hepatotoxicity was not observed in [PtCl4(en)]-treated mice. [PtCl4(en)] managed to increase presence of CD45+ leukocytes, including F4/80+ macrophages, CD11c+ dendritic cells, CD4+ helper and CD8+ cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) in the lungs, cytotoxic NK, NKT and CTLs in the spleens of tumor bearing mice, resulting with reduction of metastatic lesions in the lungs, indicating its potential to stimulate anti-tumor immune response in vivo. Due to its anti-tumor cytotoxicity, biocompatibility, and potential for stimulation of anti-tumor immune response, [PtCl4(en)] may be a good candidate for further testing in the field of medicinal chemistry.

  13. Methanol Steam Reforming Promoted by Molten Salt-Modified Platinum on Alumina Catalysts (United States)

    Kusche, Matthias; Agel, Friederike; Ní Bhriain, Nollaig; Kaftan, Andre; Laurin, Mathias; Libuda, Jörg; Wasserscheid, Peter


    We herein describe a straight forward procedure to increase the performance of platinum-on-alumina catalysts in methanol steam reforming by applying an alkali hydroxide coating according to the “solid catalyst with ionic liquid layer” (SCILL) approach. We demonstrate by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) studies that potassium doping plays an important role in the catalyst activation. Moreover, the hygroscopic nature and the basicity of the salt modification contribute to the considerable enhancement in catalytic performance. During reaction, a partly liquid film of alkali hydroxides/carbonates forms on the catalyst/alumina surface, thus significantly enhancing the availability of water at the catalytically active sites. Too high catalyst pore fillings with salt introduce a considerable mass transfer barrier into the system as indicated by kinetic studies. Thus, the optimum interplay between beneficial catalyst modification and detrimental mass transfer effects had to be identified and was found on the applied platinum-on-alumina catalyst at KOH loadings around 7.5 mass %. PMID:25124120

  14. Methanol steam reforming promoted by molten salt-modified platinum on alumina catalysts. (United States)

    Kusche, Matthias; Agel, Friederike; Ní Bhriain, Nollaig; Kaftan, Andre; Laurin, Mathias; Libuda, Jörg; Wasserscheid, Peter


    We herein describe a straight forward procedure to increase the performance of platinum-on-alumina catalysts in methanol steam reforming by applying an alkali hydroxide coating according to the "solid catalyst with ionic liquid layer" (SCILL) approach. We demonstrate by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) studies that potassium doping plays an important role in the catalyst activation. Moreover, the hygroscopic nature and the basicity of the salt modification contribute to the considerable enhancement in catalytic performance. During reaction, a partly liquid film of alkali hydroxides/carbonates forms on the catalyst/alumina surface, thus significantly enhancing the availability of water at the catalytically active sites. Too high catalyst pore fillings with salt introduce a considerable mass transfer barrier into the system as indicated by kinetic studies. Thus, the optimum interplay between beneficial catalyst modification and detrimental mass transfer effects had to be identified and was found on the applied platinum-on-alumina catalyst at KOH loadings around 7.5 mass%. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. {ital E}3 transition probabilities in the platinum, mercury, and lead isotopes

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    Egido, J.L.; Martin, V.; Robledo, L.M.; Sun, Y. [Departamento de Fisica Teorica C-XI, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)]|[Analisis Numerico, Facultad de Informatica, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, E-28660 Madrid (Spain)]|[Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (United States)]|[Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)


    Spectroscopical properties of the platinum, mercury, and lead isotopes are studied within the Hartree-Fock plus BCS framework with the finite range density-dependent Gogny force. These properties are also studied beyond mean-field theory by combining the use of generator-coordinate-method-like wave functions with the angular momentum projection technique as to generate many-body correlated wave functions that are at the same time eigenstates of the angular momentum operator. We apply this formalism to the calculation of reduced transition probabilities {ital B}({ital E}3) from the lowest-lying octupole collective state to the ground state of several isotopes of the platinum, mercury, and lead nuclei whose experimental {ital B}({ital E}3) values present a peculiar behavior. The projected calculations show a large improvement over the unprojected ones when compared with the experimental data. The unprojected calculations are unable to predict any structure in the {ital B}({ital E}3). {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  16. Controlled synthesis of the tricontinuous mesoporous material IBN-9 and its carbon and platinum derivatives

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    Zhao, Yunfeng


    Controlled synthesis of mesoporous materials with ultracomplicated pore configurations is of great importance for both fundamental research of nanostructures and the development of novel applications. IBN-9, which is the only tricontinuous mesoporous silica with three sets of interpenetrating three-dimensional channel systems, appears to be an excellent model mesophase for such study. The extensive study of synthesis space diagrams proves mesophase transition among the cylindrical MCM-41, tricontinuous IBN-9 and bicontinuous MCM-48, and also allows a more precise control of phase-pure synthesis. On the other hand, rational design of structure-directing agents offers a possibility to extend the synthesis conditions of IBN-9, as well as tailor its pore size. Moreover, an unprecedented helical structure consisting of twisted 3-fold interwoven mesoporous channels is reported here for the first time. The unique tricontinuous mesostructure of IBN-9 has been well-replicated by other functional materials (e.g., carbon and platinum) via a "hard- templating" synthesis route. The obtained carbon material possesses large surface area (∼1900 m2/g), high pore volume (1.56 cm 3/g), and remarkable gas adsorption capability at both cryogenic temperatures and room temperature. The platinum material has an ordered mesostructure composed of highly oriented nanocrystals. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  17. Block copolymer micelles with pendant bifunctional chelator for platinum drugs: effect of spacer length on the viability of tumor cells. (United States)

    Huynh, Vien T; Quek, Jing Yang; de Souza, Paul L; Stenzel, Martina H


    Three monomers with 1,3-dicarboxylate functional groups but varying spacer lengths were synthesized via carbon Michael addition using malonate esters and ethylene- (MAETC), butylene- (MABTC), and hexylene (MAHTC) glycol dimethacrylate, respectively. Poly[oligo-(ethylene glycol) methylether methacrylate] (POEGMEMA) was prepared in the presence of a RAFT (reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer) agent, followed by chain extension with the prepared monomers to generate three different block copolymers (BP-E80, BP-B82, and BP-H79) with similar numbers of repeating units, but various spacer lengths as distinguishing features. Conjugation with platinum drugs created macromolecular platinum drugs resembling carboplatin. The amphiphilic natures of these Pt-containing block copolymers led to the formation micelles in solution. The rate of drug release of all micelles was similar, but a noticeable difference was the increasing stability of the micelle against dissociation with increasing spacer length. The platinum conjugated polymer showed high activity against A549, OVCAR3, and SKOV3 cancer cell lines exceeding the activity of carboplatin, but only the micelle based on the longest spacer had IC(50) values as low as cisplatin. Cellular uptake studies identified a better micelle uptake with increasing micelle stability as a possible reason for lower IC(50) values. The clonogenic assay revealed that micelles loaded with platinum drugs, in contrast to low molecular weight carboplatin, have not only better activity within the frame of a 72 h cell viability study, but also display a longer lasting effect by preventing the colony formation A549 for more than 10 days.

  18. Platinum(IV)-nitroxyl complexes as possible candidates to circumvent cisplatin resistance in RT112 bladder cancer cells. (United States)

    Cetraz, Maria; Sen, Vasily; Schoch, Sarah; Streule, Karolin; Golubev, Valery; Hartwig, Andrea; Köberle, Beate


    The therapeutic efficacy of the anticancer drug cisplatin is limited by the development of resistance. We therefore investigated newly synthesized platinum-nitroxyl complexes (PNCs) for their potential to circumvent cisplatin resistance. The complexes used were PNCs with bivalent cis-PtII(R·NH2)(NH3)Cl2 and cis-PtII(DAPO)Ox and four-valent platinum cis,trans,cis-PtIV(R·NH2)(NH3)(OR)2Cl2 and cis,trans,cis-PtIV(DAPO)(OR)2Ox, where R· are TEMPO or proxyl nitroxyl radicals, DAPO is trans-3,4-diamino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl, and OR and Ox are carboxylato and oxalato ligands, respectively. The complexes were characterized by spectroscopic methods, HPLC, log P ow data and elemental analysis. We studied intracellular platinum accumulation, DNA platination and cytotoxicity upon treatment with the PNCs in a model system of the bladder cancer cell line RT112 and its cisplatin-resistant subline RT112-CP. Platinum accumulation and DNA platination were similar in RT112 and RT112-CP cells for both bivalent and four-valent PNCs, in contrast to cisplatin for which a reduction in intracellular accumulation and DNA platination was observed in the resistant subline. The PNCs were found to platinate DNA in relation to the length of their axial RO-ligands. Furthermore, the PNCs were increasingly toxic in relation to the elongation of their axial RO-ligands, with similar toxicities in RT112 and its cisplatin-resistant subline. Using a cell-free assay, we observed induction of oxidative DNA damage by cisplatin but not PNCs suggesting that cisplatin exerts its toxic action by platination and oxidative DNA damage, while cells treated with PNCs are protected against oxidatively induced lesions. Altogether, our study suggests that PNCs may provide a more effective treatment for tumors which have developed resistance toward cisplatin.

  19. Phase II randomized study of trabectedin given as two different every 3 weeks dose schedules (1.5 mg/m2 24 h or 1.3 mg/m2 3 h) to patients with relapsed, platinum-sensitive, advanced ovarian cancer

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    del Campo, J. M.; Roszak, A.; Bidzinski, M.; Ciuleanu, T. E.; Hogberg, T.; Wojtukiewicz, M. Z.; Poveda, A.; Boman, K.; Westermann, A. M.; Lebedinsky, C.; Brugger, W.; Kreienberg, R.; Cikowska-Wozniak, E.; Dańska, A.; Curescu, S.; Parera, M.; Germá, J. R.; Casado, A.; Balañá, C.; González, A. J.; Mendiola, C.; Palacio-Vázquez, I.; Alonso-Carrión, L.; Alfaro, V.; Gómez, J.; Kalling, M. U.; Perren, T. J.


    This randomized, open-label, phase II clinical trial evaluated the optimal regimen of trabectedin administered every 3 weeks in patients with platinum-sensitive, relapsed, advanced ovarian cancer (AOC). Patients previously treated with less than two or two previous chemotherapy lines were randomized

  20. Rapid and Efficient Collection of Platinum from Karstedt's Catalyst Solution via Ligands-Exchange-Induced Assembly. (United States)

    Yang, Gonghua; Wei, Yanlong; Huang, Zhenzhu; Hu, Jiwen; Liu, Guojun; Ou, Ming; Lin, Shudong; Tu, Yuanyuan


    Reported herein is a novel strategy for the rapid and efficient collection of platinum from Karstedt's catalyst solution. By taking advantage of a ligand-exchange reaction between alkynols and the 1,3-divinyltetramethyldisiloxane ligand (M Vi M Vi ) that coordinated with platinum (Pt(0)), the Karstedt's catalyst particles with a size of approximately 2.5 ± 0.7 nm could be reconstructed and assembled into larger particles with a size of 150 ± 35 nm due to the hydrogen bonding between the hydroxyl groups of the alkynol. In addition, because the silicone-soluble M Vi M Vi ligand of the Karstedt's catalyst was replaced by water-soluble alkynol ligands, the resultant large particles were readily dispersed in water, resulting in rapid, efficient, and complete collection of platinum from the Karstedt's catalyst solutions with platinum concentrations in the range from ∼20 000 to 0.05 ppm. Our current strategy not only was used for the rapid and efficient collection of platinum from the Karstedt's catalyst solutions, but it also enabled the precise evaluation of the platinum content in the Karstedt's catalysts, even if this platinum content was extremely low (i.e., 0.05 ppm). Moreover, these platinum specimens that were efficiently collected from the Karstedt's catalyst solutions could be directly used for the evaluation of platinum without the need for pretreatment processes, such as calcination and digestion with hydrofluoric acid, that were traditionally used prior to testing via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in conventional methods.

  1. Short-term hearing results after primary stapedotomy with nitinol and teflon-platinum prostheses for otosclerosis. (United States)

    Gouveris, Haralampos; Tóth, Miklós; Koutsimpelas, Dimitrios; Schmidtmann, Irene; Mann, Wolf J


    The aim of this study is to determine differences in postoperative air-bone gap (ABG) after placement of teflon-platinum or nitinol middle ear prostheses in primary stapedotomy patients with otosclerosis. Thirty otosclerosis patients (24 female, 6 male; age 10-61 years) with primary stapedotomy were studied prospectively. Before and after surgery, the mean and standard deviations of the ABG were measured at eight frequencies (0.25-4 kHz). Patients were randomized into one of two groups receiving either teflon-platinum or nitinol prostheses. Hearing results were assessed 1 year after surgery. To assess the joint influence of treatment and frequency on ABG reduction, a linear mixed model was used (significance level was p = 5%). The Tukey-Kramer method was used to adjust for multiple comparisons. Significant differences were found between treatment groups (p Teflon group had a larger reduction of conductive components, on average 8.0 dB more reduction, than patients in the nitinol group. However, after adjusting for multiple comparisons, we could not identify a single frequency with a significant difference in reduction of conductive components. Use of the teflon-platinum prosthesis results in statistically non-significant better ABG closure at 0.25-4 kHz 1 year postoperatively than the use of the nitinol prosthesis.

  2. Lateral gettering of iron and platinum by cavities induced by helium implantation in silicon (United States)

    Roqueta, F.; Ventura, L.; Grob, J. J.; Jérisian, R.


    The aim of this study is to characterize the lateral gettering of iron and platinum atoms by introducing cavities at the periphery of large active device areas. Cavities have been obtained by helium implantation ( 5×10 16 He+/ cm2, 40 keV) followed by a thermal treatment on samples previously contaminated by iron and platinum. These cavities are known to be efficient in trapping metallic impurities in silicon by chemisorption. The wafers were annealed in the range of 800-1000°C for several minutes in a neutral ambience (N 2). The metallic distribution has been monitored in each active device area by using current versus voltage and deep level transient spectroscopy techniques (DLTS). A symmetrical distribution of metallic impurities and current values has been observed in each active region. The influence of cavities extends laterally to several millimeters depending on the temperature and time of diffusion. This lateral gettering effect is suitable for the purification of transverse power devices.

  3. Fieldwork measurement of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in Malaysian platinum-rated green office buildings (United States)

    Tharim, Asniza Hamimi Abdul; Samad, Muna Hanim Abdul; Ismail, Mazran


    An Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) fieldwork assessment was conducted in the Platinum-rated GBI office building located in Putrajaya Malaysia. The aim of the study is to determine the current indoor performance of the selected green office building. The field measurement consists of several IEQ parameters counted under the GBI Malaysia namely the Thermal Comfort of temperature, relative humidity, air movement and heat transfer as well as solar radiation. This field measurement also comprises of the measurement for the background noise, visual lighting and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) focusing on the aspect of carbon dioxide concentration. All the selected indoor parameters were measured for the period of five working days and the results were compared to the Malaysian Standard. Findings of the field measurement show good indoor performance of the Platinum rated office building that complies with the GBI standard. It is hoped that the research findings will be beneficial for future design and construction of office building intended to be rated under the GBI Malaysia.

  4. Platinum group metal particles aggregation in nuclear glass melts under the effect of temperature (United States)

    Hanotin, Caroline; Puig, Jean; Neyret, Muriel; Marchal, Philippe


    The viscosity of simulated high level radioactive waste glasses containing platinum group metal particles is studied over a wide range of shear stress, as a function of the particles content and the temperature, thanks to a stress imposed rheometer, coupled to a high-temperature furnace. The system shows a very shear thinning behavior. At high shear rate, the system behaves as a suspension of small clusters and individual particles and is entirely controlled by the viscosity of the glass matrix as classical suspensions. At low shear rate, above a certain fraction in platinum group metal particles, the apparition of macroscopic aggregates made up of chains of RuO2 particles separated by thin layers of glass matrix strongly influences the viscosity of the nuclear glass and leads, in particular, to the apparition of yield stress and thixotropic effects. The maximum size of these clusters as well as their effective volume fraction have been estimated by a balance between Van der Waals attractive forces and hydrodynamic forces due to shear flow. We showed experimentally and theoretically that this aggregation phenomenon is favored by an increase of the temperature, owing to the viscosity decrease of the glass matrix, leading to an unusual increase of the suspension viscosity.

  5. Combination cytotoxicity of backbone degradable HPMA copolymer gemcitabine and platinum conjugates toward human ovarian carcinoma cells. (United States)

    Duangjai, Acharaporn; Luo, Kui; Zhou, Yan; Yang, Jiyuan; Kopeček, Jindřich


    Multiblock, backbone degradable HPMA copolymer-drug conjugates containing gemcitabine and DACH platinum (mP-GEM and mP-DACH Pt), respectively were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and subsequent chain extension by click chemistry. Using combination index analysis, the cytotoxicities of the two multiblock conjugates, as single agent and in combination, were evaluated in vitro in A2780 human ovarian cancer cells, with free drugs as controls. The greatest synergistic cytotoxic effect was observed when A2780 cells were sequentially exposed to mP-GEM for 24h and mP-DACH Pt for 48h. In addition, mechanistic studies support the rationale of the synergy between mP-GEM and mP-DACH Pt: mP-GEM pretreatment was able to enhance the platinum-DNA adduct accumulation and inhibit cell proliferation to a higher extent than single mP-DACH Pt treatment. These observations are useful for the development of combination macromolecular therapeutics for ovarian cancer based on the second-generation backbone degradable HPMA copolymers. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Circularly polarized photoluminescence from platinum porphyrins in organic hosts: Magnetic field and temperature dependence (United States)

    Diaconu, C. V.; Batista, E. R.; Martin, R. L.; Smith, D. L.; Crone, B. K.; Crooker, S. A.; Smith's, D. L.


    We study the temperature and magnetic field-dependent photoluminescence from the metalorganic molecules octaethyl-porphine platinum (PtOEP) and porphine platinum (PtP) that are doped into organic hosts. We first consider PtOEP in the polymer host poly-dioctylfluorene (PFO), which is characteristic of the phosphorescent dopants and polymers used in organic light-emitting diodes. We observe that the intensity of the PtOEP zero-phonon emission band, which is strongly suppressed at low temperatures to 1.6 K, increases dramatically with applied magnetic field and is accompanied by a marked circular polarization. This "magnetic brightening" effect, similar to that observed in other organic systems such as carbon nanotubes, highlights the interplay between low-energy optically active and optically forbidden excited states of PtOEP, which become mixed in applied magnetic fields. To elucidate these findings, we also investigate (i) dilute PtOEP in n-octane hosts (where emission lines are much sharper), and (ii) dilute PtP in n-octane hosts, for which the emission spectra are simpler and can be directly compared with theory. Detailed electronic structure calculations of PtP were performed, and a model for the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the zero phonon emission lines is developed, which agrees quantitatively with the data for PtP and with the circular polarization of the PtOEP emission.

  7. Identification of cisplatin-binding proteins using agarose conjugates of platinum compounds.

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    Takatoshi Karasawa

    Full Text Available Cisplatin is widely used as an antineoplastic drug, but its ototoxic and nephrotoxic side-effects, as well as the inherent or acquired resistance of some cancers to cisplatin, remain significant clinical problems. Cisplatin's selectivity in killing rapidly proliferating cancer cells is largely dependent on covalent binding to DNA via cisplatin's chloride sites that had been aquated. We hypothesized that cisplatin's toxicity in slowly proliferating or terminally differentiated cells is primarily due to drug-protein interactions, instead of drug-DNA binding. To identify proteins that bind to cisplatin, we synthesized two different platinum-agarose conjugates, one with two amino groups and another with two chlorides attached to platinum that are available for protein binding, and conducted pull-down assays using cochlear and kidney cells. Mass spectrometric analysis on protein bands after gel electrophoresis and Coomassie blue staining identified several proteins, including myosin IIA, glucose-regulated protein 94 (GRP94, heat shock protein 90 (HSP90, calreticulin, valosin containing protein (VCP, and ribosomal protein L5, as cisplatin-binding proteins. Future studies on the interaction of these proteins with cisplatin will elucidate whether these drug-protein interactions are involved in ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, or contribute to tumor sensitivity or resistance to cisplatin treatment.

  8. Nanoengineering of Ruthenium and Platinum-based Nanocatalysts by Continuous-Flow Chemistry for Renewable Energy Applications

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    AlYami, Noktan Mohammed


    This thesis presents an integrated study of nanocatalysts for heterogenous catalytic and electrochemical processes using pure ruthenium (Ru) with mixed-phase and platinum-based nanomaterials synthesized by continuous-flow chemistry. There are three major challenges to the application of nanomaterials in heterogenous catalytic reactions and electrocatalytic processes in acidic solution. These challenges are the following: (i) controlling the size, shape and crystallography of nanoparticles to give the best catalytic properties, (ii) scaling these nanoparticles up to a commercial quantity (kg per day) and (iii) making stable nanoparticles that can be used catalytically without degrading in acidic electrolytes. Some crucial limitations of these nanostructured materials in energy conversion and storage applications were overcome by continuous-flow chemistry. By using a continuous-flow reactor, the creation of scalable nanoparticle systems was achieved and their functionality was modified to control the nanoparticles’ physical and chemical characteristics. The nanoparticles were also tested for long-term stability, to make sure these nanoparticles were feasible under realistic working conditions. These nanoparticles are (1) shape- and crystallography-controlled ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles, (2) size-controlled platinum-metal (Pt-M= nickel (Ni) & copper (Cu)) nanooctahedra (while maintaining morphology) and (3) core-shell platinum@ruthenium (Pt@Ru) nanoparticles where an ultrathin ruthenium shell was templated onto the platinum core. Thus, a complete experimental validation of the formation of a scalable amount of these nanoparticles and their catalytic activity and stability towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in acid medium, hydrolysis of ammonia borane (AB) along with plausible explanations were provided.

  9. Origin of the different behavior of some platinum decorated nanocarbons towards the electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen peroxide

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    Malara, A. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Informazione, delle Infrastrutture e dell' Energia Sostenibile (DIIES), Università “Mediterranea”, 89122 Reggio Calabria (Italy); Leonardi, S.G.; Bonavita, A. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettronica, Chimica ed Ingegneria Industriale (DIECII), Università di Messina, 98166 Messina (Italy); Fazio, E. [Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche e Informatiche, Scienze Fisiche e Scienze della Terra (MIFT), Università di Messina, 98166 Messina (Italy); Stelitano, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica (DF), Università della Calabria, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (Italy); Neri, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettronica, Chimica ed Ingegneria Industriale (DIECII), Università di Messina, 98166 Messina (Italy); Neri, F. [Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche e Informatiche, Scienze Fisiche e Scienze della Terra (MIFT), Università di Messina, 98166 Messina (Italy); Santangelo, S., E-mail: [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, dell' Energia, dell' Ambiente e dei Materiali (DICEAM), Università “Mediterranea”, 89122 Reggio Calabria (Italy)


    The electrochemical behavior of different platinum-decorated nanocarbons (Pt@C) towards the oxidation of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) was investigated. Three different types of nanocarbons were considered: i) carbon black, ii) dahlia-like carbon nanohorns and iii) carbon nanotubes, which included both commercial (single-wall and multi-wall) and laboratory prepared (multi-wall) samples. Shape and size distribution of the platinum nanoparticles and morphology of the nanocarbons were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. Their nanostructure was investigated by micro-Raman spectroscopy, while elemental composition of the samples and chemical bonding states were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Electrochemical behavior towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2} oxidation was evaluated by means of cyclic voltammetry modifying the working screen-printed carbon electrode surface with the prepared Pt@C nanocomposites. Data obtained suggest that the size and dispersion of the Pt nanoparticles play a key role in increasing the sensitivity towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2} detection. Thanks to the presence of smaller and more dispersed platinum particles and of a greater amount of platinum hydroxide, acting as intermediary in the H{sub 2}O{sub 2} oxidation process, Pt@dahlia-like carbon nanohorns result to be the most promising platform for the development of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} electrochemical sensors. - Highlights: • Different nanocarbons are decorated with Pt nanoparticles by wet impregnation method. • Pt@C-based hybrids are tested as active materials for sensing of hydrogen peroxide. • Sensor based on Pt@dahlia-like carbon nanohorns is the most performing device. • The origin of the different electrochemical behaviour is investigated. • Pt@C sensing performances are correlated with their structural and surface properties.

  10. The role of surgery in the management of patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer: Survey among Dutch gynecologists and medical oncologists

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    Laar, R. van de; Zusterzeel, P.L.M.; Gorp, T. Van; Ottevanger, P.B.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Kruitwagen, R.F.P.M.


    OBJECTIVE: Evidence of randomized comparative clinical trials on surgery in recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer is non-existing. Three randomized phase 3 trials are ongoing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the current opinion of Dutch gynecologists and medical oncologists awaiting the

  11. Glioblastoma Treatment: Bypassing the Toxicity of Platinum Compounds by Using Liposomal Formulation and Increasing Treatment Efficiency With Concomitant Radiotherapy

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    Charest, Gabriel; Sanche, Leon [Center for Research in Radiotherapy, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada); Fortin, David; Mathieu, David [Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada); Paquette, Benoit, E-mail: [Center for Research in Radiotherapy, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology, Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada)


    Purpose: Treatments of glioblastoma with cisplatin or oxaliplatin only marginally improve the overall survival of patients and cause important side effects. To prevent adverse effects, improve delivery, and optimize the tumor response to treatment in combination with radiotherapy, a potential approach consists of incorporating the platinum agent in a liposome. Methods and Materials: In this study, cisplatin, oxaliplatin, carboplatin, Lipoplatin (the liposomal formulation of cisplatin), and Lipoxal (the liposomal formulation of oxaliplatin) were tested on F98 glioma orthotopically implanted in Fischer rats. The platinum compounds were administered by intracarotid infusion and were assessed for the ability to reduce toxicity, improve cancer cell uptake, and increase survival of animals when combined or not combined with radiotherapy. Results: The tumor uptake was 2.4-fold more important for Lipoxal than the liposome-free oxaliplatin. Lipoxal also improved the specificity of oxaliplatin as shown by a higher ratio of tumor to right hemisphere uptake. Surprisingly, Lipoplatin led to lower tumor uptake compared with cisplatin. However, Lipoplatin had the advantage of largely reducing the toxicity of cisplatin and allowed us to capitalize on the anticancer activity of this agent. Conclusion: Among the five platinum compounds tested, carboplatin showed the best increase in survival when combined with radiation for treatment of glioma implanted in Fischer rats.

  12. Promotive effect of the platinum moiety on the DNA cleavage activity of copper-based artificial nucleases. (United States)

    Dong, Xindian; Wang, Xiaoyong; Lin, Miaoxin; Sun, Hui; Yang, Xiaoliang; Guo, Zijian


    Copper-based artificial metallonucleases are likely to satisfy more biomedical requirements if their DNA cleavage efficiency and selectivity could be further improved. In this study, two copper(II) complexes, [CuL(1)Cl(2)] (1) and [CuL(2)Cl(2)] (2), and two copper(II)-platinum(II) heteronuclear complexes, [CuPtL(1)(DMSO)Cl(4)] (3) and [CuPtL(2)(DMSO)Cl(4)] (4), were synthesized using two bifunctional ligands, N-[4-(2-pyridylmethoxy)benzyl]-N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (L(1)) and N-[3-(2-pyridylmethoxy)benzyl]-N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (L(2)). These complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The DNA binding ability of these complexes follows an order of 1 DNA is prominent at micromolar concentration levels in the presence of ascorbic acid. The introduction of a platinum(II) center to the copper(II) complexes induces a significant enhancement in cleavage activity as compared with copper(II) complexes alone. These results show that the presence of a platinum(II) center in copper(II) complexes strengthens both their DNA binding ability and DNA cleavage efficiency.

  13. Platinum nanocatalysts prepared with different surfactants for C1-C3 alcohol oxidations and their surface morphologies by AFM

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    Ertan, Salih; Sen, Fatih, E-mail:; Sen, Selda; Goekagac, Guelsuen, E-mail: [Middle East Technical University, Department of Chemistry (Turkey)


    In this study, platinum nanoparticle catalysts have been prepared using PtCl{sub 4} as a starting material and 1-octanethiol, 1-decanethiol, 1-dodecanethiol, and 1-hexadecanethiol as surfactants for methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol oxidation reactions. The structure, particle sizes, and surface morphologies of the catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD and TEM results indicate that all prepared catalysts have a face-centered cubic structure and are homogeneously dispersed on the carbon support with a narrow size distribution (2.0-1.3 nm). X-ray photoelectron spectra of the catalysts were examined and it is found that platinum has two different oxidation states, Pt (0) and Pt(IV), oxygen and sulfur compounds are H{sub 2}O{sub ads} and OH{sub ads}, bound and unbound thiols. The electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties of these catalysts were investigated with respect to C1-C3 alcohol oxidations by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The highest electrocatalytic activity was obtained from catalyst I which was prepared with 1-octanethiol. This may be attributed to a decrease in the ratio of bound to unbound thiol species increase in Pt (0)/Pt(IV), H{sub 2}O{sub ads}/OH{sub ads} ratios, electrochemical surface area, CO tolerance and percent platinum utility.

  14. Monochloramine-sensitive amperometric microelectrode: optimization of gold, platinum, and carbon fiber sensing materials for removal of dissolved oxygen interference (United States)

    Amperometric monochloramine detection using newly fabricated gold, platinum, and carbon-fiber microsensors was investigated to optimize sensor operation and eliminate oxygen interference. Gold and platinum microsensors exhibited no oxygen interference during monochloramine measu...

  15. Germline mutations of BRCA1 gene exon 11 are not associated with platinum response neither with survival advantage in patients with primary ovarian cancer: understanding the clinical importance of one of the biggest human exons. A study of the Tumor Bank Ovarian Cancer (TOC) Consortium. (United States)

    Dimitrova, Desislava; Ruscito, Ilary; Olek, Sven; Richter, Rolf; Hellwag, Alexander; Türbachova, Ivana; Woopen, Hannah; Baron, Udo; Braicu, Elena Ioana; Sehouli, Jalid


    Germline mutations in BRCA1 gene have been reported in up to 20 % of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. Distinct clinical characteristics have been attributed to this special EOC population. We hypothesized that mutations in different BRCA1 gene exons may differently affect the clinical course of the disease. The aim of this study was to analyze, in a large cohort of primary EOCs, the clinical impact of mutations in BRCA1 gene exon 11, the largest exon of the gene sequence encoding the 60 % of BRCA1 protein. Two hundred sixty-three primary EOC patients, treated between 2000 and 2008 at Charité University Hospital of Berlin, were included. Patients' blood samples were obtained from the Tumor Ovarian Cancer (TOC) Network ( ). Direct sequencing of BRCA1 gene exon 11 was performed for each patient to detect mutations. Based on their BRCA1 exon 11 mutational status, patients were compared regarding clinico-pathological variables and survival. Mutations in BRCA1 exon 11 were found in 18 out of 263 patients (6.8 %). Further 10/263 (3.8 %) cases showed variants of uncertain significance (VUS). All exon 11 BRCA1-positive tumors (100 %) were Type 2 ovarian carcinomas (p = 0.05). Age at diagnosis was significantly younger in Type 2 exon 11 mutated patients (p = 0.01). On multivariate analysis, BRCA1 exon 11 mutational status was not found to be an independent predictive factor for optimal cytoreduction, platinum response, or survival. Mutations in BRCA1 gene exon 11 seem to predispose women to exclusively develop a Type 2 ovarian cancer at younger age. Exon 11 BRCA1-mutated EOC patients showed distinct clinico-pathological features but similar clinical outcome with respect to sporadic EOC patients.

  16. Rumpling phenomenon in platinum modified Ni-Al alloys

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    Zimmerman, Benjamin Joseph [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Surface undulations known as rumpling have been shown to develop at the surface of bond coats used in advanced thermal barrier coating systems. Rumpling can result in cracking and eventual spallation of the top coat. Many mechanisms to explain rumpling have been proposed, and among them is a martensitic transformation. High-temperature x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and potentiometry were used to investigate the nature of the martensitic transformation in bulk platinum-modified nickel aluminides. It was found that the martensitic transformation has strong time dependence and can form over a range of temperatures. Cyclic oxidation experiments were performed on the bulk alloys to investigate the effect of the martensitic transformation on surface rumpling. It was found that the occurrence of rumpling was associated with the martensitic transformation. The degree of rumpling was found to increase with an increasing number of cycles and was independent of the heating and cooling rates used. The thickness of the oxide layer at the surface of the samples had a significant impact on the amplitude of the resulting undulations, with amplitude increasing with increasing oxide-layer thickness. Rumpling was also observed in an alloy based on the γ-γ' region of the nickel-aluminum-platinum phase diagram. Rumpling in this alloy was found to occur during isothermal oxidation and is associated with a subsurface layer containing a platinum-rich phase known as a. Rumpling in both alloy systems may be explained by creep deformation of a weakened subsurface layer in response to the compressive stresses in the thermally grown oxide layer.

  17. Design and development of polynuclear ruthenium and platinum polypyridyl complexes in search of new anticancer agents

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    Schilden, Karlijn van der


    The research described in this Ph.D. Thesis has been devoted to the design and development of polynuclear polypyridyl ruthenium and ruthenium-platinum complexes in search of new anticancer agents. A variety of polynuclear ruthenium and ruthenium-platinum complexes has been synthesized with a long

  18. Advances in the synthesis mulitmetallic systems: hydroxyl group protection in aryldiamine platinum species

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    Koten, G. van; Davies, P.J.; Grove, D.M.


    A multimetallic system containing three platinum atoms has been synthesized through use of an (aryldiamine)platinum complex with a protected hydroxyl group which, after deprotection, is coupled with the trisubstituted aryl molecule 1,3,5-tris(chlorocarbonyl)benzene that provides the core moiety. The

  19. Same-Side Platinum Electrodes for Metal Assisted Etching of Porous Silicon (United States)


    Platinum Electrodes for Metal Assisted Etching of Porous Silicon by Matthew H Ervin and Brian Isaacson Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate...SUBTITLE Same-Side Platinum Electrodes for Metal Assisted Etching of Porous Silicon 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT

  20. Tripodal osmium polypyridyl complexes for self-assembly on platinum nanoparticles

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    Contreras-Carballada, P.; Edafe, F.; Tichelaar, F.D.; Belser, P.; De Cola, L.; Williams, R.M.


    The combination of platinum nanoparticles with a tripodal osmium complex that anchors to the metal surface leads, under visible light irradiation, to the formation of solvated electrons. The formation kinetics is limited by the detachment of the electron from the platinum surface into the solution,

  1. Weakening of Carbide–Platinum Bonds as a Probe for Ligand Donor Strengths

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    Reinholdt, Anders; Bendix, Jesper


    Functionalization of the terminal ruthenium carbide ligand in (Cy3P)2Cl2Ru≡C: with platinum and a range of ligands provides {Ru≡C−Pt−L} fragments with trans geometries. The bridging carbide exhibits chemical shifts and coupling constants to platinum, which are highly responsive to the degree...

  2. 76 FR 67793 - Notification of Expanded Pricing Grid for Precious Metals Products Containing Platinum and Gold... (United States)


    ... and Gold--Excluding Commemorative Gold Coins AGENCY: United States Mint, Department of the Treasury..., 2009, outlining the new pricing methodology for numismatic products containing platinum and gold. Since that time, the price of platinum and gold has increased considerably, and is approaching the upper...

  3. Recent Approaches to Platinum(IV) Prodrugs: A Variety of Strategies for Enhanced Delivery and Efficacy. (United States)

    Najjar, Anas; Rajabi, Naeema; Karaman, Rafik


    Intensive efforts have been implemented to improve the efficacy of platinum complexes especially with emerging cisplatin resistance and elevated cancer deaths. Platinum(IV) agents show better pharmacokinetics and decreased side effects compared to Platinum(II) agents. This review aims to summarize and categorize the strategies being employed to improve the efficacy of Platinum-based anticancer agents in recent years. Nanoparticles and nanoplatforms offer a vast variety of strategies in targeting specific tumor types and delivering one or two lethal drugs simultaneously. Theranostic agents are being developed to achieve enhanced imaging and provide further insight into the activity of platinum containing chemotherapy. Moreover, photoactivation of Pt(IV) prodrugs specifically at the tumor site is gaining attention due to a controlled activity. A platinum agent formulated as large multi-activity complex is the most common strategy being employed. Platinum(IV) agents offer great potential in targeting, increasing efficacy, and decreasing toxicity of Platinum-based anticancer agents. The strategies being employed are aiming to increase specificity and targeting as well as provide more potent agents. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at

  4. Evolution of surface defects in platinum alloy wire under drawing (United States)

    Loginov, Yu. N.; Pervukhin, A. E.; Babailov, N. A.


    The shape and chemical composition of particles polluting the surface of ultrafine wire made of the platinum Pt92.5Pd4Rh3.5 alloy has been revealed by electron microscopy and microspectral analysis. The phenomenon of the appearance of pores in the particles, which are elongated in the direction of drawing, has been discovered. The problem of calculating the stress-strain state is stated by the finite element method. After solving the problem, it is demonstrated that the appearance of additional defects is related to the proportion of stresses in the scheme of metal forming by drawing.

  5. Electrosynthesis of vanillin from isoeugenol using platinum electrode (United States)

    Mubarok, H.; Hilyatudini; Saepudin, E.; Ivandini, T. A.


    Vanillin was synthesized from isoeugenol through electrochemical method in one compartment cell using platinum electrode. Cyclic voltammetry in 0.1 M TBAP in methanol and acetonitrile indicated the first oxidation potential at +0.21 and +0.16 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), respectively. Isoeugenolis was proposed to undergo the oxidation accompanied by oxidative cleavage of alkene bond into aldehyde. Accordingly, the synthesis of vanillin was conducted using chronoamperometry technique. The electrosynthesis result was analyzed by HPLC and GC/MS. The optimum condition of the oxidation potential, solvent ratio, time of electrolysis and amount of water was investigated.

  6. Niraparib Maintenance Therapy in Platinum-Sensitive, Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

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    Mirza, Mansoor R; Monk, Bradley J; Herrstedt, Jørn


    -sensitive, recurrent ovarian cancer. Methods In this randomized, double-blind, phase 3 trial, patients were categorized according to the presence or absence of a germline BRCA mutation (gBRCA cohort and non-gBRCA cohort) and the type of non-gBRCA mutation and were randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to receive niraparib...... or 4 adverse events that were reported in the niraparib group were thrombocytopenia (in 33.8%), anemia (in 25.3%), and neutropenia (in 19.6%), which were managed with dose modifications. Conclusions Among patients with platinum-sensitive, recurrent ovarian cancer, the median duration of progression...

  7. Extraterrestrial platinum group nuggets in deep-sea sediments (United States)

    Brownlee, D. E.; Bates, B. A.; Wheelock, M. M.


    A previously unrecognized property of iron cosmic spheres is reported. The most common spheres larger than 300 microns do not, in fact, contain FeNi metal cores, but instead contain a micrometer-sized nugget composed almost entirely of platinum group elements. These elements appear to have been concentrated by the oxidation of molten meteoritic metal during atmospheric entry. This process is critically dependent on the relative abundance of oxygen in the atmosphere, and the first appearance of the nuggets in the geological record may provide a marker indicating when the oxygen abundance attained half of its present level.

  8. Determination of platinum in waste platinum-loaded carbon catalyst samples using microwave-assisted sample digestion and ICP-OES (United States)

    Ma, Yinbiao; Wei, Xiaojuan


    A novel method for the determination of platinum in waste platinum-loaded carbon catalyst samples was established by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry after samples digested by microwave oven with aqua regia. Such experiment conditions were investigated as the influence of sample digestion methods, digestion time, digestion temperature and interfering ions on the determination. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range of calibration graph for Pt was 0 ˜ 200.00 mg L-1, and the recovery was 95.67% ˜ 104.29%. The relative standard deviation (RSDs) for Pt was 1.78 %. The proposed method was applied to determine the same samples with atomic absorption spectrometry with the results consistently, which is suitable for the determination of platinum in waste platinum-loaded carbon catalyst samples.

  9. Electrodeposition of platinum and silver into chemically modified microporous silicon electrodes (United States)


    Electrodeposition of platinum and silver into hydrophobic and hydrophilic microporous silicon layers was investigated using chemically modified microporous silicon electrodes. Hydrophobic microporous silicon enhanced the electrodeposition of platinum in the porous layer. Meanwhile, hydrophilic one showed that platinum was hardly deposited within the porous layer, and a film of platinum on the top of the porous layer was observed. On the other hand, the electrodeposition of silver showed similar deposition behavior between these two chemically modified electrodes. It was also found that the electrodeposition of silver started at the pore opening and grew toward the pore bottom, while a uniform deposition from the pore bottom was observed in platinum electrodeposition. These electrodeposition behaviors are explained on the basis of the both effects, the difference in overpotential for metal deposition on silicon and on the deposited metal, and displacement deposition rate of metal. PMID:22720690

  10. Unsaturated Heteropolyoxotungstates with Platinum Cation Complexation

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    Grama Lavinia


    Full Text Available Background: Polyanions are a special category of coordination compounds with a large development in last years. By coordination of metal oxoions at the lacunary polyoxometalates are obtained new compounds which are studied for theirs possible antitumoral and antiviral activities. The polyoxometalates can bind cations by oxygen atoms from their saturated surface structure or by embedding in vacant sites.

  11. The Role of Wild-Type p53 in Cisplatin-Induced Chk2 Phosphorylation and the Inhibition of Platinum Resistance with a Chk2 Inhibitor

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    Xiaobing Liang


    Full Text Available The major obstacle in platinum chemotherapy is the repair of platinum-damaged DNA that results in increased resistance, reduced apoptosis, and finally treatment failure. Our research goal is to determine and block the mechanisms of platinum resistance. Our recent studies demonstrate that several kinases in the DNA-repair pathway are activated after cells are exposed to cisplatin. These include ATM, p53, and Chk2. The increased Chk2 phosphorylation is modulated by p53 in a wild-type p53 model. Overexpression of p53 by cDNA transfection in wt-p53 (but not p53 deficient cells doubled the amount of Chk2 phosphorylation 48 hours after cisplatin treatment. p53 knockdown by specific siRNA greatly reduced Chk2 phosphorylation. We conclude that wild-type p53, in response to cisplatin stimulation, plays a role in the upstream regulation of Chk2 phosphorylation at Thr-68. Cells without normal p53 function survive via an alternative pathway in response to the exogenous influence of cisplatin. We strongly suggest that it is very important to include the p53 mutational status in any p53 involved studies due to the functional differentiation of wt p53 and p53 mutant. Inhibition of Chk2 pathway with a Chk2 inhibitor (C3742 increased cisplatin efficacy, especially those with defective p53. Our findings suggest that inhibition of platinum resistance can be achieved with a small-molecule inhibitor of Chk2, thus improving the therapeutic indices for platinum chemotherapy.

  12. Voltametric study of formic and dihydroxy malonic acids on platinum for the definition of a process for the electrolytic destruction of carboxylic acids in radioactive aqueous effluents; Etude voltamperometrique des acides formiques et dihydroxymalonique sur platine en vue de la definition d`un procede de destruction electrolytique d`acides carboxyliques d`effluents aqueux radioactifs

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    Le Naour, C.


    To limit the amount of nuclear glasses generated by the treatment of the degraded solvent from the PUREX process for reprocessing of nuclear fuels, by solutions of sodium carbonate and caustic soda, it is planned to exploit the complexing power of certain carboxylic acids to return the metallic cations to the aqueous phase. The concept of this new treatment of the solvent by `substitution` reagents demands a process for the decomposition of these reagents, especially to CO{sub 2}. The investigation of the electrochemical behaviour, on platinum, of a substance selected as a model for understanding the interfacial mechanisms (HCOOH), and of dihydroxy malonic acid, revealed two distinct electro-poisoning processes: one is due to the adsorption of CO on the surface sites of platinum, and the second to the formation of a passivating layer of P{dagger}O. The application of 20 kHz ultrasonic flux in the neighbourhood of the platinum / aqueous formic acid solution interface also appears to cause a change in the superficial structure of the electrode used, in a direction that favours the decomposition of this compound. To overcome problems of poisoning of the platinum surface, aqueous solutions of formic, dihydroxy malonic and oxalic acids were electrolysed, in a cell without diaphragm, by applying voltage and current ranges, at levels adapted to each of the species. It is necessary to bring the working electrode to a higher potential than the oxidation potential for formic acid, and to a lower potential for dihydroxy malonic and oxalic acids. The frequent modifications of the electrode potentials helped to achieve quantitative destruction of these species, to CO{sub 2} (and to water) with an electrochemical efficiency approaching 100 %. This wet oxidation process also offers the advantage of not raising the energy potential of the effluents to be treated, because it takes place in mild conditions (ambient temperature and pressure). (author). 131 refs., 90 figs., 48 tabs.

  13. Effect of the deposition conditions of platinum electrodes on their performance as resistive heating elements

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    Mardare Andrei Ionut


    Full Text Available The performance of different platinum electrodes used as resistive heating elements was studied. Pt films having different thickness were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by post-deposition annealing at 700 ºC or made in-situ at 700 ºC. The Pt films were deposited over oxidized silicon, using Ti or Zr buffer layers. The resistance dependence on temperature was studied by applying increasing currents (up to 2A to the Pt films. Changes in the microstructure of the Pt films account for the changes in the temperature coefficient of resistance as a function of the deposition parameters. The maximum substrate temperature (675 ºC was obtained when using 200 nm Pt films deposited at 700 ºC over Ti, with a power consumption of only 16 W.

  14. Structural Modification of Platinum Model Systems under High Pressure CO Annealing

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    McCarthy, David Norman; Strebel, Christian Ejersbo; Johansson, Tobias Peter


    Using temperature-programmed desorption experiments, we have studied the coordination dependent adsorption of CO on a platinum (Pt) single crystal, and mass-selected Pt nanoparticles in the size range of 3 to 11 nm, for CO dosing pressures in 10–7 mbar and mbar ranges. From low pressure CO...... adsorption experiments on the Pt(111) crystal, we establish a clear link between the degree of presputtering of the surface prior to CO adsorption, and the amount of CO bound at high temperature. It was found that for rougher surfaces, i.e., with more undercoordinated surface atoms, a feature appears...... in the CO desorption spectra at high temperature. The result is consistent with literature results from stepped single crystals that have found high temperature CO desorption features due to the presence of undercoordinated step and kink sites on the crystal facets. For the nanoparticles, a study...

  15. DNA reactivity profile of trans-platinum planar amine derivatives. (United States)

    Musetti, Caterina; Nazarov, Alexey A; Farrell, Nicholas P; Sissi, Claudia


    New trans-platinum planar amines (TPAs) represent a family of platinum-based drugs with cytotoxicity equivalent to that of cisplatin, but with negligible cross-resistance. According to the substitution pattern around the metal center, distinct DNA adducts can be formed which yield various levels of cytotoxicity in cell lines. We compared the effects of leaving groups (Cl(-) versus formate or acetate) and amines (NH(3) versus aromatic heterocyclic planar systems) on the efficiency, kinetics, and mode of DNA platination. We show that the substitution of just a single amino group on the transplatin nucleus is optimal, with major effects on the kinetics of metal complex conversion into the reactive aquo species. Additionally, by monitoring TPA reactivity toward variable DNA structures, a lack of preference for double-stranded DNA in over single-stranded or G-quadruplex DNA was observed which is possibly related to steric effects of the planar amine groups. These properties can lead to a unique distribution of platination sites by TPA relative to the lead compound cisplatin, which may help to explain the unique cytotoxic profile of TPAs. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Formic Acid Electrooxidation by a Platinum Nanotubule Array Electrode

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    Eric Broaddus


    Full Text Available One-dimensional metallic nanostructures such as nanowires, rods, and tubes have drawn much attention for electrocatalytic applications due to potential advantages that include fewer diffusion impeding interfaces with polymeric binders, more facile pathways for electron transfer, and more effective exposure of active surface sites. 1D nanostructured electrodes have been fabricated using a variety of methods, typically showing improved current response which has been attributed to improved CO tolerance, enhanced surface activity, and/or improved transport characteristics. A template wetting approach was used to fabricate an array of platinum nanotubules which were examined electrochemically with regard to the electrooxidation of formic acid. Arrays of 100 and 200 nm nanotubules were compared to a traditional platinum black catalyst, all of which were found to have similar surface areas. Peak formic acid oxidation current was observed to be highest for the 100 nm nanotubule array, followed by the 200 nm array and the Pt black; however, CO tolerance of all electrodes was similar, as were the onset potentials of the oxidation and reduction peaks. The higher current response was attributed to enhanced mass transfer in the nanotubule electrodes, likely due to a combination of both the more open nanostructure as well as the lack of a polymeric binder in the catalyst layer.

  17. Novel compliant electrodes based on platinum salt reduction (United States)

    Delille, Remi; Urdaneta, Mario; Hsieh, Kuangwen; Smela, Elisabeth


    A compliant electrode material is presented that was inspired by the electroding process used to manufacture ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs). However, instead of an ion-exchange membrane, a UV-curable acrylated urethane elastomer is employed. The electrode material consists of the UV-curable elastomer (Loctite 3108) loaded with tetraammineplatinum(II) chloride salt particles through physical mixing and homogenization. The composite material is made conductive by immersion in a reducing agent, sodium borohydride, which reduces the salt to platinum metal on the surface of the elastomer film. Because the noble metal is mixed into the elastomer precursor as a salt, the amount of UV light absorbed by the precursor is not significantly reduced, and the composite loses little photopatternability. As a result meso-scale electrodes of varying geometries can be formed by exposing the precursor/salt mixture through a mask. The materials are mechanically and electrically characterized. The percolation threshold of the composite is estimated to be 9 vol. % platinum salt, above which the compliant electrode material exhibits a maximum conductivity of 1 S/cm. The composite maintains its electrical conductivity under axial tensile strains of up to 40%.

  18. Pulling platinum atomic chains by carbon monoxide molecules. (United States)

    Makk, P; Balogh, Z; Csonka, Sz; Halbritter, A


    The interaction of carbon monoxide molecules with atomic-scale platinum nanojunctions is investigated by low temperature mechanically controllable break junction experiments. Combining plateau length analysis, two-dimensional conductance-displacement histograms and conditional correlation analysis a comprehensive microscopic picture is proposed about the formation and evolution of Pt-CO-Pt single-molecule configurations. Our analysis implies that before pure Pt monoatomic chains are formed a CO molecule infiltrates the junction, first in a configuration that is perpendicular to the contact axis. This molecular junction is strong enough to pull a monoatomic platinum chain with the molecule being incorporated in the chain. Along the chain formation the molecule can either stay in the perpendicular configuration, or rotate to a parallel configuration. The evolution of the single-molecule configurations along the junction displacement shows quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions, justifying the interpretation in terms of perpendicular and parallel molecular alignment. Our analysis demonstrates that the combination of two-dimensional conductance-displacement histograms with conditional correlation analysis is a useful tool to analyze separately fundamentally different types of junction trajectories in single molecule break junction experiments.

  19. Global exploration and production capacity for platinum-group metals from 1995 through 2015 (United States)

    Wilburn, David R.


    Platinum-group metals (PGMs) are required in a variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications for many existing and emerging technologies, yet the United States is highly dependent on foreign sources of PGMs. Information on global exploration for PGMs since 1995 has been used in this study as a basis for identifying locations where the industry has determined that exploration has provided data sufficient to warrant development of a new mine or expansion of an existing operation or where a significant increase in capacity for PGMs is anticipated by 2015. Discussions include an overview of the industry and the selected sites, factors affecting mineral supply, and circumstances leading to the development of mineral properties with the potential to affect mineral supply. Of the 52 sites or regional operations that were considered in this analysis, 16 sites were producing before 1995, 28 sites commenced production from 1995 through 2010, and 8 sites were expected to begin production from 2011 through 2015 if development plans came to fruition. The United States imports PGMs primarily from Canada, Russia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to meet increasing demand for these materials in a variety of specialized and high-tech applications. Feed sources of PGMs are changing in South Africa and Russia, which together accounted for about 89 percent of platinum production and 82 percent of palladium production in 2009. A greater amount of South African PGM capacity is likely to come from deeper, higher cost Upper Group Reef seam 2 deposits and deposits in the Eastern Bushveld area. Future Russian PGM capacity is likely to come from ore zones with generally lower PGM content and different platinum-to-palladium ratios than the nickel-rich ore that dominated PGM supply in the 1990s. Because PGM supply from Canada and Russia is derived as a byproduct of copper and nickel mining, the PGM supply from these countries is influenced by economic, environmental, political, and

  20. Homo- and heteropolynuclear platinum complexes stabilized by dimethylpyrazolato and alkynyl bridging ligands: synthesis, structures, and luminescence. (United States)

    Forniés, Juan; Fuertes, Sara; Martín, Antonio; Sicilia, Violeta; Lalinde, Elena; Moreno, M Teresa


    This work describes the synthesis of cis-[Pt(C[triple bond]CPh)2(Hdmpz)2] (1) and its use as a precursor for the preparation of homo- and heteropolynuclear complexes. Double deprotonation of compound 1 with readily available M(I) (M = Cu, Ag, Au) or M(II) (M = Pd, Pt) species affords the discrete hexanuclear clusters [{PtM2(mu-C[triple bond]CPh)2(mu-dmpz)(2)}(2)] [M = Cu (2), Ag (3), Au (4)], in which both "Pt(C[triple bond]CPh)2(dmpz)(2)" fragments are connected by four d(10) metal centers, and are stabilized by alkynyl and dimethylpyrazolate bridging ligands, or the trinuclear complexes [Pt(mu-C[triple bond]CPh)2(mu-dmpz)(2){M(C/\\P)}2] (M = Pd (5), Pt (6); C/\\P = CH(2)-C(6)H(4)-P(o-tolyl)2-kappaC,P), respectively. The X-ray structures of complexes 1-4 and 6 are reported. The X-ray structure of the platinum-copper derivative 2 shows that all copper centers exhibit similar local geometry being linearly coordinated to a nitrogen atom and eta(2) to one alkynyl fragment. However in the related platinum-silver (3) and platinum-gold (4) derivatives the silver and gold atoms present three different coordination environments. The complexes have been studied by absorption and emission spectroscopy. The hexanuclear complexes exhibit bright luminescence in the solid state and in fluid solution (except 4 in the solid state at 298 K). Dual long-lived emission is observed, being clearly resolved in low-temperature rigid media. The low-energy emission is ascribed to MLM'CT Pt(d)/pi(C[triple bond]CPh)-->Pt(p(z))/M'(sp)/pi*(C[triple bond]CPh) modified by metal-metal interactions whereas the high-energy emission is tentatively attributed to an emissive state derived from dimethylpyrazolate-to-metal (d(10)) LM'CT transitions pi(dmpz)-->M'(d(10)).

  1. Engineering Functions into Platinum and Platinum-Rhodium Nanoparticles in a One-Step Microwave Irradiation Synthesis. (United States)

    Kalyva, Maria; Wragg, David S; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Sjåstad, Anja O


    Platinum (Pt) and platinum-rhodium (PtRh) nanoparticles (NPs) are active catalysts for a range of important industrial reactions, and their response has been shown to be affected by size, morphology, composition, and architectural configuration. We report herein the engineering of these functionalities into NPs by suitably modifying our single-step fabrication process by using microwave irradiation dielectric heating. NPs with different morphologies are acquired by manipulating the reaction kinetics with the concentration of the capping agent while keeping the reaction time constant. Pt@Rh core@shell octopod-cube, Pt-truncated-cube, and cube and small-sphere NPs having "near-monodisperse" distributions and average sizes in the range of 4 to 18 nm are obtained. By increasing the microwave time the composition of Pt@Rh can be tuned, and NPs with a Rh-rich shell and a tunable Pt100-x Rh x (x≤41 at %) core are fabricated. Finally, alloy bimetallic PtRh NPs with controlled composition are designed by simultaneous tuning of the relative molar ratio of the metal precursors and the microwave irradiation time.

  2. Platinum-gold nanoclusters as catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells. (United States)

    Giorgi, L; Giorgi, R; Gagliardi, S; Serra, E; Alvisi, M; Signore, M A; Piscopiello, E


    Nanosized platinum-gold alloys clusters have been deposited on gas diffusion electrode by sputter deposition. The deposits were characterized by FE-SEM, TEM and XPS in order to verify the formation of alloy nanoparticles and to study the influence of deposition technique on the nanomorphology. The deposition by sputtering process allowed a uniform distribution of metal particles on porous surface of carbon supports. Typical island growth mode was observed with the formation of a dispersed metal nanoclusters (mean size about 5 nm). Cyclic voltammetry was used to determine the electrochemical active surface and the electrocatalytic performance of the PtAu electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation reaction. The data were re-calculated in the form of mass specific activity (MSA). The sputter-catalyzed electrodes showed higher performance and stability compared to commercial catalysts.

  3. Investigation of Catalytic Finite-Size-Effects of Platinum Metal Clusters

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    Li, Lin; Larsen, Ask Hjorth; Romero, Nichols A.


    In this paper, we use density functional theory (DFT) calculations on highly parallel computing resources to study size-dependent changes in the chemical and electronic properties of platinum (Pt) for a number of fixed freestanding clusters ranging from 13 to 1415 atoms, or 0.7–3.5 nm in diameter....... We find that the surface catalytic properties of the clusters converge to the single crystal limit for clusters with as few as 147 atoms (1.6 nm). Recently published results for gold (Au) clusters showed analogous convergence with size. However, this convergence happened at larger sizes, because...... the Au d-states do not contribute to the density of states around the Fermi-level, and the observed level fluctuations were not significantly damped until the cluster reached ca. 560 atoms (2.7 nm) in size....

  4. Break-up of stepped platinum catalyst surfaces by high CO coverage. (United States)

    Tao, Feng; Dag, Sefa; Wang, Lin-Wang; Liu, Zhi; Butcher, Derek R; Bluhm, Hendrik; Salmeron, Miquel; Somorjai, Gabor A


    Stepped single-crystal surfaces are viewed as models of real catalysts, which consist of small metal particles exposing a large number of low-coordination sites. We found that stepped platinum (Pt) surfaces can undergo extensive and reversible restructuring when exposed to carbon monoxide (CO) at pressures above 0.1 torr. Scanning tunneling microscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy studies under gaseous environments near ambient pressure at room temperature revealed that as the CO surface coverage approaches 100%, the originally flat terraces of (557) and (332) oriented Pt crystals break up into nanometer-sized clusters and revert to the initial morphology after pumping out the CO gas. Density functional theory calculations provide a rationale for the observations whereby the creation of increased concentrations of low-coordination Pt edge sites in the formed nanoclusters relieves the strong CO-CO repulsion in the highly compressed adsorbate film. This restructuring phenomenon has important implications for heterogeneous catalytic reactions.

  5. Nanostructured oxygen sensor--using micelles to incorporate a hydrophobic platinum porphyrin.

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    Fengyu Su

    Full Text Available Hydrophobic platinum(II-5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorophenyl-porphyrin (PtTFPP was physically incorporated into micelles formed from poly(ε-caprolactone-block-poly(ethylene glycol to enable the application of PtTFPP in aqueous solution. Micelles were characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS and atomic force microscopy (AFM to show an average diameter of about 140 nm. PtTFPP showed higher quantum efficiency in micellar solution than in tetrahydrofuran (THF and dichloromethane (CH₂Cl₂. PtTFPP in micelles also exhibited higher photostability than that of PtTFPP suspended in water. PtTFPP in micelles exhibited good oxygen sensitivity and response time. This study provided an efficient approach to enable the application of hydrophobic oxygen sensors in a biological environment.

  6. Structural damage of chicken red blood cells exposed to platinum nanoparticles and cisplatin

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    Kutwin, Marta; Sawosz, Ewa; Jaworski, Sławomir


    of platinum nanoparticles (NP-Pt) and cisplatin with blood compartments are important for future applications. This study investigated structural damage, cell membrane deformation and haemolysis of chicken embryo red blood cells (RBC) after treatment with cisplatin and NP-Pt. Cisplatin (4 μg/ml) and NP-Pt (2......,6 μg/ml), when incubated with chicken embryo RBC, were detrimental to cell structure and induced haemolysis. The level of haemolytic injury was increased after cisplatin and NP-Pt treatments compared to the control group. Treatment with cisplatin caused structural damage to cell membranes...... and the appearance of keratocytes, while NP-Pt caused cell membrane deformations (discoid shape of cells was lost) and the formation of knizocytes and echinocytes. This work demonstrated that NP-Pt have potential applications in anticancer therapy, but potential toxic side effects must be explored in future...

  7. Platinum and Gold Mining in South Africa: The Context of the Marikana Massacre. (United States)

    Cairncross, Eugene; Kisting, Sophia


    Mining is a source of extraordinary wealth, but its benefits often do not accrue to the workers and communities most involved. This paper presents two case studies of mining in South Africa to reflect on the history and legacy of mining both through observation and through the voices of affected communities. Interviews and observations on field visits to the platinum and gold mining areas of South Africa in the immediate aftermath of the Marikana massacre highlight this legacy--including vast quantities of tailings dumps and waste rock, lakes of polluted water and a devastated physical and social environment, high unemployment, high rates of occupational injury and disease including silicosis with co-morbidities, absent social security, and disrupted rural and agricultural communities. Exploitative conditions of work and the externalization of the health and environmental costs of mining will require international solidarity, robust independent trade unions, and a commitment to human rights. © The Author(s) 2016.

  8. Macroporous carbon decorated with dendritic platinum nanoparticles: one-step synthesis and electrocatalytic properties (United States)

    Yu, Xueqing; Zhang, Yufan; Guo, Liping; Wang, Liang


    Macroporous carbon (MPC) with high pore accessibility and electrical conductivity is of great interest to the electrochemical platform. The development of a simple and efficient route for the direct synthesis of dendritic platinum nanoparticle (DPN) decorated MPC (DPN/MPC) is an interesting challenge, which is highly valuable for electrocatalytic applications. In this study, we propose a very simple route for the one-step synthesis of DPN/MPC in aqueous solution at room temperature without the need for any kind of seed and surfactant to direct the dendritic growth of Pt nanoparticles, which is performed by simply mixing an aqueous solution of K2PtCl4 with MPC and formic acid. The as-prepared DPN/MPC shows high electrocatalytic activities toward the oxidation of methanol and glucose.

  9. Estudo da eletrocristalização de Ni e Ni-P sobre ultramicroeletrodo de platina Study of electrocrystallization of Ni and Ni-P on platinum ultramicroelectrode

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    Katlin Ivon Barrios Eguiluz


    Full Text Available This work describes a comparative study of the electrocrystallization of Ni and Ni-P on Pt ultramicroelectrodes using chronoamperometric measurements. It was possible to confirm that in all cases a progressive nucleation was the predominant mechanism. Moreover, the application of the Atomistic Theory to the experimental rate of nuclei formation showed that the number of atoms in the critical nucleus was zero, except for Ni-P on Pt at low overpotentials were a value of one was observed. Furthermore, the physical characterisation of the different deposits on Pt by atomic force microscopy allowed observing the coalescence of the hemispherical nuclei of Ni and Ni-P at t max thus confirming the results obtained from the current-time analysis.

  10. Biweekly pegylated liposomal doxorubicin as second-line treatment in patients with relapsed ovarian cancer after failure of platinum and paclitaxel: results from a multi-center phase II study of the NOGGO. (United States)

    Oskay-Oezcelik, Guelten; Koensgen, Dominique; Hindenburg, Hans-Joachim; Klare, Peter; Schmalfeldt, Barbara; Lichtenegger, Werner; Chekerov, Radoslav; Al-Batran, Salah-Eddin; Neumann, Ulf; Sehouli, Jalid


    Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) is one of the most effective cytotoxic agents in recurrent ovarian cancer. Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (PPE) is a typical and commonly noted adverse event and often represents the dose-limiting toxicity. The purpose of this multicenter study was to determine the efficacy of this regimen as second-line therapy for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer. Patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer after surgery and initial treatment with carboplatin and paclitaxel were enrolled. Eligible patients were required to have an ECOG performance status of < or =2, and sufficient organ function. PLD was administered at a dose of 20 mg/m2 every two weeks. Twenty patients were recruited into this trial. Overall, 155 cycles of chemotherapy with a median of six courses (range 4-24) were administered. The median patient age was 64 years (range, 41-77 years). The hematological and non-hematological toxicity profile was favorable. No grade IV toxicity was observed. PPE grade III toxicity was noted in only one patient. Median overall survival was 19.2 months (range 1.8 to 39 months; 95% confidence interval (CI) 14.2-29.7 months) Progression-free survival was 3.3 months (range 1.38 to 36.4 months; 95% CI 1.84-13.4 months). Biweekly PLD is an effective second-line treatment for patients with relapsed ovarian cancer. Toxicity incidence with this treatment schedule does not appear to be associated with the number of previous chemotherapies. Our data supports the need for a randomized study comparing biweekly with conventional monthly administration of 40 mg/m2 or 50 mg/m2 PLD to determine the best therapeutic index for PLD.

  11. Prospective non-randomized study of preoperative concurrent platinum plus 5-fluorouracil-based chemoradiotherapy with or without paclitaxel in esophageal cancer patients: long-term follow-up. (United States)

    Zemanova, M; Petruzelka, L; Pazdro, A; Kralova, D; Smejkal, M; Pazdrova, G; Honova, H


    Combined modality treatment for esophageal carcinoma seems to improve survival over surgery alone. Different combinations of cytotoxic drugs have been studied to improve antitumor efficacy and limit the toxicity of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) with inconsistent results. We present a prospective study of neoadjuvant CRT with or without paclitaxel in chemotherapy schedule. One hundred seven patients (93 males, 14 females), median age 59 years (range 44-76), with operable esophageal cancer were enrolled. They received the following neoadjuvant therapy: Carboplatin, area under curve (AUC) = 6, intravenously on days 1 and 22, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), 200 mg/m(2)/day, continuous infusion on days 1 to 42, radiation therapy 45 grays/25fractions/5 weeks beginning on day 1. Forty-four patients (41%) were furthermore non-randomly assigned to paclitaxel 200 mg/m(2)/3 h intravenously on days 1 and 22. Nutritional support from the beginning of the treatment was offered to all patients. Surgery was done within 4-8 weeks after completion of CRT, if feasible. All patients were evaluated for grade 3 plus 4 toxicities: leukopenia (28%), neutropenia (30%), anemia (6%), thrombocytopenia (31%), febrile neutropenia (6%), esophagitis (24%), nausea and vomiting (7%), pneumotoxicity (8%). Seventy-eight patients (73%) had surgery and 63 of them were completely resected. Twenty-two patients (20%) achieved pathological complete remission, and additional 20 (19%) had node-negative and esophageal wall-positive residual disease. There were 10 surgery-related deaths, mostly due to pulmonary insufficiency. Twenty-nine patients were not resected, 15 for early progression, 14 for medical reasons or patient refusal. After a median follow-up of 52 months (range 27-80), median survival of 18.0 months and 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-year survival of 56.7, 37.5, 27.0 and 21% was observed in the whole group of 107 patients. Addition of paclitaxel to carboplatin and continual infusion of FU significantly increased

  12. Platinum Complexes with Edda (Ethylenediamine -N, N - Diacetate Ligands as Potential Anticancer Agents

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    Jurisevic Milena


    Full Text Available The design of platinum based drugs is not a new field of interest. Platinum complexes are widely used as anticancer agents and currently, approximately 30 platinum(II and platinum(IV entered into some of the phases of clinical trials. A special place in today’s research belongs to platinum complexes with diammine ligands. A large number of edda (ethylenediamine- N, N’-diacetate-type ligands and their corresponding metal complexes has been successfully synthesized. This article summarizes recent progress in research on edda-type-platinum complexes. Some of these agents achieves better effect compared to the gold standard (cisplatin. It has been shown that there is a possible relationship between the length of the ligand ester group carbon chain and its cytotoxic effect. In most cases the longer the ester chain is the greater is the antitumor activity. Of particular interest are the noticeable effects of some new platinum compound with edda-type ligand on cell lines that are known to have a high level of cisplatin-resistance. Exanimate complexes appear to have a different mode of mechanism of action compared with cisplatin which includes apoptotic and necrotic cell death. There are indications that further investigations of these compounds may be very useful in overcoming the problems associated global cancer statistic.

  13. Preclinical imaging characteristics and quantification of Platinum-195m SPECT

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    Aalbersberg, E.A.; Wit-van der Veen, B.J. de; Vegt, E.; Vogel, Wouter V. [The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI-AVL), Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Zwaagstra, O.; Codee-van der Schilden, K. [Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), Petten (Netherlands)


    In vivo biodistribution imaging of platinum-based compounds may allow better patient selection for treatment with chemo(radio)therapy. Radiolabeling with Platinum-195m ({sup 195m}Pt) allows SPECT imaging, without altering the chemical structure or biological activity of the compound. We have assessed the feasibility of {sup 195m}Pt SPECT imaging in mice, with the aim to determine the image quality and accuracy of quantification for current preclinical imaging equipment. Enriched (>96%) {sup 194}Pt was irradiated in the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, The Netherlands (NRG). A 0.05 M HCl {sup 195m}Pt-solution with a specific activity of 33 MBq/mg was obtained. Image quality was assessed for the NanoSPECT/CT (Bioscan Inc., Washington DC, USA) and U-SPECT{sup +}/CT (MILabs BV, Utrecht, the Netherlands) scanners. A radioactivity-filled rod phantom (rod diameter 0.85-1.7 mm) filled with 1 MBq {sup 195m}Pt was scanned with different acquisition durations (10-120 min). Four healthy mice were injected intravenously with 3-4 MBq {sup 195m}Pt. Mouse images were acquired with the NanoSPECT for 120 min at 0, 2, 4, or 24 h after injection. Organs were delineated to quantify {sup 195m}Pt concentrations. Immediately after scanning, the mice were sacrificed, and the platinum concentration was determined in organs using a gamma counter and graphite furnace - atomic absorption spectroscopy (GF-AAS) as reference standards. A 30-min acquisition of the phantom provided visually adequate image quality for both scanners. The smallest visible rods were 0.95 mm in diameter on the NanoSPECT and 0.85 mm in diameter on the U-SPECT{sup +}. The image quality in mice was visually adequate. Uptake was seen in the kidneys with excretion to the bladder, and in the liver, blood, and intestine. No uptake was seen in the brain. The Spearman correlation between SPECT and gamma counter was 0.92, between SPECT and GF-AAS it was 0.84, and between GF-AAS and gamma counter it was0.97 (all p < 0

  14. Electrocatalytic reduction of platinum phosphate blue on carbon surfaces: A novel method for preparing fuel cell electrodes

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    Bose, Anima B. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL 60115 (United States); Sarkar, Mohosin; Bose, Rathindra N. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL 60115 (United States)


    An eletrodeposition process for platinum metal onto carbon surfaces through an electrocatalyzed reduction of a mixed valence oligomeric platinum phosphate blue is described. Cyclic voltammograms of the platinum phosphate blue revealed adsorption of the platinum substrate at the electrode surface followed by reduction first to Pt(II) and then to metallic platinum. These reductions appear to be electrocatalyzed processes as evidence from the almost featureless voltammograms at the first cycle followed by initial continuous growth of both reduction waves and then a leveling off after a few cycles. At the end of 5-10 cycles depending on the concentrations of the precursor, a thin platinum metal film was observed on the carbon. When pure platinum metal was used as the working electrode, both the reduction waves showed steady current over multiple scans indicating an absence of catalysis. The platinum-coated carbon electrodes function like pure platinum metal electrodes as demonstrated by comparing the cyclic voltammograms of the potassium hexacyanoferrate(III/II) redox system recorded with platinum working electrodes and platinum-coated carbon electrodes. The platinum-coated carbon electrode with a coating of 0.03mgcm{sup -2} (geometric area) did not lose its properties even when the electrodes were kept at 2.5M perchloric acid solution over several days. At the low coating level, a monolayer platinum loading was observed by scanning electron microscopy. These ultra-low platinum loaded electrodes exhibit large active surface areas and have potential for applications in PEM and PAF fuel cells. (author)

  15. Durability of Low Platinum Fuel Cells Operating at High Power Density

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    Polevaya, Olga [Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc.; Blanchet, Scott [Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc.; Ahluwalia, Rajesh [Argonne National Lab; Borup, Rod [Los-Alamos National Lab; Mukundan, Rangachary [Los-Alamos National Lab


    Understanding and improving the durability of cost-competitive fuel cell stacks is imperative to successful deployment of the technology. Stacks will need to operate well beyond today’s state-of-the-art rated power density with very low platinum loading in order to achieve the cost targets set forth by DOE ($15/kW) and ultimately be competitive with incumbent technologies. An accelerated cost-reduction path presented by Nuvera focused on substantially increasing power density to address non-PGM material costs as well as platinum. The study developed a practical understanding of the degradation mechanisms impacting durability of fuel cells with low platinum loading (≤0.2mg/cm2) operating at high power density (≥1.0W/cm2) and worked out approaches for improving the durability of low-loaded, high-power stack designs. Of specific interest is the impact of combining low platinum loading with high power density operation, as this offers the best chance of achieving long-term cost targets. A design-of-experiments approach was utilized to reveal and quantify the sensitivity of durability-critical material properties to high current density at two levels of platinum loading (the more conventional 0.45–1 and the much lower 0.2–2) across several cell architectures. We studied the relevance of selected component accelerated stress tests (AST) to fuel cell operation in power producing mode. New stress tests (NST) were designed to investigate the sensitivity to the addition of electrical current on the ASTs, along with combined humidity and load cycles and, eventually, relate to the combined city/highway drive cycle. Changes in the cathode electrochemical surface area (ECSA) and average oxygen partial pressure on the catalyst layer with aging under AST and NST protocols were compared based on the number of completed cycles. Studies showed elevated sensitivity of Pt growth to the potential limits and the initial particle size distribution. The ECSA loss

  16. Beta-2-microglobulin excretion: an indicator of long term nephrotoxicity during cis-platinum treatment?

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    Sørensen, P G; Nissen, Mogens Holst; Groth, S


    To evaluate the value of beta-2-microglobulin as an indicator of acute and long-term cis-platinum-induced nephrotoxicity, 51Cr-EDTA clearance and serum concentration and urinary excretion of beta-2-microglobulin were measured in 18 patients treated with a regimen including cis-platinum. Before......-microglobulin remained unchanged. The decrease in 51Cr-EDTA clearance was not correlated to either the peak increase in the beta-2-microglobulin excretion or to the time of occurrence of the peak (R = 0.3). Thus, it is not possible to predict the long-term nephrotoxicity of cis-platinum by measuring the beta-2...

  17. Sustained complete remission in a patient with platinum-resistant ovarian yolk sac tumor. (United States)

    Jeyakumar, A; Chalas, E; Hindenburg, A


    Yolk sac tumors of the ovary are generally very responsive to chemotherapy; however, they are difficult to manage in the setting of platinum resistance where treatment options are limited and outcomes are poorer. We present a 39-year-old woman who had a platinum-resistant yolk sac ovarian tumor. She achieved complete remission on an innovative regimen of docetaxel, gemcitabine, and thalidomide. The combination of docetaxel, gemcitabine, and thalidomide might be an active regimen for platinum-resistant ovarian nondysgerminomas and further investigation of this combination is warranted. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  18. Efficient organic light-emitting devices with platinum-complex emissive layer

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    Yang, Xiaohui


    We report efficient organic light-emitting devices having a platinum-complex emissive layer with the peak external quantum efficiency of 17.5% and power efficiency of 45 lm W−1. Variation in the device performance with platinum-complex layer thickness can be attributed to the interplay between carrier recombination and intermolecular interactions in the layer. Efficient white devices using double platinum-complex layers show the external quantum efficiency of 10%, the Commission Internationale d’Énclairage coordinates of (0.42, 0.41), and color rendering index of 84 at 1000 cd m−2.

  19. N6-Benzyladenosine Derivatives as Novel N-Donor Ligands of Platinum(II Dichlorido Complexes

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    Ján Vančo


    Full Text Available The platinum(II complexes trans-[PtCl2(Ln2]∙xSolv 1–13 (Solv = H2O or CH3OH, involving N6-benzyladenosine-based N-donor ligands, were synthesized; Ln stands for N6-(2-methoxybenzyladenosine (L1, involved in complex 1, N6-(4-methoxy-benzyladenosine (L2, 2, N6-(2-chlorobenzyladenosine (L3, 3, N6-(4-chlorobenzyl-adenosine (L4, 4, N6-(2-hydroxybenzyladenosine (L5, 5, N6-(3-hydroxybenzyl-adenosine (L6, 6, N6-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyladenosine (L7, 7, N6-(4-fluoro-benzyladenosine (L8, 8, N6-(4-methylbenzyladenosine (L9, 9, 2-chloro-N6-(3-hydroxy-benzyladenosine (L10, 10, 2-chloro-N6-(4-hydroxybenzyladenosine (L11, 11, 2-chloro-N6-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzyladenosine (L12, 12 and 2-chloro-N6-(2-hydroxy-5-methylbenzyladenosine (L13, 13. The compounds were characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, IR and multinuclear (1H-, 13C-, 195Pt- and 15N- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy, which proved the N7-coordination mode of the appropriate N6-benzyladenosine derivative and trans-geometry of the title complexes. The complexes 1–13 were found to be non-toxic in vitro against two selected human cancer cell lines (HOS and MCF7; with IC50 > 50.0 µM. However, they were found (by ESI-MS study to be able to interact with the physiological levels of the sulfur-containing biogenic biomolecule L-methionine by a relatively simple 1:1 exchange mechanism (one Ln molecule was replaced by one L-methionine molecule, thus forming a mixed-nitrogen/sulfur-ligand dichlorido-platinum(II coordination species.

  20. Mapping the UV Photophysics of Platinum Metal Complexes Bound to Nucleobases (United States)

    Sen, Ananya; Dessent, Caroline


    We report the first UV laser spectroscopic study of isolated gas-phase complexes of Platinum metal complex anions bound to a nucleobase as model systems for exploring at the molecular level the key photophysical processes involved in photodynamic therapy. Spectra of the PtIV CN 6 2 - • Uracil and PtII CN 4 2 - • Uracil complexes were acquired across the 220 -320 nm range using mass-selective photodepletion and photofragment action spectroscopy. The spectra of both complexes reveal prominent UV absorption bands that we assign primarily to excitation of the Uracil π - π * localized chromophore. Distinctive UV photofragments are observed for the complexes, with PtIV CN 6 2 - • Uracil photoexcitation resulting in complex fission, while PtII CN 4 2 - • Uracil photoexcitation initiates a nucleobase proton-transfer reaction across 4.4 -5.2 eV and electron detachment above 5.2 eV. The observed photofragments are consistent with ultrafast decay of a Uracil localized excited state back to the electronic ground state followed by intramolecular vibrational relaxation and ergodic complex fragmentation. In addition, we present recent results to explore how the photophysics of the Platinum complex-nucleobase clusters evolves as a function of nucleobase. Results are presented for PtII CN 4 2 - • Uracil complexed to Cytosine, Thymine and Adenine, reveal distinctive decay dynamics which we attribute to the intrinsic decay dynamics of the nucleobase. JPC. Lett. 2014, 5, 3281 to 3285 and PCCP 2014, 16, 15490 to 15500.

  1. Single crystal studies of platinum alloys for oxygen reduction electrodes

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    Ulrikkeholm, Elisabeth Therese

    the electrochemical experiments showed overlayers with a thickness of approximately 15 Å had been formed. It was possible to investigate the structure of these overlayers using Gracing Incident X-ray Diffraction, GIXRD. These experiments were performed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. The GIXRD......In this thesis the discovery, characterization and testing of new catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is investigated. Experiments on sputter cleaned, polycrystalline Pt5Y and Pt5Gd crystals have shown that these alloys are excelent candidates for catalysts for the ORR. To mimic...

  2. Synthesis and structural study of platinum group metal complexes ...

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    4. Lai S W, Cheung T C, Chan M C W, Cheung K K, Peng. S M and Che C M 2000 Inorg. Chem. 39 255. 5. Lehn J-M, 1995 Supramolecular Chemistry: Concepts and Perspectives (Germany: VCH: Weinheim). 6. Weissbuch I, Baxter P N W, Cohen S, Cohen H, Kjaer. K, Howes P B, Als-Nielsen J, Hanan G S, Schubert U S,.

  3. Electrocatalytic activity of platinum nanoparticles supported on nanosilicon

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    Miu, M.; Kleps, I.; Danila, M.; Ignat, T.; Simion, M.; Bragaru, A.; Dinescu, A. [Laboratory of Nanotechnology, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies, Bucharest (Romania)


    Platinum (Pt) nanocatalysts were deposited on/inside of nanostructured silicon (nanoSi) matrix using physico-chemical methods, i.e. E-beam high vacuum Pt thin film and, respectively, chemically loaded Pt nanoparticles from hexachloroplatinic acid aqueous or alcoholic precursor solutions. High resolution morphological characterisations, completed by microstructural and compositional analyses have been performed to characterise the nanoSi catalyst support and to investigate the Pt thin film nanostructuration as well as the nanoparticle attachment and clustering processes, evidencing the controlling factors and conditions of the size, morphology and distribution. Furthermore, the experimental structures have been subjected to different electrochemical tests and it was revealed that significant improvement of the long term catalyst stability was achieved when the metal-porous Si nanoassemblies is formed, which represents a step closer to the realisation of the monolithic integrated Si-based microfabricated fuel cell. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Solid-state dewetting of continuous thin platinum coatings

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    Hanief, N. [University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701 (South Africa); Topić, M.; Pineda-Vargas, C. [iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West (South Africa)


    Thermal stability of coatings is of crucial importance for reliability of electronic devices operating at high temperature. Thus, we investigated the Cr–Pt system where a thin platinum coating of 0.1 μm was deposited on chromium substrate and annealed at 1000 °C for 8 h. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) showed that a continuous and uniformly deposited Pt coating experienced the formation of “islands” after annealing. The grain-boundary grooving, dewetting and agglomeration were the main mechanisms of degradation of thermally annealed coatings. Results by μ-PIXE (particle-induced X-ray emission) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) showed the presence of Cr{sub 3}Pt phase in “islands” and the coating thickness was approximately 0.5 μm. The surrounding regions were left uncovered due to coating agglomeration at the expense of initially deposited coating.

  5. Platinum Group Metal Recycling Technology Development - Final Report

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    Lawrence Shore


    BASF Catalysts LLC, formerly Engelhard Corporation, has completed a project to recover Pt from PEM fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies. The project, which began in 2003, has met the project objective of an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective method for recovery of platinum without release of hydrogen fluoride. This has been achieved using a combination of milling, dispersion and acid leaching. 99% recovery of Pt was achieved, and this high yield can be scaled up using one vessel for a single leach and rinse. Leaching was been successfully achieved using a 10% solids level, double the original target. At this solids content, the reagent and utility costs represent ~0.35% of the Pt value of a lot, using very conservative assumptions. The main cost of the process is capital depreciation, followed by labor.

  6. Platinum sensors versus KTY and NTC in low temperature range

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    Wienand, K. [Heraeus Sensor-Nite GmbH, Kleinostheim (Germany); Gerwen, P. van [Heraeus Sensor-Nite N.V., Leuven (Netherlands); Reinwald, H.J. [Heraeus Sensor-Nite Int., Freiberg (Germany)


    On the automotive electronics market, negative temperature coefficient sensors (NTC) and silicon spreading resistance sensors (KTY) have increasingly been used above all in the temperature range between -40 and +150 C. The latest demands of the automotive industry show that these tight temperature limits will no longer meet the requirements in the future. Moreover, the automotive industry is more frequently expanding the temperature measuring range to between -55 C and 180 C, for example in engine oil. This trend can also be seen in the commercial vehicle field, for example with retarders which also heat the oil to a great extent. Due to these increasingly more demanding conditions, platinum (Pt) sensors are being used more and more, as they have a number of advantages compared with NTCs or KTYs. The pros and cons of using these three sensor types are explained in more detail in the following. (orig.)

  7. Green Synthesis, Characterization and Uses of Palladium/Platinum Nanoparticles (United States)

    Siddiqi, Khwaja Salahuddin; Husen, Azamal


    Biogenic synthesis of palladium (Pd) and platinum (Pt) nanoparticles from plants and microbes has captured the attention of many researchers because it is economical, sustainable and eco-friendly. Plant and their parts are known to have various kinds of primary and secondary metabolites which reduce the metal salts to metal nanoparticles. Shape, size and stability of Pd and Pt nanoparticles are influenced by pH, temperature, incubation time and concentrations of plant extract and that of the metal salt. Pd and Pt nanoparticles are broadly used as catalyst, as drug, drug carrier and in cancer treatment. They have shown size- and shape-dependent specific and selective therapeutic properties. In this review, we have discussed the biogenic fabrication of Pd/Pt nanoparticles, their potential application as catalyst, medicine, biosensor, medical diagnostic and pharmaceuticals.

  8. Electrochemical fountain pen nanofabrication of vertically grown platinum nanowires (United States)

    Suryavanshi, Abhijit P.; Yu, Min-Feng


    Local electrochemical deposition of freestanding platinum nanowires was demonstrated with a new approach—electrochemical fountain pen nanofabrication (ec-FPN). The ec-FPN exploits the meniscus formed between an electrolyte-filled nanopipette ('the fountain pen') and a conductive substrate to serve as a confined electrochemical cell for reducing and depositing metal ions. Freestanding Pt nanowires were continuously grown off the substrate by moving the nanopipette away from the substrate while maintaining a stable meniscus between the nanopipette and the nanowire growth front. High quality and high aspect-ratio polycrystalline Pt nanowires with diameter of ~150 nm and length over 30 µm were locally grown with ec-FPN. The ec-FPN technique is shown to be an efficient and clean technique for localized fabrication of a variety of vertically grown metal nanowires and can potentially be used for fabricating freeform 3D nanostructures.

  9. Targeted Drug Delivery System for Platinum-based Anticancer Drugs. (United States)

    Gao, Chuanzhu; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Ji; Wang, Tianshuai; Qian, Yunxu; Yang, Bo; Dong, Peng; Zhang, Yingjie


    Platinum-based (Pt-based) anticancer drugs have been recognised as one of the most effective drugs for clinical treatment of malignant tumors due to its unique mechanism of action and broad range of anticancer spectrum. But, there are still some limitations such as side effects, drug resistance/cross resistance, no-specific targeting, becoming obstacles to restrict its expanding of clinical application. Targeted drug delivery system (TDDS) is a promising strategy for the research of novel Pt-based anticancer drugs. A variety of TDDS have been explored to improve the antitumor activity of Pt-based drugs such as nanoparticle drug systems, polymer-drug systems, drugs-macrocyclic compounds systems, etc. The review concentrates on recent development of various targeted drug delivery techniques, which could provide more opportunities for the development of Pt-based drugs with better efficiency, lower toxicity and less resistance.

  10. Formic acid oxidation at platinum-bismuth catalysts

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    Popović Ksenija Đ.


    Full Text Available The field of heterogeneous catalysis, specifically catalysis on bimetallic surfaces, has seen many advances over the past few decades. Bimetallic catalysts, which often show electronic and chemical properties that are distinct from those of their parent metals, offer the opportunity to obtain new catalysts with enhanced selectivity, activity, and stability. The oxidation of formic acid is of permanent interest as a model reaction for the mechanistic understanding of the electrooxidation of small organic molecules and because of its technical relevance for fuel cell applications. Platinum is one of the most commonly used catalysts for this reaction, despite the fact that it shows a few significant disadvantages: high cost and extreme susceptibility to poisoning by CO. To solve this problem, several approaches have been used, but generally, they all consist in the modification of platinum with a second element. Especially, bismuth has received significant attention as Pt modifier. According to the results presented in this survey dealing with the effects influencing the formic acid oxidation it was found that two types of Pt-Bi bimetallic catalysts (bulk and low loading deposits on GC showed superior catalytic activity in terms of the lower onset potential and oxidation current density, as well as exceptional stability compared to Pt. The findings in this report are important for the understanding of mechanism of formic acid electrooxidation on a bulk alloy and decorated surface, for the development of advanced anode catalysts for direct formic acid fuel cells, as well as for the synthesis of novel low-loading bimetallic catalysts. The use of bimetallic compounds as the anode catalysts is an effective solution to overcoming the problems of the formic acid oxidation current stability for long term applications. In the future, the tolerance of both CO poisoning and electrochemical leaching should be considered as the key factors in the development

  11. Tissue cell assisted fabrication of tubular catalytic platinum microengines (United States)

    Wang, Hong; Moo, James Guo Sheng; Pumera, Martin


    We report a facile platform for mass production of robust self-propelled tubular microengines. Tissue cells extracted from fruits of banana and apple, Musa acuminata and Malus domestica, are used as the support on which a thin platinum film is deposited by means of physical vapor deposition. Upon sonication of the cells/Pt-coated substrate in water, microscrolls of highly uniform sizes are spontaneously formed. Tubular microengines fabricated with the fruit cell assisted method exhibit a fast motion of ~100 bodylengths per s (~1 mm s-1). An extremely simple and affordable platform for mass production of the micromotors is crucial for the envisioned swarms of thousands and millions of autonomous micromotors performing biomedical and environmental remediation tasks.We report a facile platform for mass production of robust self-propelled tubular microengines. Tissue cells extracted from fruits of banana and apple, Musa acuminata and Malus domestica, are used as the support on which a thin platinum film is deposited by means of physical vapor deposition. Upon sonication of the cells/Pt-coated substrate in water, microscrolls of highly uniform sizes are spontaneously formed. Tubular microengines fabricated with the fruit cell assisted method exhibit a fast motion of ~100 bodylengths per s (~1 mm s-1). An extremely simple and affordable platform for mass production of the micromotors is crucial for the envisioned swarms of thousands and millions of autonomous micromotors performing biomedical and environmental remediation tasks. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Related video. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03720k

  12. Panitumumab and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian cancer with KRAS wild-type

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    Dahl Steffensen, Karina; Waldstrøm, Marianne; Lund, Bente

    , and head and neck cancer. No previous studies have evaluated the effect of panitumumab in OC based on KRAS mutation status. Methods: Eligibility criteria are confirmed stage I-IV primary epithelial ovarian/fallopian/peritoneal cancer patients with progression either during or within 6 months after end...... to a total of 33 patients. At present, 15 patients have been enrolled. The primary endpoint is to investigate the response rate in platinum-resistant, KRAS wild- type OC patients treated with PLD supplemented with panitumumab. Translational research is included as a secondary endpoint and tumor tissue...

  13. Pedotransfer capacity of nickel and platinum nanoparticles in Albeluvisols Haplic in the South-East of the Western Siberia

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    Sergei Kulizhsky


    Full Text Available Findings of field and experimental studies of pedotransfer capability of nickel and platinum nanoparticles in the profile of Albeluvisols Haplic of the sub-boreal forest in the south-east of the Western Siberia were presented. Results of the surveys testify to the effect that major factors affecting the migration capability include large biogenic interstices and main cracks that act as transport channels for nanoparticles, as well as thermodynamic (φ- potentials of particles that define the intensity of surface electrostatic interactions with walls of soil interstices.

  14. A novel method for biopolymer surface nanostructuring by platinum deposition and subsequent thermal annealing

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    Slepička, Petr; Juřík, Petr; Kolská, Zdeňka; Malinský, Petr; Macková, Anna; Michaljaničová, Iva; Švorčík, Václav


    .... The surface properties of sputtered platinum layers on the biocompatible polymer poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) are presented. The influence of thermal treatment on surface morphology and electrical resistance and Pt distribution in ca...

  15. Synthesis of novel platinum-on-flower-like nickel catalysts and their applications in hydrogenation reaction (United States)

    Zhu, Lihua; Zheng, Tuo; Zheng, Jinbao; Yu, Changlin; Zhou, Qiongyu; Hua, Jingrong; Zhang, Nuowei; Shu, Qing; Chen, Bing H.


    Without any capping agent, surfactant or external magnetic field, hierarchical nickel was successfully prepared via a simple hydrothermal reduction method by using hydrazine hydrate as reducing agent. The structure and morphology of the products (for instance, flower-like, column-like and spherical-like) were controlled by adjusting hydrothermal conditions including reaction temperature and solvent. The morphology transformation mechanism was proposed and discussed. Corresponding platinum/nickel catalysts (Pt/Ni) were obtained by the galvanic replacement reaction method. And the catalytic activity of the platinum/nickel samples was evaluated by using selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene. It was found that platinum/flower-like nickel showed the most excellent catalytic performance among the as-synthesized catalysts in this work, with good stability as well. Moreover, reasons for the enhancement of platinum/flower-like nickel for nitrobenzene hydrogenation were investigated.

  16. cis-Platinum Complex Encapsulated in Self-Assembling Cyclic Peptide Dimers. (United States)

    Rodríguez-Vázquez, Nuria; García-Fandiño, Rebeca; Aldegunde, María J; Brea, José; Loza, María Isabel; Amorín, Manuel; Granja, Juan R


    A new cyclic peptide dimer that encapsulates cisplatin complexes in its internal cavity is described. The resulting complex showed cytotoxic activity at A2780 ovarian cancer cell lines independent of acquired platinum resistance.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and in vitro cytotoxicity evaluation of polyamidoamine conjugate containing pamidronate and platinum drug

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    Ndamase, AS


    Full Text Available Bisphosphonates have been found to be effective when combined with anticancer drugs for chemotherapy. In this paper, pamidronate and platinum complexes were conjugated to linear poly(amidoamine)s (PAMAM) to improve the drug efficacy. The conjugates...

  18. Determination of platinum drug release and liposome stability in human plasma by CE-ICP-MS

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    Nguyen, Trinh Thi Nhu Tam; Ostergaard, Jesper; Stürup, Stefan


    cisplatin, encapsulated cisplatin and cisplatin bound to plasma components was achieved by capillary electrophoresis (CE) separation and simultaneous monitoring of phosphorous (phospholipid) and platinum (cisplatin) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The method allows assessment...

  19. Work in progress: Diesel particulate baseline for the platinum mine industry

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    Pretorius, CJ


    Full Text Available -1 The Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, 2013 Conference, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, 27 February to 1 March 2013 Work in progress: Diesel particulate baseline for the platinum mine industry Pretorius CJ Centre for Mining Innovation. CSIR...

  20. Which is the Stronger Nucleophile, Platinum or Nitrogen in Rollover Cycloplatinated(II) Complexes? (United States)

    Niroomand Hosseini, Fatemeh; Nabavizadeh, S Masoud; Abu-Omar, Mahdi M


    The rollover cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes [PtMe(2,X'-bpy-H)(PPh3)], (X = 2, 1a; X = 3, 1b; and X = 4, 1c) containing two potential nucleophilic centers have been investigated to elucidate which center is the stronger nucleophile toward methyl iodide. On the basis of DFT calculations, complexes 1b and 1c are predicted reacting with MeI through the free nitrogen donor to form N-methylated platinum(II) complexes, while complex 1a reacts through oxidative addition on platinum to give a platinum(IV) complex, which is in agreement with experimental findings. The reasons for this difference in selectivity for complexes 1a-1c are discussed based on the energy barrier needed for N-methylation versus oxidative addition reactions.

  1. Bioinspired hierarchical nanotubular titania immobilized with platinum nanoparticles for photocatalytic hydrogen production. (United States)

    Liu, Xiaoyan; Li, Jiao; Zhang, Yiming; Huang, Jianguo


    A bioinspired nanocomposite composed of platinum nanoparticles and nanotubular titania was fabricated in which the titania matter was templated by natural cellulose substance. The composite possesses three- dimensional hierarchical structures, and ultrafine metallic platinum particles with sizes of ca. 2 nm were immobilized uniformly on the surfaces of the titania nanotubes. Such a nanocomposite with 1.06 wt % of platinum content shows the optimal photocatalytic hydrogen production activity from water splitting of 16.44 mmol h(-1)  g(-1) , and excessive loading of platinum results in poorer photocatalytic performance. The structural integrity of the nanocomposite upon cyclic water-splitting processes results in its sufficient photocatalytic stability. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Electronic metal-support interaction enhanced oxygen reduction activity and stability of boron carbide supported platinum (United States)

    Jackson, Colleen; Smith, Graham T.; Inwood, David W.; Leach, Andrew S.; Whalley, Penny S.; Callisti, Mauro; Polcar, Tomas; Russell, Andrea E.; Levecque, Pieter; Kramer, Denis


    Catalysing the reduction of oxygen in acidic media is a standing challenge. Although activity of platinum, the most active metal, can be substantially improved by alloying, alloy stability remains a concern. Here we report that platinum nanoparticles supported on graphite-rich boron carbide show a 50-100% increase in activity in acidic media and improved cycle stability compared to commercial carbon supported platinum nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray absorption fine structure analysis confirm similar platinum nanoparticle shapes, sizes, lattice parameters, and cluster packing on both supports, while x-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopy demonstrate a change in electronic structure. This shows that purely electronic metal-support interactions can significantly improve oxygen reduction activity without inducing shape, alloying or strain effects and without compromising stability. Optimizing the electronic interaction between the catalyst and support is, therefore, a promising approach for advanced electrocatalysts where optimizing the catalytic nanoparticles themselves is constrained by other concerns.

  3. Development of deuterium labeling method based on the heterogeneous platinum group metal-catalyzed C-H activation. (United States)

    Sajiki, Hironao


    Deuterium (D) labeled compounds are utilized in various scientific fields such as mechanistic elucidation of reactions, preparation of new functional materials, tracers for microanalysis, deuterium labeled heavy drugs and so on. Although the H-D exchange reaction is a straightforward method to produce deuterated organic compounds, many precedent methods require expensive deuterium gas and/or harsh reaction conditions. A part of our leading research agendas is intended to the development of novel and functional heterogeneous platinum-group catalysts and the reclamation of unknown functionalities of existing heterogeneous platinum-group catalysts. During the course of the study, benzylic positions of substrates were site-selectively deuterated under mild and palladium-on-carbon (Pd/C)-catalyzed hydrogenation conditions in heavy water (D2O). Heat conditions promoted the H-D exchange reactivity and facilitated the H-D exchange reaction at not only the benzylic sites but also inactive C-H bonds and heterocyclic nuclei. It is noteworthy that platinum-on-carbon (Pt/C) indicated a quite high affinity toward aromatic nuclei, and the H-D exchange reaction was strongly enhanced by the use of Pt/C as a catalyst under milder conditions. The mixed use of Pd/C and Pt/C was found to be more efficient in the H-D exchange reaction compared to the independent use of Pd/C or Pt/C. Furthermore, simple alkanes could also be efficiently deuterated under rhodium-on-carbon (Rh/C)-catalyzed conditions. The use of ruthenium-on-carbon (Ru/C) enabled the regiospecific and efficient deuterium incorporation at α-positions of alcohols and results were applied as a regio- and stereoselective multi-deuteration method of sugar derivatives.

  4. Landscape functionality of plant communities in the Impala Platinum mining area, Rustenburg


    Van der Walt, L.; Cilliers, S.S.; Kellner, K.; Tongway, D.; Van Rensburg, L.


    The tremendous growth of the platinum mining industry in South Africa has affected the natural environment adversely. The waste produced by platinum mineral processing is alkaline, biologically sterile and has a low water-holding capacity. These properties in the environment may constitute dysfunctional areas that will create ‘leaky’ and dysfunctional landscapes, limiting biological development. Landscape Function Analysis (LFA) is a monitoring procedure that assesses the degradation of lands...

  5. The influence of platinum washing-out time on its recovery from used auto catalytic converters

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    A. Fornalczyk


    Full Text Available The used catalytic converters contain small amounts of precious metals. Recovery of these metals is essential for environmental and economic reasons. This work presents a method of Platinum Group Metals (PGM recovery from auto catalytic converters in which they are washed out by a liquid metal. The magneto-hydro-dynamic pump was used to force circulation of liquid metal under the influence of electromagnetic fields The influence of process time on platinum recovery was also carried out.

  6. Multiphoton lithography of nanocrystalline platinum and palladium for site-specific catalysis in 3D microenvironments. (United States)

    Zarzar, Lauren D; Swartzentruber, B S; Harper, Jason C; Dunphy, Darren R; Brinker, C Jeffrey; Aizenberg, Joanna; Kaehr, Bryan


    Integration of catalytic nanostructured platinum and palladium within 3D microscale structures or fluidic environments is important for systems ranging from micropumps to microfluidic chemical reactors and energy converters. We report a straightforward procedure to fabricate microscale patterns of nanocrystalline platinum and palladium using multiphoton lithography. These materials display excellent catalytic, electrical, and electrochemical properties, and we demonstrate high-resolution integration of catalysts within 3D defined microenvironments to generate directed autonomous particle and fluid transport. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  7. Uptake, translocation, accumulation, and phytotoxicity of platinum group elements (PGE) on potato, lettuce, and barley


    Aboughalma, Hassan


    The transition elements platinum, palladium, and rhodium are widely used in the automobile industry. Production of catalytic converters is the principal application field of the so called Platinum Group Elements (PGE). Since the introduction of autocatalysts to reduce the emission of the greenhouse gases; CO, NOX, and HC, the concentration of PGE in environmental samples such as road dusts, soils, and plants is steadily increasing...

  8. WC as a non-platinum hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst for high temperature PEM water electrolysers

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    Nikiforov, Aleksey; Petrushina, Irina; Christensen, Erik


    Tungsten carbide (WC) nanopowder was tested as a non-platinum cathode electrocatalyst for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) water electrolysers, operating at elevated temperatures. It was prepared in thermal plasma reactor with confined plasma jet from WO3 precursor in combination with CH4...... carburizing agent. The results of the investigation showed that the activity of tungsten carbide as cathode electrocatalyst increases significantly with temperature and this effect is more pronounced than for platinum, especially, at 150 °C....

  9. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients treated with taxanes and platinum derivatives

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    Ewertz, Marianne; Qvortrup, Camilla; Eckhoff, Lise


    BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy with taxanes and platinum compounds has resulted in substantial survival benefits both in adjuvant and metastatic settings. However, as a side effect, such chemotherapy may cause peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) which may result in discontinuation of treatment, and if it pers......BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy with taxanes and platinum compounds has resulted in substantial survival benefits both in adjuvant and metastatic settings. However, as a side effect, such chemotherapy may cause peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) which may result in discontinuation of treatment...

  10. Electrocatalysts having gold monolayers on platinum nanoparticle cores, and uses thereof (United States)

    Adzic, Radoslav; Zhang, Junliang


    The invention relates to gold-coated particles useful as fuel cell electrocatalysts. The particles are composed of an electrocatalytically active core at least partially encapsulated by an outer shell of gold or gold alloy. The invention more particularly relates to such particles having a noble metal-containing core, and more particularly, a platinum or platinum alloy core. In other embodiments, the invention relates to fuel cells containing these electrocatalysts and methods for generating electrical energy therefrom.

  11. Material and Energy Flows Associated with Select Metals in GREET 2. Molybdenum, Platinum, Zinc, Nickel, Silicon

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    Benavides, Pahola T. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Dai, Qiang [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Sullivan, John L. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Kelly, Jarod C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Dunn, Jennifer B. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)


    In this work, we analyzed the material and energy consumption from mining to production of molybdenum, platinum, zinc, and nickel. We also analyzed the production of solar- and semiconductor-grade silicon. We described new additions to and expansions of the data in GREET 2. In some cases, we used operating permits and sustainability reports to estimate the material and energy flows for molybdenum, platinum, and nickel, while for zinc and silicon we relied on information provided in the literature.

  12. In vitro Cytotoxic Activities of the Oral Platinum(IV) Prodrug Oxoplatin and HSP90 Inhibitor Ganetespib against a Panel of Gastric Cancer Cell Lines. (United States)

    Klameth, Lukas; Rath, Barbara; Hamilton, Gerhard


    Gastric cancer exhibits a poor prognosis and is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide. Chemotherapy of metastatic gastric cancer is based on combinations of platinum drugs and fluoropyrimidines, with added agents. Oxoplatin is a stable oral platinum(IV) prodrug which is converted to a highly active tetrachlorido(IV) complex under acidic conditions. In the present work, we studied the cytotoxic effects of oxoplatin against a panel of four gastric cancer cell lines in vitro. Furthermore, the role of HSP90 in chemoresistance of these lines was investigated using the specific inhibitor ganetespib. The KATO-III, MKN-1, MKN-28, MKN-45 lines were used in MTT chemosensitivity, cell cycle and apoptosis assays. KATO-III is a signet ring diffuse cell type, MKN-1 an adenosquamous primary, MKN-28 a well-differentiated intestinal type and the MKN-45 a poorly differentiated, diffuse type gastric carcinoma line. Cytotoxicity was tested in MTT assays and intracellular signal transduction with proteome profiler Western blot arrays. Interactions of platinum drugs and ganetespib were calculated with help of the Chou-Talalay method. The prodrug oxoplatin revealed low activity against the four gastric cancer cell lines, whereas the platinum tetrachlorido(IV) complex and cisplatin gave IC50 values of 1-3 µg/ml with increasing chemoresistance observed in the order of MKN-1, KATO-III, MKN-28 to MKN-45. With exception of KATO-III and MKN-28/oxoplatin, all other cell lines featured marked synergistic toxicity with clinically achievable concentrations of ganetespib. Oral administration of a platinum agent such as oxoplatin would be of great value for patients and care providers alike. These results suggest that the oncogene-stabilizing HSP90 chaperone represents an important mediator of chemoresistance in gastric cancer. Ganetespib reduced the phosphorylation of p53, Akt1/2/3 and PRAS40, as well as of WNK1, a kinase which regulates intracellular chloride concentrations

  13. Low drug resistance to both platinum and taxane chemotherapy on an in vitro drug resistance assay predicts improved survival in patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian and peritoneal cancer. (United States)

    Matsuo, Koji; Bond, Virginia K; Eno, Michele L; Im, Dwight D; Rosenshein, Neil B


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of an in vitro drug resistance assay to platinum and taxane in the management of advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian and primary peritoneal cancer. All patients with FIGO Stage IIIc and IV who received postoperative chemotherapy with platinum and taxane for more than 4 courses after the initial cytoreductive surgery between 1995 and 2008 were evaluated. Patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy were not included. An in vitro drug resistance assay (EDR Assay, Oncotech, Tustin, CA) was used to determine drug resistance for each patient's tumor tissue. Level of drug resistance was described as extreme (EDR), intermediate (IDR), or low (LDR). Response to chemotherapy and survival were correlated to the EDR Assay. Of the 335 patients who underwent primary cytoreductive surgery, 173 cases met the criteria for statistical evaluation. The 58 patients (33.5%) whose tumors had LDR to both platinum and taxane had statistically improved progression-free survival and overall survival (OS) compared with the 115 patients (66.5%) who demonstrated IDR or EDR to platinum and/or taxane (5-year OS rates, 41.1% vs. 30.9%, p = 0.014). The 5-year OS rates for the 28 (16.2%) cases that had optimal cytoreduction with LDR to both platinum and taxane was significantly improved over the 62 (35.8%) cases that were suboptimally cytoreduced with IDR or EDR to platinum and/or taxane (54.1% vs. 20.4%, respectively, p chemotherapy, as determined by an in vitro drug resistance assay, independently predicts improved survival in patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian and peritoneal cancer, especially in those patients who undergo optimal primary cytoreduction.

  14. Temperature effect on the electrooxidation of gamma hdroxybutyric acid (GHB) on platinum catalyst through cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, impedance spectroscopy and SERS spectroelectrochemistry


    Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Jose; Jimenez-Perez, Rebeca; Sevilla, Jose Manuel; Blazquez, Manuel; Pineda, Teresa


    A study of the electro-oxidation of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) on platinum electrode in acidic media has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range between 5 and 30ºC. The variation of the j-E curves allows the determination of activation energy in a wide interval of potentials where three characteristic oxidation peaks appear. The j-t curves were registered at the more positive potentials corresponding w...

  15. Synthesis and reactivity of triphenylstibine-platinum complexes: a bibliographic revision; Sintese e reatividade de complexos platina-trifenilestibina: uma revisao bibliografica

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    Barbieri, Roberto Santos [Universidade Vale do Rio Verde, Tres Coracoes, MG (Brazil); Faculdade de Minas, Muriae, MG (Brazil); E-mail:; Bellato, Carlos Roberto [Vicosa Univ., MG (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Massabni, Antonio Carlos [UNESP, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)


    This article deals with synthesis and reactivity of complexes with triphenylstibine (SbPh{sub 3}) as the ligand. A comparative study of analogous complexes of triphenylphosphine (PPh{sub 3}) and triphenylarsene (AsPh{sub 3}) with platinum in the oxidation states zero, two and four is included. The bibliographic revision includes publications since 1936, when the first Pt(II) complex with triphenylstibine was described. (author)

  16. In-situ electrochemically deposited polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide as an efficient counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cells


    Su Pei Lim; Alagarsamy Pandikumar; Yee Seng Lim; Nay Ming Huang; Hong Ngee Lim


    This paper reports a rapid and in-situ electrochemical polymerization method for the fabrication of polypyrrole nanoparticles incorporated reduced graphene oxide (rGO@PPy) nanocomposites on a ITO conducting glass and its application as a counter electrode for platinum-free dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The scanning electron microscopic images show the uniform distribution of PPy nanoparticles with diameter ranges between 20 and 30 nm on the rGO sheets. The electrochemical studies reveal t...

  17. [Identification and prognostic value of differentially expressed proteins of patients with platinum resistance epithelial ovarian cancer in serum]. (United States)

    Wu, W J; Wang, Q; Zhang, W; Li, L


    To identified differentially expressed proteins associated with platinum resistance in platinum resistance epithelial oarian cancer(EOC)patients in serum and investigate their clinical value. A total of 106 patients withoverian tumor in affiliated tumor hospital of Guangxi Medical University from August 1998 to September 2013 were enrolled in this study, which include 52 cases od platinum-sensitive(PTS), 44 cases of platinum-resistant(PTR)and 10 cases of benign ovarian cyst(BOC). Thirty-three cases of normal women proceeded physical examination in our hospital in 2008 were chosen as control group(NC). Four groups of patients serum samples of 4 groups were collected and preserved.(1)Differentially express level of serum proteins of 10 cases of every group(PTS & PTR vs NC, PTS & PTR vs BOC, PTS vs PTR)were identified with isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitative(iTRAQ)based quantitative proteomic approach and then was subjected to bioinformatics analysis.(2)Proteins that played a important role in multidrug resistance were validated by western blot(WB)and ELISA in 44 PTR patients, 52 PRS patients and 33 NC women.(3)Pearson correlation analysis was used to explain the relationship between proteins and clinical pathological parameters of PTR individuals. Kaplan-Meier method was supposed to explore serum biomarkers associated with clinical prognosis data. Receiver operating characteristic(ROC)curves were used to determine the diagnostic value of the markers. (1)Based on the result of bioinformatics analysis, 56 proteins, 39 proteins and 62 proteins were identified respectively among PTS & PTR vs NC, PTS & PTR vs BOC, PTS vs PTR. It showed that C6 and CNTN1 have a positive seletion effect among Asians and BCHE among Europeans through searching Haplotter database. CRP, FN1, S100A9, TF, ALB, VWF, APOC2, APOE, CD44, F2, GPX3 and ACTB proein were further verified related with platinum resistance by taking intersection analysis in the COREMINE database and TCGA.(2

  18. Characterization and Catalytic Activity for the Oxidation of Ethane and Propane on Platinum and Copper Supported on CeO2/Al2O3

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    Cataluña R.


    Full Text Available Ethane and propane oxidation on platinum and copper supported on Al2O3 and CeO2/Al2O3 catalysts were studied comparatively by examining reaction rates as a function of temperature. Results show that the addition of cerium oxide shifts the catalytic activity to higher temperatures. This negative influence is less pronounced in the case of supported copper samples, which on the basis of EPR and FTIR of adsorbed CO results is attributed to the low relative amount of this metal is in contact with ceria. The decrease in activity the presence of ceria might be due to changes in metal particle size or to the stabilization of the oxidized states of the metals, induced by their interactions with cerium oxide. The higher activity of platinum, in comparison with copper, is attributed to its higher reducibility along with an easier hydrocarbon activation on that metal.

  19. μ2-Iodido-bis{dimethyl[methylbis(quinolin-8-ylsilanyl-κ3N,Si,N′]platinum(IV} tetrakis(pentafluorophenylborate dichloromethane 0.66-solvate

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    Marcus I. Gibson


    Full Text Available The title complex, [Pt2(CH34(C19H15N2Si2I][B(C6F54]·0.66CH2Cl2, resulted from an attempt to synthesize a stable five-coordinate platinum species via ligand abstraction of a six-coordinate platinum precursor. However, dimerization occurred after ligand abstraction, thereby yielding the compound described in this study. The cation is a dinuclear PtIV organometallic complex, in which the metal centers are bridged by an I− anion. Both metal centers display a coordination geometry close to octahedral, including cis-arranged quinoline ligands connected by Si atoms, which form Pt—Si bonds, two cis-methyl groups, and the bridging I− anion. In the crystal structure, voids between cations and anions are partially filled with an average of 0.66 molecules of dichloromethane solvent.

  20. Routine Clinical Practice for Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma: Results From the TROCADERO Study. (United States)

    Freyer, Gilles; Ray-Coquard, Isabelle; Fischer, Dorothea; Martín, Antonio González; Kielhorn, Adrian; Chia, Victoria; Nanayakkara, Nuwan; Taylor, Aliki


    Treatment options for patients with recurrent ovarian carcinoma are diverse, and different therapies are recommended based on platinum-free interval (PFI). Data examining the association between platinum sensitivity, treatment strategy, and outcomes are limited, particularly for partially platinum-sensitive (PPS) patients. This study characterized clinical features and outcomes in patients with recurrent ovarian carcinoma in the context of sensitivity to platinum-based therapy. Anonymized case records were obtained from eligible European medical sites. Eligible patients were 18 years or older with epithelial ovarian carcinoma who had received 1 or more platinum-based therapies and had 1 or more subsequent relapses. Patient records were categorized by PFI and analyzed based on demographic and clinical data using descriptive statistics. There was no difference between PFI in PPS patients receiving platinum versus nonplatinum therapy (8.9 [range, 6.0-12.0] and 8.3 [range, 6.0-11.3] months, respectively). Overall survival in patients with platinum-sensitive, PPS, platinum-resistant, and platinum-refractory disease was 43.0 (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 25.1-42.3), 20.5 (95% CI, 17.7-24.8), 12.7 (95% CI, 10.4-14.2), and 9.8 (95% CI, 6.6-14.9) months, respectively. Among PPS patients, overall survival was 23.5 (95% CI, 18.4-37.3) and 18.7 (95% CI, 11.0-23.5) months for those who received platinum and nonplatinum-based therapy, respectively. No demographic or clinical characteristics were identified that indicated a difference between PPS patients who received platinum-based therapy versus those who did not. Partially platinum-sensitive patients with recurrent ovarian carcinoma who received platinum-based therapy had improved outcomes compared with those who did not. No clear demographic criteria for choosing platinum- versus nonplatinum-based therapy for PPS patients were identified from patient records.